Infield Hit in 12th gives Jacksonville a Win

An old baseball adage says while hitting and pitching may come and go, speed comes to the park every game. Wilkin Ruan seemed to prove that point Friday night when he beat out an infield hit to dive in the winning run for Jacksonville in a 12 inning contest. Las Vegas dropped their second game of the season, Vero lost their 7th one run game and Columbus road strong pitching again to win their first home series of the season.

Late Rally Darkens Sun-- Sacramento scored early to lead and later to win, topping Las Vegas 4-3 in the River Cats home opener.

Starter Will Juarez gave up only two hits in his five innnings of work but they were both homeruns by the Sacramento leadoff man. Las Vegas batted back to take the lead, scoring once in the fourth and once in the fifth.

Delwyn Young doubled home Andre Ethier in the fourth to tie and Ed Bellorin and Jon Weber gave Las Vegas a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

Reliever Luis Gonzalez (0-1) replaced Juarez in the sixth and allowed the go-ahead run and was charged with the loss.

Ruan's Speed Boosts Jacksonville-- Outfielder Wilkin Ruan beat out an infield hit in the last of the 12th inning to drive in the winning run in a 4-3 win over Montgomery.

The Suns took a 2-0 on a RBI double from Tony Abreu in the first and a third inning RBI single from Andy LaRoche. The Biscuits scored in the fourht and took the lead in the sixth on a two-run triple when the ball got away from rightfielder Justin Ruggiano.

Ruggiano redeemed himself in the the eighth inning with a long home run that tied the game 3-3.

Jacksonville loaded the bases in the ninth and 10th but couldn't get the winning run across the plate. But the Suns bullpen allowed only three Montgomery baserunners through the final six innings. Carlos Alvarez, Jose Diaz, Alvis Ojeda and Mark Alexander took over in relief of starter Joel Hanrahan.

In the twelfth inning as with two out Wilkin Ruan grounded to second and beat the throw to the pitcher covering the bag. On the play, Justin Ruggiano, who had walked to lead off the inning and stolen second base, crossed the plate as the game-winning run.

Alexander (2-1) picked up the victory.

The One-Run Curse Continues-- Vero Beach took a 1-0 lead into the ninth but Brevard County came back with two runs after a disputed play to hand the Dodgers their seventh one-run defeat of the early season.

Ryan Carter ddoubled in the seventh and with two outs Jimmy Rohan singled in Carter to make it 1-0.

Matt Merricks, who fanned 12 batters in seven shutout innings, deserved a better fate, leaving the game in a 0-0 tie. Despite not earning a win, Merricks has an 11-inning scoreless streak.

Ramon Troncoso replaced Merricks in the eighth and allowed an infield hit to lead off the ninth. The next hitter attempted to bunt but was hit by a pitch. There was a long delay as the Dodgers protested the call -- then when play resumed, a single to right was misplayed, allowing both runners to score end the game.

Dodgers fall to 1-8 with seven of the eight losses by one run, the other was a 2-run loss.

Fish Win First Home Series-- Columbus earned a 2-1 win over the RiverDogs and took the series three games to one thanks Alberto Bastardo (2-0) did not allow a run over 5 innings and gave up just two hits and one walk to earn his second win.

The Catfish scratched out their two runs in the fourth inning when both Eduardo Perez and Sergio Pedroza walked. With one out, a wild pitch allowed Perez to score. Then Russ Mitchell lined a line shot past the shortstop for a triple as Pedroza scored easily.

Charleston scored in the eighth but Francisco Felix earn his third save of the season.

No Boxes-- Due to circumstances beyond our control, no box scores could be used with his report. We will resume as soon as possible.

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