Pinch-Hit Grand Slam Helps Suns

Las Vegas dropped a 4-3 decision to Memphis on a wild pitch in the 12th. Juan Gonzalez's pinch-hit grand-slam boosted Jacksonville to a 9-7 win over Carolina. Inland Empire also lost 3-2 on a wild pitch in the 10th to Rancho Cucamonga and a steady rain didn't slow Great Lakes as they upended Dayton 9-6

. Wild Pitch in 12th Kills 51s
Memphis collected a 4-3 win over Las Vegas, scoring the winning run in the top of the 12th inning on a Greg Jones (2-2) wild pitch. The two teams banged out 23 hits and left 21 men on base during the game.

Starter Eric Stults worked seven innings, allowing a pair of runs on seven hits. He left the game tied 2-2. Dwayne Pollok worked a pair of shutout innings but Brian Falkenborg allowed a run in the 11th and Jones took the loss.

Las Vegas had scored in the first when Wilkin Ruan lived on an error and scored on Terry Tiffee's single. After Memphis tied the game in the fourth, Repko singled, stole second and scored on Stults' single.

Again Memphis tied things up and the game rolled that way into the 11th. Falkenborg allowed a pair of singles and an error allowed the lead run to cross the plate.

Jason Repko opened the bottom of the inning with a single, his third hit of the game, and was bunted to second before John-Ford Griffin's single tied the score again.

In the fateful 12th, Memphis scored without the aid of a hit. Jones allowed a inning-opening walk. He was bunted to second, moved to third on a ground ball and scored on a two-out wild pitch.

Tiffee collected his third single of the game in the bottom of the inning but Las Vegas was unable to cash him in.

The 51s slipped to 17-17 with their second loss in a row and dropped into third place in the PCL South, two games behind Sacramento.

Justin Orenduff (1-0, 4.15), coming off a sparkling start against Round Rock where he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, will face Anthony Reyes tonight at Cashman Field. The 6-foot-4-inch, 205-pound right-hander allowed a leadoff triple but struck out the side before leaving in a 3-0 win.

Orenduff, 1-0 with a 4.18 ERA this year, walked two and struck out eight in his sixth start of the season.

"I saw a step in the right direction," 51s manager Lorenzo Bundy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "He was more aggressive, and he pounded the strike zone early. He struck out three at a time when we needed him to be as dirty as he could be. We've seen progress, and hopefully he'll be able to carry that into his start tonight.

"Justin is one of those guys where once he learns to trust his stuff, he's going to have a lot more success. He's got the capabilities of being a pretty decent groundball pitcher, and his slider allows him to punch out guys now and then."

Orenduff entered this season with a exceptional strikeout-to-walk ratio -- fanning 370 and walking 139 in 329.2 career innings -- but he has struggled with his command this year, striking out 24 and walking 21 in 28 innings.

"This season hasn't started the way I wanted it to start. I wasn't pitching that poorly, but I've had a lot of walks and I've been pitching from behind a lot," said Orenduff, who will turn 25 on May 27. "I had a great outing in Round Rock and I'm trying to build off that one and be more consistent."

Vegas Notes -- 51s reliever Yhency Brazoban was promoted to Los Angeles, catcher A.J. Ellis was optioned from Las Vegas to Class-A Ogden, and catcher Kelley Gulledge and infielder Rex Rundgren were promoted from Ogden to Las Vegas.
  Score by Innings
Memphis	        000 101 000 011-4
Las Vegas	100 100 000 010-3

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Maza 2b-lf	6  0  1  0  .389
Ruan rf	        5  1  1  0  .440
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Jones p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Gulledge ph	1  0  0  0  .000
Tiffee lf-1b	6  0  3  1  .454
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  0  .343
 Howard pr-2b	2  0  0  0  .281
Chavez 3b	6  0  0  0  .278
Repko cf	5  2  3  0  .242
Ardoin c	4  0  1  0  .263
Rundgren ss	4  0  0  0  .195
Stults p	2  0  1  1  .500
 LaRoche ph	1  0  0  0  .280
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Griffin ph rf	1  0  1  1  .295
  Totals	42 3 12 3
  Memphis	38 4 11 3
Chavez (3), Tiffee (5). RBI-
Tiffee (30),Stults (2),
Griffin (15). S- Rundgren;
Ardoin. LOB- Las Vegas 11,
Memphis 10. SB- Repko (4).   
DP- Rundgren, Maza and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults	        7.0  7  2-2  1  4  4.28
Pollok	        2.0  2  0-0  2  3  1.65
Falkenborg	2.0  2  1-1  0  3  5.74
Jones (2-2)	1.0  0  1-1  1  0  4.96
  T- 3:19. Att- 6,420.
Gonzalez Slam Boosts Suns
The Suns sent nine men to bat in the fifth inning and scored five runs to erase a 5-2 Carolina lead. They went on to nail down a 9-7 victory, improve to 16-18 and move to within 1 1/2 games of first place Birmingham.

