Strong Pitching Boosts Suns, 66ers and Loons

Las Vegas split two with Salt Lake, Eric Stults winning the first 3-0 and the Bees taking a 6-4 decision in the second game. Jacksonville lost 4-1 to Huntsville, Alberto Bastardo pitched Inland Empire to a 7-0 win over Lake Elsinore and Justin Miller allowed one run as Great Lakes topped Lansing 5-1.

Las Vegas Splits With Bees
Las Vegas, behind Eric Stults, topped Salt Lake in the first game of a doubleheader. They lost a 6-4 decision in the second game.

In the opener, Stults (5-6) worked the first six innings of the seven-inning game and blanked Salt Lake on eight hits and a walk. He struck out four.

Las Vegas scored all of its runs in the first inning. Jason Repko led off with his sixth homer. Terry Tiffee doubled and John Lindsey belted his 13th homer. The could manage only two more hits over the next six innings, both by Wilkin Ruan.

Stults allowed eight hits over his six-inning start but was tough with men on base, leaving nine stranded. Mike Koplove pitched a scoreless seventh for his fourth save.
  Game 1 
Score by Innings	
Las Vegas	300 000 0-3
Salt Lake	000 000 0-0

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	2  1  1  1  .270
Paul cf        	4  0  0  0  .300
Tiffee 3b	3  1  1  0  .417
Lindsey 1b	3  1  1  2  .335 
Griffin dh	3  0  0  0  .287
Chavez ss	3  0  0  0  .271
Ellis c	        2  0  0  0  .302
Garcia 2b	2  0  0  0  .288
Ruan lf        	3  0  2  0  .390
  Totals	27 3 5 3
  Salt Lake	29 0 8 0

  2B- Tiffee (26). HR- Repko (6),
Lindsey (13). RBI- Repko (26),
Lindsey 2 (51). LOB- Las Vegas 5,
Salt Lake 10. CS- Ruan (3).

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (5-6)	6.0  8  0-0  1  4  3.59
Koplove (sv 4)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  2.82
  T- 2:06.
In the nightcap, a two-run homer keyed Salt Lake's three-run sixth inning and earned the Bees a 6-4 win.

The 51s (38-32), who have won 10 of their last 13 games, again scored all of their runs in in one inning, the third. Tiffee hit a two-run double, and, one out later, John-Ford Griffin clubbed a two-run homer, his seventh of the year.

Dwayne Pollok (4-2) started and lost, giving up six runs on eight hits and one walk in 5.1 innings.

Wilkin Ruan went 5-for-6 on the day for the 51s.
  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	4  1  1  0  .269
Paul dh        	3  0  0  0  .297
Tiffee 3b	4  0  2  0  .418
Lindsey 1b	3  1  0  0  .330
Griffin lf	3  1  1  2  .288
Chavez ss	3  0  1  0  .272
Garcia 2b	3  0  1  0  .304
Rivera c	3  0  0  0  .071
Ruan rf        	3  1  3  0  .412
  Totals	36 4 10 4
  Salt Lake	23 6  8 6
 
  2B- Chavez (12), Tiffee (27). 
3B- Garcia (1). HR- Griffin (7).
RBI- Tiffee 2 (41), Griffin 2 (42).
S- Paul. LOB- las Vegas 5, Salt
Lake 3. SB- Ruan (3). 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pollok (4-2)	5.1  8  6-6  1  3  4.22
Riley	        0.2  0  0-0  1  1  3.03
  T- 2:05. Att- 13,637.
Stars Beat Suns
Suns starter Mario Alvarez threw just one inning in his first appearance in coming off the disabled list, allowing a run on two hits. Scott Elbert turned in two solid innings of hitless relief pitching but Marlon Arias allowed a run in the fifth and Brian Akin surrendered two more in a 4-1 loss to Huntsville.

Jacksonville cold muster only four hits, with Jamie Hoffman and Mark Bellhorn picking up two of them in the first inning. Hoffman collected his 14h steal before Bellhorn's single drove him in. Lucas May had the other two Jacksonville hits.

The Loss drops the Suns to 32-37.

RHP Jesus Castillo (4-3, 3.33) opposes the Stars RHP Donovan Hand (0-0, 3.86) in today's final game of the first half of the regular season.
  Score by Innings
Huntsville	100 010 002 -4
Jacksonville	100 000 000 -1

  Jacksonville	b r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf	4  0  0  0  .286
De Jesus ss	3  0  0  0  .299
Hoffmann rf	3  1  1  0  .293
Bellhorn 1b	3  0  1  1  .239
May c        	4  0  2  0  .257
Mitchell 3b	4  0  0  0  .277
JGonzalez 2b	2  0  0  0  .283
Godwin cf	4  0  0  0  .282
Alvarez p	0  0  0  0  .000
Elbert p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Arias p	0  0  0  0  .154
 Justis ph	1  0  0  0  .258
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .333
 Berezay ph	1  0  0  0  .162
  Totals	30 1 4 1
  Huntsville	30 4 6 3

  RBO- Bellhorn (15). LOB-
Jacksonville 8, Huntsville 11.
SB- Hoffmann 2 (15).

