Albuquerque Clinches PCL Division Title

Carlos Alvarez ... clinching win plus three RBI

Carlos Alvarado pitched and batted Albuquerque to 8-4 win over Memphis and they joined Great Lakes and Ogden in post season action. Chattanooga topped Jacksonville 2-1 and is a game behind in the battle for the second-half division title. Inland Empire's hopes took a hit with a 3-1 loss to High Desert. Great Lakes won their fourth consecutive game 4-2 over South Bend and Ogden held off Casper 7-5.

Albuquerque Clinches Playoff Spot
Starter Giancarlo Alvarado almost personally pushed the Isotopes into the post-season by himself, allowing one run in six strong innings and rapping out two hits good for for three RBI in an 8-4 win over Memphis.

The right-hander recorded five strikeouts and was followed by a four relievers who protected the lead until the ninth, when it was closed out by Scott Strickland, who picked up his 31st save in 33 chances with two pitches after Memphis had cut into the 'Topes lead with three runs in the final frame.

The Isotopes (75-61) nailed down the PCL American Southern title with the win, sending the Albuquerque to their first postseason since 2003.

Albuquerque made it exciting in the ninth. After Hyang-Nam Choi walked two and struck out two, Jamie Hoffmann couldn't get a glove on a popup that fell in for a two-run single. Sergio Garcia the booted a ball at short that put Redbirds on the corners. Strickland needed only two pitches to produce a pop up and send Albuquerque into the postseason.

Albuquerque rang up eight runs in the first three innings, then went their bats went quiet for the rest of the game.

Mitch Jones slugged his league-leading 33rd home run with Blake DeWitt on base for a quick 2-0 edge. In the second, Luis Maza singled and A.J. Ellis added his second triple of the season into the right-field corner for a 3-0 margin. Alvarado's RBI-single drove in Ellis and after Garcia lived on an error, Jones drove in Alvarado to post his third RBI, and a wild pitch would deliver Garcia to make it 6-0.

In the third, a walk to Hoffmann, a single by Maza and a walk to Ellis loading the bases and Alvarado's two-run single made 8-0.

Alvarado retired 15 of the first 18 Redbird batters before Memphis scored a run in the sixth.

Cory Wade and Will Ohman each worked a 1-2-3 inning before Choi hit a bump in the road and Strickland provided the clincher.

Albuquerque opens a four game series tonight with the Round Rock behind right-hander Tim Corcoran (1-0, 6.32 ERA), who will face lefty Josh Muecke (7-9, 4.61 ERA).

 Score by Innings
Memphis	        000 001 003-4
Albuquerque	242 000 00x-8

 Albuquerque  	ab r  h  bi  ave
SGarcia ss	4  1  0  0  .234
DeWitt 3b	4  1  2  0  .259
Jones rf-lf	4  1  1  3  .285
Brown lf	4  0  0  0  .296
 Ohman p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hu ph        	1  0  1  0  .291
 Choi p	        0  0  0  0  .250
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
Closser 1b	4  0  0  0  .291
Hoffmann cf-rf	3  1  1  0  .286
Maza 2b        	4  2  3  0  .301
Ellis c        	3  1  1  1  .313
Alvarado p	3  1  2  3  .156
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Repko ph-cf	1  0  0  0  .278
---------------------------------
 Totals	        35  8 11  7
 Memphis	35  4  5  1
 
 Errors- DeWitt (8), Hoffmann (6),
SGarcia (3). 3B- Ellis (2). HR- Jones
(33). RBI- Jones (93), Ellis (39),
Alvarado 3 (4). SF- Jones.
LOB- Albuquerque 9, Memphis 7.
DP- Maza, SGarcia and Closser.
 
