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September 17, 2004 -
Sacramento Wins Series 3-0

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Sacramento 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 12 0 12
Iowa 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 0 10

WP: Chris Mabeus (1-0)
LP: Shawn Sedlacek (0-2)
SV: Huston Street (2)

HR: SAC Jon Weber (1) off Shawn Sedlacek

         IWA Russ Johnson (3) off Britt Reames

TIME: 3:31
ATT: 4,053

Jon Weber's three-run homer was the big blow to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) as the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) defeated the Cubs 4-3 to win the 2004 PCL Championship.  The River Cats have now won back-to-back PCL Championships.

In the 1st inning, Trenidad Hubbard singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch.  Denny Hocking drew a walk before Russ Johnson doubled to drive in Hubbard and Hocking.

Matt Watson and Graham Koonce walked and Jon Weber homered as the River Cats took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd inning.

In the 5th inning, Mike Edwards doubled and later scored on Mike Rivera's infield single as the River Cats extended the lead to 4-2.

Johnson solo-homered for the Cubs in the home half of the 5th inning to close out the scoring in the game (and in the PCL 2004 season).

Neither starter in the game seemed very effective.  Sacramento's Britt Reames went 4 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs and 6 hits while walking 4 and striking out 6.  Shawn Sedlacek started for the Cubs and gave up 4 runs and 7 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Filed 09/17/2004

September 15, 2004 -
Sacramento leads series 2-0

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Iowa 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 11 2 9
Sacramento 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 6 0 9

WP: Ron Flores (1-0)
LP: Jermaine Van Burne (0-1)

HR: IWA Russ Johnson (2) off Joe Blanton
                 Donny Leon (1) off Joe Blanton

       SAC Nelson Cruz (1) off Renyel Pinto

TIME: 3:20
ATT: 13,091

The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) scored three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to come from behind to defeat the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 5-4 in Game 2 of the 2004 PCL Championship Series.  With the victory, the River Cats hold a 2-0 series lead and only need to win one more game to become PCL Champions.

In the 1st inning, Steve Stanley reached on an error and advanced to third base on another error on the play before scoring on Dan Johnson's sacrifice flyout as the River Cats took a 1-0 lead.

Donny Leon solo-homered for the Cubs in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 1-1, but Sacramento's Nelson Cruz responded with a solo-homer of his own in the home half of the 2nd inning as the River Cats regained the lead at 2-1.

In the 3rd inning, Trenidad Hubbard led off with a single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch.  Bill Selby doubled to drive in Hubbard and Gookie Dawkins' single brought home Selby as the Cubs led 3-2.

Russ Johnson solo-homered in the 7th inning as the Cubs extended the lead to 4-2.

Sacramento went to work in the bottom of the 9th inning.  Graham Koonce drew a leadoff walk and John Baker walked.  Adam Morrissey entered the game to pinch-run for Koonce and Jon Weber sacrifice bunted to advance Morrissey and Baker a base before Mike Rouse's groundout scored Morrissey.  Stanley's single plated Baker to tie the game at 4-4.  Mark Kiger singled and Johnson walked to load the bases for Mike Edwards, who drew a walk as Stanley trotted home with the game winning run.

Filed 09/15/2004

September 14, 2004 -
Sacramento leads series 1-0

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Iowa 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 11 1 7
Sacramento 0 0 4 2 2 2 0 0 X 10 15 1 10

WP: John Rheinecker (1-1) 
LP: Jimmy Anderson (1-1)

HR: SAC Graham Koonce (2) off Jimmy Anderson
                 Graham Koonce (3) off Jae Kuk Ryu

TIME: 2:54
ATT: 8,256

Graham Koonce homered twice and drove in five runs as the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) continued the defense of their 2003 PCL Championship crown with a 10-5 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) to take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five 2004 PCL Championship Series.  

Trenidad Hubbard led off the game with a double and scored on Donny Leon's single as the Cubs led 1-0.

In the 3rd inning, Sacramento's Steve Stanley singled and advanced to second base on Mark Kiger's sacrifice bunt.  Dan Johnson drew a walk and Mike Edwards reached on a fielder's choice to retire Johnson from the basepaths while Stanley moved to third base.  Matt Watson singled to drive in Stanley and Koonce followed with a three-run homer as the River Cats led 4-1.  

In the 4th inning, Stanley singled and Johnson was intentionally walked before Watson singled to drive them in as the River Cats extended the lead to 6-1. 

Sacramento added two more runs to the lead in the 5th inning.  Mike Rivera reached on an error and Nelson Cruz doubled.  Mike Rouse singled to plate Rivera and Stanley singled to drive in Cruz.

Iowa's Hubbard walked to lead off the 6th inning and scored on Russ Johnson's double.  Leon doubled and Bill Selby singled to drive in Johnson and Leon.  Gookie Dawkins' single drove in Selby as the Cubs trailed by three runs at 8-5.

In the home half of the 6th inning, Watson walked and Koonce followed with a homer as Sacramento closed out the scoring in the contest.  

Filed 09/14/2004

Phelps Outrighted to Albuquerque

Pitcher Tommy Phelps, designated for assignment by the Marlins last week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Albuquerque over the weekend.
Filed 09/13/2004

September 12, 2004 -
Iowa Wins Series 3-2

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Iowa 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 9 0 7
Oklahoma 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 0 6

WP: Kevin McGlinchy (1-0) 
LP: Mike Bacsik (0-1)

HR:  IWA Gookie Dawkins (1) off Billy Sylvester

        OKL Pete Zoccolillo (1) off Kevin McGlinchy
                  Jason Jones (2) off Kevin McGlinchy

TIME: 2:44 
ATT: 1,584

Micah Hoffpauir and Gookie Dawkins each drove in a pair of runs as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 6-2 to win the American Conference Championship Series.  The Cubs will meet the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) in the PCL Championship Series best-of-five series, beginning on Tuesday evening in Sacramento.

Donny Leon doubled, Dawkins walked and Hoffpauir doubled to drive in Leon and Dawkins.  Fernando Lunar doubled to plate Hoffpauir as the Cubs led 3-0.

Denny Hocking walked to lead off the 3rd inning and later scored on Bill Selby's double as the Cubs extended the lead to 4-0.

In the 6th inning, Selby walked and Dawkins homered as the Cubs led 6-1.

Solo homers by Pete Zoccolillo (4th inning) and Jason Jones (7th inning) provided the only runs the Redhawks scored.

Kevin McGlinchy went 6 2/3 innings for the Cubs, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs in the Iowa victory.

Filed 09/12/2004

Tejera Claimed Off The Waiver Wire

The Texas Rangers claimed Michael Tejera off the waiver wire and placed him on the Rangers' 40-man roster, thus ending Tejera's stint in the Marlins organization. Tejera, designated for assignment by the Marlins earlier in the week to clear 40-man roster room for Aaron Small, went 8-4 with a 3.97 ERA. In 22 games (mostly as a starter), Tejera pitched 113 1/3 innigns, giving up 109 hits, 56 runs (50 earned), walked 39, struck out 88 and gave up 17 homers.
Filed 09/11//2004

September 11, 2004 -
Series tied 2-2

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Iowa 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 5 9 1 5
Oklahoma 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 11 0 11

WP: John Koronka (1-0)
LP: John Hudgins (0-1) 
SV: Jermaine Van Buren (2)

HR:  IWA Bill Selby (1) off John Hudgins 

TIME: 2:40 
ATT: 2,781

David Kelton and Bill Selby each had two-run hits in the Iowa Cubs' (AAA Cubs) 5-2 victory over the Oklahome Redhawks (AAA Rangers).  The Cubs tied the series at 2-2 and stayed alive in the best-of-five American Conference Championship Series.  The deciding game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at SBC Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

In the 1st inning, Jason Conti singled, advanced to second base on Ramon Nivar's single, moved to third base when former-Isotope Chad Allen grounded into a double play and scored on Pete Zoccolillo's single as the Redhawks led 1-0.

In the 4th inning, Denny Hocking and Russ Johnson singled.  Two outs later, Gookie Dawkins singled to plate Hocking and Kelton tripled to drive in Johnson and Dawkins as the Cubs led 3-1.

Johnson singled to lead off the 6th inning and Selby followed with a home run as the Cubs extended the lead to 5-1.

Oklahoma closed out the scoring in the contest in the 7th inning.  Santiago Perez singled, moved to second base on Conti's single, advanced to third base on Nivar's single and scored on Allen's sacrifice flyout.

John Koronka tossed 6 1/3 innings of two-run, 10-hit ball for the Cubs.

Filed 09/11/2004

September 11, 2004 -
Sacramento wins series 3-1

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Sacramento 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 9 2 9
Portland 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2 9

WP: Adam Pettyjohn (1-0) 
LP: Tim Stauffer (0-1)
SV: Chris Mabeus (1)

TIME: 3:06
ATT: 2,743

The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) scored all five runs in three consecutive innings as they defeated the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 5-2 to win the best-of-five Pacific Conference Championship Series three games to one game.  The River Cats have earned a spot in the PCL Championship Series and will play the winner of Sunday's American Conference Championship Series Game 5 beginning on Tuesday evening in Sacramento. 

In the 1st inning, Bobby Scales reached on a dropped fly ball and scored on Jon Knott's double as the Beavers got off to a good start at 1-0.

In the 3rd inning, Nelson Cruz infield singled and Mark Kiger drew a walk.  Dan Johnson later singled to plate them both as the River Cats took a 2-1 lead.

In the home half of the 3rd inning, Humberto Quintero doubled and scored on Knott's double as the Beavers tied the game at 2-2.

Portland was unable to hold the lead.  In the 4th inning, Matt Watson doubled and scored on Mike Rivera's single as the River Cats led 3-2.

In the 5th inning, Steve Stanley was hit by a pitch and Johnson walked.  Mike Edwards doubled to plate Stanley  and Watson was intentionally walked to load the bases.  An out later, Rivera was hit by a pitch as Johnson trotted home to make it 5-2 River Cats. 

Filed 09/11/2004

September 10, 2004 -
Oklahoma leads series 2-1

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Iowa 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 0 7
Oklahoma 0 3 0 1 0 5 1 0 X 10 14 2 4

WP: Sam Narron (1-0)
LP: Shawn Sedlacek (0-1)

HR:  OKL Adrian Gonzalez (1) off Shawn Sedlacek
                  Jason Jones (1) off Will Ohman

TIME: 2:41
ATT: 5,100

Jason Jones went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBI to lead the  Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) to a 10-4 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs).  The Redhawks took a 2-1 series lead in the American Conference Championship Series and needs one more victory in the next two games to earn a berth in the PCL Championship Series.

Trenidad Hubbard led off the game with a single and scored on Russ Johnson's single as the Cubs led 1-0.

Marshall McDougall singled, former-Isotope Adrian Gonzalez doubled and Jason Jones followed with a home run as the Redhawks took a 3-1 lead.

Iowa regained the lead at 4-3 in the 3rd inning.  Hubbard and Johnson singled and Donny Leon's double plated Hubbard.  Gookie Dawkins singled to drive in Johnson and Bill Selby reached on a fielder's choice as Leon scored

McDougall singled and scored on Jones' double in the 4th inning as the Redhawks tied the game at 4-4.

Oklahoma put the game away in the 6th inning.  Pete Zoccolillo singled to lead off the inning, McDougall singled and Gonzalez followed with a walk to load the bases.  Jones' single plated Zoccolillo and Santiago Perez singled to drive in McDougall and Gonzalez.  Jason Conti reached on a fielder's choice and Ramon Nivar singled to drive in Jones and Conti as the Redhawks led 9-4.

Gonzalez solo-homered in the 7th inning to close out the scoring in the game.

Filed 09/10/2004

September 10, 2004 -
Sacramento leads series 2-1

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Sacramento 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 1 5
Portland 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 6 0 9

WP: Britt Reames (1-0) 
LP: Chris Oxspring (0-1)
SV: Huston Street (1)

HR: SAC Dan Johnson (2) off Chris Oxspring
                 Mike Edwards (1) off Chris Oxspring 
                 Mark Kiger (1) off Chris Oxspring

TIME: 3:07  
ATT: 4,039

A trio of Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) homered in a 6-4 victory over the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) on Friday evening in Portland, Oregon.  With the victory, the River Cats took a 2-1 series lead in the Pacific Conference Championship Series and only need a victory to advance to the PCL Championship Series.

Mike Edwards homered to lead off the 2nd inning as the River Cats led 1-0.

In the 3rd inning, Mike Rouse singled and Dan Johnson followed with a home run as the River Cats extended the lead to 3-0.

In the home half of the 3rd inning, Freddy Guzman walked and stole second base.  Bernie Castro drew a walk and both executed a double steal.  Humberto Quintero singled to drive them in as the Beavers edged to a run down at 3-2. 

Sacramento came right back with more runs.  Nelson Cruz walked and Mark Kiger homered as the River Cats led 5-2.

Portland's Jon Knott doubled and later scored on J.J. Furmaniak's double-play groundout in the 6th inning.  Ben Risinger and Bobby Scales singled and Guzman walked to load the bases in the 7th inning before Knott drew a walk to plate Risinger as the Beavers made the game interesting but the Beavers were unable to eventually tie the game in the next two innings.

Beavers starter and Australian Athens-Olympics silver medalist Chris Oxspring lasted 4 innings, giving up 5 hits and 5 runs (all earned).  He walked 3 and struck out 6 and allowed all 3 homers in the contest.    

Filed 09/10/2004

September 9, 2004 -
Series tied 1-1

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Oklahoma 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 11 0 8
Iowa 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1 5

WP: Kameron Loe (1-0) 
LP: Renyel Pinto (0-1)
SV: Brad Clontz (1)

HR: IWA  Russ Johnson (1) off Kameron Loe

TIME: 2:39 
ATT: 2,620

The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) scored three runs in the 6th inning to come from behind to defeat the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 4-2 to even the best-of-five American Conference Championship Series at 1-1.

Denny Hocking tripled in the 1st inning and Russ Johnson followed with a home run as Iowa led 2-0.

The rest of the game was all Redhawks.  Jason Conti singled and scored on Pete Zoccolillo's single as the Redhawks cut the defecit to a run at
2-1. 

In the 6th inning, former-Isotope Chad Allen doubled and scored on Zoccolillo's double.  Two outs later, Jason Jones singled and Santiago Perez bunt singled as Zoccolillo raced home.  Ramon Nivar's double drove in Jones as the Redhawks took a 4-2 lead.

Filed 09/09/2004

September 9, 2004 -
Series tied 1-1

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Portland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 8 2 5
Sacramento 1 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 X 7 10 1 7

WP: Joe Blanton (1-0)
LP: Dennis Tankersley (0-1)

HR: SAC Graham Koonce (1) off Brad Baker 

TIME: 2:39  
ATT: 8,682

Graham Koonce went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI as the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) defeated the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 7-3 to even up the Pacific Conference Championship Series best-of-five series at 1-1.  The series moves to Portland for Games 3 and 4 and 5 (if necessary).

With one out in the 1st inning, John Baker was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base on Dan Johnson's single.  Mike Edwards single plated Baker as the River Cats led 1-0.

In the 3rd inning, Baker and Johnson walked and Matt Watson's single drove in Baker.  Watson stole second base and Mike Rose walked to load the bases and Graham Koonce singled to drive in Johnson and Watson as the River Cats extended the lead to 4-0.

Edwards and Watson both reached on errors to lead off the 5th inning and Rose singled to drive in Edwards as the River Cats led 5-0.

Watson singled and Koonce shortly thereafter homered in the 7th inning as the River Cats built the lead to 7-0.

Portland avoided the shutout in the 8th inning as they tried to climb back into the game.  Jake Gautreau doubled and Alex Fernandez singled.  Freddy Guzman's double drove in Gautreau.  An out later, Humberto Quintero reached on an error as Fernandez and Guzman scored.

Joe Blanton went 7 1/3 innings for the River Cats, allowing 7 hits and a run while walking one and striking out 9.  

Filed 09/09/2004

Isotopes Keep Same Ticket Prices in '05

The Isotopes announced on Wednesday that ticket prices for individual tickets and season tickets in 2005 will remain the same price as they have been since the franchise began operations in 2003.
Filed 09/08/2004

September 8, 2004 -
Iowa leads series 1-0

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Oklahoma 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1 7
Iowa 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 10 1 10

WP: Jimmy Anderson (1-0) 
LP: Rosman Garcia (0-1) 
SV: Jermaine Van Buren (1) 

TIME: 2:26  
ATT: 2,625

In front of a small crowd of 2,625, the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) scored two runs in the 5th inning and held off the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 2-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five American Conference Championship Series. 

In the 3rd inning, Jason Jones walked and scored on Jason Conti's triple as the Redhawks led 1-0.

In the 5th inning, Denny Hocking singled and advanced to second base on an error.  Russ Johnson singled to plate Hocking and Donny Leon's single drove in Johnson as the Cubs took the lead at 2-1. 

In the pitching duel, Ryan Snare started for the Redhawks and gave up no runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings of work before he had to leave with a groin injury.  Jimmy Anderson started for the Cubs and gave up a single run and four hits in 7 innings.

Filed 09/08/2004

September 8, 2004 -
Portland leads series 1-0

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Portland 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 7 15 0 9
Sacramento 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 6 0 8

WP: Brian Sweeney (1-0) 
LP: John Rheinecker (0-1)

HR: POR Jon Knott (1) off  Chris Mabeus

        SAC Dan Johnson (1) off Brian Sweeney

TIME: 2:52 
ATT: 6,709

Jon Knott went 3-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored as the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 7-2 to take a 1-0 best-of-five series lead in the Pacific Conference Championship Series on Wednesday evening.

In the 1st inning, Freddy Guzman singled and scored on Jon Knott's single as the Beavers took a quick 1-0 lead.

In the 2nd inning, Jake Gautreau doubled and scored on Alex Fernandez's infield single as the Beavers added to the lead at 2-0.

Knott singled and scored on Gautreau's single in the 3rd inning as the Beavers led 3-0.

Dan Johnson homered to lead off the 6th inning as the River Cats got on the scoreboard.  Mike Edwards followed with a triple and scored on Matt Watson's sacrifice flyout as the River Cats cut the defecit to a run at 3-2.

The Beavers put the game away in the 7th inning.  With one out, Bernie Castro and Humberto Quintero singled and Knott homered to left field.  Yamid Haad walked and advanced to second base on J.J. Furmaniak's walk before Ben Risinger singled to plate Haad as the Beavers led 7-2.

Filed 09/08/2004

Isotopes 2004 By-The-Numbers

The Isotopes finished 2004 at 67-77, fourth place in the PCL Central Division, 12.5 games back of the division winning Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Isotopes 2004 PCL Team Rankings ----------------------------------- The Isotopes' .280 batting average was 8th best in the PCL The Isotopes' 791 runs scored was 6th best in the PCL The Isotopes' 1383 hits was 8th best in the PCL The Isotopes' 162 homers was 7th best in the PCL The Isotopes' 541 walks was 2nd most in the PCL The Isotopes' 1067 strikeouts was 2nd most in the PCL The Isotopes' 90 stolen bases was 12th most in the PCL The Isotopes' 67 wins was 5th worst in the PCL The Isotopes' 77 losses was 5th most in the PCL The Isotopes' 5.67 ERA was 2nd worst in the PCL The Isotopes' 1488 hits allowed was 3rd most in the PCL The Isotopes' 4 complete games was 6th most in the PCL The Isotopes' 3 shutouts was 13th most in the PCL The Isotopes' 30 saves was 12th most in the PCL The Isotopes' 209 homers allowed was worst in the league by 26 homers The Isotopes' 448 walks was 11th most in the league The Isotopes' 905 strikeouts was 11th most in the league Isotopes Among League Leaders ---------------------------------- No Isotope finished in the Top 10 in PCL Batting (Larry Sutton was short some at-bats from qualifying as PCL Batting Champ) Joe Dillon did not finish in the top 5 in homers No Isotope finished in the top 5 in RBI, SB, Runs scored, or Hits Joe Dillon led the league in slugging percentage at .665 Joe Dillon was 2nd in the league in extra base hits (70) No Isotope was in the top 5 in the league in wins, saves, strikeouts, games appeared in, innings pitched, or walks. Mike Nannini was 3rd in the league in homers allowed (31) and Matt Blank was 5th in the league with 29. Isotopes Team and Individual Worsts and Bests ------------------------------------------------- The longest winning streak was 6 games and the worst losing streak was 9 games. The Isotopes had their longest roadtrip in franchise history in 2004 (12 games). Albuquerque was 9 games above the .500 mark at one point in the season and 12 games below the .500 mark at another point in the season. The Isotopes were tied or had the division lead outright for 19 games. The longest home game winning streak was 5 games and the longest home game losing streak was 6 games. The longest road game winning streak was 6 games and the longest road game losing streak was 10 games. The Isotopes won 10 series' in 2004 (including 1 sweep) and lost 14 series' (including 2 swept). 12 series' were split. The Isotopes sweeped two doubleheaders and split two doubleheaders. The first Isotope Park rain postponement occurred in 2004 (July 23) The largest regular-season Isotopes Park crowd was 13,501 on July 3rd against Colorado Springs The smallest regular-season Isotopes Park crowd was 4,128 on April 14th against Nashville The largest road game crowd was 14,496 on May 29th at Memphis. The smallest road game crowd was 1,740 on August 18th at Omaha. The longest 9-inning road game was 3:32 (8/3 at Tacoma) and the shortest 9-inning road game was 1:55 (6/7 at Oklahoma) The longest extra inning road game was 3:53 (4/22 at Nashville) and the shortest extra inning road game was 2:26 (5/16 at Edmonton) The longest 9-inning home game was 3:54 (8/5 vs Sacramento) and the shortest 9-inning home game was 1:57 (6/3 vs New Orleans). The longest extra innings home game was 4:33 (8/9 vs Fresno) and the shortest extra innings home game was 2:59 (4/18 vs Memphis). The longest home and road games were 13 inning contests. The Isotopes scored 17 runs in a road game (5/12 at Salt Lake) and gave up 14 runs in a road game (8/22 at Colorado Springs). The Isotopes gave up 24 runs in a home game to Oklahoma (6/22) and scored 16 runs in a home game against Las Vegas (5/20). The Isotopes and Redhawks combined for 42 hits in a game on 6/22 and the Isotopes and River Cats combined for 29 runs in a game on 8/5. The Isotopes had 18 hits in 3 road contests and gave up 21 hits in a road contest (8/22 at Colorado Springs). The Isotopes had 21 hits in a home game (5/20 versus Las Vegas) and gave up 31 hits to the Redhawks in a home game (6/22). The Isotopes committed four errors (7/30 at Portland). The largest winning margin in a game on the road was 9 runs and the largest losing margin in a game on the road was 9 runs. The largest winning margin in a home game was 10 runs and the largest losing margin in a home game was 20 runs. The most runners left on base in a 9-inning game was 14, done twice. Four Isotopes (Kevin Hooper, Derek Wathan, Wilson Valdez, and Ryan Christenson) had multi-stolen base games. The Isotopes scored in five consecutive innings four times in 2004. Oklahoma scored in eight consecutive innnings on 6/22 at Isotopes Park. The most runs the Isotopes scored in an inning was 9 runs and the most runs given up in an inning was 9 runs (done by Iowa on 6/17 and New Orleans on 6/29). The Isotopes only had one player on major-league rehabilitation assignment all season - A.J. Burnett. The Isotopes homered in 11 straight games in May and again in June. The Isotopes set franchise marks with 40 homers in May and 216 runs scored in May. Manager Tracy Woodson said before the season not to expect the Isotopes to be a power hitting team in 2004. The Isotopes belted 165 homers in 2004, shattering the 2003 mark of 123. There were four instances of back-to-back homers in 2004. There were four Isotopes homers in a game three times in 2004. The Isotopes and Zephyrs combined to hit 8 homers in a game on 6/2. Matt Padgett hit the first Isotopes franchise pinch-hit homer on May 21st against Las Vegas. Chris Aguila homered three times in a game on July 16th at Oklahoma. Mike Colangelo, Larry Sutton, Matt Padgett, and Joe Dillon hit two homers in a game a combined 13 times. There were 9 grand-slam homers hit in 2004 -- Colangelo and Padgett did the feat three times, Dillon twice and Sutton once. Derek Wathan hit the only inside-the-park homer in 2004. For comparison, there were four Isotope inside-the-park homers in 2003. The Isotopes banged out 10 extra base hits in a game twice. Josh Wilson had 7 at-bats in a game twice and Joe Dillon once. Derek Wathan had 5 hits in a game on 5/20 against Las Vegas. Joe Dillon scored 4 runs in a game three times and Ryan Christenson did it once. Mike Colangelo and Joe Dillon had 6 RBI in a game (separate games). Joe Dillon and Mike Colangelo had 3 doubles in a game during 2004 and the Isotopes had 8 doubles in a game on 8/22 against Colorado Springs. The Isotopes had 3 triples in a game on 5/21 against Las Vegas. No individual player had more than a triple in a game. Matt Treanor walked 4 times in a game (4/15 vs Nashville) and the Isotopes drew 12 walks in a game (8/22 at Colorado Springs). Chris Aguila struck out 5 times in a game (5/8 vs Omaha) and the Isotopes as a team struck out 15 times in a game twice. Joe Dillon and Derek Wathan hit for the cycle in 2004. Derek Wathan had the top hitting streak of 2004 (18 games) and Larry Sutton had the second longest hitting streak (14 games). The most pitchers ever used in a contest in 2004 was 6. Chris Ashby was the only non-pitcher position player to pitch for the Isotopes in 2004. He made 5 appearances as a pitcher. Aaron Small hit the only Isotope pitcher home run of the year. Ben Howard, Chris Michalak, Michael Tejera, Matt Blank, Mike Nannini and Small each had an RBI in a game in 2004 (Blank had 2 RBI for the year to lead all pitchers). Aaron Small (2) and Matt Blank (1) had the largest starter outings in 2004 (complete game 9 inning contests). Small also had the shortest starter outing, only lasting 2/3 of an inning on 5/9 vs Omaha. Mike Nannini had the longest reliever outing (6 innings) and Michael New, Chris Michalak, Franklyn Gracesqui and Juan Alvarez had the shortest reliever outings (1 batter). The Isotopes pitching staff struck out 15 against Tucson on 5/25. Aaron Small struck out 12 of those in that game to be the pitcher with the most strikeouts in a game in 2004.. The Isotopes gave up 10 walks in a game on 8/5 against Sacramento. Scott Sanders walked 6 batters in a game twice in 2004. Scott Sanders and Michael Tejera gave up 10 earned runs in a game in 2004. Among relievers, Michael Neu and Chris Michalak gave up 7 runs in a game. Aaron Small gave up the most hits in a game (14) and Chris Michalak gave up 10 hits in a game as a reliever. The fewest hits the Isotopes pitching staff gave up in a game was 3 (tying a franchise record). Mike Nannini pitched the only complete-game shutout of the season. There were two shutouts by multiple-pitchers -- Nannini had the only single-pitcher shutout. Aaron Small, Michael Nannini, and Matt Blank tossed complete games. The Isotopes pitching staff did not give up a homer in 42 contests during 2004. There was only one series (at Edmonton) where the Isotopes pitching staff did not give up any homers. The Isotopes pitching staff gave up 6 homers in a game (6/26 vs Omaha) and gave up 5 homers in a game six times. Iowa's Jason Dubois and Colorado Springs' Jorge Piedra each had a 3-homer game against the Isotopes. Matt Blank gave up 5 homers in a game (7/26 vs Omaha) and Michael Tejera gave up 4 homers in a game (5/24 vs Tucson).
Filed 09/08/2004

Small Promoted to Marlins; PCL Names
Final Players of the Week

The Marlins purchased the contract of pitcher Aaron Small from Albuquerque (and Logan Kensing from the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads) and activated outfielder Wil Cordero from the 60-day disabled list. Pitchers Michael Tejera and Tommy Phelps were designated for assignment to make 40-man roster room for Small and Kensing. Small went 9-9 with a 5.06 ERA for the isotopes in 2004. In 154 2/3 innings, Small gave up 199 hits, 95 runs (87 earned), walked 29, struck out 109 and gave up 18 homers. In PCL news, Xavier Nady of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) was named the PCL Hitter of the Week. Nady hit .455 for the week with 4 homers and 11 RBI. One of his homers was a walk-off homer that clinched the PCL Northern Division title for the Beavers. Jared Fernandez of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Fernandez won both complete games he tossed for the week. He held the Isotopes to an unearned run on four hits and gave up five runs and six hits to the Sky Sox in his final outing of the season.
Filed 09/07/2004

Isotopes Name 2004 Award Winners

The Isotopes before the game on Monday announced the team's 2004 award winners. The awards and the winners are: MVP: Larry Sutton Power Hitter: Joe Dillon Best Defensive Player: Ryan Christenson Pitcher of the Year: Michael Tejera Mr. Hustle: Derek Wathan Most Community-Minded Player: Mike Colangelo
Filed 09/06/2004

September 6, 2004 - Isotopes (67-77)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Oklahoma 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 7 13 0 8
Albuquerque 1 0 4 0 3 0 0 2 X 10 17 0 4

WP: Clint Sodowsky (9-7)
LP: John Hudgins (0-1)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (29) off Sam Narron
                  Joe Dillon (30) off Sam Narron  
                  Mike Colangelo (16) off Sam Narron 
                  Ryan Jorgensen (8) off Keith Stamler 

TIME: 2:28 
ATT: 9,901

It is not apparent if Joe Dillon had a homer goal or just wanted to live up to his new billing.  Dillon, just named the Isotopes' Power Hitter of the Year, belted a pair of homers to reach the 30 homer mark at the AAA-level as the Isotopes defeated the PCL Eastern Division champion Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 10-7 to end the 2004 campaign on a positive note.  

Dillon solo-homered to left-center field in the 1st inning as the Isotopes quickly led 1-0.

In the 2nd inning, former-Isotope Adrian Gonzalez walked and Danny Ardoin singled.  Santiago Perez's single to left field drove in Gonzalez and Jeff Picker doubled to right field to drive in Ardoin as the Redhawks led 2-1.

With one out in the 3rd inning, Derek Wathan doubled and scored on Jason Wood's double to right field.  Dillon followed with a homer to left field and Mike Colangelo solo-homered to left field as the Isotopes led 5-2.

Oklahoma stormed right back in the 4th inning.  Jason Jones singled and Ardoin doubled.  Perez's single to left field plated Jones and Pickler's double to right field drove in Ardoin and Perez.  Ramon Nivar's grounder advanced Pickler to third base and Pickler scored on Jason Conti's sacrifice flyout to center field as the Redhawks led 6-5.

In the 5th inning, Dillon and Colangelo singled and Josh Wilson's double to right-center field drove in Dillon.  Drew Niles singled to right field plated Colangelo and Wilson as the Isotopes regained the lead at 8-6.

Rob Ryan tripled down the right field line and Ryan Jorgensen homered to left field in the 8th inning as the Isotopes extended the lead to 10-6.

Oklahoma finished their scoring in the 9th inning.  Jason Conti singled, advanced to second base on former-Isotope Chad Allen's single, went to third base on Pete Zoccolillo's fielder's choice and scored on Gonzalez's fielder's choice.

Isotopes Starter: 
Matt Blank  3 2/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (ERA: 6.44)

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  2x4 (.259), R (20), 2B (11), HR (8), 2 RBI (29)
Josh Wilson  2x4 (.279), R (32), 2B (12), RBI (23)

Michael Neu  1 IP (38 1/3), 2 H (47), 1 ER (27), 0 BB, 0 K (ERA: 6.34)
Franklyn Gracesqui 1 2/3 IP (22), 1 H (10), 0 ER, 3 BB (19),
1 K (16) (ERA: 3.27)

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes took three out of the four games in the series against the Redhawks.  For the season series, Oklahoma won 9 out of the 16 games. . . .  Due to two fewer home dates in 2004, the Isotopes just missed (by 1,260 fans) eclipsing last year's inaugural season attendance mark.  In 2003, the Isotopes drew 576,867 fans and in 2004 the Isotopes drew 575,607 fans.  The Isotopes played in front of 996,396 fans at home and on the road in 2004, just missing the million fan mark.  The Isotopes did average more fans per game in 2004 (8,223 fans per game in 2004 compared to 8,012 fans per game in 2003). . . .  Joe Dillon had four multi-homer games in 2004 and ended up with 39 homers in Class-AA and Class-AAA in 2004. . . .  The Isotopes tied a season-high with 10 extra base hits in a game and tied a franchise-record with four homers in a game. . . .  Joe Dillon and Mike Colangelo had the Isotopes' fourth back-to-back homers of the season. . . .  Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 8 games with a 1x5 performance. . . .  Larry Sutton, who hit .370 in 2004,  was injured the last part of the season and did not get enough at-bats in 2004 to qualify for the PCL Batting title. . . .  Clint Sodowsky tied an Isotopes franchise record with his 9th pitching victory.  Aaron Small and Mike Nannini set and tied the franchise record earlier in the series against Oklahoma.  Sodowsky's victory was his first victory since July 21st against New Orleans (AAA Astros). . . .  In PCL news, the Fresno Grizzlies and San Francisco Giants extended their player development contract through the 2006 season. . . .  The Best-of-Five PCL Conference Championship Series' begin on Wednesday evening.  Oklahoma travels to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) travel to the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). . . .  Coming to this web page in the next few days:  2004 Isotopes By-The-Numbers and recaps of all the PCL playoff action.

Filed 09/06/2004

September 5, 2004 - Isotopes (66-77)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 2 4
Albuquerque 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 2 X 9 9 1 9

WP: Michael Nannini (9-10) 
LP: Scott Erickson (0-1)

HR: OKL Jason Jones (13) off Michael Nannini

TIME: 2:26 
ATT: 11,584

The Isotopes hammered long-time former major leaguer Scott Erickson en route to a 9-2 victory over the PCL Eastern Division champion Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on Sunday evening at "The Lab".

In the 1st inning with two outs, Joe Dillon was hit by a pitch and scored on Matt Padgett's double to left field as the Isotopes led 1-0.

Rob Ryan walked, stole second base and scored on Drew Niles' single to right field as the Isotopes extended the lead to 2-0.

In the 3rd inning, Joe Dillon walked, stole second base and scored on Padgett's triple to left-center field.  Josh Wilson singled to right-center field to plate Padgett as the Isotopes extended the lead to 4-0.

In the 4th inning, the Isotopes once again got to Erickson.  Niles and Jason Wood singled and Joe Dillon singled and on an error on the play Niles scored while Wood moved to third base and Dillon moved into scoring position.  Wood then scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes led 6-0.

Oklahoma got on the scoreboard in the 5th inning.  Jason Jones solo-homered to right field, Santiago Perez singled and Danny Ardoin doubled to right field to drive in Perez as the Redhawks cut the defecit to four runs at 6-2.

Wilson doubled and later scored on Niles's sacrifice flyout to left field in the home half of the 5th inning as the Isotopes led 7-2.

In the 8th inning, Niles walked and advanced to second base on a wild pitch.  Derek Wathan walked and both runners came home on Dillon's double to left field as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the contest.

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  2x3 (.275), R (31), 2B (11), RBI (22), BB (19), K (51)

Michael Nannini (W, 9-10) 7 IP (151 1/3), 4 H (156), 2 ER (89), 0 BB,
7 K (111), 1 HR (31) (ERA: 5.29)

'Topes Notes:   Michael Nannini tied an Isotope franchise record for most victories in a season (9 victories).  Aaron Small set the franchise record on Friday before Nannini tied it tonight. . . .  The Isotopes tied a season-high by scoring in five consecutive innings (innings 1-5). . . .  Jason Wood went 2x3 to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) won on Sunday afternoon while the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) lost so the Cubs clinched the PCL Central Division title.  In the first round of the playoffs, Iowa and Oklahoma will face each other while the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) and Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) will play each other.  The winners of each series will meet in the PCL Championship Series.   Keep reading this web page after the Isotopes season as there will be scores and news from all the PCL playoff action as well as Isotope off-season transactions and news. . . .  The Isotopes close out their 2004 campaign on Monday afternoon.  Pitching probables are LHP Matt Blank (4-8, 6.22) for the Isotopes and LHP Sam Narron (8-2, 4.10) for the Redhawks.  

Filed 09/05/2004

September 4, 2004 - Isotopes (65-77)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 0 7
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1 6

WP: Kameron Loe (5-2)
LP: Scott Sanders (3-10)
SV: Brad Clontz (18)

HR: OKL Adrian Gonzalez (12) off Scott Sanders

        ABQ Joe Dillon (28) off Kameron Loe

TIME: 2:19
ATT: 9,055 

Former-Isotope Adrian Gonzalez's homer was worth more than Joe Dillon's homer as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 2-1 on Saturday evening at "The Lab". 

In the 1st inning, Dillon solo-homered to left-center field as the Isotopes scored their only run of the game.

In the 6th inning with two outs, Pete Zoccolillo drew a walk and Gonzalez homered to center field as the Redhawks took a lead they would never relinquish at 2-1.

Kameron Loe, the Redhawks starter, gave up a run and 5 hits in 7 innings of work while striking out 7 and walking 1 as he dueled Sanders.  Sanders' line is below.

Isotopes Starter: 
Scott Sanders (L, 3-10)  6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
(ERA: 7.90)

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x3 (.254), 2 K (50) 
Josh Wilson  0x4 (.270), 3 K (50)

'Topes Notes:   With two home dates left, the Isotopes may fall just short of achieving two attendance milestones in 2004.  The Isotopes need to average 11,373 fans in the next two games in order to eclipse the inaugural 2003 season attendance mark.  The Isotopes will need to average 12,546 fans over the last two games in order to play in front of a million fans in 2004.   If the Isotopes do end up short of both milestones, a rainout at Isotopes Park in July could be blamed for costing the Isotopes a home date to add to the attendance totals. . . .  Jason Wood went 2x4 to extend his hitting streak to 6 games, while Oklahoma's Santiago Perez went 0x4 to snap an 8-game hitting streak. . . .  The Isotopes tied their franchise record for most games below the .500 mark (12 games). . . .  Since Scott Sanders' last victory on July 24th against Omaha (AAA Royals) in game two of a doubleheader, Sanders has four no-decisions and four losing decisions. . . .  In PCL Central Division race news, both the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) won this evening so the Sky Sox remain one game back of the Cubs with two games left to play.  The Sky Sox/New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) contests on Sunday and Monday will be aired on Altitude Sports and Entertainment regional sports network if you want to watch the Sky Sox try to win the division. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series on Sunday evening are RHP Mike Nannini (8-10, 5.42) for the Isotopes and RHP Scott Erickson (0-0, 9.00) for the Redhawks.

Filed 09/04/2004

September 3, 2004 - Isotopes (65-76)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 9 0 8
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 3 1 2 2 X 9 13 0 8

WP: Aaron Small (9-9)
LP: Ryan Snare (11-6)

HR: OKL Pete Zoccolillo (23) off Aaron Small

        ABQ Derek Wathan (10) off Ryan Snare

TIME: 2:06  
ATT: 6,213

Aaron Small pitched a complete game and earned a franchise-record 9th victory of the season as the Isotopes defeated the 2004 PCL Eastern Division Champion Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 9-2 on Friday afternoon at "The Lab".    

In the 4th inning, Derek Wathan solo-homered to left field as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead.

In the 5th inning, Matt Padgett infield singled and Josh Wilson doubled to right-center field.  Rob Ryan infield singled to load the bases before Chris Ashby sacrifice-flied out to right field to drive in Padgett.  Drew Niles reached on a fielder's choice (Wilson out at home plate) to keep the bases loaded for Wathan, who singled to left-center field to drive in Ryan.  Jason Wood doubled down the right field line to drive in Niles as the Isotopes led 4-0. 

Mike Colangelo walked, Wilson singled to left field and Ryan walked to load the bases in the 6th inning before Ashby sacrifice-flied out to right field to drive in Colangelo to extend the Isotope lead to 5-0.

In the 7th inning, Santiago Perez singled and scored on Jeff Pickler's single to center field as the Redhawks got on the scoreboard.

In the home half of the 7th inning, Derek Wathan walked, advanced to third base on Wood's double down the left-field line and scored on Joe Dillon's single into left field.  Padgett's sacrifice flyout to center field  plated Wood as the Isotopes led 7-1.

Pete Zoccolillo solo-homered to right field in the 8th inning as the Redhawks closed out their scoring in the game.

The Isotopes scored their last couple of runs in the 8th inning.  Ashby walked and scored on Wathan's double to right-center field.  Wathan later scored on Dillon's infield single.

Isotopes Starter: 
Aaron Small (W, 9-9)  9 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR (ERA: 5.06)

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  3x4 (.275), 2B (10)

'Topes Notes:  With today's victory, the Isotopes snapped their longest home losing streak of the season (6 games). . . .  Aaron Small tossed his second complete game of the season and the Isotopes' 4th complete game of the year.   Small also tied an Isotopes season-high for longest starter outing (9 innings). . . .  Chris Ashby tied an Isotopes season-high with two sacrifice flyouts in a game. . . .  The Isotopes tied season-highs for most sacrifice flyouts in a game (3) and most consecutive innings with at least a run scored (5 innings - innings 4-8). . . . .  Oklahoma's Santiago Perez extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . .  In PCL news, Dan Rohn of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) was named the PCL Manager of the Year.  The Isotopes were shut out of all the end-of-season PCL awards.  Runners up for Manager of the Year were Bobby Jones (Oklahoma Redhawks - AAA Rangers), Mike Quade (Iowa Cubs - AAA Cubs), Craig Colbert (Portland Beavers  - AAA Padres), and Tony DeFrancesco (Sacramento River Cats - AAA Athletics). . . .  The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) clinched the PCL Southern Division crown and the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) clinched the PCL Northern Division title on Friday night.  The only division race still not decided is the PCL Central Division, where the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) still hold a one game lead over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) with three games left to play. On satellite television, one can watch the Sky Sox try to win the division as the Sunday and Monday contests in Colorado Springs against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) can be seen on Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network. . . . Pitching probables for the second game of the series on Saturday evening are RHP Scott Sanders (3-9, 8.22) for the Isotopes and RHP Kameron Loe (4-2, 3.57) for the Redhawks. 

Filed 09/03/2004

September 2, 2004 - Isotopes (64-76)

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 7
New Orleans 0 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 X 7 12 0 10

WP: Chris Enochs (6-8) 
LP: Justin Wayne (1-5)

HR: NRL Phil Hiatt (28) off Justin Wayne
                Phil Hiatt (29) off Michael Tejera
                Mike Coolbaugh (28) off Justin Wayne 

TIME: 2:37
ATT: 8,418

Chris Enochs, Reggie Harris and Miguel Saladin combined on a four-hit shutout and Phil Hiatt provided a pair of homers as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) defeated the Isotopes 7-0 as the Isotopes closed out the road portion of their 2004 schedule. 

In the 2nd inning, Phil Hiatt drew a leadoff walk, Emil Brown doubled to right field and Alex Eckelman singled to center field to drive in HIatt.  Chris Tremie's sacrifice flyout plated Brown as the Zephyrs led 2-0.

Mike Coolbaugh solo-homered to left-center field in the 3rd inning to make it
3-0 New Orleans.

In the 4th inning, Eckelman singled and scored on Tremie's double to left-center field.  Tremie later scored on Royce Huffman's single up the middle as the Zephyrs extended the lead to 5-0.

Hiatt solo-homered to left field in each the 5th and 6th innings to close out the scoring in the game.

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x3 (.258), 2 K (48) 
Josh Wilson  0x4 (.267), 3K (47)

Justin Wayne (L, 1-5)  4 1/3 IP (65 2/3), 9 H (82), 6 ER (48), 4 BB (34), 0 K,
2 HR (11) (ERA: 6.58)   

'Topes Notes:   The Zephyrs won three out of the four games in the series and the Isotopes have lost 14 series' in 2004.  For the just-completed season series, New Orleans won 9 out of the 16 games. . . .  The Isotopes went 30-42 on the road in 2004. . . .  The Isotopes have been shut out 9 times in 2004, with 7 of those on the road. . . .  Phil Hiatt's 29th homer established a Zephyr record for most homers in a season. . . .  In the PCL Central Division playoff race, the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) continue to hold a slim one game lead over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) in the standings with four games left to play. . . .  In PCL news, Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) first-baseman Dan Johnson was named the 2004 PCL MVP.  Runners-up for the award were Andy Tracy (Colorado Springs Sky Sox - AAA Rockies), Adam Riggs (Salt Lake Stingers - AAA Angels), Trenidad Hubbard (Iowa Cubs - AAA Cubs) and Calvin Pickering (Omaha Royals - AAA Royals). . . . Fittingly enough, the final home game in the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) franchise history was cancelled and will not be made up.  The Trappers franchise is moving to Round Rock, Texas for the 2005 season. . . .  The Isotopes return home to finish the season with four games against the 2004 PCL Eastern Division champion Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers).  Pitching probables for the series opener, at a special time of 2:05 PM, are RHP Aaron Small (8-9, 5.25) for the Isotopes and LHP Ryan Snare (11-5, 4.59) for the Redhawks.

Filed 09/02/2004

September 1, 2004 - Isotopes (64-75)

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 9 0 9
New Orleans 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 0 5

WP: Matt Blank (4-8) 
LP: Jeremy Griffiths (3-5)

HR: ABQ Matt Padgett (24) off Jeremy Griffiths

       NRL Chris Burke (16) off Matt Blank

TIME: 2:37 
ATT: 4,176

In front of a Louisiana cable television audience and Isotopes fans watching by satellite, Matt Blank tossed a complete-game as the Isotopes defeated the  New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) 6-2.  The Isotopes snapped an eight-game losing streak with the victory.

Albuquerque jumped to a quick 3-0 lead.  With one out, Josh Wilson drew a walk and stole second base.  Mike Colangelo's single to left field drove in Wilson and Matt Padgett followed with a home run to right-center field.

The Isotopes added to the lead in the 2nd inning.  Rob Ryan singled to right field and Isotopes starter Blank was hit by a pitch.  Derek Wathan singled to right field to drive in Ryan and Joe Dillon's sacrifice flyout to right field plated Blank as the Isotopes led 5-0.

With one out in the 3rd inning, New Orleans' starting pitcher Jeremy Griffiths drew a walk, advanced to second base on Chris Burke's bunt single and scored on Royce Huffman's single to right field as the Zephyrs got on the scoreboard.

In the 5th inning, Mike Colangelo reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Jason Wood's double to left-center field as the 'Topes led 6-1.

Burke solo-homered to left field to lead off the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter: 
Matt Blank (W, 4-8)  9 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (ERA: 6.22)  

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  1x3 (.262), 2B (10), BB (10), K (46)
Josh Wilson  0x3 (.271), R (30), 2 BB (18), 3 K (44), SB (6)

'Topes Notes:   Matt Blank snapped a six-game losing decision streak with his 111-pitch performance tonight as he earned his first victory since July 16th at Oklahoma (AAA Rangers).  Blank tied an Isotope season-high for longest outing (9 innings) and he tossed the third Isotope complete game of the season. . . .  Josh Wilson snapped a five-game hitting streak. . . .  In PCL news, left-hand pitcher Scott Downs of the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) was named the 2004 PCL Pitcher of the Year.  Other than setting a career-high in wins, Downs tossed the only no-hitter in the PCL this season (June 11th against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers).  No Isotope pitchers were runners up in the voting -- runners up were Al Reyes (Memphis Redbirds - AAA Cardinals), Brian Sweeney (Portland Beavers - AAA Padres), Nelson Figueroa (Nashville Sounds - AAA Pirates), and Mike Wuertz (Iowa Cubs - AAA Cubs). . . .  Pitching probables have not been announced for the series finale on Thursday evening.  The game marks Albuquerque's final road game of the 2004 season. 

Filed 09/01/2004

Marlins Begin Roster Expansion

The Florida Marlins began their September 1st roster expansion by recalling pitcher Ben Howard and catcher Matt Treanor from the Isotopes. Howard made 23 relief appearances for the Isotopes, going 3-0 with a save and a 3.67 ERA. in 34 1/3 innings pitched, Howard gave up 29 hits, 16 runs (14 earned), walked 22, struck out 28 and allowed 3 homers. Treanor appeared in 62 games for the Isotopes in 2004, hitting .258 (51x198) with 8 doubles, no triples, 8 homers, 38 RBI and 32 runs scored.
Filed 09/01/2004

August 31, 2004 - Isotopes (63-75)

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 7
New Orleans 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 4 4 2 2

WP: Jared Fernandez (6-11) 
LP: Mike Nannini (8-10)

HR: NRL Chris Burke (15) off Clint Sodowsky

TIME:2:14 
ATT: 2,253

Jared Fernandez pitched a complete game, 1-run, 4-hitter as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) defeated the Isotopes 4-1 on Tuesday evening in New Orleans.  The Isotopes have dropped eight straight games with the defeat.

