Strong Pitching Gives Dodgers Three Wins

J.D. Durban worked a season-high eight innings, allowing Carolina five hits in a 2-0 victory. Third baseman Pedro Baez beat out a possible double play to drive in the winning run to give Inland Empire a 7-6 win over Rancho Cucamonga. Nathan Eovaldi and Ethan Martin held Wisconsin to five hit for an 11-1 Loons win. Albuquerque was on All-Star break.

Albuquerque-- All-Star break. Isotopes knuckleballer Charlie Haeger worked the sixth inning of the Triple-A All-Star game in Portland. The eight-game winner recorded a 3.74 earned run average over the first half of the season, good for sixth in the Pacific Coast League.

He retired the first two International League but then gave up a singled and a two-run home run on a 3-0 count before ending the inning.

It was Haeger's second appearance in the Triple-A All-Star Game, having started the 2006 contest in Toledo, OH while a member of the Charlotte Knights, a White Sox affiliate, and tossing a perfect two innings.

Haeger became just the third pitcher in Isotopes (not Dukes) history to be named to the annual Triple-A mid-season classic.

The Isotopes are home tonight for a short four-game homestand series against the New Orleans Zephyrs to begin the second half.

Chattanooga Blanks Carolina
J.D. (Joseph Adam) Durban, signed as a free agent early in the years, made his fifth start for the Lookouts and worked a season-high eight innings, allowing Carolina five hits, three walks and striking out three while recording a 2-0 victory, his second win of the season.

Before signing the 27-year-old had a 5-14, 5,82 record between Lehigh Valley (0-7) in the AAA International League and Reading (5-7) in the AA Eastern League.

Taken by Twins in second round, June 2000 free agent draft, the 6-0, 200 pound righthander has been invaluable for the Lookouts, recording a 1.66 earned run average over 15 games in relief and a 2-2, 2.32 record over five starts.

He wasn't supplied much run support, only a single run ion the sixth inning and another unearned run in the top of the ninth after he had left the game for a pinch-hitter, but that was enough this night.

He scattered five singles during his eight innings and the game was scoreless until Ramon Nivar was hit by a pitch with one out in the sixth and Josh Bell singled him to third. Lucas May lived on an error that allowed the run.

The second run came in the ninth inning after one-out walks to Russ Mitchell and Adam Godwin. The speedy Godwin attempted to score on pinch-hitter Eddy Perez's ground ball to the third baseman and a throwing error by the Carolina first baseman attempting to head off Godwin was wide of the plate and Chattanooga took a 2-0 lead into the ninth.

Closer Matt Sartor made quick work of the Mudcats, retiring them 1-2-3 with a pair of strikeouts for his

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 001 001-2
Carolina	000 000 000-0

  Chattanooga	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  0  0  0  .311
Nivar 2b	3  1  0  0  .379
Bell 3b        	4  0  1  0  .277
May c        	3  0  1  1  .317
Lambo lf	4  0  1  0  .271
Mitchell 1b	4  0  0  0  .205
Godwin rf	3  1  1  0  .240
Sellers ss	3  0  0  0  .292
Durbin p	2  0  1  0  .250
 EPerez ph	1  0  0  0  .280 
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals  	32  2  5  1
  Carolina	30  0  5  0

  2B- May (8). RBI- May (18).
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Carolina 4.
CS- Godwin (4). DP- Mitchell and Nivar.

 Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
  Durbin (2-3)	8.0  5  0-0  0  3  2.05
Sartor (sv 8)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  3.17
  HBP- Nivar. T- 2:25. Att- 3,602.
Baez Legs Out Winning RBI It is normal to talk about walk-off hits and even walk-off walks but Inland Empire used a walk-off -- rather a run-off -- force play to drive in the winning run in the ninth inning as they outscored Rancho Cucamonga 7-6.

Third baseman Pedro Baez battled through a 10-pitch at bat with one out and the bases loaded in the last of the ninth before he grounded to the shortstop. The Quakes got a force out at second base but Baez beat the relay as Preston Mattingly scored the winning run from third base.

The 66ers trailed 4-1 after four and 6-3 going into the eighth inning. They pushed over two runs in both the eighth and ninth to win.

Twenty-year old Chris Withrow made his 13th start of the season and gave up five runs, four of them earned, and struck out six in his five innings. Zach Schreiber added a pair of scoreless frames before Eric Krebs surrendered two more runs to the Quakes.

Davis Pfieffer (3-3) worked a scoreless ninth and was the winning pitcher on the two-run rally in the bottom of the inning.

Down 4-2 in the seventh, Christian Lara lined his second home run over the center field fence to cut the margin to one but the Quakes increased that to 6-3 with two in the top of the eighth.

Elian Herrera walked and moved to third on Trayvon Robinson's single in the bottom of the inning. Baez's sac fly scored one and Steven Caseres double again made it a one-run game.

