Rodriguez's One-Hitter Tops Carolina

Las Vegas dropped a 9-6 decision to Salt Lake after scoring six in the sixth to tie. Jesus Rodriguez's first Double-A win boosted Jacksonville over Carolina 5-3, Inland Empire, finished nearly a month-long road trip, with a 5-3 loss to Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes made five hits go a long way while winning identical 2-1 games from Dayton, each in the final inning.

Schmidt Improving Slowly
Jason Schmidt's rehab start saw him work 2.1 innings and allow six hits and four runs three of them earned. More than a year after undergoing shoulder surgery, he has regained much of his velocity but is still struggling with his command.

"Part of the reason I can't locate is I've still got the fear factor in the back of my mind, 'Is (my shoulder) going to pinch on this pitch? What's it going to feel like?' " Schmidt told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The 35-year-old righthander had a no decision in the 51s' 9-6 loss to Salt Lake on Thursday at Cashman Field in front of a crowd of 11,599. "I'm not pain-free, and I may never be pain-free again, but the biggest thing is if I can pitch pain-free enough to be able to get guys out and be able to locate."

Trailing 4-0 after five and 6-0 in the sixth, the 51s suddenly came to life and tied the game with a six-run burst of their own.

Held to a Wilkin Ruan single over the first five innings, Ruan opened with a double and Ramon Martinez singled to drive him in. With one out John Lindsey also singled and with two out John-Ford Griffin launched his 11th home run over the right field wall. Angel Chavez singled and A.J. Ellis banged his second homer to dead center.

Jason Johnson (10-5), who had taken over from Schmidt in the third inning, allowed a pair of runs in the sixth, then was tagged for three more in the ninth to take the loss.

Ruan, who added a triple later in the game, boosted his average to .368, finished with three hits. Martinez and Griffin had two each.

Las Vegas hosts the Colorado Springs Sky Sox today with Jon Meloan facing Josh Towers.

  Score by Innings
Salt Lake	112 002 003-9	
Las Vegas	000 006 000-6

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruan cf     	5  1  3  0  .368
Martinez 2b	5  1  2  1  .281
Tiffee dh-3b	3  0  0  0  .383
Lindsey 1b	4  1  1  0  .307
MJones rf	3  0  0  0  .227
Griffin lf	3  1  2  3  .294
Chavez 3b-ss	4  1  1  0  .281
Ellis c	        4  1  1  2  .284
Rundgren ss	2  0  0  0  .209
Johnson p	1  0  0  0  .200
 River ph	1  0  0  0  .256
 Schmidt p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	38 6 10 6
  Salt Lake	39 9 13 8

  Error- Rundgren 2 (8). 2B- Ruan
(7). 3B- Ruan (4). HR- Griffin (11),
Ellis (2). RBI- Martinez (7),
Griffin 3 (53), Ellis 2 (34). LOB-
Las Vegas 5, Salt Lake 9. 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Schmidt        	2.1  6  4-3  1  0  7.20
Johnson (10-5)	6.2  7  5-5  2  5  4.22
  HBP- Griffin, by Johnson 2. 
T- 2:59. Att- 11,599.
Suns Dump 'Cats 5-3
Jacksonville saw the real Jesus Rodriguez and, carried by his strong arm, stopped Carolina 5-3. Rodriguez (1-1), who was battered in his first start for the Suns, allowed one run over six innings and struck out eight in recording his first AA win.

The Suns provided only a single run in his support until they put two more on the board in each the sixth and seventh innings. Jacobo Meque was tapped for a pair of runs before Eduardo Sierra collected the save, although he allowed a run in the ninth.

Five different Suns had a pair of hits in the win. Jamie Hoffman, Adolfo Rodriguez, James Tomlin, Russ Mitchell and Juan Gonzalez each had two, with Hoffman and Rodriguez also adding a pair of runs batted in to their totals.

