Sixers Clinch Tie for Cal League Title

Inland Empire took a one-game lead over Lancaster with one to go in the Cal League-South and Jacksonville has a chance to tie Mississippi for the Southern League title today. Rehabbing Marlon Anderson may have signaled that he was again ready after slugging a grand slam and knocking in six runs for the 51s who beat Sacramento 8-3. Great Lakes dumped South Bend behind red-hot Preston Mattingly.

Anderson Has Three hits, Six RBI-- Marlon Anderson, on rehab assignment from the Dodgers, whacked a two-out grand slam and added two more runs batted in to lead Las Vegas to an 8-3 win over Sacramento.

Anderson, recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, lined an RBI single in the third before cleaning off the bases with his first homer of the year in the fourth. He also singled in a run in the sixth as the 51s (31-38) rolled to their second straight win.

Anderson led Las Vegas' 11-hit attack with a 3-for-5 performance and Wilson Valdez and Luis Maza each added a double and a single for Las Vegas.

The River Cats tied the game 2-2 in the third inning on a home run off starter William Juarez (3-2), who earned the win, giving up three runs on eight hits and one walk in six innings. The right-hander struck out six.

Lefty Dwayne Pollok picked up his first save by working the final three innings and holding the River Cats scoreless on two hits.

The teams cap their five-game series with a 1:05 p.m. game today.
 Score by innings
Las Vegas	101 401 100-8
Sacramento	002 001 000-3

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	3  2  2  0  .345
Anderson rf	5  2  3  6  .269
Young lf	4  0  1  0  .312
Lindsey dh	4  0  1  1  .375
Ruan cf	        4  1  0  0  .333
Barnes 1b	5  0  1  0  .178
Maza 2b	        5  1  2  1  .347
MRivera 2b	3  1  0  0  .059
Martinez c	4  1  1  0  .242
   Totals	37 8 11 8
   Sacramento	35 3 10 3

 2B- Lindsey (1), Valdez (8), Maza (8). HR-
Anderson (1). RBI- Lindsey (7). Anderson 6 (11), 
Maza (16). LOB- Las Vegas 8, Sacramento 6.
DP- MRivera, Valdez and Barnes; Martinez and
Valdez.

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Juarez (3-2)	6.0  8  3-3  1  6  4.78
Pollok (sv 1)	3.0  2  0-0  0  1  3.86
 PB- Martinez. T- 2:42. Att- 13,984.
Suns Back From the Dead-- John Shoemaker's Suns, seemingly out of the Southern Division South pennant race not so long ago, can forge a tie for the division title with a win today over Montgomery if league-leading Mississippi loses to Mobile.

After dumping the Biscuits 8-2 and winning the first four games of their series, the Suns have been helped by a meltdown by the Mississippi Braves.

On June 8, the Braves had a 40-22 record and what looked like a commanding six-game lead over both Jacksonville and Montgomery in the South Division. They then lost six consecutive games before ending the losing streak with a 6-1 win over Mobile on last night.

The Suns (40-29) can still tie Mississippi (41-28) for the first-half South Division title with a win in today's final game with Montgomery and a Mississippi loss to Mobile.

"At the end of this series, we told the guys that we didn't want to be thinking how we wish we would have played better, especially if Mississippi didn't play well in their series with Mobile and that they gave us an opportunity that we didn't take advantage of," Shoemaker said before Saturday's game in Montgomery, Ala.

The Suns have won 11 wins of their last 14 games, keeping Mississippi's magic number to clinch the division title at two as it has been since last Sunday.

If Mississippi and Jacksonville finish in a tie, the division winner will be determined on July 17 in Pearl, Miss.

Third baseman Marshall McDougall hit a three-run homer and Zach Hammes tossed six strong innings to lead the Suns past Montgomery, 8-2, on Saturday. The homer, his 11th of the season, sparked a five-run first inning. The 28-year-old third baseman also singled and scored in a two-run eighth as Jacksonville won for the fifth straight time.

Hammes (2-3) yielded a run on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks over six innings for his second straight win. Brian Akin and Greg Miller finished the game out.

First baseman Alberto Concepcion Jr. had two RBIs and catcher A.J. Ellis, outfielder James Tomlin and designated hitter Cory Dunlap each drove in a run for the Suns.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	500 000 021-8
Montgomery	100 000 001-2

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf	        5  1  1  0  .282
Hu ss	        5  1  1  0  .319
Dunlap dh	4  2  1  1  .261
McDougall 3b	4  2  2  3  .266
Concepcion 1b	4  0  1  2  .267
Raglani lf	4  0  0  0  .236
JGonzalez 2b	4  2  1  0  .271
Ellis c        	4  0  3  1  .263
Tomlin rf	4  0  1  1  .182
   Totals	38 8 11 8
   Montgomery	34 8  7 2
 2B- Paul (13). HR- McDougall (11). RBI- Dunlap 
(30), McDougall 3 (46), Ellis (24), Concepcion 2 
(18), Tomlin (1). LOB- Jacksonville 3, Montgomery 
7. SB- JGonzalez (5).

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er  bb so  era
Hammes (2-3)	6.0  3  1-1  0  3   3.97
Akin         	2.0  2  0-0  1  4   5.40
Miller  	1.0  2  1-1  1  0  45.00
 T- 2:11. Att- 6,781.
Pitcher's Carry Sixers-- Despite leaving 10 runners on base, Inland Empire moved into a one game lead in the California League South Division with a 4-3 win over Lancaster, riding a strong pitching performance by James McDonald (5-5).

