Lambo Continues to Pound AA Pitching

Las Vegas lost 8-4 to Fresno. Jacksonville was again delighted with Andrew Lambo who knocked in six runs in a 10-3 win over Montgomery. Inland Empire lost 5-1 to Lake Elsinore and Great Lakes exploded for 11 runs in the fourth and topped West Michigan 12-3. Ogden stayed in the battle for a wild card by dumping Casper 7-4 behind Michael Watt's 8th win. The GCL and DSL Dodgers finished their season

Vegas Drops 8-4 Game to Fresno
Las Vegas aroused themselves and scored four runs in the last of the ninth but by that time they trailed Fresno 8-0. Jason Stults allowed nine hits and five runs in his six inning start and took the loss, evening his record at 7-7.

The 51s were held to nine hits and three of them, including home runs by Chin-lung Hu (#1) and Delwyn Young (#2). Hu's shot to left field led off the inning and broke up the shutout. John Lindsey walked and Jason Repko doubled before Young's long drive to left-center closed out the scoring.

Young, Repko and Hu had a pair of hits each. Xavier Paul added a double and Andruw Jones was hitless in two at-bats.

Scott Proctor, rehabbing an aching arm, worked a scoreless inning on Tuesday and admitted he had been pitching with a sore arm most of the season.

In an interview with Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Proctor said his arm had been bothering him since the end of spring training.

Over the past two seasons he has appeared in 166 games, the second only behind Washington's Jon Rauch (173). The big workload finally caught up with him and the right-hander has been sidelined with tendinitis in his pitching elbow since June 21.

"I was trying to change my delivery and was throwing a whole lot. I probably threw too much," the 31-year-old said.

Of his most recent outing for the 51s, he told Dewey, "I felt good. My command wasn't where I wanted it to be, but you can't expect a whole lot when you've had two months off." He hit 97 mph on the radar gun in his first live action over two months.

He is scheduled to work two innings tonight.

"I just want to be able to go back and help the team in whatever fashion I can. Hopefully I'll come up in key situations and get key outs for them," he said. "This is the first time I've ever been on the (disabled list) in the big leagues, and I'm absolutely miserable. I don't know how guys can do it, especially when you're in a playoff hunt and not able to help."

"Scott's a very important part of the bullpen right now. We need all the help we can get with Saito being out," Las Vegas manager Lorenzo Bundy said. "Any experienced arm that we have up there, a quality arm, is going to be important."

Dodgers right-hander Jason Schmidt is scheduled to start tonight for the 51s but is expected to throw only one inning as he continues his comeback from shoulder surgery.

  Score by Innings
Fresno	        020 012 002-8
Las Vegas	000 000 004-4

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Repko lf	4  1  2  0  .277
Young rf	4  1  2  3  .306
Tiffee 3b	5  0  0  0  .370
AJones 1b	2  0  0  0  .357
 Orenduff p	0  0  0  0  .136
 Ruan ph	1  0  0  0  .338
 LaMura p	0  0  0  0  .600
 Maza ph	1  0  0  0  .368
Chavez 2b	5  0  1  0  .293
Paul cf	        4  0  1  0  .313
Rivera c	4  0  0  0  .278
Hu ss	        4  1  2  1  .299
Stults p	1  0  1  0  .250
 Lindsey 1b	0  1  0  0  .309
  Totals	35 4  9 4
  Fresno	37 8 12 8

  2B- Paul (27), Repko (25). HR- Hu (1), 
Young (2). RBi Hu (14), Young 3 (5). 
S- Stults. LOB- Las Vegas 10, Fresno 7. 
DP- Tiffee, Chavez and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (7-7)	6.0  9  5-5  2  8  3.82
Orenduff	2.0  2  1-1  1  3  6.59
LaMura 	        1.0  1  2-2  2  1  7.42
  T- 2:48. Att- 6,438.
Lambo Knocks in Six For Suns
Twenty-year-old Andrew Lambo continued his dominance of Southern League pitching, lining a double and a home run good for six runs as Jacksonville extended their winning streak to seven with a 10-3 pasting at Montgomery.

Only recently called up from Great Lakes, Lambo has five hits in Double-A and all five have driven in at least one run. He is now 5-for-18 with 11 runs batted in over his four games with the Suns.

