Vetter's Seven RBI Boost Raptors

Jacksonville lost 9-2 to Mississippi, Inland Empire was tripped up by a pair of unearned runs and lost 2-1 to Rancho Cucamonga and the Loons dropped a pair, 4-3 and 2-1. Ogden, with seven RBIs from Travis Vetters, dumped Missoula 13-6. The GCL Dodgers lost 6-4 to the Cardinals and the DSL Dodgers dropped a 5-3 decision to the Marlins. Las Vegas had an open date.

Las Vegas Open Date. The 51s host Sacramento for four games starting tonight. B.J. LaMura (1-2) draws the start in the opener. Las Vegas trails the River Cats by 4 1/2 games and a sweep of the series would leave them just a half game behind.

Mississippi Dumps Suns
Mississippi handed Jesus Rodriguez (2-4) the loss, banging him around for five hits and four earned runs in his two-inning start. Anthony Tomey surrendered two more runs in the 9-2 loss.

Jacksonville fell behind 4-0 after two innings and never caught up although they collected 10 hits. However they left 11 runners stranded.

Leadoff man James Tomlin singled three times and doubled but didn't score a run. Six other Dodgers managed a single hit each.

The Suns slipped to 18-29 in the second half and are in last place, trailing the Braves by 12 games.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	001 000 001-2
Mississippi	130 030 02x-9

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf-rf	5  0  4  1  .309
De Jesus 2b	3  0  1  1  .036
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .282
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Gutierrez 3b	0  0  0  0  .236
 Mitchell 1b	2  0  0  0  .263
 Tomey p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rogowski ph-cf	2  0  0  0  .200
JGonzalez ss	4  0  1  0  .276
May C        	4  0  1  0  .239
Justis 3b-lf	4  0  1  0  .272
 Mattison p	0  0  0  0  .000
 AGonzalez 3b-p	0  0  0  0  .312
Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Gulledge ph-1b	4  0  0  0  .217
  Totals	35 2 10 2
  Mississippi	29 9 12 9

  2B- Tomlin (31), AGonzalez (13). RBI- 
Tomlin (34), De Jesus (47). SF- De Jesus. 
LOB- Jacksonville 11, Mississippi 5. 
SB- Justis (7), Godwin 2 (25). 
CS- Justis (6). 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rodriguez (2-4)	2.0  5  4-4  2  0  5.67
Tomey        	3.0  3  3-3  2  3  7.24
Mattison 	1.0  1  0-0  1  3 13.50
Leach	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.38
AGonzalez	1.0  3  2-2  0  0 12.00
  HBP- Godwin. T- 3:01 (:55 delay). 
Att- 2,405.  
Quakes Get Unearned Win
Last-minute starter Alberto Bastardo found himself locked in a pitchers duel and completed his five-inning stint having allowed only two hits and no earned runs. But two unearned runs cost him a 2-1 decision and his record slipped to 5-6.

Brandon Tuten and Joe Jones allowed a pair of hits but no runs over the final three innings.

An error by third baseman Austin Gallagher in the third inning cost two unearned runs and the 66ers were unable to score until the ninth inning.

Inland Empire was held hitless until one out in the sixth inning when Scott Van Slyke tripled down the right field line to break up the no-hitter.

Tommy Giles collected the second it with a single in the seventh with two out and the 66ers only run came in the ninth. With one out, Drew Locke and Giles singled back to back and Jaime Pedroza's sac fly scored Locke. Alex Garabedian flew to center to end the game.

Giles finished the game with two of the 66ers four hits and also drew a walk.

Inland Empire slipped to 23-23 for the season and into third place in the South Division 2 1/2 games behind Lancaster.