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez	        1.0  2  1-1  1  0  7.08
Elbert	        2.0  0  0-0  1  1  4.50
Arias (6-3)	4.0  3  1-1  3  1  5.08
Akin	        2.0  1  2-2  2  1  5.53
  WP- Alvarez, Arias 2, Akin. HBP-
JGonzalez, by Alvarez, by Akin.
T- 2:59. Att- 6,271.
Bastardo Plays Spoiler
After a sweep of Lake Elsinore to knock them out of first half contention, the 66ers (31-38) did the same to Stockton, winning 7-0 behind Albert Bastardo's five shutout innings.

Bastardo (4-5) had made a renaissance after recording a 0-5 record and a 7.81 ERA through his first 11 games. Since then he is 4-0 in his last four games and has a respectable 3.22 ERA. He worked five-shutout innings, giving up just four hits and three walks, striking out six.

Trayvon Robinson was 3-for-5 with a single, double, triple, two RBI and two runs scored. That gives the center fielder 31 hits since May 22nd (over 22 games). He has raised his batting average from .207 to .261 and is hitting a sizzling .352 during that stretch.

Drew Locke boosted his hitting streak to 11 games and Jaime Pedroza had a pair of hits, including a double, a walk, a RBI and a run scored.

Seven of the nine position players for the 66ers had a hit.

The final game of the series is this afternoon.
 Score by innings
Inland Empire	200 001 004-7
Stockton	000 000 000-0

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Rogowski lf	4  2  1  0  .290
Robinson cf	5  2  3  2  .261
Santana c	3  0  0  0  .299
Locke dh	4  1  1  1  .317
Gallagher 1b	4  1  1  1  .253
Giles rf	4  0  1  1  .271
Pedroza ss	4  1  2  1  .266
Fuller 2b	1  0  0  0  .256
Lara 3b        	5  0  0  0  .247
  Totals	34 7 9 6 
  Stockton	33 0 6 0

  2B- Robinson (11), Gallagher
(9), Pedroza (13). 3B- Robinson
(4), Pedroza (4). RBI- Robinson 2
(23), Locke (26), Gallagher (10),
Giles (41), Pedroza (25). S- 
Fuller. LOB- SB- Fuller (1),
Rogowski (20), Santana (5).

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (4-5)	5.0  4  1-1  3  6  6.10
Felix	        3.0  1  0-0  1  3  2.79
White	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  7.64
  HBP- Fuller. T- 3:20. Att- 4,401.
Miller, Mathews Lead Loons
Brad Golden/Loons.com Justin Miller pitched one of his best games after pitching one of his worst in his previous start as Great Lakes defeated Lansing Lugnuts in front of a sellout crowd of 5,553 fans at Dow Diamond by a score of 5-1.

Singles by Jovanny Rosario, Preston Mattingly and Alex Garabedian put the Loons up 1-0 in the first. They broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth on a single by Parker Dalton and a bases-loaded walk.

After giving up six runs on 10 hits in a loss at South Bend Monday, the right-handed Miller (3-4) allowed one run in 7.2 and picked up his third win of the season, dropping his earned run average to 2.69. Thomas Melgarejo collected his first save with 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out two.

Brian Mathews led the way for the Loons with three runs, two doubles, and a walk in the victory. Dalton also singled twice and knocked in a run and Pedro Baez had a pair of sacrifice flys.

The Loons conclude their series, as well as the first half of the Midwest League season, with a matinee against the Lugnuts today.
 
  Score by Innings
Lansing	        010 000 000-1
Great Lakes	100 201 10x-5

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  1  0  .264
mattingly dh	4  0  1  0  .258
Lambo lf	2  1  0  0  .287
Garabedian c	4  0  1  1  .320
Mathews 1b	3  3  2  0  .213
Dalton 2b	4  0  2  1  .270
Vetters rf	3  0  0  0  .202
Baez 3b        	2  0  0  2  .178
Becker ss	3  0  0  1  .202
  Totals	29 5 7 5
  Lansing	31 1 6 1

  2B- Mathews 2 (12). RBI-
Garabedian (13), Dalton (11),
Becker (2), Baez 2 (16). SF- Baez
2. LOB- Great Lakes 7, Lansing 6.
CS- Mattingly (2). DP- 2 Mathews,
Becker and Mathews; Baez and
Mathews.

  Great Lakes	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Miller (3-4)	        7.2  6  1-1  2  1  2.69
Melgarejo (sv 1)	1.1  0  0-0  0  2  3.82
  HBP- by Miller. T- 2:31 (:23 delay).
Att- 5,553.
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