Columbus Only Winner on Easter Sunday

Shortstop Juan Rivera banged his first home run, a three-run shot, and knocked in four runs to lead Columbus to their second 9-5 victory in a row over Greenville. Jacksonville lost 3-2 to Carolina on a pair of home runs and neither Las Vegas (rain) or Vero Beach (open date) played Sunday.

Let's Play Two--Sunday's Pacific Coast League game between the Sacramento River Cats and the Las Vegas 51s has been postponed due to rain and wet field conditions. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday.

Saturday, April 15-- Sacramento thumped Las Vegas Saturday, 17-4, on Saturday. Starter Eric Stults (0-1) gave up five runs, although only three of them were earned, on six hits and five walks before leaving in the fifth. Delwyn Young hit a two-run double in the third to give Las Vegas (7-3) a short-lived 3-0 lead. Young and Willy Aybar each had two hits to lead the 51s

Suns Damaged Early-- Two long homeruns boosted the Mudcats to a 3-2 Easter Sunday victory. Carolina's first game began with a bang in the first inning when an error and a two-run homer over the 400 foot marker in centerfield gave 2-0 Carolina a quick lead. Starter Danny Muegge beat out an infield single, his first hit as a professional. Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu doubled to the wall in left-center put the Suns on the board and raise his average to .341. Carolina added a solo blast over the centerfield fence, extending the lead to 3-1. Jacksonville scored their last run in the seventh inning after Brad Cresse doubled and Craig Brazell drove him home on a fielder's choice. Muegge, besides going 2-for-2, worked a strong game, allowing only two other hits. With the loss he fell to 2-0.
   Score by innings
Jacksonville 001 000 100-2
Carolina     200 100 00x-3

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Hu SS          3 0 2 1 .341
Abreu 2B       4 0 0 0 .270
Kemp CF        4 0 1 0 .261
LaRoche 3B     3 0 0 0 .250
Zapp 1B        3 0 0 0 .189
Raglani LF     4 0 0 0 .148
Cresse C       4 1 2 1 .192
 Garcia PR     0 0 0 0 .214
Ruan RF        4 0 2 0 .333
Muegge P       2 1 2 0 .667
 Brazell PH    1 0 0 0 .222
 Hoorelbeke P  0 0 0 0 .000
 Ruggiano PH   1 0 0 0 .212
    Totals    33 2 9 1
    Carolina  28 3 5 3

  Error- Zapp.  2B- Hu (2), Kemp (5), 
Cresse (1). RBI- Hu (3), Brazell (8). 
S- Hu. LOB-Jacksonville 7, Carolina 4. 
SB: Kemp (1), Carolina 2. CS: Hu (1). 
DP: 2 (Muegge and Zapp;Muegge, Hu, 
LaRoche and Abreu).

  Jacksonville   in h r-er bb so era
Muegge (L,0-2)  6.0 4 3-2  2 0  4.24
Hoorelbeke      2.0 1 0-0  0 2  1.04
  HBP- 1by Hoorelbeke. T: 2:18. 
Att: 4,103.
Saturday, April 15-- First baseman Craig Brazell celebrated Jackie Robinson night in his own way, smacking a grand slam in the first inning to boost the Suns to a 7-3 win over Carolina on Saturday in Jacksonville. Chin-Lung Hu, Tony Abreu and Matt Kemp had consecutive singles before Brazell launched a one-out pitch over the right-field fence for his first homer of the season. Brazell went 2-for-4. Chin-Lung Hu went 4-for-5 as Jacksonville collected 14 hits and won its third straight game. Kemp was 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI and Abreu finished 3-for-5 with an RBI. Spike Lundberg (1-0) was staked to the early lead, pitching 5.1 innings to pick up the victory. He allowed one run on five hits, walked three and struck out five. Greg Miller pitched the final two innings to pick up his first save of the season.

Celebrating Jackie Robinson Night the Suns presented the first legend 3,000 fans a replica Brooklyn Dodger hat and Jacksonville wore replica Brooklyn #42 jerseys that were auctioned off during the game.

Open Date for Vero--Vero Beach had an open date on Easter Sunday

April 15-- Brevard County put numbers on the board in all but two innings Saturday night to defeat Vero Beach 9-4.

The two clubs are heading in opposite directions here in the first weeks of the season. The Manatees improved their league-best record to 9-1, while the Dodgers dropped their sixth straight and fell to 1-9.

