Abreu Knocks in Five in Albuquerque Win

Tony Abreu, back from a brief stay in Los Angeles, crushed an RBI triple and a two-out grand slam, driving in five to lead Albuquerque to an 8-6 victory over Tacoma. Chattanooga scored eight in the third inning to smash Jacksonville 10-2. Modesto handed Inland Empire their eighth loss in a row 3-1. Great Lakes topped West Michigan 7-4 and moved into a tie for second in the division standings.

Abreu Takes Up Where He Left Off
In his first game since a brief, two-day stint with the Dodgers, Tony Abreu crushed a triple and a two-out grand slam in the sixth, driving in five run to lead Albuquerque to an 8-6 victory over Tacoma.

The five-run rally and solid pitching set up closer Scott Strickland (25) nailed down the win and his 25th save in the ninth, the most saves ever recorded in Albuquerque baseball history. The previous record of 24 was set in 1980 by Albuquerque Duke Dennis Lewallyn, who was inducted into the Albuquerque Baseball Hall of Fame just two weeks ago.

'Topes starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed two early runs before retiring 10 straight. He scattered six hits over six innings to pick up his sixth home victory in his last seven starts at The Lab. Alvarado (10-9) allowed just one ground ball out (that he fielded himself), the rest coming in the air or by strikeout. His four strikeouts gives him a league-leading 118.

Tacoma scored in the second for a 1-0 lead.

The two teams then exchanged solo home runs in the third, with Jason Repko both going deep to keep the 'Topes with in one at 2-1.

In the fifth, Repko, who collected a game-high three hits, singled before Abreu slashed a triple to tie the game. Major League rehabbing Doug Mientkiewicz, who also just joined the 'Topes, followed with a double down the right-field line scoring Abreu for a 3-2 Albuquerque edge.

Alvarado gave up a walk and a run-scoring triple in the top of the sixth for a 3-3 deadlock.

Albuquerque staged another big inning in the sixth. started by Dee Brown's solo home run to again put Albuquerque up in the lead. Back-to-back singles from Jamie Hoffmann and Repko and a walk to A.J. Ellis set up Abreu, who launched the second grand slam for the 'Topes in the past three days.

Corey Wade allowed two in the seventh and brought in Strickland, who surrendered a solo home run to begin the ninth before closing out the win and snapping Tacoma's five-game win streak.

Albuquerque sends lefty Scott Elbert (1-1, 6.27), who will be making his first start since returning from the Dodgers tonight against Tacoma southpaw Jason Vargas (1-2, 2.93).

  Score by Innings
Tacoma	        011 001 201-6
Albuquerque	001 025 00x-8

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu ss	5  2  2  5  .344
Mientkiewicz dh	5  0  2  1  .348
 Maza ph-dh     0  0  0  0  .289
DeWitt 2b	5  0  1  0  .255
Luna 3b        	4  0  1  0  .351
Harper 1b	3  0  1  0  .294
 Closser 1b	1  0  0  0  .304
Brown lf	3  1  1  1  .306
Hoffmann rf	4  1  2  0  .293
Repko cf	4  3  3  1  .261
Ellis c        	3  1  1  0  .298
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  Totals	37  8 14  8
  Tacoma	35  6  9  6

  2B- Harper (25), Mientkiewicz (2).
3B- Abreu (3). HR- Repko (13), Brown
(17), ABreu (9). RBI- Repko (40), Abreu
5 (39), Mientkiewicz (7), Brown (69).
LOB- Albuquerque 7, Tacoma 7. SB- Repko
(19), Hoffmann (10). PO- Luna.
 	  
  Albuquerque 	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (10-9)	   6.0  6  3-3  2  4  3.58
Wade        	   1.0  1  2-2  1  1  4.35
Choi        	   1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.08
Strickland (sv 25) 1.0  2  1-1  0  1  3.40
  HBP- By Wade. T- 2:57. Att- 7,409.
Lookouts Blast Suns 10-2
Chattanooga staged an eight run rally in the third inning, climaxed by Ramon Nivar's three-run home run to smash the Suns 10-2 and win the series.

