Milton Leads Isotopes to 7-0 win

Veteran lefty Eric Milton allowed only two hits over seven innings and Hector Luna was 4-for-4 as Albuquerque shut down Iowa 7-0. Inland Empire banged out 13 hits to drop Lancaster 11-4, keyed by a 4-for-4 night from Eduardo Perez and a strong start by Steve Johnson. Kyle Russell came through with a two-run single in the ninth to top Dayton 7-6 and Chattanooga lost 5-1 to Mississippi.

Milton Mows Down the Cubs
Lefthander Eric Milton was a candidate for the elusive fifth starting slot in Los Angeles when spring training opened but he failed to impress the staff and found himself in Albuquerque when the season started.

But he demonstrated the talents that the Dodgers were expecting, dominating the Iowa Cubs both on the mound and and at the plate on a breezy Tuesday evening at Principal Park in Des Moines. He guided the Isotopes (6-7) to a series-opening 7-0 shutout, breaking a two-game losing streak for the 'Topes on their current road trip and pitching them into first place in the American North Division.

Milton (1-2) dropped his first two starts of the season, but allowed only two hits over six masterful innings, walking one and fanning out five. Only two balls left the infield and only two runners reached as far as second base as the southpaw used 81 pitches, 54 of them strikes.

The 'Topes put the game on ice quickly, scoring once in the second and five times in the fifth. The first run of the game after a one-out single by Hector Luna, single by A.J. Ellis and a balk.

In the big fifth inning, did all their damage with two outs.

Chin-Lung Hu doubled to get things underway and after Dee Brown was intentionally walked, Mitch Jones doubled for the first run. Luna added two more with another double and Milton added a two-run double of his own to give the Isotopes a commanding 6-0 lead.

Milton gave way to Jeff Weaver in the seventh and he tossed a pair of scoreless innings before closer Tanyon Sturtze finished off the shutout with a scoreless ninth.

The three Major League veterans, Milton, Weaver, and Sturtze, allowed the Cubs just three hits while striking out eight.

Luna' third hit of the game drove in Valentino Pascucci who had doubled to lead off the ninth.

Luna finished the game 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, and three RBI. The Isotopes whacked a season-high seven doubles, one short of a franchise record set in 2004.

The Isotopes and Cubs again tonight game two of a four-game set with right-hander Charlie Haeger (1-1, 8.10) taking on Iowa righty Randy Wells (1-0, 4.50).

Score by Innings
Albuquerque	015 000 001-7
Iowa        	000 000 000-0

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	4  0  0  0  .231
Hu ss        	4  1  1  0 .311
Paul cf	4  0  1  0  .457
Pascucci 1b	4  1  1  0  .220
Brown lf	4  1  0  0  .303
Jones 3b	5  1  1  1  .163
Luma 2b        	4  2  4  3  .364
Ellis c        	3  1  1  0  .278
Milton p	3  0  1  2  .250
Weaver p	0  0  0  0  .000
Sturtze p	0  0  0  0  .000
------------------------------
  Totals	35 7 10 6
  Iowa	30 0  3 0  

  Error- Paul (1). 2B- Paul (6),
Hu (4), M,Jones (1), Luna 2 (3),
Milton (1), Pascucci (2). RBI- M,
Jones (10), Luna 3 (7), Milton 2
(2). S- Milton, Paul. LOB-
Albuquerque 10, Iowa 4. SB- Hu
(1), Repko (7). DP- Hu, Luna and
Pascucci.

  Albuquerque 	in  h r-er bb so  era
Milton (1-2)	6.0  2  0-0  1  5  5.40
Weaver        	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.86
Sturtze        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  T- 2:22. Att- 4,198.

Braves Score Late and Win 5-1
Starter Tim Corcoran allowed only two hits and a single run over four innings and Matt Sartor added two hitless and scoreless innings and the Lookouts and Braves were deadlocked 1-1 going into the seventh. However, Mississippi added four runs in the seventh and eighth to win 5-1.

Jacobo Meque (0-2) was rapped for three hits and three runs in the seventh before Brent Leach could take over and stop the bleeding. Paul Koss surrendered another run in the eighth.

