Van Slyke Single Gives Ogden 3-2 Win in 13

Las Vegas lost their third in a row 6-1 to Tacoma. Jacksonville booted the ball five times and Carolina took advantage of the mistakes to in 10-1. Columbus dropped a tough, 4-2 decision to Charleston and Ogden won in the 13th on a Scott Van Slyke single. The Raptors struck out 17 Orel Owlz in the 3-2 victory. Vero Beach and the Gulf Coast Dodgers were rained out.

Vegas Drops Under .500-- Las Vegas lost again, this time by a 6-1 margin to Tacoma, their 12th defeat in 14 games. They dropped under .500 for the first time this season at 39-40.

The franchise has accomplished the ultimate goal of any minor league team, they have turned Triple-A players into major leaguers, helping the parent Los Angeles Dodgers become serious contenders.

But that doesn't make life much easier for Vegas manager Jerry Royster.

"The job is still the same," Royster told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "It's getting guys ready for the major leagues. No matter which group it is, that's always your goal. It's nice to turn on the TV and see our guys doing a good job up there. We think we've prepared them well, and we're doing the same thing now.

"You never like to go on streaks like we are now, but as many games as we haven't won, we've done some pretty good things around here."

Once the leader in the Southern Division by as many as 4 1/2 games, they are now is 10 games behind the first-place Tucson Sidewinders (49-30). And it doesn't get any easier. After Las Vegas concludes this series, it plays Tucson seven times in the next 10 games.

Tacoma won its ninth straight with a 6-1 victory over host Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The Rainiers, unbeaten since an 11-1 loss to Sacramento on June 17, allowed only six hits with Las Vegas shortstop Wilson Valdez collecting four of them, including a double.

He score the only run of the day in the sixth inning, driven in by a Joel Guzman sacrifice fly.

Starter D.J. Houlton (3-7) took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits while striking out six and walking two in six innings. Notes--Catcher Eric Langill was promoted from Jacksonville to Las Vegas. He replaces catcher Dioner Navarro, who was part of the trade between the Dodgers and Tampa Bay.
  Score by innings
Tacoma    004 000 200-6
Las Vegas 000 001 000-0 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF   4 0 0 0 .277
Valdez SS   5 1 4 0 .289
Aybar 3B    4 0 1 0 .329
Guzman LF   3 0 0 1 .288
Loney 1B    3 0 1 0 .371
Young RF    2 0 0 0 .270
Riggs DH    4 0 0 0 .368
Robles 2B   4 0 0 0 .264
Bellorin C  2 0 0 0 .270
  Totals   31 1 6 1
  Tacoma   33 6 8 5

  2B- Valdez (11). RBI- Guzman
(40). SF- Guzman. LOB- Las 
Vegas 10, Tacoma 6. DP- (Robles, 
Valdez and Loney).
 
  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Houlton (L,3-7) 6.0 5  4-4 2 6 5.68
Reid            2.0 3  2-2 1 2 6.25
Miller          1.0 0  0-0 1 0 3.45
  HBP-Duncan T-2:39. Att-3,045.
Magic Fading?-- The Jacksonville magic that carried them to the best record in minor league baseball over the first half of he season has seemingly abandoned them, at least temporarily.

After a 10-1 loss to Carolina, crafted for the most part with the help of five Suns errors, Jacksonville has lost three in a row and four of their last six.

The Suns trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning when Wesley Wright came from the bullpen to relieve starting pitcher Adam Thomas. Three errors, a balk and a wild pitch later, the score was 5-1.

Carolina then put up a five-spot in the seventh to nail things down completely.

Trailing 2-0. Jacksonville got on the scoreboard for the only time in the fifth inning when Tydus Meadows singled to score Tony Abreu and make it 2-1.

The five errors tied the season high set on May 4 at Birmingham. The Suns are now 52-27 overall and 4-5 in the second half.

Jacksonville and Carolina meet in the final game of the series tonight with RHP Alvis Ojeda facing Carolina.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 010 000- 1
Carolina     002 012 50x-10

  Suns      ab r h bi ave
Hu SS        5 0 1 0 .269
Abreu 2B     5 1 2 0 .287
Greenberg CF 3 0 0 0 .223
Meadows LF   2 0 1 1 .278
Simmons P    0 0 0 0 .000
Zapp 1B      4 0 0 0 .217
Garcia 3B    2 0 0 0 .180
Ruan RF      3 0 0 0 .296
Ellis C      1 0 0 0 .252
Langill C    3 0 0 0 .200
Thomas P     2 0 0 0 .200
Ruggiano PH  1 0 0 0 .261
Wright P     0 0 0 0 .000
Rohan LF     1 0 0 0 .250
  Totals    32  1 4 1
  Carolina  32 10 7 8

  Errors- Hu, Garcia, Abreu 2, 
Wright.  2B- Abreu (17). RBI- 
Meadows (14). LOB- Jacksonville 
11, Carolina 7. SB- Abreu (7). 
DP- (Wright and Garcia).

