Ruan's Pinch Homer Sparks Suns Win

Las Vegas was dumped 12-2 by Tucson. Wilkin Ruan's pinch-hit homer sparked a 5-2 win over Chattanooga. Vero got back-to back homers to lead off the game but lost 3-2 to St. Lucie. Shane Justis' homer in the ninth gave Columbus a 4-3 win over Savannah. Ogden was ripped 8-1 by Casper and fell to 7-7, Ryan Carter had three hits and knocked in a pair as the GC Dodgers stopped the Nationals 8-5.

51s Hammered-- Tucson's Mike Bacsik came into the game and left it the same way, running his record to 8-0 as Las Vegas dropped a 12-2 decision.

Stephen Drew. younger brother of Dodger J.D. Drew, launched a three-run blast in the fourth inning, his 12th, and knocked in four runs in to lead the Sidewinders (52-33).

Starter Harold Eckert (5-4) was tapped for seven runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings, striking out two and issuing five walks.

Delwyn Young and Edwin Bellorin knocked in a run apiece in the ninth inning to provide the offense for Las Vegas (42-43). Wilson Valdez and Willy Aybar singled and doubled and Eric Riggs added a triple and a single as Las Vegas outhit Tucson 10-9.

The game marked the return of third baseman Andy LaRoche, who had torn his labrum in his throwing arm and was force to sit out nearly two weeks. He singled in four trips to the plate.
  Score by innings
Tucson    013 300 500-12
Las Vegas 000 000 002- 2
 
  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Valdez CF    4 0 2 0 .286
Aybar 2B     3 0 2 0 .316
Loney 1B     4 0 0 0 .374
LaRoche 3B   4 0 1 0 .312
Riggs SS     4 1 2 0 .374
Young RF     4 0 1 1 .276
Weber LF     4 1 1 0 .268
Bellorin C   4 0 1 1 .266
Eckert P     1 0 0 0 .143
 Hamulack P  0 0 0 0 .000
 Hull PH-P   1 0 0 0 .200
 Miller P    1 0 0 0 .000
 Robles PH   1 0 0 0 .262
  Las Vegas 35  2 10  2
  Tucson    33 12  9 11

  Error-s Valdez 2. 2B- Valdez 
(12), Aybar (8), Weber (17). 3B- 
Riggs (1). RBI- Young (52), 
Bellorin, E (21). LOB- Las Vegas 
7, Tucson 9. CS- Young (3).

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Eckert (L,5-4) 3.2 7  7-6 5 2 6.58
Hamulack       1.1 1  0-0 0 1 1.69
Hull           1.2 0  5-4 3 1 4.33
Miller         2.1 2  0-0 0 2 3.66
  HBP- Aybar, Young. T- 2:54.
Att- 11,927.
Suns Score Late and Win-- Jacksonville scored five unanswered runs in the seventh and ninth innings to overtake Chattanooga and take the final game of the series and road trip 5-2.

Starting pitchers Travis Chick and Alvis Ojeda were in compete control until the Lookouts broke through in the sixth inning. A home run and a pair of doubles gave the Lookouts a 2-0 lead.

In the seventh Wilkin Ruan hit a pinch-hit, two-run homerun, his first of the year, to tie the game at 2-2.

Casey Hoorelbeke (1-2) took over and pitched two perfect innings of relief, earning the win when shortstop Chin-Lung Hu collected an RBI single to make it 3-2. Tony Abreu doubled home two more in the seventh.

The Suns open a five-game series against the Carolina Mudcats tonight, celebrating Owner Peter Bragan's birthday and the holiday with a fireworks show following the game.
 Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 000 203-5
Chattanooga  000 002 000-2 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Hu SS          5 1 2 1 .263
Greenberg CF   4 0 0 0 .205
Abreu 2B       5 0 2 2 .283
Meadows LF     5 0 1 0 .267
Alexander P    0 0 0 0 .000
Brazell 1B     4 0 0 0 .250
Ruggiano RF    3 0 0 0 .255
Garcia 3B-LF   2 1 0 0 .164
Ellis C        2 1 1 0 .269
Ojeda P        2 0 0 0 .000
Ruan PH        1 1 1 2 .291
Hoorelbeke P   0 0 0 0 .000
Rohan PH-3B    0 1 0 0 .254
    Totals    33 5 7 5
    Chat'ooga 32 2 5 2

  2B- Abreu 2 (19), Meadows (3). 
HR- Ruan (1). RBI- Ruan 2 (14), 
Hu (16), Abreu 2 (38). S- 
Greenberg. LOB- Chattanooga 
5, Las Vegas 8.

