Locke's Homer in Ninth Gives Fish a 2-1 Win

Eric Stults won his second in succession and Delwyn Young and Tydus Meadows homered as Vero beat Tacoma 9-7. Heath Totten won his fifth game when a misplayed fly ball in the seventh handed Jacksonville a 4-2 win over Huntsville. Vero Beach saw a 1-0 lead disappear in a five run Palm Beach eighth inning. David Locke's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Catfish a 2-0 over Rome.

Wins Second Straight-- Eric Stults pitched five solid innings and Delwyn Young homered as Las Vegas stopped visiting Tacoma, 9-7. Stults (5-5) won his second straight start, allowing one earned run on three hits , but he gave up seven walks with four strikeouts. The 26-year-old left-hander worked 8.2 scoreless frames in his last outing on June 3.

Young slugged a solo homer in the third to break a 2-2 tie and give the 51s (34-27) the lead for good. He went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored from the cleanup spot.

The 51s upped their lead to 9-3 with four runs in the eighth as James Loney and Oscar Robles stroked RBI singles.

Las Vegas reliever Giovanni Carrara earned a strange save, allowing a grand slam with one out in the ninth before recording the last two outs.

Jon Weber and Sergio Garcia each drove in two runs for Las Vegas, while Wilson Valdez went 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

Catcher Dioner Navarro, on a rehab stint with the 51s, was 0-for-2 in his first game.
   Score by innings
Tacoma    020 000 014-7
Las Vegas 201 100 24x-9 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Izturis SS   4 1 1 0 .240
Valdez 2B    4 3 2 0 .295
Loney 1B     5 2 2 1 .353
Young LF     5 2 2 2 .289
  Brown LF   0 0 0 0 .000
Weber RF     4 0 2 2 .256
Garcia DH    2 0 0 2 .326
Robles 3B    3 0 1 1 .260
Navarro C    2 0 0 0 .000
  Bellorin C 3 0 0 0 .280
Duncan CF    3 1 2 0 .287
    Totals  36 9 12 8
    Tacoma  34 7  9 7

  Errors- Duncan, Loney, 2B- Duncan 
(4), Valdez (8), Weber (11). HR- 
Young (6). RBI- Weber 2 (20), 
Young 2 (36), Garcia 2 (28), 
Loney (25), Robles (13). S- Valdez. 
SF- Garcia 2. Team LOB- 11, Tacoma 9. 
SB- Garcia (4). DP- 2 (Valdez, Izturis 
and Loney; Izturis, Valdez and Loney).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Stults (W, 5-5) 5.0 3 2-1 7 4 4.73
Carter          2.0 1 0-0 0 4 0.61
Wunsch          0.2 2 1-1 1 2.45
Carrara (S, 3)  1.1 3 4-4 1 2 3.52
  WP- Stults. T- 3:17. Att- 8,204.
Suns Win Again-- Jacksonville used solo homeruns from Tony Abreu and Tydus Meadows to erase a 2-0 deficit and tie the game in the sixth. They then added two unusual runs in the seventh to top Huntsville 4-2.

The first half South Division Champions have won 10 straight games and 18 of the last 19 to improve to 43-20. The winning streak is the best in the Southern League this season and is two short of the best in Suns history (records back to 1988) when they won 12 straight in 2005.

Starter Heath Totten allowed a run in the first and fourth innings. Then he retired 13 in a row, allowing only one hit in his final five innings. He finished with seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and six strikeouts.

Jacksonville got on the board in the sixth inning as Tony Abreu (#6) and Tydus Meadows (#4) hit solo homeruns to tie the game.

The took the lead in the seventh on an improbable play. With two outs and a man at first base, Chin-Lung Hu hit a high fly ball to center that appeared to be a routine final out. But the Huntsville centerfielder lost the ball in the lights and Craig Brazell came around to score on what was ruled an RBI double. Later in the inning, Tydus Meadows walked with the bases loaded to force over the final run.

Totten improved to 5-2 with the victory and Mark Alexander saved his 14th game of the season.

The Suns and Stars (appropriately) get together in game four on tonight Joel Hanrahan starting for Jacksonville. The Suns will wear camouflage jerseys in celebration of the U.S. Army's 231st birthday.
  Score by innings 
Huntsville   110 000 000-2 
Jacksonville 000 002 20x-4 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Hu SS          4 1 1 1 .293
Abreu 2B       2 1 1 1 .288
LaRoche 3B     3 0 1 0 .291
Meadows LF     3 1 1 2 .333
Zapp 1B        4 0 1 0 .235
  Kozlowski P  0 0 0 0 .000
  Alexander P  0 0 0 0 .000
Ruggiano RF    3 0 0 0 .271
  Greenberg RF 1 0 0 0 .000
Ruan CF        4 0 1 0 .322
Ellis C        3 0 0 0 .242
Totten P       2 0 0 0 .176
  Brazell 1B   1 1 0 0 .277  
   Totals     30 4 6 4
   Huntsville 30 2 6 2

  Error- none. 2B- Zapp (12, Phelps), 
Hu (13, Phelps). HR- Abreu (6), 
Meadows (4). RBI- Abreu (32), 
Meadows 2 (11), Hu (11). LOB- 
Huntsville 4, Jacksonville 8. DP- 
(Abreu, Hu and Zapp).

  Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Totten (W, 5-2)  7.0 5  2-2  6 1 3.86
Kozlowski        1.0 0  0-0  2 0 1.29
Alexander (S,14) 1.0 1  0-0  0 3 0.93
   HBP- Abreu, LaRoche. T- 2:15. Att- 8,659.
Heartbreak in the Eighth-- Vero Beach carried a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the 8th, before Palm Beach erupted to record a 5-1 win. Alberto Bastardo and Wesley Wright combined to shut the Cardinals out for seven innings but Julio Pimentel suffered his second straight blown save opportunity.

Bastardo returned to form after three poor starts, scattering six hits over five innings. Wright pitched two perfect innings and struck out the first five batters he faced. Wright has not allowed a run in the month of June.

The Dodgers scored their only run in the fourth inning when Cole Bruce followed a single from Blake DeWitt with one of his own. DeWitt was thrown at third, but Bruce advanced to second on the throw. Cory Dunlap then lined a 3-2 pitch down the right field line to plate Bruce and put the Dodgers ahead 1-0.

In the 8th, Pimentel struck out his first batter but a walk and two singles tied the score. The second hit was mishandled and both runners advanced an extra base. The Cards scored three more in the inning.
  Score by innings 
Vero Beach 000 100 000-1 
Palm Beach 000 000 05x-5 

  Vero Beach  ab r h bi ave
Paul RF        4 0 0 00 .287
Denker 2B      3 0 0 0  .223
Dewitt 3B      4 0 1 0  .273
Bruce DH       4 1 2 0  .299
Dunlap 1B      2 0 1 1 .232
Gonzalez PH    1 0 0 0 .286
Santana LF     4 0 2 0 .284
Todd C         3 0 1 0 .178
 Westervelt PH 1 0 0 0 .244
Nicholson SS   3 0 0 0 .296
Hoffmann CF    3 0 0 0 .256
  Totals      30 1 7 1
  Palm Beach  32 5 9 5

  Errors- Dunlap, Denker. 2B- 
Bruce (17). RBI- Dunlap (17). 
LOB- Vero Beach 6, Palm Beach 8.

 Vero Beach     in h r-er bb so era
Bastardo         5.0 5 0-0 1 4 0 4.28
Wright           2.0 0 0-0 0 5 0 1.11
Pimentel (L,0-5) 0.2 4 5-3 2 2 0 4.24
Hammes           0.1 0 0-0 0 1 0 4.99
  WP- Pimentel.  T- 2:48. Att- 2,619.
Walkoff Homer in Ninth- Catfish Left fielder Drew Locke slammed a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the league-leading Rome Braves 2-1. Columbus (33-28) stayed in the game thanks to LHP Marlon Arias, who worked eight innings and allowed seven hits and just one run.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, Rome sed a pair of hits to take a 1-0 lead, and it seemed that slim margin might just hold up.

Moving into the bottom of the ninth, Columbus had only two singles by SS Ivan DeJesus. 1B Jason Mooneyham led off the ninth with a walk. He was followed by Locke, who failed on two attempts get down a sacrifice bunt. With the count 0-2, Locke banged his sixth home run to send his teammates and Catfish fans into wild celebration.

RHP John Meloan (1-0) struck out the side in order in the top of the ninth inning to earn the win.

Game two of the series will be tonight with LHP David Pfeiffer (1-0, 3.12) starting for Columbus.
  Score by innings
Rome     100 000 000-0 
Columbus 000 000 002-2

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 0 2 0 .290
Pedroza RF    3 0 0 0 .276
Mitchell 3B   4 0 0 0 .251
Mooneyham 1B  3 1 0 0 .295
Locke LF      4 1 1 2 .335
Sutherland DH 1 0 0 0 .293
May CF        3 0 0 0 .234
Harper C      2 0 0 0 .351
Justis 2B     3 0 0 0 .208
  Totals     27 2 3 2 .265
  Rome       31 1 7 1 .259

  Errors- none. HR- Locke (6). RBI- 
Locke 2 (46). LOB- Rome 4, 
Columbus 6. DP- 2 (Mitchell, 
Mooneyham and Mitchell; J
ustis and Mooneyham).

  Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
Arias           8.0 7  1-1  0 4 4.46
Meloan (W, 1-0) 1.0 0  0-0  0 3 0.00
  HBP- Pedroza. T- 2:17. Att- 1,180.

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