Dodger Teams Win Two of Three on Mother's Day

Valentino Pascucci's three-run helped Albuquerque to a 7-4 win over New Orleans. Alberto Bastardo worked six strong innings and Scott Van Slyke homered, doubled and drove in four as the 66ers earned their first road series win of the season 7-5 over Lancaster. Midwest League home run leader Kyle Russell hit #8 and #9 but Great Lakes lost 5-4 to Burlington.

Pascucci's Homer Stills Zephyrs
Valentino Pascucci crushed a three-run home run over the right field wall in the bottom of the fifth to give Albuquerque the lead and three 'Topes relievers made it stand, as the Isotopes notched a 7-4 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs (12-18) on a splendid Mother's Day Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park.

Starter Giancarlo Alvarado (2-2) became the fifth 'Topes starter in a row to pick up a victory, earning his second win of the season. Alvarado tossed five innings allowing six hits and three unearned runs with four strikeouts. Closer Scott Strickland (2) sat the N'Orelans down in order in the bottom of the ninth, with two strikeouts, to pick up his second save in as many days.

Albuquerque scored in the fourth when A.J. Ellis walked and scored on Jason Repko's two-out double. But then trailing 3-1 entering the fifth, the 'Topes used a four-run frame to grab the lead.

After Blake DeWitt reached on an error and Hector Luna singled to center, Dee Brown ripped the tenth pitch of his at-bat to right-center, scoring DeWitt and trimming the deficit to 3-2. Pascucci then gave the 'Topes the instant advantage, crushing a 0-1 pitch that curled around the right field foul pole to make it 5-3 Albuquerque.

The Z's would pick up only one more run over the course of their final four innings. Reliever Eric Threets turned in a solid appearance, preserving the 'Topes lead with 2.1 innings during which he allowed just one run on two hits while walking one and striking out three.

With the Isotopes holding a slim 5-4 lead, Luna added some insurance with a solo home run to deep center field in the bottom of the seventh. The hot-hitting third baseman finished with three hits and two runs scored.

Albuquerque committed four errors in the first two innings but it was defense that kept them in the game later. Henry Bonilla, who took over for Threets with one out in the eighth, put two runners aboard with a single and a walk. With two out, Jason Repko made a sensational diving catch in center field, preventing New Orleans jumping back into the game.

Albuquerque manufactured an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. A.J. Ellis singled up the middle and moved to third after a sacrifice bunt, then moved to third on a passed ball. Repko's sacrifice fly to center drove in Ellis.

Today, Charlie Haegar (3-2, 5.58) will face John Koronka (2-1, 3.00) as the 'Topes go for the series sweep in a Businessperson's Special at Isotopes Park to wrap up their short, four-game homestand.

  Score by Innings
New Orleans	021 001 000-4
Albuquerque	000 140 11x-7

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	4  0  1  2  .279
Hu ss        	4  0  1  0  .296
DeWitt 2b	4  1  0  0  .370
Luna 3b        	4  2  3  1  .354
Brown lf	3  1  1  1  .299
MJones rf	4  0  2  0  .234
Pascucci 1b	4  1  1  1  .274
Ellis c	        2  2  1  0  .344
Alvarado p	2  0  0  0  .200
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Bonilla p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph	0  0  0  0  .218
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	38 7 10 7
  New Orleans	35 4  9 3

  Error- DeWitt 2 (4), Alvarado (1), Hu (4).
2B- Repko (8), MJones (6). HR- Pascucci (3), 
Luna (6). RBI- Repko 2 (19), Brown (16), 
Pascucci 3 (17), Luna (19). S- Alvarado, 
Maza. SF- Repko. LOB- Albuquerque 7, 
New Orleans 8. SB- Hu (3). 

  Albuquerque	   in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (2-2)	  5.0  6  3-0  1  4  2.22
Threets 	  2.1  2  1-1  1  3  3.07
Bonilla	          0.2  1  0-0  1  0  5.28
Strickland (sv 2) 1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.82
  T- 2:58. Att- 6,805.
Chattanooga Not Scheduled-- The Lookouts were not scheduled and will open a five game series at league-leading Huntsville tonight.

Bastardo Strong in Series Win
Alberto Bastardo worked six strong innings, Scott Van Slyke homered, doubled and drove in four, and the 66ers earned their first road series win of the season with a 7-5 triumph over Lancaster.

The Sixers took a seemingly safe 7-2 lead into the ninth, but Lancaster battered Joe Jones with a homer, two doubles and a single before Jones could record an out. Marlon Arias took over with a man on and coaxed a pair of ground outs and a pop out to preserve the win and earn his first save.

Bastardo, after being hit hard in his past two starts, had another halting start, allowing an RBI double, walking a pair and committing a balk. But he induced a double play groundout to limit the damage to one run.

Steven Caseres tied the game at one when he led off the third with a towering homer to deep right-center, his fifth long ball of the year.

Van Slyke followed Adolfo Gonzalez's leadoff single with a two-run shot to left, his fourth homer of the campaign and put the Sixers in front to stay 3-1.

