Houlton Makes Statement at Las Vegas

Las Vegas got strong pitching by D.J. Houlton and Matt White, stopping Colorado Springs 5-0. Jacksonville and William Juarez were thrashed 10-2 by Huntsville. Inland Empire fell behind 6-0 and lost 6-5 and Great Lakes lost their fifth in a row, this time 4-2 to Peoria.

Vegas Spins a Shutout-- D.J. Houlton and Matt White combined on a three-hitter as Las Vegas whitewashed visiting Colorado Springs, 5-0. Houlton boosted his record to 2-0 in his third start of the season and lowered his ERA to 1.62.

Houlton didn't allow a hit until a two-out double in the fourth. Former Dodger Ed Bellorin singled in the fifth and doubled in the seventh to account for all the SkySox runs.

White pitched the final two innings and didn't allow a hit, stretching the 51s' scoreless inning streak to 17.2 innings.

Andy LaRoche, whose bat has finally awakened, singled, went to third on an error and scored when Choo Freeman hit into a double play for the first Las Vegas run. LaRoche was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

The 51s made it 2-0 when Tomas Perez ripped an RBI double with two outs in the sixth. Freeman broke the game open with a three-run homer off former Dodger tom Martin.

Houlton told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he realized he was "fading off" the Dodgers' radar last year. He rebounded with a strong spring, working daily on his mechanics with 51s pitching coach Ken Howell.

After a slow start the 51 have won eight of their last nine games.
Score by Innings
Colorado Springs	000 000 000-0
Las Vegas	        010 001 30x-5

Las Vegas	ab  r  h  rbi  ave
Abreu ss	3  1  0  0  .400
Perez 2b	4  0  1  1  .270
Loney rf	4  0  1  0  .245
LaRoche 3b	3  2  2  0  .227
Jones lf	4  1  1  0  .350
Freeman cf	3  1  1  3  .371
Barnes 1b	3  0  0  0  .048
Stinnett c	3  0  2  0  .200
Houlton p	3  0  0  0  .200
GWhite p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	30 5 8 4
   CSprings	30 0 3 0

 2B- Perez (4). HR- Freeman (1).  
RBI- Perez (5), Freeman 3 (7). 
LOB- Las Vegas 3, Colorado Springs 6.

Las Vegas	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Houlton (2-0)	7.0  3  0-0  1  7  1.62
GWhite	        2.0  0  0-0  1  2  0.96
 HBP- by White. T- 2:10. Att- 2.368.
Suns Thumped-- Outfielder Brendan Katin personally took care of Jacksonville Tuesday night, going 4-for-5 with a grand slam and six RBIs as Huntsville routed the Suns 10-2.

William Juarez (2-1) came into the game with 14 scoreless innings in 2007 but was tagged for 10 runs in four innings and lost his first game of the season.

Shortstop Chin Lung Hu and third baseman Marshall McDougall each drove in a run for the Suns, now 6-6. Anthony Raglani singled and doubled for Jacksonville.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 001 100- 2
Huntsville	212 500 000-10

Jacksonville	ab  r  h  rbi  ave
Hu ss	        4  0  0  1  .225
Maza 2b	        3  0  0  0  .027
Paul cf	        3  1  0  0  .227
Dunlap 1b	4  0  1  0  .184
McDougall 3b	4  0  1  1  .238
Allen rf	4  0  0  0  .200
Raglani lf	3  1  2  0  .289
Concepcion c	3  0  1  0  .143
Lindsey ph	1  0  0  0  .222
 Totals	        31  1  5  2
 Huntsville	32 10 12  7

 2B- Raglani (4). RBI- Hu- (3), McDougall 
(4). LOB- Jacksonville 4. Huntsville 10.

Jacksonville	in   h   r-er  bb  so  era
Juarez (L, 2-1)	4.0  10  10-10  4  3  5.00
Akin	        2.0   1   0-0   2  4  4.70
Wright	        1.0   0   0-0   1  3  0.00
Ellis	        1.0   1   0-0   0  0  0.00
 HBP- Juarez. T-2:27. Att- 971.
Sixers Rally Falls Short-- The Mavericks built up an early 6-0 lead, then fought off Inland Empire's attack for a 6-5 victory.

