Manager John Shoemaker Wins 1,000th Game

Jacksonville manager John Shoemaker won his 1,000th game, topping Birmingham 6-1. Elmer Dessens threw a two-run homer in the eighth and Las Vegas lost 4-2 to Portland. Vero Beach was rained out. Columbus rode a Luke May home run to a 4-2 win over Kannapolis. Ogden won 9-3 over Great Falls as Andy Van Slyke knocked in three and the GC Dodgers lost 5-2 to the Mets.

Dessens Takes Loss-- Elmer Dessens, in Las Vegas on a rehab assignment, arrived in town just in time to pitch the eighth inning, allow a two-run home run and take the loss as Portland topped Las Vegas 4-3.

Dessens, who had just recovered from a sprained ankle that had put him on the disabled list, was victimized by an error, making one of he runs he allowed unearned. Eric Hull finished the eighth and threw a scoreless ninth.

Starter Joel Hanrahan had a similar thing happen, an error cost him a earned run in the sixth inning but Ed Bellorin had singled home Andy LaRoche to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh.

Hanrahan had allowed only two hits and the two runs over seven innings while striking out a season-high 10.

LaRoche had slugged his seventh homer of the season in the fourth to give Hanrahan a 2-0 lead.
  Score by innings 
Portland  000 002 020-4 
Las Vegas 000 200 100-3 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS    4 0 0 0 .307
Robles 2B    3 1 1 0 .291
Kemp CF      4 0 0 0 .314
Young RF     4 0 0 0 .271
LaRoche 3B   4 2 3 2 .325
Riggs 1B     4 0 0 0 .318
Alvarez LF   4 0 1 0 .281
Bellorin C   2 0 2 1 .238
Hanrahan P   1 0 0 0 .375
Garcia PH    1 0 1 0 .298
Dessens P    0 0 0 0 .000
Hull P       0 0 0 0 .250
   Totals   31 3 8 3
   Portland 33 4 5 4

  Errors- Riggs 2.  2B- LaRoche (9). 
HR- LaRoche (7). RBI- LaRoche 2 
(23), Bellorin, E (37). S- Hanrahan. 
SF- Bellorin, E.  LOB- Las Vegas 4, 
Portland 5. CS- Bellorin, E (2). DP- 
(Hull, Valdez and Riggs).

  Las Vegas   in h r-er bb so era
Hanrahan      7.0 2 2-1 2 10 4.02
Dessens (0-1) 0.2 2 2-1 1  0 13.50
Hull          1.1 1 0-0 0 1 0 3.98
  T- 2:43. Att- 3,422.
-- by J.P. Shadrick, Jacksonville Suns. In his 16th season as a Minor League manager, John Shoemaker recorded win number 1,000 as Jacksonville defeated Birmingham by the score of 6-1 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Shoemaker's career record is now 1,000-982. The Suns are 78-44 overall and 30-22 in the second half.

Shoemaker joins Stan Wasiak (2,075), Clay Bryant (1,338), Don LeJohn (1,241) and Geoge Schereger (1,016) in the exclusive 1,000 win club. Wasiak managed 30 years (1950-1986), Bryant 16 (1946-1964), LeJohn 19 (1967-1988) and Schereger 15 (1947-1958).

Shoemaker was a basketball and baseball star at Miami University (Ohio). The Chicago Bulls drafted him in the sixth round of the 1978 draft as a point guard. The Dodgers drafted Shoemaker in the 35th round of the 1977 first year player draft.

Shoemaker began his managing career in 1987 with Vero Beach and has led his teams to five league finals and three league championships, including two Southern League titles.

The Ohio native is in his 30th season in the Los Angeles Dodgers system combined as a player, manager and defensive instructor.

Jacksonville opened the scoring in the first inning when Tydus Meadows lined a ball off of the glove of Birmingham shortstop Pedro Lopez plate a run on the error to make it 1-0 Suns. Later in the inning, A.J. Zapp continued his hot hitting with a two-run double to open a 3-0 Suns advantage.

