Late Rallies Beats All Four Dodgers Teams

The Dodgers farm clubs provided no relief Friday night. Iowa put up a five on the scoreboard in the ninth to drop Albuquerque 7-5. Mississippi scored three in the eighth to beat Chattanooga 4-3. A Lake Elsinore three-run pinch-homer beat Inland Empire 6-3. Great Lakes lost a five-run lead and a four-game winning streak and a 7-5 game to Dayton.

In "The Comedy of Errors" (in this case an appropriate title) William Shakespeare had his main character shouting "A horse! A horse. My kingdom for a horse!" A variation of that call -- "A reliever. A reliever. My kingdom for a reliever" -- might have been echoing from De Jon Watson's minor league office after all four franchise teams were nailed by an opponent's rally in the late innings to turn victory into defeat.

Five in Ninth Dumps Isotopes 7-5
Albuquerque (6-10) surrendered five runs in the ninth inning, climaxed by a three-run walk-off home run by Iowa to erase a 5-2 'Topes lead and them a heart-breaking 7-5 loss.

Albuquerque scored in the top of the first when Xavier Paul belted his first home run of the season that gave the 'Topes a 1-0 lead, their first since April 21. Iowa tied the game up in the bottom of the second but the Isotopes answered in the fourth when Dee Brown lined a double off the wall in center and Mitch Jones blasted a two-run homer to left to put the Isotopes up 3-1.

The Cubs scored again in the fourth but inn the top of the fifth, Chin-Lung Hu doubled to center and scored on a two-out base single by Val Pascucci to put Albuquerque ahead 4-2 after five.

Starter Miguel Pinango allowed two runs on six hits while working into the sixth inning and Dwayne Pollok closed the inning out and added a pair of scoreless innings.

The Isotopes might has suspected something terrible was going to happen when in the bottom of the sixth, a lightening bolt shook the park, prompting the umpires to halt the game.

Play resumed an hour and one minute later and the Isotopes added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Jason Repko snapped an 0-for-10 streak with a double to left that drove in A.J. Ellis and extended the Albuquerque lead to 5-2.

Closer Tanyon Sturtze took over in the ninth and everything began to disintegrate. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases although a Cubs base runner was caught in a rundown for the first out. Hector Luna fumbled a potential double-play ball as a run scored to make ti 5-3.

Another grounder, this time to Valentino Pascucci at first, saw him look at second before tossing the ball to Sturtze covering first base. The throw was too late and Iowa pulled to within one run at 5-4. A booming three-run homer over the right field fence gave the Cubs an improbable 7-5 win.

The Isotopes will continue their 12-game road trip today against the New Orleans Zephyrs, Triple-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins. Veteran Jeff Weaver (1-0, 3.86) makes the start for Albuquerque against RHP Brett Sinkbeil (1-2, 9.42).

Albuquerque returns home April 30 for a homestand with the Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, that includes a hat giveaway, and the first post-game fireworks show of the season.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	100 210 001-5
Iowa        	010 100 005-7

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave 
Repko rf	4  0  1  1  .217
Hu ss        	5  1  1  0  .281
Paul cf        	5  1  2  1  .431
Pascucci 1b	4  0  3  1  .260
Brown lf	4  1  1  0  .275
MJones 3b	3  1  1  2  .154
Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Stultze p	0  0  0  0  .000
Maza 2b        	4  0  0  0  .224
Ellis c        	2  1  0  0  .268
 Pinango p	2  0  0  0  .000
Luna 3b        	2  0  1  0  .317
  Totals	35 5 10 5
  Iowa	        34 7 11 7

  Error- MJones (1), Brown (1),
Luna (1). 2B- Paul (7), Brown (2),
Hu(5). Repko (4). HR- Paul (1),
MJones (6). RBI- Paul (11), Hu 2
(12), Pascucci (8), Repko (5). S-
Pollok. LOB- Albuquerque 7, Iowa
4. DP- 2 Maza, Hu and Pascucci;
Hu and Pascucci.

