The Big Teams Lost and the Little Teams Won

The 51s and Suns both came up short. Vegas dropped an 8-3 game despite Dioner Navarro's first four-hit game and Jacksonville spotted Birmingham a 5-0 lead, then got home runs by Joel Guzman and Chris Michaelis before losing 5-4. Splendid pitching from Casey Hoorelbeke and HRs by Cory Dunlap and Andy LaRoche earned a 6-1 win over Jupiter. Columbus starter Javy Guerra won his first game and Jamie Hoffmann scored three runs in his first three at bats and Travis Denker who hit a two-run homer.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--Salt Lake handed Las Vegas their second loss of the series, by an 8-3 score, dropping the 51s to 6-6. Former Dodger Luke Allen was again a thorn in their side, going 2-for-2 with three walks and an RBI as the visitors built a 6-3 lead with a four-run fourth. Las Vegas right-hander Ryan Rupe left the game after the first inning with an injury. Right-hander Harold Eckert (1-1), fresh off the disabled list himself, pitched 4 innings, allowed 7 hits and 6 runs. Right-hander Mike Neu pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 3 hits and 2 runs. Dioner Navarro. slugged a solo home run in the second inning and was 4-for-4. First baseman Mike Edwards was 2-for-5.

HOOVER, Alabama--Birmingham jumped into an early 5-0 lead, three of the runs unearned, then beat off a Jacksonville comeback to take a 5-4 decision. Joel Guzman banged a two-run home run in the eighth inning, and Derek Michaelis hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the seventh. Guzman also drove in the Suns' first run in the sixth inning on a ground ball to the left of the mound. Suns starter Derek Thompson (0-1) gave up five runs over five innings, but three were unearned. William Juarez pitched three hitless and scoreless innings of relief and Todd Donovan stole his league-leading eighth base and is batting .440 (11 for 25) against the Barons. The Suns still have not had a starting pitcher earn a victory this season. Eight of the Suns' 13 games have been decided by one run and Jacksonville has scored 31 of its 52 runs (60 percent) in the seventh inning or later. ... . ... The 18-year-old Soto became the youngest player to start a game in the Southern League this season. The Barons (9-3) have won seven in a row and five consecutive games against the Suns (5-8) who have lost all three road games. SUNS SPOTS: William Juarez pitched three hitless, scoreless innings of relief to preserve the Suns' chances. …Donovan stole his league-leading eighth base and is batting .440 (11-for-25) against the Barons. …The Suns stranded seven runners, six in scoring position. … Joel Guzman started at third base for the second time in his career. He appeared at third for one inning in 2005 and made a start while with Class A Columbus on May 11, 2003. …Jesus Soto became the youngest player to start a game in the Southern League this season at age 18 years, seven months, 13 days. …No starting pitcher has won for the Suns. …The Suns have been in the lead after nine of the 100 innings over its last 11 games.

VERO BEACH, Florida--Cory Dunlap and Andy LaRoche blasted home runs to help the Dodgers to 6-1 win over Jupiter. Casey Hoorelbeke earned the win in his first start of the season and Mark Alexander pitched three innings for his second save. The first Vero Beach run came in the third inning when Ryan Russ reached on a one-out error and went to second an a Tony Abreu base hit. Chin-lung Hu hit into a force play that advanced Russ to third base and Raglani followed with a broken-bat single, making it 1-0. Dunlap led off the fourth inning with homer to center field that increased the lead to 2-0. It stayed close until the 7th Inning. Leading 2-1, Ryan Russ opened the 7th with a single to center. Tony Abreu sacrificed him to second. One out later, Anthony Raglani walked. LaRoche followed with his home run, a mammoth shot that cleared the left-center field scoreboard. Hoorelbeke worked five scoreless innings, striking out seven, while allowing four hits and four walks. Mike Rodriguez threw a scoreless sixth inning and Mark Alexander took over with the bases full and no outs in the seventh. He struck out two hitters and allowed just one run to come home on a sacrifice fly. He stayed in the game for the eighth and ninth to notch the save.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--Jamie Hoffmann went 2-for-4 and scored three runs in his first three at bats to help the Catfish defeat the Charleston RiverDogs 10-4 and win their first series of the season. Columbus improved to 4-9 in their new, solid blue jerseys. Every starter had at least one hit as the Catfish batted around and scored a season-high five runs in the third inning. Columbus' two through four hitters went a combined 5-for-11, including a two-run home run by Travis Denker in the fourth inning. Third baseman Blake DeWitt had two hits, including his first triple of the year and drove in two more runs. He has knocked in seven runs in the Catfish's last three contests. First baseman Sam Steidl also had his first multi-hit game on the year and drove in a run. Four runs was all Catfish starter Javy Guerra (1-1) needed to notch his first victory of the season. He worked five innings and allowed three runs on four hits, while striking out three. Left-hander Wesley Wright added two more scoreless innings and now has not given up a run in 9.2 innings of work. Albenis Castillo and Cory Wade pitched an inning a piece for Columbus.

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