The Days Dwindle Down...

Las Vegas smacked Salt Lake 7-3 and Jacksonville lost 6-4 to Montgomery in 10 innings. Inland Empire unloaded on Lake Elsinore 10-1 and Great Lakes dropped a 6-4 game to Fort Wayne. Ogden stopped Casper 4-3 and moved out of last place. With today's contest the 2007 regular minor league season comes to a close.

Lindsey hits in 21st; Young Nears Record-- John Lindsey smacked a pair of doubles to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 21 and drove in four as the 51s topped Salt Lake 7-3. Delwyn Young banged his 53rd double of the season and is one away from the modern Pacific Coast League record of 54.

Starter Brian Akin allowed a run on four hits while striking out four and walking one over four innings, leaving the game with a 1-0 lead. William Juarez (6-6) relieved with two runners on base and no outs in the fifth and gave up a run on two hits and striking out three in two innings to collected the win after a four-run fifth inning boosted the 51s.

Lindsey rapped a three-RBI double in the big fifth inning and added a second RBI double in the seventh. Wilson Valdez reached on a fielder's choice and scored in the first, singled in the third, walked and scored in the fifth and singled and scored again in the seventh.

Tony Abreu went 3-for-5, and Young, who has demolished the Dodgers' minor league record for doubles in a season, is one shy of tying the Pacific Coast League's modern-era record of 54, set by Tulsa's Walt Williams in 1966.

Young passed the previous Dodgers record of 46 set by Tommy Hutton in 1971 some time ago and has set the bar at a much higher level.

The top 5:
53 - Delwyn Young, Las Vegas, 1007 46 - Tommy Hutton, Spokane, 1971 45 - Eric Karros, San Antonio, 1990 43 - Luis Lopez, Bakersfield, 1987 41 - Jay Kirkpatrick, San Antonio, 1994

Season Awards-- Las Vegas President/General Manager Don Logan announced the following awards: Mayor's Trophy: Infielder John Lindsey; MVP: Outfielder Delwyn Young; Community Service Award: Catcher Octavio Martinez.

Lindsey won the Mayor's Trophy has been given annually since 1983 and is voted on by the fans. He joined the 51s on June 12 from Double-A Jacksonville and has emerged as one of the most consistent players on the team.

Young Young has been a member of the 51s for three seasons. In 2007, he was named to the PCL All-Star Team and the All-PCL Team. He was also named the Dodgers Minor League Player of the Month for June and has appeared in 8 games for the Dodgers this season, batting .500 (7-for-14) and was 4-for-4 against Cincinnati on August 9. The MVP was chosen by the 51s coaching staff.

Martinez-- participated in many kids and charity events during the 2007 season.

The 51s conclude their season with a game today in Salt Lake City.

Score by Innings Las Vegas 100 040 101-7 Salt Lake 000 011 010-3 Las Vegas ab r h bi ave Abreu 2b 5 1 3 0 .360 Valdez 3b 3 3 2 0 .337 Young rf 3 1 1 2 .337 Lindsey dh 5 1 2 4 .337 McDougall 1b 4 0 1 0 .298 Maza lf 4 0 2 0 .320 Freeman cf 4 0 0 0 .270 Huckaby c 4 0 0 0 .275 Becker ss 3 1 0 0 .000 Totals 33 7 11 6 Salt Lake 36 3 10 3 Error- Becker 2 (2). 2B- Young (53), Abreu (22), Lindsey 2 (25). RBI- Young 2 (95), Lindsey 4 (87). S- Valdez. SF- Young. LOB- Las Vegas 6, Salt Lake 7. DP- Becker, Abreu and McDougall. Las Vegas in h r-er bi so era Akin 4.0 4 1-1 1 4 5.02 Juarez (6-6) 2.0 2 1-1 0 3 5.78 Hoorelbeke 1.1 1 1-1 0 0 5.57 Hull 1.2 3 0-0 0 2 2.74 WP- Juarez. T- 2:34. Att- 4,234.

Suns One Rally Short-- Jacksonville scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings but couldn't overcome a two-run Montgomery 10th inning and lost 6-4.

The Biscuits sizzled down the stretch, winning 16 of their last 17 games and passing Jacksonville who had led the division race most of the second half.