The 66ers travel to High Desert for three games. Starting on Monday, they return home to take on the JetHawks and Storm for three games each.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	000 000 001-1
Rancho Cucamonga	002 000 00x-2

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt cf        	4  0  0  0  .267
Fuller 2b	3  0  0  0  .242
Berezay lf	4  0  0  0  .261
Gallagher 3b	3  0  0  0  .309
Locke 1b	4  1  1  0  .310
Giles dh 3  0  2  0  .283
Pedroza ss	3  0  0  1  .280
Garabedian c	4  0  0  0  .000
Van Slyke rf	2  0  1  0  .214
  Totals	30 1 4 1
  Rancho	29 2 4 1
 
  Errors- Gallagher (14), Bastardo
(2). 3B- Van Slyke (2). RBI-
Pedroza (44). SF- Pedroza.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Bastardo (5-6)	5.0  2  2-0  3  5  5.72
Tuten        	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.38
Jones        	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  4.85
  Balk- Bastardo. HBP- by Bastardo 2. 
T- 2:44. Att- 4,803.
Loons Drop Two to Whitecaps
West Michigan captured a pair of one-run wins, taking the suspended game, 4-3, and racking up a 2-1 victory in the regularly-scheduled seven inning contest.

The suspended game resumed in the bottom of the third inning with the game tied 1-1. The Loons had scored in the first inning when Kanaby walked with two out, moved to second on a balk and scored on Jaime Ortiz's double.

WMichigan took a 3-2 lead in the seventh. This time Parker Dalton and Francisco Lizarraga singled and were bunted to second and third. The ubiquitous Kanaby tied the game with a sac fly.

Reliever Rob Zimmermann (0-2) was tagged with a unearned run in the ninth and took the loss.

Andrew Lambo singled and doubled to collected two of the Loons six hits.

The game was played in two hours, 40 minutes and featured two hours, 15 minutes worth of weather-related delays.

  Score by Innings 1st Game	
West Michigan	001 100 101-4
Great Lakes	100 010 100-3

Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	1  2  1  1  .269
Ortiz 1b	4  0  1  1  .213
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .290
Perez dh	3  0  2  0  .329
Mier c        	4  0  0  0  .000
Taylor 3b	4  0  0  0  .203
Dalton 2b	4  1  1  0  .225
Lizarraga ss	4  0  1  0  .198
Garcia rf	3  0  1  0  .056
  Totals	31 3  7 2
  West Michigan 36 4 12 4

  Errors- Mier (1), Ortiz (6). 2B-
Ortiz (15). 3B- Kanaby (2). RBI-
Ortiz (36), Kanaby (20). S- Garcia.
SF- Kanaby. LOB- Great Lakes 6,
West Michigan 8. CS- Kanaby (15),
Garcia (1). DP- Dalton, Lizarraga
and Ortiz; Lizarraga, Dalton and
Ortiz.

  Great Lakes	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cedeño        	 3.0  5  1-1  0  1  3.00
Sanfler        	 4.0  4  2-2  2  5  3.29
Zimmermann (0-2) 2.0  3  1-0  0  2  4.08
  T- 2;40. (2:15 delay).
In the nightcap, Kenley Jansen singled home Alfredo Silverio in the second inning to give the Loons a 1-0 lead but the Whitecaps tied the score in the fifth and won the game 2-1 with another run in the sixth.

Given Kutz (3-4) started and allowed both runs on six hits over six innings. Miguel Ramirez worked a scoreless seventh.

Lambo again had two of the Loons six hits, including his 32nd double. Garcia also doubled.

The last place Loons dropped to 16-30 after the loss.

The game was played in under two hours (1:59), shorter than the amount of time spent in delays in the first game. 

Tonight's game between Great Lakes and West Michigan has been sold out. The game features a pitching matchup of right-hander Justin Miller (4-8, 4.03 ERA) against southpaw Mauricio Robles for the Whitecaps (4-2, 2.70). The game also features a post-game fireworks show.

