Nall, Simmons Combine to One-Hit Carolina

Tucson scored three in the ninth to drop Las Vegas 5-4. T.J. Nall and Justin Simmons allowed Carolina one hit in a 10-0 blowout. Blake DeWitt smacked two homers as Vero topped Daytona 5-4. Columbus hit three homers but lost 9-7 in the rain. Ogden stopped Idaho Falls 11-2 as Bryan Morris worked three scoreless innings. Travon Robinson's homer in the ninth gave the Coasties a 4-3 win over the Nats

Late Rally Dumps 51s-- Tucson's three-run ninth inning snatched a win away from Las Vegas. Reliever Lance Carter (1-2) blew the 5-3 lead, costing Joel Hanrahan his first AAA victory.

Joel Guzman lined an RBI double in the first and scored on James Loney's single. In the fifth, Jeff Duncan collected a two-run single to give the 51s (39-37) a 4-2 advantage.

Hanrahan worked the first six innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Justin Reid and Kelly Wunsch held the line until the fateful ninth inning.

Loney and Eric Riggs, who boosted his average to an even .400, had two hits apiece.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas 200 021 000-5 
Tucson200 010 003-6 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF   3 1 1 2  .281
Valdez SS   4 0 0 0  .284
Aybar 3B    4 0 0 0  .346
Guzman LF   4 1 1 1  .290
Loney 1B    4 1 2 1  .376
Young RF    4 0 1 1  .281
Riggs 2B    4 1 2 0  .400
Navarro C   4 1 1 0  .175
Hanrahan P  2 0 0 0  .000
  Reid P    0 0 0 0  .000
  Wunsch P  1 0 0 0  .000
  Carter P  0 0 0 0  .000
    Totals 34 5  8 5
    Tucson 33 6 14 6

  Errors- none. 2B- Guzman (10, 
Murphy), Young, D (23). 
RBI- Guzman (38), Loney (34), 
Duncan 2 (18), Young, D (48). 
S- Hanrahan. LOB- Las Vegas 4, 
Tucson 9. SB- Riggs (3), Loney 
(6). DP- 3 (Aybar, Riggs and 
Loney, Loney and Valdez, Riggs, 
Valdez and Loney).

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Hanrahan       6.0 6  3-3 3 1 5.25
Reid           1.0 1  0-0 0 1 6.12
Wunsch         1.0 2  0-0 0 0 9.00
Carter (L,1-2) 0.0 5  3-3 1 0 2.11
  T- 2-42. Att- 6,479.
Early Attack Wins-- Jacksonville stunned Carolina with 10 runs in the first four innings, then cruised to a series-opening 10-0 victory. T.J. Nall worked seven innings and allowed one hit.

Craig Brazell blasted a first inning three-run homerun to open the scoring. The Suns first baseman added another RBI in the second inning on a fielder's choice. Jacksonville scored two more runs in the third inning, one on a sacrifice fly and another on a passed ball.

The Suns added the final four in the fourth inning. Craig Brazell had an RBI single, Tony Abreu knocked another run on a double, Justin Ruggiano followed Abreu with an RBI single and Chin-Lung Hu later scored on a wild pitch.

Nall pitched a gem. He worked seven shutout innings while striking out 10 and walking two. The only hit off of Nall was a leadoff bunt single in the first inning. In addition, Nall put down the last 16 batters he faced in order.

The Suns improved to 52-24 overall and 4-2 in the second half. Nall improved to 6-2 in the victory and has a 1.57 ERA, nine walks and 57 strikeouts.

Adam Greenberg, Brazell and Abreu each had three hits with Brazell piling up five RBI. To put the cherry on top the sundae, the big first baseman also stole his first base.

The Suns and Mudcats meet today in game two of the five game series.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 312 400 000-10 
Carolina     000 000 000- 0 

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF  4 3 3 0 .220
Hu SS         4 2 2 0 .264
Brazell 1B    5 2 3 5 .250
Meadows LF    4 1 1 0 .297
Abreu 2B      5 1 3 1 .281
Ruggiano RF   4 1 2 1 .268
Garcia 3B     4 0 0 0 .200
Langill C     4 0 0 0 .375
Nall P        4 0 0 0 .111
  Simmons P   0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals   38 10 14 8
    Carolina 31  0  1 0

  Errors- none. 2B- Ruggiano (16), 
Greenberg (4), Abreu (15). HR- 
Brazell (11). RBI- Brazell 5 (50), 
Garcia (7), Abreu (34), Ruggiano 
(38). SF- Garcia. LOB- 6, Carolina 
4. SB- Brazell (1). DP- (Hu, Abreu 
and Brazell).

  Jacksonville in h r-er bb so era
Nall (W,6-2)   7.0 1 0-0 2 10 2.59
Simmons        2.0 0 0-0 2  1 2.92
  T- 2-42. Att- 5,257.
Vero Wins First of Second Half-- Blake DeWitt's two-run homer capped a four-run, ninth-inning comeback to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win over Daytona. It was DeWitt's second homer of the game and his eighth of the year.

