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September 12, 2003
- PCL Championship - Game 3
- Sounds/River Cats

Sacramento wins series 3-0 Raley Field, Sacramento ================= Nashville 010 000 000 -- 1 5 1 Sacramento 100 203 11x -- 8 13 0 WP: Ed Yarnall (1-0) LP: Matt Guerrier (1-1) HR: SAC Michael Lockwood (1) off Matt Guerrier in the 4th inning TIME: 2:50 ATT: 14,015 The Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) crushed the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) 8-1 on Friday evening to become the 2003 Pacific Coast League champions. The River Cats swept the Sounds 3-0 in the PCL Championship series following a 3-0 sweep of the Edmonton Trappers (Expos) in the Pacific Conference Championship series. In the 1st inning, Esteban German walked and scored on Jason Grabowski's single to right field as the River Cats built a quick 1-0 lead. The Sounds tied the game in the 2nd inning. Jorge Toca singled to right field and scored on Tomas De La Rosa's double down the left field line. The rest of the game was all River Cats. In the 4th inning with two outs, Luis Lopez reached on a throwing error. Michael Lockwood followed with a home run as the 'Cats built a 3-1 lead. The River Cats broke the game wide open in the 6th inning. Graham Koonce walked and Grabowski singled to right field. Lopez doubled to left field as Koonce scored and Grabowski scored on Mark Johnson's single to left field. Lopez scored on Jose Flores' sacrifice fly out as Sacramento led 6-1. In the 7th inning with two outs, Grabowski walked and scored on Lockwood's single to right field. The River Cats closed out the scoring in the 8th inning. Chris Prieto singled to drive in Flores. Sacramento's Luis Lopez was named the MVP of the 2003 PCL Championship series. Lopez belted two home runs and drove in eight runs in the PCL Championship series.

September 10, 2003
- PCL Championship - Game 2
- River Cats/Sounds

River Cats lead series 2-0 Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================== Sacramento 201 000 040 -- 7 7 0 Nashville 000 110 000 -- 2 11 0 WP: Erik Hiljus (2-0) LP: Pat Mahomes (0-2) HR: SAC Graham Koonce (1) off Pat Mahomes in the 1st inning Luis Lopez (3) off Ben Shaffar in the 8th inning NSH Adam Hyzdu (4) off Erik Hiljus in the 4th inning TIME: 2:51 ATT: 8,524 Graham Koonce and Luis Lopez powered the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) over the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) 7-2 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The series moves to Sacramento where the River Cats only need to win one of the next three games to claim the 2003 PCL Championship. In the 1st inning, Graham Koonce two-run homered as the River Cats led 2-0. The River Cats built the lead to 3-0 in the 3rd inning as Jose Flores scored on a wild pitch. In the 4th inning, Adam Hyzdu solo-homered as the Sounds cut the defecit to two runs at 3-1. In the 5th inning, Nashville's John Barnes doubled to drive in Rich Thompson to make it a 3-2 River Cats lead. In the 8th inning, the River Cats put the game away as Luis Lopez homered with the bases loaded, driving in Chris Prieto, Koonce and Jason Grabowski.

Nuñez Outrighted to Albuquerque

Pitcher Vladimir Nuñez has been outrighted to Albuquerque. Earlier in the week the Marlins designated him for assignment and was able to outright him to Albuquerque today.
Filed 09/10/2003

September 9, 2003
- PCL Championship - Game 1
- River Cats/Sounds

River Cats lead series 1-0 Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================= Sacramento 030 001 000 -- 4 8 0 Nashville 100 001 000 -- 2 6 0 WP: John Rheinecker (1-0) LP: Ryan Vogelsong (0-1) SV: Jeremy Fikac (1) HR: SAC Luis Lopez (2) off Ryan Vogelsong in the 2nd inning NSH Tony Alvarez (2) off John Rheinecker in the 1st inning TIME: 2:43 ATT: 6,752 Luis Lopez's home run led the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) over the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) 4-2 as the River Cats took a 1-0 series lead in the 2003 Pacific Coast League Championship Series. In the Sounds half of the 1st inning, Tony Alvarez led off with a solo homer. In the 2nd inning with Jason Grabowski and Graham Koonce on base, Lopez homered as the River Cats took a 3-1 lead. In the 6th inning, Koonce doubled to drive in Mike Edwards as the River Cats extended their lead to 4-1. In the 6th inning, Nashville's John Barnes singled to plate Dave Doster to close out the scoring in the game.

Olsen to Marlins

The Florida Marlins activated pitcher Kevin Olsen from the 60-day major league disabled list and recalled him from Albuquerque where he had been on his rehabilitation assignment. To make room on the Marlins 40-man roster for Olsen, pitcher Vladimir Nuñez was designated for assignment.
Filed 09/09/2003

September 6, 2003 -
Sounds/Isotopes

American Conference Championship - Game 4 Sounds win series 3-1 Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Nashville 010 000 200 -- 3 9 0 Albuquerque 001 000 000 -- 1 3 1 WP: Matt Guerrier (1-0) LP: Aaron Small (0-1) HR: NSH Adam Hyzdu (3) off Aaron Small in the 2nd inning John Barnes (2) off Aaron Small in the 7th inning TIME: 2:34 ATT: 8,051 Matt Guerrier pitched a complete game 3-hitter as the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) defeated the Isotopes 3-1 to win the 2003 American Conference Championship best-of-five series 3 games to 1 game. Nashville advances to the PCL Championship against the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) beginning on Tuesday evening. Adam Hyzdu solo-homered in the 2nd inning as the Sounds led 1-0. In the 3rd inning, the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1 when Matt Erickson doubled to drive in Abraham Nuñez. The Sounds took the lead for good in the 7th inning when John Barnes homered with Dave Doster on base. Aaron Small went 7 innings, giving up 7 hits and 3 runs. He walked 1 and struck out 4. 'Topes Notes: Kevin Olsen made an appearance with the Isotopes and gave up no runs and 2 hits in 2 innings. . . . 17,431 fans attended the two playoff games at Isotopes Park. For the regular season and playoffs, 594,298 fans went through the turnstiles at Isotopes Park for an average of 8,141 fans per game. For a comparison of how great the attendance was, the largest season attendance for the Albuquerque Dukes at the Sports Stadium was 390,652. 33,581 fans attended the four games of the American Conference Championship for a per-game average of 8,395. . . . The Isotopes season may be over, but keep reading this page as there will be coverage of the 2003 PCL Championship as well as any Isotopes offseason news and roster moves, a redesign of the web page, and the posting of the 2004 season schedule when released.

September 5, 2003 -
Sounds/Isotopes

American Conference Championship Game 3 Sounds lead series 2-1 Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Nashville 200 140 000 032 -- 12 16 2 Albuquerque 600 100 000 030 -- 10 18 1 WP: Jim Mann (1-0) LP: Allen Levrault (0-1) SV: Frank Brooks (1) HR: NSH Aaron Holbert (2) off Jason Grilli in the 4th inning Adam Hyzdu (2) off Jason Grilli in the 5th inning Jorge Toca (1) off Marty McLeary in the 5th inning Dave Doster (1) off Blaine Neal in the 11th inning ABQ Robert Stratton (1) off Dave Williams in the 1st inning Paul Hoover (1) off Dave Williams in the 1st inning Jason Wood (1) off Jim Mann in the 11th inning TIME: 4:15 ATT: 9,380 The Isotopes came up with a miracle 11th inning rally but it was for naught as the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) came up with two runs in the 12th inning to take a 12-10 victory over the Isotopes in a wild Friday night contest at "The Lab". The Sounds hold a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five American Conference Championships and the Isotopes will have to win the next two games to advance to the PCL Championship Series next week. In the 1st inning, Adam Hyzdu singled to score Tony Alvarez and Hyzdu scored when Aaron Holbert drew a bases loaded walk as the Sounds led 2-0. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Jason Wood singled to drive in Kevin Hooper. Derek Wathan scored on Chad Allen's single and Wood and Allen scored on Robert Stratton's inside-the-park home run. Paul Hoover followed with a solo homer as the Isotopes led 6-2. Aaron Holbert solo-homered in the 4th inning as the Sounds cut the defecit to three runs at 6-3. In the Isotopes half of the 4th inning, Matt Erickson singled to plate Hoover. In the 5th inning, Hyzdu homered with Dave Doster and J.J. Davis on base and Jorge Toca solo-homered as the Sounds tied the game at 7-7. In the 11th inning, Chris Snusz sacrifice flied out to score Tomas de la Rosa and Alvarez walked ahead of Doster's home run as the Sounds led 10-7. In the Isotopes half of the 11th inning, the Isotopes worked some two-out mojo to keep them alive in the game. Wathan tripled to score Hooper and Jason Wood homered as the 'Topes tied the game at 10-10. In the 12th inning, the Sounds had some two-out mojo of their own to take the lead for good. De la Rosa walked and Snusz doubled to plate de la Rosa and Doster singled to drive in Snusz. Isotopes starter Jason Grilli went 4 innings, giving up 7 hits and 6 runs. He walked 4 and struck out 3 in addition to allowing 2 homers. 'Topes Notes: Kevin Olsen made a rehabilitation assignment start for the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads on September 2nd. He started and went 5 innings, giving up a hit and a run (unearned). He walked none and struck out 8 in the game. Olsen is expected to make one more outing, this time with the Isotopes, before he pitches again with the Marlins. . . . Pitching probables for Game 4 of the series are Aaron Small for the Isotopes and Matt Guerrier for the Sounds.

September 5, 2003 -
Trappers/River Cats

Pacific Conference Championship - Game 3 Sacramento wins series 3-0 Raley Field, Sacramento ================= Edmonton 000 000 010 -- 1 5 2 Sacramento 410 000 00x -- 5 6 0 WP: Erik Hiljus (1-0) LP: Sun-Woo Kim (0-1) HR: SAC Esteban German (1) off Sun-Woo Kim in the 2nd inning TIME: 2:19 ATT: 12,801 The Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) defeated the Edmonton Trappers (Expos) 5-1 to wrap up a 3 games to 0 games sweep of the Pacific Conference Championship best-of-five series. Sacramento will meet the winner of the American Conference Championship between the Isotopes and Nashville Sounds in the best-of-five PCL Championship Series beginning on Tuesday. In the 1st inning, Luis Lopez doubled with the bases loaded and scored on errors by Trappers left-fielder Terrmel Sledge and pitcher Sun-Woo Kim as the River Cats led 4-0. Esteban German solo-homered as the River Cats extended the lead to 5-0 in the 2nd inning. In the 8th inning, the Trappers avoided being shut out as Jake Thrower singled and scored on Luis Figueroa's single.

September 4, 2003 -
Isotopes/Sounds

American Conference Championship - Game 2 series tied 1-1 Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ====================== Albuquerque 401 011 000 -- 7 12 0 Nashville 000 120 020 -- 5 10 2 WP: Sean Bergman (1-0) LP: Pat Mahomes (0-1) SV: Blaine Neal (1) HR: NSH Tony Alvarez (1) off Sean Bergman in the 4th inning Adam Hyzdu (1) off Sean Bergman in the 8th inning TIME: 2:36 ATT: 10,004 Albuquerque scored big early and held off a Nashville Sounds (Pirates) late game rally as the Isotopes won 7-5 to tie the best-of-five American Conference Championship at 1-1. In the 1st inning, the Isotopes put up a four spot. Matt Erickson led off with a double and scored on Derek Wathan's single. Jason Wood singled and Chris Donnels doubled to plate Wathan and Wood. Chad Allen doubled to right-center field to score Donnels. In the 3rd inning, Wood reached on a two-base error and scored on a throwing error on Sounds shortstop Aaron Holbert as the Isotopes extended the lead to 5-0. Tony Alvarez solo-homered in the 4th inning as the Sounds got on the scoreboard. In the 5th inning, Wood walked, stole second base and scored on Allen's single to right field as the Isotopes led 6-1. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Bobby Hill doubled and Holbert infield singled. Blake Barthol doubled to right-center field as Hill and Holbert raced around to score. In the 6th inning, Kevin Hooper singled, stole second base and scored on Wathan's double to give the Isotopes a 7-3 lead. The Sounds closed out the scoring in the 8th inning when J.J. Davis was hit by a pitch and Adam Hyzdu followed with a home run. 'Topes Notes: Chad Allen has the hot bat for the Isotopes. In the first two games of the series, he went 5x9 (.556) with a run scored and six runs batted in. Allen has homered and doubled in the series so far. . . . 16,150 fans attended the first two games of the series in Nashville, for a per-game average of 8,075. . . . The series heads to Albuquerque for Games 3 and 4 and Game 5 (if necessary). Probable starters for Game 3 of the series are Jason Grilli for the Isotopes and Dave Wiliams for the Sounds.

September 4, 2003 -
River Cats/Trappers

Pacific Conference Championship Game 2 River Cats lead series 2-0 Telus Field, Edmonton ================ Sacramento 000 012 430 -- 10 18 1 Edmonton 200 000 102 -- 5 9 0 WP: John Rheinecker (1-0) LP: Britt Reames (0-1) HR: SAC Luis Lopez (1) off Roy Corcoran in the 7th inning EDM Randy Knorr (1) off Jeremy Fikac in the 9th inning TIME: 2:57 ATT: 4,052 For the second straight night, the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) defeated the Edmonton Trappers (Expos) 10-5 to take a commanding 2-0 best-of-five series lead. Sacramento heads home only needing one victory in three tries in order to wrap up the Pacific Conference Championship and advance to the PCL Championship Series. Edmonton scored twice in the first inning to finally have a lead during a game in the series. Terrmel Sledge and Valentino Pascucci scored on Ryan Balfe's double. Jose Flores scored on Esteban German's groundout in the 5th inning and Mike Edwards scored on a wild pitch and Mike Lockwood singled to plate Luis Lopez in the 6th inning as the River Cats took a 3-2 lead. The River Cats extended their lead in the 7th inning. Jason Grabowski doubled to score Edwards and Lopez homered with Grabowski and Graham Koonce on base as the River Cats led 7-2. Randy Knorr scored on Peter Bergeron's double as the Trappers cut the defecit to four runs at 7-3 in their half of the 7th inning, but the River Cats came up with three more runs in the 8th inning as Chris Prieto singled to score Flores and Grabowski singled to drive in Prieto and German. Knorr homered with Jeff Bailey on base as the Trappers closed out the scoring in the game in the bottom of the 9th inning.

September 3, 2003 -
Isotopes/Sounds

American Conference Championship - Game 1 Sounds lead best-of-five series 1-0 Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================== Albuquerque 010 000 400 -- 5 10 0 Nashville 000 300 12x -- 6 10 0 WP: Frank Brooks (1-0) LP: Vladimir Nuñez (0-1) SV: Jim Mann (1) HR: NSH Aaron Holbert (1) off Scott Sanders in the 4th inning John Barnes (1) off Abraham Nuñez in the 8th inning ABQ Chad Allen (1) off Ryan Vogelsong in the 7th inning TIME: 2:41 ATT: 6,146 In the first game of the 2003 American Conference Championship, the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) ralled in the 8th inning to defeat the Isotopes 6-5. In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood doubled and scored on Chad Allen's RBI single as the Isotopes led 2-0. In the 4th inning, the Sounds took a 3-1 lead. With two outs, John Barnes and Bobby Hill singled and Aaron Holbert followed with a three-run homer. The Isotopes regained the lead in the 7th inning. Derek Wathan and Wood singled and Chris Donnels singled to plate Wathan. Chad Allen three-run homered as the 'Topes led 5-3. The Sounds tied the game in the 7th inning -- Tony Alvarez doubled and scored on Dave Doster's single. In the 8th inning, Adam Hyzdu singled and John Barnes homered off Isotopes reliever Vladimir Nuñez. Isotopes starter Scott Sanders pitched seven innings, giving up seven hits and four runs. He walked one and struck out four. 'Topes Notes: Final 2003 Regular Season Isotopes statistics and final 2003 Pacific Coast League standings have been added to this web page. . . . The Pacific Coast League named Terrmel Sledge of the Edmonton Trappers (Expos) the Hitter of the Week. In the last week of the season, Sledge hit .474 with seven runs scored and nine runs batted in. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Nashville's Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong shut out the New Orleans Zephyrs (Astros) while allowing five hits and struck out 12 in the game that clinched the Eastern Division title for the Sounds. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the American Conference Championship are Sean Bergman for the Isotopes and Pat Mahomes for the Sounds.

September 3, 2003 -
River Cats/Trappers

Pacific Conference Championships - Game 1 River Cats lead series 1-0 Telus Field, Edmonton ================ Sacramento 210 153 301 -- 16 20 0 Edmonton 000 000 002 -- 2 6 2 WP: Justin Duchscherer (1-0) LP: Seung Song (0-1) HR: EDM Jason Grabowski (1) off Anthony Ferrari in the 7th inning TIME: 3:07 ATT: 5,114 In Game 1 of the Pacific Conference Championships, the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) pounded out 20 hits as they crushed the Edmonton Trappers (Expos) 16-2. In the 1st inning, Graham Koonce's sacrifice fly scored Chris Prieto and Mike Edwards scored on an error as the River Cats led 2-0. Dan Johnson scored on a fielder's choice in the 2nd inning and Jose Flores singled to plate Mike Lockwood in the 4th inning as the River Cats built up the lead to 4-0. In the 5th inning, Edwards scored on Jason Grabowski's single and Flores singled to score Grabowski and Luis Lopez. An error allowed Lockwood and Flores to score as the River Cats led 9-0. In the 6th inning, Grabowski doubled to drive in Edwards and Johnson singled to plate Grabowski. Flores singled to drive in Lopez as the River Cats led 12-0. In the 7th inning, Grabowski homered with Edwards and Koonce on base to extend the lead to 15-0. In the 9th inning, Esteban German singled to score Lockwood to close out the River Cats scoring. The Trappers avoided the shoutout in the bottom of the 9th inning. Terrmel Sledge singled to score Peter Bergeron and Valentino Pascucci sacrifice flied out to score Luis Figueroa.

Valdez on DL; Olsen to 'Topes;
Levrault and House Activated

Infielder Wilson Valdez was placed on the disabled list with a broken left thumb. The Florida Marlins optioned pitcher Kevin Olsen to Albuquerque. Olsen appeared in four games for the Marlins, going 0-0 with a 11.17 ERA. He gave up 19 hits, 12 earned runs, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts in 9 2/3 IP. Unfortunately, he was hit in the head with a comeback line drive at Fenway Park in Boston and has been slowly working to getting back on the mound. Pitcher Allen Levrault was activated from the disabled list. Pitcher Craig House was activated from the disabled list and transferred to Class-AA Carolina.
Filed 09/03/2003

2003 Isotopes Individual Awards

Before Monday's final game of the season, 2003 Isotopes individual season award winners were announced. The awards were voted on by Isotope players and coaches. Jason Wood won the 2003 Most Valuable Player award. Sean Bergman won the 2003 Pitcher of the Year award. Kevin Hooper won the 2003 Community-Minded Player of the Year award as voted on by Isotopes management. Wilson Valdez won the 2003 Defense Player of the Year award. Derek Wathan won the 2003 "Mr. Hustle" award. Robert Stratton won the 2003 Power Hitter award.
Filed 09/01/2003

September 1, 2003 - Isotopes (74-70)
2003 PCL Central Division Champs!

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Nashville 300 000 030 000 001 -- 7 17 0 Albuquerque 100 410 000 000 000 -- 6 15 0 WP: Mike Holtz (3-2) LP: Juan Alvarez (3-2) SV: Jim Mann (5) HR: NSH Tony Alvarez (9) off Aaron Small in the 1st inning Jorge Toca (2) off Aaron Small in the 1st inning ABQ Chris Donnels (13) off Matt Guerrier in the 5th inning TIME: 4:30 ATT: 11,659 In the 9th inning of the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) victory over the Isotopes 7-6 in 15 innings, the Isotopes knew that they had clinched the 2003 PCL Central Division without needing a victory -- Omaha defeated Colorado Springs 8-2 in the first game of a doubleheader in Colorado Springs. Tony Alvarez led off the game with a home run and Jorge Toca later in the inning homered with Dave Doster on base as the Sounds led 3-0 before the Isotopes came to bat. The Isotopes immediately cut into the lead in their half of the 1st inning. Matt Erickson walked and later scored on Jason Wood's single up the middle. In the 4th inning, Abraham Nuñez doubled and Matt Treanor singled. Aaron Small bunted and the Sounds tried to throw out Nuñez at home plate but the throw hit Nuñez in the helmet and Small was safe at first base on the play. Kevin Hooper tripled to right field as Treanor and Small scored. Erickson hit a grounder and the Sounds tagged out Hooper while Erickson advanced to second base. Derek Wathan tripled to drive in Erickson as the Isotopes led 5-3. Chris Donnels solo-homered in the 5th inning as the Isotopes extended their lead to 6-3. The Sounds rallied to tie the game in the 8th inning. Alvarez tripled and scored on Doster's single. Aaron Holbert came in to pinch run for Doster and scored on J.J. Davis' double. Davis stole third and scored on John Barnes' single. In the 15th inning, Adam Hyzdu tripled and scored on Sounds reliever Mike Holtz's bloop single to center. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 2-7 (.323), 3B (2) Kevin Hooper 1-6 (.266), 2 RBI (54), 3B (4), BB (35) Jason Wood 2-6 (.296), RBI (83), BB (45), K (96) Robert Stratton 0-1 (.212) Abraham Nuñez 2-7 (.311), R (35), 2 2B (13), 2 K (55) Vladimir Nuñez 2 1/3 IP (68), 2 H (67), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (54) (Season ERA: 4.76) Blaine Neal 2 1/3 IP (46 1/3), 4 H (55), 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB (16), 1 K (32) (Season ERA: 2.33) Final 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 74-70 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 73-70 0.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 70-72 3.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 70-73 3.5 'Topes Notes: Keep checking this page as there will be coverage of the Isotopes march towards the 2003 PCL Championship. The Isotopes begin the process by playing the 2003 PCL American Conference Championship against the Sounds beginning on Wednesday evening in Nashville. The Isotopes hold the home field advantage in the best-of-five conference championship but will not have the home field advantage in the PCL Championship if the 'Topes defeat the Sounds. The Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) and Edmonton Trappers (Expos) meet in the Pacific Conference Championship. . . . The 15-inning contest marked the longest contest (both innings-wise and time-wise at 4 hours and 30 minutes) that the Isotopes have played in franchise history. . . . The Isotopes went 6-4 in extra inning games in 2003 with a 1-3 extra inning record at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes drew 43,007 for the final regular season series at Isotopes Park. Total 2003 regular season attendance was 576,867 or an average per-game attendance of 8,125. . . . Robert Stratton finished the 2003 regular season with 175 strikeouts, which ties him with Gorman Thomas (1974) and Rob Deer (1984) for the PCL record for most single-season strikeouts. . . . Nashville took the four game series 3-1 as well as the 16-game season series 10-6. . . . Chris Donnels extended his hitting streak to 12 games. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Matt Erickson. Erickson went 9x15 (.600) in the series with two doubles, a triple, a stolen base, drove in four runs and scored three runs. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week (week ending August 25, 2003) was Doug Devore of the Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks). Devore hit .480 (12x25) for the week. He drove in seven runs and scored five runs. The PCL Pitcher of the Week was Noah Lowry of the Fresno Grizzlies (Giants). He shut out the Sidewinders through 7 1/3 innings while allowing three hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts.

Hermida Joins 'Topes

Outfielder Jeremy Hermida was transferred from Class-A Greensboro Bats to the Isotopes. Hermida was Florida's first round draft pick in the 2002 draft (11th pick overall). With the Bats, Hermida hit .285 in 467 at-bats with 23 doubles, 5 triples, 6 home runs, 49 runs batted in, 28 stolen bases, 80 walks and 100 strikeouts.
Filed 09/01/2003

August 31, 2003 - Isotopes (74-69)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Nashville 201 600 001 -- 10 13 0 Albuquerque 100 000 100 -- 2 7 2 WP: Pat Mahomes (8-4) LP: Justin Wayne (4-12) HR: NSH J.J. Davis (25) off Justin Wayne in the 1st inning J.J. Davis (26) off Justin Wayne in the 3rd inning Dave Doster (12) off Oswaldo Mairena in the 4th inning TIME: 2:57 ATT: 13,380 The Nashville Sounds (Pirates) utilized three home runs to score seven of their ten runs as they routed the Isotopes 10-2 in front of a record crowd at Isotopes Park. In the 1st inning, Dave Doster singled and J.J. Davis homered as the Sounds built a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Kevin Hooper walked and scored on Jason Wood's groundout as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 2-1. J.J. Davis solo-homered, his second homer of the game, in the 3rd inning as the Sounds led 3-1. The Sounds put the game away in the 4th inning. Bobby Hill and Aaron Holbert walked. Blake Barthol singled to plate Hill and Sounds reliever Pat Mahomes doubled to drive in Holbert. Rich Thompson was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Doster followed with a grand-slam home run to give the Sounds a 9-1 lead. Matt Treanor singled and scored on Matt Erickson's single in the 7th inning as the Isotopes closed out their scoring. The Sounds closed out their scoring in the 9th inning as Adam Hyzdu singled and later scored on an error. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-1 (.324), K (48) Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.267), R (77), BB (34) Jason Wood 0-4 (.296), RBI (82), 2 K (95) Robert Stratton 0-3 (.213), BB (36), K (175) Abraham Nuñez 1-4 (.312), K (53) Justin Wayne (L, 4-12) 3 1/3 IP (136), 5 H (137), 6 R (81), 6 ER (64), 2 BB (40), 2 K (82), 2 HR (10) (Season ERA: 4.24) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 74-69 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 72-69 1.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 69-72 4.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 69-72 4.0 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes magic number for clinching via a tie- breaker the PCL Central Division remains at one game. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) doubleheader was rained out on Sunday evening so the Isotopes were unable to have the Sky Sox lose a game to reduce the magic number to zero. . . . Derek Wathan ended his 13 game hitting streak by going 0x4. Chris Donnels extended his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Pitching probables for the last game of the series (and 2003 regular season) are Aaron Small (6-4, 4.64) for the Isotopes and Matt Guerrier (4-6, 4.22) for the Sounds.

Williams to Marlins

The Florida Marlins purchased the contract of outfielder Gerald Williams from Albuquerque as part of September major league roster expansion. Williams appeared in 85 games for the Isotopes, hitting .303 with 22 doubles, 5 triples, 14 home runs and 50 RBI. He walked 24 times and struck out 45 times.
Filed 08/31/2003

August 30, 2003 - Isotopes (74-68)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Nashville 000 000 200 -- 2 4 1 Albuquerque 703 010 11x -- 13 16 2 WP: Jason Grilli (6-2) LP: Jeff Bennett (1-3) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (32) off Jeff Bennett in the 1st inning Jason Grilli (1) off Jeff Bennett in the 1st inning TIME: 2:35 ATT: 8,370 Three Albuquerque pitchers four-hit the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) and the Isotopes had a huge first inning en route to a 13-2 thumping of the Sounds on Saturday afternoon at "The Lab". The Isotopes put up a seven-spot in the 1st inning. Matt Erickson doubled to left-center field and Derek Wathan singled to center to score Erickson. Jason Wood singled to left ahead of Abraham Nuñez's double off the right field wall to plate Wathan and Wood. Robert Stratton belted a two-run home run and Kevin Hooper reached on a fielder's choice before Isotopes starter Jason Grilli two-run homered just inside the left-field foul pole. In the 3rd inning with two outs, Hooper and Grilli walked and Gerald Williams singled to left field to score Hooper. Erickson followed with a triple to right-center field to score Grilli and Williams as the Isotopes extended their lead to 10-0. In the 5th inning, Grilli reached on an infield single and later scored on Wood's double. In the 7th inning, the Sounds avoided the shutout. J.J. Davis doubled down the third base line, Jorge Toca singled to right field, and Bobby Hill reached on an error as Davis scored. Aaron Holbert reached on a fielder's choice to score Toca as the Sounds trailed 11-2. In the Isotopes half of the 7th inning, Williams doubled and scored on Erickson's double. In the 8th inning, the Isotopes closed out the scoring. Stratton walked, Treanor reached on a hit and Hooper grounded out to score Stratton. Grilli went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) and 4 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 2. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-4 (.267), 2 R (76), RBI (52), BB (33) Jason Wood 2-5 (.298), R (80), RBI (81), 2B (26), 2 K (93) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.215), 2 R (63), 2 RBI (82), HR (32), BB (35), 2 K (174) Abraham Nuñez 1-5 (.313), R (34), 2 RBI (38), 2B (11), K (52) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (65 2/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (49) (Season ERA: 4.93) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 74-68 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 72-69 1.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 69-72 4.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 69-72 4.5 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque's magic number for clinching the PCL Central Division is one (because of the tie-breaker advantage) or two to clinch the division title outright without needing the tie-breaker. The Isotopes could have clinched the title on Saturday evening with a Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) loss, but the Sky Sox contest was rained out. . . . Robert Stratton homered in the game to lead the league (and all of minor league baseball) in home runs with 32. He also regained the lead in the Old Navy Home Run Hero contest. . . . Jason Grilli is only the second Isotope pitcher to homer in a game this season -- Scott Sanders was the first. . . . The Isotopes won today's game by the largest winning margin of the season -- 11 runs. . . . Derek Wathan extended his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . With the attendance at Saturday's game (8,370), the Isotopes have eclipsed the 550,000 mark for the 2003 season at Isotopes Park. 551,828 fans have attended this season for a per-game average of 7,998. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Justin Wayne (4-11, 3.93) for the Isotopes and a pitcher yet to be officially named by the Sounds, but it might be Ryan Vogelsong (13-8, 4.26).

Allen Removed from Marlins 40-Man
Roster

The Florida Marlins recalled Chad Allen with instructions not to report and then outrighted him to Albuquerque. The net effect of this move is to remove Allen from the Marlins 40-Man roster, possibly to make room for September major league roster expansion or to make a last-minute trade. Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell broke his hand in a recent game and is expected to miss the rest of the season. So far, the Marlins have not promoted any Isotope player to replace Lowell as the Marlins are expecting to acquire someone off the major league waiver wire or trade for someone.
Filed 08/30/2003

August 29, 2003 - Isotopes (73-68)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Nashville 000 005 303 -- 11 15 1 Albuquerque 001 110 100 -- 4 11 1 WP: Tom Fordham (2-2) LP: Oswaldo Mairena (6-4) HR: NSH Dave Doster (11) off Sean Bergman in the 6th inning ABQ Gerald Williams (14) off Ben Shaffar in the 3rd inning TIME: 3:05 ATT: 9,598 The Nashville Sounds (Pirates) scored eleven runs in the last half of the game as they defeated the Isotopes 11-4 on Friday evening at "The Lab". Gerald Williams solo-homered in the 3rd inning, Paul Hoover singled to plate Chris Donnels in the 4th inning, and Williams scored on Derek Wathan's single in the 5th inning as the Isotopes led 3-0. Nashville put a five-spot on the board in the 6th inning, highlighted by Dave Doster's solo homer and Aaron Holbert's two-run triple. In the 7th inning with the bases loaded, Jorge Toca doubled to drive in Rich Thompson, Doster, and Tony Alvarez as the Sounds extended their lead to 8-3. Abraham Nuñez drove in a run in the 7th inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit to four runs at 8-4 but the 'Topes would not get any closer to the Sounds in the game. In the 9th inning, Nashville put their final three runs of the game on the scoreboard. Adam Hyzdu singled to score Doster and Holbert singled with the bases loaded to drive in Hyzdu and Toca. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-3 (.269) Wilson Valdez 1-3 (.287), SB (33), BB (19), K (37) Jason Wood 1-4 (.297), BB (44), K (91) Robert Stratton 0-1 (.214), K (172) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.316), RBI (36), SB (9), BB (32), K (52) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 73-68 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 72-69 1.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 69-72 4.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 69-72 4.0 'Topes Notes: Despite the loss, the Isotopes magic number for clinching the PCL Central Division crown decreased to three as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) lost their contest. . . . Derek Wathan extended his hitting streak to 12 games, while Chris Donnels extended his streak to 10 games and Wilson Valdez to 7 games. . . . The Pacific Coast League named Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) manager Tony DeFrancesco the 2003 PCL Manager of the Year. The River Cats clean swept the individual season awards (Pitcher of the Year, MVP, and Manager of the Year). . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Jason Grilli (5-2, 3.62) for the Isotopes and Jeff Bennett (1-2, 3.10) for the Sounds. The special game time is 12:05pm to allow the game to be played before the University of New Mexico Lobo football home opener later in the evening.

August 28, 2003 - Isotopes (73-67)

Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha =================== Albuquerque 010 100 000 -- 2 7 0 Omaha 000 100 000 -- 1 7 0 WP: Scott Sanders (7-5) LP: Ryan Baerlocher (4-7) SV: Blaine Neal (21) HR: OMA Brandon Berger (12) off Scott Sanders in the 4th inning TIME: 3:04 ATT: 6,535 The Isotopes edged the Omaha Royals (Royals) 2-1 to win their last road game of the 2003 regular season. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) won their game to stay one game behind the Isotopes in the PCL Central Division race and Omaha and Iowa (Cubs) were eliminated from the race. The 'Topes reduced their magic number for clinching the division title to four games. In the 2nd inning, Chris Donnels walked, Abraham Nuñez walked and Matt Erickson singled to load the bases. Kevin Hooper's sacrifice fly to right field scored Donnels as the 'Topes led 1-0. In the 4th inning, Donnels walked and scored on Hooper's single to extend the lead to 2-0. Omaha got their only run of the game in their half of the 4th inning as Brandon Berger solo-homered. Sanders went 5 innings, giving up 1 run and 4 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 6. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-3 (.271), 2 RBI (51), K (62) Wilson Valdez 2-4 (.287), 2B (12) Jason Wood 0-4 (.297) Abraham Nuñez 0-2 (.316), 2 BB (31), K (51) Blaine Neal (S, 21) 1 IP (44), 1 H (51), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (31) (Season ERA: 2.45) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 73-67 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 72-68 1.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 68-72 5.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 68-72 5.0 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque recorded its 73rd victory of the season to guarantee not to have a losing record in 2003. . . . The Isotopes took the five game series 3-2. For the 2003 regular season 16-game series, the Omaha Royals won nine of those contests. . . . Albuquerque ended 2003 regular season divisional play with a 26-22 record, winning series' against Iowa and Colorado Springs and losing a series against Omaha. . . . Several Isotopes extended hitting streaks in the game: Derek Wathan to 11 games, Chris Donnels to 9 games and Wilson Valdez to 6 games. Jason Wood's 5-game hitting streak ended. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Jason Wood. Wood went 5x18 (.278) in the series with four runs scored and six runs batted in. He tripled and homered twice in the series. . . . The Pacific Coast League named Graham Koonce of the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) the league's 2003 Most Valuable Player. . . . The Isotopes return home for the final four games of the season which could be a preview of the 2003 PCL American Conference Playoff Series if the Isotopes hold on to win the PCL Central Division. Pitching probables for Game 1 against the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) are Sean Bergman (8-11, 4.69) for the Isotopes and Ben Shaffar (0-0, 1.59) for the Sounds.

August 27, 2003 - Isotopes (72-67)

Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha =================== Albuquerque 000 260 002 -- 10 14 1 Omaha 020 010 010 -- 4 9 1 WP: Aaron Small (6-4) LP: Chris George (3-4) HR: ABQ Jason Wood (15) off Chris Geroge in the 4th inning Jason Wood (16) off Nate Field in the 9th inning TIME: 2:30 ATT: 2,832 Jason Wood homered twice in the Isotopes 10-4 victory over the Omaha Royals (Royals) on Wednesday evening. The Isotopes magic number to clinch the PCL Central Division was reduced to five with the victory. In the 2nd inning, Mike Kelly singled, Benny Agbayani walked and Carlos Febles doubled to score Kelly. Gookie Dawkins' sacrifice fly scored Agbayani as the Royals led 2-0. Derek Wathan singled and Jason Wood hit his first homer of the game as the Isotopes tied the game at 2-2. In the 5th inning, the Isotopes broke the game open with a six-spot. Paul Hoover doubled, Wilson Valdez bunt singled, and Gerald Williams singled to center field as Hoover scored and Kevin Hooper reached base on a bunt as Valdez scored. Wood's grounder to the shortstop was misplayed for an error to load the bases. Chad Allen doubled to clear the bases and he later scored on Robert Stratton's sacrifice fly as the 'Topes led 8-2. In the 5th inning, Dawkins doubled and scored on David DeJesus's grounder and Jed Hansen singled and scored on Agbayani's single in the 8th inning as the Royals crept to within four runs at 8-4. Hooper doubled and Wood belted his second homer in the game to extend the Isotopes lead to 10-4 in the 9th inning and Mike Judd was able to take care of the Royals in the bottom of the 9th inning. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-5 (.325), R (45), 3 RBI (53). 2B (30), 2 K (47) Kevin Hooper 2-5 (.271), 2 R (74), RBI (49), 2B (9), 2 K (61) Wilson Valdez 3-4 (.284), R (45) Jason Wood 2-5 (.300), 3 R (79), 4 RBI (80), 2 HR (16) Robert Stratton 0-3 (.215), RBI (80), 2 K (171) Abraham Nuñez 2-5 (.319), 2B (10), SB (8), 2 K (50) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (64 2/3), 2 H (65), 1 R (36), 1 ER (36), 1 BB (20), 0 K (Season ERA: 5.01) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 72-67 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 71-68 1.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 68-71 4.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 68-71 4.0 'Topes Notes: Derek Wathan went 1x5 to extend his hitting streak to ten games. Jason Wood and Wilson Valdez extended their streaks to five games each. . . . Robert Stratton was the only Isotope starter not to have a hit in the game. . . . Jason Wood and Robert Stratton are both tied for the team lead in runs batted in with 80. The slump has also cost Stratton his Old Navy Home Run Hero contest lead as Graham Koonce of the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) is tied with him for the PCL lead (and all of minor league baseball) in home runs with 31. . . . The Pacific Coast League today named Justin Duchscherer of the Sacramento River Cats their Pitcher of the Year. . . . Pitching probables for the last road game of the 2003 regular season (and last game of the series with Omaha) are Scott Sanders (6-5, 4.02) for the Isotopes and Ryan Baerlocher (4-6, 4.78) for the Royals.

Judd Activated from DL; House to DL

Pitcher Mike Judd has been activated from the disabled list, while pitcher Craig House has been placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
Filed 08/27/2003

August 26, 2003 - Isotopes (71-67)

Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha =================== Albuquerque 100 310 000 -- 5 7 2 Omaha 101 300 21x -- 8 13 0 WP: Jason Gilfillan (6-0) LP: Oswaldo Mairena (6-3) SV: Ryan Bukvich (5) HR: OMA Jarrod Patterson (17) off Justin Wayne in the 1st inning TIME: 2:54 ATT: 2,039 The Omaha Royals (Royals) rallied in the later stages of the game to defeat the Isotopes 8-5. In the 1st inning, Gerald Williams reached on an infield single and scored on Jason Wood's single up the middle. Jerrod Patterson solo-homered in the bottom of the first inning as the Royals tied the game. The Royals took the lead in the 3rd inning. David DeJesus doubled and scored on Patterson's single up the middle. In the 4th inning, the Isotopes took the lead. Wood, Chris Donnels and Robert Stratton walked to load the baes. Matt Treanor drew a walk to plate Wood and Matt Erickson ground- rule doubled to right field to score Donnels and Stratton. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Carlos Febles singled, Tom Prince doubled and Alexis Gomez singled to right field to drive in Febles and Prince. Brent Abernathy singled to plate Gomez as the Royals led 5-4. In the 5th inning, Derek Wathan singled and Wood tripled to drive him in and tie the game at 5-5. In the 7th inning, the Royals took the lead for good. Abernathy doubled, Mike Kelly and Benny Agbayani walked to load the bases. Febles singled to left field as Abernathy and Kelly scored. In the 8th inning, the Royals closed out the scoring as Gookie Dawkins singled and scored on Abernathy's sacrifice fly. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-2 (.327), SB (11), BB (18), K (45) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.278) Jason Wood 2-3 (.299), R (76), 2 RBI (76), 3B (4), BB (43) Robert Stratton 0-3 (.217), R (61), BB (34), 2 K (169) Justin Wayne 3 1/3 IP (132 2/3), 7 H (132), 5 R (75), 4 ER (58), 0 BB, 3 K (80), 1 HR (8) (Season ERA: 3.93) Vladimir Nuñez 1/3 IP (63 2/3), 1 H (63), 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (19), 0 K (Season ERA: 4.95) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 71-67 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 70-68 1.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 68-70 3.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 68-70 3.0 'Topes Notes: Chris Donnels extended his hitting streak to eight games while Derek Wathan extended his streak to nine games. . . . The Pacific Coast League continued announcing awards today as they named shortstop Bobby Crosby of the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) the PCL Rookie of the Year. . . . Pitching probables for Game 4 of the series are Aaron Small (5-4, 4.72) for the Isotopes and Chris George (3-3, 6.80) for the Royals.

August 25, 2003 - Isotopes (71-66)

Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha =================== Albuquerque 101 000 000 3 -- 5 13 0 Omaha 011 000 000 0 -- 2 6 2 WP: Mike Fyhrie (8-4) LP: Nate Field (2-2) SV: Blaine Neal (20) HR: ABQ Chad Allen (8) off Jamey Wright in the 3rd inning Gerald Williams (13) off Nate Field in the 10th inning TIME: 3:11 ATT: 2,089 Gerald Williams belted a big game winning home run in the 10th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (Royals) 5-2 on Monday evening in Omaha. Combined with a Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) loss, the Isotopes are in sole possession of first place in the PCL Central Division. In the 1st inning, Gerald Williams doubled, stole third base and scored on Derek Wathan's single as the 'Topes led 1-0. The Royals tied the game in the 2nd inning. Carlos Febles doubled and scored on Tom Prince's single. The Isotopes regained the lead in the 3rd inning as Chad Allen solo-homered but the Royals tied the game again in their half ot the 3rd inning as Alexis Gomez doubled, David DeJesus singled and Brent Abernathy grounded into a double play as Gomez scored. In the 10th inning, Matt Erickson singled, Kevin Hooper was hit by a pitch and Gerald Williams followed with a home run. Blaine Neal came into the game in the bottom of the 10th inning and shut down the Royals for the save. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 2-6 (.329), R (44), RBI (50), HR (8) Kevin Hooper 1-3 (.269), R (72), K (59) Wilson Valdez 2-6 (.279) Jason Wood 1-6 (.296), 2 K (90) Abraham Nuñez 0-1 (.317), 4 BB (29) Blaine Neal (S, 20) 1 IP (43), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (14), 1 K (28) (Season ERA: 2.51) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 71-66 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 70-67 1.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 67-70 4.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 67-70 4.0 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes are 6-3 in extra inning games in 2003, while their road extra-inning record is 5-1. . . . Derek Wathan extended his hitting streak to eight games. . . . Pitching probables for the middle game of the series are Justin Wayne (4-11, 3.76) for the Isotopes and Brad Voyles (2-2, 2.95) for the Royals.

Stratton Named to All-PCL Team

The Pacific Coast League named their All-PCL Team on Monday and Robert Stratton was the only Albuquerque Isotope named to the team. The All-PCL Team: Catcher - Koyie Hill Las Vegas 51s First Baseman - Graham Koonce Sacramento River Cats Second Baseman - Bernie Castro Portland Beavers Shortstop - Bobby Crosby Sacramento River Cats Third Baseman - Chad Tracy Tucson Sidewinders Outfielder - John Barnes Nashville Sounds Outfielder - Terrmel Sledge Edmonton Trappers Outfielder - Rene Reyes Colorado Springs Sky Sox Designated Hitter - Robert Stratton Albuquerque Isotopes Right-Handed Pitcher - Justin Duchscherer Sacramento River Cats Left-Handed Pitcher - Chris Capuano Tucson Sidewinders Relief Pitcher - Mark Corey Nashville Sounds
Filed 08/25/2003

August 24, 2003 - Isotopes (70-66)

Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha =================== Albuquerque 020 000 000 -- 2 9 1 Omaha 010 042 31x -- 11 16 1 WP: Sean Lowe (3-0) LP: Sean Bergman (8-11) TIME: 2:50 ATT: 4,190 The Omaha Royals (Royals) scored eleven unanswered runs to crush the Isotopes 11-2 on Sunday afternoon. In the 2nd inning, the Isotopes scored all the runs they would in the game. Chris Donnels and Chad Allen singled and Matt Erickson walked to load the bases. Paul Hoover singled to drive in Donnels and Kevin Hooper sacrifice flied out to score Allen as the 'Topes led 2-0. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Mike Kelly doubled and scored on Carlos Febles' double. The Royals took the lead in the 5th inning. Gookie Dawkins and Juan Brito singled. Alexis Gomez tripled to plate Dawkins and Brito. David DeJesus doubled to score Gomez. After Brent Abernathy bunt singled, Jarrod Patteson grounded into a double play to score DeJesus as the Royals led 5-2. In the 6th inning, Brandon Berger singled, Febles reached on an infield hit and Brito reached on an error to load the bases. Isotopes reliever Marty McLeary uncorked a wild pitch to score Berger and Gomez doubled to score Febles as the Royals extended the lead to 7-2. In the 7th inning, the Royals continued to pile on the runs. Patterson singled and Berger and Febles walked to load the bases. Dawkins grounded out to score Patterson and Brito singled up the middle to plate Berger and Febles. The Royals added their last run in the 8th inning. Patterson walked, Kelly doubled and Berger grounded out to score Patterson. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 3-4 (.329), R (43), 2B (29), K (44) Kevin Hooper 0-3 (.269), RBI (48), K (58) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.278) Abraham Nuñez 0-4 (.319), 2 K (48) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 4.97) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 70-66 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 70-66 --- Omaha Royals (Royals) 67-69 3.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 66-70 4.0 'Topes Notes: Derek Wathan and Matt Erickson each extended their hitting streaks to seven games. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Jason Grilli (5-2, 3.69) for the Isotopes and Jamey Wright (5-6, 3.85) for the Royals.

Nuñez off DL, Alvarez off SL

Pitcher Abraham Nuñez has been activated off of the disabled list. Pitcher Juan Alvarez has served his suspension and has been activated from the Suspended List.
Filed 08/24/2003

August 23, 2003 - Isotopes (70-65)

Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines ====================== Albuquerque 000 001 010 -- 2 10 0 Iowa 102 000 00x -- 3 10 2 WP: Steve Smyth (6-10) LP: Scott Sanders (6-5) SV: Willie Banks (15) TIME: 3:11 ATT: 11,869 The Iowa Cubs (Cubs) held off a late-inning Isotope rally as they defeated the Isotopes 3-2 on Saturday evening. In the 1st inning, Trenidad Hubbard walked and scored on Midre Cummings double as the Cubs led 1-0. In the 3rd inning, the Cubs extended the lead to 3-0. Cummings walked, Donny Leon singled and Hee Seop Choi singled to center field to score Cummings. Phil Hiatt singled to load the bases before David Kelton reached on an infield single to plate Leon. Chad Allen doubled and scored on Derek Wathan's sacrifice fly in the 6th inning and Kevin Hooper walked, stole second, took third on a throwing error during the stolen base attempt and scored on Allen's sacrifice fly in the 8th inning. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 2-4 (.324), R (42), RBI (49), 2B (28) Kevin Hooper 0-3 (.273), R (71), SB (24), BB (32), 2 K (57) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.276), 2B (11), K (36) Jason Wood 1-3 (.298), BB (42), K (88) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.326), BB (25), K (46) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 70-65 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 70-65 --- Omaha Royals (Royals) 66-69 4.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 65-70 5.0 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque took three out of the five games in the series with Iowa. The Isotopes and Cubs also concluded their 16-game 2003 season series and the Isotopes won nine of those sixteen contests. . . . Matt Erickson's six-game hitting streak ended while Chris Donnels and Derek Wathan extended their hitting streaks to six games each. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Derek Wathan. Wathan went 7x19 (.368) with four runs scored and six runs batted in. He doubled twice, homered, had a sacrifice fly and stole two bases. . . . Albuquerque moves on to Omaha for their last five road games of the 2003 regular season. Pitching probables for the first game of the series are Sean Bergman (8-10, 4.56) for the Isotopes and Sean Lowe (2-0, 3.26) for the Omaha Royals (Royals).

Bergman PCL Pitcher of the Month

Isotopes starting pitcher Sean Bergman was named the Topps Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Month for July. Bergman went 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA in July.
Filed 08/23/2003

August 22, 2003 - Isotopes (70-64)

Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines ====================== Albuquerque 121 130 001 -- 9 11 0 Iowa 000 200 400 -- 6 8 1 WP: Aaron Small (5-4) LP: Alan Benes (7-6) SV: Blaine Neal (19) HR: ABQ Matt Treanor (11) off Alan Benes in the 3rd inning IWA Midre Cummings (20) off Aaron Small in the 4th inning Trenidad Hubbard (5) off Aaron Small in the 7th inning Donny Leon (13) off Oswaldo Mairena in the 7th inning TIME: 3:06 ATT: 10,109 The Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 9-6 on Friday evening. Combined with a Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) loss, the Isotopes find themselves in sole possession of first place. Gerald Williams bunt singled and scored on Jason Wood's double as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard in the 1st inning. Matt Treanor doubled, Matt Erickson walked and Isotopes starter Aaron Small bunted for a base hit to plate Treanor. Williams singled to right field to drive in Erickson as the 'Topes led 3-0 in the 2nd inning. Treanor solo-homered in the 3rd inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 4-0. Erickson doubled and scored on Williams sacrifice fly in the 4th inning. In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Cubs finally got on the scoreboard. Hee Seop Choi singled ahead of Midre Cummings' home run. In the 5th inning, Wathan bunt singled, Wood singled and Chris Donnels doubled to score Wathan. Erickson was walked intentionally and Small doubled to score Wood and Donnels as the Isotopes led 8-2. In the 7th inning, the Cubs cut into the defecit. Augie Ojeda doubled and scored on Mike Mahoney's single. Trenidad Hubbard homered and Donny Leon solo-homered as the Isotopes led 8-6 after seven innings of play. In the 9th inning, Wood walked, Donnels singled and Treanor walked to load the bases. Abraham Nuñez drew a walk to drive in Wood to close out the scoring in the game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-2 (.275), 2 K (55) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.276), K (35) Jason Wood 2-3 (.298), 2 R (75), RBI (74), 2B (25), 2 BB (41), K (87) Robert Stratton 0-5 (.218), 4 K (167) Abraham Nuñez 0-0 (.326), RBI (35), BB (24) Blaine Neal (S, 19) 1 IP (42), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 2.57) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 70-64 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 69-65 1.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 66-68 4.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 64-70 6.0 'Topes Notes: Kevin Hooper went 0x2 to end a ten game hitting streak and Wilson Valdez's six game hitting streak came to an end when he went 0x4. Isotope batters that extended hitting streaks were Derek Wathan (5 games), Chris Donnels (5 games) and Matt Erickson (6 games). . . . Scott Sanders (6-4, 3.99) is expected to start the last game of the series for the Isotopes while Iowa will send Steve Smyth (5-10, 4.82) to the hill.

Harris joins Marlins

The Florida Marlins placed pitcher Armando Almanza and outfielder Todd Hollandsworth on the disabled list and purchased the contract of infielder Lenny Harris from Albuquerque. Another Isotope will not be promoted along with Harris as the Marlins came to contract terms with Rick Helling who until recently pitched for the Baltimore Orioles until the Orioles designated him for assignment.
Filed 08/21/2003

August 21, 2003 - Isotopes (69-64)

Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines ====================== Albuquerque 000 000 020 -- 2 9 1 Iowa 000 003 00x -- 3 5 0 WP: Wilton Chavez (9-7) LP: Justin Wayne (4-11) SV: Willie Banks (14) HR: ABQ Gerald Williams (12) off Mike Wuertz in the 8th inning TIME: 2:57 ATT: 7,512 The Iowa Cubs (Cubs) edged the Isotopes 3-2 on Thursday evening. The Isotopes are now tied again for first place in the PCL Central Division as Colorado Springs (Rockies) won. In the 6th inning, Nate Frese reached on a two-base error and Trenidad Hubbard was hit by a pitch. Josh Paul lined a ball off Isotopes starter Justin Wayne as Frese scored. Hee Seop Choi doubled down the first base line to plate Hubbard and Paul as the Cubs took a 3-0 lead. In the 8th inning, Lenny Harris walked and Gerald Williams homered as the Isotopes drew to within a run at 3-2 but could not come any closer as the Isotopes stranded a runner at third base in the 9th inning in an attempt to tie the contest. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-3 (.321) Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.276) Wilson Valdez 2-3 (.280), SB (32), BB (18) Jason Wood 0-1 (.295), K (86) Justin Wayne (L, 4-11) 7 IP (129 1/3), 5 H (125), 3 R (70), 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (77) (Season ERA: 3.76) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 69-64 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 69-64 --- Omaha Royals (Royals) 65-68 4.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 64-69 5.0 'Topes Notes: Kevin Hooper extended his hitting streak to ten games, while Wilson Valdez extended his streak to six games and Matt Erickson to five games. . . . Pitching probables for Game 4 of the series are Aaron Small (4-4, 4.48) for the Isotopes and Alan Benes (7-5, 4.59) for the Cubs.

