Ogden's Murders Row Slugs Out a 13-0 Win

Las Vegas stopped Portland 3-2 when Willy Aybar homered to tie it and Joe Thurston singled to win it. Lefthander Eric Stults had a strong game. Vero Beach split a doubleheader, winning 2-0 behind the pitching of Danny Muegge and Mark Alexander and Matt Kemp's 14th home run. Ogden blasted Idaho Falls 13-0 with four players collecting three hits each, including Sergio Pedroza who in his first three games had boosted his average to .900. Jacksonville and the Gulf Coasties were rained out.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Las Vegas edged Portland 3-2 to take their second straight victory in the series. Willy Aybar homered in the sixth to tie the game 2-2 and Joe Thurston singled home a run in the seventh that proved to be the winner. Right fielder Chin-Feng Chen was 2-for-4 with two doubles and shortstop Jose Flores was 2-for-4. Left-hander Eric Stults posted a strong outing but had no decision. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowed 7 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), walked 4 and struck out 8. Right-hander Harold Eckert (4-2) was remarkably efficient, earning the win by facing one batter and right-hander Steve Schmoll pitched 2 scoreless innings to earn his second save. Game three of the series Saturday will feature a Holiday Fireworks Show will be presented following the final out. X-Files: Second baseman Joe Thurston set a franchise record for career games played, recording his 434th game for the 51s on Friday. He was batting .159 on April 30, but has raised his average to .306 and earned praise from 51s manager Jerry Royster. "Joe's probably my best all-around baseball player," Royster said. "I do know we're not as good a team if he's not in the lineup." Thurston batted .334 and led all of minor league baseball with 196 hits in 2002. He was a hot prospect the next spring, but failed to win a starting job with the Dodgers. Thurston said he knew many in the Dodgers organization had given up on him. But last week, Collins approached Thurston with a different message. "You've turned yourself around," Collins said.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The Suns-Carolina game Friday was postponed because of persisting rain showers and lightning. It was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Sunday. The Suns and Mudcats will play two seven-inning games Saturday to compensate for the rainout Thursday, as well. Right-handers Chad Billingsley (5-4, 4.79 ERA) and Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.50) are scheduled to start against Mudcats today. Post-game fireworks remain scheduled for both weekend nights. : The Suns welcomed the team's one millionth fan since opening the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in April, 2003. Four-year old Connor Dartt was the lucky fan, coming to Thursday night's Suns game vs. Carolina with his parents and sister. Connor was awarded a Southern League President's Pass for the remainder of the 2005 season, a $100 gift certificate to the Suns merchandise store and was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Suns game on Friday.

VERO BEACH, Florida--Vero Beach blanked Palm Beach 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader, but fell 6-2 in the second game. Danny Muegge and Mark Alexander combined to shut out the Cardinals and Matt Kemp lined his 14th home run. In the nightcap, Vero issued seven walks to aid the Cardinals victory. Danny Muegge tossed five shutout innings in the opener and improved his record to 4-2. Mark Alexander then retired all six batters he faced, striking out four, picking up his 12th save of the year. Kemp's home run in the second inning was a drive down the right field that landed on the grass berm and put the Dodgers ahead 1-0. Justin Ruggiano led off the fourth with a single and eventually scored the second run on sacrifice fly from Cole Bruce. In the nightcap, the Cardinals scored single runs in the first and second against Alvis Ojeda (3-1), who made his first start of the year. The Cards added two in the fourth inning and two more in the seventh. The Dodgers picked up their first run in the fifth inning when Bruce led off with a walk and later scored on Tony Abreu's only hit of the doubleheader. In the sixth, Anthony Raglani led off with a triple and scored on Kemp's single. The Dodgers are in St. Lucie Saturday night, but return home Sunday for the Independence Day celebration

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- Brandon Carter was thrown out at the plate to end the game in an attempt to score the tying run, and the Catfish fell just shy of a second straight comeback, falling 3-2 to Greensboro. The Fish sat through a 51-minute rain delay, then once again rallied with a clutch hit in the late innings, but Greensboro scored on an unearned run in the eighth inning and held on to win. LHP Wesley Wright took the loss despite allowing just one unearned run in four innings. Greensboro struck before the rain fell in the fourth inning against Catfish starter RHP Zach Hammes to take a 2-0 lead. In the fifth inning with a runner on base and one out, lightning at the park caused a 51-minute rain delay. In the bottom of the seventh still trailing 2-0, Catfish SS Dominique Laurin drove home a pair of runs with a single to left, tying the game at two. But Laurin's throwing error in the eighth inning allowed an unearned run to score for Greensboro, giving them a 3-2 lead. In the ninth inning, the Catfish put runners on the corners with two away, but Brandon Carter was thrown out trying to score the tying run on a wild pitch but the ball caromed back to the Greensboro catcher who fired back id to the pitcher for the tag. The Catfish and Greensboro square off tonight for the third game of the series.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho--Ogden Raptors thumped Idaho Falls for the second straight night, beating the Chukars 13-0. The Raptors compiled 17 hits with new Raptor right fielder Sergio Pedroza still sizzling at the plate and adding three more hits. In his first three professional games, he has nine hits in 10 trips to the plate with two home runs and seven runs batted in. Brett Leach picked up the win going 5.2 innings, giving up only 2 hits. He walked one and struck out four. He has yet to give up a run in his three appearances. Cory Wade and Matt Gomez de Segura finished in relief. Sutherland and Apodaca each had three RBI and joined Soto (who had three doubles), and Pedroza with three hits each. The 9-2 Raptors are hitting .328 as a team, led by Pedroza (.900), Sutherland (.429), Apodaca (.412), Soto (.370) and McDonald (.348). Ogden will head to Casper and face the Rockies for three games, then head home for a five game set starting on the 5th of July.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers were rained out.

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