Juarez Works Six Hitless Innings as 51s Win

William Juarez made his second AAA start a memorable one, pitching six hitless innings to boost the 51s to 7-4 win over Portland. Jacksonville led 7-2, Inland Empire led 5-1 and Great Lakes had a 1-0 lead before losing to Tennessee, Lancaster and Lansing.

Righthander William Juarez pitched six hitless innings as Las Vegas held on for a 7-4 victory over visiting Portland. Making his second start since a promotion from Jacksonville, Juarez held the Beavers to a pair of walks while striking out 10.

Juarez walked the leadoff batter, then retired the next 14 until allowing another leadoff walk in the sixth. The 26-year-old right-hander set down the next three hitters, fanning two, but left after throwing 62 of 100 pitches for strikes.

Juarez was battered in his first start for the 51s, allowing six runs on eight hits in only 3.1 innings at Tacoma. He also was up and down in eight starts for the Suns, going 4-2 with a 4.79 ERA. In 47 innings, he allowed 54 hits, including six homers, while striking out 36.

"When he was good, he was really good and when he was bad, well, he was really bad," said 51s Manager Lorenzo Bundy, who knew of Juarez when both were in the Arizona organization a few years ago. "Like any pitcher who doesn't throw 95, it's all about location."

Juarez (1-1) earned the win, but Portland broke up the no-hitter with a homer off Harold Eckert leading off the seventh. The Beavers then whacked Eckert for three more runs and knocked him out having retired only one batter.

Casey Hoorelbeke allowed a hit before Matt Riley took over and struck out four of the five he faced and Eric Hull pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Red-hot Mitch Jones went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs to take the Pacific Coast League lead with 44 RBIs. Jones also smacked his 13th homer, tying Omaha's Craig Brazell, who played at Jacksonville last season, for the top spot in the PCL.

Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with a double, and Larry Bigbie and Choo Freeman added a pair of hits to the Las Vegas total.

PCL All-Star Staff Has Dodger Flavor-- Albuquerque manager Dean Treanor will manage the PCL All-Star team in the 20th annual event July 11 in Albuquerque. His coaches will be Von Joshua and Kenny Howell.

Treanor, in his fourth season with the Isotopes and his fifth as a manager in the Florida organization, worked in the Dodgers organization as a Pitching Coach with the Albuquerque Dukes in 1999 and 2000.

Joshua, 10-year major league veteran, played in Los Angeles 1969-74 and 1979, then worked as a hitting instructor in the club's minor league system.

Howell, went 18-20 for the Dodgers from 1984-1988 and is in his second season as pitching coach with the Las Vegas 51s. Before joining the Las Vegas, he served as Pitching Coach with Vero Beach from 2003-04 and with the 2005 Southern League Champion Jacksonville Suns. Howell played seven seasons in the big leagues and also spent time as an Albuquerque Duke during his playing career with the Dodgers.

51 Notes-- Vegas infielder Mitch Jones has reached base in 10 straight plate appearances after going 3-for-3 with two walks for the second straight game Saturday. ...The Dodgers traded Las Vegas infielder Tomas Perez to the Chicago White Sox for a pitcher to be named from Triple-A Charlotte. Perez hit .227 in 36 games for the 51s. ...Wilson Valdez, who hit .297 and was named the 51s' MVP last year, rejoined Las Vegas after being designated for assignment by the Dodgers and clearing waivers.
 Score by Innings
Portland	000 000 400-4
Las Vegas	012 300 01x-7

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Garcia ss	5  0  1  0  .307
Loney 1b	5  1  1  1  .265
Kemp rf        	5  2  4  0  .300
Jones 3b	3  2  3  3  .297
Bigbie lf	3  1  2  1  .380
Maza 2b        	4  0  1  1  .333
Huckaby c	4  0  0  0  .321
Freeman cf	4  1  2  1  .272
Juarez p	3  0  0  0  .000
 Eckert p 	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hoorelbeke p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Riley p         1  0  0  0  .000
 Hull p        	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals 	37 7 14 7
   Portland 	30 4  5 4

