Vero and Columbus Earn Wins on Saturday

Sacramento smothered the 51s on three hits and Las Vegas pitchers helped by giving up 10 walks in an 8-0 loss. Mississippi struck for a run in the ninth to drop the Suns 5-4 despite home runs by Juan Guzman and Delwyn Young. Vero stopped Clearwater 8-5 for the second night inn succession as Jonathan Figueroa boosted his record to 3-1 and Columbus cruised 9-1 behind Javy Guerra and Landestoy Troncoso.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--Sacramento held Las Vegas to three hits and won a 8-0 before a season-high home crowd of 8,920 on Kids Carnival Night. The River Cats offense took advantage of 10 Las Vegas walks. Sacramento scored five runs with two outs in the second inning and sailed in with the win. Starter Heath Totten suffered the loss (3-2), working 3 innings, allowing 8 hits, seven runs, walks while fanning four. Justin Wayne tossed four shutout innings in relief. Dodgers closer Eric Gagne worked out and said he will pitch one inning today (Sunday) in a rehabilitation assignment with the 51s. Gagne, recovering from a strained right elbow and a sprained left knee, said he felt great and is ready to go. "I'm a little rusty right now and I need a couple innings under my belt. I'm just concerned about getting my arm in shape and getting back up there," he said.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--Mississippi turned the tables on the Suns, scoring in the ninth to win, 5-4, in front of 7,498 fans Saturday and almost duplicating the Suns win Friday night. Beau Dannemiller, (0-3) earned the loss despite delivering two previously scoreless innings, saving an overworked bullpen. Las Vegas (13-16) bounced back in the eighth inning, getting solo home runs from Joel Guzman and Delwyn Young to tie the score, 4-4. Suns starter Eric Hull left with the bases loaded in the sixth and reliever William Juarez gave up a two-out, bases clearing double on a 3-2 pitch which gave the Braves a 4-2 advantage. Young and Guzman led the Suns with two hits apiece. Brian Sprout drove in the Suns' first run with a single in the fourth. SUNS SPOTS: The Suns fell to 5-10 in one-run games, which is more than half of the team's contests. …1B James Loney celebrated his 21st birthday Saturday. …The Suns have scored more than half their runs (70 of 137) from the seventh inning on. …Young is 18-for-41 (.439) since resting April 24-25.

CLEARWATER, Florida--Vero Beach Dodgers again got past Clearwater 8-5 as Tony Abreu, Andy LaRoche and Edwin Bellorin each had three hits and Abreu, Justin Ruggiano and Xavier Paul each knocked in two runs. Clearwater scored first on a home run in the third, but Vero roared back after Matt Kemp was called out on strikes in the top of the 4th and was ejected as he walked back to the dugout. Anthony Raglani walked, Bellorin doubled and Ruggiano drew a free pass to load the bases. Xavier Paul, who came in batting .129, delivered a single to center to score two and put the Dodgers up 2-1. Vero added to the lead in the 6th. Raglani and Bellorin led off with back-to-back singles. With runners at first and third, Ruggiano hit a comebacker to the pitcher. He threw to second for the force, but Raglani broke for home and beat the throw. Paul then reached on a fielder's choice and eventually scored on an Abreu single. Vero pulled away in the seventh when LaRoche led off with a double and Cory Dunlap and Jimmy Rohan, who replaced the ejected Kemp, walked to load the bases. Raglani grounded out to score one run, then Bellorin drew and intentional walk to re-load the bases. Ruggiano grounded into a fielder's choice but beat the throw to first and scored Dunlap. Paul walked, then Abreu singled to center to bring home Rohan. Chin-lung Hu then drew a bases-loaded walk to put the Dodgers up 8-2. Starter Figueroa improved to 3-1 with 5.2 innings of work in which he allowed just three hits and two walks, while striking out six. He has won his last two starts.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--Scoring in each of the first four innings, the Catfish got three hits and three RBI from 3B Blake DeWitt and an outstanding start from RHP Javy Guerra, beating Augusta 9-1. Guerra did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, earning his second win of the season. C Juan Apodaca added two RBI for the Fish, and RHP Landestoy Troncoso picked up his first Catfish save with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. The Catfish scored three times in the first when DeWitt drove home LF Sam Steidl with a single to center. CF Jamie Hoffmann continued his hot hitting with two hits, including a two-out triple in the second. He later scored on DeWitt's second hit, a double, to make it 4-0. Hoffmann's triple was his league-leading 5th of the season. On five straight pitches in the third, the Catfish collected five hits, including RBI singles by 3B David Nicholson and Apodaca. Guerra cruised to his second win of the year on the hill. He struck out seven batters and did not allow a hit until the sixth. Guerra allowed just one run gave way to Troncoso in the sixth. Troncoso started the year in the rotation but pitched well today in relief, earning his first save with 3.1 scoreless innings.