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Albuquerque Isotopes 2005 Totals:
Night Record: 71-54		Day Record: 7-12
Home Record: 41-31		Road Record: 37-35
Division Record: 21-27		Extra Innings Record: 6-1
Last Roadtrip: 1-3		Last Homestand: 8-1
Runs Scored: 795		Runs Allowed: 768
End-of-Season Streak: Lost 1
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Dillon Recalled by Marlins

On Sunday, the Florida Marlins recalled infielder/outfielder Joe Dillon from Albuquerque. In 2005, Dillon appeared in 98 games for the 'Topes, hitting .360 (126x350) with 21 doubles, 1 triple, 24 homers and 72 RBI.
Filed 09/19/2005

September 16, 2005 - PCL Championship Series

(Nashville wins series 3-0)

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Nashville 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 8 0
Tacoma 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 2

WP: Brett Evert (1-0)
LP: Andrew Lorraine (0-1)

HR:

NSH Steve Scarborough (2) off Cha Seung Baek in the 3rd inning 
           Nelson Cruz (3) off  Andrew Lorraine in the 13th inning

TIME: 4:05
ATT: 5,233

Nelson Cruz's three-run homer in the 13th inning led the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) to a 5-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners).  With the victory, the Sounds won the 2005 Pacific Coast League Championship Series in a three-game sweep, ending a drought of 23 years since the last league title (a Double-A Southern League title in 1982 for the Nashville franchise).

Steve Scarborough solo-homered to left field in the 3rd inning as the Sounds took a 1-0 lead.

Nashville extended the lead to 2-0 in the 6th inning.  Cruz reached on a two-base fielding error and scored on Mike Rivera's single to center field.

Tacoma tied the game in the 7th inning with two runs.  With one out, Wiki Gonzalez and Aaron Rifkin singled and T.J. Bohn Jr. doubled to center field to drive them both in.

The game remained tied until the 13th inning.  Corey D. Hart reached on an error and Tony Zuinga walked ahead of Cruz's homer to left field as the Sounds scored the eventual game-winning runs.

Cruz was named the PCL Championship Series MVP.

Filed 09/16/2005

September 12, 2005 - PCL Championship Series

(Nashville leads series 2-0)

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tacoma 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 5 7 5
Nashville 1 3 3 2 0 0 0 2 X 11 13 0

WP: Tommy Phelps (1-0)
LP: Jesse Foppert (0-1)

HR:

TAC T.J. Bohn Jr. (2) off Tommy Phelps in the 6th inning
           Justin Leone (2) off  Tommy Phelps in the 5th inning
          Abraham Nunez (1) off Tommy Phelps in the 1st inning

NSH Steve Scarborough (1) off Masao Kida in the 8th inning 

TIME: 2:50 
ATT: 5,230

The Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) scored nine runs in the first four innings and took advantage of five Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) errors in a 11-5 victory in Game 2 of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.  Nashville has a commanding 2-0 series lead with the rest of the series to be played in Tacoma.  Tacoma will have to win all three games on their home turf if they want to be PCL Champions.

Justin Leone walked and former-Isotope Abraham Nunez homered to left-center field in the 1st inning as the Rainiers led 2-0.

The Sounds cut the defecit in half in their half of the 1st inning.  Trent Durrington walked, advanced to second on an error during a pickoff attempt, stole third base and scored on an error on the throw from the catcher.

The Sounds took the lead in the 2nd inning.  Tony Zuniga singled to center field, Warrne Morris singled to right field and Nelson Cruz doubled to center field to drive in Zuniga.  Two outs later, Durrington infield singled to drive in Morris and Cruz scored on an error during the play as the Sounds led 4-2.

Nashville extended the lead in the 3rd inning.   Vinny Rottino reached on a fielder's choice, Brad Nelson walked and Zuniga was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Rottino scored on a wild pitch by Tacoma starter Jesse Foppert and Cruz singled to left field to drive in Nelson and Zuniga as the Sounds led 7-2.

Nashville added two more in the 4th inning.  With one out, Durrington infield singled and Krynzel singled to right field.  Nelson reached on a throwing error as Durrington and Krynzel scored.

Leone solo-homered to left field for the Rainiers in the 5th inning and in the 6th inning, Hunter Brown walked and scored on T.J. Bohn Jr.'s homer to center field as Tacoma trimmed the defecit to four runs at 9-5.

Nashville closed out the scoring in the contest with two runs in the 8th inning.  Scarborough solo-homered to left-center field to lead off the inning.  Rottino singled to right field, advanced to third base on Nelson's double to right field, Zuniga was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Morris drew a walk as Rottino trotted home.

Former-Isotope Tommy Phelps allowed five runs and five hits in six innings, an effort good enough to earn the winning decision in the game.

Filed 09/14/2005

September 13, 2005 - PCL Championship Series

(Nashville leads series 1-0)

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tacoma 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 6 15 0
Nashville 0 1 0 3 2 2 0 0 X 8 12 0

WP: Ben Hendrickson (1-0) 
LP: Bobby Livingston (0-1)
SV: Mike Adams (1)

HR:

TAC T.J. Bohn Jr. (1) off  Brett Evert in the 6th inning
          Wiki Gonzalez (1) off Ben Hendrickson in the 1st inning 
          Justin Leone (1) off  Ben Hendrickson in the 5th inning

NSH Nelson Cruz (1) off Bobby Livingston in the 2nd inning
          Nelson Cruz (2) off Bobby Livingston in the 4th inning
          Tony Zuniga (1) off Bobby Livingston in the 4th inning
         Tony Zuniga (2) off Bobby Livingston in the 5th inning
         Mike Rivera (1) off Bobby Livingston in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 4,091

The Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) blasted their way to victory (five homers in all, including multi-homer games from Nelson Cruz and Tony Zuniga) as they defeated the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 8-6 in the opener of the PCL Championship Series.

Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a ground-rule double, advanced to third base on Justin Leone's sacrifice bunt and scored on former-Isotope Abraham Nunez's sacrifice flyout.  Wiki Gonzalez followed with a  solo-homer to left-center field as the Rainiers built a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning.

Cruz solo-homered to left-center field in the bottom of the 2nd inning as the Sounds cut the defecit in half at 2-1.

Zuniga, Cruz and Mike Rivera back-to-back-to-back solo-homered in the 4th inning as the Sounds took a 4-2 lead.

Choo singled to lead off the 5th inning and scored on Leone's homer to left-center field as the Rainiers tied the game at 4-4, but the Rainiers quickly struck back to regain the lead in their half of the 5th inning.  Vinny Rottino singled to center field and scored on Zuniga's homer to left field to give the Sounds a 6-4 lead.

T.J. Bohn Jr. homered to left-center field as the Rainiers cut the defecit to a run at 6-5 in the 6th inning.

In Nashville's half of the 6th inning, Chris Barnwell infield singled and scored on Steve Scarborough's double to left field.  Scarborough took third on the throw and scored on Trent Durrington's infield single as Nashville led 8-5.

Hunter Brown walked in the 8th inning, advanced to third base on a pair of groundouts and scored on Asdrubal Cabrera's single to center field as the Rainiers closed out the scoring in the contest.

The Rainiers starter, Bobby Livingston, had a game to forget.  In 5 innings, Livingston gave up 6 runs, 8 hits and allowed all five Nashville homers.

Filed 09/13/2005

September 11, 2005 - American Conference Championship Series

(Nashville wins series 3-2)

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 4 3
Nashville 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 X 7 10 2

WP: Gary Glover (2-0) 
LP: Michael Tejera (0-1)

HR:

OKL Keith McDonald (2) off Mike Meyers in the 5th inning  
           Chris Richard (2) off Mike Meyers in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:54
ATT: 2,310

The Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) hammered former-Isotope Michael Tejera as the Sounds defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 7-3 to win the American Conference Championship Series.  The Sounds will be meeting the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in the PCL Championship Series. 

With two outs in the 2nd inning, Nashville's Ryan Knox singled to left field and scored on Chris Barnwell's double to right field.  Steve Scarborough singled to right field to drive in Barnwell as the Sounds led 2-0.

The Sounds extended the lead to 4-0 in the 3rd inning.  Corey D. Hart doubled to center field and scored on Mike Rivera's single to left field.  Rivera then scored on Nelson Cruz's single to center field.

Chris Richard solo-homered to center field in the 4th inning as the Redhawks got on the scoreboard.  Will Smith walked in the 5th inning and Keith McDonald followed with a homer to left-center field as the Redhawks trailed by a run at 4-3.

The Sounds put the game away in the 6th inning.  Cruz was hit by a pitch and Knox walked.  Barnwell bunt singled to load the bases and a wild pitch brought Cruz home.  Trent Durrington sacrifice-flied out to center field as Knox scampered home to give the Sounds a 6-3 lead.

Nashville added their last run in the 8th inning.  Cruz reached on an error, stole second base and scored on Barnwell's single to center field.

Filed 09/11/2005

September 11, 2005 - Pacific Conference Championship Series

(Tacoma wins series 3-2)

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Tacoma 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 8 0
Sacramento 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 14 2

WP: Jeff Heaverlo (1-0) 
LP: Jairo Garcia (0-1)
SV: Sean Green (1)

HR:

TAC Justin Leone (1) off Mike Ziegler in the 6th inning

SAC  Jermaine Clark (2) off Emiliano Fruto in the 9th inning

TIME: 4:12 
ATT: 4,592

The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) tallied three times in the 11th inning to defeat the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 5-2 to win the American Conference Championship Series.  The Rainiers will meet the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in the PCL Championship Series.

Former-Isotope Abraham Nunez doubled to right field and later scored on Aaron Rifkin's sacrifice flyout as the Rainiers took a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning.

Justin Leone solo-homered to left field in the 6th inning as the Rainiers extended the lead to 2-0.

Down to their last at-bat of the season, Sacramento's Jermaine Clark provided the home fans some excitement with a homer to right field with Andre Ethier on-base to tie the game at 2-2.

Tacoma won the game in the 11th inning.  Wiki Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Hunter Brown reached on an error.  Brown advanced to second base on defensive indifference and Ryan Christianson singled to left field to drive in Gonzalez.  T.J. Bohn Jr. walked and Asdrubal Cabrera singled to center field to drive in Brown and Christianson as the Rainiers led 5-2.

Filed 09/11/2005

September 10, 2005 - American Conference Championship Series

(Series tied 2-2)

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Nashville 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 9 0

WP: Dennis Sarfate (1-0) 
LP: Kelvin Jimenez (0-1)
SV: Jeff Bennett (2)

HR:

NSH Nelson Cruz (1) off Kelvin Jimenez in the 4th inning 
           Trent Durrington (1) off Kelvin Jimenez in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:44
ATT: 3,775

Dennis Sarfate allowed a run and four hits in 5 innings of work as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 3-1 to force a pivotal Game 5 on Sunday evening.  Sunday's winner will win the American Conference Championship Series and advance to the PCL Championship Series.

In the 4th inning, Rashad Eldridge doubled to left field, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Ruddy Yan's single to right field as Oklahoma led 1-0.

Nashville took the lead in their half of the 4th inning.  Brad Nelson doubled to left field and scored later in the inning on Nelson Cruz's homer to right-center field.

Trent Durrington solo-homered to left field in the 5th inning to extend the Nashville lead to the final score of 3-1.

Filed 09/10/2005

September 10, 2005 - Pacific Conference Championship Series

(Series tied 2-2)

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

WP: Emiliano Fruto (1-0)
LP: Chris Mabeus (1-1)

HR:

TAC Wiki Gonzalez (1) off Seth Etherton in the 2nd inning

SAC Hiram Bocachica (1) off  Francisco Cruceta in the 1st inning  

TIME: 3:44 
ATT: 5,429

Down to their final at-bats, the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) were able to tally a run to tie the game and score a run to win the game in extra innings to stay alive in the playoffs.  With a 5-4 victory in 10 innings over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics), the Rainiers force a fifth game on Sunday in the Pacific Conference Championship Series where the winner will advance to the PCL Championship Series.

