Bad Day: Farm Clubs Lose Five Games

Albuquerque was held to three hits through seven as Colorado Springs banged out an 8-4 win. West Tenn swept a double-header from Chattanooga, 5 to 2 and 3-2. Tim Sexton came up winless in his last 14 starts at home as Modesto topped Inland Empire 4-3. Great Lakes pitchers walked 10 in a 10-inning, 5-4 loss to Kane County.

'Topes Bats Silenced
Albuquerque (23-23) was retired in order over the first four innings was held to only three hits through seven as Colorado Springs banged out an 8-4 win to split the four-game series. Miguel Pinango (2-5) was touched for four runs in his three innings and took the loss. Lookouts

Outfielder Dee Brown broke up the perfect game bid with a first pitch shot that just stayed fair over the right-field wall with one out in the fifth. Brown, who finished with three of the Isotopes nine hits including a double.

Albuquerque fell behind 8-1 before they added three more runs in the final two innings.

Relievers Hyang-Nam Choi and Nick DeBarr were each tagged for two runs and Brian Mazone worked a scoreless ninth to become the only Isotope pitcher to come out of he game unscathed.

Jason Repko's RBI single, increasing his hitting streak to 15 games, drove in Luis Maza, who had doubled, in the eighth. Then in the ninth, Brown singled and Valentino Pascucci smacked his sixth homer, a monstrous two-run blast left-center to end the scoring.

Brown had three hits and Maza two on the evening.

The Isotopes hit the road tomorrow to take on the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Right-hander James McDonald (0-0, 4.05) gets the start. Albuquerque will return home on Saturday, June 6 for four-game homestand against the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

  Score by Innings
Colorado Springs	130 002 110-8
Albuquerque	        000 010 012-4

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .333
Hu 2b        	4  0  0  0  .224
DeWitt ss	4  0  0  0  .283
MJones rf	4  0  0  0  .260
Brown lf	4  2  3  1  .315
Pascucci 1b	4  1  1  2  .244
Ardoin c	4  0  1  0  .225
Maza 3b	        4  1  2  0  .244
Pinango p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Choi p	        0  0  0  0 1.000
 Garcia ph	1  0  0  0  .146
 DeBarr p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Repko ph	1  0  1  1  .305
 Mazone p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Luna ph	1  0  0  0  .366
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  Totals  	36  4  9  4
  Col Springs	37  8 11  7

  Errors- DeWitt (6), Pascucci (4).
2B- Brown (12), Maza (5). HR- Brown
(36), Repko (22), Pascucci 2 (25).
LOB- Albuquerque 5, Colorado Springs
9. DP- DeWitt, He and Pascucci;
DeBarr, DeWitt and Pascucci.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Pinango (2-5)	3.0  3  4-4  2  0  7.36
Choi	        3.0  2  2-2  1  4  4.15
DeBarr	        2.0  5  2-2  1  0  8.18
Mazone	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1 11.25
  WP- Pinango. Balk- Choi. HBP by Pinango.
T- 2:53. Att- 7,662.
West Tenn Takes Two
The Diamond Jaxx swept a double-header from Chattanooga (18-28), winning game one 5 to 2 and game two 3-2. The Lookouts slid back into last place in the South Division, 7.5 games out of first.

In game one the Jaxx scored three in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie and held on for the win. Starter Josh Lindblom (2-3) had control problems and lasted just four innings allowing all of the Jaxx five runs on four hits and four walks.

The Lookouts tied the game up in the top of the fifth. With two out, Eduardo Perez singled and Russell Mitchell walked. Juan Gonzalez's double scored both of them and tied the game at 2-2.

Chattanooga managed only four hits. Justin Sellers doubled in the first inning. The Lookouts got two in the fourth and James Tomlin singled in the ninth.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 200 0-2
West Tenn	002 300 x-5

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	3  0  1  0  .295
Sellers ss	1  0  1  0  .259
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .269
Bell 3b        	3  0  0  0  .290
Rose c        	2  0  0  0  .313
Perez 1b	3  1  1  0  .294
Mitchell dh	2  1  0  0  .171
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  2  .227
Giles rf	3  0  0  0  .125
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  Totals	24  2  4  2  
  West Tenn	19  5  5  5

  2B- Sellers (15), JGonzalez (6). 
RBI- Gonzalez 2 (9). SB- Tomlin (2).
LOB- Chattanooga 7, West Tenn 2.

