Russell Wins One, Loses One for Loons

Kyle Russell ... good news and bad news

Were it not for Great Lakes, the system would have been swept for the second day in a row. Albuquerque lost their their third straight to Oklahoma City 4-2. Tennessee swept a five-game from Chattanooga 3-1. Great Lakes and Dayton traded a pair of strange one-run victories with the Loons winning the first 1-0 and losing the second 3-2. Inland Empires game was suspended when the lights failed.

Tough Day for Outfielder
Great Lakes outfielder Kyle Russell had exhilaration of hitting a game winning home run and the misfortune of watching a game winning home run bounce out of his glove and over the outfield wall in a doubleheader.

Isotopes Drop 4-2 Decision
Albuquerque (28-32) was held to just six hits as Oklahoma City handed them their third straight loss by a 4-2 score.

Starter Shawn Estes (3-4) worked a season-high seven innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs, three earned and picked up his fourth loss against three wins.

The RedHawks scored single runs in the second and third inning.

Seven 'Topes went down in order before Valentino Pascucci drew a walk with one out in the third and Sergio Garcia singled to right to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Oklahoma City added single tallies in the fifth and seventh to lead to 4-1, and Albuquerque scored their final run in the bottom of the ninth on a mammoth home run by Mitch Jones, his 20th of the season and marking his fourth consecutive game with a home run.

Dee Brown, the only 'Tope to pick up more than one hit, followed with his second single of the game but Jason Repko lined out to the first baseman to end the game.

The Isotopes will take a day off before moving to Texas to face the Round Rock Express on Thursday. Right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado (3-5, 3.72) will battle Express righty Yorman Bazardo (7-2, 2.45).

  Score by Innings
Oklahoma City	011 010 100-4
Albuquerque	001 000 001-2

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza lf        	4  0  1  0  .250
Hu ss        	4  0  1  1  .234
Luna 3b        	4  0  0  0  .358
MJones rf	4  1  1  1  .287
Brown dh	4  0  2  0  .314
 Rosario pr-dh	0  0  0  0  .283
Repko cf	4  0  0  0  .265
Ellis c	        3  0  0  0  .331
Pascucci 1b	2  1  0  0  .218
Giles 2b	3  0  1  0  .227
---------------------------------
  Totals   	40  2  6  2
  Oklahoma City	47  4 12  4

  Error- Pascucci (6). 2B- Brown (13).
HR- MJones (2). RBI- Hu, (26), MJones 
46). LOB-Albuquerque 4, Oklahoma City 9. 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Estes (3-4)	7.0 10  4-3  1  6  3.22
Mazone	        1.0  2  0-0  0  1  8.44
Choi        	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.07
  T- 2:26. Att- 6,210.
Chattanooga Swept by Smokies
Tennessee recorded it's first five-game sweep since 2006 dropping Chattanooga 3-1. The Lookouts fell to 23-36 with the loss.

Starter Scott Elbert allowed 11 hits and all three Tennessee runs and was tagged with the loss, his first against a pair of wins. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter.

Tennessee scored first on a double, sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly. They added another run in the bottom of the fifth and the two teams traded runs in the seventh.

The Lookouts scored their first and only run of the game on Mike Rose's second home run of the season. The Smokies responded in the bottom of the frame with three consecutive hits and a run off Elbert.

Matt Sartor didn't allow a hit or a run over the final 1.1 innings. Rose added a single to his home run to lead the Chattanooga offense.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 000 100-1
Tennessee	001 010 10x-3

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  1  0  .305
Mercedes 2b-ss	4  0  1  0  .149
Bell 3b        	4  0  0  0  .278
Rose c        	4  1  2  1  .286
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .271
Giles rf	3  0  1  0  .186
Godwin lf	3  0  1  0  .257
Sellers ss	3  0  0  0  .269
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
Elbert p	2  0  1  0  .091
 Mitchell 2b	1  0  0  0  .174
---------------------------------
  Totals   	32  1  7  1
  Tennessee	32  3 11  3

  2B- Elbert (1). HR- Rose (2).
RBI- Rose (2). LOB- Chattanooga 4,
Tennessee 8. DP- Bell, Mercedes and
Perez.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert (2-1)	6.0 11 3-3  0  9  3.61
Sartor	        1.1  0 0-0  0  3  5.65
  HBP- by Elbert. T- 2:20. Att- 2,688.
Inland Empire-- Game suspended. The game at Arrowhead Credit Union Park was cut short due to electrical problems after two innings of play with Lancaster leading 3-1. The game will continue where it left off, with the 66ers trailing in the top of the 3rd inning tonight as part of a doubleheader. The second game, to start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game, will be seven innings in duration. 

