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Friday's Daily Menu:


All times Central; pitchers subject to change --


Nashville: LHP Manny Parra at Oklahoma (Rangers), 6:50 PM pre-game; 7:05 gametime


Audio link:



Huntsville: LHP Derek Miller at home vs. Tennessee (Cubs), 6:50 PM pre-game; 7:05 gametime


Audio link:



Brevard County: TBD at Jupiter (Marlins), 5:55 PM pre-game, 6:05 gametime


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



NOTE: The Manatees have reduced their broadcast schedule -- today's link is for the Jupiter audio.


West Virginia: RHP Jeremy Jeffress at home vs. Asheville (Rockies), 5:55 PM pre-game, 6:05 gametime


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



Helena: RHP Jose Garcia at Billings (Reds), 7:50 PM pre-game, 8:05 gametime


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



Arizona: LHP Mitch Stetter continues his rehab at the Cubbies' complex in Mesa, 10:30 AM local time in Arizona, 12:30 Central; never any audio for Arizona Rookie League games

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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". 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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These links will be included in each daily report when the Nashville Sounds and/or Huntsville Stars are scheduled to play. Normally they are updated an hour or two prior to gametime, with Nashville's usually earlier:


Nashville Media Notes (Adobe .pdf format):




Huntsville Media Notes (Adobe .pdf format):



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Standings through Thursday's action:
 Pacific Coast League (AAA) - PCL American North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nashville 52 35 .598 - 29-13 23-22 W1 Iowa 47 40 .540 5.0 26-19 21-21 W1 Omaha 40 48 .455 12.5 27-16 13-32 L3 Memphis 37 51 .420 15.5 19-26 18-25 W1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Southern League (AA) - SOU North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chattanooga 11 7 .611 - 6-4 5-3 W1 Tennessee 10 8 .556 1.0 7-3 3-5 W1 Carolina 8 10 .444 3.0 5-3 3-7 W1 Huntsville 7 11 .389 4.0 3-5 4-6 L1 West Tenn 6 12 .333 5.0 5-5 1-7 W1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Florida State League (A+) - FSL East Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Palm Beach 7 5 .583 - 4-4 3-1 L2 Brevard County 8 6 .571 - 3-2 5-4 L1 Jupiter 6 7 .462 1.5 4-2 2-5 W1 St. Lucie 6 7 .462 1.5 3-4 3-3 W1 Daytona 6 9 .400 2.5 5-5 1-4 L1 Vero Beach 3 10 .231 4.5 1-3 2-7 L10 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- South Atlantic League (A) - SAL Northern Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lake County 10 4 .714 - 5-1 5-3 L1 Lakewood 9 5 .643 1.0 6-2 3-3 W1 Hickory 8 7 .533 2.5 5-4 3-3 W1 West Virginia 8 7 .533 2.5 4-3 4-4 W1 Delmarva 6 8 .429 4.0 2-4 4-4 W2 Lexington 5 10 .333 5.5 4-3 1-7 W2 Greensboro 4 11 .267 6.5 3-4 1-7 L1 Hagerstown 3 11 .214 7.0 3-5 0-6 L3 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pioneer League (R+) - PIO North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Great Falls 10 7 .588 - 6-3 4-4 W3 Helena 10 7 .588 - 3-5 7-2 W2 Billings 7 10 .412 3.0 4-4 3-6 L4 Missoula 7 10 .412 3.0 4-5 3-5 L2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arizona League (R) - Arizona League Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AZL Angels 9 2 .818 - 7-0 2-2 W4 AZL Mariners 9 3 .750 0.5 4-1 5-2 L2 AZL Cubs 6 5 .545 3.0 4-2 2-3 W2 AZL Padres 6 5 .545 3.0 4-2 2-3 W2 AZL Rangers 6 5 .545 3.0 2-3 4-2 W1 AZL Giants 5 7 .417 4.5 3-3 2-4 L1 AZL Royals 4 8 .333 5.5 3-3 1-5 W1 AZL Athletics 3 8 .273 6.0 2-2 1-6 L2 AZL Brewers 3 8 .273 6.0 1-5 2-3 L5

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Brewer makes Power pick

Power Manager Mike Guerrero to pitch to Prince Fielder for All-Star Home Run Derby

Jacob Messer

Charleston Daily Mail Sportswriter


Kanawha Valley (W.V.)baseball fans will see a familiar face Monday night when they watch the State Farm Home Run Derby on ESPN.


The Milwaukee Brewers have chosen West Virginia Power Manager Mike Guerrero to pitch to All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder during the popular competition, which will be part of the festivities at Major League Baseball's 78th annual midsummer classic at AT&T Park in San Francisco.


The State Farm Home Run Derby is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (EDT).


