'Topes, 66ers and Loons Lose Decisions

Dodger minor league teams all lost one-run decisions on Tuesday wit Albuquerque losing 8-7 in the ninth, Inland Empire dropping a 4-3 decision to High Desert and Great Lakes suffering a sweep after a 2-1 loss to Lansing. Chattanooga had the day off.

Isotopes Lose in Ninth

A two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning erased a 7-6 Albuquerque lead and gave New Orleans an 8-7 victory. Reliever Jon Link (0-1) issued a walk and allowed a pair of singles and was tagged with the loss.

Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, first/third baseman Russell Mitchell drove in a run with a single and second baseman Chin-Lung Hu squeezed in another. Down 4-2 in the seventh, first baseman Lindsey singled, De Jesus doubled and Green had an RBI single.

The Isotopes rallied from 1-0, 4-2 and 5-3 deficits to score four times in the eighth inning and take the lead. Mitchell led off with a single and moved to second on a one-out wild pitch. Catcher J.D. Closser singled him to third and first baseman Lindsey's single cut the New Orleans lead to 6-4.

Shortstop Ivan De Jesus singled to load the bases and third baseman Nick Green's RBI single drove in Closser, outfielder Jay Gibbons sacrifice fly tied the game and outfielder Michael Restovich's single put the 'Topes in the lead.

James McDonald drew the start and allowed three runs before leaving the game after a two-run home run with two out in the seventh. He gave up eight hits, walked four and struck out eight, using 97 pitches, 60 for strikes. He had his second no-decision in two starts.

Juan Perez took over and surrendered a solo home run and a walk before Justin Miller replaced him and closed out the inning, then added a scoreless eighth.

For the second straight game, Albuquerque collected 16 hits, fifteen of them singles. DeJesus, Green, Gibbons, Restovich, Mitchell, Closser and Lindsey (who boosted his league-leading average to .591) had a pair each.


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Inland Empire Drops 4-3 Decision

The 66ers fell behind in the second inning and while they tied the game twice, could never really catch up, losing a 4-3 decision to High Desert in a contest that saw both clubs miss numerous scoring chances.

JohnMichael Redding, who led the Dodgers minor league system in 2009 with 16 wins, was tagged with all four runs and took the loss, his first of the season. He finished his five inning start by allowing six hits but walking five. Kyle Smit and Cole St. Clair provided four scoreless innings of relief but the offense could not crack the High Desert pitching.

Inland Empire went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base. HD had even more trouble scoring, finishing with three hits in 13 attempts with runners in scoring position and stranding 13.

Second baseman Cesar Suarez singled twice and knocked in a run. Austin Gallagher had a single and a double and outfielder Alfredo Silverio added a sacrifice fly.

The Mavericks scored once in the second and once in the fifth. In the bottom of the inning, Matt Wallach singled and Johan Garcia walked. After they were bunted into scoring position, Suarez lined an RBI singled and Silverio's sac fly tied the score.

High Desert untied it with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth and Inland Empire could only score once in the bottom of the inning. Shortstop Chris Gutierrez walked and Gallagher doubled him to third. With two out, Nick Buss beat out a bunt to drive in the 66ers third, and final, run.

The Sixers could only manage a walk and Gallagher's double over the final three innings.

Loons Swept by Lansing

Chris Mundhenk
Great Lakes Loons

The Loons entered the ninth inning of Tuesday night's game tied 1-1, but a solo-homer by Lansing pinch hitter Brad Glenn won the game for the Lugnuts, who get the three-game sweep at Dow Diamond.

"Yea, it's tough," Loons Manager Juan Bustabad said of the sweep. "We lost two games by one run, and we should have won all three games if you look at it, but we just didn't execute again tonight, and it cost us the game."

Great Lakes batters were held to three hits in the final game against Lansing. Lugnuts starter Ryan Shopshire pitched six innings and allowed only one run, fanning four and walking three. Dustin Antolin pitched three hitless innings of relief to register his first win of the season for the Lugnuts.

The road team scored first, courtesy of Oliver Dominguez's home run in the second at-bat of the game, connecting on a fastball from Loons starter Josh Wall.

"I walked the first guy and got behind on [Dominguez]," Wall explained of the opening at-bats. "I got to the point where I just wanted to throw a strike instead of giving him a good pitch and he just made a swing on it."

Wall quickly regrouped and went on to pitch a scoreless 4.2 innings, fanning four and walking one. Despite the sweep, the 23-year-old right-hander is certain his team can bounce back in future games.

"It's definitely a tough loss coming off of a sweep [against South Bend]," Wall said. "But we're still good, I'm still confident in our team, and I think we're going to come back strong next series."

The Loons tied the game in the fifth inning, when a throwing error by the third baseman allowed Great Lakes right fielder Jerry Sands to score from third. Sands, Angelo Songco and Rafael Ynoa combined for the Loons three hits Tuesday.

Out of the Loons bullpen, Luis Vasquez and J.B. Paxson pitched 3.1 hitless innings. Southpaw Andy Suiter was called to the mound in the middle of the ninth and surrendered the game-winning home run on a 1-0 count.

Starting Wednesday, the Loons will host another three-game series against the South Bend Silver Hawks. The Loons swept the S-Hawks on the road to open the 2010 season and will have a pitching rematch, as Great Lakes RHP Brett Wallach will go against South Bend starter Charles Brewer for the second time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.