Chattanooga Wins With 11 in the Fifth Inning

Jessie Mier ... three hits, four RBI

A two-run pinch-hit home run in the last of the ninth gave Nashville a 7-6 win over Albuquerque. Chattanooga broke their game with Mississippi open with an 11-run inning and took a 15-3 decision. Inland Empire lost 4-3 in the ninth to Lancaster and Great Lakes popped South Bend 5-3.

Two in the Ninth Sinks Albuquerque

Left-hander Scott Elbert, the only member of the Isotopes' rotation still looking for a victory, worked five innings and allowed eight hits and a pair of runs while walking four and striking out six.

He left the game with a thin, 3-2 lead before Brent Leach let the lead slip away when he surrendered a pair of runs in the seventh. Nashville extended the lead to three off Justin Miller, then Albuquerque rallied for three of their own and took a 6-5 lead into the ninth.

Luis Ayala allowed a double and a two-run home run and while Timo banged a two-out single in the last of the ninth, the Sounds made off with a 7-6 victory.

Out-hit 14-12, outfielder Jamie Hoffmann, outfielder Mike Restovich and third baseman Russ Mitchell led the Isotopes with two hits each. Chin-Lung Hu had three runs batted in.

After Nashville scored in the second, Restovich and Mitchell doubled in the bottom of the frame and Hu's single gave the 'Topes a 2-1 lead. The same combination of Restovich (double) and Hu (sacrifice fly) increased the lead to 3-1 in the fourth.

Nashville scored a second run off Elbert in the fifth and after 98 pitches he was replaced by Leach. Elbert had put 12 Nashville runners on base and had left seven of them stranded.

Nashville tagged Leach for a two-run double in the seventh and added another run off Miller in the eighth.

Trailing by two runs, Redman opened the bottom of the inning with a single and John Lindsey lived on an error and Timo Perez ran for him. After a double steal, Mitchell's single drove in Redman. J.D. Closser walked and Hu's ground ball tied the game. Jay Gibbons put Albuquerque in the lead with a one-base hit.

The lead didn't last long.

Ayala allowed a leadoff double and the runner was bunted to third. With one out, pinch-hitter Joe Koshansky slugged a home run to put the Sounds in the lead for good.

Two strikeouts in the last of the ninth, a Perez single, and a ground out ended the inning and the game.

'Topes Tales
A win would have given Albuquerque its fourth series win in its last five tries. ...Jamie Hoffmann, Russ Mitchell, and Prentice Redman have played in 28 of the 30 games this season. ...Chin-lung Hu has suddenly ignited offensively, going 7-for-11 (.636) in his last three games, including a 4-for-4 performance yesterday. Hu has also scored five times. ...It was second School Day Matinee of the season and the second time this season the Isotopes have played back-to-back day games. More than 5,600 kids representing more than 60 area schools were present, swelling the attendance to 11,272.
 
 Score by Innings
Nashville	010 010 212-6
Albuquerque	020 100 030-5

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann cf	5  0  2  0  .313
 Ayala p	0  0  0  0  .000
De Jesus 2b	4  0  0  0  .245
Redman rf-cf	5  1  1  0  .313
Lindsey 1b	4  0  1  0  .388
 Perez pr-rf	1  1  1  0  .273
Mitchell 3b	3  2  2  2  .257
Closser c	3  0  0  0  .235
Hu ss        	3  0  1  3  .278
Elbert p	1  0  0  0  .333
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Nivar ph	1  0  1  0  .308
 Miller p	0  0  0  0  .000
Gibbons ph-1b	1  0  1  1  .393
--------------------------------
 Total        	33  6 12  5
 Nashville	37  7 14  1

 Errors- Elbert (1), Restovich (1)
2B- Restovich 2 (6), Mitchell (7),
Lindsey (12). RBI- Mitchell 2 (18), Hu
3 (10), Gibbons (22). S- De Jesus,
Elbert. SF- Hu,. LOB- Albuquerque 8,
Nashville 13. SB- Perez (1), Redman
(2). DP- Elbert, Hu, De Jesus and
Lindsey; Hu, De Jesus and Lindsey. 

