Gonzalez has Six RBI in 10-5 Vero Win

Joel Hanrahan and Las Vegas lost a tough, 2-0 game in Oklahoma. Aldolfo Gonzalez had two HRs and RBI as Vero pounded Sarasota 10-5 as Ryan Ketchner won his first game since 2004. Columbus lost 8-2 to West Virginia despite Russ Mitchell's 15th home run. Josh Bell homered twice had four RBI as Ogden thundered past Idaho Falls 10-1. The GC Dodgers split with the Marlins, winning 4-2 and losing 5-2.

Hawks blank 51s-- The good news is Joel Hanrahan allowed only a pair of unearned runs in his seven innings of work and Las Vegas pounded out 10 hits. He even had a hit himself to boost his average to .417. The bad new is the 10 hits failed to produce even a single run and the 51s dropped a painful 2-0 game in Oklahoma.

Las Vegas had runners on second and third in the eighth but Matt Kemp fanned to end the inning and had the bases loaded in he ninth but Nick Alvarez hit into a force at the play and Ed Bellorin ended the game with a double play.

Oklahoma, who has won six in a row at home, scored both runs in the first with two out. Joaquin Arias was hit by a pitch and stole second base before scoring when third baseman LaRoche misplayed Adam Hyzdu's grounder. Jamie Burke tripled to right field to plate Hyzdu. Miguel Ojeda singled with one out in the fifth for the only other RedHawks' hit.

Wilson Valdez was 3-for-3 with a double and Eric Riggs went 2-for-3 for the 51s (52-62), who have now lost four straight.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas 000 000 000-0
Oklahoma  200 000 00x-2  

  Las Vegas  ab r h bi ave
Duncan LF     2 0 1 0 .299
Hanrahan P    2 0 1 0 .417
 Carter P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Hamulack P   0 0 0 0 .000
Valdez SS     3 0 3 0 .312
Kemp CF       3 0 0 0 .351
Young RF      3 0 0 0 .275
LaRoche 3B    3 0 1 0 .328
Riggs DH-1B   3 0 2 0 .322
Robles 2B     4 0 1 0 .299
Alvarez 1B-LF 4 0 1 0 .333
Bellorin C    4 0 0 0 .237
  Totals     31 0 10 0
  Oklahoma   27 2  2 1

  Errors- LaRoche, Bellorin. 
2B- Valdez (19). S- Valdez. 
LOB- Vegas 9, Oklahoma 3. 
CS- Valdez (15), Duncan (7).

  Las Vegas    in h r-er bb so era
Hanrahan (3-2) 7.0 2 2-0 0 4 4.79
Carter         0.2 0 0-0 1 1 4.54
Hamulack       0.1 0 0-0 0 0 1.76
  T- 2:23. Att- 7,118.
Jacksonville--Afternoon thunderstorms and evening showers pushed Friday's series-opening game between the Jacksonville and Chattanooga into a doubleheader today. LH Ben Kozlowski and RH Spike Lundberg start for Jacksonville.

Vero Rolls Over Sarasota-- Second baseman Adolfo Gonzalez drove in six runs with a pair of home runs (#5) and a single to boost the Dodgers to a 10-5 victory over the Sarasota. Eight of nine starters scored as the team ended a 5-game losing streak.

Gonzalez banged an opposite field two-run home run in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. In his next at-bat, he blasted a three-run shot to left that cleared the palm trees beyond the fence, then capped his 6-RBI night with a single in the sixth that scored Blake DeWitt.

Eight of the 10 Dodger runs scored in the first two innings. DeWitt added an RBI single and Drew Locke lined a two-run home run of his own in the six-run second. Jamie Hoffmann contributed an RBI single in the 7th to end the scoring.

Ryan Ketchner (1-1) earned his first win since 2004 working three innings in relief of starter Jonathan Figueroa, who struck out seven but was tapped for four runs in the first three innings.

