Dee Gordon Boost Average to .354

Albuquerque scored three in the ninth inning in Omaha but lost 4-3. Chattanooga split a doubleheader in Huntsville. The Stars won the opener 7-1, then the Lookouts took a 7-5 decision in the nightcap. Inland Empire took a 2-1 lead into the last of the ninth inning but lost 3-2 on a pair of unearned runs. Great Lakes and Fort Wayne were rained out.

'Topes Rally Comes Up Short

Albuquerque scored three in the top of the ninth inning in Omaha and left the tying run at second base as Omaha collected a 4-3 win.

Three of the seven 'Topes hits came in the ninth inning. Trailing 4-0, Outfielder Timo Perez banged his first homer of the season. Then with two out, first baseman John Lindsey walked, third baseman Russ Mitchell doubled him in and then scored on outfielder Jamie Hoffmann's double. But Albuquerque could get no closer.

Josh Lindblom started and was tagged for a pair of runs in the fourth inning on a triple and a home run. He allowed single runs in the fifth and sixth.

He completed seven innings having thrown 84 pitches, 65 of them strikes. He allowed eight hits, walked a pair and struck out five.

Justin M. Miller worked a scoreless eighth.

Outfielder Jay Gibbons and Mitchell had a pair of hits each.

Lindblom's control over his last three starts has been impressive. The big righty has walked just three in his last 18 innings. Lindblom has increased his pitch count over his first four appearances, from 77 to 94.

Coming into the game Albuquerque boasted the top three hitters in the Pacific Coast League. John Lindsey led with a batting average of .500 while Jay Gibbons ranked second with a mark of .432 and Prentice Redman was tied for third with an average of .370.

Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann has a solid eight-game hitting streak, the second longest on the team this season.
 
 Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 000 003-3
Omaha	        000 211 00x-4

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Perez rf	4  1  1  1  .167
De Jesus 2b	4  0  0  0  .227
Gibbons dh	4  0  2  0  .438
Lindsey 1b	3  1  0  0  .475
Mitchell 3b	4  1  2  0  .317
Hoffmann cf	4  0  1  2  .254
Restovich lf	4  0  1  0  .257
Green ss	3  0  0  0  .196
Closser c	3  0  0  0  .333
--------------------------------
 Total	        35  3  7  3  
 Omaha	        29  4  8  4

  2B- Mitchell (4), Hoffmann (5).
HR- Perez (1). RBI- Perez (1), Hoffmann
2 (4). LOB- Albuquerque 4, Omaha 6.

 Albuquerque	        in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lindblom (1-1)	        7.0  8  4-4  2  5  5.57
JMMiller        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.69
 HBP- Lindsey. T- 1:54. At- 2,663.

Lookouts, Stars Split

Chattanooga made up their rained out Saturday game, splitting a doubleheader in Huntsville. The Stars won the opener 7-1, then the Lookouts took a 7-5 decision in the nightcap.

Lookouts Thumped in Opener
Chattanooga scored in the first inning but the rest of the contest was all Huntsville and the Stars won 7-1. Starter Chris Withrow was banged around and allowed seven hits and seven runs before leaving in the third inning.

Tim Sexton and Matt Sartor held Huntsville without a run over the final 3.2 innings but the Lookouts were scoreless over the final six frames.

Gordon singled, stole second and moved to third base when the catcher threw the ball into center field. Second baseman Elian Herrera' sacrifice fly drove in the only Chattanooga run.

The Lookouts left two on base and were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. After Gordon's leadoff single, they managed only two more hits, both by outfielder Tommy Giles.

Game One

 Score by innings
Chattanooga	100 000 0-1
Huntsville	115 000 x-7

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	3  1  1  0  .328
Herrera 3b	2  0  0  0  .250
Robinson cf	1  0  0  0  .236
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .339
EPerez 1b	3  0  0  0  .245
Giles rf	3  0  2  0  .367
Rivera c	1  0  0  0  .200
Pedroza 2b	2  0  0  0  .325
Withrow p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Sexton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hatch ph	1  0  0  0  .176
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
-------------------------------
 Totals	        20 1  3 0
 Huntsville	26 7 10 7

 RBI- Herrera (6). SF- Herrera. LOB-Chattanooga
2, Huntsville 5. RISP- Chattanooga 0-for-3,
Huntsville 5-for-10. SB- Gordon (4). 

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Withrow (1-2)	2.1  7  7-7  2  4  9.00
Sexton 	        1.2  3  0-0  0  2  7.20
Sartor	        2.0  0  0-0  1  2  9.00
 WP- Sexton. T- 1:59.
Big First Keys Split
Chattanooga salvaged the second game the the twin-bill, scoring five times in the first inning and sailing to a 7-5 decision.

