Nine Raptors Ejected in First-Inning Rhubarb

Mitch Jones out-slugged Andruw Jones and Las Vegas topped Salt Lake 12-9. Inland Empire moved into first place behind a strong effort from starter James Adkins. Great Lakes allowed seven in the ninth and lost 8-3. Fight Night in Ogden saw nine ejected in a first-inning scrum and when the smoke cleared Idaho Falls won 11-5. Jacksonville and the GCL and DSL Dodgers were rained out.

Mitch Jones leads Vegas
Former 50-home run man Andruw Jones slugging a home run in his second rehab plate appearance, but it was another Jones, Mitch, who lit up the night with a double, triple, two home runs, and six RBI, missing a rare cycle by only a single, as Las Vegas out-slugged Salt Lake 12-9.

Notwithstanding all the action created by the Jones boys, it took an Angel Chavez home run in the eighth inning to put the 51s in the lead for good.

Mitch Jones, only recently signed as a free agent, more than doubled his RBI total, from 5 to 11. Chavez, who also doubled, had a pair of runs batted in.

Three Dodger rehabs added to the win. Andruw Jones' solo shot came in the third. Rafael Furcal doubled and drove in a run in the four-run second. Nomar Garciaparra went 0-for-2 with a walk.

Mitch Jones' first homer with Andruw Jones on base with a walk, tied the game 2-2 in the second. John-Ford Griffin and Chavez doubled before Furcal's two bagger made it 4-2.

Mitch and Andrew homered back to back in the third. And René Rivera doubled and scored on Rex Rundgren's sac fly in the sixth.

But Salt Lake scored single runs in the first five innings off starter Dwayne Pollok and added two off Greg Miller to tie the game in the top of the seventh.

Chavez's homer broke the deadlock and Las Vegas scored four more with an error allowing one and Mitch Jones' three-run double accounting for the rest.

Tanyon Sturtze (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth and to earn the win. Mike Koplove surrendered a pair of runs in the ninth.

Justin Orenduff will start tonight against Shane Loux of the Bees. Dodgers right-hander Jason Schmidt is scheduled to start Thursday at Cashman Field.

  Score by Innings
Salt Lake	111 110 202- 9
Las Vegas	042 001 05x-12
 
  Las Vegas	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  1  1  .333
 Rundgren ss	1  0  0  1  .218
Garciaparra 3b	2  0  0  0  .286
 Martinez 2b	1  1  1  0  .318
Tiffee 1b	5  1  0  0  .385
AJones dh	3  2  1  1  .333
 Lindsey ph-dh	1  1  1  0  .315
MJones rf	5  2  4  6  .294
Griffin lf	5  1  1  0  .290
Chavez 2b-3b	4  2  2  2  .280
Rivera c	4  1  1  0  .263
Ruan cf        	3  1  2  0  .362
  Totals	37 12 14 11
  Salt Lake	43  9 16  9

  Error- 2B- Griffin (15), Chavez
(16), Furcal (1), Rivera (3), Ruan
(6), Jones (3). 3B- Jones (1). HR-
Jones 2 (5), Chavez (6). RBI- Jones
6 (11), Chavez 2 (47), Furcal (1),
Rundgren (6). S- Ruan. SF- Rundgren.
LOB- Las Vegas 6, Salt Lake 8.
 
  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pollok	        5.0  6  5-5  1  6  4.41
Miller (sv 2)	2.0  5  2-2  0  1  5.08
Sturtze (1-0)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.35
Koplove	        1.0  4  2-2  0  2  3.53
  T-2:48. Att- 4,813.
Jacksonville-- Rained out.

66ers Move into First Place
Inland Empire overcame an early 1-0 Rancho Cucamonga lead to collect a 6-1 win and move into first place in the Southern Division with a 7-4 record.

James Adkins allowed only a single run over his seven inning start and Paul Koss worked two perfect innings to nail down the win and his fifth save.

Catcher Carlos Santana broke a 1-1 tie with solo home run in the sixth inning that ended a 47-inning home run drought for the 66ers. Drew Locke added a two-run shot in the sixth for a 3-1 lead.

Three more runs clattered across in the ninth on an RBI triple by Justin Fuller, a single by Trayvon Robinson and an error.

Robinson led the offense with three singles. Ryan Rogowski knocked in a pair of runs

  Score by Innings

Inland Empire	000 012 003-6
Rancho	        001 000 000-1

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  0  1  2  .286
Hunt rf        	4  0  1  0  .250
Santana c	3  1  1  1  .313
Gallgher 3b	4  0  0  0  .286
Locke 1b	4  1  1  1  .297
Giles dh	4  0  0  0  .263
Pedroza ss	4  1  1  0  .284
Lara 2b        	2  1  0  0  .256
 Fuller 2b	1  1  1  1  .268
Robinson cf	4  1  3  1  .255
  Totals	37 6 9 6
  Rancho	35 1 8 1

  Errors- Gallagher (8), Rogowski
(27). 3B- Fuller (2). HR- Santana
(9), Locke (2). RBI- Rogowski 2
(32), Santana (72), Locke (37),
Fuller (6), Robinson (26). LOB-
Inland Empire 5, Rancho 7. SB-
Robinson (16), Rogowski (27).CS-
Robinson (10). DP- 2 Gallagher,
Lara and Locke; Pedroza and Lara. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins (4-6)	7.0  8  1-1  0  4  5.00
Koss (sv 5)	2.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.74
  PB- Santana (6). T-2:27. Att- 2,553.
Ramirez Allows Seven in Ninth
South Bend, trailing 3-1, battered reliever Miguel Ramirez (1-6) for seven runs in the ninth to pull out an improbable 8-3 win.

