Vero Beats Off Ninth Inning Rally to Stop Tampa 6-

Las Vegas cracked out 18 hits -- with Jayson Werth and Dioner Navarro collecting three each but still lost a 14-11 slugfest in 11 innings. Jacksonville enjoyed a night off while Vero saw Tampa score four in the ninth before Mark Alexander came in to put out the fire in a 6-5 victory and Columbus is seemingly stuck in a rut, dropping a third one-run game 5-4 despite Jamie Hoffmann's three hits.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Albuquerque defeated the 51s in a wild contest 14-11 that took 11 innings to decide. The Isotopes broke a 8-8 tie with 6 runs in the top of the 11th inning. Las Vegas scored three runs in the bottom of the inning and had the bases loaded before the final three batters were retired to end the game. The 51s recorded 18 hits and scored 4 runs in the second inning. Left fielder Jayson Werth was 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and catcher Dioner Navarro was also 3-for-5. Shortstop Jose Flores, third baseman Norihiro Nakamura, first baseman Brian Myrow and center fielder Cody Ross were all 2-for-5. Second baseman Willy Aybar was 1-for-6 and extended his hitting streak to 17 games. Las Vegas used six pitchers. Right-hander Buddy Carlyle pitched 5.2 innings, allowed 10 hits, 6 runs, walked 1 and struck out 6. Right-hander Steve Schmoll suffered the loss (0-1). He pitched 1 inning, allowed 2 hits and 4 runs.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--After an off-day Thursday, left-hander Derek Thompson (0-1, 4.04 ERA) is scheduled to face Mississippi left-hander Chuck James (0-0, 1.93) at 7:05 p.m

VERO BEACH, Florida--Despite a 4-run ninth inning, the Vero Beach Dodgers held off the Tampa Yankees for a 6-5 win. Vero trailed 1-0 most of the game, but scored six late runs to win the first game of a 4-game series against the Yankees. The Yankees scored an unearned run in the first inning and that lead held until the 6th. Andy LaRoche led off that inning with a single and stole both second and third base. One out later Matt Kemp hit a mile-high popup to shallow center field. The Yankees shortstop dropped the ball and that scored the tying run. Vero took the lead in the 7th when Xavier Paul scored on a wild pitch. Chin-lung Hu drove in his first of two runs with a single to bring home Tony Abreu and put the Dodgers on top 3-1. The lead grew in the 8th. Ruggiano led off the inning with a home run. Anthony Raglani followed with a double and Edwin Bellorin singled. Paul then rapped a base hit to left, scoring Raglani. Hu's sacrifice fly scored Bellorin and put the Dodgers ahead 6-1. He then walked the bases loaded. A triple a bad relay throw to suddenly pull the Yankees within a single run. Mark Alexander then came in and after walking the first batter he faced, got a strikeout to end the game. Justin Ruggiano hit his sixth home run and Andy LaRoche had three hits to lead the Dodgers offense. The series continues tonight with he first 500 fans through the gate will receive a Vero Beach Dodgers 25th anniversary seat cushion.

CHARLESTON, S.C.-- With the tying run on at second in the eighth and at third base in the ninth, the Catfish had an opportunity to break a three-game losing streak, but failed to rally, dropping yet another one run game 5-4 to Charleston. The Catfish scored three runs in the eighth inning but left runners at first and second, and stranded three in the ninth inning. Columbus struck first tonight when 2B Travis Denker drove home Hoffmann in the first inning with an RBI double to left. Charleston tied the game in the second off Catfish starter RHP Blake Johnson on a homer to center field, the first HR given up by Johnson (2-2) this season. The game remained tied at one going into the sixth inning, but Charleston took the lead and scored another run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to lead 5-1. The Catfish loaded the bases in the eighth on two walks and an error. Another error allowed the Catfish to pull within two runs, and 3B David Nicholson's clutch two-out single drove home a run and put the tying run at third. The Catfish failed to score again in the inning but loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth. The Catfish have lost four straight overall and three straight one-run games to the RiverDogs in this series. CF Jamie Hoffmann had three hits and reached base four times in the Catfish loss. Tonight the Catfish wrap up their eight-game roadtrip, sending RHP Chris Malone (3-1, 3.30 ERA) to the hill.

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