Chris Malone Loses Perfect Game in Ninth

Chris Malone saw a broken bat looper drop into center field to lead off the ninth inning after retiring the first 24 Greenville hitters he faced. He won his fifth game of the season and dropped his earned run average to just over one. On the other end of the spectrum, Edwin Jackson was battered for 11 runs in just over four innings for Las Vegas, losing his fifth game. Jacksonville squandered 10 baserunners and lost 4-1 to Mobile and Vero Beach had the day off.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--Edwin Jackson was hammered for 10 hits and 11 runs in 4.1 innings, dropping his record to 3-5, as Colorado Springs rolled to a 12-6 win in the opener of the eight-game home stand. The 51s (27-24) lost their second in a row after an eight-game winning streak and recorded 11 hits while jumping out to a 3-0 lead on a two-run triple by Brian Myrow and sacrifice fly by Tony Schrager. Jackson was throwing in the high 90s with his fastball as he coasted through three innings before hitting the wall. The 21-year-old was making his first start since serving a three-day suspension for intentionally throwing at a batter in a game May 21. He was ejected in the third inning of a 10-2 loss and was criticized by manager Jerry Royster. He was hurt by six unearned runs in the fourth inning on three hits, three walks and two errors. In the fifth, he gave up a two-run homer, two singles and a walk before the SkySox pitcher lined a two-run double for a 10-3 lead. Myrow was 3-for-4 with a two-run triple. Willy Aybar was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and Tony Schrager was 1-for-4, SF, 2 RBI.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– The Suns hit into three double plays and stranded 10 runners in a 4-1 loss to Mobile. For the sixth consecutive games, the Suns collected double-digit hits, but only once did the team get one with a runner in scoring position. Eric Langill singled with two outs in the sixth to pull the Suns to within 3-1. He also threw out two runners at second base in the fifth inning and had two hits to raise his average to .333. Joel Hanrahan (2-3) started but a three-run third inning tagged him with the loss. Hanrahan struck out his fifth consecutive batter before a two-base error opened the gates. A two-run home run gave Colorado Springs a 3-1 lead. Hanrahan left the game during his warmup tosses in the fifth with a mild cramp in his hamstring. Jonathan Broxton (2-2, 3.72 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Mobile Wednesday afternoon. Sun Spots--The Suns have smacked 80 hits over the last six games and have double-digit hits in 12 of 15 games. …C Russell Martin struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, halting his hitting streak at 10 games, which tied a career-high. …2B Delwyn Young was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week and has batted 15-for-38 (.395) with three home runs in the last nine games. …CF Todd Donovan is batting 21-for-53 (.396) with nine extra-base hits and three home runs in his last 12 games.

VERO BEACH, Florida had an open date.

GREENVILLE, SC--RHP Chris Malone took a perfect game into the 9th inning Greenville before allowing a leadoff single but he completed his second straight game en route to a 3-1 win over Greenville. Malone finished the game allowing just one unearned run on one hit and one walk, striking out seven on 100 pitches for his team-leading 5th win of the year. The Catfish scored in the second inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of C Juan Apodaca. Leading 1-0, Malone needed just 61 pitches to finish the first six innings, getting defensive help from SS David Nicholson, who preserved the perfect game in the sixth inning with a charging short hop pickup and throw to first to retire the 18th straight hitter. In the eighth inning, two unearned runs scored for the Fish on an sac fly from 1B Dan Batz and RBI single from RF Ryan Russ, giving Columbus a 3-0 lead. Malone took his perfect game into the 9th, and on his 86th pitch, an 0-1 offering to Jeroloman, the Greenville third baseman broke his bat and blooped a single to center over the glove of Nicholson. He scored later in the inning on a passed ball. In five starts this season, Malone has allowed just four earned runs in 35.1 innings pitched (1.02 ERA), walking just five and striking out 26 and has thrown two straight complete games. The Catfish and Bombers play an Wednesday afternoon with RHP Brandon Weeden (1-3, 3.53 ERA) on the hill for Columbus.