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Elbert        	5.0  8  2-2  4  6  7.00
Leach        	2.0  3  2-2  1  2  5.85
JMiller        	1.0  1  1-1  2  2  3.24
Ayala (1-2)	1.0  2  2-2  0  2  3.38
 WP- Elbert 2. HBP- Elbert. 
T- 3:21. Att- 11,272.

Chattanooga Wins On 11-run Fifth Inning

The Lookouts changed a 4-3 lead into a comfortable 15-3 runaway win over Mississippi by scoring 11 times in the last of the fifth inning.

Cacher Jessie Mier doubled and homered and Anthony Hatch singled twice in Chattanooga's biggest inning of the season.

John Koronka started for the Lookouts and worked into the fifth inning after allowing three runs, leaving the game with two out and coming up short of qualifying for the win. Tim Sexton retired the side and them earned the win on the landslide of runs in the bottom of the inning.

Sexton (2-1) worked the final 4.1 innings, allowing four hits, no runs or walks, and struck out a pair.

After Dee Gordon walked, Trayvon Robinson and Scott Van Slyke slugged back-to-back triples in the first inning. Eddy Perez knocked in the third run. They added a single run in the second when Mier manufactured a run pretty much by himself. He walked, was bunted to second, stole third and scored when the catcher's throw sailed into left field.

In the big fifth inning, Tommy Giles banged Chattanooga's third triple of the game and scored on a Perez single. Then in quick order, Hatch singled, Mier doubled, Sexton reached on a fielder's choice, Gordon singled, Jaime Pedroza singled and Robinson walked.

In the second time in the order, Giles walked Hatch singled and Mier homered. The rest of the game went quietly.

The Lookouts ripped out 15 hits, with Mier finishing with three, plus four RBI. Gordon, Pedroza, Robinson, Perez and Hatch supported with two hits each.
 
 Score by Innings
Mississippi	00 030   000- 3
Chattanooga	310 0110 00x-15
 
 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  1  2  1  .278
Pedroza 2b	5  2  2  2  .278
Robinson cf	4  1  2  1  .264
Van Slyke rf	4  2  1  1  .297
Giles lf	4  1  2  0  .234
Perez 1b	4  1  2  2  .270
Yount 1b	0  0  0  0  .000
Mier c        	4  3  3  4  .200
Hatch 3b	5  2  2  2  .317
Koronka p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sexton p	3  1  0  0  .000
--------------------------------
 Total	        38 15 15 13
 Mississippi	33  3  9  3

 2B- Mier (4). 3B- Robinson (3), Van
Slyke (3), Giles (1). HR- Mier (1).
RBI- Robinson (12), Van Slyke (16),
Perez 2 (14), Mier 4 (7), Gordon (8),
Pedroza 2 (8), Hatch 2 (10). S- Koronka.
LOB- Chattanooga 7, Mississippi 9.
SB- Gordon (8), Robinson (8), Mier
(2).

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Koronka        	4.2  5  3-3  3  5  4.79
Sexton (2-1)	4.1  4  0-0  0  2  3.95
 WP- Koronka 2. HBP- Van Slyke, Koronka. 
T- 3:02. Att- 1,320.

66ers Lose Early Lead and Game

Inland Empire took a 3-1 lead in the third inning but Lancaster kept pecking away, scoring single runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth to earn a 4-3 win.

Jon Michael Redding drew the start, his seventh and his best of the season, allowing only four hits and one earned run over seven innings. He left with a 3-2 lead.

Kyle Smith allowed a home run to tie the game in the eighth. Kenley Jansen (1-1) followed and took the loss after allowing a walk and a two-out single in the ninth to score the winning run.

Redding's seven inning performance was the longest of the season for the 66ers.

Inland Empire scored in the second inning. Catcher Tony Delmonico walked and with two out, outfielder Clay Calfee singled for a quick, 1-0 lead.

In the third, first baseman Austin Gallagher singled with two out, Delmonico walked and Steven Caseres singled to load the bases. Shortstop Chris Gutierrez's double drove in two for a 3-1 lead. The 66ers would get only a single by Hunt in the eighth inning from this point on.