Inland Empire tacked on three runs in the eighth that became necessary later when Van Slyke followed a run-scoring ground out from Eduardo Perez with a two-run triple to center, scoring Trayvon Robinson and Perez with what turned out to be the decisive runs.

Bastardo (2-2) limited the JetHawks to a single run on three hits in six innings while striking out 2.

Alex Garabedian, Van Slyke, and Robinson each had two hits for the 66ers, who won three of four to earn a split on the road trip after losing the first two in High Desert.

Inland Empire has an off day today before opening at seven-game homestand with the Stockton Ports Tuesday. LHP Josh Wall (0-1, 63.00) will return to the mound while LHP Carlos Hernandez (1-4, 6.59) gets the ball for the Ports. Score by innings Inland Empire 001 201 030-7 Lancaster 100 000 103-5 Inland Empire ab r h bi ave Robinson cf 4 2 2 0 .346 AGonzalez 2b 3 1 1 1 .300 Perez 1b 4 1 0 1 .381 Van Slyke lf 4 1 2 4 .379 Giles rf 4 0 1 0 .344 Baez 3b 4 0 0 0 .257 Caseres dh 4 1 1 1 .255 Garabedian c 4 0 2 0 .311 Lara ss 3 1 0 0 .213 ------------------------------------ Totals 34 7 9 7 Lancaster 35 5 9 5 Two-base hits- Robinson (11), Garabedian (4). 3b- Van Slyke (2). HR- Caseres (5), Van Slyke (4). RBI- Caseres (10), Van Slyke 4 (22), AGonzalez (9), Garabedian (3). S- Lara. SF- AGonzalez. CS- Giles (1). LOB- Inland Empire 2, Lancaster 9. DP- Bastardo, Lara and Perez. Inland Empire in h r-er bb so era Bastardo (2-2) 6.0 3 1-1 3 2 4.58 Vasquez 1.0 1 1-1 1 0 9.95 Meque 1.0 1 0-0 1 3 3.86 Jones 0.0 4 3-3 0 0 8.84 Arias (sv 1) 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 2.57 Balk- Bastardo. HBP- by Bastardo. T- 2:25. Att- 1,777. Russell Homers Twice but Bees Sweep
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Midwest League home run leader Kyle Russell added to his total twice, but it wasn't enough for Great Lakes to avoid a sweep at the hands of Burlington.

The Bees won their fifth straight by a final score of 5-4. The afternoon also featured a pregame youth baseball/softball clinic and a postgame kids run the bases.

Starter Justin Miller (2-2) recorded the loss, his second of the year. He worked four innings and allowed four runs, three earned, and allowed seven hits. Josh Walter pitched three innings and allowed a solo home run. Javy Guerre finished up with two perfect innings. For the second straight game, a first-inning home run put the Loons in a hole. The Bees led 3-0 after the top of the second before Great Lakes got on the scoreboard and never trailed in the contest, although the Loons twice pulled to within one run.

Russell singled in the second and moved up on a wild pitch. Alfredo Silverio singled him home.

Trailing 4-1 in the fifth, Tony Hatch tripled and scored on Matt Wallach's ground ball. And in the sixth, Russell launched his first home run, an opposite field solo shot to pull within 4-3. Russell's second home run came in the ninth, this time down the right field line.

The Loons made a last ditch try after Russell's home run when Alfredo Silverio singled and Anthony Hatch walked with one out to put the potential game-tying and winning runs on base. But Matt Wallach fouled out to the catcher and Parker Dalton struck out to end the game.

Hatch finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored. Jaime Pedroza struck out four times and ended his hitting streak at 10 games. Dee Gordon went 1-for-1 with a two hit batsmen, but was ejected in the fifth, arguing with base umpire Adam Schwarz after Burlington starter Blaine Hardy picked him off first base.

The Loons with an off day Monday before returning to action Tuesday evening against the first-place Fort Wayne TinCaps. Right-hander Jon Michael Redding (4-1, 5.28) will pitch against right-hander Anthony Bass (2-2, 3.14).

  Score by Innings
Burlington 	211 000 100-5
Great Lakes	010 011 001-4

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	1  0  1  0  .342
Dalton ss	2  0  0  0  .267
pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .340
Gallagher 1b	4  0  0  0  .266
Delmonico dh	4  0  0  0  .306
Russell rf	4  3  3  2  .330
Buss cf        	4  0  0  0  .286
Silverio lf	4  0  2  1  .299
Hatch 3b	3  1  3  0  .235
Wallach c	4  0  0  1  .183
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  Totals	34 4  9 4
  Burlington	36 5 10 4

Error- Miller (1). 2B- Hatch (7). 
3B- Hatch  (1). HR- Russell 2 (9). 
RBI- Silverio (15),  Wallach (8), Russell 
2 (30). LOB- Great Lakes  6, Burlington 
6. SB- Gordon (18). CS- Gordon (3).  

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Miller (2-2)	4.0  7  4-3  0  1  5.68
Walter	3.0  3  1-1  1  3  2.00
Guerra	2.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.62
  HBP- Gordon 2, by Walker. 
T- 2:36. Att- 2,068.

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