Albuquerque Wins on Maza's Grand Slam

Pinch-hitter Luis Maza belted his first pinch-hit grand slam to spark a seven-run sixth inning as Albuquerque (40-39) shot down Memphis 9-5. Chattanooga scored four in the first inning to make things easier for James Adkins in a 9-3 win over Carolina. Inland Empire's Josh Wall earned his first win of the season, shutting down Visalia 4-0. Great Lakes was rained out.

Maza's Jackpot Brings Down Birds
Luis Maza

Pinch-hitter Luis Maza belted his first pinch-hit grand slam to spark a seven-run sixth inning as Albuquerque (40-39) shot down Memphis 9-5.

The Isotopes ended a streak of 27 scoreless innings by rallying from a 4-0 deficit and scoring all seven runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. They sent 11 batters to the plate and loaded the bases twice in the inning.

The Redbirds touched Albuquerque starter Jason Schmidt (2-0) for seven hits and four runs over his six inning rehab start. He struck out five and didn't issue a walk, earning the win on the strength of the big sixth inning.

Hyang-Nam Choi, Cory Wade and Travis Schlichting closed the game out, combining to allow two hits and a single run over the final three innings.

Down by four in the bottom of the sixth, singles by Chin-Lung Hu and Jamie Hoffman and a walk to Dee Brown to load the bases.

J.D. Closser, who went 4-for-4, doubled in two runs, Jason Repko followed with an RBI single and another walk reloaded the bases. Maza quickly unloaded them with his third home run of the season for a 7-4 lead.

Brown launched his team-leading 14th homer to left in the seventh and Tony Abreu added his first of the season to closed out the 'Topes scoring.

Albuquerque and Memphis continue the three-game series tonight behind right-hander Josh Lindblom (0-0, No ERA) who will be making his Triple-A debut against 'Birds lefty Evan MacLane (3-7, 3.78).

The Independence Day celebration begins tonight with the first of back-to-back fireworks shows.

  Score by Innings
Memphis	        001 030 010-5
Albuquerque	000 007 11x-9

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  1  2  1  .235
Hu ss        	4  1  1  0  .258
DeWitt 3b	5  0  0  0  .240
Hoffmann rf	3  1  2  0  .261
Brown ld	3  2  2  1  .307
Closser c	4  1  4  2  .333
Repko cf	4  1  2  1  .253
SGarcia 1b	3  1  0  0  .214
Schmidt p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph	1  1  1  4  .263
 Choi p	        0  0  0  0  .500
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Rosario ph	1  0  0  0  .243
 Schlichting p 	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	29  9  14  9
  Memphis	32  5  9  5

  HR- Maza (3), Brown (14), Abreu (1).
RBI- Closser 2 (5), Repko (31), Maza 4
(25), Brown (53), Abreu (1).
LOB- Albuquerque 6, Memphis 4.
SB- Hoffmann (6). PO- Hoffmann.
DP- Abreu, Hu and SGarcia.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Schmidt (2-0)	6.0  7  4-4  0  5  3.38
Choi        	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  1.90
Wade        	1.0  1  1-1  0  1  9.00
Schlichting	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  0.00
  PB- Closser (1). T- 2:43. Att- 6,362.
Perez Sparks Lookouts Win
Eduardo Perez

Chattanooga scored four in the first inning and went on to record a 9-3 win over Carolina. James Adkins (3-6) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk. He struck out three. Tim Corcoran and Javy Guerra closed out the win.

Newcomer Ramon Nivar, who has been red-hot since his recent addition to the roster, collected the first of his three hits, a double, with one out in the first to kickoff the Lookouts scoring.

Josh Bell and Eddy Perez followed with singles to drive in Nivar. Russ Mitchell singled in the second run and Gaby Gutierrez's double to left gave the Lookouts a 4-0 lead.

After Carolina scored once in the fourth, the Lookouts added two more runs in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Gaby Gutierrez reached first on a throwing error. Joe Becker followed with an RBI-double and Adkins lived on an error on which Becker crossed the plate.

