Russell, Smith Combine in Great Lakes Win

Albuquerque (68-55) scored the winning run in the top of the ninth without a hit to top Las Vegas 4-3. Errors allowed Tennessee two unearned runs in a 3-2 loss. Outfielder Kyle Russell drove home three runs on three hits and Steve Smith threw five strong relief innings as Great Lakes topped Lansing 7-5. Inland Empire was not scheduled.

Topes Win on Ninth Inning Run
Albuquerque (68-55) scored the winning run in the top of the ninth without a hit to top Las Vegas 4-3. The win gives Albuquerque a series win and keeps the Isotopes four games ahead of the red-hot Oklahoma City RedHawks in the PCL's American Southern Division.

Tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth, A.J. Ellis led off the frame by drawing a walk and was awarded second in a disputed balk that resulted in manager Mike Basso being ejected for arguing the call. A wild pitch, moved Ellis to third and Doug Mientkiewicz's sacrifice fly to deep center field gave the Isotopes a 4-3 lead.


Scott Strickland
Topes closer Scott Strickland pitched around a lead-off single, striking out two, for his PCL-leading 27th save of the season.

Starter Tim Corcoran worked a fine game but didn't figure in the decision. The right-hander yielded the two runs on four hits in five innings while walking four and striking out one in his second start of the season. Hyang-Nam Choi kept the 51s off the scoreboard until the ninth when Brent Leach (1-0) came in, blew the save but then picked up the win after the ninth inning run.

Albuquerque scored first in the opening inning. Tony Abreu opened with a double but was thrown out at third on Mientkiewicz ground ball. Hoffmann lined a double to left and Mientkiewicz scored on an RBI groundout by Mitch Jones. The Isotopes a second run in the second when Jason Repko drew a walk, stole second, and advanced to third when the catcher's throw sailed into centerfield. Ellis then looped a soft single into center, extending the 'Topes' lead to 2-0.

With the game tied 2-2 in the eighth, Jamie Hoffmann and Hector Luna singled, and Luis Maza drove in Hoffmann with a third hit to put the 'Topes up 3-2.

Albuquerque moves to Reno and right-hander Dwayne Pollok (2-4, 5.88) will make a spot-start against Aces right-hander Daniel Cabrera (0-0, No ERA) tonight.

The Isotopes return Saturday, August 22 for a 13-game homestand, the longest in team history.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	110 000 011-4
Las Vegas	011 000 010-3

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  0  3  0  .351
Mientkiewicz dh	4  1  0  1  .306
Hoffmann rf	5  1  2  0  .298
Jones 1b	4  0  0  1  .288
Luna 3b        	4  0  3  0  .349
Maza lf        	4  0  1  1  .289
Repko cf	3  1  0  0  .269
Hu ss        	4  0  0  0  .279
Ellis c        	3  1  2  1  .317
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  Totals	36  4  11  4
  Las Vegas	32  3  8  3

  Error- Luna (11). 2B- Abreu	(16),
Hoffmann (2). RBI- Jones (81), Ellis
(36), Maza (40), Mientkiewicz (10).
SF- Mientkiewicz. LOB- Albuquerque 8,
Las Vegas 11. SB- Repko (23).
DP- Jones, Hu and Corcoran.

   Albuquerque	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Corcoran	   5.0  4  2-2  4  1  7.27
Choi        	   2.2  1  0-0  0  1  2.06
Leach (1-0)	   0.1  2  1-1  1  0 12.15
Strickland (sv 27) 1.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.21
  WP- Corcoran. HBP- by Corcoran. 
T- 2:51. Att- 3,536.
Mistakes Beat Lookouts 3-2
Tennessee broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning when Chattanooga shortstop Justin Sellers threw a ball into the Smokies dugout to allow a run to score all the way from first. Chattanooga had overcome a 2-0 lead to tie the game in the top of the inning.

It was the third costly mistake of the game. Alberto Bastardo started for the Lookouts and allowed only five hits, and a pair of runs, with an error on outfielder Andrew Lambo and a passed ball by Luke May costing him an unearned run.

Chattanooga scored a run in the fourth on a single by Gaby Martinez and walks to Luke May and Russ Mitchell. Trayvon Robinson cut the lead to one by working a walk. They added the tying run in the seventh on May's sac fly.

