Johnson's Gem Boosts Loons

Las Vegas dropped another close one, losing to Salt Lake 3-2 and Jacksonville had a close game blow up in their face when Carolina scored six in the seventh to win 9-5. Inland Empire used a six run sixth inning and 6.1 hitless innings by the bullpen resulted in an 8-4 win. Steven Johnson didn't allow an earned run over his six inning start and the Loons dumped Peoria 7-4.

51s Swept by Bees
The Salt Lake Bees rang up their 14th win in 15 starts, scoring on a sac fly in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and topping Las Vegas 3-2.

The win was the sixth straight for the Bees (14-1), who are off to the best start in the franchise's 15-year history. Seven of the wins have come against Las Vegas.

The 51s again enjoyed strong pitching, with Justin Orenduff allowing two runs on five hits and four walks in six innings, with three strikeouts. Ramon Troncoso, just down from Los Angeles, made his 51s debut in relief, allowing one hit and one walk in one inning, with two strikeouts.

Vegas scored first on Terry Tiffee's RBI double in the first inning, driving in Luis Maza who had been hit by a pitch. Salt Lake scored twice to take the lead in the second.

Catcher Dan Ardoin singled and outfielder Jason Repko walked before Tiffee, the PCL's leading hitter at a blistering .509, lined a two-out RBI single to tie the score at 2.

Las Vegas reliever Mike Myers (1-1), a 13-year major league veteran, surrendered the lead in the eighth. A pair of one-out singles, a fielding error and a sacrifice fly drove in the winning run.

The 51s threatened in the ninth, when Xavier Paul led off with a single and George Lombard was hit by a pitch. But a double-play grounder and a strikeout closed out the win.

Las Vegas returns home to host Sacramento today with RHP Miguel Pinango (0-0, 3.00 ERA) drawing the start for the 51s.

Notes-- 51s players and coaches will wear pink jerseys in tonight's "Game for the Cure Night." The uniforms will be auctioned off after the game, and all proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. ... Las Vegas third baseman Terry Tiffee is leading the Pacific Coast League in batting, with a .509 average (28-for-55), through 15 games.
 Score by innings
Las Vegas	100 010 000-2
Salt Lake	020 000 01x-3

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	3  0  0  0  .190
Maza 3b	        3  1  1  0  .316
Tiffee 1b	4  0  2  2  .509
Howard 2b	4  0  0  0  .316
Chavez ss	4  0  0  0  .240
Paul cf	        4  0  1  0  .143
Lombard dh	3  0  0  0  .088
Griffin lf	3  0  1  0  .170
Ardoin c	3  1  1  0  .167
  Totals	32 2 6 2
  Salt Lake	27 3 8 3

 Error- Griffin (2). 2b hits- Tiffee (9),
Maza (3). RBI- Tiffee 2 (12). S- Ardoin.
LOB- Las Vegas 7, Salt Lake 8.

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff	6.0  5  2-2  4  3  4.85
Troncoso	1.0  1  0-0  1  2  0.00
Myers (1-1)	1.0  2  1-0  1  1  2.16
 HBP- by Orenduff; Maza, Lombard. 
T- 2:44. Att- 5.707.
Six-Run Seventh Sinks Suns Carolina drove across six runs in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and give the Mudcats a 9-5 win, their fourth in the five-game series. The Suns (5-10) lost for the eighth time in nine games and have lost back-to-back series by the same 4-1 margin.

Starter Mario Alvarez retired 15 of 16 batters at one point, ran out of gas in the seventh, allowing the first three 'Cats to reach base.

Zach Hammes took over on the mound and gave up an RBI single to the first batter. A a home run to left-center field completed the damage, leaving Alvarez winless in three starts.

After Carolina had jumped into a 3-0 lead, the Suns battled back, scoring twice in the fourth on a double by Greg Jacobs, a single by Russ Mitchell, a sac fly and a Mudcat error.

They added one more in the fifth on Ivan De Jesus' double and Mitchell's sacrifice fly. The Suns added two in the ninth.

The game drew 11,837 fans - the biggest crowd of the season, and begin the first of two 10-day road trips, opening a five-game series in Montgomery tonight against the two-time defending league champion Biscuits.
 Score by innings
Carolina	210 000 600-9
Jacksonville	000 210 002-5

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	4  0  0  0  .189
De Jesus ss	4  1  2  0  .333
Jacobs lf	4  1  1  0  .241
Mitchell 3b	3  1  1  1  .292
Rivera 1b	3  0  0  1  .146
Hoffman rf	4  1  1  0  .216
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  0  .263
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Brazoban p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Malek ph	1  1  1  0  .182
 Gulledge c	2  0  1  0  .250
Alvarez p	2  0  0  0  .000
 AGonzalez 2b	1  0  0  0  .263
  Jacksonville	31 2 8 2
  Carolina	34 9 7 9

  Error- Alvarez (1). 2b hits- Gulledge (1),
Jacobs (3), De Jesus (5). RBI- Rivera (5),
Mitchell (10), AGonzalez(3).	 SF- Rivera.
LOB- Jacksonville 6, Carolina 3.

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (0-2)	6.0  4  6-4  2  5  6.75
Hammes	        2.0  3  3-3  1  2  3.27
Brazoban	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
 WP- Hammes. HBP- by Alvarez. T- 2:39.
Att- 11.837.
Sixers Rally For Win
Starter Cody White was roughed up in the first two inning, leaving the game trailing 4-0 but a five-hit explosion in the last of the sixth scored six runs and the Sixers bullpen made that stand up for an 8-4 lead.

Three Sixer relievers worked 6.1 hitless innings.

Jordan Pratt closed out White's final inning and pitched the next 3.1 innings to earned his first win of the season. David Pfeiffer chipped in with a hitless seventh and Brent Leach earned a save with zeros in the eighth and ninth.

