Hoffmann Knocks in Five but Lookouts Lose

Charlie Hager had a tough first inning and Xavier Paul got the first Albuquerque hits in the seventh as Iowa topped the 'Topes 9-1. Jamie Hoffmann knocked in five runs but Josh Lindblom was banged around in a 9-8 loss to Mississippi. Chris Withrow struck out 10 but Inland Empire lost 4-3 to Lancaster. Alfredo Silverio's two run single helped Great Lakes top Dayton 4-3.

Isotopes Nearly No-Hit
Albuquerque (6-8) was held hitless until the seventh inning, but grabbed a run in the ninth to break the shutout and lost a 9-1 decision to the Iowa Cubs.

Randy Wells started for the Cubs and didn't allow a hit unto two out in the seventh when outfielder Xavier Paul, who is leading the Pacific Coast League wit a .460 average, ripped a single up the middle. Iowa clubbed four home runs to make things easier for the Iowa pitching staff.

Knuckelballer Charlie Haeger (1-2) served up two home runs in the first and allowed five runs but over his next five innings he needed 10 pitches or less to tame the Cubs, although he allowed a third homer in the fourth.

He retired seven consecutive batters from the second to the fourth until the home run in the fourth, and gave up six runs on six hits with six strikeouts before leaving the game.

Wells allowed the 'Topes only a walk in the second before Paul connected for the first Albuquerque hit of the game. Valentino Pascucci worked his second walk of the game before Dee Brown fanned to end the inning.

The Isotopes avoided being one-hit for the fifth time in team history when consecutive hits by lead-off man Luis Maza and Chin-Lung Hu and Paul's second singled of the game broke the shutout.

The Isotopes send southpaw Shawn Estes (0-0, 4.50 ERA) to meet righty Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 3.75 ERA) in today's game. In their April 13 match-up, both pitchers received a no decision. Estes went four innings allowing one run on three hits and Samardzija hurled four innings yielding just two hits, no runs and had four strikeouts as the Isotopes 3-1.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 000 001-1
Iowa        	500 100 03x-9

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza 2b        	4  1  1  0  .260
Hu ss        	4  0  1  0  .306
Paul cf        	4  0  2  1  .460
Pascucci 1b	2  0  0  0  .209
Brown lf	3  0  0  0  .278
 DeBarr p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Bonilla p	0  0  0  0  .000
MJones rf	3  0  0  0  .152
Luna 3b        	3  0  0  0  .333
Ardoin c	3  0  0  0  .154
Haeger p	2  0  0  0  .000
Griffin lf	1  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	29 1  4 1
  Iowa	        35 9 12 9

  RBI- Paul (10). LOB- Albuquerque
3, Iowa 3. DP- Bonilla, Hu and
Pascucci.

  Albuquerque 	 in  h r-bi bb so  era
Haeger (1-2)	6.0  6  6-6  1  6  8.44
DeBarr        	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  6.75
Bonilla	1.0  5  3-3  0  1  5.19
  WP- Haeger. T- 2:04. Att- 4,560.
Braves Outscore Lookouts 9-8
Mississippi battered rookie Josh Lindblom (1-2) for eight runs, seven eared, over his three inning start (he faced four men in the fourth) and added another run off Jesus Rodriguez, then had to fight off a Chattanooga rally to win 9-8.

Lindblom left having allowed six hits and a walk. Victor Garate and Brent Leach shut the Braves down with a single hit over the final three innings.

Chattanooga was held to seven hits, collected by seven different players, including a grand slam home run by Jamie Hoffman in the five-run sixth inning.

The Lookouts were held hitless until catcher J.D. Clossser doubled with one out in the fifth. They exploded in the sixth for five runs.

James Tomlin, Justin Sellers and Andrew Lambo singled to load the bases and Hoffman unloaded them with a drive over the left field wall. Adam Godwin singled and stole second base, moving to third on the catcher's throwing error. Russ Mitchell bounced out to record the fifth run of the inning.

They made the Braves sweat in the seventh, scoring three times and leaving runners at second and third. Juan Gonzalez, Tomlin and Sellers walked and with one out, Hoffman was it by a pitch push across a run. Jovanny Rosario singled to drive in one more and Russ Mitchell's fielder's choice cut the Mississippi lead to 9-8. However, Hoffman and Rosario were left on second and third as Closser and Victor Mercedes made the final two outs.

The Lookouts put the potential tying run on base in the ninth when Hoffmann was again hit by a pitch but he was thrown out stealing and Mississippi held on for the win.

Chattanooga slid to 3-10 in the North Division but are still only 3.5 games behind the first-place Tennessee Smokies who are 6-6. Game four of their series will be played tonight. The Lookouts return home Saturday night to open a five-game series with the Huntsville Stars.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 005 300-8
Mississippi	003 600 00x-9

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	3  2  1  0  .300
Sellers ss	4  2  1  0  .319
Lambo lf	4  1  1  0  .345
Hoffmann rf	2  1  1  5  .308
Bell 3b        	2  0  0  0  .263
 JRodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  1  1  0  .158
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rosario ph	1  0  1  1  .313
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 May ph        	1  0  0  0  .184
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  2  .180
Closser c	4  0  1  0  .231
Mercedes 2b	4  0  0  0  .085
Lindblom p	1  0  0  0  .000
 JGonzalez 3b	2  1  0  0  .083
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  Totals        33 8 7 8
  Mississippi	32 9 9 9

  Error- Mitchell (1), Closer
(2). 2B- Closser (2). HR-
Hoffmann (2).RBI- Hoffmann 5 (8),
Mitchell 2 (4), Rosario (5).
LOB- Chattanooga 6, Mississippi
3. SB- Godwin (1). CS- Tomlin
(1), Hoffmann (2). DP- Closser
and Sellers.

