De Jesus Single Gives Columbus a 6-5 Win

Ed Bellorin knocked in three runs as Las Vegas dumped Portland 8-4. Jacksonville scored in the ninth to top Montgomery 3-2. Vero Beach lost 2-0 to Dunedin. The GC Dodgers pounded the Mets 17-4 with Brian Matthews a double and a grand slam homer and driving in four runs. Ogden was not scheduled.

Vegas Rallies for Win-- The 51s scored five runs in the fifth and sixth inning, then held on for an 8-4 win at Portland. Catcher Ed Bellorin led the offense with three hits and three RBI.

The 24-year-old catcher had an RBI single in the sixth and a two-run base hit in the eighth as the 51s (57-67) won their second straight. Wilson Valdez contributed two hits and two RBI for Las Vegas.

Eric Stultz (8-10) earned the win, allowing five hits and a single run over six innings. Tim Hamulak threw a pair of hitless innings but Luis Gonzalez was tagged for the homer in the ninth and Franquelis Osoria came in to bail him out and end the game.

Portland got a three-run, pinch-hit home run by Terminal Sledge in the ninth to make the score closer than the game.
  Score by innings
Portland   001 000 003-4 
Las Vegas  000 032 02x-8 

  Las Vegas  ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS     5 0 2 2 .310
Robles 2B     5 0 1 2 .290
Kemp CF       5 0 0 0 .325
Young RF      4 1 2 0 .273
LaRoche 3B    4 1 1 0 .313
Riggs 1B      2 2 1 0 .323
Alvarez LF    3 3 2 0 .282
Bellorin C    4 1 3 3 .232
Stults P      2 0 1 0 .174
 Hamulack P   0 0 0 0 .000
 Garcia PH    1 0 0 0 .293
 Gonzalez P   0 0 0 0 .500
 Osoria P     0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals   35 8 13 7
    Portland 35 4  9 4

  2B- Young (34), LaRoche (8). 
RBI- Valdez 2 (50), Robles 2 (23), 
Bellorin 3 (36). LOB- Las Vegas 7, 
Portland 10. SB- Alvarez (4). CS- 
LaRoche (2).

  Las Vegas   in h r-er bb so era
Stults (8-10) 6.0 5 1-1 2 3 4.26
Hamulack      2.0 0 0-0 1 4 1.56
Gonzalez      0.1 2 3-3 2 0 5.35
Osoria        0.2 2 0-0 0 0 4.76
  T- 2:46. Att- 3,818.
Suns Win in 9th-- Wilkin Ruan scored the go-ahead run from first base in the ninth inning on a hit and run play when Birmingham leftfielder Cory Aldridge missed the ground ball and Jacksonville held on for a 3-2 victory over Birmingham

A.J. Zapp belted a two-run homerun, his sixth of the season, in the second inning to make it 2-0.

Starter Ben Kozlowski held the lead until the sixth inning when he gave up a two-run, game-tying home run

The Suns scored in the ninth when A.J. Zapp singled and Wilkin Ruan then came on as a pinch runner. Anthony Raglani twice showed bunt, then with Ruan running, grounded a single into leftfield. The Birmingham leftfielder let the ball roll through him allowing Ruan to score the go-ahead run.

B.J. LaMura took over in the seventh inning and picked up the relief win to improve to 1-1 with Jacksonville. Justin Simmons saved his first opportunity of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

The Suns are now 77-44 overall and 29-22 in the second half. With the win, Suns Manager John Shoemaker is a win away from reaching 1,000 career victories. The Suns are also two wins away from tying last season's win total of 79.

The Suns and Barons meet for game two tonight with RHP Spike Lundberg facing Birmingham LHP Wes Whisler.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 020 000 001-3 
Birmingham   000 002 000-2 

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF  4 0 1 0 .223
Hu, C SS      3 0 0 0 .257
DeWitt 3B     3 0 0 0 .162
Meadows LF    3 0 0 0 .281
Brazell DH    4 0 1 0 .261
Abreu 2B      4 1 2 0 .289
Zapp 1B       4 1 2 2 .214
Ruan PR       0 1 0 0 .274
Bruce 1B      0 0 0 0 .108
Raglani RF    4 0 1 0 .235
Ellis C       3 0 0 0 .265
 Totals      32 3 7 2  
 Birmingham  31 2 6 2

  HR- Zapp (6). RBI- Zapp 2 (24). LOB- 
Jacksonville 7, Birmingham 2. DP- 
(Hu, Abreu and Zapp).

