Russell Drives in Three in 66er Win

Albuquerque lost a 7-0 lead but came back to win 9-7 in 11 innings over Reno. Chattanooga lost a 5-0 lead and a 9-7 decision to Carolina. Kyle Russell homered twice and drove in three runs as Inland Empire topped Rancho Cucamonga 4-2. Great Lakes rallied for a 10-7 victory over Lansing and moved to within 1 1/2 games of first place.

'Topes Blow 7-0 lead, win 9-8 in 11

Albuquerque gave starter Josh Lindblom a 7-0 but he gave it all back in the fifth and sixth inning, allowing a dozen hits and eight runs before leaving with two out in the inning.

It was only his third start at home and second since May 1 against Round Rock. The Isotopes took him off the hook with the tying run inn the last of the eighth and then scored the winning run in the 11th on a Reno error.

Lindblom put four scoreless innings on the board initially but struggled most of the way. He allowed a leadoff double in the first; a single, double and a walk in the second but left the basses loaded; hit two batters in the third, then posted a 1-2-3 fourth before the roof fell in on him in a five-run fifth.

He gave up three singles and a run in the sixth, leaving with one out and runners on first and second in favor of Hyang-Nam Choi who gave up an RBI single and an error by shortstop Justin Sellers allowed the second run.

Choi held Reno scoreless in the seventh, Justin Miller didn't allow a run in the eighth and ninth and Jon Link (2-1), worked the final two innings and earned the win.

May singled twice and doubled. Perez (two doubles), Hoffmann, Gibbons, Lindsey and Mitchell added two each with Gibbons knocking in four.

The 'Topes exploded in the first inning. Timo Perez doubled and Jamie Hoffman walked before Jay Gibbons (#8) and John Lindsey (#6) homered back to back. Perez doubled with two out in the second and scored on Gibbon's single. They added two more in the third when Russ Mitchell, Lucas May and Ivan De Jesus singled for the first run and Lindblom's single made it 7-0.

Trailing 8-7 in the bottom of the eighth, Ramon Nivar singled and scored with two out on Hoffmann's single that tied the game.

The winning run crossed the plate in the last of the 11th when Gibbons walked and Lindsey singled. After Michael Restovich was intentionally walked, May's ground ball to third was thrown wildly as Gibbons scored.

Notes From the Lab --Reliever Luis Ayala returned to Albuquerque as a member of the Reno team but did not see action in the first game of the series. He posted a 1-3 record with a 4.50 ERA and four saves in 14 appearances before he asked for and was granted his release on May 17. In addition, Aces manager Brett Butler and Isotopes skipper Tim Wallach were teammates with the Dodgers from 1993 to 1996. ...Jamie Hoffmann yesterday extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a pair of singles, including a hit that tied the game 8-8 in the bottom of the eighth. During the streak he's batting .421 with 16 runs, six doubles, two triples, two homers, and 15 RBI. It's the second longest streak in the Pacific Coast League this season and just one games shy of a club record set by Eric Reed in 2006. John Lindsey and Russ Mitchell also increased their streaks yesterday to 14 and 13 straight games, respectively.
 
 Score by Innings
Reno	        000 053 000 00-8
Albuquerque	412 000 001 01-9

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Perez lf	6  2  2  0  .300
Hoffmann cf	4  1  3  1  .333
Gibbons rf	5  2  2  4  .386
Lindsey 1b	6  1  2  1  .430
Mitchell 3b	3  1  2  0  .322
Redman ph	1  0  0  0  .328
 Restovich ph	0  0  0  0  .278	
May c        	6  0  3  0  .302	
De Jesus 2b	5  1  1  1  .233
Seller ss	4  0  1  0  .222
 Nivar 3b	1  1  1  0  .333
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 Total	        40 9 17 8
 Reno	        48 8 16 7

 Error- Sellers 2 (2). 2B- Perez 2 (3),
May (5). HR- Gibbons (8)Lindsey (6).
RBI- Gibbons 4 (35), Lindsey (30),
De Jesus (13), Lindblom (1), Hoffmann
(26). S- Lindblom, Nivar.
LOB- Albuquerque 11, Reno 14.
CS- Mitchell (3), May (1). 

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lindblom	5.1 12  8-7  2  6  6.70
Choi        	1.2  2  0-0  1  2  4.20
Miller        	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.22
Link (2-1)	2.0  1  0-0  1  2  6.35
 HBP- Hoffmann, by Lindblom 2. 
T- 4:14. Att- 4,108.

