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Despite a James Loney home run, Las Vegas lost 4-3 on a run in the last of the ninth; Jacksonville could manage only a Cory Dunlap homer in a 3-1 loss; Inland Empire won a wild, 10-7 game as Jamie Hoffman banged out four hits including a homer and Great Lakes won 10-3 behind a 10-hit attack as seven of the nine starters hit safely.

Las Vegas let an early 3-0 lead get away and Salt Lake used a single and a double off reliever Chin-hui Tsao in the last of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie and take a 4-3 victory.

James Loney slugged a home run in the first inning and Tomas Perez and Tony Abreu lined out RBI singles in the second for an early lead.

But Salt Lake tagged starter Eric Stults for a single run in the second and two in the third before he left the game tied in the fourth. Casey Hoorlebeke and Tim Hamulak worked 4.1 scoreless innings but the Bees stung Las Vegas in the ninth ton win.

Mitch Jones was the only 51s with multiple hits, whacking had three of the team's eight hits.
 Score by innings
Las Vegas	120 000 000-3
Salt Lake	001 200 001-4

 Las Vegas	 ab  r  h  bi  ave
Tony Abreu 2b	  5  0  1  1  .200
Larry Bigbie dh	  5  0  1  0  .200
James Loney 1b	  4  1  1  1  .250
Andy LaRoche 3b	  4  0  0  0  .000
EY Young lf	  3  0  0  0  .000
Mitch Jones 1b	  3  1  3  0  1.000
Choo Freeman cf	  3  0  0  0  .000
Kelly Stinnett c  4  1  1  0  .250
Perez ss	  4  0  1  0  .250
  Totals	 35  2 8  2  

  Error- Perez. HR- Loney (1). RBI- 
Loney (1), Perez (1), Abreu (1). 
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Salt Lake 3.
SB- Jones, M (1).

 Dodgers                in  h  r-er  bb so  era
Eric Stults             3.0  5  3-3  2  4  9.00
Casey Hoorelbeke        2.0  0  0-0  1  0  0.00
Tim Hamulak             2.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
Chen-hui Tsao (0-1)     0.0  2  1-1  1  0  -.--
 HBP- Jones. T- 2-28. Att- 8,327.
Suns Eclipsed- First baseman Cory Dunlap banged a home run in the last of the ninth inning before 10,417 in Jacksonville but that was all the offense the Suns could manage and they dropped their opener 3-1.

Jacksonville could only manage five hits during the game and Tennessee's three-run fourth inning was all the offense they would need.

Starter Scott Elbert (0-1) allowed only six hits in six innings and was tagged with the loss. The 21-year-old left-hander surrendered three runs on four hits and one walk while fanning nine.

The Suns went a combined 0-for-6 with runners in scoring scoring position.
 Score by innings
Tennessee	000 300 000-3
Jacksonville	000 000 001-1

Suns                ab  r  h  bi  ave
Luis Maza 2b        4  0  1  0  .250
Chin-Lung Hu ss     4  0  1  0  .250
Cory Dunlap 1b      3  1  1  1  .333
M. McDougall 3b     3  0  0  0  .000
Luke Allen rf       3  0  1  0  .333
Justin Orendruff p  0  0  0  0  .000
Brian Akin p        0  0  0  0  .000
John Lindsey ph     1  0  0  0  .000
Xavier Paul cf      4  0  0  0  .000
Tony Raglani lf     4  0  0  0  .000
AJ Ellis c          3  0  0  0  .000
Scott Elbert p      2  0  1  0  .500
Wilkin Ruan ph      1  0  0  0  .000
  Totals           32  1  5  1

 Error- McDougall.  2b hits- Allen (1). 
HR-Dunlap (1). RBI- Dunlap (1). 
LOB- Jacksonville 6, Tennessee 6.

 Dodgers       in   h r-er  bb so  era
Elbert (0-1)   6.0  4  3-3  1  9  4.50
Orenduff       1.0  2  0-0  1  2  0.00
Akin           1.0  1  0-0  2  2  0.00
  T- 2-28. Att- 10,417.
Hoffman Ropes Mavericks-- Right fielder Jamie Hoffman lined out four hits, including a home run, and knocked in three to lead Inland Empire to a 9-7 win at High Desert in the opening game of the California League.

His solo home run in the ninth inning provided an important cushion when High Desert scored in the last of the ninth. Reliever Brent Leach struck out the final batter to earn his first save.

