Schmidt Works Seven Innings at Inland Empire

A three-run homer in ninth allowed Fresno to stop Albuquerque 6-3. Jesus Castillo led Chattanooga to a 7-2 win over Tennessee Smokies. Jason Schmidt worked seven innings as Inland Empire topped Lake Elsinore 7-3. JonMichael Redding allowed two runs and was tagged with the loss as West Michigan edged Great Lakes 5-4.

Ninth-Inning Home Run Beats 'Topes
Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger allowed only two runs, one earned, before he turned the game over to Dwayne Pollok in the last of the ninth leading 3-2 and the win and the game disappeared on the wings of a three-run home run as Fresno earned a 6-3 decision.

Albuquerque (18-18) and the Grizzlies struggled in the 100-degree heat with Haeger allowing six hits over 136 pitches to record his fifth quality start in seven opportunities.

The Grizzlies had jumped into a 1-0 lead in the first before Dee Brown led off the second with a single and scored on Valentino Pascucci's double to tie the game. John-Ford Griffin followed with a double of his own that scored Pascucci and put the Isotopes up 2-1. Fresno tied the game again in the bottom of the inning.

Jamie Hoffman slammed his first Triple-A homer in the fifth to give the Isotopes a lead they would take into the last of the ninth.

Pollok (0-1) took over in the ninth and allowed a single and a sac bunt. Griffin ran down a line drive to record the second out but then the roof fell in. Two singled preceded a towering walkoff home run.

Luis Garcia, Hector Luna and Griffin each had a pair of hits.

The 'Topes will send right-hander James McDonald (0-0, No ERA), making his first start for Albuquerque after being optioned from the Dodgers, against Fresno right-hander Billy Sadler (4-0, 3.03) tonight.

The Isotopes will return home on Thursday, May 21 and kick off the eight-game homestand.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	020 010 000-3
Fresno	        110 000 004-6

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann cf	3  1  1  1  .250
Garcia ss	4  0  2  0  .167
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt 2b	5  0  0  0  .306
Luna 3b	        4  0  2  0  .364
Brown lf	4  1  1  0  .307
Griffin rf	4  0  2  1  .264
Pascucci 1b	4  1  1  1  .264
Griffin rf	4  0  2  1  .148
Ellis c	        4  0  0  0  .287
Haeger p	3  0  0  0  .000
 Hu ph-ss	0  0  0  0  .257
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  Totals	36 3  9 3
  Fresno	31 6 10 6

  2B- Pascucci (6), Griffin (2), Luna
(7). HR- Hoffmann (1). RBI- Pascucci
(20), Griffin (2), Hoffmann (2). S-
Hoffmann. LOB- Albuquerque 9, Fresno 9. 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Haeger	        8.0  6  2-1  5  6  4.34
Pollok (0-1)	0.2  4  4-4  0  0  7.08
  PB- Ellis 3 (7). T- 2:39. Att- 9,575.
Lookouts Beat the rain and Tennessee
After two rainouts, the Lookouts seemed pleased to get back in action and banged out 13 hits to make live easier for starter Jesus Castillo, who allowed two hits in seven innings while recording the 7-2 win, his first of the season.

The Lookouts scored five runs in the first two innings and cruised behind Castillo, Travis Schlichting and Francisco Felix, who combined to allow the Smokies only three hits.

Tony Abreu and Andrew Lambo led the attack with three hits each and Gaby Martinez collected three runs batted in.

Abreu single and scored in the first on a one-out double by Andrew Lambo. Josh Bell and Martinez followed with singles to drive in Lambo and Russ Mitchell's ground ball made it 3-0.

With two outs in the second, Abreu ripped another single to right. Tommy Giles, making his start for the Lookouts, quickly drove a shot to the centerfield warning track for a double and an RBI. Lambo single him in and the Lookouts led 5-0.

A pair of insurance runs were added in the sixth as Abreu opened with his third single. Giles followed with a single and Martinez followed with a line double to left to score both runners.

Castillo took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning. A one-out solo home run ended the shutout. Schlichting and Felix closed out the win.

Chattanooga and Tennessee meet in a double header tonight to make up the rainout.

  Score by Innings
Tennessee	000 000 101-2
Chattanooga	320 002 00x-7

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  3  3  0  .286
Giles cg	5  2  2  1  .333
Lambo lf	5  1  3  2  .275
Bell 3b        	4  1  1  0  .298
Martinez rf	5  0  2  3  .289
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  1  .298
May c        	2  0  1  0  .273
Sellers ss	3  0  1  0  .258
Castillo p	3  0  0  0  .200
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .277
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .500
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  Totals	34  7 13 7
  Tennessee	26 12  2 2 

  Error- Sellers (6). 2B- Lambo (11),
Giles (1), Martinez (9). RBI- Lambo 2
(12), Martinez 3 (27), Mitchell (14),
Giles (1). LOB- Chattanooga 10,
Tennessee 3. DP- Castillo, Sellers and
Mitchell.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era 
Castillo (1-3)	7.0  2  1-1  1  4  5.03
Schlichting	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Felix        	1.0  1  1-1  1  0  2.66
  T-2:36. Att- 1,710.
Sixers Bang out 11 Hits in Schmidt Win
Inland Empire scored seven runs on eleven hits in support of rehabbing Jason Schmidt, winning 7-3 over the Lake Elsinore Storm. Schmidt (1-1) picked up his first win of the season, working seven innings and allowing runs on five hits (all doubles) while striking out six.

