Johnson, Ortiz Spark Loons' Win

Las Vegas lost a 2-1 decision to Round Rock on a pair of unearned runs. Jacksonville was handed their worst loss of the season, 11-1 by Carolina. Great Lakes used strong pitching by Steven Johnson and a home run by Jaime Ortiz to dump Wisconsin 6-1. Inland Empire had an open date.

Unearned Runs Sink 51s
The good news is that starter Miguel Pinango and reliever Dwayne Pollok didn't allow an earned run. The bad news is that a two-out error preceded a home run and Round Rock collected a 2-1 win over Las Vegas.

David Newhan, who spent some time with the Dodgers during spring training a few years ago and the son of Los Angeles Times columnist Ross Newhan, followed a boot by second baseman Angel Chavez to give the Express all the runs they needed. It was Newhan's first homer of the season.

Las Vegas was held to six hits, including Andy LaRoche's second homer of the year in the fourth inning that gave Las Vegas a brief, 1-0 lead. Catcher Danny Ardoin had a pair of the hits, including a double.

The Las Vegas will open an eight-game homestand today against Memphis, Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, at Cashman Field. The series against the Redbirds will run from Tuesday-Friday, May 6-9. The 51s will then host the Nashville Sounds May 10-13.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 100 000-1
Round Rock	000 020 000-2

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Maza ss        	4  0  0  0  .394
chavez 2b	4  0  1  0  .300
Tiffee lf	4  0  1  0  .460
 Paul pr	0  0  0  0  .260
Lindsey 1b	4  0  0  0  .357
LaRoche 3b	3  1  1  1  .176
Repko cf	4  0  1  0  .214
Ardoin c	3  0  2  0  .269
Ruan rf        	3  0  0  0  .500
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
Pinango p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Griffin rf	0  0  0  0  .274
  Totals	29 1 6 2
  Round Rock 	27 2 6 1
  
  Error- Chavez (1). 2B- Ardoin
(5). HR- LaRoche (2). RBI-
LaRoche (4). S- Pinango. LOB-
Las Vegas 5, Round Rock 7.
CS- Griffin (1). 

  Las Vegas 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (1-2)	6.0  5  2-0  6  1  5.17
Pollok        	2.0  1  0-0  0  0  1.78
  HBP- by Pinango. T- 2:20. Att- 8,877.
Carolina Batters Suns
Carolina romped 11-1 over the Suns in front of 6,197 at the Baseball Grounds. A sacrifice fly from Russ Mitchell in the ninth inning helped the Suns avoid their fifth shutout of the season.

Three Suns pitchers, Mario Alvarez (0-4), Rick Asadoorian and Zach Hammes, were battered for 15 hits during the Suns worst loss of the season.

Greg Jacobs singled twice and Adolfo Perez lined a double for Jacksonville. James Tomlin's 8-game hitting streak came to an end

The Dodgers have informed the Suns they want ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw to make several bullpen appearances in the current series, the first of which could come today. Kershaw, only 20, has been under a strict pitch count all season.

Suns RHP James McDonald (1-1, 5.27) will oppose Mudcats RHP Chris Volstad (3-0, 2.61) in tonight's second game of the five-game series.
  Score by Innings
Carolina	202 020 230-11
Jacksonville	000 000 001- 1

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  0  0  .342
De Jesus ss	4  0  0  0  .292
Jacobs lf	3  1  2  0  .277
May c        	3  0  0  0  .325
Mitchell 3b	3  0  0  1  .284
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  0  .240
JGonzalez 2b	4  0  0  0  .291
AGonzalez 1b	3  0  1  0  .217
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
Alvarez p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Asadoorian p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Justis 1b	1  0  0  0  .315
  Totals	31  1  4  1
  Carolina	38 11 15 11

  Error- De Jesus (5). 2B- 
AGonzalez (2). RBI- Mitchell
(15). DF- Mitchell. LOB- Las
Vegas 6, Carolina 7. SB-
Jacobs (1). DP- 2 Mitchell,
JGonzalez and AGonzalez;
Mitchell and AGonzalez.

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (0-4)	4.0  7  4-4  2  2  7.71
Asadoorian	3.0  4  4-4  3  0  6.17
Hammes        	2.0  4  3-3  1  4  8.68
  HBP- Jacobs. T- 2:40. Att- 6,97.
Inland Empire>/b> Open date.


Johnson, Ortiz Power Loons

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Steven Johnson was solid through five innings, and Jaime Ortiz launched a two-run homer giving the Loons all they needed to defeat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in front of 2,016 fans at Dow Diamond on Monday night by a score of 6-1.

The Loons scored more runs Monday night than they have scored in any of their last 15 games.

   Travis Vetters made it 1-0 in the first with an RBI double to right-center field before Ortiz connected for his team-leading sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot to give the Loons a 3-0 advantage.

Ortiz would leave the game in the sixth inning with a hamstring injury after a flyout to center field.

Erik Kanaby, Jovanny Rosario, and Pedro Baez all drove in a run in the victory.

Johnson (3-1) only pitched five innings due to an escalating pitch count, but was able to get out of jams without any harm. The right-hander did not allow a run while striking out six in picking up his third win of the season and lowering his ERA to 2.12.

The Loons improve to 14-16 while the Timber Rattlers fall to 10-17.
   Score by Innings
Wisconsin	000 001 000-1
Great Lakes	320 000 10x-6

  Great Lakes	ab h  r  bi  ave
Kanaby lf	4  1  1  1  .203
Rosario cf	4  1  2  1  .261
Lambo dh	4  0  0  0  .250
Vetters rf	3  2  1  1  .228
Ortiz 1b	3  1  1  2  .206
Mathews 1b	1  0  0  0  .195
Baez 3b        	3  0  2  1  .195
Mattingly 2b	3  1  1  0  .208
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .185
Becker ss	2  0  0  0  .226
Dalton ss	1  0  0  0  .150
  Totals	32 6 8 6
  Wisconsin	33 1 6 1

  Error- Ortiz (3), Melgarejo
(1), Garate (2). 2B- Vetters
(3), Rosario 2 (5), Baez 2
(6). HR- Ortiz (6). RBI-
Vetters (3), Ortiz 2 (12),
Kanaby (2), Rosario (8), Baez
(4). LOB- Great Lakes	 6,
Wisconsin 10. SB- Mattingly (5).

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (3-1)	5.0  2  0-0  2  6  2.12
Melgarejo	2.0  2  1-1  0  1  3.57
Garate        	2.0  2  0-0  0  3  3.00
   HBP- by Melgarejo, by Gates. 
T- 3:05. Att- 2,016.

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