Dodgers Clubs Handed Five Losses

Albuquerque took a brief, 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning only to lose 6-5 to Nashville. Chattanooga fell into a first place tie after losing a double header 10-5 and 6-3 to West Tenn. Inland Empire lost a game of catch-up with Rancho Cucamonga before falling 5-3. Dayton scored four times in the first three innings to topped Great Lakes 7-2.

Seventh Inning Sinks Chattanooga
Albuquerque (61-50) rallied to take a brief, 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning only to give up two in the bottom of the frame, then go on to lose 6-5 at Nashville. Even so, the Isotopes earned their fifth straight series win.

J.D. Durbin started and worked six inning, allowing four runs and leaving the game trailing 4-2. He was in line for the win after the 'Topes rally but Luis Garcia (0-1), making his Albuquerque debut, gave up two hits and a walk, leaving the game with two out and behind by a run. Francisco Felix finished the game out.

Tony Abreu hit his third leadoff home run of the season, giving the 'Topes a quick 1-0 lead. Nashville did them one better with a two-run homer in the last of the inning.

The rest of the game seemed to follow that pattern.

Sergio Garcia doubled and A.J. Ellis singled him in in the fifth to tie the game but a walk and a two run home run in the sixth gave the Sounds a 4-2 margin.

Albuquerque regained the lead for the first time since the opening inning in the top of the seventh. J.D. Closser doubled and Garcia walked to start things. Abreu singled in one run and Jamie Hoffman doubled for two more and a 5-4 lead.

Twenty-five year old Harvey Garcia, making his debut with the Isotopes, served up the third Nashville home run of the game to again knot the score, allowed a single, threw a pickoff attempt into right field, hit a batter and allowed a sacrifice fly that put the Sounds in front for good and earned him the loss.

Albuquerque put two men on base in the eighth and the tying run on in the ninth but couldn't push another run across.

Albuquerque returns home tonight for a four-game set with the Portland Beavers. Right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado (9-8, 3.48) will take the hill for the 'Topes against the Beavers righty Josh Geer (1-1, 3.60).

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	100 010 300-5
Nashville	200 002 20x-6

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 3b 	5  1  2  2  .345
Hoffmann cf	5  0  2  2  .290
DeWitt 2b	5  0  0  0  .241
Jones rf	4  0  0  0  .293
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Luna ph        1  0  0  0  .357
Harper 1b	4  0  1  0  .292
Closser lf	4  1  1  0  .316
SGarcia ss	3  2  3  0  .228
Ellis c        	3  1  2  1  .301
Durbin p	2  0  1  0  .167
 Brown ph	1  0  0  0  .301
 HGarcia p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Repko rf	1  0  0  0  .248
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  Totals	32  5 12  5
  Nashville	36  6  9  6

  Error- HGarcia (1). 2B- HGarcia (9), 
Hoffmann 2 (11), Closser (9). HR- Abreu
(8). RBI- Abreu 2 (34), Ellis (29),
Hoffmann 2 (32). LOB- Albuquerque 8,
Nashville 10. SB- Hoffmann (9). 
 	  
  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Durbin	        6.0  6  4-4  3  5  6.00
HGarcia (0-1)	0.2  2  2-2  1  0 27.00
Felix	        1.1  1  0-0  1  1  1.69
  HBP- by HGarcia 2. T- 3:17. Att- 3,457.
Double Loss Knocks Chattanooga into First Place Tie
Chattanooga fell into a first place tie with Tennessee after losing a double header 10-5 and 6-3 to West Tenn, who moved to within a single game of first place.

First Game
The visitors knocked Lookouts starter Chris Withrow out of he game in the fourth inning, and ended up scoring six times to put the game out of reach. It was Withrow's first game for Chattanooga after going 6-6, 4.69 at Inland Empire.

The Dodgers #1 pick in 2007 gave up a three-run home run in the first inning and three in the fourth, including a solo home run to the same Tennessee batter.

Reliever Tim Corcoran had little more luck, allowing four runs on five hits over the final 3.2 innings.

