James Peterson Keys Loons Win

A homer and two singles by James Peterson helped Great Lakes to a 9-2 win over Kane County. Eric Stults and Tony Abreu keyed a 6-1 Las Vegas win. Jacksonville scored five times in the eighth to beat Carolina 6-3 and Inland Empire lost a 13-inning slugfest at Modesto.

Stults, Abreu Key 51s-- Lefthander Eric Stults pitched six strong innings and second baseman Tony Abreu went 4-for-5 to lead Las Vegas to a 6-1 victory at Portland.

Stults (3-4) allowed one run on five hits while striking out a season-high seven batters after rebounding from his previous start in which he allowed a dozen hits and eight earned runs in just over five innings.

Eric Hull took over for Stults in the seventh and added two scoreless innings before Matt White closed it out with a scoreless ninth.

Shortstop Sergio Garcia slugged a leadoff homer in the second and singled, boosting his average to .321. Abreu lined an RBI triple four batters after Garcia's homer to put the 51s, now 19-21, in front 3-0. Delwyn Young added in two hits and two RBIs.

It was the third four-hit game of the season for Abreu, who went 5-for-5 on April 10 at Colorado Springs. He's fifth in the Pacific Coast League in batting at .360.

Las Vegas has won the first two games of the four-game series that continues tonight.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	120 200 100-6
Portland	000 100 000-1

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  0  4  1  .360
Kemp cf        	5  1  0  0  .284
Loney 1b	4  1  1  0  .258
Young lf	5  0  2  2  .290
Bigbie rf	5  0  1  0  .375
Garcia ss	5  2  2  1  .321
Maza 3b	        4  2  0  0  .308
Stinnett c	4  0  0  1  .205
Stults p	3  0  0  1  .000
Hull p        	1  0  0  0  .000
White p	        0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	41 6 10 6
   Portland	30 1  6 1

 Errors- Stinnett (2). 2B Garcia (7), Loney 
(12), Young (13). 3B- Abreu (5). HR- Garcia (3).
RBI- Young (23),Garcia (18), Abreu (12), 
Stinnett (9), Stults (1). SB- Kemp (4). 
DP- Garcia and Loney: Loney, Garcia and White. 
LOB- Las Vegas 10, Portland 6.

Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (3-4)	6.0  5  1-1  1  7  7.56
Hull        	2.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.59
White	        1.0  0  0-0  2  0  2.39
 T-2:50. Att- 4,039.
Pitchers Dominate 6-3 Win-- Jacksonville was held hitless for the first six innings by Carolina starter Gaby Hernandez and trailed 3-1, then hammered the Mudcats' bullpen for five runs in the seventh to win 6-3.

The Suns managed only five hits and Carolina was limited to three.

Jacksonville scored an unearned run off Hernandez in the third inning without a hit when Chin Lung Hu walked, stole second, advanced to third on a grounder and came home on a wild pitch.

But Hernandez, a 21-year-old right-hander, struck out six, walked a career-high seven and left leading 3-1 after facing only 25 batters and things looked dim for John Shoemaker's Suns.

Then in the last of the eighth, Jacksonville sent nine men to the plate. Marshall McDougall and A.J. Ellis belted two-run doubles before Wilkin Ruan capped the rally with an RBI single. It was the fourth time the Suns have come back to win a game when trailing after seven innings.

The Suns starter Eric Cyr was almost as good as Hernandez, limiting Carolina to two runs -- one earned -- on one hit and a walk in 6.1 innings. He struck out five and left the game trailing 2-1.

Suns reliever Jon Meloan (4-2) picked up the win, despite allowing a run on one hit and a pair of walks while fanning one in 1.2 innings. Wesley Wright struck out two in the ninth for his second save.
 Score by Innings
Carolina	000 000 300-3
Jacksonville	001 000 05x-6

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Hu ss        	3  1  0  0  .354
Garcia 2b	4  1  1  0  .210
 Wright p	0  0  0  0  .000
Paul cf        	4  1  1  0  .289
Dunlap 1b	1  0  0  0  .271
 Nicholson 2b	0  1  0  0  .091
McDougall 3b	3  1  1  2  .247
Raglani lf	3  0  0  0  .244
 Meloan p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lindsey ph-1b	0  1  0  0  .255
Ellis c        	3  0  1  2  .180
Rohan rf        3  0  0  0  .133
Cyr p        	2  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan lf        2  0  1  1  .266
   Totals	28 6 4 5
   Carolina 	29 3 3 3

 Error- Hu (6). 2B- McDougall (10), Ellis 
(5). RBI- McDougall (23), Ellis (5), Ruan 
(10). SB- Hu (7). CS- Ellis (2). S- Gonzalez.  
LOB- Jacksonville 8, Carolina 8.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cyr        	6.1  1  2-1  1  5  2.41
Meloan (4-2)	1.2  1  1-1  2  1  3.72
Wright (sv 2)	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.50
 HB- Meloan. T- 2:52. Att- 8,561.
Sixers Lose Wild Game in 13-- Inland Empire and Modesto combined for 27 hits and 17 runs in a four-hour, 23 minute slugfest that saw a single with the bases loaded give Modesto a 9-8 decision.

The Sixers jumped into a 3-0 lead in the second after Russell Mitchell doubled in a run in the first and Blake DeWitt's RBI single and a walk to Lucas May allowed a pair of runs in the second.

Modesto tied the game in the fifth off starter Jesus Castillo but Inland scored once in the sixth when May singled home James Tomlin, who had doubled.

Modesto then whacked Matt Gomez de Segura and and Davis Pfeiffer for a pair of runs each to move in front 7-4. The Sixers rallied again, scoring in the seventh on singles by Shane Justis and Ivan De Jesus, and a force at second base on a ground ball by Gabe Gutierrez.

