Eighteen Hit Explosion Boosts 'Topes to a Win
Chin-lung Hu ... four hits
Chin-lung Hu ... four hits
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Posted May 10, 2010


The Isotopes blasted Nashville 15-12, Carolina scored four runs in the first inning and held on for a 7-2 win over Chattanooga. Lancaster dumped the 66ers 14-8. Great Lakes suffered a pair of 5-4 losses to Lake County that dropped them 3.5 games behind the league leader.

Big Innings Boosts Albuquerque Win

The Isotopes scored five times in the fourth inning and then eight times in the seventh to outlast Nashville 15-12 as the two teams combined for 34 hits.

James McDonald struggled to his second win of the season, allowing eight hits and five runs over his six-inning start. He struck out six and allowed a pair of home runs.

Jon Link, Luis Ayala and Scott Dohmann gave up eight hits and seven runs over the final four.

Shortstop Chin-lung Hu's red-hot bat lined out three singles and a triple to increase his batting average to .276. Outfielder Timo Perez had three hits and three runs batted in; second baseman Ivan De Jesus added a double and two singles plus a pair of RBI and Jamie Hoffman added four runs batted in with a triple and his second home run.

Nashville scored single runs in the second and third but the 'Topes put five up on the board in the fourth on RBIs from Hoffman, Hu, De Jesus and two from Perez. Two more runs came across in the sixth on Perez's RBI double and a sacrifice fly by May.

Nashville cut the lead to 7-5 before Albuquerque applied the coup de grace with an eight-run explosion in the seventh.

The Isotopes sent 11 to the plate. Hoffmann was hit by a pitch and hit a three-run homer. Hu, Perez, Link and catcher J.D. Closser all had runs batted in.

They needed them because Nashville scored six in the eighth and one in the ninth.

In the series final, LHP Scott Elbert (1-1, 3.97) will oppose Nashville's LHP Chuck Lofgren (4-1, 4.33)

Hoffman Stays Hot
Jamie Hoffmann continues to swing a hot bat, collecting hits in 17 of his last 19 games. So far in the month of May, Hoffmann is batting .371 (12x35) with seven runs, two doubles, two homers, and 11 RBI nine games, raising his batting average from .280 when the month began to .309.

After scoring 25 runs in their six previous games, the ‘Topes erupted for 18 tallies last night, setting a season-high. Albuquerque has scored in double-digits six times this year and have raised their season run total to 178, tied for second in the PCL with Sacramento behind Oklahoma City’s 181.
 
 Score by Innings
Nashville	011 000 361-12
Albuquerque	000 502 80x-15

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
TPerez lf	5  2  3  3  .250
De Jesus 2b	5  1  3  2  .255
Gibbons rf	3  0  0  0  .386
 Link p        	0  1  0  1  .000
 Dohmann p	0  0  0  0  .000
May c        	5  1  2  1  .271
Closser 1b	5  1  2  2  .250
Hoffmann cf	4  3  2  4  .309
Mitchell 3b	3  1  0  0  .250
Hu ss        	4  3  4  1  .276
McDonald p	2  1  0  0  .000
 Redman rf	2  1  2  0  .319
--------------------------------
 Total	        34 15 18 14
 Nashville	43 12 16 11

 2B- De Jesus (9). 3B- Hu (1), Hoffmann
(1). HR- Hoffmann (2). RBI- Hoffmann 4
(17), Hu (7), TPerez 3 (4), De Jesus 2
(10),May (11), Link (10), Closser 2
(2). S- McDonald, Mitchell.
LOB- Albuquerque, Nashville 9.
CS- Redman (1). PO- Redman. DP- Mitchell,
De Jesus and Closser.

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (2-1)	6.0  8  5-5  3  6  4.71
Link	        1.0  4  5-5  2  1  9.64
Ayala	        1.0  2  1-1  0  0  2.19
Dohmann	        1.0  2  1-1  1  0  1.54
 WP- McDonald. HBP- Hoffmann.
T- 3:33. Att- 8,400.

Carolina's Early Runs Lead to a Win

Carolina tagged starter Jesus Castillo (2-2) for four big runs in the first inning and then held on for a 7-2 win over Chattanooga.

Castillo finished the day by allowing seven hits and four runs, two of them unearned. It was the most runs Castillo had allowed over six starts. Matt Sartor, James Adkins and Eric Krebs followed. Combined, they gave up 16 hits.

The Lookouts got on the scoreboard in the fourth on second baseman Jamie Pedroza's first homer of the season and they added another run in the seventh when outfielder Cory Smith tripled and scored on outfielder Tommy Giles' ground ball.

Chattanooga was held to six hits, with six different players collecting one each.

The Lookouts threw out two attempting to steal and Castillo (2) and Krebs (1) picked runners off base. Carolina also picked three runners off first.
 
 Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 100 100-2
Carolina	400 011 01x-7

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  0  0  .273
Pedroza 2b	2  1  1  1  .270
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .255
Smith 1b-3b	3  1  1  1  .288
Giles lf	4  0  0  1  .233
Rivera c	2  0  1  0  .321
 Hatch 3b	1  0  0  0  .185
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Yount ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Adkins p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Adkins p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Krebs p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Mier ph        1  0  1  0  .270
Castillo p	1  0  0  0  .000
Perez ph-1b	3  0  1  0  .260
--------------------------------
 Total	        36  2  6  2
 Carolina	37  7 16  6

 Errors- Hatch (4), Smith (4), Perez (3). 
3B- Smith (1).  HR- Pedroza (1). RBI- Pedroza 
(6), Giles (7).  LOB- Chattanooga 8, Carolina 
12. DP- Gordon,  Pedroza and Perez; Giles 
and Smith. Pickoffs- Castillo 2, Krebs.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (2-2)	4.0  7  4-2  3  2  1.83
Sartor	        2.0  6  2-2  0  3  5.29
Adkins	        1.0  1  0-0  2  0  7.30
Krebs	        1.0  2  1  0-0  1  2.45
 HBP- by Adkins. T- 3:13. Att- 2,484.

Inland Empire Tripped 14-8

As in Albuquerque, it was not a good day for pitchers in Lancaster either as the Roses dumped the 66ers 14-8 with 31 hits and 10 walks combining to do the damage.

Ethan Martin made his sixth start of the season and it was the most unsuccessful of the batch. He allowed nine hits and nine runs before being knocked out in the fourth inning.

Josh Walter allowed six hits and four runs before turning the game over to Javier Solano to finish.

Inland Empire trailed 4-0 after one but took a 5-4 lead in the third. A six-run fourth regained the lead of Lancaster and they held on for the win.

Travis Denker had three hits and is batting a torrid .435. Kyle Russell, Matt Wallach and Nick Buss collected two hits with Austin Gallagher and Wallach adding their first home runs of the season.

Trailing 4-0 in the second, Buss singled across a pair of runs and Justin Sellers' double made it 4-3. In the third, Denker singled and Wallach's home run gave the 66ers their first and last lead of the game.

Russell doubled in a run in the seventh and Gallagher's two-run homer ended Inland Empire's scoring for the day.
 
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	032 000 300- 8
Lancaster	400 621 10x-14

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Sellers ss	5  0  2  1  .269
Hunt lf        	4  1  1  0  .197
Russell rf	4  1  2  1  .339
Denker 3b	5  1  3  0  .435
Gallagher 1b	5  1  1  2  .262
Wallach c	4  2  2  2  .234
Gutierrez 2b	3  1  1  0  .278	
Calfee dh	4  0  0  0  .333
Buss cf        	4  1  2  2  .229
--------------------------------
 Total	        38  8 14  8  
 Lancaster	39 14 17 14

 Two base hits- Sellers 2 (6), Russell (8).
HR- Wallach (1), Gallagher (1). RBI- Buss
2 (12), Sellers (11), Wallach 2 (10), Russell 
(21),  Gallagher 2 (13). LOB- Inland Empire 7, 
Lancaster 6), RISP- Inland Empire 5-for-9,
 Lancaster 6-for-15. SB- Hunt (2), Buss (3).  
DP- Denker and Gallagher. 

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Martin (3-2)	3.1  9  9-9  4  2  6.41
Walter	        2.2  6  4-4  0  2 13.50
Solano	        2.0  2  1-1  0  3 4.50
 WP- Solano. T- 2:48. Att- 1.301.

Loons Suffer Through Ground Hog Day

Great Lakes suffered a pair of 5-4 losses that resembled the movie "Groundhog Day', in which the same occurrences repeated themselves over and over. The double loss left them 3.5 games behind the league leader.

Errors were a big factor in each game. Five of the 10 runs allowed in the twin-bill were unearned.

First Game
In the opener, the Loons rolled up a 4-2 lead, only to see he Captains score the final three runs of the game to claim the win. The Loons held a 10-5 margin in hits but three Great Lakes errors resulted in four unearned runs.

Starter Allen Webster (4-2, 1.59) allowed five runs, one earned, on five hits over six innings and Luis Vasquez worked a scoreless seventh.

Lake County gained the lead in the first inning on two unearned runs. Outfielder Angelo Songco's error allowed the leadoff man to reach base and later in the inning, a two-run triple did the damage.

Shortstop Christian Lara walked and outfielder Blake Smith doubled him home in the bottom of the inning, then in the next inning, second baseman Rafael Ynoa singled with two out, advanced on an error, and tied the game on Lara's RBI single.

Great Lakes broke the tie in the fifth. Outfielder Jerry Sands doubled, J.T. Wise was hit by a pitch and with two out, Ynoa's second hit drove in two.

