Isotopes, Loons Close to Playoff Spots

Albuquerque won 8-7 over Memphis to lower their magic number to three behind Scott Elbert. Alberto Bastardo cruised as Chattanooga dumped Jacksonville 3-1. Mario Alvarez shut out High Desert for eight scoreless innings and the 66ers won 4-1. JonMichael Redding won his 15th game, 8-0 over South Bend and the Loons magic Number is one. Keyter Collado's three hits helped Ogden top Casper 6-3.

'Topes Cut Magic Number to Three
Scott Elbert
Albuquerque's pitching staff matched a season-best with 14 strikeouts, including whiffing he side in three innings, and taking an 8-7 victory over Memphis to lower their magic number to clinch the PCL American Southern title down to just three wins or Oklahoma City losses.

The 'Topes built a 7-1 lead and held on to it with Scott Strickland recording three strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth after a solo home run cut the margin to 8-7 with none out. Strickland used only 13 pitches to secure collect his PCL-leading 30th save.

Starter Scott Elbert (2-1) fanned six in the first three innings. The left-hander recorded a season-best eight strikeouts over five innings for his first win since his Triple-A debut on June 25. He allowed only three hits and the one run he allowed was unearned.

Josh Lindblom added a scoreless sixth before Brent Leach, Francisco Felix and Strickland allowed six hits and six runs to make a game of it.

Memphis scored their single run in the fourth, with the help of a two-out error by shortstop Chin-Lung Hu, before the Isotopes tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Jaime Hoffmann's sac fly.

Elbert led off the fifth with a double and Albuquerque scored six times to seemingly put the game away Blake DeWitt followed with another double to tie the game. Hector Luna reached on an error, Brown singled in DeWitt and Luna scored on a sacrifice fly by J.D. Closser. Hoffmann then slugged a two-run home run (#6). Singles by Jason Repko and who preceded pinch-hitter Sergio Garcia's RBI single to give Albuquerque a 7-1 cushion.

Memphis chipped away at the lead, scoring five times between the seventh and eighth to cut their deficit to 7-6. The Topes added an insurance run in the eighth when DeWitt singled, moved to second after a wild pickoff attempt, and scored with two outs when Dee Brown dumped a single to center field.

The Isotopes raised $6,210 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation with their annual pink jersey auction. A Manny Ramirez game-worn jersey from his time in Albuquerque went highest at $1,900 followed by Jason Repko's jersey at $650 and Chin-Lung Hu's at $300.

Albuquerque will start lefty Eric Stults (5-3, 5.26) tonight against Memphis lefty Jaime Garcia (1-0, 4.09).

  Score by Innings
Memphis	        000 100 231-7
Albuquerque	000 160 01x-8

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  0  0  0  .351
DeWitt 3b	5  2  3  1  .253
Luna 1b        	5  1  1  0  .352
Brown lf	4  2  2  2  .300
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
Closser c	3  0  0  1  .298
Hoffmann rf	2  1  1  3  .283
Hu ss        	4  0  2  0  .290
Elbert p	2  1  1  0  .111
 SGarcia ph	1  0  1  1  .238
 Lindblom p	0  0  0  0  .444
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Jones ph	1  0  0  0  .280
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .500
 Maza lf	0  0  0  0  .290
---------------------------------
  Totals 	35  8 13  8
  Memphis	37  7 10  7

  Error- Hu (12), 2B- Elbert (1), DeWitt
(20). HR- Hoffmann (6). RBI- Hoffmann 3
(43), DeWitt (42), Brown 2 (79), Closser
(29), SGarcia (11). SF- Hoffmann; Closser.
LOB- Albuquerque 9, Memphis 8. DP- Hu,
Abreu and Luna. 
 	  
  Albuquerque 	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Elbert (2-1)	   5.0  3  1-0  2  8  3.74
Lindblom	   1.0  1  0-0  0  3  2.83
Leach	           1.0  2  2-2  0  0  8.49
Felix	           1.0  3  3-3  1  0  3.26
Strickland (sv 30) 1.0  1  1-1  0  3  3.13
  WP- Leach. HBP- by Lindblom, by Leach.
T- 3:08. Att- 7,944.
Lookouts Stay in Playoff Chase
Albert Bastardo
Andrew Lambo drove in two runs with a two-out, first inning single leading the Chattanooga Lookouts (32-29) to a 3-1 victory over Jacksonville to keep their post-season hopes alive. They trail Tennessee and West Tenn, who are tied for first, by a single game with nine games left in the season.

The two Tennessee teams face each other in the final five games of the season while The Lookouts meet Birmingham for five in Chattanooga.

Alberto Bastardo (6-3) picked up the victory, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and nine strikeouts over six innings. Kendy Batista and Victor Garate worked perfect innings before Harvey Garcia (#4) saved the game and kept his ERA at a neat, 0.00.

