Josh Lindblom Wins Triple-A Debut

Albuquerque's Josh Lindblom held Memphis to three hits and a single run while winning his Triple-A debut 3-2. Chattanooga lost a 3-0, first-inning lead and Carolina won 4-3. Inland Empire scored four runs in the 10th inning to overcome Visalia 6-2. Bobby Blevins pitched a seven-inning complete game in the opener, winning 4-2 but Lansing won 3-1 in the second game.

Lindblom Handles Memphis
Starter Josh Lindblom held Memphis to three hits and a single run while winning his Triple-A debut 3-2. The 22-year-old right-hander was promoted to Albuquerque on June 25 after appearing in 14 games for Chattanooga.

He worked six innings, his longest outing of the season, and along with allowing only three hits, he struck out four, including the side in the second inning.

Erick Threets held the Redbirds to a single hits over his two innings and Scott Strickland allowed a run in the ninth but recorded his 15th save of the season, leaving two runners on base.

Memphis tagged Lindblom for a home run in the fourth inning. They opened both the third and fifth innings with a single, a walk and a sacrifice bunt. The Albuquerque defense came to Lindblom's rescue to save him in both innings.

Second baseman Tony Abreu threw out the final runner in the third and DeWitt closed out the fifth in the same manner.

A.J. Ellis, just down from Los Angeles, started the fifth with a walk before moving to second on Lindblom's sacrifice. With one out, Chin-Lung Hu lived on an error and Blake DeWitt drove in Ellis with an RBI single to tie the game 1-1.

Jamie Hoffmann beat out an infield hit to drive in Hu and put the 'Topes in front and Jason Repko added the third hit of the inning, driving in Blake DeWitt with an insurance run that would become very important.

The Isotopes out-hit the Redbirds 11-6, with DeWitt, Hoffmann, Repko and JD Closser each chipping in with two.

Albuquerque goes for a three-game series sweep tonight, sending right-hander Giancarlo Alvardo (5-6, 3.62) to the mound against Memphis righty Adam Ottavino (0-9, 5.30 ERA).

The Isotopes' Independence Day celebration continues tomorrow with another spectacular post-game fireworks show.

  Score by Innings
Memphis		000 100 001-2
Albuquerque	000 030 00x-3

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	4  0  1  0  .238
Hu ss        	4  1  0  0  .254
DeWitt 3b	4  1  2  1  .245
Hoffmann rf	4  0  2  1  .272
Repko cf	4  0  2  1  .258
Closser 1b	4  0  2  0  .347
Maza lf        	4  0  1  0  .262
Ellis c        	3  1  1  0  .321
Lindblom 	2  0  1  0  .500
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	33  3 11  3
  Memphis	32  2  6  2

  RBI- DeWitt (24), Hoffmann (11), Repko 
(32). S- Lindblom. LOB- Albuquerque 8, 
Memphis 8. CS- Repko (6), Hoffmann (3). 

  Albuquerque	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Lindblom (1-0)	   6.0  3  1-1  3  4  1.50
Threets        	   2.0  1  0-0  1  0  1.72
Strickland (sv 15) 1.0  2  1-1  0  1  3.86
  T- 2:29. Att- 10,054.
Chattanooga Loses Early Lead
The Lookouts jumped into an 3-0, first-inning lead, but Carolina scored three of their own in sixth inning and held on to win 4-3.

Starter Travis Chick (6-4) took the loss after working seven innings and allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits. He struck out seven and didn't walk a man.

In the first inning, James Tomlin led off with a walk and Ramon Nivar was hit by pitch. Andrew Lambo slugged a double to left to drive in both runners.

Josh Bell singled to push Lambo to third and with one out, Mike Rose hit a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead. The Lookouts were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position the rest of the game.

The Mudcats got on the board with a solo shot in the fourth inning. They took the lead in the sixth on a triple and an RBI on a ground ball. Never booted the potential third out grounder and that was followed by a game-winning two-run homer.

The next seven Lookouts went out in order before Bell doubled in the eighth. Adam Godwin whacked a one-out double in the ninth but in each case they were left stranded.

Bell led Chattanooga with a single and a double.