Consecutive singles by Russell Mitchell, Bobby Malek and Shane Justis loaded the bases in the big inning. Adam Godwin was hit by a pitch to drive in one and cut cut Carolina's lead to 5-4.

Pinch-hitter Juan Gonzalez then lined a fastball into the right-field bleachers for a grand slam, giving the Suns an 8-5 lead.

"I just wanted a good pitch to make contact and bring home at least a tying run," he told the Jacksonville Times-Union. Gonzalez, the team's normal second baseman, has been fighting tendinitis.

"The knee has bothered me a little bit in my at-bats. It affects my left side and my power from there because when I push off, I feel some pain."

The nearly three-hour game saw 28 hits fly around the park as one or the other team scored in every inning through the first seven.

Suns starter Marlon Arias (3-2) won for the second time in two games, allowing eight hits, walking three and committing two of his team's four errors. Rick Asadoorian allowed a couple runs before Eduardo Sierra worked three perfect innings to save his third game.

Lucas May banged his sixth home run and the Mitchell brothers, Russell (Jacksonville) and Lee (Carolina) were 5-for-5 between them with Russell collecting four of them. Ivan De Jesus, James Tomlin and Bobby Malek each had a pair of hits.

In the series finale, Suns RHP Jesus Castillo (1-1, 3.86) is scheduled to face the Mudcats RHP Willie Glen (3-1, 2.21).
  Score by innings
Carolina	302 000 200-7
Jacksonville	020 151 00x-9

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus ss	4  0  2  1  .298
Tomlin cf	5  0  2  0  .337
Jacobs 1b	4  0  1  0  .266
 Asadoorian p	0  0  0  0  .000
AGonzalez 1b	1  0  1  0  .224
May c        	5  1  1  1  .326
Mitchell 3b-1b	4  1  4  0  .303
Malek rf	5  2  2  0  .213
Justis 2b-3b	4  2  1  1  .311
 Sierra p	1  0  0  0  .000
Godwin lf	2  2  1  0  .275
Arias p	        1  0  1  2  .200
 JGonzalez ph-2b2  1  1  4  .295
  Totals	38 9 17 5
  Carolina	37 7 11 4

  Error- Arias 2 (2), Mitchell
(2), Justis (6). HR- JGonzalez
(6), May (6). RBI- Arias 2 (2),
De Jesus (18), Justis (6),
JGonzalez 4 (19), May (20). S-
Arias. LOB- Jacksonville 10,
Carolina 10. SB- Mitchell (2),
AGonzalez (3).  DP- Mitchell,
Justis and Jacobs.

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias (3-2)	5.0  8  5-3  3  4  4.80
Asadoorian 	1.0  3  2-2  3  2  6.66
Sierra (sv 3)	3.0  0  0-0  1  2  4.58
  HBP- Godwin. T- 3:10. Att- 7,954.
Wild Pitch Beats Sixers
A wild pitch allowed Inland Empire to tie in the ninth, but another wild pitch in the 10th gave Rancho Cucamonga a 3-2 win and a sweep of the series.

The Sixers dropped to a league-worst 11-23 and 2-12 on the road. The Sixers went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the game.

The game was scoreless through six with Alberto Bastardo on the mound for the 66ers. Matt Berezay's home run (#2) down the first base line that just stayed fair put Inland Empire up 1-0. Bastardo had allowed only three hits before he weakened in the bottom of the seventh and gave up a walk and a single before handing the ball to Javy Guerra.

Guerra allowed a pair of singles and the Quakes moved into a 2-1 lead.

In the ninth, Eduardo Perez singled and pinch-runner Jaime Pedroza ran for him. With one out Thomas Giles walked. Berezay's ground ball moved them up and Pedroza scored on a wild pitch.

In the top of the 10th, Christian Lara walked and moved to second on a bunt single by Ryan Rogowski. After Lara stole third base, Trayvon Robinson grounded to first. After getting the force at second base, Lara scored as Robinson beat the throw at first base to give the 66ers the lead.

However, the first base umpire didn't see it that way and ruled it an inning-ending double play. First Base Coach Henry Cruz was ejected while protesting the call and had to be restrained by Manager John Valentin.

With the score tied 2-2 in the 10th, first baseman Carlos Santana's throw to pitcher Jordan Pratt (1-1) covering first went wide for an error. After a sacrifice bunt, Pratt walked two batters to load the bases. Pratt's final pitch sailed wide of the plate and the winning run scored.

Inland Empire managed only six hits with Gabriel Gutierrez adding a single and a double and Ryan Rogowski collecting a pair of singles.

