Ellis Single Gives Suns 1-0 Win in 12

Vegas lost a 4-1 lead and an 8-4 game to Tucson. The Suns won 1-0 on an A.J Ellis single in the 12th and Scott Elbert won 8-2 in the second game. Vero lost 5-4 to Daytona. Tony Harper's two-run homer in 10th to give the Fish an 11-9 win over Rome. Ogden was held to four hits and lost 2-0 to Idaho Falls. The GC Dodgers broke a losing streak by smacking the Nationals 6-1 behind Gary Paris.

Tucson Tops 51s-- Tucson won their fourth game in a row, erasing an early 4-1 Las Vegas lead, scoring seven unanswered runs in a 8-4 decision.

Starter Harold Eckert (5-5) allowed seven runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings, striking out four. The right-hander dropped his fourth straight decision and his ERA rose to 6.88.

Las Vegas was held to eight hits, all singles.

James Loney went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, boosting his average to .385 as the 51s (45-45), fell 11 games behind the first-place Sidewinders in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific South Division.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas 301 000 000-4
Tucson    012 112 10x-8 
 
 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF     4 1 1 0 .381
Aybar 2B    4 1 1 0 .297
Riggs 3B    3 1 0 0 .370
Loney 1B    4 1 2 1 .385
Weber LF    4 0 1 1 .264
Young RF    3 0 1 1 .272
Robles SS   3 0 2 1 .278
Bellorin C  4 0 0 0 .254
Eckert P    2 0 0 0 .125
 Osoria P   0 0 0 0 .000
 Valdez PH  1 0 0 0 .281
 Hamulack P 0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals 33 4  8 4
    Tucson 33 8 13 6

  Error- Eckert, Hamulak. 
RBI- Loney (46), Weber (30), 
Young (55), Robles (17). SF- 
Robles. LOB- Las Vegas 4, 
Tucson 10. DP- (Robles,
Aybar and Loney).

  Las Vegas in h r-er bb so era
Eckert(5-5) 5.2 8 7-6 4 4 6.88
Osoria      0.1 1 0-0 1 1 4.78
Hamulack    2.0 2 1-0 2 3 1.80
  T- 2:44. Att- 3,710.
Suns Win Two-- Jacksonville took both games of a doubleheader from Carolina, earning a tight, twelve inning, 1-0 victory in game one and then pounded out an 8-2 win in the seven inning second game.

Game one was a classic pitcher's duel between Spike Lundberg and Carolina's James Russ. The Suns collected only one hit over the first six innings and Lundberg took a no-hitter into the seventh before Jose Campusano banged a leadoff double in the top of the seventh inning.

Both starters left the game after eight innings of work in a scoreless tie.

Mark Alexander worked three scoreless innings before turning the ball over to Casey Hoorelbeke who picked his second victory to improve to 2-2. Jacksonville pitching limited Carolina to four hits.

In the 12th, pinch hitter A.J. Ellis' single drove in Anthony Raglani from second base in the bottom of the twelfth inning with the only run of the game..
  Score by innings
Carolina 000 000 000 000-0
Suns     000 000 000 001-1

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF   3 0 0 0 .206
Garcia 3B      4 0 0 0 .171
Ledee LF       3 0 0 0 .100
Alexander P    0 0 0 0 .000
Alvarez PH-1B  1 0 1 0 .250
Brazell 1B     5 0 0 0 .246
Hoorelbeke P   0 0 0 0 .000
Abreu 2B       5 0 1 0 .287
Raglani RF-LF  4 1 1 0 .218
Rohan SS       5 0 2 0 .238
Gutierrez C    4 0 0 0 .000
Ellis PH       1 0 1 1 .275
Lundberg P     2 0 1 0 .211
Ruggiano PH-RF 2 0 2 0 .257
  Totals      39 1 9 1
  Carolina    37 0 4 0

  Error- Rohan.  2B- Ruggiano 
(18). RBI- Ellis (15). S- 
Garcia. LOB- Carolina 4, 
Jacksonville 9. SB- Ruggiano 
(10). CS- Alvarez (1). DP- 
2 (Gutierrez, Rohan and 
Gutierrez, G).

  Jacksonville  in h r-er bb so era
Lundberg        8.0 2 0-0 1 5 2.18
Alexander       3.0 4 0-0 0 2 0.69
Hoorelbeke(2-2) 1.0 1 0-0 0 1 1.82
  T- 2-59
Game two featured the Double-A debut of lefthanded pitching prospect Scott Elbert. The Dodgers 2004 first round draft choice, who had little run support in Vero Beach, allowed only one hit -- a solo homerun -- over the first five innings while striking out nine.

Elbert left the game with an 8-1 lead and Carlos Alvarez surrendered another run in the final two innings to close out the game.

Jacksonville's offense broke through in the second inning, scoring two runs in the second inning on a two-run single by Sergio Garcia.

Jacksonville blew the game open in the third inning, scoring six runs after the first two batters flied out. Sergio Garcia came through again with a two-RBI double to make it 4-0.

