Montgomery Moves Past Jacksonville in SL race

Hong-Chih Kuo allowed one run while stopping Tacoma 7-1. Montgomery replaced Jacksonville in first place with an 8-4 victory. Vero Beach managed only one hit and fell to Brevard County 2-0. Columbus finished their suspended game with a 6-1 victory in rain-soaked Rome. Ogden lost to Billings 6-2 despite Mike Berezay's homer and the Dodgers moved into the GCL championship round.

Kuo Revives Starting Role-- The Dodgers maintain that Hong-Chih Kuo will remain a relief pitcher this season but after winning his third game, a 7-1 victory over Tacoma, he has set himself up to become a full-time starter next year.

The lefthander (4-3) allowed one run in five innings, giving up four hits, struck out four and walked three while lowering his ERA to 3.06.

The 51s (60-71) scored five in the fourth, all with two outs, to take a 6-0 lead. Edwin Bellorin had a two-run single in the inning, and Nick Alvarez, Sergio Garcia and Matt Kemp added RBI singles.

Garcia singled three times, walked and was hit by a pitch. The 26-year-old infielder contributed an RBI single to Las Vegas' five-run fourth inning. Matt Kemp and Edwin Bellorin drove in two runs apiece, and Oscar Robles went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Lance Carter and Franquelis Osoria each pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Las Vegas to close out the win.
  Score by innings 
Las Vegas  010 501 000-7 
Tacoma     000 100 000-1 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS    4 1 0 0 .303
Garcia 3B    3 0 3 1 .325
Kemp CF      5 0 2 2 .345
Loney 1B     4 0 0 0 .377
Young RF     5 1 1 0 .267
Riggs DH     4 1 1 0 .307
Robles 2B    3 1 2 1 .289
Alvarez LF   4 1 1 1 .310
Bellorin C   4 2 1 2 .233
  Totals    40 7 10 5
  Tacoma    33 1  8 1

  2B- Young (36), Robles (8). RBI- 
Robles (24), Alvarez (10), Bellorin 
2 (41), Garcia (35), Kemp 2 (33). 
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Tacoma 9. DP-
(Robles and Loney).

  Las Vegas  in h r-er bb so era
Kuo (4-3)    5.0 4 1-1 3 4 3.06
Carter       2.0 2 0-0 0 3 4.17
Osoria       2.0 2 0-0 1 2 4.23
  HBP-Garcia. T-2-38. Att-3,830.
Jacksonville Drops Out of Lead-- Former Suns outfielder Justin Ruggiano banged out three hits and knocked in three runs to lead Montgomery to an 8-4 victory Jacksonville, extending the Sun's season-long losing streak to five games and replacing them in the league standings.

Jacksonville has been outscored 33-9 during the losing streak.

Dodger ace Scott Elbert was battered for six hits and six runs in five innings and took his fourth loss against five wins.

Craig Brazell belted his 21st homerun in the bottom half of the second to tie the game at 1-1. The homer tied him with Chattanooga's Joey Votto for the Southern League lead.

Montgomery opened a 4-1 advantage in the third and added two more in the sixth.

Tydus Meadows' three run homerun cut the Montgomery lead to 6-4 but the Suns could get no closer.

Ruggiano finished the game 3-5 with three RBI. In the first three games of the series Ruggiano is now 7-for-14 with six RBI.

The Suns and Biscuits meet for game four tonight with Biscuits RH Mitch Talbot facing Suns RH Danny Muegge.
  Score by innings
Montgomery   013 021 001-8
Jacksonville 010 030 000-4 

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF       4 1 1 0 .264
DeWitt 2B     4 1 1 0 .210
Meadows LF    3 1 1 3 .272
Brazell DH    4 1 1 1 .253
Cresse C      4 0 1 0 .253
Zapp 1B       4 0 0 0 .226
Bruce 3B      3 0 0 0 .140
Raglani  PH   1 0 1 0 .242
Rohan SS      3 0 1 0 .263
Greenberg RF  4 0 0 0 .221
  Totals     34 4 7 4
  Montgomery 34 8 10 8

  Error- Rohan. 2B- Raglani (20). 
HR- Brazell (21), Meadows (10). 
RBI- Brazell (87), Meadows 3 (34). 
LOB- Jacksonville 5, Montgomery 6. 
DP- (Cresse and DeWitt).

  Suns       in h r-er bb so era
Elbert (5-4) 5.0 6 6-6 4 6 3.68
Akin         3.0 3 1-1 1 5 2.76
Hoorelbeke   1.0 1 1-1 1 1 1.94
  WP-Hoorelbeke. T-2:36. Att-2,949.
-- Russ Mitchell doubled in the first inning for the only hit as the Dodgers dropped a 2-0 decision to Brevard County.

Mike Megrew (2-2) allowed a run in the second inning and another came across in the third while the Dodgers were engaged in a rundown play.

