Adam Thomas Fans 14 but Loses

Generous Las Vegas pitching gave up too many baserunners before Portland scored four in the 11t to win 8-4. Jacksonville was nearly no-hit by Montgomery and lost 3-1. Vero Beach pitching fanned 18 Tampa batters but the Dodgers lost 2-1. Mooneyham in his 42nd consecutive game but Columbus lost 8-3. Odgen's White boys, Cody and Garrett, ptiched them to a 7-4 win and the GC Dodgers were rained out.

51s Pitching Wild-- Las Vegas pitching allowed 12 walks and 13 hits, losing 8-4 to Portland on four runs in the 11th inning.

Usually reliable reliever Mark Alexander (0-1) walked three of the first four batters in the 11th to give the Beavers a 5-4 lead. Former Dodger Luke Allen followed with a two-run single and another double capped the scoring.

Manager Jerry Royster used six pitchers during the long evening. Eric Stults started and was tagged for four runs on nine hits over six innings.

Brett Tomko and Greg Miller added a scoreless inning before Franquelis Osoria and Tim Hamulak split a pair of innings. Alexander got Hamulak out of a jam in the 10 but couldn't get himself out of one in the 11th.

Matt Kemp and Joel Guzman collected two hits apiece for the 51s (48-55). James Loney contributed a two-run single in the third. Delwyn Young's RBI double in the eighth tied the score at 4-4.
  Score by innings
Portland  301 000 000 04-8 
Las Vegas 003 000 010 00-4 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS    4 1 1 1 .288
Robles 2B    3 2 1 1 .306
Kemp CF      4 0 2 0 .324
Loney LF     5 0 1 2 .377
Guzman 1B    5 0 2 0 .289
Young RF     5 0 1 1 .276
LaRoche 3B   4 0 1 0 .325
 Hamulack P  0 0 0 0 .000
 Alexander P 0 0 0 0 .000
 Langill PH  1 0 0 0 .188
Bellorin C   5 0 1 0 .245
Stults P     1 1 1 0 .167
 Tomko P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Duncan PH   1 0 0 0 .279
 Miller P    0 0 0 0 .000
 Osoria P    0 0 0 0 .000
 Riggs 3B    1 0 0 0 .325
   Totals   35 4 11 4
   Portland 45 8 13 8

  Error- Valdez.  2B- Robles (5), 
Stults (1), Young (29). 3B- 
Valdez (1). RBI- Robles (20), 
Loney 2 (53), Young, D (66). 
SB- Kemp (1). CS- Bellorin (1). 
DP- 3 (Guzman, Valdez and 
Guzman; Valdez, Robles and 
Guzman; Robles, Bellorin 
and Guzman).

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Stults          6.0 9 4-4 5 7 4.67
Tomko           1.0 1 0-0 1 1 0.00
Miller          1.0 0 0-0 0 1 3.18
Osoria          0.2 1 0-0 1 0 4.75
Hamulack        0.2 0 0-0 2 0 2.05
Alexander (0-1) 1.2 2 4-3 3 1 6.23
  T- 3:32. Att- 2,350.
Suns Smothered by Biscuits-- Montgomery starting pitcher Jeff Niemann carried a no-hitter through six innings as his offense scored just enough to earn a 3-1 victory over Jacksonville.

Montgomery jumped on Starter T.J. Nall for a pair of runs in the first. Then added a home run in the third to extend their lead to 3-0.

Niemann had a perfect game through 5.1 innings until A.J. Ellis drew a base on balls. Jacksonville recorded its first hit in the seventh inning when Tony Abreu led off with a single.

After the third inning homerun from Martinez, Nall retired the next ten Montgomery batters in a row. Along with reliever Carlos Alvarez, they allowed only two base runners the remainder of the night.

Jacksonville loaded the bases with two out in the eighth but Tony Abreu struck out to end the threat. Chin-Lung Hu drove home a two-out run to erase the shutout in the ninth.

Nall lost only his second game as a starter, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings.