  Jacksonville  in h r-er bb so era
Thomas (L,2-4) 5.0 3  3-2 2 4  6.04
Wright         1.0 3  7-5 1 1 19.29
Simmons        2.0 1  0-0 2 0  2.51
  WP- Thomas, Wright. Balk- Wright.
T- 3:19. Att- 1,528.
Rain in Vero-- The game at Jupiter was postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader when the Dodgers return to Jupiter Thursday August 24th.

Catfish Held to Five Hits-- Columbus was limited to five hits and dropped a 4-2 decision to Charleston. Trailing 4-0 in the eighth inning, Lucas May doubled in Travis Denker and Jason Mooneyham.

James McDonald (2-5) started for the Fish and allowed six hits and three runs before leaving in the sixth inning. Arismendy Castillo closed out the game, surrendering one hit and one run in 2.1 innings.

Shane Justis singled twice for Columbus but was one of 11 runners left on base.
  Score by innings
Columbus   000 000 020-2
Charleston 101 001 10x-4

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       4 0 0 0 .062
Pedroza RF    4 0 1 0 .285
Denker 2B     2 1 0 0 .250
Mooneyham DH  2 1 0 0 .278
May LF        4 0 1 2 .247
Sutherland 1B 4 0 0 0 .303
Apodaca C     3 0 0 0 .269
Justis 3B     3 0 2 0 .253
  Totals     31 2 5 2 .268
  Charleston 26 4 7 1 .253

  Errors- Denker, Castillo.  2B- 
De Jesus (12), May (14). RBI- 
May 2 (38). LOB- Columbus 
11, Charleston 5. DP- 2 (Denker, 
De Jesus and Sutherland; De 
Jesus, Denker and Sutherland).

  Columbus        in h r-er bb so era
McDonald (L,2-5) 5.2 6  3-3 4 1 3.68
Castillo         2.1 1  1-0 1 0 3.51
  WP- Castillo. Att- 2,926.
Raptors Win in 13-- It's becoming a pattern for the Ogden Raptors. They get a great effort from a starting pitcher, only to have shaky relief pitching lose a lead.

However, this time, they rallied for a win, thanks to a run-scoring single by Scott Van Slyke in the 13th inning to edge Orem 3-2.

Steve Johnson gave up only one hit in six innings, didn't walk a man and struck out eight and the Raptors scrambled to a 2-0 lead. However, after Joey Norrito pitched a scoreless seventh, the Owlz nicked Cody White for a run in the eighth and Miguel Ramirez for one in the ninth to sent it to extra innings.

Garrett White came on to hold Orem down on one hit after that and the Raptors finally got the run they'd been seeking when Van Slyke, a defensive replacement, delivered John Martin, who had walked and moved up on a ground out.

Raptor pitching fanned 17 Orem batters and walked one.

Ogden scored in the first on an error and in the seventh when Rick Taloa was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Raptors, now 4-4, were lead offensively by Chris Jensen and Carlos Medero with two hits each. Justin Fuller and Josh Bell both had doubles. For Bell, it was his fifth of the young season. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Ogden 100 000 100 000 1-3
Orem  000 000 011 000 0-2 
 
  Ogden      ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF   4 0 1 0 .240
Van Slyke RF  2 0 1 1 .167
Fuller SS     3 1 1 0 .316
 Taloa PH     0 0 0 1 .278
Rivera PR-2B  3 0 1 0 .143
Soto 3B       7 0 1 0 .226
Perez 1B      6 0 1 0 .310
Bell DH       6 0 1 0 .333
Jensen RF-LF  6 0 2 0 .333
Jackson CF    6 0 0 0 .190
Stullz C      4 1 2 0 .214
 Brown PR     0 0 0 0 .133
 Martin C     1 1 0 0 .267
 Rivera 2B-SS 4 0 1 0 .444
   Totals    52 3 12 2
   Orem      42 2  7 2

  Error- White.  2B- Fuller (2), 
Bell (5). RBI- Taloa (3), Van 
Slyke (3). LOB- Ogden 15, 
Orem 5. DP- 3 (Rivera and Perez).

  Ogden         in h r-er bb so era
Johnson        6.0 1  0-0 0 8 3.48
Norrito        1.0 1  0-0 0 0 0.00
CWhite         1.0 2  1-0 0 0 0.00
Ramirez        2.0 2  1-1 1 4 3.60
GWhite (W,1-0) 3.0 1  0-0 0 5 4.15
  HBP- Taloa. T- 3-22. Att- 1,503.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- Rained out.

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