Hoffman's Four Hits Boosts Jacksonville

Las Vegas could manage only three hits and lost their fourth game in a row, this one 5-0 at Portland. Jacksonville rode four hits by Jamie Hoffman and a grand slam by Juan Gonzalez to an 8-1 win over Mobile. Jason Schmidt kick-started Inland Empire and Cody White earned the win as Inland Empire stopped Lancaster 7-3. Great Lakes lost a 7-4 decision to Lansing.

Beavers Blank 51s
A pair of Portland pitchers limited the 51s to three hits in a 5-0 Pacific Coast League victory. The Beavers snapped a three-game losing streak and extended Las Vegas' skid to four games.

Right-hander Dwayne Pollok (3-1) made his second straight start after 15 relief appearances this season for Las Vegas, who fell to 28-28. He gave up four runs on six hits and three walks in 4.2 innings, striking out four.

Miguel Pinango and Ramon Troncoso worked the final 3.1 innings and between them allowed one run.

The 51s didn't have more than one baserunner in any inning, and all of their hits were singles.

Andy LaRoche, who played second base, lined a two-out single in the fourth but was thrown out by the center fielder, trying to stretch the hit into a double. After A.J. Ellis' leadoff single in the eighth, he was doubled Ellis off first base on Wilkin Ruan's flyout.

Las Vegas' only other hit was John Lindsey's two-out single in the ninth. He managed to stay on base until the inning ended.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 000 000-0
Portland	300 010 10x-5

  Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	4  0  0  0  .219
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
Chavez 3b	4  0  0  0  .262
Paul cf        	3  0  0  0  .287
Lindsey 1b	3  0  1  0  .339
LaRoche 2B	4  0  1  0  .269
Garcia ss	2  0  0  0  .370
Jacobs lf	3  0  0  0  .308
Ellis c        	2  0  1  0  .306
Pollok p	2  0  0  0  .100
 Pinango p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph-rf	1  0  0  0  .381
  Totals	28 0  3 0
  Portland	33 5 11 5

  LOB- Las Vegas 5. Portland.
DP- Garcia, LaRoche and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Pollok (3-1)	4.2  6  4-4  3  4  3.43
Pinango 	2.1  3  1-1  0  1  4.26
Troncoso	1.0  2  0-0  1  0  5.85
  T-2:19. Att- 6,291.
Suns Go Deep to Win
Jamie Hoffmann demonstrated his power, going 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs in the Suns' 8-1 victory over the BayBears in front of 7,293 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

"He was hitting really well down in the order, but now he has really taken off and come up with some clutch hits and clutch RBIs," manager John Shoemaker told the Jacksonville Times-Union. Shoemaker moved Hoffmann to the third spot in the batting order last week.

Hoffmann opened the scoring after a walk to Ivan De Jesus with a two-run homer in the first inning, his first of the season. He added a single and two doubles.

Shortstop Juan Gonzalez blew the game open with a grand slam into the right-field bleachers in the five-run third. All the runs came with two out.

Matt Berezay walked and scored on a Hoffman single and Mark Bellhorn and Russ Mitchell walked before Gonzalez's homer, his eighth of the season and that was more than enough runs for Suns starter B.J. LaMura. In the fourth, De Jesus singled, Hoffman doubled and Bellhorn drove in the final run of the game with a ground ball.

In his first start of the season, LaMura gave up one run on three hits and struck out seven over five innings to earn the win. Brian Akin and Brent Leach allowed a single it between them over the final four innings.

The scheduled starters today include Rick Asadoorian (4-3, 7.23) for the Suns and Brooks Brown (2-6, 3.77) for the BayBears.
  Score by innings
Mobile	        000 010 000-1
Jacksonville	205 100 00x-8

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Berezay lf	4  1  0  0  .250
De Jesus 2b	3  2  1  0  .309
Hoffmann rf	4  2  4  3  .295
May c        	4  0  0  0  .266
Bellhorn 1b	2  1  0  1  .222
Mitchell 3b	3  1  1  0  .295
JGonzalez ss	4  1  1  4  .245
Godwin cf	4  0  3  0  .286
LaMura p	1  0  0  0  .000
 AGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .267
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .500
 Leach p	1  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	31 8 10 8
  Mobile	28 1  4 0

  Error- JGonzalez (7). 2B-
Hoffmann 2 (9). 3B- Godwin (1). 
HR- Hoffmann(1), JGonzalez (8).
RBI- Hoffmann 3 (21), JGonzalez
4 (27). Bellhorn (6), LOB-
Jacksonville 5, Mobile 7. 

  Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
LaMura (1-0)	5.0  3  1-1  2  7  4.42
Akin        	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  4.91
Leach        	2.0  1  0-0  1  1  0.84
  T- 2:37. Att- 7,293.
Schmidt 4-0 in Rehab Starts
Jason Schmidt made his fourth rehab start with Inland Empire, and the 66ers won for the fourth time when he starts. He hasn't earned a decision but the Sixers are 4-0 during the starts. The Sixers topped Lancaster 7-3.