  Score by Innings	
West Michigan	000 011 0-2
Great Lakes	010 000 0-1

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	3  0  0  0  .259
Garcia lf	3  0  1  0  .095
Lambo dh	3  0  2  0  .293
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .318
Taylor 3b	3  0  1  0  .206
Silverio rf	3  1  1  0  .248
Dalton 2b	2  0  0  0  .223
Lizarraga ss	2  0  0  0  .195
 Ortiz ph	1  0  0  0  .212
Jansen c	3  0  1  1  .244
  Totals	26 1 6 1
  West Michigan	25 2 6 2

  Errors- Silverio (5), Rosario (4).
2B- Lambo (32), Garcia (1). RBI-
Jansen (27). S- Dalton. LOB- Great
Lakes 5, West Michigan 6. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kutz (3-4)	6.0  6  2-2  2  5  4.13
Ramirez	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.86
  HBP- by Kutz. T- 1:59. Att- 4,974.
Raptors Rap Osprey
First-place Ogden, inspired by the Old Motivator Tommy Lasorda, smacked Missoula 13-6, thus winning their fifth game in a row and 14th of the last 18.

Lasorda, the special Dodgers ambassador, whose duties include scouting, evaluating minor league players and representing the franchise, spent the evening watching the game, shaking hands, posing for photos and signing autographs. He also displayed his trademark, an intense pregame speech.

Travis Vetters got Ogden off to a quick start with a grand slam, the first of his career, in the opening inning. They added four more in the second, single runs in the third and fourth and, for good measure, three in the fifth.

Starter Michael Watt had pretty much smooth sailing with all those runs to work with and improved to 5-3. He allowed 10 hits over six innings, but only three runs while striking out seven.

Vetters added a two-run double in the second and an RBI single in the fifth to finish the game 3-for-5 with a career-high seven RBIs. He has now recorded 22 RBIs in only 15 games. He missed most of the first half with a dislocated shoulder.

Nick "Chili" Buss went 3-for-5 and was one of five Raptors to record a double in the game. Devaris Gordon also went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and catcher Matt Wallach finished the night with two doubles.

Ogden manager Mike Brumley said Lasorda, who played with his father back in the late 1950s, is still leaving his mark on the game after 60 years in the Dodgers' organization.

"It's a great thrill for the guys. They might not realize it now, what all he has done, but as the time goes on, they will," he told the Ogden Standard.

"He such a great ambassador for the Dodgers, positive messages, its nice for the young guys to get to see him and he them," Brumley said. "He's got knowledge about everything -- past history, things that happen, development issues -- a wealth of knowledge. It's good for him to get out and see all the affiliates."

Ogden catcher Jessie Mier was recently promoted to Great Lakes

  Score by Innings
Missoula	030 000 003- 6
Ogden	        441 130 00x-13

  Ogden	ab r  h  bi  ave
Casanova 1b	3  3  1  1  .261
Gordon ss	4  2  2  3  .303
Delmonico dh	3  2  1  0  .310
Vetters lf	5  1  3  7  .439
Baez 3b        	5  0  0  1  .267
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .303
 Arp ph-c	1  0  1  0  .200
Wallach c	4  1  2  0  .287
 Ruggiano ph-rf	1  0  0  0  .219
Becker 2b	3  2  1  0  .294
Buss cf        	4  2  3  1  .324
  Totals	33 13 14 13
  Missoula	41  6 14 13

  Error- Casanova (5). 2B- Gordon
(8), Vetters (10), Buss 2 (6),
Delmonico (9), Wallach 2 (10) HR-
Vetters (4), Gordon 3 (19),
Casanova (5), Baez (35), Buss (13).
SF- Gordon. LOB- Ogden 6, Missoula
10.
 
  Ogden	     in  h  r-er bb so  era
Watt (5-3)  6.0 10  3-3  0  7  3.60
Prado	    2.0  0  0-0  2  3  6.17
Walter	    1.0  4  3-3  0  3 10.64
  HBP- Becker. T- 2:47. Att- 3,634.
GCL Dodgers Maintain Lead
The Gulf Coast League Cardinals overcame a 4-0 Dodgers lead to drop the Dodgers 6-4. The Dodgers and the National continue in lockstep, each winning and losing at the same time to remain tied for the South Division lead.

Rehabbing Kyle Wilson posted a scoreless first inning before giving way to Carlos Frias, who worked five scoreless innings and allowed four hits.

Gari Tavarez then surrendered six quick runs before Danny Danielson restored order but by then it was much too late.

