Wade, Perez and Sands Spark Wins

Cory Wade pitched out of a bases-loaded, no out jam in the ninth and Albuquerque scored six in the 10th to win 12-6 at Las Vegas. West Tenn cut Chattanooga's lead to one game with a 9-1 win. Andres Perez's hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th to give Inland Empire a 6-5 win over High Desert. Jerry Sands hit a winning home run in the eighth inning, in a 6-5 win over Fort Wayne.

Wade 10-Inning 'Topes Win
Reliever Cory Wade pitched out of a bases-loaded, no out jam in the ninth to give Albuquerque a reprieve and they took advantage of that to ring up a six-run 10th and a 12-6 win over Las Vegas.

In the betting capital of America, you could have been given 100-1 odds that the Suns would pull the game out of the fire in the final inning, but this time, at least, that wasn't the case.

Albuquerque (66-54) trailed 5-3 in the third inning before battling back to tie the game with two in the fifth. The 'Topes banged out 20 hits, including a team-record-tying eight doubles and maintained a five-game lead over division rival Oklahoma City.

Starter Eric Stults was treated roughly with the Stars cranking out 12 hits and six runs over his six innings.

Las Vegas scored a run in the first and the Isotopes answered with two in the top of the second on a two-run homer by Chin-Lung Hu. Mitch Jones, who finished the night with four hits and three RBI, doubled to score Doug Mientkiewicz for a 3-1 margin. Jones finished a triple away from hitting for the cycle.

Las Vegas added four off Stults to take a 5-3 advantage. Hu tripled and scored on A.J. Ellis' sac fly in the fourth and Dee Brown's two-run double in the sixth tied the game at 6-6.

Wade gave up a walk and a double, then intentionally loaded the bases with a second walk with none out in the bottom of the ninth.

The right-hander coaxed a soft fly-out to center, a pop out to second and then Jamie Hoffmann squeezed a fly ball to center to end the threat.

That certainly got the Isotopes attention and they sent 11 men to the plate in the top of the tenth and scored six of them to put the game on ice.

Mitch Jones slugged a lead-off home run, Ellis added a two-run double, Tony Abreu added another double, then scored on an RBI single by Jason Repko. The second time around, Jones lined an RBI single to nail down the 12-6 win.

Stults had settled in to work two scoreless innings before Hyang-Nam Choi added a perfect seventh. Wade (1-0) then finished with a pair of scoreless innings and Francisco Felix closed out the game.

The Isotopes will face the 51s again tonight with right-hander Josh Lindblom (2-0, 3.12) making the start against Vegas lefty David Purcey (6-5, 4.92).

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	021 120 000 6-12
Las Vegas	014 100 000 0- 6 

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	6  1  3  1  .347
 Repko pr-dh	1  1  1  1  .264
DeWitt 3b	5  1  1  0  .255
Jones rf	6  2  4  3  .294
Harper 1b	4  0  0  0  .291
 Luna ph-1b     2  1  1  0  .349
Brown lf	4  0  0  0  .291
Hoffmann cf	5  1  2  0  .296
Hu ss        	6  2  3  2  .283
Ellis c        	4  1  3  3  .312  
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  Totals	47 12 20 12
  Las Vegas	42  6 13  6

  2B- Ellis 3(11), Mientkiewicz (5),
Jones 2 (19), Brown (30), Abreu (15).
3B- Hu (5), HR- Hu (4), Jones (29).
RBI- Hu 2 (446), Jones 3 (80), Ellis
3 (35), Brown 2 (27), Abreu (41),
Repko (41). S- Brown. SF- Ellis.
LOB- Albuquerque 8, Las Vegas 14.
DP- Hu, Abreu and Harper. 
 	  
  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
 Stults         6.0 10  6-6  3  0  4.93
Choi        	1.0  0  0-0  1  2  2.18
Wade (1-0)      2.0  2  0-0  2  0  3.38
Felix	        1.0  1  0-0  2  2  3.27
  WP- Felix. T-3:30. Att- 6,988.
Chattanooga's Lead Cut to One Game
The Lookouts and Diamond Jaxx don't really play each other in every game, it just seems that way. At the conclusion of the current series, the two teams will have met 11 times over the first 15 days of August.

