Rottino, Gulin Named PCL All-Stars

West Virgnia stays hot and increases second-half lead in SAL to 1.5 games with a 3-2 victory.

Nashville

Catcher Vinny Rottino and starting pitcher Lindsay Gulin have been selected as reserves for the Pacific Coast League's All-Star game against the International League, which is scheduled Wednesday, July 16. It begins at 6:05 p.m. CDT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

Gulin (4-4) stood second in the league with a 3.15 earned-run average and had limited opposing hitters to a .229 average before another top effort Thursday night in which he allowed only three hits and a run in six innings. This gives the 14-year veteran seven mid-season nods and his first at the Class AAA level.

Rottino will make his fourth All-Star appearance in six pro seasons. He started last year's contest and is the only PCL returnee. The Racine, Wis., native was hitting .267 through his first 75 games with five homers, 37 runs batted in and a 24-game hitting streak.

In Thursday night's action, the Sounds lost 5-1 at Memphis as the hosts scored once in the seventh and three times in the eighth

The Redbirds did their damage against former Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow and Randy Choate, who's still on a rehab assignment. Turnbow (1-2) struck out two but walked one and gave up two hits for what proved to be the deciding run. Then Choate allowed a walk, three hits and three runs.

First baseman Brad Nelson led the offense with three hits to improve his average to .306, while third baseman Ozzie Chavez had two hits.

Huntsville

The Stars (8-8) used a combination of brute strength and nearly spotless pitching to post a 4-0 victory over front-running Tennessee, which dropped to 11-5 and sits three games ahead of Huntsville and Carolina.

Matt LaPorta, hitting only .256 in his last 10 games, clubbed his 20th home run, a two-run shot in the fourth and first since June 14. Cole Gillespie added a two-run blast in the sixth for the Stars, who entered with a .298 team batting average.

Nic Ungs (1-0) started and allowed only one hit and two walks through seven scoreless innings and contributed a double at the plate. Jason Shiell gave up two walks and two hits but still completed the shutout.

Brevard County

The Manatees (5-8) defeated Jupiter, 5-4, in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader, but the second contest was washed out again.

Alexandre Periard improved to 7-6, striking out five and walking none with nine hits and four runs in 6.1 innings. Fellow righty Mike McClendon got one out to notch his seventh save.

Third baseman Taylor Green drilled his 10th homer in the seventh with one on, the deciding blow in the seven-inning affair. Designated hitter Jonathan Lucroy had a double and knocked in two runs and is hitting .333.

West Virginia

The first-place Power (10-4) battled Hagerstown, hanging on for a 3-2 victory that pushed their lead in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division to 1.5 games over Lakewood and two over the Suns.

Eric Fryer, hitting .412 in his last 10 games entering Thursday's action, ripped his first triple of the year and finished 3 for 3 to improve to .337. Catcher Anderson De La Rosa hit his first homer since being assigned from Brevard County to lead off the third, and second baseman Eric Farris knocked in a run.

Starter Daniel Merklinger (3-5), a lefty from Seton Hall, entered with a 7.46 ERA but struck out five during his first three innings and finished with nine in six innings of work. He walked one and gave up four hits and one run. Rob Bryson worked the final three innings to register his fifth save, allowing one hit and an unearned run.

Helena

The Brewers exploded again, pounding Missoula for 11 runs in the first four innings en route to a 15-6 victory, giving them 41 runs in the last three games since being no-hit.

Shortstop Michael Marseco led the assault with four RBIs and finished 3 for 5. Third baseman John Delaney drove in three and was 2 for 4, while catcher Derrick Alfonso, second baseman David Fonseca and left fielder Christopher Dennis each added two RBIs. Designated hitter Corey Kemp chipped in three hits, while center fielder Cutter Dykstra banged a solo homer, his first as a pro, and Dennis clouted his fifth as the visitors accumulated 18 hits.

Nick Tyson went the first four innings, giving up one earned run. Lucas Luetge pitched the next two innings for the victory, while Jorge Crespo got the save with three innings of two-hit, three-run ball.

Arizona

The Brewers' woes continued as they suffered an 8-1 setback to the Angels to fall for the fifth consecutive time and to 1-8 overall.

Starter Luis Guerrero (0-2) lasted 2.2 innings, allowing seven hits, five walks and six runs. Jose Sanchez pitched two scoreless innings and Shane Hill got through one despite two walks.

The Brewers managed six hits, all singles.


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