Vegas, Jacksonville and Vero Lose Shutouts

Runs came hard down on the farm Friday night. Las Vegas (4-0), Jacksonville (4-0) and Vero Beach (1-0) were all shut out, while Columbus rolled up six runs but lost 8-6. Tough-luck pitchers who were given no run support included Ryan Rupe for the 51s, Eric Stults for the Suns Jonathan Figueroa for the Dodgers. Jamie Hoffman had a three-run double and Cole Bruce homered for the Fish.

TACOMA, Washington--Four Tacoma' pitchers combined to shut out the Las Vegas 51s, 4-0. The 51s could muster only eight hits with Joe Thurston and Jimmy Rohan each getting two. Ryan Rupe (2-3) took the loss for the 51s, who saw their record fall to 29-30. Rupe gave up three earned runs in five innings. He also struck out five. The 51s had runners on in every inning and bunched two hits, a walk and a stolen base in the third but could not score. In the fifth, Henri Stanley hit a leadoff double, went to third on a groundout and was left there

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– Carolina shut out the Suns, 4-0, the first time they were blanked in 83 games, dating back to August 11, 2004 at Greenville. The team hasn't scored in 17 innings and managed one extra base hit in its last two games, although the Suns lead the Southern League in runs scored and home runs. Following his own error, Suns starter Eric Stults gave up a two-run single with two outs in the fourth, breaking a scoreless tie. A two-run home run in the sixth handed Stults (3-3) the loss, though he allowed only two earned runs in six innings. Delwyn Young doubled and singled, the only Suns player with multiple hits. Right-hander Eric Hull (3-3, 3.02 ERA) will face the Mudcats tonight. Sun Sport: C Russell Martin, among the leaders in on-base percentage, singled and drew two walks in four plate appearances. He went without getting hit with a pitch for the first time in six games. …OF Derek Michaelis was promoted to Class AAA Las Vegas. The Suns received INF Russell Mitchell from Class A-Advanced Vero Beach. Mitchell was in uniform but did not play Thursday. --Joe Block

PALM BEACH, Florida--Jonathan Figueroa, Baby Blue pitcher of the year in 2002, regained some of his old glory Friday night, working six innings and allowing one hit and no runs but leaving the game tied 0-0. Beltran Perez (0-1) took over and didn't give up a hit but did allow a run in the eighth inning on and a two-base error by Matt Kemp -- his first of the year -- a ground ball and a sacrifice bunt gave Palm Beach a 1-0 win despite eight hits collected by the Dodgers. Tony Abreu had three of Vero's eight hits and Matt Kemp had a pair as Vero left 10 on base, five in scoring position. In the ninth, Ed Bellorin singled with one out and Mayke Cabrera walked. Xavier Paul ran for Cabrera but was thrown out at third on Abreu's third hit of he game before the tying run crossed the plate. The Dodgers host Brevard County tonight in the first of a three-game series.

GREENSBORO, NC-- Five runs in the final three innings brought the Catfish close but not close enough as they fell for the third straight night, losing 8-6 to Greensboro. The game was delayed with two outs in the second inning for an hour and ten minutes due to rain. Greenboro hit two home runs in the game and has hit seven in the first three games of the series. CF Jamie Hoffmann had a bases-clearing double for the Fish in the seventh to cut into the Grasshopper lead and DH Cole Bruce homered in the ninth inning for the second straight night. Columbus led 1-0 in the second inning when the skies opened and delayed the game for 70 minutes. After the rain, the Grasshoppers scored three runs in the third inning, two in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Reliever Wesley Wright hit the next batter and was ejected, prompting both benches to clear and warnings given to managers on both sides. In the top of the seventh, the Greensboro pitcher hit RF Ryan Russ and was ejected along with his manager. Later in the inning, Bruce doubled home a run and Hoffmann doubled with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 7-5 Greensboro. LHP Carlos Alvarez, the fourth Catfish lefty, relieved Wright in the sixth and struck out seven batters, including five in a row at one point allowing one run. Trailing 8-5 in the ninth, Bruce homered on the first pitch to make it 8-6. Tonight RHP Blake Johnson (3-3, 2.92 ERA), the Dodgers Co-Pitcher of the Month for May, faces the 'Hoppers.