August 20, 2003 - Isotopes (69-63)

Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines ===================== Albuquerque 202 010 050 -- 10 12 1 Iowa 000 000 005 -- 5 8 3 WP: Jason Grilli (5-2) LP: Todd Wellemeyer (4-5) HR: ABQ Chris Donnels (12) off Todd Wellemeyer in the 1st inning Derek Wathan (4) off Todd Wellemeyer in the 3rd inning TIME: 3:13 ATT: 4,178 The Albuquerque Isotopes doubled-up the Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 10-5 on Wednesday evening in Des Moines. The win, combined with a Colorado Springs loss, moved the Isotopes into first place all by themselves in the PCL Central Division. In the 1st inning, Wilson Valdez singled and Chris Donnels homered as the Isotopes led 2-0. In the 3rd inning, Valdez tripled and scored on Derek Wathan's homer as the Isotopes doubled their lead to 4-0. In the 5th inning, Wathan reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and scored on Donnels' double as the Isotopes extended their lead to 5-0. The Isotopes got what ended up being insurance runs in the 8th inning. Donnels doubled, Lenny Harris walked and Matt Treanor reached on an error to plate Donnels. Kevin Hooper singled to right field as Harris scored. Gerald Williams reached on an error and Valdez infield singled as treanor scored. Wathan doubled to right field as Hooper and Williams scored. The Isotopes scored five runs in the inning to lead 10-0. In the 9th inning, Craig House entered the game to wrap up the Isotopes victory and he had difficulty mopping up. Josh Arteaga and Mike Mahoney walked. Midre Cummings grounded out to score Arteaga. Donny Leon was hit by a pitch and Tom Evans walked to load the bases. Phil Hiatt doubled to left field to score Mahoney, Leon and Evans, and Hiatt scored on David Kelton's double to left-center field as the Cubs scored five times in the bottom of the 9th inning to make the final score respectable. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 2-5 (.276), R (70), RBI (47) Wilson Valdez 4-5 (.276), 2 R (44), RBI (18), 2 3B (4), SB (31), K (34) Robert Stratton 0-1 (.222), K (163) Abraham Nuñez 0-5 (.326), 2 K (45) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 69-63 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 68-64 1.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 65-67 4.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 63-69 6.0 'Topes Notes: Two Isotopes extended hitting streaks in the game -- Kevin Hooper to nine games and Wilson Valdez to five games. . . . Pitching probables for the middle game of the series are Justin Wayne (4-10, 3.97) for the Isotopes and Wilton Chavez (8-7, 4.68) for the Cubs.

Alvarez suspended; Fyhrie joins 'Topes

Pitcher Juan Alvarez has been suspended for his actions following an ejection in a game in Albuquerque against the Omaha Royals (Royals) this past week. Mark Fyhrie was released by the Royals organization, signed to a minor league contract by the Florida Marlins and assigned to Albuquerque. Fyhrie played for the Buffalo Bisions (AAA Indians) and the Omaha Royals in 2003. With Buffalo, he went 1-5 with a 5.80 ERA in eight appearances. With the O-Royals, he went 7-4 with a 4.21 ERA in fifteen games.
Filed 08/20/2003

August 19, 2003 - Isotopes (68-63)

Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines ===================== Albuquerque 100 030 000 -- 4 8 1 Iowa 000 111 000 -- 3 7 1 WP: Sean Bergman (8-10) LP: Justin Kaye (1-5) SV: Blaine Neal (18) HR: IWA Hee Seop Choi (2) off Sean Bergman in the 6th inning TIME: 3:07 ATT: 6,556 The Isotopes bullpen was able to hold a late-inning, slim one run lead as the 'Topes defeated the Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 4-3 in the first game of a five game series in Iowa. In the 1st inning with two outs, Derek Wathan reached on an infield single, stole second base, and scored on Chris Donnels' single to left field. In the 4th inning, the Cubs tied the game at 1-1. Donny Leon singled and scored on Phil Hiatt's sacrifice fly. In the 5th inning, Paul Hoover bunt singled and stole second base. Kevin Hooper reached on an infield hit and stole second base. Gerald Williams walked to load the bases and Wilson Valdez's bunt single scored Hoover. Wathan reached on an error as Hooper and Williams scored to give the Isotopes a 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Josh Arteaga doubled, Tom Evans singled and Trenidad Hubbard bounced into a double play as Arteaga scored. In the 6th inning, Hee Seop Choi solo-homered to left-center field to close out the scoring for either team in the game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-2 (.275), R (69), SB (23), BB (31) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.267), RBI (17) Abraham Nuñez 0-4 (.335), 2 K (43) Blaine Neal (S, 18) 1 IP (41), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (13), 3 K (27) (Season ERA: 2.63) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 68-63 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 68-63 --- Omaha Royals (Royals) 64-67 4.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 63-68 5.0 'Topes Notes: Kevin Hooper has an eight game hitting streak. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is David Newhan of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies). He hit 17x28 (.607) for the week while driving in four runs and scoring five times. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Scott Barber of the Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks). Barber, in his first PCL start after a promotion from Class A ball, hurled a five-hit complete game shutout against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Astros). . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Jason Grilli (4-2, 4.07) for the Isotopes and Todd Wellemeyer (4-4, 5.43) for the Cubs. Wellemeyer was pushed back a day so Juan Cruz started Game 1 of the series.

August 18, 2003 - Isotopes (67-63)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Omaha 000 002 012 -- 5 8 0 Albuquerque 021 010 000 -- 4 10 1 WP: Nate Field (1-1) LP: Marty McLeary (1-1) HR: OMA Mike Kelly (14) off Scott Sanders in the 6th inning TIME: 3:02 ATT: 11,153 The Omaha Royals (Royals) for the second game in a row used a ninth inning rally to defeat the Isotopes. This time the Royals won 5-4 to give the Isotopes their third straight loss in a row and the Isotopes fell into a tie for first place in the PCL Central Division standings with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies). In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood walked, Abraham Nuñez singled and Matt Treanor walked to load the bases. Matt Erickson singled to score Wood and Nuñez as the Isotopes led 2-0. In the 3rd inning, the Isotopes extended the lead. Wilson Valdez tripled and scored on Wood's single to left field. In the 5th inning, Derek Wathan bunt singled and scored later in the inning on Chris Donnels' single as the 'Topes built a 4-0 advantage. The rest of the game was all Royals. In the 6th inning, Jarrod Patterson singled ahead of Mike Kelly's home run to right field. In the 8th inning, David DeJesus walked, moved to second base on Brent Abernathy's walk, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Isotope catcher Treanor's throwing error. In the 9th inning, Gookie Dawkins walked, Alexis Gomez reached on a bunt single and both scored on Abernathy's single to left field as the Royals took the lead at 5-4. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-0 (.274), SB (22) Wilson Valdez 1-5 (.267), R (42), 3B (2) Jason Wood 1-3 (.296), R (73), RBI (73), BB (39), K (85) Robert Stratton 0-4 (.222), 3 K (162) Abraham Nuñez 2-3 (.343), R (33), SB (7), BB (23) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 67-63 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 67-63 --- Omaha Royals (Royals) 64-66 3.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 63-67 4.0 'Topes Notes: Gerald Williams' five-game hitting streak came to an end when he went 0x5, . . . Despite losing three out of the four games in the series to the Royals, the Isotopes drew well. 40,241 fans attended the series against the Royals and for the season there have been 533,860 fans for a per-game average of 7,968. The Isotopes have four more home dates left in the regular season and should eclipse the 550,000 mark with reasonable turnout. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Abraham Nuñez. Nuñez went 5x10 (.500) with three runs batted in and four runs scored. He homered, doubled and stole four bases in the series. . . . Albuquerque embarks on a ten-game roadtrip to Iowa and Omaha for very critical contests considering how close together all four teams in the PCL Central Division are. First up is five games in Iowa (Cubs) and Sean Bergman (7-10, 4.59) is expected to take the hill at Sec Taylor Stadium against Iowa's Todd Wellemeyer (4-4, 5.43).

Levrault, V. Nuñez to DL;
House joins Isotopes

Key bullpen members Allen Levrault and Vladimir Nuñez have been placed on the disabled list. Nuñez has right shoulder tendinitis and Levrault has right shoulder strain. Pitcher Craig House has been transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque.
Filed 08/18/2003

August 17, 2003 - Isotopes (67-62)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Omaha 300 001 009 -- 13 16 2 Albuquerque 300 000 050 -- 8 10 3 WP: Les Walrond (3-1) LP: Blaine Neal (3-2) HR: OMA Gookie Dawkins (2) off Oswaldo Mairena in the 9th inning ABQ Abraham Nuñez (11) off Chris George in the 1st inning Robert Stratton (31) off Kris Wilson in the 8th inning TIME: 3:03 ATT: 7,583 The Isotopes snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as the Omaha Royals (Royals) rallied to defeat the Isotopes 13-9. In the 1st inning, Brent Abernathy had a bloop double to right field and Jarrod Patterson doubled to score Abernathy. Brandon Berger tripled to drive in Patterson and Mike Kelly singled to score Berger as the Royals took a 3-0 lead before the Isotopes even came to bat. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Gerald Williams and Wilson Valdez walked ahead of Abraham Nuñez's home run to left field as the Isotopes tied the game. The game remained tied until the 6th inning. Kelly doubled and scored on Jed Hansen's single to right field as the Royals led 4-3. In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Isotopes rallied. Lenny Harris doubled and Robert Stratton belted his minor-league- leading 31st home run. Kevin Hooper was hit by a pitch, Williams singled and Valdez singled to left field to drive in Hooper. Chad Allen singled to right field as Williams and Valdez scored to give the Isotopes an 8-4 lead. Blaine Neal entered the game for the Isotopes to get the save but he had major difficulties (with a string of very bad luck). Tom Prince and Gookie Dawkins infield singled. Alexis Gomez reached on a fielders choice and Abernathy bunt singled to load the bases with two outs. Isotopes first-baseman Harris misplayed Patterson's sharp ground ball as Prince and Gomez scored on the error. Luis Ordaz reached base and Berger followed with a bad hop single to score Abernathy. Kelly singled to drive in Ordaz and Hansen's single drove in Berger. Prince was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Neal was removed from the game. Oswaldo Mairena entered the game in relief and Dawkins greeted him with a grand-slam home run before Mairena was able to get the last out of the inning. Omaha scored nine runs in the inning and Neal's eight runs given up were all unearned. The Isotopes went down without much difficulty in the bottom of the 9th inning. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 2-4 (.325), 2 RBI (48), 2B (27), BB (17), K (43) Kevin Hooper 1-3 (.274), R (68), SB (21), BB (30), K (53) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.268), 2 R (41), RBI (16), SB (30), BB (17) Jason Wood 0-4 (.296), BB (38) Robert Stratton 2-5 (.225), R (60), 2 RBI (79), HR (31), K (159) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.337), R (32), 3 RBI (34), HR (11), 2 BB (22), K (41) Blaine Neal (L, 3-2) 2/3 IP (40), 6 H (50), 8 R (22), 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (24) (Season ERA: 2.70) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 67-62 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 66-63 1.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 63-66 4.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 62-67 5.0 'Topes Notes: Robert Stratton's home run was his first homer since July 23rd. . . . Gerald Williams has a five-game hitting streak while Kevin Hooper extended his streak to seven games. . . . Pitching probables for the final game of the series (and homestand) are Scott Sanders (6-4, 4.12) for the Isotopes and Ryan Baerlocher (4-6, 4.13) for the Royals.

Sanders comes off DL,
Williams off TI List

Scott Sanders has been activated from the disabled list and will make a start Monday evening in his regular rotation spot. Gerald Williams has rejoined the team and came off of the Temporary Inactive list.
Filed 08/17/2003

August 16, 2003 - Isotopes (67-61)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Omaha 000 000 432 -- 9 10 0 Albuquerque 001 010 010 -- 3 9 0 WP: Jimmy Serrano (3-1) LP: Justin Wayne (4-10) HR: OMA Jarrod Patterson (16) off Juan Alvarez in the 8th inning Brandon Berger (10) off Juan Alvarez in the 8th inning Alexis Gomez (8) off Allen Levrault in the 9th inning TIME: 3:07 ATT: 12,130 The Omaha Royals rallied and then put the game out of reach as they scored nine runs in the last three innings against a weary Justin Wayne and an ineffective bullpen to defeat the Isotopes 9-3. In the 3rd inning, Paul Hoover walked and scored on Kevin Hooper's single as the Isotopes led 1-0. The Isotopes extended the lead in the 5th inning as Abraham Nuñez singled and scored on Hooper's sacrifice fly. The Royals went to work scoring beginning in the 7th inning. Jed Hansen singled and scored on Jarrod Patterson's single. Mike Kelly walked and Tom Prince singled to load the bases. Luis Ordaz walked to score Patterson and Gookie Dawkins drew a walk to score Kelly. Alexis Gomez singled off the outfield fence to score Prince as the Royals led 4-2. The Royals added more runs in the 8th inning. Hansen walked ahead of Patterson's homer and Brandon Berger followed with a solo homer as the Royals took a 7-2 advantage. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Hooper singled and scored on Jason Wood's double. Dawkins walked and Alexis Gomez two-run homered in the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game. Former UNM Lobo Jimmy Serrano pitched in relief at the right time in the game to earn the winning decision for the Royals. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 2-4 (.273), R (67), 2 RBI (46), K (52) Wilson Valdez 1-3 (.269) Jason Wood 1-4 (.299), RBI (72), 2B (24), K (84) Robert Stratton 0-4 (.222), 2 K (158) Abraham Nuñez 2-3 (.337), R (31), 2B (9), SB (6), BB (20) Justin Wayne (L, 4-10) 6 1/3 IP (122 1/3), 6 H (120), 4 R (67), 4 ER (54), 1 BB (38), 4 K (73) (Season ERA: 3.97) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 67-61 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 65-63 2.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 62-66 5.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 62-66 5.0 'Topes Notes: Tonight's attendance of 12,130 is the fifth largest crowd for a game at Isotopes Park. . . . Kevin Hooper extended his hitting streak to six games while Omaha's Brent Abernathy's five game streak ended. . . . Robert Stratton set a Pacific Coast League record by striking out in his 13th consecutive plate appearance. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Aaron Small (4-4, 4.41) for the Isotopes and Chris George (2-3, 8.44) for the Royals.

August 15, 2003 - Isotopes (67-60)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Omaha 101 000 000 -- 2 7 1 Albuquerque 010 020 000 -- 3 5 0 WP: Jason Grilli (4-2) LP: Jamey Wright (5-6) SV: Blaine Neal (17) HR: ABQ Jason Wood (14) off Jamey Wright in the 2nd inning TIME: 2:32 ATT: 9,375 The Albuquerque Isotopes rallied to defeat the Omaha Royals (Royals) 3-2 on Friday evening at "The Lab". In the 1st inning, Brent Abernathy walked and later scored on Mike Kelly's sacrifice fly as the Royals led 1-0. In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood solo homered as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1. In the 3rd inning, the Royals regained the lead. Jed Hansen doubled and scored on Benny Agbayani's single. In the 5th inning, Abraham Nuñez walked, took second base on a passed ball, stole third base and scored on Royals catcher Fernando Lunar's error during the stolen base attempt. Matt Treanor doubled and scored on Kevin Hooper's single as the Isotopes led 3-2. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-4 (.322) Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.271), RBI (44), K (51) Wilson Valdez 0-3 (.268), 2 K (33) Jason Wood 1-4 (.299), R (72), RBI (71), HR (14), K (83) Robert Stratton 0-3 (.225), 3 K (156) Abraham Nuñez 0-1 (.331), R (30), 2 SB (5), 2 BB (19) Blaine Neal (S, 17) 1 IP (39 1/3), 1 H (44), 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (12), 0 K (Season ERA: 2.75) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 67-60 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 64-63 3.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 62-64 4.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 61-66 6.0 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes season attendance mark eclipsed the 500,000 mark tonight. 502,994 fans have watched an Isotopes game at Isotopes Park this season. . . . Chad Allen went 0x4 to end his seven-game hitting streak while Kevin Hooper had a base hit to extend his hitting streak to five games. . . . Omaha's Brent Abernathy has a five game hitting streak. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Justin Wayne (4-9, 3.88) for the Isotopes and Brad Voyles (2-2, 3.16) for the Royals.

August 14, 2003 - Isotopes (66-60)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City ========================== Albuquerque 000 001 000 -- 1 7 0 Oklahoma 000 001 200 -- 3 5 1 WP: Ryan Drese (7-6) LP: Sean Bergman (7-10) SV: Reynaldo Garcia (6) HR: OKL Gerald Laird (7) off Sean Bergman in the 6th inning Jason Hart (19) off Sean Bergman in the 7th inning TIME: 2:22 ATT: 4,610 The Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 3-1 in the series finale in Oklahoma City on Thursday evening. In the 6th inning, Matt Erickson singled and later scored on Chad Allen's single to left field. Gerald Laird solo-homered in the Redhawks half of the 6th inning to tie the game at 1-1. In the 7th inning, Jason Hart led the inning off with a home run to give the Redhawks the lead and the Redhawks added an insurance run when Jermaine Clark doubled and scored on Danny Ardoin's single. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4 (.327), RBI (46) Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.271), K (50) Jason Wood 0-4 (.300) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.333), BB (17), K (40) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 66-60 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 63-63 3.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 62-63 3.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 61-65 5.0 'Topes Notes: With the losing decision, Sean Bergman snapped a six-game consecutive winning decision streak. . . . The Redhawks took three out of the four games in the series with the Isotopes. The Isotopes and Redhawks also concluded their 2003 regular season 16-game series and the Redhawks won nine of those contests. . . . Chad Allen extended his hitting streak to seven games. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Chad Allen. He went 4x15 (.267) with 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in and he homered once. Indicative of how poor the Isotopes offense was in the series, he scored or drove in half of all the runs the Isotopes scored in the series. . . . The Isotopes return home Friday to start a four- game series against the Omaha Royals (Royals). Probable starters are Jason Grilli (3-2, 4.25) for the Isotopes and Jamey Wright (5-5, 4.07) for the Royals.

August 13, 2003 - Isotopes (66-59)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City ========================== Albuquerque 001 100 000 -- 2 6 1 Oklahoma 000 010 000 -- 1 6 0 WP: Marty McLeary (1-0) LP: Ryan Snare (2-4) SV: Blaine Neal (16) HR: ABQ Chad Allen (7) off Ryan Snare in the 4th inning OKL Gerald Laird (6) off Marty McLeary in the 5th inning TIME: 2:32 ATT: 4,315 Marty McLeary performed well in a spot-start to help the Isotopes defeat the Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers) 2-1. The victory snaps a two-game losing streak. In the 3rd inning, Paul Hoover walked, stole second base and scored on Kevin Hooper's single. In the 4th inning, Chad Allen solo-homered as the Isotopes extended the lead to 2-0. In the 5th inning, Gerald Laird solo-homered as the Redhawks avoided being shut out in the contest. McLeary went 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run and three hits. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4 (.328), R (41), RBI (45), HR (7), K (42) Kevin Hooper 2-4 (.271), RBI (43), K (49) Jason Wood 0-4 (.302), K (82) Robert Stratton 0-3 (.227), 3 K (153) Abraham Nuñez 2-4 (.333) Blaine Neal (S, 16) 1 2/3 IP (38 1/3), 1 H (43), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (23) (Season ERA: 2.82) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 66-59 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 62-62 3.5 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 61-63 4.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 61-63 4.5 'Topes Notes: Chad Allen extended his hitting streak to six games. . . . Pitching probables for the final game of the series (and roadtrip) are Sean Bergman (7-9, 4.61) for the Isotopes and Ryan Drese (6-6, 5.00) for the Redhawks.

August 12, 2003 - Isotopes (65-59)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City ========================== Albuquerque 000 000 001 -- 1 5 0 Oklahoma 010 010 00x -- 2 7 0 WP: Tony Mounce (2-3) LP: Aaron Small (4-4) SV: Reynaldo Garcia (5) TIME: 2:23 ATT: 5,878 An Isotopes 9th inning rally fell short as the Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 2-1. In the 2nd inning, Jermaine Clark singled and scored on Ryan Christenson's double to left field as the Redhawks took a 1-0 lead. In the 5th inning, Christenson bunt singled and later scored on Mike Lamb's single up the middle to extend the lead to 2-0. In the 9th inning with two outs, Chad Allen and Jason Wood singled. Lenny Harris, in his first game as an Isotope, singled up the middle to plate Allen and move Wood to third base. Abraham Nuñez proceeded to strike out to end the game and quell the rally. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-3 (.329), R (40), BB (16), 2 K (41) Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.269), SB (20), K (48) Wilson Valdez 0-3 (.271), 2 K (31) Jason Wood 2-4 (.305), K (81) Robert Stratton 0-3 (.229), 3 K (150) Abraham Nuñez 0-4 (.329), 2 K (39) Blaine Neal 1 IP (36 2/3), 1 H (42), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (22) (Season ERA: 2.95) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 65-59 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 62-61 2.5 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 61-62 3.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 60-63 4.5 'Topes Notes: The Redhawks pitching staff struck out 13 Isotopes in the contest. . . . Chad Allen has a five-game hitting streak. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Mark Sweeney of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies). Sweeney drove in 15 runs during the week, including seven RBI and two home runs against Nashville Sounds (Pirates) on August 9th and five RBI against the Sounds on August 10th. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Nelson Figueroa of the Sounds. He tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout against the Sky Sox on August 4th. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Marty McLeary (0-0, 4.15) for the Isotopes and Ryan Snare (2-3, 3.19) for the Redhawks.

Fox to Marlins; Williams Inactivated

Pitcher Chad Fox had his contract purchased by the Florida Marlins today and joined the Marlins in time for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Outfielder Gerald Williams, meanwhile, was placed on the temporary inactive list. The reason for the move was not given as is typical in this type of transaction.
Filed 08/12/2003

August 11, 2003 - Isotopes (65-58)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City =========================== Albuquerque 220 000 000 -- 4 10 1 Oklahoma 030 020 30x -- 8 13 2 WP: Tom Graham (3-1) LP: Justin Wayne (4-9) TIME: 2:59 ATT: 4,679 The Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers) scored eight unanswered runs to defeat the Isotopes 8-4 on Monday evening. In the 1st inning, Matt Erickson singled, Derek Wathan walked and Erickson scored on an error. Chris Donnels sacrifice flied out as Wathan scored to give the Isotopes a quick 2-0 lead. In the 2nd inning, the Isotopes added to their lead. Robert Stratton doubled and Wilson Valdez infield singled. Kevin Hooper singled to right field as Stratton and Valdez scored. The Redhawks appealed to third base and the umpire disallowed Valdez's run as Valdez missed third base. Wathan's bunt base hit scored Hooper as the Isotopes led 4-0. The rest of the game was all Redhawks. In the 2nd inning, Jason Hart, Marshall McDougall, and Manny Alexander singled to load the bases. Jermaine Clark's groundout scored Hart and Gerald Laird's double scored McDougall and Alexander as the Isotopes only led by a run at 4-3. In the 5th inning, Mike Lamb doubled and scored on Alexander's fielders choice and Alexander scored on Clark's single as the Redhawks took the lead. In the 7th inning, the Redhawks closed out the scoring in the game. Hart and McDougall singled and Alexander singled to drive in Hart. Alexander was caught stealing and Clark walked. A wild pitch scored McDougall, another wild pitch moved Clark to third base, Laird and Paul Ottavinia walked to load the bases and Ryan Christenson drew a walk to score Clark. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4 (.329), SB (10) Kevin Hooper 1-5 (.270), R (66), RBI (42) Wilson Valdez 2-4 (.274), SB (29) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.231), R (59), 2B (12), 2 K (147) Abraham Nuñez 0-4 (.338), K (37) Justin Wayne (L, 4-9) 5 IP (116), 9 H (114), 5 R (63), 4 ER (50), 2 BB (37), 3 K (69) (Season ERA: 3.88) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 65-58 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 62-60 2.5 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 61-61 3.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 59-63 5.5 'Topes Notes: Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Aaron Small (4-3, 4.63) for the Isotopes and Tony Mounce (1-3, 3.66) for the Redhawks.

McLeary back to 'Topes

Pitcher Marty McLeary was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. McLeary will be making a start on Wednesday evening in place of the injured Scott Sanders.
Filed 08/11/2003

August 10, 2003 - Isotopes (65-57)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== New Orleans 012 000 120 -- 6 16 0 Albuquerque 420 103 00x -- 10 13 0 WP: Jason Grilli (3-2) LP: Randy Keisler (6-5) HR: NRL Jason Alfaro (8) off Juan Alvarez in the 7th inning Alan Zinter (15) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 8th inning Kyle Logan (5) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 8th inning ABQ Gerald Williams (10) off Randy Keisler in the 1st inning Gerald Williams (11) off Randy Keisler in the 2nd inning Derek Wathan (3) off Miguel Saladin in the 4th inning TIME: 2:55 ATT: 7,328 The Isotopes outslugged the New Orleans Zephyrs (Astros) 10-6 at Isotopes Park on Sunday evening in the final game of a homestand. The Isotopes have won two in a row and seven out of their last eight games. Gerald Williams led off the Isotopes 1st inning with a solo home run. Matt Erickson singled, Derek Wathan doubled and Jason Wood sacrifice flied out to score Erickson. Abraham Nuñez singled to score Wathan and Paul Hoover doubled to drive in Nuñez as the Isotopes took a 4-0 lead. In the 2nd inning, New Orleans' Henri Stanley singled and scored on Dave Matranga's bunt base hit. Isotopes starter Jason Grilli singled and Williams followed with his second homer of the game as the Isotopes led 6-1. In the 3rd inning, Kyle Logan doubled, Mike Moriarty singled and Logan scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Stanley's sacrifice fly scored Moriarty as the Zephyrs cut the defecit to three runs at 6-3. Wathan solo-homered in the 4th inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 7-3. In the 5th inning, Williams infield singled, Erickson was hit by a pitch and Wathan tripled to drive in Williams and Erickson. Erickson scored on Wood's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes built a 10-3 lead. Jason Alfaro solo-homered in the 7th inning and Isotopes reliever Vladimir Nuñez gave up back-to-back solo homers to Alan Zinter and Kyle Logan in the 8th inning as the Zephyrs closed out the scoring. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-3 (.270) Jason Wood 0-3 (.303), 2 RBI (70) Robert Stratton 0-3 (.231), SB (6), BB (33), 3 K (145) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.347), R (29), RBI (31), SB (3), BB (16) Vladimir Nuñez 2/3 IP (62 1/3), 3 H (61), 2 R (34), 2 ER (34), 0 BB, 1 K (47), 2 HR (13) (Season ERA: 4.91) Blaine Neal 1 IP (34 2/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (20) (Season ERA: 3.03) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 65-57 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 61-60 3.5 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 61-61 4.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 59-63 6.0 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes took three out of the four games in the series. The Isotopes and Zephyrs completed their 16-game regular season series and each team won eight games in the season series. . . . Derek Wathan was a single short of hitting for the cycle. Wathan doubled, homered, tripled, and in the 8th inning lined a ball down the left field line and cruised into second base for a double instead of stopping at first base to get the single needed for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes' season record is eight games above the .500 mark for the first time in franchise history. . . . 36,399 fans attended the series with New Orleans. The Isotopes have drawn 493,619 fans to Isotopes Park in 2003, or a per-game average of 7,835 fans. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Players of the Series are Abraham Nuñez and Gerald Williams. Nuñez went 7x17 (.412) in the series with three homers, a double, five runs scored and seven runs batted in. Williams went 9x20 (.450) with three homers, a double, a triple, six runs scored and seven runs batted in. Both of them almost drove in half of the runs the Isotopes scored in the series. . . . The Isotopes begin a four-game road trip on Monday evening in Oklahoma. Probable starters are Justin Wayne (4-8, 3.73) for the Isotopes and Jose Dominguez (1-0, 3.50) for the Redhawks (Rangers).

August 9, 2003 - Isotopes (64-57)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== New Orleans 000 201 100 -- 4 10 5 Albuquerque 020 102 30x -- 8 11 2 WP: Sean Bergman (7-9) LP: Bob Scanlan (1-6) HR: NRL Jason Lane (7) off Sean Bergman in the 6th inning ABQ Abraham Nuñez (10) off Bob Scanlan in the 4th inning TIME: 2:40 ATT: 11,188 The Isotopes took advantage of several New Orleans Zephyr (Astros) miscues as the 'Topes won 8-4 to get back to their winning ways. In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood singled, Chris Donnels walked and Abraham Nuñez singled to left field to plate Wood. Wilson Valdez grounded out as Donnels scored to give the Isotopes a 2-0 lead. The Zephyrs tied the game in the 4th inning. Jason Alfaro infield singled and Henri Stanley doubled ahead of Tripp Cromer's two- run single to right field. Nuñez solo-homered in the 4th inning as the Isotopes regained the lead but Jason Lane solo-homered in the 6th inning as the Zephyrs tied the game at 3-3. The Isotopes quickly regained the lead. Matt Treanor was hit by a pitch and Valdez and Kevin Hooper each reached on an error to load the bases. Gerald Williams grounded into a double play as Treanor scored and Matt Erickson singled to right-center field to score Valdez as the Isotopes led 5-3 after six innings of play. In the 7th inning, Raul Chavez singled and later scored on an error as the Zephyrs cut the defecit to a run at 5-4. In the bottom of the 7th inning with two outs, Treanor reached on an error, Valdez walked and pinch-hitter Robert Stratton singled to score Treanor. Williams two-run singled to score Valdez and Stratton to close out the scoring in the game. Sean Bergman pitched six innings, giving up three runs and seven hits. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-5 (.330), 2B (26) Kevin Hooper 0-1 (.272) Wilson Valdez 0-2 (.270), 2 R (39), RBI (15), BB (16), K (29) Jason Wood 3-4 (.306), R (71), BB (37) Robert Stratton 1-1 (.233), R (58), RBI (77) Abraham Nuñez 2-5 (.348), R (28), 2 RBI (30), HR (10) Blaine Neal 1 IP (34 2/3), 1 H (41), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (19) (Season ERA: 3.12) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 64-57 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 61-60 3.0 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 60-60 3.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 59-62 5.0 'Topes Notes: Abraham Nuñez has had a hot power stick. He's homered in the last three games and five out of the last seven games. . . . Sean Bergman has won his last six decisions in a row. . . . Jason Grilli (2-2, 4.13) is expected to start for the Isotopes in the series finale against Doug Sessions (6-3, 2.63).

Stratton Activated from DL;
Sanders to DL

Robert Stratton has been activated from the disabled list while pitcher Scott Sanders has been placed on the disabled list.
Filed 08/09/2003

August 8, 2003 - Isotopes (63-57)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== New Orleans 035 010 010 -- 10 14 2 Albuquerque 300 030 002 -- 8 16 0 WP: Mike Venafro (2-1) LP: Scott Sanders (6-4) HR: NRL Kyle Logan (4) off Scott Sanders in the 2nd inning Tripp Cromer (1) off Oswaldo Mairena in the 5th inning Mike Moriarty (5) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 8th inning ABQ Abraham Nuñez (9) off Ken Vining in the 5th inning Jason Wood (13) off Kirk Bullinger in the 9th inning TIME: 3:19 ATT: 10,504 The New Orleans Zephyrs (Astros) outslugged the Isotopes 10-8 at "The Lab" on Friday evening. In the 1st inning, Gerald Williams singled, Wilson Valdez singled and Chad Allen grounded out to score Williams. Jason Wood singled up the middle to score Valdez and Wood later scored as the Isotopes built a 3-0 lead. Tripp Cromer singled to left, Zephyrs starter Ken Vining singled, and Kyle Logan homered to right field in the 2nd inning as the Zephyrs tied the game at 3-3. The Zephyrs had a big inning in the 3rd inning. Jason Lane and Alan Zinter walked and Jason Alfaro tripled to left-center field. Isotopes starter Scott Sanders was removed from the game and Cromer greeted Isotopes reliever Oswaldo Mairena with a single as Alfaro scored. Mike Moriarty singled and Logan sacrifice flied out as Cromer scored. Royce Huffman singled to plate Moriarty as the Zephyrs led 8-3. Cromer solo-homered in the 5th inning as the Zephyrs extended the lead to 9-3. Valdez and Allen singled and Abraham Nuñez homered to left field in the 5th inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit to three runs at 9-6. Moriarty solo-homered in the 8th inning as the Zephyrs led 10-6. Allen doubled and Wood homered in the 9th inning as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game. Sanders started for the Isotopes and gave up six hits and six runs in two innings of work. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 4-5 (.332), 2 R (39), RBI (44). 2B (25), SB (9) Kevin Hooper 0-5 (.273), K (47) Wilson Valdez 3-5 (.272), 2 R (37) Jason Wood 2-5 (.301), 2 R (70), 3 RBI (68), HR (13) Abraham Nuñez 2-5 (.346), 1 R (27), 3 RBI (28), HR (9), 3 K (36) Vladimir Nuñez 2 IP (61 2/3), 2 H (58), 1 R (32), 1 ER (32), 0 BB, 1 K (46), 1 HR (11) (Season ERA: 4.67) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 63-57 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 60-59 2.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 60-59 2.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 58-62 5.0 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes snapped a five-game winning streak with the loss. . . . Kevin Hooper's 5-game hitting streak ended when he went 0x5. . . . Probable starters for Game 3 of the series are Sean Bergman (6-9, 4.62) for the Isotopes and Bob Scanlan (1-5, 4.05) for the Zephyrs.

Judd Placed on DL

Pitcher Mike Judd has been placed on the minor-league disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
Filed 08/08/2003

August 7, 2003 - Isotopes (63-56)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== New Orleans 022 010 000 -- 5 11 1 Albuquerque 010 032 11x -- 8 13 1 WP: Oswaldo Mairena (6-2) LP: Miguel Saladin (5-6) SV: Blaine Neal (15) HR: NRL Jason Lane (6) off Aaron Small in the 3rd inning Mike Moriarty (4) off Aaron Small in the 5th inning ABQ Abraham Nuñez (8) off D.J. Houlton in the 2nd inning Gerald Williams (9) off D.J. Houlton in the 5th inning TIME: 2:44 ATT: 7,379 The "Cardiac Kids" did it again. The Isotopes scored seven unanswered runs in the last half of the game to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs (Astros) 8-5 on Thursday evening at "The Lab" in the first of a four-game series. The Isotopes have won five games in a row. In the 2nd inning, Henri Stanley reached on a fielder's choice and Jason Alfaro singled before Dave Matranga drove both Zephyrs home with a double. Abraham Nuñez solo-homered to right field in the bottom of the 2nd inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 2-1. Mike Moriarty reached on a fielder's choice and Jason Lane two-run homered in the 3rd inning and Moriarty solo-homered in the 5th inning as the Zephyrs extended their lead to 5-1. In the Isotopes half of the 5th inning, pinch-hitter Matt Erickson drew a walk and Gerald Williams two-run homered to left field. Wilson Valdez doubled and scored on Chad Allen's double as the Isotopes crept to within a run at 5-4. Paul Hoover infield singled and scored on Chris Donnels' pinch-hit double as the Isotopes tied the game in the 6th inning. Later in the inning, Wilson Valdez's groundout scored Donnels as the Isotopes took a 6-5 lead. In the 7th inning, Nuñez doubled and scored on Kevin Hooper's single up the middle and Williams tripled and scored on an error on the same play in the 8th inning as the Isotopes led 8-5. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 2-3 (.324), RBI (43), 2 2B (24), BB (15) Kevin Hooper 1-3 (.276), RBI (41) Wilson Valdez 1-5 (.266), R (35), RBI (14), 2B (10) Jason Wood 1-5 (.300), K (80) Abraham Nuñez 2-4 (.344), 2 R (26), RBI (25), 2B (8), HR (8), BB (15), K (33) Blaine Neal (S, 15) 1 IP (33 2/3), 1 H (40), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (18) (Season ERA: 3.21) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 63-56 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 59-59 3.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 59-59 3.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 58-61 5.0 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes have won seven games in a row at Isotopes Park and have also seen their season record go to seven games over the .500 mark for the first time in franchise history. . . . Kevin Hooper extended his hitting streak to five games. . . . Gerald Williams was a single shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Jason Alfaro of the Zephyrs was named the PCL Batter of the Week. He went 15x30 (.500) during the week and drove in eight runs and scored seven runs. . . . Blake Stein of the Edmonton Trappers (Expos) was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week. He pitched both in a starting and relieving role last week, going 10 2/3 innings giving up four hits and no runs. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Scott Sanders (6-3, 3.64) for the Isotopes and Ken Vining (3-5, 4.95) for the Zephyrs.

Harris, Fox Join Isotopes

The Florida Marlins signed infield Lenny Harris and pitcher Chad Fox to minor league contracts and assigned them to Albuquerque. It is very likely both will be September call-ups when major league active rosters expand from 25 players to 40 players. Harris played for the Chicago Cubs and is notorious for being an excellent pinch-hitter. With the Cubs in 2003, Harris hit .183 in 75 games (131 at-bats) with three doubles, no triples, a home run and seven runs batted in. Chad Fox played for the Boston Red Sox and was part of the failed experiment in Boston of the "Bullpen by Committee". With the Red Sox in 2003, Fox compiled a 1-2 record with 3 saves and a 4.50 ERA in 17 appearances. He gave up 10 runs and 19 hits in 18 innings, while walking 17 and striking out 19.
Filed 08/07/2003

August 6, 2003 - Day Off

The whole Pacific Coast League is taking Wednesday off. Here are the active Isotopes team leaders (with significant league leader rankings in parenthesis): Batting Average (minimum 100 at-bats): Abraham Nuñez .339 Batting Average (Championship-eligible): Jason Wood .301 (T-11th) Runs: Jason Wood 68 (8th) Hits: Jason Wood 116 (9th) Doubles: Jason Wood 23 Triples: Derek Wathan 5 (T-6th) Home Runs: Robert Stratton 30 (1st) Runs Batted In: Robert Stratton 76 (2nd) Jason Wood 65 (T-7th) Walks: Chris Donnels 46 (14th) Strikeouts: Robert Stratton 142 (1st) Stolen Bases: Wilson Valdez 28 (5th) Wins: Sean Bergman 6 (T-7th) Scott Sanders 6 (T-7th) Loses: Mike Judd 9 (T-4th) Sean Bergman 9 (T-4th) Saves: Blaine Neal 14 (7th) Relievers ERA: Allen Levrault 0.89 Starters ERA: Scott Sanders 3.64 Complete Games: Sean Bergman 2 (T-2nd) Justin Wayne 2 (T-2nd) Scott Sanders 2 (T-2nd) Shutouts: Sean Bergman 1 (T-2nd) Innings Pitched: Sean Bergman 140 1/3 (7th) Hits: Sean Bergman 159 Runs Allowed: Sean Bergman 82 Home Runs Allowed: Sean Bergman 14 Walks: Sean Bergman 38 Strikeouts: Scott Sanders 89 (12th) Hit Batsman: Scott Sanders 6 Wild Pitches: Mike Judd 8 Balks: Juan Alvarez 2

McLeary Leaves 'Topes

Pitcher Marty McLeary was transferred from the Isotopes to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. McLeary has made 13 appearances for the Isotopes this season, going 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA. In 17 1/3 innings pitched, he has given up 22 hits and 13 runs.
Filed 08/06/2003

August 5, 2003 - Isotopes (62-56)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Memphis 010 001 000 -- 2 9 0 Albuquerque 010 100 001 -- 3 8 0 WP: Vladimir Nuñez (4-1) LP: Jason Pearson (3-3) TIME: 2:50 ATT: 7,806 Paul Hoover and Kevin Hooper proved to be an unbeatable tandem as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 3-2 to sweep the four game series. Dee Haynes doubled and scored on Steve Torrealba's triple as the Redbirds took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Kevin Hooper's single plated Chris Donnels as the 'Topes tied the game in their half of the second inning. With two outs in the 4th inning, Paul Hoover doubled and scored on Hooper's single as the Isotopes took a 2-1 lead. John Gall singled and scored on Bill Selby's triple in the 6th inning as the Redbirds tied the game at 2-2. With two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, Hoover doubled and scored on Hooper's single up the middle as the Isotopes dramatically won another game at Isotopes Park. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-1 (.320), K (39) Kevin Hooper 4-4 (.276), 3 RBI (40) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.267) Abraham Nuñez 0-4 (.339), K (33) Justin Wayne 6 IP (111), 6 H (105), 2 R (58), 2 ER (46), BB (35), 3 K (66) (Season ERA: 3.73) Vladimir Nuñez (W, 4-1) 2 1/3 IP (59 2/3), 3 H (56), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, K (45) (Season ERA: 4.68) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 62-56 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 58-59 3.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 58-59 3.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 57-61 5.0 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes and Redbirds completed their season series and the 'Topes took 10 out of the 16 games played. . . . The Isotopes are six games above the .500 mark for the first time in franchise history. . . . 33,631 fans attended the four-game series against Memphis. The season attendance mark stands at 457,220 fans for a per-game average of 7,749. . . . Gerald Williams is cooling off. He went 0x15 in the series against Memphis. . . . Matt Erickson's eight-game hitting streak ended when he went 0x3. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Matt Erickson. Erickson went 9x16 (.563) in the series with three runs scored and four runs batted in. He tripled, stole a base, and battled Memphis' Mike Crudale with the bases loaded in the 11th inning of Game 3 to draw a walk to win the game. . . . After an off-day on Wednesday, the Isotopes open up a four-game series against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Astros). Scheduled starters are Aaron Small (4-3, 4.21) for the Isotopes and D.J. Houlton (2-0, 4.85) for the Zephyrs.

August 4, 2003 - Isotopes (61-56)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Memphis 031 102 000 -- 7 10 1 Albuquerque 000 005 40x -- 9 13 2 WP: Allen Levrault (3-0) LP: Gabe Molina (1-8) HR: MEM Wilson Delgado (2) off Jason Grilli in the 2nd inning ABQ Paul Hoover (5) off Gabe Molina in the 7th inning TIME: 2:36 ATT: 4,954 The Isotopes scored nine unanswered runs as they came back from a 7-0 defecit to defeat the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 9-7 at "The Lab". With two outs in the 2nd inning, Wilson Delgado homered. Redbirds starter Clint Weibl reached on a two-base error and scored on So Taguchi's double. John Gall's single scored Taguchi as the Redbirds took a 3-0 lead. Bill Selby singled and scored on Dee Haynes' double as the Redbirds extended the lead to 4-0 in the 3rd inning. In the 4th inning, the Redbirds added another run. Taguchi reached on an error, stole second base and scored on Scott Seabol's single. In the 6th inning, Weibl singled, Gall singled and Seabol two- run tripled as the Redbirds led 7-0. The Isotopes then went to work. In their half ot the 6th inning, Wilson Valdez singled, stole second base and scored on Matt Erickson's single to left field. Jason Wood singled to plate Erickson. Abraham Nuñez singled and Paul Hoover singled to left field to score Wood. Derek Wathan's pinch-hit triple scored Nuñez and Hoover as the Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 7-5. In the 7th inning, Erickson bunt singled, Wood singled and Nuñez singled to drive in Erickson. Hoover three-run homered as the Isotopes led 9-7. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-4 (.321), K (38) Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.269), K (46) Wilson Valdez 1-5 (.272), R (34), SB (28) Jason Wood 3-4 (.301), 2 R (68), RBI (65) Abraham Nuñez 2-3 (.350), 2 R (24), RBI (24), SB (2), BB (14), K (32) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 61-56 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 57-59 3.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 57-59 3.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 56-61 5.0 'Topes Notes: Matt Erickson extended his hitting streak to eight games. . . . Memphis has solo-homered in the 2nd inning of each game of the series. In Game 1, it was Dee Haynes; in Game 2, Bill Selby; and in Game 3 it was Wilson Delgado. . . . The Isotopes send Justin Wayne (4-8, 3.77) to the mound on Tuesday evening looking for the series sweep. Jason Ryan (7-5, 2.88) pitches for the Redbirds.

August 3, 2003 - Isotopes (60-56)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Memphis 010 000 020 00 -- 3 8 0 Albuquerque 000 000 120 01 -- 4 12 0 WP: Oswaldo Mairena (5-2) LP: Mike Crudale (4-5) HR: MEM Bill Selby (8) off Scott Sanders in the 2nd inning Jason Bowers (7) off Scott Sanders in the 8th inning ABQ Abraham Nuñez (7) off Jason Pearson in the 7th inning TIME: 3:26 ATT: 8,916 Matt Erickson drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 4-3. Albuquerque has won two straight games. Bill Selby solo homered as the Redbirds took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Abraham Nuñez solo-homered in the 7th inning as the Isotopes were finally able to score against tough Memphis pitching to tie the game at 1-1. The Redbirds answered in the 8th inning with what would have seemed to be enough runs to win the game. Jason Bowers led off the inning with a solo home run and Marty Malloy followed with a double to chase Isotopes starter Scott Sanders from the game. Joe Girardi singled to score Malloy as the Redbirds led 3-1. With two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Isotopes were able to string together some hits to tie the game at 3-3. Kevin Hooper reached on an infield single and moved to second base on a balk. Matt Erickson tripled off the wall in center field as Hooper scored and Chad Allen's double scored Erickson. The Isotopes had an excellent opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the 10th inning with the bases loaded and one out. Pinch-hitter Paul Hoover lined out and Nuñez struck out to end the threat. In the bottom of the 11th inning, the Isotopes were presented with a bases loaded, one-out situation and this time they would take advantage of it. Erickson worked the count to 3 balls, 2 strikes, fouled off a pitch, and then drew ball four to drive in Wilson Valdez with the winning run. Steve Stemle started for the Redbirds and gave up no runs and four hits in 6 innings. He walked one and struck out 3. Sanders, meanwhile, gave up three runs and five hits in 7 innings. He walked none and struck out seven Redbirds. He had a great outing, giving up just the Selby homer, until the 8th inning when he appeared to start tiring. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 2-5 (.326), RBI (42), 2B (22), SB (8) Kevin Hooper 1-5 (.269), R (65), BB (29), K (45) Wilson Valdez 1-2 (.273), R (33) Jason Wood 0-2 (.297), 3 BB (36) Abraham Nuñez 2-5 (.342), R (22), RBI (23), 2B (7), HR (7), K (31) Vladimir Nuñez 1 1/3 IP (57 1/3), 1 H (53), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (44) (Season ERA: 4.87) Blaine Neal 1 2/3 IP (31), 1 H (37), 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (11), 0 K (Season ERA: 3.48) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 60-56 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 57-58 2.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 57-58 2.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 55-61 5.0 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes are 5-3 in extra innings in 2003 (1-2 in extra innings at Isotopes Park). . . . Matt Erickson extended his hitting streak to seven games. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Jason Grilli (2-2, 4.13) for the Isotopes and Clint Weibl (3-3, 3.62) for the Redbirds.

August 2, 2003 - Isotopes (59-56)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Memphis 010 000 210 -- 4 8 0 Albuquerque 020 100 11x -- 5 11 0 WP: Allen Levrault (2-0) LP: Mike Crudale (4-4) SV: Blaine Neal (14) HR: MEM Dee Haynes (17) off Sean Bergman in the 2nd inning Wilson Delgado (1) off Sean Bergman in the 7th inning ABQ Matt Treanor (10) off Rhett Parrott in the 2nd inning Abraham Nuñez (6) off Mike Crudale in the 8th inning TIME: 2:21 ATT: 11,955 The Isotopes battled all evening to a 5-4 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) on Saturday evening at "The Lab". Dee Haynes solo-homered with two outs in the 2nd inning as the Redbirds took a 1-0 lead. Abraham Nuñez singled and Matt Treanor two-run homered as the Isotopes took a 2-1 lead in their half of the 2nd inning. Jason Wood tripled and scored on Chris Donnels' single as the 'Topes extended their lead to 3-1 in the 4th inning. Jon Nunnally walked and Wilson Delgado blasted a two-run homer as Memphis tied the game at 3-3 in the 7th inning. The Isotopes did not take long to regain the lead. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Kevin Hooper tripled and scored on Matt Erickson's single to left field. Bill Selby doubled and John Gall singled to plate him as the Redbirds tied the game at 4-4 in the 8th inning. Nuñez solo homered in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Isotopes the lead and Blaine Neal shut down the Redbirds in the 9th inning. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-1 (.270), R (64), 3B (3) Wilson Valdez 0-3 (.271) Jason Wood 1-4 (.298), R (66), 3B (3) Abraham Nuñez 3-4 (.339), 2 R (21), RBI (22), HR (6), K (30) Vladimir Nuñez Blaine Neal (S, 14) 1 IP (29 1/3), 1 H (36), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (16) (Season ERA: 3.68) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 59-56 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 57-57 1.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 56-58 2.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 54-61 5.0 'Topes Notes: Matt Erickson extended his hitting streak to six games. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Scott Sanders (6-3, 3.63) for the Isotopes and Steve Stemle (6-10, 3.55) for the Redbirds.

August 1, 2003 - Isotopes (58-56)

Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================= Albuquerque 000 200 000 -- 2 6 0 Nashville 000 003 01x -- 4 12 0 WP: Dave Williams (5-2) LP: Aaron Small (4-3) SV: Mike Gonzalez (2) HR: NSH J.J. Davis (22) off Aaron Small in the 6th inning TIME: 2:29 ATT: 6,804 The Nashville Sounds (Pirates) defeated the Isotopes 4-2 in another low-scoring, well-played game in Nashville on Friday evening. The Isotopes have lost three hard-luck games in a row coming off of what was an eight-game winning streak. In the 4th inning, Jason Wood singled and scored on Abraham Nuñez's double and Matt Erickson doubled to plate Nuñez as the Isotopes built a 2-0 lead. In the 6th inning, the Sounds put together some two-out mojo to take the lead. J.J. Davis solo-homered and John Barnes singled and scored on Mike Gulan's single. Gulan scored on Rob Mackowiak's double as the Sounds led 3-2. In the 8th inning, the Sounds added an insurance run. Davis doubled and scored on Gulan's single to right field. Aaron Small started for the Isotopes and gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked none. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4 (.324), 2 K (37) Kevin Hooper 0-3 (.268), SB (19), BB (28) Wilson Valdez 0-3 (.275), BB (15) Jason Wood 1-4 (.299), R (65), K (79) Abraham Nuñez 1-4 (.324), R (19), RBI (21), 2B (6), K (29) Vladimir Nuñez 1 1/3 IP (56), 4 H (52), 1 R (31), 1 ER (31), 1 BB (17), 2 K (43) (Season ERA: 4.98) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 58-56 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 56-57 1.5 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 56-57 1.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 54-60 4.0 'Topes Notes: Nashville took three out of the five games in the series with the Isotopes. The Sounds meet the Isotopes at Isotopes Park in late August to finish out the 2003 campaign. . . . Nashville's J.J. Davis and Sacramento's (Athletics) Graham Koonce are in second place among league leaders in home runs with 22. Robert Stratton leads the league with 30 homers but he will not be hitting any more homers soon as he is currently on the disabled list. . . . Matt Erickson extended his hitting streak to five games. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Scott Sanders. He tossed a complete game in Game 1 of the series, giving up 2 runs, 6 hits, no walks, and he set a new Isotope single-game strikeout mark with 11. . . . Albuquerque returns home for an eight-game, nine-day homestand beginning with four games against the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals). Sean Bergman (6-9, 4.66) is expected to start for the Isotopes against Memphis' Rhett Parrott (0-1, 1.80) in the first game of the series.

July 31, 2003 DH Game 2
- Isotopes (58-55)

Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================= Albuquerque 000 000 0 -- 0 2 0 Nashville 000 100 x -- 1 3 0 WP: Matt Bruback (7-9) LP: Mike Judd (4-9) SV: Mark Corey (30) TIME: 1:54 ATT: 5,687 In the doubleheader nightcap, the makeup for an April 10th rainout in Nashville, Matt Bruback and Mark Corey combined on a two-hit shutout as the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) defeated the Isotopes 1-0 to sweep the doubleheader. In the 4th inning, Tony Alvarez tripled and scored on Rob Mackowiak's sacrifice fly as the Sounds scored the only run in the contest. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-3 (.325), 2 K (35) Kevin Hooper 0-2 (.270), K (44) Wilson Valdez 1-3 (.278), SB (27) Abraham Nuñez 0-2 (.327), BB (13), 2 K (28) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 58-55 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 55-57 2.5 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 55-57 2.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 54-59 4.0 'Topes Notes: Today's doubleheader was the fourth one played this season and the first one not played against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies). Out of the four doubleheaders, the Isotopes have been swept twice and have split twice. . . . So far, so good for Isotopes fans. The July 31st trading deadline has come and the Marlins did not make any trades that could have affected the Isotopes roster. The Marlins may still make some trades the rest of the season but the process is more complicated than it would have been if the trades were completed by the July 31st trade deadline. . . . Several Isotope hitting streaks came to an end: Gerald Williams 9-game streak, Paul Hoover's 6-game streak and Abraham Nuñez's 7-game streak. . . . The Isotopes finish July with a 19-10 record. . . . Pitching probables for the rubber match of the five-game series are Aaron Small (4-2, 4.14) for the Isotopes and Dave Williams (4-2, 3.60) for the Sounds. After Friday's game, Albuquerque will return home for an eight-game homestand.

July 31, 2003 DH Game 1 -
Isotopes (58-54)

Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================== Albuqerque 000 001 0 -- 1 5 0 Nashville 000 000 2 -- 2 3 0 WP: Frank Brooks (1-0) LP: Justin Wayne (4-8) HR: NSH John Barnes (10) off Justin Wayne in the 7th inning Mike Gulan (10) off Justin Wayne in the 7th inning TIME: 1:49 In the first game of a doubleheader (the regularly scheduled game for today), the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) used two bottom-of-the-7th inning solo home runs to defeat the Isotopes 2-1. The Isotopes snapped their eight-game winning streak with the loss. In the 6th inning, Chad Allen doubled with two outs to drive in Gerald Williams. In the 7th inning with just two outs to go for the complete game shutout, Justin Wayne gave up a solo home run to John Barnes and one out later gave up a game-winning walk-off home run to Mike Gulan. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-3 (.329), RBI (41), 2B (21) Kevin Hooper 0-3 (.271) Wilson Valdez 0-3 (.277) Jason Wood 0-2 (.299), BB (33) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.333), K (26) Justin Wayne (L, 4-8) 6 2/3 IP (105), 3 H (99), 2 R (56), 2 ER (44), 0 BB, 7 K (63), 2 HR (7) (Season ERA: 3.77) 'Topes Notes: Justin Wayne's complete game was the second one he has pitched this season with both of them having been done in doubleheader games. It is also the second complete game an Isotope has pitched in the current series with Nashville. . . . Gerald Williams extended his hitting streak to 9 games while Abraham Nuñez extended his streak to 7 games. Kevin Hooper's 7-game hitting streak came to an end. . . . The PCL has named Colin Porter of the New Orleans Zephyrs (Astros) as the league's Hitter of the Week. Porter hit .500 for the week with 10 runs batted in, seven runs scored, five doubles and three home runs. . . . Paul Abbott of the Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks) is the PCL's Pitcher of the Week. He won two games during the week including a five-hit complete game shutout in the second game of a doubleheader against Edmonton.