Chattanooga countered the three runs in the first with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. James Tomlin walked and Ramon Nivar doubled. Gabe Martinez and Eduardo Perez each had an RBI single and Andrew Lambo's sacrifice fly made it 3-3.

In the third, the Lookouts took the lead on Martinez's single and Lambo's double. Tomlin's RBI single in the sixth scored Vinny Rottino with the final Chattanooga run.

Martinez had three hits for the Lookouts; Eduardo Perez and Rottino had two each.

  Score by Innings Game 1
West Tenn	300 600 1-10
Chattanooga	301 001 0- 5

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	3  1  1  1  .314
Nivar 2b	4  1  1  0  .358
GMartinez dh	4  2  3  1  .308
May c        	4  0  0  0  .303
Lambo lf	3  0  1  2  .264
Mitchell 3b	3  0  0  0  .220
Rottino rf	3  1  2  0  .254
JuGonzalez ss	2  0  0  0  .208
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  Totals	30  5 10  5
  West Tenn	34 10  9  9

  Errors- May (5), Corcoran (3).
2B- Nivar (14), Lambo (30).
RBI- GMartinez (38), Perez (38), Lambo
2 (46), tomlin (24). SF- Lambo.
LOB- chattanooga 7, West Tenn 6.
SB- Rottino (11). DP- Nivar and Perez; 
Mitchell, Nivar and Perez. 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Withrow (0-1)	3.1  4  6-6  2  2 16.20
Corcoran	3.2  5  4-4  4  1  5.48
  HBP- by Withrow, by Corcoran. T- 2:36.
Second Game
The Diamond Jaxx put four on the board in the second inning of the second game and rode that margin right into a 6-3 win. Kendy Batista (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season against five wins.

Chattanooga closed the gap with a pair of runs in the second and one in the fourth. Adam Godwin singled to drive in Russ Mitchell who had led off the inning with a single. Vinny Rottino had walked and moved to second on Godwin's hit, then he stole third and scored when the throw went into left field.

Eduardo Perez smacked his ninth home run in the fourth to pull the Lookouts within a run but the Jaxx tagged Javy Guerra for single runs in the sixth and seventh to end the scoring.

Mitchell was the only Chattanooga hitter in double figures.

  Score by Innings Game 2
West Tenn	040 001 1-6
Chattanooga	020 100 1-3

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  0  0  .309
Nivar 2b	4  0  1  0  .354
GMartinez dh	3  0  1  0  .308
Perez 1b	3  1  1  1  .275
Mitchell 3b	3  1  2  0  .224
Rottino c	1  1  0  0  .254
Giles rf        3  0  1  0  .274
JGonzalez ss	3  0  0  0  .230
Godwin lf	2  0  1  1  .254
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  Totals	26  3  7  2
  West Tenn	29  6 10  5

  Error- Batista (1). HR- Perez (9).
RBI- Godwin (12), Rottino . CS- Godwin
(7). PO- Mitchell. 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Batista (5-1)	4.0  4  4-4  5  5  2.43
Guerra	        2.1  6  2-2  0  2  4.50
Garate	        0.2  0  0-0  1  0  2.05
   WP- Batista. HBP- by Batista.
T- 2:46. Att- 2,145.
Quakes stop 66ers 5-3
Inland Empire played catch-up with Rancho Cucamonga but could never quite get into the lead, eventually falling 5-3.

Rehabbing Dodger Ronald Belisario opened the game with a scoreless inning but the Quakes two unearned runs in the second off Tim Sexton (7-10), who worked the next seven innings and allowed a dozen hits and five runs, three of them earned.

The 66ers tied the game in the sixth on singles by Elian Herrera and Joe Becker, plus walks to Trayvon Robinson and Scott Van Slyke, the tying run coming across when Steven Caseres was hit by a pitch.

The Quakes scored in the last of the seventh to un-tie the game, then Sexton served up back-to-back homers in the eighth and even though Robinson tripled and scored on a fly ball by Van Slyke in the bottom of the inning, the Sixers could get no closer.

