Arias Pitches Catfish to 5-2 Win

Lefthander Marlon Arias won his fourth game, stopping Savannah 5-2 and winning his fourth game for Columbus. Las Vegas was shut down on six hits and lost 7-0 to Albuquerque; Jacksonville saw one slip away on three home runs as Mississippi won 4-3 and Vero Beach went 11 innings but dropped a 6-4 decision to Clearwater.

51s Whitewashed-- Albuquerque used strong pitching roll past Las Vegas, 7-0. The 51s were held to only six hits with Joel Guzman and Chris Truby with two hits each and Chris Truby added a double.

It was the third shutout of the year for Las Vegas.

Starter Eric Stults (3-4) gave up seven runs on seven hits in four innings, walking four and fanning one.
  Score by innings 
Las Vegas   000 000 000-0
Albuquerque 000 250 00x-7 

  Las Vegas   ab r h bi ave
Weber RF       4 0 0 0 .250
Valdez SS      3 0 0 0 .303
Garcia 2B      4 0 1 0 .329
Guzman 1B      4 0 2 0 .301
Young LF       4 0 0 0 .294
Truby 3B       3 0 2 0 .245
 Osoria P      0 0 0 0 .000
 Carrara P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Meadows PH    1 0 0 0 .000
Borders C      4 0 0 0 .000
Duncan CF      2 0 0 0 .247
Stults P       2 0 1 0 .111
 Miller P      0 0 0 0 .000
 Riggs PH-3B   0 0 0 0 .000
  Totals      31 0  6 0
  Albuquerque 29 6 10 7

  Error- none. 2B hit - Truby (6). Las Vegas 
7, Albuquerque 10. DP- 3 (Garcia, Valdez 
and Guzman; J, Riggs, Garcia and Guzman; 
Weber and Guzman).

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Stults (L,3-4) 4.0 7 7-7  4 1 6.02
Miller         2.0 2 0-0  3 2 0.00
Osoria         1.0 1 0-0  1 1 0.00
Carrara        1.0 0 0-0  1 1 1.12
  WP- Osoria. PB-Borders. T-2:42. Att-9,012.
Homeruns beat Suns-- Mississippi tied the game in the ninth with a home run and then slugged another in the 11 to stop the Suns 4-3. All the Braves runs came on roundtrippers.

The Suns took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning as closer Mark Alexander came on for his seventh save opportunity of the season. But with two out a Braves homer made it 3-3. It was Alexander's first blown save opportunity of the season.

In the eleventh inning the Braves struck again with an opposite field shot off Carlos Alvarez.

A two-run homer in the second gave Mississippi a 2-0 lead.

Jacksonville came back in the sixth when Tony Abreu scored from third on a double steal play to make it 2-1. Justin Ruggiano then hit a tremendous drive to the warning track in center field, and as the center fielder stumbled, the ball dropped allowing two runs to score. Ruggiano was thrown out at home to end the inning, but his triple gave the Suns a 3-2 lead.

Carlos Alvarez fell to 3-1 in the relief loss for Jacksonville.

The crowd of 10,640 was the fifth-largest in Baseball Grounds history, and the best of the 2006 season.

With the Suns loss and the Montgomery loss in Birmingham, Jacksonville is still a half-game behind the Montgomery Biscuits in the first half South Division race.

Game four of the five game series tonight will see Jacksonville's RHP Joel Hanrahan (3-2, 3.22) on the mound.
  Score by innings
Mississippi  000 200 001 01-4
Jacksonville 000 003 000 00-3 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B      3 1 0 0 .266
Hu SS         5 0 1 0 .265
Kemp CF       5 1 1 0 .343
LaRoche 3B    4 0 1 0 .271
 Rohan 3B     1 0 0 0 .111
Zapp 1B       4 1 1 0 .248
Ruggiano RF   4 0 2 3 .271
Ruan LF       5 0 1 0 .306
Cresse C      4 0 2 0 .253
Totten P      2 0 0 0 .231
 Raglani PH   1 0 0 0 .211
 Hoorelbeke P 0 0 0 0 .000
 Alexander P  0 0 0 0 .000
 Alvarez PH-P 0 0 0 0 .000
  Totals     38 3 8 3
  Braves     33 4 8 4

  Error- Abreu. 2B hits- Cresse (7), 
Zapp (9). 3B hit- Ruggiano (1). RBI- 
Ruggiano 3 (27). S- Alvarez. LOB- 
Braves 5, Suns 7. SB- Kemp (10). 
CS- Ruan (1). DP- 4 (Abreu and Zapp; 
Abreu, Hu and Zapp; LaRoche,  Abreu 
and Zapp, Hu, Abreu and Zapp).

  Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Totten           7.0 4  3-3  3 3 3.25
Hoorelbeke       1.0 0  0-0  0 1 0.38
Alexander        2.0 3  1-1  0 4 1.40
Alvarez, (L,3-1) 1.0 2  1-1  0 1 4.32
  T- 3-03. Att- 10,640.
Errors Cost Vero-- Vero Beach couldn't hold on to a 4-1 lead Friday night, with errors costing them 6-4 decision to Clearwater.

Dodgers starter Alberto Bastardo set the early tone by striking out two of the first three batters he faced. He left after 5.1 innings with 10 strikeouts and having allowed seven his and an unearned run.

Xavier Paul led off the bottom of the first with his third home run of the season. Jamie Hoffman and Blake DeWitt added back-to-back singles and Hoffman eventually scored on an infield hit by Carlos Santana.

Vero Beach added to the lead in the second when David Nicholson led off with a triple and scored on Gabriel Gutierrez's ground out.

Bastardo pitched out of trouble nearly every inning, leaving eight on base. Bastardo was helped with 10 strikeouts and the only run he allowed was unearned in the 3rd.

Zach Hammes surrendered a three-run home run in the seventh to tie the game and after Matt Merricks struck out the first two batters in the ninth, he gave up a walk, two singles and an error that allowed Clearwater to score twice and win.
  Score by innings
Clearwater 001 000 320-6 
Vero Beach 210 001 000-4 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul, RF      5 1 2 1 .275
Hoffmann CF   4 1 2 0 .253
DeWitt 2B     4 0 2 0 .299
Bruce 1B      4 0 0 0 .312
Santana DH    4 0 1 1 .214
Denker, 3B    4 1 1 1 .203
Russ LF       4 0 0 0 .214
Nicholson SS  3 1 2 0 .299
Gutierrez C   2 0 0 1 .106
Todd PH       1 0 0 0 .150
  Totals     36 4 10 4
  Clearwater 38 6 12 3

  E- DeWitt, Russ. 2B Hits- Paul, (5). 
3B hits- Nicholson (2). HR- Paul, (3), 
Denker, (2). RBI- Paul, (10), Santana (1), 
Gutierrez (5), Denker, (14). S- 
Gutierrez. LOB- Vero Beach 6, 
Clearwater 12. CS- Hoffmann (6).

  Vero Beachi     in h r-er bb so era
Bastardo         5.1 7 1-0  2 10 0.00
Hammes           1.2 3 3-3  3  1 5.14
Merricks (L,0-2) 0.2 2 2-0  1  2 3.77
Troncoso         1.1 0 0-0  1  1 7.11
  WP-Bastardo. T-3:00. Att-1,274.
Catfish Gobble Gnats-- Columbus (19-22) started their eight game road trip a win over the Savannah. ending their 5 game losing streak. The team was led by a strong outing from RHP Marlon Arias (4-3, 4.14) who pitched seven innings allowing four hits and two runs while striking out nine.

Savannah scored single runs in the second and third innings and it looked like that margin would hold up but the Catfish awakened in the eighth when C Tony Harper singled and 2B Brandon Carter doubled

SS Ivan De Jesus' ground out scored Harper, and a wild pitch tied the score. RF Sergio Pedroza was hit by a pitch and 3B Russ Mitchell singled before LF Andrew Locke doubled, scoring two. Mitchell scored on a throwing error and the Fish suddenly led 5-2.

The bullpen followed Arias' lead with RHP Jordan Pratt and the newly acquired RHP Dave Horlacher pitching the last two innings allowing no hits and striking out two.

Game two between the Columbus and Savannah will see LHP Brent Leach (2-2, 3.21) will take the mound the Catfish.
  Score by innings
Columbus 000 000 050-5
Savannah 011 000 000-2 

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   5 0 1 1 .298
Pedroza RF    2 1 0 0 .286
Mitchell 3B   4 1 1 0 .281
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 1 0 .333
Locke LF      4 1 1 2 .318
Sutherland DH 4 0 1 0 .311
May CF        4 0 0 0 .226
Harper C      4 1 3 0 .328
Carter 2B     3 1 1 0 .125
  Totals     33 5 9 3 .262
  Savannah   30 2 4 2 .224

  Error- De Jesus. 2B hits- Carter (1), 
Locke (8), De Jesus (5). RBI- De Jesus 
(16), Locke 2 (27). LOB- Savannah 7, 
Columbus 6. DP- (Carter, De Jesus 
and Mooneyham).   

  Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
Arias (W,4-3)   7.0 4 2-1  1  9 4.14
Pratt           1.1 0 0-0  3  1 4.12
Horlacher (S,1) 0.2 0 0-0  1  1 0.00
  WP-Pratt. PB-Harper. HBP-Pedroza.
T- 2-33. Att- 1,451.

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