'Moony' Luna's Four Hits Wreck Salt Lake

Hector "Moony" Luna was 4-for-4 as Albuquerque outlasted Salt Lake 11-8. Carolina took a 10-3 win over Chattanooga. Inland Empire took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, then had to score twice in the 12th to come away with a win over Bakersfield. Clinton scored three runs in the first and six in the second to chase starter Ethan Martin en route to a 12-6 victory over the Loons.

Moony's Four Hits Beats Bees
Designated Hitter Hector "Moony" Luna was 4-for-4, missing a cycle by a homer, as Albuquerque (21-20) outlasted Salt Lake 11-8 at Isotopes Park. The two teams combined to score 12 runs in the seventh and eighth innings, with the 'Topes holding on for their second straight win.

It was a dark and stormy night for the nine pitchers as the two teams piled up 19 runs and 23 hits.

It started with rehabbing Jason Schmidt and didn't get much better.

Schmidt was struck on the side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Salt Lake City's Freddy Sandoval and went down on the mound, but got up quickly and walked off under his own power. The ball caromed to second base.

The injury occurred with two outs in the third inning and only 27 pitches into his start, with Schmidt having allowed a two-run homer, one of five hits. Schmidt is on the comeback trail after two shoulder operations. He has not pitched in a Major League game since June 2007.

Dwayne Pollok (1-1), Brian Mazone, Nick DeBarr and Scott Strickland followed Schmidt on the mound. Pollok's 3/1 shutout innings earned him his first win and Strickland saved his sixth game with a scoreless ninth.

The Isotopes broke a 2-2 deadlock in the fifth, scoring three runs on four straight hits with two outs. Blake DeWitt, Luna and Dee Brown lined consecutive doubles. Mitch Jones' RBI single through the hole at short, scoring Brown and increasing the 'Topes' cushion to three.

Dwayne Pollok held the Bees scoreless in his longest outing of the season, but the Bees scored two runs off Brian Mazone.

Albuquerque sent 10 batters to the plate and loading the bags five times in the bottom of the seventh en route to a five runs. Luis Maza led off with a single and was followed by four free passes to DeWitt, Luna, Jones and Valentino Pascucci with an RBI groundout from Brown in between. Pascucci's walk brought in the DeWitt, and with the bags still full, A.J. Ellis singled to score Luna. John Ford-Griffin was then hit by a pitch to force in Jones. Chin-Lung Hu capped the inning with a sacrifice fly, giving the 'Topes a 10-4 lead.

The five runs proved necessary as a Bees grand slam in the eighth cut the lead to 10-8.

Albuquerque added an insurance run in the eighth on a Luna triple to and a single from Ellis for an 11-8 edge.

The Isotopes go for the series win and a third straight victory tonight with righthander James McDonald (0-0, 6.75) making his first home start for the against Bees righty David Austen (0-1, 3.60).

  Score by Innings
Salt Lake	002 000 240- 8
Albuquerque	020 030 51x-11

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss	        4  0  0  1  .233
Maza 2b	        5  1  1  0  .222
DeWitt 3b	4  2  1  0  .293
Luna dh	        4  4  4  1  .384
Brown lf	5  1  1  2  .318
MJones rf	2  2  1  1  .261
Pascucci 1b	2  1  1  2  .258
Ellis c	        3  0  2  3  .330
Griffin cf	4  0  0  1  .122
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  Totals 	33 11  11 11 
  Salt Lake	38  8  12  8 
  
  Error- DeWitt (5). 2B- DeWitt (8),
Luna (8), Brown (10). 3B- Luna (3).
RBI- Pascucci 2 (23), Ellis 3 (12),
Luna (33), Brown 2 (34), MJones (33),
Griffin (3), Hu (14). S- Ellis.
SF- Ellis, Hu. LOB- Albuquerque 10,
Salt Lake 4. SB- Pascucci (2), MJones
(3). DP- Maza, Hu and Pascucci.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  ave
Schmidt	        2.2  5  2-2  0  0  6.75
Pollok (1-1)	3.1  1  0-0  0  3  6.20
Mazone	        0.2  3  2-2  0  2 14.00
DeBarr	        1.1  2  4-3  1  2  7.58
Strickland 	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.61
  HBP- Griffin. T- 3:08. Att- 7,859.  
 
Mudcats Bite Lookouts
Chattanooga was held scoreless over the first seven innings and Carolina went on to a 10-3 win over the Lookouts at AT&T Field.

J.D. Durbin (0-1) made his first start of the season and was tagged with the loss, allowing only one run on three hits and a walk but the game went bad from that point. Scott Elbert was battered for eight runs on seven hits and four walks to put the game out of reach.

The Mudcats scored the first 10 runs of the game and the Lookouts got on the board, finally, in the last of the ninth.

Mike Rose singled and Andrew Lambo walked to lead off the final inning and Russ Mitchell slugged a three-run shot, his fourth of the year, to end the scoring with Carolina taking a 10-3 decision.

The two clubs will continue their five-game series tonight. Fireworks will follow the game.

  Score by Innings
Carolina	100 003 240-10
Chattanooga	000 000 003- 3

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  0  1  0  .280
Seller  ss	3  0  0  0  .254
Abreu 2b	4  0  0  0  .300
Rose c	        4  1  2  0  .444
Lambo lf	3  1  1  0  .287
Perez 1b	3  0  1  0  .222
Mitchell 3b	4  1  2  3  .168
Godwin rf	3  0  1  0  .250
Durbin p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Elbert p	1  0  0  0  .000
 JRodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 JGonzalez ph	0  0  0  0  .206
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  Totals	35  3  8  3
  Carolina	39 10 12 10

  Error- Perez (1). 2B- Lambo (15),
Godwin (3), HR- Mitchell (4).
RBI- Mitchell 3 (18). S- Elbert.
LOB- Chattanooga 7, Carolina 7.
CS- Sellers (3). DP- Sellers and
Perez.
 
