Coasties Lead Yanks For First Round Bye

The Coasties topped the Nationals to stay in the hunt for the first place bye and Jacksonville beat Mississippi to remain tied for first. Tucson outscored Las Vegas Inland Empire dropped one to High Desert and Great Lakes was shut out by West Michigan. Ogden battered Helena and while the DSL Dodgers tripped the Royals.

Dodgers Lead in 'Bye' Battle-- The perfect scenario scripted by the Gulf Coast Dodgers after clinching the East Division would have them going on a long winning streak while the North champion Yankees stumbled a bit. This would give the Dodgers the best percentage and the coveted bye into the best-of-three championship finals.

The latter part of that fantasy has happened for the Yanks dropped their second game in a row Thursday while the Dodgers took care of the Nationals, 10-5. This put the Dodgers back in command of their playoff fate for they now have a .717 percentage while the Yanks are at .702. The South-leading Twins, at .654, still haven't clinched but gained ground even while idle for the second-place Orioles lost, leaving them 2 1/2 games behind.

Two big innings sparked by the hitting of Amauri Guzman carried the Dodgers to victory. They scored three times in the second inning and put the game away with four in the eighth in what was their regular-season home finale. Guzman, a Dominican that they hope will someday be a hitter of note , had his best day as a pro, going 4-for-4 including his second home run and a double, driving in three runs.

Daigaro Rondon (7-2), who is expected to start the first playoff game for the Dodgers, went six innings in which he allowed three hits and three runs, Luis Garcia allowed one run and Brandon Tuten was touched up for a two-out homer in the top of the ninth, the first run he's allowed since joining the club.

Joe Becker, Jeris Bert, Alfredo Silverio and Yossandy Garcia all had two hits in the Dodger attack. They now have three games remaining, all on the road. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by innings
Nationals	000 210 011- 5
Dodgers	        130 101 04x-10

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	5  1  2  0  .297
Bert cf	        5  1  2  1  .214
Silverio lf	5  2  2  1  .374
Lambo rf	6  0  1  2  .339
Baez 3b	        4  0  0  0  .268
Collado c	3  2  1  0  .315
Perez 1b	3  1  0  0  .235
YGarcia 2b	3  1  2  1  .256
AGuzman dh	4  2  4  3  .315
   Totals	35 10 14 8
   Nationals	28  5  5 5

 2B- Lambo (15), YGarcia (6), AGuzman (1). 
HR- AGuzman (2). RBI- Lambo 2 (30), YGarcia (26),
Bert (3), AGuzman 3 (13), Silverio (44). SF- Lambo.
LOB- Dodgers 9, Nationals 1.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er b so  era
Rondon (7-2)	6.0  3  3-3  1 10  2.77
LGarcia	        2.0  1  1-1  1  1  3.55
Tuten	        1.0  1  1-1  0  1  1.35
 HBP- by Garcia. 
DeWitt Hot, Suns Maintain Tie-- Third baseman Blake DeWitt went 3-for-4 with a run scored as Jacksonville topped Mississippi 6-1. DeWitt, who raised his batting average to .309, singled in the third, fifth and seventh innings. The win keeps the Suns in a first place tie with Montgomery.

After his single in the seventh he scored on a single by catcher Alberto Concepcion Jr. to give the Suns (35-23) a 4-1 lead. Concepcion advanced on an outfield error and scored on Anthony Raglani's single.

Starter Alvis Ojeda allowed one run on four hits and two walks over four frames. Suns reliever Wesley Wright (6-2) gave up three hits and walked one while striking out two over 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Mark Alexander and Ramon Troncoso didn't allow a run over the final three innings.

Raglani extended his is batting streak to nine games and is hitting .433 (13-for-30) with seven runs scored and five RBIs. He also walked, stole a base and scored on Juan Gonzalez's groundout in the fourth.

Kevin Howard, Cory Dunlap and Dave Nicholson drove the other runs for Jacksonville.
  Score by Innings
Mississippi	000 100 000-1
Jacksonville	100 110 21x-6

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Nicholson rf	5  1  2  1  .215
Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt 3b	4  1  3  0  .309
Howard 2b	4  1  1  1  .289
Concepcion c	3  1  1  1  .240
Raglani lf	2  1  1  1  .257
Tomlin cf	3  1  2  0  .253
Gonzalez ss	3  0  0  1  .285
Ojeda p	        1  0  0  0  .211
 Paul ph	0  0  0  0  .294
 Wright p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
Giles ph -rf	1  0  0  0  .176
    Totals	30 6 10 6
    Mississippi	34 1 10 1

  2B- Nicholson (4). RBI- Howard (25) Gonzalez 
(48), Dunlap (54), Concepcion (54), Dunlap. 
LOB- Jacksonville 9, Mississippi 12. SB- Raglani 
(8). DP- Gonzalez and Dunlap.

