Jesus Rodriguez Overpowering in Suns' Win

Former 51s Kevin Howard helped Las Vegas to their seventh loss in their last eight games as Tacoma won 10-3 to swept the four game series. Jacksonville got strong pitching from Jesus Rodriguez and stopped Montgomery 10-3. Inland Empire was crushed 16-4 by Lake Elsinore and Great Lakes saw Josh Lindblom's 4-1 lead turn into a 6-5 Dayton win.

Howard Beats Old Teammates
Kevin Howard, who batted .257 with three homers and 27 RBIs in 60 games for the 51s this season before being released, earned some measure of revenge when he helped Tacoma to a four-game sweep by going 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs in the Rainiers' 10-3 win.

Howard was 0-for-9 in his first three games with Tacoma.

Starting at shortstop and batting ninth, he belted a two-out, three-run homer in the second inning to give the Rainiers a 4-0 lead one batter after a Las Vegas error had kept the inning alive.

Howard added an RBI single in the sixth inning and a two-out solo homer in the eighth.

The 51s were knocked out of the game in a hurry when Tacoma struck for four runs in the second and two in the third.

Luis Maza, John Lindsey and Blake DeWitt had fourth-inning singles, with DeWitt's hit driving in the first run for the 51s. Their other two runs came on Chin-lung Hu's RBI groundout in the seventh and an eighth-inning wild pitch.

Maza, Lindsey, DeWitt, Hu and Xavier Paul each had two of the 12 Las Vegas hits. The 51s have lost seven of of their last eight games.

Heath Totten (5-5) took the loss after giving up five earned runs on 10 hits in six innings. Jerome Williams allowed three hits and a run over the final two innings.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 100 110- 3
Tacoma	        042 012 01x-10  

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Repko rf	5  0  0  0  .275
Paul cf        	4  0  2  0  .302
Maza 3b        	4  1  2  0  .380
Lindsey dh	4  1  2  0  .309
DeWitt 2b	4  0  2  1  .284
MJones lf	4  0  0  0  .264
Chavez 1b	4  1  1  0  .297
Ellis c	        4  0  1  1  .301
Hu ss        	4  0  2  1  .301
  Totals	37  3 12  2
  Tacoma	36 10 13 10

  Errors- Maza (4), Ellis (3). RBI-
DeWitt (10), Hu (9). DP- Hu and
Chavez.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Totten (5-5)	6.0 10  9-5  0  3  4.97
Williams	2.0  3  1-1  0  0  3.86
  HBP- by Totten. T- 2:21. Att- 7,832.
Rodriguez Turns Solid Outing
?Jesus Rodriguez turned in the third outstanding performance for the Suns, allowing just three hits and one run over seven innings in a 7-3 win over Montgomery in front of 8,418 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Rodriguez's effort followed strong performances by starters Eric Dubose and James Adkins, who pitched a combined 13 innings and allowed a total of four hits and two runs.

The three pitchers had a cumulative ERA of 1.36 in 20 innings, a mark that brought a smile to the face of Suns pitching coach Glenn Dishman.

"A really nice effort by all three starters the last three nights," Dishman told the Jacksonville Times-Union. "I can't say anything more than I think some of them are starting to click.

"They're figuring out some things we've been working on over the last couple of weeks, the last month. They're throwing more strikes and trusting their pitches."

Eric Cyr was scheduled to start but was promoted to Las Vegas and Rodriguez got the call. It was the third consecutive start and fourth time in his last five starts that Rodriguez had allowed less than two earned runs.

"I threw mostly fastballs tonight with just a couple sinkers and two or three sliders," Rodriguez said through a teammate's translation. "Tonight and my last start were my two best outings of the year. Now I just want to finish strong in these last two or three starts that I'll have this season."

A solo home run in the seventh inning was the only run he allowed. The Biscuits scored twice off reliever Andrew Tomey in the ninth before Brent Leach closed it out. The three Suns allowed only four hits.

Jaime Hoffmann added a single and a double and knocked in three to lead the attack. Adolfo Gonzalez singled twice and doubled, while Kelly Gulledge had his first home run and two RBIs.

The Jaguars gave Suns players and the team's front office tickets for tonight's football game with Miami. ...Suns LHP Cody White (3-6, 6.75) starts this afternoon in a game scheduled earlier because of the Jaguars game.

  Score by Innings	
Montgomery	000 000 102- 3
Jacksonville	023 020 00x-10

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis 3b	3  0  1  0  .273
Godwin cf	3  0  0  0  .269
De Jesus ss	5  1  1  1  .308
May c        	5  1  1  0  .235
JGonzalez 2b	5  0  0  0  .267
Gulledge dh	3  3  1  2  .200
AGonzalez 1b	4  1  3  1  .317
Rogowski lf	2  1  1  0  .258
Hoffmann rf	4  0  2  3  .279
  Totals	34 7 10 7
  Montgomery	31 3  4 2

  2B- AGonzalez (14), Rogowski (2),
Justis (17), Hoffmann (17). HR-
De Jesus (5), Gulledge (1). RBI-
AGonzalez (17), Hoffmann 3 (66),
De Jesus (53), Gulledge 2 (4).
LOB- Jacksonville 11, Montgomery 6.
 
