DeWitt, Hoffmann Celebrate Birthdays at Reno

Brad DeWitt and Jaime Hoffman celebrated birthdays by helping Albuquerque top Reno 5-4. Chattanooga scored six times in the ninth inning to turn a 6-2 deficit into an 8-6 win over Tennessee. Inland Empire's Kyle Smit lost a tough, 3-2 decision to Bakersfield. Great Lakes matched a franchise record by scoring 18 runs in an 18-4 rout of South Bend.

Birthday Boys Help Topes Edge Past Reno
Jaime Hoffman
Brad DeWitt and Jaime Hoffmann, both celebrating birthdays, helped Albuquerque (71-55) surge past the Reno Aces for a 5-4 win. The victory, coupled with Oklahoma City's third straight loss, gives the 'Topes a commanding seven game lead in the PCL's American Southern Division and lifts the Isotopes to 16 games above .500, tied for the most games above the even mark in franchise history.

Albuquerque scored twice in the sixth and a run in the eighth and ninth and has won a season-high four straight on the road and in seven of its last eight games.

  Reno built a 4-1 lead off starter Carlos Alvarado and reliever Travis Leach, only to have the Isotopes start whittling away in the sixth.

  DeWitt, who was celebrating his 24th birthday, started the sixth with a triple and scored when Hoffmann, who was also celebrating a birthday today, his 25th, followed with a double to left. Pinch-hitter Dee Brown poked a two-out single to right, scoring the second run to bring the Isotopes back to 4-3.

  In the eighth, Ellis lined a two-out double to right and pinch-hitter J.D. Closser smacked a single up the middle to tie the game at 4-4.

  Hector Luna started the game-winning rally in the ninth with a one-out single and Mitch Jones added a walk. Then DeWitt hit a roller to the first baseman who picked the ball up and fired into left-center field trying to get Jones at second, allowing Luna to sprint home with the go-ahead run, 5-4.

  Francisco Felix had worked two scoreless innings and and the reliable Hyang-Nam Choi (9-1), added a shutout eighth and earned the win, his seventh in a row.

The Aces gave closer Scott Strickland fits in the last of the ninth. A one-out walk and a double put the tying and winning runs in scoring position. The Albuquerque closer then intentionally loaded the bases with still one out. Strickland then coaxed a dramatic Chin-Lung Hu to DeWitt to Closser double-play that ended the game and sealed the closer's 29th save of the season.

  Albuquerque will end their eight-game tour of Nevada with a series-ending game tonight. Right-hander J.D. Durbin (0-4, 6.61) will take the mound for Albuquerque against Reno righty Billy Buckner (8-3, 3.20).

  The 'Topes will be home Saturday for a 13-game homestand, the longest in team history.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	010 002 011-5
Reno	        000 400 000-4

  Albuquerque 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss        	4  0  1  0  .289
Maza lf        	5  0  0  0  .283
Luna 3b        	4  1  3  0  .353
Jones 1b-RF	4  0  0  0  .287
DeWitt 2b	5  2  2  1  .247
Hoffmann rf-cf	4  1  2  1  .300
Repko cf	3  0  0  0  .267
 Choi p        	0  0  0  0  .250
 SGarcia ph	1  0  0  0  .227
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ellis c        	3  1  1  0  .316
Alvarado p	2  0  0  0  .074
 Brown ph	1  0  1  1  .299
 Felix p        0  0  0  0  .500
 Closser ph-1b	1  0  1  1  .305
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  Totals 	36  5  4  3
  Reno	        31  4  7  4

  Errors- Ellis (6), Hoffmann (4).
2b- Luna (16), Hoffmann (13), Ellis
(13). 3B- DeWitt (7). HR- DeWitt (5).
RBI- DeWitt (38), Hoffmann (39), Brown
(74), Closser (24). LOB- Albuquerque
11, Reno 13. SB- Closser (2). DP- Hu,
DeWitt and closser. Pickoff- Leach. 
 	  
  Albuquerque 	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado	   3.0  3  3-3  6  2  3.68
Leach        	   2.0  0  0-0  1  2  2.35
Choi (9-1)         1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.02
Strickland (sv 29) 1.0  1  0-0  2  0  3.07
  Balk- Choi. T- 3:53. Att- 6,050.
Lookouts Launch Comeback of the Season
Eddy Perez
Chattanooga scored six times in the ninth inning to turn a 6-2 deficit into an 8-6 win over Tennessee and shoulder themselves right back into the Southern League playoff picture. A pinch-hit, three-run home run by Eddy Perez and RBI singles from Gaby Martinez and Russ Mitchell dumped the Smokies.

