Dodger Kids Win Three of Four

Albuquerque, Chattanooga and Great Lakes, tired of being kicked around, turned on the power to stop Omaha 8-4, Montgomery 13-3 and South Bend 8-1. Inland Empire stumbled a bit and four errors cost them a 13-9 loss to Rancho Cucamonga.

The Isotopes messed up Omaha's home opener, slugging three home runs in an 8-4 win. Mitch Jones hit his fourth home run in three games, Dee Brown hit his second in two games and Hector Luna added the third round-tripper.

Starting pitcher Charlie Haeger pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three. Although the knuckleballer walked seven, only one scored as Haeger (1-1) cruised to his first victory of the season.

Jeff Weaver worked three innings and allowed a pair of eighth inning runs on three hits while striking out four and walking none. He earned his first save of the season, the third save of his career at any level, and his first since he earned a pair of saves for the New York Yankees in 2002.

Five of Albuquerque's 10 hits were for extra bases and they jumped into a first-inning lead when Jason Repko slammed a triple and ad RBI single by Xavier Paul gave them a quick 1-0 lead.

Omaha tied the game in the bottom of the second but Haeger got an inning-ending double-play to keep the damage at a minimum.

Brown boomed a long home run to right in the third with Repko and Paul on base and then overlooked an Omaha home run in the bottom of the inning and added two more in the fourth on Luna's home run before Luis Maza, Paul and Valentino Pascucci singled in succession to boost the Albuquerque lead to 6-2.

Jones two-run homer in the seventh gave Albuquerque a commanding 8-2 advantage.

The Isotopes left-hander Shawn Estes (0-0, 2.25) will get the ball for Albuquerque against Royals lefty Bruce Chen (0-0, 1.69) tonight in the second game of the four-game series.

  Score by Innings
Albueuerque    103 200 200-8
Omaha          011 000 020-4

  Albuquerque   ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza 2b         5  1  1  0  .297
Repko rf        5  2  2  0  .270
Paul cf         4  1  2  1  .563
Pascucci 1b     5  0  1  1  .179
Brown dh        1  2  1  1  .474
 Griffin ph-dh  1  0  0  0  .000
Jones lf        4  1  1  2  .200
Hu ss           4  0  0  0  .355
Ellis c         4  0  0  0  .308
Luna 3b         3  1  2  1  .250
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  Totals        36 8 10 8
  Omaha         33 4  8 4

  2B- Repko (3). 3B- Repko (1).
HR- Brown , Luna (1), Jones (5).
RBI-Paul (9), Brown (3), Luna (3), 
Pascucci (3), Jones 2 (9). 
LOB- Albuquerque 6, Omaha 6. 
SB- Paul 2 (6), Pascucci (1), Repko (5).
DP- 2 Maza, Hu and Pascucci; Hu
Pascucci. 

  Albuquerque    in  h r-er bb so  era
Haeger (1-1)    6.0  5  2-2  7  3  8.10
Weaver (sv,1)   3.0  3  2-2  0  4  4.91
  PB- Ellis (3). T- 2:59. Att- 7,614.
Sixteen Hits Boost Lookouts
Chattanooga's 16-hit outburst resulted in a 13-3 win over the Montgomery Biscuits. Starter Travis Chick allowed a pair of runs early but the Lookout bats overcame that quickly with four in the third inning.

Shortstop Justin Sellers continued his hot hitting, adding three singles and a double to boost his average to .364. Left fielder Andrew Lambo (.350), right fielder Jamie Hoffmann (.393), designated hitter Gabe Martinez, third baseman Josh Bell and first baseman Russ Mitchell all collected a pair of hits.

Trailing 2-0, the Lookouts banged across four in the third with two outs. Sellers and Lambo singled, and Jamie Hoffman, the Southern League leader in walks, worked another to load the bases. Martinez doubled to right field the ball bouncing over the wall and into the crowd. Josh Bell then drilled a two-run single.

Bell extended the Lookouts' lead to 6-2 with a two-run shot over the right field wall in the sixth. Mitchell singled and scored on Lucas May's shot that banged off the AT&T Field scoreboard to give Chattanooga a 10-2 edge.

Sellers opened the eighth inning with a double and Lambo added his second single.

Chick (1-0) worked 6.2 innings and struck out nine. He yielded just four hits and no walks. Matt Sartor finished up the final two innings.

Chattanooga wraps up their homestand against the Montgomery Biscuits tonight.

Score by Innings
Montgomery	110 000 010- 3
Chattanooga	004 020 43x-10

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mercedes 2b	5  0  0  0  .114
Sellers ss	5  2  4  0  .364
Lambo lf	5  2  2  0  .350
Hoffmann rf	3  4  2  1  .393
Martinez dh	5  1  2  4  .275
Bell 3b        	3  2  2  4  .296
Mitchell 1b	4  1  2  1  .235
May c        	5  1  1  3  .235
Godwin cf	4  0  1  0  .077
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  Totals        39 13 16 13
  Montgomery	34  3  6  2

  Error- Sellers (3). 2B- Martinez
2 (4), Bell (3), Sellers (5),
Hoffmann (5). HR- Bell (1), May
(1). RBI- Martinez 4 (11), Bell 4
(6), Mitchell (1), May 3 (4),
Hoffmann (3). LOB- Chattanooga 7, 
Montgomery 6. CS- Sellers (1). 

  Chattanooga 	in  h r-er bb so era
Chick (1-0)	6.2  4  2-2  0  9  3.55
Sartor        	2.1  2  1-1  0  3  6.23
  HBP- by Chick 2. 
T- 2:48. Att- 4,329.
Errors Hurt 66ers Chances
Four errors resulted in three unearned runs as Rancho Cucamonga outlasted Inland Empire 13-9. The Quakes kicked in with a pair of errors that gave a couple runs back to the Sixers.

