Lookouts Eliminated From Playoff Spot

Birmingham held off Chattanooga 7-3 and the Lookouts playoff died. Carlos Alvarado allowed no runs and three hits as the 'Topes topped Iowa 5-1. Inland Empire beat Lancaster 6-5 to break a four-game losing streak. A contested sacrifice fly allowed Fort Wayne to edge Great Falls 1-0. Two errors cost Ogden in a 6-5 Orem win.

Alvarado Tunes Up For Playoffs
Carlos Alvarado (13-10) was sharp in his final start of the regular season, allowing no runs, three hits and striking out five as the Topes topped Iowa 5-1.

Tony Abreu, who may or may not be included in a trade with Arizona for starter Jon Garland, keeps banging away. He collected a single, double and home run, knocking in two and boosting his average to .356 a figure that would lead the Pacific Coast league had Abreu enough times at bat to qualify.

His two-run home run provided all the runs Alvarado would need in the third inning. Xavier Paul had walked before his 11th homer of the season.

Sergio Garcia doubled in two more in the fourth after Hector Luna had lived on an error and JD Closser has singled.

Abreu had a hand in the fifth run, smacking a double to lead off the inning and scoring in Mitch Jones' RBI single for his 100th run batted in.

Cory Wade added a scoreless inning and Dwayne Pollok surrendered a run in the ninth.

After three more game with Iowa, the Isotopes with start post-season play on Wednesday in Albuquerque.

 Score by Innings
Albuquerque	002 210 000-5
Iowa	        000 000 001-1

 Albuquerque  	ab r  h  bi  ave
Paul cf	        4  1  0  0  .336
Abreu 2b	5  2  3  2  .356
DeWitt 3b	5  0  0  0  .253
Jones rf	3  0  1  1  .292
Luna 1b        	4  1  1  0  .357
Brown lf	2  0  1  0  .291
closser c	4  1  1  0  .289
SGarcia ss	4  0  1  2  .228
Alvarado p	3  0  0  0  .143
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Arp ph        	1  0  0  0  .000
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .375                 
---------------------------------
 Totals 	35  5  8  5
 Iowa	        33  1  5  1

 Error- Alvarado (4), 2B- SGarcia (11),
Abreu (17). HR- Abreu (11). RBI- Abreu
2 (46), SGarcia 2 (13), Jones (100).
LOB- Albuquerque 7, Iowa 7. CS- Jones
(3). 
 	  
 Albuquerque 	  in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (13-10) 6.0  3  0-0  2  5  3.49 
Wade        	 1.0  0  0-0  0  1  7.06
Pollok	         2.0  2  1-1  0  1  6.01
 HBP- Jones. T- 2:45. Att- 6,357.
Barons Eliminate Lookouts 7-2
Birmingham scored three times in the first three innings and held off Chattanooga to win 7-3 and the Lookouts last hopes for a playoff slot winked out.

Mario Alvarez (0-1) in his Chattanooga debut drew the start and allowed the three early runs over his brief, three inning appearance. Jesus Rodriguez and Matt Sartor allowed three hits and a single run over the next five to keep the game close but Harvey Garcia allowed three in the ninth to clinch the game.

The Lookouts scored in the seventh to cut the margin to 3-1 on four straight singles by Tommy Giles, Gaby Gutierrez, Juan Gonzalez, and James Tomlin. However, they left the bases loaded.

Vinny Rottino's double scored Eddy Perez, who had walked, in the eighth to shave the Barons lead to 4-2 but that was as close as they could come and the three-run ninth put a lid on things..

James Tomlin and Gabe Martinez led the 10 hit attack and Chattanooga left 10 runners on base. The Lookouts have three more games in Birmingham to close out the season.

Garate Promoted Pirates Roster
Washington announced that left-handed pitcher Victor Garate has been added to the Pittsburgh Major League roster. Garate was traded to the Nationals in the Ronnie Belliard trade as the player to be named later. 

  The 24-year old left hander from Venezuela joined Washington for its game against the Florida Marlins last night.

 Score by Innings
Birmingham	012 000 013-7
Chattanooga	000 000 110-2

 Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf-lf	5  0  2  1  .313
Mitchell 2b	5  0  1  0  .239
Lambo lf	4  0  1  0  .256
Robinson cf	1  0  0  0  .239
Martinez 1b	4  0  2  0  .296
Perez dh	3  1  0  0  .279
Rottino 3b	4  0  1  1  .257
Giles rf	3  1  1  0  .243
Gutierrez c	4  0  1  0  .267
Gonzalez ss	4  0  1  0  .203
---------------------------------
 Totals	        34  2 10  2
 Birmingham	38  7 11  7 

 2B- Rottino (16). RBI- Tomlin (34),
Rottino (54). LOB- Chattanooga 2,
Birmingham 9. PO- Tomlin.
 
