Stults' Actions say 'Hey, How About Me?"

Eric Stults' six shutout innings but Las Vegas lost to Nashville 5-1. Jacksonville's Marion Arias worked seven scoreless innings as the Suns smacked Mobile 8-0. Inland Empire came from well behind but lost an 8-7 decision to Rancho Cucamonga. A three run error in the 10th cost Great Lakes a 4-1 loss.

Stults' six strong dumps Nashville
Las Vegas left-hander Eric Stults worked six shutout innings against Nashville to keep himself in the Dodgers' picture when they come looking for a spot starter. He allowed three hits and fanned eight as the 51s earned a 5-1 victory.

The 28-year-old Stults (2-4) has been steady. But he's smart enough not to pressure himself. "You can't try to do too much to try to do something special," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Leading 1-0, Stults ran out of gas in the seventh, and allowed a walk and a single, with Greg Miller taking over for him. A single, a walk, a passed ball and a steal of home gave Nashville a 5-1 victory over Las Vegas before a crowd of 3,224.

"I've put together seven good starts. I kind of feel like I'm getting in a groove," Stults said. "My goal is to be consistent every outing. Last year I would have one good one and a couple bad ones. I'm just trying to make quality starts."

"All the talk has been about Kershaw, of course," Las Vegas manager Lorenzo Bundy said. "But the way Stults has pitched here, the last five or six times out, I feel real confident that he could go up there and do the job.

"He's been more than good; he's been really good. I don't think he's a forgotten man. He's still on the radar. The way he pitched tonight is going to help."

Bundy said Stults is pitching better now than he was last year when the Dodgers called him up three times and he pitched in 12 games for them.

"The organization is going to do what they want to do, and they're going to call up whoever," said Stults, in his fourth season in Las Vegas. "If I'm not that guy, and they decide someone else is a better fit for that, then I have to be OK with that."

Las Vegas managed only three hits with their two .400 hitters, Luis Maza (sent to Los Angeles) and Terry Tiffee (bruised hand) not available. John-Paul Griffin's second home run in two days was their only offense.

The 51s are off today and play 16 of their next 20 games on the road. Las Vegas' only remaining home series this month will be against Fresno May 23-26.
  Score by Innings
Nashville	000 000 301-5
Las Vegas	000 010 000-1

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf        	4  0  1  0  .264
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
Rundgren ss	0  0  0  0  .195
 Chavez ss-1b	4  0  0  0  .282
LaRoche 3b	3  0  0  0  .289
Lindsey 1b	3  0  1  0  .323
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
Howard 2b	2  0  0  0  .274
Repko rf-cf	4  0  0  0  .217
Griffin lf	3  1  1  1  .277
Ellis c	        2  0  0  0  .292
Stults p	2  0  0  0  .364
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .500
 Ruan ph-rf	1  0  0  0  .448
  Totals	28 1 3 1
  Nashville	33 5 7 5
 
 2 base hits- Lindsey (10). HR- Griffin 
(2). RBI- Griffin (19). LOB- Las Vegas 6, 
Nashville 7. SB- Repko (6). DP- Howard, 
Rundgren and  Chavez.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (2-4)	6.0  4  3-3  1  8  4.30
Miller	        1.0  1  1-0  0  0  7.48
Riley 	        1.1  2  1-1  3  3  3.29
Pollok	        0.2  0  0-0  0  0  1.88
  HBP- by Pollok. T-2:57. Att- 3,224.
Arias Blanks Sounds
Marion Arias decided there is nothing like a 6-0 lead and fired seven shutout innings against Mobile, winning his fourth game and boosting the Suns to an 8-0 victory. He allowed only five hits and lowered his ERA to 2.30.

Rick Asadoorian and Eduardo Sierra each added a scoreless inning to close out the win.

Ivan De Jesus, Greg Jacobs and Russ Mitchell singled in the first to load the bases. Jamie Hoffmann's sac fly drove in the first run and with two out, an error allowed the next two.

