West Virginia Wins 8th Straight

West Virginia continues to roll, improves to 18-5 in second half as lead increases to four games.


The Sounds were scheduled to play a doubleheader. But the way the first game went, they're probably happy that Saturday's second contest was rained out.

Nashville managed only three singles in suffering a 7-0 setback against New Orleans, which scored five runs in the seventh and final inning.

Mark DiFelice started and worked the first two innings, allowing no runs while striking out four. Ben Howard (2-6) gave up two runs in three innings to take the defeat. But deposed Milwaukee reliever Derrick Turnbow melted down again, walking four and giving up a hit while being charged for five runs while registering only one out in the seventh.


The Stars had their five-game winning streak snapped, falling behind 8-2 after two innings in dropping a 13-3 decision at Chattanooga.

Huntsville got a two-run homer from Mike Bell in the second, his eighth, but the Lookouts' mound corps quieted the powerful Stars after that. Shortstop Alcides Escobar finished 2 for 5 and right fielder Cole Gillespie was 2 for 4.

Donovan Hand (1-3) lasted only two innings, get ripped for six hits and five earned runs (eight total). The Stars committed five errors, three by third baseman Michael Garciaparra, making six of Chattanooga's runs unearned.

Brevard County

The Manatees continued to struggle offensively and on the mound, falling behind 4-0 in the first inning and managing only four hits in dropping a 7-1 decision to Sarasota.

Starter Zack Braddock (4-6) allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks in only three innings as Brevard County suffered its fifth straight defeat and seventh in its last eight outings to fall to 7-15 in the second half.

Third baseman Taylor Green went 2 for 3 and center fielder Darren Ford and shortstop Brent Brewer contributed doubles.

John Axford pitched four innings of one-hit relief and Travis Wendte hurled a scoreless frame.

West Virginia

Roque Mercedes (4-4) struck out four and allowed only three hits in a nifty five-inning relief stint, carrying the Power to a 5-4 victory against Charleston.

West Virginia starter R.J. Seidel went four innings, allowing four runs on two walks and four hits, including two homers. However, the visitors held on for their eighth straight victory to improve to 18-5 overall in the second half and increase their lead to four games over Lakewood.

First baseman Steffan Wilson's two-run double capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third and that proved to be just enough.

Catcher Anderson De La Rosa finished 3 for 4 with a double, while left fielder Eric Fryer was 2 for 4.


The Brewers unleashed an offensive onslaught, posting a 10-4 victory over Casper to improve to 12-13.

Brock Kjeldgaard doubled home two runs and Michael Vass followed with his fourth homer during a six-run fourth that staked the Brewers to a 7-1 advantage.

Trey Watten (2-0) started and last five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. Garrett Sherrill pitched a scoreless sixth, and Robert Wooten closed with three scoreless innings that featured six strikeouts.

Catcher Michael Roberts accounted for three of the Brewers' 14 hits, while Kjeldgaard, third baseman John Delaney, shortstop Michael Marseco and Vass added two each.


The Brewers had a scheduled day off, giving them two in a row after Friday's rainout.

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