DeWitt's' Fifth Hit a Winner for Vegas

Las Vegas edged Colorado Springs 7-6 on Blake DeWitt's fifth hit of he game. Eric DuBose pitched and Ivan De Jesus knocked in two runs as Jacksonville topped Birmingham 2-1. Inland Empire dropped Rancho Cucamonga 4-2 on a two-run double in the eighth by Esteban Lopez. Great Lakes was swamped 12-2 by South Bend. Idaho Falls beat Ogden 18-7 anyway. Both the GCL and DSL Dodgers took Sunday off.

DeWitt's Fifth Hit Tops Sox
Blake DeWitt singled in Xavier Paul, who had doubled, with the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning, and Las Vegas gained a 7-6 victory over the Sky Sox at Colorado Springs. The hit capped a 5-for-5 game by DeWitt, who had all singles.

The 51s built a 6-0 lead by the fifth inning on two-run homers by John Lindsey (#25) and Mitch Jones (#16) and the SkySox could do little with starter Miguel Pinango, who worked three scoreless innings, and B.J. LaMura, who sustained the shutout until the last of the fifth.

Then LaMura was tagged for a couple runs, allowed four more in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie the game. He left having allowed eight hits and six runs in four innings.

DeWitt, who boosted his average to .303, singled and Lindsey homered in the first. In the fifth, walks to Xavier Paul and Jason Repko preceded DeWitt's RBI single. Lindsey also banged a sac fly and Jones homered over the center field wall in the inning.

Justin Orenduff recorded his first save, shutting Colorado Springs out in the eighth and ninth.

Paul went 3-for-4 for the 51s, Lindsey and Jones had a pair of hits and Lindsey collected three RBIs.

Rehabbing outfielders Andruw Jones and Delwyn Young did not play. Over seven games, Jones is batting .429 (9-for-21) with three homers and eight RBIs and Young is hitting .130 (3-for-23) with all three of the hits coming last Friday.

Dodgers hurler Yhency Brazoban joined the 51s on a rehab stint and Scott Proctor and Jason Schmidt also are scheduled to make appearances this week for Las Vegas. Proctor is expected to throw an inning today and Schmidt is slated to pitch an inning tomorrow.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	200 040 010-7
CSprings	000 013 100-6
  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf	        4  2  3  0  .313
Repko rf	4  1  0  0  .271
DeWitt 2b	5  2  5  2  .306
Lindsey 1b	4  1  2  3  .308
Orenduff p	0  0  0  0  .136
MJones lf-1b	4  1  2  2  .274
Chavez 3b	4  0  1  0  .293
Rivera c	3  0  0  0  .288
Hu ss	        5  0  0  0  .292
Pinango p	2  0  0  0  .045
 LaMura p	1  0  0  0  .600
 Ruan ph-lf	1  0  0  0  .338
  Totals	37 7 13 7
  CSprings	37 6 11 5

  2B- Paul 2 (26). HR- Lindsey
(25), MJones (16). RBI- Lindsey 3
(94), DeWitt 2 (18), MJones 2 (45).
SF- Lindsey. LOB- Las Vegas 10,
Colorado Springs 7. SB- MJones (4),
DeWitt (1). DP- Chavez, DeWitt and
Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango	        3.0  3  0-0  0  1  5.16
LaMura (2-2)	4.0  8  6-6  0  2  7.19
Orenduff (sv 1)	2.0  3  1-1  0  1  6.32
  HBP- Chavez, Rivera. T-2:58. Att- 5,713.
Jacksonville Wins Rainy Game
In a game shortened to five innings by the tail-end of Hurricane Fay, the Suns scored twice in the third inning and held on to top Birmingham 2-1 behind the two-hit pitching of Eric DuBose (1-1).

Jacksonville was held to four hits with the Suns spending three of them in the bottom of the fifth.

Kelly Gulledge singled and with two out, Shane Justis added a one base knock. A passed ball moved both runners up just in time to score on Ivan De Jesus' single to center field.

