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August 29, 2006 - Isotopes (66-70)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -15.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 . 2 7 2
Albuquerque 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 X . 7 11 0
WP: Chris George (4-6)
LP: Justin Lehr (4-7)
Home Runs:
ALB Edgar Gonzalez (3) off Justin Lehr in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:59  ATT: 9,695
Chris George struck out 6 and allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings, helped out his cause with a run-scoring triple, and Edgar Gonzalez two-run homered in the first inning to get the offense going as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 7-2 in the second game of the series.
In the 1st inning, Eric Reed doubled to center field, stole third base and came home on Gonzalez's line drive homer to left field as Albuquerque quickly led 2-0.
In the 2nd inning, Mark Little singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, took third base on an throwing error by the catcher on the play after the catcher tried to throw out Little at second base, and scored on George's triple to the hill in center field.
In the 5th inning, Edgar Gonzalez singled, advanced to second base on an error by Sounds starter Justin Lehr on a pickoff attempt and scored on Chris Aguila's single into left field. Aguila took second base on the throw and scored on Nick Trzesniak's single to left field as the Isotopes led 5-0.
Nashville got on the scoreboard in the 6th inning. With two outs, Chris Barnwell walked, advanced to third base on Zach Sorensen's single to right field and stole home.
The Sounds added another run in the 8th inning. Tony Gwynn Jr. doubled into the left field corner, moved to third base on Barnwell's single to right field, and scored on Sorensen's fielder's choice.
Albuquerque plated the final runs of the game in the 8th inning. Trzesniak walked with one out, took second base on a wild pitch, Reed walked and Robert Andino singled to center field to drive in Trzesniak and Reed.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (W, 4-6) 6.1 5 1 1 3 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 493 AB, 70 R, 126 H, 18 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 46 RBI, 33 BB, 99 K, 13 SB, .256 AVG
Jason Stokes: 217 AB, 35 R, 54 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 32 BB, 82 K, 1 SB, .249 AVG
Eric Reed: 372 AB, 64 R, 112 H, 20 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 38 RBI, 22 BB, 91 K, 19 SB, .301 AVG
Chris Resop: (4-0, 2 SV) 49.2 IP, 49 H, 21 ER, 15 BB, 43 K, 4 HR, 3.81 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Todd Sears was a single short of hitting for the cycle and Ariel Prieto was dominant on the mound, allowing 6 hits and a run in 7 innings as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 11-1 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Chris George was activated from the Temporary Inactive List to make the start for Albuquerque. Placed on the Temporary Inactive List was Chris Ashby. . . . The Isotopes victory eliminated the possibility of tying a franchise record for most losses in a season (77). . . . Edgar Gonzalez ended the drama of extending his hitting streak early -- the first inning homer extended his streak to 10 games. Eric Reed's game leading-off double extended Reed's streak to 8 games. . . . The Pacific Coast League named their Rookie of the Year - Howie Kendrick of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Kendrick hit .369 with 13 homers and 62 RBI before his promotion to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 14th. . . . Pitching probables for Wednesday's contest are LHP Adam Bostick (1-1, 3.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Ben Hendrickson (9-7, 2.85) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/29/2006

August 28, 2006 - Isotopes (65-70)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -15.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 1 1 0 9 0 0 0 1 . 12 16 0
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 . 4 8 1
WP: Dana Eveland (6-4)
LP: Jason Vargas (2-6)
Home Runs:
NSH Graham Koonce (17) off Jason Vargas in the 5th inning
TIME: 3:04  ATT: 8,735
Isotopes pitching tied a franchise record for most runs allowed in an inning this season as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) plated nine runs in the 5th inning and cruised to a 12-4 victory over Albuquerque in the series opener at "The Lab". Albuquerque snapped a two-game winning streak with the defeat.
In the 2nd inning, back-to-back doubles by Vinny Rottino and Chad Moeller gave Nashville a 1-0 lead.
Chris Barnwell reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Drew Anderson's double in the 3rd inning as the Sounds extended the lead to 2-0.
Nashville put the game away in the 5th inning, sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring 9 runs. Zach Sorensen singled, Barnwell walked and Anderson reached on a fielder's choice with Barnwell out at second base. Graham Koonce followed with a homer to right field. Brent Abernathy and Andrew Beattie singled and Rottino doubled to drive in Abernathy. Moeller was intentionally walked to load the bases and Isotopes starter Jason Vargas was removed from the game in favor of Ross Wolf. Wolf gave up a double to Sounds starter Dana Eveland that plated Beattie and Rottino and Sorensen singled to drive in Moeller. Barnwell singled to drive in Eveland and Anderson singled to load the bases. Koonce grounded out to score Sorensen as the Sounds led 11-0.
In the 6th inning, Edgar Gonzalez doubled, moved to third base on Eric Reed's groundout, and scored on Robert Andino's sacrifice flyout to right field as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
Albuquerque tallied another run in the 7th inning. Chris Aguila singled and later scored when Gonzalez drew a bases-loaded walk.
Nashville scored their final run in the 9th inning. Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. singled and later scored on Sorensen's double to right field.
Albuquerque scored twice in the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game. With one out, Paul Hoover doubled and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Another out later, Gonzalez doubled to drive in Hoover and Reed singled to drive in Gonzalez.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas (L, 2-6) 4.1 10 9 9 4 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 489 AB, 70 R, 125 H, 18 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 44 RBI, 32 BB, 98 K, 13 SB, .256 AVG
Jason Stokes: 214 AB, 35 R, 54 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 31 BB, 82 K, 1 SB, .252 AVG
Eric Reed: 368 AB, 62 R, 111 H, 19 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 38 RBI, 21 BB, 90 K, 18 SB, .302 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Mike Colangelo homered for the sixth time in his last four games and Travis Smith allowed 2 runs and 4 hits in 7 innings as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 4-3 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes have scored 151 runs in August, the highest run scoring month of the season. . . . Hitting streaks extended included Edgar Gonzalez (9 games) and Eric Reed (7 games). . . . Jason Vargas allowed 9 earned runs for the second time this season and has lost his last five pitching decisions. . . . Michael Restovich of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Batter of the Week. Restovich hit .360 (9x25) for the week with 5 homers, 12 RBI, and 8 runs scored. . . . Anthony Reyes of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Reyes made two starts and won both of them, compiling a 0.00 ERA (no runs in 13 innings pitched). Reyes allowed 9 hits, walked 3 and struck out 17. . . . Pitching probables for Tuesday evening's contest are LHP Chris George (3-6, 5.95) for the Isotopes and RHP Justin Lehr (4-6, 3.69) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/28/2006

August 27, 2006 - Isotopes (65-69)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -14.0 Games

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 . 7 10 1
Round Rock 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 . 6 9 2
WP: Chris Resop (4-0)
LP: Mark McLemore (2-3)
SV: Brad Clontz (20)
Home Runs:
RR Cody Ransom (21) off Yusmeiro Petit in the 2nd inning
RR Brooks Conrad (20) off Yusmeiro Petit in the 6th inning
RR Derek Nicholson (1) off Chris Resop in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:55 ATT: 8,256
Chris Aguila and Tony Schrager each drove in a pair of runs and the Isotopes held off a Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 9th inning rally as the Isotopes defeated the Express 7-6 in the finale between the two clubs in 2006. Albuquerque has won two games after having dropped the previous five.
In the 1st inning, Robert Andino ground-rule doubled and scored on Aguila's single and in the 2nd inning, Paul Hoover singled and scored on Schrager's triple as Albuquerque led 2-0.
Cody Ransom homered to left field in the bottom of the 2nd inning as the Express cut the defecit in half at 2-1.
Albuquerque extended the lead back to two runs in the 3rd inning. Consecutive singles by Andino, Edgar Gonzalez and Aguila brought Andino home with the run.
Round Rock tied the game in the 5th inning. Ransom doubled and two outs later, pinch- hitter Alan Zinter singled to drive in Ransom. Zinter came around to score when Mike Rodriguez tripled to right field.
Brooks Conrad's homer to right field in the 6th inning gave the Express the lead and Derek Nicholson's homer to left field in the 7th inning extended Round Rock's lead to 5-3.
Albuquerque came back and took the lead with a four-run 8th inning. Jason Wood reached on an error with one out. After Hoover grounded out, Schrager doubled to drive in Wood. Mark Little was hit by a pitch and Eric Reed singled to bring home Schrager. Andino reached on an error as Little scored and Gonzalez singled to drive in Reed as the Isotopes led 7-5.
In the 9th inning, Brad Clontz entered the game in relief for the Isotopes. Ransom led off the inning with a single, Nicholson popped out for the first out and Jesse Garcia grounded out as Ransom advanced to second base. Joe McEwing singled to left field to drive in Ransom, but was left stranded at first base when Rodriguez flew out for the final out of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit 6.0 6 4 4 0 7 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 485 AB, 70 R, 124 H, 18 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 43 RBI, 32 BB, 98 K, 13 SB, .256 AVG
Jason Stokes: 213 AB, 35 R, 54 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 31 BB, 82 K, 1 SB, .254 AVG
Eric Reed: 363 AB, 62 R, 110 H, 19 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 21 BB, 89 K, 18 SB, .303 AVG
Chris Resop: (4-0, 2 SV) 48 IP, 47 H, 20 ER, 15 BB, 41 K, 4 HR, 3.75 ERA
Yusmeiro Petit: (4-6) 96.2 IP, 101 H, 46 ER, 20 BB, 68 K, 14 HR, 4.28 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Jason Wood had a pair of two-run homers and Chad Allen came up to the plate with the bases loaded and cleared them with a triple in Albuquerque's 10-4 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in Omaha.
'TOPES NOTES: The Express took three out of the five games in the series. 44,444 fans attended at Dell Diamond for a per-game average of 8,889. Round Rock won 10 out of the 16 games in the regular season series. . . . Albuquerque's final road game of 2006 was tonight and the Isotopes finished 30-40 in road games. . . . Edgar Gonzalez had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Brad Clontz is one save away from tying an Isotopes record for most saves in a season (21). . . . Round Rock's Cody Ransom was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque returns home for the final homestand of the season, eight games. Pitching probables in the opener of the series against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) are LHP Jason Vargas (2-5, 6.37) for the Isotopes and LHP Dana Eveland (5-4, 2.15) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/27/2006

August 26, 2006 - Isotopes (64-69)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -15.0 Games

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 5 5 0 0 0 . 11 13 1
Round Rock 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 3 0
WP: Jeff Fulchino (5-10)
LP: Matt Albers (2-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Jeff Fulchino (2) off Mike Gallo in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:43  ATT: 10,745
Jeff Fulchino had a great game on both sides of the ball. On the mound, Fulchino allowed no runs and 2 hits in 8 innings of work. At the dish, Fulchino grand-slam homered as part of a 6-RBI night as the Isotopes finally defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) at Dell Diamond this season with a 11-0 victory. Albuquerque also snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Express.
In the 4th inning, Eric Reed singled, stole second base and scored on Jason Wood's single to right field.
Albuquerque built a comfortable lead in the 5th inning. Chris Aguila singled, Nick Trzesniak flew out, Mark Little was hit by a pitch and Chris Ashby walked to load the bases. Fulchino doubled to drive in Aguila and Little and Reed followed with a double to drive in Ashby and Fulchino. Reed stole third base and later scored on Edgar Gonzalez's single to give Albuquerque a 6-0 lead.
Albuquerque scored their final runs in the 6th inning. Aguila doubled and scored on Trzesniak's single. Little walked and Ashby singled to load the bases ahead of Fulchino, who homered to right field as the Isotopes led by the final score of 11-0.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (W, 5-10) 8.0 2 0 0 4 10 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 481 AB, 68 R, 122 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 43 RBI, 32 BB, 98 K, 13 SB, .254 AVG
Eric Reed: 359 AB, 61 R, 109 H, 19 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 36 RBI, 20 BB, 87 K, 18 SB, .304 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Donovan Osborne tossed 8 innings of four-hit, two-run ball and Mike Colangelo added a pair of solo homers in Albuquerque's 5-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque won at Dell Diamond for the first time in seven attempts this season. . . . Jeff Fulchino was the first Isotope pitcher to hit a grand-slam homer in a game. The slam was the fifth hit by an Isotope batter in 2006. . . . Fulchino became the second Isotope pitcher to homer twice this season (joining Nic Ungs) and joined Chris Aguila and Jason Stokes in driving in 6 runs in a game for a team season-high. On the mound, Fulchino tied a team season-high with 10 strikeouts in a game. . . . The Isotopes set a franchise record for the most runs scored in a shutout victory, eclipsing the previous record of eight runs. . . . Albuquerque added to its franchise record with their eighth pitched shutout in a single season and it was the first shutout since June 19th against the Iowa Cubs at Des Moines. . . . Edgar Gonzalez singled once in five at-bats to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Dean Treanor was ejected by Home Plate umpire John Coons for arguing balls and strikes in the 4th inning. . . . Former Albuquerque Isotope Les Walrond will be making his first MLB start and his Chicago Cubs debut on Sunday evening against the St. Louis Cardinals. The game can be seen on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. . . . Pitching probables for the series finale on Sunday are RHP Yusmeiro Petit (4-6, 4.17) for the Isotopes and RHP Taylor Buchholz (1-3, 4.91) for the Express.

Filed 08/26/2006

August 25, 2006 - Isotopes (63-69)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -16.0 Games

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 1 11 2
Round Rock 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 . 3 10 1
WP: Ezequiel Astacio (7-3)
LP: Adam Bostick (1-1)
SV: Roberto Giron (13)
Home Runs:
RR Brooks Conrad (19) off Adam Bostick in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:32  ATT: 10,240
Albuquerque continued to be winless at the Dell Diamond in 2006, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) on Friday evening. Albuquerque has dropped five straight games.
In the 4th inning, Alan Zinter doubled and later scored on Charlton Jimerson's single.
Round Rock extended the lead in the 5th inning. Joe McEwing singled, stole second base, took third base on a throwing error by Isotopes catcher Paul Hoover on the play, and scored on Brooks Conrad's single.
The Isotopes avoided being shut out in the 6th inning. Adam Bostick singled and scored on Eric Reed's double to center field.
Conrad finished the scoring in the game in the 7th inning with a homer to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Adam Bostick (L, 1-1) 7.0 9 3 1 2 8 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 477 AB, 68 R, 121 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 43 RBI, 31 BB, 97 K, 13 SB, .254 AVG
Jason Stokes: 208 AB, 35 R, 54 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 31 BB, 79 K, 1 SB, .260 AVG
Eric Reed: 354 AB, 59 R, 106 H, 18 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 34 RBI, 20 BB, 85 K, 16 SB, .299 AVG
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 are 0-6 at Dell Diamond in 2006. . . . Albuquerque fell to a season-worst 6 games below the .500 mark. The Isotopes are also at a franchise-worst 16 games out of first place. . . . Edgar Gonzalez had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Pitching probables for Saturday's contest are RHP Jeff Fulchino (4-10, 4.63) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Albers (2-0, 2.25) for the E-train.

Filed 08/25/2006

August 24, 2006 - Isotopes (63-68)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -15.0 Games

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 . 3 11 1
Round Rock 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 . 4 8 0
WP: Travis Driskill (4-8)
LP: Brad Clontz (6-5)
TIME: 3:20  ATT: 7,610
Albuquerque's 9th inning rally went for naught as the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) plated the winning run on an error in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-3 victory over the Isotopes. Albuquerque has lost four straight games while the Express clinched the PCL American Conference Southern Division title.
Round Rock broke the scoreless tie in the 5th inning. Derek Nicholson walked and advanced to second base on Express starter Philip Barzilla's sacrifice bunt. Eric Bruntlett walked and Joe McEwing singled to load the bases. Brook Conrad then singled to left field to drive in Nicholson and Bruntlett as the Express led 2-0.
In the 7th inning, Mark Little doubled and later scored on Robert Andino's groundout as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 2-1.
In the home half of the 7th inning, Charlton Jimerson walked and scored on Brian Gordon's double as the Express extended the lead to 3-1.
Albuquerque tied the game in the 9th inning. With one out, Eric Reed singled and Andino doubled. Edgar Gonzalez grounded out to plate Reed and Jason Wood singled to drive in Andino as the deadlocked game at 3-3 headed into the bottom of the 9th inning.
Brian Gordon walked with one out, advanced to second base on Bruntlett's groundout, moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on an error when Wood couldn't field a ball off the bat of McEwing.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Josh Stewart 4.2 4 2 2 3 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 472 AB, 68 R, 121 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 43 RBI, 31 BB, 96 K, 13 SB, .256 AVG
Eric Reed: 349 AB, 59 R, 105 H, 17 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 33 RBI, 20 BB, 83 K, 16 SB, .301 AVG
Chris Resop: (3-0, 2 SV) 47 IP, 46 H, 19 ER, 15 BB, 40 K, 3 HR, 3.64 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, despite 10 hits, the Isotopes were shut out 9-0 by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) in Colorado Springs. The Isotopes left 13 runners on base.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque dropped to a season-worst five games below the .500 mark with tonight's loss. . . . Pitching probables for Friday's game are LHP Adam Bostick (1-0, 4.09) for the Isotopes and RHP Ezequiel Astacio (6-3, 4.76) for the Express.

Filed 08/24/2006

August 23, 2006 - Isotopes (63-67)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -14.0 Games

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 . 3 11 0
Round Rock 1 0 0 4 2 0 0 1 X . 8 13 0
WP: Jared Gothreaux (7-9)
LP: Jason Vargas (2-5)
Home Runs:
RR Brooks Conrad (17) off Jason Vargas in the 4th inning
RR Brooks Conrad (18) off Jason Vargas in the 5th inning
RR Jesse Garcia (6) off Jason Vargas in the 5th inning
RR Humberto Quintero (4) off Wes Wilkerson in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:48  ATT: 7,593
Brooks Conrad homered twice and drove in four runs as the division-leading Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) defeated the Isotopes 8-3 in the series opener at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. With the defeat, the Isotopes were eliminated from playoff contention.
With one out in the 1st inning, Joe McEwing singled, stole second base and scored on Conrad's single to center field.
Round Rock plated four more runs in the 4th inning. McEwing singled and Conrad followed with a homer to left field. An out later, Humberto Quintero walked and Cody Ransom doubled before Brian Gordon sacrifice flied out to right field to bring home Quintero. Ransom advanced to third base on the sacrifice flyout and scored on Charlton Jimerson's single to left field.
In the 5th inning, Jesse Garcia homered to left field and an out later, Conrad homered to left field as the Express led 7-0 before the Isotopes even plated their first run.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 6th inning. Edgar Gonzalez singled and Jason Wood doubled. An out later, Chris Aguila singled to drive in Gonzalez and Matt Cepicky sacrifice flied out to right field to home Wood.
Quintero homered to center field in the 8th inning as the Express plated their final run of the game.
Albuquerque scored their final run in the 9th inning. Aguila singled, took second base on defensive indifference and later scored on Paul Hoover's single to right field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas (L, 2-5) 5.2 11 7 7 1 3 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 467 AB, 67 R, 119 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 42 RBI, 31 BB, 95 K, 13 SB, .255 AVG
Jason Stokes: 206 AB, 35 R, 54 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 29 BB, 77 K, 1 SB, .262 AVG
Eric Reed: 344 AB, 58 R, 104 H, 17 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 33 RBI, 20 BB, 82 K, 16 SB, .302 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: The Isotopes had a better day in 2005 against the Express at Dell Diamond. Travis Smith struck out 10 batters in 6 innings, while allowing 2 runs (1 earned) and 3 hits in Albuquerque's 4-3 victory over Round Rock.
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transactions, P Franklyn German was activated from the disabled list and then released. OF Mark Little and IF Jason Stokes were both activated off the disabled list and P Chris George was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Now that the Isotopes are eliminated from playoff contention (14 games back with 12 games left to play), the Isotopes can set a team goal to finish in second place in the division or individual players can aim for getting a September callup. The Isotopes are three games out of being tied for second place in the division. . . . Albuquerque had its earliest playoff elimination in the four year history of the franchise and it was the second August playoff elimination. . . . In Jason Stokes' return to the 'Topes lineup, Stokes singled once in four at-bats and struck out once. . . . The Isotopes are 0-4 in games played in Round Rock so far in 2006. . . . Matt Cepicky went hitless in two at-bats to snap a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed two homers in an inning 8 times this season. . . . Jason Vargas has lost his last four pitching decisions. . . . Pitching probables for Thursday's game are LHP Chris George (3-6, 5.95) for the Isotopes and LHP Philip Barzilla (7-4, 4.10) for the Express.

Filed 08/23/2006

August 22, 2006 - Isotopes (63-66)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -13.0 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 5 1
Nashville 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 X . 6 9 1
WP: Carlos Villanueva (7-0)
LP: Yusmeiro Petit (4-6)
SV: Alec Zumwalt (15)
Home Runs:
ALB Edgar Gonzalez (2) off Carlos Villanueva in the 1st inning

OMA Tony Gwynn Jr. (4) off Yusmeiro Petit in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:01  ATT: 5,317
The Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) spotted the Isotopes a run in the 1st inning, then scored the next six runs before Albuquerque tallied in their last at-bat as the Sounds defeated the Isotopes 6-2 in the series finale at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville. The Isotopes have dropped two straight games.
With two outs in the 1st inning, Edgar Gonzalez homered to left field as Albuquerque took a short-lived 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, leadoff hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. homered for the second straight night. Chris Barnwell doubled, advanced to third base on Drew Anderson's groundout, and scored on Graham Koonce's single to right field as the Sounds led 2-1.
In the 4th inning, Vinny Rottino doubled and scored on Dave Krynzel's double.
Nashville took a 6-1 lead in the 7th inning. With one out, Gwynn Jr. and Barnwell walked and each advanced a base on a wild pitch. Anderson reached safely on a fielder's choice as Gwynn Jr. scored and Koonce doubled to center field to drive in Barnwell and Anderson.
Albuquerque scored their final run in the 9th inning. Tom Wilson and Matt Cepicky walked and Nick Trzesniak singled to load the bases. After Paul Hoover struck out swinging, Eric Reed singled to drive in Wilson. Robert Andino and Gonzalez each struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit (L, 4-6) 6.0 7 3 3 0 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 462 AB, 67 R, 119 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 42 RBI, 31 BB, 92 K, 13 SB, .258 AVG
Eric Reed: 339 AB, 58 R, 102 H, 17 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 33 RBI, 20 BB, 81 K, 16 SB, .301 AVG
Yusmeiro Petit: (4-6) 90.2 IP, 95 H, 42 ER, 20 BB, 61 K, 12 HR, 4.17 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Drew Niles doubled with the bases loaded in the 8th inning to clear them as Albuquerque defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 5-2 in Round Rock.
'TOPES NOTES: Nashville won three out of the four games in the series. 23,127 fans attended the series for a per-game average of 5,782. Tonight's game concluded the portion of the season series between the two clubs at Herschel Greer Stadium with Nashville winning five out of the eight games. . . . Matt Cepicky went hitless in one at-bat to end a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque moves on to Round Rock for a five game series against the divison-leader Express (AAA Astros). With a great series, the Isotopes could vault from last place into second place in the division, yet still be the good part of 10 games behind the Express in the standings. Pitching probables for the opener are LHP Jason Vargas (2-4, 5.87) for the Isotopes and RHP Jared Gothreaux (6-9, 4.55) for the Express.

