McDougall Does It Again in the 12th

Marshall McDougall's late inning heroics continue as his RBI helped Las Vegas top Tucson in 12 innings. Jacksonville fell two games behind the leader after a late-inning 4-3 loss to Mobile. Inland Empire increased their playoff hopes by topping Lake Elsinore and Great Lakes dropped a game at Lansing. Ogden dropped a decision to Idaho Falls The Coasties had an open date.

McDougall Does It Again-- Some habits die hard. Left fielder Marshall McDougall's RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning lifted Las Vegas over Tucson, 5-4. It was the second consecutive game that McDougall knocked in the winning run in the last inning.

Outfielder Delwyn Young drew a two-out walk, first baseman John Lindsey was hit by a pitch and third baseman Andy LaRoche walked before McDougall grounded a single past the shortstop to snap a 4-4 tie.

McDougall led off the fifth with his eighth homer and Wilkin Ruan lined a two-run single in the seventh for the 51s (61-73), who blew a 4-1 ninth-inning lead before pulling out their second straight win.

Starter D.J. Houlton gave up only an unearned run on five hits and fanned six in five innings. Jon Melon added two hitless innings, dropping his ERA to 1.86, and Matt Bauer pitched a scoreless eighth.

Chris Fussell was tagged for three runs in the ninth, with a two-out, two-run double tying the game at 4-4.

Casey Hoorelbeke allowed only a single hit over two scoreless innings before Brian Akin (1-2) fanned two in three scoreless 12th to earn the win on McDougall's hit.

McDougall finished with three hits, second baseman Chin-Lung Hu adding a double and a single.

51s Note-- 51s third baseman Andy LaRoche was activated from the disabled list and was 0-for-4 in his first game, and catcher Octavio Martinez was placed on the DL.
  Score by Innings
Tucson	        001 000 003 000-4
Las Vegas	000 010 210 001-5
  
  Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	6  0  0  0  .340
Hu 2b	        5  0  2  0  .335
Young rf	4  2  0  0  .334
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  0  .337
LaRoche 3b	4  0  0  0  .301
McDougall lf	6  2  3  2  .299
Freeman cf	5  0  1  0  .269
Huckaby c	3  1  0  0  .271
Houlton p	1  0  0  0  .211
 Meloan p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ryan Ph	1  0  1  0  .288
 Bauer p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Fussell p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph	1  0  0  0  .322
 Hoorelbeke p	1  0  0  0  .100
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	41 5  8 2
    Tucson	46 4 10 4

  Error LaRoche (8). 2B- Freeman (14), Hu (10). 
HR- McDougall (8). RBI- McDougall 2 (36). S- Hu. 
LOB- Las Vegas 11, Tucson 14. 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Houlton	        5.0  5  1-0  1  6  3.68
Meloan	        2.0  0  0-0  2  1  1.86
Bauer 	        1.0  1  0-0  1  1  4.23
Fussell 	1.0  3  3-3  1  2  6.06
Hoorelbeke	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  5.91
Akin (1-2)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  7.94
  HBP- Huckaby; Lindsey;by Houlton; 
by Hoorelbeke. T- 3:45. Att- 9,629.
Kershaw Takes No-Hitter into Seventh-- Jacksonville's hopes for a second-half pennant took a severe jolt when a three-run rally in the last if the ninth inning by the BayBears erased a 3-1 Suns lead and dropping Jacksonville two games behind first-place Montgomery in the Southern League's South Division.

The comeback spoiled a sparkling start by lefthander Clayton Kershaw, who took a no-hitter into the seventh before allowing a one-out double to John Brito. The 19-year-old Kershaw yielded a single run on two hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts over seven innings. He has allowed one run on four hits in his last 13 innings to lower his ERA to 2.95.

Ramon Troncoso took over in the ninth leading 3-1 and quickly gave up a double, a walk and an RBI single. Troncoso got the first out of the inning on a failed bunt attempt that he converted into a force at third. Then Brito's double to center with two out drove in the tying and winning runs. and give the BayBears their fifth straight victory.

