Locke's Homers Lock Up Win

Las Vegas fumbled away five unearned runs and lost 10-3 to Tucson. Jacksonville scored early, then held on to top Birmingham as Joey Norrito improved to 4-0. Inland Empire rode a pair of Drew Locke home runs to a 10-3 win over Rancho Cucamonga. Ogden lost to previously winless Casper and Great Lakes was rained out.

Toros Crush 51s-- Tucson struck for four runs in the second and added three more in the sixth en route to an easy 10-3 win over Las Vegas.

Starter Miguel Pinango (2-4) was betrayed by his defense as he allowed five hits and six runs but only two of the runs were earned. He worked into the sixth inning and struck out four. Dwayne Pollok surrendered another pair of runs as did Casey Hoorelbeke.

After the four-run Tucson second, catcher Ben Davis singled in Choo Freeman, who had doubled and moved his hitting streak to 11 games, in the bottom of the inning.

In the third second baseman Sergio Garcia doubled, then scored when first baseman John Lindsey lined an RBI single and in the fourth, Las Vegas drew within a run when Wilkin Ruan singled and later scored on outfielder Delwyn Young's ground ball to cut the lead to 4-3.

Las Vegas never got any closer.

Ruan and Freeman each had a pair of hits for the 51s.
 Score by Innings
Tucson	        040 003 120-10
Las Vegas	011  100 000-3

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss-3b	4  0  0  0  .341
Garcia 2b-ss	5  1  1  0  .297
Young rf	5  0  1  1  .324
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  1  .345
Freeman cf	4  1  2  0  .291
McDougall 3b-lf	1  0  0  0  .240
Davis c	        4  0  1  0  .250
 Hoorelbeke p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Wright p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ruan lf	        3  1  2  1  .277
Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Huckaby c	1  0  0  0  .264
 Pinango p	1  0  0  0  .143
 Rivera 2b	2  0  0  0  .115
    Totals	34   3  8 3
    Tucson	38  10 12 9


 Error- Valdez (3). 2B- Freeman (7), Garcia (14), 
Young (29). RBI- Ruan (11), Lindsey (17), Young 
(57). S- Pinango. LOB- Las Vegas 10, Tucson 6. 
DP- Garcia, Valdez and Lindsey; Garcia and Lindsey.

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (2-4)	5.1  5  6-2  2  4   3.81
Pollok	        1.2  4  2-2  1  1   4.50
Hoorelbeke 	1.0  2  2-1  1  0   5.44
Wright	        1.0  1  0-0  3  3  13.50  
 WP- Hoorelbeke. PB- Huckaby (3). T- 3:00. Att- 5,272.
Suns Edge Barons-- Starter Joey Norrito pitched six strong innings and outfielder James Tomlin smacked a two-run double as Jacksonville built a 5-1 lead, then held off Birmingham to win 5-4.

Norrito (4-0) remained unbeaten, allowing three runs on five hits with a strikeout and no walks. Ramon Troncoso worked a pair of scoreless innings before closer Jonathan Meloan allowed a run on three hits in the ninth, but escaped further damage to earn his franchise-leading 16th save.

Jacksonville scored one in the first inning when catcher Alberto Concepcion singled in outfielder Xavier Paul. They added a pair in the fourth on outfielder James Tomlin's double that drove in outfielder Anthony Raglani and catcher A.J. Ellis.

Leading 4-1 in the top of the fifth, outfielder Kevin Howard doubled and with one out, scored on Raglani's double. Following Ellis' second hit of the game, first baseman Cory Dunlap made it 5-1 with a run-scoring ground ball.

The Suns collected nine hits and five of them were doubles.

Wes Whistler started and lost for Birmingham. There is no indication that his mother was in attendance at the game.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	100 220 000-5
Birmingham	000 102 001-4

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin rf	4  0  1  2  .284
Paul cf        	5  1  1  0  .272
Howard 3b 	3  1  2  0  .333
Concepcion dh	4  0  1  1  .254
Raglani lf	4  1  1  1  .242
Ellis c        	4  1  2  0  .268
Dunlap 1b	4  0  0  1  .258
Nicholson 2b	3  1  0  0  .163
Rohan ss	4  0  1  0  .264
   Totals	35 5 9 5
   Birmingham	35 4 9 4

 Error- Rohan (8). 2B- Tomlin (6), Howard(2), 
Raglani (16). RBI- Concepcion (31), Tomlin 2 (7), 
Raglani (43), Dunlap (35). LOB- Jacksonville 6, 
Birmingham 5. SB- Paul (4).

