Yankees Blast Coasties in First Game

The Gulf Coast Dodgers dropped the opening game of the GCL playoffs to the Yankees. However, the four full-season teams recorded wins: Las Vegas beat Tacoma, Jacksonville kept their hopes alive with a win at Mobile, Inland Empire clinched a playoff slot by beating Stockton and Great Lakes dumped South Bend. Ogden dropped a 3-2 decision to Casper.

Dodgers Lose Opener-- The Dodgers had the home field advantage for the opener of the Gulf Coast championship series but the Yankees seemed to have every other one as they thoroughly dominated in an 11-4 stroll, Wednesday.

Although the Dodgers were supposed to have the big hitters, it was the Yanks that pounded out 15 in the rout. Meanwhile, four Yankee hurlers held the Dodgers in check with seven hits.

Thus, the North Division winning Yanks take a 1-0 advantage back to their home base as the scene shifts to Tampa Thursday where the Dodgers, who won the East Division, will use righthander Justin Miller (2-1, 3.57) in an effort to keep the Yanks from clinching while evening the best-of-three series.

It was the Dodgers who jumped off first, thanks to Yank miscues in the first inning. Joe Becker walked and Lyndon Poole laid down a sacrifice bunt. Catcher Jesus Montero fielded the ball but threw wildly over first into right field allowing Becker to come all the way around and Poole into second. Poole then advanced on a wild pitch and counted on Alfredo Silverio's sacrifice fly.

But that was pretty much it for the Dodgers. Their starter, Daigaro Rondon had neither the command nor the pitches he'd displayed during the regular season and was in trouble throughout. He crashed in the third when Gerard Rodriguez ripped a three-run homer to highlight a four-run inning that had the Yanks moving out. And they never really stopped.

Rondon, the loser, gave up nine hits and six runs in the five innings he worked. Eric Thompson came on only to be kicked around for four runs in two innings. Jesus Gomez was nicked for one in the two innings he worked.

Manuel Berrada, winner Justin Segal, Link Saunders and Michael Hyde held the Dodgers down although Becker sent a solo homer out in the fifth. Both Kyle Orr and Keyter Collado had a pair of hits

If the Dodgers win Thursday's contest, game three will be back at Dodgertown Friday.--Bill Shelley.
  Score by Innings
Yankees	004 023 110-11
Dodgers	200 011 000- 4

  Dodgers	ab   h  bi  ave
Becker ss	5  2  3  1  .60.
Poole cf	3  1  0  0  .000
Silverio lf	3  0  0  1  .000
Lambo rf	4  0  0  0  .000
Baez 3b	        2  1  0  0  .000
Collado c	3  0  2  1  .667
Orr 1b	        4  0  2  1  .500
YGarcia 2b	4  0  0  0  .000
Jacobs dh	3  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	29  4  7  3
    Yankees	42 11 15 10

  Error- Baez (1). HR- Becker (1). RBI- Silverio 
(1), Becker (1), Orr (1). S- Poole. SF- Silverio. 
LOB- Dodgers 7, Yankees 8. 

  Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rondon (0-1)	5.0  6  6-6  2  5  10.80
Thompson	2.0  4  4-3  1  2  13.50
Gomez	        2.0  2  1-1  0  2   4.50
  WP- Rondon. HBP- Poole; Baez.
Pinango Leads Vegas-- Starter Miguel Pinango (9-7) hurled six solid innings for his team-leading ninth win as Las Vegas dropped visiting Tacoma, 6-3, on Wednesday.

The remarkable John Lindsey continued to sizzle with the bat. He was 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. The 30-year-old first baseman is batting .406 with three homers and 18 RBIs during the streak.

Tony Abreu stroked two doubles and scored twice for Las Vegas (63-76), while Chad Moeller ripped a solo homer, his first since he was acquired from Triple A Louisville on August 14.

The 51s struck for a pair of runs in each the first and second innings, then held on for the win. An RBI single by Andy LaRoche and an error accounted for the first inning runs, then Moeller homered, Abreu doubled and Chin-Lung Hu singled for two more in the second.

Another Abreu double and Delwyn Young's sac fly in the fifth made it and Wilkin Ruan singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a passed ball and scored on Young's sac fly.

Matt Bauer took over the Pinango and worked a scoreless seventh and eighth, then Eric Hull allowed four hits and a run but escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning.
  Score by Innings
Tacoma	        100 000 101-3
Las Vegas	220 010 10x-6

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	4  2  2  0  .353
Hu ss	        4  0  1  1  .321
Young rf	3  1  2  2  .338
Lindsey 1b	3  1  2  0  .343
LaRoche 3b	4  0  1  1  .298
Freeman cf	4  0  1  0  .271
Moeller c	3  1  1  1  .313
Ruan lf	        4  1  1  0  .281
    Totals	41 6 11 5
    Tacoma	41 3 17 3

  2B- Abreu 2 (19), Freeman (15). HR- Moeller 
(1). RBI- LaRoche (44), Moeller (5), Hu (28), 
Young 2 (89). SF- Young. LON- Las Vegas 6, 
Tacoma 13. DP- Abreu, Hu and Lindsey 2; 
Lindsey (unassisted).

