Albuquerque Wins Again
The Isotopes scored six runs in the first two innings and went on to top Omaha 10-6 for their second win of the season in two tries. Although they were out-hit 11-7, the used the long ball to good advantage. Justin Sellers homered twice and knocked inn three runs, Dee Gordon tripled and Jerry Sands banged a double and John Lindsey had a pair of RBI..
Starter Carlos Monasterios was tagged for nine hits and four runs over four innings but Ramon Troncoso (1-0), John Link and Roman Colon allowed only two hits over the final five innings.
Tennessee Drops 6-3 Decision
The Lookouts managed only five hits and made four hits, falling behind 4-0 early, and could never make up the deficit.
Michael Antonini (0-1) started and surrendered 10 hits before leaving in the sixth inning. He gave up five runs but two of them were unearned. Cole St. Clair and Josh Lindblom allowed one more run but Chattanooga couldn't get the offense untracked.
Jamie Pedroza singled twice and knocked in a run. Kyle Russell doubled home another run and Corey Smith collected the third RBI.
The Lookouts' have allowed 32 hits in the first two games, both losses. However, the Lookouts drew 4,791 fans to Thursday's opener and 4,604 attended Friday's game. Steven Jackson is scheduled to start tonight's game for the Lookouts, with Alberto Cabrera scheduled to go for the Smokies.
Quakes lose 7-6 in 12 Innings
Inland Empire trailed 3-1 in the fifth, 5-2 in the eighth and 6-5 in the 12th inning but each time rallied and eventually handed Rancho Cucamonga their second loss of the season by a 7-6 margin.
Greg Wilborn provided the Quakes with the best starting performance of the young season, allowing a single run in five innings but the six relievers weren't up to the task of holding the numerous leads.
Robert Romero was victimized by a pair of unearned runs. Another unearned run off Andy Suiter (0-1) in the 12th inning cost the game.
Rancho got a pair of runs batted in by Angel Songco (one in the 12th that gave the Quakes a 6-5 lead) and Rafael Ynoa and each of them also collected a double.
The Quakes (0-2) try to rebound tonight, sending Jon Michael Redding to the mound against former Quake lefty Manny Flores.
Lee Sparkles but Loons Lose
Great Lakes received strong pitching but dropped a 2-1 decision to Lake County. Starter Zach Lee, who made his professional baseball debut, was as good as advertised, working four scoreless innings.
"I felt good and thought I threw the ball pretty well tonight," Lee told Alex Wassell of the Loons, "I left some pitches up in the zone and walked too many people, but for my first overall outing, [it wasn't] too bad."
Lee, the Dodgers first-round selection from the 2010 draft, collected five strikeouts and issued three walks using 69 pitches, 39 of which went for strikes.
"My fastball was pretty good for the most part," Lee said, evaluating his arsenal. "I lost a little bit of control as it got later in the game, to be expected this early [in the season]. The curveball was good and I got it over…I didn't throw too many change-ups tonight, but the one I did throw wasn't bad but just missed a little on the arm side…other than that I thought I had pretty good stuff."
The Captains broke the offensive silence with a run in the sixth and added another run in the ninth, when Loons catcher Steve Domecus took a pitchout and threw the ball into left field trying to pickoff a Lake County' runner.
Great Lakes scored in the ninth on Christian Lara's leadoff double down the left-field line. First baseman Blake Dean followed up with a double of his own to score Lara. However the final three Great Lakes batters were retired to end the game.
The Loons play game three of their season-opening series vs. the Captains tonight with RHP Tim Sexton facing the Captain's RHP Kyle Blair.
Baby Blue Notes
In another minor league note, the Dodgers have re-signed Preston Mattingly, their former No.1 pick who was released by the Indians last week. Mattingly, the son of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, was assigned to the Dodgers' Arizona camp for extended spring training.