Tiffee Celebrates USA Berth with Winning RBI

Terry Tiffee knocked in the winning run in the ninth as Las Vegas beat first-place Sacramento 6-5. Errors resulted in four unearned runs as Jacksonville lost 4-2 to West Tenn. Lake Elsinore's seven-run fifth sunk Josh Wall as Inland Empire lost 9-2. Great Lakes lost 17-10 to Kane County despite home runs by Alex Garabedian and Brandon Taylor.

Tiffee's Fly Beats 'Cats
Terry Tiffee proved he didn't need to get a hit to beat you. His sacrifice fly in the ninth inning provided the winning run as Las Vegas knocked off first-place Sacramento 6-5 in the opener of a four-game series.

With the win, Las Vegas (52-48) trimmed the first-place River Cats' lead to 6 1/2 games.

B.J. LaMura, made his first start and his fifth appearance for the 51s after being promoted from Jacksonville, and gave up three earned runs on five hits and one walk in five innings while striking out eight. He left the game tied 4-4.

Dwayne Pollok (7-3) earned the win with three innings of relief during which he allowed only three hits and an unearned run, and Mike Koplove pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

Las Vegas led 3-0 after 1 1/2 innings. Tiffee and John-Ford Griffin had RBI doubles in the first, and the 51s scored a run in the second on one of three errors by Sacramento (58-41).

The 51s also committed three errors. The final two came on the same seventh-inning pickoff play when Pollok thew wildly and first baseman Mitch Jones added a wild throw of his own to set up a two-out RBI single that tied the score at 5-5.

In the ninth, Ramon Martinez lined a one-out single, Jason Repko was hit by an 0-2 pitch, and Xavier Paul singled to set up Tiffee's winning sacrifice fly.

Paul, A.J. Ellis and Martinez each had a pair of hits.

Tiffee, Koplove on USA squad
USA Baseball announced members of its 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team. The Davey Johnson-led squad is set to compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Aug. 8-24 with the baseball competition Aug. 13-23. Las Vegas will be represented by infielder/outfielder and the Pacific Coast League's leading hitter Terry Tiffee and right-handed relief pitcher Mike Koplove.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	210 101 001-6
Sacramento 	020 110 100-5

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	2  0  0  0  .280
Paul cf        	5  1  2  0  .302
Tiffee 3b	4  1  1  2  .392
Lindsey dh	3  0  0  0  .318
Griffin lf	5  0  1  1  .312
MJones 1b	4  0  0  0  .238
Chavez ss	3  2  1  0  .298
Ellis c        	4  0  2  0  .298
Martinez 2b	4  2  2  1  .289
  Totals	34 6 9 4
  Sacramento	34 5 8 5

  Errors- Martinez (1), Pollok (1),
MJones (4). 2B- Griffin (18). RBI-
Tiffee 2 (61), Griffin (67),
Martinez (13). SF- Tiffee. LOB-
Las Vegas 8, Sacramento 5. 
  
  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
LaMura        	5.0  5  4-3  1  8  7.20
Pollok (7-3)	3.0  3  1-0  0  1  4.91
Koplove (sv 8)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  3.33
  HBP- Lindsey 2, Repko 2, Chavez.
T- 2:34. Att- 11,488. 
Suns Boot One Away
Jacksonville made three errors that cost them all four Diamond Jaxx runs in a 4-2 loss. The Suns (12-16 second half) lost for the seventh time in their last nine games. James McDonald started and allowed only three hits and a pair of unearned runs over six innings.

Suns reliever Danny Muegge (0-3) picked up the loss, reluctantly surrendering two hits and two more unearned runs in the seventh.

After a double in the first inning, Russ Mitchell dropped a foul pop and, given a second chance, the West Tenn batter drew a walk. A two-out double made it 2-0.

The Suns tied the game in the second on a walk to Mitchell, James Tomlin's single and a two-out walk to Ryan Rogowski. Shane Justis then lined a single to left field to drive in the tying runs.

With the game tied 2-2 in the seventh, Suns third baseman Adolfo Gonzalez also dropped a pop foul and the batter then singled. After a sacrifice bunt and a pair of walks, a long fly to center field was muffed by Tomlin and the winning runs scored.

Both clubs had five hits. Justis and Tomlin had a pair each.

