Sexon Makes First Appearance a Memorable One

Las Vegas lost to Sacramento and Jacksonville was thumped by Carolina. Four unearned run sunk Inland Empire but Great Lakes held on for a tight win over Cedar Rapids. Ogden made it four in a row by crushing Missoula and the Coasties fought off the Marlins. The Dominican Dodger game was washed out.

River Cats Claw 51s-- A six-run second inning off Las Vegas starter Eric Cyr (3-3) paved the way for a 7-3 Sacramento win at Las Vegas. It was Cyr's second consecutive loss after winning three straight decisions.

The game saw the two teams bang out 28 hits but between them 16 runners were left on base.

Oakland starter Esteban Loaiza (1-1) allowed three runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings with four strikeouts. It was the fifth rehab start for the right-hander with Sacramento after suffering from knee and back problems.

Second baseman Chin-Lung Hu slugged a two-run homer, his fourth, in the fifth and shortstop Wilson Valdez went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to nine games for the 51s who fell to 55-65. Right fielder Shea Hillenbrand ran his two game total to five hits with a pair of singles and center fielder Choo Freeman and left fielder Luis Maza added two hits each.

Manager Lorenzo Bundy doesn't expect Hillenbrand to stick around Las Vegas very long. "With the way the Dodgers are struggling offensively, you would think a guy with Shea's credentials and experience would be someone they're very serious about getting back to the big leagues as soon as possible, especially if he gets off to a good start down here."

Hillenbrand admits to being a die-hard Dodgers fan. "This is one of my dreams come true, to have this opportunity, and hopefully this opportunity will come true," he said.

Bundy said Hillenbrand's intense nature might be misunderstood at times. "He's a fierce competitor," Bundy said. "He goes out and competes every day, and some people may take that the wrong way, I don't know. My experience with him is he wanted to win and do well, and I can't fault him for those qualities."

Sun Shades-- Pitcher D.J. Houlton was optioned from the Dodgers to the 51s, and third baseman Andy LaRoche was placed on the disabled list.
Score by Innings
Sacramento	016 000 000-7
Las Vegas	100 020 001-4

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Valdez ss	5  2  3  1  .337
Maza lf	        5  0  2  0  .341
Hu 2b        	5  1  2  2  .351
Lindsey dh	4  0  0  0  .320
Hillenbrand 1b	4  0  2  0  .238
Barnes rf	4  0  0  0  .241
Freeman cf	4  0  2  0  .281
McDougall 3b	4  1  1  0  .264
Huckaby c	4  0  1  0  .269
   Totals	39 4 12 3
   Sacramento	39 7 16 7

 Error- McDougall (3). 2B- Valdez (15), Freeman (11), 
Maza (13). HR- Hu (4). RBI- Hu 2 (17), Valdez (21). 
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Sacramento 8. SB- Valdez (11). 
DP- Valdez and Hu; Hillenbrand and McDougall; 
Hu and Hillenbrand.

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cyr (3-3)	2.1  9  7-6  0  1  7.26
Houlton 	2.2  3  0-0  1  5  3.57
Bauer	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.35
Hoorelbeke	1.0  2  0-0  0  0  5.47
Hull	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  2.84
 T- 2:53. Att- 6,848.
Carolina Blasts Jacksonville-- The Suns could only manage a solo home run by Anthony Raglani, his 18th, in the seventh inning but Carolina had a 10-0 lead by then. The shot was one of only four hits Jacksonville collected during the evening.

Starter Zach Hammes (5-7) was tagged for four runs on seven hits in five innings and took the loss. Reliever Mark Alexander gave up six runs in the sixth, the first time he's been scored upon in eight appearances since July 17.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was in Jacksonville last week to look at some of the Suns' young pitching prospects, including Ramon Troncoso (24), James McDonald (23 next Sunday), Greg Miller (22) and Clayton Kershaw (19), who made his Double-A debut Thursday night.

