Lizarraga's Four Hits Not Enough For Vegas

Las Vegas lost a disputed 14-13 decision to Tucson. Jacksonville dropped a 10-7 decision to Carolina. Inland Empire, however, won their third in a row, stopping Rancho Cucamonga behind Jesus Rodriguez's first start of the season. The DSL Dodgers lost 1-0 in 10 innings to Boston on an unearned run. Great Lake's doubleheader was washed out.

Vegas' Comeback Falls Short
Before the fans got settled in their seats, Tucson had rung up a 7-0 lead off Las Vegas (31-30) starter Miguel Pinango in the first two innings. The 51s fought back to tie the game twice, regain the lead three times, only to lose 14-13 in 10 innings.

Francisco Lizarraga slugged a two-run double and Jason Repko added a sac fly in the last of the second to get three runs back and the two teams traded blows the rest of the night.

Vegas knotted the score 7-7 the fourth after an RBI single by John Lindsey and a two-run home run by Andy LaRoche (#5) had scored three in the third. Xavier Paul doubled and scored on LaRoche's single to tie.

After Tucson scored in the top of the fifth, the 51s went up 9-8 on an RBI grounder by Angel Chavez and an RBI double from Paul. Back came the Sidewinders with a pair of runs in the sixth for a 10-9 lead but Las Vegas added three more take a 12-10 advantage.

Reliever Mike Koplove's a three-run, inside-the-park homer provided runs. The center fielder missed a diving catch on his line drive and the ball rolled to the 433 sign in center field. But Tucson tied in the seventh and took a 13-12 lead in the ninth off Matt Riley and Greg Jones.

Jason Repko opened the last of the ninth with a single, Chavez bunted him to second but Paul flew to left for the second out. Lindsey and LaRoche walked and the tying run crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

A two-out RBI double into the right field corner drove in the lead run in the 10th for Tucson and Vegas manger Lorenzo Bundy was ejected from the game claiming interference on the play.

"There was interference down there in the corner," Bundy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Left fielder (John-Ford Griffin) was pointing right away. If the ball doesn't hit anything, he's going to go after it. The umpires said nobody saw it. It's hard for me to accept."

In a bizarre ending to a bizarre game, René Rivera singled to lead off the last of the 10th and was bunted to second base. A wild pitch moved the tying run to third base and pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis walked. When Jason Repko struck out, Ellis was nailed attempting to steal second base.

All four Las Vegas pitchers were roughed up but Jones (2-1) took the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) over the final two innings.

Francisco Lizarraga was 4-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in and three runs scored. "It was good to see Lizzy have a nice game," Bundy said. "He's probably a level or two above where he needs to be right now, but with some injuries, he's a guy that we've had to play a little bit."

Chavez, Paul, LaRoche and Griffin all added two hits.

51s Notes-- RHp Yhency Brazoban was placed on the disabled list with arm trouble. ...Dodgers right-hander Jason Schmidt scheduled rehab start has been delayed. ...Catcher Gary Bennett, who has a left foot injury, joined the 51s on a rehab assignment. ... The game was delayed 11 minutes after plate umpire Kerwin Danley took a warm-up pitch on the chin. He is also on a rehab assignment after being hit in the face by a fastball by the Dodgers' Brad Penny on April 26.
  Score by Innings
Tucson	        520 012 201 1-14
Las Vegas	033 123 001 0-13

   Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	5  1  1  1  .230
Chavez 3b	5  0  2  1  .271
Paul cf	        4  2  2  1  .293
Lindsey 1b	5  1  1  1  .328
LaRoche 2b	4  2  2  3  .270
Griffin lf	6  1  2  0  .277
 Bennett c	1  1  0  0  .000
Rivera c	3  0  1  0  .143
 Garcia pr	0  0  0  0  .316
Lizarraga ss	4  3  4  2  .267
Pinango p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph 	0  1  0  0  .358
 Koplove p	1  1  1  3  .333
 Riley o	0  0  0  0  .000
Jacobs ph	1  0  0  0  .333
 Jones o	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ellis ph	0  0  0  0  .302
  Totals	39 12 16 12
  Tucson	46 14 18 13

