Lindsey's Homer Puts 51s Back in the Race

John Lindsey's game-winning home run in the 10th gave Las Vegas a 4-2 win and moved them back into the pennant race. Jacksonville split with Mobile, losing 4- and winning 8-3 behind James McDonald. Inland Empire saw a 10-5 lead disappear in the last of the ninth as High Desert won 11-10 and Clinton beat Great Lakes 4-2 despite Andrew Lambo's 14th home run.

Lindsey's Homer Wins in 10th
John Lindsey hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning for Las Vegas' first walk-off win of the season.

With the 4-2 win the 51s pulled to within 5 1/2 games of first-place Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division. Las Vegas has picked up 2 1/2 games in the last two days.

Omaha went ahead 3-1 in the top of the 10th on a pinch-hit, two-run double off reliever Mike Koplove (2-1) who would eventually get the win after Lindsey's heroics.

Jason Repko singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. PCL batting leader Terry Tiffee -- who went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .380 -- drove him in with an RBI double to deep center to make it 3-2.

Lindsey then belted a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right-center and the quiet slugger uncharacteristically raised his arm in triumph while rounding first base to the delight of 5,808 fans.

"I didn't know if I had enough to get it out, but when I looked at first-base coach Johnny Moses and he was giving me a high-five, I knew that must have got the job done," Lindsey told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The shot boosted his team-leading totals to 19 homers and 77 RBIs while going 3-for-5 to climb to .318.

Las Vegas, which left runners on base in the seventh, eighth and ninth, took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Xavier Paul's bases-loaded groundout.

Omaha tied it 1-1 in the sixth on a solo home run off starter Miguel Pinango, who allowed only that run and six hits in six innings. Dwayne Pollok allowed two hits over three otherwise shutout innings.

Rehabbing Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre was 1-for-4 and played nine innings in his second start for Las Vegas.

Infielder Luis Maza, who had been designated for assignment, passed waivers and was optioned to the 51s. Las Vegas lefty Greg Miller and outfielder John-Ford Griffin were placed on the disabled list, infielder Ramon Martinez was released and infielder Rex Rundgren was activated.

Suddenly back in the PCL South Division race, Las Vegas will send Jon Meloan to the mound tonight to face the Royals.

  Score by Innings
Omaha 	        000 001 000 2-3
Las Vegas	000 100000 3-4

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	4  0  1  0  .500
Howard 2b	0  0  0  0 .272
Repko rf	3  1  1  0  .278
Tiffee 3b-1b	4  2  3  1  .380
Lindsey dh	5  1  3  2  .318
MJones 1b-lf	3  0  0  0  .235
Paul cf	        4  0  1  0  .301
Chavez 2b-3b	4  0  0  0  .295
Ellis c	        2  0  1  0  .311
 Ruan pr	0  0  0  0  .346
Rivera c	0  0  0  0  .310
Rundgren ss	3  0  0  0  .202
  Totals	32 4 10 3
  Omaha	36 3  9 3

  2B- Tiffee (37). HR- Lindsey
(19). RBI- Tiffee (62), Lindsey 2
(77). S- Repko. LOB- Las Vegas 9,
Omaha 6. CS- Repko (6), Chavez (3).
DP- Repko and Jones; Ellis and
Rundgren.

  Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Pinango 	6.0  6  1-1  4  3  3.67
Pollok	        3.0  2  0-0  0  2  4.62
Koplove (2-1)	1.0  1  2-2  2  0  3.55
  T- 2:51. Att- 5,808.
Suns Split Doubleheader
Jacksonville lost to Mobile 4-3 in the first of two games with Mobile, then bounced back to win 8-3 in the second.

Russell Mitchell, who has been at third base over the first six weeks of the season, was switched to first after former major leaguer Mark Bellhorn was released.

Mitchell homered in the game, his ninth of the season and his first since early June.

The 33-year-old Bellhorn, who spent parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues, was hitting .242 over 59 games with Jacksonville.

"He was a great influence for all of us with the time he spent here," Mitchell told the Jacksonville Times-Union. "He was a good friend to all of us. It was kind of depressing when we heard the news. I hope he gets picked up by somebody, finds his stroke and gets back to the major leagues."

Starter James Adkins made his Jacksonville debut and was tagged for four hits and three runs, including a pair of home runs, before leaving in the fifth trailing 3-1. All four Mobile runs came on home runs. Anthony Tomey allowed a third Mobile home run in the sixth.

