Justin Miller Wins, Loses Decisions

In an oddity, Justin Miller won and lost games in two different cities some 800 miles apart. Justin Mark is with the Isotopes and Justin Thomas pitches for the Loons. Memphis beat the 'Topes 5-4, Carolina shut out Chattanooga 3-0, Inland Empire lost 10-9 to Lake Elsinore and Great Lakes topped West Michigan 8-6.

Albuquerque Edged 5-4

The Isotopes trailed the entire game before tying thins up in the top of the eighth but Memphis united it in the bottom of the inning to nail down a 5-4 win.

Scott Elbert drew the start and gave up nine hits and three runs over six innings. He threw 84 pitches, with exactly half of them strikes. He fanned two and walked four.

Elbert is still searching for his first win of the season after factoring into three no-decisions and picking up a loss in his worst start two outings ago. Elbert has struggled since his season debut in Oklahoma City on April 9 in which he pitched six scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts.


Justin M. Miller
Travis Schlichting worked two scoreless innings and Brent Leach was touched for a run in the seventh before Justin M. Miller (0-1) allowed three hits and the winning run in the ninth.

The Isotopes out-hit Memphis 13-10 with outfielder Jamie Hoffmann and first baseman John Lindsey collecting three of them including a double. Catcher Lucas May and shortstop Chin-lung Hu had a pair each.

Memphis took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Elbert gave up a pair of singles, a walk and bounced a wild pitch.

Hoffman singled, moved up on a ground ball and a wild pitch, then scored on outfielder Prentice Redman's grounder.

Elbert served up three singles in the fourth to give Memphis a 3-1 lead but the Isotopes tied the game with two in the top of the fifth.

May singled and with one out, Hu added a single. Pinch-hitter Ramon Nivar beat out a squeeze bunt to score May and Hoffmann's infield hit drove in Hu to tie the game

Memphis took the lead in the seventh, but Lindsey's double and May's single tied it for the last time when Memphis scored a run in the bottom of the inning and held on to win.

Over the past five games, Albuquerque has gone 6-for-36 (.167) with runners in scoring position. It was the fifth straight loss in Memphis for the 'Topes, who fell to 6-7 in road games.

This afternoon, RHP Josh Lindblom (1-1, 6.23) will face RHP PJ Walters (No record) in the final game of the series with Albuquerque moving home to face Nashville.
 
 Score by Innings
Albuquerque	        000 120 010-4
Memphis        	200 100 11x-5

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann cf	4  1  3  1  .261
De Jesus 2b	4  0  0  1  .250
Redman rf	5  0  0  1  .21
Lindsey lf	4  1  3  0  .427
Restovich lf	4  0  1  0  .269
May c        	4  1  2  1  .239
Mitchell 3b	4  0  0  0  .253
Hu ss        	4  1  2  0  .233
Elbert p	1  0  0  0  .400
 Nivar ph	1  0  1  0  .500
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Perez ph	1  0  1  0  .227
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Gibbons ph	1  0  0  0  .394
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
--------------------------------
 Total	37  4 1  3
 Memphis	37  5 10 5

 2B- Lindsey (11). RBI- Redman (19),
Hoffmann (11), De Jesus (8), May (10).
S- Hoffmann. SF- De Jesus.
LOB- Albuquerque 8, Memphis 11.
CS- Hoffmann (2). 

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Elbert        	4.0  6  3-3  4  2  7.77
Schlichting	2.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.50
Leach        	1.0  1  1-1  2  0  5.94
JMMiller (0-1)	1.0  3  1-1  0  0  2.63
 WP- Elbert, Leach. T- 2:52. Att- 4,406.

Chattanooga Blanked 3-0

The Lookouts were held to five hits and lost a 3-0 decision to Carolina. Tim Sexton allowed only two earned runs over five innings but took the loss, his first against one win.

Sexton gave up single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Cole St. Clair and Jesus Rodriguez allowed one hit and no runs between them over the final three innings.

Outfielder Trayvon Robinson singled twice for Chattanooga, who left four in base. Catcher Jessie Mier and pinch-hitter Eddy Perez added doubles.

The first 11 Lookouts were retired in order before Robinson singled with two out in the fourth.
 
 Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 000 000-0
Carolina	011 100 00x-3

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  0  0  .300
Herrera 3b	4  0  0  0  .250
Robinson cf	4  0  2  0  .242
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .321
Giles lf	3  0  0  0  .260
Hatch 1b	2  0  0  0  .200
 Smith ph-1b	1  0  0  0  .226
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .254
Mier c        	3  0  1  0  .242
Sexton p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Yount ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 St. Clair p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Perez ph	1  0  1  0  .250
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
--------------------------------
 Total        	31  0  5  0
 Carolina	34  3  9  2

 Errors- Gordon (7), Herrera (3), Mier
(2). 2B- Mier (3), Perez (6).
LOB- Chattanooga 4, Carolina 9.
DP- Pedroza, Gordon and Hatch.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Sexton (1-1)	5.0  8  3-2  1  5  4.70
St. Clair	2.0  0  0-0  1  2  4.50
Rodriguez 	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.78
 T- 2:22. Att- 1,578.

Six-Run Eighth Sinks 66ers

Inland Empire took a 9-4 lead into the last of the ninth against Lake Elsinore but allowed six runs and took a tough, 10-9 decision.

