Isotopes Increase Their Lead to Six Games

Albuquerque dropped Reno 4-2, Chattanooga lost 6-4 to Tennessee, Bakersfield outscored Inland Empire 9-6, Helena scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to beat Ogden 7-5, the Arizona Dodgers 3-2 decision to the Brewers and the Dominican lost to the Marlins 7-5. Great Lakes was not scheduled.

Red-Hot Tops Trump Aces 4-2
Albuquerque (70-55) dropped Reno 4-2, winning their third in a row and five of their last six, while boosting their lead to a season-high six-game in the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division.

Eric Stults (5-2) sailed through six innings, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings while striking out three, Lefty Scott Elbert worked two near-perfect innings before closer Scott Strickland worked around a hit and a walk to nail down his League-leading 28th save of the season.

The Topes jumped out to a 1-0 on an RBI groundout by Jamie Hoffmann in the second. Reno scored in the third to knot the game at 1-1.

Mitch Jones opened the fourth with a one-out triple and J.D. Closser drew a walk. Hoffmann broke the tie with a single and Jason Repko followed with a second single to drive in Closser. Jones also had a double on the night, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk.

A solo homer to right cut the lead to 3-2 and a triple put the tying run just 90 feet away. Stults calmly got the second out on a soft tap to third and preserved the one-run lead with an inning-ending popup.

Chin-Lung Hu rapped a solo homer to left in the seventh, for a valuable insurance run and increase the lead to 4-2. Hu had four hits the night before, and added three more in this game.

The Isotopes will send Giancarlo Alvarado (11-9, 3.56) to the mound against Reno right-hander Cesar Valdez (6-5, 4.60) tonight.

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

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	010 200 100-4
Reno	        001 100 000-2

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss        	5  1  3  1  .289
DeWitt 2b	5  0  0  0  .244
Luna 3b        	4  0  1  0  .347
Jones lf	3  2  2  0  .291
Closser 1b	3  1  0  0  .301
Hoffmann rf	4  0  2  2  .296
Repko cf	4  0  1  0  .269
Ellis c        	4  0  1  0  .316
Stults p	2  0  0  0  .333
 SGarcia ph	1  0  0  0  .228
 Elbert p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph        1  0  0  0  .288
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	38  4 10  4
  Reno	        26  2  7  2

  Error- Elbert (1). 2B- Jones (21),
3B- Jones 3. HR- Hu (5). RBI- Hoffmann 
2 (38). Repko (43), Hu (49).
LOB- Albuquerque 7, Reno 10
 	  
  Albuquerque 	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Stults (5-2)	   6.0  6  2-2  2  3  4.69
Elbert	           2.0  0  0-0  1  2  4.74
Strickland (sv 28) 1.0  1  0-0  1  1  3.14
  T- 2:49. Att- 5,676.	
Chattanooga Lets 4-1 Lead Slip Away
The Lookouts rolled past an early Tennessee run in the first inning and took a 4-1 lead into the last of the sixth before a pair of two-run innings handed them a 6-4 loss.

James Adkins allowed six hits and three runs, two earned, in his five innings. Kendy Batista worked two scoreless innings and Harvey Garcia added another before Matt Sartor got himself into a mess immediately in the ninth.

After an opening single and a sac bunt, he threw a wild pitch, then gave up a game-tying double. Victor Garate relieved him but gave up the game-winning single.

The Lookouts scored three in the fourth when Eddy Perez walked and Gaby Martinez and Russ Mitchell singled, driving in the first run. Gaby Gutierrez singled in the second run and Trayvon Robinson's single made it 3-1.

Martinez doubled Perez across with a double in the fifth but Chattanooga left two on base.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 310 000-4
Tennessee	100 002 002-5

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin lf	5  0  2  0  .315
Sellers ss	4  0  0  0  .297
Perez 1b	3  2  0  0  .270
Martinez 3b	4  1  2  0  .303
Mitchell 2b	4  1  1  1  .234
Giles rf        3  0  0  0  .255
Gutierrez c	4  0  1  1  .282
Robinson cf	4  0  1  1  .167
Adkins p	2  0  0  0  .097
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
 HGarcia p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Nivar ph	1  0  0  0  .305
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	34  4  7  5
  Tennessee	34  5 10  3

  Errors- Sellers (17), Martinez (6).
2B- Martinez(14). RBI- Mitchell (49),
Gutierrez (11), Robinson (2).
LOB- Chattanooga 8, Tennessee 8.
SB- Robinson (1). DP- Robinson and
Perez.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins	        5.0  6  3-2  2  5  4.81
Batista	        2.0  1  0-0  0  3  2.22
HGarcia	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
Sartor (4-5)	0.1  2  2-2  1  0  3.75
Garate	        0.0  1  0-0  0  0  1.82
  WP- Sartor. T- 3:08. Att- 2,016.
Bakersfield Outscores 66ers 9-6
Bakersfield cracked out 14 hits, 12 of them in the first five innings, and recorded a 9-6 victory over Inland Empire. Josh Wall (2-8, 5.90) took most of the pounding, allowing seven runs (three earned), on nine hits over four innings to take the loss.

