Vetters' Four RBI Sparks Ogden

It was a tough night to hang on to the ball with the five franchise teams making 18 errors, nine from the Loons. Las Vegas lost to Sacramento and Carolina crushed Jacksonville. Inland Empire dropped a game to Rancho Cucamonga and Peoria took advantage of Great Lakes fumbles. Travis Vetters led Ogden over Missoula and the Coasties had the day off and the DR Dodgers were rained out.

Six Run Sixth Sinks Vegas-- Eric Stults (5-7) was knocked out in the third inning by Sacramento who put a six on the board to take an 8-2 lead, then hold on for a 9-7 win.

Stults allowed six runs on five hits and five walks before leaving after 2.1 innings. Chris Fussell, Jon Meloan and Matt Riley followed him on the mound.

The 51s closed the gap to 8-5 after three and added single runs in the fifth and sixth but could never catch up.

Shea Hillenbrand, freshly signed as a free agent and in his first game with Las Vegas, went 3-for-4 with RBI singles in the third and fifth. The 32-year-old third baseman recently signed with the Dodgers following a brief stint in the San Diego organization.

Larry Barnes crushed a two-run homer, his eighth, in the second with one on for the 51s who slid to 55-64.

When Hillenbrand joined the 51s LHP Wesley Wright was optioned to Jacksonville.

Third baseman Andy LaRoche is apparently headed for the disabled list after his back flared up twice on the road trip. He left the team for an MRI in Los Angeles, and Vegas manager Lorenzo Bundy said he doesn't expect LaRoche to play in the Sacramento series. LaRoche is batting .306 with 16 homers and 43 RBIs in 65 games with Las Vegas.

Infielder Tony Abreu is in Los Angeles for tests on an undetermined injury. Abreu hit .347 in 39 games with the 51s early this year and batted .288 in 43 games with the Dodgers but hasn't played since being optioned to Las Vegas on July 19.

"He has an injury somewhere near his stomach area," Bundy said. "We're not sure whether it's a sports hernia or something else."
 Score by Innings
Sacramento 	116 000 100-9
Las Vegas	023 011 000-7

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	4  1  2  0  .336
Maza lf	        4  1  1  0  .340
Hu 2b        	5  0  0  0  .349
Lindsey dh	3  2  2  1  .326
Hillerbran 3b	4  1  2  2  .211
Barnes 1b	4  1  1  2  .247
Freeman cf	4  1  1  0  .278
Davis c	        4  0  1  0  .215
Ruan rf	        4  0  1  0  .301
   Totals	36 7 12 5
   Sacramento	31 9 10 9

 Error- Barnes (4). 3B- Freeman (4). HR- Barnes (8). 
RBI- Barnes 2 (24), Lindsey (61), Hillerbran 2 (3). 
LOB- Las Vegas 5, Sacramento 11. CS- Davis (1). 
DP- Hu, Valdez and Barnes; Valdez, Hu and Barnes.

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (5-7)	2.1  5  6-6  5  2  7.56
Fussell	        1.2  2  2-2  3  2  4.78
Meloan	        2.1  1  1-0  1  1  1.54
Riley	        2.2  2  0-0  2  3  5.93
 WP- Fussell, Riley. HBP- Maza, Lindsey. 
T- 3:11. Att- 6,613.
Mudcats Rout Suns-- Carolina pounded out 18 hits in a 19-3 rout of Jacksonville on Friday, battering three pitchers, a catcher and an infielder in the process.

Joey Norrito (7-3) surrendered 10 hits and 11 runs -- six earned -- in five innings. B.J. LaMura and Brian Akin followed before manager John Shoemaker opted for infielder Jimmy Rohan in the eighth and catcher A.J. Ellis in the ninth when Carolina added seven runs.

The Mudcats put up large bookends, scoring eight in the first inning and seven in the last one, sending 11 men to the plate in each.

Cory Dunlap was pretty much the Suns offense, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, his sixth, in the second as the Suns (31-17) suffered their most lopsided loss of the season. Blade DeWitt added a single and a pair of doubles to the cause.

