Brevard County, West Virginia Win

Huntsville and Helena suffer defeats, while West Virginia maintains 1.5 game lead.


The entire Pacific Coast League took Thursday off, meaning the Sounds (48-70) and winners of four straight will resume action Friday with the first of four games against Omaha to start an eight-game home stand.


The Stars (22-25) gave up two unearned runs and couldn't must enough offense, dropping a 6-3 verdict to West Tennessee and falling eight games out of first place.

Left fielder Michael Brantley, catcher Angel Salome and right fielder Cole Gillespie each contributed two hits, with Gillespie knocking in two to increase his RBI total to 70. However, third baseman Mat Gamel's second-half slide continued as he went 0 for 4 as his average dropped to .336, which is third behind Salome's .342 and shortstop Alcides Escobar's .337.

Starter Mike Jones (1-5), who picked up his first win his last time out, surrendered three runs on three hits and two walks in four innings. Donovan Hand gave up an unearned run in two innings and Omar Aguilar was touched for two runs, one earned, in his only inning. Steve Bray pitched a hitless eighth.

Brevard County

The Manatees (20-24) completed a three-game road sweep of Vero Beach with a 6-3 decision, their fourth win in their last five games.

Brevard County grabbed a 3-0 advantage in the third inning on third baseman Taylor Green's 14th homer with one out and added single runs in the fifth, eighth and ninth, the latter on designated hitter Jonathan Lucroy's seventh long ball.

Then they held on as the Devil Rays tallied three times on three hits and three walks against Derrick Ellison in the ninth before Mike McClendon got the final out for his 10th save.

Lefty starter Chris Cody (2-4) worked the first six innings, allowing no runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two. E.J. Shanks and Rafael Lluberes each tossed a scoreless inning.

Center fielder Charlie Fermaint, Lucroy, Green and right fielder Chuck Caufield each finished with two hits.

West Virginia

The Power spotted last-place Hickory a two-run lead, took it back for good in the fourth and buried the visitors with a nine-run eighth inning en route to a 13-2 victory.

West Virginia (31-15) maintained its 1.5 game lead over Lakewood by pounding 17 hits.

Catcher Eric Fryer's two-run single and first baseman Curt Rindal's two-run double highlighted the eighth-inning outburst, which featured 13 batters, three walks and seven hits, including five consecutive singles.

Fryer, designated hitter Steffan Wilson and Rindal led the attack with three hits each, while Rindal finished with three RBIs. Second baseman Eric Farris, left fielder Logan Schafer and center fielder Lee Haydel added two hits apiece.

Starter Lucas Luetge (1-1) went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out five. Mike Ramlow got credit for a save, his eighth, because he went three innings, allowing not hits or walks and striking out two.


The Brewers suffered their third consecutive defeat to slip to 3-7 in the second half as they fell 5-4 in 10 innings at Orem.

Third baseman John Delaney and right fielder Cutter Dykstra, in his first game back with Helena, each went 3 for 5 to lead the offense.

Helena grabbed a 4-1 lead with three runs in the seventh, but newly promoted Cody Scarpetta was touched for three runs in the bottom half as the hosts tied it. Orem then pushed across the game-winner against Garrett Sherrill (1-6) on a walk, hit batter, double steal and eventual force-play grounder.

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