Hu, McDonald Shine as 51s Win 9-4

Jacksonville got home runs from Hu and Lindsey in downing Salt Lake 8-5. James McDonald earned the win and Juan Gonzalez knocked in four as Jacksonville won 9-4. Inland Empire lost to Cucamonga 5-3. An eight-run sixth sank Ogden 9-4. The DSL Dodgers used a five run second to stop the Red Sox 6-1. Great Lakes wasn't scheduled and the thoroughly-soaked Gulf Coast Dodgers were rained out yet again.

Las Vegas Dumps Bees-- Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu didn't take long to get acclimated in the Pacific Coast League, smacking a solo home run in the third inning and adding a double later as the 51s topped Salt Lake 8-5

First baseman John Lindsey also homered, his seventh, with one on in the same inning as Vegas jumped to a 4-2 lead and held on. Lindsey also doubled later in the game to finish with three runs batted in.

D.J. Houlton (6-4) earned the win, working six innings and allowing four hits and two unearned runs. Casey Hoorelbeke was tapped for three runs before Rick Bauer and Eric Hull closed the win out, Hull saving his fifth.

Third baseman Marshall McDougall chipped in with a pair of singles and an RBI.

Las Vegas will play 15 of its next 19 games at Cashman Field, starting with homestand against Salt Lake and Portland.

Outfielder Delwyn Young was the only Las Vegas player picked to play in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game in Albuquerque, N.M. Young went 0-for-3 but made a leaping grab in left field to rob Buffalo's Luis Rivas of a home run in the sixth inning of the PCL's 7-5 loss to the International League Young leads the league in doubles (35) and is tied for first in runs (68). He also is second in hits (112), fourth in batting (.336) and sixth in RBIs (68).
 Score by Innings
Salt Lake	200 000 300-5
Las Vegas	103 300 01x-6

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez 2b	4  1  1  1  .327
Hu ss        	5  2  2  2  .400
Young rf	4  1  1  0  .335
Lindsey dh	3  1  2  3  .330
McDougall 3b	4  0  2  1  .333
Barnes 1b	4  0  1  0  .207
Freeman cf	3  0  0  0  .279
Davis c	        2  2  0  0  .275
Ruan lf        	4  1  2  0  .287
   Totals	33 8 11 7
   Salt Lake	31 5  7 5

 Errors- Valdez (5). 2B- Barnes (1), Ruan (3), Hu (1), 
Lindsey (10). HR- Hu (1), Lindsey (7). RBI- McDougall 
(8), Hu 2 (2), Lindsey 3 (33), Valdez (11). S- Valdez. 
LOB- Las Vegas 7, Salt Lake 6. SB- Freeman (4), Valdez (6).

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Houlton (6-4)	5.0  4  2-0  3  5  3.68
Hoorelbeke	2.0  2  3-3  2  1  5.25
Bauer 	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  6.00
Hull (sv 5)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  3.42
 HBP- Lindsey. T- 2:47. Att- 5,645.
Four-Run Sixth Boost Suns-- The Suns lost all-star shortstop Chin-Lung Hu to Las Vegas, but after the game the fans were thinking, "Hu Who?" after his replacement, Juan Gonzalez, went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs as Jacksonville beat visiting Birmingham, 9-4. The 25-year-old Venezuelan doubled in the second inning, lined an RBI single in the fourth and ripped a three-run double in the sixth to boost his average nine points to .304.

Third baseman Blake Dewitt drove in two runs and catcher Alberto Concepcion Jr. and outfielder James Tomlin added in an RBI apiece for the League-leading Suns who won their 17th game against five losses.

Xavier Paul ripped an RBI double in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

Jacksonville starter James McDonald (1-0), made his first start for Jacksonville after arriving from Inland Empire, and gave up only one run on two hits while striking out seven during his six innings.

