Abreu's Homer Sparks Suns Comeback

A 10-run Tacoma third inning dropped Las Vegas 18-8 despite Ed Bellorin's three hits and four RBI. Jacksonville spotted Huntsville seven runs, then won 10-7 as Tony Abreu homered and knocked in three. Vero pitching allowed seven walks to erase an early 6-0 lead in a 10-7 loss to Palm Beach and Columbus lost to Savannah 3-1 on two unearned runs.

Vegas Staff Pounded-- Tacoma pounded out 20 hits and sent 14 batters to the plate in a 10-run third inning on the way to an easy 18-8 victory over Las Vegas. Every member of the Rainiers' lineup had at least one hit.

Starter Justin Reid gave up seven runs -- three earned -- on four hits in 2.2 innings for Las Vegas (33-27). Eric Hull was charged with seven runs on five hits in two innings.

The 10-run third inning started after an error by second baseman Sergio Garcia and blew away an early 2-0 Las Vegas lead.

Sergio Garcia, Oscar Robles and Ed Bellorin each had three hits, and between them accounted for all eight RBI, with the Robles knocking in three and Bellorin four. Bellorin had an RBI double and a three-run homer (#3) in the ninth.
  Score by innings
Tacoma     00(10) 040 004-18
Las Vegas  00  0  000 024- 8 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Izturis SS  3 0 1 0 .238
Valdez DH   3 0 1 0 .291
  Soto DH   1 0 0 0 .000
Loney 1B    5 1 2 0 .352
Young LF    5 0 0 0 .286
Weber RF    3 1 1 0 .250
  Brown RF  1 1 0 0 .000
Garcia 2B   4 3 3 1 .331
Robles 3B   5 1 3 3 .257
Bellorin C  5 1 3 4 .288
Duncan CF   5 0 0 0 .279
  Totals   40  8 14 8
  Tacoma   48 18 20 18
  
  Error- Garcia.  2B- Bellorin (6), 
Loney (12), Garcia (8). HR- Bellorin 
(3). RBI- Robles 3 (12), Bellorin 4 
(17), Garcia (26). LOB- Tacoma 12, 
Las Vegas 10. SB- Weber (4).

  Las Vegas   in h r-er bb so era
Reid (L,1-3) 2.1 4  7-3  2 3 6.96
Hull         2.0 5  7-7  3 4 3.86
Miller       1.2 5  0-0  0 2 0.00
Hamulack     2.0 1  0-0  2 5 0.00
Osoria       1.0 5  4-4  0 0 6.97
  WP- Hull. T- 3:25. Att- 5,294.
The Wins Just Keep on Comin'-- – After trailing Huntsville 7-0 in a the fifth inning, Jacksonville scored 10 unanswered runs to defeat the Stars 10-7 in front of a Thursday night crowd of 9,489 at the Baseball Grounds.

It was the biggest comeback of the season for the Suns who have now won 17 of their last 18 games and 22 of their last 27. Jacksonville clinched the first half South Division Championship on June 7.

The Stars roughed up starter Danny Muegge, scoring all seven runs off him. Reliever Alvis Ojeda improved to 3-1 with two scoreless innings and Carlos Alvarez added two more zeros to record his first save of the year

Down seven runs in the fifth inning Jacksonville used RBI singles from A.J. Ellis and Chin-Lung Hu and Tony Abreu belted his fifth homerun of the season, a three-run shot to put the Suns back within two runs at 7-5.

Jimmy Rohan added a broken-bat RBI single in the sixth and Jacksonville got some help from the Stars defense in the seventh.

With one out, Hu grounded lived on an error by the shortstop and Tony Abreu reached base when the second baseman allowed the ball to go through his legs. A wild pitch moved them to second and third and Tydus Meadows drew a walk.

A.J. Zapp singled through the right side of the infield to knock in the tying and go-ahead runs and Justin Ruggiano's two-run double made it a 10-7 lead.

Suns right-hander Heath Totten will start tonight against Huntsville.
  Score by innings
Huntsville   010 420 000- 7
Jacksonville 000 021 40x-10
 
  Jacksonville ab r  bi ave
Hu SS           4 2 2 1 .294
Abreu 2B        4 2 2 3 .286
Meadows LF      3 1 1 0 .333
Zapp 1B         4 1 1 2 .235
Ruggiano CF     4 2 3 2 .275
Raglani RF      3 1 1 0 .212
Rohan 3B        4 0 1 1 .258
Ellis C         4 1 1 1 .250
Muegge P        1 0 0 0 .357
  Ruan PH       1 0 0 0 .324
  Ojeda P       0 0 0 0 .000
  Brazell PH    1 0 0 0 .278
  Alvarez P     1 0 0 0 .000
    Totals     34 10 12 10
    Huntsville 34  7 10 7

  Errors- none.  2B- Ruggiano, J (13).
HR- Abreu (5). RBI- Ellis (13), Hu (10), 
Abreu 3 (31), Rohan (5), Zapp 2 (21), 
Ruggiano 2 (34). LOB- Huntsville 10, 
Jacksonville 2.

