Jacksonville Gets No. 13; Vegas Stops SkySox

Four Las Vegas pitchers limited Colorado Springs to a pair of hits and Andy LaRoche's hit his second homer in two nights in a 4-3 win. Jacksonville won its 13th straight, beating Mississippi 3-2 on an eighth inning double by Craig Brazell.

51s Stingy-- Eric Hull and three relievers combined on a two-hitter as Las Vegas edged visiting Colorado Springs 4-3 Hull gave up two runs -- one earned -- on four walks with three strikeouts over 2.2 hitless innings. Giovanni Carrara (2-0) had four consecutive strikeouts over the fifth and sixth innings and retired 10 of the 11 batters he faced.

The Sky Sox (27-39) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but the 51s (37-28) tied the game in the second on Jeff Duncan's sacrifice fly that scored Dioner Navarro, who opened the inning with a double.

Again Colorado jumped into the lead with a run in the second. Back-to-back RBI singles by Cesar Izturis and Jon Weber in the fourth put the 51s ahead, 3-2. The go-ahead single was Weber's fifth consecutive hit over two games, but the streak ended when he grounded out in the sixth.

Andy LaRoche's second homer in the two days he has been with the 51s gave them a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

Weber led the 51s with three hits.

Miguel Ojeda collected both Sky Sox hits, breaking up the no-hitter with a leadoff triple in the seventh off Kelly Wunsch. Ojeda scored on a sacrifice fly to get Colorado Springs within 4-3.

Franquelis Osoria relieved Wunsch in the seventh and followed with 2.1 scoreless frames to nab his first save.
  Score by innings
Colo Springs 101 000 000-2 
Las Vegas    010 210 00x-4 
 
  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Izturis SS   5 0 1 1 .237
Weber RF     4 0 3 1 .273
Young LF     5 0 0 0 .286
Loney 1B     3 0 0 0 .358
LaRoche 3B   3 1 2 1 .571
Navarro C    4 1 1 0 .071
Robles 2B    3 1 2 0 .291
Duncan CF    3 1 1 1 .290
Hull P       1 0 1 0 .333
  Carrara P  2 0 0 0 .000
  Wunsch P   0 0 0 0 .000
  Osoria P   1 0 0 0 .000
   Totals   37 4 11 4
   CSprings 30 2  2 2

  Error- Izturis. 2B hits- Navarro (1). 
HR- LaRoche (2). RBI- Duncan (13), 
Izturis (3), Weber (23), LaRoche (4). 
SF- Duncan. LOB- Colorado Springs 
6, Las Vegas 11. DP- (Loney  unassisted).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Hull            2.2 0  2-1  4 3 3.82
Carrara (W,2-0) 3.1 0  0-0  1 5 2.89
Wunsch          0.2 1  1-1  1 1 4.15
Osoria (S,1)    2.1 1  0-0  0 1 4.91
  T- 3:10. Att- 3,229.
Baker's Dozen-- A Craig Brazell ground rule double in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and T.J. Nall allowed five hits in eight innings as the Jacksonville Suns held off the Mississippi Braves 3-2.

The win is the 13th in a row for the Suns, and a new franchise record. The Southern League record for consecutive victories is 16 by Montgomery July 3-26, 1968. Jacksonville has now won 21 of the last 22 games.

Jacksonville opened the scoring in the second inning when Tydus Meadows scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Suns pitcher T.J. Nall singled to drive home A.J. Zapp and increase the lead to 2-0.

Nall retired the first nine batters he faced with four consecutive strikeouts at one point.

In the fourth. Mississippi tied the game with he help of an error.

Nall then settled down allowing only three baserunners from the fifth through eighth innings.

The Mississippi starter retired 12 Suns in a row at one point from the third inning through the first batter of the seventh.

In the seventh inning, Wilkin Ruan led off with a double. Chin-Lung Hu moved him to third with a bunt and Craig Brazell, with the second-best RBI total in the Southern League, belted a ball to deep right-centerfield that hopped over the wall for an RBI ground rule double to give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead.

T.J. Nall improved to 4-2 in the win. Mark Alexander saved his 15th game of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

The Suns and Braves meet in game two tonight with RHP Danny Muegge facing Mississippi.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 020 000 010-3 
Mississippi  000 200 000-2 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF        4 1 1 0 .321
Hu SS          3 0 0 0 .285
Brazell 3B     4 0 1 1 .265
Meadows LF     4 1 1 0 .293
Zapp 1B        3 1 1 0 .240
Ruggiano RF    3 0 0 0 .269
Abreu 2B       4 0 0 0 .282
Ellis C        2 0 1 0 .247
Nall P         3 0 1 1 .143
  Greenberg PH 1 0 1 0 .198
  Alexander P  0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals    31 3 7 2
     Braves   30 2 5 2

  Error- Hu 2. 2B hits- Zapp (13), 
Ruan (8), Brazell (13). RBI- 
Nall (2), Brazell (41). S- Hu. 
LOB- Jacksonville 8, Mississippi 2. 
CS- Hu (3), Greenberg (3).

  Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Nall (W, 4-2)    8.0 5  2-2  1 6 3.29
Alexander (S,15) 1.0 0  0-0  0 2 0.90
  T- 2:23. Att- 3,571.
Rain Again-- 06/12/06 - Tropical Storm Alberto continued to damper Florida State League spirits by raining out Tuesday's doubleheader between the Vero Beach Dodgers and Brevard County Manatees. The games will not be made up as the two teams do not play each other again in the 1st Half.

The Dodgers did make a roster move. 3B Travis Denker was transferred to Columbus. Taking his spot is OF Eloy Gutierrez, who joins the team from Extended Spring Training. Last year for the GCL Dodgers Gutierrez batted .269 in 41 games.

Fish Rained Out-- After steady rains all morning the Columbus Catfish and Savannah Sand Gnats were cancelled due to unplayable grounds. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, June 14. The teams are still scheduled to meet for one game tonight. Columbus will travel to Rome for three games with the Braves. After the All-Star Break the Catfish will return to Golden Park for four games with the Sand Gnats.

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