A four-run sixth, helped by a Maverick error, gave the 66ers a 7-5 lead. Hoffman singled in a run and later scored on a two-run double by Ryan Rogowski. Ivan DeJesus also doubled, his second hit of the game.

Starter Alberto Bastardo was tagged for three runs on three hits in 4.1 innings. But reliever Cory Wade pitched 2.2 innings and allowed only single hit to earn the victory.
Inland Empire	021 004 101-9
High Desert	101 200 101-7

 InEmpire	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Ryan Rogowski lf	4  1  1  2  .250
Ivan De Jesus ss	5  1  2  1  .400
Blake DeWitt 3b	        5  0  1  1  .200
Lucas May c	        4  1  0  0  .000
Russ Mitchell 1b	3  2  0  0  .000
Jamie Hoffman rf	5  3  4  3  .800
Tony Harper dh	        2  0  0  0  .000
 Drew Locke ph-dh	3  0  1  1  .333
Elian Herrara 2b	4  1  1  0  .250
Adam Godwin cf	        3  0  0  0  .000	
  Totals	       38  9  11  8

 Error- Herrera. 2B- De Jesus 2 (2), 
DeWitt, Rogowski. HR- Hoffman (1). RBI- 
Hoffman 3 (3), Harper, DeWitt, Rogowski 
2 (2), De Jesus, Locke. LOB- Inland 
Empire 9, High Desert 7. SB- Hoffman 
(1). CS- Herrera (1). DP- (Mitchell 
and De Jesus; Herrera, De Jesus and 
Mitchell).

 Dodgers	  in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Albert Bastardo	  3.0  5  4-4  4  2  12.00  
Cory Wade (1-0)	  1.0  2  1-1  0  3   3.38
Jacobo Meque	  1.0  2  1-0  0  2   0.00
Brent Leach (sv 1)1.0  2  1-0  2  2   0.00
 Balk- Meque. HBP- May, Mitchell, Godwin.
T- 3-16. Att- 2,779.
Loons Fly to First Win-- Great Lakes pounded out a 10-3 victory over South Bend on the road to get their 2007 season underway with a flourish.

Clayton Kershaw started for the Loons but was plagued by wildness, walking six and allowing a pair of hits but only one earned run. Preston Mattingly's sac fly and an RBI single by Matt Berezay tied the game in the third.

Kershaw left after walking two in the last of the third and Doug Brooks took over and didn't allow a hit over three innings to earn the win.

The Loons scored three in the sixth on a Berezay double, a Carlos Santana double and an RBI single by Eduardo Perez. Great Lakes scored four in the seventh and costed in from there.

Josh Bell's bases-loaded single knocked in the first two runs and Dave Sutherland banged a two-run double for a 9-2 lead.

Trayvon Robinson, Berezay, Bell and Santana had a pair of hits each. Francisco Felix and Miguel Sanfler didn't allow an earned run over the final three innings.
 Score by innings
Great Lakes	002 003 401-10
South Bend	020 000 010- 3

 Great Lakes	       ab  r  h  bi  ave
Trayvon Robinson cf	4  1  2  0  .500
Preston Mattingly ss	4  2  0  1  .000
Matt Berezay lf	        3  3  2  2  .667
Josh Bell 3b	        5  1  2  2  .400
Carlos Santana c	5  1  2  1  .400
Dave Sutherland 1b	4  0  1  2  .250
Eduardo Perez dh	4  0  1  1  .250
Justin Fuller 2b	4  1  0  0  .000
Bridger Hunt rf	        4  1  1  0  .250
  Totals	        37 10 11 9

  Error-Bell, Hunt, Mattingly. 2B- Berezay 
(1), Santana (1), Sutherland (1). RBI- 
Mattingly (1), Berezay 2 (2), Santana (1), 
Perez (1), Bell 2 (2), Sutherland 2 (2).
S- Robinson. SF- Mattingly. LOB- Great 
Lakes 8, South Bend 7. CS- Robinson (1). 
DP- 3 (Santana and Bell, Fuller, Mattingly 
and Sutherland, Mattingly. Fuller and 
Sutherland).

 Dodgers             in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Clayton Kershaw      2.0  2  2-1  6  2  3.86
Doug Brooks (1-0)    3.0  0  0-0  1  2  0.00
Francisco Felix      2.0  2  1-0  0  1  0.00
Miguel Sanfler       1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
 PB- Santana (1). T- 2:52. Att- 989.

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