Dodger Farm Teams Lose All Three

Las Vegas lost 3-2 to Salt Lake on a home run in the 11th, Jacksonville was shut out by Carolina 7-0 and Inland Empire dropped a 5-3 game to High Desert. Great Lakes had an open date.

Vegas Squanders Good Pitching
Las Vegas received strong pitching and little run support, losing on a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning that boosted Salt Lake to a 3-2 victory.

The Bees proved it is more important when you hit than how often you hit, collecting only four hits on the evening and managed only one hit between the sixth and 10th innings off Las Vegas relievers Dwayne Pollok, Brian Falkenborg and Mike Koplove.

Las Vegas, on the other hand, had 10 hits but left nine on base.

Eric Stults started and allowed only a pair of hits over five innings but allowed a walk and both hits in the third inning as Salt Lake took a 2-1 lead.

The 51s (6-8) jumped ahead 1-0 on George Lombard's second-inning homer and after Salt Lake took the lead, Vegas tied the score at two on Luis Maza's two-out RBI single in the seventh that came after singles by A.J. Ellis and Jason Repko.

Lefty Greg Miller (0-2) took over in the 11th and served up the game-winning home run.

Maza finished 3-for-5 with a double for the 51s, who had runners at first and second with no outs in the fifth, the bases loaded with one out in the sixth but didn't score.

Salt Lake is now a stunning 13-1, best in the PCL, while Las Vegas slipped to 6-8.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas 	010 000 100 00-2
Salt Lake	002 000 000 01-3

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	5  0  1  0  .200
Maza 3b	        5  0  3  1  .314
Tiffee 1b	4  0  1  0  .510
Howard 2b	4  0  1  0  .353
Griffin dh	5  0  0  0  .159
Lombard lf	4  1  1  1  .097
Paul cf	        5  0  1  0  .133
Ellis c	        5  1  1  0  .364
Rundgren ss	4  0  1  0  .222
  Totals	41 2 10 2
Salt Lake	29 3  4 3

  2B- Maza (2), Paul (4). HR-
Lombard (1). RBI- Lombard (2),
Maza (2). LOB- Las Vegas 9, 
Salt Lake 4. CS- Lombard (1),
Paul (1). DP- Tiffee, Rundgren
and Pollok.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults	        5.0  2  2-2  4  3  5.02
Pollok	        2.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.77
Falkenborg	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  7.94
Koplove	        2.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.04
Miller (0-2)	0.0  1  1-1  0  0  8.31
  T- 2:53. Att- 3,5333.
Big Crowd, Little Results
The largest crowd of the season (9,202) packed Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville but didn't even get to see the Suns score in a 7-0 loss. Carolina broke open a 0-0 game, scoring six of their runs in innings 5-6-7.

The Mudcats collected 13 hits and shut out the Suns (5-9) for the second time in three games. It was the Suns' seventh loss in eight games.

. While beating the Suns three of the four games this season, Carolina (10-4) has scored 14 of its 15 runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

Suns starter Jesus Castillo (0-1) allowed only two infield hits over the first 4.2 innings, and had permitted just one runner to get as far as second base. But a pair of singles and a three-run homer quickly changed that.

But back-to-back singles followed by Scott's first homer of the season ended Castillo's night at the end of the inning and saddled him with his first loss of the year.

Brian Akin was touched for three runs, two of them earned, and Kyle Wilson allowed only an unearned run over the final two innings.

Jacksonville's best scoring opportunity of the night came in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Rene Rivera lined out to the right fielder Lorenzo Scott who then threw home for the tag on Juan Gonzalez for the final out of the inning.

Mudcats pitchers have held the opposition to three or fewer runs in 11 of the team's 14 games. The staff has a combined 2.49 ERA. In two of the team's four losses, the Mudcats lost by 2-1 scores.

Jesus Gonzalez had two of the Suns seven hits.

Sun Spots-- A year ago, Jacksonville and Carolina met 30 times during the season, with the Suns winning 20. This year, the teams play 29 times, including another five-game series at the Baseball Grounds starting May 5. ... The Suns committed two errors and made several other mental mistakes in which they threw to the wrong base or missed a cutoff man. ... Suns RHP Mario Alvarez (0-1, 7.27) will pitch in tonight's series finale against Mudcats RHP Brett Sinkbeil.
  Score by Innings
Carolina	000 031 210-7
Jacksonville	000 000 000-0

  Jacksonville	in r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus ss	4  0  0  0  .319
JGonzalez 2b	4  0  2  0  .257
Jacobs lf	3  0  1  0  .250
Mitchell 1b-3b	4  0  1  0  .289
Hoffmann cf	4  0  1  0  .213
Rivera c-1b	3  0  1  0  .158
Malek rf	4  0  0  0  .143
Justis 3b	2  0  0  0  .238
 Wilson p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .212
Castillo p	1  0  0  0  .000
 AGonzalez	1  0  1  0  .278
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Gulledge ph c	1  0  0  0  .000
  Totals 	35 0  7 0
  Carolina	39 7 13 6

  Error- Malek 2 (2).LOB- Las Vegas 
8, Carolina 8. CS- AGonzalez (1).  
DP- Jacobs and JGonzalez. 

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (0-1)	5.0  5  3-3  0  5  3.55
Akin	        2.0  5  3-2  2  1  6.48
Wilson	        2.0  3  1-0  0  2  1.13
  HBP- by Castillo. T- 2:37. Att- 9,202.
Sixers Lose Early Lead
The Sixers couldn't hold an early three-run lead and the offensive woes continued in a 5-3 loss to the Mavericks.

The Sixers (4-11) scored all three runs in the second inning without a hit, using three walks and two hit batters, and have now outscored the opposition 21-1 in the second inning this season. The bad news is, in the other innings, the Sixers have been outscored 74-44.

High Desert (10-5) rallied, scoring five runs over the next three innings.

Josh Wall started and gave up a pair of runs in his three innings. Joe Jones (0-1) surrendered the next three runs and took the loss.

The Sixers loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but Drew Locke struck out and Christian Lara flew out to end the threat. The Sixers failed to get more than one runner on base in any of the last four innings.

Inland Empire managed only four singles.

Members of the Dodgers front office visited San Bernardino to watch the Sixers, including General Manager Ned Colletti and Assistant General Manager, Player Development De Jon Watson.

Watson said he expected this team to play a little bit better than the 4-10 record it had entering Thursday.

Manager John Valentin left the team on Thursday "to attend to some family matters," Watson said. "We have a good core group and we have a few guys repeating here. But this is John's first year as manager and he's still learning his players."
  Score by Innings

High Desert	002 120 000-5
Inland Empire	030 000 000-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  0  0  0  .164
Rogowski lf	4  0  1  1  .250
Bell 3b	        3  0  0  1  .276
Perez 1b	4  0  1  0  .283
Santana c	4  0  1  0  .302
Berezay rf	2  1  0  0  .218
Locke dh	2  1  1  0  .250
Lara ss	        3  1  0  0  .235
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  1  .149
  Totals	30 3 4 3
  High Desert	32 5 7 5

  Error- Pedroza (4). RBI- Pedroza (6), 
Rogowski (6), Bell (5). SF- Bell. 
LOB- Inland Empire 11, High Desert 7. 
SB- Rogowski (2), Berezay (2). DP- 
Lara and Perez. 

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall	        3.0  4  2-2  3  2  3.97
Jones (0-1)	4.0  3  3-3  1  2  4.63
Koss	        2.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.00 
  HBP- Berezay 2, Pedroza, by Jones.
T- 2:45. Att- 1,610.

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