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Link Report for Games of Sunday, May 13th -- Hi, Mom!

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Sunday's Daily Menu: A wonderful Mother's Day to all!


All times Central; pitchers subject to change --


Nashville: RHP R.A. Dickey at Salt Lake (Angels), 2:50 PM pre-game; 3:05 gametime


Audio link:



Huntsville: LHP Manny Parra at Carolina (Marlins), 12:45 PM pre-game; 1:00 gametime


Audio link:



Brevard County: Idle


West Virginia: LHP Zach Braddock at home vs. Greensboro (Marlins), 12:55 PM pre-game, 1:05 gametime


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Follow Sunday'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.










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 Saturday's action:
 Pacific Coast League (AAA) - PCL American North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Iowa 20 16 .556 - 12-5 8-11 L1 Nashville 18 18 .500 2.0 10-5 8-13 L5 Memphis 18 19 .486 2.5 13-7 5-12 L1 Omaha 16 20 .444 4.0 13-8 3-12 L1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Southern League (AA) - SOU North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tennessee 18 16 .529 - 6-8 12-8 W2 Huntsville 17 17 .500 1.0 9-11 8-6 W3 West Tenn 17 19 .472 2.0 9-7 8-12 W1 Chattanooga 16 20 .444 3.0 10-10 6-10 L1 Carolina 14 22 .389 5.0 7-9 7-13 L2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Florida State League (A+) - FSL East Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brevard County 21 15 .583 - 12-6 9-9 W5 Daytona 20 15 .571 0.5 12-6 8-9 W1 Palm Beach 18 17 .514 2.5 9-12 9-5 L3 Vero Beach 17 18 .486 3.5 11-7 6-11 W1 Jupiter 15 21 .417 6.0 5-9 10-12 L4 St. Lucie 15 21 .417 6.0 7-11 8-10 L1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- South Atlantic League (A) - SAL Northern Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- West Virginia 24 9 .727 - 13-6 11-3 L1 Greensboro 23 13 .639 2.5 12-4 11-9 W2 Lakewood 17 16 .515 7.0 7-11 10-5 W1 Lake County 17 17 .500 7.5 9-8 8-9 L1 Hickory 14 19 .424 10.0 6-7 8-12 W1 Lexington 15 21 .417 10.5 8-12 7-9 L2 Delmarva 14 20 .412 10.5 6-9 8-11 L1 Hagerstown 13 22 .371 12.0 8-11 5-11 W1

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Manny Parra or Tim Dillard could really be useful to replace Dessens. I understand Elmer's role is important, and you don't want a prospect in the role, but man, it's hard to watch him. He's always been crappy, and is only getting worse
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I used to think that way about not wanting a prospect in the long role, and maybe if you can't find a manager who can breakout of old habits you want to go with that wisdom, but If you have 2 guys who can give you long innings there is no reason not to have a prospect in that role.
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That is what I have been saying.. by September I hope our bullpen looks like:











Dessens and Spurling can lead the cheerleading squad...


Add Braun playing at 3B by then and this team will get a nice boost the second half of the year.. you could argue Thatcher might be better than Shouse because of his power arm..

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I've always liked Dillard, so I wouldn't mind him or Jackson in the long role w/Villanueva. Neither is really a big prospect, and both likely have long term roles in the bullpen at best. But both could contribute quite a bit if not overexposed
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Final: Salt Lake (Angels) 11, Nashville 9

Team in freefall mode...


Nashville Site Game Summary:

Link for Ozzie Chavez photo, text follows --




Sounds' Skid Hits Six Following 11-9 Loss


SALT LAKE CITY ? The Nashville Sounds? losing streak reached six games on Sunday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field as the club came up on the short end of an 11-9 loss to the Salt Lake Bees in the second game of a four-game series.


Nashville (18-19) has lost 12 of its last 14 road contests and saw the opponent plate the winning run in its final turn at the plate for the third straight contest and for the fourth time in six games during the current road trip.


With the loss, the Sounds fell a season-high three games out of first place in the PCL American Conference Northern Division.


The game was a back-and-forth battle that saw three lead changes before Salt Lake broke a 9-9 tie with a pair of runs against Grant Balfour in the bottom of the eighth inning.


The Sounds took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first frame when Laynce Nix (3-for-4) belted a two-run homer off Bees starter Henry Bonilla, the outfielder?s second longball in three rehab games with Nashville.


