Familiar Names Help Clubs Win Three of Four

Some of the Dodgers' best and brightest led to three wins in four games. Josh Lindblom got the 4-2 win for Chattanooga over Birmingham as Andrew Lambo doubled and tripled. Steve Johnson, Greg Miller and Justin Orenduff helped pitch Inland Empire to a 4-3 win over Rancho Cucamonga and Ethan Martin earned the win in Great Lakes 2-0 victory over Dayton. Albuquerque lost to Omaha 9-0.

. 'Topes Shut Out by Royals
The Albuquerque Isotopes (1-2) were held to just two hits by a trio of Omaha pitchers in a 9-0 loss on a frigid night at Isotopes Park.

The Isotopes just one hit, a sharp single by Jason Repko in the first inning, and the next 15 of 16 batters were retired beginning in the second through the sixth before Xavier Paul beat out an infield hit for the second, and final Albuquerque hit of the game.

Starter Eric Milton pitched well, allowing just three hits through his four frames and retired seven straight from the second through the fourth innings but he was tagged with three in the fifth and left trailing 4-0. However, he struck out seven.

The Royals added runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth to win easily.

Albuquerque will send right-handed knuckleballer Charlie Haeger to the mound to face right-hander Brandon Duckworth this afternoon. The 'Topes will wear their special Dodger Blue jerseys for the first time this season.

A dip in season sales made Albuquerque Isotopes owners a little nervous, then more than 10,000 fans showed up for the home opener.

"The concern in sports in entertainment is just making sure the people show up," Isotopes President Ken Young told KRQE News. "They seem to spending OK when they get here. I am not sure this area has been hit as hard as some others although still hit hard enough."

Young said he anticipates during the summer months when school gets out crowds will average 9,000 a game. "Our season ticket base is down a little bit but not anywhere near what the most of the rest of professional sports teams, minor and major leagues, are," Young said.

"I know the economy is tough, but baseball is No. 1," fan Daniel Chavez said. "It runs in my blood or something. I just love it; I love baseball. "I like spending my money over here because I like baseball; that's my thing. I would come to every game if I had to."

And the Boys in Blue are back, too. The Isotopes are now the AAA farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, parent club of the old Albuquerque Dukes. "I am glad we are back with the Dodgers," Ronnie Davidson said. "It's about time.

"We should have never left."

  Score by Innings
Omaha	        100 030 122-9
Albuquerque	000 000 000-0

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza 3b	        3  0  0  0  .167
Repko rf	4  0  1  0  .400
Paul cf	        3  0  1  0  .417
Pascucci dh	2  0  0  0  .200
Young lf	2  0  0  0  .000
Jones 1b	3  0  0  0  .100
Hu ss	        3  0  0  0  .417
Ardoin c	3  0  0  0  .000
Castro 2b	3  0  0  0  .143
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  Totals	27  0  2  0
  Omaha	        39  9 13  8

  LOB- 3, Omaha, 8. CS- Paul (1).

  Albuquerque 	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Milton (0-1)	4.0  6  4-4  1  7  9.00
Bonilla	        3.0  3  1-1  0  0  2.45
Randolph	1.0  2  2-2  2  2 19.29
Strickland	0.2  2  2-2  2  2 27.00
DeBarr	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  5.76
 WP- Bonilla. T- 2:49. Att- 4,631.
Lookouts Ride Strong Pitching to Win
Josh Lindblom lived up to his press clippings, allowing one run on five hits over five innings while striking out six to help Chattanooga dump Birmingham 4-2. The Lookouts got great relief work as Jesus Rodriguez, Victor Garate and Paul Koss allowed only a single run over the final four innings, with Koss recording his first save.

Outfielder Andrew Lambo smacked three hits to lead the Lookouts and scored a pair of runs. Oddly enough, catcher JD Closser collected the only RBI for the winners.

Victor Mercedes doubled in the opening inning and scored while the Barons were running down Jamie Hoffmann, who had been picked off. They added another run in the second when Lambo doubled and scored on a sacrifice and a sacrifice fly by Closser

Birmingham tapped Lindblom for a run in the fourth on a leadoff home run but the Lookouts added a pair of runs in the sixth. Lambo tripled and Closser walked with one out. Closser stole second and with two out. the Barons pitcher threw away a tapper to the mound by Mercedes and both runners scored.

Victor Garate gave up a pair of singles and hit a batter in the Birmingham seventh. A sac fly scored one before Paul Koss rescued him with no additional damage, then closed the game out for the save.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	110 002 000-4
Birmingham	000 100 010-2

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mercedes 2b	5  1  1  0  .200
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .222
Hoffmann rf	2  0  0  0  .333
Bell 3b	        4  0  0  0  .167
Martinez dh	4  0  1  0  .286
Lambo lf	4  2  3  0  .429
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .308
Closser c	2  1  0  1  .000
Gonzalez ss	2  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	31 4  5 1
  Birmingham	37 2 12 2

  2B- Mercedes (2), Lambo (1). 3B-
Lambo (1). RBI- Closser (1). S-
Rosario. SF- Closser. LOB-
Chattanooga 9, Birmingham 11. SB-
Hoffmann 2 (3), Closser (1),
Lambo (1). CS- Hoffmann (1).

