Elbert Pitches Five No-Hit Innings

Scott Elbert worked five hitless innings for Jacksonville but West Tenn scored late to take a 3-1 decision. Las Vegas won for the third night in a row, smacking Colorado Springs 10-2 behind five hits by Tony Abreu. Inland Empire gave up three in the first and lost 3-2 despite three hits by Ivan De Jesus and Great Lakes, helped by Francisco Lizarraga's four hits and strong pitching, won 3-2.

Jones Strikes Again-- Second baseman Tony Abreu collected went 5-for-5 and first baseman Mitch Jones, who slugged a grand slam in the first inning Monday, banged a two-run shot, again in the first, to get Las Vegas on their way to a 10-2 win.

Larry Bigbie, batting behind Abreu, was 4-for-5 and the pair collected the majority of the 13 hits and scored six runs between them in the win. Eric Stults (1-0) got the win, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings. Mark Alexander and Tim Hamulack each pitched a scoreless frame.

Abreu clubbed a solo homer in the fifth inning to go with four singles. Bigbie was a home run shy of the cycle, collecting two singles, a double and a triple and Delwyn Young hit a two-run blast to cap a four-run seventh as Las Vegas (3-3) took a 10-0 lead.

Las Vegas (3-3) added four runs in the seventh. Abreu again led off with a single and scored on Bigbie's double. After Andy LaRoche walked, Delwyn Young blasted a three-run homer.

Bigbie is batting .600 (9-for-15) in three games. Abreu is one of five 51s with batting averages higher than .400. Las Vegas is hitting .307 as a team.

The Sky Sox got their only runs on a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth off Eric Hull. Former Dodger Matt Herges fanned four in two scoreless frames.

Alexis Gomez doubled in two runs off 51s reliever Eric Hull in the ninth inning. Lawrence (0-1) was tagged for all 10 runs on 12 hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked two.
 Score by innings
Las Vegas	       400 020 400-10
Colorado Spring        000 000 002- 2

 Vegas	        ab r  h bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  3  5  1  .440
Bigbie cf	5  3  4  0  .600
Loney rf	5  1  1  2  .172
LaRoche 3b	3  1  0  0  .200
Young lf	5  1  1  3  .417
Jones 1b	4  1  2  2  .450
Garcia ss	4  0  0  0  .263
Stinnett c	4  0  0  0  .133
Stults p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Barnes ph	1  0  0  0  .100
 Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hamulak p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Hull p	        0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	39 10 13 8
   CSprings	32  2  7 2	

 2B- Loney (1). 3B- Bigbie (1). 
HR- Jones (3), Abreu (1), Young 
(2). RBI- Loney 2 (5), Jones 2 (10), 
Abreu (5), Young 3 (6). LOB- Las 
egas 4, Colorado Springs 8. DP- 
Abreu, Garcia and Jones.

 Dodgers	in   h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (1-0)	5.0  3  0-0  3  4   3.12
Alexander	1.0  0  0-0  1  2  10.80
Hamulak	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0   1.80
Hull	        1.0  1  0-0  0  4   0.00
 WP- Stults. Time- 2:45. Att- 1,873.
Elbert's Effort Wasted-- Scott Elbert pitched five no-hit innings, striking out nine and walking two, leaving the game leading 1-0. But West Tenn defeated host Jacksonville, 3-1. It was Elbert's second straight nine-strikeout effort. He struck out six-of-eight batters in one stretch. Reliever Brian Akin (0-1) yielded three runs on four hits, fanning one and walking three over 2 2/3 innings. With Jacksonville leading in the sixth, 1-0, an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly to put the Diamond Jaxx in front to stay.

Anthony Raglani blasted a solo homer in the third for Jacksonville (3-3). ?

Suns shortstop Chin-Lung Hu appeared to injure his right leg while being thrown out at home in the fifth. Hu tried to score from second on a Cory Dunlap double, but after sliding into West Tenn catcher Rene Rivera, he grabbed his right shin and was helped off the field. Hu didn't return.

RHP William Juarez (1-0, 0.00) faces West Tenn today.
 Score by innings
West Tenn	000 002 100-3
Jackson	        001 000 000-1

 Suns	       ab  r  h  bi  ave
Maza 2b	        4  0  1  0  .286
Hu, ss	        3  0  1  0  .348
 JGonzalez ss	0  0  0  0  .000
Dunlap 1b	4  0  1  0  .167
Lindsey 1b	4  0  0  0  .200
McDougall 3b	4  0  1  0  .235
Paul cf	        3  0  1  0  .158
Concepcion c	3  0  0  0  .125
Raglani lf	4  1  1  1  .158
Ruan rf	        3  0  0  0  .364
  Totals	32 2 6 1
  CSprings	30 3 4 3

 Error- Maza (1). 2B- McDougall (1), 
Dunlap (1). HR- Raglani (1). RBI- 
Raglani (3), LOB- Las Vegas 7, 
Colorado Springs 7. DP- Concepcion 
and Maza.

