Albuquerque Batters New OrleansThe Isotopes banged out 21 hits, turning a 5-3 New Orleans lead into a rout by scoring the final ten runs to win 13-5 and hold on to a share of the division lead.
Josh Lindblom had a second sub-par start, allowing nine hits (including a home run) and five runs, four of them earned, over the first five innings. The bullpen didn't allow a hit over the final four innings. Brent Leach (1-0) crafted a pair of scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season and Justin Miller and Luis Ayala finished the game out.
John Lindsey and Jay Gibbons each finished with four hits. Lindsey knocked in three runs with three doubles and his second home run and Russell Mitchell doubled and singled for three RBI. Xavier Paul added a single and a solo home run (#1).
New Orleans tacked Lindblom for two runs in the second, one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Mitchell drove in his first run in the second and Paul homered before Lindsey and Prentice Redman doubled in the fourth.
Trailing 5-3, the Isotopes exploded for four in the sixth, two in the seventh and four more in the eighth.
Lindsey homered to lead off the sixth, Redman tripled for another run and then scored on Mitchell's single. An error added the final run.
Gibbons drove in the first run in the seventh, Keyter Collado singled for the second.
In the eighth, Lindsey doubled for two runs and scored himself on an error. Mitchell's sac fly ended the barrage.
Chattanooga Leaves 13 in LossThe Lookouts out-hit Tennessee 15-9 but left a whopping 14 men on base and were only 4-for-15 wit runners in scoring position in an 8-4 loss.
The Smokies tapped Alberto Bastardo for two runs in the first and a single run in the fourth before Chattanooga could get on the scoreboard.
The Lookouts left on two on base in the first, three in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth before outfielder Trayvon Robinson singled and stole second inn the fifth. Outfielder Andrew Lambo's single to center drove him in.
In the sixth, with two out, Dee Gordon singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild throw by the Tennessee catcher. Third baseman Elian Herrera singled him home to cut the deficit to 3-2.
But Chattanooga would get no closer. Tennessee scored four in the fifth off reliever Harvey Garcia and added another in the sixth.
The Lookouts scored single runs in the seventh (Cory Smith's sacrifice fly) and eighth (Gordon scored on a double play).
Lambo enjoyed his first three-hit night of the season. Pedroza also collected three hits. Gordon, Robinson and Scott Van Slyke had a pair each.
Bastardo dropped his first game after winning his initial start. He allowed six hits and three runs over five innings and struck out six. Garcia walked four and retired one and all four later scored on hits allowed by Krebs. Matt Sartor worked a hitless ninth, fanning two.
The Lookouts fell to 2-5 with the loss.
Kuo Helps Inland Empire to 9-4 WinDodgers rehabbing reliever Hong-Chih Kuo (1-0) worked five strong innings to jump-start the 66ers to a 9-4 win over Modesto. The left-hander allowed only three its and three runs, two earned, while striking out six.
The win keeps the 66ers in a tie with Lake Elsinore with a 5-3 record.
The Inland Empire bullpen took over and allowed only four hits and a single run over the final four innings to seal the win. Brandon Mann, Kenley Jansen and Cole St. Clair combined to strike out five and walked two.
The Sixers scored three times in the second inning with Steve Caseres' two-RBI single and a Nick Buss single driving in the runs. After Modesto tied the game, Kyle Russell's single put Inland Empire in front to stay in the fourth.
Nick Buss' tripled in a run in the fourth but was caught attempting to steal home later. Wallach tripled in two more in the fifth and scored on Bridger Hunt's sac fly. Pedro Baez drove in a run in the sixth to end the scoring.
Russell finished with three hits. Buss, Pedro Baez and Austin Gallagher had a pair each. Buss, Caseres and Matt Wallach each knocked in two.
Loons Hold On To Win, 2-1Alex Wassel
Great Lakes Loons It was all about pitching at Dow Diamond and, for the second night in a row, came down to a base-loaded strikeout to secure the Loons 2-1 win over South Bend.
Luis Vasquez was called on in the middle of the ninth inning to secure the final two outs of the game. With one on first, Vasquez gave up a single to his first batter, Silver Hawk Chris Owings, and then walked Bobby Borchering to load the bases, mirroring Wednesday night's final few at-bats that had Steve Smith under the gun in the eventual winning effort.
The 24-year-old Dominican remained poised on the mound and delivered two swinging strikeouts to his next two batters, giving the Loons the 2-1 win and earning his first save.
Vasquez's clutch efforts gave him the second save of his four-year minor league career.
"He's got an electrifying arm," Juan Bustabad said. "He just goes after the hitters and he made some quality pitches on the last two hitters."
Vasquez's final strikeout was a perfect bookend to what truly was a pitcher's duel. Loons starter Matt Magill served up five scoreless innings, twirling seven strikeouts and no walks, before being relieved by the team's youngest player, Andrew Webster (2-0).
On the other side, Eric Smith tossed six strikeouts in six scoreless innings for South Bend before and was relieved by Brian Budrow at the start of the seventh.
Budrow's third batter faced, Angelo Songco, brought the offense for the Loons and smashed a two-run homer to left-center field with Jerry Sands on base with a single to put Great Lakes ahead 2-0.
"I was just trying to get a pitch right over the plate and grab the ball," Songco said. "I got a 2-0 fastball, drove it to that left-center stream and it went out. I was pretty excited…you know, when pitchers are dealing like that, being able to clutch-up [and deliver] is pretty awesome."
The Silver Hawks scored one in the eighth, but Songco's two-run shot proved to be the difference.
Allan Webster recorded his second win of the season for the Loons, allowing one run on six hits over 3.1 innings.
Great Lakes improved to 5-3 and is tied for second place in the division.
Right-handed pitcher Will Savage (0-0, 2.70) will start Friday for the conclusion of the Loons six-game homestand. Going for South Bend will be Austin Adams (0-1, 4.15). The first 5,000 fans will receive a 2009 Loons Postseason wall poster presented by F.P. Horak.