LaRoche Continues to Sizzle for Vegas

Andy LaRoche continued to rip the ball as Las Vegas dropped the rain-suspended game but won the regular game from Tacoma. Inland Empire walked 15 in a loss to Lancaster. Great Lakes broke a tie in the ninth to beat Beloit. Ogden edged out at win over Great Falls. The Coasties traded shutouts with the Marlins and the DSL Dodgers were off for the all-star game. Jacksonville was not scheduled.

LaRoche powers 51s-- Third baseman Andy LaRoche drove in four runs to lead Las Vegas past host Tacoma, 6-2, after knocking in all three runs in a rain-suspended game Saturday that ended Tacoma won 4-3 as Las Vegas made it 10 wins in 11 games and improved to 48-52.

LaRoche banged a three-run homer in the suspended game, his 11th, but Tacoma chipped away, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth to tie and another in the eighth, when the game was resumed, to win.

Eric Cyr pitched the first six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. Rick Bauer was tagged for a run in the seventh to tie the game and Wesley Wright took the loss, allowing a pair of walks, a single and a sac fly that drove in the winner.

Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu was the only 51 with multiple hits.
 Score by innings
Las Vegas        003 000 00-3
Tacoma           010 011 01-4

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruan lf	        4  0  0  0  .303
Hu ss	        4  0  2  0  .526
Young rf	4  1  1  0  .346
Lindsey dh	3  1  0  0  .347
LaRoche 3b	3  1  1  3  .303
McDougall 2b	3  0  0  0  .306
Barnes 1b	2  0  0  0  .215
Davis c	        3  0  0  0  .230
Freeman cf	2  0  1  0  .266
   Totals	30 3 5 3
   Tacoma	27 4 6 3

 Error- Barnes (1). HR- LaRoche (11). RBI- LaRoche 3 
(31). LOB- Las Vegas 4, Tacoma 9. DP- Cyr, McDougall
and Barnes.

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cyr	        5.0  3  2-1  4  8  6.28
Bauer	        1.2  2  1-1  2  3  7.20
Wright (0-1)	1.0  1  1-1  3  1  5.59
 T- 2:37 (:58 delay) Att- 4,974.
In the regularly scheduled game, LaRoche belted a three-run homer, his 12th, in the third inning and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

The 23-year-old third baseman who has been locked in a hitting slump since spring training, has seven homers and 19 RBIs in his last eight games.

And since June 1, LaRoche has hit .391 (34-for-87) to boost his overall average from .228 to .303.

Outfielder Delwyn Young went 2-for-3 and scored twice for the 51s, who have won 10 of their last 11.

Las Vegas starter Spike Lundberg (6-4) recorded his fourth straight win, allowing only a single run on eight hits with four strikeouts over 5.1 innings.

Jon Meloan and Casey Hoorelbeke worked the final three innings, allowing a single run between them to close out the win.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	005 000 010-6
Tacoma	        001 000 010-2

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruan lf        	5  1  1  1  .296
Hu ss        	4  0  1  0  .500
Young rf        3  2  2  0  .349
Lindsey dh	4  1  1  1  .344
LaRoche 3b	2  1  1  4  .305
McDougall 2b	4  0  1  0  .303
Barnes 1b	4  0  1  0  .216
Freeman cf	3  1  1  0  .267
Martinez c	3  0  1  0  .273
   Totals	28 6 10 6
   Tacoma	36 2 10 2

 Error Barnes (2). 2B- Young 2 (9). HR- LaRoche 
(12).RBI- Ruan (15), Lindsey (47), LaRoche 4 (35). 
SF- LaRoche. LOB- Las Vegas 4, Tacoma 9. SB- Ruan 
(2). CS- Hu (1).

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lundberg (6-4)	5.1  8  1-1  1  4  5.75
Meloan	        2.1  1  1-1  1  2  3.86
Hoorelbeke	1.1  1  0-0  0  0  5.19
 HBP- Freeman. T- 2:27. Att- 3,583.
Jacksonville-- Not scheduled.

Lancaster Batters Generous Sixers-- Inland Empire's attempt to make it two wins in a row was overwhelmed by seven unanswered runs late in the game and the JetHawks won a 10-4 decision to take the series two games to one.

Starter Jesus Castillo (3-7), allowed only two hits and two earned runs over five innings but five walks hampered him and subsequent relievers. In all, Inland Empire passed out 15 bases on balls, hit a batter and committed an error to contribute to the loss.

Jordan Pratt (3-5) took the loss in relief, allowed four hits and walked four, retiring only one of seven JetHawks faced in the eighth inning, as Lancaster scored six times. Eduardo Quintana walked five in the big inning.  

The Sixers collected a triple by designated hitter Lucas May and eight singles, two of the infield variety, as eight different batters had a hit.

They had four of their hits in the first inning and scored twice and might have scored more but they had a runner thrown out at the plate. Third baseman Shane Justin, shortstop Ivan De Jesus and second baseman Travis Denker single but Justis was nailed at home. May had an RBI single and first baseman Jamie Hoffman's sac fly gave them a 2-0 lead.

