Truby's Heroics Boost Las Vegas to 6-5 Win

Chris Truby knocked in three runs, including the game winner in the eighth, as Las Vegas overtook Nashville 6-5. Six unearned run ruined Jacksonville's early runaway and led to an 11-10 loss to Mobile. Vero Beach scored in the first but dropped a 7-1 decision to Tampa and Columbus scored eight in the seventh but lost a wild, 15-12 decision to Rome.

Late Rally Wins-- Chris Truby drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Las Vegas dropped visiting Nashville, 6-5. Truby, the 2004 Sounds MVP, gave the 51s a 6-5 lead with a sacrifice fly that drove in Delwyn Young.

Joel Guzman was thrown out trying to advance to second, but the tag came after Young had crossed home plate.

Truby his first sacrifice fly in the second inning to five the 51s an early 1-0 lead. He doubled to start the seventh, driving in Sergio Garcia and later scored on a groundout by Jon Weber to cut the Nashville lead to 5-4.

Wilson Valdez had doubled home a run in the bottom of the second inning to tie the score, 2-2.

Four Las Vegas relievers combined tack 4.0 shutout innings on the scoreboard after starter Harold Eckert left with one out in the fifth. Eckert gave up a sacrifice fly and hit a batter to load the bases before Manager Jerry Royster called in Eric Hull.

Sergio Garcia booted a grounder to allow two more runs to score. But Hull struck out two of the next three hitters to get out of the jam although Las Vegas trailed 5-2.

Ageless Giovanni Carrara (1-0) pitched 1.2 innings to pick up the win, his first. Justin Reid came on with two outs and a runner on first to record a strikeout and end the game. It was his second save.
  Score by innings
Nashville 002 030 000-5
Las Vegas 011 000 22x-6 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF    4 0 0 0 .253
Valdez SS    3 1 1 1 .314
Young RF-LF  3 1 1 0 .311
Guzman LF-1B 3 0 1 0 .297
Loney 1B     3 1 1 0 .380
 Carrara P   0 0 0 0 .000
 Alvarez PH  1 0 0 0 .381
 Gonzalez P  0 0 0 0  1.000
 Reid P      0 0 0 0 .000
Garcia 2B    3 1 2 1 .348
Truby 3B     2 1 1 3 .229
Borders C    3 0 0 0 .000
Eckert P     1 1 1 0 .143
 Hull P      0 0 0 0 .000
 Weber RF    1 0 0 1 .247
  Totals    27 6  8 6
  Nashville 32 5 10 4

  Error- Garcia. 2B- Valdez (5), Guzman (7), 
Garcia (5), Truby (5). RBI- Truby 3 (15), 
Valdez (15), Weber (11), Garcia (17). S- 
Young. SF- Truby 2. LOB- Nashville 12, Las 
Vegas 4. DP- 2 (Valdez, Garcia and Guzman; 
Garcia, Valdez and Guzman).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Eckert          4.1 5  5-4  4 1 5.87
Hull            2.0 3  0-0  1 3 0.50
Carrara (W,1-0) 1.2 1  0-0  1 0 1.29
Gonzalez        0.2 1  0-0  1 0 4.02
Reid (S, 2)     0.1 0  0-0  0 1 6.98
  T- 3:28. Att- 2,515.
Big Lead Disappears-- Jacksonville sailed into the bottom of the seventh with an 8-2 lead, only to see it go up in smoke when Mobile scored six unearned runs to tie and added three more in the eighth to win.

The BayBears trailed 8-2 going into the seventh inning until scoring six runs off of three hits and two Jacksonville errors to tie the game 8-8. Mobile scored three more runs in the eighth inning off of five hits to take an 11-8 advantage into the ninth.

Anthony Raglani' pinch-hit, two-run homerun cut the lead to 11-10 in the ninth but the Suns couldn't get another run.

Jacksonville opened the scoring in the first inning with three runs including Andy LaRoche's second homerun in as many games to make it 3-0.

After Matt Kemp drove in a second inning run with a bases loaded walk to make it 4-0, the BayBears got on the scoreboard in the second with home a run off starter Spike Lundberg.

The Suns answered with three more runs in the third on a wild pitch, an A.J. Ellis single and a Chin-Lung Hu RBI groundout to extend the lead to 7-1. A.J. Zapp belted his fourth homerun of the season in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 8-1.

The BayBears scored another run in the fifth to cut the Suns lead to 8-2.

Lundberg turned the game over to newly-arrived Greg Miller in the seventh but a pair of errors derailed the move and the BayBears tied the game with a big six.

Adam Thomas (0-1) allowed two in the eighth and took the loss, with Mark Alexander surrendering the 11th run of the game ad his second of the season.

The Suns return to the Baseball Grounds tonight against the Mississippi Braves.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 313 100 002-10
Mobile       010 010 63x-11 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B      4 1 0 0 .267
Hu SS         6 0 1 1 .252
Kemp CF       4 1 1 2 .354
LaRoche 3B    3 1 1 2 .257
Zapp 1B       3 2 1 1 .248
Ruggiano LF   5 0 0 0 .244
 Alexander P  0 0 0 0 .000
Ruan RF       5 2 3 0 .312
Ellis C       4 2 2 1 .259
Lundberg P    3 0 1 0 .200
 Miller P     0 0 0 0 .500
 Thomas P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Raglani LF   1 1 1 2 .198
   Totals    38 10 11 9
   Mobile    34 11 13 6

  Errors- Abreu 3.  2B hits- 
Ellis (2). 3B- Hu (1). HR- LaRoche 
(4), Zapp (5), Raglani (2). RBI- 
Kemp 2 (27), LaRoche 2 (26), Ellis 
(6), Hu (6), Zapp (15), Raglani 
2 (14). LOB- Mobile 11, 
Jacksonville 10. SB- Abreu (1), 
Ruan (5). DP- (Hu and Zapp).

