Tiffee's Big Night Boosts Vegas

Las Vegas won their first game of the season on the strength of third baseman Terry Tiffee's home run. Inland Empire split with Lancaster, losing the suspended game 6-3 in 18 innings and winning the regular game 3-1. Great Lakes ended West Michigan's hopes for an undefeated season with a 5-1 victory.

Tiffee's Homer Boosts 51s
Third baseman Terry Tiffee hopes the Dodgers are reading the Pacific Coast League stat sheets every day, because if they are looking for a little more pop in their lineup, they need look no further than himself.

That might sound a bit boastful, but after a 3-for-3 games against Colorado Springs, during which he smacked two doubles and a game-winning home run in the bottom of the seven for a 5-4 win, the effort boosted his average to a gaudy .560.

That's some 2 1/2 times the Dodgers' team average of .224.

Tiffee hit .272 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs last season for the Norfolk Tides, Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the International League. Tired of trying to prove himself in pitcher's parks, Tiffee jumped at the chance to play in the Pacific Coast League after spending in the International League for four years in the IL.

"That was one of the reasons I signed a minor league deal with the with the Dodgers. I wanted to play in this league," he said. "The IL is predominantly a pitcher's league. I always heard this is a good hitter's league."

Whether its Tiffee or a hitters league, the 29-year-old leads the league in hitting with a .560 average (14-for-25) after six games. The 6-foot-3-inch, 225-pounder who can play the corner infield spots, played 91 games for the Minnesota Twins in 2004-06.

Colorado Springs tagged starter Miguel Pinango for four runs in the first and second inning before the 51s could get on the scoreboard. Las Vegas added one in the second on second baseman Kevin Howard's first homer of the year and posted another in the third when Tiffee's two-out double scored outfielder Xavier Paul, who had walked.

Pinango left after four having allowed six hits and four runs but with 10 strikeouts. Greg Jones (1-0) took over on the mound and earned the win after Las Vegas scored three in the sixth.

Outfielder John-Ford Griffin walked with the bases loaded to score the first run and Ramon Martinez knocked in the second on a sacrifice fly to right. Danny Ardoin's sacrifice fly put the 51s up 5-4.

Jones allowed a run in the top of the seventh but Tiffee's homer untied the game for good. Mike Koplove and Mark Myers (sv 1) added scoreless innings to nail down the win.

First baseman John Lindsey went 0-for-3 against the Sky Sox, ending his 27-game hitting streak.
  Score by Innings 
Colorado Springs	310 000 100-5
Las Vegas	        011 003 10x-6

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lombard rf	4  0  0  0  .071
Paul cf	        3  2  1  0  .136
Tiffee 3b	3  2  3  2  .560
Lindsey 1b	3  1  0  0  .375
Griffin lf	3  0  0  1  .286
Martinez ss	3  0  1  1  .300
Howard 2b	4  1  2  1  .368
 Myers p       	0  0  0  0  .000
Ardoin c	2  0  0  1  .000
Pinango p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Rundgren ph	1  0  0  0  .167
 Jones p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Koplove p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Meza 2b	0  0  0  0  .143
  Totals	28 6 7 5
  Colorado Sp	35 5 9 5

  2B- Tiffee 2 (5). HR- Howard
(4), Tiffee (1). RBI- Howard (4),
Tiffee 2 (6), Griffin (1), Martinez
(3), Ardoin (1). SF- Martinez,
Ardoin. LOB- Las Vegas 4, Colorado
Springs 7. SB- Paul (1).

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango	        5.0  6  4-4  1 10  4.91
Jones (1-0)	2.0  2  1-1  2  2  2.25
Koplove 	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.45
Myers (sv,1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.93
  HBP- by Jones. T- 2:46. Att- 2,302.
Jacksonville-- The Suns had an open date. They will meet Tennessee today in the first of a five-game series.

White Pulls Sixers Out of Spin
After playing to a 3-3 tie over 15 innings, the Sixty-Sixers lost the conclusion of the game when Lancaster scored three times in the top of the 18th. But lefthander Cody White keyed a 3-1 decision in the regular game to break a season-opening five-game losing streak.

White, 23-year-old who split the 2007 season between the Midwest and California Leagues and who finished with a combined 10-8, 3.14 record and struck out 8.87 per nine innings, turned in a strong performance, picking up the win while also matching his career high in strikeouts (9).

White allowed a first inning home run but shut the JetHawks off with one more hit while retiring the side in order in the third, fourth and sixth innings.

In his first appearance in an Inland Empire uniform, Given Kutz earned the save (1) by finishing the contest with three scoreless frames.

Outfielders Trayvon Robinson and Tommy Giles provided all the run support needed. Leading off the bottom of the first with a walk, Robinson stole second base and scored on first baseman Eduardo Perez's RBI single to tie the score.

With two runners on in the bottom of the fifth, Giles' single to right scored two and put Inland Empire ahead for good.

Lancaster's four through nine hitters produced only two hits in 20 at-bats with no runs, two walks, and seven strikeouts.
  Score by Innings
Lancaster	100 000 000-1
Inland Empire	100 020 00x-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	2  1  0  0  .217
Giles rf	4  0  1  2  .227
Bell dh	        4  0  0  0  .333
Perez 1b	4  0  2  1  .269
Berezay lf	4  0  0  0  .227
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .125
Lara ss	        1  0  0  0  .333
Lizarraga 3b	3  1  1  0  .214
Gutierrez c	3  1  1  0  .286
  Totals	28 3 5 3
  Lancaster	32 1 4 1

  Error- Pedroza (1). 2B- Perez
(4). RBI- Perez (1), Giles 2 (2).
LON- inland Empire 5, Lancaster 
6. SB- Robinson (1).

