Who Can Stop the Red-Hot Hu?

Las Vegas made it seven in a row by topping Portland 9-7. Jacksonville lost 7-5 at Mississippi. Rancho Cucamonga dropped Inland Empire 8-1. Great Lakes lost 12-7 to Quad Cities despite four hits by Josh Bell. Ogden fell again, this time 7-4 in Billings and the GC Dodgers won a pair, 7-6 in the completion of a suspended game and 6-3 in the regular contest. The DR Dodgers were rained out.

Hu, Indeed!-- Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu perhaps should have bypassed AAA Las Vegas and moved directly to Los Angeles. The youngster has collected a staggering 14 hits in six games since receiving a bus ticket from Jacksonville and rapped out three hits against Portland for his fourth-straight three-hit game of the season in a 9-7 win.

Las Vegas, happily enjoying the ride on Hu's sizzling bat, won their seventh in a row and have won eight straight at home, improving to 45-51 for the season.

Hu singled and scored in the first, banged a triple in the second, singled in the fourth and walked in the sixth to finish 3-for-3 and boost his average to an astronomical .538. He is 14-for-26 with three homers, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored in six games since he arriving from Jacksonville.

Andy LaRoche, has had a hot streak of his own, went 2-for-3 with a double, solo homer (#9), two RBIs and two runs scored to elevate his average to .301.

Starter Dwayne Pollok gave up one earned run on three hits in three innings before Casey Hoorelbeke (3-3) took over and picked up the win, although allowing two runs on two hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. Eric Hull fanned the final batter to notch his eighth save.
 Score by Innings
Portland	200 002 030-7
Las Vegas	431 010 00x-9

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Valdez 2b	3  2  1  0  .344
Hu ss        	3  2  3  2  .538
Young rf	4  1  1  0  .345
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  2  .355
LaRoche 3b	3  2  2  2  .301
Barnes lf	3  1  1  1  .206
Davis c	        3  0  0  1  .245
Ruan cf	        4  0  1  0  .303
Pollok p	0  1  0  0  .000
 Lundberg ph	1  0  0  0  .250
 Hoorelbeke p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Bauer p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Wright p	1  0  0  0  .500
 Hull p 	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	29 9 10 8
   Portland	33 7  9 6

 Error- Ruan (3). 2B- LaRoche (14). 3B- Hu (1), 
Barnes (3). HR LaRoche (9). RBI Lindsey 2 (43), 
LaRoche 2 (24), Barnes (11), Hu 2 (10), Davis (7). 
SF- Barnes, Davis. LOB- Las Vegas 4, Portland 9. 
SB Valdez (7).

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-err bb so  era
Pollok	        3.0  3  2-1  2  2  4.65
Hoorelbeke (3-3)2.2  2  2-2  3  0  5.29
Bauer	        1.1  2  3-3  4  2  7.56
Wright 	        1.2  1  0-0  1  3  5.19
Hull (sv  8)	0.1  1  0-0  0  1  3.24
 WP- Bauer. T- 2:58. Att- 2,635.
Braves Stop the Suns-- Starter Joey Norrito (6-1) lost his first game for Jacksonville, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while fanning three over 4.1 frames and the Suns could never quite get back into the game.

A pair of unearned runs hurt the Suns in their attempt to catch up after falling behind 5-2 after six innings.

Outfielder Anthony Raglani smacked a solo home run, his 15th, and second baseman Juan Rodriguez and James Tomlin each had a pair of hits for Jacksonville. Tomlin's two RBI in the second gave the Suns a brief 2-1 lead.

