Jacksonville Back in First With 6-5 Win

Craig Brazell kocked in two runs in the eleventh inning to lift the Jacksonville Suns to an 11th inning, 6-5 victory over Mobile and move Jacksonville into first place in the Southern League. A couple of new kids on the block, Jeremy Todd and Alberto Bastardo, helped snap Vero's seven game losing streak. Juan Apodaca slugged a three-run double in the last of the ninth and Columbus stopped Savannah 9-8. Las Vegas was able to collect only six singles and fell 8-2 to Nashville.

Vegas Thumped-- Visiting Nashville ran away from Las Vegas, 8-2, scoring in seven of nine innings. The Sounds broke a 2-2 tie in the third and had no trouble the rest of the way.

51s starter Eric Stults (3-3) surrendered five runs (three earned) on seven hits over five innings.

Sergio Garcia went 2-for-4 with two RBI, knocking in Wilson Valdez in the first and third inning. The 51s collected six hits, all singles, and Garcia and Valdez collected two hits each to pace Las Vegas (22-13), which had a three-game win streak snapped.

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  Score by innings
Nashville  012 110 111-8 
Las Vegas  101 000 000-2 

  Las Vegas  ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS     4 2 2 0 .310
Garcia 2B     4 0 2 2 .328
Young LF      4 0 0 0 .302
Guzman 1B     4 0 0 0 .302
Loney RF      3 0 1 0 .377
Borders C     4 0 0 0 .000
Truby 3B      3 0 1 0 .224
Weber CF      3 0 0 0 .235
Stults P      1 0 0 0 .000
  Alvarez PH  1 0 0 0 .395
  Reid P      0 0 0 0 .000
  Bellorin PH 1 0 0 0 .279
  Simmons P   0 0 0 0 .000
   Totals    32 2  6 2
   Nashville 39 8 14 7

  Errors- Weber, Borders. RBI- Garcia 2 
(13). LOB- Nashville 8, Las Vgas 4. SB- 
Valdez (6). DP- (Valdez and Guzman).

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Stults (L,3-3) 5.0 7  5-3  3 1 4.95
Reid           2.0 3  1-1  0 2 7.11
Simmons        2.0 4  2-2 0 1 5.82
  WP-Stults, Reid. T-2:56. 
Att-7,676.
Suns First After Win-- Craig Brazell kocked in two runs in the eleventh inning to lift the Jacksonville Suns to an 11th inning, 6-5 victory over Mobile and move Jacksonville into first place in the Southern League.

Anthony Raglani doubled in the second inning with two out to score Andy LaRoche to give the Suns an early 1-0 lead. The Suns added to the lead in the third inning when pitcher T.J. Nall belted his first career homerun to leadoff. Andy LaRoche drove in Chin-Lung Hu later in the inning on a single while Matt Kemp scored on a fielding error to increase the lead to 4-0.

Mobile scored four in the fourth inning to tie the game.

The game remained tied through nine innings as Jacksonville left 11 men on base from the fifth inning through the ninth, five of those in scoring position. Overall, they eft 13 on base.

Jacksonville regained the lead in the eleventh inning as Craig Brazell slugged a two-run double for a 6-4 lead.

The BayBears cut the lead to one in the bottom of the eleventh with a home run that the Suns thought was foul. It was the first earned run on Suns closer Mark Alexander in 2006. Alexander retired the next two Mobile batters to end the game at 6-5.

T.J. Nall pitched five innings in a spot start, the normal rotation spot of currently disabled Justin Orenduff. The Chicago native struck out six. Greg Miller pitched two innings of strong relief, striking out the side in the sixth and allowing a two-out walk followed by a single in the seventh. The newest Sun, Adam Thomas, made a two-inning appearance and allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two. Alexander came in to pitch the final two innings, improving to 3-1 in the relief win.

The win combined with the Montgomery loss to West Tenn puts the Jacksonville Suns back in first place heading into Mother's Day Sunday action.

Game three of the series is scheduled today with RHP Heath Totten (3-1, 3.19) starting for the Suns.
  Score by innings 
Jacksonville 013 000 000 02-6 
 Mobile      000 400 000 01-5 

  Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B        6 0 1 0 .275
Hu SS           5 2 3 0 .254
Kemp CF        3 2 3 1 .360
LaRoche 3B     5 1 2 1 .257
Brazell 1B     4 0 1 1 .245
Ruggiano RF    4 0 0 0 .256
Raglani LF     6 0 1 1 .182
Ellis C        5 0 1 0 .240
Nall P         3 1 1 1 .167
Miller P       0 0 0 0 .500
Ruan PH        1 0 0 0 .288
Thomas P       0 0 0 0 .000
Zapp PH        1 0 0 0 .245
Alexander P    0 0 0 0 .000
  Totals      43 6 13 5

  Error- Ellis. 2B hits- Raglani (6), Kemp 
(15), Brazell (5, Jones). HR- Nall (1). 
RBI- Raglani (11), Nall (1), LaRoche (21), 
Brazell 2 (20). S- Hu. LOB- Jacksonvile 
13, Mobie 8. SB- LaRoche (3). CS- 
LaRoche (3).

