Griffin, Giles Have Game-Winning Hits

Home runs were the order of the day as Mitch Jones slugged his sixth to tie and John-Ford Griffin's two run double beat Colorado Springs. Terry Tiffee also homered in the game. Jamie Hoffman (two) and Gab Gutierrez went long as Jacksonville topped Mobile. Tommy Giles' two-run shot beat High Desert 6-4 and Carlos Santana had homered earlier. Great Lakes lost 5-3 despite Brandon Taylor's homer.

Jones Home Run Trips SkySox
Mitch Jones slugged a tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning and John-Ford Griffin's pinch-double drove in two more as Las Vegas topped Colorado Springs 5-4.

Starter Justin Orenduff allowed one run on seven hits and two walks in five innings but left the game in a 1-1 tie. Brian Akin pitched just the sixth inning and earned the win, allowing one run on one hit and one walk.

Trailing 5-2, the Sky Sox (45-45) scored one in the eighth and Cory Sullivan's RBI double made it 5-4 in the ninth. But catcher A.J. Ellis picked Sullivan off second base, and reliever Mike Koplove induced two flyouts to end the game and earn his sixth save.

Jones doubled and Ellis drove him in with a single in the second. Terry Tiffee banged his sixth homer in the sixth inning but the Sox came right back to tie the game 2-2.

Jones's tie-breaking homer came before Angel Chavez reached first base on a third strike wild pitch. With one out, Ellis singled and Griffin's pinch-hit double scored Chavez and Ellis to make it 5-2, although Griffin was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple.

Ellis, Jones and Tiffee all went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the 51s, with Jones and Tiffee collecting both a solo homer and a double.

The 51s host the Tucson Sidewinders tonight with RHP Heath totten (-1, 6.48) facing RHP Matt Torra (1-1, 3.86 ERA).

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	        010 001 300-5
Colorado Springs	001 001 011-4

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	4  0  1  0  .279
Ruan lf        	5  0  0  0  .351
Tiffee 3b-1b	4  1  2  1  .385
Lindsey 1b	3  0  0  0  .301
 Martinez ss	0  0  0  0  .279
MJones rf	4  2  2  1  .236
Chavez ss-3b	4  1  0  0  .287
Howard 2b	4  0  0  0  .266
Ellis c	        4  1  2  1  .299
Orenduff p	2  0  0  0  .158
 Akin p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Griffin ph	1  0  1  2  .296
 Sturtze p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rivera ph	1  0  1  0  .277
 Koplove p	0  0  0  0  .250
  Totals	35 5  9 5
  Colo Springs	35 4 11 4

  Error- Howard (6). 2B- Tiffee
(32), MJones (4), Griffin (16),
Repko (17), Rivera (4). HR- Tiffee
(6), MJones (6). RBI- Ellis (38),
Tiffee (52), MJones (12), Griffin
2 (55). LOB- Las Vegas 6, Colorado
Springs 8. DP- Lindsey, Chavez and
Lindsey 2. 

  Las Vegas	 in  g  r-er bb so  era
Orenduff	5.0  7  1-1  2  3  6.55
Akins (1-0)	1.0  1  1-1  1  1 12.96
Sturtze	        2.0  1  1-1  0  3  3.86
Koplove (2v 6)	1.0  2  1-1  0  0  3.55
  HBP- by Orenduff. T-2:44. Att- 3,048.
Hoffman and Castillo beat Mobile
Jamie Hoffmann hit two solo home runs (#6) and Jesus Castillo (6-4) allowed a single run over five innings as Jacksonville beat Mobile at Hank Aaron Stadium.

The Suns went deep on the BayBears. Hoffmann homered in the first inning and Gabriel Gutierrez (#1) had a two-run homer in the second.

James Tomlin, who went 3-for-5, had RBI singles in both the fourth and fifth innings to give Jacksonville a 5-0 lead before Hoffmann hit his second homer in the ninth.

Castillo (6-4) surrendered six hits and one run in five innings to earn the win. Scott Elbert worked 3.2 innings, allowing three hits and a single run before Zach Hammes closed out the game.

Suns left-hander Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start against BayBears right-hander Cesar Valdez this afternoon. It's Kershaw's first start since being optioned to the Suns by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	121 010 101-7
Mobile	        000 010 010-2

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis 3b	5  2  2  0  .293
De Jesus 2b	5  0  1  0  .307
Hoffmann rf	4  3  2  2  .292
Bellhorn 1b	3  0  1  1  .258
Tomlin lf	5  0  3  2  .278
JGonzalez ss	4  1  2  0  .271
Gutierrez c	4  1  1  2  .167
Godwin cf	4  0  1  0  .280
Costillo p	2  0  0  0  .091
 Berezay ph	1  0  0  0  .128
 Elbert p	1  0  0  0  .250
 Hammes p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	33 7 13 7
  Mobile	32 2  8 2

  2B- Tomlin (23), HR- Hoffmann 2
(6), Gutierrez (1). RBI- Hoffmann
2 (43), Gutierez 2 (4), Tomlin 2
(25), Bellhorn (26). LOB-
Jacksonville 7, Mobile 10. SB-
Hoffmann(18). CS- Tomlin (4). DP-
Justis, De Jesus and Bellhorn.

