Dodger Farm Clubs Make Clean Sweep

Eric Stults came within an out of a complete game and Las Vegas dumped Sacramento 10-0. Helped by three RBI from Andy LaRoche, Jacksonville cut further into its magic number by topping Mobile 7-2. Vero came from behind to stop Clearwater on Cory Dunlap's two run single, 6-5. The Catfish scored eight unanswered runs and Shane Justis had three hits and a homer while stopping Charleston 10-4.

Vegas Mashes Sacramento-- Eric Stults came within one out of his first career complete game as Las Vegas coasted to a 10-0 rout of Sacramento. In his 11th start of the year, he allowed three singles and a walk, retiring 17 consecutive batters during one stretch and finished with a season-high 10 strikeouts.

Stults (4-5), a 15th-round pick in the 2002 draft, Stultz fanned the first two batters in the ninth, then walked rehabbing Oakland Athletics outfielder Milton Bradley and gave up a base hit.

After throwing 122 pitches, Stults was replaced by Greg Miller, who got the final out with a ground ball.

Oscar Robles was 3-fo-4 with two RBI, Eric Riggs went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored and Wilson Valdez also drove in two runs to help Las Vegas (30-26) snap a four-game losing streak. Delwyn Young and Jon Weber each scored twice.

Every position player save rehabbing Dodgers infielder Cesar Izturis had a run batted in, Izturis went 1-for-6 and has one hit in 12 at-bats with the 51s.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas  020 204 020-10 
Sacramento 000 000 000- 0 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Izturis 2B   6 1 1 0 .083
Valdez SS    4 0 1 2 .300
Loney 1B     4 0 1 1 .352
Young LF     4 2 1 1 .293
Weber RF     4 2 1 1 .233
Riggs 3B     4 1 3 0 .421
Robles DH    4 1 3 2 .246
Duncan CF    4 1 1 1 .282
Langill C    4 2 1 1 .125
 Totals     38 10 13 9
 Sacramento 31  0  3 0

  Error- none. 2B- Young (17), Weber 
(8), Loney (10), Riggs (2). RBI- Weber 
(16), Robles 2 (9), Duncan (11), Langill
 (3), Valdez 2 (25), Loney (21), Young 
(33). S- Riggs. SF- Loney. LOB- Las 
Vegas 9, Sacramento 4. DP- (Valdez, 
Izturis and Loney).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Stults (W, 4-5) 8.2 3  0-0  1 10 4.98
Miller          0.1 0  0-0  0 0 0.00
 HBP- Weber. T- 2-54. Att- 13,433.
Suns on a Roll-- Jacksonville again used strong pitching and powerful offense to dismantle Mobile 7-2 in front of a crowd of 7,194 at the Baseball Grounds.

The win combined with a Montgomery loss to Chattanooga cuts the Suns magic number to clinch the first half division title to seven with 13 games remaining.

Jacksonville opened the scoring in the second when Tony Abreu singled home Andy LaRoche and extended the lead when the Southern League's RBI leader Andy LaRoche belted an opposite field, two-run homerun into the right-centerfield bleachers. It was LaRoche's seventh home run of the season and RBI numbers 39 and 40.

Abreu drove in two more runs in the fifth and added two runs in the sixth on bases-loaded walks from Andy LaRoche and Tydus Meadows to extend the Jacksonville lead to 7-2.

Danny Muegge came off the disabled list with a strong five inning start, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned). It was his first outing since mid-May.

Jacksonville has won 17 of their last 22 games, with four of the five losses in that span coming by two runs or less. The Suns have now recorded double-digit hit performances in seven straight games and eight or more hits in 19 straight. Chin-Lung Hu and Tony Abreu each had three hits and Abreu and LaRoche collected three runs batted in each.

Jacksonville and Mobile meet for game three this afternoon with RHP Heath Totten on the mound.
  Score by innings
Mobile       000 002 000-2
Jacksonville 012 022 00x-7 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF       5 0 1 0 .323
Hu SS         5 3 3 0 .285
Brazell 1B    5 0 0 0 .277
LaRoche 3B    3 3 2 3 .301
Meadows LF    3 0 1 1 .438
Ruggiano RF   2 0 0 0 .262
  Ojeda P     1 0 0 0 .000
  Alexander P 0 0 0 0 .000
Abreu 2B      4 0 3 3 .278
Cresse C      3 1 1 0 .277
Muegge P      1 0 0 0 .385
  Raglani RF  2 0 0 0 .216
    Totals   34 7 11 7
    Mobile   31 2  5 2

  Errors- LaRoche.  2B- Hu 2 (11). HR- 
LaRoche (7). RBI- Abreu 3 (25), LaRoche 
3 (41), Meadows (4). S- Muegge. LOB- 
Mobile 7, Jacksonville 10. SB- Abreu
 (5), Meadows (1). DP- 2 (Ruan, Cresse
and LaRoche; Hu, Abreu and Brazell).

