Van Slyke's Walkoff Homer a Winner for 66ers

Las Vegas saw Tacoma score four in the last of the ninth to take a 7-6 decision. Jacksonville was thumped 9-6 by Montgomery. Scott Van Slyke's game-winning two run homer in the last of the ninth helped Inland Empire move to within 1.5 games of second place with a 4-2 win over Lancaster. Great Lakes survived a late rally and topped Fort Wayne 5-4.

Tacoma Wins on a Walk
Relief pitcher Greg Miller walked the only batter he faced with the bases loaded and the score tied in the last of the ninth and Tacoma snatched a win away from Las Vegas 7-6.

The 51s led 6-3 going into the last inning but Tacoma tagged Dwayne Pollok (9-4) for three hits. A walk and a costly error on a possible double play ball by Blake DeWitt accounted for four runs, climaxed by the game-winning walk.

Las Vegas erased an early 2-0 deficit with four in the third, one in the fourth and a single run in the ninth.

James McDonald started and had things pretty much in hand, pitching six innings, striking out 10 and allowing only a pair of runs. He left the game with a 5-2 lead.

Jerome Williams allowed a run before Pollok took over.

Xavier Paul smacked a pair of solo homers (#9) and Angel Chavez had three hits and a RBI. Jason Repko, Mark Jones and Luis Maza had a pair of hits and a run batted in for the 61s.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 410 001-6
Tacoma	        002 000 014-7

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf	        5  2  2  2  .303
Repko rf	4  0  2  1  .280
DeWitt 2b	4  0  0  0  .288
Lindsey dh	3  1  0  0  .310
MJones 1b	4  1  2  1  .274
Chavez 3b	4  1  3  1  .300
Maza lf	        4  0  2  1  .376
Ellis c	        4  0  0  0  .301
Hu ss	        4  1  1  0  .289
  Totals	36 3 12 6
  Tacoma	38 7 12 6
 
  Error- DeWitt (2). 2B- MJones
(11). Repko (6). HR- Paul 2 (9).
RBI- Paul 2 (62), MJones (38),
Chavez (64), Maza (24), Repko
(44). SF- Repko. LOB- Las Vegas
6, Tacoma 10. SB- Hu (2). DP- Hu,
DeWitt, MJones.

  Las Vegas 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald	6.0  4  2-2  1 10  2.25
Williams 	1.1  3  1-1  0  1  3.24
Pollok (9-4)	1.1  5  4-3  2  1  4.84
Miller	        0.0  0  0-0  1  0  7.58
  HBP- by Williams. T- 2;53. Att- 3,321.
Biscuits Drop Suns 9-6
Montgomery jumped into a 9-0 lead, then had to fight off a late Jacksonville rally to win 9-6/

Suns starter Danny Muegge (0-4) was roughed up for seven runs and nine hits in just two innings and took the loss. The Biscuits added two more runs off Kieran Mattison before Anthony Tomey and Travis Schlichting worked three scoreless innings.

Jacksonville finally scored in the sixth on an error and Russ Mitchell's RBI single. They added four more in the seventh when Ryan Rogowski and Ivan DeJesus Jr. hit back-to-back two-run singles to cut the lead to three runs but they couldn't get any closer.

Lucas May with the only Suns' hitter with two hits.

LHP Eric DuBose (0-0, 3.86) is scheduled to make his first start tonight against Montgomery.

  Score by Innings
Montgomery 	052 101 000-9
Jacksonville	000 002 400-6

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin lf	2  0  0  0  .313
 Rogowski lf	2  2  1  2  .231
De Jesus 2b	5  1  1  2  .307
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .279
Mitchell 1b	5  0  1  1  .269
JGonzalez ss	4  0  1  0  .276
May c	        3  1  2  0  .238
Justis 3b	3  1  1  0  .268
Gulledge dh	4  0  0  0  .185
Godwin cf	2  1  0  0  .274
  Totals	38 6  7 5
  Montgomery	40 9 13	 9

Error- JGonzalez (16). 2B- May
(24), RBI- Mitchell (59), Rogowski
2 (6), De Jesus 2 (51). S- Godwin.
LOB- Jacksonville 7, Montgomery 7.
SB- Rogowski (2), Godwin (26). DP-
De Jesus, JGonzalez and Mitchell. 
 
  Jacksonville 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Muegge (0-4)	2.0  9  7-6  1  1  4.56
Mattison	4.0  3  2-2  1  6 10.13
Tomey 	        2.0  1  0-0  1  1  6.32
Schlichting	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.34
  HBP- May, Justis. T- 2:54. Att- 3,183.
Van Slyke Homer Wins for 66ers
Inland Empire broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth when pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke banged his second home run of the year with two out and a runner at first base, giving Inland Empire a 4-2 win.

