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Huntsville offense struggles again as Stars' batters struck out 14 times during a 4-2 loss to Mississippi on Monday night.


Left fielder Jay Gibbons led off the 11th inning with his first homer in the Milwaukee system and the Sounds added four more runs to bag an eventual 13-10 triumph over Fresno on Monday night.

Nashville sent 10 batters to the plate as it ripped six hits in the deciding outburst, including reliever Tim Dillard's RBI single, to post 20 hits overall and claim its second straight win.

The Sounds jumped ahead 3-0 in their first at-bat but were forced to rally for a second straight game, and that's what they did in claiming an 8-5 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth.

They scored what could have been the game-winner on singles from Gibbons and Joe Dillon, a grounder by Brad Nelson and a wild pitch in the seventh that moved the visitors ahead 6-5.

Then Laynce Nix, hitting .349 in his last 10 games with four homers and eight RBIs heading into Monday night's contest, swatted his 22nd long ball, a two-run shot, to give Nashville the extra cushion it needed.

That's because erratic closer Luis Pena again turned in a shaky outing, getting ripped for three hits, two walks and three runs in the ninth as his ERA ballooned to 6.35.

Gibbons went 3 for 7, third baseman Joe Dillon finished 4 for 5 with three runs, first baseman Brad Nelson was 2 for 6, Nix ended up 3 for 5, and catcher J.R. Hopf and second baseman Hernan Iribarren went 2 for 5.

Dillard (6-0) got the victory despite giving up three hits and two runs in the final of his two innings.

Starter Sam Narron allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Joe Bateman went 1.1 innings and Randy Choate tossed a scoreless eighth.


The Stars' offense was mostly punchless again as they suffered a 4-2 setback to Mississippi in which they struck out 14 times.

Huntsville (20-24) got shortstop Alcides Escobar's eighth homer and two RBIs and a double from center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Third baseman Mat Gamel whiffed twice and first baseman Chris Errecart and second baseman Mike Bell each struck out three times.

David Welch (10-2) gave up single runs in the first and second but then ran into trouble in the seventh as the visitors tallied twice to decide the outcome. Welch finished with 6.2 innings, eight hits and four runs allowed and eight strikeouts.

Jason Shiell got the final out of the seventh and Ben Howard recorded two scoreless innings.

Brevard County

Fours were wild for Daytona on Monday night as the hosts scored four times in the first and again in the fifth in routing the Manatees, 8-1.

Brevard County (17-24) managed only five hits, two of them from center fielder Mel Stocker, who's hitting .349 since joining the Manatees. Shortstop Brent Brewer went 1 for 3 with the team's only run and a double.

Mike Ramlow (2-2) was tagged for four runs on five hits, including a homer, in three innings. Amaury Rivas gave up the other four runs including a long ball while pitching the fifth and sixth innings.

Robert Hinton pitched his third straight scoreless inning since coming off the disabled list, and E.J. Shanks went two scoreless frames.

West Virginia

The Power overcame a 3-2 deficit during a four-run fifth inning en route to a 9-4 victory over Delmarva to improve to 30-14 in the second half and maintain their two-game lead over Lakewood.

Catcher Eric Fryer ignited the key surge with a lead-off solo homer to left. First baseman Steffan Wilson and center fielder Caleb Gindl followed with singles, and second baseman Zelous Wheeler lofted his 11th homer to left-center to give the hosts a 6-3 advantage.

Fryer improved his average to .337 with a 3-for-4 effort that featured his eighth dinger, three RBIs and three runs scored. Wilson finished 3 for 5 and Wheeler was 2 for 3, as was left fielder Lee Haydel.

Daniel Merklinger (5-8) got the win despite giving up six hits and four runs, although only two were earned, in 5.1 innings. Robert Wooten continued his masterful relief work, tossing 3.2 innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts to register his second save since his promotion from Helena. He has combined for 22 strikeouts and three walks in 15.2 scoreless innings.


The Brewers (3-5) scored five times in last three innings but it wasn't enough as their comeback fell short in a 10-9 setback to first-place Billings.

Six Helena batters collected two hits apiece in its 15-hit attack: shortstop David Fonseca, center fielders Erik Komatsu and Erik Miller, first baseman Brock Kjeldgaard, left fielder Christopher Dennis and second baseman Jose Duran.

Komatsu and Miller each contributed triples, but the other 13 hits were singles. Kjeldgaard and Dennis led the way with two RBIs apiece.

Starter Efrain Nieves (4-3) got tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits. Mark Willinsky also allowed four runs during his three-inning stint.


The Brewers were out of it from the first inning as the Mariners bolted to a 6-0 lead en route to an 11-1 triumph.

The hosts ripped Brewers' starter Adrian Rosario for six earned runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings.

Shortstop Miguel Vasquez went 2 for 4 with a double and the team's only RBI.

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