Wall Makes First Start in 10 Days a Good One

The Dodgers #6 selection, ss Tony Delmonico has announced he may stay for his senior year at Florida State. Las Vegas dropped a 14-7 decision to Tacoma. Jacksonville was edged 2-1 by Birmingham on a run in the ninth and another in the 10th. Inland Empire battered Rancho Cucamonga 11-2 and Great Lakes lost 4-2 to Dayton.

Dodgers #6 Pick May Return to FSU
After telling Florida State coaches throughout the season that he planned to skip his senior season to enter professional baseball, Tony Delmonico may play for the Seminoles in 2009. If the starting shortstop does return, it will be at a new position.

"He can come back as a catcher," said his father, FSU volunteer coach Rod Delmonico. "It makes sense to do that. Right now he's leaning to coming back."?

?Tony Delmonico was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth round of the MLB draft earlier this month. ?

?He played catcher much of his youth but moved to the infield during his high school career. He played infield for Tennessee before transferring to FSU but worked out for scouts as a catcher. Buster Posey moved from starting shortstop to catcher after his freshman season.?

?Delmonico's bat would certainly be welcomed back. He was third in batting average (.375), RBIs (69) and runs (69) during the 2008 season. He was tied for second in doubles (19). He also led the team in errors with 30.?

Raniers Bop Las Vegas
All 10 Tacoma batters had at least one hit as they won for the third time in the series, dropping Las Vegas 14-7. The Rainiers outscored Las Vegas 31-17, including a 29-12 margin in the last three games.

Tacoma scored seven times in the second inning and increased its lead to 9-0. Robert Rohrbaugh (6-5) retired 10 consecutive 51s batters between the second and fifth innings and the rest of the game seemed pretty much of a formality but the 51s made a game of it.

The 51s (41-35) picked up a run in the sixth when John Lindsey hit his team-leading 15th homer of 2008. Then Tacoma boosted the lead to 14-1 in the seventh.

The 51s closed to 14-6 in the eighth on Terry Tiffee's RBI triple, Lindsey's sacrifice fly, RBI doubles from A.J. Ellis and René Rivera, and Sergio Garcia's run-scoring triple.

And they cut the Rainiers' lead to 14-7 in the ninth when Jason Repko scored from third during a 4-6-3 double play but that was as close as they would get.

Justin Orenduff (2-3) was battered by the Rainiers and could only get five outs before he had allowed seven hits and seven runs. Matt Riley stemmed the flow, allowing only a pair of hits over the net 3.1 innings and fanning five.

They Brian Akin, just promoted from Jacksonville, failed to distinguish himself in his debut, allowing seven runs of his own over the next two innings. Greg Jones and Brian Falkenborg finished the game without allowing any more damage.

Jason Repko had a pair of singles and a double for the 51s and Sergio Garcia added a single and a triple.

The 51s are 13-7 in June despite losing three out of four games to Tacoma.

  Score by Innings
Tacoma	        070 002 500-14
Las Vegas	000 001 051- 7

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	5  2  3  0  .263
Chavez ss	5  0  1  0  .273
Tiffee 3b	5  1  1  1  .408
Lindsey dh	4  1  1  2  .319
Griffin lf	3  1  1  0  .289
Ellis c	        4  1  1  1  .297
Rivera 1b	4  1  1  1  .269
Garcia 2b	3  0  2  1  .299
Ruan rf	        4  0  1  0  .377
  Totals	37  7 12  6
  Tacoma	44 14 18 13

  Error- Tiffee (8). 2B- Repko
(12), Ellis (7), Rivera (2). 3B-
Tiffee (1), Garcia (2). HR-
Lindsey (15).RBI- Lindsey 2 (58),
Tiffee (44), Ellis (32), Rivera
(1), Garcia (15). SF- Lindsey.
LOB- Las Vegas 6, Tacoma 12. DP-
Tiffee, Garcia and Rivera.

  Las Vegas 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff (2-3)	1.2  7  7-7  2  4  6.11
Riley 	        3.1  2  0-0  1  5  2.91
Akin 	        2.0  7  7-6  2  2 27.00
Jones 	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  4.33
Falkenborg	1.0  2  0-0  0  0  3.71
  Balk- Riley. HBP- by Orenduff, by Akin. 
PB- Ellis 2 (5). T- 3:07. Att- 9,210.
Barons Nip Suns 2-1
Birmingham scored on a throwing error by second baseman Juan Gonzalez in the 10th inning to squeeze out a 2-1 victory over Jacksonville. The game was scoreless entering the ninth before Mark Bellhorn blasted a solo homer to right-center field to give the Suns a 1-0 lead.

But Victor Mercedes hit a home run off the left-field foul pole in the bottom of the ninth against the Suns' Scott Elbert (1-1) to tie the score for the Barons.

A double, a walk and a throwing error negated strong pitching by the Suns. Starter Jesus Castillo went seven scoreless innings, Brent Leach added a scoreless eighth before Elbert took over.

He not only allowed the game-tying home run in the ninth, he was victimized by the unearned run in the 10th and was tagged with his first loss. The three Suns pitchers allowed only four hits.

Jacksonville came up with six hits by six different players.

