Apodaca's Home Runs Gives Ogden Pioneer Title

Ogden nailed down the Pioneer League title on a game-winning home run by catcher Juan Apodaca in the bottom of the eighth, Las Vegas ended the game with an infielder behind the plate but beat New Orleans 11-8 as Willie Aybar had three RBI. Vero Beach allowed six home runs and Lakeland won 13-7, while Sergio Pedroza had three hits and a two-run HR as Columbus beat off Rome 5-4. The Gulf Coast Dodgers lost 5-3 on three unearned runs despite Trayvon Robinson's homer. Jacksonville was idle.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The 51s lost their catcher, nearly lost their starting pitcher, lost their replacement catcher but still stopped New Orleans 11-8. Starter Harold Eckert was nearly hit in the face by a line drive, Dioner Navarro was recalled by the Dodgers and Mike Nixon took over behind the plate but was hit by a Zepher's wild swing, necissitating Nick Theodorou, a utilityman who had not caught since 2001 for Double-A Jacksonville fill in. Eckert left with a three-run lead after allowing six runs, three earned, in five innings. He was pulled in the sixth after Nori Nakamura allowed a routine popup to drop behind him at first base. Franquelis Osoria (5-2), blew the save but got the win when Jose Flores' sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie and Willy Aybar followed with a two-run triple. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Eckert caught a sizzling line drive headed for his forehead, ended up on his back, jumped up and threw to Aybar at third to complete an inning-ending double play. Nixon hit his first Triple-A home run in the second inning, Tony Schrager's three-run homer in the fourth gave Las Vegas a 6-5 lead and Jose Valentin also banged a leadoff homer. Third baseman Willy Aybar was 3-for-5 with two triples and 3 RBI. Beau Dannemiller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The Suns are off Thursday.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Vero was buried under six home runs and were thumped 13-7. The Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Tony Abreu led off with a double, moved to third on Chin-lung Hu's single and scored on Matt Kemp's RBI single. The throw to went wild and Hu scored. Lakeland banged three homers in the second, two more in the third and their final dinger in the fourth. Vero tied the score at four in the bottom of the second. Paul singled with one out and Rohan doubled him home. One out later, Hu's second hit scored Rohan to tie it. Chuck Tiffany (9-6) was tagged with seven runs in 2.1 innings and took the loss. Jonathan Figueroa was also hit hard before Glenn Bott and Casey Hoorelbeke came in to restore order. Infielder Jimmy Rohan mopped up.

ROME, Gerogia-- With the tying and winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, closer Albenis Castillo got a groundout to second base for his sixth save as the Catfish held off Rome 5-4. DH Sergio Pedroza went 3-for-5 with a two-run HR with 2B Travis Denker and 3B Blake DeWitt each adding three hits and an RBI double. RHP Jarod Plummer allowed just one run on four hits over six innings tonight to earn the victory and even his record at 1-1. Pedroza broke a 2-30 slump with a single in the first, and his two-run HR in the second inning gave Columbus a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, a one-out error, and a single by Pedroza put runners at first and second. Denker doubled into the left field corner scoring two runners. Columbus improved to 16-15 in the second half and RHP Chris Malone (8-4, 3.83 ERA) will face the Braves tonight in the series finale.

