Apodaca's Three Home Run Boost Vero

Matt Kemp knocked in the tying run and scored the winning run as Las Vegas edged Tacoma 4-3. Jacksonville was held to five hits and lost to Montgomery 4-1. Vero Beach hit a season high with a 16-6 win over Jupiter as Juan Apodaca slugged three home runs. Luke May homered twice as Columbus won their fifth in a row with a rain-shortened 12-2 victory over Rome. The Gulf Coast Dodgers had the day off.

Las Vegas spotted Tacoma three early runs, then came back on RBI singles in the eighth inning by Matt Kemp and Eric Riggs to earn a 4-3 victory in Tacoma, Wash.

The 51s trailed in the eighth, 3-2, against reliever Emiliano Fruto (1-3) when Wilson Valdez reached second base on right fielder Jon Nelson's error and moved to third on Sergio Garcia's sacrifice.

Kemp, who went 2-for-4, lined an RBI single to left, stole second and advanced to third when shortstop Oswaldo Navarro made an error on a ball hit by Delwyn Young. Eric Riggs gave Las Vegas (59-70) the lead and the win by knocking in Kemp with a bloop single.

James Loney also was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, boosting his league-leading average to .375.

Las Vegas starter Eric Stults (9-10) gave up three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in seven innings. Greg Miller followed with a perfect eighth, and Mark Alexander struck out the final two batters to record his first save.

Las Vegas returns to action tonight at Tacoma.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas 000 110 020-4 
Tacoma    102 000 000-3 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS   5 1 1 0 .309
Garcia 3B   3 0 0 0 .317
Kemp CF     4 2 2 1 .336
Loney 1B    4 0 2 1 .375
Young RF    4 0 0 0 .264
Riggs DH    4 0 1 1 .306
Robles 2B   4 1 1 0 .284
Alvarez, LF 4 0 1 0 .305
Bellorin C  4 0 0 1 .236
  Totals   32 4 8 4
  Tacoma   32 3 6 2
 
  Errors-Young.  2B- Loney 2 (29), 
Alvarez (5). 3B- Kemp (6). RBI- 
Loney (58), Bellorin, E (39), Kemp 
(30), Riggs (36). S- Garcia. LOB- 
Las Vegas 6, Tacoma 6. SB- Kemp 
(11). CS- Valdez (17).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Stults (9-10)    7.0 5 3-3 2 4 4.24
Miller (4)       1.0 0 0-0 0 2 4.50
Alexander (sv 1) 1.0 1 0-0 0 2 3.14
  T- 2:32. Att- 4,885.
Homers Hurt Suns-- Montgomery outfielder Jeremy Owens hit leadoff homeruns in the fifth and seventh innings to hand Jacksonville A 4-1 loss.

The win puts the Biscuits only a game behind first place Jacksonville in the second half South Division race.

The Suns opened -- and closed -- the offensive portion of their game with a fourth inning sacrifice fly from Brad Cresse who just returned from a broken hand.

Starter Ben Kozlowski allowed a single run in the fourth and Suns OF Justin Ruggiano singled home another in the fifth to give Montgomery a 2-1 advantage.

Jon Meloan served up home runs in the seventh and ninth to close out the scoring. Kozlowski fell to 3-3 overall and 1-2 with the Suns in the loss.

The Suns and Biscuits meet for game two of the series tonight with RHP Spike Lundberg facing Biscuits RHP Jeff Niemann.
  Score by innings  
Montgomery   000 011 101-4 
Jacksonville 000 100 000-1 

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Greenberg RF  3 0 0 0 .223
Ruan CF       4 0 0 0 .264
Zapp 1B       2 0 1 0 .229
Brazell DH    4 0 0 0 .255
Bruce 2B      4 1 1 0 .135
Raglani LF    4 0 0 0 .239
DeWitt 3B     4 0 2 0 .204
Cresse C      3 0 0 0 .254
Rohan SS      3 0 1 0 .262
  Totals     32 1 5 1
  Montgomery 32 4 8 3


 Error- Kozlowski. RBI- Cresse 
(26). SF- Cresse. LOB- 
Jacksonville 7, Montgomery 
5. DP- (Ruan, Zapp and Rohan).

