Jones Third Slam Boosts Albuquerque

Albuquerque scored six in the first inning and went on to an 8-4 win over Reno as Mitch Jones banged his third grand slam of the season. A solo home run in the last of the ninth topped Chattanooga 2-1. Inland Empire lost their 11th game against four wins in August, 8-1 to Bakersfield. Home runs by Jerry Sands and Esteban Lopez didn't keep Lansing from defeating Great Lakes 5-3.

Six-Run First Boosts Topes
Albuquerque (69-55) crammed six runs across the plate in the first inning and went on to an 8-4 win over Reno. Chin-Lung Hu racked up a season-high four hits while Mitch Jones added his third grand slam of the season to pace the 13-hit attack and opening a five-game lead over Oklahoma City in the PCL's American Southern Division.

Before the Reno fans had settled into their seats, Tony Abreu again ignited the 'Topes' big first inning, lining a lead-off single to extend his current hitting streak to a career-high-tying 16 straight games. Hu cracked a double before Blake DeWitt drew a walk to load the bases for Jones, who smashed a monstrous grand slam over the left field fence for an 4-0 lead.

Jones' third jackpot shot of the season ties a franchise record for grand slams in a season set in 2004.

Dee Brown walked, moved into third on a single by J.D. Closser and Jamie Hoffmann's sacrifice fly drove in the fifth run. A wild pitch made it 6-0. Albuquerque sent 10 men to the plate, piling up six runs, four hits, and three walks.

Spot-starter Dwayne Pollok, who was called on when left-hander Scott Elbert was a late scratch for the second time in three games due to the unsettled conditions in Los Angeles.

Pollok (3-4) was magnificent, allowing a run on three hits while walking two and striking out two in a season-high six innings. The victory was Pollok's first win since May 26 and his first in five spot-starts for the Isotopes.

scored in the bottom of the second on a lead-off homer, but the 'Topes got it right back when Pollok, Abreu, and Hu ran off back-to-back-to-back singles and DeWitt hit into a run-scoring double-play. Ellis doubled and scored on a sac fly by Abreu to give Albuquerque an 8-1 advantage.

After Josh Lindblom worked two perfect innings, Cory Wade served up a three-run home run in the ninth inning to end the scoring.

After three more games in Reno, the 'Topes are home Saturday, August 22 for a 13-game homestand, the longest in team history.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	600 101 000-8
Reno 	010 000 003-4

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	4  1  3  1  .360
Hu ss        	4  1  4  0  .285
DeWitt 3b	3  1  0  0  .248
Jones rf	5  1  1  4  .287
Brown ld	4  1  0  0  .297
Closser 1b	4  1  3  0  .307
Hoffmann cf	4  0  0  1  .292
Ellis c        	3  1  1  0  .317
Pollok p	1  1  1  0  .429
 Lindblom p	1  0  0  0  .444
 Wade p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	31  8 13  4
  Reno	31  4  4  6

  Error- Hu (11). 2B- Hu (18). Ellis
(12). HR- Jones (30). RBI- Jones 4 (85), 
Hoffmann (36), Abreu (43). S- Pollok 2.
SF- Hoffmann; Abreu. LOB- Albuquerque
9, Reno 4. DP- Hu, Abreu and Closser.
 	  
  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Pollok (3-4)	6.0  3  1-1  2  2  5.20
Lindblom	2.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.70
Wade        	1.0  1  3-3  2  1  5.02
  T- 2:31. Att- 5,219.
Walkoff Homer Sinks Chattanooga
The Lookouts received first-class pitching from Jesus Castillo but Tennessee scored in the last of the ninth to break a 1-1 tie and take 2-1 decision. It was the fifth straight loss for Chattanooga, during which they have scored only six runs, and have slid from first into third place, 2.0 games behind division-leading West Tenn.

Castillo allowed four hits and a solo home run while striking out six over the first six innings. Zach schreiber added two shutout innings before Javy Guerra was tagged with another solo shot with two out in the last of the ninth.

The Lookouts had their chances, going 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and leaving 10 on base.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Vinny Rottino walked and moved to third on an infield hit and an error off he bat of Justin Sellers. Castro attempted to squeeze the run in but Castro was called out for interference. James Tomlin finally got the run across with a single to left.

Rottino doubled with out out in the seventh, Tomlin walked and Russ Mitchell singled to lead off the eighth and Rottino singled with one out in the ninth, moved to second when Sellers walked but Ramon Nivar lined to center, Tomlin walked again to load the bases but Mitchell flew to right to end yet another chance to score.

Guerre got a strikeout and a ground ball to short before allowing the game-winning home run.

Mitchell, Rottino and Sellers collected six of Chattanooga's seven hits.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 010 000-1
Tennessee	000 100 001-2

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf	3  0  1  1  .313
Mitchell 2b	5  0  2  0  .233
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .273
Martinez 3b	4  0  0  0  .299
May c        	4  0  0  0  .281
Lambo lf        	4  0  0  0  .255
Rottino rf	3  1  2  0  .262
Sellers ss	3  0  2  0  .300
Giles ph        	1  0  0  0  .260
Nivar ph	1  0  0  0  .307
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  Totals		31  1  7  1
  Tennessee	31  2  6  2

  Error- Perez (5). 2B- Mitchell (24),
Rottino (15). RBI- Tomlin (30).
S- Castillo. LOB- Chattanooga 10,
Tennessee 4. DP- Mitchell, Sellers and
Perez.

