Meadows Southern League Hitter of the Week

Las Vegas scored four in the 11th inning, then beat off a Nashville rally to win 8-6. Four unearned runs cost Joel Hanrahan and Jacksonville in a 5-2 loss at Nashville. Xavier Paul, Andy LaRoche and Chin-lung Hu homered as Vero thumped Lakeland 11-4 and a seven-run seventh by Augusta dumped Columbus 9-2.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee--Las Vegas scored four on doubles by Norihiro Nakamura and Dioner Navarro in the top of the eleventh inning and held on to win 8-6. Willy Aybar, who had earlier extended his hitting streak to 15 games, led off the eleventh with a single and moved to third on Norihiro Nakamura's double to right. After a walk loaded the bases, Aybar raced home on a wild pitch to give the 51s their first lead of the night at 5-4. Dioner Navarro followed with a two-run double and an error allowed the fourth run. Las Vegas starter Harold Eckert allowed a home run and an inning later made an error to put him in a 2-0 hole. However, the 51s scored four runs over the next four innings. A double steal by Jayson Werth, who had singled, and Antonio Perez, scored the first run. Nakamura – who finished a triple short of the cycle during his 3-for-5 evening – homered in the seventh and Aybar's two-out, two-run bloop double tied things in the eighth. Franquelis Osoria (1-1) picked up his first victory of the season in relief and Gonzalez came on to retire the final two batters and record his first save. Heath Totten (4-2, 5.91) goes for the 561s as the teams wrap up the series tonight.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama-– Two throwing errors, resulting in four unearned runs, made the difference in a 5-2 loss to the Stars. Starter Joel Hanrahan (0-2) overthrew third base attempting to complete a forceout and that opened the door for a three-run fourth inning. Todd Donovan had an RBI triple in the eighth inning, snapping a 2-for-25 slump. Jon Weber's RBI groundout pulled the Suns within 5-2. Tydus Meadows extended his hitting streak to a team-high eight games with a ninth-inning leadoff double. Eric Hull and Glenn Bott combined to pitch four shutout innings of relief for the Suns (17-20). Eric Langill and Joel Guzman had two hits each. Right-hander Jonathan Broxton (1-1, 2.48 ERA) is scheduled to face Huntsville Tuesday in the second game of a three-game series. Suns Spots: Meadows has been named BC Headache Powder Southern League Hitter of the Week for the period of May 9-15. During the week, the right-handed-hitting Meadows hit safely in all seven games, batting .591 (13-for-22) with two homers, six doubles and nine RBI, raising his batting average from .236 to .306. … Russell Martin pinch-hit and ground out to third to snap a 22-game consecutive on-base streak. He has reached base in all his starts and all but three games, all pinch-hitting appearances. …Meadows has extra base hits in seven of eight games. … The Suns struck out 11 times, fanning in double-digits for the eighth time this season. …They are 5-3 in games where they strike out 10 or more times and fell to 2-11 in games where they do not hit a home run.

LAKELAND, Florida--Xavier Paul knocked his first homer of the year, Andy LaRoche hammered his 11th and Chin-lung Hu blasted his fourth as the Dodgers moved to 2-0 against the Tigers in a rain-shortened 11-4 win. Julio Pimentel earned the win to improve to 2-2. LaRoche ripped his home run in the left to score two runs in the first inning. Paul hit a two-run homer the next inning and Hu led off the third with his long bomb. Vero would add the to lead in the third when LaRoche walked and Cory Dunlap, who went 2-4, doubled him home. One out later Justin Ruggiano, who had three hits - including two doubles, singled home Dunlap to make it 7-1. In the fourth inning, Paul reached on a walk, Tony Abreu took first on an error at second base and Hu hit a chopper to third that was thrown away to score Paul. Abreu came home when LaRoche grounded into a double play. The Dodgers put it away in the eighth. Ruggiano led off with his second double of the night and Anthony Raglani drew his team-leading 20th walk. Edwin Bellorin singled to load the bases and Paul's sacrifice fly to right scored Ruggiano. Hu brought home Raglani with a base hit and finished the night 3-for-5. The game was delayed just prior to the ninth inning due to rain and was eventually called. The win was Vero's fourth in a row and the Dodgers moved six games above .500 for the first time this year. The series continues Tuesday at 7:00 PM with Brian Pilkington taking the mound for Vero.

AUGUSTA, Georgia--The Catfish were sailing along, locked in a 2-2 tie when the Augusta GreenJackets scored seven runs (five unearned) in the seventh inning, to win 9-2 in the finale of a four-game series. LHP Wesley Wright took the loss on the mound, his first, allowing two runs in the seventh. Dan Batz gave the Catfish a 1-0 lead with a sac fly that scored Travis Denker. SS Lucas May drove in his 10th run in the four-game series when his sac fly in the third inning scored LF Sam Steidl from third. RHP Landestoy Troncoso pitched into the sixth inning, allowing just one run on five hits, but left in the sixth with an injury. Augusta tied the game at two in the sixth and everything fell apart in the seventh. Batz had two hits for the Catfish extending his hitting streak to 10 games. The Catfish dropped to 13-25 with the loss. The Catfish open a four-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs (New York Yankees Single-A Affiliate) tonight.

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