Johnson Just Short of Complete Game Shutout
Steve Johnson ... 10 strikeouts
Steve Johnson ... 10 strikeouts
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Posted May 21, 2009


Steve Johnson struck out 10 and took a shutout into the ninth inning while leading the 66ers to a 2-1 victory. He retired 18 out of 19 San Jose hitters at one point in the contest. Francisco Felix limited Tennessee to six hits and a single run but the Smokies won 2-0. Cedar Rapids scored in the ninth inning on an error that gave them a 3-2 win over Great Lakes. Albuquerque was not scheduled.

Albuquerque-- Not Scheduled. The Isotopes will begin the first four games of an eight-game homestand tonight against the Salt Lake Bees. The series begins an eight-game home stretch.

Smokies Top Lookouts in Pitcher;s Duel
Francisco Felix (3-1)and two relievers did about as much as they could for Chattanooga, limiting Tennessee to six hits and a single run but the Smokies pitchers did them one better, allowing four hits and no runs to take a 2-0 contest.

Felix left in the fourth inning after allowing only a first inning run, leaving a runner at first and one out. Victor Garate ended the inning without further damage.

Josh Lindblom, who appears to being groomed for a relief role, worked the final five innings, allowing four hits and a single, unearned, run while striking out six.

JD Closser had the first Lookouts hit, a single, in the second inning. James Tomlin singled in the third. Then 12 Chattanooga batters went down in order before Andrew Lambo added a third single in the seventh. Justin Sellers one-base knock in the eighth ended their offensive efforts.

Chattanooga hosts the Carolina Mudcats at AT&T Field to begin a five-game series against the Lookouts tonight.

  Score by Innings
Tennessee 	100 001 000-2
Chattanooga	000 000 000-0

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	4  0  1  0  .300
Abreu 2b	4  0  0  0  .316
Martinez 1b	0  0  0  0  .298
Mitchell 1b	3  0  0  0  .162
Bell 3b        	2  0  0  0  .291
 JGonzalez ph   1  0  0  0  .230
Lambo lf	4  0  1  0  .275
Closser c	3  0  1  0  .318
Sellers ss	3  0  1  0  .261
Godwin rf	3  0  0  0  .254
Felix p         1  0  0  0  .333
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Lindblom p	1  0  0  0  .125
---------------------------------
  Totals  	29 0 4 0
  Tennessee	38 2 6 2
 
  Error- Bell (8). S- Lindblom.
LOB- Chattanooga 5, Tennessee 8. 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Felix (3-1)	3.1  2  1-1  2  2  2.57
Garate	        0.2  0  0-0  1  0  1.50
Lindblom	5.0  4  1-0  0  6  4.01
  HBP- GMartinez. T- 2:35. Att- 4,080.
Johnson Just Short of Complete Game Shutout
Starting pitcher Steve Johnson struck out 10 and took a shutout into the ninth inning while leading the 66ers to a 2-1 victory.

Johnson, who didn’t allow a run until there were two outs in the final frame, retired 18 out of 19 San Jose hitters at one point in the contest. The 66ers scored a pair of unearned runs in the third and fifth innings en route to evening the series at a game apiece.

Johnson (3-2) allowed only three hits and one run during his spectacular 8.2 inning stint on the mound. The right-hander walked only two and threw 114 pitches. After the game, Johnson leads the California League with 59 strikeouts.

The 66ers jumped ahead in the top of the third inning with a single run. With one out, Elian Herrera blooped a single over the San Jose third baseman. Then when the fielder kicked the ball into foul territory for an error, Herrera advanced to second. After Adolfo Gonzalez struck out, Trayvon Robinson lined a 3-2 pitch into right field to easily score Herrera with the first run of the contest.

In the top of the fifth, Justin Fuller led off with a bloop single into shallow left field and took second base when the outfielder mishandled the ball for an error. Kenley Jansen followed by grounding a ball to first base that bounced off of the glove the fielder for another error as Fuller moved to third. Then a passed ball by the catcher allowed Fuller to score to give Inland Empire a 2-0 advantage.