OGDEN, Utah -- Ogden clinched the Pioneer League South Division title with a wild, 6-5 win over Orem at Lindqist Field. Catcher Juan Apodaca snapped a 5-5 tie with a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to nail down the win and the title. The ball just cleared the fence in left field and narrowly missed the foul pole. After the game, everyone in the clubhouse received an apple cider shower and manager Juan Bustabad got himself a haircut and a shave after the players fulfilled their end of the bargain of winning a spot in the playoffs. Starter Marlon Arias was very impressive. Between the second and fifth innings, the southpaw from the Dominican Republic retired 11 straight batters. Only an error kept it from becoming 14 straight. Through five innings, Arias allowed just one hit and only two base runners. Then he allowed a pair of doubles. He got out of the jam after loading the bases with just one out. B.J. Richmond, who had three hits including a solo home run, recorded seven putouts in his right field position. Leadoff hitter Adam Godwin singled and scored on a double play grounder in the first inning. Andrew Locke knocked in Richmond with a double in the second inning. And then Juan Rivera and Godwin knocked in a run apiece in the fourth inning. Richmond hit the first pitch he saw in the sixth over the right field wall to give the Raptors a 5-2 lead. But the Owlz scored three runs on five hits to tie before Apodaca's game-winning home run. Closer Ramon Troncoso (3-1) blew his save opportunity in the eighth inning, but pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning behind the strong pitching of rehabbing Buddy Carlyle and Steve Johnson but a nighmare seventh inning resulted in three unearned runs and a 5-3 loss. Wilfredo Diaz (0-2) was the tough-luck loser after a throwing error and a dropped popup turned the game around. Caarlyle allowed a run in three innings and Johnson worked into the fifth before leaving with a one-run lead. Trayvon Robinson had three hits, including his first homer of the season, and Ivan DeJesus had a pair of singles.Apodaca's Home Runs Gives Ogden the Pioneer Title Las Vegas wins a wild, 11-8 contest on Flores' sacrifice fly Ogden nailed down the Pioneer League title on a game-winning home run by catcher Juan Apodaca in the bottom of the eighth, Las Vegas ended the game with an infielder behind the plate but beat New Orleans 11-8 as Willie Aybar had three RBI. Vero Beach allowed six home runs and Lakeland won 13-7, while Sergio Pedroza had three hits and a two-run HR as Columbus beat off Rome 5-4. The Gulf Coast Dodgers lost 5-3 on three unearned runs despite Trayvon Robinson's homer. Jacksonville was idle. LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The 51s lost their catcher, nearly lost their starting pitcher, lost their replacement catcher but still stopped New Orleans 11-8. Starter Harold Eckert was nearly hit in the face by a line drive, Dioner Navarro was recalled by the Dodgers and Mike Nixon took over behind the plate but was hit by a Zepher's wild swing, necissitating Nick Theodorou, a utilityman who had not caught since 2001 for Double-A Jacksonville fill in. Eckert left with a three-run lead after allowing six runs, three earned, in five innings. He was pulled in the sixth after Nori Nakamura allowed a routine popup to drop behind him at first base. Franquelis Osoria (5-2), blew the save but got the win when Jose Flores' sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie and Willy Aybar followed with a two-run triple. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Eckert caught a sizzling line drive headed for his forehead, ended up on his back, jumped up and threw to Aybar at third to complete an inning-ending double play. Nixon hit his first Triple-A home run in the second inning, Tony Schrager's three-run homer in the fourth gave Las Vegas a 6-5 lead and Jose Valentin also banged a leadoff homer. Third baseman Willy Aybar was 3-for-5 with two triples and 3 RBI. Beau Dannemiller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The Suns are off Thursday.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Vero was buried under six home runs and were thumped 13-7. The Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Tony Abreu led off with a double, moved to third on Chin-lung Hu's single and scored on Matt Kemp's RBI single. The throw to went wild and Hu scored. Lakeland banged three homers in the second, two more in the third and their final dinger in the fourth. Vero tied the score at four in the bottom of the second. Paul singled with one out and Rohan doubled him home. One out later, Hu's second hit scored Rohan to tie it. Chuck Tiffany (9-6) was tagged with seven runs in 2.1 innings and took the loss. Jonathan Figueroa was also hit hard before Glenn Bott and Casey Hoorelbeke came in to restore order. Infielder Jimmy Rohan mopped up.

ROME, Gerogia-- With the tying and winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, closer Albenis Castillo got a groundout to second base for his sixth save as the Catfish held off Rome 5-4. DH Sergio Pedroza went 3-for-5 with a two-run HR with 2B Travis Denker and 3B Blake DeWitt each adding three hits and an RBI double. RHP Jarod Plummer allowed just one run on four hits over six innings tonight to earn the victory and even his record at 1-1. Pedroza broke a 2-30 slump with a single in the first, and his two-run HR in the second inning gave Columbus a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, a one-out error, and a single by Pedroza put runners at first and second. Denker doubled into the left field corner scoring two runners. Columbus improved to 16-15 in the second half and RHP Chris Malone (8-4, 3.83 ERA) will face the Braves tonight in the series finale.

