Van Slyke's Slam Boosts Inland Empire

Albuquerque fell into a 5-0 hole early in the game and could never climb out, dropping a 5-3 decision to West Tenn. Scott Van Slyke erased a 3-2 Lancaster lead and put the 66ers ahead for good in an 8-3 win. Clinton never recorded a run-producing hit and were one-hit through eight innings, but managed to defeat Great Lakes 5-2. Chattanooga was rained out.

  Albuquerque Can't Catch Sounds
Albuquerque (58-49) fell into a 5-0 hole early in the game and could never climb out, dropping a 5-3 decision to West Tenn. However Oklahoma City also lost so the Isotope lead remains at 3.5 games.

The 'Topes managed only eight hits, including Sergio Garcia's first home run of the year. Dee Brown, Chin-Lung Hu and A.J. Ellis all had a pair of hits.

Lefty Eric Stults was tagged for 11 hits and five runs, four of them earned, and all coming in the first four innings. He worked through the sixth and Marlon Arias added a pair of scoreless innings to close out the loss.

Garcia's home run put the 'Topes on the board by smashing a lead-off solo homer, in the fifth. Two innings later Dee Brown singled and two out, Chin-Lung Hu's single moved him into scoring position. A.J. Ellis then ripped a ball off the second baseman's glove for a single that made the score 5-2.

In the ninth, the same three combined to give Albuquerque their final run. Brown singled, Hu beat out a bunt and with two down, Ellis singled to left for his second RBI of the evening.

Jamie Hoffmann was hitless for the first time since June 29, going 0-for-4, and ending his team-high 18-game hitting streak that was one shy of tying franchise record.

Albuquerque and West Tenn will will play a doubleheader tonight with knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (10-6, 3.74), looking for a third straight complete-game, against Nashville lefty Sam Narron (1-3, 5.82). In game two, Henry Bonilla (3-7, 5.64) takes on Sounds southpaw Lindsay Gulin (5-7, 4.57).

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 010 101-3
Nashville	100 400 00x-5

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi ave
Abreu 2b	4  0  1  0  .336
Hoffmann cf	4  0  0  0  .294
Harper 1b	3  0  0  0  .294
Jones rf	4  0  0  0  .297
SGarcia 3b	3  1  1  1  .216
 Arias p	0  0  0  0  .000
 DeWitt ph	1  0  0  0  .250
Hu ss        	4  0  2  0  .274
Ellis c	        4  0  2  2  .303
Stults p	2  0  0  0  .375
 Closser ph-3b	2  0  0  0  .320
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  Totals	35  3  8  3
  Nashville	31  5 11  3
 
  Error- Hu (9). HR- SGarcia (1),
RBI- SGarcia (10), Ellis 2 (26).
LOB- Albuquerque 6, Nashville 9.
SB- Abreu (2). DP- SGarcia, Abreu
and Harper.
 	  
 Albuquerque 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Stults (4-2)	6.0 11  5-4  1  5  4.36
Arias	        2.0  0  0-0  3  2 13.50
  T- 2:50(:37 delay). Att- 7,073.
Chattanooga-- Rained out. Chattanooga and West Tenn will make the game up Monday as part of a doubleheader.

Van Slyke's Slam Keys 8-3 Win
Scott Van Slyke erased a 3-2 Lancaster lead and put the 66ers ahead for good in an 8-3 win. Josh Wall (2-5, 5.74) allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits and three walks while fanning four over six innings for the victory.?

?Jessie Mier led off the fifth with a single to left and Elian Herrera followed with a bloop single before Christian Lara was hit on the foot to load the bases.

With one out, Van Slyke ripped a long shot onto Home Run Hill in left field to give Inland Empire a 6-3 lead.?

?Lancaster had to put up with the patter of little feet as the 66ers stole six bases, including two each by Herrera and Robinson and one apiece for Van Slyke and Preston Mattingly. Robinson became the first Cal Leaguer this season to reach 40 stolen bases.?

?Lancaster jumped out early in the first on a leadoff triple a bloop single and a fielding error in left by Mattingly that allowed the JetHawks a 2-0 lead.?

?Herrera led off the home half of the first with a walk and quickly swiped both second and third. He scored on a wild pitch. In the second, Jessie Mier doubled to score Johan Garcia who had singled. Mier finished the game 3-for-4 with a double.?

?The JetHawks scored their third and final run in the fourth on an RBI single but center fielder Trayvon Robinson threw him out attempting to stretch the hit into a double.?

?Inland Empire tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh when Robinson singled and promptly stole second and third. Van Slyke walked before an error allowed Robinson to cross the plate. Van Slyke stole third and scored on an error.?

?The win capped an evening that began with Tommy Lasorda inducted into the 66ers Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony.?

?The 66ers will close the series against Lancaster tonight as RHP Kyle Smit (0-2, 14.21) takes the hill against the JetHawks and RHP Chris Hicks (8-7, 5.50).

