White Wins First with Eight Shutout Innings

Las Vegas lost their ninth in their last 11 by a 5-3 margin at Fresno. Jacksonville surrendered a ninth inning homer and lost 6-3 to Montgomery. Great Lakes, behind the air-tight pitching of Cody White, blanked Beloit 4-0 with Preston Mattingly and Adolfo Gonzalez adding homers. Inland Empire had the day off.

Homers Sink Vegas-- A two-run home run in the last of the ninth inning gave Fresno a 5-3 win and the series 3-1 margin over Las Vegas. It was the third home run of the game for the Grizzlies.

Hong-Chih Kuo started for the 51s and gave up a pair of the homers. He finished his four innings of work by after giving up four hits and three runs while striking out five. Casey Hoorlebeke added two scoreless innings to keep the game tied at 3-3 before Matt White (0-2) took the loss by serving up the winning homer in the ninth.

After Fresno scored three in the bottom of the third on two homers, Las Vegas quickly tied the game in the fourth. First baseman Mitch Jones opened the inning with a ground-rule double and outfielder EY Young singled him to third.

Shortstop Sergio Garcia singled to center to drive in Jones and Luis Maza bunted the runners into scoring position. Catcher Ken Huckaby then rapped a two-run double to knot the game at three each. Huck was left at second when Kuo bounced out and Tony Abreu fanned.

Young singled and Garcia walked to open the fifth; Abreu led off the seventh with a single and Huckaby singled to start the ninth but the 51s could not get any of them across the plate.

Abreu, now playing third base since Andy LaRoche was called up to The Show, Huckaby and Jones each singled and doubled. Young added a pair of singles.

Las Vegas (13-17), which opens a homestand tonight (Tuesday) against Oklahoma, has lost nine of its last 11.
 Score by innings
Las Vegas 	000 300 000-3
Fresno 	        003 000 002-5

 Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 3b	5  0  2  0  .360
Freeman cf	3  0  0  0  .256
Kemp rf	        4  0  0  0  .294
Jones 1b	4  1  2  0  .272
 MWhite p	0  0  0  0  .000
Young lf	4  1  2  0  .250
Garcia ss	2  1  1  1  .296
Maza 2b	        3  0  0  0  .000
Huckaby c	4  0  2  2  .283
Kuo p	        2  0  0  0  .000
 Hoorelbeke p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Loney 1b	1  0  0  0  .258
   Totals	33 3 9 2
   Fresno	33 5 9 5

 Error- Garcia (3). 2B- Abreu (8), 
Jones (9),  Huckaby (2). DP- Kemp 
and Abreu. S- Maza, Freeman. 
RBI- Garcia (11), Huckaby (10). 
LOB- Las Vegas 7, Fresno 8.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er  bb so  era
Kuo	        4.0  4  3-3  2  5  4.32
Hoorelbeke	2.1  2  0-0  1  2  5.06
MWhite (0-2) 	2.0  3  2-2  1  2  2.79
 T-2:36. Att- 9,136.
Homer Drops Suns-- Jacksonville, like Las Vegas, had home run troubles in the ninth inning. A three-run shot broke a 3-3 tie and handed Birmingham a 6-3 decision.

The Suns had battle back to tie the game in the eighth inning on a two-run single by Juan Gonzalez only to lose in the final inning.

Justin Orenduff started and surrendered a first-inning run and but the 51s tied the game when recently activated Jimmy Rohan walked and scored on Chin-Lung Hu's 16th double of the season in the third.

Joey Norrito surrendered a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth that put Birmingham back on top 3-1. Alberto Concepcion singled with two out in the eighth, Rohan walked again and after Hu also drew a base on balls, Gonzalez's single tied the game at three. Xavier Paul ended the inning with a line shot the pitcher grabbed.

Wesley Wright (1-2) took over in the ninth and after a pair of walks, served up a three-run homer and was tagged with the loss.

Hu continued his hot hitting for the Suns, going 2-for-4. Hu paces the Southern League with a .371 average.

Riley Pitcher of the Week-- Matt Riley was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week after working three games and earning a pair of saves while striking out an even dozen in 5.1 innings. Held to 25.1 innings during the last two years because of injury, the lefty snuffed a bases-loaded threat on May 1 and three nights later fanned five in two innings to earn his first save since 2000.

