Johnson, Melgarejo boost 66ers, Loons

Las Vegas was battered 10-1 by Sacramento and Jacksonville was held to a pair of hits, losing 2-0 to West Tenn. Steve Johnson handled Stockton and Carlos Santana knocked in three in an 8-3 win. Thomas Melgarejo smothered Peoria and Great Lakes won 5-1.

51s Crushed by River Cats
First-place Sacramento battered Las Vegas 10-1 to stretch their lead to 7 1/2 games over the 51s.

Seven year major league veteran Kirk Saarloos worked the first six innings and won his eighth game of the season.

Las Vegas (52-49) collected three of their six hits hits in the seventh inning, with Kevin Howard driving in John Lindsey their only run with a one-out single.

Las Vegas starter Miguel Pinango (4-6) took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks in three innings. Reliever Greg Miller's troubles continue. The Dodgers' #1 pick in the 2002 draft didn't allow a hit but walked five and tossed a pair of wild pitches, each of which allowed a run. He left after getting two out but all five of the runners he put on base scored.

Howard was the only 51 with more than a single hit. Xavier Paul added his 20th double.

  Chin-Lung Hu, just off the disabled list, started at shortstop and recently-promoted Eric Cyr worked three innings after arriving from Jacksonville.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 000 100- 1
Sacramento 	103 010 50x-10

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	4  0  0  0  .276
Paul cf        	3  0  1  0  .302
Tiffee 3b	4  0  0  0  .387
Lindsey dh	4  1  1  0  .318
Griffin lf	3  0  1  0  .312
MJones 1b	3  0  0  0  .230
Howard 2b	3  0  2  1  .276
Rivera c	3  0  1  0  .303
Hu ss        	3  0  0  0  .143
  Totals	30  1 6 1
  Sacramento	31 10 8 8

  Error- Paul (6). 2B- Paul (20). RBI- 
Howard (26). LOB- Las Vegas 4, Sacramento 7. 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-e bb so  era
Pinanago (4-6)	3.0  4  4-4  2  1  5.71
Cyr        	3.0  3  1-1  0  3  5.93
Miller        	0.2  0  5-5  5  1  7.00
Felix        	1.1  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
  PB- Rivera (3). HBP- by Pinango,
Griffin. T- 2:48. Att- 12,348.
Jacksonville Limited to Two Hits
The Suns (12-17) were limited to only two hits in the 2-0 loss and have lost eight of their last 10, They trail the five-game series with the Diamond Jaxx 3-1.

Starter Cody White (3-4) certainly pitched well enough to win but picked up the loss after allowing only one run and six hits over six innings.

The Diamond Jaxx added an insurance run in the eighth inning against Suns reliever Travis Schlichting.

Mark Bellhorn got the first Suns' hit in the fourth inning and Jamie Hoffman doubled in the ninth.

Right-hander Jesus Castillo will face former Dodger minor leaguer Ryan Ketchner to finish the series in Jackson, Tenn.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 000 000-0
West Tenn	001 000 01x-2

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis 2b	3  0  0  0  .281
Tomlin lf	3  0  0  0  .277
Hoffman rf	4  0  1  0  .289
Bellhorn 1b	4  0  1  0  .230
May dh        	3  0  0  0  .245
JGonzalez ss	3  0  0  0  .274
Mitchell 3b	3  0  0  0  .256
Gutierrez c	3  0  0  0  .200
Godwin cf	2  0  0  0  .274
  Totals	28 0  2 0
  West Tenn	33 2 10 2

  2B- Hoffmann (12). LOB-
Jacksonville 5, West Tenn 7. SB-
Godwin (21), Bellhorn (1). CS-
Tomlin (5). DP- Gutierrez and
Mitchell; Gonzalez and Bellhorn.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White (3-4)	6.0  6  1-1  1  3  7.17
Schlichting	2.0  4  1-1  0  2  2.95
  HBP- Tomlin. T- 2:25. Att- 4,510.
Johnson Leads 66ers to Win
Steven Johnson (2-1) has settled in nicely with Inland Empire and won his second start, working six innings and allowing only three hits and a single run while striking out six to top Stockton 8-3.