Then Inland scored three times in the eighth on a three-run blast by Jamie Hoffman and Ramon Troncoso came in to close things out -- but an error and a two-out single tied the game yet again.

Jordan Pratt (2-2) rescued Troncoso, then worked three solid innings before he hit a Modesto batter, walked two to load the sacks, then allowed a single to center that drove in the winning run.

The Sixers left runners on base in each of the final four innings and the two teams left 27 runners on during the evening.

De Jesus had a pair of singles and two doubles; Justis and May each singled twice and Mitchell, who knocked in four runs, and Tomlin singled and doubled as Inland Empire out-hit Modesto 15-12.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	120 001 130  000 0-8
Modesto	        020 014 001  000 1-9

  Sixers 	  ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffman rf	  5  1  0  0  .317
Rogowski lf	  4  0  0  0  .237
 Godwin ph-lf	  2  0  0  0  .223
May dh        	  5  2  2  2  .261
Mitchell 1b	  7  1  2  4  .312
Denker 2b	  2  0  1  0  .350
 Justis ph-2b	  5  1  2  0  .351
De Jesus ss	  5  1  4  0  .250
DeWitt 3b	  7  1  1  1  .217
Gutierrez c	  6  0  1  1  .213
Tomlin cf	  5  1  2  0  .340
    Totals	 53 8 15 8
    Modesto	 46 9 12 9

 Error- Mitchell (2). 2B- Mitchell (15), DeJesus 
(8), Tomlin (3). HR- Mitchell (5). RBI- 4 Mitchell 
(23), DeWitt (15), May (36), Gutierrez (5). 
DP- (2) DeJesus and Mitchell: DeJesus, Justis 
and Mitchell. LOB- Inland Empire 14, Modesto 13.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo	5.0  7  3-3  2  1   4.23
Gomez        	0.2  0  2-2  3  1   7.58
Pfeiffer 	1.1  2  2-2  1  0  14.29
Troncoso	2.0  1  1-0  0  3   1.04
Pratt (2-2)	3.1  2  1-1  4  4   2.70
 HB- Castillo, (2) Pratt. T- 4:23. Att- 3,890.
Peterson Boosts Loons-- James Peterson, the Dodgers' 11th round draft pick in 2003, banged out three hits, including a homer, in his first professional game since 2004, helped Great Lakes to a 9-2 win over Kane County. Francisco Lizarraga and Eduardo Perez also homered.

The Loons scored first in the top of the first on an RBI single by Matt Berezay, then trailing 2-1 in the third inning Lizarraga tied the game with his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left field.

Josh Bell's RBI double scored Perez and gave the Loons a 3-2 lead in the sixth.  The Loons led 6-2 in the top of the ninth, when Peterson hit a long home run to deep center field with Matt Berezay on base to give the Loons an 8-2 advantage.  Perez followed with a homer to left, his fourth of the season.  It was the first time in franchise history the Loons hit back-to-back home runs.

Cody White (3-4) started for the Loons and pitched five innings, allowing two runs (one earned).  Jesus Rodriguez pitched three scoreless innings in relief.  Garrett White recorded the final three outs.

Perez reached base all five times he came to the plate and had three hits and scored three runs. Lizarraga also added three hits and was a triple shy of the cycle.

But was the feel-good story of Peterson that carried the day. He was featured on this site by minor league editor Bill Shelly two weeks ago and his story could be retold for years to come if the young man's potential is realized.

Peterson was second on the all-time high school home run list in Iowa but, he hit .373 with 24 homers, 22 doubles, 61 runs batted in and 78 RBi in 59 games for the Indian Hills JC who earned a trip to the Junior College World Series. A bad knee hampered him and the Dodgers were able to gobble him up in the 11th round of the 2003 draft, knowing he wouldn't be able to play that year.

After an operation on the knee and extensive rehab, he slugged six homers in the Gulf Coast League in 2004 and recorded a .296 average. Then he broke his hand.

He was playing at Columbus in 2005 and because of the hand, his average slid to .243 with just a pair of homers so on May 22, he told the front office he was retiring. He went back to junior college where his hand finally healed.

He called the Dodgers over the winter to ask for a second chance, the answer was a delighted "yes" and he has been playing in extended camp games and hitting the ball so well he was finally put on the Great Lakes roster and his explosive debut delighted everyone.

The Loons and Cougars series continues tonight at Geneva. 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	101 002 203-9
Kane County	020 000 000-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt cf        	4  1  1  1  .291
Lizarraga ss	4  1  3  1  .316
Berezay dh	4  1  1  1  .233
Peterson lf	5  1  3  2  .600
Perez 1b	3  3  3  1  .280
Bell 3b        	4  1  1  1  .229
Mattingly 2b	5  0  1  2  .185
Van Slyke rf	4  1  0  0  .247
Apodaca c	3  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	36 9 13 9
   Kane County	37 2 11 1

 Error- Peterson (1). 2b- Lizarraga (4), Bell (4). 
HR- Lizarraga (1), Peterson (1), Perez (4). 
RBI- Berezay (16), Lizarraga (8), Bell (15), Hunt 
(7), Mattingly (11), Peterson (2), Perez (14). 
SB- Bell (2), Perez (2), Mattingly (5). 
CS- Lizarraga (1). DP- Mattingly, Lizarraga 
and Perez. S- Lizarraga. HBP- Berezay.  
LOB- Great Lakes 8, Kane County 10.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
CWhite (3-4)	5.0  8  2-1  1  4  2.83
Rodriguez	3.0  3  0-0  0  2  1.38
GWhite	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  2.55
 Balk- CWhite. T- 3:00. Att- 6,379.

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