OGDEN, Utah -- Ogden clinched the Pioneer League South Division title with a wild, 6-5 win over Orem at Lindqist Field. Catcher Juan Apodaca snapped a 5-5 tie with a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to nail down the win and the title. The ball just cleared the fence in left field and narrowly missed the foul pole. After the game, everyone in the clubhouse received an apple cider shower and manager Juan Bustabad got himself a haircut and a shave after the players fulfilled their end of the bargain of winning a spot in the playoffs. Starter Marlon Arias was very impressive. Between the second and fifth innings, the southpaw from the Dominican Republic retired 11 straight batters. Only an error kept it from becoming 14 straight. Through five innings, Arias allowed just one hit and only two base runners. Then he allowed a pair of doubles. He got out of the jam after loading the bases with just one out. B.J. Richmond, who had three hits including a solo home run, recorded seven putouts in his right field position. Leadoff hitter Adam Godwin singled and scored on a double play grounder in the first inning. Andrew Locke knocked in Richmond with a double in the second inning. And then Juan Rivera and Godwin knocked in a run apiece in the fourth inning. Richmond hit the first pitch he saw in the sixth over the right field wall to give the Raptors a 5-2 lead. But the Owlz scored three runs on five hits to tie before Apodaca's game-winning home run. Closer Ramon Troncoso (3-1) blew his save opportunity in the eighth inning, but pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning behind the strong pitching of rehabbing Buddy Carlyle and Steve Johnson but a nighmare seventh inning resulted in three unearned runs and a 5-3 loss. Wilfredo Diaz (0-2) was the tough-luck loser after a throwing error and a dropped popup turned the game around. Caarlyle allowed a run in three innings and Johnson worked into the fifth before leaving with a one-run lead. Trayvon Robinson had three hits, including his first homer of the season, and Ivan DeJesus had a pair of singles.Apodaca's Home Runs Gives Ogden the Pioneer Title Las Vegas wins a wild, 11-8 contest on Flores' sacrifice fly Ogden nailed down the Pioneer League title on a game-winning home run by catcher Juan Apodaca in the bottom of the eighth, Las Vegas ended the game with an infielder behind the plate but beat New Orleans 11-8 as Willie Aybar had three RBI. Vero Beach allowed six home runs and Lakeland won 13-7, while Sergio Pedroza had three hits and a two-run HR as Columbus beat off Rome 5-4. The Gulf Coast Dodgers lost 5-3 on three unearned runs despite Trayvon Robinson's homer. Jacksonville was idle. LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The 51s lost their catcher, nearly lost their starting pitcher, lost their replacement catcher but still stopped New Orleans 11-8. Starter Harold Eckert was nearly hit in the face by a line drive, Dioner Navarro was recalled by the Dodgers and Mike Nixon took over behind the plate but was hit by a Zepher's wild swing, necissitating Nick Theodorou, a utilityman who had not caught since 2001 for Double-A Jacksonville fill in. Eckert left with a three-run lead after allowing six runs, three earned, in five innings. He was pulled in the sixth after Nori Nakamura allowed a routine popup to drop behind him at first base. Franquelis Osoria (5-2), blew the save but got the win when Jose Flores' sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie and Willy Aybar followed with a two-run triple. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Eckert caught a sizzling line drive headed for his forehead, ended up on his back, jumped up and threw to Aybar at third to complete an inning-ending double play. Nixon hit his first Triple-A home run in the second inning, Tony Schrager's three-run homer in the fourth gave Las Vegas a 6-5 lead and Jose Valentin also banged a leadoff homer. Third baseman Willy Aybar was 3-for-5 with two triples and 3 RBI. Beau Dannemiller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The Suns are off Thursday.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Vero was buried under six home runs and were thumped 13-7. The Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Tony Abreu led off with a double, moved to third on Chin-lung Hu's single and scored on Matt Kemp's RBI single. The throw to went wild and Hu scored. Lakeland banged three homers in the second, two more in the third and their final dinger in the fourth. Vero tied the score at four in the bottom of the second. Paul singled with one out and Rohan doubled him home. One out later, Hu's second hit scored Rohan to tie it. Chuck Tiffany (9-6) was tagged with seven runs in 2.1 innings and took the loss. Jonathan Figueroa was also hit hard before Glenn Bott and Casey Hoorelbeke came in to restore order. Infielder Jimmy Rohan mopped up.

ROME, Gerogia-- With the tying and winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, closer Albenis Castillo got a groundout to second base for his sixth save as the Catfish held off Rome 5-4. DH Sergio Pedroza went 3-for-5 with a two-run HR with 2B Travis Denker and 3B Blake DeWitt each adding three hits and an RBI double. RHP Jarod Plummer allowed just one run on four hits over six innings tonight to earn the victory and even his record at 1-1. Pedroza broke a 2-30 slump with a single in the first, and his two-run HR in the second inning gave Columbus a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, a one-out error, and a single by Pedroza put runners at first and second. Denker doubled into the left field corner scoring two runners. Columbus improved to 16-15 in the second half and RHP Chris Malone (8-4, 3.83 ERA) will face the Braves tonight in the series finale.

