Marlin Arias No-Hits Bakersfield

Marlon Arias was the big news Wednesday night, firing a no-hitter at Bakersfield, winning 2-0. D.J. Houlton limited Oklahoma to five hits and fanned seven in a 4-1 win. A two-run error in the eighth broke a 1-1 tie and gave Jacksonville a 4-1 win over Birmingham and Great Lakes scored four in the first, sat through a two hour rain delay and didn't get another hit the rest of the game, losing 6-4.

Sixers' Marlon Arias
no-hits Bakersfield

Marlon Arias pitched the first no-hitter for a San Bernardino team since Marcos Castillo threw a perfect game in 1999 and the 66ers, now 17-16, downed Bakersfield 2-0 in front of 1,879 fans at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

"It's beautiful," Arias told the San Bernardino Sun. "I'm very, very happy."

Arias (2-1), signed as a non-drafted free agent March 11, 2003 and spent two years with Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic before moing to Ogden in 1005 and splitting his time with Columbus and Vero Beach in 2006, recording a combined 7-7, 4.78 record with 141 strikeouts in 131.2 innings.

He was making his sixth start of the season. His record:
date      opponent     w-l  era   in   h  r  bb  so
April 7   HiDesert     0-0  4.91  3.2  3  2  4   1
April 12  Lancaster    0-0  4.50  4.1  5  2  3   0
April 18  HiDesert     0-0  6.59  4.1  9  5  2   3
April 23  *Lancaster   0-0  6.14  5.1  6  3  2   6
April 28  Modesto      1-0  5.58  5.0  7  2  1   5
May 3     @Elsinore    0-1  6.19  5.0  8  5  1   5
May 9     Bakersfield  1-0  4.66  9.0  0  0  2  10 
          Total        2-1  4.66 36.2 38 19 15  30
          * relief
He entered the game with a 6.18 ERA but lowered that nearly 2 1/2 runs, throwing 99 pitches of which 68 were strikes. He walked two, one in the third and the other in the sixth, and struck out 10. He faced only 29 batters, one over minimum, and retired the last 11 he faced.

"It's definitely the most exciting thing I've ever been a part of," said Sixers catcher Luke May, who had an RBI double. "It tops every home run I've hit, every play I've made."

Arias' success Wednesday goes back to his last bullpen session with pitching coach Charlie Hough. The no-hitter was the first Hough was a part of since in 10 years. It was 10 years ago today that Ted Lilly threw an 8-0 no-hitter over Lake Elsinore in the first no-hitter at Arrowhead Credit Union Park, and Hough was the pitching coach.

"He is a very special kid," Hough said. "You couldn't ask for a better night. I was hoping for five solid innings, and get him out of there with a lead." Arias allowed only five balls hit out of the infield, the last coming in the fifth inning.

The sixers didn't make it easy for him, scoring once in the first inning and once in the sixth, collecting only four hits. Russell Mitchell got the first hit, a double in the second, and he scored on James Tomlin's single. Mitchell singled again in the fourth and Inland Empire couldn't manage another hit until May doubled home Ivan De Jesus, who had walked, in the sixth.
 Score by innings
Bakersfield	000 000 000-0
Inland Empire	010 001 00x-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffman rf	4  0  0  0  .344
De Jesus ss	3  1  0  0  .236
DeWitt 3b	3  0  0  0  .206
May c	        3  0  1  1  .303
Mitchell 1b	3  1  2  0  .304
Harper dh	3  0  0  0  .194
Tomlin cf	3  0  1  1  .333
Justis 2b	2  0  0  0  .351
Rogowski lf	3  0  0  0  .254
  Totals	27 2 4 2
  Bakersfield	26 0 0 0

 2B- Mitchell (121), May (9). 
RBI- Tomlin (2), May (32). 
LOB- Inland Empire 3, 
Bakersfield 1. 

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias (2-1)	9.0  0  0-0 2  10  4.66
 T-2:10. Att- 1,879.
D.J. Houlton
handcuffs RedHawks

Righthander D.J. Houlton pitched six solid innings as Las Vegas defeated visiting Oklahoma, 4-1, on Wednesday. In winning his third against two losses, he allowed only five hits while striking out seven, lowering his ERA to 2.95.

