Two Perez Homers Key Sixers Third Road Win

Las Vegas came from a 3-0 deficit to top Memphis 4-3 with Xavier Paul knocking in the winning run, Jacksonville dropped a 6-3 decision to Carolina, Inland Empire blasted Lancaster 10-3 behind Eduardo Perez's two homers and four RBI and Great Lakes was rained out.

Maza Provides Hits & Laughs
Luis Maza, a 5-9, 180-pound utility man provides Las Vegas with plenty of hits and just as many laughs. He banged a double off the wall in right-center field in the third inning to extend his current hitting streak to four games and 23 of 24, helping the 51s to a 4-3 win over Memphis.

After the game he convulsed the clubhouse when he sang along to The Scorpions' "Gorky Park." "That's why we play this song. He knows it word for word," John Lindsey told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "He's the life of the party on the team. He's always doing something funny. He imitates everybody on the team. He's an awesome guy."

Las Vegas slipped behind 3-0 in the sixth before they rallied. Andy LaRoche lived on an error with one out and Dann Ardoin slugged his fourth home run to pull within one run.

Wilkin Ruan doubled and Angel Chavez singled to tie the game in the seventh before LaRoche singled and stole second base in the eighth. With two out, Xavier Paul's single drove him in with the eventual winning run.

Justin Orenduff started and allowed five hits and three runs, two of them earned, before leaving with one out in the sixth. Matt Riley held the fort until the eighth when Ramon Troncoso (1-0) worked a scoreless inning to earn the win. The untouchable Mike Koplove's scoreless ninth nailed down the win, earned him his third save and reduced his ERA to 0.44.

Ardion, Paul and Ruan each had a pair of hits for the 51s.

Maza, who hit .330 in 68 games last season for the 51s, led off and started at shortstop before moving to second base in the eighth inning. A versatile fielder, Maza also has played third base, right field and left field this year.

"He's a very interesting player. You don't see many guys that can do that," manager Lorenzo Bundy said. "When you find guys like that, they stick around for a long time. He doesn't run that well, but he knows how to play. He's a good baserunner, but his raw running speed is just not there."

"He may not be the answer right now, but he may be some time later on in the summer. He does all the things for him to have success."
  Score by Innings
Memphis	        020 001000-3
Las Vegas	000 002 1X-4

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Maza ss-2b	3  0  1  0  .388
 Howard 2b	2  0  1  0  .286
 Chavez ph-ss	1  0  1  1  .286
Tiffee lf-1b	4  0  1  0  .448
Lindsey 1b	4  0  0  0  .330
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Repko rf	0  0  0  0  .242
LaRoche 3b	4  2  1  0  .276
Griffin rf-lf	3  0  0  0  .287
Ardoin c	4  1  2  2  .275
Paul cf        	4  0  2  1  .269
Oreduff p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph-lf	2  1  2  0  .481
 Koplove p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	33 4 11 4
  Memphis	33 3  6 3

  Error-Orenduff (1). 2B- Maza (7), 
Paul (10), Ruan (1). HR- Ardoin (4). 
RBI- Ardoin 2 (14), Chavez (20), Paul 
(21). S-Maza. LOB- Las Vegas 9, Memphis
7. SB- LaRoche (1).

  Las Vegas	in  ;h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff 	5.1  5  3-2  4  2  4.05
Riley        	1.2  0  0-0  0  4  3.27
Troncoso (1-0)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  7.27
Koplove (sv 3)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.44
  T-2:50. Att- 11,751.
Suns 16-19 at Half-Way Mark
After dropping a 6-3 games to Carolina, Jacksonville reached the midway point of the Southern League's first half with a 16-19 record.

The young Suns, most of which are first timers in AA, have suffered from the usual rookie curse, inconsistency, and that has kept them around the .500 mark all season.

In the loss to the Mudcats, a passed ball and a wild pitch allowed two runs to snap a 2-2 tie in the sixth. The Suns hitters were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

"In order to be a contending team, we need to be more consistent in all areas like situational hitting, base running, defense, controlling the strike zone as a hitter, being able to control the batter's box as a hitter," Suns manager John Shoemaker told the Jacksonville Times-Union.

"... I have no problem with the way we're playing. You're going to find a lot of mistakes - every team is going to make them. What we're trying to do is learn from them, so when it comes June, July and August, we're not making the same mistakes."

