Rookie Teams Help Avoid a Winless Friday

Jacksonville, Inland Empire, Great Lakes and Ogden all lost decisions but the Gulf Coast Dodgers and the Dominican Dodgers used strong pitching to avoid a winless Friday. Las Vegas and their nine-game winning streak was rained out.

Las Vegas-- rained out.

Braves top Suns in Pitcher's Duel-- Mississippi scored a run in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and take a 2-1 decision at Jacksonville in a game that was stopped for 94 minutes by rain after six innings.

Mike Megrew started for the Suns but left the game in the third inning after allowing one hit and walking four. Brian Akin took over and gave up a single run in 2.2 innings. Alvis Ojeda and Mark Alexander combined to work a scoreless sixth.

Pinch-hitter Kevin Howard lined an RBI single in the seventh to score catcher Alberto Concepcion to (briefly) tie the game for the Suns who dropped to 20-9 with the loss.

Luis Gonzalez (2-2) allowed the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly and took the loss.

Third baseman Blake DeWitt had two of the five Jacksonville hits, lining a single and a double.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 000 100-1
Mississippi	000 010 10x-2

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf        	4  0  1  0  .291
JGonzalez ss	3  0  0  0  .301
DeWitt 3b	4  0  2  0  .360
Dunlap 1b	4  0  0  0  .242
Concepcion c	3  1  0  0  .272
Raglani lf	3  0  0  0  .244
Tomlin rf	4  0  0  0  .254
Nicholson 2b	3  0  0  0  .193
Megrew p	1  0  0  0  .190
 Akin p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Ojeda p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Howard ph	1  0  1  0  .341
 LGonzalez p	0  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	30 1 5 1
    Mississippi	25 2 6 2

 2B- DeWitt (2). RBI- Howard (14). 
LOB- Jacksonville 6, Mississippi 9. 
CS- Paul (9).

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Megrew	        2.1  1  0-0  4  3  5.48
Akin         	2.2  3  1-1  2  2  4.37
Ojeda        	0.1  1  0-0  0  0  5.28
Alexander	0.2  0  0-0  0  0  4.93
LGonzalez (2-2)	2.0  1  1-1  2  0  4.72
 T-4:13. Att- 4,840.
Sixers Slammed 6-2-- Rancho Cucamonga used a grand slam in the sixth inning to hand Inland Empire their sixth straight loss 11-4. The Quakes were leading 5-2 at the time and the Sixers could never make up the deficit.

Starter Javy Guerra (5-5) was thumped for eight hits and five runs during his four innings and Francisco Felix surrendered he four-run shot.

Third baseman Shane Justis went 3-for-4, with a home run (#4) and two RBI. Left fielder Bridger Hunt also chipped in with an RBI single in the eighth inning.
  Score by Innings
Lancaster 	003 204 011-11
Inland Empire	002 000 011- 4

 Inland Empire	ab  r h  bi  ave
Justis 3b	4  2  3  2  .317
De Jesus ss	4  0  0  0  .281
Hunt lf        	3  0  1  1  .276
May c        	4  0  0  0  .249
Hoffman rf	3  0  0  0  .305
Locke 1b	4  0  1  0  .259
Gutierrez dh	3  1  0  0  .243
Rogowski cf	4  0  0  0  .252
Denker 2b	4  1  1  0  .309
   Totals	33  4  6  3
   Lancaster	43 11 17 10

  Error- De Jesus (19, Justis (8). 2B- Denker 
(21). HR- Justis (4). RBI- Justis 2 (23), Hunt 
(15). LOB- Inland Empire 6, Lancaster 13.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Guerra (5-5)	4.0  8  5-5 4  6  5.28
Felix        	3.0  3  4-4  3  5  6.07
Quintana	2.0  6  2-2  1  1  8.59
  PB- May 2 (25). WP- Guerra 2, Felix, Quintana. 
T- 3:10. Att- 4,014.
Ninth Inning Disaster Drops Loons-- A four-run ninth inning broke a 4-4 tie and handed Great Lakes a tough, 6-2 loss to visiting Quad Cities in front of 5,626 fans.

