66ers in One-Game Playoff for Wild Card

Inland Empire lost to Rancho Cucamonga 5-3 and the two will battle it out today for the final Cal League playoff slot. In their season's finale Las Vegas lost 5-3 to Colorado Springs, Jacksonville won their 10th game in the last 11, 7- over Montgomery and Great Lakes took a 3-0 decision from Fort Wayne. Ogden lost to Orem but remained one win from clinching a playoff slot.

Tiffee Earns PCL Batting Title
Mike McCoy led off the game with a home run for Colorado Springs and added a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the ninth, lifting the Sky Sox over the 51s in both teams' season finale.

  51s Leaders
Batting — Terry Tiffee, .378
Homers — John Lindsey, 26
RBIs — Lindsey, 100
Runs — Jason Repko, 89
Hits — Lindsey, 152
Stolen bases — Repko, 20
Wins — Jason Johnson, 11
ERA — Jason Johnson, 3.82
      Eric Stults, 3.82
Strikeouts — Stults, 102
Terry Tiffee went 2-for-4 in a season-ending 5-3 loss to Colorado Springs at Cashman Field and claimed the Pacific Coast League batting title with a .378 average.

He becomes the second 51s player in three years to win the Pacific Coast League batting title. James Loney (.380 in 2006) and John Kruk (.351 in 1985) are the only other players in Las Vegas history to lead the PCL.

Tiffee was one of several bright spots for the 51s in their first winning season in five years. After going 67-77 each of the last two seasons, Las Vegas went 74-69 and finished 8 1/2 games behind first-place Sacramento in its division.

The 51s, who led the league in hitting for the first time in 22 years with a franchise-record .301 average, pulled within 2 1/2 games of Sacramento on Aug. 1 after a win at Oklahoma. But they lost their next three, all by one run, to fall 5 1/2 games back and never threatened again.

"The goal is always to win your division and get to the playoffs, and we didn't get that done," manager Lorenzo Bundy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "But we were over .500, which is always a positive sign, especially with the amount of movement you have in this league.

"We had some guys go to the big leagues and some guys had really good years here. Overall I would say it was a positive year."

An even dozen Dodgers joined the 51s this season for rehabilitation assignments and 15 Las Vegas players were promoted to Los Angeles, including Luis Maza, Eric Stults, James McDonald, Jason Repko and Chin-lung Hu, all of whom were called up Monday.

John Lindsey, the first player in franchise history to be awarded the Mayor's Trophy (Most Valuable Player as voted by the fans) in consecutive seasons, hit .316 and led the team with 26 homers, 100 RBIs and 152 hits.

Strong-armed center fielder Xavier Paul hit .316 with 68 RBIs in his first Triple-A season and also received the 51s' community service award.

After playing 10 years in the minor leagues, Luis Maza hit .378 for the 51s in 63 games.

Dwayne Pollok went 10-5 with a 4.70 ERA en route to earning the team's Most Valuable Pitcher award.

Relief pitcher Mike Koplove, who excelled for the U.S. Olympic team, led Las Vegas with a 3.46 ERA.

Catcher A.J. Ellis hit .321 and threw out more than 40 percent of runners trying to steal. Wilkin Ruan hit .483 (14-for-29) as a pinch hitter, shortstop Angel Chavez hit .292 with 68 RBIs, and Mitch Jones had 16 homers and 45 RBIs in 54 games.

Tiffee, named the 51s' Most Valuable Player, capped a season in which he also was a PCL All-Star and member of the All-PCL and U.S. Olympic teams.

But beside the gaudy numbers and special awards, Tiffee and Lindsey were particularly disappointed they were not called up to the Dodgers when the rosters were expanded on September 1.

Tiffee said accolades "definitely don't make up for" the fact he wasn't promoted. I did everything I could do to try to get back up there," said Tiffee, who was 1-for-4 in six games with the Dodgers this season. "It would've been icing on the cake getting called up, but that's just the way it is."

Lindsey was the first Las Vegas player in 10 years to drive in 100 runs, but he was also denied a trip to the majors for the 14th straight season.

"I'm a little disappointed, but I'll keep my head up," he said. "I had a good year and did what I could do to get the opportunity.

