Young Gets the Call; Suns Tie Team Win Mark

It was the final games of the regular season. EY Young got the callup to L.A. after the 51s topped Fresno 7-6 in the final game of the season. Jacksonville dumped Carolina 5-3 and tied the franchise-best 86-54 record. Five Columbus pitchers allowed five hits and no earned runs in a 3-1 victory over Charleston. Ogden, now the only team still in action, lost to Orem 4-2.

Loney Wins Batting Title-- James Loney, now with the Dodgers, won the Pacific Coast League batting title with a .380 average as the Las Vegas 51s season came to an end with a 7-6 win over Fresno.

Delwyn Young had a beer poured over his head after the game in celebration of his promotion to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Young led the 51s with 18 home runs and 98 RBI. He also tied a franchise record by playing in 140 games.

Veteran infielder Oscar Robles and left-handed starter Eric Stults also were summoned to the major leagues. Young, a 24-year-old outfielder, is going up for the first time in his five-year career.

No other call-ups were announced, but Royster said a few other players, including third baseman Andy LaRoche and shortstop Wilson Valdez, might get promoted later.

Manager Jerry Royster said Young's promotion meant almost as much to him as Mike Sharperson's promotion in 1996. Royster, manager of the Las Vegas Stars, then the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, was reminded of Sharperson's death in a one-car accident the night he was called up. "So there's a lot of emotions with me," Royster told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Royster's fifth season, and second consecutive, as manager in Las Vegas ended with a 67-77 record.

But the 51s sent so many prospects to the Dodgers -- including outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, catcher Russell Martin, first baseman James Loney and pitchers Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton -- that Royster leaves for his Florida home today feeling good about what was accomplished.

"I've got a job to do and I'm extremely happy about the job I did," he said. "I've worked with all these kids and spent a lot of time with them on and off the field. It's fun to turn on the Dodgers game and watch it.

"I'm very, very disappointed in the won-loss record. I thought this would be the year that we would be able to do something special here."

Royster said he has no idea if he will return to the 51s next season. "I want to manage in the major leagues and we'll see how that turns out. But the one thing I do best is prepare kids to play in the major leagues," he said.

"I was able to manage a kid who I think might be the best player in the organization in Kemp, and I got a chance to work hands-on with our top pitching prospect in Billingsley."

In a game that meant nothing as far as the season was concerned, but a great deal to the young players, Andy LaRoche went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

LaRoche doubled and scored in the second inning, delivered an RBI single and scored again in the third and smacked a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Cory Dunlap, up from Vero Beach, and Edwin Bellorin drove in two runs apiece and Sergio Garcia went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the 51s.

Starter Zachary Hammes allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. Reliever Greg Miller (3-0) picked up the win, despite allowing three runs on three hits over two innings. Lance Carter allowed a homer in the ninth before notching his 13th save.

• NOTES-- The 51s' total attendance was 365,659, the fourth-highest mark in the franchise's 24-year history and the highest total since 1993.
  Score by innings 
Fresno     110 001 201-7 
Las Vegas  014 000 20x-6 

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Riggs 2B     4 2 1 0 .300
Garcia SS    4 2 3 0 .328
Alvarez LF   3 0 0 0 .293
Young RF     3 1 1 1 .273
LaRoche 3B   4 2 3 2 .322
Dunlap 1B    2 0 1 2 .250
Hoffmann CF  3 0 0 0 .300
Bellorin C   4 0 1 2 .234
Hammes P     2 0 0 0 .000
 Miller P    1 0 0 0 .000
 Osoria P    0 0 0 0 .000
 Hanrahan PH 1 0 0 0 .300
 Carter P    0 0 0 0 .000
   Totals   31 7 10 7
   Fresno   35 6 10 6 

  2B- Garcia (15), LaRoche (14). RBI- 
Bellorin, E 2 (49), Young (98), LaRoche 
2 (35), Dunlap 2 (2). S- Hoffmann; 
Alvarez. SF- Dunlap. LOB- 6, Fresno 
5. DP- (LaRoche, Riggs and Dunlap).

  Las Vegas    in h r-er bb so era
Hammes         5.0 5 2-2 1 5 5.62
Miller (3-0)   2.0 3 3-3 2 2 4.38
Osoria         1.0 1 0-0 0 1 4.35
Carter (sv 13) 1.0 1 1-1 0 1 3.92
  WP- Hammes. T- 2:25. Att- 3,135.
Suns Tie Record-- Jacksonville tied the franchise-best 86-54 regular season record with a 5-3 Labor Day victory over the Carolina Mudcats in the final game of the 2006 regular year.

Jacksonville won the first half going away with a dominant 48-22 record while finishing second in the second half with a 38-32 mark.

Manager John Shoemaker used five pitchers in the final tune-0up for the playoffs that start Thursday. Ben Kozlowski worked three scoreless innings before Alvis Ojeda (7-3) came in and pitched two innings to earn the win. Casey Hoorelbeke, B.J. LaMura and Mark Alexander followed.

Jacksonville opened the scoring in the sixth when Chin-Lung Hu hit a leadoff home run (#5), off of the left-centerfield scoreboard to make it a 1-0 game.

The Suns added to the lead in the seventh when they scored four runs on one hit, four walks, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly to make it a 5-0 Suns advantage.

Carolina scored one in the seventh off Hoorelbeke and two runs in the ninth inning off Alexander.

