Steve Johnson Wins His Eighth for 66ers

Steve Johnson ... eighth win

Memphis overcame five different Albuquerque (45-44) leads to finally win 8-7 in 10-innings. Everyone in the Inland Empire lineup reached base and Steve Johnson worked into the seventh inning in an 8-4 win over Lancaster. Kane County took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before a Tony Delmonico double and went on to top the Loons 7-3. Chattanooga was off for the Southern League All-Star Game,

. 'Topes Lose Leads, Game
Memphis overcame five different Albuquerque (45-44) leads and finally earned an 8-7 win in 10-innings. The 'Topes will head into the Triple-A All-Star Break in first place in the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division for just the second time in team history.

The Isotopes led 1-0, 2-1, 5-2, 6-4 and 7-6 before the Redbirds scored one in the eighth to tie and one in the last of the 10th to win.

Reliever Henry Bonilla loading the bases and then allowed a sacrifice fly in the 10th to give Memphis the 8-7 win.

Rehabbing Jason Schmidt gave up five runs on eight hits over his five innings but two of the runs were unearned. Dewayne Pollok was tagged for two more unearned runs, Nick DeBarr and Bonilla (3-6) both allowed one run.

The 'Topes scored a run in the top of the first on an RBI single by Dee Brown, but in the bottom of the inning Schmidt threw a tap back to the mound over the head of the first baseman J.D. Closser, the tying run.

But the Redbirds just wouldn't go away.

Albuquerque used a two-run homer by Tony Abreu in the third to break the tie scored twice more in the fourth on a towering solo homer by Mitch Jones, his first since returning to Albuquerque from the Dodgers, and an RBI double by Ellis to seize a 5-2 edge. Jones's 22 home runs is tied for the PCL lead.

Pinch-hit master Luis Maza lined an RBI double to increase the lead to 6-4 before a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 6-6 and set up the late-inning dramatics.

Albuquerque grabbed yet another lead in the eighth when J.D. Closser banged a lead-off double, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a groundout by A.J. Ellis to put the 'Topes up 7-6. Then a solo home run tied the game at 7-7.

Kunckleballer Charlie Haeger will be the only Isotope at the Triple-A All-Star game as the rest of the team takes a three-day break.

Albuquerque resumes the battle Thursday with a series at home against New Orleans. Right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado (6-7, 3.43) will get the ball for the Isotopes.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	102 201 010 0-7
Memphis	        011 022 010 1-8

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	4  1  1  2  .254
Hu SS	        5  1  1  0  .259
Hoffmann cf	5  0  1  0  .288
Brown of 	4  0  1  1  .294
MJones rf	5  1  1  1  .274
Closser 1b	3  2  2  0  .364
SGarcia a 3b	2  1  0  0  .208
Ellis c	        5  0  1  2  .291
Schmidt p	1  1  1  0  .250
 Maza ph	1  0  1  1  .274
 Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
 JuGonzalez ph	1  0  1  0  .209
 DeBarr p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Bonilla p	1  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	37  7 11  7
  Memphis	47  8 14  7

    Errors- Schmidt (1), Closser (3),
SGarcia Abreu (3), MJones 22. RBI- Brown
(58), Abreu 2 (10), MJones (51), Ellis 
2 (16), Maza (30). S- Schmidt, SGarcia.
LOB- Albuquerque 8, Memphis 11. SB- Brown
(5). CS- Closser (2), Hoffmann (5). 

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Schmidt	        5.0  7  4-3  1  5  4.18
Pollok 	        2.0  3  2-0  0  2  5.08
DeBarr	        0.2  2  1-1  0  2  7.36
Bonilla	        2.0  2  1-1  2  2  4.54
  HBP- by Schmidt. T- 3:23. Att- 6,696.
Chattanooga-- The Southern League All-Star game, scheduled for July 13 at Regions Park in Birmingham, Alabama will see C Lucas May, 3B Josh Bell, OF Andrew Lambo, and RP Matt Sartor of Chattanooga represent the North Division. LHP Scott Elbert was also selected but will be unable to participate due to being promoted to Los Angeles. Players were selected by a vote of Southern League field managers, radio broadcasters, general managers and print media.

Sixers Close on a High Note
Everyone in the 66ers lineup reached base and Steve Johnson worked into the seventh inning as Inland Empire scored early and cruised to an 8-4 win over Lancaster.

