Pascucci Homers, Knocks in Four for 'Topes

Dee Brown and Valentino Pascucci each smacked two home runs and knocked in all six runs as Albuquerque topped Fresno 6-2. Tim Sexton worked a quality start but Inland Empire fell 6-1 to the Lake Elsinore 6-1. Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman won a rehab start over Great Lakes 13-6. Chattanooga's Rainmakers, er, Lookouts were washed out again, this time in Tennessee.

Homers Boost Isotopes
A pair of home runs from both Dee Brown and Valentino Pascucci and a strong effort by the Albuquerque bullpen gave Albuquerque (18-17) a 6-2 win over Fresno in a series opening win at Chukchansi Park. Each of the Isotopes' six runs came courtesy of the long ball.

When starter Eric Milton got the call from the Dodgers, the Isotopes used the starter by committee program. Left-hander Stephen Randolph got the spot-start, his first since 2006, and was outstanding, allowing one run on one hit in three innings while striking out five. Henry Bonilla (2-1) took over in the fourth and even better, tossing a season-high 4.1 innings in which he allowed just one run on two hits while striking out four and walking one en route to his second win of the season.

Albuquerque scored three in the the first inning. Jamie Hoffmann led off with a walk before Blake DeWitt singled. Brown then launched a mammoth three-run blast to right with two down to give the Isotopes a quick 3-0 lead.

Just one inning later, Pascucci crushed a lead-off solo blast to straightaway center, giving the 'Topes a 4-0 advantage.

Fresno scored a single in the second but Brown would got the run right back in the top of the sixth, with a line shot over the right field fence for his second round-tripper of the game and extending the Isotopes advantage to 5-1.

The Grizzlies cut the lead to 5-2 before Pascucci drove a ball off the scoreboard in right to put Albuquerque up 6-2. Brown and Pascucci join Mitch Jones, who has done it twice, two homers in a game this season.

From the third to the seventh inning, against Randolph and Bonilla, the Grizz managed only two base runners. Former Grizzly Erick Threets fired a scoreless inning and a third before handing off to closer Scott Strickland who retired the only batter he faced to earn the save and seal the 6-2 triumph.

Albuquerque will continue its four-game set in Fresno tomorrow with knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (3-3, 5.02) on the slab for the 'Topes facing Grizzlies righty Kevin Pucetas (3-1, 4.50).

After a four-game set in Fresno, the Isotopes will return home on Thursday, May 21 and kick off the eight-game homestand against the Salt Lake Bees.

  Score by Innings	
Albuquerque	310 010 001-6
Fresno	        010 000 010-2

   Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann cf	4  1  0  0  .238
Hu ss	        3  0  0  0  .257
DeWitt 2b	4  1  1  0  .328
Luna 3b	        4  0  1  0  .359
Brown ld	3  2  3  4  .310
MJones rf	4  0  0  0  .230
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
Pascucci 1b	4  2  2  2  .264
Ardoin c	4  0  1  0  .255
Randolph p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Bonilla p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Griffin rf	1  0  0  0  .087
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  Totals	25 6 8 6
  Fresno	27 5 2 2 

  2B- Ardoin (3). HR- Brown 2 (6),
Pascucci 2 (5). RBI- Brown 4 (22),
Pascucci 2 (19). S- Randolph. LOB-
Albuquerque 4, Fresno 6.Sb- Hu (4).
DP- Hu, DeWitt and Pascucci.  

  Albuquerque      in  h r-er bb so  era
Randolph	  3.0  1  1-1  3  5 11.30
Bonilla (2-1)	  4.1  2  1-1  1  5  4.03
Threets	          1.1  2  0-0  1  3  2.56
Strickland (sv 4) 0.1  0  0-0  0  0  5.40
  T- 2:38. Att- 8,149.
Chattanooga rained out in Tennessee.

Errors Hurt Sixers in Loss
Right-hander Tim Sexton did about all he could but the 66ers fell to the Lake Elsinore 6-1 as both starting pitchers worked six innings or more and struck out a combined 16 batters.?

