Many First-Round Picks in Action Friday

First Round Pick Night saw Chad Billingsley (2003) and James Billingsley (2002) in action in L.A., Albuquerque's Jason Repko (1999) and Blake DeWitt (2004) help Albuquerque beat New Orleans. Chattanooga's Scott Elbert (2004) topped Jacksonville, Inland Empire's Chris Withrow (2007) lost to Lancaster while Greg Miller (2002) worked in relief, and Great Lakes' Ethan Martin (2008) lost Burlington.

The Albuquerque express (13-14) is starting to roll. They banged out a season-high 19 hits, five home runs and a 16 runs en route to a 16-8 series-opening victory over New Orleans (12-16) at Isotopes Park.

Four Isotopes came up a triple short of hitting for the cycle, including Dee Brown and Mitch Jones who each went 4-for-5 with a combined 11 RBI, plus Jason Repko and Blake DeWitt. Albuquerque tied a record-high 10 extra-base hits to back a strong outing by Miguel Pinanago.

Repko was 3-for-5 and DeWitt 3-for-4 as the team went 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left only five on base.

The booming attack made starter Miguel Pinango's life measurably easier. He worked five innings and allowed only five hits and a single run in collecting his second win against three losses.

Nick DeBarr, Brian Mazone and Erick Threets were all hit hard but managed to close out the game after he big early lead.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, Albuquerque took the lead on an RBI groundout by Chin-Lung Hu and a solo home run by Blake DeWitt to claim a 2-1 lead. The 'Topes used a run-scoring single up the middle from Jones before exploding for four runs in the fifth and sixth.

Albuquerque batted around in the fifth, with Jason Repko providing a solo home run to get things going. After a single from Hu and a walk to Valentino Pascucci, Brown and Jones banged back-to-back doubles to ring up a 7-1 lead.

DeWitt double to center field in the sixth before Brown and Jones blasted consecutive home runs extending the Isotopes lead to a comfortable 11-1.

The lead became less comfortable as the Zephyrs torched the 'Topes bullpen for four runs in the seventh and two in the eighth, trimming their deficit to 11-7, but then Albuquerque put the game away with five runs in the eighth.

The 'Topes sent five straight batters, all of whom would score, to the plate before the first out. After Hu singled and DeWitt walked, Pascucci and Brown delivered consecutive singles to drive in two. Jones capped the scoring with his second home run of the night, a three-run shot to right field to add three for a 16-7 Isotopes lead.

Repko, DeWitt, Brown and Jones combined for 14 of Albuquerque's 19 hits. Jones finished with a season-high six RBI, while Brown knocked in five.

The Isotopes send southpaw Shawn Estes (1-1, 1.80) to the mound tonight to take on Mike Wood (0-1, 6.28) as Albuquerque continues its four-game homestand against the Zephyrs

  Score by Innings
New Orleans	010 000 421- 8
Albuquerque	002 144 05x-16

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	5  2  3  1  .272
Hu ss	        5  3  2  1  .303
DeWitt 3b	4  3  3  2  .395
Pascucci 1b	4  2  1  1  .276
Brown lf	5  4  4  5  .283
MJones rf	5  2  4  6  .221
Ardoin c	5  0  1  0  .257
Garcia 2b	4  0  1  0  .154
Pinango p	3  0  0  0  .000
 DeBarr p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Mazone p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Threets p	1  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
  Totals	37 16 19 16
  New Orleans	39  8 15  8

  2B- Repko (6), Brown 2 (6), MJones (4), DeWitt 
(4). HR- DeWitt (1),Repko (8), Brown (3), MJones 
2 (10). RBO- Hu (9), DeWitt 2 (7), MJones 6 (23), 
Repko (15), Brown 5 (15), Pascucci (13). LOB-
Albuquerque 5, New Orleans 10. SB- Hu (2), 
Repko (11). DP- Garcia, Hu and Pascucci; 
Pinango, Hu and Pascucci.

