McDonald Sharp in Jacksonville Win

Colorado Springs dumped Las Vegas 11-4; Jacksonville got strong pitching to stop Tennessee 4-1; Inland Empire slid to 1-6 after a 4-2 loss to Lancaster and Great Lakes was held to three hits and dropped a 9-0 decision.

Vegas thumped by SkySox
Three Las Vegas pitchers were battered in an 11-4 loss to Colorado Springs and the 51s slid to 2-5 with the loss.

Jason Johnson, who was in the battle for the Dodgers fifth starter during spring training, sailed into the third inning with a 2-0 lead before the roof fell in on him. He allowed the tying runs in the third and was knocked out in a four-run fourth inning. He lasted 3.1 innings and gave up 11 hits and six earned runs as his ERA ballooned to 17.05.

He was followed by Matt Riley, who surrendered a single run in 2.1 innings and Greg Miller. Miller, still attempting so shake his control problems, walked three and allowed three hits good for four runs over 2.2 innings.

Matt Myers closed out the final two hitters.

Terry Tiffee continued to pound the ball, homering in the first inning (#2)and added a double in the sixth, boosting his average to .571. John Lindsey and Kevin Howard singled twice.

Las Vegas closed to 7-4 after scoring twice in the eighth. Ramon Martinez walked, Lindsey singled, John-Ford Griffin walked and Howard singled to drive in two. Outfielder George Lombard ended the inning on a fly ball to left field that was converted into a double play when Griffin was nailed at the plate attempting to score.

The 51s and SkySox close out their eight-game homestand tonight and Las Vegas hits the road to play four at Sacramento and four at Salt Lake.
  Score by Innings

Colorado Springs	002 401 004-11
Las Vegas	        110 000 020- 4

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	3  0  0  0  .185
Martinez ss-2b	4  1  0  0  .273
Tiffee 3b	3  1  2  1  .571
 Miller p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Meyers p	0  0  0  0  .000
Lindsey 1b	4  1  2  0  .393
Griffin lf	2  0  0  0  .261
Maza 2b	        2  0  0  0  .111
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
Howard 3b	2  0  2  2  .429
Lombard rf	3  1  0  0  .059
Ellis c 	4  0  2  0  .200
Johnson p	1  0  1  1 1.000
 Rundgren 2b-ss	3  0  1  0  .222
  Totals	32  4 10  3
  Las Vegas	31 11 17 11

  Error- Tiffee (1). 2B- Johnson
(1), Tiffee (6). HR- Tiffee (2).
RBI- Tiffee (6), Johnson (1),
Howard 2 (6).  LOB- Las Vegas 7,
Colorado Springs 14. DP- Martinez,
Rundgren and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (0-2)	3.1 11  6-6  2  5 17.05
Riley 		2.1  2  1-1  4  4  4.05
Miller		2.2  3  4-4  3  2  8.10
Meyers 		0.2  1  0-0  0  1  1.69
  Balk- Riley. HBP- by Miller. T- 3:31.
Att- 2,372.
Pitching Keys Jacksonville Win
Manager John Shoemaker got strong pitching against Tennessee and needed it, with catcher Lucas May's first home run providing all the offense until the seventh inning when the Suns put the game away with three runs.

James McDonald made his second start of the season his best, holding Tennessee to a first-inning infield hit while striking out four. Still under a strict pitch-count, McDonald handed the ball and a 1-0 lead over to Eduardo Sierra (3-0) who worked two hitless innings and earned the victory.

It was his third win in relief on a staff that has only won four games this season.

Yhency Brazoban kept his ERA at an even 0.00 with a scoreless eighth before Brian Akin made his second appearance of he season and allowed the only run given up by the Jacksonville staff.

The Suns three-run rally in the seventh stared on a one-out walk to Juan Gonzalez. Pinch-hitter Bobby Malek bounced into a force out at second before outfielder James Tomlin slugged an two RBI double. Outfielder Greg Jacobs infield hit drove in the final run.

Ivan De Jesus doubled and singled twice, boosting his average to .381. He was the only batter with more than a single hit.

