The Sounds didn't go the distance, but they didn't have to. Nashville got a rain-shortened 4-2 victory against Omaha on Monday night in the opener of a five-game series.
Right fielder Brendan Katin's two-run homer in the fifth helped the Sounds move out to a 4-0 lead. Left fielder and lead-off hitter Mel Stocker finished 3 for 4, while catcher Vinny Rottino was 2 for 3 and center fielder Tony Gwynn finished 2 for 4.
Starter Mark DiFelice (4-0), making his second start since returning from Milwaukee, allowed two runs on three hits and struck out two in five innings. Lefty Randy Choate got credit for his first save with two-thirds of an inning of relief.
The Stars (10-10) were clinging to a 3-2 advantage until exploding for six runs in the seventh inning to down Birmingham, 9-2.
Parejo, Escobar, designated hitter Angel Salome, left fielder Cole Gillespie and catcher Martin Maldonado each contributed two hits. Salome's were both doubles, while Maldonado cracked his first homer with Huntsville, a solo shot in the second.
Donovan Hand registered his first victory since coming up from Brevard County, tossing a beautiful complete game in which he scattered eight hits and allowed only two runs and one walk.
The Manatees (7-10) were sitting in the Florida State League's East Division cellar and took some of their frustrations out on the Lakeland pitching staff, pounding out 14 hits to claim a 9-5 win.
Right fielder Chuck Caufield slugged his third homer, a solo shot, and finished 4 for 4. Second baseman Yohannis Perez knocked in three runs and ended up 3 for 4 with a triple. Center fielder Darren Ford stole his 42nd base and went 2 for 4, and shortstop Brent Brewer also finished 2 for 4.
Zach Braddock (4-5) fired the first six innings, whiffing eight while giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Josh Wahpepah gave up three runs in his only inning, but Casey Baron and Mike McClendon tossed hitless frames to close it out.
The first-place Power (13-5) won for the ninth time in their last 10 games, posting a 5-2 triumph over Savannah.
The South Atlantic League's Northern Division leaders jumped to a 3-0 lead in their first at-bat as center fielder Lee Haydel led off with a double and scored on a single by left fielder Eric Fryer single. First baseman Steffan Wilson capped the uprising with a two-run single.
Haydel, second baseman Eric Farris and Wilson each finished with two hits. Fryer is still hitting .359 despite going 1 for 5.
Righty starter R.J. Seidel (6-4) allowed two unearned runs and five hits while striking out three in seven innings to reduce his ERA to 4.42. Reed Dickert struck out two in a perfect eighth and pitched two scoreless frames for his first save.
Everybody was off Monday. The Brewers are sitting at 10-10 and in third place in the Pioneer League's North Division, three games behind Billings and Great Falls. They open a four-game home series against Idaho Falls (6-14) on Tuesday night.
Outfielder Christopher Dennis leads the circuit in homers with seven, but he's struck out 24 times in 73 official plate appearances and is hitting only .247.
The last-place Brewers (2-10) were off Monday but return to action Tuesday when they visit the Angels.