Sands Battering Pioneer League Pitching

Pioneer pitchers are hoping Ogden's Jerry Sands is in line for a promotion to a higher level. He leads the league in batting (.458) and knocked in five runs in 19-2 rout of Great Falls. The Arizona Dodgers fell behind 9-0 after three innings and and lost 13-0 to the Indians. The Dominican Dodgers allowed only four hits but two unearned runs in the last of the eighth handed the Red Sox a 2-1 win.

Sands and Songco Lead Raptors
Ogden's Jerry Sands continues to batter Pioneer League pitching and may be in line for a promotion to a higher level. The Raptors' designated hitter entered leads the league in batting with a .458 average, and when the scorebook was totaled up after a 19-2 Raptors rout of Great Falls, Sands went 2-for-4 with five RBIs.

Sands recently named the Pioneer League Player of the Week July 5. Pioneer League. The award pointed out that the Dodgers prospect at the time led the league in batting average (.473), homers (5), hits (26) and slugging percentage (.818). His 14 RBIs ranked second in the league and his .508 on-base percentage is third. Sands, who was selected by the Dodgers in the 2008 Draft, had five multi-hit games this week, including a 4-for-6 game on July 3. He is on an 11-game hitting streak and has recorded a hit in all but one of the Raptors' 13 games this season.

The Ogden attack featured 18 hits, seven for extra bases, and included four home runs. Brian Ruggiano, in just his second game with the Raptors, reached base safely in all six plate appearances and added four runs batted in and a solo home run. Austin Yount followed Ruggiano's long drive with his first home run of the season.

Angelo Songco and J.T. Wise. Songco went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs while Wise had his best night as a professional, rapping out three hits, including a towering three-run shot in a seven-run fourth inning that put the game safely in the books.

"Our guys are doing a great job of getting their bats going the last week," Ogden manager Damon Berryhill told the Ogden Standard-Examiner. "We're here to win games, not just player development. We have a lot of talent on this team and we just need to keep it going."

Also in evidence was a stellar pitching performance by Luis Vasquez who picked up his first win of the year. Vazquez allowed four hits in five innings while allowing one run. Vasquez' ERA also dropped to 5.93.

"Luis (Vazquez) battled through five innings. He has a big league arm and he just needs time to develop it," Berryhill said. "We have so many guys that have been doing a good job for us this year. A lot of these guys have big league talent as well. Our pitching has been doing well all year and hopefully we can keep it going."

Luis Ferreras and Steven Ames were equally impressive in relief. Ferreras gave up just one hit in two innings and Steven Ames one hit in his inning of work.

The 19 runs are a season high for the Raptors who scored in all but two innings. The victory evened the four-game series with the North Division-leading Voyagers at one game apiece, and allowed Ogden to improve to one game over .500.

  Score by Innings
Great Falls	000 100 001- 2
Ogden	        150 722 02x-19

  Great Falls	ab r  h  bi  ave
Galvez rf	5  1  0  0  .262
Ruggiano 3b	3  5  3  4  .833
Sands dh	4  2  2  5  .460
 Yount ph-dh	2  2  2  1  .324
Songco lf	5  1  3  2  .379
Wise c        	6  2  3  4  .429
Orr 1b        	5  2  2  1  .226
Guerrero ss	5  1  1  0  .250
McGee cf	5  1  1  2  .205
Iden 2b        	3  2  1  0  .192
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  Totals  	43 19 18 19
  Great Falls	30  2  7  2

  2B- Songco 2 (6), Guerrero (2).
HR- Sands (6), Wise (1), Ruggiano (1),
Yount (1). RBI- Songco 2 (17), Ruggiano
4 (4), Sands 5 (19), Wise 4(4), McGee 2
(5), Yount (7), Orr (8). LOB- Ogden 10,
Great Lakes 7. DP- Ruggiano, Iden and Orr;
Iden Guerrero and Orr. Pickoffs- Vasquez.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Vasquez (1-1)	5.0  4  1-0  4  1  5.93
Ferreras 	2.0  1  0-0  2  1  2.25
Ames        	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  1.23
Solano	        1.0  1  1-1  0  2  5.68
  WP- Solano. HBP- Galvez, Guerrero, McGee.
PB- Wise 2 (2). T- 2:57. Att- 4,411.
AZ Dodgers Pitching Mauled
The Arizona Dodgers fell behind 9-0 after three innings and things didn't get much better after that. The managed just three hits and lost 13-0.

