Juarez Pitches Complete Game Win for Vegas

Three-run home run by Eric Riggs provides offense for William Juarez's complete game 5-1 victory over Salt Lake, the first in the Dodgers' system in two years. T.J. Nall works six scoreless innings and Justin Ruggiano homered in 5-2 Jacksonville win over Montgomery. Vero Beach and Columbus each lost 3-2 on late inning runs to St. Lucie and Rome.

Juarez Works Complete Game-- William Juarez tossed a rare, complete game four-hitter to lead Las Vegas to a 5-1 victory over visiting Salt Lake. Juarez (4-4) gave up four walks and struck out one, lowering his ERA to 3.49 as he went the distance for the third time in his career. The 25-year-old right-hander held the Bees scoreless after giving up a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

Eric Riggs went 2-for-4 with four RBI, slugging a run-scoring single in the second to tie the score and driving a three-run homer in the fourth. Jeff Duncan's solo shot in the sixth capped the scoring for the 51s who moved to 28-22 with the win.

Juarez's gem was the Dodger franchise's first nine-inning complete game in almost two years. Juarez (4-4) needed only 103 pitches to complete his start in 2 hours, 16 minutes for the team's shortest nine-inning game of the season.

It was the first time a starter finished nine innings since Royster returned to manage the team before last season, a string of 193 games. The 51s had three seven-inning complete games last year, but the last starter to go nine was Heath Totten on June 17, 2004.

The only member of the bullpen needed was Luis Gonzalez, who served as a translator after the game because Juarez speaks no English.

He allowed a run in the first inning, then was almost untouchable the rest of the game. He finished with four walks and one strikeout, and lowered his ERA to 3.49 in his 10th start.

A three-run homer from Eric Riggs in the fourth inning and a solo shot from Jeff Duncan in the sixth was more than enough offense this day. Riggs, a backup utility infielder, was signed May 18 just before he started the season with an independent team in Winnepeg.

RHP Eric Stults starts against Salt Lake this afternoon in Las Vegas.
  Score by innings
Salt Lake 100 000 000-1
Las Vegas 010 301 00x-5 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF    4 1 2 1 .292
Valdez SS    4 0 1 0 .287
Young DH     2 0 0 0 .301
Guzman LF    2 0 0 0 .297
Garcia 2B    1 0 0 0 .324
Loney 1B-LF  4 1 2 0 .363
Weber RF     4 1 1 0 .238
Truby 3B-1B  4 1 0 0 .214
Riggs 2B-3B  4 1 2 4 .333
Bellorin C   4 0 0 0 .288
  Totals    34 5 8 5
  Salt Lake 29 1 4 1

  Error- Bellorin.  2B hits- Loney (8), 
Duncan (3). HR- Riggs (2), Duncan (2). 
RBI- Riggs 4 (5), Duncan (10). Las Vegas 
7, Salt Lake 6. SB- Duncan (9), Young 
(1). DP- (Riggs).

  Las Vegas     in h r-er bb so era
Juarez (W,4-4) 9.0 4  1-1  4 1 3.49
  HBP- Garcia, T- 2:16. Att- 2,138.
Strong Pitching Boosts Suns-- Strong pitching led Jacksonville to a 4-2 victory over Montgomery. Starter T.J. Nall (1-2) pitched six scoreless innings while allowing only four hits. He walked one while striking out eight.

Carlos Alvarez took over in the eighth inning and gave up a two-run homer that cut the Jacksonville lead to 4-2. Closer Mark Alexander pitched a shutout ninth inning to record his 11th save.

The win was Jacksonville's seventh win in a row, their best streak of the season. Jacksonville also extended their first half division title lead to 2 1/2 games. Only 19 first half games remain.

In the second inning Justin Ruggiano opened the scoring with a solo home run, his sixth of the season. The ball hit the jumbo video screen at the top of the scoreboard in left-center field. Later in the inning, A.J. Ellis drove home Anthony Raglani with a two out double to open up a 2-0 lead.

In the third inning, third baseman Andy LaRoche singled to left field to score Chin-Lung Hu and increase his lead in the Southern League with his 35th RBI. Tony Abreu's sacrifice extended the Suns lead to 4-0.

The Suns are now 6-0 in the current road trip, including a five-game sweep of Huntsville beginning last week.

RHP Justin Orenduff will face Montgomery in the second game of five in Montgomery tonight.

The Dodgers promoted outfielder Matt Kemp to Los Angeles in time for its game on Sunday where he was 1-for-4.

Kemp was among the Southern League leaders in batting average (.327), RBI (34) and runs scored (38). Kemp also ranked second in all of Minor League Baseball in total hits (65).

The Dodgers placed J.D. Drew on the 15-day disabled list (shoulder), making for him on the Los Angeles active roster.

