Right-hander Johnny Hellweg picked up his 11th win for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds on Thursday night and drove in a pair of runs with a couple of hits as the Sounds beat the Reno Aces 7-3 in Reno, Nev., to split the four-game series.
He also had an RBI double during a three-run second inning for Nashville and later drove in a run with a single in the fifth.
Josh Prince had a two-run triple in the third inning and later scored on Hellweg’s double. The Sounds hung another three-spot in the fifth. Prince and Hellweg had back-to-back RBI singles after Sean Halton drove home Caleb Gindl, who had beaten out a triple on a ball into the right-center field gap.
Blake Lalli drove in Nashville’s final tally in the sixth with an RBI single.
Brent Leach worked a scoreless seventh inning for the Sounds and Kyle Heckathorn worked two perfect innings to close it out.
Kentrail Davis had three of Nashville’s 14 hits, including a pair of doubles, while Gindl, Prince, Hellweg and Robinzon Diaz each had a pair of safeties.
Michael Ross singled home Alfredo Rodriguez in the bottom of the 15th inning and the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers remained alive in the Midwest League playoff hunt with a 5-4 win over the Peoria Chiefs at Grand Chute Thursday night.
Rodriguez walked to open the inning, stole second and then advanced to third when ball four to Chris McFarland went to the backstop. Peoria intentionally walked Orlando Arcia for a second time in the game to load the bases. After Tyrone Taylor struck out, Ross singled up the middle to drive in the game-winner.
Wisconsin fell behind 1-0 in the first, but came back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame on Max Walla’s two-run double. After Peoria tied the game with a fourth-inning run, the Rattlers reclaimed the lead in the fifth on an RBU double by Mike Garza.
Peoria tied the game on a home run off starter Eric Semmelhack, in his first appearance since returning from the disabled list, in the top of the sixth. Semmelhack worked six innings and allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Rattlers took a 4-3 lead in the seventh. Arcia singled to start the inning and Taylor beat out a bunt. Both runners advanced on a delayed steal, swiping bags on the throw back to the pitcher. Reed walked to load the bases and after reliever Steve Sabatino struck out the next two hitters, his first pitch to Walla got away from catcher Gerwuins Velazco for a passed ball that allowed Arcia to score.
Peoria tied it when Jeremy Schaffer’s pop up fell between three Rattler fielders, allowing a run to score from second in the top of the eighth.
And so the night went on … and on … and on.
Michael Strong worked three innings in relief, allowing a run on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Jonathan Arnold worked two scoreless innings and Rodolfo Fernandez (3-3) wound up with the win after working four scoreless frames, allowing three hits and a walk while fanning three.
The High-A Brevard County Manatees took advantage of a three-run sixth inning and beat the Tampa Yankees 5-3 in Tampa, Fla., Thursday night.
In a 2-2 game, the Manatees scored in the sixth on a throwing error and a two-run fielding error.
That was enough support for starter Jacob Barnes (8-5), who worked six innings and allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. Eric Arnett surrendered an unearned run in the seventh, Stephen Peterson worked a scoreless eighth and Tommy Toledo earned his 16th save by blanking the Yankees in the ninth.
The Manatees opened the scoring in the second inning on an RBI single by Greg Hopkins. After Tampa built a 2-1 lead in the third, Brevard tied it in the fifth on a solo homer by Ben McMahan, his fifth of the season.
D’Vontrey Richardson continued his sizzling hitting in August, going 2-for-5. He is now hitting .406 this month (26-for-64). Nick Ramirez and Mitch Haniger also banged out a pair of hits.
Highly-touted prospect Taylor Jungmann struggled Thursday night for the Double-A Huntsville Stars, allowing six runs and failing to get out of the fifth inning in a 10-4 loss to the Mobile BayBears in Huntsville, Ala.
Five of the runs off Jungmann were earned and the sixth scored when his pickoff throw to first base was wild. Jungmann (9-8) was tagged for eight hits and walked five in 4.1 innings, striking out two. Franke De La Cruz tossed gas on the fire for Huntsville, giving up four runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. Arcenio Leon threw two perfect innings and Kevin Shackelford worked a spotless ninth.
Huntsville got a run in the first on an RBI groundout by Brock Kjeldgaard and another in the second when Hector Gomez belted his second homer of the season.
The Stars added two in the bottom of the sixth, trailing 10-2, on an RBI double by Joey Paciorek and a pinch-hit single from Rene Tosoni that plated a run.
After being no-hit the night before, Huntsville banged out 10 hits on Thursday, including two each from Jason Rogers, Anderson De La Rosa and Paciorek.
The 23-year-old was 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 13 appearances, three of them starts, over 30 innings for Double-A Huntsville before he was suspended in May after a second positive test for a “drug of abuse.”
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