JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- Tydus Meadows smashed two home runs while Justin Ruggiano went 3-for-3 with an RBI in the first three innings as the Suns defeated the Birmingham Barons, 6-5. Ruggiano led off the first inning with a triple to right center field. Jon Weber's groundout tied the game. Sergio Garcia and Ruggiano each hit back-to-back RBI singles in the second inning for a 3-1. James Loney scored on a Joel Guzman's sacrifice fly in the third inning. Later in the inning, Tydus Meadows hit a two-out solo home run for a 5-1 advantage. Ruggiano added a single in the same inning for his third hit in his first game as the leadoff spot. Meadows added another solo home run in the fifth inning and the Suns lead 6-2. Joel Hanrahan (5-6) worked six and Orlando Rodriguez surrendered two runs in the seventh inning bringing the Barons with a run. It was the closest the Barons would get as Rodriguez pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Jonathan Broxton picked up his fourth save of the season in the ninth to secure the win. Broxton's save is the second in two days and he also recorded another pitch 100-mph on the radar gun. Right-hander Edwin Jackson (3-2, 3.19 ERA) is scheduled to face Carolina tonight. Sun Spots: The crowd of 8,835 was the largest for a Thursday night game this season at the Baseball Grounds. ... Justin Ruggiano, who will return to a reserve role with today's arrival of Todd Donovan, had three hits in the first three innings, ending an 0-for-15 slump. James Loney and Meadows also had three hits. ... Joel Hanrahan allowed six hits and two earned runs in six innings and didn't allow a home run for the third time in 13 starts. ... Andy LaRoche's diving stop of a grounder and quick throw to first ended the game and prevented the tying run from scoring. ... The Suns have won five of seven since the All-Star Game break. --Brian DeLettre
ST. LUCIE, Florida--St. Lucie turned a triple play in the 8th inning to smother a Vero Beach comeback attempt and win 4-2 win. The triple play came in the top of the 8th immediately following the Dodgers first run of the night. Edwin Bellorin had singled to pull the Dodgers within 3-1 and put runners at first and third with no outs. Jimmy Rohan then worked a full count before lining out to the shortstop who immediately threw to third to double up Raglani. Since it was a 3-2 count, Bellorin was running and did not have enough time to get back to first base, thus becoming the third out of the triple play. In the ninth, Tony Abreu, who reached base four times, led off with a triple and scored on a Chin-lung Hu ground out. Xavier Paul, batting for Matt Kemp who was ejected in the fourth inning, was also retired. Cole Bruce then singled, but tried to stretch it into a double and was thrown out at second to end the game. Jose Pimentel worked seven innings and allowed three runs on 11 hits. Jonathan Figueroa surrendered a run in the eighth. The series returns to Holman Stadium Friday night.
Columbus, Georgia-- The Catfish were rained out but their was a story in Wednesday's paper "The State," of Columbia, S.C., that said Catfish owner David Heller was negotiating the possibility of relocating the Catfish with Columbia developer Alan Kahn and that both parties have a 120-day window that expires in mid-September. However, Heller claims to have 'zero interest' in Columbia move. "We are not moving the team. I don't know how much clearer I need to be," said Heller, whose team has been in negotiations with the city of Columbus over a new three-year lease agreement at Golden Park. "We've issued strong statements over and over about staying." Officials in Columbia are trying to lure a minor-league baseball team to a proposed $18-20 million stadium in 2007. Columbus is last in attendance in the South Atlantic League, but the numbers have improved the last few years. As of Thursday, the Catfish have drawn 44,655 fans in 42 home games, an average of 1,063 fans.
BREVARD, Florida-- Jon Wall (1-2), Dodgers #3 pick in the 2005 draft, worked five innings and allowed only one hit, a home run that came after a walk in the third inning, and Arsmendy Castillo didn't give up a hit over the final three innings but the Dodgers could only manage a single run and lost 2-1. The Coasties banged out nine hits of their own led by Ivan DeJesus who was 4-for-4 to boost his average to .360. Trayvon Robinson tripled in the fourth and scored on DeJesus' single for the only run the Dodgers could manage. Carlos Santana and Adolfo Gonzalez had a pair of hits and the team left eight on base.