Kemp, Garcia Have 5 Hits Each But Vegas Loses

Vegas banged out 20 hits and overcame nine runs in the first only to lose 16-15 to Portland. Jacksonville errors cost them a 9-3 loss to Birmingham. Russ Mitchell knocked in four as Vero topped Jupiter 4-2. Columbus completed a sweep, 13-2 over Kannapolis. Ogden clubbed Great Falls 13-2 and Preston Mattingly had four RBI but the Coasties lost 6-4 to the Marlins on three runs in the ninth.

Vegas Loses Wild 16-15 Contest-- In what once was considered a normal Pacific Coast League game, Las Vegas survived nine unearned runs in the first inning only to lose in the 11th when former Dodger Luke Allen's sacrifice fly lifted Portland to a wild 16-15 victory over the 51s.

Starter Dl.L. Houlton gave up nine runs -- all unearned -- in the opening inning and after 45 pitches left with two out. The 51s roared back to score in each of the first five frames to take a 13-12 lead, then scored twice in the seventh to again take the lead 15-13.

Manager Jerry Royster used six pitchers with Lance Carter giving up two in the ninth to blow the save and Luis Gonzalez (2-4) allowing the winning run in the 11th.

The number 2-3-4 batters in the Vegas lineup collected 12 of the team's 20 hits and drove in 11 runs. Sergio Garcia and Matt Kemp each went 5-for-7. Garcia homered and drove in three runs, while Kemp and Delywn Young each had a homer and four RBI.Nick Alvarez had three hits.
  Score by innings
Portland   902 011 002 01-16 
Las Vegas  343 120 200 00-15 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Valdez SS    6 2 2 1 .310
Garcia 2B    7 5 5 3 .318
Kemp CF      7 3 5 4 .341
Young RF     7 1 2 4 .269
LaRoche 3B   5 0 0 0 .309
Riggs 1B     6 0 1 0 .312
Alvarez LF   5 2 3 0 .306
Bellorin C   4 2 2 1 .242
Houlton P    0 0 0 0 .045
 Eckert P    1 0 0 0 .100
 Hull P      0 0 0 0 .250
 Robles PH   1 0 0 0 .289
 Hamulack P  0 0 0 0 .000
 Carter P    1 0 0 0 .000
 Duncan PH   0 0 0 0 .299
 Gonzalez P  0 0 0 0 .500
   Totals   43 15 20 13
   Portland 41 16 18 14

  Errors- Riggs, Kemp.  2B- Young
(35), Valdez (20). 3B- Bellorin (1). 
HR- Young (16), Garcia (7), Kemp (2). 
RBI- Kemp 4 (29), Young 4 (80), 
Garcia 3 (33), Valdez (53), Bellorin 
(38). S- Eckert 2; Bellorin 2. LOB- 
Las Vegas 11, Portland 10. SB- 
LaRoche (2). DP- 3 (Alvarez, Bellorin; 
Garcia, Valdez and Riggs; LaRoche, 
Garcia and Riggs).

  Las Vegas   in h r-er bb so era
Houlton        0.2 6 9-0 2 1 5.86
Eckert         3.2 5 3-3 4 4 7.55
Hull           1.2 2 1-1 0 1 4.02
Hamulack       1.1 2 0-0 1 0 1.50
Carter         2.2 3 2-2 2 2 4.34
Gonzalez (2-4) 1.0 0 1-1 3 1 5.45
  WP- Eckert. T- 4-30. Att- 9,005.
Boots Darken Suns-- Jacksonville committed four errors and Birmingham later scored three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to defeat the Suns 9-3.

Starter Danny Muegge gave up a run in the first and two in the second, with the help of an error, for a 3-0 lead.

Muegge settled in and allowed only five base runners, two on hits, from the third through sixth innings.

Chin-Lung Hu blasted a ball over the leftfield wall for a three-run homerun, his fourth homerun of the season, to tie the game 3-3. He left the game in th eeighth inning with an ankle injury.

However, the Barons scored three in the seventh and three more in the eighth.

Danny Muegge (9-8) left in the eighth after allowing six runs, but only three of them were earned.

Jacksonville fell to 79-45 overall and must win eight of the final 16 regular season games to top the franchise record of 86-54 set in 1998.

Suns RHP T.J. Nall faces Barons RH Jack Egbert tonight.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 000 300-3
Birmingham   120 000 33x-9 

   Suns      ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF       4 0 1 0 .273
Rohan 2B      3 0 1 0 .268
DeWitt 3B     4 0 0 0 .180
Brazell 1B    4 0 0 0 .259
Bruce RF-SS   4 0 1 0 .114
Zapp DH       2 1 2 0 .227
Raglani LF    3 1 1 0 .236
Hu SS         3 1 1 3 .255
Greenberg RF  1 0 0 0 .226
Ellis C       3 0 1 0 .266
  Totals     31 3 8 3
  Birmingham 35 9 8 8

  Errors- DeWitt, Hu, Rohan.  
HR- Hu (4). RBI- Hu 3 (31). 
LOB- Jacksonville 8, Birmingham 
10. DP- (Ruan and Ellis).

