Luna, McCarter and Aguasviva Spark Wins

Hector Luna smacked two homers and Dee Brown added another as Albuquerque beat Oklahoma City 8-3. Mobile blanked Chattanooga 5-0, dropping them 10 games under .500. Inland Empire scored eight runs in the fifth to win 13-8 with Jake McCarter winning in relief. He's allowed just one hit in 11.1 scoreless innings this season. Newcomer Geison Aguasviva earned the win as Great Lakes beat Peoria 4-2..

Three Home Runs Drops RedHawks
Third baseman Hector Luna clubbed two home runs, including one of the inside-the-park variety, and Dee Brown added another to pace Albuquerque (25-25) to an 8-3 win over Oklahoma City.

Isotopes starter Giancaro Alvarado worked sixth innings to win his third win of the season. Alvarado (3-4) allowed three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six during which he threw 71 of a total 99 pitches for strikes. Hyang-Nam Choi took over in the seventh and tossed a pair of perfect frames before Carmen Cali sealed the game with a scoreless ninth.

Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu lined a double and scored on Blake DeWitt's triple to give the 'Topes a lead in the first inning. After Luna drew a walk, Brown singled to left to score DeWitt for a 2-0 lead.

Brown added a two-out single, Valentino Pascucci then walked and Sergio Garcia dumped a single into right to boost the Albuquerque advantage to 3-0.

The RedHawks would get on the board in the bottom of the frame, but the 'Topes scoring three times in the sixth. Jovanny Rosario led off with a single, DeWitt hit a two-out, RBI-double and Luna crushed a mammoth two-run blast over the left field foul pole to give Albuquerque a 6-1 lead.

Oklahoma City tagged Alvarado for a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth but that would end their scoring.

Luna opened the ninth with a deep fly ball that hit off the wall in center. As the ball caromed off the wall, the center fielder got his spikes caught in the turf and fell down, allowing Luna to zip all the way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

One batter later, Brown hammered a solo shot over the wall in center to give the Isotopes to an 8-3 win. Luna finished the day with two homers, his first multi-home run game of the season, and three RBI, while Brown racked up four hits in the winning cause. Hu and DeWitt chipped in a couple of hits each.

The Isotopes wrap up their series in Oklahoma this afternoon. Right-hander Charlie Haeger (5-3, 4.99) will take the mound for Albuquerque against 'Hawks righty Omar Poveda, who will be making his Triple-A debut. Albuquerque will return home on June 6 for a four-game homestand against the same Oklahoma City RedHawks.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	002 013 002-8
Oklahoma City	000 012 000-3

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza lf        	5  0  0  0  .245
Hu 2b        	4  1  2  0  .227
DeWitt ss	5  2  2  2  .273
Luna 3b        	4  2  2  3  .361
Brown rf	5  2  4  2  .321
Pascucci dh	3  0  0  0  .229
Garcia 1b	2  0  1  1  .180
Ardoin c	5  0  0  0  .007
Rosario cf	5  1  1  0  .320
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  Totals  	38  8 12  8
  Oklahoma City	34  3  7  3  

  2B- Hu (7), DeWitt (10). 3B- DeWitt
(5). HR- Luna 2 (11), Brown (12).
RBI- DeWitt 2 (18), Brown 2 (38),
Garcia (3), Luna 3 (40). S- Garcia.
LOB- Albuquerque 10, Oklahoma City
5. SB- Brown (3). 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (3-4)	6.0  6  3-3  1  6  3.73
Choi        	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  3.38
Cali        	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.06
  T- 2:52. Att- 4,246.
Mobile Drops Punchless Lookouts
Mobile blanked Chattanooga 5-0, dropping them 10 games under .500 and 9.5 games behind the league leader with 19 games left in the first half. The BayBears won their ninth straight game to set a franchise record.

Lookouts starter James Adkins needed 31 pitches to get out of the first inning but regains his command and finished six innings, allowing two runs, one earned. But that was enough to tag him with the loss, his fourth against two wins. Victor Garate gave up the final three runs while making only his second appearance since May 22.

Andrew Lambo, Mike Rose and Justin Sellers shared the three Chattanooga hits.