Jesus Rodriguez (4-4) took the loss on the seventh inning error and Victor Garate worked a scoreless eighth. In the top of the eighth, Sellers singled and Vin Rottino and James Tomlin walked to load the bases with two out but the Lookouts couldn't push the tying run across. In game two in the series the Lookouts start Jesus Castillo (7-8, 4.71) against Jeremy Papelbon (4-5, 3.50) for Tennessee.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 100 100-2
Tennessee	002 000 10x-3

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin rf	3  0  0  0  .313
Nivar 2b	5  0  2  0  .309
Martinez 1b	4  1  1  0  .306
May c        	4  0  0  1  .287
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .257
Mitchell 3b	3  0  1  0  .231
Robinson cf	2  0  0  1  .000
Sellers ss	4  0  1  0  .297
 Giles ph	0  1  0  0  .261
 Rottino ph	0  0  0  0  .259
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  Totals	30  2  5  2
  Tennessee	29  3  7  2

  Errors- Martinez (5), Lambo (4),
Sellers (16). RBI- Robinson (1), May
(27). S- Tomlin. SF- May.
LOB- Chattanooga 12, Tennessee 6.
SB- Nivar. (11). DP- Tomlin, Sellers
and Nivar; Rodriguez and Sellers.
Pickoffs- May.

  Chattanooga  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Bastardo 	6.0  5  2-1  3  5  4.15
Rodriguez (4-4)	1.0  1  1-0  0  0  3.15
Garate	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  1.82
  HBP- Martinez. PB- May 2 (17).
T- 2:51. Att- 2,353.
Inland Empire not scheduled.

Loons Top Lugnuts, 7-5
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons


Steve Smith
Outfielder Kyle Russell drove home three runs on three hits and Steve Smith threw five strong relief innings as Great Lakes topped Lansing. The game's start was delayed by one hour, 18 minutes by rain. 

  Aaron Miller started the game and struck out eight but lasted just three innings. Smith (4-1) entered in the fourth and hurled five relief innings for the win. Cole St. Clair threw a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.  

  Miller, Smith and St. Clair combined to strikeout 14 Lugnut batters.

  The Loons broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the eighth inning. Jerry Sands singled to begin the inning. Then on a hit-and-run, Esteban Lopez singled up the middle. The ball scooted past the center fielder to score Sands and advance Lopez to second. After taking the lead, the Loons added another run on an RBI double by Dee Gordon.  

  Kyle Russell gave the Loons a first inning lead with a run-scoring double.  Two innings later, he singled with one out, took third on a single by Nick Buss, and scored on a wild pitch.  

  But in the bottom of the third, Lansing tied the score on a two-run home run, then added a double and an RBI single, the Lugnuts' fourth consecutive hit of the inning.  

  Russell came to the Loons' rescue again in the fourth.  Hatch tied the game at four with a single to right. He and Pedroza combined for a double steal, and they then scored on a two-run single by Russell.

  Lansing had struck for two fifth inning runs to re-tie the game.  

  The Loons continue their eight-game roadtrip tonight. Left-hander Geison Aguasviva (4-1, 1.51 ERA) will get a spot-start for the Loons against Lansing right-hander Chase Lirette (3-3, 5.79).

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	101 300 020-7
Lansing	        003 020 000-5

  Great Lakes   ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  2  1  .304
pedroza 2b	4  2  1  0  .254
Hatch 3b	4  1  2  1  .280
Russell rf	4  1  3  3  .273
Buss cf        	4  0  2  0  .251
Songco dh	5  0  0  0  .152
Sands 2b	5  1  1  0  .217
Silverio lf	4  0  0  0  .280
Lopez c        	3  2  2  0  .191
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  Totals	38  7 13  5
  Lansing	38  5 12  5

  2B- Russell 2 (31), Gordon (16).
RBI- Russell 3 (85), Hatch (57), Gordon
(31). S- Buss. LOB- Great Lakes 9,
Lansing 9. SB- Hatch (6), Buss (11),
Russell (1), Pedroza (33). DP- Gordon,
Pedroza and Sands.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
AMiller	        3.0  6  3-3  1  8  2.81
Smith (4-1)	5.0  5  2-2  1  4  2.90
  T- 2:41 (1:18 delay). Att- 2,113.

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