Chris Withrow Makes First 2008 Appearance

Las Vegas dropped a third straight game to league-leading Sacramento, this time by an 8-3 margin. Jacksonville edged Mississippi 2-1 as Jamie Hoffman threw out the final Brave at the plate in the ninth. Inland Empire crushed High Desert 14-8 as Chris Withrow made his '08 debut and Great Lakes lost a 3-0 lead in the eighth and a homer in the ninth finished them off 4-3.

Loss Cuts Las Vegas Chances
The hope that Las Vegas could cut into Sacramento's lead in the Pacific Coast League Pacific South Division dimmed considerably after an 8-3 loss to the league leaders. The 51s now trail by 7 1/2 games going into the final game of the series tonight.

The River Cats wasted little time in running up an early 5-1 lead and rolled to an easy 8-3 victory, pounding out 18 hits off three Las Vegas pitchers.

Heath Totten (5-4) drew the start and allowed a dozen hits and five runs over five innings. Justin Orenduff gave up three runs in two before Francisco Felix finished the game with a pair of scoreless innings.

Las Vegas scored for the first time in the fourth on Mitch Jones 14th home run. Then, trailing by seven runs, they added two more in the eighth when Jones was hit by a pitch and Angel Chavez doubled. Xavier Paul's two-run singled ended the scoring for the evening.

Blake DeWitt singled three times to boost his average to .316. Paul (.302) and Chavez (.295) added two hits each.

  Score by Innings
Sacramento	300 200 030-8
Las Vegas	000 100 020-3

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf	        4  0  3  2  .302
Maza lf	        4  0  0  0  .373
DeWitt 2b	5  0  3  0  .316
Lindsey dh	5  0  1  0  .310
MJones 1b	4  2  1  1  .268
Chavez 3b	4  2  1  0  .295
Repko rf	3  0  1  0  .276
Ellis c	        3  0  0  0  .304
Hu ss	        4  0  1  0  .291
  Totals	45 3 11 3    
  Sacramento 	42 8 18 8

  2B- Repko (24), Chavez (26),
Lindsey (33). HR- Mjones (14).
RBI- MJones (36), Paul 2 (60). S-
Paul. LOB- Las Vegas 12, Sacramento
10. SB- Repko (18). DP- MJones,
Ellis and MJones.
			
  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Totten (5-4)	5.0 12  5-5  0  3  4.66
orenduff	2.0  5  3-3  1  1  7.16
Felix	        2.0  1  0-0  1  3  6.75
  HBP- Ellis, MJones, by Orenduff. 
T- 3:09. Att- 2,,366.
Suns Edge Braves 2-1
Jamie Hoffmann threw out a runner at the plate with two out in the last of the night to help the Suns nip Mississippi 2-1.

Jacksonville scored single runs in the seventh and eighth inning and relied on strong pitching to earn the win. Cody White pitched six innings, allowing two hits while striking out 10 but drew a no-decision for his efforts.

The Suns scored one in the top of the seventh to put White in line for the win but Jesus Rodriguez gave up the tying run, then worked a scoreless inning to get credit for the victory.

Held to two hits over the first six innings, Jacksonville took a 1-0 lead in the seventh when Lucas May was hit by a pitch with two out and stole second. After a wild pitch moved him to third Adolfo Gonzalez lined a single to center field to drive him in.

Jesus Rodriguez replaced White and Mississippi tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a walk and a double.

In the top of the eighth, Ryan Rogowski beat out a bunt and James Tomlin moved him to second with a sacrifice. Ivan De Jesus' line single to center scored Rogowski with the final run of the game.

Jacobo Meque took over in the ninth and with the help of right fielder Jamie Hoffman, closed out the win.

Meque allowed a leadoff single and Mississippi bunted him to second. A passed ball put the tying run at third but on a fly ball to Hoffmann in right field, he nailed the runner on a strong throw to May at the plate to record a double play and close out the win.

De Jesus had two of the seven Jacksonville hits.

  Score by Innings	
Jacksonville	000 000 110-2
Mississippi	000 000 100-1

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf-cf	2  0  1  0  .315
De Jesus ss	4  0  2  1  .309
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  0  .282
Mitchell 1b	4  0  1  0  .269
Justis 2b	4  0  0  0  .267
May c	        3  1  0  0  .234
AGonzalez 3b	4  0  1  1  .311
Godwin cf	3  0  0  0  .276
 Rodriguez ;	0  0  0  0  .000
 JGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .277
 Meque p	0  0  0  0  .000
White p 	2  0  0  0  .294
 Rogowski lf	1  1  1  0  .220
  Totals	29 2 7 2
  Mississippi	29 1 5 1

  RBI- AGonzalez (16), De Jesus (49). 
S- Tomlin LOB- Jacksonville 6, Mississippi 6. 
SB- Hoffmann (23), May (5), Tomlin (14). 
CS- De Jesus (2). DP- Justis, De Jesus and 
Mitchell; Hoffmann and May.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White 	        6.0  3  0-0  3  6  6.75
Rodriguez (3-4)	2.0  1  1-1  1  0  5.62
Meque (sv 2)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  4.30
  HBP- May. PB- May 21.
T- 2:37. Att- 1,667.
66ers Pound High Desert
Inland Empire's 14-8 win over High Desert amid rumors of the Mavericks moving to the Carolina League next year. One highlight of the game was the first appearance of the season by Chris Withrow.

