Vegas Machine Rolls to Fourth Straight Win

The Las Vegas 51s completed their sweep of Fresno, smacking them 12-4. Jacksonville lost the completion of the suspended game 5-4, then dropped a 2-0 decision to Chattanooga. Vero Beach finally beat the Mets 6-0 after three losses and Columbus got out of Greenville with a split, winning 9-2 in the finale.

Sizzling Aybar Knocks in Five-- Willie Aybar slugged a pair of homers, knocking in four runs, to lead the 51s to a series sweep of Fresno 12-4. Aybar finished the series 7-for-16 (.438) with 10 runs batted in. Joel Guzman had two hits was also 7-for-16 and had six ribbies during the four games. Nick Alvarez added a pinch-hit three run homer in the eighth and third baseman Chris Truby was 3-for-4 with his first homer and two RBI.

Las Vegas (4-0) scored in six of their eight innings and have racked up 35 runs in the series, just under nine per game.

The power display made life easy for Will Juarez (1-0) who gave up four hits and no earned run in his first start of the season. Eric Hull and Justin Simmons added two innings each in the victory.

The 51s move their show tonight to Salt Lake to begin a four-game series.
  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF    4 2 0 0 .167
Aybar 2B     4 3 2 5 .438
Ethier RF    2 1 1 2 .400
Guzman 1B    5 1 2 2 .438
  Simmons P  0 0 0 0 .000
Weber LF     3 0 0 0 .286
Truby 3B     4 1 3 2 .500
Bellorin C   5 1 2 0 .400
Valdez SS    4 2 2 0 .462
Juarez P     2 0 0 0 .000
  Hull P     0 0 0 0 .000
  Alvarez PH 1 1 1 3  1.000
    Totals  34 12 13 11
    Fresno  32  4  8  2

  Score by innings
Fresno     200 000 020- 4
Las Vegas  130 212 03x-12

  Errors- Juarez, Bellorin. 
HR- Aybar 2 (2), Truby (1), 
Guzman  (1), Alvarez, N (1). 
RBI- Truby 2 (2),  Aybar 5 
(10), Guzman 2 (6), Alvarez 3 
(3). S- Juarez. LOB- Fresno 12, 
Las Vegas 11. DP- Fresno 1, 
Las Vegas 1 (Aybar-Valdez-Guzman). 

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Juarez (W,1-0) 5.0 4 2-0  2  1 0.00
Hull           2.0 2 0-0  1  3 0.00
Simmons        2.0 2 2-2  0  2 6.00
  HBP- Ethier, 2 by Juarez, 1 by Hull, 
1 by Simmons). T- 3-03. Att- 2,227.
Suns Drop Third Game of Year-- Chattanooga left town after taking both games of a Sunday doubleheader from the Suns by scores of 5-4 and 2-0. The first game was the completion of Saturday night's contest that had been suspended by rain in the fifth tied 3-3. The Suns moved into a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Andy LaRoche knocked in Chin-Lung Hu for a 4-3 lead.

Heath Totten started Saturday night and worked five innings. TJ Nall took over on Sunday gave up a two-run homer in the eighth to take the loss.

Jacksonville was led by Matt Kemp who had three of their nine hits including a pair of doubles but they stranded 10 men on base.
Jacksonville   ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B        3 1 1 1  .273
Hu SS           4 1 0 0  .364
Kemp CF         4 2 3 2  .462
LaRoche 3B      3 0 2 1  .385
Brazell 1B      5 0 1 1  .167
Ruggiano RF     4 0 1 1  .250
  Hoorelbeke P  0 0 0 0  .000
Ruan LF-RF      4 0 1 0  .400
Ellis C         2 0 0 0  .000
Totten P        1 0 0 0  .000
  Nall P        1 0 0 0  .000
  Raglani LF    0 0 0 0  .000
    Totals     31 4 9 4
    Fresno     31 5 8 5

  Errors- none. 2B- Kemp 2 (3). 
HR- Abreu (1). RBI- Abreu (3), 
Brazell (1), Ruggiano (2), LaRoche 
(3). S- Totten. LOB- Chattanooga 4, 
Jacksonville 10. DP- Chattanooga 2, 
Jacksonville 1  (Abreu-Hu-Brazell).  
CS- Kemp (1).

Jacksonville  in h r-er bb so era
Totten       5.0 5 3-3  2  5 5.40
Nall (L,0-1) 2.1 3 2-2  1  3 3.86
Hoorelbeke   1.2 0 0-0  0  1 0.00
  WP- Totten. HBP- Abreu, Kemp. 
T- 2-45
Suns Held to One Hit-- In the second game, Hanrahan demonstrated the ability he had before arm troubles cut his effectiveness. In the fifth inning two-out double broke the scoreless tie. A solo home run off of reliever Carlos Alvarez made the score 2-0 and there it stayed.

