Inland Empire Wins on Van Slyke's Walkoff

Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger allowed only a single earned run but was tagged with his fifth loss, 2-0 to Omaha. Chattanooga had 13 hits and a home run by Ramon Nivar but lost 7-6 to Carolina. Scott Van Slyke stole Manny Ramirez's thunder by knocking in the winning run in the last of the ninth as Inland Empire dumped Rancho Cucamonga 6-5. Great Lakes was not scheduled.

'Topes, Haeger Shut Out 2-0
Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger allowed only a single earned run but that was enough to earn him his fifth loss, 2-0 to Omaha. It was the second time in four starts tat he gave up a single earned run and lost. He allowed eight hits walked one and struck out four.

Albuquerque (39-38) was held to five hits, two by Jason Repko, was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left six on base.

A pair of singles wrapped around a passed ball cost a run in the first inning and they added their second, and final run, in the seventh.

Repko's leadoff single was the only Isotope hit over the first four innings. JD Closser singled in the fifth and Luis Maza lived on an error but nothing came of it.

Repko lead off the sixth with a hit but the only real threat posed by Albuquerque came in the seventh. Trailing 1-0, Dee Brown lived on an error and Closser bounced into a force play at second. Sergio Garcia singled but Brown had to stop at second and Maza walked to load the bases.

However, Kenley Jansen bounced into a double play and the 'Topes could manage only Chin-lung Hu's single over the final two innings.

Albuquerque and Omaha meet in a matinee game today with LHP Scott Elbert (1-0, 0.00) facing O-Royals righty Kyle Davies (1-0, 0.00.

The Isotopes are tomorrow 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	000 000 000-0
Omaha	        100 000 10x-2

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Repko cf	4  0  2  0  .249
Hu ss        	3  0  1  0  .258
DeWitt 2b	4  0  0  0  .250
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .244
Brown lf	4  0  0  0  .303
Closser 1b	3  0  1  0  .297 
SGarcia 3b	3  0  1  0  .225
Maza dh        	2  0  0  0  .254
Jansen c	3  0  0  0  .192
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  Totals  	31  0  5  0
  Omaha	        30  2  9  2

  Error- Hoffmann (1). S- Hu. LOB- Albuquerque
 6, Omaha 5.DP- Closser and Hu; DeWitt and
Closser.

  Albuquerque	 in   h r-er bb so  era
Haeger (8-5)	7.0  8  2-1  1  4  3.75
Threets        	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.82 
  HBP- by Haeger. PB- Jansen (2). 
T- 2:11. Att- 2,450.
Lookouts Out-Scored 7-6 by Carolina
In a wild game that featured 13 runs and 25 hits, Carolina overcame an early Chattanooga lead to win 7-6 despite newcomer Ramon Nivar's first home run for the Lookouts.

Jesus Castillo (4-6) started for Chattanooga but only lasted four innings, allowing nine hits and five runs, four of them earned. He was unable to hold 3-0 and 4-2 leads and left with the score tied but Carolina added two more to take a lead they never relinquished.

The Lookouts pasted three on the scoreboard in the first on Nivar's two-run shot with James Tomlin on base with a single. Doubles by Josh Bell and Russ Mitchell added the third run,

After Carolina touched Castillo for a pair of runs in the top of the second, Justin Sellers singled and scored on two Mudcat errors to boost the lead to 4-2. Carolina scored in the third to tie the game but Singles by Sellers and Tomlin supplied the Lookouts with their final lead.

A three-run fifth KO'ed Castillo and although Chattanooga scored again the the eighth when Andrew Lambo doubled, Mitchell singled and a wild pitch cut the Mudcats lead to 7-6. However, they left runners at second and third and wasted a Nivar double and Bell's singles in the ninth with none out and took the disappointing loss.

Francisco Felix, Victor Garate and Tim Corcoran allowed two hits and no runs over the final five innings.

Bell finished the game with three hits as did Mitchell. Nivar had a pair and lifted is average to .462, while Tomlin and Sellers also had two hits.