 Albuquerque 	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (12-10)   6.0  3  1-1  2  5  3.63
Wade               1.0  0  0-0  0  1  5.30
Ohman	           1.0  1  0-0  0  1  1.17
Choi        	   0.2  1  3-0  2  2  2.35
Strickland (sv 31) 0.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.11
  HBP- SGarcia. T- 2:55. Att- 9,842.
Chattanooga Hangs on With 2-1 Win
With victory eluding both Tennessee teams, Chattanooga's 2-1 win over Jacksonville moved them up to a single game behind in the battle for the second-half division title. Four Lookouts pitchers allowed the Suns nine hits but only an unearned run.

James Adkins started and worked five shutout innings, allowing four hits. Jesus Rodriguez pitched the sixth and seventh and earned the win. Kendy Batista and Harvey Garcia (save #5) closed the win out with a scoreless inning each.

James Tomlin singled to open the game and scored the first run on a double by Andrew Lambo., his 39th two-bagger of the season and his 58th run batted in to pull within one of team leader Russell Mitchell who has 61.

Chattanooga was then held hitless after until the eighth inning.

A pair of singles and an error by shortstop Ramon Nivar tied the game in the sixth.

Tomlin knocked in the winning run in the eighth inning after Vinny Rottino singled, was bunted to second and moved to third on a passed ball. The Lookouts had a chance to put the game away in the ninth, loading the bases with two out, but were unable to score any insurance runs.

Garcia pitched around a leadoff double in the last of the ninth and ended the game with force play at second with the tying run at third.

Held to only five hits, two important ones by Tomlin. Lambo, Eddy Perez and Rottino had the other three safeties.

 Score by Innings
Chattanooga	100 000 010-2
Jacksonville	000 001 000-1

 Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf-rf	4  0  2  1  .308
Sellers ss	3  1  0  0  .280
 Nivar ss	1  0  0  0  .298
Lambo lf	4  0  1  1  .257
Martinez 3b	3  0  0  0  .294
Perez 1b	4  0  1  0  .277
Mitchell 2b	3  0  0  0  .240
Rottino rf	4  1  1  0  .256
 HGarcia p	0  0  0  0  .000
Gutierrez c	2  0  0  0  .272
Adkins p	2  0  0  0  .086
 Rodriguez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 May ph        	1  0  0  0  .307
 Batista p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Robinson cf	0  0  0  0  .212  
---------------------------------
 Totals	        31  2  5  2
 Jacksonville	33  1  9  1

  Errors Sellers (19), Martinez (7),
Nivar (10). 2B- Lambo (39). RBI- Lambo
(58), Tomlin (32). S- Gutierrez.
LOB- Chattanooga 5, Jacksonville 12. 

 Chattanooga  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins	        5.0  4  0-0  1  4  4.41  
Rodriguez (6-5)	2.0  3  1-0  0  2  3.66
Batista	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  1.98
HGarcia (sv 5)	1.0  1  0-0  1  0  0.00
 WP- Adkins. T- 3:09. Att- 5,529.
High Desert Dims 66er Playoff Hopes
Back-to-back triples put Inland Empire in an early hole and High Desert went on to take a 3-1 victory and earn a series split against Inland Empire Sunday night. With the Sixers loss and a win by Rancho Cucamonga over the Stockton Ports, Inland Empire is now three games back in the chase for the last wild card spot with only seven games remaining.

Right-hander Blake Brannon made the spot start for the 66ers and 2-0 after the top of the first inning. He also allowed a run in the third.

In the bottom of the third, Scott Van Slyke lined his 42nd double off the chain link fence in left to the Inland Empire single-season doubles mark. Andres Perez was hit by a pitch and Steven Caseres drove in the only 66er run with a sharp single.

Brannon (0-3, 4.36) pitched well enough to win normally, allowing four hits and three run in his three innings. Thomas Melgarejo, Eric Krebs, Kenley Jansen, Joe Torres and Marcel Prado stopped the Mavericks cold over the final six innings to keep the Sixers (57-76) in the game but they could never put more than one runner on base in any inning and were held to Elian Herrera's single over he final four innings.