Ketchner, who was 8-7 for Jacksonville in '04, is returning from Tommy John surgery that kept him out all of 2005. He allowed two hits and one run with three strikeouts. Zach Hammes and Kyle Wilson added scoreless relief appearances to nail down the win.
  Score by innings 
Sarasota   103 100 000- 5
Vero Beach 260 001 10x-10 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Nicholson SS  4 1 0 0 .286
DeWitt 3B     5 2 2 1 .268
Gonzalez 2B   5 2 3 6 .262
Dunlap 1B     5 1 2 0 .253
Locke LF      3 1 2 2 .272
Paul RF       3 1 1 0 .299
Justis DH     3 0 1 0 .333
Apodaca C     4 1 1 0 .189
Hoffmann CF   3 1 1 1 .260
  Totals     35 10 13 10
  Sarasota   39  5  9  5

  2B- Dunlap (10). HR- Gonzalez 
2 (5), Locke (6). RBI- Gonzalez 6 
(17), DeWitt (61), Locke 2 (22), 
Hoffmann (27). LOB- Vero Beach 
6, Sarasota 6. SB- Locke (3), 
DeWitt (8), Apodaca (2). DP- 2 
(Gonzalez, Nicholson and Dunlap; 
DeWitt, Gonzalez andWDunlap).

  Vero Beach   in h r-er bb so era
Figueroa       3.0 5 4-4 3 2 7.78
Ketchner (1-1) 3.0 2 1-1 0 3 3.86
Hammes         2.0 2 0-0 0 3 4.35
Wilson         1.0 0 0 0 1 2 3.32
  WP- Figueroa, Wilson 2.
T- 3:03. Att- 851.
Catfish Stopped-- Columbus again ran into a pair of big innings, West Virginia scoring three in the second and five in the fifth, and lost an 8-2 decision on the road.

Russell Mitchell smacked his 15th home run and Luke May knocked in Travis Denker with a double to account for all the Catfish runs.

James McDonald (3-10) allowed nine hits and was tagged for all the runs before leaving after three innings. Kale Garrison and Jordan Pratt finished out the game without allowing a run.
  Score by innings
Columbus  010 001 000-2
WVirginia 030 500 00x-8

  Columbus   ab r bi bi ave
Hunt CF       4 0 2 0 .311
De Jesus SS   4 0 0 0 .285
Denker 2B     1 1 0 0 .260
Mitchell 3B   4 1 1 1 .239
May RF        4 0 1 1 .250
Sutherland 1B 4 0 1 0 .293
McGeehan C    3 0 0 0 .143
Godwin LF     4 0 2 0 .259
JRivera DH    3 0 0 0 .178
  Totals     31 2  7 2
  WVirginia  33 8 13 8

  2B- May (21). 3B- Hunt (1). 
HR- Mitchell (15). RBI- Mitchell 
(75), May (57). LOB- Columbus 
7, West Virginia 4. CS- Hunt (3). 
DP- 4 (McGeehan and Denker; 
De Jesus, Denker and Sutherland; 
Denker, De Jesus and Sutherland 2).

  Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
McDonald (3-10) 4.0 9 8-8 1 4 4.79
Garrison        3.0 4 0-0 1 0 3.24
Pratt           1.0 0 0-0 0 1 5.40
  WP- McDonald, Garrison.
T- 2;28. Att- 4,713.
Ogden Thumps Idaho Falls-- Josh Bell came out of a slump in a big way and got plenty of company in the hit parade as Ogden pounded out 15 in all to maul Idaho Falls 11-1. It was the second straight win for the Raptors after losing their first four second-half games.

Bell ripped two home runs and added a pair of singles giving him six homers for the season and raising his batting average twenty points to .287 in the process. He sent a solo shot out in the second and climaxed his productive evening with a leadoff blast in the ninth.

Matt Berezay came through with three hits while Ryan Rogowski had a double and single and Carlos Medero and Jesus Soto each added two singles to the assault.

Starter Steve Johnson wound his way through four innings in which he gave up five hits and five walks but didn't allow a run. Chales Dasni (3-3) pitched the middle 3-plus for the victory.

With the win the Raptors moved to within three games of the lead in the Pioneer League South. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Ogden       130 100 051-11 
Idaho Falls 000 000 010- 1 

  Ogden    ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF 4 2 2 2 .294
Brown CF    4 0 1 1 .274
Berezay DH  4 0 3 2 .300
Santana RF  4 0 0 0 .346
Taloa 1B    5 1 1 0 .276
Bell 3B     5 4 4 2 .287
Soto 2B     4 1 2 0 .263
M-Stullz C  3 2 2 1 .221
Brooks SS   4 1 1 1 .317
  Totals   37 11 16 9
  Id Falls 36  1 10 1


  2B- Rogowski (9). HR- Bell 
2 (6). RBI- Berezay 2 (20), Bell 
2 (23), Brooks (7), Medero-Stullz 
(9), Rogowski 2 (17), Brown (14). 
S- Medero-Stullz. SF- Brooks. 
LOB- 8, Idaho Falls 17. SB- 
Rogowski 2 (10). CS- Brown (2), 
Rogowski (3,).

