Great Lakes Loons Run Record to 2-0

The frisky Great Lakes Loons ran themselves into a 2-0 record in the Midwest League, tying the club record for games over .500, with a 5-4 win over Dayton. Vegas dropped a 12-5 decision to Salt Lake to go 0-2; Jacksonville and Inland Empire slipped to 1-1 when the Suns lost 5-1 to West Tenn and the Sixty Sixers were tagged with a 6-2 defeat.

Big Fourth Inning Drops 51s-- Salt Lake built a 9-0 lead going into the last of the sixth and coasted in with a 12-5 decision over the 51s

Jason Johnson was the victim of the onslaught, allowing six runs without getting a man out in the fourth. He allowed back-to-back home runs, a single, a hit batsman, a wild pitch and a walk before leaving the game.

Dwayne Pollok gave up a pair of doubles and a single before ending the inning. Matt Riley and Jon Koplove were also handled roughly.

Las Vegas got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth when outfielder Xavier Paul walked with one out and third baseman Terry Tiffee doubled. First baseman John Lindsey's infield single scored one and with two out, George Lombard doubled in Tiffee. A wild pitch scored the third run.

Trailing 12-3, Las Vegas added their final two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Outfielder Jason Repko singled and Paul walked. After both runners moved up on an error, Tiffee doubled them home.

Lindsey finished with four hits and Tiffee added three, both boosting their average to .556.

Salt Lake and Las Vegas go at it again tonight in the third game of the four-game series.
 Score by Innings
Salt Lake   100 701 111-15
Las Vegas  000 003 002- 5

  Las Vegas  ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf      5  1  1  0  .300
Paul cf       3  2  0  0  .200
Tiffee 3b     5  1  3  2  .556
Lindsey 1b    5  0  4  1  .556
Griffin lf    2  1  1  0  .333
Lombard dh    4  0  1  1  .125
Martinez ss   4  0  0  0  .125
Howard 2b     4  0  1  1  .143
Ellis c       4  0  0  0  .000
  Totals     36  6 11  5
  Salt Lake  39 12 15 10

  2B- Tiffee 2 (2), Lombard.
RBI- Lindsey (1), Lombard (1), 
Tiffee 2 (3). LOB- Las Vegas 8, 
Salt Lake 5. DP- 2 Martinez 
and Howard; Lindsey-Howard; 
Lindsey.

  Las Vegas   in  h  r-er bb so era
Johnson (0-1) 3.0 6  6-6  2  0 18.00
Pollok        2.2 5  3-3  1  1 10.13
Riley         2.1 3  2-2  1  2  7.71
Koplove       1.0 1  1-1  1  0  9.00
  HBP-by Johnson. WP-Johnson, Pollok 
(2), Riley. T: 3:07. Att- 6,514.
Brief Suns' Lead Disappears-- Jacksonville scored an unearned run in the last of the second but it didn't hold up long and they dropped a 5-1 game to West Tenn.

Jamie Hoffman reached on an error, stole second and moved to third on a balk. Russell Mitchell's grounder allowed him to score.

After Hoffmann scored, Dorman retired the next 14 batters he faced before he was lifted in the seventh inning.

The lead didn't survived the third inning when Clayton Kershaw allowed a one-out walk and a two-out single that tied the game, then first baseman René Rivera dropped a throw from shortstop Ivan De Jesus and the Diamond Jaxxs took a 2-1 lead and were never threatened.

The Suns managed only a double by De Jesus in the first inning off Dorman, a minor league veteran during his six innings on the mound. De Jesus was thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into a triple.

The Suns' only other hits were a late-inning double by Jacobs and a single by Bobby Malek.

Around the bases: Before the game, a Suns player hit a ball through the net in the team's indoor batting cages and struck a fire sprinkler head. The sprinkler head burst, and water filled the area in a matter of minutes, rendering the cages unusable. ... Umpires called two balks, making it four in the first two games of the season-opening series. ... Suns left-hander Marlon Arias is scheduled to oppose Diamond Jaxx lefty Justin Thomas tonight.
  Score by Innings
West Tenn     002 201 000-5 
Jacksonville  010 000 000-1

  Jacksonville    ab r  h  bi  ave
Malek dh          4  0  1  0  .250
De Jesus ss       4  0  1  0  .286
Jacobs lf         3  0  1  0  .429
May c             4  0  0  0  .333
Rivera 1b         4  0  0  0  .143
Hoffmann rf       2  1  0  0  .000
Mitchell 3b       3  0  0  1  .143
Gonzalez 2b       3  0  0  0  .000
Godwin cf         3  0  0  0  .143 
  Totals         30 1 3 1  
  West Tenn      33 5 8 1

  Error- Rivera, (1). 2B- De 
Jesus (1), Jacobs (1). RBI- 
Mitchell (1). LOB- Jacksonville
4, West Tenn 5. SB- Hoffmann (1).
DP- Rivera, De Jesus and Rivera;
Rivera, De Jesus and Hammes; 
De Jesus,Gonzalez and Rivera.

 Jacksonville  in h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw (0-1) 3.0 2  2-1  1  4  3.00
Asadoorian    3.0 3  3-3  3  3  9.00
Hammes        3.0 3  0-0  1  1  0.00
  WP- Asadoorian. Balk- Kershaw. HBP-
by Asadoorian. T-2:40. Att-6,539.
A Pair of Threes Beats 66ers-- Inland Empire built a modest, 2-0 lead before Visalia put a pair of '3s' on the scoreboard in the fifth and sixth innings, then cruised to a 6-2 decision.