The Suns made a last-ditch rally in the ninth inning but Mississippi's Carl Loadenthal made a spectacular catch in center field to end the game, diving at the warning track to grab Xavier Paul's fly ball with two runners on base.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	002 000 201- 5
Mississippi	100 121 11x-13

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	5  0  1  0  .290
Tomlin rf	4  0  0  2  .260
LGonzalez	0  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .333
Concepcion 1b	4  0  0  0  .281
Raglani lf	3  2  1  1  .250
Ellis c        	4  1  0  0  .259
JGonzalez 2b	4  1  0  0  .305
Rohan ss	4  1  0  0  .242
Norrito p	1  0  0  0  .063
Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
Dunlap ph	0  0  0  1  .242
Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
Nicholson rf	1  0  0  0  .186
   Totals	31 5 10 4
   Mississippi	36 7 13 4

 Error- Rohan (9)< Akin (1). HR- Raglani 
(15). RBI- Tomlin 2 (13), Raglani (52), 
Nicholson (11). LOB- Jacksonville 5, 
Mississippi 11. CS- Tomlin (1).
DP- DeWitt, JGonzalez and Concepcion.

Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Norrito (6-1)	4.1  8  4-3  1  3  2.58
Alexander	1.2  2  1-1  2  0  5.01
Akin         	1.0  1  1-0  1  1  4.42
LGonzalez 	1.0  2  1-1  1  1  4.74
  WP- Alexander, Akin. HBP- Norrito. 
T- 3:00. Att- 3,419.
66ers Drop Game to Quakes-- Inland Empire returned from San Jose at six a.m., then bussed to Rancho Cucamonga to meet the Quakes. The travel-weary team managed only six hits in an 8-1 loss.

The Quakes broke open a 3-1 game with five big runs in the eighth inning and Jesus Castillo (3-7) took the loss in his first start since returning from a hamstring injury. He went six innings allowing three runs on 10 hits and fanned eight Quakes.

Francisco Felix was tagged for the five-run eighth inning explosion that put the game out of reach.

The Sixers only run came on a monster drive by back up catcher Esteban Lopez who cleared the left-center field wall for his first homer, first RBI and second hit in his three games with Inland Empire.

Outfielder Ryan Rogowski and shortstop Shane Justis had a pair of hits each.

The second game of the series is this afternoon.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 001 000-1
RCucamonga	010 011 05x-8

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski cf	4  0  2  0  .256
De Jesus ss	2  0  0  0  .283
 Justis ph-ss	2  0  2  0  .299
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .309
Mitchell 1b	4  0  1  0  .260
Denker 2b	4  0  0  0  .313
Locke dh	4  0  0  0  .262
Hunt lf        	3  0  0  0  .270
Rivera 3b	2  0  0  0  .201
Lopez c	        3  1  1  1  .250
   Totals	32 1  6 1
   RCucamonga	37 8 15 8

 Error- Mitchell (6). HR- Lopez (1). RBI- Lopez 
(1). LOB- Inland Empire 5, Rancho Cucamonga 10. 
DP- Felix and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (3-2)	6.0 10  3-2  0  8  4.34
Felix 	        1.1  5  5-5  3  0  5.65
Pratt	        0.2  0  0-0  1  0  5.94
 HBP- by Castillo. T-2:44. Att- 2,363.
Loons Lose Wild Game-- In a game that saw 20 runs and 31 hits, Great Lakes finished up on the short side of a 13-7 contest after Quad Cities had scored a big six in the eighth inning.

The loss came despite a career day by third baseman Josh Bell who was 4-for-5 with two home runs and four runs batted in. Bell drilled a three-run home run in the first inning and drove a shot over the 400 mark in center field to tie the game 4-4 in the fifth inning. The homers were number 12 and 13 for Bell.

The Dodgers second pick in the 2007 draft, James Adkins, started and allowed only a hit in his single inning of work. Paul Coleman (1-1) took over n the second and was battered for 10 hits and six runs, four earned, in four innings. Chris Meloan was treated just as roughly, surrendering six runs in 2.1 innings.

Outfielder Trayvon Robinson and Mike Berezay, along with first baseman James Peterson, had a pair of hits each for the Loons. Berezay adding his fifth homer.

