Paul, Garate lead 51s, 66ers to Wins

Las Vegas blew a 5-1 lead by rallied to win on Xavier Paul's RBI single in a 9-5 win at New Orleans. Jacksonville was dumped 6-3 by Mobile, Inland Empire rode the strong pitching of Victor Garate and two relievers to a 4-0 win over Rancho Cucamonga and Great Falls collected only two hits in a 5-0 loss to Michigan.

Vegas Breaks Losing Streak
Las Vegas jumped out to a 5-1 lead, then had to break a5-5 tie in the seventh and eighth innings to claim a 9-5 win at New Orleans. The win ended a three-game losing streak.

Eric Stults worked five innings, allowing six hits and a single run while striking out five and left the game with what looked like a certain win.

He had helped himself in the second inning, smacking his first home run of the season with a man on base. Mitch Jones also had a home run.

But New Orleans fell on Dwayne Pollok for four runs on six hits, including a double and a homer (with an error thrown into the mix) and suddenly the game was tied.

Jason Repko walked, stole second and scored on Xavier Paul's RBI single in the seventh to give the 51s a lead they would not relinquish.

In the eighth inning, A.J. Ellis and Jason Repko added RBI singles, and Wilkin Ruan had an RBI ground-out to put the 51s up 9-5.

Reliever Eduardo Sierra then threw two perfect innings to seal the win.

Paul finished the game 3-for-5 wit a double and two runs batted in. Repko, Jones and A.J. Ellis helped out with two hits each.

With the addition of Casey Blake at third base in Los Angeles, the 51s have been using Blake DeWitt at second base and he may become the heir-apparent to Jeff Kent's job in the future.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	130 100 130-9
New Orleans	100 004 000-5

  Las Vegas 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	3  2  2  1  .276
Hu ss        	4  0  0  0  .333
Paul cf        	5  0  3  2  .306
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  0  .304
DeWitt 2b	5  1  1  0  .282
MJones lf	3  2  2  1  .264
Chavez 3b	2  1  0  1  .294
Ellis c	        4  1  2  1  .309
Stults p	2  1  1  2  .227
 Howard ph	1  0  0  0  .257
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .257
 Ruan ph	1  1  0  1  .357
 Sierra p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	34 9 12 9
  New Orleans	38 5 13 5

  Error- DeWitt (1). 2B- Repko (23),
Lindsy (32), Paul (22). HR- Stults
(1), MJones (12). RBI- Paul 2 (58),
Chavez (62), Stults 2 (4), MJones
(34), Ellis (47), Ruan (16), Repko
(40). S- Hu. SF- Chavez. LOB- Las
Vegas 5, New Orleans 7. SB- Ruan
(4), Repko (17). 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults	        5.0  6  1-1  0  5  3.78
Pollok (9-3)	2.0  7  4-3  1  1  4.63
Sierra	        2.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  T-2:56. Att- 5,748.
De Jesus Has His Ups and Downs
Suns shortstop Ivan DeJesus had one of those games against Mobile, banging out two hits, working a walk and stealing a base but also making a pair of costly errors in a 6-3 loss to the BayBears.

Although DeJesus raised his batting average to .304, his errors led to a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning and it boosted his total errors on the season to 20.

Starter LHP Cody White (3-6) took the loss, allowing seven hits and six runs, four of them earned, before leaving in the sixth inning. White whacked a triple in the second inning, only the second extra-base hit by a Jacksonville pitcher this year. Rick Asadoorian slugged a homer before he was released June 3.

Brent Leach, Jacobo Meque and Scott Elbert held Mobile scoreless over the final 3.1 innings.

De Jesus, Brad Gulledge (double, two RBI) each had a pair of hits during the game.

The BayBears won the last three games to claim the series, leaving the Suns with a single series victory in the second half with five remaining.

The loss left the Suns with the league's worst record, both in the second half (17-28) and overall (50-65). Now they hit the road for a five-game series against the SL South Division-leading Mississippi Braves.
Pitcher Added
LHP Eric DuBose, who appeared in 52 games for the Baltimore Orioles from 2002 to 2006, was assigned to the Suns after his contract was purchased from Bridgeport of the independent Atlantic League. To make room for DuBose, RHP Jesus Castillo (strained oblique) was put on the disabled list.

  Score by Innings	
Mobile	        300 102 000-6
Jacksonville	200 100 000-3

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  0  0  0  .190
De Jesus ss	3  1  2  0  .304
Hoffmann rf	3  0  0  0  .282
Justis 2b	4  1  1  0  .272
Gulledge 1b	4  0  2  2  .263
AGonzalez 3b	4  1  1  0  .308
Gutierrez c	3  0  1  1  .236
Godwin cf	3  0  1  1  .277
 JGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .270
White p	        2  0  1  0  .333
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Tomlin ph	1  0  0  0  .299
 Meque p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Elbert p	0  0  0  0  .250
  Totals	33 3 9 3
  Mobile	33 6 9 5

  Error- De Jesus (6). 2B- Gulledge
(4). 3B- White (1). RBI- Gulledge 2
(2), Godwin (30). LOB- Jacksonville
5, Mobile 5. SB- Justis (6),
AGonzalez (4), De Jesus (12). CS-
Justis (5). DP- De Jesus, Justis
and Gulledge.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White (3-6)	5.2  7  6-4  2  4  7.46
Leach	        1.1  1  0-0  0  1  3.45
Meque	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.86
Elbert	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  2.45
  HBP- by Elbert. T- 2:38. Att- 2,231.
Garate Blanks Quakes
Victor Garate shut down Rancho Cucamonga for five innings. allowing four hits. Matt Sartor and Paul Koss closed the game out, allowing two hits in the 4-0 win. Even a triple play by the Quakes didn't factor in the win.