Chattanooga opened the scoring in the first inning on an Eddy Perez single and Russell Mitchell's double. Andrew Lambo then lined a drive off the glove of the leaping Suns second baseman to knock in both runners.

Jacksonville got on the board in the third inning against Bastardo on a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the third.

The Lookouts added their final run in the ninth inning when Luke May tripled with two out and scored on a Trayvon Robinson double.

Perez led Chattanooga with three singles. May doubled and tripled, while Robinson doubled and singles. Lambo's only hit provided the first two runs.

The Lookouts RHP Jesus Castillo will face Suns RH Nic Ungs in game two tonight.

  Score by Innings
Chattanooga	200 000 001-3
Jacksonville	001 000 000-1

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin rf-cf	4  0  0  0  .307
Nivar 2b	4  0  1  0  3000
Perez 1b	4  1  3  0  .283
Mitchell 3b	4  1  1  0  .243
Lambo lf	4  0  1  2  .259
May c        	4  1  2  0  .303
Robinson cf	4  0  2  1  .219
 HGarcia p	0  0  0  0  .000
Sellers ss	4  0  0  0  .281
Bastardo p	2  0  0  0  .056
 Martinez ph	1  0  0  0  .295
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Grate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rottino rf	0  0  0  0  .254
---------------------------------
  Totals	35  3 10  3
  Jacksonville	30  1  5  1

  2B- Mitchell (28), May (16), Robinson
(1). 3B- May (1). RBI- Lambo 2 (57).
Robinson (5). LOB- Chattanooga 5,
Jacksonville 6. SB- lambo (3). CS- Nivar
(6). DP- Sellers, Nivar and Perez.
  
  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (6-3)	6.0  4  1-1  1  9  3.88
Batista	        1.0  0  0-0  2  1  2.01
Garate	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  2.04
HGarcia (sv 4)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
  PB- May 2 (20).T- 2:36. Att- 10,457.
Alvarez Shuts Down Mavericks
Mario Alvarez held High Desert scoreless for eight scoreless innings and the 66ers collected a 4-1 victory to stay in contention for a playoff slot in the California League. Alvarez (5-6, 4.45) gave up only five hits while striking our for and didn't walk a batter over his eight innings of work to pick up the win. Reliever Joe Torres allowed a run before Marcel Prado and Dave Pfeiffer (ave #3) stopped High Desert.

Inland Empire scored three times in the third to break open a 0-0 game. Alex Garabedian led off with his sixth home run of the season and his third homer in four games. Rehabbing Doug Mientkiewicz walked and moved to third on a single by Elian Herrera, Scott Van Slyke lined his 41st double of the season to center field to drive in both Mientkiewicz and Herrera for a 3-0 lead.

The Sixers (56-75) added a run in the eighth when Van Slyke mashed his 22nd homer to left field and his 95th run batted in. Van Slyke finished the night 2-for-4 with a run scored and 3 RBI and is now just five runs batted in short of becoming the first 66er to have at least 20 homers, 40 doubles, and 100 RBIs in a season. Inland Empire has nine games left in the regular season.

High Desert attempted a comeback in the ninth before Prado and Pfeiffer restored order.

The 66ers continue their four-game series tonight with RHP Josh Wall (3-8, 6.24) facing the Mavericks RHP Jake Wild (6-7, 4.18).

  Score by Innings
High Desert	000 000 001-1
Inland Empire	003 000 01x-4

  Inland Empire ab r  h  bi ave
Mientkiewicz dh	3  1  0  0  .200
Herrera 2b	4  1  1  0  .289
Van Slyke rf	4  1  2  3  .291
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .310
Mattingly lf	4  0  1  0  .239
Lara ss        	3  0  0  0  .259
Rosario cf	3  0  1  0  .205
Garabedian c	2  1  1  1  .236
JohGarcia 3b	2  0  0  0  .194
---------------------------------
  Totals	29  4  6  4
  High Desert	31  1  7  1
  
  2B- Van Slyke (41). HR- Garabedian (6),
Van Slyke (22). RBI- Garabedian (32), Van
Slyke 3 (95). S- JohGarcia. LOB- Inland
Empire 4, High Desert 4. SB- Rosario 2
(7), Van Slyke (10). Pickoffs- Alvarez.

  Inland Empire  in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (5-6)	8.0  5  0-0  0  4  4.45
Torres	        0.1  2  1-1  1  1  1.15
Prado 	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  4.62
Pfeiffer (sv 3)	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.16
  WP- Alvarez. T- 2:35. Att- 5,524.
Redding, Loons Blank Silver Hawks
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Jon Michael Redding
JonMichael Redding threw six, one-hit shutout innings and Great Lakes recorded their second consecutive three-hit shutout, winning 8-0 over South Bend. The Loons can clinch their first playoff berth in franchise history with a win today. Their win combined with the Dayton's loss Lansing makes the Loons' Magic Number to clinch their first playoff berth just one with nine games left on the regular schedule.