Jacksonville went back at Birmingham starter Wes Whisler in the fourth inning as Adam Greenberg drove home a run with a single to make it 4-0. During the following Jimmy Rohan at-bat, Greenberg broke for second base and the catcher's throw bounced into centerfield allowing Gabriel Gutierrez to score from third base and make it 5-0 Suns. On the play Greenberg made it to third and later scored on a wild pitch to open a 6-0 lead.

Suns starter Spike Lundberg looked strong in his 7.2 innings outing by allowing only an eighth inning run on nine hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Lundberg improved to 13-1 in the victory while dropping his Southern League-leading ERA to 2.03.

Jacksonville and Birmingham continue the series tonight as Suns LH Scott Elbert faces Barons RH Lance Broadway.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 300 300 000-6
Birmingham   000 000 010-1 

  Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF    4 2 2 1 .227
Rohan 2B        5 0 1 0 .271
DeWitt 3B       5 0 1 0 .167
Meadows LF      3 1 1 0 .282
Brazell 1B      4 1 1 0 .261
Bruce RF        3 0 0 0 .100
Zapp DH         3 1 3 2 .225
Hu, C SS        4 0 0 0 .255
Gutierrez, C    4 1 2 0 .268
  Totals       40 6 11 3
  Birmingham   35 1 10 1


2B- Zapp (15), Rohan (7). RBI- Zapp 
2 (26), Greenberg (17). LOB- Jacksonville 
7. Birmingham 9. SB- Greenberg 2 (11). 
DP- (Dewitt, Rohan and Brazell).

  Jacksonville  in h r-er bb so era
Lundberg (13-1) 7.2 9 1-1 1 4 2.03
Wright          1.1 1 0-0 1 1 5.27
  T- 2:32. Att- 1,937.
Vero Beach-- Wednesday's game between the Vero Beach Dodgers and Dunedin Blue Jays has been postponed due to a powerful rainstorm that pummeled Knology Park with over an inch of rain in less than an hour. The game will be made up today part of a doubleheader.

May Hits Winning Homer-- The Columbus Catfish (24-28) earned another comeback win, stopping Kannapolis 4-2. RF Lucas May hit his fourth home run in four games to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth.

The Intimidators took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI single by LF Aaron Cunningham. 2B Eric Mesa's single in the seventh inning made it 2-0.

The Catfish responded with two in the bottom of the seventh inning. SS Ivan DeJesus led off with a single and moved to second on a balk. He scored on a single by 2B Travis Denker. Columbus then loaded the bases and scored a run when RF Chris Jensen was hit by a pitch.

May continued his hot streak in the eighth inning. With two outs Denker walked before May slammed his game-winning 15th homer.

RHP Dave Horlacher started and allowed just two runs in seven innings. He was followed by RHP Jordan Pratt (7-4), who pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and earned the win. RHP Ramon Troncoso collected his fifteenth save.

Game three will take place tonight
  Score by innings
Kannapolis  100 000 100-2 
Columbus    000 000 22x-4 
  
  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt DH       4 0 0 0 .311
De Jesus SS   4 1 1 0 .285
Denker, 2B    3 2 1 1 .265
May LF        4 1 1 2 .256
Harper C      4 0 2 0 .299
Perez 3B      1 0 0 0 .246
Sutherland 1B 3 0 1 0 .283
Jensen RF     2 0 0 0 .143
Godwin CF     3 0 0 0 .260
 Totals      28 4 6 3
 Kannapolis  34 2 8 1

  2B- Sutherland (15).  HR- May (15). 
RBI- Denker (33), Jensen (4), May 2 
(72). LOB- Columbus 4, Kannapolis 5.

  Columbus       in h r-er bb so era
Horlacher        7.0 8 2-2 0 5 5.26
Pratt (7-4)      1.1 1 0-0 0 1 5.14
Troncoso (sv 15) 0.2 0 0-0 0 0 2.41
  HBP- Jensen. T- 2-30. Att- 329.
Van Slyke Leads Raptors-- Scott Van Slyke hasn't really had the type of season that the Dodgers envisioned until Thursday when he came out of the doldrums with a triple and two singles, driving in three runs to lead Ogden past Great Falls 9-3.

Van Slyke got hitting help from Matt Berezay with two doubles, plus two hits each by Ryan Rogowski, Jesus Soto, and John Martin to carry first-round draft choice Bryan Morris (3-4) to victory. Morris gave up only two hits but walked four while striking out seven in five innings in which the White Sox scored three times.

