Young's Four Hits Stop Portland

Las Vegas topped Portland and Inland Empire beat Lake Elsinore. The GC East Division champion Dodgers dropped one to the Mets but Jupiter, the god of weather and in this case particularly rain, was the big winner, washing out games involving Great Lakes and Ogden, while Jacksonville took the day off.

Young Drives Las Vegas Win-- Six of the first eight Las Vegas batters singled in the first inning and right fielder Delwyn Young, first baseman John Lindsey, third baseman Marshall McDougall and center fielder Choo Freeman added RBIs as Las Vegas (59-70) topped Portland 6-3.

Young, who went 4-for-5 and knocked in a run in the first, added a double and scored twice. McDougall went 3-for-5 with a double and Chin-Lung Hu added two hits, including a solo homer in the ninth, his seventh with the 51s.

Handed a four-run lead, starter Miguel Pinango quickly gave most of it back by the fourth inning, leaving the with two out and a 4-3 margin. Starter Miguel Pinango gave up three runs on six hits while fanning three and walking three in 3 2/3 frames. 51s reliever Jonathan Meloan (2-0) allowed one hit and struck out two in 2.1 innings to earn the win. Chris Fussell pitched two shutout innings before Eric Hull recorded the final two outs for his 11th save.

With the loss, the Beavers were eliminated from postseason play. Former Dodger minor leaguer Adrian Burnside allowed a run on two hits in two innings.?

The teams play again in Portland at 7:05 tonight.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	400 000 101-6
Portland	100 200 000-3

 Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez lf-ss	4  1  0  0  .338
Abreu ss	2  1  1  0  .344
 Ruan ph-lf	2  0  0  0  .283
Hu 2b        	5  2  2  1  .322
Lindsey 1b	5  0  1  1  .326
Young rf	5  2  4  1  .344
McDougall 3b  	5  0  3  1  .301
Moeller c	4  0  1  1  .444
Freeman cf	3  0  1  1  .275
Pinango p	2  0  0  0  .103
 Meloan p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Fussell p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Hull p	        0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	40 6 13 13
   Portland	33 3  8  3

 2B- McDougall (14), Young (45). HR- Hu (7). 
RBI- Lindsey (67), Young (80), McDougall (29), 
Freeman (46), Moeller (2), Hu (24). LOB- Las 
Vegas 10, Portland 11. DP- Valdez and Lindsey; 
Hull, Valdez and Lindsey.

Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango	        3.2  6  3-3  3  3  4.31
Meloan (2-0)	2.1  1  0-0  1  2  2.20
Fussell        	2.1  1  0-0  3  2  4.41
Hull (sv 11)	0.2  0  0-0  0  0  2.73
 HBP- by Pinango; Abreu. T-3:16. Att- 6,708.
Jacksonville-- open date.

Loons Go Long in Win-- In a game that saw 10 extra base hits, Inland Empire smacked six of them and stopped Lake Elsinore 7-5.

First baseman Russell Mitchell slugged a home run (#18) in the fourth while catcher Lucas May added one in the bottom of the fifth, his 24th of the season. 

A walk and a home run gave Lake Elsinore a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.  Inland Empire came back with a run on third baseman Josh Bell's sac fly and the Loons added two in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The final two runs came on an error and a steal of home by Bridger Hunt.  

Alberto Bastardo (5-5) and after the two-run homer in the first didn't allow another hit until the sixth inning.  The lefty struck out seven while walking two while picking up his fifth win.  

Kyle Wilson struggled to close out the game. He allowed a double and a pair of singles to open the inning, then retired the next three in a row to earn his 13 th save of the season. 

Inland Empire has an open date today before heading to High Desert for three games. 
 Score by innings
Lk Elsinore	200 000 201-5
Inland Empire	100 222 00x-7

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  0  1  0  .255
Justis dh	3  2  1  0  .307
May c	        4  1  2  2  .247
Bell 3b	        3  1  1  1  .179
Denker 2b	4  0  1  0  .297
Hoffman cf	4  0  1  0  .308
Mitchell 1b	4  1  2  2  .265
De Jesus ss	3  1  1  0  .278
Hunt rf	        3  1  1  0  .285
  Totals	33 7 11 5
  LkElsinore	34 5  7 5

 2B- De Jesus (18), Mitchell (31), Hunt (9).
3b- Bell (1). HR- Mitchell (18), May (24).
RBI- Bell (6), Mitchell 2 (69), May 2 (83).
SF- Bell. SB- Rogowski (34), Hunt (10). CS-
Mitchell (5). LOB- Inland Empire 5, Lake 
Elsinore 5.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (5-5)	6.0  2  2-2  2  7  4.80
JRodriguez	1.0  1  2-2  1  2  3.06
Menque	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  5.19
Wilson (sv 13)	1.0  3  1-1  0  3  1.20
 T- 2:40. Att- 2,009.
Great Lakes-- Rained out. Information on a makeup is still to be determined.

Ogden-- Rained out. The game will be made up on Monday night as part of a double-header. Michael Gardner (5-4) will get the start in game one against RJ Seidel (3-0). The second game will feature Kris Krise (1-4) for Ogden versus Bobby Bramhall (3-0).

Mets Thrash Dodgers-- Now that the Gulf Coast Dodgers have clinched matters in the East Division, who could blame them if they relaxed? They certainly looked like that was happening as they had their worst outing of the season, being raked over by the Mets, 11-1. But what does it matter now, right?

Wrong.

It actually matters quite a bit to them for in this three-divisiion league, the playoff structure allows the division winner with the best percentage to enjoy a bye into the championship round. The other two meet in a one game playoff to determine who will join them in a best-of-three set for the league title.

Naturally the Dodgers would love that bye and so this defeat hurt. Even with it they have a 35-15 record, a .700 percentage. That's very good but the problem is the Yankees are leading their division with a .717 mark. The other is headed by the Twins at .673. So, unless matters change, the Dodgers would host the Twins in that all-or-nothing single game for the right to take on the Yanks.

The Dodger cause regressed as Eric Thompson (2-2 ) was pounded as no other Dodger pitcher has been all season, being crushed for nine runs in three and one-third innings. Michael Watt then was worked over just a bit for the other two runs, one earned.

The Dodger offense was not any better, being held to just five hits . They managed the one run when Alfredo Silverio tripled it home in the eighth.

So, as matters stand, they'll have to rebound and hope the Yankees stumble a bit with just about one week left before playoff time. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Mets        	110 711 000-11
Dodgers	        000 000 010- 1

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi ave
Becker ss	2  0  0  0  .296
 JGarcuia ss-3b	2  1  0  0  .284
Bradley lf	3  0  1  0  .265
Silverio rf	4  0  1  1  .359
Lambo 1b	3  0  1  0  .267
 Martin 1b	1  0  0  0  .207
Baez 3b        	3  0  1  0  .267
Guzman ss	4  0  0  0  .232
Collado c	4  0  0  0  .310
Orr dh        	3  0  1  0  .246
YGarcia 2b	3  0  0  0  .246
Bert cf        	2  0  0  0  .174
   Totals	31  1  5  1
   Mets	        37 11 15 11

   Error- Silverio (2), Becker (7), JGarcia (8).
2B- Orr (7). 3B- Silverio (3). RBI- Silverio (42). 
LOB- Dodgers 6, Mets 12. DP- Thompson, Becker, 
Baez and YGarcia.

 Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Thompson (2-2)	3.1 11  9-9  3  3  4.47
Watt        	2.2  3  2-1  1  0  3.71
Vasquez        	2.0  1  0-0  1  2  9.64
Santiago	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.50
 WP- Watt. HBP- Orr; By Watt; by Vasquez.
DSL Dodgers-- Not scheduled.

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