Empires' 66ers Continue to Blast the Ball

Las Vegas dropped their third game in succession to Salt Lake, this time by a 7-3 margin. Jacksonville lost and early lead and the game 10-6 while the Inland Empire seems built on firepower. The 66ers banged out 15 hits in a 10-6 victory. Great Lakes were frozen out at South Bend.

Errors Hurt 51s- Joe Mays drew his first start of the young season and pitched pretty well but three unearned runs handed him his first loss 7-3.

Mays worked five innings and gave up two hits and five runs, but only two of the runs were earned. A Tomas Perez boot opened a three-run second inning with all runs unearned.

A Sergio Garcia double set up one run for Vegas in the third and Delwyn Young singled and Mitch Jones doubled, allowing Choo Freeman's sac fly to cut the lead to 3-2.

But Salt Lake scored a pair of runs in the fourth and sixth innings to salt the game away, scoring the final two innings off Casey Hoorlebeke.

Las Vegas managed just seven hits with Delwyn Young collecting a pair of singles and Sergio Garcia, Mitch Jones and Tomas Perez added doubles for the 51s, who conclude the four-game series against the Bees today.
 Score by innings
Las Vegas	001 100 010-3	
Salt Lake	030 202 00x-7

 51s	        ab r h bi ave
Abreu 2b	4  1  1  0  .267
Perez ss	4  0  1  1  .250
Loney rf	4  0  1  1  .154
LaRoche 3b	4  0  0  0  .143
Young dh	4  1  2  0  .417
Jones 1b	4  0  1  0  .500
Freeman cf	2  0  0  1  .200
Stinnett c	3  0  0  0  .143
Garcia 2b	3  1  1  0  .286
  Total	        28  3   7  3
  Salt Lake 	35  7  11  7

 Error- Perez (2). Abreu (2). 
2B- Garcia (1), Jones (2), Perez 
(1). RBI- Perez (2). Freeman (1), 
Loney (1). SF- Freeman. SB- Young 
(1). LOB- Las Vegas 5, Salt Lake 8.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Mays (0-1)	5.0  6  5-2  1  0  3.60
Hoorlebeke	2.0  5  2-2  0  1  4.15
White	        1.0  1  0-0  1  1  0.00
 PB- Stinnett. Time- 2:38. Att- 5,379.
Suns Score Early, Lose -- Jacksonville put up a four-run first inning and led 6-4 after three but could never get their offense in gear again and lost a 10-6 decision to Tennessee.

Starter Eric Cyr surrendered 10 hits and five runs, four earned in the first five innings. B.J. LaMura (0-1) was tagged for five runs, including a pair of two-run homers.

Suns first baseman John Lindsey and catcher Alberto Concepcion hit home runs. Wilkin Ruan had two hits and two RBI for the 1-2 Suns.

Tennessee's opening day roster included six of the Chicago Cubs' top 30 prospects.

The Suns host meet Tennessee today with RHP Alvis Ojeda on the mound in the Jacksonville home opener.

"This year's ballclub is a little different in that we don't know some of these guys that well yet," John Shoemaker told Jeff Elliott of the Times-Union. "It's going to take us a while to figure out exactly who can do what. We didn't have this team together in spring training, so it may take a while."
 Score by innings
Tennessee	112 012 030-10
Jacksonville	402 000 000- 6 

 Suns	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Maza 2b	        4  1  2  0  .417
Hu, ss	        4  0  1  0  .273
Paul cf	        4  1  1  0  .100
Lindsay 1b	4  2  1  1  .200
Allen rf	4  0  1  0  .300
Concepcion c	5  2  1  2  .200
JGonzalez 3b	2  0  0  0  .000
Ruan lf	        4  0  2  2  .400
Cyr p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 McDougall ph	1  0  0  0  .125
Wright p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	33   6   9  5
  Tenn	        37  10  13  9

 Error- Hu (1). HJR- Lindsey (1), 
Concepcion (1). RBI- Concepcion 2 
(2), Ruan 2 (2), Lindsey. CS- Maza 
(1). LOB- Jacksonville 9. Tennessee 6.

