West Virginia Expands Lead to 3 Games

Eric Fryer's homer off former Milwaukee hurler Jose Capellan ignited West Virginia's victory. The Power play nine of their remaining 14 contests at home.

Nashville

The Sounds grabbed a 5-1 margin in the top of the fourth but gave it right back in the bottom half and then didn't score again in suffering a 6-5 defeat to Round Rock on Sunday night.

Nashville finished with 14 hits, two apiece from center fielder Tony Gwynn, third baseman Joe Dillon, shortstop Adam Heether, left fielder Vinny Rottino and catcher Carlos Corporan.

The Sounds pounded out 10 hits through four innings, but two double plays prevented them from doing more damage.

Troy Cate and Richie Gardner combined to allow five runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings, but Randy Choate (0-4) got the loss by giving up three hits and a run in his two-inning stint. Mitch Stetter pitched a scoreless eighth.

Huntsville

Chattanooga erupted for eight runs in the second inning and the Stars' rally fell short by an 8-7 score.

Huntsville (26-30) hurlers Patrick Ryan, Robert Hinton, Omar Aguilar and Steve Bray held the visitors to only four hits after the second, an inning that starter Alexandre Periard only recorded one out. Periard (1-3) was torched for seven hits, including a grand slam, and two walks as his ERA skyrocketed to 9.15.

Catcher Angel Salome finished 3 for 5 with a solo homer to raise his average to .364 and third baseman Mat Gamel went 2 for 5, slugging his team-leading 19th homer and bringing home two to give him 92 RBIs.

Brevard County

The Manatees bounced back from doubleheader loss Saturday to claim a 5-0 victory in the first game of another twinbill Sunday, but they couldn't hold or expand on a 4-0 first-inning advantage in dropping the second contest, 5-4, to St. Lucie on Sunday.

In the opener, Brevard County (26-30) received two RBIs apiece from shortstop Brent Brewer and catcher Jonathan Lucroy and a complete-game, eight-hitter from left-hander Chris Cody.

Cody (3-4) struck out six and walked only one in registering his second consecutive win. In his last three outings, Cody has allowed two earned runs in 19 innings as his ERA has dipped to 1.91 with the Manatees and 1.86 overall this year.

Left fielder Mel Stocker and center fielder Charlie Fermaint led the way with two hits as the Manatees jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second and added cushion with two runs in the sixth.

Brewer's two-run single, the hosts' fifth of the inning, capped the third. Then Lucroy doubled to center to bring home the final two runs.

In game two, Stocker finished 3 for 4 with a double, Lucroy went 2 for 4 and Fermaint was 2 for 3 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs. But Brevard County couldn't do anything with its five hits after the first inning.

Starter Bobby Bramhall lowered his ERA to 2.49 with five innings of three-hit, one-run ball with six strikeouts. Casey Baron allowed a run in the sixth, and the Mets roughed up Mike McClendon (7-6) for three runs on four hits in the seventh.

West Virginia

The Power continued a dominating combination of excellent pitching and productive offense, claiming a 5-2 victory over Greenville.

West Virginia rapped out 11 hits, including catcher Eric Fryer's 10th homer, and starter Lucas Luetge allowed one run in six innings as the visitors earned their fourth straight win. The current streak has seen the Power outscore their foes 22-5.

The Power improved to 38-18 and padded their Northern Division lead to three games as Lakewood lost to Charleston.

Center fielder Logan Schafer finished 3 for 5 with a double, while Fryer and third baseman Zelous Wheeler added two hits apiece. Fryer finished with three RBIs, including his two-run shot off Greenville starter and former Milwaukee hurler Jose Capellan (3-5).

Luetge (2-1) scattered six hits and walked only one while striking out four as his ERA dropped to 2.63. Mike Ramlow allowed a run in two innings and Reed Dickert struck out the side in the ninth to record his third save.

West Virginia goes for the sweep Monday before returning home to meet Asheville for four contests as it plays nine of its final 14 scheduled games at Appalachian Power Park.

Helena

The Brewers fell to 6-14 after losing all four games against first-place Orem, dropping a 9-5 decision, leaving them 0-7 against the Owlz this season.

Orem improved its second-half record to 16-4, increasing its franchise record winning streak to 14 games, overcoming Helena's 4-0 first-inning advantage with six runs in the third.

The Brewers accumulated seven hits, six singles and shortstop David Fonseca's double. The hosts couldn't sustain their offensive output, getting only three hits after the first inning.

Lefty Daniel Meadows (1-1) lasted four innings, allowing six runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks.


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