Martinez Single Wins for Las Vegas

Ramon Martinez knocked in the winning run in the last of the ninth as Las Vegas won their first game of the season after four losses. Jacksonville was 12-4 thumped by West Tenn. Inland Empire and Lancaster played to a 3-3, 15-inning tie and Great Lakes lost 11-1 to West Michigan.

Veteran Ramon Martinez singled in the winning run in the last of the ninth to give Las Vegas a 5-4 win, their first victory of the season after four losses to Salt Lake. It was Martinez's second RBI of the game.

With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the final inning, third baseman Terry Tiffee smacked a one-out single and John-Ford Griffin added a two-out single that send Tiffee to third. Martinez's liner to center was the game-breaker.

Young Justin Orenduff worked 2.2 innings for the 51s in his first start of the season, allowing three hits and four walks, and left in favor of Dwayne Pollok.

Pollok, signed as a free agent out of the White Sox system in 2007, had a solid outing, allowing only two hits over the next 4.1 innings and surrendering two runs, although only one was earned.

Las Vegas tied the game 2-2 in the fourth inning, getting Orenduff off the hook, when Tiffee singled and first baseman John Lindsey was hit by a pitch. Griffin then singled to load the base.

Martinez's sac fly to right field scored the first run and Lindsey came across when second baseman Kevin Howard hit into a force play. A third run crossed the plate in the fifth on Tiffee;s single and Lindsey's double.

Las Vegas added the tying run in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Rex Rundgren singled and scored on outfielder Jason Repko's booming triple to left but the next three 51s couldn't drive in the lead run.

They left the bases loaded before winning the game in the ninth.

Greg Miller relieved Pollok and pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out a pair and Brian Falkenborg (1-1) collected the win with a perfect ninth that included two strikeouts.

Tiffee collected three hits and boosted his average to an even .500. Lindsey's double kept him at .429, while Griffin, Martinez and Howard all finished the game with .333 averages.
  Score by Innings
Colorado	002 020 000-4
Las Vegas 	000 210 101-5

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	5  0  1  1  .208
Paul cf	        5  0  0  0  .015
Tiffee 3b	5  3  3  0  .500
Lindsey 1b	4  1  1  1  .429
Martinez ss	3  0  2  2  .333
Howard 2b	4  0  2  1  .333
Ardoin c	3  0  0  0  .000
Rundgren ph	1  1  1  0  2.00  
  Totals	37 5 13 5
  Colorado	34 4  6 3

  Error- Howard (2). 2B- Martinez
2 (2), Lindsey (2). 3B- Repko (1).
RBI- Martinez 2 (2), Howard (3),
Lindsey (3), Repko (2). S- Martinez.
SF- Martinez. LOB- Las Vegas 11,
Colorado 9. DP- Ardoin and Martinez.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff	2.0  3  2-2  4  3  6.75
Pollok	        4.1  2  2-1  1  4  6.75
Miller	        1.0  1  0-0  1  2  4.50 
Falkenborg (1-1)1.0  0  0-0  0  0 15.43
  HBP- Lindsey, Ardoin. T- 3:09. Att- 2,199.
Suns Mauled in 12-4 Loss
In the first four games of the season, pitchers had their way but that caught up with the Suns Monday night as the two-teams combined for 16 runs and 22 hits but West Tenn took a 12-4 win.

In front of 4,247 at the Baseball Grounds the Suns put at least two runners on base every inning except the first and the ninth. However they left a season-high 13, only four fewer than the combined 17 they left on base in the first four games.

Mario Alvarez started and Cory Wade came in to help in the eight-run fourth inning but both pitchers were handled roughly by the Jaxx. Wade surrendered a pair of home runs, with the big inning erasing an early 2-0 Suns' lead.

Lucas May and Russell Mitchell singled, Mitchell collecting the first RBI, in the second and Juan Gonzalez doubled home another run.

After West Tenn ran a dozen batters up to the plate in the fourth, Jacksonville bounced back with a single run inn the bottom of the inning when Adam Godwin walked with the bases loaded.

The Suns left bases loaded in the fourth and stranding runners on second and third in the fifth and sixth innings.

Adolpho Gonzalez RBI double closed the Jacksonville scoring.

Jacksonville manager John Shoemaker looked at the positive side of the middle three innings, when the Suns had 10 base runners but only pushed across two runs. Shoemaker said. "My theory is that it's better to get them on and leave them on than to not have any opportunities. If you can continue to get runners on, eventually you're going to score."

