Kemp 'Loneyed,' Optioned to Vegas

Matt Kemp, who was hitting .429 with the Dodgers before being injured and has homered in his first two rehab starts with Las Vegas, was optioned to the 51s when, like teammate James Loney, has been shuffled off by the numbers game and the fact the club doesn't want their talented kids to sit on the major league bench and see little playing time.

In game action, Tacoma used a five-run sixth to drop the 51s 6-4; Justin Orenduff was tapped for a pair of homers in the first inning and Jacksonville lost 12-5 to Montgomery despite a five-hit night by Luis Maza; San Bernardino's bats were stilled by Modesto 3-1 but the Great Lakes Loons won a pair from Clinton by 4-2 and 7-4 margins.

Big Inning Dumps Vegas-- Tacoma sent 11 men to the plate in the sixth inning, battering starter Travis Smith (2-2) and reliever Spike Lundberg for six runs, and held on to win 6-4.

The 51s, now 11-9, rallied for three runs in the seventh when Choo Freeman led off with a double and scored on Tomas Perez's one-out double. Matt Kemp smacked a two-run homer to slice the deficit to 6-4.

. Smith was tagged for five runs on eight hits in five innings, striking out three and walking two. Yhency Brazoban pitched a perfect seventh in his first appearance for the 51s as he continues his rehab assignment. The hard-throwing right-hander, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, got two groundouts and one fly ball. He is expected to rejoin the Dodgers next month.

Outfielder Matt Kemp, who homered and tripled, knocking in four runs on Thursday, was given the news he had been optioned to Las Vegas and would not be returning to the big club soon.

"It's frustrating," Kemp told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I'm not mad that I'm here. Everybody wants to be in the big leagues."

He didn't let his animosity show, beating out an infield hit in his first at-bat and stealing second, then added a two-run homer in the seventh. In addition, he made a pair of excellent catches in center field in the third inning to save potential hits.

"Matthew can be a Hall of Famer," said Las Vegas batting coach Mike Easler. "If he keeps his work ethic up, he'll be one of those special players. The next time he's up there I believe he'll stay. He's going to be there for a long time. They just don't want to rush him."
 Score by innings
Tacoma	        000 1005 000-6
Las Vegas	000 010 300-4

 Las Vegas	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Abreu ss	5  1  0  0  .387
Kemp rf	        4  1  2  2  .364
Loney 1b	4  0  1  1  .253
LaRocje 3b	5  0  0  0  .243
Young dh	2  0  1  0  .261
Jones lf	3  0  1  0  .294
Freeman cf	4  1  1  0  .306
Stinnett c	4  0  0  0  .227
Perez 2b	4  1  2  1  .288
  Totals	40  4   7  4
  Tacoma	35  6  10  6

 2B-Young (5), Freeman (2), Perez (5).
HR- Kemp (2). RBI- Loney (16), Perez (7), 
Kemp (6). SB- Kemp (1). DP- Abreu, 
Perez and Loney. SB- Kemp (1). 
LOB- Las Vegas  9, Tacoma 6.

 Las Vegas 	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Smith (2-2)	5.0  8  5-5  2  3   5.24
Lundberg	1.0  2  1-1  0  0  11.37
Brazoban 	1.0  0  0-0  0  0   0.00
White	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2   1.35
Hull	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0   1.38
 T- 2:49. Att- 7,538.
Orenduff Tagged-- Starter Justin Orenduff came into the game with a streak of nine scoreless innings over four outings, but was was charged with four runs on three hits and two walks in three innings, including back-to-back home runs in the first, and left the game in a 4-4 tie.

The Biscuits blew an early four-run lead, but a six-run sixth broke things open, tagging reliever Wesley Wright (0-1) with the loss.

Second baseman Luis Maza went 5-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored. Chin Lung Hu was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Suns. He raised his batting 56 points from .212 to .268 and his homer was his second of the year.