Almost overlooked in the offensive explosion was shortstop Ivan DeJesus who extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a fourth-inning bunt single.

Trailing 2-1 after seven innings, the Suns scored six runs in the eighth inning and three in the ninth.

Jacksonville loaded the bases in the eighth on singles by Shane Justis, Adam Godwin and De Jesus. An infield error allowed Jacksonville to take a 3-2 lead and Russell Mitchell singled to re-load the bases. Lambo's double into deep left-center cleared them and Kelley Gulledge doubled in Lambo.

Lambo belted a home run in the ninth with De Jesus, who had singled, and Mitchell, who had walked, on base.

The Biscuits took a 2-0 lead against Suns starter Josh Lindblom, who allowed five hits and the two runs in his Jacksonville debut. Reliever Clayton Allison worked a scoreless inning before Jacobo Meque (2-1) picked up the win with two scoreless innings.

The Suns are expected to activate right-hander Jesus Castillo for the start tonight against Biscuits right-hander Heath Rollins.

  Score by Innings	
Jacksonville	000 001 063-10
Montgomery	001 010 001- 3

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	5  1  2  0  .259
De Jesus ss	4  2  3  1  .325
Hoffmann rf	5  1  0  0  .275
Mitchell 1b	4  2  2  0  .266
Lambo lf	5  2  2  6  .278
May c	        5  0  1  0  .224
Gonzalez 2b	4  0  0  0  .263
Gulledge dh	4  1  2  1  .281
Justis 3b	4  1  2  0  .269
  Totals	40 10 14 8
  Montgomery	35  3  8 2

  Error- De Jesus 3 (26). 2B- Lambo
(1), Gulledge (7), May (25). HR-
Lambo (2). RBI- De Justis (57), Lambo
6 (11), Gulledge (12). SF- De Jesus.
LOB- Jacksonville 6, Montgomery 8.
DP- De Jesus, Gonzalez and Mitchell;
Lambo and May.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lindblom	5.0  5  2-2  1  4  3.60
Allison	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  6.75
Meque (2-1)	2.0  1  0-0  1  1  3.48
Leach 	        1.0  1  1-0  1  1  3.02
  T- 2:52. Att- 3,311.
66er Playoff Chances Takes Another Hit
Lake Elsinore dropped a 5-1 loss on Inland Empire, narrowing the 66ers chances for a wildcard playoff slot.

Alberto Bastardo was betrayed by a defense that tagged him with three unearned runs in his five-inning start. He allowed six hits and five runs but just two of them were earned.

Jaime Pedroza singled in Matt Berezay, who had doubled, in the second inning. The 66ers could manage only five more hits the rest of the game.

Jordan Pratt pitched two shutout innings in relief and Luis Vasquez added a perfect ninth to close out the game.

Bridger Hunt had a pair of singles and Scott Van Slyke added a double for the 66ers.

The two teams meet again tonight in the final game of the series and Inland Empire closes the season out with three games against Rancho Cucamonga.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	010 000 000-1
Lake Elsinore	030 020 00x-5

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt rf	        4  0  2  0  .294
Fuller 2b	2  0  0  0  .229
Giles dh	3  0  0  0  .276
Locke 1b	4  0  0  0  .315
Berezay lf	1  1  1  0  .248
Herrera cf 	3  0  1  0  .200
Pedroza ss	3  0  1  1  .298
Van Slyke cf-lf	4  0  1  0  .253
Lara 3b	        4  0  1  0  .248
Lopez c	        4  0  0  0  .226
  Totals	32 1 7 1
  Lake Elsinore	30 5 6 5

  Error- Pedroza (22), 2B- Berezay
(13), Van Slyke (7), RBI- Pedroza
(55). S- Fuller. SF- Pedroza. LOB-
Inland Empire 8, Lake Elsinore 5. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (5-8)	5.0  6  5-2  2  1  5.29
Pratt	        2.0  0  0-0  2  4  4.85
Vasquez 	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.75
  T- 2:44. Att- 3,843.
Loons Win With 11-run Inning
Great Lakes relieved pent-up frustrations by pushing across a franchise-record 11 runs in the fourth inning, en route to a convincing 12-1 victory over West Michigan in the final road game of the 2008 season.   

The Loons sent 15 batters to the plate and collected 10 hits with Alfredo Silverio's grand slam providing the first four runs. It was the Loons' first grand slam of the season and third in franchise history.  

