Heros Abound as Dodger Clubs Win Five of Six

It as a night of late rallies in the Dodger system. Jacksonville beat Tennessee with five eighth inning runs; Vero scored two in the ninth to win 5-4; Columbus got two homers in the 10th and won 5-3 and Ogden scored four in the seventh and won 7-6. The GC Dodgers cruised 8-1 while Las Vegas was tagged with a 10-5 loss.

Vegas Loses Again-- Tucson scored with a pair of fours, one in each the third and fourth innings, to drop Las Vegas 10-5 and tag D. J. Houlton with his fourth loss of the year. Rehabbing Jason Repko was 0-for-3.

Las Vegas scored a pair of runs in the second inning when Delwyn Young was hit by pitch and Andy LaRoche walked. Edwin Bellorin doubled to center and both runners scored.

Houlton surrendered three doubles and four runs in the third, then the 51s tied the game on a walk to Wilson Valdez, a Willy Aybar double and James Loney's sacrifice fly. Delwyn Young added another sacrifice fly to knot the game at 4-4.

Tucson used a three-run homer in the top of the fourth to untie the game and Las Vegas could never overcome that margin.

Eric Hull took over in the fifth and worked a pair of scoreless innings before Luis Gonzalez surrendered two runs in the seventh on a leadoff walk and a home run.

Loney and Young doubled in the fifth for the final Las Vegas run. They left the bases loaded in the seventh and two more runners in the eighth.

The 51s banged out 10 hits, with Ed Bellorin collecting two doubles, with Aybar adding a pair and Wilson Valdez adding two singles.
  Score by innings
Tucson     004 400 200-10 
Las Vegas  022 010 000- 5 

 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Repko CF    3 0 0 0  .000
 Miller P   0 0 0 0  .000
 Riggs 2B   1 0 0 0  .354
Valdez SS   3 1 2 0  .290
Aybar 2B    5 1 2 2  .300
 Kuo P      0 0 0 0  .000
Loney 1B    4 1 1 1  .383
Young RF    3 1 1 2  .274
LaRoche 3B  3 1 0 0  .279
Ruan LF-CF  3 0 0 0  .345
Bellorin C  4 0 3 2  .271
Houlton P   1 0 0 0  .059
 Robles PH  1 0 0 0  .285
 Hull P     1 0 1 0  .333
 Gonzalez P 0 0 0 0  .500
 Weber LF   1 0 0 0  .263
   Totals  33  5 10  5
   Tucson  41 10 15 10

  2B- Bellorin 2 (10), Aybar 2 
(10), Loney (22), Young (27). 
RBI- Bellorin 2 (23), Loney 
(47), Young 2 (58). S- Ruan. 
SF- Loney; Young. LOB- 
Tucson 10, Las Vegas 10. 
DP- (Valdez, Aybar and Loney).

  Las Vegas    in h r-er bb so era
Houlton (4-9) 4.0 10 8-8 2 2 6.20
Hull          2.0  1 0-0 1 3 3.88
Gonzalez      1.0  2 2-2 2 1 6.55
Miller        1.0  1 0-0 0 0 3.32
Kuo           1.0  1 0-0 0 1 4.20
  HBP- Young. T- 3:39. Att- 3,989.
Late Rally Wins-- Jacksonville scored five runs in two different innings to top Tennessee by the score of 10-9.

Tennessee scored two in the third inning off starter Heath Totten and Jacksonville tied the game in the fifth on an RBI walk from Adam Greenberg and a sacrifice fly from Chin-Lung Hu. Then with two on and two out, Tydus Meadows smashed an opposite field homerun for a 5-2 Jacksonville lead.

The Smokies scored two in the bottom of the fifth and three in the sixth inning to regain the lead.

The Suns began their second comeback in the eighth inning with one out when seven consecutive batters reached base. Justin Ruggiano contributed an RBI single, Chin-Lung Hu added a two run single and Meadows then drove home another run with a hit. The five runs on five hits gave the Suns a 10-9.

Jacksonville reliever Ben Kozlowski picked up the victory to improve to 1-0 and closer Mark Alexander saved his 21st game of the season.

