By Greg AregoniLUXEMBURG, Wis. – This Thursday night, July 3, motors will be cranked at Luxemburg Speedway and the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner will earn $1,000. “We decided we wanted our drivers and fans to be able to spend the holiday with their families. We know a lot of the Luxemburg Speedway crowd enjoys the fireworks and family time,” said Gene Mathu, track promoter.This will be a regular point night in all five divisions. Racing goes green at 7 p.m. Pepsi, the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce and The 54 Run will be sponsoring the show. Benji LaCrosse won last Friday’s IMCA Modified feature and $2,500 after starting 20th. The winner on Thursday becomes a candidate for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot if not already vote eligible. Brandon Czarapata got back to his winning ways in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars last week. He was able to cut into the point lead of Rod Snellenberger by two and now trails by six points in his quest for a third straight title. Tracy Wassenberg visited from Shawano and then visited victory lane again in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. He picked up his third win of the season. Andy Kleczka had a late race charge to second and increased his point lead. Derek Moede has a four-point cushion over Dan Van Pay. There are five drivers within eight marks. Marcus Moede was the highest finishing IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock in Friday night’s challenge race.
Gordon led off the sixth inning with a bunt single and went to second base when catcher Miguel Montero overthrew first base. Puig drove in Gordon with a double to left field, giving the Dodgers a 6-0 lead.Gordon’s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the seventh inning drove in A.J. Ellis with the Dodgers’ seventh and final run.The Diamondbacks ended the Dodgers’ shutout bid in the eighth inning. Jamey Wright, the Dodgers’ fourth pitcher of the game, walked Martin Prado and allowed back-to-back singles to Miguel Montero and Mark Trumbo. The announced crowd of 38,079 applauded loudly when Prado scored from second base on Trumbo’s single.Prado hit a two-run single off Jose Dominguez in the ninth inning and Trumbo hit a two-run home run off Kenley Jansen with two outs to provide the final score.A total of 14 pitchers threw a pitch. They combined to hit two batters and walked another 16. As a result, the game dragged more than an hour longer than the Dodgers’ 3-1 win on Opening Day, a game that lasted 2 hours and 49 minutes. The two games were played on Saturday in the home markets of both teams – the first at 2 a.m. Pacific time, the second at 7:14 p.m. Locally, Game 1 began at 8 p.m. Saturday and the second at 1:14 p.m. today. SYDNEY, Australia >> Hyun-Jin Ryu won 98 games as a professional pitcher in his native South Korea. In 2008, he won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing. As a major-league rookie last year in Los Angeles, Ryu won 14 games for the Dodgers.It should come as no surprise, then, that Ryu looked right at home at the Sydney Cricket Ground today. With his older brother, Hyun-Soo, in attendance, the Dodgers’ left-hander threw five shutout innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing only two singles, walking one batter and striking out five. The Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5, sweeping their historic two-game series.One day before his first start of the season, Ryu confessed to a rare case of anxiety. It was no different before his first major-league start a year ago, a game in which he was shelled for 10 hits and got no run support in a loss to the San Francisco Giants. This game went much better for Ryu, who only allowed four earned runs in four Cactus League starts. And he had help.Leadoff hitter Dee Gordon (3 for 4), Yasiel Puig (3 for 5), Andre Ethier (2 for 4) and Juan Uribe (3 for 5) had multi-hit games. The Dodgers inflicted slow and painful punishment, scoring one run in the first inning, two in the third, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and another in the seventh.Puig singled in the first inning, his first hit of the season. With one out, Ethier singled and Puig scored from second base.A single by Ryu, a double by Gordon and an RBI single by Puig – who was thrown out in a rundown between first and second base – gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Gordon scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez.Mike Baxter’s double-play groundout with the bases loaded in the fifth inning drove in Gonzalez with the Dodgers’ fourth run. Uribe belted an RBI double to left field to score Ethier and make it a 5-0 game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error