'Topes, Lookouts Win; 66ers, Loons Don't

Xavier Paul powered an Albuquerque rally that overcame Iowa 7-4. Chattanooga used strong pitching to drop Montgomery 10-2. Inland Empire was swept away by six home runs, losing 14-3 and Great Lakes bowed to West Michigan 6-3.

'Topes Comeback Nets Win
Albuquerque (3-4) scored five runs in the last of the eighth in a furious comeback to overtake the Iowa Cubs and post a 7-4 win. Xavier Paul reached base in all five plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with an intentional walk to boost his average to a spectacular .542.

The special evening began with a tribute to Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier exactly 62 years ago. Pacific Coast League President Branch Rickey, whose grandfather originally signed Robinson, made the opening remarks. After that, a permanent sign with Robinson's iconic number 42 on it was installed on the right field wall.

Both starting pitchers were on their games as 'Topes right-hander Giancardo Alvarado worked five strong innings, allowing one run on three hits while walking two and striking out three. In the fourth the right hander gave up back-to-back singles and back-to-back, two-out walks, the last with the bases loaded, to give the I-Cubs a 1-0 lead.

Eric Threets worked a pair of scoreless innings and Paul singled wiht one out in the sixth and Valentino Pascucci drew a walk. Blake DeWitt doubled to center field to give Albuquerque a 2-1 lead.

Nick DeBarr took over in the top of the eighth and surrendered a walk, a single and a three run homer. A one-out home run gave the Cubs a 4-2 lead. Despite being thumped, DeBarr would earned his first win of the season when the Isotopes rallied in the bottom of the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Mitch Jones opened the rally with a one-out solo home run (#2). Hector Luna followed with a single before Danny Ardoin knocked him in with a double that tied the game at 4-4. Pinch-hitter Dee Brown walked and Luis Maza smacked a single to left-center that plated Ardoin and gave the Isotopes a 5-4 lead.

Jason Repko drew a walk in front of Paul, who blooped a two-run single over the shortstop's head that gave the Isotopes a 7-4 advantage.

Closer Tanyon Sturtze (save #2) made the lead stick, pitching a hitless ninth to earn his second save in three days.

Albuquerque will attempt to win their first series of 2009 when they face the Iowa Cubs in the final contest of the four-game set. Veteran southpaw Eric Milton (0-1, 9.00 ERA) takes the mound for the Isotopes against righty Esmailin Caridad (1-0, 0.00 ERA) today in a game that starts at noon.

  Score by Innings
Iowa        	000 100 030-4
Albuquerque	000 002 05x-7

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza 2b        	5  1  2  1  .323
Repko rf	4  0  0  0  .259
Paul cf        	4  1  4  2  .542
Pascucci 1b	4  1  0  0  .174
 Sturtze p	0  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt ss	4  0  2  2  .429
Jones lf-1b	3  1  1  1  .143
Luna 3b        	4  1  1  0  .154
Ardoin c	4  1  2  1  .286
Alvarado p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Treets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 DeBarr p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Brown ph-lf	0  1  0  0  .500
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 Totals	        33 7 12 7
 Iowa	        33 4  5 4				

  Error- DeWitt (1). 2B- Paul (5),
De Witt (), Ardoin (). HR- Jones
(2). RBI- DeWitt 2(3), Jones (3),
Ardoin (1), Maza (6), Paul 2 (3).
S- Slvarado. LOB- Albuquerque 9,
Iowa 7. SB- Paul (3), DeWitt (1).
DP- 2 Pascucci and DeWitt; Maza,
DeWitt and Pascucci.

  Albuquerque  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado 	5.0  3  1-1  2  4  5.59
Treets        	2.0  0  0-0  2  0  3.60
DeBarr (1-0)	1.0  2  3-3  1  1 10.80
Sturtze (sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
  WP- Alvarado. HBP- By Alvarado.
PB- Ardoin (1). T- 3:07. Att- 6,597.
Strong Pitching Leads Lookouts
Chattanooga (2-5) rode strong pitching and an 11-hit attack to dump Montgomery 10-2. Scott Elbert, Francisco Felix, and Victor Garate combined to throw a two-hitter, while the Lookouts bats broke out of their slump in a big way.

