Four Solo Homers Win for Vero

Scott Elbert and Julio Pimentel pitched Vero to a 4-2 win over Clearwater. Jacksonville took the rubber game and set a new attendance record while topping Mississippi 5-3. Home run by Chris Truby and Wilson Valdez were not enough as Las Vegas dropped an 8-5 decision to Albuquerque. Columbus was held to a pair of hits and lost 6-0 to Savannah.

Standings

Pacific Coast League
  South Div     w-l   pct  gb
Las Vegas     25-18  .581   --
Tucson        23-21  .523  2.5    
Sacramento    20-23  .465  5.0   
Fresno        16-27  .372  9.0    

Southern League
  South Div     w-l   pct  gb
Montgomery    27-17  .614  --  
Jacksonville  26-19  .578  1.5  
Birmingham    19-26  .422  8.5  
Mississippi   17-27  .386 10.0  
Mobile        16-28  .364 11.0  

Florida State League
  East Div      w-l   pct  gb
St. Lucie     25-17  .595  --
Daytona       23-20  .535  2.5
Brevard Co.   22-20  .524  3.0
Palm Beach    21-21  .500  4.0 
Jupiter       18-25  .419  7.5 
Vero Beach    16-27  .372  9.5 
 
South Atlantic League
  Southern Div  w-l  pct  gb
Rome          30-12 .714  -- 
Charleston    25-18 .581  5.5  
Augusta       22-19 .537  7.5  
Asheville     22-20 .524  8.0  
Greenville    22-21 .512  8.5  
Columbus      20-23 .465 10.5  
Savannah      16-27 .372 14.5  
Kannapolis     8-34 .190 22.0  
Late Homer Dumps 51s-- A three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning gave red-hot Albuquerque a 8-5 win over Las Vegas and The Isotopes earned a four-game and their eighth win in a row.

With the game knotted at 5-5, reliever Eric Hull (1-1) allowed a walk and a single before Hong-Chih Kuo came on and served up a game-winning shot over the left-field wall.

D.J. Houlton gave up six hits and five runs in six innings before Hull came to take the loss.

Chris Truby and Wilson Valdez homered for the 51s (25-18), who had won three in a row before the sweep in Albuquerque.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas   012 000 200-5 
Albuquerque 000 401 03x-8 

  Las Vegas     a b r h bi ave
Duncan CF        4 2 1 0 .247
Valdez SS        5 1 1 2 .292
Weber RF         4 1 1 0 .263
Guzman 3B        3 0 0 0 .300
Meadows LF       3 0 2 2 .400
  Hull P         0 0 0 0 .000
  Kuo P          0 0 0 0 .000
Truby 1B         4 1 1 1 .239
Riggs 2B         3 0 1 0 .250
Borders C        4 0 0 0 .000
Houlton P        1 0 0 0 .125
  Young, PH-LF   2 0 1 0 .297
    Totals      33 5  8 5
    Albuquerque 30 8 10 6

  Error- Guzman. HR- Truby (2), 
Valdez (3). RBI- Truby (16), Meadows 
2 (2), Valdez 2 (18). RBI- Truby; 
Meadows 2. S- Houlton. LOB- 
Albuquerque 7, Las Vegas 8. SB- 
Riggs (1), Duncan (5). CS- Weber (2).

  Las Vegas    in h r-er bb so era
Houlton       6.0 6  5-5  4 5 5.73
Hull (L,1-1)  1.1 1  2-2  2 2 1.40
Kuo           0.2 3  1-0  0 2 2.08
  WP- Houlton. HBP- Meadows. 
T- 3:05. Att- 6,840.
Suns Stop Mississippi-- Jacksonville stopped the Braves bid for a third consecutive win by outlasting the Braves 5-3.

Jacksonville opened the scoring in the fourth inning when Craig Brazell whacked his first triple of the season to drive home the first run. Later in the inning, Anthony Raglani singled him home for a 2-0 lead.

A solo home run cut the Suns lead to 2-1 and Mississippi tied the game in the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the inning as Tony Abreu drove in A.J. Ellis to give Jacksonville the lead and later Wilkin Ruan scored on the grounder to extend the Suns margin to 4-2.

Adam Thomas picked up a relief win for Jacksonville to improve to 1-1 and Mark Alexander saved his seventh game of the season with a perfect ninth, striking out the side.

The Suns will have Monday off before beginning at ten-game road trip starting with a five-game series against the Huntsville Stars.