Inland Empire (23-21) scored a pair of runs in the first when Bridger Hunt walked and Trayvon Robinson beat out an infield hit to the shortstop. Matt Berezay then lined a single into right to score Hunt and Austin Gallagher's sac fly drove in Robinson.

Inland Empire scored in the seventh when Jaime Pedroza doubled in Tommy Giles after he led off with a walk and in the eighth on Drew Locke's sac fly.

The 66ers leaned heavily on the defense in this game with Trayvon Robinson and Tommy Gile's covering the outfield and the middle infielders, shortstop Jaime Pedroza and second baseman Christian Lara, playing spectacularly up the middle.

Giles made a leaping catch at the wall in the third steal an extra base hit and went to the warning track for the final out in the fifth the inning. A sliding catch stole an extra base hit from the Quakes and on the next play, he made a diving catch in deep right-center.

He received a fine hand by the home town crowd.

It was the Quakes turn in the seventh after Giles walked and Pedroza doubled him across. Lara singled to put runner on first and third. Esteban Lopez slashed a one hopper to first, and the first baseman picked it up the ball, tagged the bag, threw home to catch pinch runner Justin Fuller between home and third.

After Fuller was tagged out and then Christian Lara was tagged out trying to go from first to third. The other triple play against the 66ers was on June 7th.

Pedroza led the offense with 3-for-3, a double and an RBI. Robinson added a pair of singles.

The second game of the series tonight will see will see Steve Johnson facing Rancho Cucamonga.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	        200 000 110-4
Rancho Cucamonga 	000 000 000-0

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt dh        	3  2  0  0  .260
Robinson cf	3  1  2  0  .272
Berezay lf	3  0  1  1  .263
Gallagher 3b	2  0  1  1  .315
Locke 1b	3  0  0  1  .311
Giles rf	3  1  0  0  .282
Pedroza ss	3  0  3  1  .282
 Fuller pr-ss	1  0  0  0  .247
Lara 2b        	3  0  1  0  .245
Lopez c	        4  0  1  0  .130
  Totals	28 4 9 4
  Rancho	31 0 6 0

  2B- Pedroza (26). RBI- Berezay
(48), Gallagher (51), Pedroza (43),
Locke (65). S- Lara. SF- Gallagher,
Locke. LOB- Inland Empire 6, Rancho
8. SB- Hint (3). CS- Gallagher (4),
Robinson (12).

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Garate (1-0)	5.0  4  0-0  1  4  3.31
Sator        	3.0  2  0-0  0  1  1.53
Koss        	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.22
  HBP- by Garate, Hunt.
T-2:18. Att- 2,707.
Loons Nearly No-Hit
The first 19 Great Lakes batters went down in order before Erik Kanaby dropped a soft single into left field to break up the perfect game crafted by Michigan's Jon Kibler. The Loons managed only one more hit in a 5-0 loss.

Alfredo Silverio doubled off Kibler in the eight inning with the only other hit for the Loons, who fanned nine times during the game.

The Whitecaps did all of their scoring in the fifth inning off reliever Garrett White, with a three-run home run providing much of the damage.

Starter Josh Lindblom continues to get better each time out. He allowed a single his over four innings to drop his ERA to 1.93.

Blake Brannon and Miguel Ramirez followed White and held Michigan scoreless over the final four innings.

The two teams continue their four-game series Wednesday night from Dow Diamond.

Garabedian Promoted

Catcher Alex Garabedian has been promoted to the Inland Empire of the California League. Garabedian was hitting .267 with the Loons with three home runs and 21 RBIs.

In addition, two new players have been added to the Loons' roster, left-handed pitcher Juan Cedeño and catcher Jessie Mier. 

Cedeño spent this season in the Tigers' organization.  The lefty went 3-2 with a 4.64 ERA in Double-A Erie in 28 games.  In four games with High-A Lakeland, Cedeño allowed one earned run in 6.1 innings.  He also has played in the Red Sox and Royals' organizations and has played in Double-A in each of the past four seasons.

Mier attended Lewis and Clark University and was drafted by the Dodgers' in the 12th round of the 2007 draft.  He was hitting .272 with a homer and seven RBIs this season with the Ogden Raptors.

Brian Mathews, who was on the Loons' disabled list, has joined the Gulf Coast League Dodgers.

  Score by Innings	
West Michigan	000 050 000-5
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .261
Kanaby dh	3  0  1  0  .267
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .293
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .316
Taylor 3b	3  0  0  0  .210
Silverio rf	3  0  1  0  .247
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .243
Dalton 2b	3  0  0  0  .225
Lizarraga ss	3  0  0  0  .197
  Totals	28 0 2 0
  West Michigan	34 5 7 5

  2B- Silverio (11). LOB- Great
Lakes 1, West Michigan 5.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lindblom	4.0  1  0-0  0  2  1.93
White (2-2)	1.0  3  5-5  1  0  4.00
Brannon	        3.0  2  0-0  2  4  3.75
Ramirez 	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.95
  T- 2:23. Att- 4,815.

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