Tiffee' Tough, Even on His Day Off

Terry Tiffee's sac fly in the top of the ninth boosted Las Vegas to a 3-1 win over Sacramento. Jacksonville lost the lead twice and the game in 12 innings to Tennessee. High Desert blanked Inland Empire and three young Dominican pitchers pitched Great Lakes to a win over Burlington.

Tiffee's Sac Fly Tops Cats
Las Vegas received great pitching and found out that even on his day off Terry Tiffee is hard to handle with a bat in his hand.

The 51s took a 1-0 lead into the eighth but Sacramento tied it before Las Vegas scored two more in the ninth for a 3-1 win.

Miguel Pinango pitched seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, retiring 15 of the final 16 RiverCats he faced.

But reliever Mike Myers (1-0) allowed a run in the eighth inning to tie things at one each.

In the top of the ninth, Angel Chavez singled to right and John-Ford Griffin lived on an error and A.J. Ellis singled to load the bases.

Terry Tiffee, who leads the Pacific Coast League with a .564 average and had been given the afternoon off, pinch-hit and socked a sacrifice fly to break the tie. An errant pickoff at first gave Vegas a second run in the inning.

Mike Koplove worked around a hit batsman in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

The 51s scored the game's first run in the third inning when shortstop Rex Rundgren singled, outfielder Jason Repko walked, and second baseman Luis Maza hit an RBI single.

Repko, Maza, Chavez and Ellis each went 2-for-4 as Las Vegas out-hit the Cats 9-4. Repko, playing center field, threw out a runner at home attempting to score from second base. He also turned a flyout into a double play in the eighth, nailing the runner before he could return to first base.

Dodgers infielder Nomar Garciaparra, in his second game with the 51s on a rehabilitation assignment, went 0-for-4 and hit into two double plays. He's 0-for-7 with a walk in the two games.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	001 000 002-3
Sacramento	000 000 010-1

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	4  0  2  0  .233
Maza 2b	        4  0  2  1  .238
Garciaparra dh	4  0  0  0  .000
Lindsey 1b 	3  0  0  0  .341
Chavez 3b	4  1  2  0  .353
Griffin lf	4  1  0  0  .212
Ellis c	        4  0  2  0  .412
Lombard rf	3  0  0  0  .052
 Tiffee ph	0  0  0  1  .564
Rundgren ss	4  1  1  0  .231
  Totals	34 3 9 2
  Sacramento	28 1 4 1

 RBI- Maza (1), Tiffee (9). SB-
Maza (1). SF- Tiffee. LOB- Las
Vegas 7, Sacramento 5. DP- Repko,
Lindsey and Rundgren.

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango	        7.0  3  0-0  2  4  3.00
Myers (1-0)	1.0  1  1-1  1  0  2.84
Koplove (sv 1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.35
 HBP- by Koplove. T- 2:26. Att- 10, 143,
Suns Squander Lead
Jacksonville built a 6-2 lead going into the last of the sixth but things fell apart and Tennessee pulled an 8-7 win out of the hat when shortstop Joe Simokaitis' second hit of 2008 drove in the winning run in the 12th inning.

Starter Mario Alvarez became the fourth starter in 10 games to work five innings and he turned the game and a 4-2 lead over to relievers Kyle Wilson and Eduardo Sierra who allowed five runs over the next four innings.

With the game tied in the ninth, outfielder Greg Jacobs doubled to left and catcher Lucas May doubled him home to give the Suns their final lead.

Jacksonville pitching blew the game a second time as Tennessee tied it at 7-7. Zach Hammes (0-1) came in to hold the Smokies off. He eventually gave up the winning run in the 12th on a walk and a pair of singles.

Russell Mitchell, playing third base in place of Tiffee, drove in three runs with two singles. and May went 4-for-6, including three doubles.

The Suns return home to face the Carolina Mudcats. Suns RHP James McDonald (0-0) will face Mudcats RHP Chris Volstad (2-0).
 Score by innings
Jacksonville	000 042 001 000-7
Tennessee	010 101 031 001-8

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin rf	1  0  0  0  .280
 Godwin rf	4  1  1  0  .217
De Jesus ss	4  1  1  0  .364
Jacobs lf	5  1  1  2  .229
May c	        6  2  4  1  .310
Mitchell 3b	5  0  2  3  .333
 Hammes p	1  0  0  0  .000
Hoffman cf	6  0  2  0  .161
Rivera 1b	5  1  1  0  .146
JGonzalez 2b	5  1  3  0  .269
MAlvarez p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Justis ph	1  0  1  1  .182
 Wilson p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Malek ph	1  0  0  0  .182
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
 AGonzalez 3b	2  0  0  0  .154
  Totals	47 7 16 7
  Tennessee	45 8 14 7


 2B hits- May 3, Hoffmann, Rivera. 
S- Alvarez, Godwin, Rivera. SF-De Jesus. 
LOB-Jacksonville 12, Tennessee 14. DP-De Jesus and Rivera. 