Stratton to DL; Hoover Activated

Robert Stratton was placed on the minor-league disabled list with a hand contusion suffered last night when he was hit by a pitch. Paul Hoover was activated from the disabled list.
Filed 07/31/2003

July 30, 2003 - Isotopes (58-53)

Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================= Albuquerque 000 021 010 05 -- 9 11 0 Nashville 004 000 000 00 -- 4 11 0 WP: Vladimir Nuñez (3-1) LP: Mike Holtz (1-2) HR: ABQ Abraham Nuñez (5) off Frank Brooks in the 8th inning TIME: 3:54 ATT: 10,139 The Isotopes rallied from an early 4-0 defecit and outlasted the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) 9-4 in 11 innings. The victory is Albuquerque's eighth straight victory, a franchise-best winning streak. The start of the contest was delayed 1 hour, 8 minutes by rain. In the 3rd inning, Tomas DeLaRosa doubled, Brad King was hit by a pitch, and Rich Thompson walked to load the bases. Tike Redman singled to score DeLaRosa and Mike Gulan two-run singled to score King and Thompson. Dave Doster's single scored Redman as the Sounds led 4-0. The Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 4-2 in the 5th inning. Kevin Hooper bunt singled and Gerald Williams was hit by a pitch. Matt Erickson doubled to plate Hooper and Williams. With two outs in the 6th inning, Robert Stratton was hit by a pitch and scored on Matt Treanor's double off the outfield fence as the Isotopes trailed by only a run at 4-3. In the 8th inning, Abraham Nuñez's solo home run tied the game at 4-4. The rains came again in the bottom of the 9th inning and the game was delayed for 22 minutes. In the 11th inning, Nuñez walked and Treanor doubled to score Nuñez. Hooper singled as Treanor scored and Chad Allen doubled to score Hooper. Gerald Williams singled and Erickson walked to load the bases. Derek Wathan's fielder's choice drove in Allen and Jason Wood singled to score Williams as the Isotopes put the game away with a 5-run inning to lead 9-4. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-3 (.329), R (37), RBI (40), 2B (20), K (33) Kevin Hooper 2-5 (.273), 2 R (63), RBI (37), 2 K (43) Wilson Valdez 0-1 (.281), K (28) Jason Wood 1-6 (.301), RBI (64), 2 K (78) Robert Stratton 0-2 (.231), R (56), 2 K (142) Abraham Nuñez 1-5 (.333), 2 R (18), RBI (20), HR (5), BB (12), 2 K (25) Vladimir Nuñez (W, 3-1) 2 1/3 IP (54 2/3), 2 H (48), 0 R, 0 ER, BB (16), 2 K (41) (Season ERA: 4.94) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 58-53 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 55-56 3.0 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 54-57 4.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 53-59 5.5 'Topes Notes: Robert Stratton was hit by a pitch and was removed from the game and taken to a Nashville hospital to have x-rays taken on his hand. . . . The game time of 3 hours, 54 minutes ties the longest game (time-wise) that the Isotopes have played this season. The Isotopes were one inning short of tying the franchise record for the longest game (innings-wise) played. . . . Three Isotopes extended hitting streaks in the game: Gerald Williams to 8 games, Kevin Hooper to 7 games, and Abraham Nuñez to 6 games. . . . Since the AAA All- Star Break, the Isotopes have been red hot, compiling a 12-2 record. . . . The Isotopes and Sounds play a doubleheader tomorrow to make up an April 10th rainout in Nashville. Game 1 pitching probables are Justin Wayne (4-7, 3.84) for the Isotopes and Pat Mahomes (7-4, 3.08) for the Sounds. Game 2 probables are Mike Judd (4-8, 6.58) for the 'Topes and Matt Bruback (6-9, 4.26) for Nashville.

July 29, 2003 - Isotopes (57-53)

Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================== Albuquerque 002 000 210 -- 5 7 0 Nashville 000 000 200 -- 2 6 1 WP: Scott Sanders (6-3) LP: Ryan Vogelsong (10-7) HR: NSH J.J. Davis (21) off Scott Sanders in the 7th inning TIME: 2:50 ATT: 4,480 New venue, same result. Scott Sanders hurled a complete game as the Isotopes keep winning, taking a 5-2 decision over the Nashville Sounds (Pirates). The Isotopes have won seven games in a row. In the 3rd inning, Isotopes starter Scott Sanders singled, Gerald Williams singled, and Matt Erickson singled to plate Sanders. Jason Wood's sacrifice fly scored Williams as the Isotopes led 2-0. The Isotopes added to their lead in the 7th inning. Williams tripled, Chad Allen walked and Wood reached on an error as Williams scored. Chris Donnels walked to load the bases and Abraham Nuñez's infield single scored Allen as the 'Topes led 4-0. J.J. Davis led off the bottom of the 7th inning with a home run and Tony Alvarez doubled and scored on Mike Gulan's single as the Sounds cut the defecit in half at 4-2. Matt Treanor walked and scored on Williams' single as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game. Sanders walked none and gave up 6 hits and struck out 11 in his complete game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-4 (.329), R (36), SB (7), BB (14) Kevin Hooper 2-4 (.272), K (41) Jason Wood 0-4 (.303), RBI (63), 2 K (76) Abraham Nuñez 1-4 (.340), RBI (19), K (23) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 57-53 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 54-56 3.0 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 54-56 3.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 53-58 4.5 'Topes Notes: Scott Sanders pitched his second complete game of the season and the Isotopes pitching staff's fifth complete game of the 2003 campaign. . . . Sanders shattered the Isotopes pitching staff single-game strikeout record by striking out 11 Sounds. He previously held the record of 9 strikeouts that he set three times. . . . Gerald Williams extended his hitting streak to seven games, while Kevin Hooper now has a 6-game hitting streak and Abraham Nuñez extended his streak to 5 games. . . . Nashville's Dave Doster saw his 8-game hitting streak end while Rich Thompson's 5-game hitting streak also ended. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Jason Grilli (2-2, 3.58) for the Isotopes and Nelson Figueroa (11-5, 3.14) for the Sounds.

July 28, 2003 - Isotopes (56-53)

Cashman Field, Las Vegas =================== Albuquerque 040 100 060 -- 11 16 2 Las Vegas 200 010 021 -- 6 10 1 WP: Sean Bergman (6-9) LP: Scott Mullen (6-5) HR: ABQ Gerald Williams (7) off Scott Mullen in the 2nd inning Gerald Williams (8) off Agustin Montero in the 8th inning TIME: 3:13 ATT: 2,750 Gerald Williams homered twice and drove in eight runs to help the Isotopes sweep the four-game series from the Las Vegas 51s (Dodgers) 11-6 in Las Vegas. Albuquerque has won a season-best six straight games as they continue to increase their PCL Central Division lead. Wilkin Ruan singled, stole second base and scored on Eric Riggs' single to left. Darryl Ward singled to drive in Riggs as the 51s led 2-0 in the 1st inning. The Isotopes did not take long to gain the lead that they would not relinquish in the game. In the 2nd inning, Chad Allen walked, Matt Treanor singled, and Kevin Hooper singled up the middle to score Allen. Gerald Williams belted a three-run homer as the 'Topes took a 4-2 lead. In the 4th inning, Hooper walked and scored on Williams' single to right field. Chad Hermensen doubled and scored on Chin-Feng Chen's groundout as the 51s cut the defecit to two runs at 5-3. In the 8th inning, the Isotopes put the game out of reach. Jason Wood reached on an infield single, Allen singled, and 51s reliever Agustin Montero balked to advance both runners a base. Robert Stratton singled to score Wood and Treanor singled to score Allen. Chris Donnels drew a walk before Gerald Williams belted a grand- slam home run to left field. By the time the inning was over, the Isotopes led 11-3. Ward singled, Chen walked and both scored on Ryan Kellner's two-run double in the 8th inning and Ruan walked and later scored on Ward's sacrifice fly in the 9th inning as the 51s closed out the scoring in the game. Sean Bergman started for the Isotopes and pitched 7 innings, giving up 3 runs and 7 hits. He walked none and struck out 5. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 4-4 (.335), 2 R (35), BB (13) Kevin Hooper 2-4 (.269), 3 R (61), RBI (36), SB (18) Wilson Valdez 1-5 (.280), K (27) Jason Wood 1-5 (.306), R (64), K (74) Robert Stratton 1-5 (.232), R (55), RBI (76), 2 K (140) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 56-53 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 53-56 3.0 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 53-56 3.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 53-57 3.5 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes and 51's do not play again in the 2003 regular season. The Isotopes took the season series 4-0. . . . With the victory, the Isotopes find their season record a season-best 3 games over the .500 mark. . . . Gerald Williams extended his hitting streak to six games. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Gerald Williams. This is the second series in a row that Williams has earned the honor. In the series against Las Vegas, he went 7x13 (.538) while scoring six times and driving in nine runs. In Game 4 of the series, he homered twice and drove in a Isotope-single-game record eight runs. He also doubled, tripled, and stole a base in the series. . . . The Isotopes take a red-eye flight to Nashville to open up a five game, four days series with the Sounds (Pirates) beginning Tuesday evening. Pitching probables for the first game of the series are Scott Sanders (5-3, 3.81) for the Isotopes and Ryan Vogelsong (10-6, 4.57) or Pat Mahomes (7-4, 3.08) for the Sounds.

July 27, 2003 - Isotopes (55-53)

Cashman Field, Las Vegas =================== Albuquerque 100 000 003 -- 4 10 1 Las Vegas 000 000 101 -- 2 6 1 WP: Juan Alvarez (3-1) LP: Steve Colyer (2-2) SV: Abraham Nuñez (6) TIME: 2:50 ATT: 1,749 The Isotopes sweated out a 4-2 victory over the Las Vegas 51's in 109 degree heat on Sunday afternoon. The Isotopes have won five straight games to establish their longest winning streak of the season. Abraham Nuñez drew a bases loaded walk to score Kevin Hooper in the 1st inning as the 'Topes led 1-0. With two outs in the 7th inning, Calvin Murray doubled and scored on Jason Romano's single to right field as the 51's tied the game at 1-1. In the 9th inning, Gerald Williams walked and Hooper reached on an infield single. Matt Erickson singled to score Williams to break the tie. Hooper and Erickson executed a double steal ahead of Chad Allen's single to left field that scored both of them as the Isotopes led 4-1. Murray tripled and scored on Ryan Kellner's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th inning as the 51's closed out the scoring in the game. Aaron Small started for the Isotopes and went 6 2/3 innings, giving up a run and five hits. He struck out six. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4 (.324), 2 RBI (39), K (32) Kevin Hooper 1-5 (.267), 2 R (58), SB (17), K (40) Wilson Valdez 3-4 (.281), 2 2B (9) Robert Stratton 0-4 (.232), 3 K (138) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.344), RBI (18), BB (11), K (22) Vladimir Nuñez (S, 6) 1 IP (52 1/3), 1 H (46), 1 R (30), 1 ER (30), 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 5.16) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 55-53 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 53-55 2.0 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 53-56 2.5 Omaha Royals (Royals) 52-57 3.5 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes are two games above the .500 mark for the first time since they won each of the first two games to start the 2003 campaign (April 3rd and 4th). . . . Las Vegas' Joe Thurston went 0x3 to end his 16-game hitting streak. . . . Sean Bergman (5-9, 4.70) heads to the mound for the Isotopes as they look for the sweep of the series against the 51's. Las Vegas is expected to counter with a familiar face to the Isotopes, Scott Mullen (6-4, 4.07). Mullen pitched against the Isotopes as a member of the Omaha Royals (Royals) before he was traded to the Dodgers organization.

July 26, 2003 - Isotopes (54-53)

Cashman Field, Las Vegas =================== Albuquerque 101 024 001 -- 9 11 3 Las Vegas 000 000 120 -- 3 10 4 WP: Justin Wayne (4-7) LP: Lindsay Gulin (8-8) TIME: 2:48 ATT: 7,917 The Isotopes took a relatively easy 9-3 victory over the Las Vegas 51's (Dodgers) on Saturday evening. With the victory, the Isotopes have won eight out of their last ten games. Wilson Valdez singled and scored on an error in the 1st inning as the 'Topes took a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd inning, Gerald Williams tripled and attempted to steal home easily but officially ended up scoring on a balk as the Isotopes extended their lead to 2-0. In the 5th inning, Isotopes starter Justin Wayne doubled and Gerald Williams reached on an error. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and scored on an error as 51's catcher Koyie Hill threw the ball into left field. The Isotopes put the game away in the 6th inning. Jason Wood walked and Robert Stratton doubled to plate him. Abraham Nuñez tripled to score Stratton and Matt Treanor sacrifice flied out to score Nuñz. Kevin Hooper singled and later scored on Williams single as the Isotopes led 8-0. In the 7th inning, Calvin Murray singled and scored on an error as the 51's got on the scoreboard. In the 8th inning, Hill singled and Rick Bell doubled and both eventually scored on Eric Riggs' fielder's choice. Wood walked in the 9th inning and scored on Nuñez's double to close out the scoring in the game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-1 (.325) Kevin Hooper 3-4 (.268), R (56) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.273), R (32), 2 SB (26), BB (14), 2 K (26) Jason Wood 0-3 (.308), 2 R (63), 2 BB (32), K (73) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.235), R (54), RBI (75), 2B (11), BB (32), K (135) Abraham Nuñez 2-5 (.344), R (16), 2 RBI (17), 2B (5), 3B (2), K (21) Justin Wayne (W, 4-7) 7 IP (98 1/3), 8 H (96), 1 R (54), 0 ER, 3 BB (34), 2 K (56) (Season ERA: 3.84) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 54-53 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 53-55 1.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 52-55 2.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 52-56 2.5 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes season record went above the .500 mark for the first time since April 7. . . . The four-game winning streak ties a season-best winning streak for the Isotopes. . . . Las Vegas' Joe Thurston extended his hitting streak to 16 games. . . . Gerald Williams has the longest Isotope hitting streak at 5 games. . . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series Sunday afternoon are Aaron Small (4-2, 4.62) for the Isotopes and Alfredo Gonzalez (1-0, 1,29) for the 51's.

Wayne returns from DL; Hoover to DL

Pitcher Justin Wayne was activated from the minor-league disabled list on Saturday. Catcher Paul Hoover was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow strain.
Filed 07/26/2003

July 25, 2003 - Isotopes (53-53)

Cashman Field, Las Vegas =================== Albuquerque 100 100 200 -- 4 6 2 Las Vegas 101 000 001 -- 3 8 1 WP: Jason Grilli (2-2) LP: Bryan Corey (2-4) SV: Blaine Neal (13) HR: ABQ Chris Donnels (11) off Masao Kida in the 4th inning Matt Treanor (9) off Bryan Corey in the 7th inning TIME: 2:41 ATT: 4,296 Matt Treanor's two-run homer untied the score and proved to be the eventual game-winning runs as the Isotopes defeated the Las Vegas 51's (Dodgers) 4-3. The victory combined with Iowa's (Cubs) defeat to the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) gave the Isotopes sole possession of first place in the PCL Central Division. Gerald Williams doubled, stole third base and scored on Derek Wathan's sacrifice fly as the 'Topes led 1-0 in the 1st inning. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Jason Romano doubled and scored on Rick Bell's single as the 51's tied the game. Romano doubled and scored on Joe Thurston's single as the 51's took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning. Chris Donnels solo-homered to left-center field in the 4th inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 2-2. In the 7th inning, Abraham Nuñez infield-singled ahead of Matt Treanor's two run home run to left field as the 'Topes took a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Blaine Neal came into the game in a save situation and struggled a little bit. Eric Riggs was hit by a pitch, advanced to second base on an error and scored on Romano's single to left field as the 51's cut the defecit to a run at 4-3 before Neal was able to get the needed outs for the save. Grilli pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs and 6 hits. He walked one and struck out five. Marlins Prospect Watch: Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.274), K (24) Jason Wood 0-4 (.311), K (72) Abraham Nuñez 1-4 (.341), R (15), K (20) Blaine Neal (S, 13) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (Season ERA: 3.81) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 53-53 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 52-54 1.0 Omaha Royals (Royals) 52-55 1.5 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 52-55 1.5 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes' season record reached the .500 mark for the first time since April 8th. . . . For a blast from the past, listen to the rest of the Isotopes/51's series by logging onto www.lv51.com. Former Albuquerque Dukes radio announcer Russ Langer is the radio voice of the 51's. . . . Las Vegas' Joe Thurston extended his hitting streak to 15 games. . . . Matt Erickson's 9-game hitting streak ended as he went 0x3. . . . The Isotopes have yet to announce who will be starting Game 2 of the series. Las Vegas is expected to counter with Lindsay Gulin (8-7, 4.75). Gulin was expected to start Game 1, but Masao Kida started Game 1 for the 51's against the Isotopes since he was expected to start against the Edmonton Trappers on July 24th in the last game of the 51's/Trappers series and the game was rained out.

July 24, 2003 - Isotopes (52-53)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== New Orleans 220 000 000 -- 4 9 1 Albuquerque 030 201 01x -- 7 10 0 WP: Scott Sanders (5-3) LP: Ken Vining (3-4) SV: Blaine Neal (12) HR: NRL Colin Porter (9) off Scott Sanders in the 2nd inning ABQ Matt Treanor (8) off Ken Vining in the 2nd inning Scott Sanders (1) off Ken Vining in the 4th inning Gerald Williams (6) off Ken Vining in the 4th inning TIME: 2:50 ATT: 7,762 Gerald Williams hit for the cycle and the Isotopes blasted three homers in a 6-4 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (Astros) on Thursday evening. Even with the victory, the Isotopes remained in a tie for first place as the Iowa (Cubs) came from behind to defeat the Fresno Grizzlies (Giants). In the 1st inning, Kyle Logan and Henri Stanley walked and Alan Zinter singled to right-center field to plate both of them as the Zephyrs took a 2-0 lead. The Zephyrs extended the lead in the 2nd inning. Colin Porter solo-homered. Mike Moriarity walked and later scored on Logan's single as the Zephyrs led 4-0. With two outs in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Matt Treanor solo-homered to left field. Kevin Hooper walked and Isotopes starter Scott Sanders singled. Gerald Williams followed with a triple to score both Hooper and Sanders as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 4-3. In the 4th inning, Sanders and Gerald Williams back-to-back solo homered (Williams an inside-the-park variety) as the Isotopes took a 5-4 lead. In the 6th inning, Kevin Hooper singled and stole second base and Chris Donnels singled up the middle to score Hooper as the Isotopes extended their lead to 6-4. In the 8th inning, Chad Allen's sacrifice fly scored Matt Erickson to close out the scoring in the game. Sanders went 6 innings and gave up 4 runs and 7 hits. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-3 (.322), RBI (37), K (12), BB (31) Kevin Hooper 1-2 (.262), 2 R (55, SB (16), 2 BB (27) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.274), BB (13) Jason Wood 1-5 (.314) Robert Stratton 0-2 (.235), 2 BB (31) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (51 1/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 5.08) Blaine Neal (S, 12) 1 IP (27 1/3), 1 H (34), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (14) (Season ERA: 3.95) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 52-53 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 52-53 --- Omaha Royals (Royals) 51-55 1.5 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 51-55 1.5 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque and New Orleans split the four-game series. New Orleans comes to Albuquerque once more in early August to play four games to close out the season series between the two clubs. . . . Gerald Williams became the first Isotope to hit for the cycle and only the second person in the PCL to hit for the cycle so far in 2003 (the other being Omaha's Jarrod Patterson). . . . Scott Sanders is the only Isotopes pitcher to homer this season. He also leads active pitchers in batting average (4x14 - .286). . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Gerald Williams. Williams played in two games in the series, going 5x7 (.714) while scoring twice and driving in four runs. He doubled and homered once, tripled twice, stole two bases, and hit for the cycle in Game 4 of the series. . . . Matt Erickson walked in his only at-bat to keep his nine-game hitting streak alive. . . . The Isotopes embark on a 9-game, 8-day roadtrip starting with four games against a tough Las Vegas 51's (Dodgers) club at Cashman Field. Jason Grilli (1-2, 3.86) is expected to pitch against Las Vegas' Lindsay Gulin (8-7, 4.75).

July 23, 2003 - Isotopes (51-53)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== New Orleans 100 101 000 -- 3 8 2 Albuquerque 002 200 200 -- 6 11 2 WP: Sean Bergman (5-9) LP: Jared Fernandez (6-10) SV: Vladimir Nuñez (5) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (30) off Jared Fernandez in the 4th inning TIME: 2:33 ATT: 5,339 The Isotopes felt like champions on Wednesday evening as they defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (Astros) 6-3 to earn a share of first place in the PCL Central Division. Kyle Logan singled and scored on an error in the 1st inning as the Zephyrs took a rapid 1-0 lead. In the 3rd inning with two outs, Isotopes starter Sean Bergman singled, Kevin Hooper walked, and Wilson Valdez singled to load the bases. Derek Wathan singled to center field to plate Bergman and Hooper as the Isotopes took a 2-1 lead. In the 4th inning, Colin Porter singled and later scored on Carlos Hernandez's sacrifice fly out as the Zephyrs tied the game at 2-2. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Chris Donnels singled and Robert Stratton belted his minor-league leading 30th home run of the year as the Isotopes regained the lead at 4-2. Alan Zinter doubled and scored on Porter's groundout as the Zephyrs cut the defecit to a run at 4-3 in the 6th inning. In the 7th inning, Abraham Nuñez singled and Matt Treanor doubled down the left field line to drive in Nuñez. Treanor later scored on Valdez's groundout to close out the scoring in the game. Bergman went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 8 hits and 3 runs (one earned). Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-3 (.261), R (53), BB (25) Wilson Valdez 1-2 (.279), RBI (13), BB (12) Jason Wood 2-4 (.316) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.237), R (53), 2 RBI (74), HR (30) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.346), R (14), BB (10), K (19) Vladimir Nunez (S, 5) 2/3 IP (50 1/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (39) (Season ERA: 5.19) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 51-53 --- Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 51-53 --- Omaha Royals (Royals) 51-54 0.5 Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 51-54 0.5 'Topes Notes: The last time the Isotopes led the PCL Central Division was April 8th. . . . Robert Stratton, with 74 runs batted in, leads the league once more in runs batted in. Sacramento's (Athletics) Graham Koonce has 72 runs batted in. . . . Stratton is closing in on the Marlins minor-league single- season home run record. Chris Norton belted 38 home runs while playing for the Class-AA Portland Sea Dogs in 1999. Stratton needs eight more home runs to tie the mark. Stratton is 14 home runs away from tying the best single season home run mark by any Albuquerque Duke (Greg Brock's 44 homers in 1982). . . . Every Isotope in the starting lineup hit safely in the game. . . . Probables for the last game in the series (and last game of the 12-game homestand) are Scott Sanders (4-3, 3.63) for the Isotopes and Ken Vining (3-3, 4.84) for the Zephyrs.

House Sent to Carolina

Pitcher Craig House was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina Mudcats.
Filed 07/23/2003

July 22, 2003 - Isotopes (50-53)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== New Orleans 000 304 000 -- 7 13 1 Albuquerque 000 001 000 -- 1 7 0 WP: D.J. Houlton (1-0) LP: Aaron Small (4-2) HR: NRL Colin Porter (8) off Aaron Small in the 4th inning Alan Zinter (13) off Aaron Small in the 6th inning TIME: 2:14 ATT: 5,622 The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) apparently are not afraid of pitching at high altitude. For the second straight night, a Zephyr delivered a good pitching performance to aid the Zephyrs in defeating the Isotopes 7-1. In the 4th inning with two outs, Alan Zinter and Jason Alfaro singled ahead of Colin Porter's home run to left field. In the 6th inning, Henri Stanley walked, Raul Chavez bloop-singled and Zinter homered to left-center field. Alfaro doubled and scored on Porter's singled up the middle as the Zephyrs led 7-0. The Isotopes avoided the shutout in their half of the 6th inning. Kevin Hooper walked, took second on a balk and later scored on Jason Wood's sinking soft fly ball to center. D.J. Houlton, making his third start for the Zephyrs, gave up a run and five hits in 7 innings. Aaron Small started for the Isotopes and gave up both home runs to the Zephyrs as well as 7 runs and 11 hits in 6 innings. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-4 (.326) Kevin Hooper 0-3 (.261), R (52), BB (24) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.277) Jason Wood 4-4 (.314), RBI (62), 2B (23) Robert Stratton 1-3 (.237), BB (29), K (134) Abraham Nuñez 0-4 (.346), K (18) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Omaha Royals (Royals) 51-53 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 51-53 --- Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 50-53 0.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 50-53 0.5 'Topes Notes: Matt Erickson extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Scott Hodges of the Edmonton Trappers (Expos) was named the PCL Hitter of the Week. Hodges drove in ten runs and scored six runs while batting .427. . . . Brian Meadows of the Nashville Sounds (Pirates) edged out Sean Bergman to win the PCL Pitcher of the Week award. Meadows hurled a complete game shutout against the Omaha Royals on July 18th. During the contest, he set a PCL record by pitching 70 2/3 consecutive innings without allowing a walk. The mark was 68 2/3 innings set by Vancouver Mounties pitcher George Bamburger in 1958. . . . Albuquerque has to think their chances of victory are great tomorrow night. Sean Bergman (4-9, 4.85), who has tossed complete games at Isotopes Park in his last two outings, starts for the Isotopes against the Zephyrs knuckleball pitcher Jared Fernandez (6-9, 3.89).

July 21, 2003 - Isotopes (50-52)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== New Orleans 301 003 000 -- 7 9 1 Albuquerque 000 001 020 -- 3 7 2 WP: Randy Keisler (6-3) LP: Mike Judd (4-8) HR: NRL Henri Stanley (7) off Mike Judd in the 3rd inning ABQ Chad Allen (6) off Miguel Saladin in the 6th inning TIME: 2:53 ATT: 6,929 The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) cruised to a 7-3 victory over the Isotopes at "The Lab" on Monday evening. The loss snapped a Isotopes franchise-best four game winning streak. Mike Judd made the spot start in place of the injured Justin Wayne for the Isotopes and gave up three runs in the 1st inning. Kyle Logan singled, stole second base and Dave Matranga reached on an error. Raul Chavez singled to drive in Logan and Matranga and he took second base on an error. Colin Porter singled up the middle as Chavez scored. In the 3rd inning, Henri Stanley solo-homered to right field to extend the Zephyr lead to 4-0. In the top of the 6th inning, Porter doubled and scored on Jason Alfaro's triple to right-center field. Mike Moriarity doubled to the left-field corner as Alfaro scored and Moriarity scored on Logan's infield single. Zephyrs starter (and former New York Yankee pitcher) Randy Keisler held the Isotopes hitless through four innings and gave up his first hit in the 5th inning. He was pulled from the game after 5 innings. In the 6th inning, Chad Allen solo-homered as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard. In the 8th inning, Matt Erickson singled and scored on Gerald Williams triple. Kevin Hooper singled to score Williams as the Isotopes closed out their scoring. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4 (.332), R (33), RBI (36), HR (6) Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.263), RBI (35), 2 K (39) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.278), 2 SB (24) Jason Wood 0-2 (.305), BB (30) Robert Stratton 0-3 (.236), BB (28), 2 K (133) Abraham Nuñez 0-1 (.365) Vladimir Nunez 2 IP (49 2/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 5.26) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Omaha Royals (Royals) 51-52 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 51-52 --- Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 50-52 0.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 49-53 1.5 'Topes Notes: The Albuquerque Isotopes have set an attendance record. Through Sunday night's game, the Isotopes drew 397,937 total fans through the turnstiles. That figure eclipses the best season attendance mark that the Albuquerque Dukes ever had (390,652 fans in 1993). The Isotopes have 20 more home dates to add to their record season attendance mark. . . . Through Monday's contest, the Isotopes total season attendance is 404,866 or an average of 7,786 fans per game. The Isotopes are in third place in average attendance per game, behind Sacramento (Athletics) and Memphis (Cardinals). . . . Matt Erickson extended his hitting streak to 8 games and Paul Hoover extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Aaron Small (4-1, 3.55) for the Isotopes and D.J. Houlton (0-0, 4.26) for the Zephyrs.

July 20, 2003 - Isotopes (50-51)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Tacoma 000 100 003 -- 4 12 0 Albuquerque 013 100 00x -- 5 11 0 WP: Jason Grilli (1-2) LP: Chris Wright (0-1) SV: Blaine Neal (11) HR: TAC J.R. Phillips (8) off Jason Grilli in the 4th inning TIME: 2:46 ATT: 7,547 The Isotopes held off a Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 9th inning rally to take a 5-4 victory over the Rainiers. The Isotopes swept the Rainiers in the series and tied a franchise-record for the longest winning streak at four games. Jason Wood doubled and scored on Matt Treanor's single in the 2nd inning to give the Isotopes a 1-0 lead just before the rains came. The second home rain delay this season lasted 41 minutes. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Kevin Hooper singled and stole second base. Derek Wathan singled to score Hooper. Wood singled and Chris Donnels walked ahead of Robert Stratton's two-run triple as the Isotopes extended their lead to 4-0. J.R. Phillips blasted a solo home run, his third of the series, in the top of the 4th inning. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Treanor tripled and scored on Paul Hoover's infield single as the 'Topes led 5-1. With Craig House on the mound in the 9th inning, Luis Figueroa doubled, Ruben Castillo walked and Jama Strong singled to load the bases. Blaine Neal came into the game and uncorked a wild pitch to plate Figueroa. J.R. Phillips grounded out to score Castillo and Pat Borders singled up the middle to score Strong before Neal was able to quell the rally. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.263), R (51), SB (15), K (37) Wilson Valdez 0-3 (.283) Jason Wood 2-4 (.307), 2 R (61), 2B (22), K (71) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.238), 2 RBI (72), 3B (2), 3 K (131) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.370), BB (9), K (17) Blaine Neal (S, 11) 1 IP (26 1/3), 1 H (33), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 4.10) 2003 PCL Central Division Standings: Omaha Royals (Royals) 51-51 --- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) 51-51 --- Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) 50-51 0.5 Iowa Cubs (Cubs) 49-52 1.5 'Topes Notes: Starting today, the 2003 PCL Central Division Standings will be added to the game summaries. As the rest of the season continues, track the Isotopes as they try to reign supreme. . . . The Rainiers and Isotopes do not meet again in the 2003 regular season. The Isotopes took the 2003 season series 4-0. . . . The Isotopes find their season record one game below the .500 mark. The last time the Isotopes were this close to the .500 mark was April 19th. . . . Robert Stratton moved into a tie for first place among league leaders in runs batted in. He shares the lead at 72 RBI with Sacramento's (Athletics) Graham Koonce and Dave McCarty. . . . Jason Wood and Derek Wathan are in the top 10 in league batting. Wood has a .307 average and Wathan has a .305 average. . . . Paul Hoover extended his hitting streak to five games. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Sean Bergman. Bergman pitched a complete game shutout in Game 2 of the series and most likely in the next few days will be named the league's Pitcher of the Week. He gave up 7 hits, walked none, and struck out 7 in the masterpiece. . . . Albuquerque begins a four- game series on Monday night at Isotopes Park against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros). Mike Judd (4-7. 6.94) takes the hill for the Isotopes. The Zephyrs have yet to announce who will start.

July 19, 2003 - Isotopes (49-51)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Tacoma 000 031 000 -- 4 10 0 Albuquerque 001 000 22x -- 5 10 0 WP: Oswaldo Mairena (4-2) LP: Allan Simpson (2-4) SV: Blaine Neal (10) HR: ABQ Paul Hoover (4) off Allan Simpson in the 8th inning TIME: 3:16 ATT: 9,706 Paul Hoover homered to cap a late innings rally as the Isotopes defeated the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 5-4. Albuquerque has taken the first three games in the series from the Rainiers and has won eight out of their last ten contests. In the 3rd inning, Wilson Valdez singled, stole second base, and later scored on Matt Erickson's double-play groundout as the 'Topes led 1-0. Tacoma took the lead in the 5th inning. Mickey Lopez singled, Luis Figueroa singled, and Julio Mosquera singled to plate Lopez. Ruben Castillo walked and Chad Meyers singled to right field to score Figueroa and Mosquera as the Rainiers led 3-1. Andy Barkett was hit by a pitch and scored on Lopez's double to right-center field as the Rainiers extended the lead to 4-1 in the 6th inning. In the 7th inning, Valdez singled and scored on Matt Erickson's single to left-center field. Derek Wathan walked and Jason Wood singled to score Erickson as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 4-3. In the 8th inning, Matt Treanor was hit by a pitch and Paul Hoover followed with a two-run homer to left as the Isotopes went ahead for good at 5-4. Blaine Neal shut down the Rainiers in the 9th inning to earn the save. Scott Sanders started for the Isotopes and gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings of work. Marlins Prospect Watch: Wilson Valdez 2-3 (.287), 2 R (31), SB (22), BB (11) Jason Wood 2-4 (.305), RBI (61) Abraham Nuñez 0-4 (.371), K (16) Blaine Neal (S, 10) 1 IP (25 1/3), 1 H (32), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (13) (Season ERA: 4.26) 'Topes Notes: Every Isotopes hitter had a hit in the contest except for Abraham Nuñez. . . . Matt Erickson extended his hitting streak to seven games. . . . Albuquerque moved to 1.5 games back of PCL Central Division co-leaders Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) and Omaha Royals (Royals). . . . Looking for the series sweep, the Isotopes send Jason Grilli (0-2, 4.50) to the mound. Recently-promoted-from-Class-AA San Antonio Chris Wright (No Record) pitches for the Rainiers. Brian Falkenborg was scheduled to pitch for the Rainiers but was scratched due to injury.

July 18, 2003 - Isotopes (48-51)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Tacoma 000 000 000 -- 0 7 0 Albuquerque 001 101 00x -- 3 9 1 WP: Sean Bergman (4-9) LP: Rett Johnson (4-2) TIME: 2:30 ATT: 8,818 Sean Bergman hurled his second consecutive complete game at Isotopes Park as the Isotopes defeated the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 3-0. The Isotopes have won seven of their last nine games. Kevin Hooper was hit by a pitch and scored on Matt Erickson's single up the middle as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning. In the 4th inning, Jason Wood singled and scored on Derek Wathan's single as the Isotopes extended the lead to 2-0. The Isotopes closed out the scoring in the 6th inning when Wood doubled and scored on Abraham Nuñez's single. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-4 (.333), K (30) Kevin Hooper 0-1 (.263), R (50) Jason Wood 2-4 (.302), 2 R (59), 2B (21), K (70) Abraham Nuñez 3-4 (.394), RBI (15), 3B (1), K (15) 'Topes Notes: The shutout was the first home shutout hurled by any member of the Isotopes pitching staff. . . . The Isotopes pitching staff has four complete games - two by Bergman, one by Justin Wayne, and one by Scott Sanders. . . . The Isotopes victory combined with a Omaha loss moves the Isotopes to 2.5 games back of the PCL Central division-leading Royals (AAA Royals). . . . Gerald Williams went hitless in four at-bats to end his six-game hitting streak. Matt Erickson extended his hitting streak to six games. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Scott Sanders (4-3, 3.42) for the Isotopes and Jeff Heaverlo (4-8, 5.47) for the Rainiers.

Wayne Placed on DL

Pitcher Justin Wayne has been placed on the minor-league disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis. Pitcher Craig House was activated from the disabled list to take Wayne's active roster spot.
Filed 07/18/2003

July 17, 2003 - Isotopes (47-51)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Tacoma 002 011 001 -- 5 13 1 Albuquerque 042 001 01x -- 8 12 1 WP: Aaron Small (4-1) LP: Brian Sweeney (7-9) SV: Blaine Neal (9) HR: TAC Chad Meyers (3) off Aaron Small in the 3rd inning J.R. Phillips (6) off Aaron Small in the 3rd inning J.R. Phillips (7) off Blaine Neal in the 9th inning ABQ Chris Donnels (10) off Brian Sweeney in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:49 ATT: 6,635 Despite hitting three homers, the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) fell to the Isotopes 8-5 as play resumed after the AAA All-Star Break. Albuquerque has won six out of their last eight games and is making a strong run to advance their season record to the .500 mark. In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood walked and Chris Donnels and Abraham Nuñez singled to load the bases. Derek Wathan's tapper was fielded by Rainiers starter Brian Sweeney and flipped to catcher Pat Borders for the forceout but Borders was charged with an error since he could not hold onto the ball as Wood scored. Kevin Hooper singled up the middle to plate Donnels and Nuñez and Gerald Williams doubled to score Hooper as the Isotopes built a 4-0 lead. Chad Meyers and J.R. Phillips back-to-back homered in the top of the 3rd inning as the Rainiers cut the defecit to two runs at 4-2. Chad Allen singled and Chris Donnels belted his fourth homer as an Isotope as Albuquerque extended their lead to 6-2. Tacoma's Jamal Strong doubled and scored on a Phillips sacrifice fly in the 5th inning and Andy Barkett walked and later scored on a Mickey Lopez sacrifice fly in the 6th inning as the 'Topes held a 6-4 advantage. Nuñez doubled and scored on Matt Treanor's sacrifice fly in the 6th inning. Albuquerque scored their last run in the 8th inning as Wathan reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, and scored on Treanor's single. Phillips blasted his second home run of the game in the 9th inning to close out the scoring at 8-5. Aaron Small was the Isotopes starter and he worked 6 innings, giving up 9 hits and 4 runs (3 earned). Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4 (.339), R (32) Kevin Hooper 1-3 (.264), R (49), 2 RBI (34), BB (23) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.281), SB (21), K (23) Jason Wood 0-3 (.300), R (57), BB (29), K (69) Abraham Nuñez 3-4 (.371), 2 R (13), 2B (4) Blaine Neal (S, 9) 1 2/3 IP (24 1/3), 1 H (31), 1 R (13), 1 ER (12), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR (1) (Season ERA: 4.44) 'Topes Notes: Gerald Williams extended his hitting streak to six games while Jason Wood's five game hitting streak ended. . . . Despite all the victories as of late, the Isotopes are still 3.5 games back of the PCL Central Division leader Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). . . . Memphis' Scott Seabol (AAA Cardinals) and Bobby Hill from Iowa (AAA Cubs) share the PCL Hitter of the Week award. Seabol hit a home run in five consecutive games this past week to set a new Memphis Redbirds record. Hill hit .556 for the week. . . . Tacoma's Rett Johnson won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award. He threw a four-hit, complete game shut out against the Portland Beavers on July 11th. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Sean Bergman (3-9, 5.24) for the Isotopes and Johnson (4-1, 0.53) for the Rainiers.

July 15, 2003 - AAA All-Star Game

Autozone Park, Memphis ================ International League 110 333 101 -- 13 16 3 Pacific Coast League 102 303 000 -- 9 10 0 WP: Sam Marsonek (Columbus/Yankees) LP: Jason Ryan (Memphis/Cardinals) HR: IL Johnny Estrada off Justin Duscherer in the 2nd inning Jason Smith off Doug Sessions in the 4th inning Lou Collier off Cory Vance in the 6th inning Anton French off Brad Clontz in the 9th inning PCL Rene Reyes off Andy Pratt in the 4th inning Jason Jones off Rigo Beltran in the 6th inning TIME: 3:09 ATT: 15,214 The International League All-Stars outslugged the Pacific Coast League All-Stars 13-9 in Memphis on Wednesday evening in the 2003 AAA All-Star Game. Justin Duchscherer (Sacramento/Athletics) started for the PCL squad. Lou Collier (Pawtucket/Red Sox) was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on Brandon Larson's (Louisville/ Reds) single as the IL took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. The PCL tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the 1st inning. With Ryan Madson (Scranton-Wilkes Barre/Phillies) on the mound, Alfredo Amezaga (Salt Lake/Angels) reached on a two-base error and scored on Bubba Crosby's (Las Vegas/Dodgers) groundout. The IL regained the lead in the 2nd inning as Johnny Estrada (Richmond/Braves) solo-homered off Duchscherer. The PCL took their first lead in the 3rd inning. Bronson Arroyo (Pawtucket/Red Sox) pitched for the IL. Amezaga once again reached second base on an error. Terrmel Sledge (Edmonton/ Expos) singled and Amezaga scored on Robert Stratton's (Albuquerque/Marlins) broken-bat single to the third baseman and Sledge scored on a Garrett Atkins (Colorado Springs/Rockies) sacrifice fly as the PCL led 3-2. In the 4th inning with Doug Sessions (New Orleans/Astros) on the mound, Ross Gload (Charlotte/White Sox) doubled and scored on Estrada's single. Jason Smith (Durham/Devil Rays) two- run homered as the IL regained the lead at 5-3. The PCL answered in their half of the 4th inning. Andy Pratt (Rochester/Twins) gave up a single to Pat Border (Tacoma/ Mariners). Rene Reyes (Colorado Springs/Rockies) followed with a two-run homer. Bernie Castro (Portland/Padres) singled and scored on Stratton's deep sacifice fly to the left-center field wall as the PCL led 6-5. The IL would then take the lead in the 5th inning that they would not relinquish. Jason Ryan (Memphis/Cardinals) gave up a single to Colliier and walked Mark Smith (Indianapolis/ Brewers). Gload singled to plate Collier and Estrada's double scored Smith. Alex Escobar's (Buffalo/Indians) sacrifice flied out to score Gload as the IL took a 8-6 lead. The IL added to their lead in the 6th inning. Anton French (Pawtucket/Red Sox) singled off Colorado Springs' (Rockies) Cory Vance. Collier followed with a two-run home run. Aaron Miles (Charlotte/White Sox) walked and later scored on a wild pitch as the IL held a 11-6 advantage. In the bottom of the 6th inning with Rigo Beltran (Ottawa/Orioles) on the mound, Jason Bowers (Memphis/Cardinals) walked and David Kelton (Iowa/Cubs) reached on an error ahead of Jason Jones' (Oklahoma/Rangers) three-run homer as the PCL cut the defecit to two runs at 11-9. In the 7th inning, Matt Duff (Memphis/Cardinals) walked French. French later scored on Miles' double. In the 9th inning, French closed out the scoring by solo-homering off Brad Clontz (Colorado Springs/Rockies). Stratton played in the whole contest as the designated hitter and went 1-3 with a walk and two runs batted in. Estrada was named the 2003 Star of Stars (the "MVP" of the All- Star game). He went 3-3 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. He was a triple short of hitting for the cycle.

Stratton Wins Home Run Derby!

On Tuesday afternoon at Memphis' Autozone Park, Robert Stratton defeated Louisville's Brandon Larson to win the 2003 AAA All-Star Home Run Derby as part of the All-Star Game festivities. Stratton walked away with $1,000 cash and a $500 Old Navy gift card. In the finals, Stratton belted 10 home runs to Larson's 5 home runs.
Filed 07/15/2003

Ashby Sent to Carolina

Chris Ashby was reinstated from the disabled list and transferred to Class-AA Carolina.
Filed 07/15/2003

July 13, 2003 - Isotopes (46-51)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Memphis 020 000 050 -- 7 9 0 Albuquerque 000 000 020 -- 2 7 1 WP: Jason Ryan (5-4) LP: Jason Grilli (0-2) HR: ABQ Chris Donnels (9) off Jason Ryan in the 8th inning TIME: 2:17 ATT: 6,293 The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) came up with a big 5-run 8th inning as they defeated the Isotopes 7-2 on Sunday evening at "The Lab". In the 2nd inning Scott Seabol walked, Todd Dunwoody and Dee Haynes singled to load the bases against Isotopes starter Jason Grilli. Bill Selby drew a walk to score Seabol and Steve Torrealba grounded into a double play to score Dunwoody as the Redbirds took a 2-0 lead. In the 8th inning with two outs, John Gall singled, Seabol was hit by a pitch, and Dunwoody reached base on an error. Haynes cleared the bases with a double and scored on Selby's double. Torrealba doubled to score Selby as the Redbirds extended their lead to 7-0. The Isotopes avoided the shutout in the 8th inning as Kevin Hooper singled and Chris Donnels two-run homered, his third as an Isotope. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-4 (.341) Kevin Hooper 3-3 (.263), R (48) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.282), K (22) Abraham Nuñez 0-4 (.345), K (14) Blaine Neal 1/3 IP (22 2/3), 3 H (30), 2 R (12), 2 ER (11), 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 4.37) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes and Redbirds split the four-game series. . . . Memphis makes one more trip to Albuquerque in August for a four-game series to complete the 2003 16-game season series. . . . Abraham Nuñez saw his 9-game hitting streak end. Matt Erickson and Gerald Williams extended their hitting streaks to 5-games. Jason Wood did not play in tonight's game but he has a 5-game hitting streak as well. . . . Memphis' Scott Seabol extended his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Players of the Series are Sean Bergman and Chris Donnels. Bergman hurled the Isotope pitching staff's first complete game at Isotopes Park in the first game of the series. Donnels went 3x10 (.300) with four runs scored, five runs batted in, and a pair of homers in the series. . . . The AAA All-Star Game will be televised Wednesday evening on ESPN2. Robert Stratton is the lone Isotopes representative in the game. . . . The Isotopes have the next three days off for the AAA All-Star break before beginning a four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers. Pitching probables have not been named yet for either club.

July 12, 2003 - Isotopes (46-50)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Memphis 000 001 210 -- 4 9 2 Albuquerque 001 001 003 -- 5 11 0 WP: Blaine Neal (3-1) LP: Mike Crudale (4-3) HR: MEM Bill Selby (6) off Scott Sanders in the 7th inning Scott Seabol (11) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 8th inning ALB Chad Allen (5) off Clint Weibl in the 6th inning TIME: 2:44 ATT: 11,242 Kevin Hooper's single capped off a dramatic bottom-of-the-9th- inning rally as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 5-4 on Saturday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won five out of their last six games. In the 3rd inning, Derek Wathan reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and scored on Chad Allen's single to left as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead. In the 6th inning, Jon Nunnally singled and scored on John Gall's single as the Redbirds tied the game at 1-1. Chad Allen's solo home run in the bottom of the 6th inning gave the 'Topes a 2-1 lead, but the Redbirds responded in their half of the 7th inning to take their first lead of the game. Scott Krause singled to center and Bill Selby homered. Scott Seabol solo-homered in the 8th inning as the Redbirds led 4-2. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Robert Stratton singled and scored on Abraham Nuñez's double. Matt Treanor grounded out for the first out of the inning and Wilson Valdez reached on an infield single and advanced to second base on an error while Nuñez scored. Valdez stole third base and came home with the game-winning run when Kevin Hooper stroked a single up the middle. Scott Sanders went 7 innings, giving up 8 hits and 3 runs. He walked 2 and struck out 8. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 3-4 (.348), R (31), 2 RBI (35), 2B (19), HR (5) Kevin Hooper 2-5 (.257), RBI (32) Wilson Valdez 1-1 (.288), R (29), SB (20) Jason Wood 1-3 (.303), 2B (20), BB (28) Robert Stratton 2-4 (.238), R (52), K (128) Abraham Nuñez 1-4 (.370), R (11), RBI (14), 2B (3) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (47 2/3), 1 H (45), 1 R (29), 1 ER (29), 0 BB, 1 K (38), 1 HR (10) (Season ERA: 5.48) Blaine Neal (W, 3-1) 1 IP (22 1/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (12) (Season ERA: 3.63) 'Topes Notes: Memphis' Scott Seabol extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a homer in the 8th inning. . . . Abraham Nuñez extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Pitching probables for the last game of the series (and the last game before the AAA All-Star Break) are Jason Grilli (0-1, 6.00) for Albuquerque and Jason Ryan (4-4, 2.93) for the Redbirds.

Urbina Trade Affects 'Topes

Florida's acquisition of Ugueth Urbina affects the Isotopes in a couple of ways. First of all, the Marlins outrighted pitcher Allen Levrault to Albuquerque. Levrault began the season at Albuquerque before his promotion to Florida. With the Marlins, Levrault appeared in 19 games, going 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. He gave up 38 hits, 15 walks, and struck out 21 batters in 28 innings of work. The other way the trade affects the Isotopes is that Isotope fans will no longer get to see Adrian Gonzalez play for the home team. He should be playing against the Isotopes for the next year or two as a member of the Oklahoma Redhawks.
Filed 07/12/2003

July 11, 2003 - Isotopes (45-50)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Memphis 000 033 302 -- 11 16 1 Albuquerque 020 301 000 -- 6 10 1 WP: Matt Duff (3-2) LP: Mike Judd (4-7) HR: MEM Jon Nunnally (14) off Justin Wayne in the 5th inning Scott Seabol (9) off Mike Judd in the 7th inning Scott Seabol (10) off Oswaldo Mairena in the 9th inning ABQ Abraham Nuñez (4) off Steve Stemle in the 2nd inning Chris Donnels (8) off Steve Stemle in the 4th inning TIME: 3:00 ATT: 9,285 The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) went nuclear against the Isotope bullpen as they earned a come-from-behind 11-6 victory over the Isotopes at "The Lab" on Friday evening. Chris Donnels walked and Abraham Nuñez two-run homered as the Isotopes took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. In the 4th inning, the Isotopes extended the lead to 5-0. Derek Wathan doubled, Jason Wood walked and Donnels homered. Scott Krause singled, Dee Haynes singled and Jon Nunnally three-run homered in the 5th inning as the Redbirds cut the defecit to two runs at 5-3. In the 6th inning, Isotopes starter Justin Wayne gave up a single to Scott Seabol. The Isotopes bullpen then took over and proceeded to lose the contest over the next four innings. Bill Selby singled and Krause reached on an error to load up the bases. Steve Torrealba's infield single scored Seabol. Marty Malloy singled to plate Selby and Nunnally drew a bases-loaded walk to score Krause as the Redbirds took a 6-5 lead. Nuñez doubled and Matt Treanor followed with a run scoring double as the Isotopes tied the game at 6-6 in their half of the 6th inning. Seabol homered in the 7th inning as the Redbirds regained the lead. Todd Dunwoody singled, Selby tripled to score Dunwoody, and Selby scored on Torrealba's sacrifice fly as the Redbirds led 9-6. In the 9th inning, Seabol belted his second homer of the game and Krause singled and scored on Torrealba's double as the Redbirds closed out the scoring in the game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-1 (.340) Wilson Valdez 0-5 (.284), K (21) Jason Wood 0-3 (.303), R (56), BB (27), K (68) Robert Stratton 0-3 (.234), BB (27), 2 K (127) Abraham Nuñez 3-4 (.380), 2 R (10), 2 RBI (13), 2B (2), HR (4), K (13) Justin Wayne 5 IP (91 1/3), 6 H (88), 4 R (53), 3 ER (42), 1 BB (31), 4 K (54), 1 HR (5) (Season ERA: 4.14) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (46 2/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 5.40) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes defeat snapped a season-high 4-game winning streak. . . . Chad Allen's 6-game hitting streak ended while Abraham Nuñez extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Memphis' Scott Seabol has a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Scott Sanders (4-3, 3.38) for the Isotopes and Clint Weibl (2-1, 3.12) for the Redbirds.

July 10, 2003 - Isotopes (45-49)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Memphis 000 011 000 -- 2 7 1 Albuquerque 121 102 20x -- 9 14 1 WP: Sean Bergman (3-9) LP: Jeremy Cummings (1-1) HR: MEM Scott Seabol (8) off Sean Bergman in the 6th inning ABQ Robert Stratton (29) off Jeremy Cummings in the 2nd inning Matt Treanor (6) off Jeremy Cummings in the 4th inning Matt Treanor (7) off B.R. Cook in the 6th inning TIME: 2:34 ATT: 5,577 Sean Bergman hurled a complete game and Matt Treanor homered twice as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 9-2. With two outs in the 1st inning, Derek Wathan walked, stole second and scored on Jason Wood's single as the Isotopes built a 1-0 lead. Robert Stratton led off the 2nd inning with his minor league- leading 29th home run. Matt Treanor walked and scored on Gerald Williams double as the Isotopes extended the lead to 3-0. Wathan tripled and scored on Wood's sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning and Treanor solo-homered in the 4th inning as the 'Topes led 5-0. Todd Dunwoody doubled and scored on Luis Rodriguez's double- play groundout as the Redbirds got on the scoreboard in the 5th inning. In the 6th inning, Scott Seabol solo homered for the Redbirds. Abraham Nuñez singled and Treanor blasted his second homer of the game in the bottom of the 6th inning as Albuquerque led 7-2. In the 7th inning, Chris Donnels singled and scored on Stratton's single and Stratton scored on Nuñez's double as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game. Bergman gave up 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts in his complete game outing. Marlins Prospect Watch: Wilson Valdez 1-5 (.292), 2B (7), 2 K (20) Jason Wood 2-4 (.305), 2 RBI (60), 2B (19) Robert Stratton 2-4 (.237), 2 R (51), 2 RBI (70), HR (29), K (125) Abraham Nuñez 3-4 (.348), R (8), RBI (11), 2B (1) 'Topes Notes: Bergman's complete game was the first one to be tossed at Isotopes Park by an Isotope and the third Isotope complete game of the season. . . . The Isotopes have won four straight games for a franchise-best winning streak this season. . . . Every Isotope hitter except for Bergman had a hit in the contest. . . . Abraham Nuñez extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Robert Stratton's 70 runs batted in makes him the PCL League Leader among active players. Overall, he is two RBI behind recently-promoted Dave McCarty of Sacramento (AAA Athletics). . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Justin Wayne (3-7, 4.07) for the Isotopes and Steve Stemle (4-9, 3.44) for the Redbirds.

