Nine and Counting for Las Vegas

Las Vegas topped Portland 14-5 for their ninth win in a row with LaRoche and McDougall whacking homers. Orenduff led Jacksonville to a 2-1 win over Mississippi. Inland Empire lost to Cucamonga 4-0. Great Lakes was edged 4-3 by Quad Cities. Ogden broke their losing streak, beating Great Falls 12-7. The GC Dodgers won a 4-0 shortened game from the Nationals and the DR Dodgers lost 4-0 to the Giants.

And the Hits Just Keep on Coming-- Left fielder Andy LaRoche drove in four runs and Third baseman Marshall McDougall came up a triple short of the cycle as Las Vegas pounded blasted Portland 14-5. LaRoche had an RBI single and a three-run homer, his 10th, in the fourth, to give the 51s a 10-4 lead.

The 51s also finished their first 8-0 homestand in 11 years, scoring 69 runs -- more than eight per game -- while sweeping Salt Lake and Portland.

McDougall kicked off the six-run second with a double and lined an RBI single later in the inning. He collected a two-run homer, his second, during a four-run eighth.

The first six spots in the 51s' batting order finished a combined 16-for-28 with three doubles, a triple, two homers and 13 RBIs on Thursday.

Leadoff batter Wilson Valdez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with the first of six straight two-out hits in the second inning, Chin-Lung Hu and Delwyn Young teamed to go 6-for-9 with seven runs scored.

Ben Davis, Wilson Valdez, Delwyn Young and John Lindsay all had RBI singles in the second for Las Vegas, who pulled up to 46-51. Hu and Young knocked in runs in the eighth.

Miguel Pinango (6-4) scattered five hits in six innings against Portland, allowing three earned runs with six strikeouts. Chris Fussell finished up, giving up two runs on four hits over the final three innings to earn his first save.

"Everybody's starting to come together," red-hot slugger Andy LaRoche told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "We were bound to get hot, because we've been cold for a while. We're getting some key hits and doing the little things. We're getting them on, getting them over and getting them in."

Las Vegas leaves on a four-game road trip to Tacoma, Washington, today, and can equal its franchise record for consecutive home wins next Tuesday, when it returns to play Albuquerque.?

Notes From the Hanger-- Jonathan Meloan was promoted to Las Vegas from Jacksonville, where he went 5-2 with 18 saves and a 2.06 ERA. The 6-foot-3-inch, 230-pound Meloan, 23, had 65 strikeouts and 18 walks in 43 2/3 innings as the Suns' closer. ... The 51s placed infielder Luis Maza on the disabled list.
 Score by Innings
Portland	100 300 002- 6
Las Vegas	160 300 04x-14

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez 2b	2  1  1  1  .342
 Ruan ph-lf	3  1  2  0  .313
Hu ss        	4  4  3  1  .529
Young rf	5  3  3  2  .347
Lindsey 1b	4  1  2  2  .356
LaRoche lf-3b	5  1  2  4  .303
McDougall 3b-2b	5  2  3  3  .317
Davis c	        5  1  1  1  .241
Freeman cf	3  0  0  0  .264
Pinango p	1  0  0  0  .150
 Fussell p	1  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	38 14 17 14
   Portland	36  6  9  6

 Error- Hu 2 (3). Lindsey (13), McDougall (8), 
Davis (3), Hu (2). 3B- Ruan (3). HR- LaRoche 
(10), McDougall (2). RBI- Lindsey 2 (46), 
Davis (8), Valdez (15), Young 2 (77), McDougall 
3 (13), Hu (12). S- Pinango. LOB- Las Vegas 5, 
Portland 7. SB- Hu (1). DP- Lindsey and Hu.

