Harper Runs Hit Streak to 18 Games

Columbus catcher Tony Harper extended his hitting streak to 18 games and Marlon Arias earned the win in a 6-4 win over Carolina. Jacksonville stopped a late rally to dump Huntsville 6-4 as Matt Kemp knocked in a pair of runs. Las Vegas suffered a shutout for the second game in succession and Vero Beach was blasted as Alberto Bastardo lost his first game of the season.

Blanked Again-- Las Vegas and Round Rock were locked in a tight pitcher's battle before the Expres scored twice in the eighth to put he game away. the 51s had a 5-4 hit advantage but could not move anyone across the plate.

Coming off an 8-0 loss the night before, Las Vegas suffered their first back-to-back shutouts of the season.

Starter Eric Stults (3-5) was tagged with the loss despite allowing just one run on two hits over six innings. Hong-chih Kuo allowed a pair of runs in the eighth and Frankelis Osoria added a scoreless inning

The 51s (26-20) will wrap up their four-game series with the Express this afternoon before returning home for a four-game series with Salt Lake on Friday at Cashman Field.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas  000 000 000-0
Round Rock 010 000 02x-3 

  Las Vegas    ab r h bi ave
Garcia 2B       3 0 1 0 .315
Valdez SS       2 0 1 0 .294
Loney 1B        3 0 0 0 .353
Guzman LF       4 0 1 0 .294
Young RF        3 0 0 0 .299
Weber CF        4 0 0 0 .245
Truby 3B        4 0 0 0 .220
Borders C       3 0 1 0 .053
Stults P        2 0 1 0 .182
  Meadows PH    1 0 0 0 .200
  Kuo P         0 0 0 0 .000
  Osoria P      0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals     29 0 5 0
    Round Rock 27 3 4 2

  Errors- Garcia, Loney. LOB- 
Las Vegas 7, Round Rock 6. CS- 
Young (2). DP- 2 (Valdez and 
Loney).

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Stults (L,3-5) 6.0 2  1-1  4 5 5.44
Kuo            1.0 2  2-2  2 0 3.72
Osoria         1.0 0  0-0  0 1 3.00
  T- 2:41. Att- 8,990.
Suns Win Afternoon Game-- Jacksonville held on to beat Huntsville by the score of 6-4 after trailing 1-0 in the first inning.

The Suns scored two in the third inning on RBI singles from Matt Kemp and Andy LaRoche and added to the lead in the fourth inning when pitcher Heath Totten laid down a perfect squeeze bunt with Anthony Raglani scoring from third.

The Stars tied the game in the fifth but the Suns scored three in the seventh on a Jimmy Rohan single, a Matt Kemp ground ball and an A.J. Zapp single open up a 6-3 lead.

Four Jacksonville pitchers left 13 runners stranded. Heath Totten worked through the fifth, allowing three runs. Justin Simmons (1-0) allowed a run in his two innings and earned the win. T.J. Nall and Mark Alexander finished up with Alexander nailing the game down with his seventh save.

With the win Jacksonville at least keeps pace with first place Montgomery, and stayed a game and a half behind the first place Biscuits.

An astronomic anomaly occurs tonight when the Suns and Stars meet in game three of the series with RHP Joel Hanrahan on the mound.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 002 100 300-6 
Huntsville   100 110 100-4 

  Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Hu SS           4 1 2 0 .268
Rohan 2B        5 1 2 1 .214
Kemp CF         5 1 1 2 .333
LaRoche 3B      5 0 2 1 .284
Zapp 1B         4 0 1 1 .240
Ruggiano RF     4 0 0 0 .278
Raglani LF      4 1 2 1 .234
Ellis C         2 1 1 0 .254
Totten P        1 0 0 1 .214
  Simmons P     1 1 0 0 .000
  Ruan PH       1 0 0 0 .315
  Nall P        0 0 0 0 .143
  Alexander P   0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals     36 6 11 6
    Huntsville 40 4 13 4

  Error- Totten.  2B hit- Raglani (8). 
RBI- Kemp 2 (31), LaRoche (33), Totten 
(1), Rohan (2), Zapp (16). S- Totten, 
Hu. LOB- Jacksonville 7, Huntsville 13. 
CS- Hu (2).

  Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Totten           5.0 7  3-3  2 1 3.43
Simmons (W,1-0)  2.0 3  1-1  1 1 2.08
Nall             1.0 2  0-0  0 2 5.40
Alexander (S, 8) 1.0 2  0-0  0 2 1.27
  WP- Alexander. T- 2:57. Att- 1,387.
Vero Smacked-- Alberto Bastardo, who held Lakeland to one hit in seven innings at Holman Stadium earlier in the season, had his first bad game of the year, allowing six earned run before being knocked from the game in the third inning.

Lakeland made short work of the game, scoring six in the third and five in the fourth for an early 11-0 margin.

Ramon Troncoso was roughed up in the fourth inning before Albeinis Castillo came in to restore order, working four scoreless innings and allowing only two hits.

Vero got on the board in the eighth when Travis Denker led off the inning with a walk and Ryan Russ doubled him in later in the inning, then scored on a single by Jamie Hoffman.

The series continues tonight with Chris Malone on the mound for the Dodgers.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 000 000 020- 2 
Lakeland   006 500 00x-11 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Russ RF       4 1 2 1 .232
Hoffmann CF   4 0 1 1 .257
DeWitt 2B     3 0 0 0 .273
  Gonzalez 2B 1 0 1 0 .357
Bruce 1B      4 0 0 0 .313
Santana LF    4 0 1 0 .333
Dunlap DH     2 0 0 0 .179
Denker 3B     3 1 1 0 .214
Nicholson SS  4 0 1 0 .302
Gutierrez C   1 0 0 0 .138
  Todd PH-C   2 0 0 0 .115
    Totals    32  2  7  2
    Lakeland  33 11 12 11

  Error- Bruce. 2B- Russ (2). 
RBI- Russ (6), Hoffmann (7). 
LOB- Lakeland 9, Vero Beach 6. 
DP- (Gonzalez and Bruce).

  Vero Beach      in h r-er bb so era
Bastardo (L,1-1) 2.2 6  6-6  4 5 3.60
Troncoso         1.1 4  5-5  2 1 8.85
Castillo         4.0 2  0-0  2 6 6.20

WP- Castillo. T- 2:43. Att- 440.
Columbus Rolls-- The Catfish (23-23) collected nine hits and 11 walks to top Charleston 12-4 at Golden Park Wednesday. Working back to .500, Columbus was 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. LHP Marlon Arias (5-3) worked six innings and was in complete control. He allowed one run on four hits to pick up the victory.

The Catfish jumped on top with three runs in the second on two bases-loaded walks and a wild pitch. They added three more in the third when C Tony Harper drove in a run with a single that extended his hitting streak to 18 games. CF Adam Godwin tacked on two more with a triple to center field.

In the fifth inning 1B David Sutherland drove in the seventh run with a double. One more scored on a double play, making the score 8-0. The Catfish scored the final four runs in the eighth inning. 3B Russ Mitchell drove in two with a bases-loaded single. LF Drew Locke drove in the final two with a double to right field.

Godwin excited the crowd with two spectacular catches, racing back both times to dive and make the grab over his right shoulder. In addition he was 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and two runs. Locke went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs. He is hitting .488 (20-for-41) with 15 RBI and nine runs in the last nine games.

RHP Arismendy Castillo gave up two runs in the last three innings to earn his first save.

Game three of the four-game series against the RiverDogs will see LHP Brent Leach (3-2, 3.23) on the mound.
Charleston 100 000 201- 4
Columbus   033 020 04x-12

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Carter 2B     3 0 0 1 .103
De Jesus SS   4 1 1 1 .308
Pedroza RF    3 1 0 0 .277
Mitchell 3B   5 1 1 2 .273
Mooneyham DH  3 1 0 0 .281
Locke LF      5 3 3 2 .355
Sutherland 1B 4 1 1 1 .302
Harper C      2 2 1 1 .342
Godwin CF     3 2 2 2 .208
  Totals     32 12 9 10 .263
  Charleston 34  4 9 4 .252

  Error- Mitchell. 2B hits- De Jesus (7), 
Locke 2 (11), Sutherland (8). 3B hit- 
Godwin (1). RBI- Carter (2), De Jesus 
(17), Harper (6), Godwin 2 (11), 
Sutherland (15), Mitchell 2 (33), 
Locke 2 (36). LOB- Charleston 8, 
Columbus 7. DP- 3 (De Jesus, Carter 
and Sutherland 2; Carter, De Jesus 
and Sutherland).
   
  Columbus         in h r-er bb so era
Arias, M (W, 5-3) 6.0 4  1-1  2 1 3.83
Castillo (S, 1)   3.0 5  3-2  2 1 4.94
  T- 2:53. Att- 513.

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