  Error- Rivera (1), Lizarraga (3). 
2B- Chavez (9), Griffin(13), Lizarraga 
(1), Paul 2 (14). HR- LaRoche (5),
Koplove (1). RBI- Lizarraga 2 (3), Repko 
(16), Lindsey (41), LaRoche 3 (26), 
Chavez (36), Paul (34), Koplove 3 (3). 
S- Pinango 2; Repko; Chavez, Lizarraga. 
SF- Repko. LOB- Las Vegas 12, Tucson 1. 
DP- Chavez, LaRoche and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango	        5.0 12  8-8  2  3  4.95
Koplove 	1.0  4  3-3  0  1  7.64
Riley 	        2.0  1  1-1  1  1  3.24
Jones (2-3)	2.0  1  2-1  3  1  4.55
  HBP- Ruan, LaRoche. T- 3:59 (:11 delay)
Att- 7,701.
Suns Blow Early Lead
Jacksonville built a 6-3 lead with a four-spot in the fifth inning but Carolina ran off seven straight runs over he next four innings to nail down a 10-7 win.

B.J. LaMura started and worked five innings, allowing four runs and a pair of home runs, leaving the game with a 6-4 lead. Brent Leach (1-1) was tagged for three runs in the sixth, allowing the lead run on a wild pitch, and Tanyon Sturtze gave up a pair of unearned runs in the seventh.

RBIs by Adam Godwin and Ivan De Jesus tied the game in the third inning for he Suns. They added four in the fifth on Juan Gonzalez's leadoff home run (#9) and RBI doubles by De Jesus and James Tomlin, plus a sac fly by Jamie Hoffmann.

Trailing 10-6, Shane Justis' RBI double in the ninth didn't help the Suns.

Gonzalez finished with three hits, De Jesus had a pair of hits, scored once and knocked in three and Adam Godwin singled twice and scored three times.

The Suns and Mudcats continue their five-game series with left-hander Cody White scheduled to make his Double-A debut for Jacksonville, and right-hander Daniel Barone (1-1, 3.38) will start for Carolina.
  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	002 040 001- 7
Carolina	110 113 21x-10

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus 2b	5  1  2  3  .305
Tomlin lf	5  1  1  1  .295
Hoffmann rf	3  0  0  1  .289
Bellhorn 1b	3  0  0  0  .221
May c	        4  0  0  0  .263
Mitchell 3b	4  0  1  0  .280
JGonzalez ss	3  2  3  1  .275
Godwin cf	3  3  2  0  .284
 AGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .250
 Justis 3b	1  0  1  1  .275
  Totals	32  7 10 7
  Carolina	37 10 13 8

  Error- Mitchell (7), JGonzalez
(8). 2B- De Jesus 2 (11), Tomlin
(16), Justis (7), HR- JGonzalez
(29). RBI- De Jesus 3 (25),
JGonzalez (29), Tomlin (18),
Hoffmann (22), Justis (12). S-
LaMura 2. SF- Hoffmann. LOB-
Jacksonville 4, Carolina 6.

  Jacksonville 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
LaMura 	        5.0  6  4-4  1  6  4.85
Leach(1-1)	1.0  4  3-3  0  1  2.78
Sturtze	        1.0  2  2-0  0  0  4.50
Sierra	        1.0  1  1-0  0  3  4.50
  WP- Leach. HBP- JGonzalez. T- 2:41.
Att- 5,473.
66ers Dump Quakes 4-2
Starter Cody White was promoted to Jacksonville, so the Sixers moved reliever Jesus Rodriguez (1-1) into the rotation and he worked five outstanding innings, allowing one run on three hits over five innings and struck out five. It was his first start since 2006.

Francisco Felix relieved Rodriguez and struck out eight of the nine he faced, seven of them swinging. The ninth man bounced back to the mound. He had previously fanned eight in three innings April 11th at home against Visalia.