A solo home run in the sixth closed the gap to 4-3 and in the final inning, the seventh, Lake County opened with a double, the fifth and final hit the Captains could manage, and bunted the runner to third. An error by Ynoa tied the game and later in the inning an error by Lara allowed the lead run.

The Loons catcher Gorman Erickson lined a one-out single but they were unable to moved him around.

Ynoa had three singles and Sands doubled twice to lead Great Lakes.

 Score by Innings-1st Game
Lake County	200 001 2-5
Great Lakes	110 020 0-4

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	3  1  1  1  .333
Songco lf	4  0  1  0  .261
Smith rf	4  0  1  1  .283
Sands 1b	2  1  2  0  .387
Wise dh        	3  1  0  0  .208
Ruggiano 3b	3  0  1  0  .209
Erickson c	4  0  1  0  .327
 Garcia pr	0  0  0  0  .197
McGee cf	3  0  0  0  .286
Ynoa 2b	        4  1  3  2  .254
--------------------------------
 Total	        30 4 10 4
 Lake County	25 5  5 3

 Errors- Ynoa (3), Lara (9). 2B- Smith
(8), Sands 2 (10). RBI- Smith (21), Lara
(18),Ynoa 2 (5). S- Lara, Ruggiano.
LOB- Great Lakes 12, Lake County 2.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Webster (4-2)	6.0  5  5-3  1  5  2.22
Vasquez	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.77
 HBP- Wise. T- 2:21.
Game Two
Lake County built up a 4-0 lead in the second game, the Loons tied it in the sixth but lost it on a run in the ninth.

Will Savage was tagged with seven hits and four runs, two of them earned. Steve Smith (1-1) allowed a run in the ninth and took the loss.

An error by right fielder Blake Smith helped the Captains to a run in the first and center fielder Lenell McGee's error gave them another run in the third.

Four singles in the fifth made it 5-0 Lake County.

Great Lakes got one run back in the fifth on catcher J.T. Wise's double and a single by second baseman Brian Ruggiano.

In the bottom of the sixth, Great Lakes got some help from the Captains. Second baseman Johan Garcia lived on an error and Lara singled, Garcia scoring on an outfield error. Outfielder Angelo Songco doubled in the second run and Sand's tied the game with an RBI single.

The Loons had the lead run at third base with one out but could not drive him in.

The Captains put runners at second and third but J.B. Paxton worked out of the jam in the seventh.

Steve Smith was in trouble in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, but he, too, escaped without allowing a run.

Lara opened the ninth with a single, was bunted to third but then thrown out at the plate on a single by Smith.

Smith allowed a double and a walk to lead off the ninth and after both runners moved up on a sacrifice, Jordan Roberts took over on the mound and walked the bases loaded. A single drove in the eventual winning run before a double play ended the inning.

The Loons couldn't score in the last of the ninth.

Lara led the Loons with three hits. Songco and Ruggiano added a pair each.

The Loons will make a quick three-game road trip to South Bend, IN. RHP Elisaul Pimentel (1-2, 3.86) will pitch Monday for the Loons, with southpaw Mike Belfiore (1-2, 3.49) starting for the Silver Hawks. They returning to Dow Diamond on Thursday for a seven-game homestand against the Dayton Dragons (four games) and the Bowling Green Hot Rods (three games).

 Score by Innings-2nd Game
Lake County	101 020 001-5
Great Lakes	000 013 000-4

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	4  1  3  0  .348
Songco lf	3  1  2  1  .272
Smith rf	3  0  1  0  .284
Sands 1b	3  0  1  1  .385
Wise c        	4  1  1  0  .210
Ruggiano 3b	4  0  2  1  .234
Yount dh	4  0  0  0  .068
McGee cf	4  0  0  0  .256
Garcia 2b	3  1  0  0  .185
--------------------------------
 Total	        32  4 10 3
 Lake County	30  5 11 4

 Errors- Smith (1), McGee (1). 2B- Wise
(4), Songco (6). RBI_ Ruggiano (5),
Songco (16), Sands (29). S- Smith,
Songco. LOB- Great Lakes 4, Lake County
9. SB- Sands (5). CS- Ruggiano (2),
Lara (4). PO- Lara  (1). DP- Ruggiano
and Sands; Ruggiano, Garcia and Sands;
Lara, Garcia and Sands. 

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Savage	        6.0  7  4-2  0  3  2.45
Paxson	        0.1  0  0-0  2  0  2.13
Smith (1-1)	2.0  2  1-1  2  1  0.61
Roberts	        0.2  1  0-0  1  0  3.86
 HBP- by Savage, by Smith. T- 2:46. 
Att- 2,465.
Roster Moves
Inland Empire added 1B Jaime Ortiz and IF Bryant Hernandez added from extended spring training. OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez was placed on seven-day disabled list and IF Johan Garcia was sent to Inland Empire.?


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