It was the Lookouts first win in nine tries at Smokies Park. They now trail West Tenn by 1.5 games and Tennessee by a half-game with one contest to go in the series.

An error by Tennessee shortstop Starlin Castro gave the Lookouts an opening in the ninth, and they took full advantage of it when when pinch-hitter Eduardo Perez hit a three-run home run to right field with Trayvon Robinson on base with a walk and Justin Sellers with a single.

Gabriel Martinez's single to center scored James Tomlin, who had walked and moved to second on a passed ball, to tie the game, and Russell Mitchell's single to center that scored Martinez, who singled, and Lucas May, who had doubled, proved to be the difference.

The Lookouts were three outs away from falling three games back in the Southern League's North Division for the second half, but they're now 27-27 and within a game of the 28-26 Smokies in the Southern League. West Tenn, which didn't play Thursday because of a rainout, leads the North Division at 28-25.

The Smokies built a 4-0 lead in the fourth off starter Travis Chick and extended it to 6-0 in the fifth on Tyler Colvin's two-run homer to right off Jesus Rodriguez. Javy Guerra (3-1) worked to scoreless innings to earn the win and Harvey Garcia earned his first save after shutting off the Smokies in the ninth.

Ramon Nivar, Martinez, Vinny Rottino and Mitchell each had a pair of hist.

The finale of a five-game series at Kodak, Tenn., is tonight at 7:15. Chris Withrow (1-2, 4.73 ERA) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Lookouts, with Casey Coleman (13-5, 3.63) set to go for the Smokies

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	000 002 006-8
Tennessee	001 320 000-6

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin lf	3  1  1  0  .315
Nivar 2b	3  1  2  0  .313
Martinez 1b	5  2  2  1  .306
May c        	4  1  1  1  .281
Rottino rf	3  0  2  0  .265
Mitchell 3b	3  0  2  0  .265
Robinson cf	4  1  0  0  .100
Sellers ss	5  1  1  0  .295
Chick p	        1  0  0  0  .105
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .253
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Gutierrez ph	1  0  0  0  .278
 Guerra p	0  0  0  0  .000 
 Perez ph	2  1  1  3  .272
 HGarcia p	0  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
  Totals	32  8 12  5
  Tennessee	35  6 10  6

  Error- May (7). 2B- Tomlin (22), May
(12). HR- Perez (10). RBI- May (28),
Mitchell 3(52), Perez 3 (42), Martinez
(41). S- Nivar. SF- May.
LOB- Chattanooga 10, Tennessee 10.
CS- Nivar (4). 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Chick	        4.0  4  4-3  3  2  4.28
Rodriguez	2.0  1  2-2  0  1  3.31
Guerra (3-1)	2.0  2  0-0  2  4  4.29
HGarcia (sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
  WP- Chick. PB- May (18).
T-3:25 (:45 delay). Att- 1,983.
Bakersfield Edges 66ers
Kyle Smit
Starter Kyle Smit allowed only a pair of runs over the first five innings but that was enough to get himself tagged with a tough, 3-2 loss to Bakersfield. Dodgers reliever Will Ohman made his second rehab appearance in the series, allowing a run in the sixth on a paid of doubles doubles. Ohman took 19 pitches to complete the inning.

Smit gave up a single run in the first and second innings and finished his five innings after allowing six hits and fanning four. Kenley Jansen and José Torres kept the 66ers in the game with three shutout innings but the offense couldn't dent the Blaze pitching staff.

In the fourth inning, Andres Perez ripped a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence for his first home run with the 66ers to pull within a run. After Ohman allowed the third Bakersfield run, Justin Fuller singled and eventually scored on a ground ball by Jovanny Rosario.

Inland Empire (53-70) worked a base on balls in each the seventh and eighth innings and Scott Van Slyke singled in the ninth, all with two out, but none of the three was able to advance.

Perez, Fuller, Scott Van Slyke, and Alex Garabedian each recorded a single hit.

The 66ers open a six game road trip to High Desert and Rancho Cucamonga. They return to Arrowhead Credit Union Park August 27 to open up their final homestand of the season with the High Desert Mavericks and San Jose Giants.

