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The Isotopes scratched out a 5-3 win over Oklahoma City in the final game of the series to boost their league lead to 3.5 games. Chattanooga outlasted Carolina in a 9-8 marathon moved into sole possession of first place their Southern division. Inland Empire smothered Lancaster 14-0 behind Mario Alvarez's complete game. Great Lakes scored in the ninth for a 4-3 win over Clinton.

Albuquerque Keeps On Rolling
Brett Harper

The Isotopes (58-48) scratched out a 5-3 win over Oklahoma City in the final game of the series. The win boosts their league lead to 3.5 games over the RedHawks and gives Albuquerque a 19-8 (.703) winning record on July.

A four-run first inning and a solid performance by a quartet of pitchers nailed down the win.

Carlos Alvarado started and although he allowed a pair of runs in the first inning, worked into the sixth to earn the win. Brent Leach, just down from Los Angeles, was near perfect over 1.1, Cory Wade worked a scoreless eighth and Scott Strickland shut the birds out in the ninth for his 21st save.

After OCity jumped into a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run home run, Tony Abreu worked a lead-off walk and scored on a Doug Mientkiewicz double. Brett Harper, gave himself a present on his 28th birthday with his his fourth home run in 12 games as an Isotope to give Albuquerque a 3-2 lead lead. Dee Brown followed with a first-pitch double and scored on a Jason Repko single two batters later.

'Topes starter Giancarlo Alvarado settled in after the first inning to hold Hawks scoreless over the next 4.2 innings. He gave up a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth to bring Oklahoma City within a run at 4-3, Leach ended the inning with a strikeout. Leach issued walked two with one out in the seventh, but kept Oklahoma City off the scoreboard.

Harper's game-high third RBI in the bottom of the seventh scored Jamie Hoffmann who ran his hitting streak to 18 games and collected his third triple in two games down to put the Isotopes up 5-3.

Wade needed only 14 pitchers in the eighth and Strickland went 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 22nd save of the season.

It was Alvarado's fifth straight home win and he improved to 9-8, allowing just six hits, one walk and the three runs as Albuquerque finished 13-2 at home in July.

Albuquerque moved to Nashville for a short four-game road trip with lefty Eric Stults (3-1, 4.29) and his three-game winning streak facing Sounds lefty Chris Cody (4-6, 4.20) tonight.

  Score by Innings
Oklahoma City	200 001 000-3
Albuquerque	400 000 10x-5

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	3  1  1  0  .339
Mientkiewicz dh	4  1  1  1  .333
Hoffmann rf	4  1  1  0  .302
Harper 1b	3  1  2  0  .303
Brown lf	4  1  2  0  .303
Closser c	3  0  0  0  .325
Repko cf	4  0  1  1  .252
Hu ss       	4  0  2  0  .272
SGarcia 3b	3  0  0  0  .214
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  Totals  	32  5 10  5
  Oklahoma City	33  3  7  3

  2B- Mientkiewicz (1), Brown (23).
3B- Hoffmann (3). RH- Harper (19).
RBI- Mientkiewicz 2, Harper 3 (70),
Repko (37). SF- Harper.
LOB- Albuquerque 7, Oklahoma City 7.
SB- Hu (13). CS- Brown (3).

   Albuquerque	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (9-8)	   5.2  6  3-3  1  3  3.48
Leach 	           1.0  0  0-0  2  2  0.00  
Wade        	   1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.38
Strickland (sv 22) 1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.28
  HBP- SGarcia. T- 2:49. Att- 12,525.
Lookouts Take Over First Place
Tommy Giles

Chattanooga outlasted Carolina in a 9-8 marathon that lasted four hours and 35 minutes, including just over an hour's rain delay, and moved into sole possession of first place in the Southern Division of the Southern League, one game ahead of both Tennessee and West Tenn.

The Lookouts were tagged for five runs in the first inning, then spent the rest of the night attempting to regain the lead, knotting the score at 7-7 in the sixth and 8-8 in the eighth.

The game extended into the top of the 12th when the Carolina right fielder misplayed a ball hit by Russell Mitchell and Juan Gonzalez singled him to third. With one out, Tommy Giles' line single to center gave Chattanooga their first lead of the game and Jesus Rodriguez faced only three batters in the last of the inning to nail down the win.

