Dodger Minors win One of Four Shutouts

Jon Weber got the only Las Vegas hit in a 6-0 loss to Tacoma. Jacksonville got three RBI from Craig Brazell and a 7-2 win over Carolina. Scott Elbert narrowly missed a no-hitter but Vero lost a tough 1-0 decision to Daytona. Columbus used a solo homer by Dave Sutherland beat Charleston 1-0. Ogden dropped a 10-7 decision to Orem. The Coasties split two with the Mets, losing 0-6 and winning 8-3.

Weber Snaps No-Hitter-- Jon Webber sliced a double down the left field line that just landed inside the foul line for the only hit Las Vegas could manage against Cesar Jimenez and Tacoma collected a 7-0 win, their 10th in a row.

In his last five starts, Jimenez has allowed one run and 14 hits in 30 innings.

Vegas starter Harold Eckert matched zeros with Jimenez through six innings before the Rainiers broke through in the seventh with a triple and a wild pitch.

The Rainiers scored six runs in the eighth inning when the first six straight batters reached base. Eckert (5-3) was charged with four runs on seven hits in seven-plus innings for the 51s, who have lost five in a row and their 13th defeat in 15 games.

51s left-hander Eric Stults will miss at least one start because of an injured throwing shoulder.
  Score by innings 
Tacoma    000 000 160-7
Las Vegas 000 000 000-0 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF   3 0 0 0 .273
Valdez SS   3 0 0 0 .286
Aybar DH    3 0 0 0 .322
Loney 1B    3 0 0 0 .366
Guzman 3B   3 0 0 0 .284
Young, D RF 3 0 0 0 .268
Robles 2B   3 0 0 0 .257
Weber LF    3 0 1 0 .266
Bellorin C  2 0 0 0 .266
  Totals   26 0  1 0 
  Tacoma   37 7 10 6

  Error- Guzman. 2B- Weber 
(16). LOB- 2, Tacoma 6. CS- 
Valdez 2 (11). DP- (Valdez 
and Loney).

 Las Vegas      in  h r-er bb so era
Eckert (L, 5-3) 7.0 7  4-4 3 4 6.19
Hamulack        2.0 3  3-2 0 2 1.98
  WP- Eckert. HBP- Duncan.
T- 2:21. Att- 2,857.
Brazell Leads Suns-- Jacksonville scored times in the fifth inning, keyed by Craig Brazell's 12th homerun, and won the final game of the season 7-2 over Carolina.

Starter Alvis Ojeda and Carolina starter Adam Bostick engaged in a pitcher's duel in the first four innings, allowing only one hit each.

Jacksonville scored in the top of the fifth when A.J. Ellis crossed the plate after an error by the Carolina shortstop. Wilkin Ruan grounded out to drive home another and with two on and two out, Brazell then belted his 12th homer and increased his Southern League-leading RBI total to 53.

Ojeda improved to 5-2 in the victory, allowing four hits and a single run through six innings.

The Suns travel to Chattanooga tonight to begin a battle of first half division champions with RHP T.J. Nall facing Chattanooga.

Suns Dominate All-Star Picks-- The South Division roster for the upcoming Southern League All-Star Game in Montgomery saw Jacksonville receiving nine spots on the squad.

Three Suns infielders were named to the team. First baseman Craig Brazell, a major league veteran, joins the middle-infield combination of second baseman Tony Abreu and shortstop Chin-Lung Hu, who have nearly broken the Suns team mark for double plays in a season already this year.

In the outfield, Wilkin Ruan and Justin Ruggiano earned spots on the team. Ruan is in his third season as a member of the Suns while Ruggiano joined the club midway through 2005 and was a key member of the championship team from last year.

On the mound, the starting pitchers Heath Totten and TJ Nall join the Dodgers' Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, Casey Hoorelbeke, and closer Mark Alexander.

Four other Suns were named to the team, but will be unable to participate due to promotions. Catcher Brad Cresse is on the disabled list for an indefinite amount of time, while third baseman Andy LaRoche and pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Spike Lundberg have all received promotions to Las Vegas.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 050 011-7 
Carolina     000 010 010-2 

 Jacksonville ab r h i ave
Ruan CF        5 0 0 1 .289
Garcia 3B      4 1 1 0 .185
Brazell LF-1B  4 1 2 3 .255
 Abreu PR-2B   1 1 1 1 .289
Ruggiano RF-LF 5 0 1 0 .260
 Zapp 1B       0 0 0 0 .217
Greenberg RF   4 0 1 0 .224
Ellis C        3 1 2 1 .263
Rohan 2B-1B    3 1 1 1 .255
Hu SS          4 1 0 0 .266
Ojeda P        2 0 0 0 .000
 Hoorelbeke P  0 0 0 0 .000
 Meadows PH    0 1 0 0 .278
 Alexander P   0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals    35 7 9 7
    Carolina  31 2 5 1

  Error- Garcia.  2B- Ellis 
(5), Greenberg (5), Garcia 
(4). HR- Brazell (12). RBI- 
Ruan (12), Brazell 3 (53), 
Rohan (7), Abreu (36). S- 
Ojeda. LOB- Las Vegas 7, 
Carolina 7. CS- Greenberg 
(4). DP- (Hu and Brazell).