Singles by Mitchell and the two Gonzalez's, Adolfo and Juan, provided the initial run in the second. The same combination, plus Mark Bellhorn, provided two in the sixth and Hoffman's double drove in the final pair of runs after Tomlin singled and Shane Justice doubled in the seventh.

  Score by Innings
Carolina	000 000 021-3
Jacksonville	010 002 20x-5

  Jacksonville	ab r h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  1  2  0  .277
Justis lf	4  1  1  0  .271
Hoffmann rf	4  0  2  2  .286
Bellhorn 1b	4  1  1  0  .258
May c     	3  0  0  0  .243
Mitchell 3b	4  2  2  1  .277
JGonzalez ss	3  0  2  0  .265
AGonzalez 2b	3  0  2  2  .283
Rodriguez p	2  0  0  0  .000
Berezay ph	1  0  0  0  .135
 Meque p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .280
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	33 5 12 5
  Carolina	32 3  4 2

  2B- Justis (12), Hoffmann (1).
RBI- AGonzalez 2 (12), Mitchell
(39), Hoffmann  2(40). SF- AGonzalez.
LOB- Jacksonville 8, Carolina 8. SB-
May (2). CS- Hoffmann (5). 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rodriguez (1-1)	6.0  1  0-0  4  8  4.09
Meque        	2.0  1  2-2  2  4  7.11
Sierra (sv 7)	1.0  2  0-0  0  2  5.55
  PB- May (15). T-2:49. Att- 11,481.
66ers Lose to Quakes 5-3
Inland Empire scored three times in the first inning, then went cold and lost a 5-3 decision at Rancho Cucamonga to split the two-game series. With the loss they fell into a three-way tie for first place with the Quakes and High Desert with identical 8-6 records.

In the opening barrage, Bridger Hunt scored when Carlos Santana singled him home. The RBI gives Santana a tied for the most runs batted in Minor League Baseball with 78. Austin Gallagher, who led the California League with 14 doubles in the mont of June, doubled him home and scored himself on a Jaime Pedroza RBI single, continuing a hitting streak is moved to 12 games.

The Quakes scored three in the fourth and a tally in the fifth and sixth. Alberto Bastardo gave up three runs on eight hits in four innings while walking two and fanning four and left with the game tied 3-3. Javy Guerra (1-3) was touched up for a pair of runs over three innings and was tagged with the loss.

Gallagher collected two of the 66er hits.

The 66ers have been living out of their suitcases much of the month of June, having played only six home games over the last 33, and are finally coming home. They open a two-team homestand tonight with High Desert and the will host Modesto.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	300 000 000-3
Rancho 	        000 311 00x-5
 
  Inland Empire	ab r   h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  0  0  .275
Hunt rf        	3  1  1  0  .251
Santana dh	4  1  1  1  .318
Gallagher 3b	4  1  2  1  .284
Locke 1b	4  0  1  0  .306
Pedroza ss	4  0  1  1  .289
Lara 2b        	3  0  0  0  .252
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .256
Lopez c	        3  0  0  0  .045
  Totals	31 3  7 3
  Rancho	27 5 12 4

  Error- Lopez (2). 2B- Hunt (9),
Gallagher (18). RBI- Santana (78),
Gallagher (23), Pedroza (29). LOB-
Inland Empire 7, Rancho 7. SB- Lara
(6), Rogowski (28), Robinson (17).
DP- 2 Lara, Pedroza and Locke; Lopez
and Lara.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  erasera
Bastardo 	4.0  8  3-3  2  4  6.04
Guerra (1-3)	3.0  3  2-2  2  1  5.02
Tuten	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
  HBP- by Bastardo. T- 3:06. Att- 7,025.
Loons Walk Off Twice with Victories
Great Lakes won a twin-bill from Dayton by identical 2-1 scores in front of a season-high 5,686 fans at Dow Diamond. The Loons managed only five hits in the doubleheader but remarkable pitching surrendered only nine hits and allowed a sweep.

