Justin Miller works into Ninth in Loons Loss

Las Vegas used longballs by Mitch Jones and John-Ford Griffin, plus strong pitching from Dwayne Pollok to snap a six-game losing streak and beat Tucson 11-3. James McDonald pitched and Lucas May homered to guide Jacksonville over Chattanooga 5-3. Justin Miller allowed one run while pitching into the ninth inning but the Loons lost 2-1 in 11. Inland Empire was idle during the All-Star break.

Homers Break Losing Streak
Mitch Jones and John-Ford Griffin each homered, doubled and scored three runs to lead the 51s to an 11-3 Pacific Coast League win over Tucson to halt Las Vegas' six-game losing streak.

Jones' second homer of the season, a three-run shot, came in the fifth inning and gave the 51s (42-38) a 7-2 lead. Griffin, who was 3-for-4, led off the second inning with his eighth homer of the season.

Ramon Martinez, back in AAA action for the first time in many weeks, finished 4-for-5, including two doubles and a two-out RBI single in the fourth that put Las Vegas up 4-1. John Lindsey's 3-for-5 effort included a third-inning RBI single as the 51s out-hit the Toros 17-8.

Dwayne Pollok (5-3) started and earned the win, allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out four. Matt Riley and Greg Jones combined to pitch three innings of perfect relief, with Riley striking out the side in the seventh and eighth innings.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	111 130 202-11
Tucson	        010 110 000- 3

  Las Vegas	ab r   h  bi ave
Repko cf	5  1  2  1  .268
Martinez 2b	5  1  3  1  .344
Tiffee 	        4  1  0  1  .398
Lindsey 1b 	5  1  3  1  .314
Jones rf	5  3  2  3  .250
Griffin lf	4  3  3  2  .296
Ellis c	        4  0  1  0  .290
Rundgren ss	5  1  1  0  .221
Pollok p	4  0  1  0  .133
 Riley p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph	1  0  0  0  .362
 Jones p	0  0  0  0  .000  
  Totals	42 11 17 9
  Tucson	35  3  8 3
  
  Error- Tiffee (10). 2B- Repko
(14), Pollok (1), Martinez 2 (4),
Jones (1), Griffin (14). HR-
Griffin (8), Jones (2). RBI-
Tiffee (47), Martinez (60),
Lindsey (59), Jones 3 (4), Repko
(28). SF- Tiffee, Repko LOB- Las
Vegas 10, Tucson 5. 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pollok (5-3)	6.0  8  3-3  0  4  4.06
Riley 	        2.0  0  0-0  0  6  2.75
Jones	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.21
  T- 2:49. Att- 3,613.
May's Day, May's Day
Catcher Lucas May gave the Suns all the runs they needed with a three-run home run in the fourth inning to key a 5-2 victory. The homer -- May's first since May 15 and his ninth of the season -- ended his 0-for-14 slump. May doubled and hit an even longer shot to the 402 marker in center field that was caught.

The three-run shot erased an early 1-0 Chattanooga lead, then Adolfo Gonzalez's RBI double and Scott Elbert's sac fly provided the final runs.

May felt his fly ball to center actually was hit better than his homer. "I didn't think the first one to center was gone, because with this park, you have to hit the ball to the right spot," May told the Jacksonville Times-Union of the fly ball that would have been a homer in any other Southern League ballpark. "On the home run, I wasn't sure that was gone, either. I was running hard in case it didn't make it all the way out of the park."

Starter James McDonald allowed just one run and three hits in five innings, improving his record to 4-2 and lowering his earned-run average to 3.42, some two runs per game better than his ERA on May 1 (5.27). In his five starts in June, he has allowed just seven earned runs in 29 innings (2.17) while striking out 30.

"This is my second year in catching James," Mays said, "and he did the same thing last year - he got better as the year went on. He commands three pitches very well. Every time he goes out there, he gives you a definite chance to win the game, and that's all you can ask for."

Scott Elbert continues to improve. He pitched three solid innings of relief, allowing a homer and a walk but retiring the other nine batters he faced as his ERA dipped to 3.65.

May had two of the Suns' six hits. Zach Hammes worked a scoreless ninth for his third save.

The Dodgers promoted 22-year-old right-hander Jesus Rodriguez to the Suns from Inland Empire to fill the roster spot of Marlon Arias (sore shoulder), who was placed on the disabled list.

