Hu's Sizzling Bat Sparks Las Vegas

Las Vegas launched five home runs to dump Salt Lake 10-5. Jacksonville was held to three hits in a 3-1 loss to Birmingham. Inland Empire used strong pitching to top San Jose 4-1. Great Lakes overcame a five-run first but lost 6-5 in 11 innings to Burlington. Ogden took it on the chin from Billings, losing 9-3. The GC Dodgers lost again, this time

Hu Remains Hot-- Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu' three hits led a 15-hit attack that included eight for extra-bases, burying Salt Lake 10-5. Hu got the game off on the right foot with two-run home run in the first inning and added an RBI single in the second.

The 23-year-old is 5-for-14 (.357) with two homers and six RBIs in three games since being promoted from Jacksonville.

Delwyn Young led off the seventh with his 15th homer and Andy LaRoche and Marshall McDougall slugged back-to-back shots later in the inning as the 51s improved to 42-51. John Lindsey crushed a solo shot, his eighth, in the fifth, while Andy LaRoche was 3-for-3 with two doubles to go with his homer, boosting his average to .287.

Starter Miguel Pinango (5-4) rode the thunderous attack to earn his fifth win, despite allowing four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in six frames.

Matt Riley, Dwayne Pollok and Matt Bauer finished the game, allowing a single run over the final three innings. Three double plays during the game kept the Bees in check.
 Score by Innings
Salt Lake	300 100 100- 5
Las Vegas	330 010 30x-10

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Valdez 2b	4  1  1  0  .335
Hu ss        	5  2  3  3  .357
Young rf	4  2  2  2  .340
Lindsey dh	4  1  2  1  .354
LaRoche 3b	3  2  3  2  .267
McDougall 1b	4  1  2  2  .338
Freeman cf	4  0  1  0  .275
Huckaby c	2  0  0  0  .269
Davis c        	2  0  0  0  .262
Ruan lf        	4  1  1  0  .287
   Totals	36 10 15 10
   Salt Lake	34  5 11  5

 2B- LaRoche 2 (12), Young (37). HR- Hu (2), 
Lindsey (8), Young (15), LaRoche (60). RBI- Hu 3 
(6), McDougall 2 (10), Young 2 (71), LaRoche 2 
(18), Lindsey (35). S- Valdez. SF- LaRoche. 
LOB- Las Vegas 4, Salt Lake 9. DP- 3 Hu, 
Valdez and McDougall, Hu and McDougall; 
LaRoche and McDougall.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (5-4)	6.0  7  4-4  3  5  4.00
Riley	        0.1  1  1-1  3  0  7.18
Pollok	        1.2  2  0-0  0  0  4.82
Bauer	        1.0  1  0-0  1  3  5.14
 WP- Riley. Balk- Pinango.  PB- Davis. 
T- 2:47.  Att- 8,648.
Jacksonville stopped by Barons-- The Suns ran into a second strong pitching effort in a row, finishing with only three hits including a homer and a single by second baseman Kevin Howard. The final 10 Suns went down in order.

The Barons have held Jacksonville to five hits and a single run over the first two games of the series and the Suns slipped to 17-7.

Suns starter Michael Megrew (6-6) surrendered three runs on five hits with four strikeouts over six innings. Cory Wade walked two and struck out one in three hitless frames.
 Score by Innings
Birmingham	002 010 000-3
Jacksonville	000 100 000-1

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	4  0  0  0  .292
Tomlin rf	4  0  0  0  .261
Howard 2b	4  1  2  1  .329
Concepcion 1b	4  0  0  0  .287
Raglani lf	2  0  0  0  .252
DeWitt 3b	3  0  1  0  .357
Ellis c        	3  0  0  0  .258
Dunlap dh	3  0  0  0  .242
JGonzalez ss	3  0  0  0  .302
   Totals       30 1 3 1
   Birmingham	30 3 5 3

 HR- Howard (2). RBI- Howard (12). 
LOB-Jacksonville 3, Birmingham 4. 
SB- Raglani (7). DP- DeWitt, Howard 
and Conception.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r  bb so  era
Megrew (6-6)	6.0  5  3-3  2  4  5.63
Wade        	3.0  0  0-0  2  1  0.00
 T-2:11. Att- 7,134.
Sixers Ride Strong Pitching-- Starter Mario Alvarez and three relievers throttled the Giants 4-1 with a passed ball allowing the single San Jose run.

Alvarez (4-5) fanned six and gave up the single (unearned) run in the bottom of the first inning that came on a two-out passed ball by May. Jordan Pratt followed Alvarez's five inning effort with three no-hit, five strikeout innings. Kyle Wilson's shutout ninth earned him his eleventh save of the season 

A three-run fourth inning gave the Sixers all the runs they would need while moving to 14-9 in the second half.

The top five hitters in the lineup collected seven of their eight hits, led by outfielder Jamie Hoffman who doubled twice and knocked in a run. Lucas May boomed a two-run homer in the fourth, his 18th of the season -- tops in the Dodger system.

