Jacksonville Moves Into First Place

Dodger farm clubs are doing quite nice, thank you, with Jacksonville moving into a tie for the Southern League South Division lead with Mississippi and Montgomery and 1/2 game in front of Birmingham. Las Vegas slipped to second behind Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League South Division but only by 1/2 game and Vero Beach holds a two-game lead on Jupiter in the East Division of the Florida State League. The young Columbus team is improving but is not in contention in the South Atlantic League.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--Colorado Springs defeated the Las Vegas 51s, 13-6, in PCL action in front of 6,996 fans. The Sky Sox won three out of four games in the series. The 51s recorded 8 hits and first baseman Brian Myrow's (1-for-3) three-run double in the fifth inning tied the game at 6-6. Catcher Dioner Navarro was 2-for-4. The Sky Sox pounded out 17 hits and broke a 6-6 tie with five runs in the sixth inning, led by former Dodger minor leaguer Jorge Piedra who was 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, a HR and 3 RBI. Rehabbing Los Angeles lefty Elmer Dessens pitched 1 inning and allowed 2 hits and 1 run. Right-hander Ryan Rupe (2-2)suffered the loss. He pitched 5 innings, allowed 11 hits, 10 runs (7 earned), walked 2 and struck out 6. The 51s host Fresno in a four-game series today.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– The Suns moved into a three-way tie for first place by defeating Mobile 8-3, in front of 4,711 fans Friday. They scored five runs on five hits with two outs in the seventh inning to pull past the BayBears. The Suns tied the game at three apiece with a base loaded single from James Loney. Russell Martin followed with a line drive single scoring Jon Weber and Joel Guzman. Jimmy Rohan capped off the inning by singling to right field plating Tydus Meadows for the 7-3 advantage. Guzman singled in Todd Donovan in the eighth inning. Suns reliever Beau Dannemiller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to help secure the win. William Juarez (3-0) earned the win, allowing the lone run over two innings. Suns starter Eric Stults allowed two unearned runs in five innings while striking out five. Right-hander Eric Hull (2-3, 3.59 ERA) is scheduled to face the Lookouts tonight in Chattanooga. Sun Spots:The Suns have not allowed double-digit hits in the last 11 games…Jimmy Rohan is hitting .315 (12-for-32) since rejoining the Suns on May 20….For the second consecutive day, there a rain delay to start the game. The delay was one-hour, 18 minutes.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The doubleheader in St. Lucie scheduled to begin Friday night was cancelled due to rain. Only one of the games will be made up at Holman Stadium today. The first game will begin at 4:00 PM, with the scheduled 25th Anniversary Festivities to take place between games.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--The Asheville Tourists beat Columbus Catfish 5-0 by scoring runs in each of the final four innings to end the Catfish winning streak at three games. Asheville took the lead in the sixth inning 1-0 on two Catfish errors as the Fish were shutout tonight for the fourth time in 55 games. RHP Blake Johnson (3-3) allowed just one unearned run in six innings. Johnson has allowed just three earned runs in his last six starts, a span of 35.1 innings (0.76 ERA). The Catfish fall to 21-34 with the loss. Columbus will send RHP Phil Sobkow (1-2, 10.53 ERA) to the hill tomorrow to make his second start of the season.