Kershaw Shuts Mississippi Out for Six

Clayton Kershaw earned his first win for Jacksonville, working six shutout innings against Mississippi. Las Vegas dropped a game to Portland and Steven Johnson pitched Great Lakes out of the league basement. Ogden dropped a pair to Helena and the DSL Dodgers won to keep their hopes alive for a playoff slot. Inland Empire and the GCL Dodgers had the day off.

Kershaw Solid for Suns-- Nineteen-year-old left-hander Clayton Kershaw (1-1) took a little time to adjust after his promotion from low A Great Lakes but put it all together in his third start for Jacksonville, allowing two hits and two walks while pitching six shutout innings in a 3-0 win over Mississippi. He fanned six and took a one-hitter into the sixth inning.

The young man demonstrated why he was sought after in every trade scenario before the trading deadline at the end of July. GB Ned Colletti refused to consider including him despite the constant clamor from critics demanding a deal of some sort.

After posting a 7-5 record and a 2.77 ERA in 20 starts for the Loons, the Dodgers put him on the fast track, jumping over Class A Inland Empire.

He surrendered a one-out double in the second but struck out a pair of Braves in both the first and second innings. He posted another 'K' on the third, two in the fourth and his sixth strike out in the fifth. A one-out single in the sixth was the second, and final, hit he allowed.

B.J. LaMura took over and worked a pair of scoreless innings before Mark Alexander struck out two while pitching a perfect ninth and recording his fifth save.

In the third inning, Xavier Paul singled and -- Blake DeWitt gave the Suns all the runs they would need with a home run over the right field fence. First baseman Cory Dunlap drove in the third run with a sac fly after shortstop Juan Gonzalez had doubled.

The Suns, now 34-22 in the second half, recorded their 10th shutout of the season and maintained their one-game lead over Montgomery in the South Division of the Southern League.
 Score by Innings
Mississippi	000 000 000-0
Jacksonville 	002 001 00x-3

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul rf	        3  1  2  0  .297
DeWitt 3b	4  1  1  2  .290
Howard 2b	3  0  1  0  .304
Ellis c        	4  0  0  0  .258
Raglani lf	3  0  1  0  .253
Tomlin cf	3  0  1  0  .255
Gonzalez ss	4  1  1  0  .288
Rohan 1b	1  0  0  0  .236
Kershaw p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Dunlap ph	0  0  0  0  .236
 LaMura p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	26 3 7 3
   Mississippi	31 0 3 0

 2B- Gonzalez (17). HR- DeWitt (4). RBI- DeWitt 2 (15), 
Dunlap (53). S- Kershaw. SF- Dunlap. LOB- Jacksonville 7, 
Mississippi 5. SB- Gonzalez (8). CS- Howard (2).

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw (1-1)	6.0  2  0-0  2  8  3.77
LaMura         	2.1  1  0-0  0  2  2.70
Alexander (sv 5)1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.35
 Balk- Kershaw. T- 2:14. Att- 2,014.
Portland Edges Vegas-- A three-run home run in the first inning off starter D.J. Houlton got the 51s off on the wrong foot and although they rallied to tie the game 4-4 in the seventh inning, the Beavers came away with a 6-4 win.

Houlton allowed a single run later in his five-innings and left the game trailing 4-0, having allowed six hits and recording six strikeouts. Dwayne Pollok checked the Beavers in the sixth.

Right fielder Delwyn Young put the 51s on the board in the seventh with a solo home run. Catcher Chad Moeller singled with one out and left fielder Wilkin Ruan walked but pinch hitter Choo Freeman forced him at second. -- Wilson Valdez rammed an RBI single to center and -- Luis Maza doubled to drive both runners in and tie the game

Reliever Brian Akin (0-1) took the loss after surrendering two runs on two hits and two walks in the bottom of the seventh.

The 51s got the tying run to the plate in the eighth after a leadoff single by-- John Lindsey and in the ninth when Valdez walked with two out but couldn't get any closer.

The two clubs meet again tonight in the final game of the four-game series.
Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 000 400-4
Portland 	300 100 20x-6

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	4  1  2  1  .340
Maza lf	        5  0  1  2  .332
Hu 2b        	4  0  1  0  .320
Lindsey 1b	4  0  2  0  .329
Young rf	4  1  1  1  .343
McDougall 3b	4  0  0  0  .294
Moeller c	4  1  1  0  .385
Ruan cf	        3  0  1  0  .284
 Freeman ph	1  1  0  0  .274
 Huckaby c	1  0  0  0  .271
   Totals	34 4 9 2
   Portland 	32 6 8 6

 Error- McDougall (4). 2B- Maza (17). HR- Young (17). 
RBI- Young (81), Valdez (23), Maza 2 (28). S- Houlton. 
LOB- Las Vegas 7, Portland 10. CS- Hu (4).

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Houlton 	5.0  6  4-4  1  6  3.87
Pollok 	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  5.47
Akin (0-1)	1.0  2  2-2  2  2  6.00
Hoorelbeke	1.0  0  0-0  3  0  5.90
 HBP- by Pollok. PB- Huckaby (5). T- 2:50. Att 4,501.
-- open date.

Great Lakes Moves Out of Cellar-- Righthander Steven Johnson did everything but win, working into the seventh inning and allowing only an unearned run but he kept the Loons in the game long enough for them to eventually put out a 2-1 win over West Michigan.

With the win, Great Lakes moved past Fort Wayne and out of last place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League.

Johnson allowed singles in the first three innings, picking a runner off in the third to keep the game scoreless. The only run -- unearned -- came in the fifth after a walk. On a steal of second base, catcher Carlos Santana had the runner nailed but second baseman Preston Mattingly dropped the throw and a single gave Michigan a 1-0 lead.

The Loons tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on designated hitter Matt Berezay's 10th home run. But it didn't help Johnson, who left in the top of the seventh with two out when he reached his pitch count.

Joe Jones (1-2) got the final batter in the seventh and collected the win when the Loons scored in the bottom of the inning when first baseman Adolfo Gonzalez singled, Santana doubled and left fielder James Peterson walked.

Right fielder Scott Van Slyke rammed a ball into the strong wind blowing in from left field, missing a grand slam when the Michigan outfielder leaped against the wall to catch it. However, Gonzalez scored the eventual winning run after the catch.

Josh Wall, just off the disabled list, worked the final two innings and allowed only a harmless single to pick up his first save of the year.

Righthander Kyle Smit will start tonight in the second game of the four game series.
 Score by Innings
West Michigan	000 010 000-1
Great Lakes	000 001 10x-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .214
Berezay dh	4  1  2  1  .281
Mathews 3b	4  0  1  0  .361
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .312
Gonzalez ss	3  1  1  0  .293
Santana c	3  0  1  0  .228
Peterson lf	1  0  0  0  .282
Van Slyke rf	2  0  0  1  .252
Robinson cf	3  0  1  0  .245
   Totals	27 2 6 2
   WMichigan	29 1 5 1

 Error- Mattingly (29), Santana (16). 2B- Santana (17). 
HR- Berezay (10). RBI- Berezay (53), Van Slyke (32). 
SF- Van Slyke. CS- Berezay (8).

 Great Lakes 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson	        6.2  4  1-0  2  2  2.15
Jones (1-2)	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  5.40
Wall (sv 1)	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  4.23
 T- 2:29. Att- 4,750.
Helena Stops Ogden Twice-- The Ogden Raptors had hoped the one-hitter they had received Saturday would inspire a turnaround in their fortunes. Didn't happen, though. Sunday they were rained out and Monday they went right back to losing -- twice -- as Helena won the first game 4-3 and came back to win 6-4 in the second.

Ogden made seven errors in the twin-bill and Ogden is now 1-11 in games played in Montana.

In the opener, the Raptors took a 3-2 lead into the eighth but an error on an inning-ending play and a double tied the game and a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Brewers a 4-3 win.

Starter Mike Gardner gave up a run in the second and after Ogden had tied on Erik Kanaby's single and an error, gave up a second run in the bottom of the inning.

Trailing 2-1, shortstop Jaime Pedroza hit a two-run homer (#6) in the sixth to give Ogden a 3-2 lead. It looked like the Raptors had a win but Gardner left after the error allowed the tying run.

In the eighth, reliever Charles Dasni gave up a leadoff home run and Ogden had pulled one out of the fire.
 First game
 Score by Innings
Ogden	000 102 000-3
Helena	010 100 11x-4

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi ave
Rosario cf	3  0  1  0  .327
Kanaby lf	3  1  1  0  .277
Pedroza ss	3  1  1  1  .361
Ortiz 1b	3  0  1  0  .293
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .254
Gallagher dh	3  0  0  0  .279
Povey rf	3  0  0  0  .267
Herrera 2b	3  0  0  0  .264
Fuller 3b	1  1  0  0  .259
   Totals	25 3 8 3
   Helena	26 4 8 4

 Error- Fuller (7), Pedroza (16), Ortiz (5). 
HR- Pedroza (6), RBI - Pedroza 3 (33). 
S- Rosario. LOB- Ogden 2, Helena 6. CS- 
Fuller (6).

