M & M Pitchers Shut Out Tennessee

In a wild contrast to the scoring explosion experienced by the Dodger Minor league clubs, only Las Vegas managed to score more than one run Monday. The 51s blasted Colorado Springs 14-5, while Jacksonville won 1-0 behind Mike Megrew and Jon Meloan, the 66ers lost 4-1 and the Loons were nearly no-hit before losing 1-0.

Seven in Third Boosts 51s-- Las Vegas used a lucky seven (runs) in the third inning to crush Colorado Springs 14-5 as outfielder Choo Freeman had four hits and scored three times. First baseman Mitch Jones added a grand slam to the 15-hit attack.

Catcher Ken Huckaby broke out with three hits and a pair of runs batted in, while Andy LaRoche has his first two-hit game plus his first homer of the season.

Travis Smith (1-0) enjoyed the excess of riches, allowing only six hits and a pair of runs over five innings to win his first of the season.

The 51s scored twice in the first inning. With one out, James Loney singled, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young worked walks and Mitch Jones slugged a grand slam homer. Things didn't get much worse for the SkySox from then on.

Las Vegas put the game on ice in the third, scoring seven times.

LaRoche opened with his first homer and Young and Jones walked. Choo Freeman singled for one run and Ken Huckaby doubled for two more. Sergio Garcia lived on an error as did Tomas Perez. Later in the inning Loney's sac fly and a single by LaRoche added two runs and Young singled to drive in the seventh of the inning.

Luis Gonzalez, Casey Hoorelbeke and Matt White finished the game out for the Suns.
 Score by innings
Las Vegas	      407 100 002-14
Colorado Springs      000 002 210- 5

 Las Vegas	ab r h bi ave
Garcia 2b	4  1  0  1  .333
Perez ss	6  1  0  0  .158
Loney rf	5  1  1  1  .167
 White p	0  0  0  0  .000
LaRoche 3b	5  2  2  1  .227
Young rf	3  2  2  1  .474
Jones 1b-rf	4  2  1  4  .438
Freeman cf	5  3  4  1  .450
Huckaby c	5  2  3  1  .300
Smith p	        4  0  1  1  .300
 Gonzalez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hoorlebeke p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Barnes ph-1b	1  0  1  1  .111
    Totals	42 14 15 12
    CSprings	36  5  9  4

 Error- Perez (4), Jones (1). 2B- Huckaby 
(1). HR- Jones (2), LaRoche (1). RBI- 
Jones 4 (8), LaRoche (2), Freeman (3), 
Huckaby (4), Garcia (1), Loney (3), Young 
(3), Smith (1), Barnes (1). SF- Loney. 
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Colorado Springs 12.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Smith (1-0)	5.0  6  2-2  2  4  3.60
Gonzalez	1.0  0  2-1  6  2  7.71
Hoorlebeke	2.0  2  1-1  0  2  4.26
White	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
 WP- Gonzalez. T- 3:07. Att- 1.412.
Paul Drives in Winner-- Xavier Paul slashed an RBI single -- his first of the season -- with two out in the last of the ninth to give Jacksonville a 1-0 victory over Tennessee.

Adding injury to the insult, Paul's liner up the middle glanced off pitcher Tim Layden's leg and into center field, scoring A.J. Ellis from third base.

Lefthander Mike Megrew opened the game for the Suns with four perfect innings before allowing a single in the fifth. Megrew allowed only three hits in seven innings and fanned six but left with the game tied 0-0.

"I threw 75 pitches today in seven innings. That was great. If I can do that every time out, I'll take it," Megrew told the Jacksonville Times-Union.

Jon Meloan (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief and collected the win, thanks to Paul's single in the ninth. Megrew and Maloan faced a total of 29 Tennessee batters, just two over the minimum.

Third baseman Marshall McDougall went 2 for 4 with two walks. The Suns stranded 10 runners, and left the bases loaded in the eighth. Suns shortstop Chin-Lung Hu was the only player to hit safely in all five games of the series.

The win gave Jacksonville a 3-2 edge in the five-game series. The Suns (3-2) begin a five-game series, meeting West Tennessee today with LHP Scott Elbert (0-1, 4.50) drawing the start.
 Score by innings
Tennessee	000 000 000-0
Jacksonville	000 000 001-1

 Suns	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf	        4  0  1  1  .125
Hu, ss	        4  0  1  0  .350
Dunlap 1b	3  0  0  0  .143
McDougall 3b	2  0  2  0  .231
Allen rf	4  0  0  0  .236
Ellis c	        2  1  1  0  .400
Raglani lf	3  0  0  0  .133
JGonzalez 3b	3  0  0  0  .000
 Meloan p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lindsey ph	0  0  0  0  .333
Megrew p	2  0  1  0  .500
 Meza 2b	2  0  0  0  .294
    Totals	30  1  6  1
    Tennessee	29  0  4  0

 RBI- Paul (1). S- Raglani. SB- 
McDougall (1). CS- McDougall (1). 
LOB- Jacksonville 10, Tennessee 2. 
DP- JGonzalez; JGonzalez, Hu 
and Dunlap. 