Playoffs--The Suns begin the 2006 South Division Championship Series against the Montgomery Biscuits Thursday evening. Biscuits RH Jeff Niemann will face Suns RH Spike Lundberg, the Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 000 001 400-5 
Carolina     000 000 102-3 

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF  5 0 1 0 .215
Hu SS         3 1 2 1 .254
 Rohan SS     1 0 0 1 .247
Meadows LF    2 0 0 1 .299
Brazell 1B    3 0 0 0 .247
 Zapp 1B      0 0 0 1 .223
Abreu 2B      4 0 0 0 .287
Raglani RF    4 1 1 0 .244
DeWitt 3B     3 1 0 0 .183
Ellis C       3 1 1 0 .250
Kozlowski P   1 0 1 0 .167
 Ojeda P      1 0 0 0 .133
 Hoorelbeke P 0 1 0 0 .500
 LaMura P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Bruce PH     1 0 0 0 .167
 Alexander P  0 0 0 0 .000
   Totals    32 5  6 4
   Carolina  39 3 11 3

  2B- Raglani (25). HR- Hu (5). RBI- 
Hu (34), Rohan (20), Meadows (42), 
Zapp (33). SF- Zapp. LOB- Jacksonville 
6, Carolina 12. SB- Ellis (2).

  Suns      in h r-er bb so era
Kozlowski   3.0 3 0-0 1 5 2.39
Ojeda (7-3) 2.0 3 0-0 2 2 2.95
Hoorelbeke  2.0 1 1-1 0 0 2.62
LaMura      1.0 1 0-0 0 1 1.77
Alexander   1.0 3 2-2 1 2 0.96
  WP- Hoorelbeke. HBP- Ellis.
T- 2:51. Att- 3,765.
Columbus Wins Finale-- The Catfish sopped Charleston 3-1 behind strong pitching to even their second-half record at 35-35. Five Columbus pitchers limited Charleston to five hits and no earned runs.

Starter Joey Norrito worked five innings and allowed the only run but it was unearned. Joe Jones took over and retired two before Dave Preziosi (1-0) got the final out of the inning and the win. Francisco Felix allowed on run over .2 innings and Matt Gomez de Segura saved his sixth game.

Jeff Beachum lived on a throwing error by shortstop Juan Rivera to lead off the third and moved to second when J. T. Lafountain was hit by pitch. Austin Jackson's single made it 1-0.

Lucas May lined his 27th double to lead off he sixth and later scored on a sacrifice fly by David Sutherland to tie the game.

Jesus Rivera singled to open the seventh and moved to third on a single by Travis Denker, then scored the tye-breaking run when Lucas May bounced into a double play.

The Fish added an insurance run in the eighth when Conor McGeehan walked with one out in the eighth. Adam Godwin's single made it 3-1.

Segura retired the final batter in the eighth and worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save.
  Score by innings
Columbus   000 010 101-3
Charleston 001 000 000-1

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Hunt CF       4 0 0 0 .314
JRivera SS    4 1 2 0 .256
Denker 2B     4 0 1 0 .268
May RF        3 2 2 0 .273
Perez 3B      4 0 0 0 .249
Sutherland 1B 3 0 0 1 .268
McGeehan C    2 0 0 0 .237
Jensen DH     3 0 1 0 .141
Godwin LF     3 0 1 0 .269
  Totals     30 3 7 1
  Charleston 31 1 5 1

  Error- J Rivera. 2B- May (27). 3B- May 
(9). RBI- Sutherland (42). SF- Sutherland. 
LOB- Columbus 3, Charleston 7. CS- Hunt 
(9), JRivera  (2). DP- (McGeehan 
and Sutherland).

  Columbus     in h r-er bb so era
Norrito        5.0 3 1-0 1 2  3.55
Jones          0.2 1 0-0 0 0  2.68
Preziosi (1-0) 0.1 0 0-0 0 1 11.25
Felix          1.2 1 0-0 2 2  5.46
Segura (sv 6)  1.1 0 0-0 0 1  4.94
  WP- Norrito, Felix. T- 2:21.
Att- 4,142.
Raptors Eliminated-- The celebration was on the wrong side of the field as far as Ogden was concerned as Orem rallied for three runs in the eighth inning and go on to a 4-2 victory that clinched the second-half title in the Pioneer League South.

The win meant a sweep for the Angel farm team which also won the first half while the defeat dropped the Raptors below .500 once again, this time at 17-18.

Ogden got a strong performance from Paul Coleman who held the Owlz scoreless for four innings before finally giving up a run in the fifth. The Raptors had scored both of its runs in the third when Carlos Santana doubled in one and later came home on a grounder by Josh Bell.

The Owlz came back though against the Whites- Garret and Cody- in the eighth with a two-run single by Abel Nieves chasing home a pair that were the clincher.

Tommy Giles was the only Raptor with two hits. Their season winds up Thursday. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Ogden  002 000 000-2 
Orem   000 010 03x-4 

  Ogden    ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF 4 0 0 0 .312
Fuller SS   3 1 1 0 .227
Giles CF    4 1 2 0 .287
Santana RF  4 0 1 1 .298
Bell DH     4 0 1 1 .298
Soto 3B     4 0 0 0 .304
Taloa 1B    4 0 1 0 .280
Martin C    3 0 1 0 .252
Brooks 2B   3 0 1 0 .267
  Totals   33 2 8 2
  Orem     26 4 7 4

  Error- Coleman.  2B- Santana (5). 
3B- Giles (1). RBI- Santana (26), Bell 
(52). LOB- Ogden 5, Orem 6. DP- 2 
(Giles and Brooks; Brooks, Fuller and Taloa).

  Ogden     in h r-er bb so era
Coleman     6.0 4 1-1 3 7 2.70
Acheatel    1.0 1 0-0 0 2 2.19
GWhite(1-3) 0.1 1 2-2 0 0 8.20
CWhite      0.2 1 1-1 2 1 2.74
  WP- Coleman. T- 2:17. Att- 2,930.
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