Ross Finishes Season With a Flourish and a Cycle

Cody Ross put an exclamation point on his final game, slugging a single, double, triple and homer in a 9-6 Las Vegas loss. Jacksonville lost to Birmingham for the sixth straight time, 8-4. Columbus dropped a 4-3, 10-inning contest to Charleston and Ogden trails by two with three to go in the Northwest League second-half battle than ends Thursday.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The Salt Lake Stingers defeated the Las Vegas 51s, 9-6 to sweep the series in the season finale. Las Vegas dropped its last six games of the season. Despite a losing record, the Las Vegas franchise averaged 4,646 fans for a total of 334,485, the highest single season home attendance since the 1999 season. The 51s recorded 12 hits and right fielder Cody Ross (4-for-5) hit for the cycle. He was the first Las Vegas player since 1998. Ross hit a home run (22nd) in the second, tripled (3rd), singled (5th) and doubled (9th). Designated hitter Jose Flores was 2-for-5 and center fielder DJ Jackson was 1-for-4, 2 RBI. Right-hander Mike Neu (2-3) suffered the loss. He pitched 7.2 innings, allowed 13 hits, 9 runs (6 earned) and struck out 4. Right-hander Alfredo Gonzalez pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.

HOOVER, Alabama-- A two-run home run in the seventh inning iced the Barons' 8-4 victory over the Suns. The home run came off reliever Greg Miller, capping a three-run inning which dropped the Suns to their biggest deficit (five runs) since August 2. Starter Justin Orenduff (5-2) lost for the first time since June 23, allowing four runs in five innings. Orenduff had allowed less than four runs eight times in his last nine starts. Tony Abreu had three hits for the Suns, who closed the season losing four in a row and six consecutive games to Birmingham. James Loney, Russell Martin, Joel Guzman and Sergio Garcia each had two hits in the 14-hit attack. The Suns face the Barons in the first game of the South Division finals Thursday at Jacksonville. Sun Spots: Birmingham earned its first home sweep of the Suns since May 6-9, 2003. …Todd Donovan won the stolen base crown, swiping 62 bases. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodger season ended Saturday and they begin the playoffs in Palm Beach tonight.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- Prior to the game, Columbus named 3B Blake DeWitt Most Valuable Player, RHP Blake Johnson Most Valuable Pitcher, 1B Dan Batz Unsung Hero of the Year, and 2B Brandon Carter Citizen of the Year.
A bad-hop RBI single drove home the winning run in the top of the tenth inning and the Charleston RiverDogs swept the Catfish 4-3 in the season finale. The Fish ended the season with nine straight losses. RF Steven Sapp had two hits and threw a runner out at the plate. RHP Brian Akin took the loss in relief. Charleston scored two runs in the first inning against RHP Nate Hochgesang. In the bottom of the first, two Catfish runs scored on a throwing error to tie the game. In the bottom of the third, 1B Dan Batz had a two-out single and scored later in the frame on Sapp's RBI single to center. Sapp entered the game 1-for-18 but finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. In the top of the eighth a single tied the game and Sapp threw out a runner at the plate with C Carlos Medero holding the ball after a rough collision with the runner to preserve the tie. Two two-out hits in the tenth dropped the Fish to their ninth straight loss. The Fish struck out 18 times.

OREM, Utah-- Things are sticky for the Raptors after a 3-2 loss to Orem. They trail the Owlz by two games with only three left on the second-half schedule. A two-run first inning put Ogden in a hole they could not get out of, the shot coming off Ogden starter John Meloan. Ogden cut the deficit to just one in the top of the fourth inning after Jesus Soto scored on an error. Another home run in the fourth recorded the eventual winning run. Ogden made one final attempt to pick up a second consecutive victory in the top of the eighth inning after a base hit and a couple of pitching blunders helped the Raptors get two men on base with just one out. Soto grounded into a fielder's choice, advancing pinch runner Parker Brooks to third base, and Brooks scored after left fielder Andrew Locke singled but third baseman Russell Mitchell popped up to end the inning.

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