Randolph and Elbert Work Strong Games

Left-hander Stephen Randolph lifted Albuquerque to a 2-0 win and a split in the doubleheader after New Orleans won 3-2 in the opener. Scott Elbert allowed three hits and struck out 10 as Albuquerque topped Mobile 3-2 . A wild pitch on a strikeout allowed the winning run in the 12th inning as West Michigan topped the Great Lakes 4-3. Inland Empire was not scheduled.

Randolph Salvages Split for 'Topes
Left-hander Stephen Randolph pitched a gem, lifting Albuquerque (27-28) to a 2-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader against New Orleans after the Zephyrs won 3-2 in the opener. It was Randolph's third start of the season and the second double-bill he had shared with Shawn Estes.

The split shaved the 'Topes lead over second place Round Rock to a single game.

Estes worked a complete game (seven innings) in the opener and was tagged with his third loss against three wins when he allowed a three-run home run in the second inning in the 3-2 loss. He allowed seven hits and struck out four.

Albuquerque was held to four hits but took a 1-0 lead in the first when Blake DeWitt lined a two-out double and scored on a second double by Hector Luna.

Albuquerque only had a single hit between the first and the seventh when Luna and A.J. Ellis walked and with two out Jovany Rosario banged an RBI single to score Luna. With the tying run at second, pinch-hitter Luis Maza struck out to end the game.

Rosario had two of the four Isotopes hits.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	100 000 1-2
New Orleans	030 000 x-3

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	3  0  0  0  .288
Hu ss        	3  0  0  0  .226
DeWitt 2b	3  1  1  0  .261
Luna 3b        	2  1  1  1  .361
MJones lf	3  0  0  0  .264
Pascucci 1b	3  0  0  0  .234
Ellis c        	2  0  0  0  .322
 Garcia pr	0  0  0  0  .169
Rosario cf	3  0  2  1  .324
 Maza ph	1  0  0  0  .233
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  Totals  	25  2  4  2
  New Orleans	24  3  7  3

  Error- MJones (2). 2B- DeWitt (11),
Luna (10). RBI- Luna (44), Rosario (1).
LOB- Albuquerque 4, New Orleans 4.
DP- DeWitt, Hu and Pascucci 2; Hu,
DeWitt and Pascucci.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Estes (3-3)	6.0  7  3-3  3  4  3.15
  T- 1:45. 
Second Game
Randolph won his first game of the season while striking out two in a season-high five innings. Randolph left after 60 pitches and the Isotopes bullpen was just as formidable, as Dwayne Pollok and Henry Bonilla (save 3) each allowed a single hit over the final two innings to seal the win.

The Isotopes scored both of their runs in the second frame when Danny Ardoin banged a lead-off single and stopped at second on a single by Sergio Garcia. Rosario grounded into a fielder's choice that put runners on the corners with one out and brought up Randolph, who had only one previous at-bat on the year.

His single scored Ardoin to give the Isotopes a 1-0 edge. Luis Maza's double scored Rosario to account for the two Albuquerque runs. Ardoin was 3-or-3 and DeWitt had a pair of hits.

The Isotopes will wrap their series tonight behind Giancarlo Alvarado (3-4, 3.73) who will oppose New Orleans righty Clay Hensley (1-1, 6.30).

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

Luna Killing the Zephyrs
Hector Luna's torrid hitting at the expense of the New Orleans Zephyrs shows no signs of letting up, as the slugging infielder was 2-for-4 in te doubleheader to increase his batting average in 10 games against New Orleans to .556 (20-for-36) with 13 runs scored, three doubles, three triples, four homers, and 13 RBI.

  Score by Innings	
Albuquerque	020 000 0-2
New Orleans	000 000 0-0

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza lf	        4  0  1  1  .233
Hu ss        	4  0  0  0  .221
DeWitt 2b	4  0  2  0  .267
Luna 3b        	2  0  1  0  .363
Pascucci 1b	4  0  0  0  .228
 Bonilla p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ardoin c	3  1  3  0  .253
Garcia rf-1b	2  0  1  0  .180
Rosario cf	3  1  1  0  .325
Randolph p	2  0  1  1  .333
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Repko rf	0  0  0  0  .288
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  Totals  	29  2 10  2
  New Orleans	30  0  3  0

2B- DeWitt (12), Maza (6), Ardoin (5).
RBI- Randolph (1), maza (14).
LOB- Albuquerque 9, New Orleans 3.
SB- Rosario (4). 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Randolph (1-2)	5.0  1  0-0  1  2  7.86
Pollok        	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.83
Bonilla (sv 3)	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.41
  T- 1:54. Att- 3,944.
Elbert Overcomes Rain to Top Mobile
Fighting rain and a slick mound, Scott Elbert topped Mobile 3-2 to give Chattanooga the rubber game of the three-game series. He allowed three hits and struck out 10 over six innings. It was his second sparking start in succession. He had allowed one hit and fanned nine against West Tenn after being tapped for 13 runs over 14.1 innings in his three previous starts.

Elbert left the game tied 2-2 and Jesus Rodriguez (4-1) earned the win with two shutout innings and Matt Sartor saved his third with a 1-2-3 ninth inning that included a pair of strikeouts.