  Score by Innings
Bakersfield	110 001 000-3
Inland Empire	000 101 000-2

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario Cf	4  0  0  1  .188  
Herrera 3b	4  0  0  0  .294
Perez 2b	4  1  1  1  .333
Van Slyke rf	3  0  1  0  .291
Caseres dh	4  0  0  0  .265
Mattingly lf	3  0  0  0  .233
Ortiz 1b        3  0  0  0  .237
Garabedian c	3  0  1  0  .226
Fuller ss	2  1  1  0  .255
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  Totals 	31  2  4  2
  Bakersfield	32  3 11  3

  Error- Fuller (5). HR- Perez (1).
RBI- Perez (5), Rosario (1).
LOB- Inland Empire 3, Bakersfield 11.
DP- Perez, Fuller and Ortiz. 
 	  
  Inland Empire    in  h r-er bb so  era
Smit (0-4)        5.0  6  2-2  1  4  7.84
Ohman	          1.0  2  1-1  0  0 13.50
Jansen	          1.0  1  0-0  0  1  7.50
Torres	          2.0  2  0-0  2  1  0.68
  WP- Torres. HBP- by Smit. 
T-2:33. Att- 1,563.
Loons Pound South Bend, 18-4
Grad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Alfredo Silverio
Great Lakes matched a franchise record by scoring 18 runs in a rout of South Bend at Stanley Coveleski Stadium. The Loons homered three times and pounded out 22 hits off five Silver Hawk pitchers, with every Loons starter picking up a hit and reaching base at least twice.

  Joe Becker went 4-for-6 in his first game with the Loons after being Promoted from the Arizona Dodgers, Anthony Hatch homered and singled twice, Kyle Russell doubled twice as part of a 3-for-6 day, and Jerry Sands homered and scored all four times he reached base. Eight of the nine Loons starters had two or more hits.

   The Loons were also helped by four Silver Hawks errors, two on the same play that allowed Dee Gordon to score after nubbing one 15 feet down the third base line. South Bend catcher tried to throw Gordon out at first, but his throw sailed wide of the bag and allowed the two runners on base, Becker and Nick Buss, to score. Gordon raced to third, then came home when another errant throw eluded the pitcher, who was covering the plate on the play.

   The Loons rapped seven hits and scored seven runs in the fifth to extend their lead to 13-0. Russell led off the frame with a single and later doubled in a run, while Becker (RBI double), Esteban Lopez (single), Buss (single), Gordon (single) and Hatch (single) all delivered run-scoring hits in the inning.

   Josh Walter (9-4) was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion, earning the win by pitching 5.1 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out seven. Robert Boothe relieved Walter and allowed a run in 2.2 innings with five K's, and Roberto Feliciano pitched a scoreless ninth.

  Alfredo Silverio bombed a three-run home run in the ninth inning off the fifth hurler of the night for South Bend.  

  The Loons and Silver Hawks are back at Coveleski Stadium for game two of the series on tonight. Right-hander Bobby Blevins (9-8, 4.03) starts for the Loons against righty Ryan Cook (10-9, 3.45) for South Bend.  

  Roster Moves-- IF Joe Becker added to the Loons' roster from the Arizona Rookie League. OF/1B Clay Calfee returned to Ogden.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	132 070 203-18
South Bend	000 004 000- 4

  Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss 	4  2  2  0  .303
 Dalton ph-ss	2  0  0  0  .189
Pedroza dh	5  1  1  0  .252
Hatch 3b	6  3  3  2  .283
Russell rf	5  2  3  1  .275
Sands 1b	4  4  2  3  .283
Silverio lf	6  1  2  3  .280
Becker 2b	6  2  4  1  .667
Lopez c        	5  1  3  1  .212
Buss cf        	5  2  2  1  .254
---------------------------------
  Totals	48 18 22 12
  South Bend	33  4  7  4

 2B- Russell 2 (33), Becker (1), Sands
(3). HR- Hatch (9), Sands (3), Silverio
(13). RBI- Hatch 2 (59), Sands 3 (10),
Becker (1), Lopez (20), Buss (56),
Russell (86), Silverio 3 (54).
LOB- Great Lakes 7, South Bend 4. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter (9-4)	5.1  5  3-2  2  7  3.54
Boothe	        2.2  2  1-1  0  5  5.21
Feliciano	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  T- 2:41. Att- 1,224.

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