Scott Elbert Sharp but 'Topes Lose

Albuquerque couldn't capitalize on six shutout innings by Scott Elbert and lost 4-3 on a wild pitch in the ninth. Chattanooga rode Alberto Bastardo's strong left arm to a 3-2 win over Huntsville. Inland Empire blew a win to Rancho Cucamonga, allowing a run in the ninth and one in the 10th to lose 4-3. Great Lakes battered South Bend for the second straight night, 9-1.

Wild Pitch in Ninth Sinks 'Topes

Albuquerque squandered a fine start by Scott Elbert, who held Oklahoma Cit to a pair of hits while striking out 10. A wild pitch in the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave the RedHawks a 4-3 victory in the second game of the series.

Elbert left the game after six leading 1-0. He pitched his way out of leadoff triple in the fist and a second and third situation in the third inning. The Isotopes run came in the fourth when John Lindsey singled with one out and Jay Gibbons walked. With two out, Jamie Hoffmann;s RBI single put Albuquerque up 1-0.

Brent Leach took over in the seventh and allowed a leadoff triple, then wild pitched the run across to tie the game. He gave up a single and a double with one out, then loaded the bases on an intentional walk. A single scored two more runs and Leach was saved further damage when center fielder Xavier Paul threw out a runner at the plate to complete a double play and end the inning.

The 'Topes tied the score in the eighth when Ivan De Jesus singled and Paul lived on an error. Lindsey's double drove both of them across.

Leach worked a scoreless eighth, then Luis Ayala (0-1) took over in the last of the ninth with the game tied 3-3. He gave up a double and with one out, wild-pitched him across with the winning run.

Albuquerque had seven hits with Lindsey and Hoffmann earning two each.

Solid Pitching Boosts Lookouts

Those who came late to the game may have missed much of the offensive part of a 3-2 win over Huntsville but they did see remarkable pitching in the Lookouts second win of the season.

Diminutive left-hander Alberto Bastardo (1-0)scattered seven hits over five innings and four members of the Isotopes bullpen gave up just one more safety in the contest.

Chattanooga scored twice in the first inning when second baseman Elian Herrera led off with a double and outfielder Trayvon Robinson singled to center to drive him in. Catcher Lucas May's single and an error made it 2-0.

They ended the offensive portion of the evening in the second inning when third baseman Tony Hatch doubled and scored on a two-out single by Herrera.

Chattanooga manages just four hits over the final seven innings but the pitching staff took over and held Huntsville to single runs in the second and seventh inning.

Bastardo was followed by Tim Sexton, Harvey Garcia (who allowed the second run), Matt Sartor and Javy Guerra who recored his second save of the season.

May had three hits to boost his average to .375. Herrera singled and doubled as Chattanooga found themselves in a four-way tie for first place in the with identical 2-0 records.

Sixty-Sixers Lose Tough, 3-2 game

Inland Empire scored three in the seventh to take a one-run lead but Rancho Cucamonga scored single runs in the ninth and 10th to win 4-3.

Andrew Miller started and gave up five hits and a pair of runs while striking out 10 in his five innings. He allowed four hits and both runs, the second coming on a wild-pitch, in the first inning.

Converted catcher Kenley Jansen fanned four, including three in the seventh, and allowed one hit over two scoreless innings before Paul Koss and Kyle Smit (0-1) each allowed a run.

Inland Empire had 11 hits, all of them singles, and scored three times in the seventh when shortstop Chris Gutierrez and outfielder Preston Mattingly singled with one out. Third baseman Johan Garcia drove in the first run and first baseman Nick Buss and outfielder Alfredo Silverio singled in the next two.

Koss surrendered the tying run in the ninth, allowing a two-out double and a single. Smit allowed a single and a one-out double that drove in the winning run.

Catcher Tony Delmonico had three hits, elevating his average to .500. Silverio and Gutierrez had a pair of hits each.

Loons Blast Past Silver Hawks, 9-1

Brad Golder
?Great Lakes Loons

?In the second game of the season, Loons pitchers came seven outs from throwing a no-hitter and Great Lakes pounded the South Bend Silver Hawks, 9-1 at Coveleski Stadium.  The game was played before just 616 fans.

?The Loons improve to 2-0 on the season, outscoring South Bend 25-6 in their first two games.?

?Brett Wallach debuted in the Midwest League with five scoreless, hitless innings, striking out eight.  Wallach (1-0) walked three in his first two innings, but none after the seventh batter faced.?

?Lefty Andy Suiter followed out of the bullpen and threw a perfect sixth. Then in the seventh, he retired two and hit a batter but surrendered a two-out hit to Alberto Diaz to break up the Loons' no-hit bid. South Bend mustered just one more hit in the contest.?

?Meanwhile offensively, the Loons continue to roll.  One day after striking for 16 runs and 16 hits, the Loons scored three first innings runs off starter Charles Brewer (0-1). With one out, Christian Lara and Brian Cavazos-Galvez notched consecutive doubles on shallow fly balls just out of the reach of left fielder Ender Inciarte and center fielder Keon Broxton. Angelo Songco followed with a two-run single, and the Loons never trailed in the contest.?

?One day after a five-hit performance, Loons right fielder Blake Smith notched two doubles and an RBI to bring his season double total to four. Lara, Cavazos-Galvez and Songco all had two hits each, and Songco and Cavazos-Galvez had two RBIs each.?

?South Bend third baseman Bobby Borchering erred twice at third base to bring his season total to four.?

?The Loons and Silver Hawks meet for the final game of the series tonight at Coveleski Stadium. Game time is 5:30 pm.  Right-hander Allen Webster, the Dodgers' No. 10 prospect according to Baseball America, will start for the Loons and will be followed out of the bullpen by right-hander Matt Magill. Righty Eric Smith is slated to start for South Bend.?

?The Loons return to Dow Diamond for their home opener Sunday. Game time is 3:05 pm. The game will be preceded by a parade through Downtown Midland and games and activities on the Dow Diamond front lawn.  Tickets still remain and start at just $6.