Catcher's Reign In Dodgers' System

Unofficially, it was "Catcher's Day" in the Dodgers' system. A.J. Ellis slugged a grand slam in the 10th to boost Las Vegas to an 8-4 win over Fresno. Lucas May's sac fly in the 10th gave Jacksonville a 5-4 win. Inland Empire scored twice in the 10th to top Modsto 5-3 and despite a strong start by Justin Miller, Great Lakes was shut out by Dayton 4-0.

Ellis Slams Grizzlies
Catcher A.J. Ellis singled, doubled and then smacked a grand slam home run in the 10th inning to break a 4-4 tie and give Las Vegas an 8-4 win over Fresno.

Xavier Paul led off the 10th by getting hit by a pitch. Wilkin Ruan bunted him to second, John Lindsey walked and Angel Chavez lived on an error to load the sacks and A.J. unloaded them on a long drive over the right field fence/

B.J. LaMura started for the 51s but was knocked out of the game in the fourth inning, having allowed just two hits, although both of them were home runs, five walks and three runs.

Jerome William fell into the home run spell, allowing former Dodger minor leaguer Travis Denker to tie the game with a long shot in the eighth inning.

Dwayne Pollok allowed no home runs, no hits either, and collected the win when Ellis his his jackpot shot.

Rehabbing center fielder Andruw Jones slugged a pair of solo homers in his first two at-bats. Chavez and Chin Lung Hu each had a pair of hits.

Fresno was out-hit 12-4 but they made good use of their hits, with three of them going out of the park.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	010 300 000-8
Fresno	        002 100 010-4

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Repko rf-lf-rf	5  0  1  0  .273
De Witt 2b	6  0  0  0  .264
Young lf	4  0  0  0  .000
 Paul rf-cf	0  1  0  0  .303
AJones cf	4  2  2  2  .412
 Ruan lf	0  0  0  0  .000
Lindsey 1b	3  1  0  0  .306
Chavez 3b	5  2  2  0  .296
Ellis c	        4  2  3  4  .307
Hu ss        	5  0  2  1  .302
LaMura p	1  0  1  1  .750
 Williams p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph	1  0  0  0  .385
 Pollok p	1  0  1  0  .190
  Totals	41 8 12 8
  Fresno	33 4  4 4

  2B- Chavez (27), Ellis (13),
Pollok (2). HR- AJones 2 (3), Ellis
(3). RBI- AJones 2 (5), Hu (10),
LaMura (1), Ellis 4 (52). S- LaMura,
Ruan. LOB- Las Vegas 9, Fresno 4. 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
LaMura        	4.2  2  3-3  5  5  6.59
Williams	3.1  2  1-1  0  2  3.60
Pollok (10-4)	2.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.70
  HBP- Paul. T- 3:10. Att- 9,152.
May's Sac Fly Proves Winner
Catcher Lucas May knocked in the winning run in the 10th inning at Chattanooga, giving the Suns a 5-4 victory. It was only the second extra-inning win of the season for Jacksonville who has been involved in an even dozen of them.

The Suns took an early 4-0 lead with Russell Mitchell popping a a three-run homer in the first inning after Ivan De Jesus had singled and Jamie Hoffmann walked.

In the second, Ryan Rogowski singled and was forced at second base by Adam Godwin. De Jesus RBI single and an error made it 4-0.

Starter Danny Muegge allowed a pair of runs in the fourth inning and left after five having allowed eight hits and only the two runs.

Scott Elbert took over and was wild, walking two and allowing a hit while retiring only a single Lookout. Travis Schlichting served up a single that scored one of Elbert's base runners to tie the game.

Then Schlichting combined with Brent Leach (2-2), and Jacobo Meque (save #4) to retire the final 14 Chattanooga batters in succession.

De Jesus was 4-for-5 and boosted his average to .315. Juan Gonzalez singled twice.

Jacksonville moved to 24-32 with the win.

Lefthander Eric DuBose will start tonight against the Lookouts and LHP Travis Wood.

  Score by Innings	
Jacksonville	310 000 000 1-5
Chattanooga	000 202 000 0-4

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis 3b-lf	3  0  0  0  .270
De Jesus ss	5  2  4  0  .315
Hoffmann rf	3  1  0  0  .279
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  3  .265
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  2  0  .271
May c        	4  0  0  1  .233
Rogowski lf	3  0  1  0  .250
 Gutierrez ph	1  0  0  0  .231
Godwin cf	4  1  0  0  .267
 Gulledge ph	0  0  0  0  .265
 AGonzalez 3b	1  0  0  0  .319
  Totals	32 5  8 4
  Chattanooga	37 4 10 4

  HR- Mitchell (12). RBI- Mitchell 3 
62), May (50). S- Muegge, Mitchell.
SF- May. LOB- Jacksonville 8,
Chattanooga 8. SB- Rogowski (4),
De Jesus (14), May (6).CS- May (21).
DP- Justis and JGonzalez; Mitchell,
De Jesus and Mitchell.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Muegge        	5.0  8  2-2  1  1  4.47
Elbert        	0.1  1  2-2  2  1  2.58
Schlichting	1.2  1  0-0  0  1  4.24
Meque (sv 4)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.15
  HBP- by Schlichting, Gulledge, Hoffmann.
T- 3:18. Att- 1,785.
66ers Bounce Back to Win
Inland Empire scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to tie the game, then drove over two in the 10th to beat Modesto 5-3.

Andrew Locke homered (#10) with one out n the 10th. Jamie Pedroza singled and Brian Mathews doubled him home with the second run of the inning.

Josh Wall started for the 66ers and allowed three runs in six innings while striking out seven and he trailed 3-1 when he left.

David Pfeiffer pitched two scoreless innings and Javy Guerra (3-4) collected the win when Inland Empire scored in the 10th. Paul Koss (save #11) worked a perfect 10th to save the game.

Jaime Pedroza banged his eighth home run in the seventh inning to pull the 66ers within one run and Matt Berezay's two-out double in the eighth scored Locke, who had lived on an error.

Pedroza led the offense with three hits. Catcher Alex Garabedian, upheld the catcher's in the system by adding two hits and scoring a run. Matt Berezay, Scott Van Slyke and Locke also had a pair of hits.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	001 000 110-2
Modesto	        011 100 000 0-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt cf        	3  0  0  0  .279
 Herrera cf	1  0  0  0  .000
Lara 2b        	4  0  0  0  .240
Giles rf	5  0  1  0  .289
Locke 1b	5  2  2  1  .316
Berezay lf	5  0  2  1  .251
Pedroza ss	5  2  3  1  .293
Mathews 3b	5  0  1  1  .111
Van Slyke dh	5  0  2  0  .219
Garabedian c	4  1  2  0  .148
  Totals	42 5 13 4
  Modesto	39 3 11 2

  Errors- Mathews (1), Pedroza (21).
2B- Giles (27), Berezay (11),
Mathews (1). HR- Pedroza (8), Locke
(10). RBI- Pedroza (49), Berezay
(55), Locke (77), Mathews (1). LOB-
Inland Empire 9, Modesto 10. DP-
Pedroza, Lara and Locke.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall        	6.0  6  3-3  2  7  6.28
Pfeiffer	2.0  4  0-0  0  2  5.74
Guerra (3-4)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.17
Koss (sv 11)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.34
  HBP- by Wall. T-3:31. Att- 897.
Miller Loses Tough Game
Fans who look only at won-lost records might feel Justin Miller was having a "bad" season. What he is having is a "tough" season, after allowing only a solo home run over six innings and being tagged with the loss when the Loons couldn't manage to push a run across until the ninth inning.

That dropped Millers record to 4-10 but he has a perfectly good 3.85 earned run average, below the team ERA of 3.99.

Cal Stanke also pitched well but was victimized by three unearned runs in the seventh inning to make the final score 4-0.

The Loons, who were held to four hits, scored an unearned run in the ninth inning when Jovanny Rosario reached base on an error and scored on Andruw Lambo's RBI single.

Great Lakes got a single by Rosario in the first and a double by Lambo in the second, then went hitless until Rosario doubled in the sixth.

The Loons and Dragons conclude their four-game series tonight wit left-hander Garrett White (2-2, 3.41 ERA) starting against Dayton's right-hander Juan Rafael (3-2, 4.54). 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 001-1
Dayton	        010 000 30x-4
  
  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby lf	4  0  0  0  .267
Rosario cf	4  1  2  0  .266
Perez 1b-3b	4  0  0  0  .283
Lambo dh	4  0  2  1  .294
Taylor 3b-ss	4  0  0  0  .220
Silverio rf	3  0  0  0  .248
Dalton 2b	3  0  0  0  .225
Mier c        	3  0  0  0  .267
Lizarraga ss	2  0  0  0  .182
 Ortiz 1b	1  0  0  0  .220
  Totals	32 1 4 1
  Dayton 	31 4 7 3

  Error- Dalton (9). 2B- Lambo (33),
Rosario (15). RBI- Lambo (77). LOB-
Great Lakes 4, Dayton 7. CS- Rosario
(14). DP- Taylor, Dalton and Perez.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Miller (4-10)	6.0  4  1-1  3  3  3.85
Stanke        	2.0  3  3-0  1  1  2.70
  PB- Mier (1). T- 2;28. Att- 8,025.

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