  Redding (15-3) picked up the win and is now the league leader in wins with 15. He allowed a second-inning single, then retired 11 batters in a row before giving up a walk. Redding has not allowed an earned run in his last 18.1 innings. Over his last four starts he had a 2.45 earned run average.

Redding's six innings of one-hit, shutout baseball followed Aaron Miller's outing Thursday in which Miller did not allow a hit through six shutout innings. 

  Kyle Russell began the Loons' scoring binge in the first with a double to right field scoring Anthony Hatch who had walked. Then in the third, up 1-0, Alfredo Silverio doubled and scored on a double by Jaime Pedroza and was driven in by Nick Buss' BI single.

  Great Lakes scored three unearned runs in the fourth, capitalizing on a two-out error. The error loaded the bases for Hatch, who emptied them with a two-bagger. The Loons extended their lead to 8-0 with a two-run single by Jerry Sands in the fifth inning.

  Four of the six Great Lakes' runs were unearned.

  The Loons' bullpen duo of Roberto Feliciano and Luis Garcia contributed to one-third of the shutout, allowing a total of two hits and no runs in the seventh through ninth innings.

  The Loons could clinch today with a win or a Dayton loss. A special ceremony is planned if the Loons clinch. 

  Score by Innings
South Bend	000 000 000-0
Great Lakes	102 320 00x-8

  Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss	3  1  0  0  .305
Pedroza 2b	5  2  2  1  .261
Hatch 3b	4  1  2  3  .286
Russell rf	4  0  2  1  .273
Buss cf        	5  1  2  1  .255
Wallach c	4  1  1  0  .252
Becker dh	2  0  0  0  .393
Sands 1b 	3  0  1  2  .228
Silverio lf	4  2  1  0  .274
---------------------------------
  Totals	30  8 11  8
  South Bend	29  0  3  0

  2B- Russell 2 (36), Silverio (30),
Pedroza (33), Hatch (35), RBI- Russell 
94), Pedroza (75), Buss (59), Hatch 3
(67), Sands 2 (13). S- Gordon. LOB- Great
Lakes 9, South Bend 4. CS- Pedroza (14).
PO- Pedroza. DP- Redding and Sands.  

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding (15-3)	6.0  1  0-0  2  4  4.59
Feliciano	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
LuGarcia	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.92
  T- 2:37. Att- 4,263.
Collado Helps Ogden Snap Three-Game Skid
Keyter Collado
Catcher Keyter Collado, in his sixth game of the season for the Raptors, was 0-for-13 when he found his name on the starting lineup. The little-used reserve catcher banged out three hits in four trips and added three RBI as the Raptors snapped a three-game losing streak, stopping Casper 6-3.

Collado was in the lineup because he had caught right-hander Allen Webster in his outstanding Raptor debut last last week against Missoula. The pair worked well again as Ogden evened its second-half record at 12-12.

Webster (1-0) pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs while striking out five to earn his first Pioneer League victory after a late-season promotion from the Arizona League. Relievers J.B. Paxson and Steve Ames got the final twelve outs for Ogden while allowing a pair of hits and a run. The trio of pitchers held the Ghosts to 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

The Raptors scored four in the second to grab an early lead. Angelo Songco walked and Clay Calfee singled before Nick Akins was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A wild pitch scored one and Collado's double drove in two more. Brian Ruggiano's single made it 4-0.

Ogden added another run in the third on Songco's eighth home run, and his first in four games since returning from the Midwest League. And in the eighth inning, Songco doubled and was driven in by Collado.

The Raptors and Ghosts continue their series tonight when Matt Magill meets Jonathan Vargas in the middle game of the three-game series.

  Score by Innings
Ogden	041 000 010-6
Casper	001 010 001-3

  Ogden 	ab r  h  bi ave
Ruggiano 3b	4  0  2  1  .381
Yount dh	3  0  0  0  .263
Galvez cf	5  0  0  0  .329
Songco lf	3  3  2  1  .344
Calfee 1b	4  1  1  0  .345
Akins rf	3  1  0  0  .266
Guerrero ss	3  0  0  0  .254
Collado c	4  1  3  3  .176
Iden 2b        	4  0  0  0  .240
---------------------------------
  Totals	33  6  8  3
  Casper	32  3  7  5

  Error- Guerrero (15). 2B- Collado (1),
Songco (7). HR- Songco (8). RBI- Collado
3 (3), Ruggiano (31), Songco (24),
LOB- Ogden 6, Casper 4. CS- Ruggiano (2). 