  Score by Innings
Lancaster 	200 100 000-3
Inland Empire	110 040 20x-8

  Inland Empire ab r  h  bi ave
Herrera 2b	4  2  1  0  .307
Lara ss        	4  1  0  0  .269
Robinson cf	4  1  1  0  .306
Van Slyke rf	2  2  1  4  .300
Caseres 1b	4  0  0  1  .277
Mattingly f	3  0  1  0  .246
Ortiz dh	4  0  0  0  .240
JohGarcia 3b	4  1  1  0  .256
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  Totals	33  8  8  6
  Lancaster	29  3 10  2

  Error- Mattingly (4). 2B- Mier (3).
HR- Van Slyke (18). RBI- Mier (7), Van
Slyke 4 (81), Caseres (39). LOB- Inland
Empire 6, Lancaster 8. SB- Herrera 2
(29) Robinson 2 (40), Mattingly (17),
Van Slyke (7). Pickoffs- Wall.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall (2-5)      6.0  9  3-2  3  4  5.74
Torres	        2.0  1  0-0  1  1  0.00
Pfeiffer	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.11
  HBP- Lara. T- 2:42. Att- 3,344.
Clinton Dumps Loons in Strange Game
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Clinton never recorded a run-producing hit and were one-hit through eight innings, but managed five runs in the game's first three innings en route to a 5-2 defeat of Great Lakes.  

The game, played in front of a second consecutive sellout crowd (5,406) amidst intermittent showers, lasted three hours and 16 minutes and featured a 55 minute rain delay.

  In a game as sloppy as the weather, the Loons put 14 Clinton runners aboard on walks, hit batsmen or errors and actually outhit the Kings 9-3.   

Clinton scored three in the first on a two-base error by first baseman Clay Calfee and a wild pitch by starter Ethan Martin. They then struck for two in the third on successive sacrifice flies to right, The LumberKings did not record a hit to the outfield the rest of the contest and were one-hit until the ninth, when they recorded back-to-back infield singles to third base.  

Martin (4-6) was the losing pitcher, finishing with four walks and two hit batsmen in a three-inning start.  He surrendered five runs, but just two were earned. Nathan Eovaldi did not allow a run in four hitless relief innings, but the right hander also walked four batters.  

Tony Delmonico and Dee Gordon recorded three hits each and both were on base four times.  

The Loons' first run of the game came in the fifth when Delmonico doubled and scored on a single by Kyle Russell, making his first start since Tuesday. Dee Gordon walked in the seventh, took two bases on a throwing error by the pitcher on an attempted pickoff, and then scored on a wild pitch.  

The Loons stranded 11 runners on base in the game. In four different innings, the Loons advanced at least one runner into scoring position with less than two outs and failed to bring him home. They finished 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.  

The Loons are nevertheless 12-3 at home in the second half of the season and have won 15 of their last 19 contests at Dow Diamond. They have not lost consecutive home games since they were swept by Burlington May 8-10.   

Great Lakes concludes its six-game homestand today with the final game of the regular season against Clinton. Two pitchers will make their Midwest League debuts in the game. Left-hander Aaron Miller, a supplemental first round selection of the Dodgers in 2009 from Baylor University, will debut for the Loons. 

Out with the Old Miller, In with the New Miller
  The Loons announced the addition of left-hander Aaron Miller to the active roster. He replaces right-hander Justin Miller, who has been promoted to the Inland Empire 66ers (High A, California League).  

Aaron Miller, 21, was drafted in the supplemental phase of the first round of this year's draft and was the Dodgers' first selection. 

At Baylor University he played outfield and pitched, compiling a 3-3 record with a 5.12 ERA in 13 appearances and a .310 average with 12 homers and 47 RBI. 

He was originally drafted in the 11th round of the 2006 draft as a hitter by the Rockies but opted instead to attend college. 

He made his professional debut July 15 in the Arizona League and made three appearances in the league with a 6.35 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 5.2 innings.  

Justin Miller, also 21, departs the Loons after more than a season and a half with the club. This season he recorded nine quality starts, including one last night against the Clinton LumberKings.  He compiled a 5-7 record this year with a 4.70 ERA in 21 starts. 

Primarily a sinkerballer, Miller recorded a more than three to one ground out to air out ratio.

  Score by Innings
Clinton	        302 000 000-5
Great Lakes	000 100 100-2

  Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss	4  1  3  0  .316
Pedroza 2b	5  0  1  0  .261
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .273
Delmonico dh	4  1  3  0  .283
Russell rf	4  0  1  1  .268
Wallach c	2  0  1  0  .255
Silverio lf	4  0  0  0  .271
Calfee 1b	4  0  0  0  .158
Buss cf        	4  0  0  0  .252
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  Totals	34  2  9  1
  Clinton 	30  5  3  8

  Errors- Calfee (2), Eovaldi (2),
Pedroza (23), Gordon (31). 2B- Delmonico
(22), Gordon (12). RBI- Russell (75).
LOB- Great Lakes 11, Clinton 10.
SB- Gordon (20). DP- Gordon, Pedroza
and Calfee.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Martin (4-6)	3.0  1  5-2  4  4  4.17 
Eovaldi	        4.0  0  0-0  4  2  3.30
Dutton	        2.0  2  0-0  0  2  5.40
  WP- Martin. HBP- by Martin 2. 
T- 3:16 (:55 delay). Att- 5,406.
 

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