OGDEN, Utah -- Ogden clinched the Pioneer League South Division title with a wild, 6-5 win over Orem at Lindqist Field. Catcher Juan Apodaca snapped a 5-5 tie with a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to nail down the win and the title. The ball just cleared the fence in left field and narrowly missed the foul pole. After the game, everyone in the clubhouse received an apple cider shower and manager Juan Bustabad got himself a haircut and a shave after the players fulfilled their end of the bargain of winning a spot in the playoffs. Starter Marlon Arias was very impressive. Between the second and fifth innings, the southpaw from the Dominican Republic retired 11 straight batters. Only an error kept it from becoming 14 straight. Through five innings, Arias allowed just one hit and only two base runners. Then he allowed a pair of doubles. He got out of the jam after loading the bases with just one out. B.J. Richmond, who had three hits including a solo home run, recorded seven putouts in his right field position. Leadoff hitter Adam Godwin singled and scored on a double play grounder in the first inning. Andrew Locke knocked in Richmond with a double in the second inning. And then Juan Rivera and Godwin knocked in a run apiece in the fourth inning. Richmond hit the first pitch he saw in the sixth over the right field wall to give the Raptors a 5-2 lead. But the Owlz scored three runs on five hits to tie before Apodaca's game-winning home run. Closer Ramon Troncoso (3-1) blew his save opportunity in the eighth inning, but pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning behind the strong pitching of rehabbing Buddy Carlyle and Steve Johnson but a nighmare seventh inning resulted in three unearned runs and a 5-3 loss. Wilfredo Diaz (0-2) was the tough-luck loser after a throwing error and a dropped popup turned the game around. Caarlyle allowed a run in three innings and Johnson worked into the fifth before leaving with a one-run lead. Trayvon Robinson had three hits, including his first homer of the season, and Ivan DeJesus had a pair of singles.Apodaca's Home Runs Gives Ogden the Pioneer Title Las Vegas wins a wild, 11-8 contest on Flores' sacrifice fly Ogden nailed down the Pioneer League title on a game-winning home run by catcher Juan Apodaca in the bottom of the eighth, Las Vegas ended the game with an infielder behind the plate but beat New Orleans 11-8 as Willie Aybar had three RBI. Vero Beach allowed six home runs and Lakeland won 13-7, while Sergio Pedroza had three hits and a two-run HR as Columbus beat off Rome 5-4. The Gulf Coast Dodgers lost 5-3 on three unearned runs despite Trayvon Robinson's homer. Jacksonville was idle. LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The 51s lost their catcher, nearly lost their starting pitcher, lost their replacement catcher but still stopped New Orleans 11-8. Starter Harold Eckert was nearly hit in the face by a line drive, Dioner Navarro was recalled by the Dodgers and Mike Nixon took over behind the plate but was hit by a Zepher's wild swing, necissitating Nick Theodorou, a utilityman who had not caught since 2001 for Double-A Jacksonville fill in. Eckert left with a three-run lead after allowing six runs, three earned, in five innings. He was pulled in the sixth after Nori Nakamura allowed a routine popup to drop behind him at first base. Franquelis Osoria (5-2), blew the save but got the win when Jose Flores' sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie and Willy Aybar followed with a two-run triple. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Eckert caught a sizzling line drive headed for his forehead, ended up on his back, jumped up and threw to Aybar at third to complete an inning-ending double play. Nixon hit his first Triple-A home run in the second inning, Tony Schrager's three-run homer in the fourth gave Las Vegas a 6-5 lead and Jose Valentin also banged a leadoff homer. Third baseman Willy Aybar was 3-for-5 with two triples and 3 RBI. Beau Dannemiller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The Suns are off Thursday.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Vero was buried under six home runs and were thumped 13-7. The Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Tony Abreu led off with a double, moved to third on Chin-lung Hu's single and scored on Matt Kemp's RBI single. The throw to went wild and Hu scored. Lakeland banged three homers in the second, two more in the third and their final dinger in the fourth. Vero tied the score at four in the bottom of the second. Paul singled with one out and Rohan doubled him home. One out later, Hu's second hit scored Rohan to tie it. Chuck Tiffany (9-6) was tagged with seven runs in 2.1 innings and took the loss. Jonathan Figueroa was also hit hard before Glenn Bott and Casey Hoorelbeke came in to restore order. Infielder Jimmy Rohan mopped up.

