McDonald, Wall Sparkle for Suns, Loons

Las Vegas smacked Colorado Springs and Jacksonville topped Montgomery. Inland Empire had one slip away, losing to Visalia and Great Lakes pasted Cedar Rapids. Helena tripped Ogden, the GC Dodgers lost to the Mets and the Dominican Dodgers topped the Red Sox.

McDougall Leads 51s-- Third baseman Marshall McDougall went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs to sap a five-game losing streak and spark Las Vegas past Colorado Springs, 10-4.

The 28-year-old third baseman banged a two-run homer in the fifth, a run-scoring single in the first and added RBI doubles in the eighth and ninth. It was his fourth four-hit game of his career and first since May 18, 2003 while playing for Double-A Frisco.

Starter Miguel Pinango (8-7) surrendered four runs on 10 hits while striking out five in six innings. Rick Bauer fanned five over three perfect innings for his second save.

John Lindsey went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and scored twice, and Tony Abreu, back in action after a long layoff with an undisclosed stomach ailment, scored three times as the 51s (56-67) snapped a five-game losing streak.

Las Vegas starter Miguel Pinango (8-7) surrendered four runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings. Rick Bauer fanned five in three perfect frames for his second save.
 
Score by Innings 
Las Vegas	101 030 023-10 
Colo Springs	000 121 000- 4 

Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi ave 
Valdez lf	4  2  1  0  .329 
Abreu 2b	4  3  2  1  .250 
Hu ss    	5  0  1  0  .336 
Lindsey 1b	4  2  3  2  .330 
Mcdougall 3b	5  3  4  5  .280 
Freeman cf	5  0  2  1  .282 
Moeller c	3  0  2  1  .667 
Ruan rf    	5  0  0  0  .291 
Pinango p	3  0  0  0  .111 
 Bauer p	1  0  0  0  .333 
   Totals	39 10 15 10 
   CSprings	35  4 10  4 

 Error- Freeman (4). 2B- Freeman 2 (13), Lindsey 2 
(16), McDougall 2 (11), Abreu (12). HR- McDougall (4). 
RBI- McDougall 5 (24), Lindsey 2 (65), Moeller (1), 
Abreu (14), Freeman (45). LOB- Las Vegas 7, Colorado 
Springs 6. 

Las Vegas  	 in  h  r-er bb so  era 
Pinango (8-7)	6.0 10  4-4  1  5  4.20 
Bauer (sv,2)	3.0  0  0-0  0  5  3.80 
 T- 3:39. Att- 5,610. 
McDonald Leads Suns-- James McDonald won his sixth game against a single loss, holding Montgomery to a pair of hits, two runs and adding nine strikeouts as Jacksonville earned a 7-2 decision.

The 22-year-old right-hander surrendered a two-run homer in the sixth inning and now has an earned run average of 1.40.

McDonald has given up only six earned runs over 38.2 innings in seven starts for the Suns since arriving from Inland Empire where he went 6-7 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 appearances.

Reliever Greg Miller struck out two in a perfect seventh, and Mark Alexander added two scoreless innings and fanned four to close it out.

Kevin Howard banged out two doubles and a solo homer in five at-bats as Jacksonville (32-19) extended its lead in the Southern League's South Division to three games over Montgomery (29-22).

First baseman Cory Dunlap added a solo homer, his seventh, and outfielder James Tomlin went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Suns.
 
Score by Innings 
Jacksonville	120 022 000-7 
Montgomery 	000 002 000-2 

Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave 
Tomlin cf	3  2  2  1  .271 
DeWitt 3b	5  1  2  1  .306 
Howard 2b	5  1  3  2  .316 
Concepcion rf	4  0  1  1  .251 
Dunlap dh	5  1  1  1  .243 
Raglani lf	5  1  1  0  .243 
Ellis c    	3  1  0  0  .259 
Gonzalez ss	3  0  1  0  .300 
Rohan 1b	4  0  1  1  .241 
   Totals	37 7 12 7 
   Montgomery	38 2  2 2 

 2B- Tomlin (17), Howard 2 (11).3B- DeWitt (1). 
HR- Howard (6), Dunlap (7). RBI- Concepcion (52), 
Rohan (18), Tomlin (25), Howard 2 (23), Dunlap 
(51), DeWitt (13). SF- Tomlin. LOB- Jacksonville 
9, Montgomery 9. DP- Ellis and Howard. 

