Meloan Wins For the First Time Since June 2

Las Vegas smacked Tacoma 13-3 with a 19-hit attack supporting Jon Meloan. Inland Empire lost 6-2 to Lancaster; Andrew Lambo walked in the 10 to force in the winning run as Great Lakes topped Cedar Rapids 2-1; Ogden flattened Great Falls 8-5 behind a seven-run second; the GCL Dodgers rapped the Mets 6-3 to improve to 15-5 and the DSL Dodgers beat the Cubs2 5-4.

Meloan's pitching, 19-hits help Vegas
John-Ford Griffin, Mitch Jones and Angel Chavez went a combined 9-for-13 with one home run each and nine RBIs, and Jon Meloan pitched seven strong innings for the 51s as they went into the all-star break with a 13-3 rout of Tacoma.

Meloan worked a season-high seven innings en route to his first win since June 2, and Las Vegas used 19 hits and five double plays in the win.

Meloan (5-9), gave up all three runs in the fourth inning and allowed eight hits with a walk to go with four strikeouts. "I haven't walked off the field and smiled in a long time, and today was the first day I was able to do that. I'm just relieved I still have the ability to win a game," he told the Las Vegas Review-Union.

Vegas snapped a three-game losing streak and six-game home skid to the Rainiers. The 51s (51-48) trail first place Sacramento by 7 1/2 games with 45 to play, including four with the River Cats immediately after the all-star break.

"That series will pretty much decide whether there will be a race the rest of the year," Las Vegas manager Lorenzo Bundy said. "This is the time we have to step up and put ourself in the position to be able to compete in the division the rest of the year."

John Lindsey went 2-for-4 with two RBI and is batting .321 with a team-leading 17 homers and 73 RBIs. He drove in the first run of in the first inning, and Mitch Jones (2-for-5, with a home run and four RBIs) added a two-run single to get the 51s off and running.

Every position player had a hit for the 51s. Angel Chavez was 4-for-5, with a home run and two RBIs and John-Ford Griffin went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to extend his season-high hitting streak to 10 games.

On Friday, the 51s Jason Johnson will face Sacramento to open the second "half" of the Pacific Coast season.

  Score by Innings
Tacoma	        000 300 000- 3
Las Vegas	303 202 12x-13

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	4  1  2  0  .282
Martinez ss	4  2  1  0  .280
Paul cf        	5  2  0  0  .300
Lindsey dh	4  2  2  2  .321
Griffin lf	3  3  3  3  .314
MJones 1b	5  1  2  4  .250
Chavez 3b	5  2  4  2  .298
Howard 2b	5  0  2  2  .268
Rivera c	5  0  1  0  .302
  Totals	40 13 19 13
  Tacoma	31  3  9  1

  2B- Chavez (21), Paul (19),
Martinez (7), Griffin (17). HR-
Griffin (14), Chavez (7), MJones
(7). RBI- Lindsey 2 (73), MJones 4
(20), Chavez 2 (54), Howard 2 (25),
Griffin 3 (66). SF- Griffin. LOB-
Las Vegas 8, Tacoma 2. DP-MJones,
Martinez and MJones; Martinez,
Howard, and MJones 2; Chavez and
Howard and MJones; Howard;
Martinez and MJones.

  Las Vegas 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Meloan (5-9)	7.0  8  3-3  1  4  5.18
Pollok        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  5.10
Pinanago        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.51
  HBP- Repko. T-3:39. Att- 2,033.
Jacksonville All-Star Break. Chris Coghlan hit a three-run homer off Suns pitcher Jesus Castillo in the fifth inning of the Southern League All-Star Game to help the North defeat the South 6-1.

Suns shortstop Juan Gonzalez and catcher Lucas May each had one of the South's five hits, and outfielder Adam Godwin drew two walks. Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann went 0-for-1 with a walk, and third baseman Russell Mitchell was 0-for-3.

Suns right-hander James McDonald pitched a scoreless fourth, allowing one hit and one walk but striking out two.

Castillo entered in the fifth with the South trailing 2-1 and allowed three runs, three hits and one walk in one inning. However, he also struck out the side.

JetHawks Drop 66ers-- Lancaster moved to within 2 1/2 games of league-leading Inland Empire with a 6-2 win, setting down 11 66ers on strikes.

