May Excels as Leadoff Man for Suns

Eric Stults pitched well as Las Vegas topped Portland 6-1. Lucas May's three hits as the leadoff man helped Jacksonville top Mobile 6-5. Inland Empire lost a 7-4 game to Lake Elsinore after leading 4-0 and Great Lakes made things easy for Victor Garate to collect his fourth win, topping Fort Wayne 9-4. The DSL Dodgers edged the Marlins 8-7 to open the season 3-0.

Stults Dumps Portland 6-1
Eric Stults pitched seven strong innings and the 51s book-ended Portland with three in the first and three in the ninth for a 6-1 victory. The Las Vegas' offense consisted of three-run homers by John Lindsey in the first and Angel Chavez in the ninth.

Stults (4-6), who struck out eight and walked none, allowed a single in the first and another in the second, then retired 15 in a row before a two-out home run ended his bid for a shutout in the seventh inning.

Stults lowered his ERA from 3.90 to 3.64, remarkable by Pacific Coast League standards. Matt Riley picked up his first save of the season by adding two innings of one-hit pitching.

Lindsey staked the 51s (30-29) to a 3-0 lead with his 10th home run in the first inning after Jason Repko and Angel Chavez singled.

Chavez, who went 4-for-5, added his third home run in the ninth with Greg Jacobs and Repko on base with singles. In the seven middle innings, between the first and ninth, Las Vegas had only three hits.

The 51s are off today before opening an eight-game homestand with a four-game series against Tucson that begins Thursday.
  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	300 000 003-6
Portland	000 000 100-1

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	4  2  2  0  .230
Chavez 3b	5  2  4  3  .273
Paul cf        	4  0  0  0  .286
Lindsey 1b	5  1  1  3  .333
LaRoche 2b	4  0  1  0  .274
Griffin lf	3  0  0  0  .268
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
Garcia ss	4  0  0  0  .306
Rivera c	4  0  0  0  .000
Stults p	3  0  0  0  .000
 Jacobs lf	1  1  0  0  .375
  Totals	37 6 9 6
  Portland	29 1 4 1

  2B- Chavez (80. HR- Lindsey
(10), Chavez (3). RBI- Lindsey
3 (27), Chavez 3 (35). LOB-
Las Vegas 7, Portland 5. DP-
Paul and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (4-6)	7.0  3  1-1  0  8  3.64
Riley (sv 1)	2.0  1  0-0  3  2  3.13
  T- 2:33. Att- 7,578.
May's Three Hits Boosts Suns
Lucas May never impressed anyone with his running speed, but when Suns manager John Shoemaker the catcher in the leadoff spot, hoping to help break his slump, May responded with three hits in a 6-5 win over Mobile.

One of the Southern League's top-10 hitters at .333, he seemed to have made a smooth transition from Class-A but then he went into a 10-for-65 swoon and his average dipped to .259.

But May is willing to bat wherever he's put in the order. "Sometimes, when a guy's not hitting, they'll switch the lineup around," May told the Jacksonville Times-Union. "More or less, they switch things up with the hope that it will change your luck a little bit."

After Mobile scored a run in the first, May singled and scored on another single by Mark Bellhorn to tie the game.

The game blew up in the BayBear's face in the fifth. May singled with one out and Ivan De Jesus was hit by a pitch before Jamie Hoffman walked to load the bases. Matt Berezay singled with two out to score both May and De Jesus, Juan Gonzalez singled for another run and an infield error allowed two more for a quick 6-1 Jacksonville lead.

Marlon Arias (5-2) worked the first five innings, allowing four runs and a single run. Brian Akin and Brent Leach were banged around as Mobile scored four times to cut the Suns lead to a 6-4 but Eduardo Sierra closed out the eighth, allowing only an unearned run in the ninth to record his sixth save.

May ended his big game with a flourish, adding a diving tag on a runner at the plate for the final out of the game.

