Home Runs Save the Day for Minor League Teams

All four Dodgers minor league teams collected home runs Friday night but Albuquerque, Inland Empire and Great Lakes were able to make them stand up for wins, while Chattanooga was unable to convert their only long ball into a victory.

Brett Harper, whacked a double and two home runs good for six runs batted in and Mitch Jones cracked his 25th as Albuquerque bopped Iowa 16-8 pasting of Iowa. Chattanooga, trailing since the second inning, tied the game in the ninth with the help of a Lucas May homer only to see Mobile score three times and take a 7-4 win. Jessie Mier's home run in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie and Scott Van Slyke's 16th helped Inland Empire go on to win a 4-3 decision over Rancho Cucamonga. Kyle Russell, Anthony Hatch and Tony Delmonico all hit one out of the park as Great Lakes Loons thumped Burlington 11-3 in the rubber game of a three-game series.

Harper, 'Topes Blast Iowa
The Newest Isotope, Brett Harper, whacked a double and two home runs good for six runs batted in as Albuquerque extended their home winning streak to 10 with a 16-8 pasting of Iowa. The 'Topes haven't lost a game at home since June 24.

Harper's second long ball of the game was the club's 24th hit and established a new franchise hits record in the series-opener at Isotopes Park.

Albuquerque also set a new total bases record with 40 and were one at-bat shy of overcoming the all-time at-bats mark as well with 45.

The Pyrotechnics, in addition to pleasing the 9,022 fans in attendance, extended the Isotopes lead in the PCL South division to 1.5 games over Oklahoma City.

Starter Scott Elbert, fresh from the L.A.-Albuquerque shuttle where he had a successful stint as a reliever, was tagged for eight hits and three runs in his three innings of work.

Josh Lindblom added a scoreless fourth before Dwayne Pollok allowed five runs, including a pair of homers, in the fifth and sixth inning. Hyang Nam-Choi (4-1) took over in the sixth and retiree the final two batters of the inning and then pitched a scoreless seventh and was given the win instead of Lindblom by the official scorer. Erick Threets and Travis Schlichting held Iowa scoreless over the final three innings.

The Isotopes trailed 3-1 in the last of the third when Harper knotted the affair at 3-3, smacking the first pitch he saw for a two-run double. Just one batter later, Chin-Lung Hu added his third home run of the season, a two-run shot, to create a 5-3 Albuquerque advantage.

The 'Topes went on to rack up and 11-4 lead, climaxed by sending 15 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth to score five times. Mitch Jones had a two-run single and Harper added a three run homer in the inning.

The Cubs cut the margin to 11-8. Then pinch-hitter Tony Abreu singled in a run in the seventh and A.J. Ellis cashed in two with a single to center. Jones (#25) and Harper (#18) belted back-to-back solo homers to open the eighth.

Besides Harper's six RBI performance, seven 'Topes collected multiple hits with Jones and Gonzalez leading the attack with four each.

Albuquerque guns for its 11th straight home game tonight behind right-hander J.D. Durbin (0-1, 4.50), who will make his Isotopes Park debut against I-Cubs lefty J.R. Mathes (8-5, 4.05).

  Score by Innings
Iowa	        021 014 000- 8
Albuquerque	014 160 32x-16

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  0  2  1  .265
Ellis c	        4  1  1  3  .295
Brown lf	5  3  3  0  .310
Jones rf	5  3  4  3  .287
Harper 1b	5  3  3  6  .284
Hu ss	        6  1  2  2  .270
JuGonzalez 2b	5  2  4  1  .256
SGarcia 3b	5  1  3  0  .216
Elbert p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Lindblom p	0  0  0  0  .600
 Pollok p	2  1  1  0  .400
 Choi p	        0  0  0  0  .250
 Abreu ph	1  1  1  1  .327
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	45 16 24 16
  Iowa	        40  8 15  8

  2B- Rosario (1), Brown (20) Harper
(21), JuGonzalez (4). HR- Hu (3),
Harper 2 (18),Jones (25). RBI- Rosario
(4), Harper 6 (65), Hu 2 (40),
JuGonzalez (9), Jones 3 (63), Abreu (24),
Ellis 2 (21). S- Rosario.
LOB- Albuquerque 13, Iowa 11. SB- Jones
(6), Brown (7). DP- Hu, JuGonzalez and
Harper. 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert	        3.0  8  3-3  1  2  6.27
Lindblom	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.68
Pollok	        1.1  5  5-5  2  1  6.61
Choi (4-1)	1.2  0  0-0  0  3  2.10
Threets	        0.2  1  0-0  1  0  1.52
Schlichting	1.1  1  0-0  2  1  1.64
 WP- Schlichting. HB- Ellis. 
T- 3:24. Att- 9,022.
Lookouts Lose in 10th
Chattanooga, behind 3-1 in the second inning, struggled until they finally tied the game in the ninth only to see Mobile score three times and take a 7-4 win.

