Malek's Single Boosts Suns to a Win

Las Vegas was blanked 1-0 by Salt Lake, Jacksonville stopped Carolina 7-4 to break their losing streak, Inland Empire walked nine and was thumped 8-4 by Visalia and Great Falls won 8-7 over Cedar Rapids with a run in the ninth.

Vegas Loses Tough Game
Las Vegas squandered excellent pitching while losing to the Bees 1-0 in a Pacific Coast League game Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

The 51s (6-7) outhit the Bees 5-3 but couldn't score. Salt Lake's Sean Rodriguez homered off reliever Greg Jones with one out in the seventh inning.

That spoiled a solid effort from Las Vegas starter Jon Meloan, who allowed one hit -- a second inning single -- in six innings, with four strikeouts.

Tiffee picked up the first 51s hit, a single, in the first inning. George Lombard had a two out single in the second. Luis Maza doubled and Tiffee walked in the third. A leadoff single in the seven by Kevin Howard was wasted and Maza added the fifth Las Vegas it in the eighth.
  Score by Innings 
Las Vegas 	000 000 000-0
Salt Lake	000 000 10x-1

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko dh	4  0  0  0  .200
Maza 3b	        4  0  2  0  .267
Tiffee 1b	3  0  1  0  .532
Griffin lf	3  0  0  0  .179
Chavez ss	4  0  0  0  .286
Howard 2b	4  0  1  0  .367
Lombard rf	3  0  1  0  .074
Ardoin c	3  0  0  0  .148
Paul cf	        3  0  0  0  .125
  Totals	31 0 5 0
  Salt Lake	26 1 3 1

  2B- Maza (1). LOB- Las Vegas 6,
Salt Lake 7. CS- Howard (3).

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Meloan	        6.0  1  0-0  4  4  1.69
Jones (2-1)	1.0  2  1-1  1  1  2.35
Myers	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.45
  HBp- by Meloan. T- 2:21. Att- 2,732.
Suns Break Losing Streak
Outfielder Bobby Malek lined a two-run single to break a 4-4 tie as Jacksonville scored four runs in the seventh and went on to stop Carolina 7-4, ending a six-game losing streak in the process.

"I got behind in the count again, which unfortunately is what I've been doing lately," Malek told the Jacksonville Time-Union. "I got a good pitch to hit and got the single up the middle. That kind of made up for yesterday, when I struck out with two guys on in a key situation."

Trailing 4-2, Jacksonville had tied the score earlier in the seventh on Jamie Hoffmann's bases-loaded single and Aldolfo Gonzalez's bases-loaded walk.

Starter Marion Arias allowed four runs - three earned - in three innings. Cory Wade (three innings) and winner Zach Hammes (one) kept Jacksonville in the game with scoreless efforts until the big seventh inning.

After the Suns took the lead, Rick Asadoorian nailed it down, not allowing a hit or a run over the final two innings for his first save of the season. Three double plays helped the pitching effort.

Gonzalez, Hoffman and Adam Godwin banged out two hits each for the Suns. René Rivera slugged his second homer in the fourth inning.

"It's obviously more fun when you win," Malek said. "Losing six in a row like we did. ... I don't think a lot of guys are going to be joking around, laughing in there. We got back to work today. Hopefully, it will be more like this tomorrow.

Sun Spots-- It was only the second time this season that Mudcats pitching allowed more than three runs in a game. Carolina had a league-best team ERA of 2.29 entering the game. Jacksonville was eighth at 4.17. ... Rivera threw out both runners attempting to steal second base and is now 3-for-3 in that category. ... After striking out 19 times in the first two games of the series, Suns batters only fanned twice Wednesday. ... Suns RHP Jesus Castillo (0-0, 2.35) is scheduled to start against Mudcats RHP William Glen (2-0, 1.23) tonight.
  Score by Innings
Carolina	013 000 000-4
Jacksonville	000 101 41x-7

  Jacksonville 	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus ss	2  1  1  0  .349
JGonzalez 2b	4  1  0  0  .226
Jacobs lf	3  1  1  1  .234
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  0  .293 
Hoffmann rf	5  1  2  1  .209
Rivera c	4  1  1  1  .143
AGonzalez 3b	3  1  2  1  .235
Godwin cf	4  0  2  0  .219
Arias p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Wade p	        1  0  0  0  .000
Justis ph	1  0  1  0  .263
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Malek ph	1  0  1  2  .176   
 Asadoorian p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	33 7 12 6
  Carolina	33 4  8 4

  Error- AGonzalez (1). 2B-
De Jesus (4), AGonzalez (1),
Jacobs (2). HR- Rivera (2).
RBI- Rivera (4), Hoffmann (3),
AGonzalez (2), Malek 2 (3),
Jacobs (5). LOB- Jacksonville
10, Carolina 8. DP- 3 Rivera
and De Jesus; De Jesus and 
Mitchell 2. 

  Jacksonville	in   h  r-er bb so  era
Arias 	        3.0  5  4-3  4  3  8.10
Wade	        3.0  3  0-0  0  2  5.11
Hammes (1-1) 	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  1.00
Asadoorian(sv,1)2.0  0  0-0  0  1  6.00
  HBP- by Asadoorian. T- 2:55. Att- 2,808.
Sixers Out of Control
A generous Inland Empire pitching staff issued nine walks and allowed 13 hits in an 8-4 loss to Visalia, snapping their two-game winning streak. On the other side of the scorebook, 14 Sixers struck out.

