Russell's Bases-Loaded Single Boosts Loons

Albuquerque's rally again came too late and they lost 8-7 to Iowa. Josh Lindblom imploded as Chattanooga lost 5-1 to Montgomery. Rancho Cucamonga stopped Inland Empire 8-2 and Kyle Russell's single with the bases loaded in the ninth gave Great Lakes a 3-2 win over South Bend.

Another Comeback Another Loss for 'Topes
Albuquerque (3-5) put them selves in an 8-4 hole, then scored three times in the seventh inning but could get no closer and lost an 8-7 decision to Iowa.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Xavier Paul led off with a single and stole second. With two out, Chin-Lung Hu beat out an infield single but Paul was thrown out at the plate attempting to tie the game.

Mitch Jones had a big game for Albuquerque, belting two home runs, giving him three in two days, and driving in four runs. Paul was 3-for-4 and raised his average to a spectacular .571.

The Isotopes scored twice in the first inning. Outfielder Jason Repko singled and stole second. He moved to third on a ground ball and Paul's sac fly scored him. Jones added his first homer of the game to make it 2-0.

Starter Eric Milton gave up a solo homer in the second before Albuquerque added a third run in the bottom of the third inning on Dee Brown's first homer of the season.

The Cubs took the lead in the fourth, with the first three batters reaching off Milton and all of them coming in to score, giving Iowa a 4-3 edge.

The clubs traded runs, the "Topes scoring on a triple by Hector Luna and a single by A.J. Ellis. Iowa added three more runs in the sixth off Dwayne Pollok.

With the Cubs up 8-4 in the seventh, Dee Brown drew a lead-off walk before Paul lined a single. With two men on, Jones crushed a mammoth three run homer to left that brought the 'Topes back to within a single run at 8-7.

They never got any closer.

Milton (0-2) ended up taking the loss, yielding five runs on 10 hits, through five innings.

The Isotopes start a 12-game road trip tonight when they face the Omaha Royals. The first game will pair up 'Topes right-handed knuckelballer Charlie Haeger (0-1, 15.75 ERA) against Royals righty Brandon Duckworth (0-0, 2.25 ERA).

  Score by Innings
Iowa                   010 313 000-8
Albuquerque            201 000 400-7

  Albuquerque          ab  r h bi ave
Repko rf               5  1  1  0  .250
Brown lf               4  2  1  1  .444
 Randolph p            0  0  0  0  .000
Paul cf                4  1  2  1  .571
Jones 1b-lf            5  2  2  4  .192
DeWitt ss              3  0  0  0  .300
Hu 2b                  5  0  2  0  .407
Luna 3b-1b             4  1  1  0  .176
Ellis c                2  0  1  1  .364
Milton p               1  0  0  0  .000
 Pollok p              1  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph-3b            1  0  0  0  .313
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  Totals              35 7 11 6
  Iowa                32 8 12 8

  3B- Paul (2). HR- Jones 2 (4),
Brown (1). RBI- Paul (8), Jones 4
(7), Brown (5), Ellis (5). S-
Milton. SF- Paul. LOB- Albuquerque
8, Iowa 6. SB- Repko (4),Paul (4).
CS- DeWitt (1). DP- DeWitt, Hu and
Jones.

  Albuquerque           in  h r-er bb so era
Milton (0-1)           5.0 10 5  5  0  0  9.00
Pollok                 3.0  2  3-3  1  1  5.63
Randolph               1.0  0  0-0  1  3 14.54
  HBP- Ellis- by Pollok.
T- 2:49. Att- 5,792.
Lookouts Lose Ugly
Young Josh Lindblom had a spectacular spring training, being moved up to the Dodgers and excelling, so it is no surprise t hear he tied a Southern League record in his second start. But it is a surprise that the record he set was for wild pitches in and inning (3).

Not only that, he hit a pair of batters and served up a three-run homer. His teammates joined in with a pair of errors that cost two runs later in the game and the Lookouts lost a 5-1 decision to Montgomery.

"It was a mental collapse, really," Lindblom told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "I got outside of what I was trying to do in the game, which is attack with the fastball and pitch off of it. I was falling behind with my off-speed stuff rather than attacking early in the count and getting ahead with my fastball.

"You encounter different stuff all the time, but that was my fault. I should have stepped off the mound to slow the game down."

Lindblom is rated by Baseball America as the No. 4 prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization with the No. 1 fastball. He played at the University of Tennessee in 2006 before transferring to Purdue, where he played the 2007-08 seasons, and was a second-round pick a year ago.

Lookouts pitching coach Glenn Dishman visited with the struggling 6-foot-5, 240-pounder on the mound.

"I was like, ‘What are we doing?'" Dishman said. "It was a complete flip-flop from what we had been doing the first three innings and had been pretty successful. He became a soft-throwing, breaking-ball, changeup guy, and that's just not his style. I think he just tried to get too tricky."

Chattanooga (2-6) scored one run on a fourth inning double by shortstop Justin Sellers. He came in on a single by first baseman Gabe Martinez.

The Biscuits tagged Lindblom with back-to-back doubles in the first and added two more runs in the fourth. Lindblom hit the first Baron and with one out, wild-pitched him to second. He hit a second batter and both runners moved up on a ground ball.

Then consecutive wild pitches glanced off catcher Lucas May's glove, allowing both runners to score.

A fielding error by second baseman Victor Mercedes resulted in the fourth run in the seventh and outfielder Andrew Lambo's error resulted in a ninth inning run.

Chattanooga again host Montgomery tonight. Travis Chick (0-0, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Lookouts, with Ryan Morse scheduled for the Biscuits (0-1, 6.75).