  Albuquerque	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pinango (2-3)	6.0  5  1-1  3  4  6.27
DeBarr 	        0.2  5  4-4  0  0  7.45
Mazone	        1.0  3  2-2  1  0 27.00
Threets	        1.1  2  1-1  1  1  2.92
  T- 3:02. Att- 9,441.
Chattanooga Edges Suns
The Lookouts used a balanced attack and solid pitching, to earn a 4-2 win over Jacksonville at AT&T Field. A three-run tird inning decided the contest when A three-run third inning decided the contest and the pitching smothered the Suns attack.

Scott Elbert (1-0), who had already picked-up a win in relief for the Dodgers in April, earned his first win for the Lookouts. In six solid innings, he yielded two unearned runs on five hits and struck out nine batters to drop his ERA to 1.42.

Carmen Cali and Jesus Rodriguez held the Suns off before Matt Sartor earned his second save by throwing a perfect ninth.

Jacksonville jumped off to the early lead in the first inning on a walk, a stolen base and a two-out single by Lee Mitchell, brother of the Lookouts Russell Mitchell, plus a throwing error by third baseman Josh Bell to give the Suns an early 1-0 lead.

The Lookouts quickly tied the score in the bottom of the first when, with two outs, Andrew Lambo singled down the left field line. After a Jamie Hoffmann walk, Josh Bell made up for his error with a single to center, scoring Lambo.

Jacksonville reclaimed the lead in the third by plating another run. after a two-out single, a Lucas May passed ball set up and RBI a single to left to put the Suns up, 2-1. Lambo threw out a runner at second to end the inning.

In the all-important third inning, Juan Gonzalez walked to lead off. Andrew Lambo reached on a force out at second before Jamie Hoffmann singled to move Lambo to second. Josh Bell followed with a second RBI single to right, advancing Hoffmann to third on the play. A wild pitch put Bell in scoring position. Russell Mitchell then matched his brother, Lee, by ripping a two-RBI double to give the Lookouts a 4-2 lead.

Both teams' bullpens held their respective opponent scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Bell and May had a pair of hits each for Chattanooga.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	101 000 000-2
Chattanooga	103 000 000-4

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Sellers ss	3  0  1  0  .306
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  0  .261
Lambo lf	4  2  1  0  .283
Hoffmann rf	3  1  1  0  .316
Bell 3b	        4  1  2  2  .290
Mitchell 1b	4  0  1  1  .175
May c	        4  0  2  0  .240
Tomlin cf	2  0  0  0  .286
Elbert p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .283
 Cali p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 JRodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
  Totals	30 4 9 3
  Jacksonville	30 2 6 1 

  Error- Bell (7). 2B- Mitchell (3),
Sellers (12), May (3). RBI- Bell 2 (14), 
Mitchell (12). LOB- Chattanooga 7,
Jacksonville 4. SB- Mitchell (3). 	

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert (1-0)	6.0  5  2-0  1  9  1.42
Cali 	        1.2  1  0-0  0  3  3.97
JRodriguez 	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  0.96
Sartor (sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.38
  WP- Elbert. PB- May (10). T- 2:25. Att- 3,831.
JetHawks Drop Sixers 7-4
Lancaster scored five runs in the third inning to erase a 3-1 Inland Empire lead and went on to win the series opener 7-4. The Sixers out-hit Lancaster 12-5, but went 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position to strand 10 base runners on the night.

Inland Empire starter Chris Withrow (2-2) carried a 3-1 into the third inning before Lancaster rallied with one out and tagged him with the loss. A walk, a double, a triple and a home run game Lancaster a cycle in the inning plus a 6-3 lead that the 66ers could never overcome.

Trayvon Robison had doubled to lead off the game and scored when Adolfo Gonzalez followed with a triple. Gonzalez scored on an RBI groundout from Eduardo Perez to put Inland Empire up 2-0. Robinson led off the third with another two-bagger and came around to score when red-hot Scott Van Slyke singled to right. 

The Sixers added their fourth and final run in the eighth when Alex Garabedian beat out an infield hit and scored on Garrett Green's first double of the season.

Withrow (2-2) lasted 4 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on just 3 hits --all for extra-bases -- while walking 2 and fanning a pair.     

Inland Empire reached double figures in hits for the sixth time in seven games. Tommy Giles, Alex Garabedian, Robinson, Gonzalez and Van Slyke had two hits apiece. 

