Gulledge, Rosario Have Game-Winning Hits

Las Vegas took a 6-0 lead and then saw Colorado Springs come back to win, scoring the deciding run in the last of the 10th. Kelly Gulledge had a game-winning double as Jacksonville topped Birmingham 3-2. Inland Empire stayed in the playoff hunt by dropping Rancho Cucamonga 6-5 and five Great Lakes pitchers held South Bend to three hits and no earned runs in a 6-5 victory.

Sox Nip Las Vegas in 10th
Las Vegas watched a 6-1 lead disappear as Colorado Springs scored the final six runs of the game, including the deciding one in the last of the 10th inning, to win 7-6.

Eric Stults worked a remarkable six innings, allowing only two hits and a single unearned run while striking out six. He left with a 6-1 lead.

Troubled Greg Miller took over and gave most of the runs back, walking three but he was hampered by a costly error. Miller walked the bases loaded before Blake DeWitt booted a ball that allowed two runs. Miller allowed no hits and four runs but two of them were unearned.

Yhency Brazoban surrendered the game-tying home run in the eighth inning. Dwayne Pollok (10-5) pitched a shutout ninth, then allowed three two-out singles and the winning run.

The 51s scored twice in the first on a bases-loaded single by Andruw Jones and added four in the sixth. DeWitt doubled and scored on Jones' second hit. After Xavier Paul walked, Angel Chavez doubled two more across before A.J. Ellis' RBI single.

Luis Maza, Ellis, Jones and Chin-Lung Hu had a pair of hits each, with Jones knocking in three runs and Ellis two.

Eight-Game Homestand Close Out Season
Las Vegas, second in the PCL Southern Division, hosts Fresno and Colorado Springs in their final series of the 2008 season. Today's game in Colorado Springs will conclude a 13-day road trip. The franchise reached 300,000 in attendance for the 26th consecutive season and they are averaging 5,233 per game with the top crowd 11,751 on May 9. They have drawn 334,942 fans this season and the franchise record is 387,815, set in 1992. They will have to average 6,610 per game over the final eight contests to set a new mark.

  Score by Innings
Las Vegas	200 004 000 0-6
CSprings	001 000 410 1-7

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Maza lf	        5  1  2  0  .379
Young rf	4  1  0  0  .130
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .190
DeWitt 2b	3  1  1  0  .274
AJones 1b	4  1  2  3  .429
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .500
 Brazoban p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Repko ph-rf	1  0  1  0  .274
Paul cf	        3  1  0  0  .309
Chavez 3b	5  1  1  1  .294
Ellis c	        3  0  2  2  .313
Hu ss	        5  0  2  0  .303
Stults p	1  0  0  0  .217
Lindsey 1b	2  0  0  0  .306
  Totals	32 6 11 6
  CSprings	36 7  7 4

   Errors- Hu 2 (5), Chavez (10).
2B- DeWitt (4), Chavez (30). RBI-
AJones 3 (8), Chavez (68), Ellis 2
(56). S- Stults 2. LOB- Las Vegas
9, Colorado Springs 8. SB- AJones
(2). 

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults	        6.0  2  1-0  1  6  3.63
Miller 	        1.0  0  4-2  3  1  7.21
Brazoban 	1.0  2  1-1  0  0 10.80
Pollok (10-5)	1.2  3  1-1  0  1  4.66
  T- 3:20. Att- 4,844.
Gulledge Does it Again
Designated hitter Kelly Gulledge hit a two-run single to cap a three-run eighth inning and propel the Suns (27-34 second half, 60-71 overall) to a 3-2 win over Birmingham. It was his third game-winning hit over the last two weeks.

Trailing 2-0 and with two out, Russell Mitchell singled and Juan Gonzalez walked before Adolfo Gonzalez got the Suns on the board with an RBI single. Gabe Gutierrez then walked to load the bases.

Gulledge put Jacksonville in front for good with a double off Barons reliever Jon Link, who has 34 saves this season, two off the Southern League record.

Danny Muggee started and allowed only a pair of runs over his seven innings, striking out five. Scott Elbert (4-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and earned the win after the Suns' rally.

Jacobo Meque made short work of Birmingham in the ninth, completing a 1-2-3 innings to record his fifth save.

Mitchell was the only Jacksonville batter with more than one hit.

The Suns likely will be without James Tomlin for the rest of the season. The team's second-leading hitter (.306) has a sore wrist that's not healing.