Jermaine Clark singled to right field and Hiram Bocachica followed with a homer to left field as Sacramento built a quick 2-0 lead after one inning of play.

Tacoma tied the game at 2-2 in the very next half-inning (the 2nd inning).  Wiki Gonzalez homered to left field to lead off the inning.  Two outs later, Ryan Chrisianson walked and scored on T.J. Bohn Jr.'s double to center field.

In the 4th inning, Hunter Brown singled to left field and advanced to second base on a fielding error on the play.  Brown advanced to third base on Christianson's single and scored on Asdrubal Cabrera's sacrifice flyout to right field as the Rainiers took a 3-2 lead.

In the 8th inning, Sacramento's Charles Thomas walked and advanced to third base on John Baker's single to right field.  Clark singled to right field to drive in Thomas to tie the game and Bocachica singled to left field to drive in Baker as the River Cats led 4-3.

Tacoma entered their last at-bats looking to scratch out a run to tie the game.  Asdrubal Cabrera started out with a leadoff walk and Shin-Soo Choo followed with a walk.  Justin Leone laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners a base and former-Isotope Abraham Nunez was intentionally walked to load the bases.  Gonzalez sacrifice flied out to left field to drive in Cabrera with the game-tying run.

In the 10th inning, Tacoma got the game winner.  With two outs, Bohn Jr. walked, stole second base and scored on Cabrera's singled to right field.

Filed 09/10/2005

Jorgensen Designated for Assignment

The Florida Marlins acquired pitcher Paul Quantrill. To make room for Quantrill on the Marlins' 40 man roster, catcher Ryan Jorgensen was designated for assignment.
Filed 09/09/2005

September 9, 2005 - American Conference Championship Series

(Oklahoma leads series 2-1)

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Nashville 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0

WP: Josh Rupe (1-0)
LP: Tommy Phelps (0-1)
SV: Jose Veras (2)

HR:

OKL Ruddy Yan (1) off  Tommy Phelps in the 3rd inning

TIME: 2:32
ATT: 5,137

Josh Rupe tossed eight innings of one-run, four-hit ball as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 2-1.  The Redhawks lead the best-of-five American Conference Championsip Series 2-1 and can wrap up a series win with a victory on Saturday or Sunday (if necessary, if Nashville wins Saturday).

Nashville scored their only run in the 2nd inning.  Brad Nelson singled to right field, stole second base and scored on Warren Morris' single to right field.

Oklahoma tied the game in the 3rd inning when Ruddy Yan solo-homered to left-center field off former-Isotope Tommy Phelps.

Oklahoma scored the eventual game-winning run in the 4th inning.  Esteban German reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and scored on Rashad Eldridge's single to right field.

Filed 09/09/2005

September 9, 2005 - Pacific Conference Championship Series

(Sacramento leads series 2-1)

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tacoma 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 7 14 0
Sacramento 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 6 3

WP: Jesse Foppert (1-0)
LP: Mike Saipe (0-1)
SV: Masao Kida (1)

HR:

SAC Jack Cust (1) off Jesse Foppert in the 1st inning 

TIME: 3:08
ATT: 10,127

Justin Leone's two-run single keyed a three-run 6th inning as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) snapped a 2-2 tie to pull away from the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics).  With the 7-4 victory, the Rainiers stayed alive in the best-of-five Pacific Conference Championship Series.  Sacramento holds a 2-1 series lead and could wrap up the series with a win at home on Saturday or Sunday (if necessary, if Tacoma wins Saturday).

Andre Ethier singled to center field and an out later, Jack Cust homered to left-center field as Sacramento took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning.

Tacoma tied the game in the 3rd inning.  Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo singled and Leone grounded into a double-play as Cabrera scored.  Former-Isotope Abraham Nunez walked, Wiki Gonzalez walked and Aaron Rifkin singled to center field to drive in Nunez.

Tacoma took the lead they would never relinquish in the 6th inning.  Rene Rivera doubled to center field with one out and Cabrera walked.  Choo singled to center field to drive in Rivera and Leone singled to left field to drive in Cabrera and Choo as the Rainiers led 5-2.

Sacramento added a run to their tally in the 6th inning.  Hiram Bocachica walked, advanced to third base on Cust's single and scored on Brant Colamarino's groundout.

Sacramento made the game interesting in the 8th inning.  Bocachica singled to left field, Cust singled to left field to advance Bocachica to third base and Shawn Garrett sacrifice flied out to center field to bring home Bocachica as the River Cats trailed by a run at 5-4.

Tacoma added some breathing room in the 9th inning.  Gonzalez reached on a fielding error to lead off the inning and Michael Garciaparra entered the game as a pinch-runner.  Garciaparra advanced to second base on a passed ball and Rifkin singled to left field.  Hunter Brown sacrifice flied out to bring home Garciaparra and Rifkin was caught stealing second base.  T.J. Bohn Jr. singled to right field, stole second base and scored on Rivera's single to left field as the Rainiers made it the final score of 7-4.

Filed 09/09/2005

September 8, 2005 - American Conference Championship Series

(Series tied 1-1)

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 5 9 3
Oklahoma 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 X 7 12 1

WP: R.A. Dickey (1-0) 
LP: Mitch Stetter (0-1)
SV: Jose Veras (1)

HR:

NSH Dave Krynzel (1) off  R.A. Dickey in the 7th inning
         Warren Morris (1) off  Kevin Gryboski in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:52 
ATT: 3,676

The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) scored five times in the 7th inning to come back from a 3-2 defecit to eventually defeat the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 7-5 to even the American Conference Championship Series at 1-1.

Oklahoma's Drew Meyer singled to left field and two outs later, Jason Botts walked.  Esteban German singled to right field to drive in Meyer as the Redhawks led 1-0.

Nashville tied the game in the 5th inning.  Warren Morris walked, advanced to third base on consecutive singles by Julio Mosquera and Steve Scarborough, and scored on Trent Durrington's single to center field.

Tony Zuniga doubled to left field and scored on Morris' single to left field as the Sounds took a 2-1 lead in the 6th inning.

Oklahoma tied the game in the bottom half of the 6th inning.  German and Rashad Eldrige walked and German advanced to third base when Will Smith grounded into a double play.  Keith McDonald singled to left field to drive in German to make it a 2-2 contest.

Nashville regained the lead in the 7th inning at 3-2 when Dave Krynzel solo-homered to right field.

Oklahoma roared back to take the lead they would never relinquish in the home half of the 7th inning.  Meyer infield singled and Ian Kinsler walked.  Chris Richard laid down a sacrifice bunt and was safe on the play due to an error as the bases became loaded.  Botts infield singled as Meyer scored and the bases remained loaded.  German doubled to left field to drive in Kinsler and Richard and Eldridge singled to right field to drive in Botts and German as the Redhawks built a 7-3 lead.

Nelson Cruz singled to left field ahead of Morris' homer to left field as the Sounds closed out the scoring in the contest.

Filed 09/08/2005

September 8, 2005 - Pacific Conference Championship Series

(River Cats lead series 2-0)

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 2 7 13 0
Tacoma 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 7 1

WP: Chris Mabeus (1-0)
LP: Andrew Lorraine (0-1)
SV: Jairo Garcia (1)

HR:

SAC Jermaine Clark (1) off Masao Kida in the 9th inning

TIME: 3:04
ATT: 3,243

The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) tallied five unanswered runs in the final three innings to come back to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 7-4 to take a commanding 2-0 best-of-five Pacific Conference Championship Series lead.

Jermaine Clark tripled and scored on Hiram Bocachica's single to right field.  Bocachica later scored on Shawn Garrett's double to left field as the River Cats led 2-0 in the 4th inning.

Tacoma took a 3-2 lead in their half of the 4th inning.  Justin Leone reached on a fielder's choice and former-Isotope Abraham Nunez walked.  Wiki Gonzalez doubled to left field to drive in Leone and Nunez scored on Bucky Jacobsen's infield single.  Hunter Brown's sacrifice fly brought home Gonzalez.

Tacoma extended the lead to 4-2 in the 5th inning.  T.J. Bohn Jr. doubled to left field, Shin-Soo Choo walked and Leone walked to load the bases and Nunez sacrifice flied out to left field to drive in Bohn Jr.

Sacramento started their rally in the 7th inning.  Andrew Beattie singled and Andre Ethier reached safely on a fielder's choice.  Charles Thomas sacrifice bunted both runners up a base and Tom Gregorio sacrifice flied out to right field to drive in Beattie.

In the 8th inning, Bocachica doubled to right field and scored on Jack Cust's double to right field.  Garrett walked and Beattie singled to right field to drive in Cust as the River Cats led 5-4.

In the 9th inning, the River Cats added breathing room when Gregorio infield singled, was replaced by pinch-runner John Baker, and Clark two-run homered to right field to make it the final score of 7-4.

Filed 09/08/2005

Fuell Joins Carolina; Smith Designated

Grants, NM native pitcher Jerrod Fuell was transferred from the Isotopes to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. Fuell gets to enjoy playoff action with the move as the Mudcats are competing to be Southern League champions. In other moves, the Marlins designated pitcher Travis Smith for assignment to free up 40-man roster room for P Josh Johnson. Johnson had his contract purchased by the Marlins from Class-AA Carolina.
Filed 09/07/2005

September 7, 2005 - American Conference Championship Series

(Nashville leads series 1-0)

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

WP: Gary Glover (1-0) 
LP: Derek Lee (0-1)
SV: Jeff Bennett (1)

HR:

OKL Keith McDonald (1) off Alec Zumwalt in the 6th inning 
          Chris Richard (1) off Gary Glover in the 3rd inning  

TIME: 3:06 
ATT: 3.372

Despite a pair of two-run Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) homers, the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) were able to manufacture enough runs to take a 5-4 victory over the Redhawks in the opener of the American Conference Championships.  The Sounds led the best-of-five series 1-0.

In Nashville's 3rd inning, Chris Barnwell singled to right field and advanced to second base on Steve Scarborough's sacrifice bunt.  Trent Durrington was hit by a pitch and both runners advanced a base on Dave Krynzel's groundout.  Vinny Rottino singled to center field to drive in Barnwell and Durrington.  A wild pitch moved Rottino to third base and Tony Zuniga doubled to center field to drive in Rottino as the Sounds led 3-0.

Oklahoma's Ian Kinsler singled to right field and Chris Richard followed with a home run to center field as the Redhawks cut the defecit to a run at 3-2.

Ryan Knox singled to left field, advanced to third base on Barnwell's single and scored on Scarborough's sacrifice flyout to right field in the 4th inning as the Sounds extended the lead to 4-2.

Nashville's Mike Rivera doubled to center field, advanced to third base on Knox's single to right field and scored on Barnwell's sacrifice flyout to right field in the 6th inning as the Sounds led 5-2.

Oklahoma's Esteban German doubled to right field and scored on Keith McDonald's home to left field as the Redhawks pulled to a run down at 5-4.

Filed 09/07/2005

September 7, 2005 - Pacific Conference Championship Series

(Sacramento leads series 1-0)

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 7 10 0
Tacoma 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0

WP: Adam Johnson (1-0) 
LP: Damian Moss (0-1)

TIME: 2:58 
ATT: 3,659

The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) scored six unanswered runs in the 6th and 7th innings to come from behind to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 7-3 in the series opener in Tacoma.  Sacramento leads the best-of-five series 1-0.

Sacramento took a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.  Hiram Bocachica singled to left field with one out and Bobby Smith singled to center field.  A wild pitch advanced both runners a base and Bocachica scored on a passed ball.

Tacoma responded in their half of the 1st inning to take the lead.  With one out, Justin Leone and Abraham Nunez singled and Wiki Gonzalez drew a walk to load the bases.  Aaron Rifkin sacrifice flied out to right field to drive in Leone and Hunter brown two-run singled to center field, driving in Nunez and Gonzalez as the Rainiers led 3-1.