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (6-4)	6.0  5  4-3  2  6  4.04
Fussell (sv, 1)	3.0  4  2-2  1  5  7.04
 HBP- by Pinango. T- 2:56. Att- 4,374.
Orenduff Leads Suns--Justin Orenduff continued to pitch well, working six solid innings to lead visiting Jacksonville past Mississippi 2-1. Orenduff (6-3) allowed a run on five hits while striking out six to lower his ERA to 3.54 and win for the fifth time in six starts.

Cory Wade scattered two hits over two innings and Ramon Troncoso worked around a single and a walk in the ninth for his third save.

Outfielder James Tomlin ripped an RBI double in the fifth and scored on a base hit by first baseman Cory Dunlap to give the Suns (20-8) a 2-0 lead.

The Suns banged out eight hits with Dunlap and Jimmy Rohan collecting a pair each.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 020 000-2
Mississippi	000 001 000-1

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	5  0  1  0  .290
JGonzalez ss	2  1  0  0  .307
Tomlin rf	4  1  1  1  .258
Dunlap 1b	4  0  2  1  .247
Raglani lf	4  0  0  0  .246
Ellis c        	4  0  1  0  .259
Nicholson 2b	4  0  1  0  .202
Rohan 3b	4  0  2  0  .253
Orenduff p	3  0  0  0  .000
 Wade p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Howard ph	1  0  0  0  .333
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	37 2 8 2
    Mississippi	36 1 8 1

 Error- Nicholson (3). 2B- Rohan (2). Tomlin 
(10), Paul (18). RBI- Tomlin (14), Dunlap 
(40). LOB- Jacksonville 8, Mississippi 9.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff (6-3) 	 6.0  5  1-1  0  6  3.54
Wade         	 2.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
Troncoso (sv, 3) 1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.96
 T- 2:42. Att- 3,820.
Sixers Swept by Quakes-- Rancho Cucamonga jumped into a 4-0 lead in the second inning, helped by an Inland Empire error that allowed three unearned runs in the second, then held on to top the 66ers 5-2.

The Quakes scored in the bottom of the first without a hit on three walks and a wild pitch, then loaded the bases again without getting a base knock in the second. With one out, a ground ball to second skidded under the glove of send baseman Travis Denker put men at the corners. A walk, a wild pitch and a two run single made it 4-0.

Hard-luck Mario Alvarez (4-6) took the loss, working three innings and allowing just two hits and three of the four runs he allowed were unearned. Jesus Rodriguez added two shutout innings and Eduardo Quintana allowed a homer in the eighth.

The 66ers got on the board in the sixth when third baseman Shane Justis and designated hitter Drew Locke singled. Out Ryan Rogowski singled Justis across. Jamie Hoffman banged his fifth home run in the ninth.

After Hoffman's shot, Russell Mitchell and Justis were hit by pitches to bring the tying run to the plate but Drew Locke flew out to center to end the game.

Lancaster and the 66ers open a three game series at Arrowhead Credit Union Park in San Bernardino tonight.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 001 001-2
RCucamonga	130 000 01x-5

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Rogowski cf	4  0  1  1  .256
De Jesus ss	4  0  1  0  .284
Hunt lf	        4  0  1  0  .274
May c        	4  0  0  0  .251
Hoffmann rf	4  1  1  1  .308
Denker 2b	0  0  0  0  .310
Mitchell 1b	3  0  0  0  .258
Rivera pr	0  0  0  0  .216
Justis 3b	3  1  2  0  .306
Locke dh	4  0  1  0  .260
   Totals         33 2 7 2
   RCucamonga	29 5 6 4

 Error- Denker (11). HR- Hoffmann (5). RBI- Rogowski 
(37), Hoffmann (56). LOB- Inland Empire 7, Rancho 
Cucamonga 7. CS- Hunt (6). DP- Mitchell, De Jesus 
and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Alvarez (4-6)	3.0  2  4-1  4  3  4.79
Rodriguez 	4.0  2  0-0  0  0  2.85
Quintana	1.0  2  1-1  0  1  8.44
 WP- Alvarez 3. HBP- by Alvarez 2, Mitchell, Justis.
T- 2:36. Att- 4,740.
Four in the Third Sinks Loons-- Quad Cities used a walk, a two-run homer, two singles and a pair of doubles to score four times in the third inning, then cling to the lead and eventually stop Great Lakes 4-3.

