McDonald Sparkles but Albuquerque Loses

It was a dark and stormy night for the Dodgers teams. James McDonald allowed four hits and struck out 10 but Oklahoma City scored four times in the ninth to win 5-4. Chattanooga lost its fourth in a row, 3-2 in 10 innings to Tennessee. Inland Empire lost 6-3 at Lake Elsinor and Great Lakes was rained out.

McDonald Superb But 'Topes Lose
James McDonald put everything together this night, allowing four hits and a single run over seven while striking out 10, then handed a 4-1 lead over to the bullpen who blew the lead and the game, with generous help from the Albuquerque defense and Oklahoma City scored four times to win 5-4.

Isotopes (28-31) painful loss was even more painful because of a season-high 11,010 crowd who attended the game at Isotopes Park.

McDonald, the Dodgers' Pitcher of the Year over the last two seasons, set a season-high strikeout record and retired 15 RedHawks in a row after surrendering a solo home run in the first inning. That was the only hit he allowed over the first 5.2 innings and he fanned at least one batter in every inning.

The Isotopes erased the RedHawks lead when Jason Repko smacked his first homer in a month in the bottom of the second. Hector Luna doubled to lead off the fourth. Mitch Jones singled, Dee Brown lifted a sacrifice fly to right to break the tie and A.J. Ellis singled sent home a second run. Mitch Jones' 19th home run in the sixth, his third in three days, gave Albuquerque what looked like a safe 6-1 lead.

Eric Threets worked a scoreless eighth and Scott Strickland was called in to close the game out and he did but not the way the Isotopes has planned.

A leadoff triple was followed by an RBI single. With one out, Strickland issued a walk and a single that allowed the tying runs to score when it skipped under the glove of Jovanny Rosario and rolled to the wall, sending home not only two 'Hawks baserunners, but the batter scored as well to break the tie.

Ellis and Valentino Pascucci singled to open the bottom of the innings. A double play put the tying run at third base and gave Rosario a chance to atone for his error but he flew to left field to end the game.

Ellis and Pascucci and Jones all had a pair of hits and Rapko added his nnth home run.

The Isotopes will attempt to bounce back behind lefty Shawn Estes (3-3, 3.15) who will take the ball against RedHawks right-hander Elizardo Ramirez (2-4, 4.41) in a matinee at Isotopes Park.

  Score by Innings
Oklahoma City	100 000 004-5
Albuquerque	010 201 000-4

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Maza lf        	4  0  1  0  .250
 Rosario cf	1  0  0  0  .284
Hu ss        	4  0  0  0  .234
Luna 3b        	4  1  1  0  .366
MJones rf-lf	3  2  2  1  .288
Brown dh	3  0  1  1  .310
Repko cf-rf	4  1  1  1  .272
Ellis c	        4  0  2  1  .339
Pascucci 1b	4  0  2  0  .221
Garcia 2b	4  0  1  0  .222
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  Totals  	40  4 11  4
  Oklahoma City	34  5  7  3

  Error- Rosario (4). 2B- Luna (13).
HR- Repko (9), MJones (19). RBI- Repko
(23), Brown (41), Ellis (13), MJones
(45). SF- Brown. LOB- Albuquerque 6,
Oklahoma City 7. SB- MJones (4). 

  AlBuquerque	  in  h r-er bb so  era
McDonald         7.0  4  1-1  2 10  4.24
Threets        	 1.0  0  0-0  1  1  1.86
Strickland (0-1) 1.0  3  4-2  1  1  5.09
  HBP- by Threets. T- 2:31. At- 11,010.
Lookouts Drop Fourth Straight
Tennessee dropped Chattanooga 3-2 in 10 innings to win their fourth in a row from the Lookouts to break a 2-2 tie that had existed since the fourth inning.

Jesus Castillo started and worked into the seventh, leaving with one out and a runner at first. He allowed a pair of hits on five innings. Paul Koss completed the inning and added another before Jesus Rodriguez (4-2) took over and surrendered the winning run in the 10th.

Tennessee scored in the second after Castillo hit the first batter of the inning. The Lookouts tied the game in the third when James Tomlin singled

drew first blood on a Mark Reed fielder's choice off Jesus Castillo that scored Ty Wright. Chattanooga would respond in the top of the third on a Josh Bell groundout that scored teammate James Tomlin and Justin Sellers singled and a throwing error allowed the tying run

The teams traded runs in the fourth, Chattanooga scoring after singles by Eduardo Perez, Victor Mercedes and Adam Godwin plus Castillo's sac fly.

