Clean Sweep For Dodger Minor League Teams

Jeff Duncan knocked in three and Eric Gagne worked a scoreless ninth as Las Vegas stopped Salt Lake 8-5. Jacksonville dumped Huntsville 6-4on Matt Kemp's seventh homer. It took six hour, 45 minute but Vero Beach took two Lakeland as they combined for 37 runs and 53 hits. Tony Harper ran his hitting streak to 19 games and Andrew Locke added a three-run homer in Columbus' 8-6 win over Charleston.

Gagne Helps Vegas-- Closer Eric Gagne began his rehab assignment with a save, working a scoreless ninth inning as Las Vegas put an ugly, 1-7 road trip behind them with 8-5 victory over visiting Salt Lake.

The 30-year-old Gagne is working his way back from surgery to remove a nerve near his elbow on April 7. If all goes well, he could be back with Los Angeles as soon as June 1.

Las Vegas starter D.J. Houlton (2-4) D.J. Houlton, who allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings, was the winning pitcher, despite giving up five runs on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts in six innings.

Jeff Duncan and Wilson Valdez each had three hits and an RBI as the 51s (27-21) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Las Vegas manager Jerry Royster said. "We got shut out in two games (during the trip), and that doesn't happen very often to our team. I really didn't say anything about it (the 1-7 trip). It's over with, and now we're back winning again."

The 51s (27-21) took a 1-0 lead in the second when Sergio Garcia doubled and scored on Jon Weber's RBI single. The Bees (28-19) went ahead 3-1 in the third on four consecutive two-out hits and a throwing error by third baseman Joel Guzman.

Las Vegas reclaimed the lead at 4-3 in the third on Jeff Duncan's RBI triple, Wilson Valdez's run-scoring single and Delwyn Young's sacrifice fly. Young added a two-run single in the fourth.

The Bees pulled within 6-5 in the sixth but the 51s increased their lead to 8-5 on Duncan's RBI bunt single in the sixth and Garcia's double-play ground-out in the seventh.

Las Vegas' Greg Miller and Giovanni Carrara each pitched a scoreless inning of relief before Gagne collected two strikeouts around a ground-out throwing 17 pitches, 11 for strikes.

"I felt good out there and had good results," Gagne told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I felt good about throwing strikes. I'm not where I want to be right now, but my arm felt free. My elbow felt good and my arm felt good. Good arm speed and rotation on the ball."

Gagne is scheduled to make one more relief appearance for the 51s in Monday's game before returning to the Dodgers.
  Score by innings
Salt Lake 003 011 000-5 
Las Vegas 013 201 10x-8 

  Las Vegas   ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF      4 2 3 2 .268
Valdez SS      5 1 3 0 .294
Young LF       3 0 1 0 .300
Guzman 3B      4 1 1 0 .291
Loney 1B       3 0 0 0 .355
Garcia 2B      4 1 1 0 .330
Weber RF       4 0 1 1 .246
Meadows DH     3 1 1 0 .214
Bellorin C     4 2 1 0 .301
    Totals    34 8 12 3 
    Salt Lake 33 5  8 4

  Error- Guzman. 2B hit- Garcia (6). 
3B hit- Duncan (1). RBI- Weber (14), 
Duncan 2 (8), Valdez (19), Young 3 
(26). SF- Young. LOB- Salt Lake 5, 
Las Vegas 6. SB- Guzman (4), Valdez 
(8), Duncan 2 (7).

  Las Vegasin h r-er bb so era
Houlton (W, 2-4) 6.0 7 5-5 1 2 5.93
Miller           1.0 0 0-0 2 2 0.00
Carrara          1.0 1 0-0 1 1 0.82
Gagne (S, 1)     1.0 0 0-0 0 2 0.00
  T- 2-50. Att- 8,052.
Late Rally Wins-- Trailing 4-0, Jacksonville scored six unanswered runs to top Huntsville 6-4. Adam Thomas won in relief and Casey Hoorelbeke reduced his ERA to a miniscule 0.31 while earning the win. Matt Kemp whacked a two-run homer.

Starter Alvis Ojeda allowed one in the first and three in the second for a quick 4-0 deficit.

In the top of the fourth, Matt Kemp belted his seventh home run of the season with Chin-Lung Hu on base, the shot clearing the centerfield wall. Andy LaRoche walked and Craig Brazell doubled him home before Ojeda tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

Adam Thomas (2-1) took over in the fifth and allowed only two hits in three innings, then gave the ball to Hoorelbeke who pitched a perfect ninth inning to save his third game of the season.

Thomas also dropped a single into short right field in the sixth inning to knock in Justin Ruggiano and give Jacksonville the lead for good at 5-4.

