Mitchell's Two Homers Boost Jacksonville

Las Vegas hit a lucky seven in the seventh and bopped Portland 8-4. Russ Mitchell's two home runs and four RBI boosted Jacksonville 9-5 over Carolina. Inland Empire scattered 10 extra bases while overwhelming Rancho Cucamonga 17-7. Great Lakes slid into fifth place after losing 11-7 to South Bend. The DSL Dodgers dropped a 4-2 decision to the White Sox2.

51s Roll a Seven in the Seventh
Kick-started by John-Ford Griffith's second big home run in three days, Las Vegas scored seven times in the seventh inning to erase a 4-1 Portland lead and win 8-4.

Griffin, whose grand slam helped beat Tucson on June 7, smacked a tie-breaking three-run shot that made a winner out of reliever Mike Koplove.

Portland tapped starter Eric Stults for nine hits and four runs in his five innings. Jon Meloan added a scoreless sixth, Koplove (1-1) was perfect for two and Matt Riley closed out the win.

An error allowed the first Las Vegas run in the fourth inning and the club trailed by three going into the seventh.

Francisco Lizarraga started things with a single before A.J. Ellis and Jason Repko added singles to load the bases. Angel Chavez bunted in the first run and was safe when the third baseman mishandled it.

Greg Jacobs' sac fly made it 4-3 and John Lindsey's single tied the game at four each. Griffin's homer over the right field wall added the final, and winning, runs.

Repko had three hits; Lindsey, Lizarraga and Griffin a pair each.

Tonight the 51s Justin Orenduff squares off against the Beavers Clay Hensley.

Infielder Sergio Garcia, who tested positive for performance-enhancing substances a second time, in July 2007, and was suspended for 100 games by Major League Baseball told the Las Vegas Review Journal, ""It's not worth it, what you go through. It's embarrassing, it's shameful. It was not only tough for me, but it was tough for my family, my parents, my friends back home, even my little nieces -- it was really tough on them."

Garcia, 28, returned to the 51s on May 24, and it didn't take long for him to regain his form of last season and is batting .306 (15-for-49) with 11 RBIs in 15 games for Las Vegas.

51s Notes -- Dodgers rookie shortstop Chin-lung Hu was optioned to Las Vegas, a day after Angel Berroa made his debut at shortstop for Los Angeles. ...Third baseman Andy LaRoche was expected to be promoted to Los Angeles before the series opener tonight in San Diego.
  Score by Innings
Portland	101 020 000-4
Las Vegas	000 100 70x-8

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	5  1  3  1  .238
Chavez 3b	3  1  0  0  .273
Jacobs rf	4  1  1  1  .304
Lindsey 1b	5  1  2  1  .330	
Griffin lf	4  1  2  3  .289
Garcia ss	4  1  1  1  .306
Bennett c	1  0  0  0  .000
 Meloan p	0  0  0  0  .125
 Ruan ph        1  0  0  0  .356
 Koplove p	1  0  0  0  .250
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
Lizarraga 2b	4  1  2  1  .333
Stults p	1  0  0  0  .211
 Ellis ph-c	2  1  1  0  .311
  Totals	36 8 12 8
  Portland	33 4 12 4

  2B- Lizarraga (3). HR- Griffin
(6). RBI- Garcia (11), Repko (17),
Jacobs (2), Lindsey (45), Griffin
3 (40), Lizarraga (5),  S- Chavez. 
SF- Jacobs. LOB- Las Vegas 8, 
Portland 10. SB- Chavez (3). DP- 
Garcia, Lizarraga and Lindsey. 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults        	5.0  9  4-4  2  2  3.87
Meloan        	1.0  2  0-0  1  1  4.11
Koplove (1-1)	2.0  0  0-0  0  2  3.00
Riley        	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.12
  T- 2:45. Att- 3,118.
Mitchell Delivers
Third baseman Russell Mitchell slugged a pair of two-run home runs to lead Jacksonville (29-35) to a 9-5 Southern League victory over the Carolina Mudcats.

Trailing 4-3 in the sixth inning, Mark Bellhorn walked and Mitchell launched his first shot over the left-field fence. Then Adam Godwin doubled home Shane Justis with two outs to provide a 6-4 lead. Mitchell added his second homer in the seventh and finished the game with four RBI.