Chattanooga added three more insurance runs in the eighth on a three-run double by Eddy Perez, giving him four on the evening.

  Score by Innings
Carolina	000 101 001-3
Chattanooga	400 200 03x-9

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	4  0  0  0  .228
Nivar 2B 	5  2  3  0  .476
Bell 3b        	3  2  1  0  .277
Perez 1b	5  1  2  4  .263
Mitchell lf	5  1  1  1  .198
Giles rf	3  0  1  0  .287
Gutierrez c	4  1  1  2  .240
Becker ss	4  1  1  1  .208
Adkins p	2  0  0  0  .050
 Sellers ph	0  0  0  0  .296
 Corcoran p	0  0  0  0  .125
 Lambo ph	0  1  0  0  .266
 Guerra p	0  0  0  0  .000
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   Totals	35  9 10  8
  Carolina	31  3  6  3

  2B- Nivar 3 (5), Gutierrez (4),
Becker (3), Giles (6), Perez (10).
RBI- Perez 4 (22), Mitchell (32),
Gutierrez 2 (4), Becker (3).
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Carolina 8.
CS- Sellers (6). DP- Gutierrez
and Nivar. Pickoff- Gutierrez. 

 Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins (3-6)	6.0  5  2-2  1  3  5.03
Corcoran 	2.0  1  0-0  1  1  4.86
Guerra	        1.0  0  1-1  3  1  2.45
  WP- Guerra. HBP- by Adkins.
T- 2:55. Att- 2,280.
Josh Wall Blanks Visalia
Inland Empires 6-5 righthander Josh Wall earned his first win of the season, shutting down Visalia on six hits as the 66ers collected a 4-0 win. Miguel Sanfler and Marcel Prado added shutout innings to preserve the win.

The Sixers did all their damage in the first four innings. Pedro Baez singled to open the second and later scored on Scott Van Slyke singled to center for the first run. They added another in the third without a hit when Jessie Mier walked, moved to second on a bunt and to third n a wild pitch. Preston Mattingly walks and when Elian Herrera struck out, he was thrown out stealing but not before Mier had zipped in from third base.

Visalia helped out again in the fourth. Trayvon Robinson singled and Baez walked. With one out, Robinson stole third and scored on a wild throw by the catcher. A wild pitch moved Baez to third and he scored on a perfect bunt single by Justin Fuller.

Inland Empire didn't manage another hit until the eighth inning when Mattingly and Robinson singled. The two were the only 66ers with more than one hit

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	011 200 000-4
Visalia	        000 000 000-0

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	3  0  1  0  .269
Herrera dh	4  0  0  0  .319
Robinson cf	4  1  2  0  .297
Baez 3b        	3  2  1  0  .294
Caseres 1b	4  0  0  0  .296
Van Slyke rf	4  0  2  1  .310
Fuller ss	4  0  1  1  .260
Mier c        	2  1  0  0  .200
Green 2b	2  0  0  0  .235
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  Totals	30  4  7  2
 Visalia	26  0  6  2

  Error- Baez (13). RBI- Van Slyke (54),
Fuller (12). S- Green. LOB- Inland
Empire 3, Visalia 5. SB- Mattingly (11), 
Robinson (26). CS- Van Slyke (5),
Mattingly (5), DP- Wall, Fuller and
Caseres; Baez and Caseres; Sanfler,
Fuller and Caseres; Prado, Fuller and
Caseres. Pickoff- Mier. 
 
  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall (1-4)	7.0  6  0-0  3  3  5.66
Sanfler	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.61
Prado	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  3.50
  HBP- Baez. T-2:20. Att- 1,612.
Great Lakes rained out. A day-long rain forced Great Lakes to postpone the game against Lansing. It will be made up today as a part of a doubleheader. Game time for the first game is 6:05 pm and the second game to follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Right-hander Bobby Blevins (5-5, 4.50 ERA) will oppose righty Joel Carreno (Midwest League debut) in the opener. Right-handers Justin Miller (3-4, 4.83) and Chad Beck (0-3, 8.70) will pitch in Game two.

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