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Posted: May 25, 2012, 8:30 PM Post
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Final: Brevard County 4, Dunedin 7

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Jed Bradley struggled a bit in his first game back off the DL. He gave up 12 hits and hit a batter. On the bright side, he didn't walk anyone so it looks like he was throwing strikes. His final line: 4.2 IP, 12H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K. Reggie Keen stayed hot with three more hits tonight. He now has eight hits in the last three games. Shea Vucinich extended his hitting streak to seven games and has hit safely in eight of his last nine. Newly promoted Parker Berberet doubled in his first at bat as a Manatee after entering the game in the sixth inning.

Nick Shaw committed his 10th error of the season, a 4th inning throwing error, allowing an unearned run to score. He also had two hits, including a double and an RBI. The damage for Bradley could have been worse as Brian Garman came on in relief of Bradley and gave up a single, but Franklin Romero Jr. gunned down Koby Clemens at the plate to end the fifth inning. Having watched Romero the past couple years in Appleton, I can attest to the fact that he has a cannon for an arm in right field.

Brevard County Play By Play
The Manatees tried to rally in the 8th

Brevard County Top of the 8th
T. J. Mittelstaedt walks.
Shawn Zarraga walks. T. J. Mittelstaedt to 2nd.
Mike Walker grounds out to first baseman Gabe Jacobo. T. Mittelstaedt to 3rd. Shawn Zarraga to 2nd.
Reggie Keen singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jonathan Jones. T. Mittelstaedt scores. Shawn Zarraga to 3rd. Reggie Keen to 2nd on the throw.
Pitcher Change: Bryan Longpre replaces Shawn Griffith.
Miguel Velazquez out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Kenen Bailli. Shawn Zarraga scores. Reggie Keen to 3rd.
Parker Berberet called out on strikes.


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Lawrence Carves Up Manatees
Dunedin Clubs 15 Hits in 7-4 Victory
By Craig Durham
05/25/2012 10:35 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FL - Casey Lawrence allowed one run on five hits over six strong innings and the Dunedin Blue Jays improved to 31-17 with a 7-4 victory over the Brevard County Manatees on Friday night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
On a night when the fans set a record for the most people blowing a bubble gum bubble at the same time, the Blue Jays offense made sure it was the main attraction for the first half of the game.

Trailing 1-0 heading to the bottom of the 2nd, Dunedin staged a one out rally that led to three runs on three hits and put the home team ahead for good. Koby Clemens started things with a single, and he scored on a Kenen Bailli double off the wall in left. Two batters later Gabe Jacobo doubled to the corner in left, and in an instant the Blue Jays had taken a 3-1 lead.

Brevard County starter Jed Bradley struggled mightily as the night progressed, and the D-Jays just kept the offense coming. Last year's 15th overall pick allowed a run in the fourth, and another in the fifth when Kenen Bailli knocked him out of the game with the Blue Jays 12th hit of the night.

Lawrence was efficient all night long, and the right-hander from McSherrystown, Pennsylvania finished the night with no walks and three strikeouts in his six innings of work. He improved to 4-0 on the season and allowed just one earned run for the third consecutive start. In his last three starts Lawrence has worked 20 innings and allowed just three runs on 14 hits while striking out 16 and walking just one.

Offensive highlights on the night included a 2-5, 2 RBI performance from Gabe Jacobo and a 2-4, 2 RBI performance from Kenen Bailli. Every Blue Jay in the starting lineup collected at least one hit, and six finished the game with two hits each.

The Blue Jays will give the ball to Asher Wojciechowski on Saturday night as they look to win their third straight overall and their fifth straight against Brevard County. Dunedin is 6-1 against the Manatees so far in 2012.


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Posted: May 25, 2012, 9:36 PM Post
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Final: Birmingham 3, Huntsville 1

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Before tonight 3 out of Kyle Heckathorn's last 4 games were pretty forgettable but he had a decent bounce back performance tonight even though he was the losing pitcher. Kyle went 5IP allowing 6H, 2R, 1ER, and 3BB against 6SO having thrown 59-94 pitches for strikes and posting a 5:2 GO:FO ratio. Dan Merklinger pitched the next 4 innings closing out the contest and he's now had 2 very nice outings in a row. Dan only allowed 1hit, but it was a HR in the 9th, didn't walk anyone, and struck out 5.

