Remarkable Pitching Results in Four Wins

Starters Jason Johnson, Clayton Kershaw, James Adkins and Justin Miller sparkled; the bullpens came up big and there was plenty of offense as they ran the board. Las Vegas topped Sacramento 13-6, Jacksonville whacked Montgomery 10-4, Inland Empire (6-0, High Desert) and Great Lakes (2-0, Peoria) completed the sweep. The four starters pitched 23.2 innings, allowed one earned run and fanned 23.

Johnson's Effort Wins for Vegas
Jason Johnson threw six strong innings, and John Lindsey, George Lombard and John-Ford Griffin each had three hits to fuel the 51s' 17-hit attack as they stopped Sacramento 13-5.

John-Ford Griffin and George Lombard each banged out three hits and collected a pair of RBI as Las Vegas collected 19 hits. Xavier Paul added a three-run double and A.J. Ellis smacked a two-run triple. Over the last two games they have collected 22 runs on 35 hits.

The win pulls the 51s to within a game of Sacramento in the Southern Division and their 8-9 record is deceptive. They are 0-7 against Salt Lake and 8-2 against the rest of the PCL.

"We're not hitting a lot of home runs or anything, but we're doing the little things right now," 51s manager Lorenzo Bundy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "It's good to see some other guys contribute other than Terry Tiffee and John Lindsey."

Tiffee, who went 4-for-5 with the winning RBI double in Saturday's 9-8 victory over Sacramento, was 1-for-5 Sunday as his league-leading average dropped from .533 to .508. Lindsey went 3-for-5 to lift his average to .345.

Jason Johnson (1-2, 9.87 ERA) got his first win for the 51s, allowing two solo homers, six hits and three walks in six innings while striking out four.

The 6-foot-6-inch right-hander, who escaped a bases-loaded jam during a 29-pitch first inning, was rocked in his first three starts, allowing 17 runs on 23 hits in 11.1 innings.

"Jason went out with the mentality he was going to be aggressive today," Bundy said. "He stayed hard most of the game and threw a lot of fastballs. We knew he was a lot better pitcher than we've seen in his first three starts."

Ellis' second-inning triple staked Johnson to a 2-0 lead. Griffin hit a two-run double over first base in the third to make it 4-0. He raised his average from .170 to .212.

"I've been trying to press too hard to get back in a groove," Griffin admitted. "With the lineup we've got, it's a lot easier for me to relax and be more selective with pitches. We've got guys in our lineup, one through nine, who can hit .300 at any level. When we click, it's a dangerous sight."

Paul, the team's top prospect in center field, doubled to clear the bases during a five-run fifth inning that gave the 51s a 9-1 lead.

"I'm starting to feel a little bit more comfortable at the plate," said Paul, who is hitting .186 but has four hits in his last two games. "That's big for me right now. I really need that, not just for my average but to give me a little boost mentally."

Lindsey added an RBI single in the fifth and Lombard had a two-run double in the seventh.

Today the 51s host the RiverCats with Jon Meloan facing Dan Meyer.
 Score by innings
Sacramento	000 101 300- 5
Las Vegas	023 053 00x-13

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	3  1  2  1  .224
Paul cf		5  1  1  3  .166
Tiffee 3b-1b	5  0  1  1  .508
Lindsey 1b	5  1  3  1  .345
 Rundgren ss	0  0  0  0  .238
Howard 2b	5  1  2  0  .304
Chavez ss-3b	3  2  1  0  .273
Griffin lf	5  3  3  2  .212
Ellis c		4  2  2  2  .385
Lombard dh	4  2  4  2  .179
  Totals	39 13 19 12
  Sacramento	38  5 11  5

 Error- Griffin (3). 2b hits- Griffin 
(2), Paul (6), Lombard (2). 3b- Ellis 
(1). RBI- Ellis 2 (5), Griffin 2 (5), 
Repko (5), Paul 3 (7), Lindsey (8), 
Lombard 2 (4),  Tiffee (15). S- Chavez. 
SB- Lombard (2), Paul 2 (2). CS- 
Repko (1). LOB-  Las Vegas 10, 
Sacramento 11. 

 Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (1-2)	6.0  6  2-1  3  2  4.24
Troncoso	0.2  3  3-3  2  1 16.20
Myers	        1.1  1  0-0  0  2  1.86
Koplove	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.93
 HBP- Repko 2. T- 3:06. Att- 4,798.
Eight-run Seventh Boosts Suns
The Suns broke a 2-all tie with eight runs in the seventh inning, sending 14 to the plate in the process, and defeated the Biscuits 10-4 at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Ala.

Starter Clayton Kershaw again pitched very well but came up with another no-decision when two errors allowed two unearned runs and two hits in 5.2 innings to drop his ERA to 1.89. Rick Asadoorian (1-1) picked up the win after 2.1 innings of relief.

Ivan DeJesus keyed the big seventh-inning with a grand slam, his first home run of the season. René Rivera went 3-for-5 with his fourth homer. Greg Jacobs banged his first round-tripper of the season while Jamie Hoffman and Shane Justis singled three times.

