Victor Roache slugged a homer and a double en route to a 4-for-5 night, driving in four runs as the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers snapped their three-game losing streak with an 8-5 win over the Clinton LumberKings Thursday night in Clinton, Iowa.
Roache then drilled his 21st home run of the season to center field in the top of the third. Roache’s two-run blast gave Wisconsin a 3-2 lead. He added an RBI single in the fifth to give the Rattlers a 4-2 edge.
The LumberKings struck for three runs in the bottom of the fifth off starter Jorge Lopez to take a 5-4 lead.
But the Rattlers came back in the seventh, putting a four-spot on the board. Garrett Cooper laced a two-run single and Roache followed with an RBI double. Roache scored the final run on a passed ball.
Lopez got a no-decision after allowing five runs and eight hits in 5.2 innings, with three walks and four strikeouts. He gave up a pair of home runs, both in the sixth. Jonathan Arnold (3-2) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk with a strikeout and Hobbs Johnson picked up his first save of the season with a perfect ninth that included a pair of strikeouts.
Roache’s outburst raised his batting line to .246/.321/.446 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs in 108 games for Wisconsin this season. Cooper had a pair of hits for the Rattlers.
The Double-A Huntsville Stars avoided the brooms Thursday night, beating the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2-1 in the final game of their six-game series in Huntsville, Ala.
Brooks Hall followed up a terrific pitching performance by Ariel Pena the night before with a solid start of his own, pitching five shutout innings while allowing just three hits and walking one. Hall fanned five.
Eric Marzec came in to protect a 1-0 lead, but coughed up a triple and an RBI single in the sixth.
The Stars got the run back in the bottom of the seventh. Hector Gomez led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice by pinch-hitter Micah Owings and moved to third on a fly ball by Chadwin Stang. Gomez then scored on a wild pitch.
The Stars got their first run in the third inning on an RBI single by Jason Rogers, who extended his Southern League RBI lead to 82.
Arcenio Leon (2-7) got the final out of the seventh and earned the win. Greg Holle worked around a hit and a walk in a scoreless eighth and Casey Medlen retired the side in order in the ninth for his eighth save.
Eric Patterson was 3-for-4 with a double for the Stars while Mike Walker was 2-for-4.
Zach Kroenke was tagged with his Pacific Coast League-leading 15th loss Thursday night as the Triple-A Nashville Sounds couldn’t recover from a six-run second inning and fell 9-5 to the Albuquerque Isotopes in Albuquerque, N.M.
Kroenke (5-15) worked 5.1 innings, allowing the six runs on eight hits with two walks while fanning five.
The Sounds, meanwhile, were stymied by Isotopes starter Red Patterson, who worked six shutout innings and allowed only three hits.
Nashville rallied in the seventh off the Albuquerque bullpen. Blake Davis had a two-run triple, pinch-hitter Stephen Parker drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Kentrail Davis hit his first home run of the season with Nashville to cut the Isotope lead to 6-4.
But Albuquerque lit up reliever Travis Webb in the bottom of the seventh, pushing across three runs. Webb allowed the three runs on three hits and a walk while recording just two outs. Johnnie Lowe had come in to record the final two outs in the sixth before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter and Tim Dillard got the final four outs, working around a walk.
Robinzon Diaz reached on a single in the top of the eighth, moved to third on Blake Lalli’s single and scored on a wild pitch.
Kentrail Davis was 2-for-4 including his home run, while Diaz, Lalli and Blake Davis each had two hits.
For the second straight night, the High-A Brevard County Manatees were rained out in Lakeland, Fla. The regularly scheduled game from Thursday will be made up on Monday in Viera, Fla., when the Flying Tigers visit the Manatees. The game that had been postponed on Wednesday will not be rescheduled.
Florida State League rules stipulate that a team cannot play more than three doubleheaders within a seven-day period and Lakeland already has three twinbills scheduled next week.
The Nashville Sounds made some roster moves on Thursday, placing shortstop Ozzie Chavez and left-hander Chris Narveson on the disabled list and activating shortstop Blake Davis from the DL.
Chavez, a 30-year-old Dominican, started this season at Huntsville and was shuffled up to the Sounds twice, the last time on May 31. He is hitting .202/.235/.220 with seven RBI in 117 plate appearances for Nashville. The 12-year minor-league veteran was originally signed by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001 and also spent time in the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox Organizations, as well as in the independent Atlantic League. After not playing in 2012, he was signed by the Brewers last winter.
Narveson, meanwhile, is dealing with a nerve issue in his left shoulder. He made two relief appearances for the Brewers in April before being sent to Nashville and eventually being taken off Milwaukee’s 40-man roster.
In 15 starts for the Sounds, Narveson is 4-7 with a 5.14 ERA and 1.416 WHIP in 77 innings.
Davis, meanwhile, had been out since Aug. 11. The 29-year-old is hitting .255/.290/.346 in 94 games for Nashville this season, with a homer and 28 RBI to go with 15 doubles and five triples.
He played 25 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 2011 and signed as a minor-league free agent with the Brewers in December.
The Brevard County Manatees activated right-hander Damien Magnifico from the disabled list on Thursday. The 22-year-old last pitched on Aug 10, lasting three innings in a start against Dunedin.
Magnifico is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in seven starts since being promoted from Class-A Wisconsin in June. He was a fifth-round pick of the Brewers out of the University of Oklahoma in 2012.
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