No matter how well he pitched, his teammates could only provide one hit, a single by AJ Zapp, and a walk during the evening.

Vero Pounds Out First Win-- The Dodgers got home runs from Travis Denker and Ryan Carter plus five runs batted in as Vero broke a three-game losing streak to the St. Lucie Mets. The Vero pitching was spectacular, allowing only four hits in the win.

Matt Merricks, returning from a shoulder injury, made the start and threw four scoreless innings and stuck out seven Mets. He allowed only two hits and two walks. Brian Akin (1-1)earned the 6-0 win in relief, working three scoreless innings and fanned four. Kyle Wilson closed the win with two scoreless innings.

The trio fanned 14 Mets during the afternoon (Merrick 7, Akin 4, Wilson 3).

Carter gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with his home run in the second. Vero Beach added four singles and a walk in the third inning and Denker's two-run shot in the fifth ended the scoring.

Carter, Denker and Blake DeWitt all finished with a pair of hits. Denker drove in three and Carter two. Pat Borders scored twice.
  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Hoffmann CF   4 1 1 0 .235
Paul RF       4 0 1 0 .188
DeWitt 2B     5 1 2 0 .353
Bruce DH      3 0 1 1 .429
Borders C     3 2 1 0 .091
Denker 3B     4 1 2 3 .188
Carter LF     4 1 2 2 .364
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 1 0 .417
Rohan SS      4 0 1 0 .143
  Totals     34 6 12 6
  St. Lucie  32 0  4 0 

Score by innings
St. Lucie   000 000 000-0
Vero Beach  013 020 00x-6 

  Errors- none. 2B- Bruce (2). 
HR- Carter, R (1), Denker, T 
(1).RBI- Carter 2 (2), Bruce 
(4), Denker 3 (3). SF- Bruce. 
LOB- St. Lucie 8, Dodgers 9. 
DP- St. Lucie 1.

  Vero Beach in h r-er bb so era
Merricks     4.0 2 0-0  2 7 0.00
Akin (W,1-1) 3.0 1 0-0  0 4 1.50
Wilson       2.0 1 0-0  1 3 0.00
  WP- Merricks, Akin. HBP- 
Mooneyham. T- 2-26. Att- 662.
Columbus Scores 10 to Split-- Columbus came back from a 2-0 start to split the series with Greenville, banging out a dozen hits and scoring 10 times in the eighth and ninth innings.

The Catfish trailed 4-0 after six innings but score three in the seventh and seven in ninth.

C Juan Apodaca started the sixth inning rally with a one out single and Adam Godwin later slugged a home run to cut the lead to 4-3. In the big eighth inning rally, Lucas May whacked a triple and Ivan DeJesus slugged a grand slam to make the score 9-4. Eduardo Perez drove in Godwin with the final run. Jesus Rodriguez allowed four runs before launching in the fifth. Arismendy Castillo (1-1) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and was rewarded with the win.

May and Apodaca each had two of he dozen Catfish hits.
  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     4 2 1 3  .250
Soto DH       3 0 1 0  .167
  Mitchell DH 2 0 1 0  .222
Perez 3B      4 0 0 1  .231
Pedroza RF    3 0 1 0  .182
  Locke LF    2 1 1 0  .200
May LF-RF     5 1 2 1  .182
Sutherland 1B 4 1 0 1  .000
Apodaca C     4 2 2 0  .182
Rivera SS     3 2 1 0  .100
De Jesus 2B   4 1 1 4  .091
  Totals     38 10 12 10
  Greenville 37  4 10  4

  Score by innings
Columbus   000 000 370-10
Greenville 001 030 000- 4 

  Errors- Greenville 3, Rivera 2, 
Pedroza, De Jesus, Sanfler (1). 
3B- May (1). HR- Godwin (1), De Jesus 
(1). RBI- Godwin 3 (3), May (1), 
Sutherland (1), De Jesus 4 (4), 
Perez (2). SF- Sutherland. Team 
LOB- Columbus 6, Greenville 8. 
SB- Apodaca (1), Godwin (1), Perez 
(1). DP- 3 (Rivera-De Jesus-
Sutherland 3).

  Columbus        in h r-er bb so era
Rodriguez        4.2 8 4-3  1  3  5.79
Castillo (W,1-1) 2.1 1 0-0  2  4 10.80
Sanfler          2.0 1 1-0  0  1 12.00
  PB- Apodaca (1). HBP- Apodaca, Godwin.
T- 2-58. Att- 4,329.

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