?Three 66ers errors cost three early runs and allowed Lake Elsinore to take a 3-1 lead. Sexton (1-3), who deserved a better fate, lasted 6 innings for Inland Empire, giving up only 4 hits and striking out 6. All three runs scored by Lake Elsinore (and 4-of-6 runs during the game) were unearned, tagging Sexton with the loss although he didn't give up a single earned run.?

?The only Inland Empire run came in the first inning, when Trayvon Robinson drew a leadoff walk, stole second and third, and scored on a Steven Caseres single. Caseres had half of Inland Empire's four hits to extend his on-base streak to 16 games.?

?Sixers relief pitcher Jake McCarter worked two innings in relief for Inland Empire, allowing just a single hit and striking out four. ?

?The 66ers will play this afternoon game on Sunday, with Jason Schmidt (0-1, 1.80) making another rehab start at Arrowhead Credit Union Park. The Storm send right-hander Cory Kluber (4-2, 4.19) to the mound. ?

  Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	021 000 210-6
Inland Empire	100 000 000-1

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	3  1  0  0  .320
AGonzalez 2b	4  0  1  0  .265
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .372
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .356
Caseres dh	4  0  2  1  .274
Baez 3b	        4  0  1  0  .264
Fuller ss	3  0  0  0  .222
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .216
Herrera lf	3  0  0  0  .182
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  Totals	27 1 4 1
  Lake Elsinore	36 6 9 5

  Error- Herrera (1), Jansen 2 (7), Baez
(5). RBI- Caseres (11). LOB- Inland
Empire 5, Lake Elsinore 8. SB- Robinson
2 (8). DP- Fuller, AGonzalez and Perez.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Sexton (1-3)	6.0  4  3-0  2  6  2.36
Arias	        1.0  4  3-2  2  1  4.50
McCarter	2.0  1  0-0  0  4  0.00
  T- 2:40. Att- 3,033.
Rehabbing Tiger Trips Loons 13-6
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Jeremy Bonderman recorded his first minor league win since 2002 and West Michigan won a sloppy game Saturday afternoon, 13-6 over Great Lakes. The game was played before a huge crowd of 10,023, many of whom were wearing Tigers' No. 38 jerseys in support of Bonderman.

  Bonderman, recovering from a blood clot near his right arm pit discovered last year and a right shoulder injury suffered in spring training, threw seven strong innings for the win, surrendering two runs and six hits while walking one and striking out four. He threw 94 pitches, 64 of which were strikes.

  Several Loons had success at the plate against the big leaguer. Dee Gordon and and Jaime Pedroza recorded two hits each against Bonderman. Delmonico finished 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and an RBI.

  However, the Loons' defense committed six errors in the contest, but they resulted in only one unearned run.  Nathan Eovaldi (1-4) recorded the loss, starting and lasting just 1.1 innings, surrendering seven earned runs.

  The Loons (19-16) continue their 10-game roadtrip this afternoon against the Whitecaps. Right-hander Jon Michael Redding (5-1) will seek his sixth win of the season, which would move him into sole possession of first place in the league. Right-hander Brandon Hamilton (1-1) will start for the ‘Caps.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	010 100 022- 6
West Michigan	340 010 05x-13

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  2  1  .329
Pedroza 2b	4  1  2  1  .339
Gallagher 1b	4  1  0  0  .280
Delmonico c	3  2  3  1  .328
Russell rf	4  0  1  0  .305
Buss cf	        4  0  0  2  .289
Silverio lf	4  1  1  0  .302
Hatch 3b	4  1  1  0  .252
Vetters dh	4  0  0  0  .269
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  Totals	36  6 10  5
  West Michigan	36 13 14 11

  Error- Eovaldi (1), Russell 2 (3),
Pedroza (6), Delmonico (4), Gordon (14).
2B- Delmonico 2 (10), Russell (10),
Pedroza (9). RBI- Buss 2 (9), Delmonico
(18), Gordon (12), Pedroza (24). LOB-
Great Lakes 6, West Michigan 9. SB-
Gordon (20).

 Great Lakes	in  h r-er bb so  era
Eovaldi (1-4)	1.1  5  7-7  3  1  8.14
Brannon	        3.2  3  1-1  0  3  3.15
Smit	        3.0  6  5-4  1  4  6.56
 HBP- by Eovaldi, by Brennan, by Smit.
T- 2:40. Att- 10,023.
 

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