Howard's Grand Slam Helps Vegas

Las Vegas hit season highs in both runs and hits en route to smothering Portland 18-2. Jacksonville was hit for a triple play and lost 7-2 to Huntsville. Inland Empire was battered by San Jose 10-2. The Loons dropped 6-4 and 4-0 decisions to Quad Cities

. 51s Smother Portland 18-2
Las Vegas battered four Beaver pitchers for season-high 18 runs and 21 hits to make life easier for starter Jason Johnson (2-2), who worked six innings and allowed only three hits and a single earned run before a crowd of 9,005, the largest of the season.

The 51s scored four in the first and eight in the sixth with Kevin Howard smacking a grand slam homer (#3) and John Lindsey adding his second in the big inning.

Terry Tiffee boosted his average to .477 and John-Ford Griffin each had a single and a pair of doubles, while Luis Maza added three singles, Maza joining Tiffee in the the exclusive .400 department.

B.J. LaMura and Greg Miller finished the game with Miller adding a perfect inning.
  Score by Innings
Portland	001 001 000-2
Las Vegas	402 008 12x-18

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza rf	        6  3  3  0  .400
Howard 2b	6  2  2  4  .298
Tiffee 3b	4  4  3  1  .477
Lindsey 1b	3  3  1  2  .384
Chavez ss	6  0  2  2  .304
Griffin lf	5  2  3  3  .254
Ellis c	        4  1  2  3  .324
Paul cf	        5  1  2  1  .260
Johnson p	2  0  0  0  .333
Ruan ph	        2  1  2  1 1.000
 LaMura p	1  1  1  0 1.000
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	34 18 21 17
  Portland	31  2  4  2
  
 Error-Howard (3). 2B- Griffin 2
(5), Tiffee 2 (15), Howard (2). 
HR- Howard (3), Lindsey (2). 
RBI- Griffin 3 (8), Ellis 3 (8),
Chavez 2 (13), Paul (14), 
Ruan (1), Howard 4 (12),
Lindsey 2 (14), Tiffee (19).
SF- Ellis. LOB- Las Vegas 10.
Portland 3. 

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (2-2)	6.0  3  2-1  1  4  7.71
LaMura	        2.0  1  0-0  0  1 16.88
Miller	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  8.74
  T- 3:01. Att- 9,0005.
Suns Hit Into Strange Triple Play
Jacksonville held a 1-0 lead on singles by James Tomlin, Andy LaRoche and Greg Jacobs after one inning but it lasted only a few minutes before Huntsville rolled up a 7-2 decision.

In the fourth inning, Russ Mitchell opened with a single and René Rivera walked. Jamie Hoffman popped to right field where Matt LaPorta made the catch, threw to second baseman Michael Bell for the second out and his relay to first gave Huntsville their first triple play since 2002.

Jacksonville left runners on base in every inning but the second and seventh, scoring their second, and final run, in the ninth inning on Greg Jacobs second homer of the season.

Marion Arias (1-2) allowed three runs in his four-inning start and took the loss.

The Suns had 10 hits, with Adolfo Gonzalez, Tomlin, LaRoche and Jacobs banging out two each, but two double plays and the triple play kept them in check most of the game.

Suns RHP Jesus Castillo (0-1, 2.79) will face Stars LHP Brae Wright (1-2, 3.27) today.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	100 000 001-2
Huntsville	010 231 00x-7

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  2  0  .314
De Jesus ss	4  1  0  0  .296
LaRoche 3b	4  0  2  0  .313
Jacobs lf	4  1  2  2  .253
Mitchell 1b	3  0  1  0  .321
 Malek ph	1  0  0  0  .133
Rivera c	3  0  0  0  .218
AGonzalez 2b-1b	4  0  2  0  .229
 Godwin ph	1  0  1  0  .290
 Justis 2b	1  0  0  0  .350
  2B- Tomlin (6). HR- Jacobs
(2). RBI- Jacobs 2 (12). S-
Arias. LOB- Jacksonville 6,
Huntsville 10. 

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias (1-2)	4.0  7  3-3  2  3  6.16
Asadoorian	1.0  4  3-3  2  1  6.61
Sierra	        2.0  1  1-1  0  2  6.17
Brazoban	1.0  2  0-0  1  0  2.53
  T- 2:46. Att- 1,875.
Sixers Continue Skid
The San Jose Giants collected 15 hits for the second night in succession and banged out a 10-2 win over Inland Empire to improve their league-leading record to 16-7.

The 66ers fell behind in the first inning and could never get back into the game as San Jose built a 10-1 lead after six and effectively ended things at that point.

James Adkins (2-1) started for Inland Empire and was battered for nine hits and four runs before leaving the game in the fourth inning trailing 4-1. It was his first loss of the season. Five of the 10 runs allowed were unearned.

