Gutierrez Homer Gives Sixers a 5-3 win

Vegas was edged 9-8 in Tucson. Jacksonville lost 5-2 at Carolina. Inland Empire got a game-winning homer from Gabe Gutierrez in the ninth to drop Lancaster 5-3. Great Lakes was crushed again, this time 20-3 by Dayton. Ogden and Orem traded five-run innings but the Owlz won 7-6. The DR Dodgers moved back into first place with a 5-0 win over the Royals and the Gulf Coast Dodgers drew rain -- again.

Cyr Has Rough Start-- Lefthander Eric Cyr was promoted from Jacksonville to take Eric Stults spot in the Las Vegas starting rotation. His debut was a rocky one, however, and he allowed five runs before leaving in the fourth inning with the loss as Tucson edged the 51s 9-8.

Vegas gave Cyr a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Shortstop Wilson Valdez walked and rehabbing Ramon Martinez beat out an infield hit. Delwyn Young singled to extend his hitting streak to 15 games and load the base before a wild pitch allowed the first run. John Lindsley's grounder added another and Andy LaRoche's single drove in the final run.

Cyr left in the middle of a five-run Tucson fourth inning and the Toros added a pair of runs off Casey Hoorelbeke and Wesley Wright.

Vegas fought back, scoring four times in the seventh on a double by catcher Ben Davis, a triple by outfielder Wilkin Ruan and Lindsey's sixth homer. Wilkin drove in the final run in the eighth to pull within a run.

Ruan finished the game 3-for-3 with an RBI triple, while Martinez and LaRoche had a pair of hits each.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	300 000 410-8
Tucson	        000 522 00x-9

 Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	4  1  1  0  .331
Martinez 2b	3  2  2  0  .375
Young rf	4  1  1  2  .337
Lindsey 1b	5  1  1  3  .318
LaRoche 3b	4  0  2  1  .284
Garcia lf	3  0  0  0  .294
 Bauer p	0  0  0  0  .000
Freeman cf	2  0  0  0  .288
 Hoorelbeke p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Barnes ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Wright p	0  0  0  0 1.000
 McDougall lf	1  0  0  0  .318
Davis c	        4  2  2  0  .286
Cyr p        	1  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan cf	3  1  3  1  .269
   Totals	34 8 12 8
   Tucson	32 9 12 9

 2B- Davis (2). Ruan (2). HR- Lindsey (6). 
RBI- Young 2 (68), Lindsey 3 (30), LaRoche 
(16), Ruan (12), Valdez (10). SF- Young. 
LOB- Las Vegas 6, Tucson 8. CS- LaRoche (2). 
DP- 3 Cyr, Valdez and Martinez; Martinez, 
Valdez and Lindsey; LaRoche, Martinez and Lindsey.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cyr (0-1)	3.2  5  5-5  4  2 12.27
Hoorelbeke	1.0  4  2-2  0  0  5.12
Wright	        1.0  2  2-2  1  0  9.00
Bauer	        2.0  1  0-0  0  0  6.75
 WP- Wright. HBP- by Cyr, by Wright. T- 3:00. Att- 2,765.
Three-Run Fifth Sinks Suns-- Former Dodger minor leaguer Eric Riggs slugged a home run off starter Alvis Ojeda (3-5) to break a 2-2 tie and spark Carolina to a 5-2 win.

After Riggs led off with his fourth homer of the season, an RBI double and a groundout added two more runs.

Jacksonville tied the game twice. Outfielder Xavier Paul knocked in second baseman Juan Gonzalez with a double in the third to deadlock things at 1-1 and Ojeda knocked in the tying run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly after outfielder James Tomlin and Gonzalez had singled.