The second place Jaxx pounded out seven runs in the first four innings and coasted to an easy, 9-1 lead, cutting the Chattanooga (26-22) divisional lead to one game.

James Adkins drew the Lookouts start and, although he allowed six runs, only three were earned but that was enough as Chattanooga was held to only two hits.

Neither hit had anything to do with the single run the Lookouts scored. Trailing 4-0, Gaby Martinez, Eduardo Perez, Andrew Lambo and Russell Mitchell walked to force in the run.

James Tomlin beat out an infield single to lead off the game and the second, and final hit, came in the eighth when Mitchell led off with a single.

The Lookouts were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position but had their chances, drawing nine hits to go with their two hits but left eight on base.

The five-game series ends tonight with a doubleheader. Chris Withrow (1-1, 6.48 ERA) is the scheduled starting pitcher in the opener for the Lookouts, with Steve Bray (4-6, 3.30) listed for the Diamond Jaxx.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 100 000-1
West Tenn	040 311 00x-9

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf	3  0  1  0  .317
Nivar 2b	4  0  0  0  311
Martinez dh	2  1  0  0  .306
Perez 1b	2  0  0  0  .275
Lambo lf	3  0  0  0  .261
Mitchell 3b	3  0  1  1  .228
Gutierrez c	3  0  0  0  .281
Giles rf        4  0  0  0  .265
Sellers ss	3  0  0  0  .303
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  Totals	27  1  2  1
  West Tenn	31  9 10  7

  Errors- Nivar 2 (8), Gutierrez (2),
Sellers (15). RBI- Mitchell (47).
LOB- Chattanooga 8, West Tenn 12,
CS- Tomlin (10). 	 

  Chattanooga  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins (5-9)	3.0  7  6-3  4  2  4.86
Batista	        2.0  2  2-1  4  3  2.31
Guerra	        2.0  1  1-1  2  1  4.19
Godwin	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  T- 3:10. Att- 1,452.
New Kid on the Block Now Popular
One of the newest 66ers, Andres Perez, made his home debut something to remember with a walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th to give Inland Empire a 6-5 win over the High Desert Mavericks.

Playing in only his fourth game for the 66ers, Perez came to the plate with the score tied, the bases loaded and two out. He drilled a long shot to center field over the head of the drawn in outfield to bring home the game-winning run.

The 66ers enjoyed a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning behind starter Kyle Smit who took a no-hitter into the fifth. Scott Van Slyke had singled and scored on a sac fly by Steven Caseres in the second and Trayvon Robinson (#15) joined Van Slyke (#20) to hit back-to-back homers in the fourth.

The Mavs blew up Smit's no-hitter in the fifth, scoring three times and tying the game at three each.

He left the game after pitching 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on two hits while striking out six.

The Sixers got a run in the bottom of the inning when Herrera lined a triple to right and scored on a Justin Fuller single, but the Mavericks used a monstrous home run to make it 4-4.

Inland Empire added a run in the eighth on an error but High Desert again tied it with a run of their own in the ninth.

Perez untied it for good in the 10th.

The sixth Inland Empire pitcher, Marcel Prado (2-2), earned up the win with 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up just 3 hits. Joe Torres, David Pfeiffer, Erick Krebs and Thomas Melgarejo, along with Prado, had held the Mavericks to a pair of runs over the final 4.2 innings to keep the game close.

The 66ers continue their homestand tonight with the High Desert Mavericks. RHP Tim Sexton (7-11, 3.34) gets the call for the Sixers against RHP J.C. Ramirez (6-8, 5.19) of the Mavs.

