Caseres Big Day Can't Help 66ers

Steven Caseres ... big game

Albuquerque rolled up a 3-1 lead, only to see Memphis score five in the eighth take a 6-3 win. Chattanooga jumped to the early lead and held on for a 5-3 victory over Montgomery in the series final. Steven Caseres hit two home runs and knocked in five, but the 66ers lost 9-7 to Lancaster. Great Lakes won a season-best fifth consecutive game, defeating South Bend 6-4 in 10 innings.

'Topes Tripped Up by Redbirds
Albuquerque rolled into the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead, only to see Memphis tack a '5' on the board and take a 6-3 win in the opening game of the series.

Jason Repko, put on a demonstration that said, "take me" by smacking a pair of home run and driving in all three Albuquerque runs. The Dodgers sent Blake DeWitt back to the Isotopes and are contemplating bringing up either Repko or Mitch Jones.

Repko put the 'Topes on the board in top of the third with a lead-off line drive home run onto the left field berm. After Memphis scored run in the fourth, pitcher Shawn Estes led off the fifth with a single and Repko hammered a two run shot. It was Repko's first two home run game of the season and helped snap a 2-for-34 slump.

Estes tossed 6.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits while walking four and striking out one. Estes ran into trouble in the seventh and put runners on the corners. Erick Threets came in to throw inning-ending double-play to preserve the 3-1 advantage.

A singled and a walk in the eighth with two out brought in reliever Henry Bonilla (2-5), and he was tagged with the loss when he allowed three runs. Carmen Cali coughed up another as the Redbirds rolled to the win.

Repko, Ju and Jovanny Rosario each had a pair of hits.

Albuquerque will host the Redbirds again tonight with right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado (3-5, 3.72) taking the mound against Memphis righty Adam Ottavino (0-8, 5.67) .

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	001 020 000-3
Memphis	        000 100 05x-6
 
  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko rf	5  2  2  3  .257
Hu ss	        4  0  2  0  .249
Luna 3b	        3  0  1  0  .353
 Maza 2b        0  0  0  0  .255
Closser c	4  0  0  0  .000
JGonzalez 2b-3n	4  0  0  0  .286
Pascucci 1b	4  0  0  0  .204
Garcia lf	4  0  1  0  .221
Rosario cf	4  0  2  0  .270
Estes p	        3  1  1  0  .063
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Bonilla p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Cali p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Brown ph	1  0  0  0  .311
---------------------------------
  Totals  	36  3  9  3  
  Memphis	30  6 11  4

  HR- Repko 2 (11). RBI- Repko 3 (36)
 LOB- Albuquerque 7, Memphis 5. CS- Hu
(2). DP- Luna, JGonzalez and Pascucci 2;
Hu, Maza and Pascucci.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Estes 	        6.1  5  1-1  4  1  3.07
Threets	        1.1  0  1-1  1  0  2.08
Bonilla (2-5)	0.0  3  3-3  0  0  4.68
Cali 	        0.1  3  1-1  0  0  3.72
  HBP- Luna. T- 2:38. Att- 8,980.
Lookouts Early Lead Holds up
The Chattanooga Lookouts jumped to the early lead and held on for a series-clinching, 5-3, victory over Montgomery in the series final.

Kendy Batista (2-0) pitched except for a three-run hiccup in the third inning. He worked through the sixth inning, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits, walking none and striking out four.

Jesus Rodriguez worked a scoreless seventh for the Lookouts, while Paul Koss held the Biscuits off in the eighth and Matt Sartor earned fourth save of the season.

James Tomlin was hit by a pitch to open the game and Justin Sellers singled. Eddy Perez double to the left-center field wall to score both runners. Two batters later, Perez scored on a double from Russ Mitchell. The Lookouts made it 4-0, on a nifty bunt-single by Victor Mercedes that scored Mitchell.

The Biscuits scored three runs helped by an error and a vicious hop on a ball hit to Sellers at short and Memphis closed to 4-3.

Andrew Lambo doubled with one out in the third, Mitchell moved him to third with a single and a sacrifice fly by got the run back.

