Pujols and Laurin Key Late-Inning Victories

Las Vegas lost 6-1 to Oklahoma before their fifth sellout of the season. Todd Donovan knocked in four but Jacksonville lost 9-4 to Mobile. Anthony Raglani drove in three runs and Greg Miller won his first of the season 4-2 over Lakeland. Dominique Laurin's sac fly in the top of the ninth inning broke a 2-2 tie in a Catfish win 3-2 over Greenville. Ogden swept Orem 6-2 helped by Kengshill Pujols grand slam. The Coasties scored six late runs to top the Mets, helped by four hits from Ivan DeJesus,

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Oklahoma defeated the Las Vegas 6-1, before a sellout crowd of 10,003 at Cashman Field in the series opener. It was Las Vegas' fifth sellout of the home season. The 51s recorded 6 hits and scored their lone run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Norihiro Nakamura. Newly arrived second baseman Delwyn Young (1-for-4) singled and moved to third base on a double by left fielder Jose Valentin (1-for-2). Las Vegas had just two hits after the third inning with 14 of 15 batters going down at one point.. Left-hander Eric Stults (1-3) suffered the loss. He pitched 6 innings, allowed 10 hits, 4 runs, walked 1 and struck out 6. A day after the Dodgers traded Joe Thurston to the New York Yankees, second baseman Delwyn Young was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville, where he hit .296 with 16 homers and 62 RBI. Young, a fourth-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2002, started Saturday and went 1-for-4 with a run. Outfielder Chin-Feng Chen, who was designated for assignment by Los Angeles last week, cleared waivers and is expected to report for Sundays game. The Dodgers optioned catcher Mike Rose to the 51s and veteran right-hander Scott Erickson is expected to soon follow. Las Vegas manager Jerry Royster said he anticipates two more moves early in the week.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– Mobile's Cesar Carrillo, the Padres' first-round draft pick, making his AA debut, stopped the Suns 9-4. All the 51s runs were driven in by Todd Donovan who hit a single and double -– both with two outs -– and tied a career high in RBI. A grand slam in the third inning off Suns starter William Juarez, gave the BayBears a 4-0 lead the could never overcome. Right-hander Chad Billingsley (8-4, 4.05 ERA) is scheduled to face BayBears today. Sun Spots: Donovan was batting .150 with runners in scoring position and two outs prior to the two hits. …2B Tony Abreu joined the Suns from Vero Beach, but did not play because of a hamstring pull.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The club might be called the "Postmen" after overcoming the traditional 'rain or dead of night could keep them from their appointed beat' and they topped Lakeland 4-2. An early evening rain shower postponed the start of the game by 90 minutes and an 8th-inning power outage caused an additional 10 minute delay. Anthony Raglani drove in three runs for the Dodgers and Greg Miller earned his first win of the season in his first relief outing. Following the weather delay, it was the Dodgers who struck first in the second inning. Newly promoted 2B Travis Denker drew a one-out walk and Cole Bruce doubled him to third. Raglani grounded to second to bring home Denker and Bruce scored on Edwin Bellorin's single. Matt Merricks turned in his best performance of the year, tossing four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk, while striking out five. Greg Miller earned the win, however, as he threw the fifth and sixth innings, giving up only one run on an infield single and two walks. Casey Hoorelbeke worked the final three innings for his fourth save. The Dodgers sealed it in the seventh. Matt Kemp led off with a double and went to third on a wild pickoff throw. He was still there two outs later, when Bruce drew his second walk of the game. Raglani followed with a broken-bat double down the right field line to score both baserunners and put the game away.

GREENVILLE, SC-- SS Dominique Laurin's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Catfish a 3-2 win against Greenville. RHP Dimas Reina, RHP Brian Akin, and LHP Wesley Wright combined to limit the top hitting team in the South Atlantic League to just five hits, with Wright earning his first win of the season. C Gabriel Gutierrez went 3-for-4 for Columbus and had a single in the ninth inning to set up the game-winning run. 2B Brandon Carter had two hits and two RBI for the Catfish. The Catfish trailed 1-0 until the fifth when singles by RF Ryan Carter and Gutierrez, along with a sac bunt by Laurin put runners at second and third with one out. Carter followed with a two-run single to give the Catfish a 2-1 lead. Greenville tied the game in the bottom of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, Ryan Carter and Gutierrez singled to put runners at first and third, and Carter scored on Laurin's sac fly. Wright pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. RHP Brandon Weeden (2-7, 5.55 ERA) faces Greenville tonight.

OGDEN, Utah-- Ogden completed a three game sweep of the Orem Owlz by a score of 6-2 on the opening night of the second half of the season. The Owlz scored first in the 2nd inning but Ogden answered with five runs on three hits, including a grad slam home run by Kengshill Pujols in the bottom of the inning. It was the first home run of the season for Pujols. The Raptors lead 5-1 and never trailed the rest of the game. Andrew Locke lead off the 4th with his fifth solo home run of the season over the left field wall. It was the last run of the game in which the Raptors won 6-2. David Pfeiffer (4-2) went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Pujols was filling in for the Juan Apodaca who was called up to Las Vegas. His home run was stunning, especially since he was batting just .107 going into the game.

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers trailed 4-0 into the bottom of the seventh inning and the put big '3s' up in both the seventh and eighth to win 6-4. Gary Parris was tagged for all four runs in his two innings of work. Arismendy Castillo threw three shutout innings to keep the game in hand, while Giuseppe Norrito (1-0) earned his first win with a scoreless ninth. Steve Sapp walked to lead the seventh inning off and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches. Ivan DeJesus, who had four hits, doubled him across. With two out, Dolf Gonzalez walked and Kenley Jensen doubled to cut the lead to 4-3. In the last of the eighth, Jose Nunez singled and stole second base. Eloy Gutierrez singled to tie the game. A wild pitch moved both runners up a base and DeJesus added an two-RBI single.

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