DeWitt's Homer in Ninth Boosts Sixers

Vegas fell 8-2 to Fresno and Jacksonville lost 5-2 to Mobile. Inland Empire rallied from an 8-2 deficit to win on Blake DeWitt's three-run homer in the ninth. Great Lakes lost a tough, 2-1 decision to Lansing. Ogden outlasted Casper 8-6 as Jamie Pedroza knocked in three and the Gulf Coast Dodgers pulled another win out of the fire, winning 6-5 in the ninth.

Fresno Bumps 51s-- Fresno tacked a "4" on the board in the second inning and Las Vegas couldn't match it, losing 8-2. Choo Freeman knocked in both runs for Vegas, scoring Andy LaRoche from third with a ground ball after he had tripled in the second, then homering (#5) in the eighth.

Starter Harold Eckert (0-1) allowed four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits over two-plus innings in his second start for the 51s who fell to 36-46.

Rehabbing Rich Aurilia played first for Fresno and chipped in a two-run single.

Third baseman Andy LaRoche singled and tripled for the 51s in his first game since going on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder. LaRoche pounded the first pitch he saw over the 440-mark in center field for an apparent home run but the umpires ruled the ball hit a banner above the wall and bounced back on the field and he had to settle for a triple.

LaRoche hit .322 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 55 games with the 51s last season but 2007 has not been so kind to him. He is batting .254 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 36 games this year.
 Score by Innings
Fresno 	        004 000 211-8
Las Vegas	010 000 010-2


 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	4  0  1  0  .338
Garcia 2b	4  0  1  0  .295
Young lf	3  0  1  0  .330
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  0  .333
LaRoche 3b	3  1  2  0  .254
Freeman cf	4  1  2  2  .291
Ruan rf	        4  0  0  0  .264
Huckaby c	4  0  0  0  .259
Eckert p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Hoorelbeke p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Pollock p	0  0  0  0  .000
 McDougall ph	1  0  0  0  .267
 Fussell p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Davis ph  	1  0  0  0  .222
   Totals	34 2  8 2
   Fresno  	40 8 14 6

 Error- LaRoche (5). 2B- Garcia (15). 
3B- LaRoche (1). HR- Freeman (5). RBI- Freeman 2 
(32). LOB- Las Vegas 8, Fresno 8. SB- Garcia (6). 
CS- Valdez(2). DP- 2 Valdez, Garcia and Lindsey; 
Valdez and Lindsey.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Eckert (0-1)	2.0  8  4-2  1  1  5.66
Hoorelbeke	3.2  1  0-0  1  5  5.07
Pollock	        1.1  2  2-2  0  1  5.06
Fussell 	2.0  3  2-2  0  1  5.68
HBP- by Hoorelbeke. T- 2:37. Att- 8,808.
Mobile Rolls over Suns-- Mobile Stopped Jacksonville, 5-2, for its seventh straight win. Lefthander Eric Cyr (6-3) dropped his second straight start after yielding four runs on eight hits and no walks while fanning one over five frames.

The Suns trailed 1-0 into the fifth before the Bears tagged Cyr for three runs.

Outfielder Xavier Paul whacked a two-run single in the bottom of the inning, scoring outfielder Anthony Raglani and second baseman Juan Rivers to close the gap to a single run but that was as close as they would come.

Paul and Gonzalez finished 2-for-4 for Jacksonville, who managed only seven hits.
 Score by Innings
Mobile	        100 030 100-5
Jacksonville	000 020 000-2

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf        	4  0  2  2  .281
Hu ss        	4  0  0  0  .321
Howard 3b	3  0  0  0  .316
Tomlin rf	4  0  1  0  .280
Conception 1b	4  0  0  0  .254
 Nicholson 1b 	0  0  0  0  .163
Raglani lf	3  1  1  0  .243
Ellis c        	4  0  1  0  .262
JGonzalez 2b	4  1  2  0  .286
Cyr p        	1  0  0  0  .000
 Rohan ph	1  0  0  0  .260
 LaMura p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Dunlap ph	1  0  0  0  .254
 Akin p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Norrito ph	0  0  0  0  .083
 LGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	30 2  7 2
   Mobile	37 5 10 4

 Error- JGonzalez (6). RBI- Paul 2 (39). 
LOB- Jacksonville 8, Mobile 8. SB- Paul (15), 
Tomlin (7).

 Jacksonville 	 ab  h  r-er bb so  era
Cyr (6-3)	5.0  8  4-4  0  1  3.18
LaMura	        2.0  2  1-1  2  5  3.57
Akin	        2.0  0  0-0  0  3  4.69
 HBP- by LaMura. T- 2:56. Att- 7,505.
Sixers Win on DeWitt's Homer-- Rancho Cucamonga was 28-0 when leading after eight innings and has built an 8-2 lead by the fifth inning but Inland Empire kept chipping away and Brad DeWitt boomed a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw in the ninth to cap a miracle comeback and key the first road sweep of the Quakes in five years, 9-8.