The Suns end a five-game homestand against the BayBears this afternoon. Jacksonville will send right-hander Jesus Castillo (3-3, 3.59) against Mobile right-hander Matt Torra (4-4, 2.67).
  Score by Innings
Mobile	        100 000 121-5
Jacksonville	100 050 00x-6

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
May c           5  2  3  0  .270
De Jesus 2b	2  1  1  0  .303
Hoffmann rf	3  1  1  0  .295
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  1  1  .219
Berezay lf	4  1  1  2  .211
JGonzalez ss	4  1  1  1  .259
Mitchell 2b	4  0  0  0  .279
Godwin cf	2  0  0  0  .278
Arias p	        1  0  1  0  .182
 AGonzalez ph	2  0  0  0  .260
 Akin p	        0  0  1  0  .500
 Tomlin ph	1  0  0  0  .291
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	36 6 9 4
  Mobile	33 5 9 5

  Error- De Jesus (9). RBI-
Bellhorn (8), Berezay 2 (2),
JGonzalez (28). S- De Jesus.
LOB- Jacksonville 9, Mobile
10. DP- Berezay and May. 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Arias (5-2)	5.0  4  1-1  1  3  5.26
Akin            2.0  2  1-1  2  3  4.89
Leach           0.1  2  2-2  2  0  1.66
Sierra (sv 6)	1.2  1  1-0  1  2  4.67
  HBP- De Jesus. T- 3:09 (:44 delay).
T- 3:09. Att- 2,864.
Sixers Lose Lead and Game
Like summer wages, the Inland Empire's lead sort of disappeared. Leading 4-0 into the last of the seventh, they saw Lake Elsinore score the final seven runs and win 7-4.

A two-run homer by Carlos Santana, a RBI ground out by Trayvon Robinson and a RBI single by Justin Fuller seemingly put the 66ers on easy street.

Fuller, who spent the first month on the disabled list, then went to Great Lakes to play for two weeks before returning to San Bernardino, was 3-for-4 with a double and a run. Jaime Pedroza added a pair of singles and a run scored.

Starter James Adkins allowed a single run the third and took a line drive in the stomach, knocking him out of the game.

Paul Koss and Javy Guerra came in to relieve and Guerra gave up a two-run triple. Garrett White (0-2) allowed a three-run homer, then an error and a single put Lake Elsinore in the lead for good.

Rehabbing catcher Gary Bennett was behind the plate for Inland Empire and went 0-for-2. Slugging third baseman Josh Bell was placed on the disabled list with a knee injury and an MRI is scheduled.
  Score by innings
Inland Empire	201 010 000-4
Lake Elsinore	000 010 42x-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  0  1  .228
Fuller 2b	4  1  3  1  .750
Santana rf-c	4  1  1  2  .299
 Bennett c	2  0  0  0  .000
 Rogowski ph-lf	1  0  1  0  .281
Locke 1b	4  0  0  0  .275
Giles dh	4  0  0  0  .243
Gallagher 3b	4  1  1  0  .216
Van Slyke lf-rf	3  0  0  0  .000
Pedroza ss	3  1  2  0  .260
  Totals	37 4  8 4
  Lake Elsinore	35 7 15 6

  Error- Locke (4), Rogowski (2).
2B- Fuller (1), Gallagher (4).
HR- Santana (5). RBI- Santana 2
(47). Robinson (14), Fuller (1).
LOB- Inland Empire 3, Lake
Elsinore 14. SB- Pedroza (6).
CS- Fuller (1). DP- Santana
and Locke. 
  
 Inland Empire   in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins	        2.1  5  0-0  0  1  4.50
Koss	        2.1  2  1-1  2  1  .284
Guerra 	        1.2  3  2-2  2  1  6.29
White (0-2)	0.1  0  2-2  0  0  8.59
Jones	        1.1  4  2-2  2  0  3.67
  T- 3:31. Att- 1,587.
 
Loons Pound Wizards 9-4
Brad Golder/Loons.com The Great Lakes offense poured on four runs across in the second inning and five runs in the fourth as they defeated the Fort Wayne Wizards Tuesday night in front of 3,609 fans at Dow Diamond by a score 9-4. 

