Coasties Lose First Game But Still Split

A four-run first boosted Las Vegas 9-5 over Fresno. Jacksonville squeaked out a 3-2 decision over Mobile as Joey Norrito worked eight innings. Two homers cost Inland Empire a 4-2 decision to High Desert. Great Lakes was smothered 18-2 in Dayton. Ogden erased a 3-0 Idaho Falls lead with three in each the seventh and eighth to win 6-3. The Gulf Coast Dodgers lost 6-5, but split, winning 7-2 win.

A four-run first boosted Las Vegas to a 9-5 win over Fresno. Jacksonville squeaked out a 3-2 decision over Mobile as Joey Norrito worked eight innings. Two home runs cost Inland Empire a 4-2 decision to High Desert. Great Lakes was smothered 18-2 in Dayton. Ogden erased a 3-0 Idaho Falls lead with three in each the seventh and eighth to win 6-3. The Gulf Coast Dodgers finally lost 6-5, but then split the double header with a 7-2 win. Four in First Help 61s-- The opening act for Las Vegas was a smash hit, with four runs scampering across the plate when outfielder Delwyn Young and shortstop Sergio Garcia each drove in two and Las Vegas went on to defeat Fresno 9-5.

Young finished 3-for-5 with his Pacific Coast League-leading 33rd and 34th doubles and four RBIs. He leads the 51s with 66 RBIs, 13 homers and four triples while batting .337.

The 25-year-old right fielder drove in two runs in the first before Garcia crushed his eighth homer to make it 4-0 and give Las Vegas a boost.

Young delivered another two-run double in a three-run eighth that provided some insurance. He scored on first baseman John Lindsey's double.

Garcia was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, while second baseman Wilson Valdez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Fresno cut the deficit to 5-4 on a pair of solo homers in the sixth that KO'ed starter Miguel Pinango (3-4). He left with one out having allowed seven his and four runs.

Casey Hoorelbeke, Rick Bauer and Eric Hull held Fresno scoreless the rest of the way.
 Score by Innings
Fresno	        000 202 001-5
Las Vegas 	400 011 03x-9

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez 2b	5  2  3  0  .338
Martinez 3b	2  1  0  0  .250
McDougall 3b	1  1  1  1  .300
Young rf	5  2  3  4  .337
Lindsey 1b	5  1  1  1  .329
 Hull p        	0  0  0  0  .000
LaRoche lf	5  0  1  0  .265
Garcia ss	5  1  2  3  .298
Ruan cf	        3  0  1  0  .263
 Hoorelbeke p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Davis ph	1  0  0  0  .250
 Bauer p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Barnes 1b	0  0  0  0  .173
Huckaby c	4  1  2  0  .265
 Martinez c	0  0  0  0  .270
Pinango p	2  0  1  0  .188
 Freeman cf	2  0  0  0  .291
   Totals	40 9 14 9
   Fresno	35 5 11 5

 2B- Young 2 (34),Lindsey (8). HR- Garcia (8). 
RBI- Young 4 (66), Garcia 3 (33), McDougall (3), 
Lindsey (25). LOB- Las Vegas 9, Fresno 9.

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (3-4)	5.1  7  4-4  1  4   4.08
Hoorelbeke 	1.2  1  0-0  0  1   4.92
Bauer       	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  13.50
Hull        	1.0  2  1-1  1  1   3.65
 HBP- McDougall, by Pinango. T- 3:04. Att- 12,197.
Norrito Works Eight in Win-- Joey Norrito pitched a career-high eight innings, allowing five hits and a single earned run, and pinch-hitter David Nicholson singled and scored the winning run in the eighth as Jacksonville edged Mobile.

Norrito (5-0) won his third straight start. Brian Akin pitched the ninth and struck out the side to earn his second save.

Nicholson, who hit for Norrito in the eighth, singled, advanced to third on an error by the first baseman Javier Brito and came home on a wild pitch to break a 2-2 tie.

