Gutierrez, Sexton Key Victories

Tim Sexton

Albuquerque's hot pitching streak melted in the midwest sun when Omaha nailed them a 10-5. Gabe Gutierrez singled across the winning run with two out as Chattanooga exploded for four run rally in the last of the eighth to drop Carolina 6-5. Tim Sexton pitched the Sixers to a 4-1 victory over Rancho Cucamonga. Great Lakes was held to only one hit in an 8-0 loss to West Michigan.

Isotopes Popped 10-5 by Omaha
The Isotopes seemed ready to put their fourth straight win in the books when they jumped out 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Newly arrived Tony Abreu led off the game with a double and moved to third on a single by Chin-Lung Hu. After Blake DeWitt walked to load the bases, Jamie Hoffmann smashed a double to left that drove in two.

Dee Brown then immediately doubled the lead with a two-run single that put the Isotopes up 4-0 before Omaha even had a chance to lift a bat.

That lead lasted about as long as your average 401K plan.

Carlos Alvarado (5-6) was immediately debited with five runs in the bottom of the second to erase the Albuquerque advantage.

Albuquerque tied the game in the top of the fifth when Hoffmann and Brown roped back-to-back singles in front of J.D. Closser, who's single scored Hoffmann.

This time the Royals picked on Henry Bonilla for three runs and then tacked Dwayne Pollok for another run in the top of the ninth.

Albuquerque has a chance to get back on a winning track tonight behind Charlie Haeger (8-4, 3.94), the reigning PCL leader in wins, who face lefty Jerry DiNardo (4-3, 3.79) from Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Isotopes are back this Wednesday for a quick three-game series with the Memphis Redbirds that includes back-to-back fireworks shows on July 2 and July 3.

Out of the Mouth of Babes
Manny Ramirez was jolted to hear that the 7-year-old girl who sweeps the bases during Albuquerque games didn't want to don a Manny wig. Eventually she agreed, but she later told her mother why she balked. "Because, Mom, you said the man cheated and took drugs. And I didn't want to look like him," reports Diamond Lueng at at diamondleung.tumblr.com/.

Estes Retired Only From AAA
Pitcher Shawn Estes, who "voluntarily retired" recently, told the Reno Gazette Journal the only thing he's retiring from is pitching in Triple-A.

Estes said he grew tired of pitching in Albuquerque and wanted his release, but was denied by Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti since there was no out clause negotiated into his minor-league contract.

Colletti has given the left-hander and his agent permission to seek a trade elsewhere, Estes said. "I've thrown my last pitch in Triple-A," Estes said. "If another club has a need for me, then they need to speak with Ned Colletti and seek a trade. Ned said he wouldn't ask for anything substantial."

Estes, 36, said he was prepared to sit out the season if no trade materialized and planned on trying to latch on with another team next year. --Diamond Leung.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	400 010 000- 5
Omaha	        050 010 31x-10

  ALbuquerque	ab r h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  1  1  0  .111
Hu ss	        5  1  2  0  .257
DeWitt 3b	2  1  0  0  .255
Hoffmann rf	3  2  2  2  .256
Brown lf	4  0  2  2  .309
Closser c	4  0  1  1  .303
Maza dh	        4  0  0  0  .256
SGarcia 1b	4  0  1  0  .222
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .247
---------------------------------	
  Totals 	38  5 10  5
  Omaha	38 10 14 10
 
2B- Abreu (1), Hoffmann (6), SGarcia
(6). RBI- Hoffmann 2 (10), Brown 2
(25), Closser (3). LOB- Albuquerque 6,
Omaha 10.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (5-6)5.0  9  6-6  1  5  3.62
Bonilla	        2.0  3  3-3  1  1  4.78
Pollok	        1.0  2  1-1  0  1  5.27
  T- 2:32. Att- 2,755.
Lookouts Win on Gutierrez's Single
Gabe Gutierrez

Trailing 5-2, Chattanooga staged a four run rally in the last of the eighth to drop Carolina 6-5. Gabe Gutierrez singled across the winning run with two out.

