Cory Smith's Walk-Off Slam Beats Carolina 6-5

Albuquerque built an early 5-2 lead but Las Vegas scored in each of the final five innings and won 9-8. Chattanooga trailed Carolina 4-1 in the last of the ninth and won on 6-5 on Cory Smith's walk-off grand slam. Inland Empire dropped a 9-8 decision to Rancho Cucamonga. Lansing overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat Great Lakes 5-4 in 10 innings.

Stars Rally to Top Isotopes

Albuquerque built an early 5-2 lead but Las Vegas scored in each of the final five innings, using a bases-loaded walk in the 10th to score the winning run in a 9-8 contest.

Scott Elbert held the Stars to four hits and a pair of runs through six innings while striking out five and turned the game over to the bullpen with a three-run lead.

Travis Schlichting allowed two in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie things up. Jon Link saved further damage before Scot Dohmann allowed three in the ninth and Brent Leach (3-1) gave up the winning run in the 10th and took the loss.

Albuquerque had added a run in the eighth when Ramon Nivar doubled in Mike Restovich, who had singled. And the Isotopes had to scratch out a run in the bottom of the ninth to deadlock things at 8-8/

John Lindsey led off with a double and with two out, he scored on Timo Perez's single. Perez stole second to put the potential winning run in scoring position but Albuquerque couldn't get him across.

Leach gave up a single, walk, single to load the bases in the 10th and a walk forced in the winning run to put the Stars in the lead.

Jamie Hoffman doubled with one out in the bottom of the inning to give the Isotopes one more chance but he was left standing at second.

Lindsey increased his PCL-leading average to .434 after a 4-for-4 performance that included a pair of single and two two doubles (#19 & #20) that resulted in a pair of RBI. Russ Mitchell swatted a two-run homer (#4) and Ramon Nivar doubled twice, singled and knocked in a run.

Albuquerque left 11 men on base and had 19 runners in scoring position, collecting hits in six of those opportunities.
 
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	002 000 213 1-9
Albuquerque	112 020 011 0-8

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann cf	5  0  1  0  .329
Nivar 2b	5  2  3  1  .316
Gibbons dh	5  2  1  0  .385
Lindsey 1b	5  1  4  2  .434
 May pr-c       1  1  0  0  .289
Redman rf	5  0  2  1  .331
Mitchell 3b	5  1  1  2  .315
Restovich lf	4  0  1  0  .278
Perez lf	1  0  1  1  .278 
Closser 1b	5  1  1  0  .211
Sellers ss	5  0  1  0  .200
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 Total        	50  8 16  7
 Las Vegas	41  9 12  9

 2B- Nivar 2 (4), Lindsey 2 (20), Redman
(8), Hoffmann (13). HR- Mitchell (4).
RBI- Lindsey 2 (29), Mitchell 2 (28),
Redman (29), Nivar (6), Perez (6).
LOB- Albuquerque 11, Las Vegas 8.
SB- Perez (2).

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Elbert	        6.0  4  2-2  1  5  5.40
Schlichting	1.1  4  3-3  1  0  4.78
Link            0.2  0  0-0  0  1  7.20
Dohmann 	0.1  2  3-3  2  0  5.17
Leach (3-1)	1.0  2  1-1  2  1  5.40 
 T- 3:34. Att- 7,141.   

Lookouts win on Cory Smith's Walkoff Grand Slam

Chattanooga went into the last of the ninth trailing Carolina 4-1 and pulled off a wild, five run rally capped by Cory Smith's grand slam with one out in the ninth to pull out a 6-5 win.

Chris Withrow drew the Lookouts' start and worked into the sixth, allowing seven hits and a pair of runs. He left the game with one out and the bases loaded trailing 1-0. Cole St. Clair surrendered a single to allow a second run.

Trayvon Robinson walked to open the bottom of the inning and stole second (#9). He then collected number 10 when he swiped third also. He later scored on a double play ball that put Chattanooga on the board and cut the deficit to 2-1.

