Myrow Vegas MVP, Paul's Grand Slam Boosts Vero

Salt Lake topped Las Vegas 8-5 despite Cody Ross' 21st homer. First Baseman Brian Myrow was the 2005 MVP. Jacksonville fell to Birmingham 8-6, finishing the game with a pitcher in left field due to ejections. Xavier Paul hit a grand slam home run and drove in five as Vero won their final game 9-3 over the Mets. Three unearned runs cost Columbus a 6-5 loss against Charleston. Matt Gomez De Segura won his first game as the Raptors scored twice in the top of the 12th to beat the Orem 3-2.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The Salt Lake Stingers defeated Las Vegas, dropping the 51s to their fifth straight loss 8-5. The 51s recorded 11 hits and scored two runs each in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead and scored two more in the fifth to tie the game 4-4. Four runs in the seventh sunk Las Vegas. Right fielder Cody Ross (2-for-5, 3 RBI) hit a two-run home run (21st) to tie the game at 4-4 in the fifth. Shortstop Jose Flores was 2-for-3 and catcher Gabriel Gutierrez was 2-for-4, with an RBI. Left-hander Eric Stults (3-7) suffered the loss. He pitched 6 innings, allowed 10 hits, 6 runs, walked 3 and struck out 2. Right-hander Pat Mahomes pitched 3 innings, allowed 3 hits and 2 runs. The 2005 season finale is this afternoon.

Annual Awards: Las Vegas President/General Manager Don Logan announced the following awards: Mayor's Trophy: Outfielder Cody Ross; MVP: First Baseman Brian Myrow; Community Service Award: Pitcher Harold Eckert.
The Mayor's Trophy has been given annually since 1983 and is voted on by the fans. Cody Ross has been a member of the 51s for two seasons. In 2005, he has appeared in 112 games and is batting .259 (98-for-379) with 20 doubles, 21 home runs and 60 RBI. He is second on the team with 77 runs scored and has compiled 26 multiple-hit games. He hit a home run in four straight games against Portland (Aug. 24-27) and five of six games (Aug. 24-29). He was promoted to the Dodgers on June 24 and appeared in 14 games for L.A.
Brian Myrow MVP: Myrow has also been a member of the 51s for two seasons. In 2005, he led the team or is tied in seven categories: games played (118), doubles (27), triples (5), home runs (22), RBI (72), walks (71) and runs scored (79). He is second on the team in hits (108) and at-bats (383) and is one of three players with 20 or more home runs. He has compiled 27 multiple-hit games and is the franchise leader with four grand slams. The MVP was picked by the 51s coaching staff and 51s organization.
Harold Eckert Community Service Award: Eckert is a two-time recipient of the community service award. Eckert participated in various kids and school functions and charity events. Eckert was used in a variety of roles this season on the staff. The right-hander has appeared in 33 games and compiled a 5-10 record. He leads the staff in starts (20), innings pitched (135.1) and strikeouts (121). His best outing was at Colorado Springs on his 28th birthday on July 18. He pitched 7 innings, allowed 2 hits, 1 run, walked 1 and struck out 10 in a 6-1 victory over the Sky Sox.
The 51s, under manager Jerry Royster, conclude the 2005 season with back-to-back day games against Salt Lake at Cashman Field on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 4 and 5, at 12:05 p.m.