Six former Jacksonville players - right-handers Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton, catcher Russell Martin, first baseman James Loney, and outfielders Matt Kemp and Delwyn Young - spent time with the Suns as well as pitchers Eric Stults, Eric Hull and Hong-Chih Kuo, and infielders Andy LaRoche and Tony Abreu.

"All those guys have contributed to the major-league club this year," Colletti told the Jacksonville Times-Union. "Little by little, it'll start to evolve into their team as time goes on. We've had a veteran club and tried to mix in a couple kids here and there. "As this year's club developed, it's become a little bit more youth-oriented, not a lot, but a little bit more. I think in a year or two, it will become predominantly the young players [who played here in Jacksonville]. "When they were here in Jacksonville, they were competing against kids their own age," he said. "They're not competing against someone who's played at the highest level for 10 or 15 years. It takes a lot, both mentally and physically, to prepare every day and be able to succeed at that level. But they've done a nice job so far."

Colletti also said it was likely the current Suns team would stay together for the rest of the season in attempt to win the Southern League's second-half pennant and make the playoffs. "There may be one or two [players] that move on, but we'd like to keep the group together and see if they can the league championship like the '05 team did," Colletti said.

Southern League Notes-- With 22 games left in the second half before Saturday's play, the South Division first-half champion Mississippi Braves were three games away from being eliminated from the second-half race. ... Mobile manager Brett Butler will miss the rest of the season after suffering a stroke July 22.
 Score by Innings
Carolina	130 000 600-10
Jacksonville	000 000 100- 1

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Giles cf	4  0  1  0  .167
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .294
Howard 2b	4  0  0  0  .307
Concepcion rf	4  0  0  0  .254
Dunlap 1b	4  0  0  0  .244
Raglani lf	3  1  2  1  .246
Ellis c        	2  0  1  0  .260
Rohan ss	3  0  0  0  .240
Hammes p	1  0  0  0  .063
 Paul ph	1  0  0  0  .266
 Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Wright p	1  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	30  1  4  1
    Carolina	39 10 14 10

 2B- Ellis (19). HR- Raglani (18). RBI- Raglani 
(58). LOB- Jacksonville 4. Carolina 9.

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Hammes (5-7)	5.0  7  4-4  1  5  4.50
Alexander 	1.0  6  6-6  1  1  4.66
Wright 	        3.0  1  0-0  2  5  3.17
 HBP- by Alexander. T- 2:26. Att- 5,829.
Early Error Costs Inland Empire-- Second baseman Travis Denker's ninth home run in the first inning gave the Sixers a 1-0 lead but his error in the second cost four unearned runs as Inland Empire fell to Rancho Cucamonga 6-3.

Javy Guerra (6-7) took the loss but pitched well, allowing three hits and one earned run over five innings. He finished the fateful second inning by striking out the side after nine Quakes has come to the plate.

Catcher Gabriel Gutierrez lined a two out single in the sixth that scored designated hitter Lucas May, who had doubled, and shortstop Ivan De Jesus home in the sixth inning to cut the lead to 6-3 but they would never get any closer.

The Sixers were out-hit 9-6 with Gutierrez collecting two of them.

The two teams will meet in the final game of the series this afternoon and the 66ers will return home on Monday to play the Visalia Oaks for the first and only time this season at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	100 000 200-3
Rcho Cucamonga	140 001 00x-6

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Denker 2b	4  1  1  1  .306
Rogowski lf	3  0  0  0  .262
Hoffmann cf	4  0  1  0  .306
Bell 3b        	4  0  0  0  .143
May dh        	4  1  1  0  .244
Justis 1b	3  0  0  0  .298
De Jesus ss	3  1  1  0  .281
Gutierrez c	3  0  2  2  .249
Hunt rf	        3  0  0  0  .278
   Totals	31 3 6 3
   RCucamonga	31 3 6 3

 Error- Denker 2 (14), De Jesus (26), Guerra (4). 
2B- May (18). HR- Denker (4). RBI- Denker (50), 
Gutierrez 2 (20). LOB- Inland Empire 2, Rancho 
Cucamonga 9.

