LaRoche Sparks Vegas Win With Three Hits

Extra-inning games dominated the scene, with Inland Empire losing 2-1 in 16 innings and Great Falls dropping a 4-3 game in 10. Las Vegas used the pitching of Heath Totten and the hitting of Andy LaRoche to top Oklahoma 5-3 and Jacksonville lost their sixth straight, falling 5-2 to Carolina.

Vegas Scores Early and Holds On
Heath Totten (5-2) was given four runs to work with and, although he allowed 10 hits, battled through seven innings to record the win.

Andy LaRoche, in his first game since returning from Los Angeles, banged out three hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs in the first three innings.

The RedHawks got a run back in the bottom of the third, but a Jason Repko RBI triple in the top of the fourth gave Las Vegas what proved to be the winning run.

Oklahoma closed the gap with two runs in the fifth before Wilkin Ruan's sixth-inning RBI single ended the scoring. LaRoche finished 3-for-4, Ruan went 2-for-4 and Repko 2-for-5.

Lefty Eric Cyr shut out Oklahoma in the final two winnings to earn his first save of the season.

The win opened an eight-game trip for the 51s, who meet the RedHawks in three more games before moving on to New Orleans.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	102 101 000-5
Oklahoma	001 020 000-3

 Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	5  1  2  1  .277
Hu ss	        5  1  1  0  .360
DeWitt 2b	4  1  1  0  .429
Lindsey dh	4  0  1  1  .312
LaRoche 3b	4  0  3  1  .293
MJones 1b	4  0  0  0  .238
Maza lf	        4  1  1  0  .404
Rivera c	4  0  1  0  .289
Ruan rf	        4  1  2  1  .352
  Totals	38 5 12 5
  Oklahoma	35 3 12 3

  2B- LaRoche (3). 3B- Repko (5).
RBI- LaRoche 2 (28), Lindsey (83),
Repko (39), Ruan (15). SF- Lindsey.
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Oklahoma 7. DP-
LaRoche, Dewitt and MJones; DeWitt,
MJones and Hu; Hu, DeWitt and MJones.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Totten(5-2)	7.0 10  3-3  0  3  4.10
Cyr (sv 1)	2.0  2  0-0  1  1  7.40
  HBP- by Totten, DeWitt.
T- 2:35. Att- 6,147.
Suns Drop Sixth Straight Game
Carolina scored the first five runs of the game and then survived a mini-rally in the eighth by Jacksonville to win a 5-2 decision and hand the Suns their sixth loss in a row.

James McDonald (5-3) allowed seven hits and four runs while picking up the loss. Kieran Mattison, just placed on the Jacksonville roster, gave up a run in his two-inning debut.

The Suns (15-24) scored twice in the eighth inning when James Tomlin, who had three hits during the game, knocked in Adam Godwin, who had doubled, and Shane Justis, who had walked.

Before the game, the right-handed Mattison was purchased from Grand Prairie of the Independent American Association and sent to the Suns. In another move, Suns pitcher Luis Ferraras was re-assigned to Great Lakes of the Midwest League.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 000 020-2
Carolina	002 101 10x-5

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi ave
Justis lf-3b	3  1  0  0  .268
De Jesus ss	3  0  0  0  .292
Tomlin rf	4  0  3  2  .292
JGonzalez 2b	4  0  1  0  .273
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .254
May c        	4  0  0  0  .239
AGonzalez 3b	3  0  0  0  .325
 Hoffman ph	0  0  0  0  .279
Rogowski cf-lf	4  0  1  0  .241
 Godwin cf	2  1  1  0  .274
  Totals	31 2 6 2
  Carolina	30 5 9 5

  2B- Godwin (13). RBI- Tomlin 2
(31). S- McDonald. LOB- Jacksonville
7, Carolina 7. SC- Rogowski (1). 
  
  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (5-3)	6.0  7  4-4  3  4  3.19
Mattison	2.0  2  1-1  1  2  4.50
  HBP- Justis. T- 2:25. Att- 2,878.
Homer Knocks 66ers Out of First
A home run leading off the 16th inning gave Lancaster a 2-1 win over Inland Empire and knocked them back into second place in the second half South Division title race, a half game behind the Quakes.

Left-hander David Pfeiffer (2-3) allowed only three hits and the one run in six innings of relief, while striking out five but he was tagged with the tough loss.

Four Sixers pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 18 batters, while walking only one.

Victor Garate, who struck out 10 in six-plus innings, allowed a seventh inning home run that tied the game. Matt Sartor worked three scoreless innings and Paul Koss added one before Pfeiffer took over.

The 66ers managed only seven hits during the four-hour and 38-minute marathon. Jaime Pedroza singled to drive in Tommy Giles, who reached base on an error. Giles had stolen second and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring in the second inning for their only run.

Pedroza and Matt Berezay had two of the Inland Empire hits.

