Dwayne Pollok Pitches Las Vegas to 7-4 win

Dwayne Pollok made his third start a winning one, stopping Tucson 7-4. James McDonald was victimized by two unearned runs in Jacksonville's 3-1 loss to Carolina. Inland Empire lost to Rancho Cucamonga 6-5 despite a pair of homers by Tommy Giles. The Loons split a doubleheader with West Michigan, losing 10-1 in the suspended game and 8-2 in the regular game. The DSL Dodgers had Sunday off.

Pollok Wins Fourth for Vegas
Veteran right-hander Dwayne Pollok pitched six strong innings in his third start of the season, leading the 51s to a 7-4 victory over the Tucson Sidewinders at Cashman Field.

Pollok, 27, gave up nine hits, struck out four and walked none. He finished the sixth with an inning-ending a double play.
The 27-year-old is 4-1 with a 3.56 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 48 innings. After making 15 relief appearances to begin the season, he made his first start came against Fresno on May 25 at Cashman Field and allowed two hits and an unearned run in five innings.

"Our pitching coach, Jim Slaton, has been keeping me up in the bullpen, working on stuff every day," Pollok told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I've just tried to stay sharp and be ready to go."

He uses a sinking fastball with a slider, split-fingered fastball and an occasional changeup. He threw 48 of 66 pitches for strikes and went to a three-ball count on only one batter.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Las Vegas took the lead for good with a three-run second inning. Sergio Garcia's two-run single and a two out RBI single by Wilkin Ruan did the damage.

John-Ford Griffin added a two-out RBI single in the third, and Ruan and Angel Chavez drove in runs with two-out hits in the fourth.

After Pollok left after six innings with a 7-3 lead, Tucson tapped Ramon Troncoso for a run in the seventh, then loaded the bases in the eighth before closer Brian Falkenborg retired the final five batters, striking out the final two, to earn his franchise-leading 10th save.

Eric Stults draws the start tonight for Las Vegas.

51s Notes -- Las Vegas won three of four games in the series. ... Griffin had his fifth straight multi-hit game at home, going 2-for-4 to raise his average at Cashman Field to .356. Griffin is hitting .208 on the road.
 Score by Innings
Tucson	        200 001 100-4
Las Vegas	031 201 00x-7

 Las Vegas	at r  h  bi  ave
Ruan rf	        5  1  2  2  .361
Chavez 3b	4  0  2  1  .277
Paul cf	        3  1  2  0  .302
Lindsey 1b	3  0  0  0  .329	
Griffin lf	4  1  2  1  .284
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ellis c	        4  1  1  0  .311
Garcia 2b-ss    4  1  1  0  .307
Lizarraga ss	1  0  1  1  .314
LaRoche 2b	3  1  2  0  .277
Pollok p	1  1  0  0  .091
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Jacobs lf	1  0  0  0  .316
  Totals	33 7 13 6	
  Tucson	39 3 14 4

  2B- Ellis (5), Ruan (3). 3b hit- Paul (2). 
RBI- Garcia (10), Lizarraga (4), Ruan 2 (4), 
Griffin (37), Chavez (38). S- Pollok 2. 
SB- Paul (12). CS- Ruan (1), Chavez (1). 
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Tucson 9. DP- Chavez and Lindsey.

 Las Vegas	    in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pollok (4-1)	   6.0  9  3-3  0  4  3.56
Troncoso	   1.1  5  1-1  0  1  6.17
Falkenborg (sv 10) 1.2  0  0-0  0  3  4.34
 T- 2:33. Att- 3,312,
No Help for McDonald
James McDonald has suffered the same fate so far this season that has plagued Clayton Kershaw. Two of the top Dodgers prospects, they have pitched well without much to show for it due to skimpy run support.
A solo home run and two unearned runs boosted Carolina to a 3-1 win over Jacksonville at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats have won the first three games of the series and lead the season series against Jacksonville 13-5.

The Suns managed only one hit over the first four innings and finished the game with five hits, one of them by McDonald, who allowed his only earned run of the game on a first-inning homer.

Two more runs scored in the fifth after a throwing error by shortstop Ivan De Jesus and a two-run single. McDonald (3-2) left after five having allowed only five hits.

Shane Justis doubled twice, knocking Russ Mitchell with the only Jacksonville run in the seventh but but was left on base each time.

The Suns (28-35) will send left-hander Marlon Arias (5-2, 5.26) to face Mudcats right-hander Brett Sinkbeil (2-6, 5.82) tonight.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 000 100-1
Carolina	100 020 00x-3

 Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  1  0  .293
De Jesus ss	4  0  0  0  .300
Hoffmann lf	3  0  0  0  .290
Berezay lf	3  0  0  0  .154
Mitchell 1b	3  1  1  0  .281
Justis 3b	4  0  2  1  .278
Gutierrez c	2  0  0  0  .000
AGonzalez 2b	3  0  0  0  .241
McDonald p	2  0  1  0  .000
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .283
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .500
  Totals	29 1 5 1	
  Carolina	30 3 6 3

  Errors- Justis (8), De Jesus (10). 
2b hits- Justis 2 (9) Mitchell (8). 
RBI- Justis (13). SB- Hoffmann (13). 
LOB- Jacksonville 5, Carolina 8.

 Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (3-2)	5.0  5  3-1  4  6  3.74
Hammes	        2.0  1  0-0  0  2  6/86
Akin	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  5.70
 Balk- McDonald. T- 2:22. Att- 1,656,
Two Giles Homers Not Enough
Tommy Giles smacked a pair of homers and the 66ers got a solid relief effort by Joe Jones plus three double plays but Rancho Cucamonga trumped all that with a 6-5 win.

