Mattingly, Herrera Spark Sixer Win

Four Albuquerque pitchers struck out 13 but Salt Lake won a 3-2 decision. Carolina scored three in the ninth inning to drop Chattanooga 7-4. Preston Mattingly had three hits and Elian Herrera lined a three-run home run as Inland Empire clinched a winning road trip with an 8-5 over Bakersfield. Great Lakes lost 2-1 in a game that saw 20 strikeouts between the two teams.

'Topes Held to Three Hits in Loss
Four Albuquerque (21-21) pitchers piled up a club-high 13 strikeouts, but could only muster three hits and dropped a 3-2 decision to Salt Lake at Isotopes Park.

Albuquerque starter James McDonald worked four solid innings, recording five strikeouts while Carmen Cali, Hyang-Nam Choi and Erick Threets combined for eight more over the final five innings.

Albuquerque trailed 3-1 entering the ninth when a Mitch Jones solo shot with two outs brought them within one, 3-2. However, Valentino Pascucci truck out to end the game.

Aside from the Jones homer, the Isotopes offense limited to a pair of hits by outfielder Jovanny Rosario, making his first career Triple-A start.

The Bees tapped MacDonald for an early 1-0 lead in the first. In the bottom of the inning Rosario singled, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Chin-Ling Hu. Hector Luna bounced a grounder to Bees pitcher David Austen, who fired the ball up the right field line, allowing the tying run.

The 'Topes were held scoreless and nearly hitless before Jones' blast in the ninth. Bees pitching allowed just three hits, both to Rosario.

A pair of solo home runs built the Salt Lake lead. A two-out dinger in the fifth off Cali (0-2) and a lead-off shot to left in the seventh inning off of Choi, provided the needed runs.

The Isotopes will begin a series today with Colorado Springs. Lefty Shawn Estes (3-1, 3.00) will get the ball for the 'Topes against Sky Sox righty Jason Hirsh (3-2, 5.13).

  Score by Innings
Salt Lake	100 010 100-3
Albuquerque	100 000 001-2

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  1  2  0  .500
Hu ss	        3  0  0  0  .228
DeWitt 2b	3  0  0  0  .284
Luna 3b	        4  0  0  0  .372
Brown lf	4  0  0  0  .307
MJones rf	2  1  1  1  .265
Pascucci dh	3  0  0  0  .252
Ellis c	        2  0  0  0  .323
Ardoin 1b	3  0  0  0  .219
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  Totals	28  2  3  1  
  Salt Lake	31  3  6  3  

  HR- MJones (14). RBI- MJones (34).
S- Hu. LOB- Albuquerque 5, Salt Lake
4. SB- Rosario 2 (2). DP- Hu, DeWitt
and Ardoin.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
McDonald	4.0  3  1-1  3  5  4.05
Cali (0-2)	2.0  1  1-1  0  4  6.23
Choi	        2.0  1  1-1  0  3  3.18
Threets	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.57
  T- 2:35. Att- 8,170.
Three-Run Ninth Stops Lookouts Carolina turned a close game into a 7-3 lead with three runs in the ninth inning to drop Chattanooga 7-4. Francisco Felix (3-2) was nailed with the loss, allowing one unearned run with one hit, one walk, and four strikeouts.

Travis Chick started for the Lookouts and was tapped for eight hits and three runs in five innings while striking out six. Felix was in the unlucky position of allowing an unearned run that put Chattanooga behind to stay.

The Lookouts scored in the opening inning when James Tomlin singled and scored on a Tony Abreu double. The 'Cats tied in the second and added two in the third for a 3-1 lead.

Tomlin started a third-inning rally that tied the game with a double, He scored on a triple from Abreu. An error then allowed Abreu to score.

Carolina scored in the seventh allowed the tying run and they added three more in the ninth off Matt Sartor although only one of them was earned.

The Lookouts threatened in the ninth but came short. Russ Mitchell was hit by pitch before Juan Gonzalez singled to left, putting Mitchell at third. Pinch hitter Justin Sellers then grounded out to shortstop, allowing Russ Mitchell to score. James Tomlin singled to put runners on the corners and the tying run at the plate but Abreu hit a laser into the glove of first baseman Logan Parker to end the game.

Tomlin had three hits to lead Chattanooga. Abreu and Gonzalez had a pair each.

The Lookouts and Mudcats wrap-up their five-game series this afternoon.