With one out in the 1st inning, Royce Huffman and Mike Coolbaugh singled.  Jason Alfaro walked to load the bases and Phil Hiatt sacrifice flied out to left-center field to drive in Huffman.  Coolbaugh scored on a wild pitch and Alfaro came around to score as Isotopes catcher Matt Treanor committed an error trying  to throw the ball to Isotopes starter Mike Nannini covering home plate as the Zephyrs led 3-0. 

Chris Burke solo-homered to left field with two outs in the 8th inning as the Zephyrs extended the lead to 4-0.

In the 9th inning, Mike Colangelo was hit by a pitch, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, reached third base on Matt Padgett's flyout and scored on an error as the Isotopes avoided being shut out. 

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x1 (.261)
Josh Wilson  1x4 (.275)

Mike Nannini (L, 8-10)  7 IP (144 1/3), 3 H (152), 2 ER (87), 1 BB (42),
7 K (104  (ERA: 5.42) 

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes went 8-22 in August. . . .  Mike Colangelo went 0x2 to snap a 10-game hitting streak.  Josh Wilson, meanwhile, extended his hitting streak to 5 games. . . .  Mike Nannini has continued to run into the 9th victory roadblock.  Nannini has lost his last three straight outings after having won his 8th game.  A 9th victory would set an Isotopes franchise record for most winning decisions in a season. . . .  In PCL news, the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) were eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday evening.  The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) remain one game back of the PCL Central-Division leading Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs).  There are currently six teams vying for three playoff spots and the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) have already clinched a playoff spot. . . .  Th PCL named Chris Burke of the Zephyrs the 2004 PCL Rookie of the Year.  No Isotope finished in the top five in voting -- runners up were Ryan Church of Edmonton (AAA Expos), Freddy Guzman of Portland (AAA Padres) and Dan Johnson and Nick Swisher of Sacramento (AAA Athletics). . . .  The PCL named their 2004 Sports Turf Manager of the Year and it was Steve Horne of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals).  For the second season in a row, Jarad Alley of the Isotopes was the runner up and received the "President's Honorable Mention Award" for his work in keeping the Isotopes Park turf in excellent condition. . . .   Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are LHP Matt Blank (3-8, 6.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Jeremy Griffiths (3-4, 5.17) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 08/31/2004

2004 PCL All-Star Team

Here is the 2004 PCL All-Star Team as released by the league office on Monday: Catcher - Mike Rose - Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) First Baseman - Dan Johnson - Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) Second Baseman - Chris Burke - New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) Shortstop - Clint Barmes - Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) Third Baseman - Garrett Atkins - Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) Designated Hitter - Calvin Pickering - Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) Outfielder - Chad Allen - Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) Outfielder - Ryan Church - Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) Outfielder - Adam Riggs - Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) Left-Handed Starter: Scott Downs - Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) Right-Handed Starter: Brian Sweeney - Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) Reliever: Al Reyes - Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals)
Filed 08/31/2004

August 30, 2004 - Isotopes (63-74)

Zephyrs Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 8 0 4
New Orleans 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 X 6 9 1 8

WP: Brandon Duckworth (4-5) 
LP: Scott Sanders (3-9)
SV: Heath Bost (3)

HR: ABQ Mike Colangelo (15) off Brandon Duckworth
                 Matt Padgett (23) off Heath Bost 
                 Matt Treanor (8) off Heath Bost 

        NRL Alex Eckelman (2) off Scott Sanders

TIME: 2:49  
ATT: 2,084

The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) defeated the Isotopes 6-5 on Monday evening in the series opener in New Orleans.  With the defeat, the Isotopes have dropped seven straight games. 

Mike Colangelo solo-homered to center field in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes led 1-0.

In the 3rd inning, Matt Treanor singled, advanced to second base on Isotope starter Scott Sanders' sacrifice bunt, and scored on Josh Wilson's double down the third base line as the Isotopes extended their lead to 2-0.

In the home half of the 3rd inning, Alex Eckelman solo-homered to left field to lead off the inning.  Chris Tremie singled and scored on Chris Burke's double to left field.  Mike Coolbaugh doubled to left field to drive in Burke as the Zephyrs led 3-2.

Phil Hiatt singled and scored on Kyle Logan's double to left field as the Zephyrs extended their lead to 4-2.

The Zephyrs scored their final runs of the game in the 5th inning.  Burke doubled and scored on Emil Brown's single to left field.  Brown came home on Logan's double down the third base line as the Zephyrs led 6-2.

Derek Wathan doubled and scored on Joe Dillon's double down the left field line in the 6th inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit to three runs at 6-3.

Matt Padgett and Treanor each solo-homered in the 9th inning as the Isotopes tried to rally to win the game. 

Isotopes Starter: 
Scott Sanders (L, 3-9)  4 2/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR (ERA: 8.22) 

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x1 (.262)
Josh Wilson  2x4 (.276), 2B (9), RBI (21)

Michael Neu  1 IP (37 1/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB (24), 3 K (28) 
(ERA: 6.27)

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes extended their franchise mark for most games under the .500 mark to 11 games. . . .  Mike Colangelo extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . . .  The Isotopes are 3-13 on the road in August. . . .  Since Scott Sanders' last winning decision, he has had three losing decisions and four no-decisions. . . .  The PCL named their 2004 All-Star Team and none of the members of that team, representing every position, were Isotopes. . . .  The PCL Hitter of the Week is Kevin Witt of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals).  Witt hit .500 for the week while homering four times, driving in 11 runs, and scoring 10 runs.  The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Chris Bootcheck of the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels).  Bootcheck won both his starts for the week while having an ERA of 0.64.  Bootcheck tossed the first Stingers complete game shutout of the season against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) on August 24. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are RHP Michael Nannini (8-9, 5.57) for the Isotopes and knuckleballer RHP Jared Fernandez (5-11, 5.00) for the Zephyrs.  

Filed 08/30/2004

August 29, 2004 - Isotopes (63-73)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Colorado Springs 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 7 16 0 13
Albuquerque 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 1 8

WP: Mike Bumatay (2-4)
LP: Michael Tejera (8-4)
SV: Marc Kroon (18)

TIME: 3:10 
ATT: 9,688

The curse of the 9th winning decision of the season continues for the Isotopes.  Aaron Small was in good shape to set an Isotopes franchise record with his 9th victory in a season, but the Isotopes bullpen gave up the game as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) defeated the Isotopes 7-3 on Sunday evening at "The Lab" to sweep the five-game series.  The Isotopes have dropped six straight games, while the Sky Sox moved to one game back of the PCL Central Division-leading Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) with eight games to play in the 2004 season. 

In the 2nd inning, Rob Ryan tripled to the hill in right-center field and scored on Aaron Small's single up the middle as the Isotopes led 1-0.

Drew Niles singled to right field with one out in the 4th inning and scored on Matt Treanor's liner into the left field corner.  Ryan singled to right field as Treanor scored to make it 3-0 Albuquerque.

The Sky Sox went to work beginning in the 6th inning.  With one out, Todd Greene singled to right-center field and Andy Tracy tripled to the right-hand part of the outfield hill as Greene raced around to score.  Erick Almonte's sacrifice flyout to center field drove in Tracy as the Isotopes held a slim 3-2 lead over the Sky Sox.

The Sky Sox's big inning of the game was the 8th inning.  Shawn Garrett and Elvis Pena each singled with one out.  After former-Isotope Chris Donnels flied out, Rene Reyes doubled inside the right field line as Garrett scored.  Garrett Atkins singled to drive in Pena and Reyes advanced to third.  Reyes hurt himself on the play and was replaced by Chris Gissell on the basepaths.  Greene doubled to left-center field as Gissell and Atkins scored as the Sky Sox led 6-3.

In the 9th inning with one out, Garrett drew a walk, stole second base and scored on a throwing error by Isotope shortstop Josh Wilson to close out the scoring in the game. 

Isotopes Starter: 
Aaron Small  6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K (ERA: 5.25) 

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  2x4 (.271), 2B (8), BB (16)

Franklyn Gracesqui 1 IP (20 1/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB (16), 0 K
(ERA: 3.54)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes ended divisional play and went 19-29 against PCL Central Division teams in 2004. . . . The Isotopes and Sky Sox ended their 16-game season series with Colorado Springs winning 11 of the 16 games.  The Sky Sox and Isotopes also concluded the 8-game Isotope Park regular season series portion and Colorado Springs won 7 of the 8 games. . . .  The Isotopes were swept in a series for the second time this season (also swept at Tacoma (AAA Mariners).  48,504 fans attended the five-game series for a per-game average of 9,701. . . .  With the defeat, the Isotopes will have a sub-.500 season record.  Other than individual goals, the Isotopes goal should be to try to end the season in third place.  The 'Topes are 4 games back of PCL Central Division third-place team Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) with eight games left in the season. . . .  There have been seven starts by Isotope pitchers with eight wins who have failed to obtain a franchise-record 9th win of the season.  Michael Tejera seems to have been moved to the bullpen so he and Clint Sodowsky will have to try to earn their 9th victory in a relief role, while Mike Nannini and Aaron Small will try to earn a 9th victory in a starting pitching role. . . .  Mike Colangelo extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . .  The Isotopes are a franchise-worst 10 games below the .500 mark in 2004. . . .  The 'Topes are in the midst of their longest home losing streak of the season - 6 games. . . .  In PCL news, the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday evening, leaving the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) as the PCL Eastern Division champion.  Oklahoma is the first PCL club to clinch a playoff berth. . . .  The Isotopes hit the road for their final four-game roadtrip of the 2004 season, visiting the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros).  Pitching probables for the first game are RHP Scott Sanders (3-8, 8.04) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Duckworth (4-4, 5.09) for the Zephyrs. 

Filed 08/29/2004

August 28, 2004 - Isotopes (63-72)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Colorado Springs 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 8 13 0 11
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 1 3

WP: Chris Gissell (12-2) 
LP: Justin Wayne (1-4)

HR: ABQ Josh Wilson (5) off Allan Simpson 

TIME: 2:39
ATT: 10,679

For the third game out of the last four games, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) scored four runs in the 1st inning and cruised to a 8-2 victory over the Isotopes on Saturday evening.  With the loss, the Isotopes have dropped five straight games.  The Sky Sox, meanwhile, edged to two games behind the PCL Central Division-leading Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) with the victory and the Iowa loss this evening. 

In the 1st inning, Rene Reyes singled and Elvis Pena doubled.  Garrett Atkins singled to right field to drive in Reyes and Andy Tracy walked to load the bases.  Erick Almonte singled to right field to drive in Pena and Atkins and an out later Tracy scored on an error to make it 4-0 Sky Sox.

In the home half of the 1st inning, Joe Dillon reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and scored on Mike Colangelo's single to left-center field as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.

Almonte doubled to right-center field and scored on Garrett's single in the 5th inning as the Sky Sox extended the lead to 5-1.

Atkins singled to lead off the 7th inning, advanced to second base on Tracy's walk, advanced to third base when Brad Hawpe reached on a fielder's choice, and scored on Garrett's single to left field as the Sky Sox led 6-1.

In the 9th inning, Almonte was hit by a pitch and Hawpe singled.  Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch and an out later, Pascual Matos grounded out as Almonte scored.  Todd Greene's pinch-hit single plated Hawpe as the Sky Sox led 8-1.

Josh Wilson solo-homered to left-center field in the bottom of the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game. 

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  1x3 (.263), 2B (9)
Josh Wilson  2x4 (.267), R (29), HR (5), RBI (20), K (41)

Michael Neu  1 1/3 IP (36 1/3), 2 H (45), 2 ER (26), 0 BB,
2 K (25) (ERA: 6.44)
Justin Wayne (L, 1-4)  5 IP (61 1/3), 8 H (73), 4 ER (42), 4 BB (30),
1 K (43) (ERA: 6.16) 

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes tied a franchise record for most games below the .500 mark (9 games).  The Isotopes will have to win all nine games remaining if they are to have a .500 mark this season. . . .  The Isotopes home losing streak is at 5 games, tying a season-high. . . .   Mike Colangelo extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . .  RHP Aaron Small (8-9, 5.35) is hoping to accomplish two things when he takes the mound in the series finale on Sunday evening.  Small would set an Isotopes franchise record for most wins in a season if he can earn the winning pitching decision.  More importantly, Small is hoping to help the Isotopes avoid the series sweep.  RHP Adam Bernero (2-2, 3.38) is expected to take the mound for the Sky Sox. 

Filed 08/28/2004

August 27, 2004 - Isotopes (63-71)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Colorado Springs 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 10 13 0 6
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 6 0 9

WP: Alex Herrera (6-3) 
LP: Matt Blank (3-8)
SV: Travis Driskill (2)

HR: CSP Todd Greene (1) off Matt Blank
                 Garrett Atkins (15) off Matt Blank

        ABQ Matt Treanor (7) off Alex Herrera 

TIME: 3:00
ATT: 10,452

A pair of four-run innings propelled the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) to a 10-2 victory over the Isotopes on Friday evening at "The Lab".  The Isotopes have now dropped four straight games while the Sky Sox have moved to three games back of the PCL Central Division-leading Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs).

In the 1st inning with two outs, Garrett Atkins singled to right field, Andy Tracy doubled down the right field line and Erick Almonte ground-rule doubled to right-center field to drive in Atkins and Tracy.  Rene Reyes tripled to right field to drive in Almonte and Brad Hawpe singled to right field to plate Reyes as the Sky Sox led 4-0.

Todd Greene and Atkins each solo-homered to left-center field in the 5th inning as the Sky Sox extended the lead to 6-0.

Mike Colangelo walked and Matt Treanor homered to left field in the 6th inning as the Isotopes avoided the shutout.

The Sky Sox added more runs for good measure in the 9th inning.  Sky Sox reliever Travis Driskill walked and advanced to second base on a passed ball.  Driskill advanced to third on Pascual Matos' groundout and scored on Elvis Pena's single to center field.  Atkins walked and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch.  Almonte walked to load the bases and Reyes doubled down the third base line to clear the bases.

Isotopes Starter: 
Matt Blank (L, 3-8)  4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
(ERA: 6.52) 

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x1 (.262) 
Josh Wilson  1x5 (.262), 2 K (40)

Michael Neu  1/3 IP (35), 1 H (43), 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (ERA: 6.17)
Franklyn Gracesqui 2/3 IP (19 1/3), 1 H (9), 4 ER (8), 3 BB (14),
0 K (ERA: 3.72)

'Topes Notes:  Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball Gold Medalist Misty May threw out the first pitch at the game to her fiance Matt Treanor this evening.  May and Treanor are expected to have a November wedding ceremony. . . .  Mike Colangelo went 1x3 to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  The Isotopes lost their 71st game of the season tonight, setting a franchise mark for most losses in a regular season. . . .  The Isotopes are a season-worst eight games below the .500 mark and are flirting with the franchise mark set in 2003 for most games below the .500 mark. . . .  Matt Blank has lost his last six pitching decisions. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are RHP Justin Wayne (1-3, 6.07) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Vladimir Nunez (2-5, 5.80) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/27/2004

Christenson Put On Inactive List

Outfielder Ryan Christenson has been placed on the temporary inactive list.
Filed 08/27/2004

August 26, 2004 - Isotopes (63-70)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Colorado Springs 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 0 8
Albuquerque 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 9 0 8

WP: Luis Martinez (2-0) 
LP: Mike Nannini (8-9)
SV: Marc Kroon (17)

HR: CSP Andy Tracy (33) off Mike Nannini               

TIME: 2:50 
ATT: 9,512

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) built a four run lead early and held off a late Isotope rally to defeat the Isotopes 5-4.  With the defeat, the Isotopes were knocked out of playoff contention for the first time in their short franchise history.

With one out in the 1st inning, Shawn Garrett walked, Garrett Atkins singled and Andy Tracy walked to load the bases and Erick Almonte sacrifice flied out to right field to drive in Garrett as the Sky Sox led 1-0.

In the 3rd inning, Tracy solo homered to left-center field.  Rene Reyes singled, Chris Donnels was hit by a pitch and both runners scored on Pascual Matos' double to left-center field as the Sky Sox extended the lead to 4-0.

In the home half of the 3rd inning, Jason Wood singled, advanced to second on a balk and scored on Mike Colangelo's single to right-center field as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.

Clint Barmes doubled and scored on Atkins' single in the 4th inning as the Sky Sox extended their lead to 5-1.

With one out in the Isotopes half of the 4th inning, Matt Treanor walked, Drew Niles bunt singled and Isotopes reliever Michael Tejera doubled to right-center field to drive in Treanor and Niles as the Isotopes pulled to within two runs at 5-3.

With two outs in the 9th inning, Derek Wathan doubled off the wall in right field and scored on Wood's single to left-center field as the Isotopes pulled to within a run at 5-4 before Dillon struck out to end the game.

Prospect Watch:

Mike Nannini (L, 8-9)  3 2/3 IP (137 1/3), 9 H (149), 5 ER (85),
2 BB (41), 1 K (97), 1 HR (30) (ERA: 5.57)

'Topes Notes:   In their 63rd home date in 2004, the Isotopes eclipsed the 500,000 season attendance mark (508,035). . . .  Joe Dillon went 0x4 to snap a 6-game hitting streak.  Mike Colangelo extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . .  In PCL news, two clubs have extended their player development agreement (PDA) with their parent major-league clubs.  The Las Vegas 51's and Los Angeles Dodgers extended their PDA through the 2006 season and the Memphis Redbirds and St. Louis Cardinals extended their PDA through the 2008 season.  In March, the Isotopes and Florida Marlins extended their PDA through the 2006 season. . . . The Edmonton Trappers (AAA Athletics) were also eliminated from playoff contention tonight. The Trappers are moving to Round Rock, Texas after this season. . . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series on Friday evening are LHP Matt Blank (3-7, 6.32) for the Isotopes and LHP Alex Herrera (5-3, 5.58) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/26/2004

Tejera Rejoins 'Topes

Pitcher Michael Tejera was transferred from the Single-A Jupiter Hammerheads to the Isotopes.
Filed 08/26/2004

August 25, 2004 - Isotopes (63-69)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Colorado Springs 4 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 10 19 3 8
Albuquerque 0 1 0 2 4 0 0 1 0 8 9 0 7

WP: Allan Simpson (2-1) 
LP: Toby Borland (4-2)

HR: CSP Andy Tracy (31) off Scott Sanders
                 Andy Tracy (32) off Scott Sanders
                 Scott Garrett (3) off Toby Borland

        ABQ Matt Padgett (21) off Brian Tollberg 
                  Matt Padgett (22) off Brian Bowles

TIME: 3:03
ATT: 8,173

Despite being down by seven runs early, the Isotopes battled back to tie the game only to see Scott Garrett homer in the 9th inning to break the tie and give the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) a 10-8 victory over the Isotopes in the series opener.  The Isotopes have lost two straight and are almost just playing out the rest of the season.

Colorado Springs got the scoreboard quickly in the 1st inning.  Clint Barmes and Elvis Pena singled and Garrett Atkins doubled down the left field line to drive in Barmes and Pena.  Andy Tracy followed with a homer to right field as the Sky Sox led 4-0. 

With two outs in the 2nd inning, Jason Wood singled, stole second base and advanced to third base on a throwing error by the catcher on the play.  Matt Treanor hit an infield popup that was misplayed by the Sky Sox and dropped to the turf as Wood scored.  Treanor ended up on second base on the error as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.

Tracy solo homered to left field in the 3rd inning as the Sky Sox extended the lead to 5-1.

The Sky Sox added more runs in the 4th inning.  With one out, Barmes singled and Pena doubled to left-center field to drive in Barmes.  Atkins singled to center as Pena scored.  An out later, Brad Hawpe singled and Garrett ground-rule doubled to left field to drive in Atkins as the Sky Sox led 8-1. 

The Isotopes went to work beginning in the 4th inning.  Joe Dillon singled and Mike Colangelo was hit by a pitch.  Matt Padgett grounded out to advance the runners a base and Jason Wood sacrifice flied out to right field to plate Dillon.  Treanor's single to left field drove in Colangelo as the Isotopes trimmed the defecit to five runs at 8-3. 

In the 5th inning, Derek Wathan and Dillon singled and Colangelo's single drove in Wathan and Dillon came around to score on an error on the play.  Padgett followed with a two-run homer to center field as the Isotopes trailed by a run at 8-7.

Padgett solo homered to left field in the 8th inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 8-8.

Toby Borland entered the tied game for the Isotopes and had no problems retiring the first two Sky Sox batters before Garrett homered to right field to break the tie. Rene Reyes singled, stole second base and scored on Pascual Matos' single up the middle as the Sky Sox built a two run lead at 10-8.

The Isotopes went quietly in order in the 9th inning to close out the contest.

Isotopes Starter: 
Scott Sanders  3 2/3 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR (ERA: 8.04)

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  0x3 (.264) 

Michael Neu  1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (ERA: 6.23)

'Topes Notes:  An 8-16 August record has helped the Isotopes now become cellar-dwellers in the PCL Central Division standings.  The Isotopes fell to the cellar this evening with tonight's defeat and Omaha's (AAA Royals) victory over Iowa.  The Isotopes trail the division-leading Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) by 11 games with 12 games left to play.  The Isotopes playoff contention elimination number stands at three.  Colorado Springs, meanwhile, edged to 4.5 games back of the Cubs with a playoff elimination number of 10. . . .   Matt Padgett has had 3 two-homer games in 2004.  There have been 13 Isotope multi-homer games in 2004. . . .  The Isotopes will welcome the 500,000th fan to Isotopes Park for the 2004 season on Thursday evening. . . .  Joe Dillon extended his hitting streak to 6 games and Mike Colangelo to 5 games. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series on Thursday evening are RHP Mike Nannini (8-8, 5.39) for the Isotopes and LHP Luis Martinez (1-0, 4.09) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/25/2004

August 24, 2004 - Isotopes (63-68)

Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3 13
Colorado Springs 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 1 X 9 14 1 5

WP: Adam Bernero (2-2) 
LP: Aaron Small (8-9)

HR: CSP Andy Tracy (30) off  Aaron Small

TIME: 2:31
ATT: 3,160

Five Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) pitchers combined on a shutout and Andy Tracy homered to provide all the scoring the Sky Sox would need as Colorado Springs defeated the Isotopes 9-0 in the series finale at Sky Sox Stadium on Tuesday evening.

In the 3rd inning, Clint Barmes doubled and scored on Garrett Atkins' single up the middle to give the Sky Sox a 1-0 lead.

In the 6th inning with one out, Brad Hawpe and Tracy singled.  Erick Almonte reached on an error as Hawpe scored and Shawn Garrett singled to right field to drive in Tracy.  Rene Reyes' groundout plated Almonte as the Sky Sox built the lead to 4-0.

In the 7th inning, Sky Sox reliever Mike Bumatay doubled and an out later Atkins doubled to left field to drive in Bumatay.  Hawpe's single to center field plated Atkins and Tracy followed with a two-run homer to right field as the Sky Sox extended the lead to 8-0.

Pascual Matos doubled and later scored on Barmes' groundout in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the contest.

Isotopes Starter: 
Aaron Small (L, 8-9) 6 1/3 IP, 13 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
(ERA: 5.35) 

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  1x3 (.264), BB (9)

Franklyn Gracesqui  2/3 IP (18 2/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (15)
(ERA: 1.93)

'Topes Notes:  Colorado Springs won three out of the four games with the Isotopes in the four-game series.  The Isotopes and Sky Sox have completed the regular season series portion that is played in Colorado Springs and both clubs split the eight games 4-4. . . .  The Isotopes' longest roadtrip in franchise history ended at a very disappointing 3-9.  The Isotopes are 11 games back of PCL Central Division leading Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) with 13 games left to play.  Even though the Cubs lost on Tuesday evening, the Isotope loss dropped the playoff contention elimination number to 4. . . .  The Isotopes set a season-high for worst defeat on the road (9 runs). . . .  The Isotopes have been shut out eight times in 2004. . . .  Aaron Small snapped a five-decision winning streak with the loss tonight.  Small has not lost a game since June 22nd against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) at Isotopes Park. . . .  Matt Treanor's fiance' Misty May partnered with Kerri Walsh to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Women's Beach Volleyball. . . .  The Sky Sox and Isotopes change venues to play five games at Isotopes Park to complete the regular-season 16-game series between the two clubs.  The series opener probables are RHP Scott Sanders (3-8, 7.53) for the Isotopes and RHP Brian Tollberg (6-12, 6.60) for the Sky Sox. 

Filed 08/24/2004

August 23, 2004 - Isotopes (63-67)

Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 3 0 8 0 3 0 14 15 0 6
Colorado Springs 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 9 16 0 12

WP: Justin Wayne (1-3) 
LP: Hector Almonte (3-2)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (27) off Jason Gilfillan
                 Matt Padgett (20) off  Jason Gilfillan
                 Ryan Jorgensen (7) off Hector Almonte 

        CSP Shawn Garrett (1) off Justin Wayne
                  Shawn Garrett (2) off  Juan Alvarez
                 Clint Barmes (16) off Franklyn Gracesqui

TIME: 3:18 
ATT: 2,197

Joe Dillon's magical season continues.  Dillon's grand-slam capped an eight-run 6th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 14-9 to snap a three-game losing streak.

In the 2nd inning, Erick Almonte doubled and Shawn Garrett followed with a home run to right field as the Sky Sox led 2-0.

Albuquerque took the lead in the 4th inning.  With one out, Derek Wathan and Dillon singled and Mike Colangelo doubled down the third base line to drive in Wathan and Dillon.  Matt Padgett's single plated Colangelo as the 'Topes led 3-2.

Pascual Matos singled and scored on Clint Barmes single to left field in the 4th inning as the Sky Sox tied the game at 3-3.

Albuquerque broke the game open in the 6th inning.  Dillon singled up the middle and Colangelo doubled to right-center field to drive in Dillon.  After Padgett struck out, Drew Niles singled to right field to drive in Colangelo and Ryan Jorgensen followed with a two-run homer to right-center field.  Isotope starter Justin Wayne struck out before Rob Ryan and Josh Wilson singled and Wathan walked to load the bases.  Dillon came up to the plate and grand-slam homered to left-center field to give the Isotopes a 11-3 lead.

Barmes solo-homered to left field in the home half of the 6th inning.

Padgett three-run homered to right field with two outs in the 8th inning and Wathan and Dillon on base as the Isotopes took a 14-4 lead.

In the 8th inning, Elvis Pena pinch-hit walked and an out later Garrett Atkins singled and Brad Hawpe grounded out as Pena scored.  Andy Tracy singled to drive in Atkins and Almonte doubled to drive in Tracy.  Garrett followed with a two-run homer to right-center field to close out the scoring in the game. 

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  1x5 (.263), R (19), HR (7), 2 RBI (27), K (45)
Josh Wilson  1x5 (.268), R (28), BB (15), K (38), SB (5)

Franklyn Gracesqui  1 IP (18), 1 H (8), 1 ER (4), 0 BB, 0 K,
1 HR (2) (ERA: 2.00)
Justin Wayne (W, 1-3) 5 IP (56 1/3), 7 H (65), 3 ER (38), 4 BB (26),
5 K (42), 1 HR (9) (ERA: 6.07)  

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes are 11 games behind the PCL Central Division leading Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) with 14 games left to play.  Since Iowa lost this evening, the Isotopes elimination magic number remained at 5. . . .  Joe Dillon hit his second grand-slam homer of the season and the Isotopes' 9th grand-slam homer of the year, a franchise record.  For the second night in a row, Dillon tied an Isotopes franchise record by scoring four runs in a game, the third time in 2004 that he has done that feat. . . .  Mike Colangelo tied a franchise record with three doubles in the contest. . . .  Matt Padgett now has 84 RBI, an Isotope franchise record for most RBIs by a hitter in a season. . . .  The eight runs the Isotopes scored in the 6th inning was one run short of tying an Isotopes season-best for most runs scored in an inning.  The Isotopes were also one homer shy of tying a franchise record for most homers in a game. . . .  Jason Wood went 0x1 in a pinch-hit appearance to snap a five-game hitting streak. . . .  Colorado Springs' Shawn Garrett homered from both sides of the plate in the game. . . .  Justin Wayne snapped a three losing-decision streak with his first victory. . . .  In PCL news, the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) became the fifth team in the PCL eliminated from playoff contention on Monday evening.  A.J. Zapp of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) was named the PCL Hitter of the Week.  During the week, Zapp hit .519 with 16 RBI and  belted two grand slam homers.  Chris Young of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award for holding the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) to a run and two hits in a 7-inning complete game outing in the first game of a doubleheader on August 18th. . . .  The Isotopes are looking for the series split in the series finale at Sky Sox Stadium on Tuesday evening when they send RHP Aaron Small (8-8, 5.20) to the mound to face Colorado Springs' RHP Adam Bernero (1-2, 3.90).  With the winning decision, Small would set an Isotopes franchise record for most wins in a season.

Filed 08/23/2004

August 22, 2004 - Isotopes (62-67)

Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 4 11 12 0 13
Colorado Springs 1 0 6 2 5 0 0 0 X 14 21 0 8

WP: Alex Herrera (5-3) 
LP: Matt Blank (3-7)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (26) off Alex Herrera

        CSP Andy Tracy (28) off Matt Blank
                  Andy Tracy (29) off  Chris Michalak
                  Brad Hawpe (27) off Matt Blank 
                  Pascual Matos (2) off Matt Blank 
                  Erick Almonte (17) off Chris Michalak

TIME: 3:13 
ATT: 2,484

Despite scoring eight runs in the final three innings, the Isotopes were outslugged by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 14-11 on Sunday evening.  With the defeat, the Isotopes have lost three straight and are rapidly approaching being eliminated from the PCL Central Division playoff race.

Garrett Atkins doubled to right-center field and scored on Brad Hawpe's single to center field as the Sky Sox led 1-0 after one inning of play.

In the 3rd inning, Josh Wilson walked and Joe Dillon singled.  Two outs later, Matt Padgett's double to right-center field drove in Wilson and Dillon as the Isotopes took a 2-1 lead.

The Isotope lead did not last very long.  In the home half of the 3rd inning, Atkins doubled down the third base line and Hawpe followed with a  home run to left field.  Andy Tracy then homered to right field and an out later Shawn Garrett doubled to right-center field.  Rene Reyes doubled to left field to drive in Garrett and Pascual Matos homered to left field as the Sky Sox led 7-2. 

In the 4th inning with one out, Erick Almonte and Garrett singled.  After a double steal, Reyes singled to right field to drive in Almonte.  Garrett scored on a fielder's choice when Reyes was caught trying to steal second base.

Joe Dillon led off the 5th inning with a homer to right-center field but the Sky Sox still led 9-3.

The Sky Sox added to the lead in the 5th inning.  Clint Barmes singled and Atkins doubled to left-center field to drive in Barmes.  An out later, Andy Tracy hit his second homer of the game, a shot to right field and Almonte followed with a homer to left field.  After Garrett struck out, Reyes doubled and scored on Matos' single as the Sky Sox led 14-3.

Albuquerque started their futile late-inning comeback attempt in the 7th inning by going doubles-crazy.  After Wilson flied out, Dillon doubled and scored on Mike Colangelo's double to right-center field.  Wood doubled to right-center field to drive in Colangelo and Padgett doubled to right-center field to plate Wood.  Ryan Jorgensen drew a pinch-hit walk and an out later Isotope reliever Michael Neu walked to load the bases.  Rob Ryan walked as Padgett trotted home to cut the defecit to seven runs at 14-7.

In the 9th inning, Drew Niles doubled to center field and advanced to third on a passed ball.  Derek Wathan drew a pinch-hit walk and Niles scored on a wild pitch as Wathan advanced to second base.  Ryan singled and, after Wilson struck out, Dillon doubled to right field to drive in Wathan.  Colangelo's double down the first base line drove in Ryan and Dillon as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter: 
Matt Blank (L, 3-7)  2 2/3 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HR
(ERA: 6.32) 

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x1 (.264), BB (8), K (44) 
Josh Wilson  0x4 (.270), R (27), 2 BB (14), K (37)

Michael Neu  2 IP (33 2/3), 1 H (42), 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (23) (ERA: 6.42)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes trail the PCL Central Division leading Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) by 12 games with 15 games left to play.  The Isotopes elimination number (combination of Cubs wins and Isotope losses) is 5. . . .  The Isotopes set several season highs in the game:  Most runs given up to an opponent in a game (14 runs); Most hits given up to an opponent in a game on the road (21 hits); Most doubles in a game (8); and Most walks drawn in a game (12). . . .  Joe Dillon tied an Isotope franchise record with four runs scored in the game -- the second time he has accomplished the feat this season.  Dillon turned in his fifth four-hit game of the season and he was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The three home runs allowed in the 3rd inning was one homer shy of the Isotope franchise record for most homers allowed in an inning. . . .  Ryan Christenson went 0x2 to snap his 7-game hitting streak. . . .  Chris Michalak set Isotope reliever season-highs in runs (7) and hits (10) given up in a relief outing. . . .  In PCL news, three more teams were eliminated from the playoff races on Sunday:  Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants), Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros).  Combined with the long-eliminated Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels), one-quarter of the PCL is now just playing out the rest of the season. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series on Monday evening are RHP Justin Wayne (0-3, 6.14) for the Isotopes and RHP Travis Driskill (5-5, 5.35) for the Sky Sox. 

Filed 08/22/2004

August 21, 2004 - Isotopes (62-66)

Sky Sox Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 9 0 13
Colorado Springs 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 X 5 6 1 6

WP: Luis Martinez (1-0)
LP: Mike Nannini (8-8)
SV: Marc Kroon (16) 

TIME: 2:41 
ATT: 3,453

A four-run 7th inning propelled the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) to a 5-2 victory over the Isotopes on Saturday evening in the series opener.  The Isotopes have lost two straight games and trail the PCL Central division leader Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) by 11.5 games with just 16 games left to play.

In the 1st inning, Clint Barmes doubled to center field and scored on Shawn Garrett's single to center as the Sky Sox led 1-0.

Albuquerque tied the game at 1-1 in the 2nd inning.  Chris Ashby singled and Rob Ryan doubled to right-center field to drive in Ashby.

In the 7th inning, Josh Wilson reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and scored when Jason Wood doubled to shallow left-center field as the Isotopes took a 2-1 lead.

The Sky Sox took the lead and put the game away in their half of the 7th inning.  With one out, Choo Freeman and Elvis Pena walked.  Pascual Matos singled to right field to drive in Freeman and Garrett Atkins pinch-hit singled to left field to drive in Pena.  Barmes doubled to left-center field to drive in Matos and Garrett walked to load the bases.  Brad Hawpe drew a walk as Atkins trotted home to give the Sky Sox a 5-2 lead.

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  2x5 (.276), R (26), K (36), SB (4)

Mike Nannini  (L, 8-8)  6 1/3 IP (133 2/3), 3 H (140), 3 ER (80),
4 BB (39), 9 K (96) (ERA: 5.39)
Franklyn Gracesqui  1 2/3 IP (17), 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB (11), 0 K
(ERA: 1.59)

'Topes Notes:   Ryan Christenson went 1x4 to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  Mike Nannini snapped a two-decision winning streak when he earned the losing decision tonight.  Nannini did set a personal season-high with 9 strikeouts in the game. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are LHP Matt Blank (3-6, 5.93) for the Isotopes and LHP Alex Herrera (4-3, 5.69) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/21/2004

Ryan Joins Isotopes, Tejera to Jupiter

Outfielder Rob Ryan has been transferred from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats to the Isotopes. Ryan began the season with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) before being released from the Astros organization and signed by the Marlins as a free agent and assigned to Carolina. In 29 games with the Mudcats, Ryan hit .217 (31x109) with 7 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored. In other news, pitcher Michael Tejera has been transferred from the Isotopes to the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads. Tejera has been gone from the team since he flew to the Miami area to be with his wife and newborn child.
Filed 08/21/2004

August 20, 2004 - Isotopes (62-65)

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 5
Omaha 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 7 11 0 4

WP: Chris George (6-5)
LP: Scott Sanders (3-8)

HR: OMA  Raul Casanova (6) off Scott Sanders  
                 Calvin Pickering (34) off Scott Sanders 

 TIME: 2:35 
ATT: 6,212

The Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) scored early and often and cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale on Friday evening in Omaha.  With the defeat, the Isotopes elimination magic number fell to 9 (any combination of PCL Central Division leader Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) wins and Isotope losses). 

Omaha's Adrian Brown singled, Raul Casanova singled and Calvin Pickering walked in the 1st inning to load the bases.  Paul Phillips' double down the right field line drove in Brown and Casanova as the Royals led 2-0.

In the 2nd inning, former-Isotope Kevin Hooper infield singled, Alexis Gomez walked and Casanova homered to left-center field.  Pickering followed with a home run to left-center field as the Royals led 6-0.

The Royals closed out their scoring in the 3rd inning.  Mark Teahen doubled to lead off the inning, Jed Hansen singled and Hooper's groundout scored Teahen.

In the 4th inning, Joe Dillon doubled and scored on Matt Padgett's single to right field as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.

The Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game in the 5th inning when Matt Treanor leadoff walked and scored on Ryan Christenson's double down the left field line.

Isotopes Starter: 
Scott Sanders (L, 3-8) 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER,  2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
(ERA: 7.53) 

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  1x3 (.266), K (43)
Josh Wilson  0x4 (.272)

'Topes Notes:  Brian Banks retirement became official after tonight's game.  Banks went 0x4 with a strikeout and a grounded-into-a-double-play in his last professional game.  For the Isotopes in 2004, Banks appeared in 67 games, hitting .231 (50x216) with 6 homers and 30 RBI. . . .  Omaha won three out of the four games in the just completed series.  The Isotopes have lost 11 series' in 2004.  For the 16-game season series, the Isotopes and Royals won 8 games each. . . .  The attendance at Rosenblatt Stadium was disappointing.  12,277 fans showed up for all four games in the series.  To put that figure in perspective, the Isotopes can draw that many fans at Isotopes Park in one evening (usually for a fireworks night). . . .  Ryan Christenson extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . .  The Isotopes complete their longest roadtrip in franchise history with four games against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies).  Pitching probables for the series opener on Saturday night are RHP Mike Nannini (8-7, 5.44) for the Isotopes and LHP Luis Martinez (0-0, 6.75) for the Sky Sox.   

Filed 08/20/2004

August 19, 2004 - Isotopes (62-64)

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 8 1 5
Omaha 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 5 0 0

WP: Aaron Small (8-7) 
LP: Elvin Nina (0-1)
SV: Toby Borland (11)

HR: OMA Calvin Pickering (33) off Aaron Small               

TIME: 2;22 
ATT: 2,142

The Isotopes came up with a big five-run 8th inning to come from behind to defeat the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 5-4 on Thursday evening.  With the victory, the Isotopes snapped a two-game losing streak. 

In the 1st inning, Adrian Brown infield singled, Jed Hansen doubled to left-center field and Raul Casanova infield singled as Brown scored.  Calvin Pickering followed by grounding into a double play as Hansen raced home to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.

Pickering solo-homered to center field in the 4th inning as the Royals extended the lead to 3-0.

Albuquerque's bats woke up in the 8th inning.  Brian Banks drew a leadoff walk and Jason Wood doubled.  Drew Niles' single to right field drove in Banks and Matt Treanor's single to left field drove in Wood.  Ryan Christenson bunt singled to load the bases and Josh Wilson walked as Niles trotted home.  Derek Wathan singled to right field to drive in Treanor and an out later, Matt Padgett reached on a fielder's choice as Christenson scored to give the Isotopes a 5-3 lead. 

In the home half of the 8th inning, Omaha pulled to within a run at 5-4 when Jarrod Patterson doubled, advanced to third base on former-Isotope Kevin Hooper's fly out and scored on Alexis Gomez's sacrifice flyout to left field.

Toby Borland retired the Royals in order in the 9th inning to earn the save and preserve the Isotope victory.

Isotopes Starter: 
Aaron Small (W, 8-8)  8 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
(ERA: 5.20) 

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  1x3 (.278), RBI (19), BB (12), K (35)

'Topes Notes:   The five runs scored in the 8th inning ties a season-high for most runs scored in the 8th inning this season. . . .  Ryan Christenson went 1x5 to extend his hitting streak to 5 games. . . .  Aaron Small has won his last five pitching decisions. . . .  Toby Borland recorded his first save since August 8th against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). . . .  Pitching probables for the series finale are RHP Scott Sanders (3-7, 7.21) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris George (5-5, 3.38) for the Royals.

Filed 08/19/2004

August 18, 2004 - Isotopes (61-64)

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 6 13 0 11
Omaha 3 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 X 9 10 2 5

WP: Jimmy Gobble (2-1)
LP: Justin Wayne (0-3)

HR: OMA Calvin Pickering (32) off Justin Wayne 
                 Brandon Berger (9) off Chris Michalak

 TIME: 2:48 
ATT: 1,740

Raul Casanova drove in four runs with a pair of doubles as the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) defeated the Isotopes 9-6.  The Isotopes have lost two straight games.

Ryan Christenson doubled to lead off the game and two outs later scored on Joe Dillon's single to center field as the Isotopes led 1-0.

In Omaha's half of the 1st inning, Adrian Brown walked and Damian Jackson singled up the middle.  An out later, Calvin Pickering drew a walk to load the bases and Raul Casanova ground-rule doubled to the left-field corner to drive in Brown and Jackson.  Jed Hansen's groundout plated Pickering as the Royals led 3-1.

Mark Teahen doubled to right field and Pickering followed with a homer to center field as the Royals extended the lead to 5-1 in the 3rd inning.

In the 4th inning, Dillon doubled to left field and scored on Brian Banks' single up the middle.  Matt Padgett singled and Jason Wood doubled to left field to plate Banks.  An out later, Ryan Jorgensen grounded out to drive in Padgett as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 5-4.

Jackson doubled to lead off the 5th inning and Teahen followed with a single.  An out later, Casanova doubled to left field to drive in Jackson and Teahen as the Royals built the lead to 7-4.

Pickering walked to lead off the 7th inning and Brandon Berger homered to left field as the Royals led 9-4.

The Isotopes scored a pair of runs in the 9th inning to make the score a little more respectable.  With one out, Josh Wilson singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch.  After Derek Wathan struck out, Dillon reached on an error and Banks singled to right field to drive in Wilson.  Padgett walked to load the bases and Wood walked as Dillon trotted home.

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.265), RBI (25)
Josh Wilson  2x5 (.277), R (25), 2B (7), K (34) 

Michael Neu  1 IP (31 2/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (21) (ERA: 6.82) 
Justin Wayne (L, 0-3)  5 IP (51 1/3), 9 H (58), 7 ER (35), 2 BB (22),
3 K (37), 1 HR (8) (ERA: 6.14)

'Topes Notes:   The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) won so the Isotopes have fallen to 10.5 games back of the Cubs with 19 games left to play.  The Isotopes elimination magic number is at 11. . . .  The Isotopes played in front of the smallest crowd for the 2004 season (1,740 fans). . . .  The Isotopes snapped a four consecutive-game homer streak by going homerless in the contest. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are RHP Aaron Small (7-8, 5.24) for the Isotopes and the Royals have yet to name a probable starter.

Filed 08/18/2004

Jorgensen Activated

Catcher Ryan Jorgensen has been activated from the temporary inactive list.
Filed 08/18/2004

August 17, 2004 - Isotopes (61-63)

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 0 5
Omaha 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 7 0 10

WP: Kris Wilson (9-13)
LP: Matt Blank (3-6)
SV: Jeremy Affeldt (3)

HR: ABQ Matt Padgett (19) off Kris Wilson 

TIME: 2:28
ATT: 2,183

Calvin Pickering drove in all three Omaha Royal (AAA Royals) runs in a 3-2 victory over the Isotopes on Tuesday evening in the series opener.

The Isotopes began strong in the game.  In the 1st inning, Ryan Christenson, Josh Wilson and Derek Wathan all singled to load up the bases with no outs.  Joe Dillon brought Christenson home with a sacrifice flyout to left field but the Isotopes were unable to get anymore runs as Brian Banks followed by grounding into a double play to end the inning.

In the home half of the 1st inning with one out, Damian Jackson doubled down the left field line and later scored on Pickering's single as the Royals tied the game at 1-1.

With two outs in the 2nd inning, Adrian Brown singled, Jackson singled and Jed Hansen walked to load the bases.  Pickering's single to right field drove in Brown and Jackson as the Royals led 3-1.

Matt Padgett's solo-homer to left-center field in the 7th inning closed out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter: 
Matt Blank (L, 3-6)  6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (ERA: 5.93)

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  2x4 (.274), K (33)

Franklyn Gracesqui 1 IP (15 1/3), 1 H (7), 0 ER, 2 BB (9),
1 K (13) (ERA: 1.76)

'Topes Notes:   The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) lost on Tuesday evening so the Isotopes remain 9.5 games back of the Cubs in the PCL Central Division standings. The Isotopes elimination number fell to 13 due to the Isotopes defeat tonight. . . . All four Isotope losses on the roadtrip have been by one run. . . .  Matt Blank has lost his last four decisions. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are RHP Justin Wayne (0-2, 5.44) for the Isotopes and LHP Jimmy Gobble (1-1, 4.15) for the Royals.  

Filed 08/17/2004

Hartmann Released

Pitcher Pete Hartmann has been released. Hartmann appeared in relief for the Isotopes in 25 games, compiling a 0-1 record with 8.07 ERA. In 29 innings pitched, Hartmann gave up 40 hits, 28 runs (26 earned), walked 11, struck out 29 and allowed 6 homers.
Filed 08/17/2004

August 16, 2004 - Isotopes (61-62)

Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 4 0 3 0 2 0 0 9 13 0 11
Iowa 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 6 9 1 3

WP: Mike Nannini (8-7) 
LP: John Koronka (10-9)
SV: Ben Howard (1)

HR: ABQ Ryan Christenson (2) off John Koronka
                 Brian Banks (6) off John Koronka
                 Matt Padgett (18) off John Koronka

        IWA Bill Selby (15) off Mike Nannini
                  Bill Selby (16) off Mike Nannini 
                  Jason Dubois (26) off Mike Nannini

TIME: 3:01
ATT: 6,238

Ryan Christenson and Brian Banks each two-run homered in the Isotopes' 9-6 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs).  Albuquerque snapped a four-game losing streak and a 10-game road losing streak and are 9.5 games back of Iowa with 21 games left to play. 

Bill Selby solo-homered to right field in the 2nd inning as the Cubs led 1-0.

In the 3rd inning, Isotopes starter Mike Nannini singled to center field and Christenson followed with a home run to left field.  An out later, Joe Dillon doubled, Brian Banks singled and Padgett doubled to center field to drive in Dillon.  Chris Ashby's groundout drove in Banks as the Isotopes led 4-1.

The Isotopes added to their lead in the 5th inning.  Dillon reached on an error and Banks homered to center field.  Padgett followed with a solo-homer to center field to as the Isotopes led 7-1.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, Selby solo-homered to right field for the second time in the game.  Calvin Murray followed with a single, Fernando Lunar singled and Jason Dubois pinch-hit three-run homered to left-center field as the Cubs cut the defecit to two runs at 7-5.

In the 7th inning with one out, Padgett doubled, Ashby singled and Drew Niles drew a walk to load the bases.  Matt Treanor walked to plate Padgett and Jason Wood sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Ashby as the Isotopes led 9-5.

Trenidad Hubbard doubled with one out in the 8th inning and scored on Russ Johnson's single to center field as the Cubs closed out the scoring in the game.

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  0x5 (.268), BB (11), 2 K (32)

Mike Nannini  (W, 8-7) 6 IP (127 1/3), 5 H (137), 5 ER (77),
1 BB (35), 2 K (87), 3 HR (29) (ERA: 5.44) 

'Topes Notes:   Brian Banks announced his plans to retire before the end of the current Isotopes roadtrip. . . .  Iowa won three games in the just-completed four-game series.  In the season 16-game series, Iowa won ten games (five games at Isotopes Park and five games at Sec Taylor Stadium). . . .  There have been three Isotope back-to-back homers in 2004. . . .  Ben Howard became the 9th different Isotope to record a save this season. . . .  In PCL news, the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) on Sunday became the first PCL team eliminated from playoff contention. . . .  Adam Riggs of the Stingers was named the PCL Hitter of the Week.  Riggs hit .538 for the week with six homers and 12 RBI.  Sergio Mitre of the Cubs won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award for his performance on August 13th against Albuquerque when he hurled a complete-game, 1-hit shutout. . . .   Albuquerque continues their road trip with the next four games against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals).  Pitching probables for Game 1 of the series are LHP Matt Blank (3-5, 6.04) for the Isotopes and RHP Kris Wilson (8-13, 6.07) for the Royals. 

