Jones Home Run Boosts Las Vegas

Mitch Jones' pinch-hit three-run homer boosted Las Vegas to a 9-6 win over Fresno. Jacksonville won 4-3 at Carolina as Will Juarez won his fourth game. Inland Empire's Miguel Pinango allowed two hits in eight and Ryan Rogowski doubled in the winning run in a 2-1 win over Rancho Cucamonga. A pair of errors, each costing a run, derailed Great Lakes in a 7-6 loss to Beloit.

Pinch-Homer Boosts 51s-- Mitch Jones belted a three-run homer to key a six-run eighth inning as the 51s beat the Fresno Grizzlies 9-6. Trailing 6-3, Las Vegas sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the eighth.

Delwyn Young got the rally started with an RBI fielder's choice, and Ken Huckaby had a two-run single before Jones -- pinch-hitting for winning pitcher B.J. LaMura -- hit his three-run shot.

Matt Kemp opened the eighth-inning with a single. He later scored on Delwyn Young's fielder's choice. Ken Huckaby's two-run single tied the game.

Jones crushed the fourth pitch over the center-field wall for his seventh homer of the season and first in seven games.

James Loney had an RBI groundout for the 51s in the first inning, and Larry Bigbie led off the third inning with a home run. Matt Kemp had an RBI double in the fifth inning.

Starter Greg Miller was pounded for six runs before leaving with two out in the third. He allowed five hits, five earned runs, walked six and struck out five. Spike Lundberg had his best outing of the season, shutting down the Grizzlies over the next 3.1 innings on three hits while fanning four.

LaMura, Yhency Brazoban and Eric Hull, who pitched out of a bases-loaded problem in the ninth, all pitched scoreless innings with Hull earning his first save as Las Vegas improved to 13-16.

Larry Bigbie went 2-for-5 and added his first homer in the third for the 51s. Kemp, Huckaby, Tony Abreu and James Loney had two hits apiece.

Note-- Earlier in the day, the Dodgers called up third baseman Andy LaRoche. No replacement has been named.
Las Vegas 	101 010 060-9
Fresno  	312 000 000-6

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 3b	5  2  2  0  .358
Bigbie rf	5  1  2  1  .373
Kemp cf	        5  1  2  1  .319
Loney 1b	5  1  2  1  .261
Young lf	5  1  0  1  .240
Garcia 2b	3  1  0  0  .290
Perez ss	3  0  0  0  .253
Huckabby c	4  1  2  2  .265
Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lundberg p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Freman ph	1  0  0  0  .267
 LaMura p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Jones ph	1  1  1  3  .261
 Brazoban p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hull p	        0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	38 9 11 7
   Fresno	32 6 11 6

 2B- Kemp (4), Loney (7). 
HR- Bigbie (1), Jones (7).
SB- Bigbie (1), Abreu (3). 
RBI- Loney (23), Bigbie (5), 
Kemp (11), Young(17), Huckaby 
(8), Jones (24). LOB- Las Vegas 
5, Fresno 13. S- Miller. SB- 
Bigbie (1), Abreu 2 (3). 
DP- Abreu, Garcia and Loney.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Miller 	        2.2  5  6-6  6  5  4.63
Lundberg	3.1  3  0-0  0  4  5.17
LaMura (1-0)	1.0  1  0-0  1  0  0.00
Brazoban 	1.0  1  0-0  1  2  1.80
Hull (sv 1)	1.0  1  0-0  2  2  1.40
 WP- Miller. T- 3:09. Att- 8,732.
Juarez Wins his Forth-- William Juarez (4-1) allowed two runs over six innings as visiting Jacksonville edged Carolina, 4-3, becoming the first Dodger minor leaguer to work six innings this season as the Suns banged out 11 hits and improved to (17-13).

Juarez scattered five hits, walking three and fanning eight. After going 0-for-40, he helped himself with an RBI single in the second inning when the Suns took a 3-0 lead.

A.J. Ellis, who was 2-for-4, drilled an RBI double in the third and scored on a wild pitch. He went 2-for-4, adding the final Jacksonville run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Chin-Lung Hu and Marshall McDougall also had a pair of hits.

Brian Akin allowed a run in the seventh and Matt Riley took over with two out in the eighth and earned his second save by nailing the game down.

Jacksonville won three of five games from Carolina to win their fifth of six series. Justin Orenduff will face Birmingham tonight (Monday).
 Score by innings
Jacksonville	030 000 100-4
Carolina	000 020 010-3

 Jacksonville  	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss        	4  0  2  0  .371
Gonzalez 2b	4  0  1  0  .234
Allen rf	5  0  0  0  .209
Lindsey 1b	5  1  1  0  .235
Mcdougall 3b	5  1  2  0  .274
Raglani lf	3  1  1  0  .253
Ellis c	        4  1  2  2  .206
Ruan cf	        4  0  1  0  .228
Juarez p 	2  0  1  1  .167
 Paul ph	1  0  0  0  .279
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals  	33 4 11 3
   Carolina	33 3  7 2

  2B- Ellis (4). RBI- Ellis 2 (5), 
Juarez (1). SF- Ellis. SB- 
McDougall  (2), Hu (5). LOB-  
Jacksonville 13, Carolina 9.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Juarez (4-1)	6.0  5  2-2  3  8  3.86
Akin 	        1.2  1  1-1  2  3  4.34
Riley (sv 2)	1.1  1  0-0  0  2  1.47
 WP- Riley. HB- Akin. T- 2:54. 
Att- 4,004.
Sixers Get Strong Start-- Miguel Pinango, who had struggled since being promoted from Great Lakes, pitched eight strong innings, allowing two hits and striking out four. He earned his first win for Inland Empire after three losses.

