Arias Injured in First Start After No-Hitter

Marlon Arias was injured in the first inning and Inland Empire lost to Stockton 10-5.Las Vegas overcame a 2-0 lead, scoring seven quick runs, then held on to stop New Orleans 7-5. Mobile tacked Jacksonville for five runs in the first and went on to win easily 10-2. West Michigan topped Great Lakes 5-4 despite a homer by Eduardo Perez.

Early Lead Holds Up-- Las Vegas scored seven runs in the third and fourth innings, then held on to dump visiting New Orleans 7-5. Mitch Jones' three-run homer in the fourth made the difference.

It was the team-leading ninth home run for Jones and it helped starter D.J. Houlton (4-2) pick up the win. He allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings and struck out seven.

Four relievers, Casey Hoorelbeke, Matt White and Yhency Brazoban, limited Mobile to one hit over the final four innings with Brazoban picking up his second save and lowering his ERA to 1.80.

Each member of the 51s' starting lineup had at least one hit as the 51s included eight doubles in among the dozen hits. EY Young and Luis Maza had two doubles apiece and Maza added a single to his total.

Mays May Move On-- Joe Mays, the 31-year-old former All-Star plans to exercise an escape clause in his contract, allowing him to become a free agent, after he starts the game between Las Vegas (17-20) and New Orleans tonight at Cashman Field.

"Pretty much my last couple starts have been tryouts for some of the other teams," Mays told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He has a 1-2 record and a 4.91 ERA over seven starts. "I have struggled in my last couple outings, but my arm feels good, I feel healthy and I think I can help a major league ball team. It's just a matter of which one am I going to be helping. I want nothing more than to be a Dodger."

With Los Angeles playing well and leading its division, though, it appears Mays will be plying his trade elsewhere.

"I think he's done a miraculous job," 51s pitching coach Ken Howell said. "He's done everything we've asked of him and he's probably deserving of an opportunity with Los Angeles, but that staff up there is hard to break. They're pitching well. But he's pitched well enough for me. I'd be really shocked if somebody in the major leagues didn't pick him up."

Mays went 17-13 with a 3.16 ERA for the Minnesota Twins in 2001 and won a playoff game in 2002, but missed the entire 2004 seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He went 6-10 with a 5.65 ERA for the Twins in 2005 and finished last season with a combined 0-5 mark and 8.70 ERA for the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds.

Notes -- Right-hander Miguel Pinango, after pitching five shutout innings and striking out five against New Orleans last week, was sent down to Ogden and left-hander Matt Riley was recalled to Las Vegas.
Score by Innings
 New Orleans	101 300 000-5
 Las Vegas	003 400 00x-7


 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  1  1  0  .347
Kemp cf-rf	4  1  1  0  .305
Loney 1b	5  0  1  0  .252
Jones rf-lf	4  1  1  3  .274
Young lf	5  2  2  1  .264
 Brazoban p	0  0  0  0  .000
Garcia ss	4  1  1  1  .313
Maza 3b	        4  0  3  1  .389
Stinnett c	3  0  1  0  .216
Houlton p	2  1  1  0  .286
 Hoorelbeke p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Bigbie ph	1  0  0  0  .366
 White p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Freeman cf	0  0  0  0  .258
   Totals 	37 7 11 7
   New Orleans	33 5  8 5

 2B- Abreu (10), Maza (2), Kemp (9), Young 
(9), Garcia (6), Stinnett (2). HR- Jones (9). 
DP- (2) Houlton, Garcia and Abreu; Maza, 
Abreu and Loney. S- Houlton. LOB- Las Vegas 
10, New Orleans 3.

  Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Houlton (4-2)	5.0  7  5-5  2  7  3.67
Hoorelbeke 	2.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.93
White 	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  2.28
Brazoban (S,2)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.80
   T- 2:29. Att- 3,423.
Suns Battered-- Xavier Paul slugged a home run in the first inning for Jacksonville but the slim lead didn't last long. Mobile posted a big five in the bottom of the inning and went on to win 10-2.

Nineteen-Year-Old outfielder Justin Upton, Arizona's top prospect and the first overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player's Draft, smacked a two-run homer in his first Double-A at-bat off Alvis Ojeda (0-3) to get the BayBears underway.

Ojeda surrendered seven runs -- six earned -- on six hits and three walks over 2.1 innings. He struck out two and remains winless over eight starts. Jacksonville third baseman Juan Gonzalez singled and added an RBI double in the sixth. First baseman Cory Dunlap singled and doubled for the Suns.
Score by Innings
 Jacksonville	100 001 000- 2
 Mobile	        502 120 00x-10

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruan rf	        4  0  1  0  .284
Hu ss        	4  0  1  0  .366
Paul cf	        4  1  1  1  .293
Dunlap 1b	4  1  2  0  .265
Mcdougall 3b	2  0  0  0  .257
Gonzalez 3b	2  0  2  1  .229
Raglani lf	3  0  1  0  .264
 Lindsey lf	1  0  0  0  .260
Ellis c	        4  0  0  0  .175
Nicholson 2b	3  0  1  0  .125
Ojeda p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Akin p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Allen ph	1  0  0  0  .238
 Wright p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	34  2 9 2
   Mobile	33 10 8 5

