Columbus Pitchers Fan 16 in 5-4 Win

Three Catfish pitchers combined to strike out 16 Greenville batters as the Fish won their fourth in a row 5-4. 1B Dan Batz went 3-for-4 with a double and his first HR, driving in two. Vero's Matt Kemp banged a single and a homer, his 18th, and Edwin Bellorin added a home run (#2) but Clearwater won a 3-2 decision. Ogden was thumped 13-5 and the Coasties lost 11-5. Las Vegas and Jacksonville were on All-Star break.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Las Vegas will return to Cashman Field following the Triple-A All-Star Break for a brief four-game home stand against the Tucson Sidewinders Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17. The 51s 2005 home attendance is 216,432 and the team is averaging 4,918 through 44 dates.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--Following the All-Star break the Suns will open with a three-game series at Montgomery.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- A run in the eighth inning snapped the Threshers' eight-game losing streak and dumped the Dodgers 3-2. Matt Kemp continued his torrid hitting with a solo home run, his 18th, and finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Edwin Bellorin also added a home run (#2) in his first start since being injured Thursday. Clearwater got a leadoff home run on the first pitch and scored again in the second and eighth innings to hand Matt Merricks (1-1) the loss. Vero had only six hits and scored when Kemp banged his home run in the bottom of the second. Bellorin's dinger tied the score in the 7th. Dan Mugge stared for Vero and allowed two runs in six innings, leaving the game tied 2-2. The Dodgers lead the series two games to one with the fourth game tonight at Holman Stadium.

GREENVILLE, SC--Three Catfish pitchers combined to strike out 16 Greenville batters as the Fish won their fourth in a row 5-4 in the first game of a four-game set. RHP Albenis Castillo struck out Greenville RF Austin Easley with the tying run at third base and the winning run at first in the ninth inning to preserve the victory and earn his fifth save. 1B Dan Batz went 3-for-4 with a double and his first HR since April 30th, driving in two for Columbus, while 3B David Nicholson returned to the Catfish and finished 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI. Nicholson led off the game with a triple and scored on a double play groundout. In the second, Batz ripped a home run (#2) to make it 2-0 Fish. The Fish added runs on RBI singles from Nicholson and CF Ryan Russ in the fourth inning and enjoyed a 4-0 lead. Meanwhile, starter Chris Malone (8-4) cruised through four allowing just one baserunner. Malone finally gave up a hit in the fifth as Greenville scored twice to cut the lead to 4-2. Batz drove home a run in the sixth with a double to give Columbus a 5-2 lead, but Greenville made one last comeback attempt. Reliever Wes Wright struck out five of the first seven batters he faced, but hit a batter in the ninth. He added another strikeout but an error and a single cut the lead to 5-4. Castillo struck out Easley with two on and two out to preserve the victory for the Fish. The Catfish have won five of eight games on this road trip and RHP Zach Hammes (2-4, 5.04 ERA) starts tonight for Columbus in the second game of the series.

HELENA, Montana-- After splitting a pair of one-run games in the first two outings of their series with Helena, the Ogden Raptors' pitching staff fell apart Wednesday night. The result was a 13-5 Brewers' blowout, dropping the Raptors to 13-9 on the season. The loss was Ogden's fourth in five games, but the Raptors kept their South Division lead at two games. Ogden pitchers gave up 17 hits, including six doubles and a triple. Raptors' starter Cody White (1-2) allowed seven of the first eight hitters to reach base on four singles, two walks and a double, giving up five runs in the first inning. Nathan Hochgesang and Matthew Gomez de Segura were also roughed up. The Raptors banged out 11 hits, with D.J. Jackson collecting a single, double and homer (#1) and B.J. Richmond singled and homered (#1).

JUPITER, Florida-- The Dodgers were tagged with seven runs in the fist four innings and could never recover, losing 11-5 to the Marlins. Gary Paris (1-1) stated and lost, leaving in the second inning. Kelvin Dominguez and Charles Dasni were also hit hard. The Dodgers banged out nine hits with Jesus Mora collecting a single and a triple plus an RBI. Josh Bell had a single and a double with a run batted in.

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