Ellis Catches 18 Innings, Pitches Two in Win

Fresno tagged DJ Houlton early in a 7-2 win over Las Vegas. Jacksonville split with West Tenn, as catcher AJ Ellis, the last of seven Suns pitchers, winning 5-2 in 20 innings but losing the second 4-1. Columbus split with Greenville, Adam Godwin getting a walkoff homer in the 5-4 first-game win and losing 10-2 in the second. Ogden smacked Casper 7-2, helped by Carlos Santana's three run homer.

Fresno Scores Early-- Fresno scored five in the third and two in the fourth, then coasted in with a 7-2 win, allowing the 51s only a pair of runs in the ninth.

Trailing 7-0 entering the ninth inning, Las Vegas got on the board with an RBI single from Andy LaRoche, and then Eric Riggs followed with a single to load the bases with no outs. But Oscar Robles grounded into a double play that allowed Delwyn Young to cross the plate with the second, and final, run.

The Grizzlies pounded D.J. Houlton for 13 hits and all seven runs, handing him his 10th loss against seven wins after three previously solid starts.

Wilson Valdez, LaRoche and Riggs had two hits apiece for the 51s.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas  000 000 002-2 
Fresno     005 200 00x-7 

  Las Vegas   ab r h bi ave
Valdez CF      4 0 2 0 .308
 Alexander P   0 0 0 0 .000
Garcia SS      4 0 0 0 .294
Kemp LF-CF     4 1 1 0 .337
Young RF       4 1 1 0 .272
LaRoche 3B     4 0 2 1 .308
Riggs 1B       4 0 2 0 .325
Robles 2B      4 0 1 0 .288
Langill C      2 0 0 0 .190
Houlton P      1 0 0 0 .045
 Bellorin PH   1 0 0 0 .225
 Miller P      0 0 0 0 .000
 Carter P      0 0 0 0 .000
 Osoria P      0 0 0 0 .000
 Alvarez PH-LF 2 0 0 0 .282
    Totals    36 2  9 1
    Fresno    35 7 13 5

  2B- Riggs (12). RBI- LaRoche 
(20). LOB- Las Vegas 7, Fresno 
7. CS- Valdez (16). DP- (Garcia, 
Robles and Riggs).

  Las Vegas    in h r-er bb so era
Houlton (7-10) 4.0 10 7-7 1 5 5.89
Miller         1.0  0 0-0 0 1 4.33
Carter         1.0  2 0-0 0 1 4.30
Osoria         1.0  0 0-0 0 1 4.85
Alexander      1.0  1 0-0 0 1 4.50
  T- 2:16. Att- 6,531.
Suns Split-- Catcher A.J. Ellis went beyond the call of duty Sunday, catching the first eighteen innings and pitching the last two to earn the victory in the 20th.

The Jacksonville Suns and West Tenn Diamond Jaxx finish Saturday's suspended in a contest that lasted 20 innings before 1B Craig Brazell slugged a walk-off, three-run homerun in his ninth official at-bat for a 5-2 win. West Tenn won the seven-inning nightcap 4-1.

Jacksonville led in the Saturday game after a first inning Chin-Lung Hu homerun to make it 1-0 before rain ended the game. Starter Danny Muegge had a no-hitter for 3.2 innings before the rains came.

It was resumed Sunday and that lead lasted until Aron Weston recorded West Tenn's first hit, an eighth inning homerun off the fair pole to tie the game at 1-1.

Fifteen pitchers were on display during the 5 hour, 22 minute marathon --seven by Jacksonville. Justin Simmons took over in the 15th and worked four hitless frames. The Suns limited West Tenn to six hits in 66 official at-bats.

With both teams having trouble finding any offense and using up their entire bullpen, Manager John Shoemaker had to call on upon Ellis to take the hill in the 19th inning.

He allowed a run in the 19th but it didn't last very long as Gabriel Gutierrez knocked in a run to make it 2-2.

Adam Greenberg drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 20th and took second on a single by Anthony Raglani. Brazell followed with his 19th homer to earn win and boost his league-leading RBI total is now 84.

