Hitters Bang Out 57 Hits in Four Wins

Manager Joe Torre must have looked longingly at the box scores of the Dodgers minor league clubs after the four who played knocked out 57 hits and scored 32 runs while going 4-0. The 51s beat Tacoma 5-2, Jacksonville topped Birmingham 7-2, Inland Empire outscored Bakersfield 14-8 and the DSL Dodgers manhandled the Cubs2 12-2.

Garciaparra Homers in 51s Win
Nomar Garciaparra was back at shortstop on a rehab assignment with the 51s, and after striking out in his first at bat, slugged a homer with Xavier Paul on base in the third inning to give Las Vegas a 2-1 lead. A three-run eighth broke a 2-2 tie and gave Las Vegas a 5-2 win over Tacoma.

The 51s rallied in the eighth. John Lindsey walked with one out and John-Ford Griffin singled to right field. Jason Repko's single and an outfield error broke the tie, Angel Chavez's RBI double and A. J. Ellis' sac fly closed out the scoring.

Jason Johnson allowed only six hits and struck out eight over his seven inning start and it looked like he was in line for his PCL-leading 10th win of the season but Matt Riley was tagged with a game-tying home run in the eighth, blowing the save but gaining the win on the 51s three-run rally.

Brian Falkenborg pitched around a ninth-inning double for his 13th save.

The 51s Jon Meloan will face Joe Woerman of the Raniers tonight.

Significant Step for Nomar
"The uncertainty is still there," Garciaparra told the Las Vegas Review-Journal before the game. A former six-time All-Star, Garciaparra hasn't played short in his three seasons with the Dodgers but with Rafael Furcal out with a back injury, the Dodgers need him and his bat at short.

Garciaparra, coming off a calf injury, struck out in his first at bat and smacked a two-run homer to left field in the second. He will get three at-bats tonight and four Thursday before deciding Friday's schedule.

"Especially when you're an infielder, quick moves and any type of left-right action, charging balls, going back on popups, is a possible injury and you've got to be careful," 51s manager Lorenzo Bundy said. "He's going in the right direction, and hopefully the games here will help him to continue to improve."

After the series, Garciaparra heads back to the Dodgers to end his stay on the 60-day disabled list. Then Nomar may be a major part of the Dodgers' lineup or may have to shut it down again.

"We'll see how it goes, see how I feel," Garciaparra said. "If I don't injure it again, I'll play the rest of the year.''

Left-hander Eric Stults, who was scheduled to start Thursday, was called up by the Dodgers and is expected to start against the Cincinnati Reds instead.

  Score by Innings
Tacoma	        001 000 010-2
Las Vegas	002 000 03x-5

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	5  1  3  0  .306
Garciarparra ss	2  1  1  2  .333
 Garcia ss	2  0  0  0  .308
Tiffee 3b	4  0  0  0  .406
Lindsey 1b	3  1  1  0  .327
Griffin lf	4  1  2  0  .286
Repko rf	4  1  1  0  .263
Chavez 2b	4  2  0  1  .275
Ellis c	        3  0  0  1  .306
 Ruan dh	4  0  2  0  .400
  Totals	35 5 12 4
  Tacoma	30 2  8 2

  Error- Johnson (1). 2B- Lindsey
(18), Paul (15), Chavez (14). 3B-
Paul (3). HR- Garciaparra (1) (3).
Chavez (42), Ellis (31). RBI- 
Garciaparra 2 (3), Chavez (42),
Ellis (31). SF- Ellis. LOB- Las
Vegas 8, Tacoma 5. DP- Ellis and 
Garciaparra.  

  Las Vegas	         in  h  r -er bb so  era
Johnson        	        7.0  6  1-1  1  8  4.14
Riley (1-1)	        1.0  1  1-1  0  2  3.23
Falkenborg (sv 13) 	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.82
  T- 2:37. Att- 2,511.
White Wins Second for Jacksonville
Lefthander Cody White allowed two runs in the first inning, then limited the Barons to three hits over six shutout innings, winning his second game in three starts for the Suns as they opened the Southern League's second half with a 7-2 victory over first-half champion Birmingham.