The rest of the contest was all River Cats.  In the 6th inning, Smith and Jack Cust singled and Shawn Garrett walked to load the bases.  An out later, Andre Ethier sacrifice flied out to left field to drive in Smith and John Baker doubled to right field to drive in Cust and Garrett as the River Cats led 4-3.

Sacramento added insurance runs in the 7th inning.  Bocachica doubled to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch.  Smith singled to left field to drive in Bocachica.  Cust doubled on a hard hit to Rainiers first baseman Rifkin and Garrett walked to load the bases.  Andrew Beattie walked as Smith trotted home and Cust scored on Ethier's groundout as the River Cats built a 7-3 lead.

Filed 09/07/2005

Wilson Promoted to Marlins

Infielder Josh Wilson has been promoted to the Marlins from Albuquerque. In 2005, Wilson appeared in 142 games, hitting .257 (135x526) with 17 homers, 82 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Filed 09/06/2005

PCL End-of-Season Awards / Last Players of the Week

The final Players of the Week were announced. Nick Gorneault of the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) was the Hitter of the Week. Gorneault hit .400 for the week with 14 RBI and 4 homers. Adam Wainwright of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) was the Pitcher of the Week. Wainwright made two starts, striking out 14 batters in 12.0 innings while allowing a run and 9 hits as he won both outings. The PCL has released end of season award winners and there is not an Isotope to be found anywhere. 2005 All-Pacific Coast League Team: DH - Rick Short - New Orleans Zephyrs (Nationals) 1B - Conor Jackson - Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks) 2B - Andy Green - Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks) 3B - Mike Coolbaugh - Round Rock Express (Astros) SS - Danny Klassen - Round Rock Express (Astros) C - Jeff Mathis - Salt Lake Stingers (Angels) OF - Todd Linden - Fresno Grizzlies (Giants) OF - Brandon Watson - New Orleans Zephyrs (Nationals) OF - Aaron Guiel - Omaha Royals (Royals) RHP - Felix Hernandez - Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) LHP - Matt White - New Orleans Zephyrs (Nationals) RP - Jermaine Van Buren - Iowa Cubs (Cubs) PCL Rookie of the Year: Felix Hernandez - Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) PCL Pitcher of the Year: Felix Hernandez - Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) PCL MVP: Andy Green - Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks) PCL Manager of the Year: Dan Rohn - Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
Filed 09/6/2005

September 5, 2005 - Isotopes (78-66)

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 0
Memphis 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 X 4 6 1

WP: Adam Wainwright (10-10) 
LP: Travis Smith (7-8)
SV: Brian Falkenborg (6)

HR:

MEM Skip Schumaker (7) off Travis Smith in the 1st inning 

TIME: 2:13 
ATT: 11,623

Adam Wainwright allowed five hits and a run in 6 innings as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) defeated the Isotopes 4-2 in the final game of the 2005 season.

Memphis' Skip Schumaker solo-homered to right field in the 1st inning as the Redbirds quickly led 1-0.

Jason Wood singled to center field and scored on Matt Padgett's double to left field as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1 in the 4th inning.

Memphis immediately regained the lead in their half of the 4th inning.  With two outs, Chris Duncan walked and advanced to second base on a passed ball.  John Nelson drew a walk and Brad Cresse doubled to center field to drive in Duncan and Nelson as Memphis led 3-1.

Cresse doubled to center field, advanced to third base on Milko Jaramillo's single to right field and scored on Schumaker's sacrifice fly to center field as Memphis extended the lead to 4-1.

Albuquerque scored their final run of the game (and the season) in the 9th inning.  Ryan Jorgensen doubled to right field and scored on Eric Reed's single to right field.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 09/04/05):

Joe Dillon 98 G, 80 R, 126 H, 21 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 72 RBI, 57 BB, 59 K, 11 SB, .631 SLG, .360 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 142 G, 88 R, 135 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 82 RBI, 48 BB, 112 K, 17 SB, .440 SLG, .259 AVG
Eric Reed  38 G, 19 R, 51 H, 5 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 19 RBI, 3 BB, 28 K, 15 SB, .404 SLG, .307 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 11-7, 5.06 ERA, 0 SV, 153.0 IP, 179 H, 102 R, 86 ER, 21 HR, 67 BB, 101 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 6.10 ERA, 1 SV, 10.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 10 BB, 12 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2004, Matt Padgett, Joe Dillon and Drew Niles each drove in a pair of runs in a 9-2 Isotopes victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) at Isotopes Park.  Miki Nannini allowed two runs and four hits in 7 innings of work. 

'Topes Notes:  Memphis took three out of the four games in the series.  48,016 fans came through the Autozone Park turnstiles.  In the 16-game season series, the Isotopes took 10 of the contests (5-3 at Isotopes Park and 5-3 at Autozone Park). . . .  The Isotopes finished the season at 78-66, good for a solid second place finish in the American Conference Southern Division, 2.5 games back of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). . . . The Isotopes drew 582,839 fans at home and played in front of 518,815 fans on the road for a season total of 1,101,654. . . .  Travis Smith started for the Isotopes and allowed three runs and four hits in 6 innings.  Smith earned the loss, snapping a four winning decision streak. . . .  The Isotopes went 2-3 in September (1-0 at home and 1-3 on the road). . . .  Eric Reed turned in his first multi-steal game of the season. . . .  Even though the Isotopes went homerless in their last four contests, the team did leave the yard 183 times, a new franchise record for homers in a season. . . .  The PCL Playoff picture is set.  In the American Conference Championship best-of-five series, the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) will play the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) with the first game set for Wednesday evening in Oklahoma City.  In the Pacific Conference Championship best-of-five series, the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) face the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) with the first game Wednesday evening in Tacoma.  You can find all your PCL Playoff Coverage capsules right here on this website.

Filed 09/05/2005

September 4, 2005 - Isotopes (78-65)

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 9 1
Memphis 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0

WP: Jeff Fulchino (11-7)
LP: Chris Gissell (8-8)
SV: Brad Clontz (3)

TIME: 2:12
ATT: 13,315

Jeff Fulchino allowed a run and 5 hits in 7 innings in the Isotopes' 3-1 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on Sunday evening.

Despite the win, the Isotopes were eliminated from playoff contention as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 10-8.  Oklahoma is 1.5 games ahead of the Isotopes with only one game left to play in the season, thus the reason the Isotopes will be going home for the year after tomorrow's game.

With one out in the 2nd inning, Mike Colangelo tripled to center field and scored on Matt Erickson's single to right field.  Erickson advanced to third base on John Pachot's single to center field and scored on Isotope starter Jeff Fulchino's single to center field as Albuquerque led 2-0.

Chris Duncan doubled to right field and scored on former-Isotope Chad Allen's infield single with a fielding error as the Redbirds cut the defecit in half at 2-1.

Pachot doubled to left field, moved to third base on Fulchino's sacrifice bunt and scored on Eric Reed's sacrifice flyout to center field in the 7th inning as the Isotopes added an insurance run.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 09/03/05):

Joe Dillon 97 G, 80 R, 126 H, 21 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 72 RBI, 56 BB, 59 K, 11 SB, .637 SLG, .363 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 141 G, 88 R, 134 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 82 RBI, 48 BB, 112 K, 17 SB, .441 SLG, .259 AVG
Eric Reed  37 G, 19 R, 51 H, 5 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 3 BB, 27 K, 15 SB, .414 SLG, .315 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 10-7, 5.24 ERA, 0 SV, 146.0 IP, 174 H, 101 R, 85 ER, 21 HR, 65 BB, 97 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 6.10 ERA, 1 SV, 10.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 10 BB, 12 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2003, the Isotopes earned their only playoff win in franchise history.  In the American Conference Championship Series Game 2, the Isotopes tallied four times in the 1st inning and held on to defeat the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates in 2003) 7-5 in a contest played at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville. 

'Topes Notes:   Jeff Fulchino extended his franchise record for wins in a season by an Isotopes pitcher to 11 victories.  Fulchino also remained in the groove, ending his season with four straight winning decisions. . . .  Joe Dillon went hitless to snap his hitting streak at 8 games. . . .  As of the close of play Sunday, only one division race is still being contested.  In the Pacific Conference Northern Division, the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) are one game ahead of the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels).  Tacoma can clinch the division with a win or a Salt Lake loss.  Tiebreakers will come into play if Tacoma loses and Salt Lake wins.  In addition to Oklahoma clinching on Sunday, the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) clinched the American Conference Northern Division.  As things stand right now, Nashville and Oklahoma will meet in the American Conference Championships and the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) will meet either Tacoma or Salt Lake in the Pacific Conference Championships, with the winner of each conference championship meeting in the PCL Championship series.  All playoff action will be summarized on this web page. . . .  Monday afternoon's contest is the final game of the 2005 season for both clubs.  The Isotopes will send RHP Travis Smith (7-7, 4.05) to the hill where Smith will finish what he started.  Smith was the starter for the season opener and he will be on the mound to start the season closer.   Adam Wainwright (9-10, 4.50) is expected to be the starter for the Redbirds.

Filed 09/04/2005

September 3, 2005 - Isotopes (77-65)

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 4 10 1
Memphis 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 X 6 9 3

WP: Bill Pulsipher (6-7) 
LP: Donovan Osborne (5-3)
SV: Brian Falkenborg (5)

HR:

MEM Chad Allen (11) off Donovan Osborne in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:56
ATT: 12,628

Bill Pulsipher was dominant for the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals), giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in 8 innings with 15 strikeouts in Memphis' 6-4 victory over the Isotopes on Saturday evening in Memphis.

With the loss, the Isotopes playoff chances became real slim.  The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) came up with a run in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 3-2.  The Redhawks win, coupled with the Isotopes' loss, moved the Redhawks to 1.5 games ahead of the Isotopes in the PCL American Conference Southern Division playoff race with 2 games left to play.  For the Isotopes to win the division and advance to the playoffs, Albuquerque would have to win both contests left and Oklahoma would have to lose both their contests.

In the 1st inning, John Gall walked and former-Isotope Chad Allen followed with a homer to left field as the Redbirds led 2-0.

Jason Wood singled to right field and scored on Chris Ashby's single to left field in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 2-1.

Memphis extended the lead in the 4th inning.  Robinson Cancel walked and an out later, John Nelson doubled to right field.  Bo Hart was intentionally walked to load the bases and Skip Schumaker singled to center field to drive in Cancel and Nelson.  Gall's single to center field brought home Hart as Memphis led 5-1.

Ashby singled to left field to lead off the 5th inning, Matt Erickson reached on an error during a sacrifice bunt and Eric Reed singled to right field to drive in Ashby.

In the home half of the 5th inning, Brandon Berger singled to left field, stole second base, and scored on a wild pitch with an error on the play as the Redbirds led 6-2.

Albuquerque started a late game rally attempt in the 7th inning.  Erickson reached on a bunt single and advanced to second base on a throwing error on the play.  Matt Padgett reached on an error as Erickson moved on to third base and Eric Reed reached on a fielder's choice as Erickson scampered home.

In the 8th inning, Joe Dillon doubled to left field and scored on Todd Sears' single to center field as the Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 6-4 and that is as close as Albuquerque would get.

Donovan Osborne worked 4 innings for the Isotopes, giving up 6 hits and 5 runs (all earned) while walking 4 and striking out 2.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 09/02/05):

Joe Dillon 96 G, 79 R, 125 H, 20 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 72 RBI, 56 BB, 57 K, 11 SB, .638 SLG, .364 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 140 G, 88 R, 134 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 82 RBI, 48 BB, 109 K, 17 SB, .445 SLG, .262 AVG
Eric Reed  36 G, 19 R, 50 H, 5 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 3 BB, 25 K, 14 SB, .420 SLG, .318 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 10-7, 5.24 ERA, 0 SV, 146.0 IP, 174 H, 101 R, 85 ER, 21 HR, 65 BB, 97 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 6.30 ERA, 1 SV, 10.0 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 12 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2004, Aaron Small tossed a 9-hit, 2-run complete game and Derek Wathan homered and drove in three runs as the Isotopes defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 9-2 at Isotopes Park.

