Fathers Day Not So Happy on Dodger Farms

Dodger farm clubs finished first half play Sunday and will be off Monday before opening second half action. Las Vegas, fresh off snapping a 12-game losing streak lost again 8-6 despite a pair of RBI doubles by Joe Thurston and a home run by Brian Myrow. Jacksonville was mauled 20-2, with the Suns giving up two grand slams in the third inning. Columbus lost another game in the ninth to Rome but Ryan Carter completed a sizzling series hitting .438.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--Tacoma bested Las Vegas, 8-6, on Sunday afternoon at Cashman Field. Joe Thurston paced the Las Vegas assault with a 2-for-4 afternoon that included two doubles and three RBI. Brian Myrow went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo homer, while Mike Nixon was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and two RBI. The 51s trailed 2-0 n the last of the second when Myrow slugged his ninth home run of the season. Vegas added four in the fourth when Nixon knocked in a pair with a double and the first of two doubles by Joe Thurston made it 4-2. Tacoma scored five unanswered runs before Thurston banged another RBI double to end the 51s scoring. Starter Eric Stults gave up four runs in five innings but reliever Mike Neu (1-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering three runs, three hits and two walks in two innings.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– After clinching the first-half South division Thursday, the Suns fell for the third consecutive game to the Montgomery Biscuits, 20-2, in front of 4,681 fans Sunday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The score was tied at 1-1 in third inning, when starter Chad Billingsley gave up a grand slam and things went downhill from there. Reliever Richard Bartlett gave up another grand slam to give the Biscuits a 10-1 advantage. The two grand slams in the same inning by one team have happened only six times in the 129-year history of Major League baseball. Delwyn Young drove home Todd Donovan with a single to give the Suns a brief 1-0 lead in the first inning. Andy LaRoche hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, his second home run in two days. Billingsley (5-4) took the loss, permitting seven runs on six hits while striking out six in 2.2 innings. Bartlett and Jason Olson combined to give up 12 earned runs in 5.1 innings. The Suns bullpen had given up five earned runs in their last 40-plus innings prior to today. Joel Hanrahan (4-3, 4.66 ERA) is scheduled start against West Tenn Tuesday at Pringles Park in Jackson, Tenn. Sun Spots: This was the most lopsided loss for the Suns dating back to 1988….The 20 runs were the most given up by the Suns since a 20-7 forfeit to the Birmingham Barons on April 21, 2000. --Brian DeLettre

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers were not scheduled.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- Rome scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to break a tie and beat the Catfish 4-3 in the final game of the South Atlantic League's First Half. Rome scored three runs in the second against starter RHP Brandon Weeden. The Catfish cut it to 3-2 with a two-run double by DH Lucas May in the third inning. Ryan Carter slugged a solo HR to tie the game but in the top of the eighth inning against LHP Wesley Wright, Rome collected a double and a run-scoring single. The Catfish had the winning run at the plate with two outs in the ninth but did not score. Carter continued his hot hitting with his first Catfish HR today, finishing 2-for-3 and 7-for-16 in the series. Tuesday the Catfish start the second half of the season against Greenville with LHP Scott Elbert (2-3, 3.25 ERA) on the mound.

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