Strong Pitching Prevails; Only Vegas Wins

Aaron Sele continued his bid for a spot in the Dodger rotation by allowing two hits over five innings as Las Vegas stopped Colorado Springs 4-2. A.J. Zapp knocked in three runs for Jacksonville in a 5-4 loss to West Tenn. Blake Johnson rang up five shutout innings but Vero lost to West Palm 2-1 for the second night in a row. Al Bastardo worked six shutout innings and the Fish took a 1-0 lead into the eighth but lost 7-3 to Asheville.

One Big Innings Holds Up-- The 51s used strong pitching by Aaron Sele, Harold Eckert and Jon Broxton and a four-run sixth inning to earn a 4-2 victory over Colorado Springs on Sunday.

Sele went five innings, retiring the first 12 batters and ultimately allowing two hits to go with five strikeouts. Eckert (1-0) allowed two runs on four hits and fanned three over 3.1 innings to collect the win, his first of the season.

Jonathan Broxton struck out the last two batters to notch his fifth save.

After Wilson Valdez scored and Andre Ethier reached first on a fielder's choice in the sixth inning, Jon Weber, Russell Martin Jr. and Sergio Garcia hit consecutive RBI singles for the 51s, woi improved to 16-8.

A ninth-inning homer drove in both runs for the Sky Sox.

Las Vegas collected seven hits, all singles, and won the four-game series, 3-1.
 Score by innings
 CSprings  000 000 002-2
 Las Vegas 000 004 00x-4 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS    3 1 0 0 .312
Aybar 3B     3 0 1 0 .367
Ethier RF    3 1 0 1 .349
Guzman 1B    4 0 1 0 .330
Loney 1B     0 0 0 0 .444
Weber LF     4 1 1 1 .216
Martin, R C  4 1 1 1 .284
Garcia 2B    4 0 1 1 .375
Duncan CF    4 0 2 0 .211
Sele P       1 0 0 0 .000
Young PH     1 0 0 0 .237
Eckert P     2 0 0 0 .000
Broxton P    0 0 0 0 .000
   Totals   33 4 7 4
   CSprings 32 2 6 2

  Errors- none. RBI- Ethier (11), Weber (5), 
Martin, R (8), Garcia (2). LOB- CSprings
4, Las Vegas 8. SB- Valdez (2), Weber (3).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Sele            5.0 2  0-0 0  5 2.43
Eckert (W, 1-0) 3.1 4  2-2 0  3 6.60
Broxton (S, 5)  0.2 0  0-0 0  2 0.00
  PB- Martin. HBP- Valdez.
T- 2-39. Att- 2,624.
Zapp Three-run Homer Falls Short-- An eighth inning, Suns first baseman A.J. Zapp was not enough as the Suns could not overcome an early 5-0 deficit and lost 5-4 to the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx.

West Tenn tagged starter Joel Hanrahan for a run in the second inning and added two runs in the fourth. A close play on a stolen base in the fifth went against the Suns and West Tenn cashed in another run in the fifth for a 4-0 lead.

Jacksonville left six men on base in the first four innings, four in scoring position.

Jacksonville scored in the sixth inning when Justin Ruggiano singled and A.J. Zapp scored on the right fielder's error but WTenn picked up another run in the fifth.

Zapp slugged his third homerun, a three-run shot over the right field wall to cut the Diamond Jaxx lead to 5-4 but Jacksonville could get no closer.

Starter Joel Hanrahan fell to 2-2 in the loss.

Centerfielder Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 15 games, longest in the Southern League, and reached base in his 18th straight game with an eighth inning infield single.

Spike Lundberg (2-1, 1.31) starts against the Diamond Jaxx Monday (tonight).
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 002 030-4
West Tenn010 210 10x-5 
 
 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Hu SS         4 0 0 0 .267
Abreu 2B      5 0 2 0 .273
Kemp CF       5 1 1 0 .323
LaRoche 3B    2 1 0 0 .226
Zapp 1B       4 2 2 3 .219
Ruggiano RF   3 0 3 0 .260
Raglani LF    3 0 0 0 .197
Ellis C       4 0 0 0 .200
Hanrahan P    2 0 0 0 .167
 Ruan PH      1 0 0 0 .293
 Ojeda P      0 0 0 0 .000
 Brazell PH   1 0 0 0 .234
 Alvarez P    0 0 0 0 .000
   Totals    34 4 8 3
   WTenn     27 5 9 4

  Error- Abreu.  2B hits- Abreu (5), Ruggiano 
(6), Zapp (3). HR- Zapp (3). RBI- Zapp 3 (9).
LOB- Jacksonville 8, WTenn 6. SB- Hu (4).

