Black Friday; All Four Teams Lose

The Dodger clubs were swept across the board as Las Vegas dropped a 6-2 decision despite a late homer by Mitch Jones; Jacksonville was tapped for five runs in the fifth and lost 7-2 to Birmingham. James McDonald lost his second 1-0 decision, this time to Lake Elsinore and Josh Wall was hurt by three unearned runs in a 5-2 loss to Dayton.

Lose-Lose for 51s-- Pitching-poor Las Vegas lost a pair of hurlers to the Dodgers and a 6-2 decision to Nashville on Friday. Hong-Chic Kuo and Eric Hull were called to The Show, with third baseman Andy LaRoche getting a ticket back to Nevada.

The 51s were held to three hits and 11 of them struck out as Nashville ace Yovani Gallardo improved to 8-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.14.

Mitch Jones' slammed a two-run homer in the ninth inning, his 16th home run of the season, to break the shutout. The 29-year-old third baseman has six roundtrippers in his last nine games and is tied with Albuquerque's Valentino Pascucci for the league lead.

Wilson Valdez led the seven-hit Las Vegas attack with a pair of doubles in four at-bats.

. Kuo was 1-6 with a 4.81 ERA in 39 games with the Dodgers over the last three seasons. He was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA for the 51s, allowing 18 hits in 20 innings while striking out 28, 12.6 per nine innings.

Hull was 2-2 with two saves and a 3.60 ERA for the 51s, striking out 27.

The 51s slipped further into the PCL South Division basement with a 24-30 record.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 000 002-2
Nashville	012 010 20x-6

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	4  0  2  0  .318
Loney 1b	4  0  0  0  .264
Kemp rf        	4  1  1  0  .319
Jones 3b	4  1  1  2  .292
Young lf	4  0  1  0  .286
Garcia 2b	4  0  1  0  .317
Freeman cf	3  0  0  0  .266
Huckaby c	3  0  1  0  .293
Pinango p	2  0  0  0  .222
 Polock p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Barnes ph	1  0  0  0  .059
 White p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals 	30 2  7 2
   Nashville	33 6 11 5

 2B- Valdez 2 (2). HR- Jones (16). 
RBI- Jones 2 (53). LOB- Las Vegas 5, 
Nashville 4. DP- Valdez, Garcia and Loney.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (2-1)	6.0  8  4-4  0  3  4.00
Polock 	        1.0  3  2-2  0  0  9.00
White 	        1.0  0  0-0  0  3  3.18
 HBP- Polock. T- 2:30. Att- 8,409.
Five Run Sixth Dumps Suns-- Birmingham scored five runs in the sixth inning to drop Jacksonville 7-2. Suns starter Zachary Hammes (0-2) allowed four runs on seven hits with one strikeout before leaving with none out in the sixth. Reliever Mark Alexander was tapped for three runs over the final three innings.

The Suns could manage only two hits over the first seven innings, scoring once in the second and then tying the game (briefly) 2-2 on third baseman Marshall McDougall' solo homer (#10), in the top of the sixth.

Outfielder Wilkin Ruan, first baseman Cory Dunlap and second baseman Juan Gonzalez each had a pair of singles for Jacksonville, who left nine on base.

Jacksonville (29-26) open a 10-game homestand today, facing the Mobile BayBears for five and the Chattanooga Lookouts for another five.

The Suns trail first-place Mississippi (34-21) by five games. The Suns won't face the Braves in the first half of the season.

Justin Orenduff will be on the mound tonight for the Suns, and Eric Cyr receives the starting call for Sunday's game.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	001 001 000-2
Birmingham	020 005 00x-7

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss        	5  0  0  1  .324
Ruan rf        	4  0  2  0  .291
Paul cf        	4  0  0  0  .261
McDougall dh	4  1  1  1  .256
Dunlap 1b	4  0  2  0  .252
JGonzalez 2b	4  0  2  0  .256
Ellis c        	4  0  1  0  .190
Concepcion	4  1  1  0  .213
Rohan lf        3  0  1  0  .250
   Totals	36 2 10 2
   Birmingham	33 7 10 7

 2B- Ellis (8).HR- McDougall (10. RBI- Hu (16), 
McDougall (36). LOB- Jacksonville 9, Birmingham 
4. CS- Gonzalez (2). DP- Gonzalez, Hu and Dunlap.

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Hammes (0-2)	5.0  7  4-4  0  1  4.19
Alexander	3.0  3  3-3  4  2  7.63
 T- 2:17. Att- 5,622.
Sixers, McDonald Lose Tough One-- Inland Empire hoped to tie their season-high mark of three straight wins, but ended up losing 1-0 to the Storm.