Jacobo Meque (Save 5) closed the door on the game when he worked the ninth although he allowed a run.

As for the offense, Trayvon Robinson tripled and scored on a ground out by Carlos Santana in the fourth for a 1-0 lead but Rancho Cucamonga tied in the bottom of the inning on a home run off Rodriguez.

Carlos Santana added his seventh homer on a long shot to right in the sixth. The catcher has now reached safely in 52 of 56 games.

Drew Locke scored Jaime Pedroza from second base and Santana all the way from first on a triple to right-center in the eighth. Locke and Tommy Giles finished the game with a pair of hits.

Game two between the 66ers (26-35) and the Quakes (25-36) will be on Saturday
  Score by innings
Inland Empire	  000 101 020-4
Rancho	Cucamonga 000 100 001-2

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	2  0  0  0  .278
Robinson cf	4  1  1  0  .233
Santana c	3  2  1  2  .303
Locke 1b	4  0  2  2  .292
Gallagher 3b	4  0  1  0  .220
Giles dh	4  0  2  0  .253
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .273
Fuller 2b	3  0  0  0  .353
Pedroza ss	3  1  0  0  .266
  Totals	31 4 8 4
  Rancho	31 2 5 2

  2B- Gallagher (5), 3B- Robinson
(3), Locke (1). HR- Santana (7).
RBI- Santana 2 (50), Locke 2 (17).
S- Rogowski. LOB- Inland Empire 5,
Rancho 5. CS- Rogowski (4), Giles
(2). 

  Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rodriguez (1-1)	5.0  3  1-1  2  3  6.23
Felix 	        3.0  1  0-0  0  8  3.25
Meque (sv 5)	1.0  1  1-1  0  0  2.25
  WP- Rodriguez. T- 2:31. Att- 4,410.
Loons Rained out
Rain forced the postponement of the Loons' scheduled doubleheader against the West Michigan Whitecaps. The Loons and ‘Caps will play seven-inning doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's double bill will begin at 6:05, Sunday's games start at 3:05 p.m. 

DSL Dodgers Lose Heartbreaker
The Red Sox didn't collect a hit until the eighth inning and scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the 10th inning on their second hit, a throwing error and a sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers banged out seven hits and left eight runners on base but couldn't push any of them across the plate.

Gustavo Gonzalez started and worked four innings, allowing no hits. Antonio Castillo took over for the next five innings, allowed the first Boston hit in eighth and struck out eight.

Jhan Lopez came in to pitch the 10th and after retiring the first batter, allowed a single to left. Lopez then tried to pick the runner off first base but threw it down the right field line and the runner reached third base on the play. A fly ball to left field allowed the winning, and unearned, run to score.

Enily Morales had a pair of hits for the Dodgers and Adrian Aviles checked in with a double.
  Score by Innings
Dodgers	000 000 000 0-0
Red Sox	000 000 000 1-1

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Aguilar ss	4  0  0  0  .182
Morales 2b	4  0  2  0  .167
 Aybar pr-2b	1  0  0  0  .000
Sucre rf	3  0  1  0  .429
Lantigua dh	3  0  1  0  .294
Franco 3b	4  0  0  0  .286
Tavarez c	4  0  0  0  .333
Castillo cf	4  0  1  0  .444
Arias 1b	4  0  1  0  .222
Sanchez lf	4  0  1  0  .250
Aviles lf	0  0  0  0  .400
  Totals	35 0 7 0
  Red Sox	25 1 2 1

  Error- Lopez (1). 2B- Arias (1).
S- Sucre. LOB- Dodgers 8, Red Sox
5. SB- Morales (1), Castillo (3).
CS- Castillo (1). DP- Arias. 
  
  Dodgers	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Gonzalez	4.0  0  0-0  3  1  0.00
Castillo	5.0  1  0-0  2  8  0.90
Lopez (1-1)	0.2  1  1-0  0  0  5.40
  HBP- 2 by Gonzalez. T- 2:32.
  	 


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