Concepcion, White Lead Suns and Sixers

Las Vegas lost to Omaha despite an Andy LaRoche homer. Jacksonville won on an Alberto Concepcion homer. Inland Empire beat Lake Elsinore behind lefty Cody White and Great Lakes lost to Clinton despite four scoreless innings by James Adkins. Travis Vetters homered but Ogden lost . The Gulf Coast Dodgers won with Diagoro Rondon but the second game was rained out, as were the Dominican Dodgers.

LaRoche Homers but Vegas Loses-- When Delwyn Young was promoted from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, General Manager Ned Colletti noted that third baseman Andy LaRoche was hitting the ball hard and they were watching closely. The youngster gave them another view of his power, slamming a two run homer in the fourth inning at Omaha but the 51s dropped a 4-3 game to the Royals.

LaRoche's dinger gave Vegas a brief 3-2 lead but Omaha tied the game in the bottom of the inning off starter Spike Lundberg, who gave up three runs on six hits before leaving he game in the seventh tied at three each.

Matt Riley (4-2) allowed the eventual winning run in the last of the eighth and took the loss. Outfielder Choo Freeman collected three hits, including a double, and shortstop Chin-Lung Hu and first baseman Marshall McDougall added a pair each for the 51s who are now 53-58.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	001 200 000-3
Omaha	        002 100 01x-4

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez 2b	4  0  0  0  .329
Hu ss        	4  1  2  0  .356
Barnes lf	4  0  0  0  .259
Lindsey dh	4  0  1  0  .333
LaRoche 3b	4  1  1  2  .316
McDougall 1b	4  0  2  0  .279
Freeman cf	4  1  3  0  .278
Martinez c	4  0  1  0  .295
Ruan rf        	3  0  0  0  .293
   Totals	35 3 10 2
   Omaha	30 4  8 4

 Error- Barnes (3). 2B- Freeman (8). HR- LaRoche 
(16).RBI LaRoche 2 (43). LOB- Las Vegas 6, Omaha 
6. DP- McDougall, Hu and McDougall.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lundberg	6.2  6  3-3  0  5  5.36
Riley (4-2)	1.1  2  1-1  1  0  6.44
 HBP- by Lundberg. T- 2:21. Att- 2,096.
Concepcion Sparks Winning Rally-- Southern Cal graduate Alberto Concepcion wasn't drafted until the 21st round in 2002 and didn't light up the night for the Red Sox and when he asked for his release, they said "OK." The Dodgers snapped him up as a free agent and he again proved his worth by slugging a three-run homer in Jacksonville' six run seventh, changing a 5-4 lead into an 11-8 win.

On July 5 he clubbed four hits and the following evening he hit for a rare cycle -- single, double, triple, homer -- to go from a suspect to a prospect.

Outfielder David Nicholson, who went 2-for-5, doubled home a pair and pinch-hitter Cory Dunlap capped the big inning with an RBI single. The explosion allowed the Suns to weather a grand slam by former Dodger Eric Riggs in the eighth.

Outfielder James Tomlin went 2-for-5 with two RBIs while second baseman Kevin Howard and outfielder Thomas Giles drove in a run apiece for the Suns (27-13) who had 13 hits on the night.

Starter Zachary Hammes surrendered four runs on eight hits and two walks over four innings and Mark Alexander (4-0) picked up the win with two hitless innings. Ramon Troncoso weathered Riggs' four run shot in the eighth to close the win out.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	103 100 600-11
Carolina	010 120 040- 8

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Giles lf        4  0  1  1  .222
JGonzalez ss	4  2  2  0  .309
Howard 2b	4  2  2  1  .311
Concepcion 1b	5  2  1  3  .263
DeWitt 3b	5  1  1  0  .348
Ellis c        	3  1  1  0  .266
Tomlin cf	5  1  2  2  .278
Nicholson rf	5  2  2  2  .213
Hammes p	2  0  0  0  .071
Alexander p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Dunlap ph 	1  0  1  1  .244
 LGonzalez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Akin p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	34 11 13 10
   Carolina 	34  8 13  6