The Suns are scheduled to send RHP Jesus Castillo (5-3, 3.02) against Lookouts RHP James Avery (4-4, 5.03) an afternoon game today.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	010 000 100-2
Jacksonville	000 020 00x-5

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf	4  0  1  0  .281
De Jesus ss	4  0  1  0  .295
Hoffmann rf	3  1  0  0  .292
Bellhorn 1b	3  2  1  0  .248
May c        	4  2  2  3  .259
Mitchell 3b	2  0  0  0  .280
AGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  1  .265
Godwin cf	4  0  0  0  .275
McDonald p	1  0  0  0  .118
 Justis ph	0  0  0  0  .243
 Elbert p	0  0  0  1  .000
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals        	28 5 6 5
  Chattanooga	30 2 4 2

  2B- AGonzalez (7). May (18). HR-
May (9). RBI- May 3 (39), AGonzalez
(8), Elbert (1). SF- Elbert. LOB-
Jacksonville 6, Chattanooga 9. SB-
De Jesus 9. CS- Mitchell (2), 

  Jacksonville 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (4-2)	5.0  3  1-1  4  5  3.42
Elbert        	3.0  1  1-1  1  2  3.65
Hammes (sv 3)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  6.16
  HBP- by McDonald. PB- May (11).
T- 2:39. Att- 3,572.
Santana, Koss Do Well in All-Star Game
Although the Potomics' Edgardo Baez's opposite-field home run in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Carolina League to a 3-1 All-Star victory over the California League, Inland Empire's representatives both came up with solid performances.

Catcher Carlos Santana entered the game in the sixth innings and was 1-for-1 with a single in the eighth. Paul Koss worked a perfect fourth inning.

Meque Promoted
Jacobo Meque became the fourth closer to leave Inland Empire and move up to Jacksonville in the last year and a half. Meque earned the promotion after compiling seven saves and a 1-0 record. He has only allowed four runs all season and posted a 2.40 ERA.

Meque followed in the footsteps of Ramon Troncoso, Kyle Wilson and Brent Leach. Troncoso is now working out of the Dodgers bullpen. The four pitchers combined for 39 saves for the 66ers since the start of 2007.

Meque had five wins and four saves in a set-up role last year, and a 2.32 second half ERA. Known for a plus fastball and a wicked slider, Meque fanned 78 batters in just 55.1 innings in 2007. The southpaw is tied for third in the Dodgers' system in saves this season.

Miller Has Strong Effort in Loss
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Right-hander Justin Miller delivered one of the top pitching performances in the brief history of the Great Lakes Loons, but Lansing spoiled the night with a run in the bottom of the 11th inning to win 2-1.

  Miller pitched 8.2 innings before being lifted in the ninth inning following consecutive two-out walks, setting a new franchise record for innings pitched in a game. The Loons' previous high in innings was eight, set seven times, most recently on June 12 of this year by Given Kutz at South Bend.

  Miller dueled throughout the game with Luis Perez, who went a Lugnuts' season-high nine innings, but also received a no-decision. Both pitchers worked quickly and efficiently, and regulation play was completed in nearly two hours.

Lansing tied the score in the third following back-to-back wild pitches by Miller.

  Loons closer Miguel Ramirez entered the game in the ninth following Miller's back-to-back walks. He induce a fly to right field to end the ninth.

  Then in the 11th, Ramirez (1-5) gave up leadoff singles and with one out, and a broken-bat single to center to loaded the bases. Ramirez then recorded the second out with a strikeout before a ground single up the middle drove home the game-winning run. 

  The Loons scored their lone run of the game in the second inning on an RBI single by Parker Dalton, who started at third base for the first time in his career, that scored Alfredo Silverio.  

Jovanny Silverio singled twice for the Loons, who could only manage six hits.

The four-game series with Lansing continues tonight. Left-handers Victor Garate (4-2, 2.03 ERA) and Marc Rzepczynski (2-2, 2.36) will oppose each other in the game. The Loons return to Dow Diamond to start an eight-game homestand Friday. 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	010 000 000 00-1
Lansing	        001 000 000 01-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .270
Kanaby dh	5  0  1  0  .287
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .275
Silverio rf	5  1  2  0  .272
Ortiz 1b	5  0  0  0  .207 
Lizarraga ss	4  0  0  0  .136
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .234
Dalton 3b	4  0  1  1  .255
Garcia pr	0  0  0  0  .000
Garabedian c	1  0  1  0  .296
  Totals	38 1  6 1
  Lansing	36 2 11 1

  RBI- Dalton (12). S- Rosario.
LOB- Great Lakes 7, Lansing 10. 
SB- Kanaby (11). DP- 3 Mattingly,
Lizarraga and Ortiz 2; Silverio
and Ortiz.

 Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
JMiller	        8.2  6  1-1  4  6  .305
Ramirez (1-2)	2.0  1  0-0  1  3  1.76
  T- 2:46. Att- 1,645.

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