With two out in the sixth, Hoffman singled and score by an error to give the Sixers a 3-2 lead and Mitchell tripled and scored on catcher Gabriel Gutierrez's ground ball but the game was in the bag by then.

Former Dodger minor leaguer T. J. Nall, recovered from a 2000 Tommy John surgery, allowed the two first inning runs before retiring 16 straight 66ers.  

Inland Empire has today off and will host Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for three games starting on Tuesday.
 Score by Innings
Lancaster	000 200 161-10
Inland Empire 	200 001 010- 4

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Justis 3b	4  0  1  0  .314
De Jesus ss	4  1  1  0  .283
Denker 2b	4  1  1  0  .305
May dh        	5  0  1  1  .251
Hoffmann rf	3  1  1  1  .308
Mitchell 1b	3  1  1  0  .256
Gutierrez c	4  0  0  1  .243
Rogowski lf	3  0  1  0  .253
Godwin cf	4  0  2  0  .243
   Totals         34  4 9  3
   Lancaster	29 10 5 10

 Error- De Jesus 2 (21), Rogowski (3). 3B- Mitchell 
(4). RBI- May (70), Hoffmann (58), Gutierrez (17). 
S- De Jesus. SF- Hoffmann. LOB- Inland Empire 9, 
Lancaster 13. SB- Hoffmann (14), Godwin (15), 
Justis (10).

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo	5.0  2  2-2  5  4  4.30
Pratt (3-5)	2.1  3  7-5  4  0  6.55
Quintana	0.2  0  1-1  5  1  9.00
Alvarez 	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  5.23
 WP- pratt 2, Quintana. HBP- by Pratt. 
T- 3:23. Att- 1,538.
Loons Come From Behind-- Catcher Carlos Santana drove home Josh Bell with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning break a 4-4 tie and top Beloit 6-4. The win snapped a four game losing streak for the Loons, who are now 9-19 in the second half.

David Pfeiffer (4-2) took over in relief after Beloit tied the game with two runs in the fourth off starter Paul Coleman. Pfeiffer worked four innings and allowed one hit over four scoreless innings to record the win.

Right fielder Scott Van Slyke banged out four hits in the ballgame, and Santana drove in two runs for the Loons, including the game winner.

The Loons took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the first on RBI singles by outfielder James Peterson and Santana.  Both runs were unearned after an error, one of four charged to the Snappers.

Beloit took the lead with two in each the fourth and the fifth, and Coleman, who allowed 10 hits, left trailing 4-2.

Outfielder Tommy Giles sacrifice fly in the seventh cut the lead to one, then Van Slyke scored on a safety squeeze bunt by shortstop Francisco Lizarraga in the eighth that tied the game.

Game three of the series will see right-hander Steven Johnson starting for the Loons.
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	200 000 112-6
Beloit	        000 220 000-4

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Rivera 2b	4  1  3  0  .268
Gonzalez dh	5  1  1  0  .306
Giles cf	3  0  0  1  .324
Robinson ph-cf	1  0  0  0  .249
Bell 3b        	5  2  2  0  .276
Peterson 1b	2  0  1  1  .297
Santana c	4  1  2  2  .205
Van Slyke rf	5  1  4  1  .271
Lizarraga ss	4  0  1  1  .266
Brooks lf	3  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	35 6 14 6
   Beloit	35 4 11 4

 Error- Rivera (3). 2B- Santana (11). 3B- Van 
Slyke (1). RBI- Peterson (23), Santana 2 (30), 
Giles (15), Lizarraga (16), Van Slyke (28). 
S- Giles. LOB- Great Lakes 11, Beloit 11. 
DP- Lizarraga, Santana, Bell and Coleman.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Coleman	        4.0  10  4-3  2  4  6.17
Pfeiffer (4-2)	4.0   1  0-0  2  2  3.24
Ramirez (sv 11)	1.0   0  0-0  1  0  1.13
 HBP- Lizarraga. T- 3:10. Att- 2,225.
Ogden Edges Great Falls-- Scoring all its runs in the fourth inning, Ogden held on for its second straight win over Great Falls, edging the White Sox 4-3 Sunday.

Austin Gallagher singled home the first Raptor run, Matt Wallach doubled in another and Jovanny Rosario capped the scoring with a two-run single . That was enough to give the victory to Michael Gardner (3-3), who went five innings in which he allowed seven hits and all the Sox runs.

Stout relief pitching by Given Kutz and Johnny Caraballo took it from there. Kutz worked two scoreless and Caraballo went the final two in which he didn't allow a hit, walked one and struck out four to record his fourth save.