The Suns scored in both the sixth and seventh but could never quite catch up.

Gabe Gutierrez doubled and scored on a ground ball in the third, Hoffman homered in the sixth, then trailing 4-2 the Suns mounted a rally.

Gutierrez singled and Ryan Rogowski walked. James Tomlin bunted them into scoring position and Ivan De Jesus drove in Gutierrez with a sacrifice fly, however Rogowski was thrown out at third to complete an unusual 9-5 double play and end the game.

Rogowski was originally called safe, but then the umpire switched his call to out and Suns manager John Shoemaker was ejected for protesting, although it was the third out and the game was over.

Tomlin and Gutierrez had a pair of hits each.

  Score by Innings
Mobile	        102 001 0-4
Jacksonville	001 001 1-3

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf-cf	3  0  2  0  .283
De Jesus 2b	2  0  0  1  .301
Hoffmann rf	3  0  1  1  .288
Mitchell 1b	3  1  1  1  .256
JGonzalez ss	3  0  1  0  .273
Justis 3b	3  0  0  0  .276
Godwin cf	2  0  1  0  .274
 Tomey p	0  0  0  0  .000
 May ph	        1  0  0  0  .247
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
Gutierrez c	3  2  2  0  .233
Adkins p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Rogowski lf	1  0  0  0  .125
  Totals	27 3 8 3
  Mobile	22 4 6 3

  Error- Justis (10). 2B- Gutierrez
(1). HR- Mitchell (9). RBI- Hoffmann 
(53), Mitchell (45), De Jesus (40). 
S- Tomlin. SB- Tomlin (10). 

  Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Adkins (0-1)	4.2  4  3-3  3  3  5.79
Tomey	        1.1  1  1-1  0  1  6.75
Leach 	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.05
  T- 2;13.
The Suns (15-18) banged a pair of home runs of their own as they bounced back to win 8-3 in the second game and earn a split in front of 8,922 at the Baseball Grounds.

James McDonald (5-2) drew the start and was given three runs in the first inning to work on. He worked five innings, allowing only three hits and two runs but walked five. Danny Muggee finished out the win.

Ryan Rogowski smacked his first Jacksonville homer since being called up from Inland Empire in the first inning. James Tomlin singled and with two out, Juan Gonzalez added his 13th home run for a 3-0 lead.

Rogowski doubled and scored in the third and the Suns put the game away in the fourth with three more runs.

James Tomlin had a bases-loaded double to make the score 7-2 and Adolfo Gonzalez, who had three consecutive doubles, drove in Russell Mitchell in the fifth.

Rogowski reached base four consecutive times in the second game on a pair of walks, a double and a home run.

Left-handed pitcher Cody White (3-4, 7.17) will oppose the BayBears tonight and the series concludes Saturday.

  Score by Innings
Mobile	        002 000 1-3
Jacksonville	301 310 x-8

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
De Jesus 2b	4  0  0  0  .298
Rogowski lf	2  3  2  1  .222
Tomlin rf	4  1  2  3  .285
May c	        3  0  0  0  .244
JGonzalez ss	3  1  1  3  .274
Mitchell 1b	3  1  1  0  .256
AGonzalez 3b	3  1  3  1  .342
Godwin cf	3  1  1  0  .274
McDonald p	1  0  0  0  .130
 Gulledge ph	1  0  0  0  .286
 Muegge p	0  0  0  0  .200
  Totals	28  8  10 8
  Mobile	26 3  5 3

  2B- AGonzalez 3 (12), Rogowski
(1), Tomlin (26). HR- Rogowski (1),
JGonzalez (13). RBI- Rogowski (1),
JGonzalez 3 (48), Tomlin 3 (29),
AGonzalez (14). S- McDonald. LOB- 
Jacksonville 5, Mobile 7. 

  Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (5-2)	5.0  3  2-2  5  3  3.04
Muegge	        2.0  2  1-1  0  1  3.96
  HBP- Rogowski. T- 2:07. Att- 8,922.
Six in the Ninth Beats 66ers
High Desert demonstrated that Inland Empire's win the night before was just one of those things, scoring six times in the last of the ninth to win an 11-10 decision and top the 66ers for the ninth time in 11 games at home.

The newest 66ers, Victor Garate, made his debut, allowing five runs on nine hits before leaving with one out in the sixth. However, he was leading 7-5 and seemed in line to capture his first win for his new team.

