Herrera Sparks 66ers Fifth Straight Road Win

Albuquerque (43-41) battled back to tie the game in the eighth only to see Nashville score in the bottom of the inning for a 5-4 win. Elian Herrera led Inland Empire to a 7-4 win over Lake Elsinore, going 3-for-5 and adding a first inning home run as the 66ers won their fifth straight road game 7-4. Great Lakes was swept in four-games for the first time this season, falling 4-0 to Fort Wayne.

Ninth Inning Run Sinks 'Topes
Albuquerque (43-41) battled back from three runs down to tie the game in the eighth only to see Nashville score in the bottom of the inning for a 5-4 win.

Luis Maza's clutch pinch-hit drove in Jason Repko, on with a walk, the second time in recent days that Maza had had a big hit late in the game. His pinch-hit grand slam on July 1 was a game-winner.

Jason Schmidt made another successful rehab start, pitching six innings and allowing seven hits and three runs. He left the game tied 3-3. Nick DeBarr added a scoreless seventh before Hyang-Nam Choi (2-1) was tagged for a run, and the game, in the bottom of the eighth.

The Isotopes manufactured a run in the second inning when Repko led off with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on another groundout by AJ Ellis to give Albuquerque an early 1-0 edge.

Nashville tied the game in the third on an RBI groundout by Hernan Iribarren, then took the lead on a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth.

After Schmidt led off the fifth with a single, Tony Abreu slugged a two-run homer over the fence in left-field, cutting the Sounds lead to 4-3.

Hong-Chih Kuo singled three times to lead the 'Topes. Repko added a double and a single.

Albuquerque will be in Memphis tonight to begin a five-game set with the Redbirds. Isotopes right-hander Josh Lindblom (1-0, 1.50) will face RHP Mitchell Boggs (3-4, 4.90).

After the 'Topes finish the series in Memphis the league will break for the Triple-A All-Star Game. After the break, the Isotopes will host 20 games in 28 days.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	010 020 010-4
Nashville	001 300 001-5

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  1  1  2  .189
Hu ss        	4  0  3  0  .265
Brown lf	4  0  1  0  .297
Hoffmann rf	3  0  1  0  .294
Closser 1b	5  0  0  0  .323
Repko cf	4  2  2  0  .265
SGarcia 3b	3  0  1  0  .211
Ellis c	        4  0  0  1  .300
Schmidt p	3  1  1  0  .143
 DeBarr p	0  0  0  0  .333
 JuGonzalez ph	0  0  0  0  .214
 Maza ph	1  0  1  1  .265
 Choi p	        0  0  0  0  .500
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  Totals  	36  4 11  4
  Nashville	33  5 10  5

  Error- Hu (7). 2B- Repko (13),
Hoffmann (8). HR- Abreu (2). RBI- Ellis
(14). Abreu 2 (3), Maza (27). S- SGarcia.
LOB- Albuquerque 11, Nashville 7.
SB- Repko (15). 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Schmidt	        6.0  4  4-4  1  6  3.95
DeBarr	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  7.07
Choi (2-1)	1.0  3  1-1  0  2  2.36
  HBP- Brown. T- 2:48. Att- 3,239.
Chattanooga postponed by rain.

Herrera Leads 66ers
Elian Herrera led Inland Empire to a 7-4 win, going 3-for-5 and adding a first inning home run as the 66ers won their fifth straight road game with a 7-4 decision over Lake Elsinore.

Herrera's heroics were complimented by starter Steve Johnson (7-4) who stranded five base runners while allowing two runs on six hits and with four strikeouts in five innings. Miguel Sanfler and Zach Schreiber finished the game out. Schreiber had to work around an unearned run in the ninth to nail down his first save and the win.

Trailing 2-1 in the fourth, right fielder Scott Van Slyke hit his team-leading twelfth home run of the season, a solo shot that tied the game.

In the fifth, Garett Green and Christian Lara singled and with one out, Herrera lined an RBI single to center before Trayvon Robinson's drove in another run.

Van Slyke and Alex Garabedian drew walks to open the sixth and both scored on Lara's clutch two-out, two-run triple to center.

After the Storm scored twice in the eighth to close to within two runs. Herrera's third RBI gave them some breathing room and Schreiber nailed down the win.

The five-game road-winning streak is the longest since 2002, when Inland Empire won nine in a row on the road.  

Inland Empire and Lake Elsinore meet again this morning (11:05 Pacific Time) with RHP Tim Sexton (4-8, 2.91) facing RHP Aaron Breit (0-2, 3.07) for the Storm.

The Sixers return home July 15 for a four-game series against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	100 122 001-7
Lake Elsinore	101 000 020-4

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly dh	5  0  0  0  .260
Herrera lf	5  2  3  2  .342
Robinson cf	4  0  0  1  .294
Baez 3b        	5  0  0  1  .282
Van Slyke rf	4  2  1  1  .313
Garabedian c	3  1  0  0  .264
Ortiz 1b	3  0  1  0  .263
Green 2b	3  1  1  0  .227
Lara ss        	4  1  2  2  .254
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  Totals	39  7  8  7  
  Lake Elsinore	34  4  9  4

  Errors- Johnson (2), Lara (13).
2B- Ortiz (4). 3B- Lara (4). HR- Herrera
2 (21), Van Slyke (59), Robinson (39),
Lara 2 (28), Baez (55). LOB- Inland
Empire 7, Nashville 11. SB- Robinson
(29). DP- Johnson, Lara and Ortiz.

  Inland Empire	   in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson (7-4)	  5.0  6  2-2  2  4  3.79
Sanfler        	  2.0  2  2-2  1  2  4.53
Schreiber (sv 1) 2.0  1  0-0  2  1  0.00
  Balk- Sanfler. HBP- by Schreiber. 
T- 3:15, Att- 1,662. 
Loons Swept By TinCaps
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes was swept in a four-game series for the first time this season, falling 4-0 to Fort Wayne. The Loons have lost four straight for the first time this season, and were shut out for the third time in the last 12 games.

  A three-run fifth inning gave the TinCaps all the offensive support their pitchers would need. Three singles and an error supplied the TinCaps with a 3-0 lead.

  The Loons were out-hit 6-3 with Tony Delmonico doubling and Matt Wallach adding a single in the second inning with two out. Nick Buss's single in the fourth was their final hit.

  Loons starter Bobby Blevins (6-6) was the tough-luck loser despite allowing only one earned run in six innings. He surrendered five hits and a walk against three strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 4.13. Luis Garcia pitched the final two innings and allowed the TinCaps final run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning.

   The Loons continue their 10-game road trip tomorrow night, opening a three-game series against the Peoria Chiefs. Justin Miller (3-5, 4.69) takes the mound for the Loons starting opposite Chiefs southpaw Jeff Beliveau (3-2, 3.10).

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0
Fort Wayne	000 030 01x-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  0  0  .305
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .262
Buss cf        	4  0  1  0  .261
Russell rf	1  0  0  0  .280
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .267
Delmonico dh	3  0  1  0  .264
Wallach 1b	3  0  1  0  .238
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .264
Lopez c	        3  0  0  0  .143
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  Totals 	29  0  3  0
  Fort Worth	32  4  6  3

  Error- Gordon 2 (28). 2B- Delmonico
(16). LOB- Great Lakes 5, Fort Wayne 5.
CS- Gordon (13). 

  Great Lakes	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Blevins (6-6)	6.0  5  3-1  1  3  4.13
LuGarcia	2.0  1  1-1  1  2  2.89
  WP- LuGarcia. T- 2:32. Att- 4,387.

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