Johnson Pitches Loons to 3-2 Win

Sacramento handed Las Vegas their fifth defeat in a row. Inland Empire used solid pitching to top Visalia and Great Lakes edged Cedar Rapids with a ninth-inning run. Ogden fell to 7-7 after a loss to Helena. The Gulf Coast Dodgers crushed the Nationals and a two-run ninth led the DSL Dodgers to a 7-6 win over the Giants. Jacksonville had an open date.

Late Surge Drops 51s-- A two-run home run in the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie and helped boost league-leading Sacramento over Las Vegas by a 9-6 margin as the River Cats won their fourth in a row. Vegas has lost five in succession.

Marshall McDougall's solo homer (#3) sparked a four-run sixth for the 51s (55-67) that tied the game. Luis Maza lined a two-RBI double and scored on Chin-Lung Hu's double but the Las Vegas offense was limited to that single inning and seven total hits.

William Juarez started and surrendered four runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings. Reliever Matt Riley (4-3) was tagged for four runs on two hits and two walks and took the loss. Jon Meloan allowed a run in his inning of work and Eric Cyr closed things out with a scoreless ninth.

The top four in the Las Vegas lineup are hitting .330 (Wilson Valdez); .341 (Maza); .342 (Hu) and .322 (John Lindsey).
 Score by Innings
Sacramento 	111 001 230-9
Las Vegas	000 004 002-6

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Valdez ss	4  1  1  0  .330
Maza 3b	        3  1  1  2  .341
Hu 2b        	4  0  1  1  .342
Lindsey dh	3  0  0  0  .322
Barnes lf	4  1  0  0  .230
Freeman cf	3  1  0  0  .280
McDougall 1b 	4  1  2  2  .263
Huckaby c	4  0  1  1  .269
Ruan rf        	4  1  1  0  .296
   Totals       31 6 7 6
   Sacramento	35 9 12 9

 Error- Hu (5). 2B- Valdez (16), Maza (14), Hu (9). 
HR- McDougall (3). RBI- McDougall 2 (19), Maza 2 (24), 
Hu (19), Huckaby (27). LOB- Las Vegas 4, Sacramento 9.

 Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Juarez        	5.1  10  4-4  3  3  5.68
Riley (4-3)	1.2   2  4-4  2  2  6.54
Meloan        	1.0   0  1-1  2  0  2.13
Cyr        	1.0   0  0-0  0  0  7.03
 HBP- Maloan. T- 3:00. Att- 3,266.
Jacksonville-- open date.

Sixers Level Quakes-- Inland Empire scored four in the seven to break up a close game and drop Visalia 7-2 behind the strong pitching of Alberto Bastardo and Jesus Castillo.

With the game tied 1-1, first baseman Russell Mitchell smacked a two-run double to give the Sixers a lead. In the seventh, right fielder Drew Locke socked a three-run triple to put he game out of reach.

Inland Empire took advantage of the Oaks wildness. Five of their seven runs were on base by walks.

Bastardo started and fell one out short of picking up the win, allowing six hits and a single run before giving way to Castillo who finished the game and limited Visalia to only four hits over the final 4.1 innings.

Center fielder Adam Godwin should probably get a save for his diving catch with two out and the bases loaded in the fifth inning, killing a Quakes rally.

Outhit 10-8, the Sixers got a pair of hits from Godwin and Travis Denker. Game two of the series is set for tonight.
 Score by Innings
Visalia        	000 101 000-2
Inland Empire	001 200 40x-7

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	4  0  2  0  .251
Denker 2b	3  1  2  0  .305
Bell 3b        	3  0  0  1  .071
Locke rf	3  1  1  3  .290
Gutierrez dh	4  1  1  0  .249
Mitchell 1b	4  0  1  2  .252
Rogowski lf	3  1  0  0  .260
Hunt ss        	3  2  1  0  .283
   Totals	28 7  8 6
   Visalia	34 2 10 2

 Error- Castillo (1). 2B- Mitchell (27), Hunt (8). 
3B- Locke (3). RBI- Mitchell 2 (63), Bell (1), 
Locke 3 (29). LOB- Inland Empire 5, Visalia 9. 
CS- Mitchell (3). DP- Hunt, Denker and Mitchell.