Four Suns, James Tomlin, Greg Jacobs, Russell Mitchell and Juan Gonzalez each collected two of the team's season-high 11 hits. ... Both sides had nine strikeouts. ... The Suns are off today, which they'll use to travel to Kodak, Tenn., to meet the Tennessee Smokies in a five-game series starting Wednesday. RHP James McDonald (0-0, 6.00) will open the series for the Suns.
  Score by Innings
West Tenn	000 820 020-12
Jacksonville	020 110 000- 4

  Jacksonville	ab r h  bi  ave
Hoffman cf	5  0  1  0  .077
De Jesus ss	3  0  0  0  .313
Tomlin rf	5  0  2  0  .385
May c        	2  2  1  0  .364
Jacobs dh	5  1  2  0  .333
Mitchell 1b	4  1  2  1  .333
JGonzalez 2b	5  0  2  1  .143
AGonzalez 3b	3  0  0  1  .143
Godwin lf	3  0  1  1  .250  
  Totals	35  4 11  4
  Colorado	38 12 11 12

  2B- JGonzalez (2), Tomlin (1).
RBI- Mitchell (4), AGonzalez (1),
Godwin (1), JGonzalez (1). SF-
AGonzalez. LOB- Jacksonville 13,
Colorado 4. CS- Hoffmann (1). 

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (0-1)	3.2  2  5-5  3  3 12.27
Wade	        2.1  5  5-5  0  3  8.44
Asadoorian	2.0  4  2-2  1  1  7.20
  HBP- by Alvarez (2). T- 3:06. Att-
Sixers Play to 15 Inning Tie-- Inland Empire scored three times in the last of the ninth on a pinch-hit, three-run double by Matt Berezay to tie the game with Lancaster, then the two teams then rang up seven scoreless innings each before the game was suspended to be finished tonight before the regularly scheduled game.

Native Son Whacks Loons
Casper Wells says he "was conceived in Grand Rapids" and lived there for the first year and a half of his life, but has little memory of his time spent there in the late 1980s.  He'll likely remember his April 7, 2008 performance for the West Michigan Whitecaps.  

The Whitecaps' right fielder homered twice and drove in four runs in West Michigan's home-opening, 11-1 victory over the Great Lakes Loons Monday night.  

The Whitecaps improved to 5-0 with the win that featured plenty of highlights. In addition to Wells' offensive heroics, left fielder Mark McBratney recorded three hits and four runs and first baseman Chris Carlson doubled twice.  The ‘Caps struck for 14 hits against the Loons' pitching trio of Daigoro Rondon, Geison Aguasviva and Thomas Melgarejo.  

"We had too many mistakes pitching," said Loons manager Juan Bustabad, whose team dropped its first road game to fall to 3-2 overall. "It was just a bad game overall and just one of those nights when our pitchers, it seemed, had to get six outs per inning."  

Additionally, the Whitecaps received strong pitching performances.  Left-hander Jon Kibler, who played last season for Michigan State before being drafted by the Tigers in the 30th round of the 2007 draft, did not allow an earned run in five innings. 

Santo Maieses followed with three perfect relief innings, striking out four. Andrew Hess pitched a scoreless ninth.  

The Loons' offense mustered just four hits – two by Travis Vetters and one each by Jovanny Rosario and Erik Kanaby, who had an RBI singled in the second that, for a moment, kept Great Lakes in the game. With his third inning single, Rosario extended his season-starting hitting streak to five games.  

The Loons and Whitecaps meet for the second game of their four-game series Tuesday night with Loons' right-hander Justin Miller (0-0, 1.80) opposing lefty Ramon Garcia (0-0, 0.00).  --Brad Golder, Great Lakes Director of Communications.
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	001 000 000- 1
West Michigan	024 011 30x-11

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .263
Kanaby dh	3  0  1  1  .200
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .333
Mathews 1b	4  0  0  0  .294
Baez 3b        	3  0  0  0  .105
Vetters rf	3  0  2  0  .400
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .200
Becker ss	3  1  0  0  .083
    Totals	31  1  4  1
    WMichigan	41 11 14 10

  Error- Baez 2 (2), Mathews (1).
RBI- Kanaby. (1). SF- Kanaby. 

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rondon (1-1)	2.1  6  4-3  0  2 10.80
Aguasviva 	3.2  7  4-4  1  4  9.00
Melgarejo	2.0  1  3-0  2  4  4.50
  WP- Melgarejo 2. T- 2:53. Att- 4,811.