Jaime Pedroza doubled twice and knocked in both runs. Drew Locke and Eduardo Perez each had a pair of singles for Inland Empire who slid to 7-16. Locke boosted his average to .327 now.

James Adkins on the mound was roughed up for the 66ers. Adkins' (2-1) line looked like this after the dust had cleared; nine hits, four runs, five punch-outs, one walk. Adkins was defeated for the first time in 2008.

The third of four game series will be played this afternoon in San Jose.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	001 000 100- 2	
San Jose	120 133 00x-10

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  1  1  0  .173
Pedroza 2b	5  0  2  2  .178
Bell DH	        4  0  0  0  .274
Santana c	3  0  0  0  .288
Locke 1b	4  0  2  0  .327
Perez 3b	4  0  2  0  .253
Berezay rf	4  0  0  0  .190
Lara ss	        4  1  1  0  .250
Hunt lf	        3  0  0  0  .188
 Totals	        35  2  8 2
 San Jose	39 10 15 9

 Error- Locke (2), Perez (3). 2b hits- Perez
2 (7), Robinson (3). RBI- Pedroza 2. LOB-
Inland Empire 10, San Jose 10.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
adkins (2-1)	3.2  9  4-4  1  5  3.18
Kutz	        1.1  2  3-0  1  1  4.05
Pfeiffer	20.  3  3-1  2  2  7.88
GWhite	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0 13.50
 Balk- Adkins. HBP- Robinson. T- 2:57.
Att- 3.701.
Bandits Steal Two from Loons
The Quad Cities River Bandits made a clean getaway after stealing a pair from Great Lakes 6-4 and 4-0. A description of the perps is known and the Loons will be on their guard in the final game of the series this afternoon.

In the opener, Great Lakes scored a single run in the third on Kenley Jansen's third homer of the season and scored one in the fourth on Brian Mathews double and Kenley's RBI single for a 2-1 lead.

Pedro Baez drew a two-out walk in the sixth and Jansen slugged his second homer and drove in his fourth run to tie the game 4-4.

Robert Blevins (2-2) took over in the sixth and allowed a pair of two-out singles and a double that gave Quad City their 6-4 margin.

Daigoro Rondon started for the Loons and left after four having allowed seven hits and four runs, three earned. Thomas Melgarejo worked a scoreless inning before Blevins was tagged for he loss.

Jansen's three hits and four RBI led the Loons. Preston Mattingly added a pair of singles.
1st Game
 Score by Innings	
Great Lakes	001 102 0-4
Quad Cities	010 212 x-6

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .265
Becker ss	1  0  1  0  .241
Mattingly 2b	4  0  2  0  .208
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .307
Ma-hews 1b	4  1  1  0  .220
Ortiz dh	3  0  0  0  .158
Baez 3b	        2  1  0  0  .175
Jansen c	3  2  3  4  .250
Van Slyke rf	2  0  1  0  .167
  Totals	27 4  8 4
  Quad Cities	28 6 10 6

  Error- Jansen (7), Mattingly
(3). 2B- Van Slyke (2), Mathews
(4). HR- Jansen 2 (4). RBI-
Jansen 4 (6). LOB- Great Lakes 7, 
Quad Cities 8.

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rondon	        4.0  7  4-3  1  2  8.04
Melgarejo	1.0  0  0-0  2  0  4.63
Blevins (2-2)	1.0  3  2-2  0  1  1.76
  T- 2:22.
In Game two, the River Bandits struck for a pair runs in the first off starter Justin Miller (2-2). A second-inning wild pitch by Miller allowed the third run. They added an insurance run with a double in the sixth off Victor Garate for a 4-0 win.

Jovanny Rosario and Alex Garabedian each singled for the only hits the Loons managed. Inland Empire left only two on base.

  The losses drop the Loons (11-10) to two games behind first-place Lansing and one game behind second-place West Michigan.

Bryan Morris will start for the Loons today in the series finale.
  2nd Game
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 0-0
Quad Cities	210 001 x-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	3  0  1  0  .267
Knavery dh	3  0  0  0  .184
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .200
Lambo lf	2  0  0  0  .299
Ortiz 1b	3  0  0  0  .146
Garabedian c	2  0  1  0  .267
Baez 3b	        2  0  0  0  .169
Vetters rf	2  0  0  0  .184
Dalton ss	1  0  0  0  .143
  Totals	21 0 2 0
  Quad Cities	22 4 6 3

  Error- Garabedian (1), Garate
(1). LOB- Great Lakes 2, Quad
Cities 4. CS- Rosario (4), Kanaby (1).

  Great Lakes	in   h  r-er bb so  era
Miller (2-2)	4.0  3  3-2  3  2  1.11
Garate	        2.0  3  1-1  1  3  4.50
  T-1:56. Att- 2,055.

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories