Drew Locke A Triple Shy of a Cycle

Jason Schmidt was pasted Las Vegas' 5-3 loss to Tacoma. Tommy Giles did a number on Lancaster again as the 66ers won 12-4. The bullpen failed Great Lakes starter Thomas Melgarejo in an 8-4 loss to Cedar Rapids. Ogden found themselves trailing 12-0 after two innings and Great Falls went on to win 15-4. Jacksonville and the DSL Dodgers were off and the GCL Dodgers were rained out.

51s Try to Stop Skidbr> The Rainiers topped Las Vegas 5-3, scoring all five runs off the 51s' Jason Schmidt on a rehab start. Before the annual All-Star break Las Vegas will try to avoid a four-game sweep by Tacoma in a noon game at Cashman Field.

The 51s loss to the Rainiers was their fourth loss in five games and sixth straight home loss to Tacoma.

"Am I happy about it? No. Can I explain why? No," 51s manager Lorenzo Bundy told the Las Vegas Review Journal. "The last three nights, offensively, we haven't gotten it done. We're the top hitting team in the league and in scoring runs, and I expect more from our hitters."

Las Vegas leads the Pacific Coast League with a .300 team batting average and with 585 runs scored but they will be missing PCL All-Stars A.J. Ellis and Terry Tiffee in the final game before the break.

Tiffee, who leads the PCL with a .393 average, went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

The 51s mounted a ninth-inning rally, loading the bases with none out, and scored a run on Xavier Paul's sac fly. Mitch Jones flew to center before Tiffee scorched a line drive to the Tacoma second baseman to end the game.

Jason Schmidt, who allowed five hits and three walks in 2.1 innings, has an 0-1 record with a 7.94 ERA in four rehab starts for Las Vegas. He left after 63 pitches (41 strikes) as he continued his comeback from career-threatening shoulder surgery.

Jason Johnson retired the final two batters in the third to escape without a run scoring and pitched 5.2 scoreless innings, scattering four hits with five strikeouts and no walks, cutting his ERA to 3.82. Mike Koplove added a scoreless ninth.

Dodgers infielder-outfielder Mark Sweeney went 0-for-3 and batted .250 (4-for-16) in his three-game rehab assignment for a strained right hamstring. Sweeney will join Los Angeles shortly after the All-Star Break.

  Score by Innings
Tacoma	        410 000 000-5
Las Vegas	010 000 101-3

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf	        4  0  0  1  .299
Sweeney dh	3  0  0  0  .250
 MJones ph-dh	2  0  0  0  .240
Tiffee 3b	5  0  1  0  .393
Lindsey 1b	4  0  2  0  .319
Griffin lf	3  1  2  1  .307
Chavez ss	4  0  0  0  .290
Howard 2b	3  0  1  0  .279
Ellis c	        4  0  2  1  .294
 Ruan pr	0  0  0  0  .348
  Totals	35 3  9 3
  Tacoma	35 5 10 3

  Errors- Chavez (7), Lindsey (6).
2B- Lindsey (27). HR- Griffin (13).
RBI- Griffin (63), Ellis (40), Paul
(45). SF- Paul. LOB- Las Vegas 9,
Tacoma 10. 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Schmidt (0-1)	2.1  5  5-4  3  2  7.94
JJohnson	5.2  4  0-0  0  5  3.82
Koplove	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.40
  HBP- by Koplove. T-2:59. Att- 2,199.
Jacksonville Open date

Seventeen Hit Attack Boosts 66ers
Inland Empire unleashed a 17-hit attack that made life easy for starter Steve Johnson who won his first California League game in the 12-4 rout of Lancaster.

Johnson (1-1) had little trouble with the first half champs as he worked five scoreless innings, allowing six hits, one walk and struck out six batters.

He got more support than was needed as the 66ers scored in five of the first six frames to take a 10-0 lead.

Tommy Giles led the attack with two home runs and six runs batted in. There is something about hitting in Lancaster that appeals to Giles.

On May 10, the 25-year-old right fielder homered twice in the ninth inning and collected a career-high nine RBIs in the 66ers' 25-1 romp at Lancaster. His most recent performance gives him 21 RBIs in only eight games at Clear Channel Stadium.

"It's a pretty hitter-friendly ballpark," Giles said. "Down right field, the ball just flies out. It's pretty good for a left-handed swing."

Giles has been red-hot since the California/Carolina League All-Star Game, hitting .349 with five homers and 19 RBIs in his last 12 games. He moved into third place in the league with 70 RBIs.

Drew Locke had a huge night for the first-place 66ers (15-9), going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, three RBIs and four runs scored.

He homered for the second straight game, a two-run shot in the second inning gave the 66ers a lead they would never relinquish.

Locke needed a triple on his final time at bat, dropped a hit into right field and zipped into second base while his teammates were screaming for him to take a shot at the needed three-base hit.

Bridger Hunt, filling in for Trayvon Robinson in centerfield, had three hits and started an 8-2 double play when he caught a ball in medium right-center and fired the ball to Carlos Santana in time to nail a runner trying to score.

