Bell Strikes again for Great Lakes

Josh Bell continues to punish the ball and the opponents, whacking a game-winning, two-run double in the last of the ninth to beat Dayton 7-6. Inland Empire scored five quick runs and held on to top Lake Elsinore 8-2. Jacksonville lost 5-3 with all runs coming in the fifth inning and Las Vegas scored three in the ninth but came up short, losing 6-3 to Nashville.

Rally Comes Up Short-- Trailing 6-0 inn the top of the ninth inning, Las Vegas pushed three runs across the plate on a pair of homers before losing 6-3 at Nashville.

Starter William Juarez (1-2) allowed no hits until the fourth inning when the Sounds rammed four runs across on a single, two doubles and a homer. Greg Miller continued to struggle with his control, allowing a pair of hits and walking three, including one with the bases loaded in the seventh. Casey Hoorlebeke rescued him but not before two runs had scored.

Las Vegas starter William Juarez (1-2) surrendered four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked four. Greg Miller was charged with two runs on two hits and three walks while retiring two batters in the seventh for the 51s (24-29)

The 51s managed only two hits over the first seven innings, allowing to Wilson Valdez and Matt Kemp in the sixth, but fought back in the ninth to make a game of it.

Kemp singled to open the inning, and Mitch Jones followed with a two-run homer. his 15th. After Delwyn Young struck out, Sergio Garcia homered (#6). Luis Maza kept things alive with a single before Ken Huckaby flew out and Choo Freeman fanned to end the game.

The 51s (24-29) continue their series with Nashville today, then head to Memphis for a four-game series against the Redbirds.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 000 003-3
Nashville	000 400 20x-6

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss       4  0  1  0  .278
Loney rf-1b	4  0  0  0  .270
Kemp cf        	4  1  2  0  .321
Jones 3b	2  1  1  2  .293
Young lf	4  0  0  0  .286
Garcia 2b	4  1  1  1  .318
Barnes 1b	3  0  0  0  .061
Hoorelbeke p	0  0  0  0  .000
Maza ph	        1  0  1  0  .379
Huckaby c	4  0  0  0  .292
Juarez p 	2  0  0  0  .000
Eckert p	0  0  0  0  .000
Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
Freeman rf	2  0  0  0  .272
   Totals	32 3 6 3
   Nashville	31 6 9 6

 HR- Jones (15), Garcia (6). RBI-Jones 2 
(51), Garcia (25).LOB- Las Vegas 6, 
Nashville 9. SB- Maza (2).

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Juarez (1-2)	5.2  6  4-4  4  5   6.00
Eckert	        0.1  1  0-0  0  0  23.63
Miller 	        0.2  2  2-2  3  0   6.99
Hoorelbeke	1.1  0  0-0  0  3   5.82
 T- 2:35. Att- 6,434.
Big Fifth Decides Game-- Paying customers should have waited for the fifth inning before plunking down their money, then left right after that frame because all eight runs were recorded in that short period.

Birmingham won the inning and the game by a 5-3 score and Mike Megrew (3-5) lost his fourth straight start, giving up all five runs on six hits in five innings.

Wilkin Ruan opened the Suns' fifth with a single and Xavier Paul's sac bunt was so good he beat it out for a hit. An error os Chin-Lung Hu's ground ball allowed the first run to cross the plate and John Lindsey slammed a double to left to drive in Paul and Hu to make it 3-0.

The Barons scored their five runs with two out in the last of the inning with a three-run home run capping the inning.

Jacksonville out-hit Birmingham, 9-8, but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The Suns attempted to rally in the ninth when Paul walked with two out and Hu lived on an error before Cory Dunlap walked to load the bases. However, Lindsey fanned to end the game.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 030 000-3
Birmingham	000 050 00x-5

 Jacksonville 	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf        	4  1  2  0  .287
Hu ss        	5  0  1  0  .332
Dunlap dh	4  1  0  0  .245
 Nicholson pr	0  0  0  0  .171
Lindsey 1b	5  0  2  2  .280
McDougall 3b	4  0  1  0  .256
Raglani lf	4  0  1  0  .241
Gonzalez 2b	2  0  0  0  .248
Ellis c        	4  0  1  0  .188
Ruan rf        	4  1  1  0  .283
   Totals	36 3 9 3
   Birmingham	31 5 8 5

 2B- Paul (8), Hu (20), Lindsey (6). 
RBI- Lindsey 2 (32). S- Gonzalez. 
LOB- Jacksonville 10, Birmingham 5.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Megrew (3-5)	5.0  6  5-5  3  0  6.54
Akin        	3.0  2  0-0  0  4  6.68
 WP- Megrew, Akin. T- 2:24. Att- 4,607.
Sixers Close in on First-- Inland Empire topped Lake Elsinore 8-2 behind solid pitching by Javy Guerra and Francisco Felix and edged to within a half game of Lancaster in the California League South Division.

"That might be the best all-around game we've played all year," Sixers manager Dave Collins said after the game.

The Storm stormed to a 2-0 lead of Guerra in the first inning although one of the runs was unearned after Lucas May's passed ball. Guerra (3-2)didn't allowed much else over the next five innings while his teammates were scoring eight times.

