Kuo and Friends Shut Out Iowa

Las Vegas said goodbye to Joel Guzman who seemed pleased with his trade to Tampa Bay. Hong-chih Kuo worked five shutout innings in a 4-0 win over Iowa. Spike Lundberg won his 10th as Jacksonville dumped Mobile 8-1. Vero lost to Palm Beach 4-3. Columbus split two with Greensboro. Ogden was held to two hits by Casper and the GC Dodgers stopped the Nationals 6-4 as Jhonny Nunez won his fourth game.

Guzman Happy-- Joel Guzman, once a big part of the Dodgers future, was traded to Tampa Bay and told manager Jerry Royster, "Thanks, I just needed a little push."

Jerry Royster told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "You should hear some of the things I hear, some good and some bad. You ask the same question to 20 different people within the organization and you may get eight different answers.

"This kid is still raw, and he still has some flaws. But when you see how he played last week, and you see how he played a month ago, it was two different guys. I'd like to think that in the last week, Guzman got himself traded because he went out and played really good baseball. You see his potential. We'll see how it turns out."

Royster called Guzman to inform him of the trade. "He was joyful," Royster said. "He said, 'Thanks, all I needed was a little push.' "

Royster also laughed at Baseball America's rating of Kemp as the No. 8 Dodger prospect. "Kemp is maybe the best player in the organization."

And Kemp demonstrated that faith when he went 4-for-4 with two RBI and Hong-Chih Kuo and two relievers combined on a six-hitter as Las Vegas blanked Iowa, 4-0.

Kemp, who has batted .410 in 15 games since being re-assigned by the parent-club Dodgers on July 13, delivered an RBI single and scored in the first inning as the 51s (52-58) jumped out 2-0.

The 22-year-old center fielder tripled in another run and scored in the third and singled in the fifth and eighth innings for his second four-hit game with Las Vegas.

Kemp batted .279 with seven homers and 21 RBI in 37 games with Los Angeles.

Starter Hong-Chih Kuo (2-3) yielded five hits with five strikeouts and a walk in five innings. Mark Alexander walked two and struck out five over the next two frames. Tim Hamulack pitched around three walks in the eighth and a lead-off single in the ninth to preserve the shutout.

Third baseman Andy LaRoche started five double plays to take the pressure off the pitching staff.
  Score by innings
Iowa      000 000 000-0 
Las Vegas 202 000 00x-4

  Vegas    ab r h bi ave
Duncan LF   4 1 1 0 .302
Valdez SS   3 1 0 0 .300
Kemp CF     4 2 4 2 .410
Young RF    4 0 2 2 .280
LaRoche 3B  3 0 2 0 .333
Riggs 1B    3 0 0 0 .326
Robles 2B   2 0 1 0 .304
Bellorin C  4 0 0 0 .246
Kuo P       2 0 0 0.000
Alexander P 0 0 0 0 .000
Hanrahan PH 1 0 0 0 .400
Hamulack P  0 0 0 0 .000
   Totals  30 4 10 4
   Iowa    27 0  6 0

  Error- Bellorin.  2B- Duncan 
(10). 3B- Kemp (3). RBI- Kemp 2 
(16), Young 2 (72). LOB- Las 
Vegas 7, Iowa 6. DP- 5 (LaRoche 
and Riggs; LaRoche, Robles 
and Riggs 4).

  Las Vegas in h r-er bb so era
Kuo (2-3)   5.0 5 0-0 1 5 4.60
Alexander   2.0 0 0-0 2 5 6.14
Hamulack    2.0 1 0-0 3 0 1.78
  WP- Alexander 2. T- 2:28.
Att- 2,609.
Lundberg Wins 10th-- Spike Lundberg allowed one run on four scattered hits with seven strikeouts while becoming the first in the Dodgers' system to win 10 games.

Craig Brazell recorded three hits, including his 16th homerun of the season with three RBI, leading the Jacksonville Suns to an 8-1 win over Mobile.

