Columbus Wins First; Las Vegas Stays Unbeaten

Columbus hitters are still getting untracked but their pitching saved them from a sweep in a 2-1 victory. Las Vegas made it 3-0 with a 7-2 over Fresno. Vero dropped a 3-2 decision, their third one-run loss of the season and somehow the rain obscured the Sun at Jacksonville and the game will be finished Sunday (today).

Leadoff man Willy Aybar and cleanup hitter Joel Guzman knocked in all the runs needed as the 51s dumped Fresno for the third time 7-1 behind veteran pitcher Aaron Sele and three relievers.

Aybar was cut from the big club late in the exhibition season proved that he was interested in returning to The Show. Aybar was 2-for-4 with three RBI including a two-run, bases-loaded single in the eighth.

Joel Guzman was 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the first that put Las Vegas (3-0) ahead, 1-0. Russell Martin and Wilson Valdez added RBI doubles, while Jon Weber helped out, going 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.

Major League veteran Aaron Sele, who took some time to determine if he would accept an assignment in the minor leagues after being cut, got the start for Las Vegas and turned in four quality innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks while striking out four.

Justin Reid (1-0) came on in the fifth and picked up the win, striking out two in two scoreless innings. Joe Beimel and Jonathan Broxton closed the game out without allowing a run.

In the bottom of the first, Aybar singled and was forced at second by Andre Ethier. With two out, Guzman doubled to right to give the 51s a 1-0 lead. Weber singled and stole second in the bottom of inning number two. Russell Martin walked before recently acquired shortstop Wilson Valdez doubled down the left field line to score Weber. Martin scored when Sele bounced to short. Aybar's sacrifice fly allowed Valdez to tag up and score.

With two out in the third Weber singled to center and Martin double to run the score to 5-0. Las Vegas wrapped up the scoring in the eighth when Weber walked with one out and again stole second. Martin walked and Valdez loaded the bases on a fielding error. Aybar's two-run single drove in Weber and Martin.
  Las Vegas   ab r h bi ave
Aybar 3B       4 0 2 3 .417
Robles 2B      4 0 2 0 .364
Ethier RF      4 1 0 0 .385
Guzman 1B      4 0 2 1 .455
Young LF       4 0 0 0 .250
Weber CF       3 3 2 0 .500
Broxton P      0 0 0 0 .000
Martin C       2 2 1 1 .111
Valdez SS      4 1 1 1 .444
Sele P         2 0 0 0 .000
  Reid P       0 0 0 0 .000
  Truby PH     1 0 0 0 .000
  Beimel P     0 0 0 0 .000
  Duncan PH-CF 1 0 0 0 .250
    Totals    33 7 10 7
  Fresno      34 2  8 1

Fresno     001 000 000-1
Las Vegas  131 000 02x-7

  Errors- Fresno 3, Valdez. 2B- 
Guzman, J (2), Valdez (1), Robles 
(1), Martin, R (1). RBI- Guzman (4), 
Valdez (1), Sele (1), Aybar 3 (5), 
Martin (2). SF- Aybar. LOB- Fresno 
9, Las Vegas 8. SB- Weber 2 (2). 
DP- Fresno 2, Las Vegas 2 (Robles-
Valdez-Guzman, J, Guzman, J-Valdez-
Reid).

  Las Vegas    in h r-er bb so era
Sele          4.0 4  1-1  2 4  2.25
Reid (W, 1-0) 2.0 1  0-0  1 2  0.00
Beimel        2.0 2  0-0  0 2  0.00
Broxton       1.0 1  0-0  0 3  0.00
  T- 2-54.  Att- 5,282.
Suns Stopped by Rain-- Jacksonville and Chattanooga were tied 3-3 after 4.2 innings before rain closed things down. After a delay of over an hour the game was suspended and will be finished Sunday (today) before the final game of the four game series.

Vero Drops Third One Run Game-- The Dodgers scored in the first inning to take their first lead of the season when Jamie Hoffman led off with a double and scored on Blake DeWitt's ground ball. Starter Julio Pimentel protected the lead until two were out in the fifth inning, retiring eight in a row at one time, but a home run knotted the score 1-1, The Mets then took a 2-1 lead in the seventh after a double, a single and an errant throw and another run in the eighth made it 3-1. Travis Denker opened the ninth by reaching first on an error and Cole Bruce followed with a single. With one out, Chris Westervelt singled in Denker but a force play ended the game. Adam Thomas (0-1) took the loss in relief, allowing one run over 2.1 innings.

Strong Pitching Boosts Columbus-- The Catfish have had trouble getting their bats to respond but Alberto Bastardo shut Greenville down with only one run over five innings while fanning 10. Matt Gomez de Segura and Francisco Felix added two shutout innings while each added three strikeouts to run the Columbus total to 16 for the game. Felix earned the save. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the sixth Jesus Soto went to bat with runners on first and second and one out. Soto's fly ball was dropped by RF Christopher Turner, who then threw the ball away for another error which allowed two runs to score. With the lead RHP Matt Gomez de Segura and RHP Francisco Felix continued the pitching dominance, each lasting two relief innings while striking out three apiece. In total the Catfish staff struck out 16 Greenville batters while allowing just six hits. Felix earned the save. With two out, Adam Godwin singled and moved to second on an error by the center fielder. Russell Mitchell hit by pitch and Jesus Soto's soft fly to left field was dropped. The fielder then threw the ball wildly to third and both Godwin and Mitchell scored.

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