Schmidt Sparkles in Albuquerque Start

Jason Schmidt pitched 7.2 innings and scattered five hits while striking out seven as Albuquerque topped Nashville 2-0. Huntsville handed Chattanooga their fourth loss of the second half, 9-3. Inland Empire tied a season-high by issuing 11 walks and the Storm recorded an 11-6 win. Great Lakes lost for the second straight night against the West Michigan Whitecaps, 4-1.

Schmidt Pitches a Gem
He didn't say, "I'm Back" after his nearly eight shutout innings but Jason Schmidt (1-0), who has rehabbed for nearly three years, just might be after working 7.2 innings and scattered five hits while striking out seven as Albuquerque topped Nashville 2-0.

The crowd of 11,283 saw the third shutout of the four-game series which drew 54,763, shattering the largest four-game attendance record of 47,025 set in August 2006.

The whopping crowds witnessed the 'Topes posting a cumulative 0.69 ERA over 42 total innings. The Isotopes starters combined to allow only two runs during the four-game set.

After an hour rain delay at the start of the game, Schmidt retired 10 batters in a row from the second to the sixth. After a leadoff single to start the game, the right-hander locked in, facing the minimum until surrendering back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the sixth.

After 104 pitches he left the bases loaded for reliever Erick Threets, who needed just three pitches to record a strike out to end the inning. Closer Scott Strickland (save 13) slammed the door, retiring the side in the ninth, boosting the Sounds strikeout total at 10 and earning the save.

The Isotopes offense used the fourth inning record all the runs they would need.

Chin Lung-Hu and Blake DeWitt opened with back-to-back singles before a double steal moved them into scoring position. Jamie Hoffmann walked to load the bases. Dee Brown grounded into a force play at second and allowing Hu to put the first run on the scoreboard. J.D. Closser lined a single to drive in DeWitt with the final run of the game.

Albuquerque heads to Omaha for a four-game series with the Royals. Lefty Stephen Randolph (3-2, 5.79) will take the mound for the 'Topes against Royals right-hander Matt Wright (0-4, 7.67).

The Isotopes return Wednesday for a three-game series with the Memphis Redbirds that includes back-to-back fireworks shows on both July 2 and July 3.

  Score by Innings
Nashville	000 000 000-0
Albuquerque	000 200 00X-2

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	4  0  0  0  .244
Hu ss        	4  1  1  0  .259
DeWitt 3b	4  1  1  0  .261
Hoffmann rf	3  0  1  0  .250
Brown lf	3  0  0  0  .306
Closser c	3  0  2  1  .310
Maza 2b        	3  0  0  0  .260
SGarcia 1b	2  0  0  0  .216
Schmidt p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	28  2  5  2
  Nashville	26  0  5  0

  RBI- Brown (50), Closser 2. LOB- Los
Angeles 5, Nashville 6. SB- DeWitt (2),
Hu (10). CS- Hoffmann (2). PO- Hoffmann.
DP- Schmidt, Hu and SGarcia.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Schmidt (1-0)	7.2  5  0-0  1  7  2.35
Threets 	0.1  0  0-0  0  1  1.87
Strickland 	1.0  0  0-0  0  3  3.80
  HBP- by Schmidt.
T- 2:24 (1:07 delay). Att- 11,283.
Lookouts Tripped Again
Huntsville handed Chattanooga their fourth loss in the first five games of the second half, recording a 9-3 victory in the fifth game of a six-game series. The Stars have outscored the Lookouts 29-6 and dropped them to 31-43 overall.

Lookouts starter James Adkins retired the first four hitters he faced, fanning three, before allowing four runs in the second inning. A two-out single by former Dodgers minor leaguer Shane Justis made it 5-0 in the fourth.

Adkins was charged with five runs on seven hits over his five innings, while walking three and fanning five. He dropped to 2-6 and remains winless since beating the Stars on May 14.