Starter Alfredo Bastardo was tagged with the five run first and when he coughed up two more he was replaced by Javy Guerra, who got the final batter in the fourth inning with Carolina holding a 7-4 lead.

Gonzalez singled to score Eduardo Perez in the second inning; RBI singles by Gave Martinez and Lucas May added two in the third and Russell Mitchell led off the fourth with his 11th homer. A wild pitch and Martinez's second RBI scored two in the fifth and an error in the sixth tied the game 7-7.

Carolina tagged Guerra for a run in the bottom of the inning but Mitchell's single with the bases loaded in the seventh again tied things up.

Victor Garate worked two scoreless innings and Matt Sartor (2-4) allowed just one hit over the next three. Sartor earned the win when Chattanooga scored in the top of the 12th. Rodriguez assured the win with his first save of the season.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	012 121 100 001-9
Carolina	501 101 000 000-8

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf	6  2  2  0  .314
Lambo lf	6  2  1  0  .266
Martinez rf-1b	5  1  2  2  .303
May c         	3  0  1  1  .306
Perez 1b	2  1  0  0  .270
 Guerra  p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Gutierrez ph	0  0  0  0  .000
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .250
 Sartor p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
Mitchell 3b	5  3  2  2  .222
JGonzalez 2b	6  0  3  1  .212
Sellers ss	4  0  1  1  .294
Bastardo p	2  0  0  0  .077
 Giles rf	2  0  1  1  .271
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  Totals	48  3 13  8
  Carolina	46  8 13  7

  Error- Martinez (3). 2B- Tomlin (16).
HR- Mitchell (11). RBI- JuGonzalez (11), 
Martinez 2 (36), May (23), Mitchell 2
(43), Sellers (24), Giles (21).
S- Tomlin. SF- Sellers. LOB- Chattanooga
10, Carolina 12. SB- may (2). CS- May
(1). 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Bastardo	4.2  9  7-5  3  4  5.30
Guerra	        1.1  2  1-1  1  0  3.86
Garate	        2.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.13
Sartor (2-4)	3.0  1  0-0  2  1  3.09
Rodriguez (sv 1)1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.54
  WP- Bastardo 2, Sartor. HBP- Perez, 
Gutierrez. T- 4:35 (1:04 delay). Att- 5,380.
Sixers Pound Out 14-0 Win
Inland Empire opened up the series against Lancaster in spectacular fashion, scoring five runs in the first inning and 14 during the game to make things easy for starting pitcher Mario Alvarez who threw a complete game to earn his third win.

Alvarez allowed just 5 hits, striking out a career-high and team season-high 12 hitters in the first complete game for the 66ers since Marlon Arias' no-hitter May 9, 2007.

Alvarez loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but got a pop up and a strikeout to end it. Alvarez struck out 11 over the final six innings.

The 14 runs scored is also the largest offensive output at home by Inland Empire since June 20, 2006.

Scott Van Slyke doubled in the first, and only run that Alvarez would need in the first inning. Alex Garabedian's bases loaded triple made it 4-0 and Jaime Ortiz's RBI single made for a boffo opening act.

The 66ers' continued to pour it on, adding three runs in the third, two in the sixth, and four in the seventh.

Van Slyke finished the game with three hits, a pair of doubles and his 17th home run to go with four runs batted in. Christian Lara doubled and hit his fourth home run.

The 66ers and JetHawks meet again tonight with RHP Josh Wall (1-5, 5.96) facing the JetHawks RHP Thomas Fairchild (0-0, 7.11). Legendary former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda will be inducted into the Inland Empire 66ers Hall of Fame prior to the game.

  Score by Innings
Lancaster	000 000 000- 0
Inland Empire	503 002 40x-14

 Inland Empire 	ab r  h  bi ave
Herrera lf	5  1  1  0   .308
Becker 2b	3  2  1  1  .389
Robinson cf	2  3  1  0  .307
Van Slyke rf	5  3  3  4  .299
Caseres dh	2  2  1  2  .281
Garabedian c	5  1  1  3  .246
Ortiz 1b	4  1  1  1  .248
Lara ss         5  1  2  3  .272
JohGarcia 3b	4  0  1  0  .256
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  Totals	35 14 12 14
  Lancaster	31  0  5 0

  Error- lara (18).B- Garabedian (1),
Herrera (2). HR- Lara (4), Van Slyke
(17). RBI- Van Slyke 4 (77), Garabedian
3 (27), Ortiz (16), Lara 3 (38), Caseres
2 (38), Becker (3). LOB- Inland Empire 7, 
Lancaster 8. SB- JohGarcia (3).

