Albuquerque Splits Two With Oklahoma City

Albuquerque broke even with Oklahoma City, losing 1-0 and winning 2-1 on clutch hitting in the final inning. West Tenn smacked Chattanooga (20-29) 11-1 and forced into last place in the North Division. Inland Empire lost 5-4 in 10 innings to Modesto despite a strong start by Josh Wall. In the longest game in Great Lakes history, Peoria won a 7-5 decision in 14 innings.

'Topes Lose, Win Pitcher's Duel
Albuquerque (24-25) got two great pitching performances but could manage only one win at Oklahoma City. A pair of left-handers handled the pitching. Shawn Estes (3-2) allowed only four hits and a single run, but that run beat him 1-0 in the opener. In the second game Steven Randolph drew the start but didn't have a decision. Mitch Jones home run tied the game and Luis Maza's RBI knocked in the winning run in the seventh to win 2-1.
br> In the first game, Estes allowed the four hits but three of them came in the fifth inning and with them came the only run of the game. Estes walked three and struck out three in his six innings.

Albuquerque's first hit came on a leadoff single in the second inning. Hector Luna doubled with two out in the fourth and Dee Brown walked. No other Isotope reached second base in the game. Luna also singled. Chin-Lung Hu picked up the third, and final, hit in the sixth with a one-out single.

  Score by Innings - 1st Game
Albuquerque	000 000 0-0
Oklahoma City	000 010 x-1

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf 	3  0  0  0  .296
Hu ss	        3  0  1  0  .226
DeWitt 2b	3  0  0  0  .275
Luna 1b	        3  0  2  0  .365
Brown lf	2  0  0  0  .308
Pascucci dh	3  0  0  0  .239
Maza 3b	        2  0  0  0  .246
Ardoin c	2  0  0  0  .221
Rosario cf	2  0  0  0  .278
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  Totals 	23  0  3  0
  Oklahoma City	17  1  4  1  

2B- Luna (9). LOB- Albuquerque 3,
Oklahoma City 4. DP- Hu and Luna.   	

  Albuquerque	in  h r-er bb so  era
Estes (3-20	6.0  4  1-1  3  3  3.00 
  T- 1:33.
In the second game, it looked like a re-run of the first contest with Oklahoma City scoring a run in the opening inning and making it hold up into the seventh.

Then, after Valentino Pascucci and Sergio Garcia made the first two outs, Mitch Jones, who was sitting out due to a a strained left calf, pinch-hit for catcher Kenley Jansen and happily didn't have to run hard after he smacked his 16th home run of the season over the field field wall to tie the game.

That seemed to rejuvenate the Isotopes. Jovanny Rosario singled and moved to second on an outfield error. The Luis Maza singled to center to drive him across with the lead run.

Starter Steven Randolph allowed a first inning run without the aid of a hit on a walk, two stolen bases and a sac fly. That held up until Jones dramatic smash.

Randolph left after four innings having allowed only a harmless single and Erick Threets added two hitless innings, earning his first win.

Albuquerque, escaped losing a one-hitter, turned the game over to Scott Strickland in the bottom of the seventh and he struck out all three of the RedHawks he faced to record his eighth save.

The Isotopes had seven hits in the game and left six runners on base. They were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position until Maza's game-winning single in the seventh. Jason Repko's 16-game hitting streak ended in the first game when he went 0-for-3.

The Isotopes will entertain the RedHawks again today with right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado (2-4, 3.63) taking the mound for Albuquerque against Oklahoma City righty Neftali Feliz (2-2, 3.93).

Albuquerque will return home on Saturday, June 6 for a four-game homestand against the same Oklahoma City RedHawks.

  Score by Innings - 2nd Game
Albuquerque	000 000 2-2
Oklahoma City	100 000 0-1

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza lf	        4  0  2  1  .254
Hu ss	        4  0  0  0  .220
DeWitt 2b	3  0  0  0  .268
Luna dh	        3  0  0  0  .258
Brown rf	2  0  0  0  .304
Pascucci 1b	3  0  0  0  .234
Garcia 3b	3  0  1  0  .167
Jansen c	2  0  1  0  .500
 MJones ph	1  1  1  1  .266
Ardoin c	0  0  0  0  .221
Rosario cf	2  1  2  0  .350
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  Totals  	32  2  7  2  
  Oklahoma City	30  1  1  1  

  HR- MJones (16). RBI- MJones (37),
Maza (12). s- Rosario. LOB- Albuquerque
6, Oklahoma City 5. 

