Coasties Clinch Gulf Coast League Pennant

Juan Bustabad's Gulf Coast Dodgers dumped the Nationals 14-4 to win their second consecutive pennant. Despite John Shoemaker's birthday, Jacksonville lost to Montgomery. Lake Elsinore beat Inland Empire and Great Lakes was overwhelmed by South Bend. Bobby Blevins gave up one hit as Ogden dominated Missoula. Baseball and Hurricane Dean don't mix and the DSL Dodgers were rained out.

Gulf Coast Dodgers Repeat-- When the Gulf Coast Dodgers started the season with a nine-game win streak they obviously seemed to be the class of the East Division. There really was little doubt of that the rest of the way and they clinched the title for the second staright season under Juan Bustabad with an emphatic 14-4 pounding of the Nationals.

The victory left the 35-14 Dodgers nine games ahead of the Marlins with just seven left to play so they can celebrtate the division crown they always felt would be theirs and plan for the playoffs.

A second straight big day at the plate by Andrew Lambo led the way for the Dodgers. Lambo, who had four hits in the previous game, added three more in this one including a double. Amaury Guzman ripped two hits while Alfredo Silverio tripled with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth when the Dodgers scored six times just to be sure. Silverio wound up with four RBI for his day's work.

Seventh-round draft pick Danny Danielson (1-1) won his first game as a pro by going five innings in which he gave up only four hits and two runs. The Nats got to Luis Garcia for the other two runs but Eduardo Perez turned them away in the final two. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	        110 120 306-14
Nationals	200 000 200- 4

Dodgers	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	6  1  1  1  .299
Guzman cf	6  1  1  0  .232
Silverio lf	5  2  1  4  .362
Lambo rf	6  2  3  1  .340
Baez 3b        	3  2  0  0  .266
YGarcia 2b	2  3  0  0  .252
Orr 1b        	2  1  1  3  .244
Guzman dh	4  1  2  2  .260
Martin c	3  1  0  0  .214
   Totals	32 14  9 11
   Nationals	35  4 10  4

 2B- Lambo (14). 3B- Silverio (2). RBI- Becker (19), 
Guzman 2 (10), Silverio 4 (41), Lambo (27), Orr 3 (17). 
LOB- Dodgers 8, Nationals 6. SB- YGarcia (3). 
CS- Guzman (1), Orr (1). DP- YGarcia and Orr.

   Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Danielson (1-1)	5.0  4  2-2  0  5  2.41
LGarcia        	2.0  3  2-2  1  3  3.47
Perez        	2.0  3  0-0  0  1  3.78
 WP-- LGarcia. Balk- Perez. HBP- Orr, Baez 2. 
T- 3:18.
Beavers Bite Vegas-- Portland scored two in the eighth to gain a 4-2 win over Las Vegas. Reliever Rick Bauer (0-2) surrendered the runs and was tagged with the loss, a lossthat eliminated , the 51s from playoff contention.

Las Vegas (58-70) squandered numerous scoring opportunities. They loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth and seventh and scored only one run in those innings.

Portland scored twice in the third for the Beavers (51-76) to take a 2-1 lead after third baseman Marshall McDougall had put the 51s on the board with his sixth homer of the season in the second.

McDougall added a double and a single before the game ended. Shortstop Wilson Valdez singled twice.

Las Vegas starter William Juarez surrendered two runs, one earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts before leaving in the sixth. Eric Hull, just back from Los Angeles, held the Beavers in check, handing Bauer the 2-2 tie in the eighth.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	010 001 000-2
Portland	002 000 02x-4

 Las  Vagas	ab r  h  bi ave
Valdez ss-3b	5  0  2  0  .342
Abreu 2b	5  0  1  0  .342
Young rf	5  1  1  0  .338
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  0  .329
Ruan rf-lf	1  0  0  0  .286
McDougall 3b-1b	3  1  3  1  .292
Maza lf	        2  0  0  1  .335
Bauer p	        0  0  0  0  .333
Deeman cf	3  0  0  0  .274
Huckaby c	4  0  0  0  .273
Juarez p	3  0  1  0  .091
 Hull p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Hu ph-ss	1  0  0  0  .319
   Totals	36 2  9 2
   Portland	33 4 11 4

 Error- Juarez (1), Young (2). 2B- Abrey (14), 
McDougall (13).  HR- Mcdougall (6).SF- Maza. 
LOB- Las  Vagas 11, Portland 11.