ROME, Gerogia-- With the tying and winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, closer Albenis Castillo got a groundout to second base for his sixth save as the Catfish held off Rome 5-4. DH Sergio Pedroza went 3-for-5 with a two-run HR with 2B Travis Denker and 3B Blake DeWitt each adding three hits and an RBI double. RHP Jarod Plummer allowed just one run on four hits over six innings tonight to earn the victory and even his record at 1-1. Pedroza broke a 2-30 slump with a single in the first, and his two-run HR in the second inning gave Columbus a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, a one-out error, and a single by Pedroza put runners at first and second. Denker doubled into the left field corner scoring two runners. Columbus improved to 16-15 in the second half and RHP Chris Malone (8-4, 3.83 ERA) will face the Braves tonight in the series finale.

OGDEN, Utah -- Ogden clinched the Pioneer League South Division title with a wild, 6-5 win over Orem at Lindqist Field. Catcher Juan Apodaca snapped a 5-5 tie with a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to nail down the win and the title. The ball just cleared the fence in left field and narrowly missed the foul pole. After the game, everyone in the clubhouse received an apple cider shower and manager Juan Bustabad got himself a haircut and a shave after the players fulfilled their end of the bargain of winning a spot in the playoffs. Starter Marlon Arias was very impressive. Between the second and fifth innings, the southpaw from the Dominican Republic retired 11 straight batters. Only an error kept it from becoming 14 straight. Through five innings, Arias allowed just one hit and only two base runners. Then he allowed a pair of doubles. He got out of the jam after loading the bases with just one out. B.J. Richmond, who had three hits including a solo home run, recorded seven putouts in his right field position. Leadoff hitter Adam Godwin singled and scored on a double play grounder in the first inning. Andrew Locke knocked in Richmond with a double in the second inning. And then Juan Rivera and Godwin knocked in a run apiece in the fourth inning. Richmond hit the first pitch he saw in the sixth over the right field wall to give the Raptors a 5-2 lead. But the Owlz scored three runs on five hits to tie before Apodaca's game-winning home run. Closer Ramon Troncoso (3-1) blew his save opportunity in the eighth inning, but pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning behind the strong pitching of rehabbing Buddy Carlyle and Steve Johnson but a nighmare seventh inning resulted in three unearned runs and a 5-3 loss. Wilfredo Diaz (0-2) was the tough-luck loser after a throwing error and a dropped popup turned the game around. Caarlyle allowed a run in three innings and Johnson worked into the fifth before leaving with a one-run lead. Trayvon Robinson had three hits, including his first homer of the season, and Ivan DeJesus had a pair of singles.Apodaca's Home Runs Gives Ogden the Pioneer Title Las Vegas wins a wild, 11-8 contest on Flores' sacrifice fly Ogden nailed down the Pioneer League title on a game-winning home run by catcher Juan Apodaca in the bottom of the eighth, Las Vegas ended the game with an infielder behind the plate but beat New Orleans 11-8 as Willie Aybar had three RBI. Vero Beach allowed six home runs and Lakeland won 13-7, while Sergio Pedroza had three hits and a two-run HR as Columbus beat off Rome 5-4. The Gulf Coast Dodgers lost 5-3 on three unearned runs despite Trayvon Robinson's homer. Jacksonville was idle. LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The 51s lost their catcher, nearly lost their starting pitcher, lost their replacement catcher but still stopped New Orleans 11-8. Starter Harold Eckert was nearly hit in the face by a line drive, Dioner Navarro was recalled by the Dodgers and Mike Nixon took over behind the plate but was hit by a Zepher's wild swing, necissitating Nick Theodorou, a utilityman who had not caught since 2001 for Double-A Jacksonville fill in. Eckert left with a three-run lead after allowing six runs, three earned, in five innings. He was pulled in the sixth after Nori Nakamura allowed a routine popup to drop behind him at first base. Franquelis Osoria (5-2), blew the save but got the win when Jose Flores' sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie and Willy Aybar followed with a two-run triple. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Eckert caught a sizzling line drive headed for his forehead, ended up on his back, jumped up and threw to Aybar at third to complete an inning-ending double play. Nixon hit his first Triple-A home run in the second inning, Tony Schrager's three-run homer in the fourth gave Las Vegas a 6-5 lead and Jose Valentin also banged a leadoff homer. Third baseman Willy Aybar was 3-for-5 with two triples and 3 RBI. Beau Dannemiller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The Suns are off Thursday.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Vero was buried under six home runs and were thumped 13-7. The Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Tony Abreu led off with a double, moved to third on Chin-lung Hu's single and scored on Matt Kemp's RBI single. The throw to went wild and Hu scored. Lakeland banged three homers in the second, two more in the third and their final dinger in the fourth. Vero tied the score at four in the bottom of the second. Paul singled with one out and Rohan doubled him home. One out later, Hu's second hit scored Rohan to tie it. Chuck Tiffany (9-6) was tagged with seven runs in 2.1 innings and took the loss. Jonathan Figueroa was also hit hard before Glenn Bott and Casey Hoorelbeke came in to restore order. Infielder Jimmy Rohan mopped up.