Ojeda (3-5) gave up five runs on nine hits, leaving after four innings. Greg Miller added two scoreless innings in relief and Mark Alexander and b.J. LaMura added one each but the Suns final nine batter went down in order. Ojeda (3-5) gave up five runs on nine hits Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with a run scored and third baseman Kevin Howard was 2-for-4 with a stolen base for the Suns.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	001 010 000-2
Carolina	011 030 00x-5

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	4  0  1  1  .294
Hu ss        	3  0  0  0  .326
Howard 3b	4  0  2  0  .345
Ellis c        	4  0  0  0  .257
Dunlap 1b	4  0  1  0  .247
Raglani lf	4  0  0  0  .246
Tomlin rf	3  1  1  0  .264
JGonzalez 2b	3  1  2  0  .296
Ojeda p	        0  0  0  1  .167
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rohan ph	1  0  0  0  .232
 Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
 LaMura p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Jacksonville	30 2 7 2
   Carolina	31 5 9 5

 2B- Paul (16).RBI- Paul (41), Ojeda (1). 
S- Ojeda. SF- Ojeda. LOB- Jacksonville 4, 
Carolina 7. SB- Howard (5), Hu (12). 
CS- Paul (8).

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Ojeda (3-5)	4.0  9  5-5  2  2  5.30
Miller 	        2.0  0  0-0  2  3  5.91
Alexander	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.91
LaMura	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.42
 T- 2:16. Att- 3,662. 
Sixers Top JetHawks One Day Late-- Inland Empire bounced back with a 5-3 win over Lancaster after losing the first-half pennant playoff the evening before.

Catcher Gabriel Gutierrez' two-run homer, his second of the season, in the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie. The dinger followed a two-run Lancaster eighth inning that tied the game 3-3. 

Starter Cody White, with an ugly 15.43 earned run average after arriving from Great Lakes and battling 108-degree weather, worked five strong innings, allowing five hits and a single run after the Sixer's staff had allowed 79 runs in the previous seven games at Lancaster.

Second baseman Travis Denker drove in all three three early runs with a first-inning two-run homer (#6) and a fifth-inning RBI groundout.

Jesus Rodriguez allowed one run and Mario Alvarez surrendered the tying run before Gutierrez's game-winning shot. Kyle Wilson retired the side in order to pick up his ninth save of the season.

Inland Empire will finish their brief three-game road trip tonight in Lancaster will return home Saturday for a six-game homestand.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	200 010 002-5
Lancaster	000 001 200-3

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Hunt lf        	5  1  2  0  .293
Denker 2b	4  1  1  3  .319
DeWitt 3b	3  0  0  0  .296
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .258
LaRoche rf	4  0  1  0  .250
Justis dh	3  1  2  0  .310
De Jesus ss	3  0  0  0  .267
Gutierrez c	3  1  1  2  .237
Rogowski cf	4  1  1  0  .256
   Totals	31 5  8 5
   Lancaster	35 3 10 3

 2B- Justis (6). HR- Denker (6), Gutierrez (2). 
RBI- Denker 3 (35), Gutierrez 2 (13). S- De Jesus. 
LOB- Inland Empire 5, Lancaster 6. SB- DeWitt (2), 
Rogowski 2 (24). CS- Hunt (5), Gutierrez (1). 
DP- De Jesus, and Mitchell, Denker, De Jesus and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire    in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wright 	        5.0  5  1-1  1  2   8.38
Rodriguez 	2.1  3  1-1  0  0   4.33
Alvarez (1-0)	0.2  2  1-1  0  1  13.50
Wilson (sv 9)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1   0.39
 T- 2:43. Att- 1,091.
Loons Smoked by Dayton-- Great Lakes allowed 38 runs in the first three games of the series, counting the Loons 5-0 win, after a 20-3 threshing that saw them commit five errors, walk nine and allow 15 hits. Ten of the Dayton runs were unearned.

For the second time in the series the Dragons struck for eleven runs in an inning, the sixth, to give them a 14-0 lead before the Loons got on the board in the seventh.

Arismendy Castillo (2-6) started for the Loons and allowed four runs (one earned) in five innings and picking up his sixth loss of the season. The Loons bullpen was blasted, allowing 16 runs in their final three innings of work.

Catcher Carlos Santana hit his second home run of the season in the seventh inning. Trayvon Robinson drove in the final run in the ninth.

Designated hitter James Peterson was again called in to relieve the battered Loons staff and he got the final out of the game.