  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rodriguez (4-4)	7.0  3  1-1  1  3  4.99
Tomey        	1.2  1  2-2  4  3  6.75
Leach (sv 9)	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.44
  Balk- Tomey. T- 3:01. Att- 8,418.
Storm Blows Away 66ers
Lake Elsinore battered four Inland Empire pitchers for 22 hits in a 16-4 rout, scoring in six different innings during the long evening. The 66ers didn't help themselves with four errors.

A five-run second inning set the tone for the game and 11 runs rolled across the plate during the five innings from the forth through the eighth.

Short on manpower, Esteban Lopez, a catcher, played first and third; Hunt, an outfielder, played third; Locke, who used to play right field, started at first and moved to the outfield; Scott Van Slyke moved to center field and designated hitter; Tommy Giles came in to play third base.

Tim Sexton (5-12) worked for four innings and allowed eight hits and six earned runs. Joe Jones and Jordan Pratt was ineffective before Brandon Tuten pitched a scoreless ninth.

Drew Locke had three hits, including his first home run of the season, and three runs batted. Jaime Pedroza had a pair of singles.

In today's rubber match the 66ers will start Steve Johnson.

  Score by Innings	
Lake Elsinore	050 223 220-16
Inland Empire	010 003 000- 4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt cf-3b	5  0  1  0  .278
Lara 2b        	4  1  0  0  .241
Giles dh-lf	3  1  0  0  .285
Locke 1b-rf	4  2  3  3  .314
Berezay lf	4  0  0  0  .256
Gallagher 3b	0  0  0  0  .290
 Lopez ph-1b	3  0  1  1  .217
Pedroza ss	4  0  2  0  .287
Van Slyke rf-cf	4  0  1  0  .219
Garabedian c	4  0  0  0  .050
  Totals	35  4  8  4
  Lake Elsinore	39 16 10 15

  Errors- Gallagher (16), Sexton
(3), Berezay (1), Locke (9). HR-
Locke (9). RBI- Locke 3 (73),
Lopez (6). LOB- Inland Empire 7,
Lake Elsinore 7. DP- Lara, Pedroza
and Lopez 2.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton (5-12)	4.0  8  7-6  1  3  6.50
Jones        	2.0  5  5-5  0  1  5.88
Pratt        	2.0  7  4-4  1  3  5.63
Tuten        	1.0  2  0-0  0  0  3.44
  T- 3:19. Att- 3,384.
Loons Can't Hold Lead
For the 35th time this season, Great Lakes lost a game after they had built a lead. A 4-1 margin didn't hold up and the Loons lost 6-5 to Dayton in front of 5,222 fans at Dow Diamond.

Starter Josh Lindblom pitched five innings and allowed four hits and three runs while striking out nine. He left the game with a 4-3 lead but lost yet another chance to pick up his first professional win when the Dragons scored five unanswered runs to end the ballgame.

The Loons scored in the first when Brandon Taylor ripped a two-run single. After a Dayton run in the second, they tacked on two more runs in a bottom of the inning highlighted by Parker Dalton's RBI double to make it 4-1.

A two-run homer in the fifth pulled Dayton to within a run at 4-3 and in the seventh, a bases-loaded, two-run single off of reliever Miguel Sanfler gave Dayton a 5-4 lead. They got themselves an insurance run on a bases-loaded walk by Bobby Blevins to make it 6-4.

Bob Zimmermann took the loss after two of his inherited runners scored when Sanfler was on the mound and he fell to 0-3 on the year.

The Loons put together a final threat in the ninth, loading the bases with nobody out. Andrew Lambo brought home a run on a RBI groundout to cut the margin to 6-5. Eduardo Perez struck out before Jaime Ortiz battled for 11 pitches before missing a final third strike.

Erik Kanaby notched three hits to lead the Loons. Parker Dalton and Ortiz had a single and a double each.

The Loons travel to Dayton to take on the Dragons in a four-game series starting tonight.

  Score by Innings
Dayton	        010 020 210-6
Great Lakes	220 000 001-5

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	4  0  3  1  .270
Dalton 2b	4  1  2  1  .222
Lambo lf	5  1  1  1  .295
Perez 3b	4  0  0  0  .281
Ortiz 1b	4  0  2  0  .220
Taylor ss	4  0  1  2  .224
Silverio rf	4  1  1  0  .252
Garcia dh	3  1  0  0  .091
Mier c        	4  0  1  0  .304
 Rosario pr	0  1  0  0  .262
 Totals	36 5 11 5
  Dayton	36 6 10 6

  Errors- Mier (2), Kanaby (2). 2B-
Dalton (12), Ortiz (16). RBI-
Taylor 2 (25), Kanaby (21), Dalton
(16), Lambo (76). S- Garcia, Dalton.
LOB- Great Lakes 9, Dayton 9. CS-
Kanaby (17). 

  Great Lakes	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lindblom	 5.0  4  3-3  0  9  2.25
Zimmermann (0-3) 1.0  2  2-2  1  1  4.58
Sanfler	         1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.21
Blevins	         2.0  3  1-1  2  2  2.91
  HBP- by Sanfler 2. T- 3;14. Att- 5,222.

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