 Suns	        in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Megrew	        7.0  3  0-0  0  6  0.00
Meloan (1-0)	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  0.00
 HBP_ Ellis. T- 2:23. Att- 2,763.
Sixers' Bats Quieted-- After scoring 46 runs against High Desert in the opening series of the season, Inland Empire ran into a tough pitcher and lost 4-1 to Rancho Cucamonga. They were held to just seven hits.

The Quakes, now 4-1, have allowed only 12 runs in their first five games and the seven Sixers hits were the most allowed so far this season.

Starter James McDonald served up a two-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole, the Quakes' first HR of the season, for a 2-0 lead in the second and they added another run in the third.

The Sixers had a chance to turn things around in the fourth, when Lucas May and Jamie Hoffmann hit one-out singles and Andrew Locke walked with two outs to load the bases, but Gabe Gutierrez fanned to end the threat.

Inland Empire (3-2) finally got on the board in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs on walks by Gutierrez and Shane Justis and a single by Ryan Rogowski. But they only got a single run when Ivan DeJesus hit into a double play and Blake DeWitt grounded out.

Rogowski and May, who maintained his .500 average, had a pair of hits each. Jamie Hoffman singled in four trips and "slipped" to an even .500 on the season.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	000 000 100-1
Rch Cucamonga	021 010 00x-4

 Sixers	       ab  r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	2  0  0  0  .200
Rogowski lf	3  0  2  0  .250
De Jesus ss	4  0  1  0  .375
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .208
May dh	        4  0  2  0  .500
Hoffman rf-cf	4  0  1  0  .500
Harper 1b	3  0  0  0  .167
Locke lf-rf	3  0  0  0  .316
Gutierrez c	2  1  0  0  .250
 Herrera ph	1  0  0  0  .364
Justis 2b	3  0  1  0  .250
  Totals	33  1  7  0
  Cucamonga	31  4  8  4

 Error- McDonald (1). 2B- De Jesus 
(3). S- De Jesus. LOB- Inland Empire 
10, Rancho Cucamonga 6.

 Sixers	        in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
McDonald (0-1)	4.2  5  4-4  1  8  7.71
Wade	        2.1  1  0-0  0  2  1.23
Mesque	        1.0  2  0-0  1  3  0.00
 PB- Gutierrez (1). T- 2:16. Att- 2,266.
Wizards Weave Their Magic-- It wasn't Harry Potter but it was close as Fort Wayne's four pitchers nearly no-hit the Loons to come away with a 1-0 victory over Great Lakes in the first game of the season for the Wizards after being snowed out in their first series.

Right fielder Scott Van Slyke broke up the Wizards' perfect game with a swinging bunt with one out in the ninth to break up the perfect game and Justin Fuller beat out a bunt but the Wizards slammed the door and held on for the win. 

"We still had a chance at the end," said Loons' manager Lance Parrish after the team's first loss. "We tried to pull the rabbit out of the hat but couldn't."

The Wizards scored their lone run on a solo home run by right fielder Kyler Burke off Loons starter Cody White to lead off the fourth. Fort Wayne had men on base all night, stranding the bases loaded in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings and left 15 runners on base.

Miguel Sanfler, Miguel Ramirez and Garrett White allowed three hits over the final 4.1 innings and struck out seven, fighting out of trouble most of the night.

  Parrish said, "We were battling the whole game but we ran into some good pitchers.  They got a lot of ground ball outs. They made pitches. Give them credit. Our pitchers were lucky enough to get out of all the jams,  but we just couldn't get any offense going."
 Score by innings
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0
Ft. Wayne	000 100 00x-1

 Loons	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .471
Mattingly ss	4  0  0  0  .000
Berezay dh	3  0  0  0  .300
Bell 3b	        3  0  0  0  .167
Santana c	3  0  0  0  .182
Sutherland 1b	3  0  0  0  .143
Hunt lf	        3  0  0  0  .143
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  0  .286
Fuller 2b	3  0  1  0  .143
  Totals	29  0  2  0
  Ft. Wayne	33  1  7  1

Error- Bell (2), Santana (1). 
LOB- Great Lakes 2, Fort Wayne 15.

 Loons              in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
CWhite (0-1)         3  4  1-1  3  4  2.45
Sanfler              2  2  0-0  3  3  0.00
Ramirez              1  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
GWhite               1  0  0-0  0  3  0.00
 T- 2:19. Att- 1,753.
     


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