Jacksonville, Vero Beach Nail Down Wins

Las Vegas was victim of a rare triple play and lost a 7-4 decision to Salt Lake. Jacksonville battered West Tennessee for 17 hits and nine runs in an easy win. Vero Beach score early and held on to stop Palm Beach 6-5 and Columbus walked eight en route to a 9-65 loss.

Triple play, Eight Walks Hurts Vegas-- Salt Lake turned a timely triple play and was the beneficiary of eight walks as they stopped Las Vegas 7-4 Monday.

Trailing 3-2 with runners at first and second base and none out in the fourth inning, Chris Truby smashed a line drive hit to the Salt Lake first baseman. He stepped on the bag to force Jon Weber, then threw to second to catch Delwyn Young to kill the potential rally.

William Juarez (1-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on two hits in four innings. Lance Carter and Hong-chih Kuo, just arrived from Los Angeles, pitched an inning each with Carter allowing a single in a scoreless inning and Kuo, still bothered by wildness, walked a pair and allowed a run.

Young homered in the ninth and finished 2-for-4 to lead the 51s (16-9), who have dropped two of three. Wilson Valdez doubled and scored twice for the 51s.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas 100 110 001-4
Salt Lake 030 030 01x-7

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS    4 2 1 0 .310
Aybar 2B     3 0 1 0 .366
Ethier RF    3 0 1 1 .349
Guzman DH    2 0 0 1 .323
Loney 1B     4 1 1 0 .409
Young LF     4 1 2 0 .250
Weber CF     4 0 1 1 .218
Truby 3B     4 0 0 0 .210
Bellorin C   3 0 0 0 .250
  Las Vegas 31 4 7 4
  Salt Lake 27 7 7 5

  E- Juarez (2), Truby (6). 2B hits- Valdez 
(3), Ethier (4). HR- Young (2). RBI- Ethier 
(12), Weber (6), Guzman (21), Young (11).
Team LOB- Salt Lake 6, Las Vegas 4. CS- 
Aybar (2). DP- (Aybar, Valdez and Loney).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Juarez (L, 1-2) 4.0 2 3-2  4  2   2.96
Nall            2.0 4 3-3  2  1  13.50
Carter          1.0 1 0-0  0  1   0.00
Kuo             1.0 0 1-1  2  0   9.00
  T- 2:43. Att- 4,412.
Seventeen Hits Help Suns-- A seventeen-hit explosion that resulted in nine runs erased an early 3-1 deficit and boosted the league-leading Suns to a 9-3 win over West Tennessee.

The Suns regained the lead in the fourth, scored two more in the fifth and cruised in with the win.

Three Jacksonville hitters recorded three hits, including Justin Ruggiano, A.J. Zapp, and Matt Kemp, who was a single short of the cycle. Zapp and Raglani had a pair of runs batted in.

Kemp also extended his hitting streak to a Southern League 2006 high of 16 games while extending his on-base run to 19 games, also a season high in the Southern League.

Spike Lundberg pitched five innings to improve to 3-1 with the win. Greg Miller pitched three innings, his longest of the year, while Casey Hoorelbeke finished the game with a perfect ninth.

Jacksonville travels to Birmingham to open a five-game series against the Barons tonight.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 010 320 102-9 
West Tenn    012 000 000-3 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Hu SS          6 0 1 0 .261
Abreu 2B       5 1 2 0 .280
Kemp CF        5 3 3 1 .337
LaRoche 3B     5 1 2 1 .236
Zapp 1B        4 2 3 2 .247
Ruggiano RF    4 2 3 1 .284
Cresse C       4 0 1 1 .193
Raglani LF     4 0 1 2 .200
Lundberg P     3 0 0 0 .167
Miller P       1 0 1 0 .500
Sprout PH      0 0 0 1 .125
Hoorelbeke P   0 0 0 0 .000
  Totals      41 9 17 9
  WTenn       34 3 9 3

  Error- Ruggiano. 2B hits- Abreu (6), 
Zapp (4), Raglani (4), Kemp (11), Cresse (3).
3B hit- Kemp (2). HR- Kemp (4). RBI- Cresse 
(7), Zapp 2 (11), Raglani 2 (6), Ruggiano (13), 
LaRoche (15), Kemp (15), Sprout (1).
SF- Cresse. LOB- 10, WTenn 8.

  Jacksonvillein h r-er bb so era
Lundberg (W, 3-1) 5.0 8 3 3 2 6 2.10
Miller            3.0 1 0 0 1 3 0.00
Hoorelbeke        1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0.61
  PB-Cresse (3) T-2:56. Att-750
Four Run First Boosts Vero-- The Dodgers let a 4-1 lead slip away but came back to beat the Cardinals 6-5 at Holman Stadium Monday night. It was the only win of the series for Vero.

