The 2.25-million dollar shortstop had gone 0-4 in his initial contest with the Suns; however, in this one he did everything but hang by a thread from tall buildings as he homered, doubled and singled twice to pull the Suns past Chattanooga 10-7 Tuesday night. Not that he didn't have help as part of the top of the order which behaved generally as the Fantastic Four with Shane Victorino and James Loney both doubling and singling and Willie Aybar adding a pair of singles.
Nick Alvarez (6) and Eric Riggs (1) were good for drives out of the yard as well to hand the victory to Franquelis Osoria (6-3). The win left the Suns still trailing by seven in the Southern League East so they'll have to keep the special effects going to get into contention.
Elsewhere there were plenty of heroics as well.
Las Vegas 13, Tucson 11-Cody Ross came off the disabled list to hit a grand slam in the first inning (No. 3) but the 51's had to go 11 before winning. Antonio Perez sent his 15th out, Luis Garcia and Koyie Hill were both good for a pair of doubles and John Barnes singled twice in a 13-hit attack. Joel Hanrahan started and went only three, giving up six runs (three earned). Troy Brohawn (4-4) worked the 11th for the win. Vegas remains 15 out in the PCL South.
Columbus 5, Savannah 3-Luis Jimenez hit a three-run blast over the right-center wall, his 16th, in the sixth to make the difference. Matt Kemp was 4-4. Julio Pimentel worked into the fifth, yielding three runs before Arturo Lopez (2-1) came in for his best outing yet -- 4.2 innings of shutout pitching. This broke a three-game losing streak for the Catfish who are 3 1/2 out in the SAL South.
Ogden 9, Missoula 5-The Raptors did it all in seven innings before rain ended the proceedings. Dan Batz was 3-for-3 including his first home run with Chris Westervelt (7) and Cory Dunlap (1) also going yard. David Pfeiffer made his first start since being called up from the Gulf Coast a winning one, pitching into the sixth before tiring and giving up three runs. Aaron Klusman got the final out for his fourth save. The Raptors are 1 1/2 behind in the Pioneer South.
Mets 6-4, GCL Dodgers 0-2-The slump continues as the Dodgers dropped their fourth and fifth in succession A double by Tony Harper was their only hit in the opener with Javy Guerra (0-1) the loser. A two-run rip off Kale Garrison (1-1) in the eighth ended the second game. Jamie Hoffman banged three hits and stole a base. L.A. 's entry is now six out in the East.
Vero Beach at Tampa was rained out.
Extra Innings--Righthander Cory Wade, a 10th-round selection in the June draft, has been moved up from the Gulf Coast to Ogden. ... Catcher Byron Purkey, obtained from the Mets in the recent trade for Tommy Piazza, made his debut with the Gulf Coast team and was listed as "Dorkey" in the box score, something he probably never will live down.
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