The series continues tonight with left-hander Cody White facing Diamond Jaxx right-hander Brodie Downs.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	020 000 000-2
West Tenn	200 000 20x-4

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis 2b	5  0  2  2  .285
De Jesus ss	3  0  0  0  .302
Hoffman rf	4  0  1  0  .290
Bellhorn dh	3  0  0  0  .230
May c        	4  0  0  0  .247
Mitchell 1b	3  1  0  0  .258
Tomlin cf	3  1  2  0  .280
AGonzalez 3b	4  0  0  0  .324
 Rogowski lf	2  0  0  0  .100
  Totals	31 2 5 2 
  West Tenn	26 4 5 3

  Errors- Mitchell (13), AGonzalez
(5), Tomlin (1). RBI- Justis 2
(23). S- De Jesus. LOB-
Jacksonville 9, West Tenn 5. SB-
Tomlin (9). SB- Tomlin (9). DP-
De Jesus, Justis and Mitchell.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald         6.0  3  2-0  2  3  3.01
Muegge (0-3)	 2.0  2  2-0  3  1  3.93
  T- 2:44. Att- 1,751.
Seven-Run Fifth Drops 66ers
Lake Elsinore broke up a close game with seven runs in the fifth inning and coasted in with a 9-2 victory over Inland Empire who dropped into third place with the loss.

Lake Elsinore tagged starter Josh Wall with two runs in the third inning, helped along by his three wild pitches, to take a 2-0 lead. Wall allowed two more runs in the big seventh, tossing his fourth wild pitch of the game, and lost for the first time since May. Wall (7-4) gave up seven hits, walked two and fanned three.

Brandon Tuten relieved and threw away a double play ball that cost him four unearned runs and the Storm roared to a 9-0 lead.

The 66ers scored twice in the eighth when Matt Berezay walked, Austin Gallagher doubled and Drew Locke rapped a two-run single.

Berezay collected a pair of singles, a double, and drew a walk. Gallagher doubled twice for Inland Empire to run his team-leading total to 26.

The 66ers return home for a three game set with Stockton.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 000 020-2
Lake Elsinore	002 070 00x-9

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pedroza s	3  0  1  0  .290
Berezay cf	4  1  3  0  .267
Santana dh	5  0  0  0  .315
Gallagher 3b	3  1  2  0  .316
Locke 1b	4  0  1  2  .321
Giles rf	3  0  1  0  .285
Van Slyke lf	4  0  0  0  .227
Lara 2b        	4  0  0  0  .260
Lopez c	        4  0  1  0  .063
  Totals	31 2 9 2
  Lake Elsinore	35 9 11 8

  Error- Tuten (1). 2B- Pedroza
(22), Gallagher 2 (26), Berezay
(8). RBI- Locke 2 (51). Cs- Berezay
(2). DP- Lara, Pedroza and Locke. 

  Inland Empire in  h  r-er bb so era
Wall (7-4)	4.1  7  4-4  2  3  5.91
Tuten        	0.1  4  5-1  1  0  4.00
Vasquez        	1.1  0  0-0  2  0  0.00
Pratt        	2.0  0  0-0  2  3  5.01
  T- 3:10. Att- 3,333.
Cougars Beat Loons by a Touchdown
Kane County piled up 17 runs and 18 hits, defeating Great Lakes 17-10. The Cougars scored five times in the first, six in the fifth and four in the sixth to overcome a 10-run, 11-hit game by the Loons. The loss snaps their three-game winning streak.

Starter Given Kutz was tagged for all five runs in the first but was saved when Great Lakes tied the score in the fifth. The Cougars pulled away with eight runs off reliever Daigoro Rondon (4-10) and added four more off Rob Zimmerman.

The Loons smacked a pair of homers in the game, a two-run shot by Brandon Taylor in the seventh and another two-run job by Alex Garabedian in the eighth.

Garabedian finished with three hits, including a double and a homer, and Jaime Ortiz chipped in with three singles.  

The Loons begin a three-game series in Peoria tonight. Left-hander Thomas Melgarejo (1-4, 3.74 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Loons opposite right-hander Robert Hernandez (1-1, 4.99). 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	010 310 320-10
Kane County	500 064 02x-17

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  1  2  1  .266
Silverio rf	5  1  0  0  .258
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .295
Perez 1b	3  2  1  1  .400
Taylor 3b	5  1  1  2  .190
Ortiz dh	5  0  3  1  .211
Dalton ss	4  2  0  0  .236
Mattingly 2b	3  1  1  1  .235
Garabedian c	4  2  3  3  .283
  Totals	38 10 11  9
  Kane County	40 17 18 14

  Error- Rondon (1). 2B- Garabedian
(13). 3B- Rosario (7). HR- Taylor 
4), Garabedian (3). RBI- Mattingly
(24), Garabedian 3 (19), Rosario
(20), Ortiz (31), Perez (1), Taylor
2 (10). LOB- Great Lakes 5, Kane
County 9. SB- Rosario (24), Dalton
(5). DP- Mattingly, Dalton and Perez.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kutz        	2.0  4  5-5  2  2  4.76
Rondon (4-10)	3.0  8  8-7  3  2  6.75
Zimmerman	3.0  6  4-4  2  0  5.40
  HBP- by Kutz, by Rondon.
T-3:40. Att- 6,705.

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