With two out in the second inning, outfielder Thomas Giles drew a two-out walk, moved to third on shortstop Jaime Pedroza;s infield hit and later scored on a wild pitch.

In the fourth, Eduardo Perez doubled and with one out, Carlos Santana and Giles walked. Pedroza's sacrifice fly ended the scoring for the 66ers.

Tim Sexton drew the start for the Sixty-Sixers and sailed into the fifth inning having allowed only three hits. However, a one-out single, a stolen base, a pair of errors by catcher Carlos Santana and outfielder Tray Robinson allowed Visalia to get on the scoreboard.

An infield hit and a double tied the game and Davis Pfeiffer took over. He allowed a single to make it 3-2 and then gave up three more in the sixth to put the game away.

Inland Empire managed only six hits, including a pair of singles by Ryan Rogowski and doubles by Robinson and Perez.

The third game of the four game series will be tonight.
  Score by Innings
Visalia        000 033 000-6
Inland Empire  010 100 000-2

  Inland Empire  ab r h  bi  ave
Robinson cf      4  0  1  0  .222
Rogowski lf      3  0  2  0  .375
Bell 3b          4  0  0  0  .375
Perez 1b         4  1  1  0  .250
Berezay dh       4  0  0  0  .250
Santana c        2  0  0  0  .000
Giles rf         2  1  1  0  .333
 Locke rf        1  0  0  0  .000
Pedroza 2b       3  0  1  1  .143
Lizarraga ss     2  0  0  0  .200
 Hunt ph-ss      1  0  0  0  .000
  Totals        30 2  6 2
  Visalia       35 6 10 1

  Error- Robinson (1), Santana
(1). 2B- Robinson (2), Perez (1).
RBI- Pedroza (1). SF- Pedroza.
LOB- Inland Empire 6, Visalia 6.
CS-Rogowiski (1). DP- 2 Bell,
Pedroza and Perez; Pedroza and
Perez.

  Inland Empire   in  h r-er bb so era
Sexton (0-1)     4.2 6 3-3  1  1  5.79
Pfeiffer         1.0 3 3-3  2  0 27.00
Koss             0.1 1 0-0  0  2  0.00
Pratt            2.0 0 0-0  0  0  0.00
Leach            1.0 0 0-0  0  0  0.00
  T- 2:47. Att- 2,792.
Busty-Ball Prevails; Loons 2-0--  For the second consecutive night, putting runners in motion sent the Great Lakes Loons to victory at Dow Diamond in front of 2,873 fans by a score of 5-4. 

With the Loons trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Loons catcher Kenley Jansen blasted a solo home run, his first of the season, to tie the game.

The Loons went on to score four runs in the inning thanks to an RBI-single by Andrew Lambo and a two-run double by Brian Mathews to make it 4-1.

Then in the sixth, the Dragons struck for three runs to tie the game at four with a two-run home run. 

The blast chased Loons starter Bryan Morris, who returned to action following Tommy John surgery for the first time since September 2, 2006. Denis Phipps followed with an RBI-double to tie the game at four.

Then in the sixth, in his Loons debut, outfielder Travis Vetters walked with one out and proceeded to steal second and third base. On Vetters' steal of third, the throw sailed off Waring's glove and into left field, scoring Vetters' game-decisive run.

Morris made his Loons debut going 5.2 innings allowing six hits and three runs while striking out six. Geison Aguasviva pitched 1.1 innings of relief (1-0) and picked up the victory.

Bobby Blevins pitched a scoreless eighth striking out three batters and closer Miguel Ramirez came on and pitched a perfect ninth, picking up his second save of the season.

At the plate, Andrew Lambo and Brian Mathews paced the Loons with two hits apiece.

.    The Loons are now 2-0, tying a franchise record for most games over .500.

The Loons-Dragons series continues from Dow Diamond tonight. Kyle Smit is scheduled to start for the Loons and the club will celebrate the Saturday Nights Live Concert Series with the Saginaw High School marching band.  --Brad Golder, Loons Director of Communications
  Score by Innings
Dayton                  010 003 000-4
Great Lakes             004 001 00x-5

  Great Lakes           ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf              3  1  1  0  .286
Kanaby dh               4  1  1  0  .250
Mattingly 2b            4  0  0  0  .250
Lambo lf                4  1  2  1  .375
Mathews 1b              4  0  2  2  .625
Baez 3b                 4  0  0  0  .250
Vetters rf              2  1  0  0  .000
Jansen c                2  1  1  1  .250
Becker ss               3  0  0  0  .167
  Totals               30 5  7 0
  Dayton               39 4 10 1

2B- Mathews 2 (2). HR Jansen (1).
RBI- Jansen (1), Lanbo (1),
Mathews 2 (3). LOB- Great Lakes
5, Dayton 6. SB- Vetters 2 (2).

  Great Lakes            in  h r-er bb so era
Morris                  5.2 6  3-3 0  6 4.76
Aguasviva (1-0)         1.0 2  1-1 0  3 6.75
Blevins                 1.0 2  0-0 0  3 0.00
Ramirez (sv 2)          1.0 0  0-0 0  2 0.00
 HBP- by Aguasviva. T- 2:37. Att-
2,873.

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