Ethan Martin Allows One-Hit in Lookout Win

Ethan Martin ... fourth win

Albuquerque scored seven times in the seventh to take a 10-4 win over Las Vegas. Carolina tripped Chattanooga 6-3. Ethan Martin worked six innings and allowed one hit as Inland Empire toped Rancho Cucamonga 5-2. Great Lakes and Lansing were rained out and rescheduled as a part of a doubleheader tonight.

'Tops Seven-Run Seventh Sinks Vegas

Trailing 4-2 and held to five hits, Albuquerque scored seven times, pounding out eight hits, including a pair of home runs, and went on to take a 10-4 win over Las Vegas.

Albuquerque sent right-hander James McDonald to the mound hoping to break the three-game losing streak. McDonald had recorded both his wins on the year at home while compiling a 5.50 ERA in four starts as opposed to his 0-1 record and 6.32 ERA in three starts on the road.

McDonald (3-1) worked seven innings and allowed nine hits, four runs and struck out a season-high eight. Jon Link worked two scoreless innings to close out the 'Topes 20th win.

Jamie Hoffman and Lucas May collected three hits each of the 16 collected by Albuquerque. Timo Perez, John Lindsey (now hitting .418) and Chin-lung Hu, who homered and drove in three, had two each. Jay Gibbons homered and knocked in two, Michael Restovich and Russ Mitchell (who homered) each had a pair of RBI.

Gibbons homered (#7) with Hoffman on base with a single in the first inning but Albuquerque was shut down until the seventh as Las Vegas tagged McDonald for a pair of two-run innings.

Then came the deluge.

Albuquerque sent 11 to the plate in the last of the seventh, collecting eight hits. May and Ivan De Jesus singled before Hu smacked his first homer of the season to put the 'Topes back in the lead.

Hoffmann singled with one out and with two down, Lindsey doubled and Restovich singled them both home. Mitchell's third homer drove in the final two runs. Perez tripled and scored on Hoffman;s third hit in the last of the eighth.

Just activated RHP Seth Etherton (0-0, 3.60) will face the Stars RHP Rey Gonzalez (4-2, 7.78) tonight.

'Topes Talk -- With a three hits last night, Jamie Hoffmann extended his team-high hitting streak to 15 games, during which he's batted .429 (27x63) with 12 runs, four doubles, two triples, a homer and 13 RBI. He has the longest active hitting streak in the Pacific Coast League and the third longest of the season overall. Hoffmann is just three games shy of the team-high hitting streak he set last year (18 straight) and five shy of the Isotopes record 19 straight games. Hoffmann has collected a hit in 27 of his last 29 games. ...Right-hander Seth Etherton has been added to the Isotopes roster from Extended Spring and will be inserted immediately into the Isotopes rotation in the place of Josh Towers, who granted his release. Etherton made one spot-start for the ‘Topes on April 24 in Omaha, going five strong innings in which he allowed two runs on four hits in a 10-2 ‘Topes win. Etherton will start today's game.
 
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	000 022 000- 4
Albuquerque	200 000 71x-10

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Perez lf	5  1  2  0  .289
Hoffmann cf	5  2  3  1  .329
Gibbons rf	5  1  1  2  .375
Lindsey 1b	5  1  2  0  .418
Restovich dh	4  1  1  2  .279
Mitchell 3b	4  1  1  2  .217
May c        	4  1  1  2  .282
De Jesus ss	3  1  1  0  .230
 Nivar ph-2b	1  0  0  0  .276
Hu 2b-ss        4  1  2  3  .291
--------------------------------
 Total	        40 10 16 10 
 Las Vegas	45  4 10  4

 2B- Lindsey (17). 3B- Perez (1).
HR- Gibbons (7), Hu (1), Mitchell (3).
RBI- Gibbons 2 (30), Hu 3 (16),
Restovich 2 (12), Mitchell 2 (24),
Hoffmann (23). LOB- Albuquerque 7,
Las Vegas 8.

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
McDonald (3-1)	6.2 11  4-4  0  1  5.86
Link        	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  7.53
 HBP- Restovich, by McDonald 2.
T- 2:22. Att- 9,490.

Carolina Trips Lookouts 6-3

Carolina, out-hit 7-5 but helped by seven Lookout walks, ran off six runs in the middle three innings and rolled in with a 6-3 win over Chattanooga.

John Koronka (0-3), allowed only a single over the first three innings but then suddenly hit a wild streak and was tagged with all six Carolina runs, five of them earned. Eric Krebs and James Adkins allowed one hit over the final 3.2 innings but the 66ers couldn't overcome the early lead.

Catcher Jessie Mier boosted his average to .370 with three singles, good for a pair of RBI. Alex Gordon singled twice and stole his sixth base. Tommy Giles' RBI single accounted for the other run.

Carolina scored twice in the fourth on two walks, a single and an error. They added another in the fifth before Chattanooga could get on the scoreboard.

