Jamie Hoffmann's Single Wins for 'Topes

Jamie Hoffmann's RBI single in the 10th inning broke a 2-2 tie and gave Albuquerque a 3-2 win over Memphis. Chattanooga and Carolina battled to a 5-5 tie in the 10th inning before the game was suspended. The game will be finished tonight. Lake Elsinore scored eight in the eighth inning to trip Inland Empire 11-7. West Michigan stopped Great Lakes 4-3.

'Topes Win on Hoffmann Single in 10th

Jamie Hoffmann's RBI single in the 10th inning broke a 2-2 tie and gave Albuquerque a 3-2 win over Memphis. Hoffmann was selected by the New York Yankees in the Rule V draft, but then returned to the Dodgers during spring training.

Starter Josh Lindblom bent but didn't break, allowing 10 hits while pitching into the sixth inning but only one run. He was also ticketed with an unearned run and left the game trailing 2-1.

Scott Dohmann, Juan Perez, Luis Ayala (1-1) and Jon Link (save 3), combined to allow only two hits over the final 3.1 innings.

Right fielder Jay Gibbons threw a runner out at home in the fourth inning to keep the game scoreless.

Albuquerque, held to a single by Chin-lung Hu over the first four innings, broke the 0-0 tie when third baseman Russell Mitchell slugged his second home run of the season in the top of the fifth.

Memphis bounced back in the sixth inning. An error on a ground ball by second baseman Ivan De Jesus opened the inning and a home run gave Memphis a 2-1 lead. The Isotopes tied the game 2-2 in the top of the eighth after Mitchell was hit by pitch. Hu bunted him to second and an error on the Memphis third baseman allowed the run.

The Redbirds got a leadoff double in the ninth off Ayala. He also hit a batter and both runners were bunted into scoring position. Ayala hit a batter and an infield hit loaded the bases with none out.

But Ayala wriggled out of the mess with a strikeout before starting an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play.

Having dodged that bullet, catcher LD Closser singled to open the 10th and Mitchell bunted him to second. With one out, Hoffmann's single drove him in.

Jon Link worked a perfect ninth, collecting a pair of strikeouts, to preserve the win.

Jay Gibbons had two of the six Albuquerque hits while the Isotope staff stranded 13 runners and held Memphis to 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
 
 Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 010 110 1-3
Memphis	        000 002 000 0-2

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Perez cf	3  0  0  0  .200
 Redman ph-cf	1  0  0  0  .287
De Jesus 2b	4  0  2  0  .237
Gibbons rf	4  0  2  0  .400
Lindsey 1b	4  0  0  0  .407
Restovich lf	4  0  0  0  .250
Closser c	4  1  1  0  .238
Mitchell 3b	2  2  1  1  .258
Hu ss        	3  0  1  0  .237
Lindblom p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Dohmann p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Perez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Nivar ph	1  0  0  0  .333	
 Ayala p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hoffmann ph	1  0  1  1  .289
 Link p        	0  0  0  0  .000
--------------------------------
 Total	        31  3  6  3
 Memphis	42  2 12  2

 Error de Jesus 2 (6). HR- Mitchell (2).
 RBI- Mitchell (15), Hoffmann (12).
S- Lindblom, Hu, Hoffmann. S- Lindblom,
Hu, Mitchell. LOB- Albuquerque 5, Memphis
13. DP- Ayala, Closser and Lindsey.

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lindblom	5.2 10  2-1  0  6  5.40
Dohmann	        0.2  0  0-0  1  0  1.04
Perez 	        0.2  0  0-0  0  2  5.11
Ayala (1-1)	2.0  2  0-0  0  2  1.59
Link (save 3)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  5.40 
 T-3:15. Att- 5,301.

Chattanooga/Carolina Suspended

The Lookouts and Mudcats battled to a 5-5 tie in the 10th inning before the game was suspended. Cory Smith, Eddy Perez knocked in a pair of runs for Chattanooga. Alberto Bastardo started and was followed by Matt Sartor, Henry Garcia. Eric Krebs and David Pfeffer on the mound.

The game will be completed tonight before the regularly scheduled game.

Big Inning Sinks 66ers

Lake Elsinore, trailing 7-3 into the last of the eighth inning, rang up eight runs to collect a 11-7 win over Inland Empire. The 66ers used three pitchers in the inning and the final five runs scored with two out.

Aaron Miller started for Chattanooga and allowed five hits and three runs before leaving in the sixth inning. Bobby Blevins, Brandon Mann, Edward Contreras (0-1) and Geison Aguasviva were banged around after he left.

Inland Empire scored a run in the first inning and Lake Elsinore tie the game in the third. Both teams scored in the sixth and the 66ers took the lead with four in the seventh before the roof fell in on them in the eighth.

Rehabbing Manny Ramirez walked and later scored on a ground ball by third baseman Travis Denker. Ramirez struck out in the third and was replaced in the fifth by Clay Calfee.

Outfielder Kyle Russell singled with one out in the fifth and Travis Denker followed with another one-base knock. With two out, first baseman Austin Gallagher doubled them both in for a short-lived 3-1 lead.