Outfielder Bridger Hunt was four-for-five with two runs scored and knocked in two. Ryan Rogowski had three hits, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Cody White was roughed up on his first start for the Sixers since being promoted from Great Lakes, allowing nine hits and eight runs before being KO'ed in the fifth. Francisco Felix pitched 2.1 innings, allowing only a single hit and Mario Alvarez (3-4) pitched one inning and earned the win. Kyle Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth to collect his eighth save.

Hunt opened the ninth with his fourth hit of the game and Travis Denker singled to set the stage for DeWitt's' heroics. DeWitt had tripled in a pair of runs in the third and had been robbed of hits when he lined back to the pitcher in both the first and fourth.

But he wasn't thinking what had happened before when he came to the plate in the ninth. "That's baseball and it happens," DeWitt told the San Bernardino Sun. "I was getting good swings at the ball and that is what is important. You can only control so much. I was looking for a good pitch to hit and I got just what I wanted."

DeWitt hit .390 with four home runs and 25 RBI in June and has boosted his average from .250 to .295.

The Sixers are aiming for Wednesday's crucial game against Lancaster that will determine the first half championship after the two teams finished the first half dead even.

Inland Empire returns home today to open a series with the High Desert Mavericks.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	002 004 003-9
Rch Cucamonga	200 150 000-8

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt rf        	5  2  4  2  .300
Denker 2b	4  1  1  0  .336
DeWitt 3b	5  1  2  5  .295
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .267
Hoffmann cf	4  1  3  0  .313
May c        	5  1  1  0  .246
Locke dh	4  0  1  0  .248
De Jesus ss	4  1  1  1  .256
Rogowski lf	4  2  3  1  .260
   Totals	39 9 16 9
   RCucamonga	32 8 12 8

 2B- Rogowski (17). 3B- DeWitt (2). HR- DeWitt (8). 
RBI- Inland Empire 6, Rancho Cucamonga 3. SB- Rogowski 
(21). CS- Hunt (4), Mitchell (1). DP- Mitchell, 
De Jesus and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White        	4.2  9  8-8  1  2 15.43
Felix        	2.1  1  0-0  0  2  4.22
Alvarez (3-4)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  5.21
Wilson (sv 8)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.41
 WP- White. HBP- by White. T- 2:45. Att- 4,512.
Loons Luck is Still Bad-- Great Lakes, who have lost eight of nine games in the second half, dropped a 2-1 decision to Lansing in front of another record crowd of 5,972.

The got solid pitching from starter Arismendy Castillo, who allowed only five hits and two runs over five innings, with shutout relief from Matt Gomez de Seguera and Miguel Ramirez but the offensive side of the team could manage only four hits.

Outfielder Matt Berezay walked and Edmundo Perez tripled in the fourth to tie the game 1-1, but they managed only a Scott Van Slyke infield single in the fifth, a Josh Bell double in the sixth and a Carlos Santana single in the seventh.

Lansing scored the lead, and eventual winning run, in the fifth when a line drive into right field was lost in the sun.

With one out, Santana stole second and third as Van Slyke struck out, then was ejected for discussing the checked-swing call too vigorously with the home plate umpire. After Francisco Lizarraga walked, Trayvon Robinson flew out to center the end the threat.

A single by Adolfo Gonzalez and a walk to Bell gave the Loons two more runners in the eighth. Robinson's shot down the third base line hit the chalk line and bounced over third base but was ruled foul.

The Loons and Lansing Lugnuts go after each other again this afternoon.
 Score by Innings
Lansing	        010 010 000-2
Great Lakes	000 100 000-1

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .238
Gonzalez 2b	4  0  1  0  .308
Berezay lf	3  1  0  0  .245
Perez 1b        3  0  1  1  .315
 Sutherland 1b	1  0  0  0  .202
Bell 3b        	3  0  0  0  .274
Santana c	2  0  1  0  .185
Mattingly dh	4  0  0  0  .251
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  0  .263
 Giles rf	1  0  0  0  .289
Lizarraga ss	1  0  0  0  .261
 Peterson ph	1  0  0  0  .312
   Totals	30 1 4 1
   Lansing	28 2 6 2

 3B- Perez (1). RBI- Perez (39). S- Lizarraga. 
LOB- Great Lakes 8, Lansing 7. SB- Santana 2 (5). 
DP- 2 Gonzalez, Lizarraga and Perez (2); Sutherland.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (2-5)	5.0  5  2-2  4  6  5.30
Gomez        	3.0  1  0-0  3  1  7.20
Ramierz 	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  1.45
 WP- Castillo, Gomez. T- 5:52. Att-5,792.
Pedroza Keys Ogden Win-- Sergio Pedroza is long gone from the Dodger system but his brother Jamie's here and he's brought a redhot bat with him. Saturday, Pedroza stroked three more hits to drive in three runs and that was enough to carry Ogden past Casper 8-6.