  Ogden  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Webster (1-0)	5.0  5  2-2  1  5  1.42
Paxson	        2.0  1  0-0  0  5  4.97
Ames	        2.0  1  1-1  0 2  1.40
 HBP- Akins, Guerrero. T- 2:43. Att- 2,436.
Final Dominican Statistics

Dominican Summer League
 Coca Chica North	  
		w-l    pct   gb
Giants		52-19  .732   --
Mets		49-23  .381   3.5
Red Sox	        44-25  .638   7.0
Blue Jays	43-26  .623   8.0
Marlins	        31-37  .446  19.5
Yankees 1	31-37  .456  19.5
Rays	        30-37  .448  20.0
Pirates	        29-38  .433  21.0
Dodgers	        30-40  .429  21.5
Royals	        26-41  .388  24.0
Os/Brewers	27-43  .386  24.5
Cubs 2	        15-52  .224  35.0


 Hitting	     ave  obp  slug ops  gm   ab   r  h  2b 3b hr  bi
Enlly Morales 2b    .317 .405 .440 .847  64  243  35  77 19  1  3  29
Bladimir Franco 3b  .282 .401 .479 .880  60  213  42  60  9  3  9  32
Alexis Aquilar inf  .275 .377 .344 .720  45  131  23  36  4  1  1  19
Wilner Charles of   .268 .378 .317 .695  51  164  29  44  3  1  1   8
Edwards Bens c-1b   .266 .350 .349 .698  41  123  13  29  6  0  1  14 
Marlon Sucre of	    .255 .35  .362 .721  47  149  25  38  5  1  3  22
Charlie Mirabal ss  .254 .362 .325 .687  61  228  38  58 12  2  0  26
José Capellan c	    .248 .324 .317 .641  50  161  19  40  8  0  1  11
Ronny Lugo of	    .246 .313 .325 .637  63  228  30  56  8  5  0  24
José Lugo 1b-c	    .223 .328 .259 .587  41  112  11  25  2  1  0  13
José Ramirez of	    .213 .304 .309 .613  51  188  28  40 10  1  2  21
José Sanchez of     .200 .200 .200 .400   5    5   0   1  0  0  0   0
Freudys Perez 3b    .198 .311 .29  .608  38  111  12  22  5  0  2  14
Faustino Oquisten ss.190 .273 .190 .463  24   79   9  15  0  0  0   6
Abdul Nieto of	    .153 .242 .200 .442  30   85   5  13  1  0  1   6  
Jorky Infante 2b    .143 .225 .143 .368  26   35   3   3  0  0  0   3 
Carlos Mercedes 2b  .133 .261 .225 .486  42  120  15  16  3  1  2  12
 Totals	            .244 .341 .321 .672  70 2764 336 575 95 17 26 260

 Pitching	  w-l   era  gm gs sv   in    h  bb  so  whip
Carlos De Aza	  4-2  1.30  18  0  1  27.2  14  20  24  1.23
Yimi Garcia	  3-2  1.67  16  5  0  54.0  37  15  51  0.96
Arsmendy Ozoria	  3-2  2.53  15  8  1  57.0  44  23  54  1.18
Gustavo Gomez	  2-3  2.70  14 13  0  60.0  55  19  63  1.23
Jonady Nuñez	  1-1  2.86  18  0  0  28.1  26  18  15  1.55
Joel Lima	  2-1  2.97  22  1  2  30.1  32   8  24  1.35
José Dominguez	  4-5  3.64  15 13  1  59.1  52  24  57  1.28
Floren Bustillos  4-2  3.70  19  4  2  48.2  52  10  56  1.27
Jean Eusebio	  0-0  4.15  18  0  1  21.2  24  15  18  1.80
Moises Tamarez	  1-0  4.31  13  3  0  31.1  31  15  13  1.40
Noel Acevedo	  0-0  4.50   3  0  0   4.0   4   4   1  2.00
Luis Rosano	  3-5  4.78  12 11  0  43.1  46  16  26  1.43
Ivan Eugenia	  1-1  5.79   9  0  0  14.0  17   9  15  1.86
Luis Mesa	  0-0  6.37  12  6  0  29.2  36  12  17  1.62
Gioy Chavez	  0-1  6.38  12  1  1  18.1  23  10  12  1.80
Leonel Beras	  0-3  7.07   9  1  0  14.0  10  20  14  2.14
Dan Tamares	  1-5  7.11  17  3  0  38.0  48  20  42  1.79
José Mateo	  1-2  8.16  13  0  0  14.1  19  13  12  2.16
Geraldo Martinez  0-0  9.00   4  0  0   6.0  11   2   3  2.17
José Garcia	  0-0 13.50   9  0  2   7.1   7  11  14  2.86
Irvit Mendez	  0-0 27.00   3  1  0   1.1   4   7   2  8.25
 Totals         30-40  4.13  70 70  1  509  592 292 523  1.45

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