  Score by Innings	
Carolina	000 103 000-4
Chattanooga	300 000 000-3

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  1  0  0  .304
Nivar 2b	4  1  1  0  .344
Lambo lf	4  1  1  2  .266
Bell 3b        	3  0  2  0  .281
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .255
Rose c        	2  0  1  1  .221
Giles rf	4  0  0  0  .274
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
Sellers ss	4  0  1  0  .295
Chick p	        1  0  0  0  .071
 Mitchell pr	1  0  0  0  .198
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin rf	1  0  1  0  .233
---------------------------------
  Totals  	32  3  7  3
  Carolina	36  4  7  4

  Error- Nivar (1), Bell (14). 2B- Lambo
(25), Bell (20), Godwin (7). RBI- Lambo
2 (29), Rose (6). S- Chick. SF- Rose
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Carolina 8.
SB- Nivar (4), CS- Nivar (1). DP- Sellers, 
Nivar and Perez. 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Chick (6-4)	7.0  6  4-2  0  7  3.70
Rodriguez	0.2  1  0-0  0  0  3.64
Garate	        1.0  0  0-0  3  1  2.45
Batista	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  2.63
  WP- Chick. HBP- Nivar. PB- Rose (3).
T- 2:51. Att- 3,314.
Sixers Win With 10th Inning Rally
Inland Empire broke a 2-2 tie with four big runs in the 10th inning to overcome Visalia 6-2. A passed ball let in the lead run and RBI hits by Preston Mattingly and Trayvon Robinson put the game away.

The 66er got a solid pitching performance from Steve Johnson, who worked into the seventh inning, allowing six hits and a pair of runs while striking out eight.

Zach Schreiber, in his Inland Empire debut, closed out the seventh and added a scoreless eighth. He had a combined 2-2, 2.90 record for the Braves Gulf Coast team and AAA Richmond in 2008.

Blake Brannon and David Pfeiffer (2-2) completed the final 3.2 innings without allowing a hit.

Preston Mattingly singled in Alex Garabedian, who had also singled, in the third inning for a 1-0 lead. Visalia took a two-run lead in the bottom of the inning on a two-run home run.

Steve Caseres tripled and scored on a ground-rule double that was touched by a fan in the top of the seventh to tie the game. Following the game-tying hit, eight straight Sixers were retired before the big 10th inning.

Ortiz opened the inning with a walk and Christian Lara ran for him. Visalia messed up Garabedian's sac bunt and the runners ended up on second and third. A passed ball broke the tie before Mattingly's single drove in a second run.

Justin Fuller singled before Robinson doubled to right, scoring Mattingly and Fuller. Robinson was later thrown out at the plate and the 66er left the bases loaded.

Pfeiffer shut Visalia out without a hit in the last of the ninth to preserved his own win. Visalia had trouble solving Inland Empire pitching all evening, going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and leaving nine on base.

Mattingly led the attack with three hits and a pair of runs batted in. Robinson added two RBI.

  Score by Innings	
Inland Empire	001 000 100 4-6
Visalia	        001 000 000 0-2

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	5  1  3  2  .276
Fuller ss-2b	4  1  1  0  .260
Robinson cf	5  0  1  2  .296
Baez 3b        	5  0  0  0  .289
Caseres dh	4  1  1  0  .295
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .306
Ortiz 1b	3  0  1  1  .242
 Lara pr-ss	1  1  0  0  .263
Garabedian c	3  2  1  0  .270
Green 2b-1b	4  0  0  0  .224
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  Totals	38  6  8  5
  Visalia	28  2  6  2

  Error- Mattingly (3). 2B- Ortiz (3),
Robinson (22). 3B- Caseres (4).
RBI- Mattingly 2 (26), Ortiz (6),
Robinson 2 (37). S- Garabedian.
LOB- Inland Empire 7, Visalia 9.
SB- Fuller (2), Mattingly (12),
Robinson (27). DP- Green, Fuller
and Ortiz. Pickoffs- Johnson 2.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson	        6.1  6  2-2  2  8  3.80
Schreiber	1.2  0  0-1  1  1  0.00
Brannon	        0.2  0  0-0  2  0  5.87
Pfeiffer (2-2)	1.1  0  0-0  0  1  2.60
  HBP- by Johnson 2, by Pfeiffer. 
T- 3:23. Att- 2,051.  
Loons, Lugnuts Split Two
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Bobby Blevins pitched a seven-inning complete game in the opener, winning 4-2 and Justin Miller took a 2-1 lead and a complete game into the seventh in the nightcap before a three-run explosion gave Lansing a 3-1 win.