Lookouts starter J.D. Durbin, making his second start of the season, cruised through the Mudcats' lineup and led 2-0 until the seventh inning. The former Major Leaguer then issued a walk and a two-run homer to tie the score up at 2-2. He settled down to retire the next three batters.

Chattanooga scored two in the second when Andrew Lambo opened with a leadoff single Russ Mitchell doubled off the right field wall. Tommy Giles followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Lambo and Justin Sellers' double scored Mitchell.

Jesus Rodriguez took over for Durbin in the eighth and quickly gave up a two run home run. His next pitch brushed the batter back with an inside fastball and the home plate umpire gave Rodriguez the rest of the game off. His replacement, Javy Guerra, was greeted with a double and an error gave the Mudcats a 5-2 edge.

Down by three in the bottom of the eighth, Adam Godwin doubled and moved to third on a Ramon Nivar single. Nivar stole second before back-to-back doubles by Lambo and Mitchell tied up the game, 5-5. With two out Martinez singled to right to score Mitchell who beat the throw on a close play at home.

Guerra (1-0) retired the side in the ninth to earn his first win as a Lookout.

Roster Moves
The Dodgers signed former Rangers and Orioles infielder Ramon Nivar to a minor-league contract and assigned the 29-year-old to Double-A Chattanooga. Nivar, who hasn't appeared in the majors since 2005, was playing for the independent league Newark Bears this season.

Nivar takes the roster spot of infielder Tony Abreu, who was promoted to Albuquerque after coming off the disabled list earlier this week.

The Dodgers released left-hander Carmen Cali, a non-roster invitee in spring training who hadn't been in the majors since 2007 with Minnesota.

Also, Valentino Pascucci has signed a minor-league deal with the Padres. --Diamond Leung.

  Score by Innings
Carolina	000 000 230-5
Chattanooga	020 000 04x-6

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	4  1  1  0  .240
Nivar 2b	4  1  2  0  .444
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .252
Lambo lf	4  2  3  2  .267
Mitchell 3b	4  2  2  1  .188
Giles rf	2  0  0  1  .289
Gutierrez c	3  0  1  1  .278
Sellers ss	4  0  1  1  .290
Durbin p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Tomlin ph	1  0  0  0  .306
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Guerra p	0  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------	
  Totals 	32  6 10  6
  Carolina	31  5  8  4

  Error- Sellers (11). 2B- Mitchell 2
(14), Sellers (19), Nivar (1), Godwin
(6), Lambo (23). RBI- Giles (12),
Sellers (14), Lambo 2 (27), Mitchell
(30), Gutierrez (2). SF- Giles.
LOB- Chattanooga 5, Carolina 4.
SB- Nivar 2 (3), CS- Lambo (1).
DP- Mitchell, Nivar and Perez; Nivar,
Sellers and Perez.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Durbin	        7.0  5  2-2  1  4  1.93
Rodriguez	0.1 1  2-2  1  0  3.70
Guerra (1-0)	1.2  2  1-0  0  0  0.00
  HBP- Gutierrez. T- 2:30. Att- 1,904.
66ers Calm the Quakes
Inland Empire starting pitcher Tim Sexton stole the show in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,424, pitching an eight inning gem as the Sixers earned a 4-1 victory over Rancho Cucamonga.

Sexton (3-8, 3.01), who is the best 3-8 pitcher in the California League pitched a solid eight innings, striking out 6 and walking 1 while giving up the lone Quakes run.

Manny Ramirez was in the lineup for the second straight night in his second game with the Sixers, and finished 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts after going 2-for-2 with a homer Saturday. Ramirez played in left field through the sixth inning before Preston Mattingly pinch hit for him after three plate appearances.

Inland Empire battered Quakes starter Alexander Torres, who had allowed two earned runs in his last 40.1 innings and carried a 19 inning scoreless streak into the inning.

The 66ers nailed him for three of their four runs in the fourth when Pedro Baez opened the inning with a walk and Steven Caseres slammed the next pitch for his 11th homer. With Scott Van Slyke on third and Alex Garabedian on first, Christian Lara bunted back to Torres and his wild throw allowed Van Slyke to score from third.