Kieran Mattison (1-0) made his Loons' debut with six shutout innings.  The 28-year-old right-hander was appearing in the Midwest League for the first time since the 2003 All-Star Game, when he was a member of the Burlington Bees.  

Blake Brannon pitched the final three innings for his first save of the year.  

Silverio finished the game with three hits -- the grand slam and two doubles -- and was a triple shy of the cycle. Jovanny Rosario had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Parker Dalton, Jessie Mier and Yossandy Garcia also recorded multi-hit games.  

The Loons begin their final homestand of the season with four games against the Fort Wayne Wizards. Right-hander Justin Miller (4-11, 3.94 ERA) will start for the Loons against righty Corey Kluber (3-3, 3.24) in the opener. 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 (11)10 000-12
West Michigan	000   0 00 010- 1
  
  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	5  1  1  1  .267
Rosario dh	4  2  2  2  .272
ortiz 1b	3  2  1  1  .221
Silverio rf	5  2  3  4  .256
Dalton 2b	5  1  2  1  .231
Mier c	        5  1  2  0  .283
Lizarraga ss	5  1  1  1  .189
Garcia lf	4  1  2  0  .093
  Totals	40 12 15 11
  West Michigan	40  1  9  1
  
  2B- Silverio 2 (14). HR- Silverio
(10> RBI- Silverio 4 (45),
Lizarraga (8), Kanaby (24), Rosario
2 (33), Perez (22), Ortiz (48),
Dalton (22). SF- Perez; Rosario.
LOB- Great Lakes 5, West Michigan
8. DP- Mattison, Lizarraga and
Ortiz; Lizarraga, Dalton and Ortiz.
 
  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Mattison (1-0)	6.0  7  0-0  2  3  0.00
Brannon (sv 1)	3.0  2  1-1  1  3  3.03
  HBP- Ortiz. T- 2:47. Att- 7,090.
Watt's Pitching Boosts Raptors
Michael Watt, who pitched complete game victory in his last start, went eight innings and stopped Casper 7-4 to keep Ogden's playoff homes firmly in their own hands.

They now hold a two-game lead over the Ghosts for the final playoff slot and will meet them in four of the club's final eight games.

Watt, the second round selection from Mission Viejo, California, moved into a tie for top spot in the Pioneer League with his eighth win.

Casper jumped on Watt for three runs in the first three innings but, with the help of Tony Demonico's two-run home run (#8) with Dee Gordon on base, Ogden scored four times n the fourth and never let go of the lead.

Pedro Baez chipped in with a pair of hits and a home run of his own (#12). He tripled home Travis Vetters in the fourth and later scored on Matt Wallach's ground ball, crashing into the Casper catcher and knocking the ball out of his hands to score the third run.

Ogden added their final there runs in the sixth. Baez opened with his homer, a sac fly by Brian Ruggiano and Gordon's double accounting for the other runs. Dee Gordon added three hits and an RBI in the game.

Cole St. Clair put down a mini-rally in the ninth inning by striking out the final two Casper batters.

The scene shifts to Casper starting tonight for three more games against the Ghosts.

  Score by Innings
Ogden	000 403 000-7
Casper	012 000 001-4

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruggiano lf	4  0  0  1  .234
Gordon ss	5  1  3  1  .317
Delmonico dh	4  1  2  2  .325
Vetters cf	4  1  1  0  .427
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .295
Baez 3b	        4  2  2  2  .285
Wallach c	3  1  0  1  .287
Casanova 1b	3  1  1  0  .247
Becker 2b	2  0  0  0  .245
  Totals	33 7  9 7
  Casper	37 4 11 3

  Errors- Becker (5), Gordon (23).
2B- Gordon (12). 3B- Baez (1). 
HR- Delmonico (8), Baez (12). 
RBI- Delmonico 2 (31), Baez 2 (50),
Wallach (32), Ruggiano (17),
Gordon (26). S- Becker. SF- Ruggiano. 
LOB- Ogden 6, Casper 7. DP- Watt, 
Gordon and Casanova.

  Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Watt (8-4)	8.0  8  3-3  0  8  4.34
St Clair	1.0  3  1-1  0  2  3.60
  HBP- Casanova, Vetters.
T- 2:44. Att- 1,658.  


	


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