 Inland Empire 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Guerra (6-7)	5.0  6  5-1  2  6  5.15
Alvarez c	3.0  3  1-1  1  3  3.63
 HBP- by Guerra 2. T- 2:24. Att- 6,127.
Sexon Helps Break Losing Streak-- RHP Tim Sexton (1-0) from Miami-Dade Community College, saw his first professional action in relief of starter James Adkins and sailed through five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six to earn his first win.

The Loons snapped a three-game losing streak in their 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids.

Adkins, the Dodgers No. two selection, started and went three innings, allowing a run in his final inning of work. 

Miguel Ramirez bent but didn't break in recorded his 14th save of the season.  With a 3-1 lead, Ramirez allowed a one-out double and threw a wild pitch before a sacrifice fly made it 3-2.  A walk and a single, plus an outfield error moved the runners to second and third. And intentional walk loaded the bases but the final Kernel batter banged the ball off Ramirez chest and he threw him out to nail down the win.

  The Loons scored in the first on a single by third baseman Adolfo Gonzalez, scoring Matt Berezay, who had tripled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. 

The Kernels tied it at 1-1 but the Loons added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.  First baseman Eduardo Perez doubled home left fielder Preston Mattingly in the sixth.  Then Berezay's single scored shortstop Francisco Lizarraga, who had worked his 10th walk of the season.

Loons pitchers lead the Midwest League in walks by a margin of more than 100 but this night they walked just two, both by Ramirez in the ninth.

The Loons and Kernels meet again this afternoon in Cedar Rapids.
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	100 001 100-3
Cedar Rapids	001 000 001-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly 2b	4  1  0  0  .219
Berezay dh	5  1  3  1  .282
Gonzalez 3b	5  0  2  1  .289
Perez 1b	5  0  2  1  .316
Santana c	4  0  0  0  .228
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  0  .263
Mathews lf	4  0  2  0  .500
Lizarraga ss	3  1  1  0  .270
Robinson cf	3  0  0  .240
   Totals	32 3 11 3
   Cedar Rapids	32 2  7 2

 Error- Van Slyke (4), Matthew (1). 2B- Perez (20. 
3B- Berezay (5). RBI- Gonzalez (25), Perez (55), 
Berezay (51).S- Robinson. LOB- Great Lakes 11, 
Cedar Rapids 6. CS- Gonzalez (4). DP- Perez.

 Great Lakes     in  h  r-er bb so era
Adkins        	3.0  3  1-1  0  4  2.40
Sexton (1-0)	5.0  2  0-0  0  6  0.00
Ramirez (sv 14)	1.0  2  1-1  2  1  1.62
 WP- Ramirez. HBP- Mattingly. T-2:45. Att- 3,828.
Raptors Maul Osprey-- Ogden scored seven runs in the first two innings and went on to collect a lucky 13 hits and 13 runs to crush Missoula 13-2 for their seven win of the season.

Right fielder Travis Vetters slugged his team leading 11th home run with catcher Alex Garabedian and first baseman Jaime Ortiz on base in the first inning to get things off on the right foot. Vetters remained tied for the home run lead in the Pioneer League.

They added four in the second on a two-run single by shortstop Jaime Pedroza, Garabedian's RBI grounder and an RBI single by catcher Kenley Jansen. Pedroza added two more runs batted in and scored three runs, boosting his average to .359.

Ogden native Tycen PoVey had his first start in a Raptor uniform. The left fielder finished the night 1 for 4 with a double. Starting pitcher Rod Brantley was credited with the win, his first of the year.

Ogden ran their winning streak to four in a row as center fielder Jovanny Rosario and first baseman Matthew Wallach each added a run batted in for the Raptors who improved to 7-5.