The Suns offense put a final run on the board in the ninth inning on an error by the Huntsville first baseman.

The fifth Jacksonville win in a row moved the Suns into first place in the Southern League's South Division. Montgomery and Jacksonville meet in a five-game series between the division's 1-2 teams Sunday.

Jacksonville will try for a first five-game sweep this afternoon when they send RHP Spike Lundberg to the mound.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 401 001-6
Huntsville   103 000 000-4 

 Jacksonville  ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF         5 0 1 0 .316
Hu SS           3 1 1 0 .270
Kemp RF         5 1 1 2 .327
LaRoche 3B      3 1 0 0 .282
Brazell 1B      4 1 2 1 .266
Ruggiano LF     1 1 0 0 .281
  Hoorelbeke P  0 0 0 0 .000
Abreu 2B        4 0 2 0 .262
Cresse C        4 0 1 0 .274
Ojeda P         1 0 0 1 .000
Thomas P        1 0 1 0 .000
  Raglani LF    1 1 0 0 .227
    Totals     33 6 9 4
    Huntsville 31 4 7 4

  Errors- none.  2B hits- Brazell 2 
(7). HR- Kemp (7). RBI- Kemp 2 (34), 
Brazell (26), Ojeda (1), Thomas (1). 
SF- Ojeda. LOB-  Charleston 6, 
Jacksonville 6. SB- Abreu (3), 
Ruggiano (5). DP- (Abreu, Hu and 
Brazell).

  Jacksonville     in h r-er bb so era
Ojeda             4.0 5  4-4  2 6 3.09
Thomas (W, 2-1)   3.0 2  0-0  2 3 4.26
Hoorelbeke (S, 3) 2.0 0  0-0  0 1 0.31
WP- Ojeda, Thomas 2. HBP- Hu, Ruggiano. T- 2-57. Att- 4,920.
Dodgers Win Two-- In a six hour, 45 minute evening of baseball, Vero Beach swept a doubleheader from Lakeland Friday night -- and Saturday morning. Vero finished the evening with 21 runs and 28 hits.

The first game lasted 12 innings before Blake DeWitt knocked in the winning run for a 9-8 victory. Cory Dunlap hit two separate towering 2-run home runs and finished the game 3-4.

DeWitt knocked in the winning run in the 12th with a 2-out single that scored Jeremy Todd from third base. Todd reached on his first hit in nearly two weeks.

The third of five Vero pitchers, Zach Hammes (3-2), earned the win. Kyle Wilson struck out the side in the bottom of the 12th for his 5th save. Wesley Wright contributed 3.2 scoreless innings from the 7th through the 10th to keep it tied after starter Chris Malone allowed five runs in four innings and reliever Brian Akin allowed three, although only one was earned.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 210 030 200 001-9
Lakeland   020 312 000 000-8 

  Vero Beach  ab r h bi ave
Paul RF        4 0 0 0 .269
Gonzalez 3B-1B 7 0 0 0 .238
DeWitt 2B      7 2 4 1 .284
Dunlap 1B      4 2 3 4 .250
Bruce PR-1B    1 0 0 0 .311
  Denker 3B    0 0 0 0 .214
Santana LF     5 2 2 0 .342
Westervelt DH  3 2 1 0 .265
Nicholson SS   4 0 1 0 .301
Russ CF        5 0 2 3 .241
Gutierrez C    2 0 0 0 .133
  Hoffmann PH  1 0 0 0 .256
  Todd C       2 1 1 0.143
    Totals    45 9 14 7
    Lakeland  46 8 13 7

  E- Akin, Hammes. 3B hit- Santana (1). 
HR- Dunlap 2 (2). RBI- Dunlap 4 (8), 
Russ 3 (9), Dewitt (18). S- Russ; 
Westervelt; Nicholson; Todd. LOB- 
Vero Beach 13, Lakeland 9. SB- Russ 
(3), Dewitt (1). DP- (Dewitt and Dunlap).

  Vero Beach     in h r-er bb so era
Malone          4.0 6  5-5  2 3 4.71
Akin            2.1 6  3-1  2 3 1.80
Wright          3.2 0  0-0  1 5 1.52
Hammes (W, 3-2) 1.0 1  0-0  1 1 4.65
Wilson (S, 5)   1.0 0  0-0  0 3 3.43
  WP-Malone. PB-Todd (3).  T-4:14 
In the nightcap, the teams put 26 hits and 21 runs on the abbreviated seven inning game. The Dodgers banged out 14 hits with Paul and Hoffman delivering 3 hits and Paul and Denker adding two-run homers. Every Dodger reached base during the wild game.

