Pedroza's Home Run in 10th Advances Loons

Great Lakes used a home run by Jaime Pedroza in the 10th inning to slip past West Michigan 3-2 and advance to the next round of the Midwest League playoffs. Albuquerque, however, lost a heart-breaking 1-0 contest to Memphis and were swept.

Great Lakes Wins on Pedroza's Home Run
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Jaime Pedroza hit a solo home run over the wall in right field to break a 2-2 tie in the 10th inning and give the Great Lakes Loons a 3-2 win over the Whitecaps in an elimination game in the Midwest League Playoffs. 

The Loons advance to play the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the top team in Minor League Baseball, in Round 2, with the first game of the series tonight at Dow Diamond.

  Cole St. Clair pitched the final three innings and wiggled out of ninth and 10th inning jams to record the win in relief. The three inning stint tied as his his longest outing of the year.

St. Clair pitched around a bases loaded, one out jam in the ninth inning. Then in the 10th, West Michigan had runners on at first and second with one out, before St. Clair recorded a strikeout and a popup, appropriately enough to Pedroza, to end the game.

  Starter Ethan Martin took a no-hitter into the fifth before giving up a walk and allowing a two-out triple, the only hit he allowed in his 4.2 innings.

Gieson Aguasviva stranded the runner at third and ended the inning with a strikeout.

Nathan Eovaldi struggled with his control in the seventh. After an opening walk, he struck out the next two batters before an error by Gordon allowed the tying run. Eovaldi finished his inning by striking out the side.

Pedroza's blast wasn't the only home run hit in the game.

After hitting only three home runs all season long, Loons' shortstop Dee Gordon led off the contest with an inside-the-park home run on a ball that was misplayed by the center fielder who fell down on a liner up the middle that scooted past him. The speedy Gordon raced around the bases and scored just ahead of the relay throw.

  Joe Becker lived on an error to start the third inning. He scored from first on a single up the middle by Anthony Hatch that bounced off the center fielder's glove for an error.

  Hatch finished the contest with three hits.  Pedroza was on base three times.

  The Loons advance in the playoffs to face Fort Wayne for the Midwest League's Eastern Division championship, with Game 1 tonight at Dow Diamond. Right-hander Josh Walter (10-4, 3.27 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Loons.

Games 2 and 3 of the five-game series will be at Fort Wayne. 

 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	101 000 000 1-3
West Michigan	000 010 100 0-2

 Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss	5  1  2  1  .385
Pedroza 2b	3  1  1  1  .182
Hatch 3b	5  0  3  0  .364
Russell rf	5  0  0  0  .167
Buss cf        	4  0  0  0  .182
Wallach c	3  0  0  0  .111
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .167
Sands 1b	4  0  1  0  .273
Becker dh	4  1  1  0  .273
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 Totals	        30  3  9  2
 West Michigan	34  2  5  1

 Errors- Pedroza (1), Gordon (1).
2B- Sands (1), Becker (2). 3B- Silverio
(1). HR- Gordon (1), Pedroza (1).
RBI- Gordon (2), Pedroza (1). LOB- Great
Lakes 7, West Michigan 9. CS- Gordon (1).
PO- Gordon. DO- Hatch, Pedroza and 
Sands; Wallach and Hatch. Pickoff- Wallach. 

 Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Martin	        4.2  1  1-1  1  3  1.93
Aguasviva	1.1  2  0-0  0  2  0.00
Eovaldi 	1.0  0  1-0  2  3  0.00
St. Clair (1-0)	3.0  2  0-0  2  2  0.00
 T- 3:20. Att- 2,299.
Memphis Ends 'Topes Season 1-0
This is the way the season ended for the powerful Albuquerque club, not with a bang but with a shutout.

Starter Tim Corcoran pitched a dazzling game for the second consecutive time, but the second inning solo home run he allowed, one of only six hits, abruptly dropped the Isotopes out of the Pacific Coast Playoffs.

The game-winning shot turned out to be the only extra-base hit Corcoran allowed. He threw 88 pitches, 60 for strikes and walked on while striking out four.

Three Redbirds pitchers scattered five hits, striking out six and walking none.

Albuquerque's only real threat came in the third inning, when J.D. Closser led off with a double. Corcoran's attempt to sacrifice saw the first baseman nip Closser at third. After Tony Abreu struck out, Xavier Paul lined a single to right, moving Corcoran to third but Hector Luna struck out to end the threat.

Albuquerque didn't put two men on base in any of the other eight innings and only three Isotopes base runners could get into scoring position the entire game.

Jamie Hoffmann and Paul each collected two of the 'Topes six total hits.

However, as the Albuquerque web site pointed out, "Despite the bitter ending, the Isotopes enjoyed one of their best years in franchise history both on and off the field. In addition to their first playoff berth since 2003, the 'Topes saw more than 600,000 fans pass through the turnstiles in 2009, the most in franchise history."

 Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 000 000-0
Memphis	        010 000 00x-1

 Albuquerque  	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	4  0  0  0  .214
Paul cf        	4  0  2  0  .250
Luna 1b        	4  0  0  0  .154
Jones lf	4  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt 3b	4  0  1  0  .333
Hoffmann rf	4  0  2  0  .444
Hu ss       	3  0  0  0  .182
Closser c	3  0  1  0  .222
Corcoran p	1  0  0  0  .000
 SGarcia ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Choi p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Ohman p 	0  0  0  0  .000
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
 Totals 	32  0  6  0
 Memphis	31  1  8  1

 2B- Closser (1). S- Corcoran.
LOB- Albuquerque 6, Memphis 9.
 	  
 Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Corcoran (0-1)	6.0  6  1-1  1  4  1.50
Choi        	1.2  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
Ohman	        0.0  0  0-0  1  0  0.00 
Felix	        0.1  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
 T- 2:22. Att- 5,628.	  

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