 Jacksonville   in h r-er bb so era
Lundberg       6.0 5  2-2  3 4 2.76
Miller         0.2 2  6-0  2 0 0.79
Thomas (L,0-1) 0.1 3  2-2  2 0 7.71
Alexander      1.0 3  1-1  0 1 1.04
  T- 3:18. Att- 5,365
Errors Hurt VB-- Tampa dumped Vero Beach 7-1 in a close game was went wrong after a crucial error. The Dodgers scored in the first inning when Xavier Paul led off with a triple and Jamie Hoffman singled him home.

The Yankees took the lead in the second off starter and loser Scott Elbert. A walk, a wild pitch and a single tied the game and Tampa added two more. with the help of an error, to make it 3-1.

Elbert allowed a walk in the fifth before reaching his pitch count and Albenis Castillo took over and quickly allowed another pair of runs..

Two more in the seventh sealed the win for Tampa.
  Score by innings 
Vero Beach 100 000 000-1 
Tampa      030 020 20x7 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      4 1 1 0 .285
Hoffmann CF  2 0 1 1 .239
DeWitt 2B    4 0 0 0 .295
Bruce 1B     4 0 1 0 .316
Todd DH      4 0 0 0 .200
Santana 3B   3 0 1 0 .167
Carter LF    4 0 1 0 .211
Nicholson SS 2 0 0 0 .271
Gutierrez C  3 0 0 0 .111
  Totals    30 4 5 1
  Tampa     30 7 9 6

  Error- Nicholson (5), Troncoso (1).
2B hits- Bruce (9). 3B hits- Paul, 
(1). RBI- Hoffmann (5). S- Nicholson. 
LOB- 6, Tampa 4. SB- Hoffmann 2 (6).

  Vero Beach     in h r-er bb so era
Elbert (L, 1-4) 4.1 3  4-2  4 5 2.41
Castillo        1.2 3  1-1  0 2 7.78
Troncoso        1.0 2  2-1  0 0 7.64
Wilson          1.0 1  0 0  0 1 4.15
  WP- Elbert. HBP- Hoffmann. 
T- 2-31. Att- 598.
Hitters Night-- The Catfish (18-20) were conquered by the Rome Legions 15-12 as the teams combined for 33 hits and 12 players collected two or more during the nearly four hour marathon.

The Catfish surrendered 10 runs in the sixth inning and took a 14-3 lead but Columbus fought back with eight runs of their own in the seventh before losing the slugfest.

Columbus scored in the second when RF Sergio Pedroza walked with the bases loaded and scored again on a two-run home run by LF Drew Locke in the third.

The Braves broke the tie with a run in the fifth and then exploded or 10 in the sixth.

In a, 11-run hole, the Catfish came back with one run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by SS Ivan DeJesus and then banged across eight in the seventh.

DH Jason Mooneyham walked and scored on a double by Locke. 1B David Sutherland singled and with one out, three straight walks forced in a run. Pedroza drove in two more runs with a single before 3B Russ Mitchell slammed his fifth home run to bring the Catfish within two runs.

Four Columbus pitchers were treated roughly. Starter Mario allowed three runs in four innings. Reliever RHP Matt Gomez de Segura (0-1) gave up six runs and was unable to get out of the sixth. Miguel Sanfler and David Pfeiffer finished up.

Pedroza, Locke and Mitchell each drove in three runs for the Catfish.

RHP Cory Wade (2-0, 3.12) will face Rome tonight in the third game of the series.
  Score by innings
Rome     003 01(10) 010-15
Columbus 120 00  1  800-12 

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 1 2 2 .301
Pedroza RF    4 1 1 3 .304
Mitchell 3B   6 1 2 3 .294
Mooneyham DH  4 2 1 0 .361
Locke LF      6 2 3 3 .317
Sutherland 1B 5 1 1 0 .314
May CF        4 1 0 0 .233
Apodaca C     3 2 2 0 .241
Justis 2B     4 1 3 1 .278
  Totals     40 12 15 12 .267
  Rome       42 15 18 15 .253

  Error- Apodaca. 2B- Apodaca (5), 
Locke (7). HR- Locke (3), Mitchell (5). 
RBI- Pedroza 3 (30), Locke 3 (24), 
De Jesus 2 (15), Justis (3), Mitchell 
3 (28). SF- De Jesus. LOB- Columbus 
11, Rome 11. SB- De Jesus (7), Mitchell (1).
CS- De Jesus (2). DP- (Justis, De Jesus 
and Sutherland).

  Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
Alvarez         4.0 6  3-3  4 6 6.00
Segura (L, 0-1) 1.0 5  6-6  1 0 8.64
Sanfler         2.0 4  5-5  3 2 9.15
Pfeiffer        2.0 3  1-1  0 2 3.86
  WP- Gomez de Segura 2. HBP- Alvarez, 
Gomez de Segura. T- 3-50. Att- 653.