Lizarraga Grand Slam Parade With Six RBI

Long Hits were the order of the day as Vegas got a grand slam by John Lindsey to beat Tucson, Dave Nicholson's slam boosted Jacksonville over Mississippi, Francisco Lizarraga's slam helped The Loons whack Michigan and Jamie Hoffman and Travis Denker had three-run homers as Inland Empire popped High Desert. Ogden slapped Helena, the Coasties beat the Cardinals and the DSL Dodgers were eliminated.

Lindsey Slam Boosts Vegas-- First baseman John Lindsey's grand slam sparked a six-run second inning and the 51s overpowered Tucson 12-7. The Toros scored five in the third before Vegas could get things under control again and record their 60th win of the season against 72 losses.

Second baseman Chin-Lung Hu went 3-for-4 with his eighth homer and two RBIs and Wilson Valdez and outfielder Wilkin Ruan added two hits each. Valdez drove in three runs and Ruan scored three times.

Starter Spike Lundberg (7-5) earned the win, although he surrendered the five-run third inning and allowed nine hits over his five innings. It was his first win in exactly a month.

Craig Fussell, Jon Meloan and Eric Hull combined to limit Tucson to a pair of runs over the final four innings.

Roster Moves-- The 51s released Larry Barnes, catcher Octavio Martinez was activated from the disabled list, righthander Matt Riley was placed on the DL, and Brian Akin was promoted from Jacksonville.
  Score by Innings
Tucson	        005 001 001- 7
Las Vegas	261 100 12x-12

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	3  2  2  3  .341
Hu 1b	        4  3  3  2  .329
Young rf	4  1  0  1  .336
Lindsey 1b	5  1  2  4  .333
McDougall 3b	4  0  1  1  .287
Freeman cf	4  0  0  0  .271
Huckaby c	4  0  1  0  .271
Ruan lf	        4  3  2  0  .286
Lundberg p	2  1  1  1  .237
 Fussell p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Meloan p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Martinez ph	1  1  1  0  .297
 Hull p	        0  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	36 12 13 12
   Tucson	32  7 15  7

  2B- Lundberg (2). HR- Lindsey (18), Hu (8). 
RBI- Young (82), McDougall (30, Valdez 3 (26), 
Hu 2 (26), Lindsey 4 (71), Lundberg (3). 
LOB- Las Vegas 4, Tucson 7. DP- Lindsey, 
Valdez and Lundberg; Valdez, Hu and Lindsey. 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Lundberg (7-5)	5.0  9  5-5  2  1  6.02
Fussell	        2.0  3  1-1  0  1  4.41
Meloan	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.08
Hull 	        1.0  3  1-1  0  1  2.83
  WP- Fussell. T- 2:41. Att- 5,056.
Orenduff Sharp in Win-- Justin Orenduff fanned a dozen Braves to match his career high over seven innings and Jacksonville stopped Mississippi 5-1.

Orenduff (8-4) surrendered only a single run on three hits to earn his fifth win in his last seven decisions and lower his ERA to 3.86. He retired the final 10 Braves he faced and struck out seven of them in his longest outing this season.

The 24-year-old right-hander fanned 12 on June 1, 2005 for Vero Beach.

First baseman Alberto Concepcion led off the five-run second with his 12th homer. Outfielder Anthony Raglani and catcher A.J. Ellis singled and with two out, Orenduff worked a walk.

Right fielder David Nicholson, hitting .208 and with only 144 at-bats, slugged a shot off the foul pole to record the Suns' first grand slam this season to the delight of 2,873 fans at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

The win enabled the Suns to stay in first place with 12 games left in the second-half pennant race.

After the second inning when the Suns sent 10 batters to the plate they were held to only four hits and no runs. Second baseman Blake DeWitt collected three of the eight Suns hits.

