Bastardo Loses No-Hitter in Seventh

A throwing error in the last of the ninth allowed the winning run to score as Salt Lake City stripped up Albuquerque 6-5. Left-hander Alberto Bastardo lost his no-hit bid in the seventh as Chattanooga blanked Mobile 5-0. Inland Empire fell 3-1 to Rancho Cucamonga in the rain. Great Lakes had an open date.

Walkoff Error Drops Albuquerque

A throwing error in the last of the ninth allowed the winning run to score as Salt Lake City took a 6-5 decision. It was the second time in three nights the Isotopes committed an error in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Bees a victory.

With the bases loaded with one out, reliever Brent Leach's pickoff throw sailed down the right field line and allowed the winning run.

Josh Lindblom started and was wild, walking six to go with three hits, and he allowed five runs before leaving after four innings and his ERA climbed over the six mark. Jon Link and Juan Perez compiled three scoreless innings before Hyang-Nam Choi (0-1) took over and issued a walk with one out in the ninth and took the loss.

Outfielder Xavier Paul, who was hit in the head by a thrown ball during batting practice on Saturday, returned to action and rapped out two singles and a double while increasing his average to .388. He had left the game after two innings on Saturday and did not play Sunday.

First baseman John Lindsey and left fielder Prentice Redman had a pair of his and an RBI each. Designated hitter Jay Gibbons knocked in a pair of runs.

The Bees tagged Lindblom for three runs in the first inning on a single, a double and a pair of walks.

The Isotopes took the lead in the third by scoring four times. Shortstop Chin-lung Hu singled and stole second with one out. Ivan De Jesus walked with two out and both scored on Gibbon's double. Lindsey's single tied the game and Redman drove in the lead run with another single.

A pair of two-out runs off Lindblom in the fourth gave Salt Lake City a 5-4 advantage but the 'Topes tied the game in the top of the ninth on a single by third baseman Russ Mitchell and Paul's double.

Game Notes -- The Isotopes have six players with hitting streaks of five or more. Jamie Hoffmann has equaled his season-high 12-game hitting streak. Also streaking are Prentice Redman (nine games), John Lindsey (eight games), Russ Mitchell (seven games), Xavier Paul (five games), and Jay Gibbons (five games). For Redman, Lindsey, Mitchell, and Paul, their streaks are season-highs. ...Isotopes starters have been been wild in Salt Lake City, walking 15 in 15 innings over the three starts. ...Josh Towers faces Salt Lake City in the final game of the series. He has a two-game losing streak, allowing 15 earned runs on 19 hits in 6.1 innings. ...After today's game with the Bees, the Isotopes will fly back to Albuquerque and enjoy a well-deserved day off on Wednesday. Since their last scheduled day off on April 28, the ‘Topes have played 19 games in 20 days (they had one contest rained out in Colorado Springs on May 14).
 
 Score by Innings
Chattanooga	025 000 000-7
Mobile	        000 000 000-0

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
 Amezaga ss	2  1  2  1 1.000
 Gordon pr-ss	1  0  0  0  .277
Herrera lf	4  1  0  0  .238
Smith 3b	4  1  1  1  .293
Rivera c	5  1  1  1  .283
Perez 1b	4  2  2  2  .298
Robinson 	5  1  1  0  .246
Van Slyke rf	3  0  2  1  .276
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .263
Bastardo p	3  0  0  0  .071
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .241
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Adkins p	0  0  0  0  .000
--------------------------------
 Total	        35  7  9  6
 Mobile	        31  0  4  0

 Error- Smith (5). 2B- Rivera (4).
RBI- Van Slyke (17), Smith  (20), Rivera
(7), Perez 2 (19), Amezaga (1).
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Mobile 7. SB- Gordon
(13). PO- Van Slyke (1). DP- Pedroza and
Perez.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (3-3)	7.0  1  0-0  2  7  4.63
Rodriguez	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  5.85
Adkins	        1.0  2  0-0  0  1  7.90
 WP- Rodriguez. HBP- by Adkins, Amezaga. 
T- 2:53. Att- 2,631.

Bastardo Takes No-Hitter into Seventh

Left-hander Alberto Bastardo lost his no-hit bid on a double with one out in the seventh but crafted seven shutout innings and turned the ball over to the bullpen to preserve the 5-0 victory over Mobile.

However he wasn't disappointed after a double by Mobile's Ed Easley spoiled the string of no-hit innings. "I feel good because they have good hitters too," Bastardo said. "I'm just trying to throw strikes. I got lucky.

"I was focused on my fastball command. I feel like I have control with every pitch. Mike Rivera, the catcher, he called pitches very well and we played good defense."

