Corcoran's Pitching Boosts 'Topes

Right-hander Tim Corcoran pitched Albuquerque to a 7-2 win at Colorado Springs. Chattanooga took a 5-0 lead into the eighth inning, then allowed 11 runs and Mississippi came away with an 11-5 win. Inland Empire lost their ninth straight, 7-4 to Lake Elsinore. Dayton Dragons used a pair of home runs to top Great Lakes 5-4.

Corcoran Tops SkySox 7-2

Right-hander Tim Corcoran got back in the groove and helped the Isotopes to a 7-2 win at Colorado Springs. Corcoran moved into the rotation on May 3 and has gone 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his three starts so far. And for the second straight game he has knocked in a run.

The Isotopes faced their fifth left-handed in succession and their seventh time in the last nine games. After the win they are now 8-6 against left-handed starters.

Corcoran (3-2) allowed two runs in the first inning, hen blanked the SkySox for the next 6.2 frames before leaving the game after 104 pitches having allowed seven hits and striking out seven.

A balanced Albuquerque offense rang up the final seven runs in the game. Eight of nine starters collected hits and five added runs batted in. Outfielder Xavier Paul, first baseman Jay Gibbons, third baseman Russ Mitchell each had a a pair of hits and Gibbons and Mitchell had two RBI each. Catcher J.D. Closser whacked his first home run of the season.

Corcoran doubled and scored on Jamie Hoffmann's double in the third. The 'Topes took the lead for good in the fifth when Gibbons and Mitchell had RBI doubles. An error sparked a two-run seventh. Outfielder Michael Restovich and Mitchell collected the RBI and Closser's home run in the eighth close out the scoring.

In the final game of the chilly series tonight, RHP James McDonald (2-1, 4.71) will face RHP Chaz Roe (1-5, 6.37) of the SkySox.

'Topes Topics --After a slow start that saw him post a 6.52 ERA in his first 9.2 innings, left-hander Juan Perez has not allowed a run in 8.1 consecutive innings over his last five outings while yielding just four hits and striking out six over that span. His hot streak has helped him lower his season ERA to 3.78 on the year. ...The Isotopes streak of allowing a home run in seven straight games ended. It was their longest such streak of the season. ...Russ Mitchell is leading all PCL third-sackers in assists with 67 and in double-plays with nine. In 84 total chances at the position, Mitchell has only committed three errors (.964 fielding percentage).
 
 Score by Innings
Albuquerque	002 020 210-7
Colo Springs	200 000 000-2

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf        	5  0  2  0  .365
De Jesus ss	5  1  1  0  .227
Hoffmann rf	4  2  1  1  .320
Gibbons 1b	4  1  2  2  .398
Restovich lf	5  2  1  1  .264
Mitchell 3b	5  0  2  2  .278
Nivar 2b	5  0  2  2  .222
Closser c	4  1  1  1  .232
Corcoran p	3  1  1  0  .286
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
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 Total	        35  7 11  6
 Colo Springs	33  2  7  2

 Error- Nivar (1). 2B- corcoran (1),
Hoffmann (10), Gibbons 2 (10), Mitchell
2 (10). HR- closser (1). RBI- Hoffmann
(19), Gibbons 2 (24), Mitchell 2 (20),
Restovich (9), Closser (3).
LOB- Albuquerque 8, Colorado Spiring 8.
SB- Hoffmann (2). DP- Nivar, De Jesus
and Gibbons.

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Corcoran (3-2)	7.2  7  2-2  1  7  4.55
Miller        	1.1  0  0-0  0  1  3.00
 HBP- by Corcoran. T- 2:44. Att- 6,054.

Lookouts Blow 5-0 Lead

Chattanooga took a 5-0 lead into the eighth inning but the Lookouts bullpen self-destructed at that point, allowing 11 runs in the final two innings as Mississippi came away with an 11-5 win.

