Closser, Van Slyke and St. Clair Spark Wins

J.D. Closser slugged a grand slam and drove in five as Albuquerque (47-44) ran over New Orleans 12-3. Inland Empire earned a 6-4 victory over Rancho Cucamonga with a two-run home run by Scott Van Slyke breaking a 4-4 tie. Great Lakes closer Cole St. Clair put out a ninth-inning fire for the second night in a row in a 7-5 win over Wisconsin. Chattanooga and Carolina were postponed by wet grounds.

Closser Closes Door on Zephyrs
J.D. Closser slugged a grand slam and drove in five as Albuquerque (47-44) ran over New Orleans 12-3. It was the Isotope 11th win in their last 13 home games.

Eric Stults (2-1) scattering eight hits over six innings and allowed three runs with five strikeouts. Hyang-Nam Choi and Henry Bonilla retired the final nine New Orleans batters.

Trailing 1-0 in the first, Tony Abreu singled, moved to second when Dee Brown walked and was thrown out at home on a Mitch Jones single. Jason Repko walked with the based loaded later in the inning to tie the game.

With the Z's holding a 2-1, Luis Maza singled, Brown reached on a fielder's choice and Mitch Jones walked to load up the bags and Closser found the perfect time to launch his first home run of the season, hitting the first pitch and driving in four and giving the 'Topes a lead they would not relinquish.

Albuquerque would send 12 batters to the plate in the seventh and score seven runs. During the evening, each position player reach base at least twice. Closser collected his fifth RBI, Chin-Lung Hu lined a bases-loaded single and an A.J. Ellis single scored Closser. Abreu lined a two-run single and Maza, whose triple started the inning, singled in the final run.

The Isotopes go for their season-high eighth straight home win tonight behind All-Star knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (8-6, 3.74) who will oppose Z's righty Clay Hensley (4-2, 2.89).

The homestand continues with a special appearance by the Famous Chicken, who will be making his first-ever visit to Isotopes Park.

 Score by innings
New Orleans	101 001 000- 3
Albuquerque	100 040 70x-12

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 3b	5  1  3  2  .279
Maza 2b        	5  2  3  1  .280
Brown lf	3  2  0  0  .295
Jones rf	3  2  2  0  .279
Closser 1b	4  2  2  5  .365	
Repko cf	3  1  0  1  .253
Hu ss        	5  1  2  1  .258
Ellis c        	5  1  2  1  .297
Stults p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Rosario ph	1  0  0  0  .222
 Choi p	        0  0  0  0  .333
 Bonilla p	0  0  0  0  .000
----------------------------
 Totals	        35 12 14 11
 New Orleans	33  3  9  3

 Three-base hit- Maza (3). HR- Closser (1).
RBI- Repko (33), Closser 5 (12), Hu (35),
Ellis (18), Abreu 2 (13), Maza (31).LOB-
Albuquerque 8, New Orleans 5. DP- Closser,
Hue and Abreu; Maza and Closser.

 Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Stults (2-1)	6.0  8  3-3  1  5  4.80
Choi	        2.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.12
Bonilla	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.67
 T- 2:49. Att- 11.269.
Feedback
Carlos Fragoso of Mexico City, Mexico pointed out that in our story about Giancarlo Alvarado we listed him as Venezuelan, when actually he is from Puerto Rico. Thanks, Carlos!

Chattanooga-- Postponed due to wet grounds.

Sixers Rally Tops Quakes
Trailing 4-0 early in the game, Inland Empire scored six unanswered runs to take a 6-4 victory over Rancho Cucamonga. A two-run home run by Scott Van Slyke (#15) broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh.

Starter Josh Wall gave up four runs, one earned, on five hits and four walks in six innings while fanning four. Miguel Sanfler (1-0)took over in the seventh and earned the win after pitching 1.1 scoreless innings. Marcel Prado recorded his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.

The Quakes jumped out to 4-0 lead when the 66er defense betrayed Wall by allowing three unearned runs.

With two outs in the bottom half of the third, Trayvon Robinson doubled and scored on a single by Pedro Baez. They collected two more runs in the fourth when Van Slyke doubled, Jaime Ortiz singled him home and later scored after an Alex Garabedian single and a ground ball off he bat of Preston Mattingly.

A solo home run by Robinson (#12) and a Van Slyke's tie-breaking home run put the 66ers up for good, 6-4.

The 66ers go for the series sweep tonight with LHP Thomas Melgarejo (1-1, 8.10) making a spot start for the Sixers and LHP Alexander Torres (7-3, 2.92) getting the call for the Quakes.