  Jacksonville     in h r-er bb so era
Nall              5.0 6  4-4  1 6 6.30
Miller            2.0 1  0-0  1 4 0.82
Thomas            2.0 1  0-0  1 2 0.00
Alexander (W,3-1) 2.0 1  1-1  2 4 0.55
  WP- Thomas. HBP- Kemp, Brazell. T- 
3:43. Att- 5,168.
Newcomers Spark Win --A couple of newcomers sparked a 3-1 win over Lakeland on a night that long-time Vero Beach secretary Betty Rollins was honored on her retirement.

First baseman Jeremy Todd, just off the disabled list, hit his first home run of the year and the Dodgers ended a season-long 7-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Lakeland.

Alberto Bastardo earned the win for the Dodgers in his first Florida State League start. He shut out the Tigers for seven innings and allowed only one hit.

Bastardo was 3-1 with a 1.39 ERA for the Columbus Catfish. The Tigers managed just one hit off Bastardo, a second-inning double. The Dodger lefty then set down the last 16 hitters he faced. He did not walk anyone and struck out seven.

Another newcomer gave Vero Beach the lead in the 4th. Jeremy Todd crunched his first home run with two out in the third inning.

Vero added a run in the fifth. Ryan Russ drew a leadoff walk and David Nicholson singled him to third where he scored on a Gabriel Gutierrez ground out. The Dodgers picked up an insurance run in the 8th when Xavier Paul led off with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.

Brian Akin closed it out for his third save of the year. He struck out three of his first four hitters, but allowed a homer that broke up the shutout.

Vero has a day off Sunday, but returns to action Monday at Tampa.
  Score by innings
Lakeland   000 000 001-1 
Vero Beach 000 110 01x-3 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      4 1 1 1 .289
Hoffmann CF  3 0 1 0 .236
Dewitt 2B    4 0 0 0 .314
Bruce DH     4 0 1 0 .315
Todd 1B      3 1 2 1 .375
Denker 3B    4 0 0 0 .214
Russ LF      1 1 0 0  .220
Nicholson SS 3 0 1 0 .277
Gutierrez C  3 0 1 1 .105
  Totals     29 3 7 3

  Errors- none. 2B hits- Paul (4). HR- 
Todd (1). RBI- Todd (1), Gutierrez (4). 
S- Hoffmann. LOB- Lakeland 3, Vero 
Beach 6. SB- Russ (2).

  Vero Beach      in h r-er bb so era
Bastardo (W,1-0) 7.0 1  0-0  0 7 0.00
Akin (S,3)       2.0 2  1-1  1 3 1.85
  T- 1;56. Att- 870.
Apodaca Double Wins--Juan Apodaca slugged a bases-loaded, three-run double in the last of the ninth and Columbus (18-17) topped the Sand Gnats after a three hours and fifteen minute struggle.

The Catfish took an early lead with four runs in the second inning. Apodaca's first double of the night scored two runs. CF Lucas May later drove in two runs with a double.

Savannah jumped back with three runs in the top of the third inning, helped by an outfield error that saw three runs score.

The Sand Gnats took a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning and they added to the lead in the eighth inning to take an 8-4 lead going into the bottom of the eighth.

Columbus scratched out two runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles from DH David Sutherland and SS Ivan DeJesus.

Then in the ninth, trailing 8-6, with lightning flashing and the threat of rain. RF Sergio Pedroza struck out swinging to open the inning, and reached first base on a wild pitch. 3B Russ Mitchell was safe on an error by the second baseman. and 1B Jason Mooneyham bunted them into scoring position.

Locke walked to load the bases, and with two out, Apodaca then saved the day by driving a double over right fielders head to collect his third, fourth and fifth RBI in and a Catfish win.

RHP James McDonald started for Columbus, allowing five runs, (three earned) on three hits while striking out nine. LHP Miguel Sanfler (1-4) earned the win with a scoreless top of the ninth.

LHP Marlon Arias (3-2, 5.12) will face the Sand Gnats in in the final game of the four-game series series.
  Score by innings
Savannah  003 200 030-8 
Columbus  040 000 023-9 

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   3 1 1 1 .284
May CF        5 0 1 2 .240
Pedroza RF    4 1 2 0 .313
Mitchell 3B   5 1 0 0 .308
Mooneyham DH  4 1 1 0 .423
Locke LF      3 3 1 0 .315
Sutherland 1B 5 1 1 1 .327
Apodaca C     3 1 2 5 .221
Justis 2B     3 0 0 0 .182
  Totals     35 9 9 9 .269
  Savannah   35 8 9 6 .225

  E- Locke. 2B hits- Pedroza (10), Apodaca 
2 (4), May (7, Martinez, C), Locke (6). RBI- 
Apodaca 5 (8), May 2 (17), Sutherland (14), 
De Jesus (13). S- Mooneyham. LOB- Savannah 
9, Columbus 9. SB- De Jesus (6).

  Columbus       in r r-er bb so era
McDonald        5.0 3  5-3  4 9 4.78
Castillo        2.0 2  2-2  2 1 4.22
Felix           1.0 3  1-1  0 1 4.50
Sanfler (W,1-4) 1.0 1  0-0  0 0 7.71
  T- 3:15. Att- 1,123.

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