Saturday Night Fever: Dodger Kids Win Five

Albuquerque held on for a 11-10 win over Las Vegas. Alberto Bastardo pitched Chattanooga to a 4-3 victory over Carolina. Kyle Russell knocked in five runs in Inland Empire's 10-run first inning for a 16-5 win over Cucamonga. Will Savage worked a complete game 2-0 shutout, and Elisaul Pimentel and Rubby de la Rosa combined for another 2-0 win in the second game as Great Lakes swept Lansing.

Isotopes Win Wild 11-10 Contest Albuquerque and Las Vegas combined for 35 hits and 21 runs that saw the Isotopes rally from 2-0, 4-3 and 8-6 deficit, the hold on for the 11-10 win.

The Stars used four pitchers while the 'Topes ran six out to the mound with varying amounts of success. Scott Etherton, just added to the roster, drew the start and was roughed up for 11 hits and eight runs, six of them earned.

Etherton made his first start at Isotopes Park since June 29, 2007 when he, and the Isotopes were both members of the Florida Marlins organization. He was placed on the DL on July 1 and missed the rest of the 2007 campaign and most of 2008 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Veteran Hyang-Nam Choi (1-1) worked around a pair of hits to work a scoreless sixth and eventually earn the win. Brent Leach allowed a run but Justin Miller saved him from further damage and Juan Perez did the same for Miller before Scott Dohmann allowed a leadoff homer in the ninth to cut the 'Topes margin to a single run. He also allowed a single but battled to end the inning and save his first game.

Albuquerque sprayed hits all over the park, with Jay Gibbons leading he with with four singles. Jamie Hoffman singled and homered (#3) and knocked in a pair of runs. John Lindsey singled and doubled, also driving in two. Russ Mitchell plated a pair with two singles and Ivan De Jesus smacked a two-run double.

Trailing 8-6 in sixth, Lucas May led off with a single and moved up on a wild pitch before De Jesus walked. Timo Perez's RBI single cut the margin to a single run and Hoffmann doubled to tie the game 8-8 and put runners at second and third.

Gibbon's single untied the game, then an error on Lindsey's ground ball and Prentice Redman's single gave the Isotopes the two final, important runs.

Hoffmann Remains Hot
Jamie Hoffmann continues to display a consistency that would make a metronome jealous. With three more knocks last night, he has extended his team-high hitting streak to 15 games dating back to May 5, a span in which he's batted .429 (27x63) with 12 runs, four doubles, two triples, a homer, and 13 RBI. Hoffmann currently has the longest active hitting streak in the Pacific Coast League and the third longest of the season overall, behind Colorado Springs' Matt Miller (21), and Jon Jay from Memphis and Jarrod Saltalamacchia of Oklahoma City (both with 16). Considering his 12-game streak earlier this month, Hoffmann has collected a hit in 28 of his last 30 games. John Lindsey has hit in a season-high 12 games, while Russ Mitchell in 11 and Gibbons increased his streak to seven straight games.

'Topes Tales --The Isotopes payed tribute to all of those serving and who have served in the Nation's Armed Forces with special Military Appreciation festivities that culminated with a spectacular post-game fireworks extravaganza. This afternoon, Beatlemania will perform a pre-game concert and LHP Scott Elbert (1-1, 6.40) will face off against RHP Lance Broadway (1-5, 6.97), who with a remarkable name like that should be playing in the New York Yankees or Mets system, in the final game of the series.
 
 Score by Innings
Las Vegas	220 130 101-10
Albuquerque	301 205 00x-11

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
TPerez lf	5  1  1  1  .279
Hoffmann cf	4  3  2  2  .333
Gibbons dh	5  2  4  1  .393
Lindsey 1b	4  1  2  2  .420
 Closser pr-1b	0  0  0  0  .212
Redman rf	4  0  1  1  .328
Mitchell 3b	5  1  2  2  .319
May c	        4  2  2  0  .292
Nivar 2b	4  0  1  0  .273
De Jesus ss	2  1  1  2  .234
--------------------------------
 Total	        37 11 10 11
 Las Vegas	46 10 10 9

 Errors- De Jesus (7), Mitchell (6).
2B- Lindsey (18), De Jesus (11), Hoffmann
(12). HR- Hoffmann (3). RBI- Lindsey 2
(27), Mitchell 2 (25), Hoffmann 2 (25),
De Jesus 2 (12), TPerez (5), Gibbons (31),
Redman (28). LOB- Albuquerque 7, Las Vegas
9. DP- Unassisted Lindsey.

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Etherton	5.0 11  8-6  0  3  7.20
Choi (1-1)	1.0  1  1-0  0  0  6.75
Leach 	        0.1  2  1-1  0  0  5.40
JMiller	        1.1  2  0-0  0  2  2.42
JPerez	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.26
Dohmann (sv, 1)	1.0  2  1-1  0  1  3.52
 HBP- Redman. T- 3:02. Att- 10,485.