Yhency Brazoban continued his rehabilitation assignment, adding two scoreless innings and Matt White struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth to earn his first save. Brazoban, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, has a 1.29 ERA in six appearances with the 51s who are not 14-18.

Oklahoma scored in the first on an error and the 51s tied things in the bottom of the inning on a Matt Kemp double, a stolen base and a passed ball.

In the fourth, James Loney led off with a double and scored on a one-out double by Delwyn Young, Ken Huckaby singled with the bases loaded to plate Young before Tomas Perez lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.

Loney and Sergio Garcia each had two of the eight hits for Las Vegas.

Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti, in town to take a look at the 51s, told the Las Vegas Review Journal, "We've got some of the better players in the (Pacific Coast League) on this club, but even the best players here are still learning and still developing.

"Our job is not to have these players knocking on the door to get to the big leagues, but to knock the door down ... to be so ready that they dominate at this level, because when they get to the big leagues it's going to be a totally different situation."
Colletti, in his second year as GM, visits each Dodgers farm team during the year and strives to field a balanced blend of veterans and youngsters in Los Angeles.

"We're not looking to hold kids back to the point where their best years are spent in the minor leagues. It does take time, though," he said. "James Loney hit .380 in this league last year, but he's still learning and still developing, so when he comes to the big leagues -- and he'll be there, and he'll be a Dodger when he's there -- he'll be even more prepared than he was last year, when he had a real nice September for us.

"It's the same thing for Matt Kemp. He's got a world of talent. They're both gaining on it, but we want to see them knock the door down."

Colletti said he was impressed with several other Las Vegas players, including outfielder Delwyn Young, shortstop Tony Abreu and pitchers Joe Mays and D.J. Houlton. Colletti also praised the play of former 51s third baseman Andy LaRoche, who was called up to the Dodgers on Sunday and is hitting .400 after going 1-for-2 with an RBI and three walks in a 5-3 win over Florida on Wednesday.
 Score by Innings
Oklahoma	100 000 000-1
Las Vegas	100 300 00x-4

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu ss	4  0  1  0  .351
Kemp cf	        4  1  1  0  .322
Loney rf	4  1  2  0  .258
Jones 1b	4  0  0  0  .260
Young lf	4  1  1  1  .259
Bigvie dh	3  1  0  0  .257
Garcia 2b	3  0  2  0  .308
Huckaby c	3  0  1  1  .286
Perez 3b	2  0  0  1  .258
   Totals	30 1 5 6
   Oklahoma	30 1 5 6

 Error- Jones (2), Huckaby (4). 
2B- Kemp  (6), Loney (8), Young (7), 
Abreu (9).  SF- Perez. SB- Kemp (3). 
RBI- Young (18), Huckaby (11), 
Perez (14). LOB- Las Vegas 
5, Oklahoma 5.

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Houlton (3-2) 	6.0  5  1-1  2  7  295
Brazoban 	2.0  0  0-0  1  1  1.29
White (sv 1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.66
 T- 2:36. Att- 3,486
Error in Eighth
Gives Suns 4-1 Win

Jacksonville broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning, with a little help from Birmingham, and took a 4-1 win Wednesday night.
John Lindsey led off the eighth with a single and Dave Nicholson, just up from Inland Empire, ran for him and moved to second on Marshall McDougall's infield single. After a wild pitch Luke Allen was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Catcher A.J. Ellis, hit a double-play grounder to second but the thrown sailed into left field and both Nicholson and McDougall scored. Juan Gonzalez reached on a fielder's choice that scored Allen with an insurance run.

Jacksonville's Wilkin Ruan had an RBI double in the seventh scored Juan gonzalez, on base on an error, to tie the game, 1-1.

McDougall was 2-for-4 and Chin Lung Hu went 3-for-5 to raise his average to a Southern League-best .380 for the Suns (19-14), who have won five of six.

Reliever Mark Alexander (1-0), just down from Las Vegas, allowed one hit over two scoreless innings to earn the win. He struck out five and walked one. Jonathan Meloan surrendered a two-out double in the ninth but collected his fifth save.

