Dodger Clubs Come Up Empty on Saturday

Saturday Night Fever seemed more a precursor of the flu as Las Vegas, Inland Empire and Great Lakes all came up short last night. Jacksonville was rained out. Salt Lake made it three straight over the 51s, winning 5-3. The Sixty Sixers lost a lead in the ninth as Visalia escaped with a 5-2 victory and Great Lakes was tagged with a 10th inning homes and a 4-3 loss.

Salt Lake tops Las Vegas-- The 51s were in the running to break their two-game losing streak, trailing 4-3 after seven innings but a Bees run in the eighth and the final nine Las Vegas batters being retired in order dropped Lorenzo Bundy's club to 0-3.

The Dodgers plan to stretch ace reliever Jonathan Malone into a starter got off to a pretty good start with Meloan working four innings and allowing seven hits and a pair of runs.

The 51s tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the third when Xavier Paul reached base on a two-out error, Terry Tiffee singled and John Lindsey boomed a long triple to center field.

Meloan left after four with the game tied at 2-2 and lefty Greg Miller took over. Miller fanned a pair in a scoreless fifth but in the sixth, he struck out the first Salt Lake City batter, then issued his only free ass of the day.

Miller, plagued with such wildness last season that he was demoted to Jacksonville to find the plate, threw at attempted pickoff past Lindsey at first, gave up a run scoring double and an RBI single.

Miller closed out the inning with a strikeout, his fourth of the game, but was left trailing 4-2 and was tagged with the loss.

The 51s added a run of their own in the last of the inning when John-Ford Griffin doubled and scored on Ramon Martinez's single.

Mike Myers struck out the side in the eighth but also served up a home to finish the scoring.

Nine straight 51s went out in order over the final three innings.

Tiffee pounded out three hits, including a double, and has seven in his last two games, boosting his average to .615. John Lindsey singled and tripled and is hitting .538 after three games.

Salt Lake and Vegas will meet in the final game of the season today (Sunday).
 Score by innings
Salt Lake   002 002 010-5
Las Vegas   002 001 000-3

 Los Angeles       ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf            4  0  0  0  .214
Paul cf             4  1  0  0  .111
Tiffee 1b           4  1  3  1  .615
Lindsey 1b          4  0  2  1  .538
Griffin lf          4  1  1  0  .300
Martinez 2b         4  0  2  0  .250
Maza 3b             4  0  0  0  .000
Ardoin c            3  0  0  0  .000 
Rundgren ss         4  0  0  0  .000
  Totals           35 3  8 2
  Salt Lake        40 5 14 4 

 Error- Griffin (1), Miller (1). 2b hits-
Toffee (3), Griffin (1). 3b hits- Lindsey (1)
RBI- Tiffee (4), Lindsey (2). LOB- Las Vegas
6, Salt Lake 10.

 Las Vegas        	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Meloan            	4.0  7  2-2  0  3  4.50
GMiller (0-1)     	2.0  2  2-2  1  3  6.00
Jones             	1.0  2  0-0  0  2  0.00
Myers	                1.0  2  1-1  0  3  5.40
Falkenborg	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0 27.00
 WP- Meloan, Jones. HBP- Ardoin; by Meloan.
T- 2:57. Att- 6.860.
Suns Rained out-- The Jacksonville Suns were rained out Saturday night and will play a doubleheader today (Sunday) with the first game starting a 3:05.

Bid For First Win Fails-- Inland Empire exceptional pitching gave the 66ers a real shot at their first win of the season. They scored singled runs n the third and fourth and led 2-0 into the eighth and 2-1 into the ninth before the roof caved in on them.

Four Visalia runs clattered across the plate to hand Inland Empire a 5-2 loss.

James Adkins drew the start and he was followed by Alberto Bastardo, also a starter, "piggy-backed" with Adkins because of a low pitch after abbreviated time on the mound in spring training.

Adkins, a supplemental first round pick in the 2007 draft, was nearly untouchable, allowing only a pair of singles over his four innings. Bastardo, who spent all of 2007 with the Sixers, retired the first nine batters he faced until allowing a run on a double in the eighth inning.

The game was handed to Jesus Rodriguez (0-1) to finish but he quickly gave up a single and a homer, putting Visalia in the lead 3-2. Rodriguez left the game with an apparent injury and Francisco Felix allowed the final two runs.

The Sixers opened the scoring in the third inning. With one out, Ryan Rogowski singled and Trayvon Robinson reached on an infield single.

Robinson bumped into the first baseman just as the throw from third base arrived, the ball bounced away and Rogowski made it to third. Robinson then took off for second before the Visalia starter threw a pitch and was thrown out, but Rogowski scored on the play.

Inland Empire added to the lead in the fourth inning, but poor baserunning again cost them. Drew Locke and Matt Berezay led off with singles and were sacrificed to second and third. Gabriel Gutierrez singled to center to score Locke and make it 2-0, but when Berezay was held at third, Gutierrez was thrown out trying to advance to second.