Carolina tagged St. Clair for an unearned run and Kenley Jansen (1-0) for an earned one before the remarkable rally turned the game around and gave Jansen his first win for Chattanooga.

In the ninth, Jamie Pedroza singled and moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt. Pinch-hitter Dustin Young singled to center to drive him in but Herrera was thrown out attempting to moved to third base on the hit.

Dee Gordon walked as did Robinson to load the bases. Then Smith's long drive, his fifth homer since joining the club, to left field put the win squarely on the Chattanooga side of the scorebook.

Carolina out-hit the Lookouts 12-10 with four of the hits coming in the ninth. Pedroza finished the game 3-for-3 and Smith added a single to his important home run. Robinson scored a pair of runs without a hit.
 
 Score by Innings
Carolina	000 101 101-4
Chattanooga	000 001 005-6

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  0  0  .275
Robinson cf	3  2  0  0  .234
Smith 3b	4  1  2  4  .288
Perez 1b	3  0  1  0  .295
Rivers c	4  0  0  0  .305
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .267
Pedroza 2b	3  1  3  0  .258
Herrera lf	3  0  1  0  .235
Withrow p	1  0  1  0  .250
 St. Clair p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .257
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Jansen p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Yount ph	1  1  1  1  .200
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 Total	        39  6 10  5
 Carolina	38  4 12  4

 Errors- Gordon (13), Smith (8), Pedroza
(7), Van Slyke (3). 3B- Pedroza (1).
HR- Smith (5), RBI- Yount (1), Smith 4
(25). LOB- Chattanooga 8, carolina 11.
SB- Gordon 2(15), Robinson (9)
DP- Gordon and Perez; Robinson and
Perez; Van Slyke and Rivera.
 
 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Withrow	        5.1  7  2-2  3  5  6.00
St. Clair	1.2  3  1-0  1  2  5.91
Rodriguez	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  5.01
Jansen (1-0)	1.0  2  1-1  0  1  3.86
 WP- Jansen. T- 3:21. Att- 2,536.

Ranchers Top 66ers 9-8

Inland Empire out-hit Rancho Cucamonga 15-11 but dropped a 9-8 decision. Starter Aaron Miller, the Dodgers first round sandwich pick in 2009, faced only three batters before leaving with an injury.

Aaron Miller

Reliever Javier Solano (0-1) got out of the inning with just a single run scored but was blasted for six in the second inning to put the 66ers in a 7-1 hole after two.

Inland Empire chipped away at the lead, tied the game in the fifth before Paul Koss allowed a run without a hit, and then pulled with in one run in the eighth only to have Travis Denker thrown out at the plate on Steven Caseres RBI double that made the score 9-8.

Matt Wallach had a pair of singles and a double and newcomer Ramon Jean singled three times (boosting his average to .455) and knocked in two to lead Inland Empire. Johan Garcia, Anthony Hatch collected two hits each and Nick Buss whacked a two-run triple.

Trailing 7-2 in the fourth, Inland Empire rang up three runs. Wallach singled with one out and Tony Delmonico walked. A wild pitch moved them up and Jean's infield single drove in the first run. Buss' triple (#4) cut the lead to 7-5.

The 66ers' got within one run of the Quakes in the fifth after Denker walked, moved to second on a fly to center and scored on Wallach's RBI single. Delmonico singled and Jean struck out but reached first on a wild pitch as Wallach scored.

Hatch and Denker singled with two out in the eighth and Caseres' double scored one but Denker was nailed at the plate to kill the final Inland Empire threat.

The Sixers will play the finale of their four-game series with the Rancho Cucamonga tonight at 7:05 PM. Dodgers pitcher Charlie Haeger will be making another rehabilitation appearance for the 66ers. Haeger with Inland Empire this year has started two games and is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA.