Austin Gallagher slugged two long homers for the 66ers, to run his total to five. Drew Locke whacked another monster shot over the left field wall and Tommy Giles also homered. He also doubled and had a single. Giles is now the club leader in home runs with 15.

In the ninth, holding on to a 10-5 lead, Alberto Bastardo loaded the bases and with one out gave up a grand slam home run. Matt Sartor (0-2) came in and allowed a single and double to tie the game, an error moved the runner to third and then and a sac fly drove in the winning run. Sartor (0-2) gave up one earned run on two hits and swallowed the loss.

The 66ers move to Lake Elsinore for three games. Steve Johnson will start of the 66ers in the first contest.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	110 320 003-10
High Desert	003 011 006-11

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson dh	4  0  0  0  .259
Pedroza ss	5  0  0  0  .288
Santana 	3  3  2  0  .323
Gallagher 3b	5  2  3  3  .326
Locke 1b	5  2  2  1  .314
Giles rf	5  2  3  3  .290
Berezay cf	4  0  0  0  .264
Van Slyke lf	4  1  1  1  .238
Lara 2b	        4  0  2  1  .256
  Totals	39 10 13  9
  High Desert	40 11 16 10

  Errors- Giles (3), Pedroza (16).
2B- Van Slyke (5), Giles (23). 3B-
Lara (6). HR- Giles (15), Gallagher
2 (5), Locke (7). RBI- Giles 3
(77), Gallagher 3 (44), Van Slyke
(9), Locke (56). LOB- Inland Empire
5, High Desert 10. SB- Giles (3).
CF- Robinson (11). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Garate 	        5.1  9  5-5  2  6  8.44
Tuten 	        0.1  0  0-0  3  1  4.09
Bastardo 	2.2  5  4-4  1  4  6.45
Sartor (0-2)	0.1  2  2-1  0  1  3.91
  TY- 3:33. Att- 1,599.
Clinton Tops Loons -- Again
Clinton came up with a 4-2 win over Great Lakes on ‘50s Night, running their record to 5-0 against the Loons in front of a crowd of 4,913 at Dow Diamond.

The Lumberkings took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, tied it in the sixth and then added single runs in the eighth and ninth to earn the win.

Thomas Melgarejo gave up only four hits and a pair of runs in his five inning start and left with the game tied a two each.

Miguel Sanfler (2-4) was ticketed with the loss when he gave up the tie-breaking run in the eighth.

After Clinton got on the board in the top of the fourth, Andrew Lambo quickly tied it with a solo homerun, his 14th of the year. The Loons took the lead on a double by Kenley Jansen, with Francisco Lizarraga scoring just ahead of the relay throw in the fifth.

Melgarejo gave up a solo homer in the sixth to tie the game at two.  The LumberKings took the lead in the eighth on a two-out single off Sanfler.

Loons to Wear 1940s Jerseys
Turn Back the Clock Night Saturday will see the Loons wear replica road jerseys from the 1940's Dow ACs. 

Fans can bid on the jerseys in a silent auction that will take place on the concourse during the game. All proceeds from the Jersey off the Back auction benefit MidMichigan Health and will be used to care for patients in our local community.

The jerseys will be road grey with red piping and "Midland" lettering across the chest. As they did last season, Loons players will enter the field from a cornfield set up in right field.

The Loons (12-21) will send right-hander Bryan Morris (1-4, 3.63 ERA) against Clinton tonight and a post-game fireworks show will follow the game.  

  Score by Innings
Clinton	        000 101 011-4
Great Lakes	000 110 000-2

  Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario rf	4  0  0  0  .265
Kanaby cf	3  0  0  0  .272
Lambo lf	4  1  2  1  .293
Perez dh	3  0  0  0  .237
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .206
Taylor 3b	3  0  0  0  .184
Mattingly 2b	3  0  0  0  .227
Lizarraga ss	3  1  1  0  .194
Jansen c	3  0  1  1  .232
  Totals	30 2 4 2
  Clinton	36 4 9 4

  Error- Melgarejo (3). 2B- Jansen
(10). HR- lambo (14). RBI- Lambo
(66), Jansen (19). LOB- Great
Lakes 3, Clinton 10. SB- Kanaby
(21). 
  
  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Melgarejo	5.0  4  2-2  2  6  3.53
Sanfler (2-4)	2.2  4  1-1  0  4  3.54
Zimmermann	1.1  1  1-1  1  3  5.56
  HBP Perez, by Melgarejo.
T- 2:49. Att- 4,913.

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