Cody White Pitches Sixers to 2-1 Win

A trio of home runs gave Portland a 7-6 win over Las Vegas. Jacksonville dumped Birmingham behind Marion Aries first win of the season. Inland Empire's Cody White ran his scoreless string to 16 innings in a 2-1 win over Lake Elsinore and despite a home run by Andrew Lambo, Great Lakes lost 5-3 to South Bend.

Three homers sink 51s
A three-home run barrage in the fifth inning allowed Portland to sneak away with a 7-6 win over Las Vegas. It changed a 2-1 51s lead to a 5-2 deficit they could never overcome.

Starter Justin Orenduff (1-1) gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks in four-plus innings. He was ticketed with all three longballs in the big fifth inning. Greg Jones worked a pair of scoreless innings and Mike Koplove surrendered the final two runs in the eighth.

Jason Repko doubled and scored on Andy LaRoche's sac fly in the first. Later in the inning, John Lindsey singled and came in to score on Danny Ardoin's single.

Las Vegas (20-20) held the 2-1 lead until Chase Headley led off the fifth with his fifth homer of the season. After former Dodger Brian Myrow doubled, Chip Ambres hit his seventh homer and Will Venable his third to put the Beavers (18-20) ahead 5-2.

John Lindsey launched his fourth home run in the sixth and Ardoin singled and scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 5-4.

Portland's final two runs provided the winning margin when Xavier Paul homered in the ninth (#3) with Repko on base with one out. LaRoche singled but a double play ended the inning and the game.

Repko, Lindsey and Ardoin each had a pair of hits.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	200 002 002-6
Portland	001 04002x7

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Repko rf	5  2  2  0  .224
Paul cf	        5  1  1  2  .262
LaRoche 3b	2  0  1  1  .300
Lindsey 1b	4  2  2  1  .328
Chavez 2b	3  0  0  0  .274
Ardoin c	4  1  2  1  .281
Griffin lf	4  0  1  0  .276
Rundgren ss	4  0  0  0  .178
Orenduff p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Jones p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph	1  0  1  0  .467
 Koplove p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Howard hp	1  0  0  0  .271
  Totals	31 6 10 5
  Portland	37 7 14 7

  2B- Repko (6), Griffin (9). HR-
Lindsey (4), Paul (3). RBI- Repko
3, Ardoin (16), Lindsey (20), 
Paul 2 (25). SF- LaRoche. LOB- 
Las Vegas 7, Portland 11. SB- Ruan (1).

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff (1-1)	4.0  8  5-5  4  5  4.82
Jones	        2.0  1  0-0  1  1  3.80
Koplove	        2.0  4  2-2  0  0  1.93
  T-2:55. Att- 9,142.
Suns Pull Close to First
Jacksonville collected 10 hits, the fifth consecutive game they finished in double figures, and recorded a 6-2 win over Birmingham to pull within two games of the Barons in the South Division.

Before 9,867 fans at the Baseball Grounds, the Suns (20-21) scored five times in the third inning to overcome a 1-0 deficit and then cruised in with the win behind strong pitching.

Marion Aries (1-4) was delighted with the run support and earned his first win of the season. He worked six innings, allowing six hits and a pair of runs, turning the game over to Danny Muggee who added shutout innings and earned his first save.

The Suns have rolled to four wins in five games, this one keyed by a three-run home run by Lucas May (#8), in the big inning. The Suns banged out seven of their 10 hits in the third inning.

Over the past five games, Jacksonville has hit .319 as a team (59-for-185) and seven players have boosted their average by at least 10 points.

Greg Jacobs (up 26 points to .282) and Ivan DeJesus Jr. (up 20 points to .304) have made the biggest improvements, and Russell Mitchell (.322) and Adolfo Gonzalez (.237) have raised their averages 18 and 17 points, respectively.

"The guys have relaxed more and are going after better pitches," Suns hitting coach Luis Salazar told the Jacksonville Times-Union. "Early in the season the guys were trying too hard. Many were new to this league and had not faced this type of pitching.

"They've adjusted to the pitching. They'll take the outside pitch to the opposite field instead of trying to pull the ball. What's good is that it's not just one guy that's hitting better. Everyone seems to be hitting well."

The series resumes tonight and a win by the Suns would give them a .500 record for the first time since April 23, when they were 10-10. RHP James McDonald (2-1, 4.02) opposes the Barons RHP Kyle McCulloch (1-4, 3.98) in the second game of the five-game series.

Sun Spots-- Outfielder Bobby Malek was released and former big-leaguer Mark Bellhorn, who was in extended spring training, joined the Suns in time for the game, getting two hits in his first star. ...The Suns did not commit an error for the sixth consecutive game.
   Score by Innings
Birmingham	010 010 000-2
Jacksonville	005 001 00x-6

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf	5  0  0  0  .336
De Jesus ss	2  1  1  1  .304
Jacobs dh	4  1  1  1  .282
May c        	4  1  1  3  .318
Mitchell 3b	4  1  2  0  .322
Bellhorn 1b	2  0  2  0 1.000
Hoffmann  rf	4  0  1  1  .259
Justis 2b	4  0  0  0  .320
Godwin cf	4  2  2  0  .266
  Totals	33 6 10 6
  Birmingham	29 2  8 2
  
  2B- Bellhorn (1), Godwin (3). HR- May 
(8). RBI- Jacobs (22), May 3 (27), 
Hoffmann (11), De Jesus (19). SF- De Jesus. 
LOB- Jacksonville 7, Birmingham 5.
DP- De Jesus, Justis and Bellhorn 2.  	