The Lookouts (23-31) loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with nobody out. Andrew Lambo hit into a fielder's choice at the plate but Eddy Perez put Chattanooga on top with an RBI single.

The rain created muddy footing for Elbert in the second and he walked three, then served up a two-out double to put the BayBears on top 2-1.

Elbert didn't allow another hit and retired the last 10 batters that he faced. Chattanooga pulled Elbert off the hook in the fourth as JD Closser and Juan Gonzalez led off with successive singles before a James Tomlin groundout brought home Closser with the tying run.

Victor Mercedes, who entered the game after the fourth when Justin Sellers and manager John Valentin were kicked out for arguing balls and strikes, banged a one out single in the seventh and advanced to second on a ground out. He scored the go-ahead run on a two-out blooper by Lambo that fell just inside the left field foul line.

Rodriguez and Sartor closed the game out although Rodriguez was touched for three singles in two innings.

Lambo and James Tomlin each had a pair of Chattanooga's six hits.

  Score by Innings	
Mobile	        020 000 000-2
Chattanooga	100 100 10x-3

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  2  1  .311
Sellers ss	3  1  1  0  .269
 Mercedes 2b	1  1  1  0  .100
Bell 3b        	3  0  0  0  .286
Lambo lf	4  0  2  1  .267
Perez 1b	3  0  1  1  .262
Mitchell rf	4  0  1  0  .178
Closser c	4  1  1  0  .241
JGonzalez 2b-ss	4  0  1  0  .209
Elbert p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .115
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rose ph	1  0  0  0  .297
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	33  3 10  3 
  Mobile	32  2  6  2

  2B- Tomlin (6), Mitchell (7).
S- Elbert. LOB- Chattanooga 9, Mobile 7.
DP- Bell, JGonzalez and Perez.

  Chattanooga	  in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert        	 6.0  3  2-2  4 10  3.55
JRodriguez (4-1) 2.0  3  0-0  0  0  2.97
Sartor (sv 3)	 1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.76
  T- 2:34. Att- 1,920.
Inland Empire- open date. The 66ers open a four game series at Lake Elsinore tonight and will return home June ninth for a six-game homestand.

Wild Pitch Hands Loons a 12 inning loss
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

A wild pitch on a strikeout allowed the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning as West Michigan topped the Great Lakes 4-3, for the second straight night. The Loons fall 6.5 games behind the ‘Caps in the Midwest League Eastern division with one game left in the series tonight.

  The wild pitch was the second of the inning by Loons reliever Robert Boothe. After allowing a single, Boothe made his first errant toss, and another single plus an intentional walk loaded the bases. The WhiteCaps batter swung at missed at a high fastball for strike three. but the ball eluded catcher Esteban Lopez and allowed the winning run to score.

  Justin Miller also had a quality start for the Loons, pitching six complete innings and allowing three runs on eight hits but left the game trailing 3-1. Jordan Pratt, Clair St. Clair and Javy Guerra held the 'Caps scoreless until Boothe took over and shut West Michigan out in the 11th, then took his third loss in the 12th.

The Whitecaps were poised to win the game in regulation with a 3-2 lead entering the ninth inning, but the Loons pushed across the tying run against West Michigan closer Tyler Stohr, who was 7-for-7 in save opportunities.

Anthony Hatch led off the ninth with a single and was lifted for pinch runner Parker Dalton. A walk to Kyle Russell and a sacrifice bunt by Tony Delmonico put runners at second and third with one out. With the infield back, Nick Buss grounded out to shortstop to score Dalton with the tying run and force extra innings.

  The two teams exchanged single runs in the second inning. Kyle Russell led off the Loons half of the second with a solo home run, but the Whitecaps evened things with a single run in the bottom of the inning and two i the third.

  Russell pulled the Loons to within a run in the seventh, leading off with a triple and scoring on a wild pitch. Russell had two of the six Great Lakes hits.

  The Loons and Whitecaps conclude their four -game series tonight. Right-hander Josh Walter (3-1, 2.22 ERA) will start for the Loons, while the Whitecaps will send right-hander Erik Putkonen (3-1, 2.41) to the mound.

  Score by Innings	
Great Lakes	010 000 101 000-3
West Michigan	012 000 000 001-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave	
Gordon ss	5  0  1  0  .290
Pedroza 2b	4  0  1  0  .278
Hatch 3b	4  0  1  0  .271
 Dalton pr-3b	1  1  0  0  .243
Russell rf	4  2  2  1  .289
Delmonico dh	2  0  0  0  .278
Buss cf	        5  0  0  1  .283
Silverio lf	5  0  1  0  .278
Wallach 1b	4  0  0  0  .214
Lopez c	        4  0  0  0  .032
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  Totals	38  3  6  2
  West Michigan	40  4 13  3

  2B- Pedroza (14). 3B- Russell (2).
HR- Russell (15). RBI- Russell (43),
Buss (18). S- Demonic. LOB- Great
Lakes, West Michigan 13. CS- Silverio
(2). DP- Russell and Wallach. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
JMiller 	6.0  8  3-3  4  2  4.45
Pratt	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  5.09
Guerra	        2.0  1  0-0  2  3  1.71
Boothe (0-3)	1.2  3  1-1  1  4  .386
  WP- Miller, Boothe 2. Balk- St Clair.
HBP- Delmonico. T- 3:28. Att- 6,629.

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