AUDIO: Laynce Nix Two-Run HR --




After Nix upped the visitors? lead to 3-0 with a third-inning RBI double, Salt Lake exploded for six runs against R.A. Dickey in the bottom of the frame to grab a 6-3 lead using four hits and a pair of Sounds errors.


Sounds shortstop Ozzie Chavez, who finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, pulled Nashville within 6-4 in the fourth when he plated Vinny Rottino with a two-out RBI double.


Brad Nelson tied the contest at 6-6 in the fifth with a two-run double before scoring the go-ahead run later in the frame on a Drew Anderson sacrifice fly.


Callix Crabbe extended the Nashville to 8-6 in the sixth with a solo homer off Bees reliever Matt Wilhite before Salt Lake came back again against Dickey, playing three runs in the bottom of the frame to grab a 9-8 advantage. All three runs scored with two outs in the frame, including the tying and go-ahead scores on a Brandon Wood two-run single.


Chavez evened the score in the eighth with his second homer of the year, a one-out solo shot to right off Steven Shell. The Bees responded with yet another two-out scoring rally, this time against Balfour. With two on and two out, Wood drew a walk to load the bases for Mike Elyward, who followed with a go-ahead two-run single to right for the Bees.


Jason Bulger took over on the hill for Salt Lake and retired the Sounds in order in the top of the ninth, including two consecutive strikeouts to end the contest, to earn his first save of the year.


Shell (1-0) backed into the victory for the Bees after blowing a save in his one inning of work. Balfour (0-1), who allowed two runs on two hits over his 1 2/3 frames of action, took the loss for Nashville.


Dickey worked six innings for the Sounds and allowed a season-high nine runs (five earned) on 11 hits.


The Sounds look to get back on the winning track when the teams continue the series with a 7:35 p.m. CT meeting on Monday evening. Right-hander Tim Dillard (0-3, 3.35) will take the hill for Nashville in search of his first career Triple-A victory. Salt Lake will counter with right-hander and former Milwaukee Brewer farmhand and big leaguer Pedro Liriano (1-4, 7.59).


Nashville Box Score:

Pretty amazing how productive Laynce Nix has been during his rehab stints at AA and AAA; Vinny Rottino again behind the plate, throws out a runner, still raking; this bullpen makes Chris Spurling's job inexplicably more secure each day; we will not rest until Huntsville lefty Joe Thatcher leapfrogs the underperforming Sounds bullpen to Milwaukee...




Nashville Game Log:



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Final: Huntsville 10, Carolina (Mudcats) 2


Huntsville Site Game Summary:

Link for Manny Parra photo, text follows --




Stars Keep on Swinging and Slugging in Sunday Win


Brendan Katin drove in four runs to back the solid pitching of Manny Parra, as Huntsville downed Carolina 10-2 Sunday afternoon in the second of a five-game set at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC. The Stars earned their fourth straight win to climb to 18-17 and move within a half-game of front-running Tennessee in the North Division, while the Mudcats slipped to 14-23 overall and 7-10 at home. Huntsville has won the last eight games between the two teams dating back to a 3-2 victory in 10 innings on July 22.


Carolina scored the game?s first run in the first inning on a triple by Grant Psomas and a Parra wild pitch. Psomas hit a sinking line drive to left field that got past a diving Ulyses Davenport and was backed up by Steve Moss on the warning track. It was the fourth time in seven starts that Parra has been scored on in the first inning and the eleventh time in their last 12 games that the Stars have allowed the first run or runs of the contest.


The Stars struck for three runs in the third on a run-scoring ground out by Guilder Rodriguez and successive two-out, run-producing hits by Mike Carlin and Katin. A walk to Parra and a sacrifice bunt by Hernan Iribarren were key factors in the rally. Huntsville added a pair of runs in the fifth inning on a Carlin sacrifice fly and a one-out single by Katin that plated Rodriguez, who had singled and stolen second base. Mudcats? starter Gaby Hernandez, the third ranked prospect in the Marlins organization according to Baseball America, was charged with five runs on six hits over five frames and suffered his fourth loss of the season. The right-hander walked three and struck out three and remains winless since April 23.


Scott Nestor took over in the sixth and yielded five runs on a run-scoring single by Iribarren, a bases loaded walk to Carlin, a two-run double by Katin and a run-scoring ground out by Steve Moss, who went hitless in five at-bats. Katin and Rodriguez each collected three hits for a second straight game, while Iribarren and Rodriguez each scored two times.


