Hu's Encore Performance Tops Omaha

Chin-lung Hu delivered the game winning hit for the second straight game as Albuquerque topped Omaha 5-4. Chattanooga had to scramble to take a 5-4 win over Mississippi. Eric Milton combined with Steve Johnson to shutout High Desert 6-0. Great Lakes Loons lost to the Lansing Lugnuts, 9-8 to end their 10 game winning streak. The DSL Dodgers had Sunday off.

Hu Knocks in Winner in 12th
Chin-lung Hu, the Dodgers Player of the Year in 2007, delivered the game winning hit for the second straight game, ripping a walk-off RBI singled in the last of the 12th as league-leading Albuquerque (35-35) topped Omaha 5-4.
PCL American South w-l pct gb Albuquerque 35-35 .500 -- New Orleans 33-38 .465 2.5 Oklahoma City 32-37 .464 2.5 Round Rock 32-38 .457 3.0 Albuquerque lost a two-run lead in the seventh, then scored in the ninth to tie the game and send it into extra innings. In the 12th, Jason Repko, who matched Luis Maza with a team-high three hits, singled and swiped second to set up Hu's heroics.

Starting a string of three pitchers on rehab, Will Ohman started and worked a perfect inning. He was followed by Jason Schmidt, who completed his five innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He left the game tied 2-2. Claudio Vargas coughed up a pair of homers in the eighth.

Travis Schlichting and Erick Threets worked a combined three innings and Henry Bonilla (3-5) added a shutout 12th inning and earned the win on Hu's single.

Omaha held the 'Topes to two hits and led 2-0 into the last of the fifth when Dee Brown smacked his 13th home run to lead off the inning. JD Closser doubled and then scored on Juan Gonzalez's RBI single.

Albuquerque took the lead for the first time in the seventh when Brown was hit by a pitch and Gonzalez and Maza followed with singles. Omaha had a pair of back-to-back homers in the eighth and led 4-3 into the last of the ninth.

Singles Brown and Closser put runners on the corners and pinch-hitter Jovanny Rosario's sacrifice fly tied the game.

Albuquerque out-hit Omaha 14-8 but were 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base. Repko and Maza had three hits each while Brown and Closser had two apiece.

The Isotopes also raised $3,199 toward prostate cancer research with an in-game jersey auction. Fittingly enough, Hu's jersey garnered the highest bid at $310, while Brown, Closser and Haeger took a three-way tie for second at $250 apiece.

Albuquerque is off today before hosting Nashville with right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado (4-5, 3.45) scheduled to take the ball for the 'Topes against Sounds lefty Manny Parra (0-0, 1.50).

  Score by Innings
Omaha	        001 100 020 111-4
Albuquerque	000 020 101 001-5

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	6  1  2  0  .259
Hu ss        	5  0  1  1  .252
DeWitt 2b	4  0  1  0  .259
Hoffmann rf	5  0  0  0  .237
Brown dh	3  2  2  1  .308
 Rosario pr-dh	1  1  0  0  .262
Closser c	4  1  2  0  .300
JGonzalez 3b	3  0  1  1  .235
Maza lf        	4  0  3  2  .267
Garcia 1b	5  0  1  0  .220
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  Totals  	42  5 14  5
  Omaha	        41  4  8  4

  2B- DeWitt (14), Closser (2).
HR- Brown (13). RBI- Brown (45), Maza 2
(20), JGonzalez (5), Hu (30).
S- JGonzalez, Closser, Hu. SF- JGonzalez.
LOB- Albuquerque 8, Omaha 8. SB- Repko
(13). DP- DeWitt, Hu and Garcia. 

  Albuquerque	in  h r-er bb so  era
Ohman	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Schmidt	        5.0  4  2-2  4  2  4.70
Vargas	        2.0  1  2-2  0  3  2.25
Schlichting	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  0.00
Threets	        2.0  0  0-0  1  3  1.89
Bonilla (3-5)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.29
  HBP- Brown. T- 3:10. Att- 10,127.
Lookouts Dump Braves to End First Half
Chattanooga had to scramble to take a 5-4 win over Mississippi in the final game of the first half. The Lookouts trailed twice before scoring three times in the third, then holding on for the win.