It was the third time the Sixers had a game go at least 16 innings. They lost an 18-inning game 6-3 to Lancaster on April 7, a game that was suspended after 15 innings. The Sixers then won a 4-3 game in 16 innings against Lake Elsinore June 12.

The Sixers are 1-5 in extra inning games this season, and have lost 11 of their last 12 extra inning games over the last two seasons.

The Sixers had only five hits over the final 14 innings and were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Lancaster was 0-for-7.

  Score by Innings
Lancaster	000 000 100 000 000 1-2
Inland Empire	010 000 010 000 000 0-1

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	7  0  1  0  .264
Fuller 2b	6  0  1  0  .245
Gallagher 3b	7  0  0  0  .312
Locke 1b	5  0  0  0  .318
Giles dh	6  1  0  0  .279
Berezay lf	7  0  2  0  .260
Pedroza ss	6  0  2  1  .283
Van Slyke rf	5  0  0  0  .215
Lopez c	        5  0  1  0  .135
  Totals	54 1 7 1
  Lancaster	54 2 8 2

  RBI- Pedroza (41). LOB- Inland
Empire 11, Lancaster 7. SB- Giles
(4), Pedroza (18). CS- Pedroza
(10). DP- Gallagher, Fuller and
Locke.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Garate	        6.0  4  1-1  1 10  4.76
Sartor	        3.0  1  0-0  0  2  2.19
Koss	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.34
Pfeiffer (2-3)	6.0  3  1-1  0  5  5.95
  HBP- Giles, Fuller, by Garate.
T- 4:38. Att- 1,448.
Loons Let Another Win Slip Away
Great Lakes again had trouble clinching he deal. They led Beloit 3-2 into the eighth inning and allowed the tying run, then the Snappers scored again in the 10th to win and hand them their 29th loss of the year after having a lead in the game.

The Loons (14-25 second half) fell to 20 games under .500 overall and are now 2-9 in extra innings games.  

Bryan Morris started for the Loons and left after 4.2 innings with a 3-2 lead, allowing three hits and two runs earned runs.  Bob Zimmerman worked 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits.   

Bobby Blevins (2-5), pitching for the second time since coming off the disabled list, allowed the tying and winning runs and took the loss.  

Beloit took a 1-0 lead but in the third before the Loons scored three times. Following a leadoff single by Preston Mattingly, a walk to Parker Dalton and a wild pitch, Erik Kanaby singled up the middle to drive in Mattingly and Dalton.   

Later in the inning, a wild pickoff attempt at first base by the catcher allowed Andrew Lambo to score from second to make it 3-1.

The Snappers cut the Loons' lead in half in the fifth, capitalizing on an error, and a home run in the eighth tied the game. The long hit off Bobby Blevins and was the first he had allowed, snapping a 38-inning homerless streak.   

  A double and a single won in the 10th inning.   

Kanaby had a pair of hits and two runs batted in for the Loons.  

  Loons Get Younger
Great Lakes announced the addition of 18-year old right-handed relief pitcher Luis Ferreras to their active roster. Ferreras replaces right-handed pitcher Daigoro Rondon, who has been sent to Ogden.   

Ferreras is the youngest player on the Loons' roster.  He will turn 19 on December 28.   

This season with the Gulf Coast Dodgers, Ferreras went 0-1 with a 0.75 ERA (one earned run, 12 innings) and two saves in seven relief appearances. Ferreras also appeared in two games with Jacksonville, where he did not allow a run in two appearances (three innings).   

He dominated the Dominican Summer League last year. In 23 relief appearances, he went 2-0 with a 0.99 ERA and 12 saves.  He fanned a batter per inning (27 strikeouts in 27.1 innings) and limited opponents to a .183 average against him.   

The right-hander from Guayacanal, Dominican Republic combined with former Loons' pitcher Geison Aguasviva on a no-hitter June 29 in the DSL.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	003 000 000 0-3
Beloit	        010 010 010 1-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	5  0  2  2  .273
Lizarraga ss	4  0  0  0  .204
Lambo lf	5  1  1  0  .292
Perez 1b	2  0  1  0  .333
Taylor 3b	4  0  1  0  .222
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .266
 Rosario pr	0  0  0  0  .264
 Jansen c	0  0  0  0  .250
Silverio rf	3  0  0  0  .247
Mattingly dh	4  1  1  0  .224
  Totals	33 3 7 2
  Beloit	39 4 8 3
  Error- Lizarraga (5), Dalton (7).
2B- Kanaby (9), Lambo (29). RBI-
Kanaby 2 (18). S- Silverio. LOB-
Great Lakes 6, Beloit 10. SB-
Kanaby (22). CS- Kanaby (14). 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Morris          4.2  3  2-0  4  2  3.20
Zimmermann	2.1  2  0-0  0  0  4.91
Blevins (2-5)	2.2  3  2-2  0  1  2.45
  T- 3:03. Att- 941.

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