Clayton Kershaw started for the Loons and pitched six innings allowing all four Swing runs in picking up his fourth loss of the season. The highly touted left-hander has not picked up a victory since June 13.

Miguel Sanfler and Miguel Ramirez shut Quad Cities off with only two hits over the final three innings.

The Loons scored twice in the second on an RBI double just inside the third base line by second baseman Juan Rivera and when the Swing manager argued that the ball was foul, he was ejected. Shortstop Eduardo Gonzalez knocked Rivera in with a single.

DH Josh Bell smacked a leadoff solo home run to cut the margin to 4-3. The Loons put the tying run on base when third baseman Carlos Santana drew a two-out walk but a long shot by Juan Apodaca was hauled in for the final out of the game.

The Loons hit double plays in the fourth, fifth, and seventh.

The series continues tonight when right-hander Josh Wall starts for Great Lakes against right-hander Shawn Garceau. 
 Score by Innings
Quad Cities	004-000 000-4
Great Lakes  	020 000 001-3

 Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .251
Giles rf	4  0  2  0  .340
Peterson 1b	4  0  0  0  .294
Bell dh        	4  2  2  1  .279
Gonzalez ss	4  1  3  1  .319
Berezay lf	4  0  1  1  .251
Santana 3b	1  0  0  0  .198
Apodaca c	4  0  0  0  .240
Rivera 2b	3  0  1  0  .231
   Totals	32 3 10 3
   Quad Cities	33 4  8 4

 Error- Giles (2). 2B- Gonzalez (13). HR- Bell 
(14). RBi- Gonzalez (19), Berezay (38), Bell 
(52). LOB- Great Lakes 5, Quad Cities 6. 
CS- Giles 2 (3).

Great Lakes	in   h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	        6.0  6  4-4  1  9  2.78
Sanfler	        2.0  2  0-0  0  3  5.12
Ramirez	        1.0  0  0-0  2  1  1.15
 WP- Sanfler. HBP- Santana. T- 2:42. Att- 5,742.
Ogden Breaks Losing Streak-- That long, long losing streak is finally over for Ogden which had a huge sixth inning climaxed by a Brian Matthews grand-slam to get past Great Falls 12-7.

Back home after an 0-9 road trip, the Raptors got off to a bad start and trailed 7-2 before coming up with a pair of runs in the fifth. Then the hitters really went to work aided by wild Rockie pitching for an eight-run blast in the sixth.

Rick Taloa, who had three hits for the night, singled in a pair of runs after which two batters were hit, a walk loaded the bases and Matthews drove his third home run of the season out of the park with the bases crowded.

Matthews also doubled and singled and Elian Herrera added three hits for the Raptors, now 12-17. Starter Kris Krise was routed with six runs before giving way to Given Kutz (1-0) who allowed one in 2.2 innings. Paul Koss finished up with two hitless in which he struck out three. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Great Falls	300 040 000- 7
Ogden        	110 028 00x-12

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  0  0  .342
Pedroza ss	4  2  1  1  .386
Garabedian dh	4  1  1  0  .250
Taloa 1b	5  1  3  3  .246
Jansen c	3  1  0  0  .297
Mathews 3b	4  3  3  4  .272
Vetters lf	3  1  1  0  .317
Brown rf	3  0  0  1  .230
Herrera 2b	4  2  3  2  .288
   Totals         34 12 12 11
   Great Falls  36  7 11  7

 2B- Matthew (4), Taloa (2). 3B- Herrera (2). 
HR- Pedroza (1), Mathews (3). RBI- Pedroza (13), 
Brown (11), Taloa 3 (10), Herrera 2 (10), 
Mathews 4 (16). S- Brown. LOB- Ogden 4, Great Falls 6.

