De Jesus Helps Suns Break Losing Streak

Las Vegas scored 10 in the seventh but lost 18-16 at Albuquerque despite six RBI by leadoff man Luis Maza. Ivan De Jesus helped Jacksonville top Tennessee 10-6 and break a five game losing streak. Eleven walks doomed Inland Empire at Lake Elsinore although a late rally cut the score to 8-7. Great Lakes was handed a sixth straight road game loss 6-4 at Clinton.

10-run Seventh Not Enough
After 34 runs and 35 hits, Albuquerque got away with an 18-16 win as the two clubs traded big innings and the Isotopes survived a 10-run Las Vegas seventh inning during which 14 batters came to the plate.

Nine pitchers attempted to slow the avalanche of hits with Miguel Pinango (1-1) allowing nine runs before leaving in the fourth taking he loss. Ramon Troncoso surrendered six hits and seven runs in 2/3 of an inning but all the runs were unearned.

Albuquerque planned their batting order perfectly as the first four batters in the order drove in three runs apiece.

Las Vegas (13-13) pulled within a run with its big seventh inning, highlighted by Luis Maza's three-run triple. Maza, who also hit a two-run homer, finished with four runs and six RBIs in the leadoff spot. He finished the game hitting an even .400.

Terry Tiffee collected four hits, including his third homer, boosting his average to an incredible .486. John Lindsey added two singles and a double and left the game wit a .390 average. Newly arrived Andy LaRoche banged a two-run homer.

Albuquerque took a 17-6 lead after a seven-run sixth inning that featured six consecutive RBI hits with two outs helped by a fielding error by 51s second baseman Kevin Howard.

The 51s followed in the top of the seventh with 10 runs and pulled to within a single run. Maza and John Lindsey had a pair of hits each in the inning.

The Isotopes (15-10) added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh, and Joe Nelson gave up one hit in two scoreless innings for his 10th save.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	310 020 (10)00-16
Albuquerque	400 517    10x-18

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Meza ss-2b	6  4  3  6  .400
Paul of        	5  1  1  1  .281
Tiffee lf-3b	6  2  4  3  .486
Lindsey 1b	5  1  3  1  .390
LaRoche 3b	4  2  1  2  .143
 Brazoban p	0  0  0  0  .000
Howard 2b	3  0  0  0  .311
 Miller p	1  1  1  1  .500
 Griffin lf	1  0  0  0  .272
 Repko rf	1  1  0  0  .228
 Jones p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Stults ph	1  0  0  0  .250
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
Rundgren ss	2  1  0  0  .216
Ardoin c	4  1  2  1  .268
Pinango p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan rf	4  2  2  1  .615
  Totals	37 17 2 16
  Albuquerque	41 18 3 17

  Error- Ardoin (2), Howard (4).
2B- Lindsey (8). 3B- Maza (2). 
HR- LaRoche (1), Maza (1),
Tiffee (3). RBI- Tiffee 3 (24),
LaRoche 2 (2), Maza 6 (12),
Miller (1), Ardoin (10), Ruan
(2), Paul (20), Lindsey (15).
S- Paul, Pinango. LOB- Las
Vegas 5. DP- Maza, Howard and
Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (1-1)	3.2 10  9-9  1  5  6.12
Jones	        1.1  1  1-0  2  1  5.11
Troncoso	0.2  6  7-0  1  0  6.75
Miller	        0.2  0  1-1  2  1  9.00
Brazoban	1.2  1  0-0  2  1  3.00
  T-3:18. Att- 6,888.
Suns Snap Losing Streak
Jacksonville used a 12-hit attack and scored ten runs, using a solid bullpen effort from Rick Asadoorian and Edwardo Sierra for a 10-6 victory over Tennessee Smokies.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Suns. Asadoorian (3-1) picked up the victory in relief of starter Tanyon Sturtze who allowed five runs and seven hits before leaving after three.

Tennessee scored three in the first but the Suns bounced back with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Ivan DeJesus led off with a double and scored on a Juan Gonzalez double to cut the Tennessee lead to 3-1. Lucas May singled home Gonzalez and following back-to-back two-out walks, Adam Godwin singled home two more runs for a 4-3 lead.

The Smokies tied the game in the second inning, helped by a Juan Gonzalez error but the Suns regained the lead in the seventh inning. With two out, an Adam Godwin single scored Aldolfo Gonzalez to tie the game 5-5. Godwin reached second on the throw home and third base on the throwing error on the leftfielder.

Bobby Malek missed strike three, but reached on the ball in the dirt bounced away, allowing Godwin to score. Malek reached third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored as Ivan DeJesus belted a two-run home run for an 8-5 lead.

Jacksonville added two more runs in the eighth inning with RBI singles from René Rivera and DeJesus.

