Coasties Earn a Bye Into GCL Finals

The Gulf Coast Dodgers earned a bye into the Gulf Coast League finals by stopping the Cardinals. Tacoma used five home runs to edge Las Vegas and Jacksonville suffered through a 10-run inning while losing to Mobile. Great Lakes lost to Lansing and Ogden scored twice in the ninth to beat Casper 5-4. Inland Empire had the day off. Clayton Kershaw was Pitcher of the Week in the Southern League.

Vegas Edged by Tacoma-- The Rainers battered Spike Lundberg for five solo home runs on their way to a 7-6 win over Las Vegas. Lundberg (7-6) was charged with seven runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and didn't walk a batter.

Tacoma did all their damage in the second through fifth innings, taking a 7-2 lead. The 51s batted back, scoring three in the eighth, two on a single by Luis Maza, and one in the ninth when Tony Abreu and Delwyn Young smacked back-to-back doubles.

With two out, Andy LaRoche walked to put the tying and winning runs on base but Marshall McDougall flew to center to end the game.

Young doubled twice to give him 50 this season and needs five more to break the Pacific Coast League's modern-era record for doubles. Walt Williams had 54 for Tulsa in 1966. The overall mark of 75 was set by Paul Waner of San Francisco in 1925 but the Pacific Coast League played 200 games at that time to account for the eye-popping total.

Abreu, Young, LaRoche and Chad Moeller each had a pair of hits for the 51s.

Brian Akin followed Lundberg and added 3.2 shutout innings. Eric Hull finished the game off with a hitless ninth.
  Score by Innings	
Tacoma	        012 130 000-7
Las Vegas	100 100 031-6

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss 	5  0  0  0  .334
Abreu 2b	5  2  2  0  .345
Young rf	4  1  2  1  .337
Lindsey dh	5  1  1  1  .336
LaRoche 3b	4  1  2  0  .303
McDougall 1b	5  1  1  0  .295
Maza lf	        4  0  1  2  .317
Moeller c	2  0  2  1  .310
Ruan cf	        4  0  0  0  .282
    Totals	42 6 10 6
    Tacoma	37 7 13 6

  2b- Young 2 (50) Abreu 2 (16). RBI- Moeller (4), 
Lindsey(77), Maza 2 (30), Youmg (87). LOB- Las 
Vegas 9, Tacoma 4. DP- 3 Abru and McDougall; 
Moeller and Valdez; Akin, Valdez and McDougall.
 
  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lundberg (7-6)	4.1  10  7-7  0  2  6.33
Akin	        3.2   3  0-0  0  6  4.82
Hull	        1.0   0  0-0  0  2  2.71
  HBP- by Lundberg. T-2:36. Att- 2,760.
Kershaw Earns Pitcher of the Week-- Ninteen-year-old Clayton Kershaw earned Southern League 'Pitcher of the Week' honors. The official league release said, "Age doesn't seem to bother top prospect Clayton Kershaw. Just 19 years old, Kershaw earned his first Double-A victory in his third outing with Jacksonville, allowing only two hits in six innings. Kershaw retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced.

"In his next start on Saturday, Kershaw took a no-hitter into the seventh inning while fanning 10 batters. For the week, Kershaw tallied an impressive 18 strikeouts over 13 innings while giving up a meager four hits. The seventh pick in the 2006 Draft, Kershaw is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA in Double-A and has helped keep Jacksonville in the playoff hunt."

BayBears crush Suns-- A 10-run fifth inning that featured a grand slam, propelled Mobile to a 15-7 win over Jacksonville. Justin Orenduff, Zach Hammes (5-8) and Joey Norrito were indiscriminately battered in the game.

Orenduff started and allowed five runs, three earned, over the first three innings and left trailing 5-2. The Suns tied the game in the fifth but Mobile quickly untied it in the bottom of the inning, sending 14 men to the plate in an inning that featured a bases loaded homer and a bases loaded triple.

