Loney Again Leads Vegas; Ogden Cruises 10-0

James Loney singled and homered to lead Las Vegas to a 6-4 win over Tucson. Jacksonville was held to three hits and lost 10-0. Vero Beach blew a five-run lead in the seventh, losing 9-7 to St. Lucie. Columbus dropped a close, 3-1 decision to Savannah despite Russ Mitchell's 10th homer and Ogden blasted Casper 10-0 behind the five-hit pitching of Blake Johnson. The Gulf Coast Dodgers were off.

51s Stop Sidewinders-- Eric Langill broke a 2-2 in the fourth with an RBI double and Las Vegas went on to win 6-4 over Tucson behind D.J. Houlton (4-7) who allowing two runs on five hits over six innings. Giovanni Carrara worked two hitless innings, while Lance Carter yielded two runs in the ninth.

Loney banged a two-run in the fifth (36), banged his 19th double and scored twice. Loney's performance lifted his batting average to .380 and his average against Tucson to .486 (17-for-35).

Jon Weber and Wilson Valdez put the 51s (42-42) on the board with run-scoring singles in the second.

Tucson (51-33) tied the game on a pair of solo homers in the third and fourth innings.

Loney, Weber, Langill and Oscar Robles each collected two of Las Vegas' 10 hits.

The loss cut Tucson's lead in the Pacific Coast League Pacific South Division but they still lead Las Vegas by nine games.
  Score by innings
Tucson    001 100 002-4 
Las Vegas 020 120 10x-6

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF   1 0 0 0 .264
 Valdez CF  3 0 1 1 .283
Aybar 2B    3 1 0 0 .310
Loney 1B    3 2 2 2 .380
Guzman 3B   4 0 0 0 .280
Young RF    4 1 1 0 .277
Weber LF    4 1 2 2 .268
Robles SS   4 1 2 0 .264
Langill C   3 0 2 1 .233
Houlton P   2 0 0 0 .077
 Carrara P  0 0 0 0 .167
 Riggs PH   1 0 0 0 .370
 Carter P   0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals 32 6 10 6
    Tucson 31 4  7 4

  2B- Young (24), Robles (3), 
Langill (2), Loney (21, Murphy). 
HR- Loney (6). RBI- Weber,  2 
(9), Valdez (31), Langill (4), 
Loney 2 (41). LOB- Tucson 8, 
Las Vegas 6. CS- Weber (3).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Houlton (W,4-7) 6.0 5  2-2 3 5 5.51
Carrara         2.0 0  0-0 1 0 4.62
Carter          1.0 3  2-2 0 1 2.96
  WP- Carrara. HBP- Langill.
T- 2:54. Att- 2,316.
Suns Throttled-- Jacksonville was held to three hits and a four-run second inning propelled Chattanooga to a 4-0 victory.

The Suns had one hit after the fifth inning, a ninth inning leadoff triple from Tydus Meadows, ending a string of 14 straight Suns put down in order.

The four run inning came off of starter Adam Thomas (2-5). Reliever Wesley Wright allowed only three hits in three innings of work.

The two teams meet in the final game of the series tonight with Jacksonville handing the ball to RHP Alvis Ojeda.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 000 000-0 
Chattanooga  004 000 00x-4 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF   4 0 0 0 .211
Ruan RF        3 0 0 0 .287
Brazell 1B     4 0 0 0 .254
Meadows LF     3 0 1 0 .271
Abreu 2B       4 0 0 0 .282
Garcia 3B      3 0 0 0 .169
 Wright P      0 0 0 0 .000
 Ruggiano PH   1 0 0 0 .258
Rohan SS-3B    4 0 2 0 .254
Gutierrez C    3 0 0 0 .000
Thomas P       2 0 0 0 .143
 Hu SS         1 0 0 0 .261
    Totals    32 0  3 0
    Cha'nooga 31 4 10 4

  3B- Meadows (1). LOB- Las 
Vegas 7, Chattanooga 9.
SB- Ruan (9). DP- (Rohan, 
Abreu and Brazell).

  Jacksonville  in h r-er bb so era
Thomas (L,2-5) 5.0 7  4-4 5 2 6.23
Wright         3.0 3  0-0 1 6 8.44
  WP- Thomas 2. T- 2:43. Att- 1,997.
Late Rally Trips VB-- Vero Beach took a five-run lead into the seventh inning but Mets fought came for a 9-7 win despite allowing nine walks and committing three errors.

Trailing 2-0, Anthony Raglani led off the fourth with a walk and Cole Bruce singled before Chris Westervelt lined a home run off the left field scoreboard to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2. David Nicholson walked, stole second and scored on the Mets first error to add another run.

In the sixth, Nicholson doubled and the Mets threw Jamie Hoffmann's but away, allowing Nicholson to score. Hoffman scored on a fielder's choice by Blake DeWitt who then stole second and scored on Anthony Raglani's single to give the Dodgers an impressive 7-2 lead.

Kyle Wilson started and allowed two runs on four hits before leaving with one out in the fifth.

Reliever Brent Leach retired the Mets in order in the sixth, but allowed a pair of walks and a pair of singles that knocked him out of the game.