Hoffmann's first double drove in outfielder Ryan Rogowski from first base and May's shot broke a 1-1 tie. Hoffmann's second double in the sixth was followed by a Travis Denker's RBI single to close out the scoring.

The 66ers and Giants meet in the second game of the series this afternoon.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 301 000-4
San Jose	100 000 000-1

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt lf        	5  0  2  0  .298
Rogowski cf	5  1  1  0  .254
Hoffmann rf	4  2  2  1  .319
May c        	4  1  1  2  .251
Denker 2b	3  0  1  1  .323
Mitchell 1b 	3  0  0  0  .255
Locke dh	4  0  0  0  .269
Justis 3b	3  0  0  0  .299
De Jesus ss	4  0  1  0  .282
   Totals	35 4 8 4
   San Jose 	33 1 7 0

 2B- Hoffmann 2 (20). HR- May (18). RBI- Hoffmann 
(54), May 2 (67), Denker (38). LOB- Inland Empire 
7, San Jose 8. SB- Denker (8), Hunt (6). 
DP- Denker, De Jesus and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (4-5)	5.0  5  1-0  1  6  4.87
Pratt         	3.0  0  0-0  2  5  6.00
Wilson (sv 11)	1.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.35
 WP- Alvarez, Pratt. PB- May (22). 
T-2:40. Att- 2,442.
Loons Lose in 11-- An RBI single in the top of the 11th inning gave Burlington a 6-5 win over Great Lakes after the Loons had battled back to overcome a five-run first inning.

The Bees tagged Great Lakes ace Clayton Kershaw for five runs on four singles and a home run in the first but the lefthander regained his composure and retired 14 of the final 15 hitters and struck out eight.

The Loons scored two runs in the second and fourth inning, helped by home runs from third baseman Josh Bell (#11) in the second, and outfielder James Peterson (#3) in the fourth, then tied the game in the seventh on a solo homer off the bat of catcher Juan Apodaca, his sixth.

Great Lakes missed an opportunity to win in the eighth, when Carlos Santana grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners at first and second.

In the ninth, with shortstop Juan Rivera at third and outfielder Trayvon Robinson at first and two outs, a double steal attempt saw Rivera nipped at the plate.

After Joe Jones and Chris Malone had held Burlington to a pair of hits and no runs over five innings in relief of Kershaw, Burlington scored in the top of the 11th when Miguel Sanfler (2-3) allowing a run on two hits and a walk.

Great Lakes (7-13) and Burlington (11-10) meet in the third of their four-game series this afternoon.
Score by Innings
Burlington	500 000 000 01-6
Great Lakes	020 200 100 00-5

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gonzalez ss-3b	6  0  1  0  .313
Mattingly 2b	5  0  1  0  .238
Giles lf	5  0  0  0  .313
Bell dh        	2  2  1  1  .276
Peterson 1b	3  2  2  2  .307
Santana 3b-c	5  0  0  0  .194
Van Slyke rf	5  0  1  1  .260
Apodaca c	3  1  1  1  .246
 Rivera pr-ss 	0  0  0  0  .250
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .239
   Totals	38 8  8 5
   Burlington	32 6 10 6

 2B- Gonzalez (11), Mattingly (10). HR- Bell (11), 
Peterson (3), Apodaca (6). RBI- Great Lakes 8, 
Burlington 7. SB- Robinson (15).

 Great Lakes 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	        5.0  6  5-5  1  8  2.55
Jones	        2.0  1  0-0  0  2  5.60
Malone	        3.0  1  0-0  2  4  2.84
Sanfler (2-3)	1.0  2  1-1  1  1  5.29
 WP- Kershaw, Malone 2, Sanfler.
T- 3:21. Att- 5,488.
Gopherball Kills Raptors-- Gil Stanke gave up a three-run homer in the first inning and things didn't get any better as reeling Ogden stumbled to its sixth straight loss, an 11-3 rout by Billings Saturday.

Stanke (0-3) also gave up another homer and was kicked around for eight runs (five earned). He allowed six hits and walked four as Ogden dropped to 11-14.

Jovanny Rosario had a double and two singles for the Raptors while Erik Kanaby drove in two runs. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by innings
Ogden	        000 200 100-3
Billings	302 031 00x-9

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  3  0  .358
Herrera 2b	3  0  1  0  .271
Pedroza ss	4  0  1  0  .423
Ortiz 1b	4  0  1  0  .343
Taloa dh	3  1  0  0  .186
Mier c	        4  1  0  0  .194
 Wallach c	0  0  0  0  .214
Gallagher 3b	2  0  0  0  .283
 Mathews 3b	2  0  0  0  .235
Brown rf	4  0  0  0  .243
Kanaby lf	4  0  1  2  .302
   Totals	34 3  7 2
   Billings	34 9 10 8

 Errors- Gallagher 2 (5), Pedroza (7), Kanaby (1).
2B- Rosario (5). RBI- Kanaby 2 (7). SB- Rosario
(14). CS- Kanaby (4).  LOB- Ogden 6, Billings 9.

 Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stanke (0-3)	4.1  5  8-5  4  3  7.20
Gearhart	1.2  2  1-1  1  1  1.64
Caraballo	2.0  2  0-0  1  2  4.70
 PB- Wallach (1). HBP- Taloa. T- 3:02. Att- 2,522.
Coasties Lose on Four-Run Ninth-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers received an excellent start from Kyle Smit and Yossandy Garcia took the league lead in home runs but it was all for naught as the relief corps managed to throw it away in a 9-7 loss to the Nationals. Fortunately for the Dodgers, the Marlins seven-game win streak was snapped by the Mets so they still lead the East Division by 2.5 games.

Smit gave up only four hits and one unearned run in five innings, walking just one while striking out eight. The Dodgers assumed a 5-1 lead as Andrew Lambo and Alfredo Silverio each drove in two runs and Garcia hit his sixth homer, a solo shot in the fourth.

But the bullpen betrayed them all as they were generally wilder than Paris Hilton at an after-hours club. Kelvin Dominguez gave up four hits, two walks and threw a wild pitch in one and one-third innings. Luis Vasquez bailed him out but not before walking in a run.

Then came one-time first baseman Jesus Gomez (0-1) in his second mound appearance. He proceeded to walk six plus yielding two hits and the Nats had a six-run eighth inning. That was a lead the Dodgers couldn't overcome.

Pedro Baez had two hits for the Dodgers who are now 13-4, having dropped two of the last three games. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Nationals	001 001 160-9
Dodgers	        202 100 110-7

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	4  1  1  0  .302
Bradley lf	4  2  0  0  .182
Baez 3b        	4  2  2  0  .301
Lambo 1b	5  0  1  2  .224
Silverio rf	3  0  1  2  .381
Orr dh        	3  0  0  0  .224
 Poole pr-dh	0  1  0  0  .147
YGarcia 2b	3  1  1  1  .292
Collado c	3  0  1  0  .382
Guzman cf	4  0  1  1  .231
   Totals	33 7  6 6
   Nationals	36 9 11 9

   Error- Garcia (2). HR- Garcia (6). RBI- Lambo 2 
(8), Silverio 2 (16), Garcia (17), Guzman (4). 
S- Collado. SF- Silverio. LOB- Dodgers 6, National 
10. DP- Garcia, Becker and Lambo; Guzman and 
Collado; Becker, Garcia and Lambo.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Smit	        3.0  4  1-0  1  8  3.86
Dominguez	1.1  4  2-2  2  1  7.20
Vasquez	        0.2  0  0-0  1  0  8.31
Gomez (0-1)	1.0  2  6-4  6  2 18.00
Povey	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
 WP- Dominguez.	
Three-Run Error Beats Dodgers-- An ugly ninth inning allowed the Yankees to come up with four runs to edge past the Dominican Dodgers 6-5 Saturday, dropping the losers from the top spot in their division.

Pedro Noboa (0-1) walked two men and hit a batter and third baseman Pedro Guerrero threw a ball away to get the Yanks going and the climax came when center fielder Adrian Aviles fielded a single, then also made an errant throw ,a play on which three men scored.

The loss, coupled with a Giants win, shoved the 23-14 Dodgers into second, one game out.

Before that, the Dodgers had received good pitching from Elisaul Pimentel- four innings, three hits, one run- and Marcel Prado- three innings, three hits, one unearned run. Ramon Jean hit a two run homer in the third ,his first, singled and stole a base while Guerrero had two hits to lead LA's team at bat. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by innings
Yankees2	010 000 104-6
Dodgers	        000 100 220-5

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ynoa ss	        2  1  0  0  .241
Aviles cf	4  1  1  0  .242
Guerrero 3b	4  1  2  0  .325
Arias 1b	4  0  1  0  .218
Tavarez c	2  0  0  1  .280
 Villalobos c	2  0  0  0  .278
Brito lf	3  0  0  0  .205
 Castillo pr-lf	1  0  1  1  .127
Sanchez rf	2  0  0  0  .138
 Gonzalez pr-rf	1  1  0  0  .297
Mirabal 2b	4  0  0  0  .210
Jean dh	        4  1  2  2  .250
   Totals	33 5 7 4
   Yankees2	33 6 7 3

 Errors- Guerrero 2 (8), Prado (1), Aviles (5). 
HR- Jean (1). RBI- Tavarez (21), Jean 2 (8), 
Castillo (8). SB- Jean (7), Castillo (7). 
CS- Aviles (7). LOB- Dodgers 5, Yankees2 6. 
DP- Mirabal, Ynoa and Arias.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pimentel	4.0  3  1-1  1  5  6.14
Prado	        3.0  3  1-0  2  4  1.16
Noboa (0-1)	2.1  1  4-4  2  2  7.20
 HBP- by Noboa. T- 2:55.

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