Lake Elsinore tied the game in the bottom of the inning but Inland Empire then ran off four runs in the seventh for what seemed like a solid lead.

Outfielder Bridger Hunt opened the inning when he reached on an error. A second error on Nick Buss' grounder and Calfee's single broke the tie. Justin Sellers singled in another run, a balk added the third run of the inning an Denker's triple drove in the final run.

Lake Elsinore picked up five singles, a double, three walks, two stolen bases and a wild pitch to score eight in the eighth.

Denker, in his second game with Inland Empire, singled and tripled. Gallagher added a two-run double. The 66ers left eight on base and went 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

 Score by innings
Inland Empire	100 002 400- 7
Lake Elsinore	001 002 08x-11

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ramirez lf	1  1  0  0  .250
 Calfee ph-lf	3  1  1  1  .412
Sellers ss	4  1  1  1  .262
Russell cf	4  1  1  0  .340
Denker 3b	5  1  2  1  .500
Delmonico c	4  0  0  0  .316
Gallagher 1b	4  0  1  2  .266
Gutierrez ss	4  0  1  0  .275
Hunt rf        	4  1  1  0  .190
Buss dh        	3  1  0  0  .214
--------------------------------
 Totals	36  7  8 5
 Lake Elsinore	34 11 13 9

 Error- Delmonico 2 (2). Two-base hits-
Gallagher (7). 3B- Denker (1). RBI- Calfee (3),
Denker (2), Gallagher 2 (11), Sellers (8).
LOB- Inland Empire 8, Lake Elsinore 6.
RISP- Inland Empire 4-for-19, Lake Elsinore 
4-for-10. SB- Buss (2), Hunt (1). DP- Denker,
Gutierrez and Gallagher.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
AMiller	        5.1  5  3-3  2  3  .386
Blevins	        0.1  1  0-0  0  0  8.56
Mann	        1.2  2  2-2  1  1  3.07
Contreras (0-1)	0.0  2  3-3  1  0 11.37
Aguasviva	0.2  3  3-3  1  0  7.40
 Pickoff- AMiller. WP- Contreras. T- 3:26.
Att- 3,833.

Loons Drop Series To Whitecaps

Alex Wassel
Great Lakes Loons

West Michigan tripped up Great Lakes 4-3 and took the 2-1 series Dow Diamond's School Kids Day that brought 5,278 to the park.

The Whitecaps scored two runs in the first inning off of Loons starting pitcher Brett Wallach. The 21-year-old righty loaded the bases on two walks and one hit batsmen and a single to right made it 2-0. The Whitecaps extended their in the top of the fifth inning with a home run to left field.

Wallach (2-0, 3.23) surrendered three runs on two hits in five innings of work, fanning three and walking four.

The Loons mounted a comeback in the fifth started by Loons shortstop Christina Lara who has suddenly discovered his power stroke. He belted a lead-off home run for the first Great Lakes run.

Later in the inning Brian Cavazos-Galvez's double scored Jerry Sands and third baseman Brian Ruggiano, who was just activated from the disabled list, followed up with a double to score Lara, tying the game 3-3.

Loons reliever J.B. Paxson worked three innings, allowing one run -- the game winner -— on four hits. Paxson (1-1, 2.19) fanned four batters and walked none. Jordan Roberts added a scoreless inning.

The Loons totaled nine hits, received eight walks and stranded nine runners, converting only two out of 11 chances with runners in scoring position.

"We had opportunities to get the big hits," Loons Manager Juan Bustabad said. "We've just got to keep working hard. Yesterday we fell behind six-to-nothing and came from behind, today we fell behind three-to-nothing; we just need to keep battling. We don't want to be in that position all the time."

The Loons (16-10) will begin their second series of the six-game homestand Friday against the Midwest League's Eastern Division leader, the Lake County Captains. Loons RHP Matt Magill (0-0-2, 2.70) draws the start against RHP Marty Popham (2-0, 4.91) for Lake County.

 Score by innings
West Michigan	200 010 100-4
Great Lakes	000 030 000-3

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	4  1  1  1  .330
Songco lf	5  0  0  0  .272
BSmith rf	3  0  0  0  .286
Sands 1b	4  1  1  0  .350
CGalvez dh	4  1  2  1  .248
Ruggiano 3b	5  0  2  1  .216
Erickson c	3  0  1  0  .333
McGee cf	3  0  1  0  .345
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  1  0  .233
--------------------------------
 Totals        	34 3 7 3
 WMichigan	34 4 7 4

 Error- Sands (2). Two-base hits- McGee (3),
CGalvez 2 (7), Ruggiano (3), Ynoa (4).
3B- Ruggiano (1). HR- Lara (5). RBI- Lara (16),
CGalvez (14), Ruggiano (4). S- Ynoa. SB- Ynoa
(5), Sands (4), CGalvez (11). LOB- Great Lakes
13, West Michigan 9. RISP- Great Lakes 2-for-15,
West Michigan 2-for-11. 

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
BWallach	5.2  2  3-3  4  3  3.23
Paxson (1-1)	3.0  4  1-1  0  4  2.19
Roberts	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.02
 HBP- by Wallach. T- 2:52. Att- 5.278.

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