 Ogden 	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Garner	        7.0  7  3-2  1  3  3.75
Dasni (0-1)	0.0  1  1-1  0  0  2.45
 WP- Gardner. HBP- by Gardner; Fuller. T- 1:58
In the second game, Helena scored four in the first inning and were never headed in a 6-4 decision.

The loss dropped the Raptors back to 8-13, five back in their division.

The Brewers were all over Kris Krise (1-5) in the first and wound up scoring all six of their runs off him in the 5.2 innings he worked. Kalen Gearhart held them at bay after that.

Ogden managed only five hits, two of those by Austin Gallagher. Parker Dalton's first home run, a sixth-inning blast with two on was their only real stirring on offense. -- Bill Shelley
 Score by Innings
  2nd game
Ogden	001 003 0-4
Helena	401 100 x-6

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Herrera lf	4  0  1  0  .263
Fuller ss	3  0  0  1  .252
Pedroza dh	3  0  0  0  .355
 Kanaby pr-dh 	0  0  0  0  .277
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .262
Vetters cf-rf	2  0  0  0  .319
Wallach 1b	3  0  0  0  .261
Povey rf	2  0  0  0  .235
 Rosario pr-cf	0  1  0  0  .327
Gallagher 3b	3  2  2  0  .287
Dalton 2b	3  1  1  3  .273
   Totals	25 4  5 4
   Helena	27 6 10 4

 Error- Dalton (1), Povey (1), Gallagher (13), 
Krise (2). HR- Dalton (1). RBI- Fuller (10), 
Dalton 3 (3). S- Fuller. LOB- Ogden 8, Helena 
6. DP- Garabedian and Fuller.

 Ogden 	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Krise (1-5)	3.2  8  6-4  2  4  7.62
Gearhart	2.1  2  0-0  0  2  3.75
 WP- Krise 2. HBP- by Gearhart; Povey, Pedroza. 
T- 2:26. Att- 1,015.
GCL Dodgers-- Open Date. Dodgers were idle but lost ground anyway in their quest to receive the bye into the championship round of the playoffs. That goes to the division winner with the best percentage and the Yankees, who lead, the North, win Monday to increase their percentage to .722.

The Dodgers, the East champs, are at .700 while the South-leading Twins, who also won Monday, are at .680. -- Bill Shelley.

DSL Dodgers Drop Jays-- The Dominican Dodgers got back to their late-season surge Monday after Hurricane Dean passed through but unless the Giants collapse it won't matter. In what was supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader, the Dodgers edged the Blue Jays 4-3 for their seventh straight victor but the Giants also won. That leaves the Dodgers trailing by 4 1/2 with just six games left.

The Dodgers and Jays game had been scheduled for seven since it was supposed to be the first of two but, thanks to three unearned runs, the two had to go an extra inning in a 3-all deadlock. In the last of that inning, Cristian Gonzalez and Jose Arias singled, the third hit for each and moved up on a groundout. An intentional walk followed, then Andrick Villalobos came through with the winning hit.

Carlos Frias went six in which he gave up only three hits and two unearned runs. Raul Rivas (3-1) was touched for another unearned run in the seventh to force the overtime before checking the Jays in the top of the eighth.

Pablo Brito had given the Dodgers an early lead with his first home run in the third with one on.

Then came more rain so the second contest was called off. -- Bill Shelley.
 Score by innings
Blue Jays2	020 000 10-3
Dodgers	        012 000 01-4

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ynoa 2b	        5  0  1  0  .217
Guerrero 3b	4  0  2  0  .297
Jean ss	        5  0  1  0  .263
Gonzalez 1b	5  1  3  0  .243
Arias lf	4  1  3  0  .218
Brito dh	3  1  1  2  .262
Ovando rf	3  1  0  0  .136
Tavarez c	4  0  3  1  .243
 Aybar pr	0  0  0  0  .160
 Villalobos c	1  0  1  1  .255
JCastillo cf	3  0  1  0  .207
   Totals	37 4 16 4
   BJays	25 3  4 2

 Error- Frias (6), Guerrero (13). 2B- Tavarez (10),
Ynoa (8). HR- Brito (1). RBI- Tavarez (25), Brito
2 (11), Villalobos (12). S- JCastillo. LOB- Dodgers 
15, Blue Jays2 3.

                 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Frias	        6.0  3  2-0  1  2  1.81
Rivas (3-0)	2.0  1  1-0  2  1  1.53
 PB- Tavarez (6). T- 2:30.