Manny Draws 15,000 in Albuquerque

Albuquerque had a packed house to see Manny Ramirez's first rehab start and they were also treated to a 1-0 win over Nashville in addition. Chattanooga lost 6-1 to Huntsville and both Inland Empire and Great Lakes are off for the All-Star break.

Manny's Mob Watches 'Topes Win
With a record crowd of 15,321 fans on hand to see rehabbing Manny Ramirez, Isotopes right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado stole the show, holding Nashville scoreless over seven innings to boost Albuquerque (36-35) to a 1-0 victory. The 1-0 game is just the second in the history of Isotopes Park and the first time in team history just one run was scored in a nine-inning game.

Ramirez, who was making his first appearance of three at Isotopes Park and batting leadoff, struck out swinging in the first and grounded out to shortstop in the third before leaving after four innings. He is tentatively set to play five innings tonight and seven innings tomorrow night.

Alvarado (5-5) matched a season-best seven innings and setting a season-high with eight strikeouts. He allowed four hits for his second outing in a row, all of which were singles, and didn't surrender a walk.

Neither team managed to push across a run until the 'Topes scored in the bottom of the seventh. Dee Brown, who entered in the fifth inning to replace Ramirez knocked in the winning run.

The Sounds second baseman was unable to handle a sharply hit ball and, with the Maza sprinting to first, sailed his throw over the first baseman's head. Sergio Garcia walked and Brown banged a first pitch into right field for the game-winning run.

Albuquerque was held to four hits and the one important run.

The Isotopes bullpen preserved the lead and shutout. Travis Schlichting allowed back-to-back singles to open the eighth, but the second 'Topes' twin-killing an inning-ending groundout left them stranded.

Scott Strickland (12) nailed the win down with his 12th save. He fanned two of the four batters he faced for 32 punch-outs in 21.2 innings.

Albuquerque try for their fourth win in a row, sending the Pacific Coast League's win leader Charlie Haeger (8-4, 3.90), against Nashville's Tim Dillard (7-3, 4.31).

Once again, gates will be opening at 5:30 PM to accommodate the large crowds.

  Score by Innings
Nashville 	000 000 000-0
Albuquerque	000 000 10x-1

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ramirez lf	2  0  0  0  .000
Brown lf	2  0  1  1  .310
Hu ss	        4  0  0  0  .248
DeWitt 2b	4  0  2  0  .264
Hoffmann rf	2  0  0  0  .230
Repko cf	4  0  0  0  .254
Closser c	4  0  1  0  .292
Maza 3b	        3  1  1  0  .268
Garcia 1b	2  0  1  0  .225
Alvarado p	2  0  0  0  .083
 JGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .229
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	32  1  6  1
  Nashville	31  0  6  0  

  2B- DeWitt (15). RBI- Brown (46). 
LOB- Albuquerque 8, Nashville 5. DP- Garcia 
and Closser; He, DeWitt and Garcia.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (5-5)	7.0  4  0-0  0  8  3.10
Schlichting	1.0  2  0-0  0  0  0.00
  T- 2:33. Att- 15, 321.
Chattanooga Shut Down by Stars
Huntsville slipped past Chattanooga 6-1 in the second game of a six-game series to open the second half. The Lookouts dropped to 30-41 overall. Huntsville won for a fifth time in 11 games against Chattanooga.

Lookouts starter Josh Lindblom (3-5) was roughed up early, allowing a run in the first, three in the fourth and one in the fifth before leaving the game.

Chattanooga was held to one hit though four innings and finished with only four. Gabriel Gutierrez doubled with one out, moved to third base on a ground out and then scored on a wild pitch for their only run.

Tony Abreu, back again from the disabled list, singled twice and Gutierrez added a single to his double to record all four Chattanooga hits.

The series continues tonight with southpaw David Welch taking the hill against Lookouts' right-hander Jesus Castillo.

  Score by Innings	 
Chattanooga	000 010 000-1
Huntsville	103 010 10x-6

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	3  0  0  0  .291
Sellers ss	4  0  0  0  .288
Abreu 2b	4  0  2  0  .300
Bell 3b        	4  0  0  0  .275
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .278
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .263
Gutierrez c 	3  1  2  0  .250
Godwin rf	4  0  0  0  .252
Lindblom p	1  0  0  0  .083
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .269
 Koss p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	32  1  4  0
  Huntsville	30  6  6  5

  Error- Abreu (2). 2B- Gutierrez 2 (3).
LOB- Chattanooga 7, Huntsville 3. 

  Chattanooga 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Lindblom (3-5)	5.0  6  5-5  2  4  4.71
Garate        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.84
Koss        	        1.0  0  1-0  1  0  2.08
Sartor        	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.75
  T- 2;18. Att- 1,012.
Inland Empire-- All-Star Break. The California League All-Stars used a home run in the bottom of the 11th to top the Carolina League All-Stars 2-1. The 66ers Trayvon Robinson started in center field but was 0-or-4. Tim Sexton worked a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Great Lakes-- All-Star break. The East Division of the Midwest League topped the West Division 6-3 on the strength of a grand slam home run in the fourth inning. Great Lakes's Tony Delmonico singled to load the bases before the big hit. Shortstop Dee Gordon scored the first run for the East in the opening inning when he reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, moved to third on a ground ball and scored on Jaime Pedroza's single. Josh Walters was tagged for a pair of runs in his one inning.

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