  Jacksonville   in h r-er bb so era
Muegge          5.0 9  7-7  3 3 4.65
Ojeda (W,3-1)   2.0 1  0-0  0 1 2.68
Alvarez (S,1)   2.0 0  0-0  0 4 4.05
  T- 2:53. Att- 9,489.
Vero Gives back Lead-- Vero Beach took a 6-0 margin but Palm Beach roared back to take a 10-7 decision. The Dodgers helped them greatly, issuing seven walks and committing four errors.

Vero enjoyed a five-run first inning. Xavier Paul and Travis Denker led off with back-to-back singles. Paul scored on a wild pitch and Denker came in on Blake DeWitt's double. Cory Dunlap added an RBI single and Jeremy Todd drove in two runs with another double.

The Dodgers tacked on another run in the second when Cole Bruce doubled in DeWitt.

Starter Blake Johnson started the bottom of the second by hitting the leadoff man. He then walked the next three batters forcing in one run. A fielder's choice brought in the second and a two-run double to pulled Palm Beach within 6-4.

In the third a triple and a ground ball made it a one-run game and Palm Beach took the lead in the fourth, even though Xavier Paul gunned down a runner at the plate. But a walk, a single and a wild pitch put Palm Beach up 7-6.

The Dodgers tied it in the sixth when Jamie Hoffman doubled and scored on Travis Denker's ground out.

Palm Beach beat reliever Brent Leach with three unearned runs. The Dodgers outhit PB 10-6.

Vero Beach had one last threat when Denker and Bruce walked in the ninth. But the Cardinals closer retired the next two hitters and earn his 11th save.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 510 001 000- 7
Palm Beach 041 201 02x-10 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      4 1 2 0 .292
Denker 3B    4 1 1 1 .227
DeWitt 2B    5 2 1 1 .273
Bruce DH     4 0 2 1 .295
Dunlap 1B    5 1 1 1 .225
Santana LF   5 1 1 0 .274
Todd C       2 0 1 2 .167
Nicholson SS 4 0 0 0 .301
Hoffmann CF  3 1 1 0 .259
  Totals     37  7 10 6
  PBeach     31 10  6 8
  
  Error- Nicholson, Dunlap 2.  2B- 
DeWitt (13), Todd (2), Bruce (16), 
Hoffmann (9). RBI- DeWitt (26), 
Dunlap (16), Todd 2 (5), Bruce 
(20), Denker, T (25). S- Paul. LOB- 
Vero Beach 8, Palm Beach 4.

  Vero Beach   in h r-er bb so era
Johnson       5.0 5  7-7  4 4 4.20
Leach (L,0-1) 2.2 1  3-0  3 3 0.00
Akin          0.1 0  0-0  0 0 1.91
  WP- Johnson. T- 3:18. Att- 700.
Gnats Win Final Game-- The Catfish (32-28) were unable to complete a sweep of the Savannah series, losing a tight, 3-1 decision. RHP James McDonald was strong for seven innings as he limited the Sand Gnats to three runs, one earned, on just three hits and two walks. McDonald (1-4) struck out eight but suffered the loss.

Columbus hitters left nine runners on base and went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

An outfield error in the fourth inning allowed two runs and ended a streak of 28 scoreless innings by Columbus starting pitchers. The Catfish pitchers allowed only three hits in the loss.

DH Jason Mooneyham and LF Drew Locke both singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning and after a double play, C Tony Harper then singled to score Mooneyham.

Savannah extended the lead in the seventh inning on a home run and Columbus could get no closer.

The Catfish will face Rome Braves for a three-game series beginning with game one on Friday when LHP Marlon Arias (6-3, 4.90) will draw the start.
  Score by innings
Savannah 000 200 100-3
Columbus 000 010 000-1

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     5 0 0 0 .222
De Jesus SS   3 0 0 0 .286
Pedroza RF    3 0 2 0 .280
Mitchell 3B   4 0 0 0 .255
Mooneyham DH  2 1 1 0 .303
Locke LF      4 0 1 0 .337
Sutherland 1B 4 0 0 0 .294
Harper C      4 0 3 1 .358
Justis 2B     3 0 0 0 .220
  Totals     32 1 7 1 .267
  Savannah   32 3 3 1 .232

  Errors- Justis, Pedroza. 
2B- Pedroza (14). RBI- Harper 
(11). LOB- Savannah 6, Columbus 
9.

  Columbus        in h r-er bb so era
McDonald (L,1-4) 7.0 3  3-1  2 8 3.83
Pratt            2.0 0  0-0  0 1 4.96
  HBP- Justis. T- 2:23. Att- 848.

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