Giles' Triples Spark Inland Empire

Las Vegas was battered by Portland 9-3 and Jacksonville managed only two hits while losing 5-0 to Huntsville. However, Inland Empire, jump-started by two Tommy Giles triples won 4-3; Steven Johnson pitched Great Lakes to a 3-0 win over South Bend and the DSL Dodgers overcame a 5-1 deficit to win 7-5 over the Mets and move into a tie for first.

Portland Batters 51s 9-3
Former Dodgers outfielder Brian Myrow was 3-for-3 with a a pair of home runs as Portland had their way with Las Vegas 9-3. Miguel Pinango was banged around for 10 hits and eight runs in his four inning start.

Las Vegas scored one run in three separate innings. Jason Repko lived on an error in the first and scored on Xavier Paul's ground ball. Portland scored twice in both the second and third before the 51s could manage to score again.

That run came when Paul led off with a single, was singled to third by John Lindsey and then scored on a soft single to center by Angel Chavez.

By the time Las Vegas got on the board again in the seventh, the Beavers led 9-2. Wilkin Ruan walked, went to third on John-Ford's single and scored when Repko beat out an infield hit for the final Vegas run.

The 51s collected 10 hits but a pair of double plays cut scoring chances and they left six on base.

Repko finished with three hits and Chavez had a pair. Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu, just back from Los Angeles, went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Hu hit only .159 (17-for-107) in 49 games this season for the Dodgers, Hu was optioned back to the 51s to hopefully increase his offensive output.

In his sixth professional season, he hit a combined .325 at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas last year with compiling 14 home runs, 40 doubles, 62 RBIs, 89 runs scored and 15 stolen bases en route to being named the Dodgers' Minor League Player of the Year.

Hu would have started this season at Las Vegas, but injuries to Nomar Garciaparra and Andy LaRoche paved his way to L.A.

Jason Johnson will oppose Portland's Wade LeBlanc tonight.
  Score by Innings
Portland	022 041 000-9
Las Vegas	100 100 100-3

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko RF-CF	4  1  3  1  .255
Hu SS        	3  0  0  0  .000
Paul CF        	4  1  1  1  .299
 Jones p	0  0  0  0  .000
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  0  .330
Chavez 3b	3  0  2  1  .280
 Lizarraga 3b	0  0  0  0  .310
Garcia 2b	4  0  1  0  .328
Rivera c	4  0  0  0  .091
Ruan lf-rf	3  1  1  0  .364
Pinango p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Riley p        1  0  0  0  .000
 Griffin ph-lf	2  0  1  0  .293
  Totals	33 3 10 3
  Portland	40 9 14 9
 
  Error Chavez (4). 2B- Chavez
(11), Ruan (4), Repko (10). RBI-
Paul  (37), Chavez (41), Repko
(21). LOB- Las Vegas 6, Portland
10. CS- Ruan (2), DP- 2 Repko 
and Lindsey; Chvez and Garcia.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (3-4)	4.0 10 8-8  3  3  5.63
Riley        	3.0  2  1-1  1  4  3.10
Jones        	2.0  2  0-0  3  2  4.70
  HBP- Chavez. T- 2:56. Att- 3,490.
Huntsville shuts out Suns
Steve Hammond held the Suns to a pair of hits before leaving in the seventh inning the Stars coasted to a 5-0 win over Jacksonville.

Huntsville collected a first-inning double by Jamie Hoffmann and a third-inning single by Ivan DeJesus Jr. and nothing more.

Hammond, a 26-year-old lefty who's in his second season at the Double-A level dominated the game.

B.J. LaMura started and he was hurt by his defense, surrendering five runs to a Stars team that came in with a .303 batting average, but only two of the runs were earned. On this night, the two would have been quite enough.

Travis Schlicting and Zach Hammes didn't allow a hit over the final three innings.

