McDonald and Pimentel Stingy With Hits

Albuquerque starter James McDonald tossed five hitless innings to top Round Rock 3-1. Pinch-hitter Elian Herrera was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and the score tied as Chattanooga rallied to beat Tennessee 4-3. Inland Empire lost to Visalia 6-4. Elisaul Pimentel took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the Great Lakes topped Bowling Green 2-1.

McDonald Works Five No-Hit Innings

James McDonald may have put a smile on pitching-strapped Dodgers manager Joe Torre's face when he no-hit Round Rock through five innings and earned a 3-1 victory, striking out five and walking a pair in the Isotopes' 3-1 win. McDonald had been sidelined with a split fingernail. Another similar performance may earn him a quick trip back to Los Angeles.

McDonald, who recorded a 2.70 ERA with the Dodgers last season as a reliever, entered the game having allowed 17 hits in 12.2 innings this season. He lasted just one inning in his previous start, yielding three runs on three hits and two walks against Omaha on April 18.

He retired the first nine batters he faced, then walked Round Rock center fielder Jason Bourgeois to lead off the fourth. Bourgeois stole second, but was thrown out trying to steal third. Brian Bogusevic drew a walk later in the inning, but was forced at second to end the threat.

McDonald retired the Express in order in the fifth while facing just one batter over the minimum. Round Rock collected its first hit with two outs in the seventh with a double off veteran reliever Juan Perez.

An 11th-round pick in the 2002 Draft, the 25-year-old McDonald's closest previous brush with a no-hitter came as a member of the Class A Columbus Catfish on Aug. 27, 2006 when he worked eight one-hit innings against the Charleston RiverDogs, striking out eight, only to see his bullpen allow a ninth-inning run in a 1-0 loss.

McDonald (1-0) seemed to suffer a similar fate when the Express pushed a run across in the eighth and put the tying run on base in the ninth, before Luis Ayala closed out McDonald's win for his third save of the season.

Second baseman Nick Green went 2-for-3 with a solo homer while shortstop Ivan DeJesus doubled, singled and scored twice.
 
 Score by Innings
Round Rock	000 000 010-1
Albuquerque	101 100 00x-3	

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave 
Perez T cf	4  0  0  0  .133
De Jesus ss	4  2  2  0  .247
Gibbons lf	4  0  1  1  .393
Lindsey 1b	3  0  1  1  .468
Redman rf	3  0  0  0  .344
May c        	3  0  0  0  .214
Mitchell 3b	3  0  0  0  .284
Green 2b	3  1  2  1  .212
McDonald p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Corcoran p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Perez Ju p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Restovich ph	1  0  0  0  .250
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ayala p	0  0  0  0  .000
--------------------------------
 Total	        30  2  6  2
 Round Rock	29  1  4  1

 Error- Green (2). 2B- De Jesus (6).
HR- Green (2). RBI- Lindsey (17), Gibbons
(16), Green (6). LOB- Albuquerque 3, Round
Rock 6. DP- Redman, Green and Mitchell. 

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (1-0)	5.0  0  0-0  2  5  3.57
Corcoran 	1.0  0  0-0  2  0  7.36
JMPerez 	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  5.19
Miller 	        1.0  2  1-1  0  1  2.31
Ayala (sv,3)	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.16
 T- 2:22. Att- 5,424.	

Herrera Takes One For The Team

Pinch-hitter Elian Herrera was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and the score tied as Chattanooga rallied to beat Tennessee 4-3.

Trailing 3-2, the Lookouts scored twice to win the game. Andrew Lambo opened the ninth with a double and moved to third on Scott Van Slykes's single and an error in right field that tied the score. With one out, Anthony Hatch walked to load the bases before Herrera took one for the team that forced in the winning run.

Tennessee thumped spot starter David Pfeiffer for a pair of home runs and scored three runs in the first inning but he then settled in and worked four straight shutout frames, handing the ball to Jesus Rodriguez trailing 3-2.

The Chattanooga bullpen, Rodriguez, James Adkins and Matt Sartor (1-2) who earned the win, came through strong, holding Round Rock to one more hit, a single in the eighth inning, and no runs over the final four innings.

Van Slyke had singled and scored in the second on Hatch's double. Then in the fourth, singles by Lambo, Van Slyke and Eddy Perez pulled the Lookouts to within one run.

Van Slyke finished the game with three hits and Lambo singled and doubled to lead Chattanooga.
 
 Score by Innings
Tennessee	300 000 000-3
Chattanooga	010 100 002-4

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  0  .367
Pedroza 2b	4  0  1  0  .288
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .211
Lambo lf	4  2  2  0  .342
Van Slyke rf	4  2  3  0  .317
EPerez 1b	3  0  0  2  .250
Rivera c	3  0  0  0  .250
Hatch 3b	3  0  1  1  .229
Pfeiffer p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Adkins p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Smith ph	1  0  0  0  .238
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Herrera ph	0  0  0  1  .266
--------------------------------
 Total	        33  4 11  4
 Tennessee	33  3  6  3

 Two-base hits- Robinson (5), Hatch (4), 
Lambo (7). RBI- Hatch (7), Perez 2 (9), 
Herrera (9). LOB- Chattanooga 6, Tennessee 5. 

