Xavier Paul's Five Hits Leads 51s

Las Vegas banged out 21 hits, including five by Xavier Paul, in an 18-5 rout of Albuquerque. Inland Empire's ninth inning rally came up short and Lake Elsinore took a 4-2 decision and Great Lakes dropped their fifth game in a row, this one 4-2 to Clinton. Jacksonville had the night off.

51s Show No Mercy
Las Vegas moved back over the .500 mark by crushing Albuquerque 18-5. They put the game away in the ninth, scoring 10 runs, bashing 21 hits that included seven for extra bases.

Justin Orenduff couldn't stand prosperity. Given 2-0 and 5-2 leads, that he was unable to hold on to, he left after three innings having allowed nine hits and five runs. Dwayne Pollok (2-0) seazed the opportunity and threw five innings of two-hit relief to get the win, with no walks and three strikeouts.

Xavier Paul led the attack with a perfect 5-for-5 game, falling short a triple of completing the cycle. He sacrificed Luis Maza into scoring position in the first, homered in the third (#1), homered in the fifth (#2), doubled to drive in Maza in the seventh and then bunted for a single to open the ninth and added a ground rule double later in the inning to finish the game with five runs batted in.

"Tonight I stayed on the ball a little better, I stayed through the ball and everything felt really comfortable at the plate," the former fourth-round pick said. "It was just one of those nights. I was just seeing the ball really well and letting everything come to me."

Paul, the Dodgers' fourth-round pick in the 2003 draft, got off to a slow start in his first Triple-A season, going 6-for-45 (.133) in his first 12 games. But after hours of hard work in the batting cages he began to show steady improvement.

The Louisiana native was 14-for-39 (.359) in his previous 10 games.

Terry Tiffee and Kevin Howard also had two hits in the bug ninth inning, Howard finishing the game with four hits and five RBI, while Tiffee had three hits and a pair of ribbies. John-Ford Griffin collected a pair of doubles and a single, good for three RBI.

Vegas took a 2-0 lead in the first, broke a tie with three in the third for a 5-2 margin, then Paul's homer in the fifth again broke a 5-5 tie. The 51s, already with an 8-5 lead, sent 14 to the plate and exploded for 10 runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Howard started it out with a two-run single. Griffin added an RBI single and pitcher Dwayne Pollok walked with the bases full. Maza followed with another walk, Paul drove in two with a double, Tiffee singled in another and Howard's double scored the final two.

The 51s improved to 13-12 and moved back into a first place tie with Sacramento.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	203 010 200-18
Albuquerque	023 000 000- 5

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza rf-3b	5  3  2  1  .392
Paul cf	        5  3  5  5  .286
Tiffee 1b	5  3  3  2  .475
LaRoche 3b	3  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph-rf	3  2  2  0  .667
Howard 2b	6  2  4  5  .324
Ellis c	        4  2  1  0  .316
Griffin lf	5  1  3  3  .275
Rundgren ss	4  1  1  0  .229
 Orenduff p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Stults ph	1  0  0  0  .333
Pollok p	2  1  0  1  .000
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	39 18 12 17
  Albuquerque	37  5 12  4

  2B- Howard 2 (5), Griffin 2
(7), Paul 2 (9). 3B- Ruan (1).
HR- Paul 2 (2). RBI- Tiffee 2
(21), Paul 5 (19), Griffin 3 (12),
Howard 5 (19), Pollok (1), 
Maza (6). S- Paul. Las Vegas 6, 
Albuquerque 6. DP- Rundgren and 
Tiffee.

  Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff	3.0  9  5-5  1  2  5.57
Pollok (2-0)	5.0  2  0-0  0  3  1.93
Falkenborg	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  7.20
  HBP- Ellis 2. T- 2:37. Att- 5,186.
Jacksonville open date.

Different Opponent Didn't help Sixers
Inland Empire was pleased that San Jose moved on after their four game series but a new opponent, Lake Elsinore, did little to help their season by scoring a pair of runs in the last two innings for a 4-2 win.