The second game of the five-game set will be played tonight.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	        000 100 300-4
Colorado Springs	000 000 001-1	

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  1  1  1  .353
De Jesus ss	5  1  3  0  .381
Jacobs lf	5  0  1  1  .304
May c        	4  1  1  1  .333
Rivera 1b	4  0  1  0  .176
Mitchell 3b	3  0  0  0  .278
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  0  .118
JGonzalez 2b	2  0  1  0  .188
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
McDonald p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
Malek ph	1  1  0  0  .143
 Brazoban p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Justis 2b	1  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	35 4 8 3
  Tennessee	30 1 4 1 

  2B- De Jesus (3), Tomlin (2).
HR- May (1). RBI- May, Gonzalez,
Tomlin.  LOB- Jacksonville 8,
Tennessee 8. SB- De Jesus (1),
Hoffmann (3). DP- Mitchell and
Rivera.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald	4.0  1  0-0  2  4  2.57
Sierra (3-0)	2.0  0  0-0  2  2  0.00
Brazoban	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  0.00
Akin	        2.0  2  1-1  2  3  9.00
  HBP- Mitchell. T- 2:55. Att- 2,475.
Sixers Fail to Add Second Win
Inland Empire drew first blood with a run in the second inning but the Lancaster JetHawks scored the next four runs and took a 4-2 decision, dropping the Sixty-Sixers to 1-6.

Manager John Valentin got good pitching from for members of his staff but you can't win many games in the California League by scoring only two runs.

Tim Sexton started and worked into the sixth, allowing three runs. Paul Koss got the final two outs and added a scoreless seventh. Garrett White walked three and allowed a run in the top of the ninth.

First baseman Eduardo Perez walked and later scored on catcher Carlos Santana's single. The 1-0 lead held until Lancaster scored once in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Trailing 4-1 in the last of the ninth, when Drew Locke lived on an error and Santana's ground ball allowed him to score the 66ers second, and final, run of the game.

The Sixers hit the road for three games at High Desert.
  Score by Innings

Lancaster	000 021 001-4
Inland Empire	010 000 001-2

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .185
Rogowski lf	4  0  0  0  .269
Bell 3b         4  0  1  0  .323
Perez 1b	4  1  1  0  .267
Locke rf	3  1  1  0  .211
Berezay dh 	3  0  1  0  .240
Santana c	4  0  3  2  .278
Lara ss	        4  0  1  0  .308
Lizarraga 2b	4  0  0  0  .167
  Totals	34 2  8 2
  Landcaster	38 4 12 4

 Error- Locke (1). 2B- Santana
(2). RBI- Santana 2 (4). 
S-Berezay. LOB- Inland Empire 4,
Lancaster 12. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton (0-2)	5.1  7  3-3  1  2  5.40
Koss	        2.0  3  0-0  1  3  2.08
White	        1.1  2  1-1  3  2 18.00
Brannon	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
T-2:44. Att- 1,050.
Whitecaps Blank Loons
Alfredo Figaro hurled six shutout innings allowing three hits, and Paul Nardozzi and Rudy Darrow followed out of the West Michigan bullpen with three hitless scoreless innings as the West Michigan Whitecaps shutout the Great Lakes Loons, 9-0.  

Bryan Morris (0-1) started for the Loons and allowed three runs in the third inning. Jon Dutton followed out of the bullpen in the fifth inning and recorded just one out before allowing four runs and giving way to reliever Miguel Sanfler. Sanfler got out of the fifth unscathed but allowed the Whitecaps' final two runs to score in the seventh.  

The Whitecaps pounded out 12 hits against Loons pitching, 11 singles and one double.

Outfielder Jovanny Rosario, catcher Ken Jansen and shortstop Joe Becker collected the three scattered singles Great Lakes managed.  

The loss drops the Loons' record to 4-3, tied with Dayton for third in the Midwest League East, two games behind West Michigan and Lansing, who are both 6-1.  

The Loons seek a split in their four-game series with the Whitecaps tonight.  Right-hander Kyle Smit (0-0) makes his second start of the season for the Loons. He will face left-hander Manny Miguelez (0-0). -- Brad Gilder, Great Lakes Director of Communications.  
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0	
West Michigan	003040 20x-9

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .296
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .214
Mathews 1b	4  0  0  0  .250
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .370
Kanaby dh	3  0  0  0  .167
Baez 3b	        3  0  0  0  .091
Van Slyke rf	3  0  0  0  .125
Jansen c	3  0  1  0  .176
Becker ss	3  0  1  0  .105
  Totals	29 0  3 0
  West Michigan	28 9 12 9

  LOB- Great Lakes 5, West
Michigan 10. CS- Rosario (2).
DP- 2 Becker and Mathews; Baez,
Mattingly and Mathews.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Morris (0-1)	4.0  7  3-2  3  1  5.59
Dutton	        0.1  3  4-4  4  1  9.82
Sanfler	        2.2  2  2-2  2  3  4.91
Ramirez	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  HBP- By Sanfler. T- 2:47. Att- 1,243.

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