Eric Stults Wins Second in a Row

Eric Stults' third win of the season boosted Las Vegas to a 7-1 win. Jacksonville was again haunted by late tie-breaking runs as the Barons took a 13-5 decision. Inland Empire was overcome 4-1 by Lake Elsinore and Great Lakes dropped a 3-2 decision to Fort Wayne. The Loons named Justin Miller Player of the Month

Eric Stults' second remarkable start in succession saw him limit Tacoma to seven hits and only an unearned run while collecting his third win by a 7-1 score.

Stults had held Nashville scoreless in his previous start through six innings before allowing three runs in the seventh.

The 51s banged out 11 hits, including five doubles, in the win. John Lindsey and Angel Chavez were the only two with multiple hits.

Chavez put Los Vegas on the board in the second, lining an RBI single with Andy Laroche, who had walked, on base.

Doubles by Xavier Paul and Terry Tiffee, combined with LaRoche's sac fly made it 3-0 in the third and Paul's sac fly in the fifth drove on Rex Rundgren who had lined his first double of the season. Chavez drove in his second run with a single in the fifth.

Wilkin singled and stole second in the ninth, Paul drove him in with a single and scored himself later on Lindsey's two-out single.

Ramon Troncoso worked the final 2.1 innings and held Tacoma scoreless.
  Score by Innings		
Las Vegas	012 021 002-7
Tacoma	        000 000 100-1

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruan lf	        4  1  1  0  .400
paul cf	        4  2  2  1  .273
Tiffee 1b	4  1  1  1  .423
LaRoche 3b	1  1  0  2  .300
Lindsey dh	5  0  2  1  .331
Ardoin c	3  1  1  0  .303
 Ellis ph-c	2  0  0  0  .278
Repko rf	3  0  1  0  .227
Chavez 2b	4  0  2  2  .269
Rundgren	4  1  1  0  .170
  Totals	34 7 11 7
  Tacoma	32 1  7 1

  Error- Rundgren. 2B- Ardoin 
(6), Paul (11), Tiffee (22),
Rundgren (1), Lindsey (11). 
RBI- Chavez 2 (22), Tiffee
(36), LaRoche 2 (31), Paul
(26), Lindsey (29). S- Ruan.
SF- LaRoche 2, Paul. LOB- 
Las Vegas 8, Tacoma 6. SB-
Repko (7), Ruan (2). DP- 
Rundgren and Chavez: Tiffee,
Chavez and Tiffee.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (3-4)	6.2  7  1-0  12  6  3.76
Troncoso	2.1  0  0-0  0  2  4.30
  HBP- By Troncoso. T- 2:30. Att- 3,259.
Suns' Thumped 13-5
For the third time in succession the Suns tied the game late, only to see the Barons rally to win. In this game Birmingham broke a 5-all tie with six runs in the seventh inning and won 13-5.

Saturday, the Barons scored six runs in the ninth for an 11-5 win and Sunday the Suns allowed an eighth-inning solo home run and lost 3-2.

After moving to .500 on the season, the Suns (21-24) have lost three in a row and trail the Barons (25-20) by four games in the Southern League South Division.

Jacksonville fell behind 5-0 after five innings as starter Jesus Castillo was victimized by three earned runs.

The Suns' five runs all came with two out. Russell Mitchell, Greg Jacobs and Lucas May hit consecutive doubles. Along with a single from Jamie Hoffman it tied the game.

Jacksonville pitching staff quickly gave the game back to Birmingham as the Barons sent 11 to the plate in the top of the sixth, scoring six times off Suns relief pitchers Muegge (0-1) and Zach Hammes.

The Suns have an open date today and travel to Carolina to open a five-game series with the Mudcats. RHP Mario Alvarez (1-4, 6.87) will get the start.
  Score by Innings
Birmingham	000 320 611-13
Jacksonville	000 005 000- 5

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  0  0  .325
De Jesus ss	3  1  2  0  .314
Mitchell 3b	5  1  1  2  .313
Jacobs dh,lf	3  1  1  1  .276
May c        	5  1  2  1  .311
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  1  .267
Justis 2b	4  0  0  0  .289
 JGonzalez 2b	0  0  0  0  .274
Rivera 1b	3  1  0  0  .194
 Godwin lf	2  0  0  0  .256
 AGonzalez lf-p	1  0  0  0  .238
Castillo p	0  0  0  0  .111
 Muegge p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	34  5  7  5
  Birmingham	44 13 14 12

 Error- Justis (7), De Jesus (7),
May (3). 2B- Mitchell (5), Jacobs
11), May (14). RBI- Mitchell 2
(25), Jacobs (26), May (28),
Hoffmann (12). LOB- Las Vegas 9,
Birmingham 9. SB- Godwin (12). 