The Lookouts, as well as the rest of the Southern League, have today off.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	401 000 000-5
Montgomery	030 000 000-3

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	2  1  0  0  .284	
Bell 3b	        2  0  1  0  .273
Sellers ss	4  1  1  0  .283
Perez 1b	3  1  1  2  .308
Rose c	        4  0  0  0  .254
Lambo dh	4  1  2  0  .264
Mitchell 3b-lf	4  1  2  1  .174
Mercedes 2b	3  0  1  2  .158
Giles rf	3  0  0  0  .222
Godwin lf-cf	4  0  0  0  .256
---------------------------------
  Totals	33  5  9  5
  Montgomery	33  3  7  3

  Errors- Sellers (10), Bell (12).
2B- Perez (5), Mitchell (9), Lambo 2
(19). 3B- Mitchell (1). RBI- Perez 2
(10) Mitchell (23), Mercedes 2 (6).
SF- Mercedes. LOB- Albuquerque 6,
Montgomery 4. SB- Bell (1),, Mitchell
(4). DP- Bell, Mercedes and Perez;
Sellers and Perez.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Batista (2-0)	6.0  5  3-2  0  4  2.40
Rodriguez	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.19
Koss	        1.0  1  0-0  1  1  1.88
Sartor (sv, 4)	1.0  1  0-0  0  3  5.75
  WP- Batista. HBP- Tomlin, Perez. 
T- 2:46. Att- 2,949.
McDonald Blows Away Round Rock
Sunday James McDonald (1-0) seems to have found the command that made him the Dodgers Pitcher of the Year two years running as he smothered Round Rock, allowing two hits and striking out 13 over his seven innings as Albuquerque earned a 4-0 decision.

The young right-hander allowed a single in the second and fifth innings and struck out the side in the third and fifth inning and fanned nine of 11 batters in one stretch. The effort earned him the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week Award (see separate story).

The Lookouts scored twice in the first inning on Hector Luna's towering two-run home run with Chin-Lung Hu on base with a single and added another pair in the third when Hu singled and scored on Mitch Jones' double and Juan Gonzalez followed with another two-base hit.

Claudio Vargas finished up for McDonald, allowing a pair of hits over the final two innings.

Hu led the Lookouts with three hits while Luna and Jones added a pair each.

Sixers Lose Despite Caseres Big Day
Steven Caseres hit two home runs, and his third in two games, while driving in five, but the JetHawks ignored the effort and banged out 17 hits to grab the series opener from the 66ers, 9-7.

It was a tough evening for Josh Wall (0-2), who allowed 11 hits and six runs over five innings. He gave up two home runs after allowing a pair in his 28.2 previous innings.

The first five Lancaster hitters went a combined 14-for-22 with seven RBIs and all nine runs scored.

Inland Empire took a 2-0 lead in the first as Preston Mattingly tripled  and Pedro Baez singled, with an RBI ground out and sacrifice fly driving in the two runs. 

Lancaster grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom half on a three-run homer.

Trailing 4-2 in the fourth, Caseres followed a Baez single with a long home run to right that evened the score. Lancaster used a double and a two out homer to take a 6-4 lead, then added three runs in the sixth off Greg Miller and Matt Smith.

Justin Fuller smacked a solo shot in the eighth and Caseres added his team-leading tenth home run of the campaign to cut the lead to 9-7 but they couldn't get any closer.

Mattingly continued to excel in the leadoff spot, going 3-for-5, while Baez and Caseres each racked up three hits and two runs.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	200 200 120-7
Lancaster	310 203 00x-9

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	5  1  3  0  .297
Herrera dh	4  0  0  0  .307
Robinson cf	5  1  0  1  .306
Baez 3b	        4  2  3  0  .279
Caseres 1b	3  2  3  5  .282
Van Slyke rf	3  0  0  0  .300
AGonzalez 2b	4  0  1  0  .286
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .307
Fuller ss	4  1  1  1  .247
---------------------------------
  Totals	31  7 11 7
  Lancaster	37  9 17 9

  Error- Fuller (4). 3B- Mattingly (1).
HR- Caseres 2 (10< Fuller (3).
RBI- Robinson (29), Caseres 5 (24),
Fuller (8). SF- Caseres. LOB- Inland
Empire 5, Lancaster 9. DP- Fuller and
Caseres; AGonzalez, Caseres, Fuller and
Wall. Fuller and AGonzalez and Caseres;
Van Slyke and Garabedian. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall  (0-2)	5.0 11  6-6  2  3  5.35
GMiller	        0.0  1  3-3  1  0  8.44
Smith	        2.0  3  0-0  0  0  3.86
Meque	        0.0  2  0-0  1  0  4.41
Brannon	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1 10.38
  HBP- By GMiller. T- 2:49. Att- 1,1720.  
Late Rally Wins Game, Series
The 66ers stormed back from an early deficit to take the final game of the series against the Storm, 8-4, on Sunday afternoon. Alberto Bastardo earned his team leading sixth win.