Suns LHP Eric Dubose (0-1, 4.05) is scheduled to oppose Barons LHP Aaron Poreda (2-3, 3.17) today.
Fay Does Her Damage
Hurricane Fay had dropped more than a foot of water on the Jacksonville park, with water into the coaching staff's office, down several hallways and into parts of the administrative offices. The grounds crew used 80 bags of special infield-drying compound before the game and a number of 60- by 40-foot covered panels in straight-away center field were blown away but replaced in time for the game.

"The home clubhouse had about three big ceiling tiles gave way and left a big mess," Suns president Peter Bragan Jr. told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "We also had some water in the ticket office.

"But all in all, with all the wind and rain we took here, there was relatively little damage to the ballpark. We feel very fortunate. We're just glad we were able to get the game in [Saturday], so that we don't have to double up on Sunday."

  Score by Innings	
Birmingham	002 000 000-2
Jacksonville	000 000 03x-3

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Justis 3b	3  0  1  0  .268
Rogowski lf	4  0  1  0  .209
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .275
Mitchell 1b	4  1  2  0  .264
 JGonzalez 2b	1  1  0  0  .271
AGonzalez ss	4  1  1  1  .311
Gutierrez c	2  0  1  0  .280
Gulledge dh	4  0  1  2  .244
Godwin ch	3  0  0  0  .261
  Totals	29 3 7 3
  Birmingham	31 2 7 3

  2B- Gulledge (6). RBI- AGonzalez
(18), Gulledge 2 (9). LOB-
Jacksonville 9, Birmingham 3. 
SB- Rogowski (5), Justis (8), 
DP- Muegge, JGonzalez and Mitchell.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Muegge	        7.0  6  2-2  0  5  4.26
Elbert (4-1)	1.0  1  0-0  0 1  2.45
Meque (sv 6-5)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.00
  T- 2:13 (:23 delay). Att- 3,308.
66ers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
Inland Empire edged Rancho Cucamonga 6-5 to stay in the battle for a wild card berth in the playoffs. The 66ers trail the Quakes by two games.

The ranchers got off to a 4-2 lead by scoring three in the third inning off starter Josh Wall. Inland Empire tied the game in the fifth and took the lead for good with two in the sixth.

First baseman Drew Locke reached base on an infield single in the second inning and shortstop Jaime Pedroza hit his ninth homerun into the screen over the right field wall to give the 66ers a 2-1 lead.

Wall surrendered three in the third, but only two were earned.

Esteban Lopez doubled and scored on a single by Trayvon Robinson, cutting the deficit to one and in the sixth

In the sixth, Drew Locke singled and scored on Pedroza's 30th double, then Scott Van Slyke put the 66ers in front for good with a single to left. Bridger Hunt doubled and later scored an important insurance run on a fielder's choice by Robinson in the seventh.

Javy Guerra (4-4) took over in the sixth and held the Quakes to no runs and a pair of hits in his three inning, earning the win. Paul Koss struggled in the ninth, allowing a par of hits and a run, but saved his 13th game.

Hunt, Locke, Pedroza and Van Slyke finished with two hits each. Pedroza had a double and a home run plus three runs bated in. 

  Score by Innings	
Rancho Cucamonga        013 000 001-5
Inland Empire	        020 012 10x-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt lf	        4  1  2  0  .286
Robinson cf	3  0  1  1  .273
Giles dh	4  0  0  0  .280
Locke 1b	4  2  2  1  .317
Pedroza ss	4  2  2  3  .297
Mathews 3b	2  0  0  0  .167
Van Slyke rf	4  0  2  1  .257
Fuller 2b	4  0  0  0  .230
Lopez c	        4  1  1  0  .236
  Totals	33 6 10 6
  Rancho	39 5 12 5

  Errors- Locke (12), Robinson 6.
2B- Hunt 2 (18), Lopez (7), Pedroza
(30). HR- Pedroza (9). RBI- Pedroza
3 (53), Robinson (41). Van Slyke
(21), Locke (79). S- Mathews,
Robinson. LOB- Inland Empire 6,
Rancho 8. SB- Van Slyke 2 (6). DP-
Lopez and Fuller.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall	        5.0  8  4-3  0  6  6.24
Guerra (4-4)	3.0  2  0-0  0  1  3.96
Koss (sv 13)	1.0  2  1-1  0  0  3.38
  HBP- by Wall. T- 2:47. Att- 3.674.
Walkoff Single by Rosario Boosts Loons
Outfielder Jovanny Rosario singled with the bases loaded and the score tied in the last of the 11th inning and Great Lakes beat the rain, lightening, fog, errors and South Bend 6-5.