 Suns	        in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Cyr	        5.0  10  5-4  1  4   7.20
LaMura (0-1)	3.0   3  5-5  2  3  15.00
Wright	        1.0   1  0-0  0  1   0.00
 WP- Cyr. HBP- Lindsey. T- 2:50.  Att- 6.498.
66ers Thump Mavericks-- Inland Empire got back to back home runs from Blake DeWitt and Lucas May and Elian Herrera added three runs batted in as the 66ers smacked High Desert 10-6.

The game was tight into the sixth with the 66ers leading 4-3 when Herrera lined an RBI single and Ryan Rogowski added a run-scoring forceout. Drew Locke and Adam Godwin also had RBI singles, and Herrera's sacrifice fly in the eighth made it 9-3.

Dewitt led off the ninth with his first HR and May followed with a shot over the left-field wall for his second of the year.

The fireworks made reliever Cory Wade (2-0) a winner for the second time this season. He gave up two hits and struck out three in 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of starter Marlon Arias who was tagged for three runs -- two earned -- on three hits and four walks in 3.2 innings.

For the third straight game, Sixers hitters did a good job, pounding out 16 more hits and running their total to 31 runs in the first three games of the series.

Lucas May's conversion to catcher hasn't diminished his hitting ability and he went 3-for-3 to boost his average to a tidy .500. Andrew Locke (.545) was 3-for-4.

Ryan Rogowski led off the fifth with a triple to right-center, then scored on Adam Godwin's groundout to put the 66ers in front to stay.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	021 012 032-11
High Desert	011 100 030- 6

 66ers	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Godwin rf	5  0  2  2  .273
DeJesus ss	5  1  1  0  .357
DeWitt 3b	5  1  1  1  .143
May c	        3  3  3  2  .500
Gutierrez c	0  0  0  0  .000
Mitchell 1b	5  2  2  0  .385
Hoffman cf	3  2  1  1  .538
Locke dh	4  1  3  1  .545
 Harper ph-dh	1  0  0  0  .000
Herrera 3b	3  0  2  3  .400
 Justis 2b	0  0  0  0  .000
Rogowski lf	3  1  1  1  .137
 Totals	        37  11  15  11
 HiDesert	33   6   7   5

 Error- DeWitt (1), De Jesus (2). 
2B- May (2), Herrera (1). 3B- De 
Jesus (1), Rogowski (1). HR- DeWitt 
(1), May (2). RBI- Hoffman (6), 
Herrera 3 (3), May 2 (6), Godwin 
2 (2), Rogowski (3), Locke (4), 
DeWitt (2). S- Hoffman. SF- Herrera. 
CS- Rogowski (1), May 2 (2). LOB- 
Inland Empire 6, High Desert 8. DP- 
2 (De Jesus, Herrera and Mitchell).

 66ers	        in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
MArias	        3.2  3  3-2  4  1  4.91
Wade (2-0)	2.1  2  0-0  0  3  1.80
Mesque	        1.0  0  3-0  2  0  0.00
Leach	        2.0  2  0-0  1  1  0.00
 HBP- Rogowski. T- 3:10. Att- 1.323.
It's Cold in the South-- The third, and final, game of the series between the Great Lakes Loons and the South Bend Silver Hawks was postponed due to cold weather and icy field conditions. The had been pushed up to 1 p.m. but the weatherman didn't cooperate.

The game will be made up as a doubleheader when the Loons return to South Bend June 2-5. 

The Loons are now 2-0 after the first two games in franchise history, both against South Bend.  Michigan native Doug Brooks and Michael Gardner were the winning pitchers.

The Loons take Easter Sunday off and then travel to Ft. Wayne Monday for a four-game series. Their first home game will be Friday, April 13 versus Lansing but the first two games of the series have been sold out at the sparkling new Dow Diamond.

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