Jacksonville's Hanrahan Shuts Out New Orleans

New Orleans topped Las Vegas 7-3 as Cody Ross was 3-for-4 with two doubles. The Suns posted their second consecutive shutout, 4-0 over Tennessee behind Joel Hanrahan and homers from Jon Weber and Delwyn Young. Vero split with Ft. Myers, losing 5-2, then winning 15-0 as Anthony Raglani hit two homers and Jose Pimentel won his seventh. Rome dumped Columbus 9-7 despite Ryan Russ' homer and Ogden beat Idaho Falls 8-5 behind Mario Alvarez. The Coasties won 9-3 helped by Ed Perez's three doubles.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- New Orleans defeated Las Vegas 7-3 in the opener of an eight-game home stand. The 51s had eight hits and scored two runs in the eighth inning and a solo run in the ninth. Center fielder Cody Ross was 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI and shortstop Jose Flores was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the eighth inning. Right-hander Heath Totten suffered the loss. He pitched 5 innings, allowed 8 hits, 6 runs and struck out 5. Right-hander Beau Dannemiller pitched 3 innings, allowed 3 hits and a run and left-hander Luis Gonzalez pitched a scoreless ninth. Totten (7-9) wasn't hit hard despite allowing six earned runs. He was hurt by a few bloop hits and a homer that barely cleared the left-field wall. Trailing 7-0, the 51s finally scored on Jose Flores' two-run single in the eighth inning, and Cody Ross addedan RBI double in the ninth.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The Suns posted their second consecutive shutout, blanking Tennessee 4-0 . Starter Joel Hanrahan (6-6) worked six innings and battled out of jams to earn the victory. He retired back-to-back hitters with runners at first and third in the first inning and also received defensive help from Jon Weber, who recorded two outfield assists, adding to his season total of 11. In the sixth with no outs, Weber made a catch in right and threw out a runner tagging to third base. He also cut down another trying to stretch a double in the fifth. Weber homered in the first inning, giving the Suns a 1-0 lead. Then 16 Suns went down in order. Joel Guzman hit a one-out double in the seventh, padding the Suns' lead to 3-0. Delwyn Young homered for the second game in a row in the eighth. The Suns' bullpen struck out seven of nine hitters. Hong-chih Kuo faced the minimum while pitching the seventh and eighth. Jonathan Broxton struck out three in a row to wrap up the team's first back-to-back shutouts since August 28-29, 2004. Right-hander Edwin Jackson (3-3, 4.11 ERA) is scheduled to face Smokies tonight. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Ft. Myers Miracle took the opening game of a doubleheader 5-2, but Vero Beach bounced back to thump the Miracle 15-0 in the nightcap.
In the first game, the Dodgers scored only two runs despite rapping out 12 hits. A key play came in the fourth inning when Edwin Bellorin was thrown out at home trying to score from second on a single. Dodgers manager Scott Little argued the call and was thrown out. Vero still had a chance to come back in the seventh. Tony Abreu led off with a walk and Chin-lung Hu doubled. However the next three hitters struck out to end the game.
Abreu kicked off the second game with a double and came home on Anthony Raglani's 2-out single. Cole Bruce walloped a three-run homer in the third. Raglani lined a solo shot in the next inning. The Dodgers built on their 6-0 lead and blew the game open in the fifth. Jamie Hoffman singled with one out and Mayke Cabrera walked. Abreu singled in Hoffman and with one out, Cory Dunlap singled to center. The ball was misplayed, allowing both runners to score. Bruce singled and Raglani followed with his second home run of the night and his 10th of the year. Cabrera added a bases-clearing double. Raglani and Bruce each drove in four runs in the second game and Chin-lung Hu went a combined 4-for-6 in the two contests. Julio Pimentel broke a personal three-game losing streak with the win, his seventh. The series concludes Wednesday night at 7:05 PM

ROME, Georgia-- The Rome Braves overcame five errors to take a 9-7 victory. 2B Brandon Carter finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI while RF Ryan Russ hit a homer and reached four times in the Catfish loss. Rome broke a 7-7 tie with two runs in the eighth inning against Dimas Reina, beating the Catfish for the 10th time in 16 games. The Catfish took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI double by DH Travis Denker, who had two more RBI to give him a team-best 67 this season. However, Rome scored two in the first and one in the third inning to lead 3-1 off starter RHP Brandon Weeden. In the third, Carter ripped the second of his three hits, a double, and scored on an RBI single by 3B Blake DeWitt to cut the deficit to 3-2. A three-run third increased the Braves lead to 6-3. The wild scoring continued in the fourth, when the Catfish came back to within a run after a sacrifice fly and Carter's two run, two-out single to make it 6-5 Rome. Trailing 7-6 in the seventh, Russ hit a solo home run to tie the game. In the bottom of the eighth, three Braves hits gave them a 9-7 lead. LHP Scott Elbert (5-5, 3.23 ERA) takes the hill for Columbus tonight.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho-- Ogden picked up a huge win in Idaho Falls over the Chukars by a score of 8-5. The win kept the Raptors one game ahead of the Casper Rockies in the Pioneer League South Division with only three games left in the first half of the season. Ogden jumped out to an early lead when Adam Godwin lead off the game with a walk and was driven by a Russ Mitchell double. In the 2nd inning, Juan Apodaca drew a one out walk and Andrew Locke and Justin Crist followed with singles to load the bases. Godwin hit a double that drove in two runs. Jesus Soto hit a sac fly to bring Crist in from third. Mitchell reached base on an error in the 3rd and came in to score on an Apodaca single to stretch the lead to 5-0. Idaho Falls scored three runs in the fifth. The Raptors scored three runs on six hits in the top of the sixth. Locke and Crist started the inning off with doubles. David Sutherland hit an RBI single and also came in to score on a Jason Mooneyham double. That made the score 8-2, and put the game out of reach. Mario Alvarez (3-1) picked up the win for the Raptors who moved to 20-15 and have won four games in a row.

MELBOURNE, Florida-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers scored early and late, nailing down a 9-3 game with six in the eighth inning. Ed Perez doubled three times and knocked in a run. Jeremy Brown, Kenley Jensen and Eloy Gutierrez each had a pair of hits, with Jensen and Scott VanSlyke knocking in two runs each. Ramon Parades (3-0) worked five innings and allowed two hits and no runs while striking out four. Gary Paris (two innings) and Giuseppe Norrito (two innings) closed the game out. Jansen singled in a run in the first inning and the Dodgers added another in the sixth when Perez doubled and scored on a second single by Jansen. Perez doubled in another run to start the six-run sixth. VanSlyke knocked in two with a single and Gutierrez and Ivan DeJesus added RBI singles.

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