Brian Akin and Ramon Troncoso held the Barons at bey and Jon Meloan recorded the final four outs for his league-leading 17th save.
 Score by innings
Birmingham	001 000 120-4
Jacksonville	200 104 20x-9

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf	        5  0  1  1  .299
Tomlin rf	4  1  2  1  .280
Howard 2b	5  0  1  0  .338
Concepcion dh	4  1  1  1  .293
Raglani lf	4  1  2  0  .256
DeWitt 3b	4  1  2  2  .500
Ellis c	        3  2  1  0  .248
Dunlap 1b	3  1  1  0  .248
 Rohan pr-1b	0  1  0  0  .230
JGonzalez ss	3  1  3  4  .304
   Totals	35 9 14 9
   Birmingham	31 4  6 4

 Error- Dunlap (2), Paul (5). 2B- JGonzalez 2 (10),
Raglani (20), Ellis (14), Paul (17). RBI- Concepcion
(43), DeWitt 2 (2), JGonzalez 4 (32), Paul (42), 
Tomlin (11). SF- Tomlin. SB- JGonzalez (6). LOB- 
Jacksonville 7, Birmingham 8. DP- McDougall. JGonzalez
and Dunlap.

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er b  so  era
McDonald (1-0)	6.0  2  1-1  1  7  1.50
Akin	        1.0  2  1-1  1  1  4.50
Troncoso	0.2  2  2-2  2  3  3.33
Meloan (sv 17)	1.1  0  0-0  2  2  2.11
 HBP- JGonzalez. T- 2:40. Att- 7,149.
Big First Inning Costs Sixers-- Starter Francisco Felix (2-2) was tagged for four big runs in the first inning that Inland Empire could not overcome, losing 5-3 in the second game of the series. Felix worked four innings, giving up all five Rancho Cucamonga runs on eight hits.

The Sixers could only manage five hits through the first seven innings. First baseman Russell Mitchell slugged his 12th homer with one out in the second. Third baseman Shane Justis singled and stole second, scoring with two out on shortstop Ivan De Jesus' single to account for the only two Sixer runs of the game.

Jesus Rodriguez pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only a pair of hits and Jacobo Meque worked a scoreless eighth to keep the game close.

De Jesus continuing his hot hitting, boosting his average to .285 with a three-for-four game that included a double and an RBI. Right fielder Ryan Rogowski chipped in with an RBI single, scoring DeJesus in the seventh with the final Inland Empire run.

66ers Manager Dave Collins was ejected before the fourth inning started for vigorously discussing the strike zone with home plate umpire Jon Conrad.

In the final game of the series tonight, the 66ers will honor the Tuskegee Airmen.
 Score by Innings
Rch Cucamonga	400 010 000-6
Inland Empire	020 000 100-3

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski cf	5  0  1  1  .255
Denker 2b	5  0  1  0  .323
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .310
May c        	3  0  0  0  .251
Locke dh	4  0  2  0  .276
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  1  .256
Justis 3b	3  1  1  0  .309
Godwin lf	4  0  1  0  .228
De Jesus ss	4  1  3  1  .285
   Totals	36 3 10 5
   RCucamonga	36 6 10 5

 2B- Denker (19), De Jesus (14). HR- Mitchell (12). 
RBI- Mitchell (44), De Jesus (30), Rogowski (36). 
LOB- Inland Empire 9, RCucamonga 6. SB- De Jesus (11), 
Justis 2 (9), Rogowski (26). CS- Locke (4). DP- Justis, 
Denker and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so era
Felix (2-2)	4.0  8  5-5  1  3  4.75
Rodriguez	4.0  2  0-0  1  2  3.44
Meque         	1.0  0  0-0  1  2  5.77
 T- 2:50. Att- 1,938.
Great Lakes-- Open date.

Eight-Run Sixth Decisive-- Ogden took a two-run lead into the sixth when Great Falls got going and before the inning was done the White Sox had tallied eight times enroute to a 9-4 victory Thursday. The loss dropped the Raptors below .500 at 11-12, five games out in the Pioneer League South.

Michael Gardner, who had pitched a compete game shutout the last time out, had the Sox under control until their outburst. Wilfredo Diaz was rushed in but was hardly the answer as the Sox counted five times against him in one-third inning. Gardner (2-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up 10 hits and four runs (three earned) in 5.2 innings.