Survey Results

The latest survey asked "What type of team do you think the Isotopes will have in 2003?" 32% of respondants answered "Power-slugging run generating team" 37% responded "'Small-ball' run generating team" 31% were not sure or had no opinion A new poll has been started to find out what other Isotope player would be deserving of an AAA All-Star Game appearance. Robert Stratton was left off the poll since he has already been named to the PCL All-Star squad.
Filed 07/10/2003

July 9, 2003 - Isotopes (44-49)

Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha =================== Albuquerque 300 110 010 -- 6 14 0 Omaha 000 010 000 -- 1 4 1 WP: Aaron Small (3-1) LP: Ryan Baerlocher (3-4) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (28) off Ryan Baerlocher in the 1st inning Abraham Nuñez (3) off Ryan Baerlocher in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:43 ATT: 7,365 Robert Stratton and Abraham Nuñez homered to lead the Isotopes to a 6-1 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 6-1 to sweep the series from the Royals. The Isotopes have won their last three in a row, which ties for the season-best winning streak. In the 1st inning, Wilson Valdez doubled, Jason Wood singled to score Valdez, and Robert Stratton followed with his minor-league leading 28th home run of the season as the Isotopes gave starter Aaron Small a 3-0 lead before Small even took the hill. Abraham Nuñez homered to right in the 4th inning and Valdez singled and scored on an error in the 5th inning as the Isotopes extended the lead to 5-0. Gookie Dawkins' bunt single broke up Small's no-hitter in the 5th inning and he scored on Luis Ordaz's double as the Royals avoided being shut out. Jason Wood doubled and scored on Derek Wathan's single in the 8th inning as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-5 (.341), K (29) Kevin Hooper 0-5 (.254) Wilson Valdez 3-5 (.294), 2 R (28), 2B (6), K (18) Jason Wood 3-4 (.303), 2 R (55), RBI (58), 2B (18) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.233), R (50), 2 RBI (68), HR (28), 2 K (124) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.310), R (7), RBI (10), HR (3), BB (8), K (12) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (45 2/3), 1 H (44), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (37) (Season ERA: 5.52) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes had a winning series sweep for the first time in franchise history. Last week, Omaha had swept the Isotopes at Isotopes Park to hand the Isotopes their first losing series sweep in franchise history. . . . With the series sweep, the Isotopes moved to 3.5 games back of the division leading Royals. . . . Chad Allen and Abraham Nuñez each have six-game hitting streaks. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Jason Wood. He went 7x12 (.583), scored five runs and drove in three runs. He doubled and homered in the series. . . . Robert Stratton's 68 runs batted in ties him for second-place among PCL leaders and puts him in a first-place tie among active players since PCL RBI league leader Dave McCarty (72 RBI) of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) was recently promoted. . . . The Isotopes return home for a four-game series against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) followed by the three-day AAA All-Star Game break. Pitching probables for the series opener are Sean Bergman (2-9, 5.52) for the Isotopes and Jeremy Cummings (1-0, 4.91) for the Redbirds.

July 8, 2003 - Isotopes (43-49)

Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha =================== Albuquerque 400 020 000 -- 6 11 2 Omaha 102 000 010 -- 4 7 1 WP: Mike Judd (4-6) LP: Shawn Sedlacek (4-10) SV: Blaine Neal (8) HR: ABQ Chris Donnels (7) off Shawn Sedlacek in the 1st inning OMA Dee Brown (1) off Marty McLeary in the 8th inning TIME: 3:12 ATT: 2,421 The Isotopes scored early and held off the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 6-4 in the second game of the short three-game series. Albuquerque has won their last two games and four out of their last five games. Albuquerque took a quick 4-0 lead in the 1st inning. Wilson Valdez reached on a fielder's choice, took third on Chad Allen's double and scored on Jason Wood's single. Allen scored on an error on the play as Royals left-fielder Dee Brown misplayed Wood's base hit. Chris Donnels followed with his first homer as an Isotope (and his 7th home run overall in the PCL this season). David DeJesus walked, stole second, and scored on an error in the bottom of the 1st inning. Brent Abernathy singled, stole second and scored on Brown's single. Brandon Berger walked and eventually scored on Alexis Gomez's base hit as the Royals cut the defecit to a run at 4-3 in the 3rd inning. In the 5th inning, Matt Treanor walked and Gerald Williams doubled. Valdez's sacrifice fly scored Treanor and Williams scored on Allen's double as the Isotopes extended their lead to 6-3. Dee Brown's solo homer in the 8th inning closed out the scoring in the game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 2-5 (.345), R (30), RBI (33), 2 2B (18), K (28) Kevin Hooper 0-4 (.258) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.286), R (26), RBI (12), K (17) Jason Wood 1-4 (.297), R (53), RBI (57), 2 K (67) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.233), K (122) Blaine Neal (S, 8) 1 IP (21 1/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (11) (Season ERA: 3.80) 'Topes Notes: Kevin Hooper saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end. . . . Omaha's David DeJesus and Fernando Lunar each had their 9-game hitting streaks ended. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Brandon Berger of the Royals. He drove in 21 runs during the week while batting .419. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Portland's (AAA Padres) Clay Condrey. Condrey did not allow a run in 12 innings of work over two starts. . . . Pitching probables for the last game of the series are Aaron Small (2-1, 3.86) for the Isotopes and Ryan Baerlocher (3-3, 4.19) for the Royals.

July 7, 2003 - Isotopes (42-49)

Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha =================== Albuquerque 300 101 100 -- 6 8 1 Omaha 020 000 000 -- 2 6 2 WP: Scott Sanders (4-3) LP: Jamey Wright (3-3) TIME: 3:13 ATT: 2,549 The Isotopes finally figured out how to defeat the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) as they won 6-2 in Omaha on Monday evening. In the 1st inning, Gerald Williams reached on an error, Wilson Valdez singled and Jason Wood singled to score Williams. Robert Stratton walked to load the bases before Abraham Nuñez singled to plate Valdez and Wood as the Isotopes led 3-0. In the 2nd inning, Jed Hansen doubled, Morgan Burkhart was hit by a pitch and Fernando Lunar doubled to score Hansen. Luis Ordaz's sacrifice fly scored Burkhart as the Royals cut the defecit to a run at 3-2. In the 4th inning, Matt Treanor walked and scored on Williams groundout as the Isotopes extended the lead to 4-2. Nuñez walked and scored on Williams sacrifice fly in the 6th inning and Chad Allen singled and scored on Nuñez's sacrifice fly in the 7th inning as the Isotopes took a 6-2 lead. Scott Sanders went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs and 5 hits. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-5 (.344), K (27) Kevin Hooper 2-4 (.262), 2B (8), K (36) Wilson Valdez 1-5 (.292), R (25), SB (19), K (16) Jason Wood 3-4 (.298), 2 R (52), RBI (56), SB (5), BB (26) Robert Stratton 0-2 (.232), 2 BB (26) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.308), R (6), 3 RBI (9), BB (7), 2 K (11) Vladimir Nuñez 2 IP (44 2/3), 1 H (43), 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (15), 1 K (36) (Season ERA: 5.64) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes delighted in snapping an eight- game Omaha winning streak. As part of the eight-game winning streak, Omaha had swept a four-game series at Isotopes Park last week. . . . Gerald Williams saw his 5-game hitting streak end, while Kevin Hooper extended his to 6 games and Abraham Nuñez extended his hitting streak to 5 games. . . . Omaha's David DeJesus and Fernando Lunar each have 9-game hitting streaks. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Jason Grilli (0-1, 7.20) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for the Royals since original scheduled starter Scott Mullen was recently traded from the Royals organization to the Dodgers organization.

Familiar Face Donnels Joins 'Topes

Former-Albuquerque Duke Chris Donnels was acquired by the Florida Marlins from the Chicago Cubs organization and assigned to Albuquerque. The trade occurred Sunday with enough time that Donnels was able to bus with the Isotopes from Des Moines to Omaha. Donnels played for the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) and Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) this season. Donnels was with the Sidewinders from Opening Day until May 28th, hitting .323 with 2 homers and 13 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 36 games. He was with the Cubs June 1st to July 5th and hit .236 with 4 homers and 8 RBI in 30 games. To make room on the active roster for Donnels, outfielder Chris Ashby was placed on the minor-league disabled list with a right quadriceps strain. Pitcher Craig House is also on the disabled list with a blister on his pitching hand.
Filed 07/07/2003

July 6, 2003 - Isotopes (41-49)

Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines ===================== Albuquerque 001 000 020 -- 3 9 1 Iowa 100 200 40x -- 7 7 1 WP: Todd Wellemeyer (3-1) LP: Justin Wayne (3-7) HR: IWA Phil Hiatt (15) off Justin Wayne in the 4th inning Donny Leon (8) off Oswaldo Mairena in the 7th inning TIME: 2:41 ATT: 5,837 Phil Hiatt and Donny Leon each homered to lead the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) to a 7-3 victory over the Isotopes on Sunday. Bobby Hill doubled and scored on Midre Cumming's single in the 1st inning as the Cubs took a 1-0 lead. Kevin Hooper tripled and scored on Wilson Valdez's single as the Isotopes tied it at 1-1 in the 3rd inning. Hill walked and Phil Hiatt two-run homered as the Cubs took a 3-1 lead in the 4th inning. In the 7th inning, Josh Paul reached on an error, Nate Frese singled and Augie Ojeda singled to plate Paul. Donny Leon followed with a three-run homer as the Cubs extended their lead to 7-1. In the 8th inning, Matt Erickson singled to drive in Chad Allen and Robert Stratton as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4 (.347), R (29) Kevin Hooper 2-4 (.259), R (47), 3B (2), BB (22), K (35) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.299), RBI (11), 3 SB (18), BB (10), K (15) Jason Wood 0-1 (.292) Robert Stratton 1-3 (.234), R (49), BB (24), 2 K (121) Abraham Nuñez 1-4 (.306), 2 K (9) Justin Wayne (L, 3-7) 6 IP (86 1/3), 4 H (82), 3 R (49), 3 ER (39), 2 BB (30), 9 K (50), 1 HR (Season ERA: 4.07) 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque took two out of the three games in the series in Iowa. . . . Kevin Hooper and Gerald Williams each have a 5-game hitting streak. . . . Iowa's Phil Hiatt has a 10-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Chad Allen. Allen went 6x11 (.545) with four runs scored and five runs batted in. He belted two homers and had a sacrifice fly in the series. . . . Albuquerque travels to Omaha for a three game series against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). Scott Sanders (3-3, 3.48) is expected to take the hill for the Isotopes against Jamey Wright (3-2, 4.25) on Monday evening.

July 5, 2003 - Isotopes (41-48)

Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines ===================== Albuquerque 301 000 010 -- 5 11 0 Iowa 011 000 000 -- 2 8 0 WP: Sean Bergman (2-9) LP: Steve Smyth (3-7) SV: Blaine Neal (7) HR: ABQ Chad Allen (4) off Steve Smyth in the 1st inning TIME: 2:53 ATT: 9,958 Chad Allen homered to lead the Isotopes to a 5-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Saturday evening. The Isotopes have won two straight games. In the 1st inning, Gerald Williams doubled, Kevin Hooper bunt singled, and Chad Allen three-run homered as the Isotopes gave starter Sean Bergman a 3-0 lead before he even took the mound. In the 2nd inning, Iowa got on the scoreboard. David Kelton doubled and scored on Nate Frese's single. In the 3rd inning, Williams singled and eventually scored on Jason Wood's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes led 4-1. Trenidad Hubbard walked and scored on Phil Hiatt's single as the Cubs cut the defecit to two runs at 4-2. In the 8th inning, Allen singled and Robert Stratton tripled to score Allen as the Isotopes extended the lead to 5-2. Bergman went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 runs. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 3-4 (.349), 2 R (28), 3 RBI (32), HR (4), K (26) Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.256), R (46), 2 SB (14), BB (21), 2 K (34) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.300), K (14) Jason Wood 0-3 (.293), RBI (55) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.233), RBI (66), 3B (1), 3 K (119) Blaine Neal (S, 7) 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 3.98) 'Topes Notes: Chris Ashby extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest for an Isotope this season. . . . Even though Albuquerque has won two straight games, so has PCL Central Division leader Omaha, so the Isotopes remain 5.5 games back of the Royals (AAA Royals). The Cubs fell to 6 games back of the Royals so the Isotopes are no longer the last place team in the division. . . . The Pacific Coast League named their All-Centennial Team from 1958-Present. Four former-Albuquerque Dukes made the team -- Tommy LaSorda, Mike Piazza, Davey Lopes and Charlie Hough. The team: C - Mike Piazza (Dukes); 1B - Willie McCovey (Phoenix Giants/Tacoma Giants); 2B - Mike Schmidt (Eugene Emeralds); SS - Larry Bowa (Eugene Emeralds); 3B - Steve Garvey (Spokane Indians); OF - Jack Clark (Phoenix Giants), Davey Lopes (Spokane Indians, Dukes, Tucson Toros), Lou Pinella (Portland Beavers); P - Charlie Hough (Spokane Indians, Dukes), Gaylord Perry (Tacoma Giants), Luis Tiant (Portland Beavers), Wilbur Wood (Seattle Rainiers); MGR - Tommy Lasorda (Spokane Indians, Dukes). . . . Pitching probables for the last game of the series are Justin Wayne (3-6, 4.03) for the Isotopes and Todd Wallemeyer (2-1, 2.65) for the Cubs.

Ashby Activated from DL

Outfielder Chris Ashby has been activated from the disabled list.
Filed 07/05/2003

July 4, 2003 - Isotopes (40-48)

Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines ===================== Albuquerque 001 002 040 -- 7 11 1 Iowa 010 000 001 --- 2 7 0 WP: Aaron Small (2-1) LP: Wilton Chavez (6-7) HR: ABQ Chad Allen (3) off Wilton Chavez in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:59 ATT: 12,157 In the first game of the series and roadtrip, the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 7-2 to snap a five-game losing streak. In the 2nd inning, Iowa's Phil Hiatt reached on an error and eventually scored on Keith McDonald's double as the Cubs took a 1-0 lead. The Isotopes tied it at 1-1 in the 3rd inning when Chad Allen hit his third home run of the season. Albuquerque took the lead in the 6th inning. Jason Wood doubled and Abraham Nuñez singled to score Wood. Derek Wathan singled to score Nuñez as the 'Topes led 3-1. In the 8th inning, Wathan walked, Matt Treanor singled and Kevin Hooper was intentionally walked to load the bases. Matt Erickson drew a walk to score Wathan. Allen's sacrifice fly scored Treanor, Wood walked and Robert Stratton singled to left field to score Hooper and Erickson as Albuquerque extended their lead to 7-1. Iowa scored their last run in the 9th inning as Midre Cummings drew a bases loaded walk to plate David Kelton. Aaron Small started for the Isotopes and went 8 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) while walking none and striking out 3. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 2-3 (.341), R (26), 2 RBI (29), HR (3) Kevin Hooper 2-4 (.256), R (45), BB (20), 2 K (32) Jason Wood 2-3 (.296), R (50), 2B (17), 2 BB (25), K (65) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.233), 2 RBI (65), 2 K (116) Abraham Nuñez 1-5 (.313), R (5), RBI (6), 3 K (7) Vladimir Nuñez 2/3 IP (42 2/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB (14), 1 K (35) (Season ERA: 5.91) 'Topes Notes: The Cubs drew their largest crowd of the season at 12,157 fans. . . . Several Cubs' hitting streaks came to and end. Donny Leon saw his 12-game streak end, while Midre Cummings ended a 7-game streak and Nic Jackson ended a 5-game streak. Iowa's Phil Hiatt extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Jason Wood has the longest current Isotope hitting streak at 5 games. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Sean Bergman (1-9, 5.68) for the Isotopes and Steve Smyth (3-6, 5.30) for the Cubs.

July 3, 2003 - Isotopes (39-48)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Omaha 301 000 003 -- 7 8 4 Albuquerque 000 101 002 -- 4 13 1 WP: Scott Mullen (5-3) LP: Jason Grilli (0-1) SV: Rick DeHart (1) HR: OMA Brandon Berger (5) off Jason Grilli in the 1st inning Fernando Lunar (3) off Mike Judd in the 9th inning ABQ Abraham Nuñez (2) off Jason Gilfillan in the 9th inning TIME: 3:11 ATT: 13,100 The Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) continued to dominate the Isotopes as they won 7-4 to sweep the four-game series at Isotopes Park in front of a record crowd of 13,100 fans on fireworks night. The Isotopes have lost five straight to tie their worst losing streak in franchise history. In the 1st inning, it was deja-vu. David DeJesus singled and Mike Kelly walked ahead of Brandon Berger who three-run homered. It was the second game in a row that Berger three-run homered in the 1st inning. In the 3rd inning, the Royals extended the lead to 4-0. Kelly walked and scored on Alexis Gomez's double. Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 4th inning. Derek Wathan singled and scored on Matt Treanor single later in the inning. The Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 4-2 in the 6th inning as Wathan singled, Jason Wood singled and Robert Stratton reached on an error to load the bases. Abraham Nuñez grounded into a double play as Wathan scored. In the 9th inning, the Royals gave themselves some breathing room. Alamagordo resident Fernando Lunar homered to lead off the inning. Brian Harris walked, DeJesus singled and Kelly walked to load the bases with two outs. Jed Hansen drew a walk to score Harris and Gomez walked to plate DeJesus as the Royals took a 7-2 lead. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Nuñez solo-homered, his second homer in as many games. Treanor singled and stole second base and scored on Paul Hoover's double as the Isotopes drew closer at 7-4 but the rally fell short. Jason Grilli made his Isotopes debut and went 5 innings, giving up 3 hits, 4 runs, 5 walks and he struck out 3. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-1 (.335) Kevin Hooper 1-3 (.253), BB (19), K (30) Wilson Valdez 0-1 (.308), BB (9) Jason Wood 1-4 (.292), K (64) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.233), K (114) Abraham Nuñez 1-3 (.333), R (4), RBI (5), HR (2), BB (6) Blaine Neal 1 IP (18 2/3), 1 H (27), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (10) (Season ERA: 4.34) 'Topes Notes: The figure of 13,100 fans was the third time this season a record crowd figure has been established at Isotopes Park. . . . Wilson Valdez's 14-game hitting streak came to an end due to an early shower. In his second at-bat, he walked and was thrown out trying to steal second base. He argued with the umpire over the call and was tossed from the game. . . . Home has not been good to the Isotopes lately. They have lost seven of their last eight home games and their home record this season dropped to the .500 mark at 22-22. Their division mark is now at the .500 mark at 14-14 after having had a winning record against division opponents most of the season. . . . How bad was the Isotopes pitching in the 4-game series? The Royals went 57x155 (.368) with 46 runs scored and 44 runs batted in. They almost scored twice as many runs as the Isotopes. Albuquerque hitters went 38x135 (.281) with 24 runs scored and 20 runs batted in. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series should be the Omaha Royals, but they are ineligible for the honors. The honor goes to Abraham Nuñez. He went 5x15 (.333) with 3 runs scored and 4 runs driven in. He homered twice in the series and hit safely in three out of the four games. . . . The Isotopes catch an early morning flight to Des Moines, Iowa as they start a six-game road trip. The first stop is for 3 games against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Pitching probables are Aaron Small (1-1, 5.68) for the Isotopes and Wilton Chavez (6-6, 4.80) for the Cubs.

July 2, 2003 - Isotopes (39-47)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Omaha 400 511 000 -- 11 19 4 Albuquerque 000 210 122 -- 8 10 2 WP: Jamey Wright (3-2) LP: Scott Sanders (3-3) SV: Jason Gilfillan (6) HR: OMA Brandon Berger (4) off Scott Sanders in the 1st inning ABQ Abraham Nuñez (1) off Jamey Wright in the 4th inning TIME: 3:38 ATT: 5,474 The Isotopes still could not figure out how to silence the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) offense as the Royals pounded out 19 hits en-route to a 11-8 victory over the 'Topes at "The Lab" on Thursday evening. The Isotopes have lost four straight games. In the 1st inning, David DeJesus doubled and Mike Kelly was hit by a pitch. Jarrod Patterson doubled to right to score DeJesus and Brandon Berger followed with a three-run homer as the Royals took a rapid 4-0 lead. The Royals added to their lead in the 4th inning. Brian Harris singled and DeJesus singled. An error allowed DeJesus to advance to second base and Harris scored. Kelly doubled to score DeJesus and Patterson singled to score Kelly. Berger tripled to plate Patterson and Jed Hansen singled to score Berger as the Royals led 9-0. Jason Wood walked and Abraham Nuñez two-run homered as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard in their half of the 4th inning. DeJesus walked and Luis Ordaz doubled as the Royals added a run in the 5th inning to lead 10-2. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Paul Hoover reached first base on an error, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Gerald Williams double. In the 6th inning, Hansen doubled and scored on Lunar's single to make it 11-3 Royals. Derek Wathan singled and scored on Hoover's double in the 7th inning. In the 8th inning, Chad Allen, Wood and Nuñez singled to load the bases before Wathan drew a walk to plate Allen. Hoover singled to score Wood as the Isotopes trailed 11-6. In the 9th inning, Williams singled and advanced to third base on Wilson Valdez's double. Williams scored on a passed ball and Allen's sacrifice fly scored Valdez to make it the final score of 11-8. Scott Sanders started for the Isotopes and went four innings, giving up 9 runs and 12 hits. He walked none and struck out five. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-3 (.337), R (25), RBI (27), BB (11), K (24) Wilson Valdez 1-5 (.310), R (24), 2B (5) Jason Wood 1-4 (.292), 2 R (49), BB (23), 2 K (63) Robert Stratton 0-5 (.232), 2 K (113) Abraham Nuñez 2-4 (.333), R (3), 2 RBI (4), HR (1) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (42), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (12), 1 K (34) (Season ERA: 6.00) 'Topes Notes: Wilson Valdez extended his hitting streak to 14 games. . . . The 19 hits the Isotopes pitching staff gave up to the Royals set a franchise record for most hits allowed in a game. . . . Omaha moved into first place in the PCL Central Division with the victory. The Isotopes are in last place in the division 4.5 games back. . . . Omaha has been great on the road this season. Counting tonight's victory, Omaha is 34-17 away from Rosenblatt Stadium in 2003. . . . The final game of the series, featuring a post-game fireworks show, is sold out. . . . Jason Grilli (No Record) gets the opportunity to try to figure out how to contain the Royals offense as he takes the hill in the final game of the series. Scott Mullen (4-3, 4.61) starts for the Royals.

Wakeland Released, Grilli to 'Topes

Outfielder Chris Wakeland was released on Wednesday. Wakeland hit .283 in 65 games with the Isotopes. He had 12 doubles, 2 triples, 7 homers and 30 runs batted in. He walked 17 times and struck out 62 times in 219 at-bats. Pitcher Jason Grilli was transferred from the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads to the Isotopes. Grilli began the season on the Isotopes disabled list before being transferred to Jupiter upon coming off of the disabled list. Grilli made seven appearances for the Hammerheads, going 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA. He pitched 42 2/3 innings, giving up 38 hits, 13 runs (12 earned), walked 6 and struck out 30.
Filed 07/02/2003

July 1, 2003 - Isotopes (39-46)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Omaha 060 004 010 -- 11 15 1 Albuquerque 002 000 010 -- 3 7 1 WP: Wes Obermueller (10-5) LP: Justin Wayne (3-6) HR: ABQ Matt Treanor (5) off Wes Obermueller in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:42 ATT: 4,684 For the second night in a row, the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) feasted on Isotopes pitching as they defeated the Isotopes 11-3. The Isotopes have lost three straight and four out of their last seven games. In the 2nd inning, the Royals put six runs on the board to take a 6-0 lead. Brandon Berger reached on catcher's interference and scored on Jed Hansen's double. Luis Ordaz reached base and David DeJesus singled to plate Hansen. Julius Matos' infield single loaded the bases and Mike Kelly cleared them with a double. Jarrod Patterson doubled to score Kelly. The Isotopes got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Chris Wakeland walked and Matt Treanor followed with a home run. In the 7th inning, Kelly singled, Patterson walked, and Hansen singled to load the bases. Alexis Gomez grounded out to score Kelly and Fernando Lunar two-run doubled to score Patterson and Hansen. Lunar scored on Ordaz's double as the Royals took a 10-2 lead. In the 8th inning, Matos singled, Kelly doubled to move Matos to third base, and Patterson sacrifice-flied out as the Royals extended the lead to 11-2. The Isotopes closed out the scoring for the evening when Wilson Valdez doubled and scored on Matt Erickson's double. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-4 (.337) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.313), R (23), 2B (4) Jason Wood 1-4 (.293) Robert Stratton 0-4 (.237), 2 K (111) Abraham Nuñez 0-4 (.300), 2 K (4) Justin Wayne (L, 3-6) 6 1/3 IP (80 1/3), 11 H (78), 9 R (46), 8 ER (36), 3 BB (28), 1 K (41) (Season ERA: 4.03) Blaine Neal 1 1/3 IP (17 2/3), 4 H (26), 2 R (10), 2 ER (9), 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 4.59) 'Topes Notes: Wilson Valdez extended his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . The Pacific Coast League Hitter of the Week is Alex Fernandez of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres). He hit .500 for the week while scoring eight runs, driving in six runs, doubling three times and belting two home runs. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Doug Sessions of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros). He won both of his starts for the week (including one against the Isotopes) and gave up two unearned runs in 14 innings. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Scott Sanders (3-2, 2.15) for the Isotopes and Jamey Wright (2-2, 4.40) for the Royals.

June 30, 2003 - Isotopes (39-45)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Omaha 300 080 213 -- 17 15 2 Albuquerque 033 001 002 -- 9 8 1 WP: Mike Fyhrie (5-1) LP: Oswaldo Mairena (3-2) HR: OMA Mike Kelly (9) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 1st inning Brandon Berger (3) off Juan Alvarez in the 8th inning ABQ Robert Stratton (27) off Mark Fhyrie in the 3rd inning TIME: 3:50 ATT: 4,951 The Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) outslugged the Isotopes 17-9 Monday evening at "The Lab". In the 1st inning, David DeJesus was hit by a pitch, Julius Matos singled and Mike Kelly homered as the Royals took a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Isotopes tied the game at 3-3. Jason Wood and Abraham Nuñez singled and Matt Treanor walked to load the bases. Kevin Hooper's infield single scored Wood while Nuñez and Treanor scored on an error on the same play. In the 3rd inning, Wilson Valdez reached on a bunt hit and later scored on Jason Wood's fielder's choice. Stratton two-run homered, his minor-league leading 27th home run, as the Isotopes built a 6-3 lead. The 5th inning would prove to be disastrous for the Isotopes. DeJesus and Matos singled and Kelly walked to load the bases. Jarrod Patterson's base hit scored DeJesus and Matos. Brandon Berger walked and Jed Hansen reached on an error as Kelly scored to tie the game. With the bases loaded again, Alexis Gomez's bases-clearing double gave the Royals the lead. New Mexico resident Fernando Lunar walked before Gomez scored on Luis Ordaz's single. DeJesus' sacrifice fly scored Lunar as the Royals scored eight runs in the inning to lead 11-6. In the 6th inning, Stratton walked and eventually scored on Hooper's groundout. Matos and Kelly each had run scoring singles in the 7th inning as the Royals led 13-7. Berger solo-homered in the 8th inning as the Royals extended the lead to 14-7 and the Royals closed out their scoring in the 9th inning when Berger doubled with the bases loaded to plate DeJesus, Matos, and Patterson. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Hooper, Allen and Wood walked and Stratton drew a walk to score Hooper. Nuñez followed with a single to center to score Allen. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4 (.345), R (24), BB (10) Kevin Hooper 1-3 (.252), R (44), 2 RBI (31), BB (18) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.315), R (22), SB (15) Jason Wood 1-4 (.293), 2 R (47), RBI (54), BB (22) Robert Stratton 1-3 (.241), 2 R (48), 3 RBI (63), HR (27), SB (5), 2 BB (23), K (109) Abraham Nuñez 2-4 (.375), R (2), RBI (2), BB (5) Vladimir Nuñez 3 IP (41), 4 H (42), 3 R (28), 3 ER (28), 1 BB (11), 4 K (33), 1 HR (Season ERA: 6.15) 'Topes Notes: The contest was the longest 9-inning game in Isotopes franchise history. . . . The Isotopes also gave up the most runs to an opponent for a game at Isotopes Park by giving up 17 to the Royals. . . . Wilson Valdez extended his hitting streak to 12 games. . . . The Isotopes compiled a 14-14 record in the month of June. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Justin Wayne (3-5, 3.41) for the Isotopes and PCL All-Star Wes Obermueller (9-5, 4.48) for the Royals.

Neal Optioned to Albuquerque

Blaine Neal was optioned from the Florida Marlins to Albuquerque after the Marlins activated pitcher Josh Beckett from the major- league disabled list.
Filed 06/30/2003

June 29, 2003 - Isotopes (39-44)

Zephyrs Field, New Orleans =================== Albuquerque 000 100 000 -- 1 3 0 New Orleans 410 000 00x -- 5 11 2 WP: Doug Sessions (5-1) LP: Sean Bergman (1-9) HR: NRL Raul Chavez (6) off Sean Bergman in the 1st inning TIME: 2:41 ATT: 5,933 Doug Sessions hurled eight innings of 2-hit ball as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) defeated the Isotopes 5-1 in the last game of the series in New Orleans. After a 2 hour, 9 minute rain delay to start the game, the Zephyrs scored first in the bottom of the 1st inning. Henri Stanley singled and stole second, Royce Huffman walked, and Raul Chavez followed with a home run. Alan Zinter singled and eventually scored on Kyle Logan's fielder's choice as the Zephyrs built a 4-0 lead. In the 2nd inning, the Zephyrs added a run to make it 5-0. Stanley doubled and scored on Huffman's single. The Isotopes avoided the shutout in the 4th inning. Wilson Valdez reached on an error, advanced to second on a groundout, stole third base and scored on Zephyr catcher Chavez's error as Chavez threw the ball into left field trying to get Valdez out at third base on the steal. Sessions pitched 8 innings, giving up a run (unearned) and 2 hits. He walked one and struck out 5. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-4 (.347), K (23) Kevin Hooper 0-3 (.252), K (29) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.317), R (21), SB (14) Abraham Nuñez 2-2 (.333), 2 BB (4) 'Topes Notes: The Zephyrs and Isotopes split the four game series in New Orleans. . . . The Isotopes have played their last game of the 2003 regular season in New Orleans. The Zephyrs will be coming to Isotopes Park for four games in July and four games in August. . . . Wilson Valdez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the 9th inning. . . . New Orleans' Doug Sessions now has a streak of 29 innings wihtout allowing an earned run. He has won his last five decisions. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is pitcher Aaron Small. In Game 3 of the series, Small had a perfect game through five innings and went into the 9th inning only having given up a hit and no runs. His eventual pitching line was 8 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, no walks and 2 strikeouts. . . . The Isotopes return to Isotopes Park to face division-rival Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). Due to Nate Bump's callup to the Marlins, the Isotopes are yet to name a replacement starter for the first game of the series on Monday evening. Mike Fyhrie (4-1, 3.05) is expected to take the hill for the Royals.

June 28, 2003 - Isotopes (39-43)

Zephyrs Field, New Orleans ================== Albuquerque 000 000 030 -- 3 6 1 New Orleans 000 000 002 -- 2 4 4 WP: Aaron Small (1-1) LP: Jared Fernandez (5-7) SV: Mike Judd (4) TIME: 2:34 ATT: 7,151 The Isotopes survived a ninth inning, bases loaded two-out situation with a one run lead as they held off the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) 3-2. In the top of the 8th inning, Matt Erickson was hit by a pitch. Wilson Valdez bunt singled and Jason Wood reached on an error as Erickson scored. Abraham Nuñez's sacrifice fly scored Valdez and Wood scored on Matt Treanor's single as the Isotopes were finally able to breakthrough after seven scoreless innings to take a 3-0 lead. In the 9th inning, Isotopes starter Aaron Small began the inning with a 1-hit shutout. Henri Stanley and Colin Porter singled. Royce Huffman's bad hop grounder was mishandled by Jason Wood. The official scorer called it a hit and gave Huffman a run batted in as Stanley had scored on the play. Mike Judd came into the game to relieve Small and gave up a walk to Jason Lane to load the bases with one out. Raul Chavez flied to right for the second out before Alan Zinter walked to drive in Porter. Judd then struck out Jason Alfaro with the bases loaded to end the game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 0-4 (.356), K (22) Wilson Valdez 2-4 (.319), R (20) Jason Wood 0-3 (.294), R (45) Abraham Nuñez 1-2 (.200), RBI (1), BB (2) 'Topes Notes: Jason Wood's 11-game hitting streak ended, while Wilson Valdez extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Pitching probables for the last game of the series are Sean Bergman (1-8, 5.62) for the Isotopes and Greg Miller (0-2, 5.63) for the Zephyrs.

Bump promoted to the Marlins

Pitcher Nate Bump was recalled Saturday by the Florida Marlins after pitcher Kevin Olsen was placed on the Marlins disabled list with a concussion. Olsen suffered the injury after being struck with a comebacker in the head in Friday evening's Marlins/Red Sox contest in Boston. Bump made 15 starts for the Isotopes, compiling a 6-5 record with a 4.43 ERA. He won his last 5 decisions in a row. In 85 1/3 innings, he gave up 89 hits, 48 runs (42 earned), 24 walks and 52 strikeouts.
Filed 06/28/2003

June 27, 2003 - Isotopes (38-43)

Zephyrs Field, New Orleans ==================== Albuquerque 111 020 000 -- 5 6 2 New Orleans 000 130 20x -- 6 11 1 WP: Robb Stanifer (4-0) LP: Juan Alvarez (2-1) SV: Kirk Bullinger (12) HR: NRL Alan Zinter (9) off Scott Sanders in the 5th inning Alan Zinter (10) off Juan Alvarez in the 6th inning TIME: 3:14 ATT: 6,886 Alan Zinter homered twice and drove in five total runs as he helped the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) rally to defeat the Isotopes 6-5 in New Orleans on Friday evening. In the 1st inning, Gerald Williams walked and eventually scored on Wilson Valdez's fielders choice as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead. In the 2nd inning, Chris Wakeland walked, moved to third base on Kevin Hooper's double, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 Albuquerque. In the 3rd inning, Valdez singled with a line drive that struck Zephyrs starter Jonathan Johnson. Jason Wood singled to move Valdez to third base and Valdez scored on Robert Stratton's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes extended the lead to 3-0. In the 4th inning, Alan Zinter singled and scored on an error to get the Zephyrs on the scoreboard. In the 5th inning, Valdez walked and stole second base. Jason Wood reached on a two-base error and Valdez scored on that error. Wood scored on Paul Hoover's double as the Isotopes led 5-1. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Zinter homered with Jason Lane and Raul Chavez on base as the Zephyrs cut the defecit to a run at 5-4. Lane reached on an error and Zinter homered again as the Zephyrs took the lead at 6-5 in the 7th inning. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.254), 2B (7), K (28) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.313), 2 R (19), RBI (10), 2 SB (13), BB (8) Jason Wood 1-4 (.297), R (44), K (61) Robert Stratton 0-3 (.240), RBI (60), K (108) 'Topes Notes: New Orleans' Alan Zinter is the first player in Zephyrs Field history to homer from each side of the plate in the same game. . . . The Albuquerque Isotopes have arranged to broadcast their games over the Internet. Catch all the action with Bob Socci (and Mike Roberts alongside Socci for home contests) by logging onto www.broadcastmonsters.com. Schedules and game times can be found by clicking "Schedule" in the left- hand side menu bar of this web site. Broadcastmonsters also archives the games for two to three months if you want to relive recent Isotope glory. . . . Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 11 games and Wilson Valdez extended his to 8 games. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Aaron Small (0-1, 12.46) for the Isotopes and Jared Fernandez (5-6, 4.60) for the Zephyrs.

House Signed, Sent To 'Topes

The Florida Marlins signed pitcher Craig House to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. House pitched in five games for the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) this season, compiling a 0-0 record and a 2.84 ERA. In 6 1/3 innings pitched, he gave up 6 hits, 2 runs, 5 walks and he struck out 4. House is also a major league veteran, having appeared in 16 games with the Colorado Rockies, going 1-1 with a 7.24 ERA.
Filed 06/27/2003

June 26, 2003 - Isotopes (38-42)

Zephyrs Field, New Orleans =================== Albuquerque 210 030 100 -- 7 11 1 New Orleans 000 000 600 -- 6 8 3 WP: Justin Wayne (3-5) LP: Bob Scanlan (0-2) SV: Vladimir Nuñez (4) TIME: 3:04 ATT: 4,428 The Isotopes were able to hold off the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) 7-6 on Thursday evening. In the 1st inning, Kevin Hooper reached on an error and stole second base. Chad Allen walked and Jason Wood singled to score Hooper. Matt Treanor singled to left field to score Allen as the Isotopes led 2-0. In the 2nd inning with two outs, Gerald Williams was hit by a pitch, stole second and third bases, and scored on Allen's single to left field as the Isotopes extended the lead to 3-0. In the 5th inning with the bases loaded, Isotope starter Justin Wayne doubled to plate Abraham Nuñez, Treanor and Wilson Valdez as the Isotopes led 6-0. In the 7th inning, the Isotopes scored what ended up being a very important run. Valdez tripled and scored on Williams' single to make it 7-0 Albuquerque. In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Zephyrs mounted their big rally of the game. Wayne walked Raul Chavez, Royce Huffman singled and Alan Zinter walked to load the bases with no outs. Oswaldo Mairena came into the game to relieve Wayne. Colin Porter's sacrifice fly scored Chavez. Jason Alfaro's base hit scored Huffman and former-Albuquerque Duke Tripp Cromer singled to score Zinter and Alfaro. Dave Matranga tripled to score Cromer and Henri Stanley's single scored Matranga as the Zephyrs cut the defecit to a run at 7-6. Vladimir Nuñez came into the game and held the Zephyrs at bay the rest of that inning and the 8th and 9th innings to earn his fourth save of the season. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4 (.365), R (23), RBI (26), SB (6), K (21), BB (9) Kevin Hooper 0-5 (.254), R (43), SB (12), K (27), BB (17) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.315), 2 R (17), 3B (1), BB (7) Jason Wood 1-4 (.298), RBI (53), K (60), BB (21) Abraham Nuñez 0-4 (.125), R (1), SB (1), 2 K (2), BB (1) Justin Wayne (W, 3-5) 6 IP (74), 3 H (67), 3 R (37), 3 ER (28), 3 BB (25), 8 K (40) (Season ERA: 3.41) Vladimir Nuñez (S, 4) 2 2/3 IP (38), 1 H (38), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (29) (Season ERA: 5.92) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes set a franchise record for most stolen bases in a game. Gerald Williams had 3 steals, Matt Treanor had 2, and Abraham Nuñez, Chad Allen and Kevin Hooper had 1 each for a team total of 8 steals. . . . Justin Wayne was one strikeout short of tying the Isotopes record for most strikeouts in a game by a starter (set by Scott Sanders three different times). . . . Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Wilson Valdez has a 7-game hitting streak. . . . . Isotopes fans unable to receive radio station KNML-AM can listen to the rest of the series by logging onto www.zephyrsbaseball.com. . . . Cox Sports Television, available in the New Orleans area and elsewhere by C-band large dish satellite, is televising Friday night's contest. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Scott Sanders (3-2, 1.79) for the Isotopes and Jonathan Johnson (5-3, 3.57) for the Zephyrs.

Stratton an All-Star!

The rosters were released today for the 2003 Triple-A All-Star Game to be held July 16th at Autozone Park in Memphis. Robert Stratton is the lone Isotope on the PCL squad. Here are the rosters for the Pacific Coast League and International League squads. Rosters will change usually due to injuries or promotions to major-league teams. Other Isotopes may be named to the PCL squad as replacements in the coming weeks. PCL All-Stars: Manager: Rick Sweet, Portland Beavers Coaches: Jim Eppard, Salt Lake Stingers Dyar Miller, Memphis Redbirds Trainer: Aaron Bruns, Memphis Redbirds Pitchers ====== Manny Aybar, Fresno Grizzlies Francis Beltran, Iowa Cubs Steve Colyer, Las Vegas 51s Mark Corey, Nashville Sounds Justin Duchscherer, Sacramento River Cats Rich Harden, Sacramento River Cats Wes Obermueller, Omaha Royals Jason Ryan, Memphis Redbirds Doug Sessions, New Orleans Zephyrs Corey Vance, Colorado Springs Sky Sox John Wasdin, Nashville Sounds Catchers ======= Pat Borders, Tacoma Rainiers John Buck, New Orleans Zephyrs Koyie Hill, Las Vegas 51s Infielders ======= Alfredo Amezaga, Salt Lake Stingers Garrett Atkins, Colorado Springs Sky Sox Mike Bell, Tucson Sidewinders Tagg Bozied, Portland Beavers Bernie Castro, Portland Beavers Chone Figgins, Salt Lake Stingers Dave McCarty, Sacramento River Cats Chad Tracy, Tucson Sidewinders Outfielders Bubba Crosby, Las Vegas 51s Trenidad Hubbard, Iowa Cubs Ryan Ludwick, Oklahoma Redhawks Rene Reyes, Colorado Springs Sky Sox Terrmel Sledge, Edmonton Trappers Robert Stratton, Albuquerque Isotopes International League All-Stars: Manager: Marc Bombard, Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Coaches: Bobby Floyd, Norfolk Tides Omar Malave, Syracuse Skychiefs Trainer: Scott Johnson, Charlotte Knights Pitchers ====== Grant Balfour, Rochester Red Wings Rigo Beltran, Ottawa Lynx Brandon Claussen, Columbus Clippers Lee Gardner, Durham Bulls Shane Loux, Toledo Mudhens Ryan Madson, Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Jason Phillips, Buffalo Bisons Andy Pratt, Richmond Braves Carlos Reyes, Durham Bulls Jason Stanford, Buffalo Bisons Catchers ======= Kevin Cash, Syracuse Skychiefs Johnny Estrada, Richmond Braves Victor Martinez, Buffalo Bisons Infielders ======= Travis Chapman, Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Jesse Garcia, Richmond Braves Ross Gload, Charlotte Knights Greg Larocca, Buffalo Bisons Brandon Larson, Louisville Bats Aaron Miles, Charlotte Knights Jason Smith, Durham Bulls Jorge Toca, Norfolk Tides Chase Utley, Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Outfielders ======== Emil Brown, Louisville Bats Lou Collier, Pawtucket Red Sox Alex Escobar, Buffalo Bisons Anton French, Pawtucket Red Sox Michael Restovich, Rochester Red Wings Mark Smith, Indianapolis Indians
Filed 06/26/2003

Ashby on the Shelf

Chris Ashby has been placed on the minor-league disabled list with a left-foot contusion.
Filed 06/26/2003

June 24, 2003 - Isotopes (37-42)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Edmonton 001 000 000 -- 1 8 1 Albuquerque 001 010 00x -- 2 8 1 WP: Nate Bump (6-5) LP: Britt Reames (3-8) SV: Mike Judd (3) TIME: 2:33 ATT: 7,136 Nate Bump hurled a good game to help the Isotopes avoid a series sweep as they defeated the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) 2-1. The Trappers took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning. With two outs, Peter Bergeron reached on an error, stole second base and scored on Luis Figueroa's single. The Isotopes tied the game in their half of the third inning. Kevin Hooper was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the 5th inning, the Isotopes took the lead. Chad Allen doubled and scored on Wood's double as the 'Topes led 2-1. Bump struck out 6 Trappers and gave up 1 run (none earned) and 7 hits in 7 innings. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 2-3 (.368), R (22), 2B (16), K (20), BB (8) Kevin Hooper 0-3 (.259), R (42), K (26) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.317), K (13) Jason Wood 2-4 (.299), RBI (52), 2B (16), K (59) Robert Stratton 0-4 (.243), 2 K (107) Abraham Nuñez 1-4 (.250) Nate Bump (W, 6-5) 7 IP (85 1/3), 7 H (89), 1 R (48), 0 ER (42), 0 BB (24), 6 K (52) (Season ERA: 4.43) 'Topes Notes: The Trappers and Isotopes play only one series this season. The Trappers took the season series 3-1. . . . The Isotopes drew 31,653 fans for the four-game homestand. With Tuesday's game attendance, the Isotopes eclipsed the 300,000 mark, with a current total of 304,625 (an average of 7,811 fans per game). . . . Nate Bump has won his last 5 pitching decisions. . . . Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Edmonton's Scott Sandusky saw his 6-game hitting streak snapped. . . . Luis Ortiz had great series for the Trappers. He went 9-for-17 (.529) with four homers, 7 runs and 6 runs batted in. . . . The Trappers pitching staff did a good job of keeping the Isotopes offense at bay in "The Lab". Albuquerque hit .285 in the series with 17 runs and 16 runs batted in. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Jason Wood. Wood went 7-for-16 (.438) with 3 runs batted in and two runs scored. He doubled three times and hit safely in every game of the series. . . . The Isotopes have a day off on Wednesday before beginning a four-game road trip to New Orleans. Pitching probables are Justin Wayne (2-5, 3.31) for the Isotopes and Bob Scanlan (0-1, 3.52) for the Zephyrs (AAA Astros).

Barker Released

Infielder Kevin Barker was released in order to free up an active roster spot for Abraham Nuñez. Barker appeared in 10 games for the Isotopes, hitting .167 in 24 at-bats. He drove in a run, drew 7 walks and struck out 5 times.
Filed 06/24/2003

A. Nuñez Joins 'Topes

The Isotopes outfield situation just got messier. Outfielder Abraham Nuñez was activated from the major-league 60-day disabled list and was optioned to Albuquerque. Albuquerque already has to try to find playing time for Chad Allen, Robert Stratton, Gerald Williams, Chris Ashby, and Chris Wakeland and adding Nuñez complicates matters unless the Marlins have given manager Dean Treanor an edict to give priority playing time to Nuñez.
Filed 06/24/2003

June 23, 2003 - Isotopes (36-42)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Edmonton 010 321 000 -- 7 11 0 Albuquerque 000 010 120 -- 4 11 3 WP: Eric Knott (4-5) LP: Sean Bergman (1-8) HR: EDM Luis Ortiz (9) off Sean Bergman in the 4th inning ABQ Chris Ashby (1) off Chuck Crumpton in the 8th inning TIME: 2:44 ATT: 5,865 The Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) continued their domination of the Isotopes as they won 7-4 on Monday evening at "The Lab". Luis Ortiz singled and eventually scored on an error as the Trappers took a 1-0 lead. Ortiz solo homered, his fourth homer in the series, in the 4th inning. Valentino Pascucci and Scott Hodges singled and Jake Thrower singled to right to score Pascucci. Robert Stratton had a tough time handling the ball and Hodges scored on the error as the Trappers led 4-0. In the 5th inning, the Trappers extended the lead to 6-0. Anthony Medrano and Terrmel Sledge singled and Pascucci singled to score Medrano. Sledge scored on Hodges' sacrifice fly. The Isotopes got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 5th inning. Kevin Hooper singled and eventually scored on Jason Wood's single. The Trappers got their last run of the evening in the 6th inning. Scott Sandusky doubled and moved to third base. Isotopes catcher Paul Hoover threw the ball into left field on the pickoff attempt and Sandusky scored on the error. In the 7th inning, Hooper walked, moved to second on a balk, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Derek Wathan's groundout as the Isotopes cut the defecit to five runs at 7-2. In the 8th inning, Chad Allen singled and scored on Chris Ashby's home run. Sean Bergman started for the Isotopes and gave up 6 runs (5 earned) and 9 hits in 5 innings. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 3-4 (.362), R (21), 2B (15) Kevin Hooper 2-4 (.261), 2 R (41), BB (16) Wilson Valdez 3-5 (.320) Jason Wood 2-4 (.296), RBI (51) Robert Stratton 0-4 (.247), K (105) 'Topes Notes: Chris Ashby homered to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Chris Wakeland saw his 6-game hitting streak come to an end and Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Edmonton's Scott Sandusky extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Chad Hermansen of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) was named the PCL Hitter of the Week. He his .583 for the week with nine runs scored and five runs batted in. Rich Harden of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week. He shut out the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) through 7 1/3 innings in his only start last week, while striking out eight and only allowing two hits. . . . The Isotopes try to avoid the series sweep tomorrow night. Pitching probables for the last game of the series are Nate Bump (5-5, 4.83) for the Isotopes and Britt Reames (3-7, 6.23) for the Trappers.

June 22, 2003 - Isotopes (36-41)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Edmonton 041 210 202 -- 12 15 0 Albuquerque 300 210 002 -- 8 12 1 WP: Tim Drew (3-8) LP: Aaron Small (0-1) HR: EDM Luis Ortiz (7) off Aaron Small in the 3rd inning Luis Ortiz (8) off Marty McLeary in the 7th inning Terrmel Sledge (12) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 9th inning ABQ Matt Erickson (2) off Tim Drew in the 4th inning Gerald Williams (5) off Tim Drew in the 5th inning TIME: 2:46 ATT: 7,926 Luis Ortiz continued his hot hitting at Isotopes Park as the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 12-8 on Sunday evening. Aaron Small made his Isotopes debut and he got run support rather quickly. Wilson Valdez singled, stole second and scored on Jason Wood's double. Wood scored on Robert Stratton's double and Stratton scored on Chris Wakeland's single as the Isotopes built a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Matt Cepicky led off the 2nd inning with a single, Valentino Pascucci walked, and Randy Knorr singled to score Cepicky. Trappers starting pitcher Tim Drew doubled to plate Pascucci and Peter Bergeron singled to score Knorr and Drew as the Trappers took a 4-3 lead. The Trappers extended the lead to 5-3 when Luis Ortiz solo homered in the 3rd inning and added to the lead in the 4th inning when Scott Hodges tripled and scored on an error and Bergeron tripled to score Drew who had reached on the error. The Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 7-5 in their half of the 4th inning. With two outs, Matt Treanor singled and Matt Erickson homered to right field. Ortiz doubled and scored on Terrmel Sledge's sacrifice fly in the 5th inning as the Trappers led 8-5. Gerald Williams solo home run in the 5th inning made it 8-6 Edmonton. In the 7th inning, Anthony Medrano singled and Ortiz belted his second home run of the game as Edmonton extended the lead to 10-6. The Trappers made it 12-6 in the 9th inning as Ortiz singled and Sledge homered. The Isotopes were able to come up with two runs in their half of the 9th inning. Wakeland doubled and Treanor walked. Chad Allen pinch-hit and grounded out to score Wakeland and Treanor scored on Valdez's infield hit. Small gave up 8 runs (6 earned) and 9 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Marlins Prospect Watch: Wilson Valdez 2-5 (.308), R (15), RBI (9), SB (11) Jason Wood 1-4 (.292), R (43), RBI (50), 2B (15) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.251), R (46), RBI (59), 3 K (104), 2B (10) Chad Allen 0-1 (.351), RBI (25) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (35 1/3), 3 H (37), 2 R (25), 2 ER (25), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR (8) (Season ERA: 6.37) 'Topes Notes: Edmonton came into the series with the best team batting average in the league and they have raised that batting average even more during the first two games of the series. After Game 2 of the series, the Trappers are hitting .303 as a team. . . . Robert Stratton moved into second place among the league leaders in runs batted in. He had his 59th RBI tonight and that puts him three RBI behind Sacramento's (AAA Athletics) Dave McCarty. . . . Chad Allen made his first Isotopes appearance since being optioned to Albuquerque from the Florida Marlins. He pinch-hit and was not able to reach base safely so his 11-game hitting streak came to an end. Jason Wood has a 7-game hitting streak and Chris Wakeland has a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Edmonton's Luis Figueroa saw his 7-game hitting streak come to an end. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Sean Bergman (1-7, 5.42) for the Isotopes and Eric Knott (3-5, 5.64) for the Trappers.

Belitz Released; McLeary Joins 'Topes

The Albuquerque Isotopes announced pitcher Todd Belitz was released and pitcher Marty McLeary was transferred from the Class AA Carolina Mudcats to the Isotopes. McLeary made 9 relief appearances for the Mudcats and one appearance as a starter. He went 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA. In 25 innings, he gave up 17 hits, 7 runs, walked 14 and struck out 18.
Filed 06/22/2003

June 21, 2003 - Isotopes (36-40)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Edmonton 024 002 000 -- 8 16 1 Albuquerque 000 012 000 -- 3 10 0 WP: Seung Song (2-0) LP: Mike Judd (3-6) SV: Hansel Izquierdo (3) HR: EDM Luis Ortiz (6) off Mike Judd in the 2nd inning TIME: 3:00 ATT: 10,726 The Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) defeated the Isotopes 8-3 on Saturday evening at "The Lab". Mike Judd started for the Isotopes in place of Doug Bochtler, who was recently placed on the DL. Luis Ortiz solo homered and Scott Hodges singled and scored on Randy Knorr's double in the 2nd inning as the Trappers took a 2-0 lead. The Trappers extended the lead to 6-0 off Isotopes reliever Todd Belitz in the 3rd inning. Anthony Medrano doubled and Terrmel Sledge was hit by a pitch. Matt Cepicky singled to plate Medrano, Valentino Pascucci two-run doubled to score Sledge and Cepicky and Knorr singled to right to score Pascucci. In the 5th inning, Isotopes reliever Juan Alvarez reached first base on a fielder's choice, Gerald Williams singled, and Alvarez reached third base on a wild pitch before Jason Wood grounded out to score Alvarez. In the top of the 6th inning, Trappers starter Seung Song singled, Luis Figueroa singled, and Medrano walked to load the bases. Ortiz singled home Song and Alvarez balked to score Figueroa as the Trappers took an 8-1 lead. In the bottom of the 6th inning, Wood doubled, Paul Hoover doubled to score Wood and Chris Wakeland singled up the middle as Hoover scored to make it the eventual final score of 8-3. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-5 (.258), RBI (29), 2 K (25) Jason Wood 2-4 (.293), R (42), 2B (14) Robert Stratton 0-1 (.251), K (101) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (34 1/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (10), 0 K (Season ERA: 6.03) 'Topes Notes: Chris Ashby extended his hitting streak to 14 games and Jason Wood now has a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Edmonton's Luis Figueroa has a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Isotopes fans unable to receive KNML-AM 610 can listen to the rest of the series with the Trappers by logging onto the Trappers web site at www.trappersbaseball.com. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Aaron Small (No Record) for the Isotopes and Tim Drew (2-8, 7.59) for the Trappers.

