Soto Slugs Five Hits, Homer, Triple for Ogden

Despite Andy LaRoche's eighth home run, Las Vegas lost 5-4 to Portland. Jacksonville ended a seven-game losing streak, dropping Tennessee 7-6 on Craig Brazell's three-run double. Columbus split, winning their ninth straight 3-2 and losing 6-2 to Charleston. Ogden used five hits by Jesus Soto to outlast Great Falls 13-11. Vero was rained out and the GC Dodgers lost to the Red Sox.

Vegas Blows Early Lead-- Portland overcame a 4-0 first inning explosion and went on to defeat Las Vegas, 5-4.

The 51s (62-72) struck in the first when Wilson Valdez led off with a double and scored on a single by Sergio Garcia. James Loney doubled with one out to plate Garcia and LaRoche crushed a two-run homer over the center-field fence to cap the Las Vegas scoring for the inning -- and the game.

Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, former Dodger outfielder Luke Allen tripled in a run to cut the 51s' lead to 4-3, then scored the tying run on a single off reliever Franquelis Osoria. Another single gave Portland (64-69) its only lead and Eric Stults the loss when Osoria blew the save.

Stults gave up a two-run homer in the fourth and was tagged with the loss. He allowed five runs -- four earned -- on six hits in 6.1 innings, striking out 10.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas 400 000 000-4
Portland  000 200 30x-5 

  Las Vegas  ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS     4 1 2 0 .304
Garcia 2B     4 1 2 1 .324
Kemp CF       4 0 0 0 .329
Loney LF      3 1 1 1 .378
Young RF      4 0 1 1 .270
LaRoche 3B    4 1 1 2 .312
Riggs 1B      3 0 0 0 .307
Bellorin C    3 0 0 0 .226
 Robles PH    1 0 0 0 .287
Stults P      3 0 0 0 .154
 Osoria P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Alvarez PH   1 0 1 0 .308
    Totals   34 4 8 4
    Portland 32 5 8 5

  Error- LaRoche. 2B- Valdez 2 (23), 
Loney (32), Young, D (37). HR- 
LaRoche (8). RBI- Garcia (36), 
Loney (61), LaRoche 2 (28). LOB- 
Las Vegas 6, Portland 5. DP- 
(LaRoche. Garcia and Riggs).

  Las Vegasin h r-er bb so era
Stults (9-11) 6.1 6 5-4 1 10 4.31
Osoria        1.2 2 0-0 1  0 4.08
  T- 2:19. Att- 5,844.  
Brazell Keys Comeback-- As he has done all season, Craig Brazell rallied the Suns, slugging an eighth inning, three-run double that sparked a late comeback as Jacksonville snapped a season long seven-game losing streak with a 7-6 victory over Tennessee.

The Suns improved to 80-51 and with the win must go 6-3 in the final nine regular season games to tie the franchise record (Southern League era) for best record, set by the 1998 Suns, who finished 86-54.

The Smokies scored five runs, two earned, all with two out off starter Ben Kozlowski. He allowed a sixth run in the fourth.

3B Blake DeWitt lined an opposite field RBI double that plated Anthony Raglani in the second and in the fifth, Tydus Meadows singled to score Wilkin Ruan and Ruan drove home Jimmy Rohan with a single in the sixth to cut the margin to 6-4.

Jacksonville took control in the eighth after DeWitt and Rohan singled. A.J. Ellis reached on a fielder's choice, and when the relay to first went into the stands, DeWitt scored.

Chin-Lung Hu walked and Tydus Meadows was hit by a pitch and then with with two out, Brazell belted a shot to the wall in right-centerfield that cleared the bases and put the Suns ahead 7-6. It ran his league-leading RBI total to 91.

Wesley Wright picked up the relief win to improve to 1-1 and Mark Alexander pitched for the first time since returning Jacksonville (in time for the playoffs) and saved his 23rd game.

