Rally Gives 51s Eighth Straight Win

Homers by John Lindsey and Larry Barnes gave Vegas a 5-4 win over Portland and their eighth win in a row. Jacksonville used James McDonald to stop Mississippi 7-4. Inland Empire lost by a touchdown, 17-10, to Rancho Cucamonga. Great Lakes beat Quad Cities 10-4 in seven-innings. The GC Dodgers outlasted the Cardinals to win 9-8. The DR Dodgers lost 7-4 to the Blue Jays and Ogden took the night off.

51s Rally for Eighth Win in a Row-- Trailing 4-3 in the last of the eighth inning, first baseman John Lindsay and outfielder Larry Barnes banged solo homers and closer Eric Hull battled through a bases-loaded mess in the ninth to beat Portland 5-4.

Barnes was the only 51s player with more than one hit, finishing 2-for-3 and adding an RBI double.

Starter William Juarez allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits while fanning eight but left after six innings trailing 4-3.

Reliever Matt Riley (4-1) pitched two hitless innings to earn the win. Eric Hull allowed two hits and a walk in the ninth but wriggled out with the bases-loaded to earn his ninth save.

51s second baseman Wilson Valdez's season-high 13-game hitting streak has helped boost Las Vegas to a season-best eight-game winning streak.

Valdez, named a Pacific Coast League All-Star and the 51s team Most Valuable Player last season, extended his hitting streak with a run-scoring single in the comeback win over Portland and is batting .370 -- 20-for-54 -- during his streak and .340 overall.

He had a .356 average in spring training games and earn a roster spot with Los Angeles to start this year. After banging out 10 hits in his first 25 at-bats he finished 3-for-30, hitting .236 in 28 games and was sent back to Las Vegas.

Notes-- Relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez was promoted to the Dodgers after making one appearance for Las Vegas and infielder Tony Abreu was returned to the 51s. Abreu hit .288 (34-for-118) with a dozen doubles in 43 games for Los Angeles. He hit .347 in 39 games for the 51s earlier this year.

Also, catcher Octavio Martinez was activated from the disabled list, and catcher Gabriel Gutierrez was optioned to Class-A Inland Empire.

Tonight, Las Vegas will try to finish its first 8-0 homestand in 11 years, sending Miguel Pinango to the mound to face the Beavers.
 Score by Innings
Portland	030 001 000-4
Las Vegas	030 000 02x-5	

Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez 2b	5  0  1  1  .340
Hu ss        	4  0  1  1  .500
McDougall lf	2  0  0  0  .299
Lindsey 1b	4  1  1  1  .351
LaRoche 3b	4  1  1  0  .300
Barnes rf	3  1  2  2  .219
Ruan cf        	3  1  1  0  .304
Martinez c	4  0  1  0  .268
Juarez p	2  1  1  0  .063
 Maza ph	1  0  0  0  .333
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Young ph	1  0  0  0  .344
 Hull p	        0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	32 5 9 5
   Portland 	32 4 8 3

 Error- Martinez 2 (2), Lindsey (3). 2B- Barnes 
(2). HR- Lindsey (11), Barnes (3). RBI- Barnes 2 
(13), Valdez (14), Hu (11) Lindsey (44). LOB- Las 
Vegas 8, Portland 9. DP- Riley, Hu and Lindsey.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Juarez 	        6.0  6  4-3  3  8  5.58
Riley (4-1)	2.0  0  0-0  1  0  7.76
Hull (sv 9)	1.0  2  0-0  1  2  3.18
 T- 2:42. Att- 2,524.
McDonald Guides Suns-- James McDonald pitched five scoreless innings as Jacksonville topped Mississippi 7-4. In winning his second straight start, McDonald (2-0) gave up two hits and a walk while striking out seven. The right-hander has allowed just five baserunners in over 11 innings for the Suns who moved to 19-8.

Greg Miller yielded three runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks in 2.1 frames, and Jonathan Meloan notched his Southern League-leading 19th save and fanned five in 1.2 innings.

Center fielder Xavier Paul lined a two-run homer, his ninth, in the second inning and catcher A.J. Ellis added a two-run double in the third. Also Juan Gonzalez and James Tomlin each knocked in a run for the Suns, who became the first Southern League team to win 60 games.

Former Dodger Tanyon Sturtze (0-1) took the loss in his first Double-A rehab assignment since undergoing season-ending rotator cuff surgery last year.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	123 000 001-7
Mississippi	000 000 301-4

 Jacksonville 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf	        4  1  2  2  .293
JGonzalez ss	5  1  2  1  .307
Dunlap 1b	5  0  1  0  .242
Concepcion 3b	3  1  0  0  .276
Raglani lf	1  1  0  0  .249
Tomlin rf	3  1  1  1  .262
Ellis c        	4  1  1  2  .258
Nicholson 2b	5  1  2  0  .196
McDonald p	2  0  0  0  .000
Miller p	1  0  0  0  .000
Meloan p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	33 7 9 6
   Mississippi	33 4 8 2

 Error- Concepcion (7). 2B- Dunlap (13), Ellis 
(15). HR- Paul (9). RBI- Paul 2 (44), Ellis 2 
(35), JGonzalez (333), Tomlin (14).LOB- Jacksonville 
10, Mississippi 9. SB- JGonzalez (7).DP- Ellis 
and Nicholson.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (2-0)	5.0  2  0-0  1  7  0.82
Miller 	        2.1  3  2-1  2  2  4.76
Meloan (sv 19)	1.2  1  1-1  0  5  2.16
 HBP- Paul. T- 3:05. Att- 3,299.
Sixers Lose by a Touchdown-- With the weather much too hot for football, the Sixers and Quakes came up with a football score anyway with Rancho Cucamonga winning a 17-10 decision.