Every batter for the Blaze reached safely on the night, as they rolled up an 8-2 lead. The 66ers could never get out from under that load.

Inland Empire (53-69) scored two runs in the second on Steven Caseres' two run home run for a brief 2-1 lead.

Trailing 8-2, the 66ers loaded with none out in the fifth on consecutive singles by Jessie Mier, Jovanny Rosario and Elian Herrera. Andres Perez brought in one run on an RBI groundout and Scott Van Slyke drilled a sac fly to center. Caseres walked, a wild pitch to Preston Mattingly allowed Herrera to score from third and bring the Sixers to within three runs.

The Blaze scored in the seventh with a bases loaded walk by Eric Krebs before the Sixers added a run of their own in the ninth on an RBI single by Andres Perez to end the scoring.

The 66ers close out the homestand with the Bakersfield Blaze tonight as RHP Kyle Smit (0-3, 9.19) faces RHP Tanner Roark (6-0, 3.22).

  Score by Innings
Bakersfield	012 410 100-9
Inland Empire	020 030 001-6

  Inland Empire ab r  h  bi ave
Rosario cf	5  1  3  0  .250
Herrera 3b	5  1  1  0  .298
Perez lf	5  0  2  2  .344
Van Slyke rf	4  1  1  1  .291
Caseres 1b	2  1  1  2  .268
Mattingly dh	4  0  1  0  .234
Lara ss        	2  0  0  0  .261
Fuller 2b	4  1  1  0  .252
Mier c        	4  1  1  0  .218
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  Totals	35  6 10  5
  Bakersfield	36  9 15  9

  HR- Caseres (13). RBI- Caseres 2 (45),
Perez 2 (4), Van Slyke (91). SF- Van
Slyke. LOB- Inland Empire 7, Bakersfield
10. SB- Rosario 2 (2). CS- Perez (2).
DP- Herrera, Fuller and Caseres.
Pickoffs- Mier. 

  Inland Empire   in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall (2-8)	4.0 10  7-7  3  0  6.29
Sanfler	        1.1  2  1-1  1  1  4.76
Krebs	        1.1  1  1-1  4  1  2.84
Pfeiffer	1.1  2  0-0  0  2  3.35
McCarter	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  3.79
  WP- Wall. T- 3:12. Att- 970.
Great Lakes-- Not scheduled. Loons players and coaches enjoyed their only scheduled off day in August and will open tonight in South Bend for the start of a four-game series. Right-hander Josh Walter (8-4, 3.45 ERA) will start for the Loons. He will be opposed by lefty Wade Miley (no relation to Hanna Montana). In a roster move LHP Jon Dutton was placed on the seven-day disabled list and LHP Roberto Feliciano called up from the Arizona League Dodgers.

Ogden Loses on Two in the Ninth
Helena scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to break a 5-5 tie and shut down the Raptors with the bases loaded in the bottom bottom of the inning to win 7-5.

Ogden couldn't get into gear and trailed 4-0 after two innings. The finally scored three in the eighth to tie the game, only to lose in the ninth.

Edwin Contreras got off to a stumbling start, allowing a run in the first and three in the second. He lasted just 4.0 innings, giving up four runs on four walks and three hits.

Fredy Quintero allowed only a single run over the next three innings before Luis Ferreras (2-1) coughed up the two runs in the ninth to lose.

Ogden, trailing 4-0, scored single runs in the third and fourth innings. Nick Atkins first triple for Ogden drove in Brian Cavazos-Galvez who had singled and Chris Jacobs doubled to lead off the fourth, moved to third on a wild pickoff attempt and scored on Lenell McGee's ground ball.

Helena added a single run in the seventh before the Raptors got fully in gear inn the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at five. Pedro Guerrero's three-run bloop double scored McGee, David Iden and Brian Ruggiano to cap the two-out rally.

A one-out, RBI-double put back in the lead and a second double gave the Brewers an insurance run.

In the bottom of the ninth, Ogden loaded the bases on an Austin Yount single, plus a walk to Jacobs and McGee. Clay Calfee pinch-hit but fanned on three pitches to end the game.

Ogden out-hit the Brewers 12-9, went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left thirteen men on base in the loss.

Cavazos-Galvez had three hits to raise his average to .339. David Iden singled twice.

The Raptors, who took four of seven in the season series with the Brewers, will continue their home-stand tonight, beginning a four-game series with the Missoula Osprey. Luis Vasquez and Eric Smith are the scheduled starters.

  Score by Innings
Helena	130 000 102-7
Ogden	001 100 030-5

  Ogden 	ab r  h  bi ave
Ruggiano 3b	4  1  1  0  .371
Guerrero ss	5  0  1  3  .237
Galvez rf	5  1  3  0  .339
Erickson c	4  0  1  0  .329
Akins lf	4  0  1  1  .250
Yount dh	5  0  1  0  .278
Jacobs 1b	3  1  1  0  .284
 Ynoa pr        0  0  0  0  .182
McGee cf	4  1  1  1  .262
Iden 2b        	4  1  2  0  .235
 Calfee ph	1  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	39  5 12  5
  Helena	35  7  9  5

  2B- Jacobs (8), Guerrero (8).
3B- Akins (1). RBI- Akins (10). McGee
(16), Guerrero 3 (18). LOB- Ogden 13,
Helena 8. SB- Galvez (11).

