Rondon's Relief Snaps Loons Losing Streak

Las Vegas put the tying run on base in the ninth but lost their fifth in a row, 5-4 to Tucson. Jacksonville was crushed 12-4 by Birmingham but Great Lakes snapped a four-game losing streak, beating Dayton 8-2 behind Daigoro Rondon's relief effort. Inland Empire is off for the California-Carolina League All-Star Game.

Tucson overcame a 2-0 Las Vegas lead and held on to take a 5-4 Pacific Coast League victory over the 51s on at Tucson, Arizona. Starter Jason Johnson (9-4) gave up four runs, three earned, before leaving in the seventh trailing 4-3.  

The 51s jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Terry Tiffee's single scored Jason Repko, who had walked, and an error by the Tucson third baseman allowed Tiffee to cross the plate.  

The Sidewinders scored once in the third and twice in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead but Las Vegas tied the game in the seventh when Rex Rundgren singled to score Angel Chavez.  

The Sidewinders came back in their half of the inning to tag Johnson with the loss. They added their fifth run off Greg Miller on a solo homer in the eighth.  

Newly acquired outfielder/1b Mitch Jones walked to open the ninth for the 51s and John-Ford Griffin singled him to third. Angel Chavez hit into a force play at second to drive in a run but René Rivera popped out and pinch-hitter John Lindsey struck out to end the game.  

Tiffee boosted his average to .407 with a single and a double. Repko singled and stole his 13th and 14th bases.

The 51s (41-37) have lost five straight.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	200 000 101-4	
Tucson	        001 200 11x-5

  Las Vegas	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	3  1  1   0  .262
Ruan rf	        3  0  1  0  .378
Tiffee 3b	4  1  2  0  .407
Jones 1b	3  1  0  0  .143
Griffin lf	3  1  0  0  .290
Chavez 2b	4  1  0  1  .268
Rivera c	4  0  0  0  .233
Rundgren ss	3  0  1  1  .221
 Lindsey ph	1  0  0  0  .313
Johnson p	3  0  0  0  .233
Miller p	0  0  0  0  .500
  Totals	31 4  6 3
  Tucson	33 5 10 5
  Error- Tiffee, Jones (1). 2B-
Tiffee (2). RBI- Tiffee (45),
Rundgren (5), Chavez (44). LOB-
Las Vegas 4, Tucson 7. SB- Repko
2 (14). DP- Rundgren, Chavez and
Jones.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson(9-4)	6.2  8  4-3  2  5  4.13
Miller	        1.1  2  1-1  0  1  5.00
  HBP- Repko. T- 2:38. Att- 1,635.  
Big Homers drop Jacksonville
A three-run home run in the second inning and a grand slam in the third, both by Stefan Gartrell put Birmingham on track to rout Jacksonville 12-4. The Barons took the six-game series 4-2 and lead the season series 10-6.  

The Suns (2-4 second half) took an early lead when a Jamie Hoffmann single scored James Tomlin, who had doubled, in the first inning.  

The Suns made the score 3-0 in the second when Russell Mitchell singled and Adolfo Gonzalez doubled. Mitchell scored on Adam Godwin's fielder's choice, and a two-out error allowed Gonzalez to cross the plate.  

But the lead didn't last long.  

A three-run homer off Suns starter Cody White (2-1) tied the score and an opposite-field grand slam in successive innings gave Birmingham a 7-3 lead.  

Singles by Juan and Adolfo Gonzalez and Ivan De4 Jesus' sacrifice fly drove in the final Suns run that changed nothing but the score.

Cody White (2-1) was tagged for eight runs on 10 hits and two walks in four innings to take the loss. Travis Schlichting worked two scoreless innings, Eduardo Sierra was pounded for four additional runs in the seventh and Zach Hammes closed out the inning for him, then he added a scoreless eighth.  

Adolfo Gonzalez led the Suns with a perfect 4-for-4 game, including a double.  