The light towers on the third base side of the ballpark were unable to be turned on, a possible result of a lightning storm in the area late last week. This became an issue as the light faded and umpires decided to suspend play until the lights could be turned on. After an hour-long delay, the game was officially suspended.

Loons, Dragons Split Twinbill
Brad Golden
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes Loons and Dayton traded one-run victories in a doubleheader with both games lasting one extra frame over the regularly scheduled seven innings. The Loons won the first game 1-0, and the Dragons took the second game 3-2.

Outfielder Kyle Russell was responsible for two game-winning home runs. He homered in the eighth inning of the first game to give the Loons their 1-0 win, then seemingly caught a home run ball at the fence in the second game but when he hit the wall the ball was knocked out of his glove and over the fence to give the Dragons a 3-2 win.

  First Game
In the opener, the Loons 19-year-old starter Nathan Eovaldi cruised through five innings, allowing only three hits, and closer Javy Guerra locked down the Dragons over the next two innings.

Cole St. Clair set the Dragons down in order in the top of the eighth, Brian Mathews led off the bottom of the frame with a flare to right field. The Dragons second baseman had the ball knocked out of his glove after colliding with the right fielder, putting the potential winning run on base.

Parker Dalton pinch ran for Mathews and advanced to second on a one-out walk to Jaime Pedroza. Two batters later, Kyle Russell drove in the only run of the game on a two-out single to right field.

St. Clair earned his first professional win, while James took the loss for the Dragons. Dayton was limited to three hits, singles in the first, second and fifth innings.  

Jaime Pedroza had two of the six Great Lakes hits.

  Score by Innings - 1st Game
Dayton	        000 000 00-0
Great Lakes	000 000 01-1

  Great lakes	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  0  0  .282
Pedroza 2b	3  0  2  0  .290
Hatch 3b	3  0  0  0  .267
Russell rf	4  0  1  1  .285
Delmonico c	2  0  0  0  .283
Buss cf       	3  0  1  0  .272
Wallach 1b	3  0  0  0  .234
Mathews dh	3  0  1  0  .158
Dalton pr-dh	0  1  0  0  .243
---------------------------------
  Totals	28  1  6  1
  Dayton	25  0  3  0

  2B- Silverio (13). RBI- Russell (46).
LOB- Great Lakes 5, Dayton 4. SB- Buss
(8). DP- Gordon, Pedroza and Wallach 2.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Eovaldi        	5.0  3  0-0  1  3  5.10
Guerra        	2.0  0  0-0  2  2  1.56
St Clair (1-0)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.60
 WP- Guerra. HBP- Delmonico. T- 2:08.
Second game
In the nightcap, the Dragons struck first in the top of the second inning on a walk, a wild pitch and a single off Loons starter Ethan Martin for a 1-0 Dragons lead.  

The Loons plated two of their own in the bottom half of the second to grab a 2-1 lead. The eighth- and ninth-place hitters, Parker Dalton and Esteban Lopez, delivered back-to-back two-out RBI hits to put Great Lakes ahead.  Dayton evened the score at 2-2 in the top of the third.   

The game remained tied into the top of the eighth, when the Dragons designated hitter launched a fly ball deep into the right field corner. Loons right fielder Kyle Russell leaped to make the catch at the wall, but his momentum as he crashed into the wall caused the ball to squirt out of his glove and over the top of the barrier for a solo home run.   

Luis Garcia (3-1) took the tough-luck loss, allowing only the solo home run in four innings of work. Martin pitched the first four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts.  

Great Lakes could manage only four hits with Tony Hatch, Tony Delmonico, Parker Dalton and Esteban Lopez collecting one each.   

The Loons now head on the road for their next eight games, starting with their first series of the year against the Lansing Lugnuts in the Capitol City. Justin Miller (3-2, 4.45) starts for Great Lakes opposite Lansing right-hander Henderson Alvarez (4-4, 2.93) in game one.

  Score by Innings-2nd Game
Dayton	        011 000 01-3
Great Lakes	020 000 00-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon dh	4  0  0  0  .277
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .286
Hatch 3b	4  0  1  0  .267
Russell rf	2  0  0  0  .282
Delmonico 1b	2  1  1  1  .285
Buss cf        	3  0  0  0  .280
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .268
Dalton ss	3  1  1  1  .247
Lopez c	        3  0  1  1  .081
---------------------------------
  Totals   	27  2 11  2
  Dayton	29  3  6  3

  Error- Pedroza (11). 2B- Hatch (13),
Lopez (2). RBI- Dayton (12), Lopez (4).
LOB- Great Lakes 4, Dayton 6.
SB- Russell (5), Pedroza (17), Dalton
(1). CS- Pedroza (6).  

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Martin        	4.0  3  2-2  3  3  4.44
Garcia (3-1)	4.0  3  1-1  0  2  3.41
  WP- Martin. T2:18. Att- 3,716.

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