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Yusmeiro gets the win vs the Lobos... out of the pen?


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A Jason Stokes grand slam to straight-away centerfield highlighted a five-run Albuquerque third and lifted the ?Topes to a 6-2 victory over the University of New Mexico in exhibition play Tuesday at Isotopes Park. The seven-inning game marked the final preseason tune-up for Albuquerque. The squad hits the road for the season opener this week in Iowa.


Six Isotope pitchers combined to scatter seven hits over seven innings, with right-hander Yusmeiro Petit earning the win out of the bullpen. Starter Nic Ungs allowed a run on three hits in two innings of work. After Ungs' exit, the bullpen limited the Lobos to four hits and a run over the final five innings.


Stokes was one of eight ?Topes to collect a hit on the day, with Drew Niles coming off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs.


The Lobos got on the board first, using back-to-back hits and an RBI groundout by Ian Hollick to take an early 1-0 lead. That lead would prove to be New Mexico's last, as the Isotopes exploded for five runs in the third Stokes, who flied out in his first at-bat, hit a 1-0 Quentin Andes offering over the wall in center to clear the bases and put the Isotopes on top 4-1.


Albuquerque pushed across one more in the fourth, as Niles singled to left field for the second-straight inning, driving home catcher Tom Wilson, who tripled to lead off the frame.


New Mexico carved into the deficit in the sixth, once again relying on the top-third of its order for offense. Matt Foote singled for the third time on the evening, stole second and was brought around to score one batter later by a Chris Carlson double. That put the score at 6-2, which would remain through the final out.


Foote and Carlson combined for five hits, both New Mexico runs and an RBI on the night. Andes , one of five Lobo hurlers to take the hill, was pinned with the loss. He allowed five runs on five hits in 0.1 innings. Starter Jesse Perez scattered a hit and no runs in two innings of work.


The ?Topes are set to hit the road for two-straight series to kick-off the 2006 Pacific Coast League season. Albuquerque will make trips to Iowa and Omaha before coming home for an eight-game home stand.

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How about we get Stokes up to the big club to play LF while Willingham is catching.. have a bigger bat than Aguila out there... He wouldnt suck that much out there in Left......


it would be better if Stokes could play some LF first...

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