Dukes Game Summaries and Notes -- by Robert Smathers

1998 DUKES GAME SUMMARIES/NOTES - by Robert Smathers
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[NOTE: Due to a modem upgrade and following problems, the Dukes updates haven't been posted since August 25 and will not be made up.] Friday September 25 Game 4 of the 1998 AAA World Series will be played in Las Vegas, Nevada between the Buffalo Bisons (AAA Indians) and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros). Thursday September 24 The AAA World Series continues with Game 3 at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wednesday September 23 The AAA World Series takes a day off. Tuesday September 22 The AAA World Series continues in Las Vegas, Nevada with Game 2 of the series. Monday September 21 The AAA World Series begins this evening in Las Vegas, Nevada as the Buffalo Bisons and New Orleans Zephyrs meet in a best-of-five series. Buffalo is the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians while New Orleans is the AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros. Sunday September 20 No games are scheduled as the Buffalo Bisons and New Orleans Zephyrs get ready to meet in the 1998 AAA World Series. Saturday September 19 The PCL Championship Series concludes tonight when the Calgary Cannons and New Orleans Zephyrs meet with the winner of the game winning the Championship Series and moving on to face the Buffalo Bisos in the 1998 AAA World Series in Las Vegas, Nevada next week. Friday September 18 Game 5 of the International League Playoffs is tonight. The winner between the Buffalo Bisons and Durham Bulls will win the series and advanced to the 1998 AAA World Series. Game 4 of the PCL Playoffs is tonight. The Calgary Cannons have a chance to advance to the 1998 AAA World Series with a victory tonight over the New Orleans Zephyrs. Thursday September 17 The International League Playoffs continue between the Buffalo Bisons and Durham Bulls. Game 3 of the PCL Playoffs will be played tonight between the Calgary Cannons and New Orleans Zephyrs. Wednesday September 16 The PCL Playoffs resume with the Calgary Cannons meeting the New Orleans Zephyrs. The International League playoffs between the Durham Bulls and Buffalo Bisons continue with Game 3 of the series. Tuesday September 15 The PCL Playoffs resume with the Championship Series where the Calgary Cannons and New Orleans Zephyrs face each other with the winner of the Championship Series representing the PCL at the 1998 AAA World Series. Monday September 14 The PCL Playoffs take a day off. Meanwhile, the International League Playoffs continue when the Buffalo Bisons and Durham Bulls play game 1 of their Championship Series. The Championship Series winner will be the International League representative at the 1998 AAA World Series. Pacific Coast League Playoffs Game 5: Calgary 9 Fresno 3 (Calgary wins series 3-2) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------ Fresno 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 9 0 7 Calgary 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 x 9 12 0 6 FRE: Jensen, Plantenberg (6), Crabtree (8) and Torrealba, Mayes CAL: Fordham, Lundquist (7), Bautista (9) and David Toth WP: Tom Fordham (1-0) LP: Bryan Jensen (0-1) HR: CAL Mario Valdez (1) off Jensen in the 1st inning Jason Evans (1) off Plantenberg in the 7th inning David Toth (1) off Plantenberg in the 7th inning TIME: 2:26 ATT: 4,329 In the decisive game of the Playoff Series between the Fresno Grizzles and Calgary Cannons, Calgary's 6-run seventh inning broke the game wide open as the Cannons went on to win 9-3 and take the series 3-2. With the Cannons leading 3-2 going into the seventh, the 6-run inning made it 9-2 Calgary. The inning was highlighted by Jason Evans' grand-slam homer and David Toth's solo homer. Bryan Jensen took the loss for the Grizzlies, giving up 9 hits and 3 runs in 5 innings of work, but it was Eric Plantenberg that gave up the 2 homers that sealed the Grizzlies fate. Tom Fordham earned the victory, going 6 innings, giving up 7 hits and 2 runs while walking none and striking out 2. ---------- Game 3: New Orleans 2 Iowa 1 (New Orleans wins rain-shortened best-of-three series 2-1) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------ Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 5 New Orleans 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 x 2 8 1 7 IOW: Swartzbaugh, King (8), Cole (8) and Cline NRL: Scanlan and Ronan WP: Bob Scanlan (1-0) LP: Dave Swartzbaugh (0-1) TIME: 2:10 ATT: 8,079 In the decisive game of the rain-shortened, best-of-three series, Bob Scanlan pitched a complete game, 3-hitter as the New Orleans Zephyrs defeated the Iowa Cubs 2-1. New Orleans took the series 2-1. Julio Lugo's sacrifice fly and Carlos Hernandez's RBI single were the only runs in the game for the Zephyrs. Scanlan's only run allowed was unearned as Jose Nieves scored on Lugo's throwing error in the 8th inning. Scanlan gave up a walk and struck out 9. Dave Swartzbaugh started for the Cubs and gave up both runs, 7 hits and 4 strikeouts in 7 innings of work. New Orleans now faces the Calgary Cannons in the PCL Championship Series that begins Tuesday evening. Sunday September 13 The post-season playoffs continue in the Pacific Coast League. Pacific Coast League Playoffs Game 4: Fresno 6 Calgary 4 (best-of-five series is tied at 2-2) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------ Fresno 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 2 7 Calgary 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 5 9 1 9 FRE: Soderstrom, Fultz (7), McMullen (8), Hartgraves (9) and Torrealba CAL: Herbert, Beirne (3), Rizzo (8), Casian (9) and Christopherson WP: Steve Soderstrom (1-0) LP: Russ Herbert (0-1) SV: Dean Hartgraves (1) HR: CAL Brian Hunter (2) off Fultz in the 8th inning TIME: 2:42 ATT: 4,574 Steve Soderstrom pitched six innings of 4 run, 6 hit ball and Keith Williams and Jalal Leach drove in 2 runs each as the Fresno Grizzlies won 6-5 and tied the series with the Calgary Cannons at 2-2. The series deciding game will be played Sunday afternoon in Calgary. Brian Hunter homered for the Cannons in a losing cause. ---------- Game 3: Iowa at New Orleans, Ppd., rain Game 3 was once again postponed due to rain between the Iowa Cubs and New Orleans Zephyrs. Tropical Storm Frances continues to pour rain in the New Orleans area. The series is tied at 1-1. Due to the second consecutive rainout, both managers have agreed to reduce the best-of-five series to a best-of-three series to keep the PCL Playoffs on schedule. Iowa and New Orleans will meet on Sunday to decide who will play Calgary or Fresno in the PCL Championship series. Saturday September 12 The post-season playoffs continue in the Pacific Coast League. Pacific Coast League Playoffs Game 3: Calgary 7 Fresno 5 (Calgary leads best-of-five series 2-1) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------ Fresno 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 8 1 5 Calgary 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 4 x 7 10 0 8 FRE: Roa, Hartgraves (7), Darwin (8), Huisman (8) and Torrealba CAL: Andujar, Bertotti (7), Jose Bautista (9) and Toth, Christopherson WP: Mike Bertotti (1-0) LP: Jeff Darwin (0-2) SV: Jose Bautista (1) HR: FRE Jeff Ball (3) off Andujar in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:43 ATT: 6,260 Brian Hunter's 2-run double and John Finn's 2-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning led the Cannons to a 7-5 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies. The Cannons now hold a 2-1 playoff series advantage. Calgary turned a 5-3 game into a 7-5 game with the big comeback in the eighth inning. Jeff Ball hit a three run homer in a losing cause for the Grizzlies. It was Ball's third homer of the series - one homer in each game of the series. ---------- Game 3: Iowa at New Orleans, Ppd., rain Game 3 between the Iowa Cubs and New Orleans Zephyrs was postponed due to rain from the nearby tropical storm Frances. Game 3 will be made up on Saturday September 12. ===================================================================== International League Playoffs GAME 3: Durham 3 Louisville 2 (Durham wins best-of-five series 3-0) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------ Louisville 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 0 8 Durham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 4 0 8 LOU: VanEgmond, Rodriguez (5), Greene (8) and Brito DUR: Wade, Karp (7), Pennington (7), Eichhorn (9) and D. Cox WP: Terrell Wade (1-0) LP: Tim Vanegmond (0-1) SV: Mark Eichhorn (1) HR: LOU Kevin Barker (1) off Wade in the 1st inning TIME: 2:49 ATT: 5,297 The Durham Bulls scored all 3 runs in the 1st inning and made it stand as they defeated the Louisville Redbirds 3-2 to win the series 3-0. Durham will soon face the winner of the Syracuse/Buffalo series to determine who will be the International League representative in the 1998 AAA World Series. James Buccheri scored on a passed ball and Russ Morman added a two-run double in the Bulls first inning. Terrell Wade went 6 innings for the Bulls, giving up 2 hits, 1 run (a Kevin Barker solo homer), while walking 3 and striking out 7. ---------- Game 3: Buffalo 6 Syracuse 0 (Buffalo wins best-of-five series 3-0) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------ Syracuse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 6 Buffalo 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 x 6 9 1 7 SYR: Munro, VanRyn (1), Koch (4), Lukasiewicz (6), Fletcher (6). Romano (7) and Probst BUF: Driskill and Soliz WP: Travis Driscoll (1-0) LP: Pete Munro (0-1) TIME: 2:51 ATT: 8,723 Travis Driscoll pitched a complete game shutout as the Buffalo Bisons defeated the Syracuse Skychiefs 6-0 and won the playoff series 3-0. Buffalo will meet Durham in the next round of the International League Playoffs. Driscoll walked one, struck out 7 and gave up 7 hits in his 9 innings of work. Friday September 11 The post-season playoffs continue in the Pacific Coast League and International League. Pacific Coast League Playoffs Game 2: New Orleans 5 Iowa 3 (Best-of-five series is tied 1-1) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ---------------------------------------------------------------- New Orleans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 9 1 8 Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 10 1 8 NRL: Halama, Harris (9) and Ronan IOW: Miller, Young (8), Cole (8), Pisciotta (9), King (9) and Cline WP: John Halama (1-0) LP: Marc Pisciotta (0-1) SV: Reggie Harris (1) HR: NRL Lance Berkman (1) off Young in the 8th inning Casey Candaele (1) off King in the 9th inning IOW Micah Franklin (1) off Halama in the 8th inning TIME: 3:08 ATT: 3,202 Casey Candaele's 2-run homer in the top of the ninth broke a 3-3 tie as the New Orleans Zephyrs defeated the Iowa Cubs 5-3. The best-of-five series is tied at 1-1. John Halama went 8 innings, giving up 3 runs and 9 hits while striking out 5 as he earned the victory. Reggie Harris picked up the save for the Zephyrs. Micah Franklin hit a three run homer for the Cubs in a losing cause. ---------- Game 2: Fresno 7 Calgary 6, 10 innings (best-of-five series tied 1-1) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------- Calgary 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 6 10 1 9 Fresno 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 1 7 14 0 12 CGY: Heathcott, Rizzo (5), Bertotti (7), Cruz (7), Casian (9) and Eric Christopherson FRE: Grilli, Plantenberg (6), Darwin (9), Hartgraves (9) and Torrealba WP: Dean Hartgraves (1-0) LP: Nelson Cruz (0-1) HR: CGY Olmedo Saenz (1) off Grilli in the 5th inning Eric Christopherson (1) off Plantenberg in the 9th inning FRE Jeff Ball (2) off Heathcott in the 4th inning TIME: 3:37 ATT: 3,804 Matt Howard's single to right scored Kenny Woods from second with the game winning run in the 10th inning as the Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Calgary Cannons 7-6 and tied the best-of-five series at 1-1. ======================================================================== International League Playoffs Game 2: Buffalo 5 Syracuse 1 (Buffalo leads best-of-five series 2-0) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------- Syracuse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 0 6 Buffalo 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 x 5 9 1 4 SYR: Halladay, Fletcher (8) and Delgado BUF: Rakers, Martin (8), Batchelor (9) and Soliz WP: Jason Rakers (1-0) LP: Roy Halladay (0-1) HR: SYR Kevin Witt (2) off Martin in the 9th inning BUF Alex Ramirez (2) off Halladay in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:38 ATT: 3,712 Alex Ramirez homered for the second straight playoff game and Jason Rakers pitched 7 innings of no run, 7 hit ball as the Buffalo Bisons won 5-1 and took a 2-0 Playoff Series lead. Kevin Witt homered for the second night in a row for the Skychiefs in a losing cause. Skychief starter Roy Halladay went 7 2/3 innings, giving up 9 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. ---------- Game 2: Durham 8 Louisville 3 (Durham leads series 2-0) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------ Durham 0 2 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 8 12 0 7 Louisville 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 8 1 7 DUR: Ruebel, Callaway (8), Nunez (8) and D. Cox LOU: Wunsch, Hudson (5), Beck (6), Mullins (9) and Jensen WP: Matt Ruebel (1-0) LP: Kelly Wunsch (0-1) HR: DUR Russ Morman (2) off Wunsch in the 4th inning Chris Martin (2) off Hudson in the 6th inning LOU Greg Martinez (1) off Callaway in the 8th inning TIME: 2:41 ATT: 1,402 For the second night in a row, Russ Morman and Chris Martin both homered as the Durham Bulls defeated the Louisville Redbirds 8-3 and took a 2-0 series lead. Matt Ruebel pitched 7 innings of no run, 4 hit ball in the Bulls victory. Thursday September 10 The post-season playoffs continue in the Pacific Coast League and International League. Pacific Coast League Playoffs Game 1: Iowa 7 New Orleans 6 (Iowa leads best-of-five series 1-0) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------ New Orleans 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 6 11 2 8 Iowa 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 x 7 10 0 8 NRL: Milacki, Rivera (6), Slusarski (7), Root (8) and Ronan IOW: Steenstra, Young (7), Barker (7), King (9) and Cline WP: Kennie Steenstra (1-0) LP: Bob Milacki (0-1) SV: Ray King (1) HR: NRL Daryle Ward (1) off Steenstra in the 5th inning TIME: 3:18 ATT: 3,023 In the playoff series opener, Alan Zinter's three-run double aided the Iowa Cubs to a 7-6 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs. The Cubs have a 1-0 series lead. Daryle Ward homered and drove in 4 runs in a losing cause for the Zephyrs. Bob Milacki started for the Zephyrs and gave up 8 hits and 7 runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. ---------- Game 1: Calgary 9 Fresno 8 (Calgary leads best-of-five series 1-0) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------ Calgary 0 2 0 2 3 0 0 0 2 9 10 2 9 Fresno 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 0 0 8 9 1 7 CAL: Fordham, Cruz (6), Casian (8), Lundquist (8) and Toth, Christopherson FRE: Brohawn, Huisman (4), Fultz (7), Hartgraves (8), Darwin (9) and Torrealba, Guzman WP: David Lundquist (1-0) LP: Jeff Darwin (0-1) HR: CAL Brian Hunter (1) off Brohawn in the 3rd inning Kevin Roberson (1) off Huisman in the 5th inning Jeff Leifer (1) off Darwin in the 9th inning FRE Jay Canizaro (1) off Fordham in the 5th inning Dante Powell (1) off Fordham in the 6th inning Jay Canizaro (2) off Fordham in the 6th inning Jeff Ball (1) off Cruz in the 7th inning TIME: 3:19 ATT: 3,716 In a game where homers were normal, Jeff Leifer's ninth-inning, pitch hit two-run homer gave the Calgary Cannons a 9-8 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies. Calgary leads the best-of-five series 1-0. There were 7 homers in the game, accounting for 14 of the 17 runs in the game. Kevin Roberson's homer was a 3-run shot and Brian Hunter's homer was a solo homer. For the Grizzlies, Jay Canizaro homered twice and drove in 3 runs, while Dante Powell hit a 3-run homer and Jeff Ball contributed a 2-run homer. ==================================================================== International League Playoffs Game 1: Buffalo 7 Syracuse 3 (Buffalo leads best-of-five 1-0) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------ Syracuse 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 9 2 9 Buffalo 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 x 7 12 0 9 SYR: Withem, Lukasiewicz (7), Harris (7), Cassidy (8) and Delgado BUF: Jacome, Grimsley (7) and Soliz WP: Jason Jacome (1-0) LP: Shannon Withem (0-1) SV: Jason Grimsley (1) HR: SYR Kevin Witt (1) off Jacome in the 7th inning BUF Alex Ramirez (1) off Withem in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:39 ATT: 3,095 In the opener of the International League Playoff Series between the Syracuse Skychiefs and Buffalo Bisons, Alex Ramirez hit for the cycle and Jason Jacome pitched 6 1/3 innings of 3 run, 8 hit ball as the Skychiefs took the game 7-3 and a 1-0 series lead. Ramirez and Bill Selby drove in 2 runs each for the Skychiefs. Jeff Manto drove in all 3 runs for Buffalo. ---------- Game 1: Durham 8 Louisville 3 (Durham leads best-of-five series 1-0) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB ----------------------------------------------------------------- Durham 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 8 11 1 7 Louisville 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 8 2 6 DUR: Eiland, Bennington (7), Eichhorn (9) and Devarez LOU: Henderson, Dunbar (6), Sadler (7), Rodriguez (8), Greene (9) and Brito, Jensen WP: Dave Eiland (1-0) LP: Rod Henderson (0-1) HR: DUR Chris Martin (1) off Henderson in the 2nd inning Russ Morman (1) off Henderson in the 4th inning Luke Wilcox (1) off Greene in the 9th inning LOU Darrell Nicholas (1) off Eiland in the 7th inning TIME: 3:02 ATT: 1,421 Chris Martin, Russ Morman, and Luke Wilcox all homered and collectively contributed 4 RBI as the Durham Bulls won the first game of their playoff series against the Louisville Redbirds. Dave Eiland pitched 6 innings of 3 run ball for the Bulls as he earned the victory. Wednesday September 9 The post-season playoffs begin in both the Pacific Coast League and International League. In the PCL, it is New Orleans at Iowa and Calgary at Fresno. In the IL, it is Buffalo at Syracuse and Durham at Louisville. The winners of the PCL and IL playoffs will meet in the AAA World Series in Las Vegas, Nevada at Cashman Field. Tuesday September 8 The Dukes season is over. For the playoff teams (New Orleans, Iowa, Calgary and Fresno in the PCL and Buffalo, Syracuse, Durham, and Louisville in the IL) it is a day off before the playoffs begin. Monday September 7 The Dukes and Royals conclude the series and season at the Sports Stadium in a day game. Sunday September 6 The Dukes and Royals play game 3 of their series. Saturday September 5 The Dukes and Royals play game 2 of their series. The game is a day game to avoid conflict with the University of New Mexico Lobo football game in the evening. Friday September 4 The Dukes begin their last series of the season against Omaha at the Sports Stadium. Thursday September 3 The Dukes and Buzz conclude their series at the Sports Stadium. Wednesday September 2 The Dukes and Buzz play game 3 of their series. Tuesday September 1 The Dukes and Buzz play game 2 at the Sports Stadium. Monday August 31 The Dukes return home for the final 8 games of the season. The first four are against the Salt Lake Buzz. Sunday August 30 The Dukes and Cubs conclude their series in Iowa. It is the Dukes last road game of the season. Saturday August 29 The Dukes and Cubs play game 3 of their series. Friday August 28 The Dukes and Cubs play game 2 of their series. Thursday August 27 The Dukes end their last road trip of the season with 4 games at Iowa. Wednesday August 26 The Dukes and Zephyrs conclude their series in New Orleans. Tuesday August 25 The Dukes and Zephyrs continue their series in New Orleans. In Dukes notes, IF Jack Jones was promoted from AA San Antonio. Game 2: Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 4 1 7 NEW ORLEANS 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 2 x 8 6 1 6 ABQ: Jeff Williams, Eric Weaver (7), Billy Neal (8) and Henry Blanco NRL: Bob Scanlan, Mike Grzanich (8), Roger Salkeld (8) and Mitch Meluskey WP: Bob Scanlan (4-3) LP: Jeff Williams (6-8) SV: Roger Salkeld (2) HR: ABQ Henry Blanco (3) off Scanlan in the 5th inning TIME: 2:48 ATT: 4,677 In the second game of the series, the Zephyrs won 8-2 and tied the series at 1-1. New Orleans used a 5-run seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and put the game out of reach. Henry Blanco's homer in the 5th inning was the only Dukes RBI. Freshly-promoted Jack Jones came into the game as a pinch hitter and touched home plate with the only other Dukes run in the game. The Zephyrs' Russ Johnson drove in 4 runs, while Lance Berkman and Orlando Miller drove in a run each. Bob Scanlan, Mike Grzanich and Roger Salkeld combined to 4-hit the Dukes in the game. They walked 5 Dukes and striked out 7 Dukes. Jeff Williams started for Albuquerque and gave up 6 runs (4 earned) and 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 6. Monday August 24 The Dukes and Zephyrs play game 2 in New Orleans. Game 1: Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 5 11 14 0 7 NEW ORLEANS 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 6 11 1 6 ABQ: Gary Rath, J.J. Pearsall (8), Jeff Kubenka (8), Eric Weaver (10) and Paul LoDuca NRL: Brian Sikorski, Roger Salkeld (7), Mike Grzanich (8), Joe Slusarski (10), Kent Wallace (10) and Marc Ronan WP: Jeff Kubenka (2-4) LP: Joe Slusarski (2-3) HR: ABQ Eric Stuckenschneider (6) off Sikorski in the 3rd inning Garey Ingram (8) off Slusarski in the 10th inning NRL Paul Russo (11) off Rath in the 4th inning TIME: 3:18 ATT: 8,404 In the first game of the series with the Zephyrs, the Dukes won 11-6 in 10 innings and took a 1-0 series lead. The Dukes broke a 5-game losing streak with the victory. In the top of the 10th, the Dukes snapped a 6-6 tie by scoring 5 times. Garey Ingram solo-homered to break the tie, and Alex Cora's single drove in 2 runs, Hiram Bocachica had a RBI single, and J.P. Roberge scored on a wild pitch. Eric Stuckenschneider contributed a three-run homer in the game for the Dukes. Dukes starter Gary Rath also drove in 3 runs in the game. For the Zephyrs, Paul Russo homered and drove in 2 on the night. Russ Johnson also drove in 2 runs while Casey Candaele sacrifice flied out for an RBI and Daryle Ward also drove in a run. Rath went 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, no walks and 4 strikeouts. He gave up the homer to Russo. J.J. Pearsall pitched to 2 batters in the 8th inning, giving up 1 run and walking 2. Jeff Kubenka worked 2 innings, giving up 3 runs and 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2. Eric Weaver pitched the 10th inning, striking out 1. Sunday August 23 The Dukes hit the road for the last time this season for 8 games. The first 4 games are in New Orleans against the Zephyrs. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- IOWA 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 8 13 0 3 ALBUQUERQUE 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 14 0 8 IOW: Dave Swartzbaugh, Victor Cole (7), Ray King (8), Marc Pisciotta (8) and Pat Cline ABQ: Ricky Stone, Will Brunson (7), Eric Weaver (9) and Henry Blanco WP: Victor Cole (2-2) LP: Will Brunson (5-8) SV: Marc Pisciotta (5) HR: IOW Jason Maxwell (15) off Stone in the 1st inning Robin Jennings (8) off Stone in the 1st inning Pat Cline (11) off Stone in the 6th inning ABQ Henry Blanco (2) off Swartzbaugh in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:56 ATT: 9,244 In the final game of the series and short homestand, the Dukes lost 8-7 and were swept in the 4-game series. The Dukes are now losers of 5 straight games as they head out on a 8 game roadtrip. The Dukes had one good thing going for them - the Cubs didn't beat them in the top of the ninth at-bat like the Cubs had done the first 3 games in the series. In this game, the Cubs did it with a top of the eighth inning at-bat. Robin Jennings scored as Pat Cline singled up the middle. The Cubs had a hot start to the game. Leadoff hitter Jason Maxwell homered to give the Cubs a quick 1-0 lead. Jennings' 2-run homer a few batters later gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead and they ended their first at-bats with that lead. The Dukes then got hot. In the bottom of the first, Garey Ingram singled, driving in a run. In the bottom of the second, Paul LoDuca doubled with the bases loaded to drive in 3 runs. In the bottom of the third, Henry Blanco solo-homered. After 3 innings of play, the Dukes held a 6-3 lead. Iowa then scored the next 4 runs (2 each in the fifth and sixth innings) as they took a 7-6 lead. Albuquerque tied it at 7-7 in the seventh when Henry Blanco drove in a run. Ricky Stone started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 11 hits, 7 runs, no walks and 6 strikeouts. He gave up all 3 Iowa Cubs homers. Will Brunson was the pitcher of record when he gave up Cline's game winning RBI in the 8th inning. Brunson worked 2 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 run, no walks and 2 strikeouts. Eric Weaver worked the ninth, striking out 2. Saturday August 22 The Dukes and Cubs conclude their series at the Sports Stadium. The homestand also ends. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- IOWA 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 4 9 1 8 ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 4 1 3 IOW: Kyle Farnsworth, Ray King (8), Rodney Myers (9), Marc Pisciotta (9), and Alan Zinter, Pat Cline ABQ: Matt Herges, Jeff Kubenka (8) and Paul LoDuca WP: Ray King (1-2) LP: Jeff Kubenka (1-4) SV: Marc Pisciotta (4) HR: IOW Rod McCall (29) off Herges in the 5th inning TIME: 2:45 ATT: 6,039 For the third night in a row, the Cubs scored in the top of the ninth inning to take a lead and the Cubs won 4-3 and took a 3-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost 4 straight games in a row. Hiram Bocachica and Paul LoDuca each drove in a run for the Dukes. Rod McCall solo-homered and Jason Hardtke drove in a run for the Cubs. Matt Herges started for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Jeff Kubenka went the final 2 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts as he got the loss. Friday August 21 The Dukes and Cubs play game 3 of their series. In Dukes news, P Billy Neal was promoted from AA San Antonio. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium Note: Game was suspended due to rain on August 19th after 4 innings of play; game was resumed and completed August 20th 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- IOWA 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 6 10 1 5 ALBUQUERQUE 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 10 1 6 IOW: Kennie Steenstra, Victor Cole (5), Marc Pisciotta (7), Rodney Myers (9) and Pat Cline ABQ: Jeff Williams, Will Brunson (5), Eric Weaver (7) and Paul LoDuca WP: Marc Pisciotta (3-2) LP: Eric Weaver (1-5) SV: Rodney Myers (10) HR: IOW Pat Cline (10) off J. Williams in the 2nd inning Marty Gazarek (2) off J. Williams in the 4th inning TIME: 2:45 In the series opener, Iowa scored in its last at-bat and went on to beat the Dukes 6-5 and take a 1-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost 2 straight games. Jason Maxwell was the hero of the game for the Cubs; it was his ninth inning RBI single that broke the 5-5 tie. Rodney Myers came into the game to face the Dukes in the bottom of the ninth and earned his 10th save for preserving the lead. Pat Cline went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and a homer and Marty Gazarek homered and drove in 2 for the Cubs. For Albuquerque, Dan Melendez drove in 3 runs while Paul LoDuca and Scott Richardson drove in a run each. Jeff Williams started for the Dukes and went 4 innings, giving up 6 hits, 5 runs (1 earned) while walking none and striking out 3. He gave up both homers in the game. -=-=-= Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- IOWA 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 9 0 10 ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 4 8 IOW: Kurt Miller, Richie Barker (6), Rodney Myers (9) and Alan Zinter, Pat Cline ABQ: Mike Iglesias, Jeff Kubenka (6), J.J. Pearsall (8) and Henry Blanco WP: Richie Barker (1-1) LP: J.J. Pearsall (0-1) SV: Rodney Myers (11) HR: IOW Alan Zinter (16) off Iglesias in the 6th inning Matt Mieske (6) off Pearsall in the 9th inning TIME: 2:55 ATT: 6,281 In the regularly scheduled game for Friday, Iowa again scored in their last at-bats to win 5-3 and take a 2-0 series lead. The Dukes are now losers of 3 straight games. Matt Mieske's two-run homer off J.J. Pearsall broke a 3-3 tie in the ninth inning. Rodney Myers came into the game in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the victory as he got his 11th save of the season. Garey Ingram, Scott Richardson, and Alex Cora drove in 1 run each for the Dukes. Mike Iglesias started for the Dukes and went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs (2 earned) while walking 2 and striking out 3. Thursday August 20 The Dukes and Cubs continue their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 2 of the series will be played after Game 1 of the series is resumed and completed. In game 1 of the Series, the Iowa Cubs had a 5-4 lead over the Dukes after 4 innings of play when the rains came at the Sports Stadium and caused the game to be suspended. Kennie Steenstra started for the Cubs while Jeff Williams started for the Dukes. Iowa's Pat Cline and Marty Gazarek both have hit homers off Williams in the game. Wednesday August 19 The Dukes open up a short 4-game homestand against the Iowa Cubs. Game 2: (Game 1 DH) Tucson Electric Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 4 3 0 0 0 2 0 9 14 1 9 TUCSON 0 1 1 0 0 5 0 7 9 1 6 ABQ: Ricky Stone, Will Brunson (6), Jeff Kubenka (7) and Paul LoDuca TUC: Jeff Suppan, Dave Tuttle (2), Chris Michalak (4), Vladimir Nunez (6), Efrain Valdez (7) and Tom Wilson WP: Ricky Stone (4-4) LP: Jeff Suppan (4-3) SV: Jeff Kubenka (8) HR: TUC Edwin Diaz (2) off Brunson in the 6th inning TIME: 2:26 In the second game of the series and the first game of a doubleheader, the Dukes took a 7-0 lead and held off the Sidewinders as they won 9-7 and took a 2-0 series lead. The Dukes have won 3 straight games. In the first inning, Willie Romero had a 2-RBI single and Garey Ingram and Alex Cora drove in 1 run each with singles. In the second inning, the Dukes extended their lead to 7-0 by scoring 3 times. Dan Melendez and J.T. Roberge drove in a run each with singles and Eric Stuckenschneider scored as the lead runner on a double steal. Ingram's 2-RBI single in the sixth made it 9-2 Albuquerque. In the bottom half of the sixth, the Sidewinders tried to come back. Ron Hartman had a 2-RBI double, Troy O'Neal had a RBI single and Edwin Diaz added a two-run homer. The score was 9-7 Albuquerque. Jeff Kubenka came into the game in the ninth inning and earned the save by keeping the Sidewinders from scoring again. Ricky Stone started for the Dukes and went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks and he struck out none. Will Brunson pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up the two-run homer to Diaz. Jeff Kubenka struck out 2 in his inning of work. -=-=-=-=-=-=- Game 3: (Game 2 DH) Tucson Electric Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 0 9 TUCSON 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 13 2 12 ABQ: Gary Rath, Jeff Kubenka (7), Matt Herges (8), J.J. Pearsall (9), Toby Dollar (12) and Henry Blanco TUC: Mike Rooney, Ben Ford (7), Barry Manuel (8), Neil Weber (10), Dan Meier (12) and Troy O'Neal, Tom Wilson7 WP: Dan Meier (1-0) LP: Toby Dollar (0-1) TIME: 3:32 ATT: 5,165 In the second game of the doubleheader, the Sidewinders scored a run in the 12th inning to win 4-3 and earned a split of the doubleheader. The loss snapped the Dukes 3 game winning streak, but the Dukes ended the series by taking 2 games out of the 3 played (with the 4th game of the series not going to be made up since the two teams don't play again this season and the game has no meaning to playoff implications as both teams are well out of the playoff hunt). Paul LoDuca and Henry Blanco drove in a run each for the Dukes. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 9 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. Toby Dollar was the final pitcher of 5 Dukes pitchers on the night and worked 1/3 inning, giving up 2 hits, the winning run, and walking one. Tuesday August 18 The Dukes and Sidewinders conclude their series in Tucson. The Dukes roadtrip also ends. Monday's doubleheader against the Sidewinders was postponed due to rain. The first game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, the second game will probably not be made up (officially, though, no makeup date has been announced). Monday August 17 The Dukes and Sidewinders play a doubleheader in Tucson tonight. Sunday's game against Tucson was postponed due to rain. Sunday August 16 The Dukes and Sidewinders play game 2 of their series. Game 1: Tucson Electric Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 2 2 6 2 0 0 0 0 12 18 2 10 TUCSON 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 12 3 8 ABQ: Mike Iglesias, J.J. Pearsall (7) and Henry Blanco TUC: Bryan Corey, Stephen Randolph (3), Efrain Valdez (3), Barry Manuel (5), Neil Weber (8), Tom Wilson (9) and Troy O'Neal WP: Mike Iglesias (6-1) LP: Bryan Corey (4-5) TIME: 2:59 ATT: 6,593 In the first game of the series with the Tucson Sidewinders, the Dukes won 12-5 and took a 1-0 series lead. The Dukes have won 2 straight games. Henry Blanco and Alex Cora drove in 3 runs each for the Dukes, while J.P. Roberge and Garey Ingram drove in 2 runs each. Willie Romero and Dukes starter Mike Iglesias drove in a run each. It was the second night in a row that a Dukes starting pitcher drove in a run. Iglesias went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. J.J. Pearsall, freshly promoted from Class AA San Antonio, pitched the final 3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Bryan Corey was the first of 6 Sidewinders pitchers on the night. Corey gave up 2 runs and 4 hits in 2 innings of work. The final pitcher was Tom Wilson, a Sidewinders catcher. Wilson pitched the ninth, giving up no runs, hits, walks, and striking out none. Saturday August 15 The Dukes continue their road trip with 4 games in Tucson (AAA Diamondbacks). In Dukes news, pitcher J.J. Pearsall was promoted from AA San Antonio. Game 5: Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 2 2 1 0 6 0 3 0 0 14 5 0 10 COLORADO SPRINGS 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 7 18 0 10 ABQ: Jeff Williams, Eric Weaver (7) and Paul LoDuca CSP: Kerry Woodson, Domingo Jean (3), John Burke (6), Dan Cholowsky (7) and Mark Strittmatter WP: Jeff Williams (6-7) LP: Kerry Woodson (6-8) HR: ABQ Hiram Bocachica (4) off Jean in the 5th inning CSP Edgard Clemente (17) off J Williams in the 7th inning Angel Echevarria (11) off Steed in the 9th inning TIME: 3:00 ATT: 4,100 The Albuquerque Dukes won the final game of the 5-game series with the Sky Sox 14-7 and took the series 3-2. Hiram Bocachica grand-slam homered in the game and had 4 RBI on the evening. Alex Cora had 2 hits and 3 RBI. Paul LoDuca and Garey Ingram drove in 2 runs each, while Dukes starting pitcher Jeff Williams and J.P. Roberge drove in a run each. Angel Echevarria and Edgard Clemente produced most of the Sky Sox runs on the evening. Echevarria had a 3 run homer and Clemente solo homered and added a sacrifice fly. Williams pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up 10 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Eric Weaver pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up 3 hits and he struck out 4. The game was such a blowout that Dan Cholowsky, normally a catcher, pitched for the Sky Sox. He was the most effective Sky Sox pitcher, going the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings, giving up just 3 hits and striking out 1. Friday August 14 The Dukes and Sky Sox end their 5-game series in Colorado Springs. In Dukes news, the Dodgers placed P Darren Hall on the DL and promoted P Sean Maloney from Albuquerque. Game 4: Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 8 12 3 7 COLORADO SPRINGS 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 16 2 13 ABQ: Gary Rath, Toby Dollar (7), Jeff Kubenka (9) and David Steed CSP: Joel Moore, David Cortes (7), Jim Stoops (7), Fred Rath (9) and Dan Cholowsky WP: Fred Rath (4-1) LP: Jeff Kubenka (1-3) HR: ABQ David Steed (4) off Moore in the 2nd inning CSP Derrick Gibson (14) off Rath in the 2nd inning TIME: 3:22 ATT: 3,010 In the 4th game of the 5 game series, the Sky Sox won in extra frames 9-8 and tied the series at 2-2. Mark Strittmatter singled with the bases loaded off Dukes reliever Jeff Kubenka in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Sky Sox the victory. Eric Stuckenschneider went 4 for 5 with 2 RBI and a run scored in the game. Garey Ingram, David Steed, and Steve Rodriguez drove in a run each. J.P. Roberge drove in 2 runs, all with a single in the top of the ninth that had tied the game at 8-8 and gave the Dukes a shot at winning in extra innings. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 11 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), while walking 2 and striking out 10. He gave up a homer to Derrick Gibson in the game. Jeff Kubenka, the losing pitcher, had worked the last 1 1/3 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Fred Rath got the win in relief for the Sky Sox. It is unknown if Fred is related to the Dukes' Gary Rath in any way. Thursday August 13 The Dukes and Sky Sox play game 4 at Sky Sox Stadium. Game 2: (DH Game 1) Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- COLORADO SPRINGS 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 6 12 1 9 ALBUQUERQUE 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 4 9 0 4 CSP: Mike Farmer, Dave Wainhouse (6) and Dan Cholowsky ABQ: Will Brunson, Eric Weaver (7) and Henry Blanco WP: Mike Farmer (6-4) LP: Will Brunson (5-7) SV: Dave Wainhouse (1) HR: ABQ Scott Richardson (8) off Farmer in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:05 In a game from July rained out between the Dukes and Sky Sox, the Dukes played the "home" team and they apparently didn't like being the home team on the road. They lost 6-4 to the Sky Sox. The Sky Sox tie the series at 1-1. David Steed and Scott Richardson drove in 2 runs each for the Dukes. For the Sky Sox, Tim Barker, Chris Sexton, Derrick Gibson, Angel Echevarria, Jeff Barry, and Mike Coolbaugh all drove in a run each. Will Brunson started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 11 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. Eric Weaver pitched the seventh, giving up a hit, a walk and he struck out one. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Game 3: (DH Game 2) Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 2 1 1 0 1 1 2 8 9 0 7 COLORADO SPRINGS 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 5 11 1 8 ABQ: Matt Herges, Sean Maloney (5), Jeff Kubenka (6) and Paul LoDuca CSP: George Glinatsis, Fred Rath (5), Tom Kramer (6) and Mark Strittmatter WP: Sean Maloney (3-2) LP: Tom Kramer (3-4) SV: Jeff Kubenka (7) HR: ABQ Steve Rodriguez (1) off Glinatsis Hiram Bocachica (3) off Kramer TIME: 2:29 ATT: 3,018 In the second game of the doubleheader, the Dukes managed to win 8-5 and earn a split of the doubleheader. The Dukes lead the series 2-1. Hiram Bocachica and Steve Rodriguez each solo-homered in the game for the Dukes. Garey Ingram and Willie Romero drove in 2 runs each and Alex Cora drove in a run. Matt Herges started for the Dukes and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Sean Maloney pitched an inning, giving up 6 hits, 1 run, and striking out 1. Maloney was the pitcher of record when Bocachica's homer snapped a 5-5 tie in the 6th inning and Maloney picked up the victory. Jeff Kubenka earned the save, pitching the last 1 2/3 innings, giving up just a walk and striking out one. Wednesday August 12 The Dukes and Sky Sox play games 2 and 3 in Colorado Springs. Game 2 will be a makeup game from a rainout in Albuquerque in July and the Dukes will be the home team in that game. Game 3 will be the 2nd game of the DH and the regulary scheduled game and Colorado Springs will resume being the home team. Game 1: Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 3 1 2 0 4 0 0 2 12 15 3 10 COLORADO SPRINGS 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 5 ABQ: Ricky Stone, Toby Dollar (9) and Henry Blanco CSP: Steve Bourgeois, Domingo Jean (4), Jim Stoops (6), David Cortes (8), Dan Cholowsky (9) and Mark Strittmatter WP: Ricky Stone (3-4) LP: Steve Bourgeois (2-5) HR: ABQ Willie Romero (10) off Jean in the 6th inning Hiram Bocachica (2) off Cholowsky in the 9th inning TIME: 2:51 ATT: 3,516 In the first game of the 5-game series in Colorado Springs, the Dukes whipped the Sky Sox 12-2 and took a 1-0 series lead. The Dukes have won 2 straight games. For the Dukes, Hiram Bocachica homered and drove in 3. Willie Romero homered (a grand slam homer) and drove in 5 on the night. Henry Blanco had 2 RBI while Alex Cora and Steve Rodriguez drove in a run each. Ricky Stone had a good outing after several outings of not having done well. He went 8 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), while walking 1 and striking out 7. Tuesday August 11 The Dukes open up a 8-day, 9 game road trip with 5 games against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). Game one is tonight. The Dukes had Monday off. In Dukes news, P Manuel Barrios has been claimed off waivers by the Florida Marlins, so he trades in his Dukes suit for a Charlotte Knights suit (AAA Marlins). Barrios, as you may remember, was one of those that came from the Marlins to the Dodgers earlier this season in the Mike Piazza/Todd Zeile trade for Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, and Charles Johnson. Monday August 10 The Dukes have the day off before beginning a 8-day, 9 game road trip. In Dukes news, IF Steve Rodriguez has joined the ballclub. He was playing with the Ottawa Lynx (AAA Expos) before joining the Dukes. It is uncertain if this has to do with the July 31 Dodgers/Expos trade or not. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- OMAHA 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 5 7 3 8 ALBUQUERQUE 0 4 2 5 0 1 0 1 x 13 19 2 8 OMA: Phil Grundy, Matt Turner (4), Allen McDill (7), Brian Bevil (8) and Chris Turner, Hector Ortiz ABQ: Jeff Williams, Will Brunson (7), Toby Dollar (8), Jeff Kubenka (9) and Paul LoDuca, David Steed WP: Jeff Williams (5-7) LP: Phil Grundy (3-3) TIME: 2:50 ATT: 3,026 In the final game of the series, the Dukes scored early and big as they went on to beat the Royals 13-5. The Dukes and Royals each took 2 games in the series. After 4 innings of play, the Dukes were up 11-0. Omaha had a big 4-run fifth inning to make it 11-4 but the Royals fell behind too far to make a comeback Sunday. Every Duke had a hit in the game except for Eric Stuckenschneider and David Steed. Stuckenschneider had a sacrifice fly in the game and went hitless in 4 at-bats while and Steed walked in his only at-bat. Brian Richardson drove in 3 runs for the Dukes, Garey Ingram drove in 2 runs, and Hiram Bocachica, Stuckenschneider, Henry Blanco, and Alex Cora drove in a run each. For the Royals, Steve Sisco, Shane Halter, Jermaine Dye, Chris Hatcher, and Luis Ortiz drove in a run each. Jeff Williams started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 4 hits, 4 runs (1 earned), 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. Will Brunson pitched one inning of one strikeout ball. Toby Dollar pitched an inning, giving up 2 hits, a run, 1 walk and he struck out none. Jeff Kubenka pitched the final inning, giving up a hit and striking out 2. Sunday August 9 The Dukes and Royals conclude their series. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- OMAHA 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 8 15 2 11 ALBUQUERQUE 0 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 6 7 2 7 OMA: Brian Barber, Greg Hansell (8), Bart Evans (9) and Hector Ortiz, Chris Turner ABQ: Gary Rath, Eric Weaver (6), Sean Maloney (9) and Henry Blanco WP: Greg Hansell (8-3) LP: Sean Maloney (2-2) SV: Bart Evans (25) TIME: 3:15 ATT: 5,617 In the third game of the series, the Royals scored 4 times in the 9th inning to beat the Dukes 8-6 and take a 2-1 series lead. Albuquerque got on the scoreboard 4 times in the second inning. With the bases loaded, Keith Johnson doubled to clear the bases. Johnson later scored on Hiram Bocachica's double. The Dukes took a 5-1 lead after 5 innings of play when Chip Sell singled. Omaha scored three times in the sixth inning to trim the Dukes lead to 5-4. In the bottom of the seventh, Eric Stuckenschneider scored on J.P. Roberge's double to make it 6-4 Dukes. The Royals then scored their 4 runs in the ninth inning off Albuquerque's Sean Maloney to win 8-6. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and gave up 13 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) in 5 1/3 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 5. Eric Weaver pitched the middle 2 2/3 innings, giving up 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Sean Maloney pitched the ninth, giving up those 4 game tying/winning runs (3 earned), while walking 3, striking out none and giving up 2 hits. Saturday August 8 The Dukes and Royals play game 3 of their series in Albuquerque. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- OMAHA 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 14 0 8 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 1 4 2 1 x 8 15 1 9 OMA: Kevin Rawitzer, Roland DeLaMaza (6) and Chris Turner ABQ: Mike Iglesias, Jeff Kubenka (7) and Paul LoDuca WP: Mike Iglesias (5-1) LP: Kevin Rawitzer (4-5) SV: Jeff Kubenka (6) HR: ABQ Alex Cora (4) off DeLaMaza in the 8th inning TIME: 2:40 ATT: 5,509 In the second game of the series, the Dukes won 8-3 and snapped a 4 game losing streak. The series with the Royals is tied at 1-1. Alex Cora was a double short of hitting for the cycle. He solo homered in the eighth and drove in 2 runs total. J.P. Roberge also drove in 2 runs while Eric Stuckenschneider, David Steed, and Chip Sell drove in a run each. For the Royals, Rod Myers, Jeremy Giambi, and Steve Sisco drove in a run each. Mike Iglesias started for the Dukes and went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 13 hits, 3 runs, no walks and 3 strikeouts. Jeff Kubenka pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and 4 strikeouts as he earned his sixth save. Friday August 7 The Dukes and Royals play game 2 of their series. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E LOB ----------------------------------------------------------------------- OMAHA 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 10 12 3 11 ALBUQUERQUE 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 16 3 10 OMA: Danny Rios, Brian Bevil (8), Greg Hansell (9), Allen McDill (12), Bart Evans (14) and Chris Turner ABQ: Matt Herges, Sean Maloney (7), Will Brunson (10), Toby Dollar (14) and Henry Blanco WP: Allen McDill (6-2) LP: Will Brunson (5-6) TIME: 4:13 ATT: 2,761 In the Dukes longest game of the season innings-wise, the Royals won 10-5 and take a 1-0 series lead. Omaha plated 6 runs in the 14th inning to win the game. Jermaine Dye had a 3-run double in the third inning and drove in 2 in the 14th inning for 5 RBI total. Rod Myers, Terry Bradshaw, Shane Halter, Felix Martinez, and Chris Turner drove in a run each for the Royals. Hiram Bocachica, Garey Ingram, Willie Romero, and Keith Johnson drove in 1 run each for the Dukes. Matt Herges started for the Dukes and went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Sean Maloney pitched the next 2 2/3 innings, giving up 1 hit and striking out 5. Will Brunson pitched the next 4 1/3 innings, giving up 2 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts. Toby Dollar came into the game in the 14th inning to try to stop the Royal run barrage. He went 2/3 of that inning, giving up 3 hits, 3 runs (none earned due to a Chip Sell error) and walked and struck out 1. Thursday August 6 The Dukes open up a 4-game series at the Sports Stadium against the Omaha Royals. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- LAS VEGAS 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 8 11 1 9 ALBUQUERQUE 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 8 1 5 LVG: Stan Spencer, Mike Rossiter (7), Roberto Ramirez (8) and Jimmy Gonzalez ABQ: Ricky Stone, Jeff Kubenka (7), Eric Weaver (9) and David Steed WP: Mike Rossiter (1-1) LP: Jeff Kubenka (1-2) SV: Roberto Ramirez (1) HR: ABQ Hiram Bocachica (1) off Spencer in the 5th inning TIME: 3:01 ATT: 2,567 In the series finale, the Stars won 8-4 and took the series 3-1. The Dukes have lost 3 straight games. Albuquerque took a 3-1 lead after 1 inning of play when Willie Romero had an RBI single and Garey Ingram had a 2-RBI double. Hiram Bocachica's solo homer in the fifth inning made it 4-1 Dukes. The Stars then went into action, scoring 7 times in the final 3 innings to take the lead and win. Chris Prieto drove in 3 runs for the Stars, while Dave Hajek, George Arias, Juan Melo, and Eddie Williams drove in 1 run each. Ricky Stone started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), while walking 3 and striking out 7. Jeff Kubenka gave up 3 runs and 4 hits in 2 innings of work and Eric Weaver finished up the game, going the ninth inning and giving up a run and a hit. Wednesday August 5 The Dukes and Stars conclude their series at the Sports Stadium. In Dukes news, IF Alex Cora was demoted from the Dodgers to the Dukes as the Dodgers activated Bobby Bonilla from the DL. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- LAS VEGAS 2 0 1 0 2 3 0 3 0 11 16 0 10 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 5 8 1 8 LVG: Brad Kaufman, Alan Newman (7), Kevin Lomon (8) and Jimmy Gonzalez ABQ: Jeff Williams, Toby Dollar (6), Will Brunson (7), Jeff Kubenka (9) and Henry Blanco WP: Brad Kaufman (9-8) LP: Jeff Williams (4-2) HR: LVG Juan Melo (6) off Dollar in the 6th inning ABQ Keith Johnson (6) off Lomon in the 9th inning TIME: 3:15 ATT: 9,101 In the third game of the series, the Stars won 11-5 and took a 2-1 series lead. The Dukes have lost 2 straight games. For the Stars, George Arias and Charles Poe had 2-RBI doubles. Dusty Allen went 2 for 3 with 4 RBI. Juan Melo solo homered and Archi Cianfrocco and Jimmy Gonzalez drove in a run each. The Dukes' Keith Johnson had a 2-run triple and a 2-run homer in the game. Chip Sell drove in the only other Dukes run. Brad Kaufman started for the Stars and went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs, 5 hits, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts. Jeff Williams was the Dukes starter and he went 5 innings, giving up 10 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Toby Dollar pitched 1 inning of 2 hit, 3 run (1 earned) ballwhile walking and striking out 1. Will Brunson pitched 2 innings, giving up 3 hits and 3 runs while walking 1 and striking out 2. Jeff Kubenka continued to be spectacular as he went 1 inning, giving up just a hit. Tuesday August 4 The Dukes and Stars play game 3 of their series in Albuquerque. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- LAS VEGAS 0 0 3 0 1 3 1 0 2 10 13 0 9 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 2 10 LVG: Matt Clement, Roberto Ramirez (7), Paul Menhart (9) and Creighton Gubanich ABQ: Gary Rath, Toby Dollar (6), Will Brunson (8), Sean Maloney (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Matt Clement (10-6) LP: Gary Rath (8-7) HR: LVG George Arias (31) off Rath in the 3rd inning ABQ Paul LoDuca (8) off Menhart in the 9th inning TIME: 3:09 ATT: 2,925 In the second game of the series and a game televised in Las Vegas and seen by satellite, the Stars beat the Dukes 10-3 and tied the series at 1-1. Gary Rath started for the Dukes while Matt Clement started for the Stars. In the 3rd inning, George Arias' mammoth 3-run homer into the drive-in area in left field gave the Stars a 3-0 lead. It was estimated the ball traveled 450 feet. In the 4th inning, Paul LoDuca walked, moved to third on J.P. Roberge's double, and scored on Garey Ingram's groundout. The Stars led 3-1 at that point. In the 5th inning, the Stars got a run. Chris Prieto doubled down the right field line and scored on Dave Hajek's RBI single up the middle. The Stars led 4-1. The Stars added three more in the 6th inning. With Gary Rath still pitching, Creighton Gubanich singled and moved to second when Charles Poe walked. Gubanich and Poe moved up a base on Clement's sacrifice bunt. Dukes reliever Toby Dollar entered the game and Hajek promptly doubled down the left field line, scoring Gubanich and Poe. Prieto walked in the inning, moved to third on Hajek's double, and scored on James Mouton's groundout. The Stars held a 7-1 advantage. In the seventh inning, the Stars scored again. Former-Duke Eddie Williams singled to right. Gubanich hit a fly to left-center field. The ball sunk and Willie Romero missed it and the ball rolled away from him. Williams ended up on third and Gubanich on second due to that 2-base error by Romero. Poe's sacrifice fly scored Williams. At that point, it was 8-1 Stars. In the 9th inning with the Dukes' Sean Maloney pitching, the Stars scored their final 2 runs. Arias walked, moved to second on Greg LaRocca's groundout, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Garey Ingram's error. Later in the inning, Gubanich scored when pinch-hitter Dusty Allen's fly ball was misplayed by Dukes center fielder Hirram Bocachica. No error was given to Bocachica and Allen got credit for an RBI. The Stars had a 10-1 lead as the Dukes went into their last at-bats. The Dukes got their final 2 runs in the game when Paul LoDuca homered over the scoreboard in left-center field to make it 10-3 Las Vegas. Rath went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 9 hits, 7 runs, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. Dollar in his first game in a Dukes suit after being promoted from San Antonio gave up 3 runs (1 earned) in 1 2/3 innings of work. Clement did a fairly good job for the Stars. He went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. He was able to work out of jams when he most needed to but he lacked control at times. He hit Dukes batters 4 times. Bocachica and Romero were the unfortunate Dukes as they each got plunked twice by Clement pitches. The hit batsmen added to Clement's PCL league leading total of 27. Monday August 3 The Dukes and Stars play game 2 of their series. Tonight's game will be televised in Las Vegas. Expect a satellite feed from Albuquerque to Las Vegas on a c-band satellite. Most likely places are Telstar 5 or Galaxy 6 satellites. *** UPDATE - the game is on Telstar 5 C-band, 97 degrees West longitude, transponder 15 *** In Dukes news, P Toby Dollar was promoted from AA San Antonio. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- LAS VEGAS 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 5 10 1 9 ALBUQUERQUE 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 6 9 3 3 LVG: Heath Murray, Will Cunnane (7), Roberto Ramirez (8) and Jimmy Gonzalez ABQ: Mike Iglesias, Jeff Kubenka (8) and Henry Blanco WP: Mike Iglesias (1-0) LP: Will Cunnane (0-1) SV: Jeff Kubenka (5) TIME: 2:22 ATT: 2,440 In the series opener with Las Vegas at the Sports Stadium, Eric Stuckenschneider's sacrifice squeeze in the seventh inning was the eventual game winning RBI as the Dukes beat the Stars 6-5 and took a 1-0 series lead. The Dukes broke a 2-game losing streak with the victory. Just about everyone else got into the RBI act with the Dukes. Driving in a run each also was Scott Richardson, Willie Romero, Garey Ingram, Henry Blanco, and Paul LoDuca in a pinch-hitting role. Mike Iglesias started again for the Dukes, his third start in a row after having been a reliever before that. It appears he is being put in a starting role by Dukes manager Ron Roenicke. Iglesias went 7 innings, giving up 10 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), while walking 2 and striking out 3. Jeff Kubenka continues to get back into the swing of things after coming back from the DL. Kubenka worked 2 innings of one walk, 3 strikeout ball as he picked up save number 5 on the season. Sunday August 2 The Dukes open up a 4-game series against the Las Vegas Stars at the Sports Stadium. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- CALGARY 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 7 12 1 6 ALBUQUERQUE 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 7 0 7 CAL: Tom Fordham, Luis Andujar (8), Jose Bautista (9) and David Toth ABQ: Matt Herges, Eric Weaver (7), Jeff Kubenka (9) and Henry Blanco WP: Tom Fordham (3-1) LP: Matt Herges (3-3) SV: Jose Bautista (9) HR: CAL Kevin Roberson (18) off Herges in the 1st inning Kevin Roberson (19) off Herges in the 6th inning ABQ Paul LoDuca (7) off Fordham in the 8th inning TIME: 2:49 ATT: 3,950 In the series finale, the Cannons won 7-4. Each team won 2 games in the series. The Dukes have now lost 2 games. Kevin Roberson went 2 for 4 with a pair of homers and 3 RBI in the game. Mario Valdez drove in 2 and Lou Frazier and Olmedo Saenz drove in a run each for the Cannons. For the Dukes, Paul LoDuca went 2 for 3 with a homer and 2 RBI in the game. J.P. Roberge's sacrifice fly was the only other Duke RBI in the game. Matt Herges came out of the bullpen to start for the Dukes. Herges in his second start of the season went 6 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, no walks and 3 strikeouts. He gave up both homers to Roberson. Eric Weaver pitched 2 innings, giving up 3 runs and 5 hits, while Jeff Kubenka pitched the ninth, walking and striking out 1. Hiram Bocachica, acquired from the Expos in the blockbuster trade on Friday, arrived in Albuquerque in time for the game and he started in center field. Bocachica went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Saturday August 1 The Dukes and Cannons conclude their series at the Sports Stadium. In Dukes news, P Sean Maloney was demoted from the Dodgers to the Dukes. This move appears to be tied to the roster situation in L.A. following the trade with the Expos. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- CALGARY 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 13 3 10 ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 6 9 0 7 CAL: Mike Bertotti, Nelson Cruz (6), Larry Casian (8), Jose Bautista (9) and David Toth ABQ: Ricky Stone, Will Brunson (7) and Paul LoDuca WP: Jose Bautista (3-0) LP: Will Brunson (5-5) HR: CAL Olmedo Saenz (21) off Stone in the 2nd inning David Toth (4) off Brunson in the 10th inning TIME: 3:23 ATT: 4,623 In the third game of the series, the Dukes came back from a 5-0 defecit but ended up losing 7-6 in 10 innings. The Dukes snapped a 3-game winning streak with the loss, but they still have a 2-1 series lead. The Dukes were down 5-0, but they were able to score runs occasionally and eventually tied it at 6-6 after 8 innings of play. In the top of the 10th inning, Cannon catcher David Toth's solo homer off the Dukes' Will Brunson was the eventual game winning run. Brian Richardson went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI for the Dukes. Paul LoDuca and Henry Blanco drove in a run each. Ricky Stone started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 10 hits, 6 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. He gave up a 3-run homer to Olmedo Saenz in the game. Brunson relieved Stone and went 4 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run (the game winning homer) while walking 3 and striking out 6. Friday July 31 The Dukes and Cannons play game 3 of their series at the Sports Stadium. In Dukes news, P Ted Lilly was part of the blockbuster trade with the Montreal Expos that sent Wilton Guerrero and Lilly among others to the Expos in exchange for Mark Grudzilanek, Carlos Perez, and Hiram Bocachica. Bocachica was assigned to Albuquerque. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- CALGARY 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 5 10 1 7 ALBUQUERQUE 6 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 11 12 1 3 CAL: Luis Andujar, Robert Theodile (2) and Dave Toth ABQ: Jeff Williams, Matt Herges (8) and Henry Blanco WP: Jeff Williams (4-6) LP: Luis Andujar (1-1) HR: CAL Olmedo Saenz (20) off J Williams in the 4th inning ABQ Eric Stuckenschneider (5) off Andujar in the 1st inning Henry Blanco (1) off Andujar in the 1st inning TIME: 2:31 ATT: 2,728 The Dukes beat the Cannons 11-5 in the second game of the series and took a 2-0 series lead. The Dukes have won 3 straight games. Eric Stuckenschneider led off the Dukes half of the first with a homer and the Dukes were off and running. After 2 innings of play, it was 10-0 Albuquerque. Henry Blanco went 2 for 4 with 5 RBI in the game (a 3-run homer in the first and a 2-RBI double in the second inning). J.P. Roberge went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI in the game. Stuckenschneider's solo homer and Garey Ingram's RBI were the only other RBI in the game for the Dukes. Jeff Williams was the benefactor of the run support as he went 7 innings, giving up 8 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) while walking one and striking out 7. Matt Herges pitched the final 2 innings, giving up 3 runs and 2 hits. Thursday July 30 The Dukes and Cannons play game 2 of their series. In Dukes notes, P Jeff Kubenka was activated from the DL. He had been on the DL for awhile with a broken foot. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- CALGARY 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 5 12 1 6 ALBUQUERQUE 2 0 1 0 0 4 2 0 x 9 12 0 6 CAL: Russ Herbert, Mike Bertotti (6), Robert Theodile (8) and Eric Christopherson ABQ: Gary Rath, Manuel Barrios (8), Jeff Kubenka (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Gary Rath (8-6) LP: Russ Herbert (5-9) HR: CAL Craig Wilson (8) off Rath in the 2nd inning Olmedo Saenz (19) off Barrios in the 8th inning ABQ Paul LoDuca (6) off Herbert in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:50 ATT: 3,206 In the first game of a long homestand and in the series with the Cannons, the Dukes won 9-5 and took a 1-0 series lead. The Dukes have won 2 straight games. Gary Rath had a good outing - he went 7 innings, giving up 10 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks and he struck out 5. Dan Melendez and David Steed drove in 2 runs each, while Eric Stuckenschneider, Paul LoDuca, and J.P. Roberge drove in a run each. Wednesday July 29 The Dukes begin a 12-game homestand with 4 games against the Calgary Cannons (AAA White Sox). In Dukes news, Henry Blanco's rehabilitation assignment officially ends yet he still remains a Duke as the Dodgers activated him from the DL and optioned him to Albuquerque. The Dodgers also announce that "P Will Brunson has been designated for assignment to make room on the 40 man roster", whatever that is worth as he is already with the Dukes and not on the Dodgers active roster and he has already appeared in some recent Dukes games. Game 4: Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 9 2 8 LAS VEGAS 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 1 5 ABQ: Mike Iglesias, Eric Weaver (7), Will Brunson (9) and Henry Blanco LVG: Heath Murray, Al Newman (9) and Creighton Gubanich WP: Eric Weaver (1-4) LP: Al Newman (2-3) SV: Will Brunson (2) TIME: 2:30 ATT: 3,993 In the series finale, the Dukes scored a run in the top of the ninth on a wild pitch as they won 3-2 and snapped a 3-game losing streak. The Stars still took the series 3-1. In fact, the Dukes scored 2 of their 3 runs in the game on wild pitches. Heath Murray's wild pitch in the fifth inning scored a run. In that same inning, Willie Romero drove in a run for the only Duke RBI in the game (as wild pitches do not count as an RBI). Mike Iglesias for the second consecutive time came out of the bullpen to start for the Dukes. This time he fared much better than he did in his first starting stunt - he pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Eric Weaver, the second Dukes reliever, was the pitcher of record and got the win. He worked the middle 1 2/3 innings, giving up a 1 hit, 1 run (unearned). Will Brunson closed out the game, pitching the ninth, as he earned his second save. Tuesday July 28 The Dukes end their roadtrip and play the last game of their series against the Stars. In Dukes news, Relief pitcher Sean Maloney was promoted to the Dodgers. Game 3: Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 7 0 4 LAS VEGAS 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 x 4 10 0 4 ABQ: Ted Lilly, Manuel Barrios (8) and Paul LoDuca LVG: Brian Tollberg, Roberto Ramirez (8), Paul Menhart (9) and Jimmy Gonzalez WP: Brian Tollberg (4-3) LP: Ted Lilly (1-3) SV: Paul Menhart (3) HR: ABQ Scott Richardson (7) off Menhart in the 7th inning LVG Dusty Allen (13) off Lilly in the 7th inning TIME: 2:17 ATT: 4,404 In the third game of the series, Dusty Allen's 2-run homer broke a 2-2 tie as the Stars beat the Dukes 4-3 and took a 3-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost 3 straight games. Scott Richardson solo-homered in the game for the Dukes and Garey Ingram drove in 2 runs. Ted Lilly started for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 9 hits, 4 runs, no walks and 3 strikeouts. Manuel Barrios pitched the 8th inning giving up just a hit and striking out 1. Monday July 27 The Dukes and Stars play game 3 of their series in Las Vegas. Game 2: Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 10 LAS VEGAS 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 x 7 11 0 7 ABQ: Ricky Stone, Matt Herges (5), Will Brunson (7), Eric Weaver (8) and Henry Blanco LVG: Stan Spencer, Mike Rossiter (7), Will Cunnane (8), Bubba Dixon (9) and Jimmy Gonzalez WP: Stan Spencer (8-6) LP: Ricky Stone (2-4) HR: LVG George Arias (28) off Stone in the 2nd inning Charles Poe (6) off Stone in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:43 ATT: 4,328 In the second game of the series, the Stars shut out the Dukes 7-0 and took a 2-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost 2 straight games. For the Stars, George Arias and Charles Poe homered. Arias' homer was his near-league-leading 28th homer of the season. Poe ended up with 3 RBI, while Arias, Dusty Allen, and Stan Spencer drove in a run each. Spencer started for the Stars and went 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, no runs, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Relievers Mike Rossiter, Will Cunnane and Bubba Dixon combined to keep the shutout going. Ricky Stone started for the Dukes and went 4 innings, giving up 8 hits, 7 runs (6 earned) while wakling 4 and striking out 3 as he got the loss. Sunday July 26 The Stars and Dukes continue their series in Las Vegas. Game 1: Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 6 LAS VEGAS 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 x 6 10 0 6 ABQ: Jeff Williams, Manuel Barrios (7) and Paul LoDuca LVG: Brad Kaufman, Paul Menhart (7), Mike Rossiter (9) and Creighton Gubanich WP: Brad Kaufman (8-7) LP: Jeff Williams (3-6) HR: LVG George Arias (27) off J Williams in the 4th inning TIME: 2:27 ATT: 11,291 In the first game of the series with the Stars in Las Vegas, the Dukes lost 6-2. The Stars lead the series 1-0. Chip Sell and Jeff Williams drove in a run each for the Dukes. A big 5-run fourth inning propelled the Stars to victory. The highlight of the scoring that inning was a 3-run homer by George Arias, his near-league-leading 27th homer of the season. Williams started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, givign up 7 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts as he took the loss. Saturday July 25 The Dukes and Las Vegas Stars (AAA Padres) begin a 4-game series at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Game 4: Franklin Quest Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 10 1 8 SALT LAKE CITY 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 1 6 ABQ: Gary Rath, Sean Maloney (8) and Henry Blanco SLC: Travis Baptist, Jeff Harris (8), Gus Gandarillas (10) and A.J. Pierzynski WP: Sean Maloney (3-2) LP: Gus Gandarillas (2-5) TIME: 2:57 ATT: 15,869 In the series finale, the Dukes won 3-2 in 10 innings to snap a 3-game losing streak. The Buzz still took the series 3-1. Paul LoDuca drove in 2 runs for the Dukes, but the most important run came in the top of the 10th inning when Garey Ingram doubled scoring Eric Stuckenschneider with the eventual game winning run. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) while walking 1 and striking out 9. Sean Maloney pitched the final 3 innings, giving up 1 hit and 2 strikeouts as he got the win. Friday July 24 The Dukes and Buzz conclude their series in Salt Lake. Game 3: Franklin Quest Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0 10 SALT LAKE CITY 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 3 x 8 10 1 5 ABQ: Mike Iglesias, Eric Weaver (6) and David Steed, Paul LoDuca SLC: Shane Bowers, Steve Wojciechowski (6), Todd Ritchie (7) and A.J. Pierzynski WP: Shane Bowers (4-5) LP: Mike Iglesias (0-1) SV: Todd Ritchie (2) HR: ABQ Garey Ingram (7) off Bowers in the 4th inning SLC A.J. Pierzynski (2) off Iglesias in the 2nd inning Chad Rupp (18) off Iglesias in the 3rd inning Jamie Ogden (3) off Weaver in the 6th inning A.J. Pierzynski (3) off Weaver in the 8th inning TIME: 2:54 ATT: 8,173 A.J. Pierzynski gave the Buzz all the runs they would need to win in the game as the Buzz won 8-2 and took a 3-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost 3 straight games. A.J. Pierzynski was 4 for 4 with a pair of 2-RBI homers and 5 RBI in the game. Chad Rupp and Jamie Ogden each solo homered for the Buzz. Mike Moriarty had the only other Buzz RBI in the game. For the Dukes, Garey Ingram solo-homered and Willie Romero drove in a run. Mike Iglesias came out of the bullpen to start for the Dukes. Iglesias in his first stint as a starter for the Dukes this season went 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. Eric Weaver pitched the final 3 innings giving up 6 hits, 5 runs, a walk and 4 strikeouts. Thursday July 23 The Dukes and Buzz play game 3 of their series. In Dukes news, P Mike Judd was promoted to the Dodgers. Game 2: Franklin Quest Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 6 11 0 4 SALT LAKE CITY 1 0 2 0 0 4 4 0 x 11 15 1 5 ABQ: Ted Lilly, Manuel Barrios (7), Gary Rath (7) and Paul LoDuca SLC: Doug Linton, Kevin Ohme (6) and A.J. Pierzynski WP: Kevin Ohme (2-2) LP: Ted Lilly (1-2) HR: ABQ Eric Stuckenschneider (4) off Linton in the 5th inning Garey Ingram (6) off Linton in the 6th inning SLC Marc Lewis (6) off Lilly in the 3rd inning Brian Buchanan (11) off Lilly in the 6th inning TIME: 2:38 ATT: 7,512 Brian Buchanan's grand slam and Marc Lewis' 2-run homer aided the Buzz to a 11-6 victory over the Dukes in the second game of the series. The Buzz hold a 2-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost 2 straight games. Mike Moriarty added a 2 RBI while Chad Rupp, Jamie Ogden, and Chris Latham added 1 RBI each for the Buzz. For the Dukes, Garey Ingram hit a two-run homer and Eric Stuckenschneider added a solo homer. Willie Romero and Dan Melendez added a RBI each. Ted Lilly started for the Dukes and he was tagged for 7 runs in 6 innings of work. He gave up both Buzz homers in the game. Lilly gave up 8 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Wednesday July 22 The Dukes and Buzz continue their series at Franklin Quest Field in Salt Lake. Game 1: Franklin Quest Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 14 1 12 SALT LAKE CITY 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 x 4 10 2 10 ABQ: Ricky Stone, Will Brunson (7), Sean Maloney (7) and Henry Blanco SLC: Benj Sampson, Jeff Harris (7) and A.J. Pierzynski WP: Jeff Harris (5-0) LP: Sean Maloney (2-2) HR: ABQ Willie Romero (9) off Sampson in the 3rd inning TIME: 3:02 ATT: 8,544 A former-Duke was a hero as the Buzz won 4-3 in the first game of the series in Salt Lake City. The Buzz have a 1-0 series lead. Willie Romero's 2-run homer gave the Dukes a 2-0 lead in the third inning. The Buzz tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the third. Eric Stuckenschneider's RBI single gave the Dukes a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh the Buzz tied it and won it in the bottom of the eighth on former-Duke Latham's RBI double. Ricky Stone started for the Dukes and went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. Sean Maloney was the pitcher of record for the Dukes and got the loss as he gave up Latham's eventual game-winning RBI. Tuesday July 21 The Dukes hit the road for a 8-game roadtrip. The first 4 games are in Salt Lake City against the Salt Lake City Buzz (AAA Twins). Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- NASHVILLE 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 3 6 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 x 5 11 1 11 NSH: Kris Benson, Dave Evans (6), Ken Giard (7) and Tim Laker ABQ: Jeff Williams, Mike Iglesias (8), Manuel Barrios (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Jeff Williams (3-5) LP: Kris Benson (6-7) TIME: 2:34 ATT: 4,947 The Dukes got good pitching for the third game in a row and it showed as the Dukes won 5-1 and took the series 3-1. The Dukes have won 3 games in a row. Jeff Williams pitched seven innings giving up just a run. He gave up 6 hits, 3 walks and he struck out 5. Garey Ingram, Chip Sell, Paul LoDuca, Dan Melendez, and Keith Johnson all drove in a run for the Dukes in the game. Monday July 20 The Dukes and Sounds conclude their series. The homestand also ends. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- NASHVILLE 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 9 2 10 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 x 6 6 2 4 NSH: Matt Ryan, Steve Mintz (6), Rich Sauveur (7), Ken Giard (8) and Jon Sweet, Tim Laker ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Gary Rath (6), Eric Weaver (9), Will Brunson (9) and Henry Blanco WP: Gary Rath (7-6) LP: Steve Mintz (4-3) SV: Will Brunson (1) HR: NSH Freddie Garcia (17) off Flores in the 4th inning Kevin Grijak (10) off Flores in the 5th inning ABQ J.P. Roberge (6) off Giard in the 8th inning TIME: 3:06 ATT: 2,597 In the third game of the series, the Dukes won 6-4 and took a 2-1 series lead. The Dukes have won 2 straight games. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and gave up 4 runs before the Dukes even got on the scoreboard. Freddie Garcia and Kevin Grijak each had 2-run homers for the Sounds. In the bottom of the fifth, J.P. Roberge led-off with an infield single. Roberge later scored on a wild pitch. David Steed's single made it 4-2 Sounds. In the sixth, the Dukes tied the game and took the lead. Paul LoDuca's RBI double scored Sell to make it 4-3 Sounds. LoDuca scored on Roberge's single to tie the game at 4-4 and Roberge later scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-4 Albuquerque. Roberge smacked a solo-homer in the eighth inning to provide the Dukes with an insurance run. Flores went 5 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Gary Rath was the pitcher of record and got the win. Rath worked the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, giving up 2 hits, no runs, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Sunday July 19 The Dukes and Sounds play game 3 of their series. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- NASHVILLE 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 7 4 1 ALBUQUERQUE 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 x 6 9 0 6 NSH: Scott Klingenbeck, Jimmy Anderson (6), Dave Evans (8) and Tim Laker ABQ: Mike Judd, Sean Maloney (8) and Paul LoDuca WP: Mike Judd (5-7) LP: Scott Klingenbeck (0-1) HR: NSH Tim Laker (2) off Judd in the 1st inning Freddy Garcia (16) off Judd in the 4th inning Kevin Grijak (9) off Maloney in the 9th inning TIME: 2:17 ATT: 10,592 In the second game of the series, the Dukes won 6-4 and tied the 4-game series at 1-1. Mike Judd had an excellent performance in the game, going 7 innings while giving up 5 hits, 2 runs (both solo homers, to Tim Laker and Freddy Garcia), while walking none and striking out 10 Sounds. Sean Maloney in his 2 inning relief stint gave up a 2-run homer to Kevin Grijak to make the game interesting. The Dukes got on the scoreboard early. In the first inning, Eric Stuckenschneider singled and moved to third on Chip Sell's single. Stuckenschneider scored on an error on the throw to third base from the outfield in an attempt to get him out. Sell moved to third on the error. Sell scored on a fly ball by Willie Romero that T.J. Staton mishandled and Romero scored on Paul LoDuca's groundout. It was 3-0 after 1 inning of play. In the third, Sell tripled and scored and Stuckenschneider tripled and scored in the fifth as the Dukes took a 5-2 lead. Saturday July 18 The Dukes and Sounds continue their series. In Dukes news, Tripp Cromer was promoted to the Dodgers. He had been on a rehabilitation assignment with the Dukes. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- NASHVILLE 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 7 11 0 6 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 5 8 1 6 NSH: Kevin Pickford, Ken Giard (7), Jeff McCurry (8) and Jon Sweet ABQ: Ted Lilly, Manuel Barrios (8) and Henry Blanco WP: Kevin Girad (1-0) LP: Manuel Barrios (1-3) SV: Jeff McCurry (23) HR: NSH Freddy Garcia (15) off Barrios in the 8th inning ABQ Willie Romero (8) off Pickford in the 6th inning TIME: 2:48 ATT: 9,355 In the first game of the 4-game series, the Sounds won 7-5 and took a 1-0 series lead. The Sounds got 4 runs in the fourth inning on 2-RBI doubles by Jeff Patzke and Chad Hermanson. The Dukes got on the board in the fourth using a J.P. Roberge RBI. In the sixth, Willie Romero's solo-homer trimmed the Dukes deficit to 4-2 Sounds. The Dukes tied the game in the bottom of the seventh at 4-4 when Chip Sell singled, scoring 2. In the top of the eighth, Freddie Garcia's 2-run homer broke the 4-4 tie and the Sounds added an insurance run to make it 7-4. Roberge drove in a run in the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-5 Sounds but Jeff McCurry earned his league-leading 23rd save seeing to it that the Dukes would not score again. Ted Lilly started for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks and striking out 8. Manuel Barrios went 2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs (the game winning ones including Garcia's homer), 2 earned runs, a walk and 2 strikeouts. Friday July 17 The Dukes and Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) begin a 4-game series at the Sports Stadium. The Dukes game vs. the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at the Albuquerque Sports Stadium was cancelled due to rain on Thursday night. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in August in Colorado Springs. The Sky Sox did take the 4-game series 3-1. Thursday July 16 The Dukes and Sky Sox conclude their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- COLORADO SPRINGS 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 8 1 9 ALBUQUERQUE 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 x 4 6 0 3 CSP: Mark Brownson, Domingo Jean (6), Fred Rath (8) and Mark Strittmatter ALB: Ricky Stone, Sean Maloney (7) and Henry Blanco WP: Ricky Stone (2-3) LP: Mark Brownson (6-8) SV: Sean Maloney (9) HR: CSP Derrick Gibson (13) off Maloney in the 7th inning TIME: 2:39 ATT: 3,152 In the third game of the series, the Dukes won 4-3 and snapped a two-game losing streak. The Sky Sox still hold the series lead at 2-1. Ricky Stone started for the Dukes and went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts as he got the win. Sean Maloney pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, no walks and 2 strikeouts as he got his 9th save. Scott Richardson drove in 2 runs while Tripp Cromer drove in a run for the Dukes. Wednesday July 15 The Dukes and Sky Sox play game 3 of their series in Albuquerque. In Dukes notes, OF Trenidad Hubbard was promoted to the Dodgers when the Dodgers put IF Eric Young on the DL. Hubbard was demoted on Sunday for the Dodgers to make a roster spot available for newly-acquired Brian Bohanon. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- COLORADO SPRINGS 1 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 7 16 0 10 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 7 1 3 CSP: Mike Farmer, Kerry Woodson (6), Garvin Alston (9) and Dan Cholosky ALB: Jeff Williams, Eric Weaver (6), Will Brunson (7), Matt Herges (9) Paul LoDuca WP: Mike Farmer (4-2) LP: Jeff Williams (2-5) HR: ABQ Keith Johnson (5) off Farmer in the 5th inning Scott Richardson (6) off Alston in the 9th inning TIME: 2:41 ATT: 3,627 In the second game of the series, Colorado Springs used big innings of 3 runs and 2 runs to beat the Dukes 7-4 and take a 2-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost two straight games. The Dukes were trailing 2-0 in the 3rd inning when they finally got on the scoreboard. Eric Stuckenschneider tripled, scoring Jeff Williams. The Dukes tied the game in the 4th inning using Willie Romero's sacrifice fly. The Sky Sox used a 3-run fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Keith Johnson solo-homered in the bottom of the fifth to trim the defecit to 5-3. The Sky Sox had a 2-run inning in the seventh to take a 7-3 lead and Scott Richardson solo-homered in the bottom of the ninth to make it a 7-4 game but the Dukes couldn't come up with any more runs. Angel Echevarria and Scott Coolbaugh drove in 2 runs each for the Sky Sox, while Derrick Gibson, Edgard Clemente, and Tim Barker drove in a run each. Williams went 5 innings, giving up 8 hits, 5 runs, no walks and 2 strikeouts. Tuesday July 14 The Dukes and Sky Sox continue their series at the Sports Stadium. On Monday, the Dukes activated P Ignacio Flores from the DL. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- COLORADO SPRINGS 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 6 1 8 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6 CSP: Steve Bourgeois, Tom Kramer (8) and Mark Strittmatter ALB: Ignacio Flores, Mike Iglesias (6), Manuel Barrios (7), Gary Rath (9) and Henry Blanco, Paul LoDuca WP: Steve Bourgeois (2-1) LP: Ignacio Flores (4-10) SV: Tom Kramer (6) TIME: 2:40 ATT: 2,888 In the opening game of the 4-game series, the Sky Sox beat the Dukes 4-0 and took a 1-0 series lead. The Dukes were shut out for the first time at the Sports Stadium this season. Steve Bourgeois and Tom Kramer combined on the shutout, giving up just 6 hits. Bourgeois struck out 8 and walked 2 while Kramer just struck out 1. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes after recently coming off the Disabled List. He gave up 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts in 5 innings of work. He has lost his last 5 pitching decisions and has not won since June the 1st. Angel Echevarria, Nelson Liriano, Edgard Clemente, and Dan Cholowsky each drove in a run for the Sky Sox. Monday July 13 The Dukes and Colorado Springs Sky Sox begin a 4-game series at the Sports Stadium. Game 4: Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 10 2 6 IOWA 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 0 7 ABQ: Mike Judd, Will Brunson (8), Sean Maloney (8) and Paul LoDuca IOW: Kyle Farnsworth, Ray King (8), Justin Speier (9) and Pat Cline WP: Mike Judd (4-7) LP: Kyle Farnsworth (3-4) SV: Sean Maloney (8) HR: ABQ Tripp Cromer (2) off Farnsworth in the 3rd inning IOW Rod McCall (23) off Judd in the 7th inning Micah Franklin (16) off Judd in the 7th inning TIME: 2:34 ATT: 7,625 The Dukes won 3-2 in the final game of the series and short road trip. The Dukes snap a 2-game losing streak. The Dukes and Cubs finished their series with 2 wins apiece. Tripp Cromer, in the middle of his rehabilitation assignment, solo homered and Scott Richardson drove in two runs. Iowa scored their two runs in the seventh inning when Rod McCall and Micah Franklin each solo-homered off Dukes starter Mike Judd. McCall and Franklin each homered twice in the series. Judd went 7 innings, givign up 6 hits, 2 runs, walked none and striked out 5 as he got his second straight win. Sean Maloney pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up 2 walks and striking out 1 as he earned his second save of the series and 8th save overall. Sunday July 12 The Dukes and Cubs conclude their series in Iowa. In Dukes news, OF Trenidad Hubbard was demoted by the Dodgers to Albuquerque. Game 3: Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 2 1 IOWA 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 x 3 9 1 8 ABQ: Ted Lilly, Matt Herges (6), Will Brunson (7), Eric Weaver (8) and Henry Blanco, Paul LoDuca IOW: Kurt Miller and Pat Cline WP: Kurt Miller (11-1) LP: Ted Lilly (1-1) HR: ABQ Paul LoDuca (5) off Miller in the 7th inning TIME: 2:17 ATT: 9,718 AAA All-Star Kurt Miller pitched a complete 1-run, 4 hit game as the Cubs won 3-1 The Cubs take a 2-1 series lead. The Dukes have lost 2 straight games. Miller lost the shutout in the game by giving up a solo-homer to AAA All-Star Paul LoDuca in the 7th inning. Derrick White, Pat Cline, and Miller each had a RBI in the game for the Cubs. Ted Lilly started for the Dukes. He gave up 3 runs (none earned) in 5 innings of work while giving up 6 hits, a walk, and 2 strikeouts. He got the loss - his first in a Dukes suit. Saturday July 11 The Dukes and Cubs play game 3 of their series in Iowa. Game 2: Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 8 IOWA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 4 5 1 6 ABQ: Ricky Stone, Mike Iglesias (7) and Paul LoDuca IOW: Kennie Steenstra, Rodney Myers (9) and Pat Cline WP: Kennie Steenstra (8-0) LP: Ricky Stone (1-3) HR: IOW Robin Jennings (3) off Stone in the 1st inning Micah Franklin (15) off Stone in the 1st inning TIME: 2:17 ATT: 7,170 In the second game of the series, the Iowa Cubs scored all their runs in the first inning of Dukes starter Ricky Stone as the Cubs won 4-0 and tied the series at 1-1. Stone gave up two-run homers in the first inning to Robin Jennings and Micah Franklin. Stone pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks and 9 strikeouts. Kennie Steenstra started for the Cubs and gave up no runs, 5 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts in 8 innings of work as he improved his record to 8-0. Friday July 10 The Dukes and Cubs continue their series in Iowa. Game 1: Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 6 8 2 10 IOWA 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 8 1 7 ABQ: Gary Rath, Eric Weaver (7), Sean Maloney (8) and Henry Blanco, Paul LoDuca IOW: Kevin Foster, Steve Rain (5), Justin Speier (8), Tony Fossas (9), Rodney Myers (9) and Pat Cline WP: Gary Rath (6-6) LP: Kevin Foster (1-1) SV: Sean Maloney (7) HR: ABQ Willie Romero (7) off K Foster in the 3rd inning IOW Derrick White (18) off Rath in the 1st inning Rod McCall (22) off Maloney in the 8th inning TIME: 3:12 ATT: 8,953 In the first game of the series and short road trip, the Dukes won 6-4 and took a 1-0 series lead. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts as he won for the first time after losing 6 straight pitching decisions. AAA All-Star Derrick White homered in the first inning to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Willie Romero hit a 3-run homer off Cubs starter Kevin Foster to give the Dukes a 3-1 lead and a lead they would never lose the rest of the evening. AAA All-Star Paul LoDuca and Dukes reliever Eric Weaver added a RBI each in the game. Rod McCall's 2-run homer in the eighth turned a 5-2 Dukes lead into a 5-4 Dukes lead, but Albuquerque scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth and Sean Maloney held the Cubs from scoring to preserve the Dukes victory. Henry Blanco started a rehabilitation assignment with the Dukes. He played catcher for most of the game and went 1 for 3, striking out twice. Thursday July 9 The Dukes return from their 3-day All-Star break to play 4 games in Iowa against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). This roadtrip is a short 4-game roadtrip. The Dukes had Wednesday off. In Dukes notes, Josh Glassey was demoted to Class A Vero Beach. Glassey only made pinch-hit appearances for the Dukes. . . . Henry Blanco is expected to begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Dukes soon. He has been the DL all season long. . . . Tripp Cromer has had his rehab stint with the Dukes extended for another 20 days. 1998 AAA All-Star Roster

1998 AAA All-Star Game; Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- P.C.L. All-Stars 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 8 2 4 I.L. All-Stars 3 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 x 8 12 1 4 PCL: Travis Baptist (SLC), Chris Brock (FRE) (3), Kurt Miller (IOWA) (5), Brian Barber (OMA) (6), Jeff Darwin (FRE) (7), Steve Gajkowski (TAC) (7) and Paul LoDuca (ABQ), Robert Machado (CAL) IL: Joel Bennett (RCH), Calvin Maduro (SWB) (3), Jason Jacome (BUF) (5), Brandon Reed (TOL) (6), Scott Sauerbeck (NOR) (7), Shannon Withem (SYR) (8), Todd Williams (IND) (9) and Bobby Estalella (SWB), Mike Figga (COL), Fausto Tejero (RICH) WP: Joel Bennett LP: Travis Baptist HR: PCL Terry Shumpert (CSP) off Maduro in the 3rd inning Warren Newson (OKL) off Withem in the 8th inning IL Mike Lowell (COL) off Baptist in the 1st inning TIME: 2:31 ATT: 11,049 In the 1998 AAA All-Star Game in Norfolk, Virginia, the International League All-Stars beat the Pacific Coast League All-Stars 8-4. Joel Bennett (ROCH) started for the I.L. (IL) while Travis Baptist (SLC) started for the P.C.L. (PCL) In the bottom of the first, IL's Allen Battle (OTT) walked, moved to second on Ron Belliard's (LOU) groundout, and advanced to third on a error during a pickoff play from Baptist to shortstop Terry Shumpert (CSP) who snuck in behind Battle to cover second base. Battle scored on Roberto Petagine's (IND) groundout. Mike Lowell (COL) blasted a homer to left field to make it 2-0 IL. Willis Otanez (ROCH) doubled to right and scored on Bobby Estalella's (SWB) single up the middle. When the first inning ended, the score was was 3-0 IL. The PCL got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning when Shumpert homered to left field off IL reliever Calvin Maduro (SWB). The IL still lead 3-1. The PCL trimmed the deficit to a run in the 4th inning. George Arias (LVG) doubled and scored on Jeff Ball's (FRE) RBI single up the middle. In the bottom of the fourth, the IL extended their lead. Facing Chris Brock (FRE), Otanez singled to right. Trot Nixon's (PAW) triple scored Otanez to make it 4-2. Nixon himself scored on Scott Krause's (LOU) single. After 4 innings of play it was 5-2 IL. The PCL scored in the top of the fifth. Jason Jacome (BUF) was pitching when Shumpert reached base on an error by third baseman Otanez. Shumpert advanced to second on the play as the ball sailed into the dugout. Jason Wood (EDM) came in to pinch run. Wood advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Warren Newson's (OKL) groundout. The score was 5-3 IL. The IL scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to make it 8-3 IL. With Jeff Darwin (FRE) pitching for the PCL, Greg Blosser (DUR) walked, stole second, and scored on Alex Gonzalez's (CHAR) triple off the wall in right center field. Battle's RBI to left scored Gonzalez. Later in the inning, Petagine walked and scored when Lowell doubled off the base of the wall in left field. The PCL finished the scoring in the game when Newson homered to left (just inside the foul pole) in the 8th inning off IL reliever Shannon Withem (SYR). That make the score 8-4 IL. Paul LoDuca, the lone Dukes representative, went 0 for 2 in the game (a fly out to center field and a fielder's choice). All-Star Game notes . . . Pitcher Jeff McCurry of Nashville (PCL) was the only player on the rosters for both teams that did not make an appearance in the game. . . . Jeremy Giambi (Omaha, PCL) pulled a hamstring muscle in the third inning on a stolen base attempt. He was replaced in the game by Newson. . . . The game was played in front of 11,049 fans. . . . Mike Lowell was named the IL MVP of the game. Terry Shumpert was named the PCL MVP of the game. Wednesday July 8 The Dukes have the day off for the All-Star Break. The All-Star game is tonight in Norfolk, VA. The game will be televised on ESPN2. Paul LoDuca is the lone Dukes representative in the game. The Dukes had Tuesday off. Tuesday July 7 The Dukes have the day off for the All-Star Break. The Dukes had Monday off. Monday July 6 The Dukes have the day off for the All-Star break. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium (Doubleheader Game 1) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- TACOMA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 3 ALBUQUERQUE 2 0 4 0 2 0 x 8 13 0 7 TAC: Felipe Lira, Tim Harikkala (5) and Scot Sealy ABQ: Mike Judd and Paul LoDuca WP: Mike Judd (3-7) LP: Felipe Lira (4-4) HR: ABQ Eric Stuckenschneider (3) off Lira in the 1st inning Keith Johnson (4) off Lira in the 3rd inning TIME: 1:55 Mike Judd got plenty of run support as he got his first victory since May 27th as the Dukes won 8-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Dukes hold a 3-0 series advantage over the Rainiers and the Dukes have won 4 straight games. Eric Stuckenschneider homered and went 2 for 4 with a RBI and a run scored. J.P. Roberge went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Keith Johnson homered and went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Dan Melendez and Willie Romero added 1 RBI each. Judd went all 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, no runs, no walks and he struck out 6. This was his best pitching performance of the season. -=-=-= Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium (Doubleheader Game 2) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- TACOMA 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 6 9 1 3 ALBUQUERQUE 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 TAC: Andrew Lorraine, David Holdridge (6) and Carlos Maldonado ABQ: Matt Herges, Mike Iglesias (5), Eric Weaver (7) and David Steed WP: Andrew Lorraine (3-2) LP: Matt Herges (3-2) SV: David Holdridge (5) HR: TAC Randy Jorgensen (2) off Herges in the 3rd inning Dan Rohrmeier (16) off Herges in the 3rd inning TIME: 1:48 ATT: 10,686 In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Andrew Lorraine returned to a formerly familiar role as he helped lead the Rainiers to the 6-2 win and a split of the doubleheader. The Dukes saw a 4-game winning streak end. The Dukes still took the series 3-1. Lorraine was formerly a starting pitcher and he became that in this game as he came out of the bullpen to start. He went 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Lorraine gave up a 2-RBI single to Keith Johnson in the second inning as the Dukes took a 2-0 lead. In the third inning the Rainiers offense came to life and gave Lorraine all the runs he would need for the victory. Randy Jorgensen solo homered off Duke starter Matt Herges and Dan Rohrmeier later followed with a 3-run homer. Ryan Radmanovich drove in the final 2 runs for the Rainiers in the fifth inning. Herges came out of the bullpen to start for the Dukes. He gave up 5 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in 4 innings of work. Sunday July 5 The Dukes and Rainiers finish up their series with another doubleheader at the Sports Stadium. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium (Doubleheader Game 1) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- TACOMA 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 9 1 4 ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 5 8 2 5 TAC: Jim Bullinger, Andrew Lorraine (7), Steve Gajkowski (7) and Scot Sealy ABQ: Will Brunson and Paul LoDuca WP: Will Brunson (5-4) LP: Andrew Lorraine (2-2) TIME: 2:03 In the first game of a grueling 4-game homestand before the All-Star break, Will Brunson pitched all 7 innings and was rewarded for it as the Dukes won 5-4 in game 1 of the doubleheader. The Dukes lead the series 1-0 and have won 2 straight games. With the Dukes trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Dukes put up a 4-spot to win 5-4. J.P. Roberge doubled and scored on Keith Johnson's single. Johnson scored on Scott Richardson's double. Dan Melendez walked. Newly-activated-from-the-Disabled-List Garey Ingram singled up the middle scoring Richardson to tie the game at 4. Eric Stuckenschneider walked to load the bases and Chip Sell came through with a single to win it for the Dukes. Brunson picked up the win. He gave up 9 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) while walking none and striking out 5. -=-=- Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium (Doubleheader Game 2) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- TACOMA 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 4 6 1 3 ALBUQUERQUE 2 0 0 1 0 2 x 5 5 3 1 TAC: Ryan Franklin, Jose Paniagua (6) and Scot Sealy ABQ: Jeff Williams, Sean Maloney (7) and David Steed WP: Jeff Williams (2-4) LP: Ryan Franklin (4-5) SV: Sean Maloney (6) HR: TAC Dan Rohrmeier (15) off J Williams in the 6th inning ABQ J.P. Roberge (5) off Franklin in the 1st inning Eric Stuckenschneider (2) off Franklin in the 6th inning TIME: 1:46 ATT: 13,245 In the doubleheader nightcap, the Dukes scored twice in the bottom of the sixth as they went on to beat the Rainiers 5-4. The Dukes have a 2-0 series lead, they swept the doubleheader, and they have won 3 straight games. J.P. Roberge's homer in the bottom of the first gave the Dukes a 2-1 lead. Tacoma tied it at 2-2 in the second and went ahead in the top of the fourth by scoring a run to lead 3-2. The Dukes tied it at 3-3 in the bottom the fourth when Roberge drove in a run. Tacoma took a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, the Dukes' Eric Stuckenschneider homered to tie the game and Roberge's RBI double scored the eventual game-winning run. Roberge ended up going 2 for 3 with 4 RBI and a run scored. Jeff Williams started for the Dukes and went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), walked 2 and struck out 4 as he got the win. Sean Maloney pitched the last two outs of the seventh inning, striking out 1 as he got his sixth save. Saturday July 4 The Dukes open up a short homestand and pre-All-Star game series with a doubleheader against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) at the Sports Stadium. Game 4: Southwestern Bell Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 5 11 0 6 OKLAHOMA 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 6 ABQ: Ricky Stone, Sean Maloney (9) and Paul LoDuca OKL: Jonathan Johnson, Barry Johnson (7) and Rick Wrona WP: Ricky Stone (1-2) LP: Jonathan Johnson (2-1) SV: Sean Maloney (9) TIME: 2:33 ATT: 13,066 In the final game of the series and roadtrip, the Dukes won 5-2 and took the series 3-1. Paul LoDuca went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. J.P. Roberge, Willie Romero, and Scott Richardson drove in a run each. Bret Barberie's 2-RBI triple provided the only Redhawks scoring. Ricky Stone pitched 8 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and he struck out 5 as he earned his first win in a Dukes suit. Sean Maloney pitched the ninth inning, giving up a hit and a strikeout as he got his fifth save. Friday July 3 The Dukes and Redhawks conclude their series in Oklahoma City. The Dukes also end their roadtrip. In Dukes news, C Paul LoDuca was demoted from the Dodgers and will suit up for the Dukes in Friday's game. . . . In another move, IF Alex Cora was promoted to the Dodgers and P Manuel Barrios was demoted from the Dodgers. Game 3: Southwestern Bell Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 9 0 8 OKLAHOMA 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 x 7 8 1 4 ABQ: Gary Rath, Matt Herges (8) and David Steed OKL: Terry Clark, Jeff Granger (7) and Chris Tremie WP: Terry Clark (7-4) LP: Gary Rath (5-6) SV: Jeff Granger (1) HR: OKL Scott Sheldon (15) off Rath in the 2nd inning Rene Gonzales (3) off Rath in the 6th inning TIME: 2:33 ATT: 4,527 In the third game of the series, Rene Gonzales just about did it all as the Redhawks beat the Dukes 7-2. The Dukes still hold the series lead 2-1. The Dukes two-game winning streak was snapped with the loss. Scott Sheldon's homer gave the Redhawks a 2-0 lead in the second inning. In the 6th inning with the score 2-1 Oklahoma, Rene Gonzales' grand-slam homer extended the lead to 6-1. In the eighth inning with the score 6-2, Gonzales capped the Redhawks scoring with a sacrifice fly. Gonzales ended the evening 1 for 3 with 5 RBI and a run scored. Alex Cora and Scott Richardson drove in the only Dukes runs in the game. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks and he struck out 6. He gave up both Redhawk homers in the game. Matt Herges pitched the 8th inning and gave up a walk and a single as well as Gonzales' sacrifice fly. Thursday July 2 The Dukes and Redhawks play game 3 in Oklahoma. C Paul LoDuca was promoted to the Dodgers today. IF Garey Ingram was activated from the DL. Game 2: Southwestern Bell Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 8 1 5 OKLAHOMA 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 11 0 11 ABQ: Ted Lilly, Eric Weaver (7) and Paul LoDuca, David Steed OKL: Brandon Knight, Eric Moody (8), Ricky Pickett (9) and Rick Wrona WP: Ted Lilly (1-0) LP: Brandon Knight (0-1) SV: Eric Weaver (3) TIME: 2:56 ATT: 5,015 In the second game of the series, the Dukes won 4-2 and took a 2-0 series lead. The Dukes have won 2 straight and manager Ron Roenicke's record improved to 2-3 since he began managing the Dukes. Alex Cora went 1 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI. Eric Stuckenschneider and Willie Romero drove in a run each for the Dukes. For the Redhawks, Warren Newson and Bret Barberie drove in a run each. Ted Lilly made his debut in a Dukes uniform after being promoted from AA San Antonio on Tuesday. He went 6 innings, giving up both Redhawk runs, 9 hits, 4 walks and he struck out 6. Eric Weaver pitched the last 3 innings, giving up 2 hits and 4 strikeouts as he got his third save of the season. Wednesday July 1 The Dukes and Redhawks continue their series in Oklahoma City. Game 1: Southwestern Bell Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 12 1 7 OKLAHOMA 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 1 13 ABQ: Mike Judd, Mike Iglesias (7), Will Brunson (9), Sean Maloney (10) and Paul LoDuca OKL: Al Levine, Jon Hurst (7), Jimmy Myers (10), Barry Johnson (11) and Chris Tremie WP: Sean Maloney (2-1) LP: Barry Johnson (2-9) TIME: 3:42 ATT: 5,258 In the first game of a 4-game series at Oklahoma, the Dukes blew a 5-0 lead but managed to win in extra innings as they beat the Redhawks 6-5 in 12 innings. Albuquerque snapped a 5-game losing streak with the victory and new Dukes manager Ron Roenicke got his first win as manager of the Dukes. Roenicke's record as Dukes manager is 1-3. Bret Barberie and Andy Barkett drove in 2 runs each for the Redhawks, while Willie Romero and Brian Richardson each drove in 2 runs for the Dukes. The run that counted the most, however, was driven in by Paul LoDuca in the top of the 12th inning. Alex Cora scored on that double. Mike Judd started for the Dukes and went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 5 runs (3 earned) while walking 5 and striking out 2. Sean Maloney was the pitcher of record for the Dukes. He kept the Dukes in the game by pitching his longest outing of the season, going the last 3 innings, while giving up 2 hits and striking out 3. Tuesday June 30 The Dukes and Oklahoma RedHawks (AAA Rangers) begin a 4-game series in Oklahoma City. In Dukes news, P Ignacio Flores was placed on the DL and P Ted Lilly was promoted from AA San Antonio. Game 4: Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 11 1 5 OMAHA 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 x 6 10 1 7 ABQ: Jeff Williams, Will Brunson (6) and David Steed OMA: Kevin Rawitzer, Tim Byrdak (8), Bart Evans (9) and Chris Turner WP: Kevin Rawitzer (2-1) LP: Jeff Williams (1-4) SV: Bart Evans (13) HR: ABQ Eric Stuckenschneider (1) off Rawitzer in the 4th inning OMA Chris Hatcher (20) off J Williams in the 5th inning TIME: 2:20 ATT: 2,140 In the final game of the 4-game series in Omaha, the Royals used a big 5-run sixth inning to beat the Dukes 6-5. The Dukes have now lost 5 straight games and the Royals swept the 4-game series. New Dukes manager Ron Roenicke's record drops to 0-3. Eric Stuckenschneider went 4 for 5 in the game with a run scored and 3 RBI (two RBI coming on a homer in the 4th inning). Chip Sell added a sacrifice fly and J.P. Roberge drove in a run. Albuquerque had a 5-1 lead going into the sixth inning. Chris Hatcher's 2-run homer off Dukes starter Jeff Williams trimmed the Dukes lead to 5-3. Felix Martinez's 2-RBI triple tied the game at 5-5 and Jeremy Giambi's double to right off Dukes reliever Will Brunson gave the Royals a 6-5 lead. Williams went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs (5 earned) while walking 5 and striking out 4. Brunson went 2 1/3 innings giving up 2 hits and striking out 1. Monday June 29 The Dukes and Royals finish their series in Omaha. In Dukes news, P Manuel Barrios was promoted to the Dodgers. The Dodgers demoted P Will Brunson to the Dukes. Game 3: Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 0 9 OMAHA 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 x 6 12 1 6 ABQ: Ricky Stone, Sean Maloney (8) and Paul LoDuca OMA: Phil Grundy, Greg Hansell (6), Allen McDill (8), Bart Evans (9) and Hector Ortiz WP: Greg Hansell (3-2) LP: Ricky Stone (0-2) SV: Bart Evans (12) HR: ABQ Scott Richardson (4) off Grundy in the 4th inning OMA Joe Vitiello (11) off Stone in the 4th inning Steve Sisco (12) off Maloney in the 8th inning TIME: 2:36 ATT: 13,540 The Royals scored at least a run in every inning from the 4th inning to the end of the game as they went on to beat the Dukes 6-3 and take a 3-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost 4 games in a row and new Dukes skipper Ron Roenicke remains winless (0-2 record). With a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, Chris Hatcher's RBI single tied the game at 3-3 and Hector Ortiz later followed with a RBI single to give the Royals a 4-3 lead. The Royals added a run in the seventh and eighth innings to extend their lead to 6-3. Scott Richardson homered for the Dukes in a losing cause. The other two Dukes runs came when Paul LoDuca drove in a run and J.P. Roberge executed a sacrifice fly play. Ricky Stone started for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 11 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks and he struck out 3. Sean Maloney pitched the 8th inning giving up a hit and a run (Steve Sisco's homer). Sunday June 28 The Dukes and Royals play game 3 in Omaha. In Dukes news, catcher Paul LoDuca has been named a 1998 AAA All Star. He will play in the All-Star game in Norfolk on July 8. Here is the complete 1998 AAA All-Star Roster