  Jacksonvillein h r-er bb so era
Kozlowski (3-3) 6.0 5 2-2 1 7 2.28
Meloan          2.1 3 2-2 1 6 2.35
Wright          0.2 0 0-0 0 0 4.80
  T- 2:30. Att- 2,797.
Apodaca Blazing-- Juan Apodaca hit a franchise-record three home runs and added five runs batted in as Vero Beach blasted Jupiter 16-6. Drew Locke drove in four runs, while David Nicholson added four hits.

The game began 10 minutes late because Jupiter's bus did not arrive on time and they never quite caught up all evening long.

The Dodgers quickly added to their troubles with six runs in the first inning, on a bases loaded double from Locke and a 3-run homer off the batter's eye in center from Apodaca.

In the second. Nicholson tripled and scored on Russ Mitchell's double. Mitchell eventually scored on an error and he Dodgers lead grew in the third when Apodaca pulled a solo homer to left. Shane Justis followed with a single and eventually came home on a double from Eloy Gutierrez, making it 10-0.

Vero starter Cory Wade (2-3) earned the win, but ran out of gas in the fifth, allowing five runs but leaving with a 10-6 lead.

Zach Hammes worked two perfect relief innings. Brent Leach and Ryan Ketchner then each added a scoreless inning. The team fanned 14 Hammerheads.

After scoring a run in the 6th, Apodaca hit his third home run of the game in the 7th, an opposite-field shot, giving him dinger to center, left and right.

Drew Locke singled in two and Xavier Paul brought in another in the eighth. The 16 runs were the most scored by the Dodgers in any game this year.
  Score by innings 
Jupiter    000 150 000- 6 
Vero Beach 622 001 14x-16 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
EGutierrez LF 4 3 3 1 .280
Nicholson SS  5 3 4 0 .280
Mitchell 3B   4 3 2 1 .265
Dunlap 1B     3 1 0 1 .250
Locke DH      5 2 1 3 .279
Paul RF       5 0 1 2 .288
Apodaca C     4 3 3 5 .238
Justis 2B     5 1 1 0 .283
Hoffmann CF   4 0 0 0 .251
  Totals     39 16 15 13
  Jupiter    34  6   9  6

  2B- Locke (14), Mitchell (4), 
EGutierrez (2). 3B- Nicholson 
(5). HR- Apodaca 3 (4). RBI- 
Dunlap (42), Locke 3 (35), Apodaca 
5 (12), Mitchell (8), EGutierrez 
(3), Paul 2 (47). S- Mitchell. 
LOB- 5, Jupiter 3. CS- Nicholson 
(10). DP- (Justis, Nicholson 
and Dunlap).

  Vero     in h r-er bb so era
Wade (2-3) 5.0 8 6-6 1 6 8.55
Hammes     2.0 0 0-0 0 3 4.03
Leach      1.0 1 0-0 1 3 4.67
Ketchner   1.0 0 0-0 0 2 1.88
  T- 2:37. Att- 491.
Catfish Smack Rome-- Columbus won their fifth in a row and evened their record at 28-28 with a 12 to 2 victory over the Rome in a rain-shortened game. RHP James McDonald (4-10, 4.52) worked five innings allowing only four hits, two earned runs and striking out five.

The Braves scored first but the Catfish took the lead in the second when C Conor McGeehan scored after SS Juan Rivera reached on a force attempt at first base. RF Chris Jensen would also scored on LF Adam Godwin's single.

Rome would tie the game in the bottom of the frame but McDonald would allowed them nothing else.

The Catfish scored eight times in the second inning on eight hits, highlighted by DH Lucas May's first home run of the night. Along with the homer, Columbus combined for five singles and two doubles finishing the inning with a score of 10-2.

