Gonzalez's Four Hits Boosts Loons to 7-4 Win

Tony Abreu led off with a homer but Las Vegas lost 8-3. Jacksonville came back -- again -- to beat Carolina 4-2 on late RBIs from Marshall McDougall and A.J. Ellis. Great Lakes got a strong start from Arismendy Castillo and four hits from Adolpho Gonzalez to top Burlington 7-4. Inland Empire took the day off.

Las Vegas Pitching Woes Continue-- William Juarez (0-1), making his first appearance since being promoted from Double-A Jacksonville to help the struggling 51s pitching staff, was battered by Tacoma 8-3. The 26-year-old allowed six runs on eight hits over 3.1 innings and took the loss.

Vegas ranks 14th in the Pacific Coast League out of 16 teams, with a 5.15 earned run average and are last in walks allowed.

Las Vegas held a slim, 2-1 lead before a homer and an RBI double put the Rainers in front. They added four in the fourth inning, knocking Juarez out of the game.

B.J. LaMura and Greg Miller each surrendered a run in relief and Eric Hull and Matt White closed things out wit a scoreless inning each.

Leadoff man Tony Abreu opened the game with a solo homer, his second of the season. Matt Kemp and Sergio Garcia batted in the 51s' other runs. Choo Freeman had two hits as Las Vegas slipped to 20-23.

The teams continue their four-game series today at at Tacoma and the 51s return home Friday to start a four-game series against Portland.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	101 001 000-3
Tacoma	        102 401 00x-8

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 3b	5  1  1  1  .347
Loney 1b	4  0  1  0  .255
Kemp rf	        3  1  1  1  .265
Jones lf	3  0  0  0  .269
Young dh	4  0  0  0  .284
Garcia 2b	4  0  1  1  .319
Freeman cf	4  0  2  0  .265
Stinnett c	4  0  1  0  .216
TPerez ss	4  1  1  0  .227
   Totals	35 3  8 2
   Tacoma	33 8 11 8

Error- Perez (7). 2B- Perez (7). HR- Abreu 
(2). RBI- Abreu (13), Kemp (14), Garcia (19). 
DP- Loney, Perez and Loney; Perez, Garica 
and Loney. LOB- Las Vegas 7, Tacoma 7.

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Juarez (0-1)	3.1  8  6-6  2  3  16.20
LaMura	        1.2  2  1-1  0  2   5.00
Miller	        1.0  1  1-1  3  1   5.74
Hull	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1   2.49
White	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0   2.30
 T- 2:37. Att- 2,928.
Late Heroics Spark Suns-- Marshall McDougall and A. J. Ellis knocked in eighth inning runs to boost Jacksonville past Carolina, 4-3, coming from behind for the fourth time in five games against the Mudcats.

Trailing, 3-2, Juan Gonzalez and Cory Dunlap walked to open the eighth and Chin Lung Hu pinch-ran for Dunlap. McDougall singled to right to score Gonzalez, and Ellis banged a sacrifice fly to score Hu with the eventual winning run. Twenty-eight-year-old third baseman, finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Pressed into action as a starter, Zachary Hammes allowed one run on five hits over three innings, fanning three and walking one. Ramon Troncoso surrendered a pair of runs and Ricky Wright pitched two perfect innings, then gave way to reliever Jonathon Meloan (5-2), who also threw two hitless innings while striking out four, and earned the win.

The win kept the Suns (25-20) within striking distance of first-place Mississippi in the Southern League's South Division. The Suns now take off on a 10-game road trip, opening a five-game series vs. Tennessee on Wednesday followed by five games at Birmingham, Ala., starting Memorial Day. They won't return to the Baseball Grounds until June 2, when they open a 10-game homestand against Mobile.
 Score by Innings
Carolina	100 020 000-3
Jacksonville	101 000 02x-4

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	3  1  0  0  .273
JGonzalez ss	2  1  1  0  .222
Raglani lf	4  1  1  0  .243
Dunlap 1b	3  0  1  1  .276
 Hu pr        	0  1  0  0  .348
 Lindsey 1b	0  0  0  0  .259
McDougall 3b	3  0  2  2  .253
Ellis c        	3  0  0  1  .168
Nicholson 2b	3  0  0  0  .095
Rohan rf	4  0  0  0  .167
Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Troncoso p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Wright p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph	1  0  0  0  .271
 Meloan p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	33 4 5 4
   Carolina	33 3 9 3

 2B- McDougall (11). SF- Ellis. RBI- Dunlap 
(14), McDougall (26), Ellis (10). SB- Gonzalez 
(1), Paul (7). CS- Gonzalez (1). DP- (2) Paul and 
Dunlap; McDougall, Nicholson and Dunlap. 
LOB- Jacksonville 7, Carolina 7.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Hammes 	        3.0  5  1-1  1  3  3.09
Troncoso	2.0  4  2-2  0  2  9.00
Wright	        2.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.15
Meloan (5-2)	2.0  0  0-0  2  4  3.38
 HBP- by Meloan. T-2:40. Att- 1,885.
Inland Empire-- open date.

Gonzalez Leads the Way-- Adolpho Gonzalez banged out four hits in four trips to the plate, knocking in a pair of runs, and boosting his average to .381 and helped Great Lakes win their third time in four games, by a score of 7-4 over Burlington. Gonzalez's four-hit game was his second in the month of May and now has eight hits in his last 10 at bats. Gonzalez's seven total bases also ties a franchise record.?

?The Loons jumped out to a 4-0 lead, then scored runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to hold off the Cougars. In the eighth, newly-added catcher Juan Apodaca made his first base hit as a Loons an important one with a solo home run to right center field.

The Loons' stole a team-record six bases and Eduardo Perez had an individual team-record three. Trayvon Robinson added a pair. 

Arismendy Castillo (1-1) started for the Loons and pitched six solid innings allowing seven hits and a single run, while striking out two. He got the win; he is now 1-1. Jesus Rodriguez worked two innings but allowed five hits and three runs. Miguel Ramirez pitched a scoreless ninth and picked up his second save.

The Loons improved to 18-24 and will meet Burlington again tonight.
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	100 030 111-7
Burlington	000 001 120-4

 Great Lakes	 ab r  h  bi ave
Robinson cf	4  2  2  0  .240
Hunt lf        	4  2  1  0  .300
Lizarraga ss	4  1  2  2  .308
EPerez 1b	3  1  2  2  .295
AGonzalez 3b	4  0  4  2  .381
Berezay dh	3  0  0  0  .220
Mattingly 2b	5  0  0  0  .179
Van Slyke rf	3  0  0  0  .240
Apodaca c	4  1  1  1  .059
   Totals	34 7 12 7
   Burlington	38 4 13 4

 2B- Gonzalez (3), Lizarraga (6),. 3B- Gonzalez 
(1). HR- Apodaca (1).RBI- Perez (16), Lizarraga 
(10), Gonzalez (8), Apodaca (1). S- Lizarraga. 
SF- Gonzalez. LOB- Great Lakes 10, Burlington 10. 
SB- Perez 3 (6), Robinson 2 (10), Gonzalez (1). 
DP- Lizarraga, Mattingly and Perez.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (1-1)	6.0  7  1-1  1  2  3.94
Rodriguez 	2.0  5  3-3  0  2  2.25
Ramirez (sv 2)	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  1.08
 HBP- Everett by Castillo. T- 2:35. Att- 1,002.

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