  Chattanooga 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Lindblom (1-2)	3.0  6  8-7  1  2  7.62
JRodriguez 	2.0  2  1-1  0  1  1.93
Garate        	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  2.57
Leach        	2.0  1  0-0  0  4  0.93
  HBP- by Lindblom, Hoffmann 2. T-3:00. 
Att- 2,297.
Sixers Settle for Two of Three
Hoping for a series sweep, Inland Empire lost 4-3 to Lancaster. The teams combined for 29 strikeouts, with Chris Withrow fanning 10 JetHawks while Lancaster starter Chris Hicks struck out nine 66ers.

The JetHawks (4-10) jumped on Withrow for a run in the second inning and never again trailed in the game. Withrow finished his five innings after allowing three hits and a run.

Lancaster tacked on two more runs in the sixth off reliever Joe Jones. A home run and an RBI single made it 3-0.  

The 66ers (6-8) got on the board in the bottom of the sixth after Scott Van Slyke led off with a triple. Two outs later, he scored on a wild pitch. Van Slyke led off with a double in the eighth and scored on a single to left by Steve Caseres to make it 3-2.

Lancaster added an insurance run in the ninth off Justin Orenduff when he loaded the bases with a single, hit a batter and then issued a pair of walks. That run would prove crucial as Eduardo Perez tripled in the bottom of the ninth with two out and scored on a single from Tommy Giles.

Scott Van Slyke went four-for-five on the night and was a home run shy of the cycle. Giles had a pair of singles as the Sixers were inept with runners in scoring position, driving in only two of 16.

The 66ers now pack it up for a four-game series with the Lake Elsinore Storm. Tim Sexton (1-0, 0.82) takes the ball for the 66ers while Wynn Pelzer (1-0, 5.00) gets the call for the Storm.

  Score by Innings
Lancaster        010 002 001-4
Inland Empire	 000 001 011-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  0  1  0  .339
AGonzalez 3b	4  0  1  0  .250
Perez dh	5  1  1  0  .436
Giles rf	5  0  2  1  .318
Van Slyke lf	5  2  4  0  .250
Caseres 1b	3  0  1  1  .256
Green 2b	3  0  0  0  .250
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .118
Ynoa ss        	3  0  0  0  .032
-----------------------------
  Totals	31 3 10 2
  Lancaster	34 4  8 4

  2B- AGonzalez (2), Robinson(5),
Van Slyke (3). 3B- Van Slyke (1),
Perez (3). RBI- Caseres (3),
Giles (12). S- AGonzalez. LOB-
Inland Empire 11, Lancaster 12.
SB- Caseres (1). CS- AGonzalez
(1).

  Inland Empire  in  h r-er bb so  era
Withrow (1-1)	5.0  3  1-1  2  10 3.86
Jones        	2.0  3  2-2  2   1 9.00
Orenduff	2.0  2  1-1  2   4 1.23
  HBP- by Withrow, by Orenduff.
T- 3:16. Att- 1,583.
Loons Win Third Straight
Brad Golden
Great Lakes Loons


Great Lakes captured their third consecutive win, topping the Dayton Dragons 4-3 behind strong pitching from Bobby Blevins (1-1), Kyle Smit. Robert Boothe and Javy Guerra. The Loons improved to 8-4 with the win.  

With the score tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, Alfredo Silverio singled home two to put the Loons ahead for good. 

  Great Lakes struck for the game's first two runs in the first off Dayton starter Josh Ravin. Austin Gallagher drove in Jamie Pedroza with the game's first on a double to left. He later scored on a Tony Delmonico ground out.

  Dayton scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to pull within one but would get no closer.

  Blevins pitched five innings for his first win of the year, allowing six hits and a pair of runs. Smit allowed a single run in two and Booth worked a hitless eighth before Javy Guerra racked up his fourth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Anthony Hatch doubled twice and scored a run.

  The series continues in Dayton tonight with Right-hander Ethan Martin (2-0, 0.90 ERA) facing Dragons righty Curtis Partch (0-1, 4.82). Martin, the Dodgers' first round draft pick in 2008, is tied for eighth in the league in strikeouts and ninth in ERA.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	200 002 000-4
Dayton        	000 111 000-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Herrera cf	4  0  1  0  .400
Pedroza 2b	2  1  0  0  .294
Gallagher 1b	4  1  1  1  .227
Delmonico dh	3  1  1  1  .282
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .310
Hatch 3b	4  1  2  0  .275
Silverio lf	4  0  1  2  .390
Wallach c	4  0  1  0  .192
Dalton ss	4  0  1  0  .294
-----------------------------
  Totals	33 4 8 4
  Dayton	34 3 9 2

  2B- Gallagher (1), Hatch 2 (4).
RBI- Gallagher (9), Delmonico (7), 
Silverio 2 (8). LOB- Great Lakes
5, Dayton 5. SB- Pedroza (4).

  Great Lakes 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Blevins (1-1)	5.0  6  2-2  0  3  4.61
Smit         	2.0  3  1-1  0  1  3.24
Boothe        	1.0  0  0-0  1  2  1.29
Guerra (sv 4)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
  WP- Blevins, Smit. T- 2:36. Att- 7,813.

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