Russ Mitchell Helps Suns Sweep Two

Las Vegas was swept by Salt Lake, losing 3-2 on Sunday. Jacksonville picked up a pair of wins, topping West Tenn 4-3 and 2-1. Inland Empire fell behind but scramble back, eventually losing 8-7 to Visalia and Andrew Lambo's three doubles keyed a 4-3 win for Great Lakes over Dayton.

Las Vegas Teeters on Edge of Record-- After four games, Las Vegas tied the club's worst start in history by losing a 3-2 decision to Salt Lake who swept the first series of the year 4-0.

With Colorado Springs moving into Cashman Field to night, a win is imperative to avoid the franchise's first 0-5 start in 26 years.

"We need to get better in a hurry," Las Vegas manager Lorenzo Bundy tp;d the Las Vegas Review Journal. "Is it panic time? Well, we've got 140 games to go. But, as far as somebody's career or how long they stay here? Yeah, it's time to get going."

Bundy must be having flashbacks to the 2007 season when his team seemed to hit when the pitching was bad and batter the ball when the pitcher's faltered. The 51s have posted a 6.50 ERA and a .241 batting average.

"Offensively, we've been pretty disappointing," Bundy said. "Whether you have a successful year, a lot is going to depend on your pitching, but in the PCL, you have to score.

"We have veteran hitters who have put up numbers in the past, and they're going to have to put up numbers to stay here."

Terry Tiffee (.471) and John Lindsey (.471), who extended his hitting streak to 26 games Sunday with a fourth-inning double, are the only players batting better than .273 for Las Vegas, which has scored only 13 runs in four games.

Bundy pointed out you can't get away with two or three runs in this league, especially in the Las Vegas ballpark.

Left-hander Eric Stults (0-1) allowed all three runs in 3.1 innings Sunday, allowing four hits, including a solo homer, while walking five and fanning five.

Stults, who threw 87 pitches, also tied a dubious team record with three wild pitches in the first inning, when Salt Lake scored without hitting the ball out of the infield.

After Salt Lake had taken a 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, third and fourth innings, Kevin Howard, who was went 2-for-4, drilled a two-run double in the fourth to pull the 51s within 3-2. That ended the scoring for the afternoon.

Mike Koplove, Matt Riley and Mark Myers held the Bees scoreless over the final 6.2 innings.

Las Vegas, which had six hits, stranded runners at first and second base in both the eighth and ninth innings.
  Score by Innings
Salt Lake	101 100 000-3
Las Vegas	000 200 000-2

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko dh	5  0  1  0  .211
Paul cf        	5  0  1  0  .143
Tiffee 3b	4  0  0  0  .471
Lindsey 1b	4  1  1  0  .471
Griffin lf	3  0  0  1  .231
Lombard rf	2  1  0  2  .100
Maza ss	        3  0  1  1  .143
Howard 2b	4  0  2  0  .273
Ellis c	        2  0  0  2  .000
  Totals	32 2  6 1
  Salt Lake	35 3 10 2

  Error- Riley. 2B- Lindsey 1, Howard
1. RBI- Howard 2 (2). LOB- Jacksonville
9, Salt Lake 12. CS- Maza. 

  Las Vegas	in   h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (0-1)	3.1  4  3-3  5  5  8.10
Koplove	        1.2  1  0-0  1  1  3.38
Riley        	2.0  4  0-0  1  3  4.15
Myers        	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  2.45
  WP- Stults 3, Riley. T- 2:48. Att- 2,993.
Suns Sweep doubleheader-- The Jacksonville Suns (3-1) used solid starting pitching and timely hitting while sweeping the Sunday doubleheader against the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx by scores of 4-3 and 2-1 in front of 3,722 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Marlon Arias (1-0) picked up the win for Jacksonville in game one with Brian Akin (1) earning the save for the Suns. In game two, Suns reliever Eduardo Sierra (2-0) picked up the victory and Yhency Brazoban (2) saved his second game of the series with a perfect seventh inning.

Russell Mitchell belted a pair of solo home run in the opener to give starter Marlon Arias his first win of the year. Arias was dominant throughout and he retired 13 consecutive hitters after a first inning leadoff walk.

A catcher's interference in the fifth inning and a double tie the game 1-1.

Arias finished the game after five having allowed one hit and an unearned run while striking out five.

Mitchell's second home run gave the Suns a 3-1 lead and allowed Arias to collect the win. Mitchell became the first Suns player to hit two home runs in a game since Xavier Paul did it on August 17, 2007 at Montgomery.

