Huntsville Breaks Losing Skid

West Virginia keeps two-game lead after overcoming 9-1 deficit with nine-run explosion. Meanwhile, three Arizona pitchers combine for 19 strikeouts but the Brewers still lose.


They probably never thought it would happen, but the Stars finally tasted victory. Huntsville (19-23) posted a 5-2 victory over Mississippi to snap an eight-game losing streak and remain six games out of first place.

Chris Errecart capped a four-run first inning with a three-run blast to left, his 14th homer of the year. Alcides Escobar singled with one out, Mat Gamel walked and Cole Gillespie singled for the first run to set up Errecart.

Gillespie finished 2 for 4 as the Stars finished with only five hits for a second consecutive night.

Righty Mike Jones (1-4) tasted victory, allowing only one run, one walk and two hits in five innings. Jason Shiell gave up one run in two innings, Steve Bray pitched a perfect eighth and Juan Sandoval recorded his 14th save despite walking three batters in the ninth.

Brevard County

The Manatees suffered another tough loss, falling 2-0 to Palm Beach as they were limited to three hits.

Chris Cody (1-4) suffered the defeat despite giving up only one run and three hits in six strong innings that included four strikeouts.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, third baseman Taylor Green and first baseman Kenny Holmberg registered the only hits.

West Virginia

The Power trailed 8-1 and then shocked Delmarva with a nine-run eruption that carried them to an unexpected 12-8 triumph that kept them two games ahead of Lakewood in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division.

West Virginia (29-13) sent 12 batters to the plate and got two singles from center fielder Caleb Gindl and second baseman Zelous Wheeler's 10th homer, a three-run shot to left that put an exclamation point on the outburst and put the hosts ahead.

Right fielder Logan Schafer, Gindl and left fielder Lee Haydel each finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Haydel added two RBIs.

Starter R.J. Seidel, a La Crosse, Wis., native, was spared the defeat after giving up six hits and five runs in two innings. Evan Frederickson followed and couldn't find the plate, walking five that led to three runs, two earned, in just 1.1 innings.

However, Pedro Lambertus restored order with 2.2 scoreless innings, while Robert Wooten (1-0), Curtis Pasma and Reed Dickert each tossed scoreless frames.


The Brewers (2-4) fell behind 4-1 in the top of the third and never recovered, falling 7-2 to first-half winner and second-half leader Billings (6-0).

Helena got a 3-for-5 effort from center fielder Erik Komatsu, who is hitting .329. Shortstop David Fonseca, right fielder Michael Vass and second baseman Jose Duran each finished 2 for 4.

Starter Brandon Ritchie (0-2) was ripped for 10 hits and seven runs, five earned, in four innings. Liam Ohlmann went 3.2 innings with only three hits, while Brandon Rapoza was unscathed in the final 1.1 frames.


The Brewers again came up on the short end, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Athletics.

Catcher Shawn Zarraga and first baseman Pedro Ramos each went 2 for 4, while left fielder Jose Garcia clubbed a solo homer, his second, with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

The Brewers got excellent pitching from starter Cody Scarpetta, who tossed five innings of two-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and no walks as his ERA dropped to 0.57. Luis Guerrero (1-4) got the loss after giving up two runs, both unearned, in two innings. Ben Jeffers then worked two scoreless innings as the three Brewers' hurlers combined for 19 strikeouts.

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