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Link Report for Sat. April 19th -- It's Home Run Madness in New Mexico

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Saturday's Daily Menu: It's a weekend night buffet free of any big league distractions!

All times Central; pitchers subject to change --


Nashville: RHP Nic Ungs at Albuquerque (Marlins), 7:45 PM pre-game; 8:05 gametime


Audio link:



Huntsville: LHP Steve Hammond at Mississippi (Braves), 6:50 PM pre-game; 7:05 gametime


Audio link via WUMP (game will also archive at this link):



Brevard County: RHP Mike McClendon at home vs. Daytona (Cubs), 6:00 PM gametime


Audio link, Daytona's broadcast (game will also archive at this link):



West Virginia: RHP Roque Mercedes at home vs. Lexington (Astros), 5:50 PM pre-game, 6:05 gametime


Audio link via WSWW, be sure to select the proper date (game will also archive at this link):


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Follow Saturday's action as it happens:

Here's what you do, right click on each of the links below and choose "Open in New Window". Open the Nashville Gameday. For the others, choose "Log" or "Recap". While you're listening to your minor league game of choice (or watching/listening to the big league Crew when they are playing), simply refresh your game log browsers every so often.










Brevard County:




West Virginia:



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 Pacific Coast League (AAA) - PCL American North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Omaha 9 5 .643 - 5-2 4-3 W1 Iowa 7 7 .500 2.0 2-4 5-3 W1 Memphis 6 10 .375 4.0 2-6 4-4 L5 Nashville 3 12 .200 6.5 2-5 1-7 L1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 Southern League (AA) - SOU North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Carolina 11 4 .733 - 4-1 7-3 W2 Huntsville 9 6 .600 2.0 8-2 1-4 W1 Tennessee 8 7 .533 3.0 5-5 3-2 L3 West Tenn 8 7 .533 3.0 4-1 4-6 W1 Chattanooga 7 8 .467 4.0 2-3 5-5 L1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 Florida State League (A+) - FSL East Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brevard County 10 5 .667 - 5-2 5-3 W5 Jupiter 10 5 .667 - 7-0 3-5 W1 Palm Beach 9 6 .600 1.0 5-3 4-3 L2 Daytona 7 8 .467 3.0 4-4 3-4 L1 Vero Beach 7 8 .467 3.0 5-3 2-5 W2 St. Lucie 2 13 .133 8.0 2-5 0-8 L4 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 South Atlantic League (A) - SAL Northern Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lake County 10 5 .667 - 4-2 6-3 W3 Greensboro 10 6 .625 0.5 5-3 5-3 W1 Hickory 9 7 .563 1.5 4-4 5-3 W1 Delmarva 8 7 .533 2.0 5-4 3-3 L1 Hagerstown 6 9 .400 4.0 2-3 4-6 L3 Lakewood 6 9 .400 4.0 4-6 2-3 W1 Lexington 5 11 .313 5.5 1-7 4-4 L1 West Virginia 4 12 .250 6.5 2-6 2-6 W1 

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Saturday night's game between the West Virginia Power and Lexington Legends has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park.


Right hander Roque Mercedes (0-1, 7.71) will get the start for the Power and the Legends will counter with right hander Leandro Cespedes (1-1, 1.29). The first pitch in game one is scheduled for 2:05 PM (1:05 Central).

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Final: Daytona (Cubs) 8, Brevard County 3

Brevard County Box Score

Six-run Cubs 4th inning doomed Mike McClendon and the Manatees; McClendon still managed to go seven innings, as he walked none and struck out only one; Manatees outhit 12-4; hopefully Taylor Green is OK -- Jimmy Mojica pinch-hit for him with two out in the 8th in a four-run game, perhaps to get the still-hot Mojica an AB...


Brevard County Game Log

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Holy cow -- out in Albuquerque's thin air, Chuck Valenches just had to make six home run calls within a span of eight batters!


Unfortunately, the Isotopes hit four of them (three off Nic Ungs and one off Tim Dillard in a ten-run second inning), and then Brad Nelson and Russell Branyan homered to lead off the Nashville 3rd. Vinny Rottino had homered in the Nashville 2nd.


Wind: 0 mph, None


It's 10-6 Isotopes heading to the bottom of the 3rd...

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In year's past I've followed the AAA club almost exclusively until Helena starts playing (listening wise), this year I just haven't been interested in catching any AAA games at all, and thus I miss the home fest...

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

- Plato

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

- Plato

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Final: Albuquerque (Marlins) 15, Nashville 10


Nashville Site Game Summary:

Link for Vinny Rottino photo, text follows --


Sounds Outslugged In Road Trip Opener, 15-10


ALBUQUERQUE -- The Nashville Sounds and Albuquerque Isotopes put on an offensive showdown on Friday evening at Isotopes Park in the opener of a four-game series, combining for 25 runs and 32 hits, including nine home runs, in Albuquerque's eventual 15-10 victory.