A.J. Ellis went 4-for-4 with an RBI single in the third and a two-run homer, his fifth, in the fifth for the Suns who fell to 37-26. Alberto Concepcion Jr. added two RBIs and Juan Gonzalez doubled twice.

Hammes was tagged for eight runs on five hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. Norrito allowed two runs in the ugly fifth inning, then finished the game with three shutout innings.

Montgomery was rained out and the Suns fell 2.5 games behind them in the Southern League South second half race with only seven left to play.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	201 0  2 0 200- 7
Mobile	        203 0(10)0 00x-15

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gonzalez ss	4  1  2  1  .289
DeWitt 3b	5  1  1  0  .299
Howard 2b-lf	4  2  0  1  .301
Ellis rf	4  3  4  3  .266
Dunlap 1b	4  0  1  1  .231
Raglani lf	3  0  0  0  .251
 Norrito p	1  0  0  0  .040
 Nicholson ph	1  0  0  0  .210
Tomlin cf	3  0  0  0  .235
 Rohan ph-2b	1  0  0  0  .236
Paul rf	        3  0  1  0  .295
Concepcion ph-c	2  0  1  2  .239
Orenduff p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Hammes p	1  0  0  0  .059
 Giles lf-cf	2  0  1  0  .185
    Totals	38  7 11  7
    Tacoma	36 15 12 14

  Error- Orenduff (3), Raglani (7). 2B- Gonzalez 
2 (20), Dunlap (17), Concepcion (13). HR- Ellis 
(5). RBI- Howrad (27), Dunlap (57), Ellis 3 (51), 
Concepcion 2 (56). LOB- Jacksonville 10, Tacoma 8.

  Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff	2.1  3  5-3  2  4  4.03
Hammes (5-8)	2.1  5  8-8  3  1  5.11
Norrito	        3.1  4  2-2  2  1  4.15
 HBP- by Hammes 2. T- 2:57. Att- 2,896.
Inland Empire-- Open date.

Loons Lose Fifth Straight-- Great Lakes lost to Lansing 7-4, the Lugnuts earned a sweep, and the Loons dropped their fifth game in a row. 

Loons starter Kyle Smit (0-4) struck out the side in the first inning and Matt Berezay banged a solo home run (#11) to give Great Lakes an early 1-0 lead.

But Smit hit a batter with the bases loaded in the third, then walked in another run to put Lansing on top 2-1. Lansing added four more off the young Loons' pitcher in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead and held on to win.  

An RBI double by Francisco Lizarraga in the fifth and two runs in the eighth on an RBI ground out by Preston Mattingly and a single by Berezay ended the scoring.

Joe Jones worked the seventh and the eighth, allowing a run and Miguel Sanfler pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Loons return home for the first of two with the South Bend Silverhawks.
  
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	100 010 020-4
Lansing	        002 400 10x-7

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .211
Berezay lf	4  1  2  3  .278
Mathews 3b	3  0  0  0  .338
Perez dh	4  0  1  0  .311
Peterson rf	3  0  0  0  .274
Taloa 1b	4  1  1  0  .182
Apodaca c	4  1  1  0  .239
Lizarraga ss	3  0  1  1  .265
Robinson cf	1  1  0  0  .251
    Totals	31 4 6 4 
    Lansing	31 7 7 7 

  2B- Taloa (4), Apodaca (4). HR- Berzay  (11). 
RBI- Berezay 3 (58), Lizarraga (28). LOB- Great 
Lakes 3, Lansing 8. CS- Robinson (8). 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Smit (7-4)	5.0  4  6-6  5  7  6.86
Jones	        2.0  1  1-1  1  0  5.17
Sanfler	        1.0  2  0-0  0  3  5.43
  WP- Sanfler. HBP- By Smit, by Jones. 
T-2:21. Att- 1,541.
Jansen's Clutch Single Wins-- They may call Casper's team the "Rockies" not the "Friendly Ghosts" but they're certainly the team you like to welcome when you want to break a losing streak. Ogden proved that once again Monday by scoring a ninth-inning run that gave them a 5-4 victory.