Before the ballgame, Loons first baseman Eduardo Perez was placed on the suspended list and Parker Brooks was added to the active roster for the first time this season to take his place.

  Brooks has been with the team ever since coming to Midland back in April but saw his first action when he pinch-hit in the ninth inning.

The series continues tonight when left-hander Clayton Kershaw will start for Great Lakes. 
 Score by Innings
Quad Cities	040 021 060-13
Great Lakes	302 000 020- 7

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  1  2  1  .247
Giles dh	4  0  0  0  .330
 Brooks ph-dh	1  0  0  0  .000
Peterson 1b	5  1  2  0  .310
Bell 3b        	5  2  4  4  .276
Van Slyke rf	4  1  0  0  .256
Berezay lf	3  1  2  1  .250
Mattingly 2b	3  1  0  1  .237
Apodaca c	3  0  1  0  .248
Lizarraga ss	3  0  0  0  .261
   Totals	35  7 11  7
   Quad Cities	39 12 20 11

 Error- Coleman (2), Mattingly (24). HR- Bell 2 
(13), Berezay (5). RBI- Bell 4 (51), Mattingly 
(30), Berezay (34), Robinson (22). S- Lizarraga. 
SF- Mattingly. LOB- Great Lakes 7, Quad Cities 10. 
SB- Berezay (7), Van Slyke (3). DP- Lizarraga, 
Mattingly and Peterson.

 Great Lakes	 in   h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins	        1.0   1  0-0  0  2  0.00
Coleman (1-1)	4.0  10  6-4  1  2  5.87
Malone	        2.1   7  6-5  1  2  7.27
Melgarejo	1.2   2  1-0  1  2  6.45
 WP- Coleman. Malone 2. HBP- by Coleman, by Malone. T- 3:04. Att- 4,228.
Sinking Raptors Lose Again-- The Ogden losing ways reached nine in a row Tuesday as Billings took care of them again, this time 7-4.

There was a little for the Raptors to cheer about. Travis Vetters had a solo homer (his fourth), a double and single to raise his average to .316 and Jaime Ortiz stretched his hitting streak to 11 games in a row with an RBI single in the eighth. Alex Garabedian had two hits.

And that's about it as the Mustangs collected eight hits and four runs off Michael Gardner (2-3). They then went on to pick up two more runs off Blake Brannon and one off Johnny Caraballo.

The latest loss dropped Ogden to 11-17. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Ogden        	001 000 111-4
Billings	100 003 03x-7

 Ogden 	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .355
Kanaby lf	4  1  2  0  .276
Mathews ph	1  0  0  0  .247
Garabedian c	5  0  2  1  .250
 Brown pr	0  0  0  0  .239
Ortiz dh	4  0  1  1  .342
 Fuller pr-dh	1  0  0  0  .206
Taloa 1b	5  0  3  0  .219
Pedroza ss	4  1  1  0  .392
Gallagher 3b	4  0  1  0  .283
Vetoes rf	4  2  3  2  .316
Herrera 2b	4  0  0  0  .255
   Totals 	43 4 14 4
   Billings	35 7 11 6

 Error- Gardner(1), Gallagher (6), Brannon (1).  
2B- Vetters (5). HR- Vetters (4).RBI- Vetters 2 
(11), Ortiz (15), Garabedian (8). LOB- Ogden 10, 
Billings 7. SB- Kanaby (3). CS- Rosario (4).

 Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Gardner (2-3)	5.2  8  4-4  2  1  3.63
Brannon	        1.1  1  2-2  1  1  4.91
Caraballo	1.0  2  1-1  0  1  5.19
 WP- Gardner. T- 2:48. Att- 2,614.
GCL Dodgers Win Two-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers put more distance between themselves and their closest pursuers as they swept the Marlins 7-6 in the resumption of a suspended game, then 6-3 in the second. The twin wins put the 17-4 Dodgers five and one-half games in front of the Marlins, who are now 11-9.

