Albuquerque Earns a Split with Nashville

Albuquerque split with Nashville, losing 5-3 in the suspended July 4th game and winning 6-5. Jamie Hoffmann homered in each game. Chattanooga, lost 3-0 and 6-5 leads and lost 7-6. Inland Empire was topped 7-2 by Lancaster and Great Lakes lost their fourth in a row, 6-2.

Albuquerque And Mobile Split
The Isotopes finally finished their July 4th game after having been rained out twice, losing 5-3, then they won the regularly scheduled game 6-5 to earn a split with Nashville. Jamie Hoffmann homered in each game.

Albuquerque had a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning and held onto it for two days waiting for the sky to clear but when it did, the Sounds rallied to tie in the fifth and take the lead for good in the sixth.

Charlie Haeger was the starter on July 4th and Eric Stults (0-1) took over when play resumed, allowing three runs that tagged him with the loss. Cory Wade finished by allowing a run in his two innings.

Hoffmann's first home run of the doubleheader, a mammoth blast to left in the top of the eighth, pulled Albuquerque back to 4-3, but a Nashville home run counteracted that.

Chin-Lung Hu singled and a doubled for the Isotopes.

  Score by Innings Completion of 7/4/09 
Albuquerque	000 200 010-3
Nashville 	001 012 01x-5

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  0  0  0  .167
Hu ss        	4  0  2  0  .257
Brown rf-lf	4  0  0  0  .302
 Hoffmann cf-rf	1  2  1  1  .281
Closser c	4  1  1  0  .351
 Maza lf        1  0  0  1  .261
Repko cf	2  0  0  0  .257
Gonzalez 3b	3  0  1  1  .218
SGarcia 1b	3  0  0  0  .209
Haeger p	2  0  0  0  .167
 Stults p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rosario ph	1  0  0  0  .237
 Wade p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ellis ph	1  0  0  0  .315
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  Totals  	28  3  5  3
  Nashville	33  5 11  5

  2B- Hu (12). HR- Hoffmann (3). RBI- Maza 
(26), Gonzalez (7), Hoffmann (12). SF- Maza. 
LOB- Albuquerque 7, Nashville 7.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Haeger	        3.0  3  1-1  0  2  3.73
Stults (0-1)	3.0  6  3-3  2  4  9.00
Wade        	2.0  2  1-1  0  3  6.00
  T- 2:38 (48 hours + 1:46 delay). Att- 9,282. 	
Second game
The 'Topes came out fast in the second game, scoring a run in the top of the first on a bases-loaded single by J.D. Closser, but Albuquerque piled up a 5-1 lead, then hung on to win 6-5.

Starter Scott Elbert walked four in the first inning to tie the game at 1-1, then worked three scoreless innings before giving up a two-out, two-run home run in the fifth. Henry Bonilla took over after Elbert allowed a walk, a double and his sixth walk.

Bonilla walked the base loaded before Erick Threets (2-0) retired the side without further damage. He earned his second win and Travis Schlichting and Scott Strickland (save 17) finished out the game.

Hoffmann would add an RBI single in the third and Sergio Garcia's sac fly came in the fourth. Hoffmann gave Albuquerque a four-run lead in the fifth with his second home run of the evening and fourth overall with Hu on first with a single.

Hoffmann's shot nearly took a string off the guitar-shaped scoreboard in left-center, giving Albuquerque a commanding 5-1 advantage.

Albuquerque battled to hold on to the one-run lead, scoring an insurance run on a wild pitch in the sixth but the Sounds fought back with a run of their own.

Strickland (17) struck out the side in the seventh to clinch the wild 6-5 contest.

Albuquerque will wrap up its rain-shortened series tonight in Nashville with right-hander Jason Schmidt (2-0, 3.38) making his first rehab start for the 'Topes on the road against Sounds lefty Chase Wright (5-5, 3.70).

