Lindsey Hits 3 Homers to Spark Vegas

Dodger teams won four of five games as Las Vegas crushed Portland 10-3 behind John Lindsey's three home runs and seven RBI. Jacksonville lost a 4-0 lead for Clayton Kershaw and an 11-5 game to Birmingham. Inland Empire rallied three times to stop Lake Elsinore 8-7 and move into first place. Great Lakes swept two from league-leading Dayton 11-3 and 7-0 to move to 1 1/2 games behind the Dragons.

First baseman John Lindsey smacked three home runs and drove in seven runs Saturday to lead the 51s to a 10-3 Pacific Coast League win over the Portland Beavers. Starter Jason Johnson (5-2) held the Beavers to one earned run on eight hits and no walks in 6.2 innings and struck out six.

Lindsey had a two-run homer in the second inning, a three-run shot in the third and a two-run blast in the fifth, giving him seven homers this season. He flied out to deep center field in his only other plate appearance.

Andy LaRoche walked immediately before two of Lindsey's homers and had an RBI single as did Kevin Howard for Las Vegas (21-21). The win ended a three-game losing streak.

Former Dodger Brian Myrow had two RBI singles for Portland. Jason Repko and Terry Tiffee each had two hits for Las Vegas.

After Lindsey's second inning homer, Jason Repko singled and scored on a double play ball for a 3-0 lead. In the second, Wilkin Ruan singled but was picked off first. Angel Chavez walked and Terry Tiffee singled before LaRoche's RBI single and Lindsey's second homer to run the score to 7-0.

After Portland scored a single run in the fourth, LaRoche walked and Lindsey hit his third home run in the fifth, making it 9-1.

The Beavers scored single runs in the sixth, helped by an error, and the seventh, with Matt Riley taking over for Johnson with two out and ending the inning.

Repko walked and Howard doubled him across in the eighth to end the 51s scoring. Riley worked a scoreless eighth and Greg Miller finished the game off with a perfect ninth.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	034 020 010-10
Portland	000 101 100- 3

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruan rf        	5  0  1  0  .417
Chavez ss	4  1  0  0  .261
Tiffee lf	5  1  2  0  .419
LaRoche 3b	3  3  1  1  .319
Lindsey 1b	4  3  3  7  .331
Repko cf	3  2  2  0  .227
Ellis c        	4  0  1  0  .288
Howard 2b	4  0  1  1  .268
Johnson p	3  0  0  0  .286
 Riley p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .500
  Totals	36 10 11 9
  Portland	31  3  8 3

  Error- LaRoche (2), Ellis (1).
2B- Repko (7), Howard (8). HR- 
Lindsey 3 (7). RBI- Lindsey 7
(28). LOB- Las Vegas 2, Portland
6. DP- LaRoche, Howard and 
Lindsey. 

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (5-2)	6.2  8  3-1  0  6  4.63
Riley        	1.1  0  0-0  0  1  3.00
Miller        	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  7.20
  T-3:01. Att- 6,280.
Kershaw Can't Buy a Win
Young Clayton Kershaw came up empty for the eighth time this season, working five innings before allowing three runs, two earned, and leaving with two out in the sixth.

The Suns allowed another pair of unearned runs to tie the game and then Birmingham thumped Rick Asadoorian for six in the ninth to escape with an 11-5 victory. In all, Jacksonville's four errors cost three unearned runs.

Kershaw sliced through the Birmingham lineup for five innings after walking three in the first inning, then retired 12 of the next 12 Barons. He allowed only a third inning single and led 5-0 at that point.

In the sixth, he allowed a leadoff single and a double that scored one run. An outfield error on the play moved the batter to third base. A sac fly allowed a second run and with two out, he gave up a second double and was replaced by Tanyon Sturtze.

A second error in the inning allowed another run before Sturtze retired the final batter. Tanyon was tagged with two unearned runs in the seventh inning to tie the score.

The Suns bats went cold and Asadoorian worked a scoreless eighth before a nightmare triple, double, single, single, triple and another single before getting the first out. He made a throwing error on a force attempt and walked the ninth batter he faced and was replaced by Brian Akin who finally retired the side.

Jacksonville scored four times in the third inning. With one out, Adam Godwin and James Tomlin singled, then pulled a double steal. Ivan De Jesus walked to load the bases before a force play scored one and an error on the play made it 2-0.

Russ Mitchell tripled in one more and scored on Mark Bellhorn's single for the four-run lead. Jacksonville didn't record a hit after Jamie Hoffman and Juan Gonzalez singled to lead off the sixth.

Despite his 0-3 record, it was rumored that Kershaw could be headed to the major leagues in the next 10 days and be in Los Angeles with the Dodgers when the Suns return home May 31.

He was not pleased with his efforts. "It wasn't very good; it was a frustrating performance," he told the Jacksonville Times-Union. "My fastball command wasn't really there. I made some adjustments in the middle innings, but it just caught up to me toward the end.

"Obviously I've got to get a lot better after this one. It was a frustrating night all around. We just didn't play very well. It just kind of all blew up."

