Sexton Pitches Six Perfect Innings

Las Vegas tied the game in the ninth and won in the 10th on Terry Tiffee's double, topping Sacramento 9-8. Jacksonville out-slugged Montgomery 11-7. Inland Empire missed a no-hitter when High Desert collected a single with one out in the ninth and Great Lakes fought back from an early 9-0 deficit with Andrew Lambo homering twice, but the Loons lost 9-7.

Tiffee Drives in Winner in 10th
Terry Tiffey's fourth hit of the game, a double, drove in the winning run from first base in the last of the 10th to give Las Vegas a 9-8 win over Sacramento.

The 51s built a 7-2 lead after six innings, only to see the RiverCats bang out six quick runs to take an 8-7 lead going into the last of the ninth. Angel Chavez opened with a double and was bunted to third by Kevin Howard. Chavez scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

In the last of the 10th, Jason Repko singled with one out and wit two out, Tiffee doubled to right, scoring Repko wit the winning run.

Dwayne Pollok (1-0) worked two scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season.

Miguel Pinango started for the 51s and pitched into the sixth inning, allowing a pair of runs on six hits and striking out seven. Greg Jones ended the sixth and allowed a run in the seventh before turning the game, and a 7-4 lead, over to Greg Miller.

Miller walked the bases loaded and Brian Falkenborg took over but Sacramento scored four runs to take the lead.

Las Vegas pounded out 18 hits, their top total of the season. Tiffee finished the game with four hits, boosting his league-leading average to .533. Xavier Paul added a double and a pair of singles and Luis Maza had a triple and two singles. Danny Ardoin banged his second homer of the season and Repko scored three runs.
  Score by Innings
Sacramento	001 001 240 0-8
Las Vegas	100 213 001 1-9

   Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	6  3  2  0  .203
Maza lf-ss	6  1  3  2  .341
Tiffee 1b	5  1  4  2  .533
Lindsey dh	5  0  2  1  .320
Chavez 3b	5  1  2  1  .267
Howard 2b	3  1  0  0  .293
Ardoin c	4  1  1  2  .176
Paul cf        	5  0  3  0  .185
 Rundgren ss	3  1  1  0  .238
 Lombard ph-lf	1  0  0  0  .086
  Totals	43 9 18 8
  Sacramento	40 8 11 7

 Error- Rundgren 2 (2).  2B- Chavez
2 (3), Paul (5), Tiffee (10). 3B- Maza
(1). HR- Ardoin (2). RBI- Lindsey (7),
Ardoin 2 (4), Chavez (4), Maza 2 (4),
Tiffee 2 (14). S- Howard. LOB- Las 
Vegas 10, Sacramento 11. SB-
Lombard (1), Rundgren (1). CS- Paul
(2). DP- 2 Howard, Maza and Tiffee;
Chavez, Howard and Tiffee.

  Las Vegas	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango	          5.2  6  2-2  1  7  3.04
Jones 	          0.2  2  2-1  2  0  3.24
Miller	          0.2  0  3-3  3  1 10.61
Falkenborg (sv 2) 1.0  2  1-1  2  1  8.10
Pollok (1-0)	  2.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.40
  T- 3:37. Att- 8,523.
Suns Score Early, Hold On
Jacksonville scored five runs in the second inning and then held on win 11-7 in a wild game that saw 28 hits and 18 runs. Juan Gonzalez (#2) and René Rivera (#3) banged homers in the inning.

Starter James McDonald was the recipient of the big inning and pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and four runs but left with a 10-4 lead.

Eduardo Sierra took over in the seventh and promptly surrendered three runs before Cory Wade came in to settle things down, working two hitless innings. Yhency Brazoban, poised to move back into the Dodgers bullpen, pitched another hitless innings to close out the game.

Adam Godwin went 2-for-4, but he was on base after all five of his plate appearances. He also became the first Jacksonville player to steal four bases in a game since Todd Donovan did it July 3, 2005.

Rivera added a pair of singles to his home run and Gonzalez finished with a pair of hits and three runs batted in.

Suns LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-3, 2.57), hoping for a bit of runs support, is scheduled to face Biscuits RHP Wade Davis (2-0 3.38) today.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	051 013 010-11
Montgomery	200 011 300- 7

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	6  1  2  1  .290
De Jesus ss	5  1  2  1  .339
Jacobs dh	6  0  1  1  .233
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .269
Rivera c	4  3  3  2  .200
Hoffmann rf	5  1  2  0  .232
JGonzalez 2b	5  2  2  3  .279
Justis 3b	3  1  1  0  .250
Godwin lf	4  2  2  2  .220
  Totals	42 11 15 10
   Montgomery	38  7 11  7

  Error- JGonzalez (3). HR- JGonzalez
(2), Rivera  (3). RBI- Godwin 2 (3),
Tomlin (3), Jacobs (6), Rivera 2 (7),
De Jesus (2), JGonzalez 3 (6). LOB-
Jacksonville 10, Montgomery 8. SB-
Godwin 4 (4), Justis (1), Tomlin (2).

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so era
McDonald (1-0)	6.0  8  4-4  0  2  3.93
Sierra	        0.0  1  3-3  3  0  8.59
Wade         	2.0  2  0-0  0  3  4.40
Brazoban	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  HBP- by McDonald, Justis. T-3:12. Att- 7,518.
Sixers Lose No-Hitter in Ninth
A trio of 66ers, Tim Sexton, Paul Koss and Francisco Felix, nearly combined for a no-hit game against High Desert, Felix allowing the only hit of the game with two out in the ninth inning as Inland Empire won 5-0.