Jaime Pedroza had two doubles and Gallagher added another two-base knock for the Raptors, now 14-18. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Great Falls	000 210 000-3
Ogden        	000 400 00x-4

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi ave
Rosario cf	4  0  1  2  .355
Kanaby lf	4  0  1  0  .281
Pedroza ss	4  0  2  0  .385
Garabedian dh	4  1  1  0  .237
Jansen c	2  1  0  0  .295
Mathews rf-3b	4  0  1  0  .278
Gallagher 3b	4  1  2  1  .304
 Brown pr-rf	0  0  0  0  .230
Wallach 1b	3  1  1  1  .217
Fuller 2b	4  0  1  0  .200
   Totals          33 4 10 4
   Great Falls	35 3  9 2

 Error- Mathews (4). 2B- Pedroza 2 (8), Wallach (1), 
Fuller (6), Gallagher (4). RBI- Gallagher (10), 
Wallach (3), Rosario 2 (16). LOB- Ogden 8, Great 
Falls 8. SB- Mathews (4). CS- Kanaby (5). 
DP- Fuller, Pedroza and Wallach.

 Ogden 	               in  h  r-er bb so  era
Gardner (3-3)	        5.0  7  3-2  2  6  3.63
Kutz         	        2.0  2  0-0  0  3  3.00
Caraballo (sv 4)	2.0  0  0-0  1  4  4.22
 T- 3:37. Att- 2,399.
Coasties Split-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers had a near no-hitter as they and the Marlins exchanged shutout victories Sunday with the split leaving the first-place Dodgers (21-5), still comfortably in front of their closest rivals, who at 13-13, trail by eight games. Only a seventh-inning pinch single deprived the Dodgers of a no-no in game two.

In that one, Danny Danielson pitched the first inning, then Mexican righthander Edwin Contreras took over and held the Marlins without a hit until pinch-hitter Josh Short singled with one gone in the seventh as the Dodgers won 3-0 after losing 1-0 in the opener.

The Marlins ended a pitchers' duel in the 10th inning of the first game as they combined three hits for the game's only score. That ended a seven-game win streak for LA's team. which then came back as Danielson and Contreras combined for the almost no-hitter, a 3-0 victory.

The Dodgers also received outstanding pitching from Eric Thompson in game one , as he went five innings in which he gave up only four hits, and Luis Garcia, who was reached for five in three but also kept the Marlins off the boards. Eduardo Perez went a scoreless ninth but in the 10th,two singles and a double finally ended the scoring drought.

The pitching got even better in the second game. Danielson walked one and fanned one in his only inning, then Contreras didn't allow a semblance of a hit until the final inning. He walked two, hit one batter and struck out five.

A Curt Bradley single and Parker Dalton double gave the Dodgers their initial run in the first. They waited until the sixth before scoring again when Lambo doubled for one, then came home on Yossandy Garcia's single. Bradley was the only Dodgers with two hits.

The Dodgers managed only six hits, two each by Joe Becker and Andrew Lambo, each with a double and single as the Dodgers were shutout for the first time this season.--Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings (game 1)
Dodgers	000 000 000 0-0
Marlins	000 000 000 1-1

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	4  0  2  0  .306
YGarcia dh	3  0  0  0  .231
 Guzman ph-dh	0  0  0  0  .172
Baez 3b        	4  0  0  0  .283
Lambo rf	4  0  2  0  .272
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .345
Orr 1b        	4  0  0  0  .237
Collado c	3  0  1  0  .400
 Bradley pr	0  0  0  0  .188
 Erickson c	0  0  0  0  .143
JGarcia 2b	3  0  0  0  .407
Poole cf	4  0  0  0  .159
   Totals	35 0  1 0
   Marlins	39 1 12 1

 2B- Lambo (6), Becker (5). S- JGarcia. 
LOB- Dodgers 7, Marlins 13. SB- Guzman (3). 
CS- Silverio (1).

 Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Thompson	5.0  4  0-0  1  5  1.44
Garcia	        3.0  5  0-0  1  3  2.45
Perez (2-2)	1.1  3  1-1  0  0  3.52
 T- 2:51

 Score by innings (game 2)
Marlins	000 000 0-0
Dodgers	100 002 x-3

 Dodgers	at r  h  bi  ave
Bradley lf	3  1  2  0  .263
Dalton ss	3  0  1  1  .333
Baez 3b	        3  1  0  0  .275
Lambo rf	3  1  1  1  .274
YGarcia 2b	3  0  1  1  .235
JGuzman cf	3  0  1  0  .188
Jacobs 1b	3  0  0  0  .314
Martin c	1  0  0  0  .455
Povey dh	2  0  0  0  .100
   Totals	24 3 6 3
   Marlins	19 0 1 0

 2B- Dalton (2), Lambo (4). RBI- Dalton (3),
Lambo (14), YGarcia (19). SB- Bradley 2 (4).
LOB- Dodgers 4, Marlins 2. DP- Martin and Dalton,
Dalton and YGarcia 2.

 Dodgers	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Danielson	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  6.75
Conteras (2-0)	6.0  1  0-0  2  5  1.29
 HBP- by Conteras. T- 1:26. 
DSL Nationals Win-- The National League All-Stars continued their domination of their American League counterparts with a 4-1 victory in the annual Dominican Summer League contest Sunday. It was the fifth victory for the Nationals while the Americans have won only once.

Dodger Geishon Aguasviva was the starting pitcher for the Nationals, working a perfect inning in which he struck out one. The other Dodger in the game, Pedro Guerrero, played shortstop and went hitless in two-at-bats. --Bill Shelley.

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