Matt Sartor, recently promoted from Great Lakes, earned his first save while pitching the final three innings.

Every 66er contributed at least one base-hit except for third baseman Austin Gallagher and designated hitter Thomas Giles. The only Inland Empire batter with a multi-hit night was shortstop Jaime Pedroza who singled twice and knocked in a run.

Carlos Santana's three run double (#31) in the third inning got Inland Empire off to a running start and they rang up an 8-1 lead before the Ports scored twice in the ninth inning.

Matt Berezay smacked a two run home run off the scoreboard in right center field in the eighth. Justin Fuller and center Trayvon Robinson added triples.

The Ports and 66ers go at it again today in the second game of their three game series. Veteran Jerome Williams, back from an injury, going against Stockton's starter Jason Fernandez.

  Score by Innings
Stockton	000 100 002-3
Inland Empire	003 201 02x-8

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pedroza ss	5  1  2  1  .292
Berezay lf	2  2  1  2  .270
Santana c	5  0  1  3  .313
Gallagher 3b	4  0  0  0  .310
Locke 1b        5  1  1  0  .319
Giles dh        3  1  0  0  .283
Hunt rf        	3  1  1  0  .262
Fuller 2b	3  1  1  0  .242
Robinson cf	3  1  1  2  .255
  Totals	33 8 8 8
  Stockton	34 3 8 3

  Errors- Locke (7), Pedroza (14).
2B- Santana (31). 3B- Robinson (5),
Fuller (4). HR- Berezay (8). RBI-
Santana 3 (92), Robinson 2 (35),
Pedroza (35), Berezay 2 (36). LOB-
Inland Empire 9, Stockton 5. SB-
Pedroza (14). DP- Fuller and Locke;
Fuller, Pedroza and Locke. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (2-1)	6.0  3  1-1  1  6  5.87
Sartor (sv 1)	3.0  5  2-2  0  3  3.00
  PB- Santana (8). T- 2:53. Att- 3,437.
Loons Scalp Chiefs 5-1
Thomas Melgarejo recorded his third straight solid start, Andrew Lambo homered, Erik Kanaby was on base four times, and Great Lakes defeated Peoria at O'Brien Field 5-1. The Loons have now won four of their last five games.

  Great Lakes jumped out to an early lead in the first inning when Jovanny Rosario walked and stole second base. Kanaby's single up the middle scored Rosario. Preston Mattingly tripled to right-center in the second and and scored as the right fielder's throw sailed down the left field line to give the Loons a 2-0 advantage. 

   Great Lakes added two more runs in the fifth inning on Andrew Lambo's 12th home run of the season with Kanaby on base with a walk.

   Melgarejo (2-4) pitched six innings allowing one run and five hits. Over his last three starts, he has allowed two earned runs (1.02 ERA). Garrett White hurled three scoreless innings for his second save.  

  The Loons (12-17) continue their three-game series in Peoria with right-hander Bryan Morris (1-3, 3.21 ERA) opposing right-hander Kevin Kreier (4-3, 3.66). 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	210 020 000-5
Peoria	        000 100 000-1

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario rf	3  1  1  0  .267
Kanaby cf	2  2  2  1  .273
Lambo lf	4  1  1  2  .294
Perez dh	3  0  1  1  .391
Ortiz 1b	3  0  0  0  .208
Taylor 3b	4  0  1  0  .194
Mattingly 2b	4  1  1  0  .235
Lizarraga ss	4  0  0  0  .176
Jansen c	3  0  2  0  .234
  Totals	30 5 9 4
  Peoria	30 1 6 0

  Error- Jansen (9). 2B- Jansen (9).
3B- Mattingly (3). HR- Lambo (12).
RBI- Kanaby (15), Perez (2), Lambo 2
(64). SF- Perez. LOB- Great Lakes 3,
Peoria 4. SB- Rosario (25), Kanaby
(20). CS- Rosario (8). DP- Mattingly,
Lizarraga and Ortiz; Lizarraga and
Mattingly.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Melgarejo (2-4)	6.0  5  1-1  1  2  3.52
White (sv 2)	3.0  1  0-0  0  3  0.53
  HBP- Guzman. PB- Jansen (7).
T- 2:27. Att- 6,088.

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