Ellis' Single Beats New Orleans in the Ninth

Pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis singled in the winning run in the last of the ninth as the Isotopes topped New Orleans 9-8. Chattanooga split with Carolina, winning 11-2 and losing 2-1. Inland Empire couldn't overcome an early Rancho Cucamonga lead and lost 7-5. Bobby Blevins pitched a career-high eight innings and allowed only one run as Great Lakes topped Cedar Rapids 2-1.

Ellis' Walkoff Single Tops N'Orleans
Albuquerque let a pair of leads slip away before pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis singled across the winning run in the last of the ninth as the Isotopes topped New Orleans 9-8.

The win gives Albuquerque (48-44) their eighth straight home win and lifts them to four games above .500 for the first time this season as they remain undefeated against the Z's at Isotopes Park.

'Topes starter Charlie Haeger was roughed up, allowing three home runs including solo shots from former Dodgers minor leaguer John Lindsey and Z's starting pitcher Clay Hensley in the second and third innings that gave New Orleans a 2-0 lead.

The knuckleballer allowed a run-scoring single and Lindsey's second home run of the game, a two-run shot, in the fifth. New Orleans scratched out two more in the sixth, ending Haeger's evening. He worked six innings, allowing 10 hits and seven runs.

Erick Threets and Travis Schlichting worked an inning of scoreless relief after Haeger exited in the sixth to allow Albuquerque an easier comeback course.

Albuquerque overcame the Z's early 2-0 advantage with four runs in the third and two more in the fourth. Back-to-back singles from Haeger and Tony Abreu put runners on the corners for Brown, who drove in one with a groundout to first before Mitch Jones scored Abreu with a single to left.

After a J.D. Closser walked, the Newest Isotope, Brett Harper delivered a two-run double down the left line that gave the Isotopes a 4-2 edge.

Harper was signed as a free agent after playing in 79 games for the Las Vegas 51s, batting .274 (85x310) with 18 doubles, 15 homers, and 55 RBI before being released on July 13. Harper is the son of former Major Leaguer Brian Harper.

RHP J.D. Durbin was also promoted from Chattanooga, where he started the season in the bullpen before recently moving to the rotation. In 20 games (five starts) with the Lookouts, Durbin was 2-3 with a 2.05 ERA and three saves.

The pair takes the roster spots vacated by infielder Blake DeWitt, who was recalled by the Dodgers and reliever Nick DeBarr, who is on the disabled lis with a strained right elbow.

A Maza double in the fourth that cashed in Hu and Abreu added two more and extended the cushion to four runs at 6-2

After letting a 6-2 advantage turn into a 7-6 Zephyrs lead, Albuquerque rammed across two runs in the eighth when Luis Maza singled and Dee Brown doubled to score him and tie the game.

Jones second RBI single gave the 'Topes an 8-7 edge going into the ninth.

Closer Scott Strickland allowed the Z's to tie after overthrowing a pickoff to second and giving up a sacrifice fly to again tie the game, this time 8-8.

Harper opened the Albuquerque ninth with a single to center, the second hit of his 'Topes debut and Juan Gonzalez bunted him to second. Chin-Lung Hu beat out an infield single before Ellis singled through the left side for a 9-8 win.

The Isotopes go for their second straight home sweep of the Zephyrs today behind right-hander Dwayne Pollok (2-4, 5.08), who will make the spot-start against New Orleans lefty John Koronka (4-5, 3.48).

 Score by innings
New Orleans	011 032 001-8
Albuquerque	004 200 021-9

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 3b	3  2  1  0  .282
Maza 2b-lf	5  1  3  2  .287
Brown lf	4  1  1  2  .295
Jones rf-cf	4  1  2  2  .283
Closser c	3  1  0  0  .352
Harper 1b	5  0  2  2  .276
 SGarcia  pr	0  1  0  0  .208
Repko cf	4  0  1  0  .253
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 JuGonzalez 2b	0  0  0  0  .229
Hu ss	        4  1  2  0  .261
Haeger p	3  1  1  0  .174
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rosario cf	1  0  1  0  .232
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ellis ph	1  0  1  1  .301
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 Totals	37 9 15 9
 New Orleans	38 8 12 8

 Error- Abreu(1), Strickland (1). Two-base 
hits- Harper (19), Maza (13), Repko (14), 
Brown (8). RBI- Brown 2 (60), Jones 2 (55), 
Harper 2 (57), Maza 2 (33), Ellis (19). 
S- Abreu, JuGonzalez. LOB- Albuquerque 11, 
New Orleans 8. SB- Jones (5). DP- Maza, 
Harper and Hu.

