Jackson, Columbus Earn Wins, Vegas Thumped

Los Vegas wasted five shutout innings by Chad Billingsley and lost 9-2 to Sacramento, only their second defeat this season at home. Jacksonville scored twice in the first then held on behind strong bullpen work to win 2-1. Columbus lost an early lead, then allowed seven runs in the final three innings but finished with a wild, 11-10 win.

Late Rally Dumps Vegas-- The 51s trailed 1-0 going into the seventh inning but the River Cats beat up on three Las Vegas relievers to take a 9-2 decision.

Starter Chad Billingsley gave up just three hits. two walks and fanned five, left after five innings and 96 pitches with the game knotted at 0-0.

Reliever Luis Gonzalez allowed a single run in the sixth and Justin Reid was thumped for a pair of runs in the seventh. Three unearned runs off Justin Simmons in the eighth gave the visitors a 9-0 lead.

Joel Guzman, who had three hits including a pair of doubles, and Nick Alvarez drove in runs in the eighth inning, but it was too late. Las Vegas (11-6) lost for just the second time in nine home games this season.
  Score by innings
Sacramento 000 001 230-9 
Las Vegas  000 000 020-2 

  Las Vegas  ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS     4 1 1 0 .283
Aybar 2B      5 0 1 0 .389
Ethier RF     5 0 0 0 .377
Guzman DH     4 1 3 1 .319
Young LF      4 0 0 0 .254
Martin C      3 0 3 0 .312
Alvarez 1B    4 0 1 1 .478
Truby 3B      4 0 0 0 .222
Duncan CF     4 0 1 0 .207
  Totals     37 2 10 2 
  Sacramento 35 9  9   8

  Errors- Truby, Alvarez, Aybar. 2B hits- 
Aybar (5), Guzman 2 (5). RBI- Guzman (14), 
Alvarez (6). LOB- Sacramento 11, Las Vegas 10.
CS- Martin(1). DP- (Martin and Valdez).

  Las Vegas       in h r-er bb so era
Billingsley      5.0 3 0-0  2  6 2.21
Gonzalez (L,0-2) 1.0 1 1-1  2  0 3.09
Reid             1.1 3 2-2  0  2 5.62
Simmons          1.2 2 3-0  3  0 7.71
  HBP- 1 by Billingsley. T- 3-02. Att- 5,323.
Suns Score Early, Hang On-- Jacksonville scored twice in the first inning, before latecomers had even settled into their seats, and then hung on to the slim margin behind solid pitching to stop Birmingham 2-1.

Starter Justin Orenduff and relievers Jose Diaz and Mark Alexander limited the Barons to five hits over the afternoon with Orenduff working the first six, fanning eight and earning his first victory of the season.

Chin-Lung Hu led off the first inning with a double. Tony Abreu followed with a ground-rule double to drive in Hu and Andy LaRoche scored him with a ground ball.

Orenduff allowed his first hit in the fourth, a solo homerun, which cut the Jacksonville lead to 2-1.

Jacksonville's bullpen has allowed only 11 earned runs in 60.2 innings, good for a combined ERA of 1.65. In addition, the relievers have only allowed a total of 29 hits this season.

The Suns remained in the top spot in the Southern League's South Division with the victory.
  Score by innings
Birmingham   000 100 000-1
Jacksonville 200 000 00x-2
 
 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Hu SS          2 1 1 0 .279
Sprout 2B      1 0 0 0 .000
Abreu 2B-SS    3 1 2 1 .267
Kemp CF        4 0 1 0 .309
LaRoche 3B     4 0 0 1 .241
Brazell 1B     3 0 1 0 .190
Ruggiano RF    3 0 0 0 .241
Zapp DH        3 0 1 0 .204
Cresse C       3 0 0 0 .200
Raglani LF     3 0 0 0 .205
  Totals      31 2 6 2
  Birmingham  31 1 5 1

  Error- LaRoche.  2B hits- Hu (3), Abreu (3), 
Zapp (2). RBI- Abreu (7), LaRoche (8).
S- Abreu. LOB- Birmingham 4, Jacksonville 5.
DP- 2 (Sprout, Abreu and Brazell, LaRoche,
Abreu and Brazell).

  Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Orenduff (W,1-1) 6.0 4 1-1  1  8 4.66
Diaz             2.0 1 0-0  1  0 1.29
Alexander (S,3)  1.0 0 0-0  0  1 0.00
 WP- Orenduff, J. T- 2-20. Att- 6,490.
Vero Rained Out- Lightning delayed the start of Saturday night's game against the Daytona Cubs and rain ultimately caused it's postponement. Because the Dodgers do not face the Cubs at home again in the First Half of the season, it will be made up at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona.

. Columbus Holds Early Lead-- The Catfish blasted out a 10-3 lead after seven innings, then had to fight tooth and nail to hold survive five unearned runs to take an 11-10 victory at Asheville.

Russell Mitchell continues to pound the ball, smacking his fourth home run in the fourth with one man on base and adding two doubled, his eighth and ninth of the young season, and two more RBI to boost his average to .339.

Lucas May homered for the second consecutive game, his fourth of the year and Jesus Soto slugged a pair of doubles and batted in two runs.

Sergio Pedroza singled three times and had two RBI and Adam Godwin singled twice, knocked in two runs and stole his sixth base.

Marlon Arias started and earned his third win, allowing four hits and three runs (one earned) while striking out 10 in six innings. Gomez de Segura was tagged with three unearned runs and Cory Wade gave up three in the ninth before Miguel Sanfler nailed it down by getting the final two Travelers for his third save.
  Score by innings
Columbus  000 410 501-11
Asheville 020 010 133-10

  Columbus  ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF    4 2 2 2 .212
Pedroza RF   4 1 3 2 .286
Perez 3B     4 2 1 0 .250
Mitchell 1B  5 2 3 3 .339
Locke DH     3 1 1 2 .333
May LF       5 1 1 2 .196
Apodaca C    4 0 1 0 .220
Soto 2B      4 2 2 0 .229
Rivera SS    4 0 1 0 .154
  Totals    37 11 15 11
  Asheville 38 10 11 10

  Errors- Perez, Mitchell, Rivera. 2B hits- 
Soto 2 (4), Mitchell 2 (9). HR- Mitchell (3), 
May (4), Pedroza (1). RBI- Mitchell 3 (10), 
May 2 (7), Godwin 2 (8), Pedroza 2 (5), 
Locke 2 (7).LOB- Columbus 4, Asheville 9. 
SB- Godwin 2(6). CS- Pedroza (1).

  Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
Arias (W,3-0)   6.0 4 3-1  3 10 0 2.25
Gomez de Segura 1.2 3 4-1  2  1 0 9.39
Wade            0.2 5 3-3  0  1 0 5.62
Sanfler (S,1)   0.2 0 0-0  0  0 0 5.23
  WP- Arias, M, Gomez de Segura.
T- 3-25. Att- 1,704.

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