The Lookouts could manage only two James Tomlin singles through six innings before Joseph Becker reached on an error, Eddy Perez was hit by a pitch and Andrew Lambo launched a three-run home run to cut the home team's lead to 5-3.

Javy Guerre, just promoted from Great Lakes, worked a scoreless sixth, Paul Koss was tagged for a pair of runs in the seventh and Matt Sartor was also charged with two runs.

tomlin finished with three of the Lookout's six hits and boosted his average to .309.

The series ends tonight with the Lookouts' right-hander Travis Chick facing right-hander Josh Butler.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 000 300-3
Huntsville	040 100 22x-9

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  3  0  .309
Sellers ss	2  0  0  0  .288
Becker ss	2  1  0  0  .211
Bell 3b        	4  0  0  0  .273
perez 1b	3  1  1  0  .263
Lambo lf	4  1  1  3  .263
Mitchell 2b	4  0  0  0  .186
Giles rf	4  0  1  0  .268
Gutierrez c	3  0  1  0  .267
Adkins p	1  0  0  0  .056
 Nivar ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Guerra p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rose ph	1  0  0  0  .235
 Koss p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals 	33  3  6  3
  Huntsville	31  9 11  9

  HR- Lambo (7). RBI- Lambo 3 (25).
CS- Tomlin (8). DP- Guerra, Gutierrez
and Perez.

  Chattanooga 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins (2-6)	5.0   7  5-5 3  5  5.19
Guerra	        1.0  0  0-0  3  0  0.00
Koss	        0.2  1  2-2  2  0  3.00
Sartor	        1.1  3  2-2  0  1  3.10
  HBP- Perez. T- 2:50> Att- 1,879.
Lake Elsinore Walks Over 66ers,br> Inland Empire tied a season-high by issuing 11 walks and the Storm took advantage of the wildness to record a 11-6 win.

Josh Wall started and left in the third inning having allowed four runs. Matt Smith was tabbed with three more without getting an out an Miguel Sanfler ended the inning, then put three zeros on the scoreboard without allowing a hit. Greg Miller, Blake Brannon and Jacobo Meque finished out the ugly loss.

Trailing 2-0 in the second, the 66ers loaded the bases with none out on singles by Pedro Baez and Steven Caseres plus a walk to Scott Van Slyke. But they didn't score until the third when Preston Mattingly walked and Elian Herrera tripled him across.

Lake Elsinore KO'ed Wall (0-4) in the third and put the game away.

The 66ers checked in with a four-run eighth, to cut the margin to three, on doubles by Justin Fuller and Herrera, a single by Trayvon Robinson, Caseres second hit of the game (a double) and Scott Van Slyke's double.

Inland Empire also loaded the bases in the ninth inning but couldn't push another run across.

Te 66ers out-hit the Storm 11-10, with Elian Herrera, Trayvon Robinson, Pedro Baez, Steve Caseres and Justin Fuller each chipping in a pair of hits.

Hoping to avoid a sweep, Inland Empire sends RHP Steven Johnson (5-4, 4.25) to face LHP Nick Schmidt. Manny Ramirez is tentatively penciled in to play in the game and will see action when the 66ers return home Monday.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	001 001 040- 6
Lake Elsinore	205 000 22x-11

  Inland Empire	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	3  1  0  0  .280
Herrera dh	5  1  2  2  .301
Robinson cf	4  1  2  1  .301
Baez 3b        	4  1  2  1  .293
Caseres 1b	4  1  2  0  .297
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  2  .297
AGonzalez 2b	4  0  0  0  .279
Mier c        	4  0  0  0  .279
Fuller ss	4  1  2  0  .258
---------------------------------
  Totals 	35  6 11 6
  Lake Elsinore	35 11 10 11

  2B- Baez (13), Fuller (4), Herrera
(9), Caseres (14), Van Slyke (23).
3B- Herrera (1). RBI- Herrera 2 (5), 
Baez (45), Robinson (33), Van Slyke 2
(48). LOB- Inland Empire 7, Lake
Elsinore 10. CS- Robinson (12).
DP- Caseres, Fuller and Caseres;
Fuller, AGonzalez and Caseres. 