Albuquerque is on the road for series in Memphis before adjourning for the Triple-A All-Star Break. After the break, the Isotopes will host 20 games in 28 days.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	101 121 0-6
Nashville	100 031 0-5

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	2  2  1  0  .188
Hu ss        	2  1  1  0  .259
Brown lf	3  0  0  0  .298
Hoffmann rf	3  1  2  3  .293
Closser 1b	3  0  1  1  .350
Repko cf	4  2  2  0  .261
Ellis c	        3  0  0  0  .308
 SGarcia 3b	1  0  0  1  .208
Elbert p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Bonilla p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Gonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .214
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
Strickland P	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	24  6  7  5
  Nashville	26  5  6  5

  Error- Hoffmann (2). 2B- Repko (12).
HR- Hoffmann (4). RBI- Closser (7),
Hoffmann 3(15), SGarcia (8). S- Hu.
SF- SGarcia. LOB- Albuquerque 7,
Nashville 9. CS- Ellis (2), DP- Abreu,
Hu and Closser.

  Albuquerque	   in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert        	  4.2  5  4-4  6  4  5.74
Bonilla	          0.0  0  0-0  1  0  4.78
Threets (2-0)	  0.1  0  0-0  0  0  1.67
Schlichting	  1.0  1  1-1  1  0  1.69
Strickland (sv 7) 1.0  0  0-0  0  3  3.58
  WP- Everett 2, Bonilla. HBP- by Elbert. 
T- 2:40. Att- 2,350. 	 
Lookouts Edged 6-5
Chattanooga, after losing a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scored three in the eighth to take a 6-5 advantage only to lose when Mobile pushed over two in the last of the ninth.

James Adkins, staked to a three run lead in the first, gave all three of them back in the last of the inning and two more in the third. He finished his four innings of work having allowed five hits and five runs, although two of them were unearned. Kendy Batista and Francisco Felix held the BayBears scoreless in the fifth sixth and seventh.

Matt Sartor (1-3), who hadn't blown a save all season and coasted through the eighth, was tagged with a single to open the ninth. A bunt was popped up in front of the plate that Sartor dived for but just couldn't catch.

A bunt and a seeing-eye single down the third base line knocked in the winning run. It was Sartor's first blown save of the season.

Chattanooga (37-47, 7-8) scored three in the top of the first on a single by James Tomlin, an RBI-double by Ramon Nivar, Josh Bell's single, a sac fly by Lucas May, Andrew Lambo's double and another sac fly by Russ Mitchell.

Mobile banged across three of their own in the last of the inning and added two more in the third to lead 5-3 and that score stood until the eighth inning.

The Lookouts reclaimed the lead in the eighth when Josh Bell led off with a walk, Lambo singled with one out and Mitchell's second sac fly of the game tied the score. Pinch-hitter Eddy Perez singled to put the Lookouts on top.

Trailing 6-5, Nivar walked to lead-off the ninth inning but the last three Lookouts struck out to end the game.

The BayBears and Lookouts meet in the finalé of their four-game set tonight.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	300 000 030-6
Mobile	        302 000 002-7

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  1  1  0  .317
Nivar 2b	4  1  2  1  .421
Bell 3b        	4  2  1  0  .274
May c       	4  0  0  1  .290
Lambo lf	5  1  2  0  .277
Mitchell 1b	2  1  0  2  .206
Becker ss	4  0  1  0  .212
Godwin rf	4  0  0  0  .225
Adkins p	1  0  0  0  .048
 Giles ph	1  0  1  0  .280
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sellers ph	1  0  1  0  .298
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Perez ph	1  0  1  2  .265
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals   	37  6 10  4
  Mobile	36  7 12  6

  Error- Becker 2 (2). 2B- Nivar (6),
Lambo (27). RBI- Nivar (5), May (12),
Mitchell 2 (38), Perez 2 (27). SF- May, 
Mitchell 2. OB- Chattanooga 8, Mobile
11. DP- Nivar and Mitchell.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins        	4.0  5  5-3  2  0  5.11
Batista	        2.0  2  0-0  1  4  2.42
Felix        	1.0  1  0-0  1  2  3.17
Sartor (1-3)	1.0  4  2-2  1  1  3.35
  WP- Sartor. PB-May (12). T- 3:09. Att- 1,967.
Sixers Shut down 7-2
  Inland Empire led 2-1 after four and the score was tied after six but Lancaster reliever Shane Wolf retired the final 15 batters he faced and the JetHawks added five runs in the final three innings to win 7-2.

Josh Wall started for the 66ers and allowed four hits and two runs over his six innings while striking out a season-high nine. David Pfeiffer (2-3), Jake McCarter and Marcel Prado were banged around in the final three innings.  