Jovanny Rosario drove in two runs for the Raptors with a double in the fifth while Alex Garabedian added an RBI double in the eighth. Rosario, Jaime Pedroza, and Jaime Ortiz all had two hits for the Raptors. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by innings
Ogden	        000 120 010-4
Great Falls	000 108 00x-9

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  2  2  .349
Pedroza ss	3  1  2  0  .433
Mathews lf	4  0  0  0  .254
Ortiz 1b	4  0  2  0  .339
 Taloa ph	1  0  0  0  .173
Jansen c	2  1  0  0  .304
Garabedian dh	4  0  1  1  .225
Gallagher 3b	3  1  0  0  .294
Brown rf	4  1  1  0  .274
Herrera 2b	3  0  0  0  .214
   Totals	32 4  8 3
   Great Falls	36 9 15 8

 Error- Ortiz (2), Pedroza (6). 2B-Pedroza 2 (6),
Rosario (4), Ortiz (4), Garabedian (2). RBI- Rosario
2 (10), Garabedian (6). S- Pedroza, Herrera. CS-
Rosario (3). LOB- Ogden 9, Great Falls 5. DP- Herrera,
Pedroza and Ortiz; Brown, Herrera, Jansen and
Gallagher; Herrera and Ortiz.

 Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Gardner (2-2)	5.2 10  4-3  1  3  3.10
Diaz	        0.1  5  5-5  1  0  6.17
Kutz	        2.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.29
 HBP- Mathews. T- 2:49. Att- 2.465.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- This year they scheduled more than the usual number of night games for the Gulf Coast Dodgers, who normally have to endure the heat and humidity of contests that begin at noon. Nice, if they could get to play some of them.

Thursday they were to meet their closest rivals- the Marlins who are three and one-half games back in the East Division. It was to start with the completion of game suspended with the two tied at 6-6 in the ninth inning; then on to a regular game.

However a late afternoon downpour changed that once more so the games were postponed. Of five night games scheduled this year, four have been rained out. --Bill Shelley.

Frias, Castillo Pitch Dodgers to Win-- Superior pitching by Carlos Frias and Antonio Castillo carried the Dominican Dodgers past one of their closest pursuers, the Red Sox, 6-1 Thursday to once again take sole possession of the division lead.

Frias (3-0) allowed only one unearned run on five hits in five innings, then lefthander Castillo was even sharper in the final four, giving up a lone hit to record his second save. Righthander Frias now has 1.61 ERA while Castillo's is 0.92.

Meanwhile, wildness by Red Sox pitching combined with timely hitting for a five-run second inning for the Dodgers. A walk followed by two hit batters loaded the bases and another walk to Rafael Aybar counted one run. Rafael Ynoa singled for two more and moved up with the right fielder bobbled the ball. Adrian Aviles then singled for two more.

The victory allowed the 23-12 Dodgers to take a one-game lead on the Giants, who lost. The Red Sox are 1 1/2 games back. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	050 000 100-6
Red Sox	010 000 000-1

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ynoa dh        	4  2  2  2  .257
Aviles cf	4  0  1  2  .253
 Sanchez ph-rf	1  0  0  0  .146
Mirabal ss	5  0  0  0  .218
Gonzalez lf	2  0  0  0  .295
Sucre lf	1  0  1  1  .206
Guerrero 3b	3  0  1  0  .330
Tavarez 1b	3  1  0  0  .274
Bens c        	3  1  0  0  .234
Castillo rf-cf	3  1  0  0  .121
Aybar 2b	3  1  0  1  .163
   Totals	29 6 5 4
   Red Sox	31 1 6 0

 Error- Mirabal (4). RBI- Aybar (5), Ynoa 2 (11), 
Aviles 2 (11),Sucre (2). LOB- Dodgers 6, Red Sox 5. 
SB- Guerrero (3). CS- Guerrero (10). DP- 2 Mirabal, 
Aybar and Tavarez; Guerrero, Aybar and Tavarez.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Frias (3-0)     5.0  5  1-0  1  2  0.92
Castillo (sv 2)	4.0  1  0-0  1  5  1.61
 HBP- Tavarez, Bens, Castillo, by Castillo. T- 2:45.

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