Eric Cyr (1-2) worked into the fourth inning with the score tied 2-2 but the game blew up in his face and he was tagged for four runs and left the game trailing 6-2.

Drew Locke finished the series 9-for-15 and boosted his average to .317. He collected a pair of doubles, a pair of homers, knocked in six and scored five times in the three-game set.

Austin Gallagher and Carlos Santana each had a pair of hits, with Gallagher including a double and Santana adding to his minor league-leading 88 RBI total.

Every 66er struck out at least once during the game and all-star reliever Paul Koss surrendered a pair of homers after having allowed just one homer all season.

After an off day on Tuesday, the 66ers head south to Lake Elsinore to play the Storm. James Adkins will be on the mound for the 66ers.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	110 000 002-4
Lancaster	020 400 03x-9

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  1  0  1  .255
Hunt dh        	5  0  0  0  .263
Santana c	4  1  2  1  .324
Gallagher 3b	5  0  2  1  .308
Locke 1b	5  0  3  0  .317
Berezay lf	4  1  1  1  .267
Giles rf	4  0  0  0  .286
Berezay lf	4  1  1  0  .267
Pedroza ss	3  0  0  0  .290
  Totals	36 4  9 3
  Lancaster	31 9 11 9

  Error- Santana (16). 2B- Gallagher
(23), Berezay (7). RBI- Gallagher
(32), Robinson (33), Santana (88).
SF- Santana. LOB- Inland Empire 11,
Lancaster 4. SB- Santana 2 (7),
Pedroza (13). DP- Fuller, Pedroza
and Locke.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cyr(1-2)	4.0  6  6-6  3  2  3.79
Tuten	        3.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.12
Koss	        1.0  4  3-3  0  3  3.06
  HBP- Pedroza, Fuller.
T- 2:49. Att- 1,168.
  Loons 'Walk' Off With Win
Great Lakes topped Cedar Rapids 2-1 in 10 innings when Andrew Lambo's bases-loaded walk forced in the winning run in front of 3,715 fans.

In a tight pitcher's duel, starters Jordan Walden and the Loons Bryan Morris didn't allow a run. The Kernal's broke through with a run in the seventh when Garrett White's wild pitch made it 1-0. Lambo's RBI single to center in the eighth made it a 1-1 game.

In the tenth, Brandon Taylor reached on a throwing error and Alex Garabedian doubled down the third-base line after attempting, and failing twice to lay down a sacrifice bunt.

After an intentional walk to Jovanny Rosario and a strikeout of Preston Mattingly, Lambo worked a bases-loaded walk after falling behind in the count 0-2 to win the game.

Morris, the Dodgers #1 pick in the 2006 draft, continued hot, stretch, pitching five scoreless innings, walking one and striking out eight. In his last four appearances (21.1 innings), Morris has a 0.84 ERA. 

Miguel Ramirez pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the tenth and picked up the win, upping his record to 2-6 on the season.

The Loons travel to Geneva, IL to take on the Kane County Cougars at Phillip Elfstrom Stadium beginning Wednesday night. The Dodgers' second-round draft pick in 2008, Josh Lindblom, will make his professional debut for the Loons and will be followed by Justin Miller.

Perez Returns to Loons
Eduardo Perez, the starting first baseman in the 2007 Midwest League all-star game, has returned to the Great Lakes Loons and corner infielder Brian Mathews has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Perez hit .311 last season, the fourth highest average in the league, with 14 homers, 60 RBIs and 20 doubles.  He holds the Loons' franchise mark for longest hitting streak (19 games, June 23-July 27, 2007) and hit the first home run in franchise history.

Perez was hitting .267 with four homers, 19 RBIs and 14 doubles in 49 games with Inland Empire 66ers, but missed significant time this season with a hand injury.