The Sixers (42-46) tacked back-to-back threes on the scoreboard in the first and second inning to make live easier for Johnson (8-4), who allowed three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings for his seventh road win of the year.

Miguel Sanfler and Marcel Prado closed out the win. Inland Empire pitching held the JetHawks (35-53) to 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded ten runners.

A throwing error jump-started the three run first inning. A single and a walk loaded the bases for Steve Caseres, who doubled in a pair of runs and scored when Alex Garabedian followed with an RBI single.

Three more scampered across the plate in the second when Scott Van Slyke followed Trayvon Robinson's sacrifice fly with a two-run home run to left, his 14th homer of the year and second in as many days to lengthen the lead to 6-0.

Robinson had three hits for the second night a row, including a double and two RBIs. Preston Mattingly, Christian Lara, Garett Green and Garabedian each added two hits. 

The 66ers will try for a series split tonight with RHP Tim Sexton (5-8, 2.72) facing RHP Casey Hudspeth (0-2, 8.03).

The Sixers return home on Wednesday, for a four-game series against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	330 100 010-8
Lancaster	001 011 011-5

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	5  1  2  0  .257
Herrera cf	4  2  0  0  .318
Robinson dh	4  1  3  2  .303
Van Slyke rf	4  1  1  2  .310
Caseres 1b	5  1  1  2  .293
Garabedian c	4  0  2  0  .270
Lara ss	        4  1  2  1  .263
Green 2b	4  0  2  0  .229
JohGarcia 3b	4  1  1  0  .167
---------------------------------
  Totals  	38  8 14  7
  Lancaster	36  5 12  5

  2B- Mattingly (12), Lara (7), Robinson
(25). HR- Van Slyke (14), RBI- Caseres 2
(31), Lara (30), Robinson 2 (43), Van
Slyke 2 (63), SF- Robinson . LOB- Inland
Empire 6, Lancaster 10. CS- Garabedian
(2), Mattingly (7). DP- Green, Lara and Caseres.

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Johnson (8-4)	6.1  9  3-3  4  4  3.82
Sanfler	        2.0  3  2-2  1  2  4.72
Prado	        0.2  0  0-0  0  0  4.03
  T- 3:02. Att- 1,359. 	
Loons Dominated by Kane County
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Kane County took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and went on to top the Loons 7-3. Tony Delmonico doubled over the center fielder's head for the first hit. 

Bobby Blevins (6-7) started for the Loons and had a no-hitter going himself, retiring the first 11 batters he faced before a single in the fourth.  But the wheels fell off in the fifth and the Cougars scored three and then added three more, two earned, off Robert Boothe in the sixth.

  The Loons scored once in the eighth on singles by Anthony Hatch and Matt Wallach, plus Dee Gordon's sac fly.

Then, trailing 7-1 in the ninth, the Cougars walked Delmonico, Kyle Russell, Alfredo Silverio and Nick Buss. A sacrifice fly by Hatch and a walk to Matt Wallach, allowed the tying run to come to the plate but Esteban Lopez struck out and and Gordon bounced out to the shortstop.

The Loons finished with only three hits. 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 000 012-3
Kane County	000 033 01x-7

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  0  1  .293
Pedroza 2b	2  0  0  0  .257
Delmonico dh	3  1  1  0  .264
Russell rf	3  1  0  0  .281
Silverio lf	3  0  0  0  .269
Buss cf	        3  0  0  1  .256
Hatch 3b	3  1  1  1  .272
Wallach 3b	3  1  1  0  .237
Lopez c	        3  0  0  0  .145
---------------------------------
  Totals 	27  3  3  3
  Kane County	36  7 11  5

  Error- Wallach 2 (11), Hatch (5).
2B- Delmonico (17). RBI- Gordon (23),
Buss (39), Hatch (37). SF- Gordon, Hatch.
LOB- Great Lakes 7, Kane County 9.
CS- Pedroza (8). PO- Pedroza (1). 

  Great Lakes	 in h  r-er bb so  era
Blevins (6-7)	5.0  6  3-3  1  6  4.20
Boothe	        1.0  2  3-2  2  1  5.30
Smit	        2.0  3  1-1  1  2  5.52
  WP- Boothe 2. T- 2:36. Att- 5,285.

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