Bastardo gave up two walks while striking out seven over seven innings and threw 66 out of 98 pitches for strikes, using a mix of sliders and cutters, with an occasional curveball or changeup.

It was his best start of the year for Bastardo, who has been working on spotting his pitches. "The Dodgers tell me I have to work on my fastball command, and I'm working on the cutter too," said Bastardo. "They told to use my cutter and slider inside for righties and outside for lefties, so that's what I'm working on."

Bastardo spent most of the season with Inland Empire and Chattanooga last season with a one-inning outing at Albuquerque. He finished a combined 12-5 with a 4.00 ERA in 28 games and 27 starts.

He originally signed with the Orioles as a non-drafted free agent in 2002, was released by the Orioles after the 2005 season and signed with the Dodgers in January 2006. He was a midseason All-Star in the California League last year.

With Bastardo throwing blanks and his teammates scoring seven runs in the first three innings, the only question was if he could sustain the no-hitter through nine innings.

Jesus Rodriguez and James Adkins closed out the win.

The Lookouts scored twice in the second. Outfielder Scott Van Slyke's infield ingle drove in the first run and a wild pitch allowed outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who had singles, to score from third.

Chattanooga opened the game up in the third, scoring five times. Veteran Alfredo Amezaga, signed as a free agent in the spring, was hit by a pitch and outfielder Elian Herrera lived on an error. Outfielder Cory Smith's RBI single scored the first run, catcher Mike Rivera doubled in another before Eddy Perez's two-RBI single made it 6-0. Amezaga, batting for the second time in the inning, walked with the bases loaded to force in the final run.

Perez, Van Slyke and Amezaga had a pair of hits each.
 
 Score by Innings
Rancho Cucamonga	010 020 000-3
Inland Empire	        000 100 000-1

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Buss cf        	4  0  0  0  .213
Gutierrez ss	3  1  1  0  .276
Russell rf	2  0  0  0  .312
Hatch 3b	4  0  1  0  .250
Gallagher 1b	4  0  1  0  .250
Delmonico c	2  0  0  0  .280
Caseres dh	3  0  0  1  .205
Calfee lf	4  0  0  0  .239
Garcia 2b	3  0  0  0  .167
--------------------------------
 Total	        29  1  2  1
 Rch Cucamonga	30  3  5  2

 Error- Garcia (4). RBI- Caseres (12).
LOB- Inland Empire 7, Rancho Cucamonga
4. SS- Buss (2). PB- Delmonico (11).

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
AMiller (0-3)	7.0  4  3-1  1  7  3.12
Koss	        2.0  1  0-0  1  1  4.91
 T- 2:26. Att- 1,303.

66ers Lose to Storm in the Rain

It was one of Snoopy's "Dark and Stormy Nights" as Inland Empire fell 3-1 to Rancho Cucamonga.

Starter Aaron Miller deserved a better fate. He allowed four hits and three runs but two of them were unearned. He struck out seven and walked one and reduced his earned run average to 3.12 but was tagged with his third loss.

Miller's seven strikeouts gives him 17 strikeouts in 12 innings over two starts against Rancho Cucamonga.

Two unearned runs in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie. After issuing his only walk of the game, a sacrifice fly and a single, a pitch got away from catcher Tony Delmonico that allowed the Storm to take a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, a second sacrifice fly make the score 3-1.

The 66ers were held to one hit, shortstop Christian Gutierrez's single in the fourth inning. Anthony Hatch added their final hit in the seventh.

The 66ers will be on the road tonight, playing game one of a three game series against the High Desert Mavericks
 
 Score by Innings
Dayton	        000 003 030-6
Great Lakes	000 110 000-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	4  0  1  0  .333
Songco lf	4  1  1  0  .25
Smith rf	5  0  1  1  .286
Sands dh	4  1  1  0  .287
Ortiz 1b	4  0  1  0  .387
Wise c        	4  0  1  1  .210
McGee cf	3  0  1  0  .268
Yount 3b	4  0  0  0  .061
Ynoa 2b        	4  0  2  0  .309
--------------------------------
 Total	        36  2  9  2
 Dayton	        35  6  9  5


 2B- Songco (7). RBI- Wise (11), Smith
(24). LOB- Inland Empire 10, Dayton 6.
SB- Ynoa (11). 

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pimentel (2-3)	5.0  5  3-3  1  8  3.79
De La Rosa 	3.0  4  3-3  1  2  3.38
Paxson	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.84
 WP- De La Rosa. HBP- 2 by De La Rosa.
T- 2:47. Att- 4,180.

Great Lakes - Open Date

The Loons are in second place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League, 3 1/2 games behind Lake County. Great Lakes hosts Bowling Green for the first of three games starting tonight.

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