Kershaw Gets the Win He's Been Looking For

Las Vegas left 10 in scoring position and lost 6-3 to Tacoma. Jacksonville split two with Mississippi, Clayton Kershaw winning the first game 6-0; the Suns losing the second 2-0. Inland Empire used a seven-run fifth to top Lancaster 10-1 Josh Wall. Great Falls lost 3-2 in 11 innings despite a stellar pitching effort by Given Kutz. Ogden won their ninth game in the last 13, topping Great Falls 8-5.

Vegas Wastes Chances in Loss
Las Vegas put 13 men on base with seven hits, five walks and a hit-batsman against the Tacoma starter but only an RBI single by John-Ford Griffin put a blemish on his record and the 51s dropped a 6-3 decision.

Griffin added another RBI single in a two-run ninth inning but the Rainers were up 6-1 at the time and it changed nothing but the final score.

Starter Heath Totten (2-2) took the loss, giving up two runs in each the first and second innings on nine hits over six innings. Greg Miller surrendered another pair of runs in the seventh.
Terry Tiffee went 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI double for the 51s, who held a 13-11 edge in hits. Despite six extra-base hits, they left 13 various runners on base, including 10 in scoring position.

  Score by Innings
Tacoma	        220 000 200-6
Las Vegas	000 010 002-3

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	5  1  2  0  .303
Sweeney 1b	4  1  1  0  .308
Tiffee 3b	5  1  3  1  .396
Lindsey dh	4  0  2  0  .317
Griffin lf	4  0  2  2  .303
MJones rf	3  0  1  0  .247
Martinez ss	5  0  0  0  .281
Howard 2b	3  0  0  0  .262
Rivera c	4  0  2  0  .310
  Totals	37 3 13 3 
  Tacoma	32 6 11 6

  Errors- Paul (5), Tiffee (14).
2B- Paul (18), Rivera (5), Lindsey
(26), MJones (8), Tiffee (35). 3B-
Tiffee (3). RBI- Griffin 2 (62),
Tiffee (59). LOB- Las Vegas 13,
Tacoma 12. CS- paul (4). DP- Totten,
Martinez and Sweeney; Sweeney.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Totten (5-10)	6.0  7  1-1  5  2  5.21
Sturtze	        2.0  2  0-0  0  1  2.08
Wells        	1.0  4  2-2  0  2  5.54
  HBP- Griffin, by Totten 3, by Miller.
T- 3:02. Att- 7,968.
Kershaw Finally Wins First Game
Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers top minor league pitching prospect, finally won his first game of the season. He worked seven shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out five.

Marty Reed, the Dodgers' minor-league pitching coordinator, succinctly summed up Kershaw's performance, telling the Jacksonville Times-Union, "I don't think he'll be around here all that much longer."

Kershaw's win came in the completion of a game suspended because of rain. Pitching in relief of the previous day's starter Jesus Castillo, Kershaw also drove in the first run of the game with a second-inning single, sparking a five-run rally as the Suns defeated Mississippi 6-0. He retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced.

The 20-year-old left-hander had been 0-3 in 10 starts with the Suns this season and was 0-2 in eight starts during a six-week stay with the Dodgers earlier this year.

"The most important thing is that I pitched well," Kershaw said. "Sure, it's good to get that monkey off your back [with his win], but I was never really worried about it. I knew it would come in time."

Kershaw said he felt strong at the end of seven innings. "I'm sure I could have gone another inning, but I know Scott Elbert needed to get his relief inning in," Kershaw said. "That's a good guy to have behind you."

Reed liked what he saw in Kershaw's second start since his return to Jacksonville.

"I think that was one of his better outings," said Reed, who was the Suns' pitching coach from 2002 to 2004. "If he throws like this two or three more times, it's going to open their Dodgers' eyes.

"I don't think they sent Clayton down because they were disappointed in him, I think it was more to get him some more work and get him to be a little bit more consistent."

Shane Justin drove in three runs with a triple and eight Suns shared their eight hits.

