Bridger Giveth and Bridger Taketh Away

Las Vegas was battered 19-5 by Oklahoma. Jacksonville's early lead slipped away in a 2-1 Birmingham victory. Three homers in the seventh inning carried Inland Empire to a 6-1 win at Visalia. Bridger Hunt knocked in the tying run, then scored the winning run in the ninth as the Loons topped Wisconsin 6-5.

Miller Struggles With
Control; Perez Helps

Las Vegas was mistreated by Oklahoma, losing by a footballish score of 19-5 but more importantly, lefthander Greg Miller continues to look for his control. The one-time top Dodger prospect couldn't get out of the first inning Friday night, allowing five runs while retiring one Oklahoma batter.

His hits per inning is among the best in the Dodger minor league system but his command has deserted him for some inexplicable reason, sending is earned run average ballooning to 6.46.

The rest of the staff, for the most part, had trouble getting anyone out as Oklahoma raked them for 24 hits but the next five pitchers only issued a pair of free passes.

The RedHawks led 10-0 after two and 17-0 at one time before Hong-Chih Kuo finally calmed the stormy waters. Tomas Perez, normally a shortstop, and a good one, pitched the final two innings and while he allowed three hits, he didn't allow a run.

Miller (1-1) walked four, threw two wild pitches and hit a batter before leaving with only one out in the first. B.J. LaMura came in to serve up a grand slam to make it 6-0.
Then Matt Riley and Casey Hoorelbeke took their turns being pummeled.

Kuo came on in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings and Perez didn't allow a run in the final two.

Second baseman Luis Maza, who went 2-for-4, hit a two-run single for Las Vegas (15-19) and James Loney, playing first, added a double. Tony Abreu went 0-for-3, ending his 12-game hitting streak.
 Score by Innings
Oklahoma	641 620 000-19
Las Vegas	000 410 000- 5

 Las Vegas	ab h  r  bi  ave
Abreu 3b	3  0  0  0  .352
Kemp rf	        5  1  1  0  .304
Loney 1b	4  1  1  0  .261
Jones dh	2  1  1  0  .274
Garcia ss	2  0  0  0  .302
Bigbie lf	2  1  1  1  .364
Freeman cf	4  1  1  1  .256
Perez ss-p	3  0  0  0  .240
Stinnett c	3  0  0  0  .209
Maza 2b	        4  0  2  2  .286
  Totals	32  5  7  4
  Oklahoma	48 19 24 18

 Error- Freeman (2), Kemp (2). 2B- Loney (9). 
RBI- Freeman (13), Maza (2), Bigbie(8). 
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Oklahoma 11. DP- (3) 
Maza, Perez and Loney, (2) Abreu, Meza 
and Loney. 

Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Miller (1-1) 	0.1  0  5-5  4  0   6.46
LaMura	        2.2  7  6-3  1  3   4.05
Riley	        0.2  7  6-6  0  1  27.00
Hoorelbeke	1.1  6  2-2  0  2   6.39
Kuo	        2.0  1  0-0  1  2   3.48
Perez	        2.0  3  0-0  1  2   0.00
 HB- Miller. T- 3:16. Att- 9,462.
Hits Tough To Come
By in Suns 2-1 Loss

Jacksonville took a slim, 1-0 lead into the seventh inning but Birmingham scored one in the seventh and one in the eighth to win 2-1. Each club had six hits in the well-pitched game.

William Juarez surrendered only three hits and a solo home run over his seven innings of work. He fanned six and didn't issue a walk. He turned the ball over to big Zach Hammes (0-1) and the eventual winning run scored on a double play grounder.

Outfielder Xavier Paul's sacrifice fly in the first scored shortstop Chin Lung Hu, who had a pair of hits during the game. Outfielder Wilkin Ruan also singled twice for the Suns (20-15).
 Score by Innings
Birmingham	000 000 110-2
Jacksonville	100 000 000-1

 Jacksonville	ab  r  ha  bi  ave
Hu ss        	3  1  2  0  .375
Ruan rf	        4  0  2  0  .246
Paul cf	        2  0  0  1  .296
Lindsey dh	4  0  1  0  .257
McDougall 3b	4  0  0  0  .269
Raglani lf	4  0  0  0  .250
Rohan 1b	4  0  1  0  .167
Apodaca c	3  0  0  0  .000
Nicholson 2b	2  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	30 1 6 1
  Birmingham	32 2 6 1

 RBI- Paul (19). SF- Paul. SB- Ruan (5). 
CS- Nicholson (1), Ruan (1). LOB- Las Vegas 6, 
Birmingham 3. DP- Hu, Nicholson and Rohan.
 
 Jacksonville	        in  h  r-er bb so  era
Juarez                  7.0  3  1-1  0  6  3.43
Hammes (0-1)       	2.0  3  1-1  0  1  1.35
 T- 2:10. Att- 8,169.
The Sixers Delighted the
Chicks With Three Longballs

Even if the young ladies in attendance didn't enjoy the home runs, the 66ers dug the long ball, particularly in the seventh inning, when they banged three home runs for a 6-1 victory over the Visalia Oaks.

