West Virginia Keeps 3-Game Lead

Jeremy Jeffress and two Huntsville relievers shut out Birmingham, R.J. Seidel masterful for the Power with six shutout innings and Helena's Erik Komatsu blasts a grand slam.

Nashville

The Stars exploded for six runs in the first and waltzed to an 8-2 victory over Round Rock on Monday night.

Nashville got a lead-off triple from left fielder Hernan Iribarren and got another from Chris Woodward that cleared the bases to make it 5-0 in their decisive first at-bat eruption.

Starter Lindsay Gulin (6-7) made it stand up as he worked six innings, allowing only one run on seven hits while striking out six.

Iribarren, first baseman Brad Nelson, right fielder Jay Gibbons, shortstop Adam Heether and second baseman Woodward all registered two hits.

Huntsville

The Stars improved to 27-29 with a 2-0 victory over Birmingham, scoring the game's only runs in the second inning and getting dominating pitching from three hurlers.

Southern League hitter of the week Angel Salome, who's now batting .367, led off with a single and third baseman Mat Gamel slugged his 19th homer to right-center to give him 94 RBIs.

Huntsville's pitchers did the rest as Jeremy Jeffress got his first victory in his second appearance in Class AA, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out four in six innings. Dave Johnson gave up three hits but tossed two scoreless innings and Juan Sandoval worked the ninth for his 17th save.

Designated hitter Salome finished 2 for 3, Gamel and second baseman Guilder Rodriguez went 2 for 4 and catcher Martin Maldonado was 3 for 4 as the Stars accumulated 11 hits.

Brevard County

The Manatees (26-30) were one of several contests rained out in the Florida State League.

West Virginia

The Power pounded Greenville, 8-3, to complete a four-game sweep of the Drive, extending their winning streak to five and maintaining a three-game lead over Lakewood.

R.J. Seidel (8-5) was masterful, allowing four hits in six scoreless innings to post his first victory since July 18 and longest outing since July 7. He struck out two and walked one.

Curtis Pasma allowed four hits and two runs in the seventh, and Robert Wooten gave up only his second earned run in 23 innings this year, striking out three in his two innings of work.

The first six batters in West Virginia's order collected two hits: second baseman Eric Farris, center fielder Logan Schafer, catcher Eric Fryer, first baseman Steffan Wilson, right fielder Caleb Gindl and third baseman Zelous Wheeler.

Fryer knocked in his 59th run, Wheeler brought home two to give him 80 RBIs and Gindl registered his 70th RBI.

Helena

The Brewers' pitching suffered again, but their bats finally broke out with a 22-hit barrage as the hosts downed Ogden, 16-10.

Right fielder Erik Komatsu finished 4 for 6 with three runs and his 11th homer, a grand slam with two outs in the fifth that gave Helena a 10-6 advantage after they rallied from a 5-1 deficit after 2.5 innings.

First baseman Brock Kjeldgaard finished 3 for 4 and knocked in four runs, left fielder Christopher Dennis also went 3 for 4 and third baseman John Delaney, center fielder Cutter Dykstra, pinch hitter-center fielder Erik Miller, catcher Michael Roberts and shortstop David Fonseca each added two hits.

Adam Arnold (2-2) got the win with 1.1 innings in relief of starter Liam Ohlmann, who gave up five runs, two of them unearned, in three innings.

Arizona

The Brewers suffered a 6-0 defeat against the Giants, the ninth consecutive game in which they've been held to four or fewer runs.

The Brewers (3-14) are in danger of finishing last in both halves, trailing the Athletics and Royals by 3.5 games with 10 contests remaining.

The visitors scored a run in the sixth and then put the game out of reach during a five-run seventh. They ripped Kristian Bueno (0-4) for six runs on five hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. The Brewers' other three hurlers combined for 7.1 innings and no runs.

Catcher Ulrich Snijders finished with two of the Brewers' six hits, including a double.


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