Marshall McDougall went 0-for-4 to snap his 10-game hitting streak and Xavier Paul had an RBI triple before a crowd of 12,123, the third-largest at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville since the park opened in 2003.

All four Suns pitchers were hit hard, with Orenduff and Wright each allowing four runs each and Carlos Alvarez and Joey Norrito allowing a pair each. The Suns committed two errors, the ninth consecutive game they've made an error.

After losing the last eight games to Montgomery in 2006, including a five-game sweep at the Baseball Grounds and all three games in the league playoffs, the Suns have now lost nine in a row to the Biscuits. Anthony Raglani walked to extend his on-base streak to 16 games in a row.

The Suns meet the Biscuits tonight with LHP Eric Cyr (0-1, 3.48) facing Montgomery's RHP Derek Feldkamp (0-2, 4.12).
 Score by Innings
Montgomery	400 006 110-12
Jacksonville	103 000 100- 5

 Jacksonville	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss	        5  1  3  1  .337
Ellis c	        3  1  0  0  .224
Maza 2b	        5  3  5  2  .268
Paul cf	        3  0  1  1  .267
Lindsey dh	3  0  1  0  .204
Dunlap 1b	4  0  1  1  .221
McDougall 3b	4  0  0  0  .275
Raglani lf	3  0  0  0  .290
Allen rf	4  0  1  0  .231
Ellis c	        3  1  0  0  .224
  Totals	34  5 12  5
  Montgomery	37 12 13 10

 Error- Wright (1), McDougall (5). 
3B- Hu (2), Paul (1). HR- Meza (2). 
RBI- Meza (6), Hu (9), Dunlap (6), 
Paul (9). DP- Dunlap and Hu; 
McDougall and Dunlap. S- Paul (2). 
LOB- Jacksonville 7, Tacoma 7.

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Orenduff	3.0  3  4-4  2  1  3.00
Wright  (0-1)	2.1  3  4-4  3  2  3.21
Alvarez	        0.2  2  2-2  2  0  3.86
Norrito	        3.0  5  2-1  1  2  3.00
 WP- Wright.T- 2:48. Att- 12,125.
Sixers Waste Strong Start-- Starter Jorge Castillo worked into the sixth inning, allowing three hits and a single run but his teammates could only manager a single run and he left with the game tied 1-1.

Jordan Pratt surrendered the winning run in the eighth inning and Ramon Troncoso gave up another in the ninth in the 3-1 loss.

Shortstop Shane Justis slugged his second homer of the season in the fourth inning for the only Inland Empire run of the contest. First baseman Russell Mitchell banged out a pair of singles and catcher Lucas May added a double.

The Sixers had some chances. Tony Harper and Russell Mitchell singled in the second and Drew Locke and Adam Godwin collected two-out singles in the fifth and May's double in the ninth added one last gasp but Modesto kept them all away from the plate.

E.Y. Young, Jr., son of former Dodger star second baseman, doubled and scored in the first inning for Modesto and after Justis' homer tied it in the fourth, Young's RBI single in the ninth helped add a little breathing room.

The second game of the four-game series is set for tonight in Modesto.
 Score by innigs
Modesto	        100 000 011-3
Inland Empire	000 100 000-1

 Inland Empire	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	3  0  0  0  .256
Justis ss	4  1  1  1  .345
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .206
May c	        4  0  1  0  .356
Harper dh	4  0  1  0  .191
Mitchell 1b	4  0  2  0  .343
Dinker 2b	3  0  0  0  .273
Locke rf	3  0  1  0  .269
  Totals	32 1 7 1
  Modesto	33 3 7 3

 Error- Denker (2). 2B- May (6). HR- Justis 
(2). RBI- Justis (5). CS- Harper (1). 
LOB- Inland Empire 5, Modesto 9.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Castillo 	5.2  3  1-1  3  2  4.56
Pratt (2-1)	2.1  2  1-1  0  3  1.89
Troncoso 	1.0  2  1-1  1  1  1.42
 WP- Castillo. HBP- by Castillo 2. 
T- 2:47. Att- 3,659.
Loons Sweep Twin Bill-- The Great Lakes Loons won both ends of a double-header, dropping Clinton 4-2 in the seven inning opener and 7-4 in a nine inning second game. The two victories gives them wins in five of their last six games.