  Jacksonville 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (6-4)	5.0  6  1-1  2  2  3.02
Elbert 	        3.2  2  1-1  2  4  2.86
Hammes	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  5.66
  HBP- by Castillo. PB- Gutieriz (2).
T- 2:47. Att- 2,014.
Giles Homer Wins for 66ers
Tommy Giles slammed a two-run homer in the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie and give Inland Empire a 6-4 win over High Desert.

The Mavericks broke a 42-inning scoreless streak at San Bernardino by scoring in the first inning, helped by an outfield error. The run also snapped an Inland Empire streak of 35 straight shutout innings at home and 20 innings overall.

The 66ers had tied the game in the bottom of the first on Carlos Santana's 13th home run, his fifth home in seven games. The Mavericks added three more runs and took a 4-1 margin into the bottom of the sixth before Inland Empire got untracked.

In the last of the sixth after two were out. Bridger Hunt singled, Santana tripled off the right field wall and Austin Gallagher singled to center, cutting the Maverick's lead to 4-3.

Tim Sexton worked six innings, allowing six hits and four runs, although only three of them were earned. Brandon Tuten (1-0) gave up only a single hit in two innings and earned the win.

With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth, Ryan Rogowski led off with a walk and took second on a wild pickoff throw. Hunt walked but was thrown out at second on an attempted double steal. Santana's sac fly tied the game.

Then in quick order, Gallagher dropped double into right field and Tommy Giles banged his ninth home run snap the tie.

Closer Paul Koss worked around a leadoff single in the ninth, throwing the final two batters out himself on taps to the mound.

Inland Empire improved to 11-6 and maintained their two game lead over Rancho Cucamonga.

The final game of the four game series against High Desert will feature starters Alberto Bastardo (4-5, 6.04) for the 66ers and Anthony Vavaro (2-5, 6.28) for the Mavericks.

  Score by Innings
High Desert	100 120 000-4
Inland Empire	100 002 03X-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski dh	3  1  0  0  .268
Hunt lf        	3  1  1  0  .251
Santana c	3  2  2  3  .317
Gallagher 1b	4  1  2  1  .292
Giles rf	3  1  1  2  .273
Pedroza ss	4  0  1  0  .292
Lara 3b        	3  0  0  0  .260
Fuller 2b	3  0  0  0  .270
Robinson cf	3  0  1  0  .257
  Totals	29 6 8 6
  High Desert 	33 4 8 4

  Error- Robinson (4), Santana
(14). 2B- Robinson (14), Gallagher
(20). 3B- Santana (4). HR- Santana
(13), Giles (9). RBI- Santana 3
(83), Gallagher (25), Giles 2 (59).
SF- Santana. LOB- Inland Empire 3,
High Desert 7. CS- Hunt (5). DP-
Fuller.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton	        6.0  6  14-3 0  5  5.48
Tuten (1-0)	2.0  1  0-0  1  1  0.00
Koss (sv 6)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.63
  HBP- By Sexton 2. T-2:30. Att- 1,727.
Five Run First Beats Loons
Late arrivals in Lansing probably missed seven of the eight runs as the two clubs struck early and then were unable to mount much of an offense.  

The Lugnuts erased a two-run deficit with five runs in the bottom of the first inning, then held on for a 5-3 win over Great Lakes.  

Given Kutz (3-3) was charged with the loss. He allowed three hits and a walk, including a home run, in the first inning, then gave up only one more hit over the next four innings.  

The Loons' right-hander uncharacteristically walked three, the first three unintentional walks he has surrendered this year.  

The Loons jumped in front 2-0 in the top of the first inning.  Brandon Taylor connected for a home run, his second of the series, with Andrew Lambo on at first.  

After the Lugnuts responded with a five-run burst, they had one more hit before Loons reliever Miguel Sanfler and Miguel Ramirez shut them completely down over the final four innings.   

Erik Kanaby singled to lead off the fifth and the Loons couldn't manage another hit until the ninth, when Alfredo Silverio hit his seventh homer of the year.   

Silverio recorded two hits for his third consecutive multi-hit game. Preston Mattingly added a double to the Loons' five-hit total.   

The Loons and Lugnuts conclude their three-game series from Lansing Monday evening beginning at 7:05pm. 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	200 000 001-3
Lansing	        500 000 00x-5

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Silverio rf	5  1  2  1  .262
Kanaby cf	3  0  1  0  .274
Lambo lf	5  1  0  0  .285
Taylor 3b	3  1  1  2  .235
Garabedian c	4  0  0  0  .290
Lizarraga ss	3  0  0  0  .183
Mattingly 2b	3  0  1  0  .230
Ortiz 1b	3  0  0  0  .198
Rosario dh	3  0  0  0  .264
  Totals	32 3 5 3
  Lansing	29 6 4 5

  Error- Ortiz (5), Sanfler (2).
2B- Mattingly (10). HR- Taylor (2),
Silverio (6). RBI- Taylor 2 (4),
Silverio (29). LOB- Great Lakes 9,
Lansing 5. SB- Kanaby (17). 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kutz (3-3)	5.0  4  5-5  3  5  4.63
Sanfler	        2.0  0  0-0  1  3  3.66
Ramirez 	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  3.31
  HBP- Mattingly. T- 2;35. Att- 3,394.

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