Javy Guerra (0-1) pitched well in his previous two starts, but walked the first two batters on nine pitches, and then allowed an RBI single. Guerra allowed three hits and hit a batter in the second, but only gave up a single run.

"Sometimes Javy gets a bit fired up, but it's all about having some composure," Valentin said. "When he gets that together, that's when he'll get promoted."

Josh Bell hit a mammoth home run over the right field screen in the bottom of the second, cutting the Visalia lead to 2-1.

Guerra left in the third inning after walking two and was replaced by Alberto Bastardo. He quickly surrendered a double and a two-run single to give the Oaks a 5-1 advantage. They boosted the margin to 8-2 before Inland Empire scored twice in the ninth on a two run home run by Matt Berezay (#1). He added a double earlier in the game.

The Sixers start a four-game series against the Mavericks, which won three out of four against the Sixers last weekend in Adelanto, tonight.
  Score by Innings
Visalia	        113 000 210-8
Inland Empire	100 100 002-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	3  0  0  0  .250
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .125
Bell 3b	        4  1  1  1  .291
Perez 1b	4  2  1  0  .286
Santana c	4  0  1  0  .308
Giles rf	3  0  0  0  .211
Berezay dh	4  1  2  3  .226
Robinson cf	3  0  0  0  .180
Lizarraga ss	1  0  0  0  .148
Lara ss	        3  0  0  0  .250
  Totals	33 4  5 4
  Visalia	39 8 13 7

  Error- Santana 2 (5), Giles
(2). 2B- Berezay (2). HR- Bell
(2), Berezay (1). RBI- Bell (4),
Berezay 3 (10). LOB- Inland Empire
5, Visalia (14). 

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Guerra (0-1)	2.1  4  4-4  4  3  4.35
Bastardo	1.2  3  1-1  0  1  8.10
Kutz	        3.0  5  2-2  1  2  6.75
Brannon	        2.0  1  1-1  4  2  1.80
  HBP- By Valdez, by Guerra. T- 3:02.
Loons Scratch Out Unusual Win
 Brad Golder, Great Lakes Loons  

Erik Kanaby's steal of second in the top of the ninth inning led to a wild throw and Kanaby scoring to break a 7-7 tie and propel the Great Lakes Loons to an 8-7 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a crazy game Wednesday night.  

The game took an unexpected turn in the Loons half of the sixth when after the first two hitters were retired, Great Lakes loaded the bases against Kernels starter Jordan Walden, forcing him from the game. It was at that moment that Cedar Rapids first-year manager Keith Johnson had realized he made a huge mistake. The Kernels skipper accidently left the reliever he was bringing in, Esmerlin Jimenez (who was added to the roster before the game) off his official lineup card, making him ineligible to pitch in the game.   

With that, Cedar Rapids decided to bring in a position player, shortstop Jerry Gonzalez, to pitch to Jamie Ortiz with the bases full. The infielder walked Ortiz on four straight pitches to force in a run making it 6-4. The following batter, Jovanny Rosario laced an 0-2 pitch down the right field line for a bases-clearing triple to give the Loons a 7-6 lead.  

The Kernels tied the game at seven in the seventh inning, knotting things up.  

In the top of the ninth, Erik Kanaby reached base with a two-out single and came around to score after stealing second base when the throw skidded into centerfield. Errors by Kernels catcher De Los Santos and centerfielder Fuller, who bobbled the ball in the outfield, allowed Kanaby to come around to score and give the Loons an 8-7 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish.

"I saw the centerfielder trying to catch the ball, then he lobbed it to [Jerry] Gonzalez. As soon as I saw that, I waved Kanaby in," Loons manager Juan Bustabad said. "We caught them by surprise. It was an aggressive play and the difference in the game."

Rosario's triple in the sixth extended his hitting streak to a Loons season-high 13 games.

Kyle Smit and Thomas Melgarejo pitched the first six innings allowing all seven Cedar Rapids runs before giving way to Bobby Blevins.  Blevins (1-1) closed it out with three scoreless innings and picked up his first win of the season. His evening on the mound was highlighted with a diving catch in the ninth on a Kernels bunt attempt that he turned into a double play.

The Loons open a six-game homestand Friday night against the Peoria Chiefs, managed by former Chicago Cubs great and Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg. Right-hander Steven Johnson (NR) will start for the Loons. 
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	200 014 001-8
Cedar Rapids	002 310 100-7

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  0  1  3  .321
Kanaby lf	5  1  1  0  .176
Mattingly 2b	5  1  1  0  .170
Lambo dh	4  1  1  1  .292
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .231
Jansen c	1  0  0  0  .138
Becker ss	4  1  1  0  .216
Baez 3b	        4  1  1  0  .154
Van Slyke rf	3  2  0  0  .077
Oritz 1b	3  1  1  1  .143
  Totals	37 8  7 5
  Cedar Rapids	32 7 10 7

  2B- Lambo (5). 3B- Rosario (3).
RBI- Lambo (12), Ortiz (4), Rosario
3 (5). LOB- Great Lakes 4, Cedar
Rapids 5. SB- Kanaby (4). DP- 2
Becker, Mattingly and Ortiz;
Blevins and Ortiz. 

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Smit	        3.2  5  5-5  3  0  6.75
Melgarejo	2.1  4  2-2  0  1  5.14
Blevins (1-1)	3.0  1  0-0  2  4  0.84
  HBP- by Smit. T- 3:13. Att- 1,112.

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