Great Lakes Sweep League Leaders

Las Vegas was battered 11-2 by Portland. Birmingham edged Jacksonville 3-2. Inland Empire's late rally fell short in a 8-7 loss to Lake Elsinore and Great Lakes won their fourth game in a row with a sweep of Dayton 4-3.

51s Out of Game Early
Las Vegas fell behind 8-0 early and went on to drop an 11-2 game in Portland. The 51s managed only seven hits and allowed 17. The score could have been much worse; the Beavers left 14 runners on base.

Terry Tiffee's two run double in the fifth inning scored the only Las Vegas runs. He had two other hits in addition and boosted his PCL-leading average to .427.

Danny Ardoin collected a pair of singles to move his average over the magic .300 mark.

Jonathan Meloan (2-4) was thumped for seven hits and five earned runs in the first three innings and took the loss.

Dwayne Pollok was also roughed up before Greg Jones and Mike Koplove restored some order, allowing just a single run over the final three innings.
 Score by innings
Las Vegas	000 020 000- 2
Portland	114 220 10x-11

 Las Vegas	at r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf	        5  0  1  0  .267
Howard 2b	2  1  0  0  .263
Tiffee lf	4  1  3  2  .427
LaRoche 3b	2  0  0  0  .306
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  0  .329
Griffin rf	4  0  0  0  .266
Ardoin c	3  0  2  0  .302
Rundgren ss	4  0  0  0  .163
Meloan p	1  0  0  0  .222
 Pollok p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Jones p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Koplove p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Repko ph	1  0  0  0  .225
  Totals	32  2  7  2
  Portland	46 11 17 10

 Errors- Rundgren (3), Howard (5), Paul
(2). 2b hits- Tiffee (4). RBI- Tiffee 2
(25). LOB- Las Vegas 8, Portland 14.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Meloan (2-4)	3.0  7  6-5  2  2  4.50
Pollok	        2.0  6  4-4  1  0  2.93
Jones	        2.0  3  1-1  2  1  3.86
Koplove	        1.0  1  0-0  1  1  1.85
 HBP- by Pollok. T- 2:53. Att- 6,156.
Suns Lose Late Again
Jacksonville lost 3-2 to Birmingham when the Barons used a pair of home runs to score all three runs. A two-run shot put them up 2-0 in the second and a solo home run snapped the tie.

Starter Marion Aries started and allowed only a two-run homer over five innings. Brent Leach worked two scoreless innings. Brian Akin (1-4) allowed only two hits in his two innings but was victimized by the game-winning homer.

Jacksonville scored in the first inning when James Tomlin led off with a double and scored on Ivan De Jesus' single. Jacksonville tied the game in the seventh on singles by Adolfo Gonzalez, Tomlin and De Jesus.

The last seven Suns went out in order in the final three innings.

Sun Spots-- Mays' three-run home run in the first game of the series is the Suns' only homer in the first four games of the series. ...Suns relief pitchers have the three highest ERAs on the team, led by Zach Hammes (7.62), Rick Asadoorian (7.57) and Tanyon Sturtze (6.91). ...Sunday's crowd put the Suns' average at over 6,000 per game.
 Score by innings
Birmingham	020 000 010-3
Jacksonville	100 000 100-2

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  1  2  0  .336
De Jesus ss	2  0  1  2  .306
Jacobs dh	3  0  1  0  .275
May c        	3  0  0  0  .307
Bellhorn 1b	3  0  0  0  .308
Hoffmann rf	4  0  2  0  .267
Justis 2b	4  0  0  0  .304
Gonzalez 3b	3  1  1  0  .242
 Mitchell ph	1  0  0  0  .316
Godwin lf	3  0  0  0  .261
  Totals	31 2 8 2
  Birmingham	33 7 7 3	

 E- Gonzalez (3). 2b hits- Tomlin (10).
RBI= De Jesus 2 (21). S- Godwin.
SF- De Jesus. LOB- Jacksonville 8,
Birmingham 6. DP- De Jesus, Justis and
Bellhorn; Justis, De Jesus and Bellhorn.

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias	        5.0  4  2-2  3  5  3.86
Leach	        2.0  1  0-0  0  0  1.46	
Akin (1-4)	2.0  2  1-1  0  2  5.61
 T- 2:40. Att- 9,244.
Suns Rally Just Short
In a battle of first place teams, Lake Elsinore Storm made off with an 8-7 victory over Inland Empire (19-25) despite a late inning rally.

