Loney's Bat, Mays Arm Keys Vegas

Five seemed to be the key number Saturday night. James Loney and Joe Mays boosted Las Vegas to a 5-1 win in their home opener. Jacksonville dropped a 5-3 decision to West Tenn. Despite taking a 5-0 lead in the second. Inland Empire lost to Lancaster 7-5 and Great Lakes dropped their home opener 6-2, falling behind 5-0 early.

51s Win Fifth in a Row-- James Loney, sporting a new number (7), tripled with the bases loaded in the first inning to spark Las Vegas to their fifth victory in a row, 5-1 in their home opener. Joe Mays worked seven strong innings to win his first game of the season. Las Vegas, in its 25th Pacific Coast League season, won its seventh straight home opener before a crowd of 8,939.

Squeezed off the Los Angeles opening day roster in a numbers game, James Loney told the Dodgers he would not mind being traded to a major league team on which he could play regularly, but he reported to Las Vegas.

Switched to right field from his comfortable first base position, a move aimed at giving him a better chance to make the Dodger roster, he also chose a new jersey number, and if it brings him luck, he will play his way out of Las Vegas and back up to The Show.

"I left all the disappointment behind before I got here," Loney told Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review Journal. "I'm not really unhappy about being down here. I'm still playing a game."

Only 22, he hit .284 in 48 games for the Dodgers last season and led all of minor league baseball with a .380 batting average.

The 51s (5-3) extended their winning streak to five behind veteran right-hander Joe Mays (1-1). In the longest outing of the season by a Las Vegas starter, Mays went seven innings and allowed one run on four hits. He used his sinker to pick up 12 groundball outs.

Mays was helped when the 51s scored five runs in the second. Loney drove a 3-2 fastball off the wall in right-center field to score Ken Huckaby, Tomas Perez and Tony Abreu to put the 51s ahead 5-1.

Perez went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI for Las Vegas.

"I think James is going about his business as professionally as you can get. He's doing everything he needs to do," first-year manager Lorenzo Bundy told the Review-Journal.

"Loney is not the only Triple-A player who thinks he deserves a better fate. At this level, sometimes it's called the malcontent level. Everybody's got a story, everybody wants to be in the big leagues and everybody's getting screwed.

"Say it's true, say you're getting screwed. Well, prove somebody wrong. It's all about taking care of business right now."

The 51s host Salt Lake tonight with lefty Greg Miller drawing the starting nod.
 Score by innings
Salt Lake	010 000 000-1
Las Vegas	050 000 00x-5

 Vegas	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	3  1  1  0  .469
Bigbie dh	4  0  1  0  .458
Loney rf	4  0  1  3  .189
LaRoche 3b	4  0  0  0  .172
Young lf	4  0  1  0  .393
Jones 1b	4  1  1  0  .400
Freeman cf	2  1  0  0  .423
Huckaby c	3  1  1  1  .308
Perez ss	3  1  2  1  .231
  Totals	31 5 8 5
  Salt Lake	19 1 4 1
 
 2B- Jones (3), Perez 2 (3). 
3B- Loney (1). RBI- Huckaby (3), 
Perez (3), Loney (11). LOB- Las 
Vegas 5, Salt Lake 4. DP- 
LaRoche, Abreu and Jones; 
Abreu, Perez and Jones.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Mays (1-1)	7.0  4  1-1  2  1  2.25
Hull	        2.0  0  0-0  1  3  2.25
 Time- 2:31. Att- 8,939.
Suns Lose to Diamond Jaxx-- Visiting West Tenn took a 5-3 win over Jacksonville on Friday, scoring four runs early and hanging on to the lead.

Marshall McDougall hit an RBI single in the fourth and Anthony Raglani belted a two-run homer in the seventh for the Suns (4-5), who had only six hits.

Starter Alvis Ojeda (0-1) surrendered four runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts in four innings.
 Score by innings
West Tenn	003 100 100-5
Jacksonville	000 100 200-3

 Suns	       ab  r  h  bi  ave
Ruan rf	        4  0  1  0  .333
Hu, ss	        4  0  1  0  .333
Paul cf	        4  1  0  0  .250
Lindsey dh	3  0  0  0  .143
McDougall 3b	4  0  1  1  .276
Dunlap 1b	4  1  1  0  .200
Raglani lf	3  1  1  1  .207
Concepcion c	3  0  0  0  .091
Maza 2b	        3  0  1  0  .281
  Totals	32 2  6 2
  WTenn	        38 5 12 5

 HR- Raglani (2). RBI- McDougall 
(2), Raglani 2 (3). SB- Hu (1). 
LOB- Jacksonville 4, West Tenn 12. 

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Ojeda (0-1)	4.0  8  4-4  3  2  6.00
LaMura	        2.1  2  1-1  1  5  8.10
Wright	        2.2  2  0-0  2  5  0.00
 T- 2:26. Att- 5.948.
Sixers Score Early But Lose-- The Dodgers moved their High-A franchise from Vero Beach, Florida well to the West at San Bernardino. It was a wild move and wild his what they got in the West last night as an even dozen walks negated an early 5-0 lead and resulted in a 7-5 loss.?

