Sexton's Gem Moves Lookouts Out of Last Place

Albuquerque allowed five runs in the eighth and lost 5-1 to Oklahoma City. James Adkins (1-2) worked six strong innings to earn his first win of the season as Chattanooga pasted Carolina 12-4. Eduardo Perez lined a walk-off single and Tim Sexton worked eight innings as the Sixers edged Lake Elsinore 3-2 in 10 innings. Great Lakes turned a triple play but four errors cost them a 5-1 loss to Beloit.

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Albuquerque (10-14) took a slim, 1-0 lead into the last of the eighth inning but things fell apart at that point and Oklahoma City pounded over five runs to take a 5-1 decision. The loss, which started with a 1:43 hour rain delay, is Albuquerque's fourth in a row, the team's longest losing streak of the season.

Albuquerque's pitching was excellent, with starter Giancarlo Alvarado pitching five scoreless innings in which he allowed just three hits while striking out three. He was followed by Nick DeBarr and Erick Threets, who hit 97 on the speed gun, and between them they worked through the seventh to hold the shutout.

But then in the eighth, Threets was replaced by Brian Mazone and things started to happen. After a bloop single to center, a perfect bunt moved the runner to third when the ball was jarred out of second baseman Blake DeWitt covering first. A wild pitch and a single scored two. A second walk loaded the bases and Henry Bonilla was called in from the bullpen.

He allowed two run singled and a run-scoring ground ball and suddenly the RedHawks were in front 5-1.

Albuquerque scored its only run in the fourth inning when DeWitt slammed a long triple and scored on a single by Hector Luna, giving the 'Topes a quick 1-0 edge.

In the ninth, Jason Repko singled and Danny Ardoin lived on an error but Oklahoma City shut things off at that point. Albuquerque was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Ardoin had two of the 'Topes six hits

The 'Topes hope to snap their four-game skid tonight against Oklahoma City with RHP Charlie Haeger (2-2, 5.76) taking the ball for the 'Topes against RedHawks lefty Michael Ballard (1-1, 3.78). Albuquerque returns home this Friday for a four-game homestand against the New Orleans Zephyrs.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 100 000-1
Oklahoma City	000 000 05x-5

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	5  0  0  0  .359
Maza 3b        	3  0  0  0  .218
DeWitt 2b	4  1  1  0  .292
Luna 1b        	3  0  1  0  .306
Pascucci dh	3  0  0  0  .270
Brown lf	4  0  1  1  .236
Repko rf	4  0  1  0  .222
Ardoin c	3  0  2  0  .231
Garcia ss	2  0  0  0  .105
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  Totals	31 1 6 1
  Arizona	32 5 9 5

  Error- Ardoin. 2B- Brown (4).
3B- DeWitt (2). RBI- Luna (13).
S- Garcia (2). LOB- Dodgers 9,
Oklahoma City 7. 

  Albuquerque 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado 	5.0  3  0-0  0  3  2.70
DeBarr        	0.2  0  0-0  1  0  4.00
Threets        	1.1  0  0-0  0  3  2.45
Mazone (0-1)	0.0  3  5-5  2  0 33.75
Bonilla        	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  6.94
 WP- Alvarado. Mazone. HBP- by DeBarr. 
T- 2:43. Att- 3,466.
Chattanooga Moves out of Cellar
The Lookouts dropped Carolina 12-4 and moves past them into fourth place in the Southern League North Division with a 10-15 record after a stumbling start that locked them in the league basement.

James Adkins (1-2) worked a sparkling six innings to earn his first win of the season. He allowed six hits over six innings and gave up two unearned runs. Carmen Cali and Matt Sartor finished the game out.

Chattanooga jumped into an early 5-2 lead with two in the first and three in the second, then put the game away with a five-spot in the seventh and two more in the eighth.

First baseman Gaby Martinez started the offense rolling with a two run home run in the opening inning with Juan Gonzalez on base, his fourth of the season, and Justin Sellers whacked a two-run double in the second, scoring Adam Godwin and James Tomlin, then scored himself on Juan Gonzlaez's ground ball.

