Chattanooga Powers to Sweep of Mobile

Kendy Batista

Jovanny Rosario socked a pinch-hit homer and Eric Stults pitched Albuquerque to a 5-2 win over Round Rock. Chattanooga powered to a 14-7 win in the first game and held the BayBears to one hit in a 3-0 shutout in the second. Rancho Cucamonga handed Inland Empire a 6-2 loss. The Arizona Dodgers topped the Indians 7-3. Ogden had an open date and the Loons and Dominican Dodgers drew rain.

Rosario and Stults Boost 'Topes
Outfielder Jovanny Rosario, at 5-8 and 167 pounds, hit much bigger than that against Round Rock, slugging a pinch-hit solo homer to help Albuquerque (51-46) battle back to a 5-2 win over Round Rock. Red-hot infielder Tony Abreu collected a pair of hits, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, second longest on the team this season.

Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Rosario hit for starting pitcher Eric Stults hoping to snap an 0-for-10 slump as a pinch-hitter this season. He connected on a 1-2 fastball and drilled s shot that cleared the right field fence and tied the game at 2-2.

The game-tying home run, Rosario's first of the season, was just his ninth in seven years of professional baseball.

Abreu followed with a single but was forced at second by Luis Maza. Dee Brown dropped a single to left and Brett Harper shot a single to right that former Dodgers minor leaguer Reggie Abercrombie misplayed, allowing both Maza and Brown score and give the Isotopes a 4-2 lead.

Abreu added an insurance run in the eighth, driving a double over the head of the Express left fielder, who overran the ball, scoring A.J. Ellis from first and extending the advantage to 5-2.

That gave the win to starter Eric Stults (3-1), who worked six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits while walking four and striking out four to earn his third straight win

A three run lead was preserved by a scoreless seventh by Josh Lindblom and the bullpen tandem Hyang-Nam Choi and Scott Strickland, who each added a scoreless inning to nail down the victory. Strickland recored his 20th save of the season, moving him into second in the Pacific Coast League.

Albuquerque will wrap up its road trip to Round Rock tonight behind right-hander Charlie Haeger (8-6, 4.09), who will face Express lefty Polin Trinidad (2-0, 1.66) in a 6:05 PM MT start from Dell Diamond.

Retro Night Tuesday
The Isotopes will be sporting their Dukes outfits on Tuesday for the team's annual Dukes Retro Night. Prior to first-pitch at 7:05 PM, the 'Topes will have an on-field ceremony inducting this year's class into the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. This year's list of greats includes the 1972 Dukes Team, Tom Paciorek, Dennis Lewallyn, and Jessie Priest.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 010 310-5
Round Rock	000 200 000-2

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 3b	5  0  2  1  .337
Maza 2b        	4  1  1  1  .288
Brown lf	2  1  2  0  .299
Harper 1b	4  0  1  1  .278
 Choi p	        0  0  0  0  .250
 JuGonzalez ph	1  0  0  0  .221
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
Jones rf	5  0  1  0  .273
Repko cf	4  0  1  0  .255
Hu ss        	4  0  0  0  .266
Ellis c        	3  1  0  0  .296
Stults p	2  1  0  0  .400
 Rosario ph	1  1  1  1  .258
 Closser 1b	1  0  0  0  .343
---------------------------------
  Totals 	35  5 11  4
 Round Rock	38  2  8  1

  Error- Abreu (2), Brown (3). 2B- Maza
(15), Abreu (7). HR- Rosario (1).
RBI- Maza (34), Rosario (3), Harper (59),
Abreu (23). LOB- Albuquerque 9, Round
Rock 8. SB- Repko (16). CS- Jones (2).
DP- Hu, Maza and Harper 2; Abreu Maza
and Closser.

 Albuquerque	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Stults (3-1)	   6.0  8  2-1  4  4  3.86
Lindblom	   1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.95
Choi        	   1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.20
Strickland (sv 20) 1.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.57
 HBP- Ellis. T- 3:08. Att- 8,071.
Chattanooga Sweeps Mobile
The Lookouts used power to win the first game 14-7, then used the finesse of starting pitcher Kendy Batista and two relievers to limit the BayBears to one hit in a 3-0 shutout. Game #1
Rather like a kid's T-Ball game, everyone in the Lookouts' lineup batted in the first inning and they came away with a quick, 5-0 lead. A two-run home run by Ramon Nivar and a Lucas May solo shot highlighted the big inning that was helped considerably by a Justin Sellers two-run double.