The Suns (30-36) will resume their series with the Stars (40-26) tonight, as LHP Cody White (0-0, 5.40) makes his home debut.
  Score by Innings
Huntsville	000 203 000-5
Jacksonville	000 000 000-0

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus ss	3  0  1  0  .300
Tomlin lf-rf	3  0  0  0  .285
Hoffmann rf	3  0  1  0  .288
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 AGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .230
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  0  0  .232
Mitchell 3b	3  0  0  0  .282
Justis 2b	4  0  0  0  .262
Godwin cf	2  0  0  0  .277
Gutierrez c	2  0  0  0  .000
LaMura p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Berezay lf	2  0  0  0  .171
  Totals	29 0 2 0
  Huntsville	39 5 6 5

  Error- LMura (1), De Jesus (11),
Hoffmann (4). LOB- Jacksonville 9,
Huntsville 4. DP- Justis, De Jesus
and Bellhorn.

  Jacksonville 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
LaMura (1-1)	6.0  6  5-2  2  5  4.26
Schlichting	2.0  0  0-0  1  2  4.50
Hammes 	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  6.70
  HBP- by LaMura. T- 2:30. Att- 1,910.
66ers Again Sparked by Giles
Tommy Giles slugged a leadoff triple and added a second triple in the fifth before Carlos Santana's 23rd double and Drew Locke's single accounted for 4-3 win over Lake Elsinore.

Tray Robinson, Locke and Giles had a pair of hits each; Giles, Locke, Justin Fuller and Esteban Lopez drove in runs for Inland Empire.

Jesus Rodriguez allowed eight hits and three hits over five innings before Francisco Felix (4-2) worked three perfect innings, retiring the last seven batters in succession to gain the win. Jacobo Meque pitched around a single and struck out the side in the ninth to save his sixth game, the last five in a row.

Giles triple and Fuller's single tied the game at 1-1 in the third. After the Storm scored twice in the fifth, Jamie Pedroza singled before Giles' second three-bagger and a sac fly by Lopez tied the game again.

The 66ers close out the three game series against the Storm tonight as Tim Sexton takes the hill for Inland Empire.

Santana, Koss on All-Star Team Catcher Carlos Santana and pitcher Paul Koss will represent the 66ers in the All-Star Game at Myrtle Beach, North Carolina June 24. Santana's 55 runs batted in is tops in both the California League and Carolina League. He collected 26 RBI in the month of May and has driven home 11 thus far in June in only nine games. The speedy catcher is tied for second place in the league with 22 doubles. Santana has reached safely in 55 of 60 games this season and is batting an even .300. Koss has no record but has picked up a pair of saves working in 19 contests. Koss has a stingy 2.76 earned run average and in 32.2 innings, has struck out 34 and issued only 15 walks. Left-handed hitters are batting .220 off of Koss, while right-handed batters are at .208.
  Score by innings
Lake Elsinore	010 020 000-3
Inland Empire	001 021 00x-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  0  0  .281
Robinson cf	4  0  2  0  .259
Santana dh	4  1  1  0  .300
Locke 1b	3  0  2  1  .310
Gallagher 3b	3  0  0  0  .256
Pedroza ss	3  1  1  0  .270
Giles rf	3  2  2  1  .280
Fuller 2b	3  0  1  1  .290
Lopez c	        2  0  0  1  .000
  Totals	29 4 9 4
  Lake Elsinore	34 3 9 3

  2B- Santana (23). 3B- Giles 2
(4). RBI- Fuller (5), Giles (40),
Lopez (1), Locke (22). SF- Lopez.
LOB- Inland Empire 4, Lakes
Elsinore 7. CS- Pedroza (7),
Locke (1). DP- Gallagher, Fuller
and Locke.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
JRodriguez	5.0  8  3-3  0  1  6.00
Felix (4-2)	3.0  0  0-0  2  1  3.00
Meque (sv 6)	1.0  1  0-0  0  3  2.08
  T- 2:31. Att- 1,602.
Loons Shutout Silverhawks
Brad Golden/Loons.com One day after the Loons pitching staff struggled with control, Steven Johnson, Thomas Melgarejo and Miguel Ramirez proved to be in control.  The Loons' pitching trio combined on a three-hit shutout against the South Bend Silverhawks, and the Loons won the game, 3-0. Each of the Loons' three pitchers allowed one hit each.  

Johnson (8-2) pitched five innings, walking three and striking out one.  He is now tied for the league lead in wins. Melgarejo followed out of the bullpen, walking two and striking out four.  Ramirez pitched the final frame for his 14th save, tying him for the league lead in saves.  
v The strong pitching performance follows a disappointing outing in which Loons' pitchers set new season highs with 12 walks and 13 runs allowed.  