RHP Zach Hammes (5-6, 4.33) will oppose Mudcats RHP Chris Volstad (0-1, 0.66) in the fourth game of the five-game series tonight.
 Score by Innings
Carolina	801 020 107-19
Jacksonville	020 100 000- 3

 Jacksonville 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf	5  0  0  0  .270
DeWitt 3b	5  0  3  0  .306
Howard 2b	2  0  0  0  .315
Giles ph-rf	3  0  0  0  .158
Concepcion c	4  1  1  0  .259
Dunlap 1b	4  1  3  2  .246
Raglani lf	3  0  2  0  .243
JGonzalez ss-2b	4  1  1  0  .303
Rohan rf-2b-p	3  0  1  0  .246
 Ellis p        0  0  0  0  .259
Norrito p	2  0  0  0  .043
 LaMura p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Paul ph	1  0  0  0  .296
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Nicholson ss	1  0  0  0  .204
    Totals	37  3 11  2
    Carolina	42 19 18 17

 Errors- DeWitt (1), JGonzalez (9), Nicholson (7). 
2B- DeWitt 2 (9), JGonzalez (16). HR- Dunlap (6). 
RBI- Dunlap 2 (50). LOB- Jacksonville 9, Carolina 9.

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Norrito (7-3)	5.0 10 11-6  3  3  3.47
LaMura	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  2.76
Akin        	1.0  3  1-1  0  2  4.23
Rohan         	1.0  4  7-5  2  2 19.26
Ellis         	0.2  1  0-0  0  0  4.91
 WP- Akin 2, Rohan. HBP- Rohan, 2 by Rohan. 
T- 3:00. Att- 5,826.
Inland Empire Blanked-- The Sixers were out-hit 8-7 but lost a 5-0 decision to Rancho Cucamonga. However, they still lead the wild card race by four games.

Mario Alvarez worked six innings, allowing all five runs on seven hits. Jesus Rodriguez went two scoreless innings, allowing only a single hit.

Josh Bell joined the team from Great Lakes and started at third and was 1-for-3 with a walk in his debut. Designated hitter Lucas May and outfielder Drew Locke each had a pair of hits, May breaking an 0-for-21 August. Second baseman Travis Denker added a double.

The second game of the series is tonight in San Bernardino.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 000 000-0
Rcho Cucamonga	201 101 00x-5

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Denker 2b	4  0  1  0  .306
Rohan lf	3  0  1  0  .264
Hoffman cf	4  0  0  0  .307
May dh        	4  0  2  0  .244
Bell 3b        	3  0  1  0  .333
Locke rf	4  0  2  0  .293
Mitchell 1b	3  0  0  0  .254
De Jesus ss	3  0  0  0  .280
Gutierrez c	3  0  0  0  .241
   Totals	31 0 7 0
   RCucamonga	28 5 8 4

 2B- Denker (26). LOB- Inland Empire 6, 
Rancho Cucamonga 2.

   Inland Empire  	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (5-8)	        6.0  7  5-5  0  4  5.42
Rodriguez	        2.0  1  0-0  0  5  3.15
 WP- Alvarez. HBP- by Alvarez. T- 2:10. Att- 6,378.
To Err is Human, but Eight?-- Great Lakes had a great deal of trouble holding on to and throwing the ball, committing eight errors and allowing nine unearned runs as Peoria coasted 14-3.

Kyle Smit, just arrived from the Gulf Coast League, was tapped for seven hits and five runs, although three of them were unearned. Arismendy Castillo gave up seven in his one inning of work but five were unearned and both Joe Jones and Blake Brannon were tagged with an unearned run.

Trailing 2-1 after the first inning, the Chiefs scored 11 runs over the next five innings to take a 13-1 lead. The Loons scored two in the seventh on shortstop Juan Rivera's second home run. Outfielder Matt Berezay smacked his ninth home runs in the first.