Guerrero called the honor "a blessing from heaven."


"It's special," he said Thursday night, when West Virginia earned a 6-5 victory over visiting Asheville at Appalachian Power Park.


Also in the eight-man field with Fielder are Florida Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who is the defending champion.


Fielder leads the National League with 27 home runs. Howard and Cabrera have hit 20 and 17, respectively.


The other five contestants haven't been determined.


"My job is to serve up those steaks right there," said Guerrero, holding his right hand waist high.


Guerrero was Fielder's hitting coach at Class A Beloit (Wis.) in 2003, when the super-sized slugger won the Midwest League's Most Valuable Player award after hitting .313 with 27 homers, 81 runs and 112 RBI.


"I know him pretty well," said Guerrero, who also was selected to manage the Northern Division squad at last month's South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Rome, Ga. "He's a great guy. I want to thank him and everyone else for giving me this opportunity."


Guerrero will travel to San Francisco on Sunday and return to Charleston on Wednesday, when West Virginia is scheduled to begin a three-game homestand against Hickory.


Power hitting coach Corey Hart will fill in for Guerrero on Sunday and Monday, when West Virginia is scheduled to play at Lexington.


Tuesday is an off day for the low Class A club.


"I'm not 100 percent sure whether I want to be a manager in the future," Hart said, "but it has definitely entered my mind. I'm sure (this experience) will have a lot to do with my decision later in life."


Hart was the hitting coach for high Class A Brevard County (Fla.) last season. He said he had an opportunity to manage the Manatees for six games.


That is why he knows what to expect Sunday and Monday.


"I'm going to be over there in the third-base coach's box," he said. "You're really running the game offensively over there. You're sending runners or holding them. It happens really fast. It's hard to make an adjustment."


Guerrero has confidence in Hart, who has helped the Power (56-27 overall, 8-7 second half) post a league-leading .298 batting average.


"All he has to do is follow my lead," said Guerrero, who led the Power to the Northern Division's first-half title with a 48-20 record. "Just follow my patterns. Don't change any strategies. Just continue to do things the way we have been doing things."

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Final: Arizona Brewers 5, Arizona Cubs 2

Cubs lose! Cubs lose! http://forum.brewerfan.net/images/smilies/smile.gif


Arizona Brewer Box Score:

Dominican RHP Luis Guerrero turned 17 two weeks ago -- check out that pitching line! While we're still waiting for Rolando Pascual, and Wily Peralta's hurt, maybe an unheralded gem has been uncovered, that'd be sweet; another 17-year-old, 3B Edgar Trejo, remains the most exciting positional prospect with a double, two singles, and a sac fly; Matt Whiteside two more base hits...




Arizona Brewer Game Log:



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Rain delay to start in Jupiter, but once underway, it'll be LHP Steve Garrison for the Manatees.


It is Manny Parra in Nashville. I'm thinking that after needing long relief men both Tuesday and Wednesday, the Brewers would have had Parra in Milwaukee today if Ben Sheets had somehow come up with a two-or-three inning stinker Thursday, further taxing the pen.


Having cleared that potential issue, Manny pitches tonight in Oklahoma instead.

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As far as the hitting streak goes, awesome for Mat Gamel to get it off of Volstad - a guy that I was concerned about due to his great stuff.


People can keep this comment in the archives to throw back in my face down the line, but I fully expect 6-7 Manatee position players to be in the majors at some point.

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Nice pitching all the way around..


Guerrero in Rookie (6 IP 3H 0R 1K)

Jeffress in A Ball (6IP 3H 1R 6K)

Garrison in A+ (7IP 1H 0R 7K)

Miller in AA Debut (6IP 8H 3R 4K)

Parra in AAA (5 IP 6H 2R 4K)


Totals (with Garrison still pitching):


30 IP 17H 7R 22K


Well is far from dry...especially considering that McLendon, Braddock, Inman, and Rogers aren't pitching..

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Final: West Virginia 8, Asheville (Rockies) 2


West Virginia Site Game Summary:




The West Virginia Power snapped a 1-1 tie with a six run fifth inning on Friday night and took the series finale with an 8-2 victory over the Asheville Tourists at Appalachian Power Park.


Hector Gomez ripped a two-out triple in the third inning and scored on a wild pitch to give Asheville an early lead. West Virginia answered a half inning later on Andrew Lefave?s run-scoring double. In the fifth, the Power sent ten batters to the plate, and scored six runs on six hits to pull away. Brent Brewer hit the first of three RBI singles with one out before Chuckie Caufield and Andy Bouchie brought in runs with two-out singles. John Alonso capped off the inning with a three-run double off the wall in center field.


Anthony Jackson ripped a bases loaded single to plate Asheville?s final run in the top of the seventh inning and Steve Chapman?s two-out double brought in Kenny Holmberg for West Virginia?s last run of the contest.


