Vegas Rolls an Eight the Hard Way, Wins 8-6

Las Vegas came up with a big eight in the eighth inning, key by two-run doubles from Chris Truby and Eric Langill, to beat Salt Lake 8-6 as Eric Gagne recorded his second save. Craig Brazell drove in four run to help Justin Orenduff win his fourth game, a 10-4 blowout of Montgomery. Columbus lost a 5-2 lead, then lost the game on an unearned run in the eighth inning. Vero Beach had an open date.

Vegas Wins Late-- Las Vegas rolled an eight the hard way, in the bottom of the eighth, winning 8-6 to send Salt Lake home with empty pockets. Eric Gagne, on rehab from Los Angeles, picked up his second save in as many chances. He allowed a one-out single in the ninth but recorded a strikeout and a ground ball. Gagne threw 17 pitches, 11 for strikes, and his fastball was hitting 90 to 92 mph.

The 51s (29-22) trailed 6-0 into the last of the eighth after the Bees scored one in the first, then tagged starter Eric Stults for three in the fourth and another pair in the fifth. Eric Hull, Hongchih Kuo and Greg Miller (1-0) held the visitors scoreless over the next three innings.

Las Vegas finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth when Wilson Valdes singled with one out and Delwyn Young doubled to right field, scoring Valdes. James Loney and Eric Riggs walked to load the bases.

Sergio Garcia was hit by pitch to force in a run and Jon Weber walks to make the score 8-3. Jon Webber drew a walk, forming in the fourth run and Chris Truby quickly made it 8-5 with his seventh double, a two-run shot. Eric Langill smacked his first double of the season, a line drive to right and the 51s led for the first time in the game.

Batting for the second time, leadoff man Joel Guzman reached on throwing error that allowed Langill to scores with the eighth run.

Delwyn Young had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the 51s, who have won two of three. Greg Miller (1-0) pitched a scoreless top of the eighth to pick up the win and Gagne nailed it down, along with the win.
  Score by innings
Salt Lake 100 320 000-6 
Las Vegas 000 000 08x-9 

  Las Vegas   ab r h bi ave
Guzman LF      5 0 0 0 .289
Valdez SS      5 1 1 0 .284
Young RF       4 1 2 1 .306
Loney 1B       4 1 0 0 .349
Riggs 3B       3 1 2 0 .381
Garcia 2B      3 1 0 1 .315
Weber CF       2 1 1 1 .242
Truby DH       4 1 1 2 .215
Langill C      4 1 1 2 .125
    Totals    34 8  8 7
    Salt Lake 35 6 13 6

  E- Webber. 2B- Young (16), Truby (7), 
Langill (1). RBI- Young (28), Garcia 
(20), Weber (15), Truby 2 (19), Langill 
2 (2). LOB- Salt Lake 12, Las Vegas 8. 
DP- 3 (Langill and Garcia; Valdez and  
Loney; Garcia, Valdez and Loney).

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Stults         4.2 8  6-5  6 4 5.82
Hull           1.1 2  0-0  0 1 1.14
Kuo            1.0 1  0-0  0 2 3.38
Miller (W,1-0) 1.0 1  0-0  2 1 0.00
Gagne (S,2)    1.0 1  0-0  0 1 0.00
  HBP- Garcia, Young. 
T- 3:16. Att- 3,053.
Suns Bake Biscuits-- Craig Brazell drove in four runs in as Jacksonville dumped Montgomery 10-4. The win was the eighth straight for the Suns, including all seven games on the road trip. Jacksonville increased its lead in the Southern League South Division to three and a half games over the Biscuits.

Jacksonville came out blasting as Chin-Lung Hu and Andy LaRoche both had RBI singles in the first inning to open up a 2-0 lead.

The Biscuits jumped into the lead in the second inning off of Suns starter Justin Orenduff, scoring two runs on wild pitches and another on a sacrifice fly to take a 3-2 lead.

In the fourth, second baseman Tony Abreu drove home a run on a ground out to tie the game, then A.J. Zapp scored on a two-out error to give Jacksonville a 4-3 lead.

Wilkin Ruan drove home Tony Abreu with a single in the seventh. Later in the inning with two out and two on, Brazell hit a towering fly ball that landed three feet short of the left-centerfield wall to drive in both runners and open up a 7-3 lead.

In the ninth, unloaded a two-run home run (#6) to open up a 9-4 lead. Andy LaRoche followed with a shot that cleared the railroad tracks behind the left field wall for the third baseman's sixth homerun of the season.

Orenduff improved to 4-2 in the victory and Casey Hoorelbeke recorded his fourth save. The Suns recorded a save in all eight games in the current winning streak -- Mark Alexander, 5; Hoorelbeke, 3).

