Stults Solid in Relief as Vegas Wins

Reliever Eric Stults worked five shutout innings to earn the win as Las Vegas beat Tacoma 6-0. Jacksonville fell 16-11 behind an 18-hit Tennessee attack and Lancaster scored 16 runs for the second night in a row and dropped Inland Empire 16-11. Great Lakes fell behind early and never caught up, losing 4-2 to Burlington.

Stults Solid in Win-- Eric Stults took over after Hong-Chih Kuo, down from Los Angeles to get back into the starting mode, and completed the shutout of Tacoma, earning the win when the 51s ran five runs across the plate in the seventh inning to break a 0-0 tie.

The Rainiers helped considerably in the big inning, committing a pair of costly errors before catcher Ken Huckaby whacked a two-run single. Luis Maza bunted into a double play but Las Vegas received three more runs on second baseman Sergio Garcia's three run homer, his fourth of the year.

Huckaby came through again in the eighth inning with an RBI double.

Kuo allowing four hits in four innings. The 25-year-old left-hander, whose last two Pacific Coast League appearances had been out of the bullpen, lowered his ERA to 2.35.

Stults (4-4) took over in the fifth and was near perfect, giving up just a single hit and striking out six to complete the shutout.

Outfielders Delwyn Young and Matt Kemp chipped in two hits and scored twice for the 51s who improved to 22-23.

The 51s wrap up their series with Tacoma today, then open a four-game series Friday at home against Portland.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas 	000 000 510-6
Tacoma 	        000 000 000-0

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Garcia 2b	5  1  1  3  .312
Bigbie rf	4  0  1  0  .366
Kemp dh         5  0  2  0  .271
Jones 1b	4  1  0  0  .261
Young lf	4  2  2  0  .293
Freeman cf	3  0  1  0  .264
Huckaby c	4  0  2  3  .338
Maza 3b	        4  1  1  0  .361
TPerez ss	4  1  1  0  .224
   Totals	37 6 11 6
   Tacoma	29 0  5 0

  2B- Young (16), Kemp (10), Huckaby 
(4).  HR- Garcia (4). RBI- Huckaby 3 
(20), Garcia 3 (23). S- Freeman. LOB- 
Las Vegas 9, Tacoma 4. DP- Maza, 
Garcia and Jones.

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kuo         	4.0  4  0-0  1  4  2.35
Stilts (4-4)	5.0  1  0-0  1  6  6.75
 T- 2:36. Att- 2,626.
Jacksonville Outslugged-- Jacksonville found itself down 14-0 after four innings and outscored Tennessee 11-2 over the final five innings but still lost a wild, 16-11 contest. The Suns slipped to 25-21 with the loss.

Starter Justin Orenduff (0-1) lasted just 2.2 innings and was tagged with nine hits and seven runs -- only three earned. Brian Akin fared no better, giving up eight runs in 2.1 innings. Mark Alexander and infielder Jimmy Rohan finished up on the mound as the quartet surrendered 18 hits during the long evening.

Pinch-hitter Octavio Martinez smacked a three-run homer in the eighth, his first of the year, and outfielder Anthony Raglani belted a two-run homer (#8) and scored three times for the Suns. Third baseman Marshall McDougall added a solo home run (#8), and added two RBIs and two runs.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 022 061-11
Tennessee	115 711 00x-16

 Jacksonville	ab h  r  bi  ave
Hu ss        	2  0  0  0  .344
Nicholson ph-rf	2  0  1  1  .130
Gonzalez 2b	5  0  0  0  .208
Paul cf        	2  0  1  0  .278
Lindsey lf	3  2  2  0  .270
Dunlap 1b	3  1  0  0  .269
McDougall 3b-ss	5  2  2  2  .257
Raglani lf-cf	2  3  1  2  .246
Ellis c        	3  1  0  1  .163
Rohan rf-ss-p	3  1  1  1  .185
Orenduff p	1  0  0  0  .000
Akin p         	1  0  0  0  .000
Alexander p	1  0  0  0  .000
Martinez ph 3b	1  1  1  3  .200
   Totals	34 11  9 10
   Tennessee	42 16 18 16

 Error Paul (2). 2B- Lindsey (4). 
HR- Raglan (8), Martinez (1), McDougall 
(8). RBI- Nicholson (3), Raglani 2 (28),  
McDougall 2 (28), Ellis (11), Rohan (3), 
Martinez 3 (3). LOB- Jacksonville 5, 
Tennessee 13.