 Albuquerque	in  h r-r bb so  era
Haeger	        6.0 10  7-7  3  4  4.09
Threets	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.57
Schlichting	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.08
Strickland (1-1) 1.0  2  1-1  1  0  3.69
 HBP- Hu. T- 3:09. Att- 9,005.
Chattanooga Splits with Carolina
The Lookouts banged out an 11-2 win in the first game of a double header, then wished they had saved a run or two for the second game when they lost 2-1.

Chattanooga broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning when they scored six times in the opener and added four more in the seventh.

James Adkins (4-6) made good work of the big lead, allowing only four hits and a run that came as a result of an error in the first inning while winning his fourth of the season.

Chattanooga tied the game 1-1 on a double by Andrew Lambo and singles by Justin Sellers and Gave Gutierrez's double.

The fourth inning opened on Lambo's 10th homer of the season and 10 batters followed him to the plate as the Lookouts scored six.

Gutierrez, Adam Godwin, Ramon Nivar and Lambo, on his second time up in the inning, all knocked in runs.

Four more runs in the seventh iced the game. Tommy Giles' and Nivar each had bases-loaded singles to account for the runs.

Score by innings Chattanooga 010 600 4-11 Carolina 100 000 1- 2 Chattanooga ab r h bi ave Godwin cf 5 1 2 1 .245 Nivar 2b 5 1 2 3 .282 Perez 1b 3 0 0 0 .282 Bell 3b 4 0 0 0 .279 Lambo lf 4 2 3 2 .277 Mitchell rf 3 2 1 0 .206 Gutierrez c 3 2 3 1 .278 Sellers ss 3 2 2 1 .297 Adkins p 2 0 1 0 .087 Giles ph 1 1 1 2 .283 Felix p 0 0 0 0 .333 ----------------------------------- Totals 36 11 15 11 Carolina 24 2 6 2 Error- Nivar (2), Sellers (13). Two-base hits- Gutierrez (6), Nivar (12). HR- Lambo (10). RBI- Sellers (16), Lambo 2 (39), Gutierrez (5), Godwin (15), Nivar 3 (13), Giles 2 (19), Perez (33). LOB- Chattanooga 8, Carolina 7. SB- Godwin (10). PO- Lambo. DP- Nivar and Perez. Chattanooga in h r-er bb so era Adkins (4-6) 6.0 4 1-0 3 4 4.75 Felix 1.0 2 1-1 0 2 3.16 Pickoff- Adkins. HBP- by Adkins, by Felix. T-2:46. In the second game, Carolina was held to only three hits but they only needed one, a pinch-hit home run in the fifth inning with a runner on base on a walk, to top Chattanooga 2-1.

Travis Chick (6-5) deserved a better fate. He allowed only a pair of hits over his five innings but, of course, one of them with the game-winning, two-run home run.

Chick took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning after Joe Becker walked with one out in the third and was thrown out stealing, only the second baseman dropped the throw and he was safe. Chick singled him to third and James Tomlin's sac fly drove in the only Chattanooga run.

Lucas May doubled in the last of the eighth and Russ Mitchell and pinch-hitter Alberto Bastardo beat out an infield single in the seventh that put runners at first and third with two out but the Lookouts could convert any of them into a run.

Chattanooga held a 5-3 margin in hits, with May's double the only one for extra bases.

 Score by innings
Chattanooga	001 000 0-1
Carolina	000 020 x-2

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	2  0  0  1  .306
Nivar 2b	3  0  1  0  .380
Bell 3b	        2  0  0  0  .277
May c	        3  0  1  0  .305
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .274
Mitchell 1b	3  0  1  0  .207
Godwin rf	2  0  0  0  .242
Becker ss	1  1  0  0  .205
 Bastardo ph	1  0  1  0  .250
 Sellers ss	0  0  0  0  .297
Chick p	        2  0  1  2  .111
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .280
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 Totals	        23 1 5 1
 Carolina	20 2 3 2

 Two-base hits- May (9). RBI- Tomlin (19).
SF- Tomlin. LOB- Chattanooga 5, Carolina 4.
CS- Godwin (5). PO- Godwin, May.

 Chattanooga	in  h r-er bb so  era
Chick (6-5)	5.0  3  2-2  3  5  3.77
Batista	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  2.17
 T- 1:54. Att- 6,489.
. 66ers Can't Overcome Early Deficit
Inland Empire fell behind 4-1 after three innings and while they battle back, they could not overcome the Rancho Cucamonga lead and lost 7-5.

