Houlton Mastering New Delivery

D.J. Houlton pitched the 51s to a 6-5 victory and EY Young was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Vero Beach was roughed up again by the Yankees, 11-2. Ogden managed only three hits and despite strong pitching, lost to Missoula 4-1. Jacksonville, Columbus and the Coasties had Sunday off.

Holton Tough-- The Dodgers have been looking for pitching help and may be close to getting it from a familiar name. D.J. Houlton, a Rule V draaft in 2005, has struggled this seasn at Las Vegas but was working on changing his delivery. Houlton now brings his hands to the side of his face when going through the wind-up, rather than over his head.

Apparently Houlton is becoming comfortable with the change in his pitching motion and the right-hander put together his second consecutive promising outing, allowing one hit and one run over the first five innings in Sunday's 6-5 win over Portland.

In his previous start Tuesday, Houlton allowed six hits and four runs in 7.1 innings in a victory at Tacoma.

"It's allowing him to get the ball down a lot more, which has always been his problem," 51s manager Jerry Royster told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Especially his breaking ball, he's able to get that down and get a bunch of outs with that as opposed to Ball 1, Ball 2."

The back-to-back wins upped Houlton's record to 6-9 and lowered his ERA from 6.20 to 6.08. Not a huge improvment in the statistics, but the improvement is very appaarent.

Houlton started sixth inning but left after loading the bases with no outs, and was charged with two more runs.

He still allowed only one hit -- a fourth-inning solo homer -- and four walks in the win.

Delwyn Young was 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the 51s attack. He had RBI singles in the third and seventh (knocking in the eventual winning run) and Jeff Duncan went 4-for-4 with two runs scored as the 51s (48-54) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Joel Guzman and Matt Kemp also drove in two runs apiece for Las Vegas, which pounded out 12 hits.

Lance Carter allowed two runs on three hits over the final two frames, but struck out three, including the last two batters, to notch his seventh save.
  Score by innings
Portland  000 102 011-5 
Las Vegas 203 000 10x-6 

  Las Vegasab r h bi ave
Duncan CF  4 2 4 0 .280
Valdez SS  3 2 1 0 .289
Kemp LF    5 0 1 2 .300
Guzman 1B  4 1 2 2 .287
LaRoche 3B 3 1 1 0 .329
Young RF   4 0 3 2 .277
Riggs 2B   3 0 0 0 .327
Langill C  4 0 0 0 .191
Houlton P  2 0 0 0 .053
 Hull P    1 0 0 0 .286
 Carter P  1 0 0 0 .000
  Totals   34 6 12 6
  Portland 31 5  5 5

  2B- Kemp (3), Young, D (28), 
Duncan (7). RBI- Guzman 2 
(51), Kemp 2 (5), Young 2 (65). 
LOB- 9, Portland 4. SB- Valdez 
(20), Guzman (6). DP- (LaRoche.
Guzman andValdez).

  Las Vegas   in h r-er bb so era
Houlton (6-9) 5.0 1 3-3 4 2 6.08
Hull          1.0 1 0-0 0 0 3.46
Carter (sv 7) 3.0 3 2-2 0 3 4.46
  T- 2:39. Att- 1,591.
Jacksonville-- Open date

Vero Pounded Again-- A 30-minute rain delay didnt keep the Tampa offense from pouring in on Vero as they banged out 15 hits in an easy 11-2 victory.

Cory Wade, just up from Columbus, made his Florida State League debut and allowed a triple on the game's first pitch. He then settled in and retured the next seven Yankees.

But in the third a single and a wild pickoff attempt advanced both baserunners, then a sac fly made it 2-0.

The second of four Tampt triples boosted the score to 3-0 in the fifth. Wade had trouble in the seventh, allowing anaother triple and an RBI single, leaving the game with a 5-0 deficit.

Tampa then blew it open in the eighth against Jose "Jumbo" Diaz. Jumbo entered with a 2.18 ERA and it was 5.27 when he left as the Yankees tagged him for six runs on seven hits.

Vero scored in the ninth when Cory Dunlap drew a one-out walk and Drew Locke doubled. Dunlap scored on a wild pitch before Sergio Pedroza boomed a long shot to center that Victor Hall reached over the fence to rob him of a home run, but it did score Locke.

Blake DeWitt went 2-for-33 with a walk and has four of the Dodgers' nine hits in the series.
  Score by innings
Tampa      101 010 260-11 
Vero Beach 000 000 002- 2 

  Vero      ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      2 0 0 0 .294
Hoffmann  CF 1 0 0 0 .265
Gonzalez SS  4 0 0 0 .274
Dewitt 2B    3 0 2 0 .272
Bruce 1B     4 0 0 0 .292
Dunlap DH    2 1 0 0 .230
Locke CF-RF  4 1 2 0 .286
Pedroza LF   2 0 0 1 .167
Santana 3B   3 0 0 0 .267
Apodaca C    2 0 0 0 .200
  Totals    29  2  4  1 
  Tampa     40 11 15 10

  Error- Gonzalez (6), Santana 
(14). 2B- Locke 2 (9). RBI-Pedroza 
(7). SF- Pedroza. LOB- Tampa 4.
Vero Beach 6. DP- (Gonzalez, 
DeWitt and Bruce).

  Vero      in h r-er bb so era
Wade (0-1) 7.0 8 5-5 1 7 6.43
Diaz       1.0 6 6-5 0 0 5.27
Leach      1.0 1 0-0 0 1 4.34
  WP-Leach. T-2-31. Att-890.
Columbus-- Open date

Ogden Stopped-- Ogden managed only five hits- all singles- and so fell to Missoula 4-1 for a split in their four-game series. Steve Johnson (1-3) pitched well for the Raptors but was reached for a run in the fourth and fifth to absorb the loss.

In all Johnson went five innings giving up just four hits, striking out five and walking only one. Jesus Rodriguez was reached for the other two runs in the sixth.

Only Parker Brooks managed two hits for the Raptors who fell back to 15-18, five games behind in the Pioneer League South. -- Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Ogden    001 000 000-1 
Missoula 000 112 00x-4 

  Ogden     ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF  2 0 0 0 .287
Rivera SS    4 0 1 0 .237
Bell 3B      4 0 0 0 .250
Taloa 1B     4 0 1 0 .273
Soto DH      4 0 0 0 .242
Van Slyke RF 4 0 1 0 .250
M-Stullz C   4 1 0 0 .235
Brooks 2B    3 0 2 0 .348
Jackson CF   2 0 0 0 .128
  Totals    31 1 3 0
  Missoula  29 4 8 4

  Error- Johnson 2. LOB- 
Ogden 6, Missoula 6. SB- 
Van Slyke (4). CS- MRivera(3).
DP- (Rivera, and Taloa).

  Ogden       in h r-er bb so era
Johnson (1-3) 5.0 4 2-2 1 4  3.60
Rodriguez     2.0 4 2-2 0 1  6.20
Gearhart      1.0 0 0-0 1 1 11.91
  T- 2:23. Att- 1,507.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- Open date.