  Ogden 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Contreras	4.0  3  4-4  4  2  3.72
Quintero	3.0  4  1-1  0  4  1.50
Ferreras (2-1)	2.0  2  2-2  2  3  3.38
  WP- Contreras 2, Ferreras 2. 
HBP- Ruggiano.  T- 3:06. Att- 3,674.
AZ Dodgers Edged 3-2
The Arizona Dodgers scored twice in the first inning, then went stone-cold and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Brewers. Casio Grider led off with a single and scored on Stetson Banks' double. Garrett Green's two-out double drove him in with the final Dodgers run of the game.

The Brewers tagged starter Carlos Frias for two runs in the top of the second and the game remained tied into the sixth when Brian Akin (1-1) was tagged with an unearned run and the loss.

Frias worked five innings and gave up four hits and the two runs. Gar Tavarez and John Hernandez followed Frias and shut the Brewers out over the final three innings.

Chris Henderson singled and doubled to lead the Dodgers.

  Score by Innings
AZL Brewers 	020 001 000-3
AZL Dodgers	200 000 000-2

  Dodgers 	ab r  h  bi ave
Grider ss	5  1  1  0  .260
Banks cf	4  1  1  1  .236
Tavarez dh	4  0  0  0  .350
Henderson 1b	4  0  2  0  .257
 Ray pr        	0  0  0  0  .103
Pericht 1b	0  0  0  0  .220
Green 2b	3  0  1  1  .250
JonGarcia rf	3  0  1  0  .300
King lf        	4  0  0  0  .204
Hunt 3b        	4  0  0  0  .167
Cilladi c	3  0  1  0  .152
 Jean pr        0  0  0  0  .263
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  Totals	34  2  7  2
  Brewers	34  3  7  3

  Error- Grider(14). 2B- Banks (4), Green
(4), Henderson (9). RBI- Banks (10), Green
(5). LOB- Dodgers 8, Brewers 8. SB- Grider
(17), Green (1). 

   Dodgers  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Frias	        5.0  4  2-2  3  3  4.70
Akins (1-1)     1.0  1  1-0  0  2  3.77
Tavarez	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.19
Hernandez	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.19
  WP- Frias 2. T- 2:32.
Dodgers Rally in Ninth, Lose in 11
The Dominican Dodgers banged across two runs in the ninth to tie the game at 5-5 but the Marlins used a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th to take a 7-5 decision.

In a free-hitting game, the Marlins had 15 hits, the Dodgers 10, scored once in the first inning when Enlly Morales doubled to score Wilner Charles after he led off with a singe. Starter Moises Tamarez started and worked four innings, allowing only a single run.

The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the third on Morales single and Bladimir Franco's ninth home run. José Ramirez followed with a triple but was left at third.

The Marlins ran off four quick runs to lead 5-3. Florencio Bustillos allowed three of the runs but only one was earned.

In the top of the ninth, Faustino Oguisten and Morales singled with two out. A throwing error on Franco's ground ball tied the score and left Franco on third but he was stranded there.

The Dodgers collected a single by Ronny Lugo and a walk to Edward Bens in the 10th but couldn't score and Franco's two-out triple in the 11th saw him still at third when the inning ended.

Dan Tamares (1-0), who worked a scoreless ninth and 10th, give up a one-out single in the 11th to take the loss.

Morales finished with three hits and Franco had two.

  Score by Innings
DSL Dodgers	102 000 002 00-5
DSL Marlins	100 012 100 02-7

  Dodgers 	ab r  h  bi ave
Charles cf-rf	6  1  1  0  .268
Oguisten ss	4  1  1  0  .189
Morales dh	6  2  3  1  .318
Franco 3b	6  1  2  2  .287
Ramirez rf-cf	5  0  1  0  .215
Mirabal 2b-1b	4  0  1  0  .251
Capellan c	3  0  0  0  .245
Bens c        	1  0  0  0  .266
RLugo lf	4  0  1  0  .244
 Nieto lf	0  0  0  0  .160
 Mercedes 1b	2  0  0  0  .136
 Infante pr-2b	2  0  0  0  .143
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  Totals	43  5 10  3
  Marlins	44  7 15  5

  Error- Oguisten 3 (11). 2B- Morales
(19). 3B- Ramirez (1), Franco (3).
HR- Franco (9). RBI- Morales (27),
Franco 2 (32). LOB- Dodgers 12,
Marlins 16. SB- Oguisten 3 (11).
CS- RoLugo (5). DP- Franco, Mirabal
and Mercedes; Franco, Infante and
Mirabal.

 Dodgers  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Tamarez 	4.0  5  1-1  1  1  4.31
Mendez	        0.1  1  1-1  2  0 27.00
Eusebio	        0.2  0  0-0  1  1  4.15
Bustillos	3.0  5  3-1  3  0  3.70
Tamares (1-5)	2.1  4  2-2  1  4  7.11
  HBP- by Tamares. T- 4:05.

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