Maza's Double Boosts Las Vegas

Las Vegas won the suspended game but dropped the regular contest to Iowa. Jacksonville edged Carolina and Inland Empire was thumped by Lake Elsinore. Peoria stopped Great Lakes and the Coasties dropped a 1-0 game to the Nationals. Ogden and the Dominican Dodgers did not play.

Editors Note-- LADugout Minor League editor Bill Shelly has been hospitalized in Vero Beach but is now at home and on the mend. To add to his troubles, his internet connection has been as unreliable as the Dodgers batting attack, When these two problems are solved (the connection, not the attack), which should be soon, he will return to his outstanding coverage of the Los Angeles minor league system.

Maza Doubles in Winner-- Outfielder Luis Maza's two-run double in the sixth inning snapped a 3-3 tie and Las Vegas edged host Iowa, 5-4, in the completion of Monday's suspended game. Iowa whitewashed the 51s 5-0 in the regular game.

The two clubs resumed play in the bottom of the third inning on Tuesday, with the 51s holding a 3-1 lead. Second baseman Chin-Lung Hu had an RBI double in the first inning for Las Vegas, and first baseman John Lindsey followed with a two-run homer before the rains came.

After Iowa tied the game 3-3, Las Vegas nailed things down in the sixth inning when Outfielder Wilkin Ruan and shortstop Wilson Valdez singled to put runners on first and second with two outs and Maza lined a two-run double to left field.

William Juarez started but left after two innings and Dwayne Pollok (1-1) earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits over three innings. Rick Bauer and Eric Hull closed it out with Hull fanning four over two scoreless innings to pick up his 10th save.
  Completion of August 7 game
Score by Innings
Las Vegas	300 002 000-5
Iowa	        100 110 100-4

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Valdez ss	3  1  1  0  .333
Maza lf        	4  1  2  2  .342
Hu 2b        	5  1  2  1  .378
Lindsey 1b	5  1  2  2  .321
McDougall 3b	4  0  0  0  .264
Freeman cf	4  0  2  0  .280
Davis c	        4  0  0  0  .214
Ruan rf	        4  1  1  0  .301
Juarez p	1  0  0  0  .053
 Pollock p 	1  0  0  0  .000
 Stults ph	1  0  0  0  .294
 Bauer p	1  0  0  0  .500
 Hull p	        0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	37 5  4 5
   Iowa	        38 4 13 3

 2B- Hu (7), Freeman (10), Maza (11). HR- Lindsey 
(15). RBI- Hu (15), Lindsey 2 (60), Maza 2 (22). 
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Iowa 9. SB- Valdez (10). 
DP- Lindsey, Valdez and Pollok

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Juarez         	2.0  4  1-1  0  4  5.61
Pollok (1-1) 	3.0  6  2-2  0  0  4.93
Bauer        	2.0  2  1-1  1  3  4.58
Hull (sv,10)	2.0  1  0-0  0  4  2.89
  WP- Hull. T- 2:37. Att- 9,968.
Miguel Pinango (7-7) started and lost the second game when Las Vegas was held to six hits, Iowa winning 5-0 to gain a split.

Six different 51s managed hits with Maza's double the only extra-base hit.

Wesley Wright, Casey Hoorlebeke and Matt Riley followed Pinango on the mound.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 000 0-0
Iowa        	010 220 x-5

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	3  0  1  0  .333
Maza 3b-lf	3  0  1  0  .342
Hu 2b        	3  0  0  0  .366
Lindsey	        3  0  1  0  .321
Barnes lf	3  0  1  0  .247
Riley p	        0  0  0  0  .000
Freeman cf	2  0  0  0  .279
Huckaby c	3  0  1  0  .270
Ruan rf        	3  0  1  0  .302
Pinango p	1  0  0  0  .125
 Stults ph	1  0  0  0  .278
 Wright p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Hoorelbeke p	0  0  0  0  .000
 McDougall 3b	0  0  0  0  .264
   Totals      29 0 6 0
   Iowa        32 5 7 5