 Error- Hammes (1). 2B- Ellis (18), JGonzalez (14), 
Nicholson (3), Giles (1). 3B- Howard (1), Nicholson 
(2). HR- Concepcion (10). RBI- Howard (18), Tomlin 2 
(23), Giles (1), Concepcion 3 (47), Nicholson 2 (14), 
Dunlap (44). SF- Giles. LOB- Jacksonville 6, Carolina 
9. DP- Ellis, JGonzalez; DeWitt.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Hammes         	4.0  8  4-4  2  3  4.08
Alexander (4-0)	2.0  0  0-0  1  4  4.06
LGonzalez	0.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.15
Akin         	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  4.14
Troncoso	2.0  5  4-4  1  2  3.47
 T- 3:08. Att- 2,244.
White Pitches Sixers to Series Win-- Lefthander Cody White (1-1) allowed four hits and no earned runs over his five inning start and Jesus Rodriguez and Jacobo Meque finished the game out, giving Inland Empire their first series win of the season over Lake Elsinore.

Rodriguez worked three scoreless frames, allowing up one hit and Meque earned his second save of the week with a scoreless ninth.

The Sixers scored in first when an RBI single by outfielder Jamie Hoffmann scored first baseman Shane Justis. Hoffman was 3-for-4 with a walk and a run. The Storm would score to two unearned runs in the third to take the lead 2-1 on an error by left fielder Ryan Rogowski.

In the fourth Adam Godwin was hit by a pitch to force in the tying run and Shane Justis' sac fly made the score 3-2. Russell Mitchell's two-run double in the ninth provided insurance.

The final game of the three game set is tonight.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	100 200 002-6
Lake Elsinore	002 000 000-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis 1b	2  1  0  1  .310
De Jesus ss	5  1  1  0  .292
Denker 2b	4  0  1  0  .322
Rivera 2b	4  1  1  0  .237
Mitchell 3b	5  0  1  2  .268
Hoffmann rf	4  1  3  1  .313
May c        	3  0  0  0  .252
Locke dh	4  1  2  0  .294
Rogowski lf	3  0  1  0  .263
Godwin cf	3  0  0  1  .247
   Totals	34 5 10 5
   Lk Elsinore	32 2  5 2

 Error Rogowski (4). 2B- Mitchell (25). 3B- Denker 
(3). RBI- Hoffmann (61), Godwin (21), Justis (33), 
Mitchell 2 (60). SF- Justis. LOB- Inland Empire 9, 
Lake Elsinore 9. SB- Hoffmann. Mitchell (4). 
CS- Rogowski (7).

 Inland Empire 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White (1-1)	5.0  4  2-0  2  2  4.70
Rodriguez 	3.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.28
Meque (sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  2  1  5.77
 HBP- by White, Rogowski, Godwin. 
T- 2:51. Att- 1,922.
Homers Doom Loons-- Clinton overcame a 3-0 Great Lakes lead with a pair of home runs in the eighth inning to stop the Loons 5-3.

The Loons took a 2-0 lead on RBI-singles by catcher Juan Apodaca and shortstop Francisco Lizarraga in the fourth. In the sixth, right-fielder Scott Van Slyke added an RBI-single to score Josh Bell to make it 3-0.

James Adkins started and the Dodgers' 2007 first-round pick went three scoreless innings while striking out four. Reliever Arismendy Castillo (2-8) gave up the big home runs to pick up his eighth loss of the year.

Loons manager Lance Parrish was pleased with his Adkins. "I thought he pitched his best baseball of the season tonight," Parrish said. "He had a good breaking ball working for him, I was very pleased with how he pitched."

The series concludes tonight with Paul Coleman on the mound for Great Lakes.
Score by Innings
Clinton        	000 000 410-8
Great Lakes	000 201 000-3

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rivera 2b	5  0  0  0  .267
Berezay lf	4  0  0  0  .262
Perez dh	4  0  1  0  .318
Bell 3b        	4  2  2  0  .277
Taloa 1b	3  0  1  0  .200
Van Slyke rf	4  1  1  1  .275
Apodaca c	4  0  2  1  .247
Lizarraga ss	3  0  1  1  .265
Robinson cf	3  0  0  0  .244
   Totals	34 3 8 3
   Clinton	34 5 9 5

 Error- Bell (33), Rivera (4). 2B- Bell (20), Apodaca 
(1). RBI- Apodaca (19), Lizarraga (18), Van Slyke 
(31). LOB- Great Lakes 7, Clinton 7. SB- Robinson 
(18). CS- Van Slyke (3). DP- Taloa, Lizarraga and 
Taloa; Apodaca and Lizarraga; Melgarejo, Lizarraga 
and Taloa; Rivera, Lizarraga and Taloa.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins        	3.0  3  0-0  0  4  2.00
Castillo (2-8)	4.1  6  5-5  5  5  4.97
Melgarejo	1.2  0  0-0  2  0  6.10
 Balk- Castillo. HBP- Taloa, by Castillo. 
T- 2:50. Att- 4,564.
Raptors Still Winless-- It was a case of the good, the bad and the ugly for Ogden Wednesday. The good was they're getting better pitching these days. The bad is they stopped hitting. The ugly was another loss as Idaho Falls got past the Raptors 4-3 meaning they've yet to win in three second-half games.