The Loons scored in the opening inning when Francisco Lizarraga dove in Parker Dalton with a single. South Bend tied the game 1-1 in the second and the game rolled into the eighth inning deadlocked.

Kenley Jansen opened with a double and Erik Kanaby was walked intentionally. An error on Lizarraga's fly ball scored both runners.

Ramirez, who had worked a scoreless eighth, was unable to nail the win down as South Bend sent 12 hitters to the plate and scored seven times.

   Starter Victor Garate allowed only an unearned run over five innings before giving way to Garrett White, who got out of a jam in the seventh inning by striking out the next three South Bend hitters.

Parker Dalton had a single and a double to collect two of the Loon's seven hits.

Great Lakes begins a second straight four-game series at Dow Diamond, this time against the Dayton Dragons tonight. 

  Score by Innings
South Bend	010 000 007-8
Great Lakes	100 000 020-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Kanaby cf	3  1  0  0  .283
Dalton 3b	4  1  2  0  .250
Lizarraga ss	3  0  1  1  .184
Lambo lf	4  0  1  0  .288
Garabedian dh	4  0  1  0  .297
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .204
Mattingly 2b	4  0  1  0  .230
Jansen c	3  1  1  0  .234
Garcia rf	2  0  0  0  .000
 Rosario ph-rf	1  0  0  0  .266
  Totals	38 3  7 1
  South Bend	37 8 11 7

  Error- Lizarraga (1), Lambo (4).
2B- Dalton (8). Jansen (8). RBI-
Lizarraga (1). LOB- Great Lakes 4,
South Bend 10. CS- Mattingly (3),
Lizarraga (1). 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Garate 	        5.0  4  1-0  4  7  1.96 
White	        2.0  0  0-0  2  3  0.00
Ramirez (1-2)	1.2  7  7-7  2  1  3.41
Diaz         0.1  0  0-0  0 0  7.59
  PB- Jansen (6). T- 2:59. Att- 3,760.
Second-Pitch HBP Starts Brawl
Sherlock Holmes might suggest there was a plot afoot after Devaris Strange-Gordon was hit by the second pitch of the game. Both benches cleared and nine were ejected from a game eventually won 11-5 buy Idaho Falls.

The list of players, coaches and managers given the night off reads like a scorecard: Raptors included right fielder Travis Vetters, left fielder Kyle Russell, shortstop Devaris Gordon, second baseman Brian Ruggiano, Pitching Coach Craig Bjornson and Lyndon Poole, who wasn't in the starting lineup at all.

Chukars starting pitcher, catcher and second baseman were also excused for the evening. The Kansas City catching coordinator also got the boot.

For Ogden, that made for some drastic lineup adjustments, with players scrambling around into new positions.

The rhubarb must have stirred up the Chukers who scored three in the bottom of the first and went on to win 11-5, breaking the Raptors two-game winning streak.

Pedro Baez homered in the second Ogden tied the game 3-3 in the third inning on a double by Steve Caseres and Elian Herrera's single doing the damage but the Chukars went on to outscore the Raptors 8-2 from that point on.

Jonathan Dutton (1-1) was rapped for five runs over his three innings and Brandon Tuten also allowed five, but only three of them were earned.

Herrera led the makeshift Ogden lineup with three hits and three RBI. Caseres had a double and a single and Baez singled and homered.

The Raptors return home tonight to host Casper.

  Score by Innings

Ogden	        012 020 000- 5
Idaho Falls	302 203 10X-11

  Ogden 	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	0  0  0  0  .295
 Mier pr-c	2  2  0  0  .256
Vetters cf	0  0  0  0  .375
 Caseres ph-lf	5  1  2  1  .289
Russell rf	0  0  0  0  .256
 Herrera ph-1b	4  0  3  3  .275
Calfee lf-cf	5  0  0  0  .273
Orr 1b-rf	3  0  0  0  .277
Baez 3b-ss	4  1  2  1  .281
Wallach 3b	4  0  1  0  .294
Casanova dh-2b	4  0  0  0  .200
Dutton p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Tuten p	1  1  0  0  .000
 Runnerls p	1  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	30  5  8  5
  Idaho Falls	36 11 12 10

  Errors- Tuten (2), Baez (4),
Casanova (3). 2B- Caseres (4).
HR- Baez (2). RBI- Baez (8),
Caseres (9). Herrera 3 (6).
LOB- Ogden 8, Idaho Falls 9.
CS- Mier (1). DP- Mier.

  Ogden	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Dutton (1-1)	3.0  5  5-5  2  3  4.85
Tuten	        2.1  5  5-3  3  3 10.38
Runnels	        2.2  2  1-0  2  2  1.93
 HBP- Gordon, Mier. T-2:41 (:31 delay).
Att- 3,634.
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