Bellorin's Two Home Runs Boost Vegas

Dodger farm clubs made it a clean sweep Monday night as Las Vegas, behind three home runs smacked Round Rock 12-3. Vero Beach banged out an even dozen hits, with a pair of Carols Santana home runs added in, to dump Clearwater 12-5. Columbus, helped by a two-run ninth-inning error, took Savannah 4-2.

51s Explode-- C Edwin Bellorin went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI, and SS Eric Riggs and 1B James Loney each had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the 51s (26-18) as they crushed Round Rock 12-3.

The 51s led 3-2 after the first inning, and Bellorin hit a solo blast in the second inning, his first of the season, and a two-run shot in the ninth. He added an RBI single in the fifth to lead the 15-hit attack.

Loney fell a homer short of a cycle to boost his average to .380, Riggs added a solo homer and Sergio Garcia chipped in with three hits.

Harold Eckert (3-1) went 5.2 innings to earn the victory. He allowed two runs on four hits, struck out three and walked three.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas  320 021 112-12
Round Rock 200 000 001-  3

  Las Vegas    ab r h bi ave
Garcia 2B       6 2 3 0 .326
Riggs SS        6 2 3 1 .400
Loney 1B        5 2 3 1 .380
Guzman LF       2 2 1 1 .302
  Meadows PH-LF 1 0 0 0 .333
  Osoria P      0 0 0 0 .000
Weber CF-RF     3 1 0 2 .255
Young RF-LF     3 1 2 1 .305
Truby 3B        4 0 0 1 .230
Bellorin C      5 2 3 4 .317
Eckert P        3 0 0 0 .100
  Reid P        1 0 0 0 .000
  Gonzalez P    0 0 0 0 1.000
  Duncan CF     1 0 0 0 .244
    Las Vegas  40 12 15 10
    Round Rock 35  5  8  3

  Errors- none. 2B hit- Loney 
(6). 3B hit- Loney (1). HR- 
Bellorin 2 (2,), Riggs (1). 
RBI- Weber, J 2 (13), Young
(22), Bellorin, E 4 (12), 
Guzman, J (30), Riggs (1), 
Loney (16). SF- Weber. LOB- 
Las Vegas 8, Round Rock 12.

  Las Vegasin h r-er bb so era
Eckert (W,3-1) 5.2 4 2-2 3 3 5.45
Reid           1.1 1 0-0 1 1 5.96
Gonzalez       1.0 0 0-0 2 1 5.09
Osoria         1.0 3 1-1 0 1 4.50
  WP- Eckert. HBP- Young.
T- 3:24. Att- 8,388.
Jacksonville-- open Santana Sizzling --Carlos Santana hit his third home run in two games as Vero Beach thumped Clearwater 11-5. Travis Denker added a homer and Cole Bruce added a three-hit game.

A grand slam home in the first inning off starter Matt Merricks put the Dodgers in a quick 4-0 hole, although all four runs were unearned. It was Merricks first start since returning from the Disabled List.

Vero Beach answered with Blake DeWitt's sacrifice fly and Santana's three-run homer to tie the score. Vero took the lead an inning later on a 2-out single from Bruce.

The Threshers tied the game with a single run in the third. Merricks struck out three of the next four batters to keep it tied.

Denker's second home run of the series, a solo shot, put the Dodgers ahead 6-5 for good. Wesley Wright (2-2) took over in the fourth and worked three hitless and scoreless innings for the win.

The Dodgers broke it open in the 4th. With two out, Bruce doubled, Santana reached on an infield single and Chris Westervelt walked. Denker then drove in a pair with a single and Adolfo Gonzalez's single added another. Gabriel Gutierrez's single scored two more and nailed down the 11-5 victory.