Jeremy Jeffress (5-2) allowed a run on three hits and struck out five through six innings in another great performance to get the win, while Esmil Rogers (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs on ten hits over four and two thirds.


The Power improved to 57-27 overall and 9-7 in the second half, while the Tourists fell to 51-34 overall and 9-7 in the second half with the loss. Brewer, Chapman and Jimmy Mojica all had two hits apiece for the Power.


The Power will begin a three game series against the Lexington Legends at Applebee?s Park on Saturday night. The Power will start left hander Brae Wright (5-4, 6.04). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM (6:05 Central).


West Virginia Box Score:

When brent Brewer isn't getting on base, he's striking out (two hits, three K's, 111 K's on the season); such an encouraging stint in low-A for Jeremy Jeffress thus far...




West Virginia Game Log:



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I'm truly excited about Jeffress now. It's nice to see performance along with development. Especially since part of development is making adjustments and getting batters out. That's how one learns how to pitch. It's too bad Rogers got hurt, it looked like he was finally starting to turn the corner last year. Here's to Mark pulling a Manny.
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Final: Brevard County 3, Jupiter (Marlins) 0


Brevard County Box Score:

Great night for Steve Garrison, his strikeout numbers have been down, so the seven K's add to the impressiveness of a scoreless stint; Manatees did all their damage in the first inning; Darren Ford three steals on the night; Mat Gamel, as noted earlier, eliminates the suspense early on to reach 33;




Brevard County Game Log:




Up and down the chain tonight, several non-traditional double plays, which we'll highlight:


Jupiter Bottom 4th


- Kris Harvey flies out to left fielder Freddy Parejo.

- Andrew Jenkins walks.

- Gaby Sanchez reaches on fielding error by first baseman Chris Errecart. Andrew Jenkins to 2nd.

- With J. T. Restko batting, wild pitch by Steve Garrison, Andrew Jenkins to 3rd. Gaby Sanchez to 2nd.

- J. T. Restko flies into double play, right fielder Lorenzo Cain to catcher J. Hopf. Andrew Jenkins out at home on the throw.

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Final: Huntsville 5, Tennessee (Cardinals) 3

Huntsville site update soon...


Huntsville Box Score:

Solid and not spectacular in his AA debut, but Derek Miller's going to be pretty steady for the Stars; OF Mel Stocker has abandoned switch-hitting, batting only LH these days; Brendan Katin giving Brent Brewer a run for his money, now at 104 K's; Steve Hammond and Jeff Housman are pretty much southpaw relief twins at this point; Adam Heether has been fun to follow for weeks now, really fun...




Huntsville Game Log:

Stars turn four double plays, two as detailed below...




Tennessee Top 5th


- Mark Holliman singles on a ground ball to center fielder Mel Stocker.

- Jemel Spearman singles on a line drive to center fielder Mel Stocker. Mark Holliman to 2nd.

- Gary Cates out on a sacrifice bunt, third baseman Adam Heether to second baseman Hernan Iribarren. Mark Holliman to 3rd. Jemel Spearman to 2nd.

- Derek Miller intentionally walks Jake Fox.

- Matt Craig lines into unassisted double play, shortstop Alcides Escobar. Jemel Spearman doubled off 2nd.


Tennessee Top 7th


- Pitcher Change: Steven Hammond replaces Derek Miller, batting 9th.

- Jemel Spearman doubles (10) on a fly ball to left fielder Michael Brantley.

- Gary Cates out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Steven Hammond to second baseman Hernan Iribarren. Jemel Spearman to 3rd.

- Jake Fox flies into double play in foul territory, left fielder Michael Brantley to catcher Carlos Corporan.

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Final: Nashville 5, Oklahoma (Rangers) 4


Nashville Site Game Summary:

Link for Joe Dillon photo, text follows --




Dillon Powers Sounds To 5-4 Win Over 'Hawks


OKLAHOMA CITY ? Joe Dillon homered and drove in three runs to lead the Nashville Sounds to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Oklahoma RedHawks on Friday evening at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.


The win was the second in a row for the Sounds (53-35), who continue to lead the PCL American Conference Northern Division by five games.


Oklahoma jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against Sounds starter Manny Parra, plating a single run in the second inning and adding two more in the third.


Dillon brought Nashville within a run in the fourth when he slugged his team-leading 17th home run of the year, a one-out, two-run shot to left off RedHawks starter Eric Hurley.


AUDIO: Joe Dillon's Two-Run HR --




The Sounds pulled into the lead two innings later, taking a 4-3 advantage in the sixth. Callix Crabbe singled to open the frame and Chris Barnwell walked before both runners advanced to third on a Hurley wild pitch. Laynce Nix plated Crabbe with the tying run on an RBI groundout before Dillon pushed the Sounds ahead by a run when he followed with a sacrifice fly.