The 66ers added an insurance run in the sixth when Garabedian and Mattingly reached on walks and Elian Herrera's single knocked in Garabedian.

Herrera, Caseres, and Van Slyke each finished with multiple hits. Herrera tied a career-high with four hits; Caseres was 2-for-3, and Van Slyke 3-for-4.

David Pfeiffer, just off the disabled list, pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his second save of the year.

Inland Empire continues its three-game home series with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes tonight with Chris Withrow (5-5, 5.08) on the mound.

  Score by Innings
Rancho Cucamonga	000 100 000-1
Inland Empire	        000 301 00x-4

  Inland Empire	 ab r  h  bi  ave
Ramirez lf	 2  0  0  0  .500
 Mattingly ph-lf 1  0  0  0  .274
Herrera dh	 5  0  4  1  .331
Robinson cf	 5  0  0  0  .295
Baez 3b	         3  1  2  2  .302
Van Slyke rf	 4  1  2  0  .303
AGonzalez 2b	 3  0  0  0  .271
Garabedian c	 2  1  0  0  .275
Lara ss	         3  0  0  1  .268
---------------------------------	
  Totals 	 28  4  9  4
  Rch Cucamonga	 30  1  6  1
	
  2B- Herrera (11), Van Slyke 2 (26).
HR- Caseres (11). RBI- Caseres 2 (28),
Lara (26), Herrera (17). S- AGonzalez,
Lara. LOB- Inland Empire 5, Rch
Cucamonga 5. Pickoff- Sexton. 

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Sexton (3-8)	8.0  6  1-1  1  6  3.01
Pfeiffer (Sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  2.45
  T- 2:42. Att- 6,424.
Whitecaps One-Hit Loons
Matt Park
Great Lakes Loons

For the first time in franchise history, the Great Lakes Loons were held to only one hit in a nine-inning game, losing the series finale to the West Michigan 8-0. The Loons were shut out for the second time in four games against the ‘Caps in the second half-opening set after not being blanked at all in 70 games in the first half.

  The one-hitter was the second against the Loons in franchise history and came two years to the day since the previous occurrence, on June 28, 2007, in a 1-0 loss against Fort Wayne in a seven-inning game that was the first of a doubleheader. The Loons also pitched a one-hitter in that contest, the only one-hitter they've thrown in franchise history.

   The single Great Lakes hit came with two out in the sixth inning when Dee Gordon looped a fly ball down the line into shallow left field for a double.

   West Michigan scratched across single runs in the first and third innings for a 2-0 lead against Loons helped by an error by starter Jon Michael Redding.

   The Whitecaps took advantage of two Loons more errors to score four unearned runs in the fourth inning and blow open a close game.

Redding (9-3) took tough the loss for the Loons, allowing six runs (one earned) in four innings of work. West Michigan added two more runs in the fifth against Loons reliever Kyle Smit for the 8-0 margin.

After a day off today, the Loons return to Dow Diamond for a four-game series against the Lansing Lugnuts. Josh Walter (4-1, 2.34) will start for the Loons against Lugnuts left-hander John Anderson (2-4, 4.74).

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 000-0
West Michigan	101 420 00x-8

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  0  .311
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .273
Delmonico dh	3  0  0  0  .267
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .282
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .266
Buss cf	        3  0  0  0  .264
Dalton 3b	3  0  0  0  .218
Wallach c	3  0  0  0  .234
Mathews 1b	3  0  0  0  .171
---------------------------------	
  Totals 	29  0  1  0
  West Michigan	36  8 13  7

  Errors- Redding (1), Gordon (24),
Silverio (4). 2B- Gordon (9). LOB- Great
Lakes 4, West Michigan 9. 

  Great Lakes	ab  h r-er bb so  era
Redding (9-3)	4.0  8  6-1  0  3  4.34
Smit	        1.0  3  2-2  2  1  5.54
Boothe	        2.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.68
Pratt	        1.0  2  0-0  0  2  4.65
  HBP- Delmonico. T- 2;26. Att- 4,496.

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