The Loons jumped out early when Trayvon Robinson singled, stole second and later scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. to make it 1-0 in favor of the Loons.

Great Lakes starter Josh Wall allowed only three hits over seven innings but all three came in the third inning when the Swing used a walk and three singles to take a 2-1 margin.

In the sixth, Thomas Giles walked and moved to second base on a wild pitch. He scored the tying run on a single by catcher Carlos Santana.

Reliever Joe Jones worked a scoreless eighth inning but in the ninth he was tagged for four hits and four runs, helped along by three wild pitches, two of which were behind a Swing batter.

The Loons managed only five hits, including a double and a single by shortstop Francisco Lizarraga.

The Loons travel to Beloit with left-hander James Adkins drawing the start. The Dodgers second-round selection in the 2007 draft will pitch only two innings and then be replaced by Arismendy Castillo.
 Score by Innings
Quad Cities	002 000 004-6
Great Lakes	100 001 000-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  1  1  0  .250
Berezay lf	3  0  0  0  .248
Giles rf        1  1  0  0  .337
Bell 3b        	3  0  0  0  .277
Gonzalez dh	3  0  0  0  .314
Santana c	4  0  1  1  .199
Van Slyke 1b	3  0  1  0  .260
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .231
Lizarraga ss	4  0  2  0  .266
   Totals	29 2 5 1
   Quad Cities	34 6 9 6

 2B- Van Slyke (13), Lizarraga (12). RBI- Santana 
(28). LOB- Great Lakes 9, Quad Cities 7. SB- Robinson 
(16). CS- Santana (2).

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall         	7.0  3  2-2  3  5  4.19
Jones (0-1)	2.0  6  4-4  0  2  6.39
 WP- Wall, Jones 3. HBP- by Jones. T- 2:52. Att- 5,626.
Ogden Pounded 17-3-- Great Falls has the best record in the Pioneer League. Friday they demonstrated how they got that way as they liberally worked over the hapless Ogden pitching staff 17-3.

The White Sox were equal opportunity hitters as they raked starter Gil Stanke (0-5) for seven runs, Wilfredo Diaz for four and newcomer Tim Gray for five, sending the Raptors further down to 12-18.

Ogden hitters didn't fare much better. Only Jovanny Rosario with double and single managed two hits. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Great Falls	034 005 040-17
Ogden        	002 001 000- 3

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi ave
Rosario cf	4  1  2  0  .348
Kanaby lf	5  1  1  1  .272
Pedroza ss	4  1  1  0  .379
Ortiz 1b	4  0  1  1  .337
Jansen c	2  0  1  0  .303
 Wallach ph-c	1  0  0  0  .200
Mathews dh	4  0  1  0  .271
Vetters rf	4  0  0  0  .297
Gallagher 3b	3  0  0  0  .270
Herrera 2b	3  0  0  0  .274
   Totals      35  3  7  2
   Great Falls	47 17 25 17

 Error- Gallagher (7). 3B- Rosario (2). RBI- Kanaby 
(8), Ortiz (16). LOB- Great Falls 8, Great Falls 15. 
DP- Gallagher, Herrera and Ortiz.

 Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stake (0-4)	2.1  6  7-7  2  1  9.27
Gearhart	1.2  5  1-1  1  1  2.02
Diaz         	1.2  2  4-4  3  2  6.61
Gray         	1.2  7  5-5  1  3 27.00
Haldis	        1.2  5  0-0  0  0  8.80
 WP- Stake, Diaz. HBP- by Stanke. T- 3:21. Att- 4,466.
GCL Dodgers Edge Mets 3-2-- Even the presence of a big leaguer in the Mets lineup didn't keep the Gulf Coast Dodgers from their eighth straight victory as they took advantage of wildness in the last of the ninth for a 3-2 win. That kept the 20-4 Dodgers seven games ahead of the second-place Marlins.

Rehabbing Moises Alou played outfield for the Mets and doubled in three trips before retiring. As it was he didn't figure in the scoring.

