Jacobs, Van Slyke boost Suns, Loons

Round Rock benefitted from five walks to beat Las Vegas 6-3. Greg Jacobs' RBI double an great pitching allowed Jacksonville to top Tennessee 4-1. San Jose pounded Inland Empire 11-3. Scott Van Slyke's RBI double n the eighth gave Great Lakes a 2-1 win over Beloit.

Four Run Fifth Sinks 51s
Round Rock nailed Jon Meloan (2-2) for five runs and the Las Vegas sluggers were held to seven hits as the Express took a 5-3 win.

The 51s had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning on Terry Tiffee's RBI double in the fourth (his team-leading 28th run batted in) and a double play that scored John-Ford Griffin, who had doubled, in the fifth.

Meloan again struggled with his control, issuing five walks and allowing six hits before leaving in the fifth. However, he struck out eight. Matt Riley and Greg Jones, who allowed the final Round Rock run, closed the game out for Jacksonville.

Jason Repko slugged his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot in the eighth, but the 51s' could get no closer. Five of Las Vegas' seven hits were singles, and no player had more than one hit.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 110 010-3
Round Rock	100 040 10x-6

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Maza ss        	5  0  1  0  .422
Paul cf        	3  1  1  0  .283
Tiffee 1b	3  0  1  1  .478
LaRoche 3b	3  0  0  0  .154
Howard 2b	4  0  1  0  .308
Repko rf	4  1  1  1  .220
Griffin lf	4  1  1  0  .278
Ellis c	        2  0  0  0  .300
Meloan p	2  0  1  0  .333
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph	1  0  0  0  .571
 Jones p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lindsey ph	1  0  0  0  .364
  Totals	32 3 7 2
  Round Rock	37 6 8 6

  Error- Meloan. 2B- Tiffee (18),
Griffin (8). HR- Repko (4). RBI-
Tiffee (28),Repko (9). LOB- Las
Vegas 7, Round rock 5. SB- Paul
(3).

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Meloan (2-2)	4.1  6  5-5  5  8  3.60
Riley 	        1.2  1  0-0  0  0  3.24
Jones	        2.0  1  1-1  0  2  5.02
  T- 2:46. Att- 10,061.
No Brass Ring for Clayton
Clayton Kershaw didn't allow an earned run over his 6.2 innings of work and lowered his earned run average to 1.11 but still came up winless in his sixth start of the season.

An error by third baseman Shane Justis set up an unearned run in the first inning and Kershaw left the game with two out in the seven and the game tied 1-1.

Brent Leach, fresh up from Inland Empire, pitched 2.1 hitless innings and earned the win when the Suns banged three runs across in the last of the eighth to stop Tennessee 4-1.

Suns catcher Lucas May lined a leadoff double to the warning track in the last of the fourth and first baseman Russell Mitchell followed with an RBI single to tie the score 1-1.

The game stayed that way until the last of the eighth when Ivan De Jesus walked with out and Greg Jacobs doubled to right field to break the tie. Lucas May followed with his fifth homer of the season to dead center for the final 4-1 margin.

Kershaw made a spectacular defensive play in the fourth inning. When Smokies catcher Chris Robinson pushed a bunt toward third base, Kershaw raced off the mound and sliding on the infield grass, he scooped it up and launched the ball toward first base as he spun around. The throw was right on target.

"That was a very athletic play by a very athletic person, running toward the foul line," manager John Shoemaker said. "The thing that was most impressive was being able to right himself and throw accurately, hard. You can go to a lot of games and you wouldn't see a play like that in a long time."

After the game, Kershaw seemed mildly satisfied with his performance on the mound and said General Manager Ned Colletti's presence had little effect on him.

"Every time you pitch there's going to be somebody watching, so you really don't think about it too much," he said. "It's good to pitch pretty decent in front of him tonight."
  Score by Innings.
Tennessee	100 000 000-1
Jacksonville	000 100 03x-4

  Jacksonville	in h  r  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  1  0  .344
De Jesus ss	3  1  1  0  .307
Jacobs lf	4  1  3  1  .267
May c        	4  2  2  2  .319
Mitchell 1b	4  0  2  1  .299
Hoffmann rf	3  0  0  0  .242
 Leach p	1  0  0  0  .000
Justis 3b	3  0  0  0  .320
AGonzalez 2b	3  0  0  0  .209
Kershaw p	2  0  0  0  .250
Godwin rf	1  0  0  0  .280
  Totals	32 4 9 4
  Tennessee	31 1 6 1

  Error- Justis (5). 2B- May (9),
Jacobs (5). HR- May (5). RBI-
Mitchell (14), Jacobs (13), May
2 (16). LOB- Jacksonville 5, 
Tennessee 9. CS- Tomlin (2). 

