Albuquerque (11-14) pounded out 14 hits, seven for extra bases, in a 9-3 triumph over Oklahoma City at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. The victory snaps a season-high four game skid for the Isotopes and a seven-game losing streak in Oklahoma that dates back to last year.
Charlie Haeger (3-2) turned in another solid outing for the Isotopes en route to his third victory of the season and second win in a row, using his knuckleball to hold the RedHawks to three runs on six hits in 5.2 innings while walking five and striking out three.
Albuquerque spotted Oklahoma City an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third, then fought back in the top of the fourth.
Blake DeWitt started things with a one-out double and Hector Luna was hit by a pitch. Valentino Pascucci lined a double to left, scoring DeWitt. One batter later, Mitch Jones hammered a three-run shot to left, his team-leading eighth of the season, to give the 'Topes a 4-2 lead. Jason Repko added his seventh homer of the year, giving the Isotopes back-to-back homers for the first time this year and a 5-2 margin.
Luna's lead-off solo homer in the sixth increased Albuquerque's lead to 6-2.
The RedHawks threatened in the bottom of the sixth, scoring once and loading the bases. Haeger gave way to Dwayne Pollok, who coaxed a come-backer to the mound to end the threat.
Albuquerque quickly got the run back in the top of the seventh when A.J. Ellis walked, moved to second on a sacrifice, and scored on a single by Chin-Lung Hu to give them a 7-2 lead.
Stephan Randolph and Scott Strickland limited the Birds to a single over the final two innings and struck out five.
The 'Topes would add a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on a Jones double, a single by Repko and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ellis. Sergio Garcia then capped the scoring with a double that plated Repko and ended he scoring.
DeWitt finished the afternoon with a team-high four hits to boost his average to .379 while Pascucci added a three-hit afternoon and Jones drove in three with a double and his eighth home run.
The 'Topes will wrap up their rain-shortened series at Oklahoma City tonight with lefty Eric Milton (2-2, 5.76) starting for the Isotopes against RedHawks righty Tommy Hunter (0-0 No ERA). Albuquerque returns home tomorrow for a four-game homestand against the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Score by Innings Albuquerque 000 501 120-9 Oklahoma City 002 001 000-3 Albuquerque ab r h bi ave Paul cf 4 0 0 0 .344 Hu ss 5 0 1 1 .275 Dewitt 2b 5 1 4 0 .379 Luna dh 4 2 1 1 .303 Pascucci 1b 5 1 2 1 .291 MJones lf 5 1 3 1 .291 Repko rf 5 2 2 3 .232 Ellis c 2 1 0 1 .309 Garcia 3b 3 0 1 1 .136 ----------------------------- Totals 38 9 14 9 Oklahoma City 36 3 7 3 2B- DeWitt (2), MJones (3), Garcia (3). HR- MJones (8), Repko (12), Luna (14), Hu (7), Garcia (2). S- Garcia. SF- Ellis. LOB- Albuquerque 7. Oklahoma City 8. SB- Repko (10). DP- DeWitt and Pascucci. Albuquerque in h r-er bb so era Haeger (3-2) 5.2 6 3-3 5 3 5.58 Pollok 1.1 0 0-0 0 1 5.94 Randolph 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 15.58 Strickland 1.0 0 0-0 0 3 5.63 WP- Haeger. HBP- Luna. T- 3:10. Att- 5,236.Rain Washes Out Lookouts --The afternoon game between Chattanooga and Jacksonville has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made-up as part of a double-header today.
Tony Abreu Back
Infielder Tony Abreu played in his first regular season game since 2007, coming off the disabled list yesterday. He played the entire game at second base, the position where he was once heralded as the team's eventual replacement to Jeff Kent, and went 0-for-4.
A switch-hitter who can play multiple positions, Abreu caused Joe Torre's eyes to light up when talking about him this spring. But various injuries and multiple surgeries have hampered Abreu's progress. He started this season on the minor league DL and has been passed on the depth chart by Blake DeWitt.
Lookout Notes --Lefty Victor Garate was placed on the disabled list one day after fellow left-hander Brent Leach got the call to the majors. Garate has two saves and a 1.74 ERA in nine appearances this season, his first on the 40-man roster. ...James Adkins picked up his first win of the season with six innings without allowing an earned run. ...Travis Schlichting has been activated from the disabled list. Travis Chick missed a start due to an injury, but is pitching again.
Home Runs Help, Hurt Sixers
The Mavericks Joe Dunigan hit a long two-run home run off 66ers infielder Adolfo Gonzalez for a game-winning home run, his third long ball of the game, as High Desert outscored Inland Empire, 12-10, in 11 innings in a battle of home runs. The walk-off blast was Dunigan's seventh in just five games against Inland Empire this season.
In addition to leading the league in homers, Dunigan is also first with 30 RBIs and second with a .390 batting average.
The Sixers slugged five home runs of their own but couldn't overcome the Dunigan's seven runs batted in. The five Inland Empire home runs, one each over the first five innings, tied a season high set on April 13 in a 16-1 win at Lancaster.
Pedro Baez had his first multi-home run game as a 66er, hitting a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth. Caseres gave Inland Empire an early lead with a two-run shot in the first, while Garett Green and Gonzalez each went long.
The thin 66ers bullpen had been hit hard by injuries and short appearances by starters, necessitating the rare move of using a position player on the mound in a tie game. Gonzalez, who began the game at shortstop and later moved to first base, entered in the eleventh after Justin Orenduff worked strong 2.2 innings, and retired the first two batters before a walk preceded Dunigan's majestic blast that capped a four-hit, seven-RBI demonstration.