Suns right-hander B.J. LaMura (1-1, 4.26) is scheduled to face Barons right-hander Carlos Torres (7-3, 3.56) tonight.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 000 001 0-1
Birmingham	000 000 001 1-2

  Jacksonville 	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus 2b	3  0  1  0  .301
Justis dh	4  0  0  0  .245
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .291
Bellhorn 1b	4  1  1  1  .241
May c	        3  0  0  0  .265
Mitchell 3b	4  0  1  0  .283
Gonzalez ss	4  0  1  0  .273
Tomlin lf-cf	3  0  1  0  .284
Godwin cf	2  0  1  0  .284
Berezay lf	2  0  0  0  .157
  Totals	33 1 6 1
  Birmingham	30 2 4 1

  Error- Gonzalez. (12). 2B-
Mitchell (11). HR- Bellhorn (3).
RBI- Bellhorn (19), S0 De Jesus,
Tomlin LOB- Jacksonville 6,
Birmingham 5. CS= Godwin (3).	

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo	7.0  2  0-0  1  5  30.2
Leach	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  .245
Elbert (1-1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.61
  T- 2:29. Att- 4,627.
Sixers' Pitching Carries the Day
The Sixers took a 4-2 lead into the eighth and scored seven runs to turn a two-run advantage into a 11-2 victory over Rancho Cucamonga. Josh Wall, making his first start in 10 days, allowed a pair of runs in the first but then settled in to work five scoreless innings.

He allowed only a leadoff double and a single in the third inning, finishing his six innings with seven strikeouts. Javy Guerra worked three scoreless innings to record his second save.

The Sixers scored four runs in the third inning. Bridger Hunt and Austin Gallagher each had doubles, and the RC pitcher helped with a pair of walks and three wild pitches.

Inland Empire sent an even dozen to the plate in the eighth inning. Gallagher walked and singled in the inning and Jaime Pedroza, Hunt, Christian Lara, Andrew Locke all had runs batted in.

Hunt finished with two singles and a double, Lara singled twice and Gallagher had a single and a double to lead the 66ers.

The Sixers are without pitching coach Charlie Hough, who had rotator cuff surgery on his left (non-pitching) shoulder and is scheduled to return to the team shortly after the all-star break.

George Culver, who had filled in for Hough when Hough had back problems earlier in the year, is currently filling Hough's role.

  Score by Innings
Rch Cucamonga	200 000 000-2
Inland Empire	004 000 07x-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave		
Rogowski lf	3  2  1  0  .286
Robinson cf	5  0  0  0  .256
Santana c	2  1  1  1  .289
Locke 1b	4  2  1  2  .301
Gallagher 3b	4  1  2  2  .296
Van Slyke dh	3  0  0  0  .227
Pedroza ss	4  1  1  0  .280
Hunt rf	        4  2  3  1  .252
Lara 2b	        2  2  2  1  .259
  Totals	31 11 11 7
  Rancho 	30  2  4 1

  2B- Hunt (7), Gallagher (15). 
RBI- Santana (64), Gallagher 2
(17). Hunt(11), Lara (22), Locke 2
(31). S- Pedroza. SF- Santana. LOB-
Inland Empire 8, Rancho 8. SB-
Rogowski (23), Gallagher (1), Van
Slyke(1). CS- Santana(3). DP- Lara
and Locke.

Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (6-3)	6.0  2  2-2  3  7  5.37
Guerra (sv 2)	3.0  2  0-0  2  2  4.21
  HBP- by Wall. T- 3:05. Att- 5,038.
Dragons Win Second in Series
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Loons first baseman Jaime Ortiz doubled over the head left fielder's head in the top of the first inning to drive in Andrew Lambo, who had singled, and Alfredo Silverio, who had been hit by a pitch, give the Loons a 2-0 lead.  But the Loons failed to score from that point on, and the Dragons won 4-2.

  The double produced Ortiz's fifth first inning RBI this series following a three-run homer in the first inning Thursday.

  The Dragons responded to tie the score in the third inning on a two-run home run and took the lead with a run in the fourth on a wild pitch by starter Victor Garate.

  Dayton tacked on an insurance run in the seventh inning against relief pitcher Daigoro Rondon.  

Garate (4-2) started for the Loons and struck out nine, surrendering two earned runs. 

Jovanny Rosario had two of the five Great Lakes hits. Silverio and Ortiz had doubles.

  The Loons and Dragons continue their four game series against the Dragons tonight. 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	200 000 000-2
Dayton	        002 100 10x-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby lf	3  0  0  0  .286
Rosario cf	4  0  2  0  .268
Lambo dh	4  1  1  0  .291
Silverio rf	3  1  1  0  .282
Ortiz 1b	4  0  1  2  .223
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .244
Mathews 3b 	4  0  0  0  .204
Lizarraga ss	3  0  0  0  .143
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .297
  Totals	32 2 5 2
  Dayton	32 4 8 3

  Error- Mathews (10). 2B- Ortiz
(9), Silverio (8). RBI- Ortiz 2
(23). LOB- Great Lakes 5, Dayton 7.
SB- Rosario. 

  Great Lake	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Garate (4-2)	6.0  6  3-2  2  9  2.03
Rondon	        1.0  2  1-1  1  3  6.32
Diaz	       1.0  0  0-0  0  1 10.57
  HBP- Silverio. T- 2:31.
Att- 9,057.

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