Choo Freeman Grand Slam boosts 51s

It was a night of the big hitters as Choo Freeman slugged a grand slam as Las Vegas beat Colorado Springs 9-5; Marshall McDougall's three-run homer boosted Jacksonville to a 6-5 win over Huntsville and Lucas May continues his mistreatment of California League pitchers, having a hand in all five runs as the Sixers topped Lancaster 5-3. Only Great Lakes lost.

Big Innings Boosts 51s-- Las Vegas crafted ab eight-run third innings, sending 11 batters to the plate, and building a 9-1 lead they never let go of.

Choo Freeman keyed the inning with a grand slam to carry Las Vegas to a 9-5 victory over Colorado Springs before a crowd of 6,448 at Cashman Field.

Starter and winner Travis Smith (2-1) smacked an RBI single and Tomas Perez lifted a sacrifice fly to break a 1-1 tie before Delwyn Young hit a two-run single to right field. Mitch Jones drew the fifth walk of the frame before Freeman, who also scored three times, lined a 2-1 pitch over the center-field fence for his second homer of the season.

Smith allowed only two runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings.

Left fielder Delwyn Young went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and right fielder James Loney went 2-for-4.

A sore shoulder forced Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp to delay his Triple-A rehabilitation assignment and leave Las Vegas before Friday night's game.

The 51s (10-5) open a four-game series at Sacramento today.
 Score by innings
Colorado Springs	000 101 300-5
Las Vegas	        010 800 00x-9

 Las Vegas	ab r h bi ave
Garcia 2b	4  1  2  1  .378
Perez ss	3  0  0  1  .262
Loney rf	4  1  2  0  .266
LaRoche 3b	5  0  1  0  .254
Young lf	4  1  2  2  .294
Jones 1b	3  1  0  0  .347
 White p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Bigbie ph	1  0  0  0  .389
 Hull p	        0  0  0  0  .000
Freeman cf	2  3  1  4  .405
Stinnett c	1  0  1  0  .265
Huckaby c	2  1  0  0  .292	
Smith p	        3  1  1  1  .286
 Hoorelbeke p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Barnes 1b	0  0  0  0  .043
   Totals 	32 9 10 9 
   DBacks	34 5 10 5

 2B- Garcia (3). HR- Freeman (2). 
RBI- Garcia (3), Smith (2), Perez (2), 
Young 2 (11), Freeman 4 (11). 
SF- Perez. CS- Loney (1). LOB- 
Las Vegas 8, Colorado Springs 7. 
DP- Perez and Barnes. 

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Smith (2-1)	6.0  4  2-2  2  3  4.41
Hoorelbeke	0.2  2  3-3  2  0  6.30
White	        1.1  2  0-0  0  1  0.84
Hull	        1.0  2  0-0  0  1  1.80
 Time- 3:01. Att- 6,448.
Suns Score Early, Hang On-- Jacksonville scored six runs in the first two innings, then shut off the run-making faucet and turned the game over to the bullpen to protect. They did and the Suns won a 6-5 decision.

Marshall McDougall's three-run homer capped a four-run first to get the Suns rolling early.

Chin Lung Hu opened with a double and scored on Xavier Paul's single. Cory Dunlap added a single before McDougall connected for his second homer of the year to make it 4-0.

McDougall also singled and scored during a two-run third for the Suns (8-7), as Anthony Raglani added a two-run triple, giving the Suns an early 6-2 lead and allowed them to take three of five from the Stars.

Jacksonville starter Michael Megrew (1-0) picked up the win, despite his poorest start of the season. He allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in five innings.

But the relief corps saved Megrew and the Suns. Brian Akin followed with 2.1 scoreless innings and Jonathan Meloan added 1.2 perfect innings to record his second save. Anthony Raglani added a two-run triple in the third inning, giving the Suns an early 6-2
<>br> The Suns travel to Jackson, Tenn., to start a five-game series with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx at 8:05 p.m. today. Suns right-hander Justin Orenduff will start in place of Scott Elbert, who will miss at least one start because of tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.
 Score by innings
Jacksonville	402 000 000-6
Huntsville	023 000 000-5

 Jacksonville	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss	        5  1  2  0  .327
Maza 2b	        5  0  1  0  .236
Paul cf	        4  1  1  1  .212
Dunlap 1b	3  2  1  0  .196
McDougall 3b	4  2  2  3  .291
Raglani lf	3  0  1  2  .271
Allen rf	3  0  0  0  .213
Concepcion c	4  0  0  0  .111
Megrew p	3  0  0  0  .200
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan c	        1  0  0  0  .269
    Totals	36 9 8 6

 Error- Allen (1), Concepcion (1). 
2B- Hu (5), Maza (1). 3B- Raglani 
(2). HR- McDougall (2). RBI- Paul 
(4), McDougall 3 (11), Raglani 2 (12). 
LOB- Jacksonville 5, Huntsville 4. 
DP- Maza and Hu; Dunlap, Maza and Dunlap.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Megrew (1-0)	5.0  7  5-5  2  8  2.85
Akin	        2.1  2  0-0  0  4  3.60
Meloan (sv 2)	1.2  0  0-0  0  1  0.96
 WP- Megrew. T- 2:51. Att- 7,134.
May Has Three Hits in Win-- Catcher Lucas May continues to pound he ball, pounding out a single, double and homer (#6) and knocking in three runs as the Sixers beat Lancaster 5-3.

He had a hand in all three Inland Empire runs.

May opened the game with a two-run homer but Lancaster put together single runs in the first, fifth and six to take the lead.

In the eighth he following Ivan De Jesus' single with another one-base hit and when De Jesus stole third, the throw went into left field and he scored the tying run.

Then his double in the top of the tenth scored Travis Denker, who had lived on an error, with the winning run. Drew Locke walked to force in Ivan De Jesus with an insurance run.

Yhency Brazoban, in his second rehab start, worked into the second inning before hitting his 40-pitch limit. David Pfeiffer finished the inning and James McDonald pitched five innings, allowing three hits and fanning six.

Jacobo Meque and Ramon Troncoso didn't allow a hit over the final three innings with Troncoso earning his second win of the season
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	200 000 100 2-5
Lancaster	100 011 000 0-3

 Sixers	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Denker 2b	3  2  1  0  .375
De Jesus ss	5  2  2  0  .267
May dh	        5  1  3  3  .371
Mitchell 1b	5  0  1  0  .356
Hoffman cf	4  0  0  0  .321
DeWitt 3b	5  0  1  0  .219
Locke lf	4  0  1  1  .273
Gutierrez c	2  0  1  0  .231
 Harper ph-c	3  0  1  0  .182
Godwin rf	1  0  0  0  .194
 Rogowski ph-lf	2  0  0  0  .250	
    Totals	39 5 11 4
    Lancaster	33 3  5 3

 2B- Mitchell (7), Gutierrez (3), May (4). 
HR- May 6). RBI- May 3 (19), Locke (6). 
SB- Denker (1), Locke (3), De Jesus (2). 
LOB- Inland Empire 9, Lancaster 7.

  Sixers	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Brazoban	1.2  2  1-1  1  1  3.38
Pfeiffer	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
McDonald	5.0  3  2-2  3  6  8.03
Meque	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
Troncoso (2-)	2.0  0  0-0  2  2  0.90
 T- 3:15. Att- 1.784.
Great Lakes Blanked-- Peoria pitching held the Loons to three hits and took a 3-0 decision. Great Lakes picked up a single in the second (Eduardo Perez) and their second hit came in the sixth when Preston Mattingly singled. Josh Bell led off the ninth with the third hit, another single.

Lefthander Cody White lowered his earned run average to 1.98 by allowing six hits and one earned run over the first six innings but took his third loss.

In 13.2 innings he has allowed three earned runs and has struck out 18 but Great Lakes has been shut out in each of his three starts.

Miguel Ramirez and Garrett White finished the game out for the Loons who lost their eighth straight and have scored 11 runs in their last 71 innings.

Elian Herrera arrived from Inland Empire and infielder Michael Rivera was transferred to Ogden.
 Score by innings
Peoria	        101 000 001-3
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0

 Loons	       ab  r   h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .255
Mattingly ss	4  0  1  0  .167
Herrera 2b	4  0  0  0  .000
Bell 3b	        2  0  1  0  .205
Perez dh	3  0  1  0  .216
Sutherland 1b	4  0  0  0  .188
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .222
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .095
Hunt lf	        2  0  0  0  .312
  Totals	30 0 3 0
  Peoria	34 3 9 3

 Error- Mattingly (5). LOB- Great Lakes 
8, Lancaster 6. DP- Sutherland, Mattingly 
and Sutherland.

 Loons	         in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
CWhite (0-3)	6.0  6  2-1  0  5  1.98
Ramirez	        1.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.50
GWhite	        2.0  2  1-1  0  3  1.50
 HBP- by GWhite. BP- Jansen (1).
T- 2:42. Att- 4,340.





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