Inland Empire Holds Cal League Lead

Jason Johnson won his 11th as Jacksonville topped Tucson 9-4. Jacksonville's Jesus Rodriguez lost a tough, 1-0 decision to Mississippi. Inland Empire keeps rolling along, stopping High Desert 8-6. Great Lakes had the day off.

Johnson Wins 11th for Vegas
Jason Johnson, who passed up a chance to start the AAA All-Star Game in favor of taking his usual turn in the Jacksonville order, won his 11th game of the season in relief of rehabbing Dodgers starter Jason Schmidt. He limited Tucson to seven hits and an unearned run over five innings, as Las Vegas won 9-4.

Schmidt gave up five hits and three runs, two earned, over his four inning start. He was scheduled to throw 65 pitches, but came out after 59 (36 strikes) and reached 90 mph for his third straight game.

Both teams scored two in the opening inning. Xavier Paul, just off the disabled list, was hit by a pitch and Ramon Martinez lived on an error. Terry Tiffee singled in the first run and John Lindsey's sac fly tied the game.

Tucson scored in the second and took the 3-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth before Las Vegas punched across six runs.

Kevin Howard singled and A.J. Ellis walked to open the inning and Jason Repko's sac bunt was mishandled to load the bases. Paul tied the game with a fielder's choice grounder, Martinez doubled in the lead run, Tiffee was walked intentionally and Lindsey walked push over the third run.

Mitch Jones rammed a two-run double to right and John-Ford Griffin's sac fly made it 9-3 and smoothed the path for Johnson to win his 11th game.

Martinez led the attack with three hits and Lindsey had a pair plus three runs batted in.

Tiffee's two hits boosted his league-leading average to .393. He also leads the leads PCL with 120 hits and 32 doubles plus was recently named to the All-Star team. He has hit safely in 62 of 73 games.

"Terry Tiffee can hit. It's just a matter of finding that right place at the right time," 51s manager Lorenzo Bundy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "For whatever reason, he didn't get many plate appearances (he was 1-for-4) with the Dodgers. That's up to the guy who runs the ballclub, and I'm not telling Dodgers manager Joe Torre how to do his job."

In 91 games for the Minnesota Twins from 2004 to 2006, Tiffee hit .226 (54-for-239).

Despite not sticking with the Dodgers, Tiffee said, "I'm never disappointed at this point in my career to get called up. You never know if it will happen again or not, so you take every chance you can get."

One reason the 6-foot-3-inch, 225-pound Tiffee cleared waivers, Bundy said, is his lack of power. He has seven homers this season and his career high is 14 in Double A in 2003.

"He's a big guy, but not really a power hitter," Bundy said. "I don't think it would hurt him if instead of hitting .380 or .390, he hit .330 with 20 homers. That might open up somebody's eyes."

Tonight the Sidewinders A. J. Shappi will oppose the 51s Jon Meloan.

  Score by Innings
Tucson	        210 010 000-4
Las Vegas	200 310 00x-9

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf	        4  3  1  1  .300
Martinez ss	5  2  3  1  .299
Tiffee 3b	4  1  2  1  .393
Lindsey 1b	3  1  2  3  .310
MJones rf	4  0  2  2  .258
Griffin lf	4  0  2  2  .258
Howard 2b	4  1  1  0  .271
Ellis c	        3  1  0  0  .293
  Totals	33 9 13 9
  Tucson	38 4 12 3

  Error- Lindsey (5), Howard (7).
2B- Martinez (5), MJones (6),
Lindsey (24). RBI- Tiffee (55),
Lindsey 3 (70), Paul (43), Martinez
(12), MJones 2 (16), Griffin (56).
S- Schmidt, Repko. SF- Lindsey,
Griffin. LOB- Las Vegas 11, Tucson
10. 	

  Las Vegas      in  h  r-er bb so  era
Schmidt	        4.0  5  3-2  1  2  6.00
Johnson (11-5)	5.0  7  1-0  0  3  4.02
  HBP- Paul. T- 3:13. Att- 2,242.
Suns Held to Three Hits in 1-0 Loss
Mississippi scored the only run of the game off Jacksonville starter Jesus Rodriguez in the seventh inning and the Braves pitching staff made it hold up for a 1-0 win.

Jacksonville left two runners on in the first and fourth, and left the bases loaded in the seventh.

Rodriguez allowed a leadoff double and a two-out single in the seventh inning that scored the only run of the game.