The Dodgers have also assigned outfielder Tydus Meadows from Las Vegas to Jacksonville. Meadows began 2006 with Las Vegas, batting .278 in nine games with two RBI. Meadows hit .274 with 15 HR and 65 RBI last year with Jacksonville and will join the Suns for tonight's game in Montgomery.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 022 000 000-4
Montgomery   000 000 020-2

  Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF         5 0 2 0 .318
Hu SS           2 1 2 0 .277
Rohan PH-SS     2 0 0 0 .200
Brazell DH      5 0 1 0 .263
LaRoche 3B      5 1 1 1 .280
Zapp 1B         4 0 1 0 .237
Ruggiano RF     3 1 2 1 .281
Abreu 2B        2 0 0 1 .260
Raglani LF      3 1 0 0 .223
Ellis C         3 0 2 1 .270
  Jacksonville 34 4 10 4
  Montgomery   34 2  8 2

  Error- Zapp.  2B- Ellis (4), 
Hu (8). HR- Ruggiano (6). RBI- 
Ruggiano (29), Ellis (9), LaRoche 
(35), Abreu (18). SF- Abreu. LOB- 
Jacksonville 10, Montgomery 7. DP- 
(Zapp. Hu and Zapp).

  Jacksonville    in h r-er bb so era
Nall (W,1-2)     6.0 4  0-0  1 8 4.35
Alvarez          2.0 3  2-2  1 3 4.94
Alexander (S,11) 1.0 1  0-0  0 2 1.08
  HBP- Hu, Abreu. T- 2:49. Att- 3,617.
Mets Walk to Win-- A bases loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the 10th lifted St. Lucie to a 3-2 win over Vero Beach. Blake DeWitt had three hits and Cory Dunlap reached base three times in the Dodger defeat.

Blake Johnson allowed two runs in first inning but worked another quality start. An error and two singles and a sac fly resulted in a pair of unearned runs.

The Dodgers answered with two in the third. Xavier Paul singled with one out and advanced to third on a grounder. DeWitt followed with a ground-rule double and Cory Dunlap banged with a ground-rule double of his to tie the game.


The score was tied 2-2 until the 10th St. Lucie got a leadoff double. Reliever Julio Pimentel (0-3) set down the next two hitters before giving up an intentional walk and then an unintentional one. The inning went down to a 3-2 count but Pimentel missed the outside corner and forced in the winning run.

The 5 through 9 hitters for the Dodgers went a combined 1-for-19.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 002 000 000 0-2
St. Lucie  200 000 000 1-3 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      5 1 2 0 .287
Hoffmann CF  5 0 0 0 .262
DeWitt 2B    5 1 3 1.298
Dunlap 1B    3 0 1 1 .238
Santana 3B   4 0 0 0 .292
Denker DH    4 0 0 0 .221
Todd C       3 0 0 0 .129
Nicholson SS 4 0 1 0 .305
Russ LF      4 0 0 0 .231
  Totals    36 2 7 2
  St. Lucie 33 3 5 3

  Error- Nicholson. 2B- Paul 
(8), Dewitt (12), Dunlap (2), 
Nicholson (7). RBI- Dewitt (21), 
Dunlap (9). Vero Beach 9, St. 
Lucie 7. DP- (Johnson and Dunlap).

  Vero Beach      in h r-er bb so era
Johnson          7.0 4  2-0  1 6 3.62
Pimentel (L,0-3) 2.2 1  1-1  3 5 3.86
  HBP- Todd. T- 2:45. Att- 669.
Walks Hurt Fish-- Two runs in the last of the eighth inning dropped Columbus (26-24) in Rome. Starting pitcher RHP James McDonald, was sharp for seven innings, giving up just one run on four hits and one walk.

RHP Francisco Felix replaced McDonald for the eighth inning. He issued three walks to load the bases before the game-winning hit. Felix (1-1) suffered the loss.

The first Columbus run scored in the second inning on a solo home run by DH Drew Locke, his fifth of the season. The Catfish took a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by LF Lucas May that scored Sergio Pedroza.

The Catfish managed only three hits in the game and came within an eyelash of making the slim lead stand up.
  Score by innings
Columbus 010 000 100-2
Rome     001 000 02x-3

  Columbus  ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF    3 0 0 0 .212
De Jesus SS  4 0 0 0 .292
Pedroza RF   3 1 0 0 .280
Mitchell 3B  4 0 1 0 .269
Mooneyham 1B 3 0 0 0 .299
Locke DH     3 1 1 1 .357
May LF       3 0 0 1 .228
Apodaca C    4 0 0 0 .243
Justis 2B    2 0 1 0 .206
    Totals  29 2 3 2 .266
    Rome    27 3 5 3 .259

  Error- Mitchell.  2B hits- Mitchell (19), 
Justis (1). HR- Locke (5). RBI- Locke (40), 
May (25). SF- May. LOB- Columbus 6, Rome 5. 
SB- Locke (4). DP- (Justis and Mooneyham).

  Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
McDonald       7.0 4  1-1  1 9 3.86
Felix  (L,1-1) 1.0 1  2-2  3 0 5.79
  Justis, Godwin, Mooneyham. 
T- 2:16. Att- 3,417.

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