Filed 08/16/2004

August 15, 2004 - Isotopes (60-62)

Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 4
Iowa 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 9 0 12

WP: Nate Bland  (8-4)
LP: Juan Alvarez  (2-3)

HR: ABQ Brian Banks (5) Off Kevin McGlinchy              

TIME: 3:28
ATT: 6,264

Bill Selby's bloop single drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeated the Isotopes 2-1.  The Isotopes have lost four consecutive games and are in the midst of a 10-game road losing streak.

Brian Banks solo-homered to center field with two outs in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead.

Selby led off the 4th inning with a walk, advanced to third base on Donny Leon's single and scored on David Kelton's sacrifice flyout to center field as the Cubs tied the game at 1-1.

With two outs in the 12th inning, Cubs reliever Nate Bland singled to left field, Russ Johnson followed with a walk, and Selby bloop singled to left field as Bland came around with the game-winning run. 

Isotopes Starter: 
Scott Sanders  6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (ERA: 7.21)

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  0x3 (.277), BB (10), K (30)

Michael Neu  2 IP (30 2/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB (23), 2 K (20) (ERA: 7.04)
Franklyn Gracesqui  1/3 IP (14 1/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (ERA: 1.88)

'Topes Notes:  The Cubs hold a 10.5 game advantage over the Isotopes in the PCL Central Division standings with 22 games left to play. . . .  Iowa has won all three games in the series by one run. . . .  The Isotopes were held hitless in the 3rd through 11th innings. . . .  The Isotopes tied a season-high by striking out 15 times in the game. . . .  The Isotopes offense has been rather anemic in the series.  In two of the three games, the Isotopes were held to 2 hits or less. . . .  Franklyn Gracesqui tied a team season-high for shortest reliever outing (1 batter). . . .  Pitching probables for the series finale on Monday are RHP Mike Nannini (7-7, 5.34) for the Isotopes and LHP John Koronka (10-8, 4.23) for the I-Cubs. 

Filed 08/15/2004

Gracesqui Activated From Disabled
List, Jorgensen to Temporary Inactive
List

Pitcher Franklyn Gracesqui has been activated from the disabled list. Gracesqui had been on the disabled list since May 22, 2004 with left-shoulder tendinitis. Catcher Ryan Jorgensen was placed on the temporary inactive list to make roster room for Gracesqui.
Filed 08/13/2004

August 14, 2004 - Isotopes (60-61)

Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 0 6
Iowa 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 X 6 13 3 14

WP: Nate Bland (7-4)
LP: Chris Michalak (1-1)
SV: Mike Wuertz (15)

HR: ABQ Aaron Small (1) off  Shawn Sedlacek               

TIME: 2:54 
ATT: 7,591

Donny Leon's two-out, bases-clearing double in the 8th inning gave the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Isotopes on Saturday evening.  The Isotopes are now 9.5 games back of Iowa with 23 games to play.

In the 1st inning, Josh Wilson infield singled and advanced to second base on an error.  Derek Wathan was hit by a pitch and Joe Dillon singled to left field to drive in Wilson and Dillon advanced to second base on an error.  Matt Padgett grounded out to drive in Wathan as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Trenidad Hubbard doubled down the left field line and scored on Bill Selby's single to right field in the home half of the 1st inning as the Cubs cut the defecit in half at 2-1.

In the 2nd inning, Hubbard singled to center field, Richard Lewis doubled and Denny Hocking doubled to right-center field to drive in Hubbard and Lewis as the Cubs took a 3-2 lead.

Wathan singled to center with an out in the 3rd inning, Dillon doubled to right-center field and Padgett's groundout plated Wathan.  Jason Wood reached on an error as Dillon scored to give the Isotopes a 4-3 lead.

Isotopes starter Aaron Small solo-homered to left field in the 4th inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 5-3.

In the 8th inning with one out, Hocking walked, Russ Johnson doubled to right-center field and Selby walked to load the bases.  An out later, Leon doubled to left-center field to clear the bases as Iowa took a 6-5 lead.

In the top of the 9th inning, Matt Treanor drew a leadoff walk and Drew Niles sacrifice bunted him to second base.  Ryan Christenson proceeded to fly out out and Wilson struck out to end the game.  

Isotopes Starter: 
Aaron Small 6 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 K (ERA: 5.24)

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  2x4 (.282), R (24), 2B (6), 2 K (29)

'Topes Notes:  Aaron Small hit the first homer for an Isotopes pitcher in 2004 and before today, the last Isotope pitcher to homer was Jason Grilli on August 30, 2003.  There have been three Isotope pitcher home runs in franchise history. . . .  Iowa scored all six runs in the game using two-out hits. . . .  Albuquerque has lost three games in a row and added to their season-worst road losing streak, now at 9 games. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are RHP Scott Sanders (3-7, 7.75) for the Isotopes and RHP Kevin McGlinchy (0-2, 6.32) for the I-Cubs. 

Filed 08/14/2004

August 13, 2004 - Isotopes (60-60)

Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 6

WP: Sergio Mitre (5-3)
LP: Juan Alvarez (2-2)

HR: IWA  Russ Johnson (10) off Juan Alvarez 

TIME: 2:15
ATT: 8,521

Russ Johnson's solo-homer in the bottom of the 9th inning broke a scoreless tie as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeated the Isotopes 1-0 in the series opener in Des Moines, Iowa.

Isotopes starter Justin Wayne was valiant for the Isotopes in what was a must-win game as he went 7 shutout innings and allowed 3 hits.

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  1x3 (.276), 2B (5), K (27)

Justin Wayne  7 IP (46 1/3), 3 H (49), 0 ER, 2 BB (20),
3 K (34) (ERA: 5.44) 

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes dropped to 8.5 games back of Iowa with the defeat and saw their elimination magic number drop from 20 to 18.  They also extended their season worst road game losing streak to 8 games. . . .  The Isotopes tied a season high for fewest hits in a game - 1 hit.  It was not a franchise record as the Isotopes were no-hit in the 2003 season. . . .  The Isotopes were shut out for the 7th time this season. . . .  Derek Wathan went 0x3 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . .  Juan Alvarez tied an Isotope pitching staff season-high for shortest outing by a reliever - 1 batter. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series on Saturday evening are RHP Aaron Small (7-8, 5.28) for the Isotopes and RHP Shawn Sedlacek (8-5, 4.47) for the I-Cubs. 

Filed 08/13/2004

Westmoreland Back to GCL

Pitcher Clayton Westmoreland was transferred to the Gulf Coast League Marlins from the Isotopes on Friday. Westmoreland appeared in 5 games (all in relief) and went 0-0 with a 5.14 ERA. In 7 innings pitched, he gave up 4 hits, 4 runs, walked 8 and struck out 6.
Filed 10/13/2004

August 12, 2004 - Day Off

The Isotopes, like most of the PCL, have their final off day of the season. Edmonton and Omaha are in action tonight. The Isotopes find themselves 7.5 games behind the PCL Central Division leader Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) with 25 games to go and the Isotopes elimination number is 20 (any combination of Iowa wins and Albuquerque loses). Albuquerque can try to make up a lot of ground quickly as they begin a four-game series in Iowa on Friday evening. Pitching probables for Game 1 are RHP Justin Wayne (0-2, 6.41) for the Isotopes and RHP Shawn Sedlacek (8-5, 4.47) for the Cubs. Current Active Isotope Team Leaders: HITTING ======= Batting Average: Joe Dillon (.321) Slugging Percentage: Joe Dillon (.689) Games: Matt Padgett (106) Runs: Joe Dillon (73) Hits: Derek Wathan (102) Doubles: Joe Dillon, Matt Padgett (23) Triples: Joe Dillon (7) Homers: Joe Dillon (25) RBI: Matt Padgett (70) Walks: Joe Dillon (37) Strikeouts: Matt Padgett (90) Stolen Bases: Derek Wathan (14) PITCHING ======== Wins (Starter): Aaron Small, Mike Nannini (7) Wins (Reliever): Clint Sodowsky (8) Loses (Starter): Aaron Small (8) Loses (Reliever): Clint Sodowsky (7) Saves: Toby Borland (10) ERA (Starter): Aaron Small (5.28) ERA (Reliever): Toby Borland (2.16) Games (Starter): Mike Nannini (20) Games (Reliever): Juan Alvarez (40) Innings Pitched (Starters): Mike Nannini (121 1/3) Innings Pitched (Relievers): Clint Sodowsky (54) Runs Allowed: Mike Nannini, Matt Blank (81) Earned Runs Allowed: Matt Blank (75) Homers Allowed: Mike Nannini (26) Walks: Matt Blank (38) Strikeouts: Mike Nannini (85) Wild Pitches: Matt Blank, Justin Wayne (4)
Filed 08/12/2004

Howard to Isotopes

The Isotopes got much needed bullpen help as the Florida Marlins optioned pitcher Ben Howard to the Isotopes when pitcher Armando Benitez was activated from the disabled list. Howard went 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA and made 24 relief appearances for the Marlins. Howard pitched 29 innings and gave up 30 hits, 17 runs, 15 walks, struck out 27 and allowed 5 homers.
Filed 08/12/2004

August 11, 2004 - Isotopes (60-59)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E LOB
Fresno 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 10 2 7
Albuquerque 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 7

WP: Scott Munter (1-0)
LP: Clint Sodowsky (8-7)
SV: Dave Aardsma (10)

HR: FRE  Andy Shabala (5) off Matt Blank

TIME: 2:48  
ATT: 9,445

A broken-bat single and a triple with two outs in the 10th inning doomed the Isotopes as the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) defeated the Isotopes 6-3 to avoid being swept in the four game series.  With the defeat, the Isotopes snapped a five-game winning streak. 

In the 2nd inning, Brian Dallimore walked, advanced to third base on Tony Torcato's single and scored on Trey Lunsford's sacrifice flyout to left field as the Grizzlies led 1-0.

In the home half of the 2nd inning, Chris Ashby, hitting for the injured Mike Colangelo,  led off with an infield single and Matt Padgett drew a walk.  Both runners advanced a base on a passed ball and Jason Wood walked to load the bases.  Brian Banks sacrifice flied out to left-center field as Ashby scored to tie the game at 1-1.

The Isotopes took the lead in the 3rd inning.  With one out, Joe Dillon doubled down the left-field line and advanced to third base on a wild pitch.  Ashby walked and an out later Dillon scored on another wild pitch and Ashby advanced to second base.  Wood's single to left field drove in Ashby as the Isotopes led 3-1.

In the 7th inning, Torcato singled and an out later Andy Shabala homered to left-center field as the Grizzlies tied the game at 3-3.

In the 10th inning with two outs, Todd Linden walked and advanced to second base on a wild pitch.  Lance Niekro broken-bat singled to left field to drive in Linden.  Jamie Athas pinch-hit singled and Dallimore tripled to right-center field to plate Niekro and Athas as the Grizzlies closed out the scoring in the contest.

Isotopes Starter: 
Matt Blank  7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (ERA: 6.04) 

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  0x5 (.275), 2 K (26)

'Topes Notes:   Albuquerque took three out of the only four games between the Isotopes and Grizzlies in the 2004 regular season. . . .  29,522 fans attended the series for a per-day average of 9,840.  The Isotopes had a great homestand in that they went 5-3 and that 71,078 fans came through the turnstiles for a per-day average of 10,154 -- the second-largest homestand average behind the early July three-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) that featured a couple of fireworks night promotions. Strong attendance for the next home game on August 25th could push the Isotopes over the 500,000 mark for the 2004 season. . . .  The Isotopes are 4-7 in extra inning contests in 2004. . . . The Isotopes' franchise-record scoreless pitched inning streak ended at 20 innings when Fresno scored in the 2nd inning. . . .  Matt Padgett went 0x3 to snap a 7-game hitting streak while Derek Wathan singled in his pinch-hit appearance to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  The Isotopes gave up the most runs to an opponent in the 10th inning this season (3 runs). . . .  Albuquerque has Thursday off before beginning their longest and now very crucial roadtrip of the season on Friday - a 12-game, 3-city swing against their Centeral Division opponents where the Isotopes need to win often to make up ground in the standings.  The first four games are against the division leader Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs).  Pitching probables for Game 1 are RHP Justin Wayne (0-2, 6.41) for the Isotopes and RHP Shawn Sedlacek (8-5, 4.47) for the Cubs.

Filed 08/11/2004

Banks Activated, Baker Back To
Carolina

Pitcher Ryan Baker was transferred to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats because outfielder Brian Banks was activated from the Temporary Inactive List. Baker made one appearance, Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) and gave up no runs, 3 hits, a walk and a strikeout in 3 innings of work. He did not pitch the five innings required to earn the victory in the contest.
Filed 08/11/2004

Aug.10, 2004 GM2 - Isotopes (60-58)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB
Fresno 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 8
Albuquerque 2 0 0 4 0 0 X 6 8 0 2

WP: Chris Michalak (1-0) 
LP: Kevin Correia (3-7)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (25) off Kevin Correia

TIME: 1:57 
ATT: 9,802

Ryan Baker, making his Triple-A debut, and Chris Michalak combined to shut out the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 6-0 in the nightcap of a doubleheader.  The Isotopes swept the doubleheader and extended their winning streak to five games.

It did not take long for the Isotopes to get all the runs they needed.  With one out in the first inning, Josh Wilson reached on an error, stole second base and scored on Joe Dillon's team-leading 25th home run of the season, a shot to left-center field as the Isotopes led 2-0.

In the 4th inning, Joe Dillon led off with a double to left field and Mike Colangelo singled to left field.  Matt Padgett's double to left-center field drove in Dillon and Colangelo and an out later Derek Wathan doubled down the left field line to drive in Padgett.  After Ryan Jorgensen grounded out, Isotopes reliever Michalak singled to center field drive in Wathan as the Isotopes led 6-0.

Isotopes Starter: 
Ryan Baker  3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (ERA: 0.00)

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x3 (.265), K (42) 
Josh Wilson  0x3 (.285), R (23), K (24), SB (3)

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes have swept two doubleheaders out of the eight doubleheaders played in franchise history.  Both sweeps have occurred during the 2004 season. . . .  A franchise-record for most shutouts in a season was tied as the Isotopes pitching staff recorded their third shutout of the season. . . .  The Isotopes have evened their August record to 5-5 and also tied their season-best home winning streak (5 games). . . .  Ryan Christenson went 0x3 to snap an 8-game hitting streak while Matt Padgett extended his hitting streak to 7 games and Derek Wathan to 6 games. . . .  The Isotopes pitching staff currently has a 19 scoreless inning streak. . . .  The Isotopes are looking for the series sweep when they send LHP Matt Blank (3-5, 6.19) to the mound to face Fresno's RHP Ryan Jensen (9-6, 5.43). 

Filed 08/10/2004

Aug.10, 2004 GM1 - Isotopes (59-58)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB
Fresno 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 6
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 3 1 6

WP: Mike Nannini (7-7)
LP: Wayne Franklin (0-2)

TIME: 1:56

Mike Nannini pitched a complete-game shutout as the Isotopes defeated the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.  The Isotopes have won four straight games.

The Isotopes got the only run of the game in the 1st inning.  Ryan Christenson doubled down the left-field line, advanced to third base on Josh Wilson's flyout and scored on Joe Dillon's sacrifice flyout to right-center field.

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  0x3 (.291)

Mike Nannini (W, 7-7)  7 IP (121 1/3), 3 H (132), 0 ER, 4 BB (34),
5 K (85) (ERA: 5.34)

'Topes Notes:   Mike Nannini tossed the first Isotope complete-game shutout of the season and the second Isotope complete game of the season.  The Isotopes pitching staff has only one other shutout in 2004. . . .  The Isotopes went homerless to snap a five consecutive-game homer streak. . . .  Josh Wilson went 0x3 to snap a 7-game hitting streak while Ryan Christenson extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . .  An Isotope franchise record was tied for the fewest hits allowed in a game (3 hits).

Filed 08/10/2004

Transactions Galore

Derek Wathan has been activated from the disabled list and Larry Sutton was placed on the disabled list. Pitcher Ryan Baker was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to make the start for the Isotopes in Game 2 of the series and pitcher Michael Tejera was placed on the temporary inactive list as he is still visiting his wife and newborn daughter in the Miami, Florida area. Baker is making his Triple-A debut. While with Carolina, Baker made 34 appearances (all in relief) going 4-2 with a 3.38 ERA. In 50 2/3 innings pitched, Baker gave up 51 hits, 22 runs (19 earned), 25 walks and struck out 34.
Filed 08/10/2004

August 9, 2004 - Isotopes (58-58)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E LOB
Fresno 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 18 0 19
Albuquerque 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 15 1 15

WP: Juan Alvarez (2-1)
LP: Jack Taschner (4-5)

HR: FRE Todd Linden (15) off Scott Sanders  
                 Todd Linden (16) off Scott Sanders
                 Damon Minor (16) off Scott Sanders

        ABQ Jason Wood (8) off James Garcia 
                  Mike Colangelo (14) off Jack Taschner

TIME: 4:33
ATT: 10,275

Mike Colangelo homered in the 13th inning to end the longest game, time-wise, in Isotopes franchise history as the Isotopes defeated the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 7-6 in the series opener at "The Lab".  The Isotopes have won three straight games.

Todd Linden homered to right field with two outs in the 1st inning as the Grizzlies led 1-0.

In the home half of the 1st inning, Ryan Christenson walked, advanced to second base on a passed ball, advanced to third base on a groundout and Larry Sutton followed with a walk.  Joe Dillon doubled to right-center field to drive in Christenson and Colangelo sacrifice flied out to right-center field to drive in Sutton as the Isotopes led 2-1.

Linden singled and scored on Lance Niekro's double to left field as Fresno tied the game at 2-2 in the 3rd inning.

Damon Minor solo-homered to right field in the 5th inning as Fresno took a 3-2 lead.

The Isotopes quickly regained the lead.  Josh Wilson and Sutton singled to lead off the inning.  Dillon's flyout advanced Wilson to third base and Colangelo sacrifice flied out to right-center field to drive in Wilson.  After Matt Padgett was intentionally walked, Jason Wood three-run homered to left field as the Isotopes led 6-3.

Linden solo-homered to center field in the 7th inning and in the 8th inning, Linden singled up the middle to drive in Dave Doster and Jason Ellison as the Grizzlies tied the game at 6-6.

With one out in the 13th inning, Colangelo solo-homered to left field for the walk-off home run.

Isotopes Starter: 
Scott Sanders  6 2/3 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 HR (ERA: 7.75)

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x1 (.270) 
Josh Wilson  3x7 (.297), R (22)

Michael Neu  2 1/3 IP (28 2/3), 2 H (41), 0 ER, 4 BB (22), 0 K
(ERA: 7.53)

'Topes Notes:   The contest was two innings short of setting an Isotopes franchise record for the longest game, innings-wise. . . .  The Isotopes season record is at the .500 mark for the first time since August 2nd. . . .  Josh Wilson and Joe Dillon tied a franchise-record for most at-bats in a game (7). . . .  The Isotopes set a season-high for most men left on base in a game (15). . . .  Mike Colangelo tied a Isotope season-high with two sacrifice flyouts in a game. . . .  Wilson and Ryan Christenson extended their hitting streaks to 7 games. . . .  Aaron Guiel of the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) won the PCL Hitter of the Week award for the second week in a row.  Guiel hit .444 for the week with 3 homers and 13 RBI.  Carlos Hernandez of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award.  Hernandez had an ERA for the week of 0.66 (a run in 13 2/3 innings) and gave up 7 hits and struck out 11 as he won both of his starts. . . .  Like the rest of the PCL, the Grizzlies and Isotopes have a scheduled doubleheader on Tuesday evening.  Game 1 probables are RHP Mike Nannini (6-7, 5.67) for the Isotopes and LHP Wayne Franklin (0-1, 4.50) for the Grizzlies.  The Isotopes have not named a Game 2 probable, while Fresno is expected to send RHP Kevin Correia (3-6, 4.62) to the mound. 

Filed 08/09/2004

August 8, 2004 - Isotopes (57-58)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Sacramento 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 5 11 1 8
Albuquerque 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 7 11 1 10

WP: Aaron Small (7-8)
LP: Mike Ziegler (2-4)
SV: Toby Borland (10)

HR: ABQ Larry Sutton (21) off Mike Ziegler
                 Josh Wilson (4) off Mike Ziegler

TIME: 2:57
ATT: 8,629

The Isotopes seem to have figured out how to play Sacramento.  The Isotopes were able to stay ahead of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) the whole game in a 7-5 victory on Sunday evening at "The Lab".  After having lost nine straight, the Isotopes have a two-game winning streak.

With one out in the 1st inning, Josh Wilson singled to center and Larry Sutton followed with a home run to left-center field as the Isotopes led 2-0.

In the 2nd inning, Nick Swisher drew a walk, advanced to second base on Matt Watson's single, advanced to third base on Mike Rivera's single and scored on Mike Rouse's single to left field as the River Cats cut the defecit in half at 2-1.

Albuquerque gave themselves some breathing room in their half of the 2nd inning.  Mike Colangelo drew a walk but was erased off the basepaths when Jason Wood reached on a fielder's choice.  Matt Treanor walked and both runners advanced when Chris Ashby was retired on a fielder's choice.  Ryan Christenson tripled into the left field corner to drive in Wood and Treanor and Wilson followed with a home run to left-center field as the Isotopes built a 6-1 lead. 

The River Cats started chipping away at the lead in the 5th inning.  Rouse drew a walk and scored on Otero, New Mexico native Billy McMillon's double to right-center field.  McMillon advanced to third base on Adam Morrissey's single and scored on a wild pitch to cut the defecit to three runs at 6-3.

With one out in the 7th inning, Wood reached on an error, moved to second base when Treanor was hit by a pitch, advanced to third base on Ashby's bloop single on the right field line and scored on Christenson's sacrifice flyout to center field as the Isotopes added to their advantage and made it 7-3.

In the 8th inning with Michael Neu on the mound, Neu gave up consecutive singles to Mike Edwards and Watson.  Rivera singled to center field to drive in Edwards and Watson advanced to third base when Isotopes centerfielder Christenson was unable to hit the cutoff man and the ball trickled away.  Chris Michalak came into the game and got Rouse to ground into a double play as Watson scored to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter: 
Aaron Small (W, 7-8) 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (ERA: 5.28) 

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  3x5 (.290), 2 R (21), HR (4), 2 RBI (18) 

Michael Neu  3 batters (26 1/3), 3 H (39), 1 ER (24), 0 BB, 0 K
(ERA: 8.20)

'Topes Notes:   The River Cats and Isotopes split their only four regular season games of the season.  41,556 fans attended the four-game series for a per-game average of 10,389. . . .  Larry Sutton was a double short of hitting for the cycle. . . .  The Isotopes pitching staff did not allow a home run to the River Cats in the final two games of the series. . . .  Toby Borland earned his first save since July 24th (Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). . . .  Ryan Christenson and Josh Wilson each extended their hitting streaks to 6 games. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 1 of a four-game series with the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) beginning on Monday night at Isotopes Park are RHP Scott Sanders (3-7, 7.99) for the Isotopes and RHP James Garcia (0-1, 1.80) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 08/08/2004

August 7, 2004 - Isotopes (56-58)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Sacramento 0 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 8 12 3 10
Albuquerque 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 1 3 9 8 1 10

WP: Toby Borland (4-1)
LP: Chris Mabeus (5-2)

HR: ABQ Mike Colangelo (13) off Chris Mabeus

TIME: 3:37
ATT: 12,420

The Isotopes used some drama to end their franchise-worst nine game losing streak.  Down to their last at-bats, the Isotopes scored three runs to defeat the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 9-8 on Saturday evening.

In the 2nd inning with one out, Nick Swisher walked, stole second base and scored on Mike Edwards single to right field.  An out later, Adam Morrissey singled and Mike Rouse singled to left field to drive in Edwards as the River Cats led 2-0.

Sacramento added to the lead in the 3rd inning.  Mike Rose walked, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Dan Johnson walked.  Graham Koonce doubled to right-center field to drive in Rose and Edwards doubled down the right field line to drive in Johnson and Koonce as the River Cats led 5-0.

In the home half of the 3rd inning with one out, Ryan Jorgensen drew a walk and Ryan Christenson was hit by a pitch.  Josh Wilson reached on a fielder's choice as Jorgensen scored and Mike Colangelo reached on an error as Christenson scored as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.

In the 4th inning, Matt Padgett singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third base on Matt Treanor's single and scored when Chris Ashby grounded into a double play as the Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 5-3.

In the 5th inning, Swisher doubled.  Two outs later, Morrissey was hit by a pitch and Rouse walked to load the bases before Otero, NM native Billy McMillon was hit by a pitch as Swisher trotted home to make it 6-3 Sacramento.

In the Isotopes half of the 5th inning, Wilson singled and scored on Colangelo's double down the left field line.  Colangelo advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Jason Wood's infield single as the Isotopes drew to within a run at 6-5.

Johnson tripled to the center-field hill to lead off the 6th inning and scored on Koonce's single to right-center field as the River Cats added a run to make it 7-5.

In the 8th inning with two outs, Ashby and Sutton walked and Christenson singled to left field to drive in Ashby as the Isotopes trimmed the River Cats lead to a run at 7-6.

The River Cats added what they thought was an insurance run in the 9th inning.  Edwards doubled to left field, advanced to third base on Matt Watson's fielder's choice and scored when Morrissey grounded into a double play.

Colangelo gave Isotope fans hope of a comeback win when he led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a home run off the scoreboard in left-center field.  Joe Dillon walked and advanced to second base on a balk.  Wood doubled over the third baseman Edwards' head and into left field to drive in Dillon and Padgett was intentionally walked.  Treanor then bunted the ball in a sacrifice bunt attempt.  River Cats pitcher Chris Mabeus fielded the ball but threw wildly towards first base for an error as Wood raced around to score the game-winning run.

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x2 (.272), R (18), BB (7)
Josh Wilson  1x4 (.278), R (19), BB (9)

Justin Wayne  4 2/3 IP (39 1/3), 7 H (46), 6 ER (28), 5 BB (18),
4 K (31) (ERA: 6.41) 

'Topes Notes:  12,420 fans witnessed the Isotopes comeback victory, the 7th largest crowd in Isotopes Park history and the 3rd largest crowd at Isotopes Park during the 2004 regular season.  With 14 home dates left, the Isotopes are on pace in 2004 to fall just 13,604 fans short of their 2003 regular season attendance mark.  A few more 10,000+ attendance evenings would make quite a difference in helping to draw more fans in 2004 than in 2003. . . .  The River Cats failed to homer in the game, so their consecutive game with a homer streak ends at 15.  The 15-game streak tied a Sacramento franchise record. . . .  Ryan Christenson and Josh Wilson each extended their hitting streak to 5 games. . . .  Toby Borland earned his first winning decision since April 20th at Nashville. . . .  During the just-ended Isotopes nine game losing streak, starting pitchers had an ERA of 6.51 and relievers had an ERA of 10.67 -- compare that to the Isotopes' staff season ERA of 5.71.  Isotope hitters batted .252 during the losing streak while opponents hit .325, compared to the Isotopes season batting average of .287 and opponent average allowed of .295. . . .  In Sunday's series finale, RHP Aaron Small (6-8, 5.32) will be making his first appearance for the Isotopes since his latest outrighting from the Marlins.  Small is expected to face Sacramento's RHP Mike Ziegler (2-3, 5.79).

Filed 08/07/2004

August 6, 2004 - Isotopes (55-58)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Sacramento 1 1 0 0 0 3 5 0 0 10 11 1 8
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 10 1 6

WP: Joe Blanton (8-7)
LP: Matt Blank (3-5)

HR: SAC Billy McMillon (3) off Matt Blank
                 Graham Koonce (20) off  Matt Blank

        ABQ Jason Wood (7) off Britt Reames

TIME: 3:24 
ATT: 11,417

The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) scored eight combined runs in the sixth and seventh innings en route to a 10-6 victory over the Isotopes on Friday evening at "The Lab".  The Isotopes franchise-worst losing streak was extended to nine games with the defeat.

Otero, New Mexico native Billy McMillon led of the game with a home run to left-center field on the third pitch of the game as the River Cats took a quick 1-0 lead.

In the 2nd inning, Sacramento added to the lead.  Nick Swisher singled, Graham Koonce was hit by a pitch, Matt Watson reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases and Adam Morrissey fouled out with Swisher able to score on the play.

Back-to-back doubles by Mike Colangelo and Matt Padgett got the Isotopes on the scoreboard and cut the River Cats lead in half at 2-1.

Both teams were scoreless until Sacramento started to pull away in the 6th inning.  Swisher walked and Koonce followed with a homer to right field.  Two outs later, Mike Rouse doubled and scored on McMillon's double into the right field corner as the River Cats led 5-1. 

Sacramento blew the game wide open in the 7th inning.  Mike Edwards and Dan Johnson singled.  An out later, Koonce doubled to left field to drive in Edwards and Watson drew a walk to load the bases.  Morrissey singled to right-center field to drive in Johnson and to reload the bases.  Rouse walked as Koonce trotted home and Jon Weber singled to right field to drive in Watson and Morrissey as the River Cats led 10-1.

The Isotopes mounted their "too little, too late" rally in the 9th inning.  Drew Niles led off the inning with a single up the middle and Joe Dillon doubled.  Colangelo's single to left field drove in Niles and Padgett's single to right field drove in Dillon.  Jason Wood then three-run homered to left-center field to cut the defecit to four runs before the Isotopes went rather quietly to end the game.

Isotopes Starter: 
Matt Blank (L, 3-5)  5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 2 HR
(ERA: 6.19) 

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  1x5 (.279)

Michael Neu  1 IP (26 1/3), 6 H (36), 6 ER (23), 2 BB (18),
1 K (18) (ERA: 7.86)

'Topes Notes:  The River Cats have homered in 15 straight games, which ties a Sacramento franchise record. . . .  The current Isotope losing streak (9 games) is now a longer length of time than the franchise's longest winning streak (8 games). . . .  Matt Treanor returned to active action on Friday after being sent down from the Florida Marlins.  Treanor joined the Isotopes and served out his suspension for a on-field fight in late May before being activated. . . .  Larry Sutton went 0x2 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . .  Matt Blank has lost his last three starts and has given up 8 home runs in those starts. . . .  The Isotopes tied a season high for most runs scored in the 9th inning (5 runs). . . .  Pitching probables for the third game of the series are RHP Justin Wayne (0-2, 5.71) for the Isotopes and LHP John Rheinecker (9-7, 4.14) for the River Cats.  

Filed 08/06/2004

August 5, 2004 - Isotopes (55-57)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Sacramento 0 0 0 1 6 2 7 0 0 16 17 2 10
Albuquerque 0 1 0 7 0 4 1 0 0 13 12 0 5

WP: Britt Reames (2-5)
LP: Clint Sodowsky (8-6)
SV: Jairo Garcia (1)

HR: SAC Billy McMillon (2) off Mike Nannini  
                 Mike Edwards (9) off Mike Nannini 
                 Matt Watson (15) off Mike Nannini

        ABQ Larry Sutton (20 ) off Adam Pettyjohn 
                 Ryan Jorgensen (6) off Britt Reames

TIME: 3:54 
ATT: 9,092

It has been the same old story for the Isotopes during their losing streak.  Isotopes pitching could not hold a 7-run lead and later a 3-run lead as the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) came from behind to defeat the Isotopes 16-13 in a slugfest series opener at Isotopes Park.  The Isotopes continue their franchise-worst losing streak, now at eight games. 

In the 2nd inning, Joe Dillon doubled to right-center field and scored on Chris Ashby's double down the left field line as the Isotopes led 1-0.

Matt Watson solo-homered to right field in the 4th inning as the River Cats tied the game at 1-1.

It did not take the Isotopes long to take a big lead.  In the home half of the 4th inning, Dillon was hit by a pitch and two outs later, Ashby singled to drive in Dillon.  Ashby stole third base and Ryan Jorgensen drew a walk before Drew Niles singled to right field to drive in Ashby.  Ryan Christenson walked to load the bases and Mike Colangelo's single drove in Jorgensen.  With the bases still loaded, Larry Sutton belted a home run to left-center field as the Isotopes built a 8-1 lead.

The River Cats came up with a big inning of their own in the 5th inning.  Mike Rose doubled, Dan Johnson walked and Nick Swisher singled to drive in Rose.  Mike Edwards followed with a three-run home run to left-center field.  Two outs later, Mike Rouse singled and Billy McMillon, a native of Otero, New Mexico and currently with the River Cats on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment, homered to right field as the River Cats cut the defecit to a run at 8-7.

In the 6th inning, Rose drew a walk, advanced to second base on a balk and two outs later Edwards was walked before Watson tripled off the right field wall to drive in Rose and Edwards as the River Cats led 9-8.

Albuquerque regained the lead in the 6th inning.  With one out, Drew Niles walked, stole second base and scored on Christenson's single to right field.  Colangelo singled and Larry Sutton reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases.  Dillon sacrifice flied out to right field to drive in Christenson.  Colangelo and Sutton advanced a base on a wild pitch and Jason Wood walked to load the bases before Matt Padgett's single drove in Colangelo and Sutton as the Isotopes led 12-9.

Sacramento took the lead for good in the 7th inning.  With one out, McMillon drew a walk and Freddie Bynum singled.  After Rose struck out, Dan Johnson singled to drive in McMillon and Swisher drew a walk to load the bases.  Edwards walked as Bynum trotted home and Watson singled up the middle to plate Johnson and Swisher.  Jon Weber's pinch-hit double to the center field hill drove in Edwards and Watson and Rouse walked.  McMillon's single drove in Weber as the River Cats put a 7-spot on the scoreboard to lead 16-12.

Ryan Jorgensen solo-homered to left-center field in the 7th inning to close out the scoring in the game.

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.275), 2 R (17), HR (6), RBI (24), BB (6),
3 K (41) 

Mike Nannini  4 2/3 IP (114 1/3), 10 H (129), 7 ER (72), 4 BB (30),
3 K (80), 3 HR (26)  (ERA: 5.67) 

'Topes Notes:  Orbit was honored before the game for being the PCL's Best Mascot for 2004.  Orbit beat Sacramento's mascot, Dinger, by 806 votes (229,348 to 228,542). The votes were cast online at the PCL web page. . . .  The one-millionth fan in Isotopes franchise history came through the Isotope Park gates on Thursday evening. . . .  If the game seemed very long, it was.  The 3 hour, 54 minute affair was the longest 9-inning game in Isotopes Park history. . . .  Larry Sutton hit the Isotopes franchise record 8th grand slam homer of the season.  It was Sutton's only grand-slam homer this season.  Sutton also extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  The Isotopes set a couple more franchise records - Most runs combined by both teams in a game (29 runs) and Largest blown lead in a game that the Isotopes eventually lost (7 runs). . . .  The Isotope pitching staff gave up a season-high 10 walks in the game. . . .  Every Isotope batter had at least a hit in the contest. . . .  Reliever Clint Sodowsky earned his third losing decision in the last seven games. . . .  The Isotopes scored the most runs in the 4th inning this season (7 runs) and gave up the most runs to an opponent in the 7th inning this season (7 runs). . . .  Sacramento has a homer in 14 straight games, a season high for the River Cats. . . .  The River Cats' Adam Morrissey did not join in on the fun.  He went 0x4, whereas every other River Cat hitter had at least a hit and a run scored. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are LHP Matt Blank
(3-4, 6.16) for the Isotopes and RHP Joe Blanton (7-7, 4.64) for the River Cats.

Filed 08/05/2004

Small One Step Closer To Albuquerque

Aaron Small has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Albuquerque. Since this is his second outrighting to Albuquerque this season, Small may have a right to refuse the assignment and become a free agent or accept the assignment and rejoin the Isotopes.
Filed 08/04/2004

August 4, 2004 - Day Off

The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have the day off. The Isotopes sat down with the morning paper and their Wheaties to see that they are 6.5 games back of the PCL Central Division leader Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). The Isotopes resume action on Thursday evening against the PCL Southern Division leader Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). The River Cats lead their division by 11.5 games but they are struggling as of late, having lost four of their last five games so the Isotopes may be able to quell their franchise-worst seven game losing streak rather quickly. RHP Mike Nannini (6-7, 5.33) is expected to take the mound for the Isotopes. LHP Adam Pettyjohn is a relatively new member of the River Cats. Pettyjohn begun the season with the Fresno Grizzles (AAA Giants) before being traded in July from the Giants to the Athletics for cash. The Athletics then assigned him to the River Cats. Pettyjohn is 1-0 with a 14.00 ERA in three starts with Sacramento and is 4-6 with a 6.29 ERA with both the Grizzlies and River Cats in 2004. Current Isotope Team Leaders: Hitting ===== Batting Average: Larry Sutton (.367) Slugging Percentage: Joe Dillon (.707) Games: Matt Padgett (99) Runs: Joe Dillon (66) Hits: Larry Sutton (108) Doubles: Larry Sutton (31) Triples: Joe Dillon (7) Home Runs: Joe Dillon (24) RBI: Larry Sutton (65) Walks: Larry Sutton (56) Strikeouts: Matt Padgett (81) Stolen Bases: Derek Wathan (14) Errors: Joe Dillon (15) Pitching ====== Wins: Michael Tejera, Clint Sodowsky (8) Losses: Mike Nannini, Scott Sanders (7) Saves: Toby Borland (9) ERA (Starters): Michael Tejera (3.96) ERA (Relievers): Toby Borland (2.37) Games Started: Michael Tejera (19) Innings Pitched (Starters): Mike Nannini (109 2/3) Innings Pitched (Relievers): Clint Sodowsky (50) Hits Allowed (Starters) :Matt Blank (130) Hits Allowed (Relievers): Juan Alvarez (55) Runs Allowed (Starters): Mike Nannini, Matt Blank (74) Runs Allowed (Relievers): Clint Sodowsky, Juan Alvarez (30) Earned Runs (Starters): Matt Blank (68) Earned Runs (Relievers): Juan Alvarez (27) Homers Allowed (Starters): Mike Nannini (23) Homers Allowed (Relievers): Clint Sodowsky (7) Walks Allowed: Michael Tejera (36) Strikeouts: Michael Tejera (78)
Filed 08/04/2004

Aguila to Marlins; Small Designated
for assignment; Banks to Inactive
List

The Florida Marlins recalled outfielder Chris Aguila from the Isotopes, designated pitcher Aaron Small for assignment, and Brian Banks was placed on the temporary inactive list. In other recent player movements, Matt Treanor may have joined the Isotopes by now and has a suspension to serve sometime while with the Isotopes for his part in a on-field fight at Isotopes Park against the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) on May 25th. Treanor's suspension may be similar to Tucson's Luis Terrero, who was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his part in that altercation. Aguila, who is joining the Marlins for the second time this season, has appeared in 97 games for the Isotopes, hitting .312 (103x330) with 23 doubles, 2 triples, 11 homers, 56 RBI and has stolen 8 bases. The Marlins have a few days to decide what they want to do with Small. They may decide to try to trade him, release him, or Small may have to clear waivers or accept an assignment to Albuquerque if he is to rejoin the Isotopes.
Filed 08/03/2004

August 3, 2004 - Isotopes (55-56)

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 6 11 1 14
Tacoma 0 0 3 3 2 0 1 2 X 11 18 0 12

WP: Craig Anderson (3-8) 
LP: Scott Sanders (3-7)
SV: Randy Will;iams (7)

TIME: 3:32 
ATT: 4,181

Luis Ugueto went 5-for-6 with three doubles and four RBI in the Tacoma Rainiers' (AAA Mariners) 11-6 victory over the Isotopes in the series and roadtrip finale.  The Rainiers have won 12 out of their last 14 games while the Isotopes continue their franchise-worst losing streak, now at 7 games.

In the 3rd inning, Greg Jacobs singled and Elpidio Guzman doubled ahead of Ugueto's two-run double.  An out later, Ugueto stole third base and scored on former-Albuquerque Duke Hiram Bocachica's single as the Rainiers led 3-0.

With one out in the 4th inning, Ramon Santiago walked and Jacobs singled.  Guzman's single drove in Santiago and Ugueto's single drove in Jacobs.  Jeremy Reed singled to drive in Guzman as the Rainiers extended the lead to 6-0.

Ryan Christenson led off the 5th inning with a triple to center field and scored on Josh Wilson's single to shallow left field.  Larry Sutton singled and Joe Dillon drew a walk to load up the bases before Matt Padgett sacrifice flied out to right field to drive in Wilson.  After Chris Ashby walked, Jason Wood's single to left field drove in Sutton and Dillon as the Isotopes pulled to within two runs at 6-4.

The Isotopes bullpen could not hold in the Rainiers in their half of the 5th inning as they added a couple runs.  Greg Dobbs singled and Santiago doubled to drive in Dobbs.  Two outs later, Ugueto singled to drive in Santiago as the Rainiers doubled up the Isotopes at 8-4.

In the 7th inning, Jacobs walked with one out, advanced to third base on Ugueto's double and scored when Reed reached on an error as the Rainiers led 9-4.

Drew Niles led off the 8th inning with a walk, Wilson singled and Sutton doubled to left-center field to drive in Niles and Wilson as the Isotopes cut the defecit to three runs at 9-6.

The Rainiers closed out the scoring in the 8th inning.  With one out, Pat Borders was hit by a pitch, Dobbs singled and Ramon Santiago reached on a fielder's choice.  After Jacobs drew a walk to load the bases, Guzman singled to drive in Borders and Santiago to make it the final score of 11-6.

Isotopes Starter: 
Scott Sanders (L, 3-7)  3 1/3 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (ERA: 7.99) 

Prospect Watch:

Josh Wilson  3x6 (.282), 2 R (18), 3B (2), RBI (16), K (23)

Michael Neu  2 IP (25 1/3), 2 H (30), 0 ER, 1 BB (16), 0 K (ERA: 6.39) 

'Topes Notes:  The PCL Northern Division leaders Rainiers swept the Isotopes in their only four regular season meetings in 2004, turning the tables as the Rainiers were swept by the Isotopes in their only four meetings in 2003 at Isotopes Park (July 17-20, 2003). The Isotopes were swept in a series for the first time since June 30-July 3, 2003 at Isotopes Park against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). The Isotopes went 1-7 for the roadtrip. . . . The Isotopes season record fell below the .500 mark for the first time since May 1st. . . .  The 3 hour, 32 minute game was the longest 9-inning road game the Isotopes have played in 2004. . . .  The Isotopes gave up a season-high 18 hits to an opponent on the road and left a season-high 14 men on base for the second game in a row. . . .  Larry Sutton went 3x4 to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . .  The Isotopes may have been able to have a more successful roadtrip if they could have held leads.  In three of the eight games, the Isotopes held leads of 3 or more runs and eventually lost those games. . . .  Clayton Westmoreland appears to be headed back to the lower minor leagues soon.  Westmoreland gave up 2 earned runs in an inning of work in the game as his ERA climbed to 10.80. . . .  The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have Wednesday off.  On Thursday, the Isotopes return home for an eight-game in seven days homestand with the first four against the PCL Southern Division leader Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics).  Pitching probables for the opener are RHP Mike Nannini (6-7, 5.33) for the Isotopes and LHP Adam Pettyjohn (1-0, 14.00 with Sacramento; 4-6, 6.29 with both Fresno (AAA Giants) and Sacramento in 2004) for the River Cats.

Filed 08/03/2004

August 2, 2004 - Isotopes (55-55)

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 5 11 1 14
Tacoma 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 X 6 8 2 4

WP: Jared Hoerman (2-1)
LP: Toby Borland (3-1)
SV: Randy Williams (6)

HR: ABQ Chris Ashby (5) off Greg Wear 

        TAC Jeremy Reed (4) off Chris Michalak
                  Hiram Bocachica (10) off Chris Michalak
                  Greg Jacobs (9) off Chris Michalak

TIME: 2:53
ATT: 4,034

Jeremy Reed's two-run single drove in the eventual game-tying and winning runs as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) defeated the Isotopes 6-5 on Monday evening in Tacoma, Washington,  With the defeat, the Isotopes have extended their franchise-worst losing streak to six games.

In the 2nd inning, Matt Padgett reached on an error, advanced to third base on Chris Ashby's double and scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes led 1-0.

The lead was short-lived as Hiram Bocachica solo-homered to left field in the Rainiers half of the 2nd inning to tie the game at 1-1.

Greg Jacobs solo-homered to right field in the 3rd inning to give the Rainiers a 2-1 lead but Albuquerque's Ashby solo-homered to left field in the 4th inning to tie the game up at 2-2.

In the 6th inning with one out, Ryan Christenson doubled and scored on Josh Wilson's double to right-center field.  Wilson stole third base and scored on Larry Sutton's double to left-center field as the Isotopes regained the lead at 4-2.

In the home half of the 6th inning, Reed homered to right field to cut the Rainiers defecit to a run at 4-3. 

The Rainiers took the lead for good in the 7th inning with Isotopes closer Toby Borland on the mound trying to protect a one-run lead.  Greg Dobbs led off with a walk and an out later Jacobs drew a walk.  Another out later, Luis Ugueto singled to left field to drive in Dobbs and Mickey Lopez walked to load the bases.  Reed then singled to left-center field to drive in Jacobs and Ugueto as the Rainiers led 6-4..

In the 8th inning, Wilson reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second base on Joe Dillon's walk and Mike Colangelo singled to first base to drive in Wilson to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter: 
Chris Michalak  5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 3 HR (ERA: 6.32) 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x0 (.312) 
Ryan Jorgensen  0x1 (.276)
Josh Wilson  1x4 (.270), 2 R (16), 2B (4), RBI (15), BB (8), SB (2) 

Michael Neu  1 IP (23 1/3), 1 H (28), 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (ERA: 6.94) 

'Topes Notes:  For the second day in a row, the Rainiers scheduled starter was promoted to the Mariners before the game.  Tonight it was Matt Thornton and on Sunday it was Clint Nageotte. . . .  The Isotopes season record fell to the .500 mark (55-55) with tonight's loss and is the first time the Isotopes record has been at the .500 mark since May 2nd. . . .  The Isotopes are also currently in a season-worst road losing streak (6 games). . . .  The Isotopes left a season-worst 14 men on base in the contest. . . .   Aaron Guiel of the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) was named the PCL Hitter of the Week.  Guiel hit five homers in seven games and drove in 11 runs while batting .333.  Nelson Figueroa of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week for tossing a three hit complete game shutout against the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) on July 28th. . . .  RHP Scott Sanders (3-6, 7.55) and the Isotopes are looking for a dual-purpose in Tuesday's series finale.  They are hoping to break the losing streak as well as avoid the series sweep when Sanders faces Tacoma's RHP Cha-Seung Baek (4-3, 3.93).  Baek is a South Korean and is considered the eighth highest ranked prospect in the Mariners organization.

Filed 08/02/2004

August 1, 2004 - Isotopes (55-54)

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 5 8 0 6
Tacoma 0 1 0 1 0 2 2 2 X 8 12 2 5

WP: Tim Christman (1-0)
LP: Clint Sodowsky (8-5)

HR: ABQ Chris Aguila (11) off Bryan Ward 

        TAC Hiram Bocachica (8) off Justin Wayne 
                  Hiram Bocachica (9) off Justin Wayne 
                  Pat Border (3) off Juan Alvarez

TIME: 2:57 
ATT: 5,872

Hiram Bocachica belted a pair of home runs and the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) scored six times in the final three innings to defeat the Isotopes 8-5.  With the defeat, the Isotopes have tied for their worst consecutive-game losing streak in franchise history, currently at five games.

In the 2nd inning with one out, Mike Colangelo singled to left field and scored on Chris Aguila's homer to left field as the Isotopes led 2-1.

Bocachica solo-homered to left field in the home half of the 2nd inning as the Rainiers got on the scoreboard.

In the 4th inning, Joe Dillon led off the inning with a single and Larry Sutton singled to right-center field and Rainiers rightfielder Bocachica committed an error when the ball got by him to allow Dillon to score.  Colangelo infield singled and Jason Wood drew a walk to load the bases before Drew Niles sacrifice-flied out to left-center field to drive in Sutton as the Isotpoes led 4-1.

Bocachica solo-homered to left field in the Rainiers half of the 4th inning as the defecit was cut to two runs at 4-2.