After falling behind 4-0, the 66ers exploded for six runs in the second. In the inning four different Sixers drove in at least run with Elian Herrera driving in two and Trayvon Robinson, Scott Van Slyke, and Justin Fuller each knocking in one.

Steven Caseres added a run in the bottom of the third with a leadoff shot over the wall in right for his eight homer on the season. The homer tied Inland Empire's team home run total with that of all last season. Caseres finished the game 2-for-3, with two singles to accompany the home run.

The storm jumped on Bastardo early, scoring all four of their runs in the first two innings. Bastardo (6-2, 3.69), who was named a California League All-Star earlier in the week, fought back to earn the win, giving up 4 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6 in 5 innings.

Mario Alvarez allowed three hits over four scoreless innings to earn the save.

Silverio Paces Streaking Loons
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes won a season-best fifth consecutive game, defeating South Bend 6-4 in 10 innings. The Loons are a season-best six games over .500 (35-29). 

Alfredo Silverio recorded three RBIs in the game and an error on his ground ball in the 10th allowed a pair of runs. Later in the inning, Kyle Russell pushed across an insurance run with a double to right.

  The Loons' first run came in the first inning when Silverio hit into a double play with runners at the corners and no outs. In the third, he notched an RBI on a sacrifice fly scoring Brian Mathews. With the score tied 2-2 in the sixth, his single pushed across Jaime Pedroza, who had singled and had stolen second.

  Justin Miller started and pitched 5.2 innings, surviving multiple base runners in nearly every inning.  Miller walked five, surrendered three hits and had three errors committed behind him. His damage control limited the Silver Hawks to two runs (one earned). Javy Guerra (3-1) pitched the eighth and ninth innings and was the pitcher of record when the Loons took the lead. Cole St. Clair allowed a 10th inning run, but recorded his third save.

  The Loons continue their four-game series in South Bend tonight with right-hander Josh Walter (3-1, 2.65 ERA) starting for the Loons against left-hander Keny Sosa.  

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	101 001 000 3-6
South Bend	000 020 100 1-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  2  2  0  .292
Pedroza 2b	3  2  2  0  .287
Silverio lf	4  0  1  3  .270
Russell rf	5  0  1  1  .276
Gallagher dh	3  0  1  0  .268
 Hatch pr-dh	1  0  0  0  .250
Buss cf	        5  0  0  0  .258
Dalton 3b	4  0  0  0  .235
Mathews 1b	3  2  1  0  .240
Lopez c	        3  0  0  0  .122
---------------------------------
  Totals	32  6  8  4
  South Bend	32  6  8  4

  Errors- Pedroza 2 (15), Gordon (19).
2B- Mathews (1), Russell (17).
RBI- Silverio 3 (29), Russell (52).
S- Lopez. SF- Silverio. LOB- Great
Lakes 6, South Bend 12. SB- Gordon 2
(35), Pedroza (2). PO- by Miller.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
JMiller	        5.2  3  2-1  5  2  4.29
Smith	        1.1  3  1-1  0  1  3.60
Guerra (3-1)	2.0  1  0-0  1  2  1.42
St. Clair (sv 3) 1.0  2  1-1  0  1  3.38
  WP- JMiller, St Clair. HBP- Mathews. 
T- 3:10. Att- 4,377.
Nineteen-Year Old Tandem Starters Boost Loons
  Great Lakes recorded a 5-1 win over the Silver Hawks Sunday, their fourth straight, tying a season high. A pair of 19-year old tandem starters Ethan Martin and Nathan Eovaldi stopped South Bend Sunday.

Martin (4-3) started and allowed just one run in five innings. Eovaldi entered in the sixth and threw four scoreless frames for his first save, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17, the highest of any Loons pitcher this year.

  With the game scoreless in the fourth, Anthony Hatch's RBI single gave the Loons the lead. With two outs and Austin Gallagher at the plate, a dropped pop-up to extend his at bat. Gallagher walked as did Nick Buss to load the bases. Alfredo Silverio followed with an RBI single. Matt Wallach singled home two more runs to put the Loons ahead by four.   

Dee Gordon doubled in the seventh to score Esteban Lopez for the final Loons run.  

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