Kemp's Bat Could be Heard in L.A.

The sound you heard last night was a baseball striking a bat -- so loudly it could be heard in Los Angeles. It was outfielder Matt Kemp who slugged a triple and a homer while knocking in four runs to help Las Vegas dump Tacoma 9-3. Inland Empire lost a 5-4 decision to Stockson despite three hits and a homer by Adam Godwin. Jacksonville had the night off and Great Lakes was rained out.

Kemp, who had a previous rehab start with the 51s but left with a twinge in his sore shoulder, seemed perfectly healthy Thursday night, banging a two-run homer in the first inning and adding a two-run homer as Las Vegas topped Tacoma 9-3 and moved to 11-8 on the season

Leadoff man increased his already remarkable batting average to .414 with a pair of hits and scored two runs. James Loney was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Mitch Jones keyed a five-run third with a three-run homer, his sixth.

The early 7-0 lead took care of the Raniers who were linited to four singles by five Las Vegas pitchers.

Starter Greg Miller gave up three runs -- two earned -- on two hits in four innings and struck out four. Luis Gonzalez (1-2) pitched two innings of hitless relief to pick up the win. Casey Hoorlebeke, Tim Hamulak and Mark Alexander each added a scoreless inning.

Kemp is one of three Dodgers who will rehab with the 51s. Pitchers Yhency Brazoban and Hong-Chih Kuo will also see action.

Brazoban underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery last year after appearing in only five games in 2006. Kuo is recovering from a shoulder strain that occurred in spring training.

Kemp had a hot start with the Dodgers, batting .429 (6-for-14) with a double and three RBI but suffered a mild separation to his right shoulder on Monday, April 9 against Colorado in the Dodgers' home opener when he crashed into the right field fence.

Las Vegas hosts Tacoma again tonight.
 Score by inning
Tacoma	        000 030 000-3
Las Vegas	205 000 20x-9

 Las Vegas	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	4  2  2  0  .414
Kemp  rf	4  2  2  4  .286
Loney 1b	4  1  2  1  .253
LaRoche 3b	3  1  0  0  .262
Young  dh	4  0  1  0  .254
Jones lf	4  1  1  3  .292
Freeman cf	4  0  0  0  .310
Stinnett c	3  0  0  0  .250
Perez ss	2  2  1  0  .273
  Totals	32 9 9 8
  Tacoma	27 3 4 3

 Error- Perez (5). 2B- Young (4). 
3B- Kemp (1). HR- Kemp (1), Jones 
(6). RBI - Kemp (4), Loney (15), 
Jones (19). DP- Abreu, Perez and 
Loney [2];  LaRoche, Abreu and Loney; 
Alexander and Loney.  LOB- Las Vegas 
1, Tacoma 5.

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Miller	        4.0  2  3-2  4  4   2.55
LGonzalez (1-2)	2.0  0  0-0  2  1   3.00
Hoorlebeke	1.0  1  0-0  0  1   5.11
Hamulack	1.0  0  0-0  0  1   1.13
Alexander	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  10.29
 HBP- by Miller 2. T- 2:08. Att- 4,792.
Jacksonville-- The Suns had Thursday off, then return to action tonight at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville with a game against the defending Southern League champion Montgomery Biscuits.

Sixers Overcome by Stockton-- Inland Empire held an early lead but Stockton used a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to regain the lead and boosted it to 5-3 after seven.

Adam Godwin homered and Ryan Rogowski tripled and scored on a Travis Denker sacrifice fly in the second for a 2-1 lead. They added a run in the third when Russell Mitchell lived on an error and scored on Godwin's single.

From that point on, it was just a case of missed chances. Harper walked and Godwin doubled in the sixth, Ivan De Jesus tripled to lead off the seventh but the Sixers stranded them.

Drew Locke doubled with one out in the eighth and Anthony Harper and Adam Godwin walked to load the bases. But after Ryan Rogowski walked to force in a run, Ivan De Jesus grounded into double play to end the threat.

The Sixers had one more chance in the ninth when Travis Denker singled and with one out, Russell Mitchell's ground-rule double put the tying run and winning run in scoring position. But Stockton retired Blake Dewitt and Drew Locke to nail down the win.

Jacobo Pinango (0-2) lost his second start but allowed only five hits and three earned runs over six innings.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	002 100 010-4
Stockton	103 000 10x-5

 Inland Empire	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  1  1  1  .267
De Jesus ss	4  0  1  0  .241
Denker 2b	4  0  1  1  .300
May c	        5  0  1  0  .360
Mitchell 1b	5  1  1  0  .333
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .214
Locke rf	5  1  1  0  .266
Harper dh	2  0  1  0  .186
 Justis pr-dh	0  0  0  0  .360
Godwin cf	3  1  3  2  .182
  Totals	36 4 10 4
  Stockton	31 5  7 4

 Error- DeJesus (5). 2B- Godwin, 
Mitchell. 3B- Rogowski, DeJesus. 
HR- Godwin (1). RBI- Godwin (2), 
Denker (3), Rogowski (9). SF- 
Denker. LOB- Inland Empire 12, 
Stockton 5.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Pinango (0-2)	6.0  5  4-3  1  3  4.50
Wade	        2.0  2  1-1  1  3  1.08
 HBP- by Penango. T- 3:10. Att- 2,890.
Great Lakes-- Rained out. Game will be made up Friday as a doubleheader, tonight in Clinton.

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