Sixers Pennant Hopes Take a Hit

Sacramento scored all nine runs in the fourth and fifth, beating Las Vegas 9-7. Jacksonville rode Eric Cyr's pitching A.J. Ellis' hot bat to a 7-5 win over Montgomery. Inland Empire lost 12-0 to Bakersfield and they now trail Lancaster by a game with three to go against the JetHawks and Great Lakes also suffered into big-inning-itis, allowing five in the seventh to lose 8-2.

Big Inning Dumps 51s-- A five-run third and a four-run fourth inning took Las Vegas out of the game early and they dropped a 9-7 decision in Sacramento. Eight walks helped the River Cats.

Starter B.J. LaMura (1-3) allowed three runs on one hit with a season-high six walks in 3.1 innings. Eric Stults was pounded, allowing a pair of runs while retiring one batter in the fourth. Dwayne Pollok was victimized by three unearned runs in the fifth and Eric Hull finished things out with a pair of shutout innings.

Outfielder Delwyn Young, watching a steady stream of players being called up to Los Angeles, put on a demonstration of his own, hoping to get the call himself.

He went 3-for-5, including a solo homer (#9) in the fourth inning and a two-run double in the 51s' four-run seventh to boost his average to .309 and his RBI total to 46.

Shortstop Wilson Valdez also collected three hits, including a double, and scored twice. He is hitting .356. First baseman Larry Barnes and outfielder Wilkin Ruan chipped in with a pair each as Las Vegas out-hit Sacramento 11-10.

The River Cats host the 51s in a doubleheader tonight.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 120 400-7
Sacramento	000 540 00x-9

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	5  2  3  1  .356
Anderson rf	3  1  0  0  .222
Young dh	5  2  3  3  .309
Barnes 1b	4  1  2  1  .180
Freeman cf	3  0  0  1  .260
Maza 3b        	4  0  0  0  .344
Ruan lf        	4  0  2  0  .400
Huckaby c	4  0  0  0  .268
Rivera 2b	4  1  1  0  .111
   Totals	36 7 11 6
   Sacramento 	30 9 10 8

 Error- Pollock (1). 2B- Rivera (1) Valdez (7), 
Young (23). 3B- Barnes (2). HR- Young (9). 
RBI- Young 3 (46), Valdez (7), Barnes (6), 
Freeman (25). SF- Freeman. LOB- Las Vegas 5, 
Sacramento 9. CS- Young (2).

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
LaMura (1-3)	3.1  1  3-3  6  4  6.04
Stults	        0.2  4  2-2  1  0  7.15
Pollok	        2.0  5  4-1  0  2  4.91
Hull        	2.0  0  0-0  0  2  3.18
 T- 2:50. Att- 9,682.
Ellis on a Roll-- Catcher A.J. Ellis continued his hot hitting, driving in a season-high four runs as Jacksonville beat Montgomery, 7-5, at Riverwalk Stadium.

Ellis smacked a two-run double in the fourth inning and snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the sixth. The 26-year-old added another RBI single during Jacksonville's three-run eighth.

First baseman Cory Dunlap went 2-for-4 with his 10th double and second baseman Juan Gonzalez singled twice for the Suns who improved to 38-29 and kept their pennant hopes alive, now trailing the Mississippi Braves by two games in the Southern League's South Division.

Eric Cyr (6-1) won for the third time in his last four starts. He gave up three runs on nine hits while striking out one in five innings. Wesley wright allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Jon Meloan allowed two runs, one earned, in the ninth.

The two teams meet again tonight in the third game of a five-game series.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville 	000 301 030-7
Montgomery	003 000 002-5

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf        	5  0  0  0  .285
Hu ss        	4  0  0  0  .318
Dunlap dh	4  0  2  0  .267
McDougall 3b	5  2  1  0  .255
Concepcion 1b	3  2  0  0  .273
Raglani lf	3  2  1  1  .236
JGonzalez 2b	4  1  2  0  .261
Ellis c        	4  0  3  4  .243
Tomlin rf	4  0  0  0  .167
   Totals	36 7  9 5
   Montgomery	39 5 12 5

 Error- Concepcion (5). 2B- Ellis (11), Dunlap (10). 
RBI- Regalani (35), Ellis 4 (22). LOB- Jacksonville 
9, Montgomery 11.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cyr (6-1)	5.0  9  3-3  0  1  3.01
Wright	        3.0  1  0-0  2  2  3.69
Meloan	        1.0  2  2-1  2  1  2.45
 IBB- Gonzalez. HBP- Concepcion (2)
Bakersfield Crushes 66ers-- Bakersfield dealt Inland Empire's pennant hopes a telling blow when they batted around twice in the first four innings and cruised to a 12-0 win.

