Perez Home Run Breaks Loons Losing Streak

Eduardo Perez slugged a three-run homer, his second of the season and the second in Great Lakes history, to boost the Loons to a 5-4 win and break an eight-game slide. Chin-Lung Hu had three hits as Jacksonville beat West Tenn 5-2; Inland Empire lost 7-2 despite Lucas May's 20th and 21st RBI and Las Vegas was rained out.

Las Vegas at Sacramento - Rained out.

Hu Leads Suns-- Shortstop Chin Lung Hu went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored as visiting Jacksonville defeated West Tenn, 5-2.

Hu led off the sixth inning with a double and was bunted to third by Luis Maza. Hu scored to tie the game, 2-2, when Xavier Paul lived on an error. John Lindsey singled Paul to third and he scored on a Cory Dunlap sacrifice fly to right to put the Suns (9-7) ahead for good.

Hu also doubled to open the eighth with a double and scored again when Paul singled. Jacksonville got another insurance run in the ninth, when Anthony Raglani led off with a triple and Luke Allen singled.

Justin Orenduff, pressed into the starting slot by an injury to Scott Elbert, walked five and fanned one over three hitless frames. Reliever Carlos Alvarez (3-0) gave up two runs -- one earned -- on four hits with four walks while striking out three in four innings to earn the win.

Hu had two more more hits in his fourth consecutive game, going 3-for-5. Outfielder Anthony Raglani went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI, extending his on-base streak to 11 games.

The Suns committed two errors for the fourth consecutive game, bringing their season total to 12, still the least by any team in the Southern League. Suns pitchers walked 11 batters, but the team is 3-0 when issuing 10 or more bases on balls in a game.

On deck: The Suns send right-hander William Juarez (2-1, 5.00) against Diamond Jaxx right-hander Andy Baldwin (0-1, 3.00) today.
 Score by innings
Jacksonville	000 012 011-5
West Tenn	000 020 000-2

 Suns	        ab r h bi ave
Hu ss	        5  2  3  0  .350 	 
Maza 2b	        4  0  0  0  .220	 
Paul cf	        4  1  1  2  .214	 
Lindsey dh	4  0  1  0  .242	 
Dunlap 1b	2  0  0  1  .189
McDougall 3b	4  1  1  0  .288
Raglani lf	3  1  2  1  .294	
Allen rf	4  0  1  1  .216 	 
Ellis c	        3  0  1  0  .237	 
   Totals	33 5 10 5 	
   WTenn	25 2  4 1		 

 Error- McDougall (3), Raglani (1). 
2B- McDougall (4), Hu 2 (7).
3B- Raglani (3), RBI- Raglani (13), 
Paul 2 (6), Dunlap (5), Allen (4). 
S- Maza. SF- Dunlap. CS- Maza (2). 
LOB- Jacksonville 6, West Tenn 9. 
DP- Paul and Hu; Dunlap, Ellis and 
McDougall.  

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Orenduff	3.0  0  0-0  5  1  0.00
Alvarez (3-0)	4.0  4  2-1  4  2  0.79
Wright (sv 1)	2.0  0  0-0  2  1  0.00
 Time- 2:50. Att- 1,636.
Sun Spots-- With the completion of three full five-game series, the Suns' pitching staff ranked tops in the Southern League in the following categories entering Saturday's play: most shutouts (three), innings pitched (1382/3), walks (76) and strikeouts (152). Scott Elbert (24) and Michael Megrew (18) rank first and fifth, respectively, in most strikeouts.

Sixers Lose 7-2-- Lucas May singled to score Travis Denker and Ivan De Jesus in the first inning but Inland Empire could not score again and lost 702,

Lancaster scored in each of the first four innings, tagging Miguel Pinango (0-1) with his first loss with the Sixers. He gave up eight hits and six runs -- five earned -- in four innings.

De Jesus, May and Russell Mitchell each had a pair of hits and the Sixers left nine on base.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	200 000 000-2
Lancaster	112 201 00x-7

 Sixers	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Denker 2b	4  1  1  0  .333
De Jesus ss	4  1  2  0  .281
DeWitt 3b	3  0  1  0  .224
May dh	        4  0  2  2  .379
Mitchell 1b	4  0  2  0  .367
Hoffman rf	4  0  1  0  .317
Harper c	4  0  0  0  .162
Godwin cf	4  0  0  0  .175
Rogowski lf	4  0  2  0  .268
 Totals	        35 2 11 2
 Lancaster	35 7 12 7

 Error- Hoffman (1). 2B- Denker (2). 
RBI- May 2 (21). SB- Hoffman (3), 
Rogowski 2 (5). LOB- Inland Empire 
9, Lancaster 7. DP Denker, De Jesus 
and Mitchell.

 Sixers	        in  h  r-er  bb  so
Pinango (0-1)	4.0  8  6-5  1  4  4.50
Alvarez	        3.0  3  1-1  1  6  6.00
Gomez	        1.0  1  0-0  1  1  -.39
 WP- Pinango T- 2:57. Att-1,831.
Big Inning Breaks Loss Streak-- The Great Lakes Loons banged across five runs in the third inning -- keyed by Eduardo Perez's home run, a three-run shot, then held on to stop Cedar Rapids 5-4.

The Loons wore their black batting practice jerseys and it seeme to have changed their luck, as they broke and eight-game losing streak.

The win was the first for the Loons at the sparkling new Dow Diamond and raised their record to 5-10.

Trayvon Robinson had two of the five hits Great Lakes managed.

The Kernels had built a 3-0 lead in the third inning on a three-run homer.

The Loons broke out of their slump in the third with. Infield singles by Robinson and Bridger Hunt and a walk to Josh Bell loaded the bases with one out. Matt Berezay followed with a two-run single and Eduardo Perez followed with a booming opposite-field home run to left center.

Perez has both homers in Loons' history. Perez also homered on Thursday in a loss to Peoria.

It took the Loons 53 innings to take their first lead in Dow Diamond history.

Loons' reliever Francisco Felix kept the Kernels in check, winning his first game against a single loss. After relieving Thomas Melgarejo in the fourth, Felix pitched 4.2 innings of two-hit ball and struck out six.

Closer Miguel Sanfler earned the save, working around an error by Preston Mattingly and a walk. He gave up an RBI single to make it 5-4, he got a pair of strikeouts to end it.     

The Loons and Kernels play the second of their four-game series today with Josh Wall (0-2) going for the Loons against Cedar Rapids.
 Score by innings
Cedar Rapids	003 000 001-4
Great Lakes	005 000 00x-5

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  1  2  0  .275
Mattingly ss	4  0  0  0  .150
Hunt dh	        3  1  1  0  .314
Bell 3b	        2  1  0  0  .185
Berezay lf	3  1  1  2  .217
Santana c	3  0  0  0  .088
Perez 1b	4  1  1  3  .220
Van Slyke rf	3  0  0  0  .205
Fuller 2b	3  0  0  0  .217
  Great Lakes	29 5 5 5
  Cedar Rapids	36 4 8 4

 Error- Bel (7), Mattingly 3 (8). 
HR- Perez (2). RBI- Berezay 2 (7), 
Perez 3 (5). LOB- Great Lakes 5, 
Cedar Rapids 10. DP- Fuller and 
Perez; Santana and Mattingly; 
Van Slyke and Santana.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era	
Melgarejo	3.1  5  3-3  3  3  4.38
Felix (1-1)	4.2  2  0-0  1  8  0.57
Sanfler (sv 1)	1.0  1  1-0  1  2  0.96
 WP- Melgarejo, Sanfler. Balk- Melgarejo.
T- 2:51. Att- 5.382.

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