All Four Dodgers Clubs Post a Victory

Las Vegas won 7-2 behind Thom Nall to sweep four-games from Round Rock aided by HRs from Jason Repko and Nick Theodoreau. Jacksonville won 19-2 with a pair of home runs from Todd Donovan making it easy for Joel Hanrahan. Vero rode a homer by Andy LaRoche (#19) and a sparkling effort by Hong-Chih Kuo, Alvis Ojeda and Mark Alexander to a 1-0 win over Ft. Myer after losing 7-2 in the opener. Columbus won its third in a row on a complete-game by Chris Malone as Ryan Russ homered in a 10-1 victory.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--Thomas Nall (1-3) allowed an unearned run on three hits in six innings as the Las Vegas 51s completed a four-game sweep of the Round Rock Express with a 7-2 win on Thursday night in front of 4,027 at Cashman Field. Las Vegas has won a season high five straight games. The 51s were 5-3 on the home stand. The 51s, 24-22, recorded 14 hits and five players collected multiple-hit games. The first four players in the order were a combined 10-for-16 (.625). Center fielder Jason Repko was 3-for-5, HR; second baseman Nick Theodoreau was 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI; right fielder Jason Grabowski was 2-for-2, double, 2 RBI and first baseman Norihiro Nakamura was 3-for-5, 2 doubles, RBI. Shortstop Tony Schrager was 2-for-4. Nall retired the first eight batters he faced before he allowed a single with two outs in the third. He set down another eight in a row between the fourth and sixth innings before the next hit. The only run he allowed came on his wild pickoff attempt in the sixth. Alfredo Gonzalez pitched the final three innings and allowed 1 run to earn his second save. The 51s travel to Tucson for a four-game series which begins tonight.

MONTGOMERY, AlabamaThe Suns sent 18 batters to the plate in a 13-run eighth inning in a 19-2 victory. Todd Donovan hit two solo home runs, leading off the game with a solo shot and his second homer put the Suns ahead, 3-1. In the seventh, Jon Weber snapped a 1-for-20 slump with an RBI single and the Suns scored twice on two errant throws on a double steal attempt to garner a 6-2 advantage. Weber smacked three hits and driving in four runs in the seventh and eighth innings alone. Against former Suns reliever Jose Diaz, the Suns batted around without being retired and all nine batters scored. The Suns' 13-run eighth inning was the most prolific in at least seven years. The loss knocked the Biscuits out of first place. Winning pitcher Joel Hanrahan (2-2) grew stronger as the game went on, striking out the side in his final inning, the sixth. He allowed two runs, including a solo home run to Delwyn Young in the sixth which drew the Biscuits (24-23) to within 3-2. Right-hander Jonathan Broxton (2-2, 3.99 ERA) is scheduled tonight in the first game of a four-game series at Hank Aaron Stadium. Sun Spots: Jose Diaz has allowed 15 runs in four outings vs. the Suns this season. …Brian Sprout, mired in a 6-for-52 skid, went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs. Jason Olson pitched three scoreless innings to earn his third save, despite a 17-run margin.

VERO BEACH, Florida--After dropping the first game of the doubleheader, 7-3, the Dodgers rebounded to defeat the Ft. Myers Miracle 1-0 in the second game. Andy LaRoche accounted for the only run in the second game, lining a leadoff home run, his 19th of the season, to left in the fourth inning. Russell Mitchell went 3-3 in the first game for the Dodgers, who move to 28-20 on the season. Hong-Chih Kuo started the night and struck out six in three innings of work. He allowed only one infield single. Alvis Ojeda pitched the middle innings to pick up the win and improve to 3-0 on the year. Mark Alexander threw the final 1.1 to record his sixth save. Game One was not as pretty. The Dodgers committed four errors to account for five unearned runs. In the 3rd, Xavier Paul led off with a triple. Russell Mitchell singled him home and later scored on a base hit by Chin-lung Hu. The Dodgers added an unearned run in the 7th when Mitchell doubled with two out and scored on an error. Justin Orenduff allowed only five hits but took the loss, leaving the game trailing 3-2 on three unearned runs. Casey Hoorelbeke worked 1.1 innings and allowed one hit but four runs, two unearned. The Dodgers visit the Dunedin Blue Jays tonight.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--RHP Chris Malone allowed just four baserunners and his 90 pitch complete game was helped by an explosive effort by the offense gave the Catfish a 10-1 victory over Hickory. RF Ryan Russ came up just a single short of the cycle, as his first HR of the season gave the Fish the lead in the fifth inning. The Fish scored six runs in the sixth inning for the second consecutive game and won their third straight game for the first time in 2005. Russ's two-run HR in the fifth gave the Catfish a 2-1 lead in the fifth and the Catfish piled on in the sixth. SS Lucas May had an RBI double, 1B Dan Batz drove home a run with a single, and Russ's two run double made in 5-1. C Gabriel Gutierrez smoked a three-run HR to left, making it 8-1 lead. Malone has made four starts this season, and has allowed just four earned runs in 27.1 innings pitched for a 1.32 earned run average. His win gives him a team-leading four victories this season. Tonight the Catfish send RHP Brandon Weeden (1-3, 3.86) to the mound in the second game of the series.

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories