51s Streak Ends; Catfish Win Fourth

As all things must, the Las Vegas winning streak ended when it ran into tough pitching and dropped a 4-0 decision to Salt Lake but Columbus took up the torch and won their fourth straight, 3-1 over Charleston. Jacksonville lost to Montgomery 5-0 and Vero Beach lost their fifth one-run game, this time 4-3 in 11 innings at Jupiter.

The Salt Lake pitching staff slowed the thunderous Las Vegas attack, holding a team that was nine batters over the .300 mark to four hits and ending their six game winning streak.

The visiting Bees broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a home run off starter D.J. Houlton, then added another run for a 2-0 lead.

Seven 51s fanned against the Salt Lake starter and 11 eventually carried their bats back to the bench after fanning.

Willy Aybar collected two of the four hits allowed, including a double in the fourth inning. However he was nailed at third base attempting to stretch it into a triple.

Houlton (0-1) only allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out four through 5.1 innings. Luis Gonzales allowed his first run of the season and Justin Simmons worked two shutout innings.
  Las Vegas  ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF     4 0 0 0 .111
Aybar 3B      4 0 2 0 .357
Ethier RF     4 0 1 0 .364
Guzman DH     3 0 0 0 .393
Young LF      3 0 0 0 .217
Truby 1B      3 0 0 0 .333
Robles 2B     3 0 0 0 .318
Martin C      3 0 1 0 .333
Valdez SS     3 0 0 0 .381
  Totals     30 0  4 0
  Salt Lake  34 4 13 3

  Score by innings
Salt Lake   000 201 100-4 
Las Vegas   000 000 000-0 

  Errors- Salt Lake 1. 
2B- Aybar (2). LOB- Salt Lake 11, 
Las Vegas 3. DP-Salt Lake 1. 
SB- Salt Lake 2. CS- Salt Lake 2.

Las Vegas        in h r-er bb so era
Houlton (L,0-1) 5.1 9 3-3  1  4 4.82
Gonzalez        1.2 4 1-1  0  1 1.50
Simmons         2.0 1 0-0  3  4 3.60
  T- 2-34. Att- 2,622.
Suns Lose For Fifth Time-- Montgomery posted a business-like 5-0 victory, handing the Suns their fifth loss in seven games.

They tagged starter Justin Orenduff (0-1) for a run in the second and two more in the fourth and fifth innings. Orenduff handed the ball to T.J. Nall and he allowed the final two runs in the seventh.

Montgomery pitching allowed only two hits in the first six innings. The Suns, who finished with six singles, are averaging only five hits per game over the last five contests. First baseman AJ Zapp had a pair of hits
Jacksonville  ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B       5 0 1 0  .200
Hu SS          4 0 1 0  .231
Raglani LF     4 0 0 0  .118
LaRoche 3B     3 0 0 0  .292
Brazell DH     3 0 0 0  .231
Kemp CF        4 0 1 0  .250
Zapp 1B        4 0 2 0  .261
Ruan RF        4 0 1 0  .300
Ellis C        3 0 0 0  .143
  Totals      34 0 6 0
  Montgomery  32 5 7 4

  Score by innings
Montgomery   010 110 200-5
Jacksonville 000 000 000-0 

  Errors- Montgomery 1, Zapp. LOB- Montgomery 8, Jacksonville 10. SB- Montgomery 2.

  Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Orenduff (L,0-1) 5.2 4 3-2  3  7 7.71
Nall             3.1 3 2-2  0  4 4.50
  WP- Orenduff, J. HBP- 2by Nall.
T- 2-25. Att- 2,827.
Vero Loses Fifth One-Run Game-- The Dodgers were again close but with no cigar. This time they dropped a 4-3 contest in 11 innings, the fifth time they have come up one run short.

A wind-blown fly in the 11the fell safely and was followed by an infield hit, an intentional walk and a single to end the extra-inning game and give Jupiter a sweep of the series.

