Sexton Tough as Inland Empire Earns 3-1 Win

Las Vegas lost a four run lead and lost 11-5 to Sacramento. Four unearned runs hurt Jacksonville in a 6-3 loss to Carolina. Inland Empire topped Visalia 3-1 but the Loons also gave away four runs on errors and lost 4-0 to Cedar Rapids.

Cats Claw Vegas
A five run explosion in the last of the sixth inning broke a 5-5 tie and gave Sacramento an 11-5 win over Las Vegas, averting a sweep by the 51s.

Las Vegas had built a 5-1 lead but the RiverCats picked away at starter Jason Johnson, tying the game in the fifth. B.J. LaMura (0-1) took over in relief and was tagged with the loss.

Greg Miller worked 1.1 innings and allowed a pair of hits, three walks and a run.

Nomar Garciaparra, in his third game with the 51s (6-6) after being sent down by the Dodgers, went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run batted in.

Kevin Howard and Ardoin had solo home runs for the 51s in the fourth inning.

Terry Tiffee and Danny Ardoin each had two hits and an RBI for Las Vegas, which continues its first road trip of the season with four games at the Salt Lake Bees today through Friday.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	102 200 000- 5
Sacramento 	200 215 10x-11

  Las Vegas	in r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	3  1  0  0  .217
Garciaparra 3b	3  1  3  1  .300
Rundgren ss	1  0  0  0  .214
Tiffee dh	5  0  2  1  .545
Lindsey 1b	4  0  0  0  .311
Griffin lf	3  0  0  0  .194
 Maza ss-3b	5  0  1  0  .231
Howard 2b	4  1  1  1  .385
Ardoin c	4  2  2  1  .167
Paul cf	        3  0  0  0  .135
  Totals	33  5  9  4
  Sacramento	34 11 12 11

  Error- Paul (1). 2B- Garciaparra
(1). HR- Howard (2), Ardoin (1).
RBI- Garciaparra (1), Tiffee (10),
Howard (7), Ardoin (2). S- Paul,
LOB- Las Vegas 10, Sacramento 9.
DP- 2 Howard, Maza and Lindsey;
Maza, Howard and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson 	5.0  6  5-5  4  4 13.50
LaMura (0-1)	0.2  3  5-5  2  1 67.50
Miller	        1.1  2  1-1  3  2  7.27
Pollok	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.27
  HBP- by Miller, Repko. T- 3:14. Att-
6,543.
Suns Drop 6-3 Contest
Starter James McDonald sailed into the sixth inning with a one-hitter and a 2-0 lead but things went bad quickly. He allowed a single and a walk, then a one-out double to tie the game. Brian Akin took over and ended the scoring.

Then Akin allowed an unearned run in the seventh and three more unearned runs in the eighth, giving Carolina a 6-2 lead. Yhency Brazoban and Rick Asadoorian finished out the game without allowing further damage but the Suns could only add a single run in the bottom of the eighth.

Catcher Lucas May doubled to lead off the fourth for Jacksonville and later scored when Juan Gonzalez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

They added their third, and final, run in the eighth when May clubbed his second home run of the season over the left field fence. It was his third hit of the game and boosted his average to .364.
  Score by Innings
Carolina	000 002 130-6
Jacksonville	000 200 010-3

   Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Malek rf	4  0  0  0  .133
 Brazoban p	0  0  0  0  .000	
AGonzalez 3b	1  0  0  0  .143
De Jesus ss	5  0  2  0  .368
Jacobs lf	5  0  1  0  .225
May c	        4  2  3  1  .364
Mitchell 1b	2  1  0  0  .314
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
Godwin rf	1  0  0  0  .208
Hoffmann cf	3  0  0  0  .147
JGonzalez	1  0  0  1  .259
Justis 3b	4  0  1  1  .200
 Asadoorian p	0  0  0  0  .000
McDonald p	2  0  1  0  .333
 Rivera 1b	1  0  0  0  .143
  Totals	33 3 8 3
  Carolina	33 6 6 4
  
  Error- Justis (1), Rivera (2).
2B- May (5). HR- May (2). RBI- 
JGonzalez (3).Justis (2), May (6).
S- Mitchell. LOB- Jacksonville 9,
Carolina 8. CS- JGonzalez (1). 
DP- May and Justis.

  Jacksonville		in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald	        5.1  3  2-2  2  9  2.92
Akin (0-1)	        2.1  3  4-1  4  1  5.68
Brazoban	        0.2  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
Asadoorian	        0.2  0  0-0  0  0  7.71
  HBP- JGonzalez. T- 2:51. Att- 1.491.
Sixers Imperfect Hosts
After being swept by Visalia in their first series of the season, Inland Empire knocked them off 3-1 in a game spiced up by three ejections.