  Jacksonville in h r-er bb so era
Kozlowski      6.0 5 2-2 1 7 2.22
LaMura (6-1)   2.0 1 0-0 0 4 1.61
Simmons (sv 1) 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 2.86
  T- 2:35. Att- 2,502.
Vero Loses to Jays-- Three Dunedin Blue Jays held Vero Beach to three hits in a 2-0 shutout. Orlando Trias won his league-leading 11th game for the Blue Jays, who have beaten the Dodgers all six times these teams have played.

The Dodgers pitching staff finally slowed down a Dunedin offense which had averaged more than 10 runs per game in the head-to-head series. Jonathan Figueroa (0-6) made the start and allowed the game's only two runs in his four innings. Zach Hammes and Adam Thomas each followed up with two scoreless, hitless innings.

Dunedin scored in the first and again in the third.

Trias (11-7) never allowed a runner past second and at one point retired 11 consecutive Dodgers. Vero's biggest threat came in the sixth when Jamie Hoffmann led off with a bunt single and Xavier Paul lined a base hit to center to put two on base with no outs. But after a missed bunt and a pair of strikeouts ended the inning. The Dodgers did not have a hit over the final three frames.
 
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 000 000 000-0 
Dunedin    101 000 00x-2 

  Vero      ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      4 0 1 0 .295
Gonzalez 2B  4 0 0 0 .263
Mitchell 1B  4 0 0 0 .216
Dunlap DH    2 0 0 0 .248
Locke LF     4 0 0 0 .290
Justis 3B    3 0 1 0 .288
Apodaca C    3 0 0 0 .211
Nicholson SS 3 0 0 0 .274
Hoffmann CF  3 0 1 0 .254
  Totals    32 0 3 0
  Dunedin   26 2 3 1

  Error- Justis. LOB- Columbus 5, 
Dunedin 5. DP- 2 (Apodaca and 
Gonzalez; Justis, Gonzalez and 
Mitchell).

  Vero Beach   in h r-er bb so era
Figueroa (0-6) 4.0 3 2-2 2 4 7.36
Hammes         2.0 0 0-0 1 3 4.12
Thomas         2.0 0 0-0 1 2 2.44
  T- 2:14. Att- 311.
Suspended Game Called-- The Monday night game suspended in the bottom of the seventh inning was eventually called by rain and Vero Beach lost 11-6 to Dunedin. The Dodgers scored five runs off Gustavo Chacin, who was making a rehab start before joining Toronto this weekend, but a 6-run third made the difference.

Catfish Dump Intimidators-- Columbus (23-28) dropped Kannapolis 6-5 decision in the first game of a four-game series. Columbus fought back from a 4-2 deficit after five innings.

Homers Boost Fish-- Travis Denker smacked his seventh home run in the first inning and the Catfish held on for a 6-5 win over Kannapolis in the first game of a four-game series. Columbus rallied from a 4-2 deficit, marking a South Atlantic League high 22nd comeback when trailing after five.

Kannapolis responded with three runs in the top of the third inning and added a fourth run in the fifth frame.

SS Ivan DeJesus led off the sixth inning with a double and moved to third base on a wild pitch. Denker grounded to third and the throw to the plate sailed high. RF Lucas May then slammed his 14th home run to give Columbus a 5-4 lead. May has three home runs and six RBI in the last three games.

The Intimidators tied the scored at 5-5 in the seventh, but Columbus regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when CF Bridger Hunt beat out an infield single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by DeJesus.