The loss drops the Sixers out of a 10-day tie with Lancaster and they will host the JetHawks for three games starting tonight. A sweep would give Inland Empire the first half title, two of three will give them a tie.

Three Blaze pitchers limited the Sixers to six hits, and a five-run first and four-run fourth inning put the game out of reach early.

Starter Mario Alvarez (1-4) couldn't make it out of the first inning and was tagged with five runs, all unearned, on five hits. He also threw two wild pitches and hit a batter. Reliever Jordan Pratt was thumped for six runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings.

Third baseman Blake DeWitt continued his hot hitting, collecting three of the Sixers six hits.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire    000 000 000- 0
Bakersfield      502 401 00x-12

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Rogowski lf	3  0  0  0  .248
Gutierrez c	4  0  0  0  .269
DeWitt 3b	4  0  3  0  .271
May dh        	4  0  0  0  .269
Denker 2b 	2  0  0  0  .337
 Locke rf	2  0  0  0  .239
Mitchell 1b	4  0  2  0  .266
Justis rf-2b	2  0  0  0  .297
De Jesus ss	4  0  1  0  .256
Hunt cf        	1  0  0  0  .300
Godwin cf	3  0  0  0  .237
   Totals	30  6  6  0
   Bakersfield	41 12 17 11

 Error- Mitchell (4), Justis (5). 2B- DeWitt 2 (18), 
Mitchell (18). LOB- Inland Empire 10, Bakersfield 10. 
DP- De Jesus and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire    in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (1-4)	0.2  5  5-0  0  0  6.00
Pratt        	2.2  7  6-6  1  3  6.08
JRodriguez	4.2  5  1-1  2  7  7.53
 WP- Alvarez (2). HBP- Teagarden by Alvarez. T- 2:49. Att- 1, 508.
Loons Bagged by the Lugnuts-- Lansing got a homer in the first and a two-run double in the second off starter Garrett White (1-4), who allowewd three runs over his six innings of work. But Great Lakes was unable to get the offense in gear and lost an 8-2 decision.

A five-run seventh inning ran the deficit to 8-0 before outfielder Scott Van Slyke's two-run double in the bottom of the seventh put the Loons on the scoreboard. Great Lakes managed six other singles in the game, all by different players.  

Yulkin German followed White on the mound and was pounded for five runs in only 0.2 innings in relief, allowing five Lugnut runs before Matt Gomez de Segura finally stopped the bleeding.

The Loons record fell to 32-35 and host the South Bend Silver Hawks for a rare seven-game series starting tonight. A three-game series the first half, then the all-star break takes place from next Monday-Wednesday, and the two teams will open a four-game series beginning next Thursday night.
 Score by Innings
Lansing 	120 000 500-8
Great Lakes	000 000 200-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rivera ss	4  0  1  0  .364
Giles cf        4  0  0  0  .438
Berezay lf	4  0  1  0  .243
Perez 1b	3  0  1  0  .322
 Sutherland 1b	1  0  0  0  .213
Bell 3b        	4  1  1  0  .271
AGonzalez 2b	4  0  0  0  .320
Santana dh	3  1  1  0  .185
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  2  .259
Apocdaca c	3  0  1  0  .222
   Totals  	33 2  7 2
   Lansing	39 8 13 7

 Error- Bell (21). 2B- Van Slyke (10). RBI- Van Slyke 
2 (18). LOB- Great Lakes 4, Lansing 8. DP- AGonzalez 
and Rivera.

 Great Lakes 	        in  h  r-er bb so  era
White (1-4)      	6.0  7  3-3  0  7   3.32
German           	0.2  5  5-5  3  1  11.45
Gomez            	2.1  1  0-0  1  2  20.25
 WP-German.T-2:50. Att- 4,941.

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