Tim Sexton (1-2), a 6-6 righthander, drew the start for the Sixers and allowed a single run on five hits through six innings and earned his first win.

Given Kutz got the first two outs in the seventh before closer Brent Leach took over, allowing only a single hit over the final 2.1 innings to earn his first save and drop his ERA to 1.23.

Sexton allowed a run in the first inning but Inland Empire tied things in the bottom of the second when first baseman Eduardo Perez singled and stole second. A pair of passed ball with two out allowed him to score.

A two-out single by Tray Robinson a passed ball and an RBI single by Ryan Rogowski broke the tie in the fifth.

Perez slugged the first home run of the season at home in the sixth inning, the towering shot clearing the right field fence with ease and ending the scoring for the game.

In the top of the third, a Visalia runner was thrown out at the plate. After disputing the call vocally, he was ejected and later manager Mike Bell was also given the night off for arguing about the same play.

In the bottom of the third, Robinson was hit by a pitch and after more heated discussion between the Visalia pitcher and the home plate umpire, the pitcher joined his teammate and manager in the clubhouse.

The win was the second in three games for the Sixers. Game two of the series between Inland Empire and Visalia will feature James Adkins facing off against Oaks pitcher Eddie Romero.
 
  Score by Innings
Visalia	        100 000 000-1
Inland Empire	010 011 00x-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski dh	3  0  1  1  .268
Pedroza 2b	4  0  1  0  .175
Bell 3b	        4  0  0  0  .306
Perez 1b	4  2  2  1  .280
Santana c	2  0  0  0  .313
Berezay lf	3  0  0  0  .222
Giles rf	3  0  0  0  .229
Lizarraga ss	3  0  0  0  .130
Robinson cf	2  1  1  0  .209
  Totals	28 3 5 2
  Visalia	31 1 6 1

  Error- Bell (1). HR- Perez (1).
RBI- Rogowski (5), Perez (3). LOB-
Inland Empire 4, Visalia 6. SB-
Perez (1), Santana (1). DP-
Santana, Lizarraga and Santana.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton (1-2)	6.0  5  1-1  2  4  3.94
Kutz 	        0.2  0  0-0  1  0  7.20
Leach (sv,1)	2.1  1  0-0  0  2  3.60
  HBP- Robinson T- 2:35. Att- 765.
Bad Night for Loons
Brad Golder/Loons.com

Great Lakes committed a season-high four errors leading to four unearned runs, and the Loons' offense left 11 runners on base en route to a 4-0 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels in the first game of a three-game series.

In the fourth inning, third baseman Pedro Baez made an errant throw to home plate allowing the Kernels' first run to score.  Later in the frame with two outs, Tyler Johnson tripled to left-center to bring home two more unearned runs.

Cedar Rapids added another unearned run in the seventh inning on a ground ball mishandled by first baseman Brian Mathews. The struggles continued for the Loons offensively on this road trip.  In the last five games, the Loons (5-6) have scored a combined five runs and are just 1-4.

Justin Miller (1-1) started for the Loons and picked up a tough-luck loss. Jovanny Rosario added two hits to up his hitting streak to 11 games.

"We hit balls hard tonight, but we hit the ball right at them," said Loons Manager Juan Bustabad. "Our pitching was good enough to win, but committing four errors hurt – they were the difference in the game.  We had opportunities, but didn't string hits together. Our pitching was really good, but they didn't get any support."

  The Loons-Kernels series continues tonight with right-hander Brian Morris (0-1) starting for the Loons against left-hander Robert Fish (1-0). 
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0
Cedar Rapids	000 300 10x-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  0  2  0  .349
Kanaby dh	5  0  1  0  .172
Mathews 1b	3  0  0  0  .243
Lambo lf	3  0  1  0  .300
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .163
Vetters rf	4  0  0  0  .200
Baez 3b	        3  0  1  0  .097
Jansen c	4  0  1  0  .143
Becker ss	3  0  1  0  .207
  Totals	34 0 7 0
Cedar Rapids	29 4 4 2

   Error- Mathews 2 (5), Jansen
(5), Baez (4). LOB- Great Lakes
11, Cedar Rapids 6. SB- Kanaby
(3), Rosario (4). DP- Mattingly ad Becker.

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Miller (1-1)	4.1  4  3-0  2  5  0.63
Dutton	        3.2  0  1-0  3  5  4.91
  Balk- Dutton. HBP- Mathews. T- 2:52. 
Att- 937.

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