Errors cost 51s, Suns and DSL Dodgers

The Dodger minor leaguers died with the boots as errors cost Las Vegas, Jacksonville and the DSL Dodgers runs they couldn't afford to spare. Las Vegas fell 7- to Tacoma; Jacksonville lost 2-1 in the ninth to Birmingham despite seven scoreless innings by James McDonald. Bakersfield topped Inland Empire 5-3 and the Yankees tripped the young Dodgers 4-3.

Error Costly in Loss
Las Vegas was tapped for seven runs in the second and third innings, three of them unearned, and dropped a 7-4 decision to Tacoma.

Jonathan Meloan (4-6) was hurt by the miscue, working through the sixth inning and allowing the four earned runs. Greg Jones blanked Tacoma over the final three innings.

Vegas managed single runs in the second and fifth, then added a pair in the eighth but fell short by the three tainted runs.

After Tacoma tagged Melon for four in the second inning, Angel Chavez singled and later scored on a wild pitch to put the 51s on the board. Three unearned runs made it 7-1 in the third inning.

Xavier Paul singled to score A.J. Ellis, who had walked, in the fifth and Terry Tiffee singled, John Lindsey doubled him home and John-Ford Griffin's RBI single closed the scoring. The 51s left the bases loaded.

Paul and Chavez had a pair of hits each and were the only players in the system with more than a single hit.

Even with the loss, the 51s (41-33) have won 13 of 17 games to go from eight games behind Sacramento (43-30) to 2 1/2 back in the Southern Division. They are hitting .300 through to lead the Pacific Coast League.

"There's not a point in the game where we feel like we're out of the game," outfielder Xavier Paul, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I think our hitting is just that good. I think we lead the league in hitting for a reason, and we know how to put runs on the scoreboard."

51s Noes-- Dodgers infielder Nomar Garciaparra, who was in Las Vegas on a rehabilitation assignment for a strained left calf, flew to Boston to have his doctor evaluate him. Los Angeles general manager Ned Colletti was to watch Garciaparra but canceled the trip. ... 51s play-by-play announcer Russ Langer is a finalist to be the broadcaster for University of New Mexico football and men's basketball games. Langer, who would continue 51s duties, is a New Mexico graduate.

  Score by Innings
Tacoma	        043 000 000-7
Las Vegas	010 010 020-4

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	3  0  0  0  .260
Paul cf	        5  0  2  1  .308
Tiffee 3b	4  1  1  0  .404
Lindsey 1b	4  1  1  1  .325
Griffin dh 	4  0  1  1  .285
Chavez ss	4  1  2  0  .279
Garcia 2b	2  0  0  0  .300
Ellis c	        3  1  0  0  .298
Ruan lf	        3  0  0  0  .388
  Totals	32 4 7 3
  Tacoma	36 7 9 5

  Error- Chavez (4). 2B- Lindsey
(19). RBI- Paul (42), Lindsey
(55), Griffin (43). LOB- Las 
Vegas 7, tacoma 6. SB- Chavez 2
(4). DP- 2 Garcia, Lindsey and
Chavez; Garcia and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Meloan (4-6)	6.0  7  7-4  1  4  4.29
Jones	        3.0  2  0-0  2  1  4.46
  HBP- Repko, by Meloan.
T-2:33. Att- 4,202.
Suns Lose a Tough One
Excluding the magnificent pitching performances, the entire game was wrapped up in the ninth inning as Birmingham snatched a win away from Jacksonville 2-1.

James McDonald allowed only three singles over seven innings but left the game tied 0-0. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone. Brian Akin added a scoreless eighth inning.

In the top of the ninth, Mark Bellhorn walked and Lucas May bunted him to second. Russ Mitchell was walked intentionally and Matt Berezay bounced into a force play at second but Gabriel Gutierrez's single drove in Bellhorn with the first and only Suns run of the game.

Akin attempted to close the game out but allowed a leadoff single and a walk. Zach Hammes took over on the mound and after a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, a single to right field tied the game 1-1 and left the bases loaded.

Then with two out, shortstop Ivan DeJesus Jr. fumbled a ground ball and the Barons celebrated a 2-1 win.

Both teams collected six hits in the game. Six different Suns shared the hits.

