Jacksonville Rolls Over Mississippi 10-3

Danny Muegge won his fourth game with the help of home runs by Craig Brazell and Tony Raglani, stopping Mississippi 10-3. Vero Beach won their second game in the last 11 by edging Tampa 3-2, helped by Xavier Paul's perfect squeeze bunt and strong pitching by Julio Pimentel. Cory Wade lost his first game as Columbus fell 6-1 to Rome and Las Vegas enjoyed a day off.

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Suns Coast-- Jacksonville chopped down Mississippi 10-3 with a 10-hit attack that included home runs by A.J. Brazell and Tony Raglini.

Suns starter Danny Muegge gave up a home run in the first inning but allowed only one hit in each of the next four innings and earned his fourth win. He left in the sixth when he injured his hamstring.

Jacksonville tied the game 1-1 in the third, helped by an error on Mississippi shortstop who threw away a double play ball allowing Tony Abreu to score.

The Suns added two more in the fourth. Ruggiano and Raglani singled and moved up on a passed ball. Muegge dropped a singled into left field to drive in both runners. Tony Abreu then tripled over the centerfielder's head to score Muegge and Jimmy Rohan's sacrifice fly made it 5-1.

During Abreu's at-bat, the Mississippi manager and catcher were ejected.

In the fifth inning Craig Brazell belted his fifth homerun over the center field wall and added a hit and a run in the seventh to finish the game 3-for-4.

Anthony Raglani's third homerun of the season, and second in as many games, scored three put the game out of reach at 10-3. The Suns' left fielder was 3-for-4 with the home run and two runs scored.

Justin Simmons pitched two innings of relief while Casey Hoorelbeke pitched a perfect ninth inning to finish off the Braves. The two teams meet again tonight in the second game of the series.

  Score by innings
Mississippi  100 002 000- 3 
Jacksonville 001 420 30x-10 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B       5 2 2 1 .271
Rohan SS       4 0 1 1 .125
Kemp CF        5 0 0 0 .344
LaRoche 3B     3 1 0 0 .252
Brazell 1B     4 2 3 2 .255
Ruggiano RF    4 2 2 0 .252
Raglani LF     4 2 3 3 .218
Ellis C        4 0 1 0 .259
Muegge P       3 1 1 0 .417
Simmons P      1 0 0 0 .000
Hoorelbeke P   0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals       37 10 13 7
 Mississippi  31  3  7 3

  Error- nones. 3B hits- Abreu (2). HR- 
Brazell (5), Raglani  (3). RBI- Muegge 2 
(4), Abreu (16), Rohan (1), Brazell 2 
(23), Raglani 3 (17). SF- Rohan. 
LOB- Mississippi 3, Jacksonville 5. DP- 3 
(Abreu, Rohan and Brazell; Muegge and 
Rohan; LaRoche. Abreu and Brazell).

 Jacksonville   in  h  r-er bb so era
Muegge (W,4-4) 5.2  7  3-3  1  3  4.15
Simmons        2.1  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
Hoorelbeke     1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.40
  T- 2:17. Att- 2,475.
Yankees Squeezed-- Xavier Paul's 8th-inning squeeze bunt drove in the first run in a 3-2 win at Tampa. David Nicholson went 3-for-3 and scored on the play boosting the Dodgers to their second win in the last eleven games.

In a game that began at 11:30 am, it took awhile for the bats to wake up and the teams were scoreless until Paul's bunt in the 8th. Nicholson smacked a one-out double and went to third on a single by Ryan Russ to set up the play. Jamie Hoffman's single drove in Russ to make it 2-0.

Julio Pimentel turned in his best start of the season, entering the game with an ERA over 5.00, but holding the Yankees scoreless for six innings. He scattered six singles while striking out four. Wesley Wright (1-2) turned in three scoreless relief innings for his first win.

The Dodgers added an insurance run in the 9th when Cole Bruce led off with a double and came home on a bloop single from Chris Westervelt. Bruce finished 2-for-4, his fourth multi-hit effort in his last six games.

Brian Akin notched his fourth save, though it didn't come without a struggle. With one out Akin allowed a walk, a single and a wild pitch. Another walk loaded the bases. A ground ball to Carlos Santana was thrown into right field and two runs scored. After another walk to load the bases, got a ground ball to end the game.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 000 000 021-3 
Tampa      000 000 002-2 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      3 0 0 1 .279
Hoffmann CF  4 0 1 1 .239
Denker DH    3 0 0 0 .208
Bruce 1B     4 1 2 0 .322
Santana 3B   4 0 1 0 .200
Westervelt C 4 0 1 1 .267
Gonzalez 2B  4 0 1 0 .200
Nicholson SS 3 1 3 0 .289
Russ LF      4 1 1 0 .219
  Totals    33 3 10 3
  Tampa     33 2 11 0

  Error- Santana.  2B hits- Gonzalez (1), Nicholson (6), Bruce (10). RBI- Paul, X (9), Hoffmann (6), Westervelt (9). S- Paul, X. LOB- Vero Beach 6, Tampa 12. SB- Nicholson (6). CS- Nicholson (4). DP- (Nicholson, Gonzalez and Bruce).

  Vero Beach    in  h  r-er bb so era
Pimentel       6.0  6  0-0  3  4 4.32
Wright (W,1-2) 1.2  2  0-0  2  3 1.96
Akin (sv 4)    1.1  0  2-0  3  1 1.85
  PB-Westervelt 3.  T-3:01. Att-6,438.
Rome Conquers Columbus-- The Catfish lost their third consecutive game to Rome by a 6-1 margin despite an even dozen strikeouts by starter Cory Wade (2-1) who also allowed four runs on eight hits.

Rome started two Atlanta Braves pitchers on rehab assignments, Chuck James and Lance Cormier, and each pitched perfect innings.

Rome scored single runs in the second and third, then added another pair in each the sixth and ninth innings.

The only Catfish run scored in the bottom of the ninth inning when LF Drew Locke singled to drive in 3B Russ Mitchell. Locke finished 2-for-4.

Arismendy Castillo, who gave up one unearned run in two innings and Francisco Felix allowed the final two runs while pitching the ninth inning.

RHP James McDonald (1-1, 4.78) will attempt to prevent a sweep tonight in the final game of the series.
  Score by innings
Rome     011 002 002-6 
Columbus 000 000 001-1

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     4 0 0 0 .205
Pedroza RF    4 0 0 0 .295
Mitchell 3B   3 1 0 0 .288
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 1 0 .359
Locke LF      4 0 2 1 .323
Sutherland DH 3 0 0 0 .306
Harper C      3 0 1 0 .302
Apodaca PH    1 0 0 0 .238
Justis SS     2 0 0 0 .250
Carter 2B     2 0 0 0 .095
  Totals     29 1  4 1 .265
  Rome       34 6 10 6 .255

  Error- Carter. RBI- Locke (25). LOB- Rome 7, 
Columbus 6. DP- 3 (Justis, Mooneyham and 
Carter; Justis and Mooneyham; Mooneyham, 
Justis and Wade).

  Columbus     in  h  r-er bb so era
Wade (L, 2-1) 6.0  8  4-4  1  12 3.66
Castillo      2.0  1  0-0  1   2 3.86
Felix         1.0  1  2-2  1   1 5.40
HBP- two by Castillo. T- 2:28. Att- 723.

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