  Score by  Innings	
Carolina	022 030 000-7
Chattanooga	310 100 010-6

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  1  2  0  .310
Nivar 2b	4  1  2  2  .462
Bell 3b        	5  1  3  0  .279
Rose c        	4  0  0  0  .215
Lambo lf	5  1  1  0  .266
Mitchell 1b	4  0  3  1  .197
Godwin rf	4  0  0  0  .234
Sellers ss	4  2  2  0  .294
 Becker ph	1  0  0  0  .200
 Perez ph	1  0  0  0  .250
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  Totals 	36  6 13  4
  Carolina	38  7 12  7

 2B- Bell (19), Mitchell 2 (16), Nivar
(2). HR- Nivar (1). RBI- Nivar 2 (2),
Mitchell (31), Tomlin (17). S- Castillo
2; Nivar. LOB- Chattanooga 8, Carolina
6. PO- Tomlin. DP- Nivar and Mitchell.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb os  era
Castillo (4-6)	4.0 10  7-7  1  0  4.84
Felix        	3.0  1  0-0  0  3  3.30
Garate        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.54
Corcoran	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  5.08
  HBP- by Felix. T- 3:09. Att- 4,432.
Van Slyke's Walkoff Single Beats Quakes
Scott Van Slyke stole Manny Ramirez's thunder in the Dodger outfielder's final rehab start by driving an 3-0 pitch into center field to knock in the winning run in the last of the ninth as Inland Empire dumped Rancho Cucamonga 6-5 before a season-high 6,877 at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the score tied at five, Steven Caseres lined a shot off the wall in right-center field for a double. Moments laster, pinch-runner Adolfo Gonzalez scored on Van Slyke's third hit of the game.

Lefty Eric Stults was spectacular in his second rehab start, holding the Quakes to a pair of hits and an unearned run before leaving with one out n the fifth. Chris Withrow surrendered three runs over 3.2 innings and Marcel Prado blew his first save but gained his first win on Van Slyke's big hit.

Manny Ramirez again batted leadoff for the 66ers beat out an infield single in the first before striking out in his next two trips.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti admitted Manny wouldn't be the same hitting force when the slugger first returns to the club Friday night in San Diego. "He's probably going to be a little bit rusty," Colletti said. "It will take him a little while."

Ramirez was greeted with standing ovations whenever he stepped out on the field and it took 10 security officials clearing the way when he left the parking lot.

Rancho Cucamonga scored an unearned run in the first but the Sixers tied the game in the second on Van Slyke's single and a triple by Justin Fuller.

Then trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Preston Mattingly and Trayvon Robinson singled and scored on Pedro Baez's double. Withrow allowed single runs in the sixth and seventh before Elian Herrera walked, Mattingly lived when his sac bunt was fumbled and with two out, Van Slyke rapped a two-run single to put the 66ers in front 5-4.

Van Slyke went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. He has a seven-game hitting streak going and his hitting .378 in his last 10 games. Baez and Caseres each added a pair of hits.

The 66ers will go for a sweep the Quakes in an afternoon game today. Mario Alvarez (1-1, 5.02) takes the hill for the 66ers while Ryan Brasier (2-0, 4.45)  gets the nod for Rancho Cucamonga.  

  Score by  Innings	
Rancho Cucamonga	100 011 101-5
Inland Empire	        010 020 201-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Ramirez dh	3  0  1  0  .429
 Herrera ph-dh	1  1  0  0  .328
Mattingly lf	4  1  1  0  .273
Robinson cf	4  2  1  0  .294
Baez 3b        	5  0  2  2  .295
Caseres 1b	4  0  2  0  .306
 AGonzalez pr	0  1  0  0  .271
Van Slyke rf	5  1  3  3  .308
Lara ss	        3  0  0  0  .264
Mier c	        4  0  0  0  .211
Fuller 2b	4  0  1  1  .258	
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  Totals 	45  6 11  6
  Rch Cucamonga	36  5  9  5

  2B- Baez (16), Caseres (15). 3B- Fuller 
(3). RBI- Fuller (11), Baez 2 (48), Van Slyke 
3 (53), S- Lara; Mattingly. LOB- Inland Empire
10, Rancho Cucamonga 8. SB- Robinson (25), 
Herrera 2 (19). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Stults	        4.1  2  1-0  0  3  1.23
Withrow	        3.2  7  3-3  1  5  5.22
Prado (1-0)	1.0  0  1-0  2  0  3.71
   PB- Mier 2 (4). T-3:15. Att- 6,877.
Inland Empire-- Not scheduled.

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