The loss dropped the Suns to 66-35 overall and 18-13 in the second while the win improved Montgomery's overall record to 54-46 and 18-13 in the second half.

Suns Top 300,000-- The Jacksonville Suns passed the 300,000 mark in attendance for the fourth straight season after drawing 2,256 Monday night.

Since moving into the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in 2003, the Suns have led the Southern League in attendance and have ranked at the top of all Double-A teams in that figure for four years running.

Through 49 official openings, the Suns have drawn 313,652 fans, putting them nearly 100,000 fans over the next closest team in the Southern League.

The Suns are on pace to threaten the all-time Jacksonville baseball attendance mark, set in 2004 of 420,495.

The Suns and Biscuits return to action in game two of the five game series tonight in Montomery. RHP Heath Totten will face RHP Andy Sonnanstine.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 000 001-1 
Montgomery   201 000 00x-3 

 Jacksonvle ab r h bi ave
Greenberg RF 4 0 1 0 .205
Abreu 2B     4 0 1 0 .291
Brazell 1B   4 1 1 0 .245
Meadows DH   3 0 0 0 .285
Raglani LF   3 0 0 0 .223
Garcia 3B    4 0 0 0 .230
Hu SS        4 0 1 1 .265
Ellis C      3 0 1 0 .256
Ruan CF      3 0 1 0 .286
  Totals    32 1 6 1
  Mont      30 3 6 3

  RBI- Hu (25). LOB- 7, 
Montgomery 5. CS- Abreu (2).

 Jacksonvl in h r-er bb so era
Nall (9-4) 6.0 6 3-3 2 5 2.75
Alvarez    2.0 0 0-0 0 2 3.45
  T- 2:26. Att- 2,256.
Great Performance Wasted-- Adam Thomas struck out 14 batters in seven innings, but bt was charged with a 2-1 loss to Tampa. Both clubs had only five hits but the Yankees prevailled despite the fact that 18 Yankees struck out.

Thomas' 14 strikeouts are the most by a Dodgers pitcher this year. Wesley Wright, in his return from AA-Jacksonville, pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four. The previous high of 13 was set by Scott Elbert in his near no-hitter against Daytona on June 28.

Tampa drew first blood with a leadoff home run in the third inning. The Dodgers tied it in the fourth when Drew Locke doubled with two outs and scored on an error.

The eventuall winning scored in the fifth when Thomas hit Mark Carroll with a pitch on a 3-2 count and Carroll stole second. Victor Hall followed with a double to right that scored Carroll.
  Score by innings
Tampa      001 010 000-2 
Vero Beach 000 100 000-1 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Hoffmann CF   4 0 1 0 .265
Gonzalez 2B   4 0 1 0 .274
Dewitt 3B     4 0 0 0 .269
Locke RF      4 1 1 0 .284
Bruce DH      4 0 1 0 .291
Dunlap 1B     3 0 1 0 .231
 Gutierrez LF 0 0 0 0 .000
Pedroza PH    1 0 0 0 .160
Santana LF    3 0 1 0 .268
Nicholson SS  3 0 0 0 .293
Mathias C     3 0 0 0 .098
  Totals     33 1 5 0
  Tampa      31 2 5 2


2B- Locke (10). LOB- Vero Beach 
6, Tampa 4. CS- Hoffmann (9).

 Vero Beach   in h r-er bb so era
Thomas (2-4) 7.0 4 2-2 1 14 2.85
Wright       2.0 1 0-0 0  4 1.02
  T- 2:24. Att- 763.
Columbus Stopped-- After falling behind 6-1 the Catfish (16-15) were unable to come back, losing 8-3 to the Hickory Crawdads. Jason Mooneyham singled twice and extended a streak of reaching base in 42 straight games. He has been on in each of 31 home games played with Columbus this season.

The Catfish scored in the first inning. With one out Mooneyham and Travis Denker singled. Tony Harper's grounder allowed Mooneyham score.

Hickory took a 2-1 lead on a home run in the third inning. They added four more runs in the fifth inning with three hits and three walks.

