Ellis Drives in Eight in 23-2 Vegas Win

Every Las Vegas starter hit safely and A.J. Ellis collected eight runs batted in as Las Vegas rumbled to a 25-2 win at Tucson. Jacksonville was battered 12-2 by Birmingham. Inland Empire rallied for two in the bottom of the eighth to drop Bakersfield 5-4. Great Lakes had the evening off.

Las Vegas Rolls a 23
With the Dodgers searching for hits, rumor has it that someone posted a note on the Las Vegas bulletin board announcing a tryout for spots on the Los Angeles roster. Although there is no truth to it, the 51s reacted as if there were, exploding for 23 runs on 25 hits while destroyed Tucson 23-2.

Each member of the starting lineup, including Jason Johnson who won his seven game against two losses, had at least one hit with seven finishing with multiple safeties. Las Vegas (28-24) set a new club record, eclipsing the 21 runs scored against Edmonton in 1988 and they scored in seven of the nine innings.

Catcher A.J. Ellis slugged a grand slam and drove in eight runs, falling a triple short of a cycle. He added an RBI singled in the third and a three-run double in the fourth. His grand slam was his first home run of the season. Sergio Garcia singled his first five trips to the plate and Andy LaRoche, Xavier Paul and Griffin had three hits each.

Andy LaRoche and Sergio Garcia added five RBIs apiece. Las Vegas gave Johnson all the offense he needed in a three-run first inning highlighted by the first of John-Ford Griffin's two RBI triples.

Johnson (7-2), who helped himself with two hits and scored three runs, gave up four hits, struck out four and walked none. He left with a 21-1 lead after five innings. Justin Orenduff, Matt Riley and Greg Miller each worked an inning.

During the record scoring output, Las Vegas had just four extra-base hits, two each by Ellis and Griffin.

Garcia, who rejoined the 51s on Saturday after serving a 100-game drug suspension, went 5-for-6 with a walk. He singled in his first five at-bats, with four of the hits one driving in at least one run, before striking out looking in the eighth.

Las Vegas also took advantage of 11 walks issued by Tucson pitchers and four errors. They scored four runs in both the second and third innings and five runs in both the fourth and fifth despite leaving 15 runners on base.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	344 551 010-23
Tucson	        000 011 000- 2

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Repko rf	3  1  1  0  .224
 Jacobs  ph-rf	3  0  1  0  .250
Chavez 3b	5  5  2  0  .271
Paul cf        	6  3  3  1  .283
LaRoche 1b	7  4  3  5  .282
Griffin lf	4  4  3  3  .284
Garcia 2b	6  2  5  3  .438
Ellis c        	5  1  3  8  .316
Lizarraga ss	7  0  1  0  .188
Johnson p	5  3  2  0  .316
 Orenduff p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph	1  0  1  0  .396
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .500
  Totals	58 23 25 22
  Tucson	37  2  9  2

  Error- Lizarraga 2 (2). 2B-
Ellis (4). 3B- Griffin 2 (4).
HR- Ellis (1). RBI- LaRoche 5
(20), Griffin 3 (28), Garcia 5
(7), Paul (29), Ellis 8 (21).
LOB- Las Vegas 15, Tucson 10.
SB- Paul (9). 

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (7-2)	5.0  4  1-1  0  4  3.90
Orenduff	1.0  3  1-1  0  0  5.40
Riley	        2.0  1  0-0  1  5  3.32
Miller	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  6.00
HBP- Ellis. T- 3:22. Att- 1,596.
Barons Blast Suns
Birmingham scored 12 runs over a four-inning stretch and routed Jacksonville 13-3. The loss dropped the third-place Suns (23-29) eight games behind the first-place Barons in the Southern League's South Division with 18 first-half games left. Birmingham has outscored Jacksonville 24-3 in the first two games of the five-game series.

Ivan De Jesus doubled to lead off the game and scored on Jamie Hoffman's single. Birmingham ran off six straight runs before the Suns got back on the scoreboard in the sixth. Singles by Adolfo Gonzalez, De Jesus and a throwing error scored two. The Barons added seven more runs and finished the game with 18 hits.

