Silvero's Heroics Boost Loons

Las Vegas couldn't cash in on four Portland errors and lost 3-2. Jacksonville used five doubles to beat Birmingham 6-4. Tommy Giles knocked in the winning run in the ninth and Inland Empire edged Lake Elsinore 4-3 and Alfredo Silverio drove in the tying run in the eigthth and the winning run in the ninth as Great Lakes stopped Dayton 5-3.

51s Can't Cash in on Errors
A two-run triple in the sixth inning lifted the Portland Beavers to a 3-2 Pacific Coast League victory over the 51s. The triple was one of only five for the Beavers (19-20), but the included a single, double and two triples.

Las Vegas (20-21) scored both of its runs in the third inning. John Lindsey drove in Angel Chavez with a groundout, and Andy LaRoche later scored from third on one of Portland's four errors. The 2-0 lead lasted until the fourth when Portland added one and then put the game away with two in the sixth.

Danny Ardoin's single and a Beavers' error on John-Ford Griffins grounder put runners on second and third in the ninth, but they were stranded as Terry Tiffee, the PCL's leading hitter at .420, grounded out to end the game. Tiffee, who missed the past two games with a bruised thumb, was 0-for-4 with a walk.

Las Vegas starter Miguel Pinango (2-3) took the loss after giving up three runs on four hits in six innings.

LaRoche, Xavier Paul and Danny Ardoin each had two of the 51s' seven hits.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	002 000 000-2
Portland	000 102 00x-3

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf	        4  0  2  0  .269
Chavez ss	5  1  1  0  .270
Tiffee lf	4  0  0  0  .420
LaRoche 3b	4  1  2  0  .318
Lindsey 1b	4  0  0  1  .318
Howard 2b	1  0  0  0  .269
Repko rf	4  0  0  0  .218
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ardoin c	4  0  2  0  .290
Pinango p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph	1  0  0  0  .452
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
Griffin rf	1  0  0  0  .274
  Totals	33 2 7 1
  Portland	28 3 5 3

  2B- LaRoche (1). RBI- Lindsey
(21). S- Pinango. LOB- Las Vegas
(10), Portland 6. SB- Howard (1).
CS- Paul (3), Howard (4). 

  Las Vegas 	in  h  r-r bb so  era
Pinanago (2-3)	6.0  4  3-3  3  1  4.73
Troncoso	1.0  1  0-0  1  0  5.11
Falkenborg	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  5.79
  T-2:33. Att- 5,944.
Big Sixth Wins for Suns
The Suns banged out five doubles en route to a 6-4 victory over Birmingham and used four of them plus three walks in the win before 3,863 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

In the seventh inning, trailing 4-0, Lucas May opened with a double and with two out, Jamie Hoffmann and Juan Gonzalez worked important walks to load the bases.

No. 9 batter, Adam Godwin, smacked a bases-loaded double to score the first three runs in the seventh inning. James Tomlin's double brought Godwin home, and two batters later, Greg Jacobs hit a pitch down the line produced the final two runs.

The first 14 Suns went down in order before newly-acquired Mark Bellhorn doubled in the fifth.

It was the Suns' second win in the last two nights and moved them back to .500 (21-21), the first time it has reached that mark since April 23. It also brought Jacksonville within one game of Birmingham (22-20), which leads the South Division of the Southern League.

"I just got the pitch [fastball] that I was looking for, and I was able to drive it," Godwin told the Jacksonville Times-Union. "He [reliever Joe Winkelsas] put it a bit away on the right side, and that's kind of where I live over there. I had told myself that if he puts one there, go for it."

Godwin apparently don't mind hitting in the No. 9 spot. "I've been shuffled around from leadoff to last and some in-between, and I kind of like it there," said Godwin. "I try to be a table-setter. I try to get on for the guys behind me. I'm not the big guy who's going to drive in a lot of runs or put it over the fence."

