Gallagher's Home Run Jump-Starts Loons

Albuquerque got a solid start by Shawn Estes, but the bullpen allowed six runs in a 9-3 loss to Colorado Springs. Three Carolina homers accounted for all the runs while stopping Chattanooga 4-3. Five Inland Empire errors tagged Steve Johnson with a 7-3 loss to Bakersfield. Austin Gallagher's home run broke a tie and gave Great Lakes an 8-5 win over Clinton.

Bullpen Costs 'Topes a Win
Albuquerque got a solid start by Shawn Estes, who left after six innings with the game tied 3-3 but the Isotope bullpen self-destructed, allowing six runs over the final two frames and cost them a 9-3 loss.

Estes and Sox starter Jason Hirsh matched each other pitch for pitch through the sixth. It was the fifth time in his last six starts that Estes worked six innings. He allowed four hits and three runs.

Then Colorado rocked Stephen Randolph (0-2), Nick Debarr and Brian Mazone for three hits, a pair of homers and six runs to put the game away.

Albuquerque erased an early 1-0 lead by the Sky Sox in the bottom of the first when Chin-Lung Hu singled and Hector Luna drove a mammoth home run over the right field wall.

Estes retiring nine out of ten batters, before giving up a solo shot in the top of the fifth to knot the score at 2-2.

Estes gave up a walk to lead off the top of the sixth and a stolen base, a single and a steal of home when Estes' threw to first to hold the runner on.

In the bottom of the same inning, Luna, the only 'Tope to collect multiple hits on the day, singled up the middle and moved to third on a Mitch Jones single. A wild pitch from Moss allowed Luna to tie the game 3-3.

The Isotopes stranded a runner on third in both the fifth and seventh, and left a total of four runners on third in the game.

The Isotopes will entertain the Sky Sox again tonight with right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado (2-3, 2.97) getting the start.

  Score by Innings
Colorado Springs	100 011 051-9
Albuquerque	        200 001 000-3

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi ave
Repko cf	4  0  1  0  .294
Hu ss	        3  1  1  0  .230
DeWitt 2b	4  0  1  0  .283
Luna 3b 1b	4  2  2  2  .376
Brown lf	4  0  0  0  .297
MJones rf	4  0  1  0  .264
 Pascucci 1b	3  0  0  0  .246
 Randolph p	0  0  0  0  .000
 DeBarr p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Mazone p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rosirio ph	1  0  0  0  .400
Ellis c	        3  0  2  0  .333
Estes	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Maza 3b	1  0  0  0  .220
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  Totals  	        32 3  8  2 
  Colorado Springs	37 9  7  6

 2B- Ellis (3). HR- Luna (9). RBI- Luna
2 (35). S- Hu, Estes, Maza.
LOB- Albuquerque 6, Colorado Springs 5.
SB- Repko (12), Hu (5), Ellis (1).
DP- Ellis and Luna.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Estes	        6.0  4  3-3  4  2  3.19
Randolph (0-2)	1.0  1  3-3  2  0 11.42
DeBarr	        1.0  1  2-2  1  1  8.10
Mazone	        1.0  1  1-1  0  0 13.50
  HBP- by Randolph. T- 3:03. Tat- 6,593.
Smokies Edge Lookouts
Carolina broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning to take a 4-3 decision. The Smokies collected three home runs to account for all their runs.

James Adkins worked six innings and gave up a pair of homers and three runs, leaving the game trailing 3-2. After Travis Schlichting worked a scoreless seventh, Tim Corcoran (1-4) took the loss for the Lookouts. He threw two innings in relief, giving up one run on three hits and a walk.

The Lookouts scored two runs in the first inning when Justin Sellers was a hit by pitch and bunted to by Adkins. James Tomlin followed with an RBI double to right for the first run of the game.

Tony Abreu single to left and Andrew Lambo's grounder gave the Lookouts a 2-0 edge.

Then the Mudcats used a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead.

Eddy Perez tripled in the seventh and Russ Mitchell smacked a single up the middle to tie the score. A two-out single by Mike Rose put runners on the corners but the Lookouts couldn't capitalize on the opportunity.

A solo shot leading off the eighth was the deciding blow.

Abreu, Josh Bell, Perez and Mitchell each collected a pair of hits.

Lookouts will play a five-game series against the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx and will then return to Chattanooga on May 31st to start a five-game homestand against the Mobile BayBears

  Score by Innings
Carolina	000 102 010-4
Chattanooga	002 000 100-3

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  1  1  1  .293
Abreu 2b	4  0  2  0  .322
Lambo lf	4  0  0  1  .275
Bell 3b	        4  0  2  0  .296
Perez 1b	4  1  2  0  .286
Mitchell rf	4  0  2  1  .173
 Godwin pr	0  0  0  0  .250
Closser c	4  0  0  0  .267
Sellers ss	3  1  1  0  .253
Adkins p	1  0  0  0  .091
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rose ph	1  0  1  0  .357
 Corcoran p	0  0  0  0  .125
 JGonzalez ph	0  0  0  0  .222
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  Totals  	34  3 11  3
Carolina	34  4 10  2

  Error- Adkins (2). 2B- Tomlin (5),
Bell (12). 3B- Perez (1). RBI- Tomlin
(9), Lambo (16), Mitchell (19).
S- Adkins. LOB- Chattanooga 7,
Carolina 6. CS- Abreu (2).
DP- Closser and Sellers; Abreu and
Perez. 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins	        6.0  7  3-3  1  2  5.40
Schlichting	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.77
Corcoran (1-4)	2.0  3  1-1  1  1  5.87
  HBP- Sellers, by Adkins. PB- Colsser (2). 
T- 2:40 (:33 Delay). Att- 2,804.
Errors Doom Inland Empire
The 66ers committed a season-high five errors and the Blaze capitalized on the mistakes, turning them into five unearned runs and a 7-3 victory on Memorial Day at Sam Lynn Ballpark.

