Diaz HR Wins Kershaw's Debut 3-0

James Loney doubled twice and homered as Las Vegas beat Tucson 9-8. Jacksonville was held to four hits and lost 4-1 to Chattanooga. Vero lost their 23rd one-run game 5-4 to Daytona. Columbus was 0-for-12 with runners in scoring postion and lost 6-3 to Savannah. Ogden lost to Orem 5-4 in 13 innings on an unearned run. Jaime Ortiz banged a three run homer and the Coastied dropped the Marlins 3-0.

Vegas Wins Wild One-- James Loney went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, two doubles and three runs scored and Las Vegas overcame a 6-0 deficit to take a 9-8 victory over Tucson.

Loney's two-run homer in the sixth inning pulled the 51s (41-41) within 6-3. He doubled leading off the eighth to spark a six-run outburst that was capped by Jon Weber's two-run single.

Justin Reid was tapped for five first-inning runs but he then sailed through the next five innings. Reid, making only his second start this season, retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced. He allowed six runs (four earned) on four hits, struck out four and walked two in six innings.

Franquelis Osoria (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up the win and Giovanni Carrara served up a two-run homer to Kenny Perez in the ninth before nailing down his fourth save.

"This guy [Reid] went out there in a spot start and went six innings in a National League (rules) where he had to hit a couple of times," Las Vegas manager Jerry Royster told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "You can't ask for much more than that. Obviously, you don't want him to go out there and give up five runs in the first inning, but he didn't give up anything after that."
  Score by innings
Tucson    500 100 002-8 
Las Vegas 000 102 06x-9 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF   5 0 0 0 .266
Valdez SS   4 1 1 0 .286
 Osoria P   0 0 0 0 .000
 Weber PH   1 0 1 2 .269
 Carrara P  0 0 0 0 .167
Loney 1B    4 3 3 2 .372
Guzman LF   3 1 2 0 .290
Riggs 3B-SS 4 1 2 2 .368
Young RF    4 1 1 1 .274
Robles 2B   3 0 1 0 .250
Bellorin C  4 1 0 1 .260
Reid P      2 0 0 1 .000
 Hull P     0 0 0 0 .250
 Aybar 3B   1 1 0 0 .320
    Totals 35 9 11 9
    Tucson 36 8  8 5

  Error- Reid. 2B- Loney 2 
(18). HR- Loney (5). RBI- 
Riggs 2 (24), Loney 2 (39), 
Young (51), Bellorin
(19), Weber 2 (27). S-
Robles. LOB- Tucson 3, 
Las Vegas 6.

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Reid           6.0 4  6-4 2 4 1 6.22
Hull           1.0 1  0-0 0 1 0 3.64
Osoria (W,2-1) 1.0 1  0-0 0 1 0 4.43
Carrara (S,4)  1.0 2  2-2 0 1 1 5.01
 HBP- Loney. T- 2-38. Att- 7,456.
Suns Shut Down-- Chattanooga stopped Jacksonville 4-1, holding them to five hits.

Starter Danny Muegge gave up a home run in the first inning but the Lookouts' Tyler Pelland allowed only one Suns hit through his first six innings.

Chattanooga tapped Muegge for three in the sixth before Brian Akin took over to stop them. Muegge fell to 6-6 with the loss.

Jacksonville finally got to Pelland in the seventh inning when Justin Ruggiano's sacrifice fly drove in the only Suns' run.

Jacksonville and Chattanooga meet for game three of the series Saturday tonight.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 000 100-1
Chattanooga  100 003 00x-4 

  Jacks'vil  ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF  4 0 0 0 .218
Hu SS         3 1 1 0 .265
Brazell 1B    4 0 2 0 .258
Meadows LF    2 0 0 0 .269
Ruggiano RF   2 0 0 1 .263
Abreu 2B      4 0 0 0 .285
Rohan 3B      4 0 1 0 .238
Ellis C       3 0 0 0 .266
Muegge P      2 0 0 0 .238
 Akin P       0 0 0 0 .000
 Ruan PH      1 0 0 0 .287
 Simmons P    0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals   29 1  4 1
    Lookouts 33 4 11 4

  RBI- Ruggiano (41). SF- Ruggiano. 
LOB- Ls Vegas 6, Chattanooga 7. 
CS- Hu (4). DP- (Abreu and Brazell).

  Jacksonville  in h r-er bb so era
Muegge (L,6-6) 5.0 9  4-4 1 3 4.19
Akin           2.0 1  0-0 1 3 0.00
Simmons        1.0 1  0-0 0 1 2.35
  T- 2-34 (1-02 delay). Att- 4,096.
VB Drops Another One-Run Game-- A two- run, ninth-inning double gave Daytona a 5-4 win as the Dodgers dropped to 11-23 in one-run games this year.

