Long Balls Ignite Three Teams

Milwaukee's minor league teams use long balls to carry them to victories.


Right fielder Laynce Nix smacked a two-run homer, his 11th, and first baseman Brad Nelson followed with his 12th long ball to key a four-run sixth that carried the Sounds to a 5-3 comeback victory over Round Rock on Friday night.

Randy Choate pitched a perfect first and Lindsay Gulin worked the next five, giving up three runs. Relievers Derrick Turnbow, Tim Dillard and Luis Pena shut down the Express over the final three frames with Pena registering his 12th save.

Nix finished with three RBIs, while center fielder Tony Gwynn scored twice and added a double. Third baseman Adam Heether went 2 for 4.


The Stars only struck out three times but managed only three hits, dropping a 5-2 decision at Carolina to slip into a second-place tie with the Mudcats at 5-5.

Third baseman Mat Gamel laced his sixth triple to lead off the sixth and catcher Angel Salome followed with a single, but the next three Huntsville batters went down in order to end the threat.

Righty Donovan Hand (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing nine hits, three walks and five runs in 6.1 innings.

Brevard County

Chris Cody (0-3) was the hard-luck loser, giving up only four hits and two runs in five innings as the Manatees fell, 2-1, to Fort Myers.

Joshua Wahpepah hurled two scoreless innings in following Cody, lowering his ERA to 2.09, and Rafael Lluberes tossed a scoreless eighth.

Offensively, Brevard County managed only five hits and struck out 12 times against three Miracle pitchers. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 3 to push his average to .344 in nine games in the Florida State League.

West Virginia

Designated hitter David Fonseca belted his second homer to highlight a three-run fourth inning and first baseman Curt Rindal smacked a solo shot in the sixth to life the Power to an 8-5 victory over Lexington.

Right fielder Caleb Gindl finished 3 for 5 with two RBIs and second baseman Eric Farris went 2 for 5. Fonseca ended up with three RBIs.

Daniel Merklinger, Milwaukee's sixth-round pick in 2007, pitched the first five innings, striking out seven and walking three while giving up four runs. Rob Bryson, a promising 31st round selection from 2006, allowed one run and struck out four in three innings. Curtis Pasma then recorded his first save with a perfect ninth.


The Brewers stayed hot, using a six-run outburst in the fifth to key their 8-2 victory over Billings, their third win in the last four outings.

Right fielder Michael Vass, hitting only .167, finished 2 for 3 with a three-run homer with two outs in the decisive inning. He finished with three RBIs, while center fielder Erik Komatsu pushed his average to .400 with three hits, including two doubles, and knocked in two. Third baseman John Delaney finished with two hits, including a solo homer in the first.

Efrain Nieves improved to 2-1, giving up two runs on seven hits and one walk in six innings. Santo Manzanillo notched his first save, striking four and allowing only one hit during the final three innings.


The Brewers had an off day. They will meet the Mariners on Saturday.

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