  Jacksonville   in h r-er bb so era
Muegge (W, 5-4) 5.0 3  2-1  1 2 3.95
Ojeda           3.0 1  0-0  3 1 2.83
Alexander       1.0 1  0-0  1 1 1.04
  T- 2-36 (-19 delay). Att- 7,194.
Vero Edges Clearwater-- Cory Dunlap's two-out, two-RBI single in the seventh gave Vero Beach a 6-5 victory at Clearwater. Blake Johnson earned the win to even his record at 3-3 and FSL All Star Brian Akin saved his fifth game in as many chances and the Dodgers won for just the fourth time this year when trailing after six innings.

Six different Dodgers tallied multi-hit games. Adolfo Gonzalez banged his second home run of the year just inside the left field foul pole.

Brent Leach work 1.2 scoreless innings in relief and Brian Akin fanned the final batter with the bases loaded in the last of the ninth.

Clearwater had taken a 4-3 advantage in the sixth but Vero bounced back in the top of the seventh. A one-out single from Gabriel Gutierrez was followed by a drive by Xavier Paul that wedged between the top of the green wall and the black batter's eye behind it. Initially ruled a home run, it was later changed to a ground-rule double and instead of a one-run lead, the Dodgers still trailed 4-3.

After a lengthy argument from the Dodgers, Adolfo Gonzalez singled to right to tie the score, Blake DeWitt was intentionally walked and Dunlap followed with his decisive single to score two and put the Dodgers ahead to stay.
  Score by innings
Vero Beach 001 200 300-6 
Clearwater 100 021 001-5

  Vero Beach  in r h bi ave
Paul RF        5 1 2 0 .296
Gonzalez SS    5 2 2 2 .258
DeWitt 2B      4 0 1 0 .286
Dunlap 1B      5 1 2 2 .219
Bruce DH       4 1 2 0 .298
Denker 3B      2 0 0 0 .222
Russ LF        4 0 0 0 .224
Hoffmann CF    4 0 2 2 .257
Gutierrez C    3 0 2 0 .157
 Nicholson PR  0 1 0 0 .305
 Todd C        0 0 0 0 .129
   Totals     36 5 13 6
   Clearwater 33 5  9 5

  Errors- Johnson.  2B- Paul (11). HR- 
Gonzalez (2). RBI- Gonzalez 2 (5), 
Hoffmann 2 (11), Dunlap 2 (12). LOB- 
Vero 7, Clearwater 10. CS- Dewitt (1), 
Paul, X (5), Hoffmann (7).

  Vero Beach      in h r-er bb so era
Johnson (W, 3-3) 6.0 8  4-2  2 4 3.56
Leach            1.2 0  0-0  1 1 0.00
Akin (S, 5)      1.1 1  1-1  3 3 1.99
  WP- Akin. T- 3:00. Att- 4,484.
Catfish Break Losing Streak-- Columbus (29-27) got back on track after two losses in a row and defeated Charleston 10-4. Starter LHP Marlon Arias (6-3, 4.90) pitched six innings allowing five hits and four runs while striking out ten to earn the win and the Catfish bullpen of RHP Matt Gomez De Segura and RHP John Meloan allowed only one hit over the final three innings while striking out four.
CF Adam Godwin singled to lead off the game and later scored on two errors by the RiverDogs after a stolen base. Charleston took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first. However, the Catfish tied the game in the second when 2B Shane Justis hit his first home run of the season as the start of a 3-for-4 night that boosted his average from .189 to .244.

Charleston added their final two runs in the third and Columbus scored the next eight runs of the game.

Four of them came in the 4th when C Juan Apodaca scored on a passed ball and 3B Russ Mitchell singled in Justis before a two run double by 1B Jason Mooneyham. Mooneyham finished 3-for-3, raising his batting average to .291.

Seven of the ten runs manufactured by Columbus came from the bottom of the batting order.

Columbus has today off starting a seven game home stand and host the Savannah and Rome.
  Score by innings
Columbus   110 420 200-10
Charleston 202 000 000- 4 
 
  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     2 1 2 0 .224
De Jesus SS   5 0 1 2 .289
Pedroza RF    2 1 1 0 .266
Mitchell 3B   5 1 1 2 .267
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 3 2 .297
Locke DH      4 0 1 0 .340
May LF        5 0 0 0 .224
Apodaca C     4 3 1 0 .258
Justis 2B     4 4 3 2 .244
  Totals     34 10 13 8
  Charleston 33  4  6 4

  Error- none. 2B- Mooneyham (4), 
Justis (2). HR- Justis (1). RBI- 
Justis 2 (5), Mitchell 2 (39), 
Mooneyham 2 (12), De Jesus 2 
(21). S- Godwin 3. SF- De Jesus; 
Mitchell. LOB- 12, Charleston 4. 
SB- Godwin(11). CS- Godwin (4).

  Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
Arias (W, 6-3) 6.0 5  4-4  2 10 4.90
de Segura      1.0 0  0-0  0  0 6.45
Meloan         2.0 1  0-0  0  4 0.00
  WP- Arias, Gomez. HBP- Pedroza, 
Locke, Godwin. T- 3-09. Att- 4,016.

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