Eddy Perez lived on an error and scored on Mier's single to cut the lead to 3-1.

Then Carolina put the game pretty much out of reach with three in the sixth. Koronka walked a pair and served up a two-run double. An infield hit drove in the sixth run

Chattanooga left two on in the sixth, one on in the seventh and eighth and then made a late charge in the bottom of the ninth. Scott Van Slyke and Trayvon Robinson opened with walks and Giles RBI single score one but he was thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into a double.

Mier's third hit of the game cut the lead to 6-3 and Elian Herrara walked with only one out to bring the tying run to the plate. With two out, a wild pitch moved them into scoring position but Jaime Pedroza lined out to the second baseman to end the threat and the game.
 
 Score by Innings
Carolina	000 213 000-6
Chattanooga	000 010 002-3

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  2  0  .283
Pedroza 2b	5  0  0  0  .248
Smith 3b	2  0  0  0  .260
Perez 1b	3  1  1  0  .288
Van Slyke rf	3  1  0  0  .267
Robinson cf	2  1  0  0  .238
Giles lf	3  0  1  1  .271
Mier c        	4  0  0  2  .370
Koronka p	2  0  0  0  .333
 Krebs p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Yount ph	1  0  0  0  .143
 Adkins p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Herrera ph 	0  0  0  0  .241
--------------------------------
 Total	        29  3  7  3
 Carolina	31  6  5  7

 Errors- Smith (7), Gordon (11).
RBI- Mier 2 (11), Giles (11).
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Carolina 6.
CS- Smith (2), Perez (2), Gordon (6). 
DP- Pedroza, Gordon and Perez.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Koronka (0-3)	5.1  4  6-5  5  6  5.17
Krebs        	1.2  1  0-0  2  1  1.96
Adkins        	2.0  0  0-0  0  0  6.89
 WP- Krebs. HBP- Perez. T- 3:02. Att- 4,190.

Martin's One-hitter Sparks 66ers

Ethan Martin (4-3) worked six innings and allowed one hit, a first-inning single, to Rancho Cucamonga as Inland Empire collected a 5-2 win.

Bobby Blevins closed the game out by allowing three hits and one run over the final three innings to record his first save of the year.

Martin, who struck out six and walked three, was supported by a 10-hit attack, led by Austin Gallagher and Tony Delmonico, who each drove in a pair of runs. Gallagher was 1 for his last 10 entering the game and Delmonico was 1 for his last 14.

A three-run first inning gave Martin some breathing room and he sailed on from there. Justin Sellers opened the game with a walk and after Nick Buss singled, Travis Denker and Anthony Hatch each worked walks to force in a run. Gallagher's sac fly and Delmonico's single made it 3-0.

Inland Empire added their fourth run in the third on consecutive singles by Hatch, Gallagher and Delmonico and the fifth run scored in the fifth when Denker rapped the first of two doubles and came around on Gallagher's second hit.

The series continues tonight with Jon Michael Redding getting the start in search of his first California League win. Inland Empire returns to Arrowhead Credit Union Park Wednesday May 26th for a four game series with Bakersfield.
 
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	301 010 000-5
Rock County	100 000 010-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Sellers ss	3  1  0  0  .260
Buss rf         5  1  1  0  .224 
Denker 2b	3  2  2  0  .388
HAtch 3b	3  1  1  1  .364
Gallagher 1b	3  0  2  2  .261
Delmonico dh	4  0  2  2  .271
Wallach c	4  0  0  0  .244
Calfee lf	4  0  1  0  .259
Jean cf	        4  0  1  0  .385
--------------------------------
 Total	        33  5 10  5
 Rock County	25  2  4  2

 2B- Denker (2). RBI- Hatch (3),
Gallagher 2 (19), Delmonico 2 (6).
SF- Gallagher. LOB- Inland Empire 6,
Rock County 5. CS- Jean (1).
DP- Sellers, Denker and Gallagher.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Martin (4-3)	6.0  1  1-1  3  6  5.94
Blevins (sv, 1)	3.0  3  1-1  2  0  6.67
 T- 2:22. Att- 2,352.
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Loons, Lugnuts Rained Out

?Heavy rains in the state capital have forced the postponement of Friday's scheduled Midwest League contest between the Great Lakes Loons and Lansing Lugnuts. The game will be rescheduled as a part of a doubleheader tonight beginning at 6:05 pm.  Both games Saturday will last seven innings in regulation.?

?Right-hander Will Savage (2-1, 2.53 ERA), Friday's scheduled starter, will start Game 1 Saturday for the Loons.  Right-hander Elisaul Pimentel (2-3, 3.79) is scheduled to start the nightcap.?

?The Loons are currently in third place in the Midwest League East but are just a half game behind Lansing in the standings. Saturday's games begin a stretch of seven games over the five days for the Loons.  Great Lakes is scheduled to play a doubleheader Wednesday, May 26 in Fort Wayne.

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