 Error- Ojeda (1), Ellis (2), McDougall (6), 
Hu (5), Raglani (4). 2B- Dunlap (4), Gonzalez 
(4), Ruan (6). Hr- Paul (4). HR- paul (4). 
DP- (3) Nicholson, Hu and Dunlap; Hu and 
Dunlap; Wright, Hu and Dunlap. HB- Ojeda. 
LOB- Jacksonville 5, Mobile 7.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Ojeda (0-3)	2.1  6  7-6  3  2  6.63
Akin         	3.2  2  3-0  2  3  5.63
Wright	        2.0  1  0-0  2  0  4.70
 Balk- Ojeda. T- 2:40. Att 1,505.
Arias Injured in Loss-- Marlon Arias, who was making his first start since no-hitting Bakersfield on May 9, gave up two hits and three runs while walking three before leaving the game with a shoulder injury.

The Sixers took him off the hook by scoring four in the last of the opening inning but from that point on, the Ports scored eight unanswered runs and won 10-5, knocking Inland Empire into a first place tie with Lancaster.

David Pfeiffer and Matt Gomez de Segura were battered for 10 hits and seven runs before Mario Alvarez came in to restore order but it was much too late.

Third baseman Blake DeWitt singled with one out, stole second then took third on an error. Catcher Luke May walked and Russell Mitchell's sacrifice drove in the first run. Second baseman Travis Denker then doubled to score May from first and after a walk to designated hitter Tony Harper, outfielder James Tomlin followed with a double down the left field line to give the Sixers their only lead.

Mitchell homered later in the game, his fourth of the season, and Denker and Tomlin had two hits apiece for the Sixers, who have dropped three of their last four at home.
 Score by Innings
Stockton	304 010 200-10
Inland Empire	400 000 100- 5

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann rf	5  0  0  0  .312
DeWitt 3b	5  1  2  0  .219
May c         	2  1  1  0  .283
Mitchell 1b	4  1  2  2  .320
Denker 2b	5  1  3  1  .375
Harper dh	1  1  1  0  .209
 Justis ph-dh	3  0  0  0  .360
Tomlin cf	4  0  2  1  .344
Rogowski lf	2  0  0  0  .238
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .237
 Rivera lf	1  0  0  0  .250
DeJesus ss	4  0  0  0  .226
    Totals	33  5 12 4
    Stockton	35 10 14 9

2B- Denker (6), Tomlin (1). HR- Mitchell 
(4). SF- Mitchell. RB- Mitchell (16), 
Denker (18), Tomlin (5). WP- Guzman.
LOB- Inland Empire 10, Stockton 13.

 Inland Empire 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias 	        1.0  2  3-3  3  1   5.26
Pfeiffer (1-1)	2.0  5  4-4  4  3  14.54
Gomez	        3.1  5  3-3  2  2   6.87
Alvarez	        2.2  0  0-0  0  4   6.14
 BAlK- Guzman. T- 3:34. Att- 1,235.
An Ill Wind...-- A pair of wind-aided home runs helped the West Michigan Whitecaps defeat the Great Lakes Loons by a score of 5-4 in front of 3,233 thousand fans at Dow Diamond.

Louis Ott got a fly ball into the jet stream in the first inning and Gorkys Hernandez smacked a duplicate in the fifth inning with a man on base, giving the Whitecaps a 5-2 lead.

Starter Thomas Melgarejo was victimized by the two long hits and lost his second game without a win.

The Loons used a double steal by shortstop Francisco Lizarraga (home) and Preston Mattingly (second) in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 5-3 and Eduardo Perez took advantage of the wind in the eighth, sailing his third homer of the season over the fence to make it 5-4.

But Great Lakes could get no closer. The Loons slip to 15-22 and will send right-hander Josh Wall against Angel Castro for West Michigan. Wall has a record of 1-4 with a 4.40 earned run average, while Castro is 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA.
 Score by Innings
West Michigan	110 030 000-5
Great Lakes	200 010 010-4

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt rf        	5  1  2  0  .304
Lizarraga ss	5  2  2  0  .300
Mattingly dh	3  0  0  1  .192
EPerez 1b	4  1  1  1  .270
Bell 3b        	4  0  2  1  .225
Berezay lf	4  0  0  0  .232
Gonzalez 2b	3  0  1  0  .250
Santana c	3  0  0  0  .154
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .241
   Totals	35 4 9 3
   We Michigan	33 5 9 5

 Error- Bell (2).2B- Lizarraga (3), Bell (3), 
Gonzalez (1). HR- EPerez (3). PB- Santana (10).  
SB- Lizarraga (7), Mattingly (4). DP- Lizarraga, 
Gonzalez and EPerez. RBI Mattingly (9), Bell (14), 
Perez (13). LOB- Great Lakes 7, 
West Michigan 4.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Melgarejo (0-2)	4.1  7  5-4  2  2  4.40
Felix        	2.2  1  0-0  0  1  0.76
White        	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  2.70
  WP Melgarejo (2). T-2:30. Att- 3,233.

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