Starter Rod Brantley (1-0) allowed two runs on four hits while fanning four in five innings for his first career victory. Cal Stanke and Jon Haldis added a pair of scoreless innings each to close out the win.

The Raptors aim for a sweep this afternoon in the fourth game of the series.
 Score by Innings
Missoula	001 010 000- 2
Ogden        	340 003 21x-13

 Ogden        	ab r  h  bi ave
Rosario cf	5  1  1  1  .343
Pedroza ss	5  3  2  4  .359
Garabedian dh	3  1  1  1  .232
Ortiz 1b	1  1  1  0  .322
Wallach pr-1b	2  0  1  1  .291
Vetters rf	4  1  1  3  .319
Jansen c	4  1  2  2  .275
Gallagher 3b	5  0  2  0  .298
Povey lf	4  2  1  0  .250
Dalton 2b	4  3  1  0  .267
   Totals	37 13 13 12
   Missoula	35  2  7  2

 2B- Povey (1), Gallagher (7). 3B- Rosario (3). 
HR- Vetters (11). RBI- Ogden 8, Missoula 6. 
SB- Gallagher (1). DP- 2 Wallach and Brantley; 
Pedroza, Dalton and Wallach.

 Ogden 	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Brantley (1-0)	5.0  4  2-2  1  4  3.31
Stanke 	        2.0  1  0-0  1  1  7.60
Haldis        	2.0  2  0-0  0  1  7.66
  HBP- Ortiz, by Brantley, by Stanke. 
T-2:46. Att- 3,228.
GC Dodgers Nail Winning Run at the Plate-- The Coasties took a 5-3 lead into the last of the ninth, then had to beat off a rally that saw left fielder Alfredo Silverio throw the potential winning run out at the plate.

The Dodgers broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth on an RBI double by Joe Becker, a run-scoring ground ball by Lyndon Poole and Pedro Baez's RBI single.

Justin Miller, the Dodgers' No. 6 draft selection, started and allowed a pair of runs over three innings. Jon Dutton earned the win with four shutout innings during which he allowed five hits and struck out four.

Luis Vasquez added a scoreless inning but walked the first two he faced in the ninth before Luis Garcia got the first two out but then allowed three runs. Brandon Tuten finally quelled the wild Marlins, thanks to Silverio's throw, earning Tuten his second save.

The Dodgers were out-hit 11-7 and seven different players had one hit each, with shortstop Joe Becker and catcher Keyter Collado whacking RBI doubles.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	010 100 030 5
Marlins	011 000 002-4

 Dodgers	ab r  h bi ave
Becker ss	4  1  1  1  .301
Bert  cf        2  0  0  0  .150
 Poole ph-cf	1  0  0  1  .169
Silverio lf	4  1  1  0  .362
Lambo rf        2  2  1  0  .316
Baez 3b        	2  0  1  1  .253
Collado c	4  0  1  1  .347
Orr 1b        	4  0  1  0  .262
YGarcia 2b	3  1  1  0  .248
Jacobs dh	2  0  0  0  .309
 JGarcia ph-dh	2  0  0  0  .276
    Totals	30 5  7 4
    Marlins	35 4 11 2

 2B- Collado (5), Becker (9). RBI- Collado (9), 
Becker (15), Poole (13), Baez (20). LOB- Dodgers 
4, Marlins 11. SB- Silverio (5). CS- Bert (2). 
DP- YGarcia, Becker and Orr.

 Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Miller        	3.0  3  2-2  1  1  7.27
Dutton (3-2)	4.0  5  0-0  1  4  4.40
Vasquez 	1.0  0  2-2  2  2  12.27
LGarcia 	0.2  2  0-0  0  0  2.95
Tuten (sv 2)	0.1  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
 WP- Miller. HBP- by Miller. by Dutton. T- 2:55.
DSL Dodgers-- rained out.

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