The older Pedroza was traded to the Devil Rays last year but they brought in Jaime as a ninth-round draft choice earlier in June. Saturday's production brought his average to .438 as he singled home a pair of runs in the sixth and plated another with a basehit in the eighth. That led Ogden to an 7-5 record.

The hapless Rockies, who fell to 1-11, chipped in with five errors but outhit the Raptors 13-8. Doug Brooks was reached for three runs in five innings and they added one off Eduardo Quintana and collected two more off Blake Brannon in the ninth before Johnny Caraballo came on for the final two outs and his second save.

Brooks, who fanned five, evened his record at 1-1 with the victory whch gave the Raptors the series two games to one. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Ogden	102 003 020-8
Casper	010 110 102-6

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	4  1  1  1  .261
Pedroza ss	5  1  3  3  .438
Brown rf	2  1  0  0  .258
Garabedian dh	5  0  0  0  .125
Mathews 3b	5  0  1  1  .206
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .233
Mier c        	5  1  1  0  .200
Vetters lf	2  2  1  0  .370
Naccarata 2b	4  2  1  0  .250
   Totals	31 8  8 5
   Casper	39 6 13 5

 RBI- Mathews (4), Kanaby (2), Pedroza 3 (9).
LOB- Ogden 8, Casper 11. SB- Pedroza (1). 
DP- Mathews, Naccarata and Ortiz.

 Ogden 	                 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Brooks (1-1)	        5.0  9  3-3  0  5  4.80
Quintana 	        2.0  3  1-1  0  3  5.40
Brannon 	        1.2  1  2-1  2  2  2.45
Caraballo (sv 2)	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  2.70
 HBP- by Brooks, by Brannon. PB- Mier 3 (3).  
T- 3:25. Att- 2,016.
Coasties Make it Nine Straight-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers stretched their unbeaten ways to nine straight games but it was anything but easy as they had to rally for a 6-5 victory over the Mets.

Playing before about 100 fans in a night game at Holman Stadium, the Dodgers moved to a 4-1 lead as Pedro Baez hit his first pro homer, a two-run shot in the first, Andrew Lambo added his second, a solo blast in the third and lefthander Jonathan Dutton threw his strongest game yet, going five innings in which he allowed just five hits and that lone run.

But a comedy of errors brought the Mets back in the sixth when two wild pitches by Luis Garcia and a dropped third strike on what would have been the third out allowed a 4-all tie. The Mets then took the lead 5-4 in the eighth but the Dodgers came back for another tie, courtesy of a passed ball in their half of the inning.

Eduardo Perez came on to rescue Garcia, gettring two outs with two on in the top of the ninth. In the bottom, Joe Becker led off with a walk, then Mets pitcher Oliver Perez fell down trying to field Johancy Guzman's bunt and threw wildly with Becker going to third and Guzman to second.

Baez struck out but Lambo hit a fly to left. Becker tagged and came home, arriving at the same time as the throw but he bowled the catcher over for the winning run.

Baez, Lambo and Griff Erickson all had two hits for the Dodgers while Eduardo Perez picked up his first victory. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Mets	000 013 100-5
Dodgers	201 100 101-6

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	3  3  2  0  .267
Guzman cf	3  0  0  1  .273
Baez 3b        	5  1  2  3  .357
Lambo rf	3  1  2  2  .269
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .455
Orr 1b        	4  0  0  0  .179
Casanova 2b	4  0  0  0  .333
Erickson c	3  1  2  0  .333
 Poole pr	0  0  0  0  .190
Jacobs dh	3  0  0  0  .167
   Totals	32 6 9 6
   Mets	        30 5 9 2

 Error- Erickson (1), Orr (2). HR- Baez (1), 
Lambo (2). RBI- Baez 3 (9), Lambo 2 (4), Guzman 
(3). S- Guzman 2. SF- Lambo. LOB- Dodgers 8, 
Mets 8. DP- Baez, Casanova and Orr; Baez, 
Casanova and Orr.

 Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Dutton 	        5.0  5  1-1  2  3   4.05
Vasquez 	0.1  1  3-2  2  1  15.43
Garcia 	        3.0  3  1-1  3  2   3.52
Perez (1-0)	0.2  0  0-0  0  1   0.00
 WP- Garcia 2. HBP- by Dutton. T 2:58. 

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