The 66ers last regular season game in Lancaster will see veteran Eric Cyr on the mound for the 66ers.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	021 241 002-12
Lancaster	000 000 040- 4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
Fuller 2b	4  0  0  0  .243
Hunt cf	        5  2  3  0  .269
Santana c	4  1  2  1  .322
 Lopez c	1  0  0  0  .036
Gallagher 3b	4  2  2  0  .305
Locke 1b	5  4  4  3  .311
Giles rf	5  2  3  6  .290
Berezay lf	5  0  1  0  .267
Van Slyke dh	4  0  0  0  .239
Pedroza ss	4  1  2  0  .293
  Totals	41 12 17 10
  Lancaster	37  4 13  4

2b hits- Locke 2 (25), Giles (22). 
HR- Locke (5), Giles 2 (13). RBI- Locke
3 (47), Hunt (16), Giles 5 (70). S-
Fuller. SF- Gallagher. Sb- Pedroza (12). 
LOB- Inland Empire 4, Lancaster 8. DP-
Hunt and Santana.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
SJohnson (1-1)	5.0  6  0-0  1  4  8.58
Bastardo	3.0  7  4-4  1  1  6.11
Sartor	        1.0  0  0-0  0  3  0.00
 T- 2:38. Att- 1,006.
Loons Bullpen Shucked by Kernels
Great Lakes starting pitchers can't seem to get relief. And it cost them an 8-4 loss to Cedar Rapids.

Starter Thomas Melgarejo turned in his best start during his year and a half in a Great Lakes. He allowed three hits and a single unearned run over six innings while striking out four, and left with a lead.

Rob Zimmerman was also victimized by an unearned run that tied the game before Daigoro Rondon was tagged for four Cedar Rapids runs in the eighth and picked up the loss, dropping to 4-9 on the season.

  Francisco Lizarraga opened the scoring for the Loons in the second inning with a two-run home run, his first of the season. Errors by Lizarraga and Andrew Lambo resulted in runs and tied the game at two each.

The Kernels put the game away with four in the eighth and two more runs in the ninth off recently activated Kyle Smit. 

Lizarraga singled to open the ninth and Jansen and Rosario followed with one-base hits to load the bases. Erik Kanaby's fielder's choice drove in one and Lambo singled to drive in another but he attempted to advance to second base on the throw and was caught in a rundown, ending the ballgame.

  Both clubs finished with 10 hits and Alfredo Rosario, Lambo, Lizarraga and Kenley Jansen had two each for Great Lakes. Silverio tripled and Lizarraga homered.

The Loons conclude their six-game homestand in the final game of this three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels tonight.

  Score by Innings	
Cedar Rapids	000 010 142-8
Great Lakes	020 000 002-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  0  2  0  .264
Kanaby dh	4  0  1  1  .268
Perez 1b	5  0  1  0  .200
Lambo lf	5  0  2  1  .295
Taylor 3b	4  0  0  0  .150
Silverio rf	3  0  0  0  .265
Mattingly 2b	1  1  0  0  .235
Lizarraga ss	4  2  2  2  .197
Jansen c	4  1  2  2  .197
Melgarejo p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Zimmermann p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rondon p	0  0  0  0  .000
Smit p	        0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	35 4 10 4
  Cedar Rapids	39 8 10 7

  Errors- Lizarraga (3), Lambo (5).
3B- Rosario (6), HB- LIzarraga (1).
RBI- Lizarraga 2 (5), Kanaby (14),
Lambo (57). LOB- Great Lakes 9,
Cedar Rapids 6. SB- Lambo (3). DP-
Melgarejo, Lizarraga and Perez.

  Great Lakes 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Melgarejo	6.0  3  1-0  1  4  3.74
Zimmermann 	1.0  2  1-0  1  0  2.70
Rondon (4-9)	1.0  3  4-4  2  2  6.12
Smit	        1.0  2  2-2  2  3  6.50
HBP- by Rondon. T-3:11. Att- 5,220.
Great Falls Smacks Raptors
Some games are unforgettable and some are, well, forgettable.

Ogden, who has been on a roll, ran into the forgettable type as the Voyagers scored 12 times in the first two innings as Friday the 13th came on a Sunday for the Raptors. The final score was 15-4.

"It was tough to get down by a couple of touchdowns early in the game, but that's what happens sometimes," Ogden Manager Mike Brumley told the Ogden Standard after the game.

"Occasionally these things happen and it happened to us tonight. I thought that we battled out there. I mean, we got 13 hits tonight, but it seemed like Great Falls had everything going for them tonight.

"This happens to us about every seven or eight games, so it was bound to happen again," Brumley continued. "We talked in the dugout before we came into the locker room and all we said was we'll come back tomorrow and try to win a game. The good news about a game like this is that it's easier to swallow than it would have been to lose a close one at the end."

Starting pitcher Geison Aguasviva (0-2) was unable to get out of the second inning, and in fact failed to even record an out after pitching to four Great Falls batters. The right-hander gave up 8 runs on 8 hits, all of which were earned.

Josh Walter was also roughed up in his two innings of work, allowing four runs on five hits in the second. Javier Solano struck out six in four innings and Cal Stanke finished up.

