Jacksonville Holds Onto Slim, Half-Game lead

Sacramento beat Las Vegas 4-1 to keep the 51s in a downward spiral. Jacksonville rolled 10-0 behind a pair of homers by Jon Weber and sparkling pitching from William Juarez and Beau Dannemiller to hold a slim, half game lead over Birmingham. Brevard County defeated Vero Beach 10-0, stalling Dodger's "magic number" at three, and setting up a three game series with second place Jupiter. Columbus three-game winning streak despite Cole Bruce's fourth homer in five games.

SACRAMENTO, California-- Sacramento beat Las Vegas 51s 4-1 Monday with most of the damage being done by outfielder Keith Ginter who banged a pair of home runs and knocked in three. Heath Totten (5-3) allowed the two shots and took the loss. Totten allowed a third homer later in the game. Tony Schrager doubled and scored on Mike Nixon's RBI single in the fifth inning for Las Vegas' only run.

ZEBULON, N.C-– Jon Weber a pair of home runs, the first in the opening inning, giving the Suns enough offense in their fourth consecutive win, a 7-1 victory over Carolina. Weber went 4-for-4 and narrowly missed a third home run which hit two feet from the top of the double-decked wall in right field. William Juarez (4-0) shut out Carolina over 5.1 innings and earned the win. Reliever Beau Dannemiller earned his fifth save, allowing only a single run in 3.2 innings. Joel Guzman, James Loney and Todd Donovan each had two hits for the Suns, who have won 10 of their last 12 games. Left-hander Eric Stults (3-3, seventh-best 3.02 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Carolina Tuesday. Sun Spots: Weber has 10 hits in last 13 at bats, spanning the last three games. …The Suns have outscored Carolina 36-4 in the last four games, dealing the Mudcats their first four-game losing streak of the season. …Until the ninth, the Suns' bullpen had not given up an earned run over 23 consecutive innings. …The Suns narrowly missed dealing their fourth shutout in nine games. …Donovan hit his league-leading eighth triple, driving in a run in the ninth. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida--Brevard County defeated Vero Beach Dodgers 10-0, retiring the first 15 Dodgers in order. Vero's "magic number" to clinch the First Half title remains at three, and the Dodgers can nail down a playoff spot by taking two of the three games in Jupiter. Anthony Raglani went 2-for-3 for the Dodgers and Chin-lung HU added the only other hit. Julio Pimentel took the loss for the Dodgers, although all four runs he allowed in the first inning. After that he tossed five shutout frames to help keep the Dodgers close. Beltran Perez added 1.1 scoreless relief innings.

KANNAPOLIS, NC--Kannapolis ended the Columbus three-game winning streak with a 12-3 win. The Intimidators did not lead in the first two games of the series but scored four runs in the first inning and five in the third inning, using three HRs to top the Fish. CF Jamie Hoffmann had his second consecutive four hit night, rapping out four singles in a 4-for-5 performance. Hoffmann leads the team with 75 hits in 63 games. SS Cole Bruce homered for the fourth time in five games, finishing 2-for-3 with a 2B, HR, and 2 RBI. Brandon Weeden started and took the loss for the Fish, giving up a two-run HR in the first inning. The Fish scored in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly from Bruce and got a run in the seventh inning on a fielder's choice groundout off the bat of LF Brandon Carter. Bruce's HR came with two outs in the ninth and the bases empty. The Catfish finish the four-game series with LHP Scott Elbert (2-2, 2.52 ERA) on the mound.

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