McDonald Sparkles for Jacksonville

Tucson gained a modicum of revenge by dumping Las Vegas 12-1 after losing 23-2 in the series opener. Jacksonville's James McDonald allowed only two hits and Jamie Hoffmann knocked in the winning run as the Suns stopped Birmingham 4-2. Inland Empire allowed four unearned runs lost to Lancaster 8-2. Steven Johnson won his sixth game for Great Lakes who topped Lansing 7-4.

Sidewinders Turn the Tables
It's like you can hear your mother saying, "Don't spend all your allowance in one place." A day after spending all their runs in a 23-2 blowout of Tucson, the 51s ran out of offense and lost 12-1. Jon Meloan (3-5) took the loss, giving up six runs on six hits and five walks in 4.2 innings.

Ramon Troncoso and Yhency Brazoban were also batted around quite freely.

Las Vegas (28-25) took an early lead when Xavier Paul banged an RBI triple in the first inning to score Sergio Garcia, who had singled, but the 51s could only manage two more hits the rest of the game.

Tucson (18-36) scored three runs in the second inning to take the lead and knocked Meloan out of the game in the fifth. Troncoso was tagged for a pair of runs and Brazoban allowed four in his only inning and his earned run average ballooned to 11.12.

The teams will meet again tonight.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	100 000 000- 1
Tucson	        031 022 40x-12

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruan rf        	4  0  0  0  .368
Garcia 2b	4  1  1  0  .400
Paul cf        	4  0  2  1  .288
Lindsey 1b	4  0  0  0  .343
LaRoche 3b	4  0  0  0  .268
Griffin lf	3  0  0  0  .278
Ellis c	        3  0  1  0  .316
Lizarraga ss	3  0  0  0  .158
Meloan p	2  0  0  0  .143
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Brazoban p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Jacobs ph	1  0  0  0  .200
 Koplove p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	32  1  4  1
  Tucson	38 12 17 12

  Error- Meloan (2), Paul (3).
RBI- Paul (30). LOB- Las Vegas
4, Tucson 12. SB- Paul (10). 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Meloan (2-2)	4.2  6  6-4  5  2  4.45
Troncoso 	1.1  3  2-2  0  0  6.16
Brazoban	1.0  7  4-4  0  0 11.12
Koplove	        1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.10
  T- 2:46. Att- 1,599.
McDonald, Hoffman lead Suns
Starter James McDonald allowed two hits in six innings, and Jamie Hoffmann laced a two-run single in the fifth that put Jacksonville in the lead for good. The Suns went on to a 4-2 Southern League victory over Birmingham Barons in front of 7,515 at 98-year-old Rickwood Field.

After giving up a walk and a homer to the Barons in the first inning, McDonald (3-1) surrendered only a fifth inning single before leaving. He walked four and struck out five.

Ivan De Jesus singled and with two out, Lucas May singled him in in the top of the first inning.

Still trailing 2-1 into the fifth inning, Matt Berezay singled and Adam Godwin beat out a bunt. De Jesus hit into an apparent force play at second but the shortstop muffed the play and Berezay scored, with the runners moving to second and third.

With two out, Hoffmann's two-run single to center gave the Suns (24-29) a 4-2 lead. Tanyon Sturtze allowed a harmless single in the seventh and Brent Leach put his fourth save in the record book with two scoreless innings.

Berezay and Godwin had two hits each.

Suns left-hander Marlon Arias (4-2, 4.89) is scheduled to face the Barons' Ryan O'Malley (1-1, 7.04) tonight in Hoover, Alabama.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	100 030 000-4
Birmingham	200 000 000-2

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus ss	4  2  1  0  .306
JGonzalez 2b	4  0  0  0  .250
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  2  .277
May dh        	4  0  1  1  .285
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  0  0  .217
Mitchell 3b	4  0  1  0  .299
Rivera c	4  0  1  0  .222
Berezay lf	3  1  2  0  .400
Godwin cf	3  1  2  0  .282
  Totals	34 4 9 3
  Birmingham	35 2 4 2

  RBI- May (31), Hoffmann 2 (18).
S- De Jesus. LOB- Jacksonville 8,
Birmingham 5. SB- De Jesus (7), 
Rivera; DE Jesus, JGonzalez;
De Jesus and Bellhorn 2. 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Mcdonald (3-1)	6.0  2  2-2  4  5  4.07
Sturtze        	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.71
Leach (sv 4)	2.0  1  0-0  2  0  0.93
  HBP- by Leach, Berezay. T-2:22. Att- 7,515.
Early Runs Doom Sixers
Starter James Adkins (3-4) only lasted three innings, no thanks to his defense, and after 80 pitches he had allowed six runs but only two of them were earned. Lancaster went on to record an 8-2 victory.

