Minor League Teams Lose Games, Key Players

All four franchise teams lost their games, and two of them, Las Vegas and Jacksonville, lost key players to the big club. Terry Tiffee (51s) and Clayton Kershaw (Suns) got the call before Vegas lost to Fresno, Jacksonville lost to Carolina, Inland Empire dropped a game to High Desert and Fort Wayne edged Great Lakes.

Vegas Loses Tiffee, Game to Fresno
Las Vegas suffered a double loss, dropping a 6-3 decision to Fresno and putting their leading hitter, Terry Tiffee, on a plane to Los Angeles. While they were happy for Tiffee, his departure will leave a big hole in the 51s offense.

Starter Eric Stults (3-5) allowed only five hits and two runs while striking out nine but left the game trailing 2-1 after six innings. The Grizzlies' broke things open against Matt Riley (who threw four wild pitches) and Greg Jones after Greg Miller walked three to load the bases but with the help of two strikeouts pitched a scoreless inning.

Fresno added a pair of runs in each the eighth and ninth.

Te 51s slipped behind 2-0 in the second but picked up a run in the last of the inning when Andy LaRoche and John-Ford Griffin singled and A.J. Ellis' added an RBI grounder.

In the bottom of the ninth, Las Vegas put on a last-ditch rally. With one out, LaRoche and Griffin walked and with two out, an infield error allow the first run. Rex Rundgren singled in Griffin but Xavier Paul struck out to end the rally and the game.

Griffin and John Lindsey collected two hits each. Singles by LaRoche and Rundgren ran the Vegas total to six.

Today the 51s send Dwayne Pollok against the vs. Grizzlies in a noon game.

Tiffee Gets the Call>br> Terry Tiffee, a 29-year-old third baseman and outfielder who has been the 51s' hottest player the past two months, earned a promotion to Los Angeles. It's not Tiffee's first trip to the majors. He hit .226 for Minnesota in 91 games between 2004 and 2006.

Tiffee, leading the Pacific Coast League with a .422 batting average, claims there is no hidden formula to regularly ripping line drives into open spaces. No laser eye surgery, no meditation program and definitely no superstitious routine.

"I wish it was that easy," the 29-year-old third baseman and outfielder told the Las Vegas Review Journal. "I've been more relaxed this year than I've ever been. I enjoy it. I'll just ride it as long as it goes."

Tiffee was scratched from Las Vegas' lineup five minutes before the game against Fresno at Cashman Field.

Vegas Notes-- Sergio Garcia started at second base Saturday for the 51s. It was Garcia's return from a 100-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for a second time. ... The Dodgers optioned reliever Yhency Brazoban to Las Vegas.
 Score by innings
Fresno	        020 000 022-6	
Las Vegas	010 000 002-3

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf	        5  0  0  0  .264
Chavez ss	4  0  0  0  .271
Ruan rf	        4  0  0  0  .385
Lindsey 1b	3  0  2  0  .352
 Gulledge c	1  0  0  0  .000
LaRoche 3b	3  2  1  0  .242
Griffin lf	3  1  2  1  .264
Ellis c-1b	3  0  0  0  .269
Garcia 2b	3  0  0  0  .000
Stults p	2  0  0  0  .306
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .500
 Repko ph	1  0  0  0  .227
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Jones p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rundgren ph	1  0  1  1  .215
  Totals	33 3 6 2
  Fresno	34 6 7 4

 Error- Garcia (1). 2b hit- Lindsey. RBI-
Ellis (13), Rundgren (4). S- Ellis. SB- Garcia
(1). CS- Ellis (1). LOB- Las Vegas 7, Fresno
9. 

 Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (3-5)	6.0  5  2-2  2  9  3.68
Miller	        1.0  0  0-0  3  2  6.26
Riley	        1.0  1  2-2  2  1  3.71
Jones	        1.0  1  2-2  1  2  4.56
 WP- Stults, Riley 4. T- 3:03. Att- 8,720.
Suns Lose Kershaw, Game to Carolina
Jacksonville lost a 9-8 contest in 10 innings to Carolina as well as fan-favorite Clayton Kershaw to the Dodgers.

