Locke Locks Up 66er Win With Four Hits

Salt Lake thumped Las Vegas 13-2, Jacksonville split with Carolina winning 4-3 and losing 3-2, Inland Empire held onto their league lead by smacking Rancho Cucamonga 18-8 and Inland Empire was rained out.

Salt Lake Pounds 51s
Brian Akin and Tanyon Sturtze were also it hard. Only Greg Miller escaped without allowing a run and he gave up a hit and a pair of walks in 1.1 innings.

Nomar Garciaparra cracked out three singles in three trips and knocked in a run. John-Ford Griffin smacked his 10th homer in the ninth inning to complete the Vegas scoring. Angel Chavez chipped in with a pair of doubles.

  Score by Innings
Salt Lake	411 113 002-13
Las Vegas	000 001 000-2

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Martinez ss	4  0  0  0  .269
Garciaparra dh	3  0  3  1  .450
 Gulledge ph-dh	2  0  0  0  .000
Tiffee 3b	4  0  1  0  .387
AJones cf	2  0  0  0  .500
Ruan cf	        2  0  0  0  .359
Lindsey 1b	4  0  0  0  .307 
MJones rf	3  0  0  0  .244
Griffin lf	3  1  2  1  .290
Rivera c	4  0  1  0  .262
Chavez 2b	4  1  2  0  .282
  Totals	35  2  9  2
  Salt Lake	43 13 18 10

  Error- Tiffee, Lindsey (4). 2B-
Chavez 2 (18). HR- Griffin (10).
RBI- Garciaparra (4), Griffin (50).
LOB- Las Vegas 9, Salt Lake 13. DP-
Martinez, Chavez and Lindsey;
Martinez and Lindsey.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Totten (1-1)	3.1 10  7-3  3  1  6.48
Akin        	2.1  4  4-4  4  4 13.50
Miller        	1.0  1  0-0  2  2  4.91
Sturtze	        2.0  3  2-2  0  2  3.72
  HBP- MJones, by Akin. T-3:17. Att- 9,551.
Suns Split with Mudcats
Jacksonville split a pair of seven inning games with Carolina, winning the first game 4-3 and losing a 3-2 decision in the second.

B.J. LaMura started the opener, working five innings and allowing a three-run burst in the third inning that put the Cats up 3-2. He left after five trailing 3-2 after having allowed six hits and three runs.

Jacksonville scored twice in the first inning when Ivan De Jesus singled and James Tomlin doubled him across. An error allowed the second run.

A sacrifice fly by Jamie Hoffman with the bases loaded in the fifth tied the score and the Suns pushed over the winning run in the sixth. Russ Mitchell singled, was bunted to second and Adam Godwin's single moved him to third.

Pinch-hitter Adolfo Gonzalez hit into a force play and beat the throw to first on an attempted double play to allowed Mitchell to score the eventual winning run.

Eduardo Sierra (4-0) worked a scoreless sixth and was credited with the win. Brent Leach worked around a walk and a single to in the seventh to record his fifth save.

DeJesus, Mitchell and Godwin had a pair of hits each and recorded six of he seven that Jacksonville could manage.

  Score by Innings - Game 1
Carolina	003 000 0-3
Jacksonville	200 011 x-4
 
  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus 2b	4  1  2  0  .306
Tomlin lf	2  1  1  1  .273
Hoffmann rf	2  0  0  1  .281
Bellhorn 1b	3  0  0  0  .252
May c        	3  0  0  0  .247
Mitchell 3b	3  1  2  0  .274
JGonzalez ss	2  0  0  0  .262
Godwin cf	3  0  2  0  .286
LaMura p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Justis ph	0  1  0  0  .264
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
 AGonzalez ph	1  0  0  1  .273
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	24 4 7 2
  Carolina	26 3 8 3

  2B- Tomlin (22). RBI- Tomlin (22),
Hoffmann (38), AGonzalez (10). S-
JGonzalez. SF- Hoffmann. LOB-
Jacksonville 6, Carolina 7. DP-
De Jesus, JGonzalez and Bellhorn.
  
  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
LaMura        	5.0  6  3-3  2  4  3.36
Sierra (4-0)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  545
Leach (sv 5)	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.64
  T- 2:00.
In the nightcap, Carolina scored in the eighth innings off reliever Zach Hammes (2-5) to break a 2-2 tie and capture the extra-inning game 3-2.

Scott Elbert drew his first start and limited Carolina to two hits and a single run over three innings. Travis Schlichting gave up a second run in his three-innings of work before Hammes was tagged for the winner in the eighth.

Jacksonville scored in the first on Mark Bellhorn's RBI single. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, they tied the game when Jaime Hoffmann walked and with one out, Shane Justis and James Tomlin singled.

The Suns threatened in the last of the eighth after Juan Gonzalez walked to lead off. With two out, Hoffman singled to put the winning run on base but Adam Godwin hit into a force play to end the game.

Jacksonville had nine hits and left 11 men on base. Bellhorn and Justis had a pair of hits each.

The Suns will welcome the return of Clayton Kershaw from Los Angeles. The big lefthander was 0-3 but had a 2.21 earned run average over nine starts before being promoted.
  