A.J. Ellis became the first Suns position player to ever record a victory as the teams fell three innings shy of matching the longest game in Southern League history, a 23-inning affair between Huntsville and Greenville on Aug. 6, 1998.
 Score by innings
WTenn  000 000 010 000 000 000 10-2  
Suns   100 000 000 000 000 000 13-5 

  Suns         ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF    6 1 0 0 .221
Hu, C SS        8 1 3 1 .259
Raglani LF      8 1 1 0 .237
Brazell 1B      9 1 2 3 .261
Abreu 2B        7 0 2 0 .289
Zapp RF         3 0 0 0 .212
LaMura P        0 0 0 0 .000
Rohan PH        0 0 0 0 .272
CAlvarez P      1 0 0 0 .000
Akin P          0 0 0 0 .000
Ruan PH         1 0 0 0 .274
Simmons P       1 0 0 0 .000
GGutierrez PH-C 1 1 1 0 .235
DeWitt 3B       8 0 2 0 .129
Ellis C-P       8 0 5 0 .269
Muegge P        1 0 0 0 .179
Meloan P        1 0 0 0 .000
Bruce RF        6 0 0 0 .088
    Totals     69 5 16 4 
    West Tenn  66 2  6 2

  Error- CAlvarez.  2B- Abreu 
(23). HR- Hu (3), Brazell (19). 
RBI- Hu (28), Ellis (18), Brazell 
3 (84). LOB- Jacksonville 13. 
West Tenn 15. SB- Ellis (1), 
Greenberg (9). CS- Abreu (4).


  Suns     in h r-er bb so era
Muegge      3.2 0 0-0 1 1 3.91
Meloan      3.1 0 0-0 1 6 0.00
LaMura      2.0 1 1-1 2 2 1.66
CAlvarez    2.0 1 0-0 0 2 2.93
Akin        3.0 1 0-0 2 4 3.04
Simmons     4.0 0 0-0 2 1 2.96
Ellis (1-1) 2.0 3 1-1 1 1 4.15
  WP: Vasquez, Akin, Ellis.
T- 5:22. Att- 6,280
In game two, an error in the second inning allowed a pair of Tennessee runs.

Cole Bruce hit his first Double-A homerun in the fourth to make it a 2-1 game. West Tenn added runs in the fifth and seventh innings to finish the scoring at 4-1. Starter T.J. Nall fell to 9-6 in the loss.

The Suns return to action Tuesday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, AL.
  Score by innings 
West Tenn    020 010 1-4 
Jacksonville 000 100 0-1 
 
  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF  3 0 1 0 .223
Rohan SS      3 0 1 0 .273
Abreu 2B      3 0 0 0 .287
Zapp 1B       3 0 0 0 .209
Bruce RF      3 1 1 1 .108
Raglani LF    3 0 0 0 .235
DeWitt 3B     3 0 2 0 .176
GGutierrez C  3 0 1 0 .243
Nall P        2 0 0 0 .091
  Totals     26 2 6 1
  West Tenn  26 4 8 2

  Error- Rohan.  HR- Bruce (1). 
RBI- Bruce (3). LOB- 
Jacksonville 4, West Tenn 6.

  Suns     in h r-er bb so era
Nall (9-6) 7.0 8 4-3 0 8 3.16
  T- 1-44. Att- 2,907.
Vero Beach-- Open date

Catfish Split-- Columbus (22-28) and Greenville finished a four-game series with a doubleheader, Catfish winning game one 5-4 and losing game two 10-2.

After not hitting a home run in seven previous games, Columbus collected four long balls in the two games.

RF Lucas May gave the Catfish to a quick 2-0 lead with his 12th home run in the first inning of game one. The Drive used four hits and two walks to take a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning.

May tied it back up in the bottom of the seventh inning with his 13th homer. With the score 4-4 at the end of seven innings the game went into the eighth before LF Adam Godwin led off with a walk-off home run, his second of the season.

RHP Jordan Pratt (6-4) pitched two scoreless innings in relief after Joe Jones started and allowed all four Greenville runs.
  Score by innings
Greenville 000 040 000-4
Columbus   200 000 21x-5 

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       3 0 0 0 .322
De Jesus SS   3 0 0 0 .280
Denker DH     2 2 1 0 .267
May RF        3 2 2 4 .258
Harper C      3 0 0 0 .299
Perez 3B      3 0 0 0 .255
Sutherland 1B 3 0 0 0 .283
Godwin LF     3 1 2 1 .267
JRivera 2B    2 0 0 0 .189
  Totals     25 5 5 5
  Greenville 29 4 8 4

  Error- Harper.  HR- May 2 (13), 
Godwin (2). RBI- May 4 (68), Godwin 
(26). CS- Godwin (11). DP- (De Jesus, 
Rivera and J-Sutherland).