Redding hit a Lancaster batter with two out in the sixth and back to back singles cut the lead to 3-2. The home run tied the game and Lancaster won it in the ninth.

Rafael Furcal will join the 66ers to begin his major league rehab assignment tonight. He was placed on the DL May 4th with a tight left hamstring.
 
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	012 000 000-3	
Lancaster	010 001 011-4

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Buss cf         5  0  1  0  .228
Hunt 2b        	3  0  1  0  .203
Russell rf	3  0  0  0  .330
Denker 3b	4  0  0  0  .370
Gallagher 1b	3  1  1  0  .264
Delmonico c	3  2  0  0  .284
Caseres dh	2  0  1  2  .222
Gutierrez ss	4  0  1  2  .277
Calfee lf	4  0  1  1  .320
--------------------------------
 Total	        28  3  6  3
 Lancaster	30  4  8  3

 Errors- Gutierrez (4), Hunt (1).
2B- Gutierrez (4). RBI- Calfee (4),
Gutierrez 2 (6). LOB- Inland Empire 12,
Lancaster 8. SB- Denker (1), Hunt (3),
Delmonico (3). DP- Hunt and Gutierrez;
Hunt and Gutierrez and Gallagher;
Gutierrez, Hunt and Gallagher.  

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Redding	        7.0  4  2-1  3  3  3.96
Smit        	0.2  2  1-1  0  1  3.63
Mann        	0.0  0  0-1  0  0  3.07
Jansen (1-1)	1.0  2  1-1  1  0  1.50
 HBP- by Redding 2, Russell. 
T- 2:41. Att- 2,552.

Ruggiano Powers Loons past South Bend

Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Third baseman Brian Ruggiano broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run home run in the third inning, his first home run of the year, and the Great Lakes Loons defeated the South Bend Silver Hawks, 5-3.

?The Loons have now won all seven games this season against South Bend.?

?Elisaul Pimentel (2-2) threw five innings allowing just a run, striking out six for his second win of the year. In the only inning in which he gave up a run, the second, he walked the first two batters faced. Rubby de la Rosa surrendered two runs in the sixth, then retired 10 straight for his first save of the year.?

?Trailing 1-0, the Loons tied the score on an RBI single by Christian Lara. Ruggiano followed and drove in three on the go-ahead homer. ?

?Lara led off the fifth with a double and advanced two bases on two Randy Rodriguez wild pitches to plate the Loons' fifth run. ?

The double play combination, Lara and Rafael Ynoa, each had a pair of hits.

?The Loons are now 19-12 and coupled with a Lake County loss to Bowling Green are 2 ½ games out of first place.?

?The Loons and Silver Hawks (16-16) play tonight in the second game of a brief three-game road trip at 6:30pm. Right-hander Josh Wall (0-1, 6.33 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Loons against South Bend right-hander Charles Brewer (2-3, 1.78). 
 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	001 010 000-5
South Bend	010 002 000-3

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	5  2  2  1  .350
Ruggiano 3b	4  1  1  3  .235
Smith rf	4  0  1  0  .283
Sands 1b	4  0  1  0  .381
Songco lf	4  0  0  0  .263
Wise dh        	4  0  0  0  .200
Erickson c	2  0  0  0  .314
McGee cf	2  1  0  0  .244
Ynoa 2b        	4  1  2  0  .268
--------------------------------
 Total        	33  5  7  4
 South Bend	31  3  5  3

 Errors- Ynoa (6), Sands (6). 2B- Lara
(6). HR- Ruggiano (1). RBI- Lara (19),
Ruggiano 3 (8). LOB- Great Lakes 7,
South Bend 4. SB- Ynoa (6), Sands (6).
DP- Ruggiano, Ynoa and Sands.

 Great Lakes	  in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pimentel (2-2)	  5.0  2  1-1  2  6  3.38
De La Rosa (sv,1) 4.0  3  2-2  1  3  1.74
 T- 2:36. Att- 1,907.
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