 2B- Kemp (11). HR- Jones (13). RBI- Loney (28), 
Jones 3 (44), Freeman (15), Maza (11), Bigbie 12). 
S- Maza. LOB- Las Vegas 13, Portland 5. SB- Kemp 
(8). CS- Kemp (2). DP- Maza, Gracia and Loney.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so   era
Juarez (1-1) 	6.0  0  0-0  2  10   5.79
Eckert	        0.1  3  4-4  1   0  47.25
Hoorelbeke 	0.1  1  0-0  0   0   6.46
Riley 	        1.1  1  0-0  0   4  10.24
Hull (sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  2   2   2.70
 T-3:01. Att- 9,502.
Jacksonville Cruises, But Loses-- The Suns built at 7-2 lead in the third inning and then everything turned sour as Tennessee scored seven unanswered runs and topped Jacksonville 9-7.

Suns starter Michael Megrew (3-4) allowed eight runs, seven earned, on five hits and three walks before leaving after three trailing 8-5. Ramon Troncoso and Mark Alexander allowed only an unearned run between them over the final five innings.

After collecting nine hits and seven runs in the first four innings, including home runs by Dave Nicholson (#1) and Octavio Martinez (#2), the Jacksonville bats went ice cold and had only four hits and no runs from the fifth inning point on.

Jacksonville out-hit the Smokies 13-9, with Nicholson leading the way with three and Chin-Lung Hu, Jesus Gonzalez, John Lindsey and Martinez collecting two each.

Sun Spots-- The Suns have rescheduled an Aug. 30 game against the Montgomery Biscuits as part of a split, day-night doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Suns had to move the game because of a conflict with a Jaguars preseason home game against the Washington Redskins next door at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. ... The league's three leading hitters will meet for the fifth consecutive game today in when Tennessee's Josh Kroeger (.363) and Jacob Fox (.355) compete with the Suns' Chin-Lung Hu (.349). Hu and Fox had four hits, and Kroeger had three hits in the first three games of the series between their teams.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	133 000 000-7
Tennessee	203 300 01x-9

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss        	5  2  2  0  .350
JGonzalez 2B	3  1  2  1  .250
Paul cf        	5  0  1  1  .276
Lindsey 1B	5  0  2  0  .280
McDougall 3b	4  0  0  0  .261
Raglani lf	4  1  0  0  .242
Martinez c	4  2  2  1  .364
Nicholson rf	4  1  3  3  .194
Megrew p	2  0  1  0  .167
 Troncoso p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Dunlap ph	1  0  0  0  .266
 Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
    Totals 	38 7 13 6
    Portland	39 9  9 9
  Error- McDougal 2 (9), Lindsey (3). 2B- Hu- (18), 
Megrew (1). 3B- JGonzalez (1). HR- Martinez (2), 
Nicholson (1). RBI- Paul (24), Martinez (6), 
JGonzalez (13), Nicholson 3 (6). S- JGonzalez. 
LOB- Jacksonville 10, Tennessee 10. SB- Paul (8). 
CS- Paul (2).

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Megrew (3-4) 	3.0  5  8-7  3  0  6.27
Toncoso 	3.0  3  0-0  2  0  3.60
Alexander	2.0  1  1-0  2  1  6.35
 T- 3:04. Att- 4,084.
Unearned Run drops Sixers-- Catcher Luke May had a lot to do with the 8-7 loss suffered by Inland Empire Saturday night. He slugged his 10th home run with two on base in the third inning as the 66ers built a 5-2 lead, then his passed ball in the last of the eighth allowed the winning run.

May is in his first season as a catcher in an attempt to get his potent bat into the order. But it takes time to learn the difficult craft and it was his 13th passed ball of the season.

Designated hitter Blake DeWitt, after two four-hit games, ran his total to 11 in three games, banging a single and two doubles while scoring three of the 66ers seven runs.