  Las Vegas	 in   h  r-er bb so era
Pinango (9-7)	6.0  11  2-2  0  4  4.07
Bauer	        2.0   2  0-0  2  3  3.86
Hull	        1.0   4  1-1  0  2  2.81
  HBP- Lindsey. T- 2:45. Att- 3,083.
Ellis' Homer in 10th Wins-- A.J. Ellis smacked a three-run homer in the 10th inning to break a 5-5 tie, then Mark Alexander (5-0) coughed up a homer but held on as Jacksonville stopped Mobile 8-6.

Ellis also had an RBI double in the first inning, then trailing 3-1 in the sixth, Anthony Raglani whacked a grand slam for his 21st home run. Blake Dewitt and Kevin Howard walked and Ellis reached base on a misplayed fielder's choice in the sixth to load the bases for Raglani.

Blake Dewitt and Kevin Howard each singled in the 10th before Ellis' game winning shot, his sixth home run of the season. The 25-year-old catcher is 7-for-14 with three homers and nine RBIs over his last four games.

Starter Greg Miller allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and three walks while fanning seven over 4.1 frames. Cory Wade allowed one run and one hit over 3.1 innings and Alexander allowed two runs and blew the save but earned his fifth win.

The Suns (38-27) trail Montgomery, who are on an 11-game winning streak, by four games in the Southern League's South Division and still have a chance at the second-half title but will have to sweep the Biscuits in the final five games of the season in Jacksonville starting Friday. Both teams have today off.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul lf	        4  0  0  0  .292
DeWitt 3b	3  2  1  0  .298
Howard 2b	3  3  1  0  .301
Ellis c	        4  2  2  4  .265
Dunlap 1b	4  0  0  0  .229
 Rohan 1b	1  0  0  0  .233
Raglani rf	5  1  1  4  .251
Tomlin cf	3  0  0  0  .247
Nicholson 	3  0  0  0  .205
Miller p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Wade p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .179
 Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
    Total	35 8  5 8
    Mobile	35 6 10 5

  Error Mille (1), Raglani (8), Ellis (6). 
2B- Ellis (21). HR- Raglani (21), Ellis (6).
RBI- Ellis 4 (55), Raglani 4 (67). 
LOB- Jacksonville 4, Mobile 9. 
DP- Nicholson, Howard and Dunlap.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Miller 	        4.1  6  3-2  3  7  4.50
Wade	        3.2  1  1-1  0  4  1.50
Alexander (4-0)	2.0  3  2-2  1  1  4.31
  HBP- Nicholson. T- 3:04. Att- 2,986.
Sixers Clinch Playoff Spot-- Inland Empire used tough pitching by Mario Alvarez (7-9) and runs batted in by Jamie Hoffman and Adam Godwin for a 2-1 win over Stockton. The Sixers' win and reliever Miguel Ramirez picked up his first save with two scoreless innings.

The 66ers entered the game with a magic number of two and benefitted from the Mavericks' 2-1 win over the Quakes. Inland Empire currently is one game behind Lake Elsinore in the battle for the No.2 seed in the South Division playoffs.

Alvarez, who fanned 10 his last game, stuck out six and allowed a first run but then worked five scoreless innings. Jesus Rodriguez and Ramirez combined for three hitless innings to seal the victory.

Held to one hit in the first three innings, Inland Empire scored in the fourth on Jamie Hoffmann's RBI double with Lucas May on base. Adam Godwin's fifth-inning RBI single drove in Bridger Hunt and broke the 1-1 tie.

Godwin was the only Sixer with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a walk, and he stole his 20th base of the season. Anthony Rogowski ran his stolen base total to 36.

The two teams meet again tonight, then Inland Empire finished the season with four games at Lake Elsinore.
  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 110 000-2
Stockton	100 000 000-1
  
  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	3  0  2  1  .274
Justis 1b	4  0  0  0  .297
May dh	        3  1  1  1  .251
Mitchell 3b	4  0  1  0  .264
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  1  .312
Gutierrez c	4  0  1  0  .237
Rogowski lf 	4  0  1  0  .251
Hunt 2b-ss	4  1  1  0  .290         
 Pedroza ss	2  0  0  0  .000
 Gonzalez 2b	1  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	34 2 8 2
    Stockton	34 1 9 1

  2B- May (22), Hoffmann (22), Rogowski (26). 
RBI- Hoffmann (78), Godwin (30). S- Pedroza. 
LOB- Inland Empire 7, Stockton 8. SB- Godwin 
(20), Rogowski (36). CS- Godwin (8).

   Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (7-9)	        6.0  9  1-1  2  6  5.42
Rodriguez 	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.51
Ramirez (sv 1)	        2.0  0  0-0  0  2  5.87
  WP- Alvarez. T- 2:38. ATT- 2,098.
Berezay Slams South Bend-- Matt Berezay's fourth inning grand slam boosted Great Lakes to a 7-5 win over South Bend. All the scoring was concentrated in the third and fourth innings. The Silverhawks jumped into a 2-0 lead; Great Lakes answered with three. When South Bend scored three in the fourth, the Loons put it away with four of their own on Berezay's game-winning blast.

The Loons three runs in the bottom half of the third came a two-run double by Rick Taloa that banged off the wall in right-field and a RBI-double by designated hitter Carlos Santana to gain a 3-2 lead. 

After the SilverHawks scored three runs in the top of the fourth, a walk by Scott Van Slyke and singles by Trayvon Robinson and Preston Mattingly loaded the bases Berezay's 12th home run landed half way up in the lawn seating area in right field.

Paul Coleman started for the Loons and struggled to through four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. The remarkable Jonathan Figueroa (1-0), almost cut earlier in the year, picked up his first win going 3.2 shutout innings without allowing a hit.

Figueroa tied a franchise-high by striking out seven. He has allowed zero runs over 7.2 innings and four appearances, striking out 11.

Thomas Melgarejo pitched 1.1 innings of work to pick up his third save of the season.

The Loons swept the short series, marking the first two-game winning streak at home for the ballclub since July 1-2 against Lansing.

The Loons travel Michigan for a two-game series with the West Michigan Whitecaps. They wrap up their inaugural season this weekend with a three-game series against the Fort Wayne Wizards.

Kershaw Honored-- While none of the Loons made the Midwest League All-Star game, left-hander Clayton Kershaw was named Prospect of the Year after going 7-5 with a 2.77 ERA and 134 strikeouts over 97.1 innings in 20 starts. The 19-year-old, who was promoted to Double-A Jacksonville earlier this month, pitched in the All-Star Futures Game in July and got the win for the Eastern Division in the Midwest League All-Star Game.
   Score by Innings

South Bend 	002 300 000-5
Great Lakes	003 400 00x-7

Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly 2b	5  2  3  0  .218
Rivera ss	4  0  0  0  .254
Berezay lf	4  1  2  4  .280
Taloa 1b	4  1  2  2  .206
Mathews 3b 	3  0  1  0  .338
Santana dh	4  0  2  1  .223
Apodaca c	3  0  1  0  .241
Van Slyke rf	3  1  0  0  .245
Robinson cg	3  2  2  0  .255
    Totals	33 7 13 7
    South Bend	31 7  7 5

  2B- Berezay (32), Taloa (5), Santana 2 (19). 
HR- Berezay (12), RBI- Taloa 2 (5), Santana 
(36), Berezay 4 (61). LOB- Great Lakes 6, 
South Bend 8. DP- Apodaca and Rivera.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Coleman	        4.0  7  5-5  1  2  5.26
Figueroa	3.2  0  0-0  5  7  0.00
Melgarejo	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  6.29
  HBP- by Coleman. 
Casper Edges by Raptors-- In the midst of all their season-long troubles, Ogden had some consolation in the fact that bad as things are, they could always get worse- like Casper. Lately, though, even that might change as Casper edged the Raptors 3-2 Thursday for the Rockies second straight win.

The decision left the Rockies still in last place but at 9-19, only one-half game behind the Raptors, who are 10-19.

Ogden wasted the strongest performance yet by Gil Stanke, who went five innings in which he allowed only four hits and three unearned runs. Still, he fell to 1-7 for the season. Chales Dasni went three, giving up only one hit while Given Kutz threw a scoreless inning.

Jaime Ortiz figured in both Ogden runs, singling and eventually scoring on a Parker Dalton groundout in the fifth. In the seventh, Tag Povey tripled and came home on an Ortiz grounder.--Bill Shelley.
  Score by Innings
Casper	100 000 000-3
Ogden	000 010 100-2

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf-lf	3  0  1  0  .309
Herrera	        3  0  1  0  .281
Wallach c	4  0  1  0  .298
Brown pr	0  0  0  0  .221
Jansen c	0  0  0  0  .233
Garabedian dh	3  0  1  0  .252
 Povey rf	3  1  1  0  .250
 Rosario ph-cf	1  0  0  0  .322
Ortiz 1b	4  1  1  1  .267
Fuller ss	2  0  0  0  .255
Dalton 2b	4  0  0  0  .206
    Totals	27 2 7 1
    Casper 	29 3 6 2
  
  Error- Fuller (9). 2B- Herrera (10). 
3B- Povey (1). RBI- Ortiz (28). S- Fuller, 
Garabedian. LOB- Ogden 7, Casper 5. 
SB- Garabedian (1). DP- Fuller, Dalton 
and Ortiz; Fuller and Ortiz; Ortiz and Fuller.

  Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stanke (6-4)	5.0  4  3-0  5  6  6.09
Dasni	        3.0  1  0-0  0  5  1.46
Kutz	        1.0  1  0-0  0  3  3.91
  WP- Stanke, Kutz. T- 2:39. Att- 2,037.

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