Lindblom and Redding Record Wins

After winning their first seven against New Orleans, Albuquerque lost 4-3 to the Zephyrs' in 10 innings. In a match between two highly-rated prospects, Chattanooga's Josh Lindblom topped Arizona's Jarrod Parker 4-1. Inland Empire out-hit High Desert but dropped a 7-5 decision. Great Lakes topped West Michigan, scoring five first inning runs en route to an 8-7 before 7,400 fans.

New Orleans Wins First From 'Topes
Albuquerque (26-26) battled back from a three-run deficit in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game, only to have the New Orleans score in the bottom of the 10th inning to grab a 4-3 series-opening win.

The victory is the Zephyrs' first in eight games against Albuquerque this season, during which the Isotopes had outscored the Zephyrs by 30 runs (60-30).

The Zephyrs scored three in the first in Miguel Pinango, although two of them were unearned. He then threw five shutout innings before leaving the game trailing 3-0, allowing eight hits and striking out three.

Carmen Cali and Brian Malone combined four three more shutout innings before Dwayne Pollok (2-2) surrendered the winning run in the last of the 10th.

The Isotopes, held to only four hits and trailing 3-0, scored in the seventh when Hector Luna tripled to center and scored on a groundout by Dee Brown to put them on the board.

In the eighth, Sergio Garcia slugged a lead-off double and scored on a single by Luis Maza. An error on the play by Zephyrs right fielder allowed Maza to move to second, a perfect sacrifice bunt by Chin-Lung Hu moved him to third.

Blake DeWitt drew a walk and the red-hot Luna chopped a grounder to the third baseman scoring Maza and tying the game 3-3.

Pollok got the first out in the 10th, then gave up a walk and a single to set up the game-winning base hit. Maza's throw from right field was too late to stop the winning run.

Luna increased his average to .356 with a pair of hits, including a triple. In the previous six games against New Orleans this year, Luna was batting .609 (14-for-23) with nine runs, two doubles, a triple, three homers, and nine RBI. The infielder's slugging percentage against the Z's was a stunning 1.174.

The 'Topes and New Orleans meet again tonight with right-hander James McDonald (0-0, 5.56) on the mound for Albuquerque against Zephyrs lefty Willie Collazo (4-2, 4.44). Albuquerque will return home this Saturday, June 6 to meet the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 000 120 0-3
New Orleans	300 000 000 1-4

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza lf        	5  1  1  0  .235
Hu ss        	4  0  1  0  .228
DeWitt 2b	4  0  0  0  .259
Luna 3b        	5  1  2  1  .356
Brown rf	3  0  0  0  .313
 Cali p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 MJones ph	1  0  1  0  .271
 Mazone p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pascucci ph	1  0  0  0  .230
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ellis c        	4  0  1  0  .336
Ardoin 1b	3  0  0  0  .227
Rosario cf	2  0  0  0  .000
Pinango p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Garcia rf	2  1  1  0  .182  
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  Totals   	36  3  7  2
  New Orleans	33  4 13  3

  Error- Rosario (2). 2B- Garcia (4).
3B- Luna (4). S- Hu , Rosario.
RBI- Brown (39), Luna (41). SB- Luna
(4). DP- Luna, DeWitt and Ardoin 2. 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Pinango	        6.0  8  3-2  0  3  6.80
Cali        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.26
Mazone        	2.0  3  0-0  1  3  9.64
Pollok (2-2)	0.1  2  1-1  1  0  6.04
  T- 3:00. Att- 2,247.
Lindblom's Gem Stops Mobile
In a touted match-up between two highly-rated prospects, the Lookouts' Josh Lindblom proved to be more effective than Arizona's Jarrod Parker. Lindblom threw five shutout innings to lead Chattanooga to a 4-1 win over Mobile.

Lindblom improved to 3-3 on the season by striking out four and surrendering just three hits. Parker, now also 3-3, gave up a pair of runs over six innings, walking four and striking out four.

After three scoreless innings, the Lookouts broke the ice in the bottom portion of the fourth when Eddy Perez led the inning off with a walk and Parker followed with walks to Juan Gonzalez and Lindblom. Adam Godwin's looping single to left drove in two runs.

