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Link Report for Friday 5/2 -- Nashville Salvages a Bleak Day for the Organization

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Friday's Daily Menu: TGIF!

All times Central; pitchers subject to change --


Nashville: LHP Chris Narveson at home vs. Salt Lake (Angels), 6:45 PM pre-game; 7:00 gametime


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Huntsville: LHP David Welch at Montgomery (Rays), 6:50 PM pre-game; 7:05 gametime


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



Brevard County: RHP Donovan Hand at Jupiter (Marlins), 6:05 PM gametime


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



West Virginia: RHP Evan Anundsen at Hagerstown (Nationals), 5:20 PM pre-game, 5:35 gametime


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


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Follow Friday'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 14 11 .560 - 9-5 5-6 L2 Iowa 11 15 .423 3.5 6-8 5-7 L5 Memphis 11 17 .393 4.5 3-9 8-8 L3 Nashville 7 19 .269 7.5 4-7 3-12 L1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 Southern League (AA) - SOU North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Huntsville 19 8 .704 - 13-2 6-6 W8 West Tenn 18 10 .643 1.5 8-2 10-8 W2 Carolina 17 11 .607 2.5 9-4 8-7 L2 Chattanooga 16 11 .593 3.0 10-5 6-6 L1 Tennessee 11 16 .407 8.0 6-9 5-7 W1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 Florida State League (A+) - FSL East Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Palm Beach 18 9 .667 - 11-3 7-6 L1 Brevard County 16 11 .593 2.0 9-5 7-6 L1 Jupiter 15 12 .556 3.0 10-3 5-9 W1 Daytona 14 13 .519 4.0 6-7 8-6 L4 Vero Beach 12 15 .444 6.0 8-5 4-10 W1 St. Lucie 6 21 .222 12.0 4-10 2-11 W2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 South Atlantic League (A) - SAL Northern Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lake County 16 10 .615 - 6-5 10-5 L2 Greensboro 14 12 .538 2.0 5-8 9-4 W2 Hickory 15 13 .536 2.0 6-5 9-8 W1 Delmarva 14 13 .519 2.5 8-7 6-6 L1 Lakewood 13 14 .481 3.5 7-8 6-6 L1 Hagerstown 12 14 .462 4.0 4-7 8-7 L2 West Virginia 11 16 .407 5.5 5-9 6-7 W2 Lexington 9 18 .333 7.5 3-11 6-7 W1 

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31-year-old RHP Mark DiFelice's next start is Sunday with Nashville.


Gord Ash just made a point of mentioning him in an interview on WSSP.


Simply pay attention to his starts in the coming weeks -- I promise you, you will look like a genius with your casual Brewer friends when he's on the Brewer roster sooner rather than later -- yes, before Jeff Weaver. Book it (that's me, not Gord, talking).

His K / BB ratio since the start of '07 is 139-to-15. 104 hits in 136.2 IP.


OK, back to our traditional Link Report format (I occasionally take advantage of our "audience" for the Link Report threads to toss thoughts like that your way http://forum.brewerfan.net/images/smilies/wink.gif).

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Final: Jupiter (Marlins) 5, Brevard County 4


Game Summary from the Hammerheads' Site:


Hammerheads Take Two of Three From Manatees

JUPITER, FL- The Jupiter Hammerheads took two out of three games from the Brevard County Manatees in a wild game this evening. The Hammerheads beat the Manatees by a score of 5-4. Jupiter starter Kyle Winters, who has been one of Jupiter's most consistent pitchers this season, cruised through the first four innings, but fell into trouble in the 5th. Winters could not pitch himself out of the 5th inning jam and only lasted 4 1/3 innings. Winters allowed four earned runs on five hits and five walks. Reliever Marc Lamacchia pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the 5th, getting a strikeout and a fly out. Jay Buente pitched a scoreless 7th inning and struck out the side. Buente pitched into a jam in the 8th, and had to be relieved by Tim Wood, who got two huge outs to get out of the jam. The Hammerheads offense was able to take a 5-4 lead in the 8th inning, which opened the door for closer Adalberto Mendez. Mendez has been money this season, and he earned his 9th save of the season tonight.


The Hammerheads offense hit the ball well tonight, getting a total of ten hits. The offense was led by first baseman Logan Morrison, who was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Second baseman James Guerrero also had a fine game and went 2 for 2 with three walks and a run scored. Center fielder Gregory Burns was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Former Milwaukee farmhand Agustin Septimo had an RBI triple in the 4th inning, which was his 2nd triple of the season.