Chattanooga rammed three more runs across in the second. Nivar smacked an RBI triple and then scored on an Andrew Lambo's sacrifice fly. Josh Bell followed with a double and May drove him in with a singe. Tommy Giles led off with a double in the third and scored on an Adam Godwin's single to for a comfortable 9-0 lead.

Jesus Castillo (6-7) picked up the win for the Lookouts, working 5.2 innings and allowing seven runs on eight hits and four walks.

The Lookouts made life easier with kept four more runs in the fifth. RBI doubles from Joe Becker and Jesus Castillo combined with a two-run shot from Adam Godwin piled up a 13-2 lead.

Tim Corcoran finished out the final 1.1 innings for the Lookouts.

  Score by Innings -1st Game
Mobile	        000 025 0- 7
Chattanooga	531 041 x-14

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Godwin cf	5  3  3  3  .250
Nivar 2b	3  2  2  3  .386
 Perez ph-1b	1  0  0  0  .279
Lambo lf	2  0  0  1  .269
Bell 3b        	4  1  1  0  .287
May c        	2  2  2  2  .306
Mitchell 1b-2b	3  1  1  0  .209
Giles rf	3  3  2  0  .289
Sellers ss	1  0  1  3  .299
 Becker ph-ss	2  1  2  1  .244
Castillo p	3  1  1  1  .214
 Corcoran p	1  0  1  0  .222
---------------------------------
  Totals 	26 14 16 12
  Mobile	28  7 10  6

  2B- Godwin (9), Sellers (23), Bell
(27), Giles (9), Becker (4), Castillo
(1). 3B- Nivar (3). HR- Nivar (2), May
(5), Godwin (1). RBI- Nivar 3 (16), May
2 (20), Sellers 2 (18), Lambo (41),
Godwin 3 (18), Castillo (7), Becker (4).
SF- Lambo. LOB- Chattanooga 5, Mobile 6.
DP- Castillo, Sellers, Nivar and Mitchell. 

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Castillo (6-7)	5.2  8  7-7  4  0  4.82
Corcoran	1.1  2  0-0  0  0  5.77
  WP- Castillo. HBP- May. 
T- 2:16. Att- 1,910.
Game #2
Kendy Batista (5-0) was difference in the second game, throwing five shutout innings while allowing only a one-out single in the first inning and striking out three. Victor Garate and Matt Sartor allowed no hits over the final two innings with Sartor earning his ninth save.

Russ Mitchell got Chattanooga on the board when he hit a solo home run in the second inning. The Lookouts added on two more runs in the third when James Tomlin singled and Nivar doubled. A wild pitch scored Tomlin and Mitchell's second hit of the game drove Nivar across the plate.

The Lookouts moved to 53-45 overall after an extremely slow start.

  Score by Innings - 2nd Game
Mobile	        000 000 0-0
Chattanooga	012 000 x-3 

  Chattanooga	ab  r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf	3  1  1  0  .301
Nivar 2b	3  1  1  0  .384
Lambo lf	3  0  1  0  .270
Bell 3b        	2  0  0  0  .285
Mitchell 1b	3  1  2  2  .214
Giles rf	3  0  0  0  .282
Gutierrez c	2  0  1  0  .286
Sellers ss	3  0  0  0  .296
Batista p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Garate p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
  Totals 	24  3  6  2
  Mobile	21  0  1  0

  2B- Nivar (13), HR- Mitchell (10).
RBI- Mitchell 2 (41). LOB- Chattanooga
5, Mobile 1. Pickoffs- Gutierrez.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Batista (5-0)	5.0  1  0-0  0  3  1.85
Garate	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.96
Sartor (sv 9)	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.10
  HBP- by Batista. T- 1:47. Att- 1.
Storm Blows Away Sixers
Rancho Cucamonga, 13-14 in second half play, put a crimp in the league-leading Inland Empire (14-13) drive for the second half title and a playoff slot by handing them a 6-2 loss.

With 43 games left on the schedule, the South Division is up for grabs. When play ended, the division's five teams were separated by only two games.

The Quakes scored a run in the second inning to take an early lead but Jessie Mier picked a fine time for his second home run in the top of the third to tie the game.

Starter Josh Wall (1-5), allowed the Quakes to score twice in the third and they never let go of the lead.

