Vegas Back on Winnings Side of Ledger

Las Vegas snapped their mini-losing streak with a 5-4 win on the strength of Willie Aybar's homer and Jacksonville righted the boat behind Heath Totten with a 6-2 victory, Vero was nailed in yet another one-run loss on an unearned run and Columbus rang up four boots to lose 7-1.

Aybar's Hot Bat Boosts 51s-- Willie Aybar seems to be discontented in Las Vegas and is apparently looking for a job in California ... Los Angeles to be exact. The former bonus baby banged out four hits, including a tie-breaking home run in the fifth inning to give Las Vegas (7-1) a 5-4 win, their sixth in seven games.

Aybar, LADugout.com Player of the Week, is now hitting a sparkling .438 and his homer handed Jered Weaver, brother of former Dodger Jeff Weaver, his firs professional loss.

The Bees stung starter Aaron Sele (1-0) for all four of their runs in the first inning. However the former Major Leaguer held on to win his first game of the season.

Oscar Robles doubled with two outs in the second and scored on a single by Russell Martin. Red-hot Wilson Valdez followed with a two-run homer. Martin added an RBI double in the eighth inning.

The 51s shrugged of their first loss and improved their record to 7-1.

Sele worked six innings and had five strikeouts. Joe Beimel and Jonathan Broxton added a perfect inning and Broxton claimed his second save.

The 51s finally go on the road for the first time this season, moving to Sacramento for a four-game series.
 
  Las Vegas  ab r h bi ave
Weber CF      4 0 0 0 .211
Aybar 3B      4 1 4 1  .438
Ethier RF     3 0 2 0 .400
Guzman 1B     4 0 1 0 .375
Young, D LF   4 0 0 0 .185
Truby DH      4 0 1 0 .316
Alvarez PR-DH 0 1 0 0 .375
Robles 2B     3 1 1 0 .320
Martin C      4 1 2 2 .364
Valdez SS     4 1 1 2 .360
  Las Vegas  34 5 12 5
  Salt Lake  33 3   7 3

Score by innings
 Salt Lake  300 000 000-3 
 Las Vegas  030 010 01x-5 

2B hits- Aybar (3), Robles (2), Truby (2).
HR- Aybar (3). RBI- Martin, R 2 (5), Valdez 
2 (5), Aybar (13). S- Robles. LOB- Salt 
Lake 4, Las Vegas 7. CS- Ethier (1).
DP- Las Vegas 1 (Valdez, Robles and 
Guzman, J).

  Las Vegas    in h r-er bb so era
Sele (W,1-0)  6.0 6 3-3  0  5 3.60
Beimel        2.0 2 0-0  0  2 0.00
Broxton (S,2) 1.0 0 0-0  0  1 0.00
  T- 2-23. Att- 4,901.
Jacksonville Shakes Slump-- Jacksonville (3-5) broke out of an early season slump, banging out 11 hits en route to a 6-1 win over the hottest team in the Southern League, Montgomery, who slipped to 6-2.

The Suns nine men to the plate in the second inning.

Justin Ruggiano started things with a one-out single and Anthony Raglani walked with two out but Brad Cresse then singled in the Suns first run in 13 innings.

Sergio Garcia beat out an infield single and a run scored when the throw was wild. Tony Abreu was hit by a pitch before Chin-Lung Hu singled up the middle to score two for a 4-0 Suns lead. It was the biggest inning so far in 2006.

Justin Ruggiano got things going again in the fifth, driving in Matt Kemp and AJ Brazell for a 6-0 lead

Starter Heath Totten (1-0), lowered his ERA to 2.45, kept the allowing only one hit in the first three innings and four hits through his six. He struck out six.

Reliever Casey Hoorelbeke allowed a run in two innings and Mark Alexander worked a shutout ninth.

Ruggiano, Cresse and Garcia each had a pair of hits.

Former Dodger Chuck Tiffany starts Friday (tonight) against former teammate Joel Hanrahan (0-1, 1.93) in the second game of the five-game set.
  Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B        4 0 1 0 .208
Hu SS           5 0 1 2 .226
Kemp CF         5 1 1 0 .242
Brazell 1B      4 1 1 0 .235
Ruggiano, J RF  3 1 2 2 .200
Zapp DH         2 0 0 0 .240
Raglani LF      2 1 1 0 .158
Cresse C        4 1 2 1 .176
Garcia 3B       4 1 2 1 .182
  Jacksonville 35 6 11 6
  Montgomery   34 3  6 1

  Score by innings
Montgomery    000 000 100-1 
Jacksonville  040 020 00x-6 

  Error- Montgomery 2, Garcia. 2B hits- 
Brazell (1), Garcia (1). RBI- Cresse (3), 
Garcia (2), Hu 2 (2), Ruggiano 2 (4). LOB- 
Montgomery  8, Jacksonville 9. SB- 
Ruggiano, J (1). DP- Jacksonville 1 
(Hu, Abreu and Brazell).