 Score by innings
Montgomery	100 200 101-5
Chattanooga	000 100 000-1

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .346
Sellers ss	4  1  1  0  .286
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .343
GMartinez 1b	4  0  2  1  .257
Hoffmann rf	2  0  0  0  .360
Mitchell dh	4  0  2  0  .200
May c        	4  0  1  0  .231
JGonzalez 3b	4  0  0  0  .143
Mercedes 2b	3  0  1  0  .133
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 Totals        	33 1 8 1
 Montgomery	34 5 6 2

 Error- Mercedes (1), Lambo (1). 2b hits-Sellers
(4). RBI- GMartinez (7). SB- Mercedes (1). LOB-
Chattanooga 7, Montgomery 7.

 Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Lindblom (1-1)	5.0  3  3-3  1  6  3.60
JRodriguez	3.0  1  1-0  1  2  0.00
Meque	        1.0  2  1-0  0  1 16.20
 WP- Lindblom 3. HBP- Hoffman 2, by Lindblom 2,
by Rodriguez. T- 2:33. Att- 3,679.
Quakes Mash Sixers 8-2
Rancho Cucamonga snapped a five-game losing streak, scoring the first eight runs of the game to dump Inland Empire (3-5)



The 66ers didn't get a hit until Steve Caseras singled to right with one out in the fifth inning and they trailed 4-0 at the time. Inland Empire finished the game with six hits and struck out 11 times.

Steve Johnson (0-1) pitched well until allowing a three-run homer with two out in the fourth inning and took the loss. The right-hander struck out seven and walked two.

Miguel Sanfler was tagged for six hits and four runs, three earned, in 1.2 innings. Greg Miller came in to get the final out of e inning. Justin Orenduff and David Pfeiffer allowed only a single it over the final two innings.

Left fielder Preston Mattingly provided the only offense of the night for the 66ers, hitting a two-run shot in the eighth for his first homer of the season with catcher Kenley Jansen on base.

Caseras went 2-for-4 with a double for Inland Empire and Tommy Giles added a double.

The series continues tonight with RHP Chris Withrow (1-0, 0.00) on the hill for Inland Empire while the Quakes will start LHP Robert Fish (0-1, 6.75).

 Score by innings
Inland Empire	000 000 020-2
Rch Cucamonga	010 313 00x-8

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .324
Mattingly lf	4  1  1  2  .258
EPerez dh	4  0  0  0  .484
Giles rf	4  0  1  0  .333
Green 3b	4  0  0  0  .375
Caseres 1b	4  0  2  0  .259
Lara ss        	4  0  0  0  .179
Jansen c	2  1  1  0  .294
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  0  0  .059
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 Totals        	33 2  6 2
 Cucamonga	33 8 11 6

 Error- Jansen (1), Lara (1). 2b hits- Giles
(1), Jansen (2), Caseres (2). HR- Mattingly (1).
RBI- Mattingly 2 (4). SB- Robinson (2). LOB-
Inland Empire 5, Rancho Cucamonga (5). DP- Ynoa,
Lara and Caseres 2.

 Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson (0-1)	4.0  4  4-4  2  7  6.75
Sanfler	        1.2  6  4-3  1  2  6.35
Miller	        0.1  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Orenduff	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
Pfeiffer	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  1.69
 HBP- Jansen. T-2:34. Att- 2,578.
Russell's Walkoff Single Wins
Kyle Russell singled with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to drive in the winning run for Great Lakes (4-3) for a 3-2 victory over South Bend Silver in the opener of a four-game series at Dow Diamond.

A leadoff single by Travis Vetters, a bloop single by Tony Delmonico and an intentional walk to Anthony Hatch set up the winning hit and Russell nailed the first pitch he saw into center field to snap the Loons' two-game losing streak.

Starter Bobby Blevins worked the first four innings, allowing four hits and two runs, one earned run, in his second start of the season.

Great Lakes jumped ahead with single runs in both the first and second innings. Shortstop Dee Gordon created the first run with a single and two stolen bases. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jaime Pedroza for a 1-0 lead. Tony Delmonico made it 2-0 with a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning, his third home run of the season.

The Loons got great work out of their bullpen, as Kyle Smit (three) and Luis Garcia (two) combined for five innings of scoreless relief. Garcia (1-0) earned the win, becoming the first Loons reliever to earn a decision in 2009.

Russell, Delmonico and Elian Herrera had two hits each and Tony Hatch added a double.

Game Two of the four-game set will see Loons' righthander Ethan Martin (1-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the hill for his second professional start and he will face South Bend's Rafael Quezada (0-1, 6.23 ERA).

 Score by innings
South Bend	001 100 000-2
Great Lakes	110 000 001-3

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  1  0  .267
Silverio lf	4  0  0  0  .364
Pedroza 2b	1  0  0  0  .238
 Dalton ph-2b	2  0  0  1  .200
Vetters dh	4  1  1  0  .231
Delmonico 1b	3  1  2  1  .261
Hatch 3b	3  0  1  0  .250
Russell rf	4  0  2  1  .273
Wallach c	3  0  0  0  .222
Herrera cf	3  0  2  0  .385
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 Totals	        31 3 9 3
 GrBend	        37 2 8 1

 Error- Pedroza (3). 2b hits- Hatch (1). HR-
Delmonico (3). RBI- Pedroza (4), Delmonico (4),
Russell (6). SF- Pedroza. SB- Gordon 2 (5).
LOB- Great Lakes 7, South Bend 10.

 Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Blevins	        4.0  4  2-1  2  4  5.19
Smit	        3.2  0  0-0  0  1  2.84
Garcia (1-0)	2.0  2  0-0  0  2  0.00
 HBP- Delmonico, by Blevins. T- 2:36
Att- 1,379.

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