Meloan, May Leads Vegas, Suns

Jon Meloan pitched Las Vegas to a 5-2 win over Sacramento and Lucas May's home run boosted Jacksonville to a 5-4 victory at Montgomery. Great Lakes rally in the ninth fell short and they lost 6-4 to Kane County. Inland Empire had an open date but Timothy Sexton was selected Cal League Pitcher of the Week.

Vegas Polishes Off RiverCats
Las Vegas pitching allowed 14 hits but worked around that problem to allow only a pair of runs while stopping Sacramento 5-2.

The 51s reached double digits in hits (10) for the third straight game, and the four Las Vegas pitchers balanced the hits with 13 strikeouts -- issuing no walks for the first time this season. They stranded 10 runners in scoring position.

Starter Jon Meloan was tapped for 10 hits in 5.2 innings but he surrendered only a single run and struck out seven. He boosted his record to 2-0 with a 1.66 earned run average.

"The big thing is he didn't walk anybody," Bundy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "That's a big thing in this ballpark. If you don't walk anybody, you'll have a chance to get some outs and double plays. Our pitchers stranded a lot of base runners."

Dwayne Pollok followed with 1.1 scoreless relief innings, and Mike Myers and Brian Falkenborg worked an inning each as Las Vegas (9-9) won its third straight.

"We're feeling pretty good," Bundy said. "We look across and don't see the Salt Lake Bees, so we feel we can play with anyone in this league right now." The 51s are 9-2 against teams other than the league-leading Bees (17-1). John Lindsey drove in Las Vegas' first two runs with an single in the first inning and a double in the third.

"I'm just thankful I'm getting my hits," said Lindsey, hitting .362. "I wouldn't mind getting some up in the air, but in the end it will even itself out."

Terry Tiffee went 1-for-4 with an RBI double, dropping his average below .500 for the first time in weeks but continues to lead the Pacific Coast League with a .493 average.

Jason Repko ripped a long solo homer to left field, igniting the 51s' three-run seventh and Luis Maza was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He is hitting .354.

"He gives us stability in the two-hole when he plays," Bundy said of Maza. Las Vegas nearly turned its first triple play ever at home in the sixth. Kevin Melillo popped up a bunt and 51s catcher Danny Ardoin let it drop before starting a 2-5-6 double play. Melillo beat shortstop Rex Rundgren's relay to first by a step.
  Score by Innings
Sacramento 	010 000 010-2
Las Vegas	101 000 30x-5
  
  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	5  1  1  1  .222
Maza 2b	        4  2  2  0  .354
Tiffee 2b	4  2  1  1  .493
Lindsey dh	3  0  2  2  .362
Chavez 3b	3  0  1  1  .278
Paul cf	        4  0  1  0  .190
Ardoin c	2  0  0  0  .167
Griffin lf	4  0  1  0  .214
Rundgren ss	4  0  1  0  .240
  Totals	38 5 10 2
  Sacramento	38 2 14 1

  2B- Lindsey (4), Tiffee (11). 
HR- Repko (2). RBI- Lindsey 2
(10), Repko (6),Tiffee (16),
Chavez (5). LOB- Las Vegas 8,
Sacramento 10. SB- Chavez (1).
DP- 3 Ardoin and Rundgren; 
Maza, Rundgren and Tiffee;
Ardoin, Chavez and Rundgren.
  
  Las Vegas	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Meloan (2-0)	  5.2  10 1-1  0  7  1.66
Pollok 	          1.1   1 0-0  0  2  2.20
MYers	          1.0   3 1-1  0  2  2.53
Falkenborg (sv 2) 1.0   0 0-0  0  2  7.04
  HBP- Ardoin, by Meloan. t- 3:06. Att- 3,014.
May's Homer Wins for Suns
Held to only two hits and trailing 2-0, Ivan DeJesus Jr. doubled in the first run of the inning and catcher Lucas May hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to put the Suns ahead 3-2.

De Jesus singled in two more runs in the ninth inning and they became important after the Biscuits scored twice in the bottom of the ninth before Cory Wade restored order.

May just returned to the lineup after missing five games when a foul ball injured his throwing hand.

Marion Arias drew the start and worked five innings, allowing seven hits and just a single run. Kyle Wilson (1-0) allowed a second run in the seventh and was credited with the win after the Suns rallied.

