Sixers Battle Back Into First Place Tie

Inland Empire beat Lancaster 4-3 behind Marlon Arias to again deadlock the Cal League South Division with two more games left in the first half. Las Vegas split with Sacramento, losing 5-3 and winning 10-4; Mike Megrew helped Jacksonville beat Montgomery 7-1 and Great Lakes moved into a fourth place tie after topping South Bend 7-2.

Vegas Earns a Split-- Sacramento broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run homer off Matt Riley (1-1) in the bottom of the seventh to win the first of two seven-inning games but Las Vegas rallied behind the bat of John Lindsey to bang out a 10-4 win in the second game for a split.

Starter Spike Lundberg worked six innings in the opener, allowing eight hits and three runs and he was helped by three double plays. Delwyn Young homered in the first inning (#10) for the 51s but the River Cats took a 3-1 lead in the third.

In the top of the seventh, shortstop Wilson Valdez singled home Wilkin Ruan and moments later outfielder Marlon Anderson's sac fly tied the game at three.

Luis Maza singled twice for Las Vegas.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	100 000 2-3
Sacramento	021 000 2-5

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	4  0  1  1  .351
Anderson rf-2b	3  0  0  1  .190
Young dh	4  1  1  1  .308
Barnes 1b-rf	4  0  0  0  .169
Freeman cf	3  0  0  0  .275
Maza 3b    	3  0  2  0  .355
Ruan lf    	2  1  1  0  .412
Rivera 2b	1  0  0  0  .100
 Lindsey ph-1b 	1  0  0  0  .333
Martinez c	3  1  2  0  .241
   Totals	28 2  7 3
   Sacramento	25 5 10 5

 Error- Lundberg (1). HR- Young, (10). 
RBI- Young (47), Valdez (8), Anderson (5). 
SF- Anderson. LOB- Las Vegas 7, Sacramento 
2. DP- Barnes, Valdez and Lundberg; Rivera; 
Valdez, Barnes and Valdez.

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lundberg	6.0  8  3-3  1  3  6.75
Riley (1-1)	0.1  2  2-2  0  0  7.58
 T- 1:52.
In the second game, John Lindsey, only recently promoted from Jacksonville, homered and drove in four runs as the 51s won the second game 10-4.

Lindsey slugged a three-run shot in the third inning and added a solo blast in the fifth to boost his average to a glossy .417 and give Las Vegas a 6-3 lead.

It was his first multi-homer game since April 16 against Huntsville in the Southern League. Lindsey hit .286 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 56 games with the Suns but he's 5-for-12 with six RBIs and four runs scored for the 51s.

Larry Barnes hit a two-run homer and Ken Huckaby had two RBIs for Las Vegas who improved to 30-38.

Harold Eckert drew the start and although he was tapped for seven hits in three innings, he only allowed a single run. Casey Hoorelbeke (2-3) took over and picked up the win in relief, allowing two unearned runs on one hit in two innings.

Matt White worked two scoreless innings to earn his second save.
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	203 010 4-10
Sacramento	001 201 0- 4

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	4  0  0  0  .333
Ruan rf        	3  1  1  0  .400
Young lf	3  3  2  0  .313
Barnes 1b	3  2  1  2  .176
Lindsey dh	3  3  2  4  .417
Freeman cf	3  1  1  1  .276
Maza 3b        	3  0  0  0  .333
Huckaby c	4  0  2  2  .275
Rivera 2b	4  0  0  0  .071
  Totals	30 10  9 9
  Sacramento 	32  4 13 4

 Error- Valdez (1). HR- Barnes (2), Lindsey 2 
(2). RBI- Barnes 2 (8), Lindsey 4 (6), Freeman 
(26), Huckaby 2 (25). LOB- Las Vegas 5, Sacramento 
9. DP- Valdez, Rivera and Barnes.

 Las Vegas	  in   h  r-er bb so  era
Eckert	          3.0  7  1-1  1  4  7.45
Hoorelbeke (2-3)  2.0  1  2-0  0  2  5.40
White (sv 2)	  2.0  5  1-1  0  1  4.20
 WP- White. HBP- by Hoorelbeke, Ruan, 
Freeman. T-2:29. Att- 9,918.
Early Attack Boosts Suns-- Jacksonville scored the first seven runs with a 14-hit attack and Mike Megrew allowed five hits and a single run before leaving in the sixth as the Suns tagged Montgomery 7-1.

Third baseman Marshall McDougall went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored to key the win. He banged a two-run double and scored in a three-run first inning, singled and scored again in the fourth and added another single in the ninth for the Suns, now 39-29, who pulled within a game of first-place Mississippi in the Southern League's South Division.

Second baseman Juan Gonzalez went 3-for-5 and shortstop Chin-Lung Hu had in two hits, two runs scored and stole a base for Jacksonville.

