Last night in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacín gave up seven earned runs in less than three innings in a 9-4 loss to the Pirates.
Before leaving in the bottom of the third inning, Chacín walked three men with the bases loaded.
Chacín, 3-7 on the season, went 0-4 in the month of May in five starts.
Last night in Triple-A, the San Antonio Missions’ Aaron Wilkerson threw seven scoreless innings and allowed one hit with six strikeouts and three walks.
Obviously, it’s a significant difference between playing in the bigs and the Pacific Coast League.
And in Wilkerson’s time with the Brewers earlier this season, he didn’t exactly tear it up. Wilkerson appeared in three games with Milwaukee and gave up six earned runs in 7 1/3 innings.
But since coming back to San Antonio, he has gotten in a groove and dominated. Here are his last three starts in the Pacific Coast League when he had three wins and gave up no earned runs:
May 31, San Antonio def. Omaha 3-0
win, 7.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 6 SO, 3 BB
May 25, San Antonio def. Memphis 4-0
win, 5.2 IP, 0R, 0 ER, 3 H, 8 SO, 2 BB
May 19, San Antonio def. Memphis 9-3
win, 6.0 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 7 SO, 1 BB
In all, the 6-foot-3 right-hander from Fort Worth has pitched in five games with San Antonio since coming back from Milwaukee. He has allowed one earned run in 28 innings in that stretch with 13 hits, 25 strikeouts and 9 walks.
Whether Wilkerson goes back up to Milwaukee in the near future will depend as much on the health and performance of the Brewers’ pitching staff as it does on his own stats.
For the time being, down in San Antonio, Wilkerson is doing his part.
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