Ivan De Jesus See First 2009 Action

Albuquerque managed just four hits in a 4-1 loss to Nashville. Chattanooga scored six in the fist two innings and held off Mississippi 7-6. The 66ers moving to within a game of a wild card spot with a 6-3 win over Rancho Cucamonga. Great Lakes blasted Fort Wayne 12-5. The Arizona League Dodgers topped the Rangers 7-3 with Ivan De Jesus playing in his first game after breaking his leg in March.

'Topes Lose First Series Since June
Albuquerque (72-59) managed just four hits in a 4-1 loss to Nashville as the Isotopes lost their third game in a row. It is the first series loss at home for since June 28-30.

However, Albuquerque reduced its magic number to eight after an Oklahoma City loss that also keeps the 'Topes six and a half games up in the American Southern division and reduces their magic number to eight.

Carlos Alvardo posted a quality start, allowing seven hits and three runs over six. Josh Lindblom surrendered a run in his two innings and Cory Wade worked a scoreless ninth.

The 'Topes managed to get just one baserunner past second through the first six innings. They had runners on first and second with one out, but couldn't cash in and the Sounds retired 14 of the next 16 before the got on the board with a Jason Repko solo shot in the bottom of the seventh.

Hoping to a three-game skid tonight against Memphis. right-hander Tim Corcoran (0-0, 7.27), will take the mound against the Redbirds righty P.J. Walters (7-9, 5.04).

  Score by Innings
Nashville	100 200 100-4
Albuquerque	000 000 100-1

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss        	4  0  0  0  .287
DeWitt 2b	3  0  1  0  .244
Luna 3b        	3  0  0  0  .256
Jones 1b	3  0  0  0  .282
 Lindblom p	0  0  0  0  .444
 Maza ph        1  0  0  0  .289
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
Brown lf	2  0  1  0  .298
Hoffmann rf	4  0  0  0  .285
Repko cf	4  1  1  1  .273
Ellis c        	4  0  0  0  .315
Alvarado p	2  0  1  0  .103
 Closser 1b	2  0  0  0  .297
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  Totals 	32  1  4  1
  Nashville	34  4 10  4

  Error- Alvarado (3). HR- Repko (15).
RBI- Repko (44). LON- Albuquerque 8,
Nashville 7.
 	  
  Albuquerque 	  in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (11-10) 6.0  7  3-3  1  1  3.72
Lindblom	 2.0  3  1-1  2  0  2.91
Wade        	 1.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.41
 T- 2:48. Att- 6,476.
Chattanooga Outlasts Braves 7-6
Chattanooga scored six times in the fist two innings and held off Mississippi for a 7-6 win. The win moved them into a second place tie with Tennessee, just a game behind West Tenn.

The Lookouts managed only nine hits but six of them were doubles, with Russell Mitchell knocking in fours runs with three of them.

Travis Chick started and allowed nine hits and four runs over his six innings of work and earned the win, his seventh against six starts.

Zach Schreiber, Victor Garate and Harvey Garcia (save #3) finally slowed the Braves attack but still gave up five hits and a pair of runs over the final three innings.

Seven runs scored in the first inning alone, with Mississippi collecting three before the Lookouts came to bat. Chattanooga spent four of their nine hits while scoring four times to take the lead.

James Tomlin singled to start things off and Eddy Perez and Russ Mitchell each doubled in a run, and Gaby Gutierrez's two-base hit accounted for the final two scores.

In the second Tomlin and Ramon Nivar led off with a singles and moved up on a double-steal. Mitchell's second double gave the Lookouts a 6-3 lead.

The Braves added a run in the third but Mitchell's third double drove in Perez to end the Chattanooga scoring.

Mississippi crept closer, scoring runs in the seventh and eighth inning, before Garcia successfully closed the door.

