Josh Bell (and Josh Bell) help Loons win

Rick Bauer had a forgettable debut with Las Vegas, allowing three in the ninth in an 8-6 loss to Fresno. Jacksonville lost 9-3 to Mobile. Inland Empire rallied in the ninth on an RBI single by Jamie Hoffman to beat Lancaster 4-3. A pair of Josh Bell's, one on each side, keyed the Great Lakes win. A pair of unearned runs cost Ogden a 4-2 decision to Idaho Falls and the Coasties had the day off.

Late Runs Beat Vegas-- A two-run homer off reliever Rick Bauer erased a 6-5 lead and Fresno held on for an 8-6 win. It was Bauer's first game with Las Vegas after pitching for Ottawa in the International League earlier this season. He was 3-1, 3,55 for Texas while pitching in 58 games during 2006.

Spike Lundberg, who was 15-2 with a 2.27 ERA for Jacksonville last year, left the game in the seventh with a 5-4 lead. He had allowed nine hits and four earned run, striking out three.

Pitching coach Ken Howell said Lundberg is improving but still has plenty of room for improvement. "He's still got to pitch down in the zone more," Howell told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "He's getting through innings, but we have to learn to control damage better. ... He's done OK, but I've seen him pitch a lot better."

Third baseman Andy LaRoche has seemingly found his batting eye, smacking a single and a pair of doubles to boost his average to .268. Delwyn Young banged his 13th homer, a two-run shot, and first baseman John Lindsey and outfielder Choo Freeman each had a pair of hits and two RBI.

The 451s had scored one run before catcher Ben Davis popped out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth as Las Vegas fell to 1-4 on its seven-game homestand, 6-15 in day games and 16-25 at home.

Los Angeles shortstop Ramon Martinez is to join the 51s on a rehabilitation assignment for the game tonight. Martinez, sidelined with back problems, has hit .153 in 26 games this season for the Dodgers.
 Score by Innings
Fresno	        001 200 013-8
Las Vegas	202 010 101-7

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Garcia ss	4  2  2  0  .299
McDougall 2b	5  2  1  0  .257
Young lf	5  1  1  2  .328
Lindsey 1b	5  1  2  2  .338
 Valdez pr	0  0  0  0  .338
LaRoche 3b	4  1  3  0  .268
Freeman cf	4  0  2  2  .295
Davis c        	5  0  0  0  .174
Ruan rf        	4  0  1  0  .263
Lundberg p	3  0  2  0  .292
 Hull p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph        1  0  0  0  .331
 Bauer p        0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	39 7 14 6
   Fresno	33 8 15 8

 Error- Davis (2). 2B- McDougall (2), LaRoche 2 
(9), Lindsey 2 (7). HR- young (13). RBI- Young 
2 (61), Lindsey 2 (20), Freeman 2 (34). LOB- Las 
Vegas 9, Fresno 7. SB- LaRoche (2). DP- 2 Garcia, 
McDougall and Lindsey; Garcia.

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er  bb so  era
Lundberg	6.1  9  4-4  1  3   6.12
Hull         	1.2  3  1-1  1  0   3.53
Bauer (0-1)	1.0  3  3-3  1  1  27.00
 HBP- by Lundberg. T- 2:44. Att- 2,102.
Jacksonville Hammered 9-3-- Starter Zachary Hammes (3-5) surrendered five runs on eight hits while fanning five over six innings as Mobile took a 9-3 decision. Hammes gave up a pair of bunt singles, then threw a home run ball to get the Bears a 4-1 lead. Relievers Greg Miller and Mark Alexander allowed four more runs.

The Suns collected only four hits and a pair of runs over the first six innings as Mobile won their eighth game in a row.

Cory Dunlap got Jacksonville on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first and Xavier Paul banged out three hits and is hitting .478 (11-for-23) over his last six games. David Nicholson lined RBI singles in the fifth and seventh and Chin-Lung Hu had three singles to boost his league-leading hit total to 99.

The Suns had seven hits over the last three innings but could only score one run. They had the bases loaded in the seventh and ninth inning, but failed to score.