The Stars only had a total of 6 hits so it's not surprising that no Star managed to get multiple hits. Domnit Bolivar kept Huntsville from getting skunked with his HR to lead off the 2nd. Heckathorn posted the only Stars error (throwing) and Juan Sanchez got picked off of 1st. Kentrail Davis did walk twice.

Huntsville Play By Play
This was basically it until the solo HR run in the 9th gave the Barons a 2 run lead.
Birmingham Top of the 2nd
    Damaso Espino doubles (2) on a fly ball to left fielder Juan Sanchez.
    Erik Morrison grounds out, third baseman Matt Cline to first baseman Hunter Morris.
    Luis Sierra flies out to left fielder Juan Sanchez in foul territory.
    Kenneth Williams singles on a ground ball to second baseman Scooter Gennett. Damaso Espino to 3rd.
    Tyler Saladino singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Kyle Heckathorn. Damaso Espino scores. Kenneth Williams scores. Tyler Saladino to 2nd. Throwing error by pitcher Kyle Heckathorn.
    Jared Mitchell walks.
    Corey Smith strikes out on foul tip.

Huntsville Bottom of the 2nd
    Domnit Bolivar homers (1) on a fly ball to left center field.
    Kentrail Davis walks.
    Juan Sanchez grounds into a force out, third baseman Corey Smith to second baseman Erik Morrison. Kentrail Davis out at 2nd. Juan Sanchez to 1st.
    Matt Cline flies out to center fielder Jared Mitchell.
    With Josh Prince batting, Juan Sanchez picked off and caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Pedro Hernandez to first baseman Seth Loman to shortstop Tyler Saladino.

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Posted: May 25, 2012, 9:46 PM Post
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The Sounds put up six runs in the first two innings but then the bats went silent until the 8th when Hainley Statia came up with a clutch two out single to score Corey Patterson. I caught part of the game on milb.tv and saw the go-ahead run. Great job of manufacturing a run by Mike Guerrero's bunch. Patterson led off the inning with a single. Edwin Maysonet executed a sacrifice bunt to move Patterson to second. Then Caleb Gindl contributed with a productive out, grounding out to first and moving Patterson to third. Statia followed with a single to right to knock in the eventual winning run.

Big night for the "AAAA" types in Nashville. Brooks Conrad belted his ninth home run of the season. He's now gone yard in four of five games since returning from Milwaukee. Patterson went 2 for 3 and had a sac fly. Vinnie Chulk picked up his first save and former Brewers prospect Brad Nelson had a pair of hits for Round Rock.

Logan Schafer and Gindl each doubled for the Sounds only other extra base hits.

Seth McClung started for Nashville. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and was in line for the win. But Johnnie Lowe surrendered his first earned runs of the season tying the game at 6-6. Amaury Rivas worked a scoreless eighth to earn the win, and Chulk turned in a scoreless ninth for the save.

Nashville Play By Play
The 4 run first inning.
Nashville Bottom of the 1st
Logan Schafer doubles (12) on a line drive to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
Eric Farris reaches on a fielder's choice, fielded by pitcher Martin Perez. Eric Farris to 2nd. Logan Schafer advances to 3rd, on throwing error by pitcher Martin Perez.
Brooks Conrad walks.
Jordan Brown reaches on force attempt, fielding error by third baseman Tommy Mendonca. Logan Schafer scores. Eric Farris to 3rd. Brooks Conrad to 2nd.
Corey Patterson out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Julio Borbon. Eric Farris scores. Brooks Conrad to 3rd.
Edwin Maysonet walks. Jordan Brown to 2nd.
Caleb Gindl lines out to second baseman Yangervis Solarte.
Hainley Statia walks. Brooks Conrad scores. Jordan Brown to 3rd. Edwin Maysonet to 2nd.
Dayton Buller walks. Jordan Brown scores. Edwin Maysonet to 3rd. Hainley Statia to 2nd.
Logan Schafer strikes out swinging.

