Jacksonville Shakes Rain, Wins Two

The 51s topped Colorado Springs 10-7 as Wilkin Ruan unloaded a three-run homer. Jacksonville rode solid pitching to a 4-1 and 1-0 sweep of Carolina. Inland Empire dropped a 4-2 contest to Lake Elsinore. Great Lakes was pounded 11-5 by South Bend. Ogden suffered the same fate, losing 13-3 to Orem and the Gulf Coast Dodgers had an open date.

Ruan's Home Boosts 51s-- Outfielder Wilkin Ruan went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs as Las Vegas built an early 9-0 lead, then held on to stop Colorado Springs 10-7.

Ruan's first home run for Las Vegas came with one out in the second inning. Catcher Octavio Martinez followed with a triple and scored on a single by Las Vegas starter Spike Lundberg for a 4-0 lead.

Ruan also had an RBI single in the third and outfielder Choo Freeman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Martinez also had a pair of hits and scored twice.

Lundberg (4-4) allowed three runs on five hits in six innings. He walked two and fanned a season-high six to even his record. William Juarez and Eric Hull surrendered four runs in the last three innings to keep the game interesting.

Marshall McDougall had a busy day. He played third base for Jacksonville in a rain-suspended game Tuesday, then was called up to Las Vegas. He played first base for the 51s last night and when the Suns game was completed, appeared in that box score on the same day.?

Bonds "OK"-- Former Dodger Matt Herges, now pitching for Colorado Springs, will be happy for Giants' outfielder Barry Bonds when he passes Hank Aaron in the next few months to become baseball's career home run king.

Matt Herges was Bonds' teammate with San Francisco in 2004 and 2005. He said Bonds was a great teammate and he's pulling for him to break the record. Bonds is seven homers from tying Aaron's record of 755.

"Absolutely," Herges told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "To me, he was a good guy. He treated me well." Herges, a 37-year-old right-handed pitcher with nine years of major league experience, including three with the Dodgers during which he recorded a 20-13 record, is part of the legacy as one of 441 pitchers against whom Bonds has homered.
 Score by Innings
Colorado Springs	000 030 103- 9
Las Vegas	        045 001 10x-10

 Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	5  0  1  0  .350
Garcia 2b	5  0  0  0  .309
Young rf	4  2  1  0  .309
Lindsey 1b	2  1  1  1  .419
 Hull p        	0  0  0  0  .000
Freeman cf	3  2  2  1  .287
Maza 3b        	3  2  0  0  .348
Ruan lf	        4  1  2  4  .289
Martinez c	4  2  2  1  .270
Lundberg p	2  0  1  1  .222
 Juarez p	0  0  0  0  .000
McDougall 1b	1  0  0  0  .000
 Totals	        32 10 9 8
 CoSprings	36  7 8 7

 2B- Lindsey (4). 3B- Martinez (1). HR Ruan (1). 
RBI- Ruan 4 (8), Lundberg (1), Lindsey (12), 
Martinez (3), Freeman (27). SF- Lundberg. 
LOB- Las Vegas 4, Colorado Springs 7.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lundberg (4-4)	6.0  5  3-3  2  6  6.51
Juarez	        1.0  1  1-1  1  1  4.91
Hull 	        2.0  3  3-3  0  2  3.82
 HBP- Lindsey; by Lundberg, by Juarez. T- 2:42. Att- 5,564.
Suns Sweep Mudcats-- The skies finally cleared and after two days of rain, Jacksonville swept a doubleheader 4-1 and 1-0 from Carolina, relying on strong pitching and some timely hits.

In the completion of a game suspended Tuesday and Wednesday by rain, outfielder Xavier Paul belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning to insure the Suns a 4-1 win. It was his seventh home run of the season.

Jimmy Rohan's RBI groundout in the fifth gave the Suns a 1-0 lead and after Carolina tied the game, outfielder Anthony Raglani lined a run-scoring double in the sixth to give Jacksonville a 2-1 lead.

Starter Eric Cyr allowed two hits and fanned three over four scoreless innings before play called Tuesday. Reliever Zachary Hammes (3-3) picked up his third straight win, allowing a run on three hits and four strikeouts over four innings. Jonathan Meloan tossed a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.
1st game
 Score by Innings
Carolina	000 001 000-1
Jacksonville	000 011 20x-4

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	4  1  1  2  .275
Hu ss        	4  1  1  0  .323
Dunlap 1b	4  0  1  0  .268
Concepcion c	4  0  0  0  .273
 McDougall 3b	1  0  0  0  .263
Raglani ph-lf	2  0  1  1  .238
Tomlin lf-rf	4  1  1  0  .235
JGonzalez	3  0  0  0  .278
Rohan rf-3b	3  0  0  1  .224
Cyr p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hammes p	1  1  0  0  .000
 Meloan p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Total 	30 4 5 4
   Carolina	32 1 6 1

