Bustabad Records His 600th Win

Loons manager Juan Bustabad won his 600th career game as the Loons rapped West Michigan 10-2. Albuquerque used a nine runs eighth to overcome Portland 17-7. In a battle of division leaders, Jacksonville (South) went deep against Chattanooga (North) to win 8-3 win. Stockton surged to 5-0 lead and handed Inland Empire their sixth loss in succession 8-3.

'Topes Blast Beavers 17-7
Albuquerque (63-52) again came up with a big inning, scoring nine runs in the eighth and turning an 8-5 lead into a 17-7 victory in the final game of the Portland series.

The win, an Oklahoma City' loss, gives the 'Topes a six-game lead in the American Southern division, the largest division lead held by an Isotopes team in franchise history.

The 'Topes sent 14 batters to the plate in the eighth to set a season-high nine runs to earn a split.

Albuquerque used a grand slam from Mitch Jones and a three-run dinger from Blake DeWitt to account for seven of the runs. The four-run blast is Jones' second grand slam of the season DeWitt homered for the second game in a row after a two months drought.

Albuquerque scored a run in every inning but the second and the sixth and trailed 5-3 after Portland knocked starter Dwayne Pollok out of the game in the fourth inning.

Josh Lindblom relieved Pollok with two outs and ended the inning with a strikeout. He went on to work 3.1 scoreless during which he sat retired eight in a row and 10 of the 12 batters he faced.

The 22-year-old improved to 2-0. He has allowed just seven runs in 25 innings (1.44 ERA) between the two victories in 11 total appearances, two of them starts. He was 3-5. 4.71 at Chattanooga before being promoted.

Albuquerque led 3-1 into the fourth inning. Chin-Lung Hu scored on a passed ball and Dee Brown's RBI single scored two in the first. Jones singled in a run in the third.

The Beavers used two home runs to gain a 5-3 in the top of the fourth.

Lindblom stopped the Beavers offense and Albuquerque used a Jamie Hoffmann run-scoring single in the fourth, and regained the lead in the fifth on a two-run triple by Luis Maza, then added two more in the seventh thanks to a J.D. Closser pinch-hit double to that gave Albuquerque a 8-5 lead.

Jones' 28th home run to left-center was followed by RBIs from Hu and Hoffman before DeWitt's three-run long that set the final score at 17-5.

Francisco Felix staggered a bit, allowing two in the ninth before striking out the final two batters to end the game and pick up a save.

Albuquerque will host Tacoma tonight in the first of a four game series. Right-hander J.D. Durbin (0-2, 6.00) will get the ball for the 'Topes, taking on former Isotopes lefty Chris Seddon (7-6, 4.00).

  Score by Innings
Portland	001 400 002- 7
Albuquerque	201 120 29x-17

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss        	5  3  2  1  .284
Hoffmann cf	6  3  4  2  .295
DeWitt 3b	5  2  2  3  .254
Harper 1b	3  2  1  0  .295
 Felix p	2  0  1  0  .500
Brown lf	5  2  3  1  .306
Jones rf	5  2  2  5  .287
 Repko rf	0  0  0  0  .254
Maza 2b        	5  1  2  2  .288
Ellis c        	3  2  1  0  .299
Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Lindblom p	2  0  1  0  .500
 Closser ph-1b	1  0  1  2  .308
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  Totals	42 14 20 16
  Portland	39  7 12  7

  Error- Maza (4), 2B- Closser (10),
Brown (28). 3B- Hu (4), Maza (4).
HR- Jones (28), DeWitt (4). RBI- Brown
(68), Jones 5 (74), Hoffmann 2 (35),
Maza 2 (38), Closser 2 (22), Hu (44),
DeWitt 3 (34). S- Pollok.
LOB- Albuquerque 10, Portland 8.
CS- Hoffmann (7). 
 	  
  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Pollok	        3.2  9  5-5  1  4  6.20
Lindblom (2-0)	3.1  1  0-0  0  1  2.52
Felix (sv 1)	2.0  2  2-2  1  3  3.68
  HBP- Harper, by Lindblom. 
T- 3:28. Att- 9,224.
Suns Burn Lookouts 8-3 In a battle of division leaders, Jacksonville (South) went deep against Chattanooga (North), banging out 10 hit with seven of them for extra base is an easy, 8-3 win. Tim Corcoran allowed six runs in his five innings but three of them were unearned due to a pair of errors, one of which was his own.

The Lookouts (24-19), who have won seven of their last 10 games, were out-hit 10-7, five of which were singles.

First baseman Eddy Perez doubled twice and left fielder Andrew Lambo knocked in two of the three runs but Chattanooga's lead over Tennessee remained a full two games after the Smokies also were tagged with a loss.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	102 121 100-8
Chattanooga	001 100 010-3

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  2  1  .313
Nivar ss	3  0  0  0  .333
Perez 1b	4  2  2  0  .280
Martinez 3b	4  0  1  0  .301
Lambo lf	4  0  0  2  .263
May c        	4  0  0  0  .291
Rottino rf	4  1  2  0  .261
Mitchell 2b	3  0  0  0  .219
Corcoran p	1  0  0  0  .182
 Rose ph        1  0  0  0  .216
 Schreiber p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Giles ph       0  0  0  0  .275
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .259
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  Totals	33  3  7  3
  Jacksonville	37  8 10  8

  Errors- Corcoran (4), Nivar (5).
2B- Perez 2 (17). RBI- Tomlin (28),
Lambo 2 (49). LOB- Chattanooga 6,
Jacksonville 8. SB- Tomlin (10).
DP- Nivar, Mitchell and Perez.