Record Set-- The Suns enjoyed the highest-ever four-game attendance total in Jacksonville Baseball History. From Thursday through Sunday this week, the Suns drew 38,507 fans to the Baseball Grounds, averaging 9,627 per game. That mark breaks the previous record, set during the Suns all-time best attendance season of 2004, by 2,626 fans. "Everything fell together perfectly this week," said Suns General Manager Kirk Goodman. "Perfect weather, a team battling for first place, great promotions and countless large groups added to the already great support we get from our loyal fans to help us break this record."
  Score by innings
Mississippi  000 001 110-3
Jacksonville 000 200 21x-5

  Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B        5 0 1 1 .262
Hu SS           4 0 1 0 .271
Kemp CF         4 0 1 0 .339
LaRoche 3B      3 1 1 0 .278
Brazell 1B      4 2 2 1 .269
Ruggiano RF     3 0 2 0 .278
Raglani LF      3 0 1 1 .217
  Thomas P      0 0 0 0 .000
  Nall P        0 0 0 0 .143
  Zapp PH       0 0 0 0 .240
  Alexander P   0 0 0 0 .000
Ellis C         3 1 1 1 .246
Lundberg P      1 0 0 0 .182
  Ruan LF       2 1 1 0 .318
    Total      31 5 11 4
    Braves     34 3  6 2

  Error- Hu, Abreu. 2B hits- LaRoche (9), 
Ruggiano (9), Ellis (3). 3B hit- Brazell 
(1). RBI- Brazell (25), Raglani (19), 
Abreu (17), Ellis (7). S- Lundberg. SF- 
Ellis. LOB- Mississippi 7, Jacksonville 8.

  Jacksonville   in h r-er bb so era
Lundberg        6.0 4  1-1  2  4 2.61
Thomas (W,1-1)  1.0 1  1-1  1  1 8.10
Nall            1.0 1  1-1  0  1 5.62
Alexander (S,7) 1.0 0  0-0  0  3 1.33
  WP-Thomas, Nall. T- 2:38. Att- 9,256.
Vero Edges Clearwater-- Carlos Santana smacked his first two home runs of the year and Scott Elbert and Julio Pimentel combined to allow five hits as Vero defeated Clearwater 4-2. Chris Westervelt and Adolfo Gonzalez also homered as the Dodgers have won four of their last five games.

Starter Scott Elbert (2-4) turned in his best outing of the year, working a season-long seven innings, allowing just three hits and two runs while striking out seven. Former starter Julio Pimentel pitched the final two innings out of the bullpen for his first career save. He struck out three and did not allow a run.

All four Dodgers runs came on solo homers. Santana delivered in the fifth and seventh, the second clearing the palm trees in left. Westervelt smacked his third home run of the season in the fifth and Gonzalez added his in the eighth.

Elbert had been masterful, allowing just one single through his first five innings. However, a single and a homer tied he score.

Santana put the dodgers in front to stay in the seventh.

Santana finished 3-for-4 and Gonzalez also enjoyed a two hit day. Those two hitters were only a combined 5-for-23 entering the game. Travis Denker single was the only other hit by the Dodgers.
  Score by innings
Clearwater 000 002 000-2 
Vero Beach 000 020 11x-4 

  Vero Beach  ab r h bi ave
Hoffmann CF    4 0 0 0 .260
Gonzalez SS    4 1 2 1 .333
DeWitt 2B      4 0 0 0 .285
Bruce 1B       3 0 0 0 .311
Santana LF     4 2 3 2 .318
Denker 3B      4 0 1 0 .199
Westervelt DH  2 1 1 1 .274
Russ RF        3 0 0 0 .205
Gutierrez C    2 0 0 0 .115
  Totals      30 4 7 4
  Clearwater  27 2 4 2
  
  Error- none. HR- Santana 2 (2), 
Westervelt (3), Gonzalez (1). RBI- 
Santana 2 (3), Westervelt (11), 
Gonzalez (2). LOB- Clearwater, 
Vero Beach 5. DP- (Denker, 
Dewitt and Bruce).

  Vero Beach    in h r-er bb so era
Elbert (W,2-4) 7.0 3  2-2  2  7 2.44
Pimentel (S,1) 2.0 2  0-0  1  3 4.12
  WP-Elbert. T-2:09. Att-572.
Columbus Held to Two Hits-- Columbus (20-23) was shutout by the Savannah and held to two hits and three base-runners. RHP Mario Alvarez (1-5,5.62) pitched 5.2 innings giving up five hits and three runs with two strike-outs for the Catfish and was credited with the lost.

The Columbus hits came from SS Ivan De Jesus and DH Andrew Locke. De Jesus against the Sand Gnats this season is batting .345 with 10 hits from 29 at-bats. Locke against Savannah is batting .364 with 8 hits stemming from 22 at-bats.

The last game in the four game road trip will see RHP Cory Wade (2-1,3.66) face Savannah.
  Score by innings
Columbus 000 000 000-0
Savannah 010 002 30x-6

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 0 1 0 .305
Pedroza RF    4 0 0 0 .282
Mitchell 3B   3 0 0 0 .272
Mooneyham     3 0 1 0 .326
May LF        3 0 0 0 .227
Apodaca C     3 0 0 0 .237
Carter, B 2B  3 0 0 0 .125
Godwin CF     2 0 0 0 .197
    Totals   28 0 2 0 
    Savannah 32 4 6 9 

  Error- Mitchell, S- Godwin. LOB- 
Columbus 2, Savannah 10. SB- Locke 
(2), De Jesus (8).

Columbus         in h r-er bb so era
Alvarez (L,1-5) 5.2 5  3-2  5  2 0 5.62
Castillo        1.0 3  3-3  2  0 0 4.81
Pfeiffer        1.1 1  0-0  0  0 0 3.63
  WP-Alvarez. T-2:25. Att-1,007.

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