Guzman's Double Gives 51s a 4-2 Win, 2-0 Lead

JACKSONVILLE, Florida and OREM, Utah-- Joel Guzman's bases-clearing double in the first inning and a strong start by Eric Hull gave the Suns a 4-2 victory over the Birmingham Barons and a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-five series, the remainder of which will be played at Birmingham. Orem won a tough, 2-1 pitchers duel over Ogden as Raptors were held to two hits and 13 went down swinging. Ogden trails 0-1 in the best of three Pioneer League Playoffs that now moves to Ogden.

Following a bases loaded walk drawn by Russell Martin, Guzman lined a three-run double to left center, giving the Suns a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The next 15 Jacksonville batters were retired in a row, the Suns finished with only three hits. The Barons' bullpen -– five pitchers in all -– pitched 3.1 hitless innings. Suns starter Eric Hull gave up two runs over six innings. He allowed an RBI groundout in the second inning and a run-scoring single in the sixth. Luis Gonzalez, Greg Miller and Jonathan Broxton combined to deliver three scoreless innings. Broxton has saved both Suns' series wins. Andy LaRoche and Sergio Garcia made leaping catches in the seventh inning, saving potential hits and second baseman Tony Abreu gobbled up[ hard-hit grounders all evening. Right-hander William Juarez (6-5, 4.59 ERA) is scheduled to face the Barons today. Sun Spots: Tommy Lasorda threw out the first pitch. …Barons 1B Casey Rogowski left in the sixth inning after being hit with a fastball in the helmet. The ball caromed into the Suns dugout. Rogowski got up under his own power, but left the game. …Barons manager Razor Shines was ejected in the eighth inning during a visit to the mound. -- Joe Block

OREM, Utah-- It wasn't a hurricane, but extremely windy conditions and a sparkling effort by Orem ace Jose Arredondo blew the Raptors away. Ogden hitters went down swinging 13 times and 12 of the final 13 were K'ed in a 2-1 loss, putting Ogden in a 0-1 hole in the best-of-3 South Division playoff. Raptors starter Brent Leach was nearly as tough. He struck out eight batters, but a lead-off walk in the fifth, a sacrifice bunt and a bloop single down the right-field line gave Orem a 1-0 lead. Down 1-0 in the sixth inning, Juan Rivera drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on Adam Godwin's sacrifice bunt. Rivera later took second on a wild pitch and then scored when the Orem catcher threw the ball into right field. The game remained tied until Raptors reliever David Horlacher gave up a double and two walks to load the bases in the seventh inning. James McDonald took over, but a four-pitch walk forced in the go-ahead run. The Raptors, who were limited to two hits and couldn't produce a base runner in the final two innings, only reached second base twice. In the fourth inning, David Sutherland and Mitchell hit back-to-back two-out singles, the Raptors only hits of the game. Raptors Notes:: Ogden's John Meloan (0-2, 3.69 earned run average) will face the Owlz in the second game of the series tonight with Ogden needing to take the next two games to advance to the league final round. ... Swirling wind and sporadic rain gave the Raptors and Owlz fielders a lot of trouble early on. Drew Locke caught a tough fly ball to end the third inning, and in the fourth, third baseman Russell Mitchell tracked a pop fly all the way behind home plate. "That was the first time (I've done that)," Mitchell said. "That just shows you how bad the weather was."

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