Out-hit 12-7, the 66ers were down 6-1 in the ninth hen Trayvon Robinson singled and scored on Steve Caseres single but that was the extent of the Inland Empire offense.

Trayvon Robinson was the lone Sixer with two hits.

The teams meet again tonight with Right-hander Kyle Smit making his debut with the Sixers after being promoted from Great Lakes. He will be opposed by left-hander Alexander Torres (9-3, 3.12).

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	        001 000 001-2
Rancho Cucamonga	012 010 20x-6

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	4  0  1  0  .258
Herrera 2b	4  0  0  0  .316
Robinson cf	3  1  2  0  .308
Van Slyke rf	4  0  0  0  .302
Caseres dh	4  0  2  1  .296
Lara ss        	3  0  0  0  .274
Ortiz 1b	3  0  1  0  .248
Green 3b	3  0  0  0  .220
Mier c        	3  1  1  1  .219
---------------------------------
  Totals 	27  2  7  2
  Rancho	30  6 12  5

  Error- Green (3), lara (17), Ortiz (3).
2B- Caseres (21), HR- Mier (2). RBI- Mier
(4), Caseres (35). LOB- Inland Empire 3,
Rancho 4. CS- Mattingly (9), Ortiz (1).
DP- Herrera and Ortiz; Herrera, Lara and
Ortiz. 
 
  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall (1-5)	6.0  9  4-4  2  4  5.35
Sanfler	        2.0  3  2-2  0  0  4.73
  WP- Wall. T- 2:28. Att- 2,610.
Loons-Bees Postponed
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

A soggy field has forced the postponement of the Loons' scheduled game against the Burlington Bees at Community Field. As a result, the two teams will play a doubleheader with two seven-inning games Thursday beginning at 6 pm ET. Right-hander Jon Michael Redding (11-3, 4.47 ERA) will start Game 1 for the Loons against righty Sam Runion (3-6, 6.37). The second game will feature right-hander Josh Walter (5-3, 3.43) against righty Tim Melville (3-5, 4.47).

Ogden not scheduled.

Arizona Dodgers Dump Indians
The Arizona Dodgers broke a three-game losing streak, topping the Indians 7-3 behind strong pitching.

Dan Danielson started and worked the first four innings and allowed six hits and two runs, one of them unearned. Bolivar Medina took over and earned his third victory of the season by holding the Indians to a single run over the next four innings before Brandon Marshall worked a scoreless ninth.

The Dodgers banged out all seven runs in the first four innings.

Gabe Marshall reached on an error in the second inning and Pedro Tavarez maintained his .400 batting average with a single to right. Ramon Jean drove in the first run with a round ball and Jonathan Garcia's double accounted for the second run.

Casio Grider singled to open the third and with two out the Dodgers tacked four runs on the scoreboard. Gabe Martinez walked, Tavarez lined his second single of the game to drive Grider, Jean's two-run double and Garcia's double boosted the Dodgers lead to 6-1.

Stetson Banks doubled in the fourth and scored on Martinez's single to end the scoring.

The Dodgers improved to 12-14 with the win and are four games behind the league-leading Mariners.

  Score by Innings
AZL Dodgers	024 100 000-7
AZL Indians	010 110 000-3

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Grider ss	5  1  2  0  .247
Banks cf	4  1  1  0  .212
Akins dh	4  0  0  0  .362
Martinez 1b	3  2  1  1  .273
Tavarez c	4  1  2  1  .413
Jean 2b	        4  2  1  3  .233
JonGarcia rf	3  0  2  2  .273
 Ray rf	        1  0  0  0  .098
Henderson 3b	4  0  0  0  .197
Perry lf	4  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
  Totals	36  7  9  7
  Indians	38  3 12  2

  Error- Jean (13). 2B- JonGarcia 2 (7),
Jean (5), Banks (3). RBI- Jean 3 (14), 
JonGarcia 2 (8), Tavarez (16), Martinez
(3). LOB- Dodgers 5, Indians 9. SC- Grider
(2). DP- Grider, Jean and Martinez.
Pickoffs- Tavarez.

  Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Danielson 	4.0  6  2-1  1  4  3.62
Medina (3-0)	4.0  4  1-1  0  1  1.66
Marshall	1.0  2  0-0  0  2  2.70
  WP- Medina. T- 2:42. Att- 1.
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