Paul, Westervelt Key Vero Beach Comeback

Las Vegas ran into tough pitching and lost 6-5 to Sacramento despite three hits from Joel Guzman. Tydus Meadows was 5-for-5 with a homer as the Suns beat Montgomery 7-2 Vero came back from the dead with a 5-4 win on a grand slam by Xavier Paul to tie in the ninth and a single by Brian Westervelt to win in the 10th Columbus scored seven in the first and Sergio Pedroza knocked in five in a 10-7 win.

Rehab Pitchers Tough-- Oakland pitchers Rich Harden and Esteban Loaiza had successful rehab stints for Sacramento and they helped beat Las Vegas, 6-5. The pair worked 6.2 innings and allowed two runs.

"It's good for us to see those major league guys because they're definitely pretty good pitchers," outfielder Joel Guzman, who went 3-for-5 with two RBI, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Harden was really throwing hard. Loaiza was hitting the corners and throwing a good cutter."

The 51s (29-24) fell a half-game out of first with the loss. Tucson (30-24) leads the division, and Sacramento (27-25) is third.

Starter D.J. Houlton (2-5) took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings. The River Cats scored twice in the second inning and added solo homers in the fifth sixth.

Las Vegas rallied for three runs in the ninth. Wilson Valdez hit a two-run double, and Guzman added an RBI single. But James Loney bounced out to end the game.

The 51s activated lefty Kelly Wunsch and released veteran infielder Chris Truby, who hit .215 in 42 games.
  Score by innings
Sacramento 020 011 011-6
Las Vegas  002 000 003-5 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF    4 2 0 0 .274
Valdez SS    5 1 1 2 .281
Young DH     4 1 0 0 .294
Guzman LF    5 0 3 2 .291
Loney 1B     4 0 2 1 .360
Riggs 3B     4 0 0 0 .357
Weber RF     4 0 2 0 .250
Robles 2B    4 1 1 0 .205
Bellorin C   4 0 2 0 .298
 Totals     38 5 11 5
 Sacramento 37 6 11 6

  E- Valdez. 2B- Valdez (6). 
RBI- Guzman 2 (33), Loney (19), 
Valdez 2 (21). LOB- Las Vegas 9, 
Sacramento 10. SB- Young (2), 
Duncan (10). DP- (Loney, Valdez 
and Loney).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Houlton (L,2-5) 5.1 7  4-4  2 3 6.00
Wunsch          1.0 1  0-0  0 1 0.00
Hull            1.1 0  1-0  1 1 1.08
Miller          0.1 1  0-0  0 0 0.00
Carrara         1.0 2  1-1  1 1 1.42
  T- 3:18. Att- 5,880.
Suns on a Roll-- Jacksonville has won nine of the last ten games, and improved to 8-1 on the current road trip with a 7-2 victory at Montgomery.

Starter Joel Hanrahan struck out a season-high 10 batters, one short of tying a career high, in five innings to improve his record to 5-2.

In the first inning, A.J. Zapp knocked in Tony Abreu and Craig Brazell for an early lead and the Suns added two more runs in the third inning when Craig Brazell hit his second homerun of the series and seventh of the season. Tydus Meadows later singled home Andy LaRoche.

Anthony Raglani collected an RBI in the fifth inning and in the seventh, Tydus Meadows and Anthony Raglani recorded back-to-back solo homeruns to finish the scoring at 7-2.

Meadows finished the game 5-for-5 with a homerun and two RBI. Craig Brazell was 3-for-5 with a homerun.

RHP Spike Lundberg will face Montgomery tonight in the finale of the five-game series.

Player of the Week-- Suns closer Mark Alexander was been named the BC Powder Southern League Pitcher of the Week of May 22-28. Alexander recorded four saves and a 0.00 ERA in four appearances last week. The right-hander fanned seven of the seventeen hitters he faced while allowing just four hits and not walking a batter. Alexander has converted 11 of 12 save opportunities this season and has struck out 39 batters while walking just 7. His 11 saves rank fourth in the league. The 25-year-old Kansas City, MO native was selected in the 20th round of the 2004 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 202 010 200-7
Montgomery   100 100 000-2

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Hu SS          5 0 0 0 .272
Abreu 2B       5 1 1 0 .259
Brazell DH     5 2 3 1 .278
LaRoche 3B     3 2 1 0 .289
Zapp 1B        4 0 2 2 .250
Ruggiano CF    4 0 0 0 .266
Meadows LF     5 1 5 2 .625
Raglani RF     5 1 1 2 .218
Ellis C        4 0 0 0 .256
 Jacksonville 40 7 13 7
 Montgomery   33 2  7 2

  E- Ellis. 2B- Zapp (11). 
HR- Brazell (7), Meadows (1), 
Raglani (4). RBI- 
Zapp 2 (19), Brazell (31), 
Meadows 2 (2), Raglani 2 (21). 
LOB- Jacksonville 10, 
Montgomery 9. DP- (LaRoche 
and Zapp).
 
