DeWitt' Heroics Boost Vero; Kershaw tops Nats

Las Vegas dropped their eighth in a row, losing 6-4 to Tacoma. Blake DeWitt drove in the winning run in the last of the ninth as Vero dumped Brevard 7-6. Columbus was stampeded 14-3 by Augusta. Three errors in the sunk Ogden as Helena took a 6-3 win. In a battle of first-rounders, Clayton Kershaw beat the Nationals' Colten Willem 5-4. Jacksonville had an open date.

Another Vegas Loss-- A late rally by the 51s was too late Monday night as Tacoma held on for a 6-4 Pacific Coast League victory. Las Vegas (45-51) trailed 6-1 going into the eighth. Wilson Valdez drew a walk with one out, and Willy Aybar followed with a two-run homer to make it 6-3.

Joel Guzman grounded out to end the inning, with runners on second and third.

In the ninth, Oscar Robles reached on a bunt single with one out, and Jeff Duncan doubled to put Robles on third. Robles then scored on a Valdez groundout to make it 6-4.

The rally ended there, as Aybar grounded out to strand Duncan at third.

Tacoma (52-41) did most of its damage in the fifth inning, scoring five runs, including three on a Jeff Clement double.

Starter Harold Eckert allowed eight hits and six runs in five innings and took the loss as Las Vegas (45-51) suffered its eighth straight loss.

Willy Aybar went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in the eighth and Jeff Duncan singled and doubled.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas 001 000 021-4 
Tacoma    001 050 00x-6 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF   5 0 2 1 .266
Valdez SS   3 1 0 1 .292
Aybar 2B    5 1 3 2 .315
Loney 1B    3 0 1 0 .391
Kemp LF     3 0 1 0 .333
Young, D RF 4 0 0 0 .274
Guzman DH   3 1 1 0 .278
LaRoche 3B  4 0 0 0 .278
Bellorin C  3 0 0 0 .261
 Robles PH  1 1 1 0 .299
    Totals 34 4 9 4
    Tacoma 33 6 9 4

   2B- Duncan (5). HR- Aybar 
(10). RBI- Duncan (19), Aybar 
2 (41), Valdez (37). S- Guzman. 
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Tacoma 7. 
SB- Duncan (18). CS- Valdez (13).

  Las Vegas  in h r-er bb so era
Eckert (5-6) 5.0 8 6-6 2 6 7.09
Hamulack     2.0 1 0-0 1 2 1.88
Alexander    1.0 0 0-0 0 0 0.00
  WP- Eckert 3. T- 2:40. Att- 2,943.
Jacksonville-- Open date

Vero Stuns Brevard-- Blake DeWitt banged a two-run home run in the eighth and a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to drive the Dodgers past the Manatees 7-6.

Vero Beach scored three runs in the 9th to erase a 6-1 deficit and finish 4-3 on the homestand. The Dodgers travel to Sarasota Tuesday for a 7:00 PM game.

Sergio Pedroza reached on an infield hit to start the ninth and Adolfo Gonzalez singled. Ryder Mathias blooped single to load the bases with no outs. Jamie Hoffman's sacrifice fly scored Pedroza and Xavier Paul singled in Gonzalez to tie the score.

Then with one out and two strikes, DeWitt rapped a shot that glanced off the mound and went into center. The throw to the plate was wide and Mathias slid in with the winning run.

Brevard County tagged starter Blake Johnson for three runs in the second off starter Blake Johnson and the picked up another run in the fifth.

Paul then slugged a towering two-run home run to right field, easily clearing the palm trees and the grass berm. That pulled the Dodgers within 4-2.

The Manatees scored twice off Matt Megrew in the top of the 8th, but DeWitt countered with his opposite-field two-run homer to answer in the bottom half, making Brent Leach (2-1) the winner.

