'Topes, 66ers, Loons and Raptors Win

Blake Smith ... walkoff single

Tim Corcoran pitched Albuquerque to an 8-3 win over Iowa. Birmingham dropped Chattanooga 5-4. Inland Empire's 18 hits, 12 for extra base hits thumped Lancaster 11-8. Kyle Russell's 100th and 101st RBIs helped Great Lakes beat Dayton 9-2. Blake Smith's walkoff single gave Ogden a 9-8 win over Orem.

'Topes Trip Cubs 8-3
Albuquerque gave starter Tim Corcoran a five-run boost in the sixth inning to help him record his second win for the Isotopes without a loss in an 8-3 win over Iowa. A 12- hit attack that included six for extra bases helped out.

Corcoran (2-0) worked seven innings, allowing three hits and one run in a close game that saw Albuquerque break it open in the sixth. Brent Leach and Marlon Arias closed the game out.

Albuquerque got on the board first in the third inning when Blake DeWitt doubled and scored on Mitch Jones' single. Iowa tied the game at one in the bottom half but the Isotopes regained the lead in the fourth on doubles by Dee Brown and JD Closser.

Brown walked to start the sixth-inning rally and Chin-Lung Hu, doubled. Tony Abreu's two RBI single and Luis Maza's sacrifice fly scored four and Abreu added the fifth run on DeWitt's triple.

The Isotope out-hit Iowa 12-5 and eliminated them from playoff action.

Hu had three hits, DeWitt, Jones and Brown two each. Scott Van Slyke saw his first Triple-A action but struck out.

The Cubs and Isotopes play the third game of the four-game series today.

 Score by Innings
Albuquerque	001 105 100-8
Iowa	        001 000 020-3

 Albuquerque  	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	4  1  1  2  .354
Maza lf-cf      4  0  1  1  .303
DeWitt 3b	5  2  2  1  .255
Jones cf	4  0  2  1  .294
 Van Slyke rf	1  0  0  0  .000
Luna 1b        	4  1  0  0  .353
Brown rf-lf	4  2  2  0  .293
Hu ss        	5  1  3  1  .299
Closser c	3  1  1  1  .290
Corcoran p	4  0  0  0  .125
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Arias p	0  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
 Totals 	38  8 12  7
 Iowa	        27  3  5  3

 Error- Abreu (6). 2B- Maza (19), DeWitt
(21), Brown 2 (35), Closser (14), Hu (21).
3B- DeWitt (8). RBI- Jones (101), Closser
(30), Abreu 2 (48), Maza (44), DeWitt
(46), Hu (53). SF- Maza. LOB- Albuquerque
9, Iowa 2. SB- Hu (14), Jones (9), Brown
(9). 

 Albuquerque 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Corcoran (2-0)	7.0  3  1-1  2  7  4.71
Leach	        1.0  1  2-1  1  1  7.56
Arias	        1.0  1  0-0  0  2 11.37
 Balk- Corcoran. T- 2:34. Att- 6,014.
Four-Run First Sinks Lookouts
Birmingham scored four times in the first inning and Chattanooga could never quite catch up, although they cut the margin to a single run in the eighth before losing 5-4.

Lookouts starting pitcher James Adkins (6-10) was tagged for four hits. walked two and hit a batter in the nightmare first. He then pitched five shutout innings.

After the Barons added their fifth run in the seventh off Zach Schreiber, the Lookouts scored twice on consecutive singles by Eddy Perez, Vinny Rottino, Tommy Giles, and Gaby Gutierrez.

Chattanooga added two more runs in the eighth when Perez slugged his 11th home run with Martinez on with a walk to cut the score at 5-4.

With one last shot in their chamber in the last of the ninth, Tommy Giles, who was 3-for-3, doubled but then was picked off base. With two out, Juan Gonzalez walked and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch but he was left at second when the game ended.

The two teams meet again today in the next-to-last game of the season.

 Score by Innings
Birmingham	400 000 100-5
Chattanooga	000 000 220-4

 Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Robinson cf	4  0  0  0  .220
Mitchell 2b	4  0  1  0  .239
Lambo lf	4  0  0  0  .254
Martinez dh	4  1  1  0  .295
Perez 1b	4  2  2  2  .282
Rottino 3b	4  1  2  0  .260
Giles rf        3  0  3  1  .256
Gutierrez c	4  0  1  1  .267
JuGonzalez ss	4  0  1  0  .204
---------------------------------
 Totals	        35  4 11  4
 Birmingham	36  5 10  5

 Error- Rottino (13). 2B- Giles (11).
HR- Perez (11). RBI- Giles (31),
Gutierrez (14), Perez 2 (47).
LOB- Chattanooga 6, Birmingham 9.
SB- Robinson (4). PO- Giles.
DP- JuGonzalez, Mitchell and Perez.

 Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins (6-10)	6.0  6  4-4  3  4  4.48
Schreiber	2.0  4  1-1  1  0  2.52
Guerra	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.33
 HBP- by Adkins. T- 2:45. Att- 2,618. 
66ers Going Out With a Bang
Inland Empire rapped out 18 hits, a dozen of them for extra bases, and thumped Lancaster 11-8. The of their 11 runs came with two out.

Jaime Ortiz led the onslaught with a pair of home runs (#4 & 5) for the first time in his career and had 5 RBIs. Preston Mattingly broke an 0-for-23 slump with three doubles and a 5-for-5 night, the first 5-hit game of his career.

The first six batters Inland Empire's lineup had multiple hits. Following Mattingly's five hits were Steve Caseres (3-for-5 all doubles), Jovanny Rosario (2-for-5 with a triple), Elian Herrera (2-for-4 with a double), Andrew Perez (2-for-5 with a triple), Alex Garabedian (2-for-5 with a double) and Ortiz (2-for-5).

The 12 extra-base hits were the most in a game for the 66ers since August 3, 2005 (12, and also at Lancaster). The eight doubles were the most since they collected 11 at Lake Elsinore May 3, 2006.

But with all that firepower, they had to scored three runs in both the seventh and eighth to rally from a 8-5 deficit to a win.

Starter Matt Smith, making his first start for the 66ers, and yielded a long home run in the second and David Pfeiffer was tagged for five runs, four earned in his 2.1 innings. Blake Brannon surrendered two more runs.

Thomas Melgarejo (2-2) collected the win on the late rally and Jake McCarter closed out the win for his seventh save with a double play started by Herrera's "Play of the Night" pickup and glove-hand toss to Christian Lara, who relayed the ball to Ortiz for the 4-6-3 double play.

Inland Empire is still not out of a possible playoff slot, strange as it may seem. The Quakes lost to Bakersfield, keeping the 66ers two games back with two to play.

The 66ers and JetHawks meet again tonight with RHP Tim Sexton (8-14, 3.76) making the start for the 66ers while the JetHawks call on LHP Shane Wolf (5-7, 5.34).

 Score by Innings
Inland Empire    300 110 330-11
Lancaster	 103 040 000- 8

 Inland Empire  ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  2  2  1  .215
Herrera 2b	4  2  2  0  .292
Caseres dh	5  1  3  2  .265
Perez rf	5  2  2  2  .326
Ortiz 1b	5  2  2  5  .249
mattingly lf	5  1  5  0  .235
Lara ss	        5  0  0  0  .256
Garabedian c	5  1  2  1  .234
Green 3b	4  0  0  0  .219
---------------------------------
 Totals 	43 11 18 11
 Lancaster	41  8 15  9

 Errors- Perez (3), Melgarejo (2).
2B- Caseres 3 (25), Mattingly 3 (25), 
Garabedian (11). 3B- Perez (1), Rosario
(2). HR- Ortiz 2 (5). RBI- Ortiz 5 (24), 
Garabedian (33), Perez 2 (17), Rosario
(2), Caseres 2 (54). LOB- Inland Empire
6, Lancaster 11. SB- Herrera (41).
CS- Mattingly (12). DP- Herrera, Lara
and Ortiz.
 	  
 Inland Empire 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
 Smith	        1.2  4  1-1  0  0 12.86
Pfeiffer	2.1  3  5-4  2  0  3.56
Brannon	        2.2  6  2-2  1  0  4.54
Melgarejo (2-2)	1.0  1  0-0  1  0  5.94
McCarter (sv 7)	1.1  1  0-0  1  1  3.33
 PB- Garabedian (11). T- 3:35. Att- 3,091.
Russell Reaches Milestone in Win
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Kyle Russell's two-run triple in the sixth inning drove in his 100th and 101st runs of the season and also and broke a 2-2 tie as the Loons beat the Dayton Dragons, 9-2.

  Russell ripped a 2-0 fastball into the gap in right centerfield to score Jaime Pedroza and Anthony Hatch, who had started the bottom of the sixth inning with consecutive singles.

Alfredo Silverio added a double to score Russell, and Jerry Sands singled to score Silverio to further extend the lead to 6-2.

  The Loons big inning made a winner of Bobby Blevins (11-10), who had surrendered the tying run in the top of the sixth on a solo home run. Blevins allowed both Dayton runs on seven hits in six innings of work, giving him his 12th quality start of the year and his 11th win.

  Hatch's single extended his hitting streak to a season-best 12 games, and Sands reached base all four times on two hits and two walks. Silverio extended his hitting streak to nine games as part of a 3-for-4 night at the plate.

  The loss was a huge blow to Dayton's playoff chances, as the Dragons dropped a half-game in the standing and are now a full game behind South Bend for the final playoff spot with two game remaining.

  The penultimate game of the regular season takes place on this afternoon. Right-hander Ethan Martin (6-8, 3.90) will start for the Loons, with Nathan Eovaldi (2-5, 3.38) also scheduled to pitch in relief, and the Dragons counter with lefty Shea Snowden (1-0, 4.18).

