Isotopes Rally but Lose 9-6
Trailing by six runs early in the game, Albuquerque fought back but could not make up the deficit and lost 9-6 on a windy Sunday afternoon. Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann's two-run double gave the 'Topes an early 2-0 margin but Tim Redding (0-1) suffered the loss after yielding nine runs on eight hits in four innings. Outfielder Jerry Sands slugged his second opposite field home run in two days. Albuquerque hosts the Iowa Cubs with lefty Alberto Bastardo working for the Isotopes against former Dodger veteran Ramon
Jackpot Homer Sinks Lookouts
Outfielder Brad Coon slapped a two-run triple in the fifth to tie the game 2-2 and first baseman Scott Van Slyke and Alfredo Silverio had RBI triples and an errant throw gave Chattanooga a 5-2 margin in the sixth. Starter Nate Eovaldi left after five innings having allowed five hits and a pair of runs. Reliever David Pfeiffer (0-1) ran into trouble in the seventh and Josh Lindblom came in to get one out before serving up the grand slam. Chattanooga and Tennessee wrap-up their five-game series tonight.
Quakes Even Record at 2-2
Rancho Cucamonga picked up a 6-4 win and salvaging a split in their four-game series with the Inland Empire. Dodgers' rehabbing righthander Jon Garland started for the Quakes and lasted 4.2 innings. He left after 80 pitches with a 4-3 lead. Steve Smith (1-0) came out of the Quakes' bullpen and shut down the rally to earn the win. Steven Ames earned his first save of the year. Catcher Gorman Erickson had three hits, including a double and an RBI. Rancho heads to Lake Elsinore for a three-game series. Ethan Martin will make his regular season debut for the Quakes, taking on Storm righthander Jerry Sullivan.
Loons Bats Come Alive
After averaging less than five hits a game over the first three games, the Loons broke out 13 on Sunday to score 12 times and split the season-opening series against the Lake County Captains. Trailing 2-0 in the second, Great Lakes tied the game in the with back-to-back home runs from outfielder Jon Garcia and catcher Steve Domecus. Great Lakes scored nine more times in the fourth, fifth and sixth to put the game away. Garcia added a single and his second home run of he game, a 503-foot bomb, and knocked in three runs, then Domecus homered again for the second back-to-back dingers of the game. Second baseman Casio Grider doubled twice and tripled. Starting pitcher Ryan Christenson picked up the win, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits through five innings. Derrick Cone added three strong innings and lefty Brant Stickel tossed a scoreless ninth. The Loons hit the road for a series against the West Michigan Whitecaps tonight. RHP Garrett Gould will throw for the Loons, while RHP Kevin Eichhorn gets the nod for West Michigan.
Quakes and Loons Even Records at 2-2
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