Marlon Alvarez started and allowed only four hits over six innings, leaving with a 4-0 lead. Cole St. Clair added another scoreless inning before the roof fell in on Chattanooga.

Four different relief pitchers appeared and gave up nine hits, five walks and all 11 runs.

Jesus Rodriguez allowed two hits and a pair of walks in the seventh, retiring only one of the Braves batters. James Adkins (0-1) gave up two more while getting the second out and Eric Krebs finally ended the six-run nightmare. Matt Sartor worked the ninth and was tagged with five more runs.

The top five batters in the Chattanooga lineup: shortstop Dee Gordon, second baseman Jamie Pedroza, center fielder Trayvon Robinson, first baseman Eddy Perez and third baseman Cole Smith had a pair of hits each. Pedroza collected two doubles and Robinson had a pair of RBI.
 
 Score by Innings
Mississippi	000 000 065-11
Chattanooga	000 130 100- 5

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  1  2  0  .281
Pedroza 2b	5  1  2  0  .286
Robinson cf	5  1  2  2  .260
Perez 1b	5  1  2  1  .292
Smith 3b	3  1  2  0  .301
Giles rf-lf	4  0  1  0  .240
Mier c        	4  0  1  0  .240
 Yount lf	3  0  0  0  .154
 St. Clair p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Adkins p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Krebs p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hatch ph	1  0  0  0  .213
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
Alvarez p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Van Slyke ph-rf 1  0  0  0  .283
--------------------------------
 Total        	38  5 12  4
 Mississippi	31 11 13 10

 2B- Pedroza 2 (8), Robinson (7), Perez 
(8). RBI- Mier (8), Robinson 2 (14),
Perez (17). SB- Gordon (11), Perez (1).
CS- Robinson (4). DP- Gordon, Pedroza
and Perez.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez	        6.0  4  0-0  3  5  3.68
St. Clair	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  4.91
Rodriguez	0.1  2  4-4  2  1  6.16
Adkins (0-1)	0.1  1  2-2  1  1  8.53
Krebs        	0.1  1  0-0  0  0  2.40
Sartor	        1.0  5  5-5  2  2  7.50
 HBP- by Alvarez 2, by Sartor.
T- 3:23. Att- 4,391.

Inland Empire Loses Ninth Straight

Inland Empire, behind the pitching of Nathan Eovaldi, took a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning but the 66ers bullpen melted down again and Lake Elsinore handed them their ninth loss in a row, 7-4. dropping their record at Arrowhead Credit Union Park to 3-12.

Eovaldi worked through the fifth inning, allowing six hits and two runs, walking four and striking out six. Paul Koss allowed three runs, blew the save (#5) and took the loss, dropping to 1-5 on the season. Javier Solano gave up the final two runs.

Catcher Matt Wallach singled, doubled and tripled to lead the offense. Second baseman Travis Denker and shortstop Christian Gutierrez had a pair of hits each with Gutierrez collecting a pair of RBI.

Bridger Hunt waled in the first inning and an error and Travis Denker's infield hit put the 66ers up 1-0. They added two in the second on Wallach's triple, Gutierrez's single, a double by outfielder Clay Calfee and Nick Buss' sacrifice fly.

The Storm scored twice in the third, three times in the sixth and once in each the eighth and ninth. Inland Empire collected their fourth, and last, run in the eighth when Denker, first baseman Austin Gallagher and Gutierrez singled.

Smith and Jessie Mier singled in the fourth to put the Lookouts on the board. They added three in the fifth on Robinson's two-run double and an error. The fifth run scored on Perez's double in the seventh.
 
 Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	002 003 011-7
Inland Empire	120 000 010-4

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Buss cf        	4  0  0  1  .216
Hunt rf        	4  1  0  0  .178
Russell dh	5  0  0  0  .307
Denker 2b	4  1  2  1  .342
Gallagher 1b	3  0  1  0  .267
Wallach c	4  1  3  0  .278
Gutierrez ss	4  1  2  2  .275
Calfee lf	3  0  1  0  .313
Garcia 3b 	4  0  0  0  .171
--------------------------------
 Total        	35 7  9  4
 Lake Elsinore	38 7 14  7
Wallach (2). 3B- Wallach (3). RBI- Denker
(4), Gutierrez 2 (8), Buss (13). 
SF- Calfee (1). DP- Garcia and Gallagher. 
Pickoff- Eovaldi.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Eovaldi	        5.0  6  2-2  4  6  3.76
Koss (1-5)	2.0  4  3-3  1  2  5.51
Solano	        2.0  4  2-2  0  0  5.40
 WP- Eovaldi. HBP- by Eovaldi. T- 3:05. 
Att- 3,927.

Dayton Downs the Loons, 5-4

The Dayton Dragons used a pair of home runs to top Great Lakes 5-4. Matt Magill started for the Loons and worked six innings, allowing both home runs leaving the game tied 3-3. Jordan Roberts (2-2) allowed a pair of runs in thE seventh inning and took the loss.

Magill allowed six hits and struck out seven. J.B. Paxon worked a scoreless ninth.

Great Lakes out-hit Dayton 9-7 but the Dragons banged out six extra-base hits (two home runs, four doubles) while the Loons managed only a pair of doubles.

Second baseman Rafael Ynoa led Great Lakes with three hits and an RBI,

A home run off the right field foul pole in the third put the Dragons up 1-0. A sacrifice-fly by Lara that scored Gorman Erickson from third and a throwing error gave the Loons a 2-1 edge.

Another Dayton solo home run tied the game before another sacrifice fly, this one by left fielder Angelo Songco allowed the final Loons lead.

Roberts allowed twi in the seventh for a 5-2 lead and Ynoa's RBI-single cut the lead to 5-4. With the bases loaded and two out, third baseman fouled out to end the game.

"We battled back and we had a chance to win, we were just one hit away," Loons Manager Juan Bustabad said. "We've just got to come back and try and win the series, that's all we can do, baseball is baseball and tomorrow is another day."

In the second game of the series tonight, RHP Allen Webster (4-2, 1.59) will face southpaw Justin Walker (1-3, 6.39) for the Dragons. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Midwest League Top 10
Great Lakes first baseman Jerry Sands leads the Midwest League in batting average (.387), on-base percentage (.458), slugging average (.798) and on-base plus slugging (1.256). His 12 home runs also top the charts and he is second with 11 doubles.

Christian Lara is third in OPS (.969) and fifth with five home runs. Blake Smith ranks eighth in OPS (.902) and ninth in slugging (.517).

In the pitching department Allen Webster is third in wins (4) and fifth with a 1.69 earned run average. Luis Vasquez is second with eight saves and Matt Magill is sixth with 40 strikeouts (he added seven to that total last night) and eighth in walks + hits per nine innings with an even 1.00.

 Score by innings
Dayton	        001 110 200-5
Great Lakes	002 100 001-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	3  0  0  1  .348
Ruggiano 3b	5  0  1  0  .231
BSmith rf	4  1  1  0		
Sands 1b	4  0  1  0  .387
Songco lf	3  0  1  1  .254
Hernandez dh	4  1  1  0  .250
Erickson c	3  1  0  0  .293
McGee cf	3  0  1  0  .280
Ynoa 2b        	4  1  3  1  .289
--------------------------------
 Totals	        33 4 9 2
 Dayton	        32 7 7 5

 Two-base hits- Sands (11), Hernandez (1).
RBI- Lara (21), Songco (17), Ynoa (6).
LOB- Great Lakes 7, Dayton 5. RIP- Great
Lakes 2-for-8, Dayton 2-for-7. SF- Lara,
Songco. 

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Magill        	6.0  4  3-3  1  7  2.70
Roberts (2-2)	2.0  3  2-2  2  1  4.42
Paxson        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.98
 WP- Magill. T- 2:43. Att- 1,290.











 

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