Tied after two innings 4-4, Vero score two in the third to take the lead but Lakeland ran up an 8-6 margin before the Dodgers finally pulled away with a 6-run 6th inning.

They sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning. DeWitt again delivered a key hit with a bases-loaded double. He also scored two runs and lifted the Dodgers from an 8-7 deficit to a 9-8 lead.

Scott Elbert (3-4) didn't have his good stuff but battled through five, allowing 11 hits and eight runs -- six earned. Julio Pimentel took care of the final two innings.

The sleepy-eyed Dodgers travel to St. Lucie tonight to meet the Mets.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 222 006 0-12 
Lakeland   040 130 1- 9 

  Vero Beach   ab r h bi ave
Paul RF         4 3 3 2 .280
Hoffmann CF     5 1 3 1 .266
DeWitt 3B       5 2 2 2 .287
Dunlap DH       3 1 1 0 .257
Santana LF      3 0 0 2 .317
Bruce 1B        4 1 1 0 .309
Denker 2B       2 3 2 3 .224
Westervelt C    3 0 0 1 .254
  Gutierrez C   0 0 0 0 .133
Nicholson SS    4 1 2 0 .306
      Totals   33 12 14 11
      Lakeland 33  9 12 8

  Errors- Elbert (1), Nicholson (6). 
2B hits- Paul, X (6), Dewitt (10). 
HR- Paul (5), Denker (4). RBI- 
Santana 2 (10), Paul, X 2 (14), 
Denker 3 (21), Hoffmann (8), Dewitt 
2 (20), Westervelt (12). S- Paul. 
LOB- 7, Lakeland 6. SB- Nicholson (7).

  Vero Beach     in  h r-er bb so era
Elbert (W, 3-4) 5.0 11 8-6  1  6 3.23
Pimentel        2.0  1 1-1  1  2 3.88
  HBP- Dunlap, Denker, Santana.
T- 2-28. Att- 1,014.
Columbus sweeps-- The Catfish (25-23) fought off Charleston to win 8-6 and earn a series sweep. Charleston scored three runs in the ninth inning but RHP Francisco Felix nailed the potential tying run on fly to deep center field to end the game.

Catcher Tony Harper went 2-for-4 with one RBI and now has a 19-game hitting streak during which he is 27-for-70 (.386). Locke was 1-for-2 with three RBI and three runs. In the last 11 games he is hitting .489 (22-for-45) with 18 RBI and 14 runs.

Starter RHP Mario Alvarez (2-5) gave up two runs (one earned), in six innings to get the win. He allowed five hits and did not walk a batter. Felix picked up his fifth save.

3B Russ Mitchell led off the second inning with a home run (#7) to tie the game at 1-1. The Fish took the lead when LF Lucas May's sacrifice fly that scored DH Drew Locke.

After RF Sergio Pedroza reached on an error and Mitchell was hit by a pitch, Locke mashed his fourth home run to make the score 5-1.

With a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning The Catfish added three insurance runs. C Tony Harper drove in Locke with a single. CF Adam Godwin tripled to right field to score Harper and 1B David Sutherland.

The Catfish now leave on an eight-game road trip and meet Rome tonight, sending RHP Cory Wade (2-1, 3.32)to the mound
  Score by innings
Charleston 100 010 103-6
Columbus   023 000 03x-8

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     5 0 1 2 .208
De Jesus SS   5 0 2 0 .303
Pedroza RF    4 1 0 0 .276
Mitchell 3B   3 2 1 1 .272
Locke DH      2 3 1 3 .358
Sutherland 1B 4 1 2 0 .310
May LF        2 0 0 1 .232
Harper C      4 1 2 1 .351
Carter 2B     4 0 0 0 .093
  Totals     33 8 9 8 .265
  Charleston 34 6 9 4 .252

  E- Mitchell (9), De Jesus (9), Godwin (3). 
3B hit- Godwin (2, Stuart). HR- Mitchell 
(7), Locke (4). RBI- Mitchell (34), May (24), 
Locke 3 (39), Harper (7), Godwin 2 (13). 
SF- May. LOB- Columbus 6. SB- May (6). 
DP- 2 (Carter, De Jesus and Sutherland, 
De Jesus, Carter and Sutherland).

  Columbus        in h r-er bb so era
Alvarez (W, 2-5) 6.0 5  2-1  0 4 5.10
Pfeiffer         1.0 2  1-0  2 2 3.47
Horlacher        1.1 2  3-3  3 1 10.12
Felix (S, 5)     0.2 0  0-0  0 0 5.09
  WP- Alvarez, Horlacher, Felix. 
HBP- Locke, Mitchell. T-2-55. 
Att- 2,814.

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