'Topes Notes:   The 15 Isotopes strikeouts in the game ties a franchise record. . . .  Joe Dillon extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . .  Pitching probables for the third game of the series on Sunday evening are RHP Jeff Fulchino (10-7, 5.24) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Gissell (8-7, 3.46) for the Redbirds.

Filed 09/03/2005

September 2, 2005 - Isotopes (77-64)

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 5 1

WP: Carmen Cali (4-5) 
LP: Ben Howard (6-3)

TIME: 2:42 
ATT: 10,450

Tim Hummel drove in the game winning run for the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Redbirds defeated the Isotopes 2-1 in the opener of the final four-game series of the season.

Despite the loss, which snapped a seven-game winning streak, the Isotopes remained a half-game back of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in the PCL American Conference Southern Division race as the Redhawks also lost this evening.  Memphis did not fare so well even with the victory as they remained 3.5 games back of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in the PCL American Conference Northern Division.  With three games left in the season, Memphis was thus eliminated from playoff contention.

In the 6th inning, Memphis' Robinson Cancel singled to center field, advanced to third base on an error during a pickoff attempt and scored on former-Isotope Chad Allen's sacrifice flyout to right field as Memphis held a slim 1-0 lead.

In the 8th inning, Albuquerque was finally able to break through and get a tally on the scoreboard.  Mark Little reached on a two-base error, advanced to third base when Eric Reed laid down a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Josh Wilson's sacrifice flyout to center field to tie the game at 1-1.

Memphis won the game in the bottom of the 9th inning.  With one out, John Gall walked, stole second base and scored on Hummel's grounder to center field.

The Isotopes' lack of offense wasted another excellent effort by Ariel Prieto.  Prieto gave up a run (unearned) and three hits in 7 innings while walking 2 and striking out 6.   The Cardinals top pitching prospect, Anthony Reyes was equally as impressive for the Redbirds, allowing no runs and 3 hits in 6 innings while striking out 8 Isotope batters.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 09/01/05):

Joe Dillon 95 G, 79 R, 124 H, 20 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 72 RBI, 55 BB, 56 K, 10 SB, .639 SLG, .364 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 138 G, 86 R, 132 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 47 BB, 106 K, 16 SB, .448 SLG, .261 AVG
Eric Reed  35 G, 19 R, 50 H, 5 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 3 BB, 23 K, 13 SB, .429 SLG, .325 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 10-7, 5.25 ERA, 0 SV, 140.2 IP, 167 H, 97 R, 82 ER, 21 HR, 64 BB, 94 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 6.30 ERA, 1 SV, 10.0 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 12 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2004, three New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2004) pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of the Isotopes in a 7-0 victory at Zephyr Field in Metarie, Louisiana.  Phil "Homer" Hiatt homered twice for the Zephyrs in their victory. 

'Topes Notes:  There are really exciting playoff races going on in the PCL, as three of the divisions are still up for grabs with three games left in the season.  Only the Sacramento Rivercats (AAA Athletics) have clinched their Pacific Conference Southern Division race.  In the American Conference Northern Division, the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) lead the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) by a game.  In the American Conference Southern Division, the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) lead the Isotopes by half a game.  In the Pacific Conference Northern Division, the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) lead the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) by 2 games.  Any PCL club not mentioned above are already out of playoff contention. . . .  Tonight was the Isotopes' ninth last at-bat loss of the season. . . .  Mike Colangelo went 0x4 to snap a 9-game hitting streak, while Joe Dillon had a hit to extend his streak to 7 games. . . .  The Isotopes went homerless in the game, snapping a streak of 9 consecutive games with a homer. . . .  Pitching probables for the second game in the series are LHP Donovan Osborne (5-2, 4.54) for the Isotopes and LHP Bill Pulsipher (5-7, 4.56) for the Redbirds. 

Filed 09/02/2005

Willingham Back to Fish

The Marlins have recalled catcher Josh Willingham from his rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes. The Marlins also outrighted pitcher Chad Bentz. The move removes Bentz from the Marlins' 40-man roster.
Filed 09/02/2005

September 1, 2005 - Isotopes (77-63)

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

WP: Travis Smith (7-7) 
LP: Brian Tollberg (4-3)

HR:

RR Barry Wesson (9) off Travis Smith in the 5th inning  

ALB  Jason Wood (20) off Brian Tollberg in the 1st inning 
            Jason Wood (21) off Brian Tollberg in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:16 
ATT: 10,001

Travis Smith allowed a run and four hits in 8 innings and Jason Wood homered twice and drove in four runs as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 6-1 in the series finale and what was the final Isotopes Park home contest of 2005.  Despite the win, extending the Isotopes winning streak to 7 games, the Isotopes remained a half-game back of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) with four games left to play as the Redhawks also won this evening.

With two outs in the 1st inning, Joe Dillon doubled to left field, Todd Sears singled to right field to drive in Dillon and Wood followed with a homer to left field as the Isotopes quickly built a 3-0 lead.

Barry Wesson solo-homered in the 5th inning for the Express' only run of the game.

The Isotopes scored their final three runs in their half of the 5th inning.  Eric Reed and Josh Wilson singled to left field and Reed stole third base.   Dillon sacrifice-flied out to center field to drive in Reed and Wilson was removed from the basepaths when Sears reached on a fielder's choice.  Wood two-run homered to left field to make it the final score of 6-1.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/31/05):

Joe Dillon 94 G, 78 R, 121 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 71 RBI, 55 BB, 56 K, 10 SB, .630 SLG, .358 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 138 G, 88 R, 132 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 48 BB, 104 K, 17 SB, .448 SLG, .262 AVG
Eric Reed  34 G, 18 R, 48 H, 5 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 3 BB, 23 K, 12 SB, .430 SLG, .322 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 10-7, 5.24 ERA, 0 SV, 146.0 IP, 174 H, 101 R, 85 ER, 21 HR, 65 BB, 97 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 6.30 ERA, 1 SV, 10.0 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 12 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2003, Jeremy Hermida joined the club for the final regular season game against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates in 2003).  Despite a 15-inning marathon loss by a score of 7-6, the Isotopes were still delighted as they found out during the 9th inning that they clinched the PCL Central Division title due to a Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) loss.  The 15-inning contest is still the longest game (innings-wise) in Isotopes history.

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes drew 10,001, more than enough to set a new Isotopes Park single-season attendance record.  The 2005 total home attendance over 71 home dates was 582,425.  The previous high season attendance mark from the 2003 season was 576,867. . . .  The Isotopes swept the Express in the four-game series, the fifth series sweep of the season.  30,924 fans came through the Isotopes Park turnstiles during the Round Rock series and 77,921 fans attended the nine-game homestand which included the Memphis Cardinals. . . .  The Isotopes also concluded their season series with Round Rock, winning 9 of the 16 games.  The Isotopes were 6-2 at Isotopes Park and 3-5 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. . . .  The Isotopes seven-game winning streak ties for the longest winning streak in 2005 and the 14 games above .500 continues to add to the franchise record for most games above breakeven. . . .  Mike Colangelo snapped his consecutive-game with a homer streak, but he still did set a franchise record with a homer in six games.   Colangelo extended his hitting streak to 9 games, however. . . .  Jason Wood had his second multi-homer game of the season. . . .  Travis Smith is on a roll - he won his fourth pitching decision in a row. . . .  The Isotopes close out the 2005 regular season with a four-game road series against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals).  The series should be really good as the Isotopes are a half-game back in their playoff fight and Memphis finds themselves 3.5 games back of the division leader Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates) in the American Conference Northern Division. Pitching probables for the road opener are RHP Ariel Prieto (9-5, 3.99) for the Isotopes and RHP Anthony Reyes (7-6, 3.82) for the Redbirds.

Filed 09/01/2005

Isotopes announce Player of the Year Awards

For the second time in three seasons, Jason Wood was named the Isotopes MVP. Wood also won the award during the 2003 inaugural season. Other award winners in 2005: "Mr. Hustle" Award: Josh Wilson Most-Community Minded Player: (tie) Mike Colangelo and Jeff Fulchino Pitcher of the Year: Ariel Prieto Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Wilson Power Hitter of the Year: Joe Dillon In Isotopes History ============== 2004 winners: Power Hitter of the Year: Joe Dillon MVP: Larry Sutton Defensive Player of the Year: Ryan Christenson Pitcher of the Year: Michael Tejera "Mr. Hustle" Award: Derek Wathan Most Community-Minded Player: Mike Colangelo 2003 winners: MVP: Jason Wood Pitcher of the Year: Sean Bergman Most Community-Minded Player: Kevin Hooper Defensive Player of the Year: Wilson Valdez "Mr. Hustle" Award: Derek Wathan Power Hitter of the Year: Robert Stratton
Filed 09/01/2005

August 31, 2005 - Isotopes (76-63)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 6 10 3
Albuquerque 0 1 3 0 1 4 1 1 X 11 13 1

WP: Jeff Fulchino (10-7)
LP: Roberto Giron (4-3)

HR:

RR Brooks Kieschnick (2) off Ben Howard in the 7th inning 

ALB Todd Sears (11) off Roberto Giron in the 3rd inning 
           Todd Sears (12) off Brooks Kieschnick in the 6th inning
          Todd Sears (13) off  Taylor Buchholz in the 8th inning
          Mike Colangelo (16) off Roberto Giron in the 2nd inning  

TIME: 3:02 
ATT: 7,937

Todd Sears homered three times and drove in 7 runs and Mike Colangelo continued his homer happiness and drove in 3 runs as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 11-6 on Thursday evening at "The Lab".  The Isotopes have won their last six games as they continue to fight to get into the playoffs.

Even though the Isotopes won, no ground was gained in the PCL American Conference Southern Division Race.  The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) held off a New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) 9th inning rally to win 4-3.  With the victory, the Redhawks retained their half-game lead over the Isotopes with five games left to play in the season.

In the 2nd inning, Colangelo homered in his sixth consecutive game, a solo shot to left field, as the Isotopes led 1-0.

Round Rock's Barry Wesson singled to right field, stole second base and scored on Express starter Roberto Giron's single to center field as the Express tied the game at 1-1 in the 3rd inning.

The Isotopes regained the lead in their half of the 3rd inning.  Josh Wilson walked, stole second base, Joe Dillon infield singled and Sears hit his first homer of the night, a homer to left-center field as the Isotopes led 4-1.

Todd Self singled to center field to lead off the 5th inning.  Wesson walked and Chris Tremie doubled to left field to drive in Self and Wesson.  Giron sacrifice-bunted Tremie to third base and Alex Eckelman singled to center field to drive in Tremie as the Express tied the game at 4-4.

In the Isotopes' 5th inning, Sears walked, Jason Wood reached on a fielder's choice and Sears scored on Colangelo's single to center field as the Isotopes took a lead they would never relinquish at 5-4.

The Isotopes used some two-out mojo in the 6th inning to extend the lead.  After Larry Barnes and Eric Reed grounded out to begin the inning, Wilson reached on an error and Dillon reached on an error.  Sears blasted his second three-run homer of the evening to give Albuquerque a 8-4 lead.  Wood reached on an error, stole second base and scored on Colangelo's single to left field as the 'Topes extended the lead to 9-4.

Express reliever Brooks Kieschnick solo-homered in the 7th inning for the Express.

Barnes singled to center field and scored on Reed's triple in the home half of the 7th inning as Albuquerque led 10-5.

In the Express 8th inning, Royce Huffman walked, advanced to second base on Charlton Jimerson's groundout and scored on Wesson's single to right field as the Express cut the defecit to four runs at 10-6.