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff (0-1)	2.2  6  7-3  2  0  3.21
Akin         	2.1  7  8-8  4  2  7.62
Alexander 	2.0  2  1-1  2  4  7.71
Rohan         	1.0  0  0-0  1  2  0.00
 WP- Orenduff. HB- Orenduff. HBP- Ellis. 
T- 3:14. Att- 3,082.
Sixers Rally Falls Short-- Like a pair of heavyweight fighters, Inland Empire and Lancaster thumped each other from the opening bell, and despite a six-run first inning, the Sixers slowly pulled up on the JetHawks before a seven-run eighth KO'ed their chances and the lost a 16-11 decision and fell behind 2-0 in the series.

The two losses in succession broke a first place tie with the JetHawks in the Cal League Southern Division and put Inland Empire two games behind Lancaster.

The 66ers scored all nine of their runs in the first five innings but couldn't overcome a 19-hit Lancaster attack. Third baseman Blake DeWitt had four base hits for the first time this season.

Alberto Bastardo (0-2) made his return from the disabled list and gave up seven runs on nine hits in two innings. Cory Wade had a good night, working five innings and allowing two runs while fanning six. Jacobo Meque was battered for six of the seven runs in the eighth.

DeWitt singled four times, scored a run and knocked in one. Outfielder Jamie Hoffman added three hits and knocked in a pair. Shortstop Ivan De Jesus and outfielder Ryan Rogowski each collected a pair of hits and Rogowski had a run batted in.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	131 210 000- 8
Lancaster	612 000 00x-16

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf       3  1  1  2  .322
DeWitt 3b       5  1  4  1  .236
Hoffman rf	4  1  3  2  .322
Mitchell 1b	5  0  1  0  .320
Denker 2b	4  0  1  1  .351
DeJesus ss	5  2  2  0  .238
Rogowski dh	5  1  2  1  .250
Gutierrez c	3  1  0  1  .200
Godwin lf	4  1  0  0  .229
   Totals	38  8 14  8
   Lancaster	42 16 19 16

 Error- Mitchell (3). 2B- Tomlin (5). 
RBI- Hoffman 2 (31), Guiterrez (6), 
Tomlin 2 (7), Denker (21), DeWitt (16), 
Rogowski (13). SF- Hoffman. LOB- Inland 
Empire 8, Lancaster 9. SB- Rogowski (14), 
Denker (3), Hoffman (7). CS- DeWitt (2). 
DP- Dewitt, Denker and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (0-2) 	2.0  9  7-7  1  2  16.43
Wade         	5.0  6  2-2  0  6   2.37
Meque        	0.0  2  6-6  4  0   8.83
Pfeiffer	1.0  2  1-1  0  2  12.46
 HB- Wade, Pfeiffer. T- 3:27. Att 1,094.
Loons Edged 4-2-- Cody White (3-5), looking for his fourth consecutive win, gave up three runs --two earned-- in five innings and was tagged instead with his fifth loss as the Loons dropped the third game of a four-game series to Burlington by a final score of 4-2.  

  The Loons drew first blood in the first when outfielder Trayvon Robinson led off with a single, moved to third on an error and scored on outfielder Bridger Hunt's single.  

The Bees nailed White for two in the second on a single and an error by Robinson, then added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings, taking a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning.  

Second baseman Adolfo Gonzalez singled and outfielder Scott Van Slyke lived on an error to open the ninth and moved up on a ground out. Gonzalez scored on Robinson's ground ball and Robinson was ejected for protesting from the dugout that he was safe at first on the play. Hunt bounced out to end the game.  

Third baseman Josh Bell extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the sixth.   

With the loss, the Loons fall to 19-25. Lefty Clayton Kershaw takes the mound tonight in the series finale. 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	100 000 001-2
Burlington	020 010 10x+4

Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  1  2  1  .252
Hunt lf        	5  0  1  1  .296
Lizarraga ss	4  0  0  0  .302
Peterson 1b	3  0  1  0  .381
EPerez dh       4  0  2  0  .297
Bell 3b        	3  0  1  0  .248
AGonzalez 2b	4  1  1  0  .353
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  0  .262
Apodaca c	4  0  0  0  .042
   Totals	31 2  9 2
   Burlington	32 4 10 3

 Error- Robinson (3), Lizarrage (6).  
2B- Van Slyke (8), Peterson (3). RBI- 
Hunt (11), Robinson (16). LOB- Great 
Lakes 6, Burlington 8. CS- Lizarraga (2). 
DP- Lizarraga, Gonzalez and Peterson; 
White and Gonzalez.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so era
White (3-5)	5.0  7  3-2  2  2   2.91
German 	        2.0  3  1-1  0  1  13.50
Sanfler	        1.0  0  0-0  2  1   1.78
 WP- White. T- 2:31. Att- 566.

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