Inland Empire Wins on Four Home Runs

Clay Calfee ... game winning home run

The Salt Lake City Bees stung Albuquerque starter Josh Towers for nine runs in the second in a 10-4 win. Rain and lightening washed out the second game but Chattanooga stopped Mobile 6-1 in the first contest. Inland Empire used four homers, including the game winner in the 10th inning by Clay Calfee, to edge High Desert 6-5. Great Lakes was held to three hits in a 4-1 loss to Bowling Green.

Bees Sting Towers; Tops Lose 10-4

A swarm of Salt Lake City Bees attacked Albuquerque starter Josh Towers and knocked him out of he game in the second inning on their way to an easy 10-4 win.

Towers allowed 10 hit and nine earned runs before leaving with two out in the second inning. He walked one and struck out one and his earned run average swelled to 8.05 during the process.

Over his last three starts and eight innings, Towers has allowed a staggering 24 earned runs on 28 hits, a 27.00 ERA.

Brent Leach, Justin Miller and Scott Dohmann finished out the final 6.1 innings, allowing three hits and a single run.

Albuquerque wracked up 14 hits but was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left a total of 11 on base.

Chin-lung Hu and Russ Mitchell each collected three hits during the game. Ramon Nivar, singled and homered (#1), knocking in a pair of runs.

Trailing 9-0 in the fifth, Nival put the 'Topes on the board with his home run. Three more came across in the sixth when Mitchell singled, Michael Restovich doubled him in and with one out, Nivar singled for the second run. Jamie Hoffman and Hu singled to account for the final Albuquerque run.

Paul Replaces Ethier
The Dodgers placed Andre Ethier on the 15-day disabled list three days after he broke his right little finger in batting practice. Ethier said he's been told he could be out up to six weeks, although two to four weeks is the usual healing time.

Xavier Paul, who was hitting .388, was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque and was in the starting lineup for the final game of the Houston series.

General manager Ned Colletti said there are no plans to acquire a replacement. "We're not going out to make a trade for somebody," Colletti said. "This is an opportunity for somebody else to play."

Manager Joe Torre said he would choose Ethier's replacement in the lineup "by feel," with Paul, Reed Johnson and Garret Anderson in the mix. "We'll try to spread it around and keep everybody sharp," said Torre.
 
 Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 013 000- 4
Salt Lake City	090 000 01x-10

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hoffmann cf	5  0  1  0  .320
Hu ss          	5  0  3  0  .294
Gibbons dh	4  0  2  1  .383
Lindsey 1b	5  0  1  0  .421
Redman rf	5  0  0  0  .323
Mitchell 3b	5  1  3  0  .318
Restovich lf	2  1  1  1  .253
Closser c	3  0  1  0  .222	
Nivar 2b	4  2  2  2  .286
--------------------------------
 Total	        38  4 14  4
 Salt Lake City	39 10 13 10

 Error- Hu 2. 2B- Restovich (8).
HR- Nivar (1). RBI- Nivar 2 (5),
Restovich (10), Gibbons (28).
SF- Gibbons. LOB- Albuquerque 11, Salt
Lake City 8.

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Towers (2-5)	1.2 10  9-9  1  1  8.05
Leach 	        3.1  2  0  0-0  3  5.11
Miller	        2.0  0  0-0  1  3  2.57
Dohmann	        1.0  1  1-1  1  2  3.14
 T- 2:50 (1:10 delay).  

Lookouts Top Mobile

Dodging raindrops and with lightening dancing all around, Chattanooga and Mobile attempted to play a doubleheader but after a 2:08 rain delay they finally got in the first game, a 6-1 Lookouts win, before calling the second game off.

Chris Withrow started for Chattanooga and worked two perfect innings before the rain delayed the game one hour and 21 minutes. Harvey Garcia (1-1) took over and worked the final four innings, getting credit for the win after allowing four hits and a run while striking out four.

The Lookouts scored three times in the second inning when Scott Van Slyke walked with one out and with two out, Tommy Giles was hit by a pitch. Jessie Mier's single drove in one and Withrow doubled to deep center to drive home the second and third runs.

