Dodgers Get a Good Look at Elbert

Another huge crowd showed up in Albuquerque to watch Manny Ramirez but the rain and slipper conditions kept him off the field. However Scott Elbert limited Nashville to a single hit, winning 4-0 in six innings. Chattanooga was bombed 12-1 by Huntsville, Inland Empire lost 5-3 to Lake Elsinore and Great Lakes were blanked 4-0 by West Michigan.

Elbert Stops Nashville 4-0
Left-hander Scott Elbert was promoted from Double-A Chattanooga to Triple-A Albuquerque, replacing in the starting rotation Miguel Pinango, who was released, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

The Dodgers -- as well as clubs that might be interested in obtaining Elbert in exchange for the veteran starter the Dodgers are seeking -- wanted to see him against more veteran hitters.

And they got their wish.

A one-hour rain delay at the start and another at the end didn't faze Elbert as he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, allowed a single, then the runner was picked off first base by the catcher as a heavy rain descended and washed the game out.

The largest crowd in Isotopes Park history was on hand on Tuesday but the 15,083 in attendance, who came to see Manny Ramirez, got their money's worth, although they were disappointed that the outfielder did not play. Due to the showers and field conditions, Ramirez was removed from the lineup and ended his assignment with the Isotopes.

The rain storm delayed the start of the game was topped by an even heavier rain that ended it and lightening was thrown into the unusual mix.

Elbert (1-0), who earned a win with the Dodgers earlier this season, was superb in his Triple-A debut, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Martin Maldonado dumped a bloop single behind second base for the first and only Sounds base hit of the contest.

If the move was to determine if he should be retained or traded, there was no question that a talent such as his -- he leads the Dodgers system in strikeouts (94) and strikeouts per nine innings (12.61) -- it would seem the 23-year-old too valuable to not hang onto.

Elbert fanned his seventh batter and catcher J.D. Closser picked Maldonado off of first, to end the inning and the game as the rain moved in immediately after.

The Isotopes scored in the bottom of the first inning when Blake DeWitt singled and Jamie Hoffmann walked and Dee Brown ripped a double to left in the bottom for a 2-0 lead.

They added two more in the third on a single by Chin-Lung Hu and a double by Blake DeWitt. Hu trotted scored on a groundout by Hoffmann before Brown picked up his third RBI with a single to right.

Albuquerque, who has won seven of the last 10 games, meet Nashville in the final game of the season with rehabbing righty Jason Schmidt (0-0, 4.70) taking on Sounds southpaw Lindsay Gulin (3-3, 5.37).

  Score by Innings
Nashville	000 000-0
Albuquerque	202 00x-4

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	3  0  0  0  .246
Hu ss	        3  1  2  0  .259
DeWitt 3b	3  2  2  0  .261
Hoffmann rf	2  1  0  1  .246
Brown lf	2  0  2  3  .311
Closser c	2  0  0  0  .269
Maza 2b	        2  0  0  0  .264
SGarcia 1b	2  0  0  0  .220
Elbert p	2  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	21  4  6  4   
  Nashville	17  0  1  0

  2B- Brown (16), DeWitt (16). RBI- Brown 3 
(49), Hoffmann (8). LOB- Albuquerque 3. Nashville 
0. SB- Brown (4), DP- Closser and SGarcia.
PO- Closser; by Closser.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert (1-0)	6.0  1  0-0  1  7  0.00
  T- 2:37 (1:48 delay). Att- 15,083.
Lookouts Bombed 12-1
Chattanooga was held to five hits and Huntsville bashed out 14 to gallop to a 12-1 victory in Alabama. Five different Lookout pitchers were used in an attempt to slow the Stars, with Alberto Bastardo, just promoted from Inland Empire, getting knocked around for eight hits and six runs, five earned, before leaving in the third inning.

Chattanooga was held to a single by Andrew Lambo over the first five innings and finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth when Justin Sellers singled and then scored on Russ Mitchell's double but by that time Huntsville held a comfortable 8-0 lead.

Kendy Batista, Jesus Rodriguez, Francisco Felix and Victor Garate followed Bastardo on the hill with varying results.

The Lookouts five hits were equally divided between five different players. Along with Lambo, Sellers and Mitchell, Mike Rose and Josh Bell added singles.