Albenis Castillo entered the game and the Mets quickly tied the score. Two more runs in the eighth gave the Mets the 9-7 win.

St. Lucie improved their first place record to 8-1. Vero Beach fell to 3-7 dropped their fifth in a row. The Dodgers return home tonight for an early Independence Day Celebration.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 000 403 000-7
St. Lucie  020 000 52x-9

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF       4 0 0 0 .291
DeWitt 2B     5 1 0 1 .266
Dunlap 1B     3 0 0 0 .223
Raglani LF    4 1 1 1 .339
Bruce 3B      4 1 3 0 .284
Locke DH      4 0 0 0 .179
Westervelt C  5 1 2 3 .240
Nicholson SS  3 2 1 0 .298
Hoffmann CF   3 1 0 0 .263
  Vero Beach 35 7  7 5
  St. Lucie  32 9 11 8 

  2B- Nicholson (11), Bruce (19). 
HR- Westervelt (6). RBI- Westervelt 
3 (20), DeWitt (35), Raglani (7). S- 
Hoffmann. LOB- 11, Stl Lucie 6. 
SB- Nicholson (11), Dewitt (4). 
DP- 2 (DeWitt. Nicholson and 
Dunlap; Nicholson, DeWitt and 
Dunlap).

  Vero Beach      in h r-er bb so era
Wilson           4.1 4  2-2 5 7 3.23
Leach            1.2 2  4-4 2 1 4.00
Castillo (L,2-3) 2.0 5  3-3 0 2 5.35
  T- 3:24. Att- 551.
Catfish Edged-- Columbus (5-6) lost a 3-1 decision to Savannah. Starter RHP James McDonald (2-6, 3.67) worked five innings, allowed a pair of runs and took the loss.

The Catfish were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left a total of eleven runners left on base.

Savannah scored in the bottom of the second on a two-run home run. In the sixth Russ Mitchell got the Catfish on the board with his tenth home run of the season for the only Columbus run of the game.

The final game of the series will be played on tonight at Savannah before the Fish start a seven game home-stand hosting Charleston and Rome.
  Score by innings
Columbus 000 001 000-1
Savannah 020 001 00x-3

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin LF     4 0 1 0 .240
De Jesus SS   5 0 0 0 .283
Pedroza RF    5 0 1 0 .285
Mitchell 3B   4 1 2 1 .255
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 1 0 .281
Sutherland DH 4 0 2 0 .301
Apodaca C     4 0 0 0 .251
Justis 2B     2 0 0 0 .250
Hunt CF       3 0 0 0 .241
  Totals     34 1 7 1
  Savannah   36 3 7 3

  Error- De Jesus. HR- Mitchell 
(10). RBI- Mitchell (54). LOB-
Columbus 11, Savannah 6. DP- 2 
(Justis, De Jesus and Mooneyham; 
De Jesus, Justis and Mooneyham).

   Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
McDonald (L,2-6) 5.0 4  2-2 3 4 3.67
Garrison         2.1 3  1-0 1 1 1.35
Arias            0.2 0  0-0 0 1 4.37
  HBP- Hunt. T- 2:20. Att- 607.
Ogden Rolls-- Steve Johnson was excellent and the hitters weren't bad either as Ogden obliterated Casper 10-0. Johnson had his finest game as a pro yet, going seven innings in which he allowed only four hits while striking out 10.

He had more than enough help from the offense which made the most of eight hits including home runs by Ryan Rogowski and Matt Berezay.

Rogowski's homer was a solo shot in the fifth while Berezay's was a three-run blast that highlighted a four-run eighth. It was the first for both.

The Raptors also scored three times in the seventh, thanks in part to a balk and an error thrown in by Casper which dropped its 11th game out of the 13th it's played this season.

The victory evened Johnson's record at 1-1 and was his first as a professional as he was 0-2 in the Gulf Coast League last year. Joey Norrito finished the shutout with two innings in which he gave up just one hit.

Rogowski and Josh Bell each had two hits as the Raptors moved above .500 at 7-6. They're two games back behind Southern Division leader Orem. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Casper 000 000 000- 0 
Ogden  001 110 34x-10 

  Ogden     ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF  3 3 2 1 .326
Fuller SS    5 0 1 1 .229
Berezay DH   3 2 1 3 .300
Taloa 1B     4 0 0 0 .243
Bell 3B      4 1 2 2 .333
Jensen RF    4 0 1 0 .297
Van Slyke CF 3 1 0 0 .171
Martin C     1 2 1 0 .304
Brooks 2B    2 1 0 1 .200
   Totals   29 10 8 8
   Casper   29  0 5 0

  HR- Rogowski (1), Berezay (1). 
RBI- Fuller (4), Rogowski (7), 
Bell 2 (5), Brooks (2), Berezay 
3 (5). S- Brooks 2. LOB-  Ogden 
6, Casper 6. SB- Fuller (2). CS- 
Rogowski (1).

  Ogden          in h r-er bb so era
Johnson (W,1-1) 7.0 4  0-0 1 10 2.08
Norrito         2.0 1  0-0 0  0  0.00
 WP- Johnson. T- 2:15. Att- 1,892.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- Not scheduled.

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