Travis Chick started but made a quick exit in the second inning after allowing four hits and three runs. Jesus Rodriguez added three score less innings, Tom Corcoran gave up a run without the aid of a hit and Javy Guerra held the line in the ninth and 10th before Matt Sartor (1-4) was tapped for three runs, two earned, in the 11th and took the loss.

Chattanooga got off to an early 1-0 lead in the first when James Tomlin doubled and scored on a Josh Bell RBI single.

Mobile bounced back in the second with three runs, then tacked on another run in the seventh to lead 4-1.

The Lookouts got one back in the seventh on Russ Mitchell's single, a Tommy Giles walk and Eddy Perez singled home Mitchell. Then they nearly won the game in the ninth.

Down two runs, Chattanooga tied the game after Lucas May led off with a solo home run (#6) off of the AT&T Field scoreboard. A pair of walks and a safe bunt by Justin Sellers loaded the bases. With one out, James Tomlin doubled to center to score one but Sellers was nailed on a close play at home. Ramon Nivar bounced out and the Lookouts never had another chance with runners in scoring position.

May singled in the 10th and Sartor walked in the 11th but they could never push another run across.

In the eleventh inning with two out and runners on first and second, a bad throw by Nivar at second base on an infield single allowed one run and after an RBI single he fumbled the the throw from the outfield to give Mobile a third run.

  Score by Innings
Mobile	        030 000 100 03-7
Chattanooga	100 000 102 00-4
 
  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	5  1  2  1  .304
Nivar 2b	5  0  0  0  .363
Lambo lf	5  0  0  0  .266
Bell 3b	        4  0  2  1  .294
May c	        5  1  2  1  .310
Mitchell 1b	4  1  2  0  .218
Giles rf	2  0  0  0  .275
Gutierrez ph	0  1  0  0  .286
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
Sellers ss	4  0  1  0  .296
 Chick p        0  0  0  0  .000
 JeRodriguez p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .259
 Corcoran p	0  0  0  0  .222
 Perez ph	1  0  1  1  .277
 Guerra p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Martinez ph-rf	2  0  0  0  .292
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  Totals	39  4 10  4
  Mobile	42  7 11  4

  Error- Nivar 2 (4). 2B- Tomlin 2 (13).
HR- May (6). RBI- Bell (47), Perez (35),
May (21), Tomlin (22). S- Sellers.
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Mobile 9. SB- Bell
(3). DP- Sellers, Nivar and Mitchell.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Chick	        1.1  4  3-3  1  0  4.02
JeRodriguez	3.2  1  0-0  0  1  3.63
Corcoran	2.0  0  1-1  2  2  5.73
Guerra	        2.0  2  0-0  0  3  3.86
Sartor (1-4)	2.0  4  3-2  3  3  3.33
  WP- Corcoran 2. HBP- by JeRodriguez. 
T- 3:54. Att- 4,344.
Mier's Home Run Stops Quakes
Jessie Mier's home run in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie and Inland Empire went on to win a 4-3 decision over Rancho Cucamonga to avoid a sweep and preserve a tie in the South Division of the California League with High Desert.

Tim Sexton (6-9) pitched six strong innings, allowing five hits and a pair of runs over six innings. Hong-Chih Kuo worked a perfect seventh, striking out two, Jake McCarver duplicated Kuo's work in the eighth and although he allowed a single run, Zach Schreiber worked out of a first and third situation with none out, using a double play grounder to end things and save his second game.

With two outs in the first inning, Trayvon Robinson doubled and Scott Van Slyke launched home run #16 to deep left field for an early 2-0 lead.

Sexton allowed a two-out home run in the second to cut the lead in half. Then the Quakes tied the score in the fourth.

Inland Empire nearly put the game away in the top of the fourth when Jaime Ortiz singled with two on and one out. Van Slyke tried to score from second but was thrown out at the plate. Johan Garcia followed with a single to center and the Quakes nailed Steve Caseres at the plate to end the inning.

Remarkably, the 66ers went scoreless despite four hits in the inning as center fielder P.J. Phillips had outfield assists on consecutive plays.   

Then Mier, who had one career home run before this season, lined his third homer since June 10 to snap the 2-2 tie. Elian Herrera drove in Preston Mattingly with a single in the ninth with a much needed insurance run.

It was a frustrating night for the 66ers who made five outs on the bases.

