Akins Pitches Chattanooga to an 8-0 Win

James Adkins

Albuquerque lost 11-5 to Nashville. Chattanooga starter James Adkins and two relievers allowed only five hits while beating Mississippi 8-0. Inland Empire had nine extra-base hits and broke a seven-game losing streak, topping Rancho Cucamonga 9-3. Fort Wayne stopped Great Lakes 5-1. The Arizona Dodgers survived a ninth-inning comeback to win 7-4. Ogden was not scheduled.

Sounds Wallop Stults, Isotopes 11-5
Eric Stults was banged around for a season-high seven runs, six earned, in his five-inning start and relievers Henry Bonilla and Will Ohman were tagged for another four runs. The Isotopes dropped a game to Oklahoma City in the standings as their Magic Number remained at nine.

The Isotopes tied the score at four all in the fourth and although both clubs finished with 14 hits, Nashville added seven more runs in the final five innings to collect an easy win.

Albuquerque scored in the second on a J.D. Closser single that drove in Jamie Hoffmann, who had doubled, but the Sounds struck for four runs in the top of the third.

The Isotopes scored a single run in the third and missed an opportunity to take the lead. Stults doubled in the second before Chin-Lung Hu and Hector Luna were hit by pitches back to back. Mitch Jones drew a walk to make it 4-2, but two infield pop-ups quickly ended the threat.

In the fourth, singles from A.J. Ellis, Stults and Hu loaded the bags with one out. A sacrifice fly by DeWitt and a single by Luna cashed in Ellis and Stults, but that was all the scoring the 'Topes would manage until the eighth the inning.

Albuquerque rapped out six hits between the seventh and eighth innings, but gathered just one run, on Blake DeWitt's single, leaving the bags full in the seventh and a runner on third in the eighth.

Hu, Luna, Closser, Stults and Jason Repko each had a pair of hits.

Albuquerque will send righty Giancarlo Alvarado (11-9, 3.68) to the mound in an attempt to end the two-game losing streak. Nashville right-hander Mike Jones (0-1, 13.50) at 6:35 PM MT.

The 'Topes are counting down to their four-millionth fan who will receive an autographed bat, a commemorative jersey, and four free airline tickets to anywhere in North America.

  Score by Innings
Nashville	004 030 310 11
Albuquerque	011 200 010- 5

  Albuquerque  	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hu ss        	4  0  2  0  .290
DeWitt 2b	4  0  1  2  .243
Luna 3b        	4  0  2  1  .360
Jones rf-lf	4  0  0  1  .284
Hoffmann cf-rf	5  1  1  0  .289
Brown lf	3  0  0  0  .297
 Bonilla p	0  0  0  0  .000
 SGarcia ph	1  0  1  0  .236
 Ohman p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph        1  0  0  0  .290
Closser 1b	4  0  2  1  .301
Ellis c	        4  1  1  0  .319
Stults p	2  2  2  0  .429
 Repko cf	2  1  2  0  .274
---------------------------------
  Totals	39  5 14  4
  Nashville	40 11 14 11

  Error- Stults (1). 2B- Hoffmann (14),
Stults (2), Repko (19). RBI- Closser
(27), Jones (86), DeWitt 2 (40), Luna
(57). SG- DeWitt. LOB- Albuquerque 11, 
Nashville 6. SB- Closser (3). CS- Repko
(7).
 	  
  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Stults (5-3)	5.0  9  7-6  1  2  5.26
Bonilla	        2.0  4  3-3  1  0  6.21
Ohman	        1.0  1  1-1  0  1  1.80
Leach	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  7.59
  HBP- Hu, Luna. T- 3:14. Att- 4,626.
Adkins Blanks Braves 8-0
Chattanooga starter James Adkins, Kendy Batista and Henry Garcia held Mississippi to five hits and remained in third place, one game behind West Tenn and Tennessee.

Adkins (6-9) took a no-hitter into he fourth and finished his six innings of work having allowed only four hits and striking out five while lowering his earned run average to 3.77 over his last 10 appearances.

Batista and Garcia allowed just a single hit between then over the final three innings.

The Lookouts collected only seven hits but were helped by seven Braves walks. Russ Mitchell launched a pinch-hit, two-run home run, his 12th, and Luke May doubled twice and knocked in three.

Chattanooga unloaded four runs four runs in the first when Trayvon Robinson walked with one out and Eddy Perez drew a base on balls with two out. A wild pitch, an error and another walk loaded the based for May who ripped a shot to center clearing the bases.

Ramon Nivar doubled, stole third base and scored on another wild pitch in the fourth. Andrew Lambo doubled across Vinny Rottino, who had reached on an error, in the fifth and Mitchell's bomb in the eighth ended the scoring.

Nivar and May each had two of the Lookouts seven hits.