  Chattanooga 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Lindblom (1-0)	5.0  5  1-1  0  6  1.80
Rodriguez	2.0  4  0-0  0  2  0.00
Garate	        0.2  2  1-1  0  1 13.50
Koss (sv 1)	1.1  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
 
 HBP- by Lindblom, by Garate. WP- Closser.
T-2:09. Att- 5,242.
Balk Helps Sixers Win
Starter Steve Johnson pitched well but was unable to hold a 3-0 lead and Rancho Cucamonga tied the game 3-3 after seven. However, the three runs the Sixers scored in the first three innings were one more than they had scored in the season's first 18 innings combined.

Meanwhile, Sixers relievers were keeping the Quakes at bay. Greg Miller, Miguel Ramirez and Justin Orenduff (1-0) combined to pitch 3.2 hitless innings of relief.

But the decisive play of the game came in the bottom of the eighth without a hit or an error.

Sixers manager Carlos Subero noticed that Quakes reliever Ismael Carmona was not always coming to a stop while pitching out of the stretch with the bases empty. That's not a balk with the bases empty, Subero said, "But I was watching to see what he'd do with runners on base."

Then he did just what Subero hoped he'd do.

Carmona's balk with a runner on third and one out in the eighth inning scored Eduardo Perez with the winning run in a 4-3 Sixers victory over the Quakes before 1,956 at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

It was the first win of the season for the Sixers (1-2), after the Quakes had won the first two games of the season-opening four-game series.

With the score 3-3 in the eighth, Perez was hit by a pitch by Carmona. Tommy Giles followed with a single to right and Perez moved to third and Giles was thrown out trying to advance to second.

With Scott Van Slyke batting, Carmona's balk scored Perez. Carmona struck out the next two batters, but the damage was done.

  Score by Innings
Rcho Cucamonga	000 021 000-3
Inland Empire	012 000 01x-4

  Inland Empire	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .250
Lara ss	        4  1  2  1  .250
Perez dh	3  1  1  1  .364
Giles rf	4  0  2  0  .375
Van Slyke lf	4  0  0  0  .000
Caseres 1b	4  1  2  1  .300
Green 3b	3  0  0  0  .000
Jansen c	3  0  1  0  .167
Ynoa 2b	        1  1  0  0  .000
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  Totals	30 4 9 2
  Quakes	31 3 5 0

  Error- Ynoa (2). 2B- Robinson (1). 
3B- Lara (1). HR- Caseres (1). RBI- 
Caseres (1), Lara (1), Perez (1). 
S- Ynoa. LOB- Inland Empire 5, Rancho 2. 

  Inland Empire in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson	        5.1  5  3-3  1  8  5.06
Miller	        0.1  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Ramirez	        1.1  0  0-0  1  2  0.00
Orenduff (1-0)	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  0.00
  HBP- Perez, by Ramirez.
T- 2:24. Att- 1,956.
Ethan Martin Shines in Pro Debut
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons
Ethan Martin's professional debut was delayed by a knee injury suffered last year after his signing. But the 19-year old right-hander, drafted 15th overall by the Dodgers in 2008, showed no signs of rust in his first pro game, limiting the Dragons to two hits over five scoreless innings to pick up the win in a 2-0 Loons' victory. 

Martin combined with Luis Garcia and Javy Guerra on a three-hit shutout to give the Loons (2-1) the season-opening series victory.

All runs scored in the game came in the third inning.  Dee Gordon led off the frame with a single, then stole second. Elian Herrera, making his first start of the season, singled on the infield putting runners at first and third. 

Then with one out and Herrera in motion, Austin Gallagher singled past shortstop Miguel Rojas, who broke to cover second base, driving home Gordon and sending Herrera to third.  The following hitter Kyle Russell lifted a deep fly into right to bring home Herrera with the game's second run.

  Martin was not the only standout on the mound in the ballgame.  Garcia hurled three scoreless innings of middle relief, allowing just one hit.  Guerra entered in the ninth and retired Dayton 1-2-3.

It was the first nine-inning shutout by Loons pitching since June 23 at Lansing.

  The Loons have today off before the team's home opener Monday against the West Michigan Whitecaps. The game features a post-game fireworks show, and a magnet schedule giveaway.  Right-hander Justin Miller will start his second consecutive home opener for the Loons.  He will be opposed by right-hander Brandon Hamilton.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	002 000 000-2
Dayton	        000 000 000-0

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  1  0  .214
Herrera cf	4  1  2  0  .600
Delmonico 1b	4  0  0  0  .333
Gallagher dh	4  0  2  1  .308
Russell rf	3  0  0  1  .273
Hatch 3b	4  0  1  0  .231
Vetters lf	4  0  1  0  .200
Lopez c	        3  0  0  0  .000
Dalton 2b	4  0  1  0  .250
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  Totals	34 2 8 2
  Dayton 	29 0 3 0

  RBI- Gallagher (3), Russell (4). SF- Russell. 
LOB- Great Lakes 7, Dayton 2. SB- Hatch (1), 
Gordon (2). DP- Martin,Gordon and Delmonico. 

  Great Lakes 	in  h r-er bb so  era
Martin (1-0)	5.0  2  0-0  0  0  0.00
Garcia 		3.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
Guerra (sv 1)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  T- 2:09. Att- 8,845.
        

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