  Jacksonville  in h r-er bb so era
Totten (W,1-0) 6.0 4 0-0  0  6 2.45
Hoorelbeke     2.0 2 1-1  1  2 1.35
Alexander      1.0 0 0-0  1  3 0.00
  HBP- Abreu, Raglani. T- 2-38. Att- 7,702.
Same One-Run Song For Vero-- The Dodgers are getting tired of talking about it after losing their sixth game of the season by one run. Brevard scored an unearned run in the seventh inning to win 3-2.

Starter Julio Pimentel gave up a pair of runs in the first inning but the Dodgers scored on in the third on an Xavier Paul single and tied it in the sixth after Ryan Carter hit the first of his two triples and scored on a Travis Denker single.

Former Dodger Travis Ezi singled to open the inning and scored the winning run when a double play ball was thrown away.

Julio Pimentel started and gave up a pair of runs in seven innings. Reliever Brian Akin (0-1) took the tough loss.

Carter's two triples lead the Dodgers. Jimmy Rohan had a pair of singles while Paul and Denker drove in the runs.
  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Hoffmann CF   3 0 1 0 .200
Paul RF       4 0 1 1 .214
DeWitt 2B     4 0 0 0 .194
Westervelt DH 4 0 1 0 .312
Carter LF     4 1 2 0 .360
Denker 3B     4 0 1 0 .174
Mooneyham 1B  4 0 1 0 .348
Rohan SS      3 1 2 1 .286
Nicholson PR  0 0 0 0 .000
Gutierrez C   2 0 1 0 .143
Bruce PH      1 0 0 0 .280
  Totals     33 2 10 2
  Brevard    31 3  7 2

  Score by innings
Vero Beach     001 100 000-2
Brevard County 200 000 10x-3

  Errors- Gutierrez DeWitt, Rohan; Brevard 1. 
2B hits- Westervelt (2). 3B hits- Carter 2 (3). 
RBI- Paul (3), Denker, T (4). S- Hoffmann, 
Gutierrez. LOB- Vero Beach 7, Brevard 10. 
SB- Brevard 2. CS- Denker, T (1); Brevard 2. 
DP- Vero Beach 1 (Rohan and Mooneyham); 
Brevard 2.

  Vero Beach  in h r-er bb so era
Pimentel     5.0 7 2-2  3  5 2.70
Akin (L,1-2) 2.0 2 1-0  1  2 1.12
Wilson       1.0 0 0-0  1  0 0.00
  WP- Pimentel. T- 2-41.
Catfish Boot Four in 7-1 Loss-- Columbus (4-3) made four errors in a 7-1 to Charleston, breaking a four game winning streak in the process.

Three Columbus pitchers shared he load equally, working three innings each and allowed only a pair of unearned runs. Mario Alvarez (0-2) started, worked three scoreless innings and fanned four but took the loss because of four unearned runs. He was followed by Matt Gomez de Segura and Arismendy Castillo.

The single Catfish run was scored in the first when Adam Godwin singled, stole second base and scored on Russ Mitchell's double. Columbus could manage only two more hits the rest of the game.

LHP Alberto Bastardo (1-0, 1.80), LDDugout.com pitcher of the week, who has allowed just one run in five innings while striking out a Catfish season high 10 hitters in his last start, gets the call Friday (tonight).
  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     3 1 1 0 .250
Mitchell 3B   4 0 1 1 .250
Perez DH      4 0 0 0 .167
Pedroza RF    2 0 0 0 .250
Locke LF      3 0 1 0 .267
Apodaca C     3 0 0 0 .167
Sutherland 1B 3 0 1 0 .118
Rivera SS     3 0 0 0 .125
De Jesus 2B   3 0 0 0 .118
  Totals     28 1 4 1
  Charleston 33 7 8 7

  Score by innings 
Charleston 103 101 010-7 
Columbus   100 000 000-1 

  Errors- E- Alvarez, Locke, Rivera, De Jesus; 
Charleston 1. 2B hits- Mitchell (2,). RBI- 
Mitchell (1). LOB- Columbus 2, Charleston 
4. SB- Godwin (3); Charleston 4. DP- Columbus 
2 (Mitchell-Sutherland, Mitchell-De Jesus-
Sutherland); Charleston 4.

  Columbus        in h r-er bb so era
Alvarez (L, 0-2) 3.0 2 4-0  2  4 9.53
Gomez de Segura  3.0 3 2-1  1  3 1.80
Castillo         3.0 3 1-1  3  0 7.11
  T- 2-28. Att- 1,111

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