Jacksonville's Winning Number is Two

James Loney's home run boosted Las Vegas to a 6-5 win over Sacramento. Craig Brazell's home run keyed an 8-6 win over Moblie. Three Dodger pitchers combined to shut out Brevard 2-0 and Jamie Hoffmann doubled to break a scoreless tie in a 2-0 win over Brevard. with an RBI double. Carlos Alvarez worked six scoreless innings and Sergio hit his 13th homer as Columbus topped Savannah 7-1.

51s Edge Cats-- James Loney's two-run homer in the first inning gave Las Vegas the lead and they held on for a 6-5 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday. The win gave the visiting 51s a four-game sweep. The 51s (33-26) first baseman is batting .350 over 140 at-bats on the season. Sergio Garcia and Jon Weber contributed RBI doubles and Delwyn Young lifted a sacrifice fly.

The River Cats (29-29) scored three runs in the sixth to narrow Las Vegas' lead but Harold Eckert (4-1) held on for the win, allowing five runs on six hits over 5.1 innings.

Greg Miller, Eric Hull and Lance Carter combined to kept the lead intact by combining for 3.2 scoreless innings. Carter worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his fourth save of the year.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas  200 121 000-6
Sacramento 100 013 000-5 

  Las Vegas ab r h bat ave
Izturis SS    4 2 2 0 .222
Valdez 2B     3 0 1 0 .291
Loney 1B      3 1 1 2 .350
Young LF      2 0 0 0 .294
Weber RF      3 1 2 1 .248
Garcia DH     3 1 1 1 .317
Duncan CF     4 0 0 0 .289
Riggs 3B      4 0 0 1 .367
Langill C     4 1 1 0 .150
  Las Vegas  34 6 4 6
  Sacramento 31 5 7 5

  E- none.  2B- Garcia (7), Weber
(10). HR- Loney (2). RBI- Loney 2 
(24), Garcia (25), Young, D (34), 
Weber, J (18), Riggs (10). S- 
Valdez 2. SF- Young. LOB- Las 
Vegas 5, Sacramento 7. SB- 
Garcia (3), Young (3). CS- 
Valdez (8). DP- 2 (Izturis and 
Loney; Duncan, Loney, Izturis 
and Riggs).

  Las Vegas    in  h r-er bb so era
Eckert (W,4-1) 5.1 6  5-5  4 5 5.76
Miller         1.1 0  0-0  2 0 0.00
Hull           1.1 1  0-0  0 0 1.91
Carter (S,4)   1.0 0  0-0  0 0 0.71
  WP- Miller 2. T- 2:58. Att- 9,989.
Magic Number - 2-- Jacksonville erased a 5-0 deficit and dumped Mobile 8-6, cutting their magic number to only two and winning their 20th game in the last 25. The Mobile BayBears scored five runs in the first three innings off of Spike Lundberg, who had not allowed an earned run in his last 21 innings.

Tony Abreu jump-started the Suns offense in the third inning, lining a shot just over the short wall in right field for a three-run homerun. It was his fourth of the year.

The clubs traded runs in the fourth inning as Wilkin Ruan singled home a run to make the score 6-4.

In the seventh, Jacksonville used a leadoff double from Tony Abreu and a long drive Craig Brazell into the right field bleachers to tie the game at 6-6. It was Brazell's eighth homerun of the season and RBI number 37 and 38 for the No. 2 RBI producer (behind teammate Andy LaRoche) in the Southern League.

Then RBI singles from Justin Ruggiano and Brad Cresse gave the Suns an 8-6 lead.

Carlos Alvarez picked up the relief win for Jacksonville to improve to 4-1. Mark Alexander earned save number 12.

Jacksonville opens a five-game series against the Huntsville Stars with T.J. Nall taking the ball for the Suns.

Powder Hitter of Week-- Suns outfielder Tydus Meadows was named the BC Powder Southern League Hitter of the week for the week of May 29 - June 4. Meadows carried a hot bat to Jacksonville, hitting .450 with a double, 3 home runs, 9 RBI, a .593 on-base percentage and a .950 slugging percentage to earn the honors. Meadows, who joined the Suns on May 28, enjoyed two multi-hit games last week, including a 5-for-5 performance on May 31 in which he hit a home run and drove in two runs. On June 1 at Montgomery, he hit his second home run of the week in the seventh inning to break the 1-1 tie and lead Jacksonville to a 5-1 victory.

Meadows ended the week in impressive style, hitting a grand slam June 4 against Mobile to give the Suns a 5-4 lead in their eventual 13-5 victory. The South Division-leading Suns currently own a 6-game winning streak and have been victorious in 14 of their last 15 games.

The 28-year-old Milledgeville, GA native was a key member of last season's Southern League Championship team. Meadows was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004
  Score by innings
Mobile       032 100 000-6
Jacksonville 003 100 40x-8

 Jack'ville ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF      5 1 2 1 .329
Abreu 2B     3 2 2 3 .287
Brazell 1B   5 1 1 2 .275
LaRoche 3B   4 1 1 0 .296
Meadows LF   3 0 0 0 .333
Ruggiano RF  5 1 1 1 .266
Rohan SS     3 1 2 0 .259
Cresse C     3 1 1 1 .270
Lundberg P   2 0 0 0 .200
Raglani PH   0 0 0 0 .212
Alvarez P    0 0 0 0 .000
Zapp PH      1 0 0 0 .236
Hoorelbeke P 0 0 0 0 .000
Alexander P  0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals  34 8 10 8
    Mobile  35 6 10 6

  E- none. 2B- Rohan (1), Abreu (11), 
LaRoche (12). HR- Abreu (4,), Brazell 
(8). RBI- Abreu 3 (28), Ruan (7), 
Brazell 2 (38), Ruggiano, J (32), 
Cresse (20). LOB- Mobile 7, Jacksonville 
10. SB- Abreu (6), Ruggiano (7). DP- 
(Brazell, Rohan and Brazell).

