Nashville, Helena Rally for Wins

Nashville's three-run ninth ignites 5-4 triumph. Meanwhile, Helena overcomes 9-2 deficit with six-run eighth, two-run ninth and five-run 10th for 15-10 victory.


The Sounds rallied from a 4-2 deficit with a three-run ninth and got two strong innings from closer Luis Pena to claim a 5-4 victory over Sacramento on Wednesday night.

Nashville's winning rally in the top of the ninth started with Adam Heether's one-out walk. Ozzie Chavez doubled Heether home and came around to tie it on Hernan Iribarren's single. Iribarren went to second on the throw, to third on a fly ball and scored the deciding run on a wild pitch.

Pena (2-2) had allowed 10 earned runs in his last 1.2 innings, but he got the victory with two hitless innings, walking two and striking out four.

Designated hitter Jay Gibbons finished 3 for 4 with a double, while Iribarren was 4o for 4 with a double, triple and three RBIs.


The Stars scuffled again at the plate, registering only four hits in dropping their season-high sixth straight loss, a 3-2 decision to Montgomery that gave them nine setbacks in their last 10 outings to fall to 18-21.

Huntsville answered the Biscuits with runs in their halves of the first and sixth, but the visitors tallied the winner in the ninth against closer Juan Sandoval (2-4) on a solo, lead-off homer.

Designated hitter Alcides Escobar went 1 for 3 with a double, but third baseman Mat Gamel's struggles continued as he went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Starter David Welch tossed the first seven innings, allowing two runs on only five hits and one walk while striking out four.

The Stars end the dismal five-game series Thursday before hosting Mississippi for five more.

Brevard County

The Manatees' rescheduled doubleheader was washed out after they and St. Lucie were rained out Tuesday.

Brevard County (15-21) will make up the games at a later date. In the meantime, Jeremy Jeffress is scheduled to take the hill at home against Palm Beach on Thursday.

West Virginia

Lakewood responded to West Virginia's series-opening victory with a 7-3 triumph t shave the Power's Northern Division lead back to two games.

The Power outhit the Blueclaws 11-6, but the visitors allowed five unearned runs to seal their fate.

Starter Daniel Merklinger (4-8) got the loss after giving up three runs, two earned, on only two hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. Pedro Lambertus then gave up three walks and two hits in one inning, but all four runs were unearned.

Right fielder Caleb Gindl finished 3 for 4 with a double, second baseman Eric Farris went 2 for 3 with a triple and left fielder Steffan Wilson was 2 for 4. Catcher Eric Fryer knocked in two runs.


The Brewers' second-half struggles looked to be snowballing as they fell behind 9-2 and appeared headed for a third straight loss to start the second half. But they exploded for six runs on an error, four walks, a wild pitch and Michael Roberts' grand slam homer, his third, to climb to within 9-8 in the eighth. They then tallied twice in the ninth to knot things at 10-all.

Helena then erupted again in the 10th, scoring five more times en route to a 15-10 triumph.

Roberts started the final uprising with a single and Michael Vass knocked in two runs with another single to key the inning.

Mark Willinsky (3-1) worked the final three innings, allowing only one hit while striking out five to get the victory.


The Brewers dropped their second straight after opening the second half with a victory, falling 7-1 to the Padres.

The Padres broke open a 2-1 game with a four-run sixth, registering three hits and two walks against Jorge Crespo. However, Brewers' starter Damon Krestalude (0-3) was the loser after giving up four walks, three hits and two runs in two innings.

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