Short Season Teams Suffer One-Run Losses

Short Season teams lost four one-run games, dropping the day's record to 0-8. Ogden put on another miracle comeback but was a run short this time, losing 8-7 to Casper. Two unearned runs cost the Arizona Dodgers a 2-1 loss to the Giants. The Dominican Dodgers suffered two of tough losses, 3-1 and 4-3. The good news was: Ogden catcher Gorman Erickson was the Pioneer League "Player of the Week."

Raptors Fail Comeback Math
After scoring seven runs in the final two innings the night before and earning an 8-7 victor, the Raptors went into their two-minute drill again and again scored seven times in the final two winnings but overlooked the fact that this night they had trailed by runs and thus fell to Casper 9-8.

The comeback was remarkable, it was just a simple error in math.

Starter Luis Vazquez and Greg Wilborn were treated roughly by the Ghosts. Vazquez surrendered five runs, three earned, while pitching into the sixth. Wilborn was thumped for four runs in the eight. Fredy Quintero and Jordan Roberts worked scoreless stints in between the Ghosts big innings.

Trailing 4-0 in the fifth, Blake Smith doubled and later scored on a wild pitch to put the Raptors on the scoreboard.

The down but not out in the eighth, Rafael Ynoa doubled to lead off and with one out Lenell McGee scored him with another single. Red-hot Gorman Erickson doubled in the second run and a ringing double by Chris Jacobs drove in the third run of the evening,

Ogden felt they had the Raptors just where they wanted them when the ninth inning started with a Blake single. Ynoa added another with one out and Brian Ruggiano and McGee ran the hit total to four. Erickson singled and Jacobs walked, setting the stage for another standout Oklahoman, this time shortstop Bryant Hernandez. But unlike J.T. Wise the night before he missed the third strike to end the game.

Erickson Hitter of the Week
The Dodgers 15th round draft selection in 2006, catcher Gorman Erickson, raised his batting average to a season-high .352 after a great offensive week that saw him hit .526 with nine runs batted in and slug .632.

He now ranks fourth in the league in average and third in doubles (11). On July 31, Erickson went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBIs and a run. On Aug. 2, the switch-hitter went 3-for-4 with a season-high five RBIs and a run.

Ogden ends its three-game series with Casper tonight before welcoming Idaho Falls for three more at Lindquist Field.

  Score by Innings
Casper	010 301 040-9
Ogden	000 010 034-8

  Ogden	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruggiano 3b	5  1  2  0  .343
McGee lf	5  2  4  2  .244
Sands cf	4  0  1  0  .344
Erickson dh	4  1  2  3  .355
Iden pr-dh       0  0  0  0  .241
Jacobs 1b	4  0  1  1  .309
Hernandez ss	5  0  0  0  .258
Smith rf	4  2  2  0  .192
Collado c	4  0  0  0  .000
Ynoa 2b        	4  2  2  0  .173
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  Totals 	39  8 14  7
  Ogden	        39  8 14  6

  Errors- Jacobs (3), Vasquez (1).
2b- McGee (7), Smith (3), Ynoa (6),
Erickson (12). RBI- McGee 2 (11),
Erickson 3 (26), Jacobs (14).
LOB- Ogden 7, Casper 8. DP- Hernandez,
Ynoa and Jacobs; Ruggiano, Ynoa and
Jacobs. Pickoffs Vasquez.
 	  
  Ogden 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Vasquez (2-2)	5.1  8  5-3  1  3  4.82
Quintero	1.2  1  0-0  1  3  1.17
Wilborn	        1.0  4  4-4  2  1  5.25
Roberts	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  7.20
  WP- Vasquez. T- 3:25. Att- 3,518.
Unearned Runs Sink Dodgers
Single unearned runs in the first and second innings cost the Arizona Dodgers a 2-1 loss against the Giants. Throwing errors by Ramon Jean in the first inning and Casio Grider in the second, combined with three of the four total hits the Giants managed during the game made the difference.

The Giants were held hitless by Carlos Frias (2-5) and James Marshall until one out in the ninth when the final, and harmless, single was allowed.

The Dodgers were having just about as much trouble hitting the Giants' pitching. The had a single in the third and two in the fifth. Then they bunched their final three in the ninth inning.

Grider tripled to deep center and scored on a one-out single by Nick Akins. Garrett Green singled with two out and both runners moved up on an error by the Giants right fielder.

