Russell and Sands Selected 'Player of the Wee

Chattanooga helped Huntsville to six unearned runs and an easy 8-2 win. Inland Empire lost 3-2 to Lake Elsinore with all the runs coming in the first innings. Outfielder Kyle Russell of Inland Empire and Of/1B Jerry Sands (his second award) were selected as "Player of the Week" in the California and Midwest Leagues. Albuquerque was rained out and Great Lakes had the day off.

Albuquerque/Omaha Rained Out

Errors Help Huntsville Pound Lookouts

Chattanooga was a polite guest, helping the Stars offense with four errors, and will certainly be invited back Huntsville later in the season. The six unearned runs made for an easy 8-2 win.

Marlon Alvarez was tagged with four unearned runs and Jesus Rodriguez had to contend with two over the first six innings. Alvarez took the loss, his second in four decisions, allowing five hits and one earned run over the first three innings. Rodriguez also worked three and allowed three hits and a single earned run.

Each team collected eight hits, as Eduardo Perez and Anthony Hatch earned half of them with two each.

A four-run second inning was the deal-breaker. An error by shortstop Elian Herrera and a wild pickoff attempt by Alvarez, both with two out, gave the Lookouts a mountain they could not climb.

Chattanooga got on the scoreboard in the fourth when outfielder Andrew Lambo doubled with one out and catcher Mike Rivera and Perez singled. Scott Van Slyke's ground ball drove in the second run and after Hatch's double with two out it looked like they had something going but it was not to be.

Chattanooga managed only two his over the final four innings.
 Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 200 000-2
Huntsville	140 210 00x-8 

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Herrera ss	4  0  0  0  .236
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .295
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .339
Lambo lf	3  1  1  0  .222
Perez 1b	4  0  2  1  .259
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  1  .273
Hatch 3b	4  0  2  0  .200
Alvarez p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .371
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 CSmith ph	1  0  1  0  .250
 Krebs p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Total        	34  2  8  2
 Huntsville	32  8  8  6

  Errors- Herrera 2 (2), Alvarez (1).
2B- Lambo (5), Hatch (3), Robinson (4)
RBI- Perez (7), Van Slyke (9).
LOB- Chattanooga 6, Huntsville 6.
DP- Pedroza and Perez.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (2-2)	3.0  5  5-1  3  3  5.30
Rodriguez	3.0  3  3-1  2  4  4.26
Krebs        	2.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.61
 WP- Alvarez. HBP- by Rodriguez.
T- 2:35. Att- 630.

66ers Lose 3-2 Again Fans are always invited to come early to the game and watch batting practice and the infield workout. Those who showed up just a bit late Monday night missed all the scoring as Lake Elsinore hung a second-straight 3-2 loss on Inland Empire with all the runs coming in the first inning.

Starter Geison Aguasviva surrendered two triples, a double and a single with only one out, putting the 66ers in an early 3-0 hole.

Inland Empire surged back in the bottom of the inning, spending five of their seven hits. Consecutive singles by outfielder Nick Buss, shortstop Justin Sellers and outfielder Kyle Russell drove in one run. An error accounted for the second run and then catcher Tony Delmonico and first baseman Austin Gallagher singled to load the bases before the inning ended.

Aguasviva worked the next five innings without allowing a hit, striking out five. Kenley Jansen added two scoreless innings to keep his ERA a spotless 0.00 on the season over seven appearances and 12.2 innings, during which time he has allowed only eight hits and struck out 20. Kyle Smit pitched a hitless ninth.

Inland Empire had one last chance in the fifth when Sellers led off with a double and stole third with one out. He was thrown out at the plate on third baseman Pedro Baez's fly to left field to kill the threat.

The final 11 Sixers went out in order to close out the game.

The 66ers will play game two of their three game series against the Lake Elsinore Storm tonight.

Russell Player of the Week
Right fielder Kyle Russell provided some pop this week, notching an extra-base hit in five of seven games and posting a .375/.467/.792 mark with six runs batted in. He bashed a home run on Monday and then another on Wednesday, also contributing a sacrifice fly in that game. The next day, the 2008 first-rounder had a pair of doubles and a run scored, going 3-for-4. He was also 3-for-4 Sunday. Russell was the Midwest League MVP of 2009 and a Pioneer League All-Star in 2008.
 Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	300 000 000-3
Inland Empire	200 000 000-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Buss cf	        4  1  1  0  .171
Sellers ss	3  1  2  0  .194
Russell rf	4  0  1  1  .362
Baez 3b        	4  0  0  0  .278
Caseres dh	4  0  0  0  .222
Delmonico c	3  0  2  0  .317
Gallagher 1b	4  0  1  0  .258
Gutierrez 2b	4  0  0  0  .226
Hunt lf        	3  0  0  0  .133
 Total        	35  2  7  1
 Lake Elsinore	35  3  5  3

 Error- Gallagher (2). 2B- Sellers (1). 
RBI- Russell (15). LOB- Inland Empire 6, 
Lake Elsinore 3. SB- Sellers (1). 
DP- Aguasviva, Delmonico and Gallagher.
 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Aguasviva (1-2)	6.0  4  3-3  2  5  4.58
Jansen        	2.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
SSmith        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.95
 WP- Aguasviva. T- 2:24. Att- 941. 

Loons Not Scheduled

The Loons enjoyed their first day off of the season and will travel to Bowling Green for a three-game series against the Hot Rods. Matt Magill (0-0, 3.00), who was scheduled to start Sunday, will be on the mound for Great Lakes to face Wilking Rodriguez (0-1, 3.18).

Sands Again Named Player of the Week
For the second week in a row, Loons outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands has been named the Midwest League's Player of the Week. Sands went nine-for-twenty (.450) at the plate and seven of his hits went for were extra-bases and five were home runs.

Sands had two games with multiple home runs; two on April 21 against eastern division leader Lake County and then again on April 24 against Fort Wayne.

On the 2010, the 22-year-old leads the league in batting average (.443), on-base percentage (.500), slugging percentage (.967), runs scored (18), total bases (59), hits (27), extra-base hits (16), and home runs (7). He is second in RBI with 19.

Great Lakes returns to Dow Diamond Tuesday May 4 to host the Detroit Tigers Single-A affiliate, the West Michigan Whitecaps.

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