Inland Empire Poised to Make Playoffs

Three home runs boosted Las Vegas to a 9-6 win over Colorado Springs. Jacksonville continued to roll, whacking Montgomery 4-2 as Ivan De Jesus homered and hit in his 23rd straight game. A win today by Inland Empire puts them in the Cal League playoffs after they rallied to beat Rancho Cucamonga 6-4. Great Lakes got back-to-back homers but lost 7-3 to Fort Wayne.

Vegas Batters Sox 9-6
Terry Tiffee, John Lindsey and Jason Repko combined to go 9-for-12 with three homers, seven RBIs and six runs as Las Vegas dumped the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9-6.

Mixed in with the elation over the win was the painful realization that John Lindsey, who has 45 homers and 186 RBIs in 209 games for Las Vegas the last two seasons, would not make it to the majors when big league rosters are expanded.

"He might be in the wrong place at the wrong time," 51s manager Lorenzo Bundy said of Lindsey, who was batting .314 with a team-high 98 RBIs this year and had launched his team-high 26th homer in the win.

Bundy said he was disappointed more Las Vegas players weren't promoted. "I hope there's more. I think we've got quite a few guys who are deserving," he said. "We've got a couple guys hitting (.376) in Luis Maza and Terry Tiffee, Big John (Lindsey) is knocking in (98) RBIs, a guy like Mike Koplove is having a very good year for us."

The first player in franchise history to win back-to-back Mayor's Trophies (team Most Valuable Player in fan voting), Lindsey said, "I've been praying and hoping this is my chance to get my break."

It apparently wasn't.

Starter Heath Totten worked six innings and allowed only a single earned run to collect his eighth win against five losses. Francisco Felix finished the win and earned his first save.

Las Vegas scored seven runs in the second and third innings, then held on to win despite making five errors, three by shortstop Angel Chavez.

Lindsey (3-for-5) and Repko (3-for-3) teamed with Tiffee, who knocked in three runs, to lead the attack.

Rehabbing Dodgers right-hander Jason Schmidt will start the 51s' season finale today at noon in Cashman Field.

  Score by Innings
Colorado Springs	211 000 101-6
Las Vegas 	        034 001 10x-9

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Maza 2b        	5  1  2  0   .376
Young rf	4  1  1  0  .347
Tiffee 3b	5  2  3  3  .376
Lindsey 1b	4  2  3  2  .314
Chavez ss	4  1  1  0  .293
Repko cf	3  2  3  2  .283
Rivera c	3  0  0  1  .271
Ruan lf        	4  0  0  0  .335
Totten p	3  0  0  0  .000
 Felix p	1  0  0  0  .000  
  Totals	33 9 13 8
  Colo Springs	40 6 12 6

  Errors- Chavez 3 (13), Totten (1),
Maza (5). 2B- Chavez (31), Tiffee
(39). Hr- Lindsey (26), Tiffee (9),
Repko (12). RBI- Repko 2 (50), Rivera
(12), Tiffee 3 (69), Lindsey 2 (98).
LOB- Las Vegas 8, Colorado Springs 8.
DP- Young and Chavez.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Totten (8-5)	6.0  9  4-1  0  5  4.30
Felix (sv 1)	3.0  3  2-2  0  2  5.81
   WP- Felix. HBP- Lindsey.
T- 2:41. Att- 2,787. 
DeJesus, Suns Burn Biscuits
Shortstop Ivan DeJesus extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a first-inning home run to lead the Jacksonville Suns past Montgomery 4-2.

The Suns turned five double plays and built an early 4-1 lead, then held off a rally to win. Jacksonville clinched its fourth series victory in a row and leads the season series with Montgomery 11-3. The five double plays were the most the Suns have turned in a game this season.

DeJesus' hitting streak is the longest of the season in the Southern League. He has 37 hits during the past 23 games, and only five have been extra-base hits (one double, four homers). Kelley Gulledge added a solo homer in the second inning to give the Suns a 2-0 lead.

Montgomery cutting the lead to 2-1 in the third but Shane Justis singled home two runs in the top of the fourth inning. A home run off starter Jesus Rodriguez ended the scoring in the fourth.

Rodriguez (4-4) allowed seven hits and two runs over seven innings for the victory. Reliever Clayton Allison pitched the final two innings, killing a bases-loaded, one-out rally for Montgomery by inducing the fifth double play of the game and earned his first save with Jacksonville.

Kelly Gulledge launched his third homer of the season and Andrew Lambo knocked in a pair of runs.

Left-hander Cody White is scheduled to face Biscuits left-hander Mike Prochaskaat today in the season finale.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	110 200 000-4
Montgomery	001 100 000-2

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave	
Rogowski rf	5  0  1  0  .206
De Jesus ss	4  1  1  1  .324
JGonzalez 2b	4  1  2  0  .261
Mitchell 1b	2  1  0  0  .266
Lambo lf	4  0  1  2  .269
Gulledge dh	4  1  1  1  .292
Gutierrez c	4  0  0  0  .244
Godwin cf	3  0  1  0  .262
  Totals	34 4  8 4
  Montgomery	32 2 10 2

  2B- Rogowski (3), JGonzalez (21), Godwin 
(17). HR-De Jesus (7), Gulledge (3). 
RBI-De Jesus (58), Gulledge (13), Justis 2 
(37). LOB- Jacksonville 6, Montgomery 9. 
SF- Godwin (30). DP- Mitchell unassisted; 
Mitchell and JGonzalez; JGonzalez, De Jesus 
and Mitchell 2; Justis and Mitchell.

