Pitchers Key Dodger Teams 5-0 Performances

A tip of the cap goes to the Dodgers Minor League Pitching Coaches after remarkable pitching performances saw the five Dodgers clubs allow only eight run in the five wins. Albuquerque took a 9-1 decision over Omaha. Chattanooga won 6-2 over Mississippi. Inland Empire defeated High Desert 7-4. Great Lakes defeated Lansing 6-1 and the Dominican Dodgers blasted the Orioles/Brewers 15-0.

Isotopes Win Third Straight
Solid pitching and a six-run sixth inning gave Albuquerque a 9-1 decision over Omaha and their third win in a row. Starter Stephen Randolph (3-2) won his third in a row, allowing three hits and a single run over five innings.

Rehabbing Will Ohman worked a perfect inning and claudio Vargas collected the save after pitching the final three shutout innings.

Jamie Hoffmann, Dee Brown and JD Closser each collected a pair of hits and Brown and Closser had two RBI each.

Albuquerque pitching has held its opponents to one run or less in six of its last seven contests and the victory moved the team to 33-34.

Albuquerque loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the second on a J.D. Closser single and back-to-back walks to Juan Gonzalez and Sergio Garcia.

Kenley Jansen followed with a groundout to first, but after the Royals first baseman forced Closser at home, the catcher fired the ball over the first baseman's head as Gonzalez and Garcia scored for a 2-0 Isotope lead. Dee Brown added an RBI double to plate Jamie Hoffman in the third.

Randolph retired 15 of the 19 batters he faced and allowed the only run on a singled and a sacrifice fly.

Albuquerque exploded for six runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach. They opened with five straight hits and sent a total of 11 batters to the plate to run up a 9-1 cushion.

Brown's RBI scored Hoffman, who had opened with a double. Then in rapid order, Closser doubled, Gonzalez added a two-run single, Jason Repko's sacrifice fly and Blake DeWitt's RBI single ran the score to 9-1.

Meanwhile, the Albuquerque bullpen retired 11 straight batters from Omaha's sacrifice fly in the fourth through two outs into the seventh.

The Isotopes will look for their fourth straight win tonight with the Pitcher of the Week, right-hander James McDonald (1-0, 3.26) on the mound for Albuquerque facing veteran O-Royals lefty Bruce Chen (3-2, 3.80).

The 'Topes' big Father's Day Weekend homestand rolls on with a Myron Noodleman appearance tomorrow, followed by a very special Father's Day celebration Sunday, complete with BBQ apron giveaway, pre-game father/child catch, and a jersey auction benefitting prostate cancer awareness.

  Score by Innings	
Omaha	        000 100 000-1
Albuquerque	021 006 00x-9

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	4  1  0  1  .257
Hu ss	        4  0  0  0  .249
DeWitt 3b	4  0  1  2  .266
Hoffmann rf	4  2  2  0  .255
Brown lf	4  1  2  2  .308
Closser dh	4  1  2  0  .273
JGonzalez 2b	3  2  1  2  .292
Garcia 1b	3  2  1  0  .225
Jansen c	4  0  1  0  .214
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  Totals	34  9 10  7
  Omaha	        31  1  6  1

  2B- Brown (14), Hoffmann (2), Closser
(1), Garcia (5). RBI- Brown 2 (44),
JGonzalez 2 (4), Repko (29), DeWitt 2
(22). SF- Repko. LOB- Albuquerque 5,
Omaha 6. DP- Garcia unassisted. 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Randolph (3-2)	5.0  3  1-1  1  5  4.79
Ohman	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Vargas	        3.0  3  0-0  1  2  0.00
  T- 2:27. Att- 9,053.
Lookouts Thump M-Braves
Chattanooga continued their hot hitting, collecting 11 hits in a 6-2 win over Mississippi. Josh Lindblom started and allowed five hits and a pair of runs before leaving after four innings.

Jesus Castillo (3-5) added four shutout innings to earn the win. He surrendered four hits and two walks, while striking out three.

Josh Bell singled and doubled twice. Eduardo Perez nocked in a pair of runs with a doubled and a homer (#3) and Adam Godwin singled twice and scored a run.

Mississippi took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI smash off third baseman Josh Bell's glove.

In the third, Godwin led off with a single and advanced to second on Sellers' walk. Josh Bell followed with double to right that scored Godwin easily but Sellers was tagged out at the plate after a collision with the catcher who held onto the ball. Eddy Perez added his two-run shot to give the Lookouts a 3-1 lead.

The M-Braves tagged Lindblom for their final run in the fourth.