DuBose allowed runners in four of the five innings. A one-out single and a walk in the second inning and a pair of walks in the third did no damage. Birmingham loaded the bases in the fourth on single, a walk and a throwing error by De Jesus, but he held the Barons to one run wehen he nailed the final batter on a popup, then worked around a leadoff walk in the fifth.

Four different Suns shared their four hits.

  Score by Innings 
Birmingham	000 100-1
Jacksonville	002 00x-2

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis lf	2  1  1  0  .269
De Jesus ss	2  0  1  2  .319
Hoffmann rf	2  0  1  0  .276
Mitchell 1b	2  0  0  0  .263
JGonzalez 2b	2  0  0  0  .269
May c        	2  0  0  0  .227
Gulledge dh	2  1  1  0  .255
AGonzalez 3b	2  0  0  0  .308
  Totals	18 2 4 2
  Birmingham	18 1 2 0	

  Error- De Jesus (23). RBI- De
Jesus 2 (55). LOB- Jacksonville 1,
Birmingham 0. CS- Hoffmann (8).  

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
DuBose (1-1)	5.0  2  1-0  5 10 2.95
HBP- by DuBose. PB- May (22).
T- 1:31. Att- 4,371.
66ers Creep Closer to Playoffs,
Inland Empire, left for dead not long ago, dropped Rancho Cucamonga for the second straight time and moved to within a single game of them in a push for the wild-card spot.

Esteban Lopez rapped a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning with two out and the count 3-2. The shot overcame a 3-2 deficit and gave the Sixers wins in the first two games of a three-game series.

The Sixers (64-69) now trail the Quakes (65-68) by a game with the final game of the regular season tonight in San Bernardino.

Manager John Valentin was surprised to see his young team set themselves up for a sweep.

"I would've probably told you it wasn't going to happen because the Quakes are a good team and they've battled us pretty well," Valentin told the San Bernardino Sun. "Our goal was to try to take the series."

The key hit came from Lopez, who replaced Carlos Santana after his trade to Cleveland, along with Brian Morris, for Casey Blake.

He entered the game batting just .236, but has doubles in three straight games before the game-winning drive.

"I was just trying to put the ball in play," Lopez said. "It worked out for us."

Brian Mathews scored from third base on Lopez's line drive down the first-base line. Christian Lara scored from first base when the throw arrived a bit late.

Earlier, the game was a strikeout duel between the Quakes' Alexander Torres and the Sixers' Victor Garate. Torres finished with 10 in 5.1 innings. Garate struck out 11 in six innings for the Sixers, but gave up a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

Jordan Pratt took over with the 66ers trailing 3-2 and earned his fourth win against three losses on the eighth inning rally. The Quakes were held to six hits by the two pitchers.

Drew Locke doubled to lead off the fourth and went to third on a wild pitch. Matt Berezay smacked the second of his two triples (#9) and scored on on Scott Van Slyke's ground ball.

Berezay tripled twice and knocked in a run. Jaime Pedroza singled and doubled and Bridger Hunt chipped in with a pair of singles.

  Score by Innings	
Rancho Cucamonga	000 030 000-3
Inland Empire	        000 200 02x-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt dh        	4  0  2  0  .289
 Robinson cf	1  0  0  0  .273
Giles cf	3  0  1  0  .281
Locke 1b	3  1  1  0  .317
Berezay lf	4  1  2  1  .245
Pedroza ss	4  0  2  0  .299
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  1  .250
Mathews 3b	1  0  0  0  .160
Lara 2b        	4  1  1  0  .246
Lopez c        	4  0  1  2  .237
  Totals	32 4 10 4
  Rancho	31 3  6 3

  2B- Locke (33), Pedroza (31),
Lopez (8). 3B- Berezay 2 (9). RBI-
Berezay (56), Van Slyke (22),
Lopez 2 (11). LOB- Inland Empire
9, Rancho 9. SB- Van Slyke (7),
Pedroza (23). CS- Van Slyke (3).