Meadows knocked in five runs with a homer and two singles and Anthony Raglani singled and doubled twice. Sergio Garcia added four hits.

Tennessee and Jacksonville continue the series with game three Friday with Suns LHP Scott Elbert facing Tennessee.

Nall Repeats as Pitcher of the Week-- For the second time in three weeks, Suns righty T.J. Nall was named the BC Powder Southern League Pitcher of the Week for July 3-9, 2006.

Nall dominated Carolina, taking a perfect into the six before allowing a pair of singles. He fanned nine Mudcats and didn't allow a batter past second base while earning his eighth straight victory. Since joining the Suns' rotation, he is 8-0 with a 1.33 ERA and Jacksonville is 9-0 in his starts.

Nall leads the league with 103 strikeouts and his 2.22 ERA places him in a tie for third and his 8 wins are tied for fifth.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 050 050-10
Tennessee    002 022 300- 9

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF  1 2 0 2 .207
Hu SS         4 0 1 2 .260
Meadows LF    5 1 3 5 .287
 Hoorelbeke P 0 0 0 0 .000
 Alexander P  0 0 0 0 .000
Brazell 1B    5 0 0 0 .242
Abreu 2B      5 0 1 0 .287
Raglani RF-LF 5 2 3 0 .224
Garcia 3B     5 2 4 0 .220
Ellis C       3 2 1 0 .267
Totten P      2 0 0 0 .120
Alvarez PH    1 0 0 0 .143
Kozlowski P   0 0 0 0 .000
Ruggiano RF   1 1 1 1 .261
    Totals   37 10 14 10
    Tenn     40  9 13  8

  Errors- Brazell. 2B- Raglani 
2 (11). HR- Meadows (7). RBI- 
Greenberg 2 (12), Hu 2 (18), 
Meadows 5 (20), Ruggiano (43). 
SF- Hu, C. LOB- Jacksonville 
7, Tennessee 5. SB- 
Greenberg (4). CS- Garcia (1).
 
  Jacksonville   in h r-er bb so era
Totten           6.0 10 6-5 0 1 3.48
Kozlowski (3-1)  1.0  3 3-3 0 1 2.14
Hoorelbeke       1.0  1 0-0 0 1 1.79
Alexander(sv 21) 1.0  0 0-0 0 2 0.68
  HBP- Greenberg. T- 3:07. Att- 3,980.
Vero Rally Wins-- Despite trailing nearly the entire game, Carlos Santana's bloop single to left scored Ryder Mathias with the winning run with one out in the ninth to top Palm Beach 5-4.

Trailing 4-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Xavier Paul walked and Mathias was hit by a pitch. Jamie Hoffmann's bunt that was misplayed and loaded the bases with none out. David Nicholson walked to force in the tying run before Santana dropped his base hit over the drawn-in outfield to knock in the winning run.

The Cardinals jumped ahead early with a first inning two-run home run and another solo shot in the third off starter Adam Thomas.

The first nine Dodger batters were retired in order before Nicholson led off the fourth with his first of three hits, then scored on a single by Cole Bruce. Vero pulled within a run the next inning on a Drew Locke double and Hoffmann's single.

Palm Beach took a 4-2 lead in the sixth, the last run coming on Thomas' wild pitch. Vero cut the margin to one on Santana's single, a walk to Bruce and Locke's ground out.

Brent Leach turned in 2.1 scoreless innings for Vero Beach. Winner Julio Pimentel (3-7) pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Nicholson led the team with three hits; Santana and Hoffman had a pair each.

The win ended a three-game losing streak and snapped the Cardinals 4-game winning streak.