Chattanooga was held to four hits, two of them coming in the first inning when Justin Sellers singled with one out and Andrew Lambo doubled him home for a very brief 1-0 lead. The Braves tied the game in the bottom of the same inning.

Recently activated James Tomlin singled in the fifth and eighth innings to record the final two Lookout hits as 11 batters bit the dust on strikeouts.

Chattanooga settled into last place in the North Division with a 3-9 record but trails the Division leader Tennessee by only three games.

Roster Move
The Lookouts activated OF James Tomlin off of the disabled list, while INF Gaby Martinez has been reassigned to Ogden. Tomlin, who began the season on Chattanooga's disabled list, hit .313 with 31 doubles, two triples, two homers, and 14 stolen bases for Jacksonville last season.

Martinez played in 10 games for the Lookouts, hitting .293 with five doubles (tied for team lead), one homer, and 11 RBI (team lead; 3rd in Southern League). The 2008 Southern League All-Star hit .276 with 29 doubles, 20 homers, and 93 RBI for Montgomery last season.

Score by Innings
Chattanooga	100 000 000-1
Mississippi	100 000 31x-5

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	2  0  0  0  .290
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Meque p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 EGonzalez ph	0  0  0  0  .000
 Koss p	0  0  0  0  .000
Sellers ss	3  1  1  0  .326
Lambo lf	4  0  1  1  .353
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .297
Bell 3b	3  0  0  0  .278
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .196
May c        	3  0  0  0  .189
Mercedes 2b	3  0  0  0  .093
Corcoran p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Tomlin ph-cf	2  0  2  0  .286
-----------------------------
  Totals        	29 4 1 1 
  Mississippi	29 5 8 4

  2B- Lambo (5). RBI- Lambo (7).
S- Rosario, EGonzalez. LOB-
Chattanooga 5, Mississippi 7.
SB- Lambo (2). CS- Bell (2).

  Chattanooga 	in  h r-er bb so  era
Corcoran	4.0  2  1-1  3  6  2.25
Sartor	2.0  0  0-0  1  3  5.06
Meque (0-2)	0.2  3  3-3  1  0 20.25
Leach        	0.1  1  0-0  0  0  1.17
Koss        	1.0  2  1-1  1  1  3.38
  HBP- by Heath. PB- May (5).
T- 2:50. Att- 2,003.  
Sixers Punish Lancaster
Inland Empire banged out 13 hits to drop Lancaster 11-4, keyed by a 4-for-4 night from Eduardo Perez who singled twice, doubled and homered, driving in three runs. Second baseman Garrett Green added a home run to the mix.

Center fielder Tray Robinson singled twice and had an RBI. Adolfo Gonzalez and Tommy Giles added a single and a double.

Starter Steve Johnson sailed through the first four innings, allowing only a double in the third inning. His teammates build up a 6-0 lead for him but in the fifth he allowed a one-out home run an with two out, Lancaster scored twice more on a double and two singles.

Miguel Sanfler took over in relief and worked two scoreless innings. Luis Vasquez balked a run in in the eighth and Joe Jones retired the JetHawks 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Robinson and Gonzalez singled in the first and Perez's double make it 1-0. Giles' ground ball added a second run. Perez opened the fourth wth his second homer of the season and the Sixers added three in the fourth when Green homered after Kenley Jansen walked and singles by Perez and Giles made it 6-0.

Inland Empire put the game away in the seventh with two out. Christian Lara walked and stole second and then quickly, with two gone, Robinson singled, Gonzalez doubled. Perez singled, Giles doubled and Scott VanSlyke banged a two run double.

The win moved the 6-7 Sixers into a three way tie in the South Division, trailing High Desert (10-3) by four games.

