Offensive Explosion Sweeps Three to Victory

Jacksonville slapped a 10-3 loss on Birmingham as Xavier Paul and Anthony Raglani had home runs; Inland Empire whacked Rancho Cucamonga 9-4, helped by Blake DeWitt's round-tripper and Great Lakes outlasted Lansing 8-3 as Josh Bell collected three more hits. Hong-Chih Kuo was hit hard and Portland topped Las Vegas 11-7.

Unlucky Seven Beats 51s-- Hong-Chih Kuo (0-1), sent to Las Vegas to stretch into a starter, worked 4.2 innings but was whacked by Portland for six hits and five runs, four earned, as the 51s dropped an 11-7 decision.

A seven-run fifth inning put the game nearly out of reach, although Vegas fought back to close to within four runs with a two-run ninth inning as Portland took three in the four-game series.

Eric Stults yielded six runs on eight hits while fanning two and walking two in 3.1 innings.

The two teams combined for 30 hits during the afternoon, with Matt Kemp missing a cycle by a home run and scoring three runs. Sergio Garcia had three hits and Wilson Valdez, in his first game for Las Vegas, singled three times and Delwyn Young drove in three runs to runs. Larry Bigbie banged his third homer of the season and Mark Jones knocked in his 48th run.
 Score by innings
Portland	000 170 030-11
Las Vegas	020 100 002- 7

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	5  0  3  2  .600
Loney 1b	5  1  2  0  .277
Kemp cf	        4  3  3  0  .315
Jones 3b	5  0  1  1  .299
Young lf	4  0  1  3  .285
Bigbie rf	5  2  1  1  .356
Garcia 2b	4  1  3  0  .322
Kuo p	        2  0  0  0  .000
 Stults p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Freeman ph	1  0  0  0  .267
 Eckert p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	40  7 15  7
   Portland	40 11 15 10

 Error- Bigbie (1). 2B- Kemp 2 (13),. 3B- Kemp
(3). Hr- Bigbie (3). RBI- Valdez 2 (2), Bigbie
(13), Jones (48), Young 3 (28). SB Valdez (1). 
SF- Young. S- Stults. LOB- Las Vegas 8, Portland
7. 

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kuo (0-1)	4.2  6  5-4  2  5  3.60
Stults 	        3.1  8  6-6  2  1  7.38
Eckert	        1.0  1  0-0  1  0  27.00
 T- 3:04. Att- 3,025.
Five-Run Second Helps Suns-- Xavier Paul hit a solo home run and A.J. Ellis lined an RBI triple to spark a five-run second inning as Jacksonville, sparked a five-run second, went on to win 10-3 at Birmingham.

Starter Justin Orenduff (1-1) gave up one run on two hits while walking two and striking out seven over five innings while winning his first game. Wesley Wright worked a couple innings and allowed two runs, then Jon Meloan shut things down, fanning two.

The Suns banged out 14 hits, with six different players collecting two each. Xavier Paul (elevated to the leadoff slot), Anthony Raglani (plus homer #9), John Lindsey, Jesus Gonzalez and Jimmy Rohan (two RBI) all joined the group. Six had an RBI in the win.

Jacksonville moved to 28-23 with the win and will send left-hander Eric Cyr (4-1, 2.47) against the Baron's Adam Russell (5-3, 3.32) tonight.
 Score by innings
Jacksonville	151 010 002-10
Birmingham	010 000 020- 3

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf	        5  2  2  2  .279
Nicholson 2b	4  1  0  0  .158
Raglani lf	4  1  2  2  .250
Lindsey 1b	5  0  2  0  .290
McDougall 3b	4  1  1  1  .261
JGonzalez 2b	4  2  2  1  .259
Ellis c	        4  2  2  1  .182
Rohan rf	4  0  2  2  .182
Hu ss	        4  1  1  0  .339
   Totals	38 10 14 9
   Birmingham	36  3  7 3

 2B- Hu (19). 3B- Ellis (1). HR- Paul (5), 
Raglani (9). RBI- Paul 2 (27), Ellis (13),
Rohan 2 (7), Raglani 2 (30), Lindsey (30).
SF- Rohan. LOB- Jacksonville 7, Birmingham
6. DP- Nicholson, JGonzalez and Lindsey.

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-err bb so  era
Orenduff (1-0)	5.0  2  1-1  2  7  .300
Wright	        2.2  5  2-2  2  3  4.35
Meloan	        1.1  0  0-0  0  2  3.00
 WP- Orenduff. Att- 2:57. Att- 2.171
Sixty Sixers Dump Quakes-- Starter Alberto Bastardo tossed six strong innings and enjoyed a record nine runs as Inland Empire KO'ed Rancho Cucamonga 9-4 at Credit Union Park.

It was the highest total scored in a home game this season.

Shortstop Ivan De Jesus, catcher Luke May and outfielder Adam Godwin had two hits to lead the Sixers 12-hit attack and they moved above .500 and into a share of second place in the California League's South Division race.

The Quakes dropped their seven straight on the road.

Trailing 1-0 into the last of the fifth, Inland Empire scored seven times to make life good for Bastardo, who left the game after six, leading 9-2.

Francisco Felix, Matt Gomez de Segura and Jacobo Meque closed the win out, with Gomez allowing a single earned run.

The Sixers blew the game open in the fifth.

With one, Adam Godwin singled and moved to third when a pickoff attempt ended up in the Quakes' bullpen. Ryan Rogowski walked and a second pickoff throw went into the bullpen, scoring Godwin and moving Rogowski to second. Blake DeWitt ended all that nonsense with a homer to right.