The Lookouts are hitting .348 and scoring just over four runs per game which puts them eighth in the 10-team Southern League. They have scored two runs or less in 17 of their 50 games (34%) and have been held to one run nine times and shut out on three occasions.

"Hopefully we can turn the corner," Lookouts manager John Valentin said, "and hopefully soon."

His pitching staff is sixth in the league at 4.03 but they lead the league in strikeouts with 378.

One contributing factor in the listless loss was that Chattanooga returned home at 3:30 after losing Saturday night at West Tenn. The BayBears opted to spend Saturday night in Mobile before waking up early and arriving around noon.

Lookouts players did not use the late night as an excuse. Third baseman Josh Bell had one of those games, committing a throwing error, a fielding error and hitting into a double play.

"I could feel my body being a little more heavy than usual, but mental mistakes just can't happen," Bell said. "This is minor league baseball. Everybody goes through tough trips."

Schlichting Promoted
Chattanooga right-handed relief pitcher Travis Schlichting was promoted to Los Angeles on Sunday and was replaced on the Lookouts roster by fellow righty reliever Paul Koss, who was activated from the disabled list.

  Score by Innings
Mobile	        001 010 210-5
Chattanooga	000 000 000-0

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  0  0  .287
Sellers ss	4  0  1  0  .268
Bell 3b        	3  0  0  0  .288
Rose c        	3  0  1  0  .303
Lambo lf	3  0  1  0  .267
Mitchell rf	3  0  0  0  .174
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .214
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  0  0  .217
Adkins p	2  0  0  0  .077
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .100
 Durbin p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	29  0  3  0  
 Mobile	        37  5 10  4

  Errors- Sellers (8), Bell 2 (10).
LOB- Chattanooga 3, Mobile 11.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins (2-4)	6.0  5  2-1  4  4  4.97
Garate	        2.0  4  3-3  0  2  2.65
Durbin 	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  1.29
  WP- Adkins, Garate. HBP- by Garate. 
T- 2:26. Att- 2,782.
Sixers Walk Away With Win
Inland Empire took advantage of eight walks and scored eight runs in the fifth inning to overcome a 7-2 deficit and earn their largest comeback win of the season with a 13-8 win over High Desert. Overall, the eight base on balls drawn by the 66ers were also a season-high.   

Steve Johnson was treated roughly and allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings. But the Inland Empire bullpen was outstanding, allowing just one hit in 4.2 innings. Jake McCarter (1-0) picked up the win with 2.2 hitless innings. The right-hander has allowed just one hit in 11.1 scoreless innings since debuting with the 66ers May 14.

McCarter was selected by the Red Sox in the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign. He signed with the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent out of the University of Oklahoma in June 2008. Pitching in the Gulf Coast League that season, he was 2-0 with a 4.4- earned run average in 11 games. He allowed 15 hits in 14.1 innings but struck out 17.

Scott Van Slyke's first grand slam of the season keyed the eight-run inning, the most runs for the 66ers in an inning this season. Van Slyke's grand slam was the second of the season after Tommy Giles hit one at this ballpark on May 7.

Trailing 7-2 in the fifth after hitting into three double plays in the first four frames, Preston Mattingly, Adolfo Gonzalez and Trayvon Robinson each walked to load the bases for Van Slyke. The right fielder blasted a shot off the scoreboard in left that was initially ruled a double, but then called a home run after a meeting between members of the crew.

The Sixers (22-28) added four unearned runs to cap the eight-run inning on a walk (four in the inning), two singles, a double and a sacrifice fly.

Elian Herrera went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs and would have had five hits had it not been for a spectacular catch on a deep drive to right center. 

The Mavericks (33-17) took the lead in the third, scoring five runs off Johnson.

The Mavericks loaded the bases off reliever Greg Miller on a single and two hit-batsmen in the ninth before the lefthander got a strikeout and a ground ball to end the game.

