Chick Shuts Out Montgomery 4-0

Due to stormy weather, it took Albuquerque over 12 hours to fly to Albuquerque, then they were rained out in the second inning. Travis Chick knocked Montgomery out of first half playoff contention with a 4-0 win. Lancaster tagged Steve Johnson for three unearned runs and won 6-1. Dee Gordon worked a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning as Great Lakes edged Lansing 3-2.

'Topes Have Long Day's Night
Albuquerque left at 5:00 AM for a flight to Round Rock but were diverted to Lubbock, Texas because of a heavy rain and electrical storm that shut down both airports in Dallas for much of the day.

The Isotopes were able to make their way to Houston, where they were stranded, with all flights out of the Texas city either full or cancelled as a result of the weather difficulties in Dallas.

Undaunted, the Isotopes secured a flight out of Houston that delivered the team to the ballpark in Round Rock only a half hour before the scheduled 7:05 start.

While the game did get started, some 45 minutes late, Mother Nature again intervened and a violent thunderstorm struck the ballpark with the Express at bat in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second.

After suffering through a nearly 90 minute delay, the game was suspended, putting a merciful end to an extremely trying day.

The Isotopes will try it again today behind right-hander Charlie Haeger (7-3, 4.46), who will take on Express lefty Mark McLemore (0-2, 10.15) tonight.

Pedro Ozuna Suspended
Shortstop Pedro Ozuna, who spent the entire 2008 season in the majors with the White Sox and Dodgers, received a 50-game suspension after showing an elevated Testosterone/Epitestosterone ratio, a performance-enhancing substance violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Ozuna, playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley of the International League, was batting .294 with 25 runs scored, 15 RBIs and eight steals through 51 games for the IronPigs.

Lookouts Cruise 4-0 Behind Chick
Travis Chick pitched his best game of the season at Montgomery, limiting the Biscuits to four hits over six innings and striking out four while knocking Montgomery out of first half playoff contention with a 4-0 win.

Tim Corcoran, Kendy Bastista and Victor Garate each added a perfect inning to the win and increasing the Lookout record to 24-36.

Justin Sellers led the attack with two doubles and a single plus an RBI. Victor Mercedes also had three hits, including a triple. JD Closser and Eduardo Perez each had a pair of hits.

The Lookouts scored on the Biscuits' in the top of the first when Sellers doubled with one out and Closser's RBI single to right drove him in.

Eddy Perez led off the second inning with a solo-home run to right-center, his second of the season, and Chattanooga doubled their advantage with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.

With one out, Mercedes tripled into the right field-corner and scored when Tommy Giles singled. Giles scored when Sellers doubled just inside the third base-bag to drive in the fourth, and final, run of the game.

Game two of the series tonight pits Montgomery's LHP Brandon Mann (4-3, 4.34) against LHP James Adkins (2-5, 5.31).

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	110 200 000-4
Montgomery	000 000 000-0

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  0  0  .297
Sellers ss	5  1  3  1  .277
Bell 3b        	5  0  0  0  .271
Closser c	4  0  2  1  .237
Lambo lf	5  0  0  0  .261
Perez dh	3  1  2  1  .290
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .170
Mercedes 3b	4  1  3  0  .173
Giles rf	1  1  1  1  .205
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  Totals  	35  4 11  4
  Montgomery	30  0  4  0

  Errors- Mitchell (4), Bell (11).
2B- Sellers 2 (17), 3B- Mercedes (2).
HR- Perez (2). RBI- Closser (11), Perez
(5), Giles (7), Sellers (11).
LOB-Chattanooga 10, Montgomery 4.
CS- Mercedes (3). DP- Closser (3).
DP- Sellers and Mitchell.  PO- Chick
at 1st.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Chick (4-2)	6.0  4  0-0  1  4  4.56
Corcoran	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  5.45
Batista	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  2.00
Garate	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.43
  HBP- Giles. PB- Closser (3).
T- 2:37. Att- 4,967.
Hawks Cruse Past 66ers
Lancaster tagged Steve Johnson for three runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 6-1 game in which the 66ers banged out 10 hits but could only score once, in the fifth inning on Steve Caseres solo home run (#7).

Johnson worked into the fifth after a key error by Adolfo Gonzalez extended the inning and the following homer put Inland Empire into a hole the couldn't climb out of.

Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, the 66ers threatened with two out. Gonzalez singled and Caseres and Alex Garabedian walked. Christian Lara's hard ground ball hit ticked off Garabedian shoe, giving Lara a hit and ended the inning instead of tying the game.

The JetHawks scored on three more runs after the Sixers' threat, giving them a 6-1 victory. All six Lancaster runs scored with two outs.?

?Johnson (4-4, 4.21) was tagged with the tough loss for Inland Empire, pitching 5.2 innings, striking out 5, and allowing only three unearned runs.

Greg Miller worked 1.1 scoreless innings, Jacobo Meque gave up a run in the seventh and Blake Brannon surrendered two in the eighth. ?

Trayvon Robinson and Gonzalez each singled three times but the 66ers left nine men on base.

?Inland Empire (26-34) opens a three game series against the Lake Elsinore Storm (34-26) today.

  Score by Innings
Lancaster	000 300 012-6
Inland Empire	000 010 000-1

  Inland Empire	ab r  h bi  ave
Mattingly lf	5  0  1  0  .296
Herrera dh	3  0  1  0  .337
Robinson cf	4  0  3  0  .313
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .307
Baez 3b        	4  0  0  0  .279
AGonzalez 2b	4  0  3  0  .284
Caseres 1b	3  1  1  1  .248
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .306
Lara ss        	3  0  1  0  .273
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  Totals	33  1 10  1
  Lancaster	33  6  7  6

  Error- AGonzalez (4). 2B- Robinson
(17), Herrera (7). HR- Caseres (7).
RBI- Caseres (17). LOB- Inland Empire
9, Lancaster 7. CS- Robinson (1).
PO- Johnson. DP- AGonzalez, Lara and
Caseres.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson (4-4)	5.2  3  3-0  3  5  4.21
Miller        	1.1  0  0-0  1  0  5.91
Meque        	1.0  1  1-1  2  2  5.02
Brannon        	1.0  3  2-2  1  0 13.50
  Balk- Meque. PB- Garabedian (3).
T- 3:10. Att- 1,494. 
Gordon Walks Off With Win
Shortstop Dee Gordon worked a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning and Javy Guerra capped a strong pitching performance as Great Lakes edged Lansing 3-2.

The winning rally came with two out. Tony Hatch walked and Esteban Lopez singled to left, Nick Buss drew another walk to give he Loons the victory. Great Lakes scored two in the first and was then dormant until the ninth.

Josh Walter started and worked five strong innings, allowing three hits and a single run while walking four and striking out five. Geison Aquasviva added 3.2 equally well-pitched innings during which he also gave up three hits and an unearned run. He walked four and fanned four as the Loons staff stranded 11 LugNuts runners on base.

Guerra won his second game against a single loss with 1.1 hitless innings and lowered his ERA to 1.50.

Great Falls took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jaime Pedroza singled with one out and Alfredo Silverio doubled. Silverio was out at third on a ground ball by Kyle Russell but Pedroza scored. Tony Delmonico singled Russell to third and he scored the second run of the inning on a balk.

The Loons could manage only two more hits until the winning rally in the 10th.

The Loons improve to 31-29 but they are in third place and trail Fort Wayne by seven games.

The series in Lansing continues tonight with RHP Bobby Blevins (3-4, 5.50 ERA) drawing the start for Great Lakes against Lansing's Josh Wells (3-6, 7.52).

Roster Move
Great Lakes placed RHP Robert Boothe on the disabled lisst and activated 1B Austin Gallagher.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	200 000 000 1-3
Lansing	        000 010 010 0-2

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  1  .279
Pedroza 2b	5  1  1  0  .282
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .272
Russell rf	4  1  0  1  .280
Delmonico 1b	4  0  1  0  .283
Gallagher dh	4  0  1  0  .259
Lopez c        	4  0  1  0  .098
Buss cf        	3  0  0  0  .273
---------------------------------
  Totals	30  3  6  2
  Lansing	36  2  6  2

  Error- Aguasviva (1). 2B- Silverio
(14). RBI- Russell (5), Gordon (16).
LOB- Great Lakes 5, lansing 11.
CS- Gordon (8). PO- Gordon. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter        	5.0  3  1-1  4  5  2.65
Aguasviva	3.2  3  1-0  3  4  0.00
Guerra (2-1)	1.1  0  0-0  0  2  1.50
  WP- Walter. Balk- Aguasviva. 
T- 3:06. Att- 4,819.

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