  Chattanooga 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Corcoran (4-7)	5.0  7  6-3  1  3  5.48
Schreiber	2.0  2  2-2  3  1  2.45
Garate	        1.0  1  0-0  1  2  1.94
Sartor	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.45
  WP- Schreiber. HBP- Nivar. PB- May (14).
T- 2:58. Att- 6,378.
Sixers Lose Sixth Straight
Stockton surged to 5-0 lead after three innings and went on to win 8-3 and hand Inland Empire their sixth loss in succession. Thomas Melgarejo (1-2) was tagged for a pair of home runs and allowed all three five early runs to take the loss.

The 66ers were able to cut the margin to 5-2 in the fourth on singles by Trayvon Robinson, Scott Van Slyke, Joe Becker and an error. They managed their final run in the sixth when Robinson doubled and Becker picked up his second RBI.

It was an unpleasant evening for the Sixers. Manager Carlos Subero and shortstop Justin Fuller were ejected from the game in the seventh and Robinson was also given the rest of the night off after disputing a called third strike in the eighth.

Robinson and Becker each had two of the eighth Inland Empire hits.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 201 000-3
Stockton	032 101 10x-8

  Inland Empire ab r  h  bi ave
Herrera 2b-cf	4  0  1  0  .305
Mattingly lf	4  0  0  0  .242
Robinson cf	4  2  2  0  .308
JohGarcia 3b	0  0  0  0  .236
 Van Slyke rf	4  1  1  0  .296
Caseres dh	4  0  1  0  .275
Becker 3b-2b	4  0  2  2  .308
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .234
Fuller ss	3  0  0  0  .246
 Lara ss	0  0  0  0  .268
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  Totals	35  3  8  2
  Stockton	30  8 12  8

  2B- Robinson (28). RBI- Becker 2 (6).
RBI- Inland Empire 5, Stockton 7.
SB- Herrera (32).

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Melgarejo (1-2)	3.0  4  5-5  3  3  7.18
Brannon	        2.2  5  2-2  0  2  4.88
Prado	        1.1  2  1-1  0  0  4.45
Jansen	        1.0  1  0-0  1  2 15.00
  HBP- by Brannon. T- 2:53. Att- 4591.
Loons Thump Whitecaps
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Loons manager Juan Bustabad won his 600th career game as a minor league manager and the Loons homered twice and scored five times in the sixth inning for a 10-2 win over West Michigan.

Bustabad, in his 13th managerial season and his eighth with the Dodgers' organization, improves his record to 600-495.  He has had just one losing season with LA. After the game, he was honored with a standing ovation by the crowd of 5,006, followed by a shaving cream pie to the face by Dee Gordon. 

Nick Buss and Matt Wallach both homered in the game. Buss' homer was his ninth, and he finished with three hits and four RBI just a triple shy of a cycle. Alfredo Silverio led the Loons with four hits, including a double, and added an RBI.

Jon Michael Redding (13-3) started for the Loons and recorded his seventh quality start of the season, allowing two runs over six innings on the mound. Redding's win was his 13th of the season, moving him into sole possession of first place in wins in the league and increasing his franchise-best win total.

The Loons are now 15-3 at home in the second half and have won 18 of their last 22 at Dow Diamond.

The Loons' big inning was the sixth when they sent 11 men to the plate and scored five runs on four hits and capitalizing on two Whitecaps errors. Every Loons player reached base except Anthony Hatch.

Luis Garcia hurled three scoreless innings out of the bullpen for a long save, his fourth save of the year.

Roster Moves
Catcher/infielder Tony Delmonico was placed on the disabled list and catcher Fumi Ishibashi was activated but the following day, Ishibashi went back on the disabled list and OF Jerry Sands was promoted from Ogden.

  Score by Innings
West Michigan	001 001 000- 2
Great Lakes	020 105 02x-10

  Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss	4  0  0  0  .303
Pedroza 2b	4  1  3  3  .261
Songco lf	5  1  1  1  .157
Russell dh	3  2  1  0  .270
Wallach c	4  2  1  1  .253
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .273
Buss cf        	4  3  3  4  .259
Calfee 1b	3  0  0  0  .147
Silverio rf	4  1  4  1  .279
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  Totals	35 14 13 10
  West Michigan	36  5 10  2

  2B- Silverio (25), Songco (3), Buss
(11). HR- Buss (9), Wallach (4).
RBI- Buss 4 (55), Wallach (40), Songco
(12), Silverio (46), Pedroza 3 (66).
LOB- Great Lakes 5, West Michigan 10.
SB- Gordon (62). CS- Pedroza (12).

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding (13-4)	6.0  9  2-2  2  2  4.93 
LuGarcia (sv 4)	3.0  1  0-0  0  3  2.71
  HBP- by Redding. T- 2:44. Att- 5,006.

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