To compound things, the Sixers missed a scoring opportunity in the ninth and dropped to 8-18 on the season.

Trailing 4-2 in the ninth, Jaime Pedroza was hit by a pitch and Tommy Giles walked. Chris Lara squared to bunt, but Pedroza was picked off second. Lara dropped a double into left field to send Giles to third and Bridger Hunt walked to load the bases before Trayvon Robinson grounded into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.

Cody White started and allowed two runs on seven hits, leaving after five innings with the score tied at two each. Reliever Given Kutz (0-1) worked a scoreless sixth but allowed a run in the seventh and Dave Pfeiffer surrendered the final run in the ninth.

Lara had a single and a double for Inland Empire. Eduardo Perez and Dew Locke added doubles.
  Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	000 110 101-4
Inland Empire	001 100 000-2

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt lf	        3  0  1  0  .185
Robinson cf	4  0  1  1  .223
Santana c	4  0  1  0  .284
Perez 3b	4  0  1  0  .250
Locke 1b	3  1  1  0  .288
Breezy rf	3  0  1  0  .208
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .163
Giles dh	3  0  1  0  .302
Lara ss	        4  1  2  0  .254
  Totals	31 2  9 1
  Lake Elisnore	35 4 11 4

  Error- Lara 2 (8). 2B- Perez
(8), Locke (4), Lara (3). RBI-
Robinson (8). S- Hunt. SF-
Robinson. LOB- Inland Empire 9,
Lake Elisnore 10. CS- Pedroza (3).
DP- Perez and Santana; Locke,
Perez and Locke.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
CWhite 	        5.0  7  2-2  3  3  4.45
Kutz (0-1)	3.0  3  1-1  2  2  3.86
Pfeiffer	1.0  1  1-1  1  1  8.00
  BAlk Dunn. HBP- Pedroza. T- 2:53.
Att- 1,070.
Clinton Lumbers Past Loons
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The Loons remain winless during their current six-game roadtrip, dropping their fifth straight Tuesday night by a 4-2 count to the Clinton Lumber Kings.  

Engel Beltre and Renny Osuna each homered to lead the Clinton offensive attack.  It was the first home run of the season for both players.  Tim Smith also added an RBI and went 3-for-4.   

Steven Johnson (2-1) started for the Loons and surrendered all four runs (three earned) to record his first loss of the season.  Matt Sartor hurled three scoreless innings of relief and Miguel Ramirez, the Loons' closer, added a scoreless eighth in his first action since April 22.   

Jaime Ortiz hit a two-run homer down the right field line for the Loons' lone runs in the ninth.  Leadoff hitter Jovanny Rosario went 3-for-4.   

The Loons (11-13) and LumberKings (17-5) conclude their three-game series tonight from Clinton.  The Loons return to Dow Diamond for a six-game homestand May 1-6 against Beloit and Wisconsin. 
 Score by innings
Great Lakes	000 000 002-2
Clinton	        101 200 00x-4

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  3  0  .284
Kanaby lf	4  0  0  0  .175
Mathews 1b	3  0  0  0  .229
Ortiz dh	4  1  1  2  .143
Vetters rf	4  0  2  0  .196
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .186
Baez 3b	        3  0  0  0  .169
Jansen c	3  0  1  0  .235
Becker ss	3  0  0  0  .250
  Totals	31 2 7 2
  Clinton	30 4 7 4

 Error- Kanaby (1). HR- Ortiz (3). RBI-
Ortiz 2 (8). SB- Rosario (5). CS-Mattingly
(1). LOB- Great Lakes 3, Clinton 9.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (2-1)	4.0  5  4-3  3  2  2.25
Sartor	        3.0  1  0-0  1  0  1.15
Ramirez	        1.0  1  0-0  1  0  0.00
 HBP- by Johnson. T- 2:22. Att- 471.

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