The Loons scored first in the third inning when manager Juan Bustabad called for a double steal with runners on first and third and Jovanny Rosario scored while Francisco Lizarraga was caught in a rundown to give the Loons a 1-0 lead.

Bryan Morris started for Great Lakes and worked into the sixth inning, allowing only a single hit and a single run while striking out five. Reliever Matt Sartor (4-2) took over with a runner on first and gave up a game-tying double.

The scheduled seven-inning game moved into the ninth tied 1-1. Then Erik Kanaby walked and with one out and the newest Loon, Brandon Taylor was hit by a pitch moving Kanaby to second.

Jaime Ortiz followed with a grounder that looked like an inning-ending double play but the second baseman's throw to the shortstop sailed into left field allowing Kanaby to score the game-winning run.

Sartor worked 3.2 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Dayton was held to four hits, the Loons managed three.

  Score by Innings 
Dayton	        000 100 000-1
Great Lakes	001 000 001-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  1  0  .266
Lizarraga ss	4  0  1  0  .196
 Kanaby lf	3  1  0  0  .283
Taylor 3b	3  0  0  0  .000
Ortiz dh	4  0  0  0  .198
Mattingly 2b	2  0  1  0  .233
Mathews 1b	3  0  1  0  .211
Silverio rf	2  0  0  0  .245
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .224
  Totals	29 2 4 1
  Dayton	24 1 3 0
 
  Error- Lizarraga (2). S- Silverio. 
LOB- Great Lakes 5, Dayton 4. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb os  era
Morris 	        5.1  1  1-1  2  5  3.67
Sartor (2-4)	3.2  2  0-0  0  5  3.59
  HBP- Taylor, by Morris. T- 2:09.
In game two, the Loons pulled another rabbit out of their hat, scoring the tying run in the sixth and again winning the game in the last of the ninth.

Thomas Melgarejo started and gave up a run scoring triple in the fifth to break the scoreless deadlock.

Great Lakes was held hitless through five before Alfredo Silverio led off the sixth with a solo home run, his fifth of the season to tie the game at one. The homer snapped 0-for-17 stretch at the plate for the Loons' right-fielder as well as the no-hit bid.

In the seventh, pinch hitter Jovanny Rosario walked and stole second, his 19th of the season. Erika Kanaby was walked intentionally and Francisco  Lizarraga followed with the Loons second, and final hit of the game, a line a single to center that scored Rosario and gave the Loons a second walk-off victory.

Melgarejo worked a strong 5.1 innings and Daigoro Rondon came on to finish the game out and pick up the victory, improving his record to 4-7.

The Loons conclude their eight-game homestand and four-game set against the Dayton Dragons this afternoon at Dow Diamond on Independence Day.

  Score by Innings 
Dayton	        000 010 0-1
Great Lakes	000 001 1-2
	
  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Silverio rf	4  1  1  1  .245
Lizarraga ss	4  0  1  1  .200
Garabedian c	2  0  0  0  .292	
Taylor 3b	2  0  0  0  .000
Mathews 1b	2  0  0  0  .209
 Ortiz ph-1b	0  0  0  0  .198
Mattingly dh	3  0  0  0  .230
Dalton 2b	2  0  0  0  .238
Garcia lf	2  0  0  0  .000
 Rosario ph	0  1  0  0  .266
Kanaby cf	1  0  0  0  .282
  Totals	22 2 2 1
  Dayton	23 1 5 1

  HR- Silverio (5). RBI- Silverio
(27), Lizarraga (2). LOB- Great
Lakes 5, Dayton 3. SB- Rosario
(19), Dalton (3), Kanaby 2 (16),
Taylor (1). DP- Kanaby and Dalton.

  Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Melgarejo	5.2  5  1-1  1  3  3.80
Rondon (4-7)	1.1  0  0-0  1  2  5.60
  T- 2:10. Att- 5,686.

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