Game 2: Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 1 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 7 15 1 10 OMAHA 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 x 9 13 0 5 ABQ: Gary Rath, Eric Weaver (6), Mike Iglesias (8) and Paul LoDuca OMA: Matt Turner, Greg Hansell (6), Tim Byrdak (7), Bart Evans (8) and Chris Turner WP: Tim Byrdak (1-0) LP: Eric Weaver (0-4) SV: Bart Evans (11) HR: ABQ Scott Richardson (4) off M Turner in the 4th inning Keith Johnson (3) off M Turner in the 5th inning OMA Felix Martinez (1) off Rath in the 6th inning Ernie Young (5) off Rath in the 6th inning Chris Hatcher (19) off Weaver in the 7th inning TIME: 2:40 ATT: 10,449 The Omaha Royals used two big innings to rally to defeat the Dukes 9-7 and take a 2-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost 2 games in a row. Saturday's game marked the managerial debut for Ron Roenicke. Gary Rath was cruising in the game until the sixth inning. In that inning, he gave up 5 runs (homers to Felix Martinez and Ernie Young were the highlights of the scoring). In the seventh inning, Eric Weaver came into the game and blew the lead for the second game in a row. He gave up a 3-run homer to Chris Hatcher that gave the Royals a lead that would never be relinquished. In all, he gave up 4 runs in the seventh inning. Rath went 6 innings, giving up 8 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts while Weaver gave up 3 hits and 4 runs in 2 innings of work. Scott Richardson and Keith Johnson homered for the Dukes in the game. Richardson and Eric Stuckenschneider had 2 RBI in the game, while Johnson, Alex Cora and Willie Romero had 1 RBI each. Saturday June 27 The Dukes and Royals play game 2 in Omaha. Game 1: Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 2 9 OMAHA 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 x 8 10 1 6 ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Matt Herges (6) and Paul LoDuca OMA: Danny Rios, Timothy Byrdak (9) and Hector Ortiz WP: Danny Rios (4-2) LP: Ignacio Flores (4-9) HR: OMA Jeremy Giambi (11) off Flores in the 1st inning Chris Hatcher (18) off Flores in the 2nd inning Steve Sisco (11) off Flores in the 5th inning TIME: 2:25 ATT: 9,011 In the first game of the roadtrip, Danny Rios pitched 8 good innings of baseball and three Omaha Royals homered to give him all the run support he would need as the Royals beat the Dukes 8-1 and took a 1-0 series lead. Albuquerque has lost 2 in a row and has lost 10 of the last 11 games. Ron Roenicke was supposed to have made his Dukes managerial debut in this game but it didn't happen. He is expected to be managing the Dukes Saturday evening. Rios went 8 innings, giving up 8 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts as he got the win. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and gave up 5 runs (4 earned) and 4 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 5. He also gave up all Omaha homers - to Jeremy Giambi, Chris Hatcher, and Steve Sisco. Paul LoDuca drove in the only Dukes run. Friday June 26 The Dukes begin a 8-game roadtrip with 4 games in Omaha against the Royals at Rosenblatt Stadium. In Dukes notes, the Dukes have a new manager for the rest of the season. Ron Roenicke got the promotion from managing class AA San Antonio to managing the Dukes. He is a former Duke and Dodger. Reggie Smith, one of the coaches fired from the Dodgers on Wednesday, refused the Dukes managerial job and Roenicke was the next one the job was offered to and he accepted it. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- IOWA 3 0 1 2 0 2 2 0 2 12 15 2 13 ALBUQUERQUE 0 2 0 3 0 3 3 0 0 11 15 0 7 IWA: Don Wengert, Ray King (6), Victor Cole (6), Justin Speier (8) and Pat Cline ABQ: Mike Judd, Matt Herges (5), Mike Iglesias (6), Ricky Stone (7), Manuel Barrios (8), Eric Weaver (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Justin Speier (3-3) LP: Eric Weaver (0-3) HR: IWA Kevin Orie (9) off Judd in the 1st inning TIME: 3:44 ATT: 6,661 In the final game of the 4-game series, the Iowa Cubs rallied in the ninth inning to defeat the Dukes 12-11 and take the series 3-0. The Dukes have lost 9 out of the last 10 games. With Albuquerque leading 11-10 in the top of the ninth inning, Eric Weaver gave up a game-tying single to Kevin Orie. Pat Cline followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Cubs the 12-11 lead. Justin Speier held the Dukes in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the Cubs victory. In their campaigns to get promoted back up to the Chicago Cubs, Orie homered and went 2 for 5 with 4 RBI and a run scored while Derrick White went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and a run scored. Alan Zinter scored 4 times for the Cubs while going 5 for 6 with an RBI. Jason Maxwell added a RBI and Marty Gazarek added 2 RBI for the Cubs. For the Dukes, Eric Stuckenschneider, Cliff Anderon and Paul LoDuca drove in 2 runs each. Josh Glassey, Tripp Cromer, and Alex Cora drove in a single run each. Mike Judd started for the Dukes and went 4 innings, giving up 6 hits, 6 runs, 5 walks and 6 strikeouts. Matt Herges gave up 2 runs and 3 hits in 1 1/3 innings of work. Ricky Stone gave up 2 run in his one inning of work and Eric Weaver gave up both the tying and game-winning runs in his inning. Thursday June 25 The Dukes and Cubs finish their series at the Sports Stadium and the Dukes end their short homestand. In Dukes news, the Dodgers demoted IF Alex Cora to Albuquerque. The Dodgers promoted IF Adrian Beltre from AA San Antonio, thus the reason Cora was demoted. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- IOWA 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 11 0 12 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 x 3 9 1 6 IWA: Kurt Miller, Tony Fossas (7), Dave Swartzbaugh (7), Ray King (8) and Pat Cline ABQ: Jeff Williams, Mike Iglesias (7), Sean Maloney (9) and Paul LoDuca, David Steed WP: Mike Iglesias (3-0) LP: Dave Swartzbaugh (4-3) SV: Sean Maloney (4) TIME: 2:54 ATT: 8,034 In the third game of the series, the Dukes won 3-2 in front of 8,034 fans in a special noon start contest. The Dukes broke a season-high 9 game losing streak. Iowa still leads the series 2-1. Kevin Orie drove in Jason Maxwell in the first inning to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. In the seventh, Iowa scored again when Alan Zinter drove in Orie. The Dukes tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with Cliff Anderson's 2-RBI single and scored the winning run in the eighth inning when Tripp Cromer drove in a run. Sean Maloney pitched the ninth, striking out 2 as he earned the save. Jeff Williams started but got a no-decision. He went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 9 hits, 2 runs, 5 walks and he struck out 7. Mike Iglesias was the winning pitcher. He pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up 2 hits and striking out 2. Wednesday June 24 The Dukes and Cubs play game 3 of their series. In Dukes news, IF Chip Sell was promoted from AA San Antonio. He appeared at first base in Wednesday's game. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- IOWA 0 2 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 9 13 0 5 ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 8 0 4 IWA: Kennie Steenstra, Dave Swartzbaugh (7), Justin Speier (9), Tony Fossas (9) and Pat Cline ABQ: Manuel Barrios, Mike Iglesias (5), Matt Herges (5), Ricky Stone (6) Eric Weaver (7), Sean Maloney (9) and Paul LoDuca, David Steed WP: Kennie Steenstra (6-0) LP: Manuel Barrios (1-2) HR: IWA Derrick White (14) off Barrios in the 2nd inning Derrick White (15) off Barrios in the 3rd inning Derrick White (16) off Weaver in the 7th inning Jason Maxwell (9) off Maloney in the 9th inning ABQ Keith Johnson (2) off Speier in the 9th inning TIME: 2:33 ATT: 5,657 In the second game of the series, Derrick White was the hero for the Iowa Cubs as they beat the Dukes 9-4 and took a 2-0 series lead. Albuquerque has now lost 9 in a row. White homered three times, singled, and was hit by a disgusted Dukes pitcher in the game. He went 4 for 4 with 6 RBI and 3 runs scored as he continued his campaign to get promoted back to the Cubs. Kevin Orie went 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored in his own attempt to get promoted back to the Cubs. For the Dukes, Keith Johnson solo-homered. Eric Stuckenschneider added a RBI and Cliff Anderson had 2 RBI. Manuel Barrios started for the Dukes and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 6 runs, 1 hit and 4 walks. He gave up 2 homers to White in White's first two at-bats and was the disgusted pitcher who hit White with a pitch during White's 3rd at-bat in the game. Barrios was immediately tossed and White went to first base after starting to head towards the pitching mount and deciding against fighting with Barrios as he didn't want to pay the PCL any fine money. Tuesday June 23 The Dukes and Cubs play game 2 of their series at the Sports Stadium. In Dukes notes, a book could almost be written today for all the roster moves. Garey Ingram and Dan Melendez are hurting (not known if they are on the DL or just day-to-day). OF Eric Anthony was sold by the Dodgers to a Japanese team. OF Eric Stuckenschneider joins the Dukes from AA San Antonio. IF/C Paul LoDuca was demoted by the Dodgers. OF Trenidad Hubbard's rehabilitation assignment ended. IF Wilton Guerrero was promoted to the Dodgers. C Joshua Glassey joins the Dukes (unsure where he played before joining the Dukes, I don't see him listed in the stats for AA San Antonio). (UPDATE- June 24 - Gene Brawn writes to say he was in Vero Beach, thanks Gene for the info). The big roster move from yesterday involved the manager, Jon Debus continues to be interim manager until a manager is named (the Dodgers say maybe by the end of the week when Tom Lasorda (new Dodgers interim General Manager) and Charlie Blaney (Dodger Minor League System Director) discuss who should be the new Dukes manager). Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- IOWA 3 0 2 0 3 3 0 0 0 11 15 0 6 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 2 4 IWA: Rodney Myers, Justin Speier (8), Steve Rain (9) and Pat Cline ABQ: Gary Rath, Matt Herges (6), Eric Weaver (9) and David Steed WP: Rodney Myers (5-5) LP: Gary Rath (5-5) HR: IWA Derrick White (13) off Rath in the 1st inning Kevin Orie (7) off Rath in the 5th inning Kevin Orie (8) off Herges in the 7th inning ABQ David Steed (3) off Speier in the 8th inning TIME: 2:18 ATT: 8,380 New manager, same result. Jon Debus took over as interim Dukes manager and watched his Dukes get bombed by the Iowa Cubs 11-1. The Dukes have now lost 8 straight games. Derrick White's 3-run homer in the first inning got the Cubs out to the quick lead and it just got worse from there. White went 2 for 5 in the game with 3 RBI and a run scored. Kevin Orie's campaign to get promoted continued against the Dukes - 2 homers and 4 RBI in the game with 3 runs scored. Pat Cline added a RBI and Chris Petersen added 2 RBI. The lone Dukes run came on David Steed's third homer of the season. Gary Rath was the Dukes pitcher to get shelled on the evening - he went 5 innings, giving up 11 hits, 10 runs (8 earned), while walking 2 and striking out 6. Monday June 22 The Dukes return home for a very short 4 game homestand. The Iowa Cubs provide the opposition. In Dukes notes, Manager Glenn Hoffman received a promotion to the Dodgers today. The Dodger fired manager Bill Russell and replaced him with Hoffman. Jon Debus, the hitting coach, will manage Monday's Dukes game against the Cubs. Game 3: Burns Stadium (Game 1 DH) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 8 1 4 CALGARY 0 2 1 2 0 0 x 5 10 0 4 ABQ: Ricky Stone, Matt Herges (5), Manuel Barrios (6) and David Steed CAL: Russ Herbert, Jose Bautista (6) and Robert Machado WP: Russ Herbert (3-5) LP: Ricky Stone (0-1) SV: Jose Bautista (1) HR: ABQ Keith Johnson (1) off Herbert in the 3rd inning CAL Mario Valdez (12) off Stone in the 3rd inning TIME: 1:56 In the third game of the series (Game 1 of a doubleheader), the Cannons defeated the Dukes 5-4 and took a 3-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost six straight games. Eddie Pearson went 2 for 2 with 3 RBI and Mario Valdez went 2 for 3 with a RBI (solo homer) in the Cannons victory. Keith Johnson solo-homered for the Dukes and Scott Richardson, J.P. Roberge, and Willie Romero also drove in a run each. Ricky Stone, in his second start in a Dukes suit since his promotion from AA San Antonio, went 4 innings, giving up 9 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), while walking none and striking out 4. He earned his first loss with the Dukes. -=-= Game 4: Burns Stadium (Game 2 DH) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 1 5 CALGARY 0 0 0 5 2 0 x 7 8 0 4 ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Mike Iglesias (4), Sean Maloney (6) and David Steed CAL: Mike Bertotti, Chad Bradford (6) and Dave Toth WP: Mike Bertotti (3-3) LP: Ignacio Flores (4-8) TIME: 1:51 ATT: 7,364 In the final game of the series and nightcap of the doubleheader, a 5-run fourth inning propelled the Cannons to the victory 7-1 as they swept the doubleheader. The Cannons swept both doubleheaders and won the series 4-0. The Dukes have lost a season-high seven games. Lou Frazier and Jason Evans drove in 2 runs each while Craig Wilson and Kevin Roberson drove in a single run each. Wilton Guerrero drove in the only Dukes run. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), while walking 3 and striking out 2. He continues to be unimpressive as of late as his record dropped to 4-8. Sunday June 21 The Dukes and Cannons finish their series in Calgary with a doubleheader to make up for a rainout earlier in the series. It also marks the last game of the current roadtrip. In Dukes news, P Will Brunson was promoted to the Dodgers as the Dodgers placed IF/OF Bobby Bonilla on the DL with an intestinal infection. Brunson is the second Duke in as many days to get the callup. Game 1: Burns Stadium (Game 1 DH) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 8 1 8 CALGARY 0 1 0 1 1 0 x 3 7 1 5 ABQ: Mike Judd and David Steed CAL: John Snyder, Larry Casian (7) and Robert Machado WP: John Snyder (7-3) LP: Mike Judd (2-7) SV: Larry Casian (3) TIME: 1:47 In the first game of the series (DH first game), the Calgary Cannons defeated the Albuquerque Dukes 3-2 and took a 1-0 series lead. Brian Simmons and Robert Machado had 1 RBI each for the Cannons in the victory. J.P. Roberge's 2-RBI single in the sixth provided the only Dukes runs in the game. John Snyder started for the Cannons and almost pitched the complete game. With two outs in the seventh, Larry Casian entered the game and struck out a Duke to end the game. Mike Judd started for the Dukes and went the whole game, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), while walking 1 and striking out 3. -=-=- Game 2: Burns Stadium (Game 2 DH) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 2 CALGARY 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 10 0 10 ABQ: Jeff Williams, Mike Iglesias (5), Eric Weaver (7) and David Steed CAL: Rich Pratt, Todd Rizzo (7) and Dave Toth WP: Todd Rizzo (5-2) LP: Eric Weaver (0-4) HR: CAL Craig Wilson (3) off Iglesias in the 6th inning TIME: 1:55 ATT: 4,561 In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Eric Weaver walked in the winning run as the Cannons beat the Dukes 3-2 and swept the doubleheader. The Dukes have lost 5 in a row. For the Cannons, Robert Machado drove in a run and Craig Wilson had 2 RBI (including drawing the walk that won the game). For the Dukes, Scott Richardson drove in both Dukes runs in the game. Jeff Williams started for the Dukes and went 4 innings, giving up 7 hits, 1 run (none earned), while walking one and striking out 4. He left the game with a 2-1 lead. Mike Iglesias gave up a homer to Wilson to tie the game at 2 and it was Weaver who issued a walk to Wilson to end the game. Saturday June 20 The Dukes and Cannons continue their series in Calgary with another chance of trying to play a doubleheader. The Dukes/Cannons doubleheader was postponed due to rain on Friday so doubleheaders will be played today and Sunday to make up the first 2 games of the series. In Dukes news, catcher Paul LoDuca was promoted to the Dodgers when Dodgers P Ramon Martinez went on the DL. Friday June 19 The Dukes and Cannons play game 1 and 2 of their series as Thursday's series opener was cancelled due to rain. Thursday June 18 The Dukes finish up their roadtrip with a 4-game series beginning tonight in Calgary against the Cannons (AAA White Sox). The Dukes had Wednesday off. Wednesday June 17 The Dukes have the day off. Game 4: Telus Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 3 EDMONTON 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 x 6 13 0 10 ABQ: Gary Rath, Manuel Barrios (7), Sean Maloney (8) and David Steed EDM: Ariel Prieto, Jay Witasick (5) and Izzy Molina WP: Jay Witasick (4-3) LP: Gary Rath (5-4) HR: ABQ Tripp Cromer (1) off Prieto in the 2nd inning TIME: 2:23 ATT: 8,289 For the second consecutive game, late-inning Trapper scoring led the Trappers to victory, this time a 6-1 win over the Dukes. The Trappers took the 4-game series 3-1. The Dukes have now lost 3 straight. Tripp Cromer, in his first game with the Dukes as he begins a rehabilitation assignment, homered for the lone Duke run in the game. For the Trappers, Willie Morales went 3 for 4 with a 2-RBI double. Jorge Velandia went 3 for 5 with a RBI. Jay Witasick, Jason Wood, and Chris Sheff each had 1 RBI. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks and he struck out 8. Tuesday June 16 The Dukes and Trappers conclude their series at Telus Field in Edmonton. Game 3: Telus Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 1 5 EDMONTON 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 3 x 8 14 1 8 ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Eric Weaver (7) and Paul LoDuca EDM: Gil Heredia, Jim Dougherty (8) and Willie Morales WP: Gil Heredia (5-4) LP: Ignacio Flores (4-7) V: Jim Dougherty (3) HR: EDM Jack Voigt (1) off Flores in the 2nd inning D.T. Cromer (2) off Weaver in the 8th inning TIME: 2:21 ATT: 6,852 In the third game of the 4-game series in Edmonton, Edmonton scored late and often (7 tallies in the 7th and 8th innings) as they beat the Dukes 8-2 and took a 2-1 series lead. The Dukes have lost 2 straight games. Brad Tyler and Brian Lesher drove in 2 runs each and Jack Voigt and D.T. Cromer (Dodger Tripp Cromer's brother) solo homered in the Trappers win. A Trenidad Hubbard RBI and Keith Johnson's sacrifice fly provided the only Dukes scoring. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 9 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. In Dukes notes, Eric Weaver was demoted by the Dodgers. Weaver pitched in this ballgame, going the last 1 2/3 innings while giving up 5 runs, 5 hits, a walk and he struck out 2. Monday June 15 The Dukes and Trappers play game 3 in Edmonton. Game 2: Telus Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 9 0 8 EDMONTON 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 x 6 8 0 4 ABQ: Ricky Stone, Manuel Barrios (8) and Paul LoDuca EDM: Dave Pavlas, Mark Holzemer (5), Jim Dougherty (6), Steve Connelly (8) and Izzy Molina WP: Steve Connelly (4-0) LP: Manuel Barrios (1-1) HR: EDM Jason Wood (14) off Stone in the 3rd inning Jorge Velandia (2) off Barrios in the 8th inning Brian Lesher (2) off Barrios in the 8th inning TIME: 2:24 ATT: 7,174 In the second game of the series, the Trappers won 6-3 and tied the series at 1-1. The Trappers homered 3 times in the game. Jason Wood's 2-run homer made the score 3-0 Edmonton in the third inning. In the fifth, Keith Johnson drove in two runs and Paul LoDuca's sacrifice fly tied the game at 3-3. In the eighth inning, Jorge Velandia solo-homered to break the tie and Brian Lesher's two-run homer provided insurance runs as the Trappers took a 6-3 lead and the Trappers eventually won by that score. Ricky Stone debuted for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks and 2 strikeouts. Manuel Barrios pitched the eighth inning, giving up 4 hits and 3 runs while striking out 1 as he took the loss. Sunday June 14 The Dukes and Trappers continue their series. Game 1: Telus Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 9 0 3 EDMONTON 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 6 1 5 ABQ: Will Brunson, Sean Maloney (9) and Paul LoDuca EDM: Bill King, Julian Leyva (6), Todd Abbott (9) and Izzy Molina WP: Will Brunson (4-4) LP: Julian Leyva (0-1) SV: Sean Maloney (3) HR: ABQ Trenidad Hubbard (3) off King in the 1st inning Scott Richardson (2) off Leyva in the 8th inning EDM Izzy Molina (4) off Brunson in the 8th inning TIME: 2:17 ATT: 5,426 In the first game of the series with Edmonton in Edmonton, Scott Richardson was the hero as the Dukes defeated the Trappers 4-2 and took a 1-0 series lead. The victory also ends the Dukes 3-game losing streak. Trenidad Hubbard homered in the first inning to give the Dukes a 1-0 lead. Jason Wood's sacrifice fly tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning. In the top of the eighth inning, Scott Richardson's 3-run homer broke the tie and gave the Dukes a 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Izzy Molina homered for the Trappers to make it 4-2. Sean Maloney came into the game in the ninth and held the Trappers scoreless as he earned his third save of the season. Will Brunson started for the Dukes and went 8 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, no walks and he struck out 8. Saturday June 13 The Dukes open up a 4-game series against the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Athletics) at Telus Field in Edmonton. Game 4: Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 5 11 3 5 COLORADO SPRINGS 3 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 x 8 8 2 6 ABQ: Jeff Williams, Petie Roach (6), Mike Iglesias (6), Eric Weaver (8) and Paul LoDuca CSP: Kerry Woodson, Steve Bourgeois (6), Tom Kramer (9) and Mark Strittmatter WP: Kerry Woodson (4-3) LP: Jeff Williams (1-3) SV: Tom Kramer (4) HR: ABQ Cliff Anderson (4) off Bourgeois in the 7th inning CSP Terry Shumpert (6) off Roach in the 6th inning TIME: 2:52 ATT: 4,014 In the final game of the 4-game series, the Sky Sox beat the Dukes 8-5 and took the series 3-1. The Dukes have lost 3 straight games. With the Sky Sox leading 3-2 going in the sixth inning, Terry Shumpert's grand-slam homer gave the Sky Sox a 7-2 lead. The Sky Sox added a run later in the inning to make it 8-2. Cliff Anderson's 3-run homer in the top of the seventh cut the Sky Sox lead to 3 runs at 8-5, but the Dukes couldn't pull any closer than that. Jeff Williams started for the Dukes and went 5 innings, giving up 5 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), while walking 4 and striking out 7. Petie Roach gave up the grand slam homer. Roach pitched to 3 batters, giving up 1 hit, 3 runs (2 earned) and he walked 1. Friday June 12 The Dukes conclude their series with the Sky Sox at Sky Sox Stadium. Game 3: Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 1 7 11 2 6 COLORADO SPRINGS 0 3 5 0 1 0 1 5 x 15 21 0 8 ABQ: Gary Rath, Manuel Barrios (3), Eric Weaver (7), Matt Herges (8) and David Steed, Paul LoDuca CSP: George Glinatsis, Garvin Alston (8), Tom Kramer (8), Stephen Shoemaker (9) and Mark Strittmatter WP: George Glinatsis (1-1) LP: Gary Rath (5-3) HR: ABQ Trenidad Hubbard (2) off Glinatsis in the 1st inning Willie Romero (6) off Glinatsis in the 4th inning Garey Ingram (5) off Alston in the 8th inning Eric Anthony (10) off Alston in the 8th inning TIME: 3:07 ATT: 2,456 In the third game of the series, Colorado Springs used two big 5-run innings as they went on to defeat the Dukes 15-7 and take a 2-1 series lead. The Dukes have lost 2 straight games. Mark Strittmatter was the hero for the Sky Sox - he was 4 for 5 and drove in 5 runs. Mike Coolbaugh added 4 RBI for the Sky Sox. Four Dukes homered in the game; unfortunately they were all solo homers - Trenidad Hubbard, Willie Romero, Garey Ingram, and Eric Anthony. Ingram had 2 RBI on the night while Hubbard, Romero, Anthony, Scott Richardson, and J.P. Roberge had 1 RBI each. Gary Rath re-joined the Dukes starting rotation and went 2 1/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 8 runs (7 earned), while walking none and striking out 1. Rath had made one relief appearance since being demoted from the Dodgers following the Nomo trade with the Mets. Thursday June 11 The Dukes and Sky Sox play game 3 of their series. Game 2: Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0 9 COLORADO SPRINGS 1 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 x 8 13 1 7 ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Mike Iglesias (5), Petie Roach (7) and David Steed, Paul LoDuca CSP: Mike Farmer, Domingo Jean (7), Robbie Beckett (9) and Dan Cholowsky WP: Mike Farmer (3-1) LP: Ignacio Flores (4-6) HR: CSP Angel Echevarria (1) off Flores in the 4th inning Sherman Obando (3) off Flores in the 5th inning TIME: 2:39 ATT: 3,032 In the second game of the series, Sherman Obando was the hero for the Sky Sox as they defeated the Dukes 8-1 and tied the 4-game series at 1-1. Obando went 2 for 4, including a big three-run homer in the five-run Sky Sox 5th inning. Obando ended up with 4 RBI on the night. Angel Echevarria added a solo shot for the Sky Sox. Garey Ingram's RBI single in the second inning accounted for the only Dukes run. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up 10 hits, 8 runs, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Wednesday June 10 The Dukes and the Sky Sox continue their series in Colorado Springs. Game 1: Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 1 1 1 0 5 0 3 0 0 11 13 2 6 COLORADO SPRINGS 1 0 0 4 0 1 1 1 1 9 13 1 9 ABQ: Will Brunson, Matt Herges (7), Mike Iglesias (8), Sean Maloney (8) and Paul LoDuca CSP: Mark Brownson, Steve Bourgeois (5), Garvin Alston (8), Tom Kramer (9) and Mark Strittmatter WP: Will Brunson (3-4) LP: Mark Brownson (4-5) SV: Sean Maloney (2) HR: ABQ Trenidad Hubbard (1) off Brownson in the 1st inning Scott Richardson (2) off Bourgeois in the 7th inning CSP Edgard Clemente (11) off Brunson in the 6th inning Mark Strittmatter (5) off Maloney in the 9th inning TIME: 3:13 ATT: 2,286 In the first game of a 4 game series in Colorado Springs, Scott Richardson's pinch-hit 2-run homer ended up being the eventual game winning runs as the Dukes outlasted the Sky Sox 11-9 and took a 1-0 series lead. Trenidad Hubbard, beginning a rehab assignment with the Dukes in this game, solo homered. Hubbard had 1 RBI and 3 runs scored. Willie Romero, Dan Melendez and Cliff Anderson had 2 RBI each while Eric Anthony and Keith Johnson added 1 RBI each. Will Brunson started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 7 hit, 6 runs (5 earned), 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Tuesday June 9 The Dukes begin a road trip with 4 games against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). The Dukes had Monday off. In Dukes news, Trenidad Hubbard has begun a rehabilitation assignment with the Dukes. Monday June 8 The Dukes have the day off before beginning a 13-day, 12-game road trip. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- VANCOUVER 4 0 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 12 13 1 7 ALBUQUERQUE 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 8 10 1 6 VAN: Trevor Wilson, Mike Mimbs (8), Mike Bovee (9), Geoff Edsell (9) and Bret Hemphill, Jamie Burke ABQ: Jeff Williams, Matt Herges (5), Petie Roach (7), Sean Moloney (9) and David Steed WP: Trevor Wilson (3-6) LP: Jeff Williams (1-2) SV: Geoff Edsell (1) HR: VAN Chris Norton (5) off J Williams in the 1st inning Steve Scarsone (10) off J Williams in the 5th inning Troy Glaus (2) off Herges in the 6th inning ABQ Eric Anthony (9) off T Wilson in the 2nd inning David Steed (2) off T Wilson in the 7th inning J.P. Roberge (4) off Mimbs in the 8th inning TIME: 2:47 ATT: 2,572 In the final of a 4-game series with the Canadians, the Canadians won 12-8 and snapped a 6-game losing streak. The loss ended the Dukes 3-game winning streak. The Dukes still won the series 3-1. The Canadians got off on a quick start, scoring 4 times off Dukes starter Jeff Williams. The big hit was a 3-run homer by Chris Norton. With the score 5-3 Canadians, Vancouver proceeded to blow the game wide open in the fifth, scoring 5 times to make it 10-3. Two more in the top of the sixth made it 12-3. The Dukes scored 5 times in the later innings but it was not enough. Williams had an awful outing. He went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 10 runs (6 earned), 4 walks and he struck out 3. Trevor Wilson, meanwhile, had a fair outing for the Canadians. Run support was more than plentiful to give him the victory despite giving up 5 runs in 7 innings of work. He gave up 6 hits, walked 4 and struck out 3. Sunday June 7 The Dukes and Canadians conclude their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- VANCOUVER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 7 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 1 6 0 5 VAN: Steve Sparks and Jamie Burke ABQ: Manuel Barrios, Mike Iglesias (7), Gary Rath (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Manuel Barrios (1-0) LP: Steve Sparks (0-3) TIME: 2:10 ATT: 6,364 In the third game of the series, the offenses for both teams took the night off (scores of 14-6 and 9-7 in previous nights). The Dukes won 1-0 in a pitcher's duel and the Dukes extended their series lead to 3-0. The Canadians have lost 6 straight while the Dukes have won 3 straight. Paul LoDuca's sacrifice fly in the 6th inning is how the only run in the game was scored. Manuel Barrios came out of the bullpen to start for the Dukes. He went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, a walk and he struck out 4. Mike Iglesias pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 2. Gary Rath, freshly demoted from the Dodgers, pitched in the ninth inning, going 2/3 of the inning, striking out 1 as he earned his first save. Rath will probably end up back in the starting rotation as he was a starter until his recent promotion/demotion from the Dodgers. Steve Sparks went the full game for the Canadians in a losing cause, giving up 6 hits, 1 run, no walks and he struck out 10 Dukes. He struck out Scott Richardson 3 times and Eric Anthony twice. Saturday June 6 The Dukes and Canadians play game 3 of their series. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- VANCOUVER 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 7 14 2 9 ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 2 3 0 0 1 2 x 9 16 0 13 VAN: Scott Schoeneweis, Mike Butcher (5), M Mimbs (5), Joe Jacobsen (5) Geoff Edsell (8) and Bret Hemphill ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Matt Herges (6), Sean Maloney (9) and David Steed, Paul LoDuca WP: Matt Herges (3-1) LP: Geoff Edsell (2-2) SV: Sean Maloney (1) HR: VAN Bret Hemphill (2) off Flores in the 3rd inning ABQ Paul LoDuca (4) off Jacobsen in the 7th inning Willie Romero (5) off Edsell in the 8th inning TIME: 3:21 ATT: 4,931 In the second game of the 4-game series, Albuquerque won a wild game 9-7 and took a 2-0 series lead. Albuquerque has won 2 straight and 4 of the last 5 while Vancouver has lost 5 straight. With the game tied at 6-6 in the seventh inning, Paul LoDuca homered to give the Dukes a 7-6 lead. In the top of the eighth inning, Fausto Cruz's sacrifice fly tied the game at 7-7. In the bottom of the eighth, Willie Romero's solo homer gave the Dukes the lead again at 8-7 and later in the inning Keith Johnson's RBI single gave the Dukes an insurance run as the Dukes led 9-7. Sean Maloney entered the game in the ninth inning and preserved the Dukes lead as he earned his first save. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 12 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks and he struck out 4. He also gave up a homer to Bret Hemphill, Hemphill's second homer in two days. Matt Herges pitched 2 2/3 innings of middle relief, giving up 2 hits and a run. In Dukes news, the Hideo Nomo trade to the Mets has affected the Dukes roster. Brad Clontz was the other Dodger traded to the Mets so he leaves the Dukes as he heads to New York. Clontz was awful in a Dukes suit, pitching in 6 games, with a 1-2 record and a 7.71 ERA. In 7 innings of pitching relief, he gave up 10 runs, 6 of them earned. Gary Rath was demoted by the Dodgers to the Dukes. IF Alex Cora was promoted to the Dodgers. He will meet the team in Seattle for interleague play and he'll get to watch his brother Joey Cora play for the opposition. Infielder Keith Johnson was promoted to the Dukes from Class AA San Antonio. It is Johnson's second stint with the Dukes this season, having begun the season on the Dukes roster. Alex Cora was batting .232 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers, 18 RBI and 4 stolen bases and played in nearly every Dukes game this season. Friday June 5 The Dukes and Canadians play game 2 of their series in Albuquerque. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- VANCOUVER 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 6 12 3 6 ALBUQUERQUE 2 1 2 6 2 0 0 1 x 14 21 1 11 VAN: Rich Robertson, Jeff Schmidt (4), Jason Brosnan (6), Mike Bovee (8) and Bret Hemphill, Jamie Burke ABQ: Will Brunson, Sean Maloney (9) and David Steed WP: Will Brunson (2-4) LP: Rich Robertson (5-4) HR: VAN Troy Glaus (1) off Brunson in the 1st inning Chris Pritchett (3) off Brunson in the 6th inning Bret Hemphill (1) off Brunson in the 7th inning ABQ Eric Anthony (8) off Robertson in the 4th inning Garey Ingram (4) off J Schmidt in the 4th inning Paul LoDuca (3) off Bovee in the 8th inning TIME: 2:52 ATT: 3,919 In the first game of a 4 game series at the Sports Stadium against the Vancouver Canadians, the Dukes banged out 14 runs and 21 hits to defeat the Canadians 14-6 and take a 1-0 series lead. The Dukes were propelled to victory by a big six-run fourth inning. The highlights that inning were homers by Eric Anthony (solo homer) and Garey Ingram (two run shot). David Steed had 3 RBI and Paul LoDuca, Anthony, J.P. Roberge and Ingram each had 2 RBI for the Dukes. Cliff Anderson added 1 RBI. Will Brunson pitched 8 innings - he gave up 12 hits, 6 runs (all earned), walked 2 and struck out 8. He gave up 3 homers in the game. Thursday June 4 The Dukes open up a 4-game series against the Vancouver Canadians (AAA Angels) at the Albuquerque Sports Stadium. The Dukes had Wednesday off. Wednesday June 3 The Dukes have the day off. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- COLORADO SPRINGS 2 0 2 0 1 2 0 4 0 11 17 1 9 ALBUQUERQUE 1 1 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 9 15 1 8 CSP: Mark Brownson, Steve Bourgeois (5), Tom Kramer (7) and Mark Strittmatter ABQ: Jeff Williams, Mike Iglesias (6), Petie Roach (6), Brad Clontz (7), Sean Maloney (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Tom Kramer (2-0) LP: Brad Clontz (1-2) HR: CSP Mike Coolbaugh (8) off J Williams in the 3rd inning Mark Strittmatter (3) off Clontz in the 8th inning TIME: 3:20 ATT: 2,947 The Colorado Springs Sky Sox used a 4-run eighth inning to turn a 9-7 Dukes lead into a 11-9 Sky Sox lead. 11-9 ended up being the final score. Each team won 2 games in the 4-game series. Dukes reliever Brad Clontz pitched the eighth inning. Jeff Barry's RBI single made it a 9-8 (Dukes leading). Later in the inning, Sky Sox catcher Mark Strittmatter belted a three-run homer to make it 11-9 Colorado Springs. Jeff Williams started for the Dukes and went 5 innings, giving up 10 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk and he struck out 1. Wilton Guerrero had a RBI and scored a run. Also driving in runs was Paul LoDuca (1 RBI), Willie Romero (2 RBI), Cliff Anderon (2 RBI), Garey Ingram (2 RBI), and Alex Cora (1 RBI). Tuesday June 2 The Dukes and Sky Sox conclude their series. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- COLORADO SPRINGS 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 3 8 ALBUQUERQUE 2 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 x 9 11 0 11 CSP: Stephen Shoemaker, Kerry Woodson (6), Robbie Beckett (8) and Dan Cholowsky ABQ: Mike Judd, Matt Herges (3), Mike Iglesias (7), Manuel Barrios (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Matt Herges (2-1) LP: Stephen Shoemaker (2-6) HR: ABQ Cliff Anderson (3) off Shoemaker in the 1st inning TIME: 3:02 ATT: 2,578 In the third game of the series, the Dukes took advantage of 12 walks to manufacture 5 runs as they defeated the Sky Sox 9-2 and took a 2-1 series advantage. The win puts the Dukes in a tie with Colorado Springs for last place in the PCL Midwest Division, 11 games behind Midwest Division leader Iowa. The Dukes got off to a quick start in the first inning when Cliff Anderson hit a 2-run homer. Colorado Springs scored a run to make it 2-1 after 2 innings. Albuquerque then scored once in the fifth, twice in the sixth, three times in the seventh and once in the eighth inning to make it 9-1. Colorado Springs scored one final run in the ninth inning to make it 9-2. Mike Judd only lasted two innings as he got a blister on his index finger. He was replaced by Matt Herges in the third inning. Herges pitched 4 2/3 innings of long relief, giving up no runs, 3 hits, 3 walks and he struck out 5. Dukes who had great nights included Wilton Guerrero (3 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 run scored), Cliff Anderson (2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 run scored) and Scott Richardson (3 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 run scored). Having a really bad night for the Sky Sox was shortstop Chris Sexton who struck out 4 times in the game. Monday June 1 The Dukes and Sky Sox play game 3 of their series. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- COLORADO SPRINGS 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 5 9 3 11 ALBUQUERQUE 0 2 0 1 5 1 1 0 x 10 16 1 12 CSP: George Glinatsis, Garvin Alston (5), Domingo Jean (7), Jamie Taylor (8) and Mark Strittmatter, Dan Cholowsky ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Matt Herges (7), Brad Clontz (8), Sean Maloney (9) and David Steed WP: Ignacio Flores (4-5) LP: George Glinatsis (0-1) HR: CSP Dan Cholowsky (5) off Clontz in the 8th inning TIME: 3:23 ATT: 6,603 In the second game of the series with the Colorado Sky Sox, the Dukes beat the Sky Sox 10-5 and tied the series at 1-1. A big 5-run fifth inning blew a 3-0 game wide open for the Dukes and was helpful as the Dukes bullpen gave up 5 Sky Sox runs, 5 runs that might have tied the game after 9 inningss had the Dukes not come up with their big inning. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes. He went 6 innings, giving up 2 hits, no runs, walked 6 and struck out 5. The bullpen of Matt Herges, Brad Clontz, and Sean Maloney combined to give up 7 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), while walking 1 and striking out 6. The Dukes' 5-6-7-8 hitters combined for 10 hits, 8 RBI, and 6 runs scored in 17 at-bats (Dan Melendez went 3 for 5 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored; Willie Romero went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored including a double and triple; David Steed went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored also including a double and triple; Alex Cora went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI) In Dukes notes, the Dodgers have placed Pitcher Hideo Nomo on the inactive list and promoted Gary Rath from Albuquerque to fill the Dodgers roster spot. Rath is 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA, good for 4th place in the top PCL individual pitching leaders. Nomo isn't expected to become a Duke - it is expected he will be traded away or signed by another team before the chance comes to assign him to Albuquerque. Sunday May 31 The Dukes and Sky Sox continue their series. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- COLORADO SPRINGS 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 11 1 6 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 8 0 7 CSP: Mike Saipe, Domingo Jean (8), Robbie Beckett (9), Joe Kramer (9) and Mark Strittmatter ABQ: Gary Rath, Mike Iglesias (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Mike Saipe (5-3) LP: Gary Rath (5-2) SV: Tom Kramer (3) HR: CSP Terry Shumpert (5) off Rath in the 8th inning ABQ Alex Cora (3) off Saipe in the 8th inning TIME: 2:29 ATT: 11,256 In the first game of a 4 game series at the Sports Stadium, Terry Shumpert's homer in the top of the eighth inning was the eventual game winning run as the Sky Sox beat the Dukes 3-2 and took a 1-0 series lead. Colorado Springs scored twice in the 6th inning off Dukes starter Gary Rath. Shumpert's homer in the eighth increased the lead to 3-0. In the bottom of the eighth, Alex Cora's solo homer put the Dukes on the board but they still trailed 3-1. In the bottom of the ninth, with the bases loaded, Cora's groundout scored a run to make it 3-2. Garey Ingram, last evening's hero with a bottom of the ninth homer to win the game against the Tucson Sidewinders, came up to the plate with 2 outs and runners on the corners. He was unable to repeat his heroics as he pop-flied out to end the game. Gary Rath went 8 innings, giving up 9 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and he struck out 5. He has lost two straight games after having won his first five decisions. In Dukes notes ... 11,256 was the largest crowd of the season; the Nations Bank Weekend promotion helped in achieving that figure as the bank gave away free grandstand tickets to bank customers. Saturday May 30 The Dukes open up a 4-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at the Sports Stadium. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- TUCSON 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 12 3 11 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 5 6 2 7 TUC: Chris Clemons, Chris Michalak (5), Bryan Corey (8) and Troy O'Neal, Tom Wilson ABQ: Will Brunson, Brad Clontz (8) and Paul LoDuca WP: Brad Clontz (1-1) LP: Bryan Corey (3-1) HR: ABQ Eric Anthony (7) off Michalak in the 7th inning Garey Ingram (3) off B. Corey in the 9th inning TIME: 3:07 ATT: 7,728 In the final game of the series with the Tucson Sidewinders, Garey Ingram's pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Dukes a 5-4 victory. The Dukes and Sidewinders each won 2 games in the series. Will Brunson started for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) while walking 3 and striking out 7. He gave up 10 hits on the evening. With the Sidewinders up 3-1 in the 7th inning, Eric Anthony came to the plate with 2 Dukes on-base and belted his seventh homer of the season. The Dukes had a 4-3 lead but the Sidewinders tied the game in the eighth inning off Dukes reliever Brad Clontz. Clontz worked the last 2 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and he struck out 3 as he got the victory. In Dukes notes, Eric Weaver was promoted to the Dodgers. The Dodgers reassigned Matt Luke and it is expected he will clear waivers and not be sent to Albuquerque. Friday May 29 The Dukes and Sidewinders conclude their series. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- TUCSON 0 0 0 1 0 2 9 1 0 13 18 2 10 ALBUQUERQUE 2 0 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 9 15 1 9 TUC: Vladimir Nunez, Chris Michalak (5), Erik Sabel (6), Kenny Marrero (7), Ben Ford (8) and Tom Wilson ABQ: Jeff Williams, Manuel Barrios (6), Brad Clontz (7), Petie Roach (7), Sean Maloney (7), Matt Herges (7), Mike Iglesias (8), Eric Weaver (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Erik Sabel (1-0) LP: Brad Clontz (0-1) HR: TUC Adam Hyzdu (1) off Barrios in the 6th inning Tom Wilson (4) off Iglesias in the 8th inning ABQ Willie Romero (4) off Nunez in the 3rd inning Eric Anthony (6) off Nunez in the 5th inning TIME: 3:40 ATT: 2,951 In the third game of the series, the Sidewinders used a big 9-run seventh inning to turn a 6-3 Dukes advantage into a 12-6 Sidewinders lead as they ended up defeating the Dukes 13-9. The Sidewinders have a 2-1 series advantage. Dukes starter Jeff Williams pitched 5 innings and reliever Manuel Barrios worked the sixth inning. In the second inning of bullpen work, the seventh inning, Brad Clontz entered the game and didn't retire any batter he faced. He gave up 2 hits, 3 runs (2 earned) while walking 1. Petie Roach entered the game and gave up a hit and a run but got an out. Newly promoted Sean Maloney took over and gave up 3 hits and 3 runs and walked one and didn't get an out. Matt Herges entered the game as the fourth Dukes pitcher of the inning and got two strikeouts to end the Sidewinder run-barrage. Former Duke Karim Garcia went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. He had a two-RBI triple in that big seventh inning. Cliff Anderson went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI and a run scored in the game. Willie Romero and Eric Anthony homered in the game and had 2 RBI each. In Dukes notes, pitcher Sean Maloney was promoted to the Dukes from the Dodgers extended spring training camp in Vero Beach Florida. Maloney was released by the Brewers in Spring Training and was signed by the Dodgers as a free agent. Thursday May 28 The Dukes and Sidewinders play game 3 of their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- TUCSON 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 1 6 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 x 6 15 0 9 TUC: Neil Weber, Kenny Marrero (6), Bryan Corey (8) and Tom Wilson ABQ: Mike Judd, Brad Clontz (8), Petie Roach (9) and David Steed WP: Mike Judd (2-6) LP: Neil Weber (2-4) HR: TUC Danny Klassen (7) off Judd in the 7th inning ABQ Willie Romero (3) off Weber in the 4th inning Scott Richardson (1) off Weber in the 6th inning David Steed (1) off Weber in the 6th inning TIME: 2:35 ATT: 3,206 In the second game of the 4 game series, the Dukes won 6-1 and tied the series at 1-1. More importantly, the Dukes broke a 5 game losing streak. Mike Judd had his best outing of the season. It was also his first win since the Dukes season opener on April 7th. Judd went 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run (a Danny Klassen solo homer in the seventh), while walking 2 and striking out 8 Sidewinders. The Dukes used the homer ball the most times this season in a game. Willie Romero's solo homer got the Dukes on the board in the 4th inning and Scott Richardson and David Steed back-to-back homered in the 6th inning. Wednesday May 27 The Dukes and Sidewinders play game 2 of their series. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- TUCSON 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 8 0 5 ALBUQUERQUE 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 12 2 6 TUC: Bob Wolcott, Chris Michalak (7), Ben Ford (8) and Troy O'Neal, Tom Wilson ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Manuel Barrios (7), Eric Weaver (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Bob Wolcott (4-2) LP: Ignacio Flores (3-5) SV: Ben Ford (5) HR: TUC Karim Garcia (10) off Flores in the 1st inning Hensley Meulens (5) off Flores in the 6th inning ABQ Cliff Anderson (2) off Wolcott in the 2nd inning Dan Melendez (2) off Michalak in the 8th inning TIME: 2:34 ATT: 2,788 In the first game of a 4-game series at the Albuquerque Sports Stadium, the Sidewinders won 5-4 and took a 1-0 series lead. Albuquerque has now lost five in a row. Former-Duke Karim Garcia belted a two-run homer in the first to give the Sidewinders a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, Cliff Anderson's 2-run homer tied the game at 2-2. The Sidewinders scored 3 times in the sixth inning to take a 5-2 lead, highlighted by a 2-run homer from Hensley Meulens. Dan Melendez's 2-run homer in the bottom of the eighth pulled the Dukes to within a run at 5-4 but Ben Ford held the Dukes for the next 1 1/3 innings as he earned a save. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 7 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks and he struck out 3. Manuel Barrios worked 2 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 2. Eric Weaver pitched the ninth, striking out one. Tuesday May 26 The Dukes return home from the short 4-game roadtrip to play the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks). The Dukes hope to snap a 4-game losing streak. Game 4: Beiden Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 3 FRESNO 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 2 7 0 6 ABQ: Gary Rath, Brad Clontz (8) and Paul LoDuca FRE: Chris Brock and Henry Mercedes WP: Chris Brock (7-1) LP: Gary Rath (5-1) HR: ABQ J.P. Roberge (3) off Brock in the 9th inning TIME: 2:00 ATT: 5,976 In a game net-casted (video and audio) over the Internet, Chris Brock had almost total command of the Dukes as the Grizzlies won 2-1. The Grizzlies swept the 4 game series. It was the Grizzlies' 8th win in a row and it was the Dukes' 4th straight loss. Brock didn't allow a Duke past first base in the first 8 innings. In the ninth with 2 outs, he gave up a homer to J.P. Roberge as the Dukes avoided being shutout. Brock pitched the complete game, giving up just 3 hits, 1 run, walked none and struck out 8. Fresno scored in the first inning. Dante Powell led off with a double and advanced to third on Wilson Delgado's fielder's choice. He scored on Jeff Ball's fielder's choice. The other Frenso run came in the fourth. Ball reached base on a fielder's choice. Armando Rios' double scored Ball. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and did fairly well. He went 7 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, walked 2 and struck out 3. He pitched well enough to have won if only he could have gotten any kind of run support. Brad Clontz, newly demoted from the Dodgers, pitched the eighth inning. He gave up 2 singles and struck out 1 in his inning of work. In Dukes notes, Clontz was demoted due to the Paul Konerko promotion a few days ago. It was anticipated that Eric Karros would be placed on the major league DL, but that didn't happen so Clontz ended up being demoted for Konerko to get an active major league roster spot. ***FLASH*** The Dukes happen to be in the right place at the right time for a big Internet event! The Fresno Grizzlies have announced their Memorial Day game will be web-casted (video and audio!) on the Internet. The Dukes just happen to be the opponent that day. Go to Frenso Grizzlies web page or AMINTERCAST

for information on receiving the web-cast. ***FLASH*** Monday May 25 The Dukes and Grizzlies conclude their series. See the flash above for information on how you can watch the game over the internet! Game 3: Beiden Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1 8 FRESNO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 1 5 ABQ: Will Brunson, Manuel Barrios (8), Eric Weaver (10) and Paul LoDuca FRE: Darin Blood, Rick Huisman (9) and Doug Mirabelli WP: Rick Huisman (1-2) LP: Eric Weaver (0-1) HR: FRE Edwards Guzman (1) off Weaver in the 10th inning TIME: 2:35 ATT: 6,388 In the third game of the series, Edwards Guzman's solo-homer in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Grizzlies the 2-1 victory and a 3-0 series lead. In a game to be net-casted (audio and video) over the Internet tomorrow, the Grizzlies are going for the series sweep. The Dukes have lost 3 in a row while the Grizzlies have won 8 in a row. Wilton Guerrero had the lone Duke RBI. Wilson Delgado had the only Grizzlies RBI in the regular innings part of the game. Will Brunson started for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run (0 earned), 2 walks and he struck out 5. Manuel Barrios pitched 2 innings of no hit ball and he struck out 2. Eric Weaver pitched the 10th inning; he got two outs before Guzman's pinch-hit homer. Sunday May 24 The Dukes and Grizzlies play game 3 of their series in Fresno. Game 2: Beiden Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 3 FRESNO 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 x 5 9 0 7 ABQ: Jeff Williams, Joe LaGarde (7) and Paul LoDuca FRE: Steve Soderstrom, Erik Plantenberg (8), Jeff Darwin (8) and Doug Mirabelli WP: Steve Soderstrom (3-2) LP: Jeff Williams (1-1) SV: Jeff Darwin (8) HR: ABQ Wilton Guerrero (1) off Soderstrom in the 3rd inning FRE Ramon Martinez (6) off J Williams in the 4th inning Doug Mirabelli (3) off J Williams in the 5th inning TIME: 2:27 ATT: 6,419 In the second game of the 4 game series in Fresno, the Grizzlies beat the Dukes 5-2 and took a 2-0 series lead. The Dukes have now lost 2 in a row. In the bottom of the second, ex-Duke Matt Howard's RBI single gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead. The Dukes came up with 2 runs in the top of the third inning when Wilton Guerrero homered. In the bottom of the fourth, Ramon Martinez homered to tie the game at 2. The Grizzlies took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Doug Mirabelli homered. The Grizzlies got insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth when Howard doubled, scoring 2. Jeff Williams started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, and he struck out 5. Joe LaGarde pitched the final 2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and he struck out 4. Steve Soderstrom started for the Grizzlies and went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs and 3 hits. He struck out 6 and walked 1. Saturday May 23 The Dukes and Grizzlies play game 2 of their series. Game 1: Beiden Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 2 8 FRESNO 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 x 5 10 0 9 ABQ: Mike Judd, Matt Herges (7) and Paul LoDuca FRE: Joe Roa, Cory Bailey (8) and Henry Mercedes WP: Joe Roa (5-1) LP: Mike Judd (1-6) SV: Cory Bailey (2) HR: FRE Dante Powell (5) off Judd in the 1st inning Armando Rios (10) off Judd in the 4th inning Calvin Murphy (2) off Herges in the 7th inning TIME: 2:47 ATT: 5,892 In the first game of the roadtrip and series with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Grizzlies used the long ball to beat the Dukes 5-1 and take a 1-0 series lead. The Grizzlies scored all but one run using the long ball. In the first, Dante Powell's solo homer gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead. The Grizzlies built on that with a 2-run homer by Armando Rios. The Dukes Adam Riggs got the Dukes on the board with a RBI single in the sixth. In the seventh, Calvin Murphy solo-homered to give the Grizzlies a 4-1 lead. The Grizzlies scored one last time in the eighth inning. Mike Judd started for the Dukes and again struggled. He went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and he struck out 4. Matt Herges pitched the final 2 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and he struck out 3. In Dukes news, you'll notice there wasn't a Paul Konerko watch in this edition of the Dukes linescore/summary. Konerko got the call to Los Angeles on Thursday when Eric Karros was injured. Friday May 22 The Dukes and Grizzles play game 1 of their series in Fresno. The Dukes had Thursday off. Thursday May 21 The Dukes have the day off before starting a roadtrip with 4 games in Fresno against the Grizzlies (AAA Giants). Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- EDMONTON 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 2 8 ALBUQUERQUE 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 x 7 14 1 5 EDM: Chris Roberts, Chris Nelson (5), Tim Kubinki (6), Jim Dougherty (8) and Willie Morales ABQ: Gary Rath, Manuel Barrios (8), Eric Weaver (9) and David Steed WP: Gary Rath (5-0) LP: Chris Roberts (0-2) HR: (none) TIME: 2:37 ATT: 3,436 In the final game of the series at the Sports Stadium (and the Dukes homestand), the Dukes beat the Trappers 7-1 behind a strong pitching performance from Gary Rath and took the series 3-1. Rath pitched 7 innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and he struck out 2. He lowered his ERA to 2.56. Paul Konerko went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. He had a 1-RBI single and a 1-RBI double. Wilton Guerrero, Willie Romero, David Steed and Alex Cora had 1 RBI each. Brad Tyler had the only RBI for the Trappers. In Dukes news, David Steed has been promoted from Class A Yakima recently. . . . Meanwhile, Wilton Guerrero is asking for a trade. He was recently demoted to the Dukes when the Dodgers/Marlins blockbuster trade occurred. He feels that he has accomplished all he can at the AAA level and wants traded to an organization that will use him everyday at the major league level. Wednesday May 20 The Dukes and Trapper conclude their series at the Sports Stadium. The eight-game homestand also concludes. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- EDMONTON 0 0 0 1 6 1 0 0 0 8 14 0 7 ALBUQUERQUE 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 12 0 6 EDM: Gil Heredia, Steve Connelly (7) and Willie Morales ABQ: Will Brunson, Mike Iglesias (5), Matt Herges (7), Petie Roach (8), Joe LaGarde (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Gil Heredia (2-2) LP: Will Brunson (1-4) HR: ABQ Paul LoDuca (2) off Heredia in the 3rd inning Alex Cora (2) off Heredia in the 7th inning TIME: 2:48 ATT: 2,447 In the third game of the series, the Trappers won 8-4 and broke a 7 game losing streak. The Dukes still lead the series 2-1. The Dukes scored a run in the first and one in the third on Paul LoDuca's homer to take a 2-0 lead. The Trappers cut the deficit to a run at 2-1 in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, the Trappers took the lead and blew the game wide open, scoring six times. Mike Neill drew a walk with the bases loaded to tie the game. Brian Lesher had a 2-RBI single, Jason Wood had a RBI double, and D.T. Cromer had a 2-RBI single. The Trappers found themselves with a 7-2 lead after their big fifth inning. The Trappers tacked on another run to make it 8-2 in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half of the inning, Alex Cora blasted a two-run homer to make it 8-4, but that is as close as the Dukes would get as Gil Heredia was shortly removed from the game and Steve Connelly came into the game and shut the Dukes down the rest of the way. Paul Konerko went 1 for 4 with 1 RBI. He doubled and struck out in the game. Will Brunson started for the Dukes and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks and he struck out 6. Tuesday May 19 The Dukes and Trappers play game 3 of their series in Albuquerque. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- EDMONTON 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 2 8 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 x 7 14 0 9 EDM: Jay Witasick, Dave Pavlas (5) and Izzy Molina ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Manuel Barrios (6), Mike Iglesias (8), Eric Weaver (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Ignacio Flores (3-4) LP: Jay Witasick (1-3) HR: ABQ Eric Anthony (5) off Witasick in the 4th inning Dan Melendez (1) off Witasick in the 4th inning TIME: 2:49 ATT: 2,097 In the second game of the series, the Dukes won 7-2 and take a 2-0 series lead. The Dukes have won 2 straight and the Trappers have now lost 7 straight games. In the bottom of the 4th, the Dukes used 2 homers to score 4 runs. Eric Anthony solo homered and Dan Melendez belted a three-run homer. In the bottom of the fifth, the Dukes scored 3 more times to extend their lead to 7-0. The Trappers scored twice in the top of the sixth but they didn't get any closer than that. Paul Konerko went 1 for 4 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. He doubled, walked once, and struck out once. Birthday-boy Ignacio Flores (turning 23 years old) started for the Dukes and went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and he struck out 8. Manuel Barrios, making his Dukes debut after being acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins in a blockbuster trade, pitched 1 2/3 innings, walking 2 and striking out 1. Mike Iglesias and Eric Weaver pitched the final 2 innings and walked one and struck out 3. Monday May 18 The Dukes and Trappers continue their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- EDMONTON 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 10 2 4 ALBUQUERQUE 2 0 5 0 1 1 0 2 x 11 15 0 9 EDM: Bill King, Chris Roberts (5), Jim Dougherty (8) and Izzy Molina ABQ: Jeff Williams, Joe LaGarde (8) and Paul LoDuca WP: Jeff Williams (1-0) LP: Bill King (3-4) SV: Joe LaGarde (2) HR: EDM Jason Wood (9) off J Williams in the 2nd inning Frank Menechino (5) off J Williams in the 2nd inning ABQ Cliff Anderson (1) off Dougherty in the 8th inning TIME: 2:28 ATT: 1,979 In the first game of a 4-game series against Edmonton at the Sports Stadium, the Dukes beat the Trappers 11-6 and took a 1-0 series lead. Albuquerque has a one game winning streak while Edmonton has a six-game losing streak. A grand slam homer by Frank Menechino and a solo-homer by Jason Wood gave the Trappers a 5-2 lead in the top of the second. In the bottom of the third, the Dukes scored 5 times using six singles and a walk. Cliff Anderson, freshly promoted from AA San Antonio, homered later in the game to extend the Dukes lead. Paul Konerko went 3 for 5 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. He doubled and walked once in the game. Another freshly-promoted player from San Antonio, Jeff Williams, started for the Dukes and pitched 7 innings, giving up 9 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts as he earned his first victory of the season and his first win at the AAA level of professional baseball. Joe LaGarde pitched the final 2 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 1 as he earned his second save. Sunday May 17 The Dukes and Edmonton Trappers (AAA Athletics) open up a 4 game series at the Sports Stadium. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 2 5 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 12 13 0 5 ALBUQUERQUE 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 0 8 MEM: Larry Luebbers, Kevin Lovingier (7), Rusty Meacham (8), Rick Croushore (9) and Eli Marrero ABQ: Mike Judd, Matt Herges (5), Mike Iglesias (8) and Paul LoDuca WP: Larry Luebbers (4-1) LP: Mike Judd (1-5) HR: MEM Eli Marrero (1) off Judd in the 2nd inning Pop Warner (2) off Iglesias in the 9th inning ABQ Paul LoDuca (1) off Luebbers in the 1st inning TIME: 2:46 ATT: 4,803 In the final game of the series, the Redbirds scored often early (7 tallies in the first 2 innings) as they beat the Dukes 12-3. The Dukes still took the 4-game series 3-1. The loss broke a Dukes six-game winning streak. A balk and a Reed Secrist RBI-double gave the Redbirds a quick 2-0 lead. The Redbirds scored 5 more times in the second, the highlight being a three-run homer by freshly-demoted Eli Marrero. Paul Konerko was 1 for 4. Mike Judd started for the Dukes and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 9 hits, 9 runs, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Matt Herges pitched 2 2/3 innings while giving up just a hit and striking out 2. Mike Iglesias pitched the final 2 innings, giving up 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and a homer to Pop Warner in the ninth inning. In Dukes news, the blockbuster Dodgers trade with the Marlins has resulted in infielder Wilton Guerrero being demoted to Albuquerque. Pitcher Manuel Barrios, acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins, will be assigned to Albuquerque but may get a quick promotion to Los Angeles. Brian Richardson has been designated for assignment. Saturday May 16 The Dukes and Redbirds conclude their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 0 0 7 7 0 5 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 3 1 8 11 1 7 MEM: Sean Lowe, Kevin Lovingier (7), Bryan Eversgerd (8), Matt Arrandale (9) and Mike Stefanski ABQ: Gary Rath, Mike Iglesias (7), Petie Roach (7), Dan Hubbs (7), Joe LaGarde (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Joe LaGarde (1-1) LP: Brian Eversgerd (0-1) HR: MEM Reed Secrist (5) off Hubbs in the 7th inning TIME: 2:52 ATT: 6,022 Garey Ingram's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Dukes a 8-7 victory and a 3-0 lead in the 4 game series. The Dukes have won 6 straight games. The Dukes were up 4-3 going into the seventh, but Reed Secrist hit a grand-slam homer off Dan Hubbs to give the Redbirds a 7-4 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Brad Dandridge and Willie Romero had RBI doubles (Dandridge's was 1 RBI, Romero's was 2 RBI) as the Dukes tied the game at 7. Paul Konerko went 1 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. He had 1 double, he walked once, and he struck out once. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and went 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks, and he struck out 6. In Dukes news, Dennis Reyes was promoted to Los Angeles. Pitcher Jeff Williams was promoted from AA San Antonio. Infielder Cliff Anderson was promoted from AA San Antonio and Infielder Keith Johnson was demoted to AA San Antonio. Friday May 15 The Dukes and Redbirds play game 3 of their series. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 9 0 8 ALBUQUERQUE 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 x 5 9 1 3 MEM: Tom Urbani, Rusty Meacham (8) and Danny Sheaffer ABQ: Will Brunson, Joe LaGarde (8), Petie Roach (8), Eric Weaver (8) and Paul LoDuca WP: Will Brunson (1-3) LP: Tom Urbani (1-1) SV: Eric Weaver (2) HR: MEM Pop Warner (1) off Brunson in the 6th inning ABQ Adam Riggs (4) off Urbani in the 1st inning Brian Richardson (1) off Urbani in the 1st inning TIME: 2:15 ATT: 2,089 In the second game of the series, a 4-run first inning helped the Dukes win 5-3 and take a 2-0 lead in the 4-game series. The Dukes have now won 5 straight games. In the Dukes half of the first, Adam Riggs led off with his 4th homer of the season. A few batters later, Brian Richardson belted a three-run homer, his first homer of the season. Paul LoDuca had a RBI in the eighth inning to finish out the Dukes scoring. Paul Konerko went 0 for 3 in the game with a run scored. He struck out once and walked once. Will Brunson started for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. He gave up a solo-homer to Pop Warner in the 6th inning. Eric Weaver pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his second save of the season. He gave up just a hit and struck out 3. Thursday May 14 The Dukes and Redbirds continue their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 3 7 16 0 9 ALBUQUERQUE 2 1 1 1 0 5 1 2 x 13 23 2 11 MEM: Brian Barnes, Matt Arrandale (5), Rusty Meacham (6), Bryan Eversgerd (8) and Danny Sheaffer ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Mike Iglesias (5), Petie Roach (7), Dan Hubbs (8) and Paul LoDuca WP: Mike Iglesias (2-0) LP: Brian Barnes (0-1) HR: MEM Reed Secrist (4) off Hubbs in the 9th inning Danny Sheaffer (2) off Hubbs in the 9th inning TIME: 2:59 ATT: 2,569 In the first game of a 4 game series at the Sports Stadium, the Dukes beat the Redbirds 13-7 and took a 1-0 series lead. The Dukes have now won 4 straight games, continuing their longest winning streak of the season. There were many heroes for the Dukes. Paul Konerko went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI and a run scored. He had 2 doubles and a sacrifice fly. Eric Anthony was 5 for 6 with 2 RBI and 4 runs scored. Adam Riggs went 3 for 6 with 2 RBI. Brian Richardson was 2 for 5 with 2 RBI and Willie Romero went 4 for 5 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. In total, the Dukes came up with 23 hits including 4 doubles, 2 triples, and 17 singles. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks and a strikeout. Wednesday May 13 The Dukes return home to the Sports Stadium for a 8 game homestand. The first four are against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). Game 4: Nat Bailey Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 4 4 1 1 0 1 0 11 13 0 7 VANCOUVER 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 6 0 7 ABQ: Dennis Reyes, Matt Herges (3), Joe LaGarde (7) and Brad Dandridge VAN: William VanLandingham, Jeff Schmidt (4), Jason Brosnan (8), Anthony Chavez (9) and Jamie Burke WP: Matt Herges (1-1) LP: William Vanlandingham (0-5) SV: Joe LaGarde (1) HR: ABQ Paul Konerko (4) off J Schmidt in the 4th inning Paul Konerko (5) off J Schmidt in the 6th inning Paul Konerko (6) off Brosnan in the 8th inning VAN Chris Norton (4) off Herges in the 6th inning TIME: 2:41 ATT: 3,487 In the final game of the series, Paul Konerko single-handedly beat the Canadians by homering three times and driving in 5 as the Dukes routed the Canadians 11-2 and took the series 3-1. The Dukes have won 3 straight, their longest winning streak of the season. Konerko ended up 4 for 4 with 5 RBI, 4 runs scored, 3 homers, a double, and a walk. Dennis Reyes started for the Dukes and was limited to 50 pitches as it was rumored a promotion to Los Angeles is near. He went 2 2/3 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 walk and he struck out 3. Tuesday May 12 The Dukes and Canadians conclude their series and the Dukes end their lengthy road trip. Game 3: Nat Bailey Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 3 0 1 3 0 0 7 12 1 5 VANCOUVER 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 5 13 2 10 ABQ: Mike Judd, Mike Iglesias (6), Eric Weaver (7) and Paul LoDuca VAN: Rich Robertson, Mike Butcher (7), Jason Brosnan (9) and Jamie Burke WP: Mike Iglesias (1-0) LP: Rich Robertson (2-2) SV: Eric Weaver (1) HR: ABQ Garey Ingram (2) off Butcher in the 7th inning VAN Steve Scarsone (6) off Judd in the 5th inning TIME: 2:44 ATT: 3,320 In the third game of the series, the Dukes defeated the Canadians 7-5 and took a 2-1 series lead. The Dukes have won 2 straight -- the first winning streak since April 9 and 10th against New Orleans in Albuquerque. Garey Ingram's homer was the highlight of a 3-run seventh inning as the Dukes broke a tied game wide open at 7-4. The Canadians scored a run in the bottom of the seventh but a two-run deficit is as close as they would get. Mike Judd started for the Dukes and he went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 9 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Paul Konerko went 2 for 4 in the game with a double and a RBI. Monday May 11 The Dukes and Canadians play game 3 of their series in Vancouver. Game 2: Nat Bailey Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 5 10 1 7 VANCOUVER 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 4 6 2 6 ABQ: Gary Rath, Dan Hubbs (7) and Brad Dandridge VAN: Trevor Wilson, Geoff Edsell (7), Anthony Chavez (9) and Jamie Burke WP: Dan Hubbs (1-2) LP: Anthony Chavez (0-1) HR: VAN Steve Scarsone (5) off Rath in the 1st inning TIME: 2:34 ATT: 3,711 Garey Ingram and Keith Johnson had 2 RBI each as the Dukes beat the Canadians 5-4 and snapped a 4-game losing streak. Adam Riggs had the only other Duke RBI. Steve Scarsone homered and had 2 RBI on the night for the Canadians. Gary Thurman and Tom Nevers added 1 RBI each. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 4 runs (1 earned), 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Dan Hubbs entered the game in relief of Rath and went 2 1/3 innings, giving up a walk and striking out 4. Paul Konerko was 2 for 3 with a walk in the game. Sunday May 10 The Dukes and Canadians continue their series. Game 1: Nat Bailey Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 6 VANCOUVER 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 x 6 9 1 4 ABQ: Will Brunson, Mike Iglesias (7) and Paul LoDuca VAN: Mike Bovee and Jamie Burke WP: Mike Bovee (1-2) LP: Will Brunson (0-3) HR: VAN Chris Norton (3) off Brunson TIME: 2:15 ATT: 4,032 In the first game of a 4 game series, Mike Bovee pitched a complete game 4-hit shutout as the Canadians beat the Dukes 6-0. The Dukes have lost 4 straight games. Justin Baughman, Reggie Williams, Chris Norton, Fausto Cruz, and Gary Thurman each had 1 RBI for the Canadians. Dukes starter Will Brunson worked 6 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), walked 2 and struck out 2. Paul Konerko was 0 for 3 with a walk and an error. Saturday May 9 The Dukes and Vancouver Canadians open up a 4 game series in Vancouver. Vancouver is the AAA affiliate of the Anaheim Angels. Game 4: Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 7 4 5 TACOMA 3 0 4 0 2 0 0 3 x 12 12 0 9 ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Matt Herges (4), Joe LaGarde (5), Petie Roach (8) and Paul LoDuca, Brad Dandridge TAC: Jarod Juelsgaard, Greg McCarthy (7), Jose Paniagua (9) and Scot Sealy WP: Jarod Juelsgaard (1-1) LP: Ignacio Flores (2-4) HR: TAC Dan Rohrmeier (7) off Flores in the 1st inning TIME: 2:51 ATT: 2,987 In the series finale in Tacoma, the Rainiers gave the Dukes another good whipping, 12-4, and took the series 3-1. The Dukes have lost 3 straight games. Dan Rohrmeier hit a 3-run homer in the first off Dukes starter Ignacio Flores and the Rainiers were off and running from there. Rohrmeier had 4 RBI in the game. Shane Monahan and Rico Rossy each added 2 RBI and Rickey Cradle and Tilson Brito had 1 RBI each. For the Dukes, Paul Konerko, Eric Anthony, J.P. Roberge and Garey Ingram each had 1 RBI. Konerko was 1 for 3 on the night with that 1 RBI and 1 run scored. He walked once and struck out once. Flores went 3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks and a strikeout. Matt Herges pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up 1 hit, 2 runs (none earned), 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Joe LaGarde pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 3 and Petie Roach pitched the final inning, giving up 2 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Friday May 8 The Dukes and Rainiers conclude their series in Tacoma. Game 3: Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 8 TACOMA 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 x 3 5 2 10 ABQ: Dennis Reyes, Dan Hubbs (7), Petie Roach (8), Eric Weaver (8) and Paul LoDuca TAC: Mac Suzuki, Jim Bullinger (5), Andrew Lorraine (8), Steve Gajkowski (8) and Ken Huckaby, Dusty Wathan WP: Jim Bullinger (2-2) LP: Dennis Reyes (1-4) SV: Steve Gajkowski (4) HR: TAC Dave McCarthy (1) off Reyes in the 4th inning Rico Rossy (4) off Reyes in the 5th inning TIME: 3:00 ATT: 3,529 In the third game of the series, the Rainiers beat the Dukes 3-1 and took a 2-1 series lead. The Dukes have lost 2 straight. The Dukes took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Paul Konerko had a RBI double. Konerko was 1 for 4 in the game with the RBI double and one strikeout. The Rainiers tied the game in the fourth inning on Dave McCarty's solo homer off Dukes starter Dennis Reyes. In the fifth inning, the Rainiers took a 2-1 lead on Rico Rossy's solo homer (his second homer in the series). Ryan Radmanovich's RBI in the eighth extended the Rainiers lead to 3-1. Reyes went 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs, 6 walks and 7 strikeouts. Thursday May 7 The Dukes and Rainiers play game 3 of their series in Tacoma. Game 2: Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 3 6 TACOMA 1 0 0 0 5 0 1 4 x 11 11 1 8 ABQ: Mike Judd, Mike Iglesias (6), Petie Roach (9) and Paul LoDuca TAC: Ryan Franklin, David Holdridge (8) and Dusty Wathan WP: Ryan Franklin (2-3) LP: Mike Judd (1-4) HR: ABQ Paul Konerko (3) off Franklin in the 2nd inning TAC Rico Rossy (3) off Judd in the 5th inning Brad Seitzer (2) off Roach in the 8th inning TIME: 2:31 ATT: 3,499 In the second game of the 4 game series, the Rainiers pounded the Dukes 11-1 and tied the series at 1 win apiece. Tacoma's Rico Rossy and Brad Seitzer each homered in the game and drove in 4. Dan Rohrmeier went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Jeff Berblinger had the only other Rainier RBI. Paul Konerko's third homer of the season was the lone Duke run. Konerko was 3 for 4 in the game with that homer providing 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Mike Judd started for the Dukes and went 5 innings, giving up 7 hits, 6 runs (1 earned; 5 unearned runs in the fifth inning), 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Mike Iglesias pitched the sixth and seventh innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Petie Roach pitched the 8th inning and gave up 2 hits, 4 runs and 2 walks. Ryan Franklin started for the Rainiers and gave up 6 hits and 1 run in 7 innings of work. He struck out 5 and walked one. Wednesday May 6 The Dukes and Rainiers continue their series. Game 1: Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 7 12 2 10 TACOMA 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 x 5 12 3 6 ABQ: Gary Rath, Eric Weaver (7), Jeff Kubenka (9) and Paul LoDuca TAC: Andres Berumen, Jose Paniagua (6), Greg McCarthy (8), David Holdridge (9) and Ken Huckaby WP: Gary Rath (4-0) LP: Andres Berumen (1-2) SV: Jeff Kubenka (4) HR: ABQ Garey Ingram (1) off Paniagua in the 6th inning TAC Ricky Cradle (2) off Rath in the 7th inning TIME: 2:51 ATT: 1,391 In the first game of a 4 game series in Tacoma, the Dukes beat the Rainiers 7-5 and snapped a 4 game losing streak. The Dukes have only won twice in the last 10 games. Garey Ingram was 2 for 4 with a homer, 2 RBI, and one run scored on the evening. Alex Cora had 2 RBI, while Willie Romero, Paul LoDuca, and Adam Riggs each had 1 RBI each. Paul Konerko was 1 for 5 with a strikeout. Gary Rath started for the Dukes and went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 12 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and he gave up a solo homer to Ricky Cradle. Eric Weaver went 1 2/3 inning, striking out 3. Jeff Kubenka pitched the ninth, giving up no hits and runs as he earned his fourth save. Tuesday May 5 The Dukes continue their road trip with 4 games against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in Tacoma. The Dukes had Monday off. Monday May 4 The Dukes have the day off. Game 4: Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5 0 7 OMAHA 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 x 4 9 0 5 ABQ: Will Brunson, Dan Hubbs (7) and Paul LoDuca OMA: Brian Barber, Rod Steph (8), Allen McDill (9), Bart Evans (9) and Hector Ortiz, Carlos Mendez WP: Rod Steph (1-0) LP: Dan Hubbs (0-2) SV: Bart Evans (3) HR: ABQ Eric Anthony (4) off Steph in the eighth inning OMA Joe Vitiello (2) off Hubbs in the eighth inning TIME: 2:34 ATT: 4,963 In the last game of the 4 game series in Omaha, Joe Vitiello's two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth broke a 2-2 tie as the Royals beat the Dukes 4-2 and swept the 4 game series. The Dukes have lost 4 straight. Will Brunson started for the Dukes and went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, no walks and 4 strikeouts. Dan Hubbs came into the game in the seventh inning and was pitching for the Dukes when Vitiello hit the game winning homer. Hubbs went 1 2/3 innings total, giving up 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and he struck out 1. Paul Konerko went 0 for 3 with a walk in the game. Sunday May 3 The Dukes and Royals conclude their series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. Game 3: Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 1 6 OMAHA 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 x 5 12 0 7 ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Mike Iglesias (7), Jeff Kubenka (8) and Paul LoDuca OMA: Jamie Walker, Bart Evans (8) and Hector Ortiz WP: Jamie Walker (3-1) LP: Ignacio Flores (2-3) HR: OMA Chris Hatcher (9) off Flores in the 6th inning Jermaine Dye (3) off Iglesias in the 7th inning ABQ Paul Konerko (2) off Walker in the 7th inning TIME: 2:35 ATT: 8,148 In the third game of the 4 game series, Chris Hatcher and Jermaine Dye homered as the Omaha Royals beat the Dukes 5-1 and took a 3-0 series lead. The Dukes have lost 3 straight and 8 out of the last 10 games. Omaha scored on a Jed Hanson RBI in the second. In the sixth inning, Chris Hatcher's two-run homer gave the Royals a 3-0 lead. Paul Konerko's homer in the seventh inning reduced the Royals lead to 3-1. Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer in the seventh as the Royals took a 5-1 lead. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 10 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), walked 3 and struck out 5. Jamie Walker started for the Royals and went 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 1 run, no walks and 4 strikeouts. Konerko went 1 for 3 in the game with 1 RBI (the homer) and 1 run scored. He walked once and committed an error. Saturday May 2 The Dukes and Royals continue their series. Game 2: Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 8 1 5 OMAHA 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 x 3 4 0 3 ABQ: Dennis Reyes, Dan Hubbs (8) and Paul LoDuca OMA: Roland de la Maza, Jamie Blume (9) and Hector Ortiz WP: Roland de la Maza (2-2) LP: Dennis Reyes (1-3) SV: Jamie Bluma (2) HR: ABQ Eric Anthony (3) off de la Maza in the 7th inning OMA Jermaine Dye (2) off Reyes in the 1st inning Orlando Miller (2) off Reyes in the 7th inning TIME: 2:16 ATT: 7,970 In the second game of the 4-game series, the Royals beat the Dukes 3-2 and took a 2-0 series lead. In the first inning, Jermaine Dye solo-homered off Dukes starter Dennis Reyes as the Royals took a 1-0 lead. In the top of the seventh, the Dukes took a 2-1 lead. Eric Anthony solo-homered and Garey Ingram had a RBI double. In the bottom of the seventh, Orlando Miller hit a two-run homer (the eventual game winning RBI) as the Royals re-took the lead at 3-2 and held the Dukes the rest of the game. Reyes went seven innings, giving up 3 hits, 3 runs (1 earned) while walking 4 and striking out 7. Dan Hubbs pitched the eighth inning, giving up a hit and striking out 2. Roland de la Maza started for the Royals and went 8 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Jamie Bluma pitched the ninth (giving up a hit) as he earned the save. Paul Konerko went 1 for 4 in the game. Friday May 1 The Dukes and Royals play game 2 of their series at Rosenblatt Stadium. Game 1: Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 5 13 3 12 OMAHA 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 x 9 6 0 9 ABQ: Mike Judd, Eric Weaver (5), Joe LaGarde (8) and Paul LoDuca OMA: Matt Saier, Bob Mlicki (6), Allen McDill (7), Bart Evans (8) and Hector Ortiz WP: Matt Saier (1-2) LP: Mike Judd (1-3) SV: Bart Evans (2) HR: OMA Terry Bradshaw (5) off Judd in the 1st inning Chris Hatcher (7) off Judd in the 3rd inning Chris Hatcher (8) off Weaver in the 7th inning TIME: 3:12 ATT: 2,008 In the first game of the road trip and 4-game series in Omaha, Chris Hatcher went 2 for 4 with 2 homers and 3 RBI as the Royals defeated the Dukes 9-5. Terry Bradshaw also homered in the game for the Royals and had 2 RBI on the night. Jed Hansen also had 2 RBI for the Royals, one of those RBI coming on a sacrifice fly. Mike Judd started for the Dukes and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 3 hits, 7 runs (3 earned) while he walked 6 and struck out 2. He gave up 4 runs in the first inning alone. Paul Konerko went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and had a sacrifice fly as one of those RBI. Adam Riggs, Garey Ingram, and Dan Melendez added 1 RBI each for the Dukes. Thursday April 30 The Dukes and Royals play game 1 of their series in Omaha. The Dukes had Wednesday off. Wednesday April 29 The Dukes have the day off before heading on the road for 4 against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- FRESNO 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 1 10 ALBUQUERQUE 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 x 5 7 0 6 FRE: Russ Ortiz, Troy Brohawn (6) and Doug Mirabelli ABQ: Gary Rath, Dan Hubbs (8), Jeff Kubenka (9) and Brad Dandridge,Paul LoDuca WP: Gary Rath (3-0) LP: Troy Brohawn (2-1) TIME: 2:42 ATT: 1,600 In the final of a 4 game series, the Dukes won 5-1 but the Grizzlies took the series 3-1. Eric Anthony's groundout in the first inning gave the Dukes a 1-0 lead. Fresno scored once in the fifth to tie the game at 1-1. In the sixth inning, Paul Konerko's sacrifice fly gave the Dukes a 2-1 lead. Willie Romero later followed with a 2-RBI double and Brad Dandridge had a RBI single as the Dukes made it a 5-1 game. Gary Rath started for the Dukes. He went 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Paul Konerko watch: Paul went 0 for 2 in the game with a RBI (sacrifice fly). He walked once and struck out twice. Tuesday April 28 The Dukes and Grizzlies conclude their series at the Sports Stadium and the Dukes end a quick homestand. Game 2 (DH Game 1): Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- FRESNO 0 2 0 0 1 5 0 8 6 0 6 ALBUQUERQUE 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 0 9 FRE: Chris Brock, Rick Huisman (6) and Henry Mercedes ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Eric Weaver (6), Petie Roach (6), Mike Iglesias (7) and Paul LoDuca WP: Chris Brock (4-0) LP: Ignacio Flores (2-2) HR: FRE Jacob Cruz (4) off Roach in the 6th inning ABQ Willie Romero (2) off Brock in the 2nd inning Paul Konerko (1) off Huisman in the 6th inning TIME: 2:25 In the first game of the doubleheader, Jacob Cruz's grand slam homer blew a 3-2 game wide open as the Grizzlies defeated the Dukes 8-3 and took a 2-0 series lead. Paul Konerko and Willie Romero each solo-homered for the Dukes in a losing cause. J.P. Roberge's RBI single was the only other Duke RBI in the game. Konerko in the game went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 5 runs, 7 walks, and 3 strikeouts. -=-=- Game 3 (DH Game 2): Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- FRESNO 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 8 1 6 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 2 5 FRE: Darin Blood, Cory Bailey (6), Jeff Darwin (7) and Doug Mirabelli ABQ: Will Brunson, Joe LaGarde (6), Jeff Kubenka (7) and Paul LoDuca WP: Cory Bailey (1-0) LP: Jeff Kubenka (1-1) SV: Jeff Darwin (5) TIME: 2:13 ATT: 2,442 In the second game of the doubleheader, the Grizzlies beat the Dukes 3-2. The Grizzlies swept the doubleheader and took a 3-0 series lead. The Dukes have now lost four straight games. Wilson Delgado's 2 run double in the fifth gave the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, the Dukes tied it with Paul Konerko's RBI single and an error by Fresno's Ramon E. Martinez. Delgado's RBI double in the seventh was the eventual game winner for the Grizzlies. Paul Konerko went 1 for 2 with a RBI and he walked once. Will Brunson started for the Dukes and went 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and he struck out 2. In Dukes news, Mike Devereaux will not become a Duke. The Dodgers are trying to trade him but he most likely will end up as a free agent if the Dodgers can't make a trade soon. Monday April 27 The Dukes and Grizzlies play games 2 and 3 of their series as a doubleheader. Sunday's game between the Dukes and Fresno Grizzlies was postponed due to rain. Sunday April 26 The Dukes and Grizzlies continue their series. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- FRESNO 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 12 0 9 ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 3 5 FRE: Steve Soderstrom, Erik Plantenberg (6), Jeff Darwin (9) and Doug Mirabelli ABQ: Dennis Reyes, Dan Hubbs (8), Joe LaGarde (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Erik Plantenberg (1-0) LP: Dan Hubbs (0-1) SV: Jeff Darwin (4) HR: ABQ Willie Romero (1) off Soderstrom in the 2nd inning Adam Riggs (3) off Soderstrom in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:47 ATT: 6,049 In the first game of a 4 game series at the Sports Stadium, the Fresno Grizzlies edged the Dukes 4-3 and took a 1-0 series lead. Willie Romero hit his first homer of the year in the second inning and Adam Riggs hit his third homer of the year in the third inning as the Dukes tied the game at 4. Dan Hubbs pitched the eighth inning and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits as the Grizzlies built a 4-2 lead. The Dukes made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth by scoring a run to make it 4-3 but Jeff Darwin kept the Dukes from scoring more as he earned the save. Paul Konerko played his first game in a Dukes suit this season and he was 0 for 4, striking out two times. He was hitting only .197 with 2 RBI when he was demoted to the Dukes on Friday. Dennis Reyes started for the Dukes and went 7 innings, giving up 9 hits, 2 runs (none earned), walking 1 and striking out 8. Saturday April 25 The Dukes return home to the Sports Stadium and open up a 4 game series against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants). In Dukes notes, Paul Konerko has been demoted to Albuquerque. Eric Karros coming off the Dodgers DL necessitated the move. Mike Devereaux is in the process of being reassigned - it is likely he'll end up with the Dukes but he could opt for free agency. We will know for sure soon. Game 4: Tim McCarver Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 2 8 MEMPHIS 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 x 5 10 1 10 ABQ: Mike Judd, Petie Roach (6), Eric Weaver (7) and Paul LoDuca MEM: Sean Lowe, Braden Looper (8), Curtis King (9) and Mike Stefanski WP: Sean Lowe (1-2) LP: Mike Judd (1-2) SV: Curtis King (5) HR: MEM Reed Secrist (3) off Judd in the 1st inning TIME: 2:37 ATT: 5,958 The Memphis Redbirds defeated the Dukes 5-3 in the final game of the 4 game series at Tim McCarver Stadium in Memphis. Memphis took the series 3-1. Mike Judd started for the Dukes. In the first, Reed Secrist homered with a Redbird on base to give Memphis a quick 2-0 lead. Before Judd was done, he'd give up 3 more runs. Judd went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), walked 4 and struck out 4. Adam Riggs was 2 for 4 and had a RBI. Paul LoDuca had the other Duke RBI on the night. Friday April 24 The Dukes and Redbirds conclude their series in Memphis. Game 3: Tim McCarver Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 5 1 x MEMPHIS 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 6 2 x ABQ: Gary Rath, Dan Hubbs (7), Jeff Kubenka (8) and Paul LoDuca MPH: Brian Barnes, Rusty Meacham (6), Rick Croushore (7), Bryan Eversgerd (7), Braden Looper (9) and Keith McDonald WP: Gary Rath (2-0) LP: Rich Croushore (0-2) SV: Jeff Kubenka (3) HR: MPH Keith McDonald (1) off Rath in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:31 ATT: 4,388 Adam Riggs' 3-RBI double in the seventh inning led the Dukes to a 5-4 victory over the Memphis Redbirds. The Redbirds retain the series lead at 2-1. Gary Rath started for Albuquerque and went 6 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 run, no walks and 2 strikeouts. He gave up a solo homer to Keith McDonald in the third inning. With a 5-1 lead, the Redbirds tried to make things interesting in the eighth inning by scoring 3 times off Dukes reliever Dan Hubbs. Jeff Kubenka came into the game and got the final 2 outs of the eighth and pitched the whole ninth inning, giving up no runs, no hits, no walks and striking out 2 as he earned the save. Thursday April 23 The Dukes and Redbirds play game 3 of their series in Memphis at Tim McCarver stadium. Game 2: Tim McCarver Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 9 6 7 MEMPHIS 0 3 1 0 0 1 3 0 x 8 11 0 5 ABQ: Will Brunson, Joe LaGarde (5), Petie Roach (7) and Paul LoDuca, David Steed MPH: Brady Raggio, Bryan Eversgerd (8) and Mike Stefanski WP: Brady Raggio (2-1) LP: Will Brunson (0-2) TIME: 2:23 ATT: 4,023 Ron Warner went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and Brady Raggio pitched 7 2/3 innings of 2-run ball as the Redbirds defeated the Dukes 8-2 and took a 2-0 seriess lead. Raggio gave up 8 hits, walked none, and struck out 7 as he got the victory. Dukes starter Will Brunson went 4 innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. He gave up a solo homer to the Redbirds' Roberto Mejia in the 3rd inning. Scott Richardson and J.P. Roberge each had 1 RBI for the Dukes. Contributing RBI for the Redbirds other than Mejia and Warner was Wayne Kirby, Mike Stefanski, Luis Ordaz and Raggio. In Dukes notes, upcoming Dodger roster moves may find Paul Konerko and Mike Devereaux joining the Dukes. Konerko has been struggling this season with the Dodgers and maybe a move to AAA will help his confidence that he can be a contributor to the Dodgers in a later-season callup. Watch this space early next week to see if Konerko will be coming to Albuquerque or staying in L.A. Wednesday April 22 The Dukes and Redbirds continue their series in Memphis. Game 1: Tim McCarver Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 2 8 MEMPHIS 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 7 10 3 9 ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Mike Iglesias (3), Eric Weaver (6), Dan Hubbs (7), Jeff Kubenka (8) and Paul LoDuca MPH: Larry Luebbers, Matt Arrandale (3), Rusty Meacham (6), Curt King (8), Braden Looper (9) and Mike Stefanski WP: Matt Arrandale (3-0) LP: Ignacio Flores (2-1) HR: MPH Mike Stefanski (1) off Flores in the 1st inning TIME: 2:54 ATT: 4,279 Mike Stefanski's three-run homer highlighted a five-run first inning for the Memphis Redbirds as they defeated the Dukes 7-4 in the first game of a four game series in Memphis. Ignacio Flores was battered for all seven runs the Redbirds scored. Flores went 2 innings, giving up 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 1. The Dukes got 3 runs in the third. Eric Anthony's double scored one and Paul LoDuca followed with a 2-RBI double. In the ninth, Brad Dandridge's pinch hit double scored a run. Tuesday April 21 The Dukes continue their road trip with 4 games against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Tim McCarver Stadium. The Dukes had Monday off. Monday April 20 The Dukes have the day off. Game 3 (DH Game 1): Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 NASHVILLE 0 0 0 0 0 2 x 2 3 0 4 ABQ: Mike Judd and Paul LoDuca NSH: Sean Lawrence, Jeff McCurry (7) and Steve Bieser WP: Sean Lawrence (1-2) LP: Mike Judd (1-1) SV: Jeff McCurry (2) TIME: 1:34 Mike Judd pitched the whole game but fell on the losing end as the Dukes lost 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. Nashville has a 2-1 series lead. Judd gave up 3 hits, both runs, 3 walks, and he struck out 6. Sounds starter Sean Lawrence pitched 6 innings, giving up just a double to J.P. Roberge. Lawrence walked 1 and struck out 4. Former Colorado Rockie Jeff McCurry pitched the seventh inning, giving up no hits, run, walks, and striking out none as he got his second save. -=-=-= Game 4 (DH Game 2): Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 0 7 NASHVILLE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 6 ABQ: Dennis Reyes and Brad Dandridge NSH: Kris Benson, Steve Mintz (6), Mike Halperin (7) and Steve Decker WP: Dennis Reyes (1-2) LP: Kris Benson (1-1) HR: ABQ Eric Anthony (2) off Benson in the 5th inning TIME: 2:01 ATT: 3,556 Dennis Reyes pitched a complete game shutout as the Dukes won the second game of the doubleheader 3-0. The Duke and Sounds split the 4-game series, each winning 2 games. Reyes gave up 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 11 batters. Reyes leads the league in strikeouts with 33. In the first inning, Willie Romero's walk scored Alex Cora. With the bases still loaded, Dan Melendez's sacrifice fly scored another run. Eric Anthony added a solo homer in the fifth inning to cloe out the scoring. Sunday April 19 The Dukes and Sounds conclude their series in Nashville with a doubleheader. The Dukes game on Saturday against the Sounds was postponed due to rain and will be make up as a doubleheader today. Saturday April 18 The Dukes and Sounds play game 3 of their series in Nashville. Game 1 (DH Game 1): Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 6 NASHVILLE 0 0 2 0 0 0 x 2 5 1 4 ABQ: Will Brunson, Eric Weaver (5) and Paul LoDuca NSH: Jimmy Anderson, Matt Ryan (6), Jeff McCurry (7) and Steve Decker WP: Jimmy Anderson (1-0) LP: Will Brunson (0-1) SV: Jeff McCurry (1) HR: ABQ J.P. Roberge (2) off Anderson in the 6th inning TIME: 1:51 In game one of the series with the Nashville Sounds, the Sounds won 2-1 and took a 1-0 series advantage. In the third inning with Will Brunson pitching, Chance Sanford's bloop single scored Abraham Nunez. Sanford later cored on Ron Wright's single. The Dukes got their only run of the game in the sixth on J.P. Roberge's homer. Brunson went 4 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and he struck out 4. Eric Weaver pitched the final two innings, giving up no hits, no runs, no walks and he struck out 3. -=-= Game 2 (DH Game 2): Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUQUERQUE 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 6 13 0 8 NASHVILLE 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2 2 ABQ: Gary Rath and Paul LoDuca NSH: Tavo Alvarez, Gary Wilson (5), Julian Heredia (7) and Steve Bieser WP: Gary Rath (1-0) LP: Tavo Alvarez (0-1) HR: ABQ Adam Riggs (2) off Wilson in the 6th inning TIME: 1:57 ATT: 4,755 In the second game of the series, the Dukes beat the Nashville Sounds 6-1 and earned a doubleheader split. The 4-game series is tied at 1-1. Gary Rath went the whole game for the Dukes. He gave up 4 hits, 1 run, walked 1 and struck out 6. Scott Richardson's sacrifice fly in the second inning put the Dukes on the scoreboard with a 1-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Eric Anthony scored on another Scott Richardson sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 Dukes. In the fifth inning, Paul LoDuca and Dan Melendez had run-scoring RBI as the Dukes increased their lead to 4-1. In the sixth, the Dukes capped their scoring when Adam Riggs belted a two-run homer off Sounds reliever Gary Wilson. Friday April 17 The Dukes and Sounds play a doubleheader at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville. The Dukes game with the Sounds was cancelled due to tornado on Thursday. The tornado that struck Nashville didn't damage the ballpark. Dukes manager Glenn Hoffman, pitching coach Claude Osteen, and Dukes broadcaster Russ Langer were caught up in the tornado. The three were driving to the ballpark from the airport when the tornado struck. They reported seeing trees get uprooted and billboards being ripped off their supports. Thursday April 16 The Dukes open up a roadtrip with a 4 game series against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville. The Dukes had Wednesday off. In Duke news, pitcher Gary Rath was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol. He was stopped early Wednesday morning by a police officer after running a red light in downtown Albuquerque. The officer administered a field sobriety test and Rath failed. Rath blew a .15 alcohol level when he was given a breath analyzer test and was arrested. He got out of jail mid-afternoon on Wednesday after pleading not-guilty at his arrainment and he was released on his own recognizance. Wednesday April 15 The Dukes have the day off. GAME 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- OKLAHOMA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1 6 ALBUQUERQUE 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 x 4 7 0 4 OKL: Barry Johnson and Chris Tremie ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Jeff Kubenka (9) and Brad Dandridge WP: Ignacio Flores (2-0) LP: Barry Johnson (0-2) SV: Jeff Kubenka (2) HR: OKL Mark Little (3) off Flores in the 7th inning ABQ Adam Riggs (1) off B. Johnson in the 5th inning TIME: 2:19 ATT: 2,626 In the final game of the series and the 8-game homestand, the Dukes beat the Oklahoma Redhawks 4-1. The Dukes lose the series 3-1 and in the homestand they were 4-4. The win also improves the Dukes season record to the .500 level at 4-4. It was a good game for both starters. Barry Johnson started for the Redhawks and pitched the whole game, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and went 8 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run (a solo-homer by Mark Little), walked 2 and struck out 4. Jeff Kubenka pitched the ninth inning and struck out 2 as he earned his second save. The Dukes scored in the first on a Dan Melendez RBI-single. In the second, J.P. Roberge's double scored Garey Ingram. In the fifth, Brad Dandridge singled and later scored on Adam Riggs' homer. Dukes Notes: The Dukes already have a good list of people with injuries. Brian Richardson has a shoulder problem and hasn't appeared in a Dukes suit yet this season. Kevin Gibbs flew to Los Angeles to have a possible torn rotator cuff looked at. Eric Anthony still has his abdominal strain and catcher Paul LoDuca hasn't played in two games as he hit a foul ball off his ankle in Sunday's game. Anthony and LoDuca are both listed as day-to-day. Tuesday April 14 The Dukes and Redhawks conclude their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- OKLAHOMA 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 8 1 3 ALBUQUERQUE 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 10 4 9 OKL: Matt Perisho, Danny Patterson (7), Jimmy Myers (9) and Rick Wrona ABQ: Dennis Reyes, Michael Iglesias (7), Joe LaGarde (9) and David Steed WP: Matt Perisho (2-0) LP: Dennis Reyes (0-2) SV: Jimmy Myers (1) TIME: 2:41 ATT: 2,337 In the third game of the series, former St. Pius grad Mike Murphy went 2 for 3 and drove in 2 runs as his Oklahoma Redhawks team defeated the Dukes for the third night in a row. The Dukes have now lost 3 in a row and have seen their season mark fall below .500 to 3 wins and 4 losses. Rangers prospect Matt Perisho started for the Redhawks and went 6 innings, giving up 6 hit, no runs, walked 2 and struck out 1. The Dukes scored their only run of the inning on a Alex Cora triple in the seventh off Redhawks reliever Danny Patterson. Dennis Reyes started for the Duke and went 6 inning, giving up 8 hits, 4 runs (2 earned) while walking and striking out none. Michael Iglesias worked 2 innings and Joe LaGarde worked the ninth, both giving up no hits, walking none, and striking out none. Monday April 13 The Dukes and Oklahoma Redhawks play game 3 of their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 R H E LOB ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Oklahoma 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 11 20 1 11 Albuquerque 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 19 3 11 OKL: Todd Van Poppel, Eric Moody (7), Larry Thomas (8), Alan Levine (11), Terry Clark (14) and Chris Tremie ABQ: Mike Judd, Dan Hubbs (7), Eric Weaver (8), Jeff Kubenka (9), Matt Herges (14) and Paul LoDuca WP: Terry Clark (1-1) LP: Matt Herges (0-1) HR: OKL Bret Barberie (1) off Judd in the 4th inning Scott Sheldon (2) off Judd in the 6th inning TIME: 4:42 ATT: 2,553 In the second game of the series, the Oklahoma Redhawks again used a big run-scoring extra inning to defeat the Dukes 11-7 and take a 2-0 series lead. You may recall on Saturday the Redhawks used a 5-run 11th inning. Today it was a 4-run 15th inning that did the Dukes in. Three errors by Matt Herges, Alex Cora and Scott Richardson aided the Redhawks to the big inning. Mike Judd started for the Dukes and gave up 8 hits and 3 runs in six innings while walking 1 and striking out 5 and allowing 2 homers. Dan Hubbs came into the game in the seventh and gave up three runs. Jeff Kubenka was probably the most effective Dukes pitcher of the day, coming into the game in the 9th inning and pitching 5 innings of 4 hit, no run, 1 walk, 5 strikeout ball. Matt Herges was the pitcher of record when the game was decided - he pitched the 14th and 15th innings, giving up 4 hits, 5 runs (3 earned) while walking 2 and striking out none. Former-phenom-prospect Todd Van Poppel started for the Redhawks and went six innings, giving up 9 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), walked none and struck out 5. Mark Little went 3 for 8 and scored twice and had 2 RBI. Bret Barberie homered and drove in 2. Scott Sheldon also homered and drove in 2. T.R. Lewis drove in 2 and scored twice as he went 3 for 7 in the game. For the Dukes, Scott Richardson and Paul LoDuca drove in 2 runs a piece, while J.P. Roberge, Dan Melendez, and Brad Dandridge drove in 1 run each. In Dukes notes, the Dukes have been without the services of Eric Anthony. Anthony had an abdominal strain and has been day-to-day for the last few days. Sunday April 12 The Dukes and Oklahoma Redhawks continue their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- Oklahoma 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 5 9 14 1 10 Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 4 10 0 7 OKL: Jonathan Johnson, Jimmy Myers (7), Mark Small (8), Alan Levine (11) and Chris Tremie ABQ: Gary Rath, Eric Weaver (8), Petie Roach (8), Joe LaGarde (9), Matt Herges (11) and Paul LoDuca WP: Mark Small (1-0) LP: Joe LaGarde (0-1) HR: OKL Mark Little (1) off Rath in the 5th inning T.R. Lewis (1) off Rath in the 5th inning Mark Little (2) off LaGarde in the 11th inning ABQ J.P. Roberge (1) off J. Johnson in the 4th inning TIME: 3:14 ATT: 3,692 Mark Little smacked two homers and had 4 RBI (a homer and 2 RBI in the 11th inning alone) and the Dukes wasted a later-innings rally as the Oklahoma Redhawks outlasted the Dukes 9-4 in 11 innings. T.R. Lewis added a solo-homer in the fifth inning for the Redhawks while J.P. Roberge solo-homered in the fourth inning (only the Dukes' third homer of the season). Albuquerque was down 3-1 but managed to scrape together some runs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings to later tie the game at 4-4 and send it into extra innings where the Redhawks later won it. Gary Rath pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. It was Joe LaGarde and Matt Herges who were battered in that 11th inning - LaGarde gave up 3 runs and Herges gave up 2 runs in that inning. Saturday April 11 The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers) come to the Sports Stadium for 4 games. Game 4: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- New Orleans 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 5 10 1 11 Albuquerque 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 6 12 1 8 NRL: Scott Taylor, Johan Lopez (6), Jim Gutierrez (8) and Mitch Meluskey ABQ: Will Brunson, Eric Weaver (6), Dan Hubbs (7), Jeff Kubenka (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Jeff Kubenka (1-0) LP: Jim Gutierrez (0-1) HR: NRL Mitch Meluskey (1) off Brunson in the 6th inning ABQ Alex Cora (1) off Taylor in the 3rd inning TIME: 3:16 ATT: 3,164 Adam Riggs' single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth gave the Dukes a 6-5 victory and a 3-1 series win over the New Orleans Zephyrs. In the third inning, Scott Richardson doubled, Garey Ingram singled to score Richardson and Ingram scored on Alex Cora's homer as the Dukes took a 3-1 lead. In the sixth, the Zephyrs scored three times, the highlight was a two-run homer by Mitch Meluskey as the Zephyrs re-took the lead at 4-3. In the bottom half of the sixth, Riggs and Paul LoDuca singled and later scored on Willie Romero's double as the Dukes took a 5-4 lead. Friday April 10 The Dukes and Zephyrs conclude their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 3: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- New Orleans 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 7 0 3 Albuquerque 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 x 7 10 1 8 NRL: Roger Salkeld, Jim Gutierrez (5), David West (6), Mike Grzanich (7), Roberto Rivera (8) and Mitch Meluskey ABQ: Ignacio Flores, Eric Weaver (7), Petie Roach (8), Jeff Kubenka (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Ignacio Flores (1-0) LP: Roger Salkeld (0-1) SV: Jeff Kubenka (1) HR: NRL Ray Montgomery (2) off Flores in the 7th inning TIME: 2:51 ATT: 2,728 Roger Salkeld's shakey start helped the Dukes win 7-4 and take a 2-1 lead in the series against the New Orleans Zephyrs. Salkeld walked Garey Ingram to begin the Dukes half of the first inning. On a hit-and-run single by Alex Cora, Ingram ended up on second. A wild pitch advanced Ingram to third and Cora to second. A passed ball scored Ingram and Cora went to third. Another wild pitch plated Cora. Adam Riggs and Paul LoDuca walked and Dan Melendez's double scored Riggs and LoDuca. Willie Romero's sacrifice fly scored Melendez later in the inning. Ignacio Flores started for the Dukes and had a smooth six innings of work - giving up 2 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikouts and no runs. In the seventh he had problems. A two-run homer by Ray Montgomery and two more runs given up prompted the bullpen to enter the game. Eric Weaver, Petie Roach, and Jeff Kubenka kept the Zephyrs from scoring again in the game and preserved the victory for Flores. Kubenka got the save, his first. Thursday April 9 The Dukes and Zephyrs play game 3 of their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 2: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- New Orleans 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 4 0 4 Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 0 4 NRL: Bob Milacki, Reggie Harris (8) and Mitch Meluskey ABQ: Dennis Reyes, Petie Roach (9), Joe LaGarde (9), Jeff Kubenka (9) and Paul LoDuca WP: Bob Milacki (1-0) LP: Dennis Reyes (0-1) SV: Reggie Harris (1) HR: NRL J.R. Phillips (1) off Reyes in the 6th inning TIME: 2:36 ATT: 2,089 In a night where a Dukes pitcher set a team record, poor run support and bad luck cost him a victory. Dennis Reyes started for the Dukes and struck out a record 15 batters (the old record was held by Rex Hudson in 1974 who struck out 14 in a 10-inning game). Unfortunately for Reyes, he made one bad pitch and the bullpen blew his opportunity for the victory. The New Orleans Zephyrs won 4-2 and tied the series at 1 win apiece. Reyes' bad pitch came to J.R. Phillips in the sixth inning, who in the sixth inning hit a homer with Mitch Meluskey on board to give the Zephyrs a 2-1 lead. Petie Roach came into the game in the ninth inning and gave up 2 runs (both earned) on 2 hits as the Zephyrs took a 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Paul LoDuca's double scored Willie Romero to make it 4-2 but the Dukes were unable to score again. Bob Milacki started for the Zephyrs and went 7 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 run. Reggie Harris pitched the last 2 innings, giving up a run and 2 hits as he earned his first save. Reyes ended up going 8 innings, giving up 1 hit and 2 runs, while walking 5. Wednesday April 8 The Dukes and Zephyrs continue their series at the Sports Stadium. Game 1: Albuquerque Sports Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB -------------------------------------------------------------------- New Orleans 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 8 2 8 Albuquerque 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 x 10 11 2 12 NRL: Scott Elarton, Scott Taylor (2), David West (5), Johan Lopez (7), Roberto Rivera (8) and Mitch Meluskey ABQ: Mike Judd, Dan Hubbs (7), Matt Herges (9) and Mike LoDuca WP: Mike Judd (1-0) LP: Scott Elarton (0-1) HR: NRL Ray Montgomery (1) off Judd in the 2nd inning ABQ Eric Anthony (1) off Elarton in the 2nd inning TIME: 3:06 ATT: 4,725 In the first game of a four game series against the Zephyrs and the opening game of the 1998 baseball season, the Dukes used a 8-run second inning to defeat the Zephyrs and take a 1-0 series lead. Russ Johnson and Ray Montgomery had the only RBI for the Zephyrs on the evening. Garey Ingram drove in 3 runs. A slew of Dukes -- Adam Riggs, Kevin Gibbs, Eric Anthony, J.P. Roberge, Alex Cora, and Scott Richardson had 1 RBI each. Mike Judd started for the Dukes and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in 6 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 4. Dan Hubbs pitched 2 innings of scoreless, hitless ball, walking 1 and striking out 2. Matt Herges pitched the ninth giving up a hit. Scott Elarton started for the Zephyrs and lasted only 1 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 8 runs (all earned), walked 4 and struck out 1 as he earned the loss. Tuesday April 7 The Dukes open up the 1998 season against the New Orleans Zephyrs at the Sports Stadium. Monday April 6 The regular season is upon us. The Dukes open on Tuesday night against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) at the Albuquerque Sports Stadium. Here is my special writeup on the Triple-A New Look for 1998. The projected Dukes starters on Opening Night are: C Paul LoDuca 1B J.P. Roberge 2B Adam Riggs SS Alex Cora 3B Brian Richardson LF Garey Ingram CF Kevin Gibbs RF Eric Anthony SP Mike Judd The roster is coming together: Starting pitchers are Mike Judd, Dennis Reyes, Ignacio Flores, Will Brunson and Gary Rath. The bullpen pitchers are Jeff Kubenka, Petie Roach, Dan Hubbs, Eric Weaver, and Matt Herges. Kubenka appears to be the Dukes stopper, at least to start the season. Catchers are Paul LoDuca, Brad Dandridge, David Steed, and Henry Blanco (currently on the DL with a shoulder injury). Infielders are Alex Cora, Adam Riggs, J.P. Roberge, Dan Melendez, Keith Johnson and Brian Richardson. Outfielders are Kevin Gibbs, Garey Ingram, Eric Anthony, Scott Richardson and Willie Romero.