  Albuquerque 	in  h r-er bb so  era
Pinango         5.2  6  2-2  0  2 7.52
Pollok        	2.1  1  0-0  1  2  5.54
Sturtze (0-1)	0.1  4  5-4  1  0  7.11
  T- 2;29. Att- 8,959.
Three in the Eighth Tops Lookouts
In the final game of a five game series in Pearl, Mississippi, the Braves erased a 3-1 Chattanooga lead with three runs of their own in the last of he eighth to win their sixth straight game.

The Lookouts had broken a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh Josh Bell singled and Russ Mitchell slugged a two-run homer to put the Lookouts in the lead. They had score their first run in the second when Bell and Victor Mercedes had rapped doubles.

James Adkins posted his best outing of the young season, holding the Braves to one run on three hits over six innings but lost a shot at his first win when things went wrong in the eighth.

Newcomer Carmen Cali (0-1) struck out the first Braves batter but then allowed a double, a walk and an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-2. A wild pitch moved the runners up a notch and an single up the middle drove in the fourth, and winning, run.

Bell collected his third hit of the game leading off in the ninth but the next three Chattanooga batters went down in order.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gorkys Hernandez hit a ground rule double and, after a Matt Young walk, scored on a single by Kody Kirkland. Kirkland moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and Rodriguez's single up the middle scored Young and Kirkland to give the Braves the 4-3 lead and the win.

Chattanooga returns home tonight to open a series with Huntsville.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	010 000 200-3
Mississippi	000 010 03x-4

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .278
Sellers ss	3  0  0  0  .300
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .311
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .255
Bell 3b        	4  2  3  0  .298
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  2  .172
May c        	3  0  0  0  .152
Mercedes 2b	4  0  1  1  .115
Adkins p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Tomlin p	2  0  0  0  .231
 Cali p	        0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	32 3 6 3
  Mississippi	30 4 8 4 

  2B- Bell (4), Mercedes (3). 3B-
Mercedes (1). HR- Mitchell (1).
LOB- Chattanooga 5, Mississippi
6. DP- Adkins, May and Mitchell.

  Chattanooga 	in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins        	6.0  3  1-1  2  3  9.45
Cali (0-1)	2.0  5  3-3  1  4 13.50
  WP- Cali. T- 2:22. Att- 4,162.
Three-Run Homer in Eighth Sinks 66ers
Inland Empire scored a run inn the top of the eighth inning to tie the game at three each but with two out in the bottom of the same inning Lake Elsinore Storm used a two-run, pinch-hit, three-run homer to earn a 6-3 victory.

Starter Alberto Bastardo worked 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits before leaving in the sixth. He walked three and struck out four.

Trayvon Robinson went 3-for-4 for Inland Empire and was a integral part of all three runs. He led off the game with a double and scored on Preston Mattingly's base hit. After the Storm had taken a 2-1 lead, Robinson tied the game in the fifth when he singled in Christian Lara from third with two-outs. 

Lake Elsinore took back the lead in the sixth but Robinson beat out a grounder to shortstop for an infield single to lead off. With one out, he stole second and went to third on the catcher throwing error and then scored on Scott Van Slyke's a two-out single to left.

Kendy Batista replaced Bastardo and closed out the sixth, then added a scoreless seventh. He allowed an opening single in the bottom of the eighth and hit a batter before Daigoro Rondon took over. He got a strikeout but then allowed an opposite-file drive that tucked itself inside the four pole to put the Storm up 6-3.

Inland Empire got an opening single by Adolfo Gonzalez in the ninth and a two-out walk from Alex Garabedian before a bouncer to short ended the game.

The 66ers and Storm meet again tonight with Luis Vasquez (0-0, 6.75) making his first start for the 66ers while the Storm sends Jeremy Hefner (0-3, 4.40) to the mound.

Inland Empire returns home on Tuesday, April 28 to face the High Dessert Mavericks. 

