Season Ends for Chattanooga, Inland Empire

Kyle Russell ... triple leader

The Isotopes aired out the pitching staff while topping Iowa 7-2. Birmingham scored four in the ninth to beat Inland Empire 6-5. Dayton beat Great Lakes 4-3. Ogden lost 15-8 to Idaho Falls combined for 23 runs and 41 hits. The two clubs threw in 20 bases on balls, three passed balls, three wild pitches two errors and a balk to account for 64 baserunners in the game. Ogden Lost to Idaho Falls 7-2.

Albuquerque Tunes Up for Playoffs
The Isotopes aired out the pitching staff in preparation for the playoffs that start Wednesday, topping Iowa 7-2.

Albuquerque ran away with the American South Division of the Pacific Coast League, posting an 80-64 record and an 11-game bulge over second-place Oklahoma City, the largest lead in the entire league.

Henry Bonilla drew the start and worked three scoreless innings. He was followed by singled innings from Travis Schlichting, Cory Wade, Alberto Bastardo and Francisco Felix (who allowed the only earned run of the game). Brent Leach (2-0) picked up the win for the Isotopes, working two scoreless innings to finish the game.

Albuquerque scored a single run in the fourth inning on singles by Blake DeWitt and Hector Luna and a wild pitch. They gave the run back in the bottom of the inning on a walk and errors by catcher JD Closser and center fielder Xavier Paul.

The Isotopes broke away in the fifth, scoring four runs. Scott Van Slyke walked and advanced to second on Tony Abreu's single. They moved up on a throwing error by the Iowa starting pitcher and Paul's double broke the tie.

Mitch Jones
A two-run home run by Mitch Jones (#35) added to his PCL-leading total and made it 5-1. Jones finished first in the league in slugging percentage (.651) and second in the league with 103 runs batted in.

Albuquerque tacked on two more insurance runs in the seventh inning when Paul walked and scored on DeWitt's ninth triple. Sergio Garcia doubled him in with the final run of the afternoon.

Tony Abreu
Tony Abreu singled twice and finished the regular season with a .353 average. Had he the requisite number of plate appearances to be listed in the league averages he would have led the league, topping teammate Hector Luna by .002.

Albuquerque's playoff opponent will be the Memphis Redbirds, who wrapped up a PCL American Northern Division crown on Saturday with a double-header sweep of the Oklahoma City RedHawks.  

Just last week, the 'Topes and 'Birds met at Isotopes Park, with Albuquerque taking three of five games.  This season, the Isotopes are 10-6 against Memphis, with a mark of 6-2 at home. 

Playoff Rotation
  The probable pitchers for the best three of five game series will be: 

Games in Albuquerque
?Game 1:  LHP Eric Stults (5-4, 5.20 ERA) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.86)
?Game 2:  RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (13-10, 3.49) vs. RHP P.J. Walters (8-10, 4.54) 

Games in Memphis
?Game 3: RHP Tim Corcoran (2-0, 4.71) vs. LHP Evan MacLane (8-11, 4.02)
?Game 4*:  TBA vs. RHP Adam Ottavino (7-12, 4.74)
?Game 5*: TBA vs. RHP Oneli Perez (4-3, 2.82)
* If Necessary 

 Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 140 200-7
Iowa	        000 100 100-2

 Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2b	5  1  2  0  .353
Paul cf        	4  2  1  2  .328
DeWitt 3b	4  2  2  1  .256
Jones rf	3  1  2  2  .297
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Bastardo p	0  0  0  0  .000
 SGarcia ph	1  0  1  1  .232
Rose c         	1  0  0  0  .000
Luna 1b        	4  0  1  0  .351
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .500
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
Brown lf	4  0  0  0  .290
Hu ss         	4  0  0  0  .294
Bonilla p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Van Slyke ph-rf 2  1  0  0  .167
---------------------------------
 Totals 	36  7 10  6
 Iowa	        32  2  8  1

 Errors- Paul (2), Closser (8), Rose (1).
2B- Paul (10), SGarcia (12), Abreu (18).
3B- DeWitt (9). HR- Jones (35). RBI- Paul
2 (16), Jones 2 (103), DeWitt (47),
SGarcia (14). LOB- Albuquerque 6, Iowa 7.
 	  