Inland Empire returns to Arrowhead Credit Union Park Wednesday, May 26th for a four-game series with the Bakersfield Blaze, including a Saturday Fireworks Spectacular on May 29th
 
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	011 320 010-8
Rcho Cucamonga	060 101 00x-9

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Buss rf        	4  1  1  2  .224
Garcia ss	4  0  2  0  .191
Russell lf	5  0  1  1  .335
Hatch 3b	4  1  2  0  .333
Denker 2b	4  1  1  0  .400
Caseres 1b	5  0  1  1  .229
Wallach c	5  3  3  1  .265
Delmonico dh	4  1  1  0  .269
Jean cf        	5  1  3  2  .455
--------------------------------
 Total        	40  8 15  7
 Rcho Cucamonga	31  9 11 9

 2B- Wallach (3), Caseres (5). 3B- Buss
(4), RBI- Jean 2 (4), Russell (38). Buss
2 (19), Wallach (13), Caseres (16).
LOB- Inland Empire 10, Rancho Cucamonga
4. CS- Russell (3). DP- Hatch and Denker;
Caseres, Garcia and Caseres. 

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
AMiller	        0.1  1  1-1  1  0  3.30
Solano (0-1)	3.0  9  7-7  1  5  7.62
Koss        	2.0  0  1-1  1  1  5.48
Mann        	1.2  1  0-0  0  2  2.05
Smit        	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  2.93
 HBP- By Solano. T- 3:15. Att- 1,679.

Loons Blow Lead, Lugnuts Rally for Win

Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Lansing rallied from down 4-0 through five and a half innings to score five unanswered runs and defeat the Great Lakes Loons 5-4 Sunday afternoon in 10 innings.?

?Down one with two outs in the ninth inning, Loons reliever Steve Smith gave up homer to left-center to tie the game at four. The shot would have been a game-winner had pinch runner Oliver Dominguez not been caught stealing earlier in the inning on a pitchout by J.T. Wise.

In the 10th, Luis Vasquez (1-1) surrendered a one-out double off the top of the right field wall and a game-winning single.?

?Rafael Ynoa drove in two of the Loons runs with a single. Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Angelo Songco and J.T. Wise recorded two hits each. Jerry Sands, Brian Ruggiano and Blake Smith chipped in with doubles but Great Lakes was 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Josh Wall started and threw five scoreless innings before surrendering a solo home run leading off the sixth. Joe Paxson allowed a pair of runs in two innings.

The Loons remain in second place in the Midwest League, training Lake County by 2 ½ games and leading Lansing by just one-half game. Consequently, second place is on the line Monday night in the state capital in the final game of a four-game series between the two in-state rivals. 

Right-hander Brett Wallach (3-0, 2.81 ERA) is scheduled to start against lefty Evan Crawford (3-1, 2.75).  Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 013 000 0-4
Lancaster	000 001 021 1-5

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	5  0  1  0  .318
Ruggiano 3b	5  0  1  0  .255
 Henderson 3b	0  0  0  0  .091
Galvez cf	5  0  2  0  .246
Sands 1b	4  1  1  0  .378
Songco lf	4  2  2  0  .281
Wise c        	4  0  2  1  .228
Ortiz dh	4  0  1  0  .162
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  1  2  .305
--------------------------------
 Total        	39  4 12  4
 Lancaster	37  5 11  5

 2B- Sands (12), Smith (14), Ruggiano
(5). RBI- Ynoa 2 (10), Smith (27), Wise
(13). SF- Ynoa. LOB- Great Lakes 7,
Lancaster 12. CS- Galvez (4), Ynoa (3).
PO- Ruggiano.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall        	5.0  3  1-1  4  3  4.20
Paxson 	        2.0  3  2-2  1  4  2.70
Smith	        1.2  3  1-1  1  1  1.21
Vasquez (1-1)	0.2  2  1-1  0  0  2.60
 HBP- by Wall, Sands. T- 3:16. Att- 3,297.

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