 Jacksonville in  h r-er bb so era
Ojeda (W,5-2) 6.0 4  1-1 2 2 2.44
Hoorelbeke    2.0 1  1-0 1 3 1.59
Alexander     1.0 0  0-0 0 3 0.79
  HBP- Zapp. T- 2:49. Att- 1,780.
Elbert Misses No-Hitter-- The fact that the game was delayed 45 minutes at the start and played in a steady drizzle didn't seem to bother Scott Elbert, who took a no-hitter into the eighth, only to give up a sharp single with two outs that scored the only run in Daytona's 1-0. Elbert finished with a career-high 13 strikeouts in 7.2 innings.

The decisive single after Elbert had fanned the first two batters of the inning before walking shortstop Joe Simokaitis for the third time in the game. He moved to second on a ball in the dirt and scored a line-drive single to center.

The Dodgers squandered numerous scoring chances, leaving an even dozen on base. They had two runners on with less than two out in the second, sixth and ninth innings.

In the bottom of the seventh. Vero loaded the bases but a strikeout ended the threat. Daytona scored in the next half-inning.

Elbert's performance capped a spectacular month of June. The lefty pitched six times and allowed just three runs in 26.2 innings for a 1.01 ERA. Included were 40 strikeouts, 13 walks and 12 hits. The league hit only .133 against Elbert in June.
  Score by innings
Daytona    000 000 010-1 
Vero Beach 000 000 000-0 
 
 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      4 0 0 0 .303
DeWitt 2B    1 0 0 0 .278
Locke LF     5 0 1 0 .222
Dunlap 1B    4 0 1 0 .228
Westervelt C 3 0 0 0 .233
 Mathias C   0 0 0 0 .100
Raglani DH   4 0 2 0 .318
Santana 3B   4 0 1 0 .275
Nicholson SS 4 0 0 0 .301
Hoffmann CF  3 0 2 0 .269
  Totals    32 0 7 0
  Daytona   31 1 1 1

  Errors- Nicholson, Santana 2. 
S- Paul. LOB- Daytona 5, Vero 
Beach 12. SB- Hoffmann (10). 
DP- (Nicholson, DeWitt and Dunlap).

  Vero Beach in  h r-er bb so era
Elbert (5-5) 7.2 1  1-1 4 13 2.49
Castillo     1.1 0  0-0 0  1 4.89
 WP- Elbert. Att- 648. 
Fish Ride Pitching, Solo Homer-- Columbus got sparkling pitching from Dave Horlacher, Jon Meloan and Ramon Troncoso, who limited Charleston to a pair of hits, and a solo home run by Dave Sutherland that provided the only run of the game.

Horlacher worked into the sixth inning, allowing only one hit and striking out six. Meloan took over with two out and retired the side, then pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth innings. Ramon Troncoso allowed a single in the last of the ninth but saved his fifth game.

The Catfish collected six hits, with Sutherland adding a single to his game-winning home run. Sergio Pedroza added a double as Columbus left nine men on base.
  Score by innings
Columbus   000 010 000-1
Charleston 000 000 000-0

  Columbus  ab r h bi ave
Godwin LF     4 0 0 0 .234
De Jesus SS   4 0 0 0 .279
Pedroza RF    3 0 1 0 .286
Mitchell 3B   4 0 0 0 .257
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 1 0 .279
Denker 2B     2 0 0 0 .237
Sutherland DH 4 1 2 1 .306
 May PR-DH    0 0 0 0 .247
Harper C      2 0 1 0 .320
Hunt CF       4 0 1 0 .100
  Totals     30 1 6 1 .267
  Charleston 28 0 2 0 .251

  2B- Pedroza (21). HR- Sutherland 
(4). RBI- Sutherland (26). LOB- 
Columbus 9, Charleston 6. CS- 
Pedroza (5), Godwin (6). DP- 
(Troncoso and Denker; De Jesus 
and Mooneyham).

  Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
Horlacher (1-1) 5.2 1  0-0 3 6 4.58
Meloan          2.1 0  0-0 1 5 0.59
Troncoso (S,5)  1.0 1  0-0 0 0 1.59
  T- 2:46. Att- 2,851.
Raptors Hit Early--Ogden had been getting solid starting pitching - until Wednesday when Orem jumped all over Chales Dasni (1-1) for five runs in the first innings and two more in the third, then held on for a 10-7 victory.

In all, Dasni allowed nine hits and three runs in his pasting in which six of the runs were earned.