  Score by Innings
Mississippi	000 000 000-0
Jacksonville	050 001 00x-6

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis lf	5  1  1  3  .276
 Elbert p	0  0  0  0  .250
 De Jesus 2b	0  0  0  0  .307
 Bellhorn ph-1b 4  0  1  0  .236
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  1  .287
May c	        4  0  1  0  .248
Mitchell 1b-3b	4  0  0  0  .261
JGonzalez ss	3  2  1  0  .272
AGonzalez 3b-2b	3  1  1  1  .277
Castillo p	0  0  0  0  .095
 Kershaw p	3  1  1  1  .267
 Rogowski ph-lf	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	33 6  8 6
  Mississippi	30 0 13 0

  2B- JGonzalez (15). 3B- Justis
(2). RBI- Kershaw (1), Justis 3
(21), Hoffmann (46), Godwin (26).
LOB- Jacksonville 7, Mississippi
5. 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  2.99
Kershaw (1-3)	7.0  2  0-0  1  5  2.08
Elbert	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  2.74  
T- 2:27 (1:30 delay). Att- 6,374.
In the second game, the Braves collected their only two runs in the sixth inning off Suns reliever Jacobo Meque (0-1). Danny Muegge threw four scoreless innings in his second start of the season for Jacksonville.

Adolfo Gonzales had two of Jacksonville's six hits.

The Braves won four of the five games in the series against the Suns who are now 11-14.

  Score by Innings
Mississippi	000 002 0-2
Jacksonville	000 000 0-0

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	3  0  1  0  .125
Godwin cf	2  0  0  0  .275
Tomlin rf	3  0  0  0  .273
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
Bellhorn 1b	3  0  0  0  .232
Mitchell 3b	3  0  0  0  .258
JGonzalez ss	3  0  1  0  .273
Justis 2b	2  0  1  0  .278
 Meque p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hoffmann rf	0  0  0  0  .287
Gutierrez c	3  0  1  0  .216
Muegge p	1  0  0  0  .200
 AGonzalez 2b	2  0  2  0  .338
  Totals	25 0 6 2
  Mississippi	24 2 6 2

  S- Godwin (19). SB- Godwin (19). 
DP- Mitchell, Justis and Bellhorn;
Gonzalez, Justis and Bellhorn.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Muegge	        4.0  3  0-0  0  1  4.18	
Meque (0-1)	1.1  2  2-2  1  0  6.75
Hammes 	        1.2  1  0-0  1  1  5.31
  T- 2:35. Att- 4,528.
Big Seventh Boosts 66ers
Inland Empire broke up a close game with a seven-run fifth inning and coasted on to a 10-1 win over Lancaster. Starter Josh Wall (7-3) appreciated the run support didn't need all of it as he allowed only three hits over seven inning to earn the win.

The league-leading 66ers boosted their record to 14-9.

In the big fifth inning, Carlos Santana's single knocked in the first run and Austin Gallagher added a second RBI single. Drew Locke smacked a three run homer (#4) to left field and Tommy Giles followed with his 11th home run over the right field wall. Jaime Pedroza doubled and scored on Cristian Lara's single to put the game out of reach.



Inland Empire put 14 hits in the book with Lara, Justin Fuller, Matt Berezay, Gallagher, Santana, Locke and Giles all collecting two.

New 66er pitcher Luis Vasquez tossed two scoreless innings to neatly close out the contest.

At Home at Short
Jaime Pedroza was moved from shortstop to second base but the the move didn't take and since he is back at short he's hit .348 with 46 runs and 22 RBI. Overall he is hitting .291 with 20 doubles, six triples, four home runs, 33 RBI and 53 runs.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	120 070 000-10
Lancaster	001 000 000- 1

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Robinson cf	4  1  0  0  .259
Fuller 2b	5  1  2  1  .252
Santana c	5  1  2  1  .319
Gallagher dh	5  1  2  1  .301
Locke 1b	5  1  2  3  .302
Giles rf	5  2  2  1  .284
Berezay lf	4  1  1  1  .269
pedroza ss	4  1  1  0  .290
Lara 3b         4  1  2  2  .268
  Totals	41 10 14 10
  Lancaster	31  1  4  1

  2B- Fuller (5), Giles (21),
Pedroza (21). 3B- Berezay (5). HR-
Locke (4), Giles (11). RBI- Fuller
(8), Berezay (33), Lara 2 (27),
Santana (87), Gallagher (29), Locke
3 (44), Giles (64). LOB- Inland
Empire 5, Lancaster 5. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (7-3)	7.0  3  1-1  1  7  5.79
Vasquez	        2.0  1  0-0  1  0  0.00
  T- 2:53. Att- 3,032.
Kernels Top Loons in 11
Starter Given Kutz pitched eight superb innings, allowing only two hits and a first inning run but left the game in a 1-1 tie. Anthony Tomey (0-1) added two more scoreless innings before allowing two 11th-inning runs and was tagged with the 3-1 loss.  

