Gamel Hits 15th HR for Huntsville

Mat Gamel and Carlos Corporan belted homers in Huntsville's second straight victory, while Eric Komatsu was the hitting star as Helena rallied in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win.

Milwaukee's minor league system enjoyed a productive Sunday as Huntsville, West Virginia and Helena posted victories. Here's a roundup of the action.


The Sounds continued to struggle, faltering against Memphis, 4-1.

Tony Gwynn Jr. registered three hits to push his average to .330, and Brendan Katin and Chris Woodward contributed doubles.

On the mound, Steve Hammond, recently promoted from Huntsville, hurled the first six innings, scattering seven hits and giving up only one run, a solo homer in the sixth. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

Steve Bray gave up three walks, four hits and three runs in the seventh and eighth.


The Stars got back on track offensively, claiming a 7-3 win over West Tennessee in the final contest of a six-game series, earning a split.

Third baseman Mat Gamel smacked his 15th homer during a two-run third and catcher Carlos Corporan ignited a four-run sixth with a two-run blast, his third.

Gamel finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and has 65 for the season, while second baseman Michael Bell and Corporan added two hits each. Corporan finished with three RBIs.

Starter Mike Jones went three scoreless innings and allowed one hit and three walks, while Jason Shiell allowed five hits and one run over the next three innings to even his record at 1-1. Robert Hinton got his third save, allowing four hits and two runs during the final three innings.

Brevard County

The Manatees lost their third straight game after opening the second half with a win, suffering a 4-1 home setback to Dunedin on Sunday.

Shortstop Jimmy Mojica finished 3 for 3 and second baseman Yohannis Perez went 2 for 4 with a double, but Brevard County couldn't do much despite 11 hits.

Lefty Chris Cody (0-2) tossed the first 6.1 innings, giving up all four runs on five hits and two walks.

West Virginia

The Power scored six runs in the first two innings and held on for an 8-7 victory against Kannapolis to improve to 2-2 in the second half. They hope to win the five-game series Monday.

Right fielder Caleb Gindl, first baseman Curt Rindal and catcher Anderson De La Rosa led the offense with two hits apiece and Gindl and third baseman Steffan Wilson knocked in two runs each for West Virginia.

Lefty Curtis Pasma tossed three-hit ball in relief of starter Daniel Merklinger, who couldn't get an out in the second inning and gave up five runs. Pasma went four innings and struck out three, while Corey Frerichs earned his fourth save despite allowing two unearned runs in his only inning of work.


The Brewers earned their second victory, 3-2, of the season when Eric Komatsu singled home pinch runner Derrick Alfonso and Chris Dennis in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Missoula.

Komatsu finished with two hits, two RBIs and scored a run, while Brock Kjeldgaard chipped in two hits.

Efrain Nieves gained his first win after giving up only one run and six hits in four innings.


The Brewers open their season Monday against the Athletics.

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