Tuesday night it was top draft pick Scott Elbert with five shutout innings. Wednesday it was the turn of Justin Orenduff, who was even better. In fact, when he reached his pitch count after five, Billings didn't have a hit. What's more , they didn't get one until the seventh as the Raptors eked out a 2-1 victory.
Orenduff, a first -round supplemental pick in the June draft , walked four and struck out nine as he evened his professional record at 2-2 . Then , Wesley Wright came in to carry the gem into the seventh before a bloop single ended the string. He wound up working three scoreless before Mark Alexander came on to finally yield a run but closing it out for his ninth save.
Cory Dunlap drove home the first Raptor run, then scored the second on a double by Justin Ruggiano as Ogden moved to within one-half game of a playoff berth in the Pioneer League South.
LAS VEGAS 8, Tucson 6
Edwin Jackson had been scheduled to make his first rehab start but after he warmed up, the skies opened. An 80-minute delay ensued so it was decided to back him off until another day. The home run hitter took over as Brian Myrow sent a grand -slam out (No. 6) , Luis Garcia hit his
organization-leading 28th and Jose Flores pounded No. 6. John Barnes racked up three hits . Harold Eckert (3-3) went two scoreless in relief of Brian Falkenborg to gain the victory. The 51's are 15 out in the PCL South.
Chattanooga 5, JACKSONVILLE 1
The Suns were held in check and are now 15 1/2 behind in the Southern League East. Ryan Ketchner (7-6) held the Lookouts to two runs over six but still lost.
COLUMBUS 6, Lexington 5
The Catfish rang up 17 hits led by Jared Price and Luis Jimenez with three each , Jimmy Rohan, Xavier Paul, and Russ Mitchell with a pair apiece. Matt Kemp smashed a three -run homer, his 17th. Only two of the five runs off Zach Hammes in his five innings were earned. Brett Wayne (2-1) was the winner with Albenis Castillo coming on for the final out and his first save, The Fish trail by 5 1/2 in the SAL South.
GCL DODGERS 2, Expos 1
Alvin Hayes had tossed four hitless when this one was halted by rain on Aug. 12. Yesterday's resumption of play saw
rehabbing Ozzie Rodroguez go five in which he was touched for only four hits and one run. Jesus Soto scored the tying run in the top of the ninth, then blasted a home run in the 10th to hand the win to Kale Garriason (2-1). The regularly-scheduled game was rained out, leaving the Dodgers one game behind in the East Division.
VERO BEACH was rained out.