  Score by Innings - Game 2
Carolina	001 100 01-3
Jacksonville	100 000 10-2

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	4  1  0  0  .281
Justis 2b	3  0  2  0  .269
Tomlin rf-lf	4  0  1  1  .273
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  2  1  .259
Mitchell 3b	4  0  1  0  .274
JGonzalez ss	2  0  0  0  .258
Berezay lf	3  0  0  0  .137
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
 May ph        	1  0  0  0  .246
Gutierrez c	4  0  1  0  .154
 AGonzalez pr	0  0  0  0  .275
Elbert p	1  0  1  0  .333
 Schlichting p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Hoffmann rf	1  1  1  0  .283
  Totals	31 2 9 2
  Carolina	26 3 6 3

  Errors- Schlichting (1), Godwin
(4). 2B- Bellhorn (12), Justis (11),
Mitchell (14). RBI- Bellhorn (25),
Tomlin (23). S- JGonzalez. LOB-
Jacksonville 11, Carolina 3. DP-
Justis, JGonzalez and Bellhorn. 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Elbert	        3.0  2  1-1  1  1  2.95
Schlichting	3.0  3  1-1  0  2  2.48
Hammes (2-5)	2.0  1  1-1  1  2  5.80
  HBP- Godwin. T- 2:25. Att- 4,359.
66ers Fireworks Start Early
Inland Empire celebrated the Fourth of July a bit early, scoring in the first five innings and earning an 18-8 victory over Rancho Cucamonga to strengthen their hold on first place in the South Division.

In anything but a pitcher's duel, the 66ers led 10-7 after four innings and sailed on to take the important win.

Drew Locke led the Inland Empire attack with his first of two home runs, including a three-run homer in the first inning. He went on to reach base five times on four hits and a walk, scored five runs and knocked in four.

Carlos Santana drilled a home run that banged off of the elevated scoreboard in right field. He has now homered in three straight games and has 11 on the season. He scored four times and is first in the league in on-base percentage, runs scored and runs batted in, is second in doubles, third in extra base hits and fifth in batting average.

Three 66ers missed a cycle by one hit. Locke and Santana lacked only a triple, while Tommy Giles needed only a home run to go with his other four hits. Jaime Pedroza had three hits and scored four times as the 66ers rang up 21 hits.

Starter Josh Wall was supplied with plenty of runs support but gave up six earned runs on eight hits before leaving in the fourth inning.

Joe Jones (3-3) had a strong performance, allowing only a single hit over 4.2 innings. He walked one, allowed one hit and fanned a pair while winning his third game.

The two teams meet in the final game of the series tonight.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	431 230 140-18
Cucamonga	211 300 001- 8

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  rbi
Rogowski dh	6  1  1  1  .280
Pedroza ss	5  4  3  1  .289
Santana c	7  4  3  3  .319
Gallagher 3b	7  0  1  2  .278
Locke 1b	5  5  4  4  .307
Giles rf	6  2  4  4  .268
Van Slyke lf	5  0  2  2  .241
Fuller 2b	4  1  2  1  .278
Robinson cf	4  1  1  0  .256
  Totals	47 18 21 18
  Cucamonga	39  8 10  8

  Errors- Gallagher 2 (10),
Robinson (3), Pedroza (12). 2B-
Robinson (13), Santana (28), Fuller
(3), Locke 2 (22), Giles 2 (19).
3B- Pedroza (6), Giles (5). HR-
Locke (3), Santana (11). RBI-
Gallagher 2 (22), Locke 4 (41),
Pedroza (28), Santana 3 (77),
Rogowski (33), Fuller (7), Giles 4
(55), Van Slyke 2 (7). LOB- Inland
Empire 13, Rancho 10. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so   era
Wall        	3.1  8  7-6  3  3  6.17
Jones (3-3)	4.2  1  0-0  1  2  3.62
Pratt        	1.0  1  1-1  2  2  6.05
  HBP- Pedroza, Fuller. T- 3:33. Att- 2,744.
Loons & Dragons Rained Out
A long line of thunderstorms postponed Wednesday night's scheduled contest against the Dayton Dragons. The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader tonight. Both games will last seven innings in length.

Bryan Morris and Thomas Melgarejo are scheduled to start games one and two for the Loons, while the Dragons are expected to counter with starters Matt Klinker and Daniel Guerrero.

  The game will feature a post-game fireworks display, powered by Dow Corning. 

Loons Add Two to Roster
The Loons added a pair of players to their roster, RHP Bob Zimmerman and third basemen Brandon Taylor.

Zimmerman spent part of 2008 with Springfield (Double-A, Texas League, St. Louis Cardinals), where he went 3-1 with a 5.53 ERA.

He began his career in the Angels' organization, after being drafted in the fourth round in 2003 out of Southwest Missouri State.  Zimmerman previously played in the Midwest League in 2004 with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Brandon Taylor, a third baseman, began this season with the St. George Roadrunners of the independent Golden Baseball League, where he hit .411 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs in 32 games.

He was selected by the Cubs in the 17th round of the 2005 draft out of Brigham Young University. He spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as a third baseman, advancing as high as the Peoria Chiefs (Midwest League).

The Cubs then converted Taylor to a pitcher, where he went 2-1 with a 6.15 ERA on the mound in 16 games between the Cubs' Arizona League affiliate and the Boise Hawks of the Northwest League.

In a corresponding move, infielder Joe Becker has been sent to Ogden of the Pioneer League.

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