  Score by Innings
High Desert	000 031 001 0-5
Inland Empire	010 210 010 1-6

  Inland Empire ab r  h  bi ave
Herrera 2b	5  2  2  0  .301
Fuller ss	4  1  2  1  .250
Robinson cf	4  1  2  1  .306
Van Slyke rf	5  2  2  1  .290
Perez lf	5  0  2  1  .467
Caseres 1b	4  0  0  1  .265
Ortiz dh        4  0  0  1  .265
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .227
JohGarcia 3b	4  0  0  0  .188
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  Totals	34  6 11  5
  High Desert	31  5  9  5
  
  Errors- Garabedian (7), Robinson (7),
Perez (1). 2B- Garabedian (9).
3B- Herrera (4), HR- Robinson (15),
Van Slyke (20). RBI- Caseres (41),
Robinson (54), Van Slyke (88), Fuller
(13), perez (2), S- Fuller. LOB- Inland
Empire 7, High Desert 10. SB- Fuller
(3), Van Slyke (9). PO- Fuller (2).
DP- Fuller, Herrera and Caseres.
  
  Inland Empire  in  h r-er bb so  era
Smit        	4.1  3  3-3  3  6  9.19
Torres	        1.2  3  1-1  0  1  0.76
Pfeiffer	1.1  1  0-0  0  1  2.55
Melgarejo	0.2  0  1-1  1  0  7.07
Prado (2-2)	1.1  3  0-0  0  0  4.11
  HBP- by Torres. T- 3:25, Att- 3,015.
Sands to the Rescue
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Jerry Sands was tearing up the Pioneer League this season before re-joining the Loons August 7. With Ogden, the big right-handed batter was hitting .350 with 14 home runs and was on pace for the league's MVP award. However, on Friday night, he was the Loons' most valuable contributor.

  In front of a sold-out crowd of 5,754, Sands hit a go-ahead triple in the sixth and the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, leading the Loons to a 6-5 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps. The win earned a split against the top team in Minor League Baseball, and left the Loons 6-2 on a successful eight-game homestand.

  With the game tied 5-5 in the eighth, Sands hit an opposite field, line drive home run over the wall in right-center off former Dodger farmhand Eduardo Perez. It was his first home run in a Loons' uniform and his 15th overall on the season.

Earlier in the sixth, Sands tripled home two runs to give the Loons a short-lived 5-4 lead. He finished the game with three RBIs.

  Great Lakes rallied from down 4-0 to win the game.  Loons starter Josh Walter surrendered three home runs in the game, one to each batter in the bottom one-third of the TinCaps' lineup. The first came in the second and the next batter followed with a solo shot. Then in the fourth, the seventh hitter in the lineup, joined the homer parade with a solo shot of his own.

  But the Loons left the yard to pull to within one. In the fourth inning, with Anthony Hatch on with a double and Kyle Russell with a walk, Alfredo Silverio slugged a long three-run shot, his 12th of the season.

  Jordan Pratt (3-4) threw a scoreless eighth inning to earn his third win. He entered in emergency duty after Jon Dutton was struck with a line drive off and had to leave the game. Cole St. Clair set the 'Caps down 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 11th save of the season.

  The Loons begin an eight-game roadtrip tonight in the state capital against the Lansing Lugnuts. Right-hander Bobby Blevins (3-3, 3.89 ERA) will start for the Loons against Lansing righty Chris Holguin (1-2, 5.12).  

  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	030 100 100-5
Great Lakes	000 302 01x-6

  Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss	3  0  2  0  .302
Pedroza 2b	2  0  0  0  .255
Hatch 3b	4  1  2  0  .279
Russell rf	2  2  1  0  .271
Songco dh	3  0  0  0  .150
Silverio lf	3  2  1  3  .285
Wallach c	4  0  0  0  .252
Sands 1b	4  1  2  3  .229
Buss cf        	4  0  1  0  .254
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  Totals	37  6  9  6
  Fort Wayne	33  5  9  5

  2B- Hatch (31). 3B- Sands (2).
HR- Silverio (12), Sands (1).
RBI- Silverio 3 (51), Sands 3 (5).
S- Gordon; Pedroza. LOB- Great Lakes 7,
Fort Wayne 5. SB- Gordon 2 (65).
PO- Gordon. DP- Hatch, Pedroza and
Sands; Pratt, Gordon and Sands.

  Great Lakes  	   in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter	          5.0  6  4-4  3  7  3.45
Boothe	          2.0  1  1-1  1  1  5.32
Dutton	          0.1 1  0-0  0  0  4.15
Pratt (3-4)	  1.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.82
St. Clair (sv 11) 1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.07
  T- 3:01. Att- 5,754.

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