With the tying and leading run in scoring position, Jean struck out to end the game,

  Score by Innings
AZL Dodgers	000 000 001-1
AZL Giants	110 000 00x-2

  Dodgers 	ab r  h  bi ave
Grider ss	4  1  1  0  .252
Banks cf	4  0  0  0  .241
Akins lf	3  0  1  1  .348
Tavarez c	4  0  0  0  .375
Green dh	4  0  1  0  .250
 King pr-dh	0  0  0  0  .120
Jean 2b         3  0  1  0  .252
Henderson 1b	3  0  1  0  .218
Hunt 3b         3  0  1  0  .176
Ray rf	        3  0  1  0  .129
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  Totals	32  1  6  1 
  Giants	28  2  4  1

  Errors- Jean (14), Grider (10).
3B- Grider (2). RBI- Akins (34).
LOB- Dodgers 5, Giants 3. DP- Akins,
Jean and Henderson.

Dodgers	         in  h r-er bb so  era
Frias (2-5)	6.0  3  2-0  0  8  5.82
Marshall	2.0  1  0-0  1  2  1.42
  WP- Frias. Balk- Frias. T- 2:13.
Dominican Dodgers Lose Two Close Games
The DSL Dodgers received strong pitching but couldn't come up with hitting to match it and lost 3-2 and 4-3 to the Royals in a doubleheader that saw the makeup of a rain-out game.

First Game
In the opener, with the Dodgers as the home team, the Royals ran p a 3-0 lead going into the seventh, and final, inning.

Held to four hits up to that time the Dodgers used singles by Ronny Lugo, Edward Bens and Wilner Charles to score twice with one out. But then Marlon Sucre bounced into a game-ending double play.

Yimi Garcia picked up his first loss after allowing a single run in his four innings. Joel Lima was tagged with five hits and the final two runs

  Score by Innings Game 1
DSL Royals	001 002 0-3
DSL Dodgers	000 000 2-2

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi ave
Charles cf	4  0  1  1  .284
Oguisten ss	2  0  1  0  .170
 Sucre ph	1  0  0  0  .241
Morales dh	3  0  0  0  .314
Franco 3b	3  0  1  0  .293
JoRamirez rf	3  0  0  0  .213
RLugo lf	3  0  1  0  .255
Mirabal 2b	3  1  1  0  .240
Capellan c	3  0  1  0  .234
 Aguilar pr	0  1  0  0  .244
Bens 1b         2  0  1  1  .234
 Infante pr	0  0  0  0  .167
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  Totals	27  2  7  2
  Royals	26  3 10  3

  RBI- Bens (12), Charles (7).
LOB- Dodgers 6, Royals 7. DP- Franco,
Mirabal and Bens. Pickoffs- Capellan.

  Dodgers 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
YGarcia (3-1)	4.0  4  1-1  3  2  1.26
Lima        	2.0  5  2-2  1  1  2.35
Chavez	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.52
  HBP- Bens, Oguisten. T- 2:09.
Second Game
In the second game, with the Royals as the home team, Arismendy Ozoria was tagged for three runs in the first inning and the Dodgers could never quite overcome that deficit.

Held to five hits, they used a walk, an error and a sacrifice fly by Jose Lugo to score for the first time in the sixth. The Royals matched the run an led 4-1 into the ninth.

Then Wilner Charles walked and stole second. Alexis Aguilar the drove his first home run of the season over the left-center field fence to cut the Royals lead to 4-3.

Marlon Sucre single and after a wild pitch, Enlly Morales was walked intentionally. With only one out, the Dodgers seemed poised for a big finish but Edward Bens popped to third and Jose Lugo struck out to end the game.

Ozoria (2-2) took the loss for the Dodgers.

  Score by Innings Game 2
DSL Dodgers	000 0012-3
DSL Royals	300 001x-4

  Dodgers 	ab r  h  bi ave
Charles cf	3  1  0  0  .277
Angular ss	4  1  2  2  .256
Sucre dh	4  0  2  0  .248
Franco 3b	3  0  0  0  .288
RLugo rf-lf	2  1  0  0  .252
 Morales ph	0  0  0  0  .314
 Oguisten pr	0  0  0  0  .170
Perez c	        1  0  0  0  .211
 Bens c        	1  0  0  0  .232
JLugo 1b	3  0  1  1  .225
Nieto lf	2  0  0  0  .159
 Ramirez ph-rf	1  0  0  0  .212
Infante 2b	3  0  0  0  .143
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  Totals	27  3  5  3
  Royals	23  4  6  3

  Error- Aguilar (9). HR- Aguilar (1).
RBI- JLogo (10), Aguilar 2 (12).
SF- Lugo. LOB- Dodgers 10, Royals 6.
SB- Charles (7).

  Dodgers  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Ozoria (2-2)	4.0  5  3-3  3  3  2.81
Bustillos	2.0  1  1-0  0  2  4.12
  WP- Ozoria, Bustillos 2. HBP- by Ozoria, 
Perez. T- 2:05.

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