Starter Spike Lundberg (10-1) rebounded from a first inning run by scattering three more hits during his seven inning outing while striking out seven. Casey Hoorelbeke pitched two innings of relief to finish the game.

Mobile opened the scoring but their 1-0 lead would not last long as Craig Brazell belted his 16th homerun to leadoff the second inning and tie the game at 1-1.

Jacksonville added more runs in the fourth when Tony Abreu had an RBI single and Gabriel Gutierrez singled home two more runs to open a 4-1 Suns lead.

Brazell doubled home Chin-Lung Hu in the fifth and Tony Abreu singled home Brazell, then later scored on an error to open a 7-1 lead.

Craig Brazell's RBI singled drove in the final run in the sixth inning. He finished the game 3-for-3 with and three RBI, and now has a league-leading 70 this season.

The Suns improve to 71-37 overall with a 23-15 second half record. Mobile falls to 46-61 and 19-19 in the second half.

Jacksonville and Mobile meet for the fourth game of the series tonight with LH Scott Elbert on the mound.
  Score by innings
Mobile       100 000 000-1 
Jacksonville 010 331 00x-8 

  Javille   ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF 5 0 0 0 .211
Hu SS        5 2 2 0 .263
Meadows LF   3 0 1 0 .284
Brazell 1B   3 3 3 3 .255
Garcia 3B-RF 4 1 1 0 .226
Abreu 2B     4 2 2 2 .295
Raglani RF   3 0 1 0 .236
Hoorelbeke P 0 0 0 0 .000
GGutierrez C 4 0 1 2 .208
Lundberg P   2 0 0 0 .208
Rohan 3B     1 0 0 0 .241
   Totals   34 8 11 7
   Mobile   31 1  5 1

  Errors- Hu, GGutierrez. 2B- 
Garcia (10, Thompson, S), 
Brazell (21). HR- Brazell (16). 
RBI- Brazell 3 (70), Abreu 2 (49), 
Gutierrez, G 2 (5). S- Lundberg. 
LOB- Las Vegas 6, Mobile 7. DP- 
(Hu and Brazell).

  Jacksonville  in h r-er bb so era
Lundberg (10-1) 7.0 5 1-1 2 6 2.00
Hoorelbeke      2.0 0 0-0 1 2 1.53
  WP- Lundberg, Hoorelbeke.
T- 2:40. Att- 1,879.
Vero Loses Close One-- Vero lost a tough, 4-3 decision to the Palm Beach Cardinals Monday night. Shane Justis was 3-for-4 in his second starting assignment to lead the Dodgers.

Eloy Gutierrez lined a leadoff double to open the game and scored on Blake DeWitt's ground out.

Palm Beach tied score off starter Mike Megrew in the bottom of the first but the Dodgers regained the lead when Justis, who was 3-for-3, singled and scored to put the Dodgers up 2-1.

Megrew ran into trouble in the fourth and gave way to Zach Hammes but the Cardinals went ahead 3-2. Palm Beach scored the winning run in the seventh off Brent Leach (3-3).

The Dodgers series in Palm Beach continues tonight with Alberto Bastardo (4-5) on the mound.
  Score by innings 
Vero Beach 110 001 000-3 
Palm Beach 100 200 10x-4 

  Vero Beachab r h bi ave
EGutierrez LF 4 1 1 0 .125
Nicholson SS  3 0 0 0 .288
DeWitt 3B     4 0 1 1 .266
Dunlap 1B     4 0 1 0 .242
Locke DH      4 1 0 0 .271
Paul RF       3 0 0 0 .296
Justis 2B     4 1 3 0 .667
Apodaca C     3 0 1 0 .196
Hoffmann CF   4 0 1 1 .264
  Totals     33 3 8 2
  PBeach     31 4 8 4

    2B- EGutierrez, E (1), DeWitt 
(18), Justis (1). RBI- DeWitt (57), 
Hoffmann (26). S- Nicholson. 
LOB- Vero Beach 6, Palm Beach 
11. SB- Apodaca (1). DP- 
(Nicholson, Justis and Dunlap).