Bridger Hunt smashed a shot off the third baseman's glove with one out before Van Slyke ended things with his long shot to left-center.

Van Slyke's last home run came on June 19 against Rancho Cucamonga, a game where his father Andy was in attendance.

Lancaster tagged starter Alberto Bastardo for single runs in the first two innings but he then held the JetHawks scoreless until he left the game in the seventh.

The 66ers tied the game in the bottom half of the sixth inning, starting with a lead off double by Tommy Giles. Andrew Locke beat out an infield hit before Austin Gallagher dropped a single over the shortstop's glove to drive in Giles.

Christian Lara tied the game with sacrifice fly to right field.

Matt Sartor took control of the game and shut down the JetHawks, allowing just one hit over 2.1 innings before Paul Koss took over in the top of the ninth inning.

He worked around a double to keep the game tied and set up Van Slyke's heroics.

The 66ers (26-25) move just 1.5 games back of second place Rancho Cucamonga. The 66ers close out the series against Lancaster tonight.

  Score by Innings
Lancaster	110 000 000-2
Inland Empire	000 002 002-4

  Inland Empire	 ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt lf-cf	 3  1  1  0  .277
Robinson cf	 2  0  0  0  .275
 Van Slyke ph-lf 3  1  2  2  .221
Berezay dh	 2  0  0  0  .255
Giles rf	 3  1  2  0  .292
Locke 1b	 3  1  1  0  .311
Gallagher 3b	 4  0  1  1  .295
Pedroza ss	 3  0  1  0  .283
Lara 2b	         3  0  1  1  .241
Lopez c	         4  0  1  0  .183
  Totals	30 4 10 4
  Lancaster	34 2  7 2

  Error- Locke (8). 2B- Giles (25),
HR- Van Slyke (2). RBI- Gallagher
(53), Lara (29), Van Slyke 2 (12).
SF- Lara. LOB- Inland Empire 8,
Lancaster 8. CS- Van Slyke (2),Hunt
(6), Pedroza (11). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo 	5.2  5  2-2  2  3  5.58
Sartor	        2.1  1  0-0  1  3  1.90
Koss (3-1)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.50
  T- 2:53. Att- 1,683.
Loons Earn Split Against Wizards
Great Lakes struck for five runs and 11 hits, then survived a ninth-inning scare to defeat Fort Wayne 5-4 and earn a series split. 

The Loons struck for three runs in the fourth inning, with all the runs coming after with two outs and the bases empty. The Loons collected consecutive hits by Eduardo Perez, Jaime Ortiz, Brandon Taylor and Alfredo Silverio.

Loons' starter Given Kutz surrendered three singles to load the bases, then with two out a single scored two in the fifth.

Great Lakes added two in the seventh inning when Taylor doubled then scored on Parker Dalton's double. Jessie Mier followed with an RBI single.

After pulling to within two runs in the eighth against reliever Miguel Sanfler, the Wizards loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Sanfler allowed a sacrifice fly to pull Fort Wayne within one and Miguel Ramirez took over and closed it out with a strikeout, recording his 18th save of the season.

Kutz (4-4) allowed two runs in five innings to earn the victory. Sanfler hurled 3.2 relief innings, allowing one earned run. 

The Loons open up a three-game homestand against Dayton tonight at Dow Diamond.  Right-hander Justin Miller (4-8, 3.90 ERA) makes his first start since his near-no hitter last Friday. 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 300 200-5	
Fort Wayne	000 020 011-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	4  0  0  0  .270
Rosario cf	3  0  2  0  .262
Lambo lf	2  0  0  0  .293
 Garcia lf	2  0  0  0  .100
Perez 3b	4  1  1  0  .301
Ortiz 1b	4  1  2  1  .214
Taylor ss	4  2  2  1  .228
Silverio rf	4  0  1  1  .246
Dalton 2b	4  1  1  1  .219
Mier c        	4  0  2  1  .267
  Totals	35 5 11 5
  Fort Wayne	34 4  4 4

  Error- Perez (2). 2B- Perez (5),
Taylor (9), Dalton (11). RBI- Ortiz
(37), Taylor (22), Silverio (35),
Dalton (15), Mier (1). LOB- Great
Lakes 4, Fort Wayne 5. SB- Rosario
2 (33).  	

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kutz (4-4)	5.0  4  2-2  1  3  4.10
Sanfler 	3.2  3  2-1  0  4  3.25
Ramirez 	0.1  0  0-0  0  1  3.94
  HBP- Rosario. T- 2;48. Att- 2,372.

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