The suspended game was resumed with the score tied at 6-6 and the Dodgers batting in the bottom of the ninth. They failed to score then so it went to another inning, officially the 10th, when Luis Garcia assumed pitching duties.

Felix Martinez led off with a blast that seemed certain to go out in left on Dodgertown Field One but left fielder Alfredo Silverio made a Torii Hunterish leap at the fence to snare the ball just as it seemed sure to settle in the trees beyond, denied a home run and the Marlins the win. Garcia retired the next two batters.

With one out in the bottom of the inning Keyter Collado singled, then chugged home when Johan Garcia doubled into the gap. Thus one Garcia gave the victory to another, (Luis (2-0). Johan wound up credited with two doubles for the split contest while still another Garcia, Yossandy had two hits, good for two RBI.
(Suspended Game July 7)
 Score by Innings
Marlins	010 012 020 0-6
Dodgers	000 104 010 1-7

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker  ss	5  0  2  1  .326
Poole cf	3  0  0  1  .148
Guzman ph-cf	1  0  0  0  .167
Baez 3b        	5  0  0  0  .298
Lambo rf	3  1  0  0  .289
Silverio lf	4  1  1  0  .400
Orr 1b        	4  1  1  0  .200
YGarcia dh	5  1  2  2  .281
Collado c	4  2  1  0  .320
JGarcia 2b	4  1  2  1  .333
   Totals	33 7 9 5
   Marlins	32 6 9 5

 Error- Becker (3). 2B- Garcia 2 (3). RBI- YGarcia 
2 (15), Poole (7), Becker (4), Garcia (1).LOB- Dodgers 
10, Marlins 9. SB- Becker (3). DP- 2 Garcia; Orr, 
Poole and Becker.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Malone	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.38
Dutton	        3.1  5  2-2  4  2  4.32
Paredes	        2.2  2  2-1  0  1  1.69
Danielson 	0.2  0  2-2  1  0 10.80
Withrow	        1.1  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
LGarcia (2-0)	1.0  0  0-0  1  2   3.12
 Balk- Dutton. HBP- Orr; 2 by Danielson.
In the seven-inning nightcap, Mexican rookie Edwin Contreras, who has been sidelined much of the season with a muscle pull, blanked the Marlins on three hits for four innings, walking one while striking out only one. In the second inning, he managed to pitch his way out of bases loaded, no outs jam.

The Dodgers then scored in the bottom of the inning when Kyle Orr singled home Silverio, who had singled and stolen second. Pedro Baez doubled home a pair in the third and two more counted on Amauri Guzman's sacrifice fly plus a passed ball in the fourth. Baez also had a single while Orr and John Martin both had two hits.

The Marlins came back for one off ultimate winner Andres Santiago (1-0) in the sixth, then collected two more off Ramon Paredes in the seventh. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Marlins	000 010 2-3
Dodgers	012 201 x-6

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	3  1  1  0  .290
Bradley lf	3  1  0  0  .188
Baez 3b        	3  0  2  2  .305
Lambo 1b	3  0  0  0  .227
Silverio cf	3  1  1  0  .361
Orr dh        	3  1  2  1  .246
Garcia 2b	2  1  1  0  .429
Martin c	3  1  2  1  .500
Guzman rf	2  0  1  1  .258
   Totals	25 6 10 5
   Marlins	29 3  8 2

 2B- Baez (8). RBI- Orr (10), Baez 2 (15), Guzman 
(5), Martin (2). SF- Guzman. LOB- Dodgers 5, 
Marlins 7. SB- Silverio(1), Becker (5).

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Contreras	4.0  3  0-0  1  3  1.13
Santiago (1-))	1.0  1  1-1  1  0  6.75
Paredes	        2.0  4  2-2  0  2  6.48
 WP- Contreras.
DR Dodgers-- rained out.

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