  Chattanooga	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lindblom (2-3)	4.0  4  5-5  4  2  4.78
Garate	        2.0  1  0-0  0  3  1.20
  T- 2:13.
After a one hour and twenty seven minute rain delay, game two didn't work out much better for the Lookouts. West Tenn scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 deadlock and earn a 3-2 win.

Jesus Castillo started and allowed only two runs in his six innings, giving up six hits and striking out seven. J.D. Durban worked the final inning, the seventh, and gave up an opening double. A sac bunt moved the runner up, two walks loaded the bases and a single ended things.

Chattanooga took a 1-0 lead when Russell Mitchell slugged his fifth home run over the left field wall. After the Jaxx had tied the score, Mike Rose lined a solo home run but the 2-1 lead lasted only until the bottom of the inning when West Tenn again tied things up.

The Lookouts picked up only four hits in each game. Beside his the home run Rose added single. Mitchell's round tripper and Tony Abreu's single ended their offense.

The two clubs play another double-header tonight with Travis Chick (3-1, 4.54) LHP Scott Elbert (1-0, 4.32) starting for Chattanooga.

  Score by Innings 2nd Game
Chattanooga	010 100 0-2
West Tenn	001 010 1-3

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu ss	4  0  1  0  .317
JGonzalez 2b	2  0  0  0  .221
Bell 3b        	3  0  0  0  .284
Rose dh        	3  1  2  1  .368
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .250
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .264
Mitchell rf	2  1  1  1  .175
Closser c	2  0  0  0  .241
Godwin cf	3  0  0  0  .241
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  Totals	25  2  4  2
  West Tenn	25  3  8  3

  HR- Mitchell (5), Rose (1).
RBI- Mitchell (20), Rose (1).
LOB- Chattanooga 5, West Tenn 5. 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Castillo	6.0  6  2-2  1  7  4.73
Durbin (0-2)	1.0  2  1-1  2  0  1.46
  HBP- by Castillo.
T- 1:57 (1:27 delay). Att- 3,804.
Early Lead Disappears
Inland Empire scored three runs in the first three innings but Modesto matched them run for run and collected 4-3 win. Starter Tim Sexton (1-5) was charged with the loss and the right-hander now winless in his last 14 starts at home. Sexton gave up 4 runs on 5 hits over 5.1 innings pitched for the 66ers.?

The loss dropped the Sixers to 20-27 and an even dozen games out of first place.

Adolfo Gonzalez walked, Scot Van Slyke drove him in with a two-out double and then scored on Pedro Baez's RBI single to overcome a 1-0 Modesto lead in the first inning.

After the Nuts nicked Sexton for a pair of runs in the third, Preston Mattingly tied the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning. But Inland Empire collected only two hits over the last five innings and Modesto added the winning run in the sixth.?

?The Sixers had runners in scoring position in both the sixth and eighth innings but couldn't push one across the plate. Batista, Meque and Krebs didn't allow a run over the final 3.2 innings.

Van Slyke and Baez each had two of the four hits Inland Empire finished with.?

?The 66ers will send Alberto Bastardo (3-2, 3.72) to the mound Friday night in an attempt to snap the team's current three-game losing streak. ?