Zach Hammes started in place of Chris Malone for the Dodgers and ran into trouble in the first inning. A walk and a single to the first two batters set up the Manatees first two runs. Vero trailed 3-0 after two.

The Dodgers used a pair of errors to get on the board in the third. Ryan Russ singled across Jimmy Rohan and David Nicholson to pull Vero Beach within a run. Brevard scored in the fourth, before Blake DeWitt drilled a double.

Cole Bruce singled to score him. then Ryan Carter and Pat Borders singed to tie the game at four. Wesley Wright was tagged with the loss. DeWitt, Bruce and David Nicholson each recorded two hits in the loss.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 002 020 000-4 
Brevard    210 110 13x-9

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Hoffmann CF   4 0 0 0 .189
Russ RF       5 0 1 2 .167
DeWitt 2B     5 1 2 1 .231
Bruce 1B      3 1 2 1 .312
Carter LF     3 0 1 0 .344
Borders C     4 0 1 1 .077
Denker 3B     4 0 0 0 .129
Rohan DH      3 1 0 0 .286
 Paul, PH-DH  1 0 0 0 .188
Nicholson SS  4 1 2 0 .200
  Totals     36 4  9 4
  Brevard    34 9 10 8

  Error- Carter- 2B- DeWitt (3).  
LOB- Vero Beach 8. SB- Brevard 1. 
CS: Nicholson (1), Brevard 1. DP- 
(Wright-Nicholson-Dewitt), Brevard 1.
 
  Vero Beach    in h r-er bb so era
Hammes         4.0 6 4-4  1  4 5.40
Wright (L,0-1) 2.0 3 2-2  2  2 4.91
Thomas         1.0 0 0-0  0  1 0.00
Castillo       1.0 4 3-3  0  2 15.00
  WP: Hammes. T: 3:03. Att: 2,917.


Let's Do this Again-- Columbus enjoyed the 9-5 victory so much that they did it again Sunday, using a 14-hit attack to dump Greenville.

Juan Rivera's three-run homer in the third inning boosted the Catfish to their second straight 9-5 win. He added a sacrifice fly to earn his first home run and four RBI of the season. Jesus Soto and Juan Apodaca each collected three hits to lead the attack, Soto adding a double. Andrew Locke went 2-for-2 with a pair of two-base hits.

Marlon Arias won his second game against no losses, working five innings and allowing five hits and a pair of runs. David Pfeiffer was tagged for three runs in the eighth and Jesus Castillo, Fernando Felix and Cory Wade shared the final 1.1 innings.
Score by innings
Greenville 000 110 030-5
Columbus   015 020 01x-9

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     5 0 1 1 .211
Soto DH       5 2 3 1 .235
Perez 3B      4 0 1 1 .265
Mitchell 1B   4 1 1 1 .344
May RF        5 0 1 0 .185
Locke LF      5 2 2 1 .292
Apodaca C     4 2 3 0 .250
Rivera SS     3 1 1 4 .136
De Jesus 2B   4 1 1 0 .160
 Totals      39 9 14 8
 Greenville  38 5 11 5

  Errors- Greenville 4, Pfeiffer 2. 
2B- Mitchell (3), Locke 2 (2), Soto 
(2). HR: Rivera (1). RBI- Rivera 4 
(4), Mitchell (5), Locke (2), Godwin 
(5), Perez (4). SF: Rivera; Perez. 
LOB- Greenville 7, Columbus 9. SB: 
Godwin (4), May (2).

  Columbus     in h r-er bb so era
Arias (W,2-0) 5.0 5 2-2  2  2.70
Pfeiffer      2.2 5 3-3  0  3 8.53
Castillo      0.1 0 0-0  1  0 6.75
Felix         0.1 0 0-0  0  1 0.00
Wade          0.2 1 0-0  0  1 4.15
  PB- Apodaca (2). T- 2:45. Att- 460.
April 15-- The Catfish exploded for 15 hits in a 9-5 win over Greenville Saturday. Every starter collected in at least one hit with seven going for extra bases. Russ Mitchell. Mitchell extended his hitting streak to six games on a 3-for-4 night with his first home run of the season and two RBI. He is now batting .357. 1B David Sutherland also had three hits including his first home run and three RBI. Eduardo Perez joined the other two with a trio of hits, including a solo homer. The Catfish were 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Jesus Rodriguez went three shutout innings with Jordan Pratt (1-0) earning his first win of the season after not allowing a hit over 3 innings in relief. James McDonald followed with 3.1 innings and RHP Cory Wade finished off the final two batters.

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