In the second, Jacobs doubled in one and Mitchell's fifth home run made it 6-0. Jacksonville added another pair of runs in the eighth on Jacob's sac fly and Mitchell's single.

The Suns are scheduled to send right-hander Jesus Castillo (1-2, 4.00) against the BayBears' Adam Howard (3-1, 4.46) to close the five-game set in Mobile.

Butler on Hand-- Former BayBears manager and long-time Dodger outfielder Brett Butler was in Mobile for the first three games of the series. Butler, who is currently the outfield and baserunning coordinator for the parent Arizona Diamondbacks, was in town to check out some players and help with basics.

"I've been working with Mobile manager Hector De La Cruz and the coaches to give them the foundation to get the kids in position to make the big leagues," he said. "We've been working on things like putting the ball in play with two strikes, because preparation makes opportunity."

McDonald Pitcher of the Week
James McDonald was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for May 4-11. McDonald continued his dominance over a pair of Southern League foes during the week, posting a 1.38 ERA against the Carolina Mudcats and the Mobile BayBears.

The 23-year-old McDonald matched zeroes with Mudcats pitcher Chris Volstad for seven innings Tuesday, May 6, striking out nine batters without issuing a walk. The native of Long Beach, CA was not involved in the decision, however, as the Suns did not score until the eighth inning of a 2-0 victory.

Offensive support was not a problem in McDonald's next start at Mobile. Given a five-run lead before he took the mound on Sunday, May 11, McDonald allowed two runs and six hits in six innings of an 8-4 win while striking out seven.

Since joining the Southern League last summer, McDonald has gone 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA, 43 strikeouts and just five walks in 36.1 innings against the Mudcats and BayBears. For the season, he is 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA and 42 strikeouts in just 40.1 innings.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	330 000 020-8
Mobile	        000 000 000-0

  Jacksonville 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf	4  1  1  0  .330
De Jesus ss	3  2  2  0  .296
Justis 2b	2  0  1  0  .338
Jacobs 1b	4  2  2  2  .282
Mitchell 3b	5  2  3  3  .314
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  1  .246
 Asadoorian p	0  0  0  0  .000 
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
 JGonzalez 2b-ss3  0  0  0  .286
Rivera c	5  0  1  0  .198
Godwin cf	5  0  1  0  .267
Arias p	        3  0  0  0  .125
 Malek ph-rf	2  1  1  0  .214
  Totals	40 8 13 6
  Mobile	30 0  6 0

  2B- Jacobs (8), Hoffmann (6), Rivera (4). 
HR- Mitchell (5). RBI- Hoffmann (10), 
Jacobs 2 (19), Mitchell 3 (20). SF- Hoffmann,
Jacobs. LOB- Jacksonville 11, Mobile 5. 
DP- Jacobs: Hoffmann and Rivera. 
 
  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias (4-2)	7.0  5  0-0  0  5  3.89
Asadoorian	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  6.15
Sierra        	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.35
  HBP- JGonzalez. T- 2:47. Att- 2,216.
Late Rally Falls Short
Inland Empire fell behind early on, but a furious rally cut the 7-1 lead to a single run in the seventh. Carlos Santana's two-out, two RBI double off the right center wall just missed becoming a three-run, game tying homer and the 66ers fell to the Quakes 8-7.

Shutout over the first four innings, Albert Bastardo and Given Kutz allowed the Quakes eight runs, six earned. In the bottom of the fifth Eduardo Perez scored on Jamie Perdoza's RBI fielder's choice and Ryan Rogowski lined a triple to right center to score two more.

Josh Bell led off the sixth with a double and Berezay drove him in with a single to right. Tommy Giles added an RBI fielder's choice in the seventh and Bell walked before Santana's two RBI double cut the lead to 8-7 but the 66ers could get no closer.

