Milton Sparkles For Isotopes

Albuquerque stopped New Orleans behind six shutout innings by Eric Milton, taking a 5-3 victory, their first afternoon win of the season. Chattanooga was edged 3-1 by first-place Huntsville. Inland Empire used four more hits by Scott Van Slyke to stop Lake Elsinore and Great Lakes and Fort Wayne split a doubleheader.

Milton Shines Again in Win
Eric Milton pitched like a man who still thought he had a shot at the Dodgers fifth starting spot, and in truth he just may. He allowed a pair of hits to the Iowa Cubs in his previous start, then did himself even better by not allowing a hit over the first five innings or a run over six innings.

Nick DeBarr added a pair of scoreless innings before giving way to Henry Bonilla in the ninth. A walk and an error put him in hot water immediately but after allowing an RBI double, he retired the final Zephyrs although two runs scored on ground ball outs.

Milton earned his second win against a pair of losses and lowered his earned run average to 3.86. With the Dodgers struggling with starting pitching, you can assume the front office is watching the minor league results with a good deal of interest.

The Isotopes broke up a scoreless game in the fourth when outfielder Mitch Jones slugged his seventh home run, a line shot over the center field wall.

They added two more in the fifth on an A.J. Ellis walk and Jason Repko's fourth home run. Repko was apparently OK after leaving the game the night before after being hit on the hand by a pitch. The speedy outfielder trails only Eric Young, Jr., for the Pacific Coast League top spot.

In the sixth, Xavier Paul lived on an error, was bunted to second, stole third and scored on a fielding error. The final run crossed the plate in the eighth on a double by first baseman Valentino Pascucci and a single by Chin-lung Hu.

Hector Luna was held hitless in two trips to the plate, cooling him off a bit after recording 13 hits in his previous 29 times at bat (.448) on the current road trip.

Albuquerque out-hit New Orleans six to three with six different Isotopes collecting one hit each. It was the second straight win at Zephyr Field and the Z's home record slid to 0-6. The two clubs play game three of the four-game series tonight at Zephyr Field with knuckleballer Charlie Haegar (1-2, 8.44) facing Dallas Trahern (1-1, 4.29).

Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 121 010-5
New Orleans	000 000 003-3

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	4  1  1  2  .231
Garcia 2b	5  0  0  0  .222
Paul cf        	5  1  1  0  .426
Pascucci 1b	4  1  1  0  .259
MJones lf	4  1  1  1  .164
Luna 3b        	2  0  0  0  .333
Hu ss        	4  0  1  1  .164
Ellis c        	1  1  1  0  .286
Milton p	0  0  0  0  .250
 DeBarr p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Bonilla p	0  0  0  0  .000
-----------------------------  
  Totals        30 5 6 4
  New Orleans	30 5 6 4

  Error- Pascucci (2). 2B- Pascucci  (3). 
HR- MJones (7), Repko (4). RBI- MJones (14), 
Repko 2, Hu (3). S- Milton 3. LOB- Albuquerque 
7, New Orleans 5. SB- Paul (8).

  Albuquerque 	in  h r-er bb so era 
Milton (2-2)	6.0  2  0-0  2  2  3.86
DeBarr        	2.0  0  0-0  1  0  4.61
Bonilla        	1.0  1  3-1  1  1  5.56
 T- 2:35. Att- 4,644.
Lookouts Stopped 3-1 by Huntsville
The Lookouts hitting troubles continued, as the Huntsville Stars used a three-run sixth inning and solid pitching to earn a 3-1 win over Chattanooga at AT&T Field. Chattanooga garnered five hits, while the Stars managed only six.

Starter Tim Corcoran (0-1) worked 5.2 innings for the Lookouts in the loss. He allowed three runs on six hits but walked five, while striking out three. Matt Sartor and Paul Koss worked the final 3.1 innings, allowing no hits or runs.

Huntsville scored first in the third inning when Corcoran allowed a triple and a single.

Chattanooga tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Sellers was hit by a pitch and Andrew Lambo lined a double to left, advancing Sellers to third. After a Jamie Hoffman pop up to first, Josh Bell's ground ball allowed Sellers to tie the score 1-1.

But in the sixth, Corcoran gave up a walk with two outs and then allowed a single and another walk to load the bases. A second single drove in the final two runs of the game.

Sartor came in relief and prevented more damage by retiring the final hitter of the inning, then adding a pair of scoreless innings.