The Brevard County Manatees took a 4-3 lead in the 5th inning, but they were not able to hold the lead for starter Donovan Hand. Hand pitched five innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and three walks. Reliever Josh Wahpepah allowed Jupiter to tie the game in the 6th inning by allowing a bases loaded walk. Bobby Brahmall gave up the game-winning run in the 8th inning to suffer his 2nd loss of the season. Brevard County outfielder Charlie Fermaint was the bright spot of the offense, going 2 for 5 with an RBI.


Brevard County Box Score

Manatees drew seven walks, which is never a bad thing; infielder Jimmy Mojica on base three times, spill sports a 1.047 OPS; a miserable 6th inning for Josh Wahpepah with four walks; Charlie Fermaint is 9-for-10 in SB attempts...


Brevard County Game Log

Wasted chances -- Andy Bouchie hit into a 1-2-3 DP in the 2nd; Anderson de la Rosa struck out with the bases loaded and one out in the 5th; Yohannis Perez struck out with runners on 1st and 3rd and one out in the 8th...

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Final: Montgomery (Rays) 7, Huntsville 6, ten innings


Huntsville Site Game Summary:

Biscuits End Long Win Drought at Home
By Brett Pollock / Huntsville Stars

Erold Andrus scored the game-winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the tenth, as Montgomery snapped a franchise-worst eight-game home losing streak with a 7-6 decision over Huntsville Friday night in the middle of a five-game set at Riverwalk Stadium. The Biscuits improved to 10-18 on the season, while the Stars slipped to 19-9 and saw their eight-game win streak brought to a close and their lead over West Tenn in the North Division trimmed to a half-game.


David Johnson opened the home tenth on the hill for Huntsville and gave up a leadoff single to Andrus before Sergio Pedroza drew his third walk of the night. Andrus advanced on a wild pitch, while Pedroza remained at first. Josh Asanovich then struck out as Pedroza stole second base to force the Stars to walk former Brewer farmhand Johnny Raburn to load the bases. Rashad Eldridge hit a bouncing ball against a drawn-in infield to second baseman Guilder Rodriguez, who bounced his throw to the plate allowing Andrus to score to give the Biscuits their first win in six games. Steve Andrade, who stranded runners at the corners in the ninth and struck out the side in the tenth, earned his first win, while Johnson was tagged with his first loss in the Stars first extra innings game of the season.


Matt LaPorta's one-out double in the eighth against Brock Till scored Alcides Escobar to tie the game at five. Huntsville took its first lead of the night when Asanovich made an errant throw on a potential double play ball that allowed LaPorta to score from second, as he went in to the plate standing up and swerved around catcher John Jaso to avoid the tag.


Biscuits' starter James Houser was thrown out of the game after hitting LaPorta with his first pitch in the second inning. Jeremy Flanagan took over and worked out of trouble, as LaPorta was thrown out trying to advance from second to third on a ground ball to shortstop and Cole Gillespie was picked off at first base with a runner on in front of him for the final out of the frame. Raburn's two-out single in the home second gave the Biscuits their first lead of the series before the Stars tied the game in the third on a run-scoring single by Escobar.


Stars' starter David Welch walked the first two hitters in the home third but got Chris Nowak to line into a double play, the third turned behind him in his last two turns. Gabriel Martinez then blasted a two-run home run, his second of the year, to give the Biscuits a 3-1 edge. Raburn's sacrifice fly in the fourth extended the lead to 4-1, making it three times in his last four outings that Welch has given up four runs. The southpaw was lifted after four frames, allowing three hits, walking a season-high five and fanning a pair. Flanagan went four frames, allowing a run on three hits in his best outing of the season.


Melqui Torres took over for Welch and gave up a two-out single to Martinez that plated Ronnie Merrill to push the Biscuits' advantage to 5-1. The Stars cut the lead to 5-4 in the top of the sixth against Jino Gonzalez on a run-scoring double byLaPorta and RBI groundouts by Chris Errecart and Gillespie.


The series continues Saturday night with southpaw Brae Wright taking the hill for Huntsville against Biscuits' right-hander Richard De Los Santos. Coverage of the game begins at 6:50 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

Two more extra-base hits, two more RBI for Matt LaPorta, slugging an insane .737; Freddy Parejo cooling off, 1-for-his-last-15...


