Chattanooga Wins on a Passed Ball in the 11th

Nashville scored 10 runs in the first three innings and cruised to an easy 11-1 win over Albuquerque. Chattanooga scored the winning run in the top of the 11th inning on a passed ball and topped Carolina 6-5. Lancaster earned a 7-6 win when the Inland Empire bullpen failed to hold an early lead. Great Lakes and Lake County were rained out.

Nashville Smothers 'Topes


Nashville scored enough runs to win the game after the first four Sounds came to bat. They rolled up 10 runs in three innings and cruised to an easy 11-1 win.

Josh Towers was tagged for nine hits and 10 runs, seven of them earned, before leaving the game with two out in the third. Brent Leach, Juan Miller, Scott Dohmann and even outfielder Timo Perez worked in relief to hold Nashville to a single run over the final 5.1 innings.

The Isotopes were held to seven hits, two by Lucas May and their only run scored in the seventh inning when outfielder Michael Restovich doubled, first baseman Russell Mitchell singled and shortstop Chin-lung Hu's ground ball drove in Restovich.

Albuquerque left eight on base, including two in the first, third and seventh innings and went 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
 
 Score by Innings
Nashville	334 010 000-11
Albuquerque	000 000 101- 1

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann cf	4  0  1  0  .287
Nivar 2b	4  0  1  0  .286
May c        	4  0  2  0  .260
Lindsey 1b	3  0  1  0  .404
 Dohmann p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Perez ph-p	1  0  0  0  .192
Redman rf	4  1  1  0  .286
Restovich lf	4  0  1  0  .250
Mitchell 3b	4  0  0  0  .247
Hu ss        	3  0  0  0  .228
Towers p	0  0  0  0  .286
Leach p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Miller p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Closser 1b	1  0  0  0  .233
--------------------------------
 Total	        34  1  7  1
 Nashville	43 11 15 10

 Error- Hu 2 (5), Towers (1), Mitchell
(3). 2B- Nivar (1), Restovich (4).
RBI- Hu (5). LOB- Albuquerque 6,
Nashville 8. DP- Nivar, Hu and Closser;
Closser, Perez
and Mitchell.

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Towers (2-3)	2.2  9 10-7  7  2  4.68
Leach	        1.1  2  0-0  0  2  5.50
Miller	        2.0  2  1-1  0  3  2.87
Dohmann	        2.0  2  0-0  1  1  0.84
Perez 	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
 T- 2:36. Att- 8,444.

Lookouts Knock Off Carolina 6-5

Chattanooga scored the winning run in the top of the 11th inning on a passed ball, then held on to top Carolina 6-5.

The two teams used 10 pitchers and combined to bang out 29 hits and were helped along by 17 walks during the 3 hour and 46 minute game that was delayed 38 minutes by rain.

Carolina scored four times in the fifth inning and led 5-2 into the eighth before Chattanooga took the lead, then allowed a run that sent the game into extra innings.

Alberto Bastardo coughed up 11 hits and a walk but held the damage to four runs over his five inning start. Matt Sartor, Henry Garcia, Eric Krebs and David Pfeiffer (1-0) held the Mudcats to a single run over the last six innings.

Six different Lookouts collected multiple hits, led by Eddy Perez who doubled and singled twice and knocked in a run. Dee Gordon, Jamie Pedroza, Trayvon Robinson and Cody Smith all had two hits.

Chattanooga broke the scoreless tie in the fourth when Robinson singled and scored on Scott Van Slyke's double. Perez's double made it 2-0.

Carolina tagged Bastardo for four runs in the fifth but the Lookouts regained the lead in the eighth on Pedroza's single, Robinson's walk and Van Slyke's single that loaded the bases. Smith singled for two runs and Perez added another RBI single.

Carolina again tied the game in the bottom of the inning off Garcia and the damage could have been worse had not a Van Slyke to Pedroza to third base cut a runner down.

In the 11th, A;ex Garabedian walked and was bunted to second. Gordon beat out a bunt before a passed ball with Pedroza batting allowed the winning run.

Pfeiffer worked a 1-2-3 inning to record a save.
 
 Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 200 030 01-6
Carolina	000 040 010 00-5 
 
 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	6  0  2  0  .302
Pedroza 2b	5  1  2  0  .265
Robertson cf	5  2  2  0  .250
Van Slyke rf	5  2  2  1  .326
Giles lf	2  0  0  0  .250
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Smith ph-3b	2  0  2  2  .255
Perez 1b	4  0  3  2  .274
Hatch 3b	3  0  0  0  .190
 Garcia p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Krebs p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Yount ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Pfeiffer p	0  0  0  0  .000
Garabedian c	4  1  0  0  .250
Bastardo p	2  0  0  0  .111
 Herrera lf	2  0  0  0  .244
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 Total	        41  6 13  5
 Carolina	42  5 16  5

 Error- Bastardo (1). 2B- Van Slyke (4).
Perez (7), Pedroza (4), Smith (5).
RBI- Van Slyke (15), Perez 2 (11), Smith
2 (13). S- Herrera. LOB- Chattanooga 9,
Carolina 12. SB- Smith (1). CS- Gordon
(4). DP- Hatch and Perez.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo	5.0 11  4-4  1  3  5.52
Sartor        	2.0  1  0-0  1  1  4.80
Garcia        	0.2  2  1-1  1  0  6.91
Krebs        	1.1  2  0-0  1  1  2.63
Pfeiffer (1-0)	2.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.70
 T- 3:46 (:38 delay). Att- 1,172.

Bullpen Betrays 66ers Again

For the third straight game, the Inland Empire bullpen failed to hold an early lead as Lancaster earned a 7-6 win. The 66ers scored three in the first and one in the second, taking a 4-2 lead into the sixth before things came unraveled.

Back to back home runs by Kyle Russell and Travis Denker supplied three runs in the first inning and Justin Seller's drove in a run in the third.

Starter Cody White, making his first start of the season, allowed a run in the first and another in the fourth and left the game in the sixth after allowing the tying runs. He gave up six hits and struck out two.

Bobby Blevins 0-4) ended the sixth before being tagged for three runs and the loss in the seventh. Paul Koss worked a scoreless eighth but the Sixers went out in order in the ninth.

Sellers led off the first inning with a single before Russell (#5) and Denker (#1) unloaded round-trippers. Chris Gutierrez singled and after a passed ball he scored on Seller's ground ball in the second to give Inland Empire a 4-1 lead.

The fifth 66er run came in the seventh and broke a 4-4 tie. Nick Buss tripled and Seller's recorded his second RBI with a sacrifice fly.

The 66ers will play game two of their four-game series against the Lancaster JetHawks beginning Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.
 
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	310 000 100-5
Lancaster	100 102 30x-7	

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Sellers ss	3  0  1  2  .265
Hunt lf        	4  1  1  0  .194
Russell rf	4  1  1  2  .337
Denker 3b	4  1  1  1  .429
Delmonico c	3  0  1  0  .317
Caseres 1b	4  0  1  0  .217
Gallagher dh	4  0  0  0  .255
Gutierrez 2b	4  1  1  0  .274
Buss cf        	4  1  2  0  .225
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 Total	        31  5 10  5
 Lancaster	32  2 6  7

 2B- Caseres (2). 3B- Buss (3).
HR- Russell (5), Denker (1). RBI- Russell
2 (20), Denker (3), Sellers 2 (10).
SF- Sellers. RBI- Inland Empire 4,
Lancaster 7. SB- Gutierrez (5). CS- Hunt
(1). Po- Hunt. 

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
CWhite        	5.2  6  4-4  3  2  3.60
Blevins (0-4)	1.1  4  3-3  1  0 10.38
Koss        	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.40
 T- 2:28. Att- 2,041.

Loons Game Rained Out

Rain got the best of Great Lakes game at Dow Diamond scheduled between the Great Lakes Loons (17-10) and the Midwest League's Eastern Division leaders, the Lake County Captains (20-8).

The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader for Sunday, May 9. RHP Matt Magill (0-0, 2.70), who was scheduled to start Friday, will take the mound for Great Lakes tonight. The Captains will send RHP Marty Popham (2-0, 4.91) to the hill.

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