 Inland Empire 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo 	4.2  6  1-1  3  6  5.00
Castillo (5-8)	4.1  4  1-1  1  3  4.44
 T- 2:42. Att- 1,433.
Johnson Smothers Kernels-- Righthander Steven Johnson pitched a career-high eight innings and Francisco Lizarraga singled home the game-winning run in the ninth inning to lead Great Lakes Loons to a 3-2 victory Cedar Rapids.

Leaving after 95 pitches, Johnson allowed just four hits and a single earned run. For the second consecutive start he didn't allow a walk.  Thomas Melgarejo pitched a perfect ninth to earn his second save.

First baseman Eduardo Perez was the only Loon to collect more than one hit. Catcher Carlos Santana and third baseman Brian Mathews added doubles.

The Loons took an 2-0 lead in the first inning when left fielder Matt Berezay reached on an error and Santana doubled to right. They both scored on a single by Perez.

Cedar Rapids tied the game on a solo homer in the second and an unearned run in the third that scored on a throwing error by Johnson.

With the game tied 2-2, right fielder Scott Van Slyke reached on a two base error in the ninth and Lizarraga followed with a single to break the tie.

The Loons' eight-game road trip concludes today with the Loons Josh Wall (5-9) facing Jeremy Haynes (5-5). 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	200 000 001-3
Ceder Rapids	011 000 000-2

 Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly 2b	5  0  1  0  .216
Berezay lf	4  1  0  0  .281
Santana c	4  1  1  0  .229
Perez 1b	3  0  2  2  .319
Mathews 3b	4  0  1  0  .438
Gonzalez dh	4  1  0  0  .289
Van Slyke rf	4  1  0  0  .262
Lizarraga ss	4  0  1  1  .270
Robinson cf	3  0  1  0  .244
   Totals 	35 3 8 3
   Ceder Rapids	28 2 4 2

  Error Johnson (2). 2B- Santana (16), Matthews (3).
RBI- Perez 2 (57), Lizarraga (21). S- Robinson. 
LOB- Great Lakes 7, Cedar Rapids 7. SB- Robinson (21).

 Great Lakes     in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (3-5)	 8.0  4  2-1  0  6  4.96
Melgarejo (sv 2) 1.0  0  0-0  0  1  6.35
 T- 2:14. Att- 1,801.
Errors Cost Raptors-- Helena jumped into a four-run lead in the third inning and held on to stop Ogden 8-4, helped by seven unearned runs. Starter Bob Blevins (2-2) allowed eight hits and seven runs (two earned) in 4.2 innings.

Shortstop Jaime Pedroza put on a remarkable offensive show, smacking a pair of home runs (#4 & #5) and a double to knock in three runs and boost his average to .376. His second home run sailed well over the scoreboard in left field.

Four errors hurt the Raptors and six of the Helena runs were unearned. Third baseman Austin Gallagher and Erik Kanaby had a pair of hits each for Ogden.

In the ninth, manager Jeff Carter, pitching coach Craig Bjornson and right fielder Travis Vetters were ejected.

The Raptors will attempt to even the series tonight.
 Score by Innings
Helena	103 030 001-8
Ogden	002 000 100-4

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  0  0  0  .342
Herrera 2b	4  1  0  0  .282
Pedroza ss	5  2  3  3  .376
Garabedian dh	2  0  1  0  .238
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .262
Wallach 1b	4  0  1  0  .290
Vetters rf	4  0  1  0  .315
 Povey rf	0  0  0  0  .125
Gallagher 3b	4  1  2  0  .295
Kanaby lf	3  0  2  0  .258
   Totals	34 4 10 3
   Helena	37 8  9 6

 Error- Wallach (3),Gallagher 2 (12), Pedroza (13). 
2B- Pedroza (16). HR- Pedroza 2 (5). RBI- Pedroza 3 
(28). LOB- Ogden 8, Helena 4. CS- Vetters (1).