We didn't make the playoffs, but we played real hard and a lot of guys accomplished the goals they set out to do," said Lindsey, who hopes to play in Japan next year. "It was a great year. I enjoyed it."

  Score by Innings
Colorado Springs	110 010 002-5
Las Vegas	        100 001 100-3

  Las Vegas	ab r  h  bi ave
Paul cf	        4  1  2  0  .316
Ruan rf	        5  1  3  0  .341
Tiffee 3b	4  0  2  0  .378
Lindsey 1b	3  1  2  2  .316
Chavez ss	2  0  0  0  .292
Maza ss	        1  0  1  0  .378
Erickson c	5  0  0  0  .000
Green 2b	4  0  0  1  .000
Poole lf	4  0  0  0  .000
LaMura p	2  0  1  0  .571
 DuBose p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Orenduff p	0  0  0  0  .136
  Totals	36 3 11 3
  Colo Springs	32 5  9 4

  Error- DuBose (1). 2B- Paul (28).
RBI- Lindsey 2 (100), Green (1). SF-
Green. LOB- Las Vegas 13, Colorado
Springs 8. SB- Tiffee (1). CS- Paul
(7). DP- Paul and Tiffee.

  Las Vegas	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
LaMura	        5.0  6  3-3  2  1  7.22
DuBose (0-1)	3.1  2  2-1  0  3  2.08
Orenduff	0.2  1  0-0  0  0  6.55
  WP- LaMura, DuBose. HBP- Tiffee, By
LaMura 2. TY- 2:55. Att- 3,709. 
Suns Finish With a Flourish
Lucas May belted a 10th-inning home run, pushing the Jacksonville Suns to a 7-6 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits in front of 3,471 at Riverwalk Stadium in the Suns' final game of the season, ending the season b winning 10 of their final 11 games and the final series four games to one.

  Suns Leaders
Batting — Ivan De Jesus, .324
Homers — Russell Mitchell, 16
RBIs — Mitchell, 75
Runs — De Jesus, 91
Hits — De Jesus, 150
Stolen bases — Adam Godwin, 31
Wins — Jesus Castillo, 7
       Marlon Arias, 7
ERA — James McDonald, 3.19
Strikeouts — McDonald, 113
The Suns (35-35 second half, 68-72 overall) scored a run in the third on Jamie Hoffman's RBI single, then broke it open with a three-run sixth.

Russell Mitchell walked and with two out, Lucas May doubled and Kelly Gulledge smacked his fourth homer to left and after Adam Godwin homered in the top of the seventh it looked as if the Suns were on the road to an easy win.

Starter Cody White rolled into the seventh inning with a 5-2 lead and allowed a leadoff home run, a walk and a single. Travis Schlicthing took over and was touched for a single and a run-scoring ground ball that tied the score.

Andrew Lambo singled and scored later in the inning o a single by Adolfo Gonzales but the lead was a brief one. The Barons took advantage of an error in the eighth to tie the game again and it went into extra innings.

May banged his 13th homer with one out in the 10th and Anthony Tomey (2-1), who came into the game in the ninth, earned the win by pitching around a one out single in the bottom of the inning.

May finished 3 for 4 with three RBI. Gulledge and Godwin added home runs for Jacksonville.

Suns infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. did not play, finishing the season with a 23-game hit streak, the longest in the league in 2008. DeJesus also finished with a .324 average, the second-best in Jacksonville's Southern League history. Don Slaught hit .335 in 1981.

DeJesus' average was fifth in the Southern League. Huntsville's Angel Salome won the batting title with a .360 mark.

  Score by Innings	
Jacksonville	001 003 110 1-7
Montgomery	010 100 310 0-6

  Jacksonville	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski dh	4  0  0  0  .198
Justis 2b	4  0  0  0  .266
Hoffmann rf	5  0  1  1  .278
Mitchell 3b	3  2  0  0  .264
Lambo lf	5  0  2  0  .389
May c	        4  2  3  3  .230
Gulledge 1b	5  1  1  2  .286
JGonzalez ss	5  0  1  0  .298
Godwin cf	4  2  2  1  .264
  Totals	39 7 10 7
  Montgomery	35 6 11 6

  Error- Hoffmann (7). 2B- May (27).
HR- Gulledge (4), Godwin (2), May
(13). RBI- Hoffmann (71), May 3
(54), Gulledge 2 (15), Godwin (37).
SF- May. LOB- Jacksonville 7,
Montgomery 6. SB- Godwin (31),
Hoffmann (28). 