  Albuquerque	in  h r-er bb so  era
Randolph	4.0  1  1-1  3  5  9.70
Threets (1-0)	2.0  0  0-0  2  2 2.16
Strickland	1.0  0  0-0  0  3  4.60
  HBP- by Threets. PB- Jansen (1). 
T- 2:35. Att- 9,203.
Lookouts Lose, Remain in Last Place
West Tenn smacked Chattanooga (20-29) 11-1 in a battle to stay out of the division basement. The Jaxx now own a half-game lead on the Lookouts in fourth place in the North Division.

The Jaxx banged the Isotope pitching staff for eight extra base hits, including three home runs, one triple and four doubles. The Jaxx won the five game series three games to two.

Travis Chick (3-2) took the loss for Chattanooga. The former Jaxx pitcher lasted just 2.2 innings and gave up six runs on six hits before leaving with two out in the third. Francisco Felix allowed a single run over the next 2.1 innings but Jesus Rodriguez was tagged for four runs in the seventh and left with one out. Matt Sartor finished the final 1.2 innings without allowing a run or a hit.

The Lookouts were out-hit 11 to six with Josh Bell collecting a pair of singles and Russ Mitchell knocking him in with a double for the only run in the seventh.

Chattanooga closes out May by hosting the Mobile Bears this afternoon in the first game of a five-game series.

  Score by Innings 
Chattanooga	000 000 100- 1
West Tennessee	105 010 40x-11	   

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  1  0  .298
Godwin rf	3  0  0  0  .259
Abreu 2b	4  0  0  0  .297
Bell 3b	        3  1  2  0  .293
Lambo lf	4  0  1  0  .266
Rose dh	        4  0  1  0  .300
Mitchell 1b	4  0  1  0  .177
Closser c	3  0  0  0  .246
Sellers ss	3  0  0  0  .268
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  Totals 	24  1  6  1
  West Tenn	36 11 13  2

  Error- Godwin (2). 2B- Mitchell (5).
RBI- Mitchell (21). S- Godwin.
LOB- Chattanooga 6, West Tenn 3.
DP- Abreu, Sellers and Mitchell.

  Chattanooga	in  h r-er bb so  era
Chick (3-2)	2.0  6  6-6  2  2  5.70
Felix	        3.1  2  1-1  0  3  2.43
Rodriguez	0.1  5  4-4  0  0  3.38
Sartor	        1.2  0  0-0  0  1  2.93
  T- 2:55. Att- 2,712.
?Sixers Let One Slip Away
?Inland Empire 66ers dropped the final game of their four-game homestand with Modesto, losing 5-4 in the tenth inning to waste a quality outing from starter Josh Wall.

The 66ers led 3-1 into the seventh before the Nuts scored twice to tie the game. Two runs in the top of the 10th put the visitors up 5-3 and a rally in the last of the ninth saw Inland Empire score one run and leave the tying run at second base.

Wall gave up just a single run on four hits while striking out four through six strong innings. Miguel Sanfler took over in the seventh and was replaced by Jacobo Meque as Modesto tied the game in the seventh inning.

Marlon Arias (1-1) was tagged with the loss for the Sixers as he gave up a pair of runs, one of them unearned, in the tenth.

Trayvon Robinson homered in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game 1-1. Jaime Ortiz singled, moved up on a passed ball, and scored on Christian Lara's RBI single in the second and Inland Empire added a third run in the sixth on Scott Van Slyke's sixth homer.

Trailing 5-3, Christian Lara and Jessie Mier singling to open the bottom of the 10th. Lara stole third and a Elian Herrera squeezed Lara across the plate and Preston Mattingly, running for Mier, to second. Justin Fuller bounced to the shortstop and Mattingly was nailed at third. Robinson grounded out to end the game one run short.

Robinson had a pair of hits, boosting his average to .314, and stole his Cal League-leading 19th base. In the field, Robinson he made two dazzling diving plays in center in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Lara singled twice and added an RBI. Van Slyke smacked a solo homer.

The 66ers head to High Dessert to open up an 8-game road-trip this afternoon.

  Score by Innings
Modesto 	100 000 300 2-5
Inland Empire	110 001 000 1-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Herrera lf	4  0  0  1  .280
Fuller 2b	5  0  0  0  .204
Robinson cf	5  1  2  1  .314
Van Slyke rf	2  1  1  1  .309
Baez 3b	        4  0  1  0  .275
Ortiz 1b	4  1  1  0  .333
Caseres dh	3  0  0  0  .246
 AGonzalez dh	1  0  0  0  .265
Lara ss	        4  1  2  1  .252
Mier c	        4  0  1  0  .250
 Mattingly pr	0  0  0  0  .303
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  Totals 	36  4  8  4
  Modesto	32  5  6  2

  Error- Mier (1). HR- Robinson (6),
Van Slyke (6). RBI- Robinson (21),
Lara (15), Van Slyke (29), Herrera (8).
S- Herrera. LOB- Inland Empire 5,
Modesto 8.  	

