Nashville Sweeps Doubleheader

Taylor Green hits homer in Brevard County's victory, while struggles continue for Huntsville, Helena and Arizona.

Nashville

The Sounds received just enough offense and got excellent pitching as they swept a doubleheader from Omaha, taking the opener 5-3 and grabbing the nightcap 2-1.

Nashville delivered the game-deciding outburst with a three-run second in the first game. Catcher Vinny Rottino's grounder scored the first run and third baseman Joe Dillon grounded a two-run single to left to cap it.

Sam Narron (7-3) went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks. Joe Bateman recorded his second save with 1.2 hitless innings.

Dillon, designated hitter Brad Nelson, shortstop Adam Heether and second baseman Callix Crabbe each contributed two hits.

In game two, Jay Gibbons' second homer tied the contest in the fourth and Hernan Iribarren's RBI single scored Ozzie Chavez, who had reached on a two-out error and stolen second base.

Troy Cate went the first four innings and gave up one run. Mitch Stetter (2-3) got the win with a hitless fifth, and Tim Dillard notched his second save with two scoreless innings.

Huntsville

The Stars (22-27) suffered another tough defeat, falling 4-3 at West Tennessee as the hosts scored the game-winner in the seventh.

Mat Gamel and Lorenzo Cain slugged their 17th and third homers, respectively, and the Stars won the hit column, 8-6, but it still wasn't enough.

Cain finished 3 for 3 and shortstop Alcides Escobar went 2 for 4.

David Welch worked the first six innings for Huntsville, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out five. Steve Bray (1-2) got the loss with two hits and a run in his only inning.

Brevard County

Third baseman Taylor Green's solo homer, his 15th long ball, and a three-run seventh lifted the Manatees to a 5-2 victory over first-place Daytona.

Second baseman Yohannis Perez's two-run triple and left fielder Mel Stocker's RBI single keyed the key uprising as the Manatees helped make a winner of starter Amaury Rivas (1-1), who went five innings with one run on five hits.

Robert Hinton went two scoreless innings and Zach Braddock went one before Mike McClendon allowed a run his only inning.

Shortstop Brent Brewer went 3 for 4, while Stocker and catcher Jonathan Lucroy contributed two hits apiece.

West Virginia

The Power committed four errors. It didn't matter because they also smashed four homers to lead a 19-hit attack en route to a 17-1 victory over Hickory that helped them maintain a 1.5-game divisional lead.

West Virginia scored five times in the first, give in the second and four in the third.

The long ball barrage started with first baseman Steffan Wilson's 17th in the second, third baseman Zelous Wheeler's 12th in the third, catcher-left fielder Eric Fryer's ninth in the fourth and backup catcher Ulrich Snijders' fourth in the eighth.

Wilson finished 4 for 5 with four RBIs, Fryer went 4 for 5 and added a double and triple, designated hitter Curt Rindal was 3 for 4 with two doubles, Wheeler knocked in three runs.

West Virginia accumulated 11 extra-base hits as nine batters knocked in runs.

The pitching was excellent, too. Starter Michael Bowman (2-1) went five innings, giving up an unearned run and three hits. Pedro Lambertus went three hitless innings and Curtis Pasma tossed a perfect ninth.

Helena

The Brewers (3-9) lost for the fifth straight time and seventh in eight outings since starting the second half 2-2, suffering a 3-2 setback as Orem tallied the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth against Garrett Sherrill (1-7).

Third baseman John Delaney, right fielder Erik Komatsu and center fielder Erik Miller led Helena's offense with two hits each.

Arizona

The Royals blanked the Brewers, 5-0, handing the visitors their second straight defeat after attaining only their second two-game winning streak of the season.

The Brewers registered seven hits, including three from designated hitter Lou Palmisano and two from right fielder Hitaniel Arias.

Damon Krestalude (0-4) started and gave up five hits and three runs, but two of them were unearned.


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