  Chattanooga 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Castillo	6.0  4  1-1  1  6  4.57
Schreiber	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  2.25
Guerra (2-1)	0.2  1  1-1  0  1  4.74
  T- 2:58. Att- 2,274.
Bakersfield Blitzes 66ers
Inland Empire was never in the game. They fell behind 1-0 in the first and were blanked for the first seven innings and the Bakersfield had an 8-0 lead before they got on the scoreboard in the eighth. After losing an 8-1 decision, they fell to 4-11 in August.

Mario Alvarez (4-5, 4.69) allowed a single run into the sixth inning but then was hit hard and finished his work having allowed five runs on 9 hits while fanning 7 in 5.1 innings and taking the loss.

Dodgers reliever Will Ohman made a rehab appearance, coming on in the eighth and getting hammered for three runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout over 2/3 of an inning.

The Sixers broke up the shutout in the eighth inning on a run-scoring double to right by Jaime Ortiz, plating Christian Lara from first, to close out the scoring. Ortiz was the only 66er with more than one hit. Scott Van Slyke added double.

Inland Empire and Bakersfield continued the series tonight with RHP Josh Wall (4-4, 4.39) opposing RHP Ryan Tatusko (5-6, 4.33).

  Score by innings
Bakersfield	100 004 030-8
Inland Empire	000 000 010-1

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	4  0  0  0  .000
Herrera 2b	4  0  1  0  .299
Perez dh	4  0  0  0  .333
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .291
Garabedian c	3  0  0  0  .234
Mattingly lf	3  0  1  0  .234
Lara ss        	3  1  0  0  .263
Ortiz 1b        	3  0  2  1  .242
JohGarcia 3b	3  0  1  0  .184
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  Totals	31  1  6  1
  Bakersfield	41  8 15  8

  Errors- Mattingly (5), JohGarcia (4).
2B- Van Slyke (37), Ortiz (10).
RBI- Ortiz (18). LOB- Inland Empire 3, 
Bakersfield 9. PO- Ortiz. 

  Inland Empire  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (4-5)	5.1  9  5-5  0  7  4.69
Prado	1.2  3  0-0  0  1  3.93
Ohman	0.2  3  3-3  1  1 16.50
Melgarejo	1.1  0  0-0  1  2  6.53
  T- 2:37. 
Att- 1,664.
Lugnuts Roll Past Loonsbr> Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons
Jerry Sands and Esteban Lopez homered and Geison Aguasviva threw six solid innings in a spot start for the Loons, but it wasn't enough to overcome a two-run eighth inning home run as the Lansing Lugnuts defeated Great Lakes 5-3 at Oldsmobile Park.

  Four of the five Lugnuts' runs were scored off reliever Luis Garcia, who had not allowed a run in August. Garcia (5-3) entered in the seventh and surrendered two runs on three hits to tie the game at 3-3. Then in the eighth, Garcia gave up a two-run, go-ahead homer.

   The Loons scored all their runs on home runs. With the Nuts ahead 1-0, Jerry Sands tied the game in the third with a solo home run to right-center, the deepest part of Oldsmobile Park.  Then in the fifth, Esteban Lopez hit a two-run shot to left-center to give the Loons a 3-1. Both Loons home runs traveled significantly longer than 400 feet.

   Sands finished the game 3-for-3. Lopez is now 9-for-20 (.450) against the Lugnuts in 2009 with two of his three home runs on the season.

   Aguasviva allowed a first-inning run, then threw five scoreless frames. 

   Loons players and coaches will enjoy their off day Wednesday – their only scheduled off day in August – then travel to South Bend for the start of a four-game series Thursday.  Right-hander Josh Walter (8-4, 3.45 ERA) will be opposed by lefty Wade Miley (5-8, 3.98). 

  Score by innings
Great Lakes	001 020 000-3
Lansing	100 000 22x-5

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  0  0  .301
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .252
Hatch 3b	4  0  1  0  .280
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .271
Buss cf        		3  0  1  0  .252
Wallach dh	4  0  0  0  .247
Sands 1b	3  2  3  1  .264
Songco lf	3  0  0  0  .148
Lopez c        	3  1  1  2  .195
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  Totals	32  3  6  3
  Lansing	31  5  9  5

  HR- Sands (2),Lopez (3). RBI- Sands
(7), Lopez 2 (19). LOB- Great Lakes 3,
Lansing 7. SB- Sands (1). DP- Hatch,
Pedroza and Sands.

  Great Lakes 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Aguasviva	6.0  3  1-1  4  5  1.51
LuGarcia (5-3)	1.1  2  4-4  1  0  3.01
Feliciano	0.2  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
  T-2;20. Att- 4,892.

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