  Inland Empire	 in h  r-er bb so  era
Wall (0-4)      2.2  4  4-4  3  1  6.64
Smith	        0.0  4  3-3  1  0 15.19
Sanfler	        3.1  0  0-0  2  3  4.72
Miller	        0.1  0  2-2  4  0  9.26
Brannon	        0.2  0  0-0  1  0  6.43
Meque	        1.0  2  2-2  0  3  5.21
  Balk- Wall. HBP- by Wall 2. 
T- 3:27. Att- 5,354.
Second Half Unkind to Loons
Matt Park
Great Lakes Loons

One night after being shut out for the first time, Great Lakes managed only a single run and lost for the second straight night against the West Michigan Whitecaps, 4-1. The Loons have lost three consecutive games dating back to Sunday's first half finale against Lansing, and are 0-2 to start the second half of the 2009 campaign.

  Whitecaps starter Mark Sorenson (3-2) stifled the Loons over eight innings, allowing just six hits and one run in the best outing of his season. He picked up his third win of the year and his first in three starts against the Loons this year. Tyler Conn surrendered only an infield single in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.

  The Loons struck first in the second inning to grab a brief 1-0 lead. Kyle Russell led off with a double, moved to third on a groundout by Anthony Hatch, and scored on another groundout by Austin Gallagher.

The Whitecaps came through with a pair of two-out, two-run singles to score their four runs in the third and the sixth inning.

  Justin Miller pitched well for the Loons but took the loss, allowing all four runs in his six innings of work. Miller (3-4) allowed five hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Luis Garcia worked two scoreless innings of relief for the Loons.

Russell finished with three hits and Dee Gordon had a pair of singles.

Great Lakes will turn to JonMichael Redding (9-2, 4.46) looks for its first win of the second half tonight. He'll be opposed by southpaw Casey Crosby (5-2, 3.68) of the Whitecaps in a matchup featuring two highly-touted pitching prospects.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	010 000 000-1
West Michigan	002 002 00x-4

  Great Lakes	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  2  0  .310
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .276
Buss cf        	4  0  0  0  .273
Russell rf	4  1  2  0  .284
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .267
Gallagher dh	3  0  1  1  .264
Delmonico c	3  0  0  0  .269
Silverio lf	3  0  1  0  .267
Mathews 1b	2  0  0  0  .184
---------------------------------
  Totals 	29  1  7  4
  West Michigan	31  4  6  1

  Error- Gordon (22). 2B- Russell (23).
RBI- Gallagher (30). LOB- Great Lakes 4,
West Michigan 4.  CS- Gordon (10).
DP- Gordon and Mathews. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
JMiller (3-4)	6.0  5  4-4  3  3  4.83
LuGarcia	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  3.02
  WP- Miller. HBP- Mathews. 
T- 2:04. Att- 5,547.
. Guerra Promoted to Chattanooga
Great Lakes announced the promotion of relief pitcher Javy Guerra to the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League.

The 23-year-old native of Denton, Texas served as the Loons closer over the first half of the Midwest League season, converting 16 of 18 save opportunities.

  One of a franchise-record seven Great Lakes players to represent the club at the 2009 Midwest League All-Star Game in Clinton, Iowa, Guerra recorded two ninth-inning outs in helping the Eastern Division squad to a 6-3 win over the West on Tuesday night.

  Guerra posted team-bests in ERA (1.54), WHIP (0.93) and opponent's batting average (.161) while appearing in a team-high 28 games in first half action. He also notched impressive ratios in two important strikeout categories, K/9 (12.1) and K/BB (3.67), registering 55 strikeouts in 41.0 innings pitched.

  The right-hander spent two seasons with the Inland Empire 66ers (A) of the California League prior to joining the Loons in 2009. Guerra was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2004 first-year player draft.    

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