Dutton Gets Great Lakes in the Win Column

Jesus Castillo worked six strong innings and Mark Bellhorn drove in three as Jacksonville dumped Chattanooga 5-0. Great Lakes lost yet another close game, losing 2-1 to Lansing. Ogden broke out with a 10-3 win over Idaho Falls, their first win of the season in nine games. The Dominican Dodgers were bombed 20-5 by the Giants and Las Vegas, Inland Empire and the Coasties had the day off.

Las VEgas-- Open date.

Suns Blank Lookouts
Jesus Castillo threw five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and striking out a season-high seven, to lead the Suns to a 6-0 victory over Chattanooga. Castillo left the game in a scoreless tie, marking the third time in his past four starts that he hadn't allowed an earned run.

Suns pitching coach Glenn Dishman told the Jacksonville Times-Union it wasn't one of Castillo's stronger showings this season.

"It seemed like he wanted to stand up and watch his fastball and see if he could throw it by people," Dishman said. "That's normally not the location of his fastball. What you saw in the last two innings is what he's normally like, where he gets ahead, makes guys looking up, down, in and out, all over the place for the pitch."

In his past four starts, Castillo has gone 24.2 innings, allowing three earned runs (1.09 ERA), 14 hits and seven walks while striking out 20. That dropped his earned-run average to 2.85, lowest among Suns starters.

The Suns pasted a pair of threes on the scoreboard, striking in the sixth and seventh innings.

James Tomlin opened the sixth with a triple and scored on Ivan de Jesus' sac fly for the first run of the game. Then Jamie Hoffmann walked before Mark Bellhorn slammed his fourth homer of the season over the right field wall.

In the seventh, pitcher Travis Schlicting (2-1) lived on an error and moved to third on a ground-rule double by Tomlin. De Jesus collected his second RBI with a single, Hoffman loaded the bases with another hit and Bellhorn's one-base knock drove in two.

Schlicting allowed a single hit over his three innings of work and earned the win. Brent Leach cleaned up with a scoreless ninth.

Bellhorn had a big day, driving in three runs with his home run and single. Tomlin doubled and tripled and between them they had half of the Jacksonville hits.

The Suns are scheduled to send RHP B.J. LaMura (1-2, 3.75) against Lookouts LHP Ben Jukich (7-2, 2.80) at tonight.

  Score by innings
Chattanooga	000 000 000-0
Jacksonville	000 003 30x-6

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  2  2  0  .284
De Jesus 2b	4  1  1  2  .294
Hoffmann rf	2  1  1  1  .293
Bellhorn 1b	4  1  2  3  .256
May c	        3  0  0  0  .256
Mitchell 3b	4  0  1  0  .279
JGonzalez ss	3  0  1  0  .273
Berezay lf	4  0  0  0  .136
Castillo p	1  0  0  0  .111
 Justis ph	1  0  0  0  .241
 Schlichting p	1  1  0  0  .000
AGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .263
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	32 6 8 6
  Chattanooga	32 0 5 0

  2B- Tomlin (20). 3B- Tomlin (1).
HR- Bellhorn (4). RBI- De Jesus 2
(30), Bellhorn 3 (22), Hoffmann
(36). SF- De Jesus. LOB-
Jacksonville 8, Chattanooga 8.

  Jacksonville		 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo	        5.0  4  0-0  2  7  2.85
Schlichting (2-1)	3.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.74
Leach	                1.0  0  0-0  1  0  2.36
  T- 2:55. Att- 2,782.
Inland Empire-- All Star Break.

Lugnuts Stymie Loons
Brad Golder/Loons.com
The Lugnuts defeated the Great Lakes Loons 2-1 for the second consecutive night. Victor Garate (4-3) started and fanned eight in six innings, deserved a better fate, but was charged with the tough loss.   

Lansing jumped into a 1-0 lead but the Loons tied the game at one on a ground out by Travis Vetters to score Alex Garabedian, who had doubled. A Lugnut run in the third inning became the game-breaker.   

