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Milwaukee Brewers Minor Notes: Jacob Barnes Delivers Shutdown Performance Out of Pen

August 24th, 2013 at 8:36 AM
By Phil Watson

The High-A Brevard County Manatees got six shutout innings of relief from Jacob Barnes Friday night and bounced back from an early deficit to beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 3-1 at Viera, Fla.

Right-hander Damien Magnifico, just off the disabled list, made the start and worked two innings, allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk and a throwing error by catcher Cameron Garfield. He struck out two.

Barnes (9-5) came in to start the third and was terrific, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out six.

The Manatees did all of their scoring in the bottom of the second. Garfield scored on a throwing error by Dunedin catcher Derrick Chung to tie the game at 1-1 and T.J. Mittelstaedt followed with a two-run double.

Tommy Toledo allowed a hit and notched a strikeout while pitching the ninth for his 18th save of the season for Brevard. Cody Hawn had two hits for the Manatees, one of them a double.

The Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers kept their slim postseason hopes alive after getting five shutout innings from starter Austin Ross and holding on for a 1-0 victory Friday night over the Clinton LumberKings in Clinton, Iowa.

Ross (2-0) allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out five. Alan Williams, just recalled this week from Rookie-level Arizona, threw three shutout frames, allowing two hits and fanning two, and Taylor Wall pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Wisconsin played its only run in the first. Parker Berberet led off the inning with a double to left-center. After two outs, Berberet moved up to third on a wild pitch and after a walk to Adrian Williams, Alfredo Rodriguez doubled down the right-field line to chase home Berberet.

The Timber Rattlers closed to within four games of wild-card leading Clinton with 10 games to play.

Wisconsin mustered only three hits in the game.

The Triple-A Nashville Sounds rallied for five runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Albuquerque Isotopes Friday night by a 9-7 count at Albuquerque, N.M.

Nashville scored a run in the fourth on a home run by Robinzon Diaz, his fourth of the season, to cut Albuquerque’s lead to 2-1, but the Isotopes put two more on the board in the bottom of the same frame.

Trailing 4-1, the Sounds put together a big rally in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Hunter Morris belted a two-run double into the right-field corner with the bases loaded to score a couple of runs and Kentrail Davis followed with his second homer of the season—and second in as many nights—to give Nashville its first lead at 6-4.

The Isotopes scored in the bottom of the seventh to close to 6-5. Then Albuquerque erupted for four in the bottom of the eighth, roughing up relievers Brent Leach (0-2), who was charged with two runs on two hits while getting two outs, and Dustin Molleken, who allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in just one-third of an inning.

Nashville pushed across a run in the ninth on an RBi triple by Eugenio Velez, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Alfredo Figaro made his second start for the Sounds, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks over four innings. R.J. Seidel worked two scoreless innings and Kyle Heckathorn allowed a run in his only inning of work in the seventh.

Blake Lalli started the game at first base and had two hits and Morris stayed in the game after his pinch-hitting appearance in the seventh, replacing Lalli at first and also recording two knocks.

The Double-A Huntsville Stars got nine hits, but couldn’t push across any runs in a 4-0 loss Friday night to the Mississippi Braves at Pearl, Miss.

Drew Gagnon (4-8) took the loss for the Stars, allowing four runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings. He walked three and struck out four. Eric Marzec struck out the only batter he faced in the sixth and Huntsville got a scoreless inning each from Michael Olmsted and Frankie De La Cruz.

Eric Patterson had two hits for the Stars, who stranded 11 runners and were just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

The Nashville Sounds added some depth to the pitching staff on Friday, activating right-hander R.J. Seidel from the disabled list.

Seidel last pitched on Aug. 13 at Reno, but he did pitch two scoreless innings of relief Friday night at Albuquerque. The 25-year-old right-hander is 2-4 with a 4.64 ERA and 1.401 WHIP in 18 appearances, 14 of them starts, over 75.2 innings for the Sounds this season. He began the year at Double-A Huntsville before being promoted in early May.

Seidel was a 16th-round pick of the Brewers out of LaCrosse Central High School in 2006.

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Tags: Alfredo Rodriguez, Austin Ross, Damien Magnifico, Eric Patterson, Hunter Morris, Jacob Barnes, Kentrail Davis, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, R.J Seidel, Robinzon Diaz, T.J. Mittelstaedt

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