And the eighth inning go-ahead run.
Nashville Bottom of the 8th
Corey Patterson singles on a ground ball to right fielder Joey Butler.
Pitcher Change: Johan Yan replaces Ben Snyder.
Edwin Maysonet out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Johan Yan to first baseman Michael Bianucci. Corey Patterson to 2nd.
Caleb Gindl grounds out, first baseman Michael Bianucci to pitcher Johan Yan. Corey Patterson to 3rd.
Hainley Statia singles on a line drive to right fielder Joey Butler. Corey Patterson scores.
Dayton Buller called out on strikes.


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Statia Provides Sounds With 7-6 Victory Over Round Rock On Friday
Brooks Conrad Homers Again For Nashville
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05/25/2012 11:21 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Sounds third baseman Hainley Statia provided the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 7-6 victory over the Round Rock Express on Friday night at Greer Stadium.
With Corey Patterson on third base on two outs, Statia roped a liner to right field for the Sounds' second last-at-victory in consecutive nights and eighth of the season. Nashville moved to 19-28 on the season and 12-5 in one-run games.

Outfielder Corey Patterson (2-for-3) was the lone Sound with multiple hits while six others collected one hit.

The Sounds batted around with only one hit while plating four runs in the bottom of the first on Round Rock starter and top prospect Martin Perez. Nashville quickly loaded the bases as the first three hitters reached open the frame abd scored their first two runs on an infield error and sacrifice fly by Patterson. Statia and catcher later worked two-out walks with the bases loaded to bring home the next two runs.

After second baseman Eric Farris singled to lead off the second inning, the hot-hitting Brooks Conrad extended the Sounds' lead to 6-0 with a two-run bomb off of his name on the guitar-shaped scoreboard. His team-leading ninth homer was also his seventh long ball hit in his last eight games while also extending his hitting streak to a team-leading 15 games.

Round Rock plated their first run in the top of fourth after the club loaded the bases with no outs against Nashville starter Seth McClung. Joey Butler's foul sacrifice fly down the right field line was caught by Caleb Gindl just a few feet from the wall, bringing home Yangervis Solarte.

The Express scored three more in the sixth to trim the lead to 4-6. McClung walked two, hit two, and allowed two singles frame before getting removed with two outs in the inning.

Reliever Johnnie Lowe gave up his first earned runs of the season in the top of the seventh after Ryan Spilborghs two-run, homer knotted the contest at 6-6. Lowe's scoreless streak was halted at 16 1/3 innings to open the season, second-longest in the PCL behind teammate Jim Henderson.

Facing his former club, McClung surrendered four runs on five hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings for a no-decision.

Lowe was charged with two runs and a blown save. Amaury Rivas tossed one scoreless inning. Vinnie Chulk worked around a hit while fanning two to earn his first save of the year.

Perez earned a no-decision with six runs (three earned) and four walks in four innings. Ben Snyder (1-2) took the loss.

The Sounds and Express continue their series at 6:35 pm CT on Saturday night at Greer Stadium. Right-hander Mark Rogers (0-2, 5.29) look for his first win from the mound against Round righty Greg Reynolds (3-3, 4.15).


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Express Edged at Nashville 7-6
Statia eighth-inning single gives Sounds opener
05/25/2012 11:32 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hainley Statia's eighth-inning, two-out RBI single propelled the Nashville Sounds to a 7-6 victory over the Round Rock Express in Friday night's Pacific Coast League series opener at Herschel Greer Stadium. The Express (21-28) fall to 4-9 in series openers and suffered their 10th loss in their last 13 road games. The Sounds (19-28) have won three straight.

Corey Patterson singled to open the bottom of the eighth, and former Express member Edwin Maysonet pushed Patterson to second on a sacrifice bunt. Caleb Gindl grounded out to first, advancing Patterson to third. Statia followed with a single to right on Johan Yan's 1-0 offering. It was Yan's first career Triple-A outing after being promoted from Double-A Frisco earlier in the day.

That made a winner of Amaury Rivas (3-2), who worked around a Tommy Mendonca leadoff bunt single for a scoreless top of the eighth; he had one strikeout. Vinnie Chulk surrendered only a Ryan Spilborghs one-out single in the ninth with two strikeouts for his first save. Nashville starter Seth McClung, who spent part of last season with Round Rock, allowed four runs on five hits and four walks over five and two-thirds innings with four strikeouts.

Ben Snyder (1-2), who surrendered Patterson's eighth-inning leadoff single before giving way to Yan, was charged with the loss; he retired the side in order with one out in the seventh. Starter Martin Perez yielded six runs - three earned - on four hits and four walks with one strikeout over four innings.

