Nashville, Huntsville Post Big Wins

Nashville and Huntsville posted much-needed victories Saturday, while Milwaukee's other minor league squads took their lumps.

Nashville

Tim Dillard, in his first appearance back with Nashville after a few cups of coffee with the Brewers, got credit for the win as the Sounds posted an 8-5 home victory against Memphis on Saturday night.

The third pitcher to work for skipper Frank Kremblas, Dillard allowed two hits and a run and issued three walks but struck out three during his 1.2 innings to improve to 4-0 for the last-place Sounds.

Nashville, which improved to 29-46, used a four-run eighth to grab an 8-4 advantage. Chris Woodward contributed a two-run single and Adam Heether brought home two more with a double during the uprising.

Tony Gwynn Jr., who's hitting .314, and Vinny Rottino led Nashville's attack with two hits apiece while the latter and Brendan Katin each scored twice.

Meanwhile, Hernan Iribarren returned late Saturday from a second short stint with Milwaukee when it was announced that Rickie Weeks was taken off the 15-day disabled list.

Huntsville

The Stars fell behind 5-1 after four innings before rallying with four runs in the sixth to knot the score. They added single tallies in the seventh and eighth in grabbing a 7-6 lead and held on for the win against West Tennessee, improving to 2-3 in the second half.

Center fielder Michael Brantley and shortstop Alcides Escobar singled to start the key outburst in the sixth and pulled off a double steal. Designated hitter Angel Salome plated Brantley with a single and left fielder Cole Gillespie ripped a triple to center to score Escobar and Salome. Gillespie trotted home on a wild pitch.

Josh Wahpepah earned the win in relief of fellow right-hander Donovan Hand despite giving up three hits and a run in two innings. Juan Sandoval recorded his sixth save, striking out two to offset two walks in the ninth.

Brantley finished 2 for 2, Salome was 2 for 4 and first baseman Guilder Rodriguez led the way with a 3-for-4 night.

Brevard County

The Manatees slipped to 1-2 in the second half with a 4-3 setback as host Daytona scored twice in the eighth against relievers Casey Baron (2-1) and Mike McClendon.

Brevard County starter Alexandre Periard worked the first six innings, allowing five hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts.

Lead-off batter and center fielder Darren Ford, who knocked in two runs, and first baseman Stephen Chapman went 2 for 4 to lead the offense. Chapman and catcher Jonathan Lucroy contributed triples.

West Virginia

The Power were out of this one after three innings, falling behind 13-0 en route to suffering a 14-3 setback at Kannapolis.

West Virginia pounded out 11 hits, including two apiece from second baseman Eric Farris, left fielder Eric Fryer, first sacker Curt Rindal and designated hitter David Fonseca, but it wasn't nearly enough.

Kannapolis belted at least three hits against each of West Virginia's four hurlers, The hosts recorded four hits, four walks and five runs to send Power starter and All-Star performer Amaury Rivas to his third defeat in nine decisions.

Helena

The Brewers were pummeled, 13-1, at home to Missoula, the latter's first win of the series and the season. Helena slipped to 1-4 in Pioneer League action.

The Osprey tallied four times in the first against Helena starter and loser Cody Adams, who gave up seven hits and six runs in 3.2 innings. However, only one of the runs was earned as the Brewers' first of three errors opened the door.

Adam Arnold followed Adams to the mound and turned in 2.1 hitless and scoreless innings.

But the visitors battered Rolando Pascual for five hits and six runs in his two-plus innings.


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