Filed 08/22/2006

August 21, 2006 - Isotopes (63-65)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -13.0 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 7 1
Nashville 5 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 X . 10 11 0
WP: Zach Jackson (4-5)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (4-10)
Home Runs:
OMA Tony Gwynn Jr. (3) off Wes Wilkerson in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:38  ATT: 2,888
Nashville scored five 1st inning runs and Zach Jackson and three relievers combined to shut out the Isotopes 10-0 on Monday evening in Nashville. The Isotopes have lost three out of their last seven games with the defeat.
In the 1st inning, Tony Gwynn Jr. singled, Chris Barnwell was hit by a pitch and Drew Anderson bunt singled to load the bases. Graham Koonce walked as Gwynn Jr. trotted home and Andrew Beattie singled to right field to drive in Barnwell. Jermaine Clark singled to left field to drive in Anderson and Chad Moeller sacrifice flied out to right field to bring in Koonce. Beattie was tagged out at third base trying to advance on the sacrifice flyout. Dave Krynzel doubled to drive in Clark. Nashville sent 9 batters to the plate in the inning and scored five runs.
In the 4th inning, Moeller was hit by a pitch and Krynzel reached on an error. Sounds starter Jackson laid down a sacrifice bunt and an out later, Barnwell singled to right field to drive in Moeller and Krynzel as the Sounds led 6-0.
Gwynn Jr. homered to lead off the 7th inning. Later in the inning, Anderson reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Clark's double as the Sounds built the lead to 8-0.
In the 8th inning, Krynzel singled, moved to second base when Kennard Bibbs was hit with a pitch, advanced to third base when Gwynn Jr. reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Anderson's fielder's choice.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (L, 4-10) 6.0 6 7 5 2 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 457 AB, 67 R, 119 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 42 RBI, 31 BB, 89 K, 13 SB, .260 AVG
Eric Reed: 334 AB, 58 R, 101 H, 17 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 20 BB, 80 K, 16 SB, .302 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Luke Scott's two run homer in the 8th inning widened a 6-5 Round Rock lead as the Express went on to defeat the Isotopes 8-5 in Round Rock. Jason Wood two-run homered and Larry Barnes solo-homered for the Isotopes in the defeat.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque tied a franchise record for the worst shutout loss (10 runs). The Isotopes were shut out for the sixth time this season. . . . With his tenth loss, Jeff Fulchino moved atop the leaderboard for most losses by an Isotope pitcher in 2006. . . . Matt Cepicky singled to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Albuquerque went homerless, snapping a five-consecutive game homer streak. . . . Terrmel Sledge of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) is the PCL Batter of the Week. Sledge hit .440 (11x25) with 4 homers and 13 RBI during the week. . . . Ezequiel Astacio of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Astacio made two starts, winning both games and allowing 1 earned run in 13 innings for a 0.69 ERA. Astacio walked five and struck out 14. . . . Pitching probables for the series finale on Tuesday evening are RHP Yusmeiro Petit (4-5, 4.15) for the Isotopes and RHP Carlos Villanueva (6-0, 2.91) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/21/2006

August 20, 2006 - Isotopes (63-64)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.0 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 5 0 0 5 0 0 1 . 11 19 1
Nashville 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 . 5 9 0
WP: Adam Bostick (1-0)
LP: Ben Hendrickson (9-7)
Home Runs:
ALB Chris Aguila (9) off Ben Hendrickson in the 3rd inning
ALB Nick Trzesniak (4) off Jared Fernandez in the 6th inning

OMA Graham Koonce (16) off Adam Bostick in the 3rd inning

TIME: 3:18  ATT: 4,782
Adam Bostick allowed 3 runs in 5 innings and Chris Aguila and Nick Trzesniak each three-run homered in Albuquerque's 11-5 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) on Sunday evening in Nashville.
In the 3rd inning, Robert Andino and Edgar Gonzalez singled and Jason Wood doubled to left field to drive in Andino. Aguila followed with a homer to left field. Tom Wilson singled, moved to third base on Matt Cepicky's ground-rule double, and scored on Trzesniak's single to right field as Albuqueque led 5-0.
Nashville plated three runs in their half of the 3rd inning. Tony Gwynn Jr. walked, Drew Anderson doubled and a wild pitch brought Gwynn Jr. home. A throwing error by Trzesniak after fielding the wild pitch brought Anderson home. Graham Koonce followed with a homer to right-center field.
The Isotopes put the game away in the 6th inning. With one out, Wood singled and advanced to second base on a passed ball. Aguila walked and Wilson singled to drive in Wood. Cepicky singled to drive in Aguila and Trzesniak homered to left field as the 'Topes led 10-3.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Vinny Rottino and Zach Sorensen walked, Dave Krynzel singled to load the bases and Bostick balked to allow Rottino to score.
Rottino doubled and scored on Chad Moeller's single in the 8th inning as Nashville tallied for their final run of the game.
Albuquerque closed out the scoring in the contest in the 9th inning when Eric Reed tripled and scored on Andino's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Adam Bostick (W, 1-0) 5.0 5 3 3 2 9 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 453 AB, 67 R, 117 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 42 RBI, 31 BB, 89 K, 13 SB, .258 AVG
Eric Reed: 330 AB, 58 R, 101 H, 17 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 20 BB, 79 K, 16 SB, .306 AVG
Chris Resop: (3-0, 2 SV) 45.2 IP, 45 H, 19 ER, 15 BB, 40 K, 3 HR, 3.74 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Chris Donnels and Derek Wathan each two-run homered in Albuquerque's 10-5 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Des Moines.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque's 19-hit attack tied a franchise record for most hits in a road game. . . . Isotopes pitchers struck out 16 Sounds, tying a franchise record for most strikeouts in a game. . . . Albuquerque looks to get to the .500 mark with a win tomorrow. Taking the mound for Albuquerque is RHP Jeff Fulchino (4-9, 4.49). It is expected the Sounds will send LHP Zach Jackson (3-5, 4.25) to the bump.

Filed 08/20/2006

August 19, 2006 - Isotopes (62-64)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.0 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 . 2 7 1
Nashville 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 . 6 12 1
WP: Justin Lehr (4-6)
LP: Chris George (3-6)
Home Runs:
ALB Chris Aguila (8) off Justin Lehr in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:58  ATT: 10,140
The Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) plated four first innings runs and made them stand in a 4-2 victory over the Isotopes in the series opener on Saturday evening.
In the 1st inning, Tony Gwynn Jr. singled and Chris Barnwell walked. Drew Anderson reached on a sacrifice bunt to load the bases and an out later, Andrew Beattie walked to drive in Gwynn Jr. Vinny Rottino singled to drive in Barnwell and Dave Krynzel singled to center field to drive in Anderson and Beattie as the Sounds led 4-0.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Robert Andino singled, advanced to third base on an error during a pickoff attempt, and scored on Edgar Gonzalez's sacrifice flyout to right field.
Nashville added to the lead in the 5th inning. Anderson singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Anderson stole third base and scored on another wild pitch. With two outs, Rottino singled, moved to second base on Zach Sorensen's single and scored on Krynzel's single to left field as Nashville led 6-1.
Chris Aguila solo-homered to left field in the 7th inning to close out the scoring.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 3-6) 5.0 10 6 6 2 7 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 447 AB, 66 R, 114 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 41 RBI, 31 BB, 89 K, 13 SB, .255 AVG
Eric Reed: 324 AB, 57 R, 99 H, 17 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 20 BB, 78 K, 16 SB, .306 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Albuquerque scored five times in the 8th inning to defeat the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 5-4 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
'TOPES NOTES: P Adam Bostick was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque on Saturday, his second stint with the Isotopes in 2006. Bostick was on a roll with Carolina, having won his last three starts before the promotion. . . . Pitching probables for the second game of the series are LHP Adam Bostick (0-0, 3.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Ben Hendrickson (9-6, 2.47) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/19/2006

August 18, 2006 - Isotopes (62-63)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.0 Games

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 1 0 0 1 0 1 4 3 2 . 12 18 2
Omaha 1 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 2 . 11 15 1
WP: J.B. Miadich (3-2)
LP: Joselo Diaz (0-3)
SV: Brad Clontz (19)
Home Runs:
ALB Eric Reed (4) off Kyle Middleton in the 1st inning
ALB Robert Andino (8) off Leo Nunez in the 9th inning
TIME: 3:24  ATT: 5,765
The Isotopes took advantage of a wild pitch and an error in the 8th inning to tie the game and score the go-ahead run, then scored twice in the 9th inning for much-needed insurance runs in a 12-11 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in the series finale at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.
Eric Reed led off the game with a homer to right field as the 'Topes led 1-0.
Jeff Keppinger singled and scored on Shane Costa's triple in the home half of the 1st inning as the Royals tied the game at 1-1.
Jason Wood singled and later scored on Edgar Gonzalez's single as the Isotopes extended the lead to 2-1.
Albuquerque added to the lead in the 6th inning. Wood singled, advanced to second base on Tom Wilson's groundout, moved to third base on Gonzalez's single and scored on Paul Hoover's sacrifice flyout to right field.
Omaha sent 12 batters to the plate and put up an eight-spot in the 6th inning to take a 9-3 lead. Mike Coolbaugh and Justin Huber singled and Paul Phillips laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Mike Aviles was intentionally walked to load the bases and Rick Bell doubled to left field to drive in Coolbaugh, Huber and Aviles. Fernando Cortez walked and Kerry Robinson singled to re-load the bases. Keppinger walked as Bell trotted home and Costa singled to plate Cortez. An out later, Huber doubled to clear the bases.
In the 7th inning, Reed doubled, Andino singled, and Chris Aguila doubled to drive in Reed. Wood's single drove in Andino and Aguila. Wood advanced to second base on Wilson's single and scored on Gonzalez's double as the Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 9-7.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 8th inning. Reed and Andino drew walks and Aguila singled to load the bases. Wood sacrifice flied out to drive in Reed and Tom Wilson reached on an error as Andino scored to tie the game. A wild pitch brought Aguila home as the Isotopes took the lead at 10-9.
Albuquerque added insurance runs in the 9th inning. With one out, Andino homered to right field. Aguila doubled, moved to third base on Wood's flyout and scored on Wilson's single to center field as the 'Topes led 12-9.
Omaha mounted their final rally in the bottom of the 9th inning. With one out, Phillips reached on an error and Aviles singled. Bell sacrifice flied out to left field as Phillips scored and Cortez singled to put runners on the corners. Robinson's single brought home Aviles and Keppinger walked to load the bases. Costa grounded out to third base to end the game with the game-tying run 90 feet away at third base.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas 5.1 10 7 7 4 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 444 AB, 65 R, 112 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 41 RBI, 30 BB, 89 K, 12 SB, .252 AVG
Eric Reed: 320 AB, 57 R, 97 H, 17 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 20 BB, 77 K, 15 SB, .303 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Brent Abernathy two-run singled in the 9th inning to lead the Omaha Royals to a 5-4 victory over the Isotopes at Isotopes Park. Matt Erickson drove in two runs and Chris Donnels and Jason Wood drove in a run each.
'TOPES NOTES: Eric Reed led off the game with a homer for the second time this season. Reed has been homer happy in 2006, setting a personal best for homers in a season with 4. Reed's previous best was 3 homers for Class-AA Carolina in 2004. Reed has nine career homers. Reed has 32 RBI, also a career best. . . . Albuquerque took three out of the four games in the series. 16,148 fans came through the Rosenblatt Stadium turnstiles during the series for a per-game average of 4,037. Tonight's game marked the final game between the two clubs in 2006 with Albuquerque taking 11 out of the 16 matchups. All-time, Albuquerque holds a 38-26 series advantage. . . . Brad Clontz picked up his 19th save, 2 saves away from tying an Isotope franchise record for most saves in a season. . . . The eight runs allowed to Omaha in the 6th inning was the most runs the Isotopes have allowed in an inning this season. . . . The Isotopes and Royals combined for 23 runs and 33 hits, both season-highs for the Isotopes in a road game this season. . . . Albuquerque's next stop on their franchise-record road trip is Nashville for four games. The Isotopes have yet to name a pitching probable, while RHP Justin Lehr (3-6, 4.18) is expected to start for the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers).

Filed 08/18/2006

August 17, 2006 - Isotopes (61-63)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.0 Games

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 . 3 5 1
Omaha 2 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 X . 8 14 1
WP: Andy Van Hekken (2-3)
LP: Yusmeiro Petit (4-5)
Home Runs:
ALB Tom Wilson (9) off Andy Van Hekken in the 7th inning
ALB Matt Cepicky (5) off Andy Van Hekken in the 8th inning

OMA Mike Coolbaugh (7) off Yusmeiro Petit in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:28  ATT: 2,120
Kerry Robinson and Mike Coolbaugh combined to drive in seven of the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) eight runs in Omaha's 8-3 victory over the Isotopes on Thursday evening. The loss snapped Albuquerque's three-game road winning streak.
With two outs in the 1st inning, Shane Costa doubled and scored on Coolbaugh's double. Justin Huber's single to right field drove in Coolbaugh as the Royals led 2-0.
Albuquerque cut the defecit in half in the 5th inning. Jason Wood bunt singled and advanced to third base on a two-base error. Tom Wilson followed with a sacrifice flyout to right field to bring Wood home.
Omaha put the game away in the 5th inning. Fernando Cortez singled and a batter later, Andres Blanco reached on an error. Robinson tripled to bring them both home. An out later, Costa walked and Coolbaugh three-run homered to left field as the Lil' Kings led 7-1.
Rick Bell doubled and scored on Robinson's triple in the 6th inning as the Royals extended the lead to 8-1.
Albuquerque's highlight of the night came in the 7th inning. Tom Wilson and Matt Cepicky back-to-back homered (Wilson to left field, Cepicky to right field) as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit (L, 4-5) 4.2 10 7 3 1 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 439 AB, 62 R, 109 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 29 BB, 88 K, 12 SB, .248 AVG
Eric Reed: 315 AB, 54 R, 95 H, 16 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 31 RBI, 19 BB, 76 K, 15 SB, .302 AVG
Chris Resop: (3-0, 2 SV) 43.2 IP, 44 H, 18 ER, 12 BB, 36 K, 3 HR, 3.71 ERA
Yusmeiro Petit: (4-5) 84.2 IP, 88 H, 39 ER, 20 BB, 55 K, 11 HR, 4.15 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Todd Sears doubled to drive in Josh Wilson with the game winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Chicago Cubs (AAA Cubs) 5-4 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes have back-to-back homered twice this season. Matt Cepicky's homer was the 100th Isotope homer of 2006. . . . Chris Ashby went hitless to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Royals manager Mike Jirschele and third baseman Jeff Keppinger were both ejected by the home plate umpire between the 3rd and 4th innings, after Keppinger was called out on strikes. . . . Pitching probables for the series finale are LHP Jason Vargas (2-4, 5.21) for the Isotopes and RHP Kyle Middleton (0-6, 5.69) for the Royals.

Filed 08/17/2006

August 16, 2006 - Isotopes (61-62)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -11.0 Games

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque 0 1 7 0 0 0 1 . 9 13 2
Omaha 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 5 1
WP: Nic Ungs (9-9)
LP: Donovan Osborne (0-6)
Home Runs:
ALB Edgar Gonzalez (1) off Donovan Osborne in the 2nd inning
ALB Nick Trzesniak (3) off Donovan Osborne in the 3rd inning
TIME: 1:57  ATT: 5,718
Nic Ungs tossed a complete game, going 6 innings while allowing five hits and a a run (none earned) in his final Isotope appearance of 2006 as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 9-1 in a game shortened to 6 1/2 innings due to rain. The game was Albuquerque's first rain-shortened regular season contest in franchise history.
In the 1st inning, Kerry Robinson reached on an error, stole second base, advanced to third base on Jeff Keppinger's single and scored on Shane Costa's sacrifice flyout as the Royals led 1-0.
Edgar Gonzalez homered to left field with two out in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.
The Isotopes put the game away in the 3rd inning. Eric Reed doubled and scored on Robert Andino's single. Chris Aguila walked and Jason Wood doubled to drive in Andino. Tom Wilson was hit by a pitch, and a batter later Gonzalez singled to drive in Aguila and Wood. Nick Trzesniak followed with a three-run homer to left field as the Isotopes led 8-1.
In the 7th inning, Wood, Wilson and Matt Cepicky singled to load the bases and Wood scored on a wild pitch.
Jim Brower entered the game in relief of Ungs and the game became delayed by rain before Brower was able to toss his first pitch. Forty minutes later, the game was called.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (W, 9-9) 6.0 5 1 0 1 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 435 AB, 62 R, 109 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 29 BB, 86 K, 12 SB, .251 AVG
Eric Reed: 311 AB, 54 R, 95 H, 16 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 31 RBI, 19 BB, 75 K, 15 SB, .305 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Omaha Royals scored nine runs over the final three frames to defeat the Isotopes 9-3 at Isotopes Park. Robert Stratton set a PCL record by striking out in his 13th consecutive plate appearance.
'TOPES NOTES: The only other Isotopes shortened game was an exhibition game on April 4, 2004 against the Florida Marlins at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes won the game 9-1 called after 7 innings due to rain. . . . After the game, Nic Ungs was placed on the Temporary Inactive List as he will be joining Team USA in an Olympic qualifying tournament. Mike Kinkade left the team to join the Team USA squad yesterday. . . . In other Isotopes-related transactions, the Marlins optioned C Paul Hoover to Albuquerque (the Marlins activated former-Isotope Matt Treanor off the major-league disabled list) and P Joe Horgan was placed on the minor-league disabled list with right knee inflammation. . . . Every Isotope batter except for Tony Schrager had a hit in the game. . . . Nic Ungs took over the team lead in victories with 9. Currently-inactive pitcher Renyel Pinto was tied with Ungs at 8 victories until tonight. Ungs also tossed his third complete game of the season. . . The 1 hour, 57 minute game was the shortest game played of the season for Albuquerque. . . . RHP Yusmeiro Petit (4-4, 4.05) is expected to take the mound tomorrow evening for the Isotopes as the 'Topes hope to win to get their season record to the .500 mark. LHP Andy Van Hekken (1-3, 5.60) is expected to go to the bump for the Lil' Kings.

Filed 08/16/2006

August 15, 2006 - Isotopes (60-62)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -11.0 Games

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 4 8 1
Omaha 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 6 1
WP: Josh Stewart (1-2)
LP: Pat Mahomes (0-1)
SV: Brad Clontz (18)
Home Runs:
OMA Mike Aviles (7) off J.B. Miadich in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:16  ATT: 2,545
Chris Ashby went 2x4 with a bases-loaded 3-RBI double and Josh Stewart had a very effective spot-start, allowing one run and 4 hits in 6 innings as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 4-2 in the series opener at Rosenblatt Stadium.
In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood walked, Tom Wilson singled, and Matt Cepicky walked to load the bases with no outs. After Edgar Gonzalez struck out, Ashby doubled to left field to clear the bases as Albuquerque led 3-0.
Kerry Robinson doubled to lead off the 4th inning and scored on Alejandro Prieto's single as the Royals got on the scoreboard.
Gonzalez doubled, moved to third base on Ashby's single, and scored when Eric Reed grounded into a double play in the 5th inning as the Isotopes extended the lead back to 3 runs at 4-1.
Mike Aviles homered to left field off Isotopes reliever J.B. Miadich in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Josh Stewart (W, 1-2) 6.0 4 1 1 0 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 431 AB, 61 R, 107 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 29 BB, 85 K, 12 SB, .248 AVG
Eric Reed: 307 AB, 53 R, 94 H, 15 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 31 RBI, 19 BB, 75 K, 15 SB, .306 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Jason Wood solo homered in Albuquerque's 3-2 victory over the Omaha Royals at Isotopes Park. Kevin Hooper had a run-scoring single and Abraham Nunez scored on an error to account for the other two Isotopes runs in the game.
'TOPES NOTES: Mike Kinkade was placed on the Temporary Inactive List as he left the team to play for Team USA in an Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Nic Ungs will also be leaving the team after tomorrow's start to play for Team USA. . . . Eric Reed went hitless in 3 at-bats to snap his franchise-record 19-game hitting streak. Reed's batting average went from .274 to .309 during the hitting streak. Chris Ashby currently holds the longest Isotope hitting streak - 7 games. . . . Pitching probables for Wednesday evening are RHP Nic Ungs (8-9, 4.16) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope LHP Donovan Osborne (0-5, 6.63) for the Royals.