  Score by Innings
Mississippi	000 000 000-0
Chattanooga	400 110 02x-8

  Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Nivar 2b	5  1  2  0  .312
Robinson cf	2  1  0  0  .208
Martinez 3b	5  0  0  0  .297
Perez 1b	3  1  1  0  .272 
Rottino rf	4  2  0  0  .257
Lambo lf        2  1  1  1  .257
May c        	3  1  2  3  .292
Sellers ss	4  0  0  0  .286
Adkins p	2  0  0  0  .091
 Giles ph	1  0  0  0  .248
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Mitchell ph	1  1  1  2  .237
 HGarcia p	0  0  0  0  .000	
---------------------------------
  Totals	30  8  7  6
  Mississippi	28  0  5  0

  2B- May 2 (14), Nivar (16), Lambo (38).
HR- Mitchell (12). RBI- May 3 (32),
Lambo (55), Mitchell 2 (54).
LOB- Chattanooga 7, Mississippi 8.
SB- Rottino (13), Robinson (3), Nivar
(12). CS- Robinson (1). SP- Seller,
Nivar and Perez; Martinez, Nivar and
Perez 2.	

  Chattanooga  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins (6-9)	6.0  4  0-0  4  5  4.58
Batista	        2.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.05
HGarcia	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
  HB- Adkins 2. T- 3:00. Att- 2,034.
66ers Snap Seven Game Losing Streak
Inland Empire pasted a big '4' on the scoreboard in the third inning and, behind solid pitching, broke an ugly seven-game winless streak by stopping Rancho Cucamonga 9-3.

It was only the 66ers fifth win in August against 17 losses, a depression that took them from contending for a second half playoff slot to last place in the South Division of the California League.

Josh Wall (3-8) got off to a slow start, allowing single run in each of the first three innings but posted his first win since July 1, allowing four hits and four walks with four strikeouts in his five innings.

The 66ers went long in this one to set a season-high with nine extra-base hits among their 14, including three home runs. Four consecutive 66ers produced extra-base hits in the third inning to erase a 2-0 deficit.

Justin Fuller doubled, Elian Herrera tripled, Scott Van Slyke doubled and Andres Perez hit a two-run homer and they banged across two more in the fourth when Alex Garabedian, Johan Garcia and Herrera each doubled to put Inland Empire ahead 6-3.

Alex Garabedian hit his first home run since June 1, a solo shot in the sixth. Preston Mattingly added his first home run since June 25, a two-run shot in the seventh to break the game open.

David Pfeiffer, Joe Torres and Kenley Jansen worked four scoreless innings and combined to allow three hits and strike out seven.

Johan Garcia went 3-for-4 with a double while Garabedian, Mattingly, Perez and Herrera had two hits apiece. Van Slyke drew three walks and reached base four times, scoring twice.

Despite their record in August, remarkably the 66ers (54-73) pulled to within two games of the Quakes and Lake Elsinore for the final second half playoff spot.

Inland Empire and Rancho Cucamonga meet again to night with LHP Miguel Sanfler (2-8, 6.29) making a spot start for Inland Empire while RHP Jeremy Thorne (4-7, 4.60) gets the nod for the Quakes.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	   004 201 200-9
Rancho Cucamonga   111 000 000-3

  Inland Empire  ab r  h  bi  ave
Fuller ss	3  1  1  0  .252
Herrera cf	5  1  2  2  .292
Van Slyke rf	2  2  1  1  .289
Perez dh	5  1  2  2  .333
Mattingly lf	5  1  2  2  .237
Caseres 1b	5  0  0  0  .259
Lara 2b        	4  0  1  0  .263
Garabedian c	4  2  2  1  .231
JohGarcia 3b	4  1  3  1  .198
---------------------------------
  Totals	32  9 14  9
  Rancho	32  3  7  3

  Error- herrera (7), 2B- Fuller (8),
Van Slyke (38), Garabedian (10),
JohGarcia (10) Herrera (16). 3B- Herrera
(5). HR- Perez (2), Garabedian (4),
Mattingly (8), RBI- Herrera 2 (34),
Van Slyke (92), Perez 2 (9), JohGarcia
(4), Garabedian (3), Mattingly 2 (33).
S- Fuller. LOB- Inland Empire 6, Rancho
8. CS- JohGarcia (2). PO- Lara (1).
DP- Lara and Caseres.
 	  
  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wall (3-8)	5.0  4  3-3  4  4  6.24
Pfeiffer	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  3.01
Torres	        2.0  2  0-0  1  3  0.59
Jansen	        1.0  0  0-0  0  3  6.43
  HBP-by Wall. T- 2:49. 
Att- 2,350. 
TinCaps Stifle Loons 5-1
Fort Wayne fought off the pesky Loons to take a 5-1 decision that was much closer than the final score indicated.

Great Lakes put their leadoff man on base in five of the first seven innings and had a runner in scoring position in four of them but could only manage a single run. The Loons were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base.