  Score by Innings
Modesto	        102 001 000-4
Inland Empire	201 000 000-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	5  1  1  1  .305
AGonzalez 2b	4  1  0  0  .275
Robinson cf	3  0  0  0  .310
Van Slyke rf	3  1  2  1  .282
Ortiz 1b	3  0  1  0  .364
Herrera dh	4  0  1  0  .318
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .311
Lara ss        	4  0  0  0  .241
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  Totals	34  3  8  3
  Modesto	31  4  5  4

  Error- Baez (6). 2B- Van Slyke (16).
HR- Mattingly (4). RBI- Van Slyke (28),
Baez (28), Mattingly (14). S- Ortiz.
LOB- Inland Empire 8, Modesto 4. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so   era
Sexton (1-5)	5.1  4  4-4  1  3  2.79
Bastista	1.2  0  0-0  0  1  4.99
Meque	        1.0  0  0-0  1  3  5.59
Krebs	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
  PB- Garabedian (2). T- 2:51. Att- 1,561.
Loons Walk 10 in 10-Inning Loss
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Jon Dutton walked the first two batters he faced in the 10th inning, the second to force in the game-winning run, as the Great Lakes Loons fell 5-4 to Kane County in 10 innings. Loons pitchers walked 10 batters in the contest.

  Ethan Martin started for the Loons and walked six in four innings. He also struck out six and was charged with just one run.

Luis Garcia followed and didn't walk a batter, but surrendered a home run and was charged with three runs. Kyle Smit was the Loons' most effective reliever, with 1.1 scoreless frames. Robert Boothe (0-2) was charged with the loss. He walked two and allowed one hit.

Despite all the walks, the Loons pitchers were tough with runners on base. They left 13 of them stranded and held the Cougars to 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Great Lakes was 1-for-11.

  Trailing 1-0, Anthony Hatch hit an opposite-field three-run home run in the sixth, with Nick Buss on base with a double and Kyle Russell, who had walked, to give the Loons a two-run lead. The lead, however, was short-lived. In the seventh, Kane County responded with a three-run home run of his own to put Kane County ahead again 4-3. 

  In the eighth, Jaime Pedroza led off the inning with a double. He stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Buss to tie the game at four.

  Boothe began the 10th and left with two on and one out in favor of the lefty Dutton, who walked Dusty Napoleon to load the bases, and then walked Jason Christian to give the Cougars the lead.

  In the bottom half Cougars' reliever Mickey Storey hit Pedroza and Buss to begin the inning. Tony Delmonico failed to lay down a bunt and struck out for the first out of the inning. Storey then retired Kyle Russell and Hatch to close out the game and record his fourth save of the year.

Matt Wallach was the only Loon with more than a single hit.

The Loons also made a roster move. 1B Austin Gallagher has been placed on the seven-day disabled list and catcher Esteban Lopez has been activated.

The Loons begin a three-game series with the Peoria Chiefs Friday tonight.  Right-hander Robert Blevins (3-4, 5.48 ERA), who has allowed just three earned run in his last three starts (19 innings), gets the nod for the Loons against right-hander Justin Bristow (1-2, 4.64).

 Score by innings
Kane County	001 000 300 1-5	
Great Lakes	000 003 100 0-4

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon dh	4  0  0  0  .294
Pedroza 2b	4  1  1  0  .297
Buss cf        	3  1  1  1  .289
Delmonico 1b	5  0  1  0  .278
Russell rf	4  1  1  0  .291
Hatch 3b	4  1  1  3  .267
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .274
Wallach c	4  0  2  0  .219
Dalton ss	4  0  0  0  .246
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 Totals	36 4 8 4
 KCounty	37 5 8 5

 Error- Delmonico (5). 2b hits- Buss (2), 
Pedroza (12). HR- Hatch (3). RBI- Hatch 3 
(17), Buss (14). SF- Buss. SB- Delmonico (4), 
Russell 4), Pedroza (15). CS- Gordon (5). 
LOB- Great Lakes 8, Kane  County 13.

 Great Lakes	in  h r-er bb so  era
Martin	4.0  2  1-1  6  6  3.76
Garcia	2.2  3  3-3  0  2  3.48
Smit        	1.1  2  0-0  0  0  5.65
Boothe (0-2)	1.1  1  1-1  2  1  4.07
Dutton	0.2  0  0-0  2  0  7.36
 WP- Martin. HBP- Gordon, Pedroza, Buss.
T- 3:18. Att- 5,050.
 

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