Taylor Jungmann made big strides from his first Triple-A start to his first win. Monday night, in his third Pacific Coast League outing, the right-hander looked like a pitcher already very comfortable in his surroundings.
The Brewers' No. 8 prospect allowed one unearned run on four hits while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings to pick up his second Triple-A win in Nashville's 4-1 victory over Iowa.
Coming off his first win for the Sounds five days ago, Jungmann (2-1) was methodical Monday, facing the minimum through his first two innings and working around traffic in the third. Cubs leadoff man Logan Watkins reached on a fielding error by first baseman Hunter Morris in the fourth and later scored on a wild pitch for the lone tally on Jungmann's line.
"It was nice to go out there and throw well to help my team win -- that's what I'm trying to do, get my team a win," Jungmann said after his first victory for Nashville on May 28 over Colorado Springs. "I felt good. It wasn't my best stuff, but I was able to throw strikes. I was able to come back in 2-0 counts."
Like that start, the Sounds never trailed Monday by virtue of RBI singles by Taylor Green and Jungmann, helping his own cause, in the bottom of the second. Nashville added a run in the sixth on a solo homer by Caleb Gindl and another on a throwing error by Iowa catcher Luis Flores that scored Jeff Bianchi in the eighth.
Jungmann retired nine of the final 11 batters he faced, striking out four batters over that span, including No. 6 Cubs prospect Arismendy Alcantara and No. 11 Christian Villanueva. Overall, the righty threw 55 of his 90 pitches for strikes and walked just one.
Donovan Hand gave up two hits but struck out two in the ninth to pick up his 12th save.
Iowa starter Dallas Beeler (2-2) allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three and walking one over seven innins.