Dodgers Teams Sweep Opposition

Albuquerque shut-down Omaha 4-2. Travis Chick allowed only three hits in his seven innings and Tommy Giles homered twice as Chattanooga stopped Huntsville 4-1. Manny Ramirez homered and Steve Johnson added seven shutout innings as Inland Empire won 7-4. Tony Delmonico's tie-breaking double in the 11th inning gave Great Lakes a 5-4 win over West Michigan.

'Topes Pitching Chokes off Omaha
In what has become a trademark of the Albuquerque team, Stephen Randolph, Travis Schlichting and Scott Strickland provided seven scoreless innings as the Isotopes shut-down Omaha 4-2. The 'Topes have won three in a row and nine of their last 11.

Randolph won his fourth straight start after firing five shutout innings in which he allowed just four hits and three walks while fanning two. Through five innings, Randolph (4-2) allowed just two runners to reach second base and eight of the 15 outs he recorded came on ground balls.

Leading 4-0, reliever Claudio Vargas allowed a monstrous solo home run and a pair of doubles to trim the lead to 4-2. Vargas pitched a perfect seventh before turning the ball over to Travis Schlichting and closer Scott Strickland.

Schlichting pitched around a double to record a scoreless eighth and set up the Strickland who dispatched the three batters he faced to lock down his 14th save in 15 chances, and tied for the second most saves in the Pacific Coast League.

Jamie Hoffmann led off the second inning with a walk before swiping second base and moving to third on a ground ball by Dee Brown. Luis Maza lined a two-out double to score Hoffmann from third for a quick 1-0 lead. Sergio Garcia cashed in Maza with a single and increased the advantage to 2-0.

In the sixth, Blake DeWitt worked a lead off walk and moved to third on a single by Brown. Juan Gonzalez hammered a double to left and Garcia then capped the scoring with his second RBI of the evening on a sacrifice fly.

The 'Topes used their five hits judiciously, three of them drove in runs and the other two also scored. Gonzalez was the only Albuquerque hitter with more than a single hit.

The series continues this afternoon in Omaha with right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado (5-5, 3.10) starting for Albuquerque, looking for his third straight win, and the O-Royals starting lefty Heath Phillips (3-7, 6.81).

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

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	020 002 000-4
Omaha	        000 002 000-2

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	4  0  0  0  .000
Hu ss	        4  0  0  0  .255
DeWitt 3b	2  1  0  0  .258
Hoffmann cf-rf	3  1  0  0  .240
Brown rf-lf	4  1  1  0  .305
JuGonzalez dh	4  0  2  1  .222
Maza lf	        3  1  1  1  .261
Rosario cf	0  0  0  0  .246
SGarcia 1b	2  0  1  2  .221
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .217
  Totals  	30  4  5  4
  Omaha	        31  2  8  2

  2B- Maza (9), JuGonzalez (3).
RBI- Maza (21), SGarcia 2 (7),
JuGonzalez (6). SF- SGarcia.
LOB- Albuquerque 5, Omaha 9.
SB- SGarcia, Hoffmann (5). 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Randolph (4-2)	5.0  4  0-0  3  2  5.10
Vargas	        2.0  3  2-2  0  3  3.00
Schlichting	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
Strickland	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.65
  HBP- Maza. T- 2:45. Att- 6,576.
Chick Blanks off Stars
Travis Chick

Travis Chick (6-3) allowed only three hits in his seven innings to earn his sixth win of the season as Chattanooga stopped Huntsville 4-1. Tommy Giles provided ample support with a pair of solo home runs, his fourth and fifth for the Lookouts.

Victor Garate and Matt Sartor added a perfect inning each to close out the win.

Giles clouted his first home run in the second. James Tomlin doubled and scored on consecutive singles Chattanooga's newest addition, Ramon Nivar and Eduardo Perez in the third and the Lookouts made it 3-0 on Giles second bomb of the game in the sixth inning.

Giles had a hand in the fourth run also. Andrew Lambo walked with one out n the eighth, Giles singled him to second and he scored on a ground out and a passed ball.

In addition to Giles' three big hits, Nivar and Sellers added a pair each.

