Yanks Maul Coasties for GCL Title

The Yankees beat the Dodgers (long-time Dodger fans are sick of that line) to take the Coast League championship and Jacksonville was eliminated from a spot in the playoffs by Montgomery. Andy LaRoche sparked Vegas to a win over Salt Lake, Preston Mattingly helped Great Lakes beat Michigan and it was the same old story for Ogden, a disappointing loss. Inland Empire was rained out.

End of the Road for the Dodgers-- For the Dodgers, the title game in the Gulf Coast League was like a contestant on "Dancing With The Stars" who reaches the finals only to trip over his partner and lie on his face while he gets trampled. The Yankees certainly did the stomping to mambo away with the championship in an 8-1 romp that gave them the series two games to one.

Just as they had in the opening game of the best-of-three set, the Dodgers scored first only for the Yanks to have their way the rest of the time. The Yanks outhit the Dodgers 12-6, thoroughly outpitched them and spent the long hot afternoon on Dodgertown's Field One, taking what looked like potential hits away and turning them into outs.

Tim Donnehy may have been the Yanks' No., 4 starter but he hardly pitched that way, stifling the Dodgers on six hits and that lone first-inning run. Wilkins De La Rosa took over for two in which he gave up one hit and Josue Selenas finished the job with a 1-2-3 ninth.

It had all started so promisingly, too. After lefthander Michael Watt wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first, Joe Becker doubled, moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Curt Bradley and scored when Alfredo Silverio singled. But that was to be it for L.A.'s crew, who had evened the series with a 5-0 win In the second game after falling in the opener.

Jesus Montero drove the ball over the left field fence to even the score in the second and the wheels came off the next inning when Watt walked the bases loaded. One run scored on a sacrifice fly, then Montero doubled to chase Watt in favor of Danny Danielson, who threw a wild pitch for still another run.

The Yanks went on to pick up three runs off Danielson in the three innings he was involved and added another off Luis Garcia. Only Eduardo Perez, who worked the final two, survived unscathed.

Meanwhile the Yankee defense was turning four double plays to ease the way for Dennehy and company.

This was the second season in a row in which the Dodgers have won their division, then reach the finals only to once more come up a game short. --Bill Shelley.

Score by innings Yankees 013 301 000-8 Dodgers 100 000 000-1 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Becker ss 4 1 1 0 .333 Bradley lf 2 0 0 0 .000 Silverio cf 4 0 1 1 .273 Lambo rf 4 0 1 0 .273 Baez 3b 4 0 0 0 .100 Orr 1b 4 0 0 0 .167 Collado c 2 0 0 0 .333 Erickson c 0 0 0 0 .000 JGarcia 1b 3 0 0 0 .000 YGarcia dh 3 0 3 0 .429 Totals 30 1 6 1 Yankees 39 8 12 7 Error- Baez (2). 2B- Becker (1). RBI- Silverio (3). S- Bradley. LOB- Dodgers 5, Yankees 9. Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Watt (0-1) 2.2 3 4-4 3 3 13.50 Danielson 1.1 3 3-3 1 1 11.57 LGarcia 2.0 4 1-1 0 1 4.50 EPerez 2.0 2 0-0 0 2 0.00 WP- Danielson. T- 2:43.

LaRoche Bombs Bees-- Andy LaRoche lined a pair of two-run homers to go with a single and a double to power visiting Las Vegas past Salt Lake, 11-9, on Friday. The third baseman knocked in four runs.

LaRoche homered the fourth to put the 51s on top, 3-1, then added his 18th homer in the 11th to break a 9-9 tie. His double helped the 51s score three times in the ninth to send the game into extra innings and his four hits raised his average to .310.

Choo Freeman went 3-for-6 with a two-run homer, his ninth, in the sixth. John Lindsey, who delivered a run-scoring groundout in the first and doubled in the 11th to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. Marshall McDougall added two RBIs for Las Vegas, which pounded out 20 hits.