First baseman Cory Dunlap broke a scoreless tie in the third with a two-run single that drove in third baseman Blake DeWitt and second baseman Kevin Howard who had singled. Right fielder David Nicholson added a third run on a two-out RBI double in the seventh after outfielder James Tomlin walked.

Cody Wade pitched a hitless eighth before the explosion in the ninth.?Both teams finished with six hits, DeWitt collecting a double and a single for Jacksonville.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	002 000 100-3
Mobile	        000 000 103-4
  
  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Nicholson rf	4  0  1  1  .218
DeWitt 3b	4  1  2  0  .306
Howard 2b	4  1  1  0  .300
Ellis c	        3  0  0  0  .255
Dunlap 1b	3  0  1  2  .233
Raglani lf	4  0  0  0  .252
Tomlin cf	3  1  0  0  .255
Gonzalez ss	4  0  1  0  .285
 Wade ph	1  0  0  0  .233
    Totals	33 3 6 3
    Mobile	34 4 6 4

  2B- DeWitt (11), Nicholson (5), Gonzalez (18). 
RBI- Dunlap 2 (56), Nicholson (20). LOB- Jacksonville 
6, Mobile 5. 

  Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	        7.0  2  1-1  4 10 2.95
Wade 	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  1.37
Troncoso (7-3)	0.1  3  3-3  0  0  3.50
  T- 2:30. Att- 6,328. 
Sixers One Step Closer-- Inland Empire smacked Lake Elsinore 7-4, increasing their lead over Rancho Cucamonga for a playoff berth in the California League. The Sixers were also notified that they had not placed a single player on the league All-Star team.

They jumped into a 4-1 lead in the second innings. First baseman Russell Mitchell's grounder drove in the first run and right fielder Jamie Hoffmann's single made it 2-0 after one. Singles by second baseman Shane Justis and center fielder Adam Godwin plus shortstop Ivan De Jesus and a triple from designated hitter Lucas May (RBI #88) made it 4-1 after two.

Starter Jesus Castillo allowed three runs in the first three innings, then worked three shutout innings to earn his sixth win.

Third Josh Bell lined a solo homer (#2) in the seventh and with two out, Justis whacked his sixth homer to boost the lead to 6-3. Mitchell's RBI single in the seventh increased the lead to 7-4.

Miguel Ramirez worked two innings and struck out five but surrendered a run in the eighth before lefty Jacobo Meque saved his fourth game, pitching around a walk in the ninth.

The 66ers, who will play their final home game tonight, are now two games behind the Storm for home-field advantage in the first round, and four games ahead of the Quakes for the final wild card spot with seven games left in the season.
  Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	012 000 010-4
Inland Empire	220 002 10x-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin c	4  2  1  0  .270
De Jesus ss	3  1  2  1  .287
May dh	        4  1  1  1  .250
Mitchell 1b	4  0  1  2  .266
Hoffmann rf	4  0  3  1  .313
Bell 3b	        4  1  2  1  .189
Gutierrez c	4  0  0  0  .236
Hunt lf	        4  0  1  0  .282
Justis 2b	4  2  2  1  .303
    Totals	35 7 13 7
    Lk Elsinore	38 4 10 4

  Error- Bell (2), De Jesus (3). 2B- Bell (1), 
De Jesus (22). 3B- May (3). HR- Bell (2), Justis 
(6). RBI - Mitchell 2 (72), Hoffmann (73), De Jesus 
(52), May (88), Bell (7),Justis (43). SF- De Jesus. 
LOB- Inland Empire 6, Lake Elsinore 8. SB- Godwin (18). 
  
  Inland Empire           in  h  r-er bb so era
Castillo (6-9)	        6.0  6  3-3  0  2  4.71
Ramirez 	        2.0  4  1-1  0  5  7.94
Meque (sv 4)	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  4.89
  T- 2:44. Att- 2,810.
Three-Run Fifth Sinks Loons-- A bases-loaded double in the fifth inning off starter Josh Wall (6-10) turned a 3-2 Lansing lead into a 6-2 win. Great Lakes has just cut the deficit to a single run in the fourth when catcher Juan Apodaca double in one run, then scored on a ground ball by designated hitter Juan Rivera.