The Sixers scored three runs in the second and one in the third to give Schmidt some breathing room. Catcher Alex Garabedian and second baseman Garett Green each had back-to-back RBI singles and both of them finished the game 2-for-4.

Kendy Bastista and Jacobo Meque finished out the final two innings.

Green also made a spectacular catch in the fifth inning, sliding across the bullpen mound on the right field side to snag a foul pop up off the bat of Keoni Ruth.

Sloppy Storm fielding in the third inning when they blew a double play ball that allowed Steve Caseres to come to the plate and double to drive in outfielder Justin Fuller.

Outfielder Elian Herrera slugged a two-run shot off over right field with outfielder Trayvon Robinson on base with a single. It was Herrera's first homer of the season.

The 66ers go for a series split against the Lake Elsinore Storm tonight with Alberto Bastardo (2-2, 4.58) opposing the Storm's Jeremy Hefner (3-4, 4.10).

  Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	000 101 010-3
Inland Empire	031 001 20x-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	3  1  1  0  .321
Fuller lf	2  1  1  0  .250
Herrera lf	2  1  1  2  .231
Perez dh	4  0  0  0  .362
Van Slyke rf	4  1  0  0  .353
Caseres 1b	4  0  1  1  .273
Baez 3b        	4  1  1  0  .264
Lara ss        	4  1  1  0  .221
Garabedian c	4  1  2  1  .321
Green 2b	4  0  2  2  .247
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  Totals	35 7 11 6
  Lake Elsinore	34 3  6 3

  Error- Caseres (2). 2B- Caseres (7),
Baez (4). HR- Herrera (1). RBI-
 Garabedian (11), Green 2 (14), Caseres
(12), Herrera 2 (2). LOB- Inland Empire
5, Lake, Elsinore 20. SB- Robinson 2
(10). CS- Green (2). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Schmidt (1-1)	7.0  5  2-2  3  6  2.25
Batista	        0.2  1  1-0  1  1  5.61
Meque (sv 1)	1.1  0  0-0  0  2  8.44
  HBP- by Schmidt, by Bastisa.
T-2:44. Att- 3,511.
Loons Drop Second Straight
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes dropped their second consecutive game to West Michigan in the Loons' showdown against the Midwest League's best by a final of 5-4. Jon Michael Redding started for the Loons and pitched five shutout innings, allowing both runs in the first.

  The Loons tied the game in the fifth. Shortstop Dee Gordon's fifth triple of the season scored catcher Matt Wallach, who had doubled. Gordon scored on a double by first baseman Austin Gallagher. 

  In the seventh, reliever Josh Walter retired the first two batters he faced, but then surrendered three doubles and a walk as the Whitecaps struck for three runs.

  The Loons (19-17) scored one in the eighth on an RBI single by third baseman Anthony Hatch. Then in the ninth, outfielder Kyle Russell singled home second baseman Jaime Pedroza to pull to Loons to within one with the tying run at third and the go-ahead run on first. But outfielder Nick Buss grounded out to first to end the threat and the game.

  The Loons out-hit the Whitecaps 12-11 with Tony Delmonico and Buss collecting two each.  

The Loons and Whitecaps return to action tonight. Right-hander Ethan Martin (3-1, 1.80) will face righty Mark Sorensen, making his Whitecaps' debut. 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 020 011-4
Lake Elsinore	200 000 30x-5

  Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  1  2  1  .331
Pedroza 2b	5  1  1  0  .333
Gallagher 1b	3  0  1  1  .281
Delmonico dh	5  1  2  0  .331
Russell rf	5  0  1  1  .301
Buss cf        	5  0  2  0  .302
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .300
Hatch 3b	3  0  1  1  .255
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  Totals	38 4 12 4
  West Michigan	34 5 11 5


  Error- Wallach (4). 2B- Wallach (7),
Delmonico (11). 3B- Gordon (5). RBI-
Gordon (13), Gallagher (23), Hatch (9),
Russell (32). S- Wallach. LOB- Great
Lakes 11, West Michigan 7. SB- Gordon
(21).  

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Redding	        6.0  7  2-2  1  2  4.72
Walter (3-1)	1.0  3  3-3  1  1  2.95
Pratt        	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  5.12
  T- 2:35. Att- 5,306.

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