GCDodgers Win East Division Title

The Coasties finally nailed down the Gulf Coast title, stopping the Nationals 2-0 behind strong pitching. Las Vegas was handled 5-1 by Tacoma. A three- run homer in the 11th dumped Jacksonville 4-1. Vero Beach lost their 32nd one-run game, 3-2 to Jupiter. Mario Alvarez's dozen strikeouts helped Columbus drop Rome 5-1 and Ogden's pennant drive was slowed with a 7-5 loss to Great Falls.

Dodgers Blank Nationals-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers finally got the game they'd been seeking as they used superior pitching and took advantage of Nationals' mistakes for a 2-0 victory that clinched the title in the East Division. Mark Gardner went eight strong innings before Clayton Kershaw closed it out as the Dodgers claimed their first division title since 2002.

The win, coupled with a Marlins loss to the Mets, put the Dodgers three games in front with only one more to play in the regular season. The playoff setup won't be decided until Monday.

The team with the best overall record gets a bye into the best-of-three finals beginning Wednesday with the other two division winners meeting in a one-game play-off to determine its opponent.

Right now, the Red Sox, who've clinched the South with a .642 percentage, seem likely to get the bye with the other team to be either the Tigers or Yankees. The Tigers hold a slim one-half game margin over the Yanks in the North with those two teams meeting today. The winner there will probably play the Dodgers Tuesday with the site to be determined.

The Dodgers surely needed the superior effort of Gardner (4-1), an undrafted righthander from Dallas Baptist, for they managed only two hits with just one of those figuring in the scoring.

The 5-11, 175-pounder, who doesn't throw particularly hard, kept the Nationals off-balance as he allowed only five hits, walking two while striking out nine in becoming the first Dodger hurler to go eight.

Manager Juan Bustabad, who'd seen his team blow late leads on several occasions, took no chances by inserting Kershaw into relief for the first time. The lefthander was more than equal to the task as he got called third strikes on the first two men, then a grounder for his first save.

The Dodgers wasted little time scoring when Jovanny Rosario opened the game with a walk, then went to third on a Francisco Lizarraga single and came home on a passed ball. They didn't manage another hit until the ninth when Brian Mathews singled.

They scored the other run in the sixth with two out. Elian Herrera walked and moved to second on a balk. Lizarraga struck out but the pitch got away from catcher Augustin German. His throw eluded first baseman Robert Jacobsen , allowing Herrera to come around. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Dodgers   100 001 000-2
Nationals 000 000 000-0 

  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
Rosario RF    3 0 0 0 .283
Herrera 2B    2 2 0 0 .327
Lizarraga SS  4 0 1 0 .275
Mattingly DH  4 0 0 0 .290
Mathews 3B    4 0 1 0 .257
Ortiz 1B      3 0 0 0 .232
Robinson LF   4 0 0 0 .254
Jansen C      3 0 0 0 .248
Schwab CF     3 0 0 0 .237
  Totals     30 2 2 0 
  Nationals  30 0 5 0

  LOB- Dodgers 5, Nationals 4. 
DP- (Jansen and Ortiz).

  Dodgers      in h r-er bb so era
Gardner (4-1)  8.0 5 0-0 2 9 2.08
Kershaw (sv 1) 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 1.95
  HBP- Ortiz. T- 2-01. Att- 22.
Las Vegas Falters-- Former Dodger minor leaguer Francisco Cruceta allowed one run in 7.1 innings lead Tacoma to a 7-1 victory over the Las Vegas 51s. Cruceta (12-8) gave up just four hits, struck out eight and walked two. The only run he allowed was on Sergio Garcia's eighth homer of the season in the eighth, his second in two games.

The game was a prime example of Manager Jerry' Royster's frustrations -- one day after collecting 20 hits and 15 runs, the 51s (58-70) were handled easily, exposing their baffling inconsistency.

Starter Justin Reid (1-7) was touched for seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits over seven innings. He struck out five and allowed three homers

The 51s loaded the bases with one out in the second, but Bohn threw Andy LaRoche out at the plate to complete a double play on Eric Langill's fly ball to center.