Sun Spots-- Pitcher Alvis Ojeda was suspended for three games and fined $100 for hitting a Montgomery batter after the previous player hit a home run earlier in the series. ... The Suns continue to lead the league in home runs (30), RBI (128), total bases (395) and slugging percentage (.410) while the pitching staff is tops in strikeouts.
 Score by innings
Birmingham	100 020 003-6
Jacksonville	001 000 020-3 

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss	        4  0  3  1  .383
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  2  .240
Paul cf	        5  0  1  0  .276
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  0  .235
McDougall 3b	5  0  0  0  .260
Raglani lf	5  0  2  0  .260
Allen rf	3  0  1  0  .213
Concepcion c	4  0  1  0  .231
 Ellis pr-c	0  1  0  0  .206
Rohan dh	1  2  0  0  .000	
 Totals	        35 3 10 3
 Birmingham	36 6 12 6 

 2b- Hu (16), Raglani (8). RBI- Hu (11), 
JGonzalez 2 (9). CS- Allen (2). LOB-
Jacksonville 12, Montgomery 9. DP-
Orenduff, Lindsey and Hu; JGonzalez, Hu
and Lindsey.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff	4.0  4  1-1  2  4  3.26
Norrito	        4.0  7  2-2  1  1  2.31
Wright (1-2)	1.0  1  3-3  2  2  5.30
 WP- Norrito. T- 2:50. Att- 1,980.
Inland Empire - open date.

Cody White Earns Win-- White has been the victim of dismal run support in the early go of the 2007 season. He probably felt a bit out of place when the Great Lakes Loons spotted him three runs in the bottom of the first inning, setting the pace for his first victory of the season, 4-0 over Beloit.

White pitched eight strong innings without allowing a run, while striking out five as he notched his first victory of the season before Miguel Ramirez closed it out in the ninth. And speaking of firsts, Preston Mattingly hit his first home run of the season, a majestic shot on the left field lawn in the bottom of the first inning in front of 5,427 at Dow Diamond Monday morning.

Center fielder Bridger Hunt had two hits, leading off the bottom of the first with a double down the third base line and adding a single to right center in the bottom of the second. Before it was all said and done, the Loons would go on to blank the Snappers.

Perhaps the second biggest story aside from White's first victory was second baseman Adolfo Gonzalez, who made his first start of the season for the Loons on Monday after being recalled from extended spring training. Gonzalez went 4-4 including a homerun in the eighth inning, helping to provide more than enough offense for Cody White.

Aside from being an offensive catalyst, Gonzalez showed that he can play defense after fielding a ground ball in the top of the sixth inning that saw him range far to his left, landing on his back and firing to first base just in time to throw out the runner.

"You know, [Gonzalez] can swing the bat," manager Lance Parrish smiled. "Everyone in the system knows he is capable of having games like that. He's excited to be here and he's out to prove something."

After the game, Gonzalez discussed briefly about his motivation as a new member of the Loons roster after spending some extra time in Florida. "I got sent to extended spring training though I don't know why. I just gotta keep working hard."

Clayton Kershaw will get the nod tonight as the Loons set to face off against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Kershaw was scratched from his start on Saturday due to a mild hamstring injury. "It's nothing." Kershaw said. "I'm ready to go." --Cory Hillman.
 Score by innings
Beloit	        000 000 000-0
Great Lakes	300 000 01x-4

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt cf	        4  1  2  0  .303
Lizarraga dh	3  0  2  0  .333
Mattingly ss	4  1  1  2  .198
EPerez 1b	4  1  1  0  .283
Berezay lf	3  0  0  0  .242
AGonzalez 2b	4  1  4  2  .667
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .229
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .106
Fuller 3b	4  0  0  0  .196
  Totals	33 4 11 4
  Beloit	29 0  3 0

 Error- Fuller (6), Mattingly (15). 
2B- Hunt (5),  EPerez (9), Lizarraga 
(2). HR- Mattingly (1) AGonzalez (1). 
RBI- Mattingly 2 (8), AGonzalez
(2). S- Lizarraga. LOB- Great Lakes 
8, Beloit 6. DP- Fuller, AGonzalez 
and EPerez; Mattingly, AGonzalez 
and EPerez 2.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
CWhite (1-4)	8.0  3  0-0  0  7  3.77
Ramirez	        1.0  0  0-0  1  2  1.38
 HBP- Berezay, Jansen. T- 1:59. Att- 5,427. 	

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