Black Tuesday -- Five Farm Clubs Lose

Las Vegas was hurt by four uneanred runs and despite Andy LaRoche's sixth homer, lost 9-3. Scott Elbert allowed only two hits but both were homers and Jacksonville was dumped 6-3.Vero Beach saw a 4-0 lead disappear 6-5 in 10 innings. Ogden is still winless after an 8-6 loss to Casper. The Mets scored late to drop the GC Dodges 7-2. The only team to escape defeat, Columbus, had an open date.

51s Dumped-- Iowa rolled to a 9-3 victory over Las Vegas, roughing up Harold Eckert (5-9) for eight runs -- four earned --on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts in three innings.

The Cubs (56-54) batted around in a five-run first helped by consecutive errors. Two-out errors by first baseman Eric and shortstop Wilson Valdez preceded a three-run homer.

Andy LaRoche had two hits, including his sixth home run, and two RBI for Las Vegas (52-59), while leadoff man Jeff Duncan was 3-for-5 with a run scored and Valdez reached base three times.

Although Matt Kemp was hitless, Manager Jerry Royster said, "He's one of the top three minor league baseball players I've ever seen", putting Kemp in a class with Raul Mondesi and Alex Rodriguez.

"The things he can do, nobody else can do that. The least impressive is probably his hitting, to be honest, because everything else is so good. He makes remarkable plays on defense and steals bases. It's all coming together for him," Royster said.

Las Vegas has averaged 4,960 fans over 64 home games for a total of 317,485, surpassing 300,000 in home attendance for the 24th consecutive season. The 51s play 25 of their final 33 games on the road.
  Score by innings
Iowa      512 010 000-9 
Las Vegas 000 101 010-3 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan LF    5 1 3 0 .307
Valdez SS    3 0 2 0 .303
 Gonzalez P  0 0 0 0 .500
 Bellorin PH 1 0 0 0 .245
Kemp CF      5 0 0 0 .379
Young RF     4 1 1 0 .280
LaRoche 3B   4 1 2 2 .339
Riggs 1B-2B  3 0 1 1 .326
Robles 2B-SS 3 0 1 0 .304
Langill C    4 0 1 0 .196
Eckert P     1 0 0 0 .111
 Reid P      1 0 0 0 .111
 Alvarez 1B  2 0 0 0 .348
    Totals  35 3 11 3
    Iowa    38 9 11 8

  Errors- Riggs, Valdez. 2B- 
Young (31). HR- LaRoche (6). 
RBI- LaRoche 2 (15), Riggs (34). 
SF- Riggs. LOB- Las Vegas 9, 
Iowa 6. CS- Valdez (14).

  Las Vegas  in h r-er bb so era
Eckert (5-9) 3.0 8 8-4 3 2 7.63
Reid         4.0 3 1-1 0 3 5.45
Gonzalez     2.0 0 0-0 1 2 4.86
  WP- Eckert. T- 2:39. Att- 8,101.
Homers Drops Suns-- Mobile powered its way to a 6-3 victory over Jacksonville, roughing up Scott Elbert (3-2) for four runs in five innings. Elbert only allowed two hits, but both were home runs and he walked six.

Jacksonville took advantage of Mobile errors to get back into the game in the fifth inning. A.J. Ellis scored on a double play groundball that was mishandled, and Tydus Meadows reached on another error in the sixth before Anthony Raglani's line drive homerun to cut the Mobile lead to 4-3.

A two-run homerun in the seventh off reliever B.J. LaMura to open a 6-3 Mobile lead.

Jacksonville had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases on two Mobile errors and a walk. However, the next three Suns batters went down in order.

It was feast or famine for the Suns pitching staff, recording 11 strikeouts an 10 walks. Three of Mobile's four hits were homeruns.

With the loss the Suns fell to 71-38 overall and 23-16 in the second half, still good for first place in the South Division. Mobile improved to 47-61 overall and 20-19 in the second half, three games back of the Suns.

Jacksonville and Mobile meet in the final game of the series this afternoon with RH Dirk Hayhurst facing Jacksonville's RH Danny Muegge.
  Score by innings
Mobile       003 100 200-6 
Jacksonville 000 012 000-3 

  Javille   ab r h bi ave
Hu SS        5 0 1 0 .262
Greenberg CF 4 0 0 0 .207
Abreu 2B     3 0 0 0 .292
 Kozlowski P 0 0 0 0 .000
 Rohan 2B    1 0 0 0 .239
Brazell 1B   4 0 0 0 .252
Meadows LF   4 1 1 0 .283
Raglani RF   3 1 1 2 .237
Garcia 3B-2B 3 0 0 0 .221
 LaMura P    0 0 0 0 .000
 Ruan PH     1 0 0 0 .270
 Alvarez P   0 0 0 0 .000
Ellis C      4 1 1 0 .250
Elbert P     1 0 1 0 .375
 Bruce 3B    3 0 1 0 .333
    Totals  31 6 5 2
    Mobile  32 6 4 6

  Error- Garcia, Bruce.  
2B- Hu (17), Elbert (1), 
Meadows (5). HR- Raglani 
(7). RBI- Raglani 2 (31). 
LOB- 8, Mobile 9. DP- 
(LaMura, Ellis and Brazell).

  Javille    in h r-er bb so era
Elbert (3-2) 5.0 2 4-4 6 6 3.21
Kozlowski    1.1 0 1-0 1 2 2.04
LaMura       1.2 1 1-1 3 3 1.68
Alvarez      1.0 1 0-0 0 0 3.17
  T- 3:03. Att- 4,202.
Vero Squanders Lead-- Palm Beach came back from an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Vero Beach 6-5 in 10 innings. Kyle Wilson took the loss in relief.