Nashville plated four first-inning runs on just one hit, benefiting from two Express errors. Brooks Conrad, who played for Round Rock from 2004 to 2007 and still holds several Express career records, tacked on a two-run homer in the second.

Round Rock battled back, starting with Joey Butler's fourth-inning sacrifice fly. The Express plated three runs on two hits and a pair of walks in the sixth. Brad Nelson started the scoring with an RBI single. After Butler was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Mike Bianucci delivered an RBI single. McClung then hit Luis Martinez, forcing home the third run.

Spilborghs tied the game in the top of the seventh, following Yangervis Solarte's one-out single with his third homer of the season. Mendonca was stranded at third in the eighth when Luis Hernandez struck out.

Spilborghs was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk. Julio Borbon singled twice, pushing his hitting streak to 13 games (.431, 25-for-58). Nelson was 2-for-4. Spilborghs' home run was the only of Round Rock's 10 hits that went for extra bases. It marked the first time the Express did not produce a double since the season opener, ending a 47-game streak.

Patterson had Nashville's lone multiple-hit game, going 2-for-4. Conrad was 1-for-3 with two RBI, a walk and two runs scored. Statia wsa 1-for-3 with two RBI, and Eric Farris scored twice.

Round Rock and Nashville continue their four-game series Saturday with a 6:35 p.m. CDT first pitch at Greer Stadium. Right-hander Greg Reynolds (3-3, 4.15 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Express, while right-hander Mark Rogers (0-2, 5.29 ERA) is slated for the Sounds.


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'Tees fall in Bradley's return from DL
Brevard topped 7-4 by Dunedin to open three-game set
By Frank Longobardo / Brevard County Manatees
05/25/2012 11:59 PM ET

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Brevard County Manatees dropped the first game of a three-game set to the Florida State League North Division leading Dunedin Blue Jays, 7-4 on Friday night at Florida Auto Exchange Park in Dunedin.

2011 first round draft pick Jed Bradley made his first start since May 14 as he was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day after recovering from a groin injury. Bradley lasted just 4 2/3 innings as he allowed five runs - four earned - on 12 hits, while not allowing a walk and fanning four.

Bradley ran into trouble in the second inning when he gave up three runs to the Blue Jays. After getting Kevin Ahrens to fly out to start the inning, Bradley allowed back-to-back hits including a RBI double by Kenen Bailli. Bradley then hit Jonathan Jones with a pitch to put two on with one out. Gabe Jacobo then doubled to left to clear the bases and give Dunedin a 3-1 lead.

The southpaw allowed a run in the fourth and the fifth before being lifted for reliever Brian Garman. Garman pitched just 1/3 of an inning as Andy Moye went the rest of the way for the 'Tees. He threw three innings and allowed two runs on two hits, while striking out five.

Offensively, the Manatees (19-27) had nine hits with three of those coming off the bat of Reggie Keen. In his last five games, Keen is hitting .615 (8-for-13) with five RBI. Nick Shaw added two hits from the leadoff spot and Miguel Velazquez had two RBI, both on sacrifice flies.

Brevard County will hand the ball to Brooks Hall (0-2, 5.40) on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in the second game of this three-game set with Dunedin (31-17). Hall was roughed up in his last start as he allowed seven earned runs in just 1 1/3 innings against Charlotte this past Monday.

The Blue Jays will counter with Asher Wojciechowski (2-1, 5.53). In two starts against the Manatees this season, Wojciechowski has allowed two runs in 12 innings of work.


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Final: Quad Cities 5, Wisconsin 4

Bandits steal one from Rattlers
By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

DAVENPORT, IA - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers saw the Quad Cities River Bandits record a 5-4 walkoff win to end Wisconsin's six game winning streak. Casey Rasmus scored the winning run on the third error of the night for the Rattlers defense.

The game started after a 58 minute rain delay and both offenses were ready to go. Wisconsin scored three times in the first inning and Quad Cities scored twice.

The first four Timber Rattlers batters of the game had hits. Brandon Macias and Max Walla started the game with singles. Jason Rogers drove in Macias with a double off the wall in left for the first run. Nick Ramirez was next and his single to right sent Walla home. A sacrifice fly by Greg Hopkins knocked in Rogers for the 3-0 lead.

