Strong Starters boost 51, Suns and Sixers

Eric Stults pitched Las Vegas into a first place tie while beating Round Rock 5-3. Jacksonville smothered Tennessee 10-1 behind Marion Arias and Josh Wall boosted Inland Empire to a 4-1 win over San Jose. Great Lakes was thumped by Beloit 8-2 on Beast Cancer Awareness Night in Midland.

Stults, Lindsey Combine for 51s
Starter Eric Stults worked six innings and allowed a single run while first baseman John Lindsey had three hits, including a two run homer, and knocked in three as Las Vegas slipped past Round Rock 5-3.

Stults (2-3), making his sixth start of the season, allowed only four hits and struck out five to earn the win. Ramon Troncoso, who has struggled since returning from Los Angeles, coughed up a pair of runs in the eighth before Brian Falkenborg rescued him, pitched a scoreless ninth and earned his fourth save.

Stults, who has been used as a pinch-hitter by manager Lorenzo Bundy, helped himself at the plate, lining out a pair of singles to boost his average to an even .500 (3-for-6), including an RBI single in the three-run fourth inning.

Lindsey finished 3-for-3, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning and an RBI double in the seventh, and walked twice. Terry Tiffee and Kevin Howard each went 2-for-5 for the 51s. Tiffee scored twice.

Tiffee led off the fourth with a single to right and rode home on Lindsey's third homer. Kevin Howard doubled, Jason Repko singled and Stults made it 3-0 with his second hit of the game.

Angel Chavez's single made it 4-0 in the fifth but Lindsey, who had walked, was thrown out at the plate. The Tiffee (single) and Lindsey (double) combo provided the final 51s run in the seventh and pulled them into a first place tie with Fresno and Sacramento at 15-14.

Former Dodger Reggie Abercrombie was 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs in the eighth inning.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 310 100-5
Round Rock	000 010 020-3

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Maza 2b-lf	5  0  1  0  .411
Paul cf        	4  1  0  0  .271
Tiffee lf-3b	5  2  2  0  .475
Lindsey 1b	3  1  3  3  .385
 LaRoche 3b	0  0  0  0  .154
 Howard ph-2b	5  1  2  0  .313
Chavez ss	4  0  1  1  .310
Repko rf	4  1  1  0  .221
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ardoin c	4  0  1  0  .250
Stults p	2  0  2  1  .500
Griffin rf	1  0  0  0  .275
  Totals	33 5 13 5
  Round Rock	33 3  8 3

  Error- Stults (1), 2B- Howard
(6), Ardoin (4), lindsey (9). 
Hr- Lindsey (3). RBI- Lindsey
3 (18), Stults (1), Chavez
(16). S- Stults. LOB- Las Vegas
9, Round Rock 9. SB Paul (4). 

  Las Vegas	   in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (2-3)	   6.0  4  1-1  2  5  4.64
Troncoso	   1.0  3  2-2  2  0  8.10
Falkenborg (sv 4)  1.2  1  0-0  0  1  5.68
  HBP- Paul. T- 2:54. Att- 10,169.
Suns Burn Smokies
The Suns rolled to a 10-1 victory over Tennessee in front of 7,974 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, using dominating pitching and a six-run sixth inning.

Starter Marion Arias (2-2) allowed just two hits in six innings to earn the win and Mitch Akin and Eduardo Sierra allowed only three hits and a single run in relief over the final three innings.

Jacksonville scored a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings. René Rivera opened the third with his fifth home run and Adam Godwin doubled, later stole second and scored on James Tomlin's single.

Lucas May doubled to lead off the fourth and went to third on Russ Mitchell's single. May was caught off third on a comebacker to the mound hit by Juan Gonzalez but he eluded the tag and made it safely back to third.

May scored two batters later on a fielder's choice when a double play attempt was thrown wildly that allowed both May and Mitchell to score.

Ten players went to the plate for the Suns in the sixth as they build a 10-0 lead. Bobby Malek's pinch-hit, two-run double got the inning underway, an error allowed two more to cross the plate and May's booming double drove in another pair.

May finished with three hits and boosted his average to .338. Tomlin singled twice and finished with a .353 average and Mitchell's two hits moved his average to .304. Rivera added a single to go with his home run.

Jacksonville improved to 13-16 with the victory and Jesus Castillo (0-1, 3.65 ERA) will start for the Suns this afternoon against Smokies right-hander Tanner Watson (0-0, 3.47).
  Score by Innings
Tennessee	000 000 001- 1
Jacksonville	002 206 00x-10

  Jacksonville 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin rf	4  1  2  1  .353
De Jesus ss	5  1  1  0  .302
Jacobs lf	4  0  1  0  .267
 Akin p	        1  0  1  0  .500
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
May c        	5  1  3  2  .338
Mitchell 3b	5  2  2  0  .304
JGonzalez 2b	4  1  1  0  .309
Justis 2b	0  0  0  0  .320
Rivera 1b	4  1  2  1  .219
Godwin cf	3  2  1  1  .282
Arias p	        2  0  0  0  .000
 Malek ph-lf	1  1  1  2  .162
  Totals	33 10 15 7
  Tennessee	32  1  5 1

  2B- Godwin (1), May 2 (11),
Malek (10. HR- Rivera (5). RBI-
Rivera (11), Tomlin (7), Godwin
(10), Malek 2 (5), may 2 (18).
LOB- Jacksonville 7, Tennessee
10. SB- Tomlin (3), Godwin (8).
CS- Tomlin (3). 
  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias (2-2)	6.0  2  0-0  1  4  4.68
Akin        	2.0  1  0-0  2  4  5.00
Sierra        	1.0  2  1-1  2  1  5.74
 HBP- by Arias. T- 2:32. Att- 7,974.
Big Game for Letter 'J'
It wasn't Sesame Street but Inland Empire (10-20) topped San Jose (19-11) in the second game of a three game set, scoring four early runs and holding on for a 4-1 victory thanks to dominant performances by the letter 'J' or Josh, Javy and Jordan.