Ethan Martin started and fought his control over three innings, allowing four hits and three walks, plus two runs, both unearned on his own throwing error, just enough runs get him tagged with his eighth loss against five wins.

Nathan Eovaldi, improving each appearance, allowed five hits over three innings but only one run. He struck out four. Over his lasts 10 appearances, the 19-year-old has posted a 2.29 earned run average and struck out 31 in 35 innings.

Jerry Sands ripped his fourth home run for the Loons in the eighth inning to account for their only run.

The final two Fort Wayne runs were charged to Geison Aguasviva four consecutive hits and a wild pitch before getting an out.

Loons shortstop Dee Gordon recorded two hits in his first two hits but had to leave the game after fouling a ball off his right knee. He was the only Loon with more than a single hit.

Fort Wayne improved to an remarkable 86-41, the best record in minor league baseball, and 41-16 in the second half. The Loons' loss was just their sixth home loss in the second-half and drops the team's record to 72-55 overall and 32-25 in the second half.

The Loons and Tincaps continue their four-game series tonight with RHP Josh Walter (9-4, 3.54 ERA) scheduled to start against Fort Wayne righty Dexter Carter (1-2, 9.98).

  Score by Innings
Fort Wayne	200 001 200-5
Great Lakes	000 000 010-1
  
  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss	2  0  2  0  .306
 Dalton ph-ss	3  0  0  0  .185
pedroza 2b	2  0  0  0  .258
Hatch 3b	4  0  1  0  .280
Russell rf	3  0  0  0  .273
Sands 1b	4  1  1  1  .242
Silverio lf	4  0  1  0  .274
Becker dh	4  0  1  0  .533
Wallach c	3  0  1  0  .248
Buss cf        	4  0  0  0  .252
---------------------------------
  Totals  	33  1  7  1
  Fort Wayne	36  5 12  3

  Errors- Martin (1), Hatch (13).
2B- Silverio (28), HR- Sands (4).
RBI- Sands (11). LOB- Great Lakes 9,
Fort Wayne 10. SB- Pedroza (34),
Gordon 2 (69). DP- Pedroza, Gordon
and Sands; Hatch and Pedroza; Wallach,
Gordon and Sands. Pickoff- Eovaldi.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Martin (5-8)	3.0  2  2-0  4  2  4.02
Eovaldi 	3.0  5  1-1  1  4  3.49
Aguasviva	2.0  4  2-2  0  1  1.78
Dutton	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.86
  WP- AGuasviva. T- 3:19. Att- 3,437.
Ogden not scheduled.

AZ Dodgers Hold on For 7-4 Win
The Arizona Dodgers scored four times in the first two innings and survived a ninth-inning comeback to win 7-4 and snap a four-game losing streak.

Johan Garcia got things off to a rolling start with a two-run home run in the first inning. Stetson Banks singled and Chris Henderson lived on an error before Banks crossed home plate on Pedro Tavarez grounder. Garcia's shot made it 3-0.

Travis Schlichting started and worked around a pair of singles to post a scoreless inning. Carlos Frias took over in the second and pitched one-hit baseball for the next five innings. Jan Vazquez singled and scored on Banks' RBI single in the second. Austin King singled, stole second, advanced on a throwing error and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to give Frias a 5-1 lead.
br> Greg Miller kept his earned run average at 0.00 with a perfect seventh, striking out two but Gari Tavarez was rocked by a three-run home run in the ninth and James Marshall rescued him, striking out the only Mariner batter he face, and record his third save.

Casio Grider, Banks and Ramon Jean each had a pair of hits.

  Score by Innings
AZL Mariners	010 000 003-4
AZL Dodgers	310 101 10x-7

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Grider ss	5  1  2  0  .253
Banks cf	4  1  2  0  .236
Henderson 3b	4  0  1  1  .252
Tavarez dh	4  1  0  1  .327
JonGarcia rf	4  1  1  0  .313
Jean 2b        	4  1  2  0  .275
King lf        	4  1  1  0  .229
Pericht 1b	3  0  1  1  .216
Valdez c	3  1  1  0  .182  
---------------------------------  
  Totals	35  7 11  5
  Mariners	36  4  8  3

  Errors- Grider (15), Henderson (16).
2B- Henderson (11), Pericht (6).
HR- JonGarcia (3). RBI- Tavarez (25),
JonGarcia 2 (19), Pericht (18),
Henderson (15). SF- Pericht. LOB- Dodgers
5, Mariners 11. SB- King (5),Jean 2 (13), 
Grider (19). 	
 	  
  Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Schlichting	1.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
Frias (5-5)	5.0  1  1-1  3  4  4.45
GMiller	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
Tavarez	        1.2  5  3-3  2  1  6.62
Marshall (sv 3)	0.1  0  0-0  0  1  5.00
  WP- Frias 2. HBP- Marshall. T- 2:42.

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