The Cardinals scored a run in the first, but the Dodgers exploded for four in the bottom of the inning. Jimmy Rohan doubled with one out and Blake DeWitt singled to tie the score. Ryan Carter walked, Travis Denker doubled in DeWitt, Xavier Paul singled in Carter and when Paul stole second a throwing allowed Denker to come home from third base.

Julio Pimentel started and allowed four runs before leaving in the sixth inning, although only two of the runs were earned. Zach Hammes (2-0) earned the win in relief and Brian Akin and Kyle Wilson (save #3) held on for the win.

Vero Beach scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good. Jamie Hoffman singled and Ryan Russ was hit by a pitch. Russ was caught in a rundown and Hoffman was thrown at third. Russ advanced to second on the play and scored the tying run on a single by Rohan. On the throw to the plate, Rohan moved to third and scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

Xavier Paul finished the night 3-for-4. Rohan, DeWitt and Hoffman each chipped in two hits apiece.

The Dodgers have an off day Tuesday (tonight) but return to action in Daytona. The Dodgers' rainout against Daytona April 22 will be made up with a doubleheader at Jackie Robinson ballpark on Thursday May 4.
  Score by innings:
Palm Beach 100 004 000-5 
Vero Beach 400 002 00x-6 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Russ LF      4 1 1 0 .273
Rohan SS     4 2 2 1 .327
DeWitt 2B    4 1 2 1 .281
Carter DH    3 1 0 0 .247
Denker 3B    3 1 1 1 .194
Paul RF      4 0 3 1 .278
Westervelt C 4 0 1 0 .242
Mooneyham 1B 3 0 0 0 .274
Hoffmann CF  4 0 2 0 .198
  Total     33 6 10 4


  Error - Denker, Rohan. 2B- hits Rohan 
(4), Denker (2). RBI- DeWitt (7), Denker
(10), Paul, X (6), Rohan (6). LOB- Palm
Beach 9, Vero 7. SB- Paul (7). CS- 
Hoffmann (3).

  Vero Beachin h r-er bb so era
Pimentel        5.2 5 4-2 3 5 4.05
Hammes (W, 2-0) 0.1 2 1-1 1 1 3.06
Akin            2.0 1 0-0 1 3 0.56
Wilson (S, 3)   1.0 0 0-0 0 1 1.93
  WP- Pimentel. HBP- Russ. T- 2:38. 
Att- 579.   
4-1 Leads Slips Away-- The Catfish (11-13) dropped a 9-6 decision to Asheville, squandering an early 4-1 lead as the Columbus pitchers allowed but six hits although they walked nine.

Starter James McDonald allowed a run in the second but the Catfish tied the game in the fourth when DH Eduardo Perez scored on a throwing error and took the lead on a sacrifice fly by SS Ivan DeJesus.

Asheville moved in front 4-2 in the fifth but Columbus used five hits to take a 6-4 advantage, their final lead of the game. RF Sergio Pedroza singled for two runs and raised his team-leading RBI total to 21. A really wild pitch allowed Pedroza and 3B Russ Mitchell to score.

LHP Miguel Sanfler (0-3) walked four batters and threw three wild pitches in the eighth inning and the Tourists scored four to earn the win.

Dave Sutherland had three hits, including a double to lead Columbus at the plate.

The Catfish start an eight-game road trip tonight in Augusta with LHP Marlon Arias (3-1, 4.95) on the mound.
Asheville 010 030 140-9
Columbus  000 240 000-6

  Columbus  ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     4 1 1 0 .241
May LF        3 1 1 0 .262
Pedroza RF    4 1 2 2 .307
Mitchell 3B   5 1 1 0 .316
Perez DH      4 1 0 0 .224
Sutherland 1B 5 1 3 0 .286
Harper C      5 0 1 0 .270
Soto 2B       4 0 0 0 .228
De Jesus SS   1 0 1 1 .263
  Totals     35 6 10 3 .259

  Errors- Godwin, DeJesus.  2B hits- De Jesus 
(2), May (3), Mitchell (12), Sutherland (4).
RBI- De Jesus (10), Pedroza 2 (21). S- Godwin.
SF- De Jesus. LOB- Columbus 10. DP- 
(Mitchell, Soto and Sutherland).

  Columbus        in h r-er bb so era
McDonald         4.0 3 4-4  3  5  4.15
Castillo         3.0 2 1-1  2  2  4.15
Sanfler (L, 0-3) 1.0 1 4-4  4  1  6.46
Rodriguez        1.0 0 0-0  1  1 10.91
  WP- Sanfler 3. HBP- Pedroza, Perez, De Jesus, May.
PB- Harper. T- 3:04. Att- 774.

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