Outfielder Ryan Russ, who just finished playing for the University of Texas' NCAA runners-up in the College World Series, debuted by going 4-4 (all singles) in the second game of a doubleheader against Provo, one in which the rest of the Raptors kept up their hot hitting, particularly catcher Chris Westervelt. Alas, Ogden pitching gave away a lot more runs with the result that Provo swept 11-5 and 15-3, leaving the two teams tied for first in the Pioneer South with identical 10-9 records.
Westervelt, an 11th-round draft choice from Stetson University, rapped out five hits for the evening including his fourth and fifth home runs, one in each game. Emilio Marcos collected three hits in the first game, Brandon Carter did the same in the second for the Raptors, who are batting over .300 as a team. However, the Angels combed Jose Obispo (1-2) for five runs in the opener which was a resumption of one suspended the previous evening, then bounced Javier Garcia for four more.
In the second contest, Jordan Pratt (1-2) was bashed for 10 runs in three innings.
Las Vegas 7, Tucson 5--Chin-Feng Chen sent his 16th out of the yard, a three-run bolt, in the top of the ninth to pull the 51's to victory. Luis Garcia added three hits to the cause. Joel Hanrahan made a so-so start (5.2 innings, three hits, four runs). Troy Brohawn (3-4) threw a scoreless eighth for the win with Yhency Brazoban gaining his first save since joining this team. Vegas is 15 out in the PCL South.
Columbus 8, Charleston, S.C. 3--The Catfish combined 16 hits with some strong pitching by Zach Hammes and Brett Wayne. Luis Jimenez, just named the Batter of the Week for the South Atlantic League, showed why with three hits including his 14th homer. Matt Kemp ripped his ninth and Tony Abreau was good for his fifth plus two doubles. Jereme Milons singled three times, Xavier Paul twice. Hammes went five for his fourth win (he's lost six) with all three runs unearned, then Wayne threw four hitless for his first save.
Columbus moved to within 2 1/2 of the lead in the South Division.
Expos 8, GCL Dodgers 3--The Dodgers continued stumbling, losing their third in succession and are now in a three-way deadlock for the lead in the East along with the Mets and Marlins. Julian De La Cruz (1-2) absorbed the defeat. Jamie Hoffman doubled and singled.
Jacksonville wasn't scheduled while the Vero Beach-Lakeland game was rained out to be made up as part of a doubleheader today.
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