Great Pitching, Big Hits Highlight Games

Clayton Kershaw allowed one hit for the Loons in a 3-1 win, the Sixers were no-hit for 10 innings and lose 7-4 in 12, Vegas won 4-3 on a Choo Freeman double and Jacksonville won 5-3 on five in the ninth when Cory Dunlap doubled with the bases loaded.

Freeman's RBI Double boosts 51s-- Choo Freeman broke a 3-3 with an RBI double in the ninth inning to boost Las Vegas to a 4-3 win at Nashville. He followed Larry Bigbie's one-out double with a shot to center field and reliever Matt Riley (1-0) won (and saved) his own game with a 1-2-3 ninth, including a pair of strikeouts.

Starter D.J. Houlton allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts in 6.1 innings. He allowed a solo home run in the first inning and another run in the second.

The 51s scored in the top of the second inning when Mitch Jones walked and went to third on a single by Delwyn Young. Young was picked off first but Larry Bigbie's ground ball tied the game 1-1.

Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Wilson Valdez and Sergio Garcia singled to open the inning. James Loney's RBI single knotted the game 2-2 and the 51s went in front when Mitch Jones bounced out to short.

Riley took over for Houlton in the seventh with a runner at second and one out. He allowed a single to tie the game.

Las Vegas managed only six hits, with Young claiming two of them, and improved to 24-27. The two teams meet in Nashville again tonight.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	010 002 001-4
Nashville	110 000 100-3

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	4  1  1  0  .444
Garcia 2b	4  1  1  0  .320
Loney 1b	4  0  1  1  .277
Jones 3b	3  1  0  1  .294
Young lf	4  0  2  0  .290
Bigbie rf	4  1  1  1  .352
Freeman cf	3  0  2  1  .277
Huckaby c	4  0  0  0  .304
Holton p	2  0  0  0  .250
 Riley p	1  0  0  0  .000
   Totals 	32 4 8 4
   Nashville	32 3 7 3

 2B- Young (17), Bigbie (11), Freeman (3).
RBI- Bigbie (14), Loney (32), Jones (49), 
Freeman (16).S- Holton. LOB- las Vegas 5, 
Nashville 5. PO- Young.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Holton	        6.1  6  3-3  2  6  3.05
Riley (1-0)	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  8.03
 T- 2:36. Att- 3,195.
Dunlap's Double Does It--First baseman Cory Dunlap slugged a three-run double in the ninth to key a five-run rally and erase a 3-0 Birmingham lead. Jacksonville starter Eric Cyr (5-1) allowed three runs on four hits and struck out five in his eight innings and with the ninth-inning rally, earned a win for the fifth time in his last seven starts.

Held to three hits and trailing 3-0, Xavier Paul and Chin Lung Hu opened the ninth with singles and after Alberto Concepcion popped out, John Lindsey was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Paul scored the first Suns' run on an error by the third baseman. Dunlap took advantage of that mistake and lined a long double to left field for three runs to give Jacksonville their first lead of the game, then came home with two out on Wilkin Ruan's single.

Jonathan Meloan tap-danced around a single and a walk to get a harmless fly ball and a strikeout to end the ninth for his seventh save.

Paul singled to lead off the game and Jacksonville didn't get another hit until the sixth. He finished the game with two of the seven Suns hits.

The Suns (29-23) have another go at the Barons tonight in Birmingham.?

Bragans to be Honored-- Jacksonville Suns chairman of the board Peter Bragan Sr. and his son, team president Peter Bragan Jr., will be among a number of Bragan family members who will be honored today at the annual Rickwood Classic in Birmingham, Ala.

Five Bragan brothers (Peter Sr., Walter, Lionel, Bobby and Frank) and one sister (Marion), who were all born and raised in Birmingham, will be in attendance at the game and will be recognized for the family's numerous contributions to minor-league baseball.

As part of the tradition of the Rickwood Classic, the teams will wear throwback jerseys. The Suns will wear replica jerseys of the 1967 New York Mets tonight, the same jerseys the Suns have been wearing for Saturday night home games this year. The Suns were the Triple-A affiliate of the Mets that year, a team that featured future major-league greats Nolan Ryan, Tug McGraw, Jerry Koosman and Amos Otis.
 Score by innings
Jacksonville        000 000 005-5
Birmingham	    001 002 000-3

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	4  1  2  0  .283
Hu ss        	4  1  1  0  .337
Raglani lf	3  0  0  0  .245
 Concepcion ph	1  0  0  0  .225
Lindsey dh	3  0  0  0  .284
 Nicholson pr	0  1  0  0  .158
McDougall 3b	4  1  0  0  .255
Dunlap 1b	4  1  1  3  .260
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  0  0  .252
Ellis c        	3  0  1  0  .185
Ruan rf        	4  0  2  1  .280
   Totals	33 5 7 4
   Brirmingham	31 3 5 3

 2B- Dunlap (5). RBI- Dunlap 3 (17), 
Ruan (11). S- Paul. LOB- Jacksonville 
5, Bimingham 4.

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cy (5-1)        8.0  4  3-3  1  5  2.58
Meloan (sv 7)	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.88
 HBP- Lindsey. T- 2:10. Att- 3,171.
Sixers Nearly No-Hit-- Inland Empire was held without a hit until the 11th inning and they battled Rancho Cucamonga into the 12th before the Quakes scored seven times. They then fought back with a four-run rally in the last of the inning and left the bases loaded before losing 7-4.

