May's 23rd Homer in Ninth Wins for Loons

A 10-run sixth dashed Las Vegas hopes in Sacramento. Jacksonville struck for three in the ninth but lost 4-3 to Carolina. Inland Empire squeezed by Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes lost to Cedar Rapids. Ogden was tripped up by Missoula and the Coasties smashed the Cardinals. The Dominican Dodgers had Sunday off.

Huge Inning Sinks Vegas-- The 51s held a 5-1 lead going into the top of the sixth inning but Sacramento sent 14 men to the plate and scored 10 times, and the River Cats survived a late rally to win 13-8.

Starter Spike Lundberg, Dwayne Pollok (1-2) and Casey Hoorelbeke were pounded during the long inning. Lundberg gave up three before leaving with none out. Pollok got two outs but surrendered five runs and Hoorelbeke was tagged for the final two.

Designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand continued to pound the ball, smacking a double and a homer (#1) and knocking in a pair of runs. He now has seven hits in three games with Vegas.

John Lindsey went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, his 16th for Las Vegas and his 27th for the 51s and Jacksonville. Wilkin Ruan lined a three-run homer, his second, in the fourth, and scored twice.
 Score by Innings
Sacramento 	000 01(10) 020-13
Las Vegas	200 30  0  003- 8

Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Valdez ss	5  0  0  0  .331
Hu c        	5  1  1  1  .345
Hillenbrand dh	5  2  2  2  .255
Lindsey 1b	5  1  2  2  .327
Barnes lf	4  0  0  0  .236
Freeman cf	2  1  1  0  .282
McDougall 3b	4  0  0  0  .257
Davis c	        3  1  1  0  .218
Ruan rf	        4  2  1  3  .299
   Totals	41  8  9  8
   Sacramento	41 13 15 12

 2B- Hillenbrand (2), Davis (4), Hu (8). 
HR- Lindsey (16), Ruan (2), Hillenbrand (1). 
RBI- Lindsey 2 (63), Ruan 3 (26), Hu (18), 
Hillenbrand 2 (5). LOB- Las Vegas 6, 
Sacramento 9. DP- Valdez, Hu and Lindsey.

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lundberg	5.0  4  3-3  2  2  5.37
Pollok (1-2)	0.2  5  5-5  1  0  5.77
Hoorelbeke	1.1  4  3-3  1  0  5.73
Fussell	        2.0  2  2-2  4  2  5.08
 T-3:03. Att- 2,050.
Wild Ninth-Inning Rally Falls Short-- Carolina took a 4-0 lead into the ninth against Jacksonville, then hung on for a 4-3 win.

The suns starter Alvis Ojeda (4-6) gave up all four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and two walks while fanning two in 3.1 innings. Cory Wade struck seven in 3.2 scoreless frames, while B.J. LaMura and Ramon Troncoso chipped in a shut out inning each to keep Jacksonville within striking distance.

And strike they did.

Held to six hits, the Suns collected three of them when third baseman Blake DeWitt doubled, second baseman Kevin Howard singled and catcher A.J. Ellis smacked a three run homer in the last of the ninth with no one out, then first baseman Alberto Concepcion walked to put the tying run on base.

But outfielder Anthony Raglani struck out and Concepcion was thrown out at second base for a double play and shortstop Juan Gonzalez bounced out to end the game.

DeWitt, with a single and a double, was was the only one with multiple hits as the Suns slid to 31-19 and hold a two game lead over second place Montgomery.
 Score by Innings
Carolina	001 300 000-4
Jacksonville	000 000 003-3

Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  0  0  .265
DeWitt 3b	4  1  2  0  .302
Howard 2b	3  1  1  0  .308
Ellis c        	3  1  1  3  .261
Concepcion 1b	3  0  0  0  .251
Raglani lf	4  0  0  0  .244
Gonzalez ss	4  0  0  0  .299
Giles rf	3  0  1  0  .179
Ojeda p	        1  0  0  0  .222
 Wade P	        1  0  0  0  .000
 LaMura p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Paul ph	1  0  1  0  .288
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals	31 3 6 3
   Carolina	34 4 7 4

 Error- Ojeda (2), Concepcion (8), Ellis 
(4). 2B- Paul (20), DeWitt (10). HR- Ellis 
(2). RBI- Ells 3 (44). CS- Concepcion (2).  
LOB- Jacksonville 4, Carolina 7.

 Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Ojeda (4-6)	3.1  5  4-3  2  2  5.34
Wade        	3.2  2  0-0  1  7  0.89
LaMura	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.67
Troncoso 	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.35
 HBP- Ellis, Concepcion. T- 2:35. Att- 4,668.
Sixers Chip Away and Win-- Trailing 2-0 at Rancho Cucamonga, Inland Empire played little ball in the seventh eighth and ninth innings, scoring a single run each time, and coming away with a 3-2 lead to avoid a sweep.

Catcher Lucas May slammed his game-winning 23rd home run in the ninth, and the Sixers stretched their wild card lead over the Quake another game with the win.

Cody White held Cucamonga scoreless until the sixth when a walk and a double, coupled with May's throwing error, gave the Quake a 2-0 lead.

Jamie Hoffman, Josh Bell and May singled in the seventh and Dred Locke's sac fly scored the first Sixer run. In the eighth, Russ Mitchell was hit by a pitch and Bridger Hunt tripled him across to tie the game. Hunt was cut down at the plate on a ground ball by Adam Godwin.

May's home run game Inland Empire their first lead of the game and Kyle Wilson (1-0) who pitched a scoreless eighth picked up his first win.

Jacobo Meque earned his third save by closing out the game, working around a base hit and striking out the final batter.

Inland Empire, now 23-27 and seven games out of first place, returns to San Bernardino to play the Visalia Oaks starting tonight.
Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 000 111-3
Rch Cucamonga	000 002 000-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Denker 2b  	4  0  0  0  .302
Hoffmann rf	3  1  1  0  .306
Bell dh        	4  0  0  0  .091
May c        	4  1  2  1  .246
Locke lf	3  0  0  1  .289
Justis 1b	4  0  0  0  .293
Mitchell 3b	2  1  0  0  .252
De Jesus  ss	1  0  0  0  .280
 Hunt ph-ss	1  0  1  1  .282
Godwin cf	2  0  0  0  .247
   Totals	28 3 4 3
   RCucamonga	32 2 6 0

 Error- May (3). 3B- Hunt (3). HR- May (23). 
RBI- Locke (26). Hunt (23), May (79). S- Godwin. 
SF- Locke. LOB- Inland Empire 3, Rancho Cucamonga 6.

 Inland Empire 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White	        7.0  5  2-1  1  1  3.78
Wilson (1-0)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.54
Meque (sv 3)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  5.32
 HBP- Mitchell. PB- May (28).T-2:20. Att- 3,845.
Loons Play From Behind and Lose-- Great Lakes made a pair of comeback attempts but could never overcome a three-run first inning by Cedar Rapids, and losing a 6-4 decision.

Starter Paul Coleman (2-3) went 5.1 innings allowing eight hits and five runs and was tagged with the loss.

Trailing by three, the Loons scored twice in the second on right fielder Scott Van Slyke's single and left fielder Brian Mathews' double. Catcher Juan Apodaca drove in the first on a sac fly and center fielder Travon Robinson singled in the other.

The were kept off the board until the ninth, when trailing 6-2, first baseman Rick Taloa, Van Slyke and Mathews singled to load the bases. Apodaca cut the lead to 6-4 with his second hit of the game but a pair of strikeouts and a ground ball ended the rally with the tying and winning runs at second and third.

Matt Berezay had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.  Juan Apodaca drove in three of the Loons' four runs and Van Slyke and Mathews added two hits each.

The Loons and Kernels meet for game three of the four game series tonight in Cedar Rapids.  The Loons return home Thursday and Friday for a two game series against Dayton. 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	020 000 002-4
Ceder Rapids	300 002 21x-8

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly 2b	5  0  0  0  .216
Rivera ss	5  0  0  0  .260
Berezay dh	4  0  2  0  .284
Gonzlez 3b	3  0  1  0  .290
Taloa 1b	4  1  1  0  .152
Van Slyke rf	4  2  2  0  .266
Mathews lf	4  1  2  0  .500
Apodaca c	2  0  1  3  .232
Robinson cf	4  0  2  1  .243
   Totals	35 4 11 4
   Ceder Rapids	31 8 12 7

 Error- Taloa (2), Coleman (3), Gonzalez (17). 
2B- Berezay (29), Mathews (2). RBI- Apodaca 3 
(22), Robinson (27). SF- Apodaca. LOB- Great 
Lakes 7, Ceder Rapids 6. SB- Robinson 2 (20), 
Apodaca (2). CS- Gonzalez (5).