  Score by Innings
Mississippi	301 000 110-6
Chattanooga	420 100 00x-7

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin lf-cf	5  1  2  0  .313
Nivar 2b	4  2  1  0  .311
Perez 1b	3  2  1  1  .273
Mitchell 3b	4  1  3  4  .242
rottino rf	4  0  0  0  .254
Robinson cf	3  1  0  0  .185
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 HGarcia p	0  0  0  0  .000
Gutierrez c	4  0  1  2  .278
Chick p	        2  0  0  0  .095
 May ph        	1  0  1  0  .296
 Schreiber p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lambo lf	1  0  0  0  .257
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  Totals	34  7  9  7
  Mississippi	38  6 14  6

  2B- Perez (20), Mitchell 3 (27),
Gutierrez (8). May (15). RBI- Perez
(43), Mitchell 4 (58), Gutierrez 2 (13).
LOB- Chattanooga 6, Mississippi 7.
SB- Nivar 2 (14), Tomlin (12). 

  Chattanooga  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Chick (7-6)	6.0  9  4-4  1  4  4.38
Schreiber 	1.0  2  1-1  0  1  2.25
Garate	        1.0  2  1-1  0  0  2.08
HGarcia (sv 3)	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
 WP- Chick, Garate. T- 2:41. Att- 2.622.
Inland Empire on a Roll
The 66ers ran their two-game total to 29 hits after rapping out 15 against Rancho Cucamonga and moving to within a game of a wild card spot with a 6-3 win over the Quakes.

Inland Empire rapped five more doubles tonight and finished with seven extra-base hits one night after setting a season-high with five doubles and nine extra-base hits the night before.

The first four batters in the order- Justin Fuller, Elian Herrera, Scott Van Slyke and Andres Perez- combined for nine hits three doubles and four runs bated in in 20 at-bats.

The 66ers pitching staff bent but didn't break. They gave up only four hits but walked 10 and left 14 Quakes waiting on the bases. Rancho Cucamonga was 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Justin Fuller led of with a double and later scored on a ground ball in the first inning but Jaime Ortiz's doubled in two more in the third.

The Quakes tied the game in the fourth before Andres Perez cleared the batter's eye in center with a long homer (#3) in the fifth to regain a lead the 66ers never relinquished.

Alex Garabedian hit a home run (#5) for the second night in a row to add some breathing room. 

Miguel Sanfler started and worked two and David Pfeiffer took the game into the fourth before handing he ball to Jake McCarter (3-3), who worked 2 1/3 innings of no-hit, scoreless ball for the win. Eric Krebs, Brian Akin and Marcel Prado took over with two on and no outs in the eighth and worked the final two innings for the save, his sixth.

The 66ers will try for a sweep tonight with RHP Tim Sexton (8-12, 3.44) starting for the 66ers while RHP Mike Kenney (1-5, 5.15) takes the ball for the Quakes.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	 102 011 010-6
Rancho Cucamonga 011 100 000-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Fuller ss	5  1  3  1  .262
Herrera cf	5  1  2  0  .293
Van Slyke rf	5  0  2  0  .290
Perez dh	5  1  2  3  .339
Mattingly lf	5  1  1  0  .236
Ortiz 1b        4  0  1  1  .233
Lara 2b        	4  0  1  0  .263
Garabedian c	3  1  2  1  .236
JohGarcia 3b	3  1  1  0  .202
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  Totals	39  6 15  6
  Rancho	28  3  4  3

  Errors- Sanfler (1), Fuller (6)
JohGarcia 2 (6). 2B- Fuller 2 (10),
Lara (13), Van Slyke (39), Ortiz (11).
HR- Perez (3), Garabedian (5). RBI- Perez
3 (12), Ortiz (19), Fuller (17),
Garabedian (31). LOB- Inland Empire 8,
Rancho 14. CS- JohGarcia (3). 


  Inland Empire in  h r-er bb so  era
Sanfler	        2.0  2  2-1  1  2  5.82
Pfeiffer	1.2  2  1-1  2  1  3.19
McCarter (3-3)	2.1  0  0-0  3  3  3.50
Krebs	        1.0  0  0-0  2  1  2.57
Akin        	0.0  0  0-0  2  0  4.50
Prado (sv 6)	2.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.66
  HBP- Garabedian. t- 3:08. Att- 2,214.
Loons Dent TinCaps 12-5
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes Loons exploded for nine runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 12-5 win over Fort Wayne in front of a sellout crowd of 5,686 fans at Dow Diamond on Tuesday night.  