Mooneyham singled home a run in the sixth inning but the Catfish left two more runners on base. The last Columbus run scored with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when a pop fly from 3B Russ Mitchell was dropped by C Steve Lerud as Mooneyham scored.

RHP James McDonald (2-9) was tagged for six runs, five earned, in the first 4.2 innings and suffered the loss. He gave up five hits and three walks while striking out nine.

Game two of the series is scheduled tonight when RHP Dave Horlacher (1-2, 5.03) will match up against RHP Brad Lincoln (0-1, 13.50).
  Score by innings
Hickory  002 040 200-8 
Columbus 100 001 001-3

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   2 0 0 0 .288
Mooneyham DH  3 2 2 1 .256
Denker 2B     4 0 2 0 .258
Harper C      4 0 0 1 .331
Mitchell 3B   5 0 0 0 .232
Sutherland 1B 5 0 1 0 .295
May RF        3 0 0 0 .255
Godwin LF     4 0 1 0 .254
Hunt CF       4 1 0 0 .279
  Totals     34 3 6 2 .267
  Hickory    37 8 8 8 .263

  E- De Jesus, Denker. RBI- 
Harper (25), Mooneyham (25). 
LOB- Columbus 12, Hickory 
6. SB- Godwin (25).

  Columbus     in h r-er bb so era
McDonald (2-9) 4.2 5 6-5 3 9 4.59
Norrito        4.1 3 2-2 0 1 4.15
  T- 2:37. Att- 501.
Raptors Fall-- Ogden has been on a win one, lose one pace for sometime now and Monday was its day to win so it did just that, rallying to top Idaho Falls 7-4. The Raptors spotted the Chukars four runs as starter Chales Dasni lasted only 2 1/3 innings but three relievers were solid after that and a 12-hit attack brought Ogden back.

The Chukars got to Dasni for one run in the second, then three in the third before the Raptors came back to tie it in the bottom of the third on a two-run single by Rick Taloa, an RBI hit by Eduardo Perez and Jeremy Brown's sacrifice fly. They went ahead the next inning as Michael Rivera counted on a wild pitch.

Matt Berezay slammed a two-run homer in the sixth to complete the scoring and the unrelated White twosome- Cody and Garret- sandwiched strong relief around Joe Jones to hold Idaho Falls down the rest of the way.

Berezay added two singles to his list of hits while Tommy Giles had three singles; Parker Brooks, a double and single and Perez got a pair of hits to lead the Raptor offense.

Cody White (1-1) went 3..2 in which he gave up two hits for his first victory. Jones was touched for three hits but no runs in his one inning of work, then Garret White came on for two hitless and his third save.

Ogden is now 16-18, five games out in the Pioneer League South. --Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Idaho Falls 103 000 000-4
Ogden       004 102 00x-7

  Ogden    ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF 3 2 1 0 .288
MRivera SS  4 2 0 0 .222
Berezay DH  5 2 3 2 .292
Taloa 1B    4 1 1 2 .272
Perez 3B    3 0 2 1 .281
Giles CF    4 0 3 0 .242
Brown RF    1 0 0 1 .305
Martin C    4 0 0 0 .316
Brooks 2B   4 0 2 0 .370
  Totals   32 7 12 6
  IFalls   37 4  9 3

  Error- MRivera. 2B- Brooks (2).
HR- Berezay (4). RBI- Taloa 2 (17), 
Perez (13), Brown (13), Berezay 2 
(14). S- Rogowski. SF- Brown. LOB- 
Ogden 8, Idaho Falls 13. SB- 
Brown (4), Giles (1).

  Ogden    in h r-er bb so era
Dasni       2.1 5 4-3 4 4 6.53
White (1-1) 3.2 1 0-0 2 4 2.84
Jones       1.0 3 0-0 0 1 6.60
White (sv3) 2.0 0 0-0 0 5 3.86
  HBP- MRivera, Brown
T- 2:54. Att- 4,651.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- Rained out.

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