Good Friday; Farm Clubs Win Five of Six

Las Vegas beat Tucson 6-4 as Marshall McDougall knocked in the winning run. Justin Orenduff pitched Jacksonville to a 6-0 win over Birmingham. James McDonald helped Inland Empire to an 8-1 win at Rancho Cucamonga. Clayton Kershaw and the Loons were thumped 15-6 by Lansing. Paul Coleman went 3-0 as Ogden beat Casper 9-3 and the GC Dodgers used three RBI by Alfredo Silverio to top the Nationals 7-4.

Rally Nets 51s a Win-- Third baseman Marshall McDougall singled in the game-tying run and outfielder Choo Freeman scored the go-ahead run on an error in the eighth inning as Las Vegas scored twice to beat Tucson 6-4.

The 51s (35-45) trailed, 4-3, in the eighth when, with one out, Delwyn Young singled, his third hit of the game, and scored on McDougall's two-out base hit. Outfielder Wilkin Ruan was safe on third baseman Brian Barden's throwing error later in the frame, allowing Freeman to score the winning run.

Starter Eric Stults worked six innings, allowing 10 hits and four run while striking out seven. Las Vegas trailed 4-2 when he left the game. Reliever Reliever Matt Riley (3-1) got the win after pitching a scoreless eighth. Eric Hull retired the side in order in the ninth for his third save.

Young went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to boost his average to .330. He had a two-run double in the first and doubled and scored in the third. McDougall added a pair of singles.

Righthander D.J. Houlton will start for the 51s tonight in Tucson.

Notes-- Young was the only Las Vegas player named to the PCL All-Star team. He is batting .330 with a team-high 12 home runs, 59 RBIs and a league-leading 31 doubles. ... 51s starter Eric Stults stopped a line drive in the second inning and tossed his glove, with the ball stuck in its web, to first baseman John Lindsey to record an out.
 Score by Innings
Tucson	        101 020 000-4
Las Vegas	201 000 02x-5

 Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	3  1  1  0  .341
Garcia 2b	4  1  1  0  .296
Young lf	4  2  3  2  .330
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  1  .339
Freeman cf	3  1  0  0  .287
McDougall 3b	4  0  2  1  .276
Ruan rf	        3  0  1  0  .279
Huckaby c	3  0  1  0  .265
Stults	        1  0  0  0  .308
 Fussell p 	0  0  0  0  .000
 Davis ph	1  0  0  0  .235
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hull p        	0  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	30 5 10 4
    Tucson	37 4 11 4

 2B- Young 2 (31), Lindsey (5). RBI- Young 2 (59), 
Lindsey (18), McDougall (2). S- Stults, Huckaby. 
LOB- Las Vegas 6, Tucson 12. SB- Ruan (1), Valdez (3).

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults	        6.0  10  4-4  2  7  7.11
Fussell 	1.0   1  0-0  0  1  4.18
Riley (3-1)	1.0   0  0-0  2  2  6.92
Hull (sv 3)	1.0   0  0-0  0  1  3.46
 WP- Stults. HBP- by Fussell. T-3:00. Att- 4,059.
Orenduff Wins Third Straight-- Righthander Justin Orenduff and two relievers blanked Birmingham, 6-0 on three hits.

Orenduff (4-2) allowing two hits and striking out five without issuing a walk in five innings. Greg Miller tossed a hitless frame (walking only one) and Luis Gonzalez gave up a hit and two walks over three innings for his third save.

Alberto Concepcion Jr. led the Jacksonville attack with a pair of doubles good for four RBIs. He lined a three-run double in a five-run first and a run-scoring double in the eighth for the Suns (10-2), who won their third straight.

Outfielder Xavier Paul chipped three hits and third baseman Kevin Howard had two, boosting his average to .343.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	500 000 010-6
Birmingham	000 000 000-0

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	5  0  3  0  .278
Hu ss        	4  1  1  0  .325
Howard 3b	5  2  2  1  .343
Tomlin rf	4  1  1  0  .282
Dunlap 1b	2  1  0  0  .256
Concepcion c	4  1  2  4  .261
Raglani lf	4  0  1  1  .242
Ellis dh	4  0  0  0  .263
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  0  .282
   Totals	35 6 11 6
   Birmingham	29 0  2 0

 Error- Hu (9). 2B- Hu (27), Concepcion 2 (5), 
Raglani (17). RBI- Howard (3), Concepcion 4 (35), 
Raglani (44). LOB- Jacksonville 6, Birmingham 5. 
SB- Howard (4). CS- Paul (1). DP- Hu, JGonzalez 
and Dunlap.