Scott Elbert singled through the left side to drive home another run. Tony Abreu and Jimmy Rohan both forced home runs with bases loaded walks and Elbert later scored on an error by the second baseman.

Garcia finished the game with four runs batted in and two of Jacksonville's four hits. Suns pitching held Carolina to seven hits over the 19 innings played.

Seven Suns will participate in the 2006 Southern League All-Star Game at Montgomery on July 10 before beginning a five game series at Tennessee.
  Score by innings
Carolina     000 011 0-2 
Jacksonville 026 000 x-8  

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2B      3 0 0 1 .285
Rohan SS      3 0 0 1 .229
Alvarez 1B    4 0 0 0 .188
Ruggiano RF   2 2 0 0 .255
Meadows LF    3 2 1 0 .270
Ellis C       2 1 0 0 .271
Garcia 3B     4 1 2 4 .189
Raglani CF    3 1 0 0 .215
Elbert P      2 1 1 1 .500
 Greenberg PH 0 0 0 0 .206
 Alvarez, C P 0 0 0 0 .000
   Totals    26 8 4 7
   Carolina  23 2 3 2

  2B- Garcia (5). RBI- Garcia 
4 (11), Elbert (1), Abreu (39), 
Rohan (10). LOB- 9, Carolina 4.

  Suns      in h r-er bb so era
Elbert(1-0) 5.0 1 1-1  3 9 1.80
Alvarez     2.0 2 1-1  0 3 4.10
  T- 2-23. Att- 7,821.
Vero Drops Close One-- Vero Beach rolled up a 4-2 lead after three innings only to see Daytona battle back for a 5-4 win.

Cole Bruce drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the first inning for a 1-0 lead but the Cubs scored twice off Adam Thomas, making his first start since re-joining the Dodgers from Jacksonville. A wild pickoff attempt and a dropped throw at the plate allowed the second run.

Vero Beach regained the lead when David Nicholson led off with a single in the second inning and stole second. With one out, Xavier Paul walked and Blake DeWitt singled home the tying run, Paul scoring later on an error for a 3-2 lead.

Bruce slugged his third home run in the third to give the Dodgers their final lead. Thomas set down 12 in a row before an infield hit with two outs in the 5th.

Julio Pimentel (2-7) took over in the sixth and with two out gave up a double and a pair of singles to give the Cubs a 5-4 margin and the Dodgers yet another one-run loss.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 121 000 000-4 
Daytona    200 012 00x-5 

 Vero Beach in r h bi ave
Paul RF      3 2 2 0 .284
DeWitt 3B    5 0 2 1 .273
Dunlap 1B    5 0 1 0 .225
Locke CF     4 0 1 1 .241
Santana LF   5 0 0 0 .263
Bruce DH     3 1 2 2 .295
Gonzalez 2B  4 0 1 0 .300
Nicholson SS 3 1 2 0 .295
Mathias C    4 0 0 0 .121
   Totals   36 4 11 4
   Daytona  33 5  9 4

  Error- Mathias.  2B- 
Dunlap (6), Paul (17), 
Bruce (21). HR- Bruce 
(6). RBI- Bruce 2 (24), 
DeWitt (38), Locke (7). 
LOB- Vero Beach 10, 
Daytona. SB- Nicholson 
(12). CS- Gonzalez 
(1), Paul (10).
 
  Vero Beach   in h r-er bb so era
Thomas         5.0 5  3-2  1 2 3.14
Pimentel (2-7) 0.2 3  2-2  1 1 4.79
Figueroa       1.1 0  0-0  0 1 8.49
Diaz           1.0 1  0-0  0 1 3.52
  HBP- Locke. T- 3:07. Att- 1,822.
Walkoff Homer Wins-- Catcher Tony Harper lined a two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to break a 9-9 tie and give Columbus an 11-9 win over Rome.

The Braves had 13 hits and three home runs but the Catfish earned the win with nine hits and eight walks.

Columbus scored three runs in the first. 1B Jason Mooneyham had a sacrifice fly and 2B Travis Denker followed with a two-run single.

Rome tied in the third before 3B Russ Mitchell drove in SS Ivan DeJesus with a single to left field. The Braves took a 7-4 lead with three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth, knocking starter Dave Horlacher out of the game.

RF Sergio Pedroza hit a solo home run in the fifth, his 20th of the season. and the Catfish added four in the sixth inning to take a 9-7 lead. CF Bridger Hunt had an RBI single, Pedroza singled in two and the scored on a wild pitch.

The Braves tied the game at 9-9 with two runs in the seventh inning off Nathan Hochgesang and the game moved into the 10th inning.

Denker led off the tenth inning with a single and DH David Sutherland moved him to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Harper then slugged the game-winner to right field and was mobbed at home plate.

After arriving at the park less than an hour before the game, newly acquired RHP Joey Norrito (1-0) pitched a perfect tenth inning and earned the win.

Pedroza finished 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs. He leads the league with 20 home runs and 73 RBI. He has homered in three of the last four games. Harper wet 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and one run. It was his fourth homer of the season.

