Myrow's Grand Slam Boosts Las Vegas to 11-7 Win

Brian Myrow hit a grand slam as the 51s topped Salt Lake 11-7. Carolina thumped starter Edwin Jackson (3-3) en route to a rain-shortened 6-1 win. Cole Bruce and Anthony Raglani hit back-to-back home runs and Chuck Tiffany struck out 11 beat the Mets 2-1. Columbus split a doubleheader with the Savannah Sand Gnats by taking the first game 4-0 behind lefty Scott Elbert and losing 5-3 in the second. Ogden lost to last-place Missoula 11-9 despite a HR by Russell Mitchell and the Coasties lost 7-3.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah-- Brian Myrow hit a tying grand slam (#15) and Jason Grabowski added a go-ahead two-run double as the 51s overcame a four-run deficit to defeat the Salt Lake Stingers 11-7. Salt Lake took a 7-3 lead with a seven-run fourth inning. But Myrow tied the game for Las Vegas in the fifth with his slam and Grabowski put the 51s ahead to stay by driving in Jose Flores, who had singled, and Henri Stanley, who's sacrifice bunt was fumbled. Pat Mahomes (7-8) earned the win with 3 2/3 innings of relief. He gave up only an unearned run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Cody Ross hit his 15th home run and Flores went 3-for-5 and scored twice to lead the 51s. Grabowski and Willy Aybar each had two hits and two RBI. Grabowski, who was optioned to Las Vegas on Sunday, is 22-for-45 (.489) in two stints with the 51s this season. Salt Lake sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 7-3 lead off starter Mike Neu. Three runs came in on an error

ZEBULON, N.C.-- Carolina thumped starter Edwin Jackson en route to a rain-shortened 6-1 five-inning victory. Jackson (3-3) earned the loss and allowed nine hits and six runs in four innings. It was the shortest of his six starts with the Suns. The Mudcats scored in each inning against him. Beltran Perez, making his Suns debut, pitched a scoreless fifth. Andy LaRoche hit a two-out, RBI single in the first inning, giving the Suns a brief 1-0 lead. Right-hander Justin Orenduff (3-1, 5.91 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Carolina in the second game of a three-game series tonight Sun Spots: Jon Weber fouled a ball off his ankle and left the game prior to playing the field in the fifth inning. …CF Todd Donovan, reassigned from Class AAA Las Vegas, will join the Suns on Saturday. …RHP Eric Hull was promoted to Class AAA Las Vegas. …2B Sergio Garcia's five-game RBI streak ended. He went 0-for-3. …LF Tydus Meadows played the field for the first time since the All-Star break. …The game was delayed for 56 minutes before umpires canceled the remainder of the game. --Joe Block.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Cole Bruce and Anthony Raglani hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning to lead the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Lucie Mets. Chuck Tiffany struck out 11 in six innings for his team-leading 9th win. Casey Hoorelbeke earned a save with two perfect relief innings. Bruce and Raglani launched both of their home runs to center field in the 2nd off Mets starter Chuck Smith. Vero tallied 11 hits in the game, but those two runs were the only ones they would score. The Dodgers left eight men on base. Tiffany went six innings, allowing just four hits and one walk to go along with the 11 strikeouts (matching a season-high set against the Mets on April 7). Jumbo Diaz made his triumphant return to the Dodgers by striking out the side in the 7th and Hoorelbeke did not allow a baserunner in the 8th or 9th to notch the save. The series ends Saturday night at 7:00 PM at Holman Stadium.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- After back-to-back rainouts at Golden Park, Columbus split a doubleheader with the Savannah Sand Gnats by taking the first game 4-0 and falling 5-3 in the second game in eight innings.
LHP Scott Elbert tossed an 85-pitch, three-hit complete-game shutout in the first game, as DH Travis Denker had three hits for the Fish in the win. Elbert's gem was the fifth Catfish shutout of the season. He allowed just three singles, walking one and striking out six. The Fish scored three runs in the fourth inning, getting two on Savannah errors and the third on an RBI single by CF Ryan Russ. Elbert didn't allow a runner past second and retired the side in the seventh on just three pitches.
Denker hit his 20th HR in the nightcap and had five of the nine Catfish hits in the doubleheader. They fell behind 3-0 before, Russ hit a solo HR and Denker hit a two-run shot in the third to tie the score. Denker added an infield single later in the game and finished 5-for-7 in the doubleheader, and has hit 8 HR in his last 59 AB while reaching base 39 times in the last 77 plate appearances. Jarod Plummer started and allowed three runs. Albenis Castillo (1-4) took the loss. RHP Dimas Reina (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G) makes his first start tonight against Savannah.

OGDEN, Utah-- Missoula, the worst team in the Pioneer League, handed Ogden their first three-game losing streak by an 11-8 margin. Missoula is the only team in the league that has a winning record against the Raptors. Russell Mitchell was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI, a double and a line-drive home run, his leadue-leading 11th homer. Ogden tagged the Missoula starter, who came into the game with a 40.50 ERA, for four runs in the first to take a 4-3 lead, their only lead in the game. Starter Brent Leach (2-3) struck out three in the first for Ogden, only to have two advance two first (one on a passed ball, the other when catcher Apodaca overthrew first base). Leach allowed eight runs on six hits. Only six were earned as he K'd 10 batters. Missoula built a 8-4 lead by the fifth and coasted in. The loss puts the Ogden and Orem into a first-place tie with Casper and Idaho Falls one and two games back, respectively.

ST. LUCIE, Florida--The Mets struck for three early runs and held on to beat the Gulf Coast Dodgers 7-3. Steve Sapp and Carlos Santana had RBI doubles, half of the four hits the Dodgers managed. Charles Dasi (2-3) started and allowed six runs, five earned, in four innings, Gary Paris and Juan Flores pitched well in relief. The Dodgers scored in the third when Steve Sapp doubled and Yosanddy Garcia had an RBI single. The final two runs came across in the seventh when Eduardo Perez and Santana walked and Carlos Medero-Stullz hit by pitch to load the bases. Jose Miguel Nunez and Sapp hit sacrifice flys.