The 66ers, now six games behind league-leading Lake Elsinore, moves to Lancaster for three games and then will return home to play the Quakes with with former Major Leaguer Lee Lacy throwing out the first pitch and signing autographs.
  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 000 101 0-2
Rancho	        000 000 200 1-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  2  0  .270
Robinson cf	5  0  1  0  .228
Bell 3b        	4  0  0  0  .273
Perez 1b	4  0  1  0  .256
 Pedroza pr-2b	0  1  0  0  .167
Giles rf	3  0  1  0  .273
Berezay dh	4  1  1  1  .231
Hunt 2b        	3  0  0  0  .208
Santana ph-1b	1  0  0  0  .301
Gutierrez c	4  0  2  0  .250
Lara ss        	2  0  0  0  .219
  Totals	34 2 8 1
  Rancho	31 3 6 2

  Error- Santana (7). 2B-
Gutierrez (3). 3B- Giles (1).
HR- Berezay (2). RBI- Berezay
(14). S- Rogowski. LOB- Inland
Empire 6, Rancho 8. SB- Lara (1).
DP- Pratt, Lara and Santana. 

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo	6.1  4  2-2  2  5  6.46
Guerra 	        2.0  2  0-0  2  2  3.14
Pratt (1-1)	1.0  0  1-0  2  0  4.66
  T-2:46. Att- 4,448.
Dalton, Bullpen Lead Loons
Brad Golden/Loons.com
Parker Dalton's career night was nearly washed away before it happened.

With rain pouring down in Dayton prior to the game, the shortstop's three hits, including his first home run of the season, led the Great Lakes Loons over the Dayton Dragons in front of 8,738 fans by a score of 9-6.

  The Loons scored more runs than they had scored in any game all season long and did it most of it in a steady rain.  

With the Loons leading 1-0 in the second, Dalton lined a two-out, RBI double into the right-center field gap scoring Kenley Jansen to make it 2-0.  

Trailing 3-2 in the fourth, Dalton launched an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for his first home run of 2008 to give the Loons a 4-3 lead.  

Leading 9-6 in the eighth, the Dragons loaded the bases with one out against Loons reliever Matt Sartor. Interim manager Garey Ingram decided to bring in closer Miguel Ramirez who preserved the win by striking out Brandon Waring and retiring Logan Parker on a foul flyout to end the threat.  

Erik Kanaby and Andrew Lambo each had three hits in the victory.  Lambo and newcomer Alfredo Silverio added two RBIs for the Loons.  

"It was one of those things where we really came into the game relaxed," Dalton said. "After that off day had a chance to come back fresh. I had been working on my hitting a lot lately with Chicken [Garey Ingram] and we had been working on putting the ball on the barrel of the bat and hit it well. With two outs this year, at times, we've been pressing, but we relaxed and hit our pitches."  

Justin Miller only pitched 4.1 innings and allowed five runs before giving way to Jon Dutton (1-0), who pitched over an inning of relief in picking up his first win of the season. Ramirez quelled the Dragons' threat in the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season.  

The Loons improve to 15-17 and are in fourth place behind co-leaders Dayton and West Michigan.  

The Loons and Dragons continue their four-game series Friday tonight. Kyle Smit is scheduled to start for Great Lakes.

Lambo Out, Silverio In-- Outfielder Alfredo Silverio, rated by Baseball America as the No. 29 prospect in the Dodgers' organization, has been added to the Great Lakes Loons' active roster. First baseman Jaime Ortiz has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. Silverio led the Gulf Coast League in hitting last year at .373, 25 points greater than the next highest player.  He added six homers and 46 RBIs. He began the 2008 season in extended spring training.
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	110 020 030-9
Dayton	        003 020 010-6

   Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Kanaby lf	5  1  3  0  .232
 Mathews 1b	0  0  0  0  .198
Rosario cf	6  2  1  0  .256
Silverio rf	4  1  1  2  .250
Lambo 1b-lf	5  1  3  2  .278
Baez 3b	        4  0  0  0  .179
Mattingly 2b	5  0  2  1  .209
Vetters dh	5  0  1  0  .226
Jansen c	3  2  0  0  .176
Dalton ss	5  2  3  3  .214
  Totals	42 9 14 8
  Dayton	39 6 13 6

  2B- Dalton (2), Mattingly (3),
Lambo (10). HR- Dalton (1). RBI-
Lambo 2 (24), Dalton 3 (4),
Silverio 2 (2), Mattingly (8).
SF- Silverio. LOB- Great Lakes
11, Dayton 12. SB- Rosario 2 (7).

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Miller        	4.1  8  5-5  3  2  2.12
Dutton (1-0)	1.1  0  0-0  2  1  3.10
Sartor	        1.2  4  1-1  0  4  1.86
Ramirez (sv,7)	1.2  1  0-0  1  3  0.00
  T- 3:28. Att- 8,738.

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