Lefty Alberto Bastardo worked five innings to win his second game in three decisions. He allowed six hits and four runs over five innings and knocked in a pair of runs in the important first inning explosion.

Henry Garcia and Javy Guerra took care of the final two innings with Guerra earning his third save.

Chattanooga started fast with Dee Gordon igniting the five-run first with an infield single and a wild pitch, second baseman Elian Herrera singled Gordon across the plate for a 1-0 lead. With one out Herrera stole third and scored on outfielder Tommy Giles single.

Andy Van Slyke singles in the third run and Bastardo knocked in the final two with his first hit of the season.

Huntsville cut the Lookouts margin to 5-4 in the fifth before Giles rapped his second home run over the center field wall. They added another run in the sixth on Van Slyke's home run.

Garcia allowed a run in the sixth but Guerra worked around a single in the seventh secure the win.

Gordon finished with three hits and a run in the game, collecting four hits in the double-header to boost his average to .354. Giles, Van Slyke and Bastardo each had a pair of runs batted in.

Game Two
 
 Score by Innings
Chattanooga	500 011 0-7	
Huntsville	011 201 0-5

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  3  0  .354
Herrera 2b	3  1  1  1  .255
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .220
Giles lf	4  2  2  2  .382
Smith 1b	4  0  0  0  .229
Hatch 3b	2  1  0  0  .167
Van Slyke rf	3  2  2  2  .294
Mier c	        2  0  1  1  .292
Bastardo p	2  0  1  2  .200
Perez ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Garcia p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Guerra p	0  0  0  0  .000
--------------------------------
 Total	        29  7 10  7
 Huntsville	28  5  8  5

  HR- Giles (2), Van Slyke (1).
RBI- Herrera (7), Giles 2 (6), Van Slyke
5, Bastardo 2 (2). LOB- Chattanooga 4,
Huntsville 5. Sb- Van Slyke (2), Herrera
2 (7). CS- Gordon (2), Robinson (2).
DP- Herrera and Smith. 

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (2-1)	5.0  6  4-4  2  4  4.96
Garcia	        1.0  1  1-1  1  2  6.52
Guerra (sv 5)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.16
 WP- Garcia. T- 2:15. Att- 846.

66ers Lose a Tough One

Inland Empire took a 2-1 lead into the last of the ninth inning but lost a tough 3-2 decision on a pair of unearned runs.

Visalia scored first of starter Justin T. Miller but the 66ers picked up two in the fifth on an error and third baseman Pedro Baez's RBI single.

Miller left after four having allowed a single run on a second inning homer and only two hits. Miguel Sanfler added three scoreless innings and Brandon Matt worked a shutout eighth.

Paul Koss (1-2) took over in the ninth and Visalia put the tying run on base immediately when a high pop fell safely in front of the plate. Then a throwing error on Baez put runners at second and third with none out.

After a pop-out and an intentional walk to fill the bases, it looked as if Koss might get out of the inning after he fanned the next Visalia batter. But a double to right field drove in the tying and winning runs.

Inland Empire out-hit Visalia 9-8 with Russell collecting a double and a pair of singles. Second baseman Chris Gutierrez singled twice and Baez knocked in a run.
 
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 020 000-2
Visalia	        010 000 002-3

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt lf        	5  0  0  0  .148
Sellers ss	4  1  0  0  .152
Russell rf	4  0  3  0  .369
Baez 3b        	4  0  1  1  .300
Delmonico c	4  0  1  0  .289
Gallagher 1b	4  0  1  0  .259
Suarez dh	4  0  0  0  .188
Gutierrez 2b	3  0  2  0  .245
Buss cf       	4  1  1  0  .167
----------------------------------
 Total	        36  2  9  1
Visalia	        32  3  8  3

 Error- Baez (3). 2B- Russell (2).
RBI- Baez (6). LOB- Inland Empire 8,
Visalia 9. CS- Gallagher (1).
PO- Gallagher (1). DP- Gallagher,
Sellers and Gallagher; Gutierrez,
Gallagher and Sellers.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
JTMiller 	4.0  2  1-1  3  2  4.05
Sanfler	        3.0  3  0-0  1  1  4.50
Mann        	1.0  1  0-0  1  2  2.16
Koss (1-2)	0.2  2  2-0  1  1  .279
 T- 2:44. Att- 1,779. 

Loons Rained Out

Rain washed out the final game of a three-game series between the Great Lakes Loons (11-5) and the Fort Wayne TinCaps (7-9). The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader for May 26, when the Loons visit the TinCaps in Indiana.

The Loons have an off-day Monday (today) and will hit the road Tuesday morning for a 7:35 p.m. game against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Matt Magill (0-0, 3.00), who was scheduled to start Sunday, will start for Great Lakes. The Hot Rods will send Wilking Rodriguez (0-1, 3.18) to the hill.

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