Big Innings Spark West Virginia Win

Brad Nelson and Laynce Nix were the hitting stars, but Nashville continued to bring up the cellar. Meanwhile, Zelous Wheeler and Steffan Wilson helped lift West Virginia.

Milwaukee's Triple-A team continued to struggle, but Lower-A West Virginia posted a big win. Here's a roundup of Monday's action down on the farm.

Nashville

Memphis broke a 1-all tie during five-run sixth en route to an 8-1 victory, increasing their season series lead over the Sounds to 7-4 to drop the last-place hosts to 30-48.

Former Milwaukee closer and set-up man Derrick Turnbow worked the first inning, striking out the side. Then lefty Randy Choate, on a rehab assignment, pitched two hitless innings.

However, Chris Narveson (2-9) didn't fare as well, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks, although he struck out seven during his four-inning stint.

Offensively, first baseman Brad Nelson and right fielder Laynce Nix finished 2 for 4 as Nelson's averaged inched up to .309.

The teams conclude their four-game series tonight with Eric Gagne, the Brewers injured former closer, starting in his first rehab outing.

Huntsville

The Stars (3-3) were off before heading to Carolina to start a six-game series and 10-game road trip.

Brevard County

The Manatees' contest against Dunedin was postponed because of wet grounds and will be made up today as the first game of doubleheader.

West Virginia

The Power overpowered Kannapolis with two four-run innings to claim an 8-2 triumph in the fifth and final game of the series.

Third baseman Zelous Wheeler's two-run double to right keyed the third-inning uprising and gives him 46 RBIs. First sacker Steffan Wilson lifted his team-leading 13th homer to start the scoring in the fifth, and then left fielder Eric Fryer, right fielder Anderson De La Rosa, catcher Ulrich Snijders and shortstop Matt Cline all doubled for the final three tallies.

Fryer finished 3 for 4 and Cline, second baseman Eric Farris and De La Rosa added two hits apiece as West Virginia improved to 3-2 in the second half and to 35-39 overall in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division.

Righty R.J. Seidel (4-4) went six innings, giving up six hits, three walks and two earned runs while striking out four.

Helena

The Brewers scored once to break a 5-all tie in the top of the 10th, but Great Falls (6-1) got a grand slam from Lyndon Estill against Garrett Sherrill for the 9-6 victory.

Helena slipped to 2-5 overall despite getting solo homers from center fielder Logan Schafer and left fielder Erik Komatsu, the first round-trippers for each. Schafer, Komatsu, first baseman Brock Kjeldgaard and designated hitter Christopher Dennis finished with two hits apiece.

Milwaukee supplemental draft pick (35th overall) Evan Frederickson struck out seven while allowing nine hits and three runs through the first 5.2 innings.

Arizona

The Brewers couldn't hold a 3-1 lead as the Athletics accumulated two walks and a hit against Ben Jeffers (0-1) and two hits off Greg Miller to score three runs in the seventh and post a 4-3 victory in Monday's season opener.

Brewers starter Luis Guerrero went the first five innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four, and Liam Ohlmann finished with two hitless innings and two strikeouts.

Right fielder Hitaniel Arias and Jose Garcia knocked in first-inning runs while shortstop Luis Sanchez finished 2 for 3 and scored a run for the Brewers, who struck out only twice.


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