DeWitt finished 2-for-5 and ended the 7-game homestand with four home runs. That puts his team-leading season totals at 15 home runs and 50 RBI.
  Score by innings
Brevard County 030 010 020-6
Vero Beach     000 020 023-7 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      4 1 2 3 .293
Nicholson SS 4 1 1 0 .298
 Santana PH  1 0 0 0 .271
DeWitt 3B    5 1 2 3 .272
Locke DH     3 0 0 0 .259
Dunlap 1B    3 0 1 0 .239
Pedroza LF   4 1 1 0 .222
Gonzalez 2B  4 1 1 0 .291
Mathias C    2 2 1 0 .119
Hoffmann CF  3 0 0 1 .268
  Totals    40 7  9 7
  Brevard   35 6 13 5

  Error-Mathias.  HR- Paul 
(11), DeWitt (15). RBI- Paul 
3 (35), DeWitt 3 (50), Hoffmann 
(23). SF- Hoffmann. LOB- 
Brevard County 6, Vero Beach 
5. DP- (DeWitt, Gonzalez and 
Dunlap).

 Vero Beach   in h r-er bb so era
Johnson      6.0 10 4-4 0 0 4.54
Megrew       2.0  3 2-2 1 1 3.32
Leach (2-1)  1.0  0 0-0 1 1 4.10
  T- 2:47. Att- 640.
Columbus Thumped-- Augusta banged out 18 hits good for 14 runs and cruised to an easy win over the Catfish (13-12) by a 14-2 margin. Augusta scored in each of the first five innings and led 12-0.

The Catfish did not score until the sixth inning when 3B Shane Justis singled to left field, scoring SS Ivan DeJesus. They scored another run in the bottom of the ninth inning when 1B David Sutherland walked with the bases loaded.

RHP Cory Wade (6-5) allowed nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits in 3.1 innings and was tagged with the loss.

Mooneyham walked in the ninth inning to save a streak of 36 straight games having reached base. He has been on in each of 29 home games played with the Catfish.

Columbus will for a series split tonight when RHP James McDonald (2-7, 4.22) will start against Augusta.
  Score by innings
Augusta  212 610 011-14
Columbus 000 001 001- 2 

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   3 1 0 0 .286
Mooneyham DH  3 1 0 0 .260
Mitchell 3B   2 0 0 0 .239
 Justis 3B    1 0 1 1 .279
Denker 2B     3 0 1 0 .263
Sutherland 1B 3 0 1 1 .294
May RF        2 0 1 0 .249
 Jensen PH-RF 2 0 0 0 .000
McGeehan C    4 0 1 0 .222
Godwin LF     3 0 0 0 .243
Hunt CF       3 0 1 0 .227
  Totals     29  2  6  2 .265
  Augusta    44 14 18 13 .274

  Errors- Sutherland, Godwin. 
RBI- Justis (16), Sutherland (30). 
LOB- Columbus 5, Augusta 11. 
DP- 2 (Denker, De Jesus and 
Sutherland; Justis, Denker 
and Sutherland).

  Columbus  in h r-er bb so era
Wade (6-5)  3.1 9 9-8 1 2 4.96
Hochgesang  2.2 5 3-3 1 4 8.44
Pratt       3.0 4 2-2 3 4 5.70
  WP- Pratt 4. HBP- Justis.
T- 2:44. Att- 572.
Boots Kill Raptors-- Helena took advantage of three Ogden errors to rally for four runs in the seventh inning and go on to a 6-3 victory.

The Raptors got a very good start from Josh Wall who went six innings, giving up only two hits and one unearned run, then took a 3-1 lead in the fifth when Carlos Medero singled in one run followed by Jeremy Brown's two-run homer, his third.

However, the Raptor defense collapsed behind Miguel Sanfler (0-1) in the seventh. Sanfler wound up going two innings in which he was reached for five runs although only two were earned. Meanwhile the Raptor offense was held to just five hits.