Steve Johnson (3-3) went from feast to famine. After recording 10 strikeouts to take over the California League lead in is last start, he lasted just three innings in his shortest outing of the year.

He was charged with six runs but only one of them was earned. He surrendered five hits on a pair of walks and had a single strikeout.

The third inning turned the game around when the defense committed five errors and the five unearned runs broke a 1-1 tie wide.

Bakersfield starter Kennil Gomez grabbed the lead in the strikeout race, setting a season-high by fanning nine 66ers.

Miguel Sanfler and newly-acquired Eric Krebs combined to allow three hits and a single run over the final five innings. Krebs, reportedly has suffered from control issues, worked two perfect innings, striking out one.

Pedro Baez slugged a solo home run in the second inning to give the Sixers a short-lived 1-0 lead. He added a two-run homer to center in the ninth for his second multi-homer game of the year and extended his team-best home run total to eight.

Christian Lara also had two hits, giving the pair four of the six Inland Empire could manage.

Kenley Jansen made two of the errors, running the tally to seven errors in six games for the Inland Empire catcher. Jaime Ortiz, Justin Fuller and Johnson each added an error.

  The 66ers will return home on Wednesday, May 27 for a four-game series against the Modesto Nuts.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire  	010 000 002-3
Bakersfield	015 001 00x-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	4  0  0  0  .306
Fuller 2b	2  0  0  0  .222
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .323
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .305
Caseres dh	3  1  1  0  .252
Baez 3b	        4  2  2  3  .270
Ortiz 1b	2  0  1  0  .375
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .202
Lara ss	        3  0  2  0  .248
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  Totals  	30  3  6  3
  Bakersfield	31  7  8  5

  Error- Ortiz (1), Jansen 2 (11),
Johnson (1), Fuller (3). 2B- Lara (4).
HR- Baez 2 (8). RBI- Baez 3 (26).
S- Osuna. LOB- Inland Empire 5,
Bakersfield 5. CS- Fuller (3),
Lara (5). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson (3-3)	3.0  5  6-1  2  1  3.64
Sanfler	        3.0  3  1-1  1  1  3.71
Krebs	        2.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  HBP- by Jonhson. T-2:14. Att- 451.
Gallagher's Home Run Breaks Tie
Brad Golden
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-5 Memorial Day win over Clinton at Alliant Energy Field. The game featured seven total errors, four by the L-Kings, and a total of nine unearned runs.

  With the game tied 4-4 in the fifth inning, Austin Gallagher hit a two-run home run to give the Loons the lead. The inning had been extended by an error on Clinton's shortstop. The Loons later tallied two more runs in the fifth on a dropped fly ball by the right fielder.

   Justin Miller (3-2) did not allow an earned run in five innings to record the win. Robert Boothe followed with three shutout innings, striking out six.

The Loons scored the game's first two runs in the second on an RBI single by Parker Dalton and a ground out by Dee Gordon.  

  But the LumberKings responded with a four-run third.  Dalton was charged with two bad-hop errors and all runs were unearned.  

  Great Lakes tied the game in the fourth on a two-run single by Anthony Hatch.  

  Then in the ninth, Blake Brannon walked the first three batters of the innings.  But Javy Guerra entered and notched his 11th save of the year by retiring three in a row, the final two by strikeouts.  

  Hatch and Dalton recorded two hits apiece for the Loons.  

  The Loons (23-21) begin a six-game homestand with the first of a three-game series against the Kane County Cougars Tuesday night at Dow Diamond. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-4, 7.36 ERA) will start against right-hander Shawn Haviland (3-1, 2.49). 

 Score by innings
Great Lakes	002 240 000-8
Clinton	        004 000 001-5

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  0  0  .301
Pedroza dh	5  0  1  0  .293
Buss cf	        4  1  1  0  .308
Gallagher 1b	5  1  1  2  .264
Delmonico c	4  2  1  0  .293
Russell rf	4  2  1  0  .294
Hatch 3b	4  1  2  0  .294
Silverio lf	4  1  1  2  .279
Dalton 2b	4  0  2  1  .262
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 Totals	        39 8 10 5
 Clinton	33 5  7 4

 Error- Dalton 2 (3), Miller (2). Two-base 
hits- Silverio (9), Russell (12), Dalton (6). 
HR- Gallagher (3). RBI- Dalton (11), Hatch 
2 (14), Gallagher 2 (26). SB- Buss (5). 
LOB- Great Lakes 7, Clinton 10.

 Great Lakes	in  h r-er bb so  era
JMiller (3-3)	5.0  5  4-0  2  3  4.72
Boothe        	3.0  2  0-0  0  6  3.91
Brannon 	0-0  0  1-1  3  0  3.13
Guerra (sv 11)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.13
 WP- Miller. HBP- by Miller 2. T- 2:47.
Att- 660.
 

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