Asadoorian Wins in Relief, Adds HR, Two RBI

Las Vegas topped Tacoma behind Jason Johnson's sixth win of the season and Xavier Paul's work on offense. Rick Asadoorian banged a homer and single, knocked in two and won in relief as Jacksonville shut out Carolina 5-0. Inland Empire suffered road woes again, losing 9-2 to High Desert and Justin Miller was roughed up as Great Lakes dropped a 5-3 decision to Fort Wayne.

Las Vegas pasted Tacoma 7-4 behind the pitching of Jason Johnson and the hitting of Alex Paul.

Johnson won his sixth game of the season, allowing four hits and an unearned run while striking out seven. Greg Jones and Dwayne Pollok (save #2) finished the game out. Johnson 71 of his 103 pitches for strikes as the 51s (24-23) won three of four games at Tacoma.

Paul singled, homered and scored three runs. He led off the game with a single, stole second and scored on Terry Tiffee's RBI single, his 37th RBI of the season. Paul walked in the second and scored during a three-run rally on Angel Chavez's two-run single.

In the fourth, he slugged a two-out homer, his fourth of the year.

Las Vegas built a 5-0 margin before Tacoma got on the board. The Rainers roughed up both Jones and Pollok over the final three innings, tagging them for five hits and three runs. 5-22- Minor Games
  Score by Innings		
Las Vegas	130 100 002-7
Tacoma	        000 001 012-4
  
  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	4  3  2  1  .272
Chavez 2b-1b	4  1  2  2  .282
Tiffee 1b-lf	5  1  2  1  .412
LaRoche 3b	4  0  0  1  .246	
Lindsey dh	4  0  1  0  .338
Griffin lf	5  0  1  0  .255
 Lizarraga 2b	0  0  0  0  .000
Repko rf	4  0  0  0  .222
Ellis c	        3  1  1  0  .295
Rundgren ss	4  1  1  0  .203
  Totals	37 4  9 4
  Tacoma	37 7 10 5

  Error- LaRoche 2 (4), Rundgren
(5). 2B- Tiffee (23). HR- Paul (4).
RBI- Tiffee (37), Chavez 2 (24),
Paul (27), LaRoche (14). SF-
LaRoche. LOB- Las Vegas 8,
Tacoma 10. SB- Paul (7). DP-
Rundgren, Chavez and Tiffee.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb os  era
Johnson (6-2)	6.0  4  1-0  1  7  4.10
Jones        	1.1  2  1-1  1  2  4.01
Pollok (sv 2)	1.2  3  2-2  0  1  3.34
  HBP- by Pollok, Lindsey. T- 3:02. Att- 3,915.
Suns Blank Carolina
Reliever Rick Asadoorian took over for Clayton Kershaw in the second inning and pitched five scoreless innings to earn the win and in addition he went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI as Jacksonville shut out Carolina 5-0 in Zebulon, N.C.

Kershaw started the game but only pitched one inning, retiring the side with a pair of strikeouts.

Asadoorian hit his first home run of the season in his sixth at-bat. The reliever, who was a first-round pick of the Red Sox in 1999, is in his second year as a regular pitcher.

The Suns broke a scoreless tie in the third inning when Ivan De Jesus singled, stole second and scored on Russ Mitchell's single. Asadoorian singled in Jamie Hoffman in tHe fourth and Jacksonville scored two in each the fifth and sixth innings.

Greg Jacobs led off the fifth with a double and scored later on Russ Mitchell's sac fly. Mark Bellhorn doubled and Hoffman drove in his second run of the game with a single. In the sixth, Asadoorian's homer made it 4-0 and De Jesus was it by a pitch and moved to third, then scored on a pair of wild pitches.

Hoffmann went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

Suns pitching staff allowed only two hits one night after Carolina allowed only two hits as Brent Leach and Eduardo Sierra combined with Kershaw and Asadoorian to strike out eight and allow a single walk in addition to the two doubles.

The Suns are now 3-5 in games involving a shutout and will start RHP James McDonald (2-1, 4.26) tonight against Mudcats RHP Daniel Barone (0-0, 0.00) at Five County Stadium.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	001 122 000-6
Carolina	000 000 000-0

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  0  0  0  .306
De Jesus ss	4  2  2  0  .311
Jacobs lf	4  1  2  0  .275
May c        	5  0  1  0  .297
Mitchell 3b	3  0  1  2  .313
Bellhorn 1b	4  1  1  0  .250
Hoffmann rf	4  1  2  1  .274
JGonzalez 2b	4  0  1  0  .267
Kershaw p	0  0  0  0  .200
 Castillo ph	0  0  0  0  .111
 Asadoorian p	3  1  2  2  .286
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000 
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	40 6 12 5
  Carolina	30 0  2 0

  2B- Jacobs (12), Bellhorn (3).
HR- Asadoorian (1). RBI- Mitchell
2 (27), Asadoorian 2 (2),
Hoffmann (13). S- Hoffmann. SF-
Mitchell. LOB- Jacksonville 10,
Carolina 4. SB- Hoffmann (9),
De Jesus (5).

