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Prospect Lopez throws seven scoreless

Prospect Lopez throws seven scoreless

Right-hander Jorge Lopez, the Brewers' No. 19 prospect, threw seven scoreless innings on Monday, and Class A Advanced Brevard County began the second half of the season with a 1-0 victory over Dunedin.

Coming out of the Florida State League All-Star break, Lopez scattered five hits and struck out six. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 12, a stretch that began on June 2.

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Orlando Arcia, the Brewers' No. 4 prospect, scored the game's lone run in the first inning. He doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. He finished the game 1-for-3.

Lopez combined with relievers Martin Viramontes and Kevin Shackelford to make sure that one run was enough. The three held Dunedin to seven hits, just one of which went for extra bases.

The Brewers selected Lopez in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, but he struggled to make the adjustment to professional baseball, and he entered this year with a 4.98 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in his first three seasons.

Lopez has found much more success in the Florida State League. With Monday's victory, he improved to 7-2 with a 2.69 ERA. He has struck out 54 and walked 18 in 67 innings. He is tied for the league lead in victories and ranks ninth with a 1.12 WHIP.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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