One finger made all the difference for Taylor Jungmann on Tuesday.
The Brewers' No. 3 prospect recorded a career-high eight strikeouts and allowed a run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings as Class A Advanced Brevard County cruised past Charlotte, 9-1.
Jungmann's only mistake came in the second inning when he allowed a solo homer to Phil Wunderlich. The 12th overall pick in last year's Draft walked two in his longest outing as a pro. The win was his first since April 10.
"I had a good feel for all three pitches," Jungmann said. "I've been working on my breaking ball the last three outings. It's totally different, a different grip. I used my pointer finger as my spin finger, so I got rid of that and moved to a more traditional grip. Today was the best I've thrown it."
The 22-year-old right-hander has pitched well in his debut season, going 3-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 44 strikeouts over 62 innings. While establishing a couple of career highs, he was happier with the effectiveness of the new pitch.
"The stats are nice, but that's not what I'm looking for," Jungmann said. "The progress on the breaking ball is what I'm looking for. I've been trying to throw it the past three weeks, it just hasn't been very good. Today was the first time in a game it really showed up."
As for recording his first win in eight starts, the Texas native, said, "Well, that's not something I can worry about. It's about progressing every day, it's about getting the changeup and breaking ball going. Wins are nice, but it's about getting better every day."
Eric Arnett, a 2009 first-round pick, retired the final four batters as the Manatees won for the third time in four games.
Reggie Keen homered, doubled twice and drove in four runs, while Michael Walker was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Brevard County.