Vegas Loses, Loney Boosts Average to .373

Vegas allowed 21 Tucson hits and lost 13-3 despite three hits from James Loney. Jacksonville was dropped 5-2 by Chattanooga. Xavier Paul homered but Vero lost 10-2 to St. Lucie. Columbus got remarkable pitching and topped Savannah 2-1 ad 2-0. Ogden scored five in the eighth and ninth to top Casper 7-6 and the Coasties beat the league-leading Nationals 8-3 and 3-1 for their ninth win in 11 games.

Vegas Overwhelmed-- Tucson smacked out 21 hits while routed Las Vegas, 13-3. The first-place Sidewinders improved to 51-32 while the 51s dropped below .500 at 41-42.

Starter Spike Lundberg (0-4) was battered for 13 hits and eight runs in 5.1 innings. He struck out three while losing his fourth straight decision since being promoted from Double-A Jacksonville Suns last month.

Willy Aybar hit a solo shot, his ninth, in the first, to give the 51s a brief lead, while James Loney went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored to boost his average to .375.

Adam Riggs, DY Young and Ed Bellorin each had a pair of hits and Willy Aybar whacked his ninth home run.
  Score by innings
Tucson    122 102 050-13
Las Vegas 200 001 000- 3 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS   4 0 0 0 .282
Aybar 3B    5 1 1 1 .316
Loney 1B    5 1 3 0 .377
Guzman LF   4 0 0 0 .285
Riggs 2B    4 0 2 1 .373
Young RF    4 1 2 0 .277
Weber CF    4 0 0 0 .264
Bellorin C  4 0 2 1 .267
Lundberg P  2 0 0 0 .000
 Miller P   0 0 0 0 .000
 Duncan PH  1 0 0 0 .265
 Gonzalez P 0 0 0 0 1.000
 Osoria P   0 0 0 0 .000
 Robles PH  1 0 1 0 .256
 Hamulack P 0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals 39  3 11  3
    Tucson 46 13 21 12

  Error- Loney.  2B- Loney 2 
(20), Bellorin (8). HR- Aybar 
(9). RBI- Aybar (36), Riggs (25), 
Bellorin, E (20). LOB- Tucson 
11, Las Vegas 10. DP- 2 (Aybar,
Riggs and Loney 2).

  Las Vegas       in  h r-er bb so era
Lundberg (L,0-4) 5.1 13  8-7 0 3 7.17
Miller           0.2  1  0-0 0 0 4.15
Gonzalez         1.1  3  3-1 0 0 6.16
Osoria           0.2  3  2-2 2 0 5.09
Hamulack         1.0  1  0-0 0 2 1.84
  WP- Osoria. T- 3:02. Att- 9,120.
Suns Beat Totten-- A broken bat, two-run single in the seventh inning helped the Lookouts defeat Jacksonville 5-2. Heath Totten lost his second consecutive game and fell to 7-4.

The key hit came off reliever former Lookout Ben Kozlowski who joined the Suns on June 2.

Jacksonville opened the scoring in the first inning when Wilkin Ruan scored on a Craig Brazell double, his Southern League-leading 54th RBI of the season.

Chattanooga tied the game in the third and jumped into the lead in the fourth inning with a 2-1 advantage.

The Lookouts took the lead into the seventh. Totten gave up a one out infield single and Kozlowski took over. A walk, a single and a broken-bat blooper scored three.

Jacksonville added a run in the eighth on a Tydus Meadows RBI single to end the scoring.

Jacksonville and Chattanooga meet for game four of the series when Reds #1 prospect RHP Homer Bailey will face RHP Adam Thomas.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 100 000 010-2
Chattanooga  001 100 30x-5 

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B      3 0 1 0 .285
Ruan CF       4 1 2 0 .291
Brazell 1B    4 0 1 1 .258
Meadows LF    4 0 1 1 .268
Ruggiano RF   4 0 0 0 .259
Hu SS         4 0 0 0 .262
Garcia 3B     2 0 0 0 .179
 Kozlowski P  0 0 0 0 .000
 Greenberg PH 1 0 0 0 .217
Ellis C       4 0 1 0 .266
Totten P      2 0 0 0 .136
 Alvarez 3B   2 1 1 0 .500
   Totals    34 2  7 2
   Cha'nooga 33 5 10 5

  2B- Brazell (16). 3B- Ruan (1). 
RBI- Brazell (54), Meadows (15). 
LOB- Chattanooga 9. Jacksonville 7.

  Suns          in h r-er bb so era
Totten (L,7-4) 6.2 7  3-3 2 4 3.39
Kozlowski      1.1 3  2-1 2 3 1.46
  WP- Totten. T- 2:40. Att- 4,033.
VB Loses to Mets-- Xavier Paul's third-inning home run broke Mets starter Michael Devaney's 26-inning scoreless streak, but St. Lucie earned a 10-2 decision, their seventh straight while the Dodgers lost their fourth in a row.