The 11-15 Suns will send RHP James McDonald against the Smokies LH Donnie Veal tonight.
  Score by Innings
Tennessee	311 000 001- 6
Jacksonville	400 000 42x-10
  
  Jacksonvelle	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus ss	5  2  3  3  .319
JGonzalez 2b	4  1  3  1  .329
Jacobs lf	4  0  1  0  .247
 Wilson p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
May c	        5  1  1  1  .323
Justis 3b	1  0  0  0  .341
 AGonzalez ph-3b3  1  1  0  .225
Hoffmann rf	2  2  0  0  .247
Rivera 1b	4  1  1  1  .212
Godwin cf	4  1  2  3  .296
Stutze p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Asadoorian p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Malek ph-lf	1  1  0  0  .139
  Totals 	36 10 12 9
  Tennessee	39  6 12 5

  Error- JGonzalez (6), AGonzalez
(2). 2B- DE Jesus (7), JGonzalez
(6). HR- De Jesus (2). RBI-
JGonzalez (15), May (14), Godwin
3 (9), De Jesus 3 (16), Rivera
(10). S- Hoffmann. LOB- Las
Vegas 13, Tennessee 7. SB-
Hoffmann (6), AGonzalez (2).
DP- Jacobs, Justis, JGonzalez
and De Jesus.

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sturtze	        3.0  7  5-5  0  4 16.88
Asadoorian (3-1)4.0  2  0-0  0  1  5.31
Wilson	        0.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.26
Sierra (sv,1)	2.0  3  1-1  0  1  5.52
  T-3:08. Att- 4,061.
Wild Sixers Lose 8-7
Division leading Lake Elsinore got unsuspected help from the Inland Empire pitching staff and fought off a late rally to win 8-7. A total of 11 Sixer walks made up for the fact they allowed only four hits.

On the other hand, Inland Empire banged out 11 hits but left five in scoring position.

Starting Tim Sexton (2-3) allowed only one earned run in his five innings, but trailed 3-0 on the strength of a pair of unearned runs. He lost the no-hitter in the top of the sixth on a bloop single fell just inside the four line in left. After the single, a walk and an error he left the game.

Jordan Pratt struck out the side in the seventh but allowed three runs to score and Joe Jones allowed two more.

Trailing 8-0, Inland Empire finally got their offense in gear in the eighth inning and scored four runs on a two-out RBI single by Drew Locke, a two-run double by Carlos Santana and an outfield error.

In the ninth Josh Bell's mammoth three-run homerun broke some lights on the Arrowhead Credit Union Park screen in right field but they couldn't get any closer.

Shortstop Chris Lara reached base three times in the game, going one for two with a single and two walks. Seven different players scored Sixer runs and Ryan Rogowski, Bell and Santana each had a pair of hits.

Inland Empire manager John Valentin was ejected after the final out of the sixth inning for arguing a call with the base umpire Bronson Martinez. The play in question came when designated hitter Josh Bell was thrown out trying to advance to third after a wild pitch.

The final series game with Lake Elsinore is tonight.
  Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	000 012 050-8
Inland Empire	000 000 043-7
 
  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  1  2  0  .267
Robinson cf	5  1  1  0  .222
Bell dh      	5  1  2  3  .278
Locke 1b	5  1  1  0  .282
Santana c	4  1  2  2  .294
Perez 3b	4  0  1  0  .250
Giles rf        4  0  0  0  .284
Hunt 2b         3  1  1  0  .200
Lara ss        	2  1  1  0  .260
  Totals	37 7 11 5
  Lake Elisnore	27 8  4 6

  Error- Perez (4). 2B- Bell
(6), Santana (6). HR- Bell (4).
RBI- Santana 2 (18), Bell 3
(11). LOB- Inland Empire 6,
Lake Elisnore 7. CS- Perez (1).

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton (2-4)	5.0  1  3-1  5  3  3.86
Pratt	        2.1  1  3-3  4  3  5.51
Jones	        1.2  2  2-2  2  0  4.08
  HBP- by Sexton. T- 2:57. Att- 1,021.
LumberKings Sweep Loons
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The Great Lakes Loons completed a winless six-game road trip, dropping their six straight game and their third straight to the Clinton Lumber Kings by a score of 6-4.  

The middle of the LumberKing lineup led the way as Clinton's 2-6 hitters pitched in with two hits apiece.   

  Geison Aguasviva (1-2) started for the Loons and surrendered all six runs to record his second loss of the season. Thomas Melgarejo hurled four scoreless innings of relief.   

Jaime Ortiz hit a solo homer in the sixth inning, his fourth of the season. Ortiz is now tied with catcher Kenley Jansen for the team lead in home runs (4).   

The Loons fall to 4-11 on the road to go with their 7-3 home record in 2008.   

The Loons (11-14) return home to host the Beloit Snappers, Midwest League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The contest will be the first of a three-game series.

Before the game LHP Geison Aguasviva was placed on the Loons' active roster and drew the start. RHP Kyle Smit has been placed on the Ogden roster.
 Score by innings
Great Lakes	000 101 002-4
Clinton	        411 000 00x-6

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .283
Becker ss	3  0  0  0  .239
Mathews dh	4  1  1  0  .230
Ortiz 1b	4  2  2  1  .170
Vetters rf	4  0  1  0  .200
Mattingly 2b	4  1  1  0  .189
Baez 3b        	4  0  0  0  .160
Garabedian c	4  0  1  1  .261
Kanaby lf	4  0  1  0  .180
  Totals	35 4  8 2
  Clinton	36 6 13 6

 Error- Becker (1). HR- Ortiz (4). RBI-
Ortiz (9), Garabedian (2). LOB- Great
Lakes 5, Clinton 6. DP Baez, Mattingly and 
Ortiz; Garabedian, Ortiz, Becker and
Mattingly.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Aguasviva (1-2)	4.0  9  6-6  0  2  9.60
Melgarejo	4.0  4  0-0  0  3  3.45
 WP- Aguasviva 2. T- 2:18. Att- 521.

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