Nashville Explodes for Season-High 15 Runs

Chris Woodward's grand slam highlighted Nashville's four-homer, 14-hit attack. Meanwhile, Huntsville won its second in a row and three Brevard County pitchers combined for a shutout.

Nashville

The Sounds spotted Fresno a 5-2 lead after two innings and trailed 9-8 after four, but they continued their barrage in cruising to a 15-9 triumph Sunday night.

Nashville unleashed its highest scoring output of the season, accumulating 14 hits, which included right fielder Laynce Nix's 21st long ball, third baseman Joe Dillon's third and the second each for catcher J.R. Hopf and second baseman Chris Woodward.

Woodward finished 4 for 5 with six RBIs, including a grand slam with two outs in the sixth, while Dillon went 2 for 5 with his three-run blast in the fourth. Left fielder Hernan Iribarren, Nix and Hopf added two hits apiece.

Nashville needed them all because starter Richie Gardner was bombed for nine runs, eight earned, on 10 hits in four innings. But the bullpen of Erasmo Ramirez (2-4) and Troy Cate combined on a one-hitter over the final five innings.

Huntsville

The Stars put together back-to-back victories for the first time since taking three in a row from July 17-19, claiming a 3-2, 11-inning triumph over Mississippi.

Huntsville's patchwork offense scraped out 10 hits, including four from center fielder Lorenzo Cain and the game-winning single from catcher Anderson De La Rosa.

First baseman Chris Errecart walked and Cain singled to start the 11th and both moved up on right fielder Freddy Parejo's sacrifice bunt, setting the stage for De La Rosa.

The Stars (20-23) also received two hits from starting pitcher Brae Wright, including a double. Wright worked the first eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight in lowering his ERA to 3.26. Dave Johnson worked two hitless innings and Steve Bray (1-1) struck out two to offset a hit and a walk to get the win.

Brevard County

Three pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout, while center fielder Charlie Fermaint smacked a walk-off homer on a 2-2 pitch to lead off the bottom of the ninth to hand the Manatees a 1-0 victory over Daytona.

Fermaint's fifth long ball made a winner of Brevard County's third pitcher, Josh Wahpepah (2-1), who allowed a hit and a walk but got out of the top of the inning with a double-play grounder.

Brevard County (17-23) trails the first-place Cubs by 7.5 games in the Florida State League's East Division standings but closed the gap to 9-8 in the season series. The teams play Monday night and again Friday and Saturday, all at Daytona.

Lefty starter Bobby Bramhall was masterful, silencing the Cubs on three hits and no walks with five strikeouts through six innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.56. Derrick Ellison then tossed two innings of two-hit ball.

Offensively, the Manatees accumulated only four hits, including two from Fermaint, who is hitting only .213, and one each from second baseman Kenny Holmberg (.224) and right fielder Scott Houin (.190).

West Virginia

The Power (29-14) fell way behind for a second straight night but couldn't rally this time, dropping a 10-5 decision to Delmarva. However, the hosts maintained their two-game cushion because Lakewood also lost.

The Shorebirds roughed up West Virginia starter Michael Bowman (1-1), taking advantage of five hits and five walks to score six runs in 4.1 innings. Relievers Wes Etheridge and Jose Garcia each allowed two more runs in a combined 4.2 innings.

Shortstop Eric Farris was the lone Power batter to collect more than one hit, finishing 2 for 5. Right fielder Logan Schafer contributed a double and second baseman Zelous Wheeler had a triple and his 69th RBI, while designated hitter Curt Rindal knocked in two runs.

Helena

The Brewers tallied the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to improve to 3-4 and hand first-place Billings its first loss of the second half.

Helena's winning effort happened with two outs. Third baseman John Delaney walked and advanced to second as shortstop David Fonseca reached on a throwing error, the visitors' second miscue of the inning. Left fielder Erik Komatsu then delivered Delaney with a single to right.

Designated hitter Derrick Alfonso clubbed a two-run homer in the second, his first long ball of the year, and first baseman Brock Kjeldgaard lifted his ninth round-tripper with two outs in the third for the hosts' other runs.

Komatsu finished 3 for 5 to push his average up to .337, while right fielder Michael Vass went 2 for 4.

Starter Trey Watten was touched for three runs on three walks and three hits in two innings. However, Cody Adams slammed the door with four innings of one-hit ball and Wily Peralta (1-1) kept it shut with six strikeouts and only one hit over the final three innings to get the win.


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