Ogden is now 12-15, four games behind in the Pioneer League South. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings 
Ogden  000 030 000-3 
Helena 000 100 41x-6 

  Ogden     ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF  4 0 0 0 .315
JRivera SS   3 0 0 0 .267
Soto DH      4 0 1 0 .278
Van Slyke RF 2 1 1 0 .238
Bell 3B      4 0 1 0 .286
Perez 1B     3 0 0 0 .267
 Taloa 1B    1 0 0 0 .239
M-Stullz C   3 1 1 1 .255
Brown CF     3 1 1 2 .265
MRivera 2B   3 0 0 0 .196
  Totals    30 3 5 3
  Helena    27 6 6 1

  Errors- Brown, Sanfler, 
Taloa. HR- Brown (2). RBI- 
Medero-Stullz (8), Brown 2 
(11). LOB- Ogden 4, Helena 
4. SB- Van Slyke (3). DP- 
(JRivera, MRivera and Perez).

  Ogden       in h r-er bb so era
Wall          6.0 2 1-0 3 3 4.11
Sanfler (0-1) 2.0 4 5-2 1 2 2.70
  WP- Sanfler. T- 2:05. Att- 1,162.
Dodgers Win Battle of First Rounders-- It was a duel between two first-round draft choices at the start as the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, the seventh pick, went up against the Nationals' Colten Willem, the 22nd choice in June's draft.

Both were in excellent form and battled to a 1-1 draw before the Dodgers picked on Willem's relief in the fifth and went on to a 5-4 victory at Dodgertown.

Kershaw, the 6-3 lefthander, faltered only momentarily in the third when he was reached for a single, a stolen base and a run-scoring single. Those were the only hits he yielded in his four innings in which he didn't walk anybody and struck out four. He also picked off a runner.

Willems, a 6-4 righthander from nearby Fort Pierce, was touched for four hits in three innings including a blast from Yossandy Garcia that hit above the line on the center field fence, good for a home run, his third of the year, in the second.

In the fifth, Tray Robinson led off with a triple, then scored on a Jovanny Rosario single. Rosario stole second and counted on a Francisco Lizarraga double. Preston Mattingly then sent Lizarraga home with a single. In the seventh, Mattingly drove in Rosario with another hit for a 5-1 lead.

That almost wasn't enough for when Jon Dutton (3-1), who relieved Kershaw, was reached for a single to lead off the eighth, he was replaced by Eduardo Quintana , who wasn't the answer as the Nats pounced on him, scoring three times. However, Mike Gardner, an undrafted free agent, came on for a perfect ninth and his second save.

Both Mattingly and Rosaro had three hits and Lizarraga wound up with two.

The win gave the Dodgers a 15-8 record and widened their lead in the East Division to 2 1/2 games over the second-place Nats. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Nationals 001 000 030-4 
Dodgers   010 300 10x-5 
   
  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Rosario CF   4 2 3 1 .272
Lizarraga SS 4 1 2 1 .338
Mattingly DH 4 0 3 2 .397
Ortiz 1B     4 0 1 0 .250
Lopez C      3 0 0 0 .381
Garcia 2B    4 1 1 1 .329
Mathews 3B   4 0 0 0 .247
Mora RF      3 0 0 0 .267
Robinson LF  3 1 1 0 .245
  Totals    33 5 11 5
  Nationals 32 4  6 4

  2B- Lizarraga (7). 3B- Robinson 
(2). HR- Garcia (3). RBI- Garcia 
(14), Rosario (8), Lizarraga (8), 
Mattingly 2 (14). S- Lopez. LOB- 
Nationals 4, Dodgers 5. SB- 
Rosario (2), Mattingly (8). CS- 
Mattingly (1).

  Dodgers      in h r-er bb so era
Kershaw        4.0 2 1-1 0 4 1.64
Dutton (3-1)   3.0 1 1-1 2 0 4.22
Quintana       1.0 3 2-2 1 2 3.60
Gardner (sv 2) 1.0 0 0-0 0 1 6.75
  WP- Quintana. T- 2:18

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