The Giants’ only hit in the first eight innings against Johnson came in the bottom of the first when Ben Copeland led off with a double to the fence in deep right field but was thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into a triple.

An error in the sixth snapped a string of nine consecutive Giants hitters that had been set down by Johnson. However, the responded to retire the next three batters before working perfect seventh and eighth innings.

In the bottom of the ninth, a two-out double down the right field line and an RBI single ended Johnson’s night, but Greg Miller came out of the bullpen and struck out the final San Jose batter on three pitches to end the game and earn his first save of the season.

Inland Empire out-hit San Jose by an 8-3 margin with Robinson, Pedro Baez and Fuller collecting two each.

The Giants and 66ers play the rubber game of their three-game series this morning at Municipal Stadium. RHP Chris Withrow (2-3, 7.18 ERA) against Garrett Broshuis (2-0, 1.37 ERA).

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 010 000-2
San Jose	000 000 001-1

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Herrera lf	4  1  1  0  .250
AGonzalez 1b	4  0  0  0  .270
Robinson cf	4  0  2  1  .327
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .336
Caseres dh	4  0  1  0  .261
Baez 3b        	4  0  2  0  .275
Fuller 2b ss	3  1  2  1  .304
Jansen c	4  0  0  0  .210
Lara ss        	3  0  0  0  .219
Green 2b	3  0  0  0  .219
---------------------------------
  Totals	34 2 8 1
  San Jose	30 1 3 1

  Error- Lara (9). 2B- Baez (6).
RBI- Robinson. LOB- Inland Empire 6,
San Jose 4 SB- Robinson (14), Herrera
(6). CS- Baez (1). 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson (3-2)	8.2  3  1-1  2 10  3.68
GMiller (sv 1)	0.1  0  0-0  0  1  6.75
  T- 2:24. Att- 3,423.
Kernels Capitalize on Loons Errors
Brad Golden
Great Lakes Loons

Cedar Rapids scored the game-winning run in the ninth inning when catcher Matt Wallach dropped throw to give the Kernels a 3-2 walk-off win over Great Lakes. With the bases loaded and one out, a sharp ground ball was hit to first baseman Tony Delmonico. His throw was accurate but dropped by Wallach to plate the winning run.

  It was the second unearned run scored in the game by Cedar Rapids. In the sixth, a Kernels hitter took an extra base after a double following a throwing error by Alfredo Silverio. He later scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2-2.

  Justin Miller started and allowed just one earned run in six innings. He battled Manuel Flores, who started and pitched eight innings, but neither starter factored in the decision. Reliever Robert Boothe took the loss (0-1).

  Cedar Rapids struck for the game’s first run of the game in the second, but the Loons took the lead in the sixth on a two-run single by Travis Vetters. 

  The Loons continue their three-game series this afternoon against the Cedar Rapids Kernels from Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-4, 8.14 ERA) will be opposed by righty Manaurys Crrea (1-3, 6.44).

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 002 000-2
Cedar Rapids	010 001 001-3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  0  1  0  .323
Pedroza dh	4  0  0  0  .314
Buss cf        	3  0  0  0  .275
Delmonico 1b	4  1  2  0  .326
Silverio f lf	4  1  2  0  .305
Hatch 3b	4  0  0  0  .256
Vetters lf	2  0  1  2  .260
 Russell pr-rf	0  0  0  0  .305
Wallach c	4  0  0  0  .205
Dalton 2b	4  0  0  0  .259
---------------------------------
  Totals	34 2 6 2
  Cedar Rapids	28 3 5 2

  Errors- Silverio (2), Wallach (5). 
RBI- Vetters 2 (14). LOB- Great Lakes
8, Cedar Rapids 8. DP- Dalton, Gordon
and Delmonico.

  Great Lakes	 in h  r-er  bb so  era
JMiller	        6.0  3  2-1  3  3  5.27
Smith	        1.2  1  0-0  0  1  3.65
Dutton 	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Boothe (0-1)	0.1  1  1-0  2  0  4.50
  HBP- by Miller. T-2:18. Att- 1,406.


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