Walkoff Homers Spark Lookouts, Loons

J.D. Closser and Austin Gallagher launched game-winning home runs for Chattanooga and Inland Empire. Closser's came in the top of the 12th for 4-2 win over Huntsville and Gallagher led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run and Inland Empire topped 4-3. Albuquerque lost 6-5 to Sacramento and Inland Empire edged Stockton 6-5.

Isotopes Lose Again to 'Cats
Willie Nelson apparently loved the road he sings about but Albuquerque (16-16) would rather hum "There is No Place Like Home." Sacramento overcame an Isotope lead to hand them their second road loss in succession despite Mitch Jones' team-leading 11th home run and a triple.

'Topes starter Miguel Pinango (2-4) suffered the loss after allowing six earned runs on seven hits in before being knocked out in the fifth inning. Vicente Bonilla and Erick Threets held the River Cats scoreless over the final 3.2 innings but it was too late by then. It was Bonilla's fourth scoreless outing in succession.

Jones had two of the seven hits Albuquerque could muster.

The 'Topes scored a pair of runs in the top of the first. Jamie Hoffmann and Luis Maza singled. After a wild pitch, Hector Luna's double cleared the bases.

The River Cats tapped Pinango for a run in the bottom of the second, but two more Albuquerque runs in the top of the fourth gave them a 4-1 margin. Jones slugged a lead-off home run before Chin-Lung Hu and Valentino Pascucci drew back-to-back walks. With two out, John-Ford Griffin then lifted a fly ball that was misplayed by Cats center fielder, allowing Hu to trot home and make the score 4-1 visitors.

Sacramento scored once in the bottom half of the inning and four in the fifth to take a 6-4 lead.

Jones led off the sixth with a triple and Hu drew a walk but a strikeout and a double play ended that threat.

The Isotopes scored their final run in the eighth when Blake DeWitt led off with a triple and on a groundout by Jones.

Albuquerque will take on the River Cats again tonight with left-hander Shawn Estes (2-1, 2.61) getting the ball for the 'Topes against Sacramento lefty Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 2.12).

Roster Moves
OF Jamie Hoffmann was promoted to Albuquerque, while OF Tommy Giles has been promoted from Inland Empire to Chattanooga. Hoffmann hit at a team-leading .307 for the Lookouts with nine doubles, a triple, and two homers. In addition, he had an on-base percentage of .457 and 25 runs, good enough for second and fourth, respectively, in the Southern League at the time of his promotion.

Giles hit .344 with four doubles, four homers, and 17 RBIs for Inland Empire. Last season with the 66ers and hit .280 with 30 doubles, 5 triples, 22 homers, and 100 RBIs.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	200 200 010-5
Sacramento	010 140 00x-6

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann cf	5  1  1  0  .222
Maza 3b	        4  1  1  0  .221
DeWitt 2b	3  1  1  0  .339
Luna 1b	        4  0  1  2  .356
MJones rf	4  1  2  2  .248
Hu ss	        2  1  0  0  .282
Pascucci dh	3  0  0  0  .255
Ellis c	        4  0  1  0  .324
Griffin lf	4  0  0  0  .091 
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  Total	        33 5 7 4
  Sacramento	30 6 9 6

  2B- Luna (6). 3B- MJones (1). HR-
MJones (11). RBI- Luna 2 (22). MJones 2
(27). LON- Albuquerque 5, Sacramento 5.
DP- DeWitt, Hu and Luna.

  Albuquerque	 in h r-er bb so  era
Pinango (2-4)	4.1  7  6-6  2  3  6.99
Bonilla	        2.2  2  0-0  0  1  4.50
Threets	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  2.87
  HBP- by Pinango 2. T- 2:40. Att- 6,184.
Closser's Home in 12th Stops Huntsville
Catcher JD Closser's two-run home run in the top of the 12th inning carried Chattanooga to a 4-2 comeback win over the first place Stars at Joe Davis Stadium. The Lookouts improved to 14-19 and crept to within three games of the lead after having won five of the eight games between the two teams this year.

Closser's ground ball in the ninth with two outs and runners at first and second resulted in an error which allowed pinch-runner Adam Godwin to score and tie the game at two.

