Five Homers Help Vegas to Sixth Straight Win

John Lindsey, Andy LaRoche and Wilson Valdez combined for five home runs as Las Vegas topped Portland 14-9. Inland Empire dropped a 12-inning game to San Jose. Great Lakes lost to Burlington 4-3. Ogden suffered an eighth straight loss, this time 10-2 to Billings. The DR Dodgers dumped the Devil Rays 7-4. The GC Dodgers and Jacksonville were not scheduled.

Vegas Out-Slugs Portland-- It just wasn't a night to be a pitcher at Cashman Field. The Beavers banged a pair of grand slams but the 51s saw them a pair and drew five of a kind as John Lindsey (2), Andy LaRoche (2) and Wilson Valdez drove shots out of the park as Las Vegas won 14-9.

Lindsey lined out a double and two home runs (#10), knocking in a season-high six RBIs to lead the winner's attack.

"It was a real hitters' game," Lindsey told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "It was a real good game. On the first homer, reliever Steve Watkins came in on me with a fastball. The second one, reliever Justin Hampson just hung a breaking ball."

It marked the third multi-homer game for Lindsey and his fourth one with at least four RBIs this season. Since being promoted from Jacksonville, he has driven in 41 runs in 28 games. In his last 10 games, he has batted .400 with six home runs and 23 RBIs for Las Vegas.

Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu continued to pound the ball, collecting yet another three hits and scoring twice. He boosted his already spectacular batting average to .476.

Andy LaRoche has regained his home run swing, smacking a three-run shot in the third and added a solo bomb in the eighth, his eighth of the year in his first multi-homer game of the season. Wilson Valdez added a two-run homer in the third, his second for the 51s, who have won six straight and improved to 44-51.

Las Vegas starter Spike Lundberg (5-4) surrendered one of the grand slams and allowed five runs on six hits over five innings, but given outstanding run support, earned the win.

Roberto Hernandez supplied a scoreless inning in his Las Vegas debut. Matt Riley, Craig Fussell and Wesley Wright followed on the mound.

Beavers starter and former Dodger minor leaguer Ryan Ketchner (1-11) gave up six runs on six hits over three innings for his third consecutive loss.
 Score by Innings
Portland	400 010 400- 9
Las Vegas	204 022 12x-14

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Valdez 2b	4  2  2  2   .344
Hu ss        	5  2  3  0   .478
Young rf	5  2  2  0   .346
Lindsey 1b	3  3  3  6   .356
LaRoche 3b	5  3  2  4   .295
Freeman cf	4  0  0  0   .267
 Fussell p	1  0  0  0   .000
Wright p	0  0  0  0  1.000
Davis c        	5  2  2  1   .260
Ruan lf-cf	4  0  3  1   .305
Lundberg p	2  0  0  0   .259
 Maza ph        0  0  0  0   .336
 Hernandez P	0  0  0  0   .000
 Riley P	0  0  0  0   .000
 McDougall lf	2  0  0  0   .311
   Totals	36 14 17 14
   Portland	34  9  8  4

 2B-Lindsey (12), Ruan (4). HR- Valdez (2), 
LaRoche 2 (8) , Lindsey 2 (10). RBI- Lindsey 
6 (41), Valdez 2 (13), LaRoche 4 (22), Ruan 
(14). S- Ruan. SF- Valdez LOB- Las Vegas 7, 
Portland 5.

 Las Vegas  	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lundberg (5-4)	5.0  6  5-5  2  5  6.03
Hernandez	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
Riley 	        0.2  1  4-4  3  1  8.33
Fussell	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  7.30
Wright	        1.0  0  0-0  1  2  6.43
 HBP- Lindsey. T- 3:10. Att- 2,613.
Jacksonville-- Not scheduled.

Sixers Lose in 12-- After holding off the Giants in the ninth and 11th innings, a two-run single off Carlos Alvarez (1-1) in the 12th gave San Jose a 4-3 win over Inland Empire.

Reliever Jesus Rodriguez retired the final hitter in the ninth with the winning run on third base and right fielder Jamie Hoffman threw out a runner at home in the 11th to save the Sixers.