Tim Sexton (2-2) dominated the Mavericks with six perfect innings and much to the dismay of the largest crowd of the season (5,010), manager Henry Cruz replaced him with Paul Koss due to his pitch count.

Koss allowed a pair of walks in the seventh and eighth but no hits and passed the ball to closer Francisco Felix struck out the first Maverick he face. However, a shot off first baseman Eduardo Perez's glove went as a single to break the spell. Felix fanned the next two to close out the one-hitter.

Sexton has allowed one hit over his last 12 innings.

The 66ers scored five runs on eleven hits and they took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Ryan Rogowski single, a triple by shortstop Christian Lara and another single by Perez.

Each Inland Empire starter collected at least one hit, except for right fielder Thomas Giles who was 4-for-4 in the previous game. Rogowski, Josh Bell and Francisco Lizarraga each had a pair of hits in the win.

The 66ers have won two in a row and send 2007 supplemental first round draft pick James Adkins to the mound to face High Desert's Nick Hill today.
  Score by Innings
High Desert	000 000 000-0
Inland Empire	200 111 00x-5

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  1  2  1  .263
Lara ss        	4  1  1  1  .244
Bell 3b        	4  1  2  0  .277
Perez 1b	4  0  1  1  .288
Santana c	4  0  1  1  .294
Giles rf	4  0  0  0  .261
Locke dh	3  2  1  0  .289
Lizarraga 2b	3  0  2  0  .167
Robinson cf	4  0  1  1  .169
  Totals	34 5 11 5
  High Desert	29 0  1 0

  Error- Lara. 2B- Locke (2). 3B- Lara
(1). RBI- Lara (5), Perez (4), Robinson
(4), Santana (14), Rogowski (7). S-
Lizarraga. LOB- Inland Empire 7,
High Desert 5. SB- Bell (2), Robinson
(2).

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton (2-2)	6.0  0  0-0  0  6  2.86
Koss        	2.0  0  0-0  2  2  0.82
Felix        	1.0  1  0-0  1  3  1.98
  HBP- Locke. T- 2:32. Att- 5,010.
Loons Rally Comes Up Short
Dan Hasty/Loons.com Peoria scored nine runs in the first three innings before Great Lakes answered with seven of their own but the pitchers took over at that point and worked four scoreless innings, allowing the Chiefs to hold on for a 9-7 victory front of a sellout crowd of 5,567 at Dow Diamond.

Starter Daigoro Rondon (2-2) got roughed up in his brief start, pitching only 2.1 innings allowing nine hits and seven Chiefs' runs before being forced from the ballgame. Thomas Melgarejo came on in relief and allowed the remaining two runs before settling down and pitching 3.1 innings keeping his club in the game.  

While Melgarejo kept Peoria's bats at bay, his offense began to climb back into the ballgame. Kenley Jansen launched his second home run of 2008 leading off the bottom of the third to make it 9-1. Later in the frame, Andrew Lambo connected for the first of his two longballs on the night, a line drive home run just clearing the fence down the right field foul line bringing home three runs and making the score 9-4 Chiefs. 

In the fourth, controversy brought home two more Loons runs as with runners on second and third and two outs, Erik Kanaby sent a ground ball to Peoria shortstop Nate Samson. The infielder's throw to first nearly pulled first baseman Blake Lalli off the bag, but infield umpire Phil Henry motioned that Lalli stayed on the bag and that the runner was out.

Lalli flipped the ball to the mound, then Henry reversed his call ruling Kanaby safe because Lalli did not have full control of the ball. Two runs scored and the Loons pulled to 9-6.

In the fifth, Lambo hit his second home run of the night, a solo shot to bring the Loons within two runs and giving him 18 RBI on the year, but they would come no closer.

In the sixth, Lambo came up with the bases loaded and ripped a deep drive into the left-center field gap, but a great sliding catch by left fielder Cliff Andersen robbed Lambo of extra bases, and the Loons of possibly trying the game.

In the eighth, Lambo came to the plate with the bases loaded to face closer Dustin Sasser who got Peoria out of the jam by striking out Lambo and getting pinch-hitter Brian Mathews to groundout ending the threat. 

    Lambo became the first Loon to homer twice in a game since Francisco Lizarraga on August 22, 2007.  The Loons' three homers is the club's most since hitting four July 24, 2007 at Beloit.  The loss snaps a three-game winning streak.

The Loons fall to 8-7 while the Chiefs up their record to 7-9. This three-game series against Ryne Sandberg's Peoria Chiefs concludes today with Justin Miller scheduled to start for the Loons.
 Score by innings
Peoria	        315 000 000-9
Great Lakes	004 210 000-7

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  0  1  0  .306
Kanaby dh	4  1  2  0  .211
Mattingly 2b	4  0  1  0  .197
Lambo lf	5  2  3  4  .333
Ortiz 1b	3  0  1  0  .179
Mathews ph-1b	1  0  0  0  .200
Vetters rf	5  0  0  0  .172
Baez 3b	        4  0  1  0  .191
Jansen c	5  2  2  1  .189
Becker ss	3  2  1  0  .227
  Totals	39 7 12 5
  Peoria	38 9 15 9

 2b hits- Becker (3). HR- Jansen (2), Lambo
2 (3). RBI- Jansen (2), Lambo 5 (18). 
CS- Rosario (3). LOB- Great Lakes 10, Peoria
10.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rondon (2-2)	2.1  9  7-7  2  2  8.49
Melgarejo	3.2  6  2-2  1  3  5.08
Dutton	        3.0  0  0-0  4  3  3.48

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