 Las  Vagas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Juarez	        5.1  8  2-1  2  4  5.44
Hull        	1.2  1  0-0  0  3  2.76
Bauer (0-2)	1.0  2  2-2  2  1  4.38
 HBP- Maza. T-3:01. Att- 8,651.
Six-Run Second Stops Loons-- Great Lakes starter Joey Norrito (7-4)was shelled for five hits and six runs in the second inning, capped by a grand slam home run, and Montgomery rudely spoiled manager John Shoemaker's birthday with a 12-2 win. The Barons collected 19 hits off five Jacksonville pitchers.

The loss cut a the Suns Southern Division lead to a single game with only 15 games left on the second half schedule.

Outfielder Anthony Raglani slugged his 20th homer in the second inning to open a short-lived 2-0 Suns lead. He also added a single. Outfielder Xavier Paul singled twice and a third outfielder, Tommy Giles, smacked a double.

The Suns have today off, then return to action Monday against Mississippi in Jacksonville. The Suns will send 19-year-old left-hander Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 6.48) to face the Braves.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	020 000 000- 2
Montgomery	060 102 00x-12

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Howrad 2b	4  0  0  0  .304
Gonzalez ss	4  0  0  0  .288
Dunlap 1b	2  0  0  0  .236
Giles rf	2  0  1  0  .180
Ellis 1b	3  1  0  0  .261
Raglani lf	4  1  2  2  .261
Concepcion rf-1b-c	
                4  0  0  0  .240
Paul dh        	4  0  2  0  .294
Tomlin cf	4  0  1  0  .254
Nicholson 3b	3  0  1  0  .207
   Totals	34  2  7  2
   Montgomery	43 12 19 11

 Error- Howard (5), Concepcion (9). 2B- Giles (2). 
HR- Raglani (20). LOB- Jacksonville, Montgomery 13. 
DP- Ellis and Concepcion.

 Jacksonville  	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Norrito (7-4)	1.2  5  6-6  1  2  3.93
Ojeda	        3.0  7  4-4  5  1  5.55
Hammes	        1.1  3  2-1  0  2  4.53
Troncoso	1.0  2  0-0  0  0  3.14
Alexander	1.0  2  0-0  0  1  4.42
 WP- Ojeda, Troncoso. HBP- Ellis. T-2:47. Att- 6,522.
Another Seven-Run Inning Hurts Sixers-- Lake Elsinore used a seven run fifth inning to take a 13-4 decision from Inland Empire. It was the second time in the series the Quakes tapped Sixer pitching for seven.

The 66ers overcame an early 2-0 deficit, scoring once in the second and three in the third but the lead lasted only until the big fifth inning.

Catcher Esteban Lopez had his first triple of his career and a sacrifice fly. Center fielder Adam Godwin hit a two-run double and second baseman Shane Justis had an RBI double in the brief burst, but Inland Empire was unable to dent the scoreboard the rest of the game.

Starter Jesus Castillo (5-9) picked up the loss, allowing eight hits and six runs before leaving in the fifth. Carlos Alvarez was treated just as roughly, surrendering six runs in 2.2 innings. Jordan Pratt gave up a run in his two innings and, on the bright side, the three pitchers combined to strike out 13 but they walked 10.

Left fielder Jamie Hoffman was the only Sixer with more than one hit and he added his 18th solen base in the bargain.

The 66ers dropped two games behind the Storm for the top wild card spot, and are five games ahead of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for the final wildcard spot.

Inland Empire will play the final game of the four game series against the Lake Elsinore Storm this evening.
 Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	110 071 201-13
Inland Empire	001 300 000- 4

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	3  0  1  2  .269
Justis 2b	3  0  1  1  .307
May dh        	3  0  0  0  .245
Bell 3b        	4  0  0  0  .167
Locke rf	4  0  0  0  .287
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  0  .263
De Jesus ss	3  1  0  0  .278
Lopez c	        3  1  1  1  .211
   Totals	30  4  6  4
   Lk Elsinore  41 13 15 12

 2B- Justis (14). 3B- Lopez (1). RBI Justis (42), 
Lopez (2), Godwin 2 (25). SF- Lopez. LOB- Inland 
Empire 5, Lake Elsinore 12. SB- Hoffmann (18).