In the fifth, Mier singled and was bunted to second. Elian Herrera's RBI single made it 4-0 and in the next inning Tommie Giles banged his third home run with Trayvon Robinson on base.

Mier finished the abbreviated evening with three hits, boosting his average to .353. Mier was selected in the 12th round of the 2007 draft and had a .242 career record with four home runs over 88 games coming into the season.

Ynoa and Pimentel Help Accident Victim
Infielder Rafael Ynoa and pitcher Elisaul Pimentel were on their way to a game May 9 when a motorcycle in front of them struck a turkey. The impact caused the motorcyclist to lose control. He fell onto the asphalt, bloodied and unconscious.

"He went down very hard, with the motorcycle running over his body," said Ynoa, a 22-year-old second baseman. "We could tell it was very serious.

The driver of the car, a friend of the players, was a registered nurse, and they pulled over and gave the two teammates directions on how to administer first aid while she called for help.

"We held his head because he was bleeding a lot and used a jacket to help stop the bleeding," Ynoa said. "He was in bad shape and couldn't talk to us."

Paramedics arrived and rushed cyclist to the hospital. The ballplayers proceeded to the Dow Diamond, informing Loons manager Juan Bustabad of the accident and their response.

"Pimentel came in and told me about it and I was kind of shocked," recalled Bustabad. "It shows what kind of heart they have and what kind of people they are. If they hadn't been there, the guy might have died.

"They're just two real good kids, always polite and always working hard. I'm so happy for them and proud of what they did. This is something they'll always remember, that will always be in the back of their mind. They saved a life."

The injured man is still hospitalized, but improving. His grateful family members sent a letter to the newspaper, noting that, "The players stopped to help with our family member who was severely hurt. If it weren't for their efforts, he would not be with us today."

The players didn't let the stress and excitement of their heroic deed affect their performance. Ynoa was in the starting lineup on May 9 and collected three hits, while Pimentel started the next day's game and earned his second win of the season.

"I was so focused that day," Ynoa said. "After what happened, baseball felt easy."
 
 Score by Innings- 2nd Game Postponed
Chattanooga	030 012 -6
Mobile	        000 001 -1

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	3  0  1  0  .278
Herrera 2b	3  0  1  1  .240
CSmith 3b	3  0  1  0  .294
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .291
Van Slyke rf	2  1  0  0  .271
Giles lf	2  2  1  2  .247
Mier c        	3  2  3  1  .354
Withrow p       1  0  1  1  .182
 Garcia p       1  0  0  0  .000
--------------------------------
 Total	        24  6  9  6
 Mobile	        21  1  4  1

 2B- Withrow (1). HR-- Giles (3).
RBI- Mier (9), Withrow 2 (2), Herrera
(11), Giles 2 (9). S- Garcia.
LOB- Chattanooga 5, Mobile 2.
CS- Gordon (5). DP- Gordon, Herrera
and Perez.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Withrow	        2.0  0  0-0  0  2  6.38
Garcia (1-1)	4.0  4  1-1  0  4  8.02
 HBP- Giles, Gordon.
T- 1:40 (2:08 Delay). Att- 2,427.

66ers Rally Tops High Desert

After losing a number of games this season in the final innings, Inland Empire turned the tables, using four homers to score the final six runs of the game, including the game winner in the 10th inning on Clay Calfee's home run, to edge High Desert 6-5.

Nathan Eovaldi started and allowed nine hits and three runs over five innings. Brandon Mann was ticketed for a pair of unearned runs and Inland Empire trailed 5-0 going into the top of the eighth.

Everything came together for them, kicked off by Steve Caseres home run (#2) with out out. Calfee doubled and then scored with two out on an error. Kyle Russell smacked his seventh home run to cut the lead to 5-4.

Matt Wallach homered (#2) to tie the game and Calfee's first homer of the season became the game winner.

XX Walter worked a scoreless eighth before Kyle Smit took over in the ninth. He pitched around a leadoff single in the eighth and wrapped the game up with a 1-2-3 ninth to win his third game of the season against a single loss.

