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51s’ comeback for naught after disputed run in 10th

A blown seven-run lead by Tucson, a three-run inside-the-park home run by a Las Vegas relief pitcher, extra innings, a controversial ending.

A wacky night at Cashman Field.

Donnie Kelly’s double down the left-field line went into Tucson’s bullpen in the 10th inning, scoring Evan MacLane with a disputed run that gave the Sidewinders a 14-13 victory Friday.

51s manager Lorenzo Bundy vehemently argued that MacLane should not have been allowed to score, yelling at the umpires that the ball hit someone in the fan zone, which would have made the play dead. Bundy was ejected.

"There was interference down there in the corner," Bundy said. "I mean when you see your left fielder (John-Ford Griffin) pointing right away. We were in an extra-inning ballgame. If the ball doesn’t hit anything, what’s he going to do? He’s going to go after it. (The umpires) said nobody saw it. It’s hard for me to accept."

The 51s’ last hope for victory ended in a bizarre strikeout, 2-6-3 double play. It was probably fitting for this game.

The 51s (31-30) probably shouldn’t have made the game that close.

They fell behind 7-0 in the second inning, and Francisco Lizarraga helped get them going with a two-run double in the bottom of the inning. He was 4-for-4 with three runs.

"It was good to see Lizzy have a nice game," Bundy said. "He’s probably a level or two above where he needs to be right now, but with some injuries and things like that, he’s a guy that we’ve had to play a little bit."

Las Vegas’ offensive highlight, though, belonged to reliever Mike Koplove. He laced a shot to center field that got past a diving Tim Raines Jr. and ended up at the wall 433 feet away. Koplove raced home with a three-run inside-the-parker that gave the 51s a 12-10 lead in the sixth.

Tucson (24-38) came back and appeared to have the victory in hand when Emilio Bonifacio scored on a throwing error by Lizarraga for a 13-12 lead in the top of the ninth.

The 51s tied the game in the bottom half when Jason Repko scored on a wild pitch by Sidewinders reliever Leo Rosales.

• NOTES — Dodgers right-hander Jason Schmidt was scheduled to start for the 51s on a rehab assignment Sunday, but it has been delayed. There was no announcement when he would take the mound. Schmidt had right shoulder surgery on June 20, 2007. …

Catcher Gary Bennett, who has a left foot injury, joined the 51s on a rehab assignment and started Friday. … The game was delayed 11 minutes after plate umpire Kerwin Danley took a warm-up pitch on the chin. He is on a rehab assignment after being hit in the face by a fastball by the Dodgers’ Brad Penny on April 26.

Contact reporter Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2914.

 

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