After going more than two months without a win, 24-year-old right-hander Ariel Pena delivered his second win in a row, pitching the Double-A Huntsville Stars to a 4-2 win over the Mobile BayBears Friday night in Huntsville, Ala.
After tossing five scoreless innings at Chattanooga on Sunday, Pena came back against the BayBears by allowing two runs on just three hits over six innings to improve to 7-8 on the year with a 4.09 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 125.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four.
Huntsville broke out on top in the bottom of the first as Shawn Zarraga belted a two-run double in his first at-bat back from the disabled list.
Mobile did their only damage against Pena with two runs in the fourth, but Brock Kjeldgaard put the Stars back on top with a home run to center field on the first pitch from Mobile reliever Bryan Woodall to make it 3-2. It was Kjeldgaard’s 20th homer of the season.
Huntsville added an insurance tally in the eighth on an RBI single by Shea Vucinich.
The Stars bullpen was outstanding to preserve the win for Pena. Greg Holle, Kevin Shackelford and David Goforth each worked a perfect inning, with Goforth getting the final three outs for his third save.
Jason Rogers was 2-for-4 and scored twice for Huntsville and Vucinich also had a pair of hits.
The pitching staff for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds recorded a season-high 15 strikeouts Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Round Rock Express beat the Sounds 7-4 on Elvis Night in Nashville, Tenn.
Top prospect Jimmy Nelson had his strikeout groove on, fanning nine in 5.2 innings, but he was also hit hard, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits with a pair of walks to fall to 3-5 in 12 starts since being promoted to Triple-A. His ERA jumped to 3.78. Travis Webb allowed a pair of unearned runs as part of a five-run fifth that broke the game open for the Express. Johnnie Lowe struck out five of the seven batters he faced over two hitless innings.
Round Rock led 2-0 after the top of the third, but the Sounds battled back with one in the bottom of the frame. Eugenio Velez lofted a sacrifice fly to score Stephen Parker.
It was Parker who would give Nashville the lead in the fifth, blasting his first home run in 192 at-bats and his seventh of the season with a man on to give the Sounds a 3-2 edge.
It was short-lived.
Center fielder Kentrail Davis helped Round Rock to its big five-run sixth when he dropped a bases loaded fly ball by Engel Beltre with two outs that scored a pair of runs.
Robinzon Diaz was 3-for-5 for the Sounds while Blake Lalli was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the seventh.
The High-A Brevard County Manatees started fast, taking a 1-0 lead with three straight hits in the first inning. But that was all the Manatees would get in a 5-1 loss to the Daytona Cubs Friday night in Daytona, Fla.
Yadiel Rivera doubled with one out and later scored on Mitch Haniger’s single. Brevard had chances galore, stranding 10 men on base and going just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Chad Pierce (5-6) took the loss for the Manatees, allowing five runs on seven hits over six innings, walking one and striking out four. Alex Moore worked two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and fanning three.
Rivera, Haniger and Cody Hawn each had two hits for Brevard, but the Manatees also struck out 15 times, including Nick Delmonico recording the dreaded golden sombrero by going 0-for-4 with four whiffs.
The Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers fell four games off the playoff pace as the Peoria Chiefs took control with a four-run seventh inning en route to a 7-2 win Friday night at Grand Chute.
The Rattlers had an early 2-0 lead. Tyler Roberts laced an RBI double in the second inning and Mike Garza had an RBI two-bagger in the third.
But the Chiefs battled back tying the game with two runs in the fifth and breaking it open with the big seventh. They added an insurance marker in the eighth.
Tyler Wagner had a solid outing for Wisconsin, allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings, but the wheels fell off for reliever Harvey Martin (2-3), who allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Taylor Wall got the final four outs in order, but that was well after the horse had esc aped the barn.
Garza was 2-for-4 on a night when the Rattlers were outhit 15-6.
The Milwaukee Brewers player development system made a pair of moves on Friday. Right-hander Martin Viramontes was sent to the Rookie-level Arizona Brewers on a rehabilitation assignment. Viramontes was 1-1 with a save in 15 appearances for the Class A-Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, posting a 5.16 ERA and 1.685 WHIP in 29.2 innings. He was a 28th round draft pick by the Brewers out of USC in June 2012.
Catcher Shawn Zarraga was activated from the disabled list and returned to the lineup for the Double-A Huntsville Stars. He had been out 10 days and in 140 plate appearances this season is hitting .325/.377/.413 with a homer and 14 RBI. The Brewers selected Zarraga in the 48th round in the 2007 Amateur Draft out of Trinity Christian Academy in Lake Worth, Fla. This is his first season above Class A ball.
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