Jackson Pitches Eight Shutout Innings

Three was the predominant number in the Dodger farm system. Las Vegas was held to three hits and lost 9-0. Ed Jackson pitched a three-hitter and won 1-0. Vero had three hits allowed three runs in the third and lost 3-2 as Cory Dunlap walked three times. Columbus won its third game in a row to pull within three games of first place as starter Jarod Plummer allowed three hits; Ogden lost 3-2 and starter Mario Arias gave up three hits and the Gulf Coast Dodgers got three home runs in a 7-3 win.

DES MOINES, Iowa-- The Iowa Cubs posted a 9-0 shutout victory against the 51s as Las Vegas dropped to 1-4 on the eight-game road trip. The 51s managed only three hits and were shutout for the seventh time this season. Second baseman Delwyn Young was 2-for-4 and has hit safely in 8 of 9 games. Third baseman Nick Theodorou was 1-for-4. Right-hander Harold Eckert (5-6) pitched 4 innings, allowed 9 hits, 8 runs and struck out 2.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- Edwin Jackson pitched eight shutout innings, leading the Suns in a 1-0 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts. Jackson (5-4) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out eight, tying the longest outing of his career. He needed 102 pitches and allowed one runner to second base: A two-out error and stolen base in the sixth. Never were two baserunners aboard at once. Greg Miller, who just joined the Suns from Vero Beach, pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first career save. He was scheduled to follow Jackson and pitch two innings, but Jackson's excellence prohibited that. James Loney drove in the lone run on a one-out single in the seventh. It scored Russell Martin from second. Justin Orenduff (5-1, 4.58 ERA) is scheduled to face Lookouts tonight. Sun Spots: Miller last pitched with the Suns on Aug. 18, 2003, when he struck out 13 Tennessee Smokies. …The Suns recorded their 10th shutout. …The Suns' last 1-0 win was May 15 at Birmingham. …Tony Abreu was called out on appeal for failing to re-touch second base on Sergio Garcia's flyout in the fifth inning. …Former Sun Rick Bell went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts vs. Jackson. …The game lasted two hours, nine minutes, the Suns' fastest nine-inning game this season. --Joe Block

JUPITER, Florida-- The Palm Beach Cardinals avoided a series sweep with a 3-0 victory. Chin-lung Hu had two of the three Dodgers hits and Cory Dunlap walked three times, while Julio Pimentel and Jose "Jumbo" Diaz dealt scoreless relief innings despite the defeat. In a game that concluded in just under two hours, starter Jonathan Figueroa gave up all three runs in the second but allowed just three baserunners after that and combined with the two relievers to retire the final 13 Palm Beach batters. The Dodgers return home tonight to begin a 3-game series with the Daytona Cubs.

AUGUSTA, Georgia-- Columbus won their third straight 6-4 over Augusta as Jarod Plummer tossed eight strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out six. LF Ryan Carter went 2-4 with a double and a solo HR, driving in two. With the win, the Catfish pull to within three games of first place Kannapolis. RHP Albenis Castillo gave up a run in the ninth, but earned his eighth save in as many opportunities as he closed out the win. Trailing 2-0 after two, Columbus got a solo shot by Carter in the third inning and a two-run homer by Chris Westervelt in the fourth. Plummer retired 12 in a row from the third to the seventh inning. He allowed a run in the seventh but an Augusta error and a Carter double gave the Fish a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning. RHP Chris Malone (9-5, 3.65 ERA) gunning to be the first Catfish pitcher with double-digit wins tonight.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- The Raptors battled back, tying the game in the top of the ninth inning on a clutch pinch-hit RBI single by James McDonald. But a single, a passed ball and a pair wild pitches, the final one during an intentional walk, cost them a 3-2 loss, their fourth in a row. Marlon Arias allowed just two runs on three hits, striking out three in six innings. Idaho Falls took a 2-0 lead in the sixth but Russ Mitchell's RBI single cut the lead to one. Nate Hochgesang did his part in the bottom half of the eighth, pitching his second-straight perfect inning. Hochgesang struck out five in just 2.2 innings before he took the tough ninth inning loss. Cory Wade (2-0, 4.12 earned run average) gets the start tonight.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The GCL Dodgers scored in five different innings en route to a 7-3 win over the Nationals. Six pitchers were used during the game. Kale Garrison started and worked a scoreless inning before Chales Dasni took over. He worked three and allowed three runs, leaving the game trailing 3-2. Wilfredo Diaz (1-2) won his first game, pitching into the seventh. Jon Haldis put down a rally in the seventh, and Miguel Sanfler and Miguel Ramirez finished up. Eduardo Perez homered (#4) in the second inning and Jeremy Brown added his second home run in the third. The Dodgers erased the 3-2 deficit in the sixth. Carlos Medero-Stullz, Perez and Scott VanSlyke singled to load the bases. Joshua Bell walked to tie the game and Jose Miguel Nunez's sacrifice fly gave the Coasties their first lead. Ivan De Jesus singled in a run in the seventh and Nunez singled before Eloy Gutierrez homered (#1) in the eighth.

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