The Dodgers broke open a 0-0 game in the sixth when Melvin Ray opened with a walk and Ramon Jean reached base on an error. a Lenell McGee single drove in the first run and a wild pitch and a passed ball made it 2-0. Jerry Sands then clouted his ninth homer of the season and the Dodgers were on top 4-0 going into the seventh inning.

McGee was the only Dodger with more than a single hit. Joris Bert and Brian Mathews added doubles.

  Score by Innings	
GCL Cardinals	000 000 150-6
GCL Dodgers	000 004 000-4

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Jean 2b        	3  1  0  0  .250
McGee lf	4  1  2  1  .242
Mathews 3b	4  0  1  0  .200
Sands rf	4  1  1  1  .231
Goulder 1b	3  0  0  0  .254
Erickson c	4  0  0  0  .266
Guerrero ss	4  0  1  0  .259
Bert cf        	3  0  1  0  .259
Ray dh        	2  1  1  0  .217
 Jacobs ph-dh	1  0  0  0  .247
  Totals	29 4  7 2
  Cardinals	30 6 10 5

  2B- Mathews (1), Bert (1). HR-
Sands (9). RBI- McGee (13), Sands
(31). S- Jean. LOB- Dodgers 5,
Cardinals 6. CS- Ray (2), Bert (4). 

  Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wilson        	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Frias        	5.0  1  0-0  1  4  3.47
Tavarez (2-3)	1.2  6  6-6  0  0  5.20
Danielson	1.1  0  0-0  1  1  7.36
  HBP- Goulder. 
DSL Marlins Drop Dodgers
The Dominican Summer League Dodgers were held to five hits, three by Wilner Charles, and lost a 5-3 decision to the Marlins.

Daniel Tamares (3-3) started and allowed eight hits and three runs over five innings. Gustavo Gomez allowed one earned run in his three innings.

The Dodgers scored twice in the fifth to tie the game briefly. After a pair of walks, Charles RBI single knocked in one and Yorniel Martinez's grounder pushed over the second.

The Marlins quickly broke the tie and led 5-2 into the eighth inning. Adrian Aviles and Marlon Sucre singled and a Pedro Tavarez sac fly drove in the final Dodgers run.

  Score by Innings	

DSL Dodgers	000 020 010-3
DSL Marlins	200 012 00x-5

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez cf	5  0  0  1  .243
Aviles rf	4  1  1  0  .271
 De La Cruz ph	1  0  0  0  .286
Sucre lf	3  0  1  0  .285
Tavarez 1b-c	2  0  0  1  .235
Bens c        	3  0  0  0  .323
 Castillo pr-1b	0  0  0  0  .255
BFranco dh	2  1  0  0  .194
Lantigua 3b	4  0  0  0  .256
Crispin ss	3  1  0  0  .242
Charles 2b	3  0  3  1  .289
  Totals	30  5 13 3
  Marlins	32 11  9 3

  Errors- Bens (9), Lantigua (4),
Charles (2). RBI- Charles (4),
Martinez (21), Tavarez (23). SF-
Tavarez. LOB- Dodgers 8, Marlins 8.
SB- Bens (5), Charles (3). DP-
Charles and Tavarez; Crispin and
Tavarez; Tamares, Crispin and
Tavarez.

 Dodgers	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Tamares (3-3)	5.0  8  3-3  1  3  1.96
Gomez        	3.0  4  2-1  0  1  5.11
 WP- Tamares. HBP- by Tamares. T- 2:45.


Vero Beach Franchise Sold
The Dodgers have sold the Vero Beach franchise of the Florida State League to the Ripken Baseball Group. The Tampa Bay Rays will be a minority partner, and the team, currently known as the Vero Beach Devil Rays, will likely relocate at Port Charlotte, where the Rays are opening a new spring training facility in 2009.

Dodgers Vice President of Spring Training and Minor League Facilities Craig Callan also confirmed in a recent interview that the sale had been finalized but could not disclose any other information because it was a private sale.

The Vero Beach Devil Rays will finish out the season, which concludes Aug. 31 at home against the Palm Beach Cardinals.

"The Los Angeles Dodgers, who were the owners, have a management contract to continue to manage the operations through the end of the year," Callan said.

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