RHP James McDonald allowed five runs, only three of which were earned, in 6.1 innings. RHP Matt Gomez de Segura (4-3), who did not allow a run in 1.2 innings and earned the win. RHP Ramon Troncoso tossed a perfect ninth inning for his fourteenth save.

Game two of the series will begin at 5:00 pm today due to field lighting problems. RHP Dave Horlacher (1-3, 5.59) will start against RHP Derek Rodriguez (8-9, 4.95).
  Score by innings
Kannapolis 030 010 100-5 
Columbus   200 003 10x-6 

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       4 1 2 0 .319
De Jesus SS   4 2 3 0 .285
Denker 2B     4 2 1 2 .263
May RF        4 1 1 2 .256
Harper C      3 0 0 0 .295
 McGeehan C   1 0 0 0 .184
Perez DH      4 0 1 0 .248
Sutherland 1B 3 0 0 0 .282
Godwin LF     3 0 0 0 .262
JRivera 3B    3 0 2 0 .204
  Totals     33 6 10 4
  Kannapolis 35 5  9 4

  Error- De Jesus.  2B- De Jesus (17). 
HR- Denker (7), May (14). RBI- Denker 
2 (32), May 2 (70), De Jesus (38). LOB- 
Columbus 3, Kannapolis 5. CS- JRivera 
(1). DP- (Sutherland, De Jesus and 
Sutherland).

  Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
McDonald         6.1 8 5-3 1 5 4.56
de Segura (4-3)  1.2 1 0-0 1 1 5.52
Troncoso (sv 14) 1.0 0 0-0 0 3 2.45
 WP- McDonald. T- 2:23. Att- 382.
Ogden-- Open date.

Dodgers Maul Mets-- First draft choice Clayton Kershaw finally had a so-so outing but that didn't bother the Gulf Coast Dodgers at all as they enjoyed their biggest run feast of the season in a 17-4 rout of the Mets that carried them closer to the East Division title.

The win, coupled with a Marlins defeat, padded the Dodger margin to four games with five left to play. That puts their magic number at two.

Led by Brian Mathews, Preston Mattingly and rehabbing Brad Cresse, the Dodgers pounded out 14 hits . Mathews made his third homer of the season a big one, a grand slam in the eighth inning. He also doubled. Mattingly had three hits and three RBI and Cresse, down from Jacksonville, also drove in three runs.

Kershaw gave up two runs in the first and only went four in which he was reached for six hits and three runs in all. He walked one and struck out four. Mario Gracia then came on for four scoreless innings in which he allowed only two hits to gain the victory.

The Dodgers counted four times in the second, which featured a Lyndon Poole triple. They added four more in the seventh with a two-run single by Mattingly the big hit. Mathews' out-of-the-park shot with the bases jammed featured a six-run eighth.

Jovanny Rosario and Elian Herrera added a pair of hits each for the Dodgers, now 31-18. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Dodgers 040 010 462-17
Mets    200 010 001- 4 

  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
Rosario RF    4 4 2 1 .287
Herrera 2B    4 3 2 0 .344
Robinson LF   3 2 1 0 .284
Cresse C      4 2 1 3 .250
Mattingly DH  5 2 3 3 .302
Mathews 3B    5 2 2 4 .264
Lizarraga SS  4 0 1 1 .253
Ortiz 1B      5 1 1 1 .244
Poole CF      5 1 1 1 .219
  Totals     38 17 14 14
  Mets       37  4  9  3 

  Errors- Mathews. 2B- Mathews 
(10), Rosario (9). 3B- Poole (2). HR- 
Mathews (3). RBI- Lizarraga (18), 
Ortiz (20), Poole (5), Rosario (15), 
Cresse 3 (3), Mattingly 3 (25), 
Mathews 4 (26). SF- Lizarraga. 
LOB- Dodgers 6, Mets 10. SB- 
Mattingly (11). CS- Lizarraga (2).

  Dodgers   in h r-er bb so era
Kershaw      4.0 6 3-3 1 4 2.00
Gracia (3-2) 4.0 2 0-0 1 2 2.72
Paris        1.0 1 1-1 2 2 4.24
  WP- Kershaw 2. T- 3:12

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