Losing the first two games of the four-game series means the Suns lose a series for just the fifth time. They were 22-7 in June.

The Suns LHP Mike Megrew (4-5, 5.96) will oppose BayBears RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.45) tonight.
 Score by Innings
Mobile 	        103 001 103-9
Jacksonville	100 020 100-3

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	5  0  3  1  .286
Hu ss        	5  1  3  0  .326
Howard 3b	4  0  1  0  .310
Dunlap 1b	3  0  0  1  .251
Concepcion c	4  0  1  0  .254
Raglani lf	3  0  0  0  .241
 Miller p       0  0  0  0  .000
 Rohan ph       1  0  0  0  .257
 Alexander p	0  0  0  0  .000
Tomlin rf-lf	4  0  0  0  .266
JGonzalez 2b	3  2  2  0  .292
Hammes p        1  0  0  0  .000
 Nicholson rf	2  0  1  1  .171
   Totals	32 3 11 3
   Mobile	39 9 14 8

 2B- JGonzalez (7), Paul (14). RBI- Dunlap (36), 
Paul (4), Nicholson (8). S- Hammes. SF- Dunlap. 
LOB- Jacksonville 11, Mobile 7. DP- Gonzalez, 
Hu and Dunlap.

 Jacksonville  	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Hammes (3-5)	6.0  8  5-5  2  5  4.62
Miller        	2.0  2  1-1  0  2  7.27
Alexander 	1.0  4  3-3  1  2  5.05
 HBP- by Miller. T-2:48. Att- 2,106.
Deja Vu All Over Again-- The Sixers thoughtfully replayed their come-from-behind win Saturday night for those who couldn't make the game, scoring twice in the last of the ninth Sunday to dump Rancho Cucamonga 4-3.

Drew Locke, playing first base for the second time this season, had two important late inning hits. In the eight, Locke doubled and eventually scored on Bridger Hunts single pull Inland Empire to within one run, 3-2. Then in the ninth, with two out, Lucas May lined his second hit of the game and Locke doubled down the third base line.

Shane Justis walked and Jamie Hoffmann singled to center and Locke slid across the plate to give the Sixers their second win in a row.

Jesus Castillo started for Inland Empire, working six innings and allowing only three hits and three runs, two of them earned. He struck out five. Jordan Pratt held the fort over two scoreless innings and Jacobo Meque (3-1) picked up the win after the ninth-inning rally.

May homered (#13) and singled and Lock collected a pair of doubles for the Sixers.
 Score by Innings
High Desert	110 010 000-3
Inland Empire	000 010 012-4

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Hunt cf-rf	4  0  1  1  .297
Denker 2b	4  0  0  0  .330
DeWitt 3b	4  0  1  0  .295
Mitchell dh	4  0  0  0  .263
May c        	4  2  2  1  .349
Locke 1b	4  2  2  1  .256
Justis ss	3  0  1  0  .301
Godwin rf	2  0  0  0  .236
Hoffman ph-cf	2  0  1  1  .315
Rogowski lf	2  0  0  0  .258
   Totals	26 4 8 4
   High Desert	29 3 3 2

 2B- Locke 2 (7). HR- May (13). RBI- May (55), 
Hunt (8), Locke (13). Hoffmann (48). LOB- Inland 
Empire 5, High Desert 2. SB- Hunt (4), Rogowski 
(22). 

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo	6.0  3  3-2  1  5  4.18
Pratt        	2.0  0  0-0  2  3  6.22
Meque (3-1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  6.30
 PB- May 2 (20). T- 2:22. Att- 1,845.
Will the Real Josh Bell Please Stand Up?-- In a twist of fate that would make an interesting X-File or Information Please episode, third baseman Josh Bell smacked his team-leading ninth home run for Great Lakes, after third baseman Josh Bell had dropped a pop in the first inning to give Great Lakes a 1-0 lead.

The explanation is really not supernatural, both the Loons and the Lugnuts have a Josh Bell playing third.

In front of yet another great crowd, 5,037 fans, the Loons stopped Lansing 6-1 behind the Bell-Bell thing but the win may have cost the team one of their starting pitchers.

