Felix's Relief Job Boosts 66ers

Heath Totten won his first for Las Vegas since 2005 and John-Ford Griffin smacked a homer to top Fresno 5-4; Jesus Rodriguez's AA debut was a tough one and Jacksonville lost 16-0 to Chattanooga; Inland Empire dumped Lancaster 9-6 as Francisco Felix won in relief and Bryan Morris fired five shutout innings and Jaime Ortiz homered as Great Lakes topped South Bend 3-0 in a game shortened by rain.

Totten Makes a Comeback
John-Ford Griffin's three-run homer keyed the 51s' four-run sixth inning that resulted in a 5-4 over Fresno. Heath Totten (1-0), pitching his first game with Las Vegas since 2005, started and got the win.

The ninth-year minor league veteran recently joined the team after his release this month from Rochester (N.Y.), the Twins' Triple-A affiliate, of the International League. Totten was the Dodgers Dugout Rookie of the year in 2000 after recording an 8-2, 2.30 record for Salem.

Arm troubles cut his effectiveness and he left the organization.

Trailing 3-1, Terry Tiffee walked to lead off the sixth for Las Vegas (43-39), and John Lindsey followed with a double before Griffin's homer put the 51s up 4-3. Wilkin Ruan added a two-out, pinch-hit RBI triple in the inning.

Greg Jones allowed a run in the seventh and Tanyon Sturtze pitched out of a jam to preserve the win. He entered with runners on second and third and one out and didn't give up a run. Mike Koplove nailed the win down with his five save.

René Rivera homered in the second and singled. Tiffee had a pair of hits.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	010 004 000-5
Fresno	        020 010 100-4

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	4  0  1  0  .271
Paul cf	        4  0  1  0  .301
Tiffee 3b-1b	4  1  2  0  .393
Lindsey 1b	5  1  1  0  .312
 Koplove p	0  0  0  0  .250
Griffin lf	3  1  1  3  .296
 Sturtze p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Martinez 2b	0  0  0  0  .314
Chavez 2b-3b	4  1  1  0  .270
Rivera c	4  1  2  1  .265
Rundgren ss	4  0  1  0  .222
Totten p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Ruan ph	1  0  1  1  .364
 GJones p	0  0  0  0  .000
 MJones lf	1  0  0  0  .200
  Totals	35 5 11 5
  Angles	35 4 11 4

  2B- Lindsey (21), Paul (16). 3B- Ruan (3). 
HR- Rivera (1), Griffin (9). RBI- Rivera (2),
Griffin 3 (49), Ruan (9). S- Totten. LOB- 
Dodgers 8, Angles 8.

  Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Totten (1-0)	5.0  7  3-3  0  1  5.40
Jones 	        1.1  4  1-1  0  1  4.30
Sturtze	        1.2  0  0-0  2  1  2.70
Koplove (sv 5)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  3.19
  T- 2:53> Att- 9,692.
Rodriguez Thumped in Debut
Jacksonville started Jesus Rodriguez, who was 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 10 games, including four starts, Inland Empire. His debut was not quite what he wanted. He he allowed five runs in five innings and things only got worse from there.

Eduardo Sierra, Brent Leach and Adolfo Gonzalez followed Rodriguez on the mound for the Suns and all of them were mistreated by the Lookouts. When the smoke cleared Chattanooga had 15 and a 16-0 win.

Helped by a seven-run ninth inning, it was most runs scored against the Suns at home since June 19, 2005, when the Montgomery Biscuits won 20-2 and the second-most runs in the Southern League this year.

-John Shoemaker, the Suns' mild-mannered manager, was ejected from a game for the first time this season, and replays showed he had a legitimate case.

James Tomlin and Adolfo Gonzalez had two hits apiece for the Suns (5-5), who managed only five all night and the Suns had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Sun Spots-- Manager John Shoemaker was ejected in the fifth inning for protesting an out call on James Tomlin's groundball to shortstop. Replays clearly showed that the throw to Lookouts first baseman Tony Gutierrez pulled his foot off the base. ...Adolfo Gonzalez, who started the game at third base for the Suns, pitched the ninth and allowed a three-run homer and a grand slam but four of the runs were unearned. ...The Suns are scheduled to send LHP Cody White (2-1, 5.56 ERA) against Lookouts RHP Jordan Smith (1-3, 5.88) tonight in the fifth game of the six-game series.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	300 112 117-16
Jacksonville	000 000 000- 0

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf	4  0  2  0  .287
JGonzalez ss	4  0  0  0  .266
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .286
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  0  0  .258
May c        	3  0  0  0  .253
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 De Jesus 2b	0  0  0  0  .293
Justis 2b-3b	3  0  0  0  .243	
AGonzalez 3b-p	3  0  2  0  .275
Godwin cf	3  0  1  0  .275
JRodriguez p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Berezay ph	1  0  0  0  .131
 JGonzalez ph	0  0  0  0  .272
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Gutierrez c	1  0  0  0  .150
  Totals	31  0  5  0
  Chattanooga	41 16 15 16

  Error- Justis (9). 2B- Tomlin (21).
LOB- Jacksonville 6, Chattanooga 8.
DP- AGonzalez and Bellhorn; AGonzalez, 
Justis and Bellhorn. 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
JRodriguez (0-1)5.0  6  5-5  3  2  9.00
Sierra	        1.0  2  2-2  2  1  5.97
Leach	        2.0  2  2-2  3  1  2.83
AGonzalez	1.0  5  7-3  0  0 13.50
  PB- May (14). T- 3:01. Att- 6,897. 
Att- 7,898.
Sixers Dump Lancaster 9-6
Inland Empire broke a 5-5 tie in the sixth inning and held on to top Lansing 9-6 in a hit-happy game (26 total) that saw seven pitchers attempt to stop the carnage.

