Alvarado Rolls to His Eighth Win

Giancarlo Alvarado

Starter Giancarlo Alvarado recorded his fourth straight home win as Albuquerque dumped Iowa 4-2. All four Isotope runs scored on doubles. Inland Empire went down 16 times on strikeouts and lost 6-0 to Visalia. Great Lakes lost for the eighth straight time at Quad Cities 5-1. Chattanooga had the day off.

Gio on a Roll
Starter Giancarlo Alvarado notched his fourth straight home win as Albuquerque (54-47) overcame Iowa 4-2. Alvarado surrendered just two runs over 7.1 innings to improve his record to an even 8-8 while limiting the opposition to two runs or fewer in six of his last seven outings.

The Isotopes scored all their runs on doubles, recording six on the night, bunching them in the fourth and fifth innings to supply Alvarado with just enough offensive support.

While Alvarado, now second in the league with 107 strikeouts, collected only three this game and walked just one. However, the walk and a double provided the Cubs their first run in the opening inning.

Alvarado retired the next three Iowa batters and retired 11 in succession until he allowed a single with two out in the fourth.

Albuquerque in front in the third inning when Brett Harper and J.D. Closser lined back-to-back doubles to lead off. Two outs later, Sergio Garcia walked and Alvarado reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Tony Abreu banged the third double of the inning to put the 'Topes ahead 3-1.

Alvarado gave up a run in the sixth to cut the Albuquerque lead to 3-2.

The 'Topes rapped out three more doubles in the bottom of the inning, starting with Dee Brown shot that he attempted to stretch into a triple unsuccessfully. Harper followed with his fifth double in nine games as an Isotope and Closser added a base knock but was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a two-base hit.

Jamie Hoffmann extended his hitting streak to 14 with an RBI double, scoring Harper to end the scoring in the game with Albuquerque holding 4-2 advantage.

Travis Schlichting and Scott Strickland guarded the lead with Schlichting needing only 11 pitches in the eighth. Strickland, assisted by some solid fielding support by Abreu, earned his 21st save with a scoreless ninth.

The 'Topes wrap up their series with the I-Cubs at noon today with left-hander Eric Stults (3-1, 3.86) on the mound against Iowa righty Jose Ascanio (2-3, 3.91).

 Score by innings
Iowa        	100 010 000-2
Albuquerque	000 310 00x-4

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  0  1  2  .318
Hu ss	        4  0  1  0  .269
Brown lf	3  0  1  0  .309
Harper 1b	3  2  3  1  .292
 Rosario pr	0  0  0  0  .272
 Ellis c	0  0  0  0  .294
 Closser 1b	4  1  2  1  .338
Hoffmann cf	4  0  1  1  .286
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
Repko rf-cf	3  0  0  0  .250
Garcia 3b	3  1  0  0  .209
Alvarado p	3  0  0  0  .083
 Jones rf	1  0  1  0  .293
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 Totals 	33 4 10 4
 Iowa	        32 2  8 2

 Two-base hits- Harper 2 (23), Closser (7),
Abreu (8), Brown (21), Hoffmann (9). 
RBI- Closser (16), Abreu 2 (26), Hoffmann 
(22). LOB-Albuquerque 9, Iowa 6. SB- Hu (11). 
CS- Hu (4). 

 Albuquerque	         in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (8-6)	        7.1  7  2-2  1  3  3.42
Schlichting	        0.2  0  0-0  0  0  0.87
Strickland (sv 21)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.38
 T- 2:45. Att- 6,669.
Chattanooga-- not scheduled.

Sixers Blanked by Visalia
Inland Empire struggled again at the plate and managed only four hits while being shutout 6-0 by Visalia. The 66ers offense has scored just nine runs in their last five games. Inland Empire struck out 16 times in the game, falling two short of its season-high.

Starter Mario Alvarez pitched brilliantly over the first five innings and took a no-hitter into the sixth before allowing a walk, a pair of singles and a triple and was replaced by Miguel Sanfler.