  Jacksonville    in h  r-er bb so era
Lundberg         6.0 10  6-6  1 5 2.64
Alvarez  (W,4-1) 1.0  1  0-0  1 1 4.31
Hoorelbeke       1.0  0  0-0  0 0 0.25
Alexander (S,12) 1.0  0  0-0  1 1 1.00
  T- 3:00. Att- 4,865.
Air-Tight Pitching--Three Dodger pitchers combined to shut out the Brevard 2-0 at Holman Stadium. Jamie Hoffmann broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the 8th with an RBI double.

In contrast with Monday's 11-10 slugfest, starter Scott Elbert worked five scoreless innings, matching his season-high with seven strikeouts.

The Dodgers broke the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the eighth when Chris Westervelt drew a leadoff walk and stole his first base of the season. Jamie Hoffmann collected Vero's second hit of the game, a double to left-center drive in the first run and one out later David Nicholson singled in an insurance run.

Wesley Wright (3-2) continued his solid pitching with three scoreless relief innings to pick up the win. Wright struck out three and allowed just two hits. Brian Akin pitched a perfect ninth and is 6-6 in save opportunities this year.

Former Batboy Drafted-- Former Vero Beach Dodger Batboy Alex Cobb was selected in the 4th round (119 Overall) of the First-year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Cobb served as a bat boy for the Vero Beach Dodgers during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

The rubber match of the series will be tonight at Holman Stadium.
  Score by innings
Brevard County 000 000 000-0
Vero Beach     000 000 02x-2 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF       3 0 0 0 .288
Nicholson SS  4 0 1 1 .308
Dewitt 2B     3 0 0 0 .279
Bruce DH      3 0 0 0 .292
Dunlap 1B     2 0 0 0 .219
Santana LF    3 0 1 0 .267
Denker 3B     2 0 0 0 .232
Westervelt C  2 1 0 0 .247
Hoffmann CF   3 1 1 1 .263
   Totals    25 2 3 2
   Brevard   35 0 7 0

  E- Nicholson. 2B- Hoffmann (8).
RBI- Hoffmann (12), Nicholson (15). 
LOB- Brevard 7, Vero 6. SB- 
Westervelt (1). CS- Paul (6).
  
  Vero Beach    in h r-er bb so era
Elbert         5.0 5  0-0  2 7 2.81
Wright (W,3-2) 3.0 2  0-0  1 3 1.19
Akin (S,6)     1.0 0  0-0  0 1 1.93
  WP- Elbert 2. T- 2:32. Att- 634.
Fish Get Strong Start-- For the second straight night the Catfish (31-27) got six shutout innings from their starting pitcher to beat Savannah, this time by a score of 7-1. RHP Mario Alvarez (4-5) limited the Gnats to just two hits in six innings to pick up the win. He struck out five. In his last four starts Alvarez is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA.

The Catfish built an early lead when RF Sergio Pedroza singled to drive in SS Ivan DeJesus in the first. In the second, LF Lucas May made it 2-0 with a solo home run, his seventh, and Pedroza added a solo home run of his own in the third inning, his 13th.

In the fourth inning the Catfish broke the game open with three runs. May drove two runs with a triple and C Juan Apodaca's RBI single made it 6-0.

LHP Kale Garrison followed Alvarez with two relief innings and gave up one unearned run and RHP Ramon Troncoso pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

May finished the night 3-for-4 just double short of a cycle, with three RBI and Pedroza went 3-for-4 with home #13.

Game three of the four-game series to tonight. SAL All-Star RHP Cory Wade (2-2, 4.22) will Savannah.
  Score by innings
Savannah 000 000 100-1
Columbus 111 301 00x-7 

  Columbus   ab r b bi ave
Godwin CF     5 0 0 0 .229
De Jesus SS   4 1 2 0 .286
Pedroza RF    4 1 3 2 .277
Mitchell 3B   4 0 0 0 .259
Locke DH      3 1 1 0 .345
Sutherland 1B 3 1 0 0 .302
May LF        4 3 3 3 .236
Apodaca C     3 0 1 1 .260
Laurin 2B     4 0 0 0 .000
  Totals     34 7 10 6 .268
  Savannah   33 1  7 0 .237

  E- De Jesus. 2B- De Jesus (8), Locke
(14), Pedroza (13). 3B- May (5). HR- 
May (7), Pedroza (13). RBI- Pedroza 
2 (49), May 3 (30), Apodaca (17). 
LOB- Savannah 7, Columbus 6. DP- 
(Sutherland, De Jesus and Sutherland).

  Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
Alvarez (W,4-5) 6.0 2  0-0  1 5 4.45
Garrison        2.0 4  1-0  1 0 0.00
Troncoso        1.0 1  0-0  0 1 0.00
  HBP- Locke. T- 2:22. Att- 750.

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