Right hander Josh Wall (2-1) earned his second victory of the 2008 season, working five innings and allowing five hits, two walks, and an earned run while fanning three.

Javy Guerra added two scoreless innings and Jordan Pratt closed out the contest with his first career save while striking out the final four batters he faced over two perfect innings of relief.

With Bridger Hunt and Trayvon Robinson on base, Eduardo Perez laced a double into the right field in the first inning to give the Sixers at 2-0 lead. Perez's sacrifice fly drove in Josh Bell in the third and Matt Berezay lined a leadoff triple in the fourth and scored on Gabriel Gutierrez's RBI single to center.

Josh Bell (another J) singled and doubled and Matt Berezay added a single and a triple. The 66ers defense helped out two double plays.

Inland Empire hosts the Giants for the final game of their three game set this afternoon on "Family Fun Day", where 66ers fans can pick up five bullpen seats for only $10.
  Score by Innings
San Jose	000 100 000-1
Inland Empire	201 100 00x-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt 2b	        4  1  0  0  .184
Robinson cf	2  2  1  0  .227
 Rogowski lf	1  0  1  0  .261
Bell dh        	3  0  2  0  .290
Perez 3b	3  0  1  3  .278
Locke 1b	3  0  0  0  .266
Berezay lf-rf	4  1  2  0  .237
Giles rf-cf	4  0  0  0  .256
Gutierrez c	3  0  1  1  .214
Lara ss        	4  0  0  0  .250
  Totals	31 4 8 4
  San Jose	31 1 7 1

  2B- Perez (11), Bell (7). 3B-
Berezay (2). R- Perez 3 (9),
Gutierrez (4). SF- Perez. LOB-
Inland Empire 8, San Jose 6.
SB- Rogowski (7), Berezay (4).
CS- Rogowski (2). DP- 2
Gutierrez, Perez and Locke;
Lara, Hunt and Locke.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (2-1)	5.0  5  1-1  2  3  6.08
Guerra 	        2.0  2  0-0  0  0  0.00
Pratt (sv,1)	2.0  0  0-0  0  4  4.91
  Balk- Wall. HBP- by Wall. T- 2:53.
Att- 2,682.
Snappers Take Series
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The Great Lakes Loons dropped the final game of a three-game series to the Beloit Snappers by a score of 8-2 on Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Dow Diamond.  

Beloit took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third on a two-run home run. The Loons pulled to within one run with a two-run homer by Andrew Lambo in the bottom of the frame, but would never pull closer.   

Joe Becker paced the Loons with two hits. Ben Revere, on his 20th birthday, led the Beloit charge with three hits and an RBI.  

Bryan Morris (0-3) took the loss, surrendering five runs (all earned). Jon Dutton hurled three scoreless innings of relief. Miguel Sanfler allowed the Snappers' final three runs in the ninth inning.   

The Loons wore pink jerseys in the game, which were auctioned off during the game the main concourse. Preston Mattingly's jersey sold for $700.  Andrew Lambo's jersey was the second-highest fund raiser, going for $480.  All profits from the Pink Jersey off the Back Auction benefit MidMichigan Medical Center, Midland's Center for Women's Health.   

Sunday the Loons begin a three-game series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The game will be preceded by a Youth Baseball Clinic and followed by Kids Run the Bases.  

Fans attending the game are encouraged to bring items for the Bay Area Women's Shelter in the Two Men and a Truck Movers for Moms program. The shelter is seeking new socks and underwear, personal care items, non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies.  

Roster Change-- RHP Kyle Smit replaced on the Loons roster and LHP Geison Aguasviva moved to the Ogden roster.
 Score by innings
Beloit	        000 320 003-8
Great Lakes	000 200 000-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario dh	4  0  0  0  .252
Kanaby cf	3  1  1  0  .179
Lambo lf	3  1  1  2  .272
Mathews 1b	4  0  0  0  .205
Baez 3b	        4  0  1  0  .183
Mattingly 2b	3  0  1  0  .190
Becker ss	4  0  2  0  .232
Van Slyke rf	3  0  0  0  .259
  Totals	32 2  7 2
  Beloit	37 8 12 8

 2b hits- Baez (4). Hr- Lambo (4). 
RBI- Lambo 2 (22). SB- Mattingly (3).
LOB- Great Lakes 7, Beloit 6.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Morris (1-2)	5.0  9  5-5  1  3  4.83
Dutton	        3.0  1  0-0  0  3  3.32
Sanfler	        1.0  2  3-3  2  3  7.20
 WP- Sanfler. HBP- Mattingly. T- 2:42.
Att- 3,707.
 

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