The 66ers and Mavericks resume tonight with RHP Chris Withrow (3-4, 5.65) to face High Desert's RHP Steven Hensley (1-0, 5.73) on the hill. Inland Empire returns home Tuesday, June 9 to host the Lancaster JetHawks.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	010 051 003-13
High Desert	015 110 000- 8

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	3  3  1  2  .303
AGonzalez 2b	5  1  3  3  .276
Robinson cf	5  1  1  1  .311
Van Slyke rf	4  3  2  4  .313
Baez 3b        	5  1  2  0  .280
Caseres 1b	3  1  1  0  .248
Herrera dh	5  2  4  2  .327
Garabedian c	5  0  2  0  .317
Lara ss	        4  1  1  1  .252
    --------------------------------
  Totals  	39 13 17 13
  High Desert	35  8 12  8

  2B- Caseres (9), AGonzalez (6), Van
Slyke (17), Herrara (3), HR- Van Slyke
(7). RBI- Herrera 2 (10), Van Slyke 4
(33), Lara (16), Mattingly 2 (17),
AGonzalez 3 (17), Robinson (22).
SF- Lara. LOB- Inland Empire 9, High
Desert 6. SB- mattingly (4). DP- Lara, 
AGonzalez and Caseres; Mattingly, Lara
and Caseres; Robinson and Caseres.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so era
Johnson	        4.1  1  8-8  1  1  4.73
McCarter (1-0)	2.2  0  0-0  1  2  0.00
Krebs        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Miller	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.82
  HBp- by Johnson, by Miller 2.
T- 3:20. Att- 12,834.
New Kids on the Block Top Peoria 4-2
After three straight days of extra-inning baseball, Great Lakes took care of business in nine innings, beating Peoria 4-2, to take two of three games in the weekend series.

Peoria managed only two hits through the first eight innings against first-time starter Josh Walter (four innings, one hit) and newcomers Geison Aguasviva (1-0, three innings, one hit) and Cole St. Clair, but made things interesting by touching up St. Clair for four hits and two runs in the top of the ninth.  

St. Clair was able to end things by stranding the tying runs at first and third on a nice defensive play by shortstop Gordon, who ranged out to left field to catch a looping fly ball and end the game.

  Tony Delmonico drove in two runs, Dee Gordon scored two runs, and the Loons withstood a ninth-inning rally from the Chiefs to close the month of May with a victory.  

Gordon and Delmonico teamed up to produce the Loons first two runs of the game. In the bottom of the first, the Loons managed only one run despite loading the bases with none out. Gordon was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on back-to-back walks and scored on Delmonico's sacrifice fly.  

A walk and Gordon's Midwest League-leading 27th stolen base preceded an RBI double to left field by Delmonico in the seventh inning, giving the Loons a 2-0 lead. Great Lakes added two in the eighth on an RBI triple by Travis Vetters and an RBI single by Matt Wallach to make it 4-0 heading into the final frame.  

The Chiefs tagged St. Clair for a two-run home run in the top of the ninth for the Chiefs two runs.  

Aguasviva, pitching for the Loons for the first time this season after being added to the roster earlier in the day, picked up the win, allowing just one hit in three innings with two strikeouts. St. Clair, also in his Loons debut, finished off the win.  

After a much-needed off day on today, the Loons open a four-game series at West Michigan with an 11:00 a.m. start on Tuesday in Comstock Park, Mich. Right-hander Jon Michael Redding (6-2, 5.13 ERA) faces Whitecaps right-hander Brandon Hamilton (2-1, 5.40) in the matinee matchup. The Loons trail the first-place ‘Caps by 5.5 games in the Eastern division entering the series.

  Score by Innings
Peoria	        000 000 002-2
Great Lakes	100 000 12x-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	3  2  1  0  .294
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .286
Hatch 3b	2  0  1  0  .277
Delmonico c	3  0  1  2  .277
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .281
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .274
Buss cf        	4  1  1  0  .293
Vetters dh	4  0  1  1  .242
 Dalton pr-dh	0  1  0  0  .243
Wallach 1b	3  0  2  1  .219
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  Totals    	30  4  7  4
  Peoria	32  2  6  2

  Error- Walter (1). 2B- Delmonico (12). 
3B- Vetters (3). RBI- Delmonico 2 (24), 
Vetters (17), Walach (13). SF- Delmonico. 
LOB- Great Lakes 10, Peoria 5. SB- Gordon 
2 (27). DP- Gordon and Wallach.

  Great Lakes 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter        	4.0  1  0-0  2  4  2.22
Aguasviva (1-0)	3.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
St. Clair	2.0  4  2-2  0  2  9.00
  HBP- Gordon. T- 2:25. Att- 3,550.

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