  Jacksonville      in h r-er bb so era
Ojeda              6.0 5  2-2 1 3 2.49
Hoorelbeke (W,1-2) 2.0 0  0-0 0 2 1.52
Alexander (S,20)   1.0 0  0-0 1 2 0.75
  T- 2:43. Att- 6,306.
Late Rally Dumps VB-- Whoever said "the longest journey begins with a single step," didn't realize just how long the journey has been for Vero Beach. The Dodgers got back-to-back home runs from the first two hitters of the night, Xavier Paul and Blake DeWitt, but St. Lucie Mets rallied to win 3-2.

The Mets had only four hits in the game, but two of them were homers in the seventh and eighth. Vero collected six hits.

Mets' starter Phil Humber, a former 1st Round draft pick recovering from Tommy John surgery, settled down after the two dingers and allowed just two more hits over four innings. Vero Beach had only two baserunners in scoring position the rest of the night, despite five errors from the Mets infield.

Scott Elbert started the for the Dodgers and followed up his near no-hitter in his last start with four shutout innings against the Mets. He allowed just two singles and struck out four while walking three. Mike Megrew followed with two scoreless relief innings before the Dodgers ran into trouble.

Julio Pimentel entered in the seventh and surrendered a home run. He retired four in a row before a two-out walk and another home run handed Vero its sixth loss in a row and their 24th one-run loss.

The series ends tonight at St. Lucie.
  Score by innings
St. Lucie   000 000 120-3 
Vero Beach  200 000 000-2 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF       5 1 1 1 .289
DeWitt 2B     5 1 3 1 .271
Dunlap 1B     5 0 1 0 .222
Raglani DH    4 0 0 0 .317
Bruce 3B-SS   2 0 1 0 .286
Locke LF      4 0 0 0 .163
Westervelt C  4 0 0 0 .232
Nicholson SS  3 0 0 0 .294
Santana PH-3B 1 0 0 0 .266
Hoffmann CF   4 0 0 0 .259
   Totals    37 2 6 2 
   St. Lucie 29 3 4 3

  HR- Paul (10), DeWitt (10). 
RBI- Paul (29), DeWitt (36). 
LOB- St, Lucie 6, Vero Beach 
10. DP- (Hoffmann and Nicholson).

  Vero Beach      in h r-er bb so era
Elbert           4.0 2  0-0 3 4 2.37
Megrew           2.0 0  0-0 2 1 0.77
Pimentel (L,1-6) 2.0 2  3-3 1 3 4.68
Diaz             1.0 0  0-0 0 1 4.05
  HBP- Bruce. T- 2:55. Att- 4,228.
Fish Rally for Win-- Shane Justis knocked in a pair of runs, including the game-winner with a homer in the ninth inning, Lucas May homered and Bridger Hunt scored twice as Columbus outlasted Savannah 4-3.

May banged his eighth homer in the second inning to put the Fish on the board. The Sand Gnats tied with a homer of their own in the third but Columbus grabbed the lead again in the fifth on Hunt's single and a sac fly by Russ Mitchell.

A two-run homer, the second allowed by starter Dave Horlacher, gave Savannah a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning

It was Bridger Hunt again in the seventh, reaching base on an error, stealing second and third, then scoring on a Justis single to tie the game yet again,

Jordan Pratt took over for Horlacher in the seventh and worked two scoreless innings and earned the win when Shane Justis slugged his third homer of the year to give the Fish a 4-3 lead.

Ramon Troncoso saved his seventh game with a scoreless ninth.
  Score by innings
Columbus  010 100 101-4
Savannah  001 002 000-3

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin LF     4 0 0 0 .236
Justis SS     5 1 2 2 .258
Mitchell 3B   4 0 0 1 .252
Denker, 2B    4 0 0 0 .212
Mooneyham DH  4 0 1 0 .281
May RF        4 1 2 1 .253
Sutherland 1B 4 0 0 0 .296
Apodaca C     3 0 1 0 .253
Hunt CF       4 2 1 0 .242
  Totals     36 4 7 4 .266
  Savannah   33 3 6 3 .242

  2B- Apodaca (8). HR- May 
(8), Justis (3). RBI- May (40), 
Mitchell (55), Justis 2 (10). 
SF- Mitchell. LOB- Columbus 
8, Savannah 5. SB- Hunt 2 (2).

  Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
Horlacher      6.0 5  3-3 1 5 4.56
Pratt (W,4-3)  2.0 0  0-0 1 2 5.10
Troncoso (S,7) 1.0 1  0-0 0 1 1.42
  WP- Horlacher. T- 2:39. Att- 1,305.
Ogden Hit Hard-- Casper jumped on Chales Dasni (1-2) early and often to drop Ogden back to .500 (7-7).

Dasni gave up two runs in the first innings, two more in the fourth, then was driven out in the fifth in a three-run barrage. In all, he was kicked around for seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and three walks.

Juan Rivera was the lone Raptor with two hits and drove in the only Ogden run in the third. Jesus Soto had a double, the only extra-base blow.

The Raptors are now two games back in the South Division where Orem and Idaho Falls are now tied for the lead.
  Score by innings
Casper 200 203 010-8 
Ogden  001 000 000-1 

  Ogden      ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF   3 0 0 0 .306
Rivera SS     4 0 2 1 .375
Berezay DH    4 0 1 0 .292
Perez 1B      4 0 1 0 .308
Bell 3B       4 0 0 0 .302
Soto 2B       4 0 1 0 .244
M-Stullz C    3 1 1 0 .348
Jensen RF     1 0 0 0 .289
Jackson PH-CF 2 0 0 0 .148
Brown CF-RF   3 0 0 0 .154
   Totals    32 1  6 1
   Casper    39 8 11 7   

  Error- Bell, Rivera. 2B- Soto 
(3). RBI- Rivera (2). LOB- 
Casper 7, Ogden 7. SB- 
Rogowski (2).

  Ogden        in h r-er bb so era
Dasni (L,1-2) 5.0 7  7-6 3 4 9.75
Sanfler       2.0 1  0-0 0 3 0.00
Hochgesang    1.0 2  1-1 0 1 7.36
Brooks        1.0 1  0-0 0 1 1.04
  WP- Dasni, Brooks. HBP- 
Medero-Stullz. Jensen.
T- 2:36. Att- 5,865.
Dodgers Thump Nationals -- The Gulf Coast Dodgers used a 15-hit barrage to win their fifth in succession, defeating the Nationals 8-5, dropping their closest pursuers further off the pace in the East Division.

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead before coming unraveled in the top of the fifth when a balk and wild pitch on a strikeout by starter Thomas Melgarejo plus a throwing error on a bunt by catcher Kenley Jansen contributed to a four run inning by the Nats.

However, the Dodgers came back with five in the bottom of that inning highlighted by a Jaime Ortiz triple and Ryan Carter double . Carter wound up with three hits while Yossandy Garcia, Preston Mattingly, Brian Mathews, Jansen and Oritz all had two.

Melgarejo (2-1) went five innings, yielding four hits and four runs ( two earned.) Dave Preziosi, an undrafted free agent from Boston College who's a sidearming lefthander, made his debut with two scoreless innings. Kengshil Pujols finished up, being touched for a run in the ninth.

Now 10-2, the Dodgers enjoy a 3 1/2 game bulge over the Nats. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Nationals 000 040 001-5
Dodgers   000 151 10x-8 

  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
Rosario CF    4 2 1 0 .256
Schwab PH-CF  1 0 0 0 .200
EGutierrez RF 5 1 1 0 .212
Ortiz 1B      5 1 2 2 .263
Carter DH     4 1 3 2 .348
Garcia 2B     4 2 2 0 .429
Mattingly SS  4 1 2 1 .281
Mathews 3B    4 0 2 1 .333
Jansen C      3 0 2 1 .217
Robinson LF   4 0 0 0 .286
  Totals     38 8 15 8
  Nationals  35 5 11 5

  Error- Jansen.  2B- Garcia 
(5), Mathews (4), Carter (4). 
3B- Ortiz (1). RBI- Mathews 
2 (9), Ortiz 2 (7), Carter 2 (5), 
Mattingly (6), Jansen (3). 
LOB- Nationals 12, Dodgers 
7. SB- Mattingly (4), Garcia 
(3). DP- (Rosario and Ortiz).

  Dodgers          in h r-er bb so era
Melgarejo (W,2-1) 5.0 4  4-2 3 6 4.20
Preziosi          2.0 3  0-0 0 2 0.00
Pujols            2.0 4  1-1 1 1 4.50
  WP- Melgarejo, Preziosi, Pujols. 
Balk- Melgarejo 2. T- 2:45

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