Inland Empire sent 10 men to the plate in the big inning, Carlos Santana knocked in the first run, outfielder Tommy Giles and designated hitter Drew Locke lined two-run singles and second baseman Francisco Lizarraga squeezed in the final run as the Sixers sent 10 batters to the plate.

Two insurance run scored in the eighth when Giles and Locke doubled back to back and a passed ball allowed Giles to cross the plate.

Giles, who entered the game batting .211, was 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Sixers' attack, boosting his average to .284. Locke had two hits and three RBI. But nearly as important was the bullpen performance. Jordan Pratt (1-0) pitched 3.1 innings of hitless relief, followed by a perfect inning from David Pfeiffer and two perfect innings from Brent Leach, who notched his second save.

Pitching coach Charlie Hough isn't ready to give up on the Sixers' pitching staff so far this season. "A good week, or a good month, is not going to be consequential to guys' careers," Hough said. "And sometimes you stink for a while."

While manager John Valentin is taking care of some family business this weekend and is out of town, hitting coach Henry Cruz, and Mike Brumley, the Dodgers' manager at Rookie affiliate Ogden, are handling managing duties.

Ned Colletti, the Dodgers general manager and De Jon Watson, the Dodgers assistant general manager for player development, were in town for the Sixers' game on Thursday and Watson returned Friday to continue to evaluate the players.

Watson has been impressed with what he saw in spring training and the reports he's been getting about Sixers third baseman Josh Bell, who lost 30 pounds in the offseason, as well as catcher Carlos Santana.

"Santana had a tough year last year at Great Lakes, but he was a Latin player (from Dominican Republic) going to cold weather," Watson said. "He's doing better this year (.308 in his first 12 games). "But he said, he's not singling out any player in particular that he's looking forward to seeing during the next few games.

"I want to see them together as a unit," Watson said.
Score by Innings
  High Desert	103 000 000-4
  Inland Empire	000 006 02x-8

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  1  1  0  .245
Berezay rf	4  0  0  0  .203
Bell 3b        	3  1  0  0  .262
Perez 1b	2  1  1  0  .290
Santana c	4  1  1  1  .298
Giles cf	4  2  4  2  .286
Locke dh	3  2  2  3  .286
Lara ss        	3  0  1  0  .243
Lizarraga 2b	3  0  0  1  .121
  Totals  	31 8 10 7
  High Desert	36 4  8 4

   Error- Lara (4). 2B- Giles (2), 
Locke (1). RBI- Santana (13), Giles 
2 (7), Locke 3 (4), Lizarraga (4). 
S- Giles (1). LOB- Inland Empire 5, 
High Desert 7. CS- Giles (1).

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
White		2.2  8  4-4  2  1  4.91
Pratt (1-0)	3.1  0  0-0  0  3  2.53
Pfeiffer 	1.0  0  0-0  0  1 11.57
Leach (sv 2)	2.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.96
  HBP- Perez, by Pratt. T- 2:45. 
Att- 3,577.
Johnson Leads Loons
Brad Golden, Loons.com
After more than a year with the Loons, pitcher Steven Johnson seems to be getting comfortable in Mid-Michigan. The righthander pitched six innings without allowing an earned run and striking out seven with a 7-4 win in front of 4,194 Loons fans at Dow Diamond Friday night. 
?The Loons scored early and often in the ballgame, beginning with Andrew Lambo's 2-run double in the first. The Loons would take a 3-0 lead when Preston Mattingly hit a long homerun over the left field foul pole, his second of the season. Pedro Baez and Jovanny Rosario each drove in runs in the fourth to make it 5-0.
?With the game 6-1 in favor of the Loons, Jaime Ortiz drove in the final Loons run with a RBI-double in the sixth.
  Steven Johnson (1-0) started for the Loons throwing six innings allowing seven hits and one unearned run while striking out seven in picking up his first win of the season. Geison Aguasviva, Miguel Sanfler, and Miguel Ramirez came on in relief to finish out the ballgame for Great Lakes, who are now tied for first place with the Dayton Dragons in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
Zach Ashwood (0-3) started for Peoria and gave up nine hits and five runs in four innings in picked up the loss, dropping his record to 0-3.
The Loons improve to 8-6 while the Chiefs fall to 6-9.
This series continues tonight in game two of this three-game series against Ryne Sandberg's Peoria Chiefs. Daigoro Rondon is scheduled to start for the Loons. A fireworks show powered by Dow Corning will follow the evenings contest.
  Score by Innings
Peoria		000 001 021-4
Great Lakes	201 202 00x-7

Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  1  2  .316
Becker ss       4  1  1  0  .220
Mattingly 2b	4  2  2  1  .193
Lambo lf	4  0  2  2  .308
Mathews 1b	3  0  0  0  .205
Vetters rf      4  1  1  0  .208
Baez 3b         4  2  2  1  .186
Jansen c	3  1  1  0  .156
Ortiz dh	4  0  1  1  .160
  Totals	34 7 11 7
  Peoria	35 4  6 3

  Error- Johnson (1), Mattingly (2), 
Baez (6). 2B- Lambo 2 (7), Vetters 
(1), Rosario (3), Ortiz (2). 
HR- Mattingly (2). RBI- Lambo 2 (14), 
Mattingly (5), Baez (1), Ortiz
(5). LOB- Great Lakes 5, Peoria 7. 

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (1-0)	6.0  2  1-0  0  7  1.72
Aguasviva	1.2  3  2-2  0  1  9.35
Sanfler		0.2  0  1-1  1  1  5.06
Ramirez 	0.2  1  0-0  1  1  0.00
  HBP- Johnson. T- 2:35. Att- 4,194.

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