 Jacksonville  	 in  h  r-er bb so  era 
McDonald (6-1)	6.0  2  2-2  3  9  1.40 
Miller    	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.70 
Alexander	2.0  0  0-0  0  4  4.50 
HBP- by McDonald, Concepcion. T-2:30. Att- 2,487. 
Sixers Let One Slip Away-- Inland Empire blew saves in both the eighth and ninth innings an let Visalia get away with a 6-5 win.

Lefty Marlon Arias, The 66ers team leader in wins and complete games, allowed only four hits over six innings pitched, but three of the hits were long ones: two solo home runs and a triple. He left the game tied 2-2 after Inland Empire tied the game with two unearned runs on a two-out double by Lucas May and a fielding error.

They added their final two runs in the eighth on Ryan Rogowski's sac fly and a passed ball, giving them a 5-3 lead entering the ninth.

Francisco Felix surrendered a run in the seventh and added a scoreless eighth before Carlos Alvarez (1-2) took over and picked up the loss and a blown save, allowing three earned runs on a game tying, two-run home run, and an RBI double in the ninth inning.

May and Russell Mitchell each had two hits in five at-bats with a run and a run batted in. Adam Godwin went two-for-four, reaching base four times on a walk, adding a stolen base plus some nice catches in center field.
 
Score by Innings 
Visalia	        010 100 013-6 
Inland Empire	000 002 120-5 

Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave 
Godwin cf	4  1  2  0  .251 
Denker 2b	5  0  0  0  .301 
Bell 3b    	5  0  0  0  .053 
May c    	5  1  2  1  .246 
Locke rf	4  1  1  0  .289 
Mitchell 1b	5  1  2  1  .254 
Gutierrez dh	2  1  0  0  .246 
Hunt ss	        2  0  1  1  .285 
Rogowski lf	2  0  0  1  .258 
   Totals	29 5 8 4 
   Visalia	34 6 9 5 

 Error- Hunt (4). 2B- May (19). RBI- Mitchell (64), 
Hunt (24), May (80). Rogowski (43). S- Hunt. 
SF- Rogowski. LOB- Inland Empire 10, Visalia 4. 
SB- Godwin (16). DP- Denker, hunt and Mitchell. 

 Inland Empire 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era 
Arias    	6.0  4  2-2  0  3  5.48 
Felix    	2.0  1  1-1  1  0  5.37 
Alvarez (1-2) 	1.0  4  3-3  0  1  4.91 
 WP- Arias, Felix 2, Alvarez 2. 
T- 3:09. Att- 1,902. 
Wall Sharp in 5-3 Win-- Starter Josh Wall pitched 5.1 scoreless innings and shortstop Juan Rivera added his third home run, a two-run shot and Great Lakes defeated Cedar Rapids 5-3 to take three of four games in the series.

Wall (6-9) allowed only five hits and Blake Brannon followed with 1.1 innings of perfect relief. Arismendy Castillo allowed three runs, one earned, over the next three innings and Miguel Ramirez loaded the bases but nailed it down with his 15th save.

The Loons scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings.  Rivera then added his second homer of the road trip in the seventh inning, scoring Trayvon Robinson and giving the Loons a 5-0 lead.

Second baseman Preston Mattingly, first baseman Eduardo Perez, third baseman Brian Mathews and Robinson each had a pair of hits. <

The Loons activated 1B/OF James Peterson from the disabled list and placed 1B Rick Taloa on the DL with a strained left quad.

