Eovaldi Makes Strong Start for Loons

As Nuke LaLooshe said, "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes you're rained out." The minor league clubs could only manage a pair of losses and a rainout this day. Bakersfield popped Inland Empire 7-3 despite two Pedro Baez home runs, Great Lakes lost 8-4 to Kane County, after Nate Eovaldi had worked five shutout innings. Albuquerque was suspended and Chattanooga got the day off.

'Topes, Sky Sox Suspended
Albuquerque and Colorado Springs were suspended by rain heading into the 10th inning with the score knotted at 7-7. The contest will be resumed on Wednesday at 6:00 PM and will be followed shortly by that evening's regularly scheduled nine-inning contest.

Down 7-1, the 'Topes rallied for six runs on seven hits in the eighth inning to tie the affair at 7-7.

Chattanooga not scheduled. Last week, Catcher Lucas May and INF/OF Gaby Martinez have been placed on the disabled list, while C Mike Rose and INF Eduardo Perez were promoted to Chattanooga.

Rose, who has not seen action in affiliated baseball since 2007, has played at the Major League level for parts of three seasons (27 games) with three different teams (Oakland, Los Angeles, St. Louis). Originally drafted in the fifth round of the 1995 draft by the Astros, he last played for Buffalo (AAA) in 2007, where he hit .262 with seven homers and 36 RBI. The California native has accrued 915 hits in 1,113 games at Minor League level over his career.

Perez was called-up from Inland Empire (High-A), where he was hitting .353 (fourth in the California League) with 13 doubles, five triples, and three homers. The switch-hitting Venezuelan hit .274 with 24 doubles, nine homers, and 43 RBI between Inland Empire and Great Lakes last season.

May, who was riding a team-high nine-game hitting streak, was hitting .298 with four doubles, four homers, and 11 RBI this season for the Lookouts before being placed on the disabled list.

Martinez was hitting .298 with nine doubles, seven homers (fifth in the Southern League, 31 RBI (second in the Southern League), and a .587 slugging percentage (fourth in the Southern League).

Inland Empire not scheduled. Dodgers opening day starter Hiroki Kuroda is scheduled to make his second rehab appearance with the Inland Empire 66ers tonight. The 66ers will be opening a four-game homestand against the Modesto Nuts. Kuroda threw 58 pitches for the 66ers at Bakersfield on Friday, May 22, allowing 1 unearned run on 1 hit over 3 2/3 innings pitched, striking out 3.

Evoldi Gem Discounted
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons
A six-run seventh inning carried the Kane County Cougars to an 8-4 win over the Great Lakes Loons in the opener of a three-game series. All eight Cougar runs came off three Loons relievers after starter Nathan Eovaldi worked five scoreless innings.  

The game started as a pitchers' duel between Eovaldi and Cougars starter Shawn Haviland. The young (19) Loons' right-hander allowed only three his over five scoreless innings while striking out four. He left the game with a 1-0 lead.  

Relievers Jordan Pratt, Jon Dutton (1-1) and Steve Smith combined to allow the Cougars eight runs on six hits and seven walks.  

The Loons netted a run in the third inning on a leadoff triple by Alfredo Silverio and a double by Matt Wallach, and Eovaldi worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out  jam in the fifth inning to keep it a 1-0 game in favor of Great Lakes (23-22).  

Kane County scored twice in the sixth without a hit but Great Lakes tied the game again in the bottom of the inning thanks to Dee Gordon and Nick Buss. Gordon led off with an infield single, stole second and scored easily on a shallow single to center by Buss.  

The game was tied at 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning when Kane County erupted for six runs on six hits, five of which went for extra bases, to take control of the game.  

Kyle Russell and Jaime Pedroza hit solo home runs in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, but no other Loon reached base in the final three innings. Pedroza was the only Loon with multiple hits.  

The two teams are back in action tonight for the second game of the three-game set at Dow Diamond. Jon Michael Redding (5-2, 5.88) starts for the Loons opposite left-hander Pedro Figueroa (4-1, 5.40).

  Score by Innings

Kane County	000 002 600-8
Great Lakes	001 001 120-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  1  0  .299
Pedroza 2b	4  1  2  1  .298
Buss cf        4  0  1  1  .303
Gallagher 1b	3  0  0  0  .259
Delmonico dh	4  0  0  0  .286
Russell rf	4  1  1  1  .293
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .259
Silverio lf	3  1  1  0  .280
Wallach c	3  0  1  1  .202
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  Totals	33 4 7 4
  Kane County	34 8 9 8 

  2B- Pedroza (10), Wallach (8).
3B- Silverio (2). HR- Russell (12),
Pedroza (7). RBI- Wallach (11), Buss
(13), Russell (37), Pedroza (29).
LOB- Great Lakes 3, Kane County 9.
SB- Gordon (25). DP- Gallagher and
Gordon. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Eovaldi	5.0  3  0-0  1  4  6.29
Brat	0.2  0  2-2  3  1  5.32
Dutton (0-1)	0.2  2  3-3  2  0  9.00
Smith	2.2  4  3-3  2  2  3.66
  HBP- by Pratt. T- 2:58. Att- 2,012.
Vero, MiLB Sign Agreement
Minor League Baseball president, Pat O'Conner, signed agreements with Indian River County and the City of Vero Beach for the governing body of the sport to officially operate the 73-acre Dodgertown facility in Vero Beach, Fla. The agreements were unanimously approved last week through 5-0 votes by both the Indian River County Commission and the Vero Beach City Council.

"Minor League Baseball is honored and excited to have the operating agreements in place for the Dodgertown facility," said O'Conner. "The rich traditions of the Dodgers, Vero Beach and professional baseball on the Treasure Coast make it one of the most storied facilities in the country. We look forward to preserving those athletic and social traditions as we develop future generations of baseball players, fans, administrators and executives at the complex."

MiLB plans to host year-round events, including youth, high school and college tournaments, baseball, umpire, groundskeeper and fantasy camps, conferences, and other sports and nonsports related programming. The facility is where the Dodgers held their Spring Training camp from 1948-2008. It was also the home of a Class A Advanced Florida State League club from 1980-2008.

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