Iapoce, Bochtler on DL

Outfielder Anthony Iapoce and pitcher Doug Bochtler were both placed on the minor-league disabled list. Pitcher Aaron Small was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque and outfielder Chad Allen, recently optioned from the Florida Marlins, will take the roster spots freed up by placing Iapoce and Bochtler on the DL. iapoce has a inflammation of the right knee and Bochtler has a right-elbow strain.
Filed 06/21/2003

June 20, 2003 - Isotopes (36-39)

Sky Sox Stadium, Colorado Springs ======================= Albuquerque 000 002 000 -- 2 6 0 Colorado Springs 000 001 000 -- 1 6 1 WP: Scott Sanders (3-2) LP: Chris Gissell (3-1) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (26) off Chris Gissell in the 6th inning TIME: 2:28 ATT: 4,624 Scott Sanders was spectacular in hurling a complete game as the Isotopes edged the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 2-1. Sanders gave up 6 hits and 1 run in his complete game effort, the second consecutive complete game pitched by an Isotopes starter. Sanders tied his franchise record for strikeouts in a game by striking out 9 for the third consecutive start in a row. He only walked two. Robert Stratton belted his minor-league leading 26th home run with Wilson Valdez on base as the Isotopes took a 2-0 lead in the 6th inning. In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Sky Sox avoided the shutout as Rene Reyes grounded out to score Chris Gissell. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-4 (.262) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.304), R (14), K (12) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.252), R (45), 2 RBI (58), HR (26), K (100) 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque won three out of the four games in the very important series. The Isotopes find themselves 3.5 games back of the division leading Sky Sox. . . . The Isotopes and Sky Sox have played their last game in the 2003 season. The Isotopes won 10 out of the 16 games played against the Sky Sox. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Players of the Series are Robert Stratton and Scott Sanders. Sanders' Game 4 effort are outlined in today's game summary. Stratton went 3-for-11 (.273) with all three hits being home runs. He drove in five and scored four runs. . . . The Isotopes had a good offensive road trip considering how the road has been troublesome the last few times. The 'Topes hit .283 with 22 runs and 20 runs batted in. It is a much better batting average than the typical around-the-Mendoza-line average the Isotopes have had lately on the road. The fact that Sky Sox Stadium is much more like Isotopes Park than any other road ballpark may have something to do with this roadtrip's success. . . . Robert Stratton moved into a tie for second place among the league leaders in runs batted in. Dave McCarty from Sacramento (AAA Athletics) leads the PCL with 61. Graham Koonce from Sacramento and Stratton have 58. . . . Robert Stratton recorded his 100th strikeout this season and he did that in 226 at-bats. That means he struck out 44 percent of the time. . . . When Stratton makes contact, he makes it count. His .637 slugging percentage leads the league. Ryan Ludwick of Oklahoma (AAA Rangers) is second in the league with .565. . . . The Isotopes return home to play the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) in a four-game series. The Isotopes have yet to announce who will start Game 1, but it might be Doug Bochtler (5-3, 5.37) coming out of the bullpen again since he has filled that spot in the rotation the last two times. Edmonton is expected to counter with the South Korean Seung Song (1-0, 1.50).

Allen Back to "Topes

The Florida Marlins late Thursday purchased the contract of infielder Miguel Cabrera from Class-AA Carolina Mudcats and optioned outfielder Chad Allen to the Isotopes. Allen led the Isotopes in batting and was among the PCL League Leaders in batting when he was promoted to the Marlins in mid- May. Allen currently has a 11-game hitting streak to try to extend. With the Marlins, Allen appeared in 11 games, hitting .190 with a run, no homers or runs batted in, and he did not steal a base. There has yet to be an announcement what the Isotopes will do in order to make room on the active roster for Allen.
Filed 06/19/2003

June 19, 2003 DH Game 2 - Isotopes (35-39)

Sky Sox Stadium, Colorado Springs ======================= Albuquerque 000 000 2 -- 2 6 1 Colorado Springs 000 300 x -- 3 6 1 WP: Randy Flores (6-4) LP: Justin Wayne (2-5) SV: Chris Michalak (1) TIME: 2:00 ATT: 3,175 In the makeup for a game postponed on Tuesday June 17th due to rain and wet grounds, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) held off the Isotopes 3-2. The Isotopes have only lost three of their last eight games. In the 4th inning, Garrett Atkins doubled to lead off the inning. Mandy Romero singled to plate Atkins. Ben Petrick walked and Luke Allen reached on a fielder's choice. Choo Freeman singled to score Romero and Luis Lopez singled to score Petrick as the Sky Sox took a 3-0 lead. In the 7th inning, the Isotopes rallied. Wilson Valdez singled and scored on Chris Wakeland's double. Gerald Williams singled and stole second base before Kevin Hooper grounded out to score Wakeland. Williams moved to third on another groundout, Robert Stratton was intentionally walked, and Paul Hoover struck out to end the game with Williams only 90 feet away with the tying run. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-4 (.265) Wilson Valdez 2-3 (.306), R (13) Robert Stratton 0-1 (.252), 3 BB (21) Justin Wayne (L, 2-5) 6 IP (68), 6 H (64), 3 R (34), 3 ER (25), 1 BB (22), 3 K (32) (Season ERA: 3.31) 'Topes Notes: Chris Ashby extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his second inning double. Matt Erickson's 5-game hitting streak came to an end. . . . Justin Wayne has pitched the only Isotope complete game of the season to date, albeit a shorter game due to doubleheader rules. . . . The Isotopes and Sky Sox have played three doubleheaders this season. The Sky Sox swept the first one and the teams split the other two. . . . After today's doubleheader, the Isotopes find themselves 4.5 games back of the PCL Central Division leader Sky Sox. . . . Colorado Springs manager Rick Sofield was ejected from the game in the 7th inning, making it both games of the doubleheader that he was ejected for arguing calls. . . . Pitching probables for the last game in the series are Scott Sanders (2-2, 1.98) for the Isotopes and Chris Gissell (3-0, 3.66) for the Sky Sox.

Wakeland Reinstated

OF Chris Wakeland was reinstated from the suspended list between games of the doubleheader.
Filed 06/19/2003

June 19, 2003 DH Game 1 - Isotopes (35-38)

Sky Sox Stadium, Colorado Springs ======================= Albuquerque 010 105 0 -- 7 8 1 Colorado Springs 101 100 0 -- 3 7 1 WP: Nate Bump (5-5) LP: Corey Vance (8-5) SV: Vladimir Nuñez (3) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (25) off Corey Vance in the 2nd inning TIME: 2:26 In the first game of a doubleheader, the regularly schedule game for Thursday, the Isotopes rallied in the 6th inning to defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 7-3. The Sky Sox did not waste any time getting a run in the 1st inning. Ronnie Belliard led off with an infield single, moved to third base on two groundouts and scored on Raul Casanova's infield single. The Isotopes tied it up at 1-1 in the 2nd inning as Robert Stratton blasted his minor-league leading 25th home run of the season. In the 3rd inning, Belliard led off with a double and eventually scored on Garrett Atkins' sacrifice flyout as the Sky Sox regained the lead at 2-1. With two outs in the 4th inning, Paul Hoover walked, Chris Ashby singled, and Matt Treanor singled scoring Hoover as the Isotopes tied the game at 2-2. Chad Allen singled, stole second base and scored on Choo Freeman's single as the Sky Sox took a 3-2 lead in their half of the 4th inning. Stratton led off the 6th inning with a walk, Ashby singled, and Treanor was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wilson Valdez's push bunt scored Stratton to tie the game at 3-3. Sky Sox manager Rick Sofield was ejected from the game when he argued that Treanor inteferred with Sky Sox 2nd baseman David Newhan who was fielding the push bunt. Pinch-hitter Anthony Iapoce's grounder to the shortstop was thrown to home plate to force out Ashby. Gerald Williams doubled, a sinking liner to right field, to plate Treanor, Valdez, and Iapoce. Williams stole third and scored on Kevin Hooper's single to right field to make it 7-3 Isotopes. Hooper tried to extend his single to a double but was thrown out at second base to end the inning. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.269), RBI (28), K (23) Wilson Valdez 1-2 (.295), R (12), RBI (8), BB (6) Robert Stratton 1-2 (.253), 2 R (44), RBI (56), HR (25), 2 BB (18), K (99) Nate Bump (W, 5-5) 5 IP (78 1/3), 6 H (82), 3 R (47), 3 ER (42), 1 BB (24), 1 K (46) (Season ERA: 4.83) Vladimir Nuñez (SV, 3) 2 IP (33 1/3), 1 H (34), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (27) (Season ERA: 6.21) 'Topes Notes: Chris Ashby extended his hitting streak to 12 games, which is the longest hitting streak this season for any Isotope player. He had a 1-game hitting streak before his transfer to Class AA Carolina and then has hit in 11 games since being transferred back to Albuquerque from Carolina.

June 18, 2003 - Isotopes (34-38)

Sky Sox Stadium, Colorado Springs ======================== Albuquerque 000 00(11) 000 -- 11 16 5 Colorado Springs 011 50 0 010 -- 8 14 2 WP: Sean Bergman (1-7) LP: Brian Smith (0-4) SV: Mike Judd (2) HR: CSP Raul Casanova (4) off Sean Bergman in the 2nd inning ABQ Robert Stratton (24) off Jason Young in the 6th inning TIME: 3:46 ATT: 2,015 The Isotopes utilized a 15-batter, 11-run inning as they defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 11-8 in the first game of the series. With the victory, the Isotopes are 4.5 games back of the PCL Central Division leader Sky Sox. In the 2nd inning, Colorado Springs' Raul Casanova solo-homered as the Sky Sox took a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd inning, David Newhan reached on an error and later scored on Garrett Atkins' infield single as the Sky Sox led 2-0. In the 4th inning, Gabe Kapler reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Jason Young's double. Newhan doubled to score Young. Pablo Ozuna reached on an error and Rene Reyes singled to score Newhan. Atkins walked to load the bases and Casanova sacrifice flied out to score Ozuna. Reyes scored the final run of the inning on an error. In the 6th inning, Robert Stratton belted his minor-league leading 24th home run of the season. Paul Hoover and Matt Erickson singled and Wilson Valdez walked to load the bases. Anthony Iapoce singled to drive in Hoover. Pinch-hitter Chris Ashby singled to score Erickson and Valdez. Gerald Williams singled and Kevin Hooper singled to score Iapoce. As Reyes was fielding Hooper's single, Reyes bobbled the ball and Ashby scored on the error. While Stratton was at the plate, Williams and Hooper executed a double-steal and Stratton sacrifice flied out to score Williams to tie the game. Hoover reached on an infleld hit to plate Hooper. Matt Erickson reached on a two-base error that scored Hoover. Valdez singled to score Erickson and Iapoce tripled off the right-field wall to score Valdez as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in their 11-run inning. In the 8th inning, Reyes and Atkins singled and Casanova walked to load the bases. Luke Allen drew a walk to drive in Reyes. Sean Bergman started for the Isotopes and went 5 innings, giving up 7 runs (4 earned) and 10 hits. He earned his first victory in 15 starts. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 2-6 (.270), R (39), RBI (27), SB (11) Wilson Valdez 2-3 (.291), 2 R (11), RBI (7), 2 SB (10), 2 BB (5) Robert Stratton 1-4 (.251), R (42), 2 RBI (55), HR (24), K (98) 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque's 11-run 6th inning ties a franchise record for the most runs scored in a single inning. The record was previously set on April 13, 2003 at Isotopes Park against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in an 18-10 Isotopes victory. . . . Albuquerque also set a franchise record for errors in a game with five. . . . After tonight's game at Colorado Springs, the Isotopes are at the halfway point of their marathon 2003 season. Their overall record is 34-38 with a home record of 21-15 and a road record of 13-23. The record against division opponents is 12-9. . . . Chris Ashby extended his hitting streak to 10 games while Derek Wathan's 7-game hitting streak ended. . . . The Pacific Coast League has named Wilkin Ruan of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) the Hitter of the Week. Ruan hit .516 with 8 runs scored, 3 stolen bases, and a .545 on-base percentage for the week. He had four straight multi-hit games. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Lindsay Gulin of the Las Vegas 51s. He threw a no-hitter against the Tacoma Rainiers. The no hitter was the second one hurled in the league this season. He walked four and struck out seven in the contest. . . . The Sky Sox and Isotopes meet in a doubleheader tomorrow to make up the rained out game from Tuesday as well as play the regularly scheduled game. Game 1 probables are Nate Bump (4-5, 4.79) for the Isotopes and Corey Vance (8-4, 3.83) for the Sky Sox. Game 2 probables are Justin Wayne (2-4, 3.19) for the 'Topes and Randy Flores (5-4, 4.73) for the Sky Sox.

Treanor Activated from DL

Catcher Matt Treanor was reinstated from the minor league disabled list. He had been on the DL with a shoulder injury.
Filed 06/18/2003

June 17, 2003 - Postponed

The first game of the series between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) was postponed due to rain and wet grounds. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday June 19. Pitching probables for Wednesday's game are Sean Bergman (0-7, 5.31) for the Isotopes and Jason Young (5-2, 3.12) for the Sky Sox.

Neal Promoted, Wakeland Suspended?

The Florida Marlins placed reliever Tim Spooneybarger on the major league disabled list with right elbow tendinitis and recalled pitcher Blaine Neal from Albuquerque Although nothing official has been transacted, catcher Matt Treanor may take Neal's active roster spot as Treanor should be close to being reinstated from the disabled list. Neal has pitched 16 1/3 innings for the Isotopes, giving up 22 hits and 8 runs (7 earned). He went 2-1 with 6 saves and a 3.86 ERA. Minor League Baseball is reporting that Chris Wakeland was placed on the suspended list. Minor League Baseball a few weeks ago had reported that Wakeland and pitcher Mike Judd were placed on the suspended list, but both players played after that report was released. If Wakeland does not play for the next several games, this current Minor League Baseball report should be correct.
Filed 06/17/2003

June 16, 2003 - Isotopes (33-38)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Portland 322 100 001 -- 9 15 1 Albuquerque 200 000 022 -- 6 9 0 WP: Jaret Wright (1-1) LP: Doug Bochtler (5-3) HR: POR Tagg Bozied (10) off Doug Bochtler in the 1st inning Alex Pelaez (5) off Doug Bochtler in the 1st inning Jaret Wright (1) off Doug Bochtler in the 2nd inning Mark Quinn (7) off Oswaldo Mairena in the 9th inning ABQ Gerald Williams (4) off Courtney Duncan in the 9th inning TIME: 2:59 ATT: 4,957 The Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) made good use of four home runs in defeating the Isotopes 9-6 on Monday evening. There was an exciting start to the contest. Portland's Jermaine Clark led off with a home run just inside the right-field foul pole. After Isotope first-baseman Kevin Barker and pitcher Doug Bochtler disputed the call, the umpires gathered and determined it was a foul ball. Clark lined a pitch to right-center field and raced around the bases. Instead of stopping at third base with a triple, he got greedy and was thrown out at home plate. Khalil Greene singled to left-center before Tagg Bozied belted his 10th home run of the season to left field to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead. Alex Pelaez hit a solo homer of his own, his 5th home run of the season, to extend the lead to 3-0. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Gerald Williams reached on an error. Matt Erickson singled and Derek Wathan flied out before the rains came. After a 54-minute rain delay, Jason Wood lashed a single to right field to score Williams and Erickson. In the 2nd inning, Ben Risinger doubled and Beavers reliever Jaret Wright homered as the Beavers led 5-2. The Beavers extended the lead in the 3rd inning. With two outs, Pelaez doubled and scored on Alex Fernandez's double. Wiki Gonzalez doubled to right-center field to plate Fernandez. The Beavers led 8-2 in the 4th inning. Clark singled, stole second and third bases and scored on Bozied's sacrifice fly to left. In the 8th inning, Erickson led off with a single. Wathan followed with a single up the middle and Wood doubled to left field to score Erickson and Wathan to cut the defecit to four runs at 8-4. Portland's Mark Quinn led off the 9th inning with a solo homer as the Beavers led 9-4. In the 9th inning, Kevin Hooper singled and Williams followed with a home run to left field. Erickson and Wathan walked but Beavers reliever Courtney Duncan was able to work out of trouble to preserve the Beavers victory. Doug Bochtler started for the Isotopes and went 3 innings, giving up 7 runs and 9 hits. He walked 1, struck out 2, and gave up 3 home runs. Marlins Prospect Watch: Jason Wood 2-5 (.290), 4 RBI (49), 2 K (58), 2B (13) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.280), 1 K (11) Kevin Hooper 1-2 (.268), 1 R (38) Robert Stratton 0-1 (.251) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes and Beavers won two games each in the series and will not play each other again in 2003. . . . The 54-minute rain delay in the bottom of the 1st inning was the first rain delay at home this season. . . . The Isotopes drew 67,847 fans for the just-completed homestand. Monday's game completes half of the 2003 home schedule. The Isotopes have drawn 272,972 fans, or an average of 7,378 fans per game. . . . Chris Ashby extended his hitting streak to 9 games and Derek Wathan singled to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . For the series with Portland, the Isotopes hit .333 with 25 runs and 23 runs batted in. For the whole eight-game homestand, the Isotopes hit .343 with 60 runs scored and 55 runs batted in. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Jason Wood. Wood went 7-for-16 (.438) with 3 runs scored and 6 runs batted in. He homered once, doubled twice, and stole a base. His RBI total is now 49, good for sixth place among the league leaders. . . . Albuquerque field staff and players ride a bus to Colorado Springs to start an important four game series. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) lead the Isotopes in the PCL Central Division standings by 5 1/2 games. Pitching probables are Sean Bergman (0-7, 5.31) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be announced for the Sky Sox. Denny Neagle was to have started but he was promoted to the Rockies late Monday evening.

June 15, 2003 - Isotopes (33-37)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Portland 000 001 000 -- 1 7 0 Albuquerque 411 010 00x -- 7 15 1 WP: Scott Sanders (2-2) LP: Dennis Tankersley (4-7) HR: POR Tagg Bozied (9) off Scott Sanders in the 6th inning ABQ Paul Hoover (3) off Dennis Tankersley in the 1st inning TIME: 2:34 ATT: 12,206 Scott Sanders pitched 8 innings of 6-hit, 1-run ball as the Isotopes cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) on Sunday evening. The Isotopes have won six of their last eight games. In the 1st inning, the Isotopes roughed up Beavers starter Dennis Tankersley. Wilson Valdez doubled and scored on Matt Erickson's single. Erickson scored on Chris Wakeland's triple and Paul Hoover followed with a two-run homer to left field as the Isotopes took a 4-0 lead. Albuquerque added to the lead in the 2nd inning. Valdez singled, stole second base, and scored on Erickson's single. Albuquerque made it 6-0 in the 3rd inning. Kevin Barker walked and Anthony Iapoce doubled to put runners on second and third base. Scott Sanders singled to right field to drive in Barker and Iapoce was thrown out at the plate trying to score. In the 5th inning, the Isotopes scored once more. Hoover singled and Barker walked. Portland's Matt Hampton came into the game to relieve Tankersley and Iapoce greeted him with a single to left to score Hoover. Tagg Bozied led off the 6th inning with a home run as the Beavers avoided being shut out. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-5 (.266) Wilson Valdez 2-5 (.292), 2 R (9), 2B (3), SB (8) Jason Wood 1-4 (.288), K (56) Robert Stratton 0-1 (.252), K (97) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (31 1/3), 1 H (33), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 6.61) 'Topes Notes: Scott Sanders struck out 9 Beavers to tie his own franchise record for the most strikeouts by a starting pitcher. His eight innings of work was the longest outing by an Isotope starter this season. . . . Jason Wood has quietly moved up among the league leaders in runs batted in and home runs. Wood's 45 RBI is tied for fifth best in the league and his 12 home runs puts him in a tie for fourth place. . . . Portland's Alex Fernandez went 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts to end his 11-game hitting streak. . . . Kevin Hooper saw his 8-game hitting streak end. . . . Doug Bochtler (5-2, 4.44) will once again come out of the bullpen to make a start for the Isotopes in the final game of the series. Brian Tollberg (0-1, 3.86) is scheduled to start for the Beavers.

June 14, 2003 - Isotopes (32-37)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Portland 010 000 045 -- 10 12 0 Albuquerque 000 000 010 -- 1 10 2 WP: Carlton Loewer (6-2) LP: Justin Wayne (2-4) HR: POR Jermaine Clark (3) off Juan Alvarez in the 9th inning Khalil Greene (2) off Juan Alvarez in the 9th inning Alex Pelaez (4) off Juan Alvarez in the 9th inning TIME: 2:56 ATT: 13,012 The Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) used big 8th and 9th innings to defeat the Isotopes 10-1 in front of 13,012 fans at Isotopes Park. In the 2nd inning, Alex Pelaez led off with a single and scored on Alex Fernandez's double as the Beavers took a 1-0 lead. After giving up the run, Isotopes starter Justin Wayne retired 17 of the next 20 batters until he left the game after seven innings. In the 8th inning off Isotope reliever Todd Belitz, Jermaine Clark was hit by a pitch and Khalil Greene singled to left. Tagg Bozied singled to score Clark and Mark Quinn walked to load the bases. Greene was forced out at home plate on Pelaez's fielder's choice. Fernandez's sacrifice fly plated Bozied and Quinn and Pelaez scored on an error as the Beavers scored four runs to take a 5-0 lead. Albuquerque avoided the shutout in the bottom of the 8th inning. Matt Erickson led off with a double and scored on Jason Wood's double. In the 9th inning with Isotopes reliever Juan Alvarez in the contest, Clark led off with a homer and Greene followed with a homer of his own. Bozied walked and Quinn doubled ahead of Pelaez's homer to left field as the Beavers built up a 10-1 lead. Beavers starter Carlton Loewer scattered six hits over six innings and did not allow a run. He struck out five Isotope batters. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 2-4 (.272), 2B (6) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.286) Jason Wood 2-4 (.288), 1 RBI (45), K (55), 2B (12), SB (4) Robert Stratton 0-1 (.254), K (96) Justin Wayne (L, 2-4) 7 IP (62), 5 H (58), 1 R (31), 1 ER (22), 2 BB (21), 5 K (29) (Season ERA: 3.19) 'Topes Notes: The Beavers' Alex Fernandez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a run-scoring double in the 2nd inning. . . . As a followup to last night's game summary, Mike Bynum left the game after two innings due to shoulder tightness. . . . Robert Stratton appeared as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning and struck out. . . . 13,012 fans sets a new Isotopes Park attendance record, previously set on May 30, 2003 of 12,415 fans. . . . Wilson Valdez's 7-game hit streak came to an end. Chris Ashby and Kevin Hooper extended their hitting streaks to 8 games and Derek Wathan extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Sacramento's (AAA Athletics) Graham Koonce moved ahead of Robert Stratton for the league lead in runs batted in. Koonce now has 55 RBI while Dave McCarty of Sacramento moved into a second-place tie with Robert Stratton at 53 RBI. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Scott Sanders (1-2, 2.22) for the Isotopes and Dennis Tankersley (4-6, 4.39) for the Beavers.

June 13, 2003 - Isotopes (32-36)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Portland 003 103 002 -- 9 13 3 Albuquerque 033 200 03x -- 11 14 1 WP: Nate Bump (4-5) LP: Jaret Wright (0-1) SV: Blaine Neal (6) HR: POR Tagg Bozied (8) off Nate Bump in the 3rd inning Mark Quinn (6) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 6th inning ABQ Jason Wood (12) off Mike Bynum in the 2nd inning TIME: 3:22 ATT: 9,268 The Isotopes scored often in the earlier innings and held off a 9th inning Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) rally to win 11-9 at "The Lab". The Isotopes have won five of their last six games and are making a good run towards getting their season record to the .500 level. In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood led off with a homer to left field. Paul Hoover singled and Anthony Iapoce was hit by a pitch to set the stage for a two-run single by Isotopes starter Nate Bump as the Isotopes built a 3-0 lead. In the 3rd inning, the Beavers would answer with three runs of their own to tie the game. Yamid Haad led the inning off with a triple and scored on pinch-hitter Bernie Castro's groundout. Jermaine Clark singled up the center, stole second base and scored on Tagg Bozied's homer to left field. In the Isotopes half of the 3rd inning, Derek Wathan singled and stole second and third base. Jason Wood walked and advanced to second on a Chris Ashby's misplayed ground ball. Second baseman Jermaine Clark's flip to shortstop Khalil Greene was too late for the forceout at second base and the official scorer ruled it an error. Ashby reached first base and Wathan scored on the play. Hoover singled to center field to score Wood. Ashby advanced to third on a double play groundout and scored on Iapoce's bunt single as the Isotopes built a 6-3 lead. In the 4th inning, Rich Gomez walked, stole second base and scored on Haad's single to the left field corner to cut the defecit to two runs at 6-4. Albuquerque answered with two runs in their half of the 4th inning. Wood singled, moved to third on Greene's misplay of Ashby's grounder for an error, and scored on a wild pitch. Ashby, meanwhile, stole second and third base and scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes extended their lead to 8-4. In the 6th inning with two outs, Gomez and Haad singled and pinch-hitter Mark Quinn followed with a homer to left-center field as the Beavers only trailed by a run at 8-7. The Isotopes gave themselves a little breathing room in the bottom of the 8th inning. With one out, Kevin Hooper doubled and Wathan walked. Wood flied out and Ashby followed with a single to left to plate Hooper. Paul Hoover doubled to score Wathan and Ashby as the Isotopes led 11-7. In the 9th inning, Oswaldo Mairena came into the game. Ben Risinger greeted him with a single to left field and moved to second base on a passed ball. Clark singled up the middle as Risinger moved to third base. Greene flied out to center for the first out and Bozied singled up the middle to score Risinger. Blaine Neal relieved Mairena and promptly gave up a single to Mario Valdez to score Clark before striking out Alex Pelaez and getting Alex Fernandez to fly out to end the threat as well as the game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-5 (.268), R (37), 2B (5) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.299), BB (3) Jason Wood 2-3 (.284), 3 R (41), RBI (44), HR (12), 2 BB (20) Nate Bump (W, 4-5) 5 2/3 IP (73 1/3), 7 H (76), 6 R (44), 6 ER (39), 1 BB (23), 5 K (45), 1 HR (4) (Season ERA: 4.79) Vladimir Nuñez 2 1/3 IP (30 1/3), 2 H (32), 1 R (23), 1 ER (23), 1 BB (9), 3 K (24), 1 HR (7) (Season ERA: 6.82) Blaine Neal (S,6) 2/3 IP (16 1/3), 1 H (22), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (9) (Season ERA: 3.86) 'Topes Notes: Robert Stratton, the PCL League Leader in Home Runs, Runs Batted In, and Strikeouts, is day-to-day with a right quadricep muscle strain. He may pinch-hit for several games before going back to playing in the field. . . . The Isotopes were to face Portland's Oliver Perez later in the series but that will not happen as Perez was just recalled by the Padres. . . . Beavers starter Mike Bynum seemed to prematurely leave the game. He pitched two innings and was pinch-hit for in the third inning. No reason has been given for why Bynum left the game so early. . . . Dean Treanor was notified by the PCL Office on Friday that he will be suspended one game for his antics on Tuesday evening. On Tuesday, Treanor was ejected by home plate umpire Matt Schaeffer for arguing balls and strikes. He proceeded to kick a few particles of dirt on home plate as well as throw a sports drink jug on the field as he made his way to the home clubhouse. Treanor will serve his one-game suspension on Saturday evening. . . . With his sixth save, Blaine Neal has moved into a ninth-place tie among league leaders in saves. . . . Jason Wood has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. Gerald Williams' 7-game hitting streak ended, while Kevin Hooper, Wilson Valdez and Chris Ashby extended their hitting streaks to 7 games. . . . Portland's Alex Fernandez extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . Isotope fans unable to receive radio station KNML-AM 610 can listen to the next three Beavers broadcasts by logging onto www.oregonlive.com. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Justin Wayne (2-3, 3.44) for the Isotopes and Carlton Loewer (5-2, 4.50) for the Beavers.

June 12, 2003 - Isotopes (31-36)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Oklahoma 400 100 220 -- 9 10 0 Albuquerque 001 031 32x -- 10 12 0 WP: Blaine Neal (2-1) LP: Dan Murray (3-6) HR: OKL Dave Meliah (5) off Sean Bergman in the 4th inning Gerald Laird (3) off Mike Judd in the 8th inning ABQ Chris Wakeland (7) off Jamey Wright in the 5th inning TIME: 3:03 ATT: 5,765 The Albuquerque Isotopes rallied twice in the later innings of the game as they defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 10-9. The Isotopes have won four out of their last five games. In the 1st inning, Isotopes starter Sean Bergman gave up a double to Cole Liniak and walked Ryan Ludwick and Marcus Thames to load the bases. Jason Jones doubled to right-center field to clear the bases. Dave Meliah singled to plate Jones as the Redhawks built a 4-0 lead. In the 3rd inning, Matt Erickson singled and scored on Wilson Valdez's double down the third base line. In the 4th inning, Meliah solo-homered to make it 5-1 Redhawks. In the 5th inning, Chris Wakeland solo-homered and Kevin Hooper two-run tripled as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 5-4. In the 6th inning, the Isotopes tied the game. Jason Wood doubled and later scored on Wakeland's infield groundout. It did not take long for Oklahoma to regain the lead. In the 7th inning, Gerald Laird tripled and Danny Ardoin walked. Laird scored on Jeff Pickler's groundout. Ludwick walked and Jason Hart singled to plate Ardoin as the Redhawks led 7-5. In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Isotopes took the lead at 8-7. Gerald Williams infield singled and Hooper reached on a fielder's choice. Derek Wathan singled to left to score Williams. Hooper and Wathan advanced a base on a wild pitch before Jason Wood walked to load the bases. Chris Ashby singled to score Hooper and Wathan. Once again, the Redhawks regained the lead in the 8th inning. With Jones on base, Laird homered to give the Redhawks a 9-8 lead. In the bottom of the 8th, the Isotopes came up with the final rally that would earn them the victory. Erickson singled and Valdez reached on a bunt single. Wathan walked to load the bases for Wood, who promptly singled to center to score Erickson and Valdez. Bergman went 6 innings, giving up 7 runs and 7 hits. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-5 (.269), 1 R (36), 2 RBI (26), 3B (1), 2 K (22) Wilson Valdez 3-3 (.301), 2 R (7), 1 RBI (6), 2B (2), BB (2), SB (7) Blaine Neal (W, 2-1) 1 1/3 IP (15 2/3), 1 H (21), 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (10), 1 K (8) (Season ERA: 4.02) 'Topes Notes: Oklahoma and Albuquerque have played the last game of the season in Albuquerque. Both teams will play one more four- game series in Oklahoma in August. . . . Albuquerque took the just- completed series three games to one. . . . Sean Bergman has now made 14 starts without earning a victory. He has lost 7 games and received no decision in 7 others. . . . Several Isotopes extended hitting streaks in the contest. Gerald Williams has a 7-game hitting streak, while Wilson Valdez, Chris Ashby, and Kevin Hooper have 6-game hitting streaks. . . . Minor League Baseball reported that Chris Wakeland and Mike Judd were both placed on the suspended list. That report may not have been true as both Wakeland and Judd have played since the report. . . . Despite offense woes on the road, the Isotopes have once again proved that they unpack their lumber when they come home. In the series against Oklahoma, the Isotopes hit .353 with 35 runs and 32 runs batted in. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series is Gerald Williams. He hit .500 for the series with 6 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. He belted a pair of homers, and doubled twice. . . . Albuquerque opens up a series with the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) at "The Lab". Nate Bump (3-5, 4.39) is expected to start for the Isotopes and the Beavers are expected to counter with Mike Bynum (4-2, 4.08).

June 11, 2003 - Isotopes (30-36)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Oklahoma 100 006 301 -- 11 15 1 Albuquerque 001 101 011 -- 5 8 1 WP: Robert Ellis (2-7) LP: Doug Bochtler (5-2) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (23) off Robert Ellis in the 4th Inning TIME: 2:50 ATT: 11,023 The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) used a big sixth inning to take the lead and put the game away as they defeated the Isotopes 11-5 on 50-cent hot dog night at "The Lab". In the 1st inning, Jeff Pickler greeted Isotopes starter Doug Bochtler with a double and Cole Liniak followed with a double to plate Pickler as the Redhawks built a speedy 1-0 lead. The Isotopes tied the game in the 3rd inning when Derek Wathan singled and took the lead in the 4th inning when Robert Stratton belted his league-leading 23rd home run. In the 6th inning, Marcus Thames' run-scoring double tied the game at 2-2. The Redhawks took the lead on Dave Meliah's sacrifice-fly popup into foul territory and Danny Ardoin and Cole Liniak drove in two runs each to help the Redhawks build a 7-2 lead. Albuquerque's Paul Hoover sacrifice-flied out in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Redhawks extended the lead to 10-3 in the top of the 7th inning on a run scoring double by Jason Jones and run-scoring singles by Meliah and Gerald Laird. In the 8th inning, Stratton doubled and scored on Paul Hoover's double as the Redhawks led 10-4. The Redhawks closed out their scoring in the top of the 9th inning when Jones doubled and scored on Ardoin's double. The Isotopes finished out their scoring in the game when Gerald Williams doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a throwing error on the same play. Bochtler pitched 5 innings, giving up 7 hits and 5 runs. Juan Alvarez came into the game in the 6th inning and he pitched 2 innings, giving up 5 hits and 5 runs (4 earned). Marlins Prospect Watch: Wilson Valdez 1-3 (.275), K (10) 'Topes Notes: Jason Wood's 11-game hitting streak came to an end while Gerald Williams extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . The Pacific Coast League has named their Players of the Week. The Hitter of the Week is Colorado Springs' (AAA Rockies) Rene Reyes. Reyes hit .478 for the week with 9 RBI. Six of those RBI came in a game against the Redhawks on June 8. The Pitcher of the Week is Tacoma's (AAA Mariners) Craig Anderson. Anderson has won the award for the second time this season. He threw a complete-game shutout against the Las Vegas 51's (AAA Dodgers) to earn the award. . . . Pitching probables for the last game of the series are Sean Bergman (0-7, 4.89) for the Isotopes and Jamey Wright (2-1, 2.73) for the Redhawks.

June 10, 2003 - Isotopes (30-35)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Oklahoma 002 000 040 -- 6 15 2 Albuquerque 100 400 11x -- 7 10 0 WP: Blaine Neal (1-1) LP: Reggie Rivard (0-1) TIME: 2:54 ATT: 4,662 In the third game of the series, the Isotopes blew a 6-2 lead but scored a run when it counted most as they defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 7-6. The three-game winning streak matches the longest winning streak of the season. In the 1st inning, Gerald Williams led off with a double, moved to third on an error and scored on Derek Wathan's fielder's choice as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead. The Redhawks took the lead in the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Gerald Laird scored on Ryan Ludwick's double-play grounder and Jason Hart singled to plate Jeff Pickler. The Isotopes would regain the lead in the 4th inning. Wathan walked and Jason Wood singled. Chris Ashby singled to score Wathan. Chris Wakeland was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Matt Erickson was hit by a pitch to score Wood. Gerald Williams singled to score Ashby and Wakeland as the Isotopes built a 5-2 lead. Wathan tripled and scored on an error to extend the 'Topes lead to 6-2 in the 7th inning. In the 8th inning, Marcus Thames reached on an infield single and Jason Jones doubled to right field. Cole Liniak drove them both home with a single. Laird singled and Pickler doubled to the left field corner to score Liniak and Laird. In the bottom of the 8th with the bases loaded, Kevin Hooper's infield single scored Wakeland with the eventual game-winning run. Scott Sanders went 6 innings, giving up 7 hits and 2 runs. He struck out 9 Redhawks to set a season best for strikeouts by an Isotopes pitcher in a game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.271), 1 RBI (24) Blaine Neal (W, 1-1) 1 1/3 IP (14 1/3), 3 H (20), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR (Season ERA: 4.40) 'Topes Notes: Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 11 games, tied for the longest hitting streak in franchise history. Kevin Hooper, Chris Ashby, and Gerald Williams each have 5-game hitting streaks. . . . This series features the top two home run hitters in the PCL. Albuquerque's Robert Stratton has 22 homers, while Oklahoma's Ryan Ludwick has 14 homers. . . . After tonight's action, the Isotopes find themselves 6 games behind PCL Central Division leader Colorado Springs (AAA Rockies). . . . Ryan Christenson has extended his Redhawk hitting streak to 12 games. It was at 11 games when he got promoted to the Rangers and then this evening in his first game back in the minors, he singled in the 1st inning. . . . Due to the major league promotion of Kevin Olsen, the Isotopes have yet to name a starter for Game 3 of the series. Robert Ellis (1-7, 6.36) is scheduled to pitch for the Redhawks.

Wakeland, Judd Placed on Suspended List

Outfielder Chris Wakeland and pitcher Mike Judd have both been placed on the suspended list. It has not been disclosed yet for what reasons Wakeland and Judd ended up on the suspended list. In a followup to an item posted earlier today, the Florida Marlins decided to option (rather than outright) pitcher Vladimir Nuñez to Albuquerque. Kevin Olsen was recalled by the Marlins to set the stage for Nuñez to return to the Isotopes.
Filed 06/10/2003

Olsen Expected to Join Marlins

It is expected that the Florida Marlins today will recall starting pitcher Kevin Olsen. Vladimir Nuñez has been struggling with the Marlins since his recall last week and the Marlins are deciding if they are going to option him to Albuquerque or if they will outright him to the Isotopes. Olsen made seven starts for the Isotopes, compiling a 2-1 record with a 2.11 ERA. He pitched 38 1/3 innings, giving up 36 hits, 12 runs, 9 earned runs, 7 walks and 28 strikeouts. Nuñez, meanwhile, has pitched one inning in two appearances since the recall to the Marlins, giving up 3 hits, 3 runs (all earned) and two walks. His ERA is 27.00.
Filed 06/10/2003

June 9, 2003 - Isotopes (29-35)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Oklahoma 072 000 100 -- 10 12 1 Albuquerque 201 303 04x -- 13 19 2 WP: Todd Belitz (1-0) LP: Dan Murray (3-5) SV: Blaine Neal (5) HR: OKL Marcus Thames (1) off Justin Wayne in the 3rd inning ABQ Gerald Williams (2) off C.J. Nitkowski in the 1st inning Jason Wood (11) off C.J. Nitkowski in the 1st inning Gerald Williams (3) off C.J. Nitkowski in the 3rd inning Robert Stratton (22) off Dan Murray in the 8th inning TIME: 3:07 ATT: 6,954 Albuquerque rallied from a 9-2 defecit at one point in the game to defeat the Oklahoma Redhawks 13-10 in the first game of the homestand at "The Lab". Gerald Williams and Jason Wood each solo-homered in the 1st inning as the Isotopes took a quick 2-0 lead. The lead did not last very long. In the 2nd inning, the Redhawks scored seven unearned runs to take a 7-2 lead. Jason Jones reached on an error and Marcus Thames walked. Gerald Laird two-run doubled to plate Jones and Thames. Danny Ardoin walked and Jeff Pickler reached base on a comeback line drive to the pitcher. Cole Liniak doubled to drive in Laird, Ardoin and Pickler. Ryan Ludwick's run-scoring single drove in Liniak and Jason Hart singled to score Ludwick. Thames, recently traded from the Yankees to the Rangers and sent to Oklahoma, two-run homered to extend the Redhawk lead to 9-2 in the 3rd inning. Albuquerque came up with a run in their half of the 3rd inning as Williams solo-homered again. In the 4th inning, Chris Wakeland walked, Chris Ashby and Wilson Valdez both infield singled to load up the bases. Kevin Hooper's infield single plated Wakeland and Derek Wathan two-run singled to score Ashby and Valdez as the 'Topes trailed 9-6. The Isotopes tied up the game at 9-9 in the 6th ininng. Ashby, Valdez and Williams all singled to load up the bases. Hooper singled to right to score Ashby and Valdez and Williams scored on a throwing error as Wathan reached first base. The Redhawks regained the lead in the 7th inning. Ludwick singled and scored on Hart's single. In the 8th inning, Wathan and Wood singled. Robert Stratton three-run homered, his league-leading 22nd homer, as the Isotopes took a 12-10 lead. Paul Hoover tripled and scored on Ashby's double to left field to make it 13-10. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 2-5 (.271), 3 RBI (23) Wilson Valdez 2-5 (.273), 2 R (5) Justin Wayne 6 IP (55), 8 H (53), 9 R (30), 2 ER (21), 2 BB (19), 4 K (24), 1 HR (3) (Season ERA: 3.44) Blaine Neal (S, 5) 1 IP (13), 1 H (17), 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (9), 2 K (7) (Season ERA: 4.85) 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque's pitching staff had gone 11 games (since May 28th) without allowing a home run until tonight. . . . Rick Sweet of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) has been named the manager of the PCL squad at the AAA All-Star Game to be played July 16th at Autozone Park in Memphis. Dyar Miller of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) will be the pitching coach and Jim Eppard of the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) will be the hitting coach. . . . Isotope fans unable to receive radio station KNML-AM 610 can listen to Redhawk broadcasts of the games against the Isotopes by logging onto sportsjuice.com . . . Jason Wood has now hit in 10 straight games. . . . Robert Stratton propelled into the league lead in runs batted in. He has 52 RBI. Dave McCarty of Sacramento (AAA Athletics) has 51 and Ryan Ludwick of the Redhawks has 50. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Scott Sanders (1-2, 2.01) for the Isotopes and Ryan Drese (2-2, 7.27) for the Redhawks.

June 8, 2003 - Isotopes (28-35)

Raley Field, Sacramento =================== Albuquerque 000 011 010 -- 3 6 0 Sacramento 000 001 100 -- 2 8 2 WP: Oswaldo Mairena (3-1) LP: Jeremy Fikac (2-1) SV: Blaine Neal (4) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (21) off Justin Duchscherer in the 6th inning TIME: 3:03 ATT: 13,964 The Albuquerque Isotopes hung on to defeat the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to close out a roadtrip. In the 5th inning, the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead. Chris Ashby singled and Wilson Valdez followed with a double to drive in Ashby. Albuquerque extended the lead to 2-0 in the 6th inning as Robert Stratton hit a home run that stayed just to the fair side of the left-field foul pole. It was Stratton's league-leading 21st home run. Isotopes starter Nate Bump ran into trouble in the bottom of the 6th inning. Dave McCarty and Mike Edwards singled. Mark Johnson grounded into a double play to move McCarty to third base. Bobby Crosby and Luis Lopez both drew walks to load the bases. Mike Judd came in to relieve Bump and walked Chris Prieto to plate McCarty before Esteban German struck out to end the inning. In the 7th inning, Sacramento tied the game at 2-2. Jose Flores led off the inning with a walk, stole second, and scored on Edwards single up the middle. Albuquerque regained the lead in the 8th inning. Gerald Williams led off with a double and scored on Kevin Hooper's single up the middle. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.275), 1 RBI (20) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.243), 1 RBI (5), 1 K (9), 2B (1) Nate Bump 5 2/3 IP (67 2/3), 7 H (69), 1 R (38), 1 ER (33), 4 BB (22), 0 K (Season ERA: 4.39) Blaine Neal (S, 4) 2/3 IP (12), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 5.25) 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque and Sacramento played the last game of the season against each other. The River Cats and Isotopes each took two games in the season series. . . . For the roadtrip, the Isotopes won 3 games and lost 5 games. . . . Compared to the prior roadtrip swing through Memphis and Nashville, the Isotopes offense was a little better. The Isotopes hit .231 with 10 runs and 10 runs batted in their series with the River Cats and .230 with 27 runs and 27 runs batted in during their California road trip. If the Isotopes could hit better on the road, they should be able to do better than being 11 games under .500 on the road. . . . Despite the loss on Sunday, Sacramento continues to have the best record in the Pacific Coast League at 41-22. . . . Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 9 games with a single in the 4th inning. Derek Wathan saw his hitting streak end at 6 games. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page players of the Series are Jason Wood and Kevin Olsen. Wood went 5-for-15 (.333) with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. He homered, doubled, and stole a base as well as hit safely in every game in the series. Olsen pitched a great game in Game 2 of the series, going 7 innings while giving up 2 hits and no runs to set the tone with Blaine Neal in hurling a shutout against the River Cats. . . . Pitching probables for the first game of the series with the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) at Isotopes Park are Justin Wayne (2-3, 3.49) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for the Redhawks.

Bump Returns from Disabled List

P Nate Bump was activated from the minor league disabled list and started against the Sacramento River Cats on Sunday. He had been on the disabled list with a blister. P Marc Wilkins was released to make room on the active roster for Bump. Wilkins appeared in 20 games for the Isotopes with two of those being starts. He compiled a 1-1 record with a save and an ERA of 6.75.
Filed 06/08/2003

June 7, 2003 - Isotopes (27-35)

Raley Field, Sacramento ================== Albuquerque 000 200 000 -- 2 11 3 Sacramento 032 001 00x -- 6 8 0 WP: Erik Hiljus (7-4) LP: Sean Bergman (0-7) HR: ABQ Jason Wood (10) off Erik Hiljus in the 4th inning TIME: 3:04 ATT: 14,611 The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-2 on Saturday evening. In the 2nd inning, Graham Koonce walked, Mike Edwards singled and Bobby Crosby's bloop single scored Koonce. Chris Prieto tripled to score Edwards and Crosby as the River Cats built a 3-0 lead. In the 3rd inning, the River Cats extended the lead to 5-0. Jose Flores walked, Jason Grabowski reached on an error and Edwards walked to load the bases. Crosby singled to plate Flores and Grabowski. In the 4th inning, the Isotopes got their only runs of the game. Derek Wathan singled and Jason Wood followed with a two- run homer to left field. Sacramento closed out the scoring in the 6th inning. Esteban German reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base, took third base on catcher Paul Hoover's throwing error and scored on Flores' single. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-5 (.276), SB (10) Wilson Valdez 1-3 (.243), SB (6), 2K (8) 'Topes Notes: Jason Wood homered to extend his hitting streak to 8 games and Derek Wathan reached safely twice to extend his streak to 6 games. . . . Sean Bergman's 7th loss puts him in a tie for second place among the league leaders in losses. He has six other pitchers tied with him. Mike Wuertz of Iowa (AAA Cubs) leads the league with 8 losses. . . . Pitching probables for the last game of the series are Justin Duchscherer (3-2, 2.01) for the River Cats and the Isotopes have yet to name a starter. Nate Bump may come off the disabled list to start or someone may come out of the bullpen to spot start for the 'Topes.

June 6, 2003 - Isotopes (27-34)

Raley Field, Sacramento =================== Albuquerque 020 001 002 -- 5 9 1 Sacramento 000 000 000 -- 0 5 0 WP: Kevin Olsen (2-1) LP: Ed Yarnall (0-1) SV: Blaine Neal (3) TIME: 3:07 ATT: 13,404 Kevin Olsen and Blaine Neal combined on a 5-hit shutout as the Isotopes defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 5-0. In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood doubled to the left field corner and scored on Paul Hoover's double. Hoover scored on Chris Ashby's single to left as the Isotopes took a 2-0 lead. Derek Wathan doubled and scored on Wood's single to left as the Isotopes extended the lead to 3-0 in the 6th inning. The Isotopes loaded the bases with two outs in the 9th inning. Anthony Iapoce drew a walk to score Wilson Valdez and Kevin Barker walked to score Gerald Williams as the Isotopes led 5-0. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-5 (.277), 2B (5), K (20) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.239), R (3), SB (5) Blaine Neal (S, 3) 2 IP (11 1/3), 3 H (16), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (Season ERA: 5.56) 'Topes Notes: The Albuquerque pitching staff has hurled two shutouts this season. No pitcher has a complete game shutout. . . . Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to seven games. . . . The series features the top two league leaders in runs batted in. Dave McCarty of Sacramento is the league leader and Robert Stratton is in a two-way second-place tie. . . . The Albuquerque pitching staff has not given up a homer since May 28th against Colorado Springs, a span of nine games. . . . Isotope fans unable to receive radio station KNML-AM 610 can listen to Sacramento radio broadcasts on the River Cats web site at www.rivercats.com. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Sean Bergman (0-6, 4.76) for the Isotopes and Erik Hiljus (6-4, 5.43) for the River Cats.

June 5, 2003 - Isotopes (26-34)

Raley Field, Sacramento ================== Albuquerque 000 000 000 -- 0 5 0 Sacramento 210 000 00x -- 3 8 0 WP: Rich Harden (6-2) LP: Scott Sanders (1-2) SV: Chad Harville (7) TIME: 2:36 ATT: 12,568 Athletics pitching prospect Rich Harden and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) defeated the Isotopes 3-0. In the 1st inning, Esteban German led off with a double, moved to third on Mike Edwards single, and scored on Jason Grabowski's single. Dave McCarty walked to load the bases and Graham Koonce followed with a sacrifice fly to score Edwards. In the 2nd inning, Mark Johnson doubled and later scored on German's double-play groundout as the River Cats led 3-0. Harden went 6 innings, giving up 4 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 7 Isotope batters. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-4 (.279), BB (16) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.238), SB (4) 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque has been shutout eight times this season. . . . Jason Wood singled to extend his hitting streak to six games. . . . The Pacific Coast League has named their Players of the Week. Chad Hermansen of the Las Vegas 51's (AAA Dodgers) was named the Hitter of the Week. He hit .480 for the week and drove in nine runs. He also homered four times over a three-game stretch. Rafael Soriano of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) was the Pitcher of the Week. In two starts, he combined to go 15 innings while giving up 6 hits and 3 runs while walking 2 batters and he struck out 18. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Kevin Olsen (1-1, 2.59) for the Isotopes and Ed Yarnell (0-0, 3.12) for the River Cats.

Treanor Placed on DL, Nuñez Back in the Big Leagues

Catcher Matt Treanor has been placed on the minor-league disabled list. Outfielder Chris Ashby has been transferred from Class-AA Carolina. Ashby started the season for the Isotopes before being sent to Carolina. At Carolina, Ashby hit .267 with 7 doubles, a triple, 2 homers and 19 RBI in 135 at-bats. Pitcher Juan Alvarez was optioned to Albuquerque from the Florida Marlins. Pitcher Vladimir Nuñez was promoted to the Marlins from Albuquerque. Nuñez made 18 appearances for the Istopes with two of those being starts. He went 2-1 with a save and compiled an ERA of 7.07.
Filed 06/05/2003

June 4, 2003 - Day Off

The Isotopes (and the rest of the Pacific Coast League) have the day off. It is a good time to see who are the active Isotopes team leaders in several categories (with signficant ranking among the PCL league leaders in parenthesis): HITTING (Non-Pitchers) ================= Games - Jason Wood 56 Batting Average - Derek Wathan .315 Runs - Robert Stratton 37 (T-5th) Kevin Hooper 35 (T-7th) Hits - Kevin Hooper 59 Home Runs - Robert Stratton 20 (1st) Jason Wood 9 (T-7th) Runs Batted In - Robert Stratton 48 (T-2nd) Jason Wood 37 (T-8th) Doubles - Derek Wathan 15 (T-6th) Triples - Jason Wood 2 (T-6th) Stolen Bases - Kevin Hooper 9 (T-11th) Walks - Robert Stratton 15 Strikeouts - Robert Stratton 84 (1st) Chris Wakeland 52 (3rd) Jason Wood 43 (T-10th) On-Base Percentage - Matt Treanor .366 PITCHING (Non-Position Players) ======================== Appearances - Starters - Sean Bergman 12 Appearances - Relievers - Oswaldo Mairena 24 ERA - Starters - Scott Sanders 1.13 ERA - Relievers - Oswaldo Mairena 3.49 Wins - Doug Bochtler 5 (T-3rd) Losses - Sean Bergman 6 (T-3rd) Nate Bump 5 (T-4th) Mike Judd 5 (T-4th) Saves - Blaine Neal 2 Shut Outs - None Complete Games - None Hits - Sean Bergman 75 Runs - Sean Bergman 38 Earned Runs - Sean Bergman 36 Home Runs Allowed - Sean Bergman 7 Walks - Sean Bergman 20 Strikeouts - Sean Bergman 46 (T-13th) Hit By Pitch - Marc Wilkins 6 Wild Pitch - Mike Judd 6

June 3, 2003 - Isotopes (26-33)

Grizzlies Stadium, Fresno ================= Albuquerque 000 001 000 0 -- 1 4 0 Fresno 000 000 001 1 -- 2 8 0 WP: Luis Estrella (1-3) LP: Doug Bochtler (5-1) TIME: 2:43 ATT: 5,544 In the final game of the series, the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) outlasted the Isotopes 2-1 in 10 innings. In the top of the 6th inning with two outs, Kevin Hooper walked, moved to third base on Wilson Valdez's single and scored on Derek Wathan's single to right as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Fresno's Jason Ellison singled up the middle to score Carlos Hernandez to tie the game at 1-1 and send it into extra innings. In the 10th inning with the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Trey Lunsford singled to left field to plate Tony Torcato with the game-winning run. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-3 (.284), R (37), BB (15) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.263) Justin Wayne 6 IP (49), 2 H (45), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (20), 0 HR (Season ERA: 3.49) 'Topes Notes: This series was the only series the Grizzlies and Isotopes play this season. The Grizzlies took the series three games to one. . . . Albuquerque is 3-3 in extra-inning games. This contest was the Isotopes first road extra-inning loss. . . . Albuquerque's Jason Wood doubled to extend his hitting streak to 5-games. . . . Fresno's Jason Ellison extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Todd Linden saw his 7-game hitting streak end. . . . Albuquerque batted .228 for the series with 17 runs and 17 runs batted in. So far this batting average is better than it was for the last roadtrip but still well short of the average at Isotopes Park during the last homestand. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Players of the Series are Sean Bergman and Justin Wayne. Both pitched well enough to earn a victory had they both not been victims of poor run support in their starts. Bergman pitched Game 2 of the series and gave up a run and 3 hits in 7 innings. He struck out 7 Grizzlies. Wayne pitched the final game of the series, going 6 innings and giving up no runs and 2 hits. . . . After a day off, the Isotopes travel to Sacramento to play the River Cats (AAA Athletics), the PCL Southern Division leaders. Pitching probables are Scott Sanders (1-1, 1.13) for the Isotopes and Ed Yarnell (0-0, 3.12) for the River Cats.