Vero Beach jumped in front in third-inning when Juan Apodaca walked and Jamie Hoffmann beat out a bunt. Xavier Paul doubled in Apodaca and one out later Blake DeWitt singled in two more runs. DeWitt eventually scored on a Drew Locke base hit for a 4-0 advantage.

After Alberto Bastardo struck out the first two batters in the third inning, the Cardinals' scored three times to make it 4-3. Bastardo allowed the tying run in the fifth.

Vero regained the lead in the sixth when Shane Justis singled to score Cory Dunlap and again Palm Beach tied the game, this time in the seventh off reliever Jonathan Figueroa.

The Palm Beach bullpen held the Dodgers hitless over the final four innings and Wilson (2-5) allowed the winning run in the 10th.

The series ends tonight.
  Score by innings 
Vero Beach 004 001 000 0-5 
Palm Beach 003 010 100 1-6 

 Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF      5 1 2 1 .297
Gonzalez SS  5 0 0 0 .248
DeWitt 3B    5 1 1 2 .265
Dunlap 1B    3 1 1 0 .243
Locke LF     3 0 1 1 .272
Justis 2B    4 0 1 1 .500
Gutierrez DH 4 0 1 0 .167
Apodaca C    3 1 0 0 .184
Hoffmann CF  4 1 1 0 .264
  Totals    36 5  8 5
  PBeach    39 6 11 6

  Error- Hoffman, Gonzalez. 2B- 
Paul (22). RBI- Paul, X (42), 
DeWitt 2 (59), Locke (20), Justis (1). 
LOB- Vero Beach 4, Palm Beach 
10. CS- Paul (13).

 Vero Beach  in h r-er bb so era
Bastardo     5.0 7 4-4 2 6 4.26
Figueroa     2.0 1 1-0 0 1 7.43
Ketchner     2.0 1 0-0 1 2 4.50
Wilson (2-5) 0.2 2 1-1 1 1 3.31
  HBP- Locke. T- 2:48. Att- 1,105.
Columbus-- Open date.

Raptors Lose Again-- Ogden is still looking for its first second-half victory as Casper came on in the middle innings to win 8-6, sending the Raptors to their third straight defeat.

Carlos Santana got the Raptors off with a two-run homer in the first inning and Parker Brooks doubled home another in the second but the Rockies jumped on first-round draft pick Bryan Morris (1-3) in the middle innings to pull away.

Morris went four and two-thirds innings in which he was roughed up for six hits and four runs. He also walked four while striking out seven. The Rockies then went on to pick up three more runs off Jesus Rodriguez.

Brian Giles hit his first pro home run, a two-run shot in the seventh for Ogden. Santana and Brooks added singles to their hit totals while Jesus Soto doubled and singled in the losing cause. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by innings
Ogden  210 000 300-6 
Casper 000 223 01x-8 

  Ogden     ab r h bi ave
Giles CF-RF  3 1 1 2 .250
Brown LF-CF  4 2 1 0 .276
Santana 3B   4 1 2 2 .333
Taloa DH     5 0 0 0 .281
Perez 1B     3 0 0 0 .262
Soto 2B      4 0 2 0 .245
Van Slyke RF 3 0 1 0 .242
Jackson CF   1 0 0 0 .151
 Rogowski LF 0 0 0 0 .291
Martin C     4 1 0 0 .284
Brooks SS    3 1 2 0 .324
  Totals    34 6  9 4
  Casper    34 8 11 6 

  Errors- Martin, Jackson. 
2B- Brooks (3), Soto (5).
HR- Santana (1), Giles (1). 
RBI- Santana 2 (4), Giles 2  (7). 
LOB- Ogden 8, Casper . 
SB- Brown (5). CS- Van Slyke (2).

  Ogden      in h r-er bb so era
Morris (1-3) 4.2 6 4-4 4 7 4.31
Rodriguez    2.1 4 3-2 0 3 5.74
White        1.0 1 1-1 1 2 4.00
  WP- Morris. HBP- Giles.
T- 3:12. Att- 1,725.
Bullpen Fails Dodgers-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers got a strong start from Thomas Melgarejo but the relief pitching collapsed as the Mets took a 7-2 win. That, combined with a Marlins victory, cut the Dodger margin to three games in the East Division.

Melgarejo pitched five scoreless innings in which he gave up only three hits but the Mets got to Jonathan Dutton (3-2) for three runs, then enjoyed a bizarre ninth in which Schuyler Tripp walked five and threw four wild pitches.

The Dodgers had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Kenley Jansen tripled and came home on a Brian Mathews single. The other Dodger run counted in the eighth when Jamie Ortiz singled home Elian Herrera, who had walked.

Jansen had three hits for the Dodgers, now 22-14. --Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Mets    000 002 104-7
Dodgers 000 010 010-2 

  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Schwab CF    5 0 1 0 .231
Herrera 2B   2 1 1 0 .375
Lizarraga 3B 3 0 1 0 .298
Mattingly SS 4 0 0 0 .308
Ortiz 1B     4 0 1 1 .256
Jansen C     4 1 3 0 .259
Mathews DH   4 0 1 1 .210
Rosario RF   4 0 0 0 .269
Robinson LF  3 0 0 0 .254
  Totals    33 2 8 2
  Mets      36 7 8 4

  Errors- Mattingly, Robinson.
2B- Schwab (3). 3B- Jansen (1). 
RBI- Mathews (15), Ortiz (14). 
S- Lizarraga. Dodgers 8, Mets 14.

  Dodgers    in h r-er bb so era
Melgarejo    5.0 3 0-0 4 6  3.70
Dutton (3-2) 3.0 4 3-1 3 2  3.67
Tripp        1.0 1 4-4 5 0 17.36
  WP- Melgarejo, Tripp 4. T- 3:03

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