Carolina Outlasts Lookouts

Chattanooga got off to a flying start, scoring four in the first and adding another run in the second but Carolina roughed up the Lookouts bullpen, scoring eight runs after the fifth inning to win 9-7.

Cory Smith, who ripped a walkoff grand slam in Chattanooga's comeback win Sunday, had three more hits including a pair of doubles. The 28-year-old Smith played in his 1,150th professional game Monday, including his 817th at the Double-A level. His best season average so far -- excluding the .274 he hit in Independent ball in 2007 -- was the .271 he hit for Akron in the Eastern League in 2003 and matched two years ago with Arkansas in the Texas League.

"I've started to get into a little groove," Smith said after raising his season average to .303. "I'm getting some pitches to hit, and I'm doing something with them right now."

Travon Robinson homered twice (#4 & #5) and drove in three teammates. Dee Gordon singled four times and stole a pair of bases (#16 & #17).

However, the remainder of the Chattanooga lineup went 4-for-23 and the club slipped to 19-26 on the season.

Mario Alvarez surrendered eight hits and three runs (plus five walks) and left the game in the sixth with a 5-3 lead. Tim Sexton was tapped for four runs, including a pair of home runs, and took the loss. Eric Krebs and Dave Pfeiffer each allowed a single run.

The Lookouts started quickly as Dee Gordon singled up the middle, Trayvon Robinson drew a walk and Smith doubled to right-center to score them both. Eddy Perez followed with a double to left that brought Smith home, and then Mike Rivera doubled to center to bring in Perez.

Robinson homered to left-center in the second inning to make it 5-0 but it was mostly downhill from there.

The Lookouts are off today before Wednesday's opener of a five-game series in Jacksonville, which has the best record in the league. Jesus Castillo (2-4, 2.20 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Lookouts, with Elih Villanueva (3-3, 3.04) scheduled for the Suns.
 
 Score by Innings
Carolina	001 002 231-9
Chattanooga	410 001 001-7

 Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  1  4  0  .291
Robinson cf	4  3  2  3  .241
Smith 3b	5  1  3  2  .303
Perez 1b	4  1  1  1  .293
Rivera c	5  0  1  1  .297
Giles lf	3  0  1  0  .260
 Sexton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Krebs p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pfeiffer p	0  0  0  0  .000 
 Yount ph	1  0  1  0  .250
Van Slyke rf	5  0  0  0  .257
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .250
Alvarez p	1  0  0  0  .000
Herrera lf	0  1  0  0  .235
--------------------------------
 Total	        37 7 13 7
 Carolina	37 9 15 9

 Error- Robinson (1). 2B- Smith 2 (10),
Perez (12), Rivera (6). HR- Robinson 2
(5). RBI- Smith 2 (27), Perez (23),
Rivera (9), Robinson 3 (19). S- Alvarez.
LOB- Chattanooga 9, Carolina 11. 
SB- Gordon 2 (17). CS- Gordon (7). 

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Alvarez	        5.2  8  3-3  5  2  4.10
Sexton (2-3)	1.2  4  4-4  0  2  5.14
Krebs        	0.2  1	 1-1  2  1  2.37
Pfeiffer	1.0  2  1-1  0  0  2.89
 T- 3:24. Att- 2,588.

Russell's Two Homers Powers 66ers

Outfielder Kyle Russell started his bid for a second consecutive California League "Offensive Player of the Week" award, ripping a pair of home runs as Inland Empire topped Rancho Cucamonga 4-2.

The 66ers' slugging right fielder has six homers in the past six games and seven over his last 10. During the 10-game span, he is batting .405 with 20 RBIs. For the season, he is hitting .341 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs.

The 66ers got six strong innings from rehabbing Dodger knuckleballer Charlie Haeger who struck out five during his quality start, allowing just two runs on four hits and three walks.

Russell his 11th home run of the year in the 1st inning after Nick Buss scored on a Chris Gutierrez ground out. In the third Russell drove Buss, who had doubled, in from third with a Sac Fly, and the California League home run leader led off the sixth with his 12th long ball of the season.

To ice the cake, Russell made an outstanding catch in right field in the fifth inning and finished the series in Rancho Cucamonga, going 6-for-12 (.500) with three homers (including a Grand Slam), nine RBI, and five runs scored.

