Las Vegas, Vero and Columbus Put Wins on the Board

Jason Repko banged his second homer for the 51s and Harold Eckert worked six innings as Las Vegas topped Tucson 4-0. An eight-run eighth inning gave Mobile an easy 11-4 win over Jacksonville despite Delwyn Young's three hits. Vero used Chin-lung Hu's bat and Julio Pimentel's pitching arm to craft a 9-3 win over Dunedin and Columbus rolled up its fourth win in succession, beating Hickory with a six-run eighth inning keyed by Lucas May's three-run home run.

TUCSON, Arizona--Harold Eckert and two relievers combined for a six-hit shutout, and Jason Repko hit a solo home run Friday as the 51s defeated the Tucson Sidewinders 4-0. Eckert (3-2) started and pitched a scoreless six innings, with six strikeouts and two walks. He allowed four hits. Franquelis Osoria and Aquilino Lopez preserved the shutout. Las Vegas scored a run in the second inning on back-to-back hits from Mike Rose and Will Aybar. Poor defense by Tucson helped Las Vegas to a 3-0 lead in the third. Repko led off the third with his second home run. Then with Jason Grabowski on first base with one out, second baseman Andy Green flipped Norihiro Nakamura's grounder over the head of shortstop Sergio Santos that allowed Grabowski to reach third. First baseman Conor Jackson backed up the play, but his throw to third went to the Sidewinders' dugout, and Grabowski scored. The 51s added a run in the ninth on pinch hitter Henri Stanley's RBI single. X-Files--Repko, who played 34 games with the Dodgers this season and hit four home runs, clubbed his second for the 51s and second in two games. He homered against Round Rock on Thursday. …

MOBILE, Alabama--Mobile scored eight runs with two outs in the eighth inning in an 11-4 victory over the Suns. Trailing 3-1 entering the eighth, reliever Glenn Bott allowed a single and walk to load the bases with two outs. Richard Bartlett hit a batter on his first pitch, then allowed the first six batters he faced to reach. Bott (2-4) earned the loss after allowing two runs – both on walks. The two pitchers combined to give up 10 runs and walk six batters – all of whom scored – in two innings of relief. The Suns (22-26) stranded 13 baserunners, including nine in scoring position and went hitless in their first 12 at bats with runners in scoring position. Starter Jonathan Broxton walked none and scattered four hits over six innings. Delwyn Young hit his eighth home run, a solo shot to tie the game, 1-1, in the fifth. He went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Todd Donovan tripled and singled, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Chad Billingsley (3-3, 4.81 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Mobile Saturday in the second game of a four-game series at Hank Aaron Stadium. --Joe Block

DUNEDIN, Florida--Chin-lung Hu had four hits to lead the Vero Beach Dodgers to a 9-3 win over the Dunedin Blue Jays. The Dodgers used a 4-run fourth inning to take the lead and Julio Pimentel turned in five innings of one-run baseball to improve his record to 4-2. The big fourth inning started with a leadoff single from Anthony Raglani. Andy LaRoche drew a walk and Matt Kemp singled to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Raglani. Cory Dunlap followed with a single and make it 2-0. After a groundout, Hu smacked his first hit to center and brought home two more. Dunedin scored one run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The Dodgers answered each time. In the sixth, Hu scored on a double by Justin Ruggiano and Edwin Bellorin came home an error. Dunlap scored in the seventh on passed ball and a Bellorin double scored Hu. Xavier Paul knocked in Dunlap in the ninth to finish the 9-3 victory. Justin Simmons pitched a perfect ninth. The series continues Saturday night with Brian Pilkington searching for his first win.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--A six-run eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie and led the Catfish to their fourth straight win, a 9-4 victory over the Hickory Crawdads. SS Lucas May capped the big inning with a three-run home run. May knocked in four in the game and has six RBI in the series. Every member of the Catfish starting lineup had at least one hit, with CF Jamie Hoffman, LF Sam Steidl, May, and RF Ryan Russ delivering multi-hit games. LHP Carlos Alvarez picked up the win in relief for the Fish, his first, as the Catfish improve to 17-31. RF Ryan Russ drove home a run with an infield single in the second inning and made it 2-0 with a groundout in the fourth. RHP Brandon Weeden did not allow a run on the mound for the Catfish in his first five innings, and departed after six with a 2-1 lead. Weeden picked up a no decision in the game, but threw well, allowing just one run on four hits, striking out five with no walks. In the big eighth inning, 1B Cole Bruce broke a 3-3 tie with a single to right, and Steidl added a two-run single. May's three-run blast ended the scoring, as the Fish scored six runs in an inning for the third straight night. The Catfish try to make it five straight wins when they send LHP Scott Elbert (0-2, 2.84 ERA) to the mound tonight.

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