Huntsville Moves Back Within 2

Huntsville rebounds to climb back to within two games of front-running Tennessee with a big win over the Smokies. Meanwhile, West Virginia explodes for 10-run inning during an 11-4 victory.

Nashville

The Sounds were off for the final day of the All-Star break Thursday and open a three-game series at Iowa on Friday night.

Huntsville

The Stars (15-12) rebounded with a 9-3 victory over the Smokies to climb back to within two games of front-running Tennessee in the second half.

Left fielder Cole Gillespie and first baseman Michael Garciaparra contributed two-run singles during a four-run fourth inning for the Stars. Then catcher Angel Salome knocked in two on a single to key a four-run fifth.

Salome, shortstop Alcides Escobar and third baseman Mat Gamel led the way with two hits apiece, with Escobar's 15th double being the only extra-base hit. Gamel is hitting .375, while Salome and Escobar inched up to .347 and .341, respectively.

Lefty Troy Cate (3-0) allowed two runs in the fourth and an unearned tally in the seventh, his final inning, finishing with a seven-hitter while lowering his ERA to 2.36. Dave Johnson tossed the eighth, surviving two hits with the help of two strikeouts. Juan Sandoval pitched the ninth.

Brevard County

The Manatees got whitewashed in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader against Clearwater and rained out again in the second.

Clearwater posted a 3-0 triumph before Mother Nature took over again.

Jeremy Jeffress (3-6) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six in 4.1 innings. The right flamethrower and one of Milwaukee's leading mound prospects lost his third straight outing despite having fanned 21 batters in 14.1 innings.

E.J. Shanks relieved and gave up no runs on three hits over the final 2.2 frames, lowering his ERA to 2.19.

Third baseman Taylor Green led the offense with a 2 for 4 effort.

West Virginia

The Power (20-7) continued their offensive surge, unloading on Columbus with a 10-run fifth inning en route to an 11-4 victory.

West Virginia sent 14 batters to the plate, accumulating six singles, two of them from center fielder Logan Schafer, right fielder Caleb Gindl's double and left fielder Lee Haydel's three-run triple during the outburst.

Haydel finished 3 for 3, while Gindl, Schafer, first baseman Curt Rindal and designated hitter Steffan Wilson each contributed two hits to the hosts' 14-hit attack.

Righty Amaury Rivas (8-3) survived two solo homers in the first inning to go five frames, giving up six hits and two runs while whiffing four. Curtis Pasma gave up two runs in three innings, while Pedro Lambertus tossed the ninth.

Helena

The Brewers (15-14) jumped to an 8-2 advantage and held on for a 10-7 decision against Idaho Falls.

Helena sent 12 batters to the plate during a seven-run fifth. Erik Komatsu's two-run triple and four RBI singles highlighted the uprising.

Third baseman John Delaney led off the third with a homer to left and finished 2 for 5, while left fielder Christopher Dennis slugged his eighth round-tripper in the ninth. Second baseman David Fonseca went 3 for 5, as did catcher Michael Roberts as the Brewers finished with 15 hits, five for extra bases.

Starter Liam Ohlmann struck out five during his three-inning stint, giving up two runs on five hits. But Brandon Ritchie gave most of Helena's lead back, allowing four runs and seven hits in two innings, but evened his record at 1-1. Adam Arnold got things back in order with two hitless innings to reduce his ERA to 1.98, and then Wily Peralta gave up a run but struck out three in the final two innings for his second save.

Arizona

The last-place Brewers (4-15) had the day off and resume action against the Mariners on Friday.


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