 Chattanooga  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (0-1)	3.0  6  3-3  1  3  9.00
Rodriguez	3.0  2  0-0  1  3  3.52
Sartor	        2.0  1  1-1  0  3  4.19
 HBP- by HGarcia, by Alvarez.
PB- Gutierrez (2). T- 3:01. Att- 3,263.
Inland Empire Edges Lancaster
After being held without a hit the night before, the 66ers scored early, then held on to top Lancaster 6-5. They banged out an even dozen hits to break a four-game losing streak.

The 66ers grabbed a first inning lead as Elian Herrera singled, stole second and third base and scored on an errant throw to third. Scott Van Slyke, Inland Empire's only member of the Cal League All-Star team, drew a walk and eventually scored on a passed ball for a 2-0 lead.

Starter Josh Wall (5-8) allowed single runs inn the first and third inning but Inland Empire scored three in the fourth on Christian Lara's three-run homer (#6) to give the 66ers a 5-2 lead.

Alex Garabedian singled in the sixth, surprised the JetHawks with his first stolen base of the season, took third on a grounder, and scored on a wild pitch. The 66ers clung to that lead the rest of the game.

Holding a one-run lead in the ninth, Marcel Prado, who had replaced Joe Torres, closed things out but not without a struggle.

He gave up a one-out single and hit a batter to put the winning run on base. Then he Prado induced a 1-6-3 double play to end the game and record his seventh save.

Wall allowed five runs, two of which scored after he left in the sixth, on eight hits in 6.1 innings. He didn't walk anyone and struck out eight, one short of his season-high.

Jaime Ortiz had his first 3-hit game of the season to lead the offense. Jovanny Rosario, Elian Herrera, Garabedian and Lara each added two hits.

Inland Empire (58-79) pulled within three games of Rancho Cucamonga with three games to play to keep their slim hopes of a playoff slot alive.

 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	200 301 000-6
Lancaster	101 000 300-5

 Inland Empire  ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  0  2  0  .200
Herrera 2b	5  1  2  0  .290
Van Slyke rf	3  1  0  0  .294
Perez lf	4  1  1  0  .322
Ortiz 1b	4  1  3  0  .244
Mattingly dh	4  0  0  0  .227
Lara ss        	4  1  2  3  .259
Garabedian c	4  1  2  0  .230
JohGarcia 3b	4  0  0  0  .171
---------------------------------
 Totals 	37  6 12  3
 Lancaster	38  5 12  5

 2B- Ortiz (12),Rosario (2). HR- Lara
(6), RBI- Lara 3 (45). LOB- Inland Empire
5, Lancaster 9. SB- Rosario (8),
Garabedian (1), Herrera 2 (40). CS- Lara
(11), DP- Prado, Lara and Ortiz.
 	  
 Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall (5-8)	6.1  8  5-5  0  8  5.98
Torres	        1.1  2  0-0  2  1  0.98
Prado (sv 6)	1.1  2  0-0  0  0  4.25
 HBP- By Prado. T- 3:02. ATt- 2,132. 
Loons Blanked by TinCaps
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

A sacrifice fly into left field with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning drove home the only run of the game as Fort Wayne scratched out a 1-0 win over the Loons. 

  Even then, the call at home plate was so close it drew the ire of catcher Matt Wallach, first baseman Jerry Sands and manager Juan Bustabad and the trio was given the rest of the night off by the home plate umpire.

They joined Fort Wayne manager Doug Dascenzo and Loons second baseman Jaime Pedroza as ejection victims during the three-game series.  

  Both starting pitchers were brilliant through six shutout innings, but neither factored into the decision. Josh Walter allowed just three hits striking out four. Fort Wyne's Simon Castro struck out nine, surrendering four hits.  

  Geison Aguasviva (4-2) threw a 1-2-3 seventh inning before running into trouble in the eighth. He allowed a single, then misplayed a bunt attempt. After loading the bases on a walk, he induced a ground ball fielder's choice to short, setting the table for the sac fly. The run was unearned.

   The Loons managed only four hits with Anthony Hatch collecting two of them to extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

   The Loons return home for a season-ending three-game series against the Dayton Dragons. Right-hander Bobby Blevins (10-10, 4.21 ERA) starts for the Loons against Dayton left-hander Ezequiel Infante (2-1, 2.85). 