Filed 08/15/2006

August 14, 2006 - Isotopes (59-62)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -11.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Nashville 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 . 5 11 1
Albuquerque 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 . 3 9 2
WP: Dennis Sarfate (9-6)
LP: Jim Brower (5-3)
Home Runs:
NSH Laynce Nix (15) off Jeff Fulchino in the 6th inning
NSH Graham Koonce (13) off Jim Brower in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:56  ATT: 9,993
In the regularly schedule game for Monday, scheduled to be 7 innings due to PCL rules but extended due to extra innings, Graham Koonce's 8th inning homer gave Nashville the go-ahead run in a 5-3 victory over the Isotopes.
In the 2nd inning, Koonce singled, advanced to second base on Andrew Beattie's single, took third base on an error and scored on another error during a pickoff attempt as the Sounds led 1-0.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 3rd inning. Edgar Gonzalez and Chris Ashby singled and Isotopes starter Jeff Fulchino laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners a base. Eric Reed sacrifice flied out to drive in Gonzalez. After Robert Andino walked, Mike Kinkade singled to drive in Ashby to give Albuquerque a 2-1 lead.
Beattle singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Zach Sorensen's groundout as the Sounds tied the game at 2-2.
Laynce Nix homered to left field to give Nashville a 3-2 lead.
In the 7th inning, Ashby walked to lead off the inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Tony Schrager. Pinch-hitter Jason Wood flew out before Reed singled to right field. Andino struck out and Kinkade drew a walk to load the bases. Chris Aguila walked to bring home Schrager with the game tying run before Tom Wilson flew out to send the game into extra innings.
With one out in the 8th inning, Koonce homered to center field to give Nashville the lead. An out later, Sorensen singled, stole second base and scored on Jermaine Clark's single as the Sounds added an insurance run.
Gonzalez singled with one out in the home half of the 8th inning before Nick Trzesniak and pinch-hitter Jason Vargas flew out to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino 5.1 8 3 2 0 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 427 AB, 61 R, 106 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 29 BB, 85 K, 12 SB, .248 AVG
Eric Reed: 304 AB, 53 R, 94 H, 15 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 19 BB, 74 K, 14 SB, .309 AVG
Chris Resop: (3-0, 2 SV) 42.2 IP, 44 H, 18 ER, 12 BB, 35 K, 3 HR, 3.80 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Donny Leon's bases-loaded double in the 8th inning cleared the bases to give the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) a 6-5 victory over the Isotopes in Des Moines.
'TOPES NOTES: With a crowd of 9,993, the Isotopes eclipsed the 500,000 attendance mark at Isotopes Park. 503,341 fans have watched a game in "The Lab" in 2006. . . . Eric Reed singled in the 7th inning to extend his hitting streak to a franchise record 19 games. . . . The Sounds and Isotopes each won two games in the series. 47,025 attended during the series for a per-game average of 11,756. . . . The Isotopes are 3-7 in extra inning contests. . . . Albuquerque has lost 13 games in 2006 when the opponents score in their last at-bat. . . . There are eight home games left in 2006. The Isotopes will have to average 9,937 fans per game if the club is to establish a new season attendance record. When all is said and done, the two gates lost to rainouts this summer may make the difference between setting a new record and coming close. . . . Mike Kinkade and Nic Ungs will be leaving the Isotopes shortly as they have been named to Team USA and will participate in an Olympic Qualifying Event in Cuba from August 26 to September 5. . . . Bryan LaHair of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Batter of the Week. LaHair had 6 homers and 14 RBI during the week. . . . Robinson Tejeda of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Tejeda started two games and won both while compiling a 0.75 ERA. . . . Albuquerque embarks on a 13 game roadtrip on Tuesday, their longest roadtrip in franchise history. The first stop is Omaha for a four-game series against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). Albuquerque has yet to name a probable for the opener, while RHP Pat Mahomes (0-0, 6.52) is scheduled to take the bump for the Lil' Kings.

Filed 08/14/2006

August 14, 2006 - Isotopes (59-61)


Completion of Suspended Game

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -11.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 . 2 8 0
Albuquerque 0 2 3 6 0 0 0 0 X . 11 15 0
WP: Chris George (3-5)
LP: Dana Eveland (3-4)
Home Runs:
NSH Laynce Nix (14) off Chris George in the 8th inning

ALB Chris Aguila (7) off Justin Lehr in the 4th inning
Nick Trzesniak (2) off Justin Lehr in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:45  ATT: 11,585
Chris Aguila and Nick Trzesniak each homered and drove in three runs as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 11-2 in the completion of a suspended game from Sunday night.
In the 2nd inning, Aguila led off with a single and scored on Tom Wilson's double to center field. Wilson advanced to third base on Matt Cepicky's double and scored on Trzesniak's sacrifice flyout to center field as the 'Topes led 2-0.
In the 3rd inning with one out, Mike Kinkade doubled, advanced to third base on Jason Wood's groundout, and scored on a passed ball. Aguila drew a walk, stole second base and Wilson walked before the rains came and suspended the game.
When the game resumed on Monday, Justin Lehr replaced Dana Eveland on the mound for Nashville and promptly allowed a two-run double to Cepicky as Aguila and Wilson scored to give Albuquerque a 5-0 lead.
Albuquerque continued to pour it on in the 4th inning. Eric Reed bunt-singled and stole second base. Reed took third base on Robert Andino's groundout and scored on Kinkade's single to center field. Wood singled and Aguila followed with a three-run homer to left field. Wilson walked and a batter later, Trzesniak homered to left field as Albuquerque led 11-0.
In the 5th inning, Jermaine Clark singled and later scored on Chris Barnwell's single as the Sounds got on the scoreboard.
Laynce Nix homered to left field in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 3.0 2 0 0 0 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 424 AB, 61 R, 106 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 28 BB, 84 K, 12 SB, .250 AVG
Eric Reed: 301 AB, 53 R, 93 H, 15 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 19 BB, 74 K, 14 SB, .309 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Eric Reed's bunt-single in the 4th inning extended his hitting streak to 18 games, tying him with Derek Wathan for the longest hitting streak in franchise history. . . . There was a 1 hour, 33 delay on Sunday evening before the game was suspended. . . . Albuquerque is 2-0 in games that were suspended due to rain this season. . . . Seven Isotope home games have been delayed or suspended due to rain this season. . . . Chris George tossed five innings of relief, the longest relief outing of the season for Albuquerque. By striking out 6 batters, George set a new Isotope franchise record for most strikeouts by a reliever. The previous record of 5 strikeouts in a relief appearance was done twice in 2005 and once in 2003 and 2004. . . . George won for the first time since April 29, snapping a 6 losing decision streak and avoiding tying a franchise record for most consecutive losing decision streaks.

Filed 08/14/2006

August 13, 2006 - Isotopes (58-61)


Albuquerque 3, Nashville 0, 3rd inning, Suspended, Rain

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -11.5 Games

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

Isotopes fans showed up to watch fireworks. On Sunday evening, the fans were treated to the wrong type of fireworks - lighting. Heavy rains accompanied by lightning hit Isotopes Park in the 3rd inning and after over an hour of waiting, the game was declared suspended with the Isotopes batting in the 3rd inning with a 3-0 lead. Weather permitting, the game will be resumed on Monday afternoon at 4 P.M. followed by the regularly scheduled game for Monday, shortened to 7 innings by PCL rules.
In the 2nd inning, Chris Aguila led off with a single and scored on Tom Wilson's double to center field. Wilson advanced to third base on Matt Cepicky's double and scored on Nick Trzesniak's sacrifice flyout to center field as the 'Topes led 2-0.
In the 3rd inning with one out, Mike Kinkade doubled, advanced to third base on Jason Wood's groundout, and scored on a passed ball. Aguila drew a walk, stole second base and Wilson walked before the rains came and suspended the game.
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, it was also a rainy evening at Isotopes Park. The game between the Isotopes and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) was postponed due to rain. The Isotopes and Zephyrs split the doubleheader the following day.
'TOPES NOTES: Tonight's game was the second time Albuquerque has been suspended due to rain in 2006, both incidents occuring at Isotopes Park. . . . Eric Reed has gone hitless in two at-bats so far. Reed may have two to three more at-bats left to try to get a hit to extend his streak to a franchise-tying record of 18 games.

Filed 08/13/2006

August 12, 2006 - Isotopes (58-61)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 . 8 12 1
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 2 5 0
WP: Carlos Villanueva (5-0)
LP: Jason Vargas (2-4)
Home Runs:
NSH Andrew Beattie (7) off Jim Brower in the 7th inning
TIME: 3:20  ATT: 13,193
Andrew Beattie feasted on Isotope pitching, going 4x5 with a homer and 4 RBI as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) defeated the Isotopes 8-2 on Saturday evening. The loss snapped a two-game Isotope winning streak.
In the 1st inning, Tony Gwynn Jr. doubled and Chris Barnwell walked. Beattie singled to drive in Gwynn while Barnwell was thrown out at third base. Beattie stole second base and scored on Brent Abernathy's single as the Sounds led 2-0.
Gwynn Jr. doubled, stole third base and scored on Barnwell's single in the 2nd inning as the Sounds led 3-0.
Nashville extended the lead in the 5th inning. Barnwell walked and scored on Beattie's triple.
Albuquerque scored their only runs in the 6th inning. Chris Aguila reached on a fielder's choice, Matt Cepicky walked and Chris Ashby doubled to left field to drive them both in.
Beattie homered to right field in the 7th inning as Nashville led 5-2.
Nashville closed out the scoring in the 8th inning. Vinny Rottino doubled and Chad Moeller walked. Zach Sorensen laid down a sacrifice bunt and pinch-hitte Laynce Nix doubled to drive in Rottino and Moeller. Gwynn Jr. walked and Barnwell was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Beattie singled to drive in Nix.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas (L, 2-4) 6.0 7 4 4 3 7 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 419 AB, 61 R, 105 H, 16 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 28 BB, 84 K, 12 SB, .251 AVG
Eric Reed: 296 AB, 52 R, 91 H, 15 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 19 BB, 72 K, 13 SB, .307 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, it was a bad day both on and off the field. Off the field, Wilson Delgado and Matt Padgett both were suspended for violating Minor League Baseball's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. On the field, Rick Short drove in the game winning run in the 12th inning as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) defeated Albuquerque 10-9 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The crowd of 13,193 was the second largest crowd of the season. The 2006 opening night crowd was pushed down in rank to the fifth largest crowd of the season. . . . Eric Reed's hitting streak continues. Reed had a hit in four-at-bats to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. A hit in his next game will tie him for the longest hitting streak in Isotopes history. . . . Jason Vargas has dropped his last three pitching decisions. . . . Andrew Beattie was a double short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Pitching probables for Sunday evening's contest are LHP Chris George (2-5, 5.80) for the Isotopes and LHP Dana Eveland (3-3, 1.90) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/12/2006

August 11, 2006 - Isotopes (58-60)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 2 5 0
Albuquerque 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 X . 4 8 0
WP: Yusmeiro Petit (4-4)
LP: Zach Jackson (2-5)
SV: Brad Clontz (17)
TIME: 2:38  ATT: 12,254
Birdzerk attracted the 19th largest crowd in franchise history and Yusmeiro Petit allowed 2 runs and 5 hits in 7 innings of work as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 4-2 in the series opener at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won two straight games.
In the 1st inning, Tony Gwynn Jr. walked, advanced to second base on Chris Barnwell's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Andrew Beattie's double to right field as Nashville took a 1-0 lead.
In the home half of the 1st inning, Eric Reed doubled, advanced to third base on Robert Andino's groundout, and scored on Mike Kinkade's groundout as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.
Albuquerque added to the lead in the 2nd inning. Tom Wilson doubled, moved to third base on Matt Cepicky's single and scored when Edgar Gonzalez grounded into a double play.
Albuquerque tallied once more in each the 3rd and 6th innings. In the 3rd inning, Petit walked and later scored on Kinkade's sacrifice flyout. In the 6th inning, consecutive singles by Wilson, Cepicky and Gonzalez brought Wilson home with the final Isotope run of the game.
Back-to-back doubles by Dave Krynzel and Chad Moeller in the 7th inning plated Nashville's final run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit (W, 4-4) 7.0 5 2 2 2 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 414 AB, 61 R, 104 H, 15 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 28 BB, 83 K, 12 SB, .251 AVG
Eric Reed: 292 AB, 52 R, 90 H, 15 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 18 BB, 70 K, 13 SB, .308 AVG
Chris Resop: (3-0, 2 SV) 42 IP, 44 H, 18 ER, 10 BB, 35 K, 3 HR, 3.86 ERA
Yusmeiro Petit: (4-4) 80 IP, 78 H, 36 ER, 19 BB, 53 K, 10 HR, 4.05 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, the Isotopes took advantage of 3 errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball in the 12th inning to score three runs to defeat the Fresno Grizzlies 5-2 in Fresno.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins designated P Jeff Fulchino for assignment, a move made to clear room on the Marlins 40-man roster. The Marins activated P Sergio Mitre off the 60-day major-league disabled list and had to clear a 40-man roster spot for Mitre. If Fulchino clears waivers (or does not get traded) and does not have the right to reject an assignment to become a free agent, Fulchino could rejoin the Isotopes. . . . Eric Reed extended his hitting streak to 16 games. It is the longest hitting streak by an Isotope this season and two short of tying the franchise record. . . . Brad Clontz struck out the side in the 9th inning as he earned his 17th save. If the Isotopes can wrap up the season playing good baseball, Clontz should be able to tie or establish a new Isotopes record for saves (21). . . . Saturday evening's probables are LHP Jason Vargas (2-3, 5.10) for the Isotopes and RHP Carlos Villanueva (4-0, 2.97) for the Sounds. Expect another large crowd due to post-game fireworks, weather permitting.

Filed 08/11/2006

Marlins/Isotopes Renew Player Development Agreement

Isotopes President Ken Young and Marlins Director of Player Development Brian Chattin held a press conference at Isotopes Park today to announce that the Florida Marlins and Albuquerque Isotopes have renewed their Player Development Agreement (PDA) for two more seasons, expiring at the end of 2008. The announcement came on the heels of the Marlins announcing that they've renewed their PDA with the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats, also effective through the end of the 2008 season. The Marlins and Isotopes have been affiliated since the Isotopes began play in 2003.
Filed 08/11/2006

August 10, 2006 - Day Off

The Isotopes were one of the few PCL clubs that had the day off. Albuquerque begins a quick four-game homestand on Friday evening against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). Probables in the opener are RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-4, 4.19) for the Isotopes and knuckleballer RHP Jared Fernandez (6-4, 2.74) for the Sounds. Due to demand, berm seating is currently being sold at the Isotopes Box Office for Saturday evening's contest, featuring fireworks after the game. Fireworks are also scheduled following Sunday evening's game (a fireworks show that was recently added to the promotional schedule). Also on tap tomorrow is a press conference. It is expected Isotopes management will announce a renewal of the Player Development Agreement with the Marlins, keeping the Isotopes the top farm club of the Marlins for the length of the new deal. Recently, the Marlins and the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats announced a Player Development Agreement renewal for two years, expiring after the 2008 season.
Filed 08/10/2006

August 9, 2006 - Cancelled, Rain (Isotopes 57-60)

The Isotopes and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) game was cancelled due to rain at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs. The game will not be made up. This Date in Isotopes History: In 2004, Mike Colangelo's 13th inning homer ended a 4 hour, 33 minute marathon as the Isotopes defeated the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 7-6 at Isotopes Park. 'Topes Notes: The rainout was the fifth of the season for Albuqurque (2 at home, 3 on the road). . . . The Isotopes have lost two games to the schedule in 2006, meaning the 'Topes will not play a full 144-game schedule for the first time in their short history. . . . The Sky Sox took two out of the three games in the rain-shortened series. 10,500 attended for a per-game average of 3,500. Tonight's game was supposed to have been the last matchup between the two clubs in 2006. Colorado Springs holds a 22-17 all-time series advantage. . . . Albuquerque has Thursday off before beginning a short four-game homestand against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers).
Filed 08/09/2006

August 8, 2006 - Isotopes (57-60)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.0 Games

Security Service Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 2 5 . 15 19 1
Colorado Springs 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 11 1
WP: Jeff Fulchino (4-9)
LP: Mike Esposito (5-11)
Home Runs:
ALB Tom Wilson (8) off Steve Colyer in the 9th inning
TIME: 3:12  ATT: 4,972
Apparently an Isotope 6-3 victory in front of a regional sports network television audience on Altitude Sports and Entertainment wasn't good enough. The Isotopes erupted for 9 more runs over the final three frames as they hammered the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 15-3 in Colorado Springs on Tuesday evening. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak.
In the 1st inning, Eric Reed walked, stole second base for his team-leading 13th steal, and scored on Robert Andino's single. Mike Kinkade doubled to drive in Andino. Jason Wood followed with a comebacker to Sky Sox pitcher Mike Esposito, snagged for an out. Esposito saw Kinkade leaning too far off second base and tried to get him out, but his throw to second base sailed into center field as Kinkade took third base on the error. Chris Aguila sacrifice flied out to center field to bring Kinkade home as the 'Topes led 3-0.
The Sky Sox mostly singled their way to two runs in the 2nd inning. Jeff Baker and JD Closser singled and former-Isotope Josh Wilson singled to center to drive in Baker. Omar Quintanilla grounded out as Closser scored.
Albuquerque extended their lead in the 3rd inning. Kinkade was hit by a pitch and scored on Wood's double. Wood advanced to third base on Aguila's groundout and scored on Tom Wilson's single to left field. Matt Cepicky drew a walk and Chris Ashby singled to load the bases. Isotopes starter Jeff Fulchino singled to left field to drive in Wilson as the 'Topes led 6-2.
Colorado Springs scored their final run in the home half of the 3rd inning -- Baker doubled and scored on Wilson's single to left field.
With one out in the 7th inning, Cepicky doubled and scored on Ashby's single. After Edgar Gonzalez's groundout, Reed singled to center field to drive in Ashby.
In the 8th inning, Kinkade singled and Aguila walked. Wilson singled to drive in Kinkade and Cepicky singled to drive in Aguila as the 'Topes led 10-3.
The Isotopes plated their final five runs in the 9th inning. Sky Sox reliever Steve Colyer was wild, walking pinch-hitter Tony Schrager, Reed and Andino to load the bases. Kinkade singled to drive in Schrager and Reed. Wood grounded into a double play as Andino advanced to third base. Aguila walked and Wilson capped a 5x6, 5-RBI evening with a three run shot to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (W, 4-9) 5.0 8 3 2 3 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 411 AB, 61 R, 104 H, 15 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 28 BB, 83 K, 12 SB, .253 AVG
Eric Reed: 288 AB, 51 R, 88 H, 14 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 18 BB, 70 K, 13 SB, .306 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Larry Sutton and Josh Wilson each two-run homered and Aaron Small allowed 3 runs in 6 innings of work in Albuquerque's 7-5 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The 15 runs scored and 12-run winning margin were season-highs for the Isotopes in a road game. The Isotopes established a franchise record with 19 hits in a road game. . . . Tom Wilson had 5 hits in the game, tying a franchise record for most hits in a contest (Derek Wathan, May 20, 2004 against Las Vegas). . . . Every Isotopes starter except starting pitcher Jeff Fulchino scored at least one run in the game and every starter except Chris Aguila had at least one hit in the game. . . . Eric Reed extended his hitting streak to 15 games, an Isotope season high. . . . The Isotopes played their final regional sports network televised game of the season and went 1-2 in those televised games. . . . The Isotopes conclude their road trip with one final game against the Sky Sox on Wednesday. Pitching probables are RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-4, 4.19) for the Isotopes and RHP Sun-Woo Kim (5-5, 5.00) for Colorado Springs.

Filed 08/08/2006

August 7, 2006 - Isotopes (56-60)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.0 Games

Security Service Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 . 6 10 0
Colorado Springs 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 X . 8 12 1
WP: Ubaldo Jimenez (3-1)
LP: Josh Stewart (0-2)
Home Runs:
CSP Jeff Baker (12) off Josh Stewart in the 1st inning
CSP Kazuo Matsui (2) off Josh Stewart in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:41  ATT: 1,640
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) slugged two first-inning homers and then fended off the Isotopes in the final couple innings as the Sky Sox defeated the Isotopes 8-6 on Monday night. The Isotopes have dropped two straight games with the defeat.
In the 1st inning, Colorado Springs' Kazuo Matsui led off with a homer to left field. An out later, Ryan Spilborghs singled, Carlos Rivera was hit by a pitch, and Jeff Baker homered to center field as the Sky Sox were off and running with a 4-0 lead.
Eric Reed tripled and scored on Robert Andino's single in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
Edgar Gonzalez walked and scored on Chris Ashby's double in the 4th inning and Chris Aguila doubled and scored on Gonzalez's single in the 6th inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 4-3.
In the 7th inning, pinch-hitter Jeff Salazar walked, Matsui singled and Spilborghs singled to drive in Salazar. Rivera reached on a fielder's choice as Matsui scored to give Colorado Springs a 6-3 lead.
In the 8th inning, Tom Wilson reached on a fielder's choice, moved to third base when Gonzalez reached on an error, and scored on a wild pitch.
Colorado Springs added more breathing room in their half of the 8th inning. With one out, Sean Barker singled and moved to second base on a passed ball. Matsui walked and former-Isotope Josh Wilson singled to drive in Barker. Spilborghs doubled to drive in Matsui as the Sky Sox led 8-4.
The Isotopes attempted one more rally in the 9th inning. Eric Reed laid down a bunt but was unsuccessful as the Sky Sox were able to get the out at first base. Andino struck out swinging for the second out of the inning before Mike Kinkade and Jason Wood singled and Aguila singled to drive in Kinkade. Wilson singled to drive in Wood and Chris George entered the game as a pinch-runner for Wilson. Gonzalez walked to load the bases before Ashby struck out to end the rally and the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Josh Stewart (L, 0-2) 3.0 5 4 4 1 3 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 406 AB, 59 R, 102 H, 15 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 27 BB, 83 K, 12 SB, .251 AVG
Eric Reed: 284 AB, 49 R, 86 H, 14 2B, 7 3B, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 16 BB, 68 K, 12 SB, .303 AVG
Chris Resop: (3-0, 2 SV) 41 IP, 44 H, 18 ER, 9 BB, 34 K, 3 HR, 3.95 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Isotopes tallied seven times over the final four frames to come back from a 5-1 defecit to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2003) 8-5 at Isotopes Park. Gerald Williams two-run homered and was a single shy of hitting for the cycle for the second time in the 2003 season.
'TOPES NOTES: Eric Reed's triple extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Robert Andino swiped his 12th bag, tying him with Reed for the team lead in steals. . . . J.R. House of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Batter of the Week. House hit .556 for the week (15x27) with a homer and 11 RBI. . . . Hong-Chih Kuo of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. In two starts, Kuo went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER in 10 IP). Kuo allowed 8 hits, walked 2 and struck out 10. . . . On Tuesday evening, the Isotopes and Sky Sox once again play on regional television - Altitude Sports and Entertainment. Pitching probables are RHP Jeff Fulchino (3-9, 4.58) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Esposito (5-10, 6.75) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/07/2006

August 6, 2006 - Isotopes (56-59)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.0 Games