ROME, Gerogia-- With the tying and winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, closer Albenis Castillo got a groundout to second base for his sixth save as the Catfish held off Rome 5-4. DH Sergio Pedroza went 3-for-5 with a two-run HR with 2B Travis Denker and 3B Blake DeWitt each adding three hits and an RBI double. RHP Jarod Plummer allowed just one run on four hits over six innings tonight to earn the victory and even his record at 1-1. Pedroza broke a 2-30 slump with a single in the first, and his two-run HR in the second inning gave Columbus a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, a one-out error, and a single by Pedroza put runners at first and second. Denker doubled into the left field corner scoring two runners. Columbus improved to 16-15 in the second half and RHP Chris Malone (8-4, 3.83 ERA) will face the Braves tonight in the series finale.

OGDEN, Utah -- Ogden clinched the Pioneer League South Division title with a wild, 6-5 win over Orem at Lindqist Field. Catcher Juan Apodaca snapped a 5-5 tie with a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to nail down the win and the title. The ball just cleared the fence in left field and narrowly missed the foul pole. After the game, everyone in the clubhouse received an apple cider shower and manager Juan Bustabad got himself a haircut and a shave after the players fulfilled their end of the bargain of winning a spot in the playoffs. Starter Marlon Arias was very impressive. Between the second and fifth innings, the southpaw from the Dominican Republic retired 11 straight batters. Only an error kept it from becoming 14 straight. Through five innings, Arias allowed just one hit and only two base runners. Then he allowed a pair of doubles. He got out of the jam after loading the bases with just one out. B.J. Richmond, who had three hits including a solo home run, recorded seven putouts in his right field position. Leadoff hitter Adam Godwin singled and scored on a double play grounder in the first inning. Andrew Locke knocked in Richmond with a double in the second inning. And then Juan Rivera and Godwin knocked in a run apiece in the fourth inning. Richmond hit the first pitch he saw in the sixth over the right field wall to give the Raptors a 5-2 lead. But the Owlz scored three runs on five hits to tie before Apodaca's game-winning home run. Closer Ramon Troncoso (3-1) blew his save opportunity in the eighth inning, but pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning behind the strong pitching of rehabbing Buddy Carlyle and Steve Johnson but a nighmare seventh inning resulted in three unearned runs and a 5-3 loss. Wilfredo Diaz (0-2) was the tough-luck loser after a throwing error and a dropped popup turned the game around. Caarlyle allowed a run in three innings and Johnson worked into the fifth before leaving with a one-run lead. Trayvon Robinson had three hits, including his first homer of the season, and Ivan DeJesus had a pair of singles.Apodaca's Home Runs Gives Ogden the Pioneer Title Las Vegas wins a wild, 11-8 contest on Flores' sacrifice fly Ogden nailed down the Pioneer League title on a game-winning home run by catcher Juan Apodaca in the bottom of the eighth, Las Vegas ended the game with an infielder behind the plate but beat New Orleans 11-8 as Willie Aybar had three RBI. Vero Beach allowed six home runs and Lakeland won 13-7, while Sergio Pedroza had three hits and a two-run HR as Columbus beat off Rome 5-4. The Gulf Coast Dodgers lost 5-3 on three unearned runs despite Trayvon Robinson's homer. Jacksonville was idle. LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The 51s lost their catcher, nearly lost their starting pitcher, lost their replacement catcher but still stopped New Orleans 11-8. Starter Harold Eckert was nearly hit in the face by a line drive, Dioner Navarro was recalled by the Dodgers and Mike Nixon took over behind the plate but was hit by a Zepher's wild swing, necissitating Nick Theodorou, a utilityman who had not caught since 2001 for Double-A Jacksonville fill in. Eckert left with a three-run lead after allowing six runs, three earned, in five innings. He was pulled in the sixth after Nori Nakamura allowed a routine popup to drop behind him at first base. Franquelis Osoria (5-2), blew the save but got the win when Jose Flores' sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie and Willy Aybar followed with a two-run triple. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Eckert caught a sizzling line drive headed for his forehead, ended up on his back, jumped up and threw to Aybar at third to complete an inning-ending double play. Nixon hit his first Triple-A home run in the second inning, Tony Schrager's three-run homer in the fourth gave Las Vegas a 6-5 lead and Jose Valentin also banged a leadoff homer. Third baseman Willy Aybar was 3-for-5 with two triples and 3 RBI. Beau Dannemiller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The Suns are off Thursday.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Vero was buried under six home runs and were thumped 13-7. The Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Tony Abreu led off with a double, moved to third on Chin-lung Hu's single and scored on Matt Kemp's RBI single. The throw to went wild and Hu scored. Lakeland banged three homers in the second, two more in the third and their final dinger in the fourth. Vero tied the score at four in the bottom of the second. Paul singled with one out and Rohan doubled him home. One out later, Hu's second hit scored Rohan to tie it. Chuck Tiffany (9-6) was tagged with seven runs in 2.1 innings and took the loss. Jonathan Figueroa was also hit hard before Glenn Bott and Casey Hoorelbeke came in to restore order. Infielder Jimmy Rohan mopped up.