Tim Corcoran took over in the sixth for the Lookouts and Mobile used three singles to put their only run on the scoreboard.

Chattanooga padded their lead with two runs in the seventh frame. James Tomlin led off with a single but was thrown out at second on an Adam Godwin bunt. Justin Sellers followed with a single to put runners on the corners. A balk scored one and Josh Bell's single to right gave the Lookouts a 4-1 edge.

Francisco Felix shut the door on the BayBears in the ninth to preserve the Lookouts' lead, while notching his second save of the season in the process.

Bell led Chattanooga with three its and an RBI. Tomlin had a pair of hits and Godwin knocked in a pair.

Chattanooga and Mobile will continue their five-game series this afternoon.

  Score by Innings
Mobile	        000 001 000-1
Chattanooga	000 200 20x-4

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf-rf	4  1  1  2  .256
Sellers ss	4  1  1  0  .267
Bell 3b        	4  0  3  1  .298
Lambo lf	4  0  1  0  .268
Perez 1b	3  1  1  0  .257
Mitchell rf	4  0  1  0  .177
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .333
Closser c	4  0  0  0  .240
JGonzalez 2b	2  1  0  0  .207
Lindblom p	1  0  0  0  .111
 Corcoran p	0  0  0  0  .125
 Tomlin ph-cf	2  0  2  0  .298	
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  Totals	32  4 10  3
  Mobile	35  1  8  1

  2B- Perez (3). RBI- Godwin 2 (8),
Bell (30). LOB- Chattanooga 8, Mobile
7. CS- Tomlin (5). 

  Chattanooga	 in h r-er bb so  era
Lindblom (3-3)	5.0  3  0-0  0  4  4.22
Corcoran	2.0  4  1-1  0  2  5.02
Felix (sv 2)	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  2.29
  T- 2:24. Att- 2,422.
Mavericks' XBase Hits Beat 66ers
Inland Empire out-hit the Mavericks 10-8, but five of High Desert's hits went for extra bases, including a two-run homer in the seventh, and Inland Empire dropped a 7-5 decision.

Tim Sexton relieved starter Claudio Vargas after the Dodger worked a perfect first inning. Sexton, who went 0-3 in May despite the California League's lowest ERA, was tagged for three runs in the fourth inning and took the loss.

After scoring at least ten runs in the first five games at Maverick Stadium, Inland Empire was slowed down by High Desert pitching. Pedro Baez scored in the second on a ground ball by Christian Lara but the Mavericks tied the score in the bottom of the inning, then added three in the fourth to move into a 4-1 lead.

The Sixers scored twice in the sixth on an RBI double from Scott Van Slyke that scored Trayvon Robinson, who had walked, and a double steal involving Van Slyke and Steve Caseres. Caseres stopped midway to second and Van Slyke stole home as the catcher's throw home sailed wide.

High Desert added three more runs to pile up a 7-3 lead after seven innings.

The Sixers rallied in the eighth, but two outs on the bases limited the damage. Robinson walked and moved to second on Van Slyke's single but was caught trying to steal third. Baez singled for one run and Justin Fuller singled to drive him in. Then pinch-hitter Alex Garabedian singled to right, and Fuller was thrown out at home on a perfect throw.

Steve Caseres and Van Slyke led the way with two hits while Lara drove in a pair of runs.  

The 66ers and Mavericks play the series finale tonight with LHP Alberto Bastardo (4-2, 3.25) on the hill for the Sixers while LHP Donnie Hume (5-2, 5.11) takes the ball for High Desert. Inland Empire returns home Tuesday, June 9 to host the Lancaster JetHawks.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	010 002 020-5
High Desert	010 301 20x-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  r  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	5  0  0  0  .295
AGonzalez 3b	4  0  1  0  .273
Robinson cf	3  1  0  0  .306
Van Slyke rf	5  2  2  1  .319
Baez dh        	3  2  1  1  .285
Caseres 1b	3  0  2  0  .257
Fuller 2b	3  0  1  0  .236
Lara ss	        4  0  1  2  .252
Mier c        	3  0  1  0  .286
 Garabedian ph  1  0  1  0  .330
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  Totals	29  5 10  3
  High Desert	29  7  8  7