The Lookouts threatened in the eighth. Lucas May walked but was erased on a double play. Adam Godwin beat out a bunt and James Tomlin then singled off the pitcher's glove but a strikeout ended the inning. Josh Bell singled in the ninth with two out to give Chattanooga a final chance but a fly ball to right fiend ended the game.

Last place Chattanooga slipped to 3-14 on the young season and Division-leading Huntsville moved to 10-7. The two teams continue their five-game homestand tonight.

Score by Innings
Huntsville	001 002 000-3
Chattanooga	000 100 000-1

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  1  0  .227
Sellers ss	3  1  0  0  .276
Lambo lf	4  0  1  0  .309
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .255
Bell 3b        	4  0  1  1  .309
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .152
May c        	2  0  0  0  .146
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  0  .150
Corcoran p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  0  1  0  .231
 Koss p        	0  0  0  0  .000
-----------------------------
  Totals        31 1 5 1
  Huntsville	28 3 6 2

  Error- Sartor (1). 2B- Lambo (6). 
RBI- Bell (10). LOB- Chattanooga 5, 
Huntsville 7. DP- JGonzalez and Sellers.

  Chattanooga 	in  h r-er bb so  era
Corcoran (0-1)	5.2  6  3-3  5  3  3.72
Sartor        	2.1  0  0-0  0  1  3.60
Koss        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.16
  HBP- Sellers. T- 2:40. Att- 2,155.
Sizzling Van Slyke Helps 66ers
Scott Van Slyke followed a 5-for-5 game on Saturday, with four hits in five trips on Sunday to lead the Inland Empire 66ers to a come-rom-behind 9-6 win over the Lake Elsinore Storm.

After a five-run sixth inning had erased a 4-1 Inland Empire lead, the 66ers stormed back with three in the eighth and two in the ninth to give them a 7-11 record.

  The 66ers, used a 16-hit hit attack in the win with Alex Garabedian's two run single that followed an RBI single by Adolfo Gonzalez's RBI single in the eighth putting them in the lead for good.

  Van Slyke capped off an amazing 17-hit week with a two run shot homer in the ninth to go with a single and a pair of doubles. The surge boosted his average from .194 to .367.

Eduardo Perez, who went 3-for-4, stayed at an even .400 and although Tray Robinson only had one hit, he maintained a .346 average. Each batter in the Inland Empire lineup except Johnny Washington recorded a hit.

Steve Johnson stated and allowed only a single hit and an unearned run. He fought wildness, walking five, but he struck oout four and left leading 4-1.

The Sixers rallied off to erase a 1-0 Lake Elsinore lead on a single by Perez and a double by Van Slyke. Gonzalez and Chris Gibson added RBI singles and Garabedian doubled in the final run. Perez had a sac fly in the fifth.

The Storm battered Kendy Batista for four runs, Greg Miller walked the only man he faced and Daigoro Rondon finally ended the inning after five runs had scored.

Then Justin Orenduff pitched through two errors by shortstop Christian Lara. Then with the bases loaded and two outs, Orenduff induced a game-ending fly ball to nail down his second save and reduce his ERA to 0.96.

The Sixers went 7-for-16 with men in scoring position while the Storm stranded 16 base runners.

After their first off day of the season, the 66ers open a seven-game homestand on Tuesday against the High Desert Mavericks. Jason Schmidt and former 66er Cory Wade are scheduled to make rehab appearances.  

Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 310 032-9
Lake Elsinore	010 005 000-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  1  1  0  .346
Mattingly lf	5  0  1  0  .250
Perez dh	4  3  3  1  .400
Van Slyke rf	5  3  4  2  .367
AGonzalez 3b	5  2  3  2  .300
Gibson 1b	4  0  1  1  .250
Lara ss        	4  0  1  0  .179
Garabedian c	4  0  1  3  .174
Washington 2b	4  0  0  0  .000
-----------------------------
  Totals	40 9 16 9
  Lake Elisnore	35 6 10 5

  Error- AGonzalez (1), Lara 2
(5). 2B- Mattingly (2), Van Slyke
2 (6), Garabedian (1). HR- Van
Slyke (2), RBI- AGonzalez 2 (4),
Gibson (1), Barabedian 3 (5),
Perez (11), Van Slyke 2 (10). SF-
Perez. LOB- Inland Empire 5. Lake
Elisnore 16. 