The Loons finish the season 6-2 against the Kernels. It was only the second series win for the Loons in the second half of the season. After an off day they return home for the first of a two game series against the Dayton Dragons. 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	110 100 200-6
Cedar Rapids	000 000 030-3

 Great Lakes	ab r h bi ave
Mattingly 2b	4 0 2 0 .219
Rivera ss	5 2 1 2 .257
Berezay lf	4 0 0 0 .278
Perez 1b	5 0 2 0 .320
Mathews 3b	4 2 2 0 .450
Peterson dh	3 0 0 0 .289
Van Slyke rf	4 0 0 0 .259
Apodaca c	4 0 1 1 .232
Robinson cf	4 1 2 0 .247
  Totals	37 5 10 3
  Cedar Rapids	35 3 9 1

 Error- Perez (8), Rivera (9). 3B- Mattingly (6). 
HR- Rivera (3). RBI- Apodaca (23), Rivera 2 (13). 
S- Mattingly. LOB- Great Lakes 9, Cedar Rapids 11. 
CS- Perez (5). DP- Rivera, Mattingly and Perez.

 Great Lakes 	 in h r-er bb so era
Wall (6-9)	5.2 5 0-0 2 3 4.30
Brannon 	1.1 0 0-0 0 0 8.38
Castillo 	0.1 2 3-1 1 1 5.42
Ramirez (sv,15)1.2 2 0-0 1 2 1.57
 HBP- by Wall. T- 2:53. Att- 2,578.
Vetters Heroics Fails Raptors-- Again-- Travis Vetters was named the Pioneer League Player of the Week and he showed why but once again a strong batting performance didn't result in an Ogden victory as Eric Farris stole the show with a two-run homer in the ninth to allow Helena to top the Raptors 7-5 Tuesday.

Vetters drove in four runs with his 12th homer and a triple but the Farris blast off Johnny Caraballo (1-2) dropped the Raptors below .500 at 7-8 and into third place in their division, two games behind leading Idaho Falls and one back of second-place Orem.

Vetters tripled in the first to drive in two runs and his homer came in the fourth with one on. Eric Kanaby had a double and single for Ogden.

Starter Michael Gardner went six innings in which he gave up eight hits and five runs, only three earned. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Helena	301 001 002-7
Ogden	300 200 000-6

 Ogden 	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  1  1  0  .338
Kanaby lf	5  1  2  0  .263
Pedroza ss	3  1  1  1  .375
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .313
Jansen c	3  1  0  0  .256
Vetters rf	4  1  2  4  .320
Gallagher dh	3  0  0  0  .288
Fuller 3b	3  0  1  0  .232
Dalton 2b	4  0  1  0  .263
   Totals 	32 5  8 5
   Helena	37 7 11 5

 Error- Pedroza 2 (15), Gardner (2), Jansen (1). 
2B- Kanaby (3), 3B- Vetters (2). HR- Vetters (12). 
RBI- Pedroza (29), Vetters 4 (33). S- Fuller. 
LOB- Ogden 8, Helena 7. DP- Pedroza, Dalton and Ortiz.

 Ogden 	         in  h  r-r bb so  era
Gardner	        6.0  8  5-3  3  5  3.88
Kutz         	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.42
Caraballo (1-2)	1.0  2  2-2  0  1  5.29
 HBP- Pedroza; by Caraballo. T- 2:49. Att- 3,068.
Coasties Thump Pedro But Lose-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers versus Pedro Martinez. Luxembourg versus the German Wermacht? Adam Sandler versus Robin Williams in a battle of comic wit?

When the Met management first discovered that the already legendary righthander was to make a rehab start in a Gulf Coast game, they immediately thought "Profit!" and announced the game would be switched from the practice fields at their St. Lucie base and a $5 admission charge would be assessed.

A public outcry ensued which prompted the withdrawal of the admission charge but it was played at Tradition Stadium and the concessions stands were opened so they could make SOME money out of his appearance.

Except for one brief shining moment by a fellow Dominican, the results were rather predictable as Martinez rather easily outmatched his youthful foes. The final results was, for sure, a Mets victory although the 7-6 margin was more a result of the faltering of Dodger starter Eric Thompson than Martinez mastery.

For three innings the Mets' fabled righthander matched zeroes with Thompson but in the top of the fourth, the tiring Martinez faltered. He disposed of the first batter as he had all that preceded him but Curt Bradley singled up the middle to become the first runner. Another out, then a walk to Andrew Lambo and then Martinez hung a curve and Pedro Baez and sent it over the fence in left for a three-run rip. It was Baez' third of the season and, probably, one he'll talk about the rest of his life.