Tennessee nearly won in the bottom of the ninth, The Smokies had runners at second and third and two out when Rodriguez served up a long drive to left field that Godwin made an unbelievable diving catch to save the game and send the teams into extra innings.

Chattanooga got a chance in the 10th when Josh Bell walked and Mike Rose singled but Bell was out attempting to reach third.

The Smokies put the game away on a single, a stolen base, a safe bunt and a sacrifice fly.

The Lookouts will attempt to keep from being swept tonight, sending Scott Elbert (2-0, 3.63) to the mound to oppose Casey Lambert (3-4, 3.62) for Tennessee.

  Score by Innings	
Chattanooga	001 100 000 0-2
Tennessee	010 100 000 1-3

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  1  0  0  .307
Sellers ss	5  0  1  0  .273
Bell 3b        	3  0  0  0  .284
Rose c        	5  0  1  0  .267
Perez 1b	5  0  2  0  .291
Giles rf	4  1  0  0  .175
Mercedes 2b	4  0  3  0  .144
Godwin lf	3  0  1  0  .255
Castillo p	1  0  0  1  .154
 Koss p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Closser ph	1  0  0  0  .225
 JRodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	36  2  9  1
  Tennessee	31  3  7  3 

  RBI- Castillo (3). S- Godwin.
SF- Castillo. LOB- Chattanooga 9,
Tennessee 9. DP- Sellers, Mercedes
and Perez.

  Chattanooga	  in  h r-er bb so  era
Castillo         6.1  5  2-2  1  4  4.82
Koss        	 1.2  0  0-0  0  3  2.08
JRodriguez (4-2) 1.1  1  0-0  1  0  6.14
  WP- Castillo. HBP- by Castillo 3. 
T- 3:04. Att- 2,974.
Storm Hits 66ers
Lake Elsinore overcame a 2-0 deficit and dropped Inland Empire 6-3. he Storm earned a 6-3 win Monday night to take the series from the 66ers. The successive road defeats marks the first time since May 5 and 6 at High Desert that the 66ers have lost consecutive road games and the first road series setback since the same series at Maverick Stadium, ending a 3-0-1 road series stretch. 

Rehabbing righthander Claudio Vargas made his third start with the 66ers, was had no trouble until the third inning, when he allowed walk and a single.

Tim Sexton took over and, after a sacrifice bunt, he served up a three run home run giving Lake Elsinore a lead they would never relinquish.

Inland Empire scored in the first inning for the third straight game as Preston Van Slyke led off with a double and with one out Trayvon Robinson singled, then stole his 22nd base of the season.

Pedro Baez hit a two-out single up the middle to score Mattingly and Robinson. Scott Van Slyke added his eighth homer of the year- a solo shot to left- to start the sixth inning, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

Lake Elsinore picked up a pair unearned insurance runs in the eighth.

Preston Mattingly went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and Van Slyke added two hits.

Sexton (1-7) was the tough-luck loser, dropping his seventh decision in a row despite yielding just two earned runs on seven hits in six innings and equaled a season-high with six strikeouts. 

After playing 15 of 19 games on the road, Inland Empire (25-32) opens a six-game homestand tonight. LHP Alberto Bastardo (5-2, 3.08) starts for the 66ers and RHP Leandro Cespedes (1-4, 5.25) takes the hill for Lancaster.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	200 001 000-3
Lake Elsinore	003 100 02x-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly dh	4  1  2  0  .293
Herrera lf	4  0  0  0  .329
Robinson cf	4  1  1  0  .304
Van Slyke rf	4  1  2  1  .325
Baez 3b        	4  0  1  2  .276
Caseres 1b	3  0  0  0  .253
AGonzalez 2b	4  0  1  0  .266
Garabedian c	3  0  1  0  .314
Lara ss        	4  0  0  0  .273
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  Totals	34  3  8  3 
  Lake Elsinore	33  6  9  6

  Errors- AGonzalez (3), Caseres (3),
Baez (7). 2B- Mattingly 2 (7).
HR- Herrera  (8). RBI- Baez 2 (36),
Van Slyke (38). LOB- Inland Empire 6,
Lake Elsinore 5. SB- Robinson (22),
Mattingly (6). DP- AGonzalez, and
Caseres.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Vargas        	2.0  2  2-2  1  1  5.40
Sexton (1-7)	6.0  7  4-2  0  6  3.16
 T- 2:19. Att- 1,776.
Loons, Dragons Rained Out
Heavy rains were already falling in the Mid-Michigan area and with the threat of more rain to come, the game against the Dayton Dragons was. The game will be made up on today as a part of a doubleheader. The first game will start at 6:05 pm and the second game will follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Both games will be seven innings.    

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