The Suns (7-10) and Biscuits (7-10) meet today for the third game of the five-game series. Suns LHP Marlon Arias will face Biscuits LHP James Houser Jr.
 Score by innings
Jacksonville	001 100 800-10
Montgomery	020 000 200- 4

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	3  1  0  0  .265
De Jesus ss	5  1  1  5  .328
Jacobs dh	5  1  1  1  .231
Mitchell 1b	5  0  2  0  .281
Rivera c	5  2  3  1  .240
Hoffman rf	5  2  3  1  .220
JGonzales 2b	5  1  2  0  .292
Justis 3b	4  2  3  0  .321
Godwin lf	4  1  1  2  .222
  Totals	39 10 13 9
  Montgomery	35  4  8 3

 Error- Justis (2), JGonzalez (4). 
2b hits- Rivera (2), Mitchell (1). 
3b hits-  Justis (1). HR- Rivera (4), 
De Jesus (1),  Jacobs (1). RBI- 
De Jesus  5 (7), Rivera (8),  Godwin 
2 (5), Jacobs  (7). SB- Hoffman (4),  
De Jesus (2),  Godwin (5). CS- 
Tomlin (1).  LOB- Jacksonville 8, 
Montgomery 8.  DP- De Jesus, 
JGonzales and Mitchell; Mitchell.

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw		5.2  2  2-0  2  5  1.83
Asadoorian (1-1) 2.1  4  2-2  1  1  6.35
Akin        	1.0  2  0-0  1  1  5.79
 WP- Kershaw. T- 3:01. Att- 4,398.
Adkins Stops Mavericks
Inland Empire (7-11) won the final three games of the four game series with High Desert, earning a 6-0 decision behind starter James Adkins and relievers Given Kutz and Brent Leach.

Adkins went six innings, allowing three hits, and recording eleven strikeouts in the process. After Adkins (2-0), Given Kutz made his fifth appearance of the season and the team's closer Brent Leach would finish off the shutout with a scoreless ninth.

Every Inland Empire player reached base at least once during the game. The six RBI came from six different players. Josh Bell, Carlos Santana and Gabriel Gutierrez each had doubles.

For the second consecutive night the High Desert offense was kept quiet by some strong pitching. The Mavericks were able to scatter only four hits in the ballgame. They loaded the bases but Leach closed it out without a run scoring.

For the second night in a row strong pitching performances were the key. Three wins in a row is a season high for Inland Empire as they fight back toward .500.

After an off-day today, the 66ers will head to Visalia where they will begin their seven game road trip with three against the Oaks and four against the San Jose Giants. The 66ers will be back in town on Tuesday, April 29th to face the Lake Elsinore Storm.
 Score by innings
High Desert	000 000 000-0
Inland Empire	000 130 02x-6

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .159
Rogowski lf	3  2  2  1  .283
Bell 3b	        3  1  2  1  .294
Perez 1b	4  0  1  1  .286
Santana dh	4  1  2  1  .309
Locke rf	3  0  0  0  .268
Gutierrez c	4  1  1  1  .176
Pedroza 2b	3  1  0  0  .140
Lizarraga ss	2  0  0  0  .158
 Lara ph-ss	1  0  1  1  .262
  Totals	31 6 9 6
  High Desert	33 0 4 0

 Error- Lizarraga (2), Lara (6). 
2b hits- Bell (3), Santana (4), 
Gutierrez (1). RBI- Santana (15), 
Rogowski (8), Bell (6). Perez (5),
Gutierrez (2). Lara (1). S-
Lizarraga. SB- Rogowski 2 (5),
Robinson (3). LOB- Inland Empire 
7,  High Desert 9. DP- Lizarraga, 
Pedroza and Perez. 

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins (2-0)	6.0  3  0-0  1 11  1.89
Kutz		2.0  0  0-0  0  2  5.40
Leach		1.0  1  0-0  1  1  0.87
WP- Adkins. HBP- by Adkins. T- 2:38.
Att- 2,344.
Loons Enjoy Miller Time
Dan Hasty/Loons.com

Justin Miller, Matt Sartor and Miguel Ramirez combined for a two-hit shutout of the Peoria Chiefs Sunday in a 2-0 win in front of 3,390 fans at Dow Diamond.

Miller picked up the victory, improving his record to 2-1. The right-hander went six innings without allowing a run and only two hits while striking out five. Matt Sartor and Miguel Ramirez combined for three perfect innings in relief with Ramirez picking up his fifth save of 2008.  The trio combined to retire the last 16 batters they faced and pitched to just one batter over the minimum in the game.

The Loons picked up the first of their two runs in the third, when Andrew Lambo doubled off the wall in right-center field and Travis Vetters followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0 in favor of Great Lakes.

In the fifth, Brian Mathews connected for a solo home run down the left field line to make it 2-0, concluding the scoring.

The Loons improve to 9-7 and fall into a three-way first place tie with West Michigan and Lansing while the Chiefs fall to 7-10.

This Loons will host the Midwest League's best team in the early season as the 14-2 Kane County Cougars come to Dow Diamond Monday for the start of a three-game series. Bryan Morris is scheduled to start for the Loons. The Loons are celebrating Pirate Night at the ballpark.
 Score by innings
Peoria		000 000 000-0
Great Lakes	001 010 00x-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .288
Becker ss	4  0  0  0  .208
Mathews 1b	4  1  2  1  .224
Lambo lf	4  1  2  0  .344
Vetters rf	4  0  2  1  .212
Lopez c		2  0  2  0  1.000
Baez 3b		4  0  0  0  .176
Van Slyke dh	3  0  2  0  .138
Dalton 2b	3  0  1  0  .200
  Totals	32 2 11 2
  Peoria	28 0  2 0

 2b hits- Lambo (8), Dalton (1). 
HR- Mathews (1). RBI- Vetters (1), 
Mathews (7). CS- Vetters
(1). LOB- Great Lakes 8, Peoria 1.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Miller (2-1)	6.0  2  0-0  0  5  0.44
Sartor		2.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.69
Ramirez (sv 5)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
 T- 2:04. Att- 3,990.

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