Meloan and McDonald Sparkle for 51s, Suns

Jon Meloan won his fourth game as Las Vegas edged Portland 4-3 and Jacksonville got great pitching from James McDonald, who retired 17 Beavers in succession, but Portland took a 5-2 decision. Great Lakes dropped their fourth in a row, this one a 5-4 loss in 10 innings to Fort Wayne. Inland Empire had the day off.

Meloan Guides 51s to Victory
Righthander Jonathan Meloan (4-5) worked into the sixth inning, allowing one hit and a single run to record a 4-3 win over Portland. He struck out seven and walked five.

The Beaver hit came in the second inning, a ground rule doulble, and it knocked in Portland's only run of the game.

Las Vegas scored in the first inning on two-out singles by Xavier Paul, John Lindsey and Andy LaRoche. The regained the lead in the fourth when LaRoche doubled and scored on A.J. Ellis' single and added single runs in the sixth and seventh.

A pair of errors and John-Ford Griffin's single made to 3-1 in the sixth and Griffin knocked in Lindsey in the seventh with a double.

Portland scored twice in the eighth on a two-run home run by former Dodger Brian Myrow off Mike Koplove.

Griffin led the Vegas attack with three hits; Jason Repko, Paul and LaRoche added a pair each.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	100 101 100-4
Portland	010 000 020-3

  Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	5  0  2  0  .225
Chavez 3b	5  0  0  0  .258
Paul cf        	4  1  2  0  .292
Lindsey 1b	4  1  1  0  .337
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
LaRoche 2b	4  2  2  1  .275
Griffin lf	5  0  3  2  .273
Ellis c        	4  0  1  1  .293
Lizarraga ss	4  0  1  0  .154
Meloan p	2  0  0  0  .125
 Koplove p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Jacobs 1b	1  0  0  0  .333
  Totals	38 4 12 4
  Portland	29 3  3 3

  2B- LaRoche (2), Griffin 2 (11). RBI- 
LaRoche  (23), Ellis(22), Griffin 2 (30). 
S- Meloan, Koplove. LOB- Las Vegas 
14, Portland 6.

  Las Vegas       in  h  r-er bb so  era
Malone (4-5)	  5.2  1  1-1  5  7  4.18
Koplove        	  2.0  2  2-2  0  3  2.45 
Falkenborg (sv 9) 1.1  0  0-0  0  2  4.78
  HBP- by 
Homer Sparks McDonald
Highly regarded James McDonald served up a two-run home run in the second inning to Mobile third baseman cesar Nicholas. Angered at himself, McDonald then retired the next 17 BayBears in succession to keep Jacksonville in the game. Five of the shutout innings were of the 1-2-3 variety.

However, Right-handed reliever Travis Schlichting (0-1) gave up six hits and three runs in two innings and was tagged with the loss.

McDonald pitched seven innings, his longest outing of the season, allowing three hits and striking out eight while lowering his earned run average to 3.90.

"I just feel like if I put my head down and I pout, then I'm letting my whole team down by giving a poor effort on the mound," McDonald told the Jacksonville Times-Union. "So I was going to give my team a fair enough chance and keep them in the game."

"This is McDonald's third consecutive quality start in our opinion," Suns manager John Shoemaker said. "He's turned his game up a little bit in the last month. ... We're really happy with the way he's progressing right now."

Outfielder James Tomlin made the one-handed grab at the warning track in the seventh to keep McDonald's streak intact.

Jacksonville had seven hits and three of them came in the fourth inning when they tied the game 2-2. Jamie Hoffman singled and stole second and with one out, Mark Bellhorn to center for the first run and then scored on a single by Shane Justis.

Seven different Suns had hits during he game, with Tomlin adding a double to his spectacular catch.

Jacksonville left-hander Marlon Arias (4-2, 5.63 ERA) will start tonight against Mobile right-hander Hector Ambriz (2-7, 5.65 ERA).
  Score by Innings
Mobile	        020 000 021-5
Jacksonville	000 200 000-2

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin lf	4  0  1  0  .293
De Jesus ss	4  0  1  0  .302
Hoffmann rf	4  1  1  0  .294
May c        	3  0  0  0  .259
Bellhorn 1b	3  1  1  1  .217
Mitchell 3b	4  0  0  0  .285
Justis 2b	4  0  1  1  .271
Godwin cf	4  0  1  0  .281
McDonald p	2  0  0  0  .077
 Berezay ph	0  0  0  0  .200
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 JGonzalez ph	1  0  1  0  .259
  Totals	33 2 7 2
  Mobile	36 5 9 5

  2B- Tomlin (14), Bellhorn (8). RBI- Bellhorn (7), 
Justis (11). S- Berezay. LOB- Jacksonville 8,
Mobile 4. SB- Hoffmann (12).
 
  Jacksonville	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald          7.0  3  2-2  0  8  3.90
Schlichting (0-1) 2.0  6  3-3  0  2  6.00
  T- 2:36. Att- 1,887.
Inland Empire Not scheduled.

Loons Losing Streak Hit Four
Brad Golder/Loons.com   Andy Parrino's fourth hit in as many at bats in the tenth inning drove in the go-ahead run as the Fort Wayne Wizards defeated the Great Lakes Loons Monday night in front of 2,345 fans at Dow Diamond by a score 5-4.

Andrew Lambo got things started for the Loons offensively in the third when he drilled a three-run homer to right-center field to give the Loons a 3-0 lead.

It wouldn't last long as the Wizards fought back in the fifth and sixth innings with a pair of run in each frame.

The Loons tied the ballgame at four with Alfredo Silverio's RBI double in the bottom half of the sixth inning. The game eventually went to extra innings.

In the tenth, closer Miguel Ramirez (1-3) allowed his first earned run of the season and it tagged him with the loss when the Wizards broke the tie.

Given Kutz made his first start and allowed two runs in five innings for the Loons. Matt Sartor came on in relief to pitch four innings allowing two runs.

Ramirez' streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run ended in the tenth at 24 and for the first time he had an earned run average (0.37).

The Loons and Wizards continue their four-game series tonight. 
  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	000 022 000 1-5
Great Lakes	003 001 000 0-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby lf	5  0  1  0  .269
Rosario cf	5  1  2  0  .265
Lambo dh	4  2  1  3  .267
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .214
Silverio rf	4  0  2  1  .287
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .240
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .310
 Rivera pr	0  0  0  0  .217
Jansen c	0  0  0  0  .204
Mathews 3b	3  0  0  0  .189
Becker ss	4  1  2  0  .231
  Totals	37 4  9 4
  Fort Wayne	38 5 11 5

  Error- Mathews (8). 2B- Silverio (4). 
3B- Silverio (2). HR- Lambo (7). RBI- Great 
Lakes 6, Fort Wayne 10. SB- Kanaby (7).
DP- Kutz and Mattingly.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kutz        	5.0  5  2-1  0  1  2.38
Sartor        	4.0  4  2-2  3  2  3.15
Ramirez (1-3)	1.0  2  1-1  2  2  0.37
  T- 3:15. Att- 2,345.

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