  Inland Empire  in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (3-4)	9.0  5  0-0  2  13  4.58
 HBP- by Alvarez 2. T- 2:56. Att- 3,577.
Loons Win Again in Ninth
Nick Buss
Brad Goulder
Great Lakes Loons

For the second night in a row, Great Lakes staged a ninth inning rally to rescue a win, scoring twice in the frame for a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Clinton in the opener of a three-game series at Dow Diamond. Another sellout crowd of 5,223 saw the Loons score all four of their runs in the final three innings for their fourth consecutive win on this homestand.

Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Loons got on the board with a solo home run by Matt Wallach, his second of the season. It was the only run allowed by the Clinton starter in his seven strong innings of work.  

Dee Gordon created a run in the eighth inning with his speed. After reaching on a bunt single to first base, Gordon dashed around to third on an errant pickoff throw by the LumberKings. He scored on a groundout by Jaime Pedroza to pull the Loons within one entering the ninth inning.  

Some exceptional defense in the top half of the ninth inning kept it a one-run game before the Loons final turn at bat. Nick Buss made a diving catch in deep left-center field for the first out of the inning, and Angelo Songco made a running catch just at shoetops for the final out of the inning to prevent a LumberKing runner from scoring from third base.  

One pitch to Tony Delmonico was all it took for the Loons to tie the game in the bottom half of the ninth. He greeted new the Clinton hurler with a no-doubt home run to deep left (#9) to square the game at 3-3.  

The next batter, Alfredo Silverio, walked and was sacrificed to second by Wallach. Loons manager Juan Bustabad elected to pinch-hit Midwest League home run leader Kyle Russell with a runner in scoring position and one out, but the LumberKings intentionally walked him to face Mario Songco, last night's ninth inning hero.

Songco sent a high fly ball to left that was misplayed by the outfielder and the error loaded the bases for Buss. He delivered a sharp ground ball to first and the fielder dove and knocked the ball down, but all he could do was tag the base for the second out of the inning as Silverio crossed the plate with the winning run.  

The comeback made a winner of Loons reliever Jordan Pratt, who pitched three hitless and scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Great Lakes starter Justin Miller turned in a quality start, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings of work. 

It was Miller's final start for the Loons, as he was promoted to Inland Empire (High-A) of the California League following the ballgame.  

The Loons have now won five straight at Dow Diamond and 12 of their 14 home contests in the second half.  

The Loons and LumberKings are back tonight for game two of their series. Loons right-handers Ethan Martin (4-5, 4.10) and Nathan Eovaldi (2-4, 3.48) will both pitch for Great Lakes against Lumberkings left-hander Anthony Vasquez in his Midwest League debut.

  Score by Innings
Clinton	        200 100 000-3
Great Lakes	000 000 112-4

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  2  0  .312
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  1  .262
Hatch 3b	4  0  1  0  .276
Delmonico dh	4  1  2  1  .278
Silverio rf	3  1  0  0  .274
Wallach c	3  1  3  1  .253
Calfee 1b	3  0  0  0  .200
 Russell ph	0  0  0  0  .268
 Dalton pr	0  0  0  0  .200
Songco lf	4  0  0  0  .138
Buss cf        	4  0  0  1  .255
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  Totals	33  4  8  4
  Clinton	34  5  3  3

  Errors- Pedroza (22), Calfee (1),
Wallach 2 (15). HR- Wallach (2),
Delmonico (9). RBI- Wallach (37),
Pedroza (62), Delmonico (42), Buss
(50). S- Wallach. LOB- Great Lakes 6,
Clinton 8. SB- Gordon(59), CS- Gordon
(19).  

  Great Lakes  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Miller	        6.0  5  3-2  1  5  4.70
Pratt (2-4)	3.0  0  0-0  2  4  5.01
  Miller 2. HBP- by Miller. 
T- 2:39. Att- 5,223.

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