Kyle Russell drilled a three-run homer to cap a seven-run second inning, and Anthony Hatch had three hits and three RBIs to pace the Loons offensive attack.

Five players – Jaime Pedroza, Nick Buss, Hatch, Alfredo Silverio and Esteban Lopez – scored twice as Great Lakes evened the four-game series with Fort Wayne at a win apiece.  

Josh Walter (10-4) was again the beneficiary of the Loons' offensive outburst, pitching five innings and allowing just two runs on three hits. In his last two starts, the Loons have scored 30 runs.  

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, the Loons immediately answered with a two-spot to claim a lead they would never relinquish. Hatch delivered a run with a one-out triple, and he scored on a groundout by Russell for a 2-1 lead.  

Silverio led off the big second inning with a single and scored on a triple by Joe Becker for a 3-1 edge. A pair of walks sandwiched around a strikeout loaded the bases with one out for Buss.

He singled to score Becker, then Hatch delivered a two-run single to make it 6-1, setting the stage for Russell's blast on the first pitch to give Great Lakes a 9-1 lead.  

Fort Wayne scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth to pull to within 9-4, but the Loons scored three in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double by Lopez and a two-run home run to left-center by Pedroza for a 12-4 lead. The TinCaps plated their final run in the top of the ninth.  

Robert Boothe pitched the final three innings to earn his second save of the year, allowing a pair of runs on five hits. Roberto Feliciano allowed an unearned run in the sixth in his only inning of work.

Game three of the four-game series between the Loons and TinCaps is set for tonight with right-hander Bobby Blevins (9-9, 4.10) taking the hill for the Loons against TinCaps right-hander Erik Davis (13-6, 3.81).

  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	100 011 011- 5
Great Lakes	270 000 03x-12

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pedroza dh	4  2  1  2  .258
Buss c        	5  2  2  1  .254
Hatch 3b	4  2  3  3  .284
Russell rf	4  1  1  4  .273
Sands 1b	3  0  0  0  .232
Silverio lf	4  2  2  0  .276
Becker 2b	3  0  0  0  .526
Lopez c	        3  2  1  1  .211
Dalton ss	4  0  0  0  .179
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  Totals	35 12 12 11
  Fort Wayne	35  5  9  2

  Error- Sands (2). 2B- Lopez (4).
3B- Hatch (6), Becker (1). HR- Russell 
26), Pedroza (13). RBI- hatch 3 (64),
Russell 4 (93), Becker (3), Buss (57),
Lopez (21), Pedroza 2 (71). LOB- Great
Lakes 2, Fort Wayne 7. DP- Becker,
Dalton and Sands.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter (10-4)	5.0  3  2-2  2  5  3.55
Feliciano	1.0  1  1-0  1  0  0.00
Boothe (sv 2)	3.0  5  2-2  0  1  5.26
  WP- Walter. HBP- by Boothe. 
T- 2:33. Att- 5,686.
Idaho Falls Trips Raptors
Ogden scored five runs in the top of the first inning and visions of a rout were dancing in their minds but they didn't score again and the Chukars of Idaho Falls ran off eight unanswered run to take an 8-5 win in the first game of a three-game series.

It wasn't as if they didn't have chances to score, however, because they cracked out 13 hits but finished 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position and eight men left on base.

The Raptors banged six hits against Chukars' starter Santiago Garrido in the first, including RBI singles by Pedro Guerrero, Angelo Songco in his first game back from the Midwest League, and Lenell Mcgee plus RBI doubles by Gorman Erickson and Clay Calfee.

Idaho Falls erased any thoughts of an easy win when they rapped starter Edwin Contreras for three in the bottom half of the first.

Idaho Falls scored two in the fifth with two out to tie the score before Eric Thompson could come in to end the inning.

Eric Thompson (1-1) served up a two-out triple off the center-field wall in the seventh to score one and a wild pitch made it 7-5.