  Jacksonville	in   h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	        6.2  6  1-0  1  5  1.11
Leach (1-0)	2.1  0  0-0  3  2  0.00
  T- 2:22. Att- 6,193.
Giants Thrash Sixers Again
San Jose improved to 19-10 as they battered Inland Empire 66ers (9-20) 11-3 in the first game of their three game series.

Left hander Alberto Bastardo (0-2) surrendered five run, four earned, over his five inning start. Garret White gave up three more, Given Kutz allowed up a walk and five singles and David Pfeiffer finished the game. In all, the Giants had 18 hits and three walks to work with.

The Inland Empire bats were were quiet most of the night, although in the fourth Eduardo Perez smacked a two-out single, Carlos Santana walked and Drew Locke put the Sixers on the board with a single. Thomas Giles added a single but they couldn't sustain the rally.

Jaime Pedroza singled in Giles, who was hit by a pitch, in the sixth inning and Giles jarred the ball out of the San Jose catcher's glove in a collision at the plate. The ball rolled away and Locke, who had walked, attempted to score but was nailed this time at home.

Perez had a good day going was 3-for-4 and Chris Lara added a double.

Josh Wall (1-1) will take the ball tonight and oppose Jesse English (3-1).
  Score by Innings
San Jose	004 101 221-11
Inland Empire	000 201 000- 3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  0  0  0  .253
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .222
Bell dh        	4  0  1  0  .279
Perez 3b	4  1  3  0  .277
Santana c	3  1  0  0  .304
Locke 1b	3  1  1  1  .276
Giles rf	3  0  1  1  .270
Pedroza 2b	4  0  1  1  .167
Lara ss        	3  0  1  0  .263
  Totals	30  3  8 3
  San Jose	42 11 18 9

  Error- Pedroza (5), Pfeiffer
(1). 2B- Lara (4), RBI- Locke 
(5), Giles (12), Pedroza (10).
LOB- Inland Empire 8, San Jose
(8). DP- Lara and Pedroza; 
Lara, Pedroza and Locke.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (0-2)	5.0  6  5-4  2  5  7.40
White        	2.0  5  3-3  0  2 12.79
Kutz        	0.2  5  2-2  1  0  4.24
Pfeiffer	1.1  2  1-1  0  1  7.84
  HBP- Giles T- 2:55. Att- 3,520.
Loons Rally, Break Losing Streak
Brad Golder/Loons.com
Scott Van Slyke doubled down the right field line with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive in Pedro Baez and lead Great Lakes to a 2-1 victory over the Beloit Snappers. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Loons.

  The Loons were held to two hits in his first seven innings.  But in the eighth, with Beloit leading 1-0, Jaime Ortiz led off with a hustle double to left-center.

Then with one out, Baez doubled to left-center to tie the game at one.  Baez advanced to third with two outs. Van Slyke followed with a double down the first-base line to give the Loons a 2-1 lead.

  Miguel Ramirez (1-0) pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn the victory.  Justin Miller started and limited the Snappers to three hits in 5.1 scoreless innings. Victor Garate relieved him and earned two key strikeouts in the sixth.

  The Loons (12-15) and Snappers (11-17) meet for the rubber game of the series tonight at Dow Diamond.
  Score by Innings
Beloit	        000 000 010-1
Great Lakes	000 000 02x-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .262
Becker ss	3  0  0  0  .218
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .270
 Kanaby lf	0  0  0  0  .172
Mathews dh	2  0  0  0  .215
Ortiz 1b        3  1  1  0  .200
Mattingly 2b	3  0  1  0  .186
Baez 3b	        3  1  2  1  .179
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .207
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  1  .167
  Totals	34 2 5 2
  Beloit	32 1 7 1
 
  Error- Ortiz (2). 2B- Ortiz
(3), Baez (3), Van Slyke (3).
RBI- Baez (3), Van Slyke (5).
LOB- Great Lakes 2, Beloit 8.
SB- Mathews (2).
 
  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
JMiller	        5.1  3  0-0  2  2  0.91
Garate	        2.0  2  1-1  0  2  4.50
Ramirez (1-0)	1.2  2  0-0  0  2  0.00
  T- 2:28. Att- 4,090.