Ely, May, Aguasviva, Russell, Sands sparkle

John Ely allowed a single run over seven and Lucas May knocked in four runs as Albuquerque topped New Orleans 7-1. Andrew Lambo homered as Chattanooga topped Montgomery 6-5. Inland Empire topped Stockton 7-3 behind the pitching of Geison Aguasviva (1-1) and four RBI from Kyle Russell. Inland Empire topped Stockton 7-3. Jerry Sands homered twice but the Great Lakes lost 6-5 to Lake County.

'Topes Battery Shocks New Orleans

Starter John Ely allowed a single run while pitching into the seventh inning and catcher Lucas May knocked in four runs with a double and a home run as Albuquerque topped New Orleans 7-1 to win their third game in the last four outings.

Ely, who came to the Dodgers along with reliever Jon Link from the White Sox in exchange for outfielder Juan Pierre, allowed seven hits and no walks while striking out five. Brent Leach and Justin Miller closed the game out.

Along with May's four RBI, Xavier Paul added two singles and a double. Prentice Redman, Russell Mitchell and Nick Green each had a pair of hits.

First baseman John Lindsey opened the second inning with a double and scored on Redman's two-base hit. May doubled in his first run for a 2-0 Isotope margin.

New Orleans scored their only run on a triple and a ground ball in the bottom of the inning.

May walked with two out in the fourth and scored on Green's double, and Albuquerque added three more in the sixth when May banged his second homer of the season with Redman and Mitchell on base with singles.

Lindsey Player of the Week
John Lindsey, was named the Pacific Coast League's Batter of the Week for the first week of the season after batting .568 (25 for 44) in 10 games. He had a .591 on-base percentage with 10 extra-base hits, eight doubles, two home run and 13 runs batted in. Lindsey, 33, is in his 16th season in the minors without ever having spent a day in the majors. He spent last season with Florida's Triple-A New Orleans affiliate but now is back with the Dodgers' organization for the third time in the past four seasons. He hit a combined 56 home runs with 221 RBIs for the Dodgers' Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas affiliates over a two-year period from 2007 to 2009.

Chattanooga Edges Montgomery 6-5 The Lookouts gained the lead in the fifth inning and fought off a late Montgomery rally to take a 6-5 win over Montgomery. Six different players had an RBI each in the win.

Andrew Lambo singled and smacked his first home run of the season. Designated hitter Eduardo Perez singled and doubled and first baseman Cody Smith each added two doubles.

Marlon Alvarez started and worked six strong innings to win his second game against a single loss. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out four. Eric Krebs, Matt Sartor and Javy Guerre (save 4) maintained the early lead.

Chattanooga scored in the second when Perez doubled and scored on Scott Van Slyke's single. After Montgomery tied the game in the fifth, Smith and catcher Mike Rivera doubled. Shortstop Dee Gordon's sacrifice fly then boosted the Lookouts into the lead.

Alvarez allowed a second run in the top of the sixth but Lambo and Perez singled and Smith's ground ball score Lambo. Second baseman Jaime Pedroza's RBI single made it 5-2 and Lambo's homer in the seventh closed out the Chattanooga scoring.

Krebs worked two hitless innings and turned the ball over to Sartor and he was immediately tagged with a triple and a pair of doubles. Guerra hastily warmed up and came in but allowed another double, cutting the Lookouts margin to 6-5.

A sacrifice bunt and a walk put the tying run on third and the winning run on first but on an attempted squeeze play, Guerra caught the ball before it hit the ground and threw to Elian Herrera at third to catch the runner off base to end the game.

Sixers Strike Early in Win

Inland Empire wasted no time in piling up seven runs in the first four innings, then they held on to stop Stockton 7-3 behind the pitching of Geison Aguasviva (1-1) and four RBI from outfielder Kyle Russell.

Aguasviva allowed only a single hit over his six innings, a home run to the second Stockton batter he faced. He went on to walk three and strike out six while winning his first game of the season. Edwin Contreras and Cole St. Clair (save 2) held onto the lead despite a pair of unearned runs in the eighth inning.

Russell launched his fourth home run in the third inning with two runners on base and added a sacrifice fly later in the game. Catcher Matt Wallach's drove in two runs with a single and third baseman Pedro Baez added a home run.

After Stockton took their brief, 1-0 lead, Inland Empire pulled in front for good in the second when first baseman Austin Gallagher walked and outfielder Alfredo Silverio doubled. Wallach's line drive to left made it 2-1.

Outfielder Nick Buss walked in the third and Cesar Suarez lived on a fielder's choice before Russell's long shot to right field made it 5-1. Baez followed with his first home run of the season.

The final 66er's run clattered across in the fourth. Second baseman Bridger Hunt walked and Buss beat out a bunt. After a wild pitch, Russell's sac fly closed out the scoring.

Inland Empire was retired in order in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Buss singled with two out in the ninth but was stranded.

Sands Homers Twice but Captains Prevail

Brad Golder
?Great Lakes Loons

?First baseman Jerry Sands homered twice but the Great Lakes Loons squandered a 4-0 lead to fall 6-5 to the Lake County Captains. The Captains win evens the series at 1-1 and makes Lake County 12-2 on the year. The Loons are now 9-5.

?The Loons took advantage of second baseman Argenis Martinez's error to score an unearned run in the second inning. Next inning, Sands homered to right field to give the Loons a 2-0 advantage.?

?Then in the top of the fifth, Shortstop Christian Lara led off with a triple and with one out he scored on Sands' second homer of the game.  Both of Sands' long balls were hit to the opposite field.?

?But the Loons' 4-0 advantage wasn't enough. Lake County struck for four fifth inning runs to tie the score with three straight singles off starter Will Savage (1-1) and a throwing error by catcher J.T. Wise. The Captains added two more unearned runs the next inning, driving starter Savage out of the game.?

?Angelo Songco belted a solo home run for the Loons in the eighth, but the Loons could get no closer than one run as 10 straight Loons went down in order between the fifth and eighth innings.?

?Savage (1-1) took the loss, allowing three earned runs and three unearned runs. Nick Gaudi followed out of the bullpen with three scoreless innings.

?The Loons and Captains meet again tonight at 6:30 pm for the final game of their three-game series. Right-hander Elisaul Pimentel (0-1, 5.00 ERA) will start for the Loons. The Captains will send right-hander Clayton Cook (0-1, 4.50) to the mound.  The game will be carried live on ESPN 100.9-FM.?

?The Loons return to Dow Diamond for a three-game home series with the Fort Wayne TinCaps beginning Friday at 6:05 pm.