Pitching Falters for Nashville, West Virginia

Portland rips Sounds' closer Pena and infielder Heether during nine-run 11th inning. Helena coughs up leads in ninth and 12th but outlasts Missoula in 14 innings.


Closer Luis Pena suffered a second rough outing in three days Sunday night as the Sounds dropped a 10-1 decision against Portland, which tallied nine runs in the 11th inning.

Pena had blown an 8-4 lead in the ninth in Friday's eventual loss to Tacoma, allowing three hits, three walks and four runs. This time he gave up six runs on a walk and five hits, including a homer. That prompted inserting infielder Adam Heether to finish out the contest; he coughed up two gopher balls and three runs before registering the final out.

Mark DiFelice was masterful during his eight innings of work, striking out seven while allowing two hits, two walks and one run. Then Erasmo Ramirez tossed two shutout innings.

Nashville's offense wasn't much better as Tony Gwynn finished with two of the hosts' five hits.


The Stars were off and open a 10-game home stand starting Monday with five contests against Montgomery.

Brevard County

The Manatees were off and begin a seven-game home stand Monday with three contests against St. Lucie.

West Virginia

The Power (26-10) suffered a 7-3 setback to Lake County as their lead over Lakewood dropped to 3.5 after the Blueclaws' game was postponed.

West Virginia starter Roque Mercedes, who had allowed no earned runs in seven innings of his last outing, allowed a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth as the Captains broke a 3-all tie.

The Power finished with eight hits, but only two after the third inning. Left fielder Logan Schafer went 2 for 4 with a double, while designated hitter Eric Fryer and third baseman Steffan Wilson contributed two-baggers and the latter knocked in two runs to increase his RBI total to 72.

Pedro Lambertus tossed three scoreless innings and Robert Wooten worked a scoreless eighth in his first appearance after notching two saves in four games covering nine innings at Helena and still hasn't allowed an earned run.


The Brewers blew leads in the ninth and 12th innings but finally broke through for enough offense with three runs in the 14th to outlast Missoula, 10-7.

Left fielder Christopher Dennis led off the deciding rally with a single and went all the way to third on center fielder Erik Miller's sacrifice bunt and a throwing error. Designated hitter Michael Roberts ended the suspense, lining a three-run homer to left, his second long ball of the season.

Right-hander Garrett Sherrill, who entered at 0-5 with an 8.78 ERA, gave up a lead-off double in the 11th and uncorked a wild pitch to put the runner at third base. He issued an intentional walk but escaped by sandwiching two strikeouts around a line drive to left field. However, he wasn't as lucky in the 12th, giving up a lead-off triple and two-out single as the Osprey knotted things again at 7-all. But he bounced back to pitch perfect through the 13th and 14th to get the victory.

Daniel Meadows gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks during the first four innings, three of the runs coming in the first. Nick Tyson allowed three hits in four scoreless innings.

Then Brandon Rapoza, who was making his first appearance after going 0-2 with Arizona, gave up three hits and two runs in the bottom of the ninth to blow the save. However, he bounced back to toss a scoreless 10th.

The Brewers had runners thrown out at third base and home plate but still scored a run in-between on third baseman John Delaney's single in the 12th inning for a 7-6 lead but couldn't hold it again.

The Brewers (20-18) overcame a 4-0 deficit after three innings and took a 6-4 advantage into the bottom of the ninth.

First baseman Brock Kjeldgaard slugged his eighth homer to lead off the fourth, smacked a two-run double in the fifth and lifted a sacrifice fly in the ninth to finish 3 for 6 with four RBIs.

Roberts wound up 3 for 5, shortstop Michael Marseco finished 4 for 7 and Delaney, outfielder Erik Komatsu and catcher Derrick Alfonso each contributed two hits to the visitors' 19-hit attack.


The Brewers finished the first half in last place, posting a dismal 6-21 record. They open the second half Monday—all games will start at 7 p.m. instead of 10:30 a.m.—against the first-half champion Angels.

Among those who played at least 15 games during the first half, catcher Shawn Zarraga led the Brewers with six doubles, 13 RBIs, a .378 on-base percentage, .467 slugging percentage and .267 batting average.

First baseman Pedro Ramos led the way with three triples, outfielder Jose Garcia topped the team with 31 total bases and Zarraga and outfielder Hitaniel Arias tied for team honors with two homers.

On the mound, Adrian Rosario (1-2) led the team in innings with 28.2 and Jose Sanchez made the most appearances with nine. Edwin Linares (2-1) was the lone hurler with more than one win. Of those with at least 10 innings pitched, Damon Krestalude (0-2) had the best ERA at 2.08, followed by Sanchez at 3.00 and Jacob Odorizzi at 3.27.

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