Dee Brown's Three Homers Squash Bees

Dee Brown ... three home runs, five RBI

Veteran Dee Brown smacked three homers and drove in five to power Albuquerque to an 11-6 victory over Salt Lake. Chattanooga could only garner a ninth inning run, a home run Andrew Lambo, and lost 4-1 to Carolina. Hiroki Kuroda made his first rehab start and allowed one hit in 3.1 innings but the 66ers lost to Bakersfield 2-1. Cedar Rapids manhandled JonMichael Redding, defeating Great Lakes 6-1.

Brown's Three Homers Sinks Bees
Veteran outfielder Dee Brown tied a career high with three homers and drove in five runs to power Albuquerque to an 11-6 victory over his former team, the Salt Lake City Bees.

Brown wasted no time showing the Bees what they were missing. The 31-year-old left fielder launched a three-run shot in the first inning and added a pair of solo shots en route to his second five-RBI game this month.

"Last year, a right hand injury never got healthy until I rested it," he said. "I felt like what Salt Lake saw was not the real Dee Brown."

Brown has hit safely in eight straight and 13 of his last 14 games, going 22-for-54. He and Mitch Jones also made some history, becoming the first Isotopes to hit back-to-back homers twice in the same game.

After signing a Minor League contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last season, he batted .264 with 12 homers, 74 RBIs and 70 runs scored in 130 games. Brown signed another Minor League deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers this spring and is batting .324 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs.

The home run barrage made life easier for Charlie Haeger who won his fourth game of the season, working five innings and allowing seven hits and five runs. Steve Randolph and Henry Bonilla each worked a pair of innings to close out the win.

Salt Lake banged out four hits off Haeger in the first inning; a walk, a single and a pair of home runs doing he damage.

The Isotopes came back with five of their own in the bottom of the frame, with Brown driving in three with his eighth homer and Jones adding his 112th.

Brown homered again leading off the third and Chin-lung Hu added an RBI double later. Hector Luna added an RBI single in the sixth before Brown and Jones went back-to-back in the eighth.

The two teams go at each other again tonight in Salt Lake City.

  Score by Innings
Salt Lake	400 100 100- 6
Albuquerque	503 001 02x-11 

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss	        3  1  1  1  .240
Maza 3b	        3  2  1  0  .223
DeWitt 2b	4  0  1  0  .295
Luna 1b	        5  1  2  2  .364
Brown lf	4  3  3  5  .324
MJones rf	5  2  3  2  .258
Griffin cf	5  1  1  0  .135
Ellis dh	5  0  2  0  .319
Ardoin c	3  1  1  1  .230
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  Totals  	37 11  15 11
  Salt Lake	41  6  12  5

  Error- Luna (4). 2B- Hu (6).
HR- Brown 3 (10), MJones 2 (13)
RBI- Luna 2 (32), Brown 5 (32), MJones
2 (23), Ardoin (4), Hu (13). S- Hu.
LOB- Albuquerque 10, Salt Lake 7.
DP- Haeger and Luna; Dewitt, Hu and
Luna 2.

  Albuquerque	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Haeger (4-3)	5.0  7  5-5  2  5  4.80
Randolph 	2.0  2  1-1  1  3 10.47
Bonilla 	2.0  3  0-0  1  1  3.42
  HBP- Maza. T- 3:23. Att- 4,694.
Lookouts Tripped by Mudcats
Chattanooga was held in control by the Carolina pitching staff and could only garner a ninth inning run, that on a home run (#4) by 20-year-old Andrew Lambo and lost 4-1.

Lambo also singled and doubled, garnering three of the seven hits given up by the Mudcats.

Starter Jesus Castillo (1-4) pitched a creditable game, allowing eight his and three runs over six innings, but he took the loss just the same. Travis Schlichting and Victor Garate closed the game out.

Two Carolina runs in the first inning put them in control.

The Lookouts and Mudcats will continue their five-game series tonight.

