Pascucci's Homer a Winner for 'Topes

Vince Pascucci's home run in the eighth gave Albuquerque a 2-1 win over Memphis. Chattanooga had the day off. Inland Empire collected 17 hits, including three home runs, and rolled over Lancaster 10-5. Trayvon Robinson, Scott Van Slyke and Jaime Ortiz homered as Inland Empire thumped Lancaster 10-5. Great Lakes was rained out and will play two, just as Ernie Banks would insist, tonight.

Big Homer Gives 'Topes a Win Valentino Pascucci broke out of an 0-for-16 slump, smashing a monstrous home run in the top of the eighth inning to give Albuquerque (31-34) a 2-1 win over Memphis. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado won his second decision in three starts by tossing a season-high seven innings in which he allowed a run on just four hits.

Pascucci's game-winner, came on a 1-2 pitch that cleared the wall in left center, the deepest part of AutoZone Park, putting the 'Topes up 2-1. It was the big first baseman's first hit in five games and his first home run since June 3.

Albuquerque's bullpen did the rest. Nick DeBarr fanned two of the three batters he faced in the eighth before Scott Strickland (save 10) fired a scoreless ninth to ice the 'Topes win.

Alvarado and Redbirds starter Adam Ottavino traded zeros for six straight innings before the Isotopes scored in the top of the seventh. Chin-Lung Hu singled and moved to third two batters later on a single by Jamie Hoffmann, with one out. Dee Brown then lifted a long sacrifice fly deep to center field that scored Hu with the game's first run.

Memphis would answer immediately in the bottom of the frame on a two-out rally to tied the game at 1-1.

Albuquerque will wrap up its three-game series with the Redbirds tomorrow in an afternoon game today. Right-hander Charlie Haeger (7-4, 4.18), who is tied for the PCL-lead in wins, will face Memphis righty Mitchell Boggs (2-2, 4.46).

The 'Topes are home Thursday, June 18 for an eight-game homestand.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 000 110-2
Memphis	        000 000 100-1

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	3  0  1  0  .259
Hu ss        	3  1  1  0  .250
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .260
Hoffmann rf	4  0  1  0  .256
Brown lf	3  0  0  1  .305
Closser c	3  0  1  0  .143
Pascucci 1b	4  1  1  1  .205
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  0  0  .235
Alvarado p	2  0  0  0  .100
 Rosario ph	1  0  0  0  .266
 DeBarr p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	30  2  5  2  
  Memphis	31  1  4  1  

  2B- Repko (9). HR- Pascucci (8).
RBI- Brown (42), Pascucci (28).
SF- Brown. LOB- Albuquerque 5, Memphis
5. SB- Hoffmann (4), CS- Repko (4).

  Albuquerque	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (4-5)	   7.0  4  1-1  1  6  3.45
DeBarr        	   1.0  0  0-0  0  2  7.83
Strickland (sv 10) 1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.58
  HBP- by Alvarado. T- 2:30. Att- 6,466.
Chattanooga-- Open date. The Lookouts host Mississippi for five games beginning tonight.

Three Home Runs Boost 66ers
Inland Empire collected 17 hits, including three home runs, and rolled past Lancaster 10-5. Trayvon Robinson, Scott Van Slyke and Jaime Ortiz provided the fireworks.

Dodgers left-handed reliever Will Ohman had a strikeout in a perfect first inning in his rehab start before giving way to Steven Johnson (5-4) who pitched 6.1 innings to earn the win.

The 66ers matched a season-high with eight extra base hits and used a pair of four-run innings in the win.

Robinson banged a solo homer (#9) in the fourth, Van Slyke hit a two-run shot (#9) over the video board in left field and Ortiz then followed with a solo shot to right for the first back-to-back home runs for Inland Empire this season.

In the seventh, the 66ers sent ten batters to the plate and collected six hits, including triples by Adolfo Gonzalez and Pedro Baez, to add four more runs.

Johnson allowed the first four batters to reach base in the fourth before settling down to limit the damage to just three runs. He left after working 6 .1 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits with 3 strikeouts.

The Sixers erased a 3-2 Lancaster lead by scoring four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Every 66er in the lineup recorded at least one hit, with Preston Mattingly and Christian Lara leading the way with three hits apiece. Gonzalez, Robinson, Caseres and Ortiz also chipped in with two hits each.

The Sixers have hit six home runs in the series and 69 on the season through 65 games.

The rubber game of the series tonight features RHP Chris Withrow (5-4, 4.44) on the hill for the 66ers (29-36) and RHP Jack Tilghman (0-2, 4.12) for Lancaster. The 66ers return home Thursday.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	100 104 400-10
Lancaster	000 310 010- 5

  Inland Empire ab r  h  bi ave
Mattingly lf	6  1  3  0  .304
AGonzalez 2b	6  1  2  0  .288
Robinson cf	5  2  2  1  .307
Baez 3b	        5  1  1  1  .277
Caseres dh	4  1  2  1  .287
Van Slyke rf	5  1  1  2  .298
Ortiz 1b	5  2  2  2  .244
Mier c        	3  1  1  0  .304
Lara ss        	5  0  1  2  .279
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  Totals	43 10 17  9
  Lansing	36  5 11  4

  Errors- Baez (9), 2B- Mattingly (9)
Robinson (19), Mier (1). 3B- AGonzalez
(2), Baez (1). HR- Robinson (9), Van
Slyke (9), Ortiz (1). RBI- Robinson
(3), Van Slyke 2 (41), Ortiz 2 (3),
Lara 2 (24), Baez (39), Caseres (25).
LOB- Inland Empire 10, Lansing 8.
SB- Mattingly (8). DP- Mattingly,
Mier and Baez.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Ohman        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Johnson (5-4)	6.1  9  5-5  2  3  4.48
Prado        	1.2  2  0-0  0  2  4.97
  WP- Johnson. HBP- Prado. 
T- 3:08. Att- 1,530.
Great Lakes Rained out --Rain in the Northern Indiana area and a threatening forecast has forced the postponement of the scheduled Midwest League game between the Great Lakes Loons and South Bend Silver Hawks. The game will be rescheduled for a doubleheader today. Both games are scheduled to last seven innings each in regulation. Right-hander Josh Walter (3-1, 2.65 ERA), will start the first game. Right-hander Bobby Blevins (4-4, 5.02) will start Game 2 for the Loons. The Loons return to Dow Diamond Thursday for the first of four games against the Lansing Lugnuts to conclude the first half of the season.  

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