Scott Elbert Wins First Game in Relief

Mark Bellhorn's two-run home run and James Tomlin's RBI single led Jacksonville to a 3-2 win over Mobile. Inland Empire smacked nine doubles and a triple while topping Lake Elsinore 8-5. The Loons lost to the Wizards for the ninth time, this time by a score of 4-3. The DSL Dodgers dropped their first game of the season 3-1 to the Cubs2.

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Major League veteran Mark Bellhorn slammed a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the last of the eight to tie the game 2-2 and Jacksonville piled up three consecutive singles -- the last one by James Tomlin -- to drop Mobile 3-2.

Bellhorn's homer in front of 2,573 fans at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville was his first for the Suns since he joined them May 15.

Bellhorn, who'll turn 34 in August, is trying to battle back to the majors. Before last year, he had played at least 90 games with 300 plate appearances in the big leagues for five consecutive seasons.

Left-handed pitcher Scott Elbert, the Dodgers first-round selection in the 2004 draft, joined the Suns from extended spring training and pitched one inning in relief, receiving credit for the win, his first since the 2006 season.

Elbert, who was on the fast track after starting 26 times for Vero Beach and Jacksonville in 2006, worked only three games (striking out 24 in 14 innings) in 2007 before a shoulder injury cost him the rest of the season.

Jesus Castillo started and allowed only five hits and a pair of runs over the first six innings. Tanyon Sturtze worked a scoreless seven and Elbert added another in the eighth, getting the win after the three-run rally. Zach Hammes saved his first with a perfect ninth.

Jacksonville had only three hits over the first seven innings before Gabriel Gutierrez reached first with one out on a throwing error in the eighth.

Bellhorn slugged his game-tying shot into the right field seats before Ivan De Jesus, Adam Godwin and Tomlin all laced two-out singles to break the tie.

Sun Spots-- The Suns (28-32) could be eliminated from the Southern League's first-half pennant race in the next several days. They still trail the front-running Birmingham Barons by 7.5 games with just 10 remaining. ...Veteran minor-league pitcher Rick Asadoorian was released by the Dodgers' organization before the game. ...The Suns are idle today, then will travel to Zebulon, N.C., to open a five-game series against the Carolina Mudcats on Friday. RHP B.J. LaMura (1-0, 3.38) is scheduled to start for the Suns in the opener.
  Score by Innings
Mobile	        000 010 000-2
Jacksonville	000 000 03x-3

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus 2b	4  1  1  0  .302
Godwin cf	4  0  1  0  .277
Tomlin rf	3  0  2  1  .298
Mitchell 1b-3b	3  0  1  0  .280
Berezay lf	3  0  0  0  .182
JGonzalez ss	3  0  1  0  .260
 Bellhorn ph-1b	1  1  1  2  .253
 Castillo p	1  0  0  0  .083
 Hoffmann ph	1  0  0  0  .294
Sturtze p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Elbert p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Justis ph	1  0  0  0  .269
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Jacksonville	29 3 7 3
  Mobile	29 2 5 2

  2b hits- Tomlin (15). HR- Bellhorn
(1). RBI- Bellhorn 2 (10), Tomlin (17.
LOB- Jacksonville 3, Mobile 5.

 Jacksonville	in  h  r-er bb so  era
JCastillo	6.0  5  2-2  4  3  3.53
Sturtze	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.71
Elbert (1-0)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
Hammes (sv 1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  7.20
 T- 2:09. Att- 2.573.
Sixers Double Their Fun
Inland Empire (24-35) beat Lake Elsinore 8-5, collecting 15 hits, including nine doubles.

The 66ers totaled 10 extra base hits, adding a triple to the doubles plus five singles.

Trayvon Robinson reached base four times with two doubles, two walks, two runs scored and a run batted in. New 66ers Scott Van Slyke had two hits, a single and a double, plus a walk and scored twice.

Christian Lara was 3-5 with a pair or doubles, knocked in three runs and scored once. Justin Fuller, after getting three singles the day before, had a double and a triple and drove two men in.

Drew Locke, Jaime Pedroza and Carlos Santana all had a two-bagger of their own.

Dodgers' catcher Gary Bennett continued his rehab and worked smoothly on defense and added an RBI single to left in the first inning.

Starter Alberto Bastardo (2-5) enjoyed the run support and earned the win by allowing three runs over six innings. He fanned six, walked three and allowed four hits. He was 0-5 prior to picking up a win in his last start.

Jacobo Meque earned his fourth save, working 1.1 shutout innings. He came in with the tying run at third and one out and induced a fly to shallow center and a strikeout to drop his era to 1.64.

