Bullpens Betray Isotopes, 66ers and Loons

The Isotopes came up short and Oklahoma City won a 10-7 decision despite Mitch Jones' 18th home run. Tennessee topped Chattanooga 5-2 for their third straight win. A walk-off home run gave Lake Elsinore an 8-7 win after trailing Inland Empire 7-1 in the seventh. Great Lakes lost 3-2 to Dayton i a rain-spattered game

Oklahoma Batters Albuquerque
The Isotopes (28-30) comeback fell short and Oklahoma City won a 10-7 decision. Chin-Lung Hu knocked in the tying run with a two-out single as Albuquerque pushed across four runs over the seventh and eighth to overcome an early 6-2 RedHawk lead.

Miguel Pinango was KO'ed in the fourth innings and finished by allowing eight hits and six runs. Dwayne Pollok and Carmen Cali and Scott Strickland worked the next 5.2 innings, allowing only a single run as the "Topes stormed back.

Then Oklahoma City tagged Vincente Bonilla for three runs and the game in the 10th inning, handing him his fourth loss against two wins.

Scored a pair of runs in the first when Hector Luna singed with two out and Mitch Jones launched his 18th home run and his second in two days over the center field wall.

The Hawks scored three in the second and fifth innings to built a comfortable lead but Danny Ardoin knocked in a run in the fourth, Two more scored in the seventh on hits by Maza, Chin-Lung Hu and Luna. They then tied the game a 7-7 in the eighth on a two-run single by Hu.

The Isotopes send right-hander James McDonald (0-0, 5.51) to the mound tonight against Oklahoma City righty Guillermo Moscoso (1-0, 1.50).

  Score by Innings
Oklahoma City	030 301 000 3-10
Albuquerque	200 100 220 0- 7

  Albuquerque	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Maza 2b        	5  2  1  0  .250
Hu ss        	5  1  3  2  .238
Luna 3b        	5  1  2  1  .268
MJones lf	5  1  2  2  .282
Brown dh	5  0  1  1  .309
Repko rf	4  1  0  0  .272
Ellis c        	3  0  2  0  .333
Ardoin 1b	4  1  2  1  .269
 Pascucci 1b	1  0  0  0  .214
Rosario cf	3  0  0  0  .288 
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  Totals  	40  7 13  7
  Oklahoma City	48 10 18  9

  Errors- Pinango (1), Ellis (4).
2B- Ardoin (7), Ellis (4), Maza (8).
HR- MJones (18). RBI- MJones 2 (44),
Ardoin (1)0, Luna (45), Brown (40), Hu
2 (25). S- Rosario 2. LOB- Albuquerque
8, Oklahoma City 10. SB- Hu (7).
DP- Maza, Hu and Ardoin; Maza and Hu;
Hu and Ardoin.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Pinango        	3.1  8  6-6  3  4  7.43
Pollok        	3.2  5  1-1  0  0  5.45
Strickland	1.0  1  0-0  2  0  4.32
Bonilla (2-4)	1.0  3  3-2  1  1  3.86
  WP- Pollok, Bonilla. HBP- Repko. 
T- 3;31. Att- 6,757.
Lookouts Lose Again in Tennessee
The Tennessee Smokies will be sorry to see Chattanooga leave town, after topping them 5-2 for their third straight win after dropping 12 in a row.

Park, Casey Coleman and the Tennessee Smokies treated the home crowd to a third-straight post-game rendition of "Go Cubs Go" by beating the Chattanooga Lookouts, 5-2. The win, in front of 3,056 fans, is the third in a row for the Smokies (24-34) and clinched the five-game series with the Lookouts (23-34).

The Smokies tagged Josh Lindblom for a run in the first inning but Chattanooga stormed back on the wings of a two-run home run by Eduardo Perez with Andrew Lambo on first base with a single.

That accounted for two of the Lookouts six hits and the final runs.

In the meantime, Tennessee scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh to put the game away.

Lindblom surrendered three runs, enough to be tagged with his fourth loss against six wins, and left in the fifth. Francisco Felix and Victor Garate each allowed another run.

The Lookouts loaded the bases in the seventh on two-out singles by Russell Mitchell and Justin Sellers and a walk to Mike Rose. James Tomlin was called out on strikes to end the threat.

Tommy Giles led off the eighth with a single and in the ninth, Perez singled and with out out, Sellers walked but the next two Lookouts were retired.

The Smokies and Lookouts continue their five-game series tonight with Jesus Castillo (1-5, 5.04) starting for Chattanooga, and Jay Jackson (3-3, 3.35) to throw for Tennessee.

  Score by Innings	
Chattanooga	020 000 000-2
Tennessee	100 111 10x-5

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  0  1  0  .311
Giles rf	3  0  1  0  .194
Bell 3b        	4  0  0  0  .289
Closser c	4  0  0  0  .227
Lambo lf	4  1  1  0  .268
Perez 1b	4  1  2  2  .280
Mitchell 2b	4  0  0  0  .175
Sellers ss	3  0  1  0  .275
 Rose ph         0  0  0  0  .275
 JGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .196
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  Totals	32  2  6  2
  Tennessee	34  5 10  4

  HR- Perez (1). RBI- Perez 2 (4).
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Tennessee 7.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Lindblom (3-4)	4.2  6  3-3  1  2  4.37
Felix        	1.1  1  1-1  0  1  2.45
Garate        	1.0  2  1-1  0  1  3.60
Durbin        	1.0  1  0-0  1  2  1.13
  WP- Felix. Balk- Garate. 
T- 2:53. Att- 3,056.
7-1 Sixer Lead Disappears
A walk off home run in the ninth inning capped an improbable 8-7 comeback for Lake Elsinore after spotting the 66ers led 7-1 in the seventh inning. Pedro Baez's grand slam in the first inning gave Inland Empire an early lead.