  Inland Empire in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson	        5.0  1  1-0  5  4  4.66
Bastisa 	0.2  4  4-4  0  0  9.00
Miller	        0.0  0  1-1  1  0  3.86
Randon (1-1)	1.1  3  0-0  2  1  4.50
Orenduff (sv 2)	2.0  2  0-0  2  2  0.96
  T- 3:26. Att- 6,000.
Loons TinCaps Split Doubleheader
Following a rain out Saturday and a one hour, 40 minute delay before the start of action Sunday, the Great Lakes Loons and Fort Wayne TinCaps split a doubleheader. Fort Wayne won Game 1, 6-3, with the Loons responding with a win in Game 2, 2-1.

  The Loons are in third place in the Eastern Division with a 10-6 record. Fort Wayne is second, two games ahead of them, and are 12-4.

In the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, Fort Wayne scored four runs in the top of the first and never trailed, winning 6-3.  The Loons pulled to within one at 4-3 after Kyle Russell doubled in two in the first and Austin Gallagher notched a one-run double in the third, but the Loons would never get closer.

  Loons' starter Nathan Eovaldi (0-2) was tagged with the loss. He allowed seven hits and six runs, four of them earned, before leaving with two-out in the fifth. Josh Walter stopped the bleeding and allowed only one hit over the final 3.1 innings but the Loons offense was held hitless over the final 3.2 innings.

Gallagher finished with a pair of doubles and an RBI, while Matt Wallach added two singles.

Score by Innings-1st Game
Fort Wayne	400 200 0-6
Great Lakes	201 000 0-3

  Great lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  0  .259
Pedroza 2b	1  2  0  0  .318
Gallagher 1b	3  1  2  1  .283
Delmonico c	2  0  0  0  .240
Russell rf	2  0  1  2  .333
Hatch 3b	3  0  1  0  .250
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .333
Wallach dh	3  0  1  0  .241
Herrera cf	3  0  0  0  .286
-----------------------------
  Totals	24 3 7 3
  Fort Wayne	29 6 8 4

  Error- Gordon (6). 2B- Gallagher
2 (4), Russell (5).RBI- Russell 2
(15), Gallagher (11). LOB- Great
Lakes 7, Fort Wayne 4. SB- Pedroza
(5). 

  Great Lakes 	in  h r-er bb so  era
Eovaldi (0-2)	3.2  7  6-4  2  2  6.57
Walter        	3.1  1  0-0  1  8  0.93
  WP- Eovaldi. HBP- Delmonico, by Walter.
T- 2:28 (1:40 delay). Att- 1,958.
In the second game, JonMichael Redding (2-1) picked up the win with five strong innings of work, allowing one run in the 2-1 victory.  Javy Guerra moves into a tie with Brach for the league lead with his fifth save, allowing the TinCaps only two hits in the final two innings.

Matt Wallach led off with a walk and with one out Parker Dalton doubled him home for the Loons' first run in the second inning. 

In the third, Kyle Russell doubled and Travis Vetters walked. After a force out at second, and with runners at the corners, Alfredo Silverio singled to knock in Kyle Russell for the Loons' second run, and final, run.

  Devaris Gordon singled twice to lead the Great Lakes attack.

  Redding allowed only five hits and struck out three in his five-inning start. Guerra also fanned three over the final two innings.

  The Loons and TinCaps continue their four game series tonight at Dow Diamond.  Game time is 6:05pm.  Right-hander Bobby Blevins (1-1) will start for the Loons against Fort Wayne southpaw Nick Schmidt (0-0).  Tickets are available by calling 989-837-BALL or by visiting Loons.com.  Monday night is Halloween Night.

Score by Innings-2nd Game
  Fort Wayne	000 010 0-1
  Great Lakes	011 000 x-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  2  0  .274
Pedroza 2b	3  0  1  0  .319
Gallagher 1b	3  0  1  0  .286
Delmonico dh	3  0  1  0  .245
Russell cf	2  1  1  0  .340
Vetters rf	1  0  0  0  .258
Wallach c	2  1  0  0  .226
Silveiro lf	3  0  1  0  .333
Dalton 3b	3  0  1  1  .261
-----------------------------
  Totals	30 2 8 1
  Fort Wayne	26 1 5 1

  2B- Dalton (2), Russell (6).
RBI- Dalton (2), Silverio (9).
LOB- Great Lakes 9, Fort Wayne
7. CS- Pedroza (3).

  Great Lakes 	in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding (2-1)	5.0  3  1-1  0  3  5.50
Guerra (sv 5)	2.0  2  0-0  2  3  0.00
  WP- Redding. HBP- Wallach, by Redding. 
T- 2:02. Att- 1,958.

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