Andre Ethier Leads Las Vegas to a 9-2 win

Another night, another hero. Outfielder Andre Ethier banged out four hits and scored three runs to move the 51s into a 9-2 win. Jacksonville tied the game late, then lost in 10 9-7 and Vero followed suit, scoring eight in the eighth to tie but losing 9-8 despite four homers. Columbus, still working out the kinks, was steamrollered 16-3.

Las Vegas Moves to 2-0-- The 51s broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning, scoring three on an RBI single from Willy Aybar and a two-run double by Joel Guzman but Andre Ethier had four hits -- including a pair of doubles -- scored three times and knocked in three. Delwyn Young and Guzman each banged out a pair of hits. DJ Houlton started and allowed three hits and a pair of runs before leaving after four. The 51s didn't allow a hit after Houlton allowed a two-run homer in the fourth. Eric Hull worked two perfect innings, striking out four, and earned the win. Luis Gonzalez added two innings and Justin Simmons allowed nothing in the ninth to sew it up.
Las Vegas     ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF      3 3 1 2 .286
Aybar 3B       4 1 1 1 .375
Ethier RF      5 3 4 3 .556
Guzman, J 1B   3 1 2 1 .429
Young, D LF    4 1 2 0 .375
Robles 2B      4 0 1 0 .286
Martin, R C    3 0 0 0 .000
Valdez SS      2 0 1 0 .600
Houlton P      1 0 0 0 .000
  Hull P       0 0 0 0 .000
  *Weber,J PH  1 0 0 0 .000
  Gonzalez,L P 0 0 0 0 .000
  Simmons, J P 0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals    30 9 12 6
    Fresno    29 2  3 2

  Score by innings-
Fresno     000 200 000-2
Las Vegas  101 030 40x-9

  2B- Ethier 2 (2), Guzman,J(1). 
RBI- Young, D 3 (5), Guzman,J 3 
(3), Aybar (2), Robles (2), 
Martin, R (1). S- Hull. SF- 
Guzman, J; Martin, R. LOB- 
Fresno 3, Las Vegas 7. SB- 
Duncan (2). DP- (Guzman, 
J-Valdez-Simmons).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Houlton         4.0 3 2-2  2  5 4.50
Hull (W, 1-0)   2.0 0 0-0  0  4 0.00
Gonzalez,L(H,1) 2.0 0 0-0  0  1 0.00
Simmons         1.0 0 0-0  1  1 0.00
  T- 2-42. Att- 5,754.
Jacksonville Edged in 10th-- Trailing 7-0, the Suns scored seven unanswered runs to tie the game, but the Chattanooga scored twice in the top of the tenth to win 9-7. The Lookouts thumped starter Justin Orenduff (0-1), scoring seven runs -- six earned -- on 10 hits and knocked him out of the game in the fourth. T.J. Nall got the final out in the fourth. Then the Jacksonville bullpen didn't allowed a man past second base from the fifth inning through the ninth. Nall, Casey Hoorelbeke and Carlos Alvarez blanked the Lookouts through nine. The Suns scored a fourth inning RBI double from Matt Kemp and added two more in the fifth inning. Tony Abreu singled two across in the sixth and RBI by Justin Ruggiano and Andy LaRoche tied the game at seven. Suns reliever Mark Alexander (0-1) fumbled a bunt and first baseman A.J. Zapp had a two-out error to allow the game winning runs.
  Jacksonville   ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B          5 2 2 2 .250
Hu SS             4 2 3 0 .571
Kemp CF           5 1 3 2 .333
LaRoche 3B        6 0 2 2 .300
Zapp 1B           5 0 1 0 .111
Ruggiano,J RF-LF  5 1 1 1 .250
Cresse C          4 0 0 0 .125
Raglani LF        3 0 0 0 .000
  Alvarez, C P    0 0 0 0 .000
  Brazell, C  PH  1 0 0 0 .000
  Alexander P     0 0 0 0 .000
Orenduff, J P     1 0 0 0 .000
  Nall, TJ P      1 0 0 0 .000
  *Ruan, W PH     1 1 0 0 1.000
  Hoorelbeke P    0 0 0 0 .000
  *Garcia,S PH-RF 2 0 0 0 .000
    Totals        41 7 12 7
    Chattanooga   41 9 12 6

  Score by innings-
Chattangooga  210 400 000 2-9
Jacksonville  000 122 110 0-7

  Error- Kemp, Alexander, Zapp. 
2B- Hu (1, Chick), Kemp (1), 
LaRoche (1). RBI- Kemp 2 (2), 
LaRoche 2 (2), Abreu 2 (2), 
Ruggiano, J (1). LOB- Chattanooga 
8, Jacksonville 12. SB- Ruan (1).

  Jacksonville     in  h r-er bb so era
Orenduff, J       3.2 10 7-6  1  6 14.73
Nall              2.1  0 0-0  1  5  0.00
Hoorelbeke        1.0  2 0-0  0  0  0.00
Alvarez, C        2.0  0 0-0  0  2  0.00
Alexander (L,0-1) 1.0  0 2-0  0  2  0.00
  PB-Cresse. WP- Nall. 
T- 3-30. Att- 6,844.
Vero Explosion Just Short-- Vero Beach trailed 8-0 into the bottom of the eighth inning, then with two out, pounded across eight unearned runs of their own to tie the game. Cole Bruce, Chris Westervelt, Xavier Paul and Jamie Hoffman all slugged homers in the rally. The Mets used two-run innings in the second, third, fourth and eighth, then added one in the ninth to win. The Dodgers explosion broke a string of 16 scoreless innings. Blake DeWitt started things with a one out single and Pat Borders reached first on a 2-out error. Bruce cleared the bases with a home run. Ryan Carter tripled Westervelt added the second homer of the inning. Paul slugged one over the light tower in right field and Hoffman made it three in a row to tie the score. The winning run was anti-climatic, coming around on a single, a stolen base, a ground ball and a wild pitch. Blake Johnson started and was KO'ed in the fourth inning. Zach Hammes stopped the bleeding with 3.1 shutout innings but Landestoy Troncoso (0-1) gave up the final three runs with Wesley Wright adding the wild pitch that allowed the winning run.

Columbus Crushed-- The Catfish scored once in the top of the ninth and twice in the ninth but in between Greenville pounded out 16 hits and scored 16 runs off five Columbus pitchers. Designated hitter Eduardo Perez singled to drive to drive in center fielder Adam Godwin in the first and left fielder Andy Locke tripled first baseman David Sutherland across in the ninth, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Sergio Pedroza. Marion Alvarez (0-1) was tagged for six runs before leaving in the third inning. Jordan Pratt, Cory Wade and Miguel Sanfler followed on the mound. Godwin and Perez finished with a pair of hits each.

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