Red-hot Russ Mitchell led off the sixth with a single and scored on singles from Tommy Giles and Jesus Castillo. With two outs, Bell was hit by pitch to load the bases. Mike Rose beat out a hit to shortstop and his throwing error resulting in both Giles and Castillo scoring.

The Lookouts and Braves will continue their five-game series tonight.

  Score by Innings
Mississippi	100 100 000-2
Chattanooga	003 003 00x-6

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	5  1  2  0  .280
Sellers ss	4  0  0  0  .278
Bell 3b	        4  1  3  1  .280
Rose c	        5  0  1  1  .236
Perez 1b	5  1  2  2  .318
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .267
Mitchell 2b	4  1  1  0  .185
Giles rf	2  1  1  0  .246
Lindblom p	2  0  0  0  .091
 Castillo p	2  1  1  1  .200
 Koss p	        0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	36  6 11  5
  Mississippi	37  2 11  2

  2B- Bell 2 (16), Perez (8). HR- Perez
(3). RBI- Bell (36), Perez  2 (14),
Castillo (4), Rose (5). LOB- Chattanooga
11, Mississippi 14, SB- Rose (1), Bell
(2). DP- Sellers, Mitchell and Perez.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb os  era
Lindblom	4.0  5  2-2  4  2  4.30
Castillo (3-5)	4.0  4  0-0  2  3  4.40
Koss	        1.0  2  0-0  0  2  1.76
  HBP- Bell. T- 3:20. Att- 2,624.
Inland Empire Tops First-Half Champs
Inland Empire defeated High Desert 7-4 just one night after the Mavs clinched the Cal League South Division's first half title. Tim Sexton (2-8, 3.21) earned his first home win since April of 2008 despite allowing a season high 11 hits. Sexton worked seven innings, striking out five and allowing three earned runs and didn't walk a batter.

The 66ers broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fifth and held on for the win.

Five different players collected an RBI for Inland Empire and Elian Herrera and Justin Fuller each had a pair of hits.

High Desert into a 2-0 lead in the first inning but the 66ers answered when Elian Herrera singled, move to second on an error and stole third. He scored on a Trayvon Robinson ground ball. High Desert took a 3-1 lead in the second but a pair of wild pitches in the third allowed the 66ers tie the game at 3-3.

The 66ers took over in the fifth inning when Adolfo Gonzalez led off with a double and scored when Justin Fuller tripled off the wall in right field and a two-out double by Herrera put the 66ers in front 5-3 lead.

High Desert scored once in the eighth but Inland Empire added two runs of insurance to hold on to the victory 7-4. Steve Caseres singled and Scott Van Slyke doubled with two out to drive him in. Gonzalez singled him across with the final run

Jake McCarter took over for Jacobo Meque in the eighth closed the door on the Mavericks' rally, earning his 5th save of the season by recording the final four outs.

Inland Empire (30-37) will continue the series against the High Desert Mavericks (42-25) on a Toyota of Redlands 50-Cent Friday.

Manny Ramirez Watch
A change of plans in the Ramirez rehab schedule calls for Manny to start his rehab stint in Albuquerque before he heads to San Bernardino. Ramirez will play for the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in New Mexico June 23-26, then travel to San Bernardino for the 3-game series against Rancho Cucamonga from June 28-30.

Sources said the Dodgers want him to get about 25 at-bats. The source stressed that Ramirez's rehab plans are not final and are subject to change.

  Score by Innings
High Desert	210 000 010-4
Inland Empire	102 020 02x-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly dh	4  1  0  0  .291
Herrera lf	4  2  2  1  .314
Robinson cf	4  0  0  1  .303
Baez 3b	        4  0  1  0  .281
Caseres 1b	4  1  1  0  .286
Van Slyke rf	3  1  1  1  .302
AGonzalez 2b	4  1  3  1  .291
Mier c	        3  0  1  0  .308
Fuller ss	2  1  2  1  .266
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  Totals	32  7 11  5
  High Desert	38  4 15  4

  2B- AGonzalez (9), Herrera (8),
Van Slyke (22). 3B- Fuller (2).
RBI- Robinson (31), Fuller (9),
Herrera (12), Van Slyke (43),
AGonzalez (22). S- Mier, Fuller.
LOB- Inland Empire 4, High Desert 9.
SB- Herrera (14). PO- Van Slyke.
DP- Caseres and Fuller; Baez,
AGonzalez and Caseres.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Sexton (2-8)	7.0  1  3-3  1  5  4.54
Meque 	        0.2  3  1-1  0  1  4.76
McCarter	1.1  1  0-0  1  1  0.92
  WP- Ramirez 2. T- 2:45. Att- 2,836.
High-Flying Loons Set Records
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes continued to roll on a record-setting night at Dow Diamond, defeating Lansing 6-1 in front of 4,472 fans.