  Score by Innings
Carolina	201 000 100-4
Chattanooga	000 000 001-1

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  1  0  .286
Sellers ss	2  0  1  0  .259
Abreu 2b	4  0  1  0  .326
Rose rf	        4  0  1  0  .400
Lambo lf	4  1  3  1  .286
Perez 1b	4  0  1  0  .167
Closser c	4  0  0  0  .308
JGonzalez 3b	4  0  0  0  .206
Castillo p 	1  0  0  0  .182
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .167
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .247
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	33  1  8  1
  Carolina	34  4 10  4

  2H- Lambo (14), Tomlin (3), Perez (1).
HR- Lambo (4). RBI- Lambo (15). 
LOB- Chattanooga 7, Carolina 8.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era 
Castillo (1-4)	6.0  8  3-3  0  4  4.96
Schlichting	2.0  2  1-1  1  2  0.84
Garate	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  1.38
  HBP- by CAstillo. T- 2:22. Att- 4,334.
Kuroda Has Solid Rehab Start
Hiroki Kuroda made his first rehab start after being sidelined by a strained left side muscle after the pitched and won the opening game in May. He allowed one hit in 3.1 innings, struck out three and allowed only an unearned run. But Bakersfield won a 2-1 decision.

He was tagged with an unearned run in the second and left the game with two out in the fourth inning when Tim Sexton took over.

The Sixers rallied with two outs in the third to tie the ballgame. Elian Herrera singled to left and Adolfo Gonzalez hit a run-scoring double to pull the teams even.

Sexton (1-4) worked the next 4.1 innings, allowing a single run, a run that saddled him with the loss, allowing only four hits. He lowered his earned run average to a 2.33, second best in the California League.

Jaime Ortiz made his Inland Empire debut as the designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with a double while shortstop Christian Lara added a pair of hits.

Kuroda is scheduled to make a second rehab start for the 66ers on Wednesday at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

The 66ers and Blaze will continue the four-game series tonight. They will return home on Wednesday, May 27 for a four-game series against the Modesto Nuts.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	001 000 000-1
Bakersfield	010 010 00x-2
	
  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Herrera rf	4  1  1  0  .303
AGonzalez 1b	4  0  1  1  .282
Robinson cf	3  0  1  0  .333
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .333
Baez 3b	        3  0  0  0  .264
Ortiz dh	4  0  2  0  .500
Fuller 2b	4  0  0  0  .258
Lara ss	        4  0  2  0  .229
Mattingly lf	4  0  0  0  .280
---------------------------------
  Totals	31  1  7  1
  Bakersfield	31  2  7  1

  Errors- Robinson (6), Fuller (1).
2B- Ortiz (1), AGonzalez (5).
RBI- AGonzalez (13). LOB- Inland
Empire 8, Bakersfield 7. CS- Lara (3),
Robinson (8). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Kuroda	        3.2  1  1-0  0  3  0.00
Sexton (1-4)	4.1  4  1-1  1  2  2.33
  HBP- by Kuroda. T- 2:31. Att- 1,802.
Six Early Runs Drop Loons
Cedar Rapids tagged starter Jon Michael Redding for six runs in the first two innings had little trouble defeating Great Lakes (22-19) 6-1. Redding surrendered three in the first and three in the second before giving way to reliever Steve Smith, having allowed six hits, four walks and a hit-batsman.

  Over the next 4.2 innings in relief, Smith surrendered no runs, only two hits and struck out seven to lower his ERA to 2.65.

  The Loons could manage only four hits. Two of them came in the fifth when Anthony Hatch's double scored Alfredo Silverio who had singled. Hatch also had a single in the game.

  The Loons begin a three-game Memorial Day weekend series in Clinton tonight.  Right-hander Ethan Martin (3-1, 2.57 ERA) will start for the Loons against right-hander Walter Suriel (0-4, 6.43). 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 010 000-1
Cedar Rapids	330 000 00x-6


  Great Lakes	ab r  h  i  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  0  .318
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .307
Buss cf	        3  0  0  0  .283
Delmonico c	4  0  0  0  .305
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .298
Gallagher 1b	4  0  0  0  .265
Silverio lf	3  1  1  0  .294
Hatch 3b	3  0  2  1  .256
Vetters dh	2  0  0  0  .253
---------------------------------
  Totals	31  1  4  1
  Cedar Rapids	30  6  9  6

  2B- Hatch (10). RBI- Hatch (11).
LOB- Great Lakes 5, Cedar Rapids 11. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding (5-2)	1.1  6  6-6  4  1  5.88
Smith	        4.2  2  0-0  3  7  2.65
Dutton	        1.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
Walter	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.82
  HBP- by Redding, By Smith. t- 2:36. 
Att- 2,563.

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