The game started at 10:30 in the morning, not the usual time for a professional baseball player to perform, but starter Blake Johnson retired the first nine he faced before and error and a double scored the game's first run.

Jupiter pitching did not allow a hit until the 6th when Ryan Carter led off with a double and he scored one out later on a single by Jamie Hoffman. A double by Xavier Paul and a single by Cole Bruce gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.

Johnson lasted through the 6th, the longest a Dodgers starter has lasted this year, but he allowed the tying runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Adam Thomas worked three scoreless innings before Albenis Castillo (L, 0-1) allowed the winning run in his second inning of work.
  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Hoffmann CF   5 1 1 0 .185
Paul RF       5 1 1 2 .208
DeWitt 2B     5 0 0 0 .222
Bruce DH      4 0 1 1 .292
Borders C     4 0 0 0 .056
Denker 3B     3 0 0 0 .158
Mooneyham 1B  4 0 1 0 .368
Carter LF     4 1 2 0 .333
Nicholson SS  4 0 0 0 .000
  Totals     38 0 6 3
  Jupiter    39 4 6 3

  Score by innings
Vero Beach 000 003 000 00-3 
Jupiter    000 102 000 01-4 

  Errors- Denker, Johnson, Jupiter 1. 2B- Carter, R (2), Paul, X (1). RBI- Paul, X (2), Bruce (5). LOB- Vero Beach 3, Jupiter 8. SB- Hoffmann (1), Jupiter 1. DP- Vero Beach 1 (Denker, T-DeWitt-Mooneyham), Jupiter 1.

  Vero Beach      in h r-er bb so era
Johnson          6.0 4 3-2  1  6 7.45
Thomas           3.0 2 0-0  0  3 0.00
Castillo (L,0-1) 1.1 3 1-1  2  1 9.00
  Balk- Johnson. T- 2-53. Att- 2,734.
Catfish Win Second 3-1 Contest-- Columbus ran its winning streak to four with a second consecutive 3-1 win over Charleston.

Brent Leach (1-0) was nearly untouchable through five, allowing only three hits and striking out five. lowering his ERA to 0.82. David Pfeiffer worked two hitless innings and fanned four before Jordan Wade came in to earn his first save and run the Catfish strikeout total to 11 with a pair of his own.

The Fish scored a single run in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. With one out in the fourth, Eduardo Perez walked and scored when Sergio Pedroza doubled. With one out in the fifth, Andrew Locke walked, stole second and later scored on a wild pitch. In the sixth Lucas May banged his first homer of the season.

Charleston scored their only run in the ninth when -- hit a batter who stole second, was wild pitched to third and scored on a double play.
  Columbus  ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     2 0 0 0 .238
Soto 2B       4 0 1 0 .150
Perez 3B      3 1 0 0 .200
Pedroza RF    4 0 1 2 .278
May DH        4 1 1 2 .167
Locke LF      2 1 1 0 .250
Mitchell 1B   4 0 1 0 .250
Harper C      4 0 0 0 .000
Rivera SS     3 0 1 0 .154
  Totals     30 3 6 2
  Charleston`28 1 4 0

  Score by innings
Charleston  000 000 001-1 
Columbus    000 110 10x-3

  Errors- Charleston 1, Soto. 
2B- Pedroza (1). HR- May (1). 
RBI- Pedroza (2), May (2).
2-out RBI- Pedroza; May. LOB- 
Charleston 4, Columbus 8. SB-
Charleston 2, Locke (1). 
CS-Godwin 1. DP- Columbus 1 
(Rivera-Mitchell).

  Columbus     in  h r-er bb so era
Leach (W,1-0)  5.0 3 0 0  2  5 0.82
Pfeiffer (H,1) 2.0 0 0 0  0  4 7.36
Wade (S,1)     2.0 1 1 1  1  2 6.00
 WP- Wade. HBP- 1by Wade.
T- 2-22. Att- 406.





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