Tonight the Suns will send left-hander Alvis Ojeda (4-6, 5.55 ERA) against Braves right-hander Charlie Morton (4-5, 4.80 ERA) in the fourth game of the series.
  Score by Innings
Mississippi	000 100 000-1
Jacksonville	050 000 00x-5

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Nicholson rf	4  1  1  4  .208
DeWitt 3b	4  0  3  0  .295
Howard 2b	3  0  0  0  .300
Concepcion 1b	4  1  1  1  .239
Raglani lf	4  1  2  0  .256
Ellis c	        4  1  1  0  .258
Tomlin cf	4  0  0  0  .248
Gonzalez ss	4  0  1  0  .288
Orenduff p	1  1  0  0  .000
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	32 5 8 5
    Mississippi	31 1 4 1

  2B- Raglani (24). HR- Concepcion (12), Nicholson 
(2). RBI- Concepcion (53). Nicholson 4 (18). 
S- Orenduff. LOB- Jacksonville 6, Mississippi 6. 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff (8-4)	7.0  3  1-1  1  12  3.86
Wade        	2.0  1  0-0  0   4  1.42
  WP- Orenduff. HBP- by Orenduff 2. 
T- 2:16. Att- 2,873.
Sixers Bury High Desert-- Inland Empire banged out 20 hits and battered High Desert 17-3, led by three run homers from Jamie Hoffman and Travis Denker and a five-hit night by shortstop Ivan De Jesus.

Seven 66ers had multiple hits and made things easy for Mario Alvarez (6-9) who didn't allow a hit until one out in the sixth. He a season high 10 and allowed only the one hit and three runs, two of them earned.

Inland Empire lost no time in starting the hit-fest early. In the first inning, designated hitter Lucas May drove in the first run with a sac fly and right fielder Jamie Hoffmann added a three-run homer, his seventh of the year.

In the third, Travis Denker's three run shot put the Sixers on top 7-0. For the second baseman it was his 10th bomb of 2007.

Inland Empire put a "5" on the scoreboard in the sixth. Adam Godwin and Hoffmann each had RBI singles, May slugged a two run double and suddenly the Sixers led 13-0 going into the bottom of the sixth.

Inland Empire had 20 hits overall, De Jesus ripping five singles in six trips. Godwin and first baseman Russ Mitchell had three each, while May, Denker, Hoffman and Bridger Hunt added a pair each.

The fireworks made it a perfectly delightful evening for Alvarez, who won his sixth game, and relievers Francisco Felix, Carlos Alvarez and Jacobo Meque who added three scoreless innings. Among them they struck out 16 Mavericks.

The rubber will be tonight at Mavericks Stadium. The 66ers will host the Storm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the final home series of the regular season.
  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	403 105 022-17
High Desert	000 003 000- 3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf-rf	6  3  3  1  .274
De Jesus ss	6  3  5  2  .285
May dh	        4  3  2  3  .249
Mitchell 1b	6  2  3  0  .266
Denker 2b	6  1  2  4  .298
Hoffmann rf	4  1  2  4  .309
Bell 3b	        0  0  0  0  .190
Rogowski lf	4  0  0  1  .252
Gutierrez c	5  1  1  0  .241
 Hunt 3b-cf	4  0  2  0  .288
    Totals	45 17 20 15
    High Desert	29  3  2 13

  Error- Mitchell (7). 2B- Godwin (7), De Jesus 
2 (20), May (21), Hunt (10). HR- Hoffmann (7), 
Denker (10). RBI- May 3 (87), Hoffmann 4 (70), 
Denker 4 (56). De Jesus 2 (49),Godwin (26), 
Rogowski (45). SF- May. LOB- Inland Empire 6, 
High Desert 4.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
MAlvarez (6-9)	6.0  1  3-2  2  10  5.66
Felix	        1.0  0  0-0  0   2  5.17
CAvarez	        1.0  1  0-0  0   1  6.56
Meque           1.0  0  0-0  0   0  5.08
 T- 3:03. Att- 1,026.
Loons Go Long in Win-- Shortstop Francisco Lizarraga, slugged a pair of homers, including the first grand slam in Loons history, and drove in six runs as the Loons mauled West Michigan Whitecaps 9-2. The six-run outburst also set a new club record.

"They were both no-doubt home runs," Great Lakes manager Lance Parrish said. "He's had a little trouble with off-speed pitches, so he's been looking to attack in fastball counts. Both of those long balls were hit early in the count."

Lizarraga's two-run shot came in the second inning on his first at-bat with two out and outfielder Adolfo Gonzalez on base with a double. Lizarraga came up in the fourth inning, with Eduardo Perez, Gonzalez and Juan Apodaca on base. His long drive over the left field wall made the score 6-0, with all the runs knocked in by the Great Lakes shortstop.