Ryan Rogowski had a single, double and triple, scoring three times and knocking in another run. Adam Godwin supplied a pair of singles and a double, scored twice and knocked in two. James Tomlin singled and doubled and shortstop Ivan De Jesus shipped in two singles.

Felix surrendered only a single over the final three innings to earn his first save.

Trailing 2-0, the 66ers got a run in the bottom of the first, then took the lead for good in the second inning when De Jesus Jr. singled home James Tomlin. Godwin then singled to center to score De Jesus and when the ball skipped under the center fielder's glove the speedy Godwin raced all the way around to to make it 4-2.

Rogowski then followed with a triple high off the right-field wall and when the relay throw was wild he also made an uninterrupted trip around the bases.

The Sixers added three insurance runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Godwin, and a run-scoring single by Rogowski. A wild pickoff at first allowed Rogowski to score the final run.
 Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	200 000 000-2
Inland Empire	140 003 00x-8

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  3  3  1  .266
Hoffman dh-1b	5  0  1  0  .308
DeWitt 3b       5  0  0  1  .250
Denker 2b       4  0  1  0  .350
Tomlin cf	4  1  2  0  .298
May c        	4  0  1  0  .254
DeJesus ss	3  2  2  1  .258
Mitchell 1b	3  0  0  0  .283
 Felix p        1  0  0  0  .000
Godwin rf	4  2  3  2  .246
Guerra p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	37 8 13 5
   Lk Elsinore	32 2  5 2

 2b- Rogowski (12), Tomlin (8), Godwin (3). 
3B- Rogowski (6). RBI- DeWitt (20), DeJesus 
(15), Godwin 2 (13), Rogowski (20) Inland 
Empire 7, Lake Elsinore 4. 

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Guerra (3-2) 	6.0  4  2-1  0  6  4.44
Felix (sv 1)	3.0  1  0-0  1  4  4.40
 PB- May (14). T-2:48. Att- 1,874.
Loons Come Back in the Ninth
by Cory Hillman --The Great Lakes Loons looked like a team in trouble early in the game against the Dayton Dragons. Arismendy Castillo (1-2) started the ball game and after making quick work of the opponent in the first on seven pitches, he turned around in the second and surrendered five runs, all earned.

While most managers would have gone to the bullpen, Lance Parrish decided to send Castillo out for the third. Arismendy was on cruise control for the rest of the ballgame, allowing only two hits the rest of the way, before giving way to Doug Brooks with two outs in the seventh.

To be completely honest, the Loons offense looked completely clueless early on the ballgame. Rather flat actually, like an American Idol reject.

But then in the fifth, the baseball gods blessed Loons hitters and the bats they swung with (it's about time, I thought).

James Peterson led off the inning with a sharp single to right field. After Preston Mattingly reached on a fielder's choice, Scott Van Slyke hit a ball to left field that kept on carrying and finally settling on the other side of the fence for his first long ball of the season.

Bridger Hunt would single another run home, bringing the score within two at 5-3. And then it was Hunt again who would drive in another run the seventh to put the Loons behind by one.

Then Adolfo Gonzalez nailed a shot to right field while Parrish waved the slow footed catcher Juan Apodaca home, resulting in his being thrown out by, let's say 500 feet (exaggerated, of course) with what would have been the tying run to end the inning.

Dayton would score one more in the ninth, pulling ahead 6-4 off of reliever Miguel Sanfler (0-1).

Then, in the ninth, Gonzalez singled in a run to make the score 6-5 with one out left in the game. It was up to third baseman Josh Bell to become the hero in this one, playing the part well with a shot in the gap that would score two runners, leading the Loons to a dramatic 7-6 victory.

"I was kinda bracing for something off speed," Bell said. "I figured I would get my foot down early and wait to see what happens."

The Loons (23-29) conclude their four game series against the first-place Dragons (34-19) tonight at Dow Diamond.
 Score by Innings
Dayton	        050 000 001-6
Great Lakes	000 030 103-7

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .261
 Berezay ph	1  0  0  0  .233
Hunt lf        	5  1  2  2  .282
Gonzalez ss	5  1  4  1  .346
Bell 3b        	4  0  1  2  .284
Perez 1b        4  0  0  0  .289
Peterson dh	4  0  1  0  .362
Mattingly 2b	4  1  1  0  .219
Van slyke rf	4  2  1  2  .273
Apodaca c	3  2  2  0  .156
   Totals	38 7 13 7
   Dayton 	35 6 10 5

 Error- Mattingly (16). 2B- Bell (10). HR- Van 
Slyke (1). RBI- Van Slyke 2 (13), Hunt 2 (16),
Gonzalez (10), Bell 2 (28). LOB- Great Lakes 7, 
Dayton 6. SB- Apodaca (1). DP- Gonzalez, Mattingly 
and Perez.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo 	6.2  7  5-5  3  4  6.39
Brooks         	1.1  1  0-0  0  2  6.41
Sanfler (1-1)	1.0  2  1-1  1  0  3.38
 WP- Castillo 2. T- 2:35. Att- 2,269.

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