Ellis Clout Boosts Vegas to Win

Eric Stults' three-run double keyed a 9-3 Las Vegas win over Colorado Springs. Inland Empire blew another five run lead and lost 6-5 at High Desert and Great Lakes risked frostbite in Burlington and still lost 6-2.

51s Spoil Cats Party The Sacramento River Cats ran the championship banners for the 2007 season up the flag pole in a pregame ceremony but catcher A.J. Ellis spoiled all their fun with a bases-loaded double to allow Las Vegas to roll on with a 9-3 win.

The Cats, who won the PCL and Triple-A titles last year, took an early 2-0 lead in the game but Ellis turned that around quickly. Shortstop Angel Chavez doubled and third baseman Ramon Martinez and second baseman Luis Maza walked before Ellis' long shot to right.

Ellis was thrown out at third base attempting to stretch the hit into a triple, but the three runs put the 51s on top for good.


Eric Stults (1-1) held Sacramento to three runs in six innings, and Dwayne Pollok pitched three scoreless innings for his first save.

Vegas added a pair of runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings.

In the third, John Lindsey doubled Jason Repko, who had walked, home before Chavez knocked him in to make it 5-1. After Sacramento scored in the fourth, Xavier Paul doubled, Terry Tiffee singled and Lindsey walked to load the bases.

Chavez's ground ball drove in one and Martinez's single made it 7-3. Two more scored in the sixth when Ellis singled and Repko doubled, then scored on Tiffee's double to close the scoring.

Terry Tiffee, John Lindsey and Angel Chavez each had a double and a single for the 51s (4-5), and Chavez drove in two runs. Las Vegas finished with six doubles among its 13 hits and turned four double plays.

Tiffee "managed" only a single and his seventh double, dropping his average to .583.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	032 022 000-9
Sacramento 	200 100 000-3

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Repko rf	4  2  1  1  .229
Paul cf	        5  1  1  0  .161
Tiffee dh	5  1  2  1  .583
Lindsey 1b	4  1  2  1  .382
Chavez ss	5  1  2  2  .333
Martinez 3b	5  0  1  1  .259
Lombard lf	4  1  0  0  .048
Maza 2b	        4  1  1  0  .143
Ellis c	        3  1  3  3  .385
  Totals	39 9 13 9
  Sacramento 	33 3 11 3

  2B- Chavez (1), Ellis (1),
Lindsey (3), Pul (3), Repko (3),
Tiffee (7). RBI- Ellis 3 (3),
Lindsey (4), Chavez 2 (3),
Martinez (4), Repko (4), Tiffee
(8). LOB- Las Vegas 8, Sacramento
5. DP- 4 Chavez, Maza and Lindsey;
Stults and Lindsey; Martinez,
Maza and Lindsey; Maza, Chavez
and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (1-1)	3.0  4  5-5  1  0 15.00
Pollok (sv,1)	3.0  2  0-0  0  1  3.60    
 HBP- Ellis. T- 2:42 (:17 delay). Att-
14,414.
No Sun in the Sky The game between the Jacksonville Suns (4-3) and Tennessee Smokies (4-3) in Kodak, Tennessee, was postponed because of heavy thunderstorms and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Suns are scheduled to send left-hander Marlon Arias (1-0, 0.00) against Smokies right-hander Mitch Atkins (0-0, 2.25) in Game 1 and right-hander Jesus Castillo (0-0, 1.80) against Tennessee lefty Donnie Veal (0-0, 2.25) in Game 2.

Second Inning Not Enough
Inland Empire pushed four runs across in the top of the fourth inning and are are the highest run producing team in the second inning of play in the Cal League but it wasn't enough to keep them from dropping a 6-5 decision to High Desert and fall to 1-8 on the season.

The Sixers scored again the the fourth and took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth but the hosts scored four in the ninth and once more in the 10th for the win.

It was the second consecutive game they had blown a five run lead.

Javy Guerra started and the Texas native tossed four scoreless innings giving up just one hit, three walks and fanned four men, leaving with a 5-0 lead.

