Hu's Homers = Seven Runs, Two Wins

Chin-Lung Hu ... two home runs, seven RBI

Chin-Lung Hu smacked a big home run in each game as Albuquerque took two from Colorado Springs. Chris Withrow struck out 10 in five relief innings to steal the show from rehabbing Hiroki Kuroda but lost 8-7 to Modesto. JonMichael Redding worked six innings and struck out 11 to win 1-0 over Kane County.

'Topes Take Two From Sky Sox
Starter Charlie Haeger battled past a five-run first inning and held Colorado Springs scoreless over six innings while pitching in three hits to lead Albuquerque Isotopes (23-22) to an 8-6 win. Blake s DeWitt hammered a 10th-inning, three-run home run earlier to break a 7-7 in the resumption of the suspended game.

Haeger (5-3) earned his team-leading fifth win, working seven innings while also rapping out three singles and scoring two runs scored as the 'Topes used a late rally to steal a second consecutive win from the Sox.

Aside from Ol' Slugger Haeger, shortstop Chin-lung Hu boomed a three-run homer, his second in the twin-bill, and Dee Brown singled and doubled, the only Isotope to collect more than one hit.

Vincente Bonilla and Scott Strickland took over for Haeger and worked two scoreless innings, allowing only a solo home run, Strickland earning his seventh save.

The Sky Sox sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the first with the first five scoring to put the visitors up 5-0. Included was a three-run home run. Albuquerque bounced back to put its own five-spot on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth.

Brown opened with a single to right and Mitch Jones drew a walk. With two outs, Haeger lined a single up the middle to score Brown home and put the 'Topes on the board 5-1. One batter later Jason Repko was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Chin-Lung Hu who mashed a 0-1 offering over the wall in left-center for a grand slam, tying the game 5-5. The big blast was just the second grand slam hit by an Isotope this season and the second consecutive game Hu has delivered a game-tying round-tripper.

Haeger then locked in, both on the mound and at the plate, and the Isotopes claimed the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth when the knuckleballer led off the frame with an infield single and Repko's single preceded a single by Blake DeWitt through the right side to give the 'Topes the 6-5 advantage. Brown added a two-out, two-run double that cleared the bases and moved the Isotopes lead to 8-5.

Bonilla and Strickland, who struck out the side in the ninth, close the win out.

Coupled with the win of the suspended game, Albuquerque improved to 23-22 moved 3.5 games ahead of second place Oklahoma City.

  Score by Innings
Colorado Springs	500 000 001-6
Albuquerque	        000 503 00x-8

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf rf	4  2  1  0  .299
Hu 2b        	4  1  1  4  .230
DeWitt ss	4  0  1  1  .294
Luna 1b        	4  1  1  1  .369
Rosario cf	1  0  0  0  .364
Brown lf	4  1  2  1  .301
 MJones rf 1b	2  1  1  0  .267
Ardoin c	3  0  1  0  .224
Garcia r	4  0  0  0  .150
 Maza ph        1  0  0  0  .236
---------------------------------
  Totals	34  8 11  8
  Co. Springs	36  6  8  4 

  Error- Luna 2 (6). 2B- Brown (11).
Hr- Hu 2 (4). RBI- Haeger (1), Hu 4
(21), DeWitt (15), Luna (36), Brown
(35). S- Hu. LOB- Albuquerque 8,
Colorado Springs 8. 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb os  era
Haeger (5-3)	7.0  7  5-5  3  5  4.99
Bonilla	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  3.25
Strickland 	1.0  1  1-1  0  3  4.91
 PB- Ardoin (2). T- 2:56. Att- 6,824
DeWitt Homer Wins Suspended Game
Blake DeWitt hammered a 10th-inning, three-run home run to give the 'Topes a 10-7 win in the resumption of Tuesday's game that was suspended in a 7-7 tie. Walks to Sergio Garcia and Hu set the table for DeWitt's walk-off blast.

The win went to Dwayne Pollok (2-1) who pitched a scoreless top of the tenth. The Isotopes received a solid outing from their starter Giancarlo Alvarado who worked 5.2 innings and allowed four runs while matching his season-high with seven strikeouts. Reliever Erick Threets was tagged with three unearned runs to give the Sox a 7-1 led.