 Albuquerque 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
 Bonilla 	3.0  2  0-0  0  3  6.03
Schlichting	1.0  0  1-0  1  1  1.42
Wade        	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  6.75
Bastardo 	1.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
Felix	        1.0  4  1-1  0  2  3.38
Leach (2-0)	2.0  0  0-0  1  4  6.75
 T- 2:6. Att- 8,720.
Four in Ninth Ends Chattanooga Season
Hopes of going out on a winning note disappeared in the fall air as Birmingham scored four times in the ninth to top Inland Empire and win the season finale 6-5.

The Lookouts, in the second half battle up to the end, finished in second place with a 35-35 record and 65-74 overall.

Jesus Castillo started and worked two perfect innings, striking out three. Matt Sartor allowed a pair of runs in his four innings before Zach Schreiber and Jesus Rodriguez added a scoreless inning each.

Javy Guerra shut the Barons out in the eighth and took a 5-2 into the ninth but couldn't get the third out of the inning. A home run and two singles marked the end of his season and Harvey Garcia took over.

He promptly surrendered a three-run home run and when the Lookouts were unable to score in the ninth, received his first loss.

Chattanooga scored in the first when James Tomlin led off with a double and scored on Andrew Lambo's RBI single.

They added another run in the second, when Vinny Rottino doubled and scored on Juan Gonzalez sacrifice fly to center. Eddy Perez led off the fourth with a single and advanced to third on a Rottino double. Russ Mitchell's RBI ground out made it 3-1.

Trayvon Robinson's first solo in the fifth inning gave the Lookouts a 4-2 advantage and Robinson added another homer (#12) gave Chattanooga a seemingly solid 5-2 lead.

But Birmingham's late rally ended the game and the season.

 Score by Innings
Birmingham	001 010 004-6
Chattanooga	110 110 010-5

 Chattanooga 	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin rf	4  1  2  0  .315
Robinson cf	3  2  2  2  .246
Lambo lf	4  0  2  1  .256
Martinez 1b	4  0  1  0  .296
Perez dh	4  1  1  0  .281
Rottino 3b	3  1  2  0  .261
Mitchell 2b	4  0  0  1  .241
JuGonzalez ss	3  0  0  1  .215
Mier c        	4  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
 Totals	        31  5 10  5
 Birmingham	38  6 12  6

  Error- Mitchell (10). 2B- Tomlin (23),
Rottino 2 (18). HR- Robinson 2 (2).
RBI- Lambo (61), JuGonzalez (13), Mitchell 
(63), Robinson 2 (10). S- Robinson. 
SF- JuGonzalez. LOB- Chattanooga 4, Birmingham 
8. SB- Rottino (14).

 Chattanooga  	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Castillo	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  4.31
Sartor	        3.0  4  2-2  1  3  4.27
Schreiber 	1.0  1  0-0  0  3  2.42
Rodriguez	1.0  2  0-0  0  1  3.47
Guerra	        1.1  4  3-3  0  2  4.13
HGarcia (0-1)	0.2  1  1-1  0  1  2.70
 T- 2:36. Att- 2,723.
Sixer Season Ends With a Loss
The JetHawks broke open the game with four runs in the fourth inning and went on to defeat Inland Empire, 11-5, in the final game of the season for both clubs Monday evening.

The 66ers finish the season 59-81, two games behind Rancho Cucamonga for the final playoff spot in the Southern Division. It is just the third time in 15 years that the 66ers have missed the playoffs.

After Elian Herrera tied the game 2-2 with a leadoff homer in the top of the fourth, Lancaster rapped starter Justin Miller for five hits and four runs to take a 6-2 lead.

The 66ers rallied to score twice in the eighth. Jovanny Rosario's single preceded a double from Herrera. A sacrifice fly from Steve Caseres and RBI groundout from Andres Perez cut the lead deficit to, 7-5.

Lancaster added a four-spot off Brian Akin to seal the win.

Miller (0-7) yielded six runs on seven hits in four innings in his first experience pitching in the hitter-friendly ballpark.