Another remarkable crowd of 5,245 fans sat through a game lasted three hours and 59 minutes plus an hour and 21 minute rain delay before it even starter and were rewarded with an equally remarkable win.

Five Loons pitchers, Josh Lindblom, Bob Blevins, Miguel Sanfler, Blake Brannon and Bob Zimmerman (1-3) worked around four errors that allowed all five SilverHawk runs, holding the visitors to three hits while striking out 13,

It was a spectacular evening, aside from the big win, as a rain shower with lightening, a rainbow and a yellow sky preceded a fog that lingered over the final innings.  

The Loons took a 4-0 lead into the seventh on Parker Dalton's two-run triple in the second, Eduardo Perez's sac fly in the third and Dalton's RBI double in the fourth.

South Bend, who was hitless until the sixth, scored five times in the seventh, with all the runs coming with two out and all of them unearned.

The final two came on bases-loaded walks by reliever Blake Brannon who discussed the home umpire's calls so vocally he was given the rest of the evening off by the man in blue.

  The Loons quickly tied it up at five on an Eduardo Perez solo home run in the bottom of the inning and it stayed that way until the 11th.

Then Brandon Taylor doubled, Then a perfect infield bunt single by Alfredo Silverio and an intentional walk to Erik Kanaby loaded the bases. Rosario lined a game-winning, RBI single to left-center to give the Loons the victory.

Between them, Lindblom and Zimmermann threw a combined 9.1 hitless innings with Lindblom allowing only a pair of walks in his five innings five and Zimmermann allowing only a walk over the final 4.1 frames.

The Loons out-hit the Silver Hawks 15-3 in the contest, with Perez, Silverio and Taylor collecting three each.

The Loons conclude their four-game series with the South Bend Silver Hawks Sunday afternoon

  Score by Innings
South Bend	000 000 500 00-5
Great Lakes	021 100 100 01-6

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
  Kanaby cf	5  0  0  0  .271
Rosario dh	5  1  2  1  .269
Lambo lf	5  0  1  0  .291
Perez 3b	4  1  3  2  .289
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .222
Jansen c	5  1  1  0  .237
Taylor ss	5  2  3  0  .224
Silverio rf	5  1  3  0  .247
Dalton 2b	5  0  2  3  .223
  Totals	42 6 15 6
  South Bend	39 5  3 4

Errors- Perez 2 (6), Lindblom (1),
Taylor (9). 2B- Dalton (14),
Silverio (12), Taylor (11).3B-
Dalton (2). HR- Perez (5). RBI-
Dalton 3 (21), Perez 2 (20),
Rosario (3). S- Ortiz. SF- Perez.
LOB- Great Lakes 10, South Bend
10. SB- Rosario.

  Great Lakes	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lindblom	 5.0  0  0-0  2  6  1.86
Blevins	         1.2  3  3-0  1  2  2.96
Sanfler	         0.0  0  2-0  2  0  3.17
Brannon          0.0  0  0-0  2  0  3.03
Zimmermann (1-3) 4.1  0  0-0  1  5  4.15
  HBP- by Lindblom. T- 3:59 (1:21 delay). 
Att- 5,245.
Loons, Dodgers Extended Contract
Great Lakes and Los Angeles announced an extension of the organizations' player development contract for another two seasons, making the Loons the Single-A Midwest League partner of the Dodgers through 2010.  

Prior to the game, Loons' founder and Michigan Baseball president Bill Stavropoulos and Loons' president and general manager Paul Barbeau met with visiting members of the Dodgers' executive staff, including owner and chairman Frank McCourt, executive vice president for business development Jeff Ingram, general manager Ned Colletti and assistant general manager for player development De Jon Watson.  

"Our goal from a partnership perspective has always been to have continuity and competitiveness," Barbeau said. "We have had a great working relationship with the Dodgers in our first two seasons. Our players have been active in the Mid-Michigan community, and our association with the Dodgers' brand – which has such a rich tradition of history and excellence – has provided additional recognition and exposure to our franchise."  

The Loons have been affiliated with the Dodgers' since the franchise began play in 2007. On May 25, 2008, Clayton Kershaw became the first former member of the Loons to debut in the major leagues with Los Angeles. Twenty-five former Loons are currently playing in higher levels of the Dodgers' minor league system.  

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Great Lakes Loons and with the Mid-Michigan region," McCourt said. "We are extremely fortunate to have a facility like Dow Diamond for our future Dodgers. I also want to recognize the leadership and front office staff of the Loons for their hard work and the fans who have shown tremendous support for our players. I want assure those fans that the Dodgers are committed to increasing the quality of play on the field."  

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