Zach Hammes allowed two runs in the last of the ninth but one was unearned on second baseman Juan Gonzalez's throwing error. Wade collected his first save by retiring the only man he faced.

Sun Spots-- Dodgers third baseman Andy LaRoche is scheduled to join the Suns for a rehabilitation assignment of about 10 games beginning Wednesday. LaRoche injured his thumb during spring training. ...Suns RHP Jesus Castillo will face Biscuits RHP Richard De Los Santos today.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 000 032-5
Montgomery	100 000 102-4 

  Jacksonville	ab h  r  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  1  1  0  .256
De Jesus 	4  1  2  3  .338
May c	        5  1  1  2  .325
Mitchell 3n	5  0  1  0  .274
Rivera 1b	4  0  0  0  .222
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .206
JGonzalez 2b	3  1  1  0  .294
Gulledge dh	2  0  1  0  .333
 Justis pr-dh	0  1  0  0  .321
Godwin lf	3  0  1  0  .229
  Totals	35 5  8 5
  Montgomery	37 4 12 4
 
  Error- JGonzalez(5). 2B-
Gulledge (2), De Jesus (6).
HR- May (3). RBI- De Jesus 3
(10), May 2 (8). S- Godwin.
LOB- Jacksonville 8, Montgomery
14.

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias	        5.0  7  1-1  1  4  6.00
Wilson (1-0)	2.0  3  1-1  0  0  1.80
Hammes	        1.2  2  2-1  4  0  3.55
Wade (sv,1)	0-1  0  0-0  0  0  4.30
  HBP- Gulledge. T- 3:05. Att- 2,732.
Inland Empire had an open date. Timothy Sexton was selected California League Pitcher of the week after picking up a pair of wins and allowing five hits and a single run in 12 innings. Sexton dropped his first two outings of the season. Sexton's first win came Monday after allowing just one run in six innings at home against Visalia. He was even better Saturday, pitching six perfect innings in the 66ers' one-hit shutout over High Desert. The big right-hander has sparkled against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .147 average this season.

Loons Rally Falls Short
The Great Lakes Loons loaded the bases in the ninth inning with the potential tying run at second and winning run at first, but the rally fell short, and Kane County picked up a 6-4 victory in the first game of a three-game series.

The two first-place teams, Great Lakes (9-8) and Kane County (15-2) were not at the top of their games. They made four errors, saw two passed balls, three wild pitches, a hit batsman and two balks.

Starter Brian Morris worked five innings and allowed only four hits and a single earned run but left the game tied 2-2, and the Cougars took the lead off Loons' reliever Geison Aguasviva (1-1). Aguasviva walked three batters in the inning, committed a balk, and the go-ahead run scored on a passed ball charged to Kenley Jansen.

Great Lakes could never recover and Cougars pitchers held the Loons to four hits in the ballgame. Then the Loons attempted a comeback in the ninth inning. 

Trailing 6-3, Joe Becker reached on a two-base throwing error. Later with one out and runners at second and third, Parker Dalton grounded out to score Becker. With two outs, Erik Kanaby walked to load the bases, but Jaime Ortiz struck out to end the Loons' rally.

The Loons/Cougars series continues this afternoon. The game will be preceded by college baseball action. Kyle Smit (0-1) will start for the Loons.
  Score by Innings
Kane County	101 001 210-6
Great Lakes	100 100 101-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Rosario cf	5  1  1  0  .282
Kanaby lf	4  0  0  0  .190
Ortiz 1b	5  0  0  0  .152
Lambo dh	3  0  0  0  .328
Baez 3b	        4  1  1  1  .182
Becker ss	3  1  1  0  .216
Van Slyke rf	2  0  0  1  .129
Jansen c	4  1  1  0  .195
Dalton 2b	3  0  0  1  .154
  Totals	33 4 4 3
  Kane County	33 6 8 3

  Error- Van Slyke (1), Jansen
(6). 2B- Jansen (1). RBI- Baez
(2), Van Slyke (2), Dalton (1).
SF- Van Slyke. LOB- Great Lakes 8,
Kane County 8. 

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Morris	        5.0  4  2-1  3  4  4.35
Aguasviva (1-1)	2.1  4  4-1  4  2  8.18
Sanfler	        1.2  0  0-0  0  3  3.86
  Balk- Aguasviva, Sanfler. HBP- Dalton. 
T- 3:16. Att- 1,832.

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