  Score by Innings
Lancaster	000 030 010- 4
Inland Empire	201 300 50x-11

  Inland Empire	ab  r h bi ave
Robinson cf	3  2  2  1  .352
AGonzalez 3b	4  3  2  1  .250
Perez 1b	4  2  4  3  .460
Giles rf	4  1  2  2  .308
Van Slyke lf	5  0  1  2  .179
Caseres dh	4  0  0  0  .250
Lara ss        	4  1  0  0  .167
Jansen c	4  1  1  0  .222
Green 2b	5  1  1  0  .270
-----------------------------
  Totals        	37 11 13 11
  Lancaster	33  4  8  3

  2B- Perez (3), AGonzalez (1),
Giles (3), Van Slyke (2). HR-
Perez (2), Green (2). RBI- Perez
3 (10),Giles 2 (11), Green 2 (6),  
AGonzalez (1), Van Slyke 2 (5).
Robinson (5). LOB- Inland Empire 10, 
Lancaster 4. SB- Lara (2). DP- 2 Green, 
Lara and Perez; Sanfler and Perez.

  Inland Empire 	in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson (1-1)	5.0  5  3-3  0  5  6.28
Sanfler         	2.0  2  0-0  1  1  4.70
Vasquez        	1.0  1  1-0  1  0  6.75
Jones       	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  9.00
  Balk- Vasquez. HBP- Robinson. PB- Jansen (2). 
T- 3:05. Att- 2,181.
  The Loons Are Dragon Slayers Brad Golden
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes rallied from five runs down to score two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth – highlighted by Kyle Russell's clutch, two-run single to bring in the tying and go-ahead runs – to defeat the Dayton Dragons 7-6 in dramatic fashion.

  The night began with the Dragons' pitchers striking out Loons' hitters at a blistering pace. Dayton starter Matt Fairel fanned 12 in six innings, before giving way to the bullpen.  All totaled, Dayton pitching struck out 17, and Fairel left with a 6-1 lead.

  In the eighth, Alfredo Silverio and Elian Herrera led off with singles. Silverio later scored on a passed ball and Herrera scored on a single by Austin Gallagher to pull the Loons to within three. They had the bases loaded with one out but failed add score any more.

In the ninth, down 6-2, Anthony Hatch doubled, followed by a Silverio single. Hatch scored on a sac fly by Herrera. With one out, Jaime Pedroza walked and Gallagher singled in one more to pull the Loons to within one. 

Tony Delmonico walked to load the bases. With two out and two strikes, Kyle Russell lined a single to right scoring Pedroza and pinch runner Erik Kanaby to give the Loons a 7-6 lead.

Jordan Pratt (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth to pick up the win.  Javy Guerra hurled a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.  The bottom two hitters in the Loons' order – Silverio and Herrera – combined to go 5-for-7 at the plate. Gallagher and Russell had a pair of hits each.

The Loons improve to 7-4 with the win and are tied in the Eastern Division, three games behind Fort Wayne. Dayton falls to 1-10 and has now lost nine consecutively.

The Loons continue their series in Dayton tonight.  Right-hander Bobby Blevins (0-1, 5.19 ERA) will face Dragons righty Josh Ravin (1-1, 3.60).

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 100 024-7
Dayton        	004 200 000-6

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  0  0  .239
Pedroza 2b	3  2  1  0  .313
Gallagher 1b	5  0  2  2  .225
 Kanaby pr	0  1  0  0  .111
Walton 1b	0  0  0  0  .182
Delmonico c	3  0  1  1  .278
Russell rf	5  0  2  2  .342
Vetters dh	5  0  0  0  .190
Hatch 3b	4  1  1  0  .250
Silverio lf	4  2  3  0  .405
Herrera cf	3  1  2  1  .438
-----------------------------
  Totals	37 7 12 6
  Dayton	38 6 10 6

  Error- Gordon (2). 2B- Russell
(3), Hatch (2). RBI- Delmonico
(6), Gallagher 2 (8), Herrera (1),
Russell 2 (10). SF- Herrera. LOB-
Great Lakes 8, Dayton 8. SB-
Pedroza (3). 

  Great Lakes 	in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding	        3.1  5  6-5  2  1  6.92
Brannon	        2.2  0  0-0  1  5  3.18
Walter        	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  1.42
Pratt (1-0)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.45
Guerra (sv 3)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
  WP- Redding, Pratt. T-3:01. Att- 8,159.
 

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