 Jacksonville     in h r-er b so era
Hanrahan (W,5-2) 5.0 4  2-2 4 10 3.21
Alvarez          3.0 3  0-0 1  1 4.45
Hoorelbeke       1.0 0  0-0 0  1 0.28
  HBP- Ruggiano. T-2:51. Att-3,589.
Late Explosion Wins-- Xavier Paul smacked a game-tying 9th-inning grand slam and Chris Westervelt's 10th-inning single gave Vero Beach a 5-4 victory over the first place St. Lucie to avoid a 4-game sweep.

Starter Chris Malone retired the first 11 batters he faced and worked six scoreless innings. However, in the top of the 7th, Malone gave up a single and a home run to break an 0-0 tie.

Malone also allowed a single eighth before giving the ball to Wesley Wright who allowed a run in the eighth and another unearned run in the ninth. Vero trailed 4-0 going into the bottom of the ninth.

Cole Bruce opened the rally with a one-out infield single. Denker and Westervelt followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Then with two outs, Xavier Paul launched the game-tying grand slam to right field. It was his team-high 6th home run of the season.

Brian Akin bailed Wright out of trouble in the 10th, making the final Met with a strikeout. In the bottom of the inning, Blake DeWitt led off by reaching on a 2-base error. Cory Dunlap and Denker drew walks before Westervelt lined a two strike single to center to score DeWitt and win the game.

Brian Akin's strikeout in the 10th earned him the victory.

Vero Beach travels to Clearwater tonight.
  Score by innings
St. Lucie  000 000 211 0-4
Vero Beach 000 000 004 1-5 

  Vero Beach ab r h i ave
Paul RF       4 1 2 4 .295
Hoffmann CF   5 0 0 0 .259
DeWitt 3B     5 1 0 0 .290
Dunlap 1B     4 0 0 0 .216
Santana LF    3 0 0 0 .273
Bruce DH      5 1 1 0 .295
Denker 2B     2 1 2 0 .226
Westervelt C  5 1 2 1 .263
Nicholson SS  2 0 0 0 .301
  Todd PH     0 0 0 0 .129
  Gonzalez SS 1 0 0 0 .231
   Totals    46 5 7 5
   St. Lucie 37 4 9 4

  E- Paul, Hoffmann. 2B- Paul (9). 
HR- Paul (6). RBI- Paul 4 (19), 
Westervelt (13). LOB- St. Lucie 
7, Vero Beach 10. SB- Hoffmann 
(9). CS- Paul (4).

 Vero Beach   in h r-er bb so era
Malone       7.0 5 3 3 2 8 1 4.61
Wright       2.2 4 1 0 0 4 0 1.37
Akin (W,3-3) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.78
  T- 3:25. Att- 709
Fish Score Seven in First-- Sergio Pedroza homered and drove home five runs, and Columbus scored seven times in the first inning on their way to a 10-6 win over Charleston.

Pedroza's two-run single in the first capped a seven-run, 12-batter rally, and his three-run blast in the ninth provided insurance after Charleston had fought back within a run. The RiverDogs lost for the ninth consecutive game, five at the hands of the Catfish. Columbus improved to 28-25 on the season and 8-1 against Charleston.

The Catfish exploded in the top of the first, scoring seven runs on five hits, two walks and two hit-batsmen. After the first three batters reached, Columbus took a 1-0 lead when Jason Mooneyham was hit with a pitch. David Sutherland made it 3-0 two batters later with a two-run single.

Juan Apodaca added another two-run hit and Pedroza, who had singled earlier in the inning, finished to scoring with another two-run, bases loaded hit.

The RiverDogs scored six unanswered runs after seven to make the score 7-6.

But Pedroza bombed a three-run shot, his 12th of the season, with none out in the ninth, scoring Shane Justis who had reached on an error and Ivan DeJesus who had singled.

Mario Alvarez (3-5) scattered three hits and five runs, only two earned, in five innings to earn his second win against Charleston in the past week. Landestoy Troncoso pitched the final two innings for his second save.

Pedroza led Columbus' attack with three hits in addition to his five RBI, while DeJesus picked up a pair of hits.

Game two of the series is tonight with Cory Wade (2-1, 3.98) drawing the start.
  Score by innings
Columbus   700 000 003-10
Charleston 003 020 100- 7
  
  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 2 2 0 .287
Pedroza RF    5 2 3 5 .275
Mitchell 3B   4 1 1 0 .276
Mooneyham DH  4 1 0 1 .267
Locke LF      5 0 0 0 .346
Sutherland 1B 4 1 1 2 .305
May CF        3 1 0 0 .224
Apodaca C     4 1 1 2 .243
Justis 2B     3 1 0 0 .189
    Totals   36 10 8 10 .264

  E- Mitchell, De Jesus. HR- 
Pedroza (12). RBI- Mooneyham 
(10), Sutherland 2 (22), 
Apodaca 2 (13), Pedroza 5 (45). 
LOB- Columbus 4, Charleston 6. 
DP- 2 (De Jesus, Justis and 
Sutherland;  Sutherland).

  Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
Alvarez (W,3-5) 5.0 3  5-2  5 1 4.96
Horlacher       2.0 1  1-1  1 2 7.71
Troncoso (S,2)  2.0 1  0-0  1 2 0.00
  WP- Horlacher. Balk- Alvarez.
T- 2:58. Att- 3,186.

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