  The Loons won their eighth consecutive game and improved to nine games over .500 (38-29), both franchise bests. Jon Michael Redding (9-2) picked up the win, tying Steven Johnson's 2008 record for wins in a season, accomplishing the feat with 73 games remaining. The Loons also turned five double plays in the game, tying a record set on two other occasions.  

A total of eight double plays were turned by the two teams combined.   

Redding pitched eight solid innings for the victory. He allowed just five hits and struck out nine to lower his ERA to 4.46. Kyle Smit faced the minimum in a scoreless ninth.  

  The Loons scored twice in the first on RBI singles by Anthony Hatch and Austin Gallagher and never trailed in the game. Two more runs were scored in the second on a two-run double by Jaime Pedroza. Brian Mathews hit a bases-loaded ground ball in the third to produce the home team's fifth run.  Alfredo Silverio led off the fifth inning with his third home run of the season to conclude the Loons' scoring.  

  The Loons-Lugnuts series continues tonight. Left-hander Geison Aguasviva (2-0), who has yet to allow an earned run in 10.2 innings on the mound, will make his first start of 2009. Lansing will counter with right-hander Jonas Cuotto (1-4, 5.53).  

  Score by Innings
Lansing	        000 100 000-1
Great Lakes	221 010 00x-6

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  2  2  0  .298
Pedroza 2b	3  1  2  2  .285
Hatch 3b	3  0  2  1  .267
Russell rf	5  0  0  0  .273
Gallagher dh	4  0  2  1  .268
Buss cf	        4  1  1  0  .257
Silverio lf	4  1  3  1  .279
Wallach c	2  1  0  0  .224
Mathews 1b	4  0  0  1  .219
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  Totals	34  6 12  6
  Lansing	28  1  5  0

  Error- Silverio (3), Pedroza (17).
2B- Pedroza (18). HR- Silverio (3).
RBI- Hatch (27), Gallagher (28),
Pedroza 2 (41), Mathews (2), Silverio
(31). LOB- Great Lakes 10. Lansing 2.
SB- Gordon (36), Hatch (3), Pedroza
(22). DP- Gordon, Pedroza and Mathews
2; Pedroza, Gordon and Mathews 2;
Redding and Mathews.

  Great Lakes	ab  h r-er bb so  era
Redding (9-2)	8.0  4  1-0  1  9  4.46
Smit	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.50
  WP- Redding. HBP- Wallach, by Redding. 
T- 1:17. Att- 4,472.
Dominican Dodgers Win Big
Florencio Bustillos pitched a two-hitter for six innings, striking out eight, and Leonel Beras and Jose Mateo maintained the shutout. Combined with 15-hit attack it resulted in a 13-0 win over the Orioles/Brewers entry in the Dominican Summer League.

Jose Ramirez had three hits and three RBI, while Bladimir Franco doubled twice and singled, knocking in a pair of runs to give the Dodgers their seventh win in nine home games.

A six-run third inning, in which 10 men went to the plate, was keyed by seven singles. They added five in the eighth, helped by Franco's two-run double, to put the game away.

  Score by Innings
Orioles/Brewers	000 000 000- 0
DSL Dodgers	006 100 15x-13

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Charles 2b	4  2  2  0  .333
 Ifante 2b	1  1  1  0  .333
Aguilar ss	4  1  1  1  .278
RLugo rf	2  0  1  0  .266
 Nieto lf	2  1  1  1  .286
Sucre lf-rf	4  2  1  1  .268
Franco 3b	5  3  3  2  .375
JRamirez cf	5  1  3  3  .303
Capellan dh	5  0  1  0  .250
JLugo 1b	3  0  1  2  .214
Bens c	        3  2  0  0  .316
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  Totals	38 13 15 10
  OBrewers	31  0  5  0

  2B- Franco 2 (5). RBI- Aguilar (6),
Sucre (11), JRamirez 3 (10), Lugo 2 (4),
Nieto (1), Franco 2 (16). S- Lugo.
LOB- Dodgers 6, OBrewers 5. DP- Aguilar, 
Charles and Lugo. 
 
  Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Bustillos (2-1)	6.0  2  0-0  0  8  2.70
Beras	        2.0  0  0-0  1  1  4.91
Mateo	        1.0  3  0-0  0  2  6.75
  HBP- Bends, Sucre. PB- Bens (1). T- 2:54.
Minor League Notes-- The Dodgers released RHPs Arismendy Castillo and Joseph Jones as well as OF Johnny Washington.

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