Huntsville Game Log

Won't see this often --


Huntsville Top 10th

  • - Matt LaPorta strikes out swinging.
  • - Chris Errecart strikes out swinging.
  • - Cole Gillespie strikes out swinging.

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David Weiser's www.starsboxscore.com

April was a record-setting month for the Huntsville Stars. Here's just what they've done:

Most wins:.18 (beating the previous record of 16 in 2003, the year of J.J., Corey, and a

centerfielder named Dave Krynzel)

Most 10-hit games: 13 (easily eclipsing the previous record of 10, which was

accomplished six times, the last time in 2003)

Highest batting average: .295 (Beat that one by 20 points!)

Highest batting average by an individual: Freddy Parejo, .421 (went a modest 4-for-16

in his last 5 games, nevertheless eclipsed Marcos Armas' .415 mark of 1992.

Hits: Mat Gamel, 39 (crushes the 32 set by Ernie Young in 1994 and Ramon Hernandez

in 1998.)

Triples: Mat Gamel, 5 (No one had hit more than 3. Gamel was insane in April. He also

became the 8th Star to hit two triples in a game, something that happened only four times

during the Stars' Oakland era.)

Pitching victories: Sam Narron, 4 (Not done since Derek Lee in 2003. Last year, Narron

was 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA in four appearances. He allowed two 1st inning runs in four starts

this year after allowing 14 in four starts last year.)

Strikeouts: 39, Steve Hammond (In 33 1/3 innings. He didn't let up after last year's

strong 9K performance in Game 5 vs. Montgomery. He fanned nine in his first start and eight in

two others. He tops Luis Martinez' record of 38 in 2003.

These records were tied:

Triples in a game: 3, on April 27 vs. Jacksonville

Most at-bats by a hitter: Mat Gamel, 103 (tying David Francisco's 1995 mark)

Errors by a 3rd baseman in a game: 3, Mat Gamel, April 28 (the only negative record.

Hadn't happened since Corey Hart on August 27, 2002.

Also, the Stars turned the 3rd triple play in their history on April 26.

It speaks for itself...... Any other season, the Stars would be running away with the lead in the North, but Carolina and lately West Tenn have been playing like gangsters as well, but lately it seems we have more to worry about from the Diamond Jaxx before the Mudcats come to the Joe for a five-gamer in the middle of this month........ The D'Jaxx have won three straight, dropping Carolina to 2½ back and 3rd place. With this loss to the Biscuits, the Stars hold just a half-game lead on West Tennessee. I thought it would be interesting to compare the three teams here: The league rank is in parentheses:

Runs Hits 2b 3b HR SB Btg. Slug. OBP ERA
Stars 174 267 56 14 28 20 .289 (1) .471 (1) .366 (1) 3.52 (5)
Mudcats 127 223 46 7 19 36 .239 (7) .364 (7) .338 (7) 2.85 (1)
D'Jaxx 148 241 56 8 24 17 .262 (6) .419 (3) .354 (3) 2.99 (2)

Except for the ERA, which bears watching, the Diamond Jaxx look like overachievers.

Ben Stanczyk has been released. He's the third pitcher following Rusty Tucker and Thomas Atlee, who will go down in Stars history as another ghost, to be released by the Stars........ Stanczyk did not allow a run in his last three appearances covering four innings, his last appearance for the Stars being last Sunday. But he got off to a bad start, giving up 11 runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first three appearances...... He was 7-4 with a 3.55 ERA for Brevard County last year. It's a cruel business sometimes, but he'll catch on with someone else........ To fill his spot on the roster, the Stars got Melqui Torres from Nashville. Melqui is the brother of Brewers reliever Salomon Torres.

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Final: Hagerstown (Nationals) 12, West Virginia 3


West Virginia Site Game Summary:




The Hagerstown Suns hit three home runs at Municipal Stadium and scored multiple runs in four innings of Friday night's game to defeat the West Virginia Power 12-3.


Bill Rhinehart's two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning gave the Suns an early lead. In the third, Aaron Seuss doubled in a pair of runs and scored on Michael Burgess's single. The Suns took a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning after Dan Lyons tripled in and former Brewer farmhand Francisco Plascencia singled and scored later in the inning on Rhinehart's sacrifice fly. The Power plated their first run in the sixth inning when Jonathan Lucroy scored on a wild pitch.


Seuss smashed a grand slam in the sixth inning to put the Suns ahead 11-1 and Stephen Englund hit a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Suns a dozen runs. The Power scored their final two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Zelous Wheeler doubled in the first run and Caleb Gindl's groundout plated Uly Snijders.