  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Durbin (0-1)	4.0  3  1-1  1  3  0.75
Elbert	        3.1  7  8-8  4  5  4.32
JRodriguez	1.2  2  1-1  0  0  2.17
  HBP- Perez. T- 2:50. Att- 4,377.
Sixers Take 6-4 Win in 12 Innings
Inland Empire took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, then had to score twice in the 12th to come away with a win over Bakersfield.

Starter Alberto Bastardo worked six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven and reliever Vincente Bastista was ticketed with an unearned run in the eighth and and Greg Miller got the first two outs in the ninth before turning the game over to Justin Orenduff, who served up a two-run homer to tie things.

After the 66ers scored in the 10th, Jacobo Meque allowed a home run to again knot the scored. Elian Herrera walked in the top of the 12th and Keley Jansen struck out but a wild pitch moved Herrera to second. Christian Lara singled to right to break the tied and later he scored on a wild pitch.

Miguel Sanfler pitched around a leadoff walk to give Jacobo his first win and earn his first save.

Steven Caseres doubled and scored on a Pedro Baez sac fly in the second and singles by Lara, Preston Mattingly and Adolfo Gonzalez made it 2-0 in the third. Mattingly homered (#3) in the eighth for a 3-0 margin.

Mattingly boosted his average to .303 by going 4-for-6. Gonzalez, Trayvon Robinson and Lara each added a pair of hits.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	011 000 010 102-6
Bakersfield	000 000 012 100-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	6  1  4  2  .303
AGonzalez 2b	6  0  2  1  .285
Robinson cf	6  0  2  0  .333
Van Slyke rf	5  0  0  0  .321
Caseres 1b	5  1  1  0  .250
Baez 3b	        4  0  0  1  .254
Ortiz dh	2  0  0  0  .333
 Herrera ph-dh	2  2  1  0  .314
Jansen c	4  0  1  0  .212
Lara ss	        4  2  2  1  .238
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  Totals	44  4 10  4
  Bakersfield	45  6 13  5

  Error- Jansen (9). 2B- Caseres (8),
Robinson (13). HR- Mattingly (3).
S- Jansen. SF- Baez. LOB- Inland Empire
6, Bakersfield 10. SB- Robinson (15),
CS- Lara (4), DP- Lara, AGonzalez and
Caseres.

  Inland Empire	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo	6.0  4  0-0  1  7  3.72
Batista	        1.0  2  1-0  0  1  5.28
GMiller	        0.2  0  0-0  0  0  6.14
Orenduff	1.0  2  2-2  2  1  3.98
Meque (1-1)	2.1  2  1-1  1  3  6.23
Sanfler 	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  3.80
  WP- Meque. T- 3:34. Att- 1,111.
Early Clinton Surge Dumps Loons,br> Clinton scored three runs in the first and six in the second to chase starter Ethan Martin out of the game en route to a 12-6 victory over the Loons.  

Martin (3-2) became the second consecutive Loons starter to fail to pitch past the second inning.  The Dodgers' first round selection in 2008 surrendered eight runs (six earned) and walked three.  Loons relievers Luis Garcia, Kyle Smit and Javy Guerra combined to allow just one earned run in 6.1 innings but the game was in the LumberKings bag by then.

  In the first inning, a three-run home run put Clinton up 3-0 but the Loons responded with a two-run second, highlighted by Kyle Russell's Midwest League-leading 11th homer of the year, a solo shot.

  Then in the bottom half, the LumberKings scored six to drive Martin out and put the game on ice.  

Both clubs finished with nine hits but six walks and four errors helped the LumberKings. Russell, Anthony Hatch and Nick Buss recorded multi-hit games for the Loons in defeat.  Both teams are now 22-20 on the year.

  Bobby Blevins (3-3, 6.06), who has not allowed an earned run in his last two starts (12 innings), will start today for the Loons in the second game of the three game series. Right-hander Brett Lorin (3-1, 1.82) will start for Clinton. 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	020 120 001- 6
Clinton	360 011 10x-12

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  1  0  .314
Pedroza 2b	5  1  1  0  .303
Buss cf	        4  1  2  1  .297
Delmonico dh	5  0  1  1  .301
Russell rf	4  2  2  1  .303
Gallagher 1b	4  0  0  0  .258
Silverio lf	4  1  0  0  .286
Hatch 3b	3  1  2  1  .266
Wallach c	3  0  0  1  .198
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  Totals	33  6  9  5
  Clinton	38 12  9 10

  Errors- Garcia (1), Pedroza 3 (9).
2B- Hatch (11), Russell (11).
HR- Russell (11). RBI- Russell (36),
Wallach (10), Hatch (12), Delmonico
(20), Buss (11). LOB- Great Lakes 7,
Clinton 5. DP- Silverio and Gallagher.

Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Martin (3-2)	1.2  5  8-6  3  0  3.93
Garcia	        3.1  2  2-0  1  2  2.86
Smit	        2.0  2  2-1  1  1  5.93
Guerra	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.17
  WP- Garcia, Smit. PB- Wallach (2). T- 2:39.

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