The Inland Empire bullpen closed it out with Bobby Blevins, Matt Sartor and Kyle Smit recording his first save of the year.

Buss, overshadowed by Russell's pyrotechnics, led the team with three hits and scored twice. Matt Wallach doubled and singled.

Inland Empire will now enjoy its first off day in three weeks tomorrow before a four game homestand against visiting Bakersfield.
 
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	201 001 000-4
Rcho Cucamonga	100 001 000-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Buss lf        	5  2  3  0  .247
Gutierrez ss	3  0  0  1  .281
Russell rf	3  2  2  3  .341
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .294
Gallagher 1b	4  0  0  0  .259
Wallach c	4  0  2  0  .276
Caseres dh	4  0  1  0  .229
Garcia 2b	4  0  0  0  .196
Jean cf        	4  0  0  0  .385
--------------------------------
 Total	        35 4 9 4
 Rcho Cucamonga	31 2 8 2

 2B- Buss (6), Wallach (4), HR- Russell
2 (21). RBI- Gutierrez (12), Russell 3
(41). S- Gutierrez. SF- Russell. 
LOB- Inland Empire 7, Rancho Cucamonga 6.
SB- Buss (5). DP- Gutierrez, Garcia and
Gallagher.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Haeger (2-1)	6.0  4  2-2  3  5  2.81
Blevins        	2.0  3  0-0  0  1  6.25
Sartor        	0.2  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
Smit (sv 1)     0.1  0  0-0  0  0  2.89
 WP- Smit. T- 2:30. Att- 1,024.

Great Lakes Powers Past Lugnuts

Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons
Great Lakes rallied from down 5-0 for a 10-7 victory over Lansing at Cooley Law School Stadium. With the win, the Loons maintain possession of second place in the Midwest League East and, coupled with a Lake County loss, are just 1 1/2 games out of first place.

Jerry Sands and Brian Cavazos-Galvez each hit key home runs in the game for the Loons. Angelo Songco's fifth-inning single capped a three-run inning and tied the game at five. One inning later, J.T. Wise singled home two runs to give the Loons a 7-5 lead.

Sands' long home run was his 15th of the season, the second-highest total in Minor League Baseball, and landed in the left-center field play ground area.  Cavazos-Galvez's equally long ball was a three-run shot to left field in the seventh that came inches from clearing the stadium and landing on the street.

Justin Miller saw his scoreless innings streak of 16.2 innings end but threw 3.2 effective relief innings for his second save of the season. Brett Wallach struggled but improved his record to 4-0.  He surrendered 10 hits and six runs – all earned – over 5.1 innings.

Wise finished the game with three hits, two of them doubles, and three RBIs. Gorman Erickson was the only Loons starter who didn't record a hit in the game; he walked three times.

The Lansing walked a season-high 10 batters.

Tonight the Loons begin four-game, three-day series in Fort Wayne against the TinCaps. Right-hander Allen Webster (5-2, 1.93 ERA) is scheduled to start against right-hander John Hussey (4-1, 4.61). 
 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 232 300-10
Lansing	        014 001 100- 7

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	6  0  1  1  .313
Ruggiano 3b	4  2  1  0  .255
Galvez cf-rf	6  2  2  3  .250
Sands 1b	5  2  2  2  .379
Smith rf	1  2  1  0  .291
 McGee ph-cf	1  0  0  0  .254
Wise dh        	5  1  3  3  .244
Songco lf	4  0  1  1  .280
Erickson c	2  1  0  0  .253
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  1  0  .306
--------------------------------
 Total	        39 10 12 10
 Lansing	39  7 14  6

 2B- Wise 2 (7), Galvez (9).
3B- Ruggiano (3). HR- Sands (15), Galvez
(2). RBI- Wise 3 (16), Lara (26), Sands
2 (36), Songco (21), Galvez 3 (21).
S- Ynoa. LOB- Great Lakes 12, Lansing
9. SB- Sands (9). CS- Ynoa (4). DP- Lara,
Ynoa and Sands. 

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wallach (4-0)	5.1 10  6-6  2  5  3.64
JMiller (sv 2)	3.2  4  1-1  1  1  1.48
 P- Wallach, Miller. HBP- by Wallach, Smith.
T- 3:05. Att- 1,015.

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