ROME, Gerogia-- With the tying and winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, closer Albenis Castillo got a groundout to second base for his sixth save as the Catfish held off Rome 5-4. DH Sergio Pedroza went 3-for-5 with a two-run HR with 2B Travis Denker and 3B Blake DeWitt each adding three hits and an RBI double. RHP Jarod Plummer allowed just one run on four hits over six innings tonight to earn the victory and even his record at 1-1. Pedroza broke a 2-30 slump with a single in the first, and his two-run HR in the second inning gave Columbus a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, a one-out error, and a single by Pedroza put runners at first and second. Denker doubled into the left field corner scoring two runners. Columbus improved to 16-15 in the second half and RHP Chris Malone (8-4, 3.83 ERA) will face the Braves tonight in the series finale.

OGDEN, Utah -- Ogden clinched the Pioneer League South Division title with a wild, 6-5 win over Orem at Lindqist Field. Catcher Juan Apodaca snapped a 5-5 tie with a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to nail down the win and the title. The ball just cleared the fence in left field and narrowly missed the foul pole. After the game, everyone in the clubhouse received an apple cider shower and manager Juan Bustabad got himself a haircut and a shave after the players fulfilled their end of the bargain of winning a spot in the playoffs. Starter Marlon Arias was very impressive. Between the second and fifth innings, the southpaw from the Dominican Republic retired 11 straight batters. Only an error kept it from becoming 14 straight. Through five innings, Arias allowed just one hit and only two base runners. Then he allowed a pair of doubles. He got out of the jam after loading the bases with just one out. B.J. Richmond, who had three hits including a solo home run, recorded seven putouts in his right field position. Leadoff hitter Adam Godwin singled and scored on a double play grounder in the first inning. Andrew Locke knocked in Richmond with a double in the second inning. And then Juan Rivera and Godwin knocked in a run apiece in the fourth inning. Richmond hit the first pitch he saw in the sixth over the right field wall to give the Raptors a 5-2 lead. But the Owlz scored three runs on five hits to tie before Apodaca's game-winning home run. Closer Ramon Troncoso (3-1) blew his save opportunity in the eighth inning, but pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning behind the strong pitching of rehabbing Buddy Carlyle and Steve Johnson but a nighmare seventh inning resulted in three unearned runs and a 5-3 loss. Wilfredo Diaz (0-2) was the tough-luck loser after a throwing error and a dropped popup turned the game around. Caarlyle allowed a run in three innings and Johnson worked into the fifth before leaving with a one-run lead. Trayvon Robinson had three hits, including his first homer of the season, and Ivan DeJesus had a pair of singles.Apodaca's Home Runs Gives Ogden the Pioneer Title Las Vegas wins a wild, 11-8 contest on Flores' sacrifice fly Ogden nailed down the Pioneer League title on a game-winning home run by catcher Juan Apodaca in the bottom of the eighth, Las Vegas ended the game with an infielder behind the plate but beat New Orleans 11-8 as Willie Aybar had three RBI. Vero Beach allowed six home runs and Lakeland won 13-7, while Sergio Pedroza had three hits and a two-run HR as Columbus beat off Rome 5-4. The Gulf Coast Dodgers lost 5-3 on three unearned runs despite Trayvon Robinson's homer. Jacksonville was idle. LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The 51s lost their catcher, nearly lost their starting pitcher, lost their replacement catcher but still stopped New Orleans 11-8. Starter Harold Eckert was nearly hit in the face by a line drive, Dioner Navarro was recalled by the Dodgers and Mike Nixon took over behind the plate but was hit by a Zepher's wild swing, necissitating Nick Theodorou, a utilityman who had not caught since 2001 for Double-A Jacksonville fill in. Eckert left with a three-run lead after allowing six runs, three earned, in five innings. He was pulled in the sixth after Nori Nakamura allowed a routine popup to drop behind him at first base. Franquelis Osoria (5-2), blew the save but got the win when Jose Flores' sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie and Willy Aybar followed with a two-run triple. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Eckert caught a sizzling line drive headed for his forehead, ended up on his back, jumped up and threw to Aybar at third to complete an inning-ending double play. Nixon hit his first Triple-A home run in the second inning, Tony Schrager's three-run homer in the fourth gave Las Vegas a 6-5 lead and Jose Valentin also banged a leadoff homer. Third baseman Willy Aybar was 3-for-5 with two triples and 3 RBI. Beau Dannemiller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The Suns are off Thursday.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Vero was buried under six home runs and were thumped 13-7. The Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Tony Abreu led off with a double, moved to third on Chin-lung Hu's single and scored on Matt Kemp's RBI single. The throw to went wild and Hu scored. Lakeland banged three homers in the second, two more in the third and their final dinger in the fourth. Vero tied the score at four in the bottom of the second. Paul singled with one out and Rohan doubled him home. One out later, Hu's second hit scored Rohan to tie it. Chuck Tiffany (9-6) was tagged with seven runs in 2.1 innings and took the loss. Jonathan Figueroa was also hit hard before Glenn Bott and Casey Hoorelbeke came in to restore order. Infielder Jimmy Rohan mopped up.

