James Adkins Runs Scoreless Streak to 12

Kuckleballer Charlie Haeger worked his third complete game to lead Albuquerque to a 5-1 win over Round Rock. Lefty James Adkins allowed one hit in a 5-0 win over Mobile. Rancho Cucamonga held Inland Empire to three hits and won 6-1. Great Lakes and Burlington split a doubleheader, the Bees winning the opener 7-3 and the Loons winning the second 2-0 behind Starter Geison Aguasviva and Luis Garcia.

Haeger Stays the Course
Right-hander Charlie Haeger (9-6) worked his third complete game of the season to lead the Albuquerque (52-46) to a 5-1 win over Round Rock. Haeger becomes the first pitcher in Isotopes history to fire three in a season, and the knuckleballer recorded his team-high ninth victory.

The Dodgers are looking for another starting pitcher and they might overcome the tendency to look for 96 mph fastball and take a look at the fluttering thing with which Haeger baffles Pacific Coast League batters.

Haeger allowed just one run on six hits while walking two and striking out a season-high 12. The victory was his first win since June 17. Round Rock's only run came in the third on a two-out single and a triple.

The 'Topes tied the game in the fifth when Luis Maza hammered a two-out double and Dee Brown drove him in with a single.

Albuquerque broke out in the seventh. With Chin-Lung Hu on second base and again two out, Maza singled to score Hu. Brown then followed with a double, scoring Maza and Mitch Jones blasted a two-run homer to cap the four-run inning. Jones's 24th home run of the season puts him in first place in the Pacific Coast League, one ahead of Salt Lake's Sean Rodriguez.

Haeger collected five strikeouts in his last three innings to nail down the 5-1 win, the Isotopes' third victory in a row.

Maza, Brown and Jones each finished the night with two hits, while Brown and Jones added a pair of RBI.

Albuquerque will return to the The Lab tonight to begin a four-game series with the Iowa Cubs. Left-hander Scott Elbert (1-1, 5.74) takes the mound for the 'Topes against I-Cubs righty Mitch Atkins (6-9, 6.69).

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 010 400-5
Round Rock	001 000 000-1

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 3b	5  0  0  0  .320
Masa 2b        	5  2  2  1  .290
Brown lf	2  1  2  2  .305
MJones lf	4  1  2  2  .276
Closser c	4  0  0  0  .276
Harper 1b	3  0  1  0  .279
Repko cf	4  0  0  0  .252
Hu ss        	4  1  2  0  .269
Haeger p	3  0  0  0  .154
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  Totals  	34  5  9  5
  Round Rock	32  1  6  1

  2B-Hu (15), Harper (20), Maza (16),
Brown (19). HR- Jones (24). RBI- Brown 2
(62), Maza (35), Jones 2 (60). S- Haeger.
LOB- Albuquerque 8, PO- Maza.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Haeger(9-6)	9.0  6  1-1  2 12  3.87
HBP- by Haeger. T- 2:24. Att- 9,782.
Adkins Turning the Corner
Lefty James Adkins held Mobile to a single hit over six innings and a 5-0 win. The Dodgers have been waiting for Adkins to fully demonstrate the talents that made him their No. 1 pick (39th overall) in the 2007 draft, and perhaps their wait is over.

The all-time strikeout leader at the University of Tennessee pitched for both Inland Empire and Jacksonville last season with mediocre results and wasn't exactly lights-out early in 2009.

But he has allowed only five earned runs over his last five appearances for Chattanooga, crafting a 2.02 earned run average. In his two most recent starts he hasn't allowed a run and has struck out five, climaxed by his performance against Mobile, during which he allowed one hit and struck out six as the Lookouts pitching staff ran their scoreless inning streak to 17.

The Chattanooga dynamic duo of Francisco Felix and Victor Garate threw the final shutout innings, while Victor Garate were just as stingy, limiting the BayBears to no runs on three hits while striking out four.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third, when Justin Sellers rapped his first homer of the season. James added a two-out single and scored on Andrew Lambo's double. Josh Bell followed with a sharp single to up the score to 2-0.