 Error- Lindsey (5). 2B- Maza (12). 
LOB- Las Vegas 0,  Iowa 5. 
DP- Maza, Hu and Lindsey.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (7-7)	4.0  5  3-3  2  4  4.09
Wright        	0.0  1  2-2  1  0  9.18
Hoorelbeke	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  5.54
Riley         	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  6.34
 T- 1:44. Att- 6,397.
McDonald Handles Carolina-- James McDonald continued to find success in Jacksonville, pitching five scoreless innings as the Suns edged Carolina 3-2.

McDonald (5-1) allowed two hits and struck out three to win his third straight start. The 22-year-old right-hander has a 1.10 ERA since he was promoted from Inland Empire, where he was 6-7 with a 3.95 ERA.

Ramon Troncoso fanned two in a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save.

The Suns rolled up an early lead when second baseman Kevin Howard banged an RBI double in the third and outfielder Thomas Giles added a two-run single in the fourth for the league-leading Suns who improved to 30-16.

Blake Dewitt and Kevin Howard led a 10-hit attack with two hits each.

Greg Miller took over in the sixth and allowed single runs in the seventh and eighth, walking two, giving up four hits and throwing two wild pitches (both on strikeouts) in his three innings of relief.

The Suns' 71 victories this season are the third-highest total in minor-league baseball. ... Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers' No. 1 pick (seventh overall selection) in the 2006 draft, has been promoted to Jacksonville and is scheduled for his first Double-A start tonight. Kershaw had a 7-5 record with a 2.77 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 20 starts for low Class-A Great Lakes this year.... Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was at the game and will watch Kershaw's start tonight.
 Score by Innings
Carolina	000 000 110-2
Jacksonville	001 200 00x-3

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Giles rf	4  0  1  2  .200
DeWitt 3b	4  1  2  0  .297
Howard 2b	4  0  2  1  .327
Ellis c	        4  0  1  0  .259
Raglani lf	4  0  1  0  .241
Dunlap 1b	3  0  0  0  .240
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Paul ph        1  0  1  0  .287
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
Tomlin cf	3  1  1  0  .277
JGonzalez ss	3  1  1  0  .304
McDonald p	1  0  0  0  .200
 Rohan 1b	1  0  0  0  .244
   Total        32 3 10 3
   Carolina	32 2  6 2

 2B- Howard (9), Paul (19). RBI- Howard (21), 
Giles 2 (7). S- McDonald. LOB- Las Vegas 8, 
Carolina 6. SB- Giles (2).

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (5-1)	5.0  2  0-0  0  3  1.10
Miller         	3.0  4  2-2  2  4  4.85
Troncoso (sv,7)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  3.52
 WP- Miller 2. T- 2:31. Att- 2,626.
Sixers Blown Away by Storm-- The Lake Elsinore Storm had little trouble with Inland Empire, battering starter Jesus Castillo (4-8) and Albert Bastardo for a dozen hits in a 7-1 win.

Castillo ran into trouble in the third inning and finished his five inning evening by allowing seven hits and four runs, three earned. Bastardo surrendered five hits and the final three runs.

The Sixers scored in the fifth inning when Jamie Hoffman clouted his sixth home run of the season, one of only four hits Inland could manage.

Inland Empire fought back in the ninth inning with two singles by Ryan Rogowski and Bridger Hunt, but Lake Elsinore would induce a game ending double play to avoid the threat.

The two teams conclude their three game series tonight.  
 Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	001 213 000-7
Inland Empire	000 010 000-1

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis 1b	4  0  0  0  .301
De Jesus ss	4  0  0  0  .283
Denker 2b	3  0  0  0  .311
Mitchell 3b	3  0  0  0  .256
Hoffmann rf-cf	2  1  1  1  .314
Locke dh	3  0  0  0  .286
May c        	3  0  0  0  .241
 Lopez c	0  0  0  0  .143
Rogowski lf	3  0  1  0  .266
Godwin cf	2  0  1  0  .249
 Hunt rf 	1  0  1  0  .283
   Totals       28 1  4 1
   Lk Elsinore	39 7 12 7

 Error- De Jesus (24). 2B- Hoffmann (6). RBI- Hoffmann 
(66). LOB- Inland Empire 1, Lake Elsinore 5. 
CS- Godwin (7). DP- Castillo, De Jesus and Justis.

