Walter and Perez Key Lookouts, Loons

Omaha shut out Albuquerque 9-0. Eddy Perez drove to help Chattanooga to a 4-2 win over Carolina. Trayvon Robinson's two-run homer broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning but a three-run ninth by Rancho Cucamonga handed the 66ers a 5-4 loss. Great Lakes' Josh Walter pitched a career-high seven innings in a 3-2 win over the Lansing.

'Topes Shut Out For 11th Time
Isotopes starter Scott Elbert, after allowing just one hit over six innings in his first Triple-A start, allowed runs in the third and fourth innings but his wheels fell off in the sixth and he left the game having pitched five-plus innings and allowed 10 hits and six runs. He again averaged over a strikeout an inning, fanning six.

However, that's all academic, since the first run he allowed would have been enough for the Royals.

Held to six hits, Albuquerque had multiple runners on base against O-Royals only in the first inning when Blake DeWitt and Jamie Hoffmann drew back-to-back walks. Luis Maza singled and doubled but was the only Isotope with more than a single safety.

Nick DeBarr and Claudio Vargas worked the final three innings and allowed the final three hits.

Albuquerque hosts the Memphis Redbirds tonight with rehabbing right-hander Jason Schmidt (1-0, 2.35 ERA) facing Redbirds righty P.J. Walters (2-6, 5.06 ERA).

Roster Move
The Dodgers traded pitcher Brian Mazone to the Phillies for cash considerations. Mazone, 32, went 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA in 13 appearances for Albuquerque, going on the disabled list twice. The left-hander had impressed during the spring and was one of the final cuts for the Dodgers.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 000 000-0
Omaha	        001 105 11x-9

Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2B	3  0  1  0  .167
Hu ss        	4  0  1  0  .258
DeWitt dh	3  0  0  0  .246
Hoffmann cf	3  0  1  0  .247
Brown rf	4  0  1  0  .302
Closser c	4  0  0  0  .268
JGonzalez 3b	3  0  0  0  .208
Maza lf        	3  0  2  0  .259
SGaria 1b	3  0  0  0  .220
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  Totals  	30  0  6  0
  Omaha	        38  9 15  9

  2B- Maza (10). LOB- Albuquerque 6,
Omaha 6. CS- Abreu (1). DP- JGonzalez,
Abreu and SGarcia.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert (1-1)	5.0 10  6-6  1  6  4.91
DeBarr        	2.0  3  2-0  0  3  7.33
Vargas        	1.0  2  1-1  0  2  3.46
  Balk- Elbert. T- 2:27. Att- 7,011.
Lookouts Top Mudcats 4-2
Eduardo Perez

First baseman Eddy Perez singles, homered (#4) and drove in three runs and three pitchers combined on a five-hitter to record a 4-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats.

Starter Alberto Bastardo pitched into the sixth inning, allowing only one hit but he walked four and surrendered a pair of runs. He left the game leading 2-1 with one out and runners at first and second.

Kendy Batista (4-0) blew the save, allowing a sac fly that tied the game before ending the inning without further damage. Chattanooga scored twice in the bottom of the innings to make him the pitcher of record and Matt Sartor pitched a pair of scoreless innings to earn his sixth save.

Carolina scored in the second inning on a walk, a balk and a pair of ground balls.

The Lookouts answered quickly when Russ Mitchell walked and Perez slugged his home run over the right field wall.

Bastardo carried a no-hitter into the sixth but was tagged with a leadoff double and a sacrifice fly killed his chance for a win.

Chattanooga broke the tie in the sixth when Ramon Nivar led off with a looping single to center that skidded under the glove of the outfielder and allowing Nivar to reach third. Josh Bell followed with a deep fly regain the lead and Andrew Lambo a doubled to right and scored after consecutive singles from Russ Mitchell and Perez.

Perez was the only Lookout with multiple hits.

  Score by Innings	
Carolina	010 001 000-2
Chattanooga	020 002 00x-4

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	3  0  1  0  .311
Nivar 2b	3  1  1  0  .438
Bell 3b	        3  0  0  0  .438
Lambo lf	3  1  1  0  .266
Mitchell rf	3  1  1  0  .198
Perez 1b	4  1  2  3  .258
Gutierrez c	3  0  0  0  .238
Sellers ss	2  0  1  0  .296
Bastardo p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .286
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	27  4  7  4
  Carolina	30  2  5  2

  2B- Lambo (24). HR- Perez (4).
RBI- Perez 3 (18), Bell (39). SF- Bell.
LOB- Chattanooga 5, Carolina 7.
SB- Sellers 2 (7). CS- Sellers (5).
DP- Nivar ad Perez. 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Bastardo	5.1  1  2-2  5  4  7.88
Batista (4-0)	1.2  1  0-0  0  1  2.66
Sartor (sv 6)	2.0  3  0-0  0  2  2.89
  Balk- Bastardo. HBP- Sellers. 
T- 2:30. Att- 2,726.
Quakes Rally Nips 66ers
Trayvon Robinson's two-run homer broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning, and the 66ers envisioned their first series sweep of the season before a three-run ninth inning rally gave Rancho Cucamonga a 5-4 victory.