LaRoche left the game in the seventh when his injured neck and shoulder stiffened up. He was replaced by James Loney.
  Score by innings
Las Vegas 000 000 010-1 
Tacoma    112 002 10x-7 

  Las Vegas  ab r h bi ave
Garcia 2B     4 1 2 1 .322
Robles SS     4 0 0 0 .284
Kemp CF       4 0 0 0 .331
Young RF      4 0 0 0 .267
LaRoche 3B    2 0 1 0 .311
Loney PH-1B   1 0 1 0 .373
Riggs 1B-3B   4 0 0 0 .307
Alvarez LF    3 0 1 0 .307
Bellorin DH   3 0 0 0 .239
Langill C     3 0 0 0 .191
  Totals     32 1  5 1
  Tacoma     32 7 10 6

  Error- Reed.  2B- LaRoche (10), 
Loney (27). HR- Garcia (8). RBI- 
Garcia (34). LOB- Las Vegas 6, 
Tacoma. SB- Garcia (6). DP- 
(Riggs, Garcia and Loney).

  Las Vegas in h r-er bb so era
Reid (1-7)  7.0 9 7-6 2 5 5.79
Osoria      1.0 1 0-0 0 0 4.43
  T- 2:19. Att- 7,026.
Homer Ends Pitcher's Duel-- Mark Quinn's third home run of the series in the eleventh inning gave the Birmingham Barons a 4-1 win over the Jacksonville Suns.

Birmingham opened the scoring in the second inning, scoring on an error to open a 1-0 lead.

That lead held until the seventh when Adam Greenberg dropped a two-out single into centerfield scoring Anthony Raglani to make it a 1-1 affair.

T.J. Nall worked the first seven innings, allowing eight hits and a single, unearned, run. B.J. LaMura threw a pair of shutout innings before Justin Simmons (1-3) took over in the 11th.

Michael Myers led off with a double and following an intentional walk to Pedro Lopez, Mark Quinn blasted a ball over the leftfield wall for a walk-off three run homer to end the game at 4-1.

The two teams left 25 men on base during the evening.

Anthony Raglani collected three of the eight Las Vegas hits as Jacksonville fell to 79-46 overall and 31-24 in the second half.

The Suns return to the Baseball Ground Sunday to open a series against the Montgomery Biscuits. Suns LH Ben Kozlowski will face Montgomery RH Tony Peguero.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 000 100 00-1 
Birmingham   010 000 000 03-4 

 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Greenberg RF   4 0 1 1  .226
Ruan CF        5 0 0 0  .268
Zapp 1B        5 0 1 0  .227
Meadows DH     4 0 1 0  .277
Brazell 3B     5 0 1 0  .258
Raglani LF     5 1 3 0  .242
Bruce 2B       4 0 1 0  .125
Rohan SS       4 0 0 0  .261
Ellis C        4 0 0 0  .261
  Totals      40 1  8 1
  Birmingham  45 4 12 3

  Error- Brazell.  2B- Zapp (16). 
RBI- Greenberg (18). S- Rohan. LOB- 
Jacksonville 10, Birmingham 15. SB- 
Raglani (5).

  Jacksonville in h r-er bb so era
Nall           7.0 8 1-0 3 5 2.98
LaMura         2.0 1 0-0 2 1 1.55
Simmons (1-3)  1.0 3 3-3 1 1 3.68
  T- 3:14. Att- 8,591.
Another One-Run Loss-- Jupiter handed the Dodgers their 32nd one-run loss of the year, despite a career-high 12 strikeouts from Marlon Arias, by a score of 3-2.

The 21 year-old Arias was in control most of the night, but gave up an RBI single on a two-strike pitch to Edgar Valera, a .167 hitter, in the second. In the fourth, Brad McCann led off with home run helped by a strong wind and Carlos Piste dropped an opposite-field homer over the fence with two outs in the sixth inning.

Meanwhile Jacob Mardeaux, the a former first round pick, struck out eight and got 14 ground ball outs in 7.1 innings.

Vero scored one run in the fourth when Russ Mitchell led off with a double and scored on a double play. The second run came during the Dodgers final shot in the eighth inning.

Shane Justis doubled with one out and Jamie Hoffmann walked. Eloy Gutierrez was hit a pitch to load the bases. A wild pitch pulled the Dodgers within 3-2, but back-to-back strikeouts closed out the inning.
  Score by innings 
Jupiter    010 110 000-3
Vero Beach 000 100 010-2 

 Vero Beach   ab r h bi ave
EGutierrez DH  3 0 1 0  .239
Gonzalez 2B    4 0 1 0  .262
Mitchell 3B    4 1 1 1  .244
Dunlap 1B      4 0 2 0  .253
Locke LF       4 0 0 0  .281
Paul RF        4 0 0 0  .289
Mathias C      3 0 0 0  .167
Justis SS      3 1 1 1  .291
Hoffmann CF    2 0 1 0  .254
  Totals      31 2  7 2
  Jupiter     35 3 11 3

  Errors- Hoffman, Gonzalez. 
2B- Mitchell (3), Justis (2). 
LOB- Vero Beach 4, Jupiter 9.