Suns starter Michael Megrew (4-5) allowed a run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts before turning the game over to Mark Alexander with one out in the sixth. He yielded a hit and a walk while fanning three in 2 .2 innings of scoreless relief. Luis Gonzalez finished out the win.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	311 200 000-7
Montgomery	000 100 000-1

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	5  0  1  0  .283
Hu ss        	4  2  2  0  .321
Dunlap dh	4  1  0  0  .261
McDougall 3b	5  2  3  2  .262
Conception 1b	5  0  1  1  .268
Raglani lf	4  1  2  1  .241
JGonzalez 2b	5  0  3  1  .271
Ellis c        	4  1  2  1  .250
Nicholson rf	3  0  0  0  .180
   Totals 	39 7 14 6
   Montgomery	31 1  6 1

 2B- Hu (24), McDougall (16). RBI- McDougall 2 
(43), Concepcion (16),Ellis (23), Raglani (36), 
JGonzalez (18). LOB- Jacksonville 9, Montgomery 
6. SB- Hu (9). DP- JGonzalez and Hu; Concepcion 2.

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Megrew (4-5)	5.1  5  1-1  2  3  6.24
Alexander	2.2  1  0-0  1  3  5.04
LGonzalez	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.21
 HBP- Dunlap. T- 2:444. Att- 5,395.
Sixers Move Back Into a Tie-- After losing a crucial game to Bakersfield on Thursday and falling out of a tie for first place in the the Cal League South Division, they whacked Lancaster 4-3 in the first of three crucial games in San Bernardino.

Inland Empire and JetHawks are dead-even with identical 38-30 records with two more games in the field half.

After Lancaster scored in the first inning, the Sixers took control of the game with four runs in the bottom of the third. With one out, first baseman Russell Mitchell lined his ninth home run on the season, Second baseman Travis Denker and outfielder Jamie Hoffman singled before and center fielder Bridger Hunt's infield single gave Inland Empire a 2-1 lead.

Catcher Gabriel Gutierrez lived on a throwing error that scored Hoffman and shortstop Ivan De Jesus' sacrifice fly to right field ended the Sixers scoring.

Righthander Marlon Arias (5-1) went five and two-third innings, allowing three runs on three hits to earn the win. Reliever Cory Wade picked up his fifth save of the year, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing no runs on three hits.

Hoffman and Blake DeWitt had a pair of hits for the 66ers. The second game of the three game series is tonight at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.
Score by Innings
Lancaster	100 002 000-3
Inland Empire	004 000 00x-4

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	3  0  1  0  .249
DeWitt 3b	5  0  2  0  .273
May dh        	4  0  0  0  .265
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  1  .266
Denker 2b	3  1  1  0  .337
Hoffmann rf	4  1  2  0  .317
Hunt cf	        3  1  1  1  .304
Gutierrez c	4  0  0  0  .258
De Jesus ss	3  0  1  1  .257
   Totals 	33 4 9 4
   Lancaster	30 3 6 3

 HR- Mitchell (9). RBI- Mitchell (31), Hunt (3), 
De Jesus (19). SF- De Jesus. LOB- Inland Empire 
11, Lancaster 11.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias (5-1)	5.2  3  3-3  4  2  5.74
Wade (sv 5)	3.1  3  0-0  0  3  2.11
 T- 2:38. Att- 312.
Van Slyke Boosts Loons-- Outfielder Scott Van Slyke's three hits boosted Great Lakes to a 7-2 win over South Bend in the opener of an unusual seven-game series.

The Loons scored four in the first inning and added another pair in the third to take a solid lead and Arismendy Castillo, Thomas Melgarejo and Miguel Ramirez made it stand up to boost Great Lakes to a 33-35 record.

Second baseman Preston Mattingly opened the scoring in the first with a two-out, two-run single to left field that drove in shortstop Francisco Lizarraga and Eduardo Perez, who had singled. Van Slyke followed with a two-run homer (#2) to give Great Lakes a 4-0 lead.

Van Slyke struck again in the third inning when he doubled in third baseman Josh Bell and Mattingly, on base with singles.

Perez continued his hot hitting in the month of June by going 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the seventh inning.

Castillo (2-3) pitched seven solid innings allowing six hits and an unearned run in picking up his second win of the season. Melgarejo and Ramirez allowed one hit over the final two innings as the Loons moved into a tie for fourth place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.

The series with the Silverhawks continues tonight.
 Score by Innings
South Bend	000 100 010-2
Great Lakes	402 000 10x-7

 Great Lakes	in r  h  bi  ave
Berezay lf	5  1  1  0  .242
Lizarraga ss	4  1  2  0  .272
Perez dh	4  1  2  1  .325
Bell 3b        	4  1  1  0  .271
Mattingly 2b	4  2  2  2  .255
Van Slyke rf	4  1  3  4  .271
Santana c	4  0  0  0  .179
Sutherland 1b	4  0  0  0  .204
Robinson cf	4  0  2  0  .253
   Totals	37 7 13 7
   South Bend	28 2  7 1

 Error- Mattingly (19). 2B- Van Slyke (11). 
HR- Van Slyke (2). RBI- Mattingly 2 (25), 
Van Slyke 4 (22), Perez (36). LOB- Great 
Lakes 6, South Bend 7. SB- Robinson (13). 
DP- Mattingly, Lizarraga and Sutherland; 
Castillo, Lizarraga and Sutherland; Sutherland, 
Lizarraga and Ramirez.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (2-3)	7.0  6  1-0  2  1  4.87
Melgarejo	1.0  0  1-1  2  1  6.56
Ramirez	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  1.04
 T- 2:19. Att- 5,052.

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