Berezay doubled home the first Raptor run in the first and Van Slyke collected his first RBI with a fourth-inning single. In the sixth, Rogowski singled with the bases loaded to send two more home and Van Slyke finished his big evening by tripling home a pair in the ninth.

Jesus Rodriguez followed Morris with three scoreless innings and Miguel Ramirez pitched a perfect ninth. The Raptors moved over .500 at 9-8 and are now three games behind Orem in the Pioneer League South. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Ogden       100 103 004-9 
Great Falls 000 003 000-3 

  Ogden       ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF    6 1 2 2 .302
MRivera, M SS  5 0 0 0 .240
Berezay DH     3 1 2 1 .282
Santana RF     4 1 0 0 .258
Bell 3B        5 1 1 1 .277
Giles CF       4 0 0 0 .284
Brown CF       1 0 0 0 .263
Soto 2B        5 3 2 1 .275
Van Slyke 1B   4 2 3 3 .236
Martin C       4 0 2 1 .261
  Totals      40 9 12 9
  Great Falls 33 3  6 2

  Error- Soto.  2B- Berezay 2 (8). 
3B- Van Slyke (2). RBI- Berezay (23), 
Van Slyke 3 (13), Soto (23), Rogowski 
2 (21), Bell (31), Martin (15). LOB- 
Ogden 10, Great Falls 8. SB- Rogowski 
(16), Bell (3). DP- 2 (Soto, MRivera, and 
Van Slyke; MRivera, Martin, Soto and 
MRivera).

  Ogden         in h r-er bb so era
Morris (W, 3-4) 5.0 2 3-3 4 7 4.66
JRodriguez      3.0 4 0-0 0 3 4.50
Ramirez         1.0 0 0-0 0 2 2.45
  WP- Morris 3. Balk- Morris.
T- 3:00. Att- 1,502.
GCL Mets 5, GCL Dodgers 2


Dodgers Clinch Tie-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers had racked up 17 runs on Tuesday but the Mets held them in check on Thursday to end their four-game win streak 5-2 and delay any East Division pennant-clinching celebration to another day.

The Nationals had obliged the Dodgers by stopping the Marlins 1-0 so the margin in the East remains at four with four to play. The Dodgers and Marlins now begin a two-game series, starting at Jupiter today, then switching to Dodgertown Friday.

The Mets got to Wayne Kershaw (1-1) for a first inning run, then added another in the fourth. Jon Haldis came in, only to yield a two-run homer by Juan Montero in the sixth. They added another in the eighth when catcher Kenley Jansen's attempt to pick off a runner at third got past Brian Mathews.

The Dodgers finally counted in the seventh as Lyndon Poole tripled and came home on Trayvon Robinson's single. The picked up one more in the eighth as Mathews doubled and scored on a Jamie Ortiz single.

Poole and Jansen were the only Dodgers with two hits. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Mets    100 102 010-5 
Dodgers 000 000 110-2 
 
  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Rosario RF   4 0 1 0 .286
Herrera 2B   4 0 1 0 .340
Robinson LF  5 0 1 1 .281
Cresse DH    4 0 1 0 .250
Mattingly SS 4 0 0 0 .295
Mathews 3B   3 1 1 1 .266
Jansen C     4 0 2 0 .264
Ortiz 1B     3 0 1 1 .246
Poole CF     4 1 2 0 .250
  Totals    35 2 10 2
  Mets      37 5 9 3

  Errors- Mathews, Jansen. 2B- Herrera 
(4), Mathews (11).  3B- Poole (3). RBI- 
Robinson (20), Ortiz (21). S- Herrera. 
LOB- 11. Mets 8.

  Dodgers        in h r-er bb so era
Renfrow (L, 1-1) 4.0 4 2-1 3 4 0.60
Haldis           5.0 5 3-2 0 2 3.35
  WP- Renfrow 2. HBP- Ortiz.
T- 2-32
Dodger Blue Notes-- The new general manager for the Kansas City Royals, Dayton Moore, filled more of his staff, hiring Rene Francisco will become Moore's special assistant for international operations, a position he once held with the Dodgers.

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