The Suns will begin a 10-game homestand this noon against the Chattanooga Lookouts.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	120 000 001- 4
Birmingham	034 100 40x-12

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf-rf	5  1  1  0  .281
De Jesus ss	4  0  1  0  .295
Hoffman rf	3  0  1  1  .295	
 Berezay ph-lf	0  0  0  0  .145
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  1  0  .244		
May c        	4  0  0  0  .255
Mitchell 3b	4  1  1  0  .282
JGonzalez	4  1  1  0  .282
AGonzalez dh	4  1  4  0  .263
Godwin cf	3  0  0  1  .280
  Totals	36  4  8  3
  Birmingham	39 12 13 12

  Error- De Jesus (13), Mitchell (9). 
2B- Tomlin (19), AGonzalez (6). 
RBI- Hoffmann (35), Godwin (21), 
De Jesus (28). SF- De Jesus. 
LOB- Jacksonville 9, Birmingham 8. 
CS- Godwin (4). 

  Jacksonville 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
White (2-1)	4.0 10  8-8  2  0  5.56
Schlichting	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.15
Sierra	        0.2  2  4-4  2  1  5.58
Hammes	        1.1  0  0-0  1  1  6.29
  T- 2:26. Att- 2,241.  
Inland Empire-- The 66ers are tied for first place at the All-Star break. Catcher Carlos Santana and pitcher Paul Koss will represent the 66ers at the game.

Loons Snap Losing Streak
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Great Lakes snapped a four-game losing streak and won for the first time in the second half of the season, slugging their way past Dayton, 8-2. in doing so, the Loons received contributions from some unexpected sources.  

Travis Vetters got a rare start in right field and made the most of the opportunity, recording two hits and scoring three times.  

Daigoro Rondon (3-7) picked up the win for the Loons with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, striking out six. The outing was his first scoreless outing since firing six scoreless frames at Burlington on April 13. Kenley Jansen and Jovanny Rosario also chipped in two hits for the Loons.  

The Loons struck first in the first. Rosario singled to lead off and stole second despite a Dayton pitchout. Francisco Lizarraga bunted Rosario to third. Then Andrew Lambo drove him in on a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left field.  

The Dragons tied the game at 1-1 with a first-pitch solo home run.  

The Loons re-took the lead in the top of the third on an RBI single by Rosario scoring Vetters, who had doubled. Again Dayton re-tied the game in the bottom half of the inning.  

Later in the inning, Dayton made a bid to take the lead. With runners at first and second, Denis Phipps singled to center, but on the play Waring was gunned out at third on a strong throw by center fielder Jovanny Rosario before the runner crossed the plate.  

Vetters' seventh inning single drove in Parker Dalton, who had walked, and gave the Loons a 3-2 lead. Jansen followed in the inning with a run-scoring that scored Vetters. 

Brian Mathews knocked in Jaime Ortiz, who had walked, with a triple in the eighth to give the Loons a three-run lead.  Great Lakes tacked on three runs in the top of the ninth on an RBI doubled by Jansen, a wild pitch and Ortiz's ground ball.  

Bryan Morris started for the Loons and allowed two runs in 3.2 innings and was on a strict pitch count. Matthew Sartor followed Rondon with a scoreless eighth and Miguel Ramirez closed out the win.  

The Loons begin a four-game series with the Lansing Lugnuts beginning tonight. 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	101 000 213-8
Dayton	        101 000 000-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave	
Rosario cf	5  1  2  1  .271
Lizarraga ss	3  1  0  0  .143
Lambo lf	4  0  0  1  .284
Ortiz 1b	4  1  0  1  .218
Mathews 3b	5  0  1  1  .211
Garcia dh	3  0  0  0  .000
Dalton 2b	2  1  0  0  .260
Vetters rf	3  3  2  1  .216
Jansen c	4  1  2  2  .221
  Totals	30 8  7 7
  Dayton	35 2 10 2

 2B- Vetters (6), Jansen (6). 3B-
Mathews (1). RBI- Lambo (47),
Rosario (18), Vetters (5), Jansen
2 (17), Mathews (18), Ortiz (24).
S- Lizarraga. SF- Lambo. LOB- Great
Lakes 6, Dayton 8. SB- Rosario 2 
17), Jansen (1), Vetters (4).

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Morris	        3.2  6  2-2  2  4  4.30
Rondon (3-7)	3.1  3  0-0  0  6  5.95
Ramirez	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.47
 HBP- Dalton. T- 2:51. Att- 8,889.

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