Yesterday in Dodger Baseball -- April 14

While the Dodgers had an open date to prepair for Jackie Robinson Day, Jacksonville also had a open date. Vero Beach and Columbus earned victories. Vero slugged the Cardinals 11-8 as Cory Dunlap smacked two go-ahead, two-run singles. Columbus celebrated their home opener as Blake DeWitt provided his second game-winning hit of the season in a 12 inning, 4-3 win over the Rome Braves. Ryan Rupe pitched a strong game for Las Vegas but was on the wrong side of a 4-2 decision at Salt Lake.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah--Former Dodger minor leaguer Luke Allen singled with one out in the seventh and stole second before scoring what proved to be the winning run off Rupe (0-1). The Stingers scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and the 51s could never catch up. In the top of the fourth, Nick Theodorou and Chin-Feng Chen walked. Mike Edwards grounded into double play, but Willy Aybar singled in the first Las Vegas run. Jose Flores singled and Dioner Navarro walked to load the bases but Mike Rose was called out on strikes. Salt Lake Bottom a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 4-1 lead. In the top of the eighth, Cody Ross singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Chin-Feng Chen doubled Ross to third and he scored on a Mike Edwards single. This time Aybar grounded into double play to end the threat. Mike Venefro took over in the last of the seventh and didn't allow a hit or a run. Jose Flores and Aybar had a pair of hits.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--After a day off on, the Suns meet the Mississippi Braves to close out the homestand. The Suns wil honor Jackie Robinson on Friday, April 15 and all fans will receive a copy of the book, "How to Live Like Jackie Robinson." Fireworks will also follow the game.

VERO BEACH, Florida--Cory Dunlap smacked two different go-ahead, two-run singles to help Vero Beach to an 11-8 win Thursday night at Holman Stadium. Andy LaRoche added a two-run homer and Ryan Russ had a key pinch-hit RBI double. Dayton jumped on top in the first inning with a two-run homer. But LaRoche hit his shot in the bottom of the first to tie it. After Trey Dyson then walked and Edwin Bellorin doubled, Dunlap delivered his first two-run single to put the Dodgers ahead 4-2. That lead held until the third when another two-run homer to tied the game. Vero starter Justin Orenduff allowed just one other single in 5 innings of work. However, Daytona took the lead in the 6th inning on a third two-run home run off Danny Mugge and added another run in the 7th to go up 7-4. In the bottom of the inning, Chin-lung Hu led off with a walk and Anthony Raglani followed with a single. LaRoche then scored Hu with a singoe. Russ delivered a key pinch-hit double that scored Raglani and pulled the Dodgers within a run. Bellorin drew an intentional walk to load the bases and Dunlap followed with his second go-ahead, two-run single. One out later, Mayke Cabrera delivered an RBI single to center and Hu -- in his second at bat of the inning -- singled in another run to put the Dodgers on top 10-7. Cabrera knocked in the final run in the 8th. Mark Alexander (1-0) pitched the final inning to earn the win. Hu led the attack with three hits -- two doubles -- while LaRoche and Dunlap had three RBI each. Russ, Bellorin and Cabrera had a pair of hits and Justin Ruggiano doubled and tripled as the Dodgers banged out 18 hits in all.

SAVANNAH, Georgia--Blake DeWitt provided his second game-winning hit of the season as the Catfish (2-5) defeated the Rome Braves 4-3 in 12 innings in their home-season opener. DeWitt knocked in the wining run on April 9 with a seventh-inning home run against Savannah. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound third baseman struck out in his previous three at bats before punching the game-winning hit up the middle. The Catfish were headed for their fifth straight loss after a two-run home run in the top of the 12th off Albenis Castillo (1-1) that made it 3-1. Dan Batz and Sam Steidl led off the bottom of the 12th with two consecutive walks and catcher Gabriel Gutierrez dropped a sacrifice bunt. The Rome second baseman booted a hard-hit ball by Jamie Hoffmann that allowed a pair runs to tie the game and David Nicholson followed with a double before DeWitt's single. The Catfish entered the game with only a .195 batting average and it didn't improve much despite the 12th-inning heroics. They mustered only seven hits through the 12 innings of play including the first home run of the season by shortstop Lucas May in the seventh inning that tied the game at 1. Both teams pitchers combined for 31 strikeouts, including 17 strikeouts for the Columbus pitchers. Brandon Weeden workled 4.2 innings and fanned five while allowing a run. Zach Hammes gave up one hit in 3/.1 and struck out five and Carlos Alvarez gave up a single hit and fanned seven, including six consecutive batters at one point. Albinis Castillo allowed three hits and a pair of runs but eanred the win. Hoffmann and Dewitt each had a pair of runs.

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