Great pitching equals Four Wins for Dodgers

Giancarlo Alvarado held New Orleans to three hits and one run while striking out a season-high nine in a 4-2 win. Chattanooga outlasted Carolina 10-6 behind home runs by Andrew Lambo, Eddy Perez, Josh Bell and Tommy Giles. All the scoring came in the first inning as Inland Empire topped Rancho Cucamonga 2-1. JonMichael Redding won his 11th game as Great Lakes topped Wisconsin 9-5

. Gio Wins His Seventh for 'Topes
Starter Giancarlo Alvarado has allowed two or less runs in six of the last seven starts and held New Orleans to three hits and one run while striking out a season-high nine in a 4-2 win.

The Venezuelan right-hander, signed as a free agent before the season, evened his record to 7-7 as Albuquerque improved to 5-0 against the Z's at home this season.

Alvarado managed to whiff at least one Zephyr an inning with pairs of punch-outs coming in the second, third and fourth before settling for nine, upping his season strikeout total to 91, second best in the Pacific Coast League.

Alvarado allowed a run in the third on a pair of doubles, then allowed just one more base hit and retired the final nine batters he faced.

Albuquerque tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back singles from Jason Repko and Juan Gonzalez and A.J. Ellis' sacrifice fly.

Mitch Jones untied things with a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, giving him sole possession of the top spot in PCL with 23 home runs. It was Jones' second long ball in as many games and scored Dee Brown who had doubled.

Tony Abreu's single in the bottom of the sixth scoring Gonzalez who started the rally with a one-out single and gave the 'Topes a 4-1 margin.

Albuquerque's bullpen took over as Josh Lindblom and Travis Schlichting each worked an inning of scoreless relief. The pair, combined with Alvarado, faced the minimum over 14 batters from the fourth inning to two outs into the eighth.

Scott Strickland allowed a solo home run with one out in the ninth, just the third off Strickland this season and first since May 27, before he nailed down the win and his 18th save. The four pitchers fanned a total of 12 batters on the night.

The Isotopes will send lefty Eric Stults (1-1, 5.00) to the hill against New Orleans righty-hander Hayden Penn (0-0, 4.50) with a special Bobblehead giveaway and an appearance by the Famous Chicken.

 Score by innings
New Orleans	001 000 001-2
Albuquerque	000 121 00x-4

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b        4  0  1  0  .254
Hu ss        	4  0  0  0  .256
Brown lf	3  1  2  0  .299
Jones rf	4  1  1  1  .273
Cosser 1b	4  0  1  0  .358
Repko cf	4  1  1  0  .256
JuGonzalez 3b	3  1  2  0  .229
Ellis c        	2  0  1  1  .293
Alvardo p	2  0  0  0  .056
 Maza ph	1  0  0  0  .273
 Lindblom p	0  0  0  0  .750
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rosario ph	1  0  0  0  .225
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
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 Totals	        32 4 9 4
 New Orleans	32 2 6 2

 Errors- Brown (6), JuGonzalez (3). Two-Base
hits- Brown (187). HR- Jones (23). RBI- Ellis 
(17), Jones 3 (53), Abreu (11).  SF- Ellis. 
LOB- Albuquerque 8, New Orleans 6.
SB- Brown (6), JuGonzales (3). DP- Hu, Abreu
and Closser.

 Albuquerque	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (7-7)	   6.0  3  0-0  2  9  3.30
Lindblom	   1.0  1  0-0  0  0  5.06
Schlichting	   1.0  1  0-0  0  2  1.23
Strickland (sv 18) 1.0  1  1-1  0  1  3.52
 WP- Alvarado. T- 2:28. Att- 7,940.
For Home Run Moves Chattanooga Into Second
Chattanooga and Carolina each scored six times in the final three innings but the Lookouts outlasted the Mudcats 10-6 behind home runs by Andrew Lambo, Eddy Perez, Josh Bell and Tommy Giles.