  Jacksonville	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
White	        6.0  6  5-5  2  4  6.12
Schlichting	1.1  3  1-0  0  1  3.77
Leach 	        0.2  1  0-0  0  1  2.88
Tomey (2-1)	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.91
  T- 2:33. Att- 3,471.
It Comes Down to One Game
The 66ers and Quakes will battle for a playoff berth today in San Bernardino where Inland Empire holds an 8-2 margin over Rancho Cucamonga.

The winner will be the #3 seed for the South Division in the California League playoffs and the loser goes home. Both teams finished the season with identical 67-73 records.

After Inland Empire took the first two games of the series, the Quakes pulled out a 5-3 win on Monday to force the extra game, scoring four early runs and holding on for the win. Their ace, Sean O'Sullivan won his 16th game of the year and Drew Toussaint had a two run homer, which was the difference in the game.

Steve Johnson drew the start but was pounded for 11 hits and four runs over his four innings.

Held hitless and trailing 4-0 in the fourth, the 66ers finally got on the scoreboard when Tommy Giles walked with one out and Drew Locke and Matt Berezay singled. A force play allowed Berezay to cross the plate.

Inland Empire closed to 4-3 in the sixth and with a break could have tied things up. Locke singled with one out but was caught stealing. Berezay slugged his 11th home run over the right field wall.

Rancho Cucamonga loaded the bases in the last of the inning before pitcher Dave Pfeiffer could cut the damage to a single run with a double play and a ground ball to short. However, it gave them an insurance run.

The 66ers got men on base in each of the final three innings but couldn't push a run across.

Scott Van Slyke singled to lead off the seventh but was caught stealing. Esteban Lopez singled with two out before the side was retired. In the eighth, Giles walked but was gobbled up with a double play. In the ninth. Berezay walked but a double play erased him before Van Slyke doubled to center.

The 66ers were held to six hits, while the Quakes pounded out 15. Locke and Berezay had a pair of hits each.

Alberto Bastardo will take the hill in the most important start of his career in what should be a pitcher's duel. He owns the sixth best earned run average in the Cal League for the month of August at 2.43. He will face Jordan Walden for the Quakes, who has the seventh best ERA in August at 2.73.

The 66ers have outscored the Quakes 65-44 this year at home and have won five of those eight games by one run when the pressure was on.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	000 201 000-3
Rch Cucamonga	202 001 00x-5

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt dh	        3  0  0  0  .295
Lara 3b	        4  0  0  0  .247
Giles rf	2  1  0  0  .278
Locke 1b	4  1  2  0  .310
Berezay lf	3  1  2  2  .252
Pedroza ss	4  0  0  1  .252
Van Slyke cfg	3  0  1  0  .265
Fuller 2b	4  0  0  0  .240
Lopez c	        2  0  1  0  .241
  Totals	29 3  6 3
  Rancho	37 6 15 4

  2B- Van Slyke (9), HR- Berezay
(11), RBI- Berezay 2 (58), Pedroza
(57). LOB- Inland Empire 5, Rancho
Cucamonga 10. CS- Van Slyke (4),
Locke (2). DP- Fuller, Pedroza and
Locke.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Johnson (3-6)	4.0 11  4-4  0  5  7.10
Pfeiffer	2.0  3  1-1  1  1  5.55
Sartor	        2.0  1  0-0  0  2  2.41
  HBP- by Pfeiffer. T- 2:29. Att- 3,486.
Loons End Season With a Win
  Given Kutz pitched five shutout innings and combined for a shutout of the Fort Wayne Wizards as the Loons picked up a 3-0 victory in front of 5,323 fans at Dow Diamond Monday afternoon's 2008 season finale.

  Loons Leaders
Batting — Andrew Lambo, .288
Homers — Lambo, 15
RBIs — Lambo, 79
Runs — Jovanny Rosario, 68
Hits — Lambo, 136
Stolen bases — Rosario, 39
Wins — Steve Johnson, 9
ERA — Victor Garate, 1.85
Strikeouts — Garate, 103
The Loons end the season with a record 10 straight sellouts and 22 total sellouts this season.

