Lancaster Trumps Sixers, Wins Division

In the delayed playoff for the first half in the California League, Lancaster smashed Inland Empire 12-4. Las Vegas was hit with a six-run sixth and lost 7-5 to Tucson. Jacksonville went to 13-4 after beating Carolina 5-2 behind Justin Orenduff. Great Lakes used three home runs to tame the Dragons 5-0. Ogden and Paul Coleman beat Orem 6-5 and the Coasties are 11-1 after pasting the Nationals 5-1.

Six in Sixth too Much-- Las Vegas took a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning and came out of it with a 7-5 loss at Tucson. Starter Dwayne Pollok gave up three of the runs an reliever (and loser) Harold Eckert allowed the final four and took his second loss in two decisions.

The 51s out-hit the Toros 12-9, with Andy LaRoche and his suddenly awakened bat whacking out three hits, including a solo home run, his fifth. Delwyn Young singled and added a double to his league-leading total (35) and Marshall McDougall singled and doubled.. McDougall and John Lindsey each knocked in a pair of runs.

Pollok surrendered three runs on five hits before leaving the game in the sixth inning. Eckert gave up four runs on three hits.

After LaRoche gave Las Vegas a 1-0 lead in the second, Tucson tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Lindsey's two-run double in the third united things and McDougall's sac fly made it 4-1. LaRoche's third hit of the game and McDougall's double gave the 51s their 5-1 margin before the fateful sixth inning.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	013 010 000-6
Tucson	        010 006 00x-7

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	5  0  1  0  .333
Garcia 2b	4  1  1  0  .298
Young rf	4  1  2  0  .339
Lindsey 1b	4  2  1  2  .325
LaRoche 3b	4  1  3  1  .278
Freeman cf	4  0  1  0  .291
McDougall lf	3  0  2  2  .326
Davis c	        3  0  1  0  .258
Pollok p	3  0  0  0  .000
 Eckert p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Martinez ph 	1  0  0  0  .200
 Fussell p	0  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	35 5 12 5
    Tucson	31 7  9 7

 Error- Valdez (4). 2B- Young (35), Lindsey (9), 
LaRoche (10), McDougall (4). HR- LaRoche (5). 
RBI- LaRoche (15), Lindsey 2 (27), McDougall 2 (5). 
SF- McDougall. LOB- Las Vegas 8, Tucson 3.
CS- Garcia (1). DP- Valdez, Garcia and Lindsey; 
Valdez and Lindsey; Lindsey, Valdez and Pollok.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pollok	        5.0  5  3-3  1  1  5.13
Eckert (0-2)	2.0  3  4-4  2  1  6.75
Fussell	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  4.82
 T- 2:24. Att- 11,751.
Orenduff Brilliant Again-- Justin Orenduff (5-2), worked his fourth solid game in succession, allowing four hits and a single run while fanning nine in six innings as the Suns topped Carolina 5-2.

Outfielder Anthony Raglani shared star billing with Orenduff when he went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers, running his season total to 14. Raglani went deep in the second inning to put the Suns on the scoreboard first, then hit his second shot in the eighth. It was his second two-homer performance in his last three games.

Alberto Concepcion also banged a solo shot in the sixth for Jacksonville (13-4), which has won three straight. Alex Paul, Chin-Lung Hu and Kevin Howard each collected two hits and an RBI. Paul extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Orenduff is 4-0 with a 0.81 ERA over his last four starts.

Manager John Shoemaker won his 302nd game as the Suns manager, tying Jacksonville's record since joining the Southern League in 1970, a mark held by Tommy Thompson (1985-88).

The Suns will send RHP Alvis Ojeda against the Mudcats again tonight.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	010 011 110-5
Carolina	010 000 001-2

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf        	5  1  2  0  .294
Hu ss        	5  0  2  1  .329
Howard 3b	5  0  2  1  .333
Concepcion c	3  1  1  1  .259
Dunlap 1b	4  0  0  0  .247
 Meloan p	0  0  0  0  .000
Raglani lf	4  2  3  2  .250
Tomlin rf	4  0  1  0  .261
Rohan 2b-1b	4  0  0  0  .235
Orenduff p	2  0  0  0  .000
 JGonzalez ph	0  1  0  0  .291
 LGonzalez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Nicholson 2b	1  0  0  0  .172
   Totals	35 5 11 5
   Carolina	32 2  6 2	

 2B- Howard (3), Tomlin (7), Hu (29). HR- Raglani 
2 (14), Concepcion (8). RBI- Raglani 2 (49), Hu 
(28), Concepcion (36), Howard (6). LOB- Jacksonville 
7, Carolina 5. DP- 2 Howard, Rohan and Dunlap; Rohan, 
Hu and Rohan.