Starter James McDonald was tagged for three runs and six hits over four innings. Tanyon Sturtze allowed the Baron's fourth run in the fifth.

Zack Hammes (2-3) worked 2.1 hitless innings to earn the win and Brent Leach and Eduardo Sierra slammed the door in the ninth to earn his fourth save.

The Suns; six hits were distributed over six different batters.

Two of the Southern League's top pitchers face each other in the third game of the series tonight when the Suns LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-3, 2.21) matches up against Barons RHP Justin Cassel (3-2, 3.32). Kershaw had a string of 28 innings in which he allowed one earned run, but in his last start, he gave up five runs in 3.1 innings against Mobile. Cassel threw 23 consecutive scoreless innings before his start last week when the Montgomery Biscuits touched him for six runs in the first inning.
  Score by Innings
Birmingham	100 210 000-4
Jacksonville	000 000 60x-6
 
  Tomlin dh	3  1  1  1  .336
De Justis ss	3  1  0  0  .298
Jacobs lf	4  0  1  2  .281
May c        	4  1  1  0  .315
Mitchell 3b	4  0  0  0  .313
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  1  0  .500
Hoffmann rf	3  1  1  0  .261
JGonzalez 2b	2  1  0  0  .273
Godwin cf	3  1  1  3  .268
  Totals	30 6 6 6 
  Birmingham	31 4 8 4

  2B- Bellhorn (2), May (13), 
Godwin (4), Tomlin (9), Jacobs
(10). RBI- Godwin 3 (14), Tomlin
(13), Jacobs 2 (24). LOB-
Jacksonville, Birmingham 7. DP-
De Jesus, JGonzlez and Bellhorn.

  Jacksonville	in h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald	4.0  6  3-3  3  3  4.26
Sturtze 	1.0  2  1-1  0  0  7.62
Hammes (2-3)	2.1  0  0-0  3  0  7.62
Leach 	        0.2  0  0-0  0  0  1.47
Sierra (sv,4)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.15
  HBP- JGonzalez. T- 2:30. Att- 3863.
Giles RBI in Ninth Quiets Storm
Tommy Giles two-out single off the right field wall drove in Jamie Pedroza, who had walked, with the winning run as Inland Empire stopped Lake Elsinore 4-3. The 66ers pulled to within a single game of High Desert and Lake Elsinore in the South Division of the California League.

Inland Empires pitching walked the razor's edge most of the night, stranding 16 base runners over the course of the game.

Pedroza had followed Carlos Santana's second home run of the season in the second inning and a double by Matt Berezay with an RBI double to give Inland Empire a 2-0 lead. He also singled in the seventh to drive in Santana, who had doubled, with an RBI single that tied the game.

Starter Tim Sexton (3-5) worked five innings and he pitched to four batters in the sixth but couldn't get an out. Jesus Rodriguez relieved him with the bases loaded and none out, wiggling out of the mess with just one scoring.

Javy Guerra pitched the seventh and eighth, allowing three hits and a par of walks but no runs.

Closer Jacobo Meque relieved in the ninth and he, too, worked out of trouble. After loading the bases with none out, Meque got a force play at the plate and a pair of strikeouts to maintain the tie and earn the win after Giles' game-winning hit in the bottom of the inning.

Giles, Santana and Pedroza each had a pair of hits and drove in all four runs for the 66ers.

The two teams meet in the second game of the series tonight with the Dodgers' Jason Schmidt making his second rehab start.
  Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	001 002 000-3
Inland Empire	020 000 101-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  1  0  .285
Hunt 2b        	5  0  0  0  .237
Giles rf	5  0  2  1  .274
Bell 3b        	3  0  1  0  .265
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .255
 Lara pr	0  0  0  0  .231
Locke 1b	0  0  0  0  .253
Santana c	3  2  2  1  .302
Berezay dh	4  1  1  0  .268
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .211
Pedroza ss	3  1  2  2  .235
  Totals	35 9 9 4 
  Lake Elisnore	36 2 9 3

  Error- Perez (7), Pedroza (7).
2B- Berezay (5), Pedroza (4),
Santana (16). HR- Santana (2).RBI-
Santana (30), Pedroza 2 (16),
Giles (29). LOB- Inland Empire 8,
Lake Elisnore 16. SB- Rogowski (11),
Pedroza (1). DP- Hunt, Pedroza and
Perez.
  