Bastardo Wins Second in a Row for Chattanooga

Left-hander Alberto Bastardo (4-3), fresh off his near-no hitter against Mobile, couldn't duplicate that performance but still worked a great game, allowing four hits and a single run over seven innings. He allowed only an unearned run, didn't walk a Carolina batter and struck out six in a 4-3 win.

Jon Huber, making his first appearance for the Lookouts after being obtained from Mississippi, allowed two hits and two runs, one earned, over the final two innings to earn his first save.

Cody Smith rapped out three hits and had an RBI, whole Mike Rivera was 3-for-3 with a double, to lead Chattanooga.

The Lookouts piled up a 4-0 lead before Carolina scored in the seventh inning. Three of the runs came in the third when Elian Herrera lived on an error with one out and stole second (#13). With two out, Rivera singled and Trayvon Robinson drove in two with a single of his own. An error allowed the third run.

They added an important fourth run in the fifth on Smith's double and an Eddy Perez single.

Carolina ran of single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to close the gap but could never get any closer.
 
 Score by Innings
Carolina	110 105 000- 8
Chattanooga	003 010 00x-10

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  0  .282
Herrera lf	4  1  0  0  .233
CSmith 3b	4  2  3  1  .280
Perez 1b	4  0  2  1  .294
Rivera c	3  1  3  0  .327
Robinson cf	4  0  1  1  .238
Giles rf	4  0  0  0  .260
Van Slyke rf	0  0  0  0  .267
Pedroza 2b	4  0  0  0  .239
Bastardo p	3  0  0  0  .059
 Huber p	1  0  0  0  .000
--------------------------------
 Total	        31 4 10 3
 Carolina	33 3  6 2

 Error- Gordon (12). 2B- Perez (11),
CSmith (9), Rivera (5). 3B- Gordon (2).
RBI- CSmith (21), Robinson (16), Perez
(22). LOB- Chattanooga 8, Carolina 4.
SB- Herrera (13). PB- Rivera (2).
DP- Smith and Perez.

 Chattanooga	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Bastardo (4-3)	7.0  4  1-0  0  7  4.01
Huber (sv 1)	2.0  2  2-1  0  3  6.86
 T- 2:32. Att- 5,144.

10-Run First Sparks 66ers

Inland Empire brings to mind the poem about the little girl with a little curl, "When she was good, she was very, very good but when she was bad she was horrible." The 66ers offense certainly isn't horrible, but some times it is, well, not so good.

But that wasn't the case for the 15-29 Sixers who are in the division basemen some 14 games behind the league-leading Lake Elsinore team, even after a 16-5 win.

Saturday night they were better than "very, very good," they were terrific, certainly during a 10-run first inning that effectively ended the contest before the host Cucamonga Quakes even came to bat.

Outfielder Kyle Russell, the Dodgers #3 selection in the 2008 draft, banged out three hits, including a double and a grand slam home run (#10) in the opening inning to spark of offense.

The rolling start was a boost for Jon Michael Redding who won his first game of the season after leading the Dodgers minor league charts with 16 wins at Great Lakes last year.

He worked five innings, allowed 10 hits and five runs, four of the earned. Josh Walter added two scoreless innings and Miguel tacked on a pair of hitless frames to close out the win.

Russell, who was a co-Midwest League MVP in 2009, got the evening off on the right foot by by doubling home Chris Gutierrez with one out in the first. Travis Denker and Steven Caseres sandwiched RBI singles around Austin Gallagher's run-scoring double before Nick Buss drew a bases-loaded walk to boost Inland Empire's lead to 6-0.

With the bases still full, Russell tagged reliever Jose Perez with a long shot over the right-field fence for his first career grand slam. He also singled and scored again in the sixth.

The five RBIs matched the career high Russell established in Wednesday's 18-3 rout of High Desert. The former third-round pick has homered in each of his last four games, going 10-for-18 (.625) with 14 RBIs.

He leads the California League with 10 homers, ranks second with a .628 slugging percentage, 98 total bases and 23 extra-base hits and is third with 37 RBIs.

Outstanding as his performance was, he wasn't a one-man band. Travis Denker collected three hits, including a homer (#4), and scored three runs. Caseres, Gallagher and Tony Delmonico each added a pair of RBIs as the 66ers won for the fourth time in five games.

Quakes starter Ariel Pena (0-1) started the game with an 0.93 ERA but retired only two batters and was charged with nine runs on six hits and four walks and left with an 8.71 earned run mark.

The two teams meet again tonight at Rancho Cucamonga for the third game of the four-game set.
 
