Young Smacks Record-Tying 54th Double

Delwyn Young closed out a huge season with his 54th double as Las Vegas topped Salt Lake. Jacksonville lost to Montgomery and Inland Empire dropped on to Lake Elsinore. Another bumper crowd saw Great Lakes lose to Fort Wayne but Ogden topped Casper.

Young Ties Mark-- Delwyn Young matched a modern-era Pacific Coast League record with his 54th double and John Lindsey hit in his 22nd consecutive game as Las Vegas thumped Salt Lake 12-5.

Young's double in the third inning tied him with Tulsa's Walt Williams, who set the record in 1966. San Francisco's Paul Waner holds the all-time mark of 75, established in 1925 when the Pacific Coast League played 200 games.

For a minor league player who has a 140-game season to work with, 54 doubles are a pretty good total for two-years.

With Las Vegas holding a 2-1 lead, Young's record-tying two baser drove in the first run of the third inning. John Lindsey doubled him in, Luis Maza and Wilson Valdez added RBI singles and Octavio Martinez's sac fly gave the 51s an 8-1 lead.

Lindsey's double extending his hitting streak to 22 games.

Valdez went 4-for-5, including a two-run homer, his fourth. He also singled twice in the big third inning and doubled and scored on Young's base hit in the ninth, boosting his average to .343.

Maza, who was also 4-for-5, added a run-scoring two-bagger in the second as Las Vegas cranked out 19 hits. Joe Becker had a two-run triple before Wilson's home run.

Starter Miguel Pinango (10-7) worked five innings and allowed three runs on eight hits to earn the win as Las Vegas finished 67-77.

Rick Riley, Casey Hoorelbeke and Matt Bauer gave up a pair of runs over the final four innings.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	026 030 001-12
Salt Lake	010 200 110-  5

  Las Vegas	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	        6  0  1  0  .355
Valdez cf	        5  3  4  3  .343
Young rf	                6  1  2  2  .337
Lindsey 1b	        6  1  1  1  .333
McDougall 3b	5  2  3  0  .304
Maza lf	                5  2  4  2  .330
Huckaby dh	        4  1  1  0  .274
Martinez c        	3  1  1  1  .324
 Erickson ph-c	1  0  0  0  .000
Becker ss	        4  1  2  2  .286
    Totals	              45 12 19 11
    Salt Lake	      40   5 12   5

  Error- Lindsey (5). 2B- McDougall (20), 
Maza (21), Young (54), Lindsey (26), Valdez 
(19). 3B- Becker (1). HR- Valdez (4). 
RBI- Maza 2 (34), Becker 2 (2), Young 2 
(97), Lindsey (88), Martinez (6), Valdez 
3 (29). SF- Martinez. LOB- Las Vegas 10, 
Salt Lake 10. SB- Valdez (14). 	  

  Las Vegas	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (10-7)	5.0  8  3-3  0  4  4.12
Riley	                2.0  3  1-1  2  0  6.53
Hoorelbeke	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  5.55
Bauer	               1.2  1  1-1  0  2  3.60
  T-2:57. Att- 6,367.

Four-run 13th Drops Suns-- Montgomery scored four times in the top of the 13th inning to hand Jacksonville a 7-3 loss. Had Jacksonville won, they would have become the first Southern League team to have the best overall record and miss the post-season.

"The fact that we won 80 games means we've had a good season," Suns manager John Shoemaker said. "Unfortunately, we didn't play well enough to get by one team in both halves. But to win 80 games for the seventh time in the Suns' Southern League history is a good feeling. It's nothing to be ashamed of."

The game came apart in the 13th with a pair of errors adding three unearned runs. Joey Norrito (8-5) took the loss. Four double plays helped keep the Suns in the game.

Starter Greg Miller allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while fanning five over four frames. Rohan doubled to score Howard in the second and A.J. Ellis' home run in the fourth made it 3-2 Montgomery.

The score stayed that way into the last of the ninth when Howard singled and James Tomlin doubled to tie the game and sent it into extra innings.

The Biscuits caught league-leading Jacksonville down the stretch by winning 15 of their last six games.