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo	5.2  5  5-2  1  3  3.66
Muegge (0-1)	0.2  4  5-5  1  1  5.40
Hammes        	1.2  3  2-2  1  1  7.81
Sierra	        0.1  1  1-1  1  0  4.50
AGonzalez 	0.2  1  0-0  0  0  0.00 
  HBP- De Jesus. T- 3:15. Att- 6,938.
Sixers Held to Five Hits
Despite a rehab start by Esteban Loaiza, Inland Empire 66ers were unable to reclaim a share of first place in the California League's South Division, losing to Lake Elsinore 4-1.

Loaiza (0-1), making a rehab start, allowed two second inning doubles and a run. He worked three innings, allowed three hits and was charged with one earned run, walking none while striking out two.

Josh Wall took over and worked 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and three runs.

The Sixers spent much of the game banging ground balls to Storm infielders, with 13 of 18 outs in the first six innings either on the ground or by way of a strikeout.

The 66ers' bats managing only a run in the bottom of the ninth.

Third baseman Josh Bell walked, moved to third on a hit-and-run play executed by Drew Locke, who was playing first base after starter Eduardo Perez left in the sixth inning with a injured hand that required stitches.

Designated hitter Carlos Santana' sacrifice fly drove in the run.

The 66ers earn have a day off, and move to High Desert for their next series.
  Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	010 002 001-4
Inland Empire	000 000 001-1
 
  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara 2b        	3  0  0  0  .228
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .207
Berezay lf	4  0  1  0  .279
Bell 3b        	3  1  0  0  .270
Perez 1b	3  0  1  0  .271
Giles rf	1  0  1  0  .269
Santana dh	3  0  1  1  .314
Pedroza ss	3  0  0  0  .231
Locke rf-1b	4  0  1  0  .252
Guttered c	2  0  0  0  .239
  Totals	30 1 5 1
  Lake Elsinore	37 4 9 4
  
  Error- Bell (4). 2B- Perez (12).
RBI- Santana (34). S- Lara. SF-
Santana. LOB- Jacksonville 7, Lake
Elsinore 8. SB- Santana (3). DP- 
2 Robinson and Pedroza; Lara,
Pedroza and Locke. 

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Loaiza (0-1)	3.0  3  1-1  0  2  3.00
Wall        	5.2  6  3-3  4  3  5.67
Felix        	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  2.81
  HBP- Gutierrez. T- 2:42. Att- 1,043.
Loons Edged 3-2
Fort Wayne piled up three runs in the second and third innings, then held on to top Great Lakes 3-2 in front of 2,235 fans at Dow Diamond.

Alfredo Silverio's sacrifice fly in the opening inning gave the Loons a brief 1-0 lead. A two-run double and an unearned run made it 3-1 after three innings.

Andrew Lambo's broken-bat RBI single in the last of the ninth closed out the Great Lakes scoring.

Starter Daigoro Rondon (2-5) allowed all three runs (two earned) in 4.2 innings.

Miguel Sanfler and Given Kutz held Fort Wayne to a single over the final 4.1 innings.

The Loons fall to 21-22, but are only 1.5 games out of first place.  The Loons host the Wizards in game two a four-game series with Justin Miller, Loons Player of the Month, scheduled to start.
  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	021 000 000-3
Great Lakes	100 000 001-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	4  1  2  0  .250
Rosario dh	4  1  1  0  .254
Silverio rf	3  0  0  1  .300
Lambo lf	4  0  2  1  .265
Ortiz 1b	4  0  1  0  .232
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .247
Fuller ss	2  0  0  0  .353
Baez 3b	        3  0  0  0  .194
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .245
  Totals	30 2  6 2
  Fort Wayne	35 3 10 2

  Error- Fuller (3), Baez (9). 2B-
Rosario (8). RBI- Silverio (11),
Lambo (320. SF- Silverio. LOB-
Great Lakes 3, Fort Wayne 13.
CS- Kanaby (3).

  Great Lakes	in   h  r-er bb so  era
Rondon (2-5)	4.2  8  3-2  2  4  5.89
Sanfler	        3.2  2  0-0  2  3  4.79
Kutz        	0.2  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  Balk- Rondon. T- 2:44. Att- 2,235.
Miller Honored-- Starter Justin Miller has been selected the Loons April Player of the Month after posting dominant numbers. Miller beat out Loons reliever Matt Sartor with nearly 4,600 votes to just over 3,800 by Sartor in balloting conducted by Loons.com.

Miller was sensational, going 2-2 with a 1.11 ERA. In 24 innings, Miller struck out 19 and allowed three earned runs while holding opponents to a .205 batting average.

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