Inland Empire (26-37) trailed 4-0 as starter James Adkins (3-5) was knocked out after three and two-third innings giving up six runs on six hits, walked three and fanned two. It was his first appearance since taking a line drive off his mid-section.

Inland Empire bounced back with two out in the top of the fourth. Carlos Santana walked, Drew Locke singled before Austin Gallagher's RBI single scored Santana. Giles hit a towering homer to right-center to knot the game up 4-4.

Rancho Cucamonga took to the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs, 6-4. But the seventh, Giles lined another home run to right that closed the gap to 6-5. Giles only had three homers coming into the game.

Joe Jones was dominant for 4.1 innings in relief, allowing three meaningless hits. And the Sixers pulled off double plays in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to keep the game close. In each inning the lead off man singled and the second batter bounced into the DP.

The ninth inning comeback fell just short. Locke beat out and infield hit and Gallagher smacked a pitch deep to right and barely missed a home run when the shot banged off the top of the wall. Locke was thrown out on a plate attempting to score. Giles and Jaime Pedroza bounced out to end the game.

The 66ers will look for a series split tonight with Alberto Bastardo starting on the mound.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 400 100-5
Rch Cucamonga	103 200 00x-6

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	3  0  1  0  .243
Fuller 2b	4  0  0  0  .292
Santana dh	2  1  0  0  .294
Locke 1b	4  1  2  0  .301
Gallagher 3b	4  1  2  1  .265
 Hunt pr	0  0  0  0  .233
Giles rf	4  2  2  4  .258
Pedroza ss	4  0  0  0  .266
Lopez c	        3  0  0  0  .000
Rogowski lf	3  0  1  0  .279
  Totals	31 5 8 5
  RCucamonga	36 6 9 6

 Error- Lopez (1). 2B- Lizarraga
(8). HR- Giles 2 (5). RBI- Gallagher
(5), Giles 4 (35).  S-Robinson.
SB- Rogowski (16). LOB- Inland Empire
2, Rancho Cucamonga 4. DP- Pedroza,
Fuller and Locke 2; Gallagher, Fuller
and Locke; Fuller, Pedroza and Locke.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins (3-5)	3.2  6  6-6  4  2  5.15
Jones	        4.1  3  0-0  0  0  3.26
 WP- Adkins. HBP- by Adkins. T- 2:28.
Att- 4,258.
Loons Drop Doubleheader
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The West Michigan Whitecaps wrapped up a pair of victories over the Great Lakes Loons. The Tigers' affiliate concluded a suspended game, winning 10-1 and followed with an 8-3 victory in the regularly scheduled game.

The suspended game was marred by two hours, 23 minutes worth of rain delays. The Loons' lone offense was a solo homer by Preston Mattingly, his sixth of the year. Mattingly and Andrew Lambo split four of the five hits Great Lakes managed. 

Starter Thomas Melgarejo was thumped during his four innings. Relievers Jon Dutton and Wilfredo Diaz suffered the same fate.
  Completion of June 7 game
 Score by Innings
West Michigan	011 150 3-10
Great Lakes	000 000 x- 1

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	3  0  1  0  .296
Rosario dh	3  0  0  0  .256
Lambo lf	3  0  2  0  .288
Ortiz 1b	3  0  0  0  .208
Mattingly 2b	3  1  2  1  .253
Dalton ss	3  0  0  0  .239
Mathews 3b	3  0  0  0  .184
Vetters rf	2  0  0  0  .209
Jansen c	2  0  0  0  .214
  Totals	25  1  5  1
  WMichigan	34 10 13 10

 Error- Dalton (4), Mattingly (6).
2B- Lambo 2 (18), HR- Mattingly
(6). RBI- Mattingly (20). SB- Vetters
(3). CS- Kanaby (8). LOB- Inland 
Empire 4, West Michigan 11.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Melgarejo (1-3)	4.0  4  2-2  3  1  4.40
Dutton	        1.0  4  5-5  4  0  5.03
Diaz	        2.0  5  3-3  1  1  9.00
 WP- Melgarejo, Dutton 2. T- 2:25.
(2:24 delay)
 
In the regularly-scheduled contest, a three-run home run in the second inning off starter Victor Garate (4-1) lifted the Whitecaps to an 8-2 victory.  Garate allowed four runs (three earned) for his first loss of 2008.  

Alex Garabedian and Jovanny Rosario had three hits each in the loss for the Loons, who managed seven in the game. Garabedian extended his hitting streak to 10 games.  

The Loons begin a four-game series tonight in South Bend against the Silverhawks. 
  Regular game
 Score by Innings
West Michigan	030 012 110-8
Great Lakes	000 000 200-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby lf	3  1  1  1  ,296
Rosario cf	3  0  2  1  .282
Lambo dh	4  0  1  0  .288
Silverio rf	3  0  0  0  .300
Garabedian c	4  0  3  0  .341
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .247
Mathews 1b	3  0  0  0  .180
Baez 3b	        4  0  0  0  .178
Becker ss	4  1  0  0  .206
  Totals	35 2  7 2	
  WMichigan	41 8 13 6	
 
 Errors- Silverio (1), Garate (3),
Becker (4), Mattingly (7). 2b hits-
Garabedian (7). 2b- Kanaby (1). RBI-
Kanaby (8), Rosario (15), CS- Kanaby
(9). LOB- Great Lakes 10, West
Michigan 8. DP- Baez and Mathews.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Garate (4-1)	5.0  4  4-3  1  7  2.21
Sartre	        1.0  4  2-1  0  2  3.31
Rondon	        3.0  5  2-2  1  1  6.08
 PB- Garabedian (1). T- 3:03.
Att- 4,774,
 
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