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Milwaukee Brewers Minor Notes: Johnny Hellweg Named to All-Pacific Coast League Team

August 27th, 2013 at 9:46 AM
By Phil Watson

Right-hander Johnny Hellweg of the Nashville Sounds has been named to the All-Pacific Coast League Team for 2013, according to an announcement by the PCL on Monday.

Hellweg, 24, was pitching at the Triple-A level for the first time this season and is 11-5 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.471 WHIP for the Sounds this season in 22 starts covering 119.2 innings. In what is known as a hitter’s paradise in the PCL, Hellweg is second in the league in ERA and has allowed only five home runs.

Hellweg spent about two weeks in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers in late June and early July and he is expected to be one of the players added to the roster on Sept. 1 when active rosters can expand to 40 players.

He scuffled in his short stint in the show, going 0-3 in three starts and a relief appearance with a 10.97 ERA and 3.00 WHIP in 10.2 innings. He allowed 20 runs, 13 earned, on 19 hits and 13 walks with just three strikeouts.

He also made one start at Class-A Wisconsin this season, just after being sent down by the Brewers, earning a win in a six-inning stint.

Hellweg was originally drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 46th round in 2007 out of St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, Mo., but did not sign. After playing a season at Florida College in Jacksonville, Fla., Hellweg was taken in the 16th round by the Los Angeles Angels in 2008.

He was part of the trade last July that sent Zack Greinke from the Brewers to Anaheim, along with Jean Segura and Ariel Pena, who is currently pitching for Double-A Huntsville.

Anderson De La Rosa had four of the 15 hits amassed by the Triple-A Nashville Sounds Monday night and the organization’s top prospect, Jimmy Nelson, pitched five solid innings to get his first win in three starts as the Sounds beat the Oklahoma City RedHawks 6-3 at Oklahoma City.

The win was Nashville’s second straight road win—just the fifth time all season the Sounds have turned that trick—and snapped a 17-game winning streak at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for the RedHawks.

Nelson (4-6) allowed one run on five hits in five innings with three walks and seven strikeouts. Brent Leach struck out five in two innings of one-hit relief. Kyle Heckathorn worked a scoreless eighth before running into some problems in the ninth, surrendering a pair of runs, and Travis Webb came in to record his first save, getting the final out.

Nashville got all the runs it needed with a four-run third inning. Josh Prince led off the inning with his 11th home run of the season. Blake Lalli and De La Rosa later had RBI singles and Stephen Parker produced a run with a groundout.

Oklahoma City got its lone run off Nelson in the fourth and it remained 4-1 until the ninth. Parker and Prince had RBI singles to score a pair of runs in the ninth.

The Sounds had 15 hits, but left a season-high 16 runners on base. Eugenio Velez was 3-for-6 with a double while Prince, Hunter Morris and Lalli each had two hits. Prince also stole a pair of bases, running his season total to 24 in 31 attempts.

The Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers came from behind for a 4-2 victory over the Kane County Cougars at Grand Chute Monday night to pull to within two games of Clinton for the Western Division wild card spot with seven games to play.

Tyler Wagner worked seven innings to become the Rattlers’ first ten game winner in 2013. He allowed two runs on six hits with three walks while striking out seven. Harvey Martin allowed one hit over the final two innings while fanning two to earn his third save.

The Cougars got on the board first, scoring both of their runs in the top of the second, but Wisconsin battled back to tie it in the bottom of the frame.

Parker Berberet scored Victor Roache on a hit-and-run double and Max Walla followed with an RBI double of his own to tie the game.

Orlando Arcia singled to lead off the fifth for the Rattlers, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on a balk by Kane County starter James Pugliese.

Wisconsin’s final run came in the eighth when Adrian Williams scored on a wild pitch.

Roache and Arcia had two hits each for the Rattlers.

Ariel Pena didn’t pitch badly for the Double-A Huntsville Stars on Monday night, but was out-dueled in a 2-1 loss to the Mississippi Braves at Pearl, Miss.

Pena allowed single runs in the first and fifth innings, working five innings in all, allowing five hits and two walks while punching out five. Greg Holle worked two scoreless frames for Huntsville and Eric Marzec worked a perfect eighth.

The Stars, who had only three hits, got their only run in the seventh on a solo homer by Jason Rogers, who took the Southern League lead with 22 round-trippers and extended his league-leading RBI count to 85.

Nick Shaw had Huntsville’s other two hits and Stars hitters fanned 12 times, including three whiffs each by Eric Patterson and Rene Tosoni.

The High-A Brevard County Manatees had to work a little overtime on Monday as they were swept by the Lakeland Flying Tigers in a doubleheader at Viera, Fla. The games were scheduled for seven innings apiece, but the Flying Tigers needed ten innings to take a 3-0 win in the opener before coming back to win the nightcap 3-2.

Chad Pierce started the opener for the Manatees and twirled 5.2 shutout innings on three hits, while walking four and striking out six. Santo Manzanillo worked 3.1 scoreless frames, allowing just two hits, before Alex Moore (0-2) came in to work the tenth and surrendered three runs on a pair of hits and two walks.

The problem for Brevard was Lakeland starter Wilsen Palacios, who allowed only three hits in eight innings. The Manatees totaled four hits, with Nick Ramirez cracking a double for their only extra-base knock.

In the nightcap, Lakeland pushed across three first-inning runs against starter Taylor Mangum (1-2) and the Manatees’ comeback effort came up short.

Mangum wound up working six innings, allowing just the three early runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Daniel Meadows worked a perfect seventh for Brevard.

Ben McMahan had an RBI single in the fourth and Greg Hopkins singled home a run in the sixth.

D’Vontrey Richardson had two hits for the Manatees and Mitch Haniger scored both runs.

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Tags: Anderson De La Rosa, Ariel Pena, Chad Pierce, Jason Rogers, Jimmy Nelson, Johnny Hellweg, Josh Prince, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB

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