Half of the Loons' hits were doubles. Andrew Lambo collected two singles for the Loons.   

The Loons conclude their four-game series with Lansing tonight. Right-hander Given Kutz (2-1, 3.94 ERA) and left-hander Chi Hung Cheng (3-3, 5.45) will oppose each other in the game.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	010 000 000-1
Lansing	        101 000 00x-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .266
Lizarraga 2b	4  0  0  0  .115
Lambo lf-1b	3  0  2  0  .280
Silverio rf	4  0  0  0  .266
Garabedian c	3  1  1  0  .297
Dalton 3b	3  0  0  0  .248
Vetters dh	4  0  1  1  .218
Becker ss	3  0  1  0  .206
 Kanaby Pr	0  0  0  0  .287
 Ortiz 1b	2  0  1  0  .210
 Garcia pr-lf	1  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	31 1 6 1
  Lansing	30 2 7 2

  Error- Becker (5).2B- Garabedian
(9), Ortiz (10), Becker (5). RBI-
Vetters (6). S- Dalton, Rosario.
LOB- Great Lakes 9, Lansing 9. SB-
Lambo (1). CS- Garabedian (6). DP-
Lizarraga, Becker and Ortiz.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Garate (4-3)	6.0  5  2-2  3  8  2.14
Melgarejo 	1.0  2  0-0  1  2  4.26
Sanfler	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.20
  T- 2:48. Att- 2,415.

Right-handed pitcher Steven Johnson has received a promotion from Great Lakes Inland Empire. Left-handed pitcher Garrett White, who was a member of the Loons' inaugural roster in 2007, returns to Great Lakes.  

Johnson (9-2) currently leads the Midwest League in wins and is seventh in the league in earned run average (2.34).  The Maryland native was the starting pitcher in the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Game held June 17 at Dow Diamond.   

Johnson won seven of his last eight starts and has not allowed an earned run in seven of his 13 starts in 2008, including his final start of the season with the Loons Monday. In that ballgame, a 2-0 Loons' shutout of the Lansing Lugnuts, Johnson tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts.   

A 13th round draft choice of the Dodgers in the 2005 amateur draft, Johnson was in his second season with the Loons. He spent all of 2007 with Great Lakes, accumulating a 2-3 record with a 4.85 ERA, but he missed nearly two months with an arm injury. He finished strong in ‘07, with a 2.48 ERA in six August starts. Johnson then played in the Hawaiian Winter League, where he recorded a 2.05 ERA in seven games.   

"It was good to come out and pitch as well as I have this year," Johnson said during an interview on ESPN radio. "Last year was tough on me, but I wanted to prove that was a fluke."   

White went 1-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 2007 with the Loons, then was promoted to Inland Empire in late August. This year with the 66ers, White was 0-2 with an 8.05 ERA in 18 relief appearances.

Short Season Results

How Sweet It is! Raptors Win
The Raptors broke their season-long losing streak, smashing Idaho Falls 10-2 to claim their first win of the season. They battered the Chukars with three in the second, two in the third, three more in the fourth, and single runs in the sixth and eighth.

?Steven Caseres went 3-for-5 at the plate including a double and two RBIs. Clay Calfee finished 2-for-3 and added his third homer and Pedro Baez, Kyle Russell and Elian Herrera recorded doubles in the win. Six players knocked in one or more runs.?

Jonathan Dutton (1-0) collected the long sought-after win, working five innings and allowing only three hits and a single run while striking out five. Cal Stanke allowed one hit and a run in his three innings and Jordan Roberts tied things up with a scoreless ninth.

Ogden manager Mike Brumley described his team's performance as "well-rounded," with pitchers Jonathan Dutton and Cal Stanke both pitching well on the mound. Then he pointed out how they motivated the team.?

?"We bribed them with burgers," Brumley said. "We told them if they scored 10 runs and won, we would buy them burgers. We didn't think they would take us seriously."

