Nashville, Huntsville Unleash Offenses

Five of Milwaukee's six minor league squads posted victories.

Nashville

The Sounds overcame an early deficit with back-to-back three-run uprisings in the fourth and fifth en route to an 8-5 victory at Round Rock on Thursday.

Brendan Katin finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs as the visitors pounded out 14 hits. Second baseman Hernan Iribarren, center fielder Tony Gwynn, first baseman Brad Nelson and catcher Vinny Rottino added two hits apiece.

Sam Narron (4-3) followed rehab guys Eric Gagne and Randy Choate and got the win, allowing two runs and five hits in four innings. Joe Bateman worked the final two innings in his first appearance after his promotion from Huntsville, giving up two hits and a run.

Huntsville

The Stars regained their first-half explosiveness, scoring in five innings and accumulating 15 hits in whipping Carolina, 8-1.

Catcher Carlos Corporan finished 4 for 4 and shortstop Alcides Escobar led the onslaught with a 3-for 6 performance that featured a two-run homer in the second, an RBI single in the fifth and a double in the seventh. Right fielder Matt LaPorta doubled twice and increased his RBI total to 61, seven behind third baseman Mat Gamel's league-leading 68. First sacker Chris Errecart and center fielder Michael Brantley also contributed two hits.

Brae Wright (6-6) got the victory, firing a six-hitter with six strikeouts in eight innings. Steve Bray, just reassigned to Huntsville from Nashville, tossed a scoreless ninth.

Brevard County

The Manatees tallied twice in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie en route to a 3-1 victory against Fort Myers.

Darren Ford started the crucial two-out rally with a single and stolen base, scoring on Lorenzo Cain's double to left. Cain came around on Jonathan Lucroy's single to center. Ford then doubled to knock in Yohannis Perez, who had singled to start the eighth.

That's all righty Alexandre Periard needed, handcuffing Fort Myers on seven hits while striking out three over eight innings. Mike McClendon survived an unearned run to register his sixth save.

West Virginia

The Power grabbed a 6-4 advantage with a three-run sixth, but they couldn't hang and dropped an 8-7 decision to Lexington.

Designated hitter Curt Rindal ripped his fifth homer, a two-run shot in the second, and shortstop Matt Cline added a long ball to lead off the third as the hosts finished with 14 hits. Rindal finished with two hits and three RBIs, while left fielder Eric Fryer, center fielder Lee Haydel, first baseman Steffan Wilson and Cline had two hits each.

Amaury Rivas allowed four runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings, but Pedro Lambertus (0-2) suffered the loss when he gave up two walks, two hits and two runs in the eighth.

Helena

The Brewers jumped to a 4-0 lead after three innings but then scored the deciding run in the bottom of the sixth for a 5-4 triumph against Billings.

Left fielder Christopher Dennis singled to lead off the sixth, went to third on designated hitter Michael Vass' single and scored on catcher Derrick Alfonso's grounder. First baseman Brock Kjeldgaard, Vass and second baseman Jose Duran, Milwaukee's sixth-round pick, contributed two hits.

Trey Watten, a seventh-rounder, tossed the first five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Second-round selection Cody Adams was credited with a blown save but was the winner (1-1) with three innings of four-hit ball. Garrett Sherrill, a 12th rounder, picked up his first save by striking out the side in the ninth.

Arizona

The Brewers fell behind 4-0 before batting and committed five errors—and still found ways to win their first game of the season, an 11-7 decision against the Cubs.

Trailing 7-5, the Brewers erupted for six runs in the eighth to make a winner of right-hander Edwin Linares (1-0), who pitched three hitless innings.

The Brewers sent 10 batters to the plate, getting an RBI double from third baseman Miguel Vasquez, a two-run single from catcher Jonathan Requena and an RBI triple from first baseman Pedro Ramos.

Left fielder Jose Garcia led the way with three hits, while Vasquez, centerfielder Brandon Drespling and shortstop Luis Sanchez chipped in two apiece, the latter raising his average to .462.

Dan Meadows, a 49th round selection in the recent draft out of Temple College, pitched three innings of one-hit ball after starter Greg Miller, a 10th rounder out of Seton Hall, allowed four runs and four hits in his only inning of work.


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