Rosario and Herrera each had two hits for the 66ers. 

In the best of the "Wait 'Till Next Year" tradition, the Inland Empire web site announced that the 66ers will open the 2010 season Thursday, April 8 in Rancho Cucamonga and that the home opener is Monday, April 12 against the High Desert Mavericks.

 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	010 100 120- 5
Lancaster	110 400 14x-11

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Rosario cf	5  1  2  0  .24 
Herrera 2b	4  2  2  1  .290
Caseres dh	3  0  0  1  .260
Perez rf	4  1  1  1  .340
Ortiz 1b	3  0  0  0  .245
Mattingly lf	4  1  1  1  .238
Lara ss        	4  0  1  0  .256
Garabedian c	3  0  1  1  .236
 Cilladi c	1  0  0  0  .000
JohGarcia 3b	3  0  0  0  .162
 Green ph	0  0  0  0  .219	
---------------------------------
 Totals 	34  5  8  5
 Lancaster	35 11 12 11

 2B- Perez (7), Lara (15), Garabedian
(12), Herrera (18). HR- Herrera (4).
RBI- Mattingly (36), Herrera (35),
Garabedian (35), Caseres (55), Perez
(20). SF- Caseres. LON- Inland Empire 5, 
Lancaster 2. SB- Rosario (9), Mattingly
(24). DP- Herrera and Ortiz.
	  
 Inland Empire 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
JMiller (0-7)	4.0  7  6-6  2  1  8.13
Melgarejo	3.0  3  1-1  0  1  5.70
Akin	        1.0  2  4-4  2  1 12.86
 WP- JMiller. T- 2:18. Att- 2,728. 
Loons Fall in Regular Season Finale
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Dayton wrapped up the regular season with a 4-3 victory over Great Lakes.  The Dragons never trailed in the game, although the Loons were within one run three times, including at the end.

Great Lakes finishes the regular season 81-59 and will begin playoff action Wednesday at Dow Diamond.

Lefty Jon Dutton (0-3) made his first start of the season and was the tough-luck losing pitcher.  He allowed only a single run that came in the first inning on a double, a stolen base and a ground ball. 

Dutton allowed just two hits and no walks. He struck out six in the game, striking out six of seven batters faced at one point between the second and fourth innings.

  Four different pitchers threw for the Loons.  Jordan Pratt hurled two scoreless frames, lefty Roberto Feliciano followed and surrendered two in the seventh, highlighted by a bases-loaded double. Robert Boothe and Daigoro Rondon finished the game out.  

The Loons responded in the seventh with two runs of their own. Nick Buss singled home Anthony Hatch. Later in the inning, Jerry Sands scored on a wild pitch. 

  The two teams exchanged runs in the eighth. The Loons scored on a sac fly by Joe Becker, but wouldn't get any closer than 4-3.

  The Loons wrapped up their most successful regular season with a record of 81-59 and complete their best half at 41-29.

A number of Loons led the Midwest League final stats. Kyle Russell (26 home runs, 102 runs batted in & .545 slugging average); Jaime Pedroza (100 runs) and Dee Gordon (12 triples).

Dee Gordon

  Tuesday is a league-wide off day before the start of the Midwest League playoffs Wednesday. 

Left-hander Aaron Miller, who finished the regular season 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in seven starts, is scheduled to start for the Loons. He was the Dodgers' top pick in this year's draft out of Baylor University. His scheduled opponent is left-hander Casey Crosby, the Tigers' No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America.  He finished the regular season 10-4 with a 2.41 ERA and a streak of 21 2/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.

 Score by Innings
Dayton	        100 000 210-4
Great Lakes	000 000 210-3

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pedroza ss	5  1  1  0  .260
Becker dh	4  0  1  1  .339
Hatch 3b	4  1  1  0  .294
Silverio lf	4  0  3  0  .284
Sands rf	3  1  1  0  .260
Wallach 1b	4  0  0  0  .251
Buss cf        	4  0  1  1  .260
Lopez c	        3  0  0  0  .203
Dalton 2b	3  0  0  0  .169
---------------------------------
 Totals	        34  3  8  2
 Dayton	        33  4  9  4

 2B- Silverio (34). 3B- Pedroza (6).
RBI- Buss (63), Becker (11). SF- Becker.
LOB- Great Lakes 9, Dayton 6. SB- Lopez
(1). DP- Pedroza, Dalton and Wallach.

 Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Dutton (0-3)	4.0  2  1-1  0  3  3.60
Pratt	        2.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.58
Feliciano	1.0  3  2-2  2  0  2.70
Boothe	        1.0  2  1-1  0  0  4.95
Rondon 	        1.0  1  0-0  0  1  0.00
 T- 2:25. Att- 4,604.
Chukars Win Hitting Contest
Ogden lost 15-8 to Idaho Falls as the two teams combined for 23 runs and 41 hits. The two added 20 bases on balls, three passed balls, three wild pitches two errors and a balk to account for 64 baserunners in the game.

The Chukars led 10-1 after two innings but the Raptors had pulled to within one in the top of the fifth but apparently ran out of gas at about this point.

Idaho Falls captured the season-series from the Raptors nine games to seven, including winning five times in a row at home.

Garrett Gould (0-1) didn't pick the right night to made his second professional start and lasted just 0.2 of an inning, surrendering five runs.

Allen Webster, who had been solid in each of his first three starts with Ogden, had just as much trouble, allowing nine hits and five runs in 2.1 innings.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez' sun-aided double in the third tied the Pioneer League single season-record for two-base hits with 29. He scored on Angelo Songco's double, and Chris Jacobs followed with one of his four hits, an RBI single to cut the deficit it 10-3.

Cavazos-Galvez added a two-run homer in the fourth, his 18th of the season, establishing a new Raptors single-season record. Cavazos-Galvez finished the day with three hits, but left the game after crashing into the wall in pursuit of a fly ball.

In the fifth, Jacobs had another RBI single and Brian Ruggiano launched a three-run homer to left to bring Ogden within one. The following inning, Ruggiano left the game after he was spiked on the hand on a tag play at third base.

The Chukars scored twice in the fifth off of Fredy Quintero, then twice more in the seventh off of Ji Mo Lee. Andy Suiter was tagged with an unearned run in his only inning.

Each Raptor starter had at least one hit, but it was not enough, and the Raptors slipped to .500 at 17-17 in the second half.

Ogden begins a series in Orem Tuesday night, with Brett Wallach scheduled to throw for the Raptors.

 Score by Innings
Ogden	                102 240 00- 9	
Idaho Falls	550 020 21-15

 Ogden 	ab r  h  bi ave
Ruggiano 3b	4  2  3  3  .377
 Guerrero 3b	2  0  0  0 .256
Hernandez ss	5  1  1  0  .298
Galvez cf	4  2  3  2  .325
 McGee cf	1  0  0  0  .267
Songco lf	3  1  1  1  .308
Erickson c	4  0  1  1  .316
Akins rf	5  1  1  0  .256
Jacobs 1b	5  0  4  2  .282
Nam dh	        5  1  2  0  .333
Iden 2b        	4  1  1  0  .236
---------------------------------
 Totals	        42  9 16  9
 Idaho Falls	52 15 24 13

 Errors- Ruggiano 2 (10), Hernandez (16). 
2B- Galvez (29), Songco(9), Akins (8), 
Jacobs (10). HR- Galvez(10), Ruggiano (8). 
RBI- Erickson (36),Songco (27), Jacobs 2 
(17), Galvez 2 (63), Ruggiano 3 (36). 
LOB- Ogden 11, Idaho Falls 14. CS- Iden 
(6). DP- Hernandez, Iden and Jacobs;
Erickson and Ruggiano.

 Ogden 	         in  h r-er bb so  era
Gould (0-1)	0.2  3  5-1  1  1  5.40
Webster	        2.1  9  5-5  2  3  3.00
Quintero	3.0  7  2-1  0  3  1.76
Lee        	1.0  4  2-2  1  1  9.00
Suiter	        1.0  1  1-0  1  2  4.02
 WP- Suiter. Balk- Quintero. PB- Erickson 
2 (9). T- 3:20. Att- 2,111.

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