The Catfish would add two more runs in the fifth inning when May hit his second home-run of the night, his 17th of the season, capping a 3-for-3 night with two runs scored and four RBI.

The game would not make it pass the fifth when heavy rains resulted in the umpires calling the game early.
Score by innings
Columbus 028 02-12
Rome     110 00- 2

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       4 2 3 2 .331
Godwin LF     3 1 2 1 .270
Denker 2B     4 1 1 1 .273
May DH        3 2 3 4 .262
Perez 3B      4 1 2 1 .246
Sutherland 1B 3 1 1 0 .283
McGeehan C    2 2 1 0 .209
Jensen RF     1 1 0 1 .130
JRivera SS    3 1 1 2 .228
  Totals     27 12 14 12
  Rome       27  2  4  2

  2B- McGeehan (3), Sutherland (18), 
Hunt (11). HR- May 2 (17). RBI- 
JRivera 2 (12), Godwin (33), May 4 
(76), Jensen (5), Hunt 2 (21), Denker 
(41), Perez (16). SF- Jensen. LOB- 
Columbus 5, Rome 1. CS- Godwin 
(13), Hunt (7). DP- (Perez, Denker 
and Sutherland).

  Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
McDonald (4-10) 5.0 4 2-2 1 5 4.52
  T- 1:33. Att- 2,459.
Raptor Drive Slowed-- Billings features the hottest hitter in the minor leagues and he had a lot of company as the Mustangs racked up 18 hits to slap Ogden 10-6. Chris Valiaka had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 27 games, matching the best anybody has done in the minors this season.

Steve Johnson (2-5) and Miguel Sanfler were the victims of the Mustang assault. Johnson was bounced around for eight hits and five runs in 4.2 innings while Sanfler was pounded for nine hits and five more runs in just 2.1.

The Raptors did some ripping of their own with Ryan Rogowski delivering a two-run triple in the sixth and his fourth homer, a solo shot in the eighth. Mike Rivera collected three singles and Josh Bell slammed a two-run double in the first.

By losing the Raptors again stayed one game behind Orem, which also lost, in the Pioneer League South.-Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Ogden    022 003 010- 6 
Billings 013 040 20x-10 

  Ogden    ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF 4 3 2 3 .299
Rivera SS   5 0 3 1 .256
Berezay DH  4 0 1 0 .287
Santana RF  3 1 0 0 .262
Soto 2B     3 0 1 0 .291
Bell 3B     4 0 1 2 .270
Taloa 1B    5 0 0 0 .268
Brown CF    3 1 1 0 .267
 Fuller PR  0 0 0 0 .224
Martin C    4 1 1 0 .260
  Totals   35   6 10 6
  Billings 39 10 18 8

  Error- Martin.  2B- Bell (14). 3B- 
Rogowski (5). HR- Rogowski (4). RBI- 
Bell 2 (34), Rogowski 3 (25), MRivera 
(6). LOB- 13, Billings 11. SB- 
Rogowski (22), MRivera (8).

  Ogden       in h r-er bb so era
Johnson (2-5) 4.2 8 5-5 3 4 3.92
Sanfler       2.1 9 5-2 1 3 2.05
Acheatel      1.0 1 0-0 0 0 1.69
  WP- Sanfler. HBP- Brown.
T- 3:10. Att- 2,109.
Gulf Coast Dodgers- The Gulf Coast Dodgers, the East Division champs, had Sunday off and now host the Nationals in the regular season finale as they wait to see how the playoffs shape up.

The Red Sox with a .642 percentage, have clinched the North Division and would seem to have the record that will gain them a bye into the best-of-three finals which are scheduled to start Wednesday.

In the South, the Tigers (.633) lead the Yankees (.620) by just one-half game with those two clashing today to decide matters. The winner there will probably get to host the Dodgers , who have a .604 mark, in a one-game first round playoff Tuesday but that won't be definitely decided until after today's game. -Bill Shelley

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