Nakamura, Westervelt Sizzle in Saturday Wins

Las Vegas split in Portland, losing the first 5-0 and winning 6-3 behind Heath Totten and three hits by Nori Nakamura. Jacksonville was thumped 11-1 by Montgomery, while Columbus rallied from a five-run deficit to win 14-9 as Chris Westervelt went 5-for-6 with two doubles, a HR, and three RBI. Casper swept the two-game series from Ogden with a 7-5 win despite back-to-back homers by Russ Mitchell and Sergio Pedroza. Hurricane Dennis washed out Vero Beach and the Gulf Coast Dodgers.

PORTLAND, Oregon-- The Beavers beat the 51s, 5-0, in the first game of a doubleheader. Las Vegas won the second game 6-3
The 51s were held to three hits and three walks over seven innings in the opening game. Portland banged a two-run homer off Las Vegas starter Wilson Alvarez (0-1), rehabbing an injured arm, in the first inning. Portland added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Derek Thompson worked five innings of relief for the 51s, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on three hits and three walks, fanning four. Todd Donovan, Henri Stanley and Tony Schrager collected singles for Las Vegas.
In the second game, Heath Totten pitched five effective innings and Norihiro Nakamura went 3-for-4 as Las Vegas beat Portland, 6-3. Totten (7-6) allowed three runs and five hits while walking two and striking out three. Steve Schmoll tossed two scoreless innings to notch his fifth save. Nakamura reached on an error in the top of the first, singled and scored in the third, doubled in the fifth and hit an RBI single during a four-run sixth. Willy Aybar went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run, and Jose Flores had a single, two walks and two runs. Totten added a double of his own to the eight-hit total.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– A three-run home run off Suns starter William Juarez, capped a six-run fourth as Montgomery pounded Jacksonville 11-1. Juarez (4-2) pitched three near-perfect innings, but earned the loss after the big inning. Richard Bartlett allowed five runs over the next two. The Suns led early when Tydus Meadows singled home Jon Weber in the first inning. The Suns were blanked the rest of the game. Joel Guzman led the Suns with two hits, both singles. Right-hander Eric Hull (5-4, 3.75 ERA) is scheduled Montgomery today. Sun Spots: The Suns were without C Russell Martin and 3B Andy LaRoche who traveled to the All-Star Futures Game on Saturday. The game will be broadcast Sunday on ESPN2. …Carlos Medero was recalled from the Gulf Coast League and doubled as a pinch-hitter in his first Suns at bat. Eduardo Perez, his GCL teammate, played third base in the ninth inning. …LHP Hong-Chih Kuo pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but struggled to retire batters, allowing a single and a walk. He had not pitched since Sunday after feeling a pop in his elbow. --Joe Block

SARASOTA, Florida-- Saturday night's game in Sarasota was cancelled due to Hurricane Dennis. It will not be made up as it was the final time in the regular season Vero Beach and Sarasota played each other. The Dodgers begin a 4-game series with Clearwater Monday night at 7:00 PM.

ASHEVILLE, NC-- Trailing 9-4 after four innings tonight, the Catfish scored 10 unanswered runs over the last four innings in Asheville, beating the Tourists 14-9 to even the four-game series at one game each. DH Chris Westervelt entered the game just 3-for-28, but went 5-for-6 with two doubles, a HR, and three RBI to lead the Catfish comeback. CF Jeremy Brown had his first two hits in a Catfish uniform tonight including a tie-breaking two-run single in the seventh inning to give the Fish the lead for good. LHP Chad Bailey won his first game of 2005 with 3.1 innings of relief. The Catfish trailed 4-2 after four innings but in the fourth, Westervelt's second hit of the game, a two-run HR to left, tied the game at two. Asheville sent 10 hitters to the plate in a five-run fourth inning, taking a 9-4 lead. The Fish chipped away at the lead in the sixth, as Brown had his first hit of the 2005 season with a single to right, driving home a run. Trailing 9-6 in the seventh inning, the Fish scored six times on nine base hits (all singles). The key hit of the inning was Brown's two-run single, giving the Fish a 11-9 lead. 12 hitters came to bat in the seventh, and each Catfish hitter tonight had at least one hit in the victory. The Fish send LHP Scott Elbert (3-4, 3.39 ERA) against Asheville today.

OGDEN, Utah-- Casper swept the two-game set by nipping Ogden 7-5 Saturday night. The Rockies took an the early 4-1 lead, but the Raptors bounced back as Russ Mitchell and Sergio Pedroza ripped back-to-back first-pitch homers in the third inning. Then the last three Casper relievers didn't allow an earned run in the final six innings. Ogden clawed back into the game on Pedroza's single that drove in second baseman Jesus Soto in the fifth but the Raptors trailed 6-5 in the eighth when catcher Juan Apodaca doubled to lead off. However designated hitter B.J. Richmond hitting into a line drive double play. Jordan Pratt, after pitching 11 scoreless innings to open the season, gave up his first two runs in the sixth. After a day off Sunday, the team will travel to Helena. David Pfeiffer (1-1, 7.30 ERA) is scheduled to start.

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

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