  Ogden     in h r-er bb so era
Johnson     4.0 5 0-0 5 2  2.80
Dasni (3-3) 3.1 5 1-1 0 5  5.62
Gearhart    0.2 0 0-0 2 0 12.46
Acheatel    1.0 0 0-0 1 1  0.00
  T- 3:25. Att- 1,701.
Coasties Split With Marlins-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers and Marlins split a doubleheader with the Marlins winning 5-2 in the first game and the Dodgers taking a 4-2 win in the second.

The first game was decided early with a grand slam off Jon Haldis (2-4). Haldis was touched for another homer later in going all the way, allowing seven hits and five earned runs.

Jovanny Rosario doubled across Brian Mathews in the second inning and later score himself to cut the lead to 4-2 but the Dodgers got no closer. --Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Dodgers 020 000 0-2 
Marlins 401 000 x-5 

  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Schwab CF    4 0 0 0 .258
Herrera 2B   4 0 0 0 .361
Lizarraga SS 4 0 1 0 .274
Zapp 1B      3 0 1 0 .333
Jansen C     3 0 1 0 .250
Mattingly DH 3 0 0 0 .286
Mathews 3B   2 1 1 0 .236
Rosario RF   3 1 1 1 .278
Robinson LF  3 0 0 0 .274
  Totals    29 2 5 1
  Marlins   22 5 7 5

  2B- Mathews (8). RBI- Rosario 
(11). LOB- Dodgers 7, Marlins 2.

  Dodgers    in h r-er bb so era
Haldis (2-4) 6.0 7 5-5 2 3 3.51
  WP- Haldis. T- 1:37
New Pitcher Earns Win-- Wayne Renfrow had barely introduced himself to his Gulf Coast Dodgers teammates when he was called on to pitch and he responded splendidly to give them a split of a doubleheader with the Marlins.

Renfrow's mound performance carried the Dodgers to a 4-2 win which allowed them to retain their four-game lead in the East Division.

Renfrow, a righthander just signed out of a tryout camp, pitched five innings in which he yielded just three hits and nary a run, walking just one while striking out five in a stellar professional debut.

Doubles by Francisco Lizarraga and the rehabbing A. J. Zapp gave the Dodgers a run in the first inning, then Brian Mathews drove in Lizarraga with a single in the third. A groundout by Yossandy Garcia and Travis Vetter's hit accounted for the other two in the fourth.

Gary Parris relieved Renfrow in the sixth but immediately ran into trouble, walking two men and throwing a wild pitch before Eduardo Quintana came on to restore order. Quintana then threw a scoreless seventh for his fourth save. --Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Marlins  000 002 0-2 
Dodgers  101 200 x-4 

  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Schwab CF    3 0 0 0 .246
Lizarraga SS 3 2 1 0 .275
Mathews 3B   3 0 1 1 .239
Zapp DH      2 1 1 1 .400
Anthony C    3 0 0 0 .360
Ortiz 1B     2 1 1 0 .259
Garcia 2B    2 0 0 1 .255
Herrera 2B   0 0 0 0 .361
Vetters RF   2 0 1 1 .147
Poole LF     2 0 0 0 .125
  Totals    19 4 4 4
  Marlins   25 2 4 2

  Error- Lizarraga. 2B- Lizarraga 
(8), Zapp (1). RBI- Zapp (1), 
Mathews (18), Garcia (18), Vetters 
(1). LOB- Dodgers 1, Marlins 5. 
CS- Vetters (2). DP- (Ortiz, 
Lizarraga and Ortiz).

  Dodgers       in h r-er bb so era
Renfrow (1-0)   5.0 3 0-0 1 5 0.00
Paris           0.0 0 2-1 2 0 4.22
Quintana (sv 4) 2.0 1 0-0 0 2 4.79
  WP- Paris. T- 1:46

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