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	100 010 010-3
Lake Elsinore	011 001 03x-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	4  2  3  0  .353
Mattingly lf	3  0  1  1  .283
Perez dh	4  0  0  0  .403
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  1  .260
AGonzalez 3b	4  0  1  0  .200
Caseres 1b	4  0  0  0  .220
Lara ss        	3  1  1  0  .167
Garabedian c	2  0  0  0  .105
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  0  0  .027
  Totals        30 3 7 3
  Chattanooga	26 6 6 6

  2B- Robinson (6),Lara (2). 
RBI- Mattingly (5), Robinson (7), 
Van Slyke (6). S- Garabedian. 
SB- Robinson 2 (4), Lara (3). 
CS- Van Slyke 2 (2). DP- Ynoa 
and Caseres.

  Inland Empire in h r-er bb so  era
Bastardo        5.1  4  3-3  3  4  2.74
Bastista (0-2)	2.0  1  2-2  0  1  5.79
Rondon        	0.2  1  1-1  0  1  5.19
  WP- Bastardo. HBP- by Bastardo, 
By Batista, Mattingly. T- 2:22. 
Att- 6,557.
Loons Can't Hold a Five-Run Lead
Great Lakes banged across five runs in the top of the fourth inning to beak a 0-0 tie and seemed on their way to a fifth straight win but Dayton had other ideas and scored seven unanswered run to win 7-5.

After the first nine batters went down in order to open the game, six of the Loons eight hits came in the fourth inning.

Starter Justin Miller held Dayton to a single hit over the first three innings and in the fourth his teammates gave him a five-spot. Dee Gordon tripled and then scored on Jaime Pedroza's single. Austin Gallagher followed with a single as did Tony Delmonico who drove in Pedroza.  Kyle Russell followed with the fourth consecutive single, but Gallagher was thrown out at the plate. Travis Vetters recorded the inning's sixth consecutive hit – a triple bringing home Delmonico and Russell to give the Loons a 4-0 lead and then scored on a ground out by Elian Herrera.

Dayton banged in three runs in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by a two-run triple and knocked Miller out of the game with a run in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-4. Dayton scored three in the sixth to take the lead.

Reliever Jordan Pratt (1-1) got out of a mess in the fifth inning, then walked three consecutive batters in the sixth and all three scored. A single drove home the tying and go-ahead runs and the third scored on a balk.

Blake Brannon was nearly perfect in the seventh and eighth for the Loons, striking out three but Great Lakes could only manage a walk in the final three innings with seven of the nine retired by strikeout.

  Gallagher was the only Great Lakes batter with more than one hit. 

  Fort Wayne lost 8-3 to West Michigan, so the Loons remain two games behind the TinCaps, with a four-game series against the division leaders tonight at Dow Diamond.  The game will be followed by a post-game fireworks show, powered by Dow Corning.  Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (0-1, 5.19 ERA) will start for the Loons opposite Steven Osuna (1-0, 0.82).

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 500 000-5
Dayton        	000 313 00x-7

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  1  0  .259
Pedroza 2b	4  1  1  1  .326
Gallagher 1b	4  0  2  0  .260
Delmonico dh	4  1  1  1  .250
Russell rf	3  1  1  0  .327
Vetters lf	4  1  1  2  .267
Herrera cf	4  0  0  1  .320
Dalton 3b	3  0  0  0  .250
Lopez c        	3  0  1  0  .083
  Totals	30 5 8 5
  Dayton	26 7 7 6

  Error- Gordon 2 (5). 2B-
Gallagher (2). 3B- Gordon (1),
Vetters (1). RBI- Pedroza (8),
Delmonico (9), Vetters (2 (3),
Herrera (2). LOB- Great Lakes 3,
Dayton 3. DP- 2 Dayton, Pedroza
and Gallagher; Herrera and Gordon.

  Great Lakes 	in  h r-er bb so era
JMiller         4.1  5  4-4  4  2  4.24
Pratt (1-1)	1.2  2  3-3  3  1  5.00
Brannon        	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  2.35
  WP- Pratt. Balk- Pratt. HBP- by Miller.
T- 2:46. Att- 9,001.