Sixers Tie for Title; Suns One Game Short

Inland Empire could not pull of a sweep of Lancaster, and the Cal League title will be decided on July 4 in Lancaster. Jacksonville won but Mobile lost to Mississippi and the Braves take the Southern League first-half pennant. Las Vegas dumped Sacramento on an RBI single by John Lindsey and Great Lakes fell just short of finishing the first half at .500 after losing to South Bend.

  The first half standings:

Pacific Coast League*
 South Division	 w-l    pct   gm
Tucson	        38-31  .511    --
Sacramento	39-32  .549    --
Fresno	        39-33  .535   1.0
Las Vegas	32-38  .457   6.5

Southern League
 South Division	 w-l    pct   gb
Mississippi	42-28  .600    --
Jacksonville	41-29  .586   1.0
Mobile	        37-33  .529   5.0
Montgomery	35-35  .500   7.0
Birmingham	32-38  .457  10.0

California League
 South Division	 w-l    pct   gm
Inland Empire	39-31  .557    --
Lancaster	39-31  .557    --
Lake Elsinore	37-33  .529   2.0
Rch Cucamonga	33-37  .471   6.0
High Desert	31-39  .443   8.0

Midwest League
 East Division	 w-l    pct   gb
Dayton	        44-26  .629    --
West Michigan	38-32  .612   6.0
Lansing	        35-34  .507   8.5
Great Lakes	34-36  .486  10.0
South Bend	34-36  .486  10.0
Fort Wayne	31-38  .449  12.5
 *Note: The PCL does not play a split-season.
Vegas Rallies to Win-- Las Vegas used RBI singles from first baseman John Lindsey and third baseman Luis Maza to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth inning and dropped Sacramento 5-3.

Outfielder Delwyn Young opened the inning with a single to center, and second baseman Michael Rivera followed with another single. Lindsey -- who homered for the third time in three games in the fourth inning -- then singled to score Young. An infield single by Choo Freeman and Luis Maza's single to center gave the 51s an insurance run.

Starter Miguel Pinango went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and six strikeouts and left the game tied 2-2. Eric Hull surrendered a run in the seventh and Matt Riley (2-1) earned the win, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out three in 2.1 innings.

Marlon Anderson had an RBI groundout in the fifth inning for Las Vegas (32-38), and Wilkin Ruan had a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Rehabbing Oakland outfielder Milton Bradley went 0-for-2 with two walks
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas 	000 110 120-5
Sacramento	101 000 100-3

 Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	4  0  1  0  .341
Anderson dh	3  0  0  0  .241
 Barnes ph-dh	1  0  0  0  .176
Young lf	5  1  2  0  .313
LaRoche 3b	2  0  1  0  .244
Rivera 2b	3  1  1  0  .100
Lindsey 1b	4  1  2  2  .400
Freeman cf	4  0  2  0  .281
Maza 2b-3b	3  1  3  1  .365
Huckaby c	3  0  0  0  .269
Ruan rf	        3  1  0  1  .296
   Totals	35 5 12 4
   Sacramento	33 3 10 3

 Error- Ruan (1). 2B- Young (24). HR- Lindsey 
(3). RBI- Lindsey 2 (9), Ruan (3), Maza (17). 
S- Valdez; Huckaby. SF- Ruan. LOB- Las Vegas 
8, Sacramento 8. SB- Freeman (3). CS- Young 
(3). DP- 3 Pinango, Valdez and Lindsey; 
Lindsey; Valdez, Rivera and Lindsey.

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango 	5.0  4  2-1  4  6  3.35
Hull  	        1.2  3  1-1  0  3  3.28
Riley (2-1)	2.1  1  0-0  2  3  6.75
 WP- Riley. HBP- Anderson. T-3:02. Att- 12,904.
Gonzalez's Homer Breaks Tie-- Second baseman Juan Gonzalez slugged a two-run homer in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and power Jacksonville to a 5-4 win over Montgomery on Sunday. However, Mississippi beat Mobile to claim the Southern Division first-half title by a single game. Jacksonville's late-season surge saw them win six in a row and 12 of their final 15 games.

With one out in the eighth, Anthony Raglani doubled and Gonzalez, who went 3-for-4, ripped his third home run to left to put the Suns ahead for good.

Joey Norrito started for the Suns and allowed seven hits and three runs, two earned, leaving the game with two out in the sixth. Wesley Wright (4-2) took over and allowed one run on two hits over 1.1 innings to pick up the win. Jonathan Meloan struck out the side in the ninth to record his 12th save in 15 opportunities.

Chin-Lung Hu went 3 for 4 and finished a homer short of the cycle.

The Suns return to the Baseball Grounds tonight to begin the second half
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 030 020-5
Montgomery	010 200 010-4

 Jacksonville 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	4  0  0  0  .277
Hu ss        	4  1  3  1  .326
Dunlap dh	2  0  0  0  .258
 Nicholson dh	0  0  0  0  .180
McDougall 3b	5  0  1  1  .264
Concepcion 1b	4  0  0  0  .256
Raglani lf	4  1  1  0  .236
JGonzalez 2b	4  2  3  2  .282
Ellis c        	3  1  1  1  .264
Tomlin rf	3  0  1  0  .200
   Totals	33 5 10 5
   Montgomery	31 4 9 4

 Error- JGonzalez (3). 2B- Hu (25), Ellis (12), 
Raglani (14). 3B- Hu (5). HR- JGonzalez (3). 
RBI- Ellis (25), Hu (23), McDougall (47), 
Gonzalez 2 (20). S- Tomlin; Paul. LOB- Jacksonville 
8, Montgomery 4. CS- JGonzalez (5). DP- Concepcion, 
Hu and Norrito; Concepcion and Hu; Concepcion.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Norrito	        6.2  7  3-2  1  3  2.32
Wright (4-2)	1.1  2  1-1  0  1  3.79
Maloan (sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  0  3  2.38
 HBP- by Norrito. T- 2:46. Att- 2,915.
-- After taking the first two games from Lancaster and moving into sole possession of first place, Inland Empire ran out of steam in the final game of the first half, losing 10-1 and dropping back into a tie with the JetHawks.