Sears solo-homered to left field in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the contest.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/30/05):

Joe Dillon 93 G, 76 R, 120 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 71 RBI, 55 BB, 56 K, 10 SB, .637 SLG, .360 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 137 G, 86 R, 131 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 47 BB, 104 K, 16 SB, .450 SLG, .262 AVG
Eric Reed  33 G, 18 R, 47 H, 5 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 23 K, 12 SB, .424 SLG, .326 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 9-7, 5.25 ERA, 0 SV, 140.2 IP, 167 H, 97 R, 82 ER, 21 HR, 64 BB, 94 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 6.00 ERA, 1 SV, 9.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 7 BB, 12 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2004, knuckleballer Jared Fernandez pitched a complete game, 4-hit, 1 run effort as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2004) defeated the Isotopes 4-1 in New Orleans.  The Isotopes fell to a franchise worst 12 games below the .500 mark with the loss. 

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes set a franchise record for total wins in a whole season with their 76th victory.  In 2003, the Isotopes won 74 games during the regular season and won a playoff game for a total of 75 wins overall. . . .  The Isotopes also set a new franchise high water mark, now at 13 games above the breakeven (.500) mark. . . .  Mike Colangelo's six straight games with a homer continues to add to the franchise record.  Todd Sears has homered in his last three contests. . . .  Colangelo tied a franchise record with four runs scored in the game and Sears fell one RBI short of tying the franchise record for most RBI in a game.  Sears did tie a franchise record with 3 homers in a contest. . . .  Colangelo extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . .  Jeff Fulchino has won his last three pitching decisions and Fulchino set an Isotopes franchise record with his 10th victory of the season. . . .  The Isotopes completed August with a 17-13 record (11-7 at home, 6-6 on the road). It was the first winning month at home for Albuquerque since May. The Isotopes hit 42 homers in August, their second best output behind 50 homers hit in May. . . . The Isotopes should be able to set a new season attendance mark tomorrow night as they only need to draw 4,443 to tie the old mark. . . . .  Pitching probables for the series finale (and the final regular season Isotopes Park contest of 2005) are RHP Travis Smith (6-7, 4.32) for the Isotopes and RHP Brian Tollberg (4-2, 4.14) for the Express.

Filed 08/31/2005

August 30, 2005 - Isotopes (75-63)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 10 0
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 X 6 16 1

WP: Ben Howard (6-2)
LP: Jimmy Anderson (8-9)
SV: Valerio De Los Santos (1)

HR:

ALB  Mike Colangelo (15) off  Jimmy Anderson in the 6th inning
           Todd Sears (10) off  Scott MacRae in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:37
ATT: 6,448

Albuquerque roared back to take the lead with a four-run 6th inning in a 6-4 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) on Tuesday evening.  Because the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) won their contest, the Isotopes remain a half-game back of the Redhawks in the PCL American Conference Southern Division race with six games left to play in the regular season.

Brooks Conrad singled to left field, Carlos Rivera singled to center field and Royce Huffman reached on a fielder's choice as Conrad scored to give the Express a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.

Todd Self walked and later scored on Charles Gipson's double to center field in the 4th inning as the Express led 2-0.

Matt Erickson doubled to right field and scored on Eric Reed's single to right field as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 2-1 in the 5th inning.

The Express extended the lead in the 6th inning.  Alex Eckelman doubled to left field and an out later, Express starter Jimmy Anderson singled to left field.  Gipson reached on an error as Eckelman scored and Conrad infield singled to load the bases.  Rivera sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Anderson as the Express led 4-1.

The rest of the game was all Albuquerque.  In the home half of the 6th inning, Jason Wood doubled to left field and Mike Colangelo homered to left field.  Josh Willingham walked, Mark Little singled to center field and Erickson singled to left field to drive in Willingham to the the game at 4-4.  Joe Dillon pinch-hit singled to left field but Little was nailed at home plate to prevent the leading run from scoring.  Reed came through with a single to center field to drive in Erickson to get that leading run as the Isotopes led 5-4.

Todd Sears solo-homered to left field in the 7th inning for an insurance run as Albuquerque led by the final score of 6-4.

On three days rest, Isotope starter Donovan Osborne allowed four runs (three earned) and 8 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/29/05):

Joe Dillon 92 G, 76 R, 119 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 71 RBI, 55 BB, 56 K, 10 SB, .636 SLG, .358 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 136 G, 86 R, 130 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 47 BB, 103 K, 16 SB, .453 SLG, .263 AVG
Eric Reed  32 G, 18 R, 44 H, 5 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 3 BB, 23 K, 11 SB, .417 SLG, .317 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 9-7, 5.25 ERA, 0 SV, 140.2 IP, 167 H, 97 R, 82 ER, 21 HR, 64 BB, 94 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 6.00 ERA, 1 SV, 9.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 7 BB, 12 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2003, the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates in 2003) 13-2 at Isotopes Park.  Four Isotope pitchers held the Sounds to 4 hits and Albuquerque scored seven runs in the 1st ining (Robert Stratton and Isotope starter Jason Grilli each two-run homered in the inning).

'Topes Notes:   Albuquerque has won their last five contests and are 12 games above the .500 mark, tying a franchise record set earlier this season. . . .  The Isotopes set a franchise record with their 75th regular-season victory of the season, snapping the prior record of 74 wins in 2003. . . . Mike Colangelo set a franchise record by homering in his last five contests.  Colangelo also extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .  Valerio De Los Santos became the 10th Isotope reliever to notch a save this season. . . .  It appears with the release of Frank Castillo, the Isotopes will be using a four-man rotation for the rest of the season. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series on Wednesday evening are RHP Jeff Fulchino (9-7, 5.25) for the Isotopes and RHP Fernando Nieve (4-4, 4.83) for the Express. 

Filed 08/30/2005

Ashby to DL; Fuell Returns to 'Topes

Catcher Chris Ashby was placed on the minor-league disabled list and Grants, NM native pitcher Jerrod Fuell was transferred from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats to Albuquerque.
Filed 08/30/2005

Castillo Released; Bad Day For Riedling

Pitcher Frank Castillo will not be able to set an Isotopes franchise record for victories in a season or tie a franchise record for losses in a season with his next pitching decision. On Monday, Castillo was released. Castillo appeared in 27 games for the Isotopes (24 games started) and went 9-11 with a 5.53 ERA. In 143 1/3 innings, Castillo gave up 161 hits, 102 runs (88 earned), allowed 20 homers, walked 58 and struck out 80. Meanwhile, the Marlins placed pitcher John Riedling on the disabled list, just two days after he was recalled from Albuquerque. Riedling is suffering from shoulder tendinitis. No Isotopes got the promotion with this transaction as the Marlins dipped into the Class-AA Carolina pitching talent pool to recall pitcher Chris Resop.
Filed 08/29/2005

August 29, 2005 - Isotopes (74-63)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 2
Albuquerque 2 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 X 11 15 0

WP: Ariel Prieto (9-5) 
LP: Brandon Duckworth (8-6)

HR:

ALB Todd Sears (9) off Brandon Duckworth in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:28 
ATT: 6,538

If Monday's contest is indicative of how the Isotopes will play the rest of the season, the message was sent loud and clear:  THE ISOTOPES WILL BE DIVISION CHAMPIONS!  Ariel Prieto was dominating, allowing 6 hits and a run in 7 innings and Todd Sears ended up a single short of hitting for the cycle as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 11-1 in the opener of a crucial series where the Isotopes must win to keep pace or overtake the division-leading Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers).   With the victory, the Isotopes closed to within a half-game of the Redhawks with seven games left to play as Oklahoma lost this evening.   Round Rock remains 1.5 games back of the Redhawks in the division race.

Josh Wilson singled to right field and scored on Todd Sears' homer to right field as the Isotopes led 2-0 after an inning of play.

Round Rock's Royce Huffman singled to left field to lead off the 2nd inning and stole second base.  Barry Wesson walked and Tommy Whiteman was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Raul Chavez singled to center field to drive in Huffman as the Express cut the defecit to a run at 2-1.

The Isotopes started pulling away in their half of the 2nd inning.  Matt Padgett singled to left field, Josh Willingham singled to left field and Larry Barnes reached on an error as Padgett scored.  Isotope starter Prieto's groundout plated Willingham and Eric Reed singled to left field to drive in Barnes as the 'Topes led 5-1.

Albuquerque added six more runs in the 7th inning to close out the scoring in the contest.  Pinch-hitter Mark Little tripled to center field and scored on Reed's single to center field.  Reed stole second base and Wilson singled to left field.  Joe Dillon's single brought Reed home and Sears tripled to center field to drive in Wilson and Dillon.  Jason Wood grounded out to drive in Sears and Padgett singled to right field.  Padgett advanced to second base on Willingham's groundout and scored on Barnes' single to right field.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/28/05):

Joe Dillon 91 G, 75 R, 117 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 55 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .637 SLG, .357 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 135 G, 84 R, 128 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 47 BB, 103 K, 16 SB, .453 SLG, .261 AVG
Eric Reed  31 G, 17 R, 41 H, 5 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 23 K, 10 SB, .410 SLG, .306 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 9-7, 5.25 ERA, 0 SV, 140.2 IP, 167 H, 97 R, 82 ER, 21 HR, 64 BB, 94 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 6.00 ERA, 1 SV, 9.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 7 BB, 12 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2004, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) scored five runs over the last two innings to come back to win 7-3 and sweep the rare five-game series from the Isotopes at Isotopes Park.  Rob Ryan, Matt Treanor, and Isotopes starter Aaron Small drove in the runs for the 'Topes.

'Topes Notes:   The 74 victories ties an Isotopes franchise record for most victories in the regular season (set by the 2003 division-winning Isotopes). . . .  Ariel Prieto tied an Isotopes franchise record with his 9th victory of the season.  Prieto also won his third pitching decision in a row. . . .  Jason Wood went hitless to snap a 10 game hitting streak. . . .  The 10-run winning margin was the largest of the season for Albuquerque. . . .  Because of Frank Castillo's release, the Isotopes have not named a starter for Tuesday's contest.  The Express are expected to send LHP Jimmy Anderson (2-0, 0.60) to the hill.

Filed 08/29/2005

'Topes Sweep PCL Weekly Player Honors!

Franchise history was set today when Isotope players earned both the hitter and pitcher weekly player awards in the same week. Mike Colangelo won the PCL Hitter of the Week (August 22-28) for his effort in the series against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). Colangelo hit .571 in the series with 6 homers and 10 RBI. Colangelo won his first PCL Hitter of the Week award and he was the fourth Isotope to win the award in 2005. Travis Smith earned the PCL Pitcher of the Week award. In two outings, Smith pitched 13 innings, allowed three earned runs and struck out 17 batters. Smith became the first Isotopes pitcher to win the Pitcher of the Week award in the three years the Isotopes have been a club.
Filed 08/29/2005

August 28, 2005 - Isotopes (73-63)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 6 2
Albuquerque 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 X 4 12 1

WP: Travis Smith (6-7) 
LP: Bill Pulsipher (5-7)
SV: Brad Clontz (2)

HR:

MEM John Nelson (14) off Franklyn Gracesqui in the 8th inning

ALB Mike Colangelo (14) off Bill Pulsipher in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:43
ATT: 10,311

Travis Smith allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings of work and Mike Colangelo remained homer happy with a solo blast as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 4-3 in the series finale.  With the victory, the Isotopes remained 1.5 games back of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) as the Redhawks also won their contest today.

Joe Dillon infield singled and advanced to second base on a throwing error on the play.  Jason Wood singled Dillon to third base and Todd Sears plated Dillon with a single to center field as the 'Topes led 1-0.

Eric Reed singled to left field, advanced to second base on a passed ball, moved to third base on Matt Erickson's bunt single and scored when Dillon reached on an error as the Isotopes extended the lead to 2-0.

Memphis tied the game in the 4th inning.  Bo Hart singled to left field and Chris Duncan walked.  An out later, John Gall singled to right field to drive in Hart and Tim Hummel singled to center field to drive in Duncan.

Albuquerque regained the lead in their half of the fourth inning.  Josh Willingham tripled to center field and scored on Isotopes starter Smith's double to right field.

