Huntsville's Bats Finally Bust Out

Angel Salome collected three hits, including two doubles, and knocked in five runs as Huntsville broke out for 13 runs and 15 hits against West Tennessee.

Nashville

The Sounds battled Omaha until the end but came up on the short end of a 9-8 decision Sunday night.

Right fielder Jay Gibbons went 3 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI, second baseman Adam Heether hit a solo homer and scored three times and shortstop Chris Woodward went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI.

Chris Narveson started and allowed five runs on three walks and five hits in 5.2 innings despite striking out nine. Randy Choate (0-2) got the loss by giving up four runs on three walks and three hits in 1.1 innings. Erasmo Ramirez then went two scoreless frames.

Huntsville

The Stars (23-27) produced eight runs in the seventh and eight innings, posting a 13-7 victory against West Tennessee to snap a three-game losing streak.

Huntsville had scored more than five runs once since July 18 and hadn't reached double figures since July 11, so it was a welcome offensive reprieve.

The Stars didn't homer, but they pounded six doubles and a triple among their 15 hits.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar went 4 for 6, designated hitter Angel Salome finished 3 for 6 with two doubles and five RBIs and left fielder Michael Brantley, right fielder Cole Gillespie and second baseman Mike Bell each contributed two hits.

Huntsville starter Alexandre Periard went five innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks. Patrick Ryan tossed the next two innings and gave up three runs, but only one of them was earned. Dave Johnson and Omar Aguilar each pitched an inning to finish it up.

Brevard County

The Manatees (22-25) won their fifth contest in their last six outings, posting a 7-6 victory in 10 innings against Vero Beach on Sunday afternoon. It was Brevard County's fourth straight win over the Devil Rays in its last six games.

Brevard County scored the game-winner on second baseman Yohannis Perez's RBI grounder, which plated pinch runner Scott Houin from third base. First baseman Kenny Holmberg started the rally with a double to right and moved up 90 feet on catcher Andy Bouchie's sacrifice bunt.

The hosts had built a 5-0 advantage after two innings, getting run-producing hits from third baseman Taylor Green, right fielder Chuck Caufield and shortstop Brent Brewer in the first and RBI doubles from center fielder Charlie Fermaint and Caufield in the second.

Bouchie knocked in a run in the fifth to make it 6-1, but Vero Beach tallied four times in the seventh and once in the ninth.

Josh Butler started and went two scoreless innings and Derrick Ellison followed with three innings, allowing an unearned run. Then the Rays gouged E.J. Shanks for four runs in the seventh. Rafael Lluberes worked the eighth and Mike McClendon (5-5) allowed the ninth-inning run but got the victory.

Green finished 3 for 4, while Caufield, Brewer and Holmberg each contributed two hits.

West Virginia

The Power continued to carry the big lumber, pounding out 14 hits during a 13-6 triumph against Hickory, increasing their cushion to two games over idol Lakewood.

West Virginia (34-15) got four hits, including his 18th homer, and two RBIs from third baseman Steffan Wilson, who increased his RBI total to 86. Second baseman Eric Farris went 3 for 4, left fielder Logan Schafer was 2 for 5 and first baseman Curt Rindal clubbed his ninth homer and brought home four to give him 68 RBIs for the season.

Starter Daniel Merklinger (6-8) was the beneficiary despite allowing six runs on five hits in five innings. Roque Mercedes went two hitless innings, while Robert Wooten continued his impressive season with four strikeouts in two innings. Wooten has yet to give up a run in nine outings covering 17.2 innings between Helena and West Virginia, striking out 26 and walking only four.

Helena

The Brewers, who were 20-18 and finished in second place during the first half, continued their second-half slide. They suffered a 10-7 setback at Ogden, their sixth straight loss in falling to 3-10.

Center fielder Cutter Dykstra finished 3 for 5 with a double, three-run homer (his third) and two runs. Right fielder Erik Komatsu went 3 for 4, catcher Corey Kemp was 3 for 5 and left fielder Christopher Dennis was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

However, the Brewers' pitching took its lumps again: Efrain Nieves was pummeled, giving up six runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings, and Nestor Corredor (1-1) allowed four runs on five hits in 1.2 innings.


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