Inland Empire let 5-2 and 10-7 leads slip away and then was nicked for the winning touchdown, ...er... seven run rally in the eighth inning that decided the game.

The offense acquitted itself very well with four players earning multi-hit games. That included shortstop Ivan De Jesus, outfielder Bridger Hunt, designated hitter Lucas May and outfielder Adam Godwin. They combined to go nine-for-18 at the plate. De Jesus knocked in four runs while Shane Justis collected three RBIs and Drew Locke added a pair to account for nine of the 10 runs scored.

But the pitchers struggled all through the game, allowing 15 hits and 10 walks. Starters Marlon Arias surrendered six runs in four innings. Relievers Jordan Pratt, Jacobo Meque and Carlos Alvarez surrendered the final 11 runs over the final four. At the same time the quartet struck out 13 Quakes.

The two teams meet in the final game of the three game series tonight and them will return home to host the Lancaster JetHawks for three contests.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	302 005 000-10
RCucumonga	110 413 07x-17

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Rogowski cf	5  1  1  0  .256
De Jesus ss	5  2  2  4  .285
Hunt rf        	5  2  2  1  .275
May dh        	4  1  3  0  .254
Justus 2b-3b	3  1  1  3  .299
Locke 1b	5  0  1  2  .260
Gutierrez c	4  1  0  0  .248
Rivera 3b	4  1  1  0  .216
 Denker 2b	0  0  0  0  .313
Godwin lf	4  1  2  0  .238
   Totals	38 10 13 10
   Cucumonga	37 17 15 15

 Error- Locke (3), Rivera 2 (3), De Jesus (18). 
2B- De Jesus (15), Hunt (4). 3B- Rogowski (8), 
Justis (3). RBI- De Jesus 4 (36), Justis 3 (21), 
Locke 2 (18), hunt (14).S- Justis. SF- Justis. 
LOB- Inland Empire 6, Rancho Cucamonga 9.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias        	4.0  6  6-5  4  6  5.55
Pratt        	1.1  0  3-2  5  2  6.09
Meque (4-2)	1.2  3  4-3  1  4  6.57
Alvarez 	1.0  4  4-4  0  1  6.48
 WP- Pratt. HBP- Gutierrez, May. T- 3:18. Att- 3,416.
Loons Blast Swing-- In a game that was delayed 20 minutes at the start by heavy thunderstorms and a tornado warning, Great Lakes went into it hurry-up offense, blasting out 10 runs in the first six innings before rain finally ended things at 10-4 with two and Quad Cities batting in the top of the seventh.

Catcher Carlos Santana and Matt Berezay, each homered and drove in three runs. Santana, who was 2-for-2, hit a two-run shot, his fourth, in the second inning, then added an RBI double in the sixth. Berezay lined a three-run shot, his sixth, in the third as the Loons improved to 8-16.

Trayvon Robinson hit a two-run blast, his first of the season and first since August, 2006, in the sixth, while Scott Van Slyke and Adolfo Gonzalez drove in the other runs for Great Lakes.

Starter Steven Johnson surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on five hits with five strikeouts b before leaving with two out in the fourth. Lefty David Pfeiffer (3-2) gave up only a single hit in three scoreless innings. The game was called with two outs in top of the seventh.

The series continues tonight when two first-round picks face each other. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw will get the start for Great Lakes against Quad Cities (Cardinals) Clayton Mortensen. 
 Score by innings
Quad Cities	102 100 0- 4
Great Lakes	034 003 x-10

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  2  2  2  .251
Gonzalez ss	4  1  1  1  .310
Peterson 1b	4  0  0  0  .302
Bell 3b	        3  1  1  0  .277
Giles lf	2  2  1  0  .333
Berezay dh	3  1  1  3  .251
Van Slyke rf	1  1  1  1  .259
Santana c	2  2  2  3  .199
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .234
  Totals	25 10 9 10
  Quad Cities	27  4 6  3

 Error- Bell (27), Gonzalez (13). 2B- Gonzalez (12), 
Santana (10). HR- Santana (4), Berezay (6), Robinson (1).
RBI- Van Slyke (27), Santana 3 (27), Gonzalez 18, Berezay
3 (37), Robinson 2 (24). SF- Van Slyke. LOB- Great Lakes
2, Quad Cities 8. 

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson	        3.2  5  4-4  4  5  6.69
Pfeiffer (3-2)	3.0  1  0-0  2  1  3.68
 HBP- Van Slyke; by Pfeiffer. T- 2:04 (:52 delay)
Att- 4,549.
Ogden- open date.

