Dodgers Kids 1-2 in Pitcher's Duels

Pitching was the name of the game over a scheduled shortened when Albuquerque was rained out at Omaha. Chattanooga won 6-1 at Montgomery behind Jesus Castillo. Inland Empire lost 1-0 to Visalia despite six scoreless innings by Ethan Martin and Inland Empire fell 2-1 to Fort Wayne.

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Castillo Smothers Montgomery

Jesus Castillo (1-1) worked seven shutout innings to help Chattanooga to a 6-1 win over Montgomery. James Adkins and Eric Krebs finished out the win. Castillo allowed just three hits in winning his first game of the season.

The Lookouts took a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning after leaving runners in scoring position in both the first and third innings.

Catcher Mike Rivera walked to open the inning and third baseman Anthony Hatch doubled to center. Shortstop Dee Gordon lived on an error and second baseman Jaime Pedroza bunted the runners into scoring position and outfielder Trayvon Robinson walked to load the bases.

Outfielder Cory Smith doubled to score Hatch and Gordon but Robinson was nailed at the plate attempting to score on a strong throw by the center fielder.

Gordon tripled and scored on Pedroza's single in the seventh. The two final runs came on a walk to Rivera and Hatch's second homer of the season in the eighth.

Krebs allowed a single and a double in the ninth that accounted for Montgomery's only run.

Pedroza was 4-for-4 to boost his average to .342. Smith and Hatch each had a pair of RBI.
 
 Score by Innings
Montgomery	000 000 001-1
Chattanooga	000 030 12x-6

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  2  1  0  .328
Pedroza 2b	4  0  4  1  .342
Robinson cf	2  0  0  0  .241
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .258
Giles dh	4  0  0  0  .333
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .271
Rivera c	1  2  0  0  .250
Hatch 3b	4  2  2  2  .182
--------------------------------
 Total	        31  6  8  5
Montgomery	32  1  6  1

 2B- Pedroza 2 (3), Hatch (2). 3B- Gordon
(1). HR- Hatch (2). RBI- Smith 2 (9),
Pedroza (4), Hatch 2 (5). S- Pedroza
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Montgomery 6. DP-
Pedroza, Gordon and Smith.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (1-1)	7.0  3  0-0  1  2  1.56
Adkins	        1.0  1  0-0  1  0 11.57
Krebs	        1.0  2  1-1  0  0  3.24
 WP- Castillo, Adkins. T- 2:46. Att- 6,438.

Martin's Gem Unrewarded

Ethan Martin allowed only a pair of singles and three walks over six scoreless innings while striking out seven. Kenley Jansen allowed the first Rawhide hit in his two innings before Paul Koss gave up an RBI single in the ninth and Visalia collected a 1-0 victory.

Ryan Cook held Inland Empire hitless for five innings. and two Visalia relievers allowed their only hit, Pedro Baez's single to lead off the eighth inning.

Koss allowed a leadoff walk in the ninth and wild pitched the runner to second. A single to short left put runners at first and third, and Inland Empire walked the bases loaded before a single to left field drove in the only run of the game.

Visalia, who received seven walks and and five hits, stranded 10 runners, six in scoring position. The 66ers left seven on base in scoring position.

 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 000 000-0
Visalia	        000 000 001-1

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Buss cf	        4  0  0  0  .172
Sellers ss	4  0  0  0  .160
Russell rf	3  0  0  0  .356
Baez 3b	        3  0  1  0  .317
Delmonico c	3  0  0  0  .294
Suarez 2b	4  0  0  0  .193
Wallach 1b	3  0  0  0  .250
Gutierrez dh	3  0  0  0  .209
Mattingly lf	1  0  0  0  .182
Hunt lf	        2  0  0  0  .167
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 Total	        30  0  1  0
 Visalia	27  1  5  1

 S- Delmonico. LOB- Inland Empire 7,
Visalia 10.SB- Delmonico (1), Baez 2
(4). PB- Delmonico (8).

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Martin 	        6.0  2  0-0  3  7  1.80
Jansen	        2.0  1  0-0  2  3  0.00
Koss (1-1)	0.0  2  1-1  2  0  3.00
 WP- Koss. T- 2:27. Att- 2,309.

Liriano's Homer Beats Loons 2-1

Alex Wassel
Great Lakes Loons
Despite out-hitting the TinCaps 10-5, the Loons were unable to convert on their scoring chances, losing to Fort Wayne Friday night, 2-1. The Great Lakes Loons went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding a total of 10 runners in the outing.

"We just left guys on base and didn't get the big hits we needed," Loons Manager Juan Bustabad said. "We had a lot of hits, but they came in different situations and not when we needed them."

Fort Wayne scored their first of two runs in the first inning, as a wild pitch by Loons starter Josh Wall allowed Everett Williams to come in from third. In the fifth, Fort Wayne right fielder Rymer Liriano hit Wall's first pitch of the inning over the left field wall to put the T-Caps up 2-1.

"They hit a home run and it's the difference in the game," Bustabad said. "If they don't hit the home run, we'd probably be playing extra innings."

Wall surrendered two runs on three hits over five innings of work in the loss, fanning four and walking two. Southpaw reliever Jordan Roberts came in to pitch four scoreless innings.

Fort Wayne's starter Nick Greenwood got the win after allowing one run on 10 hits over six innings. Greenwood and relievers Pedro Hernandez and Nick Schumacher combined to consecutively retire the Loons final 15 batters.

The Loons offense accumulated 10 hits through five innings, scoring one on Angelo Songco's grounder that escaped first baseman Nate Freiman to bring in Loons outfielder Jerry Sands.

Sands was the offensive highlight for the Loons, going three-for-four on the night, hitting one double and two singles to left field to improve his batting average to .431. Preventing Sands perfect night was a sharp lineout in his final at-bat, which nearly eluded the shortstop.

 "I've been seeing the ball well, I was just trying to get some pitches to hits, and trying to square them up," Sands said. "I got robbed one time, but it happens. You just got to keep swinging, keep squaring up."

The Loons will bring right-hander Josh Wallach to the mound today in game two against the TinCaps, who will showcase Jerry Sullivan. First pitch is scheduled for at 6:05 p.m.

 Score by innings
Fort Wayne	100 010 000-2
Great Lakes	001 000 000-1

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
JGarcia 3b	5  0  0  0  .194
Lara ss	        5  0  1  0  .321
CGalvez cf	4  0  1  0  .292
Sands rf	4  1  3  0  .431
Wise dh	        4  0  1  0  .182
Songco lf	4  0  1  1  .267
Erickson c	4  0  2  0  .357
Jacobs 1b	4  0  0  0  .170
Guerrero 2b	4  0  1  0  .162
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 Totals	        38 1 10 1
 Ft. Wayne	31 2  5 1

 Two-base hits- Erickson (1), Sands (7).
RBI- Songco (11). LOB- Great Lakes 10, Fort
Wayne 4. RISP- Great Lakes 1-for-11, Fort
Wayne 1-for-4. PO- by Wall. 

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (0-1)	5.0  3  2-2  2  4  4.26
Roberts	        4.0  2  0-0  0  1  1.42
 WP- Wall. T- 2:20. Att- 2,351.

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