Andruw and Nomar Collect Five Hits at Vegas

Andrew Jones had three hits and Nomar Garciaparra two but Las Vegas lost 9-6 to Salt Lake. Jacksonville pulled a triple play but they still lost to Carolina 4-1. A four-run seventh allowed Rancho Cucamonga to stop Inland Empire 6-3. Dayton dropped Great Falls 4-2.

Jones New Knee Working Fine
Andruw Jones started in center field and went 3-for-3 with two RBI singles and an infield hit. He also stole a base and Nomar Garciaparra had a pair of hits but despite all that, Las Vegas lost a 9-6 decision to Salt Lake.

Jones had never had been on the disabled list and since 1997, no big leaguer has played in more games -- 150 or more in each of the past 11 years and 1,773 games overall.

But he got off to a terrible start with the Dodgers and hit only .165 (22-for-133) with two home runs and seven RBIs in 43 games before he underwent surgery May 27 to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

"It's just good to come out and get some at-bats," Jones said before the game. "I've been working on stuff when I was gone, and it's good to see it pay off. I'm trying to think about pushing it and coming back this weekend. We'll see how it goes these few days and go from there."

Salt Lake broke a 3-3 tie with four runs off starter Justin Orenduff (2-5) who was battered for 11 hits and seven runs, six earned, over 4.2 innings. Greg Jones, the third Jones in the lineup this game, allowed the final two runs.

With one out in the first inning, Garciaparra singled and scored on Terry Tiffee's 30th double of the season. Jones drove him in with a sharp single to tie the game 2-2.

Jones drove in Garciaparra again in the third after Nomar had led off the inning with his second hit of the game.

The 51s, trailing 7-3, closed the gap in the seventh inning on a single by Wilkin Ruan and an error. A third run came across on John Lindsey's ground ball, but Vegas got no closer.

Andruw Jones and Tiffee had three hits each. Garciaparra and A.J. Ellis ad a pair.

Vegas Notes-- Shortstop Rafael Furcal suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a strained lower back. After going 1-for-3 with a double and playing four innings for the 51s on Monday, Furcal was scratched from the lineup and headed back to Los Angeles to get re-evaluated. ...The fourth Dodger rehabbing in Nevada, right-hander Jason Schmidt, threw a bullpen session and is to throw 55 pitches Thursday in his second rehab start for the 51s.

  Score by Innings
Salt Lake	201 040 020-9
Las Vegas	201 000 300-6

 Las Vegas	ab  r  h  bi  ave	
Chavez 3b	5  0  1  0  .279
Garciaparra ss	3  2  2  0  .353
Rundgren ss	2  1  0  0  .213
Tiffee 1b	5  2  3  1  .389
AJones cf	3  0  3  2  .667
 Ruan cf	2  1  1  0  .364
Lindsey dh	3  0  0  0  .312
MJones rf	4  0  0  0  .263
Griffin lf	4  0  0  0  .286
Ellis c	        3  0  2  0  .285
Martin 2b	4  0  0  0  .292
  Totals	34 6 12 4
  Salt Lake	43 9 16 8

  Error- Tiffee (12). 2B- Tiffee
(30). RBI- Tiffee (49), AJones 2
(3), Lindsey (64). LOB- Las Vegas
7, Salt Lake 9. SB- AJones (1). SB-
Jones (1). DP- Ellis and Martinez. 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff (2-5)	4.2 11  7-6  1  4  6.88
GJones	        2.2  4  2-2  0  3  4.46
Riley	        1.2  1  0-0  0  1  3.03
 HBP- by GJones. T- 3:04. Att- 3,502.
Evan a Triple Play Can't Save Suns
Jacksonville probably doesn't know exactly what a Mudcat is, but they wish they would just go away. The Suns were tagged for four runs in the first four innings and Carolina topped them 4-1 for the 14th win in 21 meetings this season. ?

Jacksonville turned a triple play in the first inning. Trailing 2-0 and with runners from first and second going on the pitch, shortstop Ivan De Jesus made a diving catch of a line drive, stepped on second and threw to second baseman Shane Justis who tagged the runner coming from first base to quickly end the inning.

"As soon as Ivan caught it, I started yelling, 'Second, second'," Justis told the Jacksonville Times-Union. "Ivan probably could have done it all himself for an unassisted triple play, but he threw me the ball, and I just started tagging guys. It all happened pretty fast, but once it was over, we realized what we had just done. I've never been involved in a triple play myself prior to this."

It was the Suns' first triple play since May 18, 2003.

Oddly enough, Suns manager John Shoemaker holds the rare distinction of being the pivot man on two triple plays - in the same game.

Playing second for the Lodi Dodgers in 1971, he helped turn a 6-4-3 triple play in the first inning. Then in the fourth, they recorded a 5-4-3 triple play.

The only Jacksonville run came when catcher Lucas May slugged his 10th home run, tying Juan Gonzalez for the team lead. May also singled to collect two of Jacksonville's five hits.

Jesus Castillo (5-4) was treated roughly. He allowed 10 hits and all four runs over his five innings.

Suns RHP B.J. LaMura (2-2, 3.60) is scheduled to oppose Mudcats RHP Chris Volstad (4-3, 3.28) in the first game of a doubleheader tonight. Suns RHP Jesus Rodriguez (0-1, 9.00) is set to go against Mudcats RHP Tim Corcoran (0-1, 7.71) in the second game.

