Noboa Brilliant in Two-Hit Shutout

Las Vegas used a three home run barrage to gain 8-4 win over Colorado Springs. Jacksonville collected but two hits in a 7-0 loss to Montgomery. Inland Empire was thumped 9-2 by Visalia and Helena beat Ogden again 4-2. The DSL Dodgers got a three-hit, 13-strikeout complete game from Pedro Noboa and a 2-0 win. Great Lakes and the Coasties had open dates.

McDougall's HR Streak Reaches Three-- Third baseman Marshall McDougall put on a power display, smacking three home runs in his last three games. The last one came in the seventh inning and iced the 51s 8-4 win in the first game of a doubleheader. The second game was rained out.

The 28-year-old McDougall also has 10 RBIs in his last three games.

The 51s (57-67) had taken a 3-0 lead by scoring in each of the first three innings. Right fielder Wilson Valdez led off with his third homer of the season, catcher Ken Huckaby had an RBI single in the second, and Chin-Lung Hu banged his fifth homer in the third. With the game tied at four in the seventh, a balk allowed the tie-breaking run.

D.J. Houlton started for Vegas and worked the first 3.1 innings, allowing four hits and a single run. Matt Riley retired the only batter he faced and Casey Hoorelbeke took over to get out of the fourth.

Then Hoorelbeke (4-4) was tagged for three runs in the fifth and sixth but picked up the win and Craig Fussell closed it out with a scoreless seventh.

Valdez had three hits, including a double and a homer, and McDougall also doubled and homered. Ken Huckaby singled twice.

The second game will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	111 000 5-8
Col Springs	000 121 0-4

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez rf	4  2  3  1  .335
Abreu ss	3  0  0  0  .344
Hu c        	4  2  1  2  .333
Lindsey 1b	3  1  1  0  .330
McDougall 3b	4  1  2  3  .285
Freeman cf	4  0  0  0  .278
Maza lf        	3  1  1  0  .341
Huckaby c	3  0  2  1  .275
 Ruan ph-cf	1  1  0  0  .289
   Totals 	29 8 10 7
   Colo Springs	26 4  8 4

 2B- Maza (15), McDougall (12), Valdez (17). 
HR- Valdez (33). Hu (5), McDougall (5). 
RBI- Valdez (22), Huckaby (28), Hu 2 (21), 
McDougall 3 (27). S- Houlton. LOB- Las Vegas 
4, Colorado Springs 6. SB- Hu (2). DP- McDougall, 
Hu and Lindsey.

 Las Vegas  	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Houlton        	 3.1  4  1-1  2  1  3.53
Riley        	 0.1  0  0-0  0  0  6.49
Hoorelbeke (4-4) 2.1  4  3-3  2  0  5.90
Fussell	         1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.91
  T- 2:11. Att- 1,937.
Kershaw Rocked, Suns Lose-- Four was the magic, not the lucky, number for Clayton Kershaw who was was tagged for four hits, four runs and issued four walks over his four innings and all of the runs came in the fourth inning as Montgomery collected a 7-0 win.

Outfielder Anthony Raglani got the first Suns hit, a single, in the fifth and catcher A.J. Ellis doubled in the eighth for the only Jacksonville hits.

The Baron's Jake McGee retired 14 consecutive batters before surrendering a Raglani's single. He struck out seven Suns and walked two.

Zach Hammes and Brian Akin finished the game for Jacksonville whose lead over Montgomery in the South Division dropped to two games with 18 left to play.

The Suns are will send right-hander Justin Orenduff (7-4, 4.12) against the Biscuits' Chris Mason (13-4, SL-best 2.50) tonight in the third game of the five-game series.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 000 000-0
Montgomery 	040 001 20x-7

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  0  0  .266
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .296
Howard 2b	4  0  0  0  .309
Concepcion rf-1b2  0  0  0  .249
Dunlap dh	3  0  0  0  .241
Raglani lf	3  0  1  0  .244
Ellis c        	2  0  1  0  .260
Gonzalez ss	3  0  0   0  .297
Rohan 1b	2  0  0  0  .237
 Giles ph-rf	1  0  0  0  .175
   Totals	28 0 2 0
   Montgomery	30 7 7 7

 Error- Gonzalez (10). 2B- Ellis (20). 
LOB- Jacksonville 3, Montgomery 4.

 Jacksonville  	 in  h  r-e bb so  era
Kershaw (0-1)	4.0  4  4-4  4  3  6.48
Hammes	        2.0  1  1-1  1  2  4.50
Akin        	2.0  2  2-2  0  2  4.37
 T-2:16. Att- 2,831.
Sixers Roughed Up by Oaks-- Inland Empire's wild card lead over Rancho Cucamonga slipped to four games after Visalia won the final game of the series 9-2.

An eight-run fifth inning put the game out of reach as Mario Alvarez (5-9) was battered for nine hits and nine runs in his 4.2 innings on the mound. The 66ers bullpen duo of Jordan Pratt and Jacobo Meque combined for 4.1 shut out innings but the hay was in the barn by then.