HOOVER, Alabama-- Suns pitchers issued 14 walks, but the club came back from two deficits and held a lead into the eighth, before falling to the Birmingham Barons, 8-6. Reliever Beltran Perez (2-3) took the loss and walked five batters in the eighth, bringing home the go-ahead runs for the Barons. Perez needed 52 pitches to retire two batters. Perez and Carlos Alvarez issued six walks in a 32-minute bottom of the eighth inning in which the Barons scored four runs on one hit, erasing a 6-4 Suns lead. Pitcher Luis Gonzalez played the outfield for two innings after two Suns players were ejected, causing the forfeit of the designated hitter. The Suns gave away three leads, allowed six steals (including a steal of home), committed three errors and stranded 12 baserunners. Todd Donovan, who drove in two runs on a double, left the game in the second inning, limping after colliding with the Barons catcher. After striking out to end the sixth inning, Andy LaRoche was ejected, causing the Suns to play Russell Martin, the designated hitter, in left field. Martin last played the outfield on June 8, 2003 while with Class A South Georgia. Martin was ejected from the dugout in the seventh inning for debating a hit-by-pitch no-call to Mike Nixon, prompting the Suns to play Gonzalez, who last played outfield in high school in 2001, in left field. Justin Ruggiano and Jon Weber each had three hits for the Suns, who have lost three in a row for the first time since July 30-August 2. Right-hander Justin Orenduff (5-1, 3.82 ERA) is scheduled to start against Birmingham Barons in the final game of the regular season. Sun Spots: It was the longest nine-inning game (three hours, 32 minutes) this season. …Nick Alvarez (back spasms, sore leg) and Joel Guzman (sore shoulder) were not available on the Suns' bench. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Vero Beach Dodgers used a seven-run seventh inning to end the regular season with a 12-6 win over the St. Lucie Mets. Xavier Paul hit a grand slam home run and drove in a total of five runs. Casey Hoorelbeke improved his record to 9-3 with the win in relief. The Dodgers finished with an overall record of 77-56, while going 37-30 in the second half of the season. The Dodgers fell behind 5-0 before tying it in the fourth. Blake DeWitt led off with a double and Matt Kemp and Cory Dunlap followed with singles. Two batters later, Paul lined his grand slam into the wind over the left field fence, tying the score. The seventh inning proved to be the decisive frame as 11 hitters came to the plate and seven scored. Paul had an RBI double, while A.J. Ellis, Travis Denker, DeWitt, and Jimmy Rohan also drove in runs. Matt Kemp went 2-5 and scored twice, but fell one home run shy of the Florida State League lead of 28. DeWitt's two hits give him 13 in 31 at bats since his callup from Columbus for a .419 batting average. Every Dodger in the starting lineup scored and all but two had at least one hit. Playoffs tomorrow: The Dodgers have a day off today, but begin the playoffs in Palm Beach tomorrow.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- Three Catfish errors led to three unearned runs for the Charleston RiverDogs, a 6-5 loss and the eighth straight defeat. RHP Chris Malone fell dropped his seventh decision of the season, falling short in his bid to become the only Catfish pitcher with double-digit victories. The Catfish rallied to within a run but Charleston's bullpen retired the final 10 batters to preserve the win. Every Catfish starter had at least one base hit in the loss, including 1B Dan Batz had two hits and two RBI for the Fish. Trailing 2-0 after the top of the second, LF Ryan Carter put the Fish on the board with a solo HR, his team-leading 14th. With two outs, a solo HR by CF Ryan Russ tied the game at two. Charleston scored four runs (three unearned) off Malone in the 3rd inning as the Fish made all three of their errors in the frame. The Fish got a run back in the fifth on an RBI single by 2B Brandon Carter and plated two in the sixth on Batz's double. Both bullpens pitched extremely well, with RHP Jordan Pratt and LHP Liam O'Flaherty tossing 4.0 shutout innings. RHP Nate Hochgesang (1-0, 7.82 ERA) gets the start today in the last Catfish game of 2005.

OREM, Utah-- Matt Gomez De Segura (1-2) got his first professional victory with two hitless innings and the Raptors scored twice in the top of the 12th to beat the Orem Owlz 3-2, ending a three-game losing streak. Tied 1-1 in the 12th, Drew Locke hit a lead-off single, and B.J. Richmond walked. After a wild pitch, Adam Godwin's RBI single scored Locke. Richmond later scored on Juan Rivera's sac fly, which turned out to be the game-winner when Ramon Troncoso gave up one run in the bottom half of the inning but earned his 13th save. Starter Brent Leach went three innings, allowing no hits. He was followed by Kristopher Krise (four innings, one earned run) and Jose Obispo, who had one of his best outings, allowing just two walks and one hit in his two innings. John Meloan (0-1, 3.44 earned run average) will get the start today at Orem.