Travis Denker Slugs Three Home Runs -- Again

Columbus second baseman Travis Denker hit a trio of home runs for the second time this season, boosting Columbus to a 13-10 win over Asheville. Justin Orenduff worked seven shutout innings but got only a no-decision in Jacksonnville's 2-1 loss Montgomery and Las Vegas dropped a 4-2 decision to Portland on a pair of bases-loaded walks. Vero Beach and the Gulf Coast Dodgers had open dates.

PORTLAND, Oregon-- Portland defeated Las Vegas 4-2. Las Vegas lost two out of three games in the series. Las Vegas completed the seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record entering the all-star break. The 51s, 39-50, recorded 5 hits and rallied for two runs in the ninth inning. Second baseman Willy Aybar (1-for-4, RBI) hit his team-leading 24th double and first baseman Norihiro Nakamura (2-for-4) doubled home the second run. Right-hander Harold Eckert suffered the loss, working 5 innings and allowing 3 hits, 4 runs, while striking out 6. Right-hander Alfredo Gonzalez pitched two scoreless innings and right-hander Pat Mahomes worked a scoreless eighth inning. Following the all-star break, the 51s return to Cashman Field for a brief four-game series against Tucson on Thursday, July 14 at 7:05 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- Justin Orenduff pitched seven shutout innings, but walks helped Montgomery defeat the Suns, 2-1. Orenduff's seven innings tied a career high and he scattered four hits while striking out six, but earned a no-decision. The Biscuits scored twice in the eighth inning from back-to-back, two-out bases loaded walks off Suns reliever and eventual losing pitcher Luis Gonzalez. Gonzalez (7-2) gave up four walks in the inning despite not allowing more than two walks in an outing this season. Gonzalez had not allowed a run in 10.2 innings. With the Suns trailing 2-0, Delwyn Young doubled down the left field line to lead off the ninth, marking the only extra-base hit of the game. Joel Guzman reached on a one-out walk and after Loney struck out, Justin Ruggiano popped up to second base. Biscuits center fielder Elijah Dukes charged in, called off the second baseman and dropped the fly ball, allowing Young to score and moving Guzman to third. Eric Langill grounded out to end the game. Right-hander Eric Hull (5-4, 3.75 ERA), whose start was delayed a day because of pink-eye, is scheduled to start for the Suns against Montgomery tonight. --Brian DeLettre

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers had an open date Sunday.

ASHEVILLE, NC-- For the second time this season, 2B Travis Denker has clouted three home runs in one game. He is the first Columbus since Clay Parrish in 1927 to accomplish the feat twice in one year. He hit a two-run HR in the fifth, a grand-slam in the sixth, and a solo shot in the eighth inning leading the Catfish to a 13-10 victory in Asheville. LHP Scott Elbert earned the victory for Columbus who worked five innings on the hill striking out six, while RF Ryan Carter and SS Lucas May homered for Columbus in the win. Columbus and Asheville combined for 10 HR in the game, tying a South Atlantic League record, last set by Charleston and Greensboro in May of 2004. Carter led off the game with a solo HR for Columbus but Asheville added a solo homer to tie the game at one. Trailing 2-1 in the fifth, the Catfish scored five times to take the lead, with May leading off with a solo HR and Denker hitting his first round-tripper of the game, a two-run HR to cap the scoring. In the sixth, the Fish took a 12-2 lead with six runs including four on Denker's grand-slam. Denker hit his third HR of the game in the eighth inning, a solo shot to left. The Catfish have hit eight HR in the series while Asheville has hit 11 in three games and have scored 27 runs on 35 hits to win the last two games over Asheville and even their road-trip record at 3-3.. The Catfish win gives them the season-series victory over the Tourists.

-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers were not scheduled.

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