Robinson's Catch Saves 3-2 66ers Win

Two streaks ended Tuesday. Inland Empire squeezed by Modesto 3-2, thanks to a game-saving catch by Trayvon Robinson to break an eight game losing streak and Fort Wayne hammered Great Lakes to snap the Loons five game winning streak. Albuquerque led a 3-0 lead slide into a 9-5 Tacoma win. Chattanooga had the day off.

Bullpen Woes Plaque Isotopes
The Albuquerque (64-54) bullpen let a 3-0 lead slip through their fingers with all four relievers allowing runs and Tacoma took a 9-5 decision. Tacoma scored six in the seventh to take the lead for good.

'Topes starter Scott Elbert, who had pitched three games in relief at the beginning of the month, worked four innings, allowing just two hits and no runs. Elbert stranded three runners and worked himself out of jam with two on and no outs in the second. A double play and ground out ended the inning. The left-hander used no more than 13 pitches in an inning.

Then came Henry Bonilla (3-9), who was tagged for three hits and three runs. Brent Leach took over gave up three hits and a walk, including a two-run single. Leach failed to get an out before Francisco Felix was called in and allowed two more to give the Rainiers an 8-3 lead, one they would never relinquish.

The 'Topes scored single runs in the first three innings.

Tony Abreu led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to left, his 10th home run of the season and his fifth to lead-off shot. In the second, A.J. Ellis singled to right to score Hector Luna, who started the inning with a double.

Doug Mientkiewicz banged a lead-off two-bagger in the third and later scored on Mitch Jones' sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.

The Tacoma starter settled in and retire 14 of the next 15 Albuquerque hitters, including the last 11, and the Rainiers roared to an 8-3 lead.

J.D. Closser and Ellis doubled in the bottom of the seventh with Jason Repko's single sandwiched in between to cut the deficit to three runs, 8-5.

Albuquerque right-hander Tim Corcoran (0-0, No ERA) will make his first start this afternoon against former 'Tope Gaby Hernandez (5-9, 6.03).

  Score by Innings
Tacoma	        000 020 610-9
Albuquerque	111 000 200-5

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu ss	5  1  1  1  .340
Mientkiewicz dh	5  1  1  0  .321
DeWitt 2b	3  0  0  0  .252
Jones rf	2  0  0  1  .289
Luna 3b        	4  1  1  0  .350
Brown lf	3  0  0  0  .303
Closser 1b	4  1  2  0  .309
Repko cf	3  1  1  0  .261
Ellis c        	4  0  2  3  .302  
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  Totals	33  5  8  5
  Tacoma	38  9 12  9

  Error- Luna (10), Closser (5).
2B- Luna (15), Mientkiewicz (3),
Closser 2 (12)., Ellis (7).HR- Abreu
(10). RBI- Abreu (40), Ellis 3 (32),
Jones (77). SF- Jones. LOB- Albuquerque
6, Tacoma 7. PO- DeWitt. DP- Luna and
Closser. 
 	  
  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
 Elbert	        4.0  2  0-0  1  3  5.16
Lindblom	1.0  2  2-2  0  2  3.12
Bonilla (3-9)	1.1  3  3-3  1  1  5.10
Leach	        0.0  2  3-3  1  0 13.50
Felix        	2.2  3  1-1  0  3  3.60
  WP- Elbert. T-= 3:02. Att- 8,468.
Chattanooga not scheduled.

Robinson's Catch Saves Inland Empire
With two Modesto runners on base and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Trayvon Robinson made a diving catch on a sinking line drive to preserve a 3-2 win, ending the 66ers losing streak at eight games.

Mario Alvarez pitched seven solid innings for the 66ers, allowing two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts for the win. Dave Pfeiffer and Jake McCarter preserved the slim lead, with McCarter earning his sixth save on Robinson's defensive gem.

Robinson and Scott Van Slyke walked with two outs in the third an Andres Perez, recently obtained from Tampa in the Florida State League singled to center, scoring Robinson as the 66ers pulled even, 1-1.

In the fifth, Preston Mattingly and Robinson each singled and Van Slyke doubled to both of them in for a 3-1 lead.

Modesto scored a single run in the sixth and the 66ers clung to the slim, 3-2 margin, until the last of the ninth.

McCarter staggered a bit, giving up a leadoff single. On an attempted steal, 66ers shortstop Justin Fuller gobbled up the ground ball and eluded the runner long enough to throw to first for the double play.

Then McCarter was tagged for two more singles, putting the potential winning run on base. The next Modesto batter lined what looked like a certain hit into short center that would have tied the game.

Robinson then made a running, head-first dive to make the game-winning catch.

Perez went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and after two games is hitting .571 for Inland Empire. Robinson stole his league-leading 43rd base of the year and scored twice.