 Southern League South
			w-l   pct    gb
Huntsville		38-31  .551    --
Carolina		37-33  .536   1.0
Tennessee		32-36  .457   6.5
Chattanooga		30-39  .435   8.0
West Tenn		27-43  .386  11.5
Starter Kendy Batista (3-0) earned the win for the Lookouts by throwing 5.2 innings of three-run ball. He yielded five hits and three walks, while striking out two. Jose Rodriguez and Paul Koss held off the Braves and Victor Garate was able to shut the door in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.

Mississippi jumped off to an early 1-0 lead but Chattanooga countered with a run of their own in the bottom of the second on consecutive doubles by Joe Becker and Gabriel Gutierrez.

The Braves moved out 2-1 in the third before the Lookouts took the lead with a three-run effort. With one out, Justin Sellers beat out a bunt and Eduardo Perez was hit by pitch. Andrew Lambo blasted a double to right for one run and Russ Mitchell walked to load the bases. James Tomlin followed with a single up the middle to drive home Perez and Lambo.

In the sixth the Braves closed to 4-3 before a bases-loaded sac fly by pinch hitter Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly put up the final Lookouts run.

Chattanooga hits the road to play a six-game series against the Huntsville Stars today. The Lookouts will return back to AT&T Field to play a six-game series against the Carolina Mudcats on Sunday, June 28th.

  Score by Innings
Mississippi	010 001 001-4
Chattanooga	013 000 10x-5

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin rf	5  0  1  0  .261
Sellers ss	5  1  4  0  .294
Perez 1b	3  2  0  0  .290
Lambo lf	3  1  1  1  .268
Mitchell 3b	2  0  0  0  .180
Tomlin cf	3  0  2  2  .291
Becker 2b	3  1  1  0  .400
 JRodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Bell ph	0  0  0  1  .281
 Koss p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
Gutierrez c	3  0  1  1  .167
Batista p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Mercedes 2b	2  0  0  0  .150
---------------------------------
  Totals	28  5 10  5
  Mississippi	28  4  6  4

 2B- Becker (2), Gutierrez (1), Lambo
(21), Tomlin (8). RBI- Gutierrez (1),
Lambo (22), Tomlin 2 (14), Bell (38).
S- Mitchell. SF- Bell. LOB- Chattanooga
10, Chattanooga 10. SB- Sellers (5),
Mercedes (4). CS- Godwin (3).

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Batista (3-0)	5.2  5  3-3  3  2  3.05
JRodriguez 	1.1  1  0-0  1  0  3.23
Koss        	1.0  0  1-1  3  1  2.20
Garate	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  2.96
  HBP- Perez, Gutierrez, by Batista. 
T- 3:00. Att- 1,696.
Milton and Johnson Shut Out Mavs
Rehabbing Dodgers starter Eric Milton combined with Steve Johnson to earn a Father's Day shutout victory over High Desert Mavericks and a 6-0 win.

The 66ers won six of the final eight meetings with the Mavericks to close out the first half.

 Cal League South    w-l   pct    gb
High Desert         43-27  .614   --  
Lake Elsinore       39-31  .571   2.0 
Inland Empire       23-38  .457  11.0
Rch Cucamonga       30-40  .429  13.0
Lancaster           26-44  .371  17.0
> Eric Milton (1-0, 0.00) got the win in his first rehab start with Inland Empire. Milton pitched 5.1 shutout innings in which he allowed 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3 before being removed due to a designated pitch count limit.

Johnson finished the game out and allowed only 3 hits and 2 walks while fanning 6.

Jamie Ortiz and Scott Van Slyke provided a pair of two-run homers, Ortiz hitting his into the netting in right field in the second and Van Slyke driving his team-leading 11th home run onto Home Run Hill in left in the fourth inning, giving Inland Empire a 4-0 lead.

Steven Caseres drew three walks on the afternoon and scored on each of the home runs.

This year's California-Carolina League All-Star Game is held in Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. The 66ers have three representatives including Trayvon Robinson starting in the outfield and starting pitchers Alberto Bastardo and Tim Sexton named to the pitching staff.

Inland Empire (32-38) opens the second half of the season in Lake Elsinore on Thursday, June 25.