GC Dodgers Rally to Win-- Your top draft choice has been driven from the game and you're down 7-0 after two innings. Time to wish for an early exit? Nah, this is the Gulf Coast League where everyone can nod to Yogi's "It ain't over til it's over."

The Dodgers were able to pick themselves up after a bad beginning to ultimately edge the Cardinals 9-8 Wednesday and stretch their lead in the East Division to 6 1/2 games over the Marlins who lost a similar game to the Nationals 8-7.

Righthander Chris Withrow, the top Dodger pick in June's draft who hadn't given up a run in two previous outings, breezed through the first, then lost command in the second when two hits, a wild pitch and a hit batter loaded the bases. When Withrow walked a run home, he was removed for Jonathan Dutton who fared even worse.

Dutton walked in another run, hit a batter for one more, then gave up a grand slam and the Cards had seven runs. They added another off Dutton in the four plus innings he worked but the Dodgers came back with a couple of long balls of their own plus some strong pitching by two newcomers.

Big Chris Jacobs showed his power potential, slamming his first homer with two on in the fourth to get the Dodgers back in the game, then Joe Becker also hit his first pro shot, a two-run blast in the fourth, to tie the game. Pinch-hitter Keyter Collado put them ahead to stay when he doubled home a run in the eighth.

Sixth-round draft choice Justin Miller (1-0), who had been sidelined with a sore arm, made his first appearance with a scoreless seventh in which he fanned two to gain the victory. Newly signed free agent Brandon Tuten worked a perfect eighth, then Eduardo Perez did the same in the ninth for his third save.

Jacobs also doubled and singled and Becker added another hit while Kyle Orr had two hits and Andrew Lambo drove in two runs for LA, which won its fifth in a row to push its record to 18-4. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	        002 402 010-9
Cardinals	070 100 000-8

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	5  2  2  2  .297
YGarcia 2b	5  0  0  0  .259
Baez 3b-1b	5  0  1  0  .299
Lambo rf-3b	4  0  1  2  .229
Silverio lf-rf	4  0  1  0  .355
Orr 1b        	4  1  2  0  .261
Guzman pr-cf	0  1  0  0  .258
Poole cf-lf	3  1  1  0  .184
Erickson c	3  1  0  0  .143
Collado ph-c	1  0  1  1  .417
Jacobs dh	4  3  3  3  .310
   Totals	38 9 12 8
   Cardinals	34 8  8 8

 Error- Dutton (1). 2B- Silverio (6), Jacobs (4), 
Collado (4). HR- Jacobs (1), Becker (1). RBI- Lambo 2 
(12), Jacobs 3 (3), Becker 2 (8), Collado (7). 
S- Poole. LOB- Dodgers 3, Cardinals 6. SB- Becker 
(6). CS- Collado (1).

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  rbi
Withrow	        1.2  2  4-4  1  3  9.00
Dutton	        4.1  5  4-4  3  6  4.33
Miller (1-0)	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
Tuten 	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
Perez (sv 3)	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  3.00
 WP- Withrow. HBP- By Withrow, by Dutton.
T- 2:55.
Jays Dump DS Dodgers-- For the first time this season, rookie righthander Carlos Frias had a rough outing as he was ripped for four runs in the first inning by the Blue Jays who went on to the 7-4 victory. The loss coupled with a Giants win dropped the Dodgers (24-15) two games behind in their division.

Frias managed only two outs before departing as he lost for the first time in four decisions. The Jays picked up two more runs off Antonio Castillo and one off Jhan Carlos Lopez.

The Dodgers managed only five hits, two of those by Rafael Aybar , who tripled home two runs in the sixth.--Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Blue Jays	401 100 01-7
Dodgers	        110 002 00-4

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mirabal 3b	1  1  1  1  .220
 Ynoa ss        0  0  0  0  .229
Aviles cf	4  0  0  0  .252
Guerrero dh	4  0  0  0  .318
Gonzalez rf	2  0  0  0  .282
Aries 1b	3  0  1  1  .222
 Tavarez 1b	0  0  0  0  .282
Jean ss-3b	4  1  1  0  .260
Sucre lf	1  1  0  0  .194
Bens c	        3  0  0  0  .220
 Villalobos c	0  0  0  0  .273
Aybar 2b	3  1  2  2  .196
   Totals	25 4 5 4
   Blue Jays	32 7 9 5

 Error- Frias 2 (4), Castilo (1), Aria (4). 
3B- Aybar (2). RBI- Arias (17), Mirabal (11), 
Aybar 2 (7). LOB- dodgers 9, Blue Jays 8. 
SB- Mirabal (4), Aybar (6).

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Frias (3-1)	0.2  4  4-4  3  0  2.10
Castillo 	1.0  3  2-2  1  1  2.01
Lopez 	        2.1  1  1-1  2  1  7.15
Noboa	        1.2  1  0-0  0  2  4.05
 WP- Castillo. HBP- Gonzalez. Sucre; by Noboa. 
T- 2:50.

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