Sixers Tied For Cal League Lead

Las Vegas dropped an 8-5, 11-inning game to Fresno. Jacksonville scored four in the seventh to overcome Chattanooga 5-4. Inland Empire stole a Cal League-best seven bases to win 6-2 and hold onto a first place tie. Great Lakes squandered a 3-0 first-inning lead and lost to Fort Wayne 5-3.

Casey Hoorelbeke(1-2) was tagged with a two-run double as visiting Fresno scored three times in the 11th inning for an 8-5 victory over Las Vegas. The 51s had built a 5-4 lead in the fifth and held on until the Grizzlies tied the game in the ninth, then won in the 11th.

Las Vegas starter Eric Stults allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out three and helped himself by going 2-for-2 with a two-run homer (#1) in the fourth. Outfielder Choo Freeman hit a solo shot (#3) earlier in the inning.

Delwyn Young was 3-for-5 with his 21st double, a home run and two RBIs for the 51s. Wilson Valdez also chipped in three hits.

Stults singled, moved to second on Valdez's bunt and scored with two out on Young's double to tie the game 1-1 in the third. James Loney, who had walked, was thrown out at the plate on the hit to end the inning.

After Fresno scored three in the fourth, Freeman and Stults homered to again tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Las Vegas took the lead for the first time in the fifth on Young's homer, his 8th of the season.

The Grizzlies tied the score by manufacturing a run in the ninth off reliever Dwayne Pollok. A leadoff walk, a sacrifice, a groundout and a bloop a single to right field tied it 5-5.

Marlon Anderson, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove bone chips and scar tissue May 11, is rehabbing with the 51s. He said his elbow feels great but he needs to get his legs under him before returning to the Dodgers, where he hit .222 (4-for-18) in 18 appearances this season.

Las Vegas lost two of its top hitters when slugger Mitch Jones left the team to play in Japan and outfielder Matt Kemp was promoted to the Dodgers. Jones hit .303 and led the Pacific Coast League with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs in 52 games. Kemp hit .329 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 39 games for Las Vegas.
 Score by Innings
Fresno	        001 300 001 03-8
Las Vegas	001 310 000 00-5

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Valdez ss	5  0  3  0  .298
 Anderson rf	1  0  0  0  .000
Barnes 1b	3  0  1  0  .136
Loney 1b-rf	4  0  0  0  .275
Young lf	5  1  3  2  .303
LaRoche 3b	5  0  0  0  .225
Freeman cf	5  1  1  1  .281
Maza 2b        	5  1  1  0  .360
Huckaby c	5  0  0  0  .279
Stilts p	2  2  2  2  .300
 Eckert p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pollock p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hoorelbeke p
0  0  0  0  .000
 Martinez ph	1  0  0  0  .211
    Totals	42 5 11 5
    Fresno	43 8 13 8

 Errors- Hoorelbeke (1). 2B- Young (21), Meza (5), 
Valdez (4). HR- Freeman (3), Stults (1), Young (8). 
RBI- Young 2 (38), Freeman (21), Stults 2 (3). 
S- Eckert. LOB- Las Vegas 9, Fresno 12. SB- Young 
(30, Valdez (2).

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults 	        5.0  7  4-4  2  3  6.93
Eckert	        2.0  1  0-0  1  0 11.12
Pollock 	2.0  1  1-1  1  0  6.35
Riley	        1.0  1  0-0  2  1  7.71
Hoorelbeke (1-2) 1.0  2  3-2  1  0  5.68  
 T- 3:26. Att- 7,845.
Dunlap and Paul Spark Suns-- Cory Dunlap and Xavier Paul each had two RBIs in a four-run seventh inning that turned a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 win over visiting Chattanooga.

Mike Megrew started for Jacksonville and was tagged with only two hits but four runs, including a homer, before leaving with one out in the fifth. Brian Akin restored order and handed the ball to Ramon Troncoso (2-1) who worked a perfect seventh to pick up the win. Jonathan Meloan fanned five of the final six batters for his 10th save.

Jacksonville pitching allowed only three hits and struck out an even dozen Lookouts.

In the seventh, A.J. Ellis and David Nicholson walked with one out and they both scored on Dunlap's eighth double to pull within a run. Chin-Lung Hu also walked and with two out, Paul's clutch single to right put Jacksonville ahead to stay.

Paul collected three hits to lead the Suns and David Nicholson singled twice.
 Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 130 000-4
Jacksonville	100 000 40x-5

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss        	2  0  0  0  .330
Ruan rf        	4  1  0  0  .289
Paul cf        	4  1  3  2  .285
Lindsey 1b	2  0  1  0  .288
 Akin p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Raglani ph	1  0  0  0  .228
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rohan ph	1  0  0  0  .250
 Meloan p	0  0  0  0  .000
McDougall 3b	4  0  1  0  .263
Conception lf	4  0  0  0  .238
Ellis c        	3  1  0  0  .204
Nicholson 2b	2  1  2  0  .212
Megrew p	1  0  0  0  .154
 Dunlap 1b	2  1  1  2  .261
   Totals	40 5 8 4
   Chattanooga	30 4 3 4

 2B- Paul (10), Dunlap (8). RBI- Dunlap 2 
(25), Paul 2 (33). LOB- Jacksonville 5, 
Chattanooga 7. SB- Ruan (7).