ROME, Gerogia-- With the tying and winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, closer Albenis Castillo got a groundout to second base for his sixth save as the Catfish held off Rome 5-4. DH Sergio Pedroza went 3-for-5 with a two-run HR with 2B Travis Denker and 3B Blake DeWitt each adding three hits and an RBI double. RHP Jarod Plummer allowed just one run on four hits over six innings tonight to earn the victory and even his record at 1-1. Pedroza broke a 2-30 slump with a single in the first, and his two-run HR in the second inning gave Columbus a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, a one-out error, and a single by Pedroza put runners at first and second. Denker doubled into the left field corner scoring two runners. Columbus improved to 16-15 in the second half and RHP Chris Malone (8-4, 3.83 ERA) will face the Braves tonight in the series finale.

OGDEN, Utah -- Ogden clinched the Pioneer League South Division title with a wild, 6-5 win over Orem at Lindqist Field. Catcher Juan Apodaca snapped a 5-5 tie with a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to nail down the win and the title. The ball just cleared the fence in left field and narrowly missed the foul pole. After the game, everyone in the clubhouse received an apple cider shower and manager Juan Bustabad got himself a haircut and a shave after the players fulfilled their end of the bargain of winning a spot in the playoffs. Starter Marlon Arias was very impressive. Between the second and fifth innings, the southpaw from the Dominican Republic retired 11 straight batters. Only an error kept it from becoming 14 straight. Through five innings, Arias allowed just one hit and only two base runners. Then he allowed a pair of doubles. He got out of the jam after loading the bases with just one out. B.J. Richmond, who had three hits including a solo home run, recorded seven putouts in his right field position. Leadoff hitter Adam Godwin singled and scored on a double play grounder in the first inning. Andrew Locke knocked in Richmond with a double in the second inning. And then Juan Rivera and Godwin knocked in a run apiece in the fourth inning. Richmond hit the first pitch he saw in the sixth over the right field wall to give the Raptors a 5-2 lead. But the Owlz scored three runs on five hits to tie before Apodaca's game-winning home run. Closer Ramon Troncoso (3-1) blew his save opportunity in the eighth inning, but pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning behind the strong pitching of rehabbing Buddy Carlyle and Steve Johnson but a nighmare seventh inning resulted in three unearned runs and a 5-3 loss. Wilfredo Diaz (0-2) was the tough-luck loser after a throwing error and a dropped popup turned the game around. Caarlyle allowed a run in three innings and Johnson worked into the fifth before leaving with a one-run lead. Trayvon Robinson had three hits, including his first homer of the season, and Ivan DeJesus had a pair of singles.

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