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	1010 005 000-16
Rcho Cucamonga	 410 000 000- 5	  

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Buss rf        	5  1  1  1  .224
Gutierrez ss	4  2  0  1  .288
Russell lf	4  3  3  5  .340
Hatch 3b	4  1  0  0  .308
Denker 2b	4  3  3  3  .408
 Garcia ph-2b	1  0  0  0  .163
Gallagher 1b	5  2  2  2  .266
Caseres dh	5  2  2  2  .230
Delmonico c	4  1  1  2  .270
Jean cf        	4  1  2  0  .413
--------------------------------
 Total	        40 16 14 16
 Rcho Cucamonga	31  5 11  4

 Error- Gallagher (5). 2B- Russell (11),
Gallagher (9), Russell 5 (37), Denker 3
(14), Gallagher 2 (21), Caseres 2 (15),
Buss (17), Gutierrez (11), Delmonico 2
(8). LOB- Inland Empire 5, Rancho
Cucamonga 7. SB- Jean (2). CS- Buss (3).
DP- Gallagher, Gutierrez and Hatch;
Denker and Gallagher. 	

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Redding (1-2)	5.0 10  5-4  2  4  4.87
Walter        	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  5.59
Sanfler	        2.0  0  0-0  1  2  7.17
 T- 2:58. Att- 5,145.
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Loons Pull off Double Whitewash

Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

?Great Lakes Loons pitchers combined to allow eight hits over 14 scoreless innings in a doubleheader sweep of their in-state rivals, Lansing at Cooley Law School Stadium. The Loons won both games 2-0 in seven innings.

? With the wins, the Loons (27-15) overtake Lansing (25-16) for second place in the Midwest League East and are 2 1/2 games behind division-leading Lake County.?

?The shutout losses were the first two of the season for the leading offensive team in the league. ?

? In the first game, Will Savage hurled a masterful complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and no walks, striking out six. After retiring nine straight between the first and fourth innings, Savage ended the contest retiring eight straight.?

? The complete game was the Loons first since Bobby Blevins blanked Dayton August 5th of last year and the team's first complete game shutout since Bryan Morris' gem June 27, 2008 versus South Bend.?

?"It was the first warm game I've gotten to throw and I felt good in the bullpen so I knew it was going to be a good game," Savage (3-1) told ESPN 100.9-FM after the game. "It feels awesome. Our staff dominated tonight."?

Great Lakes scored single run in the first and second innings. Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled with two out and stole second base (#14). Blake Smith's 12th double of the season drove him in. In the second inning, J.T. Wise doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Christian Lara.

With two each, Smith, Lara and Wise collected six of the seven Loons' hits.
 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	110 000 0-2
Lancaster	000 000 0-0

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	3  0  1  1  .321
Ruggiano 3b	4  0  0  0  .258
Galvez cf	3  1  1  0  .240
Sands 1b	2  0  0  0  .389
BSmith rf	3  0  2  1  .282
Songco lf	2  0  1  0  .275
Ortiz dh	3  0  0  0  .152
Wise c        	3  1  2  0  .218
Ynoa 2b        	2  0  0  0  .304
--------------------------------
 Total	        25 2 7 2
 Lancaster	25 0 4 0

 2B- BSmith (12), Wise (5), Lara (9).
RBI- BSmith (25), Lara (25). S- Ynoa.
SF- Lara. LOB- Great Lakes 6, Lancaster
4. SB- Galvez (14). 

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Savage (3-1)	7.0  4  0-0  0  6  2.17
 T- 1:46.
Second Game
That dominance included the work of Elisaul Pimentel and Rubby de la Rosa in the second game of the doubleheader. Pimentel (3-3) started and threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and pitching around five walks.

De la Rosa followed in relief and struck out four in two frames for his second save of the year. The Dominican duo combined to strike out 11 Lansing batters.?

?The solid and efficient pitching was especially important under the Loons current circumstances. The team is in the middle of a stretch of seven games over five days.?

?Blake Smith drove in the first Loons runs with a double that scored Brian Ruggiano. Jerry Sands' ground ball accounted for the second, and final, RBI of the game.

Smith and Lenell McGee each had a pair of hits.?

?The Loons and Lugnuts meet today in the third game of the series in Lansing. Right-hander Josh Wall (0-2, 4.50 ERA) will start for the Loons against Lansing right-hander Dave Sever (1-1, 3.43).
 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	200 000 0-2
Lancaster	000 000 0-0

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	3  0  1  0  .321
Ruggiano 3b	4  1  1  0  .258
Galvez lf	4  1  1  0  .240	
Sands 1b	3  0  0  1  .382
BSmith rf	3  0  2  1  .290
Songco dh	3  0  1  0  .276
Erickson c	3  0  0  0  .260
McGee cf	3  0  2  0  .266
Hernandez 2b	3  0  0  0  .091	
--------------------------------
 Total	        29 2 8 2
 Lancaster	22 0 4 0

 2B- BSmith (13), McGee (4). RBI- Sands
(34), BSmith (26). LOB- Great Lakes 7,
Lancaster 6. DP- Erickson, Sands and
Hernandez. Pickoffs- Erickson.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Pimentel (3-3)	5.0  2  0-0  5  7  3.32
De La Rosa (sv 2) 2.0  2  0-0  0  4  2.93
 T- 2:04. Att- 8,314.

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