The Sixers scored twice in the fifth inning when Jamie Hoffman doubled and Elian Herrera walked. Ryan Rogowski singled to right for the first run and Herrera scored on an off-line throw.

Rogowski singled with one out in the eighth and stole second base. He scored to cut the margin to 6-3 on Lucas May's single.

In the ninth, Russell Mitchell doubled to lead off the inning. Hoffman walked and Drew Locke was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Adam Godwin hit into a force at second at Mitchell scored. Pinch-hitter Shane Justis bounced into a second force at second to score Hoffman but Rogowski grounded to second to end the game.

Rehabbing Yhency Brazoban pitched just the first inning. He retired all three he faced. Brazoban is expected to make more appearances for the Sixers

Jesus Castillo (0-3) took over in the second and worked five innings, giving up all six High Desert runs and being tagged with the loss.
 Score by Innings
High Desert	040 020 000-6
Inland Empire	000 020 012-5

Inland Empire	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  1  3  1  .275
De Jesus ss	3  0  0  0  .296
May c	        3  0  1  1  .333
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .235
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  0  .323
Hoffman rf	3  3  2  0  .341
Locke dh	3  0  0  0  .265
Godwin cf	4  0  0  1  .200
Herrera 2b 	2  1  0  0  .200
Justis ph	1  0  0  1  .308
 Totals	        32 5 6 4
 High Desert 	34 6 7 4

 Error- De Jesus (4). 2B- Hoffmann 
(3), Mitchell (4). RBI- Rogowski (5), 
May (15), Godwin (4),Justis (2). LOB- 
Inland Empire 5, High Desert 6. 
SB- Rogowski (3).

Inland Empire	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Brazoban	1.0  0  0-0  0  0   0.00
JCastillo (0-3)	5.0  6  6-5  2  0   7.62
Gomez	        2.0  1  0-0  2  0  10.80
Pfeiffer	1.0  0  0-0  0  1   0.00
T- 2:43. Att- 1,014
Loons Shot Down-- Great Lakes lost their fifth game in a row as Peoria tagged them 4-2 Tuesday night.

Held to seven hits, the Loons tied the game 2-2 in the -- inning when Trayvon Robinson singled in the third with one out and moved to second when the center fielder fumbled the ball. With two out, an error on a Bridger Hunt ground ball allowed Robinson to score. Josh Bell singled to center to drove Hunt across.

Over the final six innings, Great Lakes managed only a pair of singles, Scott Van Slyke in the fifth and Justin Fuller in the seventh.

Josh Wall started for the Loons and worked four innings while picking up his second loss of the season. He allowed five hits and three runs -- two of them earned. Miguel Sanfler gave up the fourth Peoria run in the seventh.

Bell was the only Loon to have more than a single hit.
 Score by Innings
Peoria	        020 100 100-4
Great Lakes	002 000 000-2

Great Lakes	ab  r  h  rbi  ave
Robinson cf	4  1  1  0  .300
Lizarraga ss	4  0  0  0  .346
Hunt lf	        4  1  1  0  .321
Bell 3b	        4  0  2  1  .182
Berezay dh	4  0  0  0  .211
Perez 1b	4  0  1  0  .207
Santana c	4  0  0  0  .107
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .185
Fuller 2b	3  0  1  0  .222
  Totals	35 2 7 1
  Peoria	34 2 7 4

 E- Santana (2), Wall (1). DP- Robinson
and Perez. RBI- Bell (5). LOB- Great 
Lakes 6, Peoria 8.

Great Lakes	in  h  r-er  bb so  era
Wall (0-2)	4.0  5  3-2  1  4  7.04
Papelbon	2.0  1  0-0  4  0  7.71
Roquet	        1.0  0  0-0  2  0  0.00
 HBP- by Wall (2).  T- 2:45. Att- 2,242.

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