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Megrew	        4.1  2  4-4  6  3  6.67
Akin        	1.2  1  0-0  2  2  5.97
Troncoso (2-1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.61
Meloan (sv 10)	2.0  0  0-0  0  5  2.32
 T- 2:52. Att- 8,068.
Sixers Run Wild in 6-2 Win-- Inland Empire manager Dave Collins was giving the "go" sign all evening long and his young club responded with a California League season-high seven bases that topped Modesto 6-2 as the Sixers and Lancaster roar down the stretch in a dead tie for the California League first-half title. Each team has nine games left to play.

"I thought their guy was pitching a good game," Collins said. "I felt like we needed to be aggressive. Sometimes you have to be aggressive and try and make things happen."

In a domino-effect move triggered by the promotion of Matt Kemp from Las Vegas to L.A. and Mitch Jones joining a team in Japan, James Tomlin was promoted to Jacksonville.

But before he left, he walked twice, scored two runs and had three stolen bases in his final game as a Sixer. Tomlin will be replaced by outfielder Bridger Hunt, who joins the Sixers from Great Lakes.

Francisco Felix (2-1) was a spot starter for Inland Empire and he made a bid for a permanent slot in the rotation when he allowed only one unearned run on three hits in seven innings. Jordan Pratt and Kyle Wilson finished out the win.

The Sixers trailed 1-0 but in the fifth Tomlin walked, stole second and third, then scored on Adam Godwin's one-out single. Godwin eventually went to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch before being nailed at the plate on a failed squeeze bunt.

In the sixth, Blake DeWitt whacked his sixth home run to lead off and the Sixers added three runs later in the inning, stealing two more bases and getting a bunt single from Godwin.

Gabriel Gutierrez had a two-run single while starting in place of catcher Luke May, who had taken a foul tip off his arm Thursday. Collins gave May one extra day to heal.
 Score by Innings
Modesto 	010 000 010-2
Inland Empire	000 014 01x-6

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski dh	4  0  1  1  .258
De Jesus ss	3  0  0  0  .256
Dewitt 3b	5  1  2  2  .260
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .270
Hoffmann lf	4  0  2  0  .313
Denker 2b	2  1  0  0  .331
Tomlin cf	2  2  0  0  .283
Gutierrez c	4  2  2  2  .250
Godwin rf	3  0  2  1  .247
   Totals	31 6 9 6
   Modesto	32 2 5 1

 Error- De Jesus (9). HR- DeWitt (6). 
RBI- Godwin (14), DeWitt (5), Hoffmann (2), 
Gutierrez (2), Godwin (2). LOB- Inland Empire 
10, Modesto 7. SB- Tomlin 3 (7), Godwin 2 (9), 
Denker 2 (6), Rogowski (17). CS- Godwin (4).
DP- De Jesus, Denker and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er so  bi  era
Felix (2-1)	7.0  3  1-0  3  5  2.82
Pratt	        1.0  1  1-1  1  3  4.81
Wilson	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.69
 HBP- De Jesus. T-2:54. Att- 2,711.
Loons Score Early But Lose-- After a three-run first inning, the Loons bats went cold in front of a record crowd 5,677 fans and Fort Wayne rallied to win 5-3.

? A two-run single by catcher Carlos Santana and an RBI-single by second basemen Preston Mattingly gave the Loons their lead. The Wizards erased that with a four-run fourth inning highlighted by a three-run double.

Starter Garrett White (1-3) worked four innings and allowed six hits and four runs (three earned). Doug Brooks gave up a single unearned run over four innings before Yulkin German pitched the ninth inning for the Loons.

The Loons collected just five hits, two each by Carlos Santana and Preston Mattingly and are now 27-33. The record crowd outdrew the stadium attendance mark by 146 fans set on May 27 in a game against Lansing.

The Loons will take on these same Fort Wayne Wizards on tonight.

Great Lakes to Host 2008 All-Star Game-- Loons president and general manager Paul Barbeau announced that Dow Diamond and the Great Lakes Loons will be the hosts of the 2008 Midwest League All-Star game.

"We are extremely intrigued at the prospect of hosting the brightest prospects in the league during next year's mid-season classic," said Barbeau. "To have this honor of being named the host facility for next year's game is a testament to our first-rate facility (Dow Diamond), to the city of Midland and the entire Mid-Michigan region. Most importantly, to the great support we've received from our fans. This is an honor that we can all share."

This game will mark the first time a professional baseball all-star game has ever come to Mid-Michigan. Dow Diamond opened in 2007 and is currently in its inaugural season. The Loons were able to move in to their new facility less than 13 months after construction began on the 33 million dollar ballpark.
 Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	000 410 000-5
Great Lakes	300 000 000-3

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lizarraga ss	4  1  1  0  .279
Fuller 3b	3  1  0  0  .236
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .308
Peterson rf	4  0  0  0  .333
Bell dh        	3  1  0  0  .263
Santana c	4  0  2  2  .179
Mattingly 2b	4  0  2  1  .259
Berezay lf	3  0  0  0  .222
Robinson cf	3  0  0  0  .233
   Totals	31 3 5 3
   Fort Wayne	34 5 9 5
 Error- Lizarraga. 2B- Lizarraga (9), Mattingly 
(7). RBI- Santana 2 (13), Mattingly (21). LOB- 
Great Lakes 4, Fort Wayne 8. DP- (2) Mattingly 
and Lizarraga: Lizarraga, Mattingly and Perez.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White (1-3)	4.0  6  4-3  2  2  3.19
Brooks 	        4.0  3  1-0  1  3  5.67
German 	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  9.72
HBP- Fuller. T- 2:33. Att- 5,677.

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