The 21-s were steamrollered 21-1 by Tucson as Nori Nakamura broke up the shutout with his 14th homer. Joel Guzman and James Loney had four hits while Justin Orenduff fanned 10 in a 13-8 win over Huntsville. A four-run Daytona third stopped Vero Beach 5-3 despite a pair of hits from Tony Abreu. Shortstop Juan Rivera was 4-of-5 and Jordan Pratt earned the win as Ogden stopped Casper 10-7. Wilfredo Diaz, Miguel Sanfler (1-0) and Juan allowed no earned runs and Jose Nunez knocked in four as the Coasties won 9-3. Columbus had the day off. TUCSON, Arizona-- Just when Manager Jerry Royster thought things couldn't get any worse, his 61s were trampled 21-1 with Tucson banging out a club-record 29 hits and shredding four Las Vegas pitchers in the process. Norihiro Nakamura hit his 14th homer of the season in the ninth inning to ruin former Dodger minor leaguer Chris Michalak's shutout bid. Starter Heath Totten (6-5) was pounded for 11 runs -- 10 earned -- on 13 hits in 3 1/3 innings. Mike Venafro surrendered four runs in two innings and Pat Mahomes gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits in the eighth. 51s pitchers combined to walk only one batter. Vegas hitters managed only five hits.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama-– Joel Guzman scored on an error, putting the Suns ahead for good in a 13-8 offensive donnybrook over the Huntsville Stars. Guzman's two-run double in the fourth inning put the Suns ahead comfortably, 7-3. He added his first home run in a month, a two-run shot in the seventh, giving the Suns an 11-3 advantage. Guzman had four hits, drove in four runs and scored a career-best four runs. He has 14 hits in his last 19 at bats with 10 RBI. James Loney had four hits, tying a career-high. Every Suns starter, including pitcher Justin Orenduff, got at least one hit -- 18 in all. Orenduff (1-1) struck out 10 batters over five innings, earning his first win as a Sun. He allowed five singles in the second inning, allowing three runs.
Russell Martin had three hits. Andy LaRoche singled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games. The Suns had double-digit hits for the seventh consecutive game and are batting .341 in that span. The Suns scored double-digit runs in three of the last five games. However, the Suns stranded 12 baserunners and gave up 46 runs over eight games on the road trip (5.8 per game). Suns reliever Carlos Alvarez allowed three runs – two earned – over three innings, after allowing four earned runs over his first 39.2 innings. Jason Olson followed, giving up a two-run home run in the ninth. Chad Billingsley (5-4, 4.79 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Carolina tonight in the first game of a four-game series at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Sun Spots--Tydus Meadows and Todd Donovan did not start to give them a day off. Donovan played center field in the eighth and ninth innings. …RF David Nicholson made his first career start in the outfield. ...Guzman had 13 hits in the four-game series. -- Joe Block
DAYTONA, Florida--A four-run third inning lifted Daytona to a 5-3 victory over Vero Beach Dodgers at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Tony Abreu continued his hot hitting for Vero Beach with a 2-for-4 effort. A.J. Ellis reached base three times and scored twice. The Dodgers scored early, just not often enough. Abreu started the game with a single and promptly stole second. One out later, Justin Ruggiano singled, putting runners at first and third. Ruggiano took off for second and drew a throw from the catcher, so Abreu sprinted from third and stole home. In the second inning. Ellis drew a two-out walk and Jimmy Rohan singled him to third. Abreu then bounced a ball off the glove of the second baseman for an error and a 2-0 lead. Daytona's four third inning runs put the Dodgers in a hole. Ellis led off the seventh with a double for the Dodgers and scored on an Abreu sacrifice fly. The Dodgers had one last gasp in the ninth. Cory Dunlap pinch hit with two outs and drew a walk. Abreu came up big again, drilling a double to right field. Dunlap tried to score, but the relay throw beat him to the plate to end the game.
COLUMBUS, Georgia--The Fish had the day off.
OGDEN, Utah--The game had nearly everything, two rain delays, two balks, four wild pitches, five stolen bases and 29 hits, but Ogden fans were treated to the Raptors' fifth-straight win, a 10-7 victory over Casper. Shortstop Juan Rivera was 4-of-5 with a double, three runs and one RBI. He started things out for the Raptors with double down the right field line. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jesus Soto's ground ball to second. In a three-run third inning, Soto drove in both Rivera and left fielder James McDonald with a double. Third baseman Russ Mitchell and right fielder B.J. Richmond each drove in two, giving the Raptors a 7-5 lead. After Casper tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, Jordan Pratt shut them down. In his third appearance of the season, Pratt (1-0) has yet to give up an earned run this season. The Raptors took the lead back for good when Jason Mooneyham drove in Juan Apodaca with a long double to center field and they tacked on two more in the eighth inning, as David Sutherland and Apodaca drove in Rivera and Soto, respectively. Closer Ramon Troncoso picked his second save of the season, giving up two hits before striking out two and getting a game-ending ground out. The Raptors (6-2) go for the sweep today.
MELBOURNE, Florida--The Dodgers banged out a 9-3 win over the Nationals to even their record at 2-2. The Coasties built an 8-0 lead after four and coasted in. Jeremy Brown walked, moved to second on a Adolfo Gonzalez double and scored the first run on a wild pitch. Jose Miguel Nunez singled across Gonzalez and after a single by Joshua Bell, Carlos Medero-Stullz doubles for a 4-0 lead. In the third, Nunez walked, Bell singled and both moved up on a balk. Medero-Stullz's sacrifice fly scored one and Amauri Guzman's single boosted the score to 6-0. Nunez's double in the fourth made it 8-0. Wilfredo Diaz started and worked four scoreless innings, allowing two hits. Miguel Sanfler (1-0) earned the win after giving up four hits and three unearned runs over four innings. Juan Flores closed the game out. Gonzalez had a pair of hits and scored three runs. Nunez knocked in four with a single and a double and Bell had a pair of singles.
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