Kevin Howard and Chin-Lung Hu had RBI singles in the third and fourth, as the Suns moved to 12-4 in the second half.

Home Town Call?-- Some have charged home-town bias after the starting lineup for the South Division in the Southern League All-Star game lists six members of the host Mississippi Braves. They won the first half title with a 42-28 record, edging Jacksonville by a game but the Suns placed no one on the starting lineup. There has been no mention of hanging chads and so far, there has been no request for a recount.
 Score by Innings
Mobile        	001 001 000-2
Jacksonville	001 100 01x-3

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf        	4  1  3  0  .293
Hu ss        	4  0  2  1  .328
Howard 3b	3  0  2  1  .327
Tomlin rf	4  0  1  0  .262
Raglani lf	3  0  0  0  .243
Ellis c	        4  0  1  0  .262
Dunlap 1b	3  1  1  0  .251
 JGonzalez 2b	1  0  0  0  .291
Rohan 2b	3  0  0  0  .247
Norrito p 	3  0  0  0  .067
 Nicholson ph	1  1  1  0  .174
 Akin p        	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	33 3 11 2
   Mobile	36 2 5 2

 2B- Paul (15). RBI- Howard (5), Hu (27). 
S- Hu. LOB- Jacksonville 11, Mobile 3. 
SB- Tomlin (8). CS- Paul (7).

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Norrito (5-0)	8.0  5  2-2  0  3  2.58
Akin (sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  0  3  4.59
 T- 2:28. Att- 8,192.
No Fireworks for the Sixers-- All the explosions came from the other side of the field as High Desert smacked a pair of home runs and Inland Empire dropped the final game of the series 4-2.

Trailing 2-1, the Mavericks took the lead on a two-run shot to left field in the seventh off of Mario Alvarez (3-5), who allowed three runs during his seven innings of work but only one was earned. A solo home run in the eight ended the scoring.

The 66ers offense scored in the first when first baseman Russell Mitchell hit a two-run home run (#11) to dead center in the bottom of the first inning after outfielder Bridger Hunt walked to lead off the game. That was the sum of the Inland Empire offense.

Shortstop Ivan De Jesus was 3-for-4 with a double and Mitchell added a single to go with his home run, accounting for all five Sixer hits.

Alvarez (3-5) who was only one pitch away from earning a win. He wild-pitched a run across in the third inning after a triple. And in the seventh, second baseman Travis Denker's error extended the inning just long enough for the game winning-homer.

Francisco Felix surrendered a solo home run during his two innings.

Pennant-Deciding Contest-- The Sixers and Lancaster meet tonight in a regularly scheduled game but it is also a one-game playoff for the south division title after the two teams finished the first half in a tie.
 Score by Innings
High Desert	001 000 210-4
Inland Empire	200 000 000-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Hunt rf	        3  1  0  0  .284
Denker 2b	4  0  0  0  .325
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .302
Mitchell 1b	3  1  2  2  .265
Hoffmann cf	2  0  0  0  .320
May c        	3  0  0  0  .247
 Lopez c	1  0  0  0  .000
Locke dh	4  0  0  0  .242
De Jesus ss	4  0  3  0  .267
Rogowski lf	2  0  0  0  .256
   Totals	30 9 5 2
   High Desert	35 4 9 3

 Error- Alvarez (1), Denker (8), Hunt (2). 
2B- De Jesus (11). HR- Mitchell (11). 
RBI- Mitchell 2 (42). S- Rogowski. LOB- 
Inland Empire 6, High Desert 6. SB- De Jesus 
(8). CS Mitchell (2).

 Inland Empire  	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (3-5)	        7.0  4  3-1  0  9  4.72
Felix        	        2.0  5  1-1  0  2  4.24
 HBP- by Alvarez. T- 2:26. Att- 5,525.
Dragons Gobble up Loons-- When you match a Dragon and a Loon, you might expect it to be a long night for the poor bird and that was exactly the case when Dayton sent 17 batters to the plate and scored 11 times while mauling Great Lakes 18-2.

The 18 runs allowed by Loons staff is a new franchise record.

The Loons were holding their own and led 2-1 into the fatal fourth inning after outfielder Matt Berezay had lined a double down the left field line to score shortstop Francisco Lizarraga and outfielder Trayvon Robinson in the third inning.

Starting pitcher Steven Johnson was able to retire only one Dragon in the fourth inning, allowing five hits before reliever Matt Gomez de Segura was given the ball. Johnson was charged with 10 hits and eight runs.

Gomez de Segura did little better, also retiring just one. He walked four and left the game with an apparent arm injury.  Yulkin German retired the seventeenth, and final, batter of the inning but not before the Dragons had posted 11 runs on six hits, two Loons errors, six walks, one hit batsman and two wild pitches -- everything but a partridge in a pear tree.

The Dragons tapped German for six more runs in the eighth inning and finished the game with 19 hits.

The Loons-Dragons series continues tonight in Dayton with left-hander Clayton Kershaw set to start for Great Lakes.
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	002 000 000- 2
Dayton        	010 110 60x-18

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  1  1  0  .238
Berezay lf	5  0  1  2  .239
Gonzalez 1b	4  0  1  0  .315
Bell 3b        	3  0  1  0  .279
Santana c	2  0  0  0  .188
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .248
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .259
Apodaca dh	4  0  2  0  .260
Lizarraga ss	4  1  2  0  .266
 Totals	        34  2  8  2
 Dayton	        41 18 18 14

 Error- Santana (7), Berezay (4), Mattingly (21). 
2B- Berezay (17), Gonzalez (10). RBI- Berezay 2 
(31). LOB- 10, Dayton 11.

 Great Lakes	 in    h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (1-4)	3.1  10  8-8  2  1   7.33
Gomez        	0.1   1  4-0  4  0   6.97
German	        2.2   7  6-6  2  2  15.00
Sanfler	        1.2   1  0-0  1  0   4.52
 HBP- by German. T- 3:05. Att- 8,725.
Krise Start Boost Raptors-- Two years ago Kris Krise had a sore arm and a record to match with Ogden- 0-4, 7.90. After Tommy John surgery and a long rehab he returned to the Pioneer League Tuesday as a far different pitcher.

Krise, who had been rehabbing with the GCL Dodgers, made his first appearance for Ogden a strong one with four scoreless innings as the Raptors rallied to defeat Idaho Falls 6-3. Krise allowed only one hit over that span as Ogden scored three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings .

Rick Taloa hit a solo shot, his second, in the seventh while both Austin Gallagher and Jeremy Brown had a double and single to lead the attack.

The victory pulled the Raptors to 8-7, three behind the losing Chukars in the South Division. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Idaho Falls	021 000 000-3
Ogden        	000 000 33x-6

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .308
Pedroza ss	1  0  1  0  .459
 Gallagher 3b	3  1  2  0  .300
Brown rf	4  1  2  0  .308
Taloa 1b	3  2  1  1  .152
Mathews 3b-2b	4  1  1  1  .211
Jansen c	4  1  1  1  .300
Ortiz dh        3  0  0  0  .270
Fuller 2b-ss	4  0  0  0  .222
Vetters lf	3  0  1  0  .324
   Totals	33 6 9 4
   Idaho Falls	30 3 7 3

 Error- Vetters (1). 2b- Gallagher (2), Jansen 
(2), Brown (1). HR- Taloa (2). RBI- Taloa (5), 
Ortiz (11), Mathews (5), Jansen (6). LOB- Ogden 
5, Idaho Falls 3. CS- Mathews (1). DP- Gallagher, 
Mathews and Taloa; Taloa, Fuller and Taloa 2.

 Ogden	          in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stanke         	  5.0  6  3-3  2  2  5.54
Krise (1-0)       4.0  1  0-0  1  3  0.00
 T- 2:28. Att- 4,035.
Dodgers, Cards Split-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers aren't going to win all their games but they still have a healthy lead in the East Division after splitting a doubleheader with the Cardinals Tuesday. The Cards won the first game 6-5 to hand the Dodgers their first loss in nine games but LA's kids bounced back nicely for a 7-2 triumph in the second contest.

The Dodgers streak ended in the seventh inning of the first game when the Cards came up with a pair to hand LA's entry their first defeat after nine straight victories.

The Cards had taken a 4-0 lead early, getting those runs off Kyle Smit, who only lasted 3 and one-third. However, rehabbing lefthander Carlos Alvarez turned them away without a hit in 2.2 innings and the Dodgers galloped from behind.

A two-run double by Keyter Collado got the Dodgers going in the fourth when they tallied three times. They gained a tie in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Pedro Baez and Alfredo Silverio, then grabbed a 5-4 lead when Yossandy Garcia sent his league-leading fifth homer over the left-center fence in the sixth.

However, Eduardo Perez (1-1) failed to hold that lead in the seventh when a walk, double and two fly balls gave the Cards two runs and the win.
   July 3rd Suspended game
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	        000 311 0-5
Cardinals	031 000 2-6

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi ave
Becker ss	4  0  2  0  .294
Poole cf	3  0  0  0  .167
Baez 3b        	3  1  1  0  .356
Lambo rf	2  1  1  0  .286
silverio lf	4  0  1  1  .432
Orr 1b        	4  0  0  0  .156
Garcia dh	2  2  1  1  .261
Collado c	3  1  3  2  .333
Garcia 2b	1  0  0  0  .333
   Totals	30 5 9 4
   Cardinals	26 6 9 6

 2B- Lambo (2), Collado (2), Baez (4), Silverio 
(3). HR- Garcia (5). RBI- Collado 2 (4), Silverio 
(11), Garcia (11). S- Garcia. LOB- Dodgers 7, 
Cardinals 8.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r er bb so  era
Smit        	3.1  8  4-4  2  5  3.14
Alvarez 	2.2  0  0-0  2  4  2.08
Perez (1-1)	0.2  1  2-2  1  0  7.71
 HBP- by Smit, Poole, Lambo.
In the second the Dodgers got solid pitching from Eric Thompson (four innings, one hit, one unearned run) and Edwin Contreras (three innings, two hits, one run) plus timely hitting to move to 10-1 for the season which gives them a five-game lead over the Cards and Marlins.

Amaury Guzman tripled to drive home Parker Dalton, who doubled, in the sixth, then scored on a grounder by Griff Erickson to hand the victory to Contreras, who made his first appearance after being sidelined with a muscle pull. Kurt Bradley was the only Dodger with two hits. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Cardinals	000 101 0-2
Dodgers	        300 022 x-7

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Bradley lf	4  2  2  0  .286
Guzman cf	1  2  0  0  .250
Baez 3b        	2  1  1  1  .362
Lambo 1b	3  0  1  1  .290
Garcia 2b	2  0  0  0  .273
Dalton ss	3  1  1  1  .167
Guzman rf	3  1  1  1  .278
Erickson c	3  0  0  1  .250
Jacobs dh	3  0  1  0  .200
   Totals	24 7 6 5
   Cardinals 	22 2 3 2

 Error- Guzman (1), Thompson (2). 2B- Lambo 
(3), Dalton (1). 3B- Guzman (1). RBI- Baez 
(10), Lambo (5), Dalton (1), Guzman (3), 
Erickson (1). LOB- Dodgers 3, Cardinals 3. 
CS- Garcia (1).

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Thompson	4.0  0  0-0  2  1  0.00
Contreras (1-0)	3.0  2  1-1  0  2  3.00

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