Scott Elbert started for Chattanooga and allowed four hits and a pair of runs over six innings while striking out six and lowering his ERA to 1.80. However, he left the game trailing 2-1.

Francisco Felix, Tim Corcoran, Jesus Rodriguez and Joe Durbin kept the Stars scoreless over the last six innings, with Rodriguez (3-1) working two shutout frames to grab his third win of the season and Durbin earning his second save with a scoreless 12th inning.

Both teams scored in the first inning. James Tomlin singled and with one out, Andrew Lambo reached on an error. After Tomlin stole third, Josh Bell drove him in with a ground ball.

Elbert gave up a single and two walks to load the bases in the bottom of the inning, then hit a batter to force in the tying run. He also served up a home run to give the Stars a 2-1 lead in the fifth.

Chattanooga scratched out an run in the top of the ninth to tie the score. With one out, Bell singed and Russ Mitchell walked with two out. An error on Closser's grounder was fielded and thrown to first base but the Stars first baseman dropped the ball and the game was tied.

Then in the ninth, Mitchell walked and Closser's first home run of the season provided the winning runs.

Chattanooga manager John Valentin has committed to a role on a reality series dubbed "Play Big or Go Home," according to the Boston Globe. Think "American Idol" for baseball players, as the show attempts to uncover some undiscovered talent.

The series continues tonight with Lookouts' left-hander James Adkins facing right-hander Mark Holliman.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	100 000 001 002-4
Huntsville	100 010 000 000-2

  Chattanooga	 ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	 4  1  2  0  .294
Abreu 2b	 5  0  1  0  .167
Lambo lf	 4  0  0  0  .264
Bell 3b	         4  0  1  1  .283
Godwin pr-rf	 1  1  0  0  .288
 GMartinez rf-1b 5  0  0  0  .264
Closser c	 5  1  2  2  .297
Sellers ss	 5  0  0  0  .256
Elbert p	 2  0  0  0  .000
 Felix p	 0  0  0  0  .500
 Giles ph	 1  0  0  0  .000
 Corcoran p	 0  0  0  0  .000
 JGonzalez ph	 1  0  1  0  .250
 Rodriguez p	 0  0  0  0  .000
 Schlichting ph	 1  0  0  0  .000
 Durbin p	 0  0  0  0  .000
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  Total	        45 4 7 4
  Huntsville    40 2 8 2

  2B- Closer (5). HR- Closser (1). RBI-
Bell (16), Closser 2 (6). S- Tomlin. 
LOB- Chattanooga 6, Huntsville 9. SB- Tomlin
(1). CS- Tomlin (3). DP- Abreu, Sellers
and Mitchell; Sellers, Abreu and Martinez.

 Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert	        6.0  4  2-2  3  6  1.80
Felix	        1.0  2  0-0  0  0  2.28
Corcoran	2.0  0  0-0  1  4  5.16
Rodriguez (3-1	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.79
Durbin (sv 2)	1.0  1  2-2  1  1  4.15
  HBP- by Elbert, by Rodriguez.
T- 3:18. Att- 631.
Sixers Survive Late Rally to Win 6-5
After being held to one hit the night before, Inland Empire rolled up a 6-0 lead, keyed by Pedro Baez's 4-for-4 night, the beat off Stockton's late rally to take a 6-5 victory.

  Josh Wall made his first start after coming off the disabled list and worked three innings before handing the ball to Kendy Batista who struck out seven in 4.2 innings and allowed four hits and a single run.

He left the game in the seventh with two out and two on and Jacobo Meque retired the side with just one run scoring.

Meque was tagged for three more runs in the ninth to cut the Sixers lead to a single run but Justin Orenduff came in from the pen, allowed a pair of its, but ended the threat and earn his third save. 

Pedro Baez hit his fifth home run of this season with Steve Caseres on base with a walk in the second for an early 2-0 lead.

Inland Empire added two more runs in the fourth. Caseres doubled and Baez singled before Justin Fuller singled in the first score and when he was picked off first base, Baez scored from third.

Scott VanSlyke added a solo homer of his own in the fifth, and singled across the sixth run in the seventh.

Preston Mattingly was placed on the disabled list with a left abductor strain.