The Inland Empire loss put them in a tie for second place along with the Quakes and Lake Elsinore at 26-26. It also snapped the Quakes' eight-game winning streak.

Neither team could manage a hit until Cliff Remole singled to open the Quakes fifth inning as Anthony Ortega and Jesus Castillo mowed down the opposing batters with regularity.

DeWitt walked in the first and Russ Mitchell coaxed another free pass in the fifth. Jamie Hoffman drew a third walk in the seventh.

Castillo allowed only a pair of hits before leaving the game after seven innings. Cody Wade added three perfect innings to the books before Jesus Castillo took over in the 11th.

DeWitt lined the first pitch into right field for the only Sixers hit in the first 11 innings. Going into the 12th, Inland Empire had one hit, Rancho Cucamonga had three.

But then things changed dramatically.

The Quakes scored the game's first run on a single, sacrifice, single combination. Then a two-run homer put some distance between the two clubs and when the smoke cleared, the Quakes has scored seven times on Rodriguez.

Russ Mitchell led off the bottom of the inning by reaching on an error. Tony Harper collected the Sixers second hit of the game and James Tomlin the third, slamming a two-run double. Ryan Rogowski singled and with one out, Mike Rivera's sac fly accounted for the third run.

Ivan De Jesus walked and with two out, Jamie Hoffman singled to make it 7-4. Then when Lucas May walked, it put they lead run at the plate, giving the Sixers a feeling that a miracle might happen.

It didn't.

Mitchell, up for the second time in the inning, took a called third strike to end the wild game.

Today's 11 a.m. Education Day game will featured Dodger Jason Schmidt making his first rehabilitation start as he continues his recovery from right shoulder bursitis.
 Score by Innings
Rancho  Cucamonga	000 000 000 007-7
Inland Empire	        000 000 000 004-4

Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
DeWitt 3b       3  0  1  0  .261
 Rivera pr-3b	0  0  0  1  .286
De Jesus ss	4  0  0  0  .253
Hoffman rf	3  0  1  1  .319
May c        	5  0  0  0  .258
Mitchell 1b	5  1  0  0  .293
Harper dh	5  1  1  0  .237
Tomlin cf	5  1  1  2  .286
Rogowski lf	5  1  1  0  .248
Justis 2b	5  0  0  0  .280
   Totals 	40 4  5 3
   RCucamonga	45 7 11 6

 Error- Justis (4). 2B- Tomlin (7). 
RBI- Tomlin 2 (12), Rivera(4), Hoffmann 
(37). S- De Jesus. SF- Rivera. 
LOB- Inland Empire 10, Rancho Cucamonga 
6. SB- Rivera (2), Hoffman (9).

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo 	7.0  2  0-0  2  5   3.43
Wade         	3.0  0  0-0  0  2   2.11
Rodriguez (0-1)	2.0  9  7-7  1  2  31.50
 WP- Castillo, Rodriguez. T- 3:37. Att- 2,339.
Kershaw Tough in Win-- Clayton Kershaw pitched an eight-inning one-hitter, striking out seven, and recording his fifth win against a pair of losses as Great Lakes topped first-place Dayton 3-1.

The Loons scored three times despite pounding out 13 hits and left 14 runners on base. They stranded three in the fifth and two in each the second, third, fourth, sixth and eighth.

Preston Mattingly singled Josh Bell across in the second, Scott Van Slyke singled in James Peterson in the fifth and Bell's single in the eighth scored Adolfo Gonzalez.

But Kershaw took center stage, allowing a leadoff single in the second, then little else, save a walk and an error in the fourth, before leaving after eight innings.

The Dragons made things dicey in the ninth after Joe Jones came on in relief of Kershaw and allowed a walk and hit a batter before Juan Francisco's RBI single (his second hit and the only hits the Dragons managed) to make it 3-1.

Miguel Ramirez took over with a runner on third and the game-tying runner at second and nailed it down with a strikeout to earn his fourth save of the season.

The Loons and Dragons get it on again tonight.
 Score by Innings
Dayton	        000 000 001-1
Great Lakes	010 010 01x-3

 Great lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  0  2  0  .268
Gonzalez dh	5  1  1  0  .304
Perez 1b        5  0  1  0  .291
Bell 3b        	5  1  3  1  .290
Peterson lf	4  1  3  0  .410
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  1  .274
mattingly 2b	3  0  2  1  .218
Fuller ss	3  0  0  0  .230
Apodaca c	3  0  0  0  .105
   Totals	37 3 13 3
   Dayton	25 1  2 1

 Error- Fuller (11), Robinson (4). 
2B- Mattingly (60. RBI- Mattinly (15), 
Van Slyke (11), Bell (25). LOB- Great 
Lakes 14, Dayton 4. CS- Peterson (1), 
Robinson (3).

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Kershaw (5-2)	8.0  1  0-0  1  7  2.34
Jones         	0.2  1  1-1  1  1  2.45
Ramirez (sv 4)	0.1  0  0-0  0  1  0.93
 WP- Jones. HBP- Fuller, Apodaca, by Jones.
T- 3:31. Att- 2,128.

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