Recently signed Rodney Brantley was handed his first start and did okay with four innings in which he gave up only four hits and three runs with one of those unearned. Gil Stanke, sent to the bullpen to work out his woes, was respectable as he held the Chukars to one run in two innings. Alas, that proved to be the winner and Gil is a bedraggled 0-6.

Travis Vetters provided the only real spark for the Raptor offense with his sixth home run in the second with one on. Other than that, though, Ogden managed only three singles, one by Jaime Pedroza driving in the other run. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Ogden        	020 010 000-3
Idaho Falls	110 101 00x-4

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	4  0  0  0  .239
Pedroza dh	2  0  1  1  .345
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .215
 Rosario pr	0  0  0  0  .352
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .333
Mathews lf	4  1  1  0  .277
Gallagher 3b	3  0  0  0  .315
Betters rf	3  1  1  2  .298
Herrera  2b	2  1  0  0  .267
Fuller ss	2  0  0  0  .203
   Totals	28 3 4 3
   Idaho Falls	28 3 4 3

 Error- Brantley(1). Garabedian (1), Herrera (8). 
HR- Vetters (6). RBI- Vetters 2 (17), Pedroza (14). 
S- Fuller. LOB- Ogden 2, Idaho Falls 8. SB- Pedroza (4).

 Ogden	        in  h  r-er bb so  era
Brantley	4.0  1  3-2  3  2  3.00
Stanke (0-6)	2.0  2  1-1  0  1  8.89
Kutz         	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.45
Caraballo	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  3.38
 HBP- by Brantley, by Stanke, Pedroza. T- 2:17. Att- 2,725.
Coasties Dump Marlins-- It would seem most of the time that the greatest opponent the Gulf Coast Dodgers have this season is Mother Nature. July had a record rainfall of 13 1/2 inches in the area and August opened with more. They did manage to get in one seven-inning of a scheduled makeup doubleheader before the second was washed out with no score.

As for the game that was played, the Dodgers won 7-3 upping their season's record to 27-7. It also dropped the Marlins into third place one-half game behind the Cardinals, who are now second, 10 1/2 games behind with a 16-17 record.

The ever-improving fourth-round draft pick Andrew Lambo led the Dodger attack as he homered and tripled. His fifth home run led off the second inning which saw the Dodgers score six before it was done. He tripled in the fifth to bring his average to .327 and scored on a wild pitch.

Besides Lambo's homer, the second inning featured a double by Joe Becker and RBI singles by Kyle Orr, Johancy Guzman and Keyter Collado. A passed ball accounted for another. Alfredo Silverio had two more hits for the day to raise his average to .373.

Daigaro Rondon (4-1) tried to go the distance allowing only one run until the seventh. But when the Marlins rallied for a pair with none one out, Eduardo Perez came in to restore order, setting them down to earn his fourth save. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	060 010 0-7
Marlins	000 010 2-3

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi ave
Becker ss	3  1  1  1  .316
Collado c	4  0  1  1  .386
Baez 3b        	4  0  1  0  .256
Lambo rf	4  2  2  1  .327
Silverio lf	4  1  2  0  .373
Orr 1b        	3  1  1  0  .263
YGarcia	        3  0  0  0  .247
Jacobs dh	3  1  1  1  .340
Guzman cf	3  1  1  1  .200
   Totals	31 7 10 5
   Marlins	27 3  7 3

 2B- Becker (8). 3B- Lambo (1). HR- Lambo (5). 
RBI- Lambo (21), Jacobs (7), Guzman (5), Becker 
(13), Collado (8). LOB- Dodgers 4, Marlins 3.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rondon (4-1)	6.0  7  3-3  0  5  3.07
Perez (sv 4)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.66
 HBP- Becker.
Dominican Dodgers-- The rain gods also visited the Dominican Republic where the Dodger game was postponed.

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