Right-hander Rick Asadoorian (4-3) made his first professional start and was tapped for 10 hits and six runs over five innings. Danny Muggee and Travis Schlicting were also treated roughly.

Jacksonville managed only five hits. DeJesus singled, doubled and scored twice.

The Suns and Barons are scheduled to meet today in the Rickwood Classic at 98-year-old Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Jacksonville will send right-hander James McDonald (2-1, 4.20) against the Barons' Justin Cassel (3-2, 3.90).
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	100 002 000- 3
Birmingham	100 324 30X-13

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
De Jesus ss	3  2  2  0  .307
 Justis ph-ss	1  0  0  0  .253
Tomlin lf-rf	3  0  0  1  .299
Hoffman rf	3  0  1  1  .277
 Berezay lf	1  0  0  0  .000
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  0  0  .238
May c        	3  0  0  0  .286
Mitchell 3b	3  0  1  0  .301
Rivera dh	3  0  0  0  .221
AGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  0  .270
Godwin cf	3  1  0  0  .273
  Totals	30  3  5  2
  Birmingham	30 13 18 12

  Error- AGonzaez (4). 2B- De
Jesus (8). RBI- Hoffmann (6), 
Tomlin (15). S- Tomlin. LOB-
Jacksonville 1, Birmingham 7.
CS- Hoffmann (2). DP-
AGonzalez, De Jesus and
Bellhorn. 

  Jacksonville	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Asadoorian (4-3) 5.0 10  6-6  2  0  7.23
Muegge         	 1.0  4  4-4  1  1  6.75
Schlichting	 2.0  4  3-3  1  2  6.75
  T-2:15 (:45 delay). Att- 2,830.
Sixers Rally to Extinguish Blaze
Inland Empire (21-31) rallied for two in the bottom of the eighth to drop Bakersfield 5-4. Austin Gallagher and Drew Locke opened with singles and Jamie Pedroza' single tied the game. Speedy Ryan Rogowski ran for Gallagher and scored on Christian Lara's ground ball that drove in the winning run.

Starter Tim Sexton pitched around four Inland Empire errors, three in the second inning that cost him a pair of unearned runs, then allowed only three base runners over his final four innings but left trailing 4-3.

Francisco Felix (3-2), worked two scoreless innings and picked up the win thanks to the eighth inning rally. Jacobo Meque worked around a single to up his second save.

Inland Empire scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings. Bridger Hunt singled and scored on an error in the first; Carlos Santana singled to drive in Robinson in the third and Robinson doubled, stole third and scored on Hunt's single in the fifth.

Robinson singled and doubled while Pedroza and Hunt had a pair of singles, the trio combining for three runs and three RBI.

Inland Empire became the only California League team to win a series from Bakersfield. The 66ers host the Lancaster JetHawks tonight.
  Score by Innings
Bakersfield	030 001 000-4
Inland Empire	101 010 02x-5

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  2  2  0  .225
Hunt lf-rf	3  1  2  1  .236
Santana c	4  0  1  1  .306
Bell 3b        	3  0  0  0  .279
Gallagher 1b	4  1  1  0  .185
Locke rf	3  0  1  0  .271
 Rogowski pr-lf	0  1  0  0  .268
Pedroza ss	4  0  2  1  .243
Lara 2b        	4  0  0  1  .216
Gutierrez dh	4  0  0  0  .228
  Totals	33 5 9 4
  Bakersfield	38 4 8 3

  Error- Santana (11), Bell (5),
Gallagher (3), Pedroza (9). 2B-
Robinson (7). RBI- Santana
(40), Hunt (8), Pedroza (21),
Lara (15). LOB- Inland Empire
7, Bakersfield 9. SB- Robinson
(1). CS- Pedroza (5). 

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton	        6.0  6  4-2  1  6  4.50
Felix (3-2)	2.0  1  0-0  1  0  3.34
Meque (sv 2)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.16
  T- 2:48. Att- 4,048.
Great Lakes had an open date.

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