Megrew pitched into the sixth inning, allowing only three hits and a pair of runs while striking out six. Ryan Ketchner finished the game with 2.1 scoreless innings while fanning four and dropping his earned run average to 1.62.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach     000 000 000-0 
Brevard County 011 000 000-2

  Vero      ab r h bi ave
Jackson CF   3 0 0 0 .231
Nicholson SS 4 0 0 0 .284
Mitchell 3B  4 0 1 0 .263
Dunlap DH    3 0 0 0 .251
Locke LF     3 0 0 0 .283
Apodaca C    2 0 0 0 .233
Gonzalez 1B  3 0 0 0 .255
Justis 2B    3 0 0 0 .270
Gutierrez RF 3 0 0 0 .246
  Totals    28 0 1 0
  Brevard   26 2 3 1

  2B- Mitchell (5). LOB- Vero Beach 
4, Brevard 6. SB- Nicholson (21). 
DP- (Justis, Nicholson and Gonzalez).

  Vero      in h r-er bb so era
Megrew (2-2) 5.2 3 2-2 6 6 3.51
Ketchner     2.1 0 0-0 0 4 1.62
  HBP- Jackson. T- 2:27. Att- 862.
Rain Game Completed-- Columbus and Rome finished seven innings of Monday's suspended with the Catfish earning their sixth win in a row by a 6-1 margin and nine of their last 10 games.

Arismendy Castillo (8-4) won his eighth game of the season, allowing four hits and a single run over five innings while striking out nine.

Luke May had a pair of hits, including a solo home run in the third inning. Eduardo Perez doubled and singled, knocking in a run.
  Score by innings
Columbus 023 001 0-6 
Rome     100 000 0-1

  Columbus    ab r h bi ave
Hunt DH        2 0 0 0 .326
Godwin CF      3 0 0 0 .268
 Denker 2B     0 0 0 0 .273
De Jesus PH-SS 3 1 0 0 .276
May LF         4 1 2 1 .265
Perez 3B       4 2 2 1 .254
Sutherland 1B  4 1 2 0 .282
McGeehan C     3 1 1 0 .217
Jensen RF      2 0 0 1 .117
JRivera SS-2B  4 0 2 1 .238
  Totals      29 6 7 5
  Rome        26 1 4 1

  Error- JRivera. 2B- Perez (9). 
HR- May (18). RBI- Jensen (6), 
Hunt (22), May (77), JRivera (13), 
Perez (19). SF- Jensen; Hunt. LOB- 
Columbus 9, Rome . DP- (Perez, 
JRivera and Sutherland).

  Columbus     in h r-er bb so era
Castillo (8-4) 5.0 4 1-1 5 9  4.60
Garrison       0.2 0 0-0 0 1  3.16
Preziosi       0.1 0 0-0 0 0 19.29
de Segura      1.0 0 0-0 1 2  5.21
  WP- Castillo, de Segura. HBP- Denker.
T- 2:29. Att- 4,409.
Raptors Slump Deepens-- The reversal of fortune continues for Ogden, falling to Billings 6-2. The Raptors had won six of seven but now have dropped four straight to drop below .500 again at 11-12.

Chris Valiaka lined two hits to extend his minor-league leading hitting streak to 29 games , climbing to within one of the Pioneer League record in the process, as the Mustangs jumped on Javy Guerra (1-2) for all six runs in just 2.2 innings. After that, Paul Coleman, Chales Dasni and Miguel Ramirez kept Billings for any further scoring.

Matt Berezay drove in both Ogden runs with a solo homer in the fourth, his sixth, and an RBI double. Ryan Rogowski also had two hits.

Despite the defeat, the Raptors remained just two games out in the South Division as Orem also lost. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings 
Ogden    000 100 010-2 
Billings 105 000 00x-6
  
  Ogden     ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF  3 1 2 0 .302
Soto 2B      4 0 0 0 .285
Berezay DH   4 1 2 2 .294
Bell 3B      1 0 0 0 .269
Taloa 1B     3 0 0 0 .263
Van Slyke RF 4 0 0 0 .234
Brown CF     3 0 0 0 .260
Martin C     4 0 0 0 .250
Brooks SS    4 0 0 0 .269
  Totals    30 2 4 2
  Billings  32 6 9 6

  Error- Guerra.  2B- Berezay (11). 
HR- Berezay (6). RBI- Berezay 2 (26). 
LOB- Ogden 7, Billings 8.

  Ogden      in h r-er bb so era
Guerra (1-2) 2.2 5 6-4 1 0 4.43
Coleman      3.1 2 0-0 1 3 3.07
Dasni        1.0 1 0-0 0 2 5.62
Ramirez      1.0 1 0-0 0 1 2.30
  WP- Guerra 2. HBP- Brown.
T- 2:27. Att- 2,341.
Mathews Puts Coasties in Finals-- Brian Mathews slugged a homer in the 10th inning to move the Gulf Coast Dodgers into the championship series against the Red Sox.

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