Garrett White started and went 4.1 innings and although he hit four batters he allowed the only Lugnut run but he left the game after experiencing soreness in his pitching (left) shoulder. Thomas Melgarejo worked 1.2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win and improve to 2-6. Miguel Sanfler pitched the final three innings to earn his third save of the 2007 season. 

Carlos Santana's infield pop-up eluded Lugnuts third baseman Josh Bell, allowing Eduardo Perez to score in the first inning. In the third, the Loons scored three times in an inning highlighted by Josh Bell's home run, making it 4-0.

Another Lugnuts error (not by a player named David Sutherland) and a David Sutherland RBI-single ended the scoring for the Loons, who won Great Lakes second game of the second half.

Bell (ours), Eduardo Perez and Adolfo Gonzalez each had a pair of hits for the winners.

The Loons improve to 2-8 and will take on Lansing again Monday tonight.
 Score by Innings
Lansing	        000 100 000-1
Great Lakes	103 110 00x-6

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Berezay lf	5  0  0  0  .240
Giles cf        3  0  0  0  .268
Perez dh        4  2  2  0  .318
Bell 3b        	3  1  2  2  .279
Santana c	2  1  0  0  .181
Gonzalez 2b	4  1  2  1  .313
Sutherland 1b	4  0  1  1  .204
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .263
Rivera ss	4  1  1  0  .207
   Totals	33 6 9 4
   Lansing	31 1 4 1

 Error- Gonzalez (7). 2B- Perez (15), Gonzalez (8). 
HR- Bell (9). RBI- Bell 2 (41), Gonzalez (16), 
Sutherland (11). LOB-  Great Lakes 7, Lansing 14. 
SB- Rivera (1), Gonzalez (3). DP- Bell, Gonzalez 
and Sutherland; Gonzalez, Rivera and Sutherland; 
Rivera, Gonzalez and Sutherland.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White 	        4.1  3  1-1  2  4  3.10
Melgarejo (2-5)	1.2  1  0-0  1  2  6.56
Sanfler (sv 3) 	3.0  2  0-0  4  2  4.71
 HBP- Giles; by White 4. T- 2:44. Att- 5,037.
Raptors Errors Cost Jones-- Joe Jones reached a distinction he could do without-the first three-game loser in the Pioneer League this season- as Idaho Falls ended Ogden's mild two-game win streak with a 4-2 victory Sunday.

Only one of the three runs the Chukars collected off Jones was earned but he fell to 0-3 as he gave up six hits in five innings, walking two and striking out two. Idaho Falls picked up its other run off Wilfredo Diaz who went three while Kalen Gearhart worked a perfect ninth.

Third-round draft choice Austin Gallagher had his best day yet as a pro, lining three hits and driving in a run for the Raptors. Kenley Jansen also had three hits while Jaime Pedroza was good for a a pair of basehits.

The Raptors are now 7-6 for the season. --Bill Shelley.
 Score by Innings
Idaho Falls	010 111 000-4
Ogden	        010 001 000-2

 Ogden 	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .326
Herrera 2b	1  0  0  0  .222
Fuller 2b 	3  0  1  0  .250
Pedroza ss	4  0  2  0  .444
Taloa 1b	4  0  0  0  .133
Jansen c	4  2  3  0  .344
Wallach dh	4  0  0  0  .000
Vetter rf	4  0  0  0  .323
Gallagher 3b	4  0  0  1  .261
Kanaby lf	4  0  1  1  .278
   Totals	32 2 10 2
   Idaho falls	36 4  9 3

 Error-  Taloa,  Jones  (1). RBI- Gallagher (3), 
Kanaby (3). LOB- Ogden 8, Idaho Falls 7. SB- Pedroza 
(2). CS- Gallagher (1), Fuller (2). DP- Fuller, 
Pedroza and Taloa.

 Ogden 	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Jones (0-3)	5.0  6  3-1  2  2  14.40
Diaz        	3.0  3  1-1  0  6   4.59
Gearhart	1.0  0  0-0  0  1   1.80
 WP- Diaz 2. T- 2:51. Att- 4,108.
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