Starter Alvis Ojeda gave up four runs on six hits and two walks while fanning four and left trailing 4-2. The Suns had scored twice in the first inning when Anthony Raglani walked with the bases loaded and Alberto Concepcion was hit by a pitch to force in another run.

A.J. Ellis drilled a homer, his seventh, to lead off the ninth and cut the Biscuits lead to 4-3, then David Nicholson's RBI double tied the game.

Reliever Mark Alexander (5-1) worked 2.2 innings and gave up two runs in the 10th to take the loss.

Score by Innings Montgomery 012 100 000 2-6 Jacksonville 200 000 002 0-4 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave Tomlin cf 4 1 0 0 .254 DeWitt 3b 5 0 0 0 .286 Howard 2b 5 0 0 0 .299 Ellis c 4 2 1 1 .268 Dunlap dh 2 0 0 0 .224 Paul pr-dh 1 0 0 0 .291 Raglani lf 3 1 0 1 .249 Concepcion 1b 3 0 1 1 .239 Nicholson ss 4 0 1 1 .215 Giles rf 3 0 0 0 .179 Totals 30 4 4 4 Montgomery 37 6 8 6 Error- Concepcion (11). 2B- Nicholson (6). HR- Ellis (7). LOB- Jacksonville 7, Montgomery 11. SB- Tomlin (13). Jacksonville in h r-er bb so era Ojeda 4.0 6 4-4 2 4 5.56 Wade 3.0 0 0-0 2 1 3.44 Alexander (5-1) 2.2 2 2-2 4 1 4.41 Troncoso 0.1 0 0-0 0 1 3.24 Balk- Ojeda. HBP- Concepcion. T-2:52. Att- 6,066.

Sixers All Over Lake Elsinore-- Marlon Arias (12-4) pitched six scoreless innings and Inland Empire banged out 14 hits while stopping the Storm 10-1. The game was a tune-up for the playoff against the same South Division champion Lake Elsinore on Wednesday.

Arias allowed just four hits, no walks and fanned five. Jesus Rodriguez, Garrett White and Jacobo Meque added three hitless innings, allowing only an unearned run.

Lucas May, Russell Mitchell and Ryan Rogowski each had multiple hits and combined to go 10-for-15 with three doubles, a homer, four runs batted in and six runs scored to lead the attack.

Mitchell belted his 21st long ball of the season in the seventh inning with one on and one out and added three singles to his total. May singled and doubled twice, while Rogowski had a pair of singles and a double, adding three stolen bases to run his total to 39 on the season.

The regular season ends with double header at Lake Elsinore. Should Inland Empire win both games they will have home field advantage against the Storm in the first round of the playoffs. If the 66ers lose either game, the first game on Wednesday will be in San Bernardino. If the 66ers sweep the double dip, Wednesday's contest will be in Lake Elsinore.

Score by Innings Inland Empire 011 200 204-10 Lake Elsinore 000 000 100- 1 Inland Empire ab r h bi ave Godwin cf 3 0 0 1 .271 Justis 1b 4 1 1 0 .297 May c 5 3 3 1 .255 Mitchell 3b 5 2 4 2 .270 Hoffmann rf 3 1 1 2 .312 Bell dh 5 0 1 1 .173 Pedroza 2b 0 0 0 0 .300 Gonzalez 2b 4 0 0 0 .188 Hunt ss 2 2 1 0 .291 Rogowski lf 5 1 3 1 .254 Totals 31 10 14 8 Lake Elsinore 32 1 4 8 Error- Hunt 2 (6), Justis (11). 2B- Rogowski (27), May 2 (25). Justis (15). HR- Mitchell 21). RBI- Rogowski (46), Hoffmann 2 (81), Godwin (31), Mitchell 2 (80), May (89), Bell (9). S- Hoffmann, Godwin. LOB- Inland Empire 8, Lake Elsinore 6. SB- Rogowski 3 (39) Godwin 2 (24). CS- Hunt (8), Pedroza (1). DP- Hunt, Gonzalez and Justis; Gonzalez, Hunt and Justis. Inland Empire in h r-er bb so era Arias (12-4) 6.0 4 0-0 0 5 5.32 Rodriguez 1.0 0 1-0 0 1 3.45 White 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 0.00 Meque 1.0 0 0-0 0 3 4.72 WP- Rodriguez. HBP- by Arias 2. PB- May (30). T- 2:53. Att- 3,421.