  Suns       in h r-er bb so era
Muegge (9-8) 6.1 6 6-3 6 4 3.93
LaMura       0.2 1 0-0 0 0 1.60
Hoorelbeke   0.1 1 3-3 2 0 1.83
Wright       0.2 0 0-0 0 1 5.02
  T- 2:54. Att- 4,291.
Mitchell Knocks in Four-- Russell Mitchell drove in all four runs as Vero Beach Dodgers dropped Jupiter 4-2 . The Dodgers victory ended a six-game losing streak and extended Jupiter's slide to nine games.

Mitchell led off the fourth inning with his third home run in 11 games since his promotion from Columbus. In the fifth, with the bases loaded and two outs, Mitchell lined a double down the left-field line that cleared the bases and gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.

Starter Alberto Bastardo (5-5) overcame singled and a home run in the first inning to earn the win and even his season record. Two more Hammerheads reached base before Bastardo got a double play and a strikeout to escape further damage. The Venezuelan lefty then allowed just three singles over the next five innings.

Ryan Ketchner worked two perfect relief innings and Adam Thomas pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save to end the Dodgers second-longest losing streak of the year.

The series continues tonight with Back-to-School Fireworks to follow the game.
  Score by innings
Jupiter    200 000 000-2 
Vero Beach 000 130 00x-4 

  Vero Beach  ab r h bi ave
Jackson RF     4 0 1 0 .222
Gonzalez 2B-1B 4 1 1 0 .263
Mitchell 3B    4 1 2 4 .244
Dunlap 1B      3 0 1 0 .249
Justis PR-2B   0 0 0 0 .288
Locke LF       2 0 0 0 .287
Paul DH        4 0 0 0 .292
Apodaca C      4 0 1 0 .212
Nicholson SS   2 1 0 0 .272
Hoffmann CF    3 1 0 0 .252
  Totals      30 4 5 4 
  Jupiter     31 2 7 2


  Error- Locke.  2B- Gonzalez (11), 
Apodaca (4), Mitchell (2,), Dunlap 
(13). HR- Mitchell (3). RBI- Mitchell 
4 (7). LOB- Vero Beach 6, Jupiter 5. 
CS- Locke (3). DP- 3 (Mitchell, 
Gonzalez and Dunlap: Gonzalez, 
Nicholson and Dunlap; Dunlap, 
Nicholson and Dunlap).

  Vero Beach   in h r-er bb so era
Bastardo (5-5) 6.0 6 2-2 1 7 4.29
Ketchner       2.0 0 0-0 0 1 2.02
Thomas (S, 2)  1.0 1 0-0 1 2 2.40
  WP- Thomas. HBP- Locke.
T- 2:11. Att- 1,148.
Fish Earn Sweep-- Columbus (26-28) did completed a four-game sweep of the Kannapolis Intimidators, collecting 12 hits on the way to a 13-2 win.

RHP Joe Jones (1-1) contdrolled Kannapolis, allowing two runs, one earned, iover 7.2 innings. He gave up three hits and three walks while striking out six.

Columbus opened up the game with seven runs in the sixth inning, using four hits and three walks to gain an 8-1 advantage. They added one run in the seventh inning and four in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

2B Travis Denker finished 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs and his fourth home run in four games. It was his 10th dinger of the season. Leadoff man CF Bridger Hunt was 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and one run scored. 1B David Sutherland chipped in a 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and two runs.

Catfish head on the road for a four-game series with the Rome Braves and will return to Golden Park Thursday, August 24 to start an eight-game home stand against the Charleston RiverDogs and the Rome Braves.
  Score by innings
Kannapolis 000 010 010- 2
Columbus   001 007 14x-13 

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       4 1 3 2 .324
De Jesus SS   3 2 1 1 .283
Denker 2B     5 3 3 3 .278
May RF        4 2 2 0 .259
Harper C      4 1 0 1 .294
Perez 3B      3 1 0 1 .232
Sutherland 1B 3 2 2 3 .284
Jensen DH     4 0 0 0 .132
Godwin LF     3 1 1 2 .261
  Totals     33 13 12 13
  Kannapolis 29  2  4  2

  Errors- May. 2B- Godwin (11), 
Hunt (11), May (23), Sutherland 
(16). HR- Denker (10). RBI- De 
Jesus (40), Harper (30), Perez (15), 
Sutherland 3 (37), Godwin 2 (30), 
Hunt 2 (19), Denker 3 (40). S- 
Godwin. SF- De Jesus. LOB- 
Columbus 7. Kannapolis 5. SB- 
Hunt (11). CS- Hunt (6). DP- 3 
(Denker, De Jesus and Sutherland 
2, De Jesus. Denker and Sutherland).

  Columbus  in h r-er bb so era
Jones (1-1) 7.2 3 2-1 3 6 2.51
Norrito     1.1 1 0-0 1 0 3.44
  HBP- Sutherland. T- 2:40. Att- 2,166.
Raptors Making Their Move-- There was a whole lot of hitting going on for Ogden, which is making the second half race in the Pioneer League South interesting. The Raptors racked up 11 hits in a 10-5 bashing of Great Falls for their third straight win. That moved them to 11-8 for the half and within one game of division-leading Orem, which lost.