First Game
Blevins recorded the Loons' first complete game since June 27 of last year in the first game. He allowed six hits and two runs over seven innings, with no walks and five strikeouts.

The right-hander got four runs of support, two of them coming on solo home runs by Jaime Pedroza and Alfredo Silverio. Nick Buss and Anthony Hatch provided the other two RBI.

  Dee Gordon went hitless in three at bats, snapping his hitting streak at 16 games, the second longest in Loons history.

Pedroza singled and homered (#10) and Silverio added his fifth homer of the season

  Score by Innings - 1st Game	
Lansing	        000 002 0-2
Great Lakes	100 210 x-4
	
  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	3  0  0  0  .308
Pedroza 2b	3  2  2  1  .277
Delmonico c	3  0  0  0  .260
Russell rf	2  1  0  0  .284
Hatch 3b	3  0  0  1  .269
Buss cf        	2  0  1  1  .261
Gallagher dh	2  0  0  0  .261
Silverio lf	2  1  1  1  .268
Wallach 1b	2  0  0  0  .228
---------------------------------
  Totals 	22  4  4  4    
  Lansing	26  2  6  2

  Error- Gordon (25). 2B- Pedroza (21).
HR- Pedroza (10), Silverio (5).
RBI- Pedroza (45), Hatch (33), Buss
(32), Silverio (33). LOB- Great Lakes 1, 
Lansing 3. DP- Gordon and Wallach;
Pedroza, Gordon and Wallach. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Belvins (6-5)	7.0  6  2-2  0  5  4.33
  T- 1:41.
Second Game
Justin Miller came close to another complete game in the second contest, taking a 1-0 lead into the seventh and final inning.  

But he surrendered a chopped single to begin the inning. A stolen base and a single tied the game.  Miller was removed in favor of reliever Cole St. Clair who surrendered a two-run home run which proved to be the game winner.

Chad Beck recorded his first win of the year with seven complete innings for Lansing, allowing a solo home run to Matt Wallach. The ball, hit down the right field line, was initially ruled foul, but was then reversed on appeal for Wallach's first home run of the season.

  Great Lakes managed only four hits with Gordon, Tony Delmonico, Brian Mathews and Wallach collecting one each.

  The Loons and Lugnuts conclude their four-game series tonight at Dow Diamond. The game will feature an Independence Weekend Fireworks Loontacular.

  Score by Innings 2nd Game	
Lansing		000 000 3-3
Great Lakes	000 010 0-1

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	3  0  1  0  .308
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .274
Delmonico dh	2  0  1  0  .262
Russell rf	2  0  0  0  .282
Silverio =lf	3  0  0  0  .265
Buss cf        	3  0  0  0  .257
Wallach c	3  1  1  1  .230
Dalton 3b	2  0  0  0  .213
 Hatch ph	1  0  0  0  .268
Mathews 1b	3  0  1  0  .182
---------------------------------
  Totals  	25  1  4  1
  Lansing	24  3  5  3

  Errors- Wallach (6), Russell (4).
HR- Wallach (1), RBI- Wallach 2 (24).
LOB- Great Lakes 5, Lansing 1.
DP- Pedroza, Gordon and Mathews.  

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
JMiller (3-5)	6.1  4  2-2  1  7  4.69
St. Clair	0.2  1  1-1  0  1  3.95
  HBP- Delmonico. T- 1:52. Att- 4,068.
Angels Sign Mike Piazza
The Angels signed Mike Piazza and sent him to Orem in the Pioneer League. No, not THAT Mike Piazza; a 22-year-old undrafted free agent out of Florida Tech.

Piazza is the son of Michael Piazza and the second cousin of the Dodgers famous Mike who was drafted in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft and went on to make a pretty good name for himself.

Diamond Leung, writing in his Diamond Notes blog at diamondleung.tumblr.com, wondered "Was Tommy Lasorda caught napping on this one?"

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