Miguel Sanfler and Paul Koss (1-4) were battered in the eighth inning, allowing five hits and six runs, including the game-deciding three-run home run.

The Storm tagged starter Jon Michael Redding for four runs before leaving the game with two out in the fourth.

Kyle Smit gave up a single runs over his 3.1 innings while his teammates were battering the Lake Elsinore pitching staff and was in line to get the win before the game-winning rally.

A familiar face, Travis Denker, banged out three hits, including a pair of doubles, and knocked in a two. Denker was the Dodgers' 21st round pick in the 2003 draft and most recently was a member of the Tacoma club in the Pacific Coast League.

Outfielder Kyle Russell and shortstop Chris Gutierrez also collected three hits. Catcher Matt Wallach and outfielder Nick Buss had a pair of hits and a pair of runs batted in.

Roster Move
Inland Empire released third baseman Cesar Suarez the same day they signed Denker.
 
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	030 320 010- 9
Lake Elsinore	101 101 06x-10

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt rf        	5  1  1  1  .186
Denker 2b	5  2  3  1  .600
Russell cf	5  0  3  2  .344
Baez 3b        	4  0  1  1  .277
Caseres 1b	5  0  0  0  .214
Gallagher dh	5  0  0  0  .267
Gutierrez ss	4  2  3  0  .276
Wallach c	4  3  2  2  .209
Buss lf        	3  1  2  2  .221
--------------------------------
 Total	        40  9 15  9
 Lake Elsinore	38  10 17 10

 2B- Denker 2 (2), Gutierrez (3), Wallach
(1), Russell (7). 3B- Buss. RBI- Wallach
2 (8), Buss 2 (10), Hunt (6), Denker
(1), Russell 2 (13), Baez (11). S- Baez,
Buss. LOB- Inland Empire 7, Lake Elsinore
10. SB- Gutierrez (4), DP- Gutierrez,
Denker and Caseres 2. Pickoffs- Wallach.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Redding 	3.2  7  3-3  5  1  4.60
Smit        	3.1  5  1-1  0  5  3.43
Sanfler        	0.2  3  4-4  1  1  9.19
Koss (1-4)	0.1  2  2-2  0  0  4.72
 WP- Smit. T- 2:53. Att- 1,899.

Loons Overcome Six-Run Deficit

Great Lakes, trailing 6-0 in the third inning, rallied to stop West Michigan 8-6 when they rang up eight unanswered runs in the second game of a three-game series.

Shortstop Christian Lara kicked off the comeback with a two-run home run in the third and then knocked in the tying run in the six-run fourth. Angelo Songco's double put Great Lakes in front to stay.

Air-tight relief pitching by Justin T. Miller (Justin A. Miller pitches for Albuquerque), who escaped from a bases-loaded situation in the fourth. Miller worked 1.2 innings to earn his second win.

Andrew Suiter, Steve Smith and Luis Vasquez (save 6) allowed only one hit over the final 4.1 innings while striking out seven.

Josh Wall drew the start and was tagged with all five Whitecaps runs. 

Lara finished with three hits and four RBI. boosting his average to .333. Outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled twice.

The Whitecaps tapped Wall for a single run in the second and five in the third. The Loons came back with two in the bottom of the inning on Lara's two-out home run.

In the fourth, catcher J.T. Wise, Galvez and Lenell McGee singled in succession for the first two runs of the inning. Second baseman Rafael Ynoa walked and Lara's double drove in two runs to tie the game.

When Songco followed with a double, Lara crashed into the catcher and jarring the ball loose and putting the Loons in front to stay. The fifth run of the inning rolled across on Blake Smith's RBI single.

One of Detroit's top prospects, Jacob Turner, started for the Whitecaps and was perfect through his first two innings. But an error to start the third inning put Austin Yount on base, Lara homered and Turner left with two out in the fourth after allowing four runs, two of them earned.

The third, and final, game of the series tonight features Loons right-hander Brett Wallach (2-0, 2.81) and Whitecaps southpaw Jade Todd (0-4, 4.44).

Roster Move
Great Lakes has reinstated IF Brian Ruggiano from the disabled list and returned IF Pedro Guerrero to extended spring training.
 
 Score by Innings
West Michigan	015 000 000-6
Great Lakes	002 600 00x-8

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	5  2  3  4  .333
Songco lf	4  1  1  1  .286
Smith rf	4  0  1  1  .295
Sands 1b	4  0  0  0  .354
Wise c        	2  1  1  0  .214
Galvez cf	4  1  2  0  .238
Yount 3b	4  1  0  0  .077
McGee dh	3  1  1  2  .346
Ynoa 2b        	3  1  0  0  .228
--------------------------------
 Total        	33  8  9  8
 West Michigan	39  6  9  5

 Error- Wall (1). 2B- Lara (4), Songco
(5). HR- Lara (4). RBI- Lara 4 (15),
McGee 2 (7), Songco (15), Smith (19).
LOB- Great Lakes 6, West Michigan 12.
SB- Lara (7).

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall        	3.0  5  6-6  3  5  6.33
JTMiller (2-0)	1.2  3  0-0  1  1  3.12
Suiter        	1.1  1  0-0  1  3  5.91
SSmith        	2.0  0  0-0  2  2  0.00
Vasquez (sv 6)	1.0  0  0-0  1  2  0.84
 WP- Wall 2, Suiter. HBP- Wise, by Miller. 
T- 3:05. Att- 2.411.
 

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