Loney Get The Call to Los Angeles

James Loney sparked Vegas to an 8-5 win over Omaha, then was calledup to L.A. Craig Brazell blasted a homer to lead the Suns to a 3-2 win over Montgomery. Drew Locke's single in the ninth and Sergio Pedroza's two home runs gave Vero a 6-5 win over Ft. Myers. Columbus was smacked 12-7 by Greensboro. Ogden's Steve Johnson pitched the Raptors to a 6-2 win over Casper. The Coasties were rained out.

51s Win, Lose Loney-- Las Vegas plastered Omaha 8-5 and James Loney was recalled to the Dodgers.

"I've had my frustrations in the past, but I learned how to deal with it. I just keep grinding it out. I'm looking forward to helping out up there," Loney, the Pacific Coast League's leading hitter with a .372 average, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal..

Some are surprised that Joel Guzman was not also recalled to The Show.

He hasn't had a spectacular season, hitting .290 with 10 homers and 54 RBIs, but the organization needs to be patient with him, Royster said.

"I'm sure there are teams that are asking about him," Royster said. "Guzman is playing his best baseball of the year now. Every time someone asks me about Guzman, the one thing I tell them is four years from now, he's only going to be 25 years old. He's probably going to hit 15 home runs at age 21 in Triple A. It's not that bad."

Starter D.J. Houlton couldn't hang around long enough to get the win despite being handed a 5-0 lead in the first. He lasted just 4.1 innings. Luis Gonzalez (2-3) worked 2.2 scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief. Lance Carter pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

The first six batters reached safely Kemp doubled in a run before Loney's two-base hit made it 3-0. Andy LaRoche added an RBI single and a throwing error gave the 51s (50-57) a five-run margin.

Tempers flared in the eighth inning pinch hitter Joel Guzman watched a called third strike. Guzman contesed the call and was ejected. Royster ran down to cool off Guzman, but also was ejected.

LaRoche went 3-for-4 to lead a 10-hit attack for Las Vegas, which snapped a two-game skid in the opener of a 12-game homestand.
  Score by innings
Omaha001  202 000-5 
Las Vegas 500 030 00x-8 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan LF   5 1 2 1 .299
Valdez SS   4 1 2 0 .300
Kemp CF     3 1 1 1 .353
Loney 1B    4 1 1 2 .372
Guzman 1B   1 0 0 0 .290
Carter P    0 0 0 0 .000
Young RF    3 2 0 2 .277
LaRoche 3B  4 0 3 1 .337
Riggs DH-1B 3 0 0 0 .324
Robles 2B   3 1 1 0 .298
Langill C   2 1 0 0 .180
  Totals   32 8 10 7
  Omaha    37 5 14 5

  2B- Kemp (7), Loney (26). 
RBI-  Kemp (12), Loney 2 (57), 
LaRoche (10), Duncan (23).  
Las Vegas 9, Omaha 12. SB- 
Valdez (21). DP- 4 (LaRoche,  
Robles and Loney 3; LaRoche,  
Robles and Guzman).

  Las Vegas    in h r-er bb so era
Houlton        4.1 9 3-3 4 2 6.09
Alexander      1.0 3 2-2 2 0 8.44
Gonzalez (2-3) 2.2 1 0-0 1 2 5.13
Carter (sv 8)  1.0 1 0-0 0 1 4.23
  HBP- Langill, Kemp. T- 3:17.
Att- 7,896.
Brazell's Bomb a Winner-- Craig Brazell blasted his 15th homerun of the season, a sixth inning, two-run shot, to lead the Suns to a 3-2 win over Montgomery.

The Suns trailed 2-0 in the second inning before Tony Abreu scored on a double play ground ball in the fourth.

Brazell unloaded and the ball cleared the right field grass berm. The homerun drove in RBI number 65 and 66, extending Brazell's lead in the Southern League RBI chase.

Suns reliever B.J. LaMura pitched two innings of perfect relief behind starter Danny Muegge, who allowed one earned run over seven, and Casey Hoorelbeke. who saved his seventh game. Muegge improved to 8-7.

Jacksonville improved to 69-36 overall and 21-14 in the second half and took the last three games for the series victory.

