DeWitt's 5th Homer in 8 Games Sparks Vero

Joel Guzman homered but Las Vegas lost 6-1 to Tacoma. Jacksonville lost 3-2 to Carolina. despite three hits by Tony Abreu. Vero won again, stopping Jupiter 10-3 behind strong pitching by converted starter Kyle Wilson. Columbus was pasted 10-3 by Charleston. An Ogden mental error in the last of the ninth cost a run and a 1-0 loss to Idaho Falls. The GC Dodgers were rained out.

51s Lose Late-- Las Vegas managed only one run on seven hits Tacoma Rainiers defeated the Las Vegas 51s, 6-1, on Monday. Starter Spike Lundberg (0-3) gave up two runs -- one earned -- on eight hits over seven innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Las Vegas got a solo home run from Joel Guzman with two outs in the fourth inning -- his eighth -- and it tied the score, 1-1.

The 51s threatened again in the eighth with one out and runners on first and third. But Jeff Duncan fanned, Wilson Valdez walked to load the bases and Willy Aybar grounded out to end the inning.

Tacoma (42-35) took the lead with a single run in the seventh. The Rainiers added another run in the eighth for insurance, then broke it open in the ninth.

A home run to lead off the ninth against reliever Franquelis Osoria started things and eventually Osoria was charged with four runs -- three earned -- in 1.1 innings.

Manager Jerry Royster was glad to return home for an eight-game series. "It's always good to come back, whether you go 8-2, or 2-8 like we did. It was an extremely tough road trip. We've had tough road trips and won every game, but this was a tough road trip because the games we lost were all close games."
  Score by innings
Tacoma    100 000 113-6 
Las Vegas 000 100 000-1 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF   4 0 1 0 .283
Valdez SS   3 0 1 0 .280
Aybar 3B    4 0 0 0 .331
Loney 1B    4 0 1 0 .371
Guzman DH   4 1 1 1 .292
Young RF    4 0 0 0 .272
Riggs 2B    3 0 1 0 .382
Weber LF    3 0 1 0 .265
Bellorin C  3 0 1 0 .274
  Totals   32 1  7 1 
  Tacoma   38 6 14 5 

  Errors- Loney 2, Young. HR- 
Guzman (8). RBI- Guzman (39). 
LOB- Las Vegas 5, Tacoma 10. SB- 
Valdez (14, Duncan (17). DP- 3 
(Valdez and Loney; Riggs, Valdez 
and Loney 2).

  Las Vegas       in h r-er bb so era
Lundberg (L,0-3) 7.0 8  2-1 2 2 5.62
Osoria           1.1 6  4-3 2 0 4.64
Wunsch           0.2 0  0-0 0 1 8.31
  Att- 3,494.
Cats Edge Suns-- Carolina collected 10 hits but only four left the infield but that was enough to defeat Jacksonville 3-2. Heath Totten (7-3) allowed all three runs and took the loss.

Carolina opened the scored twice in the second inning on a double, for singles, an error and a wild pitch.

The Suns finally got to Carolina in the fifth inning as Tony Abreu doubled home Adam Greenberg to cut the Carolina lead to 2-1.

The Mudcats extended the lead to 3-1 in the sixth and Jacksonville made close in the ninth inning as pinch-hitter Craig Brazell scored on a Chin-Lung Hu two-out single to make it a 3-2 Carolina lead.

With the loss, the Suns are now 52-26 overall and 4-4 in the second half. The Suns and Mudcats meet for the fourth game of five at Five County Stadium tonight.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 010 001-2
Carolina     020 001 00x-3

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF  4 1 2 0 .228
Hu SS         5 0 2 1 .271
Abreu 2B      5 0 3 1 .285
Meadows LF    4 0 0 0 .271
Zapp 1B       3 0 0 0 .222
Ruggiani RF   3 0 0 0 .262
Garcia 3B     3 0 0 0 .188
Langill C     4 0 0 0 .250
Totten P      2 0 0 0 .150
 Ruan PH      1 0 0 0 .301
 Akin P       0 0 0 0 .000
 Brazell PH   1 1 1 1 .251
    Totals   35 2  8 2
    Carolina 30 3 10 2

  Error- Hu. 2B- Abreu (16), 
Brazell (15). RBI- Abreu (35), 
Hu (15). LOB- Jacksonville 10, 
Carolina 7. DP- 2 (Abreu, Hu 
and Zapp, Garcia. Abreu and Zapp).

  Jacksonville  in h r-er bb so era
Totten (L,7-3) 6.0 9  3-3 2 3 3.34
Akin           2.0 1  0-0 1 3 0.00
  WP- Totten. T- 2:43. Att- 1,468.
-- Blake DeWitt smacked his fifth home run since the All Star Break and Vero Beach Dodgers knocked off Jupiter 6-1. Kyle Wilson earned his first win as a starter and Jumbo Diaz picked up his first save since 2004.

DeWitt has been on a tear since the FSL All Star Game, batting .355 five home runs and nine runs scored over eight games.

The first two runs scored in the second came when Cory Dunlap was hit by a pitch, Anthony Raglani singled and Carlos Santana hit his first of two doubles to score Dunlap. A ground out from David Nicholson brought in Raglani. DeWitt led off the third inning with a towering shot to right field for a 3-0 lead.

Jupiter's only run scored in the third against Wilson, who made only his third career start. He allowed only two hits and a single run over six innings and struck out six. Wilson retired the final 12 batters he faced.

Reliever Zach Hammes retired Jupiter in order in the seventh, but allowed leadoff single to in the eighth to end a string of 15 Hammerheads retired in a row. He also allowed a walk and a hit batter to load the bases with no outs.

