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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Minor League Recap - 6/03/07

Triple A - Las Vegas lost 14-10

James Loney - 2 for 5, 2B, R, K
Matt Kemp - 4 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB, CS
Andy LaRoche - 0 for 1
Delwyn Young - 1 for 1, 2B, RBI

A slugfest in the PCL? Well that's extremely...possible. DJ Houlton struggled, allowing 5 runs in 4 innings on 6 hits, including 2 HR. Harold Eckert came in for a scoreless inning, before BJ LaMura got it up like a prom date, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) in 1.1 innings. Matt White also allowed 3 runs in 1.2 innings, raising his ERA to 3.79. At the dish, Matt Kemp had a huge game, raising his average to .331 and stealing his 9th base. Kemp extended his hitting streak to 12 games. James Loney hit his 17th double and is hitting .348 over his last 10 contests. LaRoche and Young had pinch hit appearances; LaRoche flew out while Young hit his team-leading 19th double. The 51's stay in Memphis for 2 more, including tomorrow night's 5:10pm game.

Double A - Jacksonville won 10-3

Chin Lung Hu - 3 for 4, 2 2B's, RBI, 3 R, BB
Xavier Paul - 0 for 2, 2 R, 3 BB
Cory Dunlap - 2 for 2, 2 2B's, 3 RBI, R, BB
Anthony Raglani - 1 for 5, 2 K's

A rare shakey start from Eric Cyr saw the Suns fall behind early. Cyr hadnt allowed more than 2 ER in his last 9 outings before giving up 3 in 3.1 innings today. But the bullpen picked him up, as Brian Akin, Ramon Troncoso and Luis Gonzalez combined for 5.2 scoreless frames. The offense, led by Chin Lung Hu, made a late comeback. Down 3-1 heading into the 6th, Xavier Paul's 1 out walk was followed by first double and an RBI groundout from Marshall McDougall to bring the Suns within 1. But the breakthrough came in the 7th, when 11 men came to the plate and combined for 6 runs. 4 straight singles accounted for 2 runs to give Jacksonville the lead. Then, following a Juan Gonzalez strikeout, Xavier Paul walked and Dunlap doubled for the 2nd time in as many innings to score 2. Dunlap's pair of doubles gives him 7 on the season. Marshall McDougall then doubled to plate Paul and Dunlap. Raglani collected his only hit in the inning, though the next 2 batters made outs to end the inning. In the 8th, Hu hit his 22nd double of the year, which may be the most by anyone in baseball. He came around to score on an error as the Suns added another pair of runs in that inning. Jacksonville plays an even earlier game tomorrow at 9:05am.

High A - Inland Empire had the day off

Low A - Great Lakes won 10-9

Trayvon Robinson - 0 for 4, R, BB, K
Preston Mattingly - 4 for 5, RBI, R, K

Clayton Kershaw - 5 IP, 3 Hits, R (0 ER), 3 BB, 6 K's

Kershaw allowed just 1 unearned run on the way to his 6th win of the season. The run came in the 2nd, when a 2 out walk was followed by a single and a passed ball that put the runners on 2nd and 3rd. A grounder to 3rd was thrown high to 1st as the unearned run scored. Kershaw also ran into trouble in the 5th, walking the first 2 batters before recording an out on a sacrifice bunt. After striking out the next hitter a hit batter loaded the bases. But Kershaw struck out his final man of the game to end the threat. Kershaw's ERA is now down to 2.13 and he's struck out 74 in 55 innings. Mattingly, like Matt Kemp, had a 4 hit day and now sports a 10 game hitting streak, 5 short of Josh Bell's 15 game streak that was broken earlier this week. Bell had the day off. The Loons spend 2 more nights in South Bend, including tomorrow night's game at 4pm.


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