Ogden Moves Back Into League Lead with 9-5 Win

Ogden used three home runs to overcome Casper 9-5 and regain the Pioneer League lead. The other Dodger farm clubs were not so lucky. Las Vegas was steamrollered 11-1, Jacksonville was shut out 4-0 and Columbus dropped a 7-4 decision. Vero Beach was rained out.

PORTLAND, Oregon-- After belting 15 home runs in the first four games of the series, Las Vegas collected a single run Sunday and lost 11-1 in their final road game of the regular season. The 51s were held to three hits, including a double by Brian Myrow, and scored their only run when losing pitcher Harold Eckert (5-9) squeezed Cody Ross across in the top of the third. Eckert allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings and Beau Dannemiller surrendered four runs in just 2/3 of an inning.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The Suns were limited to five singles as the Birmingham Barons' 4-0 win clinched a playoff spot. Jacksonville loaded the bases in the first and seventh innings, but couldn't push a run across. Starter Joel Hanrahan (9-8) earned the loss, giving up two runs over six innings. Reliever Hong-chih Kuo allowed two runs in the eighth inning, allowing the Barons to pad their lead. Right-hander Beltran Perez (1-1, 1.61 ERA) is scheduled to start against the Barons. Sun Spots: The Suns had not trailed by four runs or more at any point in a ballgame since August 2. …Disputing a ruling that negated the front end of a double play, SS Joel Guzman was ejected in the fifth inning. …The Suns have pitched 13 shutouts, and have been blanked thrice. …RHP Eric Hull (right elbow soreness) was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to August 25. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, FLORIDA-- The Dodgers were rained out.

SAVANNAH, GEorgia-- Savannah scored three in the eighth to beat the Catfish 7-4 in the final road game of the season for Columbus. For the second straight day, CF Ryan Carter hit a home run, a two-run home run (#12) that gave the Fish a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. It was his seventh in August. LHP Scott Elbert started having thrown 19 straight scoreless innings, but allowed a pair of runs to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. RHP Brian Akin gave up runs in the fifth and sixth innings, Savannah plated a run in each of the frames to take a 4-2 advantage. Columbus scored a run in the seventh on a 1B Dan Batz sacrifice fly, then tied the game on a solo HR by SS Dominique Laurin in the eighth inning. Savannah scored three runs on closer RHP Albenis Castillo.

OGDEN, Utah-- Rosten Gil (#2), B.J. Richmond (#5) and Shane Justis (#2) homered and the Raptors broke a 5-5 tie with four runs in the fifth to beat Casper 9-5. Ogden scored 26 runs in the three-game series. The Raptors also used the running game as Adam Godwin started the fourth inning with a one-out walk. He stole second and went to third and home on wild pitches. Ivan De Jesus, David Sutherland, Richmond each added a stolen a base in the three-run inning. James McDonald pitched for the fourth time in a year and a half and allowed a pair of unearned runs. McDonald had been playing the outfield for Ogden, but his injured elbow finally healed up enough for the Dodgers to put him back on the mound for the first time since 2003. Although he was the pitcher of record, the official scorer awareded the win to David Pfeiffer, who pitched four scorless innings. Pfeiffer, who leads the league in wins (7), struck out five while scattering four hits to close out the game. John Meloan started the game, allowing three runs on four hits in four innings. By winning the series, 2-1, the Raptors reclaimed the South Division lead. Mario Alverez (3-3, 5.66 earned run average) is scheduled to start the opener of a two-game series with Idaho Falls tonight.

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