Kershaw, who was 0-3 with a 2.28 ERA in nine starts for the Suns this season, received word of his promotion after Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Carolina Mudcats in Zebulon, N.C. He caught a flight out of Charlotte to Detroit, then on to Los Angeles.

The Suns fell behind 8-2 after four innings but battled back, scoring six runs in the final three innings and tied the game when, with two out in the ninth, Adolfo Gonzalez drove 3-2 pitch out of the park, only to lose in the 10th.

Marlon Arias was battered for 10 hits and all eight runs -- seven earned -- over his four inning start. Free-agent signee Travis Schlicting saw his first action in 2008 with a pair of perfect innings. Recently-recalled Zach Hammes and Tanyon Sturtze added another pair of zeros to the board, giving the offense time to rally.

Trailing 7-0 in the third, Adam Godwin and Ivan De Jesus walked and Greg Jacobs singled to load the bases. Lucas May's sac fly drove in one and Mark Bellhorn singled for the second run.

In the top of the seventh, now down 8-2, May walked with one out and after a force out at second, Bellhorn doubled to drive in May. Jamie Hoffman and Shane Justis walked to load the bases and René Rivera's two-run single made it 8-5.

Two more Suns scored in the eighth on doubles by Adolfo Gonzalez, playing shortstop for De Jesus, May and Hoffman to cut the Charlotte lead to 8-7.

After Gonzalez tied things in the top of the ninth, Brian Akin allowed up a walk and a double in the 10th to pick up his fifth loss against a single win.

. The five-game series ends today as the Suns' Jesus Castillo (2-2, 3.66) will face the Mudcats' Derell McCall (1-0, 3.00)
 Score by innings
Jacksonville	002 000 321 0-8
Charlotte	340 010 000 1-9

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	4  1  2  0  .266
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sturtze p	0  0  0  0  .000
 JGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .364
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .500
De Jesus ss	1  1  0  0  .264
 AGonzalez ph-ss4  2  3  1  .269
Jacobs lf	6  0  2  0  .271
May c        	4  1  1  2  .293	
Mitchell 3b	3  0  0  0  .308
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Tomlin ph-cf	2  1  1  0  .309
Bellhorn 2b-3b	6  1  2  2  .267
Hoffmann rf	5  1  2  1  .279
Justis 2b	3  0  0  0  .267
Arias p	        2  0  0  0  .100
 Rivera 1b	3  0  2  2  .217
  Totals	44 8 15 8
  Carolina	37 9 12 8

 Errors- Arias (3), De Jesus (8). 2b hits-
Godwin (5), Bellhorn (5), AGonzalez (4),
May (15), Hoffman (7). HR- A Gonzalez (1).
RBI- May 2 (30), A Gonzalez (6), Rivera
2 (15), Bellhorn 2 (3), Hoffman (5).
SF- May. SB- Godwin (13). LOB- Jacksonville
14, Carolina 11. 

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias	        4.0 10  8-7  2  3  4.89
Schlicting	2.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
Hammes	        1.0  0  0-0  1  2  6.82
Sturtze	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  6.06
Akin (1-5)	121  1  1-1  3  2  5.79
 PB- May (6). WP- Hammes. HBP- by Hammes.
T- 3:26. Att- 6,175.
Sun Spots-- In addition to losing Kershaw, the Suns placed starter Mario Alvarez on the disabled list because of soreness in his throwing arm and recalled reliever Zach Hammes from Ogden. With Brazoban dropping to Triple A, the Suns likely will receive a pitcher from Las Vegas to fill Kershaw's spot.

Sixers Mashed in Adelanto
High Desert scored seven times in the second inning and went on to top Inland Empire 12-3 and move into a tie for first place in the California League South Division.

Austin Gallagher had two doubles and drove in a run, but the Sixers (19-30) dropped four games behind and are in last place.

Alberto Bastardo (0-5) allowed four hits, three walks, threw three wild pitches and left in the second inning having been tagged with seven runs, although only five of them were earned.

