May's First Inning Blast a Winner

Las Vegas dropped another game to league-leading Sacramento 6-2 despite strong pitching by Jonathan Meloan. Jacksonville rode Lucas May's three run homer in the first to a 6-2 win over West Tenn. Inland Empire was knocked out of first place when they lost 4-3 to Stockton in 10 innings. Peoria dropped Great Lakes 7-1. Ogden blew Great Falls away 5-0. Neither the GCL or DSL Dodgers were scheduled.

Vegas Wasted Great Start by Meloan
Jon Meloan (5-10) allowed league-leading Sacramento only four hits and a single run over his six innings while striking out seven but he was tagged with the loss when Jacksonville was unable to score until the ninth inning and lost a 5-2 decision.

Tanyon Sturtze was charged with the final four RiverCat runs but two of them were unearned. He gave up four hits and struck out four in his two innings.

The 51s were held to seven hits. John Lindsey smacked his 28th double to lead off the ninth and Angel Chavez homered (#8) to put Las Vegas on the board.

Seven different 51s collected a single hit, with Lindsey's double the only extra-base type of the game.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas 	000 000 002-2
Sacramento	001 000 40x-5

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	4  0  0  0  .273
Martinez 2b	4  0  1  0  .287
Tiffee 1b	3  0  1  0  .386
Lindsey dh	4  1  1  0  .317
MJones rf	4  0  0  0  .220
Chavez 3b	3  1  1  2  .298
Ellis c        	4  0  1  0  .297
Ruan lf	        4  0  1  0  .346
Hu ss        	3  0  1  0  .176
  Totals	31 2 7 2
  Sacramento	31 5 8 5

  Error- Tiffee (15). 2B- Lindsey (28). 
HR- Chavez (8). RBI- Chavez 2 (56). 
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Sacramento 8.

  Las Vegas 	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Meloan (5-10)	6.0  4  1-1  4  7  4.97
Sturtze        	2.0  4  4-2  1  4  3.71
  Balk- Meloan. T- 2:34. Att- 9,578.
May's First-Inning Homer a Winner
Lucas May hit a three-run home run in the first inning with Russell Mitchell (single) and Mark Bellhorn (double) on base to spark Jacksonville past West Tenn 6-2.

The Suns (11-19) scored four first inning against West Tenn starter Ryan Ketchner, a Southern League All-Star with Jacksonville in 2004.

After May's homer, Adam Godwin singled to drive in James Tomlin who had walked. Mark Bellhorn scored on an error in the second inning to give the Suns a 5-0 lead.

Tomlin doubled in the ninth and scored on Jaime Hoffmann's ground ball to end the scoring.

Jacksonville starter Jesus Castillo (7-4) pitched five innings, allowing one run on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts to earn the win. Scott Elbert added a scoreless inning, Brent Leach gave up the final Jaxx run in his two innings and Eduardo Sierra pitched a scoreless ninth.

Leach recorded four strikeouts in the eighth, including a third strike wild pitch. It was the first time a Suns pitcher struck out four in an inning since Hong-Chih Kuo accomplished the feat against the Huntsville Stars on June 26, 2005.

The Suns return home for a five-game series starting Tuesday against Mobile.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	410 000 001-6
West Tenn	000 010 010-2
  
  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mitchell 3b	5  1  1  0  .255
Bellhorn 1b	3  2  2  0  .236
May c        	5  1  1  3  .244
Tomlin lf	4  2  1  0  .277
JGonzalez ss	5  0  1  0  .273
Hoffmann rf	5  0  1  1  .288
AGonzalez 2b	4  0  2  0  .329
Godwin cf	5  0  2  1  .276
Rogowski dh	4  0  1  0  .143
  Totals	40 6 12 5
  West Tenn	31 2 10 1

  2B- Bellhorn 2 (14), Godwin (12),
Tomlin (25). HR- May (11). RBI- May
3 (48), Godwin (28), Hoffmann (50).
LOB- Jacksonville 11, West Tenn 10.
DP- JGonzalez, AGonzalez and
Bellhorn; Bellhorn unassisted;
Mitchell, AGonzalez and Bellhorn.

  Jacksonville 	in   h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (7-4)	5.0  7  1-0  1  2  2.85
Elbert        	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.33
Leach        	2.0  2  1-1  1  5  3.13
Sierra        	1.0  0  0-0  2  0  4.95
  PB- May (17). T- 3:04. Att- 1,177.
Stockton Dumps 66ers into Second Place
Stockton stopped Inland Empire 7-4 in 10 innings, dropping the 66ers into second place with a 16-13 record. Jerome Williams, in his first action since June 28 because of arm tightness, pitched four scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed just three hits and struck out four, leaving the game with in a 0-0 tie.  

In the fourth inning, Bridger Hunt was hit by a pitch to jump-start the offense. Carlos Santana moved Hunt to third with a single to right and Austin Gallagher drove him home with another hit to right field. With two out, Santana scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Giles and put the 66ers up 2-0.  

Alberto Bastardo replaced Williams in the top of the fifth inning and gave up a two-run single to tie the game at 2-2. Another two-out hit in the sixth put Stockton up 4-2.

After back-to-back hits by Giles and Matt Berezay and a walk to Christian Lara, Trayvon Robinson's fly ball to center field, cut the Stockton lead to 4-3. Drew Locke drove in Santana with a double of his own, tying the game at 4-4 in the eighth.