The Sixers runs came in the eighth inning when center fielder Adam Godwin and second baseman Travis Denker each had RBI singles. They had 10 hits in the game, nine of them singles.
 Score by Innings
Visalia        	010 080 000-9
Inland Empire	000 000 020-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	4  1  2  1  .255
Bell 3b        	4  0  1  0  .087
Denker 2b	4  0  1  1  .301
May dh        	4  0  1  0  .246
Locke rf	4  0  2  0  .292
Gutierrez c	2  0  0  0  .243
Lopez ph-c	2  0  1  0  .188
Mitchell 1b	4  0  1  0  .254
De Jesus ss	4  1  1  0  .280
Rogowski lf	4  0  0  0  .256
   Totals	36 2 10 2
   Visalia	37 9 14 8

 Error- De Jesus (27), Pratt (3), Locke (4).  
2B- Mitchell (28). RBI- Godwin (22), Denker 
(52). LOB- Inland Empire 7, Vasalia 6.

 Inland Empire 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (5-9)	4.2  10  9-7  3  2  5.84
Pratt        	3.1   4  0-0  0  4  6.81
Meque        	1.0   0  0-0  0  1  5.21
 WP- Alvarez (2), Pratt 2. HBP- by Alvarez.
T- 2:49. Att- 1,877.
Great Lakes-- open date.

Ogden Dropping Out of Contention-- Just as happened in the first half, Ogden finds the second portion of the Pioneer League season slip, sliding away. The Raptors fell to Helena 4-2 Wednesday, their fourth straight defeat. That puts them at 7-9 for the half, three games behind first-place Idaho Falls.

The Raptors counted both their runs in the third inning when Erik Kanaby singled home one, moved up on a balk, then came around on a Jaime Pedroza hit.

Kris Krise (1-4) held the Brewers in check until the fifth when they scored three times to take control. He wound up going five in which he gave up six hits.

Travis Vetters continued his hot hitting for Ogden with a double and single while Austin Gallagher added two hits.--Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Helena	000 030 010-4
Ogden	002 0000 000-2

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .332
Kanaby lf	4  1  1  1  .263
Pedroza ss	4  0  1  1  .372
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .305
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .239
Wallach dh	2  0  0  0  .281
Herrera ph-dh	1  0  0  0  .280
Vetters rf	4  0  2  0  .326
Gallagher 3b	3  1  2  0  .297
Fuller 2b	3  0  1  0  .235
   Totals	33 2 8 2
   Helena	30 4 9 4

 2B- Garabedian (5), Gallagher (8), Vetters (8). 
RBI- Kanaby (9), Pedroza (30). S- Fuller. 
LOB- Ogden 7, Helena 5. DP- Gallagher, Fuller 
and Ortiz: Pedroza, Fuller and Ortiz; Fuller, 
Pedroza and Ortiz.

 Ogden 	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Krise (1-4)	5.0  6  3  3  1  2  7.41
Stanke	        3.0  2  1-1  1  2  7.23
Gearhart	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.15
 WP- Stanke. HBP- Wallach, by Krise 2; by Stanke. T- 2:42. Att- 3,378.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- open date.

Noboa Sparkles in Win-- Pedro Noboa gave the Gulf Coast Dodgers the pitching performance of the season as he went the distance, blanking the Royals on three hits, 2-0. However, the first-place Giants also won, keeping the Dodgers three off the pace with just eight days left in the season.

Noboa, a righthander who celebrated his 21st birthday five days before, struck out 13 while walking only two in his nine-inning effort, a rarity in this league. The win was the fifth in succession for the Dodgers while Noboa ran his personal record to 3-2.

The Dodgers, now 38-23, got their first run in the second inning when Jose Arias doubled and scored on a Pablo Brito single. Two Royals errors in the sixth handed them their other tally.

Arias added a triple as the only Dodger with two hits. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	010 001 000-2
Royals	000 000 000-0

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  0  0  .214
Guerrero ss	4  1  0  0  .294
Jean 3b        	3  0  0  0  .268
Gonzales 1b	4  0  0  0  .222
Arias lf	4  1  2  0  .210
Brito dh	4  0  1  1  .227
Tavarez c	2  0  0  0  .230
Vallalobos c	2  0  0  0  .247
Ovando rf	3  0  1  0  .127
Aviles cf	2  0  1  0  .240
   Totals	31 2 5 1
   Royals	30 0 3 0

 Error- Ynoa (15), Tavarez (4), Noboa 2 (2). 
2B- Arias (7), Ovando (2). 3B- Arias (2). 
RBI- Brito (8). S- Ynoa. LOB- Dodgers 5, 
Royals 5. SB- Guerrero (8), Gonzalez (5). 
CS- Brito (1), Ovando (3).

 Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Noboa (3-2)	9.0  3  0-0  2  13  1.07
 T- 2:28.

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