Starter Eric Cyr allowed seven runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits in four innings. Reliever William Juarez (5-6) scattered two hits in the final two innings to earn the win.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	  100 203 003 002-11
Salt Lake	  010 600 020 000- 9

  Las Vagas	      ab  r   h   bi   ave
Valdez ss	         5   2   2   0   .334
Abreu 2b	         6   1   2   0   .349
Young rf	                 6   1   2   1   .334
Lindsey dh 	         6   1   1   1   .338   
LaRoche 3b	         6   4   4   4   .310
Mc Dougall 1b 	 6   1   2   2   .301
Freeman c	         6   1   3   2   .275
 Huckaby c	         6   0   3   0   .279
Ruan lf	                 3   0   1   0   .282
 Maza ph-lf	         1   0   0   0   .313
    Totals	              51  11  20  10
    Salt Lake 	      42    9  19   6

  Error- Freeman (5), Ruan (5), LaRoche (9). 
2B- Abreu (21), McDougall 2 (18), LaRoche 
(18), Lindsey (23). HR- LaRoche 2 (18), 
Freeman (9). RBI- Lindsey (82), LaRoche 4 
(48), Freeman 2 (48), Young (90). LOB- Las 
Vegas 9, Salt Lake 9. DP- 4 Abreu, Valdez 
and McDougll 2; Valdez unassisted; Valdez, 
Abreu and McDougall.

  Las Vegas	   in    h   r-er  bb  so   era
 Cyr	                 4.0  10   7-3   2   2   5.56
Bauer	         3.0     3   0-0   1   3   3.51
Pollok	         2.0     4   2-2   0   2   5.71
Juarez (5-6)	 2.0     2   0-0   1   1   5.81
  WP- Pollok. T- 3:34. Att- 9,284.

Biscuits Smack Suns, Clinch Title-- Faced with a near-impossible task of sweeping red-hot Montgomery, Jacksonville fell in the opener 6-3 and with the loss fell out of the battle for the second-half title.

Chris Nowak got the Biscuits off on the right foot by slugging a three-run homer off Clayton Kershaw (1-2) in the first inning and win Montgomery's 12th straight victory.

Kershaw surrendered six runs -- three earned -- on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

Alberto Concepcion Jr. lined an RBI single before Cory Dunlap and Xavier Paul drew bases-loaded walks in the sixth to account for Jacksonville's three runs.
  Score by Innings
Montgomery	    301 200 000-6
Jacksonville	    000 003 000-3

  Jacksonville	ab  r   h   bi   ave		
Paul rf	                3   0   1   1   .293
DeWitt 3b	        5   0   0   0   .286
Howard 2b	        5   1   1   0   .299
Ellis c	                5   1   3   0   .270
Raglani lf	        5   0   1   0   .250
Concepcion 1b     5   1   2   1   .239
Tomlin cf	        4   0   1   0   .247
Nicholson ss	        2   0   2   0   .214
Rohan dh	        2   0   0   0   .230
Dunlap ph-dh	0   0   0   1   .229
    Totals	                36  3  11  3
    Montgomery	35  6   9  6

  Error Kershaw (1). 2B- Tomlin (18), 
Concepcion (14). RBI- Concepcion (57), 
Dunlap (58), Paul (50). LOB- Jacksonville 
12, Montgomery 10. 

  Jacksonville	   in   h   r-er  bb  so   era
Kershaw (1-2)	  3.1   6   6-3   3   4   3.65
Wright	                  3.1   2   0-0   3   2   2.58
 Troncoso  	          2.1   1   0-0   0   1   3.26
   WP- Kershaw. HBP- Paul. 
T- 3:06. Att- 10,438.

Inland Empire-- rained out. Torrential rains and wind gusts up to 70 mph cancelled Friday's game. A double header will be scheduled either Sunday or Monday. 

Sgt. Preston to the Rescue-- Preston Mattingly ripped a three-run double in the tenth inning to help Great Lakes beat the West Michigan Whitecaps by a score of 5-3.

The Whitecaps took a 1-0 lead in the second but a solo home run by Juan Apodaca in the fifth, his eighth of the season, tied the game at 1-1. Michigan scored again in the sixth for a 2-1 margin and the game moved that way into the ninth. Then with one out, Brian Mathews, who was hitting .325 in 19 games but without an RBI, belted a game-tying solo home run sending he game into extra innings.

In the tenth, two throwing errors and a walk to Trayvon Robinson loaded the bases for Mattingly. The second baseman lined three-run double to give the Loons a 5-2 lead. Mattingly had been in a slump ever since the month of July and had hit .143 over the last two months but this week, Preston is 9–for his last- 27, hitting an even .300.