Joe Jones, Jordan Pratt, and Garrett White worked the final six innings, allowing just two runs on four hits. Both Pratt and White did not give up a hit to the JetHawks over the final three innings.

The 66ers were unable to record an RBI, as Bridger Hunt and Drew Locke both scored as the result of fielding errors by the JetHawks in the third and fourth innings. Hunt finished the game with a double and a pair of singles. Drew Locke singled and doubled.

Inland Empire loaded the bases in both the fourth and sixth innings and left fielder Ryan Rogowski ended one inning with a fly-out and the other with a ground-ball double play. The 66ers stranded seven runners overall.

Lancaster pitching didn't allow a hit over the final three innings.

The 66ers are now four games behind first-place Lake Elsinore and Lancaster in the Cal League South.

The four-game series against Lancaster continues tonight
  Score by Innings
Lancaster	411 020 000-8
Inland Empire	001 100 000-2

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  0  0  0  .259
 Robinson cf	1  0  1  0  .230
Lara 2b        	3  0  1  0  .219
Giles dh        4  0  1  0  .247
 Santana c	1  0  0  0  .304
Gutierrez c	3  0  0  0  .217
Bell 3b        	4  0  0  0  .273
Locke rf	4  1  2  0  .279
Gallagher 1b	3  0  0  0  .167
Hunt 2b-cf	4  1  3  0  .255
Pedroza ss	2  0  1  0  .247
  Totals	34 2  9 0
  Lancaster	38 8 12 6

  Error- Bell (6), Gallagher (4).
2B- Locke (9), Hunt (6). LOB-
Inland Empire 8, Lancaster 11. 
CS- Robinson (8). DP- 2 Bell
and Gallagher; Rogowski and
Gutierrez.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins (3-4)	3.0  8  5-2  3  4  4.18
Jones        	3.0  4  2-2  2  1  3.27
Pratt        	2.0  0  0-0  2  1  5.47
White        	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  9.49
  HBP- by Jones. T- 2:50. Att- 1,560.
Loons Slug Lugnuts
Brad Golden/Loons.com In the first meeting of the season between two of the Midwest League's Michigan rivals, Great Lakes Loons scored the first seven runs of the ballgame, then hung on for a 7-4 win over the Lansing Lugnuts.  

The Loons struck for three runs in the first inning. Erik Kanaby, Jovanny Rosario and Andrew Lambo led off the game with singles, Lambo's hit scoring Kanaby. Rosario then scored on a double play. Alfredo Silverio followed with a solo home run (#4) to give the Loons a 3-0 advantage.  

The Loons added four runs in the seventh. Kanaby singled to score Pedro Baez, Rosario followed with a single to score Jansen and Kanaby and then Lambo doubled home Rosario.  

Steven Johnson (6-2) had little trouble over the first six innings but ran out of fuel in the seventh, allowing three runs. Thomas Melgarejo finally closed out the four-run inning after giving up a three-run double.

Matthew Sartor worked a scoreless eighth and Miguel Ramirez pitched a scoreless ninth for his Midwest League-leading 11th save.

Kanaby and Rosario had three hits each for the Loons.  The top three in the Loons' batting order (Kanaby, Rosario and Lambo) went a combined 8-for-15 with five RBIs and four runs scored.

  The Loons (24-27) have won two straight to pull to within three and a half games of a playoff berth. The Loons/Lugnuts series continues tonight in Lansing. 
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	300 000 400-7
Lansing	        000 000400-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	5  2  3  1  .280
Rosario cf	5  2  3  2  .263
Lambo lf	5  0  2  2  .272
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .234
Silverio rf	4  1  1  1  .247
Fuller ss	3  0  1  0  .278
Rivera 2b	3  0  0  0  .273
Baez 3b        	3  1  0  0  .184
Jansen c	4  1  1  0  .200
  Totals	36 7 11 4
  Lansing	33 4  8 4

 Errors- Fuller (6). 2B- Lambo
(13). HR- Silverio (4). RBI-
Lambo 2 (38), Silverio (14),
Kanaby (6), Rosario 2 (12). LOB-
Great Lakes 6, Lansing 9. 

  Great Lakes 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (6-2)	6.1  5  3-3  2  4  2.60
Melgarejo	0.2  1  1-1  1  1  4.15
Sartor 	        1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.97
Ramirez (sv 11)	1.0  1  0-0  1  2  0.00
  HBP- by Johnson. T- 2:44. Att- 1,271.

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