Security Service Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 6 0
Colorado Springs 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 X . 2 8 0
WP: David Cortes (1-0)
LP: J.B. Miadich (2-2)
SV: Nate Field (19)
Home Runs:
ALB Robert Andino (7) off David Cortes in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:28  ATT: 3,888
In front of a regional sports network television audience on Altitude Sports and Entertainment, Robert Andino homered in the 8th inning to tie the contest, but the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) scored in the bottom half of the inning to eventually defeat the Isotopes 2-1 in the series opener in Colorado Springs.
In the 4th inning, Chris Iannetta singled, advanced to second base on former-Isotope Josh Wilson's single, and scored on Sean Barker's single as the Sky Sox led 1-0.
Andino homered to center field in the 8th inning as Albuquerque tied the game at 1-1.
Colorado Springs quelled Albuquerque's momentum in the home half of the 8th inning. Kazuo Matsui doubled to right field to lead off the inning and scored two outs later on Iannetta's double to right field as the Sky Sox led 2-1.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 6.0 6 1 1 2 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 401 AB, 59 R, 101 H, 15 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 37 RBI, 27 BB, 81 K, 11 SB, .252 AVG
Eric Reed: 280 AB, 48 R, 85 H, 14 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 15 BB, 66 K, 12 SB, .304 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Larry Barnes three-run homered in Albuquerque's 5-3 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) in Sacramento.
'TOPES NOTES: C Jason Hill was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina on Sunday, making room for C Nick Trzesniak to be assigned to Albuquerque after the Marlins acquired him in a trade with the Rangers on Saturday. . . . The contest was delayed by rain to start the game, and then again in the 3rd inning for a total of one hour and 40 minutes in rain delays. . . . The Isotopes are 0-2 in contests televised on regional sports networks in 2006. . . . Eric Reed singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, tying for the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season (Scott Seabol). Mike Kinkade went hitless to snap an 11-game hitting streak. . . . Pitching probables for the second game in the series on Monday are LHP Josh Stewart (0-1, 5.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.75) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/06/2006

August 5, 2006 - Isotopes (56-58)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -11.5 Games

Franklin Covey Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 4 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 . 10 13 0
Salt Lake 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 . 5 8 1
WP: Chris George (2-5)
LP: Kasey Olenberger (5-2)
Home Runs:
ALB Chris Ashby (4) off Kasey Olenberger in the 2nd inning
ALB Matt Cepicky (4) off Kasey Olenberger in the 4th inning

SLC Dallas McPherson (11) off Chris George in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:48  ATT: 8,373
Chris Ashby and Chris Aguila each drove in three runs in Albuquerque's 10-5 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in the series finale.
In the 2nd inning, Aguila singled and moved to third base on Matt Cepicky's single. Edgar Gonzalez singled to drive in Aguila and Ashby homered to left field as Albuquerque led 4-0.
Dallas McPherson homered to center field in the home half of the 2nd inning as Salt Lake got on the scoreboard.
Cepicky homered to right field in the 4th inning as the Isotopes extended the lead to 5-1.
Salt Lake plated two runs in their portion of the 4th inning. Reggie Willits walked, Kendry Morales singled, and McPherson singled to drive in Willits. A wild pitch brought Morales home as Salt Lake trailed 5-3.
Albuquerque tallied twice more in the 5th inning. Eric Reed and Robert Andino singled and Kinkade doubled to drive in Reed. Aguila sacrifice flied out to center field to bring Andino home.
In the 6th inning, Tony Schrager was hit by a pitch with one out. Reed singled and Kinkade singled to drive in Schrager. Kinkade advanced to second base on an error during the play and Aguila's single drove in Reed and Kinkade as the 'Topes led 10-3.
Salt Lake scored the final two runs of the game in the 6th inning. Willits singled and scored on McPherson's double. An out later, Nick Gorneault doubled to drive in McPherson.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (W, 2-5) 5.2 7 5 5 1 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 399 AB, 58 R, 100 H, 15 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 26 BB, 80 K, 10 SB, .251 AVG
Eric Reed: 277 AB, 48 R, 84 H, 14 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 14 BB, 65 K, 11 SB, .303 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Orbit was honored for being the PCL's Best Mascot for 2004. In the game, the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) scored 15 runs in the 5th through 7th innings to defeat the Isotopes 16-13. The game lasted 3 hours, 54 minutes, then the longest game in Isotopes franchise history.
'TOPES NOTES: C Jonathan Aceves was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina and the Marlins signed C Jason Hill and assigned him to Albuquerque. The Marlins also acquired C Nick Trzesniak from the Texas Rangers for future considerations, but no decision has made on where he will be assigned. Trzesniak had been playing for the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) of the PCL at the time of the trade, so there is some chance he could be playing in Albuquerque if the Marlins decide to do that assignment. . . . The Isotopes and Bees split their only four-game series of the season, and each team has won eight games in the all-time series. 23,528 fans attended the series for a per-game average of 7,843. The Bees come to Albuquerque for a four-game series next season. . . . For the second game in a row, every Isotope batter except for one had at least one hit. Tonight, it was Tony Schrager that went hitless. . . . Every Isotope batter also scored at least a run, except for Tom Wilson. . . . Eric Reed is currently one away from tying a season-high for longest Isotope hitting streak. Reed is at 12 games while Mike Kinkade extended his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Chris George has lost his last six pitching decisions. If he loses another decision before his next winning decision, he'll tie a franchise record for most consecutive losses. . . . Salt Lake's Dallas McPherson was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes wrap up the current road trip with a four game series in Colorado Springs, starting on Sunday evening. Pitching probables are RHP Nic Ungs (8-9, 4.38) for the Isotopes and RHP Denny Bautista (0-0, 0.00) for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) in a game to be televised by the Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network.

Filed 08/05/2006

August 4, 2006 - Isotopes (55-58)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.5 Games

Franklin Covey Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 . 3 8 3
Salt Lake 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 X . 5 11 3
WP: Nathan Bland (5-3)
LP: Jason Vargas (2-3)
SV: Marcus Gwyn (2)
TIME: 2:48  ATT: 9,602
Jason Vargas made his first start since being sent down from the Marlins and the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) were able to score 5 runs and get 9 hits off Vargas in 4 2/3 innings as Salt Lake defeated the Isotopes 5-3 on Friday evening.
In the 2nd inning, Salt Lake's Jeff Mathis singled, moved to second base on Nick Gorneault's single, and scored on Mike Eylward's single as the Bees led 1-0.
The Bees extended the lead in the 3rd inning. Casey Smith walked and Erick Aybar singled. Reggie Willits laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. An out later, Kendry Morales walked to load the bases and Dallas McPherson singled to drive in Smith and Aybar as the Bees led 3-0.
Eylward doubled and scored on Smith's single in the 4th inning as Salt Lake scored for the third consecutive inning in a row.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 5th inning. Tom Wilson singled and Edgar Gonzalez doubled. Chris Ashby sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Wilson and Eric Reed tripled to drive in Gonzalez as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 4-2.
Salt Lake scored their final run in the home half of the 5th inning. Willits singled, stole second and third base and scored on a throwing error by Isotopes catcher Ashby trying to get Willits out at third base.
Albuquerque plated the final run of the game in the 8th inning. Robert Andino singled and later scored on Chris Aguila's double to right field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas (L, 2-3) 4.2 9 5 5 2 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 395 AB, 57 R, 99 H, 15 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 25 BB, 78 K, 10 SB, .251 AVG
Eric Reed: 272 AB, 46 R, 81 H, 13 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 14 BB, 63 K, 11 SB, .298 AVG
Chris Resop: (3-0, 2 SV) 38 IP, 43 H, 18 ER, 8 BB, 31 K, 3 HR, 4.26 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, it was a very ugly game for the Isotopes. The Isotopes committed six errors, including three of those in a Sacramento six-run 6th inning as the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) defeated the Isotopes 12-8 in Sacramento.
'TOPES NOTES: Every Isotope batter except for Jason Wood had a hit in the game. . . . Two Isotope batters currently have double-digit hitting streaks, extended with a hit in tonight's game. Eric Reed has an 11 game streak while Mike Kinkade has a 10 game hitting streak. . . . Chris Aguila has been an RBI machine since joining the Isotopes. Aguila missed a good part of this season since he was with the Marlins, yet he moved into a third-place tie for the Isotope team lead in active players for RBI with 36. . . . The Isotopes and Bees close out their season series on Saturday. The Isotopes have yet to name a probable, while RHP Kasey Olenberger (5-2, 4.67) is expected to pitch for Salt Lake.

Filed 08/04/2006

August 3, 2006 Game 2 - Isotopes (55-57)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -11.5 Games

Franklin Covey Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque 3 0 0 0 1 5 1 . 10 11 0
Salt Lake 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 2 6 3
WP: Yusmeiro Petit (3-4)
LP: Jonathan Rouwenhorst (5-6)
Home Runs:
ALB Jason Wood (11) off Jonathan Rouwenhorst in the 1st inning
ALB Chris Aguila (6) off Chris Bootcheck in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:34  ATT: 5,553
Chris Aguila grand-slam homered and Jason Wood three-run homered to account for seven of Albuquerque's 10 runs in a 10-2 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in the nightcap to earn a split of the doubleheader at Franklin Covey Field in Salt Lake City.
With one out in the 1st inning, Robert Andino and Mike Kinkade reached on errors and Wood hit his team-leading 11th homer to left field as the Isotopes quickly led 3-0 before Salt Lake even batted for the first time.
In the 4th inning, Kendry Morales and Jeff Mathis singled and both scored on Nick Gorneault's double to left field as the Bees trimmed the defecit to a run at 3-2.
Kinkade reached on an error and scored on Aguila's double to right field in the 5th inning as the Isotopes extended the lead to 4-2.
The 6th inning is when the Isotopes broke the game open and got to enjoy a comfortable lead. Tony Schrager singled with one out but was erased from the basepaths when Eric Reed reached on a fielder's choice. Reed stole second base and Robert Andino drew a walk. Kinkade singled to center field to drive in Reed. Wood walked to load the bases and Aguila cleared them with a homer to left field as Albuquerque led 9-2.
Edgar Gonzalez doubled and scored on Reed's double in the 7th inning as Albuquerque closed out the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit (W, 3-4) 5.0 6 2 2 1 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 391 AB, 56 R, 98 H, 15 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 25 BB, 78 K, 10 SB, .251 AVG
Eric Reed: 268 AB, 46 R, 80 H, 13 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 27 RBI, 14 BB, 62 K, 11 SB, .299 AVG
Yusmeiro Petit: (3-4) 73 IP, 73 H, 34 ER, 17 BB, 49 K, 10 HR, 4.19 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Matt Erickson drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th inning, plating Wilson Valdez with the game winning run as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 4-3 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins placed C Matt Treanor on the disabled list and purchased the contract of C Paul Hoover from the Isotopes. To replace Hoover on the 'Topes roster, C Jonathan Aceves was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque has split all three doubleheaders played in 2006. . . . Eric Reed extended his hitting streak into double-digits with his double (10 games), while Mike Kinkade stays on his heels with a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Reed took over the team lead in steals with his 11th swiped bag. . . . Chris Aguila grand-slam homered for the second time this season. . . . Yusmeiro Petit won for the first time since April 22nd at New Orleans. Petit's victory tonight snapped a four pitching decision losing streak. . . . The three newest Isotopes made their first appearance in the nightcap. Tony Schrager played at second base and went 3x4 with a double and a strikeout. Jonathan Aceves caught and went 1x3 with a walk. Joe Brower entered the game as the final Isotope reliever of the night, pitching an inning and striking out 1. . . . Pitching probables for Friday's contest are LHP Jason Vargas (2-2, 4.54) for the Isotopes and LHP Nathan Bland (4-3, 4.65) for the Bees.

Filed 08/03/2006

August 3, 2006 Game 1 - Isotopes (54-57)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -12.5 Games

Franklin Covey Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 . 3 5 1
Salt Lake 2 0 5 0 0 1 X . 8 11 0
WP: Dustin Moseley (9-6)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (3-9)
Home Runs:
SLC Kendry Morales (9) off Jeff Fulchino in the 1st inning
SLC Kendry Morales (10) off Jeff Fulchino in the 3rd inning
SLC Jason Aspito (4) off Jeff Fulchino in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:06
Kendry Morales homered twice and drove in three runs as the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) defeated the Isotopes 8-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.
In the 1st inning, Eric Reed singled, moved to second base on Robert Andino's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Mike Kinkade's single as Albuquerque led 1-0.
In the home half of the 1st inning, Reggie Willits walked, stole second base, advanced to third base on Isotope catcher Chris Ashby's throwing error on the play, and scored on a wild pitch. Morales then solo-homered to right field as the Bees led 2-1.
Tom Wilson doubled and scored on Edgar Gonzalez's double in the 2nd inning as Albuquerque tied the game at 2-2.
The Bees put the game away in the 3rd inning. Erick Aybar walked, stole second base and Willits walked. Tommy Murphy singled to drive in Aybar and Morales three-run homered to right field. Two outs later, Jason Aspito homered to right field as Salt Lake led 7-2.
Gonzalez doubled and moved to third base on Reed's groundout in the 5th inning. Andino walked and Kinkade was hit by a pitch before Jason Wood sacrifice flied out to drive in Gonzalez. Chris Aguila grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning as the Isotopes failed to tally more than once in the inning.
Salt Lake's Willits walked and later scored on Morales' single in the 6th inning to close out the scoring in the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (L, 3-9) 5.0 10 8 8 5 1 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 387 AB, 54 R, 98 H, 15 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 24 BB, 77 K, 10 SB, .253 AVG
Eric Reed: 263 AB, 45 R, 79 H, 12 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 14 BB, 62 K, 10 SB, .300 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Eric Reed extended his hitting streak to 9 games, while Mike Kinkade extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Kendry Morales was the 9th Isotope opponent to hit multiple homers in a game in 2006. . . . Jeff Fulchino moved into a tie for the team lead in defeats (9 - tied with Nic Ungs). . . .

Filed 08/03/2006

August 2, 2006 Ppd., Wet Grounds - Isotopes (54-56)

The series opener at Franklin Covey Field between the Isotopes and the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) was postponed due to wet grounds. The game will be made up as a doubleheader (weather permitting) on Thursday. This Day In Isotopes History: In 2003, Abraham Nunez solo homered in the 8th inning to snap a 4-4 tie as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 5-4 at Isotopes Park. 'Topes Notes: The postponement was the second road postponement for Albuquerque in 2006 and the fourth postponement of the season. . . . IF Tony Schrager was assigned from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. To make roster room for Schrager, P David Lee was released.
Filed 08/02/2006

August 1, 2006 - Isotopes (54-56)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -12.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Fresno 0 1 5 6 1 0 2 . 15 18 0
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 2 0
WP: Matt Kinney (6-6)
LP: Chris George (1-5)
Home Runs:
ALB Eric Reed (3) off Matt Kinney in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:14  ATT: 7,335
After putting 10 runs on the scoreboard in Game 1, the Isotopes bats went into a slumber as the 'Topes were only able to come up with 2 hits in a season-worst 15-1 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) in the nightcap of a doubleheader. The Isotopes snapped a three-game winning streak with the defeat.
In the 2nd inning, former-Isotope Abraham Nunez doubled and scored on Juan Melo's single.
Fresno put the game away in the 3rd inning. Grizzlies starter Matt Kinney doubled and Jason Ellison walked. Kevin Frandsen laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners and a passed ball brought home Kinney. Mike Cervenak singled to drive in Ellison and Lance Niekro singled to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch advanced Niekro to second base and Nunez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Adam Shabala grounded into a fielder's choice with Cervenak out at home plate. With the bases still loaded, Melo doubled to clear the bases as Fresno led 6-0.
Fresno continued to pour it on in the 4th inning with Ross Wolf entering the game in relief of Isotopes starter Chris George. Ellison doubled and scored on Frandsen's double. Cervenak flied out, advancing Frandsen to third base and Niekro singled to drive in Frandsen. Nunez doubled and Shabala walked to load the bases and Melo doubled to drive in Niekro and Nunez. Justin Knoedler singled to drive in Shabala and Kinney reached on a fielder's choice as Melo scored to give the Grizzlies a 12-0 lead.
The Isotopes got their first hit of the game in the 4th inning when Mike Kinade doubled with one out.
Frandsen singled and later scored on Shabala's single in the 5th inning to extend the lead to 13-0.
The Isotopes got their final hit of the contest and broke up the shutout when Eric Reed inside-the-park homered to right-center field.
Fresno closed out the scoring in the 7th inning. With two outs, Shabala and Melo walked and Knoedler singled to drive in Shabala. Kinney walked and Ellison singled to drive in Melo.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 1-5) 3.0 6 6 6 3 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 385 AB, 54 R, 98 H, 15 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 23 BB, 76 K, 10 SB, .255 AVG
Eric Reed: 260 AB, 44 R, 78 H, 12 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 13 BB, 62 K, 10 SB, .300 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: Jason Wood's grand-slam homer and Josh Wilson's two-run homer was not enough runs as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) outslugged the Isotopes 13-8 at Isotopes Park in 2005.
'TOPES NOTES: There was a trade involving the Isotopes. The Marlins traded P Matt Blank to the San Diego Padres in exchange for P Jim Brower. Blank will be reporting to the Padres Class-AAA affiliate, the Portland Beavers, while Brower has been assigned to Albuquerque and should report during the Salt Lake series. . . . The Isotopes took three out of the four games in 2006 against Fresno and lead the all-time series 9-7. 28,087 attended the series for a per-game average of 9,362. 56,930 fans attended in the just-completed homestand. . . . The Isotopes have lost two home gates so far this season and have 12 home games left. . . . Albuquerque has split both their doubleheaders in 2006. In Isotopes doubleheader history, there have been 8 splits, 2 sweeps, and 2 been-swepts. . . . Edgar Gonzalez went hitless in one at-bat to snap a 10-game hitting streak. . . . Eric Reed's inside-the-park homer was the first one of the season for Albuquerque and Reed's second in an Isotopes suit. In Isotopes history, there have been seven inside-the-park homers. The hit also extended Reed's hitting streak to 8 games. . . . D'Angelo Jimenez of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Jimenez hit .542 for the week (13x24) with 2 homers and 8 RBI. Jimenez inflicted some of that damage against the Isotopes in a four-game series at Isotopes Park. . . . Dewon Brazelton of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Brazelton made two starts and went 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA, allowing 5 walks and 6 strikeouts and one earned run in 12.1 innings of work. . . . The Isotopes hit the road for an eight-game roadtrip to visit a couple of clubs that they only play for four games each season. The first stop is Salt Lake to face the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Pitching probables in the series opener are RHP Jeff Fulchino (3-8, 4.11) for the Isotopes and RHP Dustin Moseley (8-6, 4.46) for the Bees.

Filed 08/01/2006

August 1, 2006 - Isotopes (54-55)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -12.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Fresno 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 . 4 8 1
Albuquerque 1 2 0 1 5 1 X . 10 13 0
WP: Nic Ungs (8-9)
LP: Jonathan Sanchez (0-1)
Home Runs:
FRE Lance Niekro (9) off Nic Ungs in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:12
Mike Kinkade and Jason Wood each knocked in four runs and Nic Ungs went the distance as the Isotopes defeated the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 10-4 in the first game of a doubleheader. Albuquerque has won three straight games with the victory.
In the 1st inning, Jason Ellison doubled, advanced to third base on Kevin Frandsen's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Mike Cervenak's sacrifice flyout to center field. Lance Niekro singled and scored on Fred Lewis' triple as the Grizzles led 2-0.
In the home half of the 1st inning, Eric Reed walked, took second base when Kinkade walked, and scored on Wood's single.
In the 2nd inning with one out, Ungs walked and an out later, Robert Andino doubled. Kinkade followed with a double that brought Ungs and Andino home as Albuquerque led 3-2.
Reed scored on Kinkade's single in the 4th inning as Albuquerque doubled up Fresno 4-2.
The Isotopes put the game away in the 5th inning. Tom Wilson and Chris Ashby singled to lead off the innings and Nic Ungs reached on an error as Wilson scored. With Ungs and Ashby in scoring position, Reed was intentionally walked to load the bases. Robert Andino flew out before Kinkade singled to drive in Ashby. With the bases still loaded, Wood cleared them with a double as the Isotopes led .9-2.
Niekro homered to left field for Fresno in the top of the 6th, while in the bottom of the 6th inning, Wilson scored on Reed's bases-loaded groundout as the Isotopes led 10-3.
Fresno plated the final run of the game in the 7th inning. Pinch-hitter Adam Shabala singled, took second base when Jason Ellison walked, and scored on Frandsen's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (W, 8-9) 7.0 8 4 4 1 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 382 AB, 54 R, 98 H, 15 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 23 BB, 75 K, 10 SB, .257 AVG
Eric Reed: 257 AB, 43 R, 77 H, 12 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 13 BB, 62 K, 10 SB, .300 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: IF Jason Stokes went back on the disabled list, this time for a left shoulder strain. . . . The contest was delayed an hour and two minutes by rain. There have been six rain delays at Isotopes Park in 2006, by far the rainest season in history considering no other season had more than two rain delays at The Lab. . . . The last time Albuquerque won at least three straight games was June 28-30 against Omaha and Memphis at Isotopes Park. . . . Isotope July figures are in. The Isotopes experienced their worst July in franchise history with a 8-18 record, the first July with a sub-.500 record. The eight wins also tied a franchise mark for the fewest wins in a full month's worth of games (August 2004). The Isotopes were 5-12 at home and 3-6 on the road. The Isotopes scored 111 runs in July and belted 13 homers. . . . Nic Ungs moved atop the active Isotope player leaderboard with his 8th victory (and tying him with currently-inactive Renyel Pinto, currently with the Marlins). The victory snapped a three decision losing streak. Ungs tossed his second complete game of the season and the third by an Isotope pitcher in 2006. . . . Edgar Gonzalez singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Filed 08/01/2006

July 31, 2006 Ppd., Rain - Isotopes (53-55)

Due to heavy rains about an hour prior to gametime, the game between the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) and Isotopes was postponed by rain. The game will be made up as a doubleheader (weather permitting) on Tuesday, starting at 5:05 PM. This Day In Isotopes History: In 2005, Joe Dillon grand-slam homered in Albuquerque's 8-5 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) at Isotopes Park. 'Topes Notes: The postponement was the second rainout of the season at Isotopes Park, setting a franchise mark for most rainouts at Isotopes Park in a season. There have been four home rainouts in the history of the Isotopes. . . . Pitching probables in the opener are Nic Ungs (7-9, 4.34) for the Isotopes and Jonathan Sanchez (0-0, 0.00) for the Grizzlies. In the nightcap, it is expected the matchup will be Albuquerque's Chris George (1-4, 5.17) versus Fresno's Matt Kinney (5-6, 4.96).
Filed 07/31/2006

July 30, 2006 - Isotopes (53-55)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -12.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fresno 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 . 7 7 0
Albuquerque 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 . 8 14 2
WP: Brad Clontz (6-4)
LP: Carlos Hines (2-3)
TIME: 3:03  ATT: 8,570
For the second night in a row, the Isotopes waited until the last minute to pull out the victory, winning with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning. Tonight's victory was unique as Edgar Gonzalez took one for the team -- hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the game-winning run as the Isotopes defeated the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 8-7. The victory gives Albuquerque a two-game winning streak as well as moves the Isotopes out of the basement in the PCL American Conference Southern Division standings.
In the 2nd inning with two outs, Tom Wilson doubled, Paul Hoover walked and Gonzalez tripled as the Isotopes took a 2-0 lead.
Fresno roared back in the 3rd inning. Tomas De La Rosa walked and Grizzlies starter Patrick Misch walked. Jason Ellison singled to center to load the bases. Mike Cervenak cleared them with a double to left field and an error on the play as Fresno led 3-2.
Fresno added to the lead in the 4th inning. Former-Isotope Abraham Nunez walked and De La Rosa walked. Both runners moved into scoring position on Jed Hansen's groundout and Misch singled to right field to drive them both in as the Grizzlies led 5-2.
Aguila tripled in the 6th inning and scored on Wilson's single as the Isotopes trimmed the defecit to two runs at 5-3.
Ellison tripled and scored on Kevin Frandsen's single in the 7th inning and Fred Lewis tripled and scored on De La Rosa's double in the 8th inning as Fresno led 7-3.
Albuquerque went to work on their late-game rally starting in their half of the 8th inning. Jason Wood singled and an out later, Wilson doubled. Paul Hoover grounded out to drive in Wood and a wild pitch brought home Wilson.
In the 9th inning, Eric Reed and Robert Andino singled and Mike Kinkade was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wood reached on a fielder's choice with Kinkade out at secnd base as Reed scored. Aguila singled to drive in Andino and Wilson walked to load the bases. Gonzalez was hit by a pitch as Wilson trotted home with the game winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Josh Stewart 4.0 3 5 4 4 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 377 AB, 53 R, 97 H, 14 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 23 BB, 75 K, 10 SB, .257 AVG
Eric Reed: 254 AB, 40 R, 76 H, 12 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 11 BB, 61 K, 10 SB, .299 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Albuquerque plated five runs in the 11th inning to snap a 4-4 tie to win 9-4 against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates in 2003) in Nashville.
'TOPES NOTES: The Florida Marlins optioned P Chris Resop to Albuquerque today when the Marlins activated P Brian Moehler off the disabled list. . . . Chris Ashby went hitless as a pinch-hitter to snap a 6-game hitting streak. Edgar Gonzalez's triple extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Albuquerque is expected to send RHP Nic Ungs (7-9, 4.34) to the mound as they look to extend their winning streak to 3 games for the first time in over a month. Fresno is expected to counter with RHP Brian Cooper (4-8, 5.22).

