DeWitt's Stay in Vegas a Short One

Las Vegas outlasted Portland 12-11 but Jacksonville blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth and lost 5-4. Inland Empire was held to three hits in a 7-0 loss to San Jose and Great Lakes was washed out and will play two today.

Las Vegas Holds on to Win
The 51s built up a solid, 12-6 lead after seven innings, then had to scrambled to beat off Portland to win 12-11 and improve to 11-10.

A six-run fourth inning was keyed by Terry Tiffee and John Lindsey's consecutive RBI doubles as Las Vegas banged out 17 hits during he evening.

Blake DeWitt started at third base and on his first at-bat in the second inning lined a double high off the wall in left field. He went 1-for-2 with three walks and scored three runs.

DeWitt started 15 games for the Dodgers and hit .255 with four doubles and five RBIs. He was sent to the 51s on Friday and made his first Triple-A start a few hours after unpacking his bags. Now with the injury to Nomar Garciaparra, his stay will apparently be very brief.

DeWitt replaced Terry Tiffee, who leads the Pacific Coast League with a .463 batting average, at third base despite .463 average. However, Tiffee is 29, and DeWitt is more valuable to the Dodgers.

A first-round draft pick in 2004, DeWitt started last season with Single-A Inland Empire in San Bernardino, Calif. This spring, injuries to Garciaparra, Andy LaRoche and Tony Abreu accelerated his ascent to the majors.

"I definitely felt like I could handle it," DeWitt told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I wasn't there to carry the team. I was just there to help. It was exciting, but I knew I had to control those emotions and try to keep it as simple as I could. Once you do get up there, and show yourself that you can handle it, it's definitely a confidence builder."

Tiffee started in left field Friday and continued his torrid hitting by going 2-for-5. Xavier Paul was 3-for-3 with three runs batted in and Luis Maza boosted is average to .390 by going 3-for-4 and Angel Chavez had three RBI.

Miguel Pinango started for the 51s and allowed five hits and five runs in five innings. Dwayne Pollok held the line for two innings but Greg Jones and Brian Falkenborg were roughed up, Falkenborg earning his third save
  Score by Innings
Portland	100 310 132-11
Las Vegas	020 601 30x-12

  Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	4  1  1  0  .229
Maza 2b        	4  1  3  1  .390
Tiffee lf-3b	5  2  2  2  .463
Lindsey 1b	5  1  3  1  .386
Chavez ss	5  2  2  3  .300
DeWitt 3b	2  3  1  0  .500
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ardoin c	5  1  2  2  .205
Paul cf        	3  1  3  3  .250
Pinango p	3  0  0  0  .000
Pollok p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Jones	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Griffin lf	1  0  0  0  .226
  Totals	38 12 17 12
  Portland	38 11 12 11 

  2B- Dewitt (1), Tiffee (13),
Lindsey (6), Ardoin (2).HR-
chavez (1). RBI- Paul 3 (13),
Maza (5), Tiffee 2 (18),
Lindsey (12), Chavez 3 (11),
Ardoin 2 (7). SF- Paul. LOB-
Las Vegas 10, Portland 6. 
SB- Repko (2). CS- Repko (2). 


  Las Vegas	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (1-0)	  5.0  5  5-5  2  3  4.08
Pollok	          2.0  2  1-1  0  0  2.45
Jones	          0.2  3  3-3  2  1  5.40
Falkenborg (sv,3) 1.1  2  2-2  1  3  8.00
T- 3:20. Att- 6,555.
Pair of Errors Kill Suns
Jacksonville took a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning and it looked as if Clayton Kershaw was finally going to win his first game of the season. But Tanyon Sturtze, who just arrived from extended spring camp, pitched a scoreless seventh before he was tagged for four runs in the eighth.

Then with Brian Akin (1-2) on the mound in the ninth, throwing errors by shortstop Ivan De Jesus and third baseman Shane Justis allowed Huntsville the winning run.

Kershaw pitched six shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts and lowered his earned run average to 1.40 but was again left with a no-decision.

Jacksonville left team left 14 men on base, 11 of them in scoring position.

The Suns banged out an even dozen runs with James Tomlin collecting three of them. Lucas May and Jamie Hoffman had a pair each as did Kershaw. De Jesus had a pair of runs batted in.

Suns LHP Marlon Arias (1-1, 6.00) is scheduled to face Stars LHP David Welch (2-1, 4.15) at today in the third game of a five-game series at Joe Davis Stadium. After the Suns wrap up the series, they head home Wednesday to open a five-game set against the Tennessee Smokies.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	001 001 020-4
Huntsville	000 000 041-5

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  1  3  0  .298
De Jesus ss	4  1  1  2  .312
LaRoche 3b	3  1  1  0  .250
Justis 3b	1  0  0  0  .359
May c        	5  0  2  1  .315
Jacobs lf	5  0  0  0  .241
Mitchell 1b	4  0  1  0  .321
Godwin pr	0  0  0  0  .279
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  0  0  .308
Hoffmann rf	4  0  2  0  .227
 Sturtz p	0  0  0  0  .000
 AGonzalez ph-1b1  0  0  0  .194
Kershaw p	3  0  2  0  .333
 Malek rf	1  1  0  0  .138
  Totals	38 4 12 3
  Huntsville	33 5  7 4
 
 Error- De Jesus (3), Justis (4).
2B- Tomlin 2 (5), LaRoche (1),
May (7). RBI- May (9), De Jesus
2 (13). LOB- Jacksonville 14,
Huntsville 7. 

Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	        6.0  2  0-0  2  8  1.40
Sturtze (sv,1)	2.0  5  4-4  0  1 18.00
Akin (1-0)	0.2  0  1-0  1  0  5.54
  T- 2:46. Att- 2,517.
Sixers Whitewashed
Inland Empire was held to three hits, two of them (both doubles) by third baseman Josh Bell) and lost a 7-0 decision at San Jose. Carlos Santana added a single.

Tim Sexton, who had allowed only a single hit in his two previous starts and had earned "Pitcher of the Week" honors, was battered for 10 hits and five runs before leaving in the fifth inning.

Jordan Pratt and Blake Brannon finished up.
  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 000 000-0
San Jose 	202 110 10x-7

Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  0  0  .269
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .162
Bell dh        	4  0  2  0  .287
Perez 3b	4  0  0  0  .241
Santana c	3  0  1  0  .300
Locke 1b	2  0  0  0  .314
Giles rf	2  0  0  0  .300
Breezy ph-rf	0  0  0  0  .203
Lara ss        	3  0  0  0  .250
Robinson cf	3  0  0  0  .169
  Totals	29 0  3 0
  San Jose	36 7 15 7

  2B- Bell 2 (5). LOB- Inland 
Empire 5, San Jose 9. DP- 2 Lara,
Pedroza; Locke 2.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton (2-3)	3.1 10  5-5  0  1  4.26
Pratt	        2.2  1  1-1  2  3  4.61
Brannon	        2.0  4  1-1  0  0  4.70
  HBP- by Sexton. T-2:37. Att- 3,308.
Loons Rained Out-- Severe thunderstorms forced the postponement of Friday's scheduled game between Great Lakes and Quad Cities. The game will be made up as a part of a doubleheader today.  Game One will begin at 5:30 pm with the second game following shortly after the first game's conclusion.  Both games will last seven innings.  Right-hander Daigoro Rondon will start the first game for the Loons.  Justin Miller, also a righty, will work Game 2. 

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