Alvarez (2-4, 5.52) was tagged for the loss for the 66ers, giving up three runs, allowing three hits and striking out six.

Sanfler and Eric Krebs finished the final 3.1 innings for the 66ers and allowed a run in each of the final three innings.

Johan Garcia singled for the 66ers first hit in the third. Scott Van Slyke doubled in the fourth, Preston Mattingly singled in the fifth and Joe Becker collected the fourth, and final, hit in the sixth.

Inland Empire slipped two games behind first place High Desert and will finish its brief three-game homestand tonight against the Rawhide with right-hander Josh Wall (1-5, 5.35) taking the mound for the 66ers against Visalia RHP Josh Collmenter (7-6, 3.62).

 Score by innings
Visalia	        000 003 111-6
Inland Empire	000 000 000-0

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Herrera 2b	3  0  0  0  .310
Becker ss	4  0  1  0  .250
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .302
Van Slyke rf	4  0  1  0  .304
Caseres 1b	4  0  1  0  .287
Mattingly lf	3  0  1  0  .252
Ortiz dh	3  0  0  0  .241
JohGarcia 3b	4  0  1  0  .265
Mier c	        2  0  0  0  .217
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 Totals	31 0 4 0
 Visalia	36 6 8 5

 Error- Becker (1). Two-base hits- Van 
Slyke (32). LOB- Inland Empire 8, Visalia 7. 
CS-Mattingly (10).

 Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarez (2-4)	5.2  3  3-3  2  6  5.52
Sanfler	        2.1  4  2-2  0  3  4.86
Krebs	        1.0  1  1-1  0  1  3.14
 WP- Sanfler. HBP- by Alvarez. T- 2:45.
Att- 1-613.
Loons Drop at Quad Cities
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

?Great Lakes lost for the eighth straight time at Modern Woodmen Park, falling to Quad Cities 5-1.?

?The Loons had a 1-0 lead two batters into the game, but did not score again until the ninth. Dee Gordon led off the game with a double and scored on a single by Jaime Pedroza for the early advantage.?

?Quad Cities scored all five of its runs in the third and fourth innings off Loons starter Justin Miller. In the third, eight men came to the plate. In the fourth, Quad Cities added two more runs on only one hit. ?

?The game stayed at 5-1 until the ninth, when the Loons scored once to trim the final margin to three runs. Matt Wallach walked to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out single by Parker Dalton.?

?Miller took the loss (5-7) allowing all five Quad Cities runs on eight hits. He walked four and struck out three.?

?The Loons and River Bandits wrap up their three-game series with a matinee at Modern Woodmen Park on Monday afternoon. Right-handers Nathan Eovaldi (2-4, 3.50) and Ethan Martin (4-4, 4.08) will both pitch for the Loons, while right-hander Miguel Tapia will take the ball for the River Bandits.

 Score by innings
Great Lakes	100 000 001-2
Quad Cities	003 200 00x-5

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  2  0  .299
Pedroza 2b	4  0  1  1  .260
Hatch 3b-1b	4  0  1  0  .278
Russell cf	3  0  0  0  .269
 Buss cf	0  0  0  0  .266
Delmonico dh	4  0  1  0  .278
Wallach c	3  1  0  0  .241
Silverio rf	4  0  2  0  .280
Songco lf	4  0  0  0  .128
Vetters 1b	1  0  0  0  .227
 Dalton 3b	2  0  1  1  .200
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 Totals	33 2 8 2
 Quad Cities	30 5 9 5

 Two-base hits- Gordon (10> Hatch (28),
Silverio (23), RBI- Pedroza (58), Dalton
(4). S- Gordon. LOB- Great Lakes 8, Quad
Cities (9). DP- Hatch, Pedroza and Vetters.

 Great Lakes	  in  h r-er bb so  era
JMiller (5-7)	3.2  8  5-5  4  3  4.79
Dutton	        2.1  1  0-0  1  3  4.50
Boothe	        2.0  0  0-0  1  1  5.45
 HBP- Dutton. T- 2:50. Att- 4,674.

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