Griffin Knocks in Five as Vegas Wins

John-Ford Griffin homered twice and Angel Chavez knocked in the winning runs as Las Vegas topped Fresno 8-7. Jacksonville left 12 in while losing 11-0 to Birmingham. Inland Empire broke a seven-game losing streak, fighting back from an 8-1 deficit to win 12-8. Kyle Smit's first Loons win boosted Great Lakes over Fort Wayne 5-3.

Griffin, Chavez Spark Las Vegas
John-Ford Griffin smacked a pair of home runs, doubling his season's total, and drove in five runs, and Angel Chavez's two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning broke a 6-all tie, lifting the 51s to an 8-7 win over Fresno.

Starter Miguel Pinango handed a 6-3 lead to Ramon Troncoso (3-0) in the eighth inning and he promptly allowed four straight hits and three runs to tie the game.

After Chavez put the 51s back in the lead, reliever Brian Falkenborg allowed a home run in the ninth but fanned the final two batters to record Troncoso's win and his eighth save.

With two out in the first, Xavier Paul singled, Andy LaRoche walked and Griffin slugged a line shot over the right field wall.

Fresno picked up two in the second before Chavez homered (#2) in the third to boost the lead to 4-2. LaRoche singled and Griffin hits his second homer of the game in the sixth and Fresno added one in the seventh to put the 51s in front 6-3.

With the score tied in the eighth, A.J. Ellis singled and was bunted to second. With one out Jason Repko walked and Chavez broke the tie with a double to center.

Ellis finished with three hits. Griffin's two homers accounted for five runs and Chavez knocked in the other three with a single and a double.

Tonight Jason Johnson starts against Tucson's Juan Gutierrez.

51s Notes -- Infielder Rex Rundgren was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Sunday. ... Outfielder Greg Jacobs joined the 51s from Jacksonville where he hit .276 with 29 RBIs in 47 games.
  Score by Innings
Fresno	        020 000 131-7
Las Vegas	301 002 02x-8

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Repko rf	3  1  0  0  .222
Chavez 3b	5  1  2  3  .267
Paul cf	        3  1  1  0  .275
LaRoche 1b	3  2  1  0  .268
Griffin lf	4  2  2  5  .272
Garcia 2b	4  0  0  0  .200
Ellis c	        4  1  3  0  .296
Lizarraga ss	3  0  2  0  .222
Pinango p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Jacobs ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	32 8 11 8
  Fresno	39 7 15 7

  2B- Chavez (6). HR- Griffin 2
(4), Chavez (2). RBI- Griffin 5
(25), Chavez 3 (29). S- Lizarraga.
LOB- Las Vegas 9, Fresno 9. DP- 
Repko and Ellis.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango	         7.0  9  3-3  1  7  4.41
Troncoso (3-0)	 1.0  4  3-3  1  0  5.60
Falkenborg(sv 8) 1.0  2  1-1  0  2  5.09
HBP- Repko, by Troncoso. T-2:44. 
Att- 3<388.
Suns Eclipsed by Barons
Birmingham tagged starter Zach Hammes for six runs in the first inning to hand Jacksonville their worst loss of the season 11-0. The loss dropped the third place Suns (23-28) seven games behind the league-leading Barons.

After Birmingham sent 10 to the plate in the first inning Hammes settled down, allowing a walk and a single over the next three. Hammes (2-4) left after four, having allowed six hits and three walks.

The Suns were hitless until Mark Bellhorn's double in the fifth inning. Adam Godwin led the Suns with a pair of singles and Jacksonville left a dozen runners on the bases, going 0-for-6 with the bases loaded.

Suns right-hander Rick Asadoorian (4-2, 6.68 ERA) will start against Barons right-hander Kyle McCulloch (2-4, 3.93) tonight in Birmingham.
 Score by innings
Jacksonville	000 000 000- 0
Birmingham	600 002 03x-11

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	5  0  2  0  .279
De Jesus ss	3  0  0  0  .301
Tomlin lf	3  0  0  0  .306
 Berezay lf	1  0  0  0  .000
May c        	4  0  1  0  .292
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  1  0  .263
Mitchell 3b	4  0  0  0  .300
Hoffman rf	4  0  1  0  .276
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  0  .258	
Justis dh	4  0  0  0  .255
  Totals	35  0  6  0
  Birmingham	36 11 13 11

 2b hits- Bellhorn (7), May, (16).
3b hit- Hoffman (1). LOB- Jacksonville
12, Birmingham 7. DP- JGonzalez, De
Jesus and Bellhorn.

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Hammes (2-4)	4.0  6  6-6  3  0  7.57
LaMura	        3.0  4  2-2  1  4  6.00
Sierra	        0.2  3  3-3  3  1  5.32
AGonzalez	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
WP- Hammes 3, Sierra. T- 2:35. Att- 1,968.
Big Rally Nets Sixers a 12-8 Win
Rehabbing Jason Schmidt must have seemed right at home, getting no run support from his teammates before leaving in the fourth trailing 3-1. But then, trailing by an 8-1 margin, the 66ers kicked a seven game losing streak and banged out a 12-8 win over Bakersfield.

The Sixers mounted their biggest rally of the season, scoring five in the sixth an sixth in the seventh, led by the bottom four in the order who scored seven runs and knocked in seven.

The Sixers (20-31) became the last team in the league to win a game when their opponent scored more than eight runs, improving to 1-16 in those games and dropping Bakersfield two games behind North Division first-place San Jose.