Drew Anderson ripped an RBI triple in the seventh to plate Ozzie Chavez and increase the visitors? advantage to 5-3.


The RedHawks made it a one-run game again at 5-4 in the eighth when Dave Matranga plated former Sound Nelson Cruz with a two-out single off Nashville reliever Tim Dillard.


Oklahoma had the potential tying run on third base with only one out in the bottom of the ninth against Greg Aquino. Tug Hulett drew a one-out walk then moved to third when he stole second and catcher Vinny Rottino misfired into center field for a throwing error.


Aquino recovered to strike out Jason Botts and Nate Gold in order to escape the jam and secure his first save of the year.


Parra (3-1) earned a win for his third straight start after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits in five innings of work. Hurley (1-2) took the loss for Oklahoma after giving up four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.


First baseman Brad Nelson went 1-for-4 for Nashville to extend his longest hitting streak of the year to 10 games, the Sounds? fourth double-digit streak of the year.


The teams continue the series with another 7:05 p.m. CT meeting on Saturday. Left-hander Adam Pettyjohn (3-2, 4.25) will take the hill for Nashville to face Oklahoma right-hander Mike Wood (7-1, 2.44).


Nashville Box Score:

Greg Aquino reminds us he's still around;




Nashville Game Log:

Manny Parra more trouble fielding (two errors) than pitching; Tim Dillard's doing fine with these multi-inning relief stints...




Continuing tonight's theme:


Oklahoma Bottom 5th


- Tug Hulett singles on a ground ball to center fielder Laynce Nix.

- Jason Botts reaches on fielding error by pitcher Manny Parra. Tug Hulett to 2nd.

- Nate Gold strikes out swinging.

- Nelson Cruz lines into double play, first baseman Brad Nelson to shortstop Chris Barnwell. Tug Hulett doubled off 2nd.

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Huntsville Site Game Summary:

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Timely Hiiting and Bullpen Send Stars to Win


Alcides Escobar knocked in two runs, including the tying run in a decisive three-run seventh inning, and the bullpen tossed three shutout frames in Huntsville?s 5-3 win over Tennessee Friday night in the third of a four-game set at Joe Davis Stadium. The Stars improved to 8-11 in the second half and 45-42 overall, while the Smokies dropped to 10-9 in the second half to fall two games behind North Division leading Chattanooga, which picked up a win at Mississippi.


Adam Heether and Michael Brantley singled to open the seventh inning against Mark Holliman and advanced a base on Carlos Corporan?s second sacrifice bunt of the night. Escobar then singled into center field to plate Heether to get the game knotted at three, while Brantley advanced to third base. Pinch-hitter Ryan Crew hit a ground ball to third and Matt Craig?s throw to second base pulled Gary Cates off the bag, allowing Escobar to reach safely and Brantley to score the go-ahead run. Mel Stocker singled to load the bases and knock Holliman out of the game before a Hernan Iribarren sacrifice fly off Rocky Roquet completed the rally. Holliman suffered the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks, while fanning five. He had no-hit the Stars in his first start against them on June 21 in the first of a doubleheader at Smokies Park.


Brantley?s run-scoring single and an Escobar sac fly in the second staked Derek Miller to an early 2-0 lead in his first double-A start. Tennessee took the lead with three runs in the fourth on a two-run double by Matt Craig and a run-scoring two-bagger by Chris Robinson. Miller allowed three runs on eight hits over six frames, while issuing four walks and striking out four.


Steve Hammond worked a scoreless seventh to pick up the win and was aided by Brantley, who threw out Jemel Spearman trying to score from third base on a shallow fly ball to left field. The Stars turned a season-high four double plays, including three that ended innings. Jeff Housman yielded singles to Craig and Tyler Colvin to open the eighth prior to a sacrifice bunt by Issmael Salas, the fourth of the game for the visitors. Robinson grounded out to third on a fine play by Adam Heether that kept the runners stationary before Marino Salas retired the last four hitters to earn his 15th save of the season.


The series wraps up Saturday afternoon with Huntsville southpaw Sam Narron making the start against Smokies? left-hander Donnie Veal. Coverage of the game begins at 1:50 p.m. central time and can be heard locally on SportsRadio 730 WUMP and through the internet at www.huntsvillestars.com.

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In the last 20 years, only five hitting streaks in all of minor league baseball have been longer than Mat Gamel's still-active 33 game streak. Those streaks are detailed in a chart at this link from prior to Friday's game:




Mat Gamel's hitting streak is now three games off the Florida State League record pace. (Photo by Jerry Hale/MLB.com)



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