Stults Keeps 51s Hopes Alive, Wins Seventh

Eric Stults kept Las Vegas' slim hopes alive by beating Sacramento 6-5. Inland Empire was battered 11-2 by league-leading Lancaster and Great Falls was limited to three hits in a 4-0 loss. Jacksonville had the day off.

Vegas Scores Early in Win
Las Vegas won the final game of the Sacramento series as Eric Stultz collected his seventh win of the season and John Lndsey knocked in a pair of runs in the 6-5 victory. The RiverCats won the first three games and have stretched their league-leading margin to 6 1/2 games over the 51s.

Las Vegas rolled up a 5-0 lead in the first three innings before the 'Cats could get on the scoreboard.

Xavier Paul singled the lead the game off, stole second base and scored on Lindsey's double. In the second, Angel Chavez singled, A.J. Ellis doubled to score him and Wilkin Ruan singled before a double play allowed a second run to boost the score to 3-0.

Jason Repko and Blake DeWitt singled and Lindsey was hit by a pitch to start the third inning. Mitch Jones RBI single and a passed ball made it 5-0.

Sacramento tagged Stults for three runs in the fourth and Eduardo Sierra took over for Eric in the top of the sixth.

Las Vegas scored their final run in the bottom of the inning when Lindsey singled home Repko.

The Rivercats scored one run in each the seventh and ninth to close to within a run. Greg Miller fanned the final batter in the eighth and Tanyon Sturtze gave up a home run in the ninth but collected his fifth save of the season.

Repko, Lindsey and Ruan led the 51s with a pair of hits each.

  Score by Innings
Sacramento	000 300 101-5
Las Vegas	122 001 00x-6

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf	        4  1  1  0  .301
Repko rf	4  2  2  0  .278
DeWitt 2b	5  1  1  0  .306
Lindsey cf 	3  0  2  2  .312
MJones 1b	3  0  1  1  .269
Chavez 3b	4  1  1  0  .295
Ellis c	        2  1  1  1  .306
Ruan lf	        4  0  2  0  .361
Rundgren ss	3  0  0  0  .190
  Totals	26 2 11 4
  Sacramento	32 5  8 5

  Error- Chavez (9). 2B- Lindsey
(34), Ellis (11). RBI- Lindsey 2
(90), Ellis (48), MJones (37).LOB-
Las Vegas 9, Sacramento 5. SB-
Repko (19), Paul (17). DP- Rundgren,
DeWitt and MJones; Rundgren and
MJones.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults (7-6)	5.2  5  3-3  1  8  3.83
Sierra	        2.0  2  1-1  1  1  4.00
Miller	        0.1  0  0-0  0  1  7.53
Sturtze (sv 5)	1.0  1  1-1  1  2  4.28
  HBP- Lindsey, Ellis. 
T- 2:52. Att- 3,701.
Jacksonville Open date. Right-hander Danny Muegge (0-3, 3.61 ERA) will face Montgomery tonight at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Lancaster Smokes 66ers
Lancaster stuffed Inland Empire deeper into third place with an 11-2 win, breaking a 0-0 tie in the sevnth inning by scoring eight times. The loss leaves the 66ers 3 1/2 games out of first place.

Jason Miller held the league-leaders to a single hit until the top of the seventh when he tired and the wheels fell off. Lancaster collected a pair of singles and two walks to take a 1-0 lead.

Brandon Tuten took over with the bases loaded and issued three walks and allowed a hit before Tim Sexton could get in to close the inning out, but not before Lancaster had scored eight times.

Paul Koss allowed another run in the eighth and Andy Van Slyke was pressed into service as a pitcher and he gave up two in the ninth.

Trayvon Robinson singled, doubled and scored both Inland Empire runs. Drew Locke's sac fly was the only 66er RBI.

Bridger Hunt and Alex Garabedian had the other two hits.

  Score by Innings	
Lancaster	000 000 812-11
Inland Empire	000 000 101- 2

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara 2b	        4  0  0  0  .240
Robinson cf	4  2  2  0  .276
Berezay Lf	4  0  0  0  .257
Giles dh	3  0  0  0  .289
Hunt lf	        1  0  1  0  .277
Locke 1b	3  0  0  1  .311
Gallagher 3b	4  0  0  0  .296
Pedroza ss	3  0  0  0  .282
Van Slyke rf-p	3  0  0  0  .208
Garabedian c	3  0  1  0  .063
  Totals	32  2 4  1
  Lancaster	33 11 7 10

  Errors- Johnson (1), Garabedian
(1). 2B- Robinson (19). RBI- Locke
(69). SF- Locke. LOB- Inland Empire
4, Lancaster 7. DP- Pedroza and
Locke.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (3-3)	6.1  3  4-2  3  9  4.30
Tuten	        0.1  1  4-4  3  1  5.71
Sexton	        0.1  1  0-0  0  1  5.80
Koss	        1.0  1  1-1  0  1  3.56
Van Slyke	1.0  1  2-2  3  1 18.00
  HBP- by Johnson, by Tuten.
T- 3:07. Att- 1,240.
Loons Held to Three Hits in Loss
Fort Wayne dominated Great Lakes while winning their second straight 4-0. The Loons had three hits in the first four innings and then were held hitless the rest of the game.

Adding to their problem, Great Lakes, who was second in the league in fielding, committed three errors that cost a pair of unearned runs.

Juan Cedeño, recently obtained from Erie in the Eastern League, started ad allowed three runs in four innings, two of them earned.

With Francisco Lizarraga out with an injured hand, Brandon Taylor (shortstop) and Eduardo Perez (third base) played new positions for the first time.

  Andrew Lambo, celebrating his 20th birthday, Perez, and Yossandy Garcia recorded the Loons' only hits.

  The Loons conclude their four-game series in Fort Wayne with day baseball with right-hander Given Kutz (3-4, 4.13 ERA) drawing the start in an afternoon game. 

  Score by Innings	
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0
Fort Wayne	111 000 10x-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	3  0  0  0  .273
Rosario rf	4  0  0  0  .259
Lambo lf	3  0  1  0  .295
Perez 3b	3  0  1  0  .303
Ortiz 1b	3  0  0  0  .210
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .237
Taylor ss	3  0  0  0  .220
Dalton 2b	3  0  0  0  .218
Garcia dh	3  0  1  0  .107
  Totals	28 0 3 0
  Fort Wayne	31 4 7 3

  Errors- Taylor (8), Thompson (1),
Ortiz (7). LOB- Great Lakes 2, Fort
Wayne 6. DP- Taylor, Dalton and
Ortiz; Perez, Dalton and Ortiz.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cedeño (0-1)	4.0  6  3-2  2  3  3.86
Thompson	3.0  1  1-0  1  0  0.00
Zimmermann	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  3.86
  T- 2:13. Att- 5,010.

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