 Inland Empire 	         in  h  r-er  bb so  era
JCastillo (5-9)	        4.1  8  6-6  3  4  4.72
Alvarez c        	2.2  6  6-6  3  5  6.85
Pratt        	        2.0  1  1-1  4  4  6.75
 WP- Farris, Pratt. HBP- by Faris 2. 
T-3:08. Att- 3,549.
Loons Beat Rain, Lose Game-- Great Lakes and South Bend were held up over two hours by rain, then the Loons pitching staff stumbled in a 9-1 loss.

Paul Coleman (2-4) started for Great Lakes and went only two innings allowing four hits and three runs in picking up his fourth loss of the season. Newly-activated Garrett White pitched a scoreless inning in relief and Arismendy Castillo allowed four runs in as many innings. Miguel Sanfler also struggled.

Second baseman Juan Apodaca singled twice and doubled and center fielder Trayvon Robinson added a pair of singles and the only RBI of the game.

The Loons conclude their two-game series with the SilverHawks and right-hander Steven Johnson will get the start.
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 100-1
South Bend	300 022 02x-9

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .217
Berezay dh	4  0  1  0  .278
Mathews 3b	3  0  0  0  .375
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .314
Gonzalez lf	3  0  1  0  .292
Peterson rf	4  0  0  0  .283
Apodaca c	4  1  3  0  .244
Lizrraga ss	4  0  1  0  .268
Robinson cf	4  0  2  1  .247
   Totals	34 1  9 1
   South Bend	31 9 12 9

 Error- Peterson (4). 2B- Gonzalez (18), Apodaca 
(2). RBI- Robinson (28). LOB- Great Lakes 8, South 
Bend 8. DP- mattingly, Lizarraga and Perez.

 Great Lakes 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Coleman (2-4)	2.0  4  3-3  1  0  5.02
GWhite         	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  3.04
ACastillo       4.0  7  4-4  2  4  5.59
Sanfler        	1.0  1  2-2  3  1  5.60
  WP- Sanfler 2. HBP- by White. T-2:26. 
Att- 2,296.
Blevins Misses No-Hitter-- When it comes to ending a long losing streak, Ogden's Bobby Blevins and Matt Sartor made sure it was done in a most dramatic fashion as the twosome combined for a near no-hitter, topping Missoula 7-0.

Only a bloop double by Chance Wheeless in the sixth inning off Blevins denied the no-no which put an end to a six-game skid for the Raptors. And, as far as Blevins is concerned, it should have been called foul, it was that close.

"I thought it was foul and my catcher (Alex Garabedian) thought it was, too," said Blevins afterwards, although he admitted he didn't have a good view. "It is what it is," he concluded philosphically.

Blevins (3-2), the Dodgers' 13th-round pick in June's draft, retired after six in which he walked only one while striking out six. Sartor, a free agent signee, took over and retired all of the nine men he faced for his second save.

Raptor hitters made a statement of their own as well. Jovanny Rosario, Erik Kanaby, Garabedian, Kenley Jansen, and Travis Vetters all had two hits with one of Vetters, a three-base knock. Jaime Ortiz sent his seventh homer out in the sixth with the bases empty.

Blevins, who said he started thinking about a no-hitter going into the sixth, declared, "I felt great. Breaking our losing streak was all the incentive I needed. Now we need to go on a winning streak."

The Raptors finished the night with an 8-11 record, four back in their division. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Ogden	        001 104 010-7
Missoula	000 000 000-0

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  2  1  .327
Kanaby lf	4  0  2  1  .276
Pedroza s	5  0  1  0  .361
Oriz 1b        	5  1  1  1  .293
Garabedian c	5  2  2  0  .262
Jansen dh	5  1  2  1  .259
Vetters rf	3  2  2  0  .324
Gallagher 3b	4  0  1  1  .285
Fuller 2b	3  1  1  1  .261
   Totals       31 7 14 6
   Missoula	27 0  1 0

 2B- Fuller (10), Garabedian (7), Jansen (4), 
Pedroza (17). 3B- Vetters (3). HR- Ortiz (10). 
RBI- Kanaby (11), Ortiz (27), Jansen (14), 
Gallagher (17), Fuller (9), Rosario (28). 
S- Rosario. SF- Fuller. LOB- Ogden 8, Missoula 
1. DP- Ortiz.

 Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Blevins (3-2)	6.0  1  0-0  1  6  3.35
Sartor (sv2)	3.0  0  0-0  0  6  1.46
 HBP- Vetters. T- 2:28. Att- 1,943.
DSL Dodgers Hurricaned Out --Hurricane Dean brushed by the Dominican Republic so the Dodgers, quite naturally, didn't play.

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