Jacksonville added two more runs in the sixth inning, with RBI singles from Lucas May and René Rivera to open a 4-1 lead.

Reliever Kyle Wilson pitched a scoreless sixth before Brian Akin took the hill for the final inning looking for the save and he earned it, although he allowed a pair of runs.
  Score by Innings
West Tennessee	000 010 2-3
Jacksonville	010 012 x-4

  Jacksonville	ab  h  r  bi  ave
Tomlin cf-lf	2  1  1  0  .400
De Jesus ss	3  0  1  0  .300
Jacobs lf	3  0  0  0  .300
Godwin cf	0  0  0  0  .143
May c        	3  1  1  1  .333
Rivera 1b	3  0  1  1  .200
Hoffmann rf	3  0  0  0  .000
Mitchell 3b	2  2  2  2  .333
Justis 2b	2  0  0  0  .000
Gonzalez A dh	2  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	23 4 6 1
  West Tenn	24 3 3 0

  Error- May. HR- Mitchell 2 (2). RBI-
Mitchell 2 (3), May (3), Rivera (3).
LOB- Jacksonville 2, West Tennessee
4. SB- Tomlin (1). 

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias (1-0)	5.0  1  1-0  1  4  0.00
Wilson 	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
Akins (sv 1)	1.0  2  2-2  1  1 18.00
T- 1:52.  
West Tenn starter Chris Jakubauskas retired the first eight Suns hitters in a row before Jacksonville outfielder Adam Godwin legged out an infield single and a throwing error put him at second base with two out. James Tomlin singled through the right side for a 1-0 lead.

Suns starter Jesus Castillo allowed two-out doubles in each of the first three innings, only to leave the runner on base. A fifth double leading off the fifth inning set up the tying run on a sacrifice bunt to square the score at 1-1.

Eduardo Sierra (2-0) worked a perfect sixth and earned his second win when Suns shortstop Ivan DeJesus, Jr. led off the bottom of the inning with a double, Greg Jacobs singled. Pinch runner Jamie Hoffmann stole second while René Rivera next grounded out to the pitcher.

With two out, West Tenn had had enough of Russell Mitchell and walked him to load the bases before Bobby Malek's sacrifice fly scored DeJesus for a 2-1 Suns lead.

Suns closer Yhency Brazoban pitched a perfect seventh inning to preserve his second save of the series.

The Suns and Diamond Jaxx conclude the series Monday at 11:05 a.m. Suns RH Mario Alvarez, a member of the Dodgers 40-Man roster, gets the start for the Suns. Former Suns pitcher Ryan Ketchner is expected to be added to the West Tenn roster and to start for the Diamond Jaxx.
  Score by Innings
West Tenn	000 000 0-1
Jacksonville	001 001 x-2

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin rf	3  0  1  1  .375
De Jesus ss	3  1  2  0  .385
Jacobs dh	3  0  1  0  .308
Hoffmann pr-dh	0  0  0  0  .000
Rivera c	3  0  0  0  .154
Mitchell 1b	2  0  0  0  .273
Malek lf	2  0  0  1  .167
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  0  0  .000
AGonzalez 3b	2  0  1  0  .250
Godwin cf	2  1  1  0  .222
  Totals	23 2 6 0
  West Tenn 	21 1 4 1

   2B- De Jesus (2). RBI- Tomlin (1),
Malek (1). SF- Malek. LOB-
Jacksonville 5, West Tennessee 4.
SB- Gonzalez (1), Hoffmann (2). DP-
Rivera, Gonzalez J.

  Jacksonville	        in  h  r-er so bb era
Castillo  	        5.0  4  1-1  1  3  1.80
Sierra (2-0)  	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  0.00
Brazoban (sv 2) 	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
  Balk- Sierrra. T- 1:51. Att- 3,722.
Grand Slam Sinks Sixers --A grand slam home run in the fifth inning that broke a 1-1 tie seemed to drive a stake in the 66ers heart and they did lose but Visalia's 8-7 victory didn't come without a fight.

The Inland Empire (0-4) again had a solid outing from their starting pitchers. Javy Guerra, the fourth pick in the 2004 draft, worked four innings and allowed one run and one hit while fanning five.

He left with the game tied 1-1 and reliever Garrett White (0-1) was pounded. Three straight singles loaded the bases and a home run unloaded them. Paul Kloss took over with one out and allowed another run to make it 6-1.

Two more runs off Kloss in the sixth seemed to put the game out of reach but Inland Empire battled back.