Starter Carlos Frias (1-1) took the brunt of the beating, allowing nine hits and eight runs in his two innings. The five pitchers who followed him allowed seven hits and five runs collectively.

The Dodgers were held to three scattered hits by Pedro Tavarez in the second, Chris Henderson in the fifth and Jan Vasquez in the seventh. The Dodgers left four on and managed to get only a single runner into scoring position.

  Score by Innings
AZL Dodgers	000 000 000- 0
AZL Indians	225 100 03x-13

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Jean 2b        	4  0  0  0  .135
JohGarcia ss	4  0  0  0  .250
Akins lf	0  0  0  0  .391
 Perry lf	2  0  0  0  .000
Smith rf	4  0  0  0  .111
Calfee 1b	3  0  0  0  .286
Tavarez c	2  0  1  0  .450
 Vazquez c	1  0  1  0  .105
Henderson 3b	2  0  1  0  .297
 Cilladi dh	3  0  0  0  .000
JonGarcia cf	3  0  0  0  .185
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  Totals	30  0  3  0
  Indians	41 13 16 12

  Errors- Calfee (3), JonGarcia (1).
LOB- Dodgers 4, Indians 9. 

  Dodgers	 in  h r-er b so   era
Frias (1-1)	2.0  9  8-8  1  1  5.87
Tavarez	        2.0  4  2-2  1  2  4.26
Guzman	        2.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
Hernandez	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Dignelli	0.2  2  3-3  3  1  9.82
Childs	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  4.50
  WP- Frias, Dignelli. HBP- by Frias, by 
Hernandez, by Dignelli. 
DSL Dodgers Waste Great Pitching
Four Dominican Dodgers pitchers allowed only four hits and didn't allow an earned run but a hit by pitch, an error, a wild pitch and a single scored a pair of unearned runs in the last of the eighth and the Red Sox were handed a 2-1 win.

Gustavo Gomez started and gave up two hits in his five innings of work. Daniel Tamares worked a scoreless sixth before giving the ball to Joel Lima, who finished the inning and a shutout seventh before he hit a runner and then fumbled a sacrifice bunt and was replaced by Carlos De Aza who added a wild pitch to the mix and a two-run single.

The Dodgers had been held hitless until two out in the seventh, then used a walk to Wilner Charles, a stolen base and the second, and final hit of the day, a single by Charlie Mirabal, to score in the top of the eighth for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

  Score by Innings
DSL Dodgers	000 000 010-1
DSL Red Sox	000 000 02x-2

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi ave
Charles cf	1  1  0  0  .303
Mirabal ss	4  0  1  1  .236
RLugo rf	4  0  0  0  .268
Morales 2b	3  0  0  0  .360
Franco 3b	3  0  0  0  .310
Perez c	        3  0  0  0  .214
 Capellan c	1  0  0  0  .250
Bens 1b        	3  0  0  0  .262
Mercedes lf	3  0  1  0  .183
JLugo dh	3  0  0  0  .196
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  Totals	28  1  2  1
  Red Sox	27  2  4  2

  Errors- Franco (16), Lima (1).
RBI- Mirabal (12). LOB- Dodgers 6, Red
Sox 6. SB- Morales (1), Charles 2 (4). 
CS- Mirabal (3), Franco (2).
Pickoffs- Tamares.
  
  Dodgers	in  h r-er bb so  era
Gomez	        5.0  2  0-0  1  3  2.90
Tamares	        1.1  0  0-0  2  2  6.08
Lima(1-1)	1.0  1  2-0  0  1  2.35
De Aza 	        0.2  1  0-0  0  0  1.80
  WP- De Aza 2. HBP- by Lima. T- 2:25.
Roster Moves
The Dodgers released left-handed pitchers Chuck Tiffany and Jonathan Runnels and outfielder Joris Bert.

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