The Quakes jumped on starter Thomas Melgarejo and scored four times before knocking him out of the game in the third inning.

The Sixers tied the game in the last of the third but Blake Brannon (0-1, 4.08) surrendered two runs on three hits and was tagged with the loss.

Rehabbing Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo made an appearance for the 66ers, pitching a scoreless sixth, giving up two hits and striking out one.

Pedro Baez singled in a run in the first inning, then trailing 4-1 the Sixers tied the game in the third on an a second RBI single by Baez, a bases loaded walk to Scott Van Slyke, and a wild pitch by that scored Baez from third.

The Quakes added two in the fourth to break the tie and after Inland Empire added their final run in the fifth when Scott Van Slyke doubled and scored on an error, the added an insurance run in the eighth off David Pfeiffer.

Inland Empire was out-hit 14-6, with Elian Herrera and Baez collecting two hits each.

The 66ers open a three-game set with the Lake Elsinore Storm today. RHP Tim Sexton (5-9, 3.26) draws the start, while the Storm sends RHP Aaron Breit (0-4, 3.07) to the mound.

 Score by innings
Rch Cucamonga	211 200 010-7
Inland Empire	103 010 000-6

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	3  1  1  0  .260
Herrera dh	3  2  2  0  .320
Robinson cf	5  0  0  0  .310
Baez 3b	        5  1  2  2  .283
Caseres 1b	3  0  0  0  .295
Van Slyke rf	3  1  1  1  .308
Garabedian c	2  0  0  0  .258
Green 2b	4  0  0  0  .219
JohGarcia ss	4  0  0  0  .133
-----------------------------------
 Inland Empire	        32 6  6 3
 Rch Cucamonga	38 7 14 7

 Two-base hits- Van Slyke (29). RBI- Baez 2
(61), Van Slyke (66). LOB- Inland Empire 8.
Rancho Cucamonga 7. SB- Herrera 2 (25), 
Mattingly (16). 

 Inland Empire	in  h r-er bb so  era
Malgarejo	2.1  7  4-4  0  1  9.19
Brannon (0-1)	2.2  3  2-2  0  3  4.08
Kuo	        1.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
Pfeiffer	2.0  2  1-1  0  2  3.97
Krebs	        1.0  0  0-0  1  2  3.97
 HBP- Caseres; by Pfeiffer. T- 3:15. 
Att- 3,041.
Blevins' Gem Gives Loons Fifth Straight
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons
                                 Bobby Blevins pitched a career-high eight innings and allowed only one run on four hits as Great Lakes won a pitcher's duel against Cedar Rapids 2-1, on a chilly night at Dow Diamond. The Loons won their fifth straight game and got back to .500 in the second half with an 11-11 record.

  Nick Buss broke a 1-1 tie with a solo home run to right field leading off the bottom of the seventh inning. It was Buss' seventh longball of the season and his first homer since June 20.

  Cedar Rapids scored its only run of the game in the top of the second. After back-to-back singles to open the frame, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly made for a 1-0 Kernels lead.  

That advantage stood until the bottom of the sixth, when the Loons manufactured a run of their own. Kyle Russell led off the inning with a walk, stole second, and scored on a two-out double by Matt Wallach to tie the game at 1-1.

  After Buss' seventh-inning homer, Blevins (7-7) worked around a two-out single in the eighth and Steve Smith struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning for his second save of the season.  

The Loons continue their series with the Kernels this afternoon. Right-hander Justin Miller (5-5, 4.26) takes the ball for the Loons against Kernels' southpaw Manuel Flores (5-4, 3.67) as the Loons seek their sixth consecutive win.

 Score by innings
Cedar Rapids	010 000 000-1
Great Lakes	000 001 10x-2

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	3  0  1  0  .299
Pedroza 2b	3  0  1  0  .267
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .274
Russell rf	3  1  0  0  .275
Delmonico dh	4  0  2  0  .267
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .275
Wallach 1b	3  0  1  1  .243
Lopez c	        2  0  0  0  .141
Buss cf	        2  1  1  1  .269
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 Totals	        28 2 6 2
 Cedar Rapids	29 1 4 1

 Two-base hits- Wallach (16). HR- Buss (7).
RBI- Wallach (30), Buss (47). S- Buss.
LOB- Great Lakes 9, Cedar Rapids 4. 
SB-Gordon 2 (51), Russell (9). CS- Pedroza 
(9).

Great Lakes	in  h r-er bb so  era
Blevins	8.0  4  1-1  1  6  3.95
Smith (sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  0  3  3.13
 HBP- Lopez. T- 2:23. At- 5,287.

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