 Suns	        in   h  r-er bb so  era
Elbert	        5.0  0  0-0  2  9   2.45
Akin (0-1)	2.2  4  3-3  3  1   7.36
LaMura	        1.1  0  0-0  1  2  10.36
  HBP- Concepcion. T- 2:41. Att- 2,120.
Colon Stops Sixers-- Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon topped Inland Empire on a rehab start and the Quakes move to 5-1 with the 4-2 victory. He went 5.2 winnings, fanning five and blanking rehabbing Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal.

Furcal, making his first appearance for the Sixers as the designated hitter, was 0-for-4 with a walk. He was robbed of a base hit by the Quakes shortstop to end the game.

Furcal is expected to make another rehabilitation appearance for the Sixers tonight, this time playing shortstop and is scheduled to face another rehabilitating major leaguer: Angels pitcher Jered Weaver.

The Quakes jumped on Sixers starter Alberto Bastardo (0-1) in the first inning, scoring three runs. Bastardo left the game in the third inning with a groin injury. Jordan Pratt and Brent Leach finished up, allowing one run over 5.2 innings. Pratt, who pitched 4.1 innings and fanned seven, joined with Bastardo (four Ks) and Leach (3 Ks) to run the Sixers total to 14 strikeouts.

Ivan DeJesus had a double and two singles; Blake DeWitt doubled and singled and Adam Godwin chipped in two singles.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	000 200 000-2
Rch Cucamonga	300 010 00x-4

 Sixers	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Furcal dh	4  0  0  0  .000
Rogowski lf	4  0  0  0  .208
De Jesus ss	4  1  3  0  .429
DeWitt 3b	4  1  2  1  .205
May c	        4  0  0  0  .423
Hoffman rf	4  0  0  0  .423
Harper 1b	4  0  1  0  .188
Herrera 2b	4  0  1  0  .333
Godwin cf	4  0  2  0  .263
  Totals	36 1 9 1
  Cucamonga	32 4 9 4

 Error- Herrera (3), Pratt (1). 
2B- De Jesus (4), DeWitt (2). 
RBI- DeWitt (6), Harper (3). 
SB- Godwin (1). LOB- Inland 
Empire 8, Rancho Cucamonga 8.

 Sixers	         in   h  r-er bb so   era
Bastardo (0-1)	 2.1  5  3-3  2  4  11.12
Pratt	         4.1  4  1-1  1  7   3.68
Leach	         1.1  0  0-0  1  3   0.00
 T- 2:24. Att-- 2.696.
Loons Strike Early-- The Great Lake Loons scored three runs early and then held on to win 3-2 at Fort Wayne. Francisco Lizarraga was 4-for-5 and Carlos Santana knocked in two first inning runs with a double.

Thomas Melgarejo worked the first four innings, allowing four hits and a pair of runs. Mike Gardner (2-0) collected his second win with three scoreless innings during which he allowed only one hit. Francisco Felix fanned four over the final two scoreless innings to nail down the game and his first save.

With one out in the first, Lizarraga singled and moved to third on a wild pitch. With two out and Josh Bell on base with a walk, Santana doubled to right for a 2-0 lead.

After Fort Wayne scored a single run in the bottom of the first. The Loons scored their final run in the second inning when Michael Rivera singled with two out and went to second on an error by the center fielder.

He stole third and when the ball went through the third baseman, Rivera scored standing up.

Lizarraga, Santana and Rivera collected all six Great Lakes hits.
 Score by innings
Great Lakes	210 000 000-3
Fort Wayne	101 000 000-2

 Loons	       ab  r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .312
Lizarraga ss	5  1  4  0  .500
Berezay lf	4  0  0  0  .214
Bell 3b	        3  1  0  0  .133
Santana dh	4  0  1  2  .200
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .273
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .000
Van Slyke rf	3  0  0  0  .200
MRivera 2b	3  1  1  0  .286
  Totals	33 3 6 2
  FtWayne	31 1 5 1

 Error- Bell (3). 2B- Santana (2). RBI- 
Santana 2 (3). SB- Lizarraga 2 (2), 
MRivera (1). DP- Lizarraga, MRivera 
and Perez.

 Loons	        in   h  r-er bb so  era
Melgarejo	4.0  4  2-2  3  2  4.50
Gardner (2-0)	3.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
Felix (sv 1)	2.0  0  0-0  0  4  0.00
 WP- Melgarejo, Gardner. T- 2:31. Att- 943.

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