Travis Denker also stayed hot at the plate as the second baseman had three singles and a run batted in while boosting his average to an even .350.

Lancaster bounced back with two in the sixth, three in the seventh and then scored the winning run in the eighth.

Starting pitcher Javy Guerra worked five and one-third innings allowing four runs while fanning six. He left with a 5-4 lead but reliever Jordan Pratt gave up a three run homer in the seventh. Jacobo Meque (1-1) worked only the eighth and took the loss.

The 66ers open a four games series with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes this afternoon. Lake Elsinore will in San Bernardino from Friday until Sunday to wrap up the home stand.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	004 010 010-7
Lancaster	200 002 31x-8

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann rf	3  1  1  1  .318
DeWitt dh       5  3  3  1  .261
May c        	5  1  2  3  .263
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  1  .305
Denker 2b	4  0  3  1  .350
DeJesus ss	3  0  1  0  .256
Rivera 3b 	4  0  1  0  .286
Godwin cf	4  0  0  0  .222
Rogowski lf	2  2  0  0  .255
   Totals	34 7 11 7
   Lancaster	32 8  9 6

2B- DeWitt 2(13). HR- May (10). RBI- DeWitt 
(17), May 3 (40), Mitchell (26), Denker (22), 
Hoffmann (34). LOB- Inland Empire 6, Lancaster 
8. SB- Rogowski (15). CS- Denker (2), Rivera 
(3). PB- may (13). DP- Denker, DeJesus and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Guerra        	5.1  3  4-4  5  6  4.82
Pratt (sv1)	1.0  4  3-3  1  1  5.05
Meque (1-1) 	1.2  2  1-0  1  2  8.05
 WP- Guerra. HB- Pratt,Rogowski, De Jesus. 
T- 3:01. Att- 2,571.
Loons Lose to Lansing-- The game's start was delayed 63 minutes by rain and the Loons now wish the raindrops had kept falling on their heads. The Lansing Lugnuts dropped the Great Lakes Loons 10-3, collecting 13 hits -- including seven doubles -- off three Loons pitchers.

  Great Lakes took a temporary 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Eduardo Perez, but Lansing took over at that point and scored nine straight runs before Great Lakes could get on the scoreboard again in the seventh.

Arismendy Castillo (1-2) gave up three in each the first and third innings before handing the ball to Joe Jones, who was tagged for three more and left in the sixth. Yulkin German restored a little order, giving up the final run in his three innings of work.

Newcomer James Peterson drove in the Loons' next two runs in the seventh inning with a two-run home run, his second since joining the Loons May 17, and boosted his average to .387.

Loons' third baseman Josh Bell extended his team-record hitting streak to 12 games with a fourth-inning single.  Adolfo Gonzalez and Peterson have eight game streaks.

Great Lakes falls to 20-27 as the series comes home to Midland for the final two games between the Loons and Lugnuts.  Right-hander Josh Wall will start today for the Loons.
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	100 000 200-3
Lansing	        303 201 01x-10

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt cf        	5  0  1  0  .281
Berezay dh	4  1  2  0  .228
 Jansen ph-dh	1  0  0  0  .107
Gonzalez ss	4  1  1  0  .333
Peterson lf	3  1  2  2  .387
EPerez 1b       4  0  1  1  .285
Bell 3b        	3  0  1  0  .259
 Fuller 3b	1  0  0  0  .219
Mattingly 2b	4  0  1  0  .207
Van Slyke rf	3  0  0  0  .270
Apodaca c	4  0  1  0  .091
   Totals	36  3 10  3
   Lansing	33 12 13 10

 HR- Peterson (2). RBI- Perez (17), Peterson 
2 (5). LOB- Great Lakes 8, Lansing 10,
CS- Jansen (1). PO- Jansen (1).

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (1-2)	2.0  6  6-6  4  3  6.27
Jones         	2.1  4  3-3  4  2  1.93
German	        3.0  3  1-1  2  5  7.20
 WP- Jones. BALK- Castillo. T- 2:38. Att- 4,993.

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