Parra left after six innings and earned his fourth win of the season by yielding just one run on six hits. He struck out a season-high eight, walked two and won for the first time in three tries on the road. Robert Hinton worked two innings, giving up a run without a hit and Joe Thatcher retired all three hitters he faced in the ninth.


The series continues Monday night with Stars? left-hander Adam Pettyjohn taking the mound against Mudcats? right-hander Rick Vanden Hurk. Coverage of the game begins at 6:00 p.m. central time and can be heard locally on SportsRadio 730 WUMP and through the internet at www.huntsvillestars.com.


Huntsville Box Score:

Manny Parra's re-emergence as a bona fide top prospect has been one of the best things about this early season, now let's get him to Nashville...




Huntsville Game Log:



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Zach Braddock didn't give up any runs in his first two outings, but he did have 8 walks. In the 27.1 innings since those first two games, 40 k's and 5 walks! Seems like when he has given up a run, the opposition has just been able to string together a couple hits around one of those few walks. Watched him pitch today, and he was well in control through all 5 innings. He has also been fouled off quite a bit which I'm sure is running up his pitch count keeping his innings fewer.
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Thanks for the report on Braddock.. He's quickly becomming one of the most exciting prospects in the system...


on the other hand, i'm bummed that he's not going to pitch in greensboro on tuesday or wednesday...

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Final: Greensboro (Marlins) 9, West Virginia 3


West Virginia Site Game Summary:




The Greensboro Grasshoppers scored the final eight runs in the final three innings of Sunday afternoon?s game at Appalachian Power Park and defeated the West Virginia Power 9-3 to take their second game of the series.


West Virginia took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Darren Ford?s solo home run, his third of the year, and Chuckie Caufield?s sacrifice fly which scored Brent Brewer. The Grasshoppers cut the lead in half on Jacob Blackwood?s RBI single in the third. West Virginia plated their final run of the game on Caufield?s run-scoring single in the bottom of the third.


Greensboro began their comeback in the seventh inning. Greg Burns knocked in Daniel Garcia on a sacrifice fly to plate the first run of the inning. With a runner on first and two outs, Chris Coghlan hit a ground ball to Power second baseman Kenny Holmberg. Holmberg had trouble fielding the ball and it went into right field. Chuckie Caufield?s throw into second base hit field umpire Dave Soucy and the ball went into left field allowing the tying run to score. Coghlan scored during the next at bat on Jacob Blackwood?s base hit to give Greensboro the lead.


The ?Hoppers added four runs in the eighth inning. Garcia and Greg Burns put together back-to-back RBI singles before Coghlan drove a run in on a groundout and Blackwood finished the inning with an RBI single, his third of the game. An errant throw from Brent Brewer allowed the Grasshoppers to score their final run in the ninth.


Brad Stone (2-3) earned the victory, and J.T. King (3-1) was tagged with the loss. Power lefty Zach Braddock allowed just a run on five hits through five innings and struck out nine batters, giving him 21 strikeouts in two starts against Greensboro.


The Power fell to 24-10 with the loss and the Grasshoppers improved to 24-13 with the win. The first three batters in the Power batting order, Ford, Brewer and Michael Brantley, recorded two hits a piece.


The Power will continue the four game series against Greensboro at First Horizon Park on Tuesday night. The Power will start left hander Luis Ramirez (1-0, 5.06) and the Grasshoppers will counter with left hander Graham Taylor (4-1, 3.00). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM (6:00 Central).


West Virginia Box Score:

Catcher Andy Bouchie still ailing since taking that bat to the arm...




West Virginia Game Log:

Outfielders Stephen Chapman and Chuckie Caufield threw out runners at the plate in the late innings...



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Manny Parra's line at AA (since 2004):


12-8, 3.43 ERA, 32 games (all starts), 170.2 IP, 183 H, 166 K, 39 BB


He's given up only 4 HR in that span, all during the 2005 season, in which he gave up 111 hits in 91 innings of work (his longest, yet worse season statistically at the AA level).


The Brewers need to find a way to bump this young man up to AAA. Of all of the pitching prospects in the system, I would love to know what Manny is throwing stuff-wise more than anyone else.

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Of all of the pitching prospects in the system, I would love to know what Manny is throwing stuff-wise more than anyone else.


I agree Colby. Does he still throw 95, or try to throw 6 pitches? We haven't heard much about his stuff in 2 or 3 years.

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