Five of Six Farm Teams Win

West Virginia stays hot, pulls out 5-4 win to improve to 15-5 in the second half of South Atlantic League action.


The Sounds finished off their third win in the first four contests of this five-game series at Omaha, jumping off to a 4-0 advantage and holding on for a 6-4 victory.

Left fielder Brendan Katin swatted his 13 homer, a two-run shot, in the second and third baseman Adam Heether smacked a solo blast, his seventh, for an insurance run in the seventh.

Second baseman and lead-off batter Callix Crabbe and Heether finished with two hits each, while Crabbe, first baseman Vinny Rottino and shortstop Chris Woodward contributed doubles.

Chris Narveson (3-11) broke a drought, striking out four and allowing three runs and six hits in five innings. Derrick Turnbow allowed a hit and walk but got out of the sixth with no damage, but Randy Choate gave up two walks, two hits and a run in two innings. Luis Pena registered his 14th save with a flawless ninth.


The Stars returned to first-half form, ripping 10 hits and scoring eight runs in the first three innings en route to a 15-4 decision over Chattanooga.

Lead-off hitter Freddy Parejo hit his second homer and Michael Garciaparra clubbed his first to highlight a 20-hit barrage that featured seven players finished with multiple hits.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar led the attack with four hits and four runs, while right fielder Parejo, third baseman Mat Gamel, catcher Angel Salome and first baseman Garciaparra added three apiece. Left fielder Cole Gillespie and center fielder Lorenzo Cain contributed two hits apiece.

Garciaparra led the way with four RBIs, while Gamel and Salome knocked in three each as Huntsville improved to 12-10 in the second half.

Starter Troy Cate (2-0) continued to impress, working seven innings with three strikeouts and two walks. He allowed five hits and two runs, both on solo homers.

Brevard County

The Manatees led 1-0 until Lakeland erupted for five runs in the eighth inning en route to a 5-1 victory.

Chris Cody started for Brevard County, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven scoreless innings. But John Axford (3-6) was shelled for four hits and five runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Shortstop Brent Brewer led the Manatees' six-hit attack with his 2 for 4 performance that included a double.

West Virginia

The first-place Power rolled along, posting a 5-4 triumph over Savannah to improve to 15-5 in the second half.

West Virginia claimed its third straight win to start a four-game series and eight-game road trip. The visitors have won five in a row and 11 of 12 overall.

West Virginia took the lead for good during a three-run fifth that started with two walks and second baseman Eric Farris' two-run single to left. Farris went to second on the throw and stole third, his 12th theft, and scored on Eric Fryer's line drive to right.

Shortstop Matt Cline's double to left scored Ulrich Snijders, who had walked, for what proved to be the difference maker in the sixth.

Mike Ramlow (4-3) got the win with 4.1 innings in relief of Evan Frederickson, who had allowed five walks and three runs in 4.2 innings of his first appearance since his promotion from Helena. Ramlow allowed three hits and a run in watching his ERA drop to 2.96.


Four Brewers pitchers survived seven walks by allowing only four hits as the hosts pulled out a 4-3 victory to even their record at 11-11.

Lucas Luetge (2-0) got the victory in relief of starter Santo Manzanillo, who struck out six despite giving up two runs in the first 4.2 innings. Luetge gave up three walks but only one run in two innings. Marcus Salmon and Wily Peralta combined for 2.1 scoreless innings, with the latter picking up his first save.

Michael Marseco drilled a two-run double in the second for a 2-0 Helena lead, and the hosts scored twice in the fifth on a walk and hit batter with the bases loaded for a 4-2 margin.


The Brewers pulled out a 3-2, 10-inning victory without the benefit of a base hit. With two outs, shortstop Luis Sanchez was hit by a pitch and stole second. Right fielder Jose Rangel walked, and third baseman Allixon Cequea reached on a fielding error as Sanchez scored to down the Giants for their third win in 14 outings.

Joel Morales, the Brewers' third pitcher, evened his record at 1-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.93 with four innings of one-hit, three-strikeout ball. First-round supplemental pick Jacob Odorizzi (32nd overall) made his first appearance, tossing the first two innings with one hit and two strikeouts. Kristian Bueno then allowed one run and one hit in four innings.

The Brewers managed only five hits, highlighted by designated hitter Pedro Ramos' triple.

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