Schrager Hits Game-Winning Shot

Las Vegas banged four home runs, with Tony Schrager's in the ninth breaking a 3-3 tie. Jacksonville was delayed by rain in the sixth with the game tied 4-4 and the game will be resumed tonight as part of a doubleheader. Tony Abreu had his second straight 3-hit game but Vero lost 4-3. Travis Denker hit his team-leading 13th and 14th homeruns as Columbus won 12-6 and the Gulf Coast Dodgers battled back from a 4-0 deficit to tie, only to lose in the 11th.

FRESNO, California--Tony Schrager belted a solo home run (#6) in the ninth to cap a power display and give Las Vegas a 4-3 victory. All four of the 51s runs came on a roundtripper, accounting for four of the seven hits they collected. Schrager's shot broke a 3-3 tie with two outs in the top of the ninth. Henri Stanley went deep in his first two at-bats(#8) against Fresno giving Las Vegas a 1-0 lead in the first inning and a 2-1 margin the third. Fresno took a 3-2 lead in the third but Joe Thurston's shot in the eight tied it and Schrager's sixth homer won it. Wilson Alvarez started the game for the 51s and pitched one inning. Alvarez gave up one hit and struck out two. He was relieved by Harold Eckert, who went five innings. Eckert surrendered three runs on five hits and one walk, striking out five. Pat Mahomes (6-6) pitched three perfect innings to pick up the win.

MOBILE, Alabama-- Rain cut the game to five innings and will be resumed today with the score tied 4-4, Joel Guzman at bat with the count 2-1. The BayBears third baseman threw out Tydus Meadows while lying on his back, preventing the go-ahead run from scoring in the fifth inning prior to rain. Delwyn Young doubled home two runs in the third inning, pulling the Suns to within 3-2. On the play, he was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double. Young hit two of four doubles smacked against BayBears. Tydus Meadows and James Loney each had sacrifice flies, driving in the Suns' third and fourth runs, respectively. Justin Orenduff started for the Suns, gave up four runs in five innings and was still in the ballgame when the delay began. In the second game tonight, right-hander Joel Hanrahan (4-4, 5.63 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Mobile in the third game of a four-game series. The Suns received OF Justin Ruggiano from Vero Beach. Ruggiano batted .307 with nine home runs, 35 RBI and 16 stolen bases. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Vero Beach loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but St. Lucie won a 4-3 decision. Two Mets players and their manager were ejected during the course of the game, but the Mets and Dodgers split the 4-game series. Tony Abreu had his second straight 3-hit game for Vero. In the ninth. Abreu reached on a infield hit with one out. He was forced out by Chin-lung Hu but Anthony Raglani doubled to put runners and second and third. Matt Kemp was intentionally walked, but pinch-hitter Edwin Bellorin bounced back to the pitcher. Raglani had an RBI double in the 7th that brought the Dodgers within 4-3, but Vero could never score more than one run in an inning. Their first run came in the 3rd when Xavier Paul led off with a double and scored on a ground out by Hu. Matt Kemp led off the 4th with a double and scored on Cole Bruce's sacrifice fly. The Mets scored one in first and two in the 5th for a 3-2, a lead which they would not relinquish. The Dodgers begin a 4-game series in Sarasota tonight.

HICKORY, NC-- DH Travis Denker hit his team-leading 13th and 14th homeruns as Columbus knocked out 12 runs on 17 hits to beat Hickory 12-6. The Catfish took a 4-0 lead after two innings but had to come from behind in the sixth, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five times. 1B Dan Batz went 3-for-5 with a double and 4 RBI. RHP Blake Johnson earned his seventh victory of the season tonight with the win on the hill. Batz's two-run double gave Columbus a 2-0 lead in the second and an RBI single from C Chris Westervelt and a solo HR by SS Dominique Laurin made it 4-0. Hickory scored two in the second, three in the third, and one in the fourth inning to lead 6-4. The first of Denker's two homers, a two-run shot, tied the game at six in the fifth inning. In the sixth RF Ryan Russ's two-run triple gave the Catfish the lead at 8-6. SS Lucas May singled to left to make it 9-6, and Batz drove home two more runs with a single. Denker's second round-tripper of the evening was a solo shot in the eighth. Denker has been on base 14 times in his last 16 plate appearances. RHP Chris Malone (7-3, 3.67 ERA) makes the start for Columbus tonight in Hickory

OGDEN, Utah-- The Ogden Raptors dropped their first home game, a 6-5 decision to the Idaho Falls Chukars. They threatened to tie the game up in both the eighth and ninth innings, only to come away empty. Despite Soto's first home run of the season in the first inning, the Raptors found themselves in a hole early on. Starter David Pfeiffer (1-1) pitched two perfect innings but lost the strike zone in the third, falling behind most of the batters. He gave up five singles, two doubles and a walk and allowed five runs. Reliever Jordan Pratt pitched 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out five. Trailing 5-0, David Sutherland knocked in a run and Russell Mitchell cut the lead to one by smashing is league-leading fifth homer. Idaho Falls took a 6-4 lead in the eighth and B.J. Richmond, who reached safely four times, cut the lead back to one (6-5) when he walked and later scored on a passed ball in the eighth inning.. Raptor Notes: The Dodgers signed Rick Taloa, the team's 35th-round pick and sent him to Ogden. Taloa, a 6-4, 240-pound 20-year-old will give the team three first basemen. ... Cody White will start tonight as the Raptors host the Chukars.

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers rallied from a 4-0 deficit to score two in the seventh and two in the eighth before losing to Washington 5-4 in 11 innings. Steve Johnson started and worked into the fourth before being replaced by Chris Hobdy trailing 3-0. A single run in the fifth made it 4-0. Eduardo Perez was hit by pitch leading off the seventh. Joshua Bell doubled and Eduardo Perez scored on a ground ball. An error allowed a second run in the inning. In the eighth, Ivan DeJesus and Jesus Mora walked to lead off and Eduardo Perez singled to score DeJesus but Mora was nailed at third. Carlos Medero-Stullz singled to tie the game 4-4,. Miguel Ramirez (0-1) took over in the 10th but allowed a run in the 11th. Steve Sapp doubled with two out in the last of the inning but the Dodgers couldn't get him across. Sapp and Bell each had a single and a double.

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