Withrow, the Dodgers' first round pick in 2007, had been working with Pitching Coach Charlie Hough for a couple months and recently activated. He pitched an inning, allowed a hit, a walk and a run, and got out of the inning on a double play.

The 66ers used two big innings, six runs in the second and six more runs in the sixth to erase a 7-6 deficit and put the game away.

Tommy Giles had a single, double, homer and five runs batted in. Giles has now homered in consecutive games for the fourth time this season and has a team high 19 homers.

Catcher Esteban Lopez added three hits, including a pair of doubles, and knocked in two. Matt Berezay whacked a tape measure three-run home run, his 10th of the season and his first off of a lefthanded pitcher.

Bridger Hunt and Trayvon Robinson the 1-2 batters in the order, combined for four runs and reached base safely seven times on four hits, a walk and two hit by pitches.

Joe Jones drew the start and couldn't get out of the fourth inning after allowing 10 hits and seven runs.

Jordan Pratt (3-3) surrendered just one hit in 3.1 innings to earn the win. Withrow and David Pfeiffer closed it out.

Inland Empire finished the road trip with a 3-3 record and return home to host Lancaster and Lake Elsinore.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	060 006 020-14
High Desert	301 300 010- 8
  
  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt rf	        4  2  2  0  .274
Robinson cf	5  2  2  1  .274
Berezay lf	4  3  1  3  .261
Giles dh	5  2  3  5  .291
Locke 1b	3  2  1  1  .313
Gallagher 3b	5  0  0  0  .300
Pedroza ss	4  1  2  0  .285
Fuller 2b	3  0  0  0  .241
Lara 2b	        2  0  0  0  .244
Lopez c	        5  2  3  2  .179
  Totals	40 14 14 11
  High Desert	36  8 13  6

  Error- Gallagher (15). 2B- Lopez
2 (2), Gils (24), Hunt (12). HR-
Berezay (10), Giles (19). RBI-
Lopez 2 (4), Robinson (40), Giles
5 (88), Berezay 3 (52), Locke (68).
LOB- Inland Empire 7, High Desert
11. SB- Robinson (22), Locke (4),
Giles (5). DP- Gallagher, Fuller
and Locke; Gllagher, Lara and Locke;
Pedroza and Locke.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  e-er bb so  era
Jones	        3.2 10  7-7  1  1  5.45
Pratt (3-3)	3.1  1  0-0  5  4  5.17
Withrow	        1.0  1  1-1  1  0  9.00
Pfeiffer	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.73
  HBP- by Jones, by Pratt, Hunt 2.
T- 3:24. Att- 1,077.
Loons Lose Three-Run Lead in Loss
  Felix Carrasco won the 2008 All-Star Home Run Derby and he demonstrated his power again against Great Lakes, smacking a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth to help Fort Wayne to a 4-3 win.

Josh Lindblom started for the Loons and allowed only one hit in five scoreless innings, facing one batter over the minimum. He seemed in line for his first professional win with the Loons leading 3-0 into the bottom of the eighth.

Cal Stanke took over in the sixth and allowed the first run of the game in the eighth. Bobby Blevins was called in from the bullpen and surrendered an RBI double and an RBI single to bring home the game-tying runs.

Then he served up the winning home run with two out on an 0-2 pitch in the last of the ninth.

Great Lakes scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Andrew Lambo knocked in Erik Kanaby for his 74th RBI of the season in the fourth. Jessie Mier singled and Parker Dalton doubled in the fifth before Francisco Lizarraga squeezed in the second run. In the seventh. Brandon Taylor tripled and scored on Alfredo Silverio's sac fly to build the 3-0 lead.

Kanaby, Taylor, Mier and Dalton each had two of the Loons' 10 hits.

The series in Fort Wayne continues tonight with right-hander Juan Cedeño (0-0, 3.00 ERA) making his second start.   

  Score by Innings	
Great Lakes	000 110 100-3
Fort Wayne	000 000 031-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	4  1  2  0  .275
Rosario dh	4  0  1  0  .261
Lambo lf	4  0  1  1  .294
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .032
Taylor 3b	4  1  2  0  .225
Silverio rf	3  0  0  1  .246
Mier c	        3  1  2  0  .182
Dalton 2b	3  0  2  0  .222
Lizarraga ss	2  0  0  1  .184
  Totals	31 3 10 3
  Fort Wayne	31 4  7 4

  2B- Dalton (10). 3B- Taylor (1).
RBI- Lambo (74), Lizarraga (7),
Silverio (34). S- Lizarrga. SF-
Silverio. LOB- Great Lakes 3, Fort
Wayne 2. SB- Rosario (31). CS-
Kanaby (16), Rosario (13). 
DP- Lizarraga,Dalton and Parez.

   Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lindblom	5.0  1  0-0  0  4  1.42
Stanke	        2.1  3  2-2  1  3  6.23
Blevins (2-7)	1.1  3  2-2  0  0  2.84
  T- 2:29. Att- 3,969.

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