Not a Minor League Win to be Had

Following the lead of their big brothers, who lost 12-1 to the Mets, Las Vegas dropped a 6-5 game to Memphis, Jacksonville lost 2-0 to Carolina and Inland Empire was topped 6-5 in 10 innings by Rancho Cucamunga.

Memphis Tops Las Vegas
Las Vegas starter Jonathan Meloan wasn't exactly battered by the Redbirds, rather pecked to death one run at a time in a 6-5 loss.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 230-pound right-hander has converted from the Southern League's Reliever of the Year to a starting position, and is regaining the touch that made him a top-flight college pitcher.

He worked the first five innings against Memphis and allowed a single run in four of the five, earning him his third loss of the season against a pair of wins.

Las Vegas didn't get on the board until the last of the fifth inning when A.J. Ellis doubled in John-Ford Griffin, then scored himself on a wild pitch.

Greg Miller was tagged for three runs in the top of the sixth and that pretty much put the game out of reach.

Las Vegas fought back in the seventh, Jason Repko singled and Griffin's single moved him to third. Ellis doubled in one run but Griffin was thrown out at the plate. Ellis scored later on a ground ball.

Mike Koplove was touched for an unearned run in the eighth, leaving his earned run average at 0.47, and Brian Falkenborg surrendered an earned run in the ninth.

Andy LaRoche, Griffin and Ellis all had a pair of hits.
 Score by Innings
Memphis	        110 113 011-9
Las Vegas	000 020 200-2

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Maza rf        	3  0  1  0  .402
 Koplove p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
Chavez ss	4  0  1  0  .298
Tiffee 1b-lf	4  0  1  0  .452
LaRoche	        3  0  2  0  .292
 Pinango pr	0  0  0  0  .264
 Ardoin 3b	0  0  0  0  .287
Howard 2b	4  0  0  0  .287
Repko cf	3  1  1  0  .227
Griffin lf-rf	4  1  2  0  .288
Ellis c        	3  2  2  2  .304
Meloan p	1  0  0  0  .286
 Ruan ph	1  0  1  0  .500
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .500
 Lindsey ph-1b	2  0  0  1  .346
  Totals	32 4 11 2
  Memphis	38 9 13 9

 Error- Chavez (2). 2B- Ellis 2 (3). 
RBI- Ellis 2 (10), Lindsey (19). 
LOB- Las Vegas 5, Carolina 6. 
CS- LaRoche (1). DP- Tiffee, Chavez 
and Malone; LaRoche, Howard and 
Tiffee; Chavez, Howard and Tiffee.

 Las Vegas	in  r  r-er bb so  era
Meloan (2-3)	5.0  6  4-4  2  1  4.11
Miller        	2.0  3  3-3  2  1  9.00
Koplove	        1.0  2  1-0  0  0  0.47
Falkenborg	1.0  2  1-1  0  0  5.93
 T- 2:43. Att- 3,368.
Suns Dumped 6-5 in 10
Carolina came from behind to hand Jacksonville a 6-5 loss and take a 2-1 lead in the five game series.

Jacksonville jumped into a 4-1 lead after one and increased the lead to 5-3 in the fourth.

Ivan De Jesus walked to lead off the game, then Adam Godwin and James Tomlin singled for one run. Greg Jacobs singled but Godwin was thrown out at the plate.

Russell Mitchell singled to load the bases and a pair of errors allowed two more run before René Rivera's ground ball drove in the fourth run.

Carolina scored one in the first and two in the second off starter Danny Muegge to cut the lead to 4-3.

De Jesus singled in Shane Justis, who had singled, in the fourth to boost the Suns lead to 5-3.

Per orders from Los Angeles, Clayton Kershaw pitched an inning in relief, retiring all three he faced and recording a strikeout.

Brian Akin got into a jam in the seventh inning, allowing a single and a pair of two-out walks and was replaced by Brent Leach who allowed a two-run single that tied the game.

Zach Hammes was the hard-luck loser, allowing a double, a stolen base and Rivera's throwing error that allowed the winning run. A single with two out made the run earned.

Godwin doubled with one out in the last of the 10th but the final two Suns were retired in order.

An interesting sidebar in the game saw Russell Mitchell facing his older brother, Lee, who played third base for the Mudcats.