Still another Dominican, Keyter Collado, followed with a single before Pedro remembered who he was and struck out Kyle Orr. He retired, having pitched four innings in which he allowed three hits, three runs, walked one while striking out four.

He also left with the Dodgers up 3-0 but the Mets took care of that in the bottom of the fourth by assaulting Thompson (2-1) for five runs They went on to hang a run apiece on Kelvin Domingez and Michael Watt and hold on for the win.

After Martinez left, the Dodger bats not surprisingly stirred. Joe Becker had a double and single while Collado added another hit and Alfredo Silverio chipped in with two of his own but the Dodgers never could catch up. They're now 32-14 and retain their 8 1/2 game lead over the Cards who didn't have to face Martinez but were shut out anyway by the Nationals.--Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	000 310 101-6
Mets	000 510 10x-7

 Dodgers	b r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	5  1  2  0  .302
Bradley lf	4  2  1  0  .268
Silverio cf	5  0  2  3  .382
Lambo rf	3  1  0  0  .313
Baez 3b        	5  1  1  3  .263
Collado c	4  0  2  0  .338
Orr dh        	3  0  0  0  .250
JGarcia 2b	4  1  1  0  .290
Jacobs 1b	4  0  0  0  .263
   Totals	37 6  9 6
   Mets	       32 7 11 7

 Error- Jacobs (1).2B- Becker (10, Silverio (9). 
HR- Baez (3). RBI- Baez 3 (29), Silverio 3 (37). 
LOB- Dodgers 8, Mets 11. DP- Jacobs; Baez, JGarcia 
and Jacobs.

 Dodgers  	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Thompson (2-1)	3.1  5  5-5  5  2  2.93
Dominguez	1.0  1  1-0  2  3  1.69
Watt        	2.2  4  1-1  2  4  3.77
Perez         	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.30
 HBP- Lambo.
Rare Mistake Helps DSL Dodgers-- Catcher's interference seems to be called about once every decade but it set the stage for a Dominican Dodger rally that ultimately allowed them to move a game closer in the race for the division title as they capitalized on Red Sox mistakes for two ninth-inning runs and a 6-4 victory.

Pedro Guerrero, who finally broke his long slump with a double and single, led off the ninth in a 4-4 tie and was awarded first when the catcher tipped his swing. He then beat the throw to second from deep short when Adrian Aviles hit a grounder. Sox pitcher Victor de la Cruz tried a pickoff but threw wildly and when the return throw also went wild, both runners scored.

The win coupled with a loss by the division-leading Giants left the Dodgers three back at 37-23.

Starter Geison Aguasviva was reached for three runs in four innings but converted infielder Charlie Mirabal held the Sox scoreless for two innings in his pitching debut. Carlos Frias, (6-2) normally a starter, was brought in only to give up a run in the eighth but turned the Sox away into the bottom of the ninth for the win. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
 Dodgers	100 001 202-6
 Red Sox	210 000 010-4

 Dodgers 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ynoa 2b        	5  0  0  0  .218
Guerrero 3b	3  3  2  0  .301
Jean ss        	1  0  1  0  .272
 Aybar ph-ss	2  2  0  0  .160
gonzalez 1b	4  0  1  1  .229
Arias lf	4  0  1  0  .204
Villalobos c	2  0  0  0  .253
Aviles rf	5  0  1  0  .236
Bens dh        	3  0  0  0  .210
Castillo cf	4  1  1  0  .207
   Totals	33 6 7 1
   Red Sox	34 4 7 3

 2B- Guerrero (9), Castillo (4), Arias (6). 
RBI- Gonzalez (16). LOB- Dodgers 10, Red Sox 
9. CS- Bens (1).

 Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb os  era
Aguasviva	5.0  4  3-3  2  5  1.35
Mirabal        	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
Frias (6-2)	2.0  2  1-1  3  3  2.06
 WP- Aguasviva 2. HBP- Villalobos. T- 2:43.

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