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  ave
White (1-0)	6.0  2  1-1 2  9  3.27
Kutz (sv 1)	3.0  2  0-0 0  2  0.00
 T-2:16. Att- 1,130.
Drop Suspended Game
After 15 innings Monday evening the game was suspended just short of midnight in a 3-3 tie. Resuming play in the top of the 16th before the regular game, Lancaster broke out with three runs in the top of the 18th to win 6-3.

During the two-day marathon, the two clubs banged out 30 hits. received 14 walks and left 36 runners stranded.

Inland Empire sent the game into extra innings when they scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game up at three all. The JetHawks loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsmen in the last of the ninth before pinch hitter Matt Berezay smacked the game tying three run double to right center.

It was the only one of the 18 innings played that Inland Empire was able to score.

Starting was 6'6" right-hander Josh Wall who pitched well but exited with two out in the fourth having allowed four hits and a single run. David Pfeiffer allowed a pair of runs in two innings before the bullpen locked in and combined for an 11-inning shutout.

Brent Leach allowed a pair of hits in 3.1 innings, Jason Pratt added a scoreless inning before Fernando Felix served up four hitless innings.

Outfielder Bridger Hunt appeared on the mound in the 16th inning and hit the only man he faced before manager John Valentin removed him.

Joe Jones sailed through two scoreless innings before he was tagged for five hits and three runs. Blake Brannon finished the inning without further scoring.
  Score by Innings	
Lancaster	000 102 000 000 000 003-6
Inland Empire	000 000 003 000 000 000-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	8  0  2  0  .238
Rogowski lf	7  0  1  0  .318
Bell 3b	        6  0  1  0  .391
Perez 1b	7  0  2  0  .227
Gutierrez c	1  0  0  0  .250
Locke dh-1b	6  0  1  0  .188
 Jones p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Brannon p	0  0  0  0  .000
Santana c	7  1  1  0  .143
Giles rf	7  1  0  0  .222
Pedroza 2b	7  1  2  0  .143
Lizarraga ss	3  0  0  0  .182
Berezay ph	1  0  1  3  .278
 Hunt ss-p-ss	4  0  0  0  .111
Wall p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Pfeiffer p 	0  0  0  0  .000
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pratt p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Felix 	        0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	65 3 12 3
  Lancaster	68 6 18 6

  2B- Perez (3), Berezay (1). RBI-
Berezay 3 (6). S- Rogowski, LOB-
Inland Empire 17, Lancaster 19.
DP- 2 Perez,Lizarraga and Wall,
Lizarraga and Perez.  

 Inland Empirein  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall	        4.2  4  1-1  3  1  1.93
Pfeiffer	2.0  5  2-2  1  1 15.00
Leach	        3.1  2  0-0  1  3  0.00
Pratt	        1.0  1  0-0  1  3  0.00
Felix	        4.0  0  0-0  2  4  4.05
Hunt	        0.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Jones (0-1)	2.0  5  3-3  0  1  5.79
Brannon	        1.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
  HBP- Giles, by Pfeiffer, by Hunt, by 
Jones. T- 5:41. Att- 1,993.
Loons Calm the Whitecaps
Left fielder Andrew Lambo drove home three runs on three hits and Justin Miller and Bobby Blevins combined to hold West Michigan to one unearned run in the Great Lakes Loons' 5-1 win Tuesday night.

"The runners did their job and got on base in front of me," Lambo said.  "Miller pitched a great game. He really stepped up today."

Lambo drove in his first run in the first inning, scoring Preston Mattingly with a single. Mattingly had reached on a fielder's choice and stole second and third.

The Loons (4-2) struck for two runs in the third inning. Jovanny Rosario doubled with one out. He then scored on a double by Brian Mathews.  Mathews later scored on a triple by Lambo.  

The Loons scored two more in the fifth. Rosario singled with one out.  Mattingly followed with a single on a hit-and-run, sending Rosario to third. Rosario then scored on a sacrifice fly by Mathews. Lambo followed with his third hit and third RBI, a double scoring Mattingly from first.  

Miller (1-0) started for the Loons and did not allow an earned run in five innings, lowering his ERA to 0.90 on the season. Blevins followed with four scoreless innings of relief to record the save, his first of the season. Blevins retired the final 11 batters he faced.

The Loons are now 4-0 when scoring four runs or more and 0-2 when scoring three or less.  
Right-hander Bryan Morris (0-0) returns to the mound for the Loons Wednesday night. He will be opposed by righty Alfredo Figaro (0-0).  --
Brad Golder, Great Lakes Director of Communications.
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	102 020 000-5
West Michigan	010 000 000-1

Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  2  2  0  .304
Mattingly 2b	4  2  1  0  .240
Mathews 3b	3  1  1  2  .300
Lambo lf	3  0  3  3  .417
Vetters dh	4  0  0  0  .222
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .154
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .125
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .143
Becker ss	4  0  0  0  .063
  Totals	34 5 7 5
  West Michigan	32 1 6 1

  Error- Mathews (2), Jansen
(3), Ortiz (1). 2B- Rosario
(1), Mathews (3), Lambo (4).
3B- Lambo (1). RBI- Lambo 3
(6), Mathews 2 (5). SF-
Mathews. LOB- Great Lakes 4,
West Michigan 8. SB- Mattingly
2 (2). DP- Becker, Mattingly 
and Ortiz.

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Miller (1-0)	5.0  5  1-0  2  3  0.90
Blevins (sv,1)	4.0  1  0-0  0  4  0.00
  HBP- by Miller. T- 2:24. Att- 1,307.

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