Pedroza was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI, and a triple while Berezay finished 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Bastardo (0-3) was touched up after a quality start in Rancho Cucamonga. He allowing the lead off batter to reach base in each of the four innings he worked and issued three walks, three extra base hits, a wild pitch, a hit batsman, and used 84 pitches without making it through the fourth inning.  

Tonight the 66ers (15-24) again host the Quakes (16-23) host the Quakes in the third game of their four-game series.
  Score by Innings	
Rancho 	        300 311 000-8
Inland Empire	000 031 300-7

  Inland Empire	ab r   h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  2  2  .279
 Robinson ph-cf	1  0  0  0  .218
Hunt 2b        	5  0  0  0  .254
Giles cf-rf	5  1  1  1  .268
Bell dh        	3  2  1  0  .275
Santana c	4  0  1  2  .299
Perez 1b	4  1  1  0  .260
Berezay rf-lf	4  1  3  1  .270
Lara 3b        	3  0  0  0  .208
Pedroza ss	4  2  2  1  .220
  Totals	33 7 11 7
  Rancho	35 8  9 7

  Error- Hunt (3), Pedroza (6). 3B- Pedroza 
(2), Rogowski (2). RBI- Pedroza (13), Rogowski 
2 (14), Berezay (19), Giles (25), Santana 2 
(28). S- Lara. LOB- Inland Empire 6, Rancho 5. 
DP- Hunt and Perez.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (0-3)	3.2  6  6-4  3  4  6.82
Kutz        	3.1  2  2-2  0  3  4.43
Meque        	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  1.93
  HBP- by Bastardo. T- 2:53. Att- 2,322.
Costly Play in Tenth Dooms Loons
Brad Golder/Loons.com
Jovanny Rosario's dropped fly ball in the 10th inning broke a 1-1 tie and allowed South Bend a 4-1 victory in front of 3,487 fans at Dow Diamond.

Bryan Morris fired five no-hit innings in his first action in 10 days.  Victor Garate entered in relief to keep the no-hitter intact until the leadoff batter in the seventh singled. 

Garate surrendered the game-tying run in the eighth inning. Miguel Ramirez (1-1) allowed his first three runs -- all unearned -- of the season in the 10th inning to pick up the loss, his first of the season.

The Loons struck first in the third when Alfredo Silverio lined two-out RBI single up the middle to score Rosario to give the Loons the 1-0 lead.

In the eighth, South Bend center fielder Evan Frey's ground single to left field scored a run to tie the game at one.

With the bases loaded and two out in the tenth, South Bend pushed across the game's decisive runs when Michael Mee launched a deep fly ball to center field that hit the heel of Rosario's glove and fell safely allowing all three runners to score and give the Silver Hawks a 4-1 advantage.

Silverio and Andrew Lambo paced the Loons with two hits apiece.

The Loons fall to 17-19 while the Silver Hawks improve to 14-21 and will continue their four game series tonight with Daigoro Rondon scheduled to start for Great Lakes.
  Score by Innings
South Bend	000 000 010 3-4
Great Lakes	001 000 000 0-1

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  1  0  0  .260
Kanaby lf	4  0  2  0  .244
Silverio rf	5  0  2  1  .333
Lambo 1b	4  0  2  0  .279
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .223
Baez 3b        	4  0  1  0  .196
Dalton ss	4  0  1  0  .205
Jansen c	4  0  1  0  .195
Vetters dh	4  0  0  0  .203
  Totals	37 1 9 1
  South Bend	33 3 4 1

  Error Rosario (2). 2B- Kanaby (2). RBI- 
Silverio (5). LOB- Great Lakes 8, South 
Bend 6. CS- Dalton (1). 

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Morris	        5.0  0  0-0  1  1  4.17
Garate	        2.2  3  1-1  1  5  2.31
Ramirez (1-1)	2.0  0  3-0  4  1  0.00
Melgarejo	0.1  0  0-0  1  1  3.50
  T- 2:52. Att- 3,482.

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