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
MAlvarez	5.0  4  2-2  3  2  7.27	
Wilson 	        2.0  1  1-1  2  1  1.80
Sierra 	        1.1  3  4-4  2  2  5.68
Hammes (0-1) 	3.0  6  1-1  2  4  1.13
 WP-Sierra. HBP- Tomlin. T-3:29. 
Att- 1,567.
Sixers Waste Good Pitching
Starter Cody White (1-2) gave up two runs on two hits and fanned six over four and two-third innings but left the game trailing 2-0.

The Mavs bunched four of their seven hits to score two more in the eighth to top Inland Empire 4-0.

Catcher Carlos Santana, second baseman Jaime Pedroza, outfielder Trayvon Robinson and first baseman Eduardo Perez collected hits for the Sixers. Pedroza whacked a triple in the fifth.

The game lasted just two hours and fifteen minutes.

The 66ers open up a seven game home stand tonight against the Visalia Oaks.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	000 000 000-0
High Desert	001 010 02x-4

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss	        3  0  0  0  .276
Rogowski lf	3  0  0  0  .263
Bell 3b	        2  0  0  0  .333
Berezay rf	3  0  1  0  .261
Perez 1b	3  0  1  0  .261
Santana c	3  0  1  0  .333
Pedroza 2b	2  0  1  0  .167
Gutierrez c	3  0  0  0  .200
Robinson cf	3  0  1  0  .195
  Totals	26 0 4 0
  High Desert	29 4 7 4

 3b hit- Pedroza (1). S- Pedroza.
CS- Robinson (2). LOB- Inland Empire
4, High Desert 5. DP- Lara, Pedroza
and Perez.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
CWhite (1-1)	4.2  2  2-2  3  6  3.45
Koss	        1.1  0  0-0  0  2  1.29
Bastardo	2.0  5  2-2  0  0  8.64
 HBP- by CWhite. Att- 2:15. Att- 1.657.
Dominican Dandies Boost Loons
Brad Golder, Great Lakes

It was a proud day in the Dominican Republic. Daigoro Rondon, Miguel Sanfler and Miguel Ramirez combined for a four-hit shutout and Jovanny Rosario drove in the game's only run with a triple down the right field line as the Great Lakes Loons blanked the Burlington Bees 1-0. All four players hail from the small country on the island of Hispaniola.  

"Our pitching was outstanding today," said Loons' manager Juan Bustabad. "Rondon pitched six quality innings, Sanfler did his job and Ramirez closed it out. We played excellent defense and got excellent pitching."  

Rondon started for the Loons (5-5) and became the second straight Loons starter to face one batter over the minimum (Steven Johnson did the same yesterday in five innings). 

Rondon pitched six innings and allowed just two hits and one walk, striking out five. 

Both batters were erased on ground ball double plays to shortstop Joe Becker.   

Sanfler pitched a scoreless seventh then walked the first batter of the eighth.  Ramirez relieved Sanfler and recorded the final six outs. 

The Bees put two runners on base in the ninth, but a Ramirez strikeout recorded the final out of the game.  

The Loons scored their lone run in the third inning with two outs and no one on base.  Becker singled to left and Rosario followed with a triple down the right field line, scoring Becker from first.  

Rosario now has hits in all 10 games played this season.  

"Rosario's the guy who starts things at the top of our order," Bustabad said.  "He's been getting on base and that's what we want from the leadoff spot."  

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Loons.  

The Loons begin a three-game series in Cedar Rapids today. Justin Miller (0-0, 0.90 ERA) will get the start for the Loons.  
 Score by innings
Great Lakes	001 000 000-1
Burlington  	000 000 000-0	

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  2  1  .342
Kanaby dh	4  0  1  0  .167
Mathews 3b	4  0  0  0  .265
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .265
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .179
Ortiz 1b	3  0  0  0  .067
Vetters rf	3  0  1  0  .250
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .125
Becker ss	3  1  2  0  .192
  Totals	31 1 6 1
  Burlington	20 0 3 0

 Error- Mathews (3). 3b hits- Rosario (2).
RBI- Rosario (2). SB- Rosario (3).
LOB- Great Lakes 2, Burlington 5.
DP- Becker, Mattingly and Ortiz 2.

 Great Falls	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rondon (2-1)	6.0  2  0-0  1  5  3.86
Sanfler	        1.0  0  0-0  2  1  3.86
Ramirez (sv 3)	2.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
 T- 2:07. Att- 325.

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