 Score by Innings
Dayton	        010 001 000-2
Great Lakes	101 005 11x-9

 Great Lakes 	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss	4  2  2  1  .301
pedroza 2b	5  1  3  1  .259
Hatch 3b	4  1  1  0  .297
Russell rf	4  1  1  2  .270
Silverio lf	4  2  3  1  .282
Sands 1b	2  1  2  1  .245
Becker dh	4  0  2  1  .333
Lopez c	        4  1  1  0  .199
Buss cf	        3  0  0  0  .258
---------------------------------
 Totals	        34  9 15  7
 Dayton	        35  2 10  2

 2B- Lopez (5), Silverio 2 (33), Gordon
(17), 3B- Russell (7), RBI- Gordon (35), 
Russell 2 (101), Silverio (61), Sands
(17), Pedroza (77), Becker (10).
SF- Gordon. LOB- Great Lakes 5, Dayton
9. DP- Sands Unassissted.

 Great Lakes  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Blevins (11-10)	6.0  7  2-2  0  2  4.16
Boothe	        2.0  2  0-0  2  1  4.88
Rondon	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
 HBP- by Rondon. T- 2:36. Att- 5,570.
Ogden Wins on Smiths Walkoff Single
After suffering a walkoff hit the night before, Ogden used one of their own to dumps Orem 9-8.

Trailing 8-5 in the bottom of the eighth, Ogden scored three times to tie the score. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Blake Smith singled home pinch-runner David Iden from second base to give the Raptors a dramatic win.

Although both teams rested many regulars in preparation for next week's playoff series, the two teams combined for 17 runs and 31 hits, plus 14 walks and three errors.

The Owlz jumped on Raptors starter Edwin Contreras for four runs in the top of the first to set the tone of the game from the start. Contreras settled down after that, completing 4.0 innings while allowing no additional runs.

Bryant Hernandez's run-scoring triple put Ogden on the board in the second and Lenell McGee singled him across. It was the first of four hits on the night for the shortstop.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the third, catcher Gorman Erickson capped a long at-bat with an opposite field two-run home-run. The game-tying shot was Erickson's fifth long ball of the year and drove in Clay Calfee, who had doubled.

The Raptors took a 5-4 lead in the fifth on Kyle Orr's two-out RBI double after Erickson's second hit, but the bullpen could not hold the lead.

The Owlz scored two in the seventh off of J.B. Paxson, and Orem increased their lead to 8-5 with a two-run shot off of Javier Solano in the eighth.

Ogden began its comeback with a one out single by Hernandez and McGee's walk. Austin Yount singled in a run to cut the deficit to two. Brian Cavazos-Galvez, 2009 Pioneer League MVP, followed with a run-scoring fielder's choice, and after he stole second, Clay Calfee singled him home to tie the score.

Steve Ames (1-0) struck out the final two men in the top of the ninth to set the stage for the winning rally.

Keyter Collado, who had entered the game for Erickson in the sixth, opened the ninth with a four-pitch walk. With Iden pinch-running at first, Kyle Orr dropped down a sacrifice bunt. Then Smith, who had not played since August 17 while nursing a strained hamstring, hit a sharp grounder between third and short into left-field.

The left fielder;s throw to the plate appeared to beat Iden but eluded the Orem catcher's tag, giving the Raptors their second walk-off win of the week.

Ogden travels to Idaho Falls to begin a quick two-game series Sunday and Monday, with each game getting under way at 2:00 p.m. Elisaul Pimentel returns to the rotation Sunday against the Chukars.

 Score by Innings
Orem	400 000 220-8
Ogden	022 010 031-9

 Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
McGee cf	3  1  1  1  .268
Yount 3b	5  0  1  1  .266
Calfee lf	5  1  3  1  .373
Erickson c	3  2  2  2  .317
 Collado c	1  0  1  0  .273
 Iden pr 	0  1  0  0  .232
Orr 1b        	4  0  1  1  .214
Smith dh	5  0  1  1  .204
Guerrero ss	4  1  2  0  .258
Hernandez 2b	4  2  4  1  .301
---------------------------------
 Totals 	39  9 16  9
 Orem	        42  8 15  6

 Error- Erickson (5). 2B- Calfee (4),
Orr (6). 3B- Hernandez (2), HR- Erickson
(5), RBI- Hernandez (16), McGee (21),
Erickson 2 (35), Orr (5), Yount (19).
S- McGee; Orr. LOB- Ogden 9, Orem 9.
SB- Galvez (16). 
  
 Ogden 	         in  h r-er bb so  era
 Contreras	4.0  8  4-3  1  4  4.26
Paxson	        2.0  2  2-2  1  2  5.72
Solano	        2.0  3  2-2  0  2  4.31
Suiter	        0.1  1  0-0  0  0  4.30
Ames (1-0)      0.2  1  0-0  0  2  1.91
 WP- Contreras, Paxson. HBP- McGee.
PB- Erickson (7). T- 3:08. Att- 4,042.

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