Johnson Pitches Lookouts into First Place

Second baseman Tony Abreu banged out five hits in five trips, including three doubles and a home run, driving in all the runs the Albuquerque (55-47) would need in a 5-2 victory over Iowa. Steve Johnson, 21, held Carolina to three hits in a 3-0 win that put the Lookouts in first place. Inland Empire lost 11-8 to Visalia and was swept. Great Lakes was also swept, 7-5 by Quad Cities.

Abreu's 5-for-5 Powers Isotopes
Tony Abreu
Second baseman Tony Abreu went 5-for-5, including three doubles and a home run, driving in all the runs the Albuquerque (55-47) would need in a 5-2 victory over Iowa.

Abreu, who came a triple shy of the cycle, tied a franchise record with three doubles and crushed his third leadoff home run in the past nine games to send the Isotopes to their fifth consecutive series win at home.

The switch-hitting infielder sent the fourth pitch he saw in the last of the first inning over the right-field wall for an early 1-0 'Topes lead. After an A.J. Ellis single, J.D. Closser slashed a two-out single to left to score Ellis and make it 2-0 'Topes.

With one out and the scored tied in the fourth inning, Sergio Garcia lined a base hit to left and moved to second on an Eric Stults sacrifice bunt. Abreu, who had also doubled in the second inning, added his second two-bagger to score Garcia and put the 'Topes up 3-2.

Albuquerque added two more in the eighth on a Jason Repko RBI single before Abreu became the sixth Isotope in team history to rack up five hits, using his third double to drive in Repko and put the 'Topes on top for good, 5-2.

Left-hander Eric Stults picked up his fourth straight win with six solid innings. Stults (4-1) cruised through the first and second innings before surrendering single tallies in the third and fourth.

The two runs would be all the southpaw allowed, marking his fourth straight start with six innings and two runs or fewer allowed.

Cory Wade worked a scoreless seventh and Josh Lindblom recorded his first save for Albuquerque with two scoreless innings.

Albuquerque will host the Oklahoma City RedHawks tonight for a pivotal four-game series that could decided who win the PCL's American Southern Division.

On the hill for the 'Topes will be right-hander Charlie Haeger (9-6, 3.87) and he will face 'Hawks righty Guillermo Moscoso.

  Score by Innings
Iowa	        001 100 000-2
Albuquerque	200 100 02x-5

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  era
Abreu 2b	5  1  5  3  .348
Ellis c	        4  1  1  0  .293
Brown lf	4  0  0  0  .305
 Lindblom p	1  0  0  0  .500
Jones rf-lf	3  0  1  0  .293
Closser 1b	3  0  1  0  .333
Hoffmann cf	3  0  1  0  .287
Hu ss	        4  1  0  0  .266
SGarcia 3b	4  1  1  0  .210
Stults p	1  0  1  0  .500
 Rosario ph	1  0  0  0  .269
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Repko rf	1  1  1  1  .253
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  Totals	35  5 12  5
  Iowa	        31  2  7  2

  Error- Hu (8). 2B- Abreu 3 (11). 
HR- Abreu (6). RBI- Abreu 3 (29),
Closser (17), Repko. LOB- Albuquerque
10, Iowa 7. SB- Hu (12), Closser (1).
DP- Hu, Abreu and Closser.
  
  Albuquerque 	  in  h r-er bb so  era
Stults (4-1)	 6.0  5  2-2  3  1  4.00
Wade	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.50
Lindblom (sv 1) 2.0  2  0-0  1  1  3.24
  T-2:32. Att- 7,707.
Johnson Blanks Carolina
Twenty-one-year-old Steve Johnson (1-1) handled Carolina with ease while winning his first game for the Lookouts on his second start. He allowed three hits over six innings and struck out seven. In his first AA start against Mobile, three unearned runs handed him his first loss.

Including his work for Inland Empire, the young right-hander is now 9-5 and his victory moved the Lookouts into the division lead.  

Kendy Batista and Matt Sartor preserved the shutout, allowing two hits over the final three innings and striking out four. Sartor earned his 10th save.  