Ryan Rogowski and Rick Taloa led the Ogden attack with three hits each, Rogowski driving in two runs.

Joe Jones followed Dasni with three scoreless innings. The Raptors have now dropped three of their last four games and are 4-4 on the season. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Ogden 001 020 040- 7
Orem  502 003 00x-10 

  Ogden     ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF  5 0 3 2 .300
Fuller SS    5 1 1 0 .292
Berezay DH   5 0 1 1 .167
Perez 3B     5 1 2 1 .324
Taloa 1B     5 0 3 0 .348
Van Slyke RF 5 1 1 0 .174
Brown CF     4 1 1 1 .158
Martin C     2 3 1 0 .294
Brooks 2B    2 0 0 0 .286
 -Bell PH    1 0 0 0 .318
 Rivera 2B   0 0 0 0 .143
    Totals  39  7 13 5
    Orem    38 10 17 7

  Errors- Dasni, Perez, Taloa. 
RBI- Berezay (1), Brown (2), 
Rogowski 2 (3). S- Brooks. 
LOB- Ogden 8, 13. SB- Rogowski 
(1). DP- 2 (Fuller, Brooks and 
Taloa; Brooks and Taloa).

  Ogden       in  h r-er bb so era
Dasni (L,1-1) 2.0 9  7-6 3 0  9.00
Jones         3.0 2  0-0 1 2  9.64
Coleman       1.2 5  3-2 1 0  4.91
Gearhart      1.1 1  0-0 0 2 19.29
  WP- Dasni 2, Jones 2. T- 3:05.
Att- 3,010.
Dodgers, Mets Split-- After being blanked in the first game 6-0 by the Gulf Coast Mets, the Dodgers rode the bats of two rehabs in the second for an 8-3 victory that gave them a split of a rain makeup doubleheader.

In the first game, the Dodgers were held to four hits, all singles and left only three of them on base.

The Mets were helped by six Dodger walks. Tom Melgarejo started and took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks in five innings.

Skyler Tripp took over in the sixth and was again plagued by wildness, walking a pair and hitting a batter before being replaced by Gary Paris with the bases loaded. He finally worked his way out of trouble but not before three runs had scored, all charged to Tripp.
  Score by innings
Dodgers 000 000 0-0
Mets    210 003 x-6

  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
Rosario LF    3 0 1 0 .320
EGutierrez RF 3 0 1 0 .308
Alvarez 1B    3 0 0 0 .000
Carter, R DH  3 0 0 0 .000
Mattingly SS  3 0 0 0 .214
Mathews 3B    3 0 1 0 .368
Jansen C      2 0 1 0 .143
Lizarraga 2B  2 0 0 0 .286
Robinson CF   2 0 0 0 .375
  Totals     24 0 4 0
  Mets       22 6 5 6

  Errors- none. LOB: 3, Mets 8. 
SB: Rosario (1).

  Dodgers        in h r-er bb so era 
Melgarejo (1-1) 5.0 4  3-3 4 3 4.50
Tripp           0.0 0  3-3 2 0  --
Paris           1.0 1  0-0 0 1 5.40
  T-1:21
In the second contest, Nick Alvarez, down from Las Vegas, had a double and a single while Ryan Carter, over from Vero Beach, ripped a two-run homer and drove in another run to lead the Dodgers in the second game which only lasted five innings before the rains came again to halt the day's proceedings.

Jon Haldis went four innings , allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) before Eduardo Quintana came on for a flawless fifth. Quintana (1-0) was awarded the victory since Haldis didn't go the required five.

The win gave the Dodgers, who scored two runs in every inning except the second, a 5-2 record, good enough for first place in the East by one-half game over the Marlins, who are 4-2. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Mets    001 20-3 
Dodgers 202 22-8 

  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
EGutierrez CF 3 1 0 1 .250
Lizarraga SS  3 0 0 0 .250
Alvarez LF    2 3 2 0 .400
Carter DH     2 2 1 3 .200
Ortiz 1B      1 0 0 0 .286
Garcia 3B     3 1 1 0 .375
Lopez C       2 0 1 1 .375
Herrera 2B    1 1 1 2 .333
Mora RF       3 0 1 0 .182
  Totals     20 8 7 7
  Mets       20 3 5 3

  Errors- Lizarraga, Ortiz.
2B-Alvarez (1), Garcia (4), 
Herrera (1). HR- Carter (1). 
RBI- Alvarez (1), Carter 3 
(3), Lopez (3), Herrera 2 
(2), Gutierrez, E (1). S- 
Herrera. LOB- Mets 4, 
Dodgers 6. DP- 2 (Herrera, 
Lizarraga and Ortiz, 
Lizarraga and Ortiz).

  Dodgers     in  h r-er bb so era
Haldis        4.0 5  3-2 2 3 4.50
Quintana(1-0) 1.0 0  0-0 0 1 0.00
  WP- Haldis. T- 1:29

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