Ogden Wins Their Home Opener 5-1

Tucson scored five in the last two innings to beat Las Vegas 12-11 despite four hits from Henri Stanley. Jacksonville fell 6-2 to a four-run sixth inning that spoiled a solid start by William Juarez and Vero Beach was rained out. Columbus lost a tough, 2-1 decision and Ogden won their home opener 5-1, helped by a home run from catcher Juan Apodaca. The Coasties hit another rainy day and their opener was again postponed.

TUCSON, Arizona--Tucson Sidewinders scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally for a 12-11 win against the 51s. Odalis Perez made his third rehabilitation start and was roughed up for five runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. Perez, who hasn't pitched in the Majors since May 15 because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder, has a 6.52 ERA in 9.2 innings with the 51s. Las Vegas overcame a 4-1 Tucson lead with five in the third inning, then rolled up leads of 9-4 and 11-7 before Sidewinders scored two in the seventh and three in the eighth to win. Starter Pat Mahomes (5-6) took over in relief in the last of the eighth inning with Vegas leading 11-7 but gave up three to take the loss. Beau Dannemiller and Alfredo Gonzalez were thumped in relief. Henri Stanley led Las Vegas' 13-hit attack by going 4-for-5 and scoring three runs. Nick Theodorou went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Willy Aybar was 2-for-5 with two RBI and Dioner Navarro smacked his sixth homer of the season in the fifth.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama-- A four-run sixth inning that came with two strikes and two outs propelled the Huntsville Stars in a 6-2 victory over the Suns. Starter William Juarez (4-1), allowed two runs and struck out six over five innings. The Suns had hits in each of the first eight innings, but stranded 11 baserunners and struck out 10 times. Reliever Richard Bartlett allowed four runs and took the loss. Delwyn Young tied a career-high with four hits, all singles and Joel Guzman snapped out of a 3-for-28 funk, going 3-for-4 with three singles. Andy LaRoche knocked in both Suns runs, on a first inning double and a bases loaded walk in the seventh. He has 13 RBI in nine games with the Suns. Right-hander Eric Hull (4-4, 3.68 ERA) starts against Huntsville Sunday. Sun Spots--The Suns received left-handers Carlos Alvarez from Columbus and Hong-Chih Kuo from Vero Beach. Lefty Glenn Bott was reassigned to Vero Beach. … Alvarez pitched a perfect eighth inning in his Suns debut. …C Russell Martin was ejected in the fourth inning while he was behind the plate facing the pitcher. Martin struck out looking in two previous plate appearances. …In 21 seasons facing one another, the all-time series is tied, 134-134. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers led Jupiter 7-2 after four innings before the game was rained out. The Dodgers had won 10 in a row against the Hammerheads. The game will be completed at part of a doubleheader the next time Jupiter comes to town on August 19. Vero Beach begins a 3-game road trip in Daytona Sunday night.

ROME, Georgia--A pair of Rome left-handers allowed one run on six hits as the Fish dropped a pitcher's duel 2-1. A solo HR in the sixth inning off Brandon Weeden, first round-tripper for Rome since June 14th, provided the difference tonight. Weeden took the loss for the Catfish despite allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings. Rome took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning but the Fish responded by tying the game in the fifth. After RF Ryan Russ drew a leadoff walk, LF Ryan Carter ripped a double to left to tie the game. Carter's hit was the first and only hit off the Braves starter and the only hit for Columbus in the first seven innings. A Weeden fastball was driven over the wall in left to give Rome the lead in the bottom of the sixth. The Catfish had the tying run at second in the eighth inning and failed to score and in the ninth inning, Russ led off with a single to extend his hitting streak to nine games. After a C Gabriel Gutierrez double with two outs put runners on at second and third, CF Jamie Hoffmann beat out a slow roller to third for an infield single, but Russ slipped at third and went back to the bag, unable to score the tying run. A strikeout ended the game. LHP Scott Elbert (2-4, 3.65 ERA) starts today for the Fish.

OGDEN, Utah--Ogden defeated Orem 5 to 1 in their home opener after splitting four games on the road to start the season in front of nearly 5,000 fans at Lindquist Field. The Raptors scored one run in each of the first three innings. That included an opposite field home run by catcher Juan Apodaca. The Raptors added two more runs in the sixth to stretch their lead to four. Starter David Pfeiffer got into a jam in the second inning with the bases loaded and no outs. The Raptors never faced more than five hitters in one inning as both Nathan Hochgesang (1-0) and Jordan Pratt pitched well in relief. Hochgesang pitched two hitless innings to earn the win after Pfeiffer worked 4.1 innings. Ogden now averages 10 strikeouts a game and leads the league in that department. The in-state rivals will meet for the sixth time today at 4 p.m. The Raptors will host the Casper Rockies on Monday night. Raptors Notes: Brent Leach gets the start today, making him the Raptors sixth different starter this season. ... Los Angeles Dodgers fifth-round draft pick John Meloan arrived in Ogden Friday night after being signed earlier this week. A Houston native, he pitched two years for the University of Arizona. In 2005, he started 19 games, going 10-3 with an earned run average of 3.70. He struck out 130 while walking just 58. He is the highest draft pick to be sent to the Raptors this year.

VERO BEACH, Florida--Rain again delayed the Dodgers opener in the Gulf Coast League.

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