In the 6th inning with one out, Bocachica walked and Greg Jacobs doubled off the right field wall to drive in Bocachica.  An out later, Greg Dobbs doubled into the right field corner to drive in Jacobs as the Rainiers tied the game at 4-4.

In the 7th inning, Niles singled and Ryan Jorgensen reached on a fielder's choice.  Jorgensen advanced to third base on Josh Wilson's single and scored on Dillon's fielder's choice as the Isotopes regained the lead at 5-4.

Ramon Santiago drew a walk to lead off the home half of the 7th inning and Mickey Lopez was hit by a pitch.  After executing a successful double steal, Jeremy Reed singled to right field to drive in Santiago and Lopez as the Rainiers reclaimed the lead at 6-5.

In the 8th inning with one out, Jacobs was hit by a pitch and Elpidio Guzman entered the game as a pinch runner.  Pat Borders followed with a home run to left field as the Rainiers added a couple insurance runs to lead 8-5.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x4 (.312), R (61), HR (11), 2 RBI (56), K (81) 
Ryan Jorgensen  0x4 (.277), R (15), 2 K (38) 
Josh Wilson  1x5 (.271), 3 K (22)

Justin Wayne  5 1/3 IP (34 2/3), 8 H (39), 4 ER (22), 2 BB (13), 6 K (27),
2 HR (7)  (ERA: 5.71)

'Topes Notes:  Clint Nageotte was scheduled to start for the Rainiers  but he was promoted to the Mariners before today's game. . . .  The Rainiers have come back to win from at least 3 run defecits in both games of the series so far. . .   Clint Sodowsky has earned the losing decision in two games this roadtrip. . . .  The Isotopes may get some middle relief help in the next few days.  It is expected a couple of the Marlins' middle relievers may be sent down to Albuquerque after this weekend's trades when the Marlins acquired a couple of middle relievers. . . .  The Isotopes on Monday hope to send the Rainiers fans home pizzaless on a promotional night that if the Rainiers can score 10 or more runs, each fan in attendance gets a free medium pizza.  Isotopes LHP Michael Tejera (8-3, 3.96) was scratched from his scheduled start on Monday as he is visiting his wife and newborn child in the Miami, Florida area.  LHP Chris Michalak (0-0, 6.97) is scheduled to start for the Isotopes against LHP Matt Thornton (7-5, 5.42) for the Rainiers.

Filed 08/01/2004

July 31, 2004 - Isotopes (55-53)

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0 7
Tacoma 0 0 0 4 1 1 1 1 X 8 8 0 4

WP: Gustavo Martinez (5-4)
LP: Matt Blank (3-4)
SV: Jeff Harris (1)

HR: ABQ Mike Colangelo (12) off Gustavo Martinez

        TAC Mickey Lopez (7) off Pete Hartmann 
                 Ryan Christianson (2) off Matt Blank

TIME: 2:35 
ATT: 6,850

The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) scored in their final five innings to overcome an early four-run defecit to defeat the Isotopes 8-4 in the series opener in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday evening.

The only highlight in the game for the Isotopes came in the 1st inning.  With one out, Josh Wilson, Joe Dillon and Larry Sutton drew consecutive walks off Rainiers starter Gustavo Martinez.  Mike Colangelo followed with a grand-slam home run to left field as the Isotopes led 4-0.

The Rainiers would tie the game in the 4th inning.  Luis Ugueto walked to lead off the inning and an out later Jeremy Reed singled.  A.J. Zapp was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Ryan Christianson singled to center field to drive in Ugueto and Reed.  Greg Dobbs singled to load the bases again and Pat Borders singled to right field to drive in Zapp and Christianson.

Ugueto singled to lead off the 5th inning, advanced to second base on Mickey Lopez's single, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a wild pitch as the Rainiers took the lead at 5-4.

Christianson solo-homered to right-center field in the 6th inning and Lopez solo-homered to left field in the 7th inning as the Rainiers extended the lead to 7-4.

The Rainiers closed out the scoring in the game in the 8th inning when Zapp walked, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third base on Christianson's flyout and scored on Dobbs' fielder's choice.

Tacoma's Jeff Harris held the Isotopes scoreless and hitless through the final four innings to earn the rulebook save. 

Isotopes Starter: 
Matt Blank (L, 3-4)  7 IP, 7 H , 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR (ERA: 6.16)  

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x3 (.313), BB (37), SB (8) 
Josh Wilson  0x4 (.275), R (14), BB (7) 

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes have lost four straight and are mired in their worst consecutive-game losing streak and road losing streak of the season. . . .  The Isotopes had a 14-14 record in July.  The 'Topes also had 37 homers in the month of July which is the second best home run total for a month in franchise history. . . .  There have been a franchise-record 7 Isotope grand-slam homers in 2004 and Mike Colangelo has hit three of them. . . .  Albuquerque's Ryan Christenson went 0x5 to snap an 8-game hitting streak. . . .  Pitching probables for the second game of the series are RHP Justin Wayne (0-2, 5.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Clint Nageotte (6-6, 4.46) for the Rainiers.  Nageotte is the second highest ranked prospect in the Mariners organization according to Baseball America.  

Filed 07/31/2004

Treanor Back With 'Topes, Bauer to
Carolina

The Marlins optioned catcher Matt Treanor to Albuquerque on Saturday. Treanor became the odd-man out after the Marlins acquired catcher Paul LoDuca from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade and decided that they would only carry LoDuca and Mike Redmond on the major-league active roster. Treanor appeared in 24 games for the Marlins, going 13x52 (.250) with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Pitcher Peter Bauer was transferred to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. Bauer won his Triple-A debut, going 7 innings while giving up 6 hits and a run. Bauer walked 3 and struck out 4.
Filed 07/31/2004

July 30, 2004 - Isotopes (55-52)

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 4 8
Portland 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 X 6 10 0 7

WP: Brian Sweeney (9-2)
LP: Mike Nannini (6-7)
SV: Marty McLeary (8)

HR: POR J.J. Furmaniak (13) off Mike Nannini

TIME: 2:38  
ATT: 5,185

The Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) took advantage of the Isotopes' worst defensive game of the season in a 6-3 victory in the series finale on Friday night in Portland, Oregon.  The Isotopes have dropped three straight games, tying for the longest losing streak of the season.

Ryan Christenson led off the 3rd inning with a single and two outs later scored on Larry Sutton's single to center field.  Mike Colangelo doubled to drive in Sutton as the Isotopes led 2-0.

The 4th inning is where the Isotopes defense failed Isotopes starter Mike Nannini.  After Jon Knott led off the inning by striking out, Brian Buchanan reached on a fielding error by Isotopes third baseman Joe Dillon and advanced to second base on Yamid Haad's groundout.  Jose Nieves singled and Ramon Vazquez infield singled to shortstop Josh Wilson to drive in Buchanan on a play that was originally scored as an error before the official scorer changed his mind.  J.J. Furmaniak followed with a three-run homer to left-center field.  Beavers starter Brian Sweeney singled up the middle and advanced to second base on a throwing error by Wilson trying to make the out at first base.  Freddy Guzman singled to left-center to drive in Sweeney.  Guzman advanced to second base on an error but Kerry Robinson grounded out to end the inning before that error could hurt the Isotopes.  Nannini gave up five runs in the inning but none of them were earned.

In the 7th inning, pinch-hitter Michael Tejera doubled to left-center field and scored on Christenson's routine fly ball to shallow right field that dropped in for a single as the Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 5-3.

The Beavers added an insurance run in the 8th inning with two outs.  Furmaniak doubled to right-center field and scored on Alex Fernandez's pinch-hit flare singled to center field.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x3 (.313), BB (36), K (80)  
Ryan Jorgensen  0x3 (.285), BB (5), K (36)
Josh Wilson  0x5 (.286), K (19) 

Mike Nannini (L, 6-7)  5 IP (109 2/3), 6 H (119), (5 R), 0 ER, 0 BB,
3 K (77), 1 HR (23)  (ERA: 5.33)   
Michael Neu  1 IP (22 1/3), 2 H (27), 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (17) (ERA: 7.25) 

'Topes Notes:  The Beavers took three out of the four games in the series, the only series between the two teams in the 2004 regular season. . . .  The Beavers have not lost a series since a series with the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in early July. . . .  Former Isotope Marty McLeary recorded the save for the Beavers in all three of their victories in the series. . . .  The four errors committed in the game is a season-worst for the Isotopes. . . .  Josh Wilson went 0x5 to snap a 6-game hitting streak.  Ryan Christenson extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . .  Mike Colangelo was ejected in the 8th inning for arguing a called third strike. . . .  The Isotopes conclude their roadtrip with their only four games in the 2004 regular season against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners).  Pitching probables for Game 1 of the series are Matt Blank (3-3, 5.98) for the Isotopes and Gustavo Martinez (4-4, 4.23) for the Rainiers. 

Filed 07/30/2004

Wayne Back To Albuquerque

The Marlins optioned pitcher Justin Wayne to Albuquerque to clear roster room as Josh Beckett is expected to be activated off the major-league disabled list to make the start for the Marlins on Friday evening against the Expos. Wayne made one start with the Marlins in the just-completed cup-of-coffee with the Marlins. In that start, Wayne gave up six runs (four earned) in five innings against the Expos in Montreal and suffered the loss.
Filed 07/30/2004

July 29, 2004 - Isotopes (55-51)

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0 7
Portland 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5 9 0 7

WP: Chris Rojas (1-0)
LP: Clint Sodowsky (8-4)
SV: Marty McLeary (7)

HR: ABQ Drew Niles (4) off Dennis Tankersley 

TIME: 2:43
ATT: 9,777

Brian Buchanan singled to drive in Bernie Castro with the eventual game-winning run as the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) capped a comeback from four runs down to defeat the Isotopes 5-4.  With the defeat, the Isotopes have lost two straight.

Ryan Christenson singled to lead off the game, advanced to second base on Josh Wilson's single and scored on Larry Sutton's single to right field as the Isotopes built a quick 1-0 lead.

With one out in the 4th inning, Chris Aguila singled and Jason Wood drew a walk ahead of Drew Niles' home run to right field as the Isotopes extended the lead to 4-0.

Isotope starter Scott Sanders, breezing through the game by only allowing two hits in the first six innings, ran into problems in the 7th inning,  Jose Nieves bloop singled to center field, Humberto Quintero doubled to left-center field and Ramon Vazquez drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out.  Clint Sodowsky came into the game to relieve Sanders and promptly gave up a two-run single to J.J. Furmaniak (Nieves and Quintero scored).  Castro pinch-hit singled to drive in Vasquez and Kerry Robinson's groundout drove in Furmaniak.  After Jon Knott walked, Buchanan infield singled to drive in Castro as the Beavers put a five-spot on the scoreboard to take a 5-4 lead.

Isotopes Starter: 
Scott Sanders  6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (ERA: 7.55) 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x4 (.313), R (60)
Ryan Jorgensen  2x4 (.291) 
Josh Wilson  2x5 (.301), 2B (3), K (18) 

'Topes Notes:  Ryan Christenson extended his hitting streak to 7 games and Josh Wilson to 6 games.  Portland's Jon Knott went 0x3 to end a 6-game hitting streak. . . .  The Isotopes are looking for the series split when they send RHP Mike Nannini (6-6, 5.59) to the mound to face Portland's RHP Brian Sweeney (8-2, 3.23).  Friday's game marks the last game between the two clubs in the 2004 regular season.

Filed 07/29/2004

July 28, 2004 - Isotopes (55-50)

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 7
Portland 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 2 5 1 5

WP: Chris Oxspring (5-4)
LP: Michael Tejera (8-3)
SV: Marty McLeary (6)

HR: POR Brian Buchanan (2) off Michael Tejera 

TIME: 2:20 
ATT: 3,649

Australian Chris Oxspring, Mike Bynum and former-Isotope Marty McLeary combined on a six-hit shutout as the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) blanked the Isotopes 2-0 on Wednesday evening.  

Brian Buchanan homered to left-center field to lead off the 2nd inning as the Beavers took a 1-0 lead.

In the 8th inning, Freddy Guzman drew a leadoff walk, stole second base, advanced to third base on Kerry Robinson's groundout and scored on Jon Knott's fielder's choice as the Beavers closed out the scoring in the game.

Clayton Westmoreland made his first appearance for the Isotopes since his promotion from the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Marlins and went 1 1/3 innings, giving up no hits, a run, and 2 walks.

Isotopes Starter: 
Michael Tejera (L, 8-3)  6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
(ERA: 3.96)

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  1x3 (.285), K (35)
Josh Wilson  2x4 (.295)

'Topes Notes:   Michael Tejera failed for the second start in a row to earn his 9th victory, which would be an Isotopes franchise record for most victories by a pitcher in a season. . . .  Larry Sutton went 0x4 to snap a 9-game hitting streak, while Ryan Christenson went 2x4 to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . .  The Portland Beavers do not seem to be a team that draws well at home.  The Isotopes average 2004 home game attendance (7,764) is higher than the total attendance for Games 1 and 2 of the series at PGE Park (7,010). . . .  The Isotopes have been shut out six times in 2004, four of those on the road. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series on Thursday evening are RHP Scott Sanders (3-6, 7.88) for the Isotopes and RHP Dennis Tankersley (5-3, 3.38) for the Beavers.

Filed 07/28/2004

July 27, 2004 - Isotopes (55-49)

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 6 0 6
Portland 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 2 8

WP: Peter Bauer (1-0) 
LP: Tim Stauffer (3-1)

HR: ABQ Drew Niles (3) off Tim Stauffer

TIME: 2:34 
ATT: 3,361

Peter Bauer made his Triple-A debut and pitched seven innings of one-run ball as the Isotopes defeated the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 5-1 in the series opener in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday evening.

In the 2nd inning, Chris Aguila reached on an error and Drew Niles followed with a home run to right field.  An out later, Isotope starter Bauer doubled down the left-field line and scored on Josh Wilson's double to left field as the Isotopes led 3-0.

Portland's Jose Nieves singled, advanced to second base on Ben Risinger's single and scored on J.J. Furmaniak's double as the Beavers got on the scoreboard in their half of the 2nd inning.

In the 6th inning, Matt Padgett singled to center field and Aguila reached on an error.  Niles' groundout plated Padgett and Ryan Jorgensen singled to right field to drive in Aguila as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game.

Tim Stauffer, the Padres' 2003 First Round draft pick and the fourth highest-ranked prospect in their system, went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 5 runs (2 earned), walked 2, struck out 2 and gave up the only homer in the game.  Stauffer's ERA improved slightly to 3.93. 

Isotopes Starter: 
Peter Bauer (W, 1-0)  7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (ERA: 1.29)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x4 (.313), 2 R (59)
Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.284), RBI (23), K (34)
Josh Wilson  1x5 (.286), 2B (2), RBI (14), K (17)

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes have 35 homers for the month of July, tying the second-best mark for homers in a month. . . .  Albuquerque's Joe Dillon is currently in second place in the Minor League Baseball Round-Tripper Contest, a contest to reward the minor league player with the most home runs during the 2004 season.  Dillon has 33 homers and trails Ryan Howard of the Reading Phillies (AA Phillies) by three homers. . . .  Dillon went 0x3 to snap a 6-game hitting streak. . . .  Portland's Freddy Guzman went 0x3 to snap a 6-game hitting streak. . . .  Mike Coolbaugh of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) was named the PCL Hitter of the Week.  Coolbaugh hit .440 for the week with 11 RBI, four homers and 10 runs scored.  Justin Germano of the Portland Beavers was named the PCL  Pitcher of the Week for the second week in a row.  Germano tossed a five hit complete-game shutout of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on July 20th and held the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) to two earned runs and five hits in 8 innings on July 25th as he won both games for the week.  The Isotopes will avoid facing Germano in the current four-game series. . . .  The Isotopes have yet to name a pitching probable for Game 2 of the series on Wednesday night.  RHP Australian Chris Oxspring (4-4, 4.55) is scheduled to pitch for the Beavers.   Oxspring is the 11th ranked prospect in the Padres system according to Baseball America.

Filed 07/27/2004

Small to Marlins; Westmoreland and
Bauer to Isotopes

The Marlins purchased the contract of pitcher Aaron Small from the Isotopes and optioned catcher Josh Willingham to the Double-A Carolina Mudcats. Pitcher Clayton Westmoreland was transferred to the Isotopes from the rookie-level Melbourne Marlins of the Gulf Coast League and pitcher Peter Bauer was transferred to the Isotopes from the Double-A Carolina Mudcats. Westmoreland made 11 relief appearances for the GCL Marlins, going 1-0 with 4 saves and a 0.77 ERA. In 11 2/3 innings pitched, Westmoreland gave up 5 hits, 1 run, 5 walks, struck out 16 and allowed no homers. Bauer appeared in 20 games for the Mudcats (19 starts) and went 5-7 with a 3.92 ERA. In 114 2/3 innings pitched, Bauer gave up 120 hits, 56 runs (50 earned), walked 21, struck out 81 and allowed 8 homers.
Filed 07/27/2004

July 26, 2004 - Isotopes (54-49)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Omaha 1 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 17 22 1 8
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 3 2 2 0 1 8 9 2 7

WP: Les Walrond (5-4)
LP: Matt Blank (3-3)

HR: OMA Aaron Guiel (3) off Matt Blank 
                  Adrian Brown (3) off  Chris Michalak
                  Brandon Berger (1) off Matt Blank 
                  Jed Hansen (17) off Matt Blank 
                  Wilton Guerrero (3) off Matt Blank 
                  Paul Phillips (2) off Matt Blank

       ABQ Chris Ashby (4) off Les Walrond

TIME: 3:03
ATT: 5,535

An early eight-run 2nd inning was too much for the Isotopes to overcome as the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) defeated the Isotopes 17-8 in the series and homestand finale on Monday evening.  The Isotopes snapped a two game winning streak with the defeat.

Aaron Guiel homered to center field on the fourth pitch of the game as the Royals led 1-0.

In the 2nd inning, the Royals broke the game wide open, utilizing the long ball.  Jarrod Patterson reached on an error and former-Albuquerque Duke Wilton Guerrero homered to left field.  An out later, Paul Phillips homered.  Guiel and Adrian Brown singled ahead of Brandon Berger's home run to left field.  Raul Casanova singled and Jed Hansen homered as the Royals led 9-0.

Adrian Brown homered to lead off the 4th inning for the Royals.  Casanova singled, advanced to third on Patterson's single and scored on Guerrero's single as the Royals led 11-0.

In the 5th inning, Jason Wood and Chris Aguila singled ahead of Chris Ashby's home run to left-center field as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.

In the 6th inning, Joe Dillon and Larry Sutton singled and Wood was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.  Aguila reached on a fielder's choice but an error on the play allowed Dillon and Sutton to score as the Isotopes trailed 11-5.

In the 7th inning, Ryan Christenson doubled, moved to third base on Josh Wilson's single and scored on Sutton's sacrifice flyout to right field.  Mike Colangelo's double down the third-base line drove in Wilson as the Isotopes cut the defecit to four runs at 11-7.

In the 9th inning, the Royals added more runs to ensure the Isotopes would not be able to come back to win.  Patterson led off the inning by reaching on an error.  Guerrero singled and Teahen singled to load the bases.  Phillips singled to left field to drive in Patterson and Guerrero.  Guiel singled to re-load the bases and Brown reached on a fielder's choice as Teahen scored.  Berger followed by reaching on a fielder's choice as Phillips scored and Casanova doubled to drive in Berger.  Hansen walked and Patterson doubled to drive in Casanova as the Royals led 17-7.

The Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game when Christenson drew a walk to lead off the 9th inning and later scored on Dillon's single.

Isotopes Starter:
Matt Blank (L, 3-3)  1 1/3 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 5 HR (ERA: 5.98)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x4 (.317), R (57), RBI (54), K (79)
Ryan Jorgensen  0x4 (.285), 2 K (33)
Josh Wilson  1x5 (.291), R (13), 2 K (16)

Michael Neu  1 IP (21 1/3), 4 H (25), 3 ER (18), 1 BB (15), 0 K
(ERA: 7.59) 

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes and Royals split the four-game series 2-2.  Tonight's game marked the last regular season meeting between the Royals and Isotopes at Isotopes Park in 2004 and the Isotopes won four out of the eight games. . . .  27,285 fans attended the four game series for a per-night average of 9,095.  57,511 fans attended the eight-game homestand. . . .  The Isotopes were unable to attract the one millionth fan in franchise history tonight.  The Isotopes needed 9,396 fans but only 5,535 attended.  The Isotopes will host the one millionth fan on August 5th when the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) come to town. . . .  The Isotopes set a franchise record tonight by allowing six home runs to the opposition and Matt Blank set a franchise record by giving up 5 homers in a game.  The Isotopes _may_ have set a franchise record by allowing four homers to an opponent in an inning. . . .  The Isotopes did set a positive franchise record tonight - most home runs in a season when Chris Ashby hit the club's 124th home run of the season. . . .  Chris Michalak set an Isotope reliever season-high by giving up 7 hits in an outing. . . .  Ryan Jorgensen went 0x4 to snap a 10-game hitting streak.  Larry Sutton had a hit to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . .  Omaha's Adrian Brown extended his hitting streak to 13 games. . . .  The Royals established season highs in runs (17), hits (22) and homers in a game (6). . . .  The Isotopes hit the road for eight games with the first four games in Portland, Oregon to play the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres).  The Beavers are the former Albuquerque Dukes franchise -- the Dukes were purchased, moved to Portland after the 2000 season and renamed the Beavers.  Probable starters are RHP Aaron Small (6-8, 5.32) for the Isotopes and RHP Tim Stauffer (3-0, 4.02) for the Beavers.

Filed 07/26/2004

July 25, 2004 - Isotopes (54-48)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Omaha 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 5 10 2 7
Albuquerque 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 X 6 10 2 7

WP: Mike Nannini (6-6)
LP: Jason Dickson (2-4) 
SV: Michael Neu (6)

HR: OMA Wilton Guerrero (2) off Mike Nannini

         ABQ Joe Dillon (24) off Matt White 
                  Josh Wilson (3) off Jason Dickson

TIME: 2:51
ATT: 9,501

Josh Wilson and Joe Dillon homered in the Isotopes' 6-5 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) on Sunday evening.  With the victory, the Isotopes have won two straight.

Chris Aguila drew a walk to lead off in the 1st inning, Josh Wilson singled to right field and Joe Dillon infield singled to load up the bases.  Larry Sutton's sacrifice flyout to right field drove in Aguila and Wilson scored on a throwing error on the play as the 'Topes led 2-0.

Wilson's solo home run to left field in the 3rd inning extended the Isotopes lead to 3-0.

Former-Albuquerque Duke Wilton Guerrero homered to left field in the 5th inning as the Royals got on the scoreboard.

In the home half of the 5th inning, Wilson singled, Dillon walked and Sutton singled to left-center field to drive in Wilson.  Jason Wood singled to left-center field to drive in Dillon as the 'Topes built a 5-1 lead.

Jarrod Patterson walked to lead off the 7th inning, Mark Teahen singled and Paul Phillips walked to load the bases with one out.  Aaron Guiel's single to left field drove in Patterson and Teahen as the Royals cut the defecit to two runs at 5-3.

Dillon homered to left field in the 7th inning to give the Isotopes a little breathing room at 6-3.

Raul Casanova led off the 8th inning by reaching on an error.  An out later, Patterson and Guerrero singled to load the bases and Teahen singled to center field to drive in Casanova and Patterson as the Royals edged to within a run at 6-5 before Phillips grounded into a double play to end the threat.

In the 9th inning with Adrian Brown on first base and one out, Michael Neu entered the game for the Isotopes and induced Brandon Berger to ground into a double play to end the game and preserve the Isotope victory.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila   0x3 (.318), R (56), 2 BB (35)
Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.293) 
Josh Wilson  3x4 (.297), 3 R (12), HR (3), RBI (13)

Mike Nannini (W, 6-6)  6 IP (104 2/3), 4 H (113), 1 ER (65), 1 BB (26),
1 K (74), 1 HR (22) (ERA: 5.59)  
Michael Neu (S,6)  2/3 IP (20 1/3),  0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (ERA: 6.64)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes tied a franchise record for most homers hit in a season when Joe Dillon hit one out for the 123rd team homer of the season. . . .  The Isotopes will host the 1 millionth fan to attend an Isotopes game on Monday night if the Isotopes can draw at least 9,396 fans. . . .  Ryan Jorgensen extended his hitting streak to 10 games and Larry Sutton to 8 games. . . .  The Isotope top three in the lineup (Chris Aguila, Josh Wilson and Joe Dillon) were truly the tablesetters as they scored all six Isotope runs in the game. . . .  Omaha's Adrian Brown went 1x5 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. . . .  The Isotopes are looking for the series win on Monday evening as they send LHP Matt Blank (2-3, 5.28) to the mound against Omaha's  LHP Les Walrond (4-4, 3.67).  The Isotopes go on the road for eight games after Monday's game. 

Filed 07/25/2004

July 24, 2004 Game 2 - Isotopes (53-48)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB
Omaha 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 9 1 9
Albuquerque 1 0 2 1 0 0 X 4 10 0 8

WP: Scott Sanders (3-6)
LP: Scott Randall (0-1)
SV: Toby Borland (9)

HR: ABQ Chris Aguila (10) off Scott Randall

TIME: 2:05
ATT: 12,249

Chris Aguila homered and Scott Sanders pitched five innings of two-run ball as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royasl) 4-2 in the nightcap of the doubleheader at "The Lab".  The Isotopes avoided the doubleheader sweep with the victory.

In the 1st inning, Ryan Christenson singled, advanced to third base on Josh Wilson's single and scored on Joe Dillon's sacrifice flyout to left-center field as the 'Topes led 1-0.

Jed Hansen doubled and scored on former-Albuquerque Duke Wilton Guerrero's single to center field in the 2nd inning as the Royals tied the game at 1-1.

Christenson led off the 3rd inning with a single, stole second base and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Royals catcher Raul Casanova on the stolen base play.  Dillon tripled down the right field line to drive in Christenson and Larry Sutton's single to right field drove in Dillon as the Isotopes regained the lead at 3-1. 

Chris Aguila solo-homered to left field in the 4th inning to extend the Isotopes led to 4-1.

In the 5th inning, Alexis Gomez doubled, advanced to third base on Aaron Guiel's flyout and scored on Adrian Brown's infield single as the Royals cut the defecit to two runs at 4-2.

Trying to protect a 4-2 lead in the 7th inning, Isotopes closer Toby Borland made things too interesting.   Guiel was hit by a pitch, Brown struck out, Brandon Berger doubled and Casanova drew a walk to load the bases.  Hansen then hit a line drive that Borland caught and then threw to first base to get Casanova out to end the game. 

Isotopes Starter:
Scott Sanders (W, 3-6)  5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (ERA: 7.88)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x3 (.321), R (55), HR (10), RBI (53)
Josh Wilson  1x3 (.271), BB (6), SB (1)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes have played three doubleheaders in 2004 and have swept one and split two. . .  Ryan Christenson had his second multi-steal game of the season and eighth Isotope multi-steal game of 2004. . . .  The crowd of 12,249 was not in the top three crowds of the 2004 regular season but is the tenth largest crowd in Isotopes Park history. Tonight's crowd even eclipsed the crowd at the parent club Marlins game versus the Expos in Montreal (7,229). The Isotopes eclipsed the 400,000 mark in home attendance in 2004 (404,236). . . .  Larry Sutton extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  Josh Wilson stole his first Triple-A base. . . .  The PCL Hitter of the Week is Tagg Bozied of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres).  Bozied hit .600 and drove in 9 runs in the four games after the All-Star Break.  Unfortunately, Bozied is out for the rest of the season.  Bozied belted a walk-off grand slam home run against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on July 19th.  As he approached home plate, he leaped into the air planning on land on home plate triumphantly. Bozied did not land properly and ruptured his patella tendon and had season-ending knee surgery.  Justin Germano of the Beavers is the PCL Pitcher of the Week.  On July 15th against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers), Germano tossed the first Beavers complete-game shutout in four years. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are RHP Mike Nannini (5-6, 5.84) for the Isotopes and RHP Jason Dickson (2-3, 6.00) for the Royals.  Dickson was recently named to the Canadian Olympic Baseball Team. 

Filed 07/24/2004

July 24, 2004 Game 1 - Isotopes (52-48)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB
Omaha 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 4 0 6
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 7

WP: Justin Huisman (3-2)
LP: Michael Tejera (8-2)

TIME: 2:12

The Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) defeated the Isotopes 3-0 in Game 1 of a doubleheader on the strength of a three-run fifth inning.

In the 5th inning, Jed Hansen led off with a walk and advanced to second base on former-Albuquerque Duke Wilton Guerrero's sacrifice bunt.  Mark Teahen grounded out as Hansen moved to third base and Jarrod Patterson's double to left field drove in Hansen.  Paul Phillips drew a walk and Aaron Guiel was hit by a pitch to load up the bases.  Adrian Brown walked as Patterson trotted home and Brandon Berger's infield popup was misplayed by the Isotopes for an infield single as Phillips scored.

Isotopes Starter:
Michael Tejera (L, 8-2)  4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (ERA: 4.10)

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  1x2 (.295), BB (4)
Josh Wilson  0x3 (.269), 2 K (14)

Michael Neu  1/3 IP (19 2/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (ERA: 6.86) 

'Topes Notes:  Michael Tejera failed to achieve a franchise-record 9th winning decision of the season.  Tejera snapped a four winning-decisions streak with his losing decision in tonight's contest. . .  The Isotopes have been shut out five times this season (only twice at home in 2004). . . .  The Isotopes went homerless after having had a home run in the previous five games. . . .  Ryan Jorgensen extended his hitting streak to 9 games, while Josh Wilson saw his 8-game hitting streak end.

Filed 07/24/2004

July 23, 2004 - Rained Out; Wayne
Promoted to Marlins

The first game of the series between the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) and Isotopes was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as a doubleheader on Saturday July 24th. Pitching probables are to be announced for both games but Game 1 probables could be Friday evening's scheduled starters, LHP Michael Tejera (8-1, 4.02) for the Isotopes and RHP Jason Ryan (1-7, 7.36) for the Royals. Game 2 probables could be RHP Scott Sanders (2-6, 8.29) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris George (1-5, 3.74) for the Royals. The rainout was the first home game postponed due to rain in Isotopes history. Only one other home game in Isotopes history was postponed and that was due to a light bank failure against Colorado Springs (AAA Rockies) in April 2003. In other news, the Marlins recalled pitcher Justin Wayne from the Isotopes. Wayne will be making a start on Sunday against the Montreal Expos in Montreal (Josh Beckett's normal rotation slot, as Beckett continues to recover from blister problems on his pitching hand). Wayne made six starts for the Isotopes and went 0-2 with a 5.52 ERA. In 29 1/3 innings pitched, Wayne gave up 31 hits, 22 runs (18 earend), five homers, walked 11 and struck out 21.
Filed 07/23/2004

July 22, 2004 - Isotopes (52-47)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
New Orleans 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 12 0 10
Albuquerque 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 X 8 10 0 6

WP: Aaron Small (6-8)
LP: Jared Fernandez (2-8) 

HR: ABQ Jason Wood (6) off Jared Fernandez

TIME: 2:22 
ATT: 6,696

The Isotopes scored five times in the 2nd inning en route to a 8-3 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) on Thursday evening in the series finale.  With the victory, the Isotopes have won two straight games. 

In the 2nd inning, Larry Sutton singled to center field to lead off the inning and Jason Wood followed with a home run to left field.  After Matt Padgett struck out, Chris Aguila walked and Chris Ashby flied out.  Isotopes starter Aaron Small drew a walk and Ryan Christenson doubled to left field to drive in Aguila.  Josh Wilson's single to center field drove in Small and Christenson as the Isotopes led 5-0.

With two outs in the 4th inning, Christenson walked, stole second base and scored on Wilson's single to center field.

In the 5th inning, Royce Huffman doubled to right-center field with two outs and scored on Mike Coolbaugh's single to left field as the Zephyrs got on the scoreboard.

Chris Burke doubled in the 7th inning with one out, Huffman walked and Coolbaugh doubled down the left-field line to drive in Burke and Huffman as the Zephyrs cut the defecit to three runs at 6-3.

In the 8th inning, back to back doubles by Padgett and Aguila plated a run.  Ashby's single advanced Aguila to third base and Mike Colangelo pinch-hit sacrifice flied out to center field to bring Aguila home as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game. 

Isotopes Starter:
Aaron Small (W, 6-8)  7 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (ERA: 5.32) 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x3 (.318), 2 R (54), 2B (23), RBI (52), BB (33)  
Josh Wilson  2x5 (.281), 3 RBI (12), K (12)

Michael Neu  1 IP (19 1/3), 2 H (21)  (ERA: 6.98)

'Topes Notes:  The start of the game was delayed about 20 minutes due to some rain just before game time forcing a few minutes needed to prepare the field for play. . . .  The Isotopes won their eighth series of the year, 3-1.  Tonight's game marked the last 2004 regular season game between the Isotopes and Zephyrs at Isotopes Park and the Isotopes won five of the eight games played at Isotopes Park.  Both teams meet for a four-game series in New Orleans in August/September to close out the regular season series. . . .  30,226 fans attended the four game series for a per-game average of 7,557. . . .  The Isotopes have now played in front of 700,751 fans at home and on the road in 2004.  The Isotopes are on pace to play in front of 1,040,280 total fans. . . .  Josh Wilson extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . .  Aaron Small has won his last three pitching decisions. . . .  The Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) come to town to begin a four-game series against the Isotopes.  Although the Royals are in last place in the PCL Central Division standings, they do seem to enjoy hitting in Isotopes Park so it could be a tough series for the Isotopes.  Pitching probables for Game 1 of the series are LHP Michael Tejera (8-1, 4.02) for the Isotopes and RHP Jason Ryan (1-7, 7.36) for the Royals.  Tejera is looking for a franchise-record 9th win of the season and Ryan is making his first start in the Royals organization after the Royals acquired him in a trade with the Cardinals. 

Filed 07/22/2004

Wayne to Marlins?

The Marlins traded pitcher Darren Oliver to the Houston Astros on Thursday for a player to be named later or cash considerations. It is believed the Marlins will recall pitcher Justin Wayne from Albuquerque to start for the Marlins against the Expos on Sunday or the Marlins may try to acquire a pitcher from the Astros to make the start on Sunday.
Filed 07/22/2004

July 21, 2004 - Isotopes (51-47)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
New Orleans 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 7 14 0 7
Albuquerque 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 8 17 1 8

WP: Clint Sodowsky (8-3)
LP: Miguel Saladin (1-6)

HR: NRL Mike Coolbaugh (17) off Matt Blank  
                  Mike Coolbaugh (18) off Mike Nannini 
                  Eric Bruntlett (5) off Matt Blank

         ABQ Josh Wilson (2) off Jeremy Griffiths
                  Matt Padgett (17) off Jeremy Griffits

TIME: 2:40 
ATT: 7,142

Brian Banks' game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th inning propelled the Isotopes to a 8-7 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) on Wednesday evening at "The Lab". 

Isotopes starter Matt Blank was roughed up in the first inning.  With one out, Royce Huffman singled, Mike Coolbaugh doubled and Phil Hiatt drew a walk to load the bases.  Jason Alfaro singled to center field to drive in Huffman and Coolbaugh and Eric Bruntlett three-run homered to left field to make it 5-0 Zephyrs.

The Isotopes began chipping away at the defecit in their half of the 1st inning.  Chris Aguila led off the inning with a double, moved to third base on Joe Dillon's single and scored when Dillon was caught stealing -- Aguila raced home on the play while Dillon was in a rundown..

In the 2nd inning, Matt Padgett led off the with a home run just inside the left-field foulpole.  Jason Wood then doubled and an out later scored on Blank's sacrifice flyout to left-center field as the Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 5-3.

The Isotopes trimmed the Zephyrs lead to one run in the 3rd inning when Dillon doubled to left-center field and scored on Padgett's single to right field.

Coolbaugh solo-homered to left-center field in the 5th inning and solo homered to left field in the 7th inning as the Zephyrs built up the lead to 7-4 going into the 7th inning stretch.

In the home half of the 7th inning with one out, Aguila singled, moved to second base on a passed ball and scored on Josh Wilson's homer to left field as the 'Topes trailed 7-6.

The Isotopes tied the game in the 8th inning at 7-7.  Ryan Christenson reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second base on Chris Ashby's single and scored on Aguila's single to left-center field.

The Isotopes became winners in the 9th inning,  Larry Sutton doubled off the right-field wall with one out and scored on Brian Banks' pinch-hit single to right field.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  3x4 (.318), 2 R (52), 2B (22), RBI (51), BB (32),
SB (7)
Josh Wilson  1x5 (.271), R (9), HR (2), 2 RBI (9)

Mike Nannini  1 2/3 IP (98 2/3), 2 H (109), 1 ER (64), 1 BB (25),
1 HR (21) (ERA: 5.84)

'Topes Notes:  Even though the Isotopes came back to win after having been down five runs at one point in the game, it was not their largest comeback to win of the season.  The Isotopes have come back from a six run defecit to win  once in 2004. . . .  Joe Dillon hit his team-leading 6th triple in the contest. . . .  Josh Wilson extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  Matt Blank now leads Isotopes pitchers in RBI with 2. . . .  The Isotopes are guaranteed of at least a series split but they want to get a series win and they wil be sending  RHP Aaron Small (5-8, 5.42) to the mound against the Zephyrs' RHP knuckleballer Jared Fernandez (2-7, 4.71).  

Filed 07/21/2004

July 20, 2004 - Isotopes (50-47)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
New Orleans 1 5 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 14 18 1 6
Albuquerque 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 7 8 1 9

WP: Brandon Backe (4-3)
LP: Justin Wayne (0-2)

HR: NRL Chris Burke (11) off Justin Wayne 
                  Chris Burke (12) off  Chris Michalak
                  Phil Hiatt (23) off Justin Wayne
                  Kyle Logan (3) off Justin Wayne
                  Chris Tremie (1) off Chris Michalak

         ABQ Larry Sutton (19) off Brandon Backe

TIME: 3:09  
ATT: 9,197

The Isotopes gave up a pair of five-run innings as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) defeated the Isotopes 14-7 on Tuesday evening.

Chris Burke led off the game with a triple to right-center field and scored on Mike Coolbaugh's groundout as the Zephyrs led 1-0.

In the home half of the 1st inning with one out, Josh Wilson singled to left field and Joe Dillon drew a walk before both scored on Larry Sutton's double to the center-field hill as the Isotopes led 2-1.

The Zephyrs scored five runs in the 2nd inning, all with two outs, to take a 6-2 lead.  Kyle Logan solo-homered to right field.  Chris Tremie singled to left field and Zephyrs starter Brandon Backe doubled into the right field corner.  Burke was hit by a pitch to load up the bases and Royce Huffman reached on an error as Tremie and Backe scored.  After Burke and Huffman executed a double-steal, Burke scored on a wild pitch and Huffman scored on Coolbaugh's single to left field.

In the 4th inning, Burke solo-homered to right field, Coolbaugh singled to right field and scored on Phil Hiatt's home run to right field as the Zephyrs extended the lead to 9-2.

In the 6th inning, Larry Sutton led off with a home run to left field.  Jason Wood reached on an error and Matt Padgett singled up the middle.  Ryan Jorgensen's double to right field drove in Wood and Mike Colangelo tripled to right-center field to drive in Padgett and Jorgensen as the Isotopes cut the defecit to three runs at 9-6.

New Orleans put the game away in the 8th inning.  Chris Tremie led off the inning with a home run to left field.  Alex Eckelman followed with a triple into the right field corner ahead of Burke's second home run of the game, this time to left field.   Huffman singled to center field, Coolbaugh drew a walk and Jason Alfaro singled to luad up the bases before Eric Bruntlett singled to drive in Huffman and Coolbaugh as the Zephyrs led 14-6.

In the 9th inning, the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game when Joe Dillon walked to lead off the inning, moved to second base on a wild pitch, moved to third base on Padgett's flyout and scored on a balk.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x5 (.312) 2B (21), 2 K (78) 
Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.291), R (14), 2B (8), RBI (22)
Josh Wilson  1x5 (.278), R (8), 2 K (11)

Justin Wayne 6 IP (29 1/3), 11 H (31), 5 ER (18), 1 BB (11),
5 K (21), 3 HR (5)  (ERA: 5.52)

'Topes Notes:  New Orleans manager Chris Maloney and Isotope coaches Jeff Schwarz and Matt Stark were all ejected in the 4th inning after a verbal altercation while Maloney was in the 3rd base coach's box closest to the Isotopes dugout. . . . Position-player Chris Ashby made his fifth appearance for the Isotopes as a reliever.  In tonight's outing, he went 1 inning and gave up just a hit.  Overall in 2004, Ashby has pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up 10 hits and 7 runs for an ERA of 9.45. . . .  Ryan Jorgensen extended his hitting streak to 8 games and Josh Wilson to 6 games. . . .  The Isotopes pitching staff tied a season-high by giving up five homers in a game to the opposition. . . .  Chris Michalak tied an Isotopes reliever season-high by giving up 6 hits in an appearance. . . .  The Isotopes set a season-high for most runs given up to an opponent in the 2nd inning - 5 runs. . . .  After his first four starts resulted in no-decisions, Justin Wayne has lost his last two starts.  Wayne also set personal season-highs in hits given up (11), runs given up (9) and homers allowed in a game (3). . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are LHP Matt Blank (3-2, 5.02) for the Isotopes and RHP Jeremy Griffiths (1-1, 2.88) for the Zephyrs. 

Filed 07/20/2004

July 19, 2004 - Isotopes (50-46)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
New Orleans 0 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 7 11 0 9
Albuquerque 2 0 2 0 2 3 0 0 X 9 16 2 8

WP: Scott Sanders (2-6) 
LP: Chris Enochs (3-6)
SV: Clint Sodowsky (2)

HR: NRL  Mike Coolbaugh (16) off Scott Sanders

         ABQ Larry Sutton (17) off  Chris Enochs
                   Larry Sutton (18) off  Chris Enochs
                   Josh Wilson (1) off  Jared Fernandez

TIME: 3:11  
ATT: 7,191

Larry Sutton homered twice and drove in four runs as the Isotopes defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) 9-7 in the series and homestand opener at "The Lab". 

With two outs in the 1st inning, Joe Dillon singled to left field and Larry Sutton doubled to right-center field to drive in Dillon.  Jason Wood singled to right field before Matt Padgett's single to center field drove in Sutton as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Jason Alfaro singled to lead off the 2nd inning and Eric Bruntlett reached on an error by Isotopes center fielder Ryan Christenson.  Kyle Logan's groundout advanced both runners a base before Chris Tremie reached on a fielding error by Isotopes starter Scott Sanders, trying to handle a toss from Isotopes first baseman Sutton to record the out at first base.  On the error, Alfaro and Bruntlett scored as the Zephyrs tied the game at 2-2.

Royce Huffman led off with a walk in the 3rd inning and Mike Coolbaugh singled.  Two outs later, Bruntlett drew a walk to load the bases before Logan's single to left field drove in Huffman as the Zephyrs took a 3-2 lead.

Josh Wilson tripled to right-center field to lead off the 3rd inning and scored on Dillon's sacrifice flyout.  Sutton then homered to right-center field as the Isotopes regained the lead at 4-3.

Coolbaugh solo-homered to left field in the 5th inning as the Zephyrs once again tied the game, this time at 4-4.

The Isotopes quickly reclaimed the lead when Dillon infield singled to lead off the 5th inning and scored on Sutton's home run to center field.

In the 6th inning, Ryan Jorgensen singled to lead off the inning but was removed from the basepaths when Brian Banks reached on a fielders choice.  Chris Aguila's double to left field drove in Banks and Josh Wilson two-run homered to left field as the Isotopes led 9-4.

With one out in the 7th inning, New Orleans' Huffman singled, Coolbaugh walked and Phil Hiatt singled to load the bases.  Alfaro's single to right field drove in Huffman and Bruntlett sacrifice flied out to right field as Coolbaugh scored.  Logan's single to right field drove in Hiatt as the Zephyrs edged to two runs at 9-7.

Isotopes Starter:
Scott Sanders (W, 2-6)  6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
(ERA: 8.29)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x2 (.314), R (50), 2B (20), RBI (50)  
Ryan Jorgensen  2x4 (.293)
Josh Wilson  2x5 (.286), 2 R (7), 3B (1), HR (1), 2 RBI (7), K (9)

'Topes Notes:  Josh Wilson's home run was his first Triple-A home run. . . .  Larry Sutton turned in his third multi-homer game of the season and the Isotopes 12th multi-homer game of 2004. . . .  Ryan Jorgensen extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  Scott Sanders' winning decision was his first since April 25th.  In the time since that last victory, Sanders had a stint on the disabled list, five straight losing decisions then a no-decision in his last start prior to tonight.  Sanders tied his personal season-high by going 6 innings and set a personal season-high with 8 strikeouts. . . .  Clint Sodowsky earned his first save since June 3rd, ironically also against the Zephyrs at Isotopes Park. . . .  Drew Niles struck out 4 times in the game but fortunately it was not an Isotope season-high. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are RHP Justin Wayne (0-1, 5.01) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Backe (3-3, 2.32) for the Zephyrs. 

Filed 07/19/2004

July 18, 2004 - Isotopes (49-46)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 1 0 2 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 8 15 1 12
Oklahoma 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 9 15 0 12

WP: Bart Miadich (1-0)
LP:Michael Neu (1-2) 

HR: ABQ Mike Colangelo (11) off Mike Bacsik

         OKL Jason Jones (4) off Toby Borland

TIME: 3:47
ATT: 4,651

Jeff Picker scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 9-8 in the series finale. 

Ryan Christenson drew a walk to lead off the game and eventually scored on Larry Sutton's double as the Isotopes led 1-0.

The Redhawks tied the game at 1-1 in the home half of the 1st inning.  Andy Fox singled and scored on former-Isotope Chad Allen's double. 

Another former-Isotope, Adrian Gonzalez, singled to lead off the 2nd inning.  Pickler drew a walk and Santiago Perez singled to load the bases.  Gerald Laird, on a rehabilitation assignment from the Texas Rangers, singled to drive in Gonzalez and Pickler as the Redhawks led 3-1.

Christenson doubled in the 3rd inning and scored on Mike Colangelo's home run as the Isotopes tied the game at 3-3.

Brian Jordan, another player on a rehabilitation assignment from the Rangers, singled, advanced to second on Jason Jones' single, stole third base and scored on Marshall McDougall's double-play groundout as the Redhawks quickly regained the lead at 4-3.

The Isotopes reclaimed the lead in the 4th inning.  With one out, Drew Niles singled and Christenson drew a walk.  Josh Wilson's single drove in Niles and Colangelo doubled to drive in Christenson and Wilson as the Isotopes led 6-4.

The Redhawks scored twice in their half of the 4th inning to once again tie the game - this time at 6-6.  Perez walked, Fox singled and Laird walked to load the bases before Jordan singled to drive in Perez and Fox.

In the 8th inning, Christenson singled and stole second base.  Colangelo was walked before Sutton tripled to plate Christenson and Colangelo as the Isotopes led 8-6.

With Isotopes closer Toby Borland on the mound, Allen doubled to lead off the 9th inning and scored on Jones' home run as the Redhawks tied the game at 8-8 and sent the game to extra innings.

In the bottom of the 12th inning, Pickler singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second base on a balk by Isotopes reliever Chris Michalak, and scored on Michalak's error as Michalak fielded Perez's bunt and threw the ball away towards first base.

Isotopes Starter:
Michael Tejera  3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (ERA: 4.02)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x6 (.313), 2 K (76)
Ryan Jorgensen  1x5 (.286)
Josh Wilson  3x7 (.273), R (5), RBI (5), 2 K (8)

Mike Nannini  4 IP (97), 2 H (107), 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (73)
(ERA: 5.85)
Michael Neu  (L, 1-2)  2 IP (18 1/3), 2 H (19), 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB (14), 1 K (16) (ERA: 7.36) 

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes and Redhawks split this four-game series 2-2.  Today's game marked the last 2004 regular season game at SBC Bricktown Ballpark between the two teams.  Oklahoma won the eight games  played in Oklahoma City 5-3.  The Redhawks come to Albuquerque for one more four-game series to conclude the entire 2004 regular season 16-game series. . . .  The Isotopes are 3-6 in extra inning games in 2004. . . .  Ryan Christenson had the Isotopes' 7th multi-steal game of the season.  Christenson also tied an Isotopes franchise record with four runs scored in the game. . . .  Larry Sutton was a homer short of hitting for the cycle. . . .  The Isotopes pitching staff tied a season-high for most hits given up to an opponent in a game on the road - 15 hits. . . .  Chris Aguila went 0x6 to snap a 7-game hitting streak.  Ryan Jorgensen extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . .  Oklahoma's Chad Allen had an excellent series against his former team.  He went 8x16 (.500) with 7 runs scored, 5 doubles, a homer and 7 RBI. . . .  Chris Michalak tied an Isotopes reliever season-high for shortest outing - 1 batter.  Michael Neu established the 1-batter outing in just the prior game. . . .  The Isotopes come home for an eight game homestand, with the first four being played against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros).  Pitching probables are to be announced.  