  Jacksonville     in h r-er bb so era
Hanrahan (L, 2-2) 6.0 7  4-4 3  5 3.49
Ojeda             1.0 1  1-2 1  0 2.19
Alvarez           1.0 1  0-0 1  0 5.73
  T- 2-32. Att- 672.
Unearned Run Fatal-- An unearned run in the 8th inning helped Palm Beach stop the Dodgers 2-1 for the second night in a row. The loss spoiled five shutout innings from starter Blake Johnson.

Johnson left with a 1-0 lead. The former Second Round Draft Pick scattered four hits and one walk while striking out three Cardinals.

The Dodgers took a slim lead in the fifth when Xavier Paul singled and stole second and third. Jimmy Rohan's bouncer to second allowed Paul to score the Dodger's only. Rohan and Paul each finished with two hits.

The Cardinals tagged the Vero Beach bullpen for single runs in the sixth and eighth, the first time in a week the Dodger bullpen was scored upon.

Adam Thomas surrendered a solo home run in the sixth, the first run allowed by the Dodgers pen in 24 innings. In the eighth, a one-out walk stolen base set up a single to center that was fumbled, allowing the winning run to score.
  Score by innings
Palm Beach 000 001 010-2 
Vero Beach 000 010 000=1 

  Vero Beachab r h bi ave
Nicholson SS  4 0 1 0 .297
Russ CF       2 0 0 0 .276
Denker 3B     4 0 1 0 .188
Carter LF     3 0 0 0 .256
Borders C     4 0 1 0 .177
Paul RF       4 1 2 0 .253
Bruce DH      4 0 0 0 .278
Rohan 2B      4 0 1 1 .312
Hoffmann PR   0 0 0 0 .182
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 1 0 .288
    Total    32 1 7 1
    PBeach   30 2 6 1

   Error- Russ. RBI- Rohan (5). LOB- WPalm
4, Vero Beach 7. SB- Paul 2 (6). CS- Mooneyham 
(3), Hoffmann (2). DP- 4 (Denker, T-Rohan and
Mooneyham 2; Rohan, Nicholson and 
Mooneyham; Johnson, Nicholson and
Mooneyham).

  Vero Beach     in h r-er bb so era
Johnson         5.0 4  0-0 1  3 2.93
Thomas (L, 1-2) 3.0 2  2-1 2  1 0.55
Wright          1.0 0  0-0 1  0 2.35
  T- 2-34. Att- 991.
Columbus Pen Implodes-- A five-run ninth inning, including a grand slam home run, erased a 3-2 Catfish lead and Asheville collected a 7-3 win.

Starter Alberto Bastardo shut out the Tourists for the first six innings, allowing two hits and striking out six. Although his performance lowered his ERA to 1.65, it was not enough for a win.

Matt Gomez de Segura followed Bastardo with one perfect inning and Jordan Pratt gave up a pair of runs in the eighth to give the Tourists a 2-1 lead.

Columbus took back the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Ivan DeJesus singled and was bunted to second. DeJesus scored on a single by Lucas May, who in turn scored on a double by Sergio Pedroza.

Pratt couldn't hold the 3-2 lead in the ninth, loading the bases before he was handed the ball to Francisco Felix. Felix walked in the tying run, then gave up a grand slam. Pratt (1-1) took the loss, giving up his first earned runs of the season.

The final game of the series Monday (tonight) will see RHP James McDonald (1-1, 2.70) will make his first start.
  Score by innings
Asheville 000 000 025-7
Columbus  100 000 020-3

  Columbus  ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF    3 1 1 0 .241
May LF       4 1 1 1 .259
Pedroza RF   3 0 2 2 .296
Mitchell 1B  4 0 0 0 .323
Locke DH     4 0 0 0 .300
Perez 3B     3 0 0 0 .235
Apodaca C    4 0 0 0 .214
Soto 2B      4 0 0 0 .240
De Jesus SS  3 1 1 0 .250
 Total      32 3 5 3 .258
 Asheville  34 7 7 7 .271

  Error- none.  2B hits- Godwin (2), Pedroza (7).
RBI- Pedroza 2 (19), May (14). S- Godwin.
LOB- Asheville 5, Columbus 7.

  Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
Bastardo       6.0 2  0-0 3  6 1.65
Segura         1.0 0  0-0 0  1 7.59
Pratt (L, 1-1) 1.1 4  5-5 3  3 2.65
Felix          0.2 1  2-2 1  1 6.23
  WP- Felix. T- 2-42. Att- 508.

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