The Isotopes extended the lead to two runs at 4-2 in the 5th inning when Mike Colangelo homered to left field.

John Nelson homered to left field in the 8th inning as the Redbirds cut the defecit to a run, but that would be as close as the Redbirds would come.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/27/05):

Joe Dillon 90 G, 74 R, 116 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 55 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .644 SLG, .359 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 134 G, 84 R, 128 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 47 BB, 103 K, 16 SB, .454 SLG, .262 AVG
Eric Reed  30 G, 16 R, 37 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 23 K, 9 SB, .380 SLG, .287 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 9-7, 5.25 ERA, 0 SV, 140.2 IP, 167 H, 97 R, 82 ER, 21 HR, 64 BB, 94 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 5.19 ERA, 1 SV, 8.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 11 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2003, Scott Sanders only allowed a solo homer and Kevin Hooper drove in both Isotopes' runs in a 2-1 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Rayals) at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes took four out of the five games in the series with the Redbirds.  The Isotopes and Redbirds will conclude their season series next weekend as they meet in Memphis to close out the 2005 regular season. . . .  46,997 fans came through the Isotopes Park turnstiles for a per-game average of 9,399.  The Isotopes have drawn 551,501 fans through 67 home dates and are in great shape to set a franchise season attendance mark.  The Isotopes only need to average 6,341 fans per game for the final four-game home series against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) to set the record. . . .  Mike Colangelo appeared in four out of the five games in the series and homered six times including a pair of multi-homer games.  Colangelo hit .571 in the series (8x14) and drove in 10 runs.  It would not be surprising if Colangelo is named this week's PCL Hitter of the Week, an award to be announced in the next day or two. . . .  Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . . .  The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) became the first PCL club to clinch a division title.  The River Cats' victory this afternoon gave them the PCL Pacific Conference Southern Division crown. . . .  The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) come to town for a four-game series against the Isotopes.  The four games are must wins for both clubs as the Isotopes and Express find themselves 1.5 games back of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) with 8 games left to play.  Pitching probables for the opener are RHP Ariel Prieto (8-5, 4.15) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Duckworth (8-5, 4.54) for the Express.  

Filed 08/28/2005

Niles Back to Carolina

Infielder Drew Niles has been transferred from the Isotopes to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats.
Filed 08/28/2005

August 27, 2005 - Isotopes (72-63)

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

WP: Jeff Fulchino (9-7) 
LP: Kevin Jarvis (10-6)

HR:

MEM Chad Allen (10) off Jeff Fulchino in the 4th inning

ALB Mike Colangelo (13) off Brian Falkenborg in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:35
ATT: 13,398

Jeff Fulchino allowed a run in 6 innings of work and Mike Colangelo homered and drove in 3 runs as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 5-2 on Saturday evening.  The Isotopes moved to 1.5 games back of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) with 9 games left in the regular season.

Jason Wood doubled to left-center field to lead off the 2nd inning, advanced to third base on Matt Padgett's groundout and scored on  Colangelo's sacrifice flyout to right field as the Isotopes led 1-0.

Former-Isotope Chad Allen solo-homered to left field in the 4th inning to tie the game at 1-1.

It did not take the Isotopes long to regain the lead.  In the home half of the 4th inning, Wood walked to lead off the inning and Padgett singled to right field.  Mike Colangelo singled to left field to drive in Wood.  After Josh Willingham struck out, Matt Erickson infield singled to load the bases.  Isotopes starter Fulchino struck out before Eric Reed singled up the middle to drive in Padgett.  Colangelo tried to score from second base on that sharp single and was easily thrown out at home plate to kill the rally.

With one out in the 7th inning, John Pachot doubled to left-center field and advanced to third base when Eric Reed infield singled.  Redbirds first baseman Chris Duncan was unable to handle a pickoff throw trying to get Reed out and Pachot raced home on the error to extend the Isotopes lead to 4-1.

Colangelo blasted a "no doubt about it" solo-homer to left-center field in the 8th inning as the Isotopes led 5-1.

Memphis pinch-hitter Milko Jaramillo infield singled and advanced to second base on an error on the play.  Two outs later, Chris Duncan doubled to right-center field to drive in Jaramillo for the final run of the game.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/26/05):

Joe Dillon 90 G, 74 R, 116 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 55 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .644 SLG, .359 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 133 G, 84 R, 128 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 47 BB, 102 K, 16 SB, .458 SLG, .264 AVG
Eric Reed  29 G, 16 R, 34 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 23 K, 9 SB, .368 SLG, .272 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 8-7, 5.41 ERA, 0 SV, 134.2 IP, 160 H, 96 R, 81 ER, 20 HR, 63 BB, 89 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 5.19 ERA, 1 SV, 8.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 11 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, the only highlight was Athens Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball gold medalist Misty May throwing out the first pitch to her then-fiancee/now-husband Matt Treanor. Treanor's two-run homer provided the only runs the Isotopes scored in a 10-2 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) at Isotopes Park.

'Topes Notes:  The attendance of 13,398 was the second largest attendance at Isotopes Park in 2005.  In franchise history, it was the third largest regular-season attendance and the fourth largest crowd ever at Isotopes Park. . . .  Jeff Fulchino tied an Isotopes franchise record with his 9th victory over the season. . . .  Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . .  Pitching probables for the series finale are RHP Travis Smith (5-7, 4.46) for the Isotopes and LHP Bill Pulsipher (5-6, 4.57) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/27/2005

A Slew of Roster Moves

There were several Isotope roster moves. The Marlins recalled P John Riedling from the Isotopes and optioned C Ryan Jorgensen to the Isotopes. Jorgensen went hitless in 4 at-bats in 4 games for the Marlins. C Josh Willingham joins the Isotopes on a rehabilitation assignment as he continues to recover from a stress fracture in his right elbow. Willingham is the fourth Marlin to play with the Isotopes on a rehabilitation assignment in franchise history. OF Mark Little was activated from the minor-league disabled list and OF Matt Padgett's 15-game suspension for violating Minor League Baseball's Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program has ended. OF James Shanks was transferred to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats from Albuquerque. P Frank Castillo was placed on the inactive list to make roster room for one of the returnees. What is interesting about the roster after these latest moves is that there are four catchers on the roster - a very unusual situation for any baseball roster. Some catchers may have to be released, sent to Class-AA Carolina or just play more of a utility role or pinch-hit.
Filed 08/27/2005

August 26, 2005 - Isotopes (71-63)

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

WP: Donovan Osborne (5-2) 
LP: Jeremy Cummings (6-1)
SV: Brad Clontz (1)

HR:

MEM Robinson Cancel (3) off Donovan Osborne in the 1st inning  

ALB Mike Colangelo (11) off Jeremy Cummings in the 2nd inning 
          Mike Colangelo (12) off  Jeremy Cummings in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:18 
ATT: 12,236

Mike Colangelo belted a pair of homers and Donovan Osborne allowed two runs and four hits in 8 innings as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 5-2 on Friday evening.  Combined with a Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) loss, the Isotopes moved to 2.5 games back of the Redhawks in the division race with 10 games left to play.

Bo Hart singled to center field and Robinson Cancel followed with a homer to left field as the Redbirds led 2-0 after half an inning of play.

Colangelo homered to left field in the 2nd inning and homered to center field in the 4th inning to tie the game at 2-2.

Jason Wood tripled to lead off the 6th inning, Colangelo walked and Matt Erickson walked to load the bases.  Chris Ashby's walk brought Wood home with the eventual game-winning run as the 'Topes led 3-2.

In the 7th inning, Josh Wilson singled to right field and scored on Todd Sears' double to center field.  Wood walked and Larry Barnes singled to right field to drive in Sears as the Isotopes padded the lead to 5-2.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/25/05):

Joe Dillon 90 G, 74 R, 116 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 55 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .644 SLG, .359 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 132 G, 83 R, 127 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 47 BB, 101 K, 16 SB, .459 SLG, .264 AVG
Eric Reed  28 G, 16 R, 34 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 23 K, 9 SB, .383 SLG, .283 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 8-7, 5.41 ERA, 0 SV, 134.2 IP, 160 H, 96 R, 81 ER, 20 HR, 63 BB, 89 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 5.19 ERA, 1 SV, 8.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 11 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2003, the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) scored two runs in the 7th inning to snap a 5-5 tie en route to a 8-5 victory over the Isotopes in Omaha.  Matt Erickson and Jason Wood drove in a pair of runs for the Isotopes.

'Topes Notes:   Mike Colangelo had his second multi-homer game of the series. . . .  By the end of tomorrow night's game, the Isotopes will have drawn over a million fans at home and on the road in 2005.  The 1,409th fan through the turnstiles will achieve the million fan mark. . . .  The 12,236 attendance was the 17th largest attendance in Isotopes Park history (16th largest regular-season crowd). . . .  Eric Reed went 0x5 to snap a 9-game hitting streak while Jason Wood got a hit to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . .  Donovan Osborne snapped a two-decision losing streak with his victory tonight. . . .  Brad Clontz became the ninth reliever to earn a save for the Isotopes this season. . . .  Pitching probables for Saturday evening's contest are RHP Jeff Fulchino (8-7, 5.41) for the Isotopes and RHP Kevin Jarvis (10-5, 3.44) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/26/2005

Erickson Activated

Infielder Matt Erickson has been activated from the minor-league disabled list.
Filed 08/26/2005

August 25, 2005 - Isotopes (70-63)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis 4 1 0 3 0 6 0 0 0 14 15 1
Albuquerque 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 6 12 2

WP: Adam Wainwright (8-10) 
LP: Frank Castillo (9-11)

HR:

MEM Bo Hart (9) off Chad Bentz in the 6th inning

ALB Jason Wood (19) off Josh Pearce in the 8th inning 
         Larry Barnes (8) off  Adam Wainwright in the 3rd inning 
         John Pachot (2) off Josh Pearce in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:39 
ATT: 5,272

Bo Hart homered and drove in 3 runs and Adam Wainwright gave up three runs in 7 innings as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) defeated the Isotopes 14-6 at "The Lab" on Thursday evening.  With the loss, the Isotopes fell to 3.5 games back of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in the PCL American Conference Southern Division race with 11 games left to play in the season.

Memphis built a solid lead in the 1st inning.  Hart led off the game by reaching on an error and scored on Mike Mahoney's single to center field.  An out later, former-Isotope Chad Allen walked and Chris Duncan doubled to right field to drive in Mahoney and Allen.  Tim Hummel singled to center field to drive in Duncan as the Redbirds led 4-0.

Hart singled to center field and later scored on Allen's single to right field in the 2nd inning as the Redbirds extended the lead to 5-0.

Larry Barnes singled to right field, Drew Niles reached on an error and James Shanks singled to right field to drive in Barnes as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning.

With two outs in the 3rd inning, Jason Wood singled to center field and Barnes followed with a homer to right field as the Isotopes closed to within two runs at 5-3.

Memphis immediately extended their lead with three runs in the 4th inning.  Milko Jaramillo singled to center field and scored on Mahoney's triple to center field.  John Gall doubled to left field to drive in Mahoney and Allen doubled to center field to drive in Gall.

Memphis put the game comfortably away in the 6th inning.  With two outs, Duncan, Brandon Berger and Hummel singled (with Hummel's hit driving in Duncan).  Jaramillo drew a walk to load the bases and Redbirds starter Wainwright singled to left field to drive in Berger and Hummel.  Hart followed with a three-run homer to left field.  When the inning was completed, the Redbirds sent 9 men to the plate, scored six runs and led 14-3.

The Isotopes closed out the scoring in their 8th inning.  Wood homered to lead off the inning, Barnes doubled to right field and two outs later, John Pachot two-run homered to left field. 

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/24/05):

Joe Dillon 90 G, 74 R, 116 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 55 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .644 SLG, .359 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 131 G, 83 R, 126 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 46 BB, 99 K, 16 SB, .461 SLG, .264 AVG
Eric Reed  27 G, 16 R, 33 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 22 K, 9 SB, .391 SLG, .287 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 8-7, 5.41 ERA, 0 SV, 134.2 IP, 160 H, 96 R, 81 ER, 20 HR, 63 BB, 89 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 5.19 ERA, 1 SV, 8.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 11 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2003, Gerald Williams three-run homered in the 10th inning to give the Isotopes a 5-2 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. 