Score by Innings. Montgomery 100 200 000 000 0-7 Jacksonville 010 100 001 000 0-3 Jacksonville ab r h bi ave Tomlin cf 5 0 1 1 .253 Nicholson ss 6 0 1 0 .213 Dunlap dh 6 0 2 0 .226 Ellis c 6 1 2 1 .269 DeWitt 3b 3 0 0 0 .281 Raglani lf 3 0 0 0 .248 Concepcion rf-3b 5 0 1 0 .239 Howard 2b 4 2 2 0 .292 Rohan 1b 4 0 1 1 .238 Giles lf-rf 5 0 1 0 .181 Totals 47 3 11 3 Montgomery 50 7 15 5 Error- Miller (2), Rohan (11), Howard (6), Concepcion (12). 2B- Rohan (7), Ellis (22), Dunlap (18), Tomlin (20). HR- Ellis (8). RBI- Rohan (22), Ellis (57), Tomlin (27). S- Rohan. LOB- Jacksonville 12, Montgomery 11. SB- Nicholson (3). CS- Giles (3). DP- Nicholson, Howard and Rohan 2; Howard, Nicholson and Rohan; Concepcion and Ellis. Jacksonville in h r-er bb so era Miller 4.0 4 2-2 2 7 3.69 Megrew 2.0 2 0-0 0 1 5.30 Troncoso 2.0 3 0-0 0 0 3.12 Wright 2.0 1 0-0 0 1 2.49 Gonzalez 1.0 1 0-0 1 3 4.02 Norrito (8-5) 2.0 2 4-1 3 1 4.13 T-3:38. Att- 6,574.

Playoffs Start Tomorrow for Sixers-- Inland Empire, who had to win a doubleheader on the final day of the season to gain home field advantage, lost the first -- and only -- game 7-2 to Lake Elsinore to end the regular season. The two teams will meet in the first round of the California League playoffs.

The Sixers got out first when Russell Mitchell slugged his 22nd home run of the season with Shane Justis on base in the top of the first inning.

But Inland Empire would not score again and the Storm rolled up seven runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to gain the win.

Starter Mario Alvarez (7-10) took the loss, allowing five runs on six hits before leaving in the fifth inning. Miguel Ramirez allowed the final two runs before Jordan Pratt closed it out.

Bridger Hunt, playing shortstop, singled and doubled. Inland Empire managed only six hits. For the first time, San Bernardino had three players with 80 or more RBI in a season. Lucas May knocked in 89. Mitchell 82 and Jamie Hoffmann 81.

The playoff schedule:
Game 1: Wednesday at Inland Empire
Game 2: Thursday at Lake Elsinore
Game 3: (If necessary) Friday at Lake Elsinore

Score by Innings Inland Empire 200 000 0-2 Lake Elsinore 000 232 x-7 Inland Empire ab r h bi ave Godwin cf 3 0 0 0 .269 Justis 1b 3 1 1 0 .297 May dh 2 0 1 0 .256 Mitchell 3b 3 1 1 2 .270 Hoffmann rf 3 0 0 0 .309 Hunt ss 3 0 2 0 .296 Gutierrez c 3 0 1 0 .240 Pedroza 2b 2 0 0 0 .250 Rogowski lf 2 0 0 0 .253 Totals 24 2 6 2 Lk Elsinore 22 7 9 7 2B- Hunt (12). HR- Mitchell (22). RBI- Mitchell 2 (82). LOB- Inland Empire 3, Lake Elsinore 7. CS- Hunt (9). Inland Empire in h r-er bb so era Alvarez (7-10) 4.2 6 5-5 3 4 5.60 Ramirez 1.0 3 2-2 2 2 7.27 Pratt 0.1 0 0-0 0 0 6.72 T- 1:53. Att- 1,854.

Loons Lose Finale-- Great Lakes may not have had the success they had hoped for on the field but they were given stunning support with the final sellout crowd of 5,515 swelling their season attendance total to 324,564 in the first season, including 30 sellouts.

Fielding the youngest team in the Midwest League made them struggle all season and the final game was no different. Fort Wayne broke a 2-2 tie with a four-run eighth inning to win 6-2.