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw        	 1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.28
Asadoorian (4-2) 5.0  1  0-0  1  4  6.68
Leach        	 2.0  1  0-0  0  1  1.26
Sierra        	 1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.30
  HBP- De Jesus. T-2:33. Att- 3,292.
They Aren't Willie Nelson
Perhaps country music star Willie Nelson can't wait to get on the road again, but Inland Empire would just as leave play all their games at home. After dropping a 9-2 decision to High Desert at Adelanto, their road record is a dismal 5-14 and are in last place in the South Division California League.

Hard-luck Sixers starter Tim Sexton (3-6), had a career-high eight strikeouts and allowed only one run in the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth.

Trayvon Robinson tripled and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 1-1 in the fifth. Koss allowed three more runs in the seventh.

But in the bottom of the inning Sexton gave up three singles and a double before leaving the game. Paul Koss allowed a walk and a bases-loaded triple and suddenly the Sixers trailed 6-1. Koss allowed three more runs in the seventh.

Inland Empire scored their second, and final, run in the ninth when Jaime Pedroza doubled and scored on a two-out single by Matt Berezay.

Robinson had three of the Sixers' seven hits.

James Adkins will take the hill for the 66ers in the third game of the series tonight.
  Score by innings
Inland Empire	000 010 001-2
High Desert	100 005 30x-9

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  1  3  0  .219
Berezay lf	4  0  1  1  .278
Bell 3b        	5  0  0  0  .275
Santana c	1  0  0  0  .312
Gallagher 1b	4  0  1  0  .250
Giles rf	4  0  1  0  .259
Locke dh	3  0  0  0  .250
Pedroza ss	4  1  1  0  .323
Lara 2b        	4  0  0  0  .220
  Totals	32 2  7 1
  High Desert	31 9 11 9

  2B- Pedroza (6). 3B- Robinson
(2). RBI- Berezay (28). LOB- 
Inland Empire	10, High 
Desert 6. SB- Robinson (8). DP-
Gallagher.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton (3-6)	5.2  7  5-5  2  8  4.67
Koss        	1.1  4  4-4  1  2  3.08
Pratt        	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  5.01
  HBP- by Koss. T- 3:11. Att- 1,383.
Johnson Roughed Up in Loss
Brad Golder/Loons.com Steven Johnson ran into his first bit of adversity of the 2008 season as he allowed five runs in a wild first inning as the Great Lakes Loons fell to the Fort Wayne Wizards in front of 4,367 fans at Dow Diamond by a score of 6-3. 

The Loons had chances to score late in the ballgame but couldn't execute after the Wizards committed four errors in the ballgame.

Justin Baum's RBI double and Zach Brown's three-run homer were the difference makers in the first inning, and eventually the ballgame. The three-run shot made it 5-0 Wizards.

Trailing 6-1 in the eighth, the Loons pushed across a pair of runs due to two Fort Wayne errors to bring the deficit to 6-3, but that's as close as the Loons would come.

Jaime Ortiz and Justin Fuller had chances to tie the game in the eighth, but each flied out to left field to end the threat.

Johnson (5-2) picked up his second loss of the season and was charged with six runs in his 4.2 innings of work. Miguel Sanfler and Thomas Melgarejo combined for 4.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Erik Kanaby and Andrew Lambo had a pair of hits each, with Lambo adding his 11th double of the season.

The Loons fall to 22-24 while the Wizards improve to 22-25. The Loons and Wizards begin a brand-new four-game series in Fort Wayne beginning Friday night. Victor Garate is scheduled to start for the Loons.
  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	500 010 000-5
Great Lakes	000 100 020-3

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	5  1  2  0  .267
Rosario cf	5  1  1  0  .249
Silverio rf	4  0  1  0  .266
Lambo lf	4  0  2  0  .268
Baez 3b	        4  0  0  1  .195
Ortiz 1b	4  1  1  0  .220
Fuller ss	3  0  0  0  .292
Jansen c	4  0  1  1  .202
Dalton 2b	4  0  1  0  .228
  Totals	37 3 9 2
  Fort Wayne	36 6 8 6

  2B- Lambo (11). RBI- Jansen
(10), Baez (11). LOB- kanaby (5). 
CS- Kanaby (5), DP- Fuller, Dalton and Ortiz.

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (5-2)	4.2  7  6-6  3  3  2.39
Sanfler	        3.1  1  0-0  2  5  4.13
Melgarejo	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.86
  HBP- by Sanfler. T- 2:42. Att- 4,367.

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