The Loons scored early in the game. Erik Kanaby led off the top of the first with an infield single. Jovanny Rosario followed with a double scoring Kanaby. Rosario advanced to third on a ground ball to second by Andrew Lambo, then scored on a ground out to short by Alfredo Silverio.  

The Loons tacked on their third run when Brian Mathews tagged a shoulder-high fastball over the left-center field wall for his fourth homer of the year.  

The Loons go for the series split against South Bend tonight. Given Kutz (2-0) will start for the Loons. He will be opposed by Josh Collmenter (5-4).  

The Loons return to action at Dow Diamond on Friday for the final three games of the first half and the start of a three-game series against Lansing. 
  Score by innings
Great Lakes	200 020 000-3
South Bend	000 000 000-0

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	4  1  1  0  .302
Rosario cf	4  1  2  1  .268
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .280
Silverio rf	4  0  1  1  .299
Garabedian c	4  0  0  0  .319
Mattingly 2b	3  0  1  0  .259
Mathews 1b	3  1  1  1  .185
Baez 3b        	2  0  0  0  .179
Becker ss	3  0  0  0  .212
  Totals	31 3 6 3
  South Bend	29 0 3 0

  Error- Mattingly(9). 2B- Rosario
(11), Mattingly (9). HR- Mathews
(4). RBI- Rosario (16), Silverio 
(24), Mathews (15). LOB- Great
Lakes 2, South Bend 7. CS-
Silverio (2), Baez (1).

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (8-2)	5.0  1  0-0  3  1  2.60
Melgarejo 	3.0  1  0-0  2  4  3.98
Ramirez (sv,14)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.70
  T- 2:18. Att- 2,053.
Dodgers Overcome 5-1 Lead
The DSL Dodgers, trailing 5-1 into the top of the seventh inning, put five on the board and then went on to win 7-5. A two-run single by Enily Morales drove in the winning run.

Morales finished the game with a double and a pair of singles to boost his average to .412. Bladmir Franco and Tito Franco each had a single and a double with Tito adding two RBI.

Ruddy De La Rosa started and allowed a single hit and a single run (unearned) over the first five innings while striking out five and keeping his ERA at 0.00. Rogelito Chery (1-0) walked a pair and allowed three hits and four runs to put the Dodgers in a 5-1 hole but the winning rally gave him the win.

Amauri Guzman and Charlie Mirabal allowed only a single over the final three innings with Mirabal earning his third save.

The Dodgers got on the board and tied the game 1-1 in the fifth when Yorniel Martinez singled Tito Franco across. In the big seventh, Bladimir Franco doubled and scored on Tito Franco's two-run double. Alexis Crispin knocked in the third run with a single and Morales' two-run single made it 6-5.

A wild pitch in the eighth allowed the final Dodgers run.

The win boosted them to 7-3 and into tie with the Giants, Mets and Blue Jays for first place.
  Score by Innings
Dodgers	000 010 510-7
Mets	010 004 000-5
  
 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez dh	4  1  1  1  .267
Aviles lf	5  0  0  0  .344
Morales 2b	5  0  3  2  .412
Tavarez 1b	3  0  1  0  .278
Sucre rf	5  1  1  0  .412
BFranco 3b	5  1  2  0  .273
Bens c        	2  1  1  0  .333
TFranco cf	3  2  2  2  .400
Crispin ss	4  1  1  1  .133
  Totals	36 7 12 6
  Mets	        38 5  5 2

  Error- Crispin 2 (3), Morales
(3), BFranco (1). 2B- Morales (7),
BFranco (4), TFranco (1). RBI- 
Martinez (7), TFranco 2 (2), 
Chrispin (2), Morales 2 (6). S-
Bens. LOB- Dodgers 8, Mets 11. 
SB- Martinez (3). DP- 2 BFranco,
Tavarez and Crispin.

  Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
De La Rosa	5.0  1  1-0  3  5  0.00
Chery (2-0)	1.0  3  4-4  2  1 18.90
Guzman        	1.0  0  0-0  1  1 15.00
Mirabal (sv 3)	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
  WP- Mirabal. HBP- by De La Rosa, by
Chery, by Guzman, Tavarez. T- 2:56.

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