MONTGOMERY, Alabama-- The Suns stranded 11 runners en route to a 7-2 loss in Montgomery. With the Suns trailing 1-0, three Suns batters in a row fanned with the bases loaded. Starting pitcher Joel Hanrahan tied a season-high with nine strikeouts, but gave up five runs in six innings, including his 13th home run allowed, third-most in the Southern League. The Suns (48-42, 10-10) were 0-for-5 with the bases loaded. Right-hander Edwin Jackson (2-2, 2.88 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Montgomery in the final game of a three-game series.
VERO BEACH, Florida--Chuck Tiffany threw a season-high seven innings to help the Dodgers defeat Dunedin 6-1. Tiffany allowed only two hits and one run, while striking out six and walking no one. Chin-lung Hu went 3-for-4 with two runs scored the Dodgers. Tiffany held the Blue Jays hitless until an opposite field home run in the fifth. Dodgers right fielder Matt Kemp climbed the chain link fence and nearly kept the no-hitter intact, but the ball sailed just over his glove. Tiffany came back to strike out the next two hitters and allowed only one more baserunner. Vero had failed to score in the first 14 innings of this series, but erupted for five runs, all coming in with two outs in the sixth. Tony Abreu was hit by a pitch, Hu singled and Cole Bruce walked to load the bases. An allowed two runs to score. Anthony Raglani, Edwin Bellorin and Xavier Paul all followed with RBI singles to make it 5-1 Dodgers. Vero sealed in the 7th. Hu led off with a ground-rule double. He went to third on a Matt Kemp single and scored on Bruce's infield hit. Casey Hoorelbeke then threw the final two innings for the Dodgers, who evened the series at a game a piece and the season series at three.
GREENVILLE, SC-- For the second straight night, Greenville topped the Catfish to earn a series split with an 8-3 victory. After the Catfish scored two runs in the first inning, Greenville proceeded to score the next eight. LF Lucas May drove home two runs for the Catfish tonight and finished 2-for-4 while throwing a runner out at the plate. LHP Scott Elbert took the loss despite allowing just one earned run in five innings. 3B David Nicholson led off the game tonight with a single for the fourth straight night. With two outs and the bases loaded, May ripped a two-run single, giving the Fish an early 2-0 lead. Greenville did not score until the fourth, when two unearned runs crossed the plate and took the lead in the fifth. The Catfish scored in the eighth inning when DH Blake DeWitt hit his team leading 20th double this season, driving home 2B Travis Denker from first. Columbus sends LHP Chad Bailey (1-2 4.87 ERA) to the hill for his first start of the season today.
MISSOULA, Montana- Ogden blew out Missoula Saturday night by an 11-3 margin, becoming the first team in the Pioneer League South Division to reach 15 wins. Starter Mario Alvarez had only given up one run through five innings and the game was tied 1-1 when Ogden scored three runs in 6th inning that included a triple by David Sutherland, his first of the season. They added three more in the 7th, and two runs in both the 8th and 9th innings to even up the series at one game apiece. Russ Mitchell went 2-for3 with an RBI and Adam Godwin went 1-for-3 wit three RBI. Alvarez (2-0) picked up the win while going 5.2 innings and only giving up one run on one hit. Dave Pfeiffer closed he game out, allowing two runs over the final 3.1 innings to record his first save. Ogden concludes their seven game road trip today against Missoula.
ST. LUCIE, Florida-- The Gulf Coast League Dodgers broke a 1-1 tie with three in the sixth inning and held on to beat the Mets 6-2. Six Dodger pitchers gave up only four hits. Starter Greg Miller continued his rehab with two perfect innings during which he fanned six. Wilfredo Diaz, Josh Wall (1-0), Ed Quintana, Jumbo Diaz (also rehabbing) and Miguel Ramirez finished the game out. The Dodgers scored first in the second when Jesus Mora beat out an infield singled and moved to second on an error, scoring on Yossandy Garcia's fielders choice. The Mets tied on a homer in the fourth. Eloy Gutierrez opened the sixth with a single and Ivan DeJesus also singled. A bunt moved both runners over and Josh Bell walked to load the bases. Carlos Medero-Stullz knocked in two with a single and Jesus Mora's RBI single made it 4-1. Jeremy Brown homered (1) with Jesus Mora on base in the ninth. Mora had three singles and boosted his average to .314.