Storms pitcher Wade LeBlanc (5-2) had a perfect game until the eighth when catcher Luke May broke it up with a one-out single to left. He stole second base moments later and was the only runner to advance that far during the game. Ivan De Jesus collected the final Sixers' hit, a single.

James McDonald (4-4) worked a remarkable six innings, allowing a single and a double in the fourth and the only run of the game, on five hits while striking out eight and also didn't walk a batter.

It was his second 1-0 loss for McDonald this season. Jordan Pratt and Kyle Wilson combined to pitch three shutout innings, giving up one hit, striking out four.
 Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	000 100 000-1
Inland Empire	000 000 000-0

 Inland Empire 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffman lf	4  0  0  0  .301
Rogowski dh	4  0  0  0  .260
Tomlin cf	3  0  0  0  .287
Mitchell 1b	3  0  0  0  .279
May c        	3  0  1  0  .255
Denker 2b	3  0  0  0  .343
DeWitt 3b	3  0  0  0  .241
De Jesus ss	3  0  1  0  .259
   Totals	29 2 2 0
   Lk Elsinore	33 1 6 1

 LOB- Inland Empire 2, Lake 
Elisnore 6. SB- May (2).

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so era
McDonald (4-4)	6.0  5  1-1  0  8  3.07
Pratt        	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.91
Wilson	        2.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.84
 HB- McDonald. T- 2:02. Att- 4,422.
Wall Hurt by Defense-- Josh Wall couldn't overcome a shaky defense and dropped a 5-2 decision to the first place Dayton Dragons, who were held to four hits. A pair of errors in the top of the fourth doomed the Loons as they split the four-game series.

"I think we just gave this game to them," said Loons' manager Lance Parrish after the game. "... We just goofed the game up all the way through. We gave them just about every run they had."

Wall took a 2-6 record and a 6.14 earned run average into the game and worked 6.2 innings. He allowed only two hits and struck out a season-high nine but left the game with two outs in the top of the seventh trailing 3-0 and received a loud ovation from the crowd of 5,327.

"I pitched the best I could," Wall said, adding that he understood the mistakes that cost him the game. "Stuff like that happens, and you can't blame anybody. ... I would like to pitch like that every time out."

"I think Josh pitched a great game, probably the best game he's thrown," Parrish said. " ... With him, it's just a concentration thing. When he had to tonight, he collected himself and got right back after it. Hopefully, this is a good lesson for him."

With the score 0-0, the Dragons leadoff man reached on a one-out error by third baseman Josh Bell. One out later a walk and an infield single loaded the bases with two outs.

On a slow groundball toward second, Preston Mattingly rushed the throw and threw wide of first base, allowing all three baserunners to score and giving Dayton a 3-0 lead.

Great Lakes battled back to make a game of it, scoring once in the seventh and once in the eighth to pull to within 3-2 on an RBI single by James Peterson that drove in Jesus Gonzalez and a sac fly by Scott Van Slyke that scored Mattingly after a triple.

Dayton put the game out of reach with two in the ninth off reliever Joe Jones. Eduardo Perez had two hits for Great Lakes.

Dayton (35-19) left town with the best record in the Midwest League, while the Loons (23-30) remained in last place in the Eastern Division.

Great Lakes hit the road for a five-game series at South Bend, beginning with a doubleheader today and will return home for a four-game series against For Wayne, beginning Thursday.
 Score by Innings
Dayton	        000 300 002-5
Great Lakes	000 000 110-2

 Great Lakes	ab  r  h  bi ave
Hunt cf        	4  0  0  0  .275
AGonzalez ss	3  1  0  0  .333
Perez 1b        4  0  2  0  .294
Bell 3b        	3  0  0  0  .279
Peterson lf	4  0  1  1  .353
Berezay dh	3  0  1  0  .235
Mattingly 2b	3  1  1  0  .221
Van Slyke rf	2  0  1  1  .277
Apodaca c	3  0  0  0  .146
   Totals	29 2 6 2
   Dayton	32 5 4 1

 Error- Bell (20). 2B- Berezay (11). 
3B- Mattingly (1) De Jesus (3). 
RBI- Peterson (7), Van Slyke (14). 
SF- Van Slyke. LOB- Great Lakes 4, 
Dayton 3. SB- Bell (20).

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (2-7)	6.2  2  3-0  3  9  5.33
Jones 	        2.1  2  2-2  0  2  3.18
 WP- Jones. T- 2:37. Att- 5,327.

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