Starter Chris Withrow limited the Storm to one run on three hits in six innings, his longest outing of the year, but the Sixers bullpen imploded in the seventh as the 66ers lead started to disappear. Withrow struck out five, walked just one and retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.

Reliever Eric Krebs walked three of four batters he faced to load the bases. Blake Brannon relieved Krebs and allowed a single, a double, and then another base hit to consecutive batters as Lake Elsinore stormed back with a five-run inning to cut the lead to 7-6.

A game-tying two out single in the eighth also came off Brannon. Then, with one out in the ninth inning, a home run off Jacobo Meque gave Lake Elsinore a dramatic win.

Inland Empire scored four in the first inning for the second day in a row. Elian Herrera singled and Trayvon Robinson and Scott Van Slyke drew walks. On a 1-1 pitch, Baez launched his ninth home run of the year beyond the wall in left for Inland Empire's third grand slam of the year. The slam also ended the 66ers home run drought at four games.

Steve Caseres stretched the lead to 7-1 in the seventh when he hit a soaring two-run homer to right field with Baez on first base with a single for his sixth home run of the year.

Five of Lake Elsinore's eight runs scored on walks. Inland Empire walked six on the afternoon and has issued 22 free passes in the first three games of the series.

Elian Herrera went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and three stolen bases. It was the second time this season he has swiped thee bags in one game- both times against the Storm.

Inland Empire (25-31) and Lake Elsinore meet in the series finale tonight with RHP Tim Sexton (1-6, 3.18) on the hill for the 66ers.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	410 000 200-7
Lake Elsinore	100 000 511-8

Mattingly lf	5  0  0  0  .288
Herrera dh	4  2  3  0  .360
Robinson cf	4  1  0  0  .305
Van Slyke rf	4  1  1  1  .324
Baez 3b        	5  2  2  4  .277
Caseres 1b	4  1  2  2  .258
Lara ss        	4  0  3  0  .280
Fuller 2b	4  0  0  0  .222
Mier c        	4  0  0  0  .182
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  Totals	38  7 11 7
  Lake Elsinore	33  8  8 8

  2B- Van Slyke (20), Herrera (5),
Caseres (10), Lara (6), HR- Baez (9),
Caseres (6). RBI- Baez 4 (34), Van Slyke
(37), Caseres 2 (16). LOB- Inland Empire
10, Lake Elsinore 6. SB- Herrera 3 (11), 
Robinson (21), Lara (8). CS- Lara (8).   

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Withrow	        6.0  3  1-1  1  5  4.72
Krebs        	0.1  0  3-3  3  0  5.06
Brannon	        1.1  4  3-3  1  1 11.57
Meque (1-2)	0.2  1  1-1  1  1  4.72
  T- 3:09. Att- 4,444.
Dragons Top Loons 3-2
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Dayton topped Great Lakes 3-2 in front of 5,057 fans, many of them youngsters in attendance for the pre-game Youth Clinic.

  Jon Michael Redding hurled a scoreless top of the first with light showers falling, but in the middle of the first the rainfall fell heavier, forcing a rain delay of over an hour and a half. 

The Dragons announced starter warmed up before the delay and was unable to continue when play resumed. Andrew Bowman, pressed into emergency duty on the mound, threw five no-hit innings, striking out seven, and the Dragons went on to defeat the Loons.

Steve Smith took over for Redding and allowed a pair of runs in the second, then added four shutout innings.

  The Loons' first hit came in the sixth – a leadoff single by Dee Gordon. He stole second and scored on a single by Jaime Pedroza to pull the Loons to within one run.

  The Loons tied the game at 2-all in the seventh on an RBI double by Esteban Lopez, his second hit of the season. On the play, Matt Wallach was thrown out at the plate trying to score the go-ahead run.   

In the top of the eighth, Dayton took the lead on an RBI single off reliever Jordan Pratt (1-3), who was charged with the loss.   

The Loons and Dragons continue their four-game series tonight with right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-4, 5.79 ERA) starting for the Loons against right-hander Oscar Castro (2-2, 6.59).  

  Score by Innings	
Dayton	        020 000 010-3
Great Lakes	000 001 100-2

  Great lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	3  1  1  0  .287
Pedroza 2b	4  0  1  1  .284
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .272
Russell rf	3  0  0  0  .286
Delmonico dh	3  1  1  0  .286
Buss cf	        3  0  0  0  .286
Silverio lf	4  0  0  0  .271
Wallach 1b	2  0  0  0  .240
Lopez c	        3  0  1  1  .059
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  Totals	29  2  4  2
  Dayton	32  3  8  3

  Error- Gordon (3). 2B- Lopez (1).
RBI- Pedroza (34), Lopez (3).
LOB- Great Lakes 5, Dayton 5.
SB- Gordon (3). CS- Pedroza (5).
DP- Gordon, Pedroza and Wallach.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.17
Smith	        5.0  5  2-2  0  2  3.45
Pratt (1-3)	2.0  1  1-1  2  3  5.04
St Clair	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.50
  WP- Pratt. HBP- Gordon. 
T- 2:43(1:35 delay). Att- 5,507.