  Score by Innings
Carolina	012 000 103-7
Chattanooga	102 000 001-4

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  2  3  0  .299
Abreu ss	5  1  2  2  .309
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .281
Bell 3b	        4  0  1  0  .290
Mitchell 1b	3  1  0  0  .164
JGonzalez 2b	4  0  2  0  .222
Chick p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .154
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Perez ph	1  0  0  0  .200
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sellers ph	1  0  0  1  .252
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  Totals	36  4  8  2
  Carolina	37  7 12  6

  Errors- Tomlin (1), Sartor (2).
2B- Abreu (4), Tomlin (4). 3B- Abreu
(1). RBI- Abreu 2 (3), Sellers (8).
DP- JGonzalez, Abreu and Mitchell.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Chick	        5.0  8  3-3  2  6  4.54
Felix (3-2)	2.0  1  1-0  1  4  2.40
Sartor	        2.0  3  3-1  1  2  3.10
  HBP- Mitchell, by Chick 2.
T- 2:57. Att- 4,775.
Sixers Fight off Blaze
Inland Empire (20-24) enjoyed a comfortable lead for most of the game, then fought off a Bakersfield rally to win 8-5. Marlon Arias (1-0) collected the win in relief.

Josh Wall started and allowed a pair of runs and five hits in four innings while recording five strikeouts. Arias completed the next three to earn the win and gave up just a pair of hits. Marcel Prado pitched a scoreless eighth, and retired the first two Blaze hitters to start the ninth. Two singles, two errors, a hit batter and two runs later, Greg Miller entered from the bullpen but issued a walk to load the bases.

Jake McCarter, who hasn't allowed a run in over seven innings since joining the 66ers, retired the final Blaze batter end it and notch his first save.

The win ensured the Sixers their first winning road trip of the season. The club has won four of five games after dropping the first game of the trip in San Jose on Tuesday.

Preston Mattingly followed hit four-hit effort Saturday with a 3-for-5 encore tonight. The outfielder has seven hits in two games since being inserted into the leadoff spot and his average has moved up to .317.

Elian Herrera lined a three-run home run to put the finishing touches on the win. Pedro Baez (2-for-4) had a pair of hits and two runs batted in.

Trayvon Robinson swiped two more bases to capture the California League lead with 17. The outfielder has stolen 11 bases in 12 attempts over the past nine games after being successful in just six of 13 attempts to begin the year.

The Sixers hope for a third road series win in a row this afternoon.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	200 230 010-8
Bakersfield	100 100 102-5

  Inland Empire	ab h  r  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	5  1  3  2  .317
AGonzalez 1b	4  0  1  0  .284
Robinson cf 	5  1  1  0  .330
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .313
Garabedian c	3  1  1  0  .333
Baez 3b	        4  2  2  2  .263
Herrera dh	3  2  1  3  .316
Fuller 2b	3  0  0  0  .235
Lara ss	        4  1  1  1  .238
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  Totals	35  8 10  8
  Bakersfield	36  5  9  4

  Errors- Lara (10), Prado (1). 3B- Lara
(2). HR- Herrera (2). RBI- Baez 2 (23),
Lara (14), Mattingly 2 (11), Herrera 3
(7). LOB- Inland Empire 7, Bakersfield
8. SB- Robinson 2 (17), Herrera (7). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall	        4.0  5  2-2  1  5  7.50
Arias (1-0)	3.0  2  1-0  1  4  4.30
Prado	        1.2  2  2-0  0  0  7.71
Miller	        0.0  0  0-0  1  0  6.14
McCarter 	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
  T- 3:09. Att- 822.
Clinton Pitching Dominates Loons
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes Bobby Blevins and Clinton's Brett Lorin engaged in a Midwest League pitchers' duel, with the LumberKings notching a 2-1 victory.

  Blevins (3-4) recorded his third consecutive solid outing and his second straight quality start. In seven innings, the right-hander from Briarcliff, N.Y., allowed just six hits and two runs, walking one and striking out six.  In his last three starts, Blevins' ERA has dropped from 9.13 to 5.48.  He was charged with the loss as Clinton's staff pitched just slightly better.

  The L-Kings struck for two second inning runs.  The Loons' lone run of the game came in the fourth on a leadoff home run by Nick Buss, his second long ball of the season.

  Lorin (4-1) struck out seven in six innings and the LumberKings' pitching fanned 12 Loons batters.

Buss and Austin Gallager each had two of the four hits Great Lakes could manage.

  The Loons (22-21) and LumberKings (23-20) meet for the final game of their three-game series and the finale of the Loons' 10-game roadtrip this afternoon. Justin Miller (2-2, 5.27 ERA) will start for the Loons against right-hander Alfredo Venegas (0-0, 1.80). 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 100 000-1
Clinton	        020 000 00x-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	3  0  0  0  .309
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .296
Buss cf	        4  1  2  1  .309
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .296
Delmonico c	4  0  0  0  .294
Gallagher 1b	3  0  2  0  .266
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .280
Hatch dh	3  0  0  0  .260
Dalton 3b	3  0  0  0  .246
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  Totals	31  1  4  1
  Clinton	28  2  6  2  

  HR- Buss (2). RBI- Buss (12).
LOB- Great Lakes 4, Clinton 4.
SB- Gordon (24). 

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Blevins (3-4)	7.0  6  2-2  1  6  5.48
Walter	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.70
  T- 2:13. Att- 868.
 

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