The Biscuits got a gift run in the first inning when errors by third baseman Josh Bell and shortstop Justin Sellers put Montgomery up 1-0. A walk, an infield single and a steal of home made it 2-0 in the second.

Birmingham could only manage one more hit off Lookout pitching, a leadoff triple in the fifth inning off Felix who buckled down and stranded the runner at third.

Chattanooga bounced back to tie the game in the second with two runs of their own. Jamie Hoffmann ripped a line-drive homer just over the left field wall, his first of the season, and with one out, J.D. Closser walked.

Juan Gonzalez's double moved Closser to third with a double to right. A ground ball tby Adam Godwin tied the score, 2-2.

The Lookouts went ahead in the third to stay with two more runs in the third. Justin Sellers started the rally with a single and stole second. Gaby Martinez and Hoffman walked to load the bases.

Josh Bell's sac fly out drove in Sellers and Closser walked to load the bases before Gonzalez added a second walk to force in a run.

Andrew Lambo's sac fly followed a walk and Jovanny Rosario's doubled in the fourth. Rosario singled in the fifth.

Closser added an RBI double in the seventh. Gonzalez and Bell added RBIs and Lambo singled in the fourth and final run of the game.

Rosario led the 11-hit attack with four siles and a pair of runs bated in. Sellers singled and doubled an Lambo and Gonzalez each had two RBI. Elbert allowed only one hit and two runs, one earned, in his second straight solid start. Felix (1-0), gave up only one hit in his 2.2 innings in relief of Elbert, was credited with the win. He yielded just one hit and to earn the win and Garate collected his first save of the season with 2.1 innings of no-hit relief.

Chattanooga and Montgomery continue their five-game series tonight.

  Score by Innings
Montgomery	110 000 000- 2
Chattanooga	022 110 40x-10

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  1  4  2  .364
Sellers ss	4  1  2  0  .304
Lambo lf        4  0  1  2  .387
mmrtinez 1b	4  1  0  0  .226
Hoffmann dh	2  2  1  1  .391
Bell 3b	        4  1  1  1  .250
Closser c	3  2  1  1  .200
Gonzalez 2b	1  1  1  2  .333
Godwin rf	3  1  0  1  .000
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  Totals	30 10 11 10
  Montgomery	31  2  2  0

  Error- Bell (3), Sellers (2),
Closser (1). 2B- Gonzalez (1),
Sellers (3), Closser (1). HR-
Hoffmann (1). RBI- Hoffmann (2),
Godwin (1), Bell (2), Lambo 2
(3),Rosario 2 (4), Closser (2).
SF- Bell, Lambo, Gonzalez. 
LOB- Chattanooga 9, Montgomery 9. 
SB- Seller 2 (2).

  Chattanooga 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert        	4.1  1  2-1  3  6  3.38
Felix (1-0)	2.2  1  0-0  1  3  1.13
Garats (sv 1)	2.1  0  0-0  1  2  2.25
  HBP- Godwin, by Garate.
T- 3:01. Att- 1,754.
Homers Doom Inland Empire
One night after the Lancaster set a franchise record by striking out 18 66ers, they demonstrated they could also play long ball. Jonathan Gaston and Brian Pellegrini each hit three home runs as the JetHawks slugged their way to a 14-3 triumph in the series rubber match.

Inland Empire (3-4) pounded out 13 hits of their own. Edurado Perez went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to complete a 9-for-13 series. Perez is the California League's leading hitter with a .556 clip and leads the circuit in hits with 15.

Kendy Batista (0-1) lasted three innings in his Inland Empire debut, surrendering four runs on five hits while striking out five. He was followed by Thomas Melgarejo and Joe Jones were pounded but Daigorio Rondon worked 2.1 scoreless innings between them.

Trayvon Robinson added two hits, including his third double of the season. Garett Green went 2-for-3 off the bench to increase his average to 450 and Kenley Jansen contributed a 2-for-4 night.