Lucas May doubled Ivan De Jesus home in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game 1-1. Then in the fourth, Greg Jacobs walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on May's single. A double play allowed the tying run to score.

Carolina scored twice in the sixth and twice in the eighth to take a 6-2 lead before Shane Justis walked and scored on Juan Gonzalez's double in the ninth.

Jesus Castillo (1-2) started and worked into the sixth, allowing seven hits and three runs, two of them earned. Tanyon Sturtez finished the sixth and seventh before Zach Hammes allowed the final two runs.

The Suns open a five-game series in Mobile tonight and are scheduled to send right-hander Mario Alvarez (0-4, 7.71) to the mound.
  Score by Innings
Carolina	100 102 002-6
Jcksonville	100 100 001-3

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus ss	5  1  1  0  .295
JGonzalez 2b	5  0  1  1  .290
Jacobs lf	3  1  0  0  .260
May c        	4  0  2  1  .333
Mitchell 3b	4  0  1  0  .301
Hoffmann cf-rf	4  0  2  0  .236
Rivera 1b	4  0  0  0  .216
Malek rf	2  0  0  0  .204
 Godwin ph-cf	1  0  0  0  .272
Castillo p	2  0  1  0  .125
 Tomlin ph	1  0  0  0  .333
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Justis ph	0  1  0  0  .311
  Totals	35 3  8 2
  Carolina	36 6 10 4

  Error De Jesus (6). 2B- May (12), 
JGonzalez (7). RBI- May (21), JGonzalez 
(20). LOB- Jacksonville 9, Carolina 7.
SB- Godwin (9). DP- Malek and May.

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo(1-2)	5.2  7  4-3  2  4  4.00
Sturtze	        1.1  1  0-0  0  2 10.00
Hammes	        2.0  2  2-2  2  3  8.72
  T-2:54. Att- 9,489.
66ers Batter Lancaster
In a complete reversal of form, Inland Empire used a pair of home runs by Eduardo Perez (#2&3) and a six-run fifth inning to rumble 10-3 over a Lancaster team that slugged seven home runs in a game recently.

Josh Wall (3-1) allowed a single run on five hits over five innings and benefitted from the offense provided by the 66ers. Paul Koss, -- Meque and Garrett White closed out the third road win of the season for Inland Empire.

Bridger Hunt collected a pair of doubles and a pair of singles, Perez knocked in four runs and scored three times and Tommy Giles and Drew Locke added doubles as the Sixers banged out an even dozen hits.

Perez homered in the second and Inland Empire took a 4-1 lead in the fourth when they scored three times on a double by Hunt, a walk by Matt Berezay and a two-out homer by Perez.

Six more runs clattered across the plate in the fifth. on two-run doubles by Hunt and Giles, a sac fly by Josh bell and an RBI double by Locke.
  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	010 036 000-10
Lancaster	000 100 110- 3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  1  1  0  .267
Hunt 2b        	5  2  4  2  .264
Giles cf	5  1  1  2  .269
Bell dh        	4  0  0  1  .264
Berezay rf	4  1  1  0  .232
Perez 3b	4  3  2  4  .263
Locke 1b	4  0  1  1  .237
Gutierrez x	4  1  1  0  .250
Pedroza ss	3  1  1  0  .172
  Totals	38 10 12 10
  Landcaster	36  3 10  2

  2B- Hnt 2 (4), Giles (9),
Locke (5). HR- Perez 2 (3).
RBI- Perez 4 (13), Hunt 2 (4),
Giles 2 (14), Bell (15), Locke
(7). SF- Bell. LOB- Inland
Empire 5, Landcaster 13. DP-
Perez, Hunt and Locke.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (3-1)	5.0  4  1-1  3  5  5.34
Koss	        2.0  4  1-1  0  4  1.71
Meque	        1.0  2  1-1  1  2  3.38
White	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1 11.05
  HBP- by Wall, by White. T- 3:00. Att- 2,188.
Great Lakes-- A steady downpour in the Dayton area forced a postponement of the scheduled game between the Loons and Dragons.  The game will be made up as a part of a doubleheader today.  The first game will begin at 6pm.  Both games will last seven innings. Right-hander Kyle Smit (0-2) will start Game 1 and Lefty Geison Aguasviva will start the second game.

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