Devaney (8-3) entered with a 1.52t ERA and had not allowed a run in his previous four starts. The 23 year-old retired the first seven Dodgers before walking Ryder Mathias in the third. Then, with two outs, Paul drove an home run over the fence in right. It was his ninth of the season, tying him with Blake DeWitt for the team lead.

The homer brought the Dodgers within 3-2 but it was the Mets the rest of the way. They had used a pair of Dodger errors in the second to score three and tag Chris Malone (2-5) with the loss..

The Mets were helped by another error that cost two more runs in the third inning. And two wild throws on a bunt added another run in the fourth.

Malone battled into the seventh before a double, another error and a pair of wild pitches, the second by reliever Zach Hammes, allowed the final two runs. Malone (2-5) was tagged for all 10 runs but only half of them were earned.

The win gives St. Lucie a 7-1 record in the 2nd Half and drops the Dodgers to 3-6. The two teams will meet again today.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 002 000 000- 2 
St. Lucie  032 200 30x-10 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      4 1 1 2 .295
DeWitt 2B    4 0 0 0 .270
Santana 3B   2 0 0 0 .268
 Bruce 3B    2 0 1 0 .276
Raglani DH   4 0 2 0 .345
Dunlap 1B    2 0 0 0 .228
Locke LF     4 0 1 0 .200
Gonzalez SS  4 0 0 0 .321
Mathias C    3 1 1 0 .200
Hoffmann CF  3 0 0 0 .265
  Totals    34  2  5 2
  St. Lucie 39 10 12 7

 Errors- Santana 2, DeWitt 2, 
Dunlap. 2B- Raglani (4). HR- 
Paul (9). RBI- Paul 2 (28). 
LOB- Vero Beach 6, St. 
Lucie 6. SB- Mathias (1).

  Vero Beach    in h r-er bb so
Malone (L,2-5) 6.1 10 10-5 0 3 5.79
Hammes         1.2  2 0-0 0 2 3.91
  WP- Hammes. T- 2-31. Att- 5,167.
Fish Win Double-Dip -- Columbus got sparkling pitching in both games of a doubleheader, allowing one run and 11 hits while stopping Savannah 2-1 and 2-0.

Starters Cory Wade and Arismendy Castillo earned the wins, with strong relief help from Jon Melon and Matt Gomez de Segura, who each registered a save.

A two-run double was the big blow in each contest, Jason Mooneyham won the first game and Sergio Pedroza the second.

In the opener, Cory Wade (5-3) and Jon Meloan (save #2) combined to hold the Sand Gnats away from home plate, save a lone run in the fifth inning. Wade fanned five and Meloan added three more,

Jason Mooneyham doubled to score Ivan De Jesus, who had singled, and Russ Mitchell, who had walked. DeJesus collected two of the four hits Columbus put on the scoreboard.
  Score by innings
Savannah 000 010 0-1 
Columbus 000 200 x-2 
 
  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin LF     3 0 0 0 .240
De Jesus SS   3 1 2 0 .288
Mitchell 3B   2 1 0 0 .255
Denker 2B     1 0 0 0 .244
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 1 2 .280
May RF        2 0 0 0 .248
Sutherland DH 2 0 0 0 .297
Harper C      2 0 0 0 .315
Hunt CF       2 0 1 0 .208
  Totals     20 2 4 2
  Savannah   28 1 8 0  

  2B- Mooneyham (7). RBI- 
Mooneyham 2 (22). LOB- 
Columbus 4, Savannah 6. 
SB- De Jesus (10). CS- 
Mooneyham (1). DP- (Mitchell, 
Mooneyham and Mitchell).

  Columbus     in r r-er bb so era
Wade (W, 5-3) 5.0 7  1-1 0 5 4.46
Meloan (S, 1) 2.0 1  0-0 0 2 0.52
  HBP- May. T- 1-48
In the second game, Columbus improved on their first-game excellence, shuting out the Gnats 2-0 on four hits.

Arismendy Castillo (5-2) started and worked five innings, allowing only three hits. Matt Gomez de Segura surrendered one hit over the final two to earn his second save.

Sergio Pedroza doubled across Bridger Hunt, who had singled and Travis Denker, who had walked, for the only runs of the game. Pedroza ad Hunt each had a pair of hits.
  Score by innings
Columbus 002 000 0-2
Savannah 000 000 0-0

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 0 1 0 .288
Denker 2B     3 1 0 0 .229
Pedroza RF    3 0 2 2 .287
Mitchell 3B   3 0 0 0 .252
Mooneyham DH  3 0 1 0 .280
May LF        3 0 1 0 .249
Sutherland 1B 3 0 1 0 .298
Apodaca C     3 0 0 0 .257
Hunt CF       2 1 2 0 .269
 Godwin CF    0 0 0 0 .240
   Totals    27 2 8 2 .268
   Savannah  23 0 4 0 .243

  3B- Pedroza (1). RBI- Pedroza 
2 (66). 2-out RBI- Pedroza 2. 
LOB- Columbus 5, Savannah 6. 
DP- (Denker, De Jesus and 
Sutherland).

