Jason Johnson Wins 10th for Las Vegas

John Lindsey homered twice and Jason Johnson won his 10th game as Las Vegas bopped Fresno 7-4; Jacksonville scored nine in the first three innings and fought off Chattanooga 11-9; Inland Empire survived a Lancaster rally to win 7-6 behind David Pfeiffer's' relief pitching and Great Lakes received strong pitching but lost 3-2 to South Bend.

Early Attack Drops Grizzlies
First baseman John Lindsey drove in three runs with a pair of home runs (#17) and a single as Las Vegas rolled up a 7-2 lead before beating Fresno 7-4.

Pitcher Jason Schmidt, making a rehabilitation start as he comes back from right shoulder surgery, allowed one run on three hits and two walks in 2.2 innings on a limited pitch count. He struck out one and walked a pair.

Jason Johnson went the rest of the way, allowing three runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings, with six strikeouts, to improve his Pacific Coast League record to a league-leading 10-4.

The 51s (44-39) got three runs in the second inning, with Mitch Jones scoring on Wilkin Ruan's bases-loaded balk with two outs, then Jason Repko and Ramon Martinez following with RBI singles. Lindsey hit a two-run homer in the fifth and a solo shot in the seventh.

With the win, the 51s are 4.5 games behind league leading Sacramento.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	031 020 100-7
Fresno	        001 001 002-4

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	5  0  3  1  .277
Martinez 2b	4  0  1  1  .308
Tiffee 3b	4  1  1  0  .391
Lindsey 1b	5  3  3  3  .317
Jones lf	5  1  1  0  .200
Ellis c        	3  1  0  0  .283
Ruan rf	        2  0  0  1  .283
Rundgren ss	4  0  1  0  .224
Schmidt p	0  1  0  0  .000
 Johnson p	3  0  0  0  .212
  Totals	35 7 10 6
  Fresno	30 4 11 4

  Error- Tiffee (11), Ruan (1).
2B- Repko 2 (16), Jones (2). HR-
Lindsey 2 (17). RBI- Repko (29),
Martinez (6), Ruan (10), Lindsey
3 (62). SF- Ruan. LOB- Las Vegas 8,
Fresno 10. DP- Repko and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Schmidt	        2.2  3  1-1  2  1  3.38
Johnson (10-4)	6.1  8  3-2  0  6  4.05
  HBP- by Schmidt; Martinez, Ellis. 
PB- Ellis (6). T- 2:44. Att- 8,767.
Suns Strike Early in 11-9 Win
After a 40-minute rain delay to start the game, Jacksonville scored nine times in the first three innings and outlasted Chattanooga 11-9. Suns starter Cody White (3-1) allowed six runs in five innings and earned the win. He left with a 9-6 lead.

Strong relief pitching by Scott Elbert and Zach Hammes enabled the Suns to hold off a late Lookouts rally for their fourth victory in the six-game series.

Rapidly improving Scott Elbert walked the first batter he faced in the sixth, then retired nine consecutive batters, seven by strikeout. Elbert has 14 strikeouts in 15.1 innings in eight relief appearances since joining the Suns on June 3.

Hammes came on in the ninth to get the final two outs after Chattanooga scored three times in the inning off Suns reliever Jacobo Meque.

Leading 4-3, Jacksonville launched a five run third inning that opened up the game. Jaime Hoffman knocked in two in the first inning and scored on a double play grounder. A single and an error added a fourth run in the second.

In the third, Shane Justis' RBI single drove in the first run. Adam Godwin added a two-run double before an error and Ivan De Jesus's single drove in the fifth run for a 9-3 lead.

De Jesus' double and Justis' single drove in one in the sixth and Mark Bellhorn launched his sixth homer in the eighth to close out the scoring.

The Suns banged out 11 hits good for 11 runs. Justis and De Jesus had three hits each; Bellhorn and Godwin collected two.

Chattanooga helped out by committing six errors and have made 96 in 81 games, the most in the league.

The Suns are scheduled to send RHP James McDonald (4-2, 3.42 ERA) against Lookouts LHP Travis Wood (1-4, 7.07) today in the series finale.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	111 030 003- 9
Jacksonville	315 001 01x-11

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf	4  1  0  0 .283
De Jesus 2b	5  2  3  1  .299
Hoffmann rf	4  2  1  1  .288
Bellhorn 1b	4  2  2  1  .265
Justis 3b	5  1  3  2  .255
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
JGonzalez ss	3  0  0  0  .262
Gutierrez c	1  2  0  0  .143
Godwin cf	4  1  2  2  .288
CWhite p	2  0  0  0  .125
 Berezay ph	1  0  0  0  .129
 Elbert p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Meque p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Mitchell 3b	0  0  0  0  .275
  Totals	30 11 11 7
  Chattanooga	35  9 11 7