Starter Alvis Ojeda was charged with one run on six hits over six innings. He fanned two and walked two.
 Score by Innings
Birmingham	000 001 000-1
Jacksonville	000 000 13x-4

 Jacksonville	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss	        5  0  3  0  .380
Ruan rf	        4  0  1  1  .231
Paul cf	        4  0  2  0  .285
Lindsey dh	3  0  1  0  .250
 Nicholson dh	0  1  0  0  .000
McDougall 3b	4  1  2  0  .286
Raglani lf	4  0  1  0  .260
Allen 1b	2  1  0  0  .212
Ellis c	        4  0  0  1  .189
Gonzalez 2b	4  1  0  1  .222
    Totals	34 4 10 3
    Birmingham	32 1   8 1

 Error- Ellis (1). 2B- Paul (6), Ruan 
(3). S- Ruan. SB- Paul (4), Raglani 
(4), Hu (6).  LOB- Jacksonville 
10,Birmingham 8.
	
Jacksonville 	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Ojeda	        6.0  6  1-1  2  2  5.50
Alexander (1-0)	2.0  1  0-0  2  5  0.00
Melaon (sv 5)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  1.65
 HBP-Lindsey.  T- 2:40. At-2,955.
Suddenly the Loons
Bats Disappeared

Cory Hillman
Great Lakes Editor
By the seventh inning of last night's ballgame, it became pretty apparent that the Great Lakes Loons offense was residing in the "where are they now?" file.

Over the last couple of ballgames, the team's offense was showcasing its potential. Preston Mattingly had hit his first home run of the season, Scott Van Slyke was consistently driving balls in the outfield grass, and catcher Carlos Santana was showing signs that he was finally coming out of his batting slump.

In short, the Loons offense had been fun to watch over the last couple days. On Wednesday evening at Dow Diamond, the Loons scored four runs in the first inning, led by first baseman Eduardo Perez's two run single. And then, dark clouds rolled into the area and by the time the first lightning bolt was spotted in the sky, the Loons had a 4-0 lead after an inning and a half. After a one hour and fifty one minute rain delay, the Loons failed to get a hit for the next eight innings.

Lefty Thomas Melgarejo started tonight for the Great Lakes Loons but after the lengthy weather induced time out, gave way to Michael Gardner, normally a starter himself. After a rough third inning that fortunately led to no runs, Gardner continued to struggle in the fourth, this time punished by the Timber Rattler offense.

He surrendered a lead-off homerun that could have started from one end of the Great Wall of China to the other without hitting the ground, Gardner surrendered three more runs to tie the game at four apiece.

Right hander Joe Jones was summoned from the bullpen with no outs in the fourth inning, making his second appearance after recently being removed from the disabled list. Jones would go on to through four innings in relief, allowing only two base hits, walking three and striking out two.

In his two outings this season, Jones has thrown seven scoreless innings in relief, relying heavily on his breaking pitches and mixing in the occasional fastball to keep hitters off balance.

Miguel Sanfler, who has been outstanding out of the bullpen for the Loons this season, succeeded Jones in the eighth. After evading trouble in his first inning of work that ended with a runner thrown out at the plate, Sanfler (0-1) gave up the winning runs in the ninth.

The final score: the Wisconsin Rattlers 6, the Great Lakes Loons 4. Both teams face off tonight (Thursday) at Dow Diamond before concluding their series on Friday.
 Score by Innings
Wisconsin	000 400 002-6
Great Lakes	400 000 000-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt cf	        3  1  0  0  .291
Lizarrega ss	4  1  0  0  .315
Mattingly dh	4  1  1  0  .191
Perez 1b	3  1  1  2  .284
Berezay lf	4  0  1  1  .253
Gonzales 2b	4  0  0  0  .357
Bell 3b	        3  0  0  0  .200
Santana c	2  0  0  0  .152
Van Slyke rf	3  0  0  0  .237
  Totals	30 4  3 3
  Wisconsin	38 6 10 5

 Error- Gonzalez (2). DP-(3) Lizarrera, 
Gonzalez and Perez 2; Gonzalez, 
Lizarraga and Perez. CS- Berezay (3). 
LOB- Great Lakes 3, Wiscosin 12.

 Great Lakes  	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Malgarejo	2.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.76
Gardner	        1.0  4  4-4  2  2  5.61
Jones	        4.0  2  0-0  3  2  0.00
Sanfler (0-1)	2.0  5  2-1  1  1  1.71
 WP- Melgarejo. HB- Gardner. T- 2:52. Att- 2,268.

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories