Coasties Only Winners on Runless Tuesday

The minor league teams could muster only 12 runs between the six of them (the DSL Dodgers had the day off) and the Gulf Coast Dodgers scored five of those in topping the Marlins. Scoring 1.4 runs per game don't help put up many "W's" in the book. Vegas lost to Portland, Jacksonville to Mississippi, Inland Empire to High Desert, Great Lakes to West Michigan and Ogden to Helena.

Sparkling Pitching Boosts Coasties-- Strong pitching has been on the hallmarks of the division-champion Gulf Coast Dodgers and, as they ready for the playoffs, this was demonstrated again Tuesday in a 5-0 blanking of the Marlins.

First-round draft pick Chris Withrow, who has been carefully limited since signing, started and went one inning without incident. Then came lefthander Jonathan Dutton, who features a changeup, for four in which he allowed only two hits, picking up the victory to run his record to 4-2.

Finally, it was sixth-round choice Jonathan Miller, who get better with every outing, for four in which he held the Marlins to three hits for his first save.

The trio combined for 10 strikeouts and didn't walk a man.

Alfredo Silverio led the 11-hit attack with four of his own while Amauri Guzman had three hits and two RBI.

The win pushed the Dodger winning percentage to .706 but it seems unlikely that they'll overtake the Yankees for the bye into the championship round of the playoff since the Yanks won again to up their mark to .727. -- Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers 	000 102 020-5
Marlins	        000 000 000-0

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	5  0  0  0  .288
Poole cf	3  1  1  0  .162
Silverio lf	5  2  4  0  .375
Lambo rf	5  0  1  1  .341
Guzman 3b	5  1  3  2  .291
Orr 1b        	3  1  0  0  .241
JGarcia 2b	4  0  1  1  .282
Erickson c	4  0  0  0  .174
   Totals	38 5 11 4
   Marlins	32 0  5 0

 RBI- Guzman 2 (12), Lambo (28), JGarcia (11). 
LOB- Dodgers 9, Marlins 7.

 Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Withrow	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  5.00
Dutton (4-2)	4.0  2  0-0  0  5  3.74
Miller (sv 1)	4.0  3  0-0  0  4  3.57
 HBP- by Whitrow; by Miller; Poole. T-2:22
Vegas Goes Quietly-- Las Vegas was held to four hits, two by first baseman John Lindsey, and a single (unearned) run as Portland claimed a 4-1 victory, scoring three in the first two innings.

Las Vegas starter Eric Cyr (3-5) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits with strikeouts over six innings. Dwayne Pollok and Rick Bauer finished the game.

Outfielder Choo Freeman scored the lone run for the 51s (59-72) on a throwing error in the third.

Las Vegas will play its final nine home games of the year today through Aug. 30, with five against Tucson followed by four against the Tacoma Rainiers, affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	001 000 000-1
Portland	120 000 01x-4

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	2  0  0  0  .338
Maza lf        	4  0  0  0  .324
 Bauer p	0  0  0  0  .333
Hu 2b        	4  0  1  0  .318
Lindsey 1b	4  0  2  0  .332
Young rf	4  0  0  0  .339
McDougall 3b	4  0  0  0  .228
Moeller c	3  0  0  0  .313
Freeman cf	3  1  1  0  .274
Cyr p        	1  0  0  0  .100
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph-lf	1  0  0  0  .282
   Totals	30 1 4 0
   Portland	30 4 8 3

  Error- Young (3). 2B- Lindsey (17). S- Cyr. 
LOB- Las Vegas 5, Portland 7. SB- Valdez (12).

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Cyr (8-4)	6.0  5  3-2  2  5  6.14
Pollok         	1.0  2  0-0  0  0  5.36
Bauer        	1.0  1  1-1  3  3  4.56
 T-2:35. Att- 7,826.
We're Watching You-- Under the watchful eye of owner Frank McCourt and general manager Ned Colletti, James McDonald gave up three first inning runs, although only two were earned, and Mississippi held on to beat Jacksonville 3-1.

McDonald is being considered for a spot in the Dodgers' injury-ravaged starting rotation, with his debut (possibly) coming against the New York Mets on Saturday. However, no official announcement has been made.