Jacksonville returns home tonight to begin a five game series against the Mobile BayBears. It's Jimmy Buffett night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville as the Suns will wear special Buffett-style jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. The first 3,000 will receive a special Buffett-style cap.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 102 000-3 
Montgomery   011 000 000-2

  Sunx      ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF 4 0 2 0  .214
Hu, C SS     5 0 0 0  .261
Abreu 2B     4 2 2 0  .293
Brazell 1B   3 1 2 2 .244
Meadows LF   3 0 1 0  .281
Raglani DH   4 0 1 0  .239
Ruan RF      4 0 1 0  .277
Rohan 3B     3 0 0 0  .245
Ellis C      4 0 0 0  .246
  Totals     34 3 9 2
  Mot'gomry  29 2 7 2

  Error- Rohan.  HR- Brazell(15). 
RBI- Brazell 2 (66). LOB- 
Jacksonville 8, Montgomery 5. 
SB- Raglani (4). DP- 3 (Muegge 
and Hu; Brazell and Hu; Abreu 
and Brazell; Rohan, Abreu and 
Brazell).

  Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Muegge (8-7)      6.0 7 2-1 1 4 4.07
LaMura            2.0 0 0-0 0 0 1.57
Hoorelbeke (sv 7) 1.0 0 0-0 1 1 1.58
  T- 2:43. Att- 6,953.
Locke Locks it Up-- Vero Beach is getting used to ninth-inning rallies and Friday night Drew Locke's single gave the Vero Beach Dodgers their fourth straight win and a 6-5 decision over Ft. Myers in their final at-bat. Sergio Pedroza added a pair of home runs.

Trailing 5-4 entering the 9th, Xavier Paul led off with his third hit of the night. Ryder Mathias sacrificed him to second and Jamie Hoffmann singled him in to tie the score. Blake DeWitt then stroked a base hit down the third base line on a hit-and-run to put Hoffmann at third. Locke punched a 2-strike line drive to right-center that plated the winning run.

Starter Cory Wade worked six innings and allowed five runs, four earned. Jonathan Figueroa added two shutout innings before Arsimendy Castillo (3-3) benefitted from Locke's heroics

Ft. Myers built a 5-1 lead and until the seventh, Vero's only run was a secondnd-inning home run by Pedroza. He then led off the seventh with another shot, his third in 12 games since his promotion from Columbus.

Xavier Paul and Ryder Mathias banged back-to-back doubles one out later in the seventh to pull within two runs. Hoffmann then singled to right and the ball was misplayed for an error that allowed Mathias to cross the plate and make it a one-run game.

The four-game winning streak is the longest of the year and they have six ddifferent players have slugged eight home runs in the three-game series. In today's series finale, Adam Thomas (2-4, 2.85) starts for the Dodgers against Kyle Aselton (5-3, 4.04) of the Miracle.
  Score by innings 
Fort Myers 100 040 000-5 
Vero Beach 010 000 302-6 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Hoffmann CF  5 1 2 1 .265
Dewitt 2B    5 0 1 0 .267
Locke DH     5 0 1 1 .282
Dunlap 1B    2 0 1 0 .248
Nicholson SS 0 0 0 0 .287
Bruce 3B     4 0 0 0 .289
Pedroza LF   3 2 2 2 .167
Gutierrez LF 0 0 0 0 .000
Gonzalez  1B 4 0 0 0 .258
Paul RF      4 2 3 0 .298
Mathias C    3 1 1 1 .111
  Totals    35 6 9 5
  Ft Myers  32 5 9 5

  Error- DeWitt, Wade. 2B- 
Paul (21), Mathias (2). HR- 
Pedroza 2 (3). RBI- Pedroza 
2 (8), Mathias (6), Hoffmann 
(25), Locke (20). S- Mathias. 
LOB- Vero Beach 8. Ft. Myers 8.

  Vero Beach  in h r-er bb so era
Wade          6.0 8 5-4 1 4 6.23
Figueroa      2.0 0 0-0 2 3 7.86
Castillo(3-3) 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 6.08
  T- 2:37. Att- 777.
Wild Catfish Lose- Six Columbus walks helped Greensboro to win 12-7win. The loss makes five straight for Columbus, tying their season-high losing streak.