Filed 07/18/2004

July 17, 2004 - Isotopes (49-45)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 2 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 7 6 0 10
Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 5 7 3 6

WP: Aaron Small (5-8)
LP: Nick Bierbrodt (1-1)
SV: Toby Borland (8)

TIME: 2:49 
ATT: 13,066

The Isotopes took advantage of seven walks, one hit batsman, an error and only three hits to score their first six runs of the game en route to a 7-5 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on Saturday evening.  With the victory, the Isotopes have won two straight games.

With one out in the 2nd inning, Jason Wood walked and Brian Banks was hit by a pitch.  After Chris Aguila flied out, Chris Ashby drew a walk to load the bases and Drew Niles walked as Wood trotted home.  Ryan Christenson followed with another walk as Banks came home to give the Isotopes a 2-0 lead.

The Isotopes added to the lead in the 4th inning. Chris Ashby and Drew Niles walked with one out.  An out later, Josh Wilson doubled to center field to drive in Ashby and Niles and Joe Dillon reached on an error by Oklahoma shortstop Andy Fox as Wilson scored to give the Isotopes a 5-0 lead.

In the 5th inning, Ashby singled and Niles walked with one out and Christenson singled to right field to drive in Ashby as the 'Topes extended the lead to 6-0.

Oklahoma got on the scoreboard in the 6th inning.  With two outs, Fox singled, former-Isotope Chad Allen doubled to right-center field to drive in Fox and Brian Jordan doubled into the left-field corner to plate Allen.

Banks singled to lead off the 7th inning and Aguila singled.  Ashby reached on a fielder's choice and Banks scored on an error during that play as the Isotopes led 7-2.

The Redhawks tried to mount a comeback in the 8th inning.  Jeff Pickler led off the inning with a walk and Fox and Allen singled to load the bases.  Jordan was hit by a pitch as Pickler came home.  Pete Zoccolillo drew a walk to plate Fox and Allen scored on a wild pitch as the Redhawks cut the defecit to two runs at 7-5.  Isotope relievers were able to get the final outs of the 8th inning to quell the rally.

Toby Borland set down the Redhawks in order in the 9th inning to preserve the victory and earn his eighth save.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x5 (.319), K (74) 
Josh Wilson  1x5 (.243), R (4), 2B (1), 2 RBI (4)

Michael Neu  0 IP (1 batter faced, 1 hit batter)  (ERA: 8.27)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes went homerless, snapping a four consecutive game homer streak. . . .  Chris Aguila extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  Michael Neu turned in the shortest Isotope reliever appearance of the season - 1 batter.  The Isotopes pitching staff tied a season-high by using 6 pitchers in the game. . . .  Oklahoma's Marshall McDougall went 0x4 to snap a 8-game hitting streak.  Chad Allen extended his hitting streak to 9 games and Jeff Pickler to 8 games. . . .  Pitching probables for the series finale on Sunday are Michael Tejera (8-1, 3.56) for the Isotopes and Mike Bacsik (6-4, 4.06) for the Redhawks. 

Filed 07/17/2004

July 16, 2004 - Isotopes (48-45)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 2 0 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 9 15 0 9
Oklahoma 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 9 0 6

WP: Matt Blank (3-2)
LP: Billy Sylvester (1-2) 

HR: ABQ Chris Aguila (7) off Sam Narron 
                   Chris Aguila (8) off Billy Sylvester
                   Chris Aguila (9) off Billy Sylvester

TIME: 2:56 
ATT: 7,115

Chris Aguila hit a pair of two-run homers and a solo homer in the Isotopes 9-5 defeat of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on Friday evening.

In the 1st inning, Jeff Pickler singled, Marshall McDougall doubled down the left field line, moved to third base on the play when Jeff Pickler was thrown out at home plate, and scored on Chad Allen's sacrifice flyout to left field as the Redhawks led 1-0.

Albuquerque took the lead in the 2nd inning.  Jason Wood led off the inning with a single and scored on Brian Banks' double to left-center field.  Aguila singled and Drew Niles singled to center field to drive in Banks as the Isotopes led 2-1.

With two outs in the 3rd inning, Banks doubled to left field and Aguila followed with a home run to left field to make it 4-1 'Topes.

In the home half of the 3rd inning, Santiago Perez doubled and Jeff Smith drew a walk.  Pickler's double drove in Perez and Allen's groundout drove in Smith as the Redhawks cut the defecit to a run at 4-3.

The Redhawks regained the lead in the 5th inning.  Pickler singled to center field, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Allen's double to left-center field.  Former-Isotope Adrian Gonzalez's single to center drove in Allen as the Redhawks led 5-4.

Chris Aguila's solo-homer to left-center field to lead off the 6th inning tied the game.  Niles followed with a double to right field and scored on Ryan Christenson's double to left field.  Josh Wilson singled and Joe Dillon's sacrifice flyout to right field brought Christenson home as the Isotopes led 7-5.

In the 7th inning, it was deja-vu of the 3rd inning for the Isotopes.  Banks got on base again (this time by drawing a walk rather than by the double) and Aguila followed with a homer to left field as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter:
Matt Blank (W, 3-2)  5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (ERA: 5.02)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  4x5 (.318), 3 R (49), 3 HR (9), 5 RBI (49), K (73)
Ryan Jorgensen  2x5 (.289), 2 K (31)
Josh Wilson  2x4 (.250), BB (5)

'Topes Notes:   Chris Aguila set a franchise record for most homers by an Isotope in a game - 3 home runs.  He also tied  the second highest RBI total for an Isotope in a game this season with 5.   Aguila had his second 4-hit game of the season. . . .  Aguila became the 5th Isotope to have a multi-homer game this season and it was the 11th Isotope multi-homer game of the season, continuing to add to that franchise record. . . .  Aguila extended his hitting streak to 6 games while Ryan Jorgensen extended his streak to 5 games.  Several Redhawks extended hitting streaks:  Chad Allen and Marshall McDougall to 8 games and Jeff Pickler to 7 games. . . .  Matt Blank earned his first winning decision after a string of starts with a mixture of two losing decisions and six no-decisions.  Blank's last winning decision before tonight was May 21st against Las Vegas (AAA Padres). . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Aaron Small (4-8, 5.62) for the Isotopes and Nick Bierbrodt (1-0, 5.40) for the Redhawks.

Filed 07/16//2004

More 'Topes Transactions

IF/OF Derek Wathan was placed on the disabled list with a left abductor strain, IF/OF/C Chris Ashby was activated from the disabled list, and C Keith Osik was released. Osik appeared in 19 games for the Isotopes, hitting .179. Osik scored 5 runs, had 3 doubles, a triple, a homer, and drove in 5.
Filed 07/16/2004

July 15, 2004 - Isotopes (47-45)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 9 2 7
Oklahoma 2 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 X 7 7 0 5

WP: Ryan Snare (7-4) 
LP: Justin Wayne (0-1)
SV: Brad Clontz (8)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (23) off Ryan Snare 

        OKL Chad Allen (5) off Justin Wayne

TIME: 2:51 
ATT: 9,643

Ryan Snare pitched six innings of one run ball and Chad Allen and Brian Jordan each drove in a pair of runs as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 7-4 on Thursday evening in Oklahoma City.

Jeff Pickler walked and former-Isotope Chad Allen homered in the 1st inning as the Redhawks led 2-0.

In the 4th inning, Marshall McDougall singled and scored on Jeff Smith's single as the Redhawks extended the lead to 3-0.

Picker singled, moved to second base on Allen's walk, stole third base and both scored on Brian Jordan's single as the Redhawks led 5-0.

Santiago Perez drew a walk, stole second base, moved to third base on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch in the 6th inning to increase the Redhawk lead to 6-0.

Joe Dillon led off the 7th inning with his team-leading 23rd home run to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard.  Later in the inning with two outs, Jason Wood and Chris Aguila singled and Drew Niles walked to load the bases ahead of Ryan Jorgensen's two-run single as Wood and Aguila scored as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 6-3.

Allen doubled and Jordan doubled to drive in Allen in the 7th inning as the Redhawks closed out their scoring and led 7-3.

Larry Sutton and Mike Colangelo singled and Wood drew a walk to load the bases in the 8th inning before Chris Aguila singled to drive in Sutton as the Isotopes scored their final run of the ballgame.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x3 (.309), R (46), RBI (44), BB (31), K (72), SB (6) 
Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.284), 2 RBI (21)
Josh Wilson  1x5 (.214), 2 K (6)

Michael Neu  1 IP (16 1/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB (13), 1 K (15) (ERA: 8.27)
Justin Wayne (L, 0-1)  5 IP (23 1/3), 5 H (20), 5 ER (13), 3 BB (10), 0 K,
1 HR (2)  (ERA: 5.01) 

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes have lost their last three road games, tying a season high. . . .  Chris Aguila extended his hitting streak to 5 games. . . .  After four straight no-decisions in his first four Isotope starts, Justin Wayne earned his first losing decision.  Wayne set personal season-highs in runs and earned runs given up in a start (5) and most walks allowed (3). . . .  Oklahoma's Chad Allen and Marshall McDougall extended their hitting streaks to 7 games and Jeff Pickler extended his streak to 6 games. . . .  The PCL Hitter of the Week is Dave Doster of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants).  During the week, Doster extended his hitting streak to 20 games and hit .481 with 9 RBI. . . .  Brian Sweeney of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week.  In two starts, he pitched 15 innings and gave up just an earned run (ERA: 0.60), four hits, and struck out 14.  He won both starts. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series on Friday evening are Matt Blank (2-2, 4.78) for the Isotopes and Sam Narron (5-1, 4.05) for the Redhawks.

Filed 07/15/2004

Michalak Joins Topes

A familiar face to Albuquerqueans, pitcher Chris Michalak, has joined the Isotopes. Michalak pitched with the Albuquerque Dukes in 2000. Michalak pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers Class-AAA affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians, in 2004. He went 2-6 with a save and a 5.18 ERA in 37 games.
Filed 07/15/2004

Wilson a Topps Player of the Month

Isotopes infielder Josh Wilson won the Topps Southern League Player of the Month for June. While with the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League, Wilson hit .350 with 7 doubles, 6 homers, and 17 RBI in the month of June. In early July, Wilson was promoted to the Isotopes.
Filed 07/15/2004

July 14, 2004 - TripleA All-Star Game

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Filed 07/14/2004

July 13, 2004 - Day Off

The Isotopes reached the halfway point of their break today. At the All-Star Break, the Isotopes are at 47-44, in third place in the PCL Central Division, 6 1/2 games behind the leader Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). For a second-year club, the Isotopes are drawing very well, having a higher per-game attendance at home than the per-game average of every game played in 2004. Through 47 home dates, the Isotopes have drawn 361,761 fans for a per-game average of 7,697 fans. For the 2004 season, the Isotopes have played in front of 636,050 fans for a per-game average of 7,147. Some of the active team leaders in various categories: OFFENSE -------------- Batting Average: Joe Dillon .355 Slugging Percentage: Joe Dillon .791 Games: Matt Padgett 84 Runs: Derek Wathan 59 Hits: Derek Wathan 100 Doubles: Larry Sutton 24 Triples: Derek Wathan and Joe Dillon 5 Homers: Joe Dillon 22 RBI: Matt Padgett 60 Walks: Larry Sutton 39 Strikeouts: Chris Aguila 72 Stolen Bases: Derek Wathan 14 PITCHING -------------- Win-Loss: Michael Tejera (8-1) ERA (Starter): Michael Tejera (3.56) ERA (Reliever): Toby Borland (0.83) Games Started: Michael Tejera, Aaron Small, Mike Nannini (16) Games Relieved: Juan Alvarez (28) Saves: Toby Borland (7) Innings Pitched: Aaron Small (99 1/3) Hits Allowed: Aaron Small (132) Runs Allowed: Aaron Small (68) Earned Runs: Mike Nannini (63) Homers Allowed: Mike Nannini (20) Walks: Michael Tejera (29) Strikeouts: Aaron Small (70)
Filed 07/13/2004

July 12, 2004 - Day Off

The Isotopes were off for the first of three days due to the Triple-A All-Star Break. In the Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby, Albuquerque's Joe Dillon and Larry Sutton did not advance past the first round. In the finals of the home run derby, Bucky Jacobsen of the Pacific Coast League's Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) defeated Justin Morneau of the International League's Rochester Red Wings (AAA Twins). The Triple-A All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday evening. A summary of the game will appear that evening on this web page.
Filed 07/12/2004

July 11, 2004 - Isotopes (47-44)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Memphis 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 9 2 6
Albuquerque 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 2 8

WP: Steve Stemle (4-2) 
LP: Clint Sodowsky (7-3)
SV: Al Reyes (10)

HR: MEM Mike Mahoney (3) off Scott Sanders 
                    Kevin Witt (18) off Clint Sodowsky

         ABQ Larry Sutton (16) off Randy Flores

TIME: 2:39  
ATT: 6,853

Kevin Witt's 8th inning homer led the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) to a 4-2 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.  The Isotopes snapped a three-game winning streak with the defeat. 

With one out in the 1st inning, Bo Hart singled to left field and later scored on Witt's groundout as the Redbirds led 1-0.

Isotope starter Scott Sanders singled, advanced to second base on Chris Aguila's single, advanced to third base on Josh Wilson's fielders choice and scored on Larry Sutton's sacrifice flyout to center field in the 3rd inning to tie the game at 1-1.

Mike Mahoney's solo-homer to left field in the 4th inning allowed Memphis to quickly regain the lead at 2-1.

Sutton solo-homered to right-center field to lead off the 6th inning as the Isotopes once again tied this game, this time at 2-2.

With one out in the 8th inning, John Gall drew a walk and Witt followed with his eventual game-winning home run to right field as the Redbirds led 4-2.

Isotopes Starter:
Scott Sanders  5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR (ERA: 9.00)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  3x5 (.305), 2B (19), K (71) 
Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.286), 3 K (29)
Josh Wilson  0x4 (.217), K (4)

Michael Neu  1 IP (15 1/3), 1 H (17) (ERA: 8.80) 

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes failed to sweep the series but they did get a series win (3-1), the first series win for them since late May against the Redbirds.  The Redbirds and Isotopes closed out the 2004 regular season series and the Isotopes took the 16-game series 9-7. . . .  32,720 fans attended the four-game series for a per-game average of 8,180. . . .  The Isotopes set a season-high by striking out 15 times in a game.  Jason Wood led the team with four strikeouts in the game, but that was not an Isotope season high.  Chris Aguila struck out 5 times in a game on May 8th. . . .  Clint Sodowsky earned his first losing decision since June 26th at New Orleans (AAA Astros). . . .  The Isotopes will not have any games for the next three days due to the Triple-A All-Star Game break.  The next Isotopes game is July 15th in Oklahoma City against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers).  Pitching probables will be named in the next few days for the first game of the series..

Filed 07/11/2004

July 10, 2004 - Isotopes (47-43)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 9 0 7
Albuquerque 1 0 4 0 2 0 0 1 X 8 12 0 6

WP: Michael Tejera (8-1)
LP: Luis Martinez (0-2) 

HR: MEM Jason Bowers (5) off Michael Tejera                  

       ABQ Mike Colangelo (9) off Luis Martinez
                 Mike Colangelo (10) off Luis Martinez
                 Chris Aguila (6) off Al Reyes

TIME: 2:24 
ATT: 12,928

Michael Tejera pitched 7 innings of one-run ball and Mike Colangelo homered twice and drove in five runs as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 8-2 on Saturday evening at "The Lab".  The Isotopes have won three straight games.

With two outs in the 1st inning, Colangelo solo-homered to left field as the Isotopes led 1-0.

The Isotopes added many runs to the lead in the 3rd inning.  Ryan Jorgensen singled and Tejera and Josh Wilson drew walks to load up the bases and Colangelo came up to the plate and grand-slam homered to left field as the 'Topes led 5-0.

In the 5th inning, Ryan Christenson led off with a walk, Colangelo infield singled and Jason Wood singled to left field to drive in Christenson.  Brian Banks' single to left field plated Colangelo as the Isotopes extended the lead to 7-0.

Jason Bowers solo-homered to left field for Memphis to lead off the 6th inning to break up Tejera's shutout.

In the 8th inning the Redbirds Bo Hart singled to center field and later scored on Scott Seabol's single to left field as Albuquerque still led 7-2.

In the home half of the 8th inning, Chris Aguila solo-homered to left field over the Picnic Pavillion to close out the scoring in the game. 

Isotopes Starter:
Michael Tejera (W, 8-1)  7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR (ERA: 3.56)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x1 (.299), R (45), HR (6), RBI (43)  
Ryan Jorgensen  2x4 (.287), R (13), K (26) 
Josh Wilson  1x4 (.263), R (3), BB (4), 2 K (3) 

'Topes Notes:  Mike Colangelo hit his second grand-slam homer of the season and turned in his third multi-homer game in 2004.  There have been 6 Isotope grand-slam home runs and 10 Isotope multi-homer games in 2004, both franchise records. . . .  Colangelo became the fourth Isotope to reach the 10+ homer plateau in 2004. . . .  The attendance of 12,928 was the 2nd largest crowd of the 2004 regular season and the sixth largest crowd in Isotopes Park history.   The Isotopes also eclipsed the 350,000 mark tonight (354,908 total fans in 2004 in 46 home dates). . . .  Colangelo, with 3 runs scored, was one short of tying the franchise record for most runs scored in a game.  His 5 RBI tied for second best in most RBI by an Isotope in a game in 2004. . . .  Michael Tejera has won his last four decisions. . . .  Looking for the series sweep, the Isotopes send Scott Sanders (1-6, 9.68) to the mound to face Memphis' Dan Haren (8-4, 4.12).  After Sunday's contest, most of the Isotopes players and staff are off for three-days for the AAA All-Star Game break.  Joe Dillon and Larry Sutton will be working as they are participating in the AAA All-Star Game Home Run Derby as well as playing  in the AAA All-Star Game.

Filed 07/10/2004

July 9, 2004 - Isotopes (46-43)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 5 0 3
Albuquerque 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 0 X 6 13 0 8

WP: Clint Sodowsky (7-2)
LP: Doug Creek (2-1)
SV: Toby Borland (7) 

HR: MEM Bo Hart (5) off Clint Sodowsky

TIME: 2:26  
ATT: 7,119

Jason Wood and Larry Sutton combined to drive in five runs to power the Isotopes offense in a 6-4 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on Friday evening. 

In the 4th inning, Joe Dillon tripled off the center-field wall and scored on Jason Wood's sacrifice flyout to right field as the Isotopes broke the scoreless tie.  Back-to-back doubles by Matt Padgett and Chris Aguila brought home another run in the inning as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Memphis took the lead in the 6th inning.  With two outs, Bo Hart was hit by a pitch, Chris Prieto walked and John Gall doubled to left-center field to drive in Hart.  Kevin Witt's double to left field drove in Prieto and Gall as the Redbirds led 3-2.

Albuquerque tied the game at 3-3 in their half of the 6th inning.  Larry Sutton doubled to left-center field, advanced to third base on Dillon's single and scored on Wood's sacrifice flyout to center field.

Albuquerque took the lead for good in the 7th inning.  Ryan Christenson doubled to the hill in center field and Derek Wathan sacrifice-bunted him to third base.  Josh Wilson drew a walk and Sutton doubled down the right field line to drive in Christenson and Wilson.  Wood's single to right-center field drove in Sutton as the Isotopes built a 6-3 lead.

Memphis' Hart solo-homered to left-center field to lead off the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the game. 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x3 (.297), 2B (18), RBI (42)  
Josh Wilson  0x4 (.267), R (2), BB (3) 

Justin Wayne  6 IP (18 1/3), 4 H (15), 3 ER (8), 1 BB (7), 3 K (16)  (ERA: 3.93)

'Topes Notes:   Josh Wilson went 0x4 to go hitless for the first time since joining the Isotopes -- tonight being his 4th game. . . .  Jason Wood became the second Isotope in 2004 to have 2 sacrifice flyouts in a game. . . .  Derek Wathan extended his hitting streak to 5 games. . . .  All four of Justin Wayne's starts with the Isotopes in 2004 have resulted in no-decisions. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Michael Tejera (7-1, 3.75) for the Isotopes and Luis Martinez (0-1, 2.57) for the Redbirds.  

Filed 07/09/2004

July 8, 2004 - Isotopes (45-43)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Memphis 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 5 11 1 8
Albuquerque 0 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 7 12 1 6

WP: Mike Nannini (5-6) 
LP: Alan Benes (3-7)
SV: Michael Neu (5)

HR: MEM Kevin Witt (17) off Aaron Small  
                    Jason Bowers (4) off Mike Nannini

         ABQ Matt Padgett (16) off Alan Benes 
                   Joe Dillon (22) off Randy Flores

TIME: 2:41  
ATT: 5,820

Matt Padgett and Joe Dillon homered in the Isotopes' 7-5 victory over the Memphis Rebirds (AAA Cardinals) in the series opener at "The Lab".

In the 1st inning, two-out back-to-back doubles by John Gall and Kevin Witt gave the Redbirds a 1-0 lead.

In the 2nd inning, Dillon singled and scored on Padgett's home run to left-center field as the Isotopes led 2-1.

With one out in the 3rd inning, Ryan Christenson drew a walk, Josh Wilson reached on an error and Dillon walked to load the bases.  Larry Sutton walked as Christenson trotted home to make it 3-1 Isotopes.

Memphis regained the lead in the 4th inning.  Jason Bowers homered to left field with two outs.  Redbirds starter Alan Benes walked, Chris Prieto reached on an error and Bo Hart singled to center field to drive in Benes and Prieto as the Redbirds led 4-3.

In the home half of the 4th inning, Keith Osik singled and advanced to second base on Isotope starter Mike Nannini's sacrifice bunt.  Osik moved to third base on a wild pitch and Christenson drew a walk.  Wilson's single to right-center field drove in Osik and Derek Wathan's double down the right field line drove in Christenson and Wilson as the Isotopes led 6-4.

Memphis and Albuquerque swapped solo homers in the 7th inning to close out the scoring in the game -- Witt for Memphis and Dillon for Albuquerque.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x2 (.292), K (71), SB (5)
Josh Wilson  2x4 (.364), R (1), RBI (2), K (1) 

Mike Nannini  (W, 5-6)  5 IP (93), 6 H (105), 2 ER (63), 2 BB (24), 1 K (69), 1 HR (20) (ERA: 6.10) 
Michael Neu  (S, 5)  2/3 IP (14 1/3), 1 H (16)  (ERA: 9.42) 

'Topes Notes:  The first rain delay of the season at Isotopes Park occurred this evening.  The start of the game was delayed 16 minutes due to a rain shower just before gametime. . . .  Josh Wilson has hit in 3 straight games - all the games he has appeared in for the Isotopes since being promoted from Class-AA Carolina. . . .  Garrett Atkins of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) is the PCL Hitter of the Week.  During the week, Atkins extended his hitting streak to 19 games and hit .529 with 3 homers and 13 RBI.  Sam Narron of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week.  Narron won both of his starts for the week including a three-hit complete game shutout against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) on June 28th. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Justin Wayne (0-0, 3.65) for the Isotopes and Jason Simontacchi (4-4, 4.57) for the Redbirds.  

Filed 07/08/2004

Mahomes Released

Pitcher Pat Mahomes was released on Thursday to make roster room for pitcher Aaron Small. Mahomes pitched in 16 relief appearances for the Isotopes, going 0-4 with a 7.29 ERA. In 21 innings pitched, he gave up 31 hits, 19 runs (17 earned), walked 9, struck out 15 and gave up 6 homers.
Filed 07/08/2004

Small Outrighted To Albuquerque

The Florida Marlins on Wednesday decided to outright pitcher Aaron Small to Albuquerque. Small had been designated for assignment on Monday while the Marlins decided what they wanted to do with Small.
Filed 07/07/2004

July 7, 2004 - Isotopes (44-43)

Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 7 1 7
Iowa 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 X 6 9 0 6

WP: Nate Bland (5-2) 
LP: Matt Blank (2-2)

 TIME: 2:21 
ATT: 6,284

Albuquerque's ninth-inning two-out rally fell short as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeated the Isotopes 6-5 in the series finale in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday evening.

The Iowa Cubs for the second straight night scored in the 1st inning.  Trenidad Hubbard drew a walk and an out later Calvin Murray tripled to right field to drive in Hubbard.  Jason Dubois and Donny Leon walked to load the bases and Ricky Gutierrez singled to center field to drive in Murray.  David Kelton's sacrifice flyout to left field plated Dubois as the Cubs led 3-0.

Iowa added to the lead in the 2nd inning.  With one out, Hubbard infield singled and Alex Gonzalez doubled.  Murray's sacrifice flyout drove in Hubbard as the Cubs led 4-0.

Leon singled and later scored on David Kelton's groundout in the 6th inning as the Cubs extended the lead to 5-0.

In the 7th inning, Hubbard led off with a walk and Gookie Dawkins and Murray singled to load the bases.  Leon's groundout drove in Hubbard as the Cubs closed out their scoring and had a
6-0 lead.

With two outs in the 9th inning and the bases clear of Isotope runners, Matt Padgett and Chris Aguila drew walks and Ryan Jorgensen singled up the middle to drive in Padgett.  Mike Colangelo singled to center field to load the bases and Derek Wathan followed with a bases-clearing triple down the right-field line.  Josh Wilson's single to left field drove in Wathan as the Isotopes drew to within a run at 6-5 before Joe Dillon struck out to end the rally and the game. 

Ryan Dempster, on a rehabilitation assignment with the Cubs, pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up a hit, walking 3 and striking out 7. 

Isotopes Starter:
Matt Blank (L, 2-2) 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (ERA: 4.78) 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x3 (.291), R (44), BB (30), 2 K (70) 
Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.278), R (12), RBI (19)
Josh Wilson  1x4 (.286), RBI (1), BB (2)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes and Cubs split the four game series.  After having won the first two games, the Isotopes were in a great position to earn their first series win since late May but were unable to get one more win in the final two games. . . .  Joe Dillon and Larry Sutton will be participating in the AAA All-Star Game Home Run Derby contest. . . . The Isotopes tied a season-high for most runs scored in the 9th inning - 5 runs. . . .  The Albuquerque pitching staff did not allow a homer in three out of the four games in the series. . . .  Since Matt Blank's last winning decision on May 21st, Blank has two losing decisions and 6 no-decisions.  Blank tied a personal season-high by giving up 5 earned runs and set a personal season-best with 6 strikeouts. . .  Albuquerque heads home to begin a four-game series with the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) as play wraps up before the AAA All-Star Break.  Game 1 pitching probables are Mike Nannini (4-6. 6.24) for the Isotopes and Alan Benes (3-6, 5.38) for the Redbirds. 

Filed 07/07/2004

July 6, 2004 - Isotopes (44-42)

Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 1 5
Iowa 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 8 1 5

WP: Kerry Wood (1-0) 
LP:Scott Sanders (1-6) 
SV: Sergio Mitre (1) 

HR: ABQ  Brian Banks (4) off Sergio Mitre

TIME: 2:12  
ATT: 11,923

Kerry Wood pitched 5 scoreless innings and the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) scored all the runs they would need with a pair of unearned runs in the 1st inning as they defeated the Isotopes 4-1.

In the first inning with one out, Alex Gonzalez, with the Cubs on a rehabilitation assignment, singled up the middle and Calvin Murray singled to right field to put runners on the corners.  Jason Dubois reached on an error by Albuquerque's Jason Wood as Gonzalez scored.  Russ Johnson singled to left field to drive in Murray as the Cubs led 2-0.

Murray and Bill Selby singled in the 6th inning, executed a successful double-steal and Johnson's single to left field drove them both home as the Cubs doubled their lead to 4-0.

Brian Banks solo-homered to right field in the top of the 7th inning as the Isotopes avoided being shutout. 

Wood went 5 innings and gave up 2 hits, a walk and struck out four.  Sergio Mitre pitched the final four innings for the save.

Isotopes Starter:
Scott Sanders (L, 1-6) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (ERA: 9.68) 

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x3 (.280), 2 K (25)
Josh Wilson  1x3 (.333), BB (1)

'Topes Notes:  Wood threw 59 pitches in the game, 43 for strikes and 16 for balls. . . .  Jason Wood went 0x4 to snap a 6-game hitting streak and Joe Dillon saw his 5-game hitting streak end. . . .  Scott Sanders has a losing decision in his last five starts. . . .  Pitching probables for the series and roadtrip finale on Wednesday are Matt Blank (2-1, 4.56) for the Isotopes and Ryan Dempster (0-0, 6.23) for the I-Cubs.  Dempster is on a major league rehabilitation assignment, recovering from "Tommy John" surgery.

Filed 07/06/2004

Wilson Promoted to Albuquerque;
Ashby to DL

Infielder Josh Wilson has been promoted from the Double-A Carolina Mudcats to the Isotopes. Wilson, the 21st highest rated prospect in the Marlins organization, hit .315 (98x311) with 21 doubles, a triple, 10 homers, 41 RBI and stole 8 bases in 81 games. To make roster room for Wilson, Chris Ashby was placed on the disabled list,
Filed 07/06/2004

No Isotopes Get The Call For
Latest Marlins Transaction

The Marlins placed pitcher Josh Beckett back on the disabled list with a skin tear of his right middle finger. Beckett suffered the injury in his return outing on Monday. The Marlins decided to promote catcher Josh Willingham from Double-A Carolina rather than call up Joe Dillon or another Isotope deserving of a promotion. As far as the Isotopes/Marlins are concerned, Aaron Small is the only player in limbo. He is still in the "designated for assignment" status and a decision should be made soon what the Marlins want to do with him.
Filed 07/06/2004

July 5, 2004 - Isotopes (44-41)

Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 7 13 0 10
Iowa 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 8 0 5

WP: Michael Tejera (7-1) 
LP: Todd Wellemeyer (0-1)
SV: Juan Alvarez (1)

HR: ABQ Drew Niles (2) off Hansel Izquierdo 
                  Joe Dillon (21) off Scott Chiasson 

         IWA  Jason Dubois (17) off Michael Tejera 
                  Jason Dubois (18) off Michael Tejera

TIME: 3:03 
ATT: 6,738

Despite a pair of two-run homers by the Iowa Cubs' (AAA Cubs) Jason Dubois, the Isotopes defeated the Cubs 7-5 on Monday evening in Des Moines. 

Calvin Murray singled and Dubois followed with a homer in the 1st inning as the Cubs led 2-0.

Matt Padgett drew a walk to lead off the 2nd inning, advanced to second base on Drew Niles' single, advanced to third on a fielders choice and scored on Keith Osiks's sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 2-1.

In the 3rd inning, Jason Wood singled and scored on Joe Dillon's double to left-center field  to tie the game.  Larry Sutton was hit by a pitch and Niles three-run homered to right field as the Isotopes took a 5-2 lead. 

Niles singled to right field and later scored on Osik's single to left field in the 5th inning as the Isotopes extended the lead to 6-2.

Dillon's solo-homer to left field in the 6th inning closed out the scoring for the Isotopes in the game as they held a 7-2 lead.

It was deja-vu of the 1st inning in the bottom of the 6th inning as Murray walked ahead of Dubois second-homer of the night, a shot to right-center field, as the Isotopes lead was trimmed to 7-4.

Dubois drew a walk and scored on Donny Leon's double off the right-center field wall in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter:
Michael Tejera  (W, 7-1)  6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HR (ERA: 3.75)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila   2x5 (.294)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes have won back-to-back games for the first time since winning four straight games May 27-30, 2004 against Tucson (AAA Diamondbacks) and at Memphis (AAA Cardinals). . . .  Juan Alvarez became the eighth different Isotope to record a save in 2004. . . .  Drew Niles recorded his first four-hit night of the season. . . .  Michael Tejera earned his first winning decision since June 10th.  Since that time, Tejera had two no-decisions and a cup of coffee with the Florida Marlins.   Tejera struck out 7 tonight, a personal season-high. . . .  Ryan Christenson went 0x3 to snap a 6-game hitting streak.  Chris Ashby snapped a 5-game hitting streak with his 0x1 late game appearance.  Jason Wood now holds the longest current hitting streak at 6 games. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Scott Sanders (1-5, 10.85) for the Isotopes and Kerry Wood (0-0, 0.00) for the I-Cubs.  Wood is making a rehabilitation assignment start as he recovers from an inflamed right triceps injury.

Filed 07/05/2004

Small May Rejoin Isotopes

The Marlins activated pitcher Josh Beckett from the disabled list on Monday and designated pitcher Aaron Small for assignment. The Marlins have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Small to Albuquerque. Small made two relief appearances with the Marlins, going 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA. In 5 1/3 innings pitched, Small gave up 5 hits, 3 runs, walked 1, struck out 5 and gave up a homer.
Filed 07/05/2004

July 4, 2004 - Isotopes (43-41)

Sec Taylor Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 7 0 12
Iowa 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 8

WP: Michael Neu (1-1)
LP: Jared Blasdell (0-1)
SV: Toby Borland (6)

TIME: 3:02  
ATT: 11,959

A pair of walks with the bases loaded in the 9th inning gave the Isotopes a 3-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Sunday evening in Des Moines, Iowa.  

In the 5th inning, Cubs starter John Koronka singled and Calvin Murray and Russ Johnson drew walks to load the bases with one out.  Jason Dubois singled to left field to drive in Koronka as the Cubs broke the scoreless tie.

Joe Dillon led off the 6th inning with a single, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Mike Colangelo's sacrifice flyout to left field as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.

Keith Osik led off the 9th inning with a walk and Drew Niles pinch-hit walked.  Ryan Chistenson struck out and Derek Wathan singled and Osik was thrown out at the plate on the play.  Joe Dillon drew a walk to load the bases before Jason Wood walked as Niles trotted home.  Colangelo then walked as Wathan scored to give the Isotopes a 3-1 lead.

Toby Borland made his first appearance for the Isotopes since being outrighted by the Marlins to the Isotopes and took care of the Cubs in the bottom of the 9th inning to preserve the Isotopes victory.

Isotopes Starter:
Justin Wayne  4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (ERA: 3.65) 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x3 (.292), BB (29), 2 K (68)

Michael Neu (W, 1-1)  2 IP (13 2/3), 3 H (15), 0 ER, 0 BB,
2 K (14) (ERA: 9.88)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes tied a season-high for most runners left on base in a 9-inning game - 12. . . .  The Isotopes went homerless, snapping a 3 consecutive game home run streak. . . .   Albuquerque drew 10 walks in the game to set a season-high for most walks in a game. . . .  Ryan Christenson extended his hitting streak to 6 games, while Chris Ashby and Jason Wood extended their streaks to 5 games. . . .  The Isotopes pitching staff did not give up a homer in the game for the first time since June 27th at New Orleans (AAA Astros). . . .  Iowa's Jared Blasdell earned the loss in his Triple-A debut. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Michael Tejera (6-1, 3.58) for the Isotopes and the Iowa Cubs start their string of rehabilitation assignment starting pitchers with Todd Wellemeyer (0-0, 0.00).  The Isotopes will be facing Kerry Wood on Tuesday and Ryan Dempster on Wednesday. 

Filed 07/04/2004

July 3, 2004 - Isotopes (42-41)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Colorado Springs 2 1 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 10 12 1 5
Albuquerque 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 11 2 6

WP: Chris Gissell (6-0)
LP: Mike Nannini (4-6)

HR: CSP Brad Hawpe (14) off Mike Nannini 
                  Chris Donnels (5) off Mike Nannini 
                  Choo Freeman (6) off Mike Nannini 
                  Hector Ortiz (1) off Mike Nannini 

         ABQ Joe Dillon (19) Off Turk Wendell 
                 Joe Dillon (20) off  Jason Gilfillan
                 Jason Wood (5) Off Chris Gissell

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 13,501

Four Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) hitters homered in the Sky Sox' 10-7 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale on Saturday evening. 

Both clubs exchanged two-run home runs in the 1st inning.  For the Sky Sox, Garrett Atkins two-out singled before Brad Hawpe homered to right field.  In the Isotopes half of the inning, Derek Wathan drew a one out walk before Joe Dillon homered to left field.

Choo Freeman led off the 2nd inning with a homer to left-center field as the Sky Sox regained the lead at 3-2.

The Isotopes took the lead in the 3rd inning.  Ryan Christenson reached on an error, advanced to third base on Wathan's double to right field and scored on Dillon's groundout.  Jason Wood's single to right field drove in Wathan as the Isotopes had their only lead of the evening at 4-3..

Elvis Pena tripled up the hill in center field and Hector Ortiz followed with a home run to left field in the 4th inning as the Sky Sox led 5-4.

The Sky Sox extended the lead in the 6th inning.  Former Albuqurque-Duke-and-Isotope Chris Donnels solo-homered to to left field to lead off the inning.  Freeman singled and Pena drew a walk before Ortiz doubled to the right field corner to drive in Freeman and Pena scored on an error on the play.  Sky Sox reliever Chris Gissell's doubled to left field to drive in Ortiz and Gissell later scored on Jorge Piedra's sacrifice flyout as the Sky Sox led 10-4.

Wood homered to left-center field to lead off the 6th inning and Joe Dillon two-run homered to left field in the 9th inning with Christenson on base in the 9th inning as the Isotopes were futile in their comeback attempt in the later innings of the game. 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x3 (.296)

Mike Nannini (L, 4-6)  5 IP (88), 10 H (99), 7 ER (61), 0 BB,
3 K (68), 4 HR (19) (ERA: 6.24) 

'Topes Notes:  By drawing 13,501, the Isotopes set an Isotopes Park regular season attendance record.  The previous record was 13,380 on August 31, 2003 and the overall Isotopes Park attendance record (14,177) was set on April 4, 2004 when the Florida Marlins came to town for an exhibition game. . . .  Colorado Springs won two out of the three games in the series and the Sky Sox hold a 4-3 season series record so far in 2004.  31,943 fans attended the series and thanks to two fireworks nights, the per-game series/homestand average was a season-best 10,648 fans. . . .  If you enjoy the long-ball, this series was for you.  Both teams combined for 20 homers in the 3 game series. . . .  Mike Nannini tied an Isotopes franchise record for most homers given up in a game - 4 homers. . . .  Joe Dillon recorded his third multi-homer game of the season.  Dillon also drove in 5 runs, the second Isotope in as many days to drive in 5 runs in a game (Matt Padgett). . . .  Larry Sutton went 0x4 to snap a five-game hitting streak.  Ryan Christenson went 2x5 to extend his hitting streak to 5 games.  . . .  For the second night in a row, Turk Wendell made a 1 inning rehabilitation assignment appearance to start a game.  Unlike yesterday when he struck out 2 in his inning, the Isotopes tonight were able to come up with 2 runs and 3 hits including Joe Dillon's first homer of the game. . . .  The Isotopes fly to Des Moines, Iowa to play a four-game road trip against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs).  Pitching probables for the first game of the series are Justin Wayne (0-0, 4.50) for the Isotopes and John Koronka (6-7, 4.06) the Cubs.

Filed 07/03/2004

July 2, 2004 - Isotopes (42-40)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Colorado Springs 0 4 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 9 14 1 9
Albuquerque 0 0 0 3 1 2 4 0 X 10 0 2 2

WP: Clint Sodowsky (6-2) 
LP: Vladimir Nunez (1-2)
SV: Michael Neu (4)

HR: CSP  Brad Hawpe (13) off Matt Blank
                  J.D. Closser (4) off off Matt Blank

         ABQ Matt Padgett (14) off Travis Driskill
                  Matt Padgett (15) off Vladimir Nunez 
                  Larry Sutton (15) off Travis Driskill
                  Jason Wood (4) off Travis Driskill

TIME: 2:29
ATT: 12,268

The Isotopes, aided by four homers and four stellar scoreless innings from what recently has been an ineffective bullpen, defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 10-9 on Friday evening at "The Lab".  With the victory, the Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided seeing their record drop to the .500 mark. 

In the 2nd inning, Jorge Piedra ground-rule doubled to right field to plate Brad Hawpe and Sky Sox starter Turk Wendell and Garrett Atkins single to right field drove in Clint Barmes and Piedra as the Sky Sox led 4-0.

J.D. Closser solo-homered to right field in the 3rd inning as the Sky Sox built up the lead to 5-0.

Jason Wood homered to left field to lead off the 4th inning.  Larry Sutton singled ahead of Matt Padgett's homer to center field as the Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 5-3.

The Sky Sox immediately got those runs back and more in the 5th inning.  Closser led off with a walk and Erick Almonte singled.  Rene Reyes' double drove in Closser and Hawpe three-run homered to left field as the Sky Sox led 9-3.

The rest of the game was all Isotopes.  Ryan Christenson pinch-hit doubled to left field, advanced to third base on an fielding error on the play and scored on Derek Wathan's groundout.

In the 6th inning, Dillon led off with a double and Sutton followed with a homer to right-center field as the Isotopes trailed by a score of 9-6.

Drew Niles singled into right field and Jason Wood doubled to left field in the 7th inning before Dillon grounded out to score Niles.  Sutton drew a walk before Padgett three-run homered to center field as the Isotopes took a 10-9 lead. 

Isotopes Starter:
Matt Blank  5 IP, 13 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR (ERA: 4.56)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x4 (.299)  
Ryan Jorgensen  0x4 (.289) 

Michael Neu (S, 4)  1 IP (11 2/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB (12), 2 K (12)  (ERA: 11.57) 

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes set a season high by coming back to win from 6 runs down. . . .  The Isotopes drew their second largest Isotopes Park crowd of the 2004 regular season (12,268).  12,268 is the 7th largest crowd in Isotopes Park history and the Isotopes have the potential to eclipse tonight's attendance tomorrow night with the second fireworks night of the series. . . .  The Isotopes tied a franchise record with four homers in a game. . . .  Matt Padgett had his second multi-homer game of the season.  He previously had two homers in a game on May 12th at Salt Lake (AAA Angels). . . .  Derek Wathan snapped a five-game hitting streak while Larry Sutton extended his hitting streak to 5 games. . . .  Sky Sox starter Turk Wendell only pitched one inning as he is on a rehabilitation assignment.  He struck out 2 during his inning of work. . . .  Due to two starting pitchers being promoted to Florida in the past couple days, the Isotopes starting rotation is in disarray.  The Isotopes have yet to announce who will start on Saturday evening in the series finale.  Chris Gissell (5-0, 3.33) is expected to start for the Sky Sox. 

Filed 07/02/2004

Tejera Back With Isotopes, Bump
To Marlins

Just hours after an awful starting outing with the Marlins, Michael Tejera has been optioned to Albuquerque. Tejera only lasted four batters against the Braves on Thursday evening, giving up a hit, 2 walks and four runs. Newly promoted Aaron Small entered the game to relieve Tejera and went four innings, giving up 3 runs and 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5. Pitcher Nate Bump was recalled by the Marlins. Bump appeared in 3 games for the Isotopes, going 0-0 with a 1.38 ERA. He gave up 2 runs and 7 hits in 13 innings pitched while walking 1 and striking out 12.
Filed 07/02/2004

July 1, 2004 - Isotopes (41-40)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Colorado Springs 1 0 4 2 0 5 3 0 1 16 22 1 9
Albuquerque 2 1 1 4 0 0 0 2 1 11 17 0 9

WP: Alex Herrera (3-2) 
LP: Scott Sanders (1-5)

HR: CSP Clint Barmes (12) off Pete Hartmann
                 Jorge Piedra (6) off Scott Sanders
                 Jorge Piedra (7) off Scott Sanders
                 Jorge Piedra (8) off Scott Sanders
                 Kit Pellow (3) off Pat Mahomes

        ABQ Joe Dillon (18) off Kip Bouknight
                 Derek Wathan (9) off Mike Bumatay

TIME: 3:23 
ATT: 6,174

Derek Wathan provided the lone Isotope highlight by hitting for the cycle in a night when home plate became worn out as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) defeated the Isotopes 16-11 on Thursday evening in the series opener.

Jorge Piedra got the scoring started in the 1st inning  for the Sky Sox with a solo homer to right field.

In the Albuquerque half of the 1st inning, Ryan Christenson led off with a walk and scored when Derek Wathan singled and Sky Sox right fielder Brad Hawpe committed a fielding error on the play.  Wathan later scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes led 2-1.   

In the 2nd inning, Matt Padgett drew a walk and Keith Osik tripled to plate Padgett as the Isotopes extended the lead to 3-1.

Barmes singled and scored on Jorge Piedra's homer to left-center field as the Sky Sox tied the game at 3-3 in the 3rd inning.  Kit Pellow singled, Andy Tracy drew a walk and later in the inning Erick Almonte doubled to left-center field to drive them in both as the Sky Sox took the lead.

Joe Dillon, Larry Sutton and Jason Wood singled to load the bases in the home half of the 3rd inning and Mike Colangelo's single to left field drove in Dillon as the Isotopes pulled to within a run at
5-4.

Barmes was hit by a pitch and Piedra followed with a homer to right field as the Sky Sox led 7-4 in the 4th inning.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Isotopes starter Scott Sanders and Christenson drew walks.  Derek Wathan doubled to left field to drive in Sanders and Dillon followed with a monster three-run homer to the Picnic Pavillion in left field as the Isotopes led 8-7.

The Sky Sox regained the lead for good in the 6th inning.  Sky Sox reliever Alex Herrera and Barmes singled and Piedra singled to center field to drive in Herrera.  Pellow doubled to the right-center field alley to drive in Barmes and Piedra and Garrett Atkins singled to plate Pellow.  Hawpe doubled to left-center field as Atkins scored as the Sky Sox built a 12-8 lead.

In the 7th inning, former Albuquerque Duke-and-Isotope Chris Donnels drew a pinch-hit walk, Piedra singled and Pellow three-run homered to left field as the Sky Sox led 15-8.

In the 8th inning, Christenson walked and Wathan homered to left field to complete the cycle.

Barmes homered in the 9th inning as the Sky Sox led 16-10.  In the bottom of the 9th inning, Colangelo doubled to left field and scored on Padgett's single as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter:
Scott Sanders (L, 1-5)  5 IP, 13 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 HR (ERA: 10.85)

'Topes Notes:  Derek Wathan became the second Isotope in 2004 (and third overall in franchise history) to hit for the cycle.  Wathan completed the cycle in order - singled, doubled, tripled then homered.  Joe Dillon hit for the cycle on June 14, 2004 against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and Gerald Williams became the first Isotope to hit for the cycle in 2003. . . .  The Isotopes have now lost three straight, tying for the longest season losing streak. . . .  The 3 hour, 23 minute game was the longest 9-inning game the Isotopes have played in 2004. . . .  Colorado Springs' Jorge Piedra tied an Isotopes franchise record for most homers in a game by an opposing player.  Jason Dubois of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the only other player to homer three times in a game against the Isotopes. . . .  Surprisingly, the combined 27 runs and 39 hits were not season highs.  The Sky Sox and Isotopes were short of tying Isotope franchise records for combined hits and runs in a game by only 1 run and by 3 hits. . . .  The Isotopes pitching staff tied a franchise record for most homers given up in a game - 5 homers. . . .  Derek Wathan had his third 4-hit game of the season.  Wathan also extended his hitting streak to 5 games. . . .  Scott Sanders tied a Isotopes season-high in giving up 10 earned runs in a game.  Sanders has done the feat twice this season and Michael Tejera has done it once.  Sanders set season-personal highs in hits given up (13) and homers given up in a game (3).  Sanders is in the midst of a four-game losing decision streak. . . .  Reliever Pat Mahomes gave up 6 hits, tying the Isotopes season-high for most hits given up in a relief appearance. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are LHP Matt Blank (2-1, 4.24) for the Isotopes and RHP Travis Driskill (4-5, 5.45) for the Sky Sox.   