The Braves scored all their runs in the first inning. A triple and two walks loaded the bases. A two-run single scored a pair and the third came across on right fielder Xavier Paul's throwing error.

McDonald went five innings and struck out seven as his record slipped a bit to 6-2 and his earned run average moved up to 1.65.

Ryan Baerlocher gave up four hits over a season-high 8 2/3 innings and retired the first 12 Suns before allowing a leadoff single in the fifth.

Juan Gonzalez belted his eighth homer in the ninth for Jacksonville's only run. The Suns were held to five hits.
 Score by Innings
Mississippi	300 000 000-3
Jacksonville	000 000 001-1

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul rf        	4  0  0  0  .294
DeWitt 3b	4  0  1  0  .289
Howard 2b	3  0  1  0  .305
Ellis c        	4  0  1  0  .258
Raglani lf	3  0  1  0  .258
Tomlin cf	3  0  0  0  .252
Dunlap 1b	3  0  0  0  .234
 Wright p	0  0  0  0  .000
Gonzalez ss	3  1  1  1  .288
McDonald p	1  0  0  0  .128
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rohan ph	1  0  0  0  .234
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Concepcion 1b	1  0  0  0  .239
    Totals	30 1 5 2
    Mississippi 27 3 6 2

 Error- Paul (6). HR- Gonzalez (8). RBI- Gonzalez 
(47). LOB- Jacksonville 3, Mississippi 7.

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (6-2)	5.0  4  1-1  1  5  3.90
Miller        	1.0  0  0-0  1  2  4.42
Troncoso	2.0  1  0-0  2  1  3.00
Wright        	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.96
 T- 2:03. Att- 2,859.
Sixers Stopped by Mavericks-- The first seven Inland Empire batters went out on 13 pitches, setting the tone for an eventual 8-2 loss to High Desert. The game was finished in a snappy 2:12.

Marwin Vega (5-8) worked a complete game allowing just two runs on six hits and striking out two. Three of the six hits went for extra bases as catcher Luke May banged his 25th home run and right fielder Drew Locke and second baseman Travis Denker added doubles.

Inland Empire didn't have a hit until the fifth inning when Josh Bell singled. In the sixth, Locke led off with a double and scored on a RBI single by Ryan Rogowski. May moved into the California League lead with his 25th homer of the season in the ninth.

Marlon Arias (10-4) ran into trouble in the third inning, allowing three runs on five hits as the Mavericks took a 4-0 lead. He surrendered another run in the sixth and Miguel Ramirez allowed an additional three runs in the seventh.

In game two of the series the Sixers will send Mario Alvarez to the mound against Aaron Cotter.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 001 001-2
High Desert	100 301 30x-8

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis dh	4  0  0  0  .302
Rogowski lf	4  0  1  1  .255
May c        	4  1  1  1  .247
Bell 3b        	3  0  1  0  .190
 Hunt ph        1  0  0  0  .284
Hoffman cf	4  0  1  0  .307
Denker 2b	3  0  1  0  .297
Mitchell 1b	3  0  0  0  .263
Locke rf	2  1  1  1  .288
De Jesus ss	2  0  0  0  .277
   Totals	30 2  6 2
   High Desert	34 8 13 6

 2B- Locke (11), Denker (27). HR- May (25). 
RBI- Rogowski (44), May (84). LOB- Inland 
Empire 3, High Desert 8. DP- Bell, Denker 
and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias (10-4)	6.0 11  5-5  2  5   5.58
Ramirez	        1.0  2  3-3  4  0  16.20
Pratt        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1   6.66
 WP- Ramirez 2. T-2:12. Att- 1,096.
Whitecaps Wash Over Loons- Great Lakes was held to five hits and a single run as the West Michigan Whitecaps handed them a 6-1 loss.

The game was a pitcher's duel through the first six innings as Kyle Smit, the Dodgers #5 pick in 2006, went six innings after allowing the Whitecaps two in the first inning.

When Loons manager Lance Parrish had to go to his bullpen, left-hander Yulkin German -- who hadn't pitched since July 5 and had given up a total of 20 runs in his last four appearances -- saw his first action since going on the disabled list.