  Columbus  in h r-er bb so era
Jones       4.2 7 4-4 3 1 3.00
Norrito     1.1 1 0-0 0 0 3.71
Pratt (6-4) 2.0 0 0-0 2 2 5.24
  T- 2:02
Game two went bad early. Columbus took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a 1B David Sutherland home run, his sixth.

Greenville scored three runs in the fourth inning, two in the fifth, and five in the sixth to take a 10-1 lead with the help of 14 hits and seven walks. Godwin drove in Sutherland on a ground out for the final Columbus run.

RHP Mario Alvarez (5-9) allowed five runs, four earned, in four innings and suffered the loss.

Columbus has a day off Monday, then begins a four-game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators on Tuesday.
  Score by innings
Greenville 000 325 0-10
Columbus   010 000 1- 2

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       4 0 0 0 .314
De Jesus SS   3 0 1 0 .281
Denker 2B     2 0 0 0 .264
May RF        3 0 0 0 .256
Perez 3B      3 0 0 0 .248
Sutherland 1B 2 2 1 1 .285
McGeehan C    2 0 1 0 .189
Jensen DH     3 0 1 0 .149
Godwin LF     2 0 0 1 .265
  Totals     24  2  4 2
  Greenville 30 10 14 9 

  Error- May. 2B- De Jesus (16). 
HR- Sutherland  (6). RBI- Sutherland 
(34), Godwin (27).  LOB- Columbus 5, 
Greenville 8. DP- 3 (McGeehan and 
De Jesus; Perez and Sutherland; 
Denker, De Jesus and Sutherland).

  Columbus   in h r-er bb so era
Alvarez (5-9) 4.0 7 5-4 3 4  6.57
Brooks        1.0 1 0-0 0 0  0.00
Preziosi      0.1 4 5-5 2 0 22.50
Pfeiffer      0.2 2 0-0 0 0  5.40
Garrison      1.0 0 0-0 2 0  3.49
  WP- Alvarez. HBP- Godwin.
T- 2:34. Att- 964.
Raptors Roll-- While three Ogden pitchers held Casper to four hits, Jesus Soto, John Martin and Carlos Santana led the attack to carry the Raptors to a 7-3 triumph. It was the third straight win for Ogden and the eighth defeat in succession for the Rockies.

Josh Wall allowed only one hit and two runs- just one earned- in the first 3.2 innings, then Cody White (2-2) came on for 3.1 scoreless in which the Rockies managed two hits . Kalen Gearheart went the final two, giving up a lone hit and run.

Soto singled home the first Raptor run in the first and doubled in two more in the fifth. Martin's triple chased in the two that sent Ogden ahead to stay in the fourth while Santana sent his fifth home run out leading off the seventh. The trio all wound up with two hits.

The victory pushed Ogden over .500 at 8-7 for the first time in the second half. They trail South division leader Orem by three games. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Casper 000 200 010-3 
Ogden  010 230 10x-7 

  Ogden    ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF 4 0 0 0 .297
Giles CF    5 0 0 0 .288
Berezay DH  3 1 1 0 .272
Santana RF  3 3 2 1 .288
Bell 3B     4 0 1 0 .279
Taloa 1B    3 1 0 0 .275
Soto 2B     4 1 2 3 .269
Fuller SS   2 1 1 1 .228
Martin C    4 0 2 2 .250
  Totals   32 7 9 7
  Casper   32 3 4 2

  Errors- Taloa, Fuller. 2B- Berezay 
(6), Soto (8). 3B- Martin (1). HR- 
Santana (5). RBI- Soto 3 (21), Martin 
2 (14), Fuller (11), Santana (14). 
LOB- Ogden 7, Casper 8. SB- 
Rogowski (14).

  Ogden      in h r-er bb so era
Wall         3.2 1 2-1 5 5  4.01
CWhite (2-2) 3.1 2 0-0 0 4  2.57
Gearhart     2.0 1 1-1 0 2 11.40
 WP- Wall 2. HBP- Taloa.
T- 2-34. Att- 1,999.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- Open date.

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