June 2, 2003 - Isotopes (26-32)

Grizzlies Stadium, Fresno ================= Albuquerque 700 201 003 -- 13 14 1 Fresno 004 010 000 -- 5 10 2 WP: Vladimir Nuñez (2-1) LP: Steve Connelly (3-3) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (20) off Steve Connelly in the 1st inning Matt Erickson (1) off Steve Connelly in the 1st inning Jason Wood (9) off Joe Horgan in the 9th inning Paul Hoover (2) off Joe Horgan in the 9th inning TIME: 2:38 ATT: 4,747 The Albuquerque Isotopes crushed the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 13-5 on Monday evening in Fresno. The Albuquerque Isotopes took a commanding 7-0 lead in the 1st inning. Chris Wakeland singled to drive in Kevin Hooper. Jason Wood's single to left drove in Wilson Valdez and Robert Stratton followed with his league-leading 20th home run, a three- run shot. Paul Hoover singled to left and Matt Erickson two-run homered. In the 3rd inning, Fresno cut into the lead. Carlos Hernandez doubled and Matt Jarvis singled. Jason Ellison's infield base hit scored Hernandez. Todd Linden singled to center. Jarvis held up at third base and Ellison rounded second going for third. Isotope center-fielder Anthony Iapoce's throwing error trying to get one of the Grizzlies out at third resulted in both Jarvis and Ellison scoring and Linden moved to third base. Tony Torcato singled to drive in Linden as the Isotopes led 7-4. In the 4th inning, Isotopes starter Vladimir Nuñez doubled to right field. Kevin Hooper walked and Valdez's sacrifice advanced both runners a base. Wood singled to left to score Nuñez and Hooper as the Isotopes made it 9-4. In the 5th inning with two outs, Linden doubled and scored on Francisco Santos' single. The Isotopes added their tenth run in the 6th inning. Hooper singled and later scored on Wakeland's single. In the 9th inning, the Isotopes added three more runs to make it 13-5. Chris Wakeland doubled and Wood followed with a two-run homer. Hoover solo-homered later in the inning. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-2 (.288), 3 R (36), K (19), 2 BB (14) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.264), R (2) Vladimir Nuñez (W, 2-1) 5 IP (28), 8 H (30), 5 R (22), 5 ER (22), 0 BB, 5 K (21) (Season ERA: 7.07) Blaine Neal 1 IP (9 1/3), 1 H (13), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, K (5) (Season ERA: 6.75) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes set a season-high for road run production with their 13 runs. . . . Every Isotopes starter had at least one hit in the game. . . . Robert Stratton moved into a second-place tie among the league leaders in runs batted in. Dave McCarty of Sacramento (AAA Athletics) leads the league with 50 RBI. Stratton and Jarrod Patterson of Omaha (AAA Royals) have 48 RBI each. . . . Fresno's Cody Ransom saw his 5-game hitting streak end. Todd Linden and Jason Ellison extended their hitting streaks to 7 games. . . . Pitching probables for the last game in the series are Justin Wayne (2-3, 3.98) for the Isotopes and Matt Blank (1-3, 4.79) for the Grizzlies.

Bump to DL, Barker signed

Starting Pitcher Nate Bump has been placed on the minor- league disabled list with a blister. Infielder Kevin Barker was signed to a contract by the Marlins and assigned to Albuquerque. Barker played for the Detroit Tigers in Spring Training but has not seen any regular season action with any major or minor league club. Barker does have major league experience. He was with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1999 and 2000 and the San Diego Padres in 2002. He has 85 games of total major league experience, with a .246 batting average, 8 doubles, no triples, 5 homers, 32 RBI, one streal, 30 walks and 46 strikeouts.
Filed 06/02/2003

June 1, 2003 - Isotopes (25-32)

Grizzlies Stadium, Fresno =================== Albuquerque 000 000 000 -- 0 3 0 Fresno 100 000 04x -- 5 8 2 WP: Brian Powell (4-6) LP: Sean Bergman (0-6) TIME: 2:18 ATT: 5,936 With on-field temperatures reaching 116 degrees on Sunday afternoon, the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) hardly broke a sweat in defeating the Albuquerque Isotopes 5-0. In the 1st inning, Jason Ellison led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Brian Dallimore's groundout as the Grizzlies took a quick 1-0 lead off Isotopes starter Sean Bergman. With Doug Bochter pitching in relief In the 8th inning, Trey Lunsford singled up the middle, moved to second on Clay Bellinger's sacrifice bunt and scored on Jason Ellison's single to right-center field. With the hit-and-run sign on, Todd Linden slapped a single into right field as Ellison advanced to third base. Dallimore's bloop single just inside the right field foul line scored Ellison and moved Linden to second base. Todd Belitz came into relieve Bochtler and Francisco Santos greeted him with a double off the right-field wall to plate Linden and Dallimore. Bergman pitched well enough to get the victory if only he could have received better run support in the game. He went 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, walked 1 and struck out 7. He retired the last 12 consecutive batters he faced and 17 out of the last 18 batters he faced. With Ryan Jensen a last-minute scratch due to a groin strain injury, Brian Powell did an excellent job as a fill-in starter for the Grizzlies. Powell went 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, no runs, a walk, and he struck out 6 Isotopes. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-1 (.286) Wilson Valdez 0-4 (.286), K (6) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes have been shut out seven times this season. . . . The Isotopes chances for tying the game or winning the game were once again doomed by a big inning in the midst of a close game. In Saturday night's contest, Fresno led 3-2 and came up wtih a 7-run 8th inning. In today's contest, Fresno held a 1-0 lead before coming up with a 4-run 8th inning. . . . Bergman's sixth loss moves him into a tie for third place among the league leaders in losses. . . . Fresno's Todd Linden and Jason Ellison reached safely in the contest to extend their hitting streaks to 6 games. Cody Ransom has a 5-game hitting streak. . . . Kevin Hooper went hitless in his pinch- hit at-bat to end a four-game hitting streak. No other Isotopes have significant hitting streaks. . . . Isotope fans unable to receive radio station KNML-AM 610 can listen to the Grizzlies radio broadcasts by logging onto www.fresnogrizzlies.com. . . . The Albuquerque Isotopes are yet to announce who will start Game 3 of the series. Fresno is planning to send Jerome Williams (4-2, 2.68) the mound.

May 31, 2003 - Isotopes (25-31)

Grizzlies Stadium, Fresno ================= Albuquerque 000 110 001 -- 3 10 1 Fresno 000 110 17x -- 10 18 0 WP: Steve Connelly (3-2) LP: Marc Wilkins (1-1) TIME: 2:52 ATT: 10,397 In the first game of the roadtrip, a huge 8th inning doomed the Isotopes as the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) won 10-3. In the 4th inning, Grizzlies starter Jeff Urban walked the bases loaded and Anthony Iapoce sacrifice-flied out to right field to score Robert Stratton. The Grizzlies tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the 4th inning. Brian Dallimore singled to center to score Todd Linden. In the 5th inning, the Isotopes regained the lead as Jason Wood singled to center field to score Derek Wathan. Frenso tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the 5th inning. Jason Ellison singled to center field to plate Cody Ransom. In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Grizzlies took the lead. Tony Torcato singled and later scored on Ransom's bloop single to right field. The Grizzlies blew the game wide open in the 8th inning. Dallimore and Torcato singled and Ransom walked to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Clay Bellinger singled to right field to drive in Dallimore and Torcato. Guillermo Rodriguez singled to score Ransom. Ellison walked. Linden's grounder was fielded by Isotope first baseman Paul Hoover. Hoover was unable to throw the ball properly to Mike Judd covering first base and Bellinger and Rodriguez scored on the hit and error. Dallimore singled to drive in Ellison and Francisco Santos' base hit plated Linden. In the 9th inning, Chris Wakeland sacrifice-flied out to score Anthony Iapoce. Isotopes starter Kevin Olsen gave up 2 runs and 8 hits in 5 innings. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 2-5 (.288) Blaine Neal 1 2/3 IP (8 1/3), 4 H (12), 6 R (8), 5 ER (7), 3 BB (8), K (4) (Season ERA: 7.56) 'Topes Notes: So far so good for hitting this roadtrip. The Isotopes team batting average for the game was .294. . . . Fresno's Todd Linden and Jason Ellison have four-game hitting streaks. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Sean Bergman (0-5, 5.16) for the Isotopes and Ryan Jensen (0-2, 2.92) for the Grizzlies.

May 30, 2003 - Isotopes (25-30)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Colorado Springs 000 000 200 -- 2 8 2 Albuquerque 014 010 01x -- 7 8 2 WP: Scott Sanders (1-1) LP: Chris Michalak (5-5) SV: Oswaldo Mairena (1) HR: ABQ Matt Treanor (4) off Chris Mahalak in the 2nd inning Jason Wood (8) off Chris Michalak in the 3rd inning Robert Stratton (19) off Bobby Bevel in the 8th inning TIME: 2:37 ATT: 12,415 In the last game of the series and the brief homestand, the Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 7-2 in front of 12,415 fans. Matt Treanor solo-homered in the 2nd inning to give the Isotopes a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd inning, Isotope starter Scott Sanders singled and Wilson Valdez walked. Derek Wathan doubled to left field scoring Sanders and Valdez. Jason Wood two-run homered as the Isotopes built a 5-0 lead. The Isotopes made it 6-0 in the 5th inning. Wathan reached on an infield single, moved to second on Wood's single and advanced to third on Robert Stratton's fly out to Sky Sox center-fielder Choo Freeman. Freeman missed the cut-off man and Wathan raced toward home and kicked the ball out of Sky Sox catcher Ben Petrick's glove to score safely. In the 7th inning, the Sky Sox scored twice. Garrett Atkins and David Newhan doubled. Raul Casanova hit a fly ball to center field. Isotope center-fielder Gerald Williams ran up the hill to catch the ball and the ball popped out of his glove. Casanova ended up on second base on the two-base error and Atkins and Newhan scored on the play. In the 8th inning, Robert Stratton belted a solo-homer to close out the scoring. Sanders went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs (0 earned), walked 1 and struck out 6. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-3 (.285) Wilson Valdez 0-3 (.311), R (1), BB (1) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes drew their largest home crowd in franchise history (12,415 fans) on Friday evening. The previous largest attendance was for the Isotopes Park/Franchise Opening Night on April 11th, when 12,215 fans attended. The total season attendance went over the 200,000 mark, to 205,125 with an average of 7,597 per game. . . The Isotopes took four out of the five games in the series with the Sky Sox. . . . Colorado Springs' Jerome Alviso went 0-for-4 to end his 12-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes really enjoy playing at "The Lab". During the last roadtrip, the 'Topes only hit .191 with 8 runs and 6 runs batted in. For the just-completed homestand, the Isotopes fared much better. The team batting average was .301 with 38 runs and 34 runs batted in. Stay tuned to see how they do during a tough road swing in California. . . . The Isotope Unofficial Web Page Players of the Series are Jason Wood, Robert Stratton, and Derek Wathan. Wood went 7-for-19 (.368) with 6 runs scored and 10 RBI. He homered four times and doubled. Stratton went 7-for-18 (.389) with four homers, three doubles, 6 runs scored and 6 RBI. Wathan went 11-for-19 (.579) with 6 runs scored, 7 RBI, 6 doubles and a sacrifice fly. . . . Stratton's homer this evening was his 19th of the season and he continues to lead the league in homers. Dave McCarty of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) and Ryan Ludwick of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) are tied for second place with 13. Stratton is in a tie for second-place in the league in runs batted in with 45. . . . The Isotopes begin a 9-day, 8-game roadtrip. Pitching probables for the first game of the four-game series in Fresno against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) are Kevin Olsen (1-1, 2.39) for the Isotopes and Jeff Urban (3-4, 4.43) for the Grizzlies.

Neal Optioned to Albuquerque

In order to clear a roster spot for the returning-off-the-major- league disabled list starter Mark Redman, the Marlins have optioned P Blaine Neal to Albuquerque. Neal made 13 relief appearances for the Marlins, compiling a 0-0 record with a 7.07 ERA. In 14 innings pitched, he gave up 29 hits, 11 earned runs, walked 7 and struck out 7.
Filed 05/29/2003

Gonzalez Demoted to Carolina

Due to poor hitting, Infielder Adrian Gonzalez has been transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. Gonzalez had sat out the last five games before the transfer. Gonzalez came off the disabled list in early April after having wrist surgery and he hit .216 in 139 at-bats. He scored 17 runs, drove in 18 runs, had five doubles, a triple, a homer, a steal, walked 14 times and struck out 25 times.
Filed 05/29/2003

May 29, 2003 GM2 - Isotopes (24-30)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Colorado Springs 000 000 32 -- 5 8 0 Albuquerque 001 002 00 -- 3 6 0 WP: Matt Miller (2-0) LP: Mike Judd (3-5) SV: Brad Clontz (11) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (18) off Jesus Sanchez in the 6th inning TIME: 2:27 ATT: 8,750 In the second game of the doubleheader, a makeup game for an April 15th postponement at Isotopes Park, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) rallied to tie and then defeat the Isotopes 5-3 in 8 innings to salvage a split of the doubleheader. The loss snapped a three-game Isotope winning streak. In the 3rd inning, Kevin Hooper singled into left field to score Anthony Iapoce as the 'Topes took a 1-0 lead. In the 6th inning with Chris Wakeland on base, Robert Stratton belted his league-leading 18th home run to left-field as the Isotopes built a 3-0 lead. Vladimir Nuñez made his first Isotopes start and had his best outing in an Isotopes uniform. Nuñez and Todd Belitz combined on a no-hitter through 6 innings but things fell apart in the 7th inning. Jerome Alviso led off with a singled to break up the no-hitter. Rene Reyes and Garrett Atkins followed with singles to load the bases. Luke Allen singled to drive in Alviso and Belitz was replaced by Mike Judd. Judd promptly gave up a single to Mandy Romero to score Reyes and Choo Freeman sacrifice-flied out to right field to score Atkins to tie the game at 3-3. With Allen at third base, the suicide squeeze was on and Clint Barmes ended up bunting the ball into the air. Judd caught the ball to record the out and tossed the ball to third baseman Jason Wood to put Allen out to end the inning. In the 8th inning, pinch-hitter Ben Petrick reached on an infield single. Isotope first baseman Derek Wathan disagreed with the umpire's ruling that Petrick was safe at first base and was tossed from the game. David Newhan walked and Reyes singled to load the bases. Off Isotope reliever Marc Wilkins, Allen singled to right field to score Newhan and Reyes before he was thrown out at second base trying to extend the single into a double. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.284), 1 RBI (19), 2 K (18) Wilson Valdez 0-0 (.333) Vladimir Nuñez 5 IP (23), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (8), 2 K (16) (Season ERA: 6.65) 'Topes Notes: The doubleheader was the first home doubleheader in Isotopes history. . . . The doubleheader was also the second one the Isotopes have played this season, both of them against the Sky Sox. The Sky Sox swept the Isotopes on April 26th in Colorado Springs and the two teams split a doubleheader today. . . . Albuquerque is 3-2 in extra-inning games this season. . . . Robert Stratton has moved into a tie for third place in the PCL in runs batted in. With his three in the doubleheader today, he has 44. . . . Two Isotope hitting streaks came to an end -- Jason Wood's 7-game streak and Derek Wathan's 5-game streak. . . . Colorado Springs' Jerome Alviso extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his 7th inning single. . . . Adrian Gonzalez sat out both games of the doubleheader and has not played in five straight games. . . . Pitching probables in Game 5 of the series are Scott Sanders (0-1, 1.93) for the Isotopes and former- Albuquerque Duke Chris Michalak (5-4, 2.95) for the Sky Sox.

May 29, 2003 GM1 - Isotopes (24-29)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Colorado Springs 200 200 0 -- 4 12 1 Albuquerque 003 003 x -- 6 9 0 WP: Oswaldo Mairena (2-1) LP: Cory Vance (6-4) HR: ABQ Jason Wood (6) off Cory Vance in the 3rd inning Jason Wood (7) off Cory Vance in the 6th inning Robert Stratton (17) off Cory Vance in the 6th inning TIME: 2:01 In the regularly scheduled game for Thursday (and the first game of a doubleheader), the Albuquerque Isotopes rallied to defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 6-4. The victory was the Isotopes third straight and matches the longest winning streak this season. The Sky Sox took a quick 2-0 lead off Isotopes starter Justin Wayne. Rene Reyes and Garrett Atkins singled. David Newhan's infield single scored Reyes. A passed ball moved Atkins and Newhan up a base and Luke Allen's sacrifice fly scored Atkins. In the 3rd inning, the Isotopes took a 3-2 lead. Kevin Hooper doubled and Derek Wathan singled to left to score Hooper. Later in the inning, Jason Wood two-run homered to left field. In the 4th inning, the Sky Sox tied up the game when Reyes sacrifice-flied out to score Choo Freeman and took the lead when Atkins doubled to score Clint Barmes. Jason Wood solo-homered to left field in the 6th inning to tie the game at 4-4 and Robert Stratton immediately followed with his league-leading 17th homer to left-center field to give the Isotopes a 5-4 lead. Gerald Williams reached base on a bunt single, advanced to second on a balk, stole third and scored on Anthony Iapoce's sacrifice fly to give the Isotopes an insurance run and a 6-4 lead. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-3 (.285), R (33), 2B (4) Wilson Valdez 0-3 (.333) Justin Wayne 5 IP (43), 11 H (43), 4 R (21), 3 ER (19), 1 BB (17), 2 K (18) (Season ERA: 3.98) 'Topes Notes: The Pacific Coast League has named their Players of the Week. Billy McMillion of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) was named the Hitter of the Week. He hit .452 with 10 runs batted in and scored 5 runs for the week. Rodrigo Rosario of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) was the Pitcher of the Week. He hurled a two-hit, complete game shutout and struck out 10 batters against the Isotopes on May 20th and held the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) to two runs on four hits in his following outing to pick up his fifth victory of the season. . . . Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 7 games and Derek Wathan extended his hitting streak to 5 games.

May 28, 2003 - Isotopes (23-29)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Colorado Springs 101 241 000 -- 9 12 1 Albuquerque 005 430 01x -- 13 14 1 WP: Nate Bump (3-5) LP: Brian Looney (1-1) SV: Doug Bochtler (1) HR: CSP Greg Vaughn (10) off Doug Bochtler in the 6th inning ABQ Gerald Williams (1) off Brian Looney in the 3rd inning Jason Wood (5) off Brian Smith in the 4th inning Robert Stratton (16) off Brian Smith in the 5th inning TIME: 3:11 ATT: 4,923 The Albuquerque Isotope bats continued to be red-hot as they were able to carry out a 13-run, 14-hit attack to defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 13-9 on Wednesday evening. In the 1st inning, Greg Vaugn doubled to score Jerome Alviso as the Sky Sox took a 1-0 lead. The Sky Sox extended it to 2-0 when Garrett Atkins scored on a throwing error. The error occurred when David Newhan tapped a pitch around home plate and Isotopes catcher Paul Hoover fielded the ball and threw the ball away while attempting to get Newhan out at first base. In the bottom of the third inning, Kevin Hooper reached on an error, Derek Wathan doubled, and Matt Erickson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jason Wood was hit by a pitch as Hooper scored. With Paul Hoover at the plate, a passed ball allowed Wathan to score and Erickson got greedy and was nailed at the plate trying to score all the way from second base. Hoover promptly singled to left-center field to score Wood. Gerald Williams added a two-run homer as the 'Topes took a 5-2 lead. The Sky Sox came up with two runs in the top of the 4th inning to cut the defecit to a run at 5-4. Rene Reyes doubled to score Choo Freeman and Alviso singled to drive in Reyes. In the 4th inning, Wathan and Erickson walked. Jason Wood followed with an inside-the-park homer that hit off the center-field wall above the hill and caromed into left field as Wood raced around the bases. Stratton doubled and later scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes built a 9-4 lead. Colorado Springs did not waste any time climbing back into the game. In the 5th inning, Vaughn singled, Newhan reached on a bunt single, Mandy Romero drove in Vaughn with a single, and Freeman tripled to score Newhan and Romero. Freeman then scored as the Sky Sox found themselves down a run at 9-8. The Isotopes gave themselves more of a cushion in the 5th inning. Wathan doubled and Wood doubled to drive in Wathan. Robert Stratton followed with his league-leading 16th homer of the season, a two-run homer, as the 'Topes led 12-8. Vaughn hit his Sky Sox-leading tenth homer in the top of the 6th inning. The Isotopes scored their final run in the 8th inning when Stratton doubled and later scored on a Williams single. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.284), 3 R (32), 2B (3), BB (12) Nate Bump (W, 3-5) 5 IP (62), 10 H (62), 8 R (37), 7 ER (32), 2 BB (18), 5 SO (40) (Season ERA: 4.65) 'Topes Notes: The game was delayed by 30 minutes in the 2nd inning by a power outage in some parts of the ballpark. . . . The Isotopes improved their record against division opponents to a game over .500 (9-8 record) with the victory. . . . Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to six games. . . . Colorado Springs' Jerome Alviso has an 11-game hitting streak. Ben Petrick's 5- game hitting streak came to an end. . . . Adrian Gonzalez has sat out three games in a row. . . . A doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow with the first game as the regularly scheduled game and the second game as the makeup game for an April 15th postponement at Isotopes Park due to light bank failure. . . . Pitching probables for Game 1 are Justin Wayne (2-3, 3.79) for the Isotopes and Cory Vance (6-3, 4.13) for the Sky Sox. Game 2 pitching probables are Chris Gissell (2-0, 2.63) for Colorado Springs and Vladimir Nuñez (1-1, 8.50) for the 'Topes.

Grilli Activated from DL

Pitcher Jason Grilli, on the Isotopes disabled list since the beginning of the season, has been activated from the disabled list and transferred to Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads.
Filed 05/28/2003

May 27, 2003 - Isotopes (22-29)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Colorado Springs 010 011 022 -- 7 13 2 Albuquerque 000 030 24x -- 9 10 1 WP: Vladimir Nuñez (1-1) LP: Brad Clontz (2-2) HR: CSP Ben Petrick (9) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 8th inning TIME: 3:13 ATT: 5,725 The Albuquerque Isotope bats finally woke up from a deep slumber as the 'Topes defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 9-7 to snap a Sky Sox 7-game winning streak. In the 2nd inning, David Newhan singled and eventually scored on Mandy Romero's sacrifice fly as the Sky Sox took a 1-0 lead. The Sky Sox extended the lead to 2-0 in the top of the 5th inning when Romero doubled and scored on a Clint Barmes single. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Matt Treanor walked and Anthony Iapoce was hit by a pitch. Kevin Hooper came to the plate with two outs and doubled down the left field line. Treanor and Iapoce scored on the play to tie the game at 2-2. Derek Wathan doubled into the left field corner to score Hooper as the 'Topes built a 3-2 lead. Colorado Springs answered in the 6th inning. With the bases loaded, Sky Sox starter Randy Flores was hit by a pitch to plate Garrett Atkins to tie the game at 3-3. The Isotopes broke the tie in the bottom of the 7th inning. Iapoce reached on an error and Hooper had an infield single. Iapoce scored on Wathan's infield single. Hooper and Wathan executed a double steal. On the play, Sky Sox catcher Romero's throw to try to get Hooper out at third sailed into left field and Hooper scored as the Isotopes took a 5-3 lead. Once again, it did not take long for the Sky Sox to answer with runs of their own. Newhan singled and Ben Petrick two-run homered to left-center field to tie the game at 5-5 in the 8th inning. In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Isotopes broke the tie again and put the game away. Treanor singled and stole second. Iapoce and Matt Erickson walked to load the bases and Hooper followed with a two-run single to score Treanor and Iapoce. Erickson and Hooper scored on Wathan's double as the Isotopes built a 9-5 lead. The Sky Sox attempted one more rally in the top of the 9th inning but it fell short of tying the game. Choo Freeman scored on Jerome Alviso's single. Alviso advanced to second on defensive indifference and scored on Luis Lopez's single. Sean Bergman started for the Isotopes and pitched 5 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) and 8 hits. He walked none and struck out 2. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 3-5 (.285), 3 R (29), 4 RBI (18), 2B (2), 2 SB (9) Wilson Valdez 0-5 (.359), K (5) Vladimir Nuñez (W, 1-1), 2/3 IP (18), 1 H (22), 1 R (17), 1 ER (17), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR (6) (season ERA: 8.50) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes team batting average for the last roadtrip was .191. For the contest tonight, the Isotopes hit .294. . . . Isotope fans unable to receive radio station KNML-AM 610 can listen to the Sky Sox radio broadcasts by logging onto www.skysox.com. . . . The Sky Sox are the PCL Central Division leaders. With the victory, the Isotopes are now 7.0 games back of the Sky Sox in the division. . . . Wilson Valdez's six-game hitting streak ended when he went 0-for-5. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Nate Bump (2-5, 3.95) for the Isotopes and Brian Looney (1-0, 10.50) for the Sky Sox.

May 26, 2003 - Isotopes (21-29)

Autozone Park, Memphis ================ Albuquerque 000 000 000 -- 0 6 1 Memphis 100 000 01x -- 2 10 0 WP: Nerio Rodriguez (5-1) LP: Kevin Olsen (1-1) SV: Scott Layfield (1) TIME: 2:41 ATT: 12,576 In the final game of the roadtrip, Nerio Rodriguez and Scott Layfield combined on a 6-hit shutout as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 2-0 in front of 12,576 fans on a fireworks evening at Autozone Park. In the 1st inning, Kerry Robinson faced Isotopes starter Kevin Olsen and delivered a lead-off single. He went to third base on Bo Hart's base hit and scored on Jon Nunnally's single to left field as the Redbirds took a quick 1-0 lead. In the 8th inning, Hart singled and scored on John Gall's double to make it 2-0 Memphis. Memphis' Rodriguez, last week's Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week, went 7 innings, giving up 3 hits and no runs. He walked two and struck out 7 Isotope batters. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-4 (.276) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.412), K (4) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (17 1/3), 1 H (21), 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (14) (season ERA: 8.31) 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque has been shut out for the fourth time this roadtrip and six times overall. . . . Memphis took three out of the four games in the series at Autozone Park. For the eight-game roadtrip, Albuquerque only won two games and lost six games. . . . Albuquerque cannot wait to get some home cooking. For the Memphis series, the Isotopes only hit .215 with five runs and four runs batted in. For the overall roadtrip (with the first four having been played in New Orleans against the Zephyrs (AAA Astros), the Isotopes hit .191 with eight runs and six runs batted in. . . . With the Isotopes lumber still slumbering, the Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Players of the Series are Scott Sanders and Kevin Olsen. Sanders went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run and 4 hits and earned a no- decision in Sunday's contest that Albuquerque won with a Jason Wood 10th inning homer. Olsen followed up a great outing in New Orleans with a great outing in Memphis on Monday. Olsen on Monday went 6 innings, giving up a run and 5 hits. He walked none and struck out 6 Redbirds batters. He earned the tough-luck loss due to poor run support. . . . Wilson Valdez extended his hitting streak to six games with a single in the 9th inning. . . . Pitching probables for the first game of a five-game, four-day homestand at "The Lab" against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) are Sean Bergman (0-5, 5.46) for the Isotopes and Randy Flores (5-3, 3.81) for the Sky Sox.

May 25, 2003 - Isotopes (21-28)

Autozone Park, Memphis ================== Albuquerque 001 000 000 1 -- 2 8 0 Memphis 000 001 000 0 -- 1 7 2 WP: Mike Judd (3-4) LP: Kevin Ohme (1-5) HR: MEM Dee Haynes (9) off Scott Sanders in the 6th inning ABQ Jason Wood (4) off Kevin Ohme in the 10th inning TIME: 2:47 ATT: 10,259 The Isotopes got another great combined pitching performance and managed just enough offense to defeat the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 2-1 in 10 innings. In the 3rd inning, the Isotopes got on the scoreboard. Derek Wathan led off with a double, advanced to third on Isotope starter Scott Sanders sacrifice bunt, and scored on Wilson Valdez's infield single. Dee Haynes tied the game at 1-1 in the 6th inning with a two- out solo homer to left field off Sanders. The Isotopes survived a game-ending threat in the bottom of the 9th inning. With reliever Oswaldo Mairena in the game, Jon Nunnally led off with a single to right field. John Gall reached safely on a bunt to put runners on first and second base. Marty Malloy grounded out to advance both runners. Jason Bowers was intentionally walked to load the bases and Mike Judd came into the game. The suicide squeeze was on as Willie Morales popped up a bunt. Jason Wood let the ball drop and then he threw it to catcher Paul Hoover for the force at home plate on Nunnally. Brian Lesher grounded out to Judd to end the threat and send the game into extra innings. Albuquerque scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning when Wood led off with a solo homer to left field. Sanders went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run and 4 hits. Doug Bochtler, Oswaldo Mairena, and Mike Judd combined to pitch the final 4 1/3 innings, giving up no runs and 3 hits. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-4 (.282), K (16), BB (11) Adrian Gonzalez 0-5 (.216), K (25) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.433), RBI (4), SB (3), HBP 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque is 3-1 in extra inning games this season. . . . Wilson Valdez extended his hitting streak to five games. . . . Pitching probables for the final game in the series (and the roadtrip) are Kevin Olsen (1-0, 2.66) for the Isotopes and Nerio Rodriguez (4-1, 2.08) for the Redbirds.

Belitz Joins 'Topes; Secoda Released

Pitcher Todd Belitz has joined the Isotopes. He was signed by the Florida Marlins and assigned to Albuquerque. Belitz pitched for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) earlier this season. To make room on the Isotopes roster for Belitz, pitcher Jason Secoda was released. Secoda made 10 relief appearances, going 3-1 with a 10.90 ERA. Belitz made 3 relief appearances for the Sky Sox, pitching 5 innings, giving up 6 runs and 9 hits while compiling a 0-0 record with a 10.80 ERA. He walked 2 and struck out 3.
Filed 05/24/2003

May 24, 2003 - Isotopes (20-28)

Autozone Park, Memphis ================== Albuquerque 000 000 000 -- 0 5 0 Memphis 300 000 00x -- 3 5 2 WP: Steve Stemle (2-6) LP: Justin Wayne (2-3) SV: Kevin Ohme (1) TIME: 2:33 ATT: 12,525 Another road game, same story. The Albuquerque Isotope bats continue to be silenced as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) defeated the 'Topes 3-0 on Saturday evening. In the 1st inning, Marty Malloy and Joe Nunnally walked and Dee Haynes reached on an infield single to load the bases against Isotopes starter Justin Wayne. John Gall doubled off the left-center field wall to score Mally and Nunnally. Haynes scored when Kurt Abbott sacrifice-flied out as the Redbirds scored their only three runs of the evening. Steve Stemle and Kevin Ohme combined on the 5-hit shutout. Stemle went 7 1/3 innings, giving up all 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-1 (.289) Adrian Gonzalez 0-3 (.224), BB (14) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.462), K (3) Justin Wayne (L, 2-3) 6 1/3 IP (38), 5 H (32), 3 R (17), 3 ER (16), 4 BB (16), 1 K (16) (season ERA= 3.79) 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque is batting .212 for the series with Memphis and .183 for the overall roadtrip (the first four games having been against the New Orleans Zephyrs [AAA Astros]). . . . The Isotopes have been shut out three times during the current roadtrip, twice by New Orleans and once by Memphis. . . . Kevin Hooper's four-game hitting streak came to an end. Wilson Valdez extended his hitting streak to four games. . . . Probables for Game 3 in the series are Scott Sanders (0-1, 2.45) for the Isotopes and Kevin Joseph (1-4, 3.52) for the Redbirds.

May 23, 2003 - Isotopes (20-27)

Autozone Park, Memphis =================== Albuquerque 000 003 000 -- 3 9 0 Memphis 101 010 001 -- 4 9 0 WP: Jimmy Journell (2-5) LP: Mike Judd (2-4) TIME: 2:42 ATT: 10,002 Mike Judd uncorked a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) defeated the Isotopes 4-3. In the 1st inning, John Gall reached on a fielder's choice, moved to third on Jon Nunnally's single, and scored on Dee Haynes single to right field as the Redbirds built a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd inning, Bo Hart scored on Haynes single to left to make it 2-0. In the 5th inning, Gall scored on Haynes' fielders choice grounder as the Redbirds took a 3-0 lead. In the 6th inning, the Isotopes scored three times to tie the game. Kevin Hooper scored on Jason Wood's single up the middle. Chris Wakeland scored on a wild pitch and Wood scored on Adrian Gonzalez's single. In the 9th inning, Memphis' So Taguchi singled and later scored the game winning run on a wild pitch. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.291), 1 R (26), K (15) Adrian Gonzalez 2-4 (.229), 1 RBI (17) Wilson Valdez 3-4 (.500) Nate Bump 6 IP (57), 8 H (52), 3 R (29), 3 ER (25), 1 BB (16), 6 K (35) (season ERA: 3.95) 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque scored as many runs tonight (three) as they had scored in the just-completed four-game series in New Orleans. . . . Isotope fans who are unable to receive radio station KNML-AM 610 can listen to radio broadcasts of the series with Memphis by logging onto the Redbirds web site at www.memphisredbirds.com. . . . Kevin Hooper has a four-game hitting streak. . . . Saturday evening's Game 2 of the series can be seen in the Memphis area on Time Warner Cable. . . . Pitching probables are Justin Wayne (2-2, 3.69) for the Isotopes and Steve Stemle (1-6, 3.40) for the Redbirds.

May 22, 2003 - Isotopes (20-26)

Zephyr Field, New Orleans ================= Albuquerque 000 000 000 -- 0 7 1 New Orleans 000 000 02x -- 2 5 1 WP: Mike Gallo (1-0) LP: Oswaldo Mairena (1-1) SV: Kirk Bullinger (6) TIME: 3:03 ATT: 4,298 In the final game of the series, the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) scored late to break a scoreless tie as they went on to defeat the Isotopes 2-0. The Isotopes have been shut out twice in the series. In the 8th inning, John Buck drew a walk. Colin Porter's double moved Buck to third and Buck scored on Royce Huffman's sacrifice fly. Porter scored on Vladimir Nuñez's wild pitch as the Zephyrs built a 2-0 lead. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.292), K (14) Adrian Gonzalez 0-3 (.220), SB (1), BB (13) Wilson Valdez 3-4 (.444), SB (2) Vladimir Nuñez 2/3 IP (15 1/3), 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (13) (season ERA: 9.39) 'Topes Notes: The Zephyrs took three out of the four games in the series. . . . With the Isotopes lumber continuing to slumber, the Isotopes Unofficial Web Page Player of the Series are three of the four Isotope starters in the series. All three did their best to try to help the Isotopes win by hurling great games. Justin Wayne started things off in the first game of the series, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) and 7 hits in 7 innings. Kevin Olsen pitched the third game of the series and gave up 1 run (none earned) and 2 hits in 6 innings. He struck out 8 Zephyrs. In the final game of the series, Sean Bergman pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and no runs. . . . Pitching probables in the first game of the series beginning Friday at Autozone Park in Memphis are Nate Bump (2-5, 3.88) for the Isotopes and Danny Haren (0-1, 20.25) for the Redbirds. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable in the Memphis area.

May 21, 2003 - Isotopes (20-25)

Zephyr Field, New Orleans ================== Albuquerque 000 000 100 1 -- 2 7 1 New Orleans 000 010 000 0 -- 1 3 0 WP: Doug Bochtler (5-0) LP: Kirk Bullinger (2-2) SV: Mike Judd (1) TIME: 3:06 ATT: 2,535 The Albuquerque Isotopes' lumber is still in a slumber, but Kevin Olsen delivered another great Isotope pitching performance and the Isotopes got one key RBI in extra innings to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) 2-1 in 10 innings. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak. New Orleans took a 1-0 lead in the 5th inning on Jason Alfaro's sacrifice fly. Albuquerque tied the game at 1-1 in the 7th inning when Derek Wathan scored from third base when Zephyrs reliever Miguel Saladin balked. Robert Stratton's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning plated Gerald Williams with what eventually was the game winning run. Olsen started for the Isotopes and went 6 innings, giving up 2 hits and 1 run (none earned) while striking out 8 and walking 1. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 2-5 (.293) Adrian Gonzalez 0-1 (.228), K (24) Wilson Valdez 3-4 (.357), SB (1) 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes are 2-1 in extra inning contests. . . . Robert Stratton moved into second-place in the league in runs batted in. Stratton's sacrifice fly gave him his 39th RBI. Dave McCarty of Sacramento (AAA Athletics) had three RBI in his game to lead the league at 41. . . . Doug Bochtler's fifth victory moves him into a tie for third place among the league leaders in victories. . . . Probables for the final game in the series are Sean Bergman (0-5, 6.12) for the Isotopes and Jonathan Johnson (4-3, 3.75) for the Zephyrs.

Erickson reinstated from Disabled List

Infielder Matt Erickson has been reinstated from the minor- league disabled list. He had been on the disabled list with a hip pointer injury.
Filed 05/21/2003

May 20, 2003 - Isotopes (19-25)

Zephyr Field, New Orleans ================== Albuquerque 000 000 000 -- 0 2 3 New Orleans 001 200 03x -- 6 9 2 WP: Rodrigo Rosario (4-4) LP: Scott Sanders (0-1) TIME: 2:37 ATT: 2,158 Rodrigo Rosario hurled a two-hit, 10 strikeout, shutout performance as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-0. In the 3rd inning, Dave Matranga reached on a fielder's choice and scored on former Albuquerque-Duke Tripp Cromer's double. In the 4th inning with two out, Jason Alfaro singled to center and Raul Chavez scored. Rosario laid down a bunt and Isotopes starter Scott Sanders fielded the bunt and proceeded to throw it past the first baseman and into right field foul territory. Royce Huffman raced around the bases to score on the play. The Zephyrs finished out the scoring in the 8th inning. Henri Stanley and Chavez singled off Isotopes reliever Vladimir Nuñez. Huffman singled to score Stanley and Colin Porter followed with a triple to score both Chavez and Huffman. Sanders went 3 2/3 innings in his first Isotopes start, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) and 5 hits. He walked none and struck out 6. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.289), K (13) Adrian Gonzalez 0-3 (.228), K (23) Wilson Valdez 0-3 (.200) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (14 2/3), 4 H (20) , 3 R (16), 3 ER (16), 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR (season ERA: 9.82) 'Topes Notes: Robert Stratton has been named the Pacific Coast League Hitter of the Week. Stratton hit .444 with four runs scored, two doubles, two homers and eight runs batted in for the week. He leads the PCL in homers and runs batted in. He is the first Isotopes player to win a Player of the Week award. . . . Nerio Rodriguez of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. He went eight innings, giving up a run on three hits against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) last week in a Memphis victory. . . . Stratton went 0-4 and added three more strikeouts to his league-leading total. He now has 63 strikeouts. . . . Paul Hoover's 5-game hitting streak came to an end in the contest. . . . Probables for Game 3 of the series are Kevin Olsen (1-0, 3.77) for the Isotopes and Ron Villone for New Orleans (No Record with the Zephyrs). Villone was recently signed by the Zephyrs after being released by the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks). While with Tucson, Villone recorded a save on May 7th against the Isotopes.

Croushore Released

Reliever Rick Croushore has been given his release from the Albuquerque Isotopes. Croushore appeared in three games with the Isotopes, compiling a 0-0 record with no saves and a 0.00 ERA. He pitched three innings, giving up no hits, runs or walks and struck out one.
Filed 05/20/2003

Sanders Activated

Pitcher Scott Sanders has been activated from the temporary inactive list and will be making the start for the Isotopes in Game 2 of the series with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros).
Filed 05/20/2003

May 19, 2003 - Isotopes (19-24)

Zephyr Field, New Orleans ================== Albuquerque 010 000 000 -- 1 5 1 New Orleans 000 010 10x -- 2 7 0 WP: Miguel Saladin (3-3) LP: Justin Wayne (2-2) SV: Kirk Bullinger (5) HR: NRL Raul Chavez (2) off Justin Wayne in the 7th inning TIME: 2:41 ATT: 2,493 Justin Wayne pitched well enough to get a victory under normal circumstances, but the Isotope hitters were unable to come up with much offense, hindered by striking out 13 times, as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) defeated the 'Topes 2-1 in the first game of the series. In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood doubled to the right-field corner and scored on Wilson Valdez's single up the middle as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead. The Zephyrs tied the game in the 5th inning. Royce Huffman led off with a single up the middle, moved to second on Colin Porter's infleld hit, moved to third on a fielding error on the same play and scored on pinch-hitter Alan Zinter's single to right field. In the 7th inning, Raul Chavez lead off the inning with a solo- homer to left field as the Zephyrs took a 2-1 lead. Brian Moehler was making his first rehabilitation assignment start for the Zephyrs and was scheduled to pitch three innings. He went 2 innings, giving up one run and three hits in two innings. While warming up for the 3rd inning, he injured himself and had to leave the game. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-2 (.290) Adrian Gonzalez 0-3 (.233), K (22) Wilson Valdez 1-3 (.286), RBI (3), K (2) Justin Wayne 7 IP (31 2/3), 7 H (27), 2 R (14), 1 ER (13), 1 BB (12), 4 K (15), 1 HR (2) (season ERA: 3.69) 'Topes Notes: Kirk Saarloos of the Zephyrs was scheduled to pitch in the series against the Isotopes, but he was promoted to the Astros when the Astros placed P Roy Oswalt on the major-league disabled list. . . . Isotope fans who are unable to receive radio station KNML-AM 610 can listen to the Isotopes by logging onto www.zephyrsbaseball.com and listen to the Zephyrs radio broadcasts. . . . Robert Stratton did not add to his league-leading home run and runs batted in totals, but he did add to his league-leading strikeout totals. Stratton struck out three times and now has 60 strikeouts. Chris Wakeland struck out three times and moved into second place in the league in strikeouts with 45. . . . Matt Treanor's 8-game hitting streak ended. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Scott Sanders (No Record) for the Isotopes and Rodrigo Rosario (3-4, 3.04) for the Zephyrs.

May 18, 2003 - Isotopes (19-23)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Nashville 000 010 101 -- 3 5 2 Albuquerque 101 002 02x -- 6 8 1 WP: Nate Bump (2-5) LP: Matt Guerrier (0-3) HR: NSH J.J. Davis (5) off Nate Bump in the 7th inning John Barnes (5) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 9th inning ABQ Robert Stratton (15) off Matt Guerrier in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:15 ATT: 11,573 The Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at "The Lab" to take three out of the four games in the series. Albuquerque took five games out of the eight games played in the homestand. In the 1st inning, Adrian Gonzalez walked, moved to second on an error and scored on Robert Stratton's double to left as the 'Topes took a 1-0 lead. The Isotopes extended the lead to 2-0 in the 3rd inning as Robert Stratton belted his league-leading 15th home run just over the left field fence. Nashville cut the defecit to a run at 2-1 in the 5th inning. Carlos Rivera singled, moved to second on an error and scored on Humberto Cota's single to left. Albuquerque scored twice in the 6th inning to take a 4-1 lead. With two outs, Jason Wood reached on a two-base throwing error and Gerald Williams was intentionally walked. Paul Hoover's double to left scored Wood and Williams. In the 7th inning, J.J. Davis solo-homered to center as the Sounds moved to within two runs at 4-2. In the 8th inning, new-Isotope Wilson Valdez two-run singled up the middle, scoring Stratton and Williams with important insurance runs going into the 9th inning. In the 9th inning, Vladimir Nuñez gave up his fifth homer in just his 11th appearance, a solo-homer to Mike Gulan. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 1-4 (.294) Adrian Gonzalez 0-3 (.239), BB (17) Wilson Valdez 1-4 (.250), 2 RBI (2), K (1) Nate Bump 7 IP (51), 4 H (44), 2 R (26), 1 ER (22), 1 BB (15), 1 K (29), HR (3) (season ERA: 3.88) Vladimir Nuñez 1 IP (13 2/3), 1 H (16), 1 R (13), 1 ER (13), 0 BB (7), 2 K (12), HR (5) (season ERA: 8.56) 'Topes Notes: Robert Stratton now has 38 runs batted in and has moved into the league lead. . . . With Chad Allen promoted to the Marlins, the longest current Isotope hitting streak belongs to Paul Hoover at 5 games. Adrian Gonzalez's 5-game hitting streak ended when he went 0-for-3. . . . As the Sounds leave town, John Barnes solo-homer in the 9th inning extended his hitting streak to 9 games. Tike Redman and Mike Gulan both saw their 6-game hitting streaks end. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page player of the game is Robert Stratton. Stratton went 6-for-11 (.545) in the series with a pair of home runs, a sacrifice fly, 7 RBI, 4 runs scored, and two doubles. He extended his league-leading homer total and moved into the league lead in runs batted in during the series. . . . Albuquerque embarks on a eight-game roadtrip, starting with four games in New Orleans (AAA Astros). Probables for the first game are Justin Wayne (2-1, 4.38) for the Isotopes and Brian Moehler (No Record) pitching in his first rehabilitation assignment start for the Zephyrs.

Croushore activated from DL

Pitcher Rick Croushore has been activated from the Isotopes disabled list. Croushore had made two appearances, pitching two innings and walking one and striking out one before he went on the disabled list in early April.
Filed 05/18/2003

Allen Promoted to Marlins

Outfielder Chad Allen had his contract purchased by the Florida Marlins on Sunday after the Marlins placed former-Isotope pitcher Toby Borland on the 15-day major-league disabled list with appendicitis. To make room on the Marlins 40-man roster for Allen, the Marlins moved outfielder Abraham Nuñez from the major-league 15-day disabled list to the major-league 60-day disabled list. Allen was fifth in the Pacific Coast League in batting when he was promoted. He had a .354 average with two homers and 24 runs batted in. His 14 doubles was tied for third best in the league. He was also in the midst of a team-season-best 11 game hitting streak.
Filed 05/18/2003

May 17, 2003 - Isotopes (18-23)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Nashville 031 102 700 -- 14 16 1 Albuquerque 000 101 030 -- 5 8 2 WP: Nelson Figueroa (3-2) LP: Mike Judd (2-3) HR: NSH Tony Alvarez (1) off Mike Judd in the 2nd inning J.J. Davis (4) off Marc Wilkins in the 6th inning Humberto Cota (5) off Marc Wilkins in the 6th inning Mike Gulan (4) off Jason Secoda in the 7th inning ABQ Adrian Gonzalez (1) off Nelson Figueroa in the 4th inning TIME: 2:55 ATT: 11,955 Unlike the previous two nights, the Isotopes were unable to come up with a rally to win the game as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) defeated the 'Topes 14-5. In the top of the 2nd inning, the Sounds took a 3-0 lead. Mike Gulan singled and later scored on Matt Treanor's throwing error, Carlos Rivera singled and scored on J.J. Davis' RBI single and Tony Alvarez solo homered. Dave Doster doubled and scored on Gulan's infield single in the 3rd inning as the Sounds built a 4-0 lead. In the 4th inning Alvarez doubled and scored on Nelson Figueroa's double to extend the lead to 5-0. Adrian Gonzalez solo-homered to left-center as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard. In the 6th inning, Davis and Humberto Cota back-to-back homered as the Sounds increased their lead to 7-1. In the bottom of the 6th inning, Chad Allen singled home Anthony Iapoce to make it a 7-2 game. In the 7th inning, the Sounds came up with a 13-batter, seven run rally to put the game away at 14-2. Gulan two-run homered, a run scored on a wild pitch, Alvarez, Aaron Holbert and Tomas De La Rosa had run scoring singles and Doster had a sacrifice fly in the inning. In the 8th inning, the Isotopes came up with three runs. Paul Hoover and Matt Treanor had run-scoring singles and Derek Wathan had a run-scoring double. The game was so out of hand in the 9th inning that outfielder Anthony Iapoce came in to pitch for the Isotopes. He went one inning, giving up no hits, runs, or walks and striking out one. Sounds starter Figueroa had a great outing. He gave up two runs and three hits in 7 innings of work. Mike Judd made his first start since coming off the disabled list. He gave up 5 runs and 8 hits in 4 innings. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 0-5 (.295) Adrian Gonzalez 1-4 (.246), R (16), RBI (17), HR (1), BB (11), K (21) Chad Allen 2-3 (.354), R (20), RBI (24) 'Topes Notes: By scoring three runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Isotopes avoided their worst loss in franchise history. . . . After having made his second appearance as a position player to pitch, Anthony Iapoce's complete 2003 pitching record is now 2 innings pitched, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 1 strikeout with an ERA of 0.00. . . . Chad Allen extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Adrian Gonzalez now has a 5 game hitting streak while Matt Treanor has an 8 game hitting streak. Kevin Hooper saw his hitting streak end at 5 games by going hitless in five at-bats. . . . Mike Gulan is one hot Sound. He had his team-leading 17th multi-hit game on Saturday evening and is batting .397 (23-for-58) for the month of May. He currently is in the midst of a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Pitching probables in the last game of the series (and homestand) are Nate Bump (1-4, 3.86) for the Isotopes and Matt Guerrier (0-2, 5.68) for the Sounds.

Medrano, Fesh Leaving 'Topes

IF Jesus Medrano and P Sean Fesh have been transferred from the Albuquerque Isotopes to Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. IF Wilson Valdez was transferred from Carolina to Albuquerque. Medrano appeared in 31 games for the Isotopes, hitting .228 with a homer and 12 RBI. He scored 22 runs and was tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 7. Fesh went 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA in six relief appearances. He gave up 9 runs and 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Valdez was ninth in the Southern League in hitting while with the Mudcats. He batted .313 in 37 games with no homers, 14 RBI, 15 walks, 17 strikeouts, 45 hits, 28 runs and 16 stolen bases.
Filed 05/17/2003

May 16, 2003 - Isotopes (18-22)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Nashville 000 203 000 -- 5 10 0 Albuquerque 004 000 002 -- 6 11 0 WP: Doug Bochtler (4-0) LP: Mark Corey (1-1) HR: NSH Carlos Rivera (4) off Sean Bergman in the 6th inning ABQ Matt Treanor (3) off Mark Corey in the 9th inning TIME: 2:37 ATT: 11,768 Matt Treanor belted a dramatic, walk-off home run in the 9th inning as the Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) 6-5 on Friday evening. Albuquerque has won three games in a row. Albuquerque took the early lead. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Matt Treanor and Derek Wathan singled. Kevin Hooper singled to left and Treanor scored. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to right, scoring Wathan and Hooper. Gonzalez eventually scored on Robert Stratton's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes built a 4-0 lead. In the 4th inning, Carlos Rivera singled to drive in Dave Doster and Tomas De La Rosa singled up the middle to score Adam Hyzdu as the Sounds cut the defecit in half. In the 6th inning with two Sounds on-base, Rivera homered to left as the Sounds took a 5-4 lead. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Gerald Williams doubled off the right-field wall, his first hit as an Isotope. Matt Treanor followed with the game-winning homer to left. Marlins Prospect Watch: Kevin Hooper 3-4, R, RBI Adrian Gonzalez 1-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B 'Topes Notes: Robert Stratton sacrifice-flied out to extend his league-tying RBI total to 36 (tied now with Sacramento's [AAA Athletics] Dave McCarty). He went 0-for-3 in the contest to end his hitting streak at seven games. . . . Matt Treanor extended his hitting streak to seven games and Jason Wood extended his streak to six games. Chad Allen had the evening off and his hitting streak remained at 10 games. . . . Two Nashville players extended hitting streaks. John Barnes has a eight-game hitting streak and Tike Redman has a six-game streak. . . . The Isotopes have named Mike Judd (2-2, 6.63) as the starting pitcher probable for Saturday's game. Matt Guerrier (0-2, 5.68) is scheduled to start for the Sounds.