The Suns and Smokies continue the series this afternoon with the Suns RHP Spike Lundberg facing Smokies RHP A. J. Shappi.
  Score by innings
Tennessee    500 100 000-6 
Jacksonville 010 011 04x-7 

  Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF         5 1 3 1 .264
Hu SS           3 1 0 0 .254
Meadows LF      2 1 1 1 .280
Alexander P     0 0 0 0 .000
Brazell 1B      5 0 1 3 .252
Cresse C        3 0 0 0 .243
Meloan P        0 0 0 0 .000
Zapp PH         1 0 0 0 .223
Wright P        0 0 0 0 .000
Greenberg PH-RF 1 0 0 0 .222
Raglani RF-LF   2 1 0 0 .242
DeWitt 3B       3 1 1 1 .192
Rohan 2B        4 1 2 0 .262
Kozlowski P     2 0 0 0 .091
Ellis C         1 1 0 0 .251
    Totals     32 7 8 6
    Tennessee  34 6 7 6

  Errors- Kozlowski, Rohan, DeWitt.  
2B- DeWitt (1), Ruan (14), Brazell (27). 
RBI- DeWitt (2), Meadows (36), Ruan 
(18), Brazell 3 (91). LOB- Jacksonville 
10, Tennessee 8.

  Jacksonvillea   in h r-er bb so era
Kozlowski         5.0 7 6-3 3 5 2.48
Meloan            2.0 0 0-0 1 5 1.86
Wright (1-1)      1.0 0 0-0 0 1 4.91
Alexander (sv 23) 1.0 0 0-0 1 2 0.64
  WP- Alexander. HBP- Meadows
T- 3:15. Att- 7,175.
Vero Beach-- Following a nearly three-hour raindelay, Friday's doubleheader between Vero Beach and Jupiter was cancelled. The teams will finish their season series with a previously scheduled doubleheader today. This is the Dodgers' third consecutive rainout and fifth in the last ten days. After a day off on Sunday, the Dodgers return to Holman Stadium Monday night against the Daytona Cubs.

Catfish Split with Dogs-- Columbus (31-29) and Charleston split a doubleheader at Golden Park. The Catfish winning 3-2 to extend their winning streak to nine games in the opener, then losing 6-3 win in game two.

The RiverDogs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the first game, but the Catfish tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning when CF Bridger Hunt walked and scored on a single by RF Lucas May.

Trailing 2-1, Columbus tied the game again when 2B Travis Denker slugged his 11th homer of the season in the bottom of the fifth.

The scheduled seven inning game moved into the ninth before 3B Juan Rivera singled and moved to second on another base hit by Hunt. SS Ivan DeJesus then singled to right and Rivera scored the game-winning run.

RHP Joe Jones allowed just two runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings. RHP Doug Brooks (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings.
Charleston 100 010 000-2
Columbus   100 010 001-3

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       4 1 1 0 .325
De Jesus SS   5 0 2 1 .277
Denker, T 2B  3 1 1 1 .274
May RF        4 0 2 1 .268
Harper C      3 0 0 0 .294
Perez DH      4 0 0 0 .247
Sutherland 1B 4 0 0 0 .279
Godwin LF     3 0 1 0 .269
JRivera 3B    4 1 1 0 .239
  Totals     34 3 8 3
  Charleston 34 2 8 2

  Error- De Jesus. HR- Denker (11). 
RBI- May (78), Denker (43), De Jesus 
(41). LOB- Columbus 9, Charleston 6. 
SB- Godwin (29), May (12). DP- 2 
(Denker, De Jesus and Sutherland; 
De Jesus, Denker and Sutherland).

  Columbus   in h r-er bb so era
Jones        7.0 6 2-2 1 4 0 2.52
Brooks (1-0) 2.0 2 0-0 0 0 0 0.00
  T- 2:18
Dogs Score Four in Fourth-- Charleston used a four-run third inning to erase a 3-1 Catfish lead and go on to take a 6-3 decision ending the Columbus winning streak at nine.

Charleston scored in off starter Dave Pfeiffer. In the second inning. 3B Eduardo Perez scored on a wild pitch to tie the game and RF Chris Jensen drove in C Conor McGeehan with a single to right field.

The RiverDogs used five hits to score the deciding runs in the fourth. Columbus inched closer with a sacrifice fly by Perez in the bottom of the third but that ended the scoring for the rest of the game.