  Score by Innings	
Chattanooga	011 001 010-4
Huntsville	000 000 100-1

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  1  1  0  .308
Nivar 2b	4  0  2  0  .400
Perez 1b	5  0  1  1  .261
Rose c	        4  0  0  0  .225
Mitchell 3b	4  0  0  0  .183
Lambo lf	3  1  0  0  .260
Giles rf	3  2  3  2   297
Seller ss	4  0  2  0  .291
Chick p	        2  0  0  0  .077
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .240
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals 	32  4  9  3  
  Huntsville	29  1  3  1

  Error- Mitchell (5). 2B- Tomlin (9),
Sellers (18). HR- Giles 2 (5).
RBI- Giles 2 (11), perez (15). S- Chick.
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Huntsville 6.
SB- Nivar (1). 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Chick (6-3)	7.0  3  1-1  2  6  3.82
Garate	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  2.63
Sartor	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.02
  T- 2:28. Att- 2,014.
Manny Helps 66ers in 7-4 Win
Manny Ramirez thrilled a crowd of over 8,000 in Lake Elsinore with a leadoff home run and Inland Empire went on to record a 7-4 win.

Although Lake Elsinore is the San Diego Padres' Single-A affiliate, fans chanted "Manny! Manny!" when he stood in the on-deck circle and when he went to the plate. They cheered him in batting practice, though he hit just one home run before the game. When he hit the leadoff home run there were scattered boos but overall no player has received the reception like there was for Ramirez.

Even an upcoming August concert with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp hasn't attracted this much of a frenzy.

Even the Lake Elsinore Storm celebrated Ramirez. The team's mascot, Thunder, wore dreadlocks under his baseball cap as he caught all of the ceremonial first pitches. Then, too, Thunder also wore a pink bikini during between-innings.

Ramirez was the designated hitter and was expected to have four at-bats, but he was finished after three before retrieving his bats and going home after the fifth inning. He signed some autographs in the parking lot, then left.

He finished the night 2-for-2 with one RBI, a walk, two runs scored a solo home run in the first, a single in the fifth. He also was caught off first base after Trayvon Robinson's shot to center field and he couldn't return to first in time.

Ramirez, who has yet to talk to reporters much but did answer a few questions in Albuquerque, said "No, gracias," when asked if he'd talk to reporters in the dugout. He then disappeared into the clubhouse and signed a few autographs while lineups were announced.

Before the game, he chatted plenty with outfielder Elian Herrera in left field during batting practice. Ramirez put his arm around Herrera and the two laughed.

Steve Johnson

Lost in all the hoopla was an excellent start by Steve Johnson (6-4), who held the Storm to three hits and no runs while striking out seven over his seven innings of work. He left the game with a comfortable 5-0 lead.

He retired the side in order in four different frames and retired nine in a row at one point, fanning the final two in the seventh

Ramirez's homer on the second pitch of the game got things started and Pedro Baez slugged an RBI-run double and Scott Van Slyke drove him in for a 3-0 margin in the third inning. They added a fifth run on Herrera's RBI single in the seventh.

Jake McCarter took over in the last of the eighth and surrendered five consecutive hits, including two doubles and a triple, as the Storm pulled within a run. Marcel Prado came in from the bullpen and induced a pop out to end the eighth and closed out the game with a perfect ninth to earn his first save.

Jamie Ortiz doubled, Christian Lara tripled and Herrera collected his second RBI in the top of the ninth to add some insurance.

Herrera was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI. Baez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and Christian Lara went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI, and three runs scored as the 66ers scored their final six runs with two outs.

  The 66ers (1-2, 33-40) open a three-game homestand with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes today. RHP Chris Withrow (5-5, 5.08) takes the ball for the Sixers while LHP Alex Torres (5-2, 2.79) starts for the Quakes.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	103 000 102-7
Lake Elsinore	000 000 040-4
  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ramirez dh	2  2  2  1 1.000
 Herrera ph-dh	2  0  2  2  .312
Mattingly lf	4  0  0  0  .275
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .300
Baez 3b       	4  1  2  1  .296
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  2  .296
AGonzalez 2b-1b	4  0  0  0  .275
Ortiz 1b	3  0  1  0  .254
 Fuller pr-2b	0  1  1  0  .254
Garabedian c	4  0  0  0  .279
Lara ss        	3  3  2  1  .272
  Totals  	31  7 11  7
  Lake Elsinore	35  4  8  4