 2B- Raglani (15). HR- Paul (7). RBI- Raglani 
(10), Raglani (39), Paul 2 (35). LOB- Jacksonville 
5, Carolina 6. SB- Tomlin 2 (3). DP- Hammes, Hu 
and Dunlap.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cyr        	4.0  2  0-0  1  3  2.86
Hammes (3-3)	4.0  3  1-1  1  4  3.79
Meloan (sv 13)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.31
 Att- 2:18. Att- 4, 066.
In the second game, Megrew, Greg Miller and Ramon Troncoso combined on a three-hitter as Jacksonville defeated visiting Carolina 1-0 in eight innings.

Catcher A.J. Ellis, who has been on fire recently, lined a walk-off RBI single to left field with the bases loaded in the eighth to drive in second baseman Juan Gonzalez with the only run of the game.

Megrew allowed three hits with seven strikeouts over five innings. The 23-year-old left-hander retired the final 10 batters he faced.

Lefthander Greg Miller struck out three and walked one over two hitless innings. Miller has been having control problems so severe that he has been sent down from Las Vegas.

Ramon Troncoso (3-1) retired the side in the eighth for the win.

Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu and Ellis each had a pair of Jacksonville's six hits.

Hu in Futures Game-- Hu will join Great Lakes left-hander Clayton Kershaw in the 2007 MLB Futures Game although they will be on opposite sides of the field. Hu will be a member of the World Team and Kershaw will play for the U.S. Team. Hu has led Jacksonville most of the season and is hitting .326 as the season rolls into the second half. The 2007 Futures Game will be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco July 8 as part of All-Star Sunday and will be broadcast live at 4pm ET on ESPN2.
  2nd Game
 Score by Innings
Carolina	000 000 00-0
Jacksonville	000 000 01-1

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	4  0  0  0  .271
Hu ss        	4  0  2  0  .326
Dunlap 1b	2  0  0  0  .265
Ellis c	        3  0  2  1  .276
Raglani lf	3  0  0  0  .235
Tomlin rf	3  0  1  0  .243
Howard 3b	3  0  0  0  .000
Nicholson 2b	2  0  0  0  .179
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Concepcion ph	1  0  0  0  .270
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Megrew p	1  0  0  0  .143
 JGonzalez 2b	1  1  1  0  .282
   Totals	33 1 5 1
   Carolina	27 0 3 0

 Error- Howard (1). 2B- Tomlin (2). RBI- Ellis 
(26). LOB- Jacksonville 5, Carolina 4.

 Jacksonville	 ab  h  r-er bb so  era
Megrew	        5.0  3  0-0  0  7   5.78
Miller	        2.0  0  0-0  1  3  15.00
Troncoso (3-1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1   2.76
 T- 2:13. Att- 7,889.
Sixers Rusty After Break-- Inland Empire, the hottest team in the California League down the first-half stretch just couldn't get untracked and lost a 4-2 decision to Lake Elsinore in their first game of the second half.

Starter Jesus Castillo (2-5) worked six innings and allowed four runs --three earned -- on eight hits but took the loss when his teammates couldn't generate enough offense. Francisco Felix closed it out with two hitless innings.

The Sixers managed only six hits. Second baseman Travis Denker singled across first baseman Russell Mitchell, who reached base on a two-base error in the third inning and outfielder Jamie Hoffmann had an RBI single in the ninth to score third baseman Blake DeWitt, who had walked.

Game two of the series will see Marlon Arias braving the Storm. Inland Empire returns home on Sunday to open up a four game home stand against the San Jose Giants.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	000 100 001-2
Lake Elsinore	003 001 00x-4

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  1  0  .249
Justis dh	4  0  0  0  .283
DeWitt 3b	4  0  1  0  .278
Mitchell 1b	4  1  0  0  .270
Denker 2b	3  1  1  1  .342
Hoffmann cf	4  0  1  1  .310
May c        	4  0  1  0  .257
Hunt rf	        3  0  0  0  .250
De Jesus ss	3  0  1  0  .259
 Totals	        33 2 5 2
 Lake Elsinore	30 4 8 3

 Error- De Jesus (13). 2B- DeWitt (20), Rogowski 
(15). RBI - Denker (29), Hoffmann (44). LOB- Inland 
Empire 5, Lake Elsinore 5. DP- 2 De Jesus and Denker; 
Mitchell, De Jesus and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (2-5)	6.0  8  4-3  2  1  4.21
Felix        	2.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.15
 WP- Castillo. HBP- by Castillo. T- 2:08. Att- 3,367.
Loons Smacked-- Great Lakes was mauled by South Bend, falling behind 8-2 after four innings and losing 11-5. Jesus Castillo (2-4) and Dave Pfeiffer were charged with all the runs in the first six innings.