He didn't believe the report that his last start, when he allowed five runs in 3.1 innings, cost him an opportunity to be the Dodgers' starting pitcher Saturday.

"I didn't put much into that report," Kershaw said. "He's [Torre] obviously not going to tell somebody like that what he really thinks. I'm not worried about it. I'll just wait it out and wait my turn."

Dodgers assistant general manager De Jon Watson, who was in town for one of his four or five visits to Jacksonville, made it clear the team is high on Kershaw.

"Clayton will let us know when he's ready for the majors," Watson said. "His stuff and his ability to repeat and command the fastball and use secondary pitches; when we get all that into one, the league will know, he will know, we will know. I don't think there's really a set timetable on him coming to the big leagues."

The Suns will send LHP Marion Arias (4-2, 3.89) against Barons LHP Ryan O'Malley (1-0, 3.68) today in the final game of the series.
  Score by Innings
Birmingham	000 003 206-11
Jacksonville	004 010 000- 5

  Jacksonville	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin rf	4  1  1  0  .333
DeJesus ss	3  1  2  0  .305
Jacobs lf	4  1  0  1  .274
Mitchell 3b	4  1  2  2  .318
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  1  1  .400
Hoffmann dh	4  0  1  0  .261
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  0  .274
Justis 2b	0  0  0  0  .320
Rivera c	4  0  1  0  .200
Godwin cf	4  1  1  0  .267
  Totals	34  5 10 4
  Birmingham	38 11 12 8

  Error- Jacobs (3), Godwin (3),
Mitchell (3), Asadoorian (2). 
#B- Mitchell (2). RBI- Jacobs
(25), Mitchell 2 (23), Bellhorn
(1). LOB- Jacksonville 5,
Birmingham 9. SB- Tomlin (4),
De Jesus (4), Godwin (11).
 
  Jacksonville	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	          5.2  4  3-2  4  5  2.34
Sturtze 	  1.1  2  2-0  0  0  6.91
Asadoorian (3-2)  1.0  6  6-5  1  1  7.57
Akin        	  1.0  0  0-0  1  0  5.70
  Balk- Kershaw. T 2:48. Att- 6,833.
Sixers Ease 0-6 Start to Win
The fans have taken to calling Inland Empire the "Cardiac Kids" and their most recent performance only enhanced their reputation. They allowed six runs in the fourth inning to trail 6-0, scored two in the eighth to take a brief lead and then broke a 7-7 tie in the ninth to win 8-7.

That's doing it the hard way. Again.

After rehabbing Jason Schmidt worked his allotted 34 pitches, he left in with one out in the third inning having allowed one hit and recording three strikeouts.

James Adkins took over and suffered through the six-run fourth inning, although three of the runs were unearned. He handed the ball to Joe Jones in the seventh after Inland Empire had pulled to within a single run, 6-5.

In the bottom of the fourth, Matt Berezay doubled and stole third. He scored on Carlos Santana's single. Another single by Eduardo Perez and Jaime Pedroza's two-run double halved the Storm lead.

Santana banged a mammoth home run, his third of the season, in the bottom of the sixth after Josh Bell singled, and the deficit became a single run.

The Sixers seemed to have moved into position to win the game after they took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Santana started it with a single and Perez walked with one out. A wild pickoff attempt moved the runners to second and third and Pedroza walked to fill the bases.

Gabe Gutierrez laced a two-run single to give the 66ers their first lead of the game. But in the ninth, Jacobo Meque walked four to force in the tying run. Manager John Valentin rushed Francisco Felix (2-2) in to put out the fire.

Lake Elsinore imploded in the bottom of the ninth, making three errors without getting an out. Bridger Hunt lived on an error to open the inning and when Matt Berezay beat out a bunt single, the Storm pitcher threw the ball into the bullpen.

The second baseman retrieved the ball and threw wildly attempting to nail Hunt at third and it allowed him to score the winning run that moved Inland Empire into first place in the California League's Southern Division.

The third game of a four game series will be played this afternoon.
  Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	000 600 001-7
Inland Empire	000 302 021-8

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  0  1  0  .281
Hunt 2b        	5  1  0  0  .224
Berezay rf	5  1  2  0  .273
Bell 3b        	4  1  2  0  .272
Santana dh	4  3  3  3  .315
Perez 1b	2  2  2  0  .264
Pedroza ss	3  0  1  2  .238
Gutierrez c	4  0  1  0  .250
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .212
  Totals	36 8 13 7
  Lake Elsinore	37 7  9 6

  Error- Bell (3). 2B- Berezay
(6), Pedroza (5). HR- Santana
(3). RBI- Santana 3 (33), Pedroza
2 (18), Gutierrez 2 (6). LOB- 
Inland Empire 7, Lake Elsinore
11. SB- Berezay (5), Pedroza (2).