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Ojeda	        4.0  4  1-1  2  3  5.42
Wright (6-2)	2.1  3  0-0  1  2  2.83
Alexander 	1.2  2  0-0  1  3  4.23
Troncoso	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.93
  Balk- Wright. HBP- Raglani, Gonzalez, Dunlap, 
Concepcion. T- 3:04. Att- 8,669.
Tucson Rocks Vegas-- Tucson banged out 26 hits in a 17-12 contest, capping the wild game with seven runs in the seventh inning. The two clubs scored 29 runs and whacked 46 hits into every corner of the park. Nine of the Sidewinder's hits were doubles.

The 51s matched Tucson run for run over the first five innings, each scoring three in the first, one in the second, four in the fourth and one in the fifth. Then Las Vegas took an 11-9 lead with two in the sixth before it all blew up in their faces.

Second baseman Chin-Lung Hu collected four hits as did first baseman John Lindsey, who included a double and his 19th home run, good for four RBI. Marshall McDougall slugged his seventh homer and knocked in three.

Shortstop Wilson Valdez singled twice and doubled, Luis Maza had a pair of doubles and Delwyn Young singled, doubled (his league-leading 46th of the season) and knocked in three.

Starter William Juarez surrendered seven runs on 11 hits and one walk with four strikeouts in his 3.1 innings. 51s reliever Brian Akin (0-2) yielded four runs on two hits and one walk in 1.2 innings and was in line for the win but Chris Fussell blew the save, giving up four runs on two hits, two hit batsman and a walk without retiring a batter in the seventh.
  Score by Innings
Tucson	        301 410 710-17
Las Vegas	301 412 100-12

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	5  3  3  0  .345
Hu 2b	        6  1  4  0  .341
Young rf	4  2  2  3  .338
Lindsey 1b	6  3  4  4  .341
McDougall 3b	5  1  2  3  .290
Maza lf	        6  1  2  0  .325
Moeller c	3  0  1  1  .316
Ruan cf	        4  0  1  0  .286
 Fussell p 	0  0  0  0  .000
 Bauer p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Pollok p	1  0  0  0  .000
Juarez p	        0  0  0  0  .091
 Hoorelbeke p 	1  1  1  0  .111
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Freeman cf	2  0  0  0  .270
   Totals	43 12 20 11
    Tucson	52 17 26 16

  Error - McDougall (5). 2B- Lindsey (18), Young 
(46), Maza 2 (19), Valdez (18). HR- McDougall (7), 
Lindsey (19). RBI- Lindsey 4 (75), McDougall 3 
(33), Young 3 (85), Moeller (3). S- Juarez, Akin. 
LOB- Las Vegas 12. SB- Hu (3). DP- McDougall, 
Hu and Lindsey. 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Juarez	3.1 11  7-7  1  4  5.93
Hoorelbeke	1.0  5  2-2  0  0  6.05
Akin (0-2)	1.2  3  3-3  1  2  9.64
Fussell (sv 2)	0.0  2  4-4  1  0  5.45
Bauer	        1.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.39
Pollok	        2.0  4  1-0  0  2  5.16  
  WP- Akin. HBP- Young; By Fussell 
2. T- 3:59. Att- 5,084.
High Desert Homers Sink Sixers-- The Mavericks got home runs from the 6-7-8-9 hitters in their lineup and went on to trip Inland Empire 13-8. The six through nine hitters in the Mavs lineup went 9-for-17 with two walks, four home runs, eight runs batted in, and seven runs scored.

A seven run third frame saw High Desert send 11 batters to the plate with the first seven men reaching with a hit. It pushed the Mavs lead out to 9-4 and the Sixers were playing catch-up, unsuccessfully, from then on.

Shortstop Ivan De Jesus, after a five-hit game the night before, added a single and a double, good for two runs batted in. Leadoff man Adam Godwin knocked in two runs and scored three.

Right fielder Jamie Hoffman had the other two runs batted in with a single and a double.

Javy Guerra (6-8) started and took the loss for Inland Empire, allowing nine runs on 11 hits. Guerra left due to an injury to his pitching hand in the middle of the third inning.

Inland Empire's "Magic Number" is six, and any combination of a 66ers wins or Quakes losses will earn them the wildcard slot in the playoffs. Both teams have 10 games remaining on their schedule.