'Topes Notes:   The Isotopes snapped a four-game home winning streak with the loss. . . .  Larry Barnes was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . .  Eric Reed extended his hitting streak to 9 games and Jason Wood's streak was extended to 7 games. . . .  Frank Castillo tied an Isotope season-high for shortest outing by a starter - 2 innings.  Castillo also lost his third pitching decision in a row.  Castillo is in an interesting predicament -- a winning decision would set a franchise record for most wins in a season while another loss would tie the franchise record for most losses in a season. . . .   Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series on Friday evening are LHP Donovan Osborne (4-2, 4.78) for the Isotopes and RHP Jeremy Cummings (6-0, 3.06) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/25/2005

August 24, 2005 - Isotopes (70-62)

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

WP: Ariel Prieto (8-5)
LP: Anthony Reyes (7-6)

HR:

ALB  Mike Colangelo (9) off Anthony Reyes in the 2nd inning 
            Mike Colangelo (10) off Armando Almanza in the 8th inning
            Todd Sears (8) off  Anthony Reyes in the 5th inning
           Drew Niles (2) off Anthony Reyes in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:12 
ATT: 5,780

Mike Colangelo led the parade of homers, including a pair of two-run homers, and Ariel Prieto was spectacular in the Isotopes' 8-1 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in the series opener.  Despite the victory, the Isotopes did not make up any ground in the division race as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) won their contest this evening.

Eric Reed bunt singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning and scored on Todd Sears' single to left-center field as the Isotopes led 1-0.

In the 2nd inning, Larry Barnes singled to right-center field and Colangelo followed with a home run to left field to extend the Isotopes' lead to 3-0.

Memphis scored their only run in the 4th inning.  With one out, former-Isotope Chad Allen singled to right field, advanced to third base on John Gall's bloop single into shallow right field and scored on Reggie Taylor's double to the right-center field wall.

In the home half of the 4th inning, Barnes singled to right field, stole second base and Drew Niles homered to left-center field as the Isotopes led 5-1.

Sears solo-homered down the left field line in the 5th inning to extend the lead to 6-1.

The Isotopes closed out the scoring in the 8th inning.  Jason Wood infield singled and an out later, Colangelo homered to left field to make it the final score of 8-1.

Prieto worked 8 innings, allowing six hits, a run, and he struck out 6 Redbirds.

St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Anthony Reyes, on the other hand, had an outing to forget.  In 6 innings of work, Reyes allowed 7 hits, 6 runs (all earned), walked 1 and struck out 3 and allowed three out of the four Isotope homers in the game.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/23/05):

Joe Dillon 90 G, 74 R, 116 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 55 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .644 SLG, .359 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 130 G, 83 R, 126 H, 31 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 46 BB, 98 K, 16 SB, .465 SLG, .266 AVG
Eric Reed  26 G, 15 R, 31 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 22 K, 8 SB, .387 SLG, .279 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 8-7, 5.41 ERA, 0 SV, 134.2 IP, 160 H, 96 R, 81 ER, 20 HR, 63 BB, 89 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 5.19 ERA, 1 SV, 8.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 11 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2004, four Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) pitchers combined on a 9-0 shutout of the Isotopes in Colorado Springs.  The Isotopes were shut out even though they had 10 hits in the game but they left 13 batters on base in the game.

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes are riding a three-game winning streak and a four-game home winning streak. . . .  The four homers in the contest gave the Isotopes 167 home runs in the 2005 season, breaking the franchise record of 165 homers in a season set in 2004. . . .  The 2 hour, 12 minute game was the shortest 9-inning game at Isotopes Park this season. . . .  Eric Reed extended his hitting streak to 8 games and Jason Wood to 6 games. . . .  Mike Colangelo had his first multi-homer game and the Isotopes' eighth multi-homer game of the season. . . .  Joe Dillon has not played in the last three Isotope contests. . . . Pitching probables for the second game of the series are RHP Frank Castillo (9-10, 5.41) for the Isotopes and RHP Adam Wainwright (7-10, 4.75) for the Redbirds. 

Filed 08/24/2005

August 23, 2005 - Isotopes (69-62)

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 11 1
Round Rock 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 5 1

WP: Travis Smith (5-7) 
LP: Carlos Hernandez (5-8)
SV: John Riedling (3)

HR:

RR Royce Huffman (6) off Franklyn Gracesqui in the 9th inning 

TIME: 2:56 
ATT: 8,807

Travis Smith was magnificent, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) and 3 hits in 6 innings while striking out 10 batters in the Isotopes' 4-3 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) in the series finale on Tuesday evening.  Despite the win, the Isotopes remain 2.5 games back of the division-leading Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) as Oklahoma also won.

In the 2nd inning, Todd Sears and Mike Colangelo singled and Drew Niles infield singled as Sears scored.  Colangelo scored when Chris Ashby reached on a fielder's choice with Niles out at second base.  Isotopes starter Smith singled to right field and Eric Reed singled to left field to drive in Ashby as the Isotopes led 3-0.

Jason Wood doubled to left field and scored on Sears' single to right field as the Isotopes extended the lead to 4-0 in the 5th inning.

With one out in the 6th inning, Round Rock's Charles Gipson singled to left field and scored on Brooks Conrad's triple to center field.  Luke Scott struck out swinging but reached first base on a passed ball with Conrad scampering home from third base on the play as the Express cut the defecit in half at 4-2.

Royce Huffman solo-homered to left-center field in the 9th inning as Round Rock closed to within a run at 4-3 but John Riedling entered the game for the Isotopes and retired the Express to earn his second save in as many nights.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/22/05):

Joe Dillon 90 G, 74 R, 116 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 55 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .644 SLG, .359 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 129 G, 83 R, 125 H, 30 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 46 BB, 96 K, 16 SB, .466 SLG, .267 AVG
Eric Reed  25 G, 15 R, 30 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 22 K, 8 SB, .396 SLG, .283 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 8-7, 5.41 ERA, 0 SV, 134/2 IP, 160 H, 96 R, 81 ER, 20 HR, 63 BB, 89 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 4.50, 1 SV, 8.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 9 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Joe Dillon's grand-slam homer highlighted an eight-run 6th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 14-9 in Colorado Springs.  Matt Padgett 3-run homered and Ryan Jorgensen 2-run homered in the victory.

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes and Express split the series 2-2, the Isotopes' 10th series split of the season.  Tonight's game was the last game played at the Dell Diamond this season and Round Rock won five of the eight games.  37,214 fans attended the four-game series for a per-game average of 9,304. . . .  The Isotopes pitching staff tied a franchise record for most strikeouts in a game with 16.  Travis Smith set an Isotopes individual season-high with the 10 batters he struck out. . . .  Eric Reed extended his hitting streak to 7 games with his RBI single. . . .  The Isotopes open a 9-game homestand (the final homestand of the season) starting Wednesday evening.  The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) provide the opposition for the rare five-game series.  Pitching probables for the opener are RHP Ariel Prieto (7-5, 4.37) for the Isotopes and RHP Anthony Reyes (7-5, 3.55) for the Redbirds. 

Filed 08/23/2005

August 22, 2005 - Isotopes (68-62)

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 5 8 0
Round Rock 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 3

WP: Brad Clontz (1-0)
LP: Brian Tollberg (4-2)
SV: John Riedling (2)

HR:

RR Luke Scott (29) off Jeff Fulchino in the 6th inning  

TIME: 2:36
ATT: 8,813

Drew Niles cleared the bases with a double in the 8th inning to snap a 2-2 tie to give the Isotopes a 5-2 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros).  The Isotopes snapped a two-game losing streak and remained 2.5 games back of the division leading Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) with 14 games left to play.

The game was scoreless until the 3rd inning.  Niles singled to center field and scored on Eric Reed's double to left field as the Isotopes led 1-0.

Tommy Whiteman singled to center field and scored on Charles Gipson's double to left field as the Express tied the game at 1-1 in their half of the 3rd inning.

Josh Wilson singled to lead off the 6th inning, advanced to second base on a groundout, moved to third base on an error during a pickoff attempt to nab him at second base, and Wilson scored on Jask Wood's sacrifice flyout to center field as the 'Topes regained the lead at 2-1.

The lead was short-lived as Luke Scott homered to right field in the bottom of the 6th inning to tie the game at 2-2.

In the 8th inning, Wilson was hit by a pitch, stole second base and advanced to third base on an error during the play.  Wood and Larry Barnes walked to load the bases and Niles cleared them with a double to center field as the Isotopes led 5-2.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/21/05):

Joe Dillon 90 G, 74 R, 116 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 55 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .644 SLG, .359 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 128 G, 81 R, 124 H, 30 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 46 BB, 95 K, 15 SB, .468 SLG, .267 AVG
Eric Reed  24 G, 15 R, 29 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 22 K, 8 SB, .396 SLG, .287 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 8-7, 5.53 ERA, 0 SV, 128.2 IP, 156 H, 94 R, 79 ER, 19 HR, 62 BB, 85 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 4.50, 1 SV, 8.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 9 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2004, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) slugged five homers (including two homers by Andy Tracy) as the Sky Sox defeated the Isotopes 14-11 in Colorado Springs.  Joe Dillon homered for the Isotopes and was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. 

'Topes Notes:   Eric Reed extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . .  Luke Scott of the Express is the PCL Hitter of the Week.  Scott hit five homers and drove in 12 runs during the week while hitting .467 (14x30). . . .  Rich Hill of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week.  Hill made two starts, pitched 13 1/3 innings and struck out 21 batters.  Hill gave up three earned runs and two walks in those outings. . . .  Pitching probables for the series finale (and last game of the roadtrip) are RHP Travis Smith (4-7, 4.70) for the Isotopes and LHP Carlos Hernandez (5-7, 5.67) for the Express.  Streaming video of the game is available on roundrockexpress.com

Filed 08/22/2005

August 21, 2005 - Isotopes (67-62)

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 8 1
Round Rock 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 X 8 13 2

WP: Fernando Nieve (4-4)
LP: Donovan Osborne (4-2)
SV: Roberto Giron (1)

HR:

ALB Jason Wood (18) off Taylor Buchholz in the 7th inning
           Larry Barnes (7) off Brooks Kieschnick in the 8th inning

RR Luke Scott (28) off Jim Crowell in the 8th inning 
         Brooks Conrad (18) off Donovan Osborne in the 2nd inning 
         Charles Gipson (2) off Donovan Osborne in the 1st inning 

TIME: 3:11 
ATT: 8,493

Just as the Isotopes pulled to within a run in the 8th inning, Round Rock's Luke Scott two-run homered to widen the lead as the Express (AAA Astros) defeated the Isotopes 8-5 in the second game of the series.  With the loss, the Isotopes dropped another game in the standings -- currently 2.5 games back of the division-leading Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers).

Eric Reed bunt singled, advanced to third base on Joe Dillon's double and scored on Todd Sears' single to right field as the Isotopes led 1-0 in the 1st inning.

Round Rock took the lead in their half of the 1st inning.  Charles Gipson led off with a home run and Brooks Conrad walked.  Scott singled to left field as Conrad advanced to second base.  Conrad and Scott executed a double-steal and Royce Huffman singled to left field to drive in Conrad as the Express led 2-1.

Gipson walked and Conrad homered to left field as the Express extended the lead to 4-1.

Josh Wilson tripled to center field and scored on Drew Niles' sacrifice flyout to left field in the 3rd inning.

Round Rock starting pitcher Fernando Nieve reached on an error to lead off the 4th inning and Gipson and Scott singled to load the bases.  Carlos Rivera was hit by a pitch as Nieve trotted home to make it a 5-2 Express lead.