Filed 07/30/2006

July 29, 2006 - Isotopes (52-55)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -13.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fresno 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 . 3 10 1
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 . 4 10 2
WP: Joe Horgan (5-6)
LP: Jack Taschner (6-6)
Home Runs:
FRE Lance Niekro (8) off Yusmeiro Petit in the 6th inning
FRE Guillermo Rodriguez (5) off J.B. Miadich in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:35  ATT: 12,182
Jason Wood has a flair for the dramatic. For the second time this homestand, Wood had a walk off single with two outs as the Isotopes defeated the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 4-3 at Isotopes Park in the series opener.
Fresno scored all their runs utilizing the longball. Lance Niekro solo-homered in the 6th inning and Guillermo Rodriguez homered with Mike Cervenak on base in the 8th inning as Fresno led 3-0.
Albuquerque waited until the last frame to comeback to win. Chris Aguila reached on an error before Matt Cepicky struck out swinging. Paul Hoover singled and Edgar Gonzalez singled to drive in Aguila. Chris Ashby's single brought Hoover home and Eric Reed singled to drive in Gonzalez. Robert Andino struck out swinging for the second out and Mike Kinkade was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Wood singled to center to drive in Ashby with the game-winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit 7.0 7 1 1 1 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 372 AB, 52 R, 96 H, 14 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 23 BB, 73 K, 10 SB, .258 AVG
Eric Reed: 249 AB, 39 R, 73 H, 12 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 11 BB, 60 K, 10 SB, .293 AVG
Yusmeiro Petit: (2-4) 68 IP, 67 H, 32 ER, 16 BB, 46 K, 10 HR, 4.24 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Scott Sanders tossed his second complete game of the season and struck out 11 (a then-Isotopes single-game record) as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates in 2003) 5-2 in Nashville.
'TOPES NOTES: Late Saturday evening, the Marlins recalled P Renyel Pinto and optioned P Jason Vargas to Albuquerque. Pinto will arrive with the Marlins in time for the day-night doubleheader the Marlins have scheduled against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia. . . . Edgar Gonzalez's 9th inning single extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Chris Ashby's single in that same inning extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Joe Horgan got the victory for the first time since June 30th against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Isotopes Park. Horgan's victory snapped a three-game losing decision streak. . . . The Isotopes have yet to name a probable as they look to create a winning streak. It was scheduled to be LHP Renyel Pinto (8-2, 3.40), but Pinto is Florida-bound. Fresno is expected to counter with LHP Patrick Misch (0-1, 4.67).

Filed 07/29/2006

July 28, 2006 - Isotopes (51-55)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -14.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 6 . 16 17 1
Albuquerque 0 0 0 3 0 3 1 0 0 . 7 16 0
WP: Adam Pettyjohn (1-1)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (3-8)
SV: Kazuhito Tadano (1)
Home Runs:
SAC Scott McClain (21) off Jeff Fulchino in the 1st inning
SAC D'Angelo Jimenez (2) off David Lee in the 9th inning
SAC Dan Johnson (5) off David Lee in the 9th inning
TIME: 3:47  ATT: 9,902
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) put up 4-run, 5-run, and 6-run innings en route to a 16-7 victory over the Isotopes in a game played in light rain at Isotopes Park on Friday evening.
In the 1st inning, Sacramento's Doug Clark walked, D'Angelo Jimenez singled and Hiram Bocachica was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dan Johnson singled to right field to drive in Clark and Scott McClain grand-slam homered to left field as the River Cats led 5-0.
Albuquerque cut into the defecit in the 4th inning. Matt Cepicky singled and Tom Wilson doubled. Chris Ashby's groundout plated Cepicky and Edgar Gonzalez doubled to drive in Wilson. Gonzalez stole third base and scored on Eric Reed's groundout as the Isotopes cut the defecit to two runs at 5-3.
In the 6th inning, Sacramento added some breathing room. Keith Ginter walked with one out. An out later, Clark doubled and Jimenez walked to load the bases. Bocachica singled to center to drive in Ginter and Clark. Johnson singled to drive in Jimenez and McClain singled to drive in Bocachica as Sacramento led 9-3.
In the home half of the 6th inning, Reed and Robert Andino singled and Mike Kinkade reached on an error to load the bases. After Jason Wood struck out, Chris Aguila singled to drive in Reed. An out later, Wilson doubled to center field to drive in Andino and Kinkade.
The Isotopes tacked on one more run in the 7th inning. Reed singled, stole second base and scored on Andino's double to left field as the Isotopes trailed 9-7.
In the 8th inning, Jimenez walked, took third base on Bocachica's single and scored on Johnson's sacrifice flyout to center field as the River Cats extended the lead to 10-7.
The River Cats put away the game in the 9th inning. John Baker doubled and Mike Rouse walked. A passed ball moved both runners into scoring position and Clark singled to center field to drive in Baker and Rouse. Jimenez two-run homered to right field and Bocachica singled. Johnson followed with a homer to right field as the River Cats sent 11 men to the plate in the inning to score six runs.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (L, 3-8) 5.2 7 7 7 3 8 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 367 AB, 52 R, 96 H, 14 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 23 BB, 71 K, 10 SB, .262 AVG
Eric Reed: 244 AB, 39 R, 70 H, 12 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 11 BB, 60 K, 10 SB, .287 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Gerald Williams homered twice and drove in a franchise-record 8 runs as the Isotopes defeated the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) 11-6 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
'TOPES NOTES: This series with the River Cats was the only matchup between the two clubs in 2006. Sacramento won 3 out of the 4 contests and leads the all-time series against the Isotopes 9-7. 28,843 fans attended the four games for a per-game average of 7,211. . . . The 16 runs allowed was an Albuquerque season high. The 3 hour, 47 minute contest was the longest home 9-inning contest of the season and the 9-run losing margin in a home game tied a season high. . . . Edgar Gonzalez doubled to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. Chris Aguila is on Gonzalez's heels with a 6 game hitting streak. . . . Every Isotope starter had a hit in the contest. . . . Eric Reed's stolen base tonight moved him into a tie with Robert Andino for the team lead in stolen bases (10). . . . Sacramento's Scott McClain's grand-slam homer was the fourth one the Isotopes pitching staff has allowed this season, and the second one to occur in the 1st inning. . . . The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) come to Isotopes Park for a four-game series beginning on Saturday evening. Pitching probables for the opener are RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-4, 4.57) for the Isotopes and Nick Pereira (2-2, 5.80) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 07/28/2006

July 27, 2006 - Isotopes (51-54)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -14.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 . 5 12 3
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 . 6 12 2
WP: Brad Clontz (5-4)
LP: Kazuhito Tadano (1-3)
TIME: 2:50  ATT: 6,215
Jason Wood knocked in Eric Reed with a single in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Isotopes a 6-5 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) on Thursday evening at "The Lab". The victory snaps a two-game losing streak.
Albuquerque took a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st inning when Reed tripled and scored on Robert Andino's sacrifice flyout to left field.
In the 2nd inning, Sacramento's Scott McClain singled, advanced to second base on Jason Perry's single, and scored when Nathan Espy reached on a fielder's choice and took second base on an error as the River Cats tied the game at 1-1.
Sacramento took the lead in the 5th inning. With one out, Jeremy Brown doubled and Charles Thomas reached on an error. Andrew Beattie sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Brown and D'Angelo Jimenez singled to right field to drive in Thomas. Hiram Bocachica's single drove in Jimenez as the River Cats led 4-1.
Albuquerque tied the game at 4-4 in the 6th inning. Mike Kinkade and Chris Aguila singled and Kinkade scored when Matt Cepicky reached on an error. Aguila scored when Tom Wilson grounded out and Paul Hoover doubled to drive in Cepicky.
In the 7th inning, Thomas singled, Jimenez singled and Dan Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. McClain drew a walk to bring Thomas home with the go-ahead run.
Cepicky and Wilson back-to-back doubled as the Isotopes tied the game at 5-5 in the 8th inning.
In the 9th inning, Reed singled with one out, advanced to second base on Andino's ground out, Kinkade was intentionally walked and Wood singled to center to drive in Reed with the game-winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 6.1 10 5 1 0 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 362 AB, 51 R, 94 H, 13 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 35 RBI, 22 BB, 71 K, 10 SB, .260 AVG
Eric Reed: 238 AB, 37 R, 68 H, 12 2B. 5 3B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 11 BB, 59 K, 9 SB, .286 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Peter Bauer made his Triple-A debut and tossed 7 innings of one run ball as the Isotopes defeated the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 5-1 at PGE Park in Portland, Oregon. Drew Niles two-run homered in the victory.
'TOPES NOTES: IF Drew Niles was placed on the disabled list and P Matt Blank was activated off the disabled list. . . . The start of the game was delayed 27 minutes due to rain, the shortest rain delay of the season at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes have 16 last at-bat victories in 2006. . . . Edgar Gonzalez had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . With the victory tonight, Brad Clontz snapped a four losing decision streak. . . . Sacramento's Charles Thomas was ejected in the 8th inning by Home Plate umpire Brian Knight. . . . The Isotopes do not yet have a player development agreement renewal and the current PDA expires after the 2006 season. The Class-AA Carolina Mudcats, meanwhile, announced that they have renewed their PDA with the Florida Marlins through the 2008 season. . . . In the series finale, the Isotopes are expected to send RHP Jeff Fulchino (3-7, 3.71) to the mound to face River Cats LHP Adam Pettyjohn (0-1, 6.08).

Filed 07/27/2006

July 26, 2006 - Isotopes (50-54)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -14.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento 0 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 . 0 0 0
Albuquerque 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 . 0 0 0
WP: Shawn Kohn (1-0)
LP: Josh Stewart (0-1)
SV: Matt Roney (5)
Home Runs:
SAC Scott McClain (20) off Nic Ungs in the 5th inning
Jason Perry (7) off Nic Ungs in the 5th inning

ALB Chris Aguila (5) in the 8th inning off Jay Witasick

TIME: 2:35  ATT: 6,057
Unlike last night, the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) came from behind in the middle innings rather than the late innings and held off a late Isotope rally in a 7-6 victory over the Isotopes on Wednesday evening. The Isotopes have dropped two straight games.
Jason Perry singled with one out in the 2nd inning and John Baker reached on an error. D'Angelo Jimenez doubled to right field to drive in Perry and Charles Thomas grounded out to plate Baker. Doug Clark's single drove in Jimenez as the River Cats led 3-0.
The Isotopes erased the defecit in their half of the 2nd inning with consecutive singles. Chris Aguila and Matt Cepicky started off the string of singles and Tom Wilson brought Aguila home with a single. Chris Ashby's single drove in Cepicky and Edgar Gonzalez singled to drive in Ashby as the Isotopes tied the game at 3-3.
The Isotopes manufactured a run in the 3rd inning. Eric Reed singled, moved to second base on a passed ball, advanced to third base on Robert Andino's flyout and scored on Mike Kinkade's single.
Albuquerque built the lead to 5-3 in the 4th inning. Aguila singled, stole second base and later scored on Reed's single.
Isotopes starter Nic Ungs gave up back-to-back solo homers to Scott McClain and Perry with two outs in the 5th inning as the River Cats tied the game at 5-5.
Josh Stewart entered the game in the 6th inning in relief for Albuquerque and gave up the eventual game-winning runs to Sacramento. Jimenez singled, Thomas walked, and Clark reached on an error to load the bases. Andrew Beattie doubled to left field to drive in Jimenez and Thomas as the River Cats led 7-5.
Aguila homered to left field in the 8th inning as the Isotopes trimmed the defecit to a run at 7-6.
Rain delayed the game in the middle of the 9th inning before River Cats closer Matt Roney quietly set down the Isotopes to end the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 5.0 8 5 2 1 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 358 AB, 51 R, 94 H, 13 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR< 34 RBI, 22 BB, 71 K, 10 SB, .263 AVG
Eric Reed: 234 AB, 35 R, 65 H, 12 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 10 BB, 59 K, 9 SB, .278 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Isotopes scored five runs in the 5th and 6th innings to cruise to a 9-3 victory over the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) in Las Vegas.
'TOPES NOTES: The rain delay was one hour, 38 minutes. It was the fourth Isotopes home game to be delayed or suspended by rain in 2006, the most of any season in franchise history. . . . The Isotopes 2006 record when committing three errors is 2-6. . . . Albuquerque had a balanced RBI game - only Robert Andino, Jason Wood and Matt Cepicky did not drive in a run. . . . The Isotopes pitching staff has allowed opponent back-to-back homers three times this season. . . . Sacramento had three outfield assists in the game, with two resulting in outs at home plate. The Isotopes had one outfield assist with an out at home plate. . . . D'Angelo Jimenez was a homer shy of being the first Isotope opponent to hit for the cycle. . . . Pitching probables for Thursday evening's game are LHP Chris George (1-4, 5.50) for the Isotopes and RHP Brad Ziegler (0-0, 7.20) for Sacramento.

Filed 07/26/2006

July 25, 2006 - Isotopes (50-53)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -13.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 2 . 8 12 0
Albuquerque 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 . 5 9 1
WP: Kazuhito Tadano (1-2)
LP: Joe Horgan (4-6)
SV: Matt Roney (4)
Home Runs:
SAC Andrew Beattie (6) off Joe Horgan in the 8th inning
Scott McClain (19) off Ross Wolf in the 9th inning

ALB Matt Cepicky (3) off Benjamin Fritz in the 4th inning

TIME: 3:05  ATT: 6,669
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) powered their way to victory with a pair of two-run homers over the final two frames to defeat the Isotopes 8-5 in the series opener at "The Lab". The loss snapped Albuquerque's two game winning streak.
In the 3rd inning, Hiram Bocachica doubled and scored on Dan Johnson's double as the River Cats led 1-0.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Chris Ashby singled and scored on Edgar Gonzalez's double. Eric Reed followed with a double to knock in Gonzalez as the Isotopes led 2-1.
The River Cats reclaimed the lead the very next inning. D'Angelo Jimenez walked, Charles Thomas singled and Jeremy Brown doubled to right field to drive in Jimenez. Thomas scored on Doug Clark's groundout and Andrew Beattie singled to center to drive in Brown to give Sacramento a 4-2 lead.
In the home half of the 4th inning, Chris Aguila was hit by a pitch with one out and Matt Cepicky followed with a homer to right field. An out later, Ashby doubled and scored on Gonzalez's single to center field as Albuquerque reclaimed the lead at 5-4.
Beattie homered with Thomas on base in the 8th inning as the River Cats took a 6-5 lead, and Scott McClain homered with Johnson on base in the 9th inning to provide insurance runs for Sacramento.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto 5.0 8 4 4 5 8 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 354 AB, 51 R, 94 H, 13 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 22 BB, 70 K, 10 SB, .266 AVG
Eric Reed: 230 AB, 34 R, 63 H, 12 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 10 BB, 58 K, 9 SB, .274 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (8-2) 95.1 IP, 82 H, 36 ER, 47 BB, 96 K, 8 HR, 3.40 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Mike Colangelo grand-slam homered to highlight a five-run 6th inning as the Isotopes defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) 5-2 in Louisiana.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes are 2-10 in the month of July at home. . . . Isotopes pitchers struck out a season high 14 batters in the game. . . . Brian Barden of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Batter of the Week. Barden hit .357 for the week with 3 homers and 17 RBI. . . . Matt Palmer of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Palmer made two starts for the week, but only earned a decision in one game. Palmer went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (no earned runs in 14 innings pitched) while walking 2 and striking out 12. . . . RHP Nic Ungs (7-9, 4.37) is expected to take the mound for Albuquerque on Wednesday evening against Sacramento's LHP Randy Kiesler (5-3, 2.66).

Filed 07/25/2006

July 24, 2006 - Ppd., Rain - Isotopes (50-52)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -13.5 Games

The Isotopes' shortest roadtrip of the season concluded when their game against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) at Zephyr Field was postponed due to rain. No makeup date was announced.

Since the contest was the last regularly scheduled one between the two clubs, it could be a game never made up.

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, it was a night of firsts at Isotopes Park in an Albuquerque 7-4 victory over New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2003). Gerald Williams became the first Isotope to hit for the cycle (the homer being an inside-the-park one) and Scott Sanders became the first Isotope pitcher to homer in a game.

'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes took two out of the three games played in the series. 16,025 fans attended the shortened 3-game series at Zephyr Field for a per-game average of 5,342. . . . If tonight ends up being the last contest of the season between Isotopes and Zephyrs, the Isotopes went 6-1 against the Zephyrs at Zephyr Field in 2006. New Orleans was 3-5 against the Isotopes at Isotopes Park, meaning Albuquerque won 11 out of the 15 games played between the two clubs in 2006. . . . The rainout was Albuquerque's first road rainout of the season. . . . The postponement was the first one for the Zephyrs at Zephyr Field this season. According to the Zephyrs, only two PCL clubs have not had a home postponement or cancellation so far this season. . . . Albuquerque returns home for an eight game homestand, featuring the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) and Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants), both clubs that appear at Isotopes Park every other season. On Tuesday evening, the Isotopes are expected to send LHP Renyel Pinto (8-2, 3.19) to the mound to face Sacramento's RHP Benjamin Fritz (3-3, 5.16). The Isotopes will eclipse the 400,000 season attendance mark at Isotopes Park tomorrow night.