Scott Elbert (5-4), again working in relief, pitched the final two innings for the win which snapped the team's four-game losing streak and was the Dodgers' first of the second Half.

Anthony Raglani walked to lead off the ninth and Adolfo Gonzalez followed with a double. Ryder Mathias, making his first start, singled in Raglani to pull the Dodgers within 3-2. A double play scored Gonzalez to tie it, but Xavier Paul doubled to set up DeWitt's then lifted a line shot down the right field foul line.

Elbert gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth, but held on in his second relief apearance of the year. Brent Leach added 2.1 scoreless middle relief innings to keep the Dodgers close.

Blake Johnson started for the Dodgers and retired the first eight batters he faced. Daytona then scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take the lead.

Vero's only other run came on DeWitt's first homer of the game, a solo shot in the third.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 001 000 004-5 
Daytona    001 110 001-4 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      4 1 2 0 .300
Dewitt 2B    5 2 2 3 .276
Santana 3B   5 0 2 0 .268
Locke DH     4 0 0 0 .231
Dunlap 1B    4 0 2 0 .230
Raglani LF   3 1 1 0 .242
Gonzalez SS  4 1 2 0 .317
Mathias C    4 0 1 1 .250
Nicholson PR 0 0 0 0 .305
Gutierrez C  0 0 0 0  .202
Hoffmann CF  4 0 0 0  .262
    Totals  37 5 12 4
    Daytona 32 4 10 4

BATTING
2B- Raglani (2), Gonzalez (5), 
Paul (15). HR- DeWitt 2 (8). RBI- 
Dewitt 3 (32), Mathias (1). LOB- 
7, Daytona 6. DP- (Elbert, 
Gonzalez and Dunlap).

  Vero Beach    in h r-er bb so era
Johnson        4.2 7  3-3 0 3 3.95
Leach          2.1 1  0-0 1 0 2.51
Elbert (W,5-4) 2.0 2  1-1 2 3 2.62
  HBP- Paul. T--2-31. Att- 3,205.
Cafish Cryin' in the Rain-- A steady rain made things difficult and Columbus lost to Savannah 9-7. After a 33-minute delay due to rain Columbus jumped out to an early 7-6 lead powered by three home runs but let the game slip away late as Savannah took advantage of 14 walks issued by Catfish pitchers.

RF Sergio Pedroza belted a solo home run, his South Atlantic League-leading 17th, in the first inning but Savannah nailed David Pfeiffer for four in the bottom of the same inning.

Columbus scored six in the third as C Juan Apodaca led off the third with his first home run of the season. SS Ivan DeJesus doubled in anoter run and with two outs 3B Russ Mitchell tripled home DeJesus DH Jason Mooneyham walked before Travis Denker whacked his first home run of the season.

The Sand Gnats tied the game with one run in the seventh inning and won it with two more runs in the eighth.

Apodaca went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Denker finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run.

Columbus reliever RHP Matt Gomez de Segura (1-3) gave up three runs in 1.2 innings and took the loss.
  Score by innings
Savannah    240 000 120-9
Columbus    106 000 000-7

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 1 2 1 .281
Hunt CF       5 0 0 0 .083
Pedroza RF    5 1 2 1 .287
Mitchell 3B   5 1 1 1 .258
Mooneyham DH  3 1 0 0 .288
Denker, T 2B  4 1 2 3 .233
Sutherland 1B 3 0 0 0 .307
Apodaca C     4 1 2 1 .274
  Godwin PR   0 0 0 0 .239
  Harper C    0 0 0 0 .328
May LF        3 1 0 0 .242
  Totals     36 7 9 7 .269
  Gnats      33 9 7 7 .238


  Error- Denker, May.  2B- De
Jesus 2 (10). 3B- Mitchell (2). 
HR- Pedroza (17), Apodaca (1), 
Denker (1). RBI- Pedroza (61), 
Apodaca (20), De Jesus (22), 
Mitchell (48), Denker, T 3 (6). 
LOB- Savannah , Columbus 7. 
DP- (De Jesus and Sutherland).

  Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
Pfeiffer       3.0 5  6-4 5 2 4.31
Garrison       3.0 1  0-0 4 3 0.00
Segura (L,1-3) 1.2 1  3-3 5 3 6.11
Troncoso       1.1 0  0-0 0 2 1.74
  WP- Pfeiffer, de Segura 2. T- 3:15 
(:33 delay). Att- 1,408.
Morris Sparkles in Debut-- Ogden (3-2) moved over .500 with its second double-figure run splurge of the season in an 11-2 pounding of Idaho Falls.

D. J. Jackson had the big hit -- a three-run homer in the third and he got plenty of help as the Raptors ripped 13 hits in all. John Martin and Chris Jensen each had three with a two-base knock apiece while both Justin Fuller and Scott Van Slyke tripled.