He's hit .305 (18-for-59) since his average dropped to a season-low .260 on July 8.

The Loons (53-73 overall, 18-37 second half) had a hard-hitting evening as Gonzalez had three hits (one a double), two runs and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to nine games.  Brian Mathews added three hits.  Matt Berezay had a double and a single to move into a tie for second in the Midwest League's doubles category.  Trayvon Robinson had a double and a triple.  Eduardo Perez chipped in two hits.

Starter James Adkins started allowed one hit over his three innings.  Tim Sexton (2-0) added four more, allowing a single run and picked up the win.  Jonathan Figueroa fired a scoreless eighth and Blake Brannon pitched pitched around a pair of singles in the ninth.

The two teams meet again tonight with Loons' left-hander Paul Coleman facing lefty Duane Below. 
  Score by Innings
West Michigan	000 001 001-2
Great Lakes	020 412 00x-9

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rivera 2b	5  0  1  0  .255
Berezay lf	5  1  2  1  .279
Mathews 3b	5  1  3  0  .378
Perez 1b	4  1  2  0  .313
Gonzalez dh	4  2  3  1  .298
Peterson rf	4  0  0  0  .272
Apodaca c	3  1  0  0  .240
Lizarraga ss	4  2  2  6  .271
Robinson cf	4  1  2  0  .249
    Totals	38 9 15 8
    WMichigan	34 2  8 2

  2B- Gonzalez (19), Robinson (8) Mathews (4), 
Berezay (30). 3B- Robinson (4), HR- Lizarraga 
2 (6). RBI- Lizarraga 6 (27), Gonzalez (29), 
Berezay (54). LOB- Great Lakes 6, West Michigan 
6. SB- Mathews (2). DP- Perez. 

  Great  Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins		3.0  1  0-0  1  3  3.15
Sexton (2-0)	4.0  4  1-1  0  4  2.57
Figueroa 	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
Brannon		1.0  2  1-1  0  1  8.49
  WP- Figueroa. T- 2:28. Att- 5,404.
Ogden Roughs Up Helena-- Ogden had the kind of game they've been waiting for all season but seldom have enjoyed as they rolled over host Helena 11-1.

Elian Herrera drove in four runs while Erik Kanaby lined four hits and Matt Wallach went 3-3 to lead a 16-hit offense. Meanwhile, lefthander Wilfredo Diaz and three relievers were taking care of the pitching as the 9-14 Raptors snapped a three-game losing streak.

Herrera singled in a pair of runs in the third when the Raptors scored five times, doubled in another in the fifth and sent still another home in the sixth with a groundout. Wallach included two doubles in his evening and Justin Fuller added a pair of hits to the attack. Jaime Pedroza hit his seventh homer, a solo shot in the ninth.

Diaz (2-2) went five innings in which he have up five hits and the lone Brewer run. Gil Stanke, Jon Haldis and Tim Gray blanked the Brews the rest of the way. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by Innings
Ogden			205 031 000-11
Helena			100 000 000- 1

  Ogden			ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf		3  1  1  1  .327
Dalton ph 2b		1  0  0  0  .222
 Kanaby lf-cf		6  1  4  1  .287
Pedroza dh		5  1  2  2  .356
Garabedian c		3  0  0  1  .250
Vetters rf		5  1  1  1  .314
Gallagher 3b		4  2  1  1  .291
Wallach 1b		3  2  3  1  .292
 Herrera 2b-lf		5  2  2  4  .268
Fuller ss		4  1  2  1  .270
      Totals		36 11 16 11
      Helena		34  8  1  6
  
  Error- Gallagher (14). 2B- Gallagher (9), 
Wallach 2 (5), Herrera (7), Fuller (12). 
HR- Pedroza (7). RBI- Garabedian (17), 
Vetters (36), Pedroza 2 (35), Herrera 4 
(23), Rosario (29), Kanaby (12), Fuller 
(12). SF- Garabedian, Rosario, Pedroza. 
LOB- Ogden 10, Helena 6. 