Chattanooga jumped out 2-0 n the first inning when leadoff man adam Godwin singled and was bunted to second, Andrew Lambo singled in the only run Johnson needed and Lambo scored the second run when Juan Gonzalez walked with the bases loaded later in the inning.  

After the four-hit first inning, Chattanooga collected only four more hits the rest of the evening. They went hitless until Josh Bell doubled in the sixth. Gabe Martinez singled but Bell was nailed at the plate with a perfect throw.  

Martinez singled in the third, and final, Chattanooga run in the eighth.  

The win put the surprising Lookouts in first place with a 17-14 record and a half-game lead over West Tenn in the North Division.

Bell Named SL Hitter of the Week
Josh Bell
Josh Bell followed his MVP performance at the Southern League All-Star Game with a week to remember, leading the circuit in batting (.571), home runs (2), RBI (10), hits (12), on-base percentage (.654), slugging percentage (1.048) and extra-base hits (6).

Bell capped the week with a 2-for-4, 5-RBI effort in a 12-3 rout of Mobile on July 25. He finished the week riding a three-game RBI streak and with seven hits and two homers in his last three games. Bell is batting .436 (17-39) with three homers and 13 RBI in 11 games since the all-star break and currently leads the Lookouts in home runs and RBI.

The Lantana, Fla. native entered the season rated as the Dodgers' No. 6 prospect in the LADugout top 50 ratings.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	200 000 010-3
Carolina	000 000 000-0

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Godwin rf	3  1  1  0  .257
Mitchell rf	2  0  0  0  .223
Tomlin cf	3  1  0  0  .310
Lambo lf	4  1  1  1  .268
Bell 3b	        3  0  2  0  .300
Martinez 1b	4  0  2  1  .298
May c	        4  0  1  0  .308
JuGonzalez 2b	3  0  1  1  .200
Sellers ss	3  0  0  0  .295
Johnson p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .279
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Perez ph	1  0  0  0  .274
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	29  3  8  3
  Carolina	31  0  5  1

   Error- Martinez (1). 2B- Bell (29),
JuGonzalez. RBI- Lambo (43), JuGonzalez
(10), Martinez (32). S- Tomlin.
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Carolina 8.
SB- Sellers (8). DP- JuGonzalez,
Sellers and Martinez.

  Chattanooga 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson (1-1)	6.0  3  0-0  1  7  1.69
Batista	        2.0  1  0-0  1  2  1.75
Sartor (sv 10)	 1.0  1  0-0  1  2  3.27
  HBP- Bell, Sellers. T- 2:49. Att- 3,902.
Now It's The Pitching
Inland Empire's offensive kicked in to perhaps end their batting slump, but this night the pitching struggled and Visalia scored three runs in the eighth to win 11-8 and sweep the 66ers for the first time since 1991.?

?Inland Empire's pitching staff allowed 14 hits and were helped by three errors and five walks. Josh Wall was tagged for six hits and eight runs, seven earned, before leaving in the fourth inning.

Thomas Melgarejo calmed the Rawhide batters through the sixth and the 66ers tied the game with four runs in the bottom of the inning before Jake McCarter (2-2, 4.32) surrendered the three important go-ahead runs in the eighth and took the loss.?

Down 4-0 in the third, the Sixers pulled within a run on an RBI single from Elian Herrera, who finished 3-for-5 with 3 RBI, and a two-run triple to left by Trayvon Robinson who also drove in three.

?In the fourth, the Rawhide scored four runs while knocking Wall out of the game to take an 8-3 lead. Herrera singled and scored on a wild pitch in the fifth and the Sixers roared back to tie the game at 8-8 in the sixth.

After a single and two walks loaded the bases with a single out, Herrera singled in two. With the bases juiced full again later in the inning, Robinson was it by a pitch and Scott Van Slyke walked to tie it up.?

?The Rawhide pulled ahead for good in the eighth.?

?Inland Empire begins a three-game set in Lake Elsinore Tuesday tonight with RHP Kyle Smit (0-1, 15.00) making his second start against Storm LHP Nick Schmidt (1-4, 7.07). The Sixers return home to Arrowhead Credit Union Park Friday, July 31.