The 66ers will look for a series split tonight. The next series will take them to Rancho Cucamonga to play the Quakes.
  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	121 001 012-8
Lake Elsinore	002 001 020-5

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  2  2  1  .233
Fuller 2b	5  0  2  2  .558
Santana rf-c	4  1  1  0  .298  
 Bennett c	3  0  1  1  .200
Giles rf	2  0  0  0  .240
Locke 1b	4  1  2  1  .281
Van Slyke lf	4  2  2  0  .286
Lara 3b	        5  1  3  3  .247
Hunt dh	        4  0  0  0  .240
Pedroza ss	5  1  2  0  .264
  Totals	40 8 15 8
  Lake Elsinore	36 5  6 5
  
  2B- Robinson 2 (10), Van Slyke
(1), Lara 2 (6), Santana (20),
Locke (12), Pedroza (10), Fuller
(2). 3B- Fuller (1). RBI- Bennett
(1), Lara 3 (18), Robinson (15),
Locke (14), Fuller 2 (3). LOB- 
Inland Empire 11, Lake Elsinore
11. SB- Locke (2), Lara (3). CS-
Hunt (4). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (2-5)	6.0  4  3-3  3  6  6.84
Felix	        1.1  2  2-2  1  0  3.55
Meque (sv 4)	1.2  0  0-0  2  2  1.64
  T- 3:35. Att- 2,588.
Wizards Rally for 4-3 Win
Brad Golden/Loons.com Pedro Baez hit his first home run of the season and Kenley Jansen blasted his sixth, but it wasn't enough as Fort Wayne rallied to defeat the Great Lakes Loons 4-3 Wednesday night at Dow Diamond before a crowd of 3,506.

The Wizards have now won nine of 12 against the Loons this season and have won 17 of their last 24.

Justin Miller started and did not allow an earned run in six innings, leaving the game with a 3-1 lead. 

The Loons had taken a 3-2 lead on Jansen's homer in the fifth to lead off the inning. 

Then in the seventh inning, left-hander Wilfredo Diaz (0-1) made his Loons debut in relief. He surrendered a walk, then a two-run homer to make the score 4-3. Diaz allowed two runs over the final three innings. 

The Loons begin a five-game, four-day series with the West Michigan Whitecaps, an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, beginning tonight. 
  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	000 200 200-4
Great Lakes	020 010 000-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario dh	4  0  0  0  .260
Kanaby cf	4  0  3  0  .280
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .267
Silverio rf	4  0  1  0  .303
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .216
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .240
Becker ss	3  1  1  0  .229
 Rivera ph	1  0  0  0  .241
Baez 3b	        3  1  1  2  .184
Jansen c	3  1  2  1  .217
  Totals	33 3 8 3
  Fort Wayne	33 4 6 4

  Error- Becker (3). HR- Baez (1),
Jansen (6). RBI- Baez 2 (13).
Jansen (13). LOB- Great Lakes 4,
Fort Wayne 9. SB- Kanaby (8), 
CS- Kanaby 2 (7). DP- Becker and Ortiz.

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
JMiller	        6.0  4  2-0  3  3  2.10
Diaz (0-1)	3.0  2  2-2  3  5  6.00
Balk- Diaz. HBP- by Diaz. T-2:37. Att-
3,506.
DSL Dodgers Lose First
The Dominican Dodgers lost their first game of the young season after winning the first two. The Cubs2 spanked them 3-1 in a pitchers duel that saw each club collect five hits.

Daniel Tavarez (0-1) deserved a better fate. He worked five innings, allowed two hits and an unearned run but was tagged with the loss.

Carlos De Aza surrendered a pair of runs in his two innings and Gustavo Gomez worked a scoreless ninth.

The only Dodger run came in the ninth inning without a hit. Pedro Tavarez lived on an error that allowed him to reach second.

Pinch-runner Jerry Castillo stole third base and Bladimir Franco walked, then stole second. Castillo scored on a ground ball by Enlly Moralez but a strikeout and a ground out ended the game.
  Score by Innings
Dodgers	000 000 001-1
Cubs2	001 000 02x-3

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez lf	4  0  1  0  .250
Aviles cf	3  0  0  0  .400
Sucre rf	3  0  1  0  .467
Tavarez c	4  0  1  0  .375
 Castillo pr	0  1  0  0  .000
Franco 3b	2  0  0  0  .385
Crispin ss	3  0  0  0  .125
 Morales ph	1  0  0  1  .071
Arias 1b	4  0  1  0  .200
Aguilar dh	4  0  1  0  .250
Aybar 2b	3  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	28 1 5 1
  Cubs2	        27 3 5 0

  Errors- Martinez (1), Aybar (1),
Crispin (1). 2B- Martinez (1).
RBI- Morales (1). LOB- Dodgers 7,
Cubs2 6. SB- Franco 2 (2),
Aguilar (1), Castillo (1). CS-
Martinez (1). DP- 2 Aybar and
Arias; Franco, Aybar and Arias.

  Dodgers	in  h  r-er bb os  era
Tamares (0-1)	5.0  2  1-0  1  3  0.00
De Aza	        2.0  3  2-2  4  2  9.00
Gomez	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  0.00
  HBP- Franco. T- 2:19.

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