Game two of the three-game set will see RHP Mario Alvarez (5-6, 5.62) will take on the Braves.
  Score by innings
Rome     011 320 200 0- 9
Columbus 301 014 000 2-11

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin LF     5 2 1 0 .233
De Jesus SS   3 2 0 0 .284
Pedroza RF    4 2 2 3 .294
Mitchell 3B   4 1 1 1 .241
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 0 1 .272
Denker 2B     3 2 1 2 .239
Sutherland DH 4 0 0 0 .296
Harper C      5 1 3 2 .331
Hunt CF       3 1 1 1 .239
  Totals   34 11  9 10 .266
  Rome     41  9 13  8 .255

  Error- Harper.  HR- Pedroza 
(20), Harper (4). RBI- Mooneyham 
(23), Denker 2 (14), Mitchell 
(56), Pedroza 3 (73), Hunt (6), 
Harper 2 (16). S- Sutherland. 
SF- Mooneyham. LOB- Rome 7, 
Columbus 5. SB- De Jesus (12), 
Godwin 3 (20), Hunt (4). CS- 
Hunt (1). DP- 2 (Godwin and 
Harper; Hunt and Harper).

  Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
Horlacher       4.2 9 7-6 1 5 5.72
Hochgesang      2.0 2 2-2 3 1 9.00
Arias           2.1 2 0-0 0 2 4.31
Norrito (W,1-0) 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 0.00
WP- Horlacher.  T- 3-30. Att- 1,738.
Raptors Lose Tough One-- Chales Dasni pitched one-hit ball for six innings for Ogden but even that couldn't deliver a victory for slumping Ogden, which was bested 2-0 by Idaho Falls.

Dasni walked three and fanned six in his strong start, then handed the ball to Garrett White (1-2), who gave up a two-out double in the seventh that chased home the only two runs of the game and the Raptors dropped their fifth game in six starts.

Rowdy Hardy matched Dasni, going 6.1 scoreless for Idaho Falls. Juan Rivera was the only Raptor with two hits.

Now 8-11, Ogden is five games out in the Pioneer League South. -- Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Ogden       000 000 000-0 
Idaho Falls 000 000 20x-2 

  Ogden     ab r h bi ave
Rivera SS    4 0 2 0 .318
Soto 3B      4 0 1 0 .263
Bell DH      4 0 0 0 .323
Taloa 1B     3 0 1 0 .245
 Jackson PR  0 0 0 0 .147
 Perez 1B    1 0 0 0 .267
Van Slyke RF 3 0 1 0 .196
M-Stullz C   3 0 0 0 .242
Giles LF     2 0 0 0 .000
Brown CF     3 0 0 0 .216
Brooks 2B    3 0 0 0 .154
   Totals   30 0 4 0
   Id Falls 28 2 3 2

  Error- Dasni, Medero-Stultz, 
Soto. LOB- Ogden 4, Idaho 
Falls 10. SB- Rivera, J (1).

  Ogden       in h r-er bb so era
Dasni        6.0 1  0-0  3 12 6.50
GWhite (1-2) 2.0 2  2-2  3  3 4.32
  WP- Dasni 2. HBP- Giles.
T- 2:17. Att- 2,402.
Coasties Cruise--Gary Parris threw six innings of two-hit shutout ball as the GCL Dodgers snapped their losing streak at three with a 6-1 victory over the Nationals in Holman Stadium.

Parris, now 2-0, gave up only two hits and got solid support as Yossandy Garcia hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third, Jesus Mora tripled home two in the three-run fourth and Francisco Lizarraga doubled home another run in the fifth.

Eduardo Quintana followed Parris with two more scoreless innings before Schuyler Tripp was reached for the only Nats run in the ninth. Preston Mattingly and Lizarraga led the Dodgers with three hits apiece.

Now 12-5, the Dodgers increased their East Division lead to 2 1/2 games. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings 
Nationals 000 000 001-1
Dodgers   020 310 00x-6

  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
Rosario CF    5 0 0 0 .246
Robinson LF   2 0 0 0 .243
EGutierrez LF 2 0 1 1 .182
Mattingly DH  4 0 3 0 .367
Ortiz 1B      3 0 1 0 .263
Jansen C      4 1 1 0 .231
Garcia 2B     3 2 1 2 .382
Mathews 3B    4 1 1 0 .268
Lizarraga SS  4 1 3 1 .302
Mora RF       4 1 1 2 .250
  Totals     35 6 12 6 
  Nationals  32 1  3 1

  Error- Mora.  2B- Mattingly 
(4), Lizarraga (3). 3B- Mora 
(1). HR- Garcia (2). RBI- 
Garcia 2 (11), Mora 2 (3), 
EGutierrez (3), Lizarraga 
(6). LOB- Nationals 6, 
Dodgers 8.

  Dodgers    in h r-er bb so era
Paris (2-0) 6.0 2  0-0 1 8  1.69
Quintana    2.0 0  0-0 0 2  2.13
Tripp       1.0 1  1-1 2 1 27.00
  WP- Jones. T- 2-17

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