Bell Promoted-- Third baseman Josh Bell moved up to Inland Empire and Brian Matthews, who was with the Ogden Raptors, has been added to the Loons' roster. Bell, on a 10-game hitting streak, was batting .290 with 15 home runs and a .472 slugging percentage. Matthews, had a .287 average with five home runs for Ogden, playing third base, second base, left field and right field.  He was a 45th round selection of the Dodgers in 2006 out of Middle Georgia College.
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	100 000 200- 3
Peoria	        212 701 01x-14

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rivera ss	5  1  2  2  .274
Berezay lf	5  1  2  1  .277
Gonzalez 3b	4  0  0  0  .287
Santana rf	4  0  1  0  .232
Van Slyke cf	4  0  1  0  .262
Mathews dh	4  0  2  0  .500
Apodaca c	4  0  1  0  .228
Mattingly 2b	4  1  1  0  .222
   Totals	37  3 10  3
   Peoria	42 14 15 11

 Error- Perez 2 (7), Rivera 3 (8) Apodaca (4). 
2B- Mathews (1), Berezay (28). HR Berezay (9), 
Rivera (2). RBI Berezay (50), Rivera 2 (11). 
LOB- Great Lakes 8, Peoria 14.

 Great Lakes 	 in  h  r-err bb so  era
Smit (0-1)	2.2  7  5-3  1  3  10.13
Castillo 	1.0  4  7-2  2  0   5.33
Jones 	        3.1  3  1-0  1  1   5.56
Brannon	        1.0  1  1-0  0  2   9.72
 WP Jones. HBP- by Castillo. PP Apodaca (7). 
T- 2:59. Att- 6,673.
Raptors Outlast Osprey-- Ogden tied season highs in runs and hits in a 13-10 win over Missoula and have won the opening two games of the four game series to improve to 6-5, two games behind Idaho Falls.

The game was tied 5-5 after four but the Raptors score four in the fifth and three more in the eighth to outlast Missoula as the two teams combined for 30 hits and 23 runs.

Outfielder Travis Vetters sparked the Ogden win, banging two homers to tie for the league lead with 10. He hit a solo shot in the second and added a two-run drive in the eighth. He made it a four-RBI evening with another RBI in the fifth.

Kris Krise started and was charged with six hits and five runs, four of them earned. Tim Gray (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of relief, allowing one hit and a run. Kalen Gearhart worked two, Given Kutz was unable to get out of the ninth inning, surrendering three runs before Jhonny Caraballo got the final three outs for his sixth save.

Outfielder Jovanny Rosario hit a solo homer in the second and finished the game 2-for-3 with two walks. Six Raptors: Rosario, Vetters, second baseman Elian Herrera, shortstop Eduardo Pedroza, catcher Alex Garabedian and designated hitter Matt Wallach recorded multiple hits.

Ogden and Missoula continue the series tonight.
 Score by Innings
Missoula	103 110 103-10
Ogden	        230 140 03x-13

 Ogden 	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	3  2  2  2  .347
Herrera 2b	4  2  3  2  .303
Pedroza ss	5  1  2  1  .358
Ortiz 1b	3  0  0  0  .317
Garabedian c	5  2  2  2  .229
Wallach dh	5  1  2  0  .283
Vetters rf	5  3  3  4  .322
Gallagher 3b	5  0  1  0  .294
Kanaby lf	3  2  1  0  .246
   Totals 	38 13 16 17
   Missoula	36 10 14 10

 Error- Gallagher (9), Garabedian (3).2B- Herrera 
(6), Kanaby (2), Pedroza (13), Gallagher (6). Herrera 
(3). HR- Vetters 2 (10), Rosario (3). RBI- Herrera 2 
(18), Garabedian 2 (14), Vetters 4 (26), Rosario 2 
(22), Pedroza (21). LOB- Ogden 8, Missoula 9.

 Ogden  	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Krise 	        4.0  6  5-4  1  1  7.71
Gray (1-0)	2.0  1  1-1  2  2  8.64
Gearhart	2.0  3  1-1  0  1  4.36
Kutz        	0.0  4  3-3  0  0  4.96
Caraballo (sv 6)1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.50
 HBP- Ortiz, 2 by Krise. T- 3:28. Att- 5,480.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- open date.

Dominican Dodgers-- rained out.

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