Filed 07/24/2006

July 23, 2006 - Isotopes (50-52)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -14.0 Games

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 . 3 7 2
New Orleans 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 . 2 7 1
WP: Ross Wolf (3-1)
LP: Chris Schroder (2-1)
SV: Brad Clontz (16)
TIME: 2:26  ATT: 4,729
Mike Kinkade singled in the eventual game-winning run in the 8th inning as the Isotopes defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) 3-2. With the victory, the Isotopes have won two straight games for the first time since late June.
In the 5th inning, New Orleans' Brandon Larson singled, stole second base, took third base on a throwing error by Isotopes catcher Paul Hoover on the play, and scored on Alberto Castillo's sacrifice bunt as the Zephyrs took a 1-0 lead.
In the 6th inning with one out, Robert Andino reached on an error and scored on Jason Wood's double to right field. Chris Aguila's single brought Wood home as the Isotopes took a 2-1 lead.
George Lombard singled and scored on Larry Broadway's double in the home half of the 6th inning as the Zephyrs tied the game at 2-2.
The Isotopes broke the tie in the 8th inning. Pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez singled and took second base on a passed ball. After Eric Reed struck out, Andino grounded out to advance Gonzalez to third base and Mike Kinkade knocked him in with a single as Albuquerque led 3-2.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit 5.2 6 2 2 1 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 349 AB, 51 R, 94 H, 13 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 22 BB, 68 K, 10 SB, .269 AVG
Eric Reed: 226 AB, 34 R, 62 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 9 BB, 56 K, 9 SB, .274 AVG
Yusmeiro Petit: (2-4) 61 IP, 60 H, 31 ER, 15 BB, 42 K, 9 HR, 4.57 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Derek Wathan drove in a pair of runs and Robert Stratton two-run homered in Albuquerque's 6-3 victory over the Zephyrs (then an Astros affiliate) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The last time Albuquerque won at least two games in a row was June 29th (Omaha Royals) and June 30th (Memphis Redbirds). . . . Brad Clontz earned his first save since June 30th against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) at Isotopes Park. . . . In an interesting PCL game today, the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) beat up on the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) 28-5. The Sidewinders scored in every inning but the 7th inning and six out of the nine Sidewinder starters homered in the game. . . . Pitching probables for the series (and roadtrip) finale are LHP Renyel Pinto (8-2, 3.19) for the Isotopes and LHP Billy Traber (7-6, 3.93) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 07/23/2006

July 22, 2006 - Isotopes (49-52)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -14.0 Games

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 1 4 4 0 0 . 9 13 0
New Orleans 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 1 1 1
WP: Jeff Fulchino (3-7)
LP: Andrew Good (4-7)
TIME: 3:01  ATT: 4,875
Jeff Fulchino, Wes Wilkerson and Josh Stewart combined to hurl a one-hitter as the Isotopes defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) 9-1 on Saturday evening in Metarie, Louisiana. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak as well as moved the Isotopes into a tie for third place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.
The Isotopes broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 5th inning. With one out, Tom Wilson singled, Chris Ashby singled and Wilson scored on Eric Reed's single as the 'Topes led 1-0.
Albuquerque gave themselves some breathing room in the 6th inning. With one out, Jason Wood and Chris Aguila singled and a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Matt Cepicky was intentionally walked to load the bases and Tom Wilson cleared them with a double to right field. Wilson stole third base and scored on a throwing error on the stolen base attempt as Albuquerque led 5-0.
The Zephyrs scored their lone run without the aid of a hit in the 6th inning off Fulchino. With two outs, Henry Mateo was hit by a pitch, stole second and third bases and scored on a passed ball.
Albuquerque finished the scoring in the game in the 7th inning. Robert Andino walked, Mike Kinkade singled and Wood walked to load the bases. Aguila grounded out to drive in Andino and Cepicky was intentionally walked for the second time in the game to re-load the baes. Wilson singled to center to drive in Kinkade and Wood and Ashby singled to drive in Cepicky as the Isotopes plated four runs in the inning.
Wilkerson entered the game in the inning and got the next five outs. In the 8th inning with two outs, Stewart entered the game and allowed the only Zephyr hit of the game (a George Lombard single).
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (W, 3-7) 6.0 0 1 1 3 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 345 AB, 50 R, 94 H, 13 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 22 BB, 68 K, 10 SB, .272 AVG
Eric Reed: 222 AB, 34 R, 62 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 9 BB, 55 K, 9 SB, .279 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, the contest between Isotopes and Zephyrs at Zephyr Field was tied at 4-4 heading into the 9th inning. Albuquerque's Josh Wilson singled home the go-ahead run and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch in the 6-4 victory.
'TOPES NOTES: Jeff Fulchino snapped a six-game losing decision streak with the victory, thus avoiding tying a franchise record for the most losing decisions in a row. Until tonight, the last time Fulchino won a game was May 6th. Fulchino also became the second Isotope pitcher to be removed from the game with at least five innings pitched without allowing a hit (Yusmeiro Petit the other). Fulchino was effectively wild, hitting three batters and walking three. . . . The Isotopes pitching staff has three combined one-hitters in 2006. The first time this season established a franchise record for fewest hits allowed in a game by the Isotopes and tonight's effort tied the record. . . . Every Isotope starter except Matt Cepicky had a hit in the game. . . . Home Plate umpire Scot Chamberlain had a busy night keeping law and order in the game, ejecting five from the game (three Isotopes and two Zephyrs). Albuquerque's Eric Reed was tossed from the game in the 6th inning after striking out. In the 8th inning, Wes Wilkerson and Manager Dean Treanor were ejected after Wilkerson hit Marlon Byrd with a pitch. In the 7th inning, New Orleans reliever Chris Booker was ejected from the game after tossing three inside pitches towards Robert Andino. Pitching coach Steve McCatty was ejected after arguing about Booker being tossed. Treanor leads the Isotopes with four ejections. . . . Pitching probables for Sunday's contest are RHP Yusmeiro Petit (8-2, 3.19) for the Isotopes and RHP Steve Watkins (4-4, 4.87) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 07/22/2006

July 21, 2006 - Isotopes (48-52)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -13.5 Games

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 2 7 1
New Orleans 0 6 0 0 4 0 0 2 X . 12 13 0
WP: Jason Bergmann (6-1)
LP: Chris George (1-4)
Home Runs:
ALB Chris George (1) off Jason Bergmann in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:52  ATT: 6,421
Isotopes starter Chris George allowed 6 runs in the 2nd inning to the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals), but he did provide the Isotope offense highlight of the game by connecting for a home run (see images) as Albuquerque fell to the Zephyrs 12-2 on Friday evening in front of a regional television audience on COX Sports Louisiana.

In the 2nd inning with one out, Alberto Castillo walked and Tyrell Godwin doubled to left field. Josh Labandeira sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Castillo and Zephyrs starter Jason Bergmann was hit by a pitch. Bernie Castro singled to center field to drive in Godwin and Kenny Kelly singled to center to drive in Bergmann. Marlon Byrd followed with a double to elft field to drive in Castro and Kelly. Brandon Larson walked before Henry Mateo doubled to right field to drive in Byrd as the Zephyrs led 6-0.

In the 3rd inning, Edgar Gonzalez singled to left field and George laid down a sacrifice bunt. Eric Reed's double to right field brought Gonzalez home with the first Isotope run of the game.

In the 5th inning, George solo-homered to right field with one out as the Isotopes scored their final run.

In the home half of the 5th inning, Mateo singled and Alberto Castillo reached on an error during his sacrifice bunt attempt. Godwin bunt singled to load the bases. Two outs later, Castro singled to center to drive in Mateo. With the bases still loaded, Kenny Kelly was hit by a pitch as Castillo scored. Byrd followed with a single to center to score Godwin and Castro as the Zephyrs led 10-2.

The Zephyrs closed out the scoring in the 8th inning. Pinch-hitter Anthony Medrano walked with one out and Mateo doubled to put both runners into scoring position before Castillo singled to drive in Medrano and Mateo.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 1-4) 4.1 10 10 6 4 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 341 AB, 49 R, 93 H, 13 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 21 BB, 68 K, 10 SB, .273 AVG
Jason Stokes: 202 AB, 35 R, 53 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 28 BB, 76 K, 1 SB, .262 AVG
Eric Reed: 218 AB, 34 R, 61 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 9 BB, 53 K, 9 SB, .280 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Larry Sutton doubled and scored on Brian Banks' pinch-hit single to right field in the 9th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Zephyrs (then a Houston Astros affiliate) 8-7 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Chris George hit the fourth Isotope pitcher homer this season. The homer was the first for George in an Isotopes suit. George has lost his last four pitching decisions. . . . The Isotopes fell to the .500 mark all-time with their defeat tonight (268-268). As for 2006, the Isotopes' record is a season worst 4 games under .500 at 48-52. . . . Albuquerque gave up the most runs in a game on the road (12) and lost by the largest margin of the season (10 runs). . . . Jason Stokes struck out in both of his at-bats before leaving the contest with an injury, snapping a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Zephyrs pitcher Billy Traber was ejected by home plate umpire A.J. Wendel in the 8th inning for getting into a shouting match with Wendel from the Zephyrs dugout. Jason Wood was granted time just as Zephyrs reliever Travis Hughes began his pitching motion and Traber felt it was too late for the umpire to be granting time without the pitcher risking injury by trying to halt the pitch. . . . Pitching probables for Saturday's contest are RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-7, 3.86) for the Isotopes and RHP Andrew Good (4-6, 5.38) for the Z's.

Filed 07/21/2006

July 20, 2006 - Isotopes (48-51)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -13.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans 1 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 2 . 11 19 1
Albuquerque 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 7 3
WP: Anastacio Martinez (4-6)
LP: Nic Ungs (7-9)
TIME: 3:13  ATT: 6,857
The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) hammered Isotope starter Nic Ungs for 10 hits and 8 runs as the Zephyrs cruised to a 11-2 victory over Albuquerque in the series finale. Albuquerque dropped into last place in the division with the defeat.
In the 1st inning, Ryan Church walked, Marlon Byrd singled to advance Church to third base, and Larry Broadway knocked him in wtih a single to center field as the Zephyrs led 1-0.
Albuquerque took the lead in the home half of the 1st inning. Eric Reed bunt singled and took third base on Robert Andino's single. Mike Kinkade reached on a fielder's choice with Reed scoring. Kinkade took second base on an error n the play and scored on Jason Wood's single to center field to give Albuquerque a 2-1 lead.
The rest of the game was all New Orleans. In the 3rd inning with one out, Church doubled and Byrd was hit by a pitch. Broadway doubled to drive in Church and Brandon Larson doubled to drive in Byrd and Broadway as the Zephyrs led 4-2.
The Zephyrs continued scoring the same number of runs as the inning number in the 5th inning. Church and Byrd singled, setting the stage for Broadway to follow with the third consecutive single of the inning to drive in Church. After Larson lined out to second base, George Lombard walked to load the bases and Brandon Harper singled to left field to drive in Byrd and keep the bases loaded. Josh Labandeira reached on a fielder's choice as Broadway scored and Zephyr starter Anastacio Martinez singled to right field to drive in Lombard. Labandeira moved to third base on a passed ball and scored on Henry Mateo's single to center field as the Zephyrs led 9-2.
New Orleans plated their final two runs in the 9th inning. With one out, Harper doubled and scored on Labandeira's single. Labandeira went to third base on a two-base error on the play and scored on Bernie Castro's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (L, 7-9) 4.1 10 8 8 2 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 336 AB, 49 R, 92 H, 13 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 21 BB, 66 K, 10 SB, .274 AVG
Eric Reed: 213 AB, 34 R, 60 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 9 BB, 50 K, 9 SB, .282 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Robert Stratton drove home two runs with a triple in Albuquerque's 5-4 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) at Isotopes Park. The victory completed a series sweep of the Rainiers. The season attendance stood at 397,937, bettering any top season attendance mark of the Albuquerque Dukes franchise (Dukes best draw was 390,652 in 1993).
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes allowed a season-high 19 hits to an opponent in a game and tied a season-high with their 9 run losing margin. . . . Nic Ungs leads the team with 9 defeats. Ungs dropped his third straight pitching decision. . . . Albuquerque and New Orleans split the four-game series 2-2. 23,521 fans attended the series for a per-game average of 7,840. For the eight-game homestand, the Isotopes went 2-6 in front of 61,660 fans. . . . Tonight's contest marked the final contest at Isotopes Park between the Zephyrs and Isotopes in 2006. The Isotopes won five out of the eight contests played. . . . Albuquerque and New Orleans continue to play each other on Friday, albeit in Metarie, Louisiana where they will play the opener of a four game series at Zephyr Field in front of a regional television audience. On COX Sports Louisiana regional sports network, the probables are LHP Chris George (1-3, 5.07) for the Isotopes and RHP Andrew Good (4-6, 5.38) for the Z's.

Filed 07/20/2006

July 19, 2006 - Game 2 Isotopes (48-50)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -13.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
New Orleans 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 . 2 6 0
Albuquerque 1 0 2 0 0 0 X . 3 11 1
WP: Renyel Pinto (8-2)
LP: Nelson Figueroa (2-2)
TIME: 2:00  ATT: 8,416
Renyel Pinto tossed a complete game, allowing two runs in the 7th inning to lose the shutout, as the Isotopes defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) 3-2 in the nightcap to earn a split of the doubleheader.
Eric Reed tripled and scored on Robert Andino's sacrifice flyout to center field in the 1st inning as the Isotopes took the lead.
In the third inning, Chris Aguila doubled and Mike Kinkade was hit by a pitch. Matt Cepicky singled to drive in Aguila and Tom Wilson sacrifice-flied out to right field to bring home Kinkade as Albuquerque led 3-0.
Pinto was cruising until the 7th inning when he ran into trouble, almost costing the lead. Tyrell Godwin singled and advanced to second base on Kenny Kelly's groundout. Pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd was hit by a pitch and Josh Labandeira doubled to left field to drive in Godwin. Bernie Castro's groundout plated Byrd and George Lombard walked to put runners on the corners. Henry Mateo grounded out to end the game, stranding the game-tying run at third base.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto (8-2) 7.0 6 2 2 3 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 333 AB, 49 R, 90 H, 13 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 20 BB, 66 K, 10 SB, .270 AVG
Eric Reed: 208 AB, 33 R, 59 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 9 BB, 49 K, 9 SB, .284 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (8-2) 90.1 IP, 74 H, 32 Er, 42 BB, 88 K, 8 HR, 3.19 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Larry Sutton homered twice and drove in four runs and Josh Wilson hit his first Triple-A homer as the Isotopes defeated the Zephyrs (then a Houston Astros affiliate) 9-7 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: OF Mark Little was placed on the disabled list with a left scapula fracture and P Matt Blank was placed on the disabled list with a groin strain. P Josh Stewart was activated off the disabled list and IF Edgar Gonzalez was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. . . . Renyel Pinto took over the team lead with his 8th victory tonight and has won his last four pitching decisions. Pinto tossed the second complete game of the season (Nic Ungs the other) and Pinto tossed the first Isotope doubleheader 7-inning complete game since Ariel Prieto on August 14, 2005 against New Orleans at Isotopes Park in the second game of a doubleheader. . . . In doubleheader history, the Isotopes have split 7 doubleheaders, swept 2 doubleheaders, and have been swept in 2 doubleheaders. . . . Pitching probables for the Albuquerque finale are RHP Nic Ungs (7-8, 3.90) for the Isotopes and RHP Anastacio Martinez (3-6, 4.50) for the Z's. After Thursday's game, both clubs change venue to Metarie, Louisiana for a four game series.

Filed 07/19/2006

July 19, 2006 - Game 1 Isotopes (47-50)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -14.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
New Orleans 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 . 6 10 0
Albuquerque 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 . 5 8 2
WP: Billy Traber (7-6)
LP: Yusmeiro Petit (2-4)
SV: Travis Hughes (4)
Home Runs:
NRL Ryan Church (7) off Yusmeiro Petit in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:10
Yusmeiro Petit returned to the Isotopes rotation and allowed 6 hits and 5 runs in 4 innings as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) defeated the Isotopes 6-5 in the opener of a doubleheader.
In the 2nd inning, New Orleans' Marlon Byrd was hit by a pitch and left the game due to an injury. Pinch-runner Tyrell Godwin was removed from the basepaths when Brandon Larson reached on a fielder's choice. Brandon Harper singled and Josh Lambandeira singled to center to drivein Larson. Zephyrs starter Billy Traber singled to left field to drive in Harper as the Zephyrs led 2-0.
In the home half of the 2nd inning, Jason Stokes doubled and Jason Wood singled to put runners on the corners. Chris Aguila singled to drive in Stokes and Paul Hoover reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Edgar Gonzalez grounded into a fielder's choice to plate Wood. Hoover was out on the play, placing runners on first and third base. Petit bunt singled to load the bases and Eric Reed was hit by a pitch to bring home Aguila. Robert Andino sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Gonzalez as the Isotopes led 4-2.
The Isotope lead was short-lived as Ryan Church homered to center field with George Lombard on base as the Zephyrs tied the game at 4-4 in the 3rd inning.
In the 4th inning, Labandeira tripled and scored on a wild pitch as the Zephyrs extended the lead to 5-4.
The Zephyrs added an insurance run in the 7th inning. Henry Mateo and Lombard singled and then executed a double steal. Isotope catcher Paul Hoover committed a throwing error on the stolen base attempt, allowing Mateo to score.
The Isotopes mounted a rally in the bottom of the 7th inning. Matt Cepicky singled and Drew Niles entered the game as a pinch-runner. Reed and Andino struck out before Niles took second base on defensive indifference. Mike Kinkade singled to left field to drive in Niles before being stranded at first base when Stokes struck out to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit (L, 2-4) 4.0 6 5 5 0 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 330 AB, 49 R, 88 H, 13 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 20 BB, 65 K, 10 SB, .267 AVG
Jason Stokes: 200 AB, 35 R, 53 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 28 BB, 74 K, 1 SB, .265 AVG
Eric Reed: 204 AB, 32 R, 58 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 9 BB, 49 K, 9 SB, .284 AVG
Yusmeiro Petit: (2-4) 55.1 IP, 54 H, 29 ER, 14 BB, 36 K, 9 SB, 4.72 ERA
'TOPES NOTES: Jason Stokes doubled to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Yusmeiro Petit has lost his last four pitching decisions. . . . Albuquerque has tied a season-worst by being 3 games below the .500 mark.

Filed 07/19/2006

July 18, 2006 - Isotopes (47-49)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -14.0 Games

Despite a light rain, the game between the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) and Albuquerque Isotopes was postponed due to rain. With waves of rain scheduled for the rest of the evening and overnight hours, postponing a game makes more sense than trying to get a game in between waves of rain when the game is not the series finale.
The game will be made up as a doubleheader on July 19th, the first Isotopes doubleheader of the season after their first rainout of the season.
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Sean Bergman tossed the first Isotope complete game shutout in franchise history. Matt Erickson, Abraham Nunez and Derek Wathan each drove in a run in the 3-0 Isotope victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Matt Yourkin was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina on Tuesday. Yourkin had been brought to Albuquerque to help out a weary 'Topes bullpen. The rainout this evening also helps the bullpen cause by offering another night of rest and shorter games tomorrow (7 innings instead of 9, meaning two less innings each game assuming there are no extra innings). . . . The rainout was the 3rd rainout in Isotopes Park history (and 4th postponement of a game at "The Lab" in history). . . . Pitching probables for tomorrow's game have not been announced. A possibility (if the normal series probable schedule is followed) would have RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-3, 4.21) facing New Orleans' RHP Nelson Figueroa (2-1, 4.99) in the opener and LHP Renyel Pinto (7-2, 3.24) facing the Z's LHP Billy Traber (6-6, 3.81) in the nightcap.

Filed 07/18/2006

July 17, 2006 - Isotopes (47-49)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -13.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 . 7 12 1
Albuquerque 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 3 . 9 10 2
WP: J.B. Miadich (2-1)
LP: Brett Campbell (0-1)
Home Runs:
NRL Marlon Byrd (1) off Matt Blank in the 3rd inning

ALB Jason Stokes (6) off Steve Watkins in the 1st inning
ALB Jason Stokes (7) off Brett Campbell in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:57  ATT: 6,590
If tonight's game was any indication, the home and home series with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) could be interesting and exciting. Jason Stokes had a pair of two-run homers, including a walkoff homer, as the Isotopes defeated the Zephyrs 9-7. Albuquerque snapped a five game losing streak (and a franchise-record seven game home losing streak) with the victory.
In the 1st inning, Eric Reed led off with a single but was erased off the basepaths when Robert Andino reached on a fielder's choice. An out later, Stokes homered to center field as Albuquerque led 2-0.
With two outs in the 3rd inning, Bernie Castro reached on an error and Marlon Byrd followed with a homer to left field as the Zephyrs tied the game at 2-2.
New Orleans took the lead in the 4th inning. Brandon Larson walked to start off the inning and Larry Broadway singled to center field. Alberto Castillo's single drove in Larson. Josh Labandeira singled to right field to load the bases. An out later, Kenny Kelly singled to drive in Broadway.
Albuquerque tied the game in the 5th inning. Isotopes starter Matt Blank walked and Reed singled. Andino singled to center to drive in Blank. Chris Aguila reached on a fielder's choice with Reed out at home plate. Both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and Stokes walked to load the baes. Jason Wood sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Andino to tie the game at 4-4.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 7th inning. Reed singled and stole second base. Andino laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Reed to third base and Reed scored on Chris Aguila's single to left field. After Stokes flew out to center field, Wood walked and Matt Cepicky singled to right field to drive in Aguila as Albuquerque led 6-4.
New Orleans immediately struck back. In the 8th inning, Brandon Larson singled and took second base on a wild pitch. Broadway singled to right field to drive in Larson. Alberto Castillo laid down a sacrifice bunt and Labandeira walked. After pinch-hitter Tyrell Godwin flew out, Kelly doubled to drive in Broadway and Labandeira scored on an error on the play as the Zephyrs led 7-6.
Albuquerque made their final push of the game in the 9th inning. Andino led off the inning by reaching on a three base error and scored on Aguila's single to left field. Stokes followed with his two-run walkoff homer to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Matt Blank 6.0 9 4 2 2 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 327 AB, 49 R, 87 H, 13 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 32 RBI, 20 BB, 66 K, 10 SB, .266 AVG
Jason Stokes: 197 AB, 34 R, 52 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 27 BB, 72 K, 1 SB, .264 AVG
Eric Reed: 201 AB, 32 R, 58 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 45 K, 9 SB, .289 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Derek Wathan two-run homered and Jeff Fulchino tossed 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in Albuquerque's 5-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). Prince Fielder two-run homered with two out in the 9th inning to nix the shoutout.
'TOPES NOTES: Looking to get Yusmeiro Petit more regular work, the Marlins optioned the pitcher to Albuquerque late Sunday evening. P Chris Resop was recalled to Florida to take Petit's roster spot. Matt Yourkin was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque to try to help out an exhaused Isotopes bullpen after the 17 inning game on Sunday. . . . It took the Isotopes eight tries to win their first home game in the month of July. . . . Jason Stokes became the fifth Isotope in history to end a game with a walkoff homer. Stokes' homer was the third walkoff homer of 2006 (Paul Hoover had the other two). Stokes multi-homered in a game for the second time this season. . . . Mike Kinkade went hitless in one at-bat to snap an eight-game hitting streak. . . . Michael O'Connor did not make the start for the Zephyrs as he was promoted to Washington. Instead of pitching against the Triple-A Marlins club, O'Connor will now be making a start for the Nationals against the big-league Marlins. . . . Brian Barden of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Batter of the Week. In four games, Barden hit .600 (9x15) with 2 homers and 6 RBI. . . . Jared Fernandez of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. In Fernandez's only start of the week, the knuckleballer tossed a complete game shutout of the Memphis Redbirds in a Sounds 8-0 victory. Fernandez allowed 5 hits and struck out 6. . . . The Isotopes have yet to name a pitching probable for Tuesday's game. Jeff Fulchino was scheduled to start, but he pitched in the late innings of Sunday's 17-inning game so he became unavailable to start. New Orleans is expected to send RHP Nelson Figueroa (2-1, 4.99) to the mound.