"Facing a position player ends up messing up my swing for a week. He was throwing batting practice in there," the 215-pound outfielder/first baseman said. "After the first pitch, I was kind of antsy. I tried to relax more on the next couple."
After falling to the Mavericks 16-13 despite 20 hits the night before, the 66ers had an 18-hit effort spoiled this time. That's 38 hits in two games an no wins. Inland Empire hit five home runs- one in each of the first five innings- and carried a 9-2 lead into the sixth.
But the Mavericks had a six-run seventh inning. After Kendy Batista worked six strong innings, Marcel Prado made his 66ers debut from the bullpen and surrendered a three-run homer to Dunigan. Joe Jones was summoned later in the inning and yielded a three-run round-tripper to Carlos Peguero, which gave the Mavericks a 10-9 lead.
Steven Caseres knotted the score at 10 with an RBI single that scored Gonzalez, but Scott Van Slyke was thrown out at home trying to score from second base.
For the second night in a row, every Sixers starter recorded a hit. Trayvon Robinson and Baez led the way with three, while Eduardo Perez, Tommy Giles, Caseres, Green and Van Slyke each added a pair.
Inland Empire and High Desert meet in the series finale at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday. RHP Steven Johnson (1-2, 5.18) starts for the 66ers while the Mavericks start LHP Donald Hume (2-0, 4.15).
Score by Innings Inland Empire 312 120 010 00-10 High Desert 200 011 600 02-12 Inland Empire ab r h bi ave Robinson cf 6 0 3 1 .350 AGonzalez ss-1b-p 5 3 1 1 .302 Perez 1b 5 1 2 1 .398 Lara pr-ss 0 0 0 0 .222 Van Slyke lf 6 0 2 0 .263 Caseres dh-1b 5 2 2 3 .263 Baez 3b 6 2 3 3 .296 Giles rf 5 1 2 0 .327 Jansen c 6 0 1 0 .228 Green 2b 5 1 2 1 .237 ----------------------------- Totals 54 10 18 10 High Desert 49 12 19 12 2B- Perez (8), Giles (4), Van Slyke (10) HR- Caseres (4),Green (3), Baez 2 (4), AGonzalez (2). RBI- Perez (16), Caseres 3 (9), Green (11), Baez 3 (15), AGonzalez (7), Robinson (14). LOB- Inland Empire 11, High Desert 14. SB- Robinson (6), Baez (2). OF Assist- Giles. Inland Empire in h r-er bb so era Bastisa 6.0 7 4-4 1 8 6.64 Prado 0.1 4 5-5 2 0 135.00 Jones 1.0 4 1-1 0 0 7.36 Orenduff 2.2 3 0-0 3 2 1.69 AGonzalez (0-1) 0.2 1 2-2 1 0 27.00 WP- Bastisa, Orenduff. HBP- by Bastisa. T- 4:02. Att- 811.Loons' Seven Run Fourth Dumps Quad Cities
Great Lakes Loons
Great Lakes sent 10 men to the plate in a seven-run fourth inning that carried them to an 8-3 win over the Quad Cities.
The Loons (14-12) snapped a brief two-game losing streak and won for the first time in their last four home contests.
Catcher Tony Delmonico had two hits in the big fourth inning, scoring the first run and driving in the seventh tally before being thrown out at second base to end the inning. He extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games. Dee Gordon also continued his hot streak, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and the speedy shortstop also scored twice and swiped two bases.
Seven of the nine batters in the Loons order drove in a run, with only Austin Gallagher notching multiple RBI's with a two-run scoring double in the fourth. The newest Loon, center fielder Nick Buss, drove in the first run of the fourth inning on his first Loons hit.
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-3) picked up the first win of his brief professional career, working into the sixth inning for the first time. The 19-year-old allowed three runs on six hits while racking up a career-high six strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.
Luis Garcia relieved Eovaldi in the sixth inning and worked 2.1 scoreless innings, while Robert Boothe struck out the side in the ninth to end the game.
The Loons and River Bandits close out their series with an early morning game. The ballpark will be filled with kids as the Midland Resort sponsors the first of two School Kids Day games this month. Right-hander JonMichael Redding (3-1, 6.65 ERA) takes the ball for the Loons against Quad Cities' right-handed tandem of Miguel Tapia (0-1, 3.86 ERA) and Scott McGregor (1-1, 9.26 ERA).
In a roster move OF Nick Buss has been added to the Loons' active roster. He replaces Jerry Sands, who has been placed on the Ogden roster.
Score by Innings Quad Cities 000 012 000-3 Great Lakes 100 700 00x-8 Great Lakes ab r h bi ave Gordon ss 5 2 3 1 .343 Pedroza 2b 2 1 1 1 .360 Gallagher 1b 4 1 2 2 .306 Delmonico dh 4 1 2 1 .341 Russell rf 3 1 1 0 .330 Buss cf 4 1 1 1 .250 Silverio lf 4 0 0 1 .294 Hatch 3b 4 1 1 1 .216 Wallach c 4 0 0 0 .170 ----------------------------- Totals 34 8 11 8 Quad Cities 37 3 11 3 Error- Silverio (1).2B- Delmonico (6), Hatch (5), Gordon (3), Gallagher (6). RBI- Pedroza (16), Buss (1), Silverio (13), Hatch (3), Gordon (10), Gallagher 2 (16), Delmonico (14). LOB- Great Lakes 5, Quad Cities 8. SB- Pedroza 2 (8), Gordon 2 (14). OF Asst- Russell. Great Lakes in h r-er bb so era Eovaldi (1-3) 5.2 6 3-3 1 3 3.14 Garcia 2.1 5 0-0 0 2 4.67 Brown 2.0 0 0-0 0 0 6.16 Balk- Cardenas. T- 2:31. Att- 1,445.