Jeff Mandel (2-1) held the Power to just a run on four hits over six innings and earned the victory. Evan Anundsen (2-3) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on five hits over three innings and Edulin Abreu earned his first save of the season after allowing a pair of runs on four hits over three innings of relief.


The Power fell to 11-17 with the loss and the Suns improved to 13-14 with the win. The 12 runs allowed are the most the Power have surrendered in a game this season. Brent Brewer got on base three times in four plate appearances and Jonathan Lucroy reached two times in three trips to the plate.


The Power will begin a four game series with the Delmarva Shorebirds at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Saturday night. Left-Hander Dan Merklinger (0-0, 0.00) will get the start for the Power and the Shorebirds will counter with left hander Zach Britton (1-2, 3.20). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM (6:05 Central).


West Virginia Box Score

Dan Merklinger to move into the rotation, something we recently indicated we'd like to see; rocky outing for Evan Anundsen, and still 19-year-old Pedro Lambertus with a very rough night -- obviously time is still on Lambertus' side, but the Brewers just haven't developed their myriad of Latin pitchers in many years, with unsteady LHP Rafael Lluberes the furthest along right now at Brevard -- the last to make it to the bigs was LHP Luis Martinez...


West Virginia Game Log

Jonathan Lucroy was replaced behind the plate to start the 7th -- the score was 11-1 at that point, so most likely just a chance to give him a rest...

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Power notebook: Coming off the deck swinging

By Mike Whiteford

Charleston Gazette Staff Writer

Rock bottom for the West Virginia Power came on April 17 in a game at Asheville. In losing for the seventh straight time and falling to a league-worst 3-12 on the season, the Power collected only three hits, dropping its team batting average to .194, another number that ranked firmly at the league's bottom.


A day later, however, the Power demonstrated baseball's maddening unpredictability by routing the Tourists 14-3 on 16 hits and, since then, has emerged as one of the South Atlantic League's hottest teams.


Entering Friday's game at Hagerstown, the Power had won eight of 12 and raised its team batting average to .249 - a 55-point jump in two weeks.


"It's been nice,'' said first-year manager Jeff Isom. "Before, we were trying to get three or four hits in a game, and now we're looking at 12 to 14 hits in a game.''


The cold start, though not terribly surprising for any team at the Class A level, seemed uncharacteristic of players who previously had hit well - at least at Helena of the short-season rookie Pioneer League last year.


"This is what we thought we were capable of doing,'' said Isom, who managed the Helena team last season. "We've been swinging the bats and playing defense and giving ourselves opportunities to win games. From where we started to now, it's definitely a different team, not only in what you see on the field but mentally and in the clubhouse. The guys are having fun now.''


The recent turnaround has given the Power an 11-16 record through Thursday's games, and its .249 average ranks sixth in the 16-team South Atlantic League. The Power has averaged 4.9 runs a game to rank fifth.


Beginning today, the Power will play four games at Delmarva and will return to Appalachian Power Park on Thursday to open an eight-game home stand against Hagerstown and Lake County.


HOT HANDS: In the final 10 games of April, the Power hit a collective .299. Leading the way were second baseman Zelous Wheeler, center fielder Lee Haydel and right fielder Caleb Gindl, who batted .378, .375 and .357, respectively, during those 10 games.


In addition, the Power is distributing the team's RBIs. Gindl leads with 17 for the season, Wheeler has 15, Jonathan Lucroy 14, Brent Brewer 13, Steffan Wilson 13 and Curt Rindal 11. Haydel, the leadoff hitter, has knocked in nine.


"We're starting to get more RBI opportunities,'' said Isom. "That's our big thing. We talk about it on a daily basis. [We say] put the next guy in the best possible situation to hit in. So we're looking to take extra bases, advance the runners when we have opportunities - a runner at second with no outs. Get him to third base for the next guy. And we're starting to get that.''


RAMLOW REBOUND: Isom is pleased with the two-year development of Mike Ramlow, a 22-year-old left-hander, who spent the 2007 season in Charleston and posted a 6.11 ERA, walking 35 in 104 innings. This season, his ERA is 3.68, and he's walked just two in 22 innings.

"Ramlow's really emerged,'' he said. "He's pitching with confidence and running that fastball up there at 90 miles an hour from the left side, and I'm really impressed with what I've seen.''