Schmidt threw 65 pitches over three and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He also had three strikeouts and walked three batters. In his four starts he has worked 10 innings, allowed eight hits walked four and struck out nine.

He hit 91 on the speed gun, as he did in his previous start. He hit that a dozen times after recording that only once in his previous outing.

While Schmidt said he felt good and admitted he is making strides in his battle to get back to Los Angeles. "Yeah, every outing I feel a lot smoother mechanically. I think I'm still off quite a bit," he said. "I'm feeling more comfortable as I get along in the game. But it's just still a work in progress."

"He taken a good step," said 66ers pitching coach Charlie Hough. "He was able to get his velocity up and do it consistently."

Ryan Rogowski reached base five times in the game, going 3-for-4 with a walk, RBI, and run scored. Drew Locke and Austin Gallagher added back-to-back doubles in the third inning when Inland Empire took the lead for good.

Submarine-throwing Josh Papelbon, the brother of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, was tagged for two runs on four hits during his two innings of work.

In relief of Schmidt, 66ers pitcher Cody White dominated the JetHawks over five and one-third innings, giving up just two hits and striking out four, to boost his record to 6-3 on the season.

Rogowski collected three hits. Carlos Santana, Tommy Giles, Bridger Hunt and Christian Lara each had a pair.

With the victory, the 66ers pull within four games of first place Lake Elsinore in the Cal League's South Division. Inland Empire has a chance to make up some ground with a four game set at Lake Elsinore beginning today.

The 66ers won't be back at Arrowhead Credit Union Park until Tuesday, June 10.
  Score by Innings
Lancaster	001 100 010-3
Inland Empire	021  201 10x-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  1  3  1  .266
Robinson cf	3  0  1  0  .232
Santana c	4  0  2  3  .308
Locke dh	4  1  1  0  .284
Gallagher 1b	5  0  1  1  .209
Giles rf        4  1  2  0  .242
Pedroza ss	4  1  1  0  .259
Hunt 2b        	4  0  2  1  .254
Lara 3b        	3  3  2  0  .233
  Totals	35 7 15 6
  Lancaster	31 3  6  3

  2B- Locke (11), Gallagher (3),
Santana (19), Giles (12). RBI-
Rogowski (17), Gallager (2), 
Santana 3 (44), Hunt (9). SF-
Santana. LOB- Inland Empire 10,
Lancaster 7. SF- Santana. SB-
Rogowski 2 (15). DP- Pedroza,
Hunt and Gallagher.

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Schmidt	        3.2  4  2-2  3  3  3.48
White (6-3)	5.1  2  1-1  1  4  3.28
  HBP- Robinson, by White. T-2:57. 
Att- 2,714.
Lugnuts Even Series With Loons
Brad Golder/Loons.com
Lansing broke a four-all tie with an RBI double in a two-run seventh inning to lead Lugnuts to a 7-4 victory Saturday over Great Lakes at Oldsmobile Park and earn a split in the teams' four-game series.

  The hit came off reliever Thomas Melgarejo (1-2), who suffered the loss. Kyle Smit started and worked five innings allowing 10 hits but only three runs. He was trailing 3-0 when he left the game.  

The Loons took the lead with four runs in the sixth helped by three Lugnuts errors. Erik Kanaby and Justin Fuller each had RBIs to pull the Loons to within one. Then with Kanaby at third and Andrew Lambo at second, Alfredo Silverio singled in two runs. The four runs snapped a 17.1 scoreless innings streak for the Loons' offense.  

But Lansing took the lead with two runs in the seventh and added two insurance runs in the eighth.  

The Loons return to Dow Diamond Sunday for the start of an eight-day, nine-game homestand and a four-game series against Fort Wayne. 
  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 004 000-4
Lansing	        010 200 22x-7

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	4  1  0  1  .278
Fuller ss	3  0  1  1  .277
Lambo lf	4  1  2  0  .272
Silverio rf	4  0  1  2  .280
Mathews 1b	3  0  0  0  .194
Rivera 2b	4  0  0  0  .217
Vetters dh	4  0  1  0  .213
Baez 3b        	4  1  1  0  .183
Jansen c	3  1  1  0  .204
  Totals	31 4  7 4
  Lansing	37 7 15 7

  Error- Rivera (1), Fuller (7).
2B- Jansen (5=4). RBI- Kanaby
(7), Fuller (4), Silverio 2 (16).
SF- Fuller. LOB- Great Lakes 4,
Lansing 11. CS- Fuller (3), DP- 
Rivera, Fuller and Mathews.

  Great Lakes 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Smit        	5.0 10  3-3  0  4  6.06
Melgarejo (1-2)	3.0  5  4-2  2  5  4.38
  HBP- by Smit. T- 2:44. Att- 7,273.

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