Reliver Joey Norrito (1-1) gave up four runs, three earned, in two innings and was tagged withe the loss after taking over for starter Mario Alvarez was who was tagged for six runs in six innings.

Russ Mitchell slugged his 13th homer and knocked in three runs, while Jason Mooneyham went 1-for-3 with one RBI and has reached base in 45 consecutive games.

After the Grasshoppers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first the Catfish bounced back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. SS Ivan DeJesus singled, 1B Mooneyham walked and 2B Travis Denker singled to load the bases with no one out. Mooneyham later scored on a fielding error before Mitchell lined his three-run homer.

LF Adam Godwin singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. CF Bridger Hunt then doubled to right field, and Godwin scored. DeJesus later singled to score Hunt and give the Catfish a 6-3 lead.

Greensboro put up five in the sixth and added four in the eighth to put the game away.

The Catfish try to stop the losing streak in game two of the series tonight with RHP James McDonald (2-9, 4.59) with starting against LHP Aaron Thompson (6-6, 3.66).
Greensboro 300 005 040-12
Columbus   400 201 000- 7 

  Columbus  ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS  3 0 2 1 .288
Mooneyham 1B 3 1 1 0 .253
Denker 2B    4 1 1 0 .248
Harper C     5 0 0 0 .327
May RF       5 1 1 0 .251
Mitchell 3B  4 1 1 3 .231
Jensen DH    4 0 0 0 .192
Godwin LF    3 1 1 0 .258
Hunt CF      3 2 1 0 .300
  Totals    34   7  8  4 .267
  Gr'nsboro 37 12 10 10 .251

  Errors- Hunt. 2B- Hunt (4), 
May (19). HR- Mitchell (13). 
RBI- Mitchell 3 (67), De Jesus 
(33). LOB- Columbus 8, 
Greensboror 5. CS- De Jesus (5).

  Columbus    in h r-er bb so era
Alvarez       5.1 6 6-6 3 3 6.03
Norrito (1-1) 2.0 3 4-3 2 0 5.91
de Segura     1.2 1 2-1 1 3 5.88
  WP- Gomez de Segura 2.
HBP- Godwin. T- 3:12. Att- 831.
Ogden Ends First Half With Win-- Ogden got strong pitching and hitting as it finished the first half on a streak, downing Casper 6-2 Friday. Steve Johnson was dominant for six innings and Garret White finished with a flourish as the Raptors won their third in a row to finish the half at 18-20.

Johnson (2-3) allowed only three hits and a lone unearned run in six innings, walking two while striking out six. White then took over for the final three in which he yielded two hits and a run, striking out three, as he chalked up his fourth save.

Carlos Santana, who just arrived from Vero Beach, ripped a triple and double, good for two runs batted in to pace the Raptor offense. Josh Bell doubled and singled, also driving in a pair of runs and both Ryan Rogowski and Derry Jackson singled twice in the Ogden attack.

Elsewhere, Orem clinched the first half title in the Pioneer League South, thus making sure it's in the playoffs. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Casper 001 000 001-2 
Ogden  010 320 00x-6 

  Ogden    ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF 4 1 2 0 .299
MRivera  SS 3 0 0 0 .250
Berezay DH  2 1 0 0 .295
Taloa 1B    4 1 1 0 .295
Santana RF  4 1 2 2 .500
Bell 3B     4 2 2 2 .273
Soto 2B     3 0 1 1 .235
M-Stullz C  4 0 0 0 .203
Jackson CF  3 0 2 1 .154
  Totals   31 6 10  6
  Casper   30 2  5  2
  
  Errors- Johnson.  2B- Santana 
(1), Bell (9). 3B- Santana (1). 
RBI- Jackson (6), Bell 2 (19), 
Soto (15), Santana 2 (2). SF- 
Soto. LOB- Ogden 5, Casper 4. 
SB- Berezay (3), Rogowski (6). CS- 
Jackson (1). DP- (White and Bell).

  Ogden        in h r-er bb so era
Johnson (2-3)  6.0 3 1-0 2 6 3.07
White (sv 4)   3.0 2 1-1 0 3 3.71
  T- 2:20. Att- 3,774.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- The front-running Gulf Coast Dodgers game at the second-place Marlins was rained out. -- Bill Shelley

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