  Vero      in h r-er bb so era
Megrew      3.1 5 3 3 4 2 0 3.27
Hammes      2.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 4.56
Leach (3-3) 1.1 1 1 1 0 1 0 3.89
Wright      1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.92
  T- 2:49. Att- 763.
Catfish, Grasshoppers Split-- Columbus collected a 3-1 win in the second game of a doubleheader to earn a series split against Greensboro, who won the opener 6-5.

In game one the Catfish took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a 3B Russ Mitchell double. The Grasshoppers responded with six runs in the next four innings off starter Arismendy Castillo (6-4) who allowed five runs in four innings.

The Catfish made it close in the seventh when they scored with three runs, helped by Juan Rivera's RBI double.

Ivan De Jesus and Mitchell had a pair of hits each.
  Score by innings
Greensboro 012 210 0-6
Columbus   200 000 3-5 

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 1 2 1 .292
Mooneyham 1B  2 0 0 0 .250
Denker 2B     3 1 1 0 .252
Mitchell 3B   4 0 2 2 .237
May RF        3 1 1 0 .249
McGeehan C    2 0 0 0 .174
 Harper PH    1 0 0 0 .325
Godwin LF     3 1 1 0 .255
Hunt CF       3 1 0 1 .302
JRivera DH    3 0 1 1 .167  
  Totals     28 5 8 5
  Greensboro 27 6 9 5

  Errors- Godwin.  2B- Mitchell 
(32), Godwin (9), JRivera (2,). 
RBI- Mitchell 2 (72), Hunt (13), 
JRivera (7), De Jesus (34). LOB- 
Columbus 7, Greensboro 8. SB- 
De Jesus (15). DP- (Denker and 
Mooneyham).

  Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
ACastillo (6-4) 4.0 7 5-5 3 1 4.48
Garrison        3.0 2 1-1 3 5 3.68
  WP- Castillo. HBP- May, Fulton, Witt
T- 2:35
In game two the Catfish tied the score at 1-1 when on 1B David Sutherland's fifth home run in the second inning. 2B Travis Denker led off the fourth with his fifth home run and Denker singled home Bridger Hunt in the sixth.

RHP Joe Jones gave up just one run in the first four innings and gave way to LHP David Pfeiffer (2-3), who earned the win. RHP Ramon Troncoso collected his twelfth save with two shutout innings.

1B/DH Jason Mooneyham's streak of reaching base ended in the second game after 47 consecutive games. when he went 0-for-3.

The Catfish open an eight-game road trip Wednesday in West Virginia.
  Score by innings
Greensboro 010 000 0-1
Columbus   010 101 x-3 

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       3 1 1 0 .303
Mooneyham DH  3 0 0 0 .247
Denker 2B     3 1 2 2 .260
Harper C 3    0 0 0 .320
Mitchell 3B   3 0 0 0 .235
Sutherland 1B 2 1 1 1 .295
May LF        2 0 0 0 .248
Jensen RF     2 0 0 0 .179
Rivera, J SS  2 0 1 0 .176
  Totals     23 3 5 3
  Greensboro 23 1 4 1

  2B- Hunt (5). HR- Sutherland 
(5), Denker (5). RBI- Sutherland 
(32), Denker 2 (24). LOB- 
Columbus 2, Greensboro 6. 
SB- Hunt (8). DP- 3 (JRivera, 
Denker and Sutherland; May 
and Harper; Rivera and Sutherland).

  Columbus      in h r-er bb so era
Jones            4.0 3 1 1 2 2 1 1.12
Pfeiffer (2-3)   1.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 4.60
Troncoso (sv 12) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.83
  WP- Troncoso. Balk- Jones.
 T- 1:50. Att- 557.
Ogden Shutout-- Ogden managed only two hits and fell to Casper 5-0. It was the second defeat in as many games for the Raptors in the Pioneer League second half.