But, Quad Cities (22-25) rallied in the bottom of the first. Rattlers starting pitcher Chad Thompson walked the first two batters of the inning and threw a wild pitch to move them both into scoring position. Colin Walsh's sacrifice fly got the first run home. An RBI double by David Medina with two outs got the second run across the plate to make the score 3-2.

Thompson worked a 1-2-3 second and a 1-2-3 third, but ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth. He gave up a leadoff double to Tyler Rahmatulla and a single to Medina. Then, Thompson threw a wild pitch to let Rahmatulla score the tying run and let Medina take second. But, Thompson bounced back to strikeout the side to keep Medina at second and the game tied.

Wisconsin (30-18) went back in front in the top of the fifth inning on a defensive miscue. Rogers was at second with two outs and Hopkins at the plate. Hopkins sent a grounder to short that went through the legs of Neal Pritchard. Rogers scampered home with the unearned run to make it 4-3.

Bad defense by the River Bandits let the Rattlers take the lead, but Wisconsin gave that run back and let Quad Cities tie the game in the bottom of the sixth on a play that featured two errors.

Reliever Mark Williams walked Medina to start the sixth after getting ahead of him 0-2. Williams hit Virgil Hill to put runners on first and second with no outs. Williams got the first out on a shallow flyball to left.

The next batter was Pritchard and his at bat led to chaos. Williams jammed Pritchard, who sent a low popup to short. Yadiel Rivera charged the ball and appeared to make the catch in the baseline with Medina well off second base. The play was ruled a trap. Rivera tagged Medina for the second out, but threw wildly to second to try and get Hill for the third out. Hill took off for third as the ball rolled to Walla in right field. Walla attempted to get Hill at third base, but the throw sailed on him and the ball wound up in the seats to let Hill score the tying run.

Defense let the Rattlers down in the bottom of the ninth, too. Rasmus started the inning with a single to right. Pritchard was next and he bunted out in front of the plate. The throw went down to second base, but Rasmus beat the play to get into scoring position with the winning run. Roberto Reyes was next and he was also called on to bunt. He dropped his sacrifice attempt up the third base line and Williams went over to field the ball. The Rattlers pitcher whirled and threw to third, but was wild and the ball went into left field. Rasmus raced for home and beat the throw to score and deny the Rattlers a three game sweep.

The Timber Rattlers continue their 13-game road trip with game one of a four game series at Peoria on Saturday night. David Goforth (3-3, 5.74) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Gerardo Concepcion (1-3, 7.89) is set to go for the Chiefs. Game time at O'Brien Field is 6:30pm.

Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:10pm.

WP: Danny Miranda (3-1)
LP: Mark Williams (2-4)

TIME: 2:50 (:58 delay)
ATTN: 3,247

Wisconsin Box Score
Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy baseball in this one. Chad Thompson was jut okay giving up 3ER in his 4 innings while walking 2, uncorking 2 wild pitches, but striking out 7. One of the wild pitches sounded like that Harry Doyle call from Major League... "Juuuust a bit outside!", Chris hesitated while trying to describe the pitch so you know it wasn't close, he eventually settled on "Neda just had no chance". Chris also mentioned that Chad hit 91 on the gun someplace in there, I forget which inning it was though. Mark Williams only allowed 1 hit in his 4 innings, but allowed the 2 unearned runs with untimely (if there is such a thing as a timely walk) walks, a hit by a pitch, and shoddy defense, though he did strike out 6.

Yadiel Rivera's hit streak came to end, no T-Rats had multiple hits, but Jason Rogers did go 1-2 with a double and 2 walks. Chris covered all of the defensive miscues above which I highlighted and Gregory Hopkins stole his 4th base of the season.

Wisconsin Play By Play
The Rattlers missed a chance in the 7th
Wisconsin Top of the 7th
    Pitcher Change: Ethan Cole replaces Dail Villanueva.
    Chadwin Stang strikes out swinging.
    Brandon Macias reaches on throwing error by shortstop Neal Pritchard. Brandon Macias to 2nd.
    Max Walla grounds out, second baseman Luis Mateo to first baseman David Medina. Brandon Macias to 3rd.
    Jason Rogers walks.
    Nick Ramirez strikes out swinging.