In the bottom of the eighth, the 'Topes rallied for six runs on seven hits to tie the score at seven each. After a Jason Repko single, Mitch Jones ignited the comeback with his 15th home run,a two-run moon shot to left center that cut the deficit to 7-3. Luis Maza ripped an RBI double, Jovanny Rosario singled to to bring up Chin-Lung Hu.

Hu had waited 125 games (85 with the Dodgers at the end of last season) and 265 straight at-bats between home runs, but he launched three-run blast to tie the game 7-7. His last home run came on August 28, 2008 when Hu was playing for Las Vegas against Fresno. Hu has 39 career home runs (two with the Dodgers) with his best year power-wise coming in 2007 when he totaled 16 between stops in Jacksonville, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.

A large rain cell descended upon Isotopes Park, forcing the contest to be suspended heading into the tenth inning.

Miguel Pinango (2-4, 6.99), who will make his first start since coming back from the DL while recovering from a knee strain, will take on Sox righty Brandon Hynick (4-3, 4.47) as Albuquerque continues its eight-game homestand tomorrow

  Score by Innings
Colorado Springs	002 011 300 0- 7
Albuquerque	        001 000 060 3-10

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  2  2  0  .400
Hu ss        	5  2  1  3  .229
DeWitt 2b	6  1  3  4  .295
Luna 1b        	4  0  1  0  .372
Repko rf	4  1  2  0  .301
MJones lf	4  1  1  2  .264
Ellis c        	4  1  2  1  .340
Maza 3b	        4  1  3  1  .238
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
Alvarado p	2  0  0  0  .143
 Bonilla p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Brown ph	1  0  0  0  .294
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pascucci ph	1  0  0  0  .244
 Mazone p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Garcia 3b	0  1  0  0  .167
---------------------------------
  Totals    	40 10 15 10
  Co. Springs	39  7 10  6

  Errors- Maza (3), Ellis (3), Threets
2 (2). 2B- DeWitt (9), Maza (4).
3B- Rosario (1). HR- MJones (15), Hu
(1), DeWitt (2). RBI- DeWitt 4 (14),
MJones 2 (36), Maza (10), Hu 3 (17).
S- Rosario. LOB- Albuquerque 10,
Colorado Springs 8. DP- Luna and Hu.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado 	5.2  6  1-3  1  7  3.63
Bonilla	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.38
Threets	        2.0  3  3-0  0  1  2.35
Mazone	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1 12.27
Pollok (2-1)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.96
  WP- Alvarado. T- 3:37. Att- 5,712.
Chattanooga Continued wet field conditions at Pringles Park resulted in the postponement of the doubleheader between Chattanooga and West Tenn. Two seven-inning games are scheduled for tonight. Josh Lindblom (2-2, 4.01) and Jesus Castillo (1-4, 4.96) are scheduled to start for the Lookouts, with Steve Bray (0-3, 4.87) and Kyle Parker (1-2, 3.74) scheduled for the Diamond Jaxx.

Withrow's Relief Job Wasted
Chris Withrow stole the show from Dodgers' rehabbing starter Hiroki Kuroda but Modesto pushed a run over in the tenth and took an 8-7 win from the 66ers.?

 ?Kuroda made the rehab start for the Sixers, working five innings while allowing 7 runs, five earned, on 9 hits and did not factor in the decision.?

 ?Withrow (3-4), who was charged with the hard-luck loss, allowing only three hits over the final five innings in relief and tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts. He gave up a run in the 10th and took the loss. ?

?The Nuts made a season-high five errors which led to four unearned runs by Inland Empire.?

  Kuroda surrendered three runs in the fist and four more in the fourth to put Inland Empire in a 7-2 hole. They fought back to tie the game in the seventh.

  Trailing 3-0, Preston Mattingly doubled in a pair of runs in the third and then down 7-2 in the fourth, Pedro Baez singled and scored on an error. Two more errors and a Baez RBI-single cut the margin to 7-5.

  The sixers finally knotted the game at 7-7 in the last of the eighth on Mattingly's double, a triple by Steve Caseres and a fourth Modesto error.

 ?With the score tied at seven in the top of the tenth, Withrow surrendered a double, a sac bunt and a single to break the tie.

