Nelson Carries Nashville to Victory

Sounds first baseman Brad Nelson clubs two-run homer in eighth inning to defeat Tacoma. Meanwhile, West Virginia overcomes 5-0 first-inning deficit to keep rolling along.

Nashville

Brad Nelson's two-run, two-out homer in the eighth lifted the Sounds to a 3-2 victory over Tacoma on Wednesday afternoon, only the team's second win of the season when trailing after seven innings.

Joe Dillon, in his second game after his return from Milwaukee, walked before Nelson connected on his blast to right-center, making a winner of Tim Dillard (5-0).

Nelson also figured in the hosts' first run as he led off the seventh with a double to right, advanced to third on Laynce Nix's single to center and came home on Adam Heether's sacrifice fly, also to center.

Nelson, batting .299, finished 2 for 4 as Nashville accumulated only five hits.

Dillard was the third Sounds pitcher after starter Lindsay Gulin allowed only an unearned run in five innings with seven strikeouts and Erasmo Ramirez gave up a run on two hits in his only frame. Dillard fanned three and allowed one hit in his two innings, while Luis Pena struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth to register his 15th save.

Huntsville

The Stars' second game of a big five-game set at Carolina was rained out, meaning the second- and third-place teams in the Southern League's North Division will tangle in a doubleheader Thursday night.

Brevard County

The Manatees' contest at Tampa was delayed and it might have been better for the visitors if it had been postponed as they suffered a 6-4 setback when the Yankees scored twice in the bottom of the ninth.

Brevard County fell to 13-19 after its bullpen failed from the seventh inning on.

Jeremy Jeffress started and tried to end a personal three-game losing skid. He went six solid innings, striking out six, walking four and allowing two hits and two runs.

Casey Baron relieved and gave up three hits and two runs, although one of them was unearned, in two-thirds of an inning. The E.J. Shanks (0-1) walked two and allowed two runs on two hits, the game-winner being Josh Kreuzer's two-run homer with one out in the ninth.

Center fielder and lead-off man Mel Stocker was the only Manatee with multiple hits, finishing 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy went 1 for 3 with two RBIs as his team-leading average sits at .330.

West Virginia

The Power trailed 5-0 before they batted but took the lead after two innings with their own five-run outburst and went on to win a 12-10 slugfest against Rome.

Right fielder Logan Schafer, third baseman Matt Cline and designated hitter Ulrich Snijders contributed doubles and catcher Anderson De La Rosa blasted his third homer, a three-run shot, during the key second inning.

The Power then responded with two runs in the third, sixth and eighth innings as they finished with 15 hits, including six extra-base hits.

West Virginia received three hits apiece from Schafer, who had two doubles and three RBIs, and shortstop Eric Farris. De La Rosa finished with a double and homer and Cline and first baseman Eric Fryer added two hits each.

R.J. Seidel was ripped for six hits and five runs in the first inning but settled down to finish four innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits and one walk while striking out four. Michael Bowman (1-0) struck out three in two scoreless innings for the win, while Corey Frerichs, the hosts' fifth pitcher, notched his eighth save by getting the final two outs.

West Virginia (24-9) begins a tough eight-game road trip Friday, split between Lake County and second-place Lakewood. Lake County won the SAL's Northern Division in the first half and won five of eight against the Power, while Lakewood won six of eight versus West Virginia in the first half.

Helena

The Brewers (18-16) were off Wednesday and open a quick two-game home stand Thursday against North Division leader Billings (21-13) before hitting the road again for six games.

Arizona

The last-place Brewers (6-18) recorded arguably their biggest win of the season, building a 6-1 advantage and hanging on for a 6-4 triumph against the front-running Angels (18-7).

First baseman Pedro Ramos clubbed a double and triple and finished 2 for 3 with an RBI, while designated hitter Orton Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the sixth.

Cody Scarpetta started and allowed only one hit and a walk while fanning five in three scoreless innings. Luis Guerrero (1-3) tossed the next four frames, allowing a run on three hits. Jose Sanchez survived a hit and walk to register his first save.


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