  Score by Innings
Visalia	        004 400 030-11
Inland Empire	003 014 000- 8

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Herrera 2b	5  3  3  3  .316
Lara ss	        4  1  1  0  .271
Robinson cf	4  0  2  3  .304
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  1  .301
Caseres dh	5  0  1  0  .285
Mattingly lf	5  1  1  0  .251
Ortiz 1b	3  2  1  0  .243
Garabedian c	3  1  0  0  .249
JohGarcia 3b	1  0  0  0  .257
Green 3b	3  0  0  0  .218
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  Totals	37  8  9  9
  Visalia	41 11 14 11

  Errors- JohGarcia (2) Garabedian (4),
3B- Robinson (7). RBI- Herrera 3 (30),
Robinson 3 (48), Van Slyke. LOB- Inland
Empire 7,Visalia 11. SB- Herrera (27).

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall	        3.1  6  8-7  2  3  5.96
Melgarejo	2.2  3  0-0  1  4  6.75
McCarter (2-2)	1.2  2  3-3  1  2  4.32
Prado	        1.1  3  0-0  1  2  4.08
 WP- Wall, Melgarejo. HBP- Robinson; by Wall.
T- 3:30. Att- 1,755.
Loons Swept In Quad Cities
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes rallied from a five-run deficit to tie the game in the fifth inning, but Quad Cities scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to pick up a 7-5 win and a series sweep of the Loons for a second straight season. Quad Cities has won nine consecutive games against Great Lakes at Modern Woodmen Park.  

The River Bandits jumped out to a 5-0 lead off starter Nathan Eovaldi with the help of two costly Loons errors. In the first inning an error on a grounder by Jaime Pedroza resulted in two unearned runs.  

  In the second, Anthony Hatch dropped the ball on a potential double-play grounder. Two of the three runs allowed were unearned and when Eovaldi left the game after three, he had allowed four hits and five runs, only one of which was earned.  

  After an RBI single by Matt Wallach got the Loons on the scoreboard in the fourth inning and Great Lakes batted around to tie the game in the top of the fifth. Esteban Lopez and Dee Gordon singled to start the inning, and a walk to Jaime Pedroza loaded the bases with no outs. Anthony Hatch lined a two-run single to left field.   

Tony Delmonico walked to reload the bases, and after a strikeout, Alfredo Silverio hit a sac fly to cut the lead to 5-4. Wallach drove in his second run of the game with a bloop single to center field and tied the game at 5-5.   

Quad Cities scored the eventual winning run in the sixth off reliever Ethan Martin (4-5) on a walk, a wild pitch and an RBI double. They tacked on another run in the seventh on a leadoff double, stolen base and sac fly for the final margin.   

Martin allowed two runs in four innings. Jordan Pratt pitched a scoreless ninth.   

The Loons head back to Midland to begin a six-game homestand at Dow Diamond against the Beloit Snappers. Midwest League leader in wins Jon Michael Redding (11-3, 4.48) starts for the Loons against Snappers' right-hander Daniel Berlind (3-9, 4.45).

Roster Move-- The Loons made a roster move, placing OF Travis Vetters on the seven-day disabled list and activating catcher Fumi Ishibashi.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 140 000-5
Quad Cities	230 001 10x-7

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  1  2  0  .300
Pedroza 2b	4  1  0  0  .257
Hatch 3b	5  1  1  2  .277
Delmonico dh	2  1  0  0  .277
Buss cf	        4  0  1  0  .266
Silverio rf	2  0  0  1  .278
Wallach 1b	4  0  2  2  .245
Songco lf	4  0  0  0  .116
Lopez c	        3  1  2  0  .150
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  Totals	33  5  8  5
  Quad Cities	29  7  7  6

  Errors- Pedroza (21), Hatch (9).
RBI- Wallach 2 (35), Hatch 2 (44),
Silverio (40). SF- Silverio. LOB- Great
Falls 8, Quad Cities 5. CS- Gordon (17). 

  Great Falls	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Eovaldi	        3.0  4  5-1  2  2  3.48
Martin (4-5)	4.0  3  2-2  3  5  4.10
Pratt	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  5.40
  WP- Martin. HBP- Lopez. 
T- 2:45. Att- 2,670.