 Jacksonville 	     in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff (4-2) 	    5.0  2  0-0  0  5  3.77
Miller	            1.0  0  0-0  1  0  8.10
LGonzalez (sv 3)    3.0  1  0-0  2  2  2.79
 T- 2:23 (:37 delay). Att- 4,766.
Record Awaits Shoe-- John Shoemaker, who passed the 1,000-victory milestone last year, is five wins shy of becoming the Suns' all-time winningest manager. Tommy Thompson holds the record with 302 wins in four full seasons; Shoemaker has 298 victories in just over 3 1/2. Also, Shoemaker's winning percentage of .597 ranks No. 1 among any Suns manager since the Southern League franchise started in 1970.

"To be honest, I didn't know anything about it," Shoemaker told Jeff Elliott of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Just by longevity, you're going to win a certain number of games by being in a certain place for a while."

Shoemaker is in his 31st season with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization after being selected by the team in the 35th round of the 1977 amateur draft. Shoemaker also was a sixth-round draft pick of the NBA's Chicago Bulls following a two-sport career at Miami University in Ohio.

Shoemaker, who played four seasons of minor-league baseball but never reached the majors, received his first managerial assignment in 1987 with the Class A Vero Beach Dodgers, and since then, he has managed seven other teams in 16 seasons.

Sixers Play Long-Ball in Win-- Inland Empire used home runs by first baseman Russell Mitchell and second baseman Travis Denker to help beat the Rancho Cucamonga 5-2.

"The last couple of days we have gotten some pitches to drive," Mitchell said. "I tried to be more relaxed at the plate. Me and Steve (Yeager) worked on simplifying things. It has been awhile since I helped the team so it feels good."

The Sixers got all the runs needed on the long ball. Mitchell snapped a 1-1 tie with a three-run home run with one out in the fifth, making it 4-1. Denker had started the uprising with a double and Shane Justis reached on an error.

The Sixers added another in the seventh when Denker blasted a shot over the left field scoreboard extending the lead to 5-1.

The Sixers got an unearned run in the second when Ivan DeJesus reached on an error, advanced to third on a single by Adam Godwin and scored on a sacrifice fly by Bridger Hunt.

James McDonald (6-6) picked up the win, working five innings and allowing one run on six hits while striking out five. Manager Dave Collins lifted him early so he would be sharp for his next start Wednesday, the first-half tiebreaker against Lancaster to determine which team secures a playoff spot.

Angels rehabs Garret Anderson and Maicer Izturis both played, Anderson going 0-for-3 and Izturis collecting a pair of hits with two walks.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	        010 030 100-5
Rancho Cucamonga	001 000 100-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt lf        	4  0  1  1  .255
Denker 2b	5  2  3  1  .338
Justis 3b	4  1  1  0  .300
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  3  .271
Hoffmann cf	3  0  1  0  .306
Locke dh	3  0  0  0  .248
May c        	4  0  0  0  .247
De Jesus ss	4  1  0  0  .256
Godwin rf	4  0  1  0  .238
   Totals	35 5 7 5
   RCucamonga	31 2 8 2

 Error- Justis (6), McDonald (2). 2B- Denker (16), 
Justis (5). HR- Mitchell (10), Denker (5). RBI- Hunt 
(5), Mitchell 3 (39), Denker (31). S- Justis. SF- Hunt. 
LOB- Inland Empire 7, Rancho Cucamonga 8. S- Justis, 
SF- Hunt. SB- Hunt (3), Godwin (12). CS- Locke (2). 
DP- De Jesus, Denker and Mitchell 2; Justis and Denker.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (6-6)	5.0  6  1-1  2  5  3.65
Wade         	2.0  2  1-1  3  3  2.04
Meque         	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  6.52
Wilson (sv 7)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.43
 T- 2:40. Att- 5,179.
Loons Crushed 15-7-- Lansing rolled up a 15-1 lead before Great Lakes scored six times in the last of the ninth and the Loons lost their seventh game in the first eight played in the second half and dropped into seventh place in the Midwest League. Before the big ninth inning, they had scored only six runs in their last seven games.

The largest crowd in club history, 5,746, watched the massacre.

Lefty Clayton Kershaw (7-3) was roughed up, allowing six hits and six runs, five earned, in 4.1 innings although he struck out seven. He also was charged with three wild pitches.