The 66ers have an off day Monday before starting their last home series of 2009 against the San Jose Giants on Tuesday. The pitching match up will be RHP Tim Sexton (8-13, 3.50) against LHP Clayton Tanner (11-6, 3.10).

 Score by Innings
High Desert	201 000 000-3
Inland Empire	001 000 000-1

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	5  0  1  0  .255
Herrera 2b	4  0  1  0  .290
Van Slyke rf	3  1  1  0  .293
Perez dh	2  0  1  0  .316
Mattingly lf	4  0  0  0  .235
Caseres 1b	4  0  2  1  .262
Rosario cf	4  0  1  0  .231
Garabedian c	4  0  0  0  .230
JohGrcia 3b	3  0  0  0  .188
---------------------------------
 Totals	        33  1  7  1
  High Desert	34  3  8  3

 Errors- Caseres (7), Garabedian (9).
2B- Van Slyke (42), Perez (5)
 RBI- Caseres (52), LOB- Inland Empire
9, High Desert 9. 

 Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Brannon (0-3)	3.0  4  3-3  1  2  4.36
Melgarejo	1.0  1  0-0  1  1  6.32
Krebs	        2.0  0  0-0  1  1  2.35
Jansen	        0.2  1  0-0  1  1  5.19
Torres 	        1.1  1  0-0  0  1  1.06
Prado	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  4.50
  HBP- Van Slyke, Perez; by Brannon.
T- 2:50. Att- 1,670.
Loons Win Fourth Straight
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

The Great Lakes Loons won their fourth consecutive game 4-2 over the South Bend Silver Hawks in front of 5,053 fans. The win guarantees that the Loons will matchup with the West Michigan Whitecaps in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs, with the first game on September 9 at Dow Diamond and September 10 and 11 (if necessary) in Comstock Park, MI.

  Loons pitchers allowed just three South Bend hits, the fourth consecutive game in which the Loons have held their opponent to exactly three hits.

   Josh Walter started for the Loons and surrendered a two-out single in the fourth inning to snap the Loons pitchers' scoreless streak at 32.2 innings. Great Lakes were seeking their fourth consecutive shutout, which would have tied a Midwest League record.

   Trailing 1-0, Anthony Hatch put the Loons ahead with his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot on his 26th birthday. Nick Buss was on base with a double,

   The Silver Hawks tied the game in the sixth inning with an unearned run against reliever Robert Boothe. But in the seventh, Alfredo Silverio gave the Loons the lead for good with a single up the middle on an 0-2 count scoring Hatch, who had singled.

   Jerry Sands gave the Loons an insurance run in the eighth with a solo home run, his fifth with the Loons and 19th of the season.

   Walter was solid in a no-decision, allowing just the one run in five innings. Boothe (2-3) recorded the win with two relief innings and did not allow an earned run, striking out three. After a scoreless eighth by Jordan Pratt, Cole St. Clair closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, recording his 14th save of the season.

   The Loons seek the series sweep tonight. Pitching matchups feature right-hander Bobby Blevins (9-10, 4.16 ERA) for the Loons against righty Ryan Cook (11-9, 3.25). 

 Score by Innings
South Bend	000 101 000-2
Great Lakes	000 020 11x-4

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pedroza dh	3  0  0  0  .259
Buss cf        	4  1  2  0  .257
Hatch 3b	4  2  3  2  .294
Russell rf	2  0  0  0  .274
Silvario lf	4  0  1  1  .274
Sands 1b	4  1  1  1  .221
Becker 2b	4  0  1  0  .361
Lopez c	        2  0  0  0  .203
Dalton ss	4  0  0  0  .174
---------------------------------
 Totals	        31  4  8  4
 South Bend	36  2  3  1
 
 Errors- Hatch (14), Sands (3).
2B- Buss (14).HR- Hatch (10), Sands (5).
RBI- Hatch 2 (69), Silverio (58), Sands
(14). LOB- Great Lakes 8, South Bend 6.
SB- Russell (17), PO-Russell.  
	  