Former major-leaguer Mark Bellhorn went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI as the Suns (34-37 overall) collected 15 hits off three Barons pitchers.

In the third inning with two out, Bellhorn drove in Jacksonville's first run with a double, scoring Ivan De Jesus, who had tripled. An error by the Birmingham shortstop tied the score at two-all. The Suns took a 4-2 lead in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Ivan DeJesus Jr. and an RBI-single by Jamie Hoffmann.

Leading 4-2 in the eighth, Bellhorn lined a two-run double that scored Shane Justis, who had doubled, and James Tomlin, who had walked, to make it 6-2. Lucas May and Russell Mitchell finished the scoring with doubles in the ninth.

Bellhorn, May and Mitchell all finished with three hits.

Scott Elbert closed out the win with two hitless innings for the Suns.

The Suns are scheduled to send right-hander James McDonald (3-2, 3.86) against the Barons' Justin Cassell (5-3, 3.74) this afternoon in the second game of the five-game series.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	002 200 021-7
Birmingham	200 000 000-2

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf	3  1  1  0  .291
De Jesus 2b	4  1  2  1  .300
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  1  .293
Bellhorn 1b	5  1  3  3  .248
May c        	5  1  3  0  .266
Mitchell 3b	5  0  3  1  .283
Gonzalez ss	5  0  0  0  .274
Justis dh	4  2  1  0  .252
Godwin cf	5  1  1  0  .279
  Totals	40 7 15 6
  Birmingham	32 2  5 2

  2B- Bellhorn 2 (11), Justis (10), May (17), 
Mitchell (9). 3B- De Jesus, May (1). RBI-
Bellhorn 3 (18), De Jesus (27), Hoffmann (33), 
Mitchell (36). S- Tomlin. LOB- Jacksonville 11,
Birmingham 6.

  Jacksonville 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
White (2-0)	7.0  5  2-2  2  1  2.89
Elbert	        2.0  0  0-0  1  0  3.38
  T- 2:16. Att- 63,614.
Pedroza Doubles His Fun
Shortstop Jaime Pedroza lined out four doubles and third baseman Austin Gallagher added a single, double and home run as Inland Empire smacked Bakersfield 14-8.

Pedroza's four two baggers tie a Cal League record held by 14 players. He also had a run batted in and scored three times. Gallagher's home run was his second of the season and he drove in four and scored twice.

The 66ers (2-0, 33-39) collected 18 hits in the game and broke things open with a seven run eighth. Trayvon Robinson, Ryan Rogowski and Scott Van Slyke each had multi-hit games, combining to go 7-for-14 with two walks, a double, three runs batted in and six runs.

Bakersfield led 4-1 and 6-4 early in the game, battering starter Tim Sexton for six runs (four earned) before knocking him out of the game in the fourth. Jordan Pratt didn't allow a run over is 2.2 innings and Paul Koss (1-0) worked 2.2 innings to earn the win.

With all the offense, the nine-inning game lasted three hours and 57 minutes, just 10 minutes short of the California League record.

Looking for a sweep, the 66ers will send 2007 Supplemental First Round pick James Adkins to the mound tonight.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	010 301 072-14
Bakersfield	040 200 002- 8

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  2  3  2  .288
Robinson cf	4  1  2  0  .261
Santana c	6  1  1  2  .291
Locke 1b	3  0  0  0  .306
 Lara pr-3b	2  0  0  1  .246
Giles dh	6  1  1  1  .267
Van Slyke rf	5  3  2  1  .222
Gallagher 3b-1b	5  2  4  4  .293
Pedroza ss	5  3  4  1  .274
Fuller 2b	2  1  1  1  .255
  Totals	39 14 18 13
  Bakersfield	38  8 12  8

  Error- Van Slyke (1), Gallagher
(6). 2B- Pedroza 4 (17), Gallagher
1 (13), Rogowski (11). HR-
Gallagher (2). RBI- Pedroza (26),
Gallagher 4 (14), Fuller (6), 
Fuller (6), Rogowski 2 (27), 
Santana 2 (59), Giles (45), Lara
(20). S- Fuller. SFG- Fuller,
Rogowski. LOB- Inland Empire 9,
Bakersfield 6. SB- Robinson (14),
Rogowski 2 (22), Pedroza (8). CS-
Rogowski (5). DP- 2 Fuller and 
Locke; Pedroza, Fuller and
Gallagher.