Starter Marlon Arias (6-2) worked five innings, allowed four runs (three earned) and struck out seven to earn the win. Tanyon Sturtze, Brent Leach and Eduardo Sierra preserved the margin.

Jesus Gonzalez led the attack with a double and a pair of singles. Bellhorn and Mitchell had a pair each.

RHP Jesus Castillo will face Mudcats RHP Derell McCall tonight.
  Score by Innings	
Jacksonville	021 003 201-9
Carolina	102 011 000-5
  
  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	5  0  1  1  .281
JGonzalez ss	5  1  3  0  .281
Hoffmann rf	5  0  1  1  .288
May c        	4  2  1  0  .257
Bellhorn 1b	3  3  2  0  .230
Mitchell 3b	4  2  2  4  .285
Justis 2b	4  1  1  0  .277
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 De Jesus ph	0  0  0  0  .300
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
Berezay lf	3  0  0  2  .138
Arias p	        2  0  0  0  .154
Tomlin ph	1  0  0  0  .291
 Sturtze p	0  0  0  0  .000
 AGonzalez 2b	2  0  0  0  .235
  Totals	36 9 11 8
  Carolina	37 5  9 2

  Error- JGonzalez (9). 2B-
JGonzalez (10), Godwin (7), 3B-
Hoffmann (2), HR- Mitchell 2 (8).
RBI- Godwin 2 (4),Hoffmann (24),
Mitchell 4 (32), Godwin (16). 
LOB- Jacksonville 9, Carolina 7. 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era 
Arias (6-2)	5.0  7  4-3  1  7  5.28
Sturtze 	1.0  2  1-1  0  1  4.70
Leach 	        2.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.55
Sierra	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  4.34
  T- 2:59. Att- 3,141.
Ten Extra-Base Hits Shake Quakes
Inland Empire used the long ball to ring up 17 runs and drop The Quake 17-7. Ten extra base hits flew off their bats, including seven doubles, a triple and two homers.

The 66ers lined 17 hits into and over all corners of the park, with Carlos Santana (2), Andy VanSlyke, Jaime Pedroza, Ryan Rogowski (2) and Drew Locke collecting doubles; Tommy Giles banging a triple and Pedroza (#2) and Tray Robinson (#4) homering.

All that made for a very pleasant evening for starter Alberto Bastardo (3-5), who allowed three runs over five innings to earn the win. Paul Koss and David Pfeiffer closed the game out.

The 66ers (27-37) scored two runs in the first, one in the third, two in fourth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh and put the cherry on top the sundae with nine in the ninth inning.

Robinson finished at the plate 4-for-6 with three runs batted in and three runs scored. Ryan Rogowski, in the lead off spot, had had two doubles, two walks and scored four times. Tommy Giles stayed red hot, going 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI. Carlos Santana collected three more RBI and now has 53 this year to ties him for first in the California League.

Lake Elsinore will meet the 66ers in San Bernardino to open a three game series.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	201 201 209-17
Rch Cucamonga	010 002 004- 7

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  3  2  2  .283
Robinson cf	6  3  4  3  .255
Santana c	5  3  2  3  .296
Locke 1b	4  1  1  1  .299
Gallagher 3b	4  1  1  2  .264
Van Slyke rf	4  1  1  1  .263
Giles dh        5  2  3  2  .267
Fuller 2b	4  1  1  1  .286
Pedroza ss	5  2  2  2  .269
  Totals	41 17 17 17
  Rch Cucamonga	37  7 11  7

 Error- Fuller (3). 2b hits- Santana 2 (22), 
Van Slyke (2), Pedroza (12), Rogowski 2 (9),
Locke (15). 3b hit- Giles (2). HR- Pedroza
(2), Robinson (4). RBI- Gallagher 2 (7), 
Santana 3 (63), Pedroza 2 (24), Giles 2 (37),
Rogowski 2 (20), Locke (20), Van Slyke (1),
Fuller (4), Robinson 3 (20). SF- Van Slyke.
LOB- Inland Empire 4, Rancho Cucamonga 9.

 Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (3-5)	5.2  5  3-3  3  4  6.63
Koss        	2.1  1  0-0  0  3  2.57
Pfeiffer       	1.0  5  4-4  1  2  9.00
 T- 3:06. Att- 2,302.
Silverhawks Whack Loons
South Bend struck for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase a three-run deficit and never trailed the rest of the ballgame en route to an 11-7 victory over Great Lakes and also moved past the Loons into fourth place.

  The Loons took a 1-0 lead on a solo homer in the third by Kenley Jansen, his seventh of the year.  Alfredo Silverio doubled later in the inning bringing home Andrew Lambo.  The Loons added their third run an inning later with Parker Dalton's RBI double scoring Preston Mattingly.  

In the bottom half of the fourth, South Bend scored six runs on seven hits, driving starter Justin Miller (2-4) out of the game after 3.1 innings having allowed 10 hits and all six runs.  

The Loons pulled to within two on a two-run double by Brian Mathews in the sixth inning, but would never get any closer.  

South Bend added a run in the fifth and four runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead off Miguel Sanfler but only two of the five runs he allowed were earned.

  Silverio and Mattingly had three hits each to lead the Loons' offense. The Loons fall to a season-worst seven games under .500 (28-35).  

The Loons continue their four-game series in South Bend against the Silverhawks tonight. Kyle Smit returns to active duty to start for the Loons.
 Score by innings
Great Lakes	002 102 002- 7
South Bend	000 614 00x-11

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	5  1  2  0  .299
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .264
Lambo lf	5  1  1  0  .89
Silverio rf	5  0  3  2  .310
Ortiz 1b	4  1  0  0  .201
Mattingly 2b	4  2  3  0  .258
Dalton ss	4  0  1  1  .240
Mathews 3b	4  0  1  2  .182
Jansen c	3  2  1  1  .217
  Totals	38  7 13 6
  South Bend	37 11 14 9

 Error- Miller (2), Lambo (3), Dalton (5),
Mattingly (8). 2b hits- Mattingly (8), 
Silverio (6), Dalton (5), Mathews (9).
HR- Jansen (7). RBI- Jansen (14), Silverio
2 (23), Dalton (10), Mathews 2 (14). S-
Rosario. LOB- Great Lakes 7, South Bend 6.
DP- Mattingly, Dalton and Ortiz; Dalton,
Mattingly and Ortiz.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
JMiller (2-4)	2.1 10  6-6  2  1  2.88
Sanfler        	2.1  4  5-2  2  3  3.11
Brannon        	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  5.25
 WP- JMiller. T- 3:01. Att- 4,283.
DSL Dodgers Drop 4-2 Decision
The day off didn't help the Dodgers as they were dropped 4-2 by the White Sox2 and fell into third place with a 5-3 record.

The Chicago team scored the first three runs of the game off Marion Urriola (0-1) before he was knocked out of the game in the fourth. Jonady Nunez coughed up the fourth run before Gustavo Gomez worked the final two innings without allowing a run.

The Dodgers out-hit the Sox 10-8 but left eight runners on base. They broke out with a pair of runs in the sixth inning when Wilner Charles walked, Geraldo Martinez drove him in with a triple, then scored on a ground ball by Adrian Aviles.

The Dodgers collected five hits in the final three innings but left all of them on base.

Enily Morales had three hits, Charles and Alexis Aguilar added two each.
 Score by innings
Dodgers	000 002 000-2	
White Sox2	201 010 00x-4

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez cf	4  1  1  1  .250
Aviles rf	4  0  0  1  .391
Morales 2b-3b	4  0  3  0  .360
Lantigua 3b	4  0  1  0  .240
 Aybar pr-2b	0  0  0  0  .000	
Franco lf	4  0  0  0  .240
Tavarez 1b	4  0  0  0  .267
Bens c        	4  0  1  0  .368
Aguilar ss	4  0  2  0  .267
Charles dh	4  1  2  0  .500
  Totals	36 2 10 2
  White Sox2	28 4  8 4	

 3b hits- Martinez (1). RBI- Martinez (1), Aviles 
(2). SB- Morales (2), Martinez (2). LOB- Dodgers
8, White Sox2 8. DP- Lantigua; Morales, Aguilar
and Tavarez.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Urriola (0-1)	3.1  5  3-3  4  6 11.05
Nunez        	2.2  2  1-1  2  1  3.38
Gomez        	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
 PB- Bens (2). T- 2:25.

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