Jeffress earns honor
Brevard County right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, Milwaukee's top draft selection in 2006 (16th overall), was named the Pitcher of the Week in the Florida State League for the period June 23-29.
Jeffress was 1-0 in two starts with a 0.69 earned-run average, including a complete game shutout against Dunedin in which he allowed three hits and struck out eight. Then he limited Fort Myers to three hits and one run while striking out nine in six innings of a no-decision Sunday.
He is 3-3 overall this season with a 4.34 ERA for the Manatees. Jeffress has accumulated 65 strikeouts in 47.2 innings, giving up one or fewer runs in six of his nine outings.
Jeffress is the second Brevard County hurler to earn the honor in the last three weeks after lefty Zach Braddock accomplished the feat.
West Virginia stays hot
The Power extended their winning streak to five Tuesday night with a 4-3 victory against Greensboro, equaling their season-best run from May 29-June 2.
West Virginia has picked on the Grasshoppers often, ripping off four straight wins against them in that first winning streak and defeating them the last two contests as they take Wednesday off before starting a four-game series with Hagerstown.
Left fielder Eric Fryer stayed just as hot, improving his average to .325. The Ohio State product and 10th-round pick from 2007 batted only .209 at Helena last summer but has ripped opposing pitchers to the tune of a .452 average, two homers and seven RBIs in his last nine games, which includes a two-run shot during a three-run fourth inning Tuesday, Fryer's sixth of the year.
The surge has pushed West Virginia (9-4) into first place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division for the second half and to 41-41 overall.
Gamel continues to rip
Huntsville third baseman and Futures All-Star Mat Gamel hasn't found many pitches or pitchers he hasn't liked this season.
Gamel went 2 for 4 on Tuesday night as his average climbed to a league-leading .384. The left-handed swinger registered two doubles to give him 30 and added an RBI to push his total to 73, both of which top the Southern League. He also leads the loop with 69 runs scored, 129 hits, 216 total bases, .643 slugging mark and 1.089 OPS.
The blazing Gamel has hit .500 during his last 10 games, going 21 for 42 with nine extra-base hits and 11 RBIs.
Narron mows down Memphis
Nashville southpaw Sam Narron sparkled Tuesday night, scattering seven hits and allowing one run in a complete-game triumph that included three strikeouts and two walks in leading the Sounds to a 5-1 victory.
Narron has mastered the Redbirds during his minor league career, improving to 5-1 overall and 3-0 this season. Narron has allowed six earned runs in 22 innings against Memphis for a 2.45 ERA.
The win increased Narron's record to 5-3 with Nashville and 11th overall this year after posting six with Huntsville, keeping him the Milwaukee organization's top winner this year.<.p>
Helena bounces back big
One night after getting no-hit, the Pioneer League Brewers pounded three Missoula pitchers for three homers and 15 hits in claiming a 15-8 victory.
And Helena did it after falling behind 5-0 in the first inning. The visitors responded with nine runs in the next four innings and took control with a six-run seventh.