Brevard County Wins Fourth Straight

West Virginia loses but maintains SAL lead. Meanwhile, Huntsville loses to fall a game out of first place.

Nashville

The Sounds' pitching staff allowed only four hits, but their hitters registered just two as they suffered a 2-1 setback Sunday at Iowa.

Chris Narveson (3-12) was tagged for the loss after giving up solo homers in the first and fourth, striking out seven in five innings. Tim Dillard followed with two hitless innings and Luis Pena tossed a perfect eighth.

Left fielder Brendan Katin was the only Nashville regular with a base hit, finishing 1 for 3, while pinch-hitter Mel Stocker was 1 for 1.

Huntsville

The Stars' stay in first place didn't last long as they dropped the final game against Tennessee, 7-3, to fall a game behind the Smokies in the Southern League's North Division.

The visitors scored four times in the third against starter and loser Mike Jones (0-4), ending his night. Omar Aguilar tossed two scoreless innings, but Tennessee got a combined three runs off Dave Johnson and Jason Shiell to put it away.

Huntsville registered only six hits, five of them singles.

Brevard County

The Manatees improved to 12-17 with their fourth consecutive victory, a 5-3 verdict against Tampa.

The visitors broke a 1-all tie with a three-run sixth. The first run scored on an error, then center fielder Charlie Fermaint, taking the place of just traded Darren Ford, knocked in the last two on a triple to center.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy led the offense with a 3 for 4 outing that included an RBI and two runs scored as his averaged bounced back up to .321. Third baseman Brent Brewer, second baseman Jimmy Mojica and Fermaint contributed two hits apiece.

Starter John Axford got through five innings despite four walks but only allowed two hits and a run. Travis Wendte and Casey Baron each allowed a run before Mike McClendon registered his ninth save with a scoreless ninth.

West Virginia

The front-running Power fell behind 6-0 before their first at-bat and never recovered, dropping an 11-7 decision to Rome and watching their South Atlantic League's Northern Division lead fall to one game over Lakewood.

West Virginia (22-9) received three hits and three RBIs from catcher Anderson De La Rosa and two hits apiece from third baseman Matt Cline, center fielder Caleb Gindl and right fielder Logan Schafer.

Starter Evan Frederickson (0-1) lasted only two innings, getting shelled for eight runs, five earned, on seven hits and three walks. Jose Garcia then allowed three runs in three innings to put the game out of reach.

Helena

The Brewers exploded with a season-high offensive performance, ripping Casper, 19-11, to improve to 17-15 and remain three games behind Billings in the Pioneer League's North Division.

Helena scored in eight innings, highlighted by a seven-run fourth that featured first baseman Brock Kjeldgaard's two-run single and shortstop Michael Marseco's three-run triple. Right fielder Michael Vass also clubbed his fifth homer during a three-run second as the Brewers accumulated 19 hits.

Marseco finished with four RBIs and was 4 for 6, while second baseman David Fonseca went 4 for 7 with three runs and two RBIs. The Brewers pounded nine extra-base hits, including three triples, two from Marseco.

Rico Salmon went the first three innings but gave up five runs on eight hits, leaving it to the bullpen. Lucas Luetge (4-0) righted the ship with four innings of two-hit ball, allowing only an unearned run while striking out three.

Arizona

The Brewers trailed only 4-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but the Royals exploded for nine runs to finish off the 13-3 triumph.

The visitors dropped to 5-17 and remained one of only three teams below .500 in the nine-team league.

Catcher Shawn Zarraga finished 2 for 3 with a double and two-run, first-inning homer and scored twice for the Brewers. However, they only had one only hit.

Damon Krestalude started and went three innings, giving up two hits, three walks and two runs, one earned. Adrian Rosario went one inning with an unearned run, but Joel Morales was rocked for six runs and Shane Hill was smacked around for four.


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