Paul Koss surrendered three runs to the Ports in the 10th to take the loss.

The 66ers will close out its brief three game home stand tonight.

  Score by Innings
Stockton	    000 022 000 3-7
Inland Empire	    000 200 110 0-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pedroza ss	5  0  1  0  .291
Hunt dh        	4  1  0  0  .257
Santana c	4  2  2  0  .315
Gallagher 3b	5  0  1  1  .307
Locke 1b	5  0  1  1  .317
Giles rf        2  1  2  1  .287
Berezay lf	4  0  1  0  .269
Lara 2b        	3  0  0  0  .257
Robinson cf	3  0  0  1  .253
  Totals	        35 4  8 4
  Sacramento	43 7 12 6

  Error- Pedroza (15). 2B- Santana
(32), Locke (26). RBI- Gallagher
(34), Giles (71), Robinson (36),
Locke (52). SF- Giles, Robinson.
LOB- Inland Empire 7, Sacramento 9. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Williams	4.0  3  0-0  1  4  1.29
Bastardo 	4.0  6  4-4  0  4  6.24
Koss (2-1)	1.2  2  3-3  2  3  3.42
Pfeiffer	0.1  1  0-0  0  0  7.12
  HBP- Hunt. PB- Santana (9).
T- 3:20. Att- 2,482.
Loons Fall to Peoria
Peoria struck for two first inning runs and never looked back, defeating Great Lakes 7-1. Bryan Morris (1-4) started and allowed five runs (all earned) in 4.2 innings to record his first loss since May 3. Miguel Sanfler allowed two runs in 2.1 relief innings, snapping a seven-appearance scoreless streak for the lefty.  

In the first inning a pair of doubles and a single put the Chiefs up 2-0. They added five more to lead 7-0 after six.   

The Loons were held to one hit through five innings and did not score until the ninth when Erik Kanaby singled and eventually scored on a ground out by Eduardo Perez. Kanaby finished the game with three of the Loons' four hits. Brandon Taylor was the only other record a hit in the game.   

Great Lakes (12-18) concludes their six-game road trip today with a morning game in Peoria. Right-hander Josh Lindblom (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to make his second professional start in opposite right-hander Jose Pina (0-0, 4.15). Right-hander Justin Miller (3-7, 3.82) is scheduled to pitch in relief.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 001-1	
Peoria  	201 022 00x-7

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	3  0  0  0  .265
Kanaby dh	4  1  3  0  .279
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .291
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .333
Taylor 3b	4  0  1  0  .197
Silverio rf	4  0  0  0  .254
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .170
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .230
  Totals	32 1  4 1
  Peoria	28 7 12 7

  2B- Kanaby (8), RBI- Perez (3).
LOB- Great Lakes 5, Peoria 8. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Morris (1-4)	4.2  8  5-5  2  4  3.63
Sanfler	        2.1  3  2-2  1  1  3.54
Smit        	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  6.63
  HBP- by Morris. T- 2:27. Att- 3,900.
Tough Pitching Wins for Ogden
Gutty pitching efforts from Michael Watt, Eric Thompson and newly-signed Allen St. Clar earned a 5-0 win over Great Falls, with the trio stranding an even dozen Voyagers on base.

A 10-hit shutout is a rare beast, and particularly at the rookie league level. Watt worked five, allowing six hits and striking out nine to earn the win. Thompson added three scoreless innings and St. Clair chipped in with a zero in the ninth.

Clair, the Dodgers #7 pick in the 2008 draft out of Rice, was making his professional debut. He allowed a hit, a walk and fanned two.

The Dodgers have now signed 13 of their first 15 selections, missing only a pair of highschoolers, #10 LHP Christopher Joyce out of Dos Pueblos HS in california and and #11 LHP Nathan Evolaldi of Alvin HS in Texas.

Two other recent signees had good days. Tony Demonico (#6) of Florida State, collected his fourth hit in his first two professional games and had a pair of runs batted in and #8 Nick Buss of USC, scored three times and drove in two with his first professional homer in the opening inning.


  Score by Inning
Ogden        200 020 100-5
Great Falls	000 000 000-0

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  1  0  .314
Buss cf        	3  3  1  2  .263
Delmonico 2b	5  1  2  2  .500
Caseres 1b	4  0  1  1  .276
Calfee lf	2  0  0  0  .248
Casanova 3b	4  0  1  0  .268
Yount dh	2  0  0  0  .289
Mier c        	3  0  0  0  .264
Ruggiano rf	4  0  0  0  .198
  Totals	31 5  6 5
  Great Falls	34 0 10 0

  Error- Delmonico (2), 2B- Delmonico 2 
(3). HR- Buss (1). RBI- Buss 2 (4), 
Delmonico 2 (3), Caseres (16). LOB- Ogden 
7, Great Falls 12. SB- Gordon (5). CS- Yount 
(1). DP- Gordon, Delmonico and Caseres.

  Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb  so  era
Watt (3-2)	5.0  6  0-0  1  9  3.33
Thompson	3.0  3  0-0  1  4  5.76
St. Clair	1.0  1  0-0  1  2  0.00
  HBP- by Watt, Yount. T- 2:45. Att- 2,105.
GCL & DSL Dodgers did not play.

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