?"Getting that first win is a big weight off our back, that's for sure. Now we know what it feels like," catcher Matt Wallach told the Ogden Standard-Examiner. "We've been close a couple times. It's definitely a good feeling." ?

?Ogden hosts Orem for a pair of games tonight and Friday before heading to Idaho Falls for three games.

  Score by Innings
Idaho Falls 	001 000 01- 2
Ogden	        032 301 1x-10

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruggiano 2b	5  0  1  0  .167
Baez 3b	        3  3  1  1  .265
Russell rf	4  1  1  1  .333
Calfee lf	3  2  2  2  .360
Caseres 1b	5  1  3  2  .348
Orr dh	        3  1  1  1  .303
Wallach c	4  0  0  0  .273
Herrera cf	4  1  1  2  .200
Gordon ss	3  1  1  0  .258
  Totals	31 10 11 9
  Idaho Falls	28  2  4 1

2B- Herrera (4), Caseres (2), Baez
(3), Russell (3). HR- Calfee (3),
RBI- Herrera 2 (3), Calfee 2 (6),
Orr (7), Baez (5), Russell (7),
Caseres 2 (5). LOB- Ogden 8,
Idaho Falls 7. SB- Baez (1),
Strange-Gordon (1). DP- Baez,
Ruggiano and Caseres.
  
  Ogden	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Dutton (1-0)	5.0  3  1-1  5  5  1.80
Stanke 	        3.0  1  1-1  3  0  8.00
Roberts	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  6.75
  T-2:44. Att- 2,532.
GCL Dodgers-- Open Date. Seven days into the season, the Dodgers have only played four games and are 3-1.

DSL Dodgers Thumped
The Dominican Dodgers held the Giants scoreless in the seventh inning. That's about all the good news. The bad new is, the Giants scored in every other inning and collected a 20-5 win, banging out 22 hits and aided by six Dodger errors.

Christian Gonzalez started and was victimized by four unearned runs, leaving the game after one inning trailing 5-1. Rubby de Aza, Jhan Lopez and Amauri Guzman were equally roughed up. However, eight of the Giants' runs were unearned.

Bladimir Franco smacked his fifth homer with a runner on base; Alexis Aviles had a two-run double and Enily Morales continued to batter Dominican pitching, his two hits boosting his average to .368.

The first place Giants improved to 15-6, the Dodgers slid into fourth place, four games behind, with an 11-10 record.

  Score by Innings
Dodgers	010 120 001- 5
Giants	323 532 02x-20

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez cf	5  1  1  0  .263
Aviles rf	4  0  1  2  .328
 Sanchez ph	1  0  0  0  .200
TFranco lf	3  0  0  0  .194
Lantigua 1b	2  0  0  0  .250
BFranco 3b	3  2  1  1  .294
 Matos 3b	0  0  0  0  .000
Bens c        	3  0  1  1  .255
 De La Cruz c	1  0  0  0  .000
 Castillo 1b-lf	3  0  0  0  .174
Crispin ss	3  0  1  0  .206
Charles 2b	1  0  0  0  .300
 Aybar 2b-ss	1  2  0  0  .167
  Totals	34  5  7  5
  Giants	39 20 22 16

  Error- Castillo (2), TFranco (1),
De Aza (2), Lopez (2), Crispin (6),
Aviles (1). 2B- Aviles (3), Morales
(11). HR- BFranco (5). RBI- BFranco
(9), Bens (8), Aviles 2 (8), Morales
(8). LOB- Dodgers 8, Giants 11. DP-
Castillo, De La Cruz and Charles.

  Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Gonzalez (0-2)	1.0  5  5-1  1  2  1.65
De Aza	        1.1  2  3-3  4  2  7.56
Lopez	        2.1  9  8-6  0  2  9.00
Guzman	        3.1  6  4-2  2  2  9.39
  HBP- by Gonzalez, by Lopez 2. PB- Bens
2 (5). T- 3:08.

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