Pfeiffer (2-3) was knocked out in the middle of the third inning and took the loss. Jordan Pratt and Francisco Felix finished the game, allowing one run between them.

Game three of the four-game set see RHP Mario Alvarez (6-9, 6.32) working against RHP Erick Abreu (5-1, 1.95) for Charleston tonight.
  Score by innings
Charleston 104 100 00-6
Columbus   021 000 0x-3

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       4 0 1 0 .323
De Jesus SS   4 1 1 0 .277
Denker 2B     3 0 2 0 .279
May DH        4 0 1 0 .267
Perez 3B      3 1 2 1 .255
Sutherland 1B 3 0 0 0 .277
McGeehan C    2 1 0 0 .208
Jensen RF     3 0 2 1 .143
Godwin LF     2 0 0 0 .267
  Totals     28 3 9 2
  Charleston 30 6 9 5

  Error- Denker.  2B- Perez (10). 
RBI- Jensen (7), Perez (20). SF- 
Perez. LOB- Columbus 8, Charleston 
5. CS- Jensen (1).

  Columbus     in h r-er bb so era
Pfeiffer (2-5) 2.2 6 5-4 1 2 0 5.61
Pratt          3.1 3 1-1 1 4 0 4.80
Felix          1.0 0 0-0 0 0 0 4.62
WP- Pratt 2. T- 2:23
Raptors Stay in Race-- Ogden might have been down but they were never out as the Raptors climbed back from six and three-run deficits to wheeze past Great Falls 13-11.

The White Sox routed Josh Wall with six runs in the second inning to take an 8-2 lead, then added three more off Jesus Rodriguez but the Dodgers kept on coming to finally pull ahead with a four-run eighth inning rally.

Jesus Soto led the 19-hit attack by going 5-for-5 including a home run and triple while Ryan Rogowski drove in four runs for the Raptors.

Both Michael Rivera and Carlos Medero chipped in with three hits and Scott Van Slyke was good for two more as the Raptors splurged at the plate.

Soto sent his sixth home run, a solo shot, out in the third and later tripled and scored on an error in the seventh. Rogowski's triple accounted for two runs in the second and his single with the bases loaded added another pair in the eighth after Rick Taloa and Medero also knocked in one.

Greg Acheatel followed Rodriguez with two and one-third hitless innings to pick up his second victory. Miguel Ramirez pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

The Raptors moved above .500 once again at 13-12 to stay two games behind Orem in the Pioneer League South. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings 
Great Falls 260 003 000-11
Ogden       231 200 14x-13 

  Ogden        ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF     4 2 2 4 .299
MRivera SS      6 1 3 2 .265
Berezay DH      4 1 1 0 .292
Santana RF      4 2 1 0 .264
Bell 3B         4 0 1 1 .284
Taloa 1B        5 0 1 1 .272
 Brown PR-CF    0 1 0 0 .257
Soto 2B         5 4 5 5 .301
Van Slyke CF-1B 5 1 2 1 .241
M-Stullz C      5 1 3 1 .198
  Totals       41 13 19 12  
  Great Falls  36 11 12  9 

  Error- Bell. 2B- Berezay (12). 3B- 
Rogowski (6), Soto (1). HR- Soto (6). 
RBI- MRivera 2 (8), Rogowski 4 (29), 
Soto 2 (30), Bell (40), Van Slyke (15), 
Taloa (39), Medero-Stullz (13). LOB- 
10, Great Falls 4. SB- Santana (4), 
MRivera 2 (10), Rogowski (23). CS- 
MRivera (6). DP- (MRivera ad Soto).

  Ogden        in h r-er bb so era
Wall           2.0 6 8-7 1 1 5.59
JRodriguez     3.2 5 3-3 0 5 4.87
Acheatel (2-0) 2.1 0 0-0 1 1 1.17
Ramirez (S, 7) 1.0 1 0-0 0 0 2.22
 T- 3:14. Att- 4,249.
GC Dodgers-- Lost 11-2 to the Red Sox in the Gulf Coast League Championship Game. Story elsewhere on todays front.

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