Stults Shuts Down Sky Sox 7-0

Eric Stults worked seven as Las Vegas tagged Colorado Springs with a 7-0 whitewash. Jacksonville used a two-run double by Andy LaRoche to score six in the sixth inning and top WTenn 6-4. Vero Beach had trouble getting the third out in the third and fourth innings and it cost them a 7-3 loss to Brevard County. Dave Sutherland went 4-for-4 but a five-run Rome fifth handed Columbus a 9-4 loss.

Vegas Spins a Shutout-- Eric Stults pitched seven innings, allowing only five hits, and Willy Aybar continued to punish the ball, driving in three runs, as Las Vegas blanked visiting Colorado Springs, 7-0, on Thursday.

The 51s have won five of their last seven games and boosted their league-leading record to 14-7.

Stults (2-1) walked one and struck out seven over his seven innings of work and he got solid support from the bullpen as Eric Hull tossed a scoreless eighth to lower his ERA to 0.82, and Harold Eckert added the final zero in the ninth.

Las Vegas took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and made it hold up until a five-run seventh put the game on ice. Aybar, who went 2-for-4 with two runs, highlighted the big inning with a bases-loaded double, boosting his average to .379 and giving him a Pacific Coast League-leading 28 RBI.

Catcher Russell Martin singled and banged his eighth double to finish the game with a .310 average. Joel Guzman knocked in a pair of runs to give him 18 for the season.
  Score by innings-
Colorado Springs 000 000 000-0
Las Vegas        100 000 51x-7

  Las Vegas    ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS       3 1 0 0 .324
Aybar 2B        4 2 2 3 .379
Ethier CF-RF    3 0 1 0 .366
Guzman LF       3 0 1 3 .325
  Hull P        0 0 0 0 .000
  Duncan CF     0 0 0 0 .176
Loney 1B        4 0 1 0 .333
Martin C        4 1 2 0 .310
Young RF-LF     3 1 0 0 .225
Truby 3B        3 1 1 1 .200
Stults P        2 0 0 0 .000
  Weber a- PH   0 0 0 0 .227
  Alvarez PH-LF 2 1 0 0 .429
  Eckert P      0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals     31 7 8 6
    CSprings   30 0 6 0

  Errors- none.  2B hits - Loney (1), 
Aybar (7), Martin, R (). RBI- Guzman 2 
(18), Aybar 3 (28), Truby (9). SF- 
Guzman, J. LOB- Colorado Springs 6, 
Las Vegas 5.

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Stults (W,2-1) 7.0 5  0-0 1  6 3.43
Hull           1.0 0  0-0 0  1 0.82
Eckert         1.0 1  0-0 0  1 6.94
  T- 2:51. Att- 3,626.
Big Sixth Boosts Suns-- Jacksonville recorded six runs on five hits in the sixth inning and then fought off the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx for a 6-4 victory in game one of the series.

The two starters were particularly tough as Jacksonville's Danny Muegge (2-2) held the No. 1 batting team in the league to seven hits and three runs over the first six innings. The Suns could only manage three hits and five base runners in the first five innings.

The Suns broke out in the sixth inning. Tony Abreu reached on an error and Matt Kemp singled to open the inning. Andy LaRoche belted his first extra-base hit since April 19, a double to left-center, to score both runners. Justin Ruggiano was hit by a pitch and A.J. Zapp added an RBI single. Anthony Raglani lined a one-out RBI double before Muegge sliced a double to drive in two runs for a 6-0 cushion.

West Tenn used four hits and an error to bounce back with four runs to cut the Jacksonville lead to 6-4.

Jose Diaz pitched a perfect eighth inning while Mark Alexander walked the first man of the ninth inning, but retired the next three in order to record his fourth save of the season and keep his ERA at a minimum 0.00..

Justin Orenduff (1-1, 4.66) starts game two of the series tonight.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 006 000-6 
West Tenn    000 000 400-4 
 
 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Hu SS          5 0 2 0 .270
Abreu 2B       5 1 0 0 .269
Kemp CF        5 1 1 0 .325
LaRoche 3B     4 1 1 2 .230
Ruggiano RF    3 1 1 0 .232
  Alvarez P    0 0 0 0 .000
  Diaz P       0 0 0 0 .000
  Alexander P  0 0 0 0 .000
Zapp 1B        4 1 1 1 .206
Cresse C       4 0 0 0 .196
Raglani LF     4 1 2 1 .218
Muegge P       3 0 1 2 .500
  Ruan RF      1 0 0 0 .353
    Suns      38 6 9 6
    WTenn     37 4 9 3

  Error- Raglani.  2B hits- LaRoche (3),
Raglani (3), Muegge (1). RBI- LaRoche 2 
(11), Zapp (6), Raglani (4), Muegge 2 (2).
LOB- Jacksonville 6, WTenn 8.

 Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Muegge (W,2-2)  6.1 7  3-3 1  6 4.30
Alvarez         0.2 2  1-1 0  1 5.79
Diaz            1.0 0  0-0 0  0 1.12
Alexander (S,4) 1.0 0  0-0 1  1 0.00
  WP- Muegge. Balk- Alvarez. HBP- Ruggiano, 
1 by Muegge. T-:2-54. Att- 1,466.
Two-Out Rallies Doom Dodgers-- The Dodgers just couldn't get the big third out when they needed it and Brevard County took advantage of that to defeat Vero Beach 7-3 Thursday night, snapping a three-game winning streak for the Dodgers.

Brevard banged across four in the third and three in the fourth, all with two out.

Cole Bruce went 3-for-4 and David Nicholson drove in two runs for the Dodgers who had their season-long 3-game winning streak snapped.

Matt Merricks took the loss, giving up seven earned runs in four innings. Ramon Troncoso held the Manatees scoreless for four innings, allowing two singles while striking out five. Wesley Wright added with a scoreless ninth.

The Dodgers scored two in the third when Chris Westervelt and Jamie Hoffman hit back-to-back singles. Dave Nicholson singled home Westervelt and Hoffman scored on a balk to make it 4-2.

In the fifth, Bruce, who had three of the Dodgers' seven hits, led off with a single. Westervelt walked, a fly moved him to third. Nicholson then picked up his second RBI with a sacrifice fly.
  Score by innings
Brevard County 004 300 000-7
Vero Beach     002 100 000-3 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Nicholson SS  3 0 1 2 .294
Rohan RF      4 0 0 0 .318
DeWitt 2B     4 0 0 0 .273
Carter LF     4 0 0 0 .282
Borders C     3 0 1 0 .182
Denker 3B     3 0 0 0 .194
  Paul PH     1 0 0 0 .234
Bruce 1B      4 1 3 0 .283
Westervelt DH 3 1 1 1 .269
Hoffmann CF   3 1 1 0 .203
    Totals   32 3 7 3
    Manatees 34 7 8 7

  Errors- DeWitt. RBI- Nicholson 2 (5). SF- 
Nicholson. Brevard 5, Vero Beach 5. DP- 
(Nicholson, DeWitt and Bruce).

  Vero Beach      in h r-er bb so era
Merricks (L,0-1) 4.0 5  7-7 1  4 5.59
Troncoso         4.0 2  0-0 1  5 9.31
Wright           1.0 1  0-0 0  1 2.70
  HBP- 2 by Merricks. T- 2:38. Att- 835.
Five in Fifth Kills Fish-- Columbus lost their fourth straight game to Rome Thursday night with a five-run fourth inning doing most of the damage.

Marlon Arias (3-1) lost his first game of the season after being tagged with eight hits and seven runs over four innings. His earned run average jumped from 2.25 to 4.95 James McDonald gave up a pair of runs in his three innings of work and Arismendy Castillo tacked on a shutout eighth.

Braves pitching cooled the hot Columbus hitters, handing Lucas May an 0-for-5 and Russell Mitchell an 0-for-4.

But Dave Sutherland singled three times and doubled and Sergio Pedroza smacked a solo home run in the eighth inning and finished with a pair of runs batted in. The Fish outhit Rome 12-10 and Adam Godwin chipped in with two singles, Ivan DeJesus also had two hits and knocked in the third run.
  Score by innings
Columbus 020 000 011-4 
Rome     100 510 20x-9

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     4 0 2 0 .254
May DH        5 0 0 0 .239
Pedroza RF    4 1 1 2 .295
Mitchell 3B   4 0 0 0 .346
Locke LF      4 0 1 0 .322
Sutherland 1B 4 1 4 0 .281
Apodaca C     3 1 1 0 .234
Soto 2B       3 1 1 0 .246
De Jesus SS   4 0 2 1 .234
  Totals     35 4 12 3 .262
  Rome       29 9 10 9 .257

  Errors- none. 2B hits- Sutherland (3). HR- 
Pedroza (4). RBI- De Jesus (9), Pedroza 2 (14).
LOB- Columbus 9, Rome 5. CS- Locke (1).
DP- (Mitchell, Soto and Sutherland).

  Columbus     in h r-er bb so era
Arias (L,3-1) 4.0 8  7-7 4  4  4.95
McDonald      3.0 1  2-2 3  4  2.70
Castillo      1.0 1  0-0 0  0  4.40
  HBP- 1by McDonald. T- 2:44. Att- 3,031.

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