The 66ers will be up early today for an 11 a.m. game at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

  Score by Innings
Stockton	000 000 014-5
Inland Empire	020 210 10x-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	5  0  0  0  .324
AGonzalez 2b	5  1  1  0  .281
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .363
Van Slyke rf	3  1  2  2  .383
Caseres dh	3  2  1  0  .260
Baez 3b	        4  2  4  2  .286
Fuller lf	4  0  1  1  .143
Jansen c	3  0  1  0  .209
Lara ss	        4  0  2  0  .226
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  Totals	35 6 12 5
  Stockton	35 5 11 5

  2B- Jansen (5), Caseres (6), Baez
(3). HR- Baez (5), Van Slyke (5). RBI-
Baez 2 (18), Fuller (1), Van Slyke 2
(24). LOB- Inland Empire 8, Stockton 11.
 SB- Lara (6), Baez (3).
CS- Fuller (1), AGonzalez (2). DP-
Robinson and AGonzalez.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall 	        3.0  1  0-0  2  2 15.75
Bastista (1-2)	4.2  4  1-1  2  7  5.76
Meque	        0.2  4  4-4  1  1 15.00
Orenduff (sv 3)	0.2  2  0-0  0  1  1.93
  HBP- by Wall. T- 3:01. Att- 1,080.
Gallagher's Walkoff Sparks Win
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons Designated hitter Austin Gallagher led off the bottom of the 11th inning with an opposite field solo home run off the Fort Wayne closer and the Loons picked up a dramatic 4-3 win on a windy, misty night at Dow Diamond.

  His walk-off blast was the first walk-off homer for the Loons (17-15) since July 31, 2007 (Carlos Santana), and the Loons have now won the first two games of a big four-game series with the second-place TinCaps.

  The hit was Gallagher's first of the game and his second home run of the season. Entering play, the TinCaps' closer had not allowed a home run in 13.2 innings and the blast was just the fifth hit he had allowed all year long.

  Ethan Martin started for the Loons and threw five scoreless innings. Kyle Smit entered in relief and surrendered two home runs and the TinCaps took the lead at 3-2.

Josh Walter (2-0) worked two scoreless frames and worked out of a first and second, no out jam in the top of the 11th to pick up the win.

  In the third, Jaime Pedroza singled home Matt Wallach, who had doubled, with the Loons' first run. Pedroza then stole second, and with two outs stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher.

Fort Wayne scored a single run in the sixth and twice in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. Alfredo Silverio tied the game at 3-3 with his second home run of the year.

  Reliever Javy Guerra preserved the tie by escaping a two-on, no-out jam in the top of the eighth inning and working a perfect ninth inning.  

The Loons and TinCaps are back at Dow Diamond for game three of the four-game set tonight.

  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	000 001 200 00-3
Great Lakes	002 001 000 01-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  0  0  .323
Pedroza 2b	5  1  1  1  .339
Gallagher dh	5  1  1  1  .292
Delmonico 1b	4  0  2  0  .310
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .319
Buss cf	        4  0  0  0  .321
Silverio lf	4  1  2  1  .305
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .228
Wallach c	4  1  3  0  .219
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  Totals	40 4 9 3
  Fort Wayne	38 3 8 3

  Error- Delmonico (3). 2B- Wallach 3 
6), Delmonico (7). HR- Silverio (2),
Gallagher (2). RBI- Pedroza (19),
Silverio (17), Gallagher (22). LOB-
Great Lakes 5, Fort Wayne 8. SB- Pedroza
2 (12). DP- Hatch, Pedroza and Delmonico; 
Gordon, Pedroza and Delmonico; Wallach,
Pedroza and Delmonico.

  Great Lakes	 in h  r-er bb so  era
Martin	        5.0  2  0-0  3  8  1.80
Smit	        1.1  3  3-3  0  1  5.75
Dutton	        0.2  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
Brannon	        0.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.31
Guerra	        2.0  0  0-0  1  2  1.45
Walter (2-0)	2.0  1  0-0  1  3  1.80
  WP- Guerra. T- 3:04. Att- 1,925.
Schreiber Signed
The Dodgers signed pitcher Zach Schreiber to a minor-league contract after the 26-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment and released by the Braves in March. Schreiber, who is in extended spring training, is the first 40-man castoff to sign with the team since pitcher Ronald Belisario.


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