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bi so  era
Orenduff (5-2)	6.0  4  1-1  0  9  3.55
LGonzalez 	1.0  0  0-0  2  2  2.66
Maloan 	        2.0  2  1-1  0  1  2.18
 WP- LGonzalez. T- 2:22. Att- 8,381.
Sixers Lose Game, First-Half Title-- The long-awaited matchup to determine the first half title in the California League South Division between Inland Empire and Lancaster was a definite let-down for the Sixers when the JetHawks pounded out a 12-4 win.

The two clubs had finished the first half in a tie with identical 39-31 records, and their first meeting of the second half served as a playoff game to insure a playoff berth.

The Sixers saved their ace, James McDonald, for the big game. Making his fifth start of the season against Lancaster, he lasted only three innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, and gave way to Javy Guerra with his team trailing 4-2. Guerra was tagged for three more runs and the rout was on.

The 66ers had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the third, but Lancaster scored the next 11 runs, allowing only two more in the top of the ninth.

After a bench-clearing brawl against High Desert, it was feared that the suspensions handed out would keep four of the Inland Empire starters out of the game but the league allowed them to play in the important contest.

However, Jamie Hoffmann and Mike Rivera start three-game suspensions today and Andrew Godwin and Russ Mitchell will sit out three after that.

The teams continue their three-game series tonight with left-hander Cody White (0-1, 15.43) making his second start of the season for the Sixers. The JetHawks will start left-hander Kris Johnson (5-3, 5.76).
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	002 000 002- 4
Lancaster	013 105 02x-12

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt rf        	3  0  1  1  .286
Denker 2b	3  0  0  1  .321
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .298
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .261
Hoffman cf	4  1  2  0  .323
Locke dh	4  1  2  0  .250
May c        	4  0  1  1  .247
De Jesus ss	4  1  2  1  .270
Rogowski lf	4  1  1  0  .256
   Totals 	34  4  9  4
   Lancaster	41 12 19 12

 Error- Hunt (3). 2B- Hunt (2), Hoffmann 2 (17), 
De Jesus (12). RBI- Hunt (9), Denker (32), May 
(56), De Jesus (26). SF- Denker. LOB- Inland Empire 
7, Lancaster 10. DP- DeWitt, Denker and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (6-7)	3.0  7  4-4  1  2  3.95
Guerra	        2.0  6  3-3  1  2  4.44
Meque	        0.1  0  0-0  0  1  6.23
Wade        	1.2  4  3-3  2  0  2.42
Pratt 	        1.0  2  2-2  0  2  6.43
 WP- Guerra, Pratt 2. T- 2:50. Att- 6,076.
What a Difference a Day Makes-- One night after allowing 18 runs in a 16-run loss, the Loons battled to a 5-0 win over Dayton as three pitchers struggled with Dragon baserunners, leaving a staggering 15 of them on base in the shutout.

The Loons also slugged three homers. Tommy Giles got the Loons on the board with a solo homerun in the first inning.  The shot came off Major League relief specialist Mike Stanton, who was starting the game for the Dragons as a part of a rehabilitation assignment.

Then in the second inning, James Peterson and Preston Mattingly opened with singles and Juan Apodaca slugged his fifth homerun of the season to give the Loons a 4-0 lead.

Giles whacked his second solo homerun, this one to the opposite field, in the eighth, becoming the the first in Loons history to record a multi-homer game.

The game finished early in the morning after a rain delay of over an hour was added to the nearly three hours game.

Clayton Kershaw started for the Loons and worked four innings, a start shortened by a 50 pitch limit necessitated by his upcoming appearance Sunday in the MLB Futures Game.  Thomas Melgarejo (3-5) pitched three innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory.

The two team meet again tonight with Arismendy Castillo starting for the Loons. 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	130 000 010-5
Dayton	        000 000 000-0

 Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Robinson cf	2  0  0  0  .236
Giles lf	4  2  2  2  .306
Perez dh	4  0  1  0  .318
 Bell 3b        1  0  0  0  .278
Gonzalez 3b	3  0  1  0  .316
Sutherland 1b	3  0  0  0  .198
Peterson rf	4  1  1  0  .299
Mattingly 2b	4  1  1  0  .248
Apodaca c	4  1  1  3  .250
Rivera ss	3  0  0  0  .188
   Totals	31 5 7 5
   Dayton 	36 0 9 0

 Error- Sutherland (2), Apodaca (2). HR- Giles 2 
(3), Apodaca (5). RBI- Great Lakes 3, Dayton 15. 
CS- Robinson (5). LOB- Great Lakes (3), Dayton (15).

