Ellis' Pinch-Single Gives Suns a 2-0 Win

James Loney had four hits and Matt Kemp three as Las Vegas evened he series 1-1 at Colorado Springs. A.J. Ellis' two-run single in the eighth provided the only runs in a 2-0 win over Tennessee. Four errors helped sink Columbus by a 9-5 margin in 11 innings. Billings smacked Ogden 9-7 despite Rick Taloa's 10th home run. Vero Beach was rained out.

Sizzling Loney Keys Win-- James Loney went 4-for-5 with three RBI, boosting his league-leading average to .383 to lead visiting Las Vegas to a 6-3 victory over Colorado Springs. With six games left on the schedule, the first baseman seems a lock to nail down the PCL batting title.

Starter Justin Reid (2-7) allowed two runs on three hits over six innings to earn his second win. Lance Carter yielded only a single hit over the final two innings for his 12th save.

Loney opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first and added a two-run base hit during a four-run third as the 51s (64-74) piled up a 5-0 lead.

Matt Kemp went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and three runs scored to raise his average to .356 and Einar Diaz collected two of Las Vegas' 11 hits.

Fourteen-year major league veteran Vinny Castilla played third base for the first time Monday night since being released by the San Diego Padres on July 19 and in six games with the Sky Sox, he's 12-for-27 (.444).

He begins a farewell tour in his third time around with the Rockies on Friday. He'll work for the Rockies next year, perhaps as a roving instructor, he said.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas    104 000 100-6
Colo Springs 000 001 200-3 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS    4 1 0 0 .298
Garcia 3B    5 1 1 0 .317
Kemp CF      5 3 3 0 .356
Loney 1B     5 1 4 3 .383
Young RF     4 0 0 0 .273
Riggs 2B     4 0 1 2 .299
Alvarez LF   4 0 0 0 .296
Diaz C       4 0 2 0 .429
Reid P       3 0 0 0 .118
 Osoria P    0 0 0 0 .000
 Hanrahan PH 1 0 0 0 .353
 Gonzalez P  0 0 0 0 .400
 Carter P    0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals  39 6 11 5
    Sky Sox 37 3 11 3


  2B- Diaz (2), Kemp (14). 3B-Riggs 
(2). RBI- Loney 3 (67), Riggs 2 (41). 
Las Vegas 7, Colorado Springs 7. 
SB- Kemp (13). CS- Loney (5). DP- 
2 (Riggs, Valdez and Loney; Garcia 
and Loney).

  Las Vegas    in h r-er bb so era
Reid (2-7)     6.0 3 2 2 3 3 1 5.61
Osoria         1.0 3 1 1 0 1 0 4.20
Gonzalez       0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.52
Carter (sv 12) 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.79
  WP- Osoria. T- 2:56. Att- 5,099.
Suns Close Home Season-- Pinch hitter A.J. Ellis lined a two-out, two run single in the eighth to break a scoreless tie as Jacksonville edged Tennessee in the Suns' final regular season home game by the final score of 2-0.

With the win the Suns improved to 83-52 overall and must go 4-1 in the final regular season series at Carolina to set a new franchise-best record.

The two starting pitchers were very stingey, with Suns right-hander T.J. Nall allowing four hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and Smokies right-hander Steven Jackson giving up only three hits in seven innings with five walks and seven strikeouts.

Nall left the game after seven innings with a no-decision and Suns reliever Jon Meloan pitched the eighth inning to earn his first AA win. Closer Mark Alexander came on to pitch a perfect ninth and nail down victory for his 25th save.

The Suns winning rally started when Anthony Raglani doubled to the leftfield corner in the eighth. Jimmy Rohan bunted him to third and Cole Bruce walked. Adam Greenberg fanned but Chin-Lung Hu worked a walk to load the bases with two outs.

A.J. Ellis then slammed a shot to center to break the scoreless deadlock.

With the 3,691 in attendance on Tuesday, Jacksonville finished the season with a total attendance of 404,992, the second time in Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville history that the Suns have hosted over 400,000 fans.

Jacksonville has Wednesday off but returns to action Thursday to begin the final regular season series at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C. against the Carolina Mudcats. Carolina RH Daniel Barone will face Suns LH Ben Kozlowski.
  Score by innings 
Tennessee    000 000 000-0 
Jacksonville 000 000 02x-2 

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF  3 0 0 0 .218
Hu SS         2 0 0 0 .254
Meadows LF    2 0 0 0 .304
 Meloan P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Ellis PH     1 0 1 2 .251
 Alexander P  0 0 0 0 .000
Zapp 1B       2 0 1 0 .228
Dewitt 3B     4 0 0 0 .200
Cresse C      3 0 2 0 .253
Raglani RF-LF 3 1 1 0 .240
Rohan 2B      2 0 0 0 .259
Nall P        2 0 0 0 .086
Bruce RF      0 1 0 0 .154
   Totals    26 2 5 2
   Tenn      31 0 4 0

  Error- Zapp. 2B- Raglani (23, Jackson). 
RBI- Ellis 2 (21). S- Rohan. LOB- 
Jacksonville 6, Tennessee 4. DP- 
(Nall, Hu and Zapp).

  Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Nall              7.0 4 0-0 0 5 2.94
Meloan (1-0)      1.0 0 0-0 1 2 1.69
Alexander (sv 25) 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 0.60
  HBP- Zapp. T- 2:07. Att- 3,691.
Vero Beach--Due to approaching tropical system Ernesto, the Vero Beach Dodgers have canceled their games for Tuesday and Wednesday against the Daytona Cubs and they will not be made up. The Dodgers game scheduled for Thursday, August 31 is still scheduled.

Fish Boot One Away-- Four errors, resulting in a pair of unearned runs, cost the Columbus Catfish an 11-inning, 9-5 loss to Rome. Starter RHP Arismendy Castillo pitched six strong innings and struck out five, while CF Bridger Hunt had four singles and scored three runs.

Columbus took a 5-4 lead into the top of the ninth when Matt Gomez de Segura gave up a game-tying pinch-hit homerun.

RHP Francisco Felix (1-2) was rooughed up in the top of the eleventh, and took the loss. Rome's first five batters in the eleventh reached base with a three-run double doing much of the damage.

The four-game series will continue tonight. RHP Joe Jones (1-1, 2.52) will face LHP Adam Stanley (2-7, 3.72).
Rome     000 301 001 04-9
Columbus 102 020 000 00-5

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       6 3 4 0 .322
De Jesus SS   5 1 1 1 .274
Denker 2B     3 0 1 1 .269
May DH        5 0 1 1 .269
Perez 3B      5 0 0 1 .250
Sutherland 1B 5 0 1 0 .276
McGeehan C    3 0 1 0 .216
Harper C      1 0 0 0 .285
Jensen RF     4 0 0 0 .130
Godwin LF     5 1 2 0 .271
   Totals    42 5 11 4 
   Rome      44 9 13 7 

  Errors- DeJesus, Perez, Castillo, 
Godwin. 2B- Godwin (12). RBI- Denker, 
(44), De Jesus (42), May (81), Perez 
(23). SF- Denker. LOB- 8, Rome 9. SB- 
May (13), Godwin (30), Hunt (12). DP- 
2 (De Jesus and Denker; Hunt, Felix 
and Perez).

  Columbus  in h r-er bb so era
Castillo    6.0 7 4-2 3 5 4.50
Pratt       2.0 1 0-0 0 4 4.68
de Segura   2.0 1 1-1 1 1 5.07
Felix (1-2) 1.0 4 4-4 1 0 5.81
  WP- Castillo, Pratt 2, 
Gomez de Segura.
T- 3:33
Billings Tops Raptors-- Ogden pitchers have to wish that Billings who take its hitters, especially Daniel Dorn, out of town in a hurry. For the second time in as many nights, Dorn went long ball -this time a grand slam-and the Mustangs outlasted the Raptors 9-7. The loss dropped Ogden (15-14) two games behind Orem in the Pioneer League South.

Dorn's big hit came off Jesus Castillo (1-5) in the fifth. He went on to add further indignity by doubling home another run in a three-run seventh inning.

The Raptors did some good hitting of their own as Carlos Santana drove in two runs with three hits, Scott Van Slyke chipped in with three singles and Rick Taloa ripped his 10th homer, a leadoff blast in the eighth. Ryan Rogowski doubled, then singled in a pair in the sixth.

Castillo went five, giving up six runs (only three earned) on four hits. He walked one while striking out four. Mike Gardner, just moved up from the Gulf Coast League, had a rough debut, being tagged for five hits and three runs in just two-thirds of an inning. - Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Billings 011 040 300-9 
Ogden    002 012 020-7 

  Ogden      ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF   4 1 2 2 .303
MRivera SS    3 1 0 0 .258
 Fuller PH-SS 1 0 1 1 .226
Berezay DH    4 1 1 0 .292
Santana RF    4 0 3 2 .305
Bell 3B       5 0 1 1 .294
Soto 2B       4 0 1 0 .307
Taloa 1B      5 2 2 1 .292
Van Slyke CF  5 2 3 0 .255
M-Stullz C    3 0 0 0 .202
   Totals    38 7 14 7
   Billings  36 9 10 9

  Errors- Rivera, Soto 2, Bell. 2B- 
Rogowski (12). HR- Taloa (10). RBI- 
Santana 2 (22), Bell (49), Rogowski 
2 (31), Taloa (45), Fuller (12). SF- 
Santana. LOB- 10, Billings 6. SB- 
Van Slyke (5), Rogowski (26). CS- 
M-Stullz (1). DP- (Soto. Rivera 
and Taloa).

  Ogden         in h r-er bb so era
JCastillo (1-5) 5.0 4 6-5 1 4  3.18
Acheatel        1.0 0 0-0 0 0  2.89
Gardner         0.2 5 3-3 1 1 40.50
Sanfler         2.1 1 0-0 1 4  1.74
 HBP- M-Stullz. T- 3:25. Att- 3,537.

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