Inland Empire was held hitless until Christian Lara singled with one out in the fifth. Herrera and Becker singled in the sixth and Robinson;s eighth inning triple was the fourth, and last, hit for the 66ers.

Inland Empire and Rancho Cucamonga continue their series tonight with RHP Justin Miller making his Cal League debut for Inland Empire against RHP Ryan Brasier (4-1, 4.86).

  Score by Innings
Rancho Cucamonga	020 000 120-5
Inland Empire	        000 002 010-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Herrera lf	4  1  1  0  .302
Becker 3b	4  1  1  0  .346
Robinson cf	2  1  1  0  .308
Van Slyke rf	2  0  0  2  .298
Caseres 1b	3  0  0  1  .272
Mattingly dh	4  0  0  0  .246
Lara ss         4  0  1  0  .269
Mier c        	4  0  0  0  .247
Fuller 2b	3  0  0  0  .244
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  Totals	30  3  4  3
  Rancho	37  5 13  5

  Errors- Caseres 2 (6). 3B- Robinson
(8). RBI- Van Slyke 2 (83), Caseres
(40). SF- Van Slyke. LOB- Inland Empire
6, Rancho 7. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Belisario	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
Sexton (7-10)	7.0 12  5-3  0  2  3.19
McCarter	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.29
  WP- SeXton. HBP- Caseres.
T- 2:25. Att- 6,369.
Dragons Bite The Loons
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Dayton topped Great Lakes 7-2, scoring four times in the first three innings.

Starter Josh Walter (7-4) was charged with the loss. The big right-hander struck out eight through five innings and ended his appearance getting out of a bases loaded, no out jam without allowing a run. But he surrendered seven hits, four runs (all earned) and three walks in his 11th start of the season.  

After the two teams exchanged sacrifice flies in the bottom of the first and the top of the second, a two-run home run to right field put Dayton ahead for good.

Both Loons run were driven in by Angelo Songco, who connected on the sac fly in the second and drilled a one-run single in the eighth to score Nick Buss. Alfredo Silverio led the Loons with two hits.  

In the bottom of the seventh with two outs Dayton extended its lead with a pair of unearned runs. On the very first pitch after a 13 minute delay following an injury to umpire Charles Billington, Jon Dutton served up a two-run double. The inning was extended on an error by Jaime Pedroza.  

With South Bend's 6-0 win over West Michigan, the Loons are now just 1.5 games ahead of the Silver Hawks, 2.5 in front of Dayton and 3.5 ahead of the Lugnuts, who won 9-4 over Fort Wayne.  

The Loons continue their series in Dayton tonight before returning to Dow Diamond for an eight-game homestand beginning Friday. Tonight's pitching matchup includes right-hander Bobby Blevins (7-7, 3.89 ERA) for the Loons against left-hander Ezequiel Infante (1-0, 1.72).

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	010 000 010-2
Dayton	        121 000 21x-7

  Great lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  0  0  .311
Pedroza 2b	5  0  1  0  .261
Russell cf	4  0  1  0  .269
Delmonico dh	1  0  0  0  .285
 Buss ph-dh	1  1  0  0  .250
Hatch 3b	2  1  0  0  .270
Wallach 1b	4  0  2  0  .249
Songco lf	3  0  1  2  .147
Silverio rf	3  0  2  0  .273
Lopez c	        4  0  1  0  .165
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  Totals	32  2  7  2
  Dayton	34  7 12  4

  Errors- Hatch (11), Pedroza (25).
2B- Wallach (18), Silverio (24).
RBI- Songco 2 (9). SF- Songco.
LOB- Great Lakes 9, Dayton 9.
CS- Pedroza (11). Pickoffs- Dutton.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter (7-4)	5.0  7  4-4  3  8  3.48
Dutton	        2.0  3  2-0  0  1  4.35
Boothe	        1.0  2  1-1  1  2  5.57
  HBP- Hatch, Buss.
T- 2:51 (:13 delay). Att- 8,278.

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