Broken Record: West Virginia Wins

Huntsville tops Tennessee to climb to within one game of the front-running Smokies.

Nashville

The Sounds scored in their first at-bat and everything went downhill after that as they dropped an 8-1 decision at Iowa in their post-break debut.

Right fielder Tony Gwynn registered two of Nashville's three hits, ripping a double and triple and scoring the team's lone run on Laynce Nix's grounder.

Starter Richie Gardner (6-3) lasted five innings after giving up six runs on nine hits and four walks. Erasmo Ramirez and Randy Choate recorded scoreless innings, but Joe Bateman was touched for two runs in his one frame.

Huntsville

The Stars erupted for five runs in the fourth to overcome a 2-0 deficit and held on for a 6-4 victory, their second in a row against Tennessee to climb within one game of the first-place Smokies with two contests remaining in the five-game series.

First baseman Michael Garciaparra led the offense with three hits in four trips with a triple and three RBIs. Catcher Angel Salome finished 2 for 4, knocking in two runs to raise his RBI total to 66, while right fielder Freddy Parejo went 2 for 4.

Starter David Welch (9-1) got the victory despite allowing four runs and nine hits in five innings. Steve Bray tossed three scoreless innings and Juan Sandoval notched his 12th save with a scoreless ninth.

Brevard County

The Manatees enjoyed one of their best nights of the season, and luckily for them they played a doubleheader against Clearwater, sweeping the Threshers to improve to 11-17.

The hosts got off to a good start with a 3-2 victory in the opener behind right-hander Alexandre Periard's six-hitter. Periard (9-6) went the full seven innings, allowing six hits and not walking anybody while striking out three.

Brevard County scored the game-winner on second baseman Jimmy Mojica's RBI single to left, which plated designated hitter Stephen Chapman from second.

Third baseman Taylor Green and Mojica each finished 2 for 3 to lead the offense.

In the nightcap, the Manatees jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the first en route to a 5-2 triumph. Mojica coaxed a one-out walk, designated hitter Jonathan Lucroy lined a double to right and Green smashed a homer to left, his 11th of the season.

Green and right fielder Chuck Caufield led the way with 2 for 3 efforts as the latter ripped a double and his fourth homer, a solo shot in the sixth.

Lefty Bobby Bramhall (3-3) tossed the first five innings, striking out three while giving up two runs on six hits. Mike McClendon recorded his eighth save with two innings of one-hit ball that featured three strikeouts.

West Virginia

The first-place Power improved to 21-7 and maintained their three-game margin over Lakewood in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division with a 9-4 victory over Columbus.

The hosts held a 5-4 lead but busted the game open during a four-run seventh that included third baseman Steffan Wilson's bases-loaded double that scored all three runners with two outs.

Wilson finished 2 for 4, both doubles, and left fielder Lee Haydel was 2 for 3. Haydel and designated hitter Matt Cline scored twice, while second baseman Eric Farris also knocked in three runs.

R.J. Seidel (7-4) got the victory with five innings of seven-hit ball. He allowed four runs, striking out five and walking two. Roque Mercedes was dominating over the final four innings, striking out seven while giving up only one hit to register his second save.

Helena

The Brewers (16-14) won for the fifth time in their last six outings, posting a 3-1 victory over Idaho Falls.

Center fielder Erik Komatsu clubbed his fourth homer in the seventh to give Helena a 2-1 cushion after falling behind 1-0 in the first.

Trey Watten deserved a better fate, striking out five and allowing five hits and an unearned run in five innings. Cody Adams (3-2) survived a scoreless sixth despite giving up two hits, and Nestor Corredor struck out twice in breezing through the seventh.

Robert Wooten got credit for his second save, fanning two in two innings and keeping his ERA at 0.00 in six innings.

Komatsu went 2 for 4 and is hitting .327, while catcher Corey Kemp finished 3 for 5 with an RBI and right fielder Michael Vass and shortstop Michael Marseco each added two hits.

Arizona

The Brewers, buoyed by a five-run seventh, pulled out an 11-10 thriller over the Mariners in the bottom of the ninth.

Center fielder Miguel Vasquez started the winning rally with a single to left. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and reached third on right fielder Jose Rangel's sacrifice bunt. Second baseman Allixon Cequea lined a single to left to score Vasquez.

The Brewers sent 10 batters to the plate in the seventh. Designated hitter Jonathan Requena's double to right brought home the first three runs.

Requena led the attack at 3 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Vasquez finished 3 for 4 with four RBIs and scored three times, while Luis Sanchez, who played right field and shortstop, was 2 for 5 and knocked in two.

Luis Guerrero gave up four runs, three earned, in four innings, but University of Georgia product Ben Jeffers was roughed up for six runs in 1.2 innings. Edwin Linares (2-0) got the victory with 3.1 innings of two-hit ball.


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