Inland Empire hopes to even the series in Lancaster tonight with RHP Tim Sexton (1-2, 3.10) on the mound for the 66ers while the JetHawks send LHP Jeff Icenogle (0-2, 3.70) to the hill.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	201 000 010-4
Lancaster	105 001 00x-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  2  2  0  .352
AGonzalez ss	5  1  2  1  .301
Perez 1b	4  0  0  1  .378
Van Slyke lf	5  0  2  1  .364
Giles rf	5  0  2  0  .256
Baez 3b	        4  0  0  0  .290
Caseres dh	3  0  1  0  .264
Green 2b	4  0  1  1  .238
---------------------------------
  Totals	38 4 12 4
  Lancaster	29 7  5 6

  Error- Robinson (3), Perez (3). 2B-
Robinson 2 (10), Green (1). 3B- AGonzalez
(1). RBI- AGonzalez (8), Perez (17),
Van Slyke (18), Green (12). LOB- Inland
Empire 10, Lancaster 4. SB- Giles (1).
DP- AGonzalez, Green and Perez;
Garabedian.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Withrow (2-2)	4.0  3  6-5  2  2  5.48
Miller	        0.2  0  0-0  0  0  3.86
Meque	        1.1  2  1-1  1  1  6.75
Prado	        2.0  0  0-0  0  1 19.29
  HBP- by Miller 2, by Prado, Caseres.
T-2:55. Att- 2,454.
Early Runs Sting Loons
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

The Burlington Bees scored four runs in the first two innings to power a 6-3 win over the Great Lakes Loons in the opener of a three-game series at Dow Diamond. The Bees won their third straight game and snapped the Loons' two-game winning streak. The game was played before a sold-out crowd of 5,264, the Loons' first sellout of the season.

  Burlington jumped on Loons' right-hander Ethan Martin for a run in the first inning and three more in the second inning to build a quick 4-0 lead. A run in the first inning was unearned. After Martin got the first two Bees in the second, four straight Burlington batters reached base and three of them scored to give the Bees all the runs they needed for the night.

  Alfredo Silverio got one run back for the Loons in the third inning with a solo home run to center field, his first of the season, and Dee Gordon manufactured a run in the fifth with a walk and two stolen bases to make it a 4-2 game.

But, the Bees added two runs in the seventh off reliever Blake Brannon to reclaim a four-run.

  Jaime Pedroza hit a solo shot to center in the eighth to wrap up the scoring. He extended his hitting streak to nine games with the blast. Tony Delmonico had his hitting streak snapped at 12 games with an 0-for-4 night.

  The Loons (15-13) were held to five hits and three runs. The five hits were distributed among five different batters.

  Martin (3-1) suffered his first professional loss, allowing a career-high four runs and six hits in four innings of work. Martin walked three and struck out four. Reliever Kyle Smit was sharp out of the Loons pen, not allowing a hit and striking out three in 2.2 innings of action.

  The Loons and Bees continue their series tonight at Dow Diamond. The Loons will send Bobby Blevins (1-2, 7.06 ERA) to the mound to face Bees right-hander Sam Runion (1-3, 7.88).

  Score by Innings
Burlington	130 000 200-6
Great Lakes	001 001 010-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	2  1  0  0  .327
Pedroza 2b	4  1  1  1  .351
Gallagher 1b	3  0  1  1  .295
Delmonico c	4  0  0  0  .323
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .317
Buss cf	        4  0  1  0  .333
Vetters dh	3  0  0  0  .300
Silverio lf	3  1  1  1  .295
Dalton 3b	3  0  1  0  .279
---------------------------------
  Totals	30 5 3 3
  Burlington	38 9 6 9

  Error- Russell (1). HR- Silverio (1),
Pedroza (4). RBI- Silverio (14),
Gallagher (17), Pedroza (17). S- Gordon.
SF- Gallagher. LOB- Great Lakes 3,
Burlington 7. SB-Gordon 2 (16).

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Martin (3-1)	4.0  6  4-3  3  4  2.16
Brannon	        2.2  3  2-2  1  0  3.31
Smit	        2.1  0  0-0  1  3  4.74
  T- 2:34. Att- 5,264.

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories