Gonzalez's Homers Boost Suns

Jacksonville shortstop Juan Gonzalez homered twice and knocked in five as the Suns outlasted Montgomery 15-9. Inland Empire coughed up 10 runs in the first two innings and lost 10-7 to Visalia and Great Lakes used solid pitching and Jaime Ortiz's home run to hand Kane County only their fourth loss of the season. Las Vegas had the night off.

Las Vegashad an open date. They start a five-game series tonight at Cashman Field against Portland.

Gonzalez's Two Homers Fuel Sweep
Jacksonville shortstop Juan Gonzalez smacked a pair of home runs to drive in a career-high five runs as the Suns out-scored Montgomery 15-9 to sweep the five-game series.

It was not a good night to be a pitcher with the two teams piling up 24 runs and 31 hits. The Suns overcame a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning when they 11 men to the plate and scored seven runs.

The inning stared with Russell Mitchell, René Rivera and Shane Justis lining doubles. Adolfo Gonzalez and Adam Godwin singled to make it five straight hits and before the inning ended, Greg Jacobs whacked a triple and Mitchell would add his second double.

Juan Gonzalez's three-run homer keyed a four run fifth that pretty much put the game out of reach. The 26-year-old also added a two-run shot in the seventh. After going hitless in his first three games of the season, the native of Venezuela is 17-for-48 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 14 contests to boost his batting average to .298.

The Suns hit season highs in runs and hits (16). Shane Justis went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, Greg Jacobs doubled, tripled and knocked in three runs and Russell Mitchell contributed three extra-base hits and a pair of RBIs.

Rehabbing Andy LaRoche dh'ed and had a single in six trips to the plate.

Starter Mario Alvarez surrendered four runs on seven hits in three innings, but Rick Asadoorian (2-1) struck out four over four solid frames for the win.

Montgomery scored four runs off Kyle Wilson in the ninth.

Suns RHP James McDonald (1-0, 3.93) will face Huntsville's LHP Steve Hammond (2-1, 3.98) tonight to open a five-game road series.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	010 740 300-15
Montgomery	211 010 004- 9

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	3  2  0  0  .256
JGonzalez ss	4  3  2  5  .298
Jacobs rf	4  2  2  3  .243
LaRoche dh	6  1  1  0  .167
Mitchell 1b	6  1  3  0  .311
Rivera c	4  1  1  1  .224
Justis 3b	5  2  4  2  .378
AGonzalez 2b	5  1  1  0  .207
Godwin lf	4  2  2  1  .281
  Totals 	41 15 16 14
  Montgomery 	41  9 15  8

  Error- Justis (3). 2B- Mitchell
2 (4), Rivera (3), Justis (2),
Jacobs (4). 3B- Jacobs (1),
Mitchell (1). HR- JGonzalez 2
(4). RBI- Justis 2 (5), Rivera
(9), Godwin (6), Jacobs 3 (10),
Mitchell 2 (13), JGonzalez 5
(11). S- Tomlin. LOB-
Jacksonville 8, Montgomery 9.
SB- Godwin (7), Justis (2). 
DP- 2 JGonzalez and Mitchell;
JGonzalez and AGonzalez;
Mitchell.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez 	 3.0  7  4-4  2  1  7.64
Asadoorian (2-1) 4.0  3  1-1  0  4  5.28
Wilson	         2.0  5  4-4  2  0  4.50
  HBP- Jacobs. T- 3:12. Att- 4,890.
Oaks Score Early, Top Sixers
Visalia gobbled up Inland Empire starter Josh Wall, collecting 10 hits and 10 runs before he could complete the second inning. Joe Jones and Given Kutz allowed only three hits and no runs over the final 7.1 innings.

Tom Giles doubled and homered (#1), driving in a pair of runs for the Sixers and Drew Locke and Chris Laura each had a pair of hits, Laura adding a double and an RBI.

The Sixers slip to 10-10 on the season and are a game behind Southern Division league-leading Lake Elsinore. Visalia (9-11) is in last place in the North Division.
  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	030 100 010- 5
Visalia	        640 000 00x-10

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  1  0  .275
Pedroza 2b	4  1  1  1  .153
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .256
Santana 3b	3  0  1  0  .302
Locke dh	4  1  2  0  .289
Giles rf	4  2  2  2  .293
Lara ss	        4  1  2  1  .280
Gutierrez c	4  0  1  1  .190
Robinson cf	3  0  0  0  .171
  Totals	34  5 10  5
  Visalia	32 10 10 10

  2B- Giles (5), Lara (2),
Gutierrez (2). HR- Giles (1),
Pedroza (1). RBI- Giles 2 (9),
Lara (8), Gutierrez (3), Pedroza
(7). LOB- Inland Empire 3,
Visalia (3). DP- 2 Perez and
Lara: Pedroza and Perez.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (0-1)	1.2  7 10-10 3  2 10.38
Jones	        4.1  2  0-0  0  0  3.38
Kutz	        2.0  1  0-0  0  3  4.50  
  T- 2:21. Att- 531.
Loons Edge Cougars 3-1
The Loons were held to six hits but Jaime Ortiz' solo home run and a second straight night of great pitching was the key as the Loons nailed Kane County for their fourth loss by a score of 3-1. 

Great Lakes got on the board in the third when Pedro Baez lined a leadoff double down the left field line and scored on Scott Van Slyke's groundout to make it 1-0.

Kane County tied things up in the fifth off starter Steven Johnson (2-0), who lowered his ERA to 1.74 by allowing four hits and the single run over his five innings of work.

In the bottom of the fifth, Jaime Ortiz banged a solo home run (#2) to break the tie. Van Slyke helped the Loons tack on an insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth.  

Jon Dutton pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Matt Sartor duplicated his effort and picked up his first save.

The Loons improve to 11-8 while the Cougars fall to 15-4. The Great Lakes Loons are now three games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. 

After a day off, the Loons travel to Davenport, Iowa to take on the newly-named Quad Cities River Bandits for a three-game series beginning Friday night. Daigoro Rondon is scheduled to start for Great Lakes.
  Score by Innings
Kane County	000 100 000-1
Great Lakes	001 010 01x-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .278
Becker ss	3  0  1  0  .228
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .191
Lambo lf	3  0  1  0  .324
Mathews 1b	3  0  0  0  .218
Ortiz dh	2  1  1  1  .171
 Kanaby pr-dh	0  1  0  0  .196
Baez 3b	        3  1  1  0  .180
Lopez c	        2  0  0  0  .286
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  2  .147

  Totals	26 3 6 2
  Kane County	29 5 6 1
 
  Error- Sartor (1). 2B- Baez
(1). 2B- Baez (1). HR- Ortiz
(2). RBI- Van Slyke 2 (4),
Ortiz (6). S- Lopez. LOB-
Great Lakes 1, Kane County 3.
DP- Becker, Mattingly and
Mathews.

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (2-0)	5.0  4  1-1  2  5  1.74
Dutton 	        2.0  0  0-0  2  2  2.92
Sartor (sv 1)	2.0  2  0-0  0  3  1.42
  T-1:14. Att- 2,709.

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