Brazell ended the night 2-for-5 with a homerun and four RBI in his second game in his hometown since high school. LaRoche finished 3-for-4 with a homerun and two RBI, boosting his average to .290 and his league-leading runs batted in total to 37.

The Suns send RHP Heath Totten to face Biscuits tonight.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 200 200 303-10 
Montgomery   030 000 100- 4 

 Jacksonville  ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF         4 3 2 1 .324
Hu SS           5 1 1 1 .276
Brazell 1B      5 1 2 4 .268
LaRoche 3B      4 2 3 2 .290
Zapp DH         5 1 2 0 .243
Ruggiano RF     4 0 0 0 .275
Abreu 2B        3 1 0 1 .256
Cresse C        3 0 1 0 .275
Raglani LF      4 1 0 0 .217
    Totals     37 10 11 9
    Montgomery 27  3  5 3

BATTING
2B- Zapp (10), Brazell (9). HR- 
Brazell (6), LaRoche (6). RBI- Hu 
(7), LaRoche 2 (37), Abreu (19), 
Ruan (5), Brazell 4 (30). LOB- 
Jacksonville 5, Montgomery 5. SB- 
Ruan 2 (7), Hu (7). CS- Zapp (1). 
DP- 3 (Hu, Abreu and Brazell 2; 
Hoorelbeke, Hu and Brazell).

  Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Orenduff (W,4-2) 6.0 5  3-3  2 4 3.40
Simmons          1.1 0  1-1  4 0 3.18
Hoorelbeke (S,4) 1.2 0  0-0  1 0 0.28
  WP- Orenduff 2, Simmons. HBP- 
Cresse, LaRoche. T- 3:06. Att- 5,377.
Vero Beach-- Open. The Dodgers host the Mets tonight.

Fish Lose Lead-- A five-run fourth inning erased a 5-2 Columbus lead and although they bounced back to tie the game in the eighth, Rome scored in the bottom of the inning and held on for an 8-7 victory.

Brandon Carter smacked his first home run and drove in two. Drew Locke also added a pair of RBI. Marlon Arias was roughed up by the Braves, allowing seven runs in his three innings on the mound. However, Matt Gomez de Segura (0-2) was tagged wit an unearned run in the eighth and took the loss.

The Catfish struck for three in the first inning after Ivan De Jesus walked and Russell Mitchell singled with one out. Jason Mooneyham was hit by a pitch to load the bases and a wild pitch allowed the first run. Locke singled to run the score to 3-0.

Anthony Harper homered (#2) to open the second but Rome scored twice in the bottom of the inning and Brandon Carter homered (#1) in the fourth.

Rome scored five times in the bottom of the first, helped by three hit batsman by Arias, and took a 7-5 lead.

Russell Mitchell doubled and scored on a Mooneyham single in the fifth and with one out, Mooneyham was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on a single by David Sutherland

The Catfish tied the game in the eighth after Lucas May opened with a double. Harper singled him to third and he scored on a ground ball by Carter.

Segura walked the leadoff man in the eighth and Jonathan Meloan took over on the mound. An attempted bunt forced the runner but on an attempted steal, catcher Juan Apodaca throw sailed into center field and the runner scored moments later on a single. to break the tie.
  Score by innings
Columbus 310 110 010-7
Rome     020 500 01x-8

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 1 1 0 .291
Pedroza RF    4 0 0 0 .274
Mitchell 3B   5 2 2 0 .272
Mooneyham DH  4 1 1 0 .296
Locke LF      5 0 1 2 .353
Sutherland 1B 5 0 1 0 .307
May CF        4 1 1 0 .228
Harper C      4 1 2 1 .358
  Godwin PR   0 0 0 0 .212
  Apodaca C   0 0 0 0 .243
Carter 2B     3 1 2 2 .160
   Totals    38 7 11 5 .267
   Rome      31 8  8 8 .259

  E- Apodaca.  2B hits- Carter 
(2), Mitchell (20), May (9). 
HR- Harper (2), Carter (1). 
RBI- Locke 2 (42), Harper (8), 
Carter 2 (5). LOB- Columbus 8, 
Rome 9. SB- Locke (5).

  Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
Arias           3.0 7  7-7  1 3 4.77
Castillo        3.0 0  0-0  2 4 4.45
Segura (L,0-2)  1.0 0  1-0  2 0 6.75
Meloan          1.0 1  0-0  1 1 0.00
  WP- Castillo. HBP- By Arias 3, 
Mooneyham, Pedroza. T- 3:25. 
Att- 3,124.

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