No one has kept him off base since. He ran his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 32 in Thursday night’s 5-4, 14-inning loss to the Oklahoma City RedHawks at Oklahoma City. Velez was 3-for-6 at the plate, extending his hitting streak to 18 games. His string of consecutive games reaching base matched the streak assembled by Daric Barton of the Sacramento River Cats.
Nashville struck quickly in the top of the first, taking a 3-0 lead. Sean Halton drove in two runs with a ground-rule double and later scored on Hunter Morris’ RBI single. Oklahoma City cut into the lead with two runs in the fourth off starter Aaron Laffey, who stopped a string of rough outings with his first quality start since Aug. 14. Laffey allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits over six innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out three.
Kyle Heckathorn worked a scoreless seventh, but Donovan Hand coughed up the lead when he surrendered a run in the eighth.
Tied at 3-3, the game went into extras. Nashville grabbed the lead in the top of the 12th on an RBI single by Velez, but the RedHawks answered with an unearned run charged to reliever Johnnie Lowe. Two innings later, Oklahoma City pushed across the winner against reliever Brent Leach (0-3). It was the longest game of the season for Nashville.
Kentrail Davis was 4-for-7 for the Sounds and scored twice, while Morris was 3-for-6 and Josh Prince and Halton each had a pair of hits.
The Double-A Huntsville Stars returned home a dropped a 5-3 decision to the Jackson Generals Thursday night at Huntsville, Ala.
Chadwin Stang opened the bottom of the first with his first leadoff homer of the season for the Stars—also his first at the Double-A level—to give Huntsville a 1-0 lead. Jackson tied the game with a run in the second and took a 2-1 lead with a run in the fourth.
The Stars battled back to reclaim the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer by Brock Kjeldgaard. It was his 22nd homer of the season, moving him into a tie with teammate Jason Rogers and Chattanooga’s Joc Pederson for the Southern League lead.
Jackson took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth and added an insurance marker in the sixth.
Drew Gagnon (4-9) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits over five innings. He walked four and fanned four. Greg Holle gave up a run on two hits in his lone inning of work, while Michael Olmsted worked two scoreless innings—striking out three—and Eric Marzec struck out two in a perfect ninth.
The High-A Brevard County Manatees had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t push a run across in a 3-2 loss to the Daytona Cubs at Viera, Fla., Thursday night.
The Manatees dug a hole they couldn’t escape, surrendering three runs in the top of the first. Mark Rogers (0-2), on a major-league rehabilitation assignment, took the loss, allowing three runs—all unearned—on four hits over three innings. He walked three and struck out three. Alex Moore pitched four innings of one-hit relief to keep Brevard in the game and Daniel Meadows followed with two scoreless frames.
The Manatees got one run back in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Mitch Haniger. Brevard cut it to 3-2 with a run in the ninth.
Haniger walked with one out in the inning and moved to third on a single by Cody Hawn. Greg Hopkins scored Haniger with a single to right and an infield single by Rafael Neda loaded the bases. T.J. Mittelstaedt was called out on strikes, though, and Brandon Macias grounded out to end the game.
Yadiel Rivera was 2-for-4 for the Manatees while Nick Ramirez had a tough night—0-for-4 with 3 K's.
The Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers took a blow to their playoff hopes, turning six double plays, but losing a 6-3 decision to the Quad Cities River Bandits at Grand Chute Thursday night.
The Rattlers left 14 men on base while going just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. While Wisconsin lost, the Clinton LumberKings snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Peoria Chiefs and now lead the Rattlers by two games in the Western Division wild-card chase.
Quad Cities struck for two runs in the top of the first, but the Rattlers battled back to tie it, getting a run in the bottom of the first and another in the second.
Parker Berberet drove home the first run with a sacrifice fly in the first and Alfredo Rodriguez stroked an RBI single in the second to tie it.
The River Bandits came right back to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the third off Ryan Gibbard (4-7), who surrendered four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings.
Wisconsin got one of the runs back in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to Berberet. Reliever Preston Gainey kept the Rattlers in the game until the ninth, when he surrendered a pair of runs. He worked 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on five hits, with four walks and two strikeouts. Ryan Fasano got the final two outs.
Mike Garza was 4-for-5 for Wisconsin and scored a run while Rodriguez had two hits, including a double. Michael Reed was 1-for-2 and walked three times, but Victor Roache and Garrett Cooper each struck out three times.
The Brevard County Manatees activated Cody Scarpetta from the disabled list on Thursday. The big right-hander is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and has only pitched once since Aug. 2, getting just one out and facing only six batters in a start against Lakeland on Aug. 20.
Scarpetta is 0-5 with a 7.59 ERA and 2.219 WHIP in 11 starts and 32 innings. The Manatees sent down Tyler Cravy to the Rookie-level Arizona Brewers to make room on the roster. Cravy, a 12th-round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Napa Valley Junior College in California in 2009, is 4-2 with a 2.04 ERA and 1.071 WHIP for the Manatees, making 16 relief appearances and nine starts covering 79.1 innings. He has struck out 59 batters. Cravy last pitched on Tuesday, though, and with the season ending Sunday for Brevard, he is not scheduled to start again.
The short-season Class A Helena Brewers added a catcher on Thursday when Jack Cleary was promoted from Rookie-level Arizona.
Cleary, taken in the 39th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in June’s draft out of the University of Maryland, hit .233/.278/.301 in 25 games for the micro Brewers, with five doubles and seven RBI in 79 plate appearances.
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