Pitching Rules the Day in Minors

Albuquerque's Tim Corcoran, Chattanooga's Jesus Castillo and Great Lakes' Will Savage all pitched well but only Savage could come up with a win. The Isotopes lost 3-1 to Memphis; the Lookouts lost 2-1 to Tennessee in 13 innings and the Loons topped Lake County 8-5 and moved into a tie for the league lead. Inland Empire had an open date.

Memphis Dumps Isotopes 3-1

Albuquerque was held to three hits and wasted a good pitching performance in losing 3-1 to Memphis. Tim Corcoran allowed all three runs in his four-inning start. Solid relief by Scott Dohmann, Jon Link and Brent Leach provided four scoreless innings

Corcoran, making his first start of the season, allowed only four hits, including a two-run home run, while walking two and striking out two.

Shortstop Nick Green doubled with one out in the third and scored later on an error with the only Isotope run. Ivan De Jesus, Timo Perez and Jay Gibbons added singles.

Held to two hits going into the ninth, Gibbons and Perez singled but were left on base.

Jamie Hoffmann struck out three times and lived on an error, ending his team-high hitting streak ended at 12 games. During the streak he batted .327 with six doubles, a homer and nine RBI.

RHP James McDonald (1-0, 3.57) will draw tonight's start against LHP Evan MacLane (1-3,4.01) of Memphis.
 
 Score by Innings
Albuquerque	001 000 000-1
Memphis	        002 100 00x-3

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann cf	4  0  0  0  .273
De Jesus 2b	3  0  1  0  .262
Redman rf	4  0  0  0  .324
Perez lf	4  0  1  0  .190
Mitchell 3b	4  0  0  0  .278
May c        	3  0  0  0  .211
Green ss	2  1  1  0  .219
Corcoran p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Restovich ph	1  0  0  0  .271 
 Dohmann p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Link p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lindsey ph	1  0  0  0  .427
 Linch p	0  0  0  0  .000
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 Total	        32  1  4  0
 Memphis	29  3  7  3

 Errors- Green (3), Mitchell (2).
2B- Green (6). LOB- Albuquerque 5,
Memphis 6. DP- Gibbons, Hu and Dohmann;
Perez and Gibbons.

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Corcoran (1-2)	4.0  4  3-3  2  2  7.20
Dohmann	        2.0  3  0-0  0  1  1.13
Link        	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  7.11
Leach	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  5.74
 T- 2:21. Att- 4,336.

Late Rally Beats Chattanooga

League-leading Tennessee scored a run with two out in the top of the 13th inning to claim a tightly-contested 2-1 victory. Chattanooga managed only four hits, with two of them coming in the first inning.

Jesus Castillo make another quality start, allowing three hits and a single run over six innings. He struck out three and walked four, dropping his ERA to 1.48. James Adkins (one inning), Harvey Garcia (two innings) and David Pfeiffer (three innings) held Tennessee scoreless for six innings.

The Smokies used a pair of singles and a sacrifice bunt to score a run off Matt Sartor (1-3), who took the tough loss.

The Lookouts were held scoreless over the final 12 innings of the game and, with a 12-13 record, slipped into third place in the division.

Chattanooga took a 1-0 lead in the first when Dee Gordon beat out an infield hit and moved to second on a throwing error. With two out, Scott Van Slyke dropped a single into center field to drive in the only run the Lookouts could manage.

Catcher Mike Rivera collected the second Chattanooga hit, a double, with two out in the fifth and Van Slyke singled to lead off the bottom of the 13th. Two strikeouts and a ground ball ended the game.

Chattanooga signed free agent first baseman Dustin Yount. Originally signed by the Orioles, the 28-year-old has played in independent leagues since 2007 and was with Lincoln in 2008 where he hit .309 with eight home runs and 69 runs batted in.

The Lookouts have an open date today, then will travel to play a five-game series against Carolina.
 
