Cresse, Ruggiano Homer to Boost Suns

Las Vegas couldn't overcome an early 8-1 lead and despite a home run by DY Young, lost to Sacramento 8-7. Jacksonville cut its magic number to nine with the help of home runs by Brad Cresse and Justin Ruggiano and topped Mobile 6-3. Jonathan Figueroa, Baby Blue's Minor League Pitcher of he Year in 2002, was hit hard in a 6-3 loss to Clearwater. A Columbus rally fell short and Charleston won 5-4.

Las Vegas Edged-- Las Vegas (29-26) ran into Jason Windsor who won four games at Midland and now has won five more for Sacramento, losing an 8-7 decision.

The River Cats, winners of four straight, jumped out 8-1, battering William Juarez (4-5) who retired only two batters, surrendering four runs on two hits and five walks in the first inning.

Vegas fought back with Delwyn Young collecting a two-run homer and Wilson Valdez, James Loney, who also had a double, and Eric Riggs, who had a pair of steals, including home, also collected two hits apiece but although they out-hit Sacramento 11-6, couldn't quite get over the early deficit.

Dodgers infielder Cesar Izturis went 0-for-3 in his second rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September.
  Score by innings 
Sacramento 403 100 000-8
Las Vegas  001 022 101-7

  Las Vegas  ab r h bi ave
Izturis 2B    3 0 0 0 .000
Garcia 2B     2 0 1 1 .310
Valdez SS     5 1 2 0 .300
Loney 1B      5 2 2 1 .355
Young LF      5 2 2 2 .294
Weber RF      5 0 0 0 .232
Riggs 3B      4 1 2 2 .382
Robles DH     5 0 1 0 .208
Duncan CF     2 1 1 0 .283
Bellorin C    3 0 0 0 .286
  Totals     36 7 11 6
  Sacramento 30 8  6 7


  E- Young, Riggs. 2B- Loney (9), Riggs (1). 
HR- Young (5). RBI- Loney (20), Young 2 
(32), Garcia (21), Riggs 2 (7). SF- Riggs. 
LOB- Las Vegas 9. Sacramento 8. SB- 
Valdez (11), Duncan (11), Riggs (2). DP- 
3 (Valdez and Loney 2, Valdez, Izturis 
and Loney).

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Juarez (L,4-5) 0.2 2  4-4  5 1 4.08
Hull           2.0 1  3-3  2 3 2.00
Reid           2.1 3  1-1  3 0 6.21
Osoria         3.0 0  0-0  1 1 4.50
Wunsch         1.0 0  0-0  0 1 0.00
  WP- Reid. T- 3:04. Att- 5,483.
Suns Roll-- Jacksonville picked up where they left off on the recent 10-game road trip with a 6-3 victory over the Mobile BayBears. The win and Montgomery's cut the Suns magic number to clinch down to nine.

The Suns have now won 16 of their last 20 games but trailed in the first inning after a solo homerun off of starter T.J. Nall. But the Suns scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning when Justin Ruggiano (#7) and Brad Cresse (#5) both belted solo homeruns.

Jacksonville added four with two out in the sixth inning as an error by the third baseman allowed a run to score and Craig Brazell drove in two more with a double off of the centerfield warning track that drove home two more. The Southern League's RBI leader Andy LaRoche then singled home the final run.

A pinch-hit, two-run homerun in the ninth inning off of reliever Justin Simmons finished the scoring.

T.J. Nall pitched six innings in his third start of the season, allowing only two hits, walked three and struck out six to improve to 2-2.

Ben Kozlowski made his Dodger debut with a scoreless inning, He was recieved from Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Cody Ross April 24.

Jacksonville and Mobile meet in game two of the series tonight with the Famous Chicken making an appearance.
  Score by innings
Mobile       100 000 002-3 
Jacksonville 020 004 00x-6 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF        5 0 1 0 .328
Hu SS          5 1 1 0 .278
Brazell 1B     5 1 2 2 .286
LaRoche 3B     4 0 2 1 .296
Meadows LF     3 0 0 0 .462
Kozlowski P    0 0 0 0 .000
Simmons P      1 0 0 0 .000
Ruggiano RF    4 1 1 1 .265
Abreu 2B       3 1 2 0 .269
Cresse C       3 1 1 1 .276
Nall P         2 0 0 0 .111
Raglani LF     2 1 1 0 .219
    Totals    36 6 11 5
    Mobile    31 3  3 3

  2B- Abreu (10), Brazell (12), Ruan (6). 
HR- Ruggiano, J (7), Cresse (5). RBI- 
Ruggiano (31), Cresse (19), Brazell 2 
(36), LaRoche (38). LOB- Mobile 9, 
Jacksonville 11.