Filed 07/17/2006

July 16, 2006 - Isotopes (46-49)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -13.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Iowa 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0

13 14 15 16 17 R H E
Iowa 0 0 0 0 2 . 5 12 0
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 1 . 4 14 0
WP: Clay Rapada (2-1)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (2-7)
SV: David Aardsma (7)
Home Runs:
IWA Luis Montanez (4) off Jeff Fulchino in the 17th inning

ALB Robert Andino (6) off Rich Hill in the 8th inning

TIME: 5:00  ATT: 9,019
In a game where a lot of Isotope records were tied or broken, Luis Montanez's two run homer in the top of the 17th inning provided the eventual game-winning runs as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) outlasted the Isotopes 5-4 in a marathon five hour game. The Cubs swept the four-game series with the victory as Albuquerque dropped their fifth straight game.
Both teams remained scoreless until the 4th inning. Iowa's Casey McGehee singled, took third base on Augie Ojeda's single, and scored on Jose Reyes' double to right field as the Cubs took the lead.
Iowa extended the lead to 3-0 in the 5th inning. Mike Fontenot singled, Michael Restovich walked, and two outs later, Montanez doubled to left field to drive them in.
Albuquerque finally got on the scoreboard in the 6th inning. Eric Reed singled and scored on Robert Andino's double to center field. Andino moved to third base on Jason Stokes's single and scored on Jason Wood's fielder's choice.
Andino solo-homered to left field to tie the game at 3-3 in the 8th inning.
It was not until the 17th inning that the deadlock would be broken. With Isotopes reliever Jeff Fulchino on the mound, Restovich singled. Casey Kopitzke laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Restovich to second base and McGehee popped out. Montanez followed with a homer to left field to give Iowa the lead with a two-run cushion at 5-3.
Albuquerque did not go quietly in their half of the 17th inning as they looked to keep the game alive. Eric Reed doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Andino's single to center field. Mike Kinkade singled to center field to advance Andino to third base before Kinkade was caught in a baserunning blunder and tagged out by Iowa first baseman Micah Hoffpauir. With Andino at third base as the game-tying run, Stokes and Wood both struck out to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 7.0 7 3 3 3 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 323 AB, 46 R, 86 H, 13 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 20 BB, 66 K, 10 SB, .266 AVG
Jason Stokes: 193 AB, 32 R, 50 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 26 BB, 71 K, 1 SB, .259 AVG
Eric Reed: 197 AB, 31 R, 55 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 8 BB, 44 K, 8 SB, .279 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Chris Aguila homered three times and drove in 5 runs in Albuquerque's 9-5 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Aguila became the first Isotope to homer more than twice in a game.
'TOPES NOTES: Isotope franchise records set in the 17-inning marathon included longest game played, innings-wise (17); longest game played, time-wise (5 hours, 00 minutes); longest home losing streak (7 games); most been-swept series in a season (5); most Isotope at-bats in a game (8 - Eric Reed, Robert Andino, Mike Kinkade, and Jason Stokes); and the most Isotope batters struck out in a game (23, shattering the previous record of 15). . . . Isotope franchise records tied in the game are most Isotope players used in a game (19) and most pitchers used in a game (8). . . . An Isotope season high set in the game was the most strikeouts by an Isotope batter in a game (4 - Jason Stokes and Chris Ashby). The Isotopes tied a season high for the most games below .500 (3). . . . Robert Andino was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Mike Kinkade extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Eric Reed had his third 4-hit game of the season. . . . Jeff Fulchino has lost his last five pitching decisions, four of those as a starter. . . . 38,139 fans watched the I-Cubs sweep the series from the Isotopes, a per-game average of 9,535. Tonight's game also marked the last regular-season matchup between the Cubs and Isotopes. For games played in Albuquerque, each club won four games. For the 16-game series, Iowa took 10 games. Iowa leaves town with a 33-31 all-time series advantage. . . . Iowa Cubs starter Rich Hill dominated the Isotopes, but his efforts went for naught as he didn't factor in the decision. Hill worked 8 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs while striking out 14 Isotope batters. . . . Luis Montanez was a triple shy of becoming the first player to hit for the cycle against the Isotopes. . . . The Isotopes have lost 11 games in 2006 by allowing opponents to score the go-ahead runs in their last at-bat of game. . . . In PCL action on Saturday evening, three Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) pitchers combined to no hit the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 2-0 in Nashville. The no-hitter by Carlos Villanueva, Mike Meyers, and Alec Zumwalt was the first no-hitter for Nashville since April 7, 2003 when John Wasdin tossed a perfect game against the Isotopes at Herschel Greer Stadium. . . . The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) come to Albuquerque for a four game series beginning on Monday evening. Pitching probables for the opener are LHP Matt Blank (2-2, 4.76) for the Isotopes and LHP Michael O'Connor (1-0, 3.04) for the Nationals.

Filed 07/16/2006

July 15, 2006 - Isotopes (46-48)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -13.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 3 . 9 11 1
Albuquerque 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 1 . 7 14 4
WP: Michael Wuertz (6-0)
LP: Brad Clontz (4-4)
Home Runs:
IWA Felix Pie (8) off Nic Ungs in the 6th inning

ALB Nic Ungs (2) off Ryan O'Malley in the 3rd inning

TIME: 3:11  ATT: 11,112
The Isotopes clawed back from a four-run defecit in the later innings to tie the game at 6-6 going into the 9th inning before the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) erupted for three runs to take an eventual 9-7 victory over Albuquerque. Albuquerque has tied a franchise record with six straight home losses and looks to avoid the series sweep and snap a four game losing streak with a victory on Sunday evening.
Albuqurque took a quick 1-0 lead. In the 1st inning, Eric Reed led off with a single, advanced to third base on Robert Andino's single, and scored when Mike Kinkade grounded into a double play.
Iowa's Casey McGehee singled and scored on Augie Ojeda's double in the 2nd inning as the Cubs tied the game at 1-1.
Iowa took the lead in the 3rd inning. Felix Pie singled and Buck Coats reached on an error during a force attempt to get Pie out at second base. On the error, the two runners moved into scoring position. An out later, Michael Restovich was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jeff Deardorff struck out for the second out before McGehee reached base on an error as Pie and Coats scored. Geovany Soto singled to left field to drive in Restovich as Iowa led 4-1.
Isotopes starter Nic Ungs solo-homered to left field to help his cause in the home half of the 3rd inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 4-2.
Pie singled, stole second base, moved to third base on Coats' sacrifice bunt, and scored on Mike Fontenot's double in the 4th inning.
Pie homered to center field in the 6th inning as Iowa extended their lead to 6-2.
Albuquerque began their later-game rally in the 7th inning. Matt Cepicky singled and scored on Paul Hoover's double to left field.
In the 8th inning, Kinkade singled and Jason Stokes walked. After Jason Wood struck out, Chris Aguila singled to right field to drive in Kinkade and Matt Cepicky doubled to right field to drive in Stokes and Aguila to tie the game at 6-6.
Brad Clontz entered the game in relief for the Isotopes in the 9th inning looking to hold the Cubs and give the Isotopes a chance to win it in the bottom half of the inning. Fontenot greeted Clontz by doubling to right field. An out later, Deardorff walked and McGehee singled to center field to drive in Fontenot. An error on the play allowed Deardorff to score and McGehee advanced to third base. Soto walked before Ojeda sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in McGehee as Iowa led 9-6.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Kinkade walked with one out. Stokes flew out for the second out before Kinkade took second base on defensive indifference. Wood singled to center field (team-leading 52nd RBI) to drive in Kinkade before Aguila struck out to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 6.0 8 6 3 2 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 314 AB, 44 R, 83 H, 12 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 20 BB, 64 K, 10 SB, .264 AVG
Jason Stokes: 185 AB, 32 R, 47 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 26 BB, 67 K, 1 SB, .254 AVG
Eric Reed: 189 AB, 29 R, 51 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 8 BB, 41 K, 8 SB, .270 AVG
Chris Resop: (3-0, 2 SV) 36.2 IP, 42 H, 18 ER, 7 BB, 31 K, 3 HR, 4.42 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, the Isotopes split a doubleheader with the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in Nashville. The Sounds won the first game 6-1. In the nightcap, Jason Wood and Josh Wilson solo-homered in the Isotopes 2-1 victory.
'TOPES NOTES: Nic Ungs became the first Isotope pitcher to homer twice in the same season. As for all-time Isotope pitcher homer records, Ungs tied Jeff Fulchino as the only Isotope pitchers to homer twice while with the Isotopes club. Ungs' homer was the third Isotope pitcher homer of the season, the most for any season in Isotopes history. . . . Mike Kinkade had a tough game at the hot corner, committing three errors in the game. Kinkade's contribution aided Albuquerque to their sloppiest game of the season - 4 errors. Kinkade had 2 hits in the game, extending his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . After Brad Clontz won his first four pitching decisions, he has now lost his last four pitching decisions. . . . Pitching probables for the series finale are LHP Chris George (1-3, 5.22) for the Isotopes and LHP Rich Hill (6-1, 1.81) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 07/15/2006

July 14, 2006 - Isotopes (46-47)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -12.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 . 6 7 1
Albuquerque 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 . 4 10 0
WP: Randy Wells (4-1)
LP: Joe Horgan (4-5)
Home Runs:
IWA Casey McGehee (6) off Renyel Pinto in the 2nd inning
IWA Mike Fontenot (7) off Renyel Pinto in the 6th inning
TIME: 3:00  ATT: 9,620
For the second straight night, the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) plated four runs in an inning to aid in a victory. Tonight, Iowa put up the four-spot in the 8th inning to snap a 2-2 tie and went on to beat the Isotopes 6-4. The loss is Albuquerque's third in a row and the Isotopes remain winless at home in July.
In the 1st inning, Robert Andino singled, stole second base and scored when Iowa center fielder Felix Pie misplayed Jason Stokes' batted ball for a three-base error.
Iowa tied the game at 1-1 in the 2nd inning when Casey McGehee solo-homered to center field.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 3rd inning. Eric Reed singled, Mike Kinkade singled to move Reed to third base, and Stokes singled to left field to drive in Reed.
Albuquerque held the 2-1 lead until the 6th inning. Iowa's Mike Fontenot homered to center field to tie the game at 2-2.
Iowa took the lead and put the game away in the 8th inning. Joe Horgan entered the game in relief for the Isotopes and after getting the first out of the inning, Horgan allowed a single to Buck Coats and walked Fontenot. Ross Wolf came into the game for Albuquerque and allowed a single to Michael Restovich to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Coats to score and Micah Hoffpauir was intentionally walked to reload the bases. McGehee doubled to right field to clear the bases as Iowa led 6-2.
Albuquerque tried to rally to tie the game in the 9th inning. Drew Niles struck out to lead off the inning and pinch-hitter Chris Aguila singled to left field. Reed tripled to center field to drive in Aguika and Robert Andino sacrifice flied out to right field to drive in Reed. Kinkade then grounded out to quell the rally and end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto 6.0 4 2 2 2 5 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 309 AB, 44 R, 82 H, 12 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 20 BB, 64 K, 10 SB, .265 AVG
Jason Stokes: 181 AB, 31 R, 46 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 25 BB, 65 K, 1 SB, .254 AVG
Eric Reed: 184 AB, 28 R, 50 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 8 BB, 40 K, 8 SB, .272 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (7-2) 83.1 IP, 68 H, 30 ER, 39 BB, 85 K, 8 HR, 3.24 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: 2005 was the only season that the Isotopes were not on All-Star break on this date. The Isotopes also enjoyed a day off in 2005 as they were rained out in a contest scheduled against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in Nashville. The rainout was the first for Albuquerque that season.
'TOPES NOTES: OF Mike Colangelo has been placed on the disabled list with a sports hernia, while C Tom Wilson has been activated off the disabled list. . . . The Isotopes are riding a five-game home losing streak, tying for the longest of the season. . . . The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) defeated division-leading Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) this evening, advancing into second place in the division. The Isotopes moved into third place in the division with the loss, yet remained 12.5 games back of Round Rock. . . . Mike Kinkade had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Pitching probables for Saturday evening are RHP Nic Ungs (7-8, 3.87) for the Isotopes and LHP Ryan O'Malley (5-5, 3.93) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 07/14/2006

July 13, 2006 - Isotopes (46-46)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -12.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 1 . 6 11 0
Albuquerque 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 6 2
WP: Angel Guzman (3-4)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (2-6)
Home Runs:
ALB Jeff Fulchino (1) off Angel Guzman in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:41  ATT: 8,388
The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) plated four runs in the 4th inning en route to a 6-2 victory over the Isotopes at "The Lab" on Thursday evening. The Isotopes have lost nine out of their last 10 games with the defeat.
Isotopes starter Jeff Fulchin ohomered to right field to lead off the 3rd inning as Albuquerque led 1-0.
Iowa took the lead and claimed it for good in the 4th inning. Micah Hoffpauir and Casey McGehee singled and Buck Coats doubled to drive in Hoffpauir and McGehee. An out later, Cubs starter Angel Guzman drew a walk and Ryan Theriot was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Felix Pie reached on an error as Coats scored. With the bases still loaded, Mike Fontenot sacrifice flied out to right field to give Iowa a 4-1 lead.
In the home half of the 4th inning, Jason Stokes doubled, advanced to third base on Jason Wood's single and scored on a passed ball.
In the 8th inning, Coats singled, stole second base and scored on Casey Kopitzke's single to right field.
Iowa concluded the scoring in the game in the 9th inning. Pie singled and scored on Fontenot's double to center field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (L, 2-6) 6.0 7 4 3 2 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 305 AB, 43 R, 80 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 20 BB, 64 K, 9 SB, .262 AVG
Jason Stokes: 177 AB, 31 R, 45 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 25 BB, 65 K, 1 SB, .254 AVG
Eric Reed: 179 AB, 26 R, 48 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 8 BB, 40 K, 8 SB, .268 AVG
Chris Resop: (3-0, 2 SV) 35.2 IP, 42 H, 18 ER, 7 BB, 30 K, 3 HR, 4.54 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: 2003 was the only season that the Isotopes were not enjoying their All-Star break on this date. In 2003, the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) scored 5 runs in the 8th inning to put the game away in a 7-2 victory over Albuquerque in the game played at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes are 0-4 at Isotopes Park and 1-9 overall in July. . . . Jeff Fulchino was the first Isotope pitcher to homer since Nic Ungs homered in a game against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) at Isotopes Park on April 14th. Fulchino is no stranger to the longball, previously homering as an Isotope in 2005 to give him the team lead for most homers by a pitcher wearing a 'Topes suit (2). . . . The Isotopes season mark is at the .500 mark, a far cry from the franchise-record 16 games above .500 that the 'Topes were enjoying on May 21st. . . . Hiram Bocachica of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Batter of the Week. Bocachica hit .357 (10x28) with 4 homers and 12 RBI during the week. . . . Sun-Woo Kim of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) is the PCL PItcher of the Week. In 2 starts, Kim went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA. One of the victories was a complete game shutout. . . . Pitching probables for the second game of the series on Friday evening are LHP Renyel Pinto (7-2, 3.26) for the Isotopes and RHP Randy Wells (3-1, 4.15) for Iowa.

Filed 07/13/2006

July 12, 2006 - IL 6, PCL 0

Fifth-Third Field
Toledo, Ohio
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
PCL All-Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 2 1
IL All-Stars 0 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 X . 6 9 0
WP: Heath Phillips (Charlotte - White Sox)
LP: Ben Hendrickson (Nashville - Brewers)
Home Runs:
IL Kevin Witt (Durham - Devil Rays) off Ben Hendrickson (Nashville- Brewers) in the 3rd inning

IL Kevin Barker (Syracuse - Blue Jays) off Matt Roney (Sacramento - Athletics) in the 7th inning

IL Ryan Raburn (Toledo - Tigers) off Matt Roney (Sacramento - Athletics) in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:16  ATT: 11,300
The International League All-Star pitchers held the Pacific Coast League All-Star batters to just two hits, and Kevin Witt (Durham - Devil Rays) two-run homered to power the IL All-Stars to a 6-0 shutout of the PCL All-Stars in the 2006 Triple-A All-Star Game held in Toledo, Ohio (home of the Toledo Mud Hens). The IL All-Stars have won three out of the last four All-Star contests.
In the 3rd inning, Jorge Velandia (Charlotte - White Sox) singled to right field. Chris Denorfia (Louisville - Reds) followed by reaching on an error by Justin Leone (Portland - Padres) during a fielder's choice attempt. Velandia went to third base on the error on Denorfia's play and scored on a wild pitch by Ben Hendrickson (Nashville - Brewers). Two outs later, Witt homered to right-center field to give the IL a 3-0 lead.
In the 5th inning, Denorfia singled to right field, advanced to second base on Joe Thurston's (Scranton-Wilkes Barre - Phillies) groundout, and scored on Witt's double to left field.
The IL back-to-back homered with two outs in the 7th inning off the PCL's Matt Roney (Sacramento - Athletics). Former-Isotope Kevin Barker (Syracuse - Blue Jays) homered to right field and Ryan Raburn (Toledo - Tigers) homered to left field.
2006 ALL-STAR GAME NOTES: The lone Isotopes representative, Robert Andino, entered the game in the 7th inning at shortstop for the PCL All-Stars and went 0x1 (reaching on a fielder's choice to end the PCL's 8th inning at-bat with the out recorded at second base). . . . The two PCL hits in the contest were by Justin Leone (Portland - Padres) and James Loney (Las Vegas - Dodgers). . . . Kevin Witt (Durham - Devil Rays) was named the IL Player of the Game. . . . Rich Hill (Iowa - Cubs) was named the PCL Player of the Game. . . . By winning the All-Star Game, the International League will be the home team at the Bricktown Showdown to be played on September 19, 2006 at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The single-game playoff features the matchup of the PCL Champion and IL Champion to determine the best club in all of Triple-A for 2006. . . . Albuquerque hosts the Triple-A All-Star Game next year at Isotopes Park.

Filed 07/12/2006

July 9, 2006 - Isotopes (46-45)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -11.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 1 8 3
Memphis 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 X . 8 6 0
WP: Chris Narveson (4-2)
LP: Nic Ungs (7-8)
Home Runs:
ALB Chris Ashby (3) off Chris Narveson in the 5th inning

MEM John Gall (6) off Renyel Pinto in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:37  ATT: 10,809
The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) tallied for 6 runs in the 6th inning to break open the game as they defeated the Isotopes 8-1 on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, Albuquerque has lost eight of their last nine contests.
John Gall homered to left-center field off Isotopes starter Renyel Pinto in the 1st inning as Memphis led 1-0.
Chris Ashby answered in the 5th inning with a solo homer to left field off Redbirds starter Chris Narveson to tie the game at 1-1.
Memphis immediately reclaimed the lead (and for good) in their half of the 5th frame. Brian Esposito doubled to center field, moved to third base on Narveson's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Timo Perez's single to left field.
In the 6th inning, the Redbirds put the game away. Brian Martin led off the inning by reaching on a throwing error by Robert Andino. Bo Hart then reached on another error by Andino and Esposito laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position. Pinch- hitter Jason Conti was intentionally walked to load the bases and Junior Spivey drew a walk to bring Martin home. Perez walked to drive in Hart and Brian Daubach walked to bring home Conti. John Nelson walked as Spivey scored and Martin doubled to left field to drive in Perez and Daubach as Memphis led 8-1.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto 4.0 2 1 1 1 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 302 AB, 43 R, 80 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 20 BB, 62 K, 9 SB, .265 AVG
Jason Stokes: 173 AB, 30 R, 44 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 25 BB, 64 K, 1 SB, .254 AVG
Eric Reed: 178 AB, 26 R, 48 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 8 BB, 39 K, 8 SB, .270 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (7-2) 77.1 IP, 64 H, 28 ER, 37 BB, 80 K, 6 HR, 3.26 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Robert Stratton three-run homered and Abraham Nunez solo-homered as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 6-1 at Rosenblatt Stadium. The victory secured a series sweep for Albuquerque, the first sweep in franchise history.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes head into the break at 46-45, just one game above .500. The Isotopes were a franchise-record 16 games above .500 on May 21st, so it can be seen how much the team has struggled in about a month and a half. The struggle has also dropped the Isotopes from being a first place team into a tie for second place, 11.5 games back of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). . . . The Redbirds took 2 out of the 3 games in the series, attended by 32,491 fans for a per-game average of 10,830. Today concluded the 16-game regular season series between the two clubs, and the Isotopes could not be any prouder to get rid of Memphis for the season as Memphis won 11 out of the 16 contests. Especially tough for Albuquerque was the fact Memphis won 7 of those games by a single run. Albuquerque does hold a 34-30 advantage all-time against Memphis. . . . The Isotopes set a season high for the largest losing margin for a road game (7). . . . The Isotopes tied a season-high with 3 errors in the game. Albuquerque is 2-4 this season when committing 3 errors in a game. . . . With his eighth loss, Nic Ungs continues to lead the club in losses. Ungs is also tied for the club lead in wins (7). . . . The Isotopes have the next three days off for the All-Star Break. Check this website on Wednesday evening for a summary of the Triple-A All-Star Game to be held in Toledo, Ohio. Robert Andino is the lone Isotopes representative in the game.

Filed 07/09/2006

July 8, 2006 - Isotopes (46-44)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -10.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 6 . 11 12 0
Memphis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 7 1
WP: Chris Resop (3-0)
LP: John Webb (4-7)
Home Runs:
ALB Paul Hoover (5) off Rich Scalamandre in the 9th inning
ALB Jason Stokes (4) off John Webb in the 7th inning
ALB Jason Stokes (5) off Alan Benes in the 9th inning

MEM Timo Perez (6) off Matt Blank in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:46  ATT: 11,349
The Isotopes bats might have finally waken up again. After John Webb tossed a perfect game for 6.1 innings, the Isotopes bats erupted for 11 runs over the final three frames as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 11-2 on Saturday evening in Memphis. The victory was the first win in July for the Isotopes and snapped a season-worst seven game losing streak.

With one out in the 1st inning, Bo Hart singled to center field and Timo Perez followed with a homer to right field as the Redbirds led 2-0.

With one out in the 7th inning, the Isotopes offense came to life. Robert Andino singled, Mike Kinkade walked, and Jason Stokes did something he had not done in a long time - homered. Stokes three-run homer gave the Isotopes a 3-2 lead, but the Isotopes were not done yet in the inning. Matt Cepicky tripled to center field and scored on Paul Hoover's single to left field.

In the 8th inning, Andino singled to center field and Kinkade was hit by a pitch. Andino and Kinkade pulled off the double steal and Andino scored on a throwing error by the catcher on the play as Albuquerque led 5-2.
The Isotopes made the game a rout in the 9th inning. Mark Little singled and Hoover followed with a homer to right field. Drew Niles singled and scored on Eric Reed's double to center field. Andino singled, Kinkade doubled and Stokes homered to left-center field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Matt Blank 5.0 5 2 2 1 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 298 AB, 43 R, 79 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 20 BB, 61 K, 9 SB, .265 AVG
Jason Stokes: 109 AB, 30 R, 44 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 25 BB, 63 K, 1 SB, .260 AVG
Eric Reed: 177 AB, 26 R, 48 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 8 BB, 38 K, 8 SB, .271 AVG
Chris Resop: (3-0, 2 SV) 34.2 IP, 42 H, 18 ER, 7 BB, 30 K, 3 HR, 4.67 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Matt Padgett two-run homered and Joe Dillon solo-homered in Albuquerque's 7-5 victory over the Memphis Redbirds at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Jason Stokes homered for the first time since April 20th and tied an Isotope season-high for most RBI's in a game (6). Stokes also struck out three times in a game for the ninth time. . . . The Isotopes had their best run-scoring game on the road this season (11 runs) and tied a season-high for the largest winning margin in a road game (9 runs). . . . Robert Andino's stolen base was his 9th, giving him the team lead over Eric Reed (8). . . . Whatever James Shanks did to cause his release must have been pretty serious. There have not been any reports by the Isotopes team or Albuquerque media about the cause of his release (whether he violated team rules or Marlins organization code of conduct or whatever the case might have been). The only new news about James Shanks is that no MLB club wanted to sign him to a minor-league free agent contract as Shanks just signed a contract with the Reno Silver Sox of the independent California Golden League. . . . In the final game before the All-Star Break, the Isotopes are expected to send LHP Renyel Pinto (7-2, 3.31) to the mound. LHP Chris Narveson (3-2, 3.46) is expected to start for Memphis.

