Pitching keys to victories

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Jungmann

Jungmann

Jungmann, Kentrail Davis lead Stars to victory

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Taylor Jungmann helped the Stars to its second victory to start the 2013 season after allowing one earned run in five innings against Chattanooga Saturday.

The tall right-hander struck out four Lookout batters and allowed two hits before handing the game over to the bullpen, which was able to secure Jungmann’s first Double A victory despite complications at the tail end of the game.

The Stars’ offense capitalized on bases loaded opportunities in the top of the third inning by scoring four runs, including a two RBI double by outfielder Kentrail Davis to plate shortstop Nick Shaw and catcher Adam Weisenberger. Outfielder Brock Kjeldgaard knocked in the fourth run with a single to score first baseman Jason Rogers.

A wild pitch by Lookouts pitcher Hector Nelo scored Shaw in the fifth inning which proved to be decisive run in the contest after four relievers gave up three runs the final two innings.

Johnny Hellweg

Johnny Hellweg

Hellweg, Sounds Blank Zephyrs, 6-0
Prospect Right-hander Hurls Five Scoreless Frames In Triple-A Debut

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Right-hander Johnny Hellweg turned in an impressive Triple-A debut, hurling five scoreless frames and combining with a pair of relievers on a four-hit shutout in the Nashville Sounds’ 6-0 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Saturday evening at Greer Stadium.

Hellweg (1-0) allowed only two hits in his five frames, striking out three batters and walking one in his 69-pitch effort. The fireballer retired the first 11 batters in succession before Bryan Petersen doubled with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.

Chris Jakubauskas and Travis Webb followed Hellweg with a pair of scoreless innings apiece to close out the shutout. Both hurlers made their Sounds debuts in the contest.

Offensively, Scooter Gennett continued his strong start to the season with a 3-for-4 effort, Sean Halton also went 3-for-4

Gennett

Gennett

and drove in a pair of runs, and Cole Garner went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double to lead a nine-hit attack.

The Sounds struck first, plating an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning against Z’s starter Jacob Turner. Gennett led off the frame with a double to right-center, advanced to third when shortstop Wilson Valdez mishandled a Caleb Gindl grounder, and scored on Halton’s RBI single through the left side of the infield.

Garner doubled the Nashville lead in the second when he led off with his first homer of the year, a blast to left-center on the first offering he saw from Turner.

Nashville stretched the lead to a comfortable 6-0 margin by plating four runs with two outs against Turner in the third.

After Gennett singled and stole second, Halton delivered his second knock in a run-scoring situation, plating the second baseman with a two-out single to left. After Stephen Parker drew a walk, Garner upped the Sounds’ lead to 4-0 with an RBI ground-rule double that hopped over the right-center wall. Blake Davis followed with his first hit of the season, a two-run single to right.

Turner (0-1) absorbed the loss for the Z’s after giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits over four frames in his season debut.

The Sounds and Zephyrs wrap up their season-opening four-game set with a 2:05 p.m. matinee on Sunday afternoon. Left-hander Zach Kroenke will make his debut for Nashville when he toes the slab to face New Orleans right-hander Mitch Talbot.

The Sounds will don their camouflage jerseys for the first time this season as a salute to all members of the armed forces on Military Sunday presented by Piedmont Natural Gas and Tennessee 811. All fans presenting a military ID card can receive $5 off Reserved or General Admission tickets.

manatees‘Pen’s scoreless streak continues in W

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Daytona Beach, FL – The Daytona Cubs, thanks to six shutout innings of relief from RHP Yao-Lin Wang (W, 1-0) and LHP Frank Del Valle (S, 1), doubled up the Brevard County Manatees 4-2 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Saturday night.

Wang and Del Valle both tossed three innings in relief of starter LHP Austin Kirk. Kirk surrendered two runs (one earned) on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts, but Wang and Del Valle shut the Manatees down for the remainder of the game.

Wang only allowed one hit and issued one walk with three strike outs, and Del Valle also only surrendered just one hit with a walk and six strikeouts.  The Cubs bullpen has not allowed a run over its last 13 innings of work and the Daytona pitching staff has struck out 32 Manatees over the first three games of the season.

Trailing 2-0 after three innings, Daytona plated three runs in the fourth to take the lead for good. RF Jorge Soler led off the frame with a walk, then 2B Stephen Bruno was hit by a pitch on his right hand. With runners on first and second, LF John Andreoli dropped down a bunt about five feet to the right of the third baseline and about 40 feet from home. Manatees’ third baseman Brandon Macias threw wide to first so Andreoli was credited with an infield single and an error was charged to Macias allowing Soler to score and both Bruno and Andreoli to advance to third and second respectively. 1B Ben Carhart then grounded a ball to shortstop which scored Bruno and C Micah Gibbs dunked a ball over the shortstop Yadiel Rivera’s head which plated Andreoli giving the Cubs the lead.

Soler added an insurance run with a solo home run to lead off the seventh which landed on the back-side of the Cubs’ batting cages beyond the left field fence. Both Soler and Andreoli have hit safely in each of the first three Cubs games this season.

Bruno reached base safely three times with two singles and the hit-by-pitch and 3B Tim Saunders went 3-4 with three singles. Soler finished 2-3 with the home run and a walk.

With the win, the Cubs (2-1) are now tied for first place in the Florida State League with the Dunedin Blue Jays and Tampa Yankees both losing on Saturday.

The Cubs and Manatees will play the final game of their four-game series on Sunday evening at Space Coast Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 P.M.

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