Right-hander Amaury Rivas has bounced back from Tommy John surgery to compile a 3.33 ERA as a starter and reliever and also has caught Isom's attention.


"He's really impressed me with the way he attacks the game. He's really aggressive,'' he said. "He doesn't waste any time. He gets the ball and goes. He's really going to help us down the road here.''


Overall, however, the Power ranks 13th in the league with a 4.28 earned run average. Five pitchers sport ERAs that range from the high fives to the high sevens.


"We've got some young pitchers that are making a few mistakes, and they're paying for their mistakes,'' said the Power manager. "It's a process that takes some time. Some guys are getting it quicker than others. It's just a matter of them feeling comfortable with what they're doing and executing their pitches.''


HELP ON THE WAY? Eventually, second baseman Eric Farris is expected to join the Power.


Farris, a fourth-round draft selection last year, batted .326 at Helena but is rehabilitating a leg injury suffered in spring training. Once he joins the team, the 22-year-old Farris is likely to make an all-around contribution.


"He's going to bat somewhere near the top of our lineup,'' said Isom, "and he plays great defense. Defensively, he's one of the better second basemen I've seen. And I like what he brings to a clubhouse, leadership-wise. He can help us out quite a bit. It will be a different type of team when he gets here.''


Wheeler, the current second baseman, leads the team in hitting with a .315 average and can play anywhere in the infield.

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Final: Nashville 4, Salt Lake (Angels) 3


Nashville Site Game Summary:

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Sounds Come Back To Take Opener From Bees

NASHVILLE - And that's why they play the games.


One big inning was all the Nashville Sounds needed to slow down the streaking Salt Lake Bees in a 4-3 victory on Friday night at Greer Stadium.


The 8-19 Sounds managed to knock off a Bees team that came into the game with a 24-2 record, the best start in minor league history.


It didn't take long for Salt Lake to get on the board, with the Bees plating three runs in the second inning off Sounds starter Chris Narveson. Terry Evans singled and stole second, then moved to third on a wild pitch. Dee Brown followed with a walk, and Ryan Budde drove them both plateward with a two-run double that barely managed to stay fair down the left field line. Brad Coon singled in the next at bat, bringing Budde around to score the final run of the inning.


With those three runs, the Bees have now outscored their opponents 104-37 over the first four innings on the season.


Salt Lake starter David Austen, making his first career Triple-A appearance, only gave up one hit in five innings of work and was in line for the win before the Sounds' big rally.


Apparently Austen was the only thing standing in the Sounds way because the Nashville bats exploded in the bottom of the seventh inning. Laynce Nix started the inning off by crushing a double to left-center off Bees reliever Henry Bonilla and came around to score when Brad Nelson hit a double of his own to deep center field in the next at bat. Nelson then moved to third on a groundout by Russell Branyan and scored on a sacrifice fly from Eric Munson.


Sounds second baseman Abraham Nunez continued the rally with another double for Nashville and moved to third on an error by left fielder Evans, who mishandled the ball off the wall. The double was the season-high fourth of the game for the Sounds. J.R. Hopf followed with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Adam Heether.


AUDIO: Abraham Nunez RBI Double


Bees reliever Alex Serrano came in to face Ozzie Chavez, who blooped a single into right field to score Nunez to make it 3-3 and move Heether to third. Hernan Iribarren concluded the scoring by knocking a run-scoring single, his first hit in 20 bats. That hitless streak was the longest for any Sounds player this season, but Iribarren snapped it at the right time with the go-ahead single.


Narveson (1-4) never gave up another run after the second inning and had his team-leading third quality start of the season for the Sounds. He got a well-deserved win after getting only 13 runs of support in his first five starts.


Luis Pena (0-0) gave the Sounds a little scare by giving up a hit and then a wild pitch to move Bobby Wilson to second in the ninth, but he notched his second save of the season by getting Matthew Brown to ground out to end the game.


Tim Dillard pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Sounds to lower his ERA to 2.95 on the season.


Bonilla (1-1) took the loss for the Bees after giving up four earned runs in only 1 2/3 innings pitched.


The teams will continue the series tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Greer Stadium with right-hander Richie Gardner (0-1, 7.20) taking the mound for Nashville against righty Shane Loux (4-1, 2.05) for Salt Lake.


Nashville Box Score


Nashville Game Log

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Tennessean Photos by Larry McCormack

The ball goes of the tip of the glove of the Sounds' Ozzie Chavez in the 4-3 win over Salt Lake on Friday night at Greer stadium.