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Norrito (4-0)	6.0  5  3-3  0  1  2.62
Troncoso 	2.0  1  0-0  1  2  2.25
Meloan (sv 16)	1.0  3  1-0  0  1  2.11
 T-2:16. Att- 5,810.
Sixers a Locke in Win-- Inland Empire collected thirteen hits, including a pair of home runs by Drew Locke, and topped Rancho Cucamonga 10-2.

Drew Locke two shots sailed over the center field wall and he finished with three runs batted in and a pair of runs scored.

Russell Mitchell, Blake DeWitt and Ryan Rogowski also had multi hit games for Inland Empire.

This was the third time in four games in Rancho Cucamonga that the Sixers faced a MLB pitcher. Justin Speier worked the first inning in a rehab start from the Angels.

Starter Javy Guerra (5-3) earned the win for the 66ers as he allowed just two runs in five and two-third innings and struck out four batters. Jesus Rodriguez was lights out in a relief role, working three and one-third scoreless and hitless innings and striking out five. The two teams meet again tonight in Rancho Cucamonga and the 66ers will return home on Sunday to open a series will High Desert.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	        100 230 301-10
Rancho Cucamonga	010 001 000- 2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Rogowski lf	5  2  2  1  .252
Denker 2b	4  2  1  0  .332
DeWitt 3b	5  2  2  2  .294
Mitchell 1b	4  1  2  3  .271
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  1  .306
Locke dh	4  2  2  3  .255
De Jesus ss	3  0  1  0  .260
Justis ss	2  0  0  0  .302
Gutierrez c	4  0  1  0  .243
Godwin cf	3  1  1  0  .238
   Totals 	35 10 13 10
   Cucamonga 	33  2  7  2

 Error- Rogowski (2). 2B- Denker (15), Godwin (4), 
Rogowski (16), DeWitt (25). 3B- Hoffmann (3). 
HR- Locke 2 (4). RBI- Mitchell 3 (36), Locke 3 
(12), Rogowski (28), DeWitt 2 (40), Hoffmann (47). 
S- Hoffmann. LOB- Inland Empire 9, Rancho Cucamonga 
7. DP- DeWitt and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire 	        in  h  r-er bb so  era
Guerra (5-3)	        5.2  7  2-2  3  4  4.19
Rodriguez (sv 1)	3.1  0  0-0  0  5  4.98
 WP- Guerra. HBP- Mitchell, Denker. T- 2:44. 
Att- 4,975.
Great Lakes Rained Out-- The game between Great Lakes and Ft. Wayne was by rain with the Wizards leading 1-0 in the bottom half of the fourth inning. The teams will pick up the game from the point of suspension September 1 in Midland. David Pfeiffer started for the Loons and pitched three innings.  The game was preceded by a one hour, 17 minute rain delay and the second delay postponed the game.

Ghosts Not So Friendly-- Casper finally got around to winning its first game of the season as they edged Ogden 4-3 Thursday, a loss that dropped the Raptors back to .500 at 4-4.

A leadoff triple followed by a squeeze bunt off Cal Stanke broke a 3-all tie to give the Rockies their long-awaited victory after Bobby Blevins, making his first start, had held them in check, allowing just three hits and one run over the first four innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a man.

But Stanke (0-1), who also struck out five while not walking anybody, was reached four three runs in the four he went.

Kenley Jansen hit a solo homer, his second, in the second for the first Raptor run. Elian Herrera doubled home two more in the fifth. Travis Vetters was the lone Raptor with two hits.-- Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Ogden	010 020 000-3
Casper	010 020 10x-4

Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	3  1  0  0  .333
Herrera 2b	5  0  1  2  .258
Brown rf	3  0  0  0  .276
Taloa 1b	4  0  0  0  .154
Mathews dh	4  0  1  0  .207
Jansen c	3  1  1  1  .269
Vetters lf	4  0  2  0  .450
 Rosario pr	0  0  0  0  .412
Gallagher 3b	4  0  1  0  .133
Fuller ss	3  1  1  0  .235
   Totals	33 3 7 1
   Casper	29 4 8 4

 2B- Herrera (1). 3B- Fuller (1). HR- Jansen (2). 
RBI- Herrera (2). RBI- Jansen (4), Herrera 2 (7). 
S- Fuller. LOB- Ogden 8, Carper 4. SB- Fuller (2), 
Rosario (7). DP- Gallagher, Herrera and Taloa.

 Ogden	        in  h  r-er bb so  era
Blevins	        4.0  3  1-1  0  5  1.13
Stanke (0-1)	4.0  5  3-3  0  5  5.63
 HBP- 2:32. Att- 1,112. T- 2:32. Att- 1,112.
Gulf Coast Dodgers-- rained out.

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