For Great Lakes errors cost a pair of unearned runs and the Loons hit into two double plays.

The Loons scored single runs in the second and fourth innings, then banged across three in the ninth. Third baseman Josh Bell and outfielder Scott Van Slyke singled and outfielder Matt Berezay slugged his fourth home run to make the score semi-presentable.

Bell, Van Slyke and designated hitter Adolfo Gonzalez each had a pair of hits and Trayvon Robinson added a double.

Kershaw Picked for Futures Game-- Great Lakes left-hander Clayton Kershaw will be participating in the 2007 MLB Futures Game as part of the pitching staff for the United States team. At 19 years, 94 days old, Kershaw is the fourth youngest player named and youngest member of the US squad. Kershaw was 7-2 with a 1.89 ERA in the first half of the season. In 62 innings, he has given up 38 hits and struck out 82. Opposing hitters are hitting .178 against the Dallas native. Kershaw has allowed one earned run in his last 30 innings of work. Kershaw will be joined by fellow Dodgers prospect shortstop Chin-Lung Hu from Jacksonville who will represent the World team. The 2007 Futures Game will be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco July 8 as part of All-Star Sunday and will be broadcast live at 4pm ET on ESPN2.
 Score by Innings
South Bend	011 603 000-11
Great Lakes	010 100 003- 5

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Robinson cf	5  0  1  0  .246
Lizarraga ss	4  0  0  0  .271
Gonzalez dh	4  1  2  0  .317
Perez 1b        4  0  1  0  .316
Bell 3b        	4  2  2  0  .283
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .260
Van Slyke rf	4  1  2  0  .273
Berezay lf	4  1  2  3  .250
Santana c	4  0  1  0  .176
   Totals	37  5 11  3
   South Bend	37 11  7 10

 Error- Santana (5), Robinson (6), Perez (3), Mattingly 
(20). 2B- Robinson (6). HR- Berezay (4). RBI- Berezay 3 
(28). LOB- Great Lakes 6, South Bend 13. SB- Lizarraga 
(9), Bell (4). PB- Santana (14).

 Great Lakes	 ab  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (2-4)	3.1  4  5-5  4  3  5.48
Pfeiffer	2.2  3  6-4  4  1  3.27
Johnson 	2.0  0  0-0  1  0  5.09
Sanfler	1.0  0  0-0  2  3  5.40
 WP- Pfeffer, Sanfler. HBP- by Castillo, by Johnson.
T- 3:15. Att- 5,012.
Raptors Lose Big-- Orem jumped all over Joe Jones for five runs in the first inning and coasted from there to crush Ogden 13-3 for their second straight win in the opening three game series.

In all, the Owlz went on to kick Jones around for eight hits and eight runs in the three innings he worked, then got to Greg Acheatel for five more runs in the next three innings with only two of those earned. Johnny Caraballo and Wilfredo Diaz each worked a scoreless inning after that.

Jaime Ortiz had two hits and drove in two runs for the Raptors, who didn't score until the eighth inning. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Ogden	000 000 021- 3
Orem	503 302 00x-13

 Ogden 	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	2  0  1  0   .364
Vetters cf	2  1  1  0   .333
Herrera 2b	3  0  0  0   .091
 Naccarata 2b	1  1  1  0  1.000
Miller c	4  0  0  0   .125
Mathews 3b	3  1  0  0   .200
Lopez dh	3  0  1  0   .333
Ortiz 1b	4  0  2  2   .250
Pedroza ss	3  0  0  0   .000
Kanaby lf	4  0  1  0   .286
Gutierrez rf	4  0  0  0   .000
   Totals   	34  3  7  2
   Orem	        41 13 17 12

 Error- Gutierrez (1), Mathews (1), Pedroza (1). 
2B- Rosario (1), Vetters (1). RBI- Ortiz 2 (3). 
LOB- Ogden 9, Orem 11. SB- Rosario (2). CS- Pedroza 
(1). DP- Pedroza, Herrera and Ortiz; Pedroza, 
Naccarata and Ortiz.

 Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so   era
Jones (0-1)	3.0  8  8-8  4  2  24.00
Acheatel	3.0  6  5-2  2  2   6.00
Caraballo	1.0  1  0-0  0  0   0.00
Diaz        	1.0  2  0-0  0  2   0.00
 HBP- by Acheatel, Pedroza. T- 2:50. Att- 2,477.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- open.

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