The series concludes tonight with left-hander David Pfeiffer scheduled to start for the Loons. 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 00  0  201- 3
Dayton	        110 02(11) 14x-20

 Great Lakes	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  0  2  1  .239
Giles lf	5  0  1  0  .296
Perez 1b	4  0  3  0  .324
Bell 3b        	4  0  0  0  .274
Peterson dh-p	2  0  0  0  .294
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .244
Van Slyke rf	4  1  2  0  .263
Santana c	4  1  1  2  .189
Lizarraga ss	4  1  1  0  .266
Castillo p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Malone p	0  0  0  0  .000
 German p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Gomez	        0  0  0  0  .000
    Great Lakes 36  3 10  3
    Dayton	41 20 15 16

 Error- Bell 2 (25), Santana (8), Robinson (8), 
Lizarraga (15). 2B- Van Slyke (12), Lizarraga (11). 
3B- Robinson (3). HR- Santana (2). RBI- Santana 2 
(19), Robinson (21). LOB- Great Lakes 9.Dayton 10.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (2-6)	5.0  4  4-1  4  5   4.90
Malone	        0.2  1  4-0  2  0   0.00
German 	        0.0  5  7-4  3  0  17.40
Gomez	        2.0  4  5-5  4  4   9.49
Peterson	0.1  1  0-0  0  0   0.00
 WP- Castillo 2, German, Gomez. T-3:26. Att- 8,259.
Raptors Edges 7-6-- Ogden enjoyed a five-run splurge in the second inning only to have Orem do the same in the third and the Owlz held on to edge past the Raptors 7-6 Thursday.

Travis Vetters hit a two-run homer, his second and Jovanny Rosario singled in two more in the big second but the Owlz got a three-run rip of their own as they got to Doug Brooks (1-2) in the third. Brooks wound up being reached for eight hits and six runs in his three innings. Wilfredo Diaz went three in which he was touched for four hits and a run while Blake Brannon held Orem without a run in two.

Erik Kanaby collected three hits for the Raptors and both Rosario and Jaime Ortiz had two. The result left Ogden and Orem tied for second place in the Pioneer League South with 9-8 records, three games back of Idaho Falls. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by innings
Ogden	050 000 100-6
Orem	105 001 00x-7

 Ogden	        ab r h bi ave
Rosario cf	5 1 2 2 .328
Fuller 2b	5 0 1 1 .200
Pedroza ss	4 0 1 1 .432
Taloa dh	4 0 1 0 .195
Jansen c	4 0 1 0 .295
 Brown pr	0 0 0 0 .279
 Garabedian c	0 0 0 0 .160
Ortiz 1b	4 1 2 0 .293
Vetters rf	4 1 1 2 .316
Gallagher 3b	4 1 1 0 .294
Kanaby lf	4 2 3 0 .319
  Totals	38 6 13 6
  Orem	35 7 13 7

 HR-Vetters (2). RBI- Vetters 2 (6), Rosario
2 (6), Fuller (3), Pedroza (10). LOB- Ogden 10,
Orem 7.

 Ogden	        in h r-er bb so aer
Brooks (1-2)	3.0 8 6-6 1 3 7.00
Diaz	        3.0 4 1-1 0 1 2.08
Brannon	        2.0 1 0-0 1 1 1.59
 WP- Diaz. T- 2:28. Att- 2,284.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- Rain.

Dominican Dodgers in First Place-- Lefthander Geison Aguasvivas, who has been the top pitcher for the Dominican Dodgers all season, was just that again Thursday as he threw seven shutout innings in which he allowed only three hits to lead the Dodgers back into first place in their division with a 5-0 victory over the Royals.

Aguasvivas didn't walk a man while striking out six to push his personal record to 5-0 and lower his ERA to 0.32. Luis Ferreras finished with two perfect innings as the Dodgers moved to 19-10, one-half-game in front of the Red Sox.

First baseman Jose Arias ripped his second homer of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth, and added an RBI single to pace the attack. Shortstop Pedro Guerrero and catcher Andrick Villalobos also had two hits. --Bill Shelley.

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