Dow Diamond Named MWL Field of the Year
Dan Jennings and the Dow Diamond grounds crew have been selected as recipients of the 2009 Midwest League Sports Turf Manager and Grounds Crew of the Year.

  The league recognized Jennings and his crew "for their professionalism in providing a first-rate playing surface at Dow Diamond, making them a respected leader in the Sports Turf industry." The award was based "on the quality of playing surface, playability and texture of infield skin, preparation of field, condition of infield and outfield turf, and quality of pitching mounds, home plate, and bullpens."

  This is the second field of the year award for Dow Diamond since the facility opened in 2007 when they received the same award.

 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0
Fort Wayne	000 000 01x-1

 Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon dh	4  0  0  0  .300
Pedroza 2b-ss	3  0  0  0  .255
Hatch 3b-1b	4  0  2  0  .298
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .271
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .278
Sands 1b	3  0  1  0  .229
 Becker 2b	1  0  0  0  .319
Buss cf        	3  0  1  0  .260
Wallach c	2  0  1  0  .254
Lopez c	        0  0  0  0  .197
Dalton ss-3b	3  0  0  0  .170
---------------------------------
 Totals	        31  0  6  0
 Great Lakes	24  1  4  1 

 Error- Aguasviva (4). LOB- Great Lakes
6, Fort Wayne 3. SB- Gordon (73).
CS- Silverio (5), PO- Silverio.
DP- Dalton, Pedroza and Sands 2;
Pedroza, Dalton and Sands; Walter,
Dalton and Sands. 

 Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter	        6.0  3  0-0  0  4  3.27
Aguasviva (4-2)	2.0  1  1-0  1  2  1.58
 HBP- by Walter. T- 2:30. Att- 7,815.
Errors Cost Raptors in Loss
Leading 4-3 in the eighth inning, the Raptors committed two costly infield errors, the second of which allowed the tying and eventual winning runs to cross the plate as Orem took a 6-5 win and set up a meeting between the two teams in the first round of the Pioneer League Southern Division playoffs.

Matt Mcgill started and allowed two runs over his five innings, leading 3-2 when he left the game. Eric Thompson took over in the sixth and allowed the tying run.

Ogden took the lead for the final time in the seventh before the disastrous eighth tilted the game toward the Owlz.

The tying and winning runs came about when Bryant Hernandez knocked a ground ball down with two on and two out, then threw it past first baseman Chris Jacobs.

The error, set up by shortstop Pedro Guerrero's errant throw moments earlier, allowed two runs to score and give the Owlz a 5-4 lead.

The late rally spoiled a remarkable night at the plate for Brian Cavazos-Galvez. His third-inning solo home run tied the score at one, and then he belted a second solo home run to break a tie in the seventh and give the Raptors a 4-3 lead.

The two home runs give the rookie outfielder 17 for the year, tied for a Raptors' single-season record.

Eighteen-year-old Korean Tae-Hyeok Nam made his Ogden debut with one hit in four trips plus an RBI.

In an unfortunate turn of events, Ogden and Orem will play five more times between Saturday and next Friday before beginning a best-of-three playoff series for the second year in a row next Saturday in Orem.

Tonight, 20-year-old Edwin Contreras is scheduled to face Orangel Arenas.  

 Score by Innings
Orem	010 011 020-5
Ogden	001 200 100-4

 Ogden 	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruggiano 3b	5  0  1  0  .370
Guerrero ss	5  0  1  1  .254
Galvez cf	4  2  2  2  .326
Songco lf	4  0  0  0  .309
Wise c        	4  0  2  0  .333
Akins rf	4  1  1  0  .259
Jacobs 1b	3  0  0  0  .263
Nam dh        	4  1  1  1  .250
Hernandez 2b	3  0  0  0  .282
---------------------------------
 Totals 	37  4  8  4
 Orem	38  5 10  3

 Errors- Hernandez 2 (15), Guerrero
(19). 2B- Wise (7). HR- Galvez 2 (17).
RBI- Galvez 2 (60), Nam (1), Guerrero
(25). LOB- Ogden 8, Orem 13.
DP- Guerrero, Hernandez an Jacobs.
 	  
 Orem	         in  h r-er bb so  era
Magill	        5.0  5  2-2  2  2  3.84
Thompson 	2.0  3  1-1  1  0  4.67
Gaudi (2-3)	2.0  2  2-0  2  2  2.77
 WP- Magill, Thompson 2. HBP- Galvez; 
by Magill, by Gaudi. T- 2:51. Att- 4,020.
 

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