Lambo slugged a solo shot for his ninth round-tripper in the second, Perez banged a two-run drive in the seventh, Bell had a solo HR in the eight and Giles added a two-run bomb in the same inning.

Jesus Castillo (5-7) allowed only four hits and a single run over the first four innings and left the game with a 5-1 lead. The bullpen staggered but did not fall, allowing five runs in the eighth and ninth. Jesus Rodriguez and Javy Guerra were roughed up before Victor Garate retired the final Mudcat to end the game.

Bell finished with three hits and three RBI. Ramon Nivar, Perez and Giles all collected two.

Johnson Promoted from Inland Empire
Steve Johnson was promoted from Inland Empire where he was 8-4 with a 3.82 ERA. He ranked ranked 10th in ERA and third in strike outs in the Midwest League at the time of his promotion. 

 Score by innings
Chattanooga	010 210 132-10
Carolina	000 001 132- 6

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  2  1  0  .309
Nivar 2b	5  1  2  1  .381
Bell 3b	        5  2  3  3  .283
May c	        5  0  0  0  .304
Lambo lf	4  2  1  1  .271
Perez 1b	3  2  2  2  .287
Giles rf	4  1  2  3  .276
Sellers ss	3  0  1  0  .293
Castillo p	3  0  0  0  .200
 Becker ph	1  0  0  0  .211
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Guerra p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
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 Totals	        38 10 12 10
 Carolina	36  6 10  5

 Two-base hits- Bell (24), Nivar (11), Sellers
(22), HR- Lambo (9), Perez (7), Bell (9), Giles
(7). RBI- Lambo (37), Perez 2 (32), Bell 3 (42), 
Nivar (10), Giles 3 (17). LOB- Chattanooga 4,
Carolina 6. SB- Nivar (9), Tomlin (7). DP- Bell,
Nivar and Perez.

 Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Castillo (5-7)	7.0  4  1-1  1  2  4.47
Rodriguez	1.0  3  3-3  0  1  3.83
Guerra	        0.2  2  2-2  1  0  5.68
Garate	        0.1  1  0-0  0  0  2.08
 WP- Rodriguez. T- 2:38. Att- 5,482.
Sixers Win First Inning, Game
Those who were just a bit late for the game missed all the scoring as Rancho Cucamonga scored one in the top of the first inning and Inland Empire twice in the bottom of the frame, then held on for a 2-1 win.

Mario Alvarez (2-2, 4.46) worked a solid six innings, allowing just one run on two hits with 3 strikeouts. After the first, Alvarez pitched five hitless innings.

The Sixers bullpen took over and Jake McCarter and Marcel Prado combined for three scoreless innings with one hit allowed. Prado earned the save, his fourth of the year.

The Quakes picked up a double and a single in the first inning and led 1-0.

The Sixers Elian Herrera reached on an infield single withe one out and and Trayvon Robinson singled him to third and then stole second. his 31st of the season.

Pedro Baez drove a fly ball to left that Herrera tagged and scored on, but the left fielder dropped the ball, and Robinson score from second base.

Over the final eight innings, the Quakes could manage only one more hit and the 66ers collected three.

But with one out in the top of the ninth and the Sixers leading 2-1, a walk and an error put Quakes the corners. Reliever Marcel Prado induced a ground ball to second baseman Johan Garcia who threw to catcher Alex Garabedian who tagged out the runner trying to score from third. Prado then coaxed a ground ball to Jaime Ortiz at first to end the ballgame.

The 66ers seven-game homestand features a Manny Ramirez Bobblehead Night tonight with Josh Wall (1-4, 5.68) starting for the Sixers and Jeremy Thorne (0-5, 5.19) going the for the Quakes.