Catcher Carlos Santana's first home run of the season – a three-run shot in the second that erased a 1-0 deficit -- gave starter Steven Johnson (1-2) his first win of the season in the opener. Johnson worked 5.2 innings and Garrett White pitched the final 1.1 innings to record his first save and lower his ERA to 1.04.

Outfielder Scott Van Slyke singled twice, scored a run and stole a base (his first) for the Loons.
 Score by innings
Great Lakes	030 000 1-4
Clinton 	020 000 0-2

 Great Lakes	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .254
Mattingly ss	2  0  0  0  .156
Berezay lf	3  0  0  0  .220
Bell 3b	        3  1  1  0  .214
Perez dh	3  1  1  0  .241
Sutherland 1b	3  0  0  0  .209
Santana c	3  1  1  3  .100
Van Slyke rf	3  0  2  0  .244
Herrera 2b	3  0  1  1  .200
  Totals	27  4  7  4
  Clinton	26  2  6  2

 2B- Robinson (2), Herrera (2). HR- 
Santana (1). RBI- Santana (6), Herrera 
(2). SB- Van Slyke (1), Robinson (6). 
LOB- Great Lakes 3, Clinton 4.

 Great Lakes	in  h  e-er  bb  so  era
Johnson (1-2)	5.2  6  2-2  0  3  5.74
White (S, 1)	1.1  0  0-0  1  1  1.04
 T- 2:04.
In the second game, after outfielder Matt Berezay slugged his first home run, Great Lakes trailed 3-1 into the seventh. Catcher Kenley Jansen (hitting only .125) hit a two-run home run -- his first -- to tie the score, and Trayvon Robinson followed with an RBI single to give the Loons a lead.

The LumberKings tied the score in the bottom of the inning and the game, which was scheduled for seven innings, went into extra innings. 

The Loons broke the tie with three runs in the ninth on a bases loaded walk to outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Bridger Hunt collected an RBI on a force play and an error allowed the third run.

Miguel Ramirez (1-0) picked up the win after blowing a save in the seventh and Doug Brooks recorded the save with a scoreless ninth as Great Lakes pitchers stranded 13 Lumberjacks on the bases. 

Shortstop Preston Mattingly and first baseman Eduardo Perez had a pair of hits each.

Great Lakes (9-11) will meet Clinton tonight in the third game of the series.
 Score by innings
Great Lakes	010 000 303-7
Clinton	        011 010 100-4

 Great Lakes 	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  1  2  .254
Hunt rf	        5  0  0  1  .280
Mattingly dh	4  0  2  0  .184
Bell 3b	        4  0  1  0  .217
Berezay lf	4  1  1  1  .222
Perez 1b	4  1  2  0  .259
Jansen c	4  2  1  2  .152
Lizarrega ss	3  2  1  0  .325
Fuller 2b	3  1  1  0  .219
  Totals	35 7 10 6
  Clinton	36 4  9 2

  Errors- Hunt (2), Fuller (3), Perez (1).
HR- Berezary (1), Jansen (1). RBI- Berezay (9), 
Robinson (5), Hunt (2). SB- Robinson (7), 
Lizarraga (4), Mattingly (1).CS- Fuller (2), 
Hunt (3). SB- White (4), Jansen (1).  
LOB- Great Lakes 4, Clinton 13.

Great Lakes	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
White	        3.0  5  2-2  4  3  2.70
Felix	        3.0  2  1-0  0  5  0.48
Ramirez (1-0)	2.0  2  1-0  2  3  2.25
Brooks (sv 1) 	1.0  0  0-0  2  1  5.11
 WP- White. T- 2:52. Att- 4,521.

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