Pfeiffer Moves Raptors Closer to Pioneer Title

Outfielder Nick Theodorou was 3-for-5 as Las Vegas stopped Salt Lake 9-4. Chad Billingsley allowed two hits and struck out 10 in a 7-0 win over Tennessee. David Pfeiffer moved Ogden closer to a Pioneer League playoff berth with a 8-3 victory over Idaho Falls and the Gulf Coast Dodgers were smothered 17-0. Vero was rained out and Columbus had an open date.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah-- Las Vegas stopped Salt Lake 9-4 in the finale of the road trip. They scored four in the third and five in the fifth to earn the win. The 51s recorded 11 hits and took advantage of 7 Salt Lake errors that led to five unearned runs. Three players recorded multiple-hit games: Right fielder Nick Theodorou was 3-for-5, RBI; third baseman Jose Valentin was 2-for-4, RBI and catcher Dioner Navarro was 2-for-4, double and RBI. Right-hander T.J. Nall recorded his fifth victory. He pitched 6 innings, allowed 9 hits, 4 runs, walked 3 and struck out 3. Right-hander Alfredo Gonzalez (2.1 inn) and left-hander Mike Venafro (0.2 IPSO) combined for 3 scoreless innings. Las Vegas returns to Cashman Field to host New Orleans tonight.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- Chad Billingsley allowed two hits, walked one and struck out 10 over a career-high eight innings, helping the Suns blank Tennessee 7-0. Billingsley (8-4) did not permit a runner past first base, allowing singles in the fourth and in the eighth. He walked the second batter of the game and retired 21 of 22 hitters at one stretch. Billingsley struck out 10, tallying double-digits for the fifth time in his career. Andy LaRoche provided all the offense Billingsley needed, hitting an opposite-field leadoff home run in the fourth inning. The Suns scored in the fifth and sixth innings as Delwyn Young hit a three-run home run, his team-leading 15th and Jon Weber smacked two run-scoring hits to collect three RBI. It was the Suns recorded their eighth team shutout. Right-hander Joel Hanrahan (5-6, 5.13 ERA) is scheduled to face the Smokies tonight. Sun Spots: LaRoche snapped a 2-for-30 slide, reaching base all four times. ...Billingsley, against all teams other than Montgomery, is 7-1 with a 2.49 ERA. --Joe Block

FORT MYER, Florida-- Monday night's game was postponed due to a late afternoon rain shower that left the field unplayable. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tonight. The Vero Beach Dodgers are currently in first place in the Florida State League East Division with a 2nd Half record of 18-11.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- The Catfish had an open date and begin a four-game road series tonight against the Rome Braves.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho-- David Pfeiffer pushed Ogden one game closer to a Pioneer League playoff berth with a solid outing in the Raptors' 8-3 victory over the Idaho Falls Chukars. Pfeiffer, a 6-foot-3 left-hander, delivered eight strong innings of work -- the longest outing by a Raptors pitcher this season -- allowing just one earned run. The Ogden offense tallied a run in the first and one in the second, but after Idaho Falls tied the game, the Raptors put the game out of reach in the third inning when catcher Juan Apodaca delivered the big blow, a three-run home run into the Idaho wind. The Raptors added a pair of runs in the eighth inning thanks to Idaho Falls miscues. Pfeiffer (3-2) allowed five hits, striking out five and walking just one. Jonathan Meloan finished off the Chukars with one inning of relief. Russ Mitchell had three hits for the Raptors, who tallied 13 total on the night. Adam Godwin, BJ Richmond and Jason Christ each doubled and added a pair of hits. The Raptors (19-15) lead Casper and Orem by 1 1/2 games with four games left in the first half of the Pioneer League season. The South Division leader at the midway point earns a spot in the postseason playoffs. The Raptors take on the Chukars tonight as left-hander Mario Alvarez will square off against Idaho Falls.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Only a few days after winning a 19-2 contest, the Gulf Coast Dodgers dropped a 17-0 game to the Nationals, collecting only five hits, all singles, by Trayvon Robinson, Dolf Gonzalez, Josh Bell, Steve Sapp and Matt Paul. Miguel Sanfler (2-2) started and took the loss. Relievers Arismendy Castillo, Jon Haldis, Juan Flores and Miguel Ramirez followed.

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