Las Vegas Slugs Tacoma 11-1

Jerry Royster's Las Vegas 51s rolled to a 7-0 lead and cruised in with an 11-1 victory Monday night, splitting their four game series with Tacoma as Nori Nakamura, Willy Aybar and Brian Myrow slugged home runs. Vero Beach, with the assurance they will be in the playoffs on the strength of winning the first half title, dropped a 4-3 decision to Brevard with Xavier Paul banging a two-run double. Both Jacksonville and Columbus had the day off.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--The 51s banged out an 11-1 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers, splitting the four-game series. Singer Celine Dion was in attendance and her singers performed the national anthem. Las Vegas had nine hits and built a 7-0 lead after five innings. Designated hitter Willy Aybar was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and 3 RBI. First baseman Brian Myrow was 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and third baseman Norihiro Nakamura (1-for-5) and hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning. Left-hander Odalis Perez pitched three shutout innings in his second Major League rehab start. He allowed 2 hits and struck out 3. Right-hander T.J. Nall (3-3) recorded the victory with 2 scoreless innings. Right-hander Harold Eckert pitched 4 innings, allowed 3 hits and 1 run to earn his first save.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--Despite dropping the last three games of the half to Montgomery, the Suns clinched the first half title with a 38-32 record, a game and a half ahead of second place Birmingham. The Suns are guaranteed two home playoff games in September.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- In the first game after the All Star break, the Vero Beach Dodgers came up short in a 4-3 loss at Brevard County. The Manatees have now taken six of ten from the Dodgers. Xavier Paul knocked in two runs with a 6th-inning double, while Justin Simmons and Mark Alexander each threw scoreless relief innings. The Dodgers had two men on base in three of the first four innings, but failed to score. Paul's double scored the Dodgers first two runs in the 6th. Edwin Bellorin led off the 7th with a ground-rule double and later came home on a ground out. Danny Muegge made his second start in four days and took the tough loss. He allowed just one earned run in five innings, walked just one and struck out five, but his record dropped to 3-2. The series continues Tuesday night at Space Coast Stadium at 7:00 PM. That game will conclude the First Half of the season.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--The Catfish start the second half of the season against the Greenville Bombers tonight with LHP Scott Elbert (2-3, 3.25 ERA) making the start against the Boston Red Sox affiliate.