Brevard County Rallies for Win

Cole Gillespie helps lift Huntsville to key victory in second game of doubleheader, while Taylor Green belts his 12th homer for Brevard County.

Nashville

Tacoma exploded for six runs in the fifth and finished with four homers in posting a 9-1 victory over the Sounds on Thursday night.

Starter Richie Gardner (6-4) absorbed the loss, giving up six earned runs for a second straight outing. He walked three and struck out three while allowing two home runs in 4.2 innings.

Randy Choate gave up a solo shot but struck out four in 2.1 innings, Mitch Stetter pitched a scoreless eighth and Troy Cate coughed up a solo homer in the ninth.

Nashville managed only five base hits, four singles and designated hitter Brad Nelson's double. First baseman Vinny Rottino knocked in the only run with a groundout in the seventh.

Huntsville

The Stars came off the deck after a disappointing setback in the opener to claim a 3-0 victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Carolina.

In the opener, the Stars committed three errors that led to two unearned runs as they fell 6-3.

Second baseman Guilder Rodriguez was the lone Huntsville batter to post multiple hits, going 2 for 2 with an RBI. Third baseman Mat Gamel ended a 0 for 16 skid with an RBI single in the third, while newly signed Jay Gibbons walked and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Donovan Hand (1-4) went six innings, allowing seven hits and six runs while walking three and striking out one.

In game two, David Welch (10-1) dominated the Mudcats, allowing a harmless single in the third and walking only two with six strikeouts in six innings. Juan Sandoval notched his 13th save with a scoreless seventh.

Lorenzo Cain led off the game with a triple to center and Guilder Rodriguez walked but two strikeouts followed. However, Gibbons lined a single to center for the first run and Cole Gillespie's ground-rule double brought home the second.

Gillespie singled in the fourth, stole second and went all the way to third on the wild pitch and scored on Michael Garciaparra's single to right.

Gillespie registered his 34th two-bagger as he and Garciaparra each finished 2 for 3.

Huntsville (18-15) sits one game behind Tennessee in the North Division standings.

Brevard County

The Manatees broke a scoreless tie in the seventh and answered Palm Beach's three-run seventh with three of their own in the eighth for a 4-3 victory.

Third baseman Taylor Green clubbed his 12th homer of the season to lead off the seventh and walked with the bases loaded to bring home the first run of the eighth. Right fielder Chuck Caufield then lined a two-run single to center for the game-winner.

The Manatees improved to 14-19 as Green raised his RBI total to 64.

Lefty Chris Cody tossed the first 6.1 innings, giving up four hits and one run. He struck out seven and walked two as his ERA dipped to 2.36.

Mike McClendon (3-5) notched the win with two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and two runs, although both were unearned. Southpaw Derrick Ellison, making his first appearance with Brevard County, gave up two hits but struck out three in two innings to get the save.

West Virginia

The Power (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 were brought down to earth with a thud, falling 17-2 to front-running Billings.

Helena (18-17) fell four games behind the Mustangs but stayed in second place in the Pioneer League's North Division.

All four Brewers' pitchers gave up at least three runs as Billings accumulated 20 hits. Starter Trey Watten (2-1) lasted three innings in which he gave up nine hits and four earned runs.

Seven Brewers contributed hits with left fielder Erik Komatsu's double the only extra-base hit.

Arizona

The Brewers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third but couldn't dent the scoreboard again despite nine hits, suffering a 4-3 defeat as the Giants scored twice in the bottom of the ninth.

Third baseman Allixon Cequea started the Brewers' third-inning uprising with a two-out single. Center fielder Cutter Dykstra singled and catcher Shawn Zarraga made it three in a row for a 1-0 lead. Left fielder Jose Garcia then brought both runners home with the fourth single of the inning.

Garcia and first baseman Pedro Ramos each finished 2 for 4.

Jacob Odorizzi started, allowing two runs on two hits, including a homer, in four innings. Kristian Bueno then walked three but gave up no hits in three scoreless innings, but Joel Morales (1-3) walked one and allowed two hits and the deciding runs in the ninth.


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