Matt Kemp's Bat Hot As The Weather

Jose Valentin 3-for-5 in a rehab start but Las Vegas lost 7-4 to Salt Lake. Carolina's seven-run second inning dumped Jacksonville 11-1 and Matt Kemp's 2-RBI single helped Vero to a 5-3 Victory over Ft. Myers. Columbus scored seven in the fourth as Sergio Pedroza hit two home runs an 8-5 win over Savannah. Jason Mooneyham was 3-for-4 and Ogden thumped Missoula 9-2, while the GC Dodgers had Sunday off.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah-- The 51s lost their 59th game of the season to league-leading Salt Lake 7-4 on Sunday. Eric Stults started and worked seven innings, allowing six hits and four runs, three earned. The Stingers broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning, tagging Luis Gonzalez (0-1) with the loss. He allowed four hits and three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Third baseman Jose Valentin, playing his seventh rehab game with Las Vegas, went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Henri Stanley and Jason Grabowski homered for the 51s. Salt Lake, managed by former Dodger minor league manager Dino Ebel, used former Dodgers Luke Allen, had two doubles and two RBI, and Chris Prieto, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a third-inning triple.

ZEBULON, N.C.-- A Carolina grand slam off starter William Juarez (4-3), capped a seven-run second inning in the Mudcats' 11-1 win over the Suns. Juarez allowed a career-high eight runs in three innings, including a pair of home runs. Former Dodger minor leaguer Reggie Abercrombie hit a two-run shot off Carlos Alvarez in the eighth, the first home run Alvarez has given up since August 28, 2004. The four home runs were the most given up by the Suns this season. Suns pitchers walked nine batters, tying a season-high. Delwyn Young had two of the Suns' four hits, including an RBI triple in the eighth when center fielder Abercrombie fell down. Suns batters struck out 13 times. Joel Guzman was ejected for charging the mound after being hit in the back by a pitch. Andy LaRoche moved to third to replace Guzman, playing a position other than third base for the first time in his professional career. Right-hander Chad Billingsley (7-4, 4.39 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Tennessee in the first game of a three-game series. Sun Spots: The Suns lost their first road trip since April 28-May 4, snapping seven consecutive winning or split road series. …The Suns were held to two runs or fewer for the ninth time in 14 games, yet are 7-7 in that span. …Alvarez stranded two runners in the seventh and has stranded all seven inherited runners since joining the Suns. …Todd Donovan's 14-game hitting streak ended. He was 0-for-4, but scored the Suns' lone run. … LaRoche went 0-for-4 and has two hits in his last 30 at bats. …Jon Weber fouled a ball off his right foot Friday and did not play for the second consecutive game. …C Russell Martin received a day off. --Joe Block

FT. MYERS, Florida-- Matt Kemp's 2-RBI single in the third inning gave Vero Beach a lead they would never relinquish in a 5-3 Victory. Danny Muegge (6-2) overcame a tough first inning to pick up the win and Casey Hoorelbeke saved his second game in three days. Muegge struggled early, walking the leadoff batter. One out later, he hit a batter, allowed a single and a sacrifice fly to trail 2-0. In the third, A.J. Ellis was hit by a pitch and Jimmy Rohan single. A passed ball scored Ellis, then Xavier Paul reached on a bunt single. Chin-lung Hu delivered a double to score Rohan and tie the game. Kemp then lined his decisive hit to left field. Kemp has driven in 10 runs in the last seven games. Ellis scoring this time on a wild pitch in the ninth for the fifth run. Hoorelbeke allowed a pair of singles in the last of the ninth but got out of the jam with a single run to record his third save. It was the first run Hoorelbeke had allowed in the second half of the season. The series continues Monday night at 7:05 PM.

Columbus, Georgia-- Columbus scored seven times in the bottom of the fourth inning to spark an 8-5 victory and a series win over the Savannah Sand Gnats. RF Sergio Pedroza broke out of an 0-for-18 slump by hitting two home runs and driving in four runs. C Chris Westervelt added 2 hits, including an RBI double. The Catfish sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom half of the fourth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit and take an 8-3 lead. Pedroza three-run home run over the batting cage in deep right-center field highlighted the inning. Catfish starter RHP Zach Hammes left the game in the top of the fourth with an abdominal strain. LHP Liam O'Flaherty (2-0) picked up the win after pitching two perfect innings of relief. The Catfish are off Monday and will begin a four-game road series against the Rome Braves.

OGDEN, Utah-- Ogden scored runs in five of the first six innings to top Missoula 9-2 and split the four game series. Adam Godwin, Russ Mitchell, and Jason Mooneyham all scored runs in the first for the Raptors who never trailed. Mooneyham hit a two run home run in the 3rd, his fourth of the season. It was part of a 3-for-4, 3 RBI afternoon for the first baseman. The slugger was on tear in the four-game series. He went 9-for-12 with four singles, three doubles and two home runs. Designated hitter David Sutherland was 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Andrew Locke hit his third solo home run on the year in the 4th innings to put the Raptors on top 6-0. The Osprey scored their first run in the 5th and had the bases loaded with only one out. Raptors starter Cory Wade got a double play to get out of the inning. Wade (1-0) went seven innings, and allowed one run, none earned, on four hits. In just the third start of his professional career, the Indianapolis native didn't allow a runner past first base until the fifth inning. Ogden will start a three game series at Idaho Falls Monday night. Ogden begins a 3-game series at Idaho Falls Monday night.

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

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