Ivan De Jesus, Lucas May and Juan Gonzalez collected well-scattered singles for Jacksonville after the Suns picked up 50 hits in a four-game series in Mobile.

In a roster moved, outfielder Matt Berezay, who was batting just .128, was sent to Inland Empire and replaced with Ryan Rogowski, who had 30 stolen bases with the 66ers.

Suns LHP Cody White (3-2, 7.67) is scheduled to start this afternoon against Braves RHP Todd Redmond (7-4, 3.60).

  Score by Innings
Mississippi	000 000 100-1
Jacksonville	000 000 000-0

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf	3  0  0  0  .276
De Jesus 2b	3  0  1  0  .310
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .285
Bellhorn 1b	3  0  0  0  .250
May c        	3  0  1  0  .245
JGonzalez ss	3  0  1  0  .272
 Rogowski pr	0  0  0  0  .000
Mitchell 3b	4  0  0  0  .268
Godwin cf	3  0  0  0  .273
 Rodriguez p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Justis ph	1  0  0  0  .282
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .333
 AGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .295
  Totals	29 0 3 0
Mississippi	28 1 7 3

  S- De Jesus. LOB- Jacksonville 9, 
Mississippi 7. S- De Jesus. DP- Rodriguez, 
JGonzalez and De Jesus.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rodriguez (1-2)	7.0  7  1-1  3  6  3.00
Schlichting	2.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.48
  HBP- JGonzalez. T- 2:36. Att- 4,456.
66ers Make it Seven in a Row at Home
Inland Empire bumped Modesto 8-6 to collect their seventh win in a row at home. Carlos Santana mashed a monster two-run home run to right field for his sixth home run in the last nine games and his 14th of the season.

The hitters dominated the game, banging out 30 total hits (17 by Modesto) and eight pitchers attempted to slow the line drives that were rapped freely by the two teams.

Alberto Bastardo (5-5) evened his record and although he allowed nine hits, he surrendered only two runs while striking out five to earn the win.

Joe Jones and Brandon Tuten were touched up before David Pfeiffer nailed down the win in the ninth inning to record his first save.

An RBI single by Bridger Hunt in the third inning made it 3-0 and after Modesto scored in the fourth, Eduardo Perez doubled and Trayvon Robinson's sac fly boosted the score to 4-1.

Bastardo got himself into trouble in the sixth but Tommy Giles threw a runner out at the plate to keep the damage to one run.

Modesto scored in the seventh on a wild pitch by Jones, closing to within one run. Brandon Tuten got the 66ers out of that jam when he struck the final batter to end the inning.

Austin Gallagher singled in a run in the seventh and Giles sac fly added a second to make it 6-3. Modesto scored twice in the eighth to again cut the lead to one.

Robinson and Gallagher each drove in another run in the eighth to make it 8-5 and although Modesto loaded the bases in three of the last four innings, David Pfeiffer turned a 1-2-3 double play with the sacks jammed in the ninth to end the game.

The 66ers improve to 13-6 and remain atop the Cal League South standings. Inland Empire has won all five games in its current home stand.

Inland Empire will again meet Modesto in game two of the series this afternoon.

  Score by Innings
Modesto	        000 101 121-6
Inland Empire	210 100 22x-8

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  3  3  2  .263
Fuller 2b	3  0 1  0   .263
Santana c	3  2  2  2  .322
Gallagher 3b	4  0  3  2  .306
Locke 1b	4  0  1  0  .308
Giles rf	2  1  0  1  .277
Perez dh	3  1  1  0  .272
Pedroza ss	4  1  0  0  .292
Hunt lf	4  0  2  1  .261
  Totals	31 8 13 8
  Modesto	43 6 17 5

  Hunt- (7). 2B- Fuller (4), Perez
(13). HR- Santana (14). RBI-
Santana 2 (85), Hunt (15),
Robinson 2 (32), Gallagher 2 (27),
Giles (63). S- Fuller. SF-
Robinson, Giles. LOB- Inland
Empire 9, Modesto 14. DP- Giles
and Santana; Pfeiffer, Santana
and Locke.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (5-6)	5.0  9  2-2  0  5  5.89
Jones 	        1.2  4  1-1  1  0  3.67
Tuten 	        1.2  3  3-3  1  3  5.79
Pfeiffer (sv 1)	0.2  1  0-0  0  0  7.71
  HBP- by Tuten, By Pfeiffer.
T- 3:39. Att- 2,140.
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