Righthander Daigaro Rondon took over from Michael Watt with two out in the second inning and pitched an excellent game that brought him within one out of victory. But with the bases empty and two gone in the ninth, he served a home run to Carlos Guzman which pulled the Mets to a 2-2 tie.

Keyter Collado led off the bottom of the inning with a single and the next batter Lyndon Poole was hit by a pitch. They moved up on a sacrifice and Joe Becker walked to load the bases. Curt Bradley ran for Collado and raced home on a wild pitch to decide matters.

The Mets picked up a first-inning run off Watt but Rondon held them in check until that ninth-inning blast. He went seven innings in all , giving up five hits , walking none while striking out seven. Eduardo Perez (2-1) who got the final out also picked up the win.

Andrew Lambo, who had three hits, doubled and scored on a single by Alfredo Silverio in the fourth for the first Dodger run. In the sixth, Lambo beat out a single and when the throw went wild, Pedro Baez came all the way from first to score.

Baez and Silverio both had two hits for the Dodgers. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Mets        100 000 001-2
Dodgers	    000 101 001-3

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	4  0  0  0  .296
YGarcia 2b	4  0  0  0  .242
Baez 3b        	4  1  2  0  .295
Lambo 1b	4  1  3  0  .260
Silverio lf	4  0  2  1  .349
Orr dh        	4  0  0  0  .250
Collado c	3  0  1  0  .405
 Bradley pr	0  1  0  0  .188
Poole cf	2  0  0  0  .175
AGuzman rf	2  0  0  0  .241
 JGuzman ph	0  0  0  0  .172
    Totals	31 3 8 1
    Mets 	35 2 9 2

 Error- Collado (1), Baez (5).2B- Lambo (5).
RBI- Baez 2, Lambo 4, Silverio 2 Collado. 
LOB- Dodgers 9, Mets 6. SB- Baez (2), Silverio 
(2). CS- Lambo (1). DP- YGarcia, Becker and Lambo.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Watt         	1.2  3  1-1  0  2  2.45
Rondon	        7.0  5  1-1  0  6  2.25
Perez (2-1)	0.1  1  0-0  0  0  2.84
 HBP- Poole.
DSL Dodgers Score Four in Eighth to Win-- The Dominican Dodgers scored all their runs in the eighth inning and combined that with strong pitching to defeat the Red Sox 4-2 and move past them back into second place in the Boca Chica North division.

Elisaul Pimentel held the Sox to two hits and two runs (one earned) over five innings, then Marcel Prado blanked them on one hit for three to gain his first decision. Luis Ferreras picked up his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.

Rafael Ynoa singled home the first Dodger run in the eighth, then moved to third when Pedro Guerrero singled home another. Guerrero stole second and both came in on Ramon Jean's basehit.

Both Ynoa and Jerry Castillo had two hits for the Dodgers, now 25-15, three games back of the division-leading Giants. The Sox are now 3 1/2 behind. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Red Sox	010 100 000-2
Dodgers	000 000 04x-4

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mirabal 3b	2  1  0  0  .217
Ynoa 2b        	4  1  2  1  .233
Guerrero ss	4  1  1  1  .316
Gonzalez lf	4  0  0  0  .266
Jean dh        	4  0  1  2  .261
Arias 1b	4  0  0  0  .211
Villalobos c	3  0  0  0  .259
Sanchez rf	2  0  0  0  .129
 Aybar ph	1  0  0  0  .180
 Ovando rf	0  0  0  0  .102
Castillo cf	3  1  2  0  .152
   Totals	29 4 6 4
   Red Sox	39 2 3 1

 Error- Pimentel 2 (3). RBI- Ynoa 2, Guerrero, 
Jean, Castillo 2. S- Mirabal. LOB- Dodgers 5, 
Red Sox 4. SB- Guerrero (4). CS- Castillo (2), 
Gonzalez (3). DP- Mirabal, Ynoa and Arias.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pimentel 	5.0  2  2-1  1  6  5.03
Prado (1-0)	3.0  1  0-0  1  3  1.03
Ferreras (sv, 5)1.0  0  0-0  1  1  1.06
 WP- Prado. HBP- by Prado. T- 2:33.