Inland Empire (18-17) took a slim, 2-0 lead into the big inning and exited it with a 6-0 margin after the three homers. Third baseman Blake DeWitt started the power surge with his third home run, and catcher Luke May added his team-leading ninth.

After second baseman Travis Denker singled, first baseman Russell Mitchell capped off the home run barrage with a two-run shot to left for his third of the year.

Outfielder Adam Godwin had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with an RBI in the fourth, when the Sixers opened their early two run lead.

Sixers starter James McDonald (2-3) could be classified as one who appreciated the offensive fireworks. He worked seven scoreless innings and allowed only three hits while striking out six. Jordan Pratt gave up only an unearned run in the eighth and Ramon Troncoso came on to close it out and lower his ERA to 1.27.

The Sixers and Lancaster trail the league-leading Rancho Cucamonga Quakes by a single game in the South Division of the California League.

Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 200 400-6
Visalia	        000 000 001-1

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  0  0  0  .242
DeJesus ss	3  0  0  0  .231
Rivera ph-ss	1  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt 3b	5  1  2  1  .222
Justis 3b	0  0  0  0  .357
May dh        	5  1  1  1  .298
Denker 2b	4  2  1  0  .338
Mitchell 1b	5  2  2  2  .300
Harper c	4  0  1  0  .197
Tomlin cf	3  0  1  0  .368
Godwin rf	3  0  3  1  .247
  Totals	38 6 11 5
  Visalia	31 1  5 1

 Error- Denker (3). HR- DeWitt (3), 
May (9), Mitchell (2). RBI- Godwin 
(9), DeWitt (14), May (34), Mitchell 
(13). DP- De Jesus, Denker and Mitchell. 
LOB- Inland Empire 10, Visalia 8.

 Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
McDonald (2-3)	7.0  3  0-0 3 6 3.47
Pratt        	1.0  1  1-0 2 1 2.56
Troncoso	1.0  0  0-0 0 2 1.27
 WP- Pratt. HBP Godwin, Harper. T-2:19. Att- 2,050.
Hunt Leads Loons in
Comeback Victory
Cory Hillman
Great Lakes Editor

Outfielder Bridger Hunt has been one of the most consistent players for the Great Lakes Loons, offensively and defensively. In other words, he has been one of the bright spots for an offense that entered tonight's ball game batting only .228 and a defense that is the one of the worst fielding teams in the Midwest League, committing 54 errors in the 33 games, second only to their adversary last night, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Thus, Hunt surprised the sellout crowd on Friday night with a rare fielding miscue in which he started in on a fly ball before scrambling back as it landed in the outfield grass, leading to a triple that scored two runs.

However, it was Bridger Hunt who would later redeem himself in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the Loons trailing 5-4, Hunt's RBI single down the left field line would score Scott Van Slyke who led off the inning with a walk. With one out, Hunt took a chance at swiping second base and as the umpire called him safe, the 5,441 fans who had held their breath when they saw him leaving first base, exhaled in a dramatic collective gasp.

Outfielder Matt Berezay then struck out, leaving the final word to second baseman Adolfo Gonzalez. Hitting a chopper to the left side towards third baseman Alex Liddi, Hunt took off toward third. On the throw to first base that was dropped, Hunt was already making his way toward home plate, sliding safely, and jumping into the arms of his teammates.

"That ninth inning redeemed my [fielding] mistake and give back what I had screwed up." Hunt said.

The team's come-from-behind victory put a much needed smile on manager Lance Parrish's face who had been disappointed with the team's overall performance.

"I'm excited," Parrish said. "We had a discussion today and the team showed ‘no quit' and we found a way to battle."

In other news, Francisco Felix allowed two runs out of the bullpen on Friday but both were unearned. Felix, who is one of the leaders in the Midwest League in ERA, has not allowed an earned run out of the bullpen in 17.2 innings.
 Score by Innings
Wisconsin	003 001 100-5
Great Lakes	000 220 002-6

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt cf	        5  1  2  1  .292
Berezay lf	3  1  0  0  .250
Gonzalez 2b	4  1  0  1  .286
Perez 1b	4  0  1  1  .287
Mattingly dh	3  1  1  0  .196
Lizarraga ss	4  0  0  0  .284
Santana c	4  0  1  1  .155
Van Slyke rf	2  1  0  0  .231
Fuller 3b	3  1  1  0  .212
  Totals	32 6  6 4
  Wisconsin	33 5 10 4

 Error- Fuller (7), Santana (4), Felix (1). 
2B- Perez (10).  RBI- Santana (10), Gonzalez 
(5), Perez (12), Hunt (4). S- Berezay, Fuller. 
SB- Hunt (2). CS- Berezay (4). LOB- Great 
Lakes 7, Wisconsin 7.DP- (2) Lizarraga and 
Perez, Lizarraga, Gonzalez and Perez. 

 Great Lakes	 ab  h  r-er bb so era
Castillo	5.0  6  3-3 1 3  7.71
Felix         	3.0  2  2-2 2 1  0.83
Ramirez (2-0)	1.0  2  0-0 0 0  1.29
 T- 2:48. Att- 5,441.

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