The win gives the 66ers a one-game margin on Lancaster and a win will give them the title. They have been tied with JetHawks were tied for first place in nine of the previous 10 days before Saturday's win and are alone in first place for only the second time in the first half.

The Sixers fielded flawlessly and all-star James McDonald, after skipping a start to give him extra rest, pitched six shutout innings, allowing only five hits and no walks while striking out five.

"I didn't have my best stuff, but I hit the corners tonight," McDonald said. "We wanted to sweep this weekend. Look at this clubhouse and look at their clubhouse and you'll see who's going to win (today)."

However, should Lancaster win today, the teams would be tied for the first-half title. The tie-breaker in such a case is a one-game tie-breaker between the teams in the first meeting of the second half which would be July 4 in Lancaster.

The Sixers built a 4-0 lead when designated hitter Shane Justis scored the first run after he tripled into the Lancaster bullpen and scored on a throwing error.

Outfielder Jamie Hoffman's RBI double in the third inning made it 2-0, and the Sixers left five runners in scoring position over the first five innings.

They added two more runs in the sixth on RBI singles by third baseman Blake DeWitt and first baseman Russell Mitchell. Mitchell and DeWitt had three hits apiece as part of the Sixers' 13-hit attack.

Relievers Francisco Felix and Jacobo Meque stumbled in the seventh and Lancaster closed to within a run before starter Javy Guerra came in and closed out the victory, striking out the final hitter of the inning with the tying run at third.

He earned his first save of the season by shutting out Lancaster over the final 2.1 innings while striking out four.

Sixer Notes-- Left-hander Brent Leach is not close to returning from an injury to his lat muscle. Leach had been throwing on the side but hasn't pitched in a game since May 12. He is 0-0 with four saves and 0.45 ERA this season. The injury turned out to be more serious than previously believed and Leach is no longer throwing. He may be able to start again soon, but it will take three weeks from that point before he's ready for game action.
 Score by Innings
Lancaster	000 000 300-3
Inland Empire	011 002 00x-4

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt lf        	5  0  1  0  .286
DeWitt 3b	5  1  3  1  .276
Denker 2b	3  1  1  0  .337
Mitchell 1b	3  0  3  1  .275
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  1  .316
May c        	4  0  0  0  .261
Justis dh	4  1  1  0  .295
Godwin cf	4  0  1  0  .237
De Jesus ss	1  2  0  0  .262

 2B- Hoffmann (13), DeWitt (19). 3B Justis (1). 
RBI- Hoffmann (42), DeWitt (31), Mitchell (32).
LOB- Inland Empire 10, Lancaster 9. SB- Godwin 
(10), Denker (6).

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (5-5)	6.0  5  0-0  0  5  3.54
Felix        	0.2  2  3-3  2  0  3.75
Meque        	0.0  1  0-0  0  0  7.77
Guerra (sv 2)	2.1  2  0-0  0  4  3.77
 HBP- Denker. T- 2:54. Att- 3,106.
Mattingly Helps Top Silverhawks-- Great Lakes moved to within a game of the .500 mark for the first time since early April as they rode second baseman Preston Mattingly's bat to a 7-4 win over South Bend.

Mattingly has a five-game hitting streak going and has boosted his average from .190 to .265 over the past two months. He singled three times, scored twice and drove in a run in the win.

The Silverhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead before shortstop Francisco Lizarraga slugged a two-run home run to tie the score in the third. The Loons scored two runs in both the fourth when third baseman Josh Bell doubled, Mattingly singled him to third and a sac fly by Scott Van Slyke untied the score. Matt Berezay's single made it 4-2.

The Loons put up a third "2" on the board in the fifth inning when Adolfo Gonzalez walked and scored on Mattingly's two-out single. He quickly stole second and scored on Berezay's second RBI single.

Josh Wall started for the Loons and pitched 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs while picking up his fourth win of the season. David Pfeiffer pitched the final 3.1 innings in relief to earn his first save and the Loons took over the fourth place in the Midwest League Eastern Division. 

Great Lakes improved to 34-35 and continue their seven-game series with the South Bend Silverhawks today.
 Score by Innings
South Bend	011 002 000-4
Great Lakes	002 220 01x-7

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  1  0  0  .248
Lizarraga ss	4  1  2  2  .277
Gonzalez dh	3  1  1  0  .321
Perez 1b	5  0  0  0  .318
Bell 3b        	4  1  2  0  .275
Mattingly 2b	4  2  3  1  .265
Van Slyke rf	2  0  0  1  .268
Berezay lf	3  0  2  1  .249
Apodaca c	4  1  2  2  .237
   Totals	33 7 12 7
   South Bend	37 4 11 4

 Error- Wall (5). 2B- Bell (15). HR- Lizarraga 
(3), Apodaca (3).RBI- Lizarraga 2 (15), Van Slyke 
(23), Apodaca 2 (7), Mattingly (26), Berezay (25). 
S- Lizarraga. SF- Van Slyke. LOB- Great Lakes 9, 
South Bend 10.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (4-7)	5.2  8  4-4  2  4  5.26
Pfeiffer (sv 1)	3.1  3  0-0  1  3  0.00
 WP- Wall, Pfeiffer. HBP- by Wall. 
T- 2:55. Att- 4,947.

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