 Inland Empire 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (4-8)	 5.0  7  4-3  0  2  4.53
Bastardo         4.0  5  3-3  0  4  5.29
 T- 2:11. Att- 1,520.
Loons Lose in Eighth-- Great Lakes and Peoria were locked in a 1-1 tie going into the last of the eighth inning before the Chiefs tagged Thomas Melgarejo for a pair of runs and a 3-1 win. The lead run resulted from an error by shortstop Adolfo Gonzalez on a potential double play ball that would have ended the inning.

After a walk to Rick Taloa, Scott Van Slyke singled him to third base to give the Loons hope but Van Slyke was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double and Juan Apodaca struck out to end the game.

Starter Steven Johnson had only a no-decision, despite throwing a season-high seven innings and allowing just one run on a solo home run in the third. It was the first homer surrendered by Johnson all season.

The Loons' tied the game at 1-1 on Matt Berezay's fifth inning double, his 27th double and 49th RBI of the year.

Loons right-hander Josh Wall (5-9) is scheduled to start tonight against the Chiefs.
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 010 000-1
Peoria        	001 000 02x-3

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rivera 2b	2  1  0  0  .267
Berezay lf	4  0  1  1  .275
Perez dh	4  0  1  0  .316
Bell 3b	        3  0  1  0  .290
Gonzalez ss	3  0  0  0  .292
Taloa 1b	3  0  0  0  .158
 Mattingly pr	0  0  0  0  .224
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .262
Apodaca c	4  0  0  0  .228
Robinson cf	3  0  0  0  .245
   Totals	30 1 4 1
   Peoria	31 3 9 2

 Error- Gonzalez (6). 2B- Berezay (27). 
RBI- Great Lakes 7, Peoria 5.

 Great Lakes 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson         7.0  7  1-1  0  5  5.49
Melgarejo (4-8)	1.0  2  2-1  1  0  6.42
 T-2:22. Att- 2,394.
Ogden-- Open date

GC Dodgers Lose Again-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers were held to four hits in a 1-0 loss to the Nationals. The Dodgers' seventh round pick, Dan Danielson worked three hitless innings before Kelvin Dominguez took over and allowed three singles in the fourth and the only run of the game.

Third baseman Pedro Baez and second baseman Johan Garcia singled in second, outfielder Andrew Lambo singled in the fifth but was thrown out at home attempting to score on an error. Designated hitter Franklin Jacobs singled in the ninth for the fourth, and final, Dodgers hit of the game.

Dominguez worked three scoreless innings after allowing the fourth inning run, giving up just one more hit, and Brandon Tuten worked a scoreless ninth.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	        000 000 000-0
Nationals	000 100 00x-1

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	5  0  0  0  .292
Collado c	4  0  0  0  .353
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .364
Lambo rf	3  0  1  0  .323
Baez 3b        	4  0  1  0  .250
Orr 1b        	3  0  0  0  .263
JGarcia 2b	3  0  1  0  .304
Jacobs dh	4  0  1  0  .328
 Bert pr-dh	0  0  0  0  .167
Poole cf	3  0  0  0  .172
 Bradley ph	0  0  0  0  .250
   Totals	32 0 4 0
   National 	29 1 5 1

 Error- Lambo (2). S- JGarcia (6), Becker (9).

 Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Danielson	3.0  0  0-0  0  6  2.79
Dominguez (0-1)	4.0  4  1-1  1  5  2.08
Tuten         	1.0  1  0-0  1  2  0.00
DSL Dodgers-- Open date.

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