Vero's Home Run Barrage Continues

The 51s lost to Albuquerque 10-2 despite a homer by Norihiro Nakamura. Jacksonville rolled a seven run fifth inning to beat Mississippi 8-2, keyed by Derek Michaelis three-run double to give Joel Hanrahan his first win of the season. Vero Beach continued to thump the Tampa Yankees, smacking four homers for the second game in succession in an 8-1 win and making things easy for Julio Pimentel. The young Columbus team came up one run short for the 14th time this season, losing 3-2 to Savannah.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--Albuquerque defeated the Las Vegas 51s, 10-2, in PCL action before a season-high crowd of 11,585 at Cashman Field. The loss was their third straight game in the series. The Isotopes built a 7-0 lead before Las Vegas got on the scoreboard. The 51s recorded 7 hits and scored on solo runs in the third and sixth innings. First baseman Norihiro Nakamura was 2-for-4 with a home run in the sixth. Center fielder Henri Stanley was 1-for-4, RBI. Edwin Jackson (2-4) pitched 2 innings, allowed 5 hits, 7 runs (4 earned), issued no walks, hit two batters and struck out 1. He not only was tagged with the loss, he was ejected in the top of the third inning after hitting an Albuquerque batter following back-to-back home runs. While Jackson was arguing with home plate umpire over being tossed, the Isotopes manager was being ejected for arguing with the third base umpire. Mike Neu pitched 3 innings and allowed 1 run. T.J. Nall and Alfredo Gonzalez each pitched two innings and allowed 1 run. X-Files:Outfielder Jason Grabowski will join the Las Vegas 51s for a Major League rehabilitation assignment beginning on Monday, May 23 when Las Vegas hosts the Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. Grabowksi was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 18 for a right shoulder impingement and will be the sixth Dodgers player to join the 51s this season for a Major League rehab assignment. The other players were: RHP Brad Penny (April 18), LHP Wilson Alvarez (April 28), infielder Antonio Perez (April 28 – May 17), outfielder Jayson Werth (May 6 – present) and RHP Eric Gagne (May 7 – 12).

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– The Suns benefited from a seven-run fifth inning to beat Mississippi 8-2, in front of 7,319 fans Saturday. The Suns (20-22) sent 11 batters to the plate and posted their most prolific inning of the season. Jon Weber and Russell Martin each lined RBI singles and Joel Guzman rapped a two-run double. After loading the bases, Derek Michaelis hit a towering bases-clearing double to right center, giving the Suns an 8-2 advantage. Joel Hanrahan (1-2) earned the win and showed marked improvement in his third start with the Suns. He allowed a two-out, two-run home run in the third inning, but otherwise posted a shutout in his five innings. Eric Hull allowed only one baserunner –- on an error -– in an otherwise perfect four-inning outing. He earned his first save of the season. Sun Spots: CF Todd Donovan came in on a double-switch in the sixth inning. He was not in the starting lineup the past two games with a severe muscle pull. …The Suns are 15-3 when scoring five or more runs. …Right-hander Jonathan Broxton (2-1, 3.20 ERA) is scheduled to face Braves Sunday. --Joe Block.

VERO BEACH, Florida--For the second night in a row, Vero Beach whacked four home runs to fly past the Yankees 8-1. Matt Kemp and Andy LaRoche hammered two home runs each -- the 6th and 7th for Kemp and the 13th and league-leading 14th for LaRoche. The Dodgers opened with a two-run shot by Kemp, following a base hit from LaRoche. Vero added another run in the second when Xavier Paul, who finished 2-for-4, singled and scored on a Mike Nixon double. LaRoche hit his first home run in the third. Kemp followed with a double and came home on a delayed double steal with Anthony Raglani at first base. In the fourth, Chin-lung Hu doubled home Nixon. Kemp led off the fifth with his second homer of the night and LaRoche capped the scoring with a solo blast to left in the seventh. Julio Pimentel earned the win to improve to 3-2. He allowed just one run in six innings, while walking no one and striking out three. Pimentel put the Yankees down in order in the top of the first inning. The defense helped Pimentel in the second when Paul threw out a runner at home plate from left field to end the inning. The Dodgers also turned a 7th-inning double play and Tony Abreu make a terrific catch-and-throw at second base to end the 6th. Vero has taken the first three games and will try for the sweep Sunday with Brian Pilkington (0-2, 1.64) looking for his first win of the year.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- After finishing an eight-game road trip with five straight losses, the Columbus Catfish hoped the playing at home would help to end a losing skid, but the Fish fell 3-2 to Savannah in another one-run contest. RHP Brandon Weeden (1-3) was the hard-luck loser, allowing three runs in six innings while striking out six. LF Sam Steidl had two hits in the 3-2 loss. Savannah scored a run off Weeden in the second inning and added two more off in the fifth. The Catfish battled back to 3-2 in the sixth with a two-run double by DH James Peterson. Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, the Catfish had a runner at third with one out and failed to score, and had the leadoff runner aboard in the ninth and did not score. The Catfish have lost six straight games, the longest losing streak of the season, and are now 3-14 in one run games this season, their sixth straight overall. The Catfish will try and end the losing streak, sending LHP Scott Elbert (0-1, 2.14 ERA) to the mound.