The Suns will send left-hander Marlon Arias (6-3, 4.94) against Barons right-hander Dewon Day (0-0, 9.00) tonight in the third game of the six-game series.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 000 001-1
Birmingham	000 000 002-2

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Godwin cf  	4  0  1  0  .279
De Jesus ss	3  0  1  0  .300
Tomlin rf	4  0  0  0  .285
Bellhorn 1b	3  1  0  0  .240
May dh	        2  0  1  0  .268
Mitchell 3b	3  0  0  0  .280
Berezay lf	4  0  1  0  .159
Gutierrez c	4  0  1  1  .176
Gonzalez 2b	4  0  1  0  .231
  Totals	31 1 6 1
  Birmingham	31 2 6 1

  Error- De Jesus (12).2B- Gonzalez 
(5), RBI- Gutierrez. S- May. 
LOB- Jacksonville 8, Birmingham 9. 
SB- Godwin (16), May (1). 
  
  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald	7.0  3  0-0  0  4  3.52
Akin (2-7)	1.0  2  2-1  2  0  5.62
Hammes 	        0.1  1  0-0  1  0  6.41
 HBP- by McDonald. T- 2:11. Att- 4,392.
66ers Lead Melts Away
Inland Empire scored three times in third inning but Bakersfield kept chipping away and finished the evening with a 5-3 win.

Starter James Adkins (3-6) allowed all five runs on five hits and four walks. Francisco Felix added two hitless innings but the 66ers couldn't score after the third inning.

Inland Empire collected three of their six hits in the third. Ryan Rogowski and Trayvon Robinson singled and Carlos Santana tied the game 1-1 with a sacrifice fly, his 60th run batted in of the season. Tommy Giles' two-out, two-run double made it 3-1 but the 66ers never scored again.

In the eighth, Austin Gallagher walked and Jaime Pedroza singled with one out. Then Gallagher was caught stealing home and Pedroza was nipped attempting to swipe second, ending the inning and the final threat on a strange double play.

Inland Empire out-hit Bakersfield 6-5 but the Blaze mixed in a couple home runs that made the difference.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	003 000 000-3
Bakersfield	011 102 00x-5

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  1  1  0  .286
Robinson cf	4  1  1  0  .261
Santana dh	3  0  0  1  .287
Locke 1b	4  0  1  0  .305
Gallagher 3b	1  1  0  0  .290
Giles rf	4  0  1  3  .267
Pedroza ss	3  0  1  0  .274
Fuller 2b	3  0  1  0  .260
Lopez c	        3  0  0  0  .063
  Totals	30 3 6 3
  Bakersfield	28 5 5 5

  2B- Giles (16), Locke (19), RBI- Santana 
(60), Giles 2 (47). SF- Santana. LOB- Inland 
Empire 7, Bakersfield 6. SB- Fuller (2),
Robinson (15). CS- Pedroza (8), Gallagher (2).

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins (3-6)	6.0  5  5-5  4  4  5.37
Felix        	2.0  0  0-0  1  1  2.66
  HBP- by Adkins. T- 2:35. Att- 708.
Great Lakes-- No Game Scheduled.

Dodger Rally Comes Up Short
The DSL Dodgers spotted the Yankees four runs in the first five innings, then fought back to cut the margin to one, but could get no closer and lost 4-3.

Cristian Gonzalez started for the Dodgers and was hurt by a pair of unearned runs in the third inning. He allowed six hits and two earned runs over five, but trailed 4-0 when he left the game. Antonio Castillo allowed on hit and no runs over the final three innings.

The Dodgers scored twice in the eighth on an error and hits by Yorniel Martinez, Marlon Sucre and Pedro Tavarez. In the ninth, Edward Bens walked and stole second. He scored on a ground ball by Erick Lantigua. With two out, Alexis Aguilar singled but the Dodgers couldn't score him.

  Score by Innings
Dodgers	        000 000 021-3
Yankees1	102 010 00x-4

   Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez cf	4  1  1  0  .256
Aybar 2b	4  0  1  0  .240
 Morales ph	1  0  0  0  .327
Sucre lf	4  0  1  1  .340
Tavarez c	3  0  1  1  .291
 Eusebio c	0  0  0  0  .000
BFranco 3b	4  0  0  0  .277
Bens dh        	3  1  0  0  .294
TFranco rf	4  0  1  0  .222
Lantigua 1b	3  0  0  1  .216
Aguilar ss	4  1  1  0  .214
  Totals	34 3 6 1
  Yankees1	32 4 7 4

 Error B-Franco (3), Tavarez (3), Aguilar 
(1). 2B- TFranco (2),  Sucre (2). RBI- Sucre 
(6), Tavarez (5), Lantigua (3). LOB- Dodgers 8,
Yankees1 5. SB- Bens (4), Aybar (3). DP- Aybar.

  Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Gonzalez (0-1)	5.0  6  4-2  0  3  1.17
Castillo	3.0  1  0-0  1  5  1.93
  PB- Eusebio (1). T- 2:30.

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