Sound checks begin (Game Notes)

By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report

Former Southern League All-Stars Hunter Morris and Scooter Gennett have started Nashville’s preseason slate with a Sounds-logobang.

Both have helped the Brewers’ Triple A affiliate to a 2-1 Spring Training record while pitcher Johnny Hellweg had a solid outing in his first of numerous starts in 2013.

Gennett and Hellweg are a part of the Brewers’ 40-man roster and were recently optioned to Triple A Nashville. Morris was invited to Major League camp as a Non-Roster Invitee in order for the Brewers to get a better look at his abilities and was returned to minor league camp.

Morris is expected to remain with Nashville for the entire 2013 season, barring any further injuries with the Major League club at first base.

Gennett will be given plenty of time given his age (22) and the presence of Rickie Weeks in Milwaukee. Subsequently, there is no need to rush the youthful second baseman to Milwaukee. It would not be surprising if the Brewers wait until 2015 to make the call to Gennett.

Brewer officials are planning to stretch Hellweg out and make him a true starting pitcher after spending the 2012 season splitting between spot starts and relief duties.

Game notes are via the Nashville Sounds

March 15

Sounds Outslug Bats In Spring Opener, 12-10
Gennett Records 5 Hits, 4 RBIs To Lead Nashville Offense

PHOENIX — Second baseman Scooter Gennett went 5-for-6 with four RBIs and missed the cycle by a homer to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 12-10 victory over the Louisville Bats (AAA-Reds) on Friday afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park in their spring training opener.
Gennett

Gennett

The Sounds’ offense pounded out 17 hits on the day. In addition to Gennett’s outstanding effort, outfielders Josh Prince and Kentrail Davis and shortstop Blake Davis all contributed 3-for-5 afternoons. Prince also scored four runs and recorded two doubles while Kentrail Davis plated three runs and scored a pair.

On the mound, right-hander Tyler Thornburg made the start and gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings of work, striking out a pair of batters during his 55-pitch effort. Veteran right-hander Frankie De La Cruz followed with three innings of his own, allowing a pair of runs on two hits. Kyle Heckathorn allowed a run in one inning of hitless relief and Darren Byrd worked a scoreless frame before Jim Hoey closed out the contest by allowing two runs in his lone frame of action.

The Sounds (1-0) continue their spring slate on Saturday afternoon with a road contest in Goodyear against the Columbus Clippers (AAA-Indians).

March 16

Sounds Win Second Straight To Open Spring Slate
Hellweg Offers Solid Start For Nashville

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Right-hander Johnny Hellweg allowed one hit over 2 2/3 scoreless innings and the Nashville offense rapped out 12 hits in the Sounds’ 6-2 victory over the Columbus Clippers (AAA-Indians) on Saturday afternoon at Goodyear Development Complex.
Hellweg, who is rated as the Brewers’ #6 prospect by Baseball America entering the season, struck out two batters and

Hellweg

Hellweg

walked a pair in his 42-pitch effort to pick up the win.

Right-handers Chris Jakubauskas (1.1 hitless IP) and Jesus Sanchez (2.0 scoreless IP) also worked from the Nashville hill and turned in solid outings in the contest.

Offensively, outfielder Rene Tosoni led the way with a 2-for-5, two-RBI day that included a double. Josh Prince, Hunter Morris, Blake Davis, and Adam Weisenburger all contributed two-hit efforts for the Sounds. Morris and Scooter Gennett joined Tosoni with doubles in the contest.

The Sounds (2-0) continue their spring slate with a home contest on Sunday afternoon against the PCL rival Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA-Royals) at Maryvale Baseball Park.

March 17

Omaha Doubles Up Sounds, 10-5, In Spring Action
Kentrail Davis Homers, Hunter Morris Goes 3-for-4 In Defeat

PHOENIX — The PCL division-rival Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA-Royals) handed the Sounds their first spring training loss on Sunday afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park, scoring a 10-5 victory over Nashville.

Morris

Morris

First baseman Hunter Morris, the 2012 Southern League MVP and Brewers’ #4 prospect, led the Sounds’ offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon that included a pair of doubles and an RBI.

Right fielder Kentrail Davis belted the Sounds’ first home run of the spring to highlight his 2-for-4, two-RBI day. Shortstop Ozzie Chavez plated the other Sounds run. Second baseman Scooter Gennett tripled and scored a pair of runs on the afternoon.

On the hill, Brewers reliever Burke Badenhop made the start for Nashville and threw 40 pitches during his three innings of work, allowing two runs on three hits. Right-handers Johnnie Lowe (1.0 IP, 3 R) and Arcenio Leon (2.0 scoreless IP) worked in relief for the Sounds.

Nashville (2-1) hits the road for Papago Park on Monday, when they’ll take on the Sacramento River Cats (AAA-A’s) in an afternoon contest.

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