Ryan Rogowski doubled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh as the 66ers knocked off the Quakes, 2-1, a Pinango (1-3) became the first Inland Empire starter to work eight innings. His allowed a home run in the second, then worked seven shutout innings.

Brent Leach added a perfect ninth for his fourth save in four opportunities.

"That was how he pitched the first game we had him here," Sixers manager Dave Collins said. "He had good command of his pitches, Gabe Gutierrez called a good game and they were really in sync out there," he told the San Bernardino County Sun.

The Sixers had trouble with Quakes starter Brok Butcher, who came into the game with an 0.78 ERA. They finally tied the game 1-1 in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Blake DeWitt that scored Jamie Hoffman who had singled and stolen second, moving to third on a bad throw by the Quakes catcher.

Inland Empire took the lead for good in the seventh when Russ Mitchell doubled to lead off the inning and Rogowski followed with another double just inside the right field foul line.

The win by the Sixers moved them into a tie with the Quakes in the Cal League's South Division standings."
 Score by innings
Cucamonga	100 000 000-1
Inland Empire	000 001 10x-2

Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann rf	3  1  1  0  .365
DeWitt 3b	4  0  1  1  .212
May dh	        4  0  0  0  .304
Denker 2b	2  0  0  0  .333
Mitchell 1b	3  1  1  0  .284
De Jesus ss	3  0  1  0  .244
Rogowski lf	3  0  1  1  .270
 Godwin lf	0  0  0  0  .207
Gutierrez	3  0  0  0  .207
Tomlin cf	3  0  1  0  .167
  Totals 	31 2 6 2
  Cucamonga	29 1 1 1

 2B- De Jesus (5),Mitchell (10), 
Rogowski (8). SB- Hoffmann (5). 
CS- Hoffman (1), Tomlin (1). 
RBI- DeWitt (12), Rogowski (12).
LOB- Inland Empire 3, 
Cucamonga 4.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (1-3)	8.0  2  1-1  2  4  4.61
Leach (sv 4)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.48
 T- 2:06. Att- 2,554.
Loons Lose Close One-- Lance Parrish looked in need of an anti-depressant after Saturday's dismal offensive performance. However, on Sunday, the offense awoke from its deep slumber although the Loons lost once again to the Beloit Snappers 7-6.

Outfielder Bridger Hunt, one of the few hitters in the lineup who has been consistent with the bat this season led the attack with two singles and a triple that drove in a run in the fourth inning.

In addition, first baseman David Sutherland hit his first home run of the season, a shot that shook hands with the clouds before settling in the right field concourse of Dow Diamond with two outs in the fifth inning.

Catcher Carlos Santana extended his hitting streak to six games, singling in the fourth and following up Sutherland's blast with a double in the gap in the fifth.

Francisco Felix, who entered the game tied for the Midwest League lead for lowest E.R.A. (0.36) was less than impressive, though he did not pitch badly. Part of his success early this season has been attributed to his ability to change pitch speeds and arm angles, keeping hitters off balance.

However, it was Felix who looked uncomfortable on Sunday, scattering six hits in five innings, surrendering two earned runs while walking three. One must keep in mind that Felix had only allowed three walks in 24 innings of work entering his start.

Hunt, the offensive star for the Loons on Sunday believes that he and his teammates perhaps are pressing a bit too much. "For a while, I would say a bunch of us were over thinking things," Hunt said. "Today, I shut down taking batting practice or any swings at all. I just showed up and played."

Clayton Kershaw was scratched in his start Saturday against Beloit with a mild hamstring injury that started to bother him a couple days ago.

Parrish allowed Kershaw to throw a bullpen instead on Saturday and has pushed his start back to Tuesday against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. "It's nothing serious," Kershaw stated. "I'm just going to give it an extra couple days." --Cory Hillman
 Score by innings
Beloit	        003 003 100-7
Great Lakes	001 220 100-6

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  0  0  0  .230
Hunt lf	        5  2  3  1  .292
Mattingly ss	5  0  1  1  .195
Perez dh	4  0  3  0  .284
Lizarraga 2b	5  0  1  0  .318
Bell 3b	        2  0  0  0  .200
EGonzalez 3b	2  1  0  0  .000
Sutherland 1b	5  1  2  1  .238
Santana c	5  2  2  0  .167
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .227
  Totals	42 6 12 5
  Beloit	39 7 11 5

 Error- Mattingly (14), Lizarraga 
(4).  2B- Perez (8), Santana (5). 
3b- Hunt (1). RBI- Lizarraga (6), 
Hunt (3), Mattingly (6), Sutherland 
(8), Van Slyke (3). SB- Perez (1), 
Mattingly (3). DP- Lizarraga, 
Mattingly and Sutherland.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Felix	        5.0  6  3-2  3  5  0.91
Castillo (0-1)	2.0  5  4-3  1  1 13.50
JRodriguez	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  1.53
 HBP- by Felix. T- 2:59. Att- 5,114.	

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