Inland Empire took the lead in the fourth when Trayvon Robinson singled wit one out and was then picked off first. Pedro Baez whacked his 10th home run and Steven Caseres and Scott Van Slyke doubled.

Wolf allowed Van Slyke's double and didn't allowing another baserunner over the final five innings.

The 66ers were out-hit 12-6 and Robinson had two of them. They were efficient with runners in scoring position, going 2-for-3, but didn't have enough opportunities.?

Inland Empire opens a three-game series tonight in Lake Elsinore. The Sixers return to Arrowhead Credit Union Park on Wednesday, July 15 for a four-game series against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

  Score by Innings
Lancaster	000 101 311-7
Inland Empire	000 200 000-2

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly	4  0  0  0  .266
Herrera cf	4  0  1  0  .333
Robinson dh	4  0  2  0  .298
Baez 3b        	3  1  1  1  .287
Caseres 1b	3  1  1  0  .291
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  1  .314
Lara ss        	3  0  0  0  .250
Mier c        	3  0  0  0  .191
Green 2b	3  0  0  0  .223
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  Totals	30  6  2  2
  Lancaster	33  7 12  7

  Errors- wall (2), Baez (16).
2B- Herrera (12), Caseres (16). HR- Baez
(10). RBI- Baez (54), Van Slyke (58).
LOB- Inland Empire 1, Lancaster 4. 
PO- Robinson. DP- Mattingly, Mier and Baez.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall        	6.0  4  2-0  1  9  5.37
Pfeiffer (2-3)	0.1  4  3-3  0  0  4.08
McCarter	1.2  2  1-1  0  0  2.88
Prado        	1.0  2  1-0  0  0  3.05
  T- 2:25. Att- 1,228.
Loons Drop Third Straight
Brad Golden
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes dropped their third straight game to Fort Wayne, the top team in all of Minor League Baseball, by a 6-2 margin. The TinCaps are 10-1 in the second half and a Minor League Baseball-best 55-26 overall.  The Loons drop to 4-7 since the midseason break and 44-37 overall.

The Loons scored the game's first run on a solo home run by Kyle Russell, his league-leading 19th long ball of the season.

But the TinCaps reeled off six unanswered runs with two each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Loons starter Geison Aguasviva (3-1) was charged with four of the runs, but only one was earned, following errors on Dee Gordon and Matt Wallach in the fourth and fifth innings.

It was his first loss of the season and his remarkable earned run average is now 0.36.

Reliever Robert Boothe gave up a solo home run in the sixth.

The Loons added their second run on a Nick Buss sacrifice fly in the seventh to end their scoring.

Following a first half in which the Loons averaged more than five runs per game and won a franchise-best 40 games, the Loons are averaging just over two runs per game and have won just four of their first 11 in the second half. 

The Loons struck out 13 times in the game, bringing their second half strikeout total to 108 in 11 games.

The TinCaps go for the series sweep tonight as the Loons start right-hander Bobby Blevins (6-5, 4.33 ERA), who has recorded a 5-2 record and a 2.28 ERA over his last nine starts. Right-hander Stiven Osuna (3-6, 5.27) is Fort Wayne's scheduled starter. 

 Score by innings
Great Lakes	010 000 100-2
Fort Wayne	000 222 00x-6

 Great Lakes	ab h  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  1  0  .309
Buss cf        	3  0  2  0  .261
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .265
Russell rf	4  1  2  1  .281
Hatch 3b	4  0  2  0  .271
Delmonico 1b	4  0  1  0  .263
Silverio dh	4  0  1  0  .267
Wallach c	3  1  1  1  .237
Vetters lf	3  0  0  0  .228
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 Totals	        34 2 10 2
 Ft. Wayne	31 6 10 4

 Errors - Gordon (26), Wallach (7).
HR- Russell (19). RBI- Russell (59),
Buss (35). SF- Buss. LOB- Great Lakes
8, Fort Wayne 3. SB- Gordon (43). 
CS- Buss (3). DP- Delmonico.

 Great Lakes	in  h r-er bb so  era
Aguasviva (3-1)	5.0  8  4-1  0  3  0.36
Boothe        	1.0  2  2-2  0  3  4.93
Pratt        	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  5.29
St. Clair	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.68
 HBP- by Aguasviva, Vetters. T- 2:30.
Att- 4.271.

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