All-Star Selections
Seven of the Suns were picked for the July 14 Southern League All-Star game, more than any other team in the South Division. Included are catcher Lucas May, shortstop Ivan De Jesus (who will play in the Futures Game instead), second baseman Juan Gonzalez, third baseman Russ Mitchell, outfielder Jamie Hoffmann, and pitchers James McDonald and Jesus Castillo.

  Score by Innings
Carolina	201 100 000-4
Jacksonville	010 000 000-1

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf	5  0  0  0  .272
De Jesus ss	1  0  0  0  .303
 AGonzalez ss	2  0  0  0  .275
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .283
Bellhorn 1b	3  0  0  0  .257
May c        	4  1  2  1  .250
Mitchell 3b	4  0  1  0  .270
Justis 2b	3  0  1  0  .262
Godwin cf	2  0  0  0  .281
Castillo P	2  0  0  0  .100
 Meque p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Berezay ph	1  0  0  0  .143
 Muegge p	0  0  0  0  .333
 JGonzalez ph	1  0  1  0  .264
  Totals	32 1  5 1
  Carolina	34 4 10 4

  Errors- De Jesus (13), Mitchell
(10) 2B- Mitchell (13), May (20)
JGonzalez (13). HR- May (10). RBI-
May (40). SB- Justis (4), De Jesus
2 (11). DP- Mitchell and Bellhorn;
Tomlin and Mitchell; AGonzalez, Justis
and Bellhorn. Triple Play- De Jesus and
Justis.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (5-4)	5.0 10  4-4  2  2  3.09
Meque        	2.0  0  0-0  1  1  6.23
Muegge        	2.0  0  0-0  1  1  5.79
  HBP- by Meque. T- 2:58. Att- 4,167.
Four Run Seventh Sinks 66ers
Starter Tim Sexton allowed only two runs over six innings but Francisco Felix (5-3) gave up four runs in the seventh and Rancho Cucamonga's 6-3 win dropped Inland Empire into a first-place tie with the Quakes.

Carlos Santana slammed his 10th home run in the first inning with Bridger Hunt on base. It was the catcher's team-leading 10th homer. It was also his league-leading 74th run batted in this season and he is on pace to collect 124.

In the fifth, Christian Lara scored from third on a wild pitch for the 66ers final run of the game.

Sexton, who hasn't won since the first part of May, only allowed two runs, on seven hits, issued two walks and struck out five. He left the game with a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh.

After Felix was torched, David Pfeiffer closed the game out with 1.1 scoreless innings.

Game three of the four game series is set for tonight in Rancho Cucamonga. The 66ers return home for Independence Day to take on the High Desert Mavericks

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	200 010 000-3
Cucamonga	100 010 40x-6
  
  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	3  0  0  0  .282 
Hunt dh        	4  1  1  0  .250
Santana c	4  1  2  2  .316
Gallagher 3b	4  0  1  0  .285
Locke 1b	4  0  1  0  .297
Giles rf	4  0  0  0  .259
Fuller ss	4  1  1  0  .267
Lara 2b        	4  0  1  0  .256
  Totals	34 3  8 2
  Cucamonga	33 6 10 6

  2B- Hunt (98). 3B- Fuller (3).
HR- Santana (10. RBI- Santana 2
(74). LOB- Inland Empire 5, Rancho
Cucamonga 9. CS- Rogowski (7).

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Sexton	        6.0  7  2-2  2  5  5.55
Felix (5-3)	0.2  3  4-4  3  1  3.40
Pfeiffer	1.1  0  0-0  0  1  5.31
  HBP- by Felix. T-2:28. Att- 2,172
Shorthanded Loons Fall 4-2
Brad Golden/Loons.com
With Andrew Lambo and Alex Garabedian late scratches from the Loons' starting lineup, Dayton defeated Great Lakes in front of 4,741 fans at Dow Diamond by a score of 4-2.

Prior to the game, Garabedian was under the weather and was removed from Juan Bustabad's starting lineup. Soon after, Lambo became unavailable to play due to a hip injury suffered late in Monday night's 8-3 loss to South Bend. Lambo attempted to work out before the game, but had to leave the field and was consequently scratched.

Dayton scored once in the opening inning and built a 4-0 lead by the fourth. Starter Given Kutz worked seven innings, allowing all four runs and was charged with the loss, dropping his record to 3-2.

The Loons tacked on a single run in the fifth on Preston Mattingly's triple and a ground ball, then added another in the sixth when Erik Kanaby and Francisco Lizarraga led off with singles. Alfredo Silverio's sac fly drove in the Loons final run. The final 12 Loons went down in order.

Kanaby led the way for Inland Empire with two hits in the contest. The Loons have scored 19 runs in their last nine games, and average of 2.1 per game.

The Loons and Dragons play game two tonight as they continue their four-game series at Dow Diamond.

  Score by Innings
Dayton	        120 100 000-4
Great Lakes	000 011 000-2
 
  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .266
Kanaby dh	4  1  2  0  .286
Lizarraga ss	4  0  1  0  .190
Ortiz 1b        2  0  0  0  .202
Silverio rf	3  0  0  1  .247
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .228
Dalton 3b	3  1  1  0  .231
Garcia lf	3  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	31 2 5 2
  Dayton	35 4 9 4

 3B- Mattingly (2). RBI- Garcia
(1), Silverio (26). SF- Silverio.
LOB- Great Lakes 5, Dayton 6.
SB- Kanaby (14). CS- Rosario (6). 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kutz (3-2)	7.0  9  4-4  0  7  4.10
Sanfler	        2.0  0  0-0  1  2  3.83
  T-2:20. Att- 4,741.

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