The Sixers return home tonight to face Visalia. RHP Chris Withrow (6-6, 4.82) takes the ball for the 66ers while LHP Tom Layne (3-1, 2.51) starts for Visalia.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	200 010 001-4
Rcho Cucamonga	010 100 001-3

  Inland Empire	 ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	 5  1  1  0  .254
Herrera 2b	 5  0  3  1  .312
Robinson cf	 4  1  1  0  .307
Van Slyke rf	 4  1  3  2  .303
Caseres dh	 3  0  1  0  .295
Lara ss	         3  0  0  0  .271
Ortiz 1b	 4  0  1  0  .248
JohGarcia 3b	 4  0  3  0  .231
Mier c	         3  1  1  1  .224
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  Totals	35  4 13  4	
  Rancho	31  3  6  2

   2B- Robinson (27), Mattingly (18).
HR- Van Slyke (16), Mier (3). RBI- Van
Slyke 2 (72), Mier (5),Herrera (27).
LOB- Inland Empire 7, Rancho 3.
CS- Herrera (4), JohGarcia (1).
DP- Lara, Herrera and Ortiz.

  Inland Empire	  in  h r-er bb so  era
Sexton (6-9)	 6.0  5  2-2  0  3  3.29
Kuo	         1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.000
McCarter	 1.0  0  0-0  0  2  3.69
Schreiber (sv 2) 1.0  1  1-1  1  0  3.18
  T- 2:52. Att- 6,122.
Three Home Runs Drill Burlington 11-3
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Home runs by Kyle Russell, Anthony Hatch and Tony Delmonico powered the Great Lakes Loons to an 11-3 win over Burlington Bees in the rubber game of a three-game series. The Loons won the final two games of the series and moved over .500 in the second half for the first time at 14-13.  

Delmonico's two-run homer, the third of the night for the Loons, proved to be the game-winner. He snapped a 3-3 tie with his long drive to left center field in the top of the sixth inning.

Josh Walter (6-3) earned the win, working the first five innings and allowing just three hits and three runs (two earned) with two walks and six strikeouts. Steve Smith added three scoreless innings and Robert Boothe pitched a scoreless ninth.  

Great Lakes never trailed in the contest, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run shot to straightaway center-field by Midwest League home-run leader Kyle Russell. Anthony Hatch, who had walked with two outs, scored his first of four runs on the Russell homer.  

  Burlington scratched out single runs in both the second and third innings to knot the game at 2-2.   

Hatch led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to left center to put the Loons right back on top at 3-2. It was his fifth homer of the season and first since May 30.   

Burlington again rallied to tie in the fifth on a two-out RBI single, but the Bees cost themselves the lead with a strange play to end the inning. With a runner on second, A single to left field seemed to tie the game, but the runner eased up to a slow jog towards home plate while the hitter took the turn and headed for second base.  

The throw to second base by Angelo Songco beat the batter to the bag, and with the third out recorded a split second before the run crossed the plate, the home plate umpire ruled the run did not count, and the score remained 3-3 heading to the sixth.  

  Delmonico's homer restored the lead, the Loons tacked on six more runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Great Lakes scored three runs on one hit, two walks, an error, a hit batsman and three wild pitches in the seventh. It added three more in the eighth on a two-RBI triple by Russell and another wild pitch that scored Russell from third.   

Hatch finished the game with four runs scored.  The heart of the Loons' lineup – Hatch, Russell and Delmonico – went 6-for-12 with three homers, three walks, eight runs and eight RBIs.   

The Loons now head to Quad Cities for a three-game series with the River Bandits that starts on tonight.  Bobby Blevins (7-7, 3.95) takes the mound for the Loons opposite River Bandits' right-hander Jorge Rondon (0-1, 4.50).

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	200 102 330-11
Burlington	011 010 000- 3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  2  1  0  .298
Pedroza 2b	4  1  1  0  .258
Hatch 3b	3  4  2  2  .280
Russell rf	4  3  2  4  .273
Delmonico c	5  1  2  2  .279
Wallach 1b	4  0  0  0  .239
Silverio dh	5  0  3  0  .275
Songco lf	3  0  1  0  .167
Buss cf	        5  0  1  0  .266
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  Totals        31 11 13  8
  Burlington	30  3  8  3

  Error- Delmonico (9). 2B- Silverio
(21), Delmonico (20), Songco (1).
3B- Russell (5). HR- Russell (22),
Hatch (5),Delmonico (7). RBI- Russell 4
(72), Hatch 2 (42), Delmonico 2 (36).
LOB- Great Lakes 8, Burlington 4.
SB- Gordon (55), CS- Pedroza (10).
DP- Gordon and Wallach; Pedroza, 
Gordon and Wallach.	

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter (6-3)	5.0  3  3-2  3  6  3.00
Smith	        3.0  3  0-0  0  3  2.90
Boothe	        1.0  2  0-0  0  1  5.73
  HBP- Gordon. T- 2:42. Att- 1,045.

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