The 66ers and Nuts meet in the series finale this afternoon with RHP Josh Wall (2-6, 5.82) starting for Inland Empire while the Nuts will start RHP Ethan Hollingsworth (0-2, 5.83) to the mound.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	001 020 000-3
Modesto	        010 001 000-2

  Inland Empire ab r  h  bi ave
Herrera 2b	5  0  1  0  .304
Mattingly dh	5  1  1  0  .238
Robinson cf	4  2  1  0  .305
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  2  .291
Perez lf	4  0  3  1  .571
Caseres 1b	4  0  0  0  .269
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .226
JohGarcia 3b	3  0  0  0  .200
Fuller ss	3  0  1  0  .248
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  Totals	34  3  8  3
  Modesto	33  2 10  2

  2B- Perez (1), Van Slyke (36), Fuller
(3). RBI- Perez (1), Van Slyke 2 (87).
LOB- Inland Empire 9, Modesto 8.
SB- Robinson (43). DP- Fuller and
Caseres.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (4-4)	7.0  7  2-2  2  4  4.39
Pfeiffer	0.1  0  0-0  1  1  3.60
Mccarter (sv 6)	1.2  3  0-0  0  0  3.99
  T- 2:54. Att- 1,549.
TinCaps Halt Loons' Win Streak
Grad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Fort Wayne struck for 10 runs and 14 hits to defeat Great Lakes 10-5, and spoil a tribute to legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. Prior to the game Lasorda's No. 2 uniform was retired at Dow Diamond and a premium seating area on the suite level was renamed Lasorda's Landing. The game was played before a sold out crowd of 5,547.  

Nathan Eovaldi (2-5) allowed seven runs (five earned) in 2.1 relief innings of starter Ethan Martin to take his first loss since May 16. It snapped a streak of 13 consecutive appearances, including seven starts, in which Eovaldi had not allowed more than one earned run.   

Great Lakes took a 4-2 lead into the fourth inning but a three-run double put Fort Wayne in front 5-4. The Loons tied the game at five on Kyle Russell's run-scoring single in the fourth, but the TinCaps added one in the fifth and three in the sixth on a three-run home run.  

Alfredo Silverio homered, doubled and scored thrice in the Loons' loss.  Russell added three hits and two batted in for the Loons. The top of the Loons' lineup – Dee Gordon and Jaime Pedroza – combined to go 0-for-10.

The win snapped a five-game winning streak for the Loons. Fort Wayne increases its record to a best-in-the-Minors 78-37 overall and to 21-games over .500 in the second half (33-12).  

Despite the loss, the Loons are still 17-4 at Dow Diamond in the second half and they continue their current eight-game homestand with the second of four games against the TinCaps on tonight.  

The Dodgers #1 pick Aaron Miller (1-0, 1.13 ERA), coming off his first professional win his last start, is scheduled to pitch for the Loons opposite Fort Wayne righty Stiven Osuna (8-7, 4.26).

Lasorda Honored at Dow Diamond
The Great Lakes Loons honored Dodgers Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda Tuesday night at Dow Diamond by retiring the Hall of Fame manager's uniform number – ensuring that no player will ever wear the No. 2 in team history – and renaming a premium outdoor seating area "Lasorda's Landing."  The ceremony honoring Lasorda occurred before Tuesday's game against Fort Wayne on the field at Dow Diamond.  

The new Lasorda's Landing premium seating area was formerly known simply as the Landing.  It is located on the end of the third base side of the suite level and is a covered open-air group seating area.  Beginning in 2010, Lasorda's Landing will be redecorated with pictures and memorabilia of Lasorda's career.   

Also prior to Tuesday's game, Lasorda spent 45 minutes meeting with Loons fans, posing for pictures and signing autographs. 

  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	101 315 000-10
Great Lakes	121 100 000- 5

  Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss	5  0  0  0  .298
 Dalton ss	0  0  0  0  .198
Pedroza 2b	5  0  0  0  .253
Silverio cf	5  3  2  1  .285
Russell rf	5  0  3  2  .274
Sands dh	4  0  0  0  .179
Hatch 3b	3  0  1  0  .276
Wallach 1b	3  1  1  0  .259
Songco lf	3  1  1  1  .167
Lopez c	        4  0  1  1  .163
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  Totals	37  5  9  5
  Fort Wayne	32 10 14  9

  Errors- Pedroza (26), Wallach (17).
2B- Silverio (27). 3B- Songco (1).
HR- Silverio (11). RBI- Russell 2 (81),
Songco (15), Lopez (16), Silverio (48).
LOB- Great Lakes 8, Fort Wayne 10.
SB- Russell 2 (11). DP- Gordon, Pedroza
and Wallach.

  Great Lakes 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Martin 	        3.0  2  2-2  3  5  4.19
Eovaldi (2-5)	2.1  8  7-5  2  1  3.63
Dutton	        2.2  3  1-1  1  4  4.15
Pratt	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.93
  WP- Martin, Pratt. Balk- Martin, 
Eovaldi. PB Lopez (3). T- 3:12. Att- 5,547.

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