In the last of the ninth, Garrett Green was hit by a pitch and pinch-runner Johan Garcia was bunted to second by Jessie Mier. Mattingly struck out on a wild pitch as Garcia took third.

Herrera popped a bunt single to the third baseman, driving in Garcia to tie the game. Then Robinson walked and Baez out-ran a double play relay to give the Sixers the win.

Herrera, Robinson and Lara had a pair of hits each. Herrera and Baez each knocked in two

The 66ers seven-game homestand continues tonight with Mario Alvarez (1-2, 5.08) on the mound for the Sixers opposing Jayson Miller (4-5, 4.20).

  Score by Innings
Rancho Cucamonga	201 100 020-6
Inland Empire	        010 010 122-7

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly dh	5  1  1  0  .259
Herrera lf	4  1  2  2  .319
Robinson cf	3  1  2  0  .306
Baez 3b        	4  0  0  2  .283
Caseres 1b	4  0  1  1  .292
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .305
Lara ss	        4  2  2  1  .266
Green 2b	3  0  0  1  .227
Mier c        	3  1  0  0  .196
  Totals 	34  7  8  7
  Rancho	32  6  8  6

  Error- Withrow (3). 2B- Mattingly (14), 
Caseres (20). 3B- Lara (5). HR- lara (2).
RBI- Green (19), Herrera 2 (24), Lara
(30), Baez 2 (57), Caseres (32). S- Mier.
SF- Baez. LOB- Inland Empire 7, Rancho 6.
SB- Robinson (30), Mier (2). 
  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Withrow	        5.0  5  4-3  3  6  4.62
Schreiber	2.0  0  0-0  1  1  1.23
Krebs	        1.0  3  2-2  1  0  4.35
Pfeiffer (3-3)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.92
  HBP- Green. T- 2:51. Att- 1,815.
Loons Blast Rattlers
Brad Golden Great Lakes Loons

Nathan Eovaldi pitched five strong innings to record his second win of the season and Great Lakes pounded out 11 hits and scored 11 unanswered runs after allowing a run in the top of the first inning to cruise past Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 11-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Dow Diamond.

  Eovaldi (2-4) allowed only a first-inning run on four hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Ethan Martin pitched the final four innings, dominating the last two frames by striking out the last six Timber Rattlers he faced. He struck out seven and allowed only one hit and no walks for his first professional save.

Matt Wallach gave the Loons the lead in the bottom of the second inning with a two-RBI single.

The Loons scored four more runs in the bottom of the third, three of which were unearned. With two outs, Kyle Russell doubled to right field to drive in Dee Gordon for a 3-1 lead, then Tony Delmonico grounded a ball to third base that was misplayed to allow two runs to score. Anthony Hatch followed with his own RBI double for a 6-1 lead through three innings.

  New Loons outfielder Angelo Songco delivered his first RBI in the fifth on an RBI single, then scored on an RBI base hit by Delmonico for an 8-1 edge.

  The Loons tacked on three more unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.  

Gordon, Kyle Russell and Wallach each had a pair of hits and Russell, Wallach and Tony Delmonico had two RBI. Jaime Pedroza scored three times and stole his 24th base.

  The Loons and Timber Rattlers continue their series tonight with right-hander Jon Michael Redding (10-3, 4.68 ERA) opposing Wisconsin righty Cody Adams (3-5, 5.34).

  Fourth Round Pick Joins Loons
This year's fourth round draft pick of the Dodgers, outfielder Angelo Songco, has joined the Loon's active roster.  

Songco began his professional career this summer with the Ogden Raptors, the Dodgers' short-season Pioneer League affiliate, where he hit .370 with seven home runs in 19 games. Earlier this year in college, Songco was a candidate for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to nation's top amateur baseball player.  

Loons' first baseman Austin Gallagher has been placed on the disabled list.

  Score by Innings
Wisconsin	100 000 000- 1
Great Lakes	024 023 00x-11

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  2  2  0  .294
Pedroza 2b	3  3  1  1  .257
Songco lf	4  1  1  1  .250
Russell rf	4  1  2  2  .280
Delmonico c	3  1  1  2  .266
Hatch 3b	4  1  1  1  .274
Silverio dh	4  1  1  1  .268
Wallach 1b	4  0  2  2  .248
Buss cf        	4  1  0  0  .260
  Totals 	35 11 11  9
  Wisconsin	30  1  5  1

  2B- Silverio (18), Russell (26), Hatch
(24). RBI- Wallach 2 (28), Russell 2
(68), Hatch (39), Songco (1), Delmonico 2
(32), Pedroza (52). LOB- Great Lakes 4, 
Wisconsin 4. SB- Pedroza (24), Gordon
(47). DP- Pedroza and Wallach; Hatch,
Pedroza and Wallach.
  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Eovaldi (2-4)	5.0  4  1-1  2  5  3.65
Martin (sv 1)	4.0  1  0-0  0  7  4.37
  HBP- Songco. T-2:42. Att- 4,189.