Carlos Santana slammed a single off starter Robinson Fabian's leg in the second inning for the first Raptor hit and it wasn't until the ninth when they collected another, a single by Rick Taloa.

Javy Guerra, who had been rehabbing with the Gulf Coast Dodgers previously, made his first start for the Raptors by going four scoreless innings in which he allowed only three hits, walking three while striking out the same number.

Paul Coleman (1-1) took the loss, giving up three runs in the three innings he pitched. Miguel Sanfler then was reached for two runs in one inning. --Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Ogden  000 000 000-0 
Casper 000 003 02x-5 

  Ogden     ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF  3 0 0 0 .291
MRivera 2B   2 0 0 0 .244
Berezay DH   4 0 0 0 .279
Taloa 1B     4 0 1 0 .294
Santana RF   4 0 1 0 .273
Bell 3B      3 0 0 0 .266
Van Slyke CF 3 0 0 0 .239
Fuller SS    3 0 0 0 .213
M-Stullz C   2 0 0 0 .197
  Totals    28 0  2 0
  Casper    33 5 13 3

  Errors- Taloa. LOB- Ogden 5, 
Casper 11. SB- Rogowski 2 (8), 
MRivera (3). DP- (Fuller, Rivera 
and Taloa).

  Ogden       in h r-er bb so era
Guerra        4.0 3 0-0 3 3 0.00
Coleman (1-1) 3.0 6 3-3 3 3 3.24
Sanfler       1.0 4 2-2 0 2 2.60
  WP- Sanfler. Balk- Sanfler.
T- 2:40. Att- 981.
Dodgers Stuff Nats --The Gulf Coast Dodgers did a lot of hitting and scoring early, then hung on to take the Nationals 6-4. The victory, coupled with a Marlins defeat, widened the Dodgers (22-13) margin to five games in the East Division.

Jason Schwab doubled to lead off the bottom of the first for the Dodgers followed by singles by Elian Herrera and Francisco Lizarraga for the first run. A Preston Mattingly single drove in another whereupon they pulled off a double steal with Lizarraga successfully swiping home.

In the second, Jovanny Rosario ripped the first of his two doubles, moved up on an error and scored on a Schwab groundout. Herrera sent another home later with a sacrifice fly. The final Dodger run came in the sixth when Rosario doubled home Jamie Ortiz, who had singled.

Jhonny Nunez (4-0) went the first six in which he yielded four hits and two runs but the Nats got to Gary Paris in the seventh for a run, then loaded the bases with two out when Eduardo Quintana came on for a strikeout. Quintana wobbled in the ninth, when the Nats counted again but got through the inning for his third save.

Rosario led the Dodger attack with three hits and Lizarraga added two. --Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Nationals 101 000 011-4 
Dodgers   320 001 00x-6 

  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Schwab CF    4 1 1 1 .234
Herrera 2B   3 1 1 1 .370
Lizarraga 3B 4 1 2 1 .297
Mattingly SS 4 0 1 1 .319
Ortiz 1B     4 1 1 0 .256
Jansen C     4 0 0 0 .234
Garcia DH    3 0 0 0 .265
Rosario RF   3 1 3 1 .278
Robinson LF  2 1 0 0 .265
  Totals    31 6 9 5
  Nationals 34 4 8 4

  2B- Schwab (2), Rosario 2 (8). 
RBI- Lizarraga (14), Mattingly (18), 
Schwab (5), Herrera (10), Rosario 
(10). S- Robinson. SF- Herrera. 
LOB- Dodgers 3, Nationals 7. 
SB- Robinson (3), Mattingly (10), 
Lizarraga (3). DP- (Herrera and Ortiz).

  Dodgers       in h r-er bb so era
Nunez (4-0)     6.0 4 2-2 1 3 2.19
Paris           1.2 2 1-1 2 1 3.80
Quintana (sv 3) 1.1 2 1-1 1 1 5.30
  T- 2:29

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