Filed 07/01/2004

Small Becomes A Marlin

The Marlins purchased the contract of pitcher Aaron Small on Thursday and optioned outfielder Chris Aguila to Albuquerque. The move to promote Small is to help out a weary Marlins pitching staff. Small went 4-8 with a 5.66 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) with the Isotopes in 2004. Aguila appeared in 3 games (6 at-bats) with the Marlins and hit .000 with 2 strikeouts.
Filed 07/01/2004

Marlins Make Decision On Borland

After having designated pitcher Toby Borland for assignment a few days ago, the Florida Marlins have decided to outright Borland to Albuquerque rather than try to trade or release him. Borland has been removed from the Marlins 40-man roster and if this happens to not be Borland's first outrighting, Borland has 72 hours to decide whether to accept the assignment to Albuquerque or refuse the assignment and become a free agent. If this is Borland's first outright, he has to accept the assignment to Albuquerque.
Filed 06/30/2004

June 30, 2004 - Day Off

The Isotopes and most of the Pacific Coast League have the day off as there is only one game scheduled - Salt Lake at Edmonton. The Isotopes find themselves today in third place in the PCL Central Division, 5.5 games behind the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and half a game behind second-place Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). The Isotopes begin a three-game series and homestand against the Sky Sox beginning on Thursday evening. Pitching probables are RHP Scott Sanders (1-4, 9.62) for the Isotopes and RHP Denny Stark (8-2, 3.53) for the Sky Sox. The dip in the standings can be attributed to a poor June, when the Isotopes went 11-17. The Isotopes are only two mere games above the .500 mark heading into July and need to start stringing together wins if they are to make up ground in the PCL Central Division.
Filed 06/30/2004

June 29, 2004 - Isotopes (41-39)

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 10 0 5
New Orleans 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 9 X 13 9 2 10

WP: Russ Springer (1-0) 
LP: Pete Hartmann (0-1) 

HR: NRL Phil Hiatt (19) off Mike Nannini

TIME: 2:49 
ATT: 2,305

The Isotopes bullpen once again self-destructed as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) scored 12 unanswered runs to defeat the Isotopes 13-5 in the series finale in New Orleans on Tuesday evening.

In the 1st inning, Ryan Christenson led off with a double, Derek Wathan drew a walk and Christenson scored on Mike Colangelo's single.  Jason Wood singled to drive in Wathan and Chris Ashby grounded into a double play as Colangelo scored to give the Isotopes a quick 3-0 lead.

Chris Tremie drew a walk in the 3rd inning and scored on Tommy Whiteman's single as the Zephyrs got on the scoreboard.

With two outs in the 5th inning, Brian Banks doubled down the right field line and Drew Niles walked.  Ryan Jorgensen reached on an infield single and Banks scored on an error on the Zephyrs' first baseman Royce Huffman.  Isotopes starter Justin Wayne drew a walk to load the bases before Christenson walked to drive in Niles as the Isotopes led 5-1.

The rest of the game was all Zephyrs.  In the 6th inning, Whiteman walked and Phil Hiatt homered to left field to cut the defecit to two runs at 5-3.

In the 7th inning, Mike Hill led off with a single, advanced to third base on Tremie's double and scored on Chris Burke's sacrifice flyout to center field as the Zephyrs edged to a run at 5-4.

In the 8th inning, the Zephyrs took the lead and put the game away.  Huffman and Mike Coolbaugh walked and Eric Bruntlett was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  After Hill popped out, Tremie was hit by a pitch as Huffman scored.  Pinch-hitter Jason Alfaro walked as Coolbaugh trotted home and a trio of consecutive doubles by Burke, Whiteman and Huffman drove in Bruntlett, Tremie, Alfaro, Burke and Whiteman.  Hiatt drew a walk before Coolbaugh added to the flury of basehit doubles to plate Huffman and Hiatt as the Zephyrs put a 9-spot on the scoreboard. 

Isotopes Starter:
Justin Wayne 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (ERA: 4.50) 

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  3x4 (.302) 

Mike Nannini  2 IP (83), 3 H (89), 3 ER (54), 2 BB (22), 1 K (65),
1 HR (15) (ERA: 5.86)  
Michael Neu  1/3 IP (10 2/3), 3 H (12), 7 ER (15), 2 BB (11), 0 K (ERA: 12.66)

'Topes Notes:  The Zephyrs took three out of the four games against the Isotopes in the series.  Both teams meet each other eight more times in the 2004 regular season. . . .  The Isotopes bats showed some sign of coming out of a slumber in the series finale.  Through the first three games, the Isotopes hit .188 with 5 runs scored.  In the series finale, the Isotopes hit .278 with 5 runs scored.  . . .  The Isotopes should have done better in the series than only winning one game.  Isotope starters had an ERA of 0.72 in the series (2 ER in 25 IP). . . .  The Isotopes gave up 9 runs in an inning to the opposition for the second time this season (also 6/17 vs. Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs).  The 9 runs is a franchise record for most runs given up in an inning. . . .  The Isotopes tied season highs with 13 runs given up in a road game and 8 walks given up in a game and set a season-high with a road-game losing margin of 8 runs. . . .  Michael Neu set an Isotope reliever season-high with 7 earned runs given up in an outing. . . .  The Isotopes are off on Wednesday before opening up an unusual 3-game series/homestand at Isotopes Park against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). Two fireworks nights are on the schedule during the homestand.

Filed 06/29/2004

June 28, 2004 - Isotopes (41-38)

Zephyr Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 5
New Orleans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 7 2 3

WP: Heath Bost (4-0)
LP: Pat Mahomes (0-4)

HR: ABQ Mike Colangelo (8) off Taylor Buchholz               

         NRL Dax Norris (1) off Juan Alvarez 
                Scott Coolbaugh (12) off Pat Mahomes

TIME: 2:28
ATT: 2,140

Mike Coolbaugh's homer leading off the bottom of the 10th inning gave the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) a 2-1 victory over the Isotopes. 

With two outs in the 8th inning, New Orleans' Dax Norris solo-homered to left field to break the scoreless tie.

Mike Colangelo answered with a solo shot to center field in the top of the 9th inning to tie the game at 1-1.

The Isotopes were held scoreless in the top of the 10th inning and Scott Coolbaugh led off the Zephyrs half of the 10th inning with a homer to left field to end the game.

The continuing poor Isotopes offense wasted a great effort by Nate Bump.  Bump pitched seven strong scoreless innings, only giving up 2 hits, striking out 6 and walking none.

Prospect Watch:

Nate Bump  7 IP (13), 2 H (7), 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K (12) (ERA: 1.38)

'Topes Notes:  The 2,140 fans that attended the game was the smallest crowd the Isotopes have played in front of in 2004. . . .  Colangelo's homer snapped a three-game Isotope homerless streak. . . .  The PCL Hitter of the Week for the second consecutive week is Bucky Jacobsen of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners).  Jacobsen hit .458 for the week with 6 homers and 11 RBI.  The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Nick Regilio of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers).  Regilio nearly no-hit the Isotopes on June 25 - Ryan Christenson singled with one out in the 9th inning to break up the no-hit bid. . . .  Pitching probables for the series finale are RHP Justin Wayne (0-0, 9.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Carlos Hernandez (4-3, 4.99) for the Zephyrs. 

Filed 06/28/2004

Aguila Promoted to Marlins

The Florida Marlins designated pitcher Toby Borland for assignment and recalled outfielder Chris Aguila from the Isotopes. Aguila hit .300 (72x240) with the Isotopes with 17 doubles, 2 triples, 5 homers, 41 RBI and 4 stolen bases. Aguila made a pinch-hit appearance for the Marlins on Monday evening against the Braves and struck out. Borland made 18 relief appearances for the Marlins, going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. In 18 1/3 innings pitched, Borland gave up 18 hits, 11 runs, walked 12, struck out 18 and allowed 3 homers. By designating Borland for assignment, the Marlins have 10 days to trade, release or outright Borland.
Filed 06/28/2004

June 27, 2004 - Isotopes (41-37)

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 9 1 6
New Orleans 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 9 0 7

WP: Aaron Small (4-8) 
LP: Jeremy Griffiths (0-1)
SV: Michael Neu (3)

TIME: 2:07  
ATT: 3,628

Aaron Small pitched seven innings of one-run ball in the Isotopes 3-1 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) on Sunday evening.

In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood led off with a single to left field, advanced to second base on Matt Padgett's single to left-center field, advanced to third base on a groundout and scored on Ryan Jorgensen's sacrifice flyout to center field as the Isotopes led 1-0.

Larry Sutton singled to right field and scored on Padgett's single to left field in the 6th inning as the Isotopes extended the lead to
2-0.

Pinch-hitter Dax Norris reached on an error in the home half of the 6th inning, Chris Burke drew a walk, and Tommy Whiteman bunt singled to load the bases.  Phil Hiatt grounded into a double play as Norris scored and the Zephyrs cut the defecit to a run at
2-1.

Mike Colangelo doubled down the left-field line and scored on Jason Wood's single up the middle in the 8th inning as the Isotopes added an insurance run.

In the 9th inning, Michael Neu entered the game looking for the save.  With one out, Mike Hill singled and Kyle Logan drew a walk.  Neu then struck out Chris Tremie and walked Mike Coolbaugh to load the bases before Burke lined out to center field to end the game.

Jeremy Griffiths, making his first start for the Zephyrs since joining the Astros organization in the Richard Hidalgo trade with the New York Mets, went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs and 7 hits.  Griffiths walked 1 and struck out 3.

Isotopes Starter:
Aaron Small (W, 4-8)  7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (ERA: 5.66)

Prospect Watch:

Ryan Jorgensen  0x3 (.280), RBI (18), K (23) 

Michael Neu (S,  3) 1 IP (10 1/3), 1 H (9), 0 ER, 2 BB (9),
2 K (10) (ERA: 6.97) 

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory.  In their last 10 games, the Isotopes are 4-6. . . .  The game was delayed about 50 minutes due to rain between the 7th and 8th innings. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are RHP Nate Bump (0-0, 3.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Taylor Buchholz (5-7, 6.19) for the Zephyrs.  Baseball America considers Buchholz the top ranked prospect in the Astros organization. 

Filed 06/27/2004

June 26, 2004 - Isotopes (40-37)

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2 8
New Orleans 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 X 2 5 1 7

WP: Brandon Duckworth (1-2)  
LP: Clint Sodowsky (5-2)
SV: Miguel Saladin (3)

HR: NRL Jason Alfaro (7) off Matt Blank 

TIME: 2:16
ATT: 8,155

In front of a regional Louisiana television audience on Cox Sports Television, Scott Coolbaugh's pinch-hit single drove in the eventual game-winning run as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) defeated the Isotopes 2-1 in New Orleans.

The Isotopes took advantage of a fielding miscue in the 2nd inning to take a 1-0 lead.  With one down, Jason Wood singled into left field.  The Zephyrs left-fielder Mike Hill charged the ball and the ball got by Hill all the way to the wall as Wood raced around to third base.  The ruling on the play was a single and a two-base error.  Matt Padgett followed with a liner to right field that got by diving Zephyr right-fielder Royce Huffman.  Padgett's triple plated Wood.

In the 5th inning, Jason Alfaro led off the inning with a homer to left field as the Zephyrs tied the game at 1-1.

In the 7th inning with one away, Hill singled to left, advanced to second base on Chris Tremie's groundout and scored on pinch-hitter Coolbaugh's single to right field as the Zephyrs led 2-1.

Isotopes starter Matt Blank pitched well enough to get the victory if only he could have gotten more run support.   The Isotopes had plenty of chances to give Blank run support since Zephyr starter Brandon Duckworth's curveball was erratic all evening. Some innings Duckworth was able to use the curve ball effectively, other innings the curveball could not be thrown reliably for a strike and the Isotopes were unable to take advantage.

Isotopes Starter:
Matt Blank  6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR (ERA: 4.24)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x0 (.300)
Ryan Jorgensen  0x1 (.291), K (22)

'Topes Notes:  Mike Colangelo snapped a five-game hitting streak by going 0x1 in a pinch-hitting appearance. . . .  Matt Padgett now has three triples in 2004. . . .  Matt Blank set a personal season-high for most strikeouts in a game (6) and tied a personal season-high for fewest hits given up in a start (3).  Since Blank's last victory (May 21st), he has five no decisions and one losing decision. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are RHP Aaron Small (3-8, 6.11) for the Isotopes and RHP Jeremy Griffiths (0-0, 4.50) for the Zephyrs.     

Filed 06/26/2004

Flannery Demoted; Blank Returns;
Christenson Off DL

Matt Blank was reinstated from the temporary inactive list, Michael Flannery was transferred from the Isotopes to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats, and Ryan Christenson was activated from the disabled list. Flannery made 29 relief appearances for the Isotopes, going 4-3 with two saves and a 8.49 ERA. In 35 innings pitched, Flannery gave up 48 hits, 33 runs, walked 18, struck out 25 and gave up 7 homers.
Filed 06/26/2004

Isotopes Game To Be Televised

The Saturday evening contest at Zephyr Field between the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) and the Isotopes will be televised by the Cox Sports Television regional sports network, based in New Orleans. It is the first of two Isotope/Zephyr contests from New Orleans scheduled to be televised in 2004 (the other being September 2nd).
Filed 06/26/2004

June 25, 2004 - Isotopes (40-36)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Oklahoma 0 1 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 6 15 0 11
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5

WP: Nick Regilio (5-4) 
LP: Scott Sanders (1-4) 

 TIME: 2:56  
ATT: 10,103

Like parent like child.  Just as the Florida Marlins were no-hit for 7 2/3 innings by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday evening, Nick Regilio, the Texas Rangers' 26 highest ranked organization prospect,  no-hit the Isotopes for 8 1/3 innings in Oklahoma's 6-0 victory in the series finale on Friday evening.

In the 2nd inning, Pete Zoccolillo doubled, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Danny Ardoin's single up the middle as the Redhawks got all the runs they would need and led 1-0.

In the 4th inning, Santiago Perez doubled to left field and scored on Jeff Pickler's single into right-center field as the Redhawks led 2-0.

Ramon Nivar led off the 5th inning with a single to right field, stole second base and Chad Allen drew a walk.  Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch before Zoccolillo's groundout plated Nivar.  An out later, Adrian Gonzalez drew a walk and Jason Jones singled up the middle to drive in Allen.  Marshall McDougall singled to left field to plate Gonzalez as the Redhawks led 5-0.

Gonzalez doubled in the 7th inning and scored on McDougall's double to left field to close out the scoring in the game.

Regilio walked 3, gave up 1 hit and struck out 10 in his 8 1/3 innings of work.

Isotopes Starter:
Scott Sanders (L, 1-4)  4 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (ERA: 9.62) 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila   0x3 (.300), 2 K (66)

Michael Flannery  1 IP (35), 3 H (48), 3 ER (33), 2 BB (18), 0 K (ERA: 8.49)

'Topes Notes:  The Redhawks took 3 out of the 4 games against the Isotopes in the four-game series.  Oklahoma outscored Albuquerque 47-16 in the series.  The Isotopes were also outhit 69-41 in the series.  Despite the carnage, the Isotopes drew well (30,768 for a per-game average of 7,692).  The season attendance mark is 297,098 for 40 home dates.  The 300,000 mark will be eclipsed during the next home game.  In the 8 games played between the two clubs to date, Oklahoma has won 6 of the games. . . .  Two former Isotopes currently playing for the Redhawks feasted on Albuquerque pitching in the series.  Chad Allen and Adrian Gonzalez combined to go 22x36 (.611) with 14 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, three homers and 13 RBI. . . .  Albuquerque was two outs from having been  no-hit for the second time in franchise history.  The Nashville Sounds' (AAA Pirates) John Wasdin hurled a perfect game against the Isotopes on April 7, 2003 at Nashville. . . .  The Isotopes were shut out for the first time at home this season (and fourth time overall in 2004).  The Isotopes also had the fewest hits in any game this season - 1 hit. . . .  Derek Wathan snapped a five-game hitting streak and Joe Dillon saw his 4-game hitting streak end. . . .  The Isotopes pitching staff did not give up a homer for the first game since June 16th. . . .  Scott Sanders is in the midst of a three-decision losing streak. . . .  Albuquerque hits the road for a four-game roadtrip to Louisiana to play the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros).  LHP Matt Blank (2-1, 4.50) will be reinstated from the Temporary Inactive List to pitch Game 1 for the Isotopes against the Zephyrs' RHP Brandon Duckworth (0-2, 10.57).

Filed 06/25/2004

Dillon, Sutton Named All-Stars!

Joe Dillon and Larry Sutton were named to the PCL All-Star Squad for the AAA Game to be played July 14th at Pawtucket, home of the Boston Red Sox AAA Affiliate. Dillon is hitting .381 so far in 2004 with 17 homers, 43 RBI and 6 steals. Sutton is hitting .347 with 14 homers and 41 RBI. The Triple-A All-Star Game Rosters as initially announced (rosters will change as players get called up to the majors or get injured): PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE ROSTER Manager: Mike Brumley, Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) Coaches: Chris Maloney, New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) Pat Listach, Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) Trainer: John Maxwell, Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) Pitchers ----------- Travis Blackley, Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) Scott Downs, Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) Lee Gardner, Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) Dan Haren, Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) John Koronka, Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) Bart Miadich, Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) George Sherrill, Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) Denny Stark, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) Dave Williams, Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) Mike Wood, Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) Jamey Wright, Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) Catchers ------------ Craig Ansman, Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) Danny Ardoin, Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) John Buck, Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) Infielders ------------ Erick Almonte, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) Clint Barmes, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) Brian Dallimore, Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) JOE DILLON, ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES Bucky Jacobsen, Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) Adam Morrissey, Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) Steve Neal, Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) Calvin Pickering, Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) LARRY SUTTON, ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES Outfielders -------------- Ryan Church, Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) John Gall, Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) Trenidad Hubbard, Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) Adam Riggs, Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) Nick Theodorou, Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER Manager: Buddy Bailey, Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Red Sox) Coaches: Rick Burleson, Louisville Bats (AAA Reds) Mike Griffin, Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Red Sox) Trainer: Bill Coffey, Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Red Sox) Pitchers ----------- Jesse Crain, Rochester Red Wings (AAA Twins) Jim Crowell, Scranton/Wilkes Barre Red Barons (AAA Phillies) Felix Diaz, Charlotte Knights (AAA White Sox) Dave Gassner, Rochester Red Wings (AAA Twins) Dan Giese, Scranton/Wilkes Barre Red Barons (AAA Phillies) Alex Graman, Columbus Clippers (AAA Yankees) Ben Hendrickson, Indianapolis Indians (AAA Brewers) Tim Kester, Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Red Sox) Sam Marsonek, Columbus Clippers (AAA Yankees) Matt Whiteside, Richmond Braves (AAA Braves) Catchers ----------- Andy Dominique, Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Red Sox) Geronimo Gil, Ottawa Lynx (AAA Orioles) Dane Sardinha, Louisville Bats (AAA Reds) Infielders ------------ Craig Brazell, Norfolk Tides (AAA Mets) Jorge Cantu, Durham Bulls (AAA Devil Rays) Justin Morneau, Rochester Red Wings (AAA Twins) Bryant Nelson, Charlotte Knights (AAA White Sox) Jhonny Peralta, Buffalo Bisons (AAA Indians) Andy Phillips, Columbus Clippers (AAA Yankees) Earl Snyder, Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Red Sox) Joe Vitiello, Toledo Mud Hens (AAA Tigers) Glenn Williams, Syracuse Skychiefs (AAA Blue Jays) Outfielders -------------- Lou Collier, Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Red Sox) Midre Cummings, Durham Bulls (AAA Devil Rays) Corey Hart, Indianapolis Indians (AAA Brewers) Jim Rushford, Scranton/Wilkes Barre Red Barons (AAA Phillies) Charles Thomas, Richmond Braves (AAA Braves) Ernie Young, Buffalo Bisons (AAA Indians)
Filed 06/25/2004

June 24, 2004 - Isotopes (40-35)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Oklahoma 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 1 10
Albuquerque 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 1 X 7 13 0 10

WP: Mike Nannini (4-5) 
LP: Mike Bacsik (3-4)

HR: OKL  Adrian Gonzalez (8) off Justin Wayne                 

         ABQ Derek Wathan (8) off Mike Bacsik
                   Ryan Jorgensen (5) off Billy Sylvester

TIME: 2:50 
ATT: 6,384

Mike Nannini pitched six innings in relief of Justin Wayne and Derek Wathan and Ryan Jorgensen powered the Isotopes to a 7-3 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on Thursday evening at "The Lab".  The Isotopes snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory. 

Adrian Gonzalez led off the Redhawks 2nd inning with a single and two outs later Ramon Nivar singled and Jeff Picker doubled to left field to drive them both in as the Redhawks led 2-0.

Chris Ashby doubled to left-center field, Brian Banks singled and Ashby scored on Chris Aguila's groundout as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 2-1.

Adrian Gonzalez solo-homered to left field in the 3rd inning as the Redhawks led 3-1.

With one out in the 4th inning, Aguila infield singled and Drew Niles drew a walk.  Jorgensen's single to right-center field drove home Aguila.  Derek Wathan reached on a fielders choice as Niles scored to tie the game at 3-3.

Jorgensen doubled to left field and Wathan inside-the-park homered to center field in the 6th inning as the Isotopes took their first lead of the night at 5-3.

Ashby reached base on a throwing error to lead off the 7th inning and later scored on Niles' sacrifice flyout to right-center field as the Isotopes built the lead to 6-3.

Jorgensen solo-homered to left-center field in the 8th inning as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game.

 Isotopes Starter:
Justin Wayne 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (ERA: 9.00)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x4 (.304), R (43), RBI (41)
Ryan Jorgensen  3x4 (.295), 2 R (11), 2B (7), HR (5), 2 RBI (17) 

Mike Nannini (W, 4-5)  6 IP (81), 5 H (86), 0 ER, 1 BB (20),
4 K (64) (ERA: 5.67)

'Topes Notes:  Derek Wathan's inside-the-park-homer was the fifth inside-the-park homer in Isotopes franchise history.  Kevin Hooper, Jason Wood, Robert Stratton and Gerald Williams each did the feat in 2003. . . .  Wathan had his third multi-steal game of the season. . . .  Mike Colangelo and Derek Wathan extended their hitting streaks to 5 games each and Joe Dillon to 4 games. . . .  Mike Nannini pitched the longest Isotope relief outing of the season - 6 innings.  Nannini snapped a two-decision losing streak and earned his first winning decision since May 27th against the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks). . . .  Michael Tejera will not be able to make his scheduled start for the Isotopes on Friday evening as he is Florida-bound.  The Isotopes have yet to name a starter for Friday's series/homestand finale while the Redhawks will counter with Nick Regilio (4-4, 5.52).

Filed 06/24/2004

Tejera Promoted To Marlins

The Florida Marlins placed pitcher Josh Beckett on the major- league disabled list and recalled pitcher Michael Tejera from the Isotopes. Tejera started 14 games for the Isotopes, going 6-1 with a 3.58 ERA. In 78 innings pitched, Tejera gave up 74 hits, 37 runs (31 earned), walked 28, struck out 56 and gave up 12 homers. Tejera will make his first start for the Marlins on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in interleague action.
Filed 06/24/2004

June 23, 2004 - Isotopes (39-35)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Oklahoma 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 4 10 13 1 7
Albuquerque 0 3 1 0 2 0 1 1 1 9 16 0 5

WP: Rosman Garcia (3-4)
LP: Michael Neu (0-1)

HR: OKL Danny Ardoin (8) off Pat Mahomes
                  Jason Jones (1) off Michael Neu

        ABQ Mike Colangelo (7) off Rosman Garcia

TIME: 3:09
ATT: 7,476

Michael Neu blew a save opportunity as the Redhawks rallied for four runs in the 9th inning to defeat the Isotopes 10-9 on Wednesday evening. 

With one out in the 2nd inning, Jason Wood doubled and Brian Banks singled before Chris Aguila singled to left-center field to drive in Wood and Drew Niles singled to left-center field to plate Banks. Aguila was retired from the basepaths in a rundown between third base and home plate and Keith Osik's double to right field drove in Niles as the Isotopes led 3-0. 

Jason Jones infield singled, Manny Alexander doubled and Marshall McDougall singled up the middle to drive them both in as the Redhawks cut the defecit to a run at 3-2 in the 3rd inning..

Mike Colangelo doubled to left-center field and scored on Larry Sutton's groundout in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes extended the lead to 4-2.

Oklahoma's Jeff Pickler drew a walk, Santiago Perez doubled and Ramon Nivar reached on a fielder's choice as Pickler scored to make it 4-3 in favor of Albuquerque in the 5th inning.

In the home half of the 5th inning, Derek Wathan and Colangelo singled to begin the inning.  Joe Dillon's double to left field drove in Wathan and Jason Wood's sacrifice flyout to center field plated Colangelo as the Isotopes led 6-3.

In the 6th inning, Danny Ardoin singled, Adrian Gonzalez walked and Marshall McDougall singled to load the bases.  Picker drew a walk and Ardoin trotted home as the Redhawks pulled to within two runs at 6-4.

Nivar doubled to right-center field and scored on Ardoin's two-run homer to left-center field in the 7th inning as the Redhawks tied the Isotopes 6-6.

Derek Wathan doubled up the middle and scored on Dillon's double down the left field line in the 7th inning as the Isotopes broke the tie and took a 7-6 lead.

Banks led off the 8th inning with a triple into the left-field corner and scored on an error as the Isotopes gave themselves an insurance run heading into the 9th inning.

In the 9th inning with one out, Nivar infield singled and Pete Zoccolillo reached on a fielder's choice.  Ardoin drew a walk and Gonzalez doubled off the wall in left-center field to drive in Zoccolillo and Ardoin to tie the game at 8-8.  Jason Jones followed with a two-run homer to right field as the Redhawks took a 10-8 lead.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Colangelo homered to left field to pull the Isotopes to within a run at 10-9 but the next three batters were retired in order to quell the rally.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x4 (.300), RBI (40) 

Michael Neu (L, 0-1)  1 1/3 IP (9 1/3), 3 H (8), 4 ER (8), 1 BB (7),
2 K (8), 1 HR (2)   (ERA: 7.71)
Nate Bump  4 IP (6), 5 H (5), 2 ER (2), 1 BB (1), 4 K (6)  (ERA: 3.00) 

'Topes Notes: The Isotopes have lost six out of their last ten.  At one time what was a nine-game above .500 record has now eroded to just four games above the .500 mark. . . .  Every Isotope batter had at least one hit in the game except Larry Sutton. . . .  The Isotopes have now lost 7 games when leading after eight innings. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Justin Wayne (0-0, 0.00) for the Isotopes and Ryan Snare (5-3, 3.90) for the Redhawks.

Filed 06/23/2004

June 22, 2004 - Isotopes (39-34)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Oklahoma 0 3 2 3 2 1 4 7 2 24 31 1 11
Albuquerque 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 11 2 5

WP: Rick Helling (1-2) 
LP: Aaron Small (3-8)

HR: OKL  Adrian Gonzalez (6) off Pete Hartmann 
                   Adrian Gonzalez (7) off Chris Ashby
                   Manny Alexander (8) off Chris Ashby 
                   Marshall McDougall (7) off Pat Mahomes

TIME: 3:07 
ATT: 6,805

The Isotopes probably wished they had a time machine to turn back time and maybe send a different pitcher to the mound or do things differently for Game 1 of the series against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers).  The Redhawks nuked the Isotopes 24-4 on Tuesday evening at "The Lab" to open up the series.

In the 1st inning, Derek Wathan singled, advanced to third base on Joe Dillon's double to left field, and scored on Larry Sutton's groundout as the Isotopes had their only lead of the game at 1-0.

Oklahoma scored in every inning from the 2nd inning on.  In the 2nd inning, Pete Zoccolillo, Danny Ardoin and Adrian Gonzalez all singled to load the bases before Jason Jones singled to left field to drive in Zoccolillo and Ardoin.  Two outs later, Jeff Picker singled to drive in Gonzalez as the Redhawks led 3-1.

In the home half of the 2nd inning, Matt Padgett led off with a double and later scored on Chris Aguila's sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 3-2.

In the 3rd inning, Chad Allen led off with a single and an out later Ardoin singled to left field and Gonzalez reached on a fielders choice with Allen erased off the basepaths in a rundown between third base and home plate.  Jones was intentionally walked and Manny Alexander singled to center field to drive in Ardoin and Gonzalez as the Redhawks built a 5-2 lead.

With two outs in the 4th inning, Allen singled to right field and Zoccolillo tripled to right-center field to plate Allen.  Ardoin doubled to center field up the hill as Zoccolillo scored and Gonzalez singled into right field to drive in Ardoin as the Redhawks led 8-2.

In the Isotopes half of the 4th inning, Sutton doubled to left center field and scored on Jason Wood's single to make it 8-3 Redhawks.

Chad Allen tripled into right-center field to drive in Alexander and Pickler in the 5th inning as the Redhawks took a 10-3 lead.

Keith Osik doubled and two outs later scored on Dillon's single as the Isotopes scored their final run of the evening.

Gonzalez solo-homered to left field in the 6th inning to make it 11-4 Redhawks.

In the 7th inning, Ramon Nivar reached on a fielder's choice, Allen singled and Ardoin drew a walk to load the bases.  Gonzalez singled to center field to plate Nivar and Allen and Jones tripled into right-center field to drive in Ardoin and Gonzalez as the Redhawks led 15-4.

the 8th inning was the Redhawks biggest inning of the night.  Marshall McDougall solo-homered to lead off the inning.  Picker followed with a triple and scored on Allen's single into right field.  Ardoin was hit by a pitch and Gonzalez followed with a three-run homer to left field.  Jones singled and Alexander two-run homered to the Picnic Pavillion in left field to make it 22-4 Redhawks.

The Redhawks closed out their scoring in the 9th inning.  With one out, Zoccolillo reached on a error by Isotopes first-baseman Sutton, Ardoin singled and Jones doubled to left field to drive in Zoccolillo and Ardoin.

Isotopes Starter:
Aaron Small (L, 3-8)  4 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (ERA: 6.11) 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila   0x3 (.297), RBI (39), 2 K (65)

Michael Flannery  1 IP (34), 3 H (45), 4 ER (30), 2 BB (16), 0 K
(ERA: 7.94)

'Topes Notes:   There are rumors in South Florida that Joe Dillon may be promoted to the Marlins any day now.  The talk is that Dillon will play in left-field and that will leave Jeff Conine to platoon with Hee Seop Choi at first base. . . .  The Isotopes set several new franchise records, most of them not positive:  Most runs given up in a game (24); Most hits given up in a game (31); Most home runs allowed in an inning (3 homers); Most combined hits, both teams (42 hits);  and Worst defeat in a contest (20 runs).  Luckily the Redhawks fell one home run short of tying the Isotopes franchise record for most homers given up in a game. . . .  The Isotopes set a season-high in  most consecutive innings the opponent has scored (8 innings)  and tied a season high for most pitchers used in a game (6).  . . .  Aaron Small tied a team season-high in hits given up in a game (14) and Chris Ashby set a team season-high for hits given up by a reliever (6).  Ashby is the sixth Isotopes reliever to give up 5 or more hits in a single relief appearance in 2004. . . .  Five Redhawks had 4 or more hits in the game and every Redhawk scored at least a run in the game.  Ramon Nivar was the only Redhawk without a hit in the game. . . .  Position-player Chris Ashby made his fourth relief appearance of the season and in one inning of work, gave up 6 hits, 5 runs, walked and struck out none and allowed two homers.  Ashby has an ERA this season of 11.12 and has given up 3 homers in 5 2/3 innings pitched. . . .  Two former-Isotopes playing for the Redhawks, Chad Allen and Adrian Gonzalez, combined to go 10x14 (.714) with 2 homers, 10 RBI, 8 runs scored, and one triple. . . .  The Future Game rosters were announced Monday and no Isotope players were named to the USA Squad or the International Squad.  The lone Florida Marlins organization representative is left-handed pitcher Bill Murphy of the Carolina MudCats (Class-AA).  The Futures Game will be played the Sunday before the Major-League All-Star Game. . . .  The PCL Hitter of the Week is Bucky Jacobsen of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners).  Jacobsen hit .360 for the week with 3 homers and 12 runs batted in.  Jacobsen leads the league in RBI.  The PCL Pitcher of the Week is John Rheinecker of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics).  Rheinecker pitched 15 innings for the week in two outings, shutting out the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) and giving up two earned runs to the Tacoma Rainiers.  He gave up 10 hits in those two outings. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series between the Isotopes and Redhawks are Nate Bump (0-0, 0.00) for the Isotopes and Sam Narron (3-0, 2.84) for the Redhawks. 

Filed 06/22/2004

McNutt Sent Down to Class-AA

Pitcher Michael McNutt was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-AA Carolina Mudcats in order to make roster room for Justin Wayne, who was recently optioned from the Marlins to Albuquerque.
Filed 06/22/2004

June 21, 2004 - Day Off

The rest of the PCL is in action today except for the Isotopes and the Nashville Sounds. Albuquerque opens up a four-game series/homestand against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on Tuesday night. Pitching probables are Aaron Small (3-7, 5.55) for the Isotopes and Rick Helling (0-2, 12.91) for the Redhawks. Small pitched a complete game in his last outing. Active Team Leaders: Hitting --------- Batting Average: Joe Dillon (.380) Games: Chris Aguila (66) Runs: Derek Wathan (47) Hits: Derek Wathan (80) Doubles: Larry Sutton (20) Triples: Joe Dillon (4) Home Runs: Joe Dillon (17) RBI: Matt Padgett (50) Walks: Larry Sutton (34) Strikeouts: Chris Aguila (62) Stolen Bases: Derek Wathan (12) Pitching ----------- Wins (Starter): Michael Tejera (6) Wins (Reliever): Clint Sodowsky (5) Losses (Starter): Aaron Small (7) Losses (Reliever): Pat Mahomes, Michael Flannery (3) ERA (Starter): Michael Tejera (3.58) ERA (Reliever): Pat Mahomes (3.97) Games (Starter): Michael Tejera, Aaron Small, Mike Nannini (14) Games (Reliever): Michael Flannery (27) Saves: Michael Flannery, Michael Neu (2) Hits Allowed (Starter): Aaron Small (106) Hits Allowed (Reliever): Michael Flannery (42) Earned Runs Allowed (Starter): Aaron Small (52) Earned Runs Allowed (Reliever): Michael Flannery (26) Home Runs Allowed (Starter): Aaron Small, Mike Nannini (14) Home Runs Allowed (Reliever): Michael Flannery (7) Walks Allowed: Michael Tejera (28) Strikeouts: Aaron Small (63) Wild PItches: Michael Tejera, Kevin Olsen, Aaron Small (3)
Filed 06/21/2004

June 20, 2004 - Isotopes (39-33)

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 6 1 3
Nashville 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0 9

WP: Clint Sodowsky (5-1)
LP: Jim Mann (0-2)
SV: Michael Neu (2) 

HR: ABQ Chris Aguila (5) off Jim Mann
                 Matt Padgett (13) off John VanBenschoten 
                 Derek Wathan (7) off John VanBenschoten

         NSH Tony Alvarez (8) off Michael Tejera 

TIME: 2:47 
ATT: 6,127

Chris Aguila homered in the 7th inning to lead the Isotopes to a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) on Sunday evening in Nashville.

Tony Alvarez led off the Sounds first inning with a homer to right-center field and Luis Figueroa followed with a walk.  J.J. Davis doubled into the left field corner to drive in Figueroa as the Sounds built a 2-0 lead.

Matt Padgett solo-homered to right field in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 2-1.

Keith McDonald doubled to left field and scored on Tony Alvarez's infield single as the Sounds extended the lead to 3-1.

Derek Wathan solo-homered to right field in the 3rd inning as once more the Isotopes trailed by a run at 3-2.

The Isotopes tied the game at 3-3 in the 6th inning.  With two outs, Joe Dillon doubled off the left field wall, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Padgett's single to center field.

In the 7th inning, Chris Aguila solo-homered to right field as the Isotopes took a 4-3 lead, a lead that would not be relinquished.

Isotopes Starter:
Michael Tejera  5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR (ERA: 3.58)  

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x4 (.301), R (42), HR (5), RBI (38), K (63)
Ryan Jorgensen  0x3 (.270), K (21)

Michael Neu (S, 2)  1 IP (8), 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB (6), 0 K (ERA: 4.50)

'Topes Notes:  The Sounds and Isotopes split 2-2 the very competitive four-game series -- three out of the four games were decided by a run.  The Isotopes and Sounds also concluded their 16-game 2004 regular season series and the Isotopes took the season series 9-7. . . .  With the completion of this contest, the Isotopes have reached the halfway point of the 2004 regular season.  The Isotopes are six games over the .500 mark (39-33) and find themselves two games behind the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the PCL Central Division standings. . . .  Michael Neu appears to be the Isotopes new closer.  Neu has saved the last two Isotope victories. . . .  The Isotopes have Monday off before beginning a four-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). 

Filed 06/20/2004

Wayne Headed to Albuquerque

The Florida Marlins on Saturday evening activated pitcher Justin Wayne from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Albuquerque. Wayne made the Marlins squad out of spring training so he is getting ready to make his 2004 Isotopes debut in the next few days. With the Marlins, Wayne appeared in 18 games as a reliever, compiling a 3-2 record with a 5.53 ERA and went 0 for 2 in save opportunities. In 27 2/3 innings pitched, Wayne gave up 27 hits, 18 runs (17 earned), walked 15, struck out 17 and gave up 5 homers. Wayne had been on the major-league disabled list since June 4th with shoulder tendinitis.
Filed 06/19/2004

June 19, 2004 - GM2 - Isotopes (38-33)

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4
Nashville 0 0 2 1 0 0 X 3 5 0 1

WP: Chris Fussell (1-2) 
LP: Scott Sanders (1-3)
SV: Mark Corey (13)

HR: NSH J.J. Davis (6) off Scott Sanders 
                 Andy Abad (4) off Scott Sanders

TIME: 1:33 
ATT: 9,441

Hector Almonte, Chris Fussell and Mark Corey combined to shut out the Isotopes 3-0 to earn a split of the doubleheader.

In the 3rd inning, Keith McDonald doubled and scored on Andy Abad's pinch-hit home run to right field as the Sounds got all the runs they would need and took a 2-0 lead.

J.J. Davis, on a rehabilitation assignment from the Pirates, solo-homered to left field in the 4th inning as the Sounds led 3-0.

Isotopes Starter:
Scott Sanders (L, 1-3)  5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR (ERA: 10.44)  

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila   0x3 (.297), 2 K (62)
Ryan Jorgensen  0x2 (.282), K (20)

Nate Bump  2 IP (2), 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (2) (ERA: 0.00)

'Topes Notes:  In the two doubleheaders the Isotopes have played in 2004, they have split one doubleheader and swept one doubleheader. . . .  The 1 hour, 33 minute game was the shortest doubleheader game played this season. . . .  The Isotopes have been shut out three times in 2004. . . .  No Isotope hit a homer in the nightcap so no new franchise record for most consecutive games with a home run was set. . . .  Scott Sanders made his first start since April 30th.  Sanders is in the midst of a two-decision losing streak. . . . Former-Isotope Bryan Gaal has been released by the Marlins' Class-AA club the Carolina Mudcats. . . . The Isotopes and Sounds meet on Sunday evening to close out the roadtrip as well as the 16-game season series.  Michael Tejera (6-1, 3.45) is expected to start for the Isotopes against Nashville's John Benschoten (3-6, 4.48)   Benschoten is the Pirates top ranked prospect according to Baseball America

Filed 06/19/2004

June 19, 2004 - GM1 - Isotopes (38-32)

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 6 2 2
Nashville 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 4 0 3

WP: Michael Flannery (4-3) 
LP: Willis Roberts (5-3) 
SV: Michael Neu (1) 

HR: ABQ Larry Sutton (14) off Luther Hackman

         NSH Shaun  Skrehot (5) off Michael McNutt 
                  Chris Truby (12) off Michael Flannery

TIME: 1:46

The Isotopes rallied in the 7th inning with five runs to defeat the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader.  The Isotopes snapped a four-game road losing streak with the victory. 

Rich Thompson tripled down the first base line and scored on Shawn Skrehot's groundout as the Sounds led 1-0 in the 1st inning.

Skrehot solo-homered to right field in the 4th inning as the Sounds added to the lead.

Luis Figueroa reached on a two-base fielding error by Isotopes right fielder Matt Padgett and scored as Mike Moriarity bunted and Isotopes starter Michael McNutt threw the ball away towards third base trying to get Figueroa out.

Chris Truby homered off the first pitch from new Isotope reliever Michael Flannery in the 6th inning as the Sounds led 4-0.

Sounds starter Justin Reid was pitching a great game (1-hit scoreless ball) and was pulled after six innings, giving way to Luther Hackman.

In the 7th inning, Hackman gave up an infield single to Derek Wathan and Joe Dillon was hit by a pitch.  Larry Sutton followed with a home run to right field.  Willis Roberts entered the game in relief for the Sounds and Jason Wood greeted Roberts with a single.  Padgett doubled to center field to drive in Wood to tie the game and Mike Colangelo doubled to center field to plate Padgett as the Isotopes led 5-4.

Isotopes Starter:
Michael McNutt  5 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (ERA: 5.08) 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x4 (.301), K (60)

Michael Flannery (W, 4-3) 1 IP (33), 2 H (42), 1 ER (26), 0 BB, 0 K,
1 HR (7) (ERA: 7.09) 
Michael Neu (S, 1)  1 IP (7), 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (6) (ERA: 5.14)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes have tied a franchise record by homering in 11 consecutive games. . . .  Michael Neu became the 7th different Isotope reliever this season to earn a save. . . .  After not having given up a homer in the first 22 innings of work this season, Michael Flannery has given up 7 homers in the last 11 innings of work.  Flannery earned his first winning decision since May 10th against Omaha (AAA Royals).

Filed 06/19/2004

Sanders Activated From DL; Blank
and Christenson Status Changed

Pitcher Scott Sanders was activated from the disabled list to start Game 2 for the Isotopes on Saturday. Pitcher Matt Blank was placed on the temporary inactive list and Ryan Christenson was placed on the disabled list.
Filed 06/19/2004

June 18, 2004 - Isotopes (37-32)

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1 7
Nashville 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 1 6

WP: Willis Roberts (5-2) 
LP: Pat Mahomes (0-3)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (17) off Nelson Figueroa   

        NSH J.J. Davis (5) off Mike Nannini

TIME: 2:36 
ATT: 9,159

Luis Figueroa singled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive in the game winning run as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) defeated the Isotopes 3-2 on Friday evening.  

In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood led off with a walk and scored on Matt Padgett's double to left-center field as the Isotopes led 1-0.

J.J. Davis, on a rehabilitation assignment from the Pirates, solo-homered to center field in the 4th inning as the Sounds tied the game at 1-1.

In the 5th inning, the Sounds took the lead.  Shaun Skrehot drew a two out walk and Sounds starter Nelson Figueroa infield singled to advance Skrehot to second base.  Rich Thompson followed with a single into right field to drive in Skrehot to give the Sounds a 2-1 lead.

The Isotopes tied the game the very next half inning when Joe Dillon solo-homered to left field. 

In the 10th inning with Pat Mahomes on the mound and the first two batters retired, Keith McDonald doubled down the left field line and scored on Luis Figueroa's single to right-center field to give the Sounds the victory. 

Isotopes Starter:
Mike Nannini  7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR (ERA: 6.12)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x4 (.307), 2 K (59)
Ryan Jorgensen  0x2 (.290), 2 K (19)

'Topes Notes:  Friday's Game was a "Turn Back The Clock" promotion.  The Nashville Sounds public relations department reported the Sounds uniforms were fashioned after the uniforms of the 1885 Nashville Americans.  The Isotopes uniforms were modelled after a "Dukes uniform from the National Association in the 1870s".  That makes no sense as there was not a baseball team in Albuquerque until the 1880's and that team was named the Browns.  The uniforms the Isotopes wore seem to be fantasy-based instead of reality-based. . . .  There has been an Isotope homer in the last 10 consecutive games, one short of the franchise record set in May. . . .  Joe Dillon has homered in two straight games. . . .  Ryan Jorgensen went 0x2 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . .  The Isotopes have lost four straight road games, a season high for road losing streak. . . .  Pat Mahomes has two losing decisions in the last four games the Isotopes have played. . . .  The Sounds and Isotopes play a scheduled doubleheader on Saturday.  Pitching probables for Game 1 are Michael McNutt (2-1, 5.40) for the Isotopes and Justin Reid (3-0, 3.64) for the Sounds.  Game 2 probables are to be announced for both teams.  It is likely Scott Sanders will be activated from the disabled list to make the start in Game 2 for the Isotopes. 

Filed 06/18/2004

Niles Back To Isotopes

Three days after having been sent to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats, Drew Niles was transferred from the Mudcats back to the Isotopes.
Filed 06/18/2004

June 17, 2004 - Isotopes (37-31)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Iowa 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 9 15 20 0 6
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 5 8 0 8

WP: Nate Bland (4-2) 
LP: Clint Sodowsky (4-1)

HR: IWA  Mark Grudzielanek (2) off Matt Blank
                  Calvin Murray (4) off Clint Sodowsky
                  David Kelton (8) off Michael Flannery
                  Russ Johnson (5) off Pete Hartmann

        ABQ  Joe Dillon (16) off Ricky Nolasco 
                  Chris Ashby (3) off Miek Wuertz

TIME: 3:17 
ATT: 7,538

The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) hammered the Isotopes bullpen en route to a 15-5 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale at "The Lab" on Thursday evening.   

Mark Grudzielanek, finishing up his rehabilitation assignment with the I-Cubs and scheduled to rejoin the Chicago Cubs on Friday, homered to left field on the 3rd pitch of the game as the Cubs led 1-0.

In the 4th inning, Larry Sutton singled to right field and scored on Brian Banks' double into the right field corner as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.

With one out in the 5th inning, Derek Wathan and Chris Aguila drew walks and Joe Dillon followed with a homer to left field as the Isotopes built a 4-1 lead.

Pete Hartmann came into the game to relieve Matt Blank in the 7th inning.  Russ Johnson solo-homered to center field with one out.  An out later, Matt Creighton singled to left field and Grudzielanek doubled into left-center field off Hartmann and Trenidad Hubbard drew a walk from new Isotopes reliever Clint Sodowsky before Calvin Murray belted a grand-slam home run to left field as the Cubs built a 6-4 lead.

Chris Ashby solo-homered to left-center field in the home half of the 7th inning as the Isotopes trailed by a run at 6-5.

Juan Alvarez entered the game for the Isotopes in the 9th inning and provided no relief as the Cubs put the game away.  With one out, Creighton tripled to left field and Gookie Dawkins was intentionally walked.  Hubbard singled up the middle to drive in Creighton and Murray doubled into the left field corner as Dawkins and Hubbard scored.  Former Albuquerque-Duke Brent Cookson pinch-hit singled to left field and Brendan Harris singled to right field before Michael Flannery entered the game for the Isotopes.  David Kelton greeted Flannery with a three-run homer to left field.  Johnson drew a walk and Casey Kopitzke doubled to left field ahead of Creighton's double to right-center field that scored Johnson and Kopitzke.  Dawkins then walked before Flannery got out of the inning with a pair of fielder's choices.

Isotopes Starter:
Matt Blank 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR (ERA: 4.50)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x4 (.313), R (41), BB (28), K (57)
Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.299), K (17)

Michael Flannery 2/3 IP (32), 3 H (40), 3 ER (25), 2 BB (14), 
0 K, 1 HR (6) (ERA: 7.03)

'Topes Notes:  The Cubs and Isotopes split the four-game series 2-2, meaning that the Isotopes did not gain or lose ground to the Cubs in the PCL Central Division standings after having started the series 3.5 games back.  The Isotopes went 4-4 during the homestand. The Cubs and Isotopes finished up the 2004 season series of games played at Isotopes Park and Iowa took the series 5-3.  The Cubs and Isotopes will meet 8 more times in 2004 at Sec Taylor Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. . . .  27,180 fans attended the series for a per-game average of 6,795 and 62,704 attended the homestand, a per-game average of 7,838.  At the halfway mark of the 2004 home schedule, the Isotopes have drawn 266,330 fans for a per-game average of 7,398. . . .  Ryan Jorgensen extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  The Isotopes gave up the most runs to an opponent this season (15 runs) and set a franchise record for most hits given up in a game (20 hits). . . .  The Isotopes set a season-high in giving up the most runs to an opponent in the 7th inning (5 runs) and 9th inning (9 runs). . . .  Every Cub in the 9th inning lineup scored a run and the 9 runs was the most runs the Cubs have scored in an inning this season and the most runs the Isotopes have given up in an inning this season. . . . Juan Alvarez tied Isotope reliever season highs in hits given up (5 hits) and runs given up (6 earned runs). . . . The Isotopes go on the road for a 4-game, 3 day roadtrip to Nashville to play the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates).  Game 1 probables are Mike Nannini (3-5, 6.49) for the Isotopes and Nelson Figueroa (6-4, 4.40) for the Sounds.   