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pfeiffer	5.0  5  3-3  0  4  5.40
Rodriguez	1.2  0  0-0  1  2  3.77
Adkins	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0 10.80
Sartor (1-2)	2.0  1  0-0  1  0  5.73
HBP- Herrera. T- 2:45. Att- 3,996.

Inland Empire Drops 6-4 decision

The 66ers jumped into a 2-0 first-inning lead but Visalia kept pecking away, scored in five of the last seven innings, and collected a 6-4 win.

Starter Jon Michael Redding (0-2) was tapped for seven hits and three runs over his five innings and took the loss. Kenley Jansen allowed a pair of runs and Miguel Sanfler surrenderer a single tally.

Outfielder Kyle Russell opened the first inning with a two-out walk. Pedro Baez and Steve Caseres followed with single to account for the first run and Austin Gallagher's double made it 2-0.

Trailing 5-2 in the seventh, Russell again sparked a two-run surge with an opening single. Baez collected his second hit of the game and a wild pitch loaded the bases. Gallagher picked up his second and third runs batted in with a single.

Matt Wallach singled in the eighth and moved to second on Nick Buss's single. Pinch-runner Cesar Suarez attempted to score the tying run on Justin Seller's single and was thrown out at second.

Visalia added a run in the top of the ninth and Russell doubled in the bottom of the inning to five Inland Empire one more chance but the final three 66ers went down in order.

Visalia out-hit Inland Empire 13-12 and both clubs had ample opportunities to add additional runs. Visalia left 11 on base and was 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position. The Sixers also left 11 and went 4-for-15 RISP.
 
 Score by Innings
Visalia	        001 112 001-6
Inland Empire	200 000 200-4

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt lf        	5  0  0  0  .136
Sellers ss	5  0  1  0  .200
Russell rf	3  2  2  0  .346
Baez 3b        	5  2  2  0  .306
Caseres dh	3  0  1  1  .231
Gallagher 1b	4  0  1  3  .297
Gutierrez 2b	4  0  1  0  .194
Wallach c	4  0  1  0  .194
Suarez pr	0  0  0  0  .208
 Delmonico c	0  0  0  0  .295
Buss cf        	3  0  1  0  .173
--------------------------------
 Total	        34  4 12  4
 Visalia	39  6 13  6

 Errors- Redding (2), Baez (4).
2B- Gallagher (6), Russell (6).
RBI- Caseres (11), Gallagher 3 (7).
S- Buss. SB- Gutierrez (2). 
DP- Gallagher unassisted; Sellers, 
Baez and Gallagher.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Redding (0-2)	5.0  7  3-3  2  4  4.21
Jansen	        2.0  3  2-2  0  2  1.23
Sanfler	        2.0  3  1-1  2  0  4.50
 HBP- by Sanfler. T- 2:48. Att- 2,204.

Loons Pimentel Two-Hit Hot Rods

Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Elisaul Pimentel took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, recently-activated Rubby de la Rosa fired three perfect innings of relief, and the Great Lakes Loons topped the Bowling Green Hot Rods 2-1.

Pimentel allowed just two hits in six innings, striking out three.  With the Loons ahead 1-0, Pimentel retired 14 straight before Chris Murrill tripled to end the no-hit bid. Pimentel followed with a balk to allow the game-tying game to score.  

De la Rosa (1-0) made his Loons debut when he entered in the seventh and did not allow a base runner through three innings, striking out four.  

Blake Smith broke the 1-1 tie with a solo opposite field home run in the top of the eighth.

  Alexander Colome (0-2) recorded the loss, but pitched well, striking out nine over eight solid innings.

  The Loons begin a three-game series in Eastlake, OH against the Lake County Captains Friday night. Game time is 6:30 pm. Right-hander Josh Wall (0-1, 4.26 ERA) will start for the Loons. The Captains will counter with right-hander Joe Gardner (1-0, 3.00) to the mound. 
 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	100 000 010-2
Bowling Green	000 001 000-1

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	4  1  2  0  .301
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  0  0  .229
Galvez dh	4  0  1  0  .256
Sands 1b	2  0  0  0  .289
Songco lf	3  0  0  0  .260
BSmith rf	3  1  1  1  .288
Erickson c	3  0  1  0  .333
McGee cf	3  0  0  0  .333
Garcia 3b	3  0  0  0  .167
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 Total	        28  2  5  1
 Bowling Green	29  1  3  0

 3B- Lara (2). HR- BSmith (3). RBI- BSmith
(13). CS- Galvez (2). Lara (2). PO- Lara.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pimentel	6.0  3  1-1  1  3  2.70
De La Rosa (1-0) 3.0  0  0-0  0  4  0.00
 Balk- Pimentel. T- 2:01. Att- 2,838.	

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