The Kernels scored in the opening inning on a solo home run. The Loons tied the game in the third on Jovanny Rosario's RBI infield single to make it a 1-1 game. The score stayed that way until the eleventh.  

Preston Mattingly led the Loons with three hits, including a leadoff double in the third inning that resulted in their only run.  

Francisco Lizarraga bunted Mattingly to third base and Rosario's single drove him in to tie the game. Rosario then stole his 22nd base but was left there when the next two Loons went out in order.  

Andrew Lambo singled to open the fourth, Jamie Ortiz singled with two out in the seventh, Mattingly led off with a single in the eighth, then singled again with one out in the 10th but was thrown out stealing before Lizarraga and Rosario singled.

The Loons continue their six-game homestand and play game two of a three-game series against Cedar Rapids today.

  Score by Innings
Cedar Rapids	100 000 000 02-3
Great Lakes	001 000 000 00-1

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario dh	5  0  2  1  .262
Kanaby cf	4  0  0  0  .269
Silverio rf	5  0  1  0  .268
Lambo lf	5  0  1  0  .293
Taylor 3b	5  0  1  0  .167
Ortiz 1b	3  0  1  0  .202
 Garcia pr	0  0  0  0  .000
Mathews 1b	1  0  0  0  .204
Garabedian c	4  0  0  0  .273
Mattingly 2b	4  1  3  0  .236
  Totals	38 1 10 1
  Cedar Rapids	37 3  6 3

  Error- Mattingly (11). 2B-
Silverio (10), Mattingly (12).
RBI- Rosario (19). LOB- Great Lakes
7, Cedar Rapids 4. SB- Rosario (22),
Garcia (1). DP- Kutz, Lizarraga and
Ortiz; Silverio and Taylor. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kutz        	8.0  2  1-1  1  5  4.12
Tomey (0-1)	2.1  4  2-2  1  5  7.71
Sanfler	        0.2  0  0-0  0  0  3.54
  HBP- by Kutz. T- 3:04. Att- 4,726.
Great Start Key for Raptors
Ogden starter Jon Michael Redding, the Dodgers' fifth round selection in the 2008 draft, pitched three perfect innings to set the stage for an 8-5 win over Great Falls.

Redding, who wanted to go longer into the game, hit his pitch count and manager Mike Brumley gave the ball to Jordan Roberts (1-1) who won for the first time. Luis Garcia saved his third game.

The 6-foot-2 Redding from Florida Community College in Jacksonville, stayed basically with his fastball and struck out five, giving him 15 in his last eight innings.

Ogden has won nine of their last 13 games and four of the last five. They have scored 46 runs in their last six games.

The Raptors scored four in the first two innings and led 8-2 after five.

Devaris Gordon was 2-for-5 and boosted his average to .316. Kyle Russell, Jessie Mier and Brian Ruggiano were 2-for-4 and eight Raptors had a hit or more. Russell and Ruggiano each had a pair of runs batted in.

The Raptors and Voyagers meet again tonight in the second game of the series.

  Score by Innings
Great Falls	000 201 200-5
Ogden	        310 130 00x-8

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Yount dh	4  1  1  1  .391
Gordon ss	5  1  2  1  .321
Baez 3b        	4  1  1  1  .323
Calfee lf	4  1  1  0  .265
Russell rf	4  1  2  2  .307
Mier c        	4  1  2  0  .283
Caseres 1b	4  0  1  0  .262
Ruggiano 2b	4  1  2  2  .182
 Becker 2b	0  0  0  0  .389
Herrera cf	3  1  0  0  .309
  Totals	36 8 12 7
  Great Falls	37 5  7 4

  Errors- Ruggiano (1), Gordon(14),
Baez (8). 2B- Baez (8), Yount (3),
Mier (4), Caseres (6). 3B- Calfee
(2). RBI- Baez (23, Russell 2 (16),
Yount (6), Gordon(12), Ruggiano 2
(7). LOB- Ogden 10, Great Falls 10.
SB- Ruggiano.
 
  Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Redding	        3.0  0  0-0  0  4  3.48
Roberts (1-1)	3.0  4  3-1  0  4  8.38
Thompson	1.2  3  2-1  2  4  6.30
Garcia (sv 3)	1.1  0  0-0  3  1  2.51
  HBP- Yount. T-2:39. Att- 4,511.

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