Benches cleared in the first inning when second baseman Adolfo Gonzalez was injured on a hard slide and starting pitcher Mario Alvarez responded by hitting the next Quakes' batter.

After an exchange of words both benches spilled onto the field and after the usual milling around, everyone settled down and were warned by the home plate umpire.

Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Pedro Baez singled up the middle with the Justin Fuller, who had doubled, and Preston Mattingly and Robinson on base with walks, to put the 66ers on top 2-1.

Alvarez completed his five innings and David Pfeffer added a shutout sixth before allowing a run to tie the game in the seventh and Jake McCarter duplicated his effort in the top of the eighth.

Christian Lara singled to lead off the eighth inning and Robinson's two-run shot into the netting in front of the scoreboard in right field seemingly gave Inland Empire a commanding lead.

McCarter gave up a home run to open the ninth and Jacobo Meque replaced him and recorded two quick outs before allowing a single, wild pitch, single sequence to tie the game. Another walk put runners on second and third before an attempted steal of third base saw catcher Alex Garabedian throw the ball into left field and allow the lead run.

The 66ers went down in order in the ninth to suffer a bitter defeat.

The 66ers drew a crowd of 5,625 fans to bring the three-game homestand total to 18,926. Fans attended the series to see major leaguers Manny Ramirez and Eric Stults.

The 66ers will celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks show after game against the Lancaster JetHawks tonight.

  Score by Innings	
Rancho Cucamonga	100 000 103-5
Inland Empire	        002 000 020-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	4  1  0  0  .268
AGonzalez 2b	0  0  0  0  .271
 Lara ss	4  1  1  0  .264
Robinson cf	3  1  1  2  .295
Baez 3b	        4  0  1  2  .294
Caseres dh	3  0  0  0  .302
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .307
Ortiz 1b	4  0  0  0  .238
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .269
Fuller ss-2b	3  1  1  0  .260
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  Totals	32  4  5  4
  Rancho	32  5 10  4

  Error- Garabedian (3). 2B- Fuller (5).
HR- Robinson (10). RBI- Baez 2 (50),
Robinson 2 (35). LOB- Inland Empire 6,
Rancho 9. Pickoffs- Garabedian.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarez	        5.0  4  1-1  1  4  4.19
Pfeiffer 	1.1  3  1-1  1  0  2.81
McCarter	1.2  1  1-1  0  3  2.86
Meque (1-3)	1.0  2  2-1  1  1  5.40
  WP- Alvarez 2, Meque. HP- Fuller, by Alvarez.
T- 3:12. Att- 5,625.
Loons Bounce Back
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Josh Walter pitched a career-high seven innings, allowing only two runs on four hits, and the Great Lakes offense did just enough for a 3-2 win over the Lansing Lugnuts in front of a more-than-capacity crowd of 5,717 at Dow Diamond.

Walter improved to 5-1 on the year (2-0 as a starter) and Geison Aguasviva earned his first save with two scoreless innings of relief to close the ballgame.

Outfielder Kyle Russell hit his first homer of the second half of the season, a solo shot to right-center in the bottom of the third inning, and Dee Gordon delivered the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning to score Austin Gallagher who has singled, and erase a 2-1 Lugnuts lead.  

The Loons jumped on top in their half of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Gordon walked and stole second, moved to third on a single by Jaime Pedroza and scored on a wild pitch by the Lansing starter.  

Lansing went ahead in the top of the third inning on an RBI triple and a double steal.  

Russell's tying home run came with two outs in the bottom half of the frame, and was his 18th of the season. He is now one home run shy of matching the franchise career record of 19 homers held by Eduardo Perez (2007-08).  

Gordon extended his hitting streak to 16 games with his RBI single in the fourth. That's the second-longest in Loons history, trailing only a 19-game hitting stretch by the aforementioned Perez.  

The four-game intrastate series continues tonight. Loons right-hander Bobby Blevins starts against Lugnuts right-hander Joel Carreno in his Midwest League debut. It will be Jurassic Ballpark Night, with a dinosaur theme dominating the evening, including an appearance by Paleo Joe. 

  Score by Innings	
Lansing	002 000 000-2
Great Lakes	101 101 00x-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	3  1  1  1  .311
Pedroza 2b	4  0  1  0  .273
Delmonico c	4  0  0  0  .263
Russell rf	3  1  2  1  .286
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .266
Buss cf	        4  0  0  0  .259
Gallagher dh	2  1  1  0  .264
Hatch 3b	2  0  1  0  .272
Wallach 1b	2  0  0  0  .231
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  Totals	28  3  7  2
  lansing	30  2  5  1

  HR- Russell (18), RBI- Russell (58),
Gordon (19). LOB- Great Lakes 6, Lansing
5. SB- Gordon(41). CS- Hatch (1).
DP- Hatch, Pedroza and Wallach.

  Great Lakes     in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter (5-1)     7.0  4  2-2  2  5  2.37
Aguasviva (sv 1) 2.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
  WP- Walter 2. HBP- by Walter. 
T- 2:28. Att- 5,717.
 

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