  Vero Beach in h r-er bb so era
MArias (0-1)  7.0 9 3 3 0 12 2 2.25
Leach         1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.78
Troncoso      1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 8.14
  WP- MArias. HBP- Gutierrez.
T- 2:38. Att- 1,777.
Fish Win Fourth in a Row-- Columbus used strong pitching to smother the Rome Braves in the first game of their series and collect their fourth victory in succession.

Mario Alvarez (6-9), worked into the sixth and allowed five hits and a single run. Dave Pfeiffer finished the sixth and Doug Brooks came in to pitch 2.1 scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Adam Godwin led the offense with three hits, two RBI and his 28th stolen base. Catcher Tony Harper also had three hits with a single and a pair of doubles. Shortstop Juan Rivera had two hits, including a double, his second homer of the season and two RBI.
  Score by innings
Columbus 020 101 100-5
Rome     001 000 000-1 

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       4 0 1 0 .322
De Jesus SS   5 0 0 0 .279
Denker 2B     3 0 0 0 .274
May RF        3 1 0 0 .257
Harper C      4 1 3 1 .301
Perez DH      5 1 2 0 .238
Sutherland 1B 5 1 1 0 .282
Godwin LF     4 0 3 2 .266
JRivera 3B    4 1 2 2 .224
  Totals     37 5 12 5 
  Rome       33 1  7 1 

  2B- Harper 2 (11), Sutherland (17). 
HR- JRivera (2). RBI- Godwin 2 (32), 
JRivera 2 (10), Harper (31). LOB- 
Columbus 11, Rome 8. SB- May (11), 
Godwin (28). CS- Godwin (12). DP- 
(JRivera, Denker and Sutherland).

  Columbus    in h r-er bb so era
Alvarez (6-9) 5.2 6 1 1 1 2 0 6.32
Pfeiffer      1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5.33
Brooks (sv 1) 2.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
  HBP- Hunt. T- 3:01. Att- 4,947. 
Raptors Smacked-- Great Falls liberally pounded Josh Wall to snap a 10-game losing streak in a 7-5 victory. The defeat ended the Raptors' three-game string and kept them one game out in the Pioneer League South behind Orem, which also lost.

The White Sox did all their scoring off Wall (3-4), reaching him for two runs in the third, three more in the fourth and another pair of runs in the sixth. He gave up 11 hits in the five innings he worked. Kalen Gearhart came in for two scoreless innings and Cody White finished with one.

Jesus Soto led the Raptors with three hits including a double, driving in two runs. Matt Berezay had a double and single and Rick Taloa added a pair of hits

Ogden is now 11-9 in the second half. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Ogden       010 021 100-5 
Great Falls 002 302 00x-7 

  Ogden       ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF    4 1 0 0  .295
Rivera, M 2B   4 0 0 0  .242
Berezay DH     4 1 2 1  .288
Santana RF     4 1 1 1  .273
Taloa 1B       4 0 2 0  .275
Soto 3B        4 1 3 2  .290
 Bell 3B       0 0 0 0  .271
Van Slyke CF   3 0 1 0  .242
Fuller SS      3 1 1  0 .224
M-Stullz C     4 0 1 1  .185
  Totals      34 5 13 5
  Great Falls 32 7 13 6

  Error- MRivera.  2B- Berezay (9), 
Fuller (4), Soto (10). RBI- Soto 2 (28), 
Berezay (24), Santana (19), Medero-
Stullz (12). S- Fuller. SF- Santana. 
LOB- Ogden 9, Great Falls 5. DP- 3 
(Santana and Medero-Stullz; Taloa 
and Soto: Medero-Stullz and Fuller).

  Ogden    in h r-er bb so era
Wall (3-4) 5.0 11 7-6 2 4  4.64
Gearhart   2.0  2 0-0 0 2 10.06
CWhite     1.0  0 0-0 0 2  2.61
  T- 2:49. Att- 3,068.

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