  Error- Lara (11). 2B- Van Slyke (18).
RBI- Lara 2 (18), Van Slyke (34), Baez
(29). LOB- Inland Empire 8, High Desert
2. SB- Robinson (2), Van Slyke (3). 
CS- Robinson (9). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Vargas	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Sexton (1-6)	5.0  7  5-4  1  2  3.18
Arias        	1.0  1  2-2  1  1  4.58
Alvarez	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  HBP- by Arias. T- 2:45. Att- 952.
Loons Survive Wild Morning Win
Brad Golden
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes jumped on West Michigan, scoring five first inning runs en route to an 8-7 school kids' game win over the Whitecaps on a bizarre day of baseball. The game was played in front of a crowd one youngster shy of 7,400.  

The Loons were forced to play the majority of the game without regular middle infielders Dee Gordon and Jaime Pedroza and with no regular reserves remaining on the bench.   

Gordon left in the middle of the second and was replaced by Parker Dalton. Then with two outs in the bottom of the second, Pedroza flipped to Dalton for what appeared to be a force out and the final out of the second inning.   

But umpire Tyler Wilson ruled Gustavo Nunez safe at second, Pedroza argued the call and was quickly ejected by Wilson. For the remainder of the game, the Loons had to manage with three infielders out of position – Esteban Lopez (first base), Matt Wallach (third base) and Anthony Hatch (shortstop).   

Four of the five Loons' first inning runs were earned. They collected four walks and the ‘Caps committed two errors. The Loons also stole five bases in the half inning.   

The Whitecaps pulled to within two with three in the third, with two scoring on the play in which Pedroza was ejected.   

The Loons tacked on single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to extend their lead. Kyle Russell hit his Midwest League-leading 14th home run in the fifth and doubled home Dalton in the sixth. In the seventh, Wallach drove home Nick Buss with a fielder's choice.   

Redding (7-2), the reigning Midwest League Pitcher of the Week, recorded the win by working 7.1 innings, lasting longer than any Loons starter this season, but he was charged with five runs (all earned) and surrendered a career-high 11 hits. Luis Garcia struggled through two batters, but Javy Guerra recorded the game's final five outs for his 13th save of the season.  

  Buss led the Loons' offensive attach with three hits.   

  The Loons and Whitecaps meet for the second game of their four-game series with right-hander Ethan Martin (3-2, 3.76 ERA) start for the Loons. Nathan Eovaldi (1-4, 7.36) is scheduled to work in relief.  The Whitecaps will counter with tough left-hander Casey Crosby (3-0, 2.53) in a matchup of two starters ranked in Top 5 amongst their organization's Baseball America prospect list. 

  Score by Innings	
Great Lakes	500 011 100-8
West Michigan	030 000 031-7

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  rbi  ave  
Gordon ss	1  1  1  0  .297
Dalton ss-2b	3  1  1  0  .247
Pedroza 2b	2  0  0  0  .283
Lopez 1b	3  0  0  0  .037
Hatch 3b-ss	3  1  1  0  .278
Russell rf	4  2  2  2  .286
Delmonico c	4  1  1  0  .276
Buss cf        	5  2  3  2  .308
Silverio lf	4  0  1  1  .273
Wallach 1b-3b	5  0  1  0  .218
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  Totals	39  8 11  6
  West Michigan	36  7 15  7

  2B- Wallach (9), Silverio (10),
Russell (13), Buss (3). RBI- Buss 2
(16), Silverio (22), Russell 2 (42),
Wallach (14). SF- Silverio. LOB- Great
Lakes 10, West Michigan 8. SB- Gordon 2
(29), Buss (6), Hatch (2), Delmonico (5).
DP- Lopez and Hatch; Dalton and Lopez.  
  
  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding (7-2)	7.1 11  5-5  2  4  5.27
Garcia        	0.0  2  1-1  0  0  3.77
Guerra (sv 13)	1.2  2  1-1  0  1  1.82
  T- 2:57. Att- 7,399.

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