Nelson Lifts Nashville

Eric Fryer, Zelous Wheeler lead West Virginia to 16-1 triumph as Power maintain hold on first place.


The Sounds scored once in the seventh and two in the eighth to claim a 7-4 triumph over Round Rock on Sunday night.

Brad Nelson doubled to score the go-ahead run and finished 3 for 4 with a pair of two-baggers and three RBIs. Carlos Corporan and Hernan Iribarren chipped in two hits apiece.

Sounds starter Sam Narron lasted six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. Derrick Turnbow (2-2) relieved and struck out two to offset a walk and a hit and got credit for the win with relief help from Tim Dillard and Luis Pena, the latter registering his 13th save.


The Stars, minus slugger Matt LaPorta in the No. 5 spot in their order, mustered only four hits and dropped a 3-2 decision to Birmingham.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar walked twice and scored twice, while designated hitter Angel Salome contributed a double and an RBI.

Huntsville starter Brae Wright struck out six while giving up one run on three hits in tossing the first seven innings. Steve Bray (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up a walk, two hits and two runs in one inning of work.

Brevard County

The Manatees overcame a 4-2 deficit with single runs in the fifth and eighth but Daytona responded with a three-run ninth for a 7-4 decision.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been producing big-time since his promotion from West Virginia, adding his third and fourth homers during a 2 for 4 day that improved his averaged to .351. Stephen Chapman, hitting just .209, clubbed homer No. 12.

Lefty starter Bobby Bramhall sparkled, allowing two walks and one hit in three innings to lower his ERA to 2.56. But the Cubs ripped Jeremy Jeffress for four runs on two walks and three hits with two outs in the fifth. Jeffress bounced back to strike out 10 total, including fanning the side in the seventh, but Daytona knocked him around again for the deciding runs.

West Virginia

The front-running Power displayed a power surge, smacking Hagerstown pitchers for five runs in the second, six in the third and five more in the fifth en route to a 16-1 victory.

Left fielder Eric Fryer and third baseman Zelous Wheeler led West Virginia, which improved to 12-5 in the second half.

Fryer finished 5 for 5 and knocked in six runs on three doubles and two singles. He roped his first two-sacker in the second to clear the bases, brought home two with his second double in the third and drove in his sixth run with a third consecutive double in the fifth.

Meanwhile, Wheeler cranked his eighth homer of the season with two on in the fifth and finished 3 for 4. Lead-off batter Lee Haydel had two hits, scored three times and knocked in three, while designated hitter Steffan Wilson was 2 for 5 and shortstop Matt Cline scored twice.

Right-hander Roque Mercedes (3-4) hurled the first six innings, allowing only one run on one walk and three hits. Jose Garcia and Pedro Lambertus shut the door over the final three innings.


The Brewers slipped back to .500 as Billings rallied for four runs in the eighth to post a 5-4 victory.

Center fielder Erik Komatsu, first baseman Brock Kjeldgaard and designated hitter Derrick Alfonso each contributed two hits, with Kjeldgaard belting his fifth homer, a solo shot, in the fifth and grounding a double to left for two more RBIs during a three-run seventh.

Trey Watten, Milwaukee's seventh-round selection in June, tossed five shutout innings of seven-hit baseball to start, but second-rounder Cody Adams (2-2) suffered the defeat, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk.


Brewers starter Stosh Wawrzasek put the visitors in a hole, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk and they never recovered in suffering a 6-1 setback against the Cubs.

Greg Miller followed with three innings of one-run ball and Daniel Meadows tossed two frames to increase his scoreless string to eight innings to start the season. Edwin Linares tossed the final two innings, giving up four hits and two runs.

Catcher Shawn Zarraga knocked in a run in the sixth with one of his two doubles as he finished 2 for 3 for the Brewers and is hitting .333.

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