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Garate	        6.0  6  3-3  2 11  4.32
Pratt (4-3)	3.0  0  0-0  0  5  5.00
  T- 2:41. Att- 2,035.

The South Bend Silver Hawks sent 12 men to the plate in a seven-run fifth inning and demolished Great Lakes 12-2 in front of a crowd of 5,433.

The Loons got their only runs when Alfredo Silverio crushed a two-run homer to left field to draw the Loons within a run and make it a 3-2 in the fourth. The drive was initially ruled a double, but the call was changed to a home run. The reversal prompted an argument from Silver Hawks' manager Mark Haley resulting in his ejection.

Loons' starter Justin Miller picked up the loss to fall to 4-11 after pitching 3.2 innings allowing three runs on six hits. Miguel Sanfler struggled for the second consecutive day, allowing all seven fifth-inning runs on four hits and three walks in relief.

The Loons will travel to Grand Rapids to take on the playoff-bound West Michigan Whitecaps, beginning with a four-game series tonight.

  Score by Innings
South Bend	001 270 110-12
Great Lakes	000 200 000- 2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	4  0  1  0  .271
Rosario cf	4  0  2  0  .271
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .288
Perez 3b	3  0  1  0  .290
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .219
Mier c        	4  0  0  0  .270
Taylor ss	4  1  2  0  .230
Silverio rf	3  1  2  2  .251
Dalton 2b	4  0  1  0  .223
  Totals	34  2  9  2
  South Bend	44 12 18 11

  Error- Ortiz (9). HR- Silverio
(9). RBI- Silverio 2 (41). LOB-
Great Lakes 7, South Bend 13. DP-
Ferreras, Mier and Ortiz.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Miller (4-11)	3.2  6  3-3  3  2  3.94
Sanfler	        1.0  4  7-7  3  2  3.94
Ferreras	3.1  8  2-2  1  0  8.53
Ramirez	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.91   
 WP- Miller, Sanfler. T- 3:15. Att- 5,433. 
Chukars Win by Two Touchdowns
On a mild, autumn afternoon with a hint of fall in the air, Idaho Falls and Ogden engaged in a game much more indicitive of football than baseball, with the Chukars missing all three points after but still winning 18-7.

The loss dropped Ogden to 16-10 in the second half and narrowed the Raptors lead wild card lead over Casper to a single game.

The Raptors had nine hits but the final 10 batters were retired in order to end the game.

The last place team in the Pioneer League finished the game with 20 hits off five different Ogden pitchers, with Jon Michael Redding (0-4) taking the loss. He was tagged for eight runs in his two innings of work but five of them were unearned.

Steve Caseres ripped his seventh homer, a two-run shot. Nick Buss and Travis Vetters had a pair of hits, including a double, each.

  Score by Innings
Idaho Falls	353 011 041-18
Ogden	        030 022 000- 7

  Ogden	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  1  3  .311
Buss cf	        5  1  2  2  .294
Vetters lf	4  1  2  1  .447
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .309
 Arp ph	        1  0  0  0  .231
Caseres dh	4  1  1  2  .279
Baez 3b	        3  0  0  0  .269
Wallach c	3  1  1  0  .275
Orr 1b	        2  2  0  0  .211
Ruggiano 2b	4  1  2  0  .248
  Totals	35  7  9  7
  Idaho Falls	49 18 20 17

  Errors- Gordon 2 (22), Baez (20).
2B- Ruggiano (8), Buss (11), Vetters
(15). HR- Caseres (7). RBI- Gordon 2
(24), Buss 2 (19), Caseres 2 (37),
Vetters (35). LOB- Ogden 6, Idaho
Falls 10. CS- Baez (2). DP- Gordon
and Orr.

  Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Redding (0-4)	2.0  6  8-3  2  2  5.72
Boothe	        4.0  7  5-4  0  3  6.55
Solano	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  9.26
Walter	        1.0  3  4-4  2  0 10.20
Garcia	        1.0  3  1-1  0  2  2.67
  HBP- by Solano, by Walter.
T- 2:47. Att- 1<983.
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