Struggling Loons Lose Again-- A five-run seventh inning killed Great Lakes chances in the final series of the season with the Fort Wayne and they lost by a score of 8-3.

James Adkins started the game and again made a three-inning appearance. He didn't allowing a run or hit to lower his ERA to 2.42.

The Loons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth when catcher Juan Apodaca singled home Matt Berezay and Scott Van Slyke added a two-run double.  

Reliever Tim Sexton (3-1) ran into trouble in the sixth inning, allowing a two-run homer and a bases-loaded triple in the seventh. When the smoke cleared, the Wizards led by four.

Jonathan Figueroa gave up his first run of the season on a solo home run in the eighth inning and after working 2.1 innings his earned run average "ballooned" to 0.90. The lefty got six of his seven outs on strikeouts.

The Loons play the final game of their inaugural season tonight against Fort Wayne and the game is sold out, as was the entire three-game series.
 Score by innings
Fort Wayne	000 002 510-8
Great Lakes	000 300 000-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly 2b	        4  0  0  0  .210
Berezay lf	        4  1  2  0  .279
Mathews 3b	        4  0  0  0  .322
Taloa 1b	        4  0  0  0  .203
Apodaca c	        4  1  1  1  .254
Santana dh	        4  1  2  0  .222
Van Slyke dh	4  0  2  2  .248
Rivera ss	        4  0  1  0  .259
Robinson cf	        3  0  0  0  .253
    Totals	                35 3 8 3
    Fort Wayne	37 8 9 8

  Error- Mathews (6). 2B- Berezay (34), Van 
Slyke 2 (18). RBI- Apodaca (27), Van Slyke 2. 
LOB- Great Lakes 5, Fort Wayne 10. SB- Rivera (3).

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins	                3.0  0  0-0  1  2  2.42
Sexton (3-1)	        3.2  7  7-5  2  4  3.57
Figueroa	        2.1  2  1-1  4  6  0.90
  HBP- by Figueroa. T-2:28. Att- 5,484.

Raptors Make it Two Straight-- For the second straight day Ogden received a strong pitching performance and the Raptors have escaped the basement as a result. This time it was Rodney Brantley to the rescue as the Raptors edged Casper 4-3, thrusting the losing Rockies back into last place as a result.

Brantley threw six shutout innings before running out of gas in the seventh and the Raptors scored all their runs in the third to pull to 13-20 for the season. Not all that much, true, but enough to move past Casper, which dropped to 11-21.

Brantley was in command through six but in the seventh the Rockies loaded the bases against him on a single and two walks with none out. That brought in Paul Koss and the Rocks managed two runs. When Koss threw a home run ball in the eighth, Casper was within one and Doug Brooks came in to get the final two outs. Johnny Caraballo held them off in the ninth for his ninth save and second in two days.

Brantley (2-1) allowed five hits and the two runs in the six innings he was credited with.

In the third, Erik Kanaby singled in the first run for the Raptors and Alex Garabedian followed with a run-scoring double. Travis Vetters and Jamie Ortiz plated the other two with groundouts. --Bill Shelley.

Score by Innings Ogden 004 000 000-4 Casper 000 000 210-3 Ogden ab r h bi ave Rosario cf 5 1 2 0 .321 Kanaby lf 5 1 2 1 .326 Garabedian c 5 1 1 1 .226 Vetters rf 4 0 2 1 .299 Ortiz 1b 4 0 1 1 .267 Jansen dh 4 0 2 0 .234 Gallagher 3b 4 0 1 0 .283 Fuller ss 4 0 0 0 .240 Dalton 2b 3 1 1 0 .196 Totals 38 4 12 4 Casper 35 3 9 3 2B- Garabedian (9), Vetters (9). RBI- Kanaby (18), Garabedian (19), Vetters (37), Ortiz (32). LOB- Ogden 8, Casper 9. DP- Fuller, Dalton and Ortiz. Ogden in h r-er bb so era Brantley (2-1) 6.0 5 2-2 2 6 3.89 Koss 1.1 3 1-1 1 3 5.28 Brooks 0.2 0 0-0 0 0 5.66 Caraballo (sv 9) 1.0 1 0-0 1 0 4.64 HBP- Dalton. T- 2:52. Att- 955.
 

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