"I don't know what to say," Sixers manager John Valentin told the San Bernardino Sun. "I know that's in us, though. When you're down 8-1, you're usually not going to win. There's no rhyme or reason. We're confident and we play well at home."

Schmidt threw 45 pitches, exactly the number he was allowed. He went 3.1 innings, giving up three hits, three runs (two earned) with no walks and three strikeouts in his third rehab appearance as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. His fastball was consistently at 88 mph and topped out at 91.

"I felt good. It's part of the process," Schmidt said. "I'd like to have a better changeup, but there was progress."

Schmidt retired the first eight batters he faced, but ran into trouble in the fourth when he allowed two hits, added two wild pitches and allowed all three runs.

"The first wild pitch, I was going to change to a fastball, because I had only thrown two breaking balls," Schmidt said. "But I said, 'what the heck.' I felt really good," he said. "I'd have preferred to get one or two more pitches to finish the batter."

Cody White (5-3) took over and worked the rest of the game, and over 5.2 innings gave up seven hits and five run, three of which were earned. In what appeared to be only a mop-up operation turned into a win for him when his teammates rallied for 11 runs in the sixth and seventh.

Trailing 8-1 in the sixth, Josh Bell singled and Austin Gallagher walked. Drew Locke's two-run double to left-center cut the deficit to 8-3 and chased the Bakersfield starter.

Jaime Pedroza, Bridger Hunt and Christian Lara singled to score two more and after a walk and a wild pitch it suddenly was 8-6.

The Bakersfield center fielder misplayed Lara's long fly ball into a two-run triple with two outs in the seventh, tying the score 8-8. Ryan Rogowski and Carlos Santana had RBI singles later in the inning and Bell capped the scoring with a two-run double to give the Sixers a 12-8 lead and their first win in eight games.

Santana, Bell, Locke and Lara each had two of Inland Empire's 13 hits.
  Score by Innings
Bakersfield	000 332 000- 8
Inland Empire	010 005 60x-12

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  1  1  1  .266
Robinson cf	3  1  1  0  .219
Santana c	4  1  2  1  .306
Bell dh        	5  1  2  2  .283
Gallagher 1b	4  1  0  0  .174
Locke rf	3  3  2  2  .270
Pedroza ss	3  2  1  0  .236
Hunt 2b        	4  1  1  2  .223
Lara 3b	        5  1  2  3  .223
  Totals	36 12 13 11 
  Bakersfield	39  8 12 7

 Error- Santana (10). 2b hits- Santana
(17), Locke (8). 3b hits- Lara (2).
RBI- Hunt 3 (7), Locke 2 (10), Lara 3 (14),
Rogowski (18), Santana (39), Bell 2
(21). SF- Hunt. SB- Pedroza (4), Rogowski
(12), Locke (1). CS- Pedroza (4). LOB- 
Inland Empire 10, Bakersfield 4.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Schmidt	        3.1  3  3-2  0  3  2.70
CWhite (5-3)	5.2  7  5-3  1  4  3.44
 WP- Schmidt 2. T- 3:09. Att- 2,829.
Smit Wins First as a Loon
Brad Golder/Loons.com Kyle Smit snapped a winless streak dating back to last season to win his first game in a Loons' uniform and help the Great Lakes Loons salvage one game out of the four game series against Fort Wayne, winning 5-3.  

The Loons struck for three runs in the third inning.  Andrew Lambo drove in Kenley Jansen and Jovanny Rosario with a bases-loaded single. The Loons added an additional run as Lambo was caught stealing as Juan Rivera scored from third.   

Alfredo Silverio tagged a solo homer in the sixth to give the Loons a four-run advantage.   

Smit then surrendered three straight singles to begin the sixth inning and gave way to Jon Dutton, who allowed a bases-loaded walk and a ground-ball double play, with both producing a run.   

Fort Wayne added another run on a Dutton wild pitch to make the score 4-3, but that would be as close as the Wizards would get.   

Back-to-back doubles by Pedro Baez and Jansen provided a fifth run. Given Kutz hurled the final two innings to record his first save for the Loons.   

Smit (1-3) went five innings, allowing five hits and three runs. All three runs scored after he departed.   

The Loons (23-27) have an off-day today, then return to action in Lansing for their first meeting of the season against the Lugnuts. 
  Score by innings	
Great Lakes	003 001 100-5
Fort Wayne	000 003 000-3

  Great Lakes	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  1  0  .254
Rivera 2b	4  1  2  0  .375
Lambo lf	4  0  1  2  .268
Silverio rf	4  1  1  1  .247
Ortiz 1b	4  0  2  0  .243
Vetters dh	4  0  0  0  .243
Dalton ss	4  0  1  0  .250
Baez 3b        	4  1  1  0  .188
Jansen c	3  1  1  1  .198
  Totals	35 5 10 4
  Fort Wayne	28 3  7 1

  2B- Rivera (1), Ortiz (7), 
Dalton (4), Baez (10, Jansen
(3). HR- Silverio (3). RBI-
Lambo 2 (36), Silverio (13),
Jansen (11). LOB- Great Lakes 4,
Fort Wayne 5. CS- Lambo (1). DP-
5 Rivera, Dalton and Ortiz; Dalton,
Rivera and Ortiz,; Silverio, Baez
and Rivera; Baez and Rivera; Ortiz,
Rivera and Ortiz.

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Smit (1-3)	5.0  5  3-3  4  3  6.14
Dutton 	        0.2  0  0-0  2  0  3.00
Brannon	        1.1  1  0-0  1  2  5.06
Kutz (sv 1)	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  2.84
  T- 2:26. Att- 6,084.

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