Scott Van Slyke Slugs Two Homers, Knocks in 8

The big guys (Las Vegas) stopped Omaha 9-5 on Jason Grabowski's grand slam and the little guys (Gulf Coast Dodgers) used Scott VanSlyke's first two professional homers plus a double, good for eight runs to beat the Mets 14-7. Jacksonville's Chad Billingsley gave up a first inning, two-run homer and lost 2-1; Vero allowed the Yankees two in the last of the ninth and lost 5-4; Columbus was held to four hits in a 5-1 loss to Savannah and Ogden had a seven-game winning streak snapped by Casper 8-6.

OMAHA, Nebraska-- Jason Grabowski's fifth-inning grand slam broke open the game and carried the Las Vegas 51s to a 9-5 victory over the Omaha Royals Friday night. Grabowski's third homer of the season gave the 51s a 7-0 lead. Brian Myrow, who went 2-for-5, hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and Cody Ross hit a homer leading off the sixth for Las Vegas. Delwyn Young went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for the 51s, and Jose Flores also scored twice and had an RBI. Eric Stults (2-3) got the win, scattering seven hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings. He walked none and struck out five. Vegas scored three in the four to break a scoreless tie. Young doubled and with two out Myrow hit his 16th homer. They added fur in the fifth when Mike Rose, Jose Flores and Delwyn Young all walked to load the sacks and Grabowski quickly unloaded them. The teams meet today in the third game of a four-game series.

MOBILE, Alabama-- A two-run home run with two outs in the first inning were the only runs the Mobile BayBears needed Friday night. Starter Chad Billingsley (8-6) struck out 11 batters, walked one and allowed two runs over six innings. James Loney had two of the three hits the Suns could manage and the only hits after the second pitch of the game, on which Jon Weber singled home Tony Abreu, giving the Suns a 1-0 lead. Suns relievers Hong-chih Kuo and Luis Gonzalez each gave up a single run. Right-handers Eric Hull (5-5, 3.72 ERA) and William Juarez (4-4, 4.80) are scheduled to start a doubleheader today. Sun Spots: 3B Andy LaRoche left the game in the fourth inning after fouling a ball off his ankle. …Kuo pitched with one day of rest for the first time in his career. …Gonzalez allowed two hits in a game for the first time as a Sun since May 28. …Billingsley leads the Southern League with 134 strikeouts. …The Suns may have been a bit groggy, having traveled 537 miles from Tennessee overnight, arriving in Mobile at 7 a.m.

TAMPA, Florida-- Tampa scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Vero Beach Dodgers 5-4 Friday night. Cory Dunlap singled in Jimmy Rohan in the first inning for a 1-0 Vero lead but the Yankees scored three in the second on a three-run homer off starter Matt Merricks. Glenn Bott took over in the sixth and the Dodgers regained the lead in the eighth, scoring three times as Rohan and Matt Kemp singled and Dunlap added an RBI single. Cole Bruce's sacrifice fly tied the game and later in the inning Andrew Ellis walked to force in the lead run. Jumbo Diaz worked a scoreless eighth and Mark Alexander (4-2) gave up a pair of doubles to tie the game and a sac fly that scored the winning run. The loss snapped Vero's season-long 6-game winning streak. The Dodgers continue their road trip to meet the Palm Beach Cardinals tonight.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--Savannah beat the Columbus 5-1 with the Catfish collecting only four base hits while the Fish pitching staff walked eight batters and five of them resulted in a run. LF Ryan Carter had two of the four Catfish hits and doubled to drive home Ryan Russ with the lone Catfish run with a double in the third inning. RHP Dimas Reina (0-2) started and took the loss for Columbus, giving up two runs on four hits in four innings but walking five. RHP Blake Johnson (9-3, 3.16 ERA) takes on Savannah tonight in the third game of the four-game series.

CASPER, Wyoming-- The Casper Rockies snapped the Raptors seven-game winning streak with an 8-6 decision. Jesus Soto hit a solo home in the second inning to give the Raptors a 1-0 lead. It was his six homer and 23rd run batted in. John Meloan made his first start off the season for the Raptors and pitched well. He only gave up one run on two his in three innings. He struck out five. Casper scored six on five hits in the fourth inning to take a 7-1 lead. In the top of the 5th Adam Godwin and Soto drew walks. David Sutherland hit a double scoring both runners to cut the lead to 7-3. Sutherland now has 34 RBI. Soto scored his third run of the game in the eighth to cut the lead to five and BJ Richmond lead off the ninth with a double and scored on Andrew Lock' single. Rotsen Gil single putting the tying run on first but that was as close as they could get.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Scott Van Slyke slugged his first two professional home runs and added a double, knocking in eight of the Dodgers runs. The number '4' came up three times behind the Dodgers name on the scoreboard as the Coasties pounded out 15 hits en route to a 14-7 win. They rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the third to tie and took the lead with four in the third. Carlos Medero-Stultz added three hits and Carlos Santana knocked in a pair of runs. The offensive fireworks made things easier for the Dodger pitchers. Josh Wall worked one inning and gave up two runs but both were unearned. Juan Flores (1-1) also allowed two but earned the win. Kalen Gearhart pitched three scoreless innings and Giuseppe Norrito worked the final three and earned his first save.

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