 Great Lakes 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw 	4.0  2  0-0  4  5  2.12
Melgarejo (3-5)	3.0  7  0-0  0  0  6.25
Ramierz	        2.0  0  0-0  1  5  1.23
 WP- Ramierz. HBP- by Kershaw. T- 2:57. Att- 8,870.
Coleman Strong Again-- Paul Coleman moved to 4-0 with another strong start and Ogden held on to edge host Orem 6-5 to move within two games of the Pioneer League South Division lead Wednesday.

Coleman pitched five innings in which he gave up five hits and two runs as Ogden moved out early. Rick Taloa sent his third home run out, a solo shot in the third and Erik Kanaby singled home a crucial pair of runs in the seventh after Orem came back against Bobby Blevins.

The Owlz picked up three runs off Blevins before Eduardo Quintana came on in the eighth. He walked two but Johnny Caraballo rescued him, then pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Taloa added a single to his hit total while Jovanny Rosario had two hits for the Raptors, now 9-7. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Ogden	301 000 200-6
Orem	011 001 020-5

 Ogden	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  2  0  .321
Pedroza ss	3  0  1  0  .450
Brown rf	4  1  0  1  .279
Taloa 1b	4  2  2  1  .189
Matthews 3b	4  0  1  1  .214
Garabedian c	4  1  1  1  .160
Fuller 2b	3  1  0  0  .200
Wallach dh	3  0  0  0  .000
Kanaby lf	3  0  1  2  .279
   Totals	34 5  8 6
   Orem	37 6 10 5

 2B- Mathews (2), Garabedian (1). HR- Taloa (3). 
RBI- Brown (6), Mathews (6), Garabedian (2), Taloa 
(6), Kanaby 2 (5). S- Wallach. LOB- Ogden 3, Orem 
10. SB- Rosario 2 (10). CS- Kanaby (3).

 Ogden	                in  h  r-er bb so  era
Coleman (4-0)	        5.0  5  2-2  1  0  1.50
Blevins 	        2.1  4  3-3  2  3  3.48
Quintana 	        0.1  0  0-0  2  1  4.14
Caraballo (sv 3)	1.1  1  1-1  0  1  1.93
 HBP- Kanaby. T- 2:55. Att- 4,639.
The Gulf Coast Dodgers unveiled some of their newer pitchers who proceeded to put on an impressive holiday showing in a 5-1 victory over the National that was the 11th win in 12 games for the streaking LA entry.

Kelvin Dominguez, who had just reported from the Dominican Summer League, and draft choices Andres Santiago (16) and Danny Danielson (7) all were sharp on the mound while the Dodger offense came up with two runs in the sixth and again in the seventh to break a 1-all tie.

Starter Daigaro Rondon held the Nats to three hits and a lone run in the five innings he worked but the Dodgers wasted some early scoring opportunities and got on the board only when Alfredo Silverio sent his third home run far over the fence in left.

Dominguez came on in the sixth to strike out seven-that's right, seven men in his two innings. A wild pitch on a third strike allowed him the extra "K". Santiago worked a scoreless eighth, then Danielson debuted by striking out a pair in a perfect ninth.

Yossandy Garcia doubled home two runs in the sixth and John Martin singled home another in the seventh. The final Dodger run came in on an error.

Kyle Orr had a double and single while Joe Becker, Andrew Lambo, and Martin all had two hits for the Dodgers who currently lead the second-place Marlins by five games. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Nationals	001 000 000-1
Dodgers	        010 002 02x-5

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	4  0  2  0  .316
Guzman cf	5  0  0  0  .176
Baez 3b        	5  0  0  0  .327
Lambo rf	4  1  2  0  .314
Silverio lf	4  1  1  1  .415
Orr 1b	        4  2  2  0  .194
Garcia 2b	4  0  1  2  .259
Povey dh	3  0  0  0  .167
 Poole pr-dh	0  1  0  0  .167
Martin c	3  0  2  1  .400
   Totals	36 1 10 4
   Nationals	33 5  5 0

 Error- Baez (3). 2B- Becker (3), Garcia (2), 
Orr (1). HR- Silverio (3),. RBI- Silverio (12), 
Garcia 2 (13), Martin (1). LOB- Dodgers 10, 
Nationals 7. SB- Guzman (1).

 Dodgers 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rondon	        5.0  3  1-1  1  4  2.40
Dominguez (1-0)	2.0  1  0-0  0  7  0.00
Santiago 	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
Danielson	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
 WP- Dominguez 3. HBP- by Santiago.

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