Las Vegas Wins 6-0 Behind Odalis Perez

Odalis Perez blanked Portland for five innings and Joe Thurston was 3-4 with an RBI in a 6-0 win. Columbus rode an RBI single by Gabriel Gutierrez in the bottom of the ninth inning to come back from a 5-0 deficit to win 6-5. Travis Denker hit his team leading 12th HR. Ogden blew a 10-0 win but held on to take a 10-8 decision as Sergio Pedroza was 4-for-4 with six runs batted in. The Coasties won 4-3 on a double by Kenley Jansen knocked in the winning run. Jacksonville and Vero were rained out.

Sergio Pedrosa's four hits. six RBI sparks Ogden win Odalis Perez blanked Portland for five innings and Joe Thurston was 3-4 with an RBI in a 6-0 win. Columbus rode an RBI single by Gabriel Gutierrez in the bottom of the ninth inning to come back from a 5-0 deficit to win 6-5. Travis Denker hit his team leading 12th HR. Ogden blew a 10-0 win but held on to take a 10-8 decision as Sergio Pedroza, the Dodgers' No. 3 pick in the 2005 draft, was 4-for-4 with two homers and six runs batted in. The Coasties won 4-3 as Greg Miller made his first start in 18 months a good one and a double by Kenley Jansen knocked in the winning run. Jacksonville and Vero were rained out. LAS VEGAS, Nevada--A crowd of 11,205 watched as Odalis Perez pitched five shutout innings in his final rehabilitation start to lead Las Vegas to a 6-0 victory over Portland. Perez allowed one hit and one walk, facing one batter over the minimum in what was by far his best start for the 51s. He had five strikeouts and earned his first win. The lefthander retired the last 10 batters he faced after a double in the second. No Portland base runner made it past second. The 51s bullpen was just as effective. Alfredo Gonzalez and Steve Schmoll pitched hitless innings of relief, and Mike Neu gave up three hits in two innings. The 51s scored single runs in the first and third innings. Henri Stanley scored on a groundout by Willy Aybar in the first. Joe Thurston manufactured the run in the third, leading off with a single before stealing second and going to third on a groundout. Thurston scored on a groundout by Norihiro Nakamura. Perez got a cushion in the sixth when the 51s scored three times. Brian Myrow doubled home Aybar, who had doubled to lead off the inning. Derek Michaelis banged a two-RBI, pinch-hit singled that gave the 51s a 5-0 lead. Thurston finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Myrow singled and doubled, knocking in a run.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- The Suns-Carolina Mudcats game was postponed because of persisting rain showers. It will be rescheduled as part of a doubleheader beginning 6:05 p.m. Saturday. Right-hander Chad Billingsley (5-4, 4.79 ERA) is scheduled to face Carolina tonight at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

VERO BEACH, Florida--The game between the Vero Beach Dodgers and Palm Beach Cardinals was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Friday at 5:00 PM.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- Catfish C Gabriel Gutierrez ripped a single through a drawn-in Greensboro infield in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete a comeback 6-5 victory. Columbus trailed 3-0 after one inning tonight and 5-0 as late as the sixth. 2B Travis Denker hit his team leading 12th HR tonight in the win, and 3B Blake DeWitt delivered a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning to tie the game. CF Jamie Hoffmann ripped two doubles for the Fish and scored two runs in the victory. A three-run HR off RHP Chris Malone in the first gave the Hoppers a 3-0 early lead. The added two more runs but Denker's three-run HR pulled the Catfish to within two at 5-3. In the eighth with two out, DeWitt tied the game with a two-run single to right. In the ninth, 1B Dan Batz led off the inning with a double, and scored two batters later on Gutierrez's smash up the middle. RHP Zach Hammes (2-3, 4.25 ERA) takes the mound for the Fish.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho--The Raptors made it seven in a row, stopping Idaho Falls 10-8 but they had a scare before the game was in the bag. Ogden built a 10-0 lead but gave up six in the seventh and two in the ninth off Marion Arias who gave up two singles and a walk but struck out the side in between to earn the save. Sergio Pedroza, the Dodgers' No. 3 pick out of Cal State Fullerton playing in his second professional game, maintained his perfect 1.000 batting average. He was 4-for-4 with two homers and six runs batted in, and he is 6-for-6 with a 1,000 on base percentage and a 2.000 slugging average. David Sutherland was 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI, boosting his average to .417. Mitchell was 3-for-5 with a double and is hitting .395. With two out in the first, David Sutherland singled and Russell Mitchell reached on fielding error. Pedroza singled for one run and Juan Apodaca single home another. In the third Mitchell singled and Pedroza homered (#1) for a 4-0 margin. DJ Jackson opened the fourth with a single and moved to third on a balk and a sacrifice bunt. Jesus Soto singled him across before Sutherland homered (#1). Sergio Pedroza homers again (#2) to run the Raptor lead to 8-0. Two more came across in the seventh. Sutherland singled with two out and Mitchell doubled. Pedroza singled to score them both and Ogden enjoyed a 10-0 lead. But David Pfeiffer (1-0) was KO'ed in the last of the sixth and Nathan Hochgesang finally stopped the bleeding but not before Idaho Falls had cut the lead to 10-6.

VERO BEACH, Florida--Greg Miller made his first start in 18 months and the Gulf Coast Dodgers came back to score twice in the eighth for a 4-3 win over the Marlins. [See an article by Bill Shelley on this site.] The Marlins scored twice in the first off Miller on a walk, a double, a wild pitch and a ground ball. The Dodgers cut the margin to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning when Jeremy Brown reached on an error and scored when Eduardo Perez singled. A pair of singles sandwiched around a wild pitch gave the Marlins a 3-1 lead in the second off Miller. Chales Dasni took over for Miller in the third. Brown reaches on throwing error in the bottom of the third, stole second and scored on a single by Eduardo Perez to cut the lead to 3-2. Dasni, who worked five scoreless innings in relief, got out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth. In the bottom of the eighth Eduardo Perez walked and stole second. He scored one out later when Eloy Gutierrez doubled him in to tie the score. A double by Kenley Jansen gave the Coasties their first lead of the day, 4-3. Miguel Ramirez replaced Kalen Gearhart (1-0) on the mound for the Dodgers in the ninth and earned the save with the help of a double play stated by Gutierrez who caught a fly in left field, fired to second baseman Parker Brooks who threw to Jose Nunez at first to end the game. The Dodgers finished with just four hits. Perez was 2-for-2 with a run batted in, while Jansen and Gutierrez each had a double and an RBI.

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