The Dodgers open a 6-game road trip beginning at Lakeland tonight.
  Score by innings
Clearwater  401 000 000- 5 
Vero Beach  411 500 00x-11 

  Vero Beach   ab r h bi ave
Paul RF         4 1 1 0 .276
Hoffmann CF     5 1 1 0 .258
DeWitt 3B       4 0 0 1 .278
Bruce 1B        4 2 3 1 .324
Dunlap 1B       1 0 0 0 .217
Santana LF      4 2 2 3 .346
Westervelt DH   3 1 0 0 .262
Denker 2B       3 2 2 3 .209
Gonzalez SS     4 1 1 1 .308
Gutierrez C     2 1 1 2 .130
    Totals     34 11 12 11
    Clearwater 32  5  5  5

  Error- Bruce. 2B hits- Bruce (12). HR- 
Santana (3), Denker (3). RBI- Dewitt 
(17), Santana 3 (6), Bruce (16), Denker 
3 (17), Gonzalez (3), Gutierrez 2 (7). 
SF- Dewitt. LOB- Clearwater 8, Vero 
Beach 5. SB- Paul (9). DP- (Gonzalez, 
Denker and Dunlap).


  Vero Beach    in h r-er bb so era
Merricks       3.0 3  5-1  3 4 3.69
Wright (W,2-2) 3.0 0  0-0  1 3 1.80
Hammes         2.0 2  0-0  1 1 4.80
Wilson         1.0 0  0-0  2 0  3.60
  T- 2:51. Att- 616.
Hurricane Night-- On Wednesday, May 31, 2006 the Vero Beach Dodgers will be hosting a Hurricane Awareness Night. Throughout the game there will be tips about how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season and one lucky fan in attendance will win a generator donated by The Home Depot. If you happen to share a name with a 2006 Atlantic storm name you will receive admission to the game for only $2.50.

Fish Win Series-- Columbus (21-23) took advantage of a two-run error in the ninth inning to beat Savannah (16-28) 4-2 and win the series. Tied 2-2 with runners on second and third base and two outs in the top of the ninth 3B Russ Mitchell hit a ground ball to the Gnats shortstop and when he threw the ball away, both runners scored.

In the top of the fifth inning RF Drew Locke doubled to score Mitchell and tie the game at 1-1. The Catfish tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth inning on a single by DH Jason Mooneyham that drove home LF Brandon Carter.

RHP Cory Wade started for the Catfish and gave up two runs, one earned, in six innings. He allowed just three hits while striking out six. RHP Matt Gomez de Segura pitched a scoreless seventh, RHP Jesus Rodriguez took over in the eighth with the score tied at 2-2. Over two innings Rodriguez (1-1) did not allow a run on three hits and got the win.

The Catfish will return home for a four-game series against the Charleston RiverDogs beginning tonight and will start RHP James McDonald (1-2, 4.55).
  Score by innings
Columbus 000 010 012-4
Savannah 001 001 000-2

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 1 2 0 .311
Carter LF     4 1 0 0 .111
Mitchell 3B   4 1 2 0 .277
Mooneyham DH  5 0 1 1 .298
Locke RF      4 0 3 1 .338
Sutherland 1B 4 0 0 0 .298
May CF        4 0 0 0 .221
Harper C      4 0 2 0 .338
Justis 2B     4 1 1 0 .222
    Totals   37 4 11 2 .262
    Savannah 33 2  7 2 .226

  Errors- Sutherland (4), Locke (3), 
Mitchell (7). 2B hits- Mitchell (17),
Locke (9). RBI- Locke (31),
Mooneyham (6). LOB- Columbus 9, 
Savannah 7. SB- Mitchell (2). DP- 
3 (De Jesus and Sutherland; De 
Jesus, Justis and Sutherland 2).

  Columbus         in h r-er bb so era
Wade              6.0 3  2-1  1 6 3.32
Segura            1.0 1  0-0  1 0 7.45
Rodriguez (W,1-1) 2.0 3  0-0  0 2 6.75
WP- Wade, Gomez de Segura. 
HBP- De Jesus. T- 2:57. Att- 882.

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