Huntsville Completes Twinbill Sweep

Helena outfielder Erik Komatsu smashes two three-run homers for six RBI's in 10-4 victory.

Nashville

The Sounds managed eight hits and had base runners in all but two innings, but they couldn't come up with a big inning in dropping a 4-2 decision to American Division South leader Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon.

Left fielder Callix Crabbe went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, third baseman Joe Dillon finished 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI and shortstop Adam Heether was 2 for 4 with a two-bagger.

Nashville starter Lindsay Gulin (5-7) lost his third straight decision, working seven innings. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Tim Dillard allowed one run on three hits in two innings.

Huntsville

The Stars put together enough pitching and offense, sweeping a doubleheader from Chattanooga, 5-3 and 11-6, to improve to 25-27 and climb within one game of second place Tennessee.

Huntsville survived solo homers against starter Jeremy Jeffress and closer Juan Sandoval and got two RBIs from Cole Gillespie to highlight the opener.

Jeffress went the first 2.1 innings in his first appearance for the Stars, walking three and allowing two hits and two runs. Patrick Ryan (5-5) worked 2.2 scoreless innings and Dave Johnson went one frame before Sandoval recorded his 16th save despite giving up the run and two hits in the seventh.

Gillespie lined his 36th double to left to score Angel Salome and Mat Gamel, both who had walked, to key a three-run third. Michael Brantley finished 2 for 4 with two runs, Alcides Escobar finished 2 for 3, Salome was 2 for 2 and Chris Errecart went 2 for 3.

The Stars erupted for four runs in the fourth and five in the sixth to put away the second game.

Gillespie stayed hot, going 3 for 4 with two more RBIs to give him 74. Lorenzo Cain also was 3 for 4 with two runs, while Escobar knocked in two runs. And Mat Gamel got back into the act in a big way, finishing 2 for 4 with a double and four RBIs, which gives him 91 for the season.

Mike Jones and Donovan Hand (2-4) each gave up three runs in three innings, while Robert Hinton pitched a scoreless seventh.

Brevard County

The Manatees (23-27) built a 3-0 advantage through five innings, but despite accumulating 12 hits they couldn't tack on anymore runs and their pitching couldn't hold the lead as they fell 4-3 to Palm Beach.

Bobby Bramhall went the first six innings, holding the Cardinals to only four hits and an unearned run while fanning eight to lower his ERA to 2.52. However, Derek Miller allowed two runs to score in four innings, and Joshua Wahpepah (2-3) gave up a lead-off homer in the 11th to end the game.

Mel Stocker continued his hot hitting (.370) by going 2 for 5 with a triple, Chuck Caufield equaled his 2 for 5 effort and designated hitter Lou Palmisano finished 3 for 5 and is 4 for 11 in two games with the club.

West Virginia

The Power suffered their third consecutive loss to Augusta, a 4-2 decision, as they slipped into a tie with Lakewood atop the South Atlantic League's Northern Division with a 34-18 mark.

West Virginia's once powerful offense has been stifled in this series as the visitors have scored only three runs.

Second baseman Eric Farris and catcher Eric Fryer each accounted for two of the team's six hits as Power batters struck out 10 times.

Starter R.J. Seidel (7-5) deserved a better fate, going five innings and allowing only one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Pedro Lambertus was touched for two runs in two innings, and Curtis Pasma pitched a hitless eighth.

Helena

The Brewers notched their third straight win over Ogden, taking a 4-0 lead after two innings and putting the victory away with a four-run sixth en route to a 10-4 triumph.

Right fielder Erik Komatsu clubbed his eighth and ninth homers, both two-run shots with two outs, to ignite the 12-hit offensive attack. His six RBIs gives him 36 for the year as his averaged inched back up to .347.

Steven Braun smacked his first professional long ball, a pinch-hit shot with one aboard in the eighth. John Delaney finished 3 for 4, David Fonseca was 2 for 5 and Brock Kjeldgaard led the way with a 4 for 5 performance.

Brandon Ritchie (1-2) worked six scoreless innings that included five hits and five strikeouts. Liam Ohlmann and Nestor Corredor each allowed two runs before Brandon Rapoza got the final two outs.

Arizona

The Brewers suffered their fifth consecutive loss, a 5-2 decision against the Giants and a streak in which they've scored a combined nine runs.

The visitors managed only four hits, with catcher Ulrich Snijders and right fielder Hitaniel Arias rapping doubles.

Starter Stosh Wawrzasek (0-2) got the loss despite allowing only one run in two innings. Jacob Odorizzi was the third hurler to work, allowing a run and hit but getting out of the fifth unscathed.


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