Guerra Fans Four in Ninth to Preserve Win

Albuquerque (29-28) collected a season-high 21 hits while smashing Oklahoma City 14-3 with the help of a Mitch Jones grand slam. Tennessee made it two in a row over Chattanooga 5-3. Christian Lara and Scott Van Slyke had three hits in the 66ers 6-2 win over Lake Elsinore. Reliever Javy Guerra struck out four batters in the ninth inning to preserve a 2-1 Great Lakes win over Dayton

. 'Topes Tap Out 21 Hits in Win
Finally out of New Orleans where they struggled to score, Albuquerque (29-28) banged out a season-high 21 hits while smashing Oklahoma City 14-3. The total is two short of a club record set in 2006.

They sent 28 batters to the plate and scored four runs in each the fourth through the sixth, to put the game out of reach.

Starter Charlie Haeger (7-3) was the appreciative recipient of the run support and picked up his fourth straight win. He allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits over six innings. Erick Threets and Hyang-Nam Choi combined for three innings of one-hit relief to snap the RedHawks three-game win streak.

Luis Maza and Mitch Jones each collected four hits along with a home run, Maza's second and Jones' 17th. Chin-Lung Hu and Luis Garcia had three hits.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth Maza and Hu singled and Hector Luna walked to load the bases for Mitch Jones who crushed a monstrous drive over the left field fence for a grand slam.

In the fifth, a run-scoring double from Danny Ardoin plated A.J. Ellis, who had walked, one a franchise record-tying four walks he received in the game, before Sergio Garcia roped a single to left that scored Ardoin and pushed the lead to 7-1. Maza followed two batters later with a two-run homer to left, upping the score to 9-1.

Back-to-back walks to Ellis and Garcia in the sixth and an error was followed by Maza's two-run single. Hu and Jones followed with RBI singles and Albuquerque added a single run in the eighth with an RBI single from Garcia.

The 'Topes stranded a franchise-record 16 runners on base.

Albuquerque will start right-hander Miguel Pinango (2-5, 6.80) against RedHawks righty Josh Rupe (0-3, 7.97) this afternoon.

  Score by Innings
Oklahoma City	001 002 000- 3
Albuquerque	100 444 01x-14

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza lf        	5  4  4  4  .251
Hu ss        	6  1  3  2  .229
Luna 3b        	5  2  3  0  .367
MJones rf	6  1  4  5  .278
Pascucci 1b	6  0  0  0  .216
Ellis dh        2  2  1  0  .325
Ardoin c	6  1  2  1  .260
Garcia 2b	4  2  3  2  .221
Rosario cf	6  1  1  0  .306
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  Totals	42 14 21 14
  Oklahoma City	38  3 10  3

  Errors- Rosario (3), Ardoin (2).
2B- Maza (7), MJones (10), Luna 2 (12),
Ardoin (6). HR- MJones (17), Maza (2).
RBI- MJones 5 (42), Ardoin (9), Garcia
2 (5), Maza 4 (18), Hu 2 (23).
LOB- Albuquerque 16, Oklahoma City 6.
DP- Hu and Pascucci; Hu, Garcia and
Pascucci 2.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-r bb so  era
Haeger (7-3)	6.0  9  3-2  3  3  4.46
Threets 	2.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.93
Choi        	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.29
  PB- Ardoin (3).
T- 3:20 (:33 delay) Att- 9,671.
Tennessee Dumps Lookouts Again
Tennessee enjoyed breaking their 12-game losing streak so much they made it two in a row over Chattanooga (23-33), winning 5-3, and scoring all their runs in the first two innings.

Lookouts starter James Adkins (2-5) got things under control and worked three scoreless innings before turning the ball over to Kendy Batista and Paul Koss, who between them allowed only one hit and struck out five over the final hree innings.

Chattanooga out-hit the Smokies 15-8 but was 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base. Josh Bell led the attack with three hits while Tommy Giles doubled and homered to drive in two. James Tomlin, Justin Sellers and Andrew Lambo each had a pair of hits.

The Lookouts loaded the bases with one out in the ninth when Victor Mercedes, Tomlin and Sellers singed with one out but Bell fanned and JD Closser grounded out to second base to end the game.

Chattanooga scored a single run in the first when Bell doubled home Tomlin who had lived on an error. Russell Mitchell and Giles doubled for another run in the second and Giles homered in the fourth to complete the Lookouts scoring.

The Smokies and Lookouts continue their five-game series this afternoon. Former University of Tennessee pitcher Josh Lindblom (3-3, 4.52) will get the ball for Chattanooga, while Tennessee will counter with Casey Coleman (4-2, 2.91).

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	110 100 000-3
Tennessee	140 000 00x-5

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  0  2  0  .315
Sellers ss	4  0  2  0  .274
Bell 3b        	5  1  2  0  .295
Closser c	5  0  1  1  .238
Lambo lf	4  0  2  0  .268
Mitchell 1b	4  1  1  0  .178
Giles rf	3  1  2  2  .182
 Koss p        	0  0  0  0  .000
JGonzalez 2b	3  0  0  0  .198
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
Godwin rf	1  0  0  0  .253
Adkins p	2  0  0  0  .067
Mercedes 2b	2  0  2  0  .116
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  Totals  	35  3 15  3
  Tennessee	32  5  8  5

  2B- Bell (14), Mitchell (8), Giles
(2), Lambo (16). HR- Giles (2).
RBI- Closser (10), Giles 2 (6).
S- Sellers. LOB- Chattanooga 10,
Tennessee 7. CS- Sellers (5-4),
DP- Sellers, JGonzalez and Mitchell.

 Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins (2-5)	5.0  7  5-5  3  0  5.31
Batista	        2.0  1  0-0  0  3  2.25
Koss        	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.38
   WP- Batista. HBP- by Batista. 
T- 2:47. Att- 5,535.
Four-Run First Boosts 66ers
Christian Lara and Scott Van Slyke banged out three hits and the 66ers took an early 6-2 lead and then held on for a 7-5 win over Lake Elsinore.

Starter Steve Johnson (4-3) needed the early lead as he struggled with his command but earned the win despite walking five to match his season high. He righthander allowed two runs on 4 hits in 5 innings while fanning 4.

Mario Alvarez, Miguel Sanfler and Jacobo Meque held the lead and turned the ball and a two-run lead over Jake McCarter hit a batter and walked the bases loaded before ending the game on a ground ball to keep his personal 14.1 inning scoreless streak intact and earn his third save.

Laura doubled two runs across in the first inning and singled twice, finishing in three RBI, and Van Slyke had three hits, including a double and an RBI, to increased his average to .325.

Van Slyke's strong throw to the plate to end the first inning helped get Johnson out of a jam.

Leading 402 in the fourth, Alex Garabedian followed Lara's leadoff single with an RBI double to and came in to score when Luis Rodriguez's throw to the plate went in the 66ers dugout.

Van Slyke doubled and scored on Lara's single in the fifth for the final 66er run.

For the fourth straight game Inland Empire failed to hit a homer.

Inland Empire (25-30) and Lake Elsinore (30-25) meet again this afternoon with RHP Chris Withrow (4-4, 5.18) taking with hill for the 66ers.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	400 210 000-7
Lake Elsinore	110 001 200-5

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Herrera lf	4  1  2  0  .338
AGonzalez dh	4  1  1  0  .260
Robinson cf	5  0  0  0  .310
Van Slyke rf	4  2  3  1  .325
Baez 3b        	3  0  0  1  .273
Ortiz 1b	2  1  0  0  .250
Lara ss        	4  1  3  3  .268
Garabedian c	4  1  1  1  .313
Fuller 2b	4  0  1  0  .237
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  Totals  	31  5  9  6
  Lake Elsinore	31  7 11  5

  2B- Lara (5), Garabedian (7), Van
Slyke (19). RBI- Van Slyke (36), Baez
(30), Lara 2 (22). Garabedian (17).
LOB- Inland Empire 5, Lake Elsinore 8.
SB- Ortiz (1), Fuller (1), Van Slyke
(4). DP- Fuller, Lara and Ortiz; Ortiz,
Lara and Johnson; Lara, Fuller and
Ortiz.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson (4-3)	5.0  4  2-2  5  4  4.63
Alvarez	        1.0  3  1-1  0  2  4.50
Sanfler	        1.0  2  2-2  1  0  4.45
Meque        	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.26
McCarter (sv 3)	1.0  0  0-0  2  1  0.00
  WP- Alvarez. HBP- by McCarter, AGonzalez, 
Baez.  T- 3:04. Att- 3,999.
Loons Win Pitchers' Duel 2-1
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Reliever Javy Guerra pulled off a rare feat in the ninth inning in the Loons' 2-1 victory over Dayton.  The all-star closer struck out four batters in the ninth inning to preserve a 2-1 win for Luis Garcia (3-0).

  With the Loons up 2-1, Guerra struck out the leadoff hitter on a pitch in the dirt, but the ball bounced sharply off catcher Tony Delmonico for a wild pitch. Guerra then responded by striking out the next three Dragons to complete the rare four-strikeout inning and complete the win, lowering his ERA to 1.65.

Loons' starter Bobby Blevins recorded his third quality start in his last four outings, allowing just four hits and one run in six innings but he left after six innings with the game tied at 1-1. Garcia pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win.

  In the top of the fourth, the Dragons scored their lone run of the game on a double and a two-out RBI single.  Blevins battled out of a bases loaded mess to end the inning.  The Loons tied the score in the bottom half on a solo home run by Nick Buss.  

In the eighth inning with the game tied 1-1. Anthony Hatch doubled with one out. Kyle Russell then blooped a single into center to score Hatch with the go-ahead run. Russell, Tony Delmonico and Kyle Buss each had a pair of hits to collect six of the nine Great Lakes hits.

    The Loons and Dragons continue their four-game series Sunday afternoon.

  Score by Innings
Dayton	        000 100 000-1
Great Lakes	000 100 01x-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  0  0  .286
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .285
Hatch 3b	4  1  1  0  .278
Russell rf	4  0  2  1  .290
DElmonico c	4  0  2  0  .285
Buss cf        	4  1  2  1  .293
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .277
Wallach 1b	1  0  1  0  .244
Mathews dh	3  0  0  0  .125
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  Totals 	31  2  9  2
  Dayton	31  1  5  1

  2B hits- Silverio (12), Hatch (12)
 HR- Buss (3). RBI- Buss (21), Russell
(45). LOB- Great Lakes 8, Dayton 6.
CS- Gordon (7). DO- Gordon, Pedroza
and Wallach.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Blevins       	6.0  4  1-1  2  3  3.53
Garcia (3-2)	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.55
Guerra (sv 14)	1.0  0  0-0  0  4  1.65   
  HBP- Pedroza, by Blevins. 
T- 2:25. Att- 4,203.   

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