Chattanooga's final two runs came in the fifth when Red-hot Adam Godwin ripped a triple and scored on a Tomlin sacrifice fly. Josh Bell then added a towering solo home run (#10) to run the score to 5-0.

The Lookouts and BayBears continue their six-game series tonight.

  Score by Innings
Mobile	        000 000 000-0
Chattanooga	003 020 00x-5

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon rf	4  1  3  0  .260
Tomlin cf	2  1  1  1  .302
Lambo lf	4  1  1  1  .270
Bell 3b        	3  1  3  2  .292
May c        	3  0  1  0  .307
Mitchell 2b	4  0  1  0  .214
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .273
Sellers ss	3  1  1  1  .296
Adkins p	2  0  0  0  .080
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .280
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Becker ph	1  0  0  0  .238
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals 	33  5  8  5
  Mobile	34  0  4  0

  Errors- Mitchell (6), Sellers (14),
Bell (17). 2B- Lambo (28), Mitchell
(18). 3B- Godwin (2). HR- Sellers (1),
Bell (10). RBI- Sellers (19), Lambo
(42), Bell 2 (48), Tomlin (21).
SF- Tomlin. LOB- Chattanooga 7, Mobile
10. CS- Lambo (3). PO- Lambo, Godwin. 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins (5-6)	6.0  1  0-0  2  6  4.47
Felix        	2.0  2  0-0  0  2  2.93
Garate	        1.0  1  0-0  1  2  1.91
  WP- Adkins 2. HB- May. PB- May (13).
T- 2:53. Att- 2,877.
Quakes Rumble over Sixers
Rancho Cucamonga smothered Inland Empire 6-1. The Sixers were held to three hits during the evening and scored their only run in the eighth when trailing 6-0.

Kyle Smit (0-1), making his California League debut after starting the season with Great Lakes, walked the first two batters in the first inning on eight consecutive balls. Two RBI singles and a sacrifice fly later, the Quakes had a 3-0 lead and never looked back.

Smit ran into more trouble in the third and allowed two more runs. He left the game having given up five runs on four hits and a pair of walks.

Inland Empire collected a leadoff single by Cristian Lara in the third and Trayvon Robinson's single to open the third.

Torres then retired ten in a row before walking Steve Caseres with two outs in the seventh. Inland Empire's lone run came in the eighth. Garett Green banged a double to left, took third on a ground ball, and scored on a wild pitch to break up the shutout.  

The 66ers try to avoid the sweep tonight by sending RHP Tim Sexton (5-9, 3.31) to the hill while RHP Michael Kenney (1-1, 4.26) starts for the Quakes.

The Sixers return to Arrowhead Credit Union Park Saturday, July 25 for a three game series with Visalia.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 000 010-1
Rancho Cucamonga 302 001 00x-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly f	3  0  0  0  .255
Herrera rf	4  0  0  0  .310
Robinson cf	4  0  1  0  .307
Van Slyke dh	4  0  0  0  .298
Caseres 1b	2  0  0  0  .294
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .251
Lara ss        	3  0  1  0  .274
Green 2b	3  1  1  0  .222
JohGarica 3b	3  0  0  0  .136
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  Totals	29  1  3  0
  Rancho	25  6  7  6

  2B- Green (2). LOB- Inland Empire 3,
Rancho 3. SB- JohGacia (2). CS- Robinson
(18), PO- Robinson. DP- Green, Lara and 
Caseres; Lara, Green and Caseres.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Smit(0-1)	3.0  4  5-5  2  2 15.00
Melgarejo	3.0  3  1-0  2  1  7.71
Krebs	        1.0  0  0-0  1  1  3.38
Prado	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.44
  WP- Smit, Melgarejo. T- 2:34. Att- 3,799.
Loons, Bees Split Two
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes and Burlington split a doubleheader, the Bees rallied from down 3-0 with a 7-3 win in the first game. The Loons responded with a shutout, 2-0 victory in the nightcap.  