 Ogden   	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Blevins (2-2)	4.2  8  7-2  0  2  3.86
Dasni         	2.1  1  0-0  0  4  1.23
Koss        	2.0  0  1-0  1  2  5.82
 HBP- Herrera. T- 3:03. Att- 2,350.
Coasties Batter Nationals-- The Dodgers scored in six of eight innings and although they out-hit the Nationals 11-10, out-scored them 12-1 and improved to a league-leading 32-13. They now hold an 8 1/2 game lead over the second place Cardinals.

Left fielder Alfredo Silverio and second baseman Ynoa Garcia had three hits (including his eighth home run) each for the Dodgers, with first baseman Andrew Lambo adding a single and a double good for three runs batted in.

Seventh round pick Dan Danielson started and threw four scoreless innings, allowing five hits and dropping his ERA to 1.98. Edwin Contras (3-1) picked up the win, pitching the final five innings and allowing five hits and a single run.
 Score by Innings
Nationals	000 001 000- 1
Dodgers	        114 003 11x-11

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Becker ss	6  1  1  1  .299
Poole cf-lf	3  1  0  0  .167
Silverio lf-rf	5  2  3  1  .361
Lambo 1b	4  0  2  3  .319
 Martin pr-1b	0  1  0  0  .240
Baez 3b	        4  1  0  0  .265
YGarcia 2b	4  2  3  2  .267
 JGarcia pr-2b	1  1  0  0  .292
AGuzman rf	3  0  2  1  .239
 JGuzman pr-cf	2  1  1  0  .240
Jacobs dh	5  1  0  0  .276
Erickson c	2  0  0  1  .184
   Totals	39 11 12 9
   Nationals	36  1 10 0

 Error- Baez (7), Becker (5), JGarcia (6). 
2B- Silverio (8), Lambo (11). HR- YGarcia (8). 
RBI- Lambo 2 (25), YGarcia 2 (24), AGuzman (8), 
Becker (17), Silverio (34), Erickson (4). 
LOB- Dodgers 11, Nationals 10.

 Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Danielson 	4.0  5  0-0  1  3  1.98
Contreras (3-1)	5.0  5  1-1  1  5  3.33
 HBP-  2 Poole, Erickson.
DSL Dodgers Scramble to Win-- The Dodgers came from behind three times to top the league-leading Giants 7-6, with third baseman Ramon Jean knocking in the winning run in the top of the ninth after shortstop Pedro Guerrero's sac fly had scored Andrick Villalobos with the tying run just moments before.

With the victory the Dodgers pulled to within four games of the Giants and into a tie for second place with the Royals.

Starter Juan Santana allowed four runs before leaving in the fifth inning trailing 4-3. Marcel Prado surrendered a run in the seventh that tied the game at five and although Raul Rivas also gave up a run, he won his second game without a loss when Luis Ferreras nailed things down with his 11th save.

Jean finished the game with two singles and three runs batted in. Villalobos and Jose Aviles each had a pair of hits and Rafael Ynoa knocked in two runs with his first home runs.
 Score by Innings
Dodgers	000 030 202-7
Giants	030 010 110-6

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ynoa 2b	        5  2  1  2  .226
Guerrero ss	4  0  0  1  .294
Jean 3b	        5  0  2  3  .268
Gonzalez 1b	4  0  1  0  .228
Arias lf	4  0  1  0  .203
Tavarez dh	3  0  0  0  .233
Aviles rf	4  1  2  0  .238
Villalobos c	2  3  2  0  .258
Castillo cf	3  1  1  1  .206
   Totals	34 7 10 7
   Giants	33 6  7 6

 Error-Santana (2), Jean (18), Prado 2 (6). 
HR- Ynoa (1). RBI- Castillo (9), Jean 3 (23), 
Ynoa 2 (21), Guerrero (23). S- Castillo 
SF- Guerrero. LOB- Dodgers 5, Giants 5. 
CS- Jean (2). DP- Jean, Ynoa and Gonzalez.

 Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Santana	        4.2  5  4-4  1  2  4.14
Prado 	        1.2  2  1-1  1  2  1.35
Rivas (2-0)	1.2  0  1-1  2  0  1.62
Ferreras (sv 11)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  1.11
 HBP- Santana. HBP- Villalobos. T-2:45. 

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