 Score by innings
Rch Cucamonga	100 000 000-1
Inland Empire	200 000 00x-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	3  0  0  0  .256
Herrera dh	4  1  1  0  .317
Robinson cf	3  1  2  0  .309
Baez 3b	        2  0  0  1  .281
Van Slyke rf	2  0  0  0  .304
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .259
Ortiz 1b	3  0  0  0  .231
Lara ss	        3  0  1  0  .267
JohGarcia 2b	3  0  1  0  .182
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 Total	        26 2 5 1
 Rch Cucamonga	32 1 3 1

 Error- Lara (16). RBI- Baez (58). SF- Baez.
SB- Robinson (31). CS- Mattingly (8), Lara (9).
PO- Robinson. LOB- Inland Empire 3, Rancho 
Cucamonga 4.

 Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (2-2)	6.0  2  1-1  2  3  4.46
McCarter	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  3.10
Prado (sv 4)	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  3.86
 WP- Alvarez. T- 2:13. Att- 3.629.
Loons Cruise Past Wisconsin
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes made things easier for starter Jon Michael Redding by scoring seven times in the first four innings before hanging on to a 9-5 win over Wisconsin. Redding picked up his 11th win of the season to tie for the Midwest League lead in victories.

   Redding (11-3) kept Wisconsin's offense in check over his six inning start, allowing only three hits and three walks against seven strikeouts. Jordan Pratt and Robert Boothe allowed four runs in the eighth innings Cole St. Clair entered in the ninth inning with two on and no outs and struck out the final three Timber Rattlers for his fifth save of the season.

  Great Lakes jumped on top in its first turn at the plate. Dee Gordon walked, stole second, moved to third on a single by Jaime Pedroza and scored on a double-play groundout by Angelo Songco.

   After Wisconsin tied the game in the top of the second, the Loons scored four times in the bottom of the inning to take control of the contest. The first six Loons to bat reached base, starting with a leadoff double by Tony Delmonico and a single by Anthony Hatch to put runners at the corners with no outs.

Alfredo Silverio doubled in a run, and after a walk to Matt Wallach, Nick Buss plated two more runs for a 4-1 lead. Dee Gordon followed with an RBI single to give the Loons a 5-1 lead.

   The Loons stretched their lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning on a squeeze bunt by Nick Buss and a bases-loaded walk by Jaime Pedroza. Pedroza singled in another run in the sixth inning to score Gordon.

   Alfredo Silverio launched a solo home run (#8) to deep left field with one out in the seventh inning to cap the Loons scoring and give Great Lakes a 9-1 lead.

Gordon, Pedroza and Silverio each collected three hits with Silverio lacking only a single for the cycle.

   The series finale between the Loons and Timber Rattlers is slated for tonight with Loons right-hander Josh Walter (5-3, 3.43 ERA) starting opposite Wisconsin's tandem of right-hander Wily Peralta (3-1, 3.33) and lefty Evan Frederickson (3-5, 4.79). The game will be followed by a postgame fireworks Loontacular.

 Score by innings
Wisconsin	010 000 040-5
Great Lakes	140 201 10x-9

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  2  3  1  .299
Pedroza 2b	4  0  3  2  .263
Songco dh	5  0  0  0  .111
Russell rf	4  0  1  0  .280
Delmonico c	4  0  1  0  .280
Hatch 3b	4  1  1  0  .274
Silverio lf	4  3  3  2  .274
Wallach 1b	2  2  0  0  .245
Buss cf	        4  0  2  3  .264
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 Totals	        35 9 14 8
 Wisconsin	34 5  9 4

 Two-base hits- Delmonico (18), Silverio
(9), Pedroza (22). 3B- Silverio (8). HR-
Silverio (8). RBI- Silverio 2 (38), Buss 3 
(45), Gordon (24), Pedroza 2 (54). LOB-
Great Lakes 7, Wisconsin 8. SB- Gordon 2,
(49). CS- Russell (2). DP- Gordon, Pedroza
and Wallach.

 Great Lakes	   in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding (11-3)	  6.0  3  1-1  3  7  4.47
Pratt	          2.0  5  4-4  1  2  5.86
Boothe	          0.0  1  0-0  1  0  5.30
St. Clair (sv 5)  1.0  0  0-0  0  3  2.89 
 WP- Pratt. HBP- Russell. T- 2:50.
Att- 5,124,

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