May 15, 2003 - Isotopes (17-22)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Nashville 001 131 010 -- 7 15 1 Albuquerque 000 107 30x -- 11 14 1 WP: Jason Secoda (3-1) LP: Shawn Camp (0-1) HR: NSH Humberto Cota (4) off Oswaldo Mairena in the 8th inning ABQ Robert Stratton (14) off Mike Holtz in the 7th inning Jason Wood (3) off Mike Hotz in the 7th inning TIME: 3:16 ATT: 5,250 In the series opener, the Albuquerque Isotopes came up with a big inning as they went on to defeat the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) 11-7. With their victory, the Isotopes have evened their franchise record at "The Lab" to 10-10. In the 3rd inning, Nashville's Dave Doster doubled and scored on John Barnes' triple as the Sounds took a 1-0 lead. Nashville extended the lead to 2-0 in the 4th inning. J.J. Davis singled, advanced to second on a throwing error and scored on Humberto Cota's single. In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 2-1 when Adrian Gonzalez reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Robert Stratton's single to left field. Nashville added three more runs in the 5th inning. Doster and Barnes singled. Mike Gulan singled to score Doster, Carlos Rivera grounded out to score Barnes, and Davis singled to score Gulan. In the 6th inning, the Sounds made it 6-1 when Tike Redman doubled and scored on Doster's double. In the 6th inning, the Isotopes came up with seven consecutive singles. Kevin Hooper singled to right and Gonzalez singled up the middle. Chris Wakeland's double to right scored Hooper. Chad Allen singled to center to score Gonzalez. Stratton's bloop double scored Wakeland. Jason Wood tripled to the hill in deep center field as Allen and Stratton scored. Paul Hoover followed with a triple to score Wood and then Hoover scored on a wild pitch. When all was finished, the 'Topes sent eleven batters to the plate and scored seven times for a 8-6 lead. In the 7th inning, Wakeland was hit by a pitch and Stratton belted a two-run homer to the center field batters eye area, estimated to be about a 460 foot homer. Jason Wood's solo- homer made it a 11-6 contest. Cota solo homered in the top of the 8th inning for Nashville to close out the scoring. Kevin Olsen, on a pitch count for his first start since coming off of the disabled list, pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) and 5 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 1. Nashville's starting pitcher, John Wasdin, had tossed a perfect game against the Isotopes in Nashville on April 7th. On this evening, however, he was far from perfect. He gave up 6 runs (5 earned) and 7 hits in 5 innings of work. He struck out 8 Isotopes and walked 1. Marlins Prospect Watch: Chad Allen 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K Kevin Hooper 2-5, 1 R, 1 K Adrian Gonzalez 2-4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 BB Vladimir Nuñez 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO 'Topes Notes: Robert Stratton leads the PCL in homers with 14 and moved into a tie for the PCL lead in runs batted in with 35 (tied with Oklahoma's [AAA Rangers] Ryan Ludwick). . . . Based on feedback about these game summaries, a Marlins prospect watch feature begins today. The Marlins Prospect Watch will be a list of the box score lines of those players felt to be the top prospects playing for the Isotopes. Once a week the season totals for each prospect will be listed. . . . Chad Allen extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Other Isotopes extending their hitting streaks are Matt Treanor and Jason Wood (6 game streaks) and Robert Stratton (7 game streak). Nashville's John Barnes has a 7 game hitting streak and Tike Redman has a 5 game hitting streak. . . . Isotopes fans who are unable to receive KNML-AM 610 can listen to the Isotopes by logging onto www.nashvillesounds.com to listen to the Nashville Sounds radio broadcasts. . . . The Pacific Coast League has announced their players of the week. The Hitter of the Week is Memphis Redbirds' (AAA Cardinals) Dee Haynes. Haynes hit .435, homered four times and drove in eight runs last week. The Pitcher of the Week is Craig Anderson of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners). The native Australian broke into the league's top ten leaders in pitching by compiling a weekly ERA of 0.64 (1 earned run given up in 14 innings). . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 in the series are Mike Judd (2-2, 6.63) for the Isotopes and Josh Fogg (no record), who is making his first rehabilitation assignment start for the Sounds.

Sodowsky/Olsen Trading Places

P Clint Sodowsky has gone on the minor-league disabled list with a left-elbow inflamation. P Kevin Olsen, on the disabled list with a lower back strain, has been activated from the disabled list and will make the start for the Isotopes on Thursday evening in Game 1 of the series with the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates). Sodowsky has made three starts for the Isotopes, going 0-3 with a 11.05 ERA. He has given up 31 hits, 18 runs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts, and 4 home runs in 14 2/3 innings. Olsen made two starts for the Isotopes in April, going 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA before going on the shelf.
Filed 05/15/2003

May 13, 2003 - Isotopes (16-22)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Iowa 100 000 131 -- 6 10 1 Albuquerque 000 053 00x -- 8 10 0 WP: Justin Wayne (2-1) LP: Wilton Chavez (2-3) SV: Vladimir Nuñez (2) HR: IWA Trenidad Hubbard (2) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 9th inning ABQ Chris Wakeland (6) off Wilton Chavez in the 5th inning Kevin Hooper (1) off Phil Norton in the 6th inning TIME: 2:53 ATT: 4,000 In the finale of the four-game series with the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs), the Albuquerque Isotopes came up with the big inning and then held off a late-innings Cubs rally as they defeated the Cubs 8-6. The victory snaps a two-game losing streak. In the 1st inning, Trenidad Hubbard walked and Midre Cummings drove him in with a double as the Cubs took a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Matt Treanor singled and Paul Hoover doubled to score him to tie the game. Derek Wathan singled and shortly thereafter Kevin Hooper sacrifice-flied out to score Hoover. Adrian Gonzalez singled to left to drive in Wathan and Chris Wakeland followed with a two-run homer as the Isotopes took a 5-1 lead. The Isotopes built their lead in the 6th inning. Hoover and Justin Wayne walked and with two outs, Hooper inside-the-park homered as the 'Topes led 8-1. The Cubs started their late-innings rally in the 7th inning. Phil Hiatt led off with a single, moved to second when Keith McDonald was hit by a pitch, moved to third on Jackson Melian's grounder, and scored when Augie Ojeda reached on an infield single. In the 8th inning, Hubbard and David Kelton singled and Cummings walked to load the bases. Hiatt singled to left to drive in Hubbard. McDonald grounded into a double play to score Kelton and Cummings scored on Melian's single as the Cubs cut the defecit to three runs at 8-5. Hubbard solo-homered in the 9th inning off Isotopes struggling reliever Vladimir Nuñez before Nuñez was able to retire the side to earn his second save. 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque and Iowa took two games each in the series. . . . With Mike Judd reinstated from the disabled list, Doug Bochtler returned to the bullpen and he made his first relief appearance in several weeks. Bochtler gave up 3 runs and 4 hits in 1 inning of work. . . . Chad Allen's hitting streak has reached 9 games, tied for the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. Robert Stratton extended his streak to 6 games and Matt Treanor now has a 5 game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page player of the series is Robert Stratton. He hit safely in all four games in the series and he hit 5-for-16 (.313) with a double, a homer, 4 RBI, and 2 runs scored. . . . After the entire Pacific Coast League takes the day off on Wednesday, the Isotopes return to action at "The Lab" on Thursday. Pitching probables are just-off-the-disabled-list Mike Judd (2-2, 6.63) against Nashville Sounds' (AAA Pirates) Nelson Figueroa (2-2, 3.72).

Isotopes make various moves

Pitchers Aaron Small and Marty McLeary were reinstated from the Isotopes temporary inactive list and then both were transferred to Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. Pitcher Scott Sanders was signed by the Florida Marlins, transferred to Albuquerque, then placed on the Isotopes temporary inactive list. Small and McLeary did not make any appearances for the Isotopes as they were on the Isotopes temporary inactive list the whole time they were with the team. Sanders does not seem to have played professional baseball in the 2003 season. He did play in the Japanese professional baseball league for some seasons. He also has major league experience with the Padres (1993-1996, 1998), Mariners (1997), Tigers (1997-1998), and Cubs (1999).
Filed 05/13/2003

May 12, 2003 - Isotopes (15-22)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Iowa 001 040 000 -- 5 8 0 Albuquerque 003 100 000 -- 4 12 0 WP: Matt Bruback (3-4) LP: Nate Bump (1-5) SV: Rod Beck (2) HR: IWA Keith McDonald (4) off Nate Bump in the 5th inning ABQ Matt Treanor (2) off Matt Bruback in the 4th inning TIME: 2:40 ATT: 4,129 The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) used the big inning to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes 5-4 on Monday evening. Iowa struck first in the top of the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded, Bobby Hill grounded out, scoring Keith McDonald. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Isotopes loaded the bases with none out. Chad Allen doubled to left, driving in Nate Bump and Kevin Hooper. Robert Stratton's sacrifice fly to left-center field scored Adrian Gonzalez as the 'Topes took a 3-1 lead. Albuquerque extended the lead to 4-1 in the 4th inning as Matt Treanor solo-homered to left. The big inning that did in the Isotopes was the 5th inning. McDonald solo-homered to left field to make it 4-2. Augie Ojeda walked, Hill singled, and Trenidad Hubbard was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Midre Cummings singled to right- center field to score Ojeda and Hill. David Kelton singled to left and Hubbard scored as the Cubs took a 5-4 lead. 'Topes Notes: Chad Allen's double in the game was his league- lead tying 14th double of the season. Las Vegas 51's (AAA Dodgers) Bubba Crosby had a double in his game on Monday evening to keep pace with Allen. . . . Every Isotopes starter hit safely at least once in the contest. . . . Chad Allen extended his hitting streak to 8 games, while Robert Stratton and Jason Wood extended their streaks to 5 games. . . . Pitching probables for the last game in the series are Justin Wayne (1-1, 5.09) for the Isotopes and Wilton Chavez (2-2, 4.32) for the Cubs.

Judd activated from the DL

Pitcher Mike Judd has been activated from the minor-league disabled list.
Filed 05/12/2003

May 11, 2003 - Isotopes (15-21)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Iowa 003 103 200 -- 9 17 1 Albuquerque 100 100 010 -- 3 6 0 WP: Steve Smyth (2-1) LP: Clint Sodowsky (0-3) HR: IWA Jackson Melian (3) off Jason Secoda in the 7th inning TIME: 2:58 ATT: 7,768 The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) used a 17-hit attack to defeat the Isotopes 9-3 on Sunday afternoon at "The Lab". Albuquerque scored first on an unearned run. Jesus Medrano walked, moved to second on Chad Allen's single, and attempted to steal third base. Iowa catcher Mike Mahoney's throw went into right field as Medrano came around to score. Iowa took the lead in the 3rd inning. With one out, Iowa began the hit parade of five consecutive hits off Isotopes starter Clint Sodowsky. Steve Smyth, Bobby Hill, and Trenidad Hubbard all singled to load the bases. David Kelton's single up the middle drove in Smyth and Hill. Phil Hiatt's single to left scored Hubbard as Iowa built a 3-1 lead. In the 4th inning, Iowa's Nate Frese walked, and scored on Mahoney's double to make it 4-1. The Isotopes got the run back in the bottom of the 4th inning. Jason Wood singled, moved to third on Matt Treanor's double, and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly. In the 6th inning, the Cubs added three more runs to take a 7-2 lead. Off Isotopes reliever Jason Secoda (making his Isotopes debut in the contest), Frese led off with a walk. Mahoney singled and Smyth walked to load the bases. Hill doubled to right to score Frese and Mahoney and Hubbard singled to left to score Smyth. The Cubs added their final two runs in the 7th inning. Jackson Melian led off with a solo-homer. Mahoney doubled to right and scored on Hill's double to right-center field. In the 8th inning, Allen singled up the middle, moved to third on Stratton's double to left and scored on Jason Wood's sacrifice fly to right. Smyth started the game for the Cubs and had a good outing. He went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs, 5 hits. He walked 4 struck out 5. Sodowsky remains winless with the Isotopes. He gave up 4 runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Secoda gave up 5 runs and 6 hits in 2 2/3 innings. 'Topes Notes: Chad Allen's single in the 1st inning extended his hitting streak to 7 games. Jason Wood and Robert Stratton each have 4 game hitting streaks that were extended in Sunday's contest. . . . Pitching probables in Game 3 of the series are Nate Bump (1-4, 3.86) for the Isotopes and Matt Bruback (2-4, 3.49) for the Cubs.

May 10, 2003 - Isotopes (15-20)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Iowa 000 000 202 -- 4 6 1 Albuquerque 000 002 40x -- 6 12 0 WP: Sean Fesh (1-0) LP: Ferenc Jongejan (1-1) SV: Marc Wilkins (1) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (13) off Ferenc Jongejan in the 7th inning TIME: 3:11 ATT: 7,498 The Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 6-4 in front of 7,498 fans at "The Lab" on Saturday evening. Paul Hoover and Adrian Gonzalez had run-scoring singles in the 6th inning as the Isotopes took a 2-0 lead. Iowa tied the game in the 7th inning when Isotopes starter Sean Bergman loaded the bases and was relieved by Sean Fesh. Fesh promptly gave up a two-run single to Bobby Hill. In the 7th inning, Robert Stratton broke the tie with a three-run homer, his league-leading 13th homer of the season. Anthony Iapoce's run-scoring double extended the Isotopes lead to 6-2. In the 9th inning, the Cubs loaded the bases with one out. Hill singled to right and Nic Jackson grounded out to drive in runs but the Cubs rally fell short and the Isotopes came away with the victory. 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque players have started calling Isotopes Park "The Lab". . . . Iowa's scheduled starter for Saturday, Todd Wallemeyer, was promoted to the Cubs when the Cubs placed Sammy Sosa on the major-league disabled list. . . . For Isotopes fans who cannot receive KNML-AM 610, the Cubs radio broadcasts can be heard at www.iowacubs.com. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Clint Sodowsky (0-2, 12.19) for the Isotopes and Steve Smyth (1-1, 5.81) for the Cubs.

Matt Erickson on the Shelf

Infielder Matt Erickson has been placed on the minor-league disabled list with a hip pointer injury.
Filed 05/10/2003

May 9, 2003 - Isotopes (14-20)

Tucson Electric Park, Tucson =================== Albuquerque 010 030 000 -- 4 8 1 Tucson 000 000 101 -- 2 7 2 WP: Doug Bochtler (3-0) LP: Chris Cervantes (3-2) SV: Vladimir Nuñez (1) HR: TUC Mark Little (5) off Ozwaldo Mairena in the 7th inning TIME: 2:54 ATT: 5,417 In the finale of the series, the Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) 4-2 to snap a four-game losing streak. The Isotopes scored first in the 2nd inning. Matt Treanor singled, stole second base, and scored on Derek Wathan's single. In the 4th inning with two outs, the Isotopes scored three more times to take a 4-1 lead. Kevin Hooper singled to drive in Anthony Iapoce, Jason Wood singled to left to score Hooper, and Chad Allen reached on an error to drive in Jesus Medrano. Mark Little hit an inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the 7th inning as the Sidewinders got on the scoreboard. In the 9th inning, Isotopes reliever Vladimir Nuñez loaded the bases and Luis Terrero's fielder's choice drove in a run to cut the defecit to two runs at 4-2 but Nuñez settled down to earn his first save. Doug Bochtler took the hill for the Isotopes and pitched 6 innings of scoreless, 4-hit ball. 'Topes Notes: Tucson took three out of the four games in the series with the Isotopes. . . . The series that just ended featured the clubs with the two worst team ERA's in the league. Albuquerque's was the worst in the league at 5.55 coming into the series finale, while Tucson's pitching staff ERA was 5.09. . . . Tucson and Albuquerque do not play each other again in the 2003 regular season. . . . Paul Hoover entered the game as a pinch-hitter and saw his 6-game hitting streak come to an end when he failed to hit safely. Chad Allen extended his hitting streak to 6 games by singling in the game. . . . With the lack of offense in the series, the Isotopes Unofficial Web Page player of the series is pitcher Doug Bochtler. He pitched in the series finale and went 6 scoreless innings. His efforts helped the 'Topes avoid the series sweep. . . . Albuquerque returns home for a 9-day, 8-game homestand. Sean Bergman (0-5, 6.57) takes the mound for the Isotopes against the Iowa Cubs' (AAA Cubs) Steve Smyth (1-1, 5.81) in the first game of a four game series.

Williams to 'Topes, Neal to Marlins

The Florida Marlins made several roster moves today. P Josh Beckett has been placed on the major-league 15-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain. As reported on this web site earlier this week, P Dontrelle Willis had his contract purchased by the Marlins from Class-AA Carolina instead of the Marlins promoting Isotopes starter Nate Bump. OF Gerald Williams was outrighted to Albuquerque from the Marlins and Isotopes reliever Blaine Neal was recalled by the Marlins. Williams was hitting .042 in 24 at-bats for the Marlins. He had 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts and 1 stolen base. Neal made 6 appearances with the Isotopes, going 0-1 with 2 saves and a 2.70 ERA. He gave up 8 hits, 2 earned runs, walked 5 and struck out 3 in 6 2/3 innings.
Filed 05/09/2003

Secoda joins the Isotopes

Right-handed reliever Jason Secoda has signed a minor-league contract and was assigned to Albuquerque. Secoda recently was playing for the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels), compiling a 2-1 record with a 5.40 ERA. He made 7 relief appearances, pitching 13 1/3 innings, giving up 12 hits, 9 runs, walking 9 and striking out 4. He earned the victory in the game against the Isotopes on May 2nd in Albuquerque.
Filed 05/08/2003

May 8, 2003 - Isotopes (13-20)

Tucson Electric Park, Tucson =================== Albuquerque 020 130 000 -- 6 12 1 Tucson 200 000 122 -- 7 10 0 WP: Jose Valverde (1-1) LP: Blaine Neal (0-1) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (12) off Mike Gosling in the 4th inning TUC Brian Gordon (5) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 8th inning TIME: 3:10 ATT: 4,098 The Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) used a bottom of the 9th inning rally to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-6 in front of 4,098 fans at Tucson Electric Park on Thursday evening. The Isotopes have lost four games in a row and eight of the last ten games. In the 1st inning, Robby Hammock's single with the bases loaded scored two runs as the Sidewinders took a 2-0 lead. The Isotopes tied the game in the top of the 2nd inning. Paul Hoover drove in a run with a single and Justin Wayne sacrifice- flied out. Robert Stratton's league-leading 12th homer of the season, a solo homer, gave the Isotopes a 3-2 lead in the 4th inning. In the 5th inning, Kevin Hooper singled and scored on Jesus Medrano's triple. Stratton doubled to left to score Medrano and Wood doubled to left-center field to score Stratton as the 'Topes took a 6-2 lead. In the 7th inning, Tucson pinch-hitter and former Albuquerque- Duke Chris Donnels doubled to drive in Tim Olson as the Sidewinders begun their late-game rally. In the 8th inning, Brian Gordon two-run homered off struggling Isotopes reliever Vladimir Nuñez to cut the defecit to a run at 6-5. In the 9th inning, Olson led off the inning by reaching on an infield single. Doug DeVore singled to left. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Olson scored on Mike Bell's groundout. Matt Kata and Chad Tracy were intentionally walked and Gordon drew the bases loaded walk to drive in the game winning run. Justin Wayne made his first start for the Isotopes since his two stints with the Florida Marlins. Wayne gave up 3 runs and 5 hits in 7 innings. 'Topes Notes: Paul Hoover extended his hitting streak to 6 games and Chad Allen extended his hitting streak to 5 games. . . . Tucson's Brian Gordon leads the Sidewinders team in homers with five. . . . Vladimir Nuñez saw his ERA raise to over 10.00 (now at 10.80) by giving up the two runs on Gordon's homer in the one inning he worked. . . . Probables in the last game of the series (and the short roadtrip) are Doug Bochtler (2-0, 4.30) for the Isotopes and Chris Cervantes (3-1, 2.74) for the Sidewinders.

May 7, 2003 - Isotopes (13-19)

Tucson Electric Park, Tucson =================== Albuquerque 100 000 000 -- 1 4 0 Tucson 000 300 10x -- 4 8 0 WP: John Patterson (4-1) LP: Nate Bump (1-4) SV: Ron Villone (1) HR: ABQ Chris Wakeland (5) off John Patterson in the 1st inning TIME: 2:20 ATT: 7,023 The Albuquerque Isotopes offense remained stymied as the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) defeated the Isotopes 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon. Chris Wakeland solo-homered in the 1st inning to give the Isotopes a 1-0 lead. The rest of the contest was all Sidewinders. In the 4th inning with the bases loaded and two out, Mike Bell drew a walk to drive in a run and Steve Neal lashed a two-run single as the Sidewinders took a 3-1 lead. In the 7th inning, Luis Terrero doubled and Matt Kata drove him in with a single. John Patterson turned in the second straight marvelous pitching performance for the Sidewinders. He went 8 innings, giving up just one run and 4 hits while walking none and striking out 4. He retired the last fifteen batters he faced. 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes have only scored two runs in the last three games combined. The offensive slump has not hurt the Isotopes yet as only the division leader Colorado Springs (AAA Rockies) is just one game above the .500 mark and everyone else is below .500. . . . With their singles in the game, Paul Hoover extended his hitting streak to 5 games and Chad Allen to 4 games. . . . Anthony Iapoce made Isotopes history on Tuesday night by being the first position player to pitch. Iapoce pitched a perfect 9th inning in the blowout 11-1 loss. . . . Isotopes fans who are unable to pick up KNML-AM 610 for the games can listen to the Sidewinders radio broadcasts at www.tucsonsidewinders.com. . . . Probables for game three of the series Thursday evening are Justin Wayne (1-1, 5.91) for the Isotopes and Mike Gosling (1-4, 8.90) for the Sidewinders.

Willis, Not Bump, Going to Marlins

The Marlins announced late Tuesday night that Dontrelle Willis will be getting the promotion to the Marlins instead of the Isotopes' Nate Bump. Willis will be officlally added to the Marlins roster on Friday and at that time the Marlins will have to make a move. Willis pitches for the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats, going 4-0 with a 1.49 ERA in six starts. He has given up 24 hits, 6 runs, struck out 32 and walked 9 in 36 1/3 innings.
Filed 05/07/2003

May 6, 2003 - Isotopes (13-18)

Tucson Electric Park, Tucson =================== Albuquerque 000 100 000 -- 1 6 1 Tucson 060 302 00x -- 11 16 1 WP: Edgar Gonzalez (1-0) LP: Clint Sodowsky (0-2) HR: TUC Steve Neal (4) off Clint Sodowsky in the 2nd inning Brian Gordon (4) off Clint Sodowsky in the 2nd inning Matt Kata (2) off Clint Sodowsky in the 4th inning TIME: 2:36 ATT: 2,381 In the first game of the series, freshly-promoted Edgar Gonzalez stiffled the Isotopes offense and every Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) starter got a hit as the Sidewinders crushed the 'Topes 11-1. The Sidewinders scored six runs on consecutive hits with two outs in the bottom of the 2nd inning off Isotopes starter Clint Sodowsky. Doug DeVore singled and Steve Neal homered to right field. Luis Terrero and Edgar Gonzalez singled and both scored on Matt Kata's triple to the right-center field gap. Brian Gordon two-run homered to right field to close out the scoring in the inning. Albuquerque scored once in the 4th inning as Kevin Hooper singled and later scored on Chad Allen's double. The Sidewinders added to their lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. E. Gonzalez singled and Kata homered to right. Chad Tracy later scored on a wild pitch as the Sidewinders built a 9-1 lead. Isotopes reliever Vladimir Nuñez came into the contest in the 6th inning and continued his own personal struggles. Gordon and Tracy singled and Alex Cintron walked to load the bases. DeVore was hit by a pitch and Neal drew a walk as the Sidewinders scored the last two runs of the game. Gonzalez, just promoted from Class-AA El Paso to Tucson, went 7 innings, giving up 5 hits and a run while striking out 5 and walking 1. Sodowsky went 5 innings, giving up 9 runs and 13 hits. 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque's Jason Wood saw his hitting streak end at 5 games. . . . The Pacific Coast League has named their Hitter and Pitcher of the Week and both players came from the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). Justin Duchscherer, the Pitcher of the Week, threw eight shutout innings in a 1-0 win over Memphis. His current record is 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA. Mike Edwards, the Hitter of the Week, hit .500 with 11 runs batted in and 9 runs scored for the week. He currently ranks fourth in the League in hitting with a .372 average. . . . Probables for Wednesday's matinee at Tucson Electric Park are Nate Bump (1-3, 3.73) for the Isotopes and John Patterson (3-1, 3.32) for the Sidewinders.

Alvarez Promoted to Marlins

The Florida Marlins on Tuesday moved P A.J. Burnett from the major-league 15-day disabled list to the major-league 60-day disabled list and purchased the contract of P Juan Alvarez from the Albuquerque Isotopes. Alvarez made 15 relief appearances for the Isotopes, compiling a 2-0 record with a 3.12 ERA. He gave up 15 hits, 7 runs, walked 5 and struck out 13 in 17 1/3 innings. The Marlins are still looking to promote a starting pitcher in the next few days, with speculation that it will be P Nate Bump from Albuquerque or P Dontrelle Willis from Class-AA Carolina.
Filed 05/06/2003

May 5, 2003 - Isotopes (13-17)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Salt Lake 000 005 000 -- 5 8 2 Albuquerque 000 000 000 -- 0 6 0 WP: Steve Green (2-1) LP: Sean Bergman (0-5) HR: SLC Robb Quinlan (1) off Sean Bergman in the 6th inning TIME: 2:31 ATT: 4,478 Four Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) pitchers combined on a six- hit shutout as the Stingers defeated the Isotopes 5-0 in the last game of the series and the homestand. It was the second time the Isotopes have been shut out in their short franchise history. Steve Green, Elio Serrano, Doug Nickle, and Bart Miadich were able to keep the Isotopes' bats quiet all evening long. Sean Bergman, the Isotopes starter, did a great job of pitching, giving up one walk and a hit and retiring fifteen in a row until he hit a roadblock in the 6th inning that cost him the game. In the 6th inning with one out, Tom Gregorio, Chone Figgins, and Alfredo Amezaga each singled. Former Albuquerque-Duke Adam Riggs singled to left, driving in Gregorio and Figgins. Amezaga was caught trying to steal third base and Robb Quinlan two-run homered to right field. Barry Wesson doubled and Bergman was relieved by Oswaldo Mairena. Mairena promptly gave up a single to Julio Ramirez to drive in Wesson and Jeff Guiel grounded out to end the inning. 'Topes Notes: The Stingers and Isotopes each took two games in the series. . . . For the homestand, the Isotopes won four games and lost four games. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page players of the series are Jesus Medrano and Nate Bump. Bump was involved in the pitching duel in Game 1 of the series and gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 4 in 6 innings before earning a no-decision when the bullpen gave up the game- winning runs the following inning. Medrano went 4-for-10 (.400) while driving in 4 runs, scoring 3 times, and stealing 3 bases. . . . Salt Lake's Alfredo Amezaga extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Albuquerque's Jason Wood has now hit in 5 straight games. . . . The Isotopes hit the road for four games, playing the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks). Clint Sodowsky (0-1, 8.44) goes for the Isotopes. The Sidewinders were rained out Saturday and Sunday and had the day off Monday. Due to those events making a mess of their starting rotation, they are yet to decide who will be starting.

May 4, 2003 - Isotopes (13-16)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Salt Lake 002 440 200 -- 12 14 3 Albuquerque 070 230 02x -- 14 12 2 WP: Juan Alvarez (2-0) LP: Greg Jones (0-2) SV: Blaine Neal (2) HR: SLC Adam Riggs (3) off Marc Wilkins in the 4th inning Adam Riggs (4) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 7th inning ABQ Chris Wakeland (4) off John Snyder in the 2nd inning TIME: 3:10 ATT: 7,265 The Albuquerque Isotopes outlasted the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) 14-12 in a slugfest Sunday afternoon in front of 7,265 fans at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque sent ten batters to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd inning as they took a 7-0 lead. Chad Allen led off with a triple off the center-field hill and scored on Robert Stratton's single to left. Jason Wood reached on a two-base error and Adrian Gonzalez walked to load the bases. Paul Hoover's groundout scored Stratton. After Derek Wathan grounded out, Kevin Hooper walked to load the bases. Wood and Gonzalez each scored on Jesus Medrano's single. Chris Wakeland followed with a three-run homer to right-center. Salt Lake got two runs back in the 3rd inning. Wil Nieves led off with a single and scored on Chone Figgin's triple. Figgins scored on Adam Riggs' single up the middle. Riggs belted a grand-slam homer to left-center in the 4th inning as the Stingers cut the defecit to a run at 7-6. The Isotopes added two runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. Wathan scored on Medrano's groundout and Wakeland singled to center to drive in Kevin Hooper. The Stingers tallied four more times in the top of the 5th inning to take a 10-9 lead. Jeff Guiel and Trent Durrington led off with back-to-back singles. Keith Johnson doubled to left-center field to drive them both in. Alfredo Amezaga's double scored Johnson and Amezaga eventually scored on Robb Quinlan's bunt single. The Isotopes retook the lead at 12-10 in the bottom of the 5th inning. Stratton led off with a single and scored on Wood's triple to the center field slope. Gonzalez reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to third on Hoover's double and scored on Wathan's sacrifice fly. Hooper singled to drive in Hoover. The Stingers tied the game at 12-12 in the top of the 7th inning as Riggs homered to left with Nieves on board. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Hooper led off with a walk and scored on Medrano's double to right field. Medrano moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Allen's groundout as the 'Topes built a 14-12 lead. Blaine Neal then came into the game and pitched a perfect 9th inning to earn the save. Both starters were hammered in the contest. Albuquerque's Marc Wilkins went 4 innings, giving up 6 runs and 7 hits. Salt Lake's John Snyder fared much worse. He went 4 1/3 innings giving up 12 runs (5 earned) and 10 hits. 'Topes Notes: Salt Lake's Alfredo Amezaga singled and doubled to extended his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . Vladimir Nuñez continues his struggles. He came in as a reliever in the contest and gave up 2 runs and 2 hits in 2 2/3 innings. . . . Pitching probables in the last game of the series (and homestand) are Sean Bergman (0-4, 6.32) for the 'Topes and Steve Green (1-1, 2.89) for the Stingers.

Wayne Back to the 'Topes

P Justin Wayne has been optioned again from the Florida Marlins to the Albuquerque Isotopes. Wayne had a disastrous start on Saturday evening against the Houston Astros at Minutemaid Park. Wayne did not even record an out in the 1st inning, pitching to 6 batters, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits while walking 3. He saw his ERA balloon to 11.81 over two starts with the Marlins and his record fall to 0-2. The Marlins have not announced who be added to the major-league 25-man roster, but speculation is they will promote prospect pitcher Dontrelle Willis from Double-A Carolina. The least likely scenario is to promote starting pitcher Nate Bump from the Isotopes.
Filed 05/04/2003

May 3, 2003 - Isotopes (12-16)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Salt Lake 030 000 100 -- 4 9 1 Albuquerque 050 020 10x -- 8 9 1 WP: Doug Bochtler (2-0) LP: Aaron Sele (1-2) HR: SLC Barry Wesson (2) off Doug Bochtler in the 2nd inning ABQ Derek Wathan (2) off Aaron Sele in the 2nd inning Chris Wakeland (3) off Aaron Sele in the 5th inning Robert Stratton (11) off Bo Donaldson in the 7th inning TIME: 2:42 ATT: 11,428 The Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) 8-4 to end a three-game losing streak. Salt Lake put three runs on the board off Isotopes starter Doug Bochtler in the 2nd inning. Barry Wesson solo-homered to left. Trent Durrington reached on an error and scored on Jeff Guiel's double to left. Guiel then scored on Keith Johnson's single. Albuquerque took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Robert Stratton and Jason Wood singled and Adrian Gonzalez drew a walk from Stingers starter Aaron Sele. Stratton and Wood scored on Matt Treanor's single and Derek Wathan followed with a three-run homer. In the 5th inning, Chris Wakeland led off with a solo homer. Treanor drove in Chad Allen later in the inning with a single as the Isotopes took a 7-3 advantage. In the 7th inning, Alfredo Amezaga's infield single drove in Johnson but the Isotopes got the run back in the bottom of the 7th inning when Robert Stratton blasted his league-leading 11th homer of the season, a shot to left field that landed outside the perimeter of Isotopes Park, well beyond the picnic area. The Angels announced tonight's start by Sele would be his last rehabiliation assignment outing, but the results seem to show he needs more work. Sele went 4 innings, giving up 7 runs, 6 hits, 5 walks and 1 strikeout. Bochtler, normally a reliever, made his second start and went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) and 6 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 3. Nate Fesh, just promoted from Class AA Carolina, pitched a perfect 9th inning for the Isotopes. 'Topes Notes: Salt Lake's Alfredo Amezaga extended his hitting streak to 12 games. There are no significant Isotopes hitting streaks at this time. . . . With the victory, the Isotopes are 3 games back of the PCL Central Division leader Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). Omaha (AAA Royals) is 1 game back in second place in the division. . . . Probables for Sunday's game three in the series are Marc Wilkins (1-0, 8.20) for the Isotopes and John Snyder (2-0, 2.42) for the Stingers.

Fuell, Keagle, Fesh Transactions

P Jerrod Fuell has been transferred to the Jupiter Hammerheads (Class A) from the Albuquerque Isotopes and P Greg Keagle was given his release from the Marlins organization. P Sean Fesh was transferred from Class AA-Carolina to the Isotopes. Fuell went 0-0 and a 3.60 ERA in three games with the Isotopes. Keagle made two starts and a relief appearance for the Isotopes and went 0-2 with a 14.85 ERA. He gave up 14 hits, 11 earned runs, walked 8 and struck out 6. Fesh made 13 appearances out of the Mudcats bullpen, going 6-0 with 2 saves. He did not give up any earned runs in 22 innings pitched. He gave up 10 hits, walked 6, and struck out 22.
Filed 05/03/2003

May 2, 2003 - Isotopes (11-16)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Salt Lake 000 000 200 -- 2 6 1 Albuquerque 000 100 000 -- 1 5 2 WP: Jason Secoda (2-1) LP: Vladimir Nuñez (0-1) SV: Bart Miadich (3) TIME: 3:02 ATT: 8,195 The Albuquerque Isotopes bullpen let another great starting pitching effort get away as the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) defeated the Isotopes 2-1 on Friday evening. Albuquerque has lost three in a row and six out of the last ten games. In the 4th inning, Jason Wood singled to left to drive in Jesus Medrano as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead. In the 7th inning, Vladimir Nuñez took the mound for the Isotopes in relief of Nate Bump. Jeff Guiel doubled with one out and Will Nieves drew a walk. Alfredo Amezaga drove them both home with a single to left as the Stingers held a 2-1 advantage. Nate Bump pitched 6 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4. 'Topes Notes: Salt Lake's Alfredo Amezaga extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his lone hit, the 7th inning RBI single. . . . Vladimir Nuñez has given up 4 earned runs and 5 hits in 3 2/3 innings since the option to Albuquerque. His ERA is currently at 9.82. . . . The Isotopes will have Doug Bochtler (1-0, 4.76) take the hill in the second game of the series in place of Justin Wayne, who was recently recalled by the Marlins. Aaron Sele (1-1, 2.70) will be making his last rehabilitation assignment start for the Stingers.

McLeary, Small Join Isotopes
Inactive List

Pitchers Marty McLeary and Aaron Small were transferred from the Class-A Short-Season Jamestown Jammers to the Isotopes and then placed on the Isotopes temporary inactive list.
Filed 05/02/2003

Wayne Recalled

To update the item earlier today, Marlins management has just decided to recall P Justin Wayne from Albuquerque. The transaction will be effective Saturday when the Marlins will place P Mark Redman on the major-league disabled list and recall Wayne. Wayne will make the start Saturday evening for the Marlins when they play the Houston Astros at Minutemaid Park. Wayne did not make an appearance for the Isotopes since he was optioned to Albuquerque earlier this week after having made the start in a losing cause against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark last Monday evening.
Filed 05/01/2003

May 1, 2003 - Isotopes (11-15)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Iowa 000 122 210 -- 8 13 0 Albuquerque 000 100 000 -- 1 6 0 WP: Todd Wellemeyer (1-0) LP: Clint Sodowsky (0-1) HR: IWA Midre Cummings (4) off Clint Sodowsky in the 4th inning Trinidad Hubbard (1) off Vladimir Nuñez in the 7th inning Keith McDonald (3) off Jarrod Fuell in the 8th inning TIME: 2:54 ATT: 7,635 Todd Wellemeyer was in complete control of the Albuquerque Isotopes as the Iowa Cubs defeated the 'Topes 8-1 in the sunshine at Isotopes Park. Midre Cummings solo-homered to right in the 4th inning as the Cubs took a 1-0 lead. Albuquerque tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the 4th inning. Anthony Iapoce led off the inning with a double and Matt Erickson drove him home with a double. In the 5th inning, Jackson Melian singled to left and scored on Nate Frese's double to right-center field. Bobby Hill's single to left scored Frese as the Cubs took a 3-1 lead. In the 6th inning, Cummings reached on a single and Keith McDonald doubled. Melian drove them both home with a ground-rule double to the deep right-field corner as the Cubs extended their lead to 5-1. Trinidad Hubbard hit a homer to left in the 7th inning with Nic Jackson on base as the Cubs led 7-1. In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Isotopes loaded the bases with two outs but were unable to score when pinch-hitter Kevin Hooper struck out. Iowa added another run in the 8th inning as Keith McDonald solo-homered to left off of Grants-native Jarrod Fuell. Wellemeyer went 6 innings, giving up only 2 hits and striking out 8 Isotope hitters. He gave up a run and walked three. Iowa pitchers ended up striking out 12 Isotopes players on the afternoon. Clint Sodowsky made his first Isotopes start and went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 runs and 8 hits. He struck out 5 and walked none. Vladimir Nuñez continues his struggles that got him sent down from the Marlins last week. He let both inherited runners score in the 6th inning and he gave up a two-run homer in the 7th inning. He only struck out one in 1 2/3 innings and gave up 3 hits. 'Topes Notes: The Cubs and Isotopes split the four-game series evenly. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page player of the series is Robert Stratton. He went 4-for-7 (.571) with 3 homers and 3 runs batted in. Stratton sat out the last two games of the series. . . . Kevin Hooper's hitting streak ended at 9 games when he made an appearance as a pinch hitter in the 7th inning and was unable to hit safely. . . . Iowa's Hubbard extended his hitting streak to 8 games with his homer in the 7th inning. The former-Albuquerque Duke Hubbard did have a great series in Albuquerque, going 7-for-17 (.412) with 3 runs scored, a homer, and 4 runs batted in. . . . The Isotopes open up a four-game series against the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) at Isotopes Park on Friday evening. Pitching probables are Nate Bump (1-3, 4.62) for the 'Topes and to be announced for the Stingers.

Another Isotope To Get Promoted

The Florida Marlins are going to place P Mark Redman on the disabled list with a broken hand. It is expected that P Justin Wayne or P Nate Bump will be promoted from the Isotopes, but as of this filing the Marlins management has yet to make a formal announcement of which starter will get the promotion. The leading candidate appears to be Wayne.
Filed 05/01/2003

April 30, 2003 - Isotopes (11-14)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Iowa 012 030 202 -- 10 12 1 Albuquerque 102 100 000 -- 4 10 2 WP: Steve Smyth (1-0) LP: Sean Bergman (0-4) HR: IWA Phil Hiatt (3) off Sean Bergman in the 1st inning Chris Pritchett (2) off Sean Bergman in the 5th inning TIME: 2:57 ATT: 4.419 The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 10-4 on Wednesday evening at Isotopes Park. Chad Allen doubled home Jesus Medrano in the 1st inning as the Isotopes scored first. In the top of the 2nd inning, Phil Hiatt solo homered to left-center as the Cubs tied the game at 1-1. In the top of the 3rd inning, Bobby Hill tripled and scored on Augie Ojeda's triple. Trinidad Hubbard followed with a double to score Ojeda as the Cubs built a 3-1 advantage. The Isotopes tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning as Adrian Gonzalez and Chad Allen both singled in runs. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Paul Hoover doubled and later scored on an error as the Isotopes took a 4-3 lead. In the 5th inning, Iowa's Chris Pritchett three-run homered as Iowa took a 6-4 lead, a lead that would never be relinquished. In the 7th inning, Isotopes reliever Greg Keagle walked the bases loaded. Pritchett drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Ojeda scored on a passed ball. Iowa added their final two runs in the 9th inning. Hubbard drove in a run with a single and Pritchett followed with a run scoring double. Steve Smyth started for the Cubs and picked up his first victory of the season. He went 6 innings, giving up 3 earned runs and 8 hits. Sean Bergman continued his winless ways with the Isotopes, giving up 6 earned runs and 9 hits in 6 innings of work. The rehabilitating Antonio Alfonseca pitched a perfect inning in the contest in what may be his last outing before ending his assignment and rejoining the Chicago Cubs. 'Topes Notes: Iowa's Trinidad Hubbard extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Pitching probables for the last game in the series, a special 12:05pm start, are Clint Sodowsky (no record) for the Isotopes and Todd Wellemeyer (0-1, 5.40) for the Cubs.

Wayne, Phelps Trading Places

Now that the Marlins starting rotation is settling down after the long contest on Sunday and the rotation change with A.J. Burnett going on the disabled list, the Marlins have optioned P Justin Wayne to Albuquerque and recalled P Tommy Phelps. Wayne, 24, only appeared in the one game against Arizona at Bank One Ballpark on Monday evening, giving up 4 runs and 7 hits in 5 1/3 innings while getting the loss. Phelps, 29, appeared in 5 games with the Isotopes, going 0-0 with a 1.17 ERA. He gave up 1 earned run, 5 hits, 3 walks and 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
Filed 04/30/2003

April 29, 2003 - Isotopes (11-13)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Iowa 100 012 000 -- 4 9 2 Albuquerque 010 101 20x -- 5 11 0 WP: Oswaldo Mairena (1-0) LP: Antonio Alfonseca (0-1) SV: Blaine Neal (1) HR: IWA Chris Pritchett (1) off Marc Wilkins in the 6th inning ABQ Robert Stratton (10) off Mike Wuertz in the 2nd inning TIME: 2:45 ATT: 5,079 Albuquerque took advantage of a rehabilitating reliever as they went on to defeat the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 5-4 on Tuesday evening. The victory was the third in a row for the Isotopes, their longest winning streak of the year. Phil Hiatt drove in Trenidad Hubbard in the 1st inning as the Cubs took a quick 1-0 lead. Robert Stratton hit his league-leading 10th homer of the season, a shot off the scoreboard, in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1. Albuquerque took the lead in the 4th inning as Matt Treanor drove in Adrian Gonzalez with a sacrifice fly. Iowa tied the game at 2-2 in the 5th inning. Nate Frese tripled and Cubs starter Mike Wuertz drove him in with a sacrifice fly. In the 6th inning, Iowa's Chris Pritchett belted a two run homer to give the Cubs the lead again at 4-2. Matt Treanor singled home Robert Stratton in the 6th inning with two out as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 4-3. Albuquerque then scored twice off Cubs reliever Antonio Alfonseca to take the lead they would never relinquish. Alfonseca, pitching on a rehabilitation assignment with the Cubs, allowed a leadoff double to Matt Erickson. Derek Wathan followed with a single to center to score Erickson to tie the game. Chris Wakeland's double off the left-field wall scored Wathan with the go-ahead run. Marc Wilkins made a spot start for the Isotopes and he went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs and 6 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 1. 'Topes Notes: Kevin Hooper did not play in the contest so his hitting streak remains active at 9 games. Iowa's Trenidad Hubbard extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . The Pacific Coast League has named Jason Bay of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) the PCL Hitter of the Week. Bay hit .550 with three homers and nine runs batted in for the week. . . . Steve Stemle of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week. He threw nine shutout innings giving up just a hit against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) but received a no-decision as the Redbirds won the game in the 10th inning. . . . Pitching probables for game three of the series are Sean Bergman (0-2, 5.68) for the Isotopes and Steve Smyth (0-0, 4.70) for the Cubs.

Judd placed on the DL

Mike Judd has been placed on the Isotopes DL with a hamstring injury. He injured his hamstring running out a fielder's choice in the first game of the doubleheader last Saturday at Colorado Springs. P Clint Sodowsky has been transferred from AA-level Carolina Mudcats to claim the roster spot. P Jarrod Fuell has been transferred from the A-level Jupiter Hammerheads to take Justin Wayne's roster spot. Wayne was recalled by the Marlins earlier today. Sodowsky compiled a 1-0 record with 2.70 ERA for the Mudcats. He pitched 26 2/3 innings, giving up 22 hits, 8 earned runs, 4 walks, 27 strikeouts and one homer. Fuell appeared in 11 games for the Hammerheads, pitching 11 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, no earned runs, a walk and 14 strikeouts while going 1-0.
Filed 04/28/2003

April 28, 2003 - Isotopes (10-13)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Iowa 020 100 000 -- 3 6 2 Albuquerque 251 000 00x -- 8 12 0 WP: Doug Bochtler (1-0) LP: Nate Teut (0-4) HR: IWA Keith McDonald (2) off Doug Bochtler in the 2nd inning Nate Frese (2) off Doug Bochtler in the 4th inning ABQ Jesus Medrano (1) off Nate Teut in the 1st inning Robert Stratton (8) off Nate Teut in the 2nd inning Matt Treanor (1) off Nate Teut in the 2nd inning Robert Stratton (9) off Mike Meyers in the 3rd inning TIME: 2:29 ATT: 5,188 In the first game of the homestand, the Albuquerque Isotopes used the longball as they defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 8-3. Jesus Medrano belted his first AAA-level homer with a man aboard in the 1st inning as the Isotopes built a 2-0 lead. In the top of the 2nd inning, Keith McDonald hit a home run to left with Nic Jackson on base as the Cubs tied the game at 2-2. The Isotopes added five more runs in the 2nd inning to build a 7-2 lead. Robert Stratton and Matt Treanor hit back-to-back solo homers. Derek Wathan tripled and scored on Doug Bochtler's groundout. Kevin Hooper was hit by a pitch, Jesus Medrano reached base on a walk, and Jason Wood promptly doubled to drive them in. Robert Stratton solo-homered in the 3rd inning to close out the Isotopes scoring. The Isotopes had a 8-2 lead. The Cubs got their final run of the game in the 4th inning as Nate Frese solo-homered. Doug Bochtler got the spot start due to Justin Wayne's promotion earlier in the day. Bochtler went 5 innings, giving up 3 runs and 5 hits. He walked none and struck out 5. Nate Teut faced his former Isotope teammates for the first time since being released and did not fare nearly as well on the evening. Teut only lasted 1 1/3 innings, giving up 7 earned runs and 5 hits. 'Topes Notes: Robert Stratton remains tied for the league lead in homers with 9. Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) right-fielder Jason Bay homered twice in his game in Omaha to keep pace with Stratton for the league lead. . . . Robert Stratton became the first Isotope to hit more than one homer in a game. . . . Kevin Hooper extended his hitting streak to 9 games, the longest Isotope hitting streak this season. . . . Iowa's Trinidad Hubbard hit safely in the contest to extend his hitting streak to 5 games, far short of the Cubs' season best streak of 17 games by Midre Cummings who saw that streak come to an end on Saturday. Cummings did not play in Monday's contest. . . . Isotope fans who are unable to receive KNML-AM can listen to the Iowa Cubs radio broadcasts on the Iowa Cubs web site at www.iowacubs.com . . . Pitching probables for game two of the series Mike Wuertz (0-3, 5.32) for the Cubs and for the Isotopes a pitcher to be announced.

Wayne Recalled by Marlins

The Marlins have decided to recall P Justin Wayne from the Isotopes to take pitcher A.J. Burnett's roster spot. P Tommy Phelps or P Juan Alvarez were being considered for the promotion to the Marlins, but the Marlins decided they needed a starter more than they needed a reliever after Marlins starting pitcher Carl Pavano was used in relief in yesterday's 20-inning Cardinals/Marlins contest. Wayne will be pitching on Monday night at Bank One Ballpark, where the Marlins face the Diamondbacks. Wayne made 2 appearances for the Isotopes, going 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA.
Filed 04/28/2003

April 27, 2003 - Isotopes (9-13)

Sky Sox Stadium, Colorado Springs ======================= Albuquerque 200 001 000 002 -- 5 8 0 Colorado Springs 000 000 030 001 -- 4 14 5 WP: Juan Alvarez (1-0) LP: Bobby Bevel (1-1) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (7) off Scott Elarton in the 1st inning TIME: 3:54 ATT: 2,945 The Albuquerque Isotopes probably wished they had their recently- promoted relief pitchers back as they won a hard-fought 5-3 game over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). The 12-inning contest was the longest contest played in the short history of the Isotopes franchise. Robert Stratton blasted his league-lead-tying seventh homer of the season in the 1st inning as the Isotopes took a quick 2-0 lead. Matt Erickson's RBI single in the 6th inning extended the lead to 3-0. In the 7th inning, Isotopes starter Nate Bump loaded the bases. Doug Bochtler came into the game with two outs in the inning and induced Sky Sox pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney to foul out to end the rally. The Isotopes relief core was not able to stop an 8th inning rally that tied the game at 3-3. Raul Casanova doubled to left to drive in Clint Barmes. Garrett Atkins RBI groundout scored Greg Vaughn and Kit Pellow singled to right to drive in Ben Petrick, who was pinch-running for Casanova. In the top of the 12th inning, the Isotopes took a 5-3 lead. Kevin Hooper walked. Jesus Medrano reached on an infield single. Sky Sox shortstop Barmes tried on the play to get a force at second base to retire Hooper but ended up throwing the ball away into right field for an error and Hooper came around to score on that error. Juan Alvarez hit a grounder to third that third-baseman Atkins threw away trying to record the out at first base and Medrano scored on the error. The Isotopes bullpen once again made it an interesting game. Alvarez put two Sky Sox hitters on base, got two outs, then gave up a base hit to Mandy Romero to load the bases. Choo Freeman was hit by a pitch to force home a run before Alvarez was able to get the final out to preserve the victory. Nate Bump went 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up 6 hits, no walks, and 3 strikeouts. Blaine Neal made his Isotopes debut and gave up three hits, one walk, and one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings pitched. 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes avoided a series sweep today by taking one of the four games. . . . Chad Allen's 7-game hitting streak came to an end, while Kevin Hooper extended his hitting streak to 8 games, tied for the longest streak by an Isotope this season. . . . The Isotopes Unofficial Web Page (IUWP) player of the series is Kevin Hooper. He hit safely in every game and hit .462 with 2 RBI and a run scored. . . . Not eligible for IUWP honors but were star performers for the Sky Sox were Raul Casanova and Garrett Atkins. Casanova batted .454 with 5 RBI and 3 runs scored. Atkins hit .571 with 7 RBI in the series. . . . The Isotopes return home for a eight-game homestand starting with four games against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Nate Teut (0-3, 6.48) returns to Isotopes Park in a Cubs uniform to face off against Albuquerque's Justin Wayne (1-1, 5.91).

Another 'Tope To Get "The Call"

The Marlins are putting pitcher A.J. Burnett on the disabled list with a swollen right elbow. The injury appears to be so serious that Burnett may undergo surgery. Michael Tejera is being moved from the bullpen into Burnett's slot in the starting rotation and a reliever will be needed. At press time, the Marlins are still deciding if they are going to promote from the Isotopes P Tommy Phelps or P Juan Alvarez. Stay tuned here to find out which Isotope the Marlins brass have decided to promote.
Filed 04/26/2003

April 26, 2003 (DH Game 2)
- Isotopes (8-13)

Sky Sox Stadium, Colorado Springs ======================== Albuquerque 000 014 0 -- 5 7 2 Colorado Springs 131 140 x -- 10 16 1 WP: Jason Young (2-1) LP: Greg Keagle (0-2) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (6) off Jason Young in the 6th inning TIME: 2:16 ATT: 3,394 In Game 2 of the doubleheader, a makeup game for a postponement on April 24, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) completed a sweep of the doubleheader with a 10-5 victory. Mandy Romero doubled to drive in Garrett Atkins as the Sky Sox took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. The Sky Sox added three more runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning on an RBI single by Jason Young and a two-run double by Atkins. Colorado Springs extended the lead in the 3rd and 4th innings as Ben Petrick scored on a passed ball and Atkins sacrifice-flied out. Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 5th inning. Jason Wood reached on an error and scored on Paul Hoover's double to left. Colorado Springs added four more runs in their half of the 5th inning to take a 10-1 lead. Rene Reyes and Clint Barmes drove in runs with singles, Matt Erickson's throwing error allowed a run to score, and Atkins sacrifice-flied out to drive in a run. The Isotopes added four runs in a 6th inning rally to make it a 10-5 game. Chad Allen doubled in Chris Wakeland, Wood's infield hit scored Allen, and Robert Stratton blasted his team- leading 6th homer of the season, a two run shot. Jason Young went 6 innings for the Sky Sox, giving up 4 earned runs and 6 hits. 'Topes Notes: Chad Allen and Kevin Hooper each hit safely in the contest to extend their hitting streaks to seven games. . . . The doubleheader sweep moved the Sky Sox to one game back of the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in the PCL Central Division. The Isotopes are still in third place in the division, five games back. . . . In the last game of the series (and roadtrip) in Colorado Springs, the pitching probables are Nate Bump (1-3, 6.27) for Albuquerque and Scott Elarton (0-2, 5.40) for Colorado Springs.

