Bob Natal sent a home run over the left field wall as the Edmonton Trappers slammed a 6-1 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in Pacific Coast League action Sunday.
Vic Rodriguez put the Trappers on the scoreboard in the second inning as he followed a walk to Nigel Wilson with a two-run homer to left field off Sky Sox starter Kent Bottenfield.The Trappers scored three more runs in the sixth, capped by shortstop Joe Millette's two-run homer. Millette finished the game with three hits and a walk.
Natal had an RBI triple, which scored Rodriguez earlier in the inning.
Ty Van Burkleo doubled in the fifth and scored the Sky Sox only run on Jason Bates's single to right off Trappers' starter Dana Ridenour. Bates tried to stretch his hit into a double but was thrown out at second by Trappers' outfielder Darrell Whitmore.
Ridenour pitched five innings giving up five hits while picking up three strikeouts. Mike Jeffcoat threw three innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts.
Calgary 4, Las Vegas 3
At Las Vegas, Luis Sojo hit a game winning two-run double and Scott Bryant added a homer as Calgary edged Las Vegas.
Las Vegas held a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning. Pitcher Denny Harriger was relieved in the eighth after allowing a single to Sojo. Reliever Bryce Florie allowed a two-run home run to Bryant, his third, to tie the game.
Sojo hit his double in the ninth off the losing Florie (1-2).
Ray McDavid drove in Julio Bruno, who had tripled, in the bottom of the ninth to get Las Vegas a point away but no closer.
Tucson 4, Tacoma 1
At Tucson, Ariz., Brian Hunter extended his hitting streak to 16 games, including a double which started a four-run rally in the sixth, as the Tucson Toros defeated Tacoma Tigers.
The Toros rally sent Dana Allison (1-4) to the showers.
Mark Petkovsek (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in 71/3 inning for Tucson.
Phoenix 3, Vancouver 1
At Scottsdale, Ariz., Gary Scott hit a two-run homer in the second and Dan Carlson allowed only three hits in eight innings as the Firebirds beat Vancouver.
Scott's home run to left brought home Mark Leonard, who had walked, giving Phoenix an early 2-0 lead.
P.J. Forbes doubled in the fifth and came home on Steve Hosey's double, putting the Canadians on the board for the first time.
Carlson (2-1) allowed only three hits and one run wile striking out three and walking one. Pat Gomez allowed two hits and no runs while striking out one in his one inning of relief.