  Score by Innings
High Desert	000 000 000-0
Inland Empire	021 100 00x-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	3  1  2  0  .286
Fuller 2b	4  0  0  0  .247
Robinson cf	3  0  1  1  .301
Baez 3b        	4  0  2  1  .293
Caseres dh	1  2  0  0  .287
Van Slyke rf	4  1  1  2  .297
Ortiz 1b	4  1  2  2  .250
Mier c        	4  0  0  0  .267
Lara ss        	3  1  1  0  .267
---------------------------------
  Totals	28  6  9  6
  High Desert	30  0  7  0

  Error- Mattingly (2). 2B- Robinson (21),
Mattingly (10). HR- Ortiz (2), Van Slyke
(11). RBI- Ortiz 2 (5), Robinson (32), Van
Slyke 2 (45), Baez (44). LOB- Inland
Empire 5, High Desert 6. SB- Lara (9),
Mattingly (10). PO- Baez. DP- Ortiz and
Lara; Milton, Lara and Ortiz; Baez and
Ortiz. Pickoff- Mier.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Milton (1-0)	5.1  4  0-0  1  3  0.00
Johnson 	3.2  3  0-0  2  6  4.25
  T- 2:32. Att- 2,801.
Loons Conclude Record First Half
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

On June 10, the Great Lakes Loons lost to the Lansing Lugnuts, 9-8, squandering a five-run lead. Little did Loons know that they would follow that loss with a franchise-best 10 game winning streak, finally snapped, ironically enough, in a 9-8 loss to the same Lugnuts.

And the game nearly featured a blown lead even greater than that blown June 10 by the Loons.

 Midwest League Eastern
		  w-l   pct   gb
Fort Wayne	45-25  .643    --
West Michigan	43-27  .614   2.0
Great Lakes	40-30  .571   5.0
Dayton		26-42  .400  17.0
South Bend	27-41  .397  17.0
Lansing		26-43  .377  18.5
The game was played in front of a second consecutive sell-out crowd of 5,514 on a Family Fun in the SUNday.

  Trailing by as many as seven, the Loons rallied to pull to within one run in the ninth and put the tying run on base, but fell to Lansing by one, snapping their 10-game streak.

   Lansing struck for an unearned run in the first on a passed ball by Tony Delmonico and a throwing error by Dee Gordon.

   The Loons took the lead in the second. Austin Gallagher doubled home Kyle Russell, then later scored on a wild pitch by Henderson Alvarez. 

   After Lansing tied the game in the third, they took the lead in the fourth on a solo home run. But their big inning of the game came in the fifth, when the Lugnuts struck for six runs, highlighted by a grand slam.

   But the Loons battled back with a run in the fifth on a double by Anthony Hatch. Then in the seventh, the Loons scored four. 

Gordon singled home Matt Wallach. Another Hatch double plated Gordon. Jaime Pedroza scored on a wild pitch.  Then Nick Buss singled off the pitchers' ankle to pull Great Lakes to within two.

   In the ninth, the Loons scored on a double by Kyle Russell to right-center. The Loons sent the go-ahead run to the plate, but fell to Lansing.

   The Loons conclude the first half winning 10 of their last 11 and finishing with the best half record in franchise history (40-30). 

  They will break for the all-star game Monday through Wednesday, that features a record seven Loons players. They will return to action Thursday in Grand Rapids for the first of four against West Michigan.  Bobby Blevins will start the first game back. 

  Roster Moves
RHP Josh Walter is recalled from Ogden and RHP Nathan Eovaldi is moved to the Ogden roster.

  Score by Innings
Lansing	        101 160 000-9
Great Lakes	020 010 401-8

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  2  2  1  .308
Pedroza 2b	5  2  2  0  .285
Hatch 3b	5  1  2  2  .277
Russell rf	5  1  2  1  .281
Gallagher dh	4  1  1  1  .262
Buss cf        	5  0  2  1  .279
Delmonico c	3  0  1  0  .272
Silverio lf	4  0  0  0  .269
Wallach 1b	3  1  1  1  .235
---------------------------------
  Totals	39  8 3 6
  Lansing	38  9 10 8

  Error- Gordon (21). 2B- Russell 2 (22),
Gallagher (9), Hatch 2 (19), Wallach (12),
Pedroza (10). RBI- Gallagher (20) Hatch 2
(23), Gordon (18), Buss (30), Russell (56).
LOB- Great Lakes 7, Lansing 8. SB- Gordon
(4).

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
JMiller (3-3)	4.2  7  7-6  3  3  4.74
Boothe	        1.1  2  2-2  2  2  4.99
Smit        	2.0  1  0-0  1  2  5.20
St. Clair	1.0  0  0-0  0  3  3.60
  WP- Miller. PB- Delmonico (8).
T- 3:10> Att- 5,514.
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