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Offense Foils Stars Winning Streak

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- The Huntsville Stars had a three-game winning streak snapped on Friday night as they lost to the Birmingham Barons by a score of 3-1 at Joe Davis Stadium.

The Barons got all the offense they needed in the second inning. Designated hitter Damaso Espino doubled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on a single by left fielder Kenny Williams Jr. Both runs scored after a ground ball off the bat of shortstop Tyler Saladino prompted a throwing error at first by Stars starting pitcher Kyle Heckathorn to put Birmingham on the board 2-0.

Unfortunately for the Stars, the only scoring they’d be able to manage was in the bottom half of the second as designated hitter Domnit Bolivar hit a solo home run to lead off the inning. For Bolivar, it was his first round-tripper of the season.

Huntsville was silenced the rest of the way by a slew of Birmingham arms that were led by starting pitcher Pedro Hernandez. The southpaw improved to 6-1 on the year after giving up just one run on five hits through six innings. Reliever Dan Remenowsky also pitched two scoreless innings and closer Ryan Kussmaul earned his fifth save of the season with a smooth ninth inning.

The Stars offensive struggle wasted a strong effort by Heckathorn, who fell to 2-4 on the year after giving up just two runs (one earned) in five innings pitched while striking out six. Reliever Dan Merklinger also pitched well, giving up just one run on a solo shot by Barons second basemen Erik Morrison in the ninth inning while striking out five in four innings of work.

The final game of a five-game series between the two teams will begin on Saturday as the Huntsville will send RHP Hiram Burgos (0-1, 4.76 ERA) to square off against Birmingham LHP Matt Wickswat (1-2, 9.00 ERA). First pitch is at 6:43 PM.


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Stars thrown for first loss of series against Barons
By Bill Bryant, The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- One night after a throw that got away actually led to a Huntsville Stars victory, another one led to two of the runs Birmingham scored Friday.

That -- and a late solo homer -- proved to be enough, though, as the Stars dropped a 3-1 decision to the Barons in front of an announced crowd of 1,821 at Joe Davis Stadium.

An errant throw by pitcher Kyle Heckathorn on a two-out bunt by Tyler Saladino in the second inning proved to be the only real miscue the Huntsville starter made in the game. The ball sailed over the head of first baseman Hunter Morris, who collided with Saladino, and Damaso Espino and Kenny Williams both raced across home plate.

On Thursday night, a Jesus Sanchez wild pitch in the ninth inning had led to one Barons run, but Saladino got tagged out at the plate on the same play to end the game.

"I probably should have just ate the ball, but I just wanted that out," Heckathorn said. "I lost my footing and the ball got away from me. It was just a mistake."

Heckathorn (2-4) proved to be otherwise effective, striking out six and allowing only five other hits in his five innings of work for Huntsville (26-22). Given that he'd surrendered 12 runs in his last 6-plus innings, it made for considerable improvement.

"Heckathorn battled his butt off," Stars manager Darnell Coles said. "He gets the loss, but he was quality tonight. He had a chance to give in (after that error), but he kept battling."

Huntsville didn't get many opportunities to score against Birmingham starter Pedro Hernandez (6-1), who allowed six hits in six innings. Domnit Bolivar hit a long solo homer to left-center in the bottom of the second to partially answer the two runs by the Barons (23-26), but the Stars got two runners on base only one inning thereafter.

In that inning, the fifth, Huntsville trailed by a run and had one of its leading hitters in Scooter Gennett at the plate with runners on second and third and one out.

The second baseman lined the ball hard to left field, but it hung up long enough for Williams to catch it and double off an eager Josh Prince, who'd strayed too far from the bag at second.

"(Prince is) a pretty good base runner. He was anticipating that the ball was going to fall," Coles said. "He was just a little too aggressive, and I generally don't question our guys' aggressiveness."

Birmingham added its insurance run in the ninth when Erik Morrison homered off of Stars reliever Dan Merklinger, the only blot on his four-inning, five-strikeout pitching line.

"They didn't give us a whole lot tonight," Coles said of the Barons. "Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap."


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River Bandits Luis Mateo (4) tries to tag out Wisconsin Timber Rattler's runner Greg Hopkins (10) as he slides in safe at second base during the second inning Friday May 25.

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