  Ogden			in  h  r-er bb so  era
Diaz (2-2)		5.0  5  1-1  1  3  4.80
Stanke			2.0  2  0-0  0  3  6.86
Haldis			1.0  0  0-0  0  2  6.84
Gray			1.0  1  0-0  0  2  7.50
  WP- Diaz, Gray. HBP- Wallach. 
T- 3:06. Att- 1,171.
Dodgers Close in on Yankees-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers made the battle for the bye into the playoff championship round very interesting as they used a second-inning splurge to top the Cardinals 8-3. Meanwhile, the Yankees suffered a rare defeat so the Dodgers now have a .712 winning percentage while the Yanks are only two points above that at .714.

When the league winds up on Monday the team with the best mark will get that bye while the other two division champs engage in a one-game playoff for the right to advance to the finals.

The Twins, who lead their division, lost to the second-place Orioles so hold only a two-game advantage in their race while both the Dodgers and Yanks have clinched.

The Dodgers made sure of their victory by scoring six times in the second. The usually light-hitting Lyndon Poole led the attack with two hits and three RBI for the day. Joe Becker had two doubles while Alfredo Silverio and Johan Garcia both were good for two singles.

Starter Edwin Contreras went only three innings in which he allowed three hits but walked five and gave up a run. Kelvin Dominguez (3-2) worked the middle, going 4.1 in which he was touched for two hits and two runs. When he tired, Jesus Gomez finished with 1.2 hitless innings. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by Innings
Cardinals		010 000 200-3
Dodgers			061 010 00x-8
 
  Dodgers		ab r  h  bi ave
Becker ss		3  2  2  0  .294
Poole cf		4  1  2  3  .179
Silverio lf	        5  1  2  1  .373
Lambo rf		4  0  1  0  .339
Baez 3b			5  0  1  1  .274
Collado c		2  0  1  3  .315
Orr 1b			5  1  1  0  .240
Jacobs dh		4  1  1  1  .250
JGarcia 2b		4  2  2  0  .295
    Totals		36 8 13 6
    Cardinals	        31 3  5 2
  
  Error- Poole(1), Baez (9). 2B- Becker 2 (13). 
RBI- Jacobs (9), Poole 3 (17), Silverio (43), 
Baez (37). LOB- Dodgers 11, Cardinals 9. 

  Dodgers		 in  h  r-er bb so era
Contreras		3.0  3  1-1  5  3  3.30
Dominguez (3-2)	        4.1  2  2-1  2  6  3.06
Gomez			1.2  0  0-0  0  1  7.27
  WP- Contreras. PB- Collado (5). 
Sox Eliminate DSL Dodgers-- The race in the Boca Chica North division ended as the Red Sox took care of the Dodgers hopes with a 5-2 victory while the Giants were winning. That left the 41-24 Dodgers five and one-games out with just two days left in the season.

Pedro Noboa held the Sox down for four innings but they came up with a pair of runs in the fifth to move ahead to stay. Noboa (3-3) went five, giving up four hits and those two runs. He didn't walk a man while striking out nine. The Sox scored their other three off Elisaul Pimentel.

Andrick Villalobos drove in the first Dodger run with a third-inning base hit while Pedro Tavarez provided the other with his third homer, a bases-empty blast in the ninth. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by Innings
Red Sox             000 020 111-5
Dodgers             010 000 001-2
 
  Dodgers		ab r  h  bi ave
Aviles rf	        4  0  0  0  .236
Guerrero 3b	        4  0  0  0  .291
Jean ss			4  0  1  0  .262
Gonzalez lf	        4  0  0  0  .250
Brito dh		4  0  2  0  .272
TavareZ 1b		4  1  1  1  .250
Villalobos c	        4  0  1  1  .255
Aybar 2b		4  0  0  0  .152
    Totals		35 2  6 1
    Red Sox		26 5 10 5

  Error- Guerrero (14), Pimentel (4), Aybar (5). 
HR- Tavarez (3). RBI- Villalobos (13), Tavarez 
(26). LOB- Dodgers 7, Red Sox 8. DP- Aybar, 
Jean and Tavarez; Jean, Aybar and Tavarez.

  Dodgers		in  h  r-e bb so era
Noboa (3-3)		5.0  4  2-2  0  9  1.40
Pimentel		4.0  6  3-2  0  2  4.23
  HBP- Castillo; by Noboa 4. T- 2:22

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