Inland Empire is at home in their final home stand against the Lake Elsinore Storm.
  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	040 021 001- 8
High Desert	027 021 01x-13
  
  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	4  3  1  2  .273
 Justis ph	1  0  0  0  .301
De Jesus ss	4  1  3  2  .287
May dh	        4  0  1  0  .249
Mitchell 1b	5  1  1  1  .265
Hoffmann  rf	4  1  2  2  .311
Denker 2b	4  0  0  0  .295
Gutierrez c	4  1  1  0  .241
Bell 3b	        4  1  0  0  .174
Hunt lf	        4  0  0  0  .282
    Totals	38  8  8  7
    High Desert	40 13 17 12
   
  2B- De Jesus (21), Hoffmann (21). RBI- Godwin 2 
(28), De Jesus 2 (51), Mitchell (70), Hoffmann 2 
(72). LOB- Inland Empire 11, High Desert 7. 
SB- Mitchell (5), Hoffmann (19).
 
   Inland Empire  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Guerra (6-8)	 2.2  11  9-8  2  3  5.94
Pratt	         1.1   3  2-2  1  1  6.73
Felix 	         2.0   2  1-1  0  2  5.15
Ramirez	         2.0   1  1-1  1  0  9.82
  WP- Pratt 2. T- 3:21. Att- 1,252.
Loons Whitewashed-- Great Lakes was limited to five hits and lost a 4-0 decision to West Michigan. The game was close until the Whitecaps scored three times in the eighth and ninth innings. The game was shortened by rain.

Paul Coleman (2-5) started and worked 8.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs but only one of the runs was earned. Arismendy Castillo got the final out in the ninth.

Adolfo Gonzalez got the only extra base hit, a double, for Great Lakes Preston Mattingly, Matt Berezay, Brian Mathews and Trayvon Robinson added singles.
 Score by innings
West Michigan	000 100 021-4
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly 2b	3  0  1  0  .213
Berezay lf	4  0  1  0  .279
Mathews 3b	4  0  1  0  .367
Perez dh	3  0  0  0  .311
AGonzalez 1b	3  0  1  0  .297
Santana rf	3  0  0  0  .228
Apodaca c	3  0  0  0  .236
Lizarraga ss	3  0  0  0  .268
Robinson cf	3  0  1  0  .249
  Totals	29 0 5 0
  WMichigan	32 4 8 4

 Error- Mathews (5), Santana (17). 2B- AGonzalez.
LOB- Great Lakes 6, West Michigan 7.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Coleman (2-5)	8.0  7  3-3  2  3  4.73
Castillo	0.1  1  1-0  0  0  5.57
 Balk- Coleman. T- 2:45. Att- 5,318.
Ogden-- open date.

DSL Dodgers Trip Royals-- The Dominican Dodgers have been eliminated but they want to end the season on an upbeat note and they certainly played that way Thursday as they thumped the Royals 9-2.

Starting with Ramon Jean's bases-empty home run in the first inning, they did a bit of everything right. Jean, whose blast was his second, later drove in another run, Rafael Ynoa had two RBI, Andrick Villalobos was 3-for-3 with a double and Pedro Guerrero chipped in with two doubles.

On the mound, Gary Tavarez (9-3) pitched five good innings, giving up only three hits and one unearned run. Antonio Castillo yielded another run in his two innings while converted infielder Charlie Mirabal finished in in fine fashion with two perfect frames.

The victory gave the Dodgers a 42-24 record. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by innings
Royals	000 100 100-2
Dodgers	150 001 20x-9

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ynoa 2b	        5  1  1  2  .212
Guerrero ss	5  1  2  1  .294
Jean 3b	        5  1  1  2  .261
Gonzalez lf	3  1  1  0  .252 
 Sanchez lf	0  0  0  0  .158
Brito dh	2  1  0  0  .266
 Turiano ph-dh	1  0  0  0  .071
Aviles rf-cf	3  0  1  1  .237
Villalobos c	3  2  3  0  .276
 Bens c	        1  0  0  0  .194	
JCastillo cf	3  1  1  1  .208
 Arias ph-rf	1  0  0  0  .219
   Totals	34 9 11 8
   Royals	31 2  5 2

 2B- Guerrero 2 (11), Villalobos (5), Tavarez (11),
HR- Jean (2). RBI- Jean 2 (26), JCastillo (11), Ynoa 
(2), (24), Guerrero (28), Tavarez (27), Aviles (14). 
S- Aviles. SB- JCastillo (3). LOB- Dodgers 8, Royals 7.

 Dodgers	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Tavarez (9-3)	5.0  3  1-0  2  6  1.49
ACastillo	2.0  2  1-1  0  2  1.75
Mirabal	        2.0  0  0-0  2  0  0.00
 PB- Villalobos (6). T- 2:37.

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