The tie, to decided the first half winner, will be played in Lancaster on July 4, the first time the two teams meet in the second half.

The Hawks collected 11 hits in the crucial game and rolled up an insurmountable lead by the fifth inning, tagging Alberto Bastardo (4-3)for five hits and five runs, but because of errors, three of the runs were unearned.

Five relievers were used but, although they for the most part were ineffective, it didn't make much difference because the Sixer offense was held in check.

Lancaster pitching allowed only five hits, all singles, two by Travis Denker, and one run that came in the second inning when outfielder Jamie Hoffman scored first baseman Russell Mitchell with a ground ball. Nine 66ers bit the dust on strikeouts. Denker boosted his average to .342

Inland Empire, trailing Lancaster by a game going into the big series, won a pair of 4-3 games to move -- for a day -- into first place. The Sixers won nine of their final 10 only to fall short.

"We knew we would have to win two of three to get into the playoffs," Sixers manager Dave Collins said. "They looked more like the team that leads the league in batting average, home runs and runs scored than they did in the first two games."

Outfielder Adam Godwin dropped a fly in the first inning and the JetHawks jumped on the mistake and scored three runs. Singles by Russell Mitchell and Denker set up a run after Hoffman bounced into a fielder's choice in the second. That was the high-water mark of the day for the Sixers.
 Score by Innings
Lancaster 	300 220 120-10
Inland Empire	010 000 000- 1

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  1  0  .249
Gutierrez c	4  0  0  0  .248
DeWitt 3b	4  0  1  0  .279
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  0  .275
Denker 2b	3  0  2  0  .342
May dh         	4  0  0  0  .257
Hoffman rf	3  0  0  1  .311
DeJesus ss	3  0  0  0  .258
Godwin cf	2  0  0  0  .234
 Hunt cf	1  0  0  0  .276
   Totals	32  1  5 1
   Lancaster 	39 10 11 9

 Error- Godwin (2), De Jesus (12). 
RBI- Hoffmann (43). LOB- Inland Empire 5, 
Lancaster 5. SB- Rogowski (19).

Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (4-3)	4.0  5  5-2  0  5  5.09
Felix        	0.0  3  2-2  0  0  4.50
Castillo	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.18
Alvarez	        1.2  0  1-0  1  1  5.75
Pratt        	0.2  2  2-2  1  1  6.38
Wilson	        1.2  1  0-0  0  2  0.51
 WP- Bastardo. T- 2:35. Att- 2,094.
Late Rally Kills Loons-- Starter Chris White held on grimly to a 2-0 lead through six innings and Gomez de Seguera worked a scoreless eighth before South Bend broke through against a pair of Miguels; Sanfler and Ramirez, scoring four times to earn a 4-3 win and deny Great Lakes a .500 first half record. The Loons finished fourth in the Midwest League Eastern Division. White pitched six scoreless innings allowing only four hits.

Great Lakes jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a outfielder Tommy Giles' solo home run in the first inning and a Scott Van Slyke RBI-single in the second that scored designated hitter Eduardo Perez. The score would remain the same until the eighth inning when South Bend rallied for the win.

In the ninth, a Perez single and a Josh Bell double put the tying run on second. Second baseman Adolfo Gonzalez picked up an RBI-groundout to make it 4-3. With Bell on third, Trayvon Robinson ran for him but Matt Berezay's fly ball was too shallow left field to allow him to to score and Van Slyke was called out on strikes.

The Loons claim fourth place thanks to holding the tiebreaker over the Silverhawks who have the same record.

The Loons return home for the Midwest League All-Star game Tuesday with Francisco Lizarraga, Ramirez, Perez, and Clayton Kershaw representing Great Lakes.
 Score by Innings
South Bend	000 000 031-4
Great Lakes	110 000 001-3

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Rivera ss	4  0  1  0  .333
Giles rf        4  1  1  1  .400
Perez dh        4  1  1  0  .317
Bell 3b        	4  0  2  0  .279
 Robinson pr	0  0  0  0  .248
Gonzalez 2b	4  0  0  1  .311
Berezay lf	3  1  0  0  .245
Van Slyke cf	4  0  1  1  .267
Santana c	3  0  0  0  .174
Sutherland 1b	3  0  1  0  .208
   Totals	33 3 7 3
   South Bend	34 4 8 4

 Error- Gonzalez (5).  2B- Bell 2 (17). 
HR- Giles (1). RBI- Giles (5), Van Slyke (24), 
Gonzalez (14). LOB- Great Lakes 4, South Bend 
13. SB- Berezay (5). CS- Rivera (1).

 Great Lakes     in  h  r-er bb so  era
White            6.0  3  0-0  5  6   2.63
Gomez            1.0  1  0-0  0  2  14.73
Sanfler (2-2)    0.1  0  3-3  1  0   5.55
Ramirez          1.2  2  1-1  2  2   1.30
 HBP- Berezay. T- 2:35. Att- 5,230.

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