Jose "Jumbo" Diaz took over and struck out the next three batters, then retired all three batters in the ninth for the save.

Raglani tripled and scored on Santana's sacrifice fly. Xavier Paul tripled and scored on Jamie Hoffmann's pinch-hit single in the ninth.

Paul finished 3-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He has eight multi-hit games and is batting .442. He entered the game 8th in the FSL in batting average at .302.

The Dodgers will attempt to sweep the Hammerheads Tuesday tonight.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 021 010 002-6 
Jupiter    001 000 000-1
 
  Vero Beach  ab r h bi ave 
Paul RF        5 1 3 0 .307
DeWitt 2B      4 2 2 1 .279
Locke CF       4 0 0 0 .227
Hoffmann PH-CF 1 0 1 1 .264
Dunlap 1B      4 1 0 0 .227
Raglani LF     3 2 2 0 .300
Santana 3B     4 0 2 2 .276
Westervelt DH  4 0 0 0 .239
Nicholson SS   4 0 1 1 .307
Mathias C      3 0 0 0 .100
    Totals    37 6 11 5
   Jupiter    29 1 3 1

  2B- Santana 2 (5), Paul (16). 
3B- Raglani (1), Paul (2). HR- 
Dewitt (9). RBI- Santana 2 (15), 
Nicholson (19), Dewitt (33), 
Hoffmann (16). SF- Santana. 
LOB- Vero Beach 9. Jupiter 5.

  Vero Beach    in  h r-er bb so era
Wilson (W,2-4) 6.0  2  1-1  1 6 3.14
Hammes         1.0  1  0-0  1 0 4.25
Diaz (S,1)     2.0  0  0-0  0 3 0.00
  T- 2:29. Att- 719.
Fish Battered-- Columbus scored three in the first but Charleston weighed in with six in the bottom of the inning, added four more in the fourth and cruised to a 10-3 win.

Sergio Pedroza doubled in Adam Godwin, scored himself on Russell Mitchell's hit and Dave Sutherland singled to score Mitchell for what looked like a good beginning for the Catfish.

But starter Cory Wade was banged around for six in the bottom of the inning and then allowed the four-run fourth to take his third loss against four wins. Jordan Pratt worked the final 4.1 innings and allowed only a single.

Ivan De Jesus, Mitchell, Travis Denker and Lucas May all had a pair of hits.
  Score by innings
Columbus   300 000 000- 3
Charleston 600 400 00x-10

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     4 1 1 0 .239
De Jesus SS   4 0 2 0 .285
Pedroza RF    5 1 1 1 .286
Mitchell 3B   4 1 2 1 .261
Justis 3B     1 0 0 0 .237
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 0 0 .282
Denker, T 2B  4 0 2 0 .265
Sutherland DH 3 0 1 1 .308
Harper C      4 0 0 0 .317
May LF        4 0 2 0 .247
  Totals     36 3 11 3
  Charleston 32 10 9 8

  Errors- Mitchell, Pedroza, 
Godwin. 2B- Pedroza (20), 
Mitchell (28), Sutherland 
(10), De Jesus (11). RBI- 
Pedroza (62), Mitchell (49), 
Sutherland (25). S- De Jesus, 
Godwin. SF- Sutherland. LOB- 
Columbus 13, Charleston 4. 
DP- 2 (De Jesus, Denker and 
Mooneyham 2).

Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
Wade (L,4-3) 3.2 9  10-9 0 2 4.64
Pratt        4.1 0   0-0 3 4 5.40
  HBP- Sutherland. T- 2-48. Att- 2,686.
Mistake Costs 1-0 Game-- Juan Rivera got back into the Ogden lineup Monday night. Got three hits, too. Great ! Unfortunately, he also pulled what players call a "rock" , as in "rock-headed" and it cost the Raptors the game. Not at all great.

Starter Josh Wall blanked Idaho Falls for six strong innings (five hits, one walk, two strikeouts), then Doug Brooks took over and held it to a scoreless tie, not allowing a hit until Eduardo Nunez doubled to lead off the ninth.
The next batter grounded to second with Nunez taking third. The next man hit a grounder to Rivera at short. He fielded it cleanly and made a strong throw -- to first, thinking it was the third out.

Inning over, we play on. No, game over, they win as Nunez scored.

The second straight loss to the Falls dropped the Raptors below .500 (3-4) Although D. J. Jackson, Josh Bell and Jesus Soto all doubled, nobody could come up with a key hit to drive them home. -- Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Ogden       000 000 000-0 
Idaho Falls 000 000 001-1

  Ogden       ab r h bi ave
Rivera SS      4 0 3 0 .455
Soto 3B        4 0 1 0 .250
Bell DH        4 0 1 0 .400
Taloa 1B       3 0 0 0 .278
Jensen LF      3 0 0 0 .316
 Brown PH-LF   1 0 0 0 .143
Van Slyke RF   4 0 0 0 .125
Jackson CF     2 0 1 0 .267
Martin C       2 0 0 0 .286
Rivera 2B      3 0 0 0 .214
  Totals      30 0 6 0
  Idaho Falls 30 1 6 1

  2B- Jackson (1), Bell (4), Soto (2). 
S- Martin. LOB- Ogden 6, Idaho 
Falls 5. CS- Rivera (1). DP- 2 (Rivera 
and Taloa ad Rivera; Rivera and Taloa).

  Ogden         in h r-er bb so era 
Wall           6.0 5  0-0  1 2 0.77
Brooks (L,0-1) 2.2 1  1-1  1 0 1.50
  T- 1:56. Att- 1,611.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- Rained out.

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