Wall only lasted three innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. Thomas Melgarejo was tagged for three more before leaving after the sixth. In the fifth, the Loons reliever was hit by a line drive in the side with two out. He then allowed a pair of singles and a walk before the crushing three-run double that put the Lugnuts up to stay.

Jonathan Figueroa allowed four hits but increased his scoreless string to four games with two shutout innings in his comeback. Figueroa was Dodger Dugout's Pitcher of the Year in 2002 before falling on bad times.

Third baseman Brian Mathews singled twice to lead the Loons, who were held to six hits, and boosted his average to .386.

The two teams meet in the third game of the four-game series today.
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 200 000-2
Lansing	        210 030 00x-6

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly 2b	5  0  0  0  .208
Berezay lf	4  0  0  0  .273
Mathews 3b	4  0  2  0  .386
Gonzalez 1b	4  0  1  0  .295
Peterson rf	2  1  1  0  .270
Van Slyke cf	3  1  1  0  .251
 Robinson	1  0  0  0  .247
Apodaca c	2  0  1  1  .239
Lizarraga ss	4  0  0  0  .264
Rivera dh	4  0  0  0  .248
    Totals	33 2  6 1
    Lansing	38 6 15 5

  RBI- Apodaca (24), Rivera (14). LOB- Great 
Lakes 9, Lansing 9. DP- 3 Mattingly, Lizarraga 
and Gonzalez 2; Wall and Gonzalez.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (6-10)	3.0  7  3-3  3  2  4.34
Melgarejo	3.0  4  3-3  2  3  6.37
Figueroa	2.0  4  0-0  0  2  0.00
   T-2:47. Att- 8,103.
Idaho Falls Bops Raptors-- The kind of season Ogden is having , it's past time to skip over the total results and revel in some individual performances- like those of Jaime Pedroza 

Overall Ogden's second half is going exactly where the first half went- down in the depths with an 8-4 loss to Idaho Falls Saturday ., the latest in a series of setbacks which now leaves them with a 9-15 record. But Pedroza, the eighth-round pick in June's draft, has been shining through all this muck and mire.

He was 4-for4 in this one including his eighth home run. His average is now .372  So, he personally is providing some highlights amidst the doom and gloom. Erik Kanaby did his share , too, with three hits, to bring his average up to .299.

But once more Raptor pitching failed to stem the tide as Michael Gardner (5-5) was combed for nine hits and six runs (five earned ) in five innings. Given Kutz game up two more runs before the receently reinstated Chales Dasni went two in which he held the Chukars to one hit. --Bill Shelley.
  Score by Innings
Idaho Falls	201 005 000-8
Ogden	        100 101 010-4

  Ogden	        ab r   h  bi ave
Rosario c	5  1  1  0  .323
Kanaby lf	4  0  3  2  .299
Pedroza ss	4  1  4  2  .372
Garabedin dh	5  0  0  0  .248
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .235
Vetters rf	5  0  0  0  .298
Ortiz 1b	5  0  1  0  .279
Herrera 2b	4  2  1  0  .274
Fuller 3b	3  0  1  0  .272
    Totals	33 4 11 4
    Idaho Falls	39 8 12 8

  Error- Herrera (10) Pedroza (17). HR- Pedroza 
(8). RBI- Kanaby 2 (14), Pedroza 2 (39). 
S- Fuller. LOB- Ogden 13, Idaho Falls 8. SB- Fuller 
(5), Rosario (21). DP- Herrera, Pedroza and Ortiz.

  Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Gardner (5-5)	5.0  9  5-1  1  2  4.10
Kutz	        2.0  2  2-1  1  1  4.09
Dasni	        2.0  1  0-0  1  3  1.93
  T- 2:50. Att- 4,376.
Gulf Coast League Dodgers- The Gulf Coast League Dodgers had their final day off of the regular season but the Yankees played- and won. That allowed them to move closer in the race for the bye into the playoff championship finals. The Dodgers have a .722 winning percentage, the Yanks moved up to .712, meaning the final two days of the season will determine who gets that bye. --Bill Shelley.

DSL Dodgers-- Season ended.

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