Dodgers 1& 2 Picks Have Strong Games

No. 1 pick Clayton Kershaw held the Nationals to a single run on two hits as the Gulf Coast Dodgers won a 3-2 decision and No. 2 pick Bryan Morris gave up one hit and an unearned run as Ogden stopped Helena Falls 4-1 and a grand slam in the seventh inning destroyed Columbus' thoughts of a sweep as Rome earned a 7-3 victory. Las Vegas, Jacksonville and Vero had the day off.

Catfish Slammed-- Rome broke up a pitcher's duel with a seventh-inning grand slam and sailed to a 7-3 win over Columbus, avoiding a sweep of the series. A three run rally by the Catfish (10-9) in the bottom of the seventh inning but fell short.

Rome jumped into a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

Both starters were tough in until the seventh inning. Then LHP Dave Pfeiffer gave up three straight singles and RHP Arismendy Castillo took over. The one out grand slam made it 6-0 lead.

Catcher Cody Clark was hit by a Castillo pitch, leading to a bench-clearing confrontation that quickly calmed as both teams were warned by the umpires. Rome tacked on one more run.

3B Russ Mitchell was hit by a pitch when he led off the bottom of the seventh and the Helena pitcher was ejected. With two runners on base, 2B Travis Denker singled to left field and when the outfielder misplayed the ball Mitchell scored. C Tony Harper's double drove in the final two Columbus runs.

Pfeiffer (1-3) was charged with five runs, three earned, in 6.1 innings and took the loss.

Denker went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run. 1B Jason Mooneyham reached base when he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning and has reached base in 32 straight games, the longest such streak in the SAL this season. Mooneyham has also reached base in each of 26 home games.

After taking today off the Catfish will play three road games in Savannah.
  Score by innings
Rome     020 000 500-7
Columbus 000 000 300-3

  Columbus  ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF    4 0 0 0 .235
De Jesus SS  4 0 1 0 .287
Pedroza RF   4 0 0 0 .286
Mitchell 3B  3 1 1 0 .242
Mooneyham 1B 3 1 0 0 .267
Denker 2B    3 1 3 0 .274
Harper C     4 0 1 2 .336
May LF       4 0 0 0 .243
Hunt DH      4 0 1 0 .231
  Totals    33 3  7 2 .266
  Rome      37 7 12 6 .256

  Errors- De Jesus, Denker, 
Pfeiffer.  2B- Harper (3). RBI- 
Harper 2 (18). LOB- Rome 8, 
Columbus 6. DP- 4 (De Jesus, 
Denker and Mooneyham 2; 
De Jesus and Denker; De 
Jesus and Mooneyham).

  Columbus        in h r-er bb so era
Pfeiffer (L,1-3) 6.0 7 5-3 4 2 4.69
Castillo         3.0 5 2-2 0 3 3.51
  WP- Castillo 2. HBP- Mitchell, Mooneyham.
T- 2-24. Att- 554.
Bryan Morris, the Dodgers second first-round choice in the June draft, joined with three relievers in holding Helena down for a 4-1 Ogden victory that snapped a three-game losing streak.

Morris went the first four in which he was reached for only one hit but was a bit on the wild side with four walks. He struck out three while yielding the only run Helena got.

Jesus Rodriguez (2-0) then came on for three scoreless in which he was touched for four hits, then was followed by Joe Jones for an uneventful eighth and Miguel Ramirez for a perfect ninth. That earned Ramirez his first save.

Chris Jensen led the Raptor attack with a 3-for-3 night while both Ryan Rogowski and Tommy Giles chipped in with a pair of hits. Both Rick Taloa and Mike Rivera doubled to add to the cause.

The victory left Ogden with a 9-11 record, four games out in the Pioneer League South.
  Score by innings
Helena 001 000 000-1 
Ogden  020 010 01x-4 

  Ogden     ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF  3 1 2 0 .299
Rivera, J SS 3 0 1 0 .319
Berezay DH   3 0 0 1 .256
Bell 3B      4 0 0 0 .304
Taloa 1B     3 1 1 0 .250
Jensen RF    3 2 3 0 .286
Giles CF     4 0 2 1 .333
Rivera, M 2B 3 0 1 1 .250
Martin C     3 0 0 1 .241
  Totals    29 4 10 4
   Helena   29 1  5 0 

  2B- Taloa (2), MRivera (3). 
RBI- Giles (2), Martin (3), 
Berezay (8), MRivera (1). 
S- JRivera. SF- Berezay. 
LOB- Helena 4, Ogden 8. 
SB- Jensen (1), Rogowski (3). 

  Ogden           in h r-er bb so era
Morris            4.0 1 1-0 3 3 3.00
Rodriguez (W,2-0) 3.0 4 0-0 0 2 5.54
Jones             1.0 0 0-0 0 1 5.62
Ramirez (S, 1)    1.0 0 0-0 0 1 2.89
  HBP- JRivera,  Martin, Taloa.
  T- 2:35. Att- 5,128
Clayton Kershaw, L.A."s first choice in the draft, gave up his first run of the season but Preston Mattingly, the supplemental first-rounder continued his hot hitting as the Gulf Coast Dodgers edged the Nationals 3-2.

Kershaw, who had pitched five scoreless innings before this, was reached for a double and single in the first inning for the run but settled down for a strong second in which he struck out two and got a ground out. In all, he K'd four while walking none in his two innings.

Mattingly delivered a double and two singles, driving in two runs as he raised his batting average to .396. Francisco Lizarraga banged a double and single for the Dodgers, now 13-5.

Jon Haldis (2-1) followed Kershaw with six strong innings in which he held the Nats without a run on only two hits. Washington came back for a run off Eduardo Quintana in the last of the ninth but Mike Gardner, an undrafted free agent from Dallas Baptist, came on for a strikeout and groundout to record the save.

The Dodgers lead the Marlins by two games in the GCL East.
  Score by innings
Dodgers   102 000 000-3
Nationals 100 000 001-2 

  Dodgersab r h bi ave
Rosario CF    4 1 1 0 .246
EGutierrez LF 4 1 1 0 .188
Mattingly SS  4 1 3 2 .396
Ortiz 1B      3 0 1 0 .267
Jansen C      4 0 1 1 .233
Garcia DH     4 0 0 0 .356
Mathews 3B    4 0 0 0 .250
Lizarraga 2B  3 0 2 0 .326
Herrera PR-2B 1 0 0 0 .267
Vetters RF    4 0 0 0 .067
  Totals     34 3 9 3

  Errors- Mattingly 2, Ortiz, 
Mathews.  2B- Mattingly (5), 
Lizarraga (4), Ortiz (3). RBI- 
Mattingly 2 (11), Jansen (6). 
LOB- Dodgers 8, Nationals 8. 
SB- Mattingly (5), EGutierrez 
(5). CS- Mathews (1). DP- 
(Lizarraga and Ortiz).

  Dodgers       in h r-er bb so era
Kershaw        2.0 2 1-1 0 4 0 1.29
Haldis (W,2-1) 6.0 2 0-0 1 4 0 2.05
Quintana       0.1 3 1-1 0 1 0 2.77
Gardner (S, 1) 0.2 0 0-0 0 1 0 0.00
  WP- Quintana. T- 2:39. Att- 22.

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