Two big innings cost the 66ers first place, forcing them to fight back from an 8-2 deficit.

Starter Alberto Bastardo (0-4) rolled through the first three innings only allowing one hit. But in the fourth inning, after taking a line drive off his thigh, Bastardo made a throwing error that resulted in an unearned run.

In the fifth, Bastardo was tapped for three hits and walked three, resulting in four runs. Right hander Jordan Pratt took over and also walked three and gave up two more.

Jesus Rodriguez, Garret White and Paul Koss kept the 66ers close but the win got away.

Ryan Rogowski homered in the fifth and Matt Berezay slugged a three-run shot that pulled Inland Empire to within a single run of the Storm in the eighth.

Seven different 66ers scored runs while Josh Bell, Berezay, Adolpho Perez and Hunt had a pair of hits each.

Tonight rehabbing Dodger Esteban Loaiza is scheduled to face the Storm who will use Nathan Culp.
 Score by innings
Lake Elsinore	000 143 000-8
Inland Empire	200 001 130-7

 Inland Empire	at r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  1  1  1  .281
Pedroza ss	5  1  1  0  .236
Giles cf	5  0  0  0  .264
Bell 3b       	5  1  2  0  .276
Santana c	4  1  1  1  .313
Perez 1b	4  1  2  2  .270
Berezay rf	4  1  2  3  .280
Hunt 2b        	3  1  2  0  .239
Lara ss        	3  0  1  1  .234
  Totals	37 7 12 7
  LElsinore	32 8  6 8

 Error- Bastardo (1). 2b hits- Hunt
(5), HR- Rogowski (2), Berezay (5).
RBI- Perez 2 (19), Rogowski (15),
Lara (11), Berezay 3 (24). S- Lara.
CS- Bell (1). LOB- Inland Empire 7,
Lake Elsinore 6. DP- Bastardo and Lara;
Hunt and Perez.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (0-4)	4.2  5  5-4  5  3  6.92
Pratt	        0.2  0  2-2  3  1  5.24
JRodriguez	1.2  1  1-1  0  2 13.50
GWhite	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  9.72
Koss	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.80
 T- 3:12. Att- 3,201.
How Sweep It Is!
Brad Golder/Loons.com
The Great Lakes Loons completed a four-game, three-day sweep of the Dayton Dragons with a 4-3 victory before a sellout crowd of 9,329 in Dayton.  It is the Loons' first series sweep of the season and gives them a season-high four-game winning streak.  

With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning and runners at first and third, Erik Kanaby lined a pitch into left-center field for a sacrifice fly to score Justin Fuller to give the Loons a 3-2 lead.   

The Loons and Dragons exchanged solo homers in the eighth.  Andrew Lambo hit his sixth of the season in the top of the inning.  Justin Reed responded with a solo homer in the bottom half to pull the Dragons to within one run.   

Miguel Ramirez entered the game with two outs in the eighth and did not allow a run to record his Midwest League-leading ninth save.  Ramirez still has not allowed an earned run in 18.1 innings.   

The Loons improve their record to 21-21 and move into a tie with Lansing for third place in the Midwest League East, 1.5 games behind West Michigan and a half game behind Dayton.   

The Dragons (21-20) have now lost six in a row.   

Matt Sartor (3-2) survived two solo home runs to record the win.  Bryan Morris failed to win his first game of the season, lasting just four innings but striking out seven and allowing one earned run.   

Preston Mattingly drove in the Loons' first run in the fourth and later scored on a balk by the Dayton starter.   

The Loons return to Dow Diamond Monday to begin a four-game series against the Fort Wayne Wizards. 
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 200 110-4
Dayton       	000 101 010-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Kanaby dh	4  0  0  1  .241
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .254
Silverio rf	4  0  0  0  .319
Lambo lf	4  1  1  1  .259
Ortiz 1b	3  1  1  0  .231
Mattingly 2b	4  1  2  1  .252
Fuller ss	3  1  1  0  .400
Baez 3b        	1  0  0  0  .198
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .182
  Totals	31 4 6 3
  Dayton	32 3 7 3

 2b hits- Ortiz (5), Fuller (3).
HR- Lambo (6). RBI- Mattingly (16),
S- Baez 2. SF- Kanaby. SB- Baez
(2).

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Morris        	4.0  4  1-1  1  7  3.98
Sartor (3-1)	3.2  2  2-2  1  3  2.05
Ramirez (sv 9)	1.1  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
 T- 2:33. Att- 9,329.

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