Matt Wallach doubled in the ninth, Jeremy Brown ran for him and counted on a Kenley Jansen single to snap a four-game losing string for the Raptors. They're only 10-17 as a result but Casper is in worse shape at 9-19. Now, that's friendly.

Erik Kanaby had three hits for Ogden including his first home run, a two-run rip in the third. Wallach, Travis Vetters and Austin Gallagher all had two hits apiece while Jansen drove in two runs.

Rod Brantley gave up six hits and four runs in the six-plus innings he worked, Paul Koss went 1.2 allowing a sole hit while Johnny Caraballo (2-3) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to pick up the victory. -- Bill Shelley.
 Score by innings
Casper	020 000 200-4
Ogden	003 000 101-5

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  1  1  .321
Kanaby lf	4  1  3  2  .308
Pedroza ss	4  0  1  0  .362
Garabedian c	4  0  0  0  .250
Wallach 1b	4  0  2  0  .300
 Brown pr	0  1  0  0  .221
Vetters rf	3  1  2  0  .305
Jansen dh	3  0  1  2  .237
Gallagher 3b	3  1  2  0  .292
Fuller 2b	3  0  0  0  .260
   Totals	32 5 12 5
   Casper	33 4  8 4

 2B- Gallagher (20), Wallach (6). 3B- Vetters 
(4). HR- Kanaby (1). RBI- Rosario (30), Kanaby 
2 (16), Jansen 2 (16). CS- Vetters (2), Kanaby 
(8). LOB- Ogden (3), Casper 4.

 Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Brantley	6.1  6  4-4  2  7  4.06
Koss	        1.2  1  0-0  0  3  5.60
Caraballo (2-3)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  5.40
 WP- Brantley. T- 2:30. Att- 4,480.
Dodgers Dump Cards, Earn Finals Berth-- While the Yankees were rained out, Jonathan Dutton made sure no rain fell on the Gulf Coast Dodgers parade to the league championship series as he pitched a masterful seven and one-third innings en route to a Dodgers 6-1 squelching of the Cardinals, Monday.

As a result, the East champion Dodgers finished the regular season at 40-15 for a .727 record. The North champion Yanks wound up 42-17 for a .712 mark and now will face the Twins, the South winners, in a one-game playoff Tuesday for the right to meet the Dodgers in a best-of-three set for the league title.

Dutton (5-2), a righthander who relies heavily on a changeup and curve, allowed only two hits, walked three and struck out seven in his shutout stretch. The Cards got an unearned run off Ramon Parades, who finished.

The Dodgers scored in the third when Andrew Lambo walked, moved to third on Pedro Baez's double and came home on a wild pitch. In the third, Lyndon Poole tripled and scored on Lambo's single.

They put it away with three in the fourth when Chris Jacobs doubled in both Keyter Collado and Kyle Orr, who had walked. Jacobs later scored on a groundout.

The final series will open at Dodgertown Wednesday, then move across the peninsula Thursday with the third game, if necessary, back at Dodgertown , Friday. -- Bill Shelley.
 Score by innings
Dodgers	        011 300 010-6
Cardinals	000 000 001-1

 Dodgers	in r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	5  0  0  1  .284
Poole cf	5  1  1  0  .205
Silverio lf	5  0  1  0  .373
Lambo rf	3  1  1  1  .343
Baez 3b	        3  1  2  0  .274
Collado c	3  1  0  0  .305
Orr 1b	        3  1  0  0  .228
YGarcia 2b	2  0  0  0  .252
Jacobs dh	4  1  1  2  .250
   Totals	33 6 6 4
   Cardinals	29 1 4 0

 Error- Dutton (3), Silverio (3). 2B- Baez 
2 (14), Jacobs (5). 3b- Poole (1). RBI- Lambo 
(32), Jacobs 2 (11), Becker (20). SB- YGarcia (4). 
LOB- Dodgers 6, Cardinals 5. DP- Dutton, 
Becker and Orr.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Dutton (5-2)	7.1  2  0-0  3  7  3.26
Parades	        1.2  2  1-0  1  4  4.50
 
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