 Jacksonville   in h r-er bb so era
Nall (W,2-2)   6.0 2  1-1  3 6 3.89
Kozlowski      1.0 0  0-0  0 1 0.00
Simmons        2.0 1  2-2  1 1 4.70
  HBP- Abreu. T- 2:43. Att- 7,461.
Wildness Hurts Vero-- Jonathan Figueroa (0-1) made his first start in 2006, but he allowed six walks and four hits before leaving in the third trailing 5-1 and Clearwater went on to win 6-2.

The Dodgers tied the score at one in the third inning when Chris Westervelt reached on an error and Ryan Russ singled. Xavier Paul sacrificed each runner up a base and David Nicholson's ground out brought home Westervelt.

The Dodgers managed only five hits but Nicholson tripled to center in the sixth, then scored on a Blake DeWitt sacrifice fly. The Dodgers then put two baserunners on in the 9th, but did not score.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 001 001 000-2 
Clearwater 014 100 00x-6

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF       3 0 0 0 .293
Nicholson SS  4 1 1 1 .305
DeWitt 2B     3 0 0 1 .286
Santana LF    4 0 1 0 .266
Dunlap 1B     4 0 1 0 .203
Bruce 3B      4 0 1 0 .293
Denker DH     3 0 0 0 .224
Westervelt C  3 1 0 0 .253
Russ CF       3 0 1 0 .234
  Totals     31 2 5 2 
  Clearwater 33 6 9 4

  Error- Figueroa, Westervelt.  3B- 
Nicholson (3). RBI- Nicholson (13), 
Dewitt (23). S- Paul. SF- Dewitt. 
LOB- Vero Beach 6, Clearwater 8. 
CS- Santana (1). DP- 2 (Bruce, 
Dewitt and Dunlap, DeWitt
Dunlap).

  Vero Beach      in h r-er bb so era
Figueroa (L,0-1) 2.1 4  5-5  6 2 19.29
Wilson           3.2 5  1-1  0 2  3.16
Hammes           2.0 0  0-0  0 3  5.19
  WP- Figueroa, Wilson.
T- 2:33. Att- 2,107.
Rally Falls Short-- Columbus (28-27) fell just short against Charleston and lost 5-4. The Catfish loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning couldn't score.

Columbus trailed 3-0 before scoring two runs in the fourth inning with two out. LF Drew Locke reached on an error and 1B David Sutherland singled. Both runners scored on a double by CF Lucas May.

After Charleston scored again in the fourth, 2B Brandon Carter doubled. SS Ivan DeJesus followed with a bunt single which the second baseman threw away to let Carter score. The RiverDogs made it 5-3 with one run in the bottom of the fifth.

RHP James McDonald (1-3) left after five and allowed five runs, four earned, and took the loss. RHP Arismendy Castillo followed with two shutout innings and newly acquired LHP Kale Garrison wrapped up the game with one shutout inning and two strikeouts.

In the top of the ninth inning May and C Juan Apodaca singled before Carter drove in May with a double. With two out Charleston then elected to intentionally walk the SAL home run leader RF Sergio Pedroza to load the bases. Mitchell flied out to the warning track in left field to end the game.

The Catfish out hit Charleston 13-8 with DeJesus, Locke, Sutherland, May and Carter each collecting two hits. With two doubles Carter has six extra-base hits in the last five games.

In the series finale tonight, LHP Marlon Arias (5-3, 4.77) will take Charleston. The Catfish will begin a four-game home series with Savannah Sand Gnats on Monday.
  Score by innings
Columbus   000 210 001-4
Charleston 201 110 00x-5

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   5 0 2 0 .291
Pedroza RF    4 0 0 0 .263
Mitchell 3B   5 0 0 0 .268
Mooneyham DH  4 0 1 0 .276
Locke LF      4 1 2 0 .342
Sutherland 1B 4 1 2 0 .302
May CF        4 1 2 2 .231
Harper C      3 0 1 0 .341
  Apodaca C   1 0 1 0 .258
Carter 2B     4 1 2 1 .194
  Totals     38 4 13 3 .265
  Charleston 30 5  8 4 .250

  E- Sutherland, Castillo. 2B- May (10), 
Carter 2 (5), Locke (13). RBI- May 2 
(27), Carter, B (7). LOB- Columbus 8, 
Charleston 5. DP- 2 (De Jesus, Carter 
and Sutherland; De Jesus and 
Sutherland).

  Columbus        in h r-er bb so era
McDonald (L,1-3) 5.0 7  5-4  2 2 4.20
Castillo         2.0 1  0-0  0 1 4.18
Garrison         1.0 0  0-0  0 2 0.00
  WP- McDonald 3.  T- 2:53.
Att- 5,508.

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