 Ogden	        in   h  r-er bb so  era
Krise         	4.1  8  6-6  2  5 12.51
Kutz (1-0)	2.2  3  1-1  0  0  3.72
Koss        	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  7.21
 WP- Kutz. HBP- Rosario, Pedroza. T-2:28. Att- 2,721.
Lightning Stops GC Dodgers-- Lightning brought an abrupt end to the proceedings in the seventh inning but not before righthander Kyle Smit had pitched one of the most dominant games in the Gulf Coast League this season as he thoroughly frustrated the Nationals 4-0.

The victory was the sixth straight for the 19-4 Dodgers and stretched their division lead to seven games over the idle Marlins.

Smit, a fifth-round draft choice in 2006 who pitched only six games last year before a bad back sidelined him, was in complete command as he allowed only two hits over six innings, walked no one and struck out seven. The victory brought his record to 4-0.

As they had the day before, Chris Jacobs, Johan Garcia and Joe Becker led the Dodgers who had 10 hits. The trio combined for the first Dodger run in the third when Jacobs singled, Becker doubled and Garcia hit a sacrifice fly. Jacobs and Garcia also singled home runs in the top of the seventh just before the lightning strikes prompted the umpires to call the game.

Andrew Lambo sent his third homer of the year out leading off the sixth for the other run. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	        001 001 2-4
Nationals	000 000 x-0

 Dodgers 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	3  0  2  0  .312
JGarcia 2b	3  0  2  2  .458
Baez 3b        	4  0  0  0  .266
Lambo rf	3  1  1  1  .233
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .342
Orr 1b        	3  0  1  0  .264
Collado c	3  0  1  0  .410
Guzman cf	3  1  1  0  .172
Jacobs dh	3  1  2  1  .344
 Poole pr-dh	0  1  0  0  .184
   Totals	28 4 0 4
   Nationals	20 0 2 0

 2B- Becker (4). HR- Lambo (3). RBI- JGarcia 2 
(4). Lambo (13), Jacobs (4). SF- JGarcia. 
LOB- Dodgers 5, Nationals 2. SB- JGarcia (3).

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Smit (4-0)	6.0  2  0-0  0  7  3.07
WP- Smit. T- 1:45.
Giants Shut Out DSL Dodgers--A share of the division lead was the prize out there for the Dominican Dodgers but they could manage only four singles and fell to the Giants 4-0, who thus stretched their lead to two games.

An error and a pair of doubles gave the Giants three runs in the third off Geison Aguasvivas (5-2), who otherwise pitched well, going seven innings in which he allowed five hits, walked none and struck out seven. The other Giant run came off Raul Rivas.

The win gave the Giants a 26-13 record while the Dodgers slipped to 24-15. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Giants	003 000 010-4
Dodgers	000 000 000-0

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ynoa ss        	3  0  0  0  .221
Aviles cf	4  0  1  0  .252
Mirabal dh	4  0  1  0  .221
gonzalez lf	4  0  1  0  .280
Jean 3b        	3  0  1  0  .262
Arias 1b	3  0  0  0  .217
Tavarez c	3  0  0  0  .274
Ovando rf	3  0  0  0  .102
Aybar 2b	3  0  0  0  .184
   Totals	30 0 4 0
   Giants	30 4 6 4

 Error- Jean (11). LOB- Dodgers 4, Giants 4. 
SB- Ynoa (5). DP- 2 Arias and Ynoa; Ynoa, 
Aybar and Arias.

 Dodgers 	 in   h  r-er bb so  era
Aguasvivas(5-2) 7.0  5  3-1  0  6   1.15
Rivas        	1.0  1  1-1  1  0   1.21
De La Rosa	1.0  0  0-0  2  0  27.00
 WP- Aguasviva, Rivas. Balk- De La Rosa. T-2:10.

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