The teams had about as much trouble on the base paths as they did attempting to field the ball.

Left fielder Preston Mattingly singled four times to raise his average to .333 and Tray Robinson doubled and singled twice and is not hitting .359. Pedro Baez went 3-for-3 and jumped to .313. Scott Van Slyke also had two hits, two RBIs, a run and a diving catch in right field in the seventh.

Chris Withrow, who debuted with five hitless innings, allowed four hits and three walks and made a wild pickoff throw that added up to six runs, five of them earned, in his four innings. Luis Vasquez was touched for three runs in three innings and David Pfeiffer (0-2) took over in the eighth with the game tied 9-9 and gave up the final four runs, although only two of them were earned, and was tagged with the loss.

Inland Empire led 2-0, fell behind 5-3, tied the game 5-5 and then fell behind 5-3 -- all the action happening in the first three innings.

The 66ers took a 7-6 lead with two runs in their half of the seventh when Robinson and Mattingly singled and later scored on a sac fly by Eduardo Perez and an error. The Quakes responded with a three-run bottom half of the inning to take a 9-7 lead.

The Sixers tied the game in the eighth. Catcher Alex Garabedian singled in Scott Van Slyke and scored on a throwing error.

With the game knotted 9-9 tie, the Quakes put the game away off reliever David Pfieffer.

The series continues tonight with RHP Tim Sexton (1-0, 1.80) starting for the 66ers and Esmerlin Jimenez (0-0, 43.20) taking the ball for the Quakes.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	203 000 220- 9
Rcho Cucamonga	231 000 34x-13

  Inland Empire	ab h  r  bi  ave
Roinson cf	5  2  3  0  .259
Mattingly lf	5  3  4  0  .333
Perez 1b        3  1  0  1  .441
Giles dh	4  1  0  0  .280
Baez 3b        	3  0  3  2  .318
 Lara pr-ss	1  0  0  0  .172
Green 2b-3b	4  0  0  0  .321
Van Slyke rf	5  1  2  2  .167
Garabedian c	4  1  1  1  .083
Ynoa ss-2b	3  0  0  0  .050
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  Totals       37  9 13  6
  Cucamonga35 13 12 10

  Error- Withrow (1), Garabedian
2 (2), Perez (1). 2B- Robinson
(4). RBI- Baez 2 (7), Van Slyke 2
(3), Perez (70, Garabedian (1). 
S- Ynoa. SF- Perez. LOB- Inland
Empire 7, Rancho Cucamonga 6. SB-
Phillips 2 (3), Fuller (5), Perez
(1). CS- Fuller (2). 

  Inland Empire  in  h r-er bb so  era
Withrow	          4.0  4  6-5  3  5  5.00
Vasquez	          3.0  4  3-3  2  4  9.00
Pfeiffer (0-2)	  1.0  4  4-2  0  0  4.26
   WP- Pfeiffer. HBP- by Withrow, Sweeney. 
PB- Rosario. T- 3:08. Att- 4,152.
Loons Fly Past Silver Hawks, 8-1
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons
Austin Gallagher homered and drove in three runs, and three Great Lakes Loons pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts in a dominating 8-1 victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks.

A season-high crowd of 3,327 fans saw the Loons win a second straight over the Silver Hawks and improve to 5-3 on the young season.

  Nineteen-year-old right-hander Ethan Martin (2-0)picked up his second win of the year, working five complete innings and allowing only four hits and one run. He struck out eight and walked three in his second professional start.

Relievers Robert Boothe and Javy Guerra combined for four scoreless innings of work to sew up the victory. Boothe struck out five in three innings, while Guerra struck out the side in the ninth.

Alfredo Silverio was 3-for-4 with three doubles and a pair of RBI's, while Parker Dalton was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two runs scored. Silverio's three doubles tied a Loons single-game record, matching a feat accomplished by Andrew Lambo (4/6/09 vs. Dayton). Dee Gordon drove in a pair of runs with a single and a sacrifice fly.

The Loons and Silver Hawks meet for the third game of their four-game set tonight. Justin Miller (1-0, 1.50 ERA), who started the Loons home opener, makes his second start of the season and is opposed by South Bend right-hander Ryan Cook (1-0, 3.00 ERA).

Score by Innings
  South Bend	010 000 000-1
  Great Lakes	202 211 00x-8

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  2  .265
Kanaby cf	1  2  0  1  .077
Russell rf	3  0  0  0  .240
Gallagher dh	4  1  1  3  .259
delmonico c	3  1  0  0  .231
Hatch 3b        4  1  1  0  .250
Silverio lf	4  1  3  2  .423
Wallach 1b	3  0  0  0  .190
Dalton 2b	3  2  2  0  .308
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  Totals        29 8 8 8
  South Bend	32 1 7 1

  Error- Gordon (1). 2B- Silverio
3 (3), Dalton (1). 3B- Dalton (1).
HR- Gallagher (1). RBI- Gallagher
3 (6), Gordon 2 (2), Silverio 2
(6), Kanaby (4). SF- Gordon,
Kanby. LOB- Great Lakes 5, South
Bend 10. CS- Gordon (2).

  Great Lakes 	in  h r-er bb so era
Martin (2-0)	5.0  4  1-1  3  8  0.90
Booth        	3.0  3  0-0  0  5  1.50
Guerra        	1.0  0  0-0  0  3  0.00
  WP- Martin, Guerra 2. HBP- by Martin.
T- 2:33. Att- 3,327.

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