Starter Chris Withrow (1-1) earned his first win as a Lookout, working five innings and allowing two runs (both unearned) on three hits and three walks, while striking out five. Jesus Rodriguez, Victor Garate and Henry Garcia were equally as stingy over the final four innings, allowing no runs, three hits and striking out four.

Tommy Giles led the Lookouts with a double, a homer, and four RBI. Russ Mitchell had a pair of singles and a double, while James Tomlin, Nivar and Gaby Martinez had a pair of hits each.

After scoreless innings, Nivar and Eddy Perez singled to lead off. Andrew Lambo reached first on a fielding error and with the bases loaded, Lucas May and Russ Mitchell singled to score two. Tommy Giles followed with a double to add two more runs. Tomlin singled to score Mitchell before Nivar, who led off the rally, ripped a three-run shot over the left field wall.

Jacksonville scored twice in the fifth but Giles launched a two-run homer to give the Lookouts a 10-2 edge and end the scoring.

  Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 020 000- 2
Chattanooga	008 002 00x-10

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf	5  1  2  1  .314
Nivar ss	5  2  2  3  .333
Perez 1b	2  1  1  0  .282
Rottino 3b	0  0  0  0  .259
GMartinez 3b-1b	5  0  2  0  .302
Lambo lf	5  2  1  0  .263
May c        	5  1  1  1  .289
Mitchell 2b	5  1  3  1  .226
Giles rf        4  2  2  4  .280
Withrow p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Godwin ph	1  0  0  0  .258
 JeRodriguez p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
HGarcia p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	40 10 14 10
  Jacksonville	32  2  6  0

  Errors- Nivar (6), Giles (1).
2B- GMartinez (13), Giles (10), Mitchell
(22), Tomlin (19), Lambo (34). HR- Nivar
(3), Giles (11). RBI- May (25), Mitchell
(46), Giles 4 (30), Tomlin (29), Nivar 3
(20). LOB- Chattanooga 9, Jacksonville 7.
SB- Tomlin (11). DP- Nivar, Mitchell
and GMartinez.  

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Withrow (1-1)	5.0  3  2-0  3  5  6.48
JeRodriguez	2.0  1  0-0  1  0  3.31
Garate	        1.0  2  0-0  0  2  1.90
HGarcia	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
  HBP- Perez. T- 2:45. Att- 2,267.
66ers Elevator Going Down
Modesto took the series opener, 3-1, and handed the 66ers their eighth loss in a row, the longest losing steak since June 2005.

Inland Empire loaded the bases with no outs in the first but came up empty and Modesto sailed on for the win.

Justin Miller (0-2) pitched well in his second start, working four scoreless innings before Modesto broke through in the fifth with two runs, one of which was unearned. He allowed five hits and four walks while fanning five in his five innings.

The 66ers (50-65) were held to four singles and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They scored an unearned run when Jaime Ortiz walked and later scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to break up the shutout. 

The series continues tonight with RHP Mario Alvarez (3-4, 4.60) on the hill for Inland Empire while the Nuts send RHP Bruce Billings (5-7, 4.58) to the mound.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 000 100-1
Modesto	        000 020 10x-3

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi ave
herrera 2b	5  0  1  0  .306
Mattingly lf	2  0  0  0  .238
Robinson cf	2  0  0  0  .306
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .290
Perez dh	3  0  1  0  .333
Lara ss        	4  0  1  0  .266
Garabedian c	4  0  0  0  .229
Ortiz 1b        3  1  1  0  .238
JohGarcia 3b	4  0  0  0  .210
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  Totals	31  1  4  0
  Modesto	31  3  8  3

  Errors- Lara (21), Herrera (4).
S- Mattingly. LOB- Inland Empire 9,
Modesto 11. DP- Herrera, Lara and Ortiz.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Miller (0-2)	5.0  5  2-1  4  5  6.00
Torres	        1.2  1  1-0  0  1  0.00
Prado	        1.1  2  0-0  1  1  4.28
  WO- prado. HBP- by Torres.
T- 3:02. Att- 1,234.
Loons Sweep Whitecaps
Great Lakes feasted on the West Michigan bullpen, scoring seven runs in four innings and rallying for a 7-4 win in a game that was called due to rain after seven complete innings. The Loons finished a four-game sweep of the Whitecaps, won the season series from West Michigan, 10-9, and moved into a tie for second place in the Midwest League Eastern division standings in the second half.  