  Elian Herrera walked to lead off the last of the 10th but a double play and a strikeout handed Inland Empire an 8-7 loss and dropped their record to 20-26 and 112 games out of first place.?

 ?The 66ers continue their series against Modesto tonight. Tim Sexton (1-4, 2.33) will get the start for the Sixers as the Nuts send out Kenny Durst (1-3, 4.70).

  Score by Innings
Modesto 	300 400 000 1-8
Inland Empire	002 120 200 0-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	5  0  2  2  .310
AGonzalez 2b	4  1  1  0  .283
Robinson cf	5  1  0  0  .314
Van Slyke rf	5  1  1  1  .302
Caseres 1b	5  1  1  1  .250
Baez 3b         5  1  2  1  .276
Herrera dh	2  1  1  0  .325
Garabedian c	4  1  0  0  .314
Fuller ss	5  0  0  0  .195
-----------------------------
  Totals	40  7  8  5
  Modesto	39  8 12  7

  Error- Kuroda (1). 2B-   Mattingly
(4), Van Slyke (15). 3B- Caseres (2).
RBI- Mattingly 2 (13), Van Slyke (27),
Baez (27), Caseres (13). LOB- Inland
Empire 8, Modesto 3. SB- Mattingly 2
(3), Robinson (18), AGonzalez (2).
DP- Fuller, AGonzalez and Caseres;
Garabedian and Fuller.   

  Inland Empire	in  h r-er bb so  era
Kuroda	        5.0  9  7-5  0  2  5.19
Withrow (34)	5.0  3  1-1  0 10  5.65
  T- 3:08. Att- 1,301. 
Redding's Gem Gives Loons 1-0 Win
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Jon Michael Redding, the Dodgers #5 selection in the 2008 draft, delivered the best start of the season for Great Lakes (24-22), striking out 11 Kane County Cougars in six scoreless innings of work, as the Loons eked out a 1-0 on a rainy, dreary evening at Dow Diamond. Redding's 11 K's were a career-high and one short of matching the Loons franchise record for strikeouts in a game.

  Matt Wallach delivered a two-strike, two-out RBI single in the fourth inning for the game's only run, plating Alfredo Silverio, who was hit by a pitch leading off the frame. Both teams stranded eight base runners in the ballgame.

   Javy Guerra struck out the final Cougar with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to preserve the Loons' win. Guerra worked the final two innings for his 12th save of the season.

   The game was delayed by rain for 50 minutes before the bottom of the sixth inning. Josh Walter took over for Redding in the top of the seventh and wiggled out of a first and third, no-out jam by getting a line-drive double play at first base and a weak groundout to second to strand the potential tying run at third base.

   Redding improved to 6-2 and lowered his ERA from 5.88 to 5.13.

   The Loons out-hit the Cougars 6-5 with third baseman Tony Hatch collecting two of them. Jaime Pedroza had the only extra-base hit, a double.

  The two teams have an early wake-up call for another School Kids Day at the ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 10:35 a.m., with right-hander Ethan Martin (3-2, 3.93) starting on the mound for the Loons opposite Cougars' right-hander Kenny Smalley (4-1, 1.74).  

  Score by Innings	
Kane County	000 000 000-0
Great Lakes	000 100 00x-1

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	3  0  1  0  .300
Pedroza 2b	3  0  1  0  .298
Buss cf        	4  0  0  0  .287
Delmonico 1b	3  0  0  0  .287
Silverio lf	3  1  0  0  .275
Russell rf	4  0  1  0  .292
Hatch 3b	3  0  2  0  .268
Vetters dh	3  0  0  0  .244
Wallach c	3  0  1  1  .207
---------------------------------
  Totals	29  1  6  1
  Kane County	30  0  5  0

  2B- Pedroza (11). RBI- Wallach (12).
LOB- Great Lakes 8, Kane County 8.
CS- Gordon (4). DP- Redding, Gordon
and Delmonico; Delmonico.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding (6-2)	6.0  4  0-0  0 11 5.13
Walter	        1.0  0  0-0  2  0  2.59
Guerra 	        2.0  1  0-0  2  3  1.04
  WP- Walter. HBP- Silverio, Delmonico, by 
Redding. T- T- 2:27. Att- 2,825.

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