The 66ers scored three in the sixth inning, two on Carlos Santana's double, and two more in the seventh, helped by Josh Bell's double.

Joe Jones and Jordan Pratt combined to pitch three and two-thirds scoreless ball to give the 66ers a chance.

With one out in the ninth, Bell singled and Eduardo Perez walked. With the winning run at first base, a six-four-three double play ended the contest.

Ryan Rogowski and Bell combined to go five-for-ten with two runs batted in and three runs scored to lead Inland Empire.

The Lancaster JetHawks will arrive in San Bernardino on tonight for three games. Monday will be the first Dodger Monday of 2008 and Kenny Landreaux will be on hand to sign autographs.
  Score by Innings
Visalia	        001 052 000-8
Inland Empire	001 003 210-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  2  2  0  .400
Berezay rf	5  0  1  1  .235
Bell 3b        	5  1  3  1  .471
Perez 1b	4  1  1  0  .200
Locke dh	5  1  1  0  .200
Santana c	2  1  1  2  .143
Giles c	        4  0  1  0  .273
Pedroza 2b	4  1  0  1  .071
Lizarraga ss	3  0  1  1  .250
  Totals	37 7 1 1
  Visalia	32 8 1 0

  Error- Lizarraga. 2B-Giles (1), Perez (2),
Santana (1), Bell (1). 3B- Rogowski (1),
(1) Lizarraga. RBI- Berezay (3), Santana
2 (2), Pedroza (2), Bell (1). LOB- Inland
Empire 7, Visalia 10.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so   era
Guerra	        4.0  1  1-1  3  5  2.25
White (0-1)	0.1  4  5-5  2  0 27.00
Koss	        1.0  4  2-1  1  1  3.86
Jones	        2.2  1  0-0  2  3  0.00
Pratt	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
  HBP- by Guerra. T- 3:11. Att- 1,932.
Lambo's Heroics Give Loons Win --The Loons needed every one of Andrew Lambo's three doubles in Sunday's series finale against Dayton. His final two-bagger to the wall in left-center field in the bottom of the ninth scored Preston Mattingly, enabling the Loons to walk off with a dramatic 4-3 win in front of 3,218 Loons fans at Dow Diamond. 

The Dragons got on the board first in the fourth inning when Mike McKennon launched a two-run homer, his first of the season, making it 2-0. Dayton added another run in the fifth on a Todd Frazier RBI single.

The Loons got on the board when Lambo's first double scored Mattingly to make the score 3-1. In the eighth, Lambo scored the Loons' second run on Alex Garbedian's bases loaded walk off Dragons reliever Terrell Young.

Then in the ninth, the Loons started their comeback when Jovanny Rosario singled and advanced to second on Erik Kanaby's sacrifice bunt.

Mattingly then lofted a single down the right field line to tie the game at three. Lambo followed by lining a pitch to the left-center field gap, scoring Mattingly all the way from first and sending the Loons' players out to celebrate with Mattingly and Lambo.

Steven Johnson started for the Loons throwing 4.2 innings and allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out four. Jon Dutton came on in relief and pitched 3.1 sensational innings without allowing a hit and striking out five. Miguel Sanfler pitched a scoreless ninth striking out two to record his first win of the season.

The Loons improve to 3-1 and hit the road for a 10-game road swing beginning with the defending Midwest League Champion West Michigan Whitecaps tonight. Daigoro Rondon (1-0, 9.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Loons. --Brad Golder Great Lakes Director of Communications.
  Score by Innings
Dayton	        000 210 000-3
Great Lakes	000 001 012-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  1  0  .267
Kanaby dh	3  0  0  0  .167
Mattingly 2b	5  2  2  1  .294
Lambo lf	5  1  3  2  .412
Mathews 1b	1  0  0  0  .385  
Baez 3b	        4  0  0  0  .125
Van Slyke rf	2  0  0  0  .222
Garabedian c	3  0  1  1  .333
Dalton ss	3  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	30 4 7 1
  Dayton	32 3 8 1

  Error- Lambo (2). 2B- Lambo 3 (3).
RBI- Lambo 2 (3), Garabedian (1),
Mattingly (4). S- Kanaby. LOB-
Great Lakes 11, Dayton 5. SB- Kanaby
(2). DP- Garabedian and Mattingly. 

  Great Lakes	in  h   r-er bb so  era
Johnson	        4.2  7  3-3  1  4  5.79
Dutton	        3.1  0  0-0  1  5  0.00
Sanfler (1-0)	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
  HBP- Mathews. T- 2:45. Att- 3,218
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