Jon Michael Redding started Game 1 for the Loons and did not allow a run through the first five innings. His offense staked him to a 3-0 lead, scoring two in the first on a single by Dee Gordon, his 52 stolen base of the year and back-to-back RBI singles by Tony Delmonico and Matt Wallach.

They added one more in the sixth on Kyle Russell's double, another single by Delmonico and Wallach's sacrifice fly.  

But in the home half of the sixth, Redding's wheels came off and Burlington tied the score. A double and two triples brought reliever Cole St. Clair into the game and his wild pitch tied things up.

The game went 3-3 into the eighth, when Burlington loaded the bases against St. Clair on three walks and a passed ball -- the second two walks were intentional. A two-out grand slam handed St. Clair his first loss and brought a sudden end to the contest.

  Score by Innings 1st Game
Great Lakes	200 001 00-3
Burlington	000 003 04-7

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  3  0  .301
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .260
Hatch 3b	4  0  1  0  .276
 Dalton pr-3b	0  0  0  0  .198
Russell rf	3  2  1  0  .272
Delmonico c	3  0  2  1  .277
Wallach 1b	3  0  1  2  .246
Songco dh	4  0  0  0  .125
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .270
Buss cf        	3  0  1  0  .267
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  Totals	31  3  9  3
  Burlington	27  7  8  6

  2B- Buss (8), Russell (27), Hatch
(27). RBI- Delmonico (34), Wallach 2
(33). SF- Wallach. LOB- Great Lakes 7, 
Burlington 3. SB- Gordon (52).
DP- Pedroza, Gordon and Wallach.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding        	5.2  6  3-3  0  2  4.48
St. Clair (3-1)	2.0  2  4-4  3  1  4.03
 	
  WP- St. Clair. PB- Delmonico (11). T- 2:10.
Game #2
The Loons responded in the second game of the twinbill. Starter Geison Aguasviva worked five scoreless frames. Luis Garcia took over in the sixth and worked around a one-out single to keep the game scoreless.

In the top of the seventh, Nick Buss led off with a bunt single and with one out, Angelo Songco singled to left. Then Matt Wallach walked to load the bases. 

Travis Vetters hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Buss with the game's first run. Songco took third and the Loons then executed a successful double steal with Wallach swiping second and, most importantly, Songco stealing home, giving the Loons a 2-0 advantage. Songco's steal of home was the Loons first since Parker Dalton stole home July 7, 2008 at Dayton.  

The Loons stole five bases in the second game and also executed a double steal in the first inning when Dee Gordon and Jaime Pedroza walked and stole second and third. It was Gordon's 53rd steal of the season and Pedroza's 26th.  

Garcia (5-1) nailed down the win with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

The Loons and Bees conclude their three-game series tonight in Burlington with Midwest League all-star Josh Walter (5-3, 3.30 ERA) gets the starting nod for the Loons opposite righty Mike Lehman (3-3, 4.37). 

  Score by Innings 2nd Game
Great Lakes	000 000 2-2
Burlington	000 000 0-0

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	2  0  0  0  .299
Pedroza 2b	2  0  0  0  .258
Buss cf        	3  1  1  0  .267
Russell dh	3  0  0  0  .270
Songco lf	3  1  1  0  .148
Wallach 1b	2  0  0  0  .244
Vetters rf	2  0  1  1  .231
Lopez c	        3  0  0  0  .135
Dalton 3b	2  0  0  0  .194
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  Totals	22  2  3  1
  Burlington	24  0  4  0

  RBI- Vetters (19). SF- Vetters.
LOB- Great Lakes 3, Burlington 4.
SB- Gordon 2 (54), Pedroza (26),
Wallach (2), Songco (1). CS- Vetters
(1). DP- Dalton, Pedroza and Wallach.  

  Great Lakes	  in  h r-er bb so  era
Aguasviva        5.0  3  0-0  1  3  1.34
LuGarcia (5-1)	 2.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.52
  T- 1:45. Att- 895.

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