West Michigan scored twice in the first without a run-scoring hit. After three straight singles loaded the bases against Bobby Blevins, a pair of two-out walks forced in a pair of runs for the quick 2-0 edge.  

  After three scoreless innings, the Loons rallied with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hot-hitting Alfredo Silverio led off against Hamilton with a single and scored on a double by Jerry Sands, then with two outs, Matt Wallach walked and both he and Sands touched home plate on a double by Angelo Songco for a 3-2 Loons lead.  

  Great Lakes padded its lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Anthony Hatch had the first of his two triples on the evening to drive in a run, and he came home on a double by Wallach for a 5-2 lead.  

  The Whitecaps pulled within a run during a strange top of the seventh inning. Jordan Pratt came out of the Loons bullpen in relief of Blevins, who pitched six complete innings and gave up only those two first-inning runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

Pratt issued a leadoff walk, then got a strikeout but a wild pitch allowed the batter to reach and moved the runner to third.   

With the tying run at the plate, Pratt's first pitch hit the batter to load the bases and Pratt was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Brett Terry, as was Loons manager Juan Bustabad, who argued vehemently face-to-face with Terry for several minutes.   

Robert Boothe was brought in to replace the ejected Pratt, and he issued back-to-back two-out walks to make it a 5-4 game. The next ‘Caps batter grounded out to third to end the inning and the Loons escaped with a one-run lead.   

For good measure, the Loons answered with a two spot of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Hatch delivered his second RBI triple to score Sands and Wallach followed with another base hit to score Hatch and restore a three-run cushion, 7-4.   

Before the start of the top of the eighth, the rain that had been falling at a slow clip increased in intensity and the game was stopped and the tarp was put on the field. After a 45-minute delay, the game was called and the Loons claimed the 7-4 win in seven innings.

The Loons are now 17-3 at Dow Diamond in the second half and they continue their current eight-game homestand with the first of four games tonight against Fort Wayne, the best team in Minor League Baseball. The Loons tandem of young right-handers Ethan Martin (5-6, 4.13) and Nathan Eovaldi (2-4, 3.18) will both pitch three innings and will oppose former Dodgers' farmhand and current TinCaps' southpaw Mike Watt (6-2, 3.69).

Lasorda to be Honored
The Dodgers Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda is visiting Dow Diamond this week representing the Dodgers and will be honored by the Loons before tonight's game. Before Monday's game he spoke to the Loons premiere season ticket holders in the monthly "Lunch with the Loons" program. 

  Score by Innings
West Michigan	200 000 2-4
Great Lakes	000 320 2-7

  Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss	3  0  1  0  .302
Pedroza dh	4  0  0  0  .256
Silverio cf	4  2  2  0  .284
Sands rf	4  2  2  1  .208
Hatch 3b	4  2  2  2  .276
Wallach 1b	3  1  2  2  .259
Songco lf	4  0  1  2  .161
Lopez c	        2  0  0  0  .160
Dalton 2b	2  0  1  0  .198
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  Totals	30  7 11  7
  Great Lakes	29  4  7  4

  Error- Wallach (16). 2B- Dalton (8),
Sands (1), Songco (4). Wallach (19)
Gordon (13). 3B- Hatch 2 (5). RBI- Sands
(2), Songco 2 (14), Hatch 2 (54),
Wallach 2 (42). LOB- Great Lakes 6,
West Michigan 10. SB- Silverio (2). 

  Great Lakes  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Blevins (8-8)	6.0  7  2-2  2  4  3.89
Pratt	        0.1  0  2-2  1  1  5.04
Boothe	        0.2  0  0-0  2  1  5.36
  WP- Pratt. HBP- by Pratt. 
T- 2:49 (:45 delay). Att- 4,469.

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