  Columbus        in h r-er bb so era
Castillo (W,5-1) 5.0 3  0-0 2 3 3.13
Segura (S, 2)    2.0 1  0-0 2 4 5.68
  T- 1;54. Att- 1,304.
Walk-Off Single Wins-- Eduardo Perez singled home Michael Rivera in the ninth inning to give Ogden a come-for-behind 7-6 victory that evened the Raptors record at 6-6. Rivera had reached on an error and moved up on a ground out, setting the stage for Perez's only hit of the game.

Starter Josh Wall was touched for five hits and four runs (two earned) in his five innings of work. Kalen Gearhart then gave up two more unearned tallies in 2.2 innings before Joe Jones came on to hold Casper hitless for 1.1 innings and gain his first victory.

A two-run homer by Jeremy Brown in the eight, his first, pulled the Raptors even as they clawed back. Matt Berezay had three hits and both Juan Rivera and Carlos Medero had a pair. Rivera's included a triple. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Casper 400 001 010-6 
Ogden  000 020 041-7 

  Ogden    ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF 5 0 0 1 .302
Rivera SS   5 1 2 0 .357
Berezay DH  4 1 3 1 .294
Perez 1B    5 0 1 1 .312
Bell 3B     3 0 0 0 .314
Stullz C    4 1 2 1 .350
Brown RF    4 1 1 2 .174
Jackson CF  3 1 0 0 .160
Rivera 2B   4 2 1 0 .158
  Totals   37 7 10 6
  Casper   39 6  9 5

  Error- Rivera, Bell 2. 2B- Rivera 
(1),  Berezay (1). 3B- Rivera (1). 
HR- Brown (1). RBI- Rogowski (6), 
Berezay (2), Medero-Stullz (2), 
Brown 2 (4), Perez (7). LOB- 
Ogden 7, Casper 9.

  Dodgers       in h r-er bb so era
Wall           5.0 5  4-2 3 4 1.62
Gearhart       2.2 4  2-0 0 1 9.00
Jones (W, 1-0) 1.1 0  0-0 0 1 7.50
  WP- Wall, Gearhart.
T- 2:47. Att- 3,440.
Coasties Sweep The Gulf Coast Dodgers shoved their closest challengers back as they scored a doubleheader sweep over the Marlins, going 10 innings to take the first 8-5, then used good pitching to win the second, 3-1.

The twin wins pushed the Dodger victory streak to four in a row, upped their record to 9-2 and gave them a 2 1/2 game bulge over the Marlins, who, at 6-4, are the only other team in the East Division with a winning record.

Three runs in the top of the 10th provided the cushion for the Dodgers in the opener. No other information or box score is available.

In the second game, fifth-round draft choice Kyle Smit debuted, going two innings in which he was banged around for five hits but only one run. Gary Parris ( 1-0) then took over and held the Marlins to a single hit in five innings

Both teams scored a run in the first. Jason Schwab, an undrafted free agent from the University of New Orleans, singled in his first pro at-bat and later scored on a hit by Yossandy Garcia.

The Dodgers got all the runs Parris needed in the fifth on three errors and a Preston Mattingly ground-out RBI.

Esteban Lopez and Garcia each collected two hits to lead the Dodger attack. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Dodgers   100 020 0-3
Nationals 100 000 0-1 

  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Schwab CF    4 1 1 0 .250
Herrera 2B   4 0 0 0 .200
Ortiz 1B     4 1 0 0 .241
Carter DH    2 1 0 0 .200
Garcia 3B    3 0 2 1 .419
Mattingly SS 4 0 1 1 .240
Lopez C      4 0 2 0 .417
Vetters RF   3 0 1 0 .333
Mora LF      2 0 1 0 .231
  Totals    32 3 8 2
  Nationals 25 1 6 1

  RBI- Garcia (7), Mattingly (3).
S- Mora; Garcia. LOB- Dodgers 
11, Nationals 4. SB- Schwab 
(1, Herrera (1), Carter (1). CS- 
Vetters (1). DP- (Garcia and Ortiz).

  Dodgers       in h r-er bb so era
Smit           2.0 5  1-1 0 2 4.50
Paris (W, 1-0) 5.0 1  0-0 1 5 2.70
  WP- Paris. HBP- Vetters. T- 1-46.
Att- 22.

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