The Dodgers led 2-0 after the second inning when Anthony Raglani led off with a double and Cory Dunlap singled him home. Later in the inning Cole Bruce walked and scored on a Ryder Mathias base hit.

Starter Jonathan Figueroa had his most effective start of the year, but could not hold the lead, allowing a two-run homer in the fourth. Figueroa completed five innings but left the game in a 2-2 tie.

The Dodgers reclaimed the lead in the 6th when Dunlap led off with a walk, moved to second on Bruce's bunt and scored on an error.

Mike Megrew worked two scoreless relief innings and handed the ball to Jose "Jumbo" Diaz who added a perfect 8th. But Diaz ran into trouble in the ninth, giving up a walk and a pair of singles to load the bases.

A ground ball and a double gave Daytona a three run ninth and a 5-3 lead.

Vero Beach battled back again in the bottom of the 9th. Jamie Hoffman led off with a double and scored on a Blake DeWitt ground out. Adolfo Gonzalez then walked but Raglani lined out left to end the game.

Vero Beach travels to Tradition Field in St. Lucie tonight.
  Score by innings
Daytona    000 200 003-5 
Vero Beach 020 001 001-4 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      5 0 0 0 .295
DeWitt 2B    3 0 1 1 .274
Gonzalez 3B  4 0 1 0 .338
Raglani LF   4 1 1 0 .333
Dunlap DH    2 1 1 1 .232
Locke PR-DH  0 0 0 0 .194
Bruce 1B     2 1 0 0 .274
Nicholson SS 3 0 0 0 .297
Mathias C    4 0 1 1 .176
Hoffmann CF  4 1 2 0 .268
  Totals    31 4  7 3
  Daytona   36 5 11 5

  2B- Raglani (3, Berg), Hoffmann 
(12, Mendez). RBI- Dunlap (22), 
Mathias (5), Dewitt (34). S- Bruce. 
LOB- Daytona 9, Vero Beach 9. 
SB- Nicholson (10), DeWitt (3). 
CS- Nicholson (8). DP- (Gonzalez, 
DeWitt and Bruce).

  Vero Beach  in h r-er bb so era
Figueroa     5.0 5  2-2 1 3 8.10
Megrew       2.0 3  0-0 1 2 0.93
Diaz (L,0-1) 1.2 3  3-3 1 1 4.76
Pimentel     0.1 0  0-0 1 0 4.41
 WP- Figueroa, Megrew. T- 2-59.
Att- 1,234.
LOB Kills Catfish-- Columbus (3-5) went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 8 runners on base in a 6-3 loss to Savannah. Starter LHP David Pfeiffer (1-2) allowed seven hits, five runs, and issuing five walks in 5.2 innings.

Columbus scored in the top of the second when 3B Russ Mitchell hit his ninth home run of the season but Savannah came back to score four in the bottom of the frame. The Sand Gnats added another run in the bottom of the sixth

The Catfish scored twice in the top of the eighth on back-to-back singles by CF Adam Godwin and SS Ivan De Jesus. Godwin scored when Mitchell reached on a fielding error and De Jesus would came in on a 1B Jason Mooneyham grounder.

The five-game series will continue today with a double-header in Savannah.
  Score by innings
Columbus 010 000 020-3
Savannah 040 001 10x-6

  Columbus  ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF    4 1 2 0 .244
De Jesus SS  5 1 1 0 .284
Pedroza RF   4 0 0 0 .283
Mitchell 3B  4 1 1 2 .256
Mooneyham 1B 4 0 1 1 .278
Denker DH    2 0 0 0 .250
May LF       4 0 1 0 .250
Apodaca C    4 0 0 0 .262
Justis 2B    3 0 1 0 .256
  Totals    34 3  7 3 .268
  Savannah  32 6 11 6 .243

  HR- Mitchell (9). RBI- 
Mitchell 2 (53), Mooneyham 
(20). S- Godwin. LOB- Columbus 
8. Savannah 9. SB- Mooneyham 
(4). DP- (De Jesus, Justis 
and Mooneyham).

  Columbus        in h r-er bb so era
Pfeiffer (L,1-2) 5.2 7  5-4 5 3 4.53
Pratt            2.1 4  1-1 1 4 5.32
  T- 2-28. Att- 1,801.
Raptors Killed by Misakes-- Errors not only did Ogden in, they failed to revive by the same measure as the Raptors fell to Orem 5-4 in 13 innings. Orem managed an unearned run in the top of the 13th off Garret White (1-1), but the Raptors came back to put runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom on a pair of miscues.

However, Owlz reliever Felipe Arradondo came on to strike out D. J. Jackson and John Martin, then after an intentional walk to Ryan Rogowski, fanned Justin Fuller to preserve the victory.

Making his first start for Ogden, Jesus Rodriguez was strong, allowing five hits and a solitary run in five innings, walking no one while striking out six.

Rick Taloa provided a lead with a three-run shot in the third. Once again, though, in what is becoming a dreary pattern, Raptor relievers couldn't hold the advantage as Orem got to Doug Brooks for two unearned runs and Miguel Ramirez gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth.

Jesus Soto drove in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, then Cody White came on for three scoreless but it was all in vain in the end. Carlos Medero was the only Raptor with two hits as they fell below .500 again at 5-6. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Orem   010 000 201 000 1-5 
Ogden  030 000 001 000 0-4

  Ogden      ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF   3 1 1 0 .342
Fuller SS     6 0 0 0 .233
Soto 2B       6 0 1 1 .244
Perez 1B      5 1 1 0 .326
Bell 3B       6 1 1 0 .344
Taloa DH      6 1 1 3 .273
 Rivera PR-DH 0 0 0 0 .133
Jensen RF     5 0 1 0 .303
Van Slyke CF  5 0 1 0 .188
 Jackson CF   1 0 0 0 .182
M-Stullz C    2 0 2 0 .312
 Brown PR     0 0 0 0 .158
 Martin C     2 0 0 0 .273
    Totals   47 4  9 4
    Orem     48 5 10 4

  Error- Brooks, Ramirez, Bell, 
Perez. HR- Taloa (1). RBI- Taloa 
3 (6), Soto (8). S- Rogowski; 
Martin; Jensen. LOB- Ogden 
13, Orem 9. DP- 2 (Soto; 
White, Fuller and Perez).

  Ogden         in h r-er bb so era
Rodriguez      5.0 5  1-1 0 6 2.25
Brooks         1.2 1  2-0 2 2 1.17
Ramirez        2.1 2  1-1 1 5 3.68
CWhite         3.0 1  0-0 3 2 0.00
GWhite (L,1-1) 1.0 1  1-0 0 2 3.38
  WP- Rodriguez, White. T- 4:15 
(-30 delay). Att- 5,329.
Homer in Ninth Wins-- Clayton Kershaw provided the interest, Mario Gracia, the steadiness, and Jaime Ortiz the drama as the Gulf Coast Dodgers got past the Marlins 3-0.

Making his first professional start, Kershaw, the high school Player of the Year, and the Dodgers' top draft pick, was as good as he had to be in the two innings he worked.

Gracia, a Mexican who throws about 6-8 mph slower, held the Marlins in check the rest of the way and Ortiz ripped a pinch three-run homer in the top of the ninth for the dramatic win.

Kershaw fanned the first man he faced, gave up a routine single, then uncorked two wild pitches to send the runner to third. He wound up walking that batter, then righted himself to get the next man on a called strikeout and got out of the inning on a ground ball to short.

The next inning, he disposed of the first two men on a strikeout and fly ball before yielding another single. Throwing routinely in the 92-93 range, he notched the next man on a pop fly.

Gracia (1-0) took over then and, mixing his pitches well,, held the Marlins in check on three hits over the next seven innings. The game remained scoreless until the top of the ninth when Preston Mattingly singled and Kenley Jansen walked. Ortiz came up as a pinch hitter and worked the count full.

After a pause as a helicopter took off from a pad located just behind the left field fence, he teed off on a fast ball and sent it over the fence some 400 feet away for his first professional homer. Gracia then pitched a scoreless ninth to give the Dodgers their seventh victory in nine games.

Rehabbing Nick Alvarez was the only Dodger with two hits. Holding a one-game advantage in the East Division, the Dodgers play the second-place Nationals at Viera today in a rain makeup doubleheader. Fifth-round draft pick Kyle Smit will make his debut, throwing two innings in one of those games. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings 
Dodgers 000 000 003-3 
Marlins 000 000 000-0 

  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
Rosario CF    4 0 0 0 .265
EGutierrez RF 3 0 1 0 .261
Alvarez 1B    4 0 2 0 .417
Carter DH     4 0 0 0 .231
Mathews 3B    4 0 0 0 .296
Mattingly SS  3 1 1 0 .238
Jansen C      3 1 1 0 .176
Lizarraga 2B  3 0 0 0 .222
 Ortiz PH     1 1 1 3 .280
 Herrera 2B   0 0 0 0 .333
Robinson LF   4 0 1 0 .350
  Totals     33 3 7 3
  Marlins    31 0 5 0

  Error- Mattinly. HR- Ortiz (1). 
RBI- Ortiz 3 (5). LOB-  Dodgers 
7, Marlins 7.

  Dodgers        in h r-er bb so era
Kershaw         2.0 2  0-0 1 3 0.00
Gracia (W, 1-0) 7.0 3  0-0 0 4 1.46
  WP- Kershaw 2. T- 2-15

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