The Sixers were out-hit 12-7 but the four big home runs made the difference.
 
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 000 041 1-6
High Desert	001 202 000 0-5

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Sellers ss	5  0  0  0  .253
Buss cf        	5  1  0  0  .206
Russell rf	4  1  2  3  .317
Hatch 3b	5  0  1  0  .222 
Denker 2b	4  0  0  0  .333
Gallagher 1b	3  0  0  0  .252
Wallach c	4  1  1  1  .261
Caseres dh	4  1  1  1  .207
Calfee lf	4  2  2  1  .260
--------------------------------
 Total	        38  6  7  6
 High Desert	39  5 15  5

 Error- Mann (1). 2B- Calfee (3).
HR- Caseres (2), Russell (7), Wallach
(2), Calfee (1). RBI- Caseres (13),
Russell 3 (26), Wallach (12), Calfee
(5). LOB- Inland Empire 4, High Desert
10. PO- Sellers. DP- Gallagher, Sellers
and Gallagher.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Eovaldi 	5.0  9  3-3  4  1  4.02
Mann	        2.0  5  2-0  0  2  2.21
Walter	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  7.04
Smit (3-1)	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  3.04
 T- 2:56. Att- 1,000.

Loons Held to Three Hits in Loss

Alex Wassel
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes was held to one run on three hits in Tuesday night's 4-1 loss at Dow Diamond to the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

Loons starter Josh Wall (0-2) worked a solid six innings but took the loss, allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out five.

"They did a good job keeping us off-balance by working away [from the plate]," Loons first baseman Jerry Sands said after the game. "We've just got to have a little bit better approach ... we've got to be a little more aggressive. We're hitting against a lot of pitchers' pitches right now, just because they're getting ahead of us [in the count]."

The Loons lone run came in the fourth inning, when Sands drove in left fielder Angelo Songco with a single to centerfield. With the RBI-hit, Sands extended his season-high hit streak to 12 games, going 20-for-46 (.434) in that span. Also getting hits for the Loons were Songco and second baseman Rafael Ynoa.

Bowling Green scored their first two runs in the first and third innings without a hit. Wall walked the leadoff man, who eventually scored on a sacrifice bunt and a infield grounder and the first of Wall's three wild pitches.

In the third, a Bowling Green batter reached first base on a passed ball by Gorman Erickson and later he scored on an error by Loons third baseman Brian Ruggiano on an attempted steal of third.

The H-Rods scored their final two runs on two-out doubles by Biell and Eligio Sonoqui, one in the seventh and another in the eighth off Steve Smith. Only one of those runs was earned. Jordan Roberts pitched a final hitless inning for the Loons.

The Loons will play game two of their three-game series with Bowling Green tonight. RHP Brett Wallach (2-0, 3.03) will start on the mound for the Loons, while LHP Aaron Dott will make his first start of the season. The Loons will salute the Magical Kingdom at Wednesday night's game and Hall of Famer and Dodger great, Tommy Lasorda, is scheduled to be available to participate in a Meet and Greet with Loons fans.
 
 Score by Innings
Bowing Green	004 000 020-4
Great Lakes	000 100 000-1

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	4  0  0  0  .325
Songco lf	2  1  1  0  .255
Smith rf	4  0  0  0  .277
Sands 1b	3  0  1  1  .386
Ortiz dh	4  0  0  0  .115
Galvez cf	4  0  0  0  .234
Erickson c	3  0  0  0  .254
Ruggiano 3b	3  0  0  0  .244
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  1  0  .309
--------------------------------
 Total	        26  1  3  1
 Bowling Green	32  4  6  2

 Errors- Wall (2), Ruggiano (6).
RBI- Sands (31). LOB- Great Lakes 5, 
Bowling Green 6. PB- Erickson 2 (4).

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (0-2)      6.0  3  2-1  2  5  4.50
Smith	        2.0  3  2-1  1  5  0.87
Roberts	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.19
 WP- Wall 3. HBP- Songco, by Wall.
T- 2:42. Att- 2,534.

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