 Score by innings
Rch Cucamonga	013 000 000-4
Inland Empire	001 200 30x-6

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	5  0  2  1  .259
Herrera 2b	5  0  1  0  .314
Robinson cf	4  2  3  1  .314
Baez 3b        	4  0  1  1  .281
 JohGarcia 3b	0  0  0  0  .182
Caseres 1b	4  1  3  0  .299
Van Slyke rf	2  2  2  2  .306
Ortiz dh	4  1  1  1  .232
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .259
Lara ss        	3  0  1  0  .267
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 Totals	        33 6 15 6
 Rch Cucamonga	32 4  7 4

 Error- Herrera (3). Two-base hits- Mattingly
(15), Robinson (26), Van Slyke (28). HR-Robinson
(12), Van Slyke (25). RBI- Baez (59), Ortiz (11), 
Mattingly (28), Robinson (44), Van Slyke 2 (65).
SB- Mattingly (15). CS- Robinson (16). LOB- Inland
Empire 8, Rancho Cucamonga 7.

 Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall	        6.0  5  4-1  4  4  5.29
Sanfler (1-0)	1.1  1  0-0  1  1  4.59
Schreiber	0.2  0  0-0  0  0  1.13
Prado (sv 5)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.70
 PB- Garabedian (5). WP- Wall. HBP- by Prado,
T- 2:54. Att- 6.634.
St. Clair Saves Another
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

For the second night in a row, Great Lakes closer Cole St. Clair put out a ninth-inning fire to preserve a 7-5 win over Wisconsin and to gave the Loons a sweep of the three-game series.

A more-than-capacity crowd of 5,807 fans on a cool summer night at Dow Diamond watched the Loons offense rally with six runs in the sixth inning to erase a two-run deficit and then hold on, thanks to St. Clair, to win their fourth straight game and improve to 6-1 at home in the second half.  

Josh Walter started and worked five innings, allowing one run and struck out seven He left the game tied a 1-1. Reliever Geison Aguasviva (4-1) came on to start the sixth inning and surrendered two-run home run.

After pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning, Aguasviva ran into more trouble in the eighth and allowed two runs to cut the Loons lead to 7-5. Luis Garcia replaced Aguasviva and got the final two outs in the eighth.

After Wisconsin took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth, the Loons sent 12 men to the plate and scored six runs to take the lead for the first time in the game. Wisconsin used three pitchers in the frame that took 32 minutes to complete.  

Following a leadoff walk to Tony Delmonico and a single by Anthony Hatch, Alfredo Silverio doubled to score Delmonico and cut the deficit to one run. Matt Wallach followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game, and back-to-back singles by Nick Buss and Dee Gordon chased the Wisconsin starter and moved Silverio around to score the go-ahead run.  

Jaime Pedroza greeted a Rattler reliever with a double to left-centerfield to deliver Buss and Gordon to give the Loons a 6-3 lead. After a strikeout, Wisconsin walked the next three Loons to force in the sixth and final run of the inning and give Great Lakes a 7-3 edge.  

St. Clair was summoned after Garcia put two on with one out in the ninth inning. He struck out the first batter for the second out and after an infield single, finished the game with a second strikeout. St. Clair picked up two saves against Wisconsin and all five outs he recorded were via the strikeout.

The Loons open a three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the top team in the Western Division, tonight. Bobby Blevins (6-7, 4.20) starts for Great Lakes opposite Kernels' right-hander Ryan Chaffee (6-3, 3.03).

 Score by innings
Wisconsin	010 002 020-5
Great Lakes	010 006 00x-7

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  1  1  .299
Pedroza 2b	4  1  2  2  .266
Songco lf	3  0  0  0  .083
Russell dh	3  0  0  0  .278
Delmonico c	3  1  0  0  .264
Hatch 2b	3  1  2  1  .278
Silverio rf	2  2  1  1  .276
Wallach 1b	3  0  0  1  .242
Buss cf        	4  1  2  1  .267
---------------------------
 Totals	        29 7  7 7
 Wisconsin	38 5 12 5

 Two-base hits- Pedroza 2 (24), Hatch (25),
Silverio (20). RBI- Buss (46), Silverio (39), 
Wallach (29), Gordon (25), Pedroza 2 (56),
Hatch (40). S- Silverio. SF- Wallach. LOB-Great
Lakes 10, Wisconsin 11. 

 Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter	        5.0  6  1-1  2  7  3.30
Aguasviva (4-1)	2.1  4  4-4  2  3  1.57
LuGarcia	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.61
Claire (sv 6)	0.2  1  0-0  0  2  2.79
 HBP- Russell, Songco. T- 3:06. Att- 5,807.
 

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