The series finale tonight Mike Megrew (0-0, 1.13) faces the Cardinals.
  Score by innings
Palm Beach 201 001 000-4 
Vero Beach 000 111 002-5 

  Vero Beachab r h bi ave
Nicholson SS 4 1 3 1 .303
DeWitt 2B    5 0 0 0 .269
Santana 3B   5 1 2 1 .269
Bruce DH     3 0 1 1 .301
Dunlap 1B    3 0 0 0 .229
Locke RF     4 1 1 0 .250
Carter LF    3 0 0 0 .205
 Paul PH     0 1 0 0 .288
Mathias C    3 1 0 0 .100
Hoffmann CF  3 0 2 1 .269
  Totals    36 5 9 4
  PBeach    32 4 8 3

  Error- Leach. 2B- Locke (5). 
RBI- Bruce (28), Hoffmann (22), 
Locke (11), Nicholson (20), 
Santana (18). S- Dunlap; 
Hoffmann. LOB- Palm Beach 
4, Vero Beach 9. SB- Paul (14).

  Vero Beach   in h r-er bb so era
Thomas         5.2 6 4-3 2 5 3.41
Leach          2.1 2 0-0 0 4 3.70
Pimentel (3-7) 1.0 0 0-0 0 1 4.63
  HBP- Mathias. T- 2:43. Att- 1,033.
Extra Innings Homers Boost Columbus-- The Catfish got home runs from Sergio Pedroza and Russell Mitchell in the 10th inning to break a 3-3 tie and earn a 5-3 victory at Savannah.

It looked like a three-run second inning would hold up for Columbus. David Sutherland walk and Travis Denker singled. Anthony Harper doubled in the first run and Conor McGeehan singled home the second. Bridger Hunt's ground ball made it 3-0.

James McDonald gave up a pair of runs in the fifth and left after six leading 3-2. Columbus had missed a run in the sixth when Travis Denker was thrown out at home on Hunt's single to end the inning.

Kale Garrison worked a scoreless seventh and Matthew Gomez de Segura added a zero in the eighth. But Ramon Troncoso couldn't close it out, allowing a run in the ninth on a two-out single, a stolen base, a throwing error by catcher Conor McGeehan that allowed the runner to move to third and then another single.

With one out in the top of the 10th, Pedroza smacked his 21st home run to left field and Mitchell added his 12th on a long shot to left center.

A pair of walks and a single in the last of the 10th made things dicey but Troncoso got a game-ending strikeout to preserve his first win of the season. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Columbus 030 000 000 2-5
Savannah 000 020 010 0-3

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin LF     5 0 0 0 .238
De Jesus SS   4 0 2 0 .290
Pedroza RF    5 1 1 1 .282
Mitchell 3B   5 1 2 1 .244
Sutherland 1B 4 1 0 0 .293
Denker 2B     4 1 2 0 .284
Harper DH     4 1 2 1 .345
 May PR-DH    0 0 0 0 .245
McGeehan C    5 0 1 1 .200
Hunt CF       4 0 1 1 .232
    Totals   40 5 11 5 .267
    Gnats    36 3 10 3 .240

  Error- McGeehan. 2B- Harper 
(4), Mitchell (29), Denker (4). 
3B- De Jesus (2). HR- Pedroza 
(21), Mitchell (12). RBI- 
Harper (20), McGeehan (1), 
Hunt (8), Pedroza (74), 
Mitchell (59). LOB- Columbus 
9, Savannah 9. SB- De Jesus (13). 
CS- Godwin (7). DP- 3 (De Jesus, 
Denker and Sutherland; 
Sutherland and Denker; De Jesus 
and Sutherland).

  Columbus     in h r-er bb so era
McDonald       6.0 6 2-2 3 4 4.22
Garrison       1.0 1 0-0 0 0 1.06
de Segura      1.0 0 0-0 0 2 5.30
Troncoso (1-0) 2.0 3 1-0 2 1 1.59
  T- 3:03. Att- 1,774.
Raptors Come From Behind-- Another of the Dodgers young pitching hopefuls struggled but Ogden overcame an early deficit with a four-run seventh inning to edge Helena 7-6.

Steve Johnson gave up four runs in the first and five in all as he worked six innings. However, the Raptors came back in the seventh with the help of bases-loaded walks to Josh Bell and Carlos Medero plus singles by Rick Taloa and Scott Van Slyke.

Ryan Rogowski had a double and two singles to lead the Raptor attack while both Taloa and Van Slyke had two hits.