Filed 07/08/2006

July 7, 2006 - Isotopes (45-44)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -11.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 4 0
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X . 1 5 0
WP: Dennis Tankersley (4-9)
LP: Chris George (1-3)
SV: Brian Falkenborg (15)
TIME: 2:27  ATT: 10,333
It almost doesn't take a psyhic to predict the final outcome of a Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals)/Isotopes matchup in 2006. True to form, the Isotopes dropped their seventh one-run decision of the season to the Redbirds in 1-0 loss on Friday evening in the series opener in Memphis. Albuquerque dropped their seventh straight game, a season-high.
In the 7th inning, Skip Schumaker singled, stole second base, took third base on former-Isotope Derek Wathan's flyout, and scored on Bo Hart's single to right field for the lone run of the game.
Albuquerque looked in good shape to tie the game in the 9th inning. Mike Kinkade doubled to right field to lead off the inning, but was left stranded on base when Jason Stokes popped up and Matt Cepicky and Paul Hoover struck out to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 1-3) 6.1 4 1 1 3 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 293 AB, 40 R, 76 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 20 BB, 60 K, 8 SB, .259 AVG
Jason Stokes: 164 AB, 28 R, 42 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 25 BB, 60 K, 1 SB, .256 AVG
Eric Reed: 172 AB, 26 R, 47 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 37 K, 8 SB, .273 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Matt Padgett and Derek Wathan each homered and combined to drive in 7 runs in Albuquerque's 9-6 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Just as fast as Jose Garcia came, Jose Garcia left. Garcia was transferred back to Class-AA Carolina on Friday, one day after making his Triple-A debut as an Isotope starting pitcher. . . . The seventh one-run defeat to the Redbirds means that Albuquerque has lost half of their matchups with the Redbirds in 2006 by just a single run. . . . The Isotopes have one win and two losses in 1-0 games in 2006. . . . Manager Dean Treanor was ejected by First Base umpire Delfin Colon in the 3rd inning. It was Treanor's third ejection of the season, leading the club. . . . Chris George dropped his third straight pitching decision. . . . Albuquerque is expected to send LHP Matt Blank (2-2, 4.93) the mound on Saturday evening to face Memphis' John Webb (4-6, 4.41).

Filed 07/07/2006

July 6, 2006 - Isotopes (45-43)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -10.5 Games

The Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 . 2 7 1
Round Rock 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 X . 7 11 0
WP: Philip Barzilla (5-3)
LP: Jose Garcia (0-1)
TIME: 2:50  ATT: 8,313
Jose Garcia made his Triple-A debut with the Isotopes, allowing five runs in five innings to take the loss in Albuquerque's 7-2 defeat at the hands of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). The Isotopes have dropped six straight games and now are double-digit (10.5) games back of the Express in the standings.
In the 2nd inning, Royce Huffman singled, moved to second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third base on a groundout, and scored on Humberto Quintero's double to right field as the Express took a 1-0 lead.
The Express tacked another run on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Express starter Mark McLemore drew a leadoff walk. Mike Rodriguez singled and Luke Scott was intentionally walked to load the bases and Huffman drew a walk to bring McLemore home.
The Express knocked Garcia out the game in the 5th inning. Rodriguez singled and Joe McEwing walked to begin the inning. Scott singled to right field to drive in Rodriguez and Huffman walked to load the bases. Brooks Conrad tripled to clear the bases and Quintero doubled to drive in Conrad as Round Rock led 7-0.
Albuquerque avoided the shutout in the 9th inning. Mike Kinkade and Jason Stokes singled to lead off the inning and Paul Hoover singled to left field to drive in Kinkade. Chris Ashby grounded into a double play as Stokes took third base, and Stokes scored on Drew Niles' single to right field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jose Garcia (L, 0-1) 4.0 5 5 5 4 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 290 AB, 40 R, 76 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 19 BB, 59 K, 8 SB, .262 AVG
Jason Stokes: 160 AB, 28 R, 41 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 25 BB, 60 K, 1 SB, .256 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 32.2 IP, 42 H, 18 ER, 7 BB, 28 K, 3 HR, 4.96 ERA
Jose Garcia: (0-1) 4 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 11.25 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Iowa's Phil Hiatt two-run homered and Donny Leon three-run homered in the Iowa Cubs' (AAA Cubs) 7-3 victory over the Isotopes in Des Moines. Matt Erickson drove in two runs and Wilson Valdez drove in a single run for Albuquerque.
'TOPES NOTES: Once again on Thursday, there was a good amount of change to the Isotopes roster. P Franklyn German went on the disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis. RHP Jose Garcia was promoted from Class-AA Carolina to make tonight's start and P David Lee was signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Albuquerque. Lee was just released by the Express, going 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA in relief appearances with the E-train. . . . The Express swept the three-game series from the Isotopes. 28,811 fans attended the series for a per-game average of 9,604. . . . The six game losing streak ties for the longest of the season. . . . Round Rock took a 14-13 all-time series advantage with the victory. The Isotopes travel to Round Rock for five games in August to conclude the regular season 16-game series. . . . The Isotopes head to Memphis, hoping to change their luck as they head into the All-Star Break. Pitching probables for the season opener are LHP Chris George (1-2, 5.68) for the Isotopes and RHP Dennis Tankersley (3-9, 3.86) for the Redbirds.

Filed 07/06/2006

July 5, 2006 - Isotopes (45-42)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -9.5 Games

The Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 1 1
Round Rock 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 X . 4 7 0
WP: Jason Hirsh (10-2)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (2-5)
SV: Chris Baker (1)
Home Runs:
RR Hector Gimenez (5) off Jeff Fulchino in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:19  ATT: 8,476
Triple-A All-Star Jason Hirsh came close to tossing a no-hitter. Hirsh allowed a 3rd inning single to Isotope starter Jeff Fulchino, then combined with Triple-A All-Star teammate Chris Baker to one-hit shutout the Isotopes 4-0 on Wednesday evening at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Albuquerque has lost five straight games and moved from sole possession of second place into a second place tie with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) at 9.5 games behind the Express.
Joe McEwing singled, advanced to second base when Royce Huffman walked, and scored on Brooks Conrad's double to left field as the Express led 1-0 in the 4th inning.
Hector Gimenez homered to left field to lead off the 5th inning. An out later, Mike Rodriguez doubled, moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on an error on the play as the Express extended their lead to 3-0.
E-train plated their final run in the 8th inning -- McEwing singled, stole second base, took third base when Luke Scott flew out, and scored on a wild pitch.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (L, 2-5) 7.0 6 3 2 2 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 287 AB, 40 R, 76 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 18 BB, 57 K, 8 SB, .265 AVG
Jason Stokes: 157 AB, 27 R, 40 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 24 BB, 60 K, 1 SB, .255 AVG
Eric Reed: 169 AB, 26 R, 47 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 36 K, 8 SB, .278 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Chad Allen three-run homered in the 1st inning to provide the Isotopes all the runs they would need in a 5-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Des Moines, Iowa.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins recalled P Jason Vargas from the Isotopes on Wednesday evening and optioned P Renyel Pinto to Albuquerque. Pinto pitched on Wednesday evening in his only appearance since the callup to the Marlins and allowed 4 earned runs in 3 innings. In other Isotope transactions, P Christopher Young went back to Class-AA Carolina and P Chris George was placed back on the active Isotope roster (officially, George was transferred from Class-A Jupiter to Albuquerque in the paper move). . . . Paul Hoover went hitless in three at-bats to snap a 9-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes were shut out for the fourth time in 2006. . . . The one-hit performance was the Isotopes' most anemic showing of the season (previous mark: 3 hits in an April game in Iowa). The mark did not tie or set a franchise record because the Isotopes came up with no hits in a game in 2003, their fifth game in franchise history. . . . Jeff Fulchino has dropped his last four pitching decisions. . . . The Isotopes have yet to name a starter for Thursday's series finale against Round Rock. Jason Vargas was slated to start, but that won't happen due to his callup. It's very unlikely Renyel Pinto will start as he may not report in time for the game plus he tossed three innings in the Marlins game on Wednesday night. Matt Blank also seems unlikely since he made a spot start recently, unless he could pitch some innings on two days rest. Chris George is expected to start Friday, but the Isotopes could have the possibility of shortening his rest by a day (to three days rest) and then start Blank on Friday on three days rest. Due to an overworked bullpen, it seems unlikely Isotope relievers will be strung together to pitch a full game. If there was enough lead time given to the Isotopes about the move, there could be a pitcher brought up from Class-AA Carolina to make the start before returning to Carolina. Stay tuned to see what the Isotopes do in the finale. E-train is expected to send LHP Mark McLemore (1-1, 1.25) to the bump.

Filed 07/05/2006

July 4, 2006 - Isotopes (45-41)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -8.5 Games

The Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 4 0
Round Rock 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 X . 5 12 0
WP: Mike Gallo (2-0)
LP: Nic Ungs (7-7)
TIME: 2:40  ATT: 12,022
The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) spotted the Isotopes a run before coming up with five unanswered runs to hand the Isotopes their fourth straight defeat by a final score of 5-1 in the series opener.
In the 2nd inning, Paul Hoover and Jason Stokes walked. Mark LIttle flied out to center field as Hoover advanced to third base, and Drew NIles sacrifice flied out to right field to bring home Hoover as the Isotopes led 1-0.
Round Rock was able to score against Isotopes starter Nic Ungs in the 3rd inning. Joe McEwing and Luke Scott singled and Royce Huffman's single drove in McEwing. Humberto Quintero singled to drive in Scott. Charlton Jimerson reached on a fielder's choice with Huffman out at home plate. Cody Ransom singled to left field to load the bases and Express starter Brandon Backe walked as Quintero trotted home to make it 3-1 Round Rock.
In the 7th inning, Huffman singled and scored on Ransom's double, and in the 8th inning, Mike Rodriguez scored when Huffman drew a bases-loaded walk.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (7-7) 6.0 10 3 3 2 7 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 284 AB, 40 R, 76 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 17 BB, 56 K, 8 SB, .268 AVG
Jason Stokes: 154 AB, 27 R, 40 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 24 BB, 60 K, 1 SB, .260 AVG
Eric Reed: 166 AB 26 R, 47 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 7 BB, 36 K, 8 SB, .283 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In front of the second largest crowd in Isotopes Park history, the Isotopes came back from a 5-run defecit to defeat the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 11-7. Matt Padgett two-run homered and Chris Aguila and Todd Sears drove in two runs.
'TOPES NOTES: There was a 32 minute rain delay in the contest. . . . The Isotopes are 3-1 in Fourth of July contests. . . . Paul Hoover singled to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Nic Ungs continues to lead the team in losses (7), but he is also tied with just-promoted-to-Florida Renyel Pinto for the team lead in wins (7). . . . Shin-Soo Choo of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Batter of the Week. Choo hit .581 (18x31) during the week with 3 homers and 11 RBI. . . . Cesar Jimenez of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Jimenez tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers). Jimenez walked two and struck out 4 in his award-winning performance. . . . Albuquerque looks to snap their losing streak as they sent RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-4, 3.79) to the mound to face Round Rock's RHP Jason Hirsh (9-2, 2.42).

Filed 07/04/2006

Yusmeiro Petit / Chris Resop Swap Places

The Marlins recalled P Yusmeiro Petit from the Isotopes and optioned P Chris Resop to Albuquerque. Petit could make the start for the Marlins on Wednesday evening in Washington, DC against the Nationals.
Filed 07/04/2006

July 3, 2006 - Isotopes (45-40)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -7.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 . 5 9 0
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 . 3 11 0
WP: Matt Perisho (2-1)
LP: Joe Horgan (4-4)
SV: Andy Cavazos (2)
Home Runs:
MEM John Gall (5) off Joe Horgan in the 9th inning
TIME: 3:14  ATT: 15,020
In front of an Isotopes franchise record home crowd of 15,020, John Gall two-run homered in the 9th inning to give the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) a 5-3 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale. The Isotopes have dropped three straight games as they begin a roadtrip to face the division leader.
Eric Reed singled, stole second base and scored on Chris Aguila's double in the 1st inning as the Isotopes led 1-0.
Mike Rose doubled and scored on Jason Conti's single in the 4th inning as the Redbirds tied the game at 1-1.
Both teams remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the 7th inning. Memphis' Skip Schumaker drew a leadoff walk and took second base on a wild pitch. John Nelson laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Schumaker to third base. Brian Daubach was intentionally walked and Daubach moved to second base on a passed ball. Gall singled to left field to drive Schumaker and Rose singled to right field to drive in Daubach as the Redbirds led 3-1.
Albuquerque answered in their half of the 7th frame. Chris Ashby walked, Drew Niles walked and Mark Little singled to load the bases. After Reed struck out swinging, Isotope All-Star Robert Andino singled to center field to drive in Ashby. Aguila sacrifice flied out to left field to bring Niles home with the game tying run.
Gall homered to left field with two outs in the 9th inning and Nelson on base as the Redbirds took a 5-3 lead.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Andy Cavazos entered the game in relief for Memphis looking for the save. Niles singled to lead off the inning and LIttle struck out. Eric Reed singled to right field and Andino followed by grounding into a double play to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Matt Blank 5.0 4 1 1 6 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 280 AB, 40 R, 76 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 17 BB, 54 K, 8 SB, .271 AVG
Jason Stokes: 151 AB, 27 R, 39 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 23 BB, 60 K, 1 SB, .258 AVG
Eric Reed: 162 AB, 26 R, 47 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 7 BB, 36 K, 8 SB, .290 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, five Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Isotopes (2-0 final score). The game was played in front of 22,023 at Rosenblatt Stadium, still the largest crowd the Isotopes have ever played in front of in their three and a half years of existance.
'TOPES NOTES: To bolster a tired bullpen, P Christopher Young was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque and P Chris George was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Jupiter in a paper move. . . . Memphis took three out of the four games in the series with the Isotopes. 42,662 fans attended the series for a per-game average of 10,666. 70,562 total watch the Isotopes during the eight-game homestand. . . . The Isotopes and Redbirds played their final game at Isotopes Park in 2006.and Memphis won 5 out of the 8 games. Albuquerque travels to Memphis on July 7-9 to conclude the 16-game season series between the two clubs. . . . Eric Reed stole his 8th base, tying him with Robert Andino for the team lead. . . . The Isotopes grounded into five double plays, potentially a franchise record. . . . The 15,020 attendance was the largest crowd ever to watch a baseball game in Albuquerque, and the mark broke the previous Isotopes Park attendance record of 14,744 set on July 4, 2005. The 2006 Isotopes Park opening night crowd moved down in rank to the fourth largest crowd of 2006. . . . The silent auction for the Isotopes' "Fourth of July" jerseys raised about $6000 for the United Way of Central New Mexico. . . . Memphis second baseman Junior Spivey was ejected from the game by Home Plate umpire John Coons in the 7th inning. . . . The Isotopes head to the road for three games against division-leader Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) and three games at Memphis to head into the All-Star break. Pitching probables for Tuesday evening's series opener in Round Rock are RHP Nic Ungs (7-6, 3.79) for the Isotopes and undecided for the E-train.

Filed 07/03/2006

July 2, 2006 - Isotopes (45-39)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -6.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Memphis 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 . 6 7 1
Albuquerque 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 5 11 1
WP: Brian Falkenborg (4-2)
LP: J.B. Miadich (1-1)
SV: Andy Cavazos (1)
Home Runs:
MEM John Nelson (14) off Chris George in the 2nd inning
MEM John Nelson (15) off Brad Clontz in the 10th inning

ALB Jason Wood (10) off Dennis Tankersley in the 4th inning

TIME: 3:48  ATT: 12,204
With the second largest crowd of the season at Isotopes Park (12,204) on hand for the first of two "Fourth of July" fireworks nights, Memphis plated the eventual game-winning run when Isotopes reliever J.B. Miadich uncorked a wild pitch in the 11th inning as Albuquerque dropped a 6-5 decision to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). Albuquerque has dropped two straight games, yet have won five out of their last seven games.
John Nelson homered to left field in the 2nd inning as the Redbirds got on the scoreboard.
In the 3rd inning, Chris Ashby singled to left field and Isotopes starter Chris George laid down a sacrifice bunt. Mark Little tripled to center field to bring Ashby home and Chris Aguila singled to left field to drive in Little to give Albuquerque a 2-1 lead.
Jason Wood hit his team-leading 10th homer of the season (and team-leading 51st RBI) to right field in the 4th inning to extend the lead to 3-1.
George walked to lead off the 5th inning, advanced to third base when Little reached on an error, and scored on Robert Andino's fielder's choice.
The baserunning might have worn out George as the Redbirds chased him from the game in the 6th inning. Chris Duncan walked and an out later, John Gall doubled to left field. Brian Daubach grounded out to plate Duncan. Mike Rose and Skip Schumaker walked to load the bases. Former Isotope Derek Wathan singled to drive in Gall and Rose as the Redbirds tied the game at 4-4.
Nelson homered to left field in the 10th inning off Isotopes reliever Brad Clontz to give Memphis the advantage, but the Isotopes answered in the bottom half to stay alive in the contest. Mike Kinkade singled to center field, advanced to second base on Drew Niles' sacrifice bunt, and scored on Jason Stokes' single to center field.
In the 11th inning, Miadich entered the game in relief for Albuquerque and gave up a leadoff walk to Jason Conti. Junior Spivey laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Conti up a base. Conti stole third base and scored on a wild pitch to put Memphis on top for good at 6-5.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 5.2 6 4 4 5 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 275 AB, 40 R, 73 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 17 BB, 54 K, 8 SB, .265 AVG
Jason Stokes: 149 AB, 27 R, 39 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 21 BB, 59 K, 1 SB, .262 AVG
Eric Reed: 157 AB, 25 R, 45 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 7 BB, 35 K, 7 SB, .287 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Chris Aguila's homer provided all the Isotope runs and Ariel Prieto came within three outs of tossing a complete game shutout as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 2-1 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. Prieto allowed a homer to Aaron Guiel in the 9th inning before giving way to Randy Messenger who got the three outs to earn the save.
'TOPES NOTES: For the second year in a row, a Triple-A PCL Squad All-Star replacement is an Isotope player. IF Robert Andino was named to the Triple-A All-Star Game PCL squad on Sunday, replacing IF Scott Seabol. Seabol will not be participating in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Toledo, Ohio as his contract was purchased by a South Korean baseball club. In 2005, C Josh Willingham was named to the PCL squad for the Triple-A All-Star Game but was promoted to Florida so P Jim Crowell was sent to the game as Willingham's replacement. . . . The 11 inning contest was the longest contest innings-wise at "The Lab" this season. . . . Eric Reed went hitless in two at-bats to snap a 7-game hitting streak. Paul Hoover extended his hitting streak to 8 games by singling once in five at-bats. . . . The Isotopes pitching staff walked a season-high 10 batters in a game. . . . The Isotopes are 3-5 in extra inning contests in 2006. . . . The Isotopes wrap up their homestand against the Redbirds on Monday night, the second night of "Fourth of July" fireworks. Pitching probables are RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-3, 4.21) for the Isotopes and RHP John Webb (4-6, 4.50) for the Redbirds.

Filed 07/02/2006

July 1, 2006 - Isotopes (45-38)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -6.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 . 3 10 0
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 8 0
WP: Travis Smith (3-2)
LP: Franklyn German (0-1)
SV: Brian Falkenborg (14)
Home Runs:
MEM John Nelson (13) off J.B. Miadich in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:53  ATT: 8,164
Jason Vargas and Nic Ungs combined to pitch six spectacular innings, but the Isotopes bullpen gave up late-game runs and the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) were able to hold off a 9th inning Isotope rally to defeat the Isotopes 3-2. The loss snapped Albuquerque's five game winning streak.
In the 2nd inning, Mike Kinkade singled and Jason Stokes walked. Matt Cepicky grounded into a double play as Kinkade advanced to third base and Paul Hoover singled to right field to drive in Kinkade as Albuquerque led 1-0.
Albuquerque held onto that 1-0 lead until the 7th inning. Franklyn German entered the game in relief for the Isotopes and hit John Gall with a pitch and walked Rico Washington. Brian Esposito was hit by a pitch to load the bases. J.B. Miadich came into the game in relief of German and Jason Conti sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Gall. Junior Spivey reached on a fielder's choice as Wasington scored to give the Redbirds a 2-1 lead.
John Nelson homered to left field off Miadich in the 8th inning to give the Redbirds an insurance run and a 3-1 lead.
In the 9th inning with one out, Jason Wood singled and scored on Hoover's double to right field. Drew Niles grounded out to move Hoover to third base before Mark Little struck out to end the game with the tying run 90 feet away.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas 4.0 5 0 0 1 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 270 AB, 40 R, 72 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 16 BB, 53 K, 8 SB, .267 AVG
Jason Stokes: 144 AB, 27 R, 38 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 21 BB, 58 K, 1 SB, .264 AVG
Eric Reed: 155 AB, 25 R, 45 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 7 BB, 35 K, 7 SB, .290 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Derek Wathan hit for the cycle in Albuquerque's 16-11 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) at Isotopes Park. Colorado Springs' Jorge Piedra homered three times in the game.
'TOPES NOTES: A slew of transactions occurred on Saturday. The Marlins recalled P Renyel Pinto from the Isotopes. P Jason Vargas and IF Drew Niles were both activated off the disabled list and IF Scott Seabol was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. Seabol is in the process of having his contract purchased by a South Korean baseball club. . . . Nic Ungs pitched two innings and was pulled because he found out he was going to be put back into the starting rotation by taking Pinto's spot in the rotation and would have to pitch on Tuesday. . . . Mark Little went hitless to snap a 7-game hitting streak. Paul Hoover and Eric Reed each hit safely to extend their hitting streaks to 7 games. . . . On Sunday evening, the Isotopes are expected to send LHP Chris George to the mound to face Memphis RHP Dennis Tankersley (3-9, 3.78).

Filed 07/01/2006

June 30, 2006 - Isotopes (45-37)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -5.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 . 3 5 1
Albuquerque 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 X . 6 15 1
WP: Joe Horgan (4-3)
LP: Andy Cavazos (0-2)
SV: Brad Clontz (15)
Home Runs:
ALB Chris Aguila (3) off Randy Leek in the 1st inning
ALB Chris Aguila (4) off Randy Leek in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:55  ATT