The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Loons.

Preston Mattingly and Juan Rivera's run-scoring base hits highlighted the four-run second inning for the Loons and gave them a 4-0 lead.

The Loons added five more in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks in part to Rivera and Andrew Lambo's two-out back-to-back doubles to make it 9-0 in favor of Great Lakes.

Victor Garate (4-0) started and pitched five scoreless innings for the Loons while picking up his fourth win of the season.

Jon Dutton came on in relief to pitch four and allow four runs to complete the ballgame and earn a three-inning save.

The Loons and Wizards conclude their four-game series tonight. 
  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	000 000 220-4
Great Lakes	040 500 00x-9

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  1  0  .265
Rivera 2b	5  1  2  3  .250
Lambo lf	5  1  2  1  .271
Silverio rf	4  2  3  1  .305
Mattingly dh	4  1  2  2  .246
Becker ss	2  0  0  0  .226
Ortiz 1b	4  1  2  1  .223
Baez 3b         4  1  1  0  .181
Jansen c	4  1  1  1  .205
  Totals	36 9 14 9
  Fort Wayne	29 4 11 4

  2B- Mattingly 2 (7), Rivera
(3), Lambo (15). RBI- Mattingly
2 (19), Ortiz (15), Jansen (12),
Rivera 3 (3), Lambo (42), 
Silverio (18). S- Becker. LOB-
Great Lakes 5, Fort Wayne 6.
DP- 2 Rivera, Becker and 
Ortiz: Becker and Ortiz.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Garate (4-0)	6.0  4  0-0  2  5  1.71
Dutton (sv 1)	3.0  7  4-4  1  1  3.82
  T- 2:37. Att- 3,609.
Franco's Homer Helps Dodgers go 3-0
It was much more of a struggle for the Dominican Dodgers in their third game of the season, but a pair of two-run rallies turned the trick and they moved their record to 3-0 with an 8-7 decision over the Marlins.

Trailing 6-1 in the fifth inning, the Dodgers scored three times on a pair of walks, an Alexis Crispin double and Yorniel Martinez's RBI single.

They added two more in the seventh on a a pair of walks, Marlon Sucre's single, a sac fly by Martinez and Adrian Aviles' single that tied the score 6-6.

The Marlins added a run in the top of the eighth off eventual winner Jhan Lopez but Pedro Tavarez lined a one-out single and Bladimir Franco homered to drive in the tying and winning runs.

Yennifree Hanson nailed down the win with his first save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Marlon Urriola started and allowed the first six Marlin runs. Joel Lima worked three scoreless innings in relief to keep the damage at a minimum. He helped himself by picking two Marlins off first.

Outfielder Marlon Sucre banged out a pair of hits, including his first home run, and scored three times. Tavarez also had a pair of hits for the Dodgers.
  Score by Innings
Marlins	103 020 010-7
Dodgers	001 030 22x-8

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez cf	3  0  1  3  .250
Aviles lf	4  0  1  1  .500
Morales 2b	4  0  0  0  .077
Lantigua 3b	3  0  0  0  .300
 Arias ph-1b	1  0  0  0  .000
Tavarez 1b	3  1  2  0  .417
 Castillo pr	0  1  0  0  .000
Franco dh-3b	3  2  1  2  .455
Bens c          3  0  0  0  .400
Sucre rf	4  3  2  1  .500
Crispin ss	2  1  1  1  .200
  Totals	30 8  8 9
  Marlins	40 7 12 5


  2B- Crispin (1). HR- Sucre (1),
Franco (1). RBI- Sucre (2),
Crispin (1), Martinez 3 (3),
Aviles (1), Franco 2 (2). SF-
Martinez. LOB- Dodgers 3,
Marlins 6. CS- Tavarez.

  Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Urriola	        4.0  7  6-6  2  2 13.50
Lima	        3.0  4  0-0  0  1  0.00
Lopez (1-0)	1.0  1  1-1  1  0  9.00
Hanson (sv 1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
  T- 2:35

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