Hunter Morris hammered a two-run homer and Hainley Statia saved the game with a leaping catch over the left-field wall in the top of the ninth and the Triple-A Nashville Sounds closed their season with a 2-1 win over the Iowa Cubs on Monday at Nashville, Tenn.
Morris drove an opposite-field shot to left-center, his 24th of the season, that bounced off the guitar-shaped scoreboard in the bottom of the first to put the Sounds up 2-0 and the pitching staff, in a team effort, made it stand.
Aaron Laffey started on three days’ rest and worked three scoreless innings, scattering five hits and walking one. Tim Dillard (4-2) allowed a solo homer and struck out three in his three innings. Johnnie Lowe worked two scoreless frames, allowing two hits, and Jesus Sanchez gave up a walk and got a strikeout in the ninth to record his seventh save.
Sanchez had walked the leadoff batter in the top of the ninth, Mike Olt, and then struck out Jae-Hoon Ha. Greg Rohan stepped into the box and lofted a long fly ball to left field. Statia went back and got his glove over the top of the fence, robbing Rohan of what would have been his second go-ahead homer in as many games. His solo homer in the tenth inning Sunday night powered Iowa to a 3-2 win.
Eugenio Velez was 3-for-4 for Nashville, extending his hitting streak to 22 games. After signing in early August, Velez hit .377/.437/.523 in 38 games with two homers and 21 RBI while also stealing nine bases in 12 attempts. The 31-year-old veteran spent parts of four seasons in the majors with the San Francisco Giants from 2007-10 and also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011.
The Double-A Huntsville Stars ended their season on a high note Monday, beating the Jackson Generals 4-3 at Huntsville, Ala.
The Generals scored unearned runs in the second and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead against starter Brooks Hall, who worked five innings and allowed just the two blemished markers on five hits while walking one and fanning four.
Mike Walker started Huntsville on the road back with a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth, his 12th of the year. In the sixth, Brock Kjeldgaard belted a two-run homer—his third of the five-game series—to put Huntsville up 3-2.
The Stars added an insurance run in the seventh when Micah Owings scored on a passed ball after reaching on a single, advancing to second on a wild pitch and moving up another 90 feet on a ground ball out.
Frankie De La Cruz (2-4) picked up the win with a scoreless sixth inning. Casey Medlen blanked the Generals in the seventh and Kevin Shackelford got his sixth save, getting the final six outs while allowing a solo homer in the top of the ninth.
Kjeldgaard had two of Huntsville’s five hits on the day.
The Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers got a solid pitching performance from Austin Ross, but couldn’t get the bats going in a 3-1 season-ending loss to the Burlington Bees at Burlington, Iowa, on Monday.
Ross kept the Rattlers in the game, working seven innings and allowing a run on three hits, while walking one and striking out eight. Alan Williams (0-2) took the loss, surrendering two runs in the bottom of the eighth on four hits.
Wisconsin’s only run came in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Alfredo Rodriguez. Burlington tied it in the bottom of the seventh.
Rodriguez and Orlando Arcia had two hits each, but the Rattlers managed only five safeties on the day.
The Billings Mustangs scored two runs each in the eighth and ninth innings and rallied to beat the short-season Class-A Helena Brewers 6-2 on Monday at Helena, Mont.
The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, but the Brewers tied it up in the bottom of the inning on Jose Pena’s solo homer—his third in two days and his seventh against Billings this season. Pena has ten homers overall.
The Brewers took their only lead in the fifth when Charlie Markson scored on a wild pitch. The Mustangs tied it with a run in the sixth before unleashing their late fireworks.
Trevor Seidenberger allowed an unearned run and two hits in four innings, with four walks and three strikeouts. Brandon Moore (1-2) took the loss, allowing three runs and three hits with two walks and two K's in 3.1 innings. Tyler Alexander was charged with two runs in his 1.2 innings, although he did strike out three.
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