Righthander Bryan Morris, the second first-rounder taken in the draft, made a satisfactory debut by going three scoreless innings in which he was touched for two hits.

The win, though, went to Jesus Rodriguez (1-0) who followed him with three, yielding four hits and a solitary run. Garret White threw one hitless, Kalen Gearhart was touched for two hits and run in an inning and Miguel Sanfler closed matters with a hitless ninth. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Ogden       102 301 130-11 
Idaho Falls 000 010 010- 2 

  Ogden       ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF    4 1 1 0 .294
  Van Slyke PH 1 1 1 1 .167
  Brown LF     0 0 0 0 .111
Fuller SS      4 2 1 2 .455
Soto 3B        5 0 0 1 .263
Perez 1B       3 0 1 0 .368
Taloa DH       4 1 1 1 .333
Jensen RF      5 2 3 0 .417
Jackson CF     5 1 1 3 .231
Martin C       4 2 3 1 .333
Brooks 2B      2 1 1 1 .400
  Totals      37 11 13 10
  Idaho Falls 35  2  8 2

  Errors- Soto. 2B- Rogowski (1), 
Jensen (2), Martin (1), Brooks (1), 
Perez (2, Eckley). 3B- Fuller (1), 
Van Slyke (1, Eckley). HR- Jackson 
(1). RBI- Soto (6), Fuller 2 (3), 
Jackson 3 (5), Martin (2), Taloa (2), 
Brooks (1), Van Slyke (2). S- 
Brooks. SF- Martin; Taloa. LOB- 
Ogden 6, Idaho Falls . SB- Fuller 
(1). DP- (Perez, Fuller and Rodriguez).
 
  Ogden            in h r-er bb so era
Morris            3.0 2  0-0 3 4 0.00
Rodriguez (W,1-0) 3.0 4  1-1 0 3 3.00
White             1.0 0  0-0 1 0 0.00
Gearhart          1.0 2   1-1 0 1 45.00
Sanfler           1.0  0-0 2 0 0.00
  WP- Morris. T- 2-56.  Att- 2,462.
Robinson's Home Run a Winner-- Trayvon Robinson spent the spring learning to switch-hit. The sometimes painful process was instittuted to take advantage of his considerable speed. It paid its first results Saturday -- with power. The Nats came to Dodgertown, having won their first four games and seemed well on their way to their fifth straight when Robinson came up in the seventh. Batting lefthanded, he sliced a drive into the gap driving home Kenley Jansen, then scored on a Jovanny Rosario single. Eloy Gutierrez followed with another single and the Dodgers tied the score when Preston Mattingly hit a sacrifice fly.

In the bottm of the ninth , Robinson came up again with one out and hit a lazer shot that cleared the fence 380 feet away to allow him to walk rather than run and carry the Dodgers into a first-place tie with the Nats, each at 4-1.

Jimmy Gilbert, signed last summer only to have elbow surgery, made his initial start a year later,but lasted only two-thirds of an inning. He touched 94 on the gun but suffered control problems and gave up one run. Mario Gracia followed with 5.1 inning of work in which the Nats scored in the second and fourth. Gary Parris worked the next two without incident and Wilfredo Diaz (1-0) came on for a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up the win.

The victory followed a 7-2 clipping of the Marlins Friday, one not reported because of a computer clitch. In that one, Jon Dutton (1-0) threw five shutout innings and Yossandy Garcia hit an inside-the-parker for his first home run. Brian Mathews chipped in with a triple.

Dodgertown Doings-- First draft choice lefthander Clayton Kershaw has reported and is tentatively slated to make his pro debut Saturday. Fifth-round pick Kyle Smit also checked in. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Nationals 110 100 000-3
Dodgers   000 000 301-4 

  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
Rosario CF    4 1 1 1 .318
EGutierrez RF 4 0 2 0 .300
Mattingly SS  3 0 0 1 .273
Ortiz 1B      3 0 1 0 .300
Garcia DH     4 0 1 0 .381
Mathews 3B    2 0 0 0 .375
Jansen C      3 1 1 0 .083
Herrera 2B    3 0 0 0 .200
Robinson LF   4 2 2 2 .429
  Totals     30 4 8 4
  Nationals  30 3 7 3

  Errors- none. 3B- Robinson (1). 
HR- Robinson (1). RBI- Robinson 
2 (6), Rosario (2), Mattingly (2). 
S- Herrera; Mathews. SF- Mattingly. 
LOB- Naionals 10, Dodgers 7. SB- 
EGutierrez 2 (2), Mattingly (3). 
DP- 2 (Mathews, Herrera and Ortiz; 
Rosario and Jansen).

  Dodgers     in h r-er bb so era
Gilbert      0.2 2  1-1 2 2 13.50
Gracia       5.1 5  2-2 3 4  3.38
Paris        2.0 0  0-0 3 3  6.75
Diaz (W,1-0) 1.0 0  0-0 0 1  1.80
  T- 2-41.

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