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Rodriguez (5-5)	7.0  7  2-2  5  3  4.97
Allison (sv 1)	2.0  3  0-0  1  1  4.50
 T- 2:52. Att- 5,010.
66ers' Foot in the Door
Inland Empire will be an a playoff after stopping Rancho Cucamonga 6-4 on a three-run ninth inning. However, it might be a single playoff game to see if they can get into the regular playoff series.

If the 66ers win today in Rancho Cucamonga then they will have an off day on Tuesday and will play Lake Elsinore in San Bernardino on Wednesday to open up the Cal League playoffs.

Should the 66ers lose on today, there will be a one game tiebreaker in San Bernardino on Tuesday against the Quakes and the winner of that game will host the Storm for the first game of the postseason.

If not for a magical turnaround in the ninth inning, the 66ers would be close to elimination.

Rancho Cucamonga had gained the lead 4-3 with a run in the bottom of the sixth and it stayed that way until the ninth.

Esteban Lopez started the final frame with a single to center and moved to second on a sac bunt by Trayvon Robinson and then was replaced by Justin Fuller as a pinch runner.

Bridger Hunt then lined a single into center and Fuller scored the tying run just before the throw reached the plate, Hunt taking second.

Christian Lara singled to centerfield but Hunt stumbled rounding third and the throw beat him to the plate but fortunately it took a big bounce and got away from the catcher to give the 66ers a 5-4 lead. Tommy Giles then singled off the shoulder of the first baseman and Lara scored from second.

Starter Tim Sexton allowed eight hits and four runs and left with two outs in the seventh. Javy Guerra (5-4) got the win after 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

The 66ers had two hits each from Hunt, Lara, Giles, Lopez and Scott Van Slyke.

Giles doubled in the fourth to tie the game 1-1. Robinson doubled to right to bring Van Slyke home and cut the Quakes lead down to 3-2 in the fifth and in the sixth, Jaime Pedroza singled, stole his 25th base of the year and came home on a Van Slyke single to center.

Today's important game will be a 5:05 p.m. Pacific Time.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	        000 111 003-6
Rancho Cucamonga	100 201 000-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt 3b        	3  1  2  1  .298
Lara 2b        	5  2  2  1  .250
Giles rf	4  0  2  2  .279
Locke 1b	5  0  0  0  .309
Pedroza ss	5  1  1  0  .296
Van Slyke lf	4  1  2  1  .263
Berezay dh	3  0  1  0  .248
Lopez c        	4  0  2  0  .237
 Fuller pr	0  1  0  0  .246
Garabedian c	0  0  0  0  .098
Robinson cf	2  0  1  1  .276
  Totals	35 6 13 6
  Rancho	35 4  8 4

  Error- Lara (18). 2B- Giles (29),
Robinson (20). RBI- Giles 2 (8),
Robinson (42), Van Slyke (26), Hunt
(33), Lara (41). S- Hunt; Robinson.
LOB- Inland Empire 8, Rancho 6. SB-
Pedroza (25). CS- Hunt (9). DP-
Pedroza, Lara and Locke.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton	        6.2  8  4-4  1  7  6.04
Guerra (5-4)	2.1  0  0-0  1  4  4.02
  T- 2:35. Att- 3,757.
Loons Can't Hold Leads
   Fort Wayne picked up a 7-3 victory over the Great Lakes Loons in front of 5,313 fans, the ninth consecutive and 21st overall sellout of the season. The Loons will end the season with a record 10 straight sellouts after today's season finale.

The Loons led 2-0 after three and 3-2 after six but the game got away from them at that point.

Great Lakes scored first when Francisco Lizarraga and Yossandy Garcia ripped back-to-back home runs to left field to give the Loons a 2-0 lead in the third inning. The back-to-back home runs were the first since early August of 2007, when Eduardo Perez and former Loons third baseman Josh Bell accomplished the feat in Peoria.

The Wizards tied the game at two in the following inning but the Loons took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on Jessie Mier's RBI single after Alfredo Silverio and Parker Dalton had hit safely.

  Starter Juan Cedeno (0-4) ran out of gas in the bottom of the seventh and walked in the game tying run. An RBI single tagged him with he loss.

The Loons were caught stealing three times in the ballgame and two Loons errors led to four unearned runs.

Great Falls concludes the 2008 season today with Fort Wayne this afternoon.

  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	000 200 203-7
Great Lakes	002 001 000-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby dh	5  0  1  0  .270
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .268
Perez 3b	3  0  0  0  .281
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .220
Silverio rf	4  1  3  0  .262
Dalton 2b	4  0  3  0  .333
Mier c        	4  0  1  1  .278
Lizarraga ss	4  1  1  1  .194
Garcia lf	3  1  2  1  .127
  Totals	35 3 11 3
  Fort Wayne	38 7 14 4

  Error- Dalton (17). HR- Lizarraga (2),
Garcia (1). RBI- Lizarraga (10),
Garcia (2), Mier (5). LOB- Great
Lakes 8, Fort Wayne 6. SB- Rosario
(38). CS- Perez (1), Garcia (2),
Kanaby (18). DP- Dalton, Lizarraga
and Ortiz 2; Lizarraga, Dalton and
Ortiz.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Cedeno (0-4)	6.1 11  4-2 2  4  4.22
Zimmermann	1.2  1  0-0  0  2  4.06
Ramirez        	1.0  2  3-1  1  0  4.29
  HBP- Garcia. T- 2:43. Att- 5,313.
Ogden-- Rained out.

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