De Jesus singled and with two out, consecutive singles by May, Russell Mitchell and Travis Denker,. plus a two-run double by James Tomlin in his second time around, increased the Sixer lead to 7-1.

The Quakes got a run back on an error before a single by De Jesus and consecutive doubles by Hoffmann and May got that run back plus another.

66 Notes-- Dodger pitcher Jason Schmidt will make his first rehab start with the Sixers on Wednesday. Schmidt has been on the major league disabled list since April 15 due to inflammation of the bursa sac in his pitching elbow. ... Sixers hitting instructor and first-base coach Steve Yeager returned to the team on Monday, three weeks after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident. The seven-run inning by the Sixers was their biggest this season and the largest single inning dating back to last June against Lancaster. The previous high inning this season was five, accomplished twice. ... The Sixers will send Jesus Castillo (2-3, 3.91) to the mound tonight.
 Score by Innings
Rancho Cucamonga 	010 001 020-4
Inland Empire	        000 072 00x-9

 Inland Empire 	ab r  h  bi ave
DeWitt 3b	4  1  2  2  .260
 Justis 3b	1  0  0  0  .300
De Jesus ss	4  2  2  0  .258
Hoffman lf	4  1  1  1  .319
May c        	3  1  2  1  .264
 Harper c	0  0  0  0  .239
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  1  .302
Denker 2b	3  1  1  1  .354
Tomlin cf	4  0  1  2  .292
Godwin rf	4  1  2  0  .231
Rogowski dh	3  1  0  0  .250
   Totals	34 4 12 8
   RCucamonga	32 9  4 4

 Error- Denker (4), Gomez (1). 2B- Tomlin 
(6), Hoffman (12), May (11). HR- DeWitt (4). 
RBI- DeWitt 2 (19), Mitchell (27), Tomlin 2 
(10), Hoffman (36), May (41). LOB-  Inland 
Empire 6, Rancho Cucamonga 5. CS- Godwin (3).

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (1-2)	6.0  4  2-1  0  5   9.88
Felix	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1   5.56
Gomez	        1.0  0  2-1  2  2  10.32
Meque 	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2   7.65
 BALK- Gomez. T- 2:32. Att- 2,045.
Loons Put the "Smack Down" on Lansing by Cory Hillman.
After losing a ball in the sun that resulted in a bases clearing double for the Lansing Lugnuts on Sunday afternoon, center fielder Trayvon Robinson only had one thing to say.

"I felt like jumping on the freeway," he said.

The key word is "redemption" and Robinson's return performance yesterday made many fans think, "We are not worthy." But even if they did not, they had reason to give Trayvon all the props in the universe on Sunday.

With the scored tied 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, Trayvon sliced a single just past the third baseman, driving in both Josh Bell and Justin Fuller, allowing the Loons to take the lead. Great Lakes would add two more in the sixth, aided by a two-run single by Scott Van Slyke.

In the end, Trayvon Robinson ended the game with three hits while Bell continued his onslaught as a tattoo artist with two doubles and a single, extending his hit streak to 14 games, a franchise record.

Cody White (4-5) got the victory but was the victim of one bad inning in the fifth when he surrendered a three run home run. Lansing threatened with two more runs in the eighth off reliever Michael Gardner but Miguel Ramirez, who has been the man in the bullpen all season, would shut the door in the ninth, finishing the Loons 8-6 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts.

"It's fun to win," Parrish said after the game, "even if it's not always a pretty game. That's the name of the game."

Responding to Trayvon Robinson's three hit performance, Parrish remarked, "The great thing about it is that he did it from the left side."

Robinson, naturally a right handed hitter, has only recently begun swinging from both sides of the plate. The newness of it all has probably contributed to his high strikeout total.

"They just threw it at me that ‘you are going to switch hit' when I got signed," Robinson laughed. "At one point, I wanted to say that ‘this is not working for me.'"

The Loons continue their home stand tonight against Dayton for a four game series at Dow Diamond. Clayton Kershaw (4-2) is expected to start the first game against the leaders in the Midwest League's Eastern Division.
 Score by Innings
Lansing 	001 030 020-6
Great Lakes	010 322 00x-8

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  1  3  2  .263
Hunt lf        	5  0  1  2  .279
Berezay dh	5  0  0  0  .234
Perez 1B	5  1  3  0  .294
Bell 3b        	4  3  3  0  .280
Van Slyke rf	5  0  2  2  .275
Mattingly 2b	4  1  1  0  .209
Fuller ss	3  2  2  0  .239
Apodaca c	2  0  1  1  .114
   Totals	38 8 16 7
   Lansing	34 6  8 6

 Error- Bell 2 (19). 2B- Bell 2 (9). 
RBI- Apodaca (2), Hunt 2 (13), Robinson 
2 (19), Van Slyke 2 (10). S- Apodaca. 
LOB- Great Lakes 11, Lansing 7. SB- Hunt 
(5), Robinson (11). CS- Perez (1), 
Robinson (2). DP- 3 Mattingly and Fuller; 
Perez, Fuller and Gardner,; Fuller, 
Mattingly and Perez.

 Great Lakes 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
White (4-5)     5.0  6  4-4  4  5  3.33
Gardner 	2.2  2  2-2  1  1  6.19
Ramirez (sv 3)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.95
 HBP- Apodaca. T- 2:50. Att- 4,540.
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