Thomas Melgarejo and Yulkin German were also treated badly before outfielder James Peterson retired the final two hitters of the game, coaxing Travis Snider, who was hitting .310, to fly to left field. Matt Berezay completed a double play by throwing out a runner at third base.

Outfielder Tommy Giles two-run triple highlighted the six run Loons rally in the ninth.

Berezay finished with three hits in five trips to the plate and both Giles and first baseman Eduardo Perez had a pair of hits and a pair of runs batted in during the game.
 Score by Innings
Lansing	        030 030 144-15
Great Lakes	001 000 006- 7

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Berezay lf	5  1  3  1  .249
Giles        	3  2  2  2  .297
Perez 1b	5  0  2  2  .315
Bell 3b        	5  0  0  0  .277
Peterson rf-p	5  0  0  0  .315
Santana dh	3  0  0  0  .179
 Van Slyke rf	0  1  0  0  .262
Mattingly 2b	3  1  0  0  .256
Gonzalez ss	4  1  2  1  .309
Apodaca c	4  1  1  0  .250
    Totals	37  7 10  6
    Lansing	38 12 12 12

 Error- Gonzalez (6). 3B- Giles (1). RBI- Perez 2 
(38), Gonzalez (15), Berezay (29), Giles 2 (7). 
LOB- Inland Empire 7, Lansing 6. SB- Gonzalez (6). 
DP- Berezay and Bell.

 Great Lakes	 in h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw (7-3)	4.1  6  6-5  2  7  2.24
Melgarejo	2.0  3  4-4  2  0  6.75
German	        1.1  3  5-5  4  1 13.86
Peterson	0.2  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
 WP- Kershaw 3, German. HBP- by German. T- 3:04. Att- 5,746.
Coleman Wins Again-- What do you do for an encore? In the case of Paul Coleman, you just keep getting better. The 22-year-old lefthander, who was the Dodgers' 12th- round draft pick last year, made another superlative start as he went seven innings in which he allowed only five hits, didn't walk anybody while striking out 11.

All that was more than enough as Ogden bounced back with a 9-3 victory over reeling Casper.

Coleman, who was the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year for Pepperdine before turning pro, now has struck out 25 while walking only two in the 18 innings he's pitched. Over than span he is 3-0 with an 0.95 ERA.

Jaime Pedroza led the Raptor attack with three hits and two runs batted in. Austin Gallagher, the third-round choice in June, had a double for the only extra-base blow. Aided considerably by five Rockies errors, they moved to 6-5 for the season while Casper slumped to 1-10.-- Bill Shelley.

Coasties Rally to Win-- Going into the seventh inning it seemed the Gulf Coast Dodgers were about to experience losing for the first time this season as they trailed the Nationals 4-0. Not yet, though. They trotted out the long ball and before it was over, they were 7-4 winners with a perfect record in eight games.

The Dodgers finally got the offense uncranked in the seventh when Yossandy Garcia slammed a two-run shot, his fourth which leads the lead. In the eighth, Alfredo Silverio, having a monster day, ripped a three-run blast out of the park, his second, and Kyle Orr followed with a rip over the fence, also his second. In the ninth, they settled for Lyndon Poole singling home Joe Becker for the final tally.

Silverio added three singles to his day's work while Pedro Baez had three hits.

Rehabbing lefthander Carlos Alvarez went three innings in which he gave up two hits and a pair of runs, striking out five while walking no one. Daigaro Rondon went the rest of the way for his first victory as he allowed six hits and two runs. He also fanned five while walking no one. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	        000 000 241-7
Nationals	020 110 000-4

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	3  2  1  0  .222
Poole cf	5  0  1  1  .190
Baez 3b       	5  1  3  0  .351
Lambo rf	4  0  0  0  .217
Silvero lf	5  1  4  3  .483
Orr 1b       	4  1  1  1  .208
Collado c	2  1  0  0  .222
Garcia 2b	4  1  1  2  .238
Guzman dh	4  0  0  0  .267
   Totals	32 7 11 7
   Nationals	31 4  8 4

 2B- Baez (3). HR- Garcia (4), Silverio (2), Orr (2). 
RBI- Garcia 2 (10), Silverio 3 (10), Orr (5), Poole (6).  
LOB- Dodgers 7, Nationals 4. DP- Garcia, Becker and Orr.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez 	3.0  2  2-2  0  5  3.00
Rodan (1-0)	6.0  6  2-2  0  4  2.70

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