Minor League Report September 4

The three of the remaining four teams in action won Saturday. Las Vegas took a 4-2 decision before a 10,363; Jacksonville threw out the tying run at the plate to hang on to a 6-5 victory and Columbus dodged raindrops to win a 2-1 decision. Ogden was the only loser, dropping a 5-3 decisions. Vero Beach is waiting for Frances to pass by before getting into the playoffs and the Gulf Coast League team has completed its season.

Las Vegas 4 - Salt Lake 2 --Fan Appreciation Night/Fireworks at Cashman Field drew a 10,000+ crowd and the 51s went over the 300,000 mark in attendance this season. Brian Falkenborg pitched his best game of the season but had a no decision. He worked 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs and struck out a season- and team-high 11 batters but Harold Eckart (4-3) earned the win in relief.

The 51s rallied for two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth on a suicide squeeze bunt by third baseman Eric Riggs to take the lead. Right-hander T.J. Mathews pitched the final 1.1 innings to record his fifth save.

Right fielder John Barnes continued to sizzle with a 3-for-4 performance. He drove in the fourth run with a RBI single in the eighth. Barnes is batting .629 (17-for-27) over his last seven games.

51s President/General Manager Don Logan announced the following awards: Mayor's Trophy--Third baseman Rick Bell; MVP Position Player-- Shortstop Antonio Perez; MVP Pitcher-- Mark Johnson; Community Service Award-- Outfielder John Barnes and pitcher Harold Eckert.

Jacksonville 5 - Carolina 5--The Suns scored five runs in the top of the eighth to take a lead and left fielder Sergio Garcia threw out they tying run at home plate trying to score from second to end the game. The Suns collected four singles, two walks and two wild pitches as the first seven batters reached in the eighth inning.

That made a winner out of Brian Steffek (4-7). Agustin Montero earned his fourth save, in relief of Franquelis Osoria, who was struck in the face by a line drive in the eighth inning. He was hospitalized for observation.

Willy Aybar and Edwin Bellorin each had three singles in their first three plate appearances. Suns starting pitcher Chad Billingsley collected his first career RBI, grounding out and driving in a run in the fourth inning, giving the Suns a 1-0 lead.

Notes--CF Shane Victorino left the game with back spasms after striking out to end the fourth inning. …With the win, the Suns guaranteed a better record than last season. … Billingsley walked four and allowed two of his three runs on a wild pitch and a passed ball. He has not lost since May 22, a span of 18 starts. …The Suns stranded 11 baserunners and walked eight.

Columbus 2 - Asheville 1--First baseman Luis Jiminez singled Jimmy Rohan across in the last of the ninth to break a 1-1 tie and give the win to Ken Plaisance (2-0) who worked two scoreless innings in relief of starter Arturo Lopez who went six innings and allowed a single run while fanning six.

The Catfish scored in the seventh inning on Dave Bagley's second homer of the season to tie the game 1-1. Alejandro De Aza singled and doubled for Columbus.

Ogden 3 - Idaho Falls 5--The Raptors were swept in the five-game series with the Chukars. Chris Westervelt drove in the first two Ogden runs with a double and later singled and scored the third run, collecting two of the four Raptor hits.

Dave Pfeiffer (1-4) started and worked into the fifth, allowng four runs, three earned. Howar Zuleta and Mark Alexander fiinished up. Ogden pitchers faved the minimum batters in six of the nine innings.

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