Filed 06/17/2004

Valdez to White Sox; Neu Back
To 'Topes

Wilson Valdez was traded to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday so the Marlins could pick up pitcher Billy Koch along with some cash to help defray Koch's salary. To make roster room for Koch, Michael Neu was optioned to the Isotopes. Valdez appeared in 66 games for the Isotopes (all but one game of the season at the time he was traded), hitting .319 (91x285) with 36 runs, 11 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homers, 25 RBI, 16 walks, 19 steals, and 35 strikeouts. Valdez will report to the White Sox's Triple-A club, the Charlotte Knights of the International League. Koch, meanwhile, lost his closers job with the White Sox and became more expendable. Koch went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and had 8 saves in 24 appearances. Neu appeared in one game for the Marlins, pitching 4 innings and giving up 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 homer, 2 walks and struck out 2. Neu's Marlins ERA was 4.50.
Filed 06/17/2004

June 16, 2004 - Isotopes (37-30)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Iowa 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1 3
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 X 6 11 0 8

WP: Aaron Small (3-7) 
LP: Shawn Sedlacek (3-2)

HR: ABQ Matt Padgett (12) off Shawn Sedlacek 
                  Jason Wood (3) off Shawn Sedlacek

TIME: 2:11  
ATT: 5,280

Matt Padgett's grand-slam homer provided all the runs Aaron Small would need as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 6-1 on Wednesday evening at "The Lab". 

Alamogordo, NM resident Fernando Lunar led off the 3rd inning for the Cubs with a single, advanced to second base on Joshua Arteaga's single, moved to third base on Cubs starter Shawn Sedlacek's sacrifice, and scored on Mark Grudzielanek's groundout as the Cubs took a 1-0 lead.

Jason Wood solo-homered to center field in the 4th inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.

The Isotopes put away the game in the 6th inning.  Joe Dillon and Larry Sutton led off the inning with singles and Wood drew a walk to load the bases.  Matt Padgett followed with a grand-slam home run to left field.  Keith Osik doubled and scored on Wilson Valdez's infield single as the Isotopes led 6-1. 

Isotopes Starter:
Aaron Small (W, 3-7)  9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
(ERA: 5.55) 

Prospect Watch:

Wilson Valdez  3x5 (.319), RBI (25)

'Topes Notes:  Matt Padgett's grand-slam was his third grand-slam homer of the season, an Isotopes franchise record for most grand slams by a player in a season.  Isotope players have hit 5 grand slam homers this season which is a franchise record for most grand slam homers hit in a season. . . .  Aaron Small tossed the Isotopes first complete game of the season.  The last Isotopes 9-inning complete game was Scott Sanders' complete game on July 29, 2003 at Nashville.  Small also has the Isotopes longest starting pitching outing of the season (eclipsing Kevin Olsen's 8 2/3 innings on May 9th vs Omaha (AAA Royals). . . .  The Isotopes pitching staff has not given up a homer in two straight games.  The only longer streak of the season was four games (the series at Edmonton May 15th-18th). . . .  Pitching probables for the series (and homestand)  finale are Matt Blank (2-1, 4.81) for the Isotopes and Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 10.80) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/16/2004

Phelps, Bump to Isotopes from Marlins

The Florida Marlins have made a couple transactions that affect the Isotopes. Late Tuesday evening, the Marlins purchased the contract of pitcher Josias Manzanillo from the Isotopes and optioned pitcher Tommy Phelps to the Isotopes. On Wednesday evening, the Marlins activated pitcher Josh Beckett from the disabled list and optioned pitcher Nate Bump to Albuquerque. Manzanillo, who appeared to be the Isotopes unofficial closer at the time of his promotion, appeared in 11 games for the Isotopes, compiling a 0-1 record with 5 saves and a 5.25 ERA. He pitched 12 innings, giving up 15 hits, 7 earned runs, 3 homers, one walk and struck out 9. Both Phelps and Bump pitched with the Isotopes in 2003 and both made the Marlins squad out out of spring training in 2004 so they will be making their first Isotope appearances of 2004 soon. Phelps appeared in 19 games with the Marlins (15 in relief and 4 as a starting pitcher). Phelps went 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA. In 34 innings pitched, Phelps gave up 34 hits, 18 earned runs, 6 homers, 12 walks and struck out 28. Bump was a fairly ineffective reliever with the Marlins, giving up 44 hits and 19 earned runs in 35 1/3 innings pitched. He served up 4 long balls, walked 17 and struck out 18. Bump's record was 1-3 with a 4.84 ERA with the Marlins. The Isotopes will have a roster move to make when the last of Phelps or Bump reports to the Isotopes as the Isotopes roster will be at the maximum 24-man limit once the first player reports.
Filed 06/16/2004

June 15, 2004 - Isotopes (36-30)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Iowa 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 3 1 5
Albuquerque 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 1 3

WP: Jason Szuminski (1-0)
LP: Pat Mahomes (0-2)

HR: ABQ Keith Osik (1) off Jason Szuminski 

TIME: 2:31
ATT: 6,033

The Iowa Cubs (Cubs) rallied for two runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the Isotopes 3-2 on Tuesday evening.  The loss guarantees the Cubs will leave town with the division lead as they have now built a 3.5 game lead over the Isotopes in the PCL Central Division standings. 

In the 3rd inning, Keith Osik singled and advanced to second base on an error on the play, moved to third base on Isotope starter Michael Tejera's sacrifice, and scored on Wilson Valdez's groundout as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead.

In the 5th inning, David Kelton singled, stole second base and scored on Casey Kopitzke's single as the Cubs tied the game at
1-1.

Keith Osik solo-homered for the Isotopes off Cubs reliever Jason Szuminski in the 8th inning as the Isotopes regained the lead at
2-1.

With two outs in the 9th inning and Isotopes reliever Pat Mahomes in the game, Donny Leon drew a walk and Joshua Arteaga came into the game to pinch run.  Kelton reached on an error and Gookie Dawkins followed with a two-run single that gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead.

The Isotopes were retired in order in the bottom of the 9th inning as MIT-graduate Szuminski earned his first victory.

Isotopes Starter:
Michael Tejera  7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (ERA: 3.45)

Prospect Watch:

Wilson Valdez  0x4 (.314), RBI (24) 

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes tied a franchise record for the fewest hits given up in a game - 3 hits. . . .  Joe Dillon went 0x4 to end a 9-game hitting streak and Wilson Valdez saw his 6-game hitting streak come to an end. . . .  Two Iowa Cubs snapped hitting streaks in the contest - Calvin Murray snapped an 11-game streak and Brendan Harris saw his 9-game streak end. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Aaron Small (2-7, 6.09) for the Isotopes and Shawn Sedlacek (3-1, 3.86) for the I-Cubs. 

Filed 06/15/2004

Colangelo Activated from DL

Isotopes outfielder Mike Colangelo has been activated from the disabled list and infielder Drew Niles was transferred from the Isotopes to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. More moves involving the Isotopes may happen soon as Scott Sanders, pending a successful outing in a simulation game, may be activated soon from the Isotopes disabled list and the Marlins may have to send a player to the Isotopes on Thursday when Josh Beckett is activated from the major league disabled list.
Filed 06/15/2004

June 14, 2004 - Isotopes (36-29)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Iowa 1 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 9 14 0 10
Albuquerque 5 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 X 11 12 3 5

WP: Michael McNutt (2-1)
LP: Ryan O'Malley (0-1)
SV: Josias Manzanillo (5)

HR: IWA Fernando Lunar (2) off Michael McNutt 
                  Joshua Arteaga (1) off Clint Sodowsky

         ABQ Joe Dillon (15) off Ryan O'Malley  
                  Derek Wathan (6) off Hansel Izquierdo
                  Chris Aguila (4) off Ryan O'Malley

TIME: 3:13 
ATT: 8,329

Joe Dillon hit for the cycle and the Isotopes held off the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 11-9 in a slugfest at "The Lab" on Monday evening.  With the victory, the Isotopes decreased the Cubs lead in the PCL Central Division to 2.5 games.

Brendan Harris singled to left field and later scored on Russ Johnson's single into center field as the Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Wilson Valdez singled, Derek Wathan doubled to left field to drive in Valdez and Joe Dillon singled to drive in Wathan.  Larry Sutton drew a walk and Brian Banks reached on a fielder's choice before Chris Aguila three-run homered to left field to give the Isotopes a 5-1 lead.

In the 2nd inning, Joshua Arteaga reached on a fielder's choice, Cubs starter Ryan O'Malley was hit by a pitch and Mark Grudzielanek singled to load the bases ahead of Harris' bases-clearing double into right-center field as the Cubs drew to within a run at 5-4.

The Isotopes extended their lead in the home half of the 2nd inning.  Isotopes starter Michael McNutt singled, Wilson Valdez sacrificed McNutt to second base and an out later Joe Dillon homered to left field.  Sutton singled to right field and Wood doubled to right-center field to drive in Sutton as the Isotopes led 8-4. 

The Cubs scored once again in the 3rd inning.  Johnson reached on a throwing error by Jason Wood, David Kelton drew a walk, and Arteaga singled to center field to drive in Johnson.  Brent Cookson sacrifice flied out to right field to plate Kelton as the Cubs trailed by two runs at 8-6.

Wathan led off the 4th inning with a homer to center field, Dillon tripled and scored on Sutton's groundout as the Isotopes led 10-6.

With one out in the 5th inning, Alamogordo, New Mexico resident Fernando Lunar homered to left field.  Matt Creighton doubled to center field and scored when Grudzielanek reached on an error by Wood as the Cubs cut the defecit to two runs at 10-8.

Dillon doubled down the left-field line, advanced to third base on Sutton's single to right field and scored on Wood's sacrifice flyout to left field as the Isotopes took a 11-8 lead in the 6th inning.

In the 7th inning, Arteaga solo homered to right field to close out the scoring. 

Isotopes Starter:
Michael McNutt (W, 2-1)  5 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR (ERA: 5.40)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x3 (.319), R (40), HR (4), 3 RBI (37), BB (27),
K (56)
Wilson Valdez  1x4 (.319), R (36)

'Topes Notes:  The Cubs snapped a 7-game winning streak with the loss. . . .  Mark Grudzielanek is with the Iowa Cubs on a rehabilitation assignment. . . .  Joe Dillon became the second Isotope to hit for the cycle in franchise history.  In order of the hits, Dillon singled, homered, tripled and doubled.  Gerald Williams was the only other Isotope to accomplish the feat on July 24, 2003 versus the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros). . . .  Dillon extended his hitting streak to 9 games and he turned in his third
4-hit game of the season. . . .  The Isotopes had their highest scoring 1st inning of the season - 5 runs. . . .  The PCL Hitter of the Week is Joe Dillon (see News item below this game summary) and the PCL Pitcher of the Week is Scott Downs of the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos).  Downs pitched the second no-hitter in Trappers franchise history on June 11th in the second game of a 7-inning doubleheader against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers).  The Trappers won the game 4-0.  Downs walked one and struck out three in his no-hit effort. . . .  Monday was the second 50cent hot dog night of the season.  29,283 hot dogs were consumed for a per-person in attendance average of about 3.5.  For comparison, the first 50cent hot dog night saw 18,000 hot dogs purchased for a per-person average of about 3. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Michael Tejera (6-1, 3.68) for the Isotopes and Sergio Mitre (1-0, 1.38) for the I-Cubs. 

Filed 06/15/2004

Dillon PCL Hitter of the Week

On Monday, the Pacific Coast League named Joe Dillon of the Isotopes the PCL Hitter of the Week. Dillon becomes the third Isotopes player in franchise history to win the award. Dillon went 11x22 (.500) during the week, hitting 6 homers, driving in 11 runs and scoring 8 runs. Dillon hit safely in every game during the week. Larry Sutton won the award earlier this season and Robert Stratton won the award in 2003.
Filed 06/14/2004

June 13, 2004 - Isotopes (35-29)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Nashville 1 0 6 0 1 1 0 0 2 11 16 1 6
Albuquerque 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0 8

WP: Nelson Figueroa (6-4) 
LP: Mike Nannini (3-5)

HR: NSH Chris Truby (11) off Mike Nannini 
                  Mike Moriarty (4) off Pete Hartmann 
                  Luke Allen (9) off Michael Flannery

         ABQ Ryan Jorgensen (4) off Nelson Figueroa 

TIME: 2:33
ATT: 6,536

The Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) hammered Isotope-starter Mike Nannini en route to an easy 11-2 victory over the Isotopes on Sunday evening. 

Rich Thompson led off the game with a single to center field and scored on Andy Abad's triple to the right-hand side of the center field hill as the Sounds took a 1-0 lead.

Nannini's worst inning was the third inning when he gave up a six-spot.  Thompson led off with a single to center and Tony Alvarez followed with a single to left field.  Abad hit into a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners before Chris Truby hit a no-doubt-about-it home run to left field.  After J.R. House flied out, Luke Allen doubled down the first base line.  Luis Figueroa singled to left field to drive in Allen and Mike Moriarty singled to left field to drive in Figueroa.  Sounds starter Nelson Figueroa doubled to right-center field as Moriarty scored to give the Sounds a 7-0 lead.

The only Isotopes highlight came in the 3rd inning.  Drew Niles led off with an infield singled ahead of Ryan Jorgensen's home run to right field as the Isotopes avoided being shut out.

Moriarty solo-homered to left field in the 5th inning off Isotopes reliever Pete Hartmann and in the 6th inning, Thompson tripled to the left-center field wall and scored on Alvarez's groundout as the Sounds extended the lead to 9-2.

In the 9th inning with Isotopes reliever Michael Flannery in his second inning of work, Shaun Skrehot was hit by a pitch and an out later Luke Allen homered to right field to make it the final score of 11-2.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x2 (.319) 
Wilson Valdez  1x5 (.320) 
Ryan Jorgensen  2x4 (.302), R (9), HR (4), 2 RBI (15), K (16)

Michael Flannery  2 IP (31 1/3), 2 H (37), 2 ER (22), 0 BB,
1 K (24), 1 HR (5) (ERA: 6.32)
Mike Nannini  (L, 3-5)  3 IP (68), 9 H (77), 7 ER (49), 2 BB (18),
2 K (53), 1 HR (13) (ERA:6.49)  

'Topes Notes:  The Sounds and Isotopes split the four-game series 2-2.  35,524 fans attended the series for a per-game average of 8,881.  Sunday night's game was the last game of the 2004 regular season between the two clubs at Isotopes Park and the Isotopes won 5 out of the 8 games at "The Lab".  The Isotopes travel June 18-20 to Nashville to conclude the 2004 regular season series between the two clubs. . . .   Joe Dillon failed to homer on Sunday evening so his consecutive game home-run streak ends at four games.  Dillon tied an Isotopes franchise record with Robert Stratton who homered in four straight games in 2003. . . . Dillon has made a very strong case for being named this week's PCL Hitter of the Week.  For the week, Dillon hit .500 (11x22) with 8 runs scored, 6 homers, and 11 RBI.  The PCL announces Player of the Week awards on Monday. . . .  Mike Nannini lost his second decision in a row.  He set personal season-highs for the shortest starting outing (3 innings), most hits allowed (9), most runs and earned runs allowed (7) and tied his season mark for the fewest batters struck out (2). . . .  The 3rd inning was bad for Isotope/umpire relations.  Manager Tracy Woodson was tossed from the game in the top of the 3rd inning arguing that Luke Allen's double down-the-right-field line was a foul ball and Derek Wathan was ejected in the bottom of the 3rd inning after arguing balls and strikes. . . .  The Isotopes open up a very important four-game series at Isotopes Park against the Iowa Cubs (Cubs) on Monday evening.  The Cubs are coming off a series sweep against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) and have opened up a 3.5 game lead over the Isotopes in the PCL Central Division standings.  If the Isotopes cannot find home field advantage against the Cubs, they could fall enough games back to make it hard to challenge for the division lead anytime soon.  If the Isotopes have a great series, they could be within a game or so of the Cubs in the division or be the division leader if they can sweep the series.  Pitching probables for Game 1 are Michael McNutt (1-1, 4.42) for the Isotopes and John Koronka (5-4, 3.14) for the Cubs.

Filed 06/13/2004

June 12, 2004 - Isotopes (35-28)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Nashville 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 0 8
Albuquerque 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 4 9 0 6

WP: Clint Sodowsky (4-0)
LP: Hector Almonte (1-1)
SV: Josias Manzanillo (4)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (14) off Frank Brooks  
 

TIME: 2:41  
ATT: 12,287

Joe Dillon homered once again and drove in two runs as the Isotopes, dressed in camouflage uniforms, defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) 4-3 on Military Appreciation Night.

With two outs in the first inning, Dillon solo-homered to right field as the Isotopes led 1-0.

The Sounds tied the game at 1-1 in the 2nd inning.  Andy Abad reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second base when Luis Figueroa drew a walk and scored on Keith McDonald's double down the third base line.

Chris Ashby doubled to right-center field, advanced to third base on a groundout and scored on Matt Padgett's sacrifice flyout to center field as the Isotopes regained the lead at 2-1.

J.J. Davis of the Pirates, on a rehabilitation assignment, tripled to right-center field and scored on Abad's sacrifice flyout to left field in the 4th inning as the Sounds tied the game at
2-2.

With two outs in the 7th inning, Wilson Valdez doubled to right field, Ryan Christenson drew a walk and Joe Dillon singled into right field to drive in Valdez.  Christenson shortly scored on a passed ball as the Isotopes led 4-2.

Chris Truby doubled and scored on Davis' single in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter:
Matt Blank 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (ERA: 4.81) 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x4 (.317)
Wilson Valdez  2x3 (.322), R (35), 2B (11), BB (16)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes played in front of 12,287 fans, the largest crowd of the 2004 regular season at Isotopes Park. . . .  Joe Dillon has now hit 6 homers in his last 4 games. . . . The auction of Isotopes camouflage jerseys raised $3,800 for a local charity. . . .  Pitching probables for the series finale on Sunday evening are Mike Nannini (3-4, 5.82) for the Isotopes and Nelson Figueroa (5-4, 4.58) for the Sounds. 

Filed 06/12/2004

Osik Joins Isotopes

Veteran major-league catcher Keith Osik has signed a minor league contract with the Isotopes. Osik played in 11 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 2004, hitting .080 (2x25) with no homers or RBI. On May 25th, the Orioles designated Osik for assignment and he cleared waivers on May 27th and became a free agent. Osik has 9 years (450 games) of MLB experience. He is a career .231 hitter with 13 homers, 108 RBI and 6 steals. Osik's MLB experience: 1996-2002 Pittsburgh Pirates 2003 Milwaukee Brewers 2004 Baltimore Orioles
Filed 06/12/2004

June 11, 2004 - Isotopes (34-28)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Nashville 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 3 0 8 10 1 2
Albuquerque 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 5 7 3 4

WP: Dave Williams (4-1)
LP: Aaron Small (2-7)
SV: Willis Roberts (2)

HR: NSH Shaun Skrehot (3) off Aaron Small 
                  Carlos Rivera (6) off Aaron Small 

        ABQ Joe Dillon (13) off Justin Reid 

TIME: 2:27 
ATT: 8,071

The Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) defeated the Isotopes 8-5 on Friday evening at "The Lab".  

Shaun Skrehot led off the game with a home run to left field as the Sounds led 1-0.

In the 4th inning with one out, Albuquerque's Joe Dillon drew a walk and Larry Sutton singled into right field.  Sounds starter Dave Williams threw the ball away on a pickoff play to first base and Dillon raced home to score.  Jason Wood singled to left field to drive in Sutton and Brian Banks doubled down the left field line to advance Wood to third base.  Chris Aguila's groundout plated Wood as the Isotopes led 3-1.

Nashville got those three runs back in the 5th inning.  Andy Abad and J.R. House led off the inning with singles and Luis Figueroa's double to the right field corner drove in Abad and House.  Soon after, Figueroa scored when Skrehot reached on Wilson Valdez's error as the Sounds led 4-3.

The Sounds added to the lead in the 6th inning when Carlos Rivera solo-homered to right field.

Aguila doubled, stole third base and scored on Ryan Jorgensen's groundout as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 5-4 in the 7th inning.

The Sounds increased the margin in the 8th inning.  Luke Allen singled and Rivera was hit by a pitch.  Chris Truby's single to left field  plated Allen and Abad's double to left-center field scored Rivera and Truby as the Sounds built an 8-4 lead.

Dillon solo-homered to lead off the 8th inning for the Isotopes to close out the scoring.

Isotopes Starter: 
Aaron Small (L, 2-7)  7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
(ERA: 6.09) 

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x4 (.323), R (39), 2B (17), RBI (34), K (55),
SB (4)
Wilson Valdez  1x4 (.318)
Ryan Jorgensen  1x3 (.288), 2B (6), RBI (13), K (15) 

Michael Flannery  1 IP (29 1/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB (12), 0 K
(ERA: 6.14)

'Topes Notes: Joe Dillon has hit at least one homer in five out the last six games. . . .  The Isotopes tied a season-high with 3 errors in the game. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Matt Blank (2-1, 5.05) for the Isotopes and Frank Brooks (3-2, 3.75) for the Sounds. 

Filed 06/11/2004

June 10, 2004 - Isotopes (34-27)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Nashville 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 9 0 6
Albuquerque 0 0 0 3 2 1 1 1 X 8 13 0 7

WP: Michael Tejera (6-1) 
LP: Sean Burnett (1-4)

HR: NSH Chris Truby (10) off Michael Tejera

         ABQ Joe Dillon (11) off Sean Burnett 
                  Joe Dillon (12) off Chris Fussell
                  Ryan Jorgensen (3) off Luther Hackman

TIME: 2:43
ATT: 8,630

Joe Dillon homered twice in the Isotopes 8-3 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) on Thursday evening at "The Lab".

With two outs in the 1st inning, Chris Truby solo-homered into the Nashville bullpen behind the left-field wall as the Sounds took a 1-0 lead.

The Isotopes took the lead in the 4th inning.  Joe Dillon led off the inning with a home run to left field.  Larry Sutton doubled to center field and Jason Wood singled ahead of Chris Aguila's double off the right field wall that drove in Sutton.  Ryan Jorgensen grounded out to plate Wood as the Isotopes led 3-1.

In the 5th inning, Ryan Christenson doubled to right field, advanced to third base on Derek Wathan's sacrifice bunt and Dillon drew a walk.  Sutton's sacrifice flyout to deep right field scored Christenson and Wood's double to center field drove in Dillon as the Isotopes extended the lead to 5-1.

The Isotopes added a run to the lead in the 6th inning when Isotopes starter Michael Tejera drew a walk and scored on Christenson's run-scoring triple to right field.

J.J. Davis doubled and scored on Carlos Rivera's single in the 7th inning to cut the Sounds' defecit to four runs at 6-2, but the Isotopes got that run back in their half of the 7th inning when Dillon solo-homered to left field, his second homer of the contest.

Nashville's Chris Truby doubled and scored on Davis' single in the top of the 8th inning as the Isotopes still led 7-3 and Jorgensen solo-homered off the scoreboard in the bottom of the 8th inning to make it the final score of 8-3.

Sounds starting pitcher Sean Burnett, ranked the 2nd highest rated Pirates prospect, went 5 innings, giving up 10 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks and he struck out 2. 

Isotopes Starter:
Michael Tejera  (W, 6-1)  6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K,
1 HR (ERA: 3.68)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x4 (.325), 2B (16), RBI (33)
Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.286), R (8), HR (3), 2 RBI (12)
Wilson Valdez  2x4 (.319), 2B (10), BB (15), K (35), SB (19) 

'Topes Notes: Joe Dillon has hit two home runs in two consecutive games. The Isotopes tied a franchise record for most individual multiple-homer games in a season (7). . . .  The Isotopes scored in innings 4 through 8, tying a season-high for the most consecutive innings the Isotopes have scored. . . .  The Isotopes were one extra-base hit short of tying the season high for extra-base hits in a game (10). . . .  Ryan Church of the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) was named the PCL Hitter of the Week.  Church hit .471 for the week with 10 RBI and had a pair of four-hit games.  Dan Haren of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week.  Haren won both of his starts and gave up just a run in 14 innings pitched. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series on Friday night are Aaron Small (2-6, 6.19) for the Isotopes and Dave Williams (3-1, 3.31) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/10/2004

Neu Recalled By Marlins

The Florida Marlins recalled reliever Michael Neu from Albuquerque on Thursday. Neu went 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA. In 5 games, he pitched 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 earned runs, a homer, walked 5 and struck out 4. Neu was recalled as the Marlins placed reliever (and former- Isotope) Justin Wayne on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.
Filed 06/10/2004

June 9, 2004 - Off Day

The Isotopes and the rest of the Pacific Coast League have the day off, the first of three days off in the month of June. The Isotopes are 1.5 games back of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the PCL Central Division standings. The Isotopes being a four-game series against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) on Thursday evening. Pitching probables are Michael Tejera (5-1, 3.79) for the Isotopes and Sean Burnett (1-3, 4.66) for the Pirates. After the four-game series with the Sounds, the Isotopes have a chance to regain the PCL Central Division lead when the Cubs come to town for a four-game series to complete the homestand. Active Isotope Team Leaders: Hitting ===== Batting Average: Joe Dillon (.402) Slugging: Joe Dillon (.835) Games: Wilson Valdez (59) Runs: Derek Wathan (42) Hits: Wilson Valdez (81) Doubles: Larry Sutton (17) Triples: Joe Dillon, Derek Wathan, Wilson Valdez (3) Home runs: Larry Sutton (13) RBI: Matt Padgett (41) Walks: Larry Sutton (29) Strikeouts: Chris Aguila (54) Stolen Bases: Wilson Valdez (18) Pitching ====== Wins: Michael Tejera (5) Losses: Aaron Small (6) ERA, Reliever: Clint Sodowsky (3.57) ERA, Starter: Michael Tejera (3.79) Games Started: Mike Nannini, Aaron Small (12) Games Relieved: Michael Flannery (23) Saves: Josias Manzanillo (3) Innings Pitched, Starter: Aaron Small (68 1/3) Innings Pitched, Reliever: Michael Flannery (28 1/3) Hits Allowed: Aaron Small (51) Runs, Starter: Aaron Small (51) Runs, Reliever: Michael Flannery (20) Homers Allowed: Aaron Small, Mike Nannini (12) Walks: Michael Tejera (21) Strikeouts: Aaron Small (52) Wild Pitches: Michael McNutt, Michael Tejera (3)
Filed 06/09/2004

June 8, 2004 - Isotopes (33-27)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 8 12 3 7
Oklahoma 0 0 0 4 4 2 1 2 X 13 15 0 8

WP: Nick Bierbrodt (1-0)
LP: Michael McNutt (1-1)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (9) off  Nick Bierbrodt 
                  Joe Dillon (10) off Erick Burke  
        OKL Adrian Gonzalez (3) off Michael McNutt
                  Adrian Gonzalez (4) off Michael Neu 
                  David Newhan (8) off  Pat Mahomes 
                  Manny Alexander (6) off Josias Manzanillo

TIME:  3:04
ATT: 4,511

Former Albuquerque-Isotope and 2000 Marlins first-round draft pick Adrian Gonzalez  drove in 7 runs with a pair of homers as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 13-8 in the series finale. 

In the 3rd inning, Chris Aguila drew a walk, stole second base and scored on Wilson Valdez's single as the Isotopes led 1-0.

The Redhawks took the lead in the 4th inning.  Jason Conti and Manny Alexander singled ahead of Gonzalez's home run to center field.  Ramon Nivar then singled and later scored on Jeff Pickler's groundout as the Redhawks led 4-1.

The Redhawks added to the lead in the 5th inning.  With one out, Pete Zoccolillo and Contin singled and Alexander walked to load the bases and Gonzalez followed with his second homer of the day, this time to left field, as the Redhawks led 8-1.

Joe Dillon homered to left field after Ryan Christenson drew a leadoff walk in the 6th inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit to five runs at 8-3.

Oklahoma got those runs back in the home half of the 6th inning.  David Newhan singled, stole second base and scored on Conti's single.  Conti moved up a base on Alexander's single and scored when Nivar reached on an error as the Redhawks led
10-3.

Newhan solo-homered in the 7th inning and Conti singled and scored on Alexander's homer in the 8th inning as the Redhawks built a 13-3 lead.

In the 9th inning, Brian Banks drew a walk to lead off the inning, Aguila singled, and Ryan Jorgensen singled to drive in Banks.  Derek Wathan reached on a fileder's choice and Christenson walked to load the bases before Dillon grand-slam homered to left field to make it the final score of 13-8 in favor of Oklahoma.

Isotopes Starter:
Michael McNutt  3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
(ERA: 4.42)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x3 (.326), 2 R (38), BB (26), K (54), SB (3)
Wilson Valdez  2x5 (.316), RBI (23), 2 K (34)
Ryan Jorgensen  2x4 (.288), RBI (10), K (14)

Michael Neu  2/3 IP (6), 3 H (5), 4 ER (4), 2 BB (5), 1 K (4),
1 HR (1) (ERA: 6.00)

'Topes Notes:  After winning the first game in the series, the Isotopes dropped the last three to the Redhawks. . . . Joe Dillon tied an Isotope season-high with 6 RBI in a game (Mike Colangelo had 6 RBI in a game against Iowa on May 2nd).  Dillon's grand slam homer was his first grand-slam of the season and the homer broke an Isotopes franchise record for most grand-slam homers in a season.  The Isotopes have hit four grand-slam homers in 2004, eclipsing the mark of three grand-slam homers in 2003. . . .  The Isotopes offense was stiffled the last three games of the series.  In the series opener, the Isotopes hit .378 (14x37) with 6 runs scored.  In the final 3 games, the Isotopes hit .202 (19x94) with 9 runs scored. . . .  The Isotopes set several season highs:  Most runs given up to an opponent on the road in a game (13 runs);Largest losing margin in a road game (5 runs); and Most consecutive innings the opponent scores (5 innings, innings 4-8) . . .  The Isotopes also tied several season highs: Longest road losing streak and consecutive-game losing streak (3 games); Most hits given up on the road (15 hits); Most errors in a game (3); and Most pitchers used in a game (6). . . .  Oklahoma's David Newhan extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . .  The Isotopes have the day off on Wednesday before beginning a homestand.  The first four-games of the homestand are against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates).   Pitching probables are Michael Tejera (5-1, 3.79) for the Isotopes and Sean Burnett (1-3, 4.66) for the Pirates.  Burnett is the Pirates' 2nd highest rated prospect according to Baseball America.

Filed 06/08/2004

June 7, 2004 - Isotopes (33-26)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1
Oklahoma 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 X 3 9 0 6

WP: John Wasdin (4-1)
LP: Mike Nannini (3-4)

TIME: 1:55 
ATT: 6,297

The Albuquerque Isotopes have yet to figure out John Wasdin.  Wasdin, who on April 7, 2003 as a member of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) hurled a perfect game against the Isotopes, was not as superb on Monday night but impressive nevertheless.  Wasdin pitched a complete game, 3-hit shutout as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) had no problems defeating the Isotopes 3-0.

In the 3rd inning, former Albuquerque-Isotope Adrian Gonzalez doubled and scored on Jeff Pickler's single as the Redhawks led
1-0.

The Redhawks closed out the scoring in the 6th inning.  David Newhan doubled and scored on Pete Zoccolillo's double.  Danny Ardoin drew a walk and Jason Conti reached on catchers interference to load the bases.  Marshall McDougall grounded out to plate Zoccolillo as the Redhawks extended their lead to
3-0. 

Prospect Watch:

Wilson Valdez  0x4 (.315)
Ryan Jorgensen  1x3 (.271)

Michael Flannery  1 IP (28 1/3), 1 H (35), 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
(ERA: 6.35)

Mike Nannini  (L, 3-4)  6 IP (65), 8 H (68), 2 ER (42), 1 BB (16),
2 K (51) (ERA: 5.82)

'Topes Notes:  The 1 hour, 55 minute game was the shortest game the Isotopes have played this season. . . .  The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) won their game this evening so the Isotopes fall behind the Cubs by half a game in the PCL Central Division Standings.  The Isotopes are out of first place for the first time since May 29th. . . .  Ryan Jorgensen, Drew Niles, and Joe Dillon were the only Isotopes to get hits off John Wasdin. . . . The Isotopes have now been shutout twice this season. . . .  The Isotopes snapped a six consecutive-game homer streak. . . .  The Isotopes conclude the series and roadtrip with the Redhawks on Tuesday afternoon.  Pitching probables are Michael McNutt (1-0, 3.68) for the Isotopes and Sam Narron (2-0, 2.25) for the Redhawks.

Filed 06/07/2004

June 6, 2004 - Isotopes (33-25)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1 8
Oklahoma 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 X 5  11 0 6

WP: Ryan Snare (4-3) 
LP: Matt Blank (2-1)
SV: Todd Williams (9)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (8) off Ryan Snare 
         OKL  Manny Alexander (5) off Matt Blank

TIME: 2:32 
ATT: 4,857

The Redhawks scored all the runs they would need in the 1st inning and former-Marlins farmhand Ryan Snare pitched six innings of three-hit, one-run ball as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 5-1 on Sunday afternoon.

In the Redhawks 1st inning, Ramon Nivar and David Newhan singled.  Both advanced a base on a double steal and Danny Ardoin's groundout plated Nivar.  Jason Conti singled to drive in Newhan as the Redhawks led 2-0.

Manny Alexander solo-homered in the 4th inning as Oklahoma extended the lead to 3-0.

In the 5th inning, Newhan singled and scored on Ardoin's single.  Newhan later scored on Santiago Perez's bunt single as the Redhawks led 5-0.

Joe Dillon homered with two outs in the 6th inning as the Isotopes avoided being shut out.

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Matt Blank (L, 2-1)  4 2/3 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR(ERA: 5.05)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x3 (.321), BB (25) 
Wilson Valdez   0x4 (.320), K (32)

'Topes Notes:  Wilson Valdez went 0x4 to snap a 9-game hitting streak . . . Matt Blank gave up the most hits in any of his seven starts (10) and tied with his May 26th outing against Tucson for the most earned runs given up (5). . . .  Two Redhawks extended hitting streaks -- David Newhan to 7 games and Danny Ardoin to 8 games. . . .  In Game 3 on Monday, the Isotopes hope to get revenge on Redhawks starter John Wasdin (3-1, 4.30).  Wasdin, pitching for the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) on April 7, 2003, no-hit the Isotopes.  Nike Nannini (3-3, 6.10) is scheduled to start for the Isotopes. 

Filed 06/06/2004

June 5, 2004 - Isotopes (33-24)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 14 0 11
Oklahoma 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3  10 2 9

WP: Aaron Small (2-6)
LP: Ricardo Rodriguez (1-1)
SV: Josias Manzanillo (3)

HR: ABQ Larry Sutton (13) off Ricardo Rodriguez 
                   Joe Dillon (7) off Ricardo Rodriguez

TIME: 2:46 
ATT: 6,951

Larry Sutton and Joe Dillon homered in the Isotopes 6-3 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on Saturday evening in Oklahoma City.

Jeff Pickler led off the 1st inning with a single to center field, advanced to second base on Ramon Nivar's bunt single, advanced to third base on a flyout and scored on Pete Zoccolillo's sacrifice flyout to center as the Redhawks led 1-0.

Brian Banks walked to lead off the 2nd inning, advanced to third base on an error and scored on Chris Aguila's sacrifice flyout to right field as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.

The Isotopes put the game away in the 3rd inning.  Sutton and Dillon back-to-back homered to lead off the inning.  Banks drew a walk and scored on a throwing error when Matt Padgett singled into right field.  Padgett later scored on Ryan Jorgensen's single to center field as the Isotopes built a 5-1 lead.

In the 7th inning, Jeff Pickler and David Newhan singled and Zoccolillo walked to load the bases.  Marshall McDougall singled to drive in Pickler and Newhan as the Redhawks edged to within two runs at 5-3.

In the 9th inning, Dillon reached on a bunt single, advanced to second base when Banks was hit by a pitch, and scored on Jason Wood's single to left field as the Isotopes added an insurance run and made the score 6-3.

Josias Manzanillo came into the game in the bottom of the 9th inning and retired the Redhawks in order to earn his third save. 

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Aaron Small (W, 2-6)  6 2/3 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
(ERA: 6.19)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x4 (.326), RBI (32), K (53) 
Wilson Valdez  2x5 (.325), 2 K (31) 
Ryan Jorgensen  2x4 (.267), RBI (9), K (13)

Michael Neu  1 1/3 IP (5 1/3), 1 H (2), 0 ER, 1 BB (3),
2 K (3) (ERA: 0.00)

'Topes Notes:  Larry Sutton and Joe Dillon's homers were the first Isotope back-to-back homers since April 8th at Memphis when Matt Padgett and Matt Treanor back-to-back homered. . . . Wilson Valdez extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . .  Aaron Small earned his first victory since May 4th at Colorado Springs.  The win snapped a three-game losing decision streak. . . .  Oklahoma's Brad Clontz gave up his first earned run since May 3rd (11 2/3 innings of relief work without having given up an earned run). . . .   The Redhawks' David Newhan extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 on Sunday afternoon at SBC Bricktown Ballpark are Matt Blank (2-0, 4.60) for the Isotopes and Ryan Snare (3-3, 4.47) for the Redhawks.  Snare is the 20th highest rated prospect in the Rangers organization according to Baseball America.

Filed 06/05/2004

Flury Back to Carolina

Reliever Patrick Flury was transferred to Class-AA Carolina on Saturday after Larry Sutton rejoined the Isotopes after having been removed from the Marlins 40-man roster and sent to Albuquerque so the Marlins could make roster room for A.J. Burnett.
Filed 06/05/2004

June 4, 2004 - Isotopes (32-24)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
New Orleans 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 5 10 0 7
Albuquerque 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3  4 2 6

WP: Bobby Chouinard (2-4) 
LP: Pat Mahomes (0-1)
SV: Kirk Bullinger (14)

HR: NRL Chris Burke (8) off Pat Mahomes 
         ABQ Wilson Valdez (2) off Chris Enochs 
                   Chris Ashby (2) off Chris Enochs

TIME: 2:41
ATT: 10,048

Chris Burke homered off brand-new Isotope Pat Mahomes for the go-ahead run as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) were able to defeat the Isotopes 5-3 on Friday evening to close out the homestand.

In the top of the 2nd inning, Phil Hiatt tripled to the center field hill and scored when John Buck reached on a throwing error as the Zephyrs led 1-0.

In the home half of the 2nd inning, Chris Ashby solo-homered to left field, Isotopes starter Michael Tejera doubled to center field and Wilson Valdez homered to left field as the Isotopes took a 3-1 lead.  The Zephyrs pitching staff did not allow an Isotope hit the rest of the evening after that home run.

In the 4th inning, Buck singled to left field and Ryan Thompson singled to right-center field and Buck scored when Isotope outfielder Ryan Christenson couldn't field the ball cleanly for an error.  The Zephyrs cut the defecit to a run at 3-2.

Burke infield singled and later scored on Buck's double to left field in the 6th inning as the Zephyrs tied the game at 3-3.

Burke solo-homered to left-center field in the 8th inning as the Zephyrs took the lead and in the 9th inning, Mike Coolbaugh walked and scored on Eric Bruntlett's double to the center field hill as the Zephyrs added an insurance run.

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Michael Tejera  6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (ERA: 3.79)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x2 (.333), K (52) 
Wilson Valdez  1x4 (.324), R (34), HR (2), 2 RBI (22)

'Topes Notes:  The Zephyrs and Isotopes split the suspenseful series 2-2.  Neither team won a game by more than 2 runs in the series.  27,657 fans attended the four-game series for a per-game average of 6,914.  The Isotopes, in their 28th home date, passed the 200,000 season attendance mark (203,626). . . .  Wilson Valdez's homer was his second Triple-A homer and his 12th career minor league homer. . . .  Joe Dillon went 0x3 to end a 7-game hitting streak while Valdez's homer extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . .  Isotope starting pitcher Michael Tejera had a stolen base in the contest. . . .  Albuquerque heads to Oklahoma City for a four-game roadtrip to play the Oklahoma Redhawks at SBC Bricktown Ballpark.  Pitching probables for Game 1 of the series are Aaron Small (1-6, 6.42) for the Isotopes and Ricardo Rodriguez (1-0, 2.77) for the Redhawks. 

Filed 06/04/2004

Mahomes Joins Isotopes

Pitcher Pat Mahomes was signed to a minor league contract and joined the Isotopes on Friday. Mahomes, released by the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) earlier this week, made 20 appearances for the Trappers, going 4-4 with 6 saves and had a 4.88 ERA. His six saves led the Trappers staff at the time he was released. Mahomes has 11 years of major league experience, with a MLB career 42-39 record with 5 saves and a 5.47 ERA. Mahomes' major-league experience: 1992-1995 Minnesota Twins 1996 Boston Red Sox 1996 Minnesota Twins 1997 Boston Red Sox 1999-2000 New York Mets 2001 Texas Rangers 2002 Chicago Cubs 2003 Pittsburgh Pirates
Filed 06/04/2004

June 3, 2004 - Isotopes (32-23)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
New Orleans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 0 4
Albuquerque 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2  5 0 2

WP: Michael McNutt (1-0)
LP: Jared Fernandez (2-3)
SV: Clint Sodowsky (1)

HR: NRL Phil Hiatt (14) off Clint Sodowsky
         ABQ Ryan Christenson (1) off Jared Fernandez

TIME: 1:57 
ATT: 6,171

Ryan Christenson drove in both Isotope runs and Michael McNutt, freshly promoted from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats and making the transition from reliever to starter, outdueled knuckleballer Jared Fernandez as the Isotopes defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) 2-1 at "The Lab" on Thursday evening. 

Christenson solo-homered to left field in the 1st inning as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead.

In the 3rd inning with two outs, Wilson Valdez singled, stole second base and scored on Christenson's single to left field to extend the lead to 2-0.

Phil "Homer" Hiatt homered for the third consecutive game in the series in the 9th inning with two outs as the Zephyrs avoided the shutout.

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Michael McNutt (W, 1-0)  5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
(ERA: 3.68)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x3 (.337) 
Wilson Valdez  1x4 (.325), R (33), K (29), SB (18)
Ryan Jorgensen  0x3 (.244), 2 K (12)

Michael Flannery  2 IP (27 1/3), 3 H (34), 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
(ERA: 6.59)

'Topes Notes: The 1 hour, 57 minute game was the shortest game in the history of Isotopes Park.  The previous shortest game before tonight was a 2 hour, 1 minute 7-inning doubleheader game (Game 1 vs Colorado Springs (AAA Rockies) on May 29, 2003).  The shortest road game was 1 hour, 49 minutes in the 7-inning Game 1 of a doubleheader on July 31, 2003 at Nashville. . . .  Joe Dillon and Wilson Valdez extended their hitting streaks to 7-games each. . . .  Clint Sodowsky became the 6th Isotope reliever to earn a save this season. . . .  Phil Hiatt now has 298 career minor league home runs. . . .  The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) lost this evening so the Isotopes now have a 1.5 game lead over the Cubs in the PCL Central Division.  The Sacramento Rivercats (AAA Athletics) and Isotopes both have the best record in the PCL at 32-23. . . .  Pitching probables for the final game of the series and homestand are Michael Tejera (5-1, 4.05) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be announced for the Zephyrs, likely to be Chris Enochs (3-4, 3.42) who skipped his start this evening due to illness.  

Filed 06/03/2004

Sutton Rejoins 'Topes

The Florida Marlins outrighted Larry Sutton to Albuquerque on Thursday to make room on their 25-man active roster for A.J. Burnett. Sutton appeared as a pinch-hitter in 5 games for the Marlins, going 1x5 (.200) with a solo homer, one walk and two strikeouts.
Filed 06/03/2004

McNutt Back To 'Topes

Pitcher Michael McNutt has been transferred back to the Isotopes from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. Since his recent demotion to Carolina from Albuquerque in late May, McNutt made two appearances, pitching 3 2/3 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 earned run, no walks and he struck out 2.
Filed 06/03/2004

June 2, 2004 - Isotopes (31-23)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
New Orleans 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 8 12 1 4
Albuquerque 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 7  12 0 10

WP: Heath Bost (2-0) 
LP: Josias Manzanillo (0-1)
SV: Kirk Bullinger (13)

HR: NRL Mike Coolbaugh (8) off Mike Nannini
                   Mike Coolbaugh (9) off  Josias Manzanillo
                   Chris Burke (7) off Mike Nannini
                   John Buck (9) off Mike Nannini 
                   Phil Hiatt (13) off Josias Manzanillo
         ABQ Derek Wathan (5) off Heath Bost 
                   Joe Dillon (6) off Carlos Hernandez
                   Brian Banks (3) off Tony Fiore

TIME: 2:38 
ATT: 6,908

A pair of Zephyr homers in the 9th inning doomed the Isotopes as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) rallied to defeat the Isotopes 8-7 on Wednesday afternoon at "The Lab".

Ryan Christenson drew a leadoff walk in the 1st inning, advanced to second base on Derek Wathan's single, and scored on Joe Dillon's single to left-center field.  Shortly thereafter, Chris Aguila's sacrifice flyout to right field plated Wathan as the Isotopes led 2-0.

New Orleans tied the game in the 2nd inning.  Phil Hiatt singled and scored on Mike Coolbaugh's homer to left field.

Zephyrs starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez led off the 3rd inning with a single and an out later Chris Burke homered to left field off the scoreboard as the Zephyrs took a 4-2 lead.

Dillon led off the home half of the 3rd inning with a homer as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 4-3.

John Buck homered to center field to lead off the 6th inning as the Zephyrs extended the lead to 5-3.

The Isotopes took the lead in the 7th inning.  Wathan led off with a double and scored on Dillon's single to left-center field.  Brian Banks followed with a homer to right field as the Isotopes led 6-5.

Derek Wathan solo-homered to right field in the 8th inning as the Isotopes added an insurance run and extended the lead to 7-5.

Albuquerque's Josias Manzanillo came into the game in the 9th inning looking for the save but "Homer" Hiatt greeted him with a solo shot to left field as the Zephyrs crept closer at 7-6.  Jason Alfaro doubled to left-center field and Coolbaugh followed with a homer to right field, his second homer of the contest, as the Zephyrs led 8-7.  New Orleans' Kirk Bullinger set down the Isotopes in order in the bottom of the 9th inning for his league-leading 13th save.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x3 (.343), 2B (15), RBI (31), BB (24)
Wilson Valdez  0x0 (.326), BB (14), SB (17) 

Mike Nannini  6 IP (59), 7 H (60), 5 ER (40), 0 BB, 3 K (49),
3 HR (12)  (ERA: 6.10)
Michael Neu  2 IP (4), 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (1) (ERA: 0.00)

'Topes Notes:  The eight homers by both teams set a season high for most homers in a game the Isotopes have played.  The Isotopes tied a franchise record for most homers given up to an opponent in a game (5 homers).  It was also the third time this season the Isotopes pitching staff has given up 5 homers in a contest. . . .  The game resembled somewhat of a home run derby -- all 8 of the Zephyrs runs and 4 of the 7 Isotopes runs were scored using the long ball. . . .  Joe Dillon has extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . .  A pitching probable has not been announced by the Isotopes for Game 3 of the series on Thursday evening.  Chris Enochs (3-4, 3.42) is scheduled to go for the Zephyrs.

Filed 06/02/2004

June 1, 2004 - Isotopes (31-22)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
New Orleans 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 6 10 3 4
Albuquerque 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 3 X 8  12 0 5

WP: Clint Sodowsky (3-0)
LP: Chad Qualls (2-2)
SV: Josias Manzanillo (2)

HR: NRL John Buck (8) off Matt Blank
                   Phil Hiatt (12) off Matt Blank
                   Kyle Logan (1) off Matt Blank
         ABQ Chris Aguila (3) off Chad Qualls

TIME: 2:25 
ATT: 4,530

The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) self-destructed in the 8th inning as the Isotopes rallied to defeat the Zephyrs 8-6 on Monday evening at "The Lab".

Eric Bruntlett led off the game with a triple onto the hill in center field and scored on Chris Burke's sacrifice flyout to center field in the 1st inning as the Zephyrs built a 1-0 lead.

In the 2nd inning, Phil "Homer" Hiatt and Kyle Logan belted solo homers as the Zephyrs extended the lead to 3-0.

John Buck solo-homered to lead off the 4th inning as New Orleans added to the lead.