Francisco Felix followed and allowed a pair of hits over three scoreless innings. Entering the game in the eighth, Given Kutz was pounded for five hits, including a three-run homer, and five runs, four earned, before leaving with the game tied and one out in the ninth.

David Pfeiffer (0-1), after getting out of a jam in the 10th, served up a single and a double before a sac fly drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th.

The 66ers built their five run when Christian Lara singled with the bases loaded and Tray Robinson drove in another run with a ground ball. An error made it 4-0.

Drew Locke lined a fastball over the wall in left-center field to increase the lead to 5-0 in the fourth.
  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	040 100 000 00-5
High Desert	000 000 014 01-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Robinson cf	5  0  1  1  .184
Pedroza 2b	5  0  0  0  .147
Bell 3b	        5  0  1  0  .325
Berezay lf	5  0  1  0  .219
Santana c	3  1  0  0  .292
Perez 1b	5  0  0  0  .237
Giles rf	3  1  0  0  .214
Locke dh	3  2  1  1  .227
Lara ss         4  1  2  2  .304
  Totals 	38 5 6 4
  High Desert	45 6 11 5

  Error- Pedroza 2 (3), Lara (3).
3B- Robinson (1), HR- Locke (1).
RBI- Lara 2 (4), Robinson (3),
Locke (1). S- Santana. LOB-
Inland Empire 5, High Desert 13.
SB- Giles (1). 

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Guerra	        4.0  1  0-0  3  4  1.13
Felix 	        3.0  2  0-0  0  3  2.79
Kutz	        1.1  5  5-4  0  1  8.31
Koss	        1.1  0  0-0  1  1  1.59
Pfeiffer (0-1)	0.2  2  1-1  0  2 14.73
Brannon	        0.1  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
  HBP- by Felix. T- 3:37. Att- 1,952.
Bees Stings Drop Loons to .500
Gusting winds and frigid temperatures didn't seem to bother Burlington and they banged out a 6-2 at Community Field Friday night.  

Kyle Smit started for the Loons and hurled 4.2 innings allowing five runs (all earned).  Matt Sartor and Thomas Melgarejo also worked out of the Loons' bullpen.  

Andrew Lambo drove in the Loons' lone runs on a base hit to left field in the fifth.  He would later be ejected from the game in the eighth inning for arguing a called third strike with home plate umpire Phillip Henry. 

Henry also ejected Loons' pitching coach Danny Darwin from the game for arguing a called strike to Lambo in the fourth inning.  

The miserable weather conditions resulted in a sparse crowd of 263.  

"The weather conditions were tough for both teams, but you've gotta play the game," said Loons manager Juan Bustabad.  "We need to start hitting better, and our offense needs to start to generate more runs."  

The Loons and Bees continue their series this afternoon beginning at 3 pm ET.  The game time was changed Friday afternoon as a result of potential storms overnight Saturday.  

The Loons have announced that the team's rained out contest against West Michigan will be made up as a part of a doubleheader June 6. The first game will start at 6:05 pm at Dow Diamond. Fans with tickets for the June 6 game will receive admission for both games of the twinbill. Both games will last seven innings. --Brad Golder, Great Lakes Loons Director of Communications.
   Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 020 000-2
Burlington	120 020 01x-6

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  2  0  .323
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .188
Mathews 1b	4  0  2  0  .286
Lambo lf	4  0  1  2  .355
Van Slyke rf	0  0  0  0  .125
 Vetters rf,lf	4  0  1  0  .231
Baez 3b	        3  0  0  0  .080
Ortiz dh	4  0  0  0  .083
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .286
Dalton ss	4  1  1  0  .143
  Totals	35 2 8 2
  Burlington 	30 6 8 3

  Error- Baez (3). RBI- Lambo 2
(8). LOB- Great Lakes 8,
Burlington 7. SB- /Rosario (2).
DP- Mattingly and Dalton.

  Great Lakes	ab  h  r-er bb so  era
Smit (0-1)	4.2  6  5-5  3  1  4.66
Sartor	        2.2  2  1-1  1  5  2.70
Melgarejo 	0.2  0  0-0  0  5  0.00
  T-2:33. Att- 263.

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