  Error- Hoffmann (5). 2B- Godwin (11), 
De Jesus (12). HR- Bellhorn (6). 
RBI- Hoffmann (37), Justis 2 (15), Godwin 
2 (24), De Jesus (33), Bellhorn (24). 
LOB- Jacksonville 6, Chattanooga 5. 
CS- Justis (4). 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White (3-1)	5.0  9  6-6  1  2  6.51
Elbert 	        3.0  0  0-0  1  7  2.93
Meque        	0.1  2  3-3  1  1 11.57
Hammes (sv 4)	0.2  0  0-0  0  0  5.96
  HBP- Gutierrez 2. T- 3:15 (:43 delay).
Att- 4,194.
66ers Edge Lancaster 7-6
Inland Empire broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning and held on despite a Lancaster rally to win 7-6. A bases-loaded single by Andrew Locke drove in both runs in the eighth. Trayvon Robinson and Carlos Santana had RBI singles in the ninth after Lancaster cut the lead to 5-4.

Joe Jones, who took over in the eighth inning and allowed an unearned run, made an error himself to surrender yet another unearned run in the ninth but nailed the final two batters to preserve reliever David Pfeiffer' first win while recording his second save.

Newly arrived Jerome Williams, San Francisco's sandwich pick in the 1999 draft who was recently signed as a free agent, made his Inland Empire debut and worked into the fourth inning, allowing only a pair of hits and a single run.

David Pratt walked three and allowed a hit in relief and was unable to retire anyone. Pfeffer took over and collected the win with four strong innings (two hits, one run) while striking out seven.

Tommy Giles and Locke did much of the damage for the 66ers, each collecting two hits and a pair of runs batted in.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	030 000 022-7
Lancaster	000 300 012-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski dh	3  1  0  0  .292
 Hunt lf	5  0  0  0  .250
Santana c	4  1  1  1  .302
Gallagher 3b	4  1  1  0  .280
Locke 1b	4  1  2  2  .304
Giles rf	4  1  2  2  .267
Pedroza ss	3  1  1  0  .286
Lara 2b        	1  0  0  1  .259
Robinson cf	4  1  1  1  .251
  Totals	32 7 8 7
  Lancaster	33 6 7 6

  Error- Lara (13), Jones (1).
2B- Giles (17), Pedroza (20).
RBI- Giles 2 (51), Lara (23),
Locke 2 (35), Robinson (24),
Santana (70). S- Pedroza, Lara.
SF- Lara. LOB- Inland Empire 6,
Lancaster 11. SB- Rogowski. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Williams	3.0  2  1-1  2  1  3.00
Pratt        	0.0  1  2-2  3  0  5.50
Pfeiffer (1-2)	4.0  2  1-1  2  7  9.00
Jones (sv 2)	2.0  2  2-1  1  0  3.96
  HBP- By Pfeiffer, Gallagher. T- 3:07. 
Att- 2,819.
South Bend's Early Lead tops Loons
A two-run home run in the fifth inning off starter Thomas Melgarejo (1-4) was more than the Loons could overcome and they lost 3-2 in front of a new Dow Diamond 2008 regular-season record crowd of 5,616 fans.

South Bend took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Andrew Lambo blasted his ninth home run, a two-run shot, with Jovanny Rosario on base with a single to cut the South Bend lead to 3-2.

The Loons collected only a single by Parker Dalton in the sixth and another single by Lambo in the seventh the rest of the game. Lambo and Francisco Lizarraga each had two of Great Lakes' six hits.

Thomas Melgarejo pitched 3.2 innings and picked up his fourth loss of the season. Daigoro Rondon pitched well in relief despite allowing a home run, working 5.1 innings after a 37-minute rain delay, allowing three hits and striking out 10.

The Loons continue their four-game series against the South Bend Silver Hawks this afternoon. 

  Score by Innings
South Bend	100 020 000-3
Great Lakes	000 020 000-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	4  0  0  0  .283
Rosario dh	4  1  1  0  .268
Lambo lf	3  1  2  2  .292
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .212
Silverio rf	4  0  0  0  .257
Mattingly 2b	4  0  0  0  .229
Dalton 3b	4  0  1  0  .248
Lizarraga ss	4  0  2  0  .161
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .232
  Totals	34 2 6 2
  Great Bend	35 3 8 3

  Error- Melgarejo (2), Mattingly (10). 
2B- Lizarraga (1). HR- Lambo (9). 
RBI- Lambo 2 (50). 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Melgarejo (1-4)	3.21 5  1-1  2  5  4.10
Rondon	        5.1  3  2-2  5 10  5.72 
  HBP- by Rondon 2. T- 2:48. Att- 5,616.

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