April 26, 2003 (DH Game 1)
- Isotopes (8-12)

Sky Sox Stadium, Colorado Springs ======================== Albuquerque 101 000 2 -- 4 8 3 Colorado Springs 303 011 x -- 8 11 0 WP: Cory Vance (3-1) LP: Mike Judd (2-2) HR: CSP Luis Lopez (2) off Oswaldo Mairena in the 5th inning TIME: 2:21 In the first game of a doubleheader, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 8-4. In the top of the 1st inning, the Isotopes loaded the bases and Anthony Iapoce scored on Adrian Gonzalez's fielder's choice. Raul Casanova two-run doubled to left field and Garrett Atkins broken-bat singled to center as the Sky Sox built a 3-1 lead. Chad Allen drove in Kevin Hooper with a single as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 3-2 in the 3rd inning. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Sky Sox added three more runs to the scoreboard. Casanova singled to right scoring Luke Allen. Mark Sweeney's sacrifice fly scored Greg Vaughn and Clint Barmes drove in a run with a fielder's choice as the Sky Sox led 6-2. Luis Lopez solo-homered to make it 7-2 in the 5th inning and the Sky Sox extended the lead to 8-2 in the 6th inning when Vaughn doubled in L. Allen. Gonzalez two-run double to left field scored C. Allen and Robert Stratton in the 7th inning to close out the scoring. 'Topes Notes: The 4th inning in Game 1 was awful for the Isotopes on the health front. Mike Judd reached first on a fielder's choice but became injured on the play and had to leave the game. Anthony Iapoce also appeared to have injured himself in the inning on the basepaths and had to leave the game. . . . Chad Allen and Kevin Hooper each extended their hitting streaks to six games. Matt Treanor's four-game hitting streak came to an end.

Nuñez, Neal Albuquerque-Bound

Looking to shore up their National League worst bullpen (5.68 ERA), the Florida Marlins optioned P Blaine Neal and P Vladimir Nuñez to Albuquerque and purchased the contracts of P Allen Levrault and P Toby Borland from Albuquerque. Adding Levrault and Borland gave the Marlins 41 men on their 40-man roster. To solve the problem, the Marlins have designated P Wes Anderson for assignment. Anderson has been on the A-level Jupiter Hammerheads disabled list so the move is unlikely to affect the Isotopes. Neal and Nuñez last appeared for the Marlins in Friday's game. Neal went 2 innings, giving up 2 runs and 4 hits. Nuñez gave up 2 runs and 2 hits in 1 inning of work, including giving up a homer to the Cardinals' Eli Marrero. Neal's ERA was 8.38 and Nuñez's ERA was 14.90 with the Marlins. Levrault leaves the Isotopes with the team's best ERA at 0.82 (minimum five innings pitched). He was 1-0 in 8 games, having pitched 11 innings, gave up 5 hits, 1 earned run, walked 1 and struck out 9. Toby Borland led the Isotopes in saves with 3. He compiled a 1-1 record, pitched 9 2/3 innings with an ERA of 3.72 and gave up 4 hits, 1 earned run, walked 6 and struck out 12.
Filed 04/26/2003

April 25, 2003 - Isotopes (8-11)

Sky Sox Stadium, Colorado Springs ======================= Albuquerque 000 100 020 -- 3 13 0 Colorado Springs 000 130 00x -- 4 7 1 WP: Randy Flores (2-1) LP: Sean Bergman (0-3) SV: Brad Clontz (4) TIME: 3:21 ATT: 2,607 In the series opener, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 4-3. In the top of the 4th inning, Kevin Hooper singled home Anthony Iapoce as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Mark Sweeney's groundout tied the game at 1-1. The Sky Sox took the lead in the bottom of the 5th inning as Greg Vaughn's sacrifice-flied out and Raul Casanova two-run singled to center. The Isotopes scored two more runs in the 8th inning. Derek Wathan scored on Hooper's infield single and another run scored on Jason Wood's double-play groundout. Sean Bergman gave up three runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two. 'Topes Notes: Kevin Hooper and Chad Allen extended their personal hitting streaks to five games in Friday's contest. . . . A makeup date has been announced for the first game of the series in Albuquerque on April 15th that was postponed due to a light bank failure. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday May 29th starting at 12:05pm in Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes and Sky Sox play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:35pm to play the regularly scheduled game plus a makeup game from April 24th. Mike Judd (2-1, 6.19) and Cory Vance (2-1, 3.86) face off in Game 1, while Greg Keagle (0-1, 32.40) and Jason Young (1-1, 4.20) square off in Game 2.

April 24, 2003 - Ppd., unplayable
grounds

The game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) was postponed due to wet and unplayable grounds. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday April 26 starting at 1:35pm. The Omaha Royals won on Thursday evening so the Isotopes, in third place, fall to 3 1/2 games behind the Royals in the Central Division. 'Topes Notes: Probable starters for Friday's first game of the series are Sean Bergman (0-2, 5.57) for the Isotopes and Randy Flores (1-1, 3.31) for the Sky Sox. . . . Mike Judd and Jason Young both warmed up before the postponed game and it is not known yet if either will make an appearance in the series.

April 23, 2003 - Day off

All the Pacific Coast League teams have the day off. The Isotopes are in third place in the PCL Central Division, three games back of the Omaha Royals. Here are the Isotopes team leaders in various statistical categories as well as how some of the Isotopes rank within the league. All statistics are through games of April 22. Team Leaders =========== Hitting Leaders (Minimum 4 Games): Batting Average: Chad Allen - .371 On-Base Percentage: Chad Allen - .413 Runs: Chad Allen - 13 Hits: Chad Allen - 26 Doubles: Chad Allen - 8 Triples: Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Wakeland - 1 Home Runs: Robert Stratton - 5 Runs Batted In: Robert Stratton - 16 Walks: Matt Erickson - 6 Strikeouts: Robert Stratton - 35 Stolen Bases: Anthony Iapoce, Kevin Hooper, and Jesus Medrano - 2 Pitching Leaders (Minimum 5 Innings): Wins: Mike Judd - 2 Losses: Nate Bump - 3 Saves: Toby Borland - 3 ERA (Relievers): Allen Levrault - 0.82 ERA (Starters): Kevin Olsen - 4.22 Hits: Sean Bergman - 27 Earned Runs: Nate Bump and Sean Bergman - 13 Home Runs Allowed: Sean Bergman - 3 Walks: Mike Judd and Nate Bump - 8 Strikeouts: Mike Judd - 16 Isotopes Among PCL Leaders ====================== Batting Average: Chad Allen (T-5) - .371 Home Runs: Robert Stratton (T-2) - 5 Runs Batted In: Robert Stratton (T-6) - 16 Chad Allen (T-8) - 14 Slugging Percentage: Chad Allen (9) - .571 Doubles: Chad Allen (T-1) - 8 Matt Erickson (T-3) - 6 Triples: Chris Wakeland and Adrian Gonzalez (T-4) - 1 Runs: Chad Allen (T-6) - 13 Hits: Chad Allen (T-3) - 26 Strikeouts: Robert Stratton (1) - 35 Chris Wakeland (4) - 21 Wins: Mike Judd (T-3) - 2 Losses: Nate Bump (T-1) - 3 Sean Bergman (T-2) - 2 Saves: Toby Borland (T-4) - 3 'Topes Notes: The Isotopes open up a four-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) in Colorado Springs on Thursday evening. Pitching probables are Mike Judd (2-1, 6.19) for the Isotopes and Jason Young (1-1, 4.20) for the Sky Sox.

April 22, 2003 - Isotopes (8-10)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City ========================= Albuquerque 010 010 011 -- 4 8 0 Oklahoma 000 000 000 -- 0 6 2 WP: Justin Wayne (1-1) LP: Victor Santos (1-1) HR: ABQ Chad Allen (2) off Victor Santos in the 8th inning TIME: 2:47 ATT: 4,845 Justin Wayne, Tommy Phelps, and Toby Borland hurled the first shutout in franchise history as the Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 4-0 in the series finale. In the top of the 2nd inning, Chad Allen reached on a two-base error by Donnie Sadler and Matt Treanor drove in Allen with a single to right. In the top of the 5th inning, Anthony Iapoce singled to center, driving in Paul Hoover. The Redhawks mounted a threat in the 7th inning. They loaded the bases with two outs but were unable to score. Jason Hart was at the plate and Jeff Pickler attempted to steal home plate on the return throw to reliever Tommy Phelps after a pitch. Pickler was easily caught stealing during the baserunning blunder. In the 8th inning, Allen solo-homered to left field as the Isotopes made it 3-0. In the 9th inning, Iapoce singled to center to score Matt Erickson with the final run of the day. Wayne went 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. 'Topes Notes: The Redhawks and Isotopes split the four-game series with two wins each. . . . Matt Erickson's five-game hitting streak came to an end when he went 0-for-2. . . . The Jason Hart home show was not as impressive as the travelling road show. On April 11-14 in Albuquerque, Hart went 11-for-19 (.578) while homering 4 times, driving in 12 runs, scoring 5 times and striking out 3 times. Immediately returning to SBC Bricktown Ballpark to face the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros), Hart went 1-for-13 (.077) and in the recently completed series against Albuquerque, the Isotopes held Hart to 1-for-8 (.125) with an RBI and 4 strikeouts. . . . The Isotopes are off on Wednesday before beginning a four-game series in Colorado Springs against the Sky Sox (AAA Rockies).

April 21, 2003 - Isotopes (7-10)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City ========================== Albuquerque 010 000 111 -- 4 11 0 Oklahoma 441 000 00x -- 9 12 0 WP: Ron Mahay (1-0) LP: Nate Bump (1-3) SV: Tom Graham (1) HR: Jason Jones (2) off Doug Bochtler in the 2nd inning TIME: 2:43 ATT: 3,495 The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) once again took advantage of early inning Isotopes woes as they defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 9-4 on Monday evening. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Jeff Pickler greeted Nate Bump with a leadoff single. Donnie Sadler was hit by a pitch and Ryan Ludwick was walked to load the bases. Jason Hart walked to earn the first run batted in of the evening. Mike Lamb singled to left, scoring Sadler. Jason Jones followed with a single to right, scoring Ludwick and Hart. In the top of the 2nd inning, Anthony Iapoce doubled to score Jason Wood as the Isotopes cut the defecit to three runs at 4-1. In the 2nd inning, Lamb singled to left, scoring Sadler and Ludwick. Jones two-run homer added two more runs in the inning as the Redhawks led 8-1. Oklahoma finished out their scoring in the 3rd inning as Sadler doubled to score Pickler. The Isotopes added a single run in each of the last three innings. Derek Wathan singled to score Robert Stratton in the 7th inning, Chad Allen doubled scoring Chris Wakeland in the 8th inning, and Matt Erickson singled to score Wathan in the 9th inning. Lamb went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and a run scored, while Ludwick went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI and a run scored. Bump gave up 7 runs and 6 hits in 1 2/3 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 2. 'Topes Notes: Travis Hughes, the Redhawks starter, had to leave the game in the 1st inning when Chad Allen's comebacker struck him in the right (pitching arm) forearm. . . . Matt Erickson's single in the 9th inning extended his personal hitting streak to 5 games. . . . Two Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) players swept the Pacific Coast League Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards. John Barnes hit .448 with 8 runs scored, 8 RBI, 3 doubles and a homer. Brian Meadows pitched 13 innings with a 0.69 ERA. He won 2 games and struck out 9. . . . The last game of the series is Tuesday morning. Justin Wayne (0-1, 15.75) for the Isotopes and Victor Santos (1-0, 3.00) for the Redhawks are the scheduled starters.

April 20, 2003 - Isotopes (7-9)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City ========================== Albuquerque 011 001 002 -- 5 11 0 Oklahoma 420 001 00x -- 7 10 0 WP: Doug Davis (3-0) LP: Greg Keagle (0-1) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (5) off Doug Davis in the 6th inning OKL Ryan Ludwick (2) off Greg Keagle in the 2nd inning TIME: 2:43 ATT: 3,546 The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) scored often and early as they went on to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-5 on Easter Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City. Greg Keagle, who was making his Isotopes debut, was rudely greeted by the Oklahoma Redhawks in the 1st inning. Ryan Ludwick drove in Greg Pickler and Mike Lamb with a two-run single. Later in the inning, Jermaine Clark and Danny Ardoin each drew bases-loaded walks to drive in runs as the Redhawks built a 4-0 lead. Albuquerque's Paul Hoover singled into right field, scoring Matt Treanor as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard in the top of the 2nd inning. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Lamb singled and scored on Ryan Ludwick's two-run homer to left-center field as the Redhawks led 6-1. Albuquerque scored once in the top of the 3rd inning. Jason Wood doubled to right center scoring Chad Allen. Albuquerque added another run in the top of the 6th inning as Robert Stratton solo-homered to left field, tying him for the league lead in homers with five. Ludwick's sacrifice fly in the 6th inning gave the Redhawks a 7-3 lead. In the 9th inning, the Isotopes began a rally. Chris Wakeland's two-run single to right with the bases loaded drove in Treanor and Matt Erickson, but the Isotopes rally fell short. In all, Ludwick went 2 for 3 with 5 runs batted in. Greg Keagle only lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up 6 earned runs and 6 hits. He walked three and struck out none. Doug Davis started for the Redhawks and went 8 innings, giving up 3 earned runs and 8 hits while walking none and striking out 8 Isotopes. 'Topes Notes: With the Isotopes loss and the Omaha Royals win on Sunday, the Albuquerque Isotopes are 2 games back and are in third place in the PCL Central Division standings. Colorado Springs won and remained in second place, 1 game back of the Royals. . . . Pitching probables for game three in the series on Monday evening in Oklahoma City are Nate Bump (1-2, 3.18) for the Isotopes and Travis Hughes (1-0, 4.02) for the Redhawks.

April 19, 2003 - Isotopes (7-8)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City ========================== Albuquerque 100 001 020 -- 4 6 0 Oklahoma 010 100 000 -- 2 7 2 WP: Toby Borland (1-1) LP: Rudy Seanez (0-1) TIME: 3:08 ATT: 4,598 In the series opener at SBC Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, the Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 4-2. Albuquerque scored in the 1st inning. Kevin Hooper singled and later scored on Chad Allen's single up the middle. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Redhawks tied the game as Rontrez Johnson drove in Jason Jones with a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Mike Lamb scored on a fielder's choice as the Redhawks took a 2-1 lead. The Isotopes tied the game in the 6th inning. Chris Wakeland tripled to right field scoring Jesus Medrano. In the 8th inning, the Isotopes broke the tie. Matt Treanor doubled and Medrano walked. Derek Wathan took over as a pinch runner for Treanor and scored on Kevin Hooper's grounder to third that was misplayed for an error. Medrano scored later in the inning when Adrian Gonzalez drew a bases-loaded walk. Sean Bergman gave up two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four in his no-decision outing. 'Topes Notes: Adrian Gonzalez went hitless for the first time in an Isotopes uniform. His hitting streak ended at five games. Jason Wood also went hitless, ending his eight game streak. . . . Pitching probables for game two in the series are Greg Keagle (No Record) for the Isotopes and Doug Davis (2-0, 3.20) for the Redhawks.

April 18, 2003 - Isotopes (6-8)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Colorado Springs 020 000 000 -- 2 6 3 Albuquerque 400 007 00x -- 11 11 0 WP: Mike Judd (2-1) LP: Jason Young (1-1) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (4) off Bryan Ward in the 6th inning TIME: 3:01 ATT: 9,255 The Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 11-2 in the series and homestand finale. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Adrian Gonzalez delivered a bases-loaded, 2 RBI single; Matt Erickson and Kevin Hooper scored. Robert Stratton singled to left and Chad Allen scored. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Isotopes starter Mike Judd drew a bases-loaded walk as the Isotopes built a 4-0 lead. In the second inning, the Sky Sox cut the defecit in half at 4-2 when Rene Reyes doubled to drive in Raul Casanova and Kit Pellow. In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Isotopes put the game away, scoring seven times. Hooper singled to left. Matt Treanor scored on the single and Derek Wathan scored when Sky Sox left-fielder Greg Vaughn misplayed the ball and was charged with an error. Gonzalez singled to left-center and Hooper scored. Jason Wood singled to left and Chris Wakeland scored. Robert Stratton followed with a three-run homer to right-center field. Judd gave up two runs and four hits in six innings of work. He walked three and struck out six. Jason Young, the Sky Sox starter, gave up four runs and four hits in five innings. 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque took the shortened series against the Sky Sox two games to one. . . . The Isotopes have taken two series so far this season. . . . Adrian Gonzalez hit safely in Friday's contest, extending his personal hitting streak to five games (every game he has played in). Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to eight games. Hitting streaks ended were Chris Wakeland's five game and Chad Allen's six game streaks. . . . The Isotopes drew 55,684 fans for the first homestand in franchise history. The average attendance was 7,955 fans. The largest attendance was Opening Night, April 11th (12,215) and the smallest was Monday night April 14th (4,029). . . . The Isotopes head out on the road for a nine-day, eight-game roadtrip, beginning with four games in Oklahoma (AAA Rangers). Pitching probables are Sean Bergman (0-2, 6.06) for the Isotopes and Joaquin Benoit (2-1, 5.40) for the Redhawks.

Mairena Transaction

The Florida Marlins on Thursday recalled Isotopes reliever Oswaldo Mairena with instructions not to report to the team. The Marlins then outrighted Mairena to Albuquerque. The net effect of the transaction was to remove Mairena off the Marlins 40-man roster. The Marlins have not yet announced who will replace Mairena on the team's 40-man roster. The active/disabled list Isotopes currently on Florida's 40-man roster are: Nate Bump, Kevin Olsen, Tommy Phelps, Justin Wayne, Kevin Hooper, and Jesus Medrano.
Filed 04/18/2003

April 17, 2003 - Isotopes (5-8)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Colorado Springs 100 633 010 -- 14 12 3 Albuquerque 000 413 100 -- 9 10 1 WP: Chris Michalak (2-1) LP: Justin Wayne (0-1) HR: CSP Luis Lopez (1) off Justin Wayne in the 4th inning Greg Vaughn (1) off Marc Wilkins in the 5th inning Kit Pellow (2) off Marc Wilkins in the 5th inning Luke Allen (2) off Doug Bochtler in the 8th inning ABQ Robert Stratton (3) off Chris Michalak in the 4th inning TIME: 3:09 ATT: 5,276 The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) outslugged the Albuquerque Isotopes 14-9 in wind-blown conditions at Isotopes Park on Thursday evening. In the 1st inning, Colorado Springs' Greg Vaughn RBI singled to drive in Clint Barmes. In the 4th inning, Colorado Springs extended their lead. With the bases loaded, Sky Sox starter Chris Michalak singled up the middle to drive in Vaughn and Ben Petrick. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Luis Lopez homered as the Sky Sox built a 7-0 lead. Albuquerque put their first runs on the board in the bottom of the 4th inning. Adrian Gonzalez singled home Jesus Medrano and Robert Stratton two-run homered to left. With the single, Gonzalez continued his streak of hitting safely in every Isotopes game he has appeared in. Colorado Springs built the lead to 10-4 in the top of the 5th inning. Greg Vaughn solo-homered, his first homer as a Sky Sox. Kit Pellow added a two-run homer in the inning. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Medrano's sacrifice fly scored Matt Erickson as the Sky Sox lead 10-5. In the top of the 6th inning, Lopez RBI doubled, Luke Allen RBI singled, and Pellow RBI doubled as the Sky Sox held a 13-5 advantage. The Isotopes responded with three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. Paul Hoover doubled to score Robert Stratton, Derek Wathan doubled to score Hoover, and Wathan later scored. In the bottom of the 7th ininng, Stratton's sacrifice fly scored Jason Wood as Colorado Springs held a 13-9 lead. Colorado Springs closed out the scoring in the 8th inning as L. Allen solo-homered. Justin Wayne went four innings in his Isotopes debut, giving up seven runs and 4 hits. He struck out three and walked four. 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque's Jason Wood extended his personal hitting streak to seven games and Chad Allen to six games. Personal hitting streaks ended in Thursday's ballgame were Jesus Medrano and Matt Treanor's four-game streaks. . . . Going into Thursday's game, Chad Allen had the eighth best batting average in the PCL (.404). He was seventh best in RBI (T-10), ninth best in slugging percentage (.617), tied for the league lead in doubles (T-7) and fifth best in hits (T-19). Robert Stratton holds the league lead in strikeouts with 25, six ahead of second place Jacques Landry of Tacoma (AAA Mariners). Toby Borland is third best in saves (T-3). . . . Pitching probables for the last game in the shortened series are Mike Judd (1-1, 8.10) for the Isotopes and Jason Young (1-0, 2.70) for the Sky Sox.

Teut, Olsen, Keagle Transactions

Nate Teut has been released to make room on the roster for Justin Wayne. Teut was immediately picked up by the Chicago Cubs and sent to Iowa. On Thursday evening, he lost his first start with the I-Cubs. He gave up 3 earned runs and 4 hits in 3 1/3 innings in a 5-1 loss in Omaha to the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). Kevin Olsen has been placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain. Greg Keagle was transferred from AA-level Carolina Mudcats and is expected to make his first start on Sunday in the second game of a series with the Oklahoma Redhawks in Oklahoma City.
Filed 04/17/2003

April 16, 2003 - Isotopes (5-7)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Colorado Springs 000 000 111 -- 3 6 3 Albuquerque 131 200 02x -- 9 14 0 WP: Nate Bump (1-2) LP: Scott Elarton (0-2) HR: CSP Ben Petrick (1) off Tommy Phelps in the 8th inning ABQ Paul Hoover (1) off Scott Elarton in the 2nd inning TIME: 2:19 ATT: 4,584 The Dukes started the series at Isotopes Park against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) with a 9-3 victory. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Chad Allen doubled to the right- center field gap to score Jesus Medrano. The Isotopes extended the lead to 4-0 in the 2nd inning when Paul Hoover three-run homered to left-center field. The Isotopes tacked on another run in the 3rd inning. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to left, scoring Allen. In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Isotopes added two more runs to take a 7-0 lead. Allen singled up the middle scoring Chris Wakeland and Gonzalez tripled to right-center scoring Allen. In the top of the 7th inning, Clint Barnes scored on Raul Casanova's groundout to break up the shutout. In the 8th inning, Colorado Springs' Ben Petrick solo-homered to make it 7-2 in favor of the Isotopes. In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Isotopes tacked two more runs on the scoreboard. Kevin Hooper scored on Medrano's RBI single and Allen singled to left to score Medrano. In the top of the 9th inning, Toby Borland came on to pitch in a non-save situation. Casanova walked, pinch-hitter Greg Vaughn doubled, and Casanova scored on a wild pitch. Nate Bump started for the Isotopes and went seven innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out three. Scott Elarton started for the Sky Sox and was torched by the 'Topes for seven runs (five earned) and eleven hits in six innings. 'Topes Notes: Bump's victory was his first at the Triple-A level. . . . . Here are some current Isotopes personal game hitting streaks: Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in all three games he has played as an Isotope; Matt Treanor and Jesus Medrano have hit safely in four games; Chris Wakeland and Chad Allen have hit safely in five games, and Jason Wood has hit safely in six games. . . . In the second game of the shortened series, the probables are Justin Wayne (no record) for the Albuquerque Isotopes and former-Albuquerque Duke Chris Michalak (1-1, 2.25) for the Sky Sox. . . . The Pacific Coast League has named John Wasdin of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) the PCL Pitcher of the Week for April 3-13, 2003. Wasdin tossed a perfect game against the Isotopes on April 7th, striking out fifteen 'Topes. For the period, he went 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA, allowing seven hits, four earned runs, no walks, and eighteen strikeouts.

April 15, 2003 - Isotopes Postponed

The series opener at Isotopes Park between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) has been postponed due to a light bank failure. The high winds in Albuquerque did not make it safe for electricians to climb one of the light bank towers in order to troubleshoot and fix the lighting so it was decided for the safety of the players to postpone the game. The game will be made up in late May (exact day still being worked out) when the Sky Sox return to Albuquerque. 'Topes Notes: Probable starters for the first game of the shortened three-game series are Mike Judd (1-1, 8.10) for the Isotopes and Jason Young (1-0, 2.70) for the Sky Sox. . . . The Pacific Coast League has named their first Hitter of the Week for the 2003 season. From Opening Day, April 3, 2003 to April 13, 2003, Bubba Crosby of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) hit .484 with eleven runs scored, doubled five times, tripled twice, belted two homers and had nine runs batted in.

April 14, 2003 - Isotopes (4-7)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Oklahoma 000 003 600 -- 9 11 1 Albuquerque 012 100 010 -- 5 11 2 WP: Joaquin Benoit (2-1) LP: Sean Bergman (0-2) SV: Reynaldo Garcia (1) HR: MEM Jason Jones (1) off Sean Bergman in the 6th inning Dave Meliah (2) off Sean Bergman in the 7th inning Jason Hart (5) off Allen Levrault in the 7th inning ABQ: Jason Wood (2) off Joaquin Benoit in the 4th inning TIME: 2:47 ATT: 4,029 In the final game of the series, the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) rallied to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes 9-5. Albuquerque scored first in the 2nd inning. Jason Wood's fielder's choice scored Chad Allen. In the 3rd inning, Chris Wakeland doubled to left-center to score Anthony Iapoce and Jesus Medrano as the Isotopes built up a 3-0 lead. In the 4th inning, Wood's solo homer gave Albuquerque a 4-0 lead. In the 6th inning, Oklahoma's Jason Jones hit his first homer of the year, a three-run homer, to cut the Isotopes lead to a run at 4-3. The Redhawk's Dave Meliah solo-homered in the 7th inning to tie the game. Later in the inning, Gerald Laird scored on a Matt Treanor throwing error and Jeff Pickler scored on the front end of a double steal. Jason Hart once again homered in the series, a three-run homer, as the Redhawks took a 9-4 lead. Allen doubled to score Medrano in the 8th inning for the last Isotopes run of the evening. 'Topes Notes: Two Oklahoma Redhawks extended hitting streaks in the game. Ryan Christenson extended his hit streak to 11 games and Dave Meliah homered in the 7th inning to extend his streak to 8 games. . . . The Jason Hart travelling roadshow left Albuquerque. In the series, Hart torched the 'Topes, going 11 for 19 (.578), homering 4 times, driving in 12 runs, scoring 5 runs, doubled twice, struck out 3 times and walked once. . . . Joaquin Benoit got the start for the Redhawks as R.A. Dickey was promoted to the Texas Rangers. . . . The Redhawks took three out of the four games in the series . . . . The Isotopes open up a four game series at Isotopes Park against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) on Tuesday night. Mike Judd (1-1, 8.10) goes for the Isotopes while it is expected Colorado Springs will send Jason Young (1-0, 2.70) to the mound.
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April 13, 2003 - Isotopes (4-6)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque ================== Oklahoma 021 200 203 -- 10 18 2 Albuquerque 013 2(11)0 01x -- 18 19 2 WP: Marc Wilkins (1-0) LP: Robert Ellis (0-1) HR: OKL Danny Ardoin (1) off Nate Teut in the 2nd inning ABQ Chris Wakeland (2) off Robert Ellis in the 3rd inning Chad Allen (1) off Robert Ellis in the 3rd inning Derek Wathan (1) off Robert Ellis in the 5th inning Rob Stratton (2) off Ron Mahay in the 5th inning TIME: 3:01 ATT: 8,735 In the third game of the series, the Albuquerque Isotopes bats finally came alive as they went on to defeat the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 18-10. The victory snapped a five game losing streak and the victory was the first for the Isotopes in brand-new Isotopes Park. The Redhawks once again got on the scoreboard first. In the top of the 2nd inning, Ryan Christenson led off with a double and later scored on Danny Ardoin's two-run homer to left. The Dukes got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Chad Allen doubled, moved to third on Adrian Gonzalez's flyout, and scored on an error by the Redhawks third baseman Cole Liniak. In the top of the 3rd inning, Jim Rushford's RBI groundout scored Liniak as the Redhawks built a 3-1 lead. The Isotopes took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Jesus Medrano grounded out to score Derek Wathan and Chris Wakeland and Chad Allen back-to-back solo homered as the 'Topes led 4-3. The lead was short-lived. Jason Jones RBI single scored Jeff Pickler and Jason Hart sacrifice flied out to shallow left field to gave the Redhawks a 5-4 lead. In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Isotopes re-gained the lead for good. Wathan's broken bat blooper to right center scored Jason Wood and Paul Hoover as the Isotopes led 6-5. The Isotopes really gave it to the Redhawks in the 5th inning, sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring 11 runs. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to the right field corner with one out. Wood singled to left and Robert Stratton's infield hit scored Gonzalez. Hoover was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Wathan grand-slam homered to right field. Redhawks starter Robert Ellis was removed from the game and replaced with Ron Mahay. Anthony Iapoce doubled to left center. Jesus Medrano's base hit scored Iapoce. Chris Wakeland singled and Allen grounded out to score Medrano. Gonzalez and Wood walked to load the bases and Robert Stratton grand-slam homered to center field as the Isotopes built a 17-5 lead. The Isotopes became the 4th team in PCL history to hit two grand-slams in the same inning. In the 7th inning, Christenson scored on a wild pitch and Pickler doubled to drive in Rushford. The game was such a blowout that the Redhawks brought in infielder Cole Liniak to pitch in the 7th inning. Liniak went two innings, giving up 1 run and 2 hits and striking out 1. Liniak's only run given up came in the bottom of the 8th inning. Chris Wakeland was hit by a pitch and scored on Allen's double to center. Albuquerque led 18-7 when the inning was over. In the top of the 9th inning, the Redhawks took advantage of some Isotopes defense lapses to score three more times. Ardoin reached on an error. Donnie Sadler singled and Ardoin and Sadler advanced a base on another error. Pickler grounded out to score Ardoin. Jason Jones doubled to score Sadler and Hart doubled to score Jones. Adrian Gonzalez made his Isotopes debut, starting at first base. He singled and doubled, going 2-for-5 and scoring 2 runs. Joaquin Benoit was scheduled to start but Ellis ended up taking the mound. Ellis went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 12 hits, 11 runs (all earned), walked none, struck out 1 and gave up 3 homers. 'Topes Notes: The back-to-back homers in the 3rd inning by Wakeland and Allen is an Isotopes franchise first. . . . Derek Wathan hit the first grand slam in Isotopes history in the 5th inning and, with Robert Stratton's grand-slam later in the inning, it was the first time two grand slams were hit in the same inning in Isotopes history. . . . Oklahoma's Ryan Christenson extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Dave Meliah extended his hit streak to 7 games as he singled in his only at-bat after entering late in the game. . . . On Monday, the scheduled starters in the last game of the series are Sean Bergman (0-1, 6.10) for the Isotopes and R.A. Dickey (1-1, 1.80) for the Redhawks.

Gonzalez Activated from the DL

Highly-touted Marlins prospect IF Adrian Gonzalez has recovered from wrist surgery and was activated from the Isotopes DL list. He made his first appearance in an Isotopes suit on Sunday against the Redhawks. The Florida Marlins recalled P Justin Wayne from his rehabilitation assignment, activated him from the Marlins 15-day DL, and then optioned him to Albuquerque. OF Chris Ashby has been optioned to the AA-level Carolina Mudcats.
Filed 04/13/2003

April 12, 2003 - Isotopes (3-6)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque =================== Oklahoma 300 110 000 3 -- 8 12 3 Albuquerque 001 200 110 0 --5 16 2 WP: Dan Murray (2-1) LP: Toby Borland (0-1) SV: Brian Shouse (1) HR: Jason Hart (3) off Kevin Olsen in the 1st inning Jason Hart (4) off Toby Borland in the 10th inning TIME: 3:23 ATT: 11,590 In the second game of the series at Isotopes Park, the Isotopes clawed back into the game to (literally!) throw it away as the Oklahoma Redhawks went home the victors 8-5. Albuquerque has lost five straight and the first two at their brand new ballpark. It did not take Oklahoma long to take the lead. In the top of the first, Jason Hart blasted a three-run homer into the picnic area beyond the left field fence. The Isotopes got on the scoreboard in the third inning. Kevin Hooper reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a walk, moved to third on an error by Redhawks starter Victor Santos, and scored on Chris Wakeland's infield hit. The Redhawks scored again the 4th inning. Jason Jones singled and later scored on Ryan Christenson's double to the left field gap. The Isotopes tacked on two more runs in the 4th inning to cut the defecit to a run at 4-3. Matt Treanor led off the inning with an infield base hit. Jesus Medrano doubled to left and Anthony Iapoce grounded out to score Treanor. Medrano scored on Hooper's infield bunt. The Redhawks extended the lead in the 5th inning. Manny Alexander singled, stole second, and scored on Hart's single up the middle. The Isotopes scored once in the 7th inning. Wakeland led off with a bloop single to left and later scored when Iapoce reached on Redhawk third baseman Dave Meliah's error. The Isotopes tied the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. Matt Erickson singled up the middle, advanced on Jason Wood's single up the middle and scored on Wakeland's sacrifice fly to right field. In the 10th inning, the Isotopes pitching staff's 4-inning scoreless streak came to an end. Isotopes reliever Toby Borland entered the game. He was greeted by Jeff Pickler's infield singler. Alexander bunted and Isotopes catcher Treanor threw the ball past the first baseman and down the right field line. Picker came around to score from first on the single and error. After Ryan Ludwick struck out, Hart followed with his second homer of the evening, a two-run shot to left field between the fence and picnic area as the Redhawks took an 8-5 lead. The Isotopes loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning but could not score. 'Topes Notes: Albuquerque left 18 men on base, while Oklahoma just left 5 on base. . . . It was the worst fielding game the Isotopes have played to date - the Redhawks committed 3 errors and the Isotopes 2 errors. . . . Oklahoma's Jason Hart should ask the Rangers to trade him to the Marlins and play in Albuquerque. In his first two games at Isotopes Park, Hart has gone 6 for 9 (.667) while homering three times and driving in seven runs. He has scored four runs. . . . Game three against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) is Sunday at Isotopes Park. Nate Teut (0-1, 3.60) takes on Oklahoma's Joaquin Benoit (1-1, 5.00).

April 11, 2003 - Isotopes (3-5)

Isotopes Park, Albuquerque ================== Oklahoma 020 111 000 -- 5 13 1 Albuquerque 020 010 000 -- 3 9 0 WP: Travis Hughes (1-0) LP: Nate Bump (0-2) SV: Rosman Garcia (3) HR: Jason Hart (2) off Nate Bump in the 5th inning TIME: 2:46 ATT: 12,215 In the Isotopes inaugural home opener, the Oklahoma Redhawks spoiled the festivities by defeating the 'Topes 4-3. In the top of the 2nd inning, Oklahoma's Jason Hart singled to right, advanced to second on Jason Jones' walk, and both later scored on Dave Meliah's blooper to left field. In the Isotopes half of the 2nd inning, Chad Allen reached on an error by the first baseman Hart. He advanced to second by stealing the base and scored on Chris Wakeland's double to right. Wakeland later scored on Matt Treanor's single to left. In the 4th inning, Meliah doubled down the left field line and scored on Gerald Laird's single to right as the Redhawks took a 3-2 lead. In the 5th inning, Hart blasted a solo-homer to left as the Redhawks extended their lead to 4-2. The Isotopes responded with a run of their own in the 5th inning. With 2 outs, Matt Erickson doubled to left and scored on Jason Wood's single to left. Allen followed with a single to right to put runners on first and second, but Chris Wakeland struck out to end the threat. Oklahoma held a 4-3 lead. In the top of the 6th inning with Oswaldo Mairena fresh on the mound, Ryan Christenson bloop-singled to right, moved to third on Laird's single to right, and scored on Jeff Pickler's single to left as the Redhawks extended the lead to 5-3. 'Topes Notes: P Rick Croushore was placed on the DL with a left-knee sprain. . . . In the second game of the series, the Isotopes send Kevin Olsen (1-0, 1.50) to the mound to face Oklahoma's Victor Santos (0-0, 3.60).

April 10, 2003 (PPD) - Isotopes (3-4)

Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================= The Albuquerque Isotopes / Nashville Sounds game was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 31, 2003 when the Isotopes go back to Nashville. In Albuquerque's home (and ballpark) opener on Friday evening, Nate Bump (0-1, 1.80) takes the mound against Oklahoma's Travis Hughes (0-0, 7.71).

April 9, 2003 - Isotopes (3-4)

Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================= Albuquerque 200 000 000 -- 2 2 0 Nashville 070 020 01x -- 10 9 0 WP: Ryan Vogelsong (2-0) LP: Mike Judd (1-1) HR: ABQ Jason Wood (1) off Ryan Vogelsong in the 1st inning NSH Carlos Rivera (1) off Mike Judd in the 5th inning TIME: 2:19 ATT: 1,782 The Nashville Sounds defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 10-2 on Wednesday afternoon. The Isotopes losing streak is at three games while the Nashville Sounds remain undefeated in the young PCL season. The 'Topes got on the board first. With Kevin Hooper on base via the hit-by-pitch, Jason Wood smacked a homer as the Isotopes took a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, the Sounds got on the board by battering Mike Judd for 7 runs. Tony Alvarez doubled to right with the bases loaded to drive in two runs. Brad King drove in a run with an RBI groundout. Later in the inning, Adam Hyzdu walked with the bases loaded to drive in another run. Mike Gulen followed with a 3-run double to left-center. Carlos Rivera two-run homered in the 5th inning as the Sounds extended their lead to 9-2. In the 8th inning, Alvarez was hit bit a pitch, moved to second and to third on wild pitches, and scored on King's infield single to finish up the scoring. Judd went 5 innings, giving up 6 hits, 9 runs (all earned), walked 4 and struck out 4. Ryan Vogelsong, meanwhile, gave up 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and struck out 11 Isotopes in his 6 innings of work. 'Topes Notes: Manager Dean Treanor was ejected for the first time this season. He was ejected in the bottom of the 5th inning after apparently continuing a argument with home plate umpire Matt Schaeffer over a called third strike on Matt Erickson in the top half of the 5th inning. . . . The Florida Marlins optioned P Tommy Phelps to Albuquerque when they activated A.J. Burnett from the major league DL. . . . The Isotopes hope to get a victory on getaway day as they return to Albuquerque for the home opener on Friday. Nate Bump will take the mound for the Isotopes while the Sounds counter with Nelson Figueroa in a 9:30am MDT start at Herschel Greer Stadium.

April 8, 2003 - Isotopes (3-3)

Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================= Albuquerque 002 010 000 -- 3 7 1 Memphis 050 002 00x -- 7 11 2 WP: Brian Meadows (1-0) LP: Sean Bergman (0-1) HR: NSH Tomas De La Rosa (1) off Sean Bergman in the 2nd Inning TIME: 2:47 ATT: 1,987 The Nashville Sounds remained the only undefeated team in the PCL as they defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-3 on Tuesday evening. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Tomas De La Rosa belted a three-run homer off Dukes starter Sean Bergman. Tony Alvarez later followed with a RBI single and Adam Hyzdu RBI doubled as the Sounds built a 5-0 lead. The Isotopes were able to break the Sounds pitching staff's 36 2/3 consecutive inning scoreless streak in the 3rd inning. Matt Treanor was hit by a pitch. Later in the inning, Bergman sacrifice bunted and Sounds starter Brian Meadows threw the ball away to first base for a throwing error. Kevin Hooper's ground ball to third was bobbled for another error and the bases were loaded. Jesus Medrano's infield single scored a run and Jason Wood's sacrifice fly added another run as the Sounds lead was cut to 5-2. In the 5th inning, Hooper lined a single to right as the Isotopes nudged to within two runs at 5-3. In the 6th inning, Isotopes reliever Rick Wilkins hit Alvarez with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run. Later in the inning, Hyzdu's sacrifice fly plated the last Sounds run of the game.

April 7, 2003 - Isotopes (3-2)

Herschel Greer Stadium, Nashville ======================= ALBUQUERQUE 000 000 000 -- 0 0 2 NASHVILLE 020 002 00x -- 4 8 0 WP: John Wasdin (1-0) LP: Nathan Teut (0-1) HR: NSH Adam Hyzdu (1) off Teut in the 6th inning TIME: 2:02 ATT: 1,946 It didn't take long for pitching history to be made against the Isotopes. In just the fifth game in Isotopes franchise history, Nashville's John Wasdin hurled a perfect game against the Isotopes. Not only did he pitch his first career no-hitter/perfect game, he also set a career-high in strikeouts for a game with 15. In the 2nd inning, David Doster drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and J.J. Davis scored from first base on a stolen base and a throwing error by Isotopes starter Nathan Teut. In the 6th inning, Adam Hyzdu belted a two-run homer, his first of the young season. Teut went 5 innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.

April 6, 2003 - Isotopes (3-1)

Autozone Park, Memphis ================== ABQ - 000 000 300 -- 3 8 1 MEM - 100 000 010 -- 2 7 2 WP: Kevin Olsen (1-0) LP: Steve Stemle (0-1) SV: Toby Borland (3) TIME: 2:23 ATT: 9,856 Propelled by a three-run 7th inning, the Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds 3-2 and took three out of the four games in Memphis to open the season. Mike Peeples' sacrifice fly in the 1st inning gave the Redbirds an early 1-0 lead. In the 7th inning, Chad Allen contributed an RBI double, Derek Wathan scored on a Jose Nieves throwing error, and Matt Erickson doubled to score Allen as the Isotopes built a 3-1 lead. So Taguchi's sacrifice fly in the 8th inning brought the Redbirds to within a run at 3-2. Toby Borland worked the 9th inning to earn the save. Kevin Olsen, in his first Isotopes outing, went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 earned run, walking none and striking out 1.

April 5, 2003 - Isotopes (2-1)

Autozone Park, Memphis =================== ABQ - 002 000 000 -- 2 7 1 MEM - 400 000 20x -- 6 6 0 WP: Jason Ryan (1-0) LP: Nate Bump (0-1) HR: ABQ Robert Stratton (1) off Ryan in the 3rd inning MEM Dee Haynes (1) off Mairena in the 7th inning TIME: 2:19 ATT: 13,363 In the third game of the series, the Memphis Redbirds defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-2. The Redbirds touched up Isotopes starter Nate Bump for four runs in the 1st inning. So Taguchi led off with a walk and later scored on Kurt Abbott's RBI single. John Gall's groundout scored Ivanon Coffie and Dee Haynes drove in two runs with a single. Robert Stratton's two-run homer in the 3rd inning cut the defecit in half at 4-2 Memphis. The Redbirds scored their final two runs in the 7th inning. Haynes solo-homered and pinch-hitter Mike Peeples scored on Taguchi's RBI double down the left field line.

Survey Results - Team Name
Satisfaction and Team Logo

Here are the final, unscientific results of the web page survey about team name satisfaction and the team logo: Do you like the team name "Isotopes"? I Like It! -- 219 votes -- 73% I Don't Like It! -- 51 votes -- 17% I May Eventually Like It -- 29 votes -- 10% Total Number of Responses: 299 Do you like the Isotopes logo? I Like The Logo -- 198 votes --80% I Do Not Like The Logo -- 51 votes -- 20% Total Number of Responses: 249

April 4, 2003 - Isotopes 2-0

Autozone Park, Memphis =================== ABQ - 320 000 000 -- 5 10 0 MEM - 000 000 110 -- 2 8 2 WP: Mike Judd (1-0) LP: Jimmy Journell (0-1) SV: Toby Borland (2) HR: MEM Ivanon Coffie (1) off Juan Alvarez in the 8th inning TIME: 2:43 ATT: 11,109 The Albuquerque Isotopes scored early and often and held off the Memphis Redbirds 5-2 on Friday evening. Albuquerque put up three runs on the scoreboard in the 1st inning. Jesus Medrano led off with a leadoff walk, stole second, and scored on Jason Wood's single and throwing error on the Memphis third baseman Ivanon Coffie. Chad Allen's RBI single scored Wood. Allen advanced to second on Chris Wakeland's walk and scored on Matt Treanor's single up the middle. The Isotopes added two more runs in the 2nd inning. Pitcher Mike Judd doubled and later scored on Kevin Hooper's single. Robert Stratton's sacrifice fly scored Medrano with the last Isotopes run of the evening. Memphis tried to mount a comeback starting in the 7th inning. Off Isotope reliever Marc Wilkins, Dee Haynes delivered an RBI single. In the 8th inning off of reliever Juan Alvarez, Ivanon Coffie solo homered.

April 3, 2003 - Isotopes 1-0

Autozone Park, Memphis =================== ABQ - 000 002 010 -- 3 8 0 MEM - 010 100 000 -- 2 6 0 WP: Allen Levrault (1-0) LP: Gabe Molina (0-1) SV: Toby Borland (1) HR: ABQ - Chris Wakeland (1) off N. Rodriguez in the 6th inning TIME: 2:40 ATT: 12,457 In the season-opener game for the Albuquerque Isotopes franchise, Chris Wakeland's two-run homer tied the game and Chad Allen doubled in the game winning RBI in the 8th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds 3-2. Memphis took the early lead in the 2nd inning when Todd Dunwoody singled to right and scored on Mike Peeples double to the right field gap. The Redbirds extended the lead in the fourth inning as Dunwoody doubled down the right field line and later scored on Bo Hart's sacrifice fly to left. The Isotopes had great scoring chances early. In the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, the Isotopes were able to put a runner in scoring position with less than 2 outs but blew all three scoring opportunities. The 'Topes finally broke through in the 6th inning when Chad Allen doubled to the left center field gap with two outs and Wakeland followed with his homer to left. In the 8th inning, Kevin Hooper doubled up the middle, advanced on a groundout and scored on Allen's double to right.

Isotopes Announce Opening Day
Roster

The Albuquerque Isotopes announced on Monday their 24-man Opening Day roster. Check the roster section of this web page for the 24-man roster as released by the club. The parent club has not disclosed recent transactions so I am unable to account for many of the players assigned to Albuquerque throughout the winter and spring and that are not on the Isotopes 24-man active roster. Many of those players are probably on the disabled list/inactive roster of the Isotopes.
Filed 04/01/2003

Isotopes Single Game Tickets Now
On Sale!

Albuquerque Isotopes single-game ticket sales have started. Opening Night sold out quickly and tickets for the rest of the opening weekend are going quickly. The Isotopes are still holding back tickets for Opening Night for those who want to buy season tickets or 8-game ticket packs.
Filed 03/16/2003

Isotopes Name Radio Broadcaster

The Albuquerque Isotopes on Wednesday named Bob Socci their play-by-play announcer for all games on KNML-AM 610 "The Sports Animal". Socci has been a baseball broadcaster since 1991 and has experience calling Triple-A level baseball games as he was an announcer for the Charlotte Knights in 2002 and for the Rochester Red Wings in 1991 and 1992.
Filed 01/29/2003

2003 Radio Rightsholder Named

KNML-AM 610 "The Sports Animal" has been running station promotions announcing that they are the new radio home of the Albuquerque Isotopes. The length of the rights contract is unknown so they will at least hold the rights for the 2003 season. I emailed KNML-AM to find out who will be calling the games but I have not received a reply. When I find out that information, I will post it. KNML-AM is a 5 Kilo-watt station with a directional antenna usage at night which makes nighttime reception of the station difficult in some parts of the metro area. It is not known if the radio broadcasts will be streamed on the Internet. No television rightsholder has been announced and traditionally no Albuquerque franchise has had a television rightsholder.
Filed 01/07/2003

Isotopes Get Sponsor for Night Home Game Times

7-Eleven convenience stores have sponsored the night home game times for the 2003 season, the Isotopes announced this week. All Monday-Saturday night home games will start at 7:11 pm in what the Isotopes are calling a first-of-its-kind sponsorship deal among the PCL teams. Other game times were announced. There are three 12:05 pm game starts -- May 1, May 29, and August 30. Sunday home game times will be 1:35pm in the months of April and May and 6:05pm in the months of June, July, and August.
Filed 11/23/2002

Isotopes Name 2003 Field Staff

Isotopes General Manager Mel Kowalchuk announced the field staff for the 2003 Albuquerque Isotopes. Managing the team is a familiar face to Albuquerque Dukes fans, Dean Treanor. Treanor was promoted to the Dukes as a pitching coach in May 1999 and remained the team's pitching coach through the 2000 season. Treanor managed the Calgary Cannons in 2002 to a third place finish and a record of 67-71 in the Pacific Coast League Northern Division. Matt Stark joins the Isotopes as the hitting coach, Gary Buckels as the pitching coach, and Sean Bearer as the trainer.
Filed 11/06/2002

Albuquerque Sports Stadium VR Created!

A local Albuquerque multimedia presentation firm, Kamazar Multimedia Production, has created and released on their website some virtual reality movies of the new Albuquerque Sports Stadium. Among the items on their web page are construction progress IPIX movies from various views and dates, some artist drawings of various areas of the stadium, an animated Isotopes logo, a stadium animation movie, and a panable aerial view drawing of the completed stadium. To view the various animations and pictures, please visit: Kamazar Multimedia Production - Albuquerque Isotopes baseball
Filed 10/28/2002

Albuquerque Sports Stadium Capacity Figures Released

The City of Albuquerque has released some seating capacity and square footage figures for the renovated Albuquerque Sports Stadium. According to the city, there is approximately: - 66,500 square feet of exterior seating - 3,440 square feet of exterior suite seating - 54,300 square feet of open concourse and walkway - 4,540 square feet of outdoor deck - 66,400 square feet of enclosed space - 7,000 square feet of open outdoor picnic areas - 120,000 square feet of playing field The city announced there are 11,124 total seats in the Albuquerque Sports Stadium. There are 8,605 seats in the lower bowl of the stadium and a right field corner section, 709 club seats, 1,270 upper bowl seats, 288 club-level seats, and 252 suite/press level seats.
Filed 10/09/2002

Schedule/Preliminary Roster Added

The 2003 Albuquerque Isotopes season schedule was recently released and I have placed it on this website. As of this writing, the official Isotopes web site does not have the schedule posted. Most of the game times are to be announced and those will be added to the schedule when they are known. Also, a preliminary roster has been posted. As transactions occur over the winter and spring training, the roster will be updated. A much more accurate roster will be known on opening day in April 2003.
Filed 10/09/2002

Team Name Officially Announced!

After months of speculation about what Albuquerque's new baseball team name would be, team President Ken Young officially announced today that the team name is the Albuquerque Isotopes. Joking about the fact that the team name did not seem to be much of a secret, Young at first announced the team name would be the Albuquerque Atoms, but he then did assert that the team name is indeed the Isotopes. Young also unveiled the new team logos. The primary team logo, dubbed as a "swirling A", has a red "Star Trek" communicator- looking design element that forms the "A". There are three planes of electrons circling the "A" to form the typical symbol for an atom. One of electron planes has a baseball instead of an electron and that forms the cross-bar of the "A". Two of the electron planes are orange and yellow swirls with a yellow- colored electron and the cross-bar plane is gray with a white baseball. The "ISOTOPES" letter logo has Matt Groening-like style lettering with some minor changes added to the lettering to make it unique. Groening is the creator of the television show "The Simpsons" where the idea of the name "Albuquerque Isotopes" came from. The color of the lettering transitions from yellow at the top to orange in the middle to red at the bottom. The logos can be seen on the team's new official web page. The road caps will have the "swirling A" logo on a black background with a red brim. The home caps will have the "swirling A" logo on a black background with a yellow brim. The game uniform designs are still being worked on. Young said the name "Dukes" was under consideration but not selected for various reasons. "Isotopes" was selected mostly because the stadium is new, the team is new, and Young felt a new team name was important. The "Dukes" franchise is remembered by the use of red and yellow colors in the logos. Young added that there were a few thousand entries in the team-naming contest and that showed the community was very enthusiastic about bringing baseball back to Albuquerque. Fans should be able to buy T-shirts and caps in the next week or two. T-shirts are currently being produced and caps will take longer to stock as they need to be made by an official supplier.
Filed 09/04/2002

Web Poll Results - Team Name

Here are the results for a recently completed web poll: "What do you think the name of Albuquerque's new baseball club should be?": Dukes 29 votes Isotopes 17 votes 66ers 3 votes Zias 1 vote Roadrunners 1 vote Other Name 1 vote 52 Votes Total Thank you for voting!
Filed: 09/04/2002

Albuquerque Isotopes Official Site Unveiled

The Albuquerque Isotopes today unveiled their official team web site and it has been added to the links across the top of this site. There are construction photos of the renovated stadium, a look at the new team logos, and even a stadium seating chart. A complete pull-down menu is in place but most of the items are under construction. As the season approaches, those items will be completed. All in all, it is a very well done web site and a must-visit for any Isotopes fan!
Filed: 09/04/2002

Team Name Discovered Through Research

A search of a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database has revealed that Albuquerque Baseball Club, L.L.C. has only applied for a trademark for the name "Albuquerque Isotopes". No art is shown in the application on file in the database so the logo design is still unknown. The database shows the trademark application approval is still pending. There is not expected to be an official announcement of the team name until the trademark process is complete. It is also expected that the logo design will be unveiled at the official announcement of the team name.
Filed: 08/23/2002

MLB Affiliation Announced

Albuquerque Baseball Club, L.L.C. announced today that the new franchise signed a 2-year agreement to be the minor league AAA-level affiliate of the Florida Marlins. It was hoped an MLB club in the western United States could have been the parent club, but several of those MLB clubs have existing contracts or just renewed contracts with other cities to be their top minor league affiliate. Albuquerque Baseball Club, L.L.C. hopes to announce the name of the new team in early September.
Filed 8/21/2002

Franchise Name Update

Albuquerque Baseball Club, L.L.C. still has not officially released the name of the baseball club. Stay tuned for details when the name becomes available.
Filed 8/13/2002

2003 Season Opener

The new baseball club will begin the 2003 season April 3, 2003 on the road. The first home game in franchise history will be on April 11, 2003.
Filed 8/13/2002

Ticket Prices Announced

Ticket prices have been announced for the 2003 season. Box Seat ticket prices are going to be $10.00. Box seats are located on the lower level of the stadium and run behind the plate from one dugout to the other dugout. Reserved seating is located on the lower level along the baselines from the outfield-side edge of the dugouts to the outfield fences on both sides and include an "upper deck" stand in left field and a new stand by the right field corner. Reserved seating tickets will cost $8.00. Tickets for sitting in a grassy area behind the right-field fence costs $5.00. Club seats on the 2nd Level are only being sold as season tickets. Drive-in ticket prices have not been announced. There are 16 suites on the 2nd Level and 14 suites on the 3rd Level and the club has not announced prices to purchase suites. Season ticket prices have been reported to be $615 for box seats, $490 for reserved seats, and $1,200 for club seats.
Filed 8/13/2002