West Virginia Increases Lead to 2.5 Games

La Crosse native R.J. Seidel sparkled again as West Virginia's starting pitcher, working seven scoreless innings. Nashville got homers from Brad Nelson and Joe Dillion, while Helena received four long balls.


The Sounds put together an explosive offense and lights-out pitching, posting a 9-0 triumph over Round Rock on Saturday.

Lindsay Gulin (7-7) and Richie Gardner combined on the three-hit shutout. Gulin tossed the first seven innings, striking out eight and walking four while giving up two hits as his ERA slipped to 3.63.

Nashville also pounded out 13 hits, including homers from Brad Nelson and Joe Dillon.

Jay Gibbons finished 3 for 3 with two walks, while Hernan Iribarren, Tony Gwynn and Nelson added two hits each. Nelson clubbed his 17th long ball in the fifth, a solo shot, and Dillon smacked a three-run blast to stake the Sounds to a 3-0 lead in the first.


The Stars (28-33) got a jolt that it needed behind starting pitcher Jeremy Jeffress as they downed division leader Carolina, 4-1.

Jeffress (2-0) worked the first 5.2 innings, striking out seven and walking three while allowing only one run on three hits as his ERA dropped to 1.93 since his recent promotion from Brevard County.

Omar Aguilar then worked 2.1 hitless innings and Juan Sandoval pitched a spotless ninth, fanning two for his 18th save.

Huntsville provided the entire cushion its pitchers needed early, scoring once in the first, twice in the second and once in the third.

Michael Brantley manufactured the Stars' first run. He led off with a walk and stole second and third, scoring on a throwing error. Then the hosts registered what proved to be the deciding runs in the second on Martin Maldonado's two-run single with one out. Cole Gillespie singled with two outs in the third and scored on Chris Errecart's double.

Brantley, Errecart and Mike Bell led the offense with two hits apiece.

Brevard County

The Manatees' scheduled contest against Palm Beach was weathered out. The two teams were scheduled for an afternoon contest Sunday. Brevard County (27-33) has eight games remaining.

West Virginia

The Power scored single runs in six inning and got nasty pitching in claiming a 6-0 victory at Lexington, increasing their Northern Division lead to 2.5 games because Lakewood fell to Lake County.

West Virginia has three more contests scheduled at Lexington and finishes the regular season with a five-game series against Kannapolis at home in its quest to win the second half. The Power holds a 7-4 edge in the season series against Kannapolis.

R.J. Seidel (9-5) tossed his second consecutive gem, working seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts. He hasn't given up an earned run in his last two outings, which cover 13 innings. In that span, he has struck out seven and walked three and allowed only eight hits.

Corey Frerichs worked two scoreless innings to finish up.

Offensively, shortstop Matt Cline went 3 for 3 with a solo homer and two RBIs, second baseman Eric Farris and right fielder Caleb Gindl each added two hits. Center fielder Logan Schafer scored twice, while first baseman Steffan Wilson contributed two RBIs.


The Brewers (8-17) busted loose with a five-run fourth en route to a 9-3 victory against Billings.

Helena finished with 10 hits, four of them homers: Christopher Dennis' 11th, David Fonseca's fifth, Derrick Alfonso's third and Miguel Vasquez's first.

Fonseca, Alfonso, Vasquez (three RBIs) and Erik Komatsu, who's hitting .348, finished with two hits apiece.

Cody Scarpetta (1-0) worked the first five innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out six to get the win. Daniel Meadows and Mark Willinsky each allowed an earned run in combining to strike out six over the final four innings.


The Brewers got hit early and often and mustered little offense in falling to the Padres, 8-3.

Stosh Wawrzasek (0-3) was roughed up for five runs on four hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning, while Jose Sanchez later allowed two runs in two innings.

Otherwise, Kristian Bueno gave up an unearned run in 3.1 frames and Jacob Odorizzi and Francisco Rivero tossed hitless innings.

The Brewers managed only three hits, with Cameron Robulack contributing a double and Ulrich Snijders a solo homer.

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