The Isotopes took the lead in their half of the 4th inning.  Derek Wathan and Joe Dillon singled and Brian Banks singled to right field to drive in Wathan.  Matt Padgett grounded out before Jason Wood infield singled to drive in Dillon.  Chris Aguila followed with his third homer of the season, a three-run homer to left field, as the Isotopes led 5-4.

In the 8th inning, Burke singled and scored on Buck's double onto the hill in center field and Buck later scored Phil Hiatt's infield single as the Zephyrs regained the lead at 6-5.

In the home half of the 8th inning with one out, Padgett singled and Aguila drew a walk.  Ryan Jorgensen singled to left field to drive in Padgett as Zephyr left-fielder Hiatt's throw to catcher Buck was too late.  Buck then threw to second-baseman Burke to try to get Jorgensen out at second base but the throw was wild and Aguila scored.  The wild throw rolled past center-fielder Logan as Jorgensen raced around the bases to score.  The Zephyrs had two errors on the play and the Isotopes regained the lead at 8-6.

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Matt Blank  6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HR (ERA: 4.60)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x3 (.343), 2 R (36), HR (3), 3 RBI (30), BB (23), K (51)
Wilson Valdez  1x4 (.326), BB (13)
Ryan Jorgensen  1x4 (.263), R (7), RBI (8), K (10)

'Topes Notes:  The 2 hour, 25 minute game was the shortest game played this season at Isotopes Park. . . .  To get an idea what kind of suspension Matt Treanor may receive when he returns to the Isotopes from the Marlins, Luis Terrero of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his part in a fight with Treanor during a game against the Isotopes on May 25th.  He was also given an indefinite suspension for an altercation with the fans at Isotopes Park after the on-field fight.  It was said  that Terrero threw a baseball at a fan near the Tucson dugout and shouted at several fans.  Diamondbacks general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said Terrero could return to action after completing an anger management course. . . .  Rick Bell of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) was named the PCL Hitter of the Week.  Bell hit five homers during the week while hitting .320.  Denny Stark of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) was named the Pitcher of the Week.  Stark pitched 14 innings for the week, allowing one earned run and 9 hits while walking 2 and striking out 12. . . .  Pitching probables for the second game of the series are Mike Nannini (3-3, 5.94) for the Isotopes and Carlos Hernandez (4-1, 3.76) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 06/01/2004

Treanor to Marlins; Slew of other
Transactions

Catcher Matt Treanor has had his contact purchased by the Florida Marlins. Treanor should be catching regularly with the Marlins as Mike Redmond has a bruised right forearm (from being hit by a pitch in a game over the weekend) and Ramon Castro is being bothered by inflammation in his big right toe. In Tuesday's game against the Reds, the Marlins had to use Mike Mordecai as an emergency catcher. Treanor appeared in 41 games for the Isotopes, hitting .280 (37x132) with 7 doubles, no triples, 6 homers, and 31 RBI. Catcher Ryan Jorgensen and outfielder Ryan Christenson were activated from the disabled list. Infielder/outfielder Billy Hall was transferred to Class-AA Carolina and Mike Colangelo was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin.
Filed 06/01/2004

May 31, 2004 - Isotopes (30-22)

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 0 9
Memphis 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 4  8 0 5

WP:Dan Haren (6-2) 
LP: Aaron Small (1-6)
SV: Josh Pearce (1)

HR: MEM Dan Haren (1) off Aaron Small
                   Kevin Witt (8) off Aaron Small
                   Kevin Witt (9) off Juan Alvarez

TIME: 2:27
ATT: 10,903

Kevin Witt belted two homers to aid the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in a 4-1 victory over the Isotopes to avoid the series sweep at Autozone Park on Monday evening.  With the loss, the Redbirds ended a five-game losing streak and the Isotopes snapped a four-game winning streak.

In the 4th inning, John Gall singled to left field ahead of Kevin Witt's homer to right field as the Redbirds took a 2-0 lead.

Redbirds starter Dan Haren helped his cause with a solo homer to right field in the 5th inning as the Redbirds extended the lead to
3-0.

Albuquerque broke up the shutout in the 7th inning when Billy Hall reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Wilson Valdez's double down the left field line.

Memphis' Witt solo-homered to right field in the 8th inning to close out the scoring.

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Aaron Small (L, 1-6)  6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
(ERA: 6.42)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x1 (.343)
Wilson Valdez  2x5 (.327), 2B (9), RBI (20), K (28)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes took 3 out of the 4 games in Memphis on this roadtrip and split the season series of games at Autozone Park 4-4.  Memphis makes one more 4-game series appearance at Isotopes Park in July to close out the regular season 16-game series. . . .   Tonight's defeat snapped a five-game road winning streak. . . .  The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) lost to the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) today so the Isotopes remain in first place in the PCL Central Division by half a game. . . .  Derek Wathan went 0x4 to snap a 6-game hitting streak. . . .   Aaron Small has now lost his last 3 decisions after having earned his first winning decision of the season.  Small leads the club with 6 losses. . . .  May was a great month for the Isotopes.  The Isotopes went 19-11 during the month and tied a franchise record for the most wins in a month and set franchise records for most homers in a month (40) and consecutive games with an Isotope home run (11 games, set earler in May).  Matt Padgett even had the franchise's first pinch-hit homer (May 21 against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers). . . .  Memphis starter Dan Haren has won all 3 decisions against the Isotopes this season.   Haren tied a career high in strikeouts with 11 and belted his second career homer in the game. . . .  Pitching probables for the first game of a short 4-game homestand against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros) are Matt Blank (2-0, 4.46) for the Isotopes and Chad Qualls (2-1, 4.58) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 05/31/2004

Howard Recalled by Marlins; Olsen
to DL, Hartmann Activated From DL

Pitcher Ben Howard has been recalled by the Florida Marlins on Monday due to the Marlins placing pitcher Josh Beckett on the major-league disabled list with a blister problem. Howard went 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA in 17 games with the Isotopes. In 29 innings pitched, he gave up 22 hits, 11 earned runs, 17 walks and struck out 25. In other Isotopes moves, pitcher Kevin Olsen has been placed on the disabled list. Olsen left the game early after 3 perfect innings from a contest against the Redbirds on May 29th with what was reported as a shoulder injury. Pitcher Pete Hartmann was activated from the disabled list. It has not been announced yet who will be placed in Olsen's spot in the starting rotation or if it will be a group of relievers pitching a few innings each.
Filed 05/31/2004

Burnett To Pitch Next With Marlins

The Marlins announced Sunday that pitcher A.J. Burnett will be activated from the major league 15-day disabled list on Thursday June 3rd and start against the New York Mets. Burnett had made one rehabilitation assignment start for the Isotopes on May 28th as he recovered from reconstructive elbow surgery. The announcement means there will be no possible second outing with the Isotopes.
Filed 05/31/2004

May 30, 2004 - Isotopes (30-21)

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 6 10 0 5
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2  8 0 8

WP: Michael Tejera (5-1) 
LP: Jason Ryan (1-5)

HR: ABQ Matt Padgett (11) off Jason Ryan 
                   
         MEM Mark Quinn (1) off Michael Tejera 
                     John Gall (11) off Michael Tejera 

TIME: 2:30
ATT: 9,111

Matt Padgett's home run provided all the runs the Isotopes would need on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 6-2.  The Isotopes are a franchise-best 9 games over the .500 mark and have won their last four games.

 In the 2nd inning, Matt Padgett and Chris Aguila back-to-back doubled as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead.

The Isotopes built a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning when Joe Dillon singled, advanced to third base on Jason Wood's single and scored on a wild pitch.

In the 5th inning, Wilson Valdez infield singled, Derek Wathan singled, and Dillon drew a walk to load the bases with one out.  Jason Wood popped up for the second out of the inning before Padgett grand-slam homered to right field as the Isotopes added to their lead to make it 6-0.

Mark Quinn solo-homered to center field in the 6th inning as the Redbirds avoided being shutout and John Gall solo-homered to left field in the 8th inning to close out the scoring.

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Michael Tejera (W, 5-1)  8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR (ERA: 4.05)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila 1x3 (.345), 2B (14), RBI (27) 
Wilson Valdez  2x5 (.326), R (32)

Michael Neu  1 IP (2), 1 H (1), 0 ER, 1 BB (2), 0 K (ERA: 0.00)

'Topes Notes: The Isotopes 30-21 record is currently the best record in the Pacific Coast League. . . . Matt Padgett's grand-slam homer was his second grand-slam homer of the season.  His other slam came May 13th at Salt Lake.  The Isotopes club has hit three grand-slam homers this season, which ties a franchise record for the most grand-slam homers in a season. . . .  Derek Wathan extended his hitting streak to 6 games with a hit in this contest. . . .  The Isotopes continue to hold a half-game lead over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the PCL Central Division as the Cubs won. Mark Prior made a rehabilitation assignment start for the I-Cubs today against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) and went
5 1/3 innings, giving up 2 runs and 3 hits while striking out 10. . . .   Pitching probables for the series finale on Monday night are Aaron Small (1-5, 6.63) for the Isotopes and Dan Haren (5-2, 4.22) for the Redbirds. 

Filed 05/30/2004

May 29, 2004 - Isotopes (29-21)

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Albuquerque 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 5 7 0 6
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 3

WP: Ben Howard (3-0)
LP: Randy Flores (0-4)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (5) off Randy Flores 
         MEM Scott Seabol (8) off Michael Flannery
         

TIME: 2:36  
ATT: 14,496

Kevin Olsen, Ben Howard and Michael Flannery combined on a 3-hitter as the Isotopes cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on Saturday afternoon in front of 14,496 fans at Autozone Park, the largest crowd the Isotopes have played in front of this season.
 

With two outs, Joe Dillon solo-homered down the left field line in the 1st inning as the Isotopes led 1-0.

In the 4th inning, Brian Banks drew a leadoff walk and Chris Aguila doubled to left-center field.  Drew Niles reached on an error as Banks scored and Matt Treanor's groundout plated Aguila as the Isotopes extended the lead to 3-0.

The Isotopes scored their final two runs in the 7th inning.  Treanor and Wilson Valdez singled and Wathan's single up the middle drove in Treanor.  Dillon then doubled to left field to drive in Valdez as the Isotopes led 5-0.

In the bottom of the 8th inning with Michael Flannery just into the game, Scott Seabol solo-homered to left-center field to break up the shutout.

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Kevin Olsen  3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (ERA: 4.37)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x4 (.345), R (34), 2 2B (13), K (50)
Wilson Valdez  1x3 (.324), R (31), 2 BB (12) 

Michael Flannery  2 IP (25 1/3), 1 H (31), 1 ER (20), 1 BB (11),
3 K (23), 1 HR (4)  (ERA: 7.11)
Ben Howard (W, 3-0)  4 IP (29), 2 H (22), 0 ER, 2 BB (17),
3 K (23) (ERA: 3.41)

'Topes Notes:  Kevin Olsen had to leave the game after the second pitch in the 4th inning with a right-shoulder injury.  The extent of the injury and what starts he will miss if any should be known in the next few days. . . .  Due to a loss by the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Saturday evening, the Isotopes have a half-game lead in the PCL Central Division. . . . The Isotopes tied franchise records for most games above .500 - 8 games, and fewest hits given up to an opponent in a game - 3 hits.  It is the second time this week the Isotopes pitching staff has given up only 3 hits in a game. . . .  Ben Howard pitched 4 innings of relief in the game to set an Isotopes season high for the longest outing by a reliever, eclipsing by 1/3 of an inning the outing Clint Sodowsky had last night.  Howard also earned his first winning decision since May 14th at Salt Lake. . . .  After not having given up any homers in his first 22 innings pitched this season, Michael Flannery has now given up 4 homers in the last 3 1/3 innings he has pitched. . . .  The Isotopes have homered in 3 straight games and keep adding  to their franchise record for most homers hit in a month, now at 39 homers for the month of May. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Michael Tejera (4-1, 4.37) for the Isotopes and Jason Ryan (1-4, 6.75) for the Redbirds. 

Filed 05/29/2004

May 28, 2004 - Isotopes (28-21)

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Albuquerque 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 7 10 1 6
Memphis 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 6  11 0 8

WP: Clint Sodowsky (2-0)
LP: Adam Wainwright (3-3)
SV: Josias Manzanillo (1)

HR: ABQ Joe Dillon (4) off Adam Wainwright
                   Matt Treanor (6) off Adam Wainwright 
                   Brian Banks (2) off Adam Wainwright
                   Derek Wathan (4) off Jason Simontacchi
         MEM John Gall (10) off A.J. Burnett 

TIME: 3:12 
ATT: 11,113

Joe Dillon, Matt Treanor, Brian Banks, and Derek Wathan all homered in the Isotopes 7-6 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in the first game of the series in Memphis on Friday evening.

In the 1st inning, Derek Wathan doubled off the wall in left field and Joe Dillon homered to left-center field as the Isotopes took a 2-0 lead.

In the Redbirds half of the 1st inning, Chris Prieto walked, stole second base and scored on Luis Ortiz's single up the middle.

In the 2nd inning, the Isotopes extended the lead to 3-1.  Chris Aguila led off with a walk and later scored on Wilson Valdez's double into the right field corner.

John Gall led off the 3rd inning with a home run to left field as the Redbirds edged closer at 3-2.  Colin Porter doubled to right field and scored on Yadier Molina's bad-hop infield single to Isotopes shortstop Valdez.  Molina soon scored on Jason Bowers' groundout as the Redbirds led 4-3. 

The Isotopes tied the game at 4-4 in the 4th inning as Matt Treanor solo homered down the left field line and took the lead in the 5th inning on Brian Banks solo homer to left field.

In the 9th inning, the Isotopes got what would prove to be very important runs.  Billy Hall led off the inning with a single into right field  and Wathan homered to right field as the Isotopes led 7-4.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Josias Manzanillo entered the game looking for the save.  Manzanillo gave up leadoff singles to Kevin Witt and Bo Hart and Gall had a flare hit to right field as Witt scored.  Ortiz grounded out into a double play as Hart scored to cut the Redbirds defecit to a run at 7-6.  Manzanillo then got Porter to pop up to end the game. 

A.J. Burnett made a rehabilitation start for the Isotopes as he continues to work his way back to the Marlins following Tommy John surgery. Burnett went 3 1/3 innings, giving up 4 earned runs and 7 hits.  He walked 2, struck out 6, had a wild pitch, hit Memphis' Chris Prieto with a pitch, and earned no decision in the contest.    Burnett faced 20 batters and delivered 92 pitches on the night -- 58 strikes and 34 balls.  He labored the most pitching to Jason Bowers and Bo Hart - each had 9-pitch at-bats before Bowers had a base hit and Hart struck out in those particular at-bats.  Burnett's  fastball constantly was in the mid to high 90's.  He struck out and grounded out to second base in his only hitting at-bats.

Wainwright, the 2nd highest rated player in the Cardinals organization, went 6 innings, giving up 5 runs and 8 hits and 3 homers.  Wainwright walked 3 and struck out 6. 

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
A.J. Burnett  3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR (ERA: 10.80)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x1 (.342), R (33), 3 BB (22), K (49) 
Wilson Valdez  2x4 (.324), 2B (8), RBI (19), K (27)

'Topes Notes:  The game started 17 minutes later than scheduled due to travel delays the Isotopes encountered.  A morning flight from Albuquerque to Dallas was cancelled so Isotope players and staff ended up flying to Denver, Houston, or Chicago and then catching a flight to Memphis or flying to Little Rock and riding a bus to Memphis. . . .  The Isotopes hit 4 homers in the game, a season-high.  Albuquerque also increased their May homer count to 38 as they continue to add onto their franchise record for most homers in a month. . . .  Clint Sodowsky set an Isotopes season high for longest outing by a reliever when he went 3 2/3 innings, giving up no runs and just a hit.  He earned his first winning decision since May 12th at Salt Lake. . . .  Memphis' Scott Seabol has a 9-game hitting streak. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series on Saturday afternoon are Kevin Olsen (3-3, 4.61) for the Isotopes and Randy Flores (0-3, 3.97) for the Redbirds.

Filed 05/28/2004

May 27, 2004 - Isotopes (27-21)

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Tucson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5
Albuquerque 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 X 5 10 1 11

WP: Mike Nannini (3-3)
LP: Jon Cannon (2-3)

HR: ABQ Chris Ashby (1) off Jon Cannon

TIME: 2:41 
ATT: 5,899

Mike Nannini, Michael Neu and Josias Manzanillo combined to toss the first Isotopes shutout of the season in a 5-0 victory over the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) to snap a three-game losing streak.

Chris Ashby solo-homered to left field in the 4th inning to break up a scoreless contest.  Drew Niles followed with a single to left field, stole second base and scored all the way from second base on a wild pitch as no Sidewinder was covering home plate as the Isotopes led 2-0. 

In the 5th inning with one out, Joe Dillon drew a walk, Chris Aguila singled and Ashby walked to load the bases.  Dillon scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes extended their lead to 3-0.

Wilson Valdez bunt singled and scored on Derek Wathan's double in the 6th inning as the Isotopes led 4-0.

In the 8th inning,  Wathan singled, stole second base and scored on a wild pitch from second base to make it the final 5-0 score.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x3 (.344), BB (19)
Wilson Valdez  3x5 (.321), R (30)

Mike Nannini  7 IP (53), 2 H (53), 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K (46) (ERA: 5.94)
Michael Neu  1 IP (1), 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB (1), 0 K (ERA: 0.00)

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes pitching staff tossed their first shutout since July 18, 2003 against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) at Isotopes Park.  . . .  With the victory, the Isotopes were able to avoid the series sweep.  For the homestand, the Isotopes won 5 games and lost 3 games. . . .  For the series, 26,977 fans attended for a per-game average of 6,744 (about 1,000 fans less than the per-game average for the Las Vegas 51s series).  For the homestand, 58,101 fans came through the turnstiles for a per-game average of 7,263.  The Isotopes have drawn 175,969 for the season which is slightly under the pace of the attendance for the Isotopes inaugural season. . . .  The three-hits given up in the game to the Sidewinders ties a franchise record for the fewest hits allowed to an opponent in a game. . . .  The Isotopes extended their franchise record for homers in a month to 34. . . .  Joe Dillon went 0x4 to snap a 10-game hitting streak.  Chris Aguila extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . .  The longball hurt the Isotopes chances in the 4-game series to have earned a series split or maybe even the series win.  The Sidewinders scored 19 of their 34 runs using homers (56 percent).  In comparison, the Isotopes only scored 4 of their 17 runs in the series using homers (23.5 percent). . . .  The Isotopes head on the road for a short 4-game road trip against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals).  A.J. Burnett (0-0, 0.00) makes a rehabilitation start for the Isotopes as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery.  Adam Wainwright (3-2, 5.12), the 2nd highest rated prospect in the Cardinals organization according to Baseball America, is scheduled to start for the Redbirds.

Filed 05/27/2004

Hall, McNutt Trading Places

One day after infielder Kevin Hooper was claimed off the waiver wire by the New York Yankees, infielder Billy Hall was transferred from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats to the Isotopes on Thursday. Hall is beginning his second stint with the Isotopes. While with Carolina, Hall hit .244 with 2 homers and 7 RBI in 86 at-bats and stole 8 bases. Pitcher Michael McNutt was transferred from the Isotopes to Carolina. In 8 games with the Isotopes, McNutt went 0-0 with a 5.59 ERA.
Filed 05/27/2004

May 26, 2004 - Isotopes (26-21)

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Tucson 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 6 12 16 0 5
Albuquerque 0 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 7  9 1 3

WP: Brandon Villafuerte (2-2)
LP: Michael Flannery (3-3)

HR: TUC Tim Olson (6) off Matt Blank
                   Jerry Gil (4) off Michael Flannery
         ABQ Joe Dillon (3) off Phil Stockman
                   Matt Padgett (10) off Phil Stockman 

TIME: 2:42 
ATT: 5,674

The Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) scored 11 unanswered runs, including 6 runs in the 9th inning, to defeat the Isotopes 12-7 on Wednesday evening at "The Lab". The Isotopes have now lost three straight games.

In the 1st inning, Andy Green doubled to left field and scored on Alan Zinter's single into right field as the Sidewinders took a 1-0 lead.

The Isotopes tied the game in the 2nd inning on Joe Dillon's solo homer into the Sidewinders bullpen behind the left field wall.

The Isotopes took the lead in the 3rd inning.  Isotopes starter Matt Blank led off the inning with a walk and two outs later, Derek Wathan doubled down the right field line to drive in Blank.  Dillon's triple off the left field wall scored Wathan and Brian Banks singled to right field to plate Dillon.  Matt Padgett followed with a two-run homer to left field as the Isotopes built a 6-1 lead.

In the 5th inning, Wathan walked, stole second and third bases and scored on Banks' single to right-center field as the Isotopes extended the lead to 7-1.

The rest of the game was all Sidewinders.  In the 6th inning, Green singled and Tim Olson homered to left field.  Zinter was hit by a pitch and scored on Julio Ramirez's triple to the gap in right-center field and Ramirez scored on a passed ball as the Sidewinders cut the defecit to two runs at 7-5.

In the 8th inning, Ramirez doubled and scored on Keoni DeRenne's single into center field as the Sidewinders edged closer at 7-6.

Michael Flannery entered the game in the 9th inning looking for the save and for the second night in a row the Sidewinders were able to come up with a big inning against him.  Jerry Gil rudely greeted Flannery with a solo-homer to left field beyond the Picnic Pavillion to tie the game at 7-7.  Steve Neal drew a walk and moved to second base on Green's sacrifice.  Juan Brito doubled to right-center field to plate Neal and Olson followed with a bunt base hit.  Brito scored on a wild pitch and Zinter doubled to the hill in center field to drive in Olson.  Juan Alvarez entered the game to relieve Flannery and got Ramirez to pop up for the second out of the inning.  DeRenne doubled to left field to drive in Zinter and Noochie Varner singled into right field as DeRenne scored before Jerry Gil lined out to mercifully end the inning, but not before the Sidewinders took a
12-7 lead.

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Matt Blank  5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (ERA: 4.46)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x3 (.344), K (48)
Wilson Valdez  0x4 (.314), K (26), SB (16)

Michael Flannery (L, 3-3)  1/3 IP (23 1/3), 4 H (30), 5 ER (19),
1 BB (10), 0 K, 1 HR (3) (ERA: 7.33)
Ben Howard  1 2/3 IP (25), 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB (15), 2 K (20) 
(ERA: 3.96)

'Topes Notes:  Two Isotope homers in the game extended the franchise record for most homers in month to 33. . . .  Derek Wathan had his second multi-steal game of the season. . . .  The Isotopes set a season-high by giving up the most runs in the 9th inning to an opponent - 6 runs. . . .  Joe Dillon extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . . .  Michael Flannery earned his first losing decision since April 29th against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). . . .  The Isotopes are probably feeling glad that they only have to face the Sidewinders one more time in the 2004 regular season.  Pitching probables for the last game of the season series are Mike Nannini (2-3, 6.85) for the Isotopes and Jon Cannon (2-2, 4.84) for the Sidewinders 

Filed 05/26/2004

Yankees Claim Hooper, Neu Activated
from Disabled List

The New York Yankees have claimed infielder Kevin Hooper off waivers from the Marlins. Hooper was placed on waivers by the Marlins as part of the process of removing him from the 40-man Marlins roster to make room for Larry Sutton. Hooper hit .277 (43x155) with 21 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, no homers, 17 runs batted in, 14 walks, 24 strikeouts and stole 6 bases. The Yankees added Hooper to their 40-man roster and optioned him to their Triple-A club, the Columbus Clippers of the International League. In the other roster move of the day, pitcher Michael Neu was activated from the disabled list. Neu had been on the disabled list with a right-elbow strain since the beginning of the season.
Filed 05/26/2004

May 25, 2004 - Isotopes (26-20) 

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Albuquerque0000102014 11111

WP: Mike Gosling (1-1)
LP: Aaron Small (1-5)

HR: TUC Andy Green (7) off Michael Flannery
                   Alan Zinter (4) off Michael Flannery
                   Craig Ansman (5) off Aaron Small

TIME: 2:53
ATT: 8,182

The Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) put together four-run first and last frames on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Isotopes on Tuesday evening.  With the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) game rained out, the Isotopes fell to half a game behind the Cubs in the PCL Central Division standings.

In the 1st inning with one out, Tucson's Julio Ramirez, Tim Olson and Alan Zinter all singled to load the bases and Luis Terrero tripled to right-center field to clear the bases.  Steve Neal's single into left field drove in Terrero as the Sidewinders led 4-0 before the Isotopes even batted.

The Sidewinders added to the lead in the 4th inning when Craig Ansman solo homered to left field. 

In the 5th inning, Isotopes starter Aaron Small reached base on an error.  An out later, Derek Wathan singled to left field and Jason Wood walked to load the bases.  Brian Banks struck out swinging before Joe Dillon drew a walk as Small scored.

Albuquerque pulled to within 2 runs at 5-3 in the 7th inning.  Wilson Valdez singled to left field and Wathan followed with a double to left field to put runners on second and third base.  A wild pitch with Wood at the plate plated Valdez and Wathan later scored on Chris Aguila's single into right field. 

Michael Flannery entered the game in the 9th inning hoping to keep the Sidewinders from scoring any insurance runs but he was unable to do the job in the outing.  With one out, Andy Green homered to left field.  Ramirez walked and Olson singled ahead of Zinter's homer to left-center field as Tucson led 9-3.

The Isotopes tacked on their final run in the bottom of the 9th inning.  Wood doubled and Michael McNutt came into pinch run as Wood pulled up lame at second base.  Banks' groundout advanced McNutt to third base and Dillon brought McNutt home with a sacrifice fly.  

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Aaron Small (L, 1-5)  7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 12 K, 1 HR
(ERA: 6.63)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x5 (.344), RBI (26), 2 K (48)
Wilson Valdez  2x5 (.320), R (29)

Michael Flannery  1 IP (23), 3 H (26), 4 ER (14), 2 BB (9), 1 K (20), 2 HR (2)  (ERA: 5.48)

'Topes Notes:  Tucson's Luis Terrero and Matt Treanor were both ejected from the game in the 3rd inning.  With Terrero at the plate in his next at-bat after he had a bases-clearing triple, Aaron Small threw a pitch up and in to Terrero that sailed to the backstop. Terrero started taking a few steps towards the mound.  Treanor impeded Terrero's movement to the mound and both players started throwing punches.  Suspensions are likely for the fight . . .  The Isotopes pitching staff set a season-high with 15 strikeouts in the game and Aaron Small set a team season-high by striking out 12 Sidewinders. . . .  Two Isotope hitting streaks were extended in the game:  Joe Dillon to 9 games and Jason Wood to 6 games. . . .  Tucson's Andy Green set a career-high for homers in a season when he belted his 7th homer tonight.  That homer was also his third homer in this series. . . .  The PCL Hitter of the Week is J.R. House of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates).  House became the second player in Sounds franchise history to hit for the cycle on May 21st.  For the week, he batted .526 with 5 RBI and 5 runs scored.  The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Travis Blackley of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners).  The Australian allowed just one earned run and 5 hits in 13 innings pitched and won both starts for the week. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Matt Blank (2-0, 3.86) for the Isotopes and Phil Stockman (2-2, 5.12) for the Sidewinders. 

Filed 05/25/2004

A.J. Burnett To Make Rehabilitation
Start With Isotopes

It was recently announced that pitcher A.J. Burnett will be making a rehabilitation assignment start with the Isotopes. Burnett will make the start for the Isotopes on May 28th in Memphis. It is not known at this time what Burnett's pitch count will be as he continues to pitch in some minor league games as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. If all goes well, he could be pitching for the Marlins in early June.
Filed 05/25/2004

May 24, 2004 - Isotopes (26-19) 

Isotopes Park

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tucson 1 0 6 5 0 0 1 0 0 13 19 1
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1  5 0

WP: Edgar Gonzalez (2-5)
LP: Michael Tejera (4-1)

HR: TUC Andy Green (5) off Michael Tejera  
                   Andy Green (6) off Michael Tejera
                   Tim Olson (5) off Michael Tejera
                   Luis Terrero (7) off  Michael McNutt
                  Julio Ramirez (3) off Michael Tejera

TIME: 2:30 
ATT: 7,222

Andy Green belted a pair of homers and had a 5-hit night in the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) 13-1 rout of the Isotopes on Monday evening at "The Lab".  Albuquerque snapped a six-game winning streak with the defeat. 

Andy Green homered to left field on the third pitch of the game as the Sidewinders quickly led 1-0.

In the 3rd inning, the Sidewinders broke the game wide open.  With one out, Green infield singled and Juan Brito singled ahead of Tim Olson's homer to left field.  Alan Zinter and Luis Terrero singled and Julio Ramirez followed with the second three-run homer of the inning, a homer to left field,  as the Sidewinders led 7-0.

The Sidewinders added five more runs in the 4th inning to take a
12-0 lead.  Green belted his second solo-homer of the evening to left field.  Brito and Olson singled and Zinter doubled to the center-field hill as Brito scored.  Terrero then followed with a three-run homer to right field

In the 6th inning with two outs, Jason Wood singled to left field to break up Sidewinders starter Edgar Gonzalez's no hitter and Drew Niles doubled to left-center field before Brian Banks singled to right field to drive in Wood as the Isotopes avoided being shutout.

Gonzalez singled and later scored on Brito's groundout in the 7th inning as the Sidewinders closed out the scoring in the game.

Gonzalez, ranked the 9th best prospect in the Sidwinders organization by Baseball America, went 7 innings and gave up a run and 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7.

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Michael Tejera  3 1/3 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4 HR
(ERA: 4.37)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  1x3 (.342), BB (16), K (46)
Wilson Valdez  0x4 (.318) 

Ben Howard  1 IP (23 1/3), 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB (13), 1 K (20)
(ERA: 4.24)

'Topes Notes:  The loss also snapped a season-best 5-game home winning streak for the Isotopes. . . . The Isotopes went homerless in the game to snap a franchise-record 11 games with a homer. . . .  The Isotopes PCL Central Division outright first-place lead only lasted two days.  The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) won on Monday evening so the Isotopes and Cubs currently share first place in the Central Division. . . .  The Isotopes set team season highs by giving up 19 hits; giving up 6 runs in the 3rd inning and 5 runs in the 4th inning.  Albuquerque tied franchise records by giving up 5 homers in a game and for the largest losing margin - 12 runs. . . .  In addition to earning his first losing decision of the season, Michael Tejera set a team season-high by giving up 4 homers in a game and tied a team season-high by giving up 10 earned runs in a game. . . .  Tucson's Tim Olson has four homers in his last three games. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Aaron Small (1-4, 6.66) for the Isotopes and MIke Gosling (0-1, 6.05) for the Sidewinders.  

Filed 05/24/2004

May 23, 2004 - Isotopes (26-18)

 

 

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Albuquerque02020120X7 151

WP: Kevin Olsen (3-3)
LP: Harold Eckert (1-2)

HR: LVG Chin-Feng Chen (5) off Kevin Olsen 
                   Luis Garcia (14) off Patrick Flury
         ABQ Joe Dillon (2) off Harold Eckert 

TIME: 2:54 
ATT: 6,348

The PCL Central Division leader Isotopes defeated the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) 7-3 on Sunday afternoon to extend their season-best winning streak to 6 games and home winning streak to 5 games.

With one out in the 2nd inning, Matt Padgett doubled to left-center field and Joe Dillon singled to right field ahead of Chris Aguila reaching on a fielder's choice.  51s shortstop Antonio Perez threw the ball away trying to get an out at second base on the fielders choice play and Padgett scored.  Matt Treanor then grounded out to score Dillon as the Isotopes led 2-0.

The Isotopes extended the lead to 4-0 in the 4th inning.  Joe Dillon led off the inning with a homer to left field and later in the inning Wilson Valdez singled to center field to plate Aguila.

The 51s got on the board in the 6th inning when Dodgers prospect Chin-Feng Chen solo homered to right field off Isotopes starter Kevin Olsen. 

The Isotopes got that run back in their half of the 6th inning.  Dillon singled and after Aguila struck out, Treanor drew a walk.  Drew Niles pinch-hit single loaded the bases and Valdez singled up the middle to drive in Dillon.  Treanor tried to score on the play but was thrown out at the plate. 

The Isotopes made it 7-1 in the 7th inning.  Mike Colangelo led off the inning with a single, advanced to second base on Padgett's groundout, and scored on Dillon's double to left field.  Aguila followed with a single up the middle as Dillon scored. 

Down to their last out in the 9th inning, Las Vegas' Luis Garcia belted a pinch-hit homer to left field with Nick Theodorou on base to make the score more respectable.

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Kevin Olsen (W, 3-3)  6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
(ERA: 4.61)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x4 (.342), R (32), 2B (11), 2 RBI (25), K (45) 
Wilson Valdez  2x5 (.325), 2 RBI (18), K (25) 

'Topes Notes: The Isotopes swept the four-game regular season series against the 51s for their first series sweep of the season.  The 51s have yet to win any game in the 8 game all-time history between the two clubs. . . .  With the Dodgers top farm club in a town that used to have the Dodgers Triple-A club, 31,124 fans came through the turnstiles for a per-game average of 7,781 fans.  That is slightly more than the season average attendance to date (7,450) but less than the attendance for the last homestand when the Isotopes played the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) (9,919). . . .  The Isotopes have tied a franchise-record for the most games above the .500 mark (currently at 8 games). . . .  The Isotopes keep adding to the franchise recordbooks for most games with a consecutive homer and most homers hit in a month.  Joe Dillon's homer made it 11 straight games with a homer and there have been 31 team homers hit in the month. . . .  Dillon had his second four-hit game of the season to extend his hitting streak to 8 games.  He was a triple short of hitting for the cycle against Las Vegas. . . .  Wilson Valdez had an excellent series against Las Vegas.  He went 13x20 (.650) with 4 runs scored, 3 RBI and stole a base. . . .  The Isotopes offense put a hurting on the 51s pitching staff.  The Isotopes hit 64x153 (.418) in the series with 41 runs scored. . . .  51s Center Fielder Shane Victorino tied a PCL record with 4 outfield assists in the game, including throwing out three Isotopes at home plate. . . .  On Monday evening, the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) come into town for a 4-game series to finish up the Isotopes homestand. Pitching probables are Michael Tejera (4-0, 2.57) for the Isotopes and Edgar Gonzalez (1-5, 7.02) for the Sidewinders.

Filed 05/23/2004

May 22, 2004 - Isotopes (25-18)

 

 

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WP: Mike Nannini (2-3) 
LP: Heath Totten (2-5)
SV: Michael Flannery (2)

HR: LVG Daylan Holt (2) off Mike Nannini 
                   
         ABQ Joe Dillon (1) off Tom Farmer

TIME:  2:52
ATT: 9,278 

The Isotopes continued their winning ways on Saturday night, defeating the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) 8-5 for their fifth straight victory.

After the first three innings were scoreless, Albuquerque was able to finally get on the scoreboard first.  Jason Wood led off the Isotopes half of the 4th inning with an infield single and Mike Colangelo followed with a single to left field before Matt Padgett doubled up against the left field wall to drive in Wood.  Joe Dillon's groundout scored Colangelo and Drew Niles followed with a triple down the right field line as Padgett scored.  After Matt Treanor struck out swinging, Mike Nannini became the second Isotope starting pitcher in as many nights to drive in a run when he singled to center field to plate Niles as the Isotopes led
4-0..

Las Vegas cut the defecit in the 5th inning.  With one out, Rick Bell doubled and Shane Victorino singled up the middle to drive in Bell.  Daylan Holt then belted a pinch-hit two-run homer to left field as the 51s edged to within a run at 4-3.

The Isotopes broke the game wide open in their half of the 5th inning.  Wood led off the inning with a single and Colangelo followed with a double before Padgett reached on a fielder's choice as Wood scored.  Dillon came up to bat next and three-run homered to left field to cap a 4-RBI evening for him as the Isotopes led 8-3. 

The 51s added two runs in the 6th inning to make the game interesting but never edged any closer than the final 8-5 score.  Nick Theodorou led off with a single to right field and New Mexico (Carlsbad, NM) native Cody Ross doubled.  An out later, Jayson Werth singled into left field to drive in Theodorou and Ross.

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x0 (.338)
Wilson Valdez  3x4 (.323), BB (10), SB (15)

Michael Flannery (S, 2)  1 IP (22), 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB,
1 K (19) (ERA: 4.09)
Mike Nannini (W, 2-3)  5 1/3 IP (46), 7 H (51), 5 ER (35), 0 BB,
4 K (38), 1 HR (9) (ERA: 6.85)

'Topes Notes:  Albuquerque continued to set season bests in games above .500 (7 games), longest winning streak (5 games) and tied the longest home winning streak (4 games). . . . The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) lost on Saturday evening so the Isotopes find themselves in first place all by themselves in the PCL Central Division for the first time this season. . . .  The Isotopes have now had a homer in 10 straight games and 30 homers for the month of May as they continue to add to those franchise records.  Considering Sunday is a day contest and the ball travels well out of Isotopes Park in the daytime, chances are good the Isotopes will add even more figures to the recordbook. . . .  Derek Wathan went 0x3 to snap an 8-game hitting streak, while Joe Dillon's homer extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  Mike Nannini earned his first winning decision since April 21, 2004 at Nashville (AAA Sounds) and Michael Flannery earned his first save since May 14th at Salt Lake (AAA Angels). . . .  The Isotopes send Kevin Olsen (2-3, 5.01) to the mound on Sunday afternoon looking for the series sweep. Harold Eckert (1-1, 5.25) is scheduled to take the bump for the 51s.

Filed 05/22/2004

Gracesqui to DL; Flury Again With
'Topes

Pitcher Franklin Gracesqui has been placed on the disabled list with left-shoulder tendinitis and pitcher Patrick Flury has been transferred from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats to the Isotopes. This is the second stint for Flury with the Isotopes this season.
Filed 05/22/2004

May 21, 2004 - Isotopes (24-18)

 

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Las Vegas 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 4 10 2
Albuquerque 2 0 0 1 3 0 4 0 X 10 17 1

WP: Matt Blank (2-0)
LP: Edwin Jackson (4-2) 

HR: LVG Luis Garcia (13) off Matt Blank
                   Rick Bell (4) off Matt Blank
                   Edwin Jackson (1) off Matt Blank

         ABQ Matt Padgett (9) off Troy Brohawn

TIME: 3:12 
ATT: 10,201

 

The Isotopes got another strong offensive performance as they were able to defeat the Las Vegas 51's (AAA Dodgers) 10-4 in front of 10,201 fans at "Tle Lab" on Friday evening.

The Isotopes did not waste any time taking the lead in the game.  Wilson Valdez led off the Isotopes half of the 1st inning with a triple into the right field corner and scored on Jason Wood's triple to right field.  Brian Banks sacrifice flyout to right field scored Wood as the 'Topes led 2-0.

The 51's cut the defecit in half in the 2nd inning as Luis Garcia blasted a homer to left field that landed outside of Isotopes Park in the TVI college parking lot. 

The Isotopes extended the lead to 3-1 in the 4th inning.  With one out, Drew Niles singled to center and later scored on Isotope starter Matt Blank's single into right field.

The 51's tied the game in the 5th inning at 3-3 when Rick Bell and 51's starter Edwin Jackson back-to-back homered. 

The Isotopes immediately regained the lead in their half of the 5th inning.  Derek Wathan led off with a triple, Jason Wood walked, Banks struck out and Mike Colangelo drew a walk to load the bases.  Chris Aguila struck out before Wathan scored on a passed ball.  Niles then doubled into the right field corner to drive in Wood and Colangelo as the Isotopes led 6-3.

The Isotopes extended the lead in the 7th inning.  Back-to-back doubles by Banks and Colangelo and a two-run homer by pinch-hitter Matt Padgett put three runs on the board.  Dillon singled to left field with two outs and later scored on Wathan's double to left-center field as the Isotopes led 10-3. 

The 51's scored the last run of the game in the 8th inning.  Carlsbad, NM  resident Cody Ross singled to left field and soon thereafter scored on Nick Theodorou's single to right field.

Jackson, the top rated prospect in the Dodgers organization, earned the losing decision to drop his record to 4-2.  Jackson gave up 10 hits and 6 runs (5 earned) in 5 innings pitched while walking 3 and striking out 5. 

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Matt Blank (W, 2-0)  5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K,
3 HR (ERA:3.86)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  0x2 (.338), BB (15), K (44)
Wilson Valdez  4x5 (.313), R (28), 3B (3)

Ben Howard 2 IP (22 1/3), 1 H (20), 0 ER, 1 BB (12),
3 K (19) (ERA: 4.43)

'Topes Notes: Albuquerque is a season-high six games over the .500 mark.  The Isotope victory, combined with an Iowa win tonight, keeps the Isotopes and Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in a first place tie in the PCL Central Division. . . .  The Isotopes have had a homer in the 9th straight game (and 29th homer of the month) to continue extending franchise records. . . .  Wilson Valdez turned in his second straight 4-hit game. . . .   Derek Wathan extended his hitting streak to 8 games.  He was also a homer short of hitting for the cycle. . . .  The Isotopes set a season high for most triples in a game - 3. . . .  Matt Blank tied a team season-high for most homers given up in a game when he gave up 3.  Blank also earned his first winning decision since a win in relief on April 15th against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates). . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are Mike Nannini (1-3, 6.64) for the Isotopes and Heath Totten (2-4, 5.03) for the 51s. 

Filed 05/21/2004

Dillon Back With 'Topes, Manzanillo
signed to a contract, Florie to DL

Joe Dillon is back with the Isotopes as he was transferred from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats to Albuquerque. In other news, pitcher Bryce Florie was placed on the disabled list with right-elbow inflammation and pitcher Josias Manzanillo was signed to a minor league contract and assigned to the Isotopes. Manzanillo pitched with the Reds in 2003, just one of several teams he has seen action with. With the Reds in 2003, he went 0-2 with a 12.66 ERA. In 9 games (10 2/3 innings pitched), he gave up 21 hits, 15 earned runs, 7 homers, 4 walks and he struck out 12. Other teams Manzanillo has seen action with: 1991 Red Sox, 1993 Brewers and New York Mets, 1994 Mets, 1995 New York Yankees and Mets, 1997 Mariners, 1999 Mets, and 2000-2002 Pirates. In his career, he has appeared in 241 games, all in relief except for one start with a 10-12 record, 5 saves, and an ERA of 4.56.
Filed 05/21/2004

May 20, 2004 - Isotopes (23-18)

 

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Las Vegas 1 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 9 18 1
Albuquerque 1 0 2 0 1 9 0 3 X 16  21 1

WP: Franklyn Gracesqui (1-0)
LP:  Doug Nickle (2-2)

HR: LVG Koyie Hill (6) off Bryce Florie 
                   Cody Ross (2) off Aaron Small
                   Luis Garcia (12) off Michael McNutt
         ABQ Jason Wood (2) off Winston Abreu

TIME:  3:20
ATT: 5,297

Larry who?  The Isotopes were able to display impressive run scoring abilities without the recently promoted Larry Sutton in the lineup as they went on to defeat the Las Vegas 51's (AAA Dodgers) 16-9 in a slugfest at "The Lab" on Thursday evening.

Las Vegas put a run on the scoreboard in the 1st inning as Jose Flores singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Koyie Hill's single to center field. 

Albuquerque answered the run in their half of the 1st inning.  Wilson Valdez doubled to left field and soon scored on Jason Wood's fielders choice.

With one out in the 2nd inning, Las Vegas' Chin-Feng Chen doubled to left field and Rick Bell reached on an error.  Antonio Perez singled to right field to drive in Chen and Bell and Perez scored on Flores' single as the 51's led 4-1. 

The 51's extended the lead to 5-1 in the 3rd inning as Carlsbad (NM) High School graduate and resident Cody Ross solo-homered.

The Isotopes started chipping away at the defecit in the 3rd inning.  Isotopes starter Aaron Small and Valdez and Derek Wathan led off the inning with singles to load the bases.  One out later, Brian Banks reached on a fielder's choice as Small and Valdez scored.

The 51's took a 6-3 lead in the 5th inning using back-to-back doubles by Ross and Luis Garcia.

Wathan doubled and scored on Mike Colangelo's double to the base of the wall in right field in the home half of the 5th inning to cut the defecit to two runs at 6-4.

The 51's would get that run back in the 6th inning.  Las Vegas starter Joel Hanrahan singled and scored on Perez's triple as the 51's led 7-4.

The Isotopes took the lead in the 6th inning when they sent 14 batters to the plate and came up with 9 runs.  Chris Aguila led off the inning with a single up the middle and Matt Treanor walked.  Drew Niles in a pinch-hitting role drew a walk to load the bases and Valdez infield singled to plate Aguila and Treanor scored on a throwing error on the play.  Wathan followed with a single through the right side to drive in both Niles and Valdez.  Wood singled and Banks reached on a fielder's choice before Colangelo doubled into the right field corner to drive in Wathan and Banks.  Padgett's single up the middle to plate Colangelo and Aguila followed with a single to right field.  Treanor's singled to right field to drive in Padgett and Niles doubled down the right field line to drive in Aguila as the Isotopes led 13-7.

Garcia homered in the 7th inning and Hill homered in the 8th inning as the 51's pulled to within 4 runs at 13-9..  

The Isotopes added three runs in the 8th inning for good measure.  Isotopes reliever Bryce Florie reached on a fielder's choice and Wathan singled to center field before Wood followed with a homer to left field to make it 16-9. 

Isotopes Starting Pitcher:
Aaron Small  5 IP, 14 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (ERA:6.66)

Prospect Watch:

Chris Aguila  2x5 (.343), 2 R (31), 2 K (43) 
Wilson Valdez  4x6 (.299), 3 R (27), 2B (7), RBI (16)  

Franklyn Gracesqui (W, 1-0)  1 IP (14), 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB (7),
1 K (12) (ERA: 1.93)

'Topes Notes:  The 9-run 6th inning was the most runs the Isotopes have scored in any inning this season. . . .  Probably the most runs scored in a single day at Isotopes Park occurred on Thursday.  In the afternoon, the University of New Mexico Lobos college baseball team defeated UNLV 14-12 and the Isotopes professional team won 16-9 in the evening for a total of 51 runs. . . .   Derek Wathan set a franchise record with 5 hits in the game. He also extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Jason Wood homered to extend the Isotopes franchise record for most consecutive games with a homer (8 games).  The Isotopes also broke a franchise record for most homers in a month when Wood belted the 28th homer in the month of May . . .  Aaron Small set a team-high for most hits given up in a game with 14. . . .  Albuquerque set several season highs in the game:  Most hits in a game - 21 (franchise record); Most runs scored in a home game - 16; and Most hits given up to an opponent - 18. . . .  The Isotopes tied several season-highs in the contest:  Most consecutive innings the opponent has scored - 4 and Longest home game  - 3 hours 20 minutes. . . .  Craig Ansman of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week.  Ansman hit grand-slam homers in back to back games and in just three games drove in 10 runs.  Mike Wood of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week.  Wood shutout the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) through 7 2/3 innings and struck out 10 to win his fifth straight decision. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series are Matt Blank (1-0, 3.60) for the Isotopes and Edwin Jackson (4-1, 4.75) for the 51's.  Jackson is the Dodgers top rated prospect.

Filed 05/20/2004

Hooper Designated for Assignment

Infielder Kevin Hooper has been designated for assignment, in effect removing him from the Marlins 40-man roster. The Marlins did that procudural move as they needed to make room on the 40-man roster for recently promoted Larry Sutton. Hooper will be unavailable to play with the Isotopes for a few days.
Filed 05/20/2004

May 19, 2004 - Day Off

The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have the day off. Albuquerque is four games above the .500 mark, tying a season-high for most games above .500. The Isotopes also find themselves in a first place tie in the PCL Central Division with the Iowa Cubs (Cubs). Active Team Leaders in various categories: Batting Average: Chris Aguila (.341) Slugging Percentage: Matt Padgett (.581) Games: Matt Padgett (40) Runs: Chris Aguila (29) Hits: Wilson Valdez (49) Total Bases: Matt Padgett (75) Doubles: Chris Aguila (10) Triples: Chris Aguila, Derek Wathan, Matt Padgett, Wilson Valdez, Kevin Hooper (2) Homers: Matt Padgett (8) Runs Batted In: Matt Padgett (31) Walks: Mike Colangelo (18) Strikeouts: Chris Aguila (41) Stolen Bases: Wilson Valdez (14) Errors: Wilson Valdez, Kevin Hooper (3) ERA: Bryce Florie (2.03)