Nashville lost 5-4 against the New Orleans Zephyrs and their rightfielder, Jeffrey Hammonds. But I'm focusing on the good stuff:
The Sounds got on the board in the bottom of the inning when Weeks led off with a single, stole second, then scored on a two-out RBI single to center by Brad Nelson. Nashville shortstop Steve Scarborough evened the game in the home half of the fifth when he belted his second homer of the young campaign, driving a one-out, 1-1 Rauch offering over the wall in left to make it 3-3. Catcher Julio Mosquera, who singled earlier in the inning, also scored on the tater.
Huntsville also lost, but finally scored a run:
Nelson Cruz led off the fourth inning by slamming Ungs' first pitch for a monstrous home run to left field to give the Stars a 1-0 lead and end a 17 inning drought without a run. ...
Huntsville starting pitcher Manny Parra worked out of jams in the fourth and fifth innings to keep the visitors in the lead. He struck out James Shanks and retired Jason Hill on a fielder's choice grounder with runners at the corners and one out in the fourth and induced pinch-hitter Chris Bass to bounce into a double play with runners at the corners in the fifth.
Luis Pena pitched well, but the Brevard County Manatees lost a tight game:
Closer Nic Slack allowed a double to lead off the inning to Chris Walker who scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1. Slack was relieved by Jeremy Lewis who gave up a solo homer to Cubs slugger Brian Dopirack to give Daytona the lead which they would hold onto to pick up victory number one.
As Dopirak (that's how it's spelled, by the way) is one of the top few prospects in the Cubs system, and a potential major league 30-40 HR guy, I suppose this sort of thing is to be expected now and then.
And last, it looks like the West Virginia Power are following their older role models for better or for worse, today, for the worse:
Jeff Landing (1-0) earned the victory for the Suns, and Yovani Gallardo (0-1) obtained the loss for the Power despite pitching five strong innings, surrendering a run on four hits and struck out four batters. With the victory the Suns improve to 3-0 on the season, and the Power drop to 0-3 with the loss.
Not a good day for the organization. At least the pitching is solid...