 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton	        5.0  6  3-3  4  4  4.27
Rodriguez 	1.0  0  0-0  1  1 27.00
Guerra	        2.0  3  0-0  2  1  2.41
Meque (1-0)	1.0  0  0-0  2  2  1.59
  HBP- Pedroza. T- 3:27. Att- 4,507.
Silverio, Pitching Lead Loons
Right fielder Alfredo Silverio drove in the game-tying run in the eighth inning and the go-ahead run in the ninth, and Kyle Smit, Thomas Melgarejo and Miguel Ramirez combined to retire the final 18 batters they faced, in the Loons' 5-3 victory over Dayton.

  The Loons snapped a three-game losing streak and are now 6-2 against the division's top team.

Smit hurled a career-high seven innings and retired the final 12 batters he faced, but did not factor in the decision. Thomas Melgarejo (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning to notch his first win. Miguel Ramirez retired all three batters he faced to record his eighth save, tops in the Midwest League. The trio limited the Dragons to just two hits.  

The Loons scored first on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Lambo.  The Dragons responded with a solo home run to tie the game. Dayton then struck for two unearned runs in the third, following an error by shortstop Justin Fuller.  

In the fourth Alex Garabedian drove in Brian Mathews, who had doubled, to pull the Loons to within one and the game remained 3-2 until the eighth, when Silverio led off the inning with his first home run of the season. The shot to right-center came after Silverio hammered a drive just foul but home run distance down the left field line.  

Then with the game tied and one out in the ninth, Erik Kanaby doubled into right-center. A bunt single by Jovanny Rosario but runners at first and third for Silverio, whose sacrifice fly gave the Loons' a one-run lead.  Lambo added an insurance run with a single to left scoring Rosario.  

Silverio and Lambo finished the game with two RBIs each. Rosario had three of the Loons' 12 hits in the game.  

"We came out and swung the bat really well today and came out aggressive," said Loons manager Juan Bustabad. "We needed a big start by Smit and he gave us seven big innings."  

The Loons and Dragons play a day/night doubleheader Saturday, with game times of noon and 7 p.m.  Steven Johnson (4-1) starts for the Loons in Game 1 against Josh Ravin, making his first start of the season. 

Right-handed pitcher Blake Brannon, who played for the Loons during part of the 2008 season, has returned to the team's active roster. To make room for Brannon, right-handed pitcher Justin Miller has been placed on the Ogden roster.  
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	100 100 012-5
Dayton        	012 000 000-3
 
  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	4  1  1  0  .245
Rosario cf	5  2  3  0  .271
Silverio rf	4  1  2  2  .364
Lambo lf	4  0  1  2  .269
Ortiz 1b	5  0  1  0  .206
Mattingly 2b	4  0  1  0  .227
Fuller ss	2  0  0  0  .000
Mathews 3b	4  1  1  0  .204
Garabedian c	4  0  2  1  .262
  Totals	36 5 12 5
  Dayton	30 3  2 2


  Error Fuller (2). 2B- Garabedian
(2), Mathews (8), Kanaby (3). HR-
Silverio (1). RBI- Lambo 2 (29),
Garabedian (3), Silverio 2 (8).
SF- Lambo, Silverio. LOB- Great
Lakes 9, DAyton 1. SB- Fuller (1),
Rosario 2 (10), Mattingly (9).

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Smit        	7.0  2  3-1  1  7  6.25
Melgarejo (1-0)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.32
Ramirez (sv,8)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00 
 T-2:37. Att- 9,111.

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