  Inland Empire	 in   h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton	        3.1  7  6-4  1  2  5.75
Pratt	        2.2  2  0-0  0  4  5.14
Koss (1-0)	2.2  3  2-2  2  2  3.18
White	        0.1  0  0-0  0  1  7.50
  WP- Sexton. T-3:57. Att- 4.2.
West Squad Thumps Loons Pitchers
Brad Golder.Loons.com
Miguel Ramirez of the host Great Lakes Loons, surrendered a solo home run in the top half of the 10th inning to snap a 4-all tie and send the Western Division to a 5-4 victory in the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Game.

  Before a sellout crowd of 5,814, a new Dow Diamond record, the West jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two first inning runs off starter Steven Johnson of the Loons.

  The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Western squad, dating back to the West's 6-3 win in 2004 in Cedar Rapids.  

The East took a brief lead, scoring three runs in the third inning with Loons outfielder Andrew Lambo knocking in the first run with a single. He finished the game 1-for-3. Catcher Kenley Jansen saw action behind the plate and was 0-for-1.

Wizard Wins HR Derby
  Felix Carrasco of Fort Wayne lit up the Midland sky in the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Home Run Derby, blasting a total of 21 home runs and winning the competition. A pair of Great Lakes Loons participated in the competition, catcher Kenley Jansen and outfielder Andrew Lambo. Jansen brought the crowd to its feet by launching eight home runs in the first round. Three came consecutively with his last out to spare. Lambo was unable to find a rhythm at the plate and hit one home run.

Dodgers Stop Cubs2
Four Dodgers pitchers stopped the Cubs with six hits, allowing two runs and striking out 11 in a Dominican Summer League contest. And four different Dodgers knocked in runs in the 6-2 win.

Trailing 1-0 in the last of the fifth, Bladmir Franco singled and Edward Bens doubled him in to tie the game. Alexis Agular's single put the Dodgers in the lead but the Cubs again tied things up in the seventh.

In the bottom of the same inning Franco slugged his third home run to give the Dodgers the lead for good. Bens singled and scored on Rafael Aybar's single. Then in the eighth, the Dodgers added two more on Pedro Tavarez's RBI single and a second single by Marlon Sucre.

Rubby De La Rosa started and allowed a run before leaving in the third. Rogelito Chery allowed only a single over the next four innings, striking out eight.

Carlos De Aza (1-0) worked two innings and collected the win before Jhan Lopez closed the game out.

  Score by Innings
Cubs2	001 000 100-2
Dodgers	000 020 22x-6

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez dh	4  0  0  0  .255
Aviles cf	4  0  0  0  .333
 Morales 3b	1  0  0  0  .333
 Charles pr	0  0  0  0  .375
Lantigua 3b	2  1  1  0  .235
Tavarez 1b	4  1  3  0  .288
Sucre rf	4  0  1  1  .347
BFranco lf	3  2  2  1  .302
Bens c	        4  2  2  1  .323
Aguilar ss	3  0  1  1  .208
Aybar 2b	4  0  2  0  .238
  Totals	33 6 12 4
  Cubs2 	28 2  6 2

  2B- Bens (4), Tavarez (2), Lantigua (1). 
HR- BFranco (3). RBI- Bens (6), Aguilar (1), 
BFranco (7), Sucre (5). S- Aguilar. 
LOB- Dodgers 6, Cubs2 6. DP- Bens and Aguilar. 

  Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so   era
De La Rosa	2.1  3  1-1  2  3  0.73
Chery	        3.2  1  0-0  1  8  9.00
De Aza (1-0)	2.0  2  1-1  0  0  4.50
Lopez	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  2.45
  Pickoff- Bens. HBP- Morales, by De La Rosa
T- 2:40.

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