The Sounds grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning, highlighted by a Vinny Rottino two-run home run, before the host Isotopes put up a 10-spot in the bottom half of the frame by sending 13 batters to the plate.


In its 10-run inning, Albuquerque ripped six of its eight hits for extra bases, including four home runs, and sent Nashville starter Nic Ungs (1-2) to the showers after he allowed nine runs in only 1 2/3 innings of action, taking the loss.


Isotopes starter Kenny Baugh did not last much longer as he exited after allowing three more runs in the third inning, including back-to-back home runs off the bats of Brad Nelson and Russell Branyan. The blasts were each player's third roundtripper of the year.


AUDIO: Russell Branyan Home Run


The Sounds pulled within a run at 10-9 by plating two runs in the sixth on a pair of sacrifice flies and one more in the seventh on an RBI single from Laynce Nix, who went 3-for-5 in the contest to extend his hitting streak to six games.


However, Albuquerque rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Brett Carroll two-run homer, his second of the game, and added three more in the eighth when Dallas McPherson belted a three-run tater off Steve Bray to extend the Isotopes' lead to 15-9.


Nashville tacked on the game's final run in the ninth when Mel Stocker scored on a Steve Sollmann RBI groundout.


Albuquerque reliever Marcos Carjaval (1-0) picked up the win following three scoreless innings of work behind Baugh.


The teams continue the series with a 2:35 p.m. CT meeting on Sunday afternoon. Left-hander Zach Jackson (1-2, 5.50) will make the start for Nashville and face Albuquerque southpaw Chris Seddon (1-1, 3.18).


Nashville Box Score

Tim Dillard acquitted himself well; Russell Branyan on base five times, his lefty power bat will remain intriguing for a while...


Nashville Game Log

Melqui Torres saved Steve Bray's already ugly ERA by stranding the bases loaded in the 8th...

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Final: Huntsville 10, Mississippi (Braves) 2

Huntsville Site Game Summary:

Stars Turn on Power to Down Braves
By Brett Pollock / Huntsville Stars

Steve Hammond spun six solid innings and received home run support from Matt LaPorta and Alcides Escobar in Huntsville's 10-2 victory over Mississippi Saturday night in the opener of a five-game set at Trustmark Park. The Stars improved to 10-6 on the season but remain two games behind front-running Carolina in the North Division, while the Braves matched a franchise record with their eighth consecutive loss and fell to 2-14. The Stars have won all six meetings this year by outscoring the Braves 38-13 and have claimed each of the last 11 dating back to August of last season.


The home sides' first run came in the first inning when Carl Loadenthal walked, advanced on a sacrifice bunt, stole third base and scored on a Diory Hernandez base hit. Loadenthal wound up leaving the game with an injury after striking out in the fifth, one inning after Van Pope, who was just activated off the disabled list, left the game after apparently aggravating a strained left hamstring.


Chris Errecart opened the second inning with a single and scored when LaPorta crushed a 1-1 offering from Dan Smith into the picnic area in left field for his second home run of the season, and first since Opening Day, to give the visitors the lead for good. Mike Bell followed with a walk and scored on a triple by Cole Gillespie, who was then driven in on a base hit by Hammond to complete a four-run rally. Hammond doubled in Gillespie in the fourth inning to extend the Stars lead to 5-1.


Huntsville put the game out of reach in the sixth inning after Smith was removed with one out and two runners on base. Michael Brantley greeted Carlos Sencion with a run-scoring single and scored, along with Angel Salome, when Escobar blasted his second home run of the season to left-center field. Smith was charged with seven runs on nine hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings and lost for the fourth time in as many turns.


Hammond settled in after the first inning and blanked the Braves over the next five frames by stranding Kala Ka'aihue at third base with nobody out in the fourth and leaving two runners on in the fifth. He grabbed his second win after yielding four hits, walking two and striking out five to push his league-leading total to 25.


The series continues Sunday afternoon with left-hander Derek Miller taking the hill against Braves' southpaw Dan Smith. Coverage of the game begins at 12:50 pm central time and can be heard locally on SportsRadio 730 WUMP and through the internet at www.huntsvillestars.com and www.730ump.com.


Huntsville Box Score

The Stars' five-man southpaw rotation rolls on; Steve Hammond with a big night on the mound at the plate -- he's 11-for-57 in his pro career; Matt LaPorta was in left field for this one, Cole Gillespie in right; Alcides Escobar with two more GIDP's, those can't be slow rollers -- his 2nd HR as well, as noted above, he hit one in 494 AB's last season...

Huntsville Game Log

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