The Raptors had thirteen hits with Calfee collecting three and Guerrero, Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Bryant Hernandez a pair each.

The series continues tonight, as Luis Vasquez works for Ogden against Idaho Falls left-hander John Lamb.

  Score by Innings
Ogden	        500 000 000-5
Idaho Falls	300 020 21x-8

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruggiano 3b	5  1  1  0  .379
Guerrero 2b	4  1  2  1  .246
Galvez rf	4  0  1  0  .337
Songco dh	5  1  1  1  .359
Erickson c	4  1  1  1  .323
Calfee 1b	4  1  3  1  .333
Akins lf	3  0  0  0  .236
Hernandez ss	4  0  2  0  .277
McGee cf	4  0  1  1  .258
---------------------------------
  Totals	37  5 13  5
  Fort Wayne	38  8 14  6

  Errors- Hernandez (10), Ruggiano (7).
2B- Erickson (18), Calfee (1), Guerrero
(9). RBI- Guerrero (20), Songco (23,
Erickson (30), Calfee (4), McGee (17).
LOB- Ogden 8, Fort Wayne 9. SB- Ruggiano
(20), Galvez (13). CS- Galvez (7),
Calfee (1). Pickoffs- Erickson 2. 

  Ogden	         in  h r-e r bb so  era
Contreras	4.2  9  5-5  3  5  4.18
Thompson (1-1)	2.1  3  2-2  0  0  5.40
Suiter	        1.0  2  1-1  0  2  4.50
  WP- Thompson. PB- Erickson (5).
T- 2:54. Att- 3,188.
De Jesus Makes his 2009 Debut
Ivan De Jesus, Jr., who suffered a broken leg in a spring game, finally made his 2009 debut as the designated hitter.

DeJesus was hitless and drew a walk in four trips to the plate but that was inconsequential to the fact that the Dodgers #3 prospect was finally back on the field.

The Arizona League Dodgers trailed 1-0 into the fourth inning, then scored in five of the next six to take a 7-3 win over the Rangers. Michael Pericht slugged his fourth home run and Chris Henderson knocked in three runs to compliment strong pitching by Brandon Martinez and Andres Santiago.

Martinez started and was tagged with an unearned run in the first, then pitched three shutout innings and finished his four innings after allowing three hits and striking out six for his best professional performance.

Santiago was equally effective, working the last five innings and giving up four hits and two runs, one of which was unearned.

The Dodgers were retired in order until the fourth inning when Casio Grinder beat out and bunt and quickly stole his 20th base. Stetson Banks and Rafael Ynoa drew the third and fourth walks of the inning with two out to put the Dodgers in front 2-1.

Two more walks and Henderson's singled added a run in the fifth and Banks singled and Ynoa doubled inn the fifth to set up another run in the sixth

Pericht slammed a shot over the center field fence in the eighth and Henderson picked up his second and third RBI in the ninth with his second hit of the game.

The win was the second in a row for the Dodgers.

  Score by Innings
AZL Dodges	000 211 012-7
AZL Rangers	100 000 011-3

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Grider ss	4  2  1  0  .253
De Jesus dh	3  0  0  0  .000
 Jean ph-dh	2  1  1  0  .278
Henderson 1b	4  1  2  3  .258
Pericht c	5  1  1  1  .216
JonGarcia rf	3  0  0  0  .306
Banks cf	3  1  1  1  .238
Ynoa 2b        	3  0  1  0  .333
Hunt 3b        	4  0  0  1  .155
Perry lf	3  1  0  0  .029  
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  Totals	34  7  7  6
  Rangers	34  3  7  3
 
  Errors- Pericht (2), Grider (16).
2B- Ynoa (1). HR- Pericht (4). RBI- Banks
(11), Henderson 3 (18), Hunt (2), Pericht
(19). LOB- Dodges 6, Rangers 8. SB- Grider 
(20). DP- Pericht and Grider.

  Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Martinez 	4.0  3  1-0  2  6  9.86
Santiago (3-4)	5.0  4  2-1  1  3  7.17
  WP- Martinez, Santiago 2. T- 2:58.

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