Joe Jones gave up only a single run while taking the game into the sixth and handed the ball to Jordan Pratt who promptly walked three and left the game in favor of Garrett White who allowed Pratt's three runners to scored along with one of his own as he worked the final two innings.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	200 100 000- 3
High Desert	070 001 31x-12

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	3  1  0  0  .222
Hunt 2b	        3  0  0  0  .222
Santana c	4  1  1  1  .309
Bell 3b	        4  0  1  0  .279
Berezay lf	4  1  2  1  .281
Giles rf	4  0  0  0  .252
Gallagher 1b	4  0  2  1  .250
Laura ss	4  0  1  0  .221
Rogowski dh	3  0  0  0  .268
  Totals	33  3 7 3
  High Desert	30 12 8 9

 Errors- Gallagher 2 (1), Santana (9), Lara
(11). 2b hits- Gallagher 2 (2). RBI- Santana
(38), Berezay (31), Gallagher (1). SB-
Robinson (9). CS- Bell (2). LOB- Inland
Empire 5, High Desert 5. DP- Lara and Hunt;
Hunt and Gallagher.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (0-5)	1.1  4  7-5  3  2  7.81
Jones	        4.2  3  1-1  0  0  3.00
Pratt	        0.0  0  3-3  3  0  6.17
GWhite	        2.0  1  1-0  1  2 10.32
 WP- Bastardo, GWhite. HBP- by Jones, by Pratt.
T- 2:58. Att- 1.991.
Wizards Edge Great Lakes
Brad Golden/Loons.com With the score tied at two in the bottom half of the fifth inning, Yefri Carvajal popped a ball up on the infield that was mishandled by Loons' third baseman Brian Mathews to allow the go-ahead run to score for the Fort Wayne Wizards en route to a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon over the Great Lakes Loons.  

The Loons scored in the first inning on an RBI single by Jaime Ortiz scoring Jovanny Rosario.   

Fort Wayne took the lead in the fourth inning.  Shane Buschini tripled home Zach Brown.  Luis Martinez followed with a single scoring Buschini.  

The Loons tied the game at two in the fifth inning with a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Justin Fuller.  In the bottom half of the inning, the Wizards got back-to-back singles by Andy Parrino and Angel Mercado to force Loons starter Daigoro Rondon (2-6) out of the game.   

Bobby Blevins entered from the bullpen and retired Justin Baum. Then Carvajal popped a pitch up along the third base line half way between home plate and third base. Blevins initially called for the ball, but was called off by Mathews.   

The ball hit Mathews' glove and fell to the ground allowing Parrino to score. Mercado tried to score, but Mathews flipped the ball to Kenley Jansen to retire Mercado at the plate.  

Rondo picked up his sixth loss allowing three runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings. The Loons are now 1-8 when Rondon starts. Blevins worked 3.2 scoreless innings of relief.  

Brandon Gomes (2-1) recorded the win in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Jackson Quezada hurled a perfect ninth for his ninth save of the year. Quezada has saved four games this week against the Loons (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).  

Rosario finished the game with three hits.  

The Wizards have won five of six this week over the Loons to pull to within a game of .500.  

The Loons/Wizards series continues this afternoon.
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	100 010 000-2
Fort Wayne	000 210 00x-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	5  1  2  0  .270
Rosario cf	5  1  3  0  .258
Lambo lf	4  0  1  0  .273
Ortiz 1b	4  0  2  1  .232
Fuller ss	2  0  0  0  .258
Rivera 2b	4  0  1  0  .250
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .194
Mathews 3b	2  0  0  0  .200
 Baez pr-3b	1  0  0  0  .188
Vetters rf	3  0  0  0  .222
  Totals	34 2 9 2
  Fort Wayne	31 3 8 2

  Errors- Mathews. 2B- Ortiz (6),
Rosario (9). RBI- Ortiz (14),
Fuller (3). SF- Fuller. LOB- 
Great Lakes 9, Fort Wayne 7. SB-
Rosario (12). 

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rondon (2-6)	4.1  8  3-2  1  4  5.71
Blevins	        3.2  0  0-0  2  3  2.43
  HBP- Mathews. T- 2:45. Att- 5,190.

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