Valerio De Los Santos made his Isotopes debut in the 6th inning.  Gipson singled to right field and advanced to second base on a wild pitch.  Conrad singled to left field and Scott singled to right field to drive in Gipson as Round Rock led 6-2.

Wilson walked and two outs later, Jason Wood homered to left field as the Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 6-4 in the 7th inning.

Larry Barnes solo-homered to right field as the Isotopes crept to a run down at 6-5 in the 8th inning.

The Express pulled away from the Isotopes in their half of the 8th frame.  With Jim Crowell on the mound for the 'Topes, Conrad singled to right field and Scott followed with a home run to left field as the Express made it 8-5.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/20/05):

Joe Dillon 89 G, 74 R, 115 H, 17 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 55 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .640 SLG, .357 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 127 G, 79 R, 123 H, 30 2B, 5 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 45 BB, 93 K, 15 SB, .465 SLG, .267 AVG
Eric Reed  23 G, 14 R, 28 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 21 K, 8 SB, .406 SLG, .292 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 8-7, 5.53 ERA, 0 SV, 128.2 IP, 156 H, 94 R, 79 ER, 19 HR, 62 BB, 85 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 4.50, 1 SV, 8.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 9 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2003, the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) scored three times and eventually won the game 3-2 in Des Moines.  Gerald Williams' two-run homer provided the only Isotopes runs in the game. 

'Topes Notes:  After winning his first four pitching decisions in an Isotopes uniform, Donovan Osborne has lost his last two pitching decisions. . . .  Eric Reed extended his hitting streak to 5 games. . . .  Pitching probables for the third game of the series on Monday are RHP Jeff Fulchino (8-7, 5.53) for the Isotopes and RHP Brian Tollberg (4-1, 3.64) for the Express.  Streaming video of the contest is available by going to roundrockexpress.com 

Filed 08/21/2005

De los Santos Joins Isotopes

Valerio De los Santos has accepted a minor league assignment and has joined the Isotopes. De los Santos was designated for assignment by the Marlins on August 13th. To make roster room for pitcher De los Santos, Grants, NM native Jerrod Fuell has been transferred to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats.
Filed 08/21/2005

August 20, 2005 - Isotopes (67-61)

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0
Round Rock 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 X 6 8 1

WP: Jimmy Anderson (7-8)
LP: Frank Castillo (9-10)
SV: Scott Strickland (9)

HR:

RR Luke Scott (27) off  Frank Castillo in the 3rd inning 
         Barry Wesson (7) off  Frank Castillo in the 6th inning 
         Barry Wesson (8) off Chad Bentz in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:31
ATT: 11,101

Barry Wesson homered twice in the Round Rock Express' (AAA Astros) 6-4 victory over the Isotopes on Saturday evening in the series opener.  The Isotopes snapped a three-game winning streak, yet stayed 1.5 games back of the division leader Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) as the Redhawks also lost this evening.

Albuquerque took a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning.  Todd Sears reached on a fielding error, Jason Wood walked, and Larry Barnes singled to left field to load the bases.  James Shanks drew a walk as Sears trotted home and John Pachot grounded into a double play as Wood raced home.  Isotopes starter Frank Castillo walked to load the bases and Eric Reed singled to left field to drive in Barnes.

Carlos Rivera singled to left field and two outs later, Tommy Whiteman walked.  Raul Chavez doubled to left field to drive in Rivera and Whiteman as the Express pulled to within a run at 3-2 after two complete innings of play.

Brooks Conrad walked ahead of Luke Scott's homer to right field as the Express led 4-3 in the 3rd inning.

Albuquerque tied up the game at 4-4 in the 4th inning.  Pachot singled to left field and scored on Eric Reed's double to center field.

The rest of the game was the Barry Wesson show.  Wesson solo-homered to left-center field in the 6th inning to give the Express the lead and solo-homered to left-center field in the 8th inning to add an insurance run.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/19/05):

Joe Dillon 88 G, 74 R, 115 H, 17 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 53 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .644 SLG, .359 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 126 G, 79 R, 123 H, 30 2B, 5 3B, 17 HR, 81 RBI, 45 BB, 92 K, 15 SB, .469 SLG, .270 AVG
Eric Reed  22 G, 14 R, 26 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 21 K, 8 SB, .396 SLG, .286 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 8-7, 5.53 ERA, 0 SV, 128.2 IP, 156 H, 94 R, 79 ER, 19 HR, 62 BB, 85 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 4.50, 1 SV, 8.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 9 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 10-5 in Des Moines.  Chris Donnels and Derek Wathan each homered in the game and drove in 3 runs apiece. 

'Topes Notes:   Frank Castillo lost his second decision in a row.  Both losses came as he attempted to earn a winning decision that would set a franchise record for most wins in a season.  . . .  Joe Dillon went 0x2 to snap a 6-game hitting streak. . . .  Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series on Sunday are LHP Donovan Osborne (4-1, 4.45) for the Isotopes and RHP Fernando Nieve (3-4, 5.09) for the Express.  Streaming video of the game is available at roundrockexpress.com

Filed 08/20/2005

August 19, 2005 - Isotopes (67-60)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Iowa 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 15 1
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 9 0

WP: John Riedling (4-0) 
LP: Jermaine Van Buren (2-3)

HR:

IWA Scott McClain (29) off Ariel Prieto in the 5th inning

ALB Joe Dillon (24) off Raul Valdes in the 1st inning 

TIME: 3:20
ATT: 10,535

Drew Niles singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 4-3 in the series finale at Isotopes Park.  Despite a three-game winning streak, the Isotopes gained no ground in the PCL American Conference Southern Division, still trailing the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) by 1.5 games.

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

In the 5th inning, Cubs starter Raul Valdes singled to left field but was erased from the basepaths when Calvin Murray reached on a fielder's choice.  An out later, Scott McClain homered to left field as the I-Cubs took a 2-1 lead.

McClain singled to right field in the 7th inning, advanced a base on Ben Grieve's single and scored on Mike Fontenot's single to left field as Iowa extended the lead to 3-1.

Albuquerque tied the game in the bottom of the 7th inning.  John Pachot singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second base on a wild pitch.  After Drew Niles grounded out, Eric Reed singled to left field to drive in Pachot and Reed advanced to second base on the throw.  Reed stole third base and scored on Josh Wilson's triple to left field.  After Dillon was intentionally walked, Todd Sears fouled out, Jason Wood walked to load the bases, and Larry Barnes blew an opportunity to give the Isotopes the lead when he struck out to end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Chris Ashby drew a leadoff walk in the 11th inning, advanced to second base on Pachot's sacrifice bunt and scored on Niles' single to left field as the Isotopes won the ballgame.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/18/05):

Joe Dillon 87 G, 73 R, 113 H, 17 2B, 1 3B, 23 HR, 69 RBI, 52 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .636 SLG, .358 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 125 G, 79 R, 121 H, 30 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 80 RBI, 45 BB, 92 K, 15 SB, .466 SLG, .268 AVG
Eric Reed  21 G, 13 R, 24 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 21 K, 7 SB, .395 SLG, .279 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 8-7, 5.53 ERA, 0 SV, 128.2 IP, 156 H, 94 R, 79 ER, 19 HR, 62 BB, 85 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 4.70, 1 SV, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 9 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2003, the Isotopes scored two runs on an error in the 5th inning (and scored three runs total in the inning) as they defeated the I-Cubs 4-3 in Des Moines.

'Topes Notes:   Albuquerque won the series against the I-Cubs 3-1, their first Isotopes Park series win since May 27-30 against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in which the Isotopes swept the series. . . .  32,474 fans attended the four game series for a per game average of 8,119.  57,010 fans attended the eight game homestand.  The Isotopes have now drawn 504,504 at home in 2005. . . .  The Cubs and Isotopes concluded their 16-game season series with the Isotopes going 10-6 (7-1 at Isotopes Park and 3-5 at Principal Park in Des Moines).  Albuquerque holds a 25-23 all-time series advantage. . . .  The Isotopes home season attendance record from 2003 is 576,867.  Barring any rainout with games not made up, the Isotopes have 9 home dates and only need to average 8,040 to set a new single season attendance record. . . . .  James Shanks went hitless to snap a seven-game hitting streak. . . .  Joe Dillon homered in three out of the four games and the series and is just eight homers short of tying a single season Isotopes home run record. . . .  The Isotopes turned four double plays in the game, tying a franchise record. . . .  Isotopes reliever John Riedling earned the victory in two out of the four games in the series. . . .  Albuquerque travels to Round Rock, Texas for a quick four-game series/roadtrip against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros).  Pitching probables for the opener are RHP Frank Castillo (9-9, 5.32) for the Isotopes and RHP Roberto Giron (4-2, 3.55) for the Express.  Streaming video of the game can be seen by going to roundrockexpress.com

Filed 08/19/2005

August 18, 2005 - Isotopes (66-60)

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

WP: Travis Smith (4-7) 
LP: Bobby Brownlie (6-5)

HR:

ALB Joe Dillon (23) off  Cliff Bartosh in the 7th inning
           Larry Barnes (6) off Bobby Brownlie in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:19
ATT: 7,724

Travis Smith, on only three days rest, tossed 6 1/3 innings of 1 run, 5-hit ball and Larry Barnes and Joe Dillon each homered and combined to drive in five runs as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 9-1.  The Isotopes made up no ground in the division race as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) also won their game this evening.

Iowa scored their lone run in the 1st inning.  Calvin Murray tripled to right field and scored on Ronny Cedeno's groundout.

The rest of the game was all Albuquerque.  In the home half of the 1st inning, Eric Reed tripled to right-center field and scored on Josh Wilson's sacrifice flyout to right field.

Barnes and James Shanks singled to lead off the 5th inning and Travis Smith reached safely on a sacrifice bunt because of an error.  Reed reached first base on a fielder's choice (with Smith out at second base) as Barnes scored to give the Isotopes a 2-1 lead.

In the 6th inning, Joe Dillon walked, Todd Sears singled to left field and an out later, Barnes three-run homered to left field.  Shanks infield singled and scored on Chris Ashby's double to center field as the Isotopes extended the lead to 6-1.

Wilson doubled to left field and scored on Dillon's homer to left field as the Isotopes led 8-1.

The Isotopes closed out the scoring in the 8th inning.  Ashby walked and later scored on Wilson's double to center field.

Prospect / High Interest Watch (through games of 08/17/05):

Joe Dillon 86 G, 71 R, 112 H, 17 2B, 1 3B, 22 HR, 67 RBI, 51 BB, 55 K, 10 SB, .631 SLG, .359 AVG 
Jason Stokes (DL) 13 G, 12 R, 13 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 16 K, 2 SB, .674 SLG, .283 AVG
Derek Wathan (DL) 83 G, 34 R, 58 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 19 BB, 40 K, 10 SB, .364 SLG, .232 AVG
Josh Wilson 124 G, 78 R, 119 H, 28 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 78 RBI, 45 BB, 92 K, 15 SB, .461 SLG, .266 AVG
Eric Reed  20 G, 12 R, 22 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 21 K, 7 SB, .370 SLG, .272 AVG

Jeff Fulchino 8-7, 5.53 ERA, 0 SV, 128.2 IP, 156 H, 94 R, 79 ER, 19 HR, 62 BB, 85 K 
Franklyn Gracesqui 0-0, 4.70, 1 SV, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 9 K

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:  In 2004, the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) defeated the Isotopes 9-6 in Omaha.  Raul Casanova drove in four runs with a pair of doubles for the O-Royals.  Brian Banks and Jason Wood drove in two runs each for the Isotopes in the loss. 

'Topes Notes:  The Isotopes tied their season-best winning margin - 8 runs. . . .  Travis Smith snapped a three-decision losing streak with his victory tonight. . . .  James Shanks extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . .   Pitching probables for the series (and homestand) finale on Friday evening are RHP Ariel Prieto (7-5, 4.39) for the Isotopes and RHP Sergio Mitre (4-4, 4.02) for the I-Cubs. 

Filed 08/18/2005
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