West Virginia Holds Serve With Win

Laynce Nix smacks his 23rd homer in Nashville's loss, while Cutter Dykstra hits his second as Helena falls.

Nashville

Laynce Nix clubbed his 23rd homer n the second inning to give the Sounds a 1-0 lead, but the hosts left their bats on the West Coast in dropping a 6-1 decision to Omaha on Friday.

The Royals knotted the score in the fourth and then busted it open with a five-run fifth against Lindsay Gulin (5-6), who gave up five walks and six hits, including three homers, while striking out five in five innings. Richie Gardner followed with four hitless innings.

Nix finished 2 for 2 with a triple and his long ball, while catcher Vinny Rottino went 1 for 3 with a double.

Huntsville

The Stars grabbed a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning and kept it until West Tennessee roughed up Huntsville closer Juan Sandoval (2-5) for two runs on three hits and a walk in the bottom of the ninth.

Huntsville (22-26) stayed eight games out of first despite getting two hits each from shortstop Alcides Escobar, designated hitter Angel Salome and third baseman Guilder Rodriguez, who was giving struggling Mat Gamel a night off. Gamel's average has dropped to .336 as he has hit a paltry .059 in his last 10 games with 16 strikeouts in 34 at-bats.

Brae Wright started, allowing four runs on three walks and six hits in five innings. Jason Shiell and Dave Johnson combined for three scoreless innings before Omaha's ninth-inning rally against Sandoval.

Brevard County

The Manatees allowed more runs Friday night than they had in sweeping a three-game series against Vero Beach, suffering a 7-3 defeat at first-place Daytona.

Brevard County did all of its damage in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead on three singles and Yohannis Perez's bases-clearing triple to center.

Starter Derek Miller gave up two hits in three scoreless innings, but the Cubs touched Bobby Bramhall for two runs on six hits in 2.1 innings. Then Daytona got to Josh Wahpepah (2-2) and Casey Baron for five runs in the seventh.

Left fielder Mel Stocker finished 3 for 4 with a double, while shortstop Brent Brewer and first baseman Kenny Holmberg went 2 for 4.

West Virginia

Right fielder Caleb Gindl and designated hitter Curt Rindal belted back-to-back solo homers in the second and each knocked in two runs, while three Power hurlers combined for a three-hitter as West Virginia posted a 4-2 victory over Hickory.

The hosts improved to 32-15 and kept their 1.5-game margin over Lakewood.

West Virginia got a 4 for 4 effort from Gindl, whose average jumped up to .297, and two hits apiece from Rindal and center fielder Lee Haydel.

Meanwhile, Reed Dickert (2-2) got the victory with four hitless innings that included four strikeouts as his ERA dropped to 1.90. Corey Frerichs then went two more hitless innings for his 10th save. R.J. Seidel went the first three innings, allowing three hits and two unearned runs.

Helena

The Brewers got solo homers from first baseman Brock Kjeldgaard and center fielder Cutter Dykstra, but it wasn't nearly enough as they were whipped 9-3 by Orem.

Helena (3-8) dropped its fourth consecutive game as starter Liam Ohlmann (0-2) gave up six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings.

Dykstra finished 2 for 3 with a double and his second round-tripper, while second baseman Jose Duran went 3 for 4 with a double.


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