Closer Miguel Sanfler allowed a run in the last of the 10th but got a game-ending double play to seal the win.

Steven Johnson started for the Loons and went 6.2 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. Sanfler (3-4) picked up his third win of the year going 3.1 innings allowing just one run. The southpaw has allowed just one run in his last three appearances (5.1 IP).

The Loons wrap up their inaugural season Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a three-game series against the Fort Wayne Wizards. They announced that all three games have been sold out, ending all ticket sales for the 2007 inaugural season.

The Loons have surpassed the 300,000 mark in attendance in their inaugural season and are averaging 4,742 fans per game at Dow Diamond.  With sellouts already guaranteed for the final three games, the Loons will finish 2007 with 30 sellouts in 68 home dates.
  Score by Innings	
Great Lakes	           000 010 001 3-5
West Michigan	  010 001 000 1-3

  Great Lakes	 ab  r   h   bi   ave
Mattingly 2b	         5   0   1   3   .216
Berezay lf	         5   0   0   0   .274
Mathews 3b	         5   1   2   1   .325
Taloa 1b	         4   0   0   0   .225
 Perez 1b	         0   0   0   0   .309
Santana dh	         4   0   0   0   .221
Apodaca c	         4   2   2   1   .253
Van Slyke rf	         3   1   1   0   .244
Rivera ss	         3   0   0   0   .248
Robinson cf	        3   1   1   0   .257
    Totals	                36  5  5  7
    W.Michigan	32  3  6  3        

  Error- Apodaca (5)Apodaca (8), Mathews (1). 
RBI- Apodaca (26), mathews (1), Mattingly 3 
(40). S- Rivera, Van Slyke. LOB- Great Lakes 
4, West Michigan 7. DP- Rivera and Perez; 
Sanfler, Rivera and Perez. 
	
  Great Lakes	  in   h   r-er  bb  so   era
Johnson	                6.2   5   1-1   0   7   1.13
Sanfler (3-4)	        3.1   2   1-1   1   0   5.29
  HBP- by Sanfler. PB- Apodaca (8). 
T-2:38. Att- 9,231.

Orem Drops Raptors-- Throughout the travail that this season has been for Ogden the Raptors always had the consolation that as bad as things have gone, Casper was worse. Sadly, they don't even have that consolation now for having suffered another setback- this one, 5-3 to Orem- the Raptors are now alone in last place.

That's right, Casper has climbed out of thecellar where they have previously spent the season. Only by one-half game, true, but they're now 11-19 while the Raptors sank to the bottom at 11-20.

It was the turn of Matt Sartor to suffer Friday. Sartor, a free agent pickup who has generally pitched quite well, came on in the eighth in a 3-all tie, walked a man who moved up on a sacrifice, intentionally walked another to get to Hetor Estrella, who made him pay by ripping a triple, driving home the winners for the Owlz.

The Raptors scored their first run in the third when Jovanny Rosario doubled and came home on an error. Jaime Ortiz delivered a single that drove two more home in the sixth. Alex Garabedian was the only Raptor with two hits.

Michael Gardner started for Ogden, giving up five hits and two runs in four innings. Doug Brooks allowed a solo homer in three innings before Sartor came on to lose his first decision. --Bill Shelley.

Score by Innings Ogden 001 002 000-3 Orem 011 001 02x-5 Ogden ab r h bi ave Rosario cf 5 1 1 0 .324 Kanaby lf 4 0 1 0 .324 Garabedian c 4 1 2 0 .269 Vetters rf 2 1 0 0 .295 Jansen dh 4 0 0 0 .226 Ortiz 1b 3 0 1 2 .266 Herrera 2b 3 0 0 0 .280 Fuller 3b 3 0 0 0 .245 Dalton ss 4 0 0 0 .179 Totals 32 3 5 2 Orem 29 5 7 5 Error- Gardner 2 (4). 2B- Rosario (9). RBI- Ortiz 2 (31). CS- Kanaby (10). Ogden in h r-er bb so era Gardner 4.0 5 2-2 3 3 4.12 Brooks 3.0 1 1-1 2 3 5.73 Sartor (0-1) 1.0 1 2-2 2 0 2.76 HBP- By Brooks; Ortiz, Vetters. T-2:555. Att- 2,684.

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