The game was scoreless into the fifth inning when Fort Wayne scored two on a Paul Coleman wild pitch and a single to make it 2-0.

In the bottom of the inning, Francisco Lizarraga drove in the Loons' first run on a RBI-groundout. He stole second and scored when Trayvon Robinson doubled high off the wall in left field.

Loons reliever Blake Brannon was roughed up in the eighth with a three-run home run doing most of the damage.

Coleman pitched five innings allowing three hits and two runs while striking out five. Miguel Sanfler added two hitless, scoreless innings before Brannon (2-2) was tagged with the loss. Joe Jones pitched a scoreless ninth.

Eduardo Perez and Scott Van Slyke collected three hits each and Juan Apodaca added a pair.

An on-field ceremony after the game commemorated the 2007 season with a highlight video followed by speeches from Loons manager Lance Parrish and president and general manager Paul Barbeau.  Loons players shook hands with fans as they exited Dow Diamond for the final time this season following the post-game fireworks show.

Score by Innings Fort Wayne 000 020 040-6 Great Lakes 000 020 000-2 Great Lakes Great Lakes ab r h bi ave Robinson cf 4 0 1 1 .253 Rivera 2b 4 0 0 0 .252 Berezay lf 4 0 0 0 .276 Mathews 3b 4 0 1 0 .319 Apodaca dh 4 0 2 0 .259 Santana c 4 1 1 0 .223 Perez 1b 4 0 3 0 .312 Van Slyke rf 4 0 3 0 .254 Lizarraga ss 4 1 0 1 .261 Totals 36 2 11 2 Fort Wayne 32 6 6 5 Error- Mathews (7). 2B- Santana (20), Robinson (9). RBI- Lizarraga (29), Robinson (31). LOB- Great Lakes 7, Fort Wayne 9. SB- Lizarraga (11). Great Lakes in h r-er bb so era Coleman 5.0 3 2-2 4 5 5.10 Sanfler 2.0 4 0-0 0 2 1.27 Brannon (2-2) 1.0 3 4-4 1 2 8.82 Jones 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 5.40 WP- Coleman. HBP- by Coleman. T- 2:57. Att- 5,515.

Raptors Again Enjoy Strong Pitching-- Have the Ogden Raptors overcome their pitching problems at last? It might be too late for anything but to keep them from finishing last; however, for the third straight game, Ogden got superior pitching as it defeated Casper 5-2.

This time it was lefthander Wilfredo Diaz, who gave up a two-run homer in the first, then settled in to allow the Rockies virtually nothing after that in six strong innings in which he struck out a career-high 10 batters. He moved to 3-3 as a result, then Given Kutz came on for three innings in which he was reached for only two hits to earn his first career save.

Matt Wallach, who isn't supposed to be much of a hitter, made like his dad Tim by slamming a three-run homer in the fourth inning. It was his third of the season and brought his average up to a more than respectable .290 in the process.

Erik Kanaby had a double and an RBI single while Jamie Ortiz also had two hits for the Raptors who are 14-20 for the second half. The loss dropped Casper to 11-22.

Ogden finishes the season with three games at Orem. --Bill Shelley.

Score by Innings Ogden 000 300 200-5 Casper 200 000 000-2 Ogden ab r h bi ave Rosario cf 4 0 0 0 .316 Kanaby lf 4 0 2 1 .330 Garabedian c 4 1 1 0 .266 Ortiz 1b 4 0 2 0 .271 Vetters rf 3 1 1 0 .300 Wallach dh 4 1 1 3 .290 Gallagher 3b 4 0 0 0 .277 Herrera 2b 4 1 1 0 .272 Fuller ss 3 1 1 0 .242 Totals 34 5 9 4 Casper 31 2 5 2 2B- Kanaby (4). HR- wallach (3). RBI- Wallach 3 (12), Kanaby (19). S- Fuller. LOB- Ogden 4, Casper 5. SB- Fuller (6). Ogden in h r-er bb so era Diaz (3-3) 6.0 3 2-2 3 10 4.58 Kutz (sv 1) 3.0 2 0-0 0 3 3.33 T-2:25. Att- 730.

 

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