"We were pretty competitive as youngsters, but we grew up in a competitive sports family," Russell told the Jacksonville Times-Union. "We only played one season together in high school in Cartersville, Georgia when Lee was a senior and I was a sophomore.

"He played shortstop, and I was at third. Lee kind of set the standard, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

"He got a scholarship to Georgia and did well. There was an opportunity for me to follow him to Georgia, but I felt the time was right for me to sign professionally."

The Dodgers made Russell a 15th-round pick in the 2003 draft only hours before Lee was selected by the Florida Marlins in the sixth round.

Russell, 23, and Lee, 26, faced each other in the Class A Florida State League in 2004 for a short time.

"It's good to have someone you can call that goes through the same things you're going through, as far as the the travel, the pitchers and other things," Lee said. "Russ and I talk a lot during the season."

Obviously they hope to one day play on the same team - preferably in the major leagues.

"If it happens that we play on the same team, that would be awesome," Russell said. "But if not, we're both living our dreams, and hopefully, one day we'll get there."

The Mitchell's Family Feud resumes tonight when the Suns send left-hander Marlon Arias (2-2, 4.68) to oppose Mudcats right-hander Brett Sinkbeil (1-3, 4.41).
  Score by Innings
Carolina 	120 000 200 1-6
Jacksonville	400 100 000 0-5

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus ss	3  1  1  1  .292
Godwin lf	5  0  2  0  .270
Tomlin cf	5  1  1  1  .333
Jacobs 1b	5  1  1  0  .267
Mitchell 3b	4  1  1  0  .278
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  1  .226
Rivera c	4  0  1  1  .226
Justis 2b	3  1  1  0  .316
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Malek ph	1  0  1  0  .190
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
Muegge p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Kershaw p	0  0  0  0  .250
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .500
 AGonzalez	2  0  0  0  .208
  Totals        37 5 9 4
  Carolina      33 6 8 3

  Error- Hoffmann (2), Rivera
(3). 2B- Godwin (2). RBI- Tomlin
(11), Hoffmann (8), Rivera (12),
De Jesus (17). LOB- Jacksonville
5, Carolina 6. DP- De Jesus,
 Justis and Jacobs.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Muegge	        4.0  3  3-2  1  3  3.86
Kershaw	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.08
Akin        	1.2  1  2-2  3  0  5.49
Leach        	2.1  2  0-0  1  2  0.00
Hammes (1-2)	1.0  2  1-1  0  0  8.69
 HBP- by Muegge. T- 2:51. Att- 1,968.
Adkins Sharp But Loses 2-0
James Adkins (2-2), the Dodges' supplemental first round choice in the 2007 draft, pitched very well, allowing six hits and only a pair of runs over six innings but that wasn't enough and was tagged with his third win of 2008. He struck out seven and lowered his earned run average to 3.82 but lost 2-0.

Francisco Felix worked two scoreless innings and fanned out four of the six he faced as the 66ers slid to 11-22.

Inland Empire was held to a pair of hits. Ryan Rogowski doubled to lead off the fourth after the first nine Sixers went down in order.

Thomas Giles doubled with two out in the fifth for the final Inland Empire hit. In the seventh, Carlos Santana walked and Eduardo Perez lived on an error but a double play ended the inning and the 66ers offense.

The Quakes plated their two runs in the third inning. The top four hitters for Rancho combined for four of the six hits allowed.

Game three is set for tonight and then the 66ers will head to Lancaster for three games before returning home to face the Quakes on Monday.
Score by Innings	
 Inland Empire	000 000 000-0
 Rancho	        002 000 00x-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  1  0  .260
Robinson cf	2  0  0  0  .229
Bell dh        	4  0  0  0  .282
Santana c	2  0  0  0  .304
Perez 3b	3  0  0  0  .256
Locke 1b	3  0  0  0  .236
Giles rf	3  0  1  0  .271
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .167
Lara ss        	3  0  0  0  .223
 Totals	        27 0 2 0
 Rancho	        29 6 1 1
  Error- Lara (10), Perez (6).
2B- Rogowski (2), Giles (8). S-
Robinson. LOB- Inland Empire 3,
Rancho 3. CS- Robinson (6),
Santana (1). 

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins (2-2)	6.0  6  2-2  0  7  3.82
Felix        	2.0  0  0-0  0  4  3.32
  T- 2:09. Att- 2,547.
Great Lakes was not scheduled.

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