 Score by Innings
Tennessee	000 010 000 000 1-2
Chattanooga	100 000 000 000 0-1

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  1  0  .313
Herrera lf	3  0  0  0  .263
 Pfeiffer p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Yount ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .230
Van Slyke rf	5  0  2  1  .325
Perez 1b	5  0  0  0  .231 
Smith 3b	3  0  0  0  .231
 Garcia p	0  0  0  0  .000
Giles lf	2  0  0  0  .277
Hatch 2b-3b	5  0  0  0  .207
Rivera c	4  0  1  0  .333
Castillo p	2  0  0  0  .000 
 Adkins p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pedroza 2b	2  0  0  0  .267
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 Total	        41  1  4  1
 Tennessee	50  2  9  2

 2B- Rivera (2). RBI- Van Slyke (14).
S- Herrera. LOB- Chattanooga 3, Tennessee
11. CS- Robinson (3). DP- Gordon, Hatch
and Perez.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo	6.0  3  1-1  4  3  1.48
Adkins	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  9.00
Garcia	2.0  2  0-0  0  0  6.59
Pfeiffer	3.0  2  0-0  1  3  3.38
Sartor (1-3)	1.0  2  1-1  1  2  5.54
 T- 3:40. Att- 2,156.

Inland Empire - Open Date

After a day off Monday, the 66ers open a three-game series against the Lake Elsinore Storm tonight and then finish up with a four-game series against the Lancaster JetHawks. The 66ers will return home on Tuesday, May 11th and begin a six-game homestand.

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Loons Continue to Dominate Captains

?Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

?The Great Lakes Loons got four two-run extra base hits, including a pair of two-run home runs, as they topped the league-leading Lake County Captains 8-5 Monday night. The Loons wrapped up a 3-1 series against the Captains and now trail them by just a half game in the Midwest League East.?

?Lake County broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run by Jeremie Tice in the bottom of the fourth.?

?But a half inning later, the Loons took the lead for good. Captains starter Clayton Cook retired the first two batters of the inning, then surrendered consecutive singles to Christian Lara and Angelo Songco. Blake Smith followed with a two-run double. One pitch later, Jerry Sands hit a long home run to center field.?

?In the sixth inning, Rafael Ynoa drove home two runs with a double down the first base line to give the Loons a 6-1 advantage. In the next inning, Johan Garcia homered to right to extend the Loons lead to 8-2.?

?The Loons now lead the Midwest League in home runs (28), homering 10 times during their four-game series in Lake County.?

?Will Savage (2-1) put together another solid start.  He threw a career-high seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Luis Vasquez secured his fifth save with a scoreless ninth inning, with a fastball touching 99 miles per hour on multiple occasions.?

?The Loons begin a six-game homestand Tuesday night at Dow Diamond. Right-hander Elisaul Pimentel (1-1, 2.70 ERA), who threw 5.1 no-hit innings in his last start at Bowling Green, is scheduled to start. West Michigan will start right-hander Trevor Feeney (2-2, 3.09). Game time Tuesday is 7:05pm.?

?NOTES: Garcia's home run was his first hit in the United States and first since August 12, 2006 in the Dominican Summer League. It also came against an Indians affiliate. ...Ynoa, who didn't have an extra base hit before this series, notched three doubles in the four-games. ...Lake County starter Clayton Cook has surrendered two home runs this year, both to Jerry Sands. ...J.T. Wise and Gorman Erickson were both hit by pitches in the game. Entering the game, the Loons had been hit by just two pitches all season.
 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 042 200-8
Lake County	000 101 120-5

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	4  1  2  0  .337
Songco lf	5  1  2  0  .286
Smith rf	5  1  2  2  .296
Sands 1b	4  1  2  2  .386
Wise c        	4  0  1  0  .194
Erickson dh	3  1  2  0  .325
Garcia 3b	5  2  1  2  .184
McGee cf	4  1  1  0  .368
Ynoa 2b        	4  0  1  2  .255
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 Total	        38  8 14  8
 Lake County	35  5 10  5

 2B- Smith (7), Ynoa (3). HR- Sands (10),
Garcia (1). RBR- Smith 2 (18), Sands 2
(26), Ynoa 2 (2), Garcia 2 (7). LOB- Great
Lakes 8, Lake County 5. SB- Lara (6),
Sands (3). CS- Lara (3). Pickoffs- Roberts.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Savage (2-1)	7.0  7  3-3  0  3  2.35
Roberts	        1.0  3  2-2  1  1  4.30
Vasquez (sv 5)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.93
 WP- Vasquez. HBP- Wise, Erickson.
T- 2:46. Att- 2,565.
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