  2B- Baez 2 (15), Van Slyke (24),
Herrera (10), ortiz (2). 3B Lara (3).
HR- Ramirez (1). RBI- Ramirez (1), Baez
(46), Van Slyke 2 (50), Herrera 2 (16),
Lara (25), LOB- Inland Empire 4, Lake
Elsinore 5. CS- Mattingly (4).
PO- Mattingly. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson (6-4)	7.0  3  0-0  1  7  3.87
McCarter	0.2  5  4-4  0  1  2.66
Prado        	1.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.94
  HBP- Ortiz. T- 2:48. Att- 8,099.
Delmonico Helps Loons Top Whitecaps
Matt Park
Great Lakes Loons

Tony Delmonico

Tony Delmonico hit a tie-breaking double in the top of the 11th inning to help deliver the first win of the second half of the season for Great Lakes, a 5-4 decision over West Michigan. A two-out RBI single by Kyle Russell added an insurance run and secured the Loons victory.  

After going down in order in the 10th inning, pinch-hitter Matt Wallach led off the top of the 11th by drawing a full-count walk. Dee Gordon sacrificed Wallach to second, and after a walk to Jaime Pedroza, Delmonico drove a 2-0 pitch into the left field corner to score Wallach with the go-ahead run. Pedroza was thrown out at the plate for the second out, but Russell followed with a single to right field to score Delmonico with the Loons fifth run of the game.   

Ethan Martin started for the Loons and worked four innings, allowing three hits and a pair of runs, both of which were unearned. Nathan Eovaldi worked 3.1 innings and allowed a single run before Cole St. Clair (2-0) added three more innings and earned the win. Steve Smith nailed the game down by retiring the final Whitecap in the ninth for his first save.  

  Both teams dented the scoreboard in the early innings thanks to defensive miscues, as three of the first four runs scored in the game were unearned. The Whitecaps jumped on top in the second inning, using a leadoff walk, a double, and an error to produce for a 1-0 lead.  

  The Loons came back with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning, only one of which was earned. Alfredo Silverio led off with a single and Dee Gordon lived on an error. Pedroza followed with a two-RBI double into deep right center field, giving the Loons a 2-1 lead.  

  Another error by the Loons allowed the ‘Caps to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning but Great Lakes reclaimed the lead with three hits in the top of the sixth inning.

Austin Gallagher led off with a double and moved to third on a single by Anthony Hatch. Nick Buss then drove in Gallagher with a sacrifice fly. 

The Whitecaps tied the game in the bottom of the seventh off Nathan Eovaldi. The 3-3 standoff remained until the Loons broke through in the 11th with the winning rally.

Clair earned the win by working three innings and allowing only one run on two hits. He entered the game in the eighth inning and picked off a Whitecap runner at first to end the inning, then followed with a pair of scoreless innings before giving up the ‘Caps run in the 11th. He walked three and struck out three. Steve Smith was summoned from the Loons bullpen to get the final out, which he did on a one-pitch, game-ending force out.  

The teams finish their four-game series this afternoon with a pitching matchup featuring top prospects JonMichael Redding for the Loons (9-2, 4.46, #18 prospect for Dodgers) and southpaw Casey Crosby for the Whitecaps (5-2, 3.66, #4 prospect for Tigers).  

  Score by Innings	
Great Lakes	002 001 000 02-5
West Michigan	010 100 100 01-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  1  2  0  .312
Pedroza 2b	4  0  1  2  .276
Delmonico 1b	6  1  2  1  .270
Russell rf	5  0  2  1  .286
Gallagher dh	6  1  1  0  .261
Hatch 3b	5  0  2  0  .270
Buss cf	        3  0  0  1  .286
Silverio lf	5  1  2  0  .270
Lopez c	        4  0  1  0  .158
 Wallach ph-c	0  1  0  0  .238
  Totals  	43  5 13  5
  West Michigan	39  4  8  3

  Errors- Pedroza (2), Gordon (23). 2B- Hatch 
(20), Pedroza (20), Gallagher (11), Delmonico 
2 (14), Russell (24). RBI- Pedroza 2 (44), Buss 
(31), Delmonico (27), Russell (57). S- Pedroza,
Gordon. SF- Buss. LOB- Great Lakes 12, West 
Michigan 14. DP- Pedroza and Delmonico.
Pickoff- St. Clair. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Martin        	4.0  3  2-0  2  3  4.27
Eovaldi        	3.2  3  1-1  3  2  4.25
St. Clair (2-0)	3.0  2  1-1  3  3  3.46
Smith (sv 1)    0.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.45
  WP- Martin. HBP- by Martin 2, Buss. 
T- 3:44. Att- 6,696.