Nakamura Slugs Two Home Runs to Boost Las Vegas

Third baseman Norihiro Nakamura boomed a pair of home runs (#7 & 8) to help Las Vegas top Round Rock 5-1 as Pat Mahomes won his fourth game of the season. Jacksonville left seven in scoring position to negate a strong stary by Eric Hull and Tydus Meadows drove in the only run in a 4-1 loss to Montgomery. Vero Beach was washed out and Columbus had the day off.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--The 51s defeated Round Rock Express, 5-1 for their fourth straight victory, tying a season-high. Las Vegas, 23-22, recorded 9 hits and were led by third baseman Norihiro Nakamura (2-for-4) with two solo home runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Nakamura has hit 8 home runs in 14 games. Right fielder Cody Ross was 2-for-4 and added a solo shot in the second inning. Right-hander Pat Mahomes (4-1) posted his ninth straight solid start of the season. He pitched 7 innings, allowed 5 hits, 1 run, walked 4 and struck out a season-high 7 to win his fourth game. He retired 12 straight batters from the second through the fifth innings. Right-hander Steve Schmoll pitched 2 scoreless innings to earn his first save. The four-game series and the eight-game home stand concludes tonight.

MONTGOMERY, Alabama-– The Suns had their chances, stranding seven runners in scoring position, including runners at second and third with one out in the eighth in a 4-1 loss to Montgomery. Spot starter Eric Hull (1-3) allowed only two runs over five innings, but earned the loss. Delwyn Young went 2-for-3 and is 6-for-11 in the series. Richard Bartlett pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Hull before Beau Dannemiller gave up a two-out, two-run double to Gabriel Martinez in the eighth inning, scoring two runners who walked. Tydus Meadows, playing in front of family who grew up in Montgomery, drove in the Suns' lone run on a fielder's choice in the second inning. Right-hander Joel Hanrahan (1-2, 6.17 ERA) starts tonight in the final game of a four-game series at Riverwalk Stadium. Sun Spots: SS Joel Guzman (left shoulder soreness) returned to the lineup after a two-day absence, going 1-for-3 with a double. …Nick Alvarez played third base for the first time in his 446-game career, moving from first base in the seventh inning. In his first and only chance in the eighth inning, he dove quickly to stop a sharp hopper, but was charged with an error on his throw. …Players were called back to the field in the seventh inning, interrupting the playing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", because umpires changed Biscuits double play to a runners' interference call on Alvarez. Play resumed with two outs and Todd Donovan struck out to officially end the inning; the song was played again. --Joe Block.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Wednesday's game between the Vero Beach Dodgers and Ft. Myers Miracle was called due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday. The rain is the only thing that has been able to stop prospect Andy LaRoche. The third baseman has 11 hits in his past 20 at-bats, seven of which have been home runs, and he leads all of professional baseball with 18 homers. LaRoche, the son of former big-league pitcher Dave LaRoche and the brother of Atlanta first baseman Adam LaRoche, is hitting .360 with 11 doubles and 40 RBI. He has a .720 slugging percentage and is expected to be promoted to Double-A Jacksonville soon, probably within the next couple of weeks.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--The Catfish had the day off and start RHP Chris Malone (3-2, 3.31 ERA) against the Hickory Crawdads Thursday. IF Brandon Carter rejoined Columbus after being activated from the disabled list. He left the game on May 9th after pulling his hamstring while sliding into second base. This season Carter is batting .196 (10 for 51) in 11 games for the Catfish. To make room for Carter, the Catfish sent OF James Peterson to extended spring training in Vero Beach, Fl. Peterson played in 30 games for the Catfish this season batting .243 with two home runs and 10 RBI.

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