Nashville Beats Round Rock, Rain

Steffan Wilson clubbed his 19th homer, a grand slam, and Caleb Gindl smacked his 10th long ball, but West Virginia still lost Tuesday night.


The Sounds overcame three errors and beat the rain as well as Round Rock, taking three of four in Texas after an 8-5 victory Tuesday night.

Nashville pounded 14 hits, including three from second baseman Chris Woodward, in a game shortened to 6.5 innings by Mother Nature as the visitors tallied three times in the sixth and twice in the seventh to secure the outcome.

Center fielder Tony Gwynn, left fielder Hernan Iribarren and right fielder Jay Gibbons each added two hits.

Sam Narron (8-4) worked 5.1 innings, giving up nine hits and five runs but getting the win because of the Sounds' rally.

In a scheduling quirk, the teams turn around and play a five-game set in Nashville starting Wednesday, basically making it a nine-game series.


The Stars (27-30) scored four unanswered runs to take a 4-3 advantage, but their relief pitchers didn't provide much relief, allowing the tying runs in the bottom of the ninth and 10th innings before giving up two more in the 11th for a 7-5 defeat.

Closer Juan Sandoval blew his sixth save in the ninth, and Robert Hinton (3-4) took the loss by allowing two walks, four hits and three runs in 1.1 innings.

Huntsville's offense registered nine hits, but Stars batters struck out nine times, including third baseman Mat Gamel on three occasions, including with two runners on and no outs in the sixth.

Second baseman Mike Bell was the only Huntsville player with more than one hit as he finished 2 for 5 with a double and three RBIs.

Brevard County

The Manatees (26-30) and the rest of the Florida State League took the night off. Brevard County begins a four-game series at Jupiter, which is tied for first in the East Division, with a doubleheader Wednesday.

West Virginia

Power pitchers were bombed for four runs each in the sixth and seventh innings as visiting Asheville took the first of a four-game set, 10-6.

Right fielder Caleb Gindl smashed his 10th homer in the seventh and Steffan Wilson clubbed his 19th homer, a grand slam in the eighth, but it wasn't enough as West Virginia slipped to 39-19 as its lead slipped to 2.5 games over idle Lakewood.

Center fielder Logan Schafer went 2 for 4 with a triple, but no other Power player recorded more than one hit.

Meanwhile, starter Reed Dickert (2-3) was given the loss even though he allowed only two runs in four innings while striking out seven. Corey Frerichs and Pedro Lambertus were each tagged for four runs in 1.1 innings.


The Brewers (7-14) overcame a 3-1 deficit with runs in the sixth and eighth to force extra innings, but their second rally fell short as Ogden scored three times in the 11th and the hosts mustered only two for a 6-5 defeat.

Third baseman John Delaney and shortstop David Fonseca, the first two batters in Helena's lineup, each collected two hits, a double and an RBI, while catcher Derrick Alfonso smashed a two-run homer in the 11th and Steven Braun contributed a triple.

Wily Peralta started and gave up three runs in 3.2 innings, but Trey Watten pitched 2.1 scoreless innings and Brandon Rapoza blanked the Raptors for four innings. Then Garrett Sherrill (1-8) took it on the chin again, allowing three runs on three hits in his only inning of work.


The woeful Brewers were manhandled again, this time 10-4 by the Padres.

Nicholas Bucci made his third appearance to start and suffered his second defeat, giving up five runs on six hits, including two homers, in two innings. Three other relievers also allowed runs.

Second baseman Allixon Cequea went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI, while third baseman Joey Paciorek finished 3 for 4 with a double, triple and RBI. Catcher Shawn Zarraga and center fielder Jose Rangel also had two hits apiece.

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