  Inland Empire	in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall 	        6.0  4  1-1  0  4  5.50
Sanfler	        0.2  0  2-2  1  0  4.28
Meque	        0.0  1  0-0  2  0  5.59
Prado	        1.1  0  0-0  1  1  6.48
Arias (1-1)	2.0  1  2-0  1  4  3.78
  HBP- by Wall 2, by Sanfler. PB- Mier (1).
T- 3:26. Att- 4,077.
Loons Fall to Peoria in 14 Innings
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

In the longest game in the history of the Great Lakes Loons franchise, Peoria used a two-run homer to win 7-5 in 14 innings. It was the third straight extra-innings game for the Loons, also a franchise first.

  The Loons were unable to hold a 5-1 lead entering the eighth inning, spoiling a brilliant start from right-hander Justin Miller. Miller delivered his fourth quality start of the season, pitching into the eighth inning and allowing only three runs (two earned) while notching a season-high six strikeouts.

  The Chiefs rally started with a single and a walk off of Miller beginning the eighth before Miller gave way to closer Javy Guerra. Guerra allowed a two-run double to the first batter he faced, cutting the lead in half before he escaped the eighth without further damage. However, the Chiefs strung together three consecutive one-out singles in the ninth to plate two more runs, sending the Loons past nine innings for the third straight day.

  The Loons jumped on top in the first inning with a pair of runs. Kyle Russell hit a sacrifice fly to score Jaime Pedroza with the game's first run, then Tony Delmonico delivered a two-out RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

  After Peoria picked up an unearned run in the second to draw within a run, Anthony Hatch blasted a two-run shot to right field in the bottom of the third for a 4-1 Loons lead. Alfredo Silverio tripled and scored on a sac fly from Travis Vetters in the fourth to build the 5-1 cushion that the Loons held until the late innings.

  Steve Smith (0-1) allowed a single run in his three innings of work but took the loss for the Loons.

  The Chiefs bullpen was the difference in the game, locking down the Loons offense after they had scored five runs in the first five innings. Four Peoria relievers combined to work nine innings, allowing only three hits and no runs while racking up 13 strikeouts.

  The final game of the three-game series and the Loons' current six-game homestand is slated for this afternoon at Dow Diamond. Josh Walter (3-1, 2.59) makes his first start of the year for Great Lakes opposite left-hander Jeff Beliveau (0-1, 4.78) for Peoria.

  Preceding the game, Loons players will participate in an on-field youth baseball clinic. All kids with a ticket to the game are invited to participate in the free clinic. Also on Sunday, kids can run the bases following the game.

  Blake Brannon Promoted
The Dodgers promoted right-handed pitcher Blake Brannon to Inland Empire of the California League. The Brenham, Texas native was 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA in 12 outings for the Loons, pitching 25.2 innings. Brannon registered 25 strikeouts against just 11 walks in Midwest League play (8.77 K/9; 2.27:1 K/BB).

  Brannon began the 2008 season with Inland Empire, posting a 4.70 ERA in seven appearances with a record of 0-0. The 24-year-old relief pitcher spent the remainder of the year with Great Lakes, going 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in 18 games while striking out 44 batters over 34.2 innings. He finished with the third-lowest opponents' batting average amongst Midwest League relievers (.153).

  Score by Innings
Peoria	        010 000 022 000 02-7
Great Lakes	202 100 000 000 00-5

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Buss cf	        7  0  2  0  .295
Pedroza 2b	6  2  1  0  .292
Hatch 3b	6  2  2  2  .274
Russell rf	3  0  0  1  .287
Delmonico c	5  0  1  1  .276
Lopez c	        2  0  0  0  .042
Silverio lf	4  1  1  0  .279
Walters dh	5  0  1  1  .241
Wallach 1b	6  0  0  0  .206
Dalton ss	5  0  1  0  .243
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  Totals  	42  5  9  5
  Peoria	42  7 14  6

  Errors- Dalton 2 (5), Hatch (3).
2B- Pedroza (13). 3B- Silverio (5).
HR- Hatch (4). SF- Russell, Vetters.
LOB- Great Lakes 12, Peoria 14.
SB- Pedroza (16).

  Great Lakes	in  h r-er bb so  era
JMiller 	7.0  6  3-2  2  6  4.45
Guerra	        2.0  4  2-2  2  4  1.61
Boothe	        2.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.76
Smith (0-1)	3.0  3  2-1  1  2  3.57
  HBP- by Guerra. PB- Demonic 2 (7). 
T- 4:15. Att- 5,058.

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