Second baseman Gabe Casanova singled and later scored on a wild pitch to put the Raptors on the scoreboard in the third. Casanova and Pedro Baez singled in the fifth and with two out, Jessie Mier knocked in the second Ogden run with a single.

In the ninth, Baez doubled and scored with two out on Steve Caseres single. Singles by Lyndon Poole and Ryan Arp added the fourth, and final run.

Casanova and Baez led the Raptors, each going 3-for-5. Mier and Elian Herrera added a pair of hits each.

  Score by Innings
Great Falls	480 200 001-15
Ogden	        001 010 002- 4

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave	
Becker ss	5  0  0  0  .304
Casanova 2b	5  2  3  0  .289
Baez 3b	        5  1  3  0  .337
Russell rf	0  0  0  0  .307
 Calfee lf	4  0  0  0  .253
Mier c	        4  0  2  1  .297
Caseres 1b	5  1  1  1  .258
Poole cf	5  0  1  0  .143
Arp dh	        4  0  1  1  .111
Herrera lf-rf	4  0  2  0  .322
  Totals	41  4 13  3
  Great Falls	44 15 19 15

 2b hits- Herrera (8), Baez (9). RBI-
Mier (3), Caseres (10), Arp (1). LOB-
Ogden 14, Great Falls 10. DP- Casanova,
Becker and caseres.

  Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Aguasviva (0-2)	1.0  8  8-8  2  2  5.20
Walter        	2.0  5  4-4  1  2 11.12
Solano        	4.0  4  2-2  1  6  5.40
Stanke        	2.0  2  1-1  1  2  7.13
 HBP- Herrera; by Walter, by Stanke. T- 3:18.
Att- 4,408.
GCL Dodgers Suspended by rain

DSL Dodgers Not Scheduled

LATE SATURDAY RESULTS

> Dodgers Edged by Marlins
Starter Gari Tavarez allowed only a fourth inning single and left the game leading 1-0 on Chris Jacobs first homer of the season.

Carlos Frias surrendered single runs in the fifth and sixth inning and was charged with the loss.

The Dodgers out-hit the Marlins 6-5, with Jhan Garcia collecting three of the hits.

  Score by Innings 
GCL Dodgers	001 000 000-1
Marlins	        000 011 00x-2

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Jean 2b        	4  0  0  0  .267
Garcia	        4  0  3  0  .326
Sands rf	4  0  0  0  .228
Jacobs 1b	4  1  1  1  .321
Collado dh	4  0  1  0  .375
 Ynoa pr-dh	0  0  0  0  .326
New lf        	4  0  0  0  .196
Villalobos c	4  0  1  0  .200
Sullivan 3b	2  0  0  0  .048
Guzman cf	3  0  0  0  .136
  Totals	33 1 6 1
  Marlins	30 2 5 3

  Errors- Garcia (1), Jean (4).
HR- Jacobs (2). RBI- Jacobs (11).
LOB- Dodgers 6, Marlins 7. SB-
Sands (2), Garcia (6). DP-
Garcia, Jean and Jacobs. 

  Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Tavarez	        4.0  1  0-0  2  5  2.57
Frias (0-1)	3.0  3  2-2  1  1  4.22
Danielson	1.0  1  0-0  0  0 10.80
  HBP- Sullivan.
Marlins Outlast Dodgers
The DSL Dodgers were also tripped up by the Marlins. The Dodgers built a 4-1 lead only to see it evaporate under a blizzard of unearned runs in a 7-4 loss.

Four of the seven runs were unearned, knocking Antonio Castillo out of the game in the fourth inning, then handing Jose Dominguez (0-3) the loss.

Enily Morales smacked a double and a single to boost his average to .351. He also contributed an RBI. Jerry Castillo singled twice and knocked in a run.

  Score by Innings 
DCL Dodgers	100 300 000-4
Marlins	        020 301 01x-7

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez cf	5  1  1  0  .238
Aviles rf	3  0  0  0  .311
Morales 2b	3  0  2  1  .351
Tavarez 1b-c	4  1  1  0  .245
Sucre dh	4  1  1  1  .267
BFranco 3b	3  0  0  0  .231
Castillo lf	4  1  2  1  .231
De La Cruz c	2  0  0  0  .308
 Lantigua 1b	1  0  0  0  .233
Aybar ss	4  0  1  1  .203
  Totals	33 4 8 4
  Marlins	32 7 8 2

  Errors- Martinez (4), BFranco (11).
2B- Morales (17), Tavarez (3), Sucre
(5). RBI- Morales (19), Sucre (10),
Castillo (3), Aybar (5). S- Lantigua.
LOB- Dodgers 6, Marlins 10. SB- Martinez 
(7), Aybar (5), CAstillo (8).

  Dodgers 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo 	3.1  5  4-1  2  4  1.36
Dominguez (0-3)	2.1  1  2-1  2  2  6.30
Antuan	        1.1  1  0-0  2  1  1.69
Martinez 	1.0  1  1-1  1  1  6.35
  HBP- by Castillo, by Dominguez. 
PB- De La Cruz (3). T- 3:00.

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