The left-hander allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, then a two-run triple to make it 4-0, boosting his earned run average to a lofty 17.44. After the game, manager Lance Parrish announced that he had been released by the organization.

  Adolfo Gonzalez provided the only offense of the game for the Loons with his fifth home run of the season, an opposite field shot in the seventh.

Smit (0-3) went six innings and picked up the tough-luck loss, his third of the season. Garrett White allowed two runs on two hits and Thomas Melgarejo pitched a scoreless ninth.

The series continues tonight with the Dodgers 2007 first-round pick James Adkins scheduled to start for the Loons.
Score by Innings
West Michigan	200 000 220-6
Great Lakes	000 000 100-1

Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .212
Berezay dh	4  0  0  0  .278
Mathews 3b	4  0  1  0  .350
EPerez 1b	4  0  1  0  .311
Gonzalez ss	4  1  1  1  .292
Santana c	2  0  1  0  .230
Peterson lf	3  0  0  0  .250
Van Slyke rf	3  0  0  0  .277
Robinson cf	3  0  1  0 .246
   Totals	31 1 5 1
   WMichigan	34 6 9 6

 Error- Mathews (4). HR- Gonzalez (5). RBI- Gonzalez 
(28). LOB- Great Lakes 4, West Michigan 4. DP- Van 
Slyke and Perez.

 Great Lakes 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Smit (0-3)	6.0  3  2-1  2  3   5.52
German 	        1.0  3  2-2  0  0  17.75
White        	1.0  2  2-2  1  2   3.33
Melgarejo	1.0  1  0-0  0  1   6.27
 T- 2:06. Att- 5,159.
Walkoff Homer Kills Raptors-- Helena's Curt Rinsdal picked a dramatic moment to hit his first pro home run as he sent it out in the last of the ninth to give the Brewers a 3-2 win over Ogden.

Johnny Caraballo (1-3) disposed of one batter before Rinsdal's blast which sent the Raptors to their third straight defeat, leaving them with an 8-14 record for the second half.

Rod Brantley had given Ogden a strong six innings in which he allowed only four hits and two unearned runs. Given Kutz took over for 1.2 more scoreless but it all proved in vain.

Justin Fuller doubled in the first Raptor run in the third and scored the other on Parker Dalton's groundout in the eighth. Fuller added a single to his hit total while Austin Gallagher also had two hits. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Ogden	010 001 000-2
Helena	200 000 001-3

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	3  0  1  0  .327
Kanaby lf	3  0  0  0  .272
Garabedian dh	3  0  0  0  .256
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .287
Vetters rf	4  1  1  0  .318
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .247
Gallagher 3b	4  0  2  0  .293
Fuller ss	3  1  2  1  .263
Dalton 2b	4  0  0  0  .231
   Totals	32 2 6 1
   Helena	31 3 8 3

 Error- Fuller (8). 2B- Fuller (11). RBI- Fuller 
(11). LOB- Ogden 10, Helena 6. SB- Fuller (4), 
Vetters (1). CS- Rosario (7). DO- 2 Dalton, Fuller 
and Ortiz; Dalton and Fuller.

 Ogden 	         in  h  r-e bb so  era
Brantley	6.0  4  2-0  1  2  3.65
Kutz        	1.2  3  0-0  1  0  4.05
Caraballo (1-3)	0.1  1  1-1  0  0  5.71
 WP- Robinson. T- 2:50. Att- 661.
Tie Doesn't Help Dodgers-- Talk about an ending that left nobody happy. The Dominican Dodgers took on the division-leading Giants, knowing that if they lost the Giants would clinch. Instead the two teams played to a 2-2 tie that had to be called when the rains came. That left the Giants still 4 1/2 games ahead with five to play so it will be made up only if it figures in the race.

Geison Aguasviva went six innings for the Dodgers (41-23), allowing five hits and both runs. He didn't walk a man, striking out eight. Marcel Prado threw the next three, giving up a lone hit.

Christian Gonzalez had three hits, doubling home the tying run in the eighth. The other scored in the fifth when Pedro Guerrero was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. -- Bill Shelley.

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