Late Rallies dump Las Vegas, Vero Beach. Columbus

It was a tough night coming out of the pen for Dodger relievers. Las Vegas led into the ninth but a grand slam killed their hopes and Vero Beach fought back from a 7-1 deficit only to lose in the ninth 8-7. Columbus held a 3-1 lead in the fifth but lost 8-3. James Loney's three-run homer gave Jacksonville an 8-4 win before a near record crowd. Tonight, two of the Dodgers' brightest pitching lights, Chad Billingsley (Jacksonville) and Chuck Tiffany (Vero Beach) will start.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--You will be excused if you think you have read this before; the 51s leading late in the game only to be overcome in the late innings with a former teammate causing great distress. You're not delusional, it happened again.

Salt Lake Stingers for four runs in the ninth inning and went on to defeat Las Vegas 9-8, in 10 innings in PCL action at Cashman Field. Stinger left fielder Luke Allen (2-for-5, two home runs, 6 RBI) again did a great deal of damage to his former team. This time he hit a two-out grand slam to right field off reliever Aquilino Lopez (0-1) to give Salt Lake an 8-7 lead.

The 51s, 7-7 and 5-3 on the home stand, took a 7-4 lead to the ninth inning. The 51s then tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single by Mike Rose.

Las Vegas banged out 14 hits and third baseman Mike Edwards was 3-for-5 with a home run and 2 RBI and center fielder Nick Theodoreau was 3-for-5.

Starter T.J. Nall pitched 4 innings, allowed 7 hits, 4 runs, walked 3 and struck out 4.

Second baseman Joe Thurston was 0-for-3 and the 3 at-bats now ties him with Joey Cora at 1,471 for the Las Vegas franchise lead in career at bats. Cora played for Las Vegas from 1987-90.

Joe is an exceptionally nice guy but setting a AAA franchise record for at-bats is not a record one would like to have.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– James Loney's three-run home run in the fifth inning (#3) put the Suns ahead for good in an 8-4 victory in front of a near-record 11,318 fans Friday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Loney's second home run helped rally Jacksonville from a 3-2 deficit.

The Suns (7-8) scored first, scoring a run on a wild pitch in the second inning. Russell Martin hit his first home run in the third, giving Suns starter Eric Stults to a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, the Lookouts (6-9) scored three times off the eventual winning pitcher Stults (1-0). to give Chattanooga its only lead.

Derek Michaelis provided the Suns some insurance with his two-run, two-out single in the seventh and Martin added an RBI single in the ninth.

Another former Suns left-hander, Lance Caraccioli (1-2) earned the loss, giving up five runs in five innings. Only two runs were earned.

Martin led the Suns with three hits. Glenn Bott and Richard Barlett combined for four innings of one-hit relief.

Right-hander Chad Billingsley (0-1, 3.29) is scheduled to start Saturday.

SUNS SPOTS: The attendance was the second-largest in Baseball Grounds history, trailing only the ballpark's opener in 2003. A post-game Christian concert, fireworks extravaganza and good weather were cited for the large crowd. …The Suns posted their two largest hit totals of the season the past two games, collecting 19 on Thursday and 12 on Friday. …CF Todd Donovan (left hamstring) did not play and is day-to-day. Delwyn Young batted leadoff in his place. …OF Derek Michaelis is 10-for-24 since starting the season 0-for-12. Michaelis threw out a runner at the plate in the first inning. ... …The Suns struck out 14 times Friday. ... Suns owner Peter Bragan Sr. will be released from the hospital Saturday, in time to see his first Suns game this year.

DAYTONA, Florida--For the second straight night, the Dodgers scored in the ninth inning to tie the game only to see the win slip away in the last of the inning as the Cubs dropped the Dodgers 8-7, Daytona jumped into an early, 7-1 lead, helped by a pair of three-run homers. With only an unearned run on the board, the Dodgers fought back. Chin-lung Hu walked and one out later, Justin Ruggiano singled and Cory Dunlap walked to load the bases. After a strikeout Mayke Cabrera walked to bring home Hu and cut the deficit to five. In the 8th Ryan Russ single and Trey Dyson singled. Andy LaRoche doubled to score Russ. Dyson scored on a passed ball. Justin Ruggiano walked before Dunlap singled to score LaRoche and Mike Nixon followed with a run-scoring double, cutting the margin to 7-6. In the 9th, Dyson and Hu singled and LaRoche was intentionally walked before Ruggiano hit into a double play to tie the game. Three singles in the ninth drove in the winning run. Jonathan Figueroa started and was tagged with six runs in four innings. Jarod Plummer (0-1) took the loss. The series wraps Saturday night and Chuck Tiffany will put his 3-0 record on the line for the Dodgers.
ROME, Georgia--- The Braves won their fifth straight against the Catfish, beating Columbus 8-3. Columbus took a 3-1 lead into the fifth inning but a three run with a triple gave Rome a 4-3lead. The teams waited through a one-hour, twenty minute rain delay but the Catfish could not rally. RHP Landestoy Troncoso started and took the loss for the Catfish. Rome led 1-0 in the fourth inning before 2B Brandon Carter tied the game with a double to left-center. CF Jamie Hoffmann gave the Fish a 2-1 lead with his 3rd triple of the season scoring Carter, and DH Travis Denker made it 3-1 with an RBI single. The game-winning triple came minutes later and dropped the Catfish to 4-11 on the season and Rome improves to 8-7.

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