Johnson Again Sparkles in Columbus Win

Las Vegas and Sacramento combined for 32 runs and 37 hits but the Cats thumped Edwin Jackson for a 19-13 win. Tydus Meadows was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run but Montgomery won a 7-5 decision. Justin Ruggiano hit a homer and a triple as Vero won (6-2) and the series in Clearwater. Justin Orenduff (2-1) pitched five sparkling innings, improving to 2-1. Blake Johnson pitched 6.2 shutout innings and SS Lucas May hit his fourth HR as Columbus won 6-1, their second victory in succession.

LAS VEGAS. Nevada--Many teams have opted to entertain their customers with fireworks after specified games. The 51s and River Cats expended all their fireworks during he game with Sacramento winning 19-13, combining for 32 runs and 37 hits helped by a 30-mph gale blowing out to center field. The 51s dropped their third straight game and completed the home stand with a 3-5 record and are 14-16. Sacramento scored in each of the first five innings and used an 11-run fifth inning that included 11 hits to take a 19-3 lead. The combined 32 runs were remarkable but not quite a record. That mark belongs to Salt Lake and Vernon, who combined for 35 runs 82 years ago. The 51s bounced back to score nine runs in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 19-13. The 51swere helped by seven walks by three relief pitchers in the inning. Shortstop Nick Theodoreau was 4-for-5 with 3 RBI and third baseman Antonio Perez was 2-for-3 with a double, the only extra-base hit of the game for Las Vegas. Theodorou and Willie Aybar had three RBI each. Starter Edwin Jackson dropped to 2-2. He pitched 3 innings, allowed 10 hits, 8 runs, walked 2 and struck out 1. Jackson (2-2), Tom Farmer and Mike Neu were battered for 23 hits and all 19 runs.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--The Suns fought back to get the tying runs into scoring position in the ninth inning but Montgomery held on for a 7-5 win. Delwyn Young hit his fifth home run and Tydus Meadows smacked his fourth longball to boost the Suns. Meadows went 3-for-4, adding an RBI double in the ninth, which scored Young. Jon Weber threw out a runner at the plate in the eighth inning, keeping the Suns to within 4-3. But reliever Luis Gonzalez who had delivered 18 consecutive scoreless innings to begin the season, loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth and William Juarez allowed back-to-back singles which cleared the bases, giving the Biscuits a 7-3 advantage. Suns starter Eric Stults (1-1) earned the loss, though he delivered a quality start by giving up three runs over six innings. Young went 4-for-5 to pace the Biscuits.

CLEARWATER, Florida--Justin Ruggiano hit a 2-run homer and a triple as the Vero Beach Dodgers handed the Threshers a 6-2 loss and collected a 3-1 series win. Justin Orenduff (2-1) pitched five sparkling innings for the win, improving to 2-1. Edwin Bellorin and Jimmy Rohan each added two hits and two RBI in the win. Vero broke into the scoring column in the top of the fourth when Cory Dunlap doubled with one out, Anthony Raglani walked and Edwin Bellorin doubled for a 2-0 lead. Justin Ruggiano homers (#4) for a third run. Justin Simmons replaced Orenduff and gave up a homer in the sixth. VB bounced back on a Justin Ruggiano triple and Jimmy Rohan's single in the seventh. They added to the lead in the ninth when Matt Kemp and Ed Bellorin singled and Rohan beat out an infield hit.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--RHP Blake Johnson had a second consecutive strong start, pitching 6.2 innings of scoreless baseball to earn his second win of the season as the Catfish took the series opener with Charleston 6-1. Johnson has not allowed a run in his last 15 innings, giving up just two hits while striking out six in the victory. 1B Dan Batz led the way offensively with three hits for the Fish, and SS Lucas May hit his fourth HR. The Catfish have won two in a row to improve to 11-20. C Gabriel Gutierrez knocked in a run with a groundout in the first inning and they scored two runs in the sixth when the Charleston starter walked in two runs. Johnson turned the game over to Chris Malone. In the seventh, May homered for the fourth time and all of his HR have come at Golden Park. The Catfish added two runs on an error extended their lead to 6-1. LHP Carlos Alvarez tossed a scoreless ninth for Columbus. The Catfish are now 3-4 against the first place RiverDogs this season with 15 meetings left between the two teams.