The Loons scored first in the third inning when Erik Kanaby lined an RB single to left field, scoring Yossandy Garcia just ahead of the throw to the plate to give the Loons a 1-0 lead.

The Loons scored their other two runs when Eduardo L. Perez launched a two-run double just over the head of Fort Wayne center fielder Brad Chalk in the fifth to extend the Loons lead to 3-0.

Kutz, Blake Brannon and Cal Stanke combined on a four-hit shutout in arguably the best pitching performance of the season. The entire pitching staff faced just two batters over the minimum in the contest. Kutz picked up the win, improving to 5-6.  Brannon and Stanke tossed two frames each.

  Stanke picked up the save, his first and only of 2008.

The Loons finish the season 54-85 and 23-46 in the second half. 

  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	000 000 000-0
Great Lakes	001 020 00x-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kanaby cf	3  1  2  1  .272
Rosario dh	4  1  2  0  .270
ELPerez 3b	4  0  1  2  .280
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .217
Silverio rf	2  0  1  0  .263
Dalton 2b	3  0  0  0  .231
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .227
Lizarraga ss	3  0  0  0  .191
Garcia lf	3  1  1  0  .136
  Totals	30 3 7 3
  Fort Wayne	28 0 4 0

  Error- Ortiz (10> 2B- Garcia (3),
Perez (10). RBI- Kanaby (25), Perez
2 (24). LOB- Great Lakes 7, Fort
Wayne 2. SB- Silverio 2 (6),
Rosario (39). CS- Kanaby (19). DP-
Jansen and Dalton.

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kutz (5-6)	5.0  3  0-0  0  3  4.09
Brannon 	2.0  0  0-0  1  2  2.86
Stanke (sv 1)	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.60
  HBP- Silverio. T- 2;22. Att- 5,323.
Raptors Lose to Owlz
The Raptors were pounded 13-4 in their final home game of the season in chilly, 50-degree weather. Casper also lost and Ogden's magic number dropped to one win or one Casper loss to earn a postseason spot.

Orem jumped into a 3-0 first inning lead, helped by starter Eduardo Perez's wildness. Perez (0-1) walked five Owlz batters in the first inning and left in the fourth inning after allowing four runs on six hits and a stunning nine walks.

Brian Ruggiano slugged a two-run homer in the second and then singled, stole a base and scored in the fifth to cut the Ogden lead to 4-3 but the game got away in the final three innings as Orem score nine runs, seven of them off Steve Smith.

The Raptors were held to five hits with Ruggiano collecting two of them.

Russell Sweeps Awards
Outfielder Kyle Russell was named the teams Most Valuable Player, the Offensive Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year. He had previously been named to the Pioneer League All-Star team.

Geison Aguasviva was named the Top Starting Pitcher and Luis Garcia was selected for the Fireman's Award. The Coach's Award went to first baseman Kyle Orr.

  Score by Innings	
Orem	310 000 261-13
Ogden	020 010 001- 4

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  0  .326
Casanova 1b	4  0  0  0  .237
Delmonico dh	4  1  1  1  .333
Vetters cf	4  1  1  0  .423
Baez 3b	        4  0  0  0  .275
Russell rf	3  0  0  0  .285
Ruggiano lf	3  2  2  2  .242
Wallach c	1  0  0  0  .277
 Arp ph-c	1  0  0  0  .214
Becker 2b	3  0  0  1  .238
  Totals	31  4  5  4
  Orem	        41 13 18 12

  Errors- Casanova (6), Gordon (24).
HR- Ruggiano (2), Delmonico (10).
RBI- Ruggiano 2 (19). Becker (7),
Delmonico (37). LOB- Ogden 1, Orem
15. SB- Ruggiano (8). DP- Becker,
Gordon and Casanova (2).

  Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
EPerez (0-1)	3.1  6  4-4  9  4 10.80
Eovaldi 	2.2  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
Smith	        1.0  6  7-6  0  0  4.37
Runnels	        1.0  3  1-1  1  1  6.52
Walter	        1.0  2  1-1  1  0 10.13
  HBP- by Smith. PB- Wallach (10).
T- 3:07. Att- 3,456.

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