  Score by Innings	
Cedar Rapids	000 000 100 0-1
Great Lakes	000 000 010 1-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	3  0  2  0  .267
Mattingly 2b	5  0  0  0  .231
Lambo 1b	4  0  1  2  .294
Perez 1b	4  0  2  0  .333
Ortiz dh	2  0  0  0  .200
 Kanaby pr-dh	1  0  0  0  .268
Silverio rf	4  0  0  0  .261
Lizarraga ss	4  0  0  0  .188
Taylor 3b	4  1  0  0  .136
Jansen c	3  0  1  0  .230
 Garcia pr	0  1  0  0  .000
 Garabedian 	1  0  1  0  .278
  Totals	35 2 7 2
  Cedar Rapids	31 1 7 0

  Error- Taylor (3). 2B- Garabedian
(12). RBI- Lambo 2 (59). S- Rosario.
LOB- Great Lakes 9, Cedar Falls 10.
SB- Rosario (23). 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Morris        	5.0  4  0-0  1  8  3.21
White        	3.0  2  1-1  0  4  0.64
Tomey        	1.0  1  0-0  1  2  5.40
Ramirez (2-6)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  3.13
  T- 3:15. Att- 3,715.
Raptors Bounce Back
After absorbing a 15-4 lacing the night before, Ogden won its fifth series in a row with an 8-5 victory over Great Falls.

Ogden (11-15) posted seven of their eight runs in the bottom of the third inning then turned the game over to the pitching staff to close it out.

"We needed that," starter Michael Watt said after the game. Watt struck out nine in five innings while evening his record to 2-2.

He called his performance his best game of the season. "It was a good outing. I feel like I am coming into my own."

Watt, who has had control problems, allowed only four hits and three walks against the Great Falls team that came into the game averaging .279.

Brian Ruggiano, opened the big inning with a triple and before the inning was over Ruggiano added a double and two RBIs. Ogden rapped out seven hits good for seven runs, six of the runs coming with two out.

Austin Young collected the first RBI with a sac fly, Steve Caseres added a two-run single, Joe Becker had an RBI single and Ruggiano's second hit of the inning knocked in the final two runs.

Kyle Russell, who singled in the seven-run inning, also smacked his sixth home run in the fourth inning.

Ruggiano, who came into the game batting .182, finished 3-of-4 at the plate and nearly hit for the cycle, lacking only a home run.

After Watt's five strong innings, the Voyagers pasted Marcel Prado for three in the sixth to get back into the game. Jon Runnels added a pair of scoreless innings.

Trailing by three runs in the ninth, reliever Steve Smith walked a pair with one out and Luis Garcia added another to load the bases before he earned his fourth save with a strikeout and a ground ball.

Ruggiano led the offense with three hits, Russell and Caseres had a pair each and between them they knocked in five of the eight runs.

After taking today off, the Raptors will open a three-game series at Billings followed by a four-game series at Great Falls.

  Score by Innings
Great Falls	011 003 000-5
Ogden	        007 100 00x-8

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Yount 3b	4  0  0  1  .333
Gordon ss	4  0  1 0  .318
Russell rf	4  2  2  1  .316
Orr 1b        	3  1  0  0  .217
Wallach c	3  1  0  0  .273
Herrera cf	3  1  0  0  .306
Caseres dh	4  1  2  2  .271
Becker 2b	4  1  1  1  .296
Ruggiano lf	4  1  3  2  .214
  Totals	33 8 11 7
  Great Falls	35 5  9 4

  Error- Gordon (15), Watt (1). 2B-
Ruggiano (3). 3B- Ruggiano (3). HR-
Russell (6). RBI- Yount (7), Caseres
2 (12), Becker (3), Ruggiano 2 (9),
Russell (17). SF- Yount. LOB- Ogden
5, Great Falls 12. SB- Ruggiano (2).
DP- Orr, Gordon and Runnels.
  	
  Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Watt (2-2)	5.0  4  2-1  1  9  4.09
Prado	        1.0  4  3-3  0  1  6.28
Runnels 	2.0  3  0-0  0  4  0.93
Smith	        0.1  0  0-0  2  0  3.38
Garcia (sv 4)	0.2  0  0-0  0  1  2.40
  Balk Watt. PB- Wallach 2 (3). HBP-
by Prado, by Smith. T- 2:41. Att- 3,836.
GCL Dodgers Win Again
The rain-soaked Gulf Coast Dodgers stopped the Mets 6-3, bouncing back from a 3-1 deficit to score the final six runs of the game and boost their league-leading record to 15-5.

Beyker Fructuoso worked into the fifth inning and allowed only a pair of runs but left trailing 3-0 after reliever Fredy Quintero was tagged with an unearned run. Three balks didn't help his cause.

The Dodgers added one run in the fifth on a wild pitch, two in the sixth to tie the game on Rafael Ynoa's sac fly and Johan Garcia's single.

They took the lead for the first time in the seventh. Albie Goulder's double knocked in the lead run and and error and Jake New's double added insurance runs.

The rally, too late for Fructuoso, made a winner out of Quintero (2-0) and Roberto Feliciano and Luis Ferreras (save 2) combined to allow only one hit over the final two innings.

New and Garcia each had three hits, while Ynoa and Pedro Guerrero chipped in with two each.

  Score by Innings 	
GCL Mets	000 030 000-3
GCL Dodgers	000 012 30x-6

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ynoa 2b        	4  1  2  1  .340
JGarcia 3b	5  0  3  1  .354
Sands rf	4  0  0  0  .213
Jacobs 1b	2  0  0  0  .310
 Sullivan 1b	2  1  0  0  .043
Goulder dh	4  1  1  1  .259
Collado c	2  2  1  0  .382
Guerrero ss	4  1  2  0  .222
New lf        	4  0  3  1  .240
Bert cf        	4  0  1  0  .316
  Totals	35 6 13 4
  Mets	        31 3  4 2

  Errors- Ynoa (3), Guerrero 2 (2).
2B- Goulder (2), New (2). RBI- Ynoa
(8), JGarcia (7), Goulder (2), New
(4). S- Collado. SF- Ynoa. LOB-
Dodgers 10, Mets 5. SB- Ynoa (5),
Sullivan (1). DP- Sands and Collado.

  Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Factious	4.1  2  2-2  2  3  2.51
Quintero (2-0)	2.2  1  1-0  0  1  2.89
Feliciano 	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  1.42
Ferreras (sv 2)	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  1.13
  Balks- Fructuoso 3.
DSL Dodgers top Cubs 5-4
The Dominican Summer League Dodgers avoided dropping in the South Division basement by fighting back twice to overcome the Cubs2 5-4.

They trailed 2-0, led 4-2 then had to brea a four-all tie in the last of the eighth to earn the in, their 15th in 38 decisions.

The Dodgers cut the Cubs' lead to 2-1 in the fourth inning on a Pedro Tavarez double, then took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on Tavarez's second hit of the game and Erick Lantigua's sac fly, adding another in the seventh on an error to lead 4-2.

Christian Gonzalez started and allowed only a single earned run over five innings but he left trailing 2-1. Rogelito Chery held the fort over two scoreless innings to keep them in the thick of the battle. Although Charlie Mirabal (1-1) blew a save, allowing two eighth inning runs to tie the game, he earned the win.

In the eighth, the ubiquitous Tavarez walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and stole third. Lantigua's second RBI single put the Dodgers in front for good.

Tavarez had a single and a double, knocked in two runs, stole a base and scored once to lead the offense.

  Score by Innings	
DSL Cubs2	010 100 020-4
DSL Dodgers	000 102 11x-5

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez dh	3  2  1  1  .241
 Aybar pr-dh	0  0  0  0  .203
Aviles cf	4  1  1  0  .310
Morales 2b	3  0  0  0  .343
Tavarez 1b	3  1  2  2  .257
Lantigua 3b	3  0  1  1  .236
BFranco lf	4  0  0  0  .223
Bens c        	4  0  0  0  .244
Castillo rf	3  1  1  0  .236
Crispin ss	3  0  1  0  .232
  Totals	30 5 7 4
  Cubs2	        25 4 7 3

  Error- Gonzalez (2). 2B- Tavarez
(4), RBI- Tavarez 2 (11), Lantigua
(10), Martinez (15). SF- Lantigua.
LOB- Dodgers 5, Cubs2 2. SB-
Lantigua (1), Aybar (6), Castillo
(9), Tavarez (2), CS- Aviles (3),
DP- Crispin and Tavarez; Crispin,
Morales and Tavarez.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Gonzalez 	5.0  5  2-1  0  2  2.37
Chery	        2.0  0  0-0  1  1  6.11
Mirabal (1-1)	2.0  2  2-2  0  2  2.20
  Balk Gonzalez. T- 2:27.

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