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (1-4)	6.0  6  2-2  2  3  6.87
Mueggge (sv 1)	3.0  2  0-0  0  1  2.13
 HBP- Bellhorn, by Alvarez. T- 2:07. Att- 9,867.
Pitching Boosts the 66ers
Lefthander Cody White worked six shutout innings and earned his fourth win of the season in a 2-1 victory over Lake Elsinore. White allowed three hits and dropped his ERA to 2.84.

The Sixers broke up a 0-0 game in the sixth when Christian Lara blooped a single into right-center and moved to second on a passed ball. Jaime Pedroza's single to center to drove in the game's first run. Pedroza took second on the throw home. knocking out the starter. Trayvon Robinson greeted the new Quakes pitcher with a single to center to score Pedroza, making it 2-0.

The victory before 2,736 at Arrowhead Credit Union Park moved the Sixers (17-24) within two games of first place Lake Elsinore. The Sixers have won three of four in the series and six of seven overall.

White (4-2) entered the game 10 shutout innings over victories over San Jose and Lancaster.

"I think this is better than his last two performances," Sixers manager John Valentin told the San Bernardino Sun. "He had his fastball working. This was like the game he had when he struck out nine or 10."

For five innings, the Quakes matched White shutout inning for shutout inning. And during that time the Sixers were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Paul Koss took over for White in the seventh and pitched the final three innings, allowing the Quakes only run, a home run, leading off the ninth. He closed out the win, striking out two of the final Lake Elsinore batters for his first save.

Christian Lara singled three times and scored the tying run. Andrew Locke added a pair of doubles.

The Quakes now go home for a four-game series against the Mavericks, while the Sixers host first-place Lake Elsinore for four games.

Dodgers right-hander Jason Schmidt is scheduled to make his second rehabilitation start for the team on Saturday, throwing 30-45 pitches. Schmidt pitched a perfect inning for the Sixers in Sunday's win at Lancaster.
  Score by Innings	
Rancho	        000 000 001-1
Inland Empire	000 002 00x-2
  
  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  0  1  1  .217
Hunt 2b        	4  0  1  0  .253
Giles rf	4  0  1  0  .269
Bell dh        	3  0  0  0   264
Santana c	2  0  0  0  .293
Berezay lf	4  0  0  0  .269
Locke 1b	4  0  2  0  .253
Rogowski pr	0  0  0  0  .286
 Perez 1b	0  0  0  0  .260
Lara 3b        	4  1  3  0  .231
Pedroza ss	3  1  1  1  .224
  Totals	33 2 9 2
  Rancho	30 1 4 1

  2B- Locke 2 (7). RBI- Pedroza (14), 
Robinson (10). LOB- Inland Empire 11, 
Rancho 6. SB- Robinson 2 (7), Lara (2). 
DP- Pedroza, Hunt and Locke.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White (4-2)	6.0  3  0-0  3  3  2.84
Koss (sv 1)	3.0  1  1-1  1  2  1.88
  T- 2:34. Att- 2,736.
Lambo Homers But Loons Fall
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  The Loons scored early, but not often enough as South Bend defeated Great Lakes in front of 3,352 fans at Dow Diamond by a score of 5-3.

The Silver Hawks struck first to open the ballgame when Sean Coughlin delivered an RBI double to make it 1-0 in favor of South Bend.

The Loons bounced right back on Alfredo Silverio's RBI double to score Erik Kanaby and tie the game at one.

Great Lakes took the lead when the next batter, Andrew Lambo belted his fifth home run of the season on Andrew Lambo poster night to give the Loons a 3-1 lead.  

South Bend tied the game in the second and took the lead in the sixth off Loons starting pitcher Justin Miller to give the Silver Hawks the lead they would never relinquish.

Silverio led the Loons with two hits in the ballgame.

Miller (2-3) allowed five runs in five innings in picking up his third loss of the season.

The Loons fall to 17-21 while the Silver Hawks improve to 16-21. After the game, Loons manager Juan Bustabad announced that first baseman Jaime Ortiz, who leads the team with six home runs, was activated from the disabled list. Outfielder Scott Van Slyke, who is hitting .148, will be sent to extended spring training.

The Loons open a four game series in three days with the Midwest League leading Dragons in Dayton tonight.
  Score by Innings
South Bend	120 002 000-5
Great Lakes	300 000 000-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	3  1  1  0  .245
Mattingly dh	4  0  1  0  .226
Silverio rf	4  1  2  1  .345
Lambo lf	4  1  1  2  .269
Mathews 1b	4  0  0  0  .202
Baez 3b        	4  0  0  0  .184
Fuller ss	2  0  0  0  .000
Dalton 2b	3  0  0  0  .196
Jansen c	3  0  1  0  .200
  Totals	31 3 6 3
  South Bend	29 5 6 5	

  Error- Miller (1), Mathews (6). 2B- Silverio 
(1). 3B- Silverio (1). HR- Lambo (5). RBI- 
Silverio (6), Lambo 2 (27). LOB- Great Lakes 3, 
South Bend 6. SB- Mattingly (8). CS- Fuller. 
DP- Jansen and Mathews; Fuller, Dalton and Mathews.

  Great Lakes	in   h  r-er bb so  era
JMiller (2-3)	5.0  5  5-4  5  1  2.77
Blevins	        2.0  1  0-0  0  3  2.28
Sartor	        2.0  0  0-0  0  3  1.59
  T- 2:39. Att- 3,352.

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