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Schmidt	        2.1  1  0-0  1  3  0.00
Adkins	        4.0  7  6-3  2  4  3.71
Jones	        1.2  1  0-0  0  0  3.20
Meque 	        0.2  0  1-1  4  1  2.84
Felix (2-2)	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  .284
  HBP- Perez, by ADkins. T- 3:22.
Att- 4,062.
Loons Sweep; Trail by 1.5 Games
Brad Golder/Loons.com
The surging Loons captured both games of a doubleheader from the league-leading Dayton Dragons, winning the opener 11-3 and the nightcap 7-0 to move within a game and one-half of the division lead.

In the opener, Preston Mattingly and Alfredo Silverio both homered and Steven Johnson extended his scoreless streak to 20 innings in front of 8,127 fans at Fifth Third Field by a score of 11-3.

  The 11 runs scored by the Loons marks the most runs the team has scored in a ballgame during the 2008 season.  They also recorded season-highs in hits (15) and runs in an inning (six, in the seventh).  

Both Mattingly and Silverio came within a triple of hitting for the cycle in the ballgame, with Mattingly finishing the game with four hits.  

With the Loons leading 1-0 in the fourth, Mattingly homered to right-center off Dayton starter Josh Ravin to give the Loons a 2-0 lead.  

With the score the same in the fifth, Silverio went the opposite way as well launching his second home run in as many games, a two-run shot and second of the year to give the Loons a 4-0 lead.  

Justin Fuller also had three hits in the ballgame, including two doubles.  

Starter Steven Johnson (5-1) continued to stymie Midwest League hitters, pitching seven shutout innings in picking up his fifth win of the season. He has not allowed a run in May and has a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings.   
  Score by Innings - game 1
Great Lakes	010 120 610-11
Dayton	        012 000 030- 3
 
  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	6  0  2  1  .250
Rosario cf	5  2  0  0  .263
Silverio rf	5  3  3  2  .395
Lambo lf	4  0  0  1  .261
Ortiz 1b	5  1  2  1  .219
Mattingly 2b	5  3  4  1  .247
Fuller ss	5  1  3  1  .333
Baez 3b	        2  1  1  1  .190
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .262
  Totals	42 11 15 8
  Dayton	33  3  8 3

  Error- Jansen (8). 2B- Fuller 2 (2), Mattingly 
(4), Ortiz (4), Baez (8), Silverio (2). HR-
Mattingly (4), Silverio (2).  RBI- Mattingly (13), 
Silverio 2  (10), Lambo (30). Ortiz (13),  Fuller 
(1), Baez (6), Kanaby (4). SF- Lambo, Silverio. 
LOB- Great Lakes 9, Dayton 1. SB- Rosario (11). 
CS- Fuller (2).

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (5-1)	7.0  5  0-0  3  5  1.42
Brannon	        2.0  3  3-3  0  1 13.50
 WP- Brannon. T- 2:49.  Att- 8.127.
A collective effort by the offense and a masterful job by a makeshift pitching staff was the difference as the Great Lakes Loons defeated the Dayton Dragons in game two of the doubleheader by a score of 7-0.

With Saturday's victories, the Loons find themselves only 1.5 games out of first place in a very close Eastern division. The division's top spot is currently being held by West Michigan and the Dragons.

Combining both games of today's double header, the Loons outscored Dayton 18-3. The Loons have won eight of 10 games against the Midwest League's eastern division first-place Dragons.

Justin Fuller and Pedro Baez led the Loons with two hits each.

Victor Garate (2-0) pitched five scoreless innings striking out six in picking up his second win of the season.

The Loons improve to 20-21 while the Dragons fall to 21-19.

The Loons and Dragons will tangle once more in the finale' of a four-game series today. Daigoro Rondon is scheduled to start for the Loons.

Roster Moves
A pair of right-handed pitchers, Given Kutz and Blake Brannon, have been added to the Great Lakes roster. Kutz began the season with Inland Empire and was 0-1 with a 4.43 ERA in 10 games. Brannon played for the Loons during the early part of the 2008 season.
  Score by Innings - game 2
Great Lakes	032 001 100-7
Dayton	        000 000 000-0

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby lf	4  0  1  0  .250
Rosario cf	5  0  0  0  .255
Silverio rf	5  0  0  0  .349
Lambo dh	5  1  1  0  .259
Ortiz 1b	2  3  1  0  .227
Mattingly 2b	5  0  1  2  .245
Fuller ss	3  1  2  1  .417
Baez 3b        	4  2  2  1  .200
Garabedian c	4  0  1  2  .261
  Totals	32 7 9 6
  Dayton	33 0 6 0

  Error- Rosario (3). 2B-
Garabedian (3), Baez (9), Mattingly
(5). RBI- Baez (7), Garabedian 2 (5),
Mattingly 2 (15), Fuller (2). LOB- 
Great Lakes 8, Dayton 7. SB- Baez
(1). SB- Baez (1). DP- Mattingly,
Fuller and Ortiz.
 
  Great Lakes	in  h   r-er bb so  era
Garate (2-0)	5.0  4  0-0  0  6  1.62
Dutton 	        3.0  2  0-0  1  5  2.73
Kutz        	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
  Balk- Garate. T- 2:41. Att- 8,804.
   

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