Carlos Santana led the way with three hits, Jesus Soto slammed a home run and Mike Rivera and Rick Taloa both had a double and single in the assault. The Raptors got matters going in the top of the first with three runs with Santana driving in one with a sacrifice fly that was dropped. He later scored on a Taloa base hit.

In the third, Taloa doubled home Rivera while consecutive doubles by Rivera and Santana plated one more. In a wild sixth, Jeremy Brown sent one home with a single, another came in when Rivera was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and still another trotted in on a passed ball.

Soto's solo blast came in the seventh and they added yet another run on a wild pitch.

Jesus Castillo went four innings, allowing three runs, then Chales Dasni pitched two scoreless before being chased in the seventh with two runs. Greg Acheatel came in to strike out two men in that inning and wound up going 1.1 hitless so the official scorer awarded him his first victory. Garret White and Miguel Sanfler held the White Sox down the rest of the way.- Bill Shelley
  Score by innings 
Ogden       301 013 200-10 
Great Falls 201 000 200- 5 

  Ogden      ab r h bi ave
Rogowski DH   4 1 1 0  .302
MRivera SS    3 3 2 1  .250
Santana RF    4 1 2 2  .274
Taloa 1B      5 0 2 2  .270
Bell 3B       5 0 0 0  .271
Soto 2B       5 2 2 1  .278
Van Slyke LF  3 1 0 0  .239
Brown CF      3 2 1 1  .265
Martin C      4 0 1 1  .260
 Totals      27 10 11 8 
 Great Falls 34  5  9 5

  Errors- MRivera.  2B- Martin (6), 
Taloa (9), MRivera (6),  Santana (2). 
HR- Soto (5). RBI- Santana 2 (18), 
Taloa 2 (35), Brown (15), MRivera 
(5), Soto (26). SF- Santana. LOB- 
5, Great Falls 7. SB- MRivera (7), 
Rogowski 2 (21), Santana (3). DP- 
3 (MRivera, Soto and Taloa 2; 
JCastillo, Martin and Taloa).

  Ogden        in h r-er bb so era
JCastillo      4.0 5 3-3 3 5 3.00
Dasni          2.0 3 2-2 3 3 5.74
Acheatel (1-0) 1.1 0 0-0 0 2 2.08
GWhite         1.0 1 0-0 0 1 5.87
Sanfler        0.2 0 0-0 0 1 1.50
  HBP- MRivera. T- 2:57. Att- 3,418.
Dodgers Miss Chance-- Maybe it isn't time for the Gulf Coast Dodgers to panic but they absolutely have to be worried. There they were with a one-run lead going into the top of the ninth, needing just three outs for the championship in the East Division. Instead, the Marlins racked up four runs to win 6-4 and stay very much in contention.

That was the third straight defeat for the reeling Dodgers as the Marlins swept the two-game series to move to within two of the lead with just two more games left for each. They take on new opponents now with the Dodgers facing the Nationals in Viera today and in Dodgertown Monday while the Marlins meet the Mets.

Preston Mattingly's hitting had given the Dodgers the lead in Friday's game as he sent the first run in with a single in the third, then ripped his first home run, a three-run shot to left-center in the fifth. That brought the Dodgers back after the Marlins counted three times of Thomas Melgarejo in the top of that inning.

Gary Parris came on to hold the Marlins down for an inning and one-third, then Mario Gracia worked 1.2 allowing only a hit whereupon lefthander Wilfredo Diaz was brought in to hopefully close matters out in the top of the ninth.

Instead, the Marlins jumped on him for four straight hits and two runs. Jonathan Dutton was rushed to the rescue but he promptly yielded another hit, good for still one more run. He then restored order but the Marlins had a two run lead. The Dodgers went meekly 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to bring doubt and gloom.

Mattingly, Francisco Lizarraga and Jason Schwab all had two hits for the Dodgers - Bill Shelley
  Score by innings 
Marlins  000 030 003-6 
Dodgers  001 030 000-4 

  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Rosario RF   4 0 2 0 .288
Herrera 2B   3 1 1 0 .333
Mattingly SS 4 1 2 4 .297
Cresse DH    4 0 1 0 .176
Jansen C     4 0 0 0 .254
Lizarraga 3B 4 0 2 0 .276
Robinson LF  4 0 0 0 .262
Ortiz 1B     4 0 0 0 .236
Schwab CF    4 2 2 0 .244
  Totals    35 4 10 4
  Marlins   41 6 12 4

  Errors- Herrera, Mattingly. HR- 
Mattingly (1). RBI- Mattingly 4 (29). 
S- Rosario. LOB- Dodgers 6, Marlins 
11. CS- Rosario (2). DP- (Lizarraga, 
Herrera ad Ortiz).

  Dodgers  in h r-er bb so era
Melgarejo  5.0 6 3-0 2 5 3.60
Paris      1.1 0 0-0 3 1 4.01
Gracia     1.2 1 0-0 0 1 2.62
Diaz (3-2) 0.0 4 3-3 0 0 1.78
Dutton     1.0 1 0-0 0 0 3.52
  T- 2:41

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