First baseman Russell Mitchell went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run for the 66ers. Shortstop Ivan De Jesus had two hits and also scored a run. Hoffman and second baseman Travis Denker each knocked in a run.

Cody White started for Inland Empire and allowed five hits and three runs in six innings, leaving the game tied 3-3.

Rodriguez allowed only a single hit over three scoreless innings before Alvarez pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th, then gave up the winning run with two out in the 12th.

Quote--"He has a lot of heart. He battles to get through whatever situation he is in, no matter how good he does or doesn't feel. He can still develop a lot physically and get stronger, but heart makes up for some of that," Sixers manager Dave Collins speaking about lefthander Marlon Arias to The San Bernardino Sun.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	003 000 000 000-3
San Jose	110 010 000 001-4

 Inland Empire 	ab r  h  bi ave
Hunt lf        	4  0  0  0  .277
Denker 2b	4  0  1  1  .318
Hoffmann rf	5  0  1  1  .313
Justis 3b	5  0  0  0  .269
May c        	3  0  0  0  .249
Locke dh	5  0  0  0  .268
Mitchell 1b	5  1  3  0  .260
Godwin cf	4  1  1  0  .233
 Rogowski ph-cf	1  0  0  0  .253
De Jesus ss	4  1  2  1  .285
   Totals	30 3 8 3
   San Jose	40 4 9 2

 2B- Mitchell (20). RBI- De Jesus (32), Denker (39), 
Hoffmann (55). S- Hunt. SF- Denker. LOB- Inland Empire 
5, San Jose 10.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White 	        6.0  5  3-3  1  4  5.91
Rodriguez	3.0  1  0-0  2  1  3.16
Alvarez (1-1)	2.2  3  1-1  3  2  2.45
 WP- White, Alvarez. T- 3:11. Att- 2,735.
Loons Rally in Ninth Fails-- Great Lakes, trailing Burlington by one run going into the last of the ninth, loaded the bases on singles by shortstop Adolfo Gonzalez and outfielder Trayvon Robinson and a walk to first baseman Eduardo Perez with none out. 

But third baseman Josh Bell looking, outfielder Tommy Giles swinging and outfielder Mat Berezay bounced out and the Bees had a 4-3 victory winning the series three games to one.

Giles went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and now has four, three-hit games in his last six games. Robinson also went 3-for-5.

Arismendy Castillo started and allowed only a single earned run on five hits during his six innings of work and left with a 2-0 lead. Miguel Sanfler and Joe Jones each allowed a run over the final three innings with Sanfler taking the loss.

The Loons drop to 7-15 in the second half of the season and 41-51 overall, 10 games under .500, their most games under .500 in 2007. 

Great Lakes was managed by hitting coach Garey Ingram, who will continue piloting the Loons on an interim basis the next two games as manager Lance Parrish attends his son Matt's graduation from the sheriff's academy.

Quad Cities makes their first trip to Midland tonight in the first of a four game series. Left-hander James Adkins, the Dodgers #2 pick in the 2007 draft, will start for the Loons and pitch one inning.  Lefty Paul Coleman will work out of the bullpen.
 Score by Innings
Burlington	000 000 220-4
Great Lakes	000 002 010-3

 Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gonzalez ss	4  0  1  0  .312
Robinson cf	5  0  3  0  .243
Perez 1b	4  0  2  0  .326
Bell 3b        	5  1  0  0  .267
Giles rf	5  2  3  0  .344
Berezay lf	4  0  1  0  .245
Mattingly 2b	4  0  1  1  .240
Santana c	4  0  1  0  .190
Rivera dh	4  0  0  0  .224
   Totals	39 3 12 1
   Burlington	33 4  9 2

 2B- Berezay (19), Santana (9), Giles 2 (6). 
RBI- Mattingly (29). LOB- Great Lakes 12, 
Burlington 7. SB- Robinson (15), Berezay (6).

