The Sounds got a potential offensive boost with the addition of Milwaukee's top hitting prospect, Mat Gamel, and went out and defeated Round Rock again, 7-2, Sunday night.
While third baseman Gamel went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts and committed an error in his Triple-A debut, Nashville received first baseman Brad Nelson's 18th homer, a two-run shot in the first, and right fielder Jay Gibbons' fourth, also with one on, as it collected eight hits. Nelson finished with four RBIs, while Tony Gwynn finished 2 for 3 and scored three times and catcher Vinny Rottino was 2 for 4.
Starter Sam Narron (9-4) worked six innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out four and walking none. Mitch Stetter tossed a hitless seventh and Tim Dillard struck out five in two scoreless frames.
The parent club wants to see how Gamel handles things in Nashville with a possibility of getting a visit to Milwaukee at some point in September.
Gamel hit the cover off the ball during the first half, much of which included having since traded Matt LaPorta behind him in the Huntsville order. He batted .239 with 35 doubles, seven triples, 19 homers and Southern League-best 96 RBIs with the Stars, but slumped to .243 and .205 averages in July and August, respectively. He also had 30 errors in 127 games.
Nashville closes the season with four homes against Albuquerque and a three-game trip to New Orleans.
The Stars (28-34) rallied to tie the contest at 5-all with four runs in the bottom of the ninth only to see Carolina tally the winning run in the 10th for a 6-5 decision.
Huntsville managed only seven hits, taking advantage of shoddy defense as three of the four ninth-inning runs were unearned.
Steve Bray (1-3) gave up the game-deciding home run. Starter Mike Jones walked five but gave up only two runs in four innings. Donovan Hand then allowed three walks and four hits for three runs in four innings before Robert Hinton tossed a scoreless ninth.
The Manatees (28-33) ripped three Palm Beach hurlers for 15 hits in posting a 9-3 victory.
Second baseman Yohannis Perez spearheaded the attack with his 4-for-4 performance that included two RBIs. Designated hitter Lou Palmisano finished 3 for 5, while first baseman J.R. Hopf and right fielder Chuck Caufield added two hits apiece. Shortstop Brent Brewer knocked in two runs, and catcher Jonathan Lucroy brought home three with his two-out homer in the fourth, his ninth of the year.
Chris Cody (4-4) benefited from the offense, scattering six hits while striking out five in his six innings of one-run ball.
The Power took it on the chin again, losing 6-4 at Lexington. However, the visitors maintained their 2.5-game advantage as Lakewood fell again.
Wily Peralta, just summoned from Helena, worked the first 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on three hits. Reed Dickert (2-4) then gave up three more runs on five hits although he struck out four in two innings. Roque Mercedes then struck out four in an impressive 2.1-inning stint.
The Brewers (9-17) ripped 16 hits in posting an 8-6 victory over Great Falls, scoring six runs in the final three innings to make a winner of Trey Watten (3-2).
First baseman Brock Kjeldgaard finished 4 for 5 with three RBIs to give him 57 for the year, while outfielder Erik Komatsu raised his average to .353 by going 3 for 5. Catcher Michael Roberts also went 3 for 5, contributing two doubles, and third baseman John Delaney and left fielder Christopher Dennis added two hits apiece.
Watten worked 1.2 innings, walking and striking out two. Brandon Ritchie started and gave up five runs on six hits in two innings, although only two of the runs were earned. Liam Ohlmann then gave up a run on three hits in 3.1 innings to set it up for Watten. Brandon Rapoza then worked two hitless frames to record his first save.