The Sixers had only two baserunners in the final five innings, a one-out walk by Rogowski in the seventh and a leadoff single by Josh Bell in the eighth.

In innings six through nine, the Sixers are batting just 3-for-38 (.079) in the first three games of the season.?

?Hough Leaves 66ers-- Veteran pitching coach Charlie Hough has had to leave the team because of an ailing back. Taking his place on a temporary basis is former big league pitcher George Culver, who won 48 games in the big leagues for the Indians, Reds, Cardinals, Astros, Dodgers, and Phillies from 1966-74.
  Score by Innings
Visalia	        000 000 014-5
Inland Empire	001 100 000-2

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .231
Hunt ss	        4  0  1  0  .200
Bell 3b	        4  0  2  0  .417
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .182
Locke dh	4  1  1  0  .200
Berzay rf	4  0  1  0  .250
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .100
Gutierrez c	3  0  1  1  .333
Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .286
Rogowski lf	2  1  1  0  .400
    Totals	32 2 8 0
    Visalia	33 5 7 1 

  RBI- Gutierrez (1). LOB- Inland Empire
7, Visialia 7. S- Pedroza. SB- Bell (1). 
CS- Robinson. 

  Inland Empire	in   h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins	        4.0  2  0-0  1   2  0.00 
Bastardo	4.0  1  1-1  1   4  2.25
Rodriguez (0-1)	0.0  2  3-3  1   1    --
Felix         	1.0  2  1-1  0   1 10.13
  HBP- by Adkins, By Bastardo. T- 2:56. Att- 2,616.
Loons Lose First Game in 10th-- A solo home run in the tenth gave Dayton their first victory of the 2008 season 4-3 in front of 3,610 disappointed Loons fans.  

The Loons got on the board first during a two-run fifth inning thanks to an RBI triple by outfielder Jovanny Rosario. Designated hitter Jamie Ortiz followed with a run-scoring double to make it 2-0.

Dayton would quickly answer in the sixth on a two-run single to left off Thomas Melgarejo to tie the score at two.

In the eighth, The Dragons took the lead off of the Loons bullpen when Melgarejo allowed the first two Dayton hitters he faced to reach base before giving way to Matt Sartor. He allowed an RBI single to make it 3-2.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Loons came back to tie the score thanks to a long home run by second baseman Preston Mattingly, a solo shot, his first of the season.

The Loons had a scoring chance in the ninth with runners on first and third with two outs for Rosario. The center fielder launched a deep fly ball into the left-center field gap, but a great running catch by Dragons center fielder ended the Loons' hopes for a ninth-inning victory.

In the tenth, Dayton shortstop Todd Frazier belted Sartor's 3-2 offering into the left-field lawn seats for a solo home run.

The Loons had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the inning to tie and possibly take the lead when they put runners on the corners with one out for first baseman Brian Mathews.

He grounded to left side, but a diving stop by the Dayton third baseman started an around-the-horn double play, just beating Mathews to first to end the ballgame.

Kyle Smit, he Dodgers sixth selection in the 2006 draft, started for the Loons and threw five strong innings, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out six.

Melgarejo pitched two innings of relief and allowed three runs. Sartor (0-1) pitched the final three innings, striking out six, but allowed the home run to Frazier and was tagged with his first loss of the season.

Dayton improves to 1-2 while the Loons fall to 2-1. 

  The Loons-Dragons series concludes from Dow Diamond today (Sunday) afternoon. Steven Johnson is scheduled to start for the Loons. --Brad Golder, Great Lakes Director of Communications.
  Score by Innings
Dayton	        000 002 010 1-4
Great Lakes	000 020 001 0-3

  Great Lakes   ab  r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  1  1  .273
Ortiz dh	4  0  1  1  .250
Mattingly 2b	4  1  1  1  .250
Lambo lf	4  0  1  0  .375
Mathews 1b	4  0  0  0  .417
Baez 3b        	4  0  0  0  .167
Van Slyke rf	4  1  2  0  .286
Jansen c	3  0  1  0  .286
Becker ss	3  0  0  0  .111
 Kanaby ph	1  0  0  0  .222
 Dalton ss	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	35 3 7 3
   Dayton	37 4 8 4

  Error- Lambo (1), Jansen (2).
2B- Ortiz (1), Van Slyke (1). 
3b- Rosario (1). HR-Mattingly (1).
RBI- Rosario (1), Ortiz (1), Mattingly
(3). DB- Mathews (1). CS- Rosario (1).
LOB- Great Lakes 8, Dayton 6. DP- Becker,
Mattingly and Mathews. 

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er  bb so  era
Smit	        5.0  2  0-0  3  3  0.00
Melgarejo 	2.0  3  3-2  3  2  9.00
Sartor (0-1)	3.0  3  1-1  0  6  2.25
  WP- Melgarejo. HBP- Jansen. T-3:07. Att- 3,610.

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