The loss drops Chattanooga to 31-42 on the season and 1-3 in the second half.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 001 000- 1
Huntsville	204 020 40x-12

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  0  0  .299
Mitchell rf	3  0  1  1  .189
Abreu 2b	4  0  0  0  .292
Rose c	        4  0  1  0  .238
Bell 3b	        4  0  1  0  .277
Lambo lf	3  0  1  0  .263
Perez 1b	3  0  0  0  .270
Becker ss	2  0  0  0  .235
 JRodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .333
Bastardo p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sellers ss	2  1  1  0  .290
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  Totals  	28  1 12  1
  Huntsville	37 12 15 12

  Errors- Bell (13), Abreu (3). 2B- mitchell (12). 
RBI- Mitchell (29). LOB- chattanooga 6, Huntsville 
7. CS- Mitchell (1).

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (0-1)	2.2  8  6-5  1  1 16.88
Batista	        1.1  1  0-0  3  0  2.86
JRodriguez 	2.0  2  2-1  0  1  3.29
Felix	        1.0  2  4-4  2  1  3.53
Garate	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.73
  WP- Batista. T- 2:53, Att- 2,023.
Inland Empire Dumped by Storm
The 66ers used a two-run home run by Preston Mattingly (#7) in the third inning and Steven Caseres tripled and scored on Scott Van Slyke's single in the fourth and Inland Empire held a 3-1 lead over Lake Elsinore.

However, the Sixers could only manage one more hit as the Storm stormed to a 5-3 win. They went hitless over the final four innings and 0-for-their-last-15 after Elian Herrera's single in the fifth.

Rehabbing Eric Stults worked the first three innings and allowed a single run on three hits. The lone run scored on a double-steal in the second.

Mario Alvarez (1-1) was tagged for four runs, and the loss, in three innings. Alvarez walked his first three hitters of the season and added a pair of wild pitches and an RBI single.

The series continues tonight with Inland Empire (32-39, 0-1) starting RHP Josh Wall (0-3, 6.16) while the Storm (40-31, 1-0) counters with RHP Jeremy Hefner (6-6, 4.16). The 66ers return home for a three-game series with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Sunday.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	002 100 000-3
Lake Elsinore	010 022 00x-5

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	5  1  1  2  .284
Herrera dh	4  0  1  0  .297
Robinson cf	3  0  0  0  .298
Fuller cf	0  0  0  0  .247
Baez 3b	        3  0  0  0  .289
Caseres 1b	3  1  2  0  .293
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  1  .297
AGonzalez 2b	4  0  0  0  .284
Garabedian c	4  0  0  0  .288
Lara ss	4  1  1  0  .266
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  Totals  	34  3  6  3
  Lake Elsinore	28  5  7  4  
  
  3B- Caseres (3). HR- Mattingly (7).
RBI- Mattingly 2 (24), Van Slyke (46).
LOB- Inland Empire 8, Lake Elsinore 8.
SB- Herrera 2 (16). CS- Herrera (2). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Stults	        3.0  3  1-1  0  2  3.00
Alvarez (1-1)	3.0  4  4-4  3  1  5.02
Prado	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  4.30
Meque	        1.0  0  0-0  2  1  4.50
  WP- Alvarez. T- 2:50. Att- 6,971.
Loons Blanked by Whitecaps
Great Lakes was held to five hits and dropped a 4-0 decision to West Michigan in the opening game of the second half.

  Bobby Blevins (5-5) allowed seven hits in his five innings as well as four runs, two earned, and took the loss. Geison Aguasviva and Jordan Pratt allowed only two hits and no runs over the final three innings.   

The Whitecaps scored all the runs they would need in the second inning when shortstop Jaime Pedroza made a great pickup on a ball hit deep in the hole to his right but then threw the ball away to allow both runners to score. West Michigan tacked on single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

  Blevins pitched well enough to win and marked the seventh time in his last eight starts that he allowed two earned runs or fewer in a game.

  The Loons managed only five hits and only one over the final four innings, the last 10 batters went out in order.

The two teams continue their series tonight with right-hander Justin Miller (3-2, 4.29) starting for Great Lakes against righty Brandon Hamilton (3-2, 6.46).

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0
West Michigan	020 101 00x-4

  Great Lakes	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  0  .307
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .280
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .272
Delmonico 1b	4  0  1  0  .272
Buss cf	        4  0  1  0  .279
Gallagher dh	3  0  1  0  .263
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .266
Wallach c	2  0  1  0  .238	
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  Totals 	32  0  5  0
  West Michigan	32  4  9  2

  Errors- Pedroza 2 (19), Aguasviva (3).
2B- Gallagher (10). LOB- Great Lakes 6,
West Michigan 5. SB- Buss (9). DP- Hatch
and Delmonico.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Blevins (5-5)	5.0  7  4-2  1  5  4.50
Aguasviva	2.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
Pratt	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.80
  T- 2:39. Att- 5,728.

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