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo	6.0  5  2-1  2  5  4.66
Sanfler (2-4)	1.0  1  1-1  1  2  5.33
Jones        	1.2  3  1-1  1  1  5.59
 WP- Sanfler. HBP- by Castillo. PB- Santana 2 (17). 
T- 3:12. Att- 3,633.
Ogden Drops Eighth in a Row-- Just when you think things can't get any worse for Ogden, they do. Billings started matters with a home run in the first off Doug Brooks (1-4) and added five more in the four innings he pitched to hand the 11-16 Raptors their eigthth straight setback.

Jon Haldis, who had given up a game-winning homer Sunday, came right back but managed only one out while the Mustangs scored four times.

The lone spark of offense for the Raptors was a two-run homer by outfielder Travis Vetters, his third, in the seventh.
 Score by Innings
Ogden	        000 000 200- 2
Billings	102 300 04x-10

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	3  0  0  0  .359
 Brown cf	1  0  0  0  .239
Kanaby lf	5  0  0  0  .264
Jansen c	5  0  1  0  .310
Ortiz 1b	3  0  1  0  .347
Mathews dh	4  0  0  0  .250
Gallagher 3b	3  0  1  0  .286
Fuller ss	3  1  1  0  .210
Vetters rf	4  1  1  2  .283
Herrera 2b	3  0  1  0  .275
   Totals	34  2  6 2
   Billings	35 10 11 9

 Error- Herrera (5). 2B- Jansen (3), Fuller (5), 
Ortiz (6). HR- Vetters (3). RBI- Vetters 2 (9). 
LOB- Ogden 10, Billings 7. DP- Fuller, Herrera and Ortiz.

 Ogden  	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Brooks (1-4)	4.0  7  6-6  3  3  7.96
Diaz        	3.0  1  0-0  1  3  4.91
Haldis	        0.1  3  4-3  2  0  9.88
Gearhart	0.2  0  0-0  0  1  1.54
 WP- Brooks. Balk- Haldis. T-3:03. Att- 1,973.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- not scheduled.

Aviles Boosts DR Dodgers-- Outfielder Adrian Aviles had a big day with a triple, double and single and Gari Taverez pitched five strong innings as the Dominican Dodgers got past the Devil Rays 7-4.

Aviles got the Dodger scoring off early with his three-base knock that followed a leadoff walk to designated hitter Rafael Ynoa. He then scored on a single by shortstop Pedro Guerrero. Guerrero also drove in a run with another single in the ninth. Outfielder Cristian Gonzalez ripped a solo homer, his third, in the eighth while second baseman Ramon Jean also contributed two hits to the attack.

Tavarez gave up only three hits in shutting the D-Rays down during his stint. He's now 5-2 with an 0.92 ERA. The Rays later picked up a run off Marlon Urriloa, then assaulted Juan Santana for three in the eighth before Luis Ferreras came to the rescue, holding the Rays at bat the rest of the way for his fourth save.

The victory kept the 24-14 Dodgers one game back of the division-leading Giants, who also won.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	        200 020 012-7
Devil Rays	000 001 030-4

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ynoa dh        	4  2  0  0  .229
Aviles cf	4  2  3  1  .262
Guerrero ss	5  0  2  2  .328
Gonzlaez rf	5  2  1  1  .290
Arias 1b	4  0  1  1  .220
Jean 3b        	4  0  2  0  .260
Tavarez c	3  0  1  0  .282
 Villalobos c	1  0  0  0  .273
Brito lf	4  0  0  0  .186
Mirabal 2b	3  1  1  0  .213
   Totals	37 7 11 5
   Devil Rays	38 4 11 4

 Error- Guerrero (9), Jean (9). 2B- Aviles (1). 
3B- Aviles (1). HR- Gonzalez (3). RBI- Aviles 
(12), Guerrero 2 (21), Arias (16), Gonzalez (11). 
LOB- Dodgers 8, Devil Rays 9. CS- Guerrero (9). 
DP- Mirabal, Guerrero and Arias.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Tavarez (5-2)	5.0  3  0-0  1  6  0.92
Urriola	        2.0  4  1-1  1  2  3.18
Santana 	0.1  3  3-2  0  0  5.85
Ferreras (sv 4)	1.2  1  0-0  0  1  1.13
 WP- Urriola, Santana. HBP- Jean. T-2:50

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