 Great Lakes	   in  h r-er bb so  era
Walter	          5.0  2  1-1  4  5  3.46
Boothe (2-3)  	  2.0  1  1-0  0  3  5.06
Pratt	          1.0  0  0-0  0  0  4.70
St. Clair (sv 14) 1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.70
 WP- Walter. HBP- Lopez. T- 2:32. Att- 5,053.
Raptors Exorcise the Ghosts
After holding a comfortable lead throughout the game, Casper scored twice to cut the margin to 7-5 and loaded the bases with one out in the last of the ninth. However, reliever Daigoro Rondon induced the Ghosts' cleanup hitter to bounce into a Austin Yount to Bryant Hernandez to Kyle Orr double play and the Raptors had a sweep of the three-game series.

Lenell McGee homered on the first pitch of the night (#2) and Yount made it 2-0 with his third long ball of the year. The Raptors the scored a single run in the second, third and fourth innings jump into a 5-0 lead. McGee's second hit of the game drove in a run in the second, Angel Songco doubled and scored on Clay Calfee's single in the third, then Pedro Guerrero doubled and scored on Keyter Collado's single in the fourth.

When Collado drove in his second run of the night in the sixth, Ogden was cruising, up 6-0.

Edwin Contreras (5-1), winless in five previous August starts, responded by taking a shutout into the sixth. Then after two hits and a sacrifice fly got Casper on the board, a mishandled double-play ball cost the Raptors a second run. A wild pitch made it 6-3, and Contreras left with men at the corners and only one out.

Luis Ferreras took over at that point and after a runner was throw out stealing, and a walk, the the runner broke from second and Ferreras stepped off the rubber and caught him in a rundown. Helpfully, the runner from third broke for home and although Hernandez' throw to the plate was late, Collado blocked the runner off, made the tag and ended the inning.

Ogden added an insurance run in the eighth when Orr doubled in Nick Akins, who had walked, and took a 7-3 advantage into the ninth. Then with one out, the Ghosts strung together four straight singles off of Nick Gaudi to cut the deficit in half before Rondon came in to restore order and record his seventh save.

The Raptors return home tonight to take on the Idaho Falls Chukars. Luis Vasquez and John Lamb will meet in a rematch of Wednesday's game in Idaho.

 Score by Innings
Ogden	211 101 010-7
Casper	000 003 002-5

 Ogden		ab r  h  bi ave
McGee cf	5  1  2  2  .269
Yount 3b	5  1  2  2  .268
Songco lf	5  1  1  0  .350
Calfee dh	5  0  2  1  .353
Akins rf	3  1  1  0  .254
Orr 1b        	4  0  1  0  .213
Hernandez 2b	4  1  1  0  .281
Guerrero ss	3  2  1  0  .255
Collado c	4  0  2  2  .238
---------------------------------
 Totals	        32  7 13  6
 Casper	        33  5  9  4
 
 Errors- Guerrero (16), Hernandez (13).
2B- Songco (8), Guerrero (11), Orr (5).
HR- McGee (2),, Yount (3). RBI- McGee 2
(20), Yount (18), Calfee (6), Collado 2
(5). LOB- Ogden 6, Casper 8. SB- Hernandez
(8). CS- McGee (4). DP- Hernandez,
Guerrero and Orr; Yount, Hernandez and
Orr. 

 Ogden	         in  h r-er bb so  era
Contreras (5-1)	5.1  4  3-2  2  2  4.11
Ferreras 	1.2  0  0-0  1  0  3.00
Gaudi	        1.1  5  2-2  0  2  3.00
Rondon (sv 7)	0.2  0  0-0  1  0  3.98
 WP- Contreras, Gaudi, Rondon. HBP- by Contreras; 
Scott, Guerrero. T- 2:56. Att- 1,626.	

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