Abraham Nunez tags out Dee Brown who was trying to steal second as the Sounds play the Salt Lake Bees at Greer Stadium.


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Sounds rally to swat Bees

Four-run seventh sparks Nashville


Tennessean Staff Writer


Late-inning rallies have been rare for the struggling Sounds this season.


With them trailing the Pacific Coast League's best squad by three runs heading into the seventh inning, Friday night didn't look like the place for their luck to change.


But 10 hitters and three doubles later, the Sounds were en route to an eventual 4-3 victory over visiting Salt Lake at Greer Stadium. It was the third victory in the past four games for Nashville (8-19) but just the second of the year when trailing after six innings.


Hernan Iribarren, who had been hitless in his previous 20 at-bats - the longest skid of the season by a Nashville player - capped the four-run seventh with an RBI base hit, scoring pinch-runner Adam Heether.


"People were just getting on, getting on; I didn't want to stop the rally," said Iribarren, now 11-for-52 (.212) since returning from Milwaukee on April 18.


The uprising, sparked by doubles by Laynce Nix, Brad Nelson and Abraham Nunez, led to Chris Narveson's first win of the season.

The Sounds starter allowed three second-inning runs, but nothing else, in seven innings. It was his team-leading third quality start (six innings or more, three earned runs or less), but it took the late comeback to keep him from losing his fifth decision.


"I had a lapse in the second; I'd love to have that back," Narveson said after allowing a pair of two-out run-scoring hits. "I wasn't locked in like I needed to be. We knew they had a good team; you can't give them too much."


Salt Lake's David Austen, in his first Triple-A start, made the three runs stand up through his five shutout innings, allowing only a double to Eric Munson before leaving. However, the Sounds were able to get to Bees reliever Henry Bonilla.


"We had pretty good at-bats all night," Sounds Manager Frank Kremblas said. "Bonilla got some balls up, gave us some pitches to hit, and we hit them."


Salt Lake had won 24 of its first 26 games, the best start in minor league history, and had won 16 of their past 17 coming into the game.


What they said: "Give these guys time and they'll get their hits, their runs. They did it in the seventh." - Narveson.

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Four more Sounds roster moves put total at 37


Tennessean Staff Writer


Given the Sounds' performance, it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that they're way ahead of last year's transaction pace.


With four moves prior to Friday night's 4-3 win over Pacific Coast League bully Salt Lake, the Sounds (8-19) have made 37 changes to the roster this season. It's the earliest the team has reached that number since joining the PCL for the 1998 season; that year, Nashville reached its 37th transaction on May 14, the date of the season's 33rd game.


Last season, the Sounds didn't get to 37 moves until July 4.


The moves Friday were:


Infielder Joe Dillon rejoined the Milwaukee Brewers, filling the roster spot created when former Franklin High pitcher Derrick Turnbow was designated for assignment.


Catcher J.R. Hopf was activated from the temporary inactive list to fill Dillon's spot on the Nashville roster.


Dave Bush - who was optioned by Milwaukee on April 27 - went back onto the Brewers' roster after ex-Sounds pitcher Yovani Gallardo was placed on the major league team's disabled list.


Gallardo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Thursday against the Cubs. He was making his third start of the season, having missed the early portion of spring training following a February surgery on his left knee.


Pitcher Lindsay Gulin, who had been placed on the disabled list earlier in the homestand, replaced Bush on the Sounds roster. Gulin also will take Bush's spot in the starting rotation, getting the nod in Monday's series finale against Salt Lake.


Turnbow's woes: By designating Turnbow for assignment, the Brewers will have 10 days to trade him, give him his unconditional release or outright him to the minors. If they give him an unconditional release, they'll be responsible for the $3.2 million he is under contract for this season.


Should Turnbow refuse assignment, he would forfeit the remainder of his salary.


In eight relief appearances this season, Turnbow - a 2006 National League All-Star - was 0-1 with a 15.63 ERA.


Double time: The Sounds on Friday hit four doubles, a season high. Eric Munson's fifth-inning double into the right-field corner off Salt Lake's David Austen was the team's first hit of the night. Laynce Nix, Brad Nelson and Abraham Nunez each added doubles in the four-run seventh.


Nashville had hit three doubles in a game on four different occasions.


Triple crown: Entering the weekend series, Salt Lake led the PCL in hitting (.320), ERA (3.34) and fielding percentage (.983).

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