The Sixers (4-5) jumped out quickly to a 5-0 lead in the second inning, taking advantage of two walks, two hit batters and an error to do so. They collected only two hits in the inning, an RBI double by Tony Harper and a run-scoring single by Ivan DeJesus Jr.

But given that comfortable lead, starter Javy Guerra walked three and hit a batter in the first three innings. Matt Gomez de Segura walked five as Lancaster tied the score and Mario Alvarez (0-1) was just as generous, issuing four walks and losing the lead and the game.

Inland Empire did little after the second-inning explosion, finishing the game with only four hits.

Tonight, the Sixers will send right-hander James McDonald (0-1, 7.71 ERA) to face Lancaster at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.
 Score by innings
Lancaster	001 131 100-7
Inland Empire	050 000 000-5

 Sixers	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  1  1  .226
DeJesus ss	5  0  1  1  .333
DeWitt 3b	5  0  1  1  .268
May c	        2  1  0  0  .333
Mitchell 1b	2  1  0  0  .421
Hoffman cf	3  0  0  0  .364
Harper dh	4  1  1  1  .182
Justis ss	3  1  0  0  .125
Godwin rf	2  1  0  1  .214
  Totals	30 5  4 4
  Lancaster	36 7 12 6

 2B- Harper (1), Rogowski (4). RBI- 
Rogowski (4), Harper (4), Godwin (3), 
DeJesus (4), DeWitt (7). LOB- Inland 
Empire  7, Lancaster 16. DP- 
(DeJesus, Justis and Mitchell 3).

 Sixers	         in  h  r-er bb so   era
Guerra	        3.0  6  1-1  3  5    7.11
Gomez	        1.2  3  4-4  5  0  15.43
Alvarez (1-1)	2.1  2  2-2  4  2   7.68
Leach	        2.0  1  0-0  1  4   0.00
HBP- Mitchell, Rogowski. T- 3:22. Att- 5,959.
Loon Lose Home Opener-- The long-awaited home opener proved to be somewhat of a downer as Lansing built an early lead and held on for a 6-2 win.

A sellout crowd of 5,454 didn't mind the 49-degree temperature but visiting Lancaster cooled the crowd early.

Starter Steve Johnson retired the side in order in the first but then ran into big trouble, giving up three runs.

Josh Bell got a run back for the Loons with an RBI double in the bottom of the inning but Johnson was tapped for two more runs in the second inning and Francisco Felix took over.

Meanwhile, the Loons couldn't solve the Lansing starter. He kept Great Lakes hitless until Bridger Hunt, the ninth batter in the order, doubled to left. The Loons managed just four hits off four different Lansing pitchers.

Felix, Miguel Sanfler and Garrett White combined to give up one run on four hits in seven innings.

Three straight singles by Trayvon Robinson, Francisco Lizarraga and Preston Mattingly loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. Bell reached on an error by the shortstop which drove in Robinson to make it 5-1. Matt Berezay drove in Lizarraga with a sacrifice fly. But that was it for the Loons.

The Loons dropped to 4-3 on the season while the Lugnuts, an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, moved to 3-1. The two teams square off again tonight at 7:05 at Dow Diamond. Cody White (0-1) starts on the mound against Lansing.
 Score by innings
Lansing	        032 000 001-6
Great Lakes	000 002 000-2

 Loons	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  1  1  0  .333
Lizarraga ss	3  1  1  0  .474
Mattingly ss	4  0  1  0  .118
Bell 3b	        4  0  0  1  .086
Berezay dh	3  0  0  1  .130
Santana c	2  0  0  0  .150
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .167
Van Slyke rf	3  0  0  0  .133
Hunt lf	        3  0  1  0  .250
  Totals	30 2  4 2
  Lansing	37 7 12 6

 Error- Bell (2). 2B- Hunt (2). 
RBI- Bell (3), Berezay (4). 
SF- Berezay. LOB- Great Lakes 
5, Lansing 8. 

 Loons	        in  h  r-er  bb  so era
Johnson (0-1)	2.0  6  5-4  2  3  7.50
Felix	        3.1  0  0-0  0  4  0.00
Sanfler	        2.0  1  0-0  2  4  0.00
GWhite	        2.0  3  1-0  0  3  0.00
 WP- Johnson 2. T- 2:55. Att- 5.454.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Gary SouthShore RailCats signed former Dodger minor league infielder Dave Detienne as a free agent. Detienne has played in 486 professional games over a seven year career in the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets organizations. He was the Dodgers 25th round draft pick in 1997 out of Indian River (Fla.) Junior College in Florida and played in the Dodgers organization from 1998-2003. He was traded to the Mets in 2004 and spent the '04 season with the Mets Double-A and Triple-A clubs. Detienne, a native of Nova Scotia, has not played since 2004.

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