Jesus Rodriguez (3-0) relieved Johnson and went three innings in which he was touched for two hits and a run. Miguel Ramirez threw a hitless ninth for his second save.

The victory snapped a three-game Ogden losing streak and left them with a 10-13 record, tied with Casper for last place in the Pioneer League South. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Helena 401 000 010-6 
Ogden  102 000 40x-7 

  Ogden      ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF   5 3 3 0 .338
Fuller SS     1 1 1 0 .264
 Soto PH-2B   2 1 1 0 .258
 Perez DH     1 1 0 0 .265
Bell 3B       3 1 0 2 .309
Taloa 1B      3 0 2 2 .254
Jensen RF     4 0 0 0 .281
M-Stullz C    2 0 0 1 .282
Van Slyke CF  3 0 2 1 .226
MRivera 2B-SS 4 0 1 0 .243
   Totals    28 7 10 6 
   Helena    35 6 11 5

  Error- Bell.  2B- Rogowski (5), 
MRivera (4). RBI- Bell 2 (14), 
Taloa 2 (9), Medero-Stullz (7), 
Van Slyke (7). S- Perez. LOB- 
Helena 8, Ogden 8. CS- Fuller 
(1). DP- 2 (Rogowski, Rivera, 
and Taloa; MRivera and Taloa).

  Ogden         in  h r-er bb so era
Johnson         6.0 10 5-5 1 3 3.60
Rodriguez (3-0) 2.0  2 1-1 2 0 5.40
Ramirez (sv 2)  1.0  0 0-0 1 0 2.61
  WP- Johnson 2. HBP- Johnson 3.
T- 2:47. Att- 2,719.
Coasties Win Again-- It wasn't Cinco De Mayo but three Mexican members of the Gulf Coast Dodgers celebrated anyway as the pitching of Mario Gracia, the hitting of Francisco Lizarraga and the speed of Eloy Gutierrez was instrumental in carrying the Gulf Coast Dodgers past the Marlins 8-1.

Gracia followed Jhonny Nunez (2-0), who had held the Marlins to two hits and one run in his five innings , with four scoreless to nail down his second save.

Lizarraga ripped two doubles and a single and Gutierrez contributed some spectacular bases running as the Dodgers widened the gap in the East Division to 4 1/2 games.

Yossandy Garcia doubled home a run in the second and Brian Mathews did likewise in the fifth and the Dodgers broke it wide-open in the sixth when, with two runners on, a wild throw on a sacrifice bunt saw Trayvon Robinson score from second and Gutierrez come all the way around from first to add another run.

In the eighth, Gutierrez lined a drive into the gap in right-center and merrily raced around the bases to arrive home standing up with an inside-the-parker for his first home run. He then added to his day with a spectacular running over-the-shoulder catch in the ninth.

Both Gutierrez and Robinson had two hits for the Dodgers, now 13-6. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Marlins  001 000 000-1 
Dodgers  301 002 01x-8 

  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Gutierrez RF 5 3 2 2  .246
Lizarraga SS 4 1 3 0  .340
Mattingly DH 5 0 0 0  .355
Ortiz 1B     5 0 1 0  .246
Lopez C      2 1 1 0  .444
Garcia 2B    4 1 1 2  .333
Mathews 3B   4 0 1 2  .246
Rosario CF   4 1 1 0  .247
Robinson LF  4 1 2 0  .268
   Totals   37 8 12 6
   Marlins  30 1 4 1

  2B- Garcia (6), Lizarraga 2 
(6), Mathews (5). HR- EGutierrez 
(1). RBI- Garcia 2 (13), Mathews 
2 (13), EGutierrez 2 (6). S- 
Lizarraga. LOB- Marlins 8, 
Dodgers 8. DP- (Garcia, 
Lizarraga and Ortiz).

  Dodgers     in h r-er bb so era
Nunez (2-0)   5.0 2 1-1 5 7 2.18
Gracia (sv 1) 4.0 2 0-0 1 3 2.21
  Balk- Nunez. T- 2:13

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