Blake DeWitt's Homer Keeps Vero Alive

Blake DeWitt, who hit .419 in the final eight games of the regular season after being promoted from Columbus, wrote his name in the Vero Beach record book with a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run to erase a 1-0 Palm Beach lead and give the Dodgers a 3-1 victory, setting up the final game in the best-of-three series tonight at Holman Stadium.

DeWitt was 0-for-4 and had left five men on base before the game-winner. But his shot to right field staved off elimination from the Florida State League playoffs. It was the first Dodger run in the series since Matt Kemp's three-run home run in the first inning of the opener.

"I was just up there battling," DeWitt, the Los Angeles Dodgers' No. 1 draft pick in 2004 told the Vero Beach Press Journal. "I was trying to not make the last out. It just shows you can't get down on yourself. There were two other times I stranded runners in scoring position, and I didn't want to do that again."

The home run came against Cardinals closer Mark Worrell who had a FSL-leading 35 saves with an ERA of 2.25 during the regular season.

Vero Beach starter Danny Muegge went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits. The Dodgers' bullpen didn't allow a hit. Palm Beach Top 1st

Muggee retired the first 12 in succession and took a no-hitter into the sixth. He gave up a walk with two out, a ground single to center and a soft, bloop hit to left that drove in the first run of the game.

He left with two out in the seventh and Jumbo Diaz fanned the final out, then worked a perfect eighth.

Mark Alexander, the eventual winner, walked the first hitter, fanned the second while wild pitching the runner to second, walked the third intentionally, fanned the fourth, walked the fifth and, completing the sequence, struck out the last Palm Beach batter, leading the bases loaded.

Jimmy Rohan doubled in the second and Anthony Raglani doubled in the fourth but both were left on base. Cole Bruce walked and Andy Ellis singled in the fifth with the same results.

Ed Bellorin walked in the seventh, went to second on a wild pitch and Jamie Hoffman walked before a second wild pitch put both of them in scoring position. DeWitt struck out to end the inning.

But in the last of the ninth, Xavier Paul, hitting for Bellorin, walked and when Bruce bunted him to second, the Palm Beach pitcher threw the ball away. Ellis struck out and Hoffman bounced to first with Paul being thrown out at the plate.

The DeWitt made up for his inability to get the runs across in the seventh with a game-winning shot to right field.

Tigers await: The Lakeland Tigers finished a two-game sweep of Dunedin in the West Division Series on Wednesday, winning 1-0. They will travel to play the East winner on Friday for game one of the best-of-five Florida State League Championship Series.

CASPER, Wyoming-- The Ogden Raptors were shut out 2-0 in Casper on the next-to-last game of the regular season. Starter Marlon Arias pitched well, but instead lost his fourth game. Arias (4-4) gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. He tied a season high with nine strikeouts, and retired the last 11 batters he faced. Both runs he gave up were in the first inning. Juan Apodaca and Trayvon Robinson had multi-hit games. Ogden managed seven hits and left nine runners on base in route to their third loss in a row. The regular season wraps up tonight in Casper. The playoffs will start Friday in Orem.

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