It was the first time that a San Bernardino opponent hit three home runs in a game since June 27, 1993 when Modesto's Scott Chockey accomplished the feat.

The Sixers travel to Rancho Cucamonga tonight to take on the Quakes. RHP Steve Johnson (0-0, 5.06) gets the ball for Inland Empire while the Quakes will counter with RHP Tim Kiely (0-0, 4.50). The 66ers will return to Arrowhead Credit Union Park on Monday, April 20 to face the JetHawks.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	001 100 100- 3
Lancaster	220 140 05x-14

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  0  2  0  .333
Lara ss        	4  2  1  0  .208
Mattingly lf	5  0  1  0  .259
Perez 1b	4  0  3  1  .556
Baez 3b        	2  0  1  0  .211
Green 3b	3  0  2  1  .450
Caseres dh	4  0  1  0  .217
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .105
Jansen c	4  1  2  0  .267
 Garabedian c	0  0  0  0  .000
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  0  0  .071
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  Totals        38  3 13  2
  Lancaster	38 14 15 14

  Error- Green (2), 2B- Robinson
(3), Perez (2), Lara (1). RBI-
Perez (6), Green (4). LOB- Inland Empire11, 
Lancaster 6. CS- Jansen (1). 

   Inland Empire    in  h r-er bb so  era
Bastista (0-1)	   3.0  5  4-4  0  5 12.00
Melgarejo	   1.2  4  5-5  4  3  9.64
Rondon 	           2.1  1  0-0  0  3  3.38
Jones        	   1.0  5  5-5  0  0 10.50
  HBP- by Bastista, Perez.
T- 3:04. Att- 829.
Whitecaps Take Game, Series West Michigan scored three runs in the top of the first inning and added one in the second off Jon Michael Redding (1-1), then never looked back, en route to a 6-3 victory over Great Lakes (3-3) before a crowd of 1,348.

  Redding allowed seven hits in four innings. Jordan Pratt and Josh Walter allowed two hits and two runs between them over the final five innings.

The top of the Loons' lineup was a combined 5-for-9 at the plate. Leadoff hitter Dee Gordon went 3-for-4, followed by Alfredo Silverio at 2-for-5.  Parker Dalton, getting the start at third base, hit his first career Dow Diamond home run, a solo blast to left in the second inning.

Great Lakes had two singles, a hit by pitch and a walk in the first inning but didn't score. Dalton homered in the second. Then Gordon singled and Silverio tripled him in to cut the lead to 4-2.

West Michigan scored a single run in the seventh and ninth.

Kyle Russell walked and scored on Jaime Pedroza's double leading off the eighth and Travis Vetters singled but the next three batters went out in order.

Gordon's leadoff single in the ninth was followed by three straight strikeouts to end the game.  

The Loons begin a four-game series against the South Bend Silver Hawks Thursday night. Right-hander Bobby Blevins (0-1, 7.71 ERA) will be opposed by left-hander Wade Miley (0-0, 1.80).

  Score by Innings
West Michigan	310 000 101-6
Great Lakes	020 000 010-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  3  0  .269
Silverio lf	5  0  2  1  .444
Delmonico c	5  0  0  0  .200
Gallagher dh	2  0  0  0  .261
 Russell ph-dh	1  1  0  1  .222
Pedroza 2b	3  0  1  1  .250
Vetters rf	4  0  1  0  .222
Vallach 1b	3  0  0  0  .267
Dalton 3b	4  1  1  1  .250
Kanaby cf	3  0  0  0  .083
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  Totals        37 3 8 3
  West Michigan	35 6 9 6

 2B- Pedroza (2). 3B- Silverio
(1). HR- Dalton (1). RBI- Dalton
(1), Silverio (4), Pedroza (3).
LOB- Great Lakes 10, West
Michigan 8.

  Great Lakes 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding (1-1)	4.0  7  4-4  3  3  4.66
Pratt        	4.0  1  1-1  2  2  2.84
Walter        	1.0  1  1-1  0  0  3.00
  HBP- Gallagher, by Pratt.
T- 2:57. Att- 1,348.
 

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