Starter Josh Wall allowed six hits and five innings over his four innings and Francisco Felix (5-2) pitched the next three, earning the win when singles by Ryan Rogowski and Carlos Santana, plus a wild pitch, put the 66ers up 6-4. Paul Koss pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game and collect his fourth save.

Santana banged out four hits, including a double, and knocked in three runs, boosting his average to .303. Rogowski also had a trio of hits and Justin Fuller singled twice.

Inland Empire was helped by four Silverhawk errors that allowed three unearned runs.

Reinforcements Arrive
The 66ers got two new pitchers and activated a catcher to complete their roster. Steve Johnson, who was a Midwest League all-star after going 9-2 with a 2.34 ERA for Great Lakes, was promoted to join the Sixers' starting rotation and is expected to start Sunday.

Former big league right-hander Jerome Williams also joins the team. Williams was 23-29 with a 4.25 ERA in 76 career big league games with the Giants, Cubs and Nationals and last pitched in the California League for San Jose in 2000. He was most recently pitching for Long Beach of the independent Golden League, where he was 3-2 with a 4.95 ERA.

The Sixers activated catcher Fuminasa Ishibashi, the team's third catcher, who had appeared in one game for the Sixers in May, but had been inactive the last few weeks despite remaining with the team.

 Score by innings
Inland Empire  	010 402 020-9
Lancaster  	001 121 000-6

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	5  2  3  0  .296
Hunt cf        	5  2  2  1  .258
Santana c	5  3  4  3  .303
Locke 1b	3  0  1  1  .300
Gallagher 3b	5  0  1  0  .281
Pedroza ss	5  1  1  0  .285
Giles rf	5  0  0  0  .263
Fuller 2b	3  1  2  0  .246
Robinson dh	5  0  1  0  .251
  Totals	41 9 15 5
  Lancaster	35 6 11 6

 2b hits- Santana (27). RBI- Hunt (13), 
Santana 3 (69). Locke (33). SF- Locke. 
Sb- Rogowski (25), Fuller (3). LOB- Inland
Empire 9, Lancaster 7. DP- Fuller, Pedroza
and Locke.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall        	4.0  6  5-5  3  4  5.70
Felix (5-2)	3.0  4  1-1  0  1  2.68
Koss (sv 4)	2.0  1  0-0  1  2  2.86
 T- 3:27. Att- 2,305.
Loons Win 3-0 in Five
Bryan Morris fired five shutout innings to win his first game of the year and Jaime Ortiz blasted a two-run home run as Great Lakes Loons defeated South Bend 3-0 in a game that was called by rain with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

  With the game scoreless in the fourth inning, Jaime Ortiz homered to right field, his tenth longball of the season and his second in as many games.  

Kenley Jansen boosted the Loons to a 3-0 lead in the fifth with a double to left-center scoring Francisco Lizarraga. Immediately following the double, the rains picked up in intensity forcing a delay and the eventual cancellation of the remainder of the game.  

Because of the rain, Morris was credited with a complete game shutout, the first in franchise history and second complete game in franchise history.  Morris faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings, allowing two hits and throwing 48 pitches. The two baserunners were erased by double plays.  

Great Lakes managed only four hits, including Jovanny Rosario's triple in the first inning.

The game was played in one hour, four minutes, the shortest game in Loons' history.  The game included a one hour, seven minute delay.  

The Loons (34-44 overall, 4-5 second half) continue their eight-game homestand tonight against South Bend.

  Score by Innings 
South Bend	000 00-0
Great Lakes	000 21-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	2  0  0  0  .287
Rosario cf	0  1  0  .268
Lambo ld	2  1  1  0  .288
Ortiz 1b	2  1  1  2  .217
Silverio rf	2  0  0  0  .263
Mattingly 2b	2  0  0  0  .233
Dalton 3b	1  0  0  0  .248
Lizarraga ss	1  1  0  0  .111
Jansen c	2  0  1  1  .237
  Totals	16 3 4 3
  South Bend	15 0 2 0

  2B- Lambo (22), Jansen (7). 3B-
Rosario (5). HR- Otriz (10). RBI-
Ortiz 2 (27), Jansen (18). LOB-
Great Lakes 3, South Bend 0. SB-
Dalton (2). DP- 2 Mattingly,
Lizarraga and Ortiz; Ortiz,
Lizarraga and Morris.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Morris (1-3)	5.0  2  0-0  0  3  3.88
  HBP- Dalton, Lizarraga. 
T- 1:04 (1:07 delay). 
Att- 4,958.
 

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