A single and a double preceded a throwing error by third baseman Josh Bell in the bottom of the inning that cost Adkins a pair of unearned runs.

Five runs rolled across in the seventh. Lucas May opened with a double and with two out, Russ Mitchell walked. The first run scored on Seller's RBI single and after Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Jamie Hoffman drove in two with another single. Martinez one-base hit drove in the fifth run.

Mitchell homered (#3) in the eighth with James Tomlin on base with a double to end the scoring.

Martinez and Sellers finished with three RBI. Hoffmann and May each had three hits as the Lookouts pounded out 17 in the game.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	230 000 520-12
Carolina	020 000 020- 4

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Sellers ss	4  1  2  1  .306
JGonzalez 2b	4  2  2  0  .263
Hoffmann rf	5  1  3  0  .325
GMartinez 1b	6  1  2  0  .310
Bell 3b        	4  0  1  0  .268
 Cali p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sartor p	1  0  0  0  .000
May c        	5  1  3  1  .217
Godwin cf	5  1  2  0  .298
Tomlin lf	4  2  1  1  .286
Adkins p	1  1  0  0  .000
 Mitchell ph-3b	1  2  1  0  .169
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  Totals	32 12 17 11
  Carolina	34  4  8  2

  Errors- Bell(6), Sellers (4).
2B- Sellers (10), May (2), Tomlin
(1). HR- GMartinez (4), Mitchell
(3). RBI- GMartinez 3 (22),
Sellers 3 (6), JGonzalez (4),
Hoffmann 2 (13), Mitchell 2 (11).
S- Godwin, Adkins. LOB-
Chattanooga 13, Carolina 9. SB-
Godwin (2). DP- Sellers, Gonzalez
and GMartinez 2; Sellers and
GMartinez.

  Chattanooga 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins (1-2)	6.0  6  2-0  3  2  5.68
Cali        	1.1  1  2-1  1  1  4.66
Sartor	        1.2  1  0-0  1  1  3.54
  WP- Sartor. PB- May 2 (8). HBP- by Cali, 
Sellers, JGonzalez. T- 3:13. Att- 1,004.
Perez's Walkoff Single in 10th Wins First baseman Eduardo Perez lined a walk-off single with one out in the bottom of the 10th, knocking in Trayvon Robinson from second and the Sixers topped Lake Elsinore 3-2 in 10 innings to earn a series split and move their record to 10-15.

Inland Empire starter Tim Sexton sailed through eight innings in dazzling fashion, allowing a pair of runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out four.

The 66ers pounded out an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Storm scored on a home run in the fourth and added an unearned run in the sixth on a fielding error by Robinson to tie the game 2-2.

The Sixers out-hit Lake Elsinore 10-7 with Robinson, Preston Mattingly, Perez and Pedro Baez each collecting two each.

After Robinson and Mattingly reached safely on consecutive singles in the first inning, Scott Van Slyke walked to load the bases. Baez lined a single into left, driving in both Robinson and Mattingly.

Greg Miller opened the ninth by allowing a single and after the runner was bunted to second, Justin Orenduff (2-0) took over, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings and allowing one hit. He walked a batter and hit a batter but escaped the bases-loaded, one out situation in the ninth to preserve the tie.

In the last of the 10th, Robinson singled to right field and was bunted into scoring position by Mattingly. Adolfo Gonzalez was walked intentionally before Perez slashed a single into right center to end the game.

Inland Empire moved into a six-game road trip starting at High Desert tonight with Alberto Bastardo (1-2, 3.99) getting the nod for the 66ers.  

Strange Selection
Peter Marshall, writing in the San Bernardino Sun, wondered how High Desert outfielder Kuo Hui Lo, who batted .429 (9-of-21) with seven runs, four home runs and nine RBIs, playing all week at hitter-friendly Maverick Stadium was the California League Player of the Week when Sixer outfielder Scott Van Slyke batted .552 (16-for-29) with two home runs, seven RBIs and eight runs scored in pitcher-friendly Arrowhead Credit Union Park in San Bernardino and The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. He had nine hits in the last two games of the week.

  Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	000 101 000 0-2
Inland Empire	200 000 000 1-3
  
  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  2  2  0  .330
Mattingly lf	3  1  2  0  .277
AGonzalez 2b	4  0  0  0  .310
Perez 1b	5  0  2  0  .387
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  0  .326
Baez 3b        	4  0  2  0  .262
Gibson dh	4  0  0  0  .067
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .235
Lara ss        	4  0  1  0  .221
-----------------------------
  Totals	28 3 10 3
  Lake Elsinore	34 2  7 1

  Error- Robinson (2). RBI- Baez 2
(11), Berez (14). S- Mattingly.
LOB- Inland Empire 9, Lake
Elsinore 7. CS- Robinson (6). 
DP- AGonzalez and Perez; Lara,
AGonzalez and Perez. 

  Inland Empire  in  h r-er bb so  era
Sexton          8.0  5  2-1  1  4  3.10
Miller          0.1  1  0-0  0  0  4.91
Orenduff (2-0)  1.2  1  0-0  1  1  2.02
  HBP- by Orenduff. T- 2:37. Att- 916.
Loons Turn Triple Play in 5-1 Loss
Great Lakes turned a triple play in the bottom of the first but couldn't overcome a four errors and dropped a 5-1 decision to Beloit. The game was played in front of 2,740 fans, many of them school kids attending Pohlman Field on field trips.  

Beloit led 2-0 in the top of the first with the bases loaded and no outs against starter Kyle Smit. Beloit's Dominic de la Osa hit a low line drive that Loons first baseman Tony Delmonico caught shoe-top high. Delmonico stepped on first base for the second out. 

Meanwhile Evan Bigley thought the ball bounced and took off for the plate. Delmonico threw to the plate and catcher Matt Wallach fired to third baseman Parker Dalton to complete the triple play. It was the first triple play turned in team history.  

But the Loons' defense let them down later in the game.  The team was charged with four errors, leading to three unearned runs for Beloit.  

  The Loons' only run came on a seventh-inning solo home run by Kyle Russell. His blast snapped a streak of 11 consecutive batters retired by Snappers starter Brad Tippett (2-0). Russell now leads the Midwest League with five homers and 22 RBIs.   

Smit (0-2) in his second start of the year was charged with the loss. He worked four innings and allowed seven hits and five runs but only two of them were earned. Blake Brannon and Steve Smith combined to allow a single hit and no runs over the final four innings while striking out six but the damage had been done by then.   

The Loons (13-11) begin a 10-day, 11-game homestand tonight with the first of three games against Quad Cities. Right-hander Justin Miller (2-1, 4.37 ERA) will start for the Loons against righty Gary Daley (2-0, 6.75). 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 100-1
Beloit	        202 100 00x-5

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  0  .323
Pedroza 2b	4  0  2  0  .358
Gallagher dh	4  0  0  0  .292
Delmonico 1b	4  0  1  1  .326
Russell cf	4  1  1  0  .326
Silverio lf	3  0  1  0  .312
Sands rf	3  0  0  0  .118
Dalton 3b	3  0  0  0  .275
Wallach c	3  0  0  0  .186
-----------------------------
  Totals	31 1 6 1
  Beloit	33 5 8 4

  Error- Pedroza (6). 2B-
Delmonico (5). HR- Russell (5).
RBI- Russell (23). LOB- Great
Lakes 4, Beloit 6. SB- Pedroza
(6). CS- Silverio (1). TP-
Delmonico, Wallach and Dalton.

  Great Lakes 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Smit (0-2)	4.0  7  5-2  1  4  5.40
Brannon	        2.0  0  0-0  0  4  2.63
Smith        	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
  WP- Smit. HBP- Smit.
T- 2:14. Att- 2,740.

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