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Coleman (2-3)	5.1  8  5-5  0  3  4.54
Malone	        1.2  3  2-2  1  1  6.58
Sanfler	        1.0  1  1-1  1  2  5.40
 WP- Coleman, Sanfler. T- 2:33.
No Sweep For the Raptors-- After scoring 26 runs in their previous two games, Ogden dropped a 6-4 decision to Missoula in an attempt to sweep the series.

The Raptors fell behind in the fourth inning and couldn't catch up when the Osprey scored three in the eighth and ninth innings.

Center fielder Jovanny Rosario, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, apparently attempted to steal second base on his own in the seventh inning trailing by manager Jeff Carter.

Missoula took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning and shortstop Jaime Pedroza, who had three hits on the night, doubled and catcher Alex Garabedian singled before first baseman Matt Wallach walked to load the bases

A two-run error by the Missoula shortstop allowed both of them to score but a double play ended the threat with two runners on base.

Trailing 6-4 in the ninth, left fielder Erik Kanaby singled but another double play ended the game.

Starting pitcher Wilfredo Diaz (1-1) had a decent outing, surrendered 3 runs, 2 were earned, in five innings and was tagged with his his first loss of the year.

Matt Sartor and Jesus Gomez finished up, allowing four runs between them over the final four innings.

The Raptors, now two games behind league-leading Idaho Falls who have won nine of 13 games, begin a three game series at home against the Helena Brewers tonight.
 Score by innings
Missoula	010 200 021-6
Ogden	        002 000 020-4

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  2  2  .351
 Vetters cf	1  0  0  0  .317
Herrera 2b	4  0  0  0  .292
Pedroza ss	4  1  3  0  .369
Garabedian c	4  1  1  0  .233
Wallach 1b	3  0  1  0  .293
Jansen dh	3  0  0  0  .268
Gallagher 3b	4  0  0  0  .288
Povey rf	4  0  0  0  .125
Kanaby lf	3  1  1  0  .248
   Totals	34 4  9 3	
   Missoula	38 6 12 5

 Error- Gallagher (10). Rosario (5). 2B- Rosario
(4). RBI- Rosario 2 (25), Jansen (13). SB- Rosario 
(19). CS- Rosario (6). LOB- Ogden 6, Missoula 10.
DP- Gallagher and Herrera.

 Ogden	        in  h  r-er bb so  era
Diaz (1-1)	5.0  6  3-2  2  2  4.34
Sartor	        3.0  4  3-3  0  3  1.93
DBrooks	        1.0  2  1-1  1  2  5.72
 HBP- Wallach; by Diaz. PB- Garabedian (2).
T- 2:38. Att- 2,224.
Dodgers Smack Cardinals-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers racked up 15 hits and 13 runs, overwhelming the Cardinals 13-5 and boosting their league lead to eight games.

Third baseman Pedro Baez had a big night at the plate, smacking a grand slam home run in the sixth inning and going 4-for-4 with six runs batted in.

Second baseman Johan Garcia and left fielder Alfredo Silverio each added three hits.

Daigoro Rondon (5-2) won his fifth game. He allowed a single run over seven innings and struck out six, lowering his earned run average to 2.72. Andres Santiago and Jesus Gomez finished out the game
 Score by innings
Cardinals	010 000 013- 5
Dodgers	        003 404 02x-13

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	5  3  2  1  .305
JGarcia 2b	6  2  3  1  .297
Silverio lf	4  2  3  1  .373
 JGuzman cf	2  0  1  0  .229
Lambo rf	1  1  0  0  .314
 AGuzman rf	1  0  0  0  .209
Baez 3b	        4  2  4  6  .272
Collado c	3  0  0  0  .333
 Erickson c	1  1  1  0  .189
Orr 1b	        3  0  0  0  .256
Jacobs dh	3  2  0  1  .296
Poole cf-lf	4  0  1  0  .175
   Totals	37 13 15 10
   Cardinals	34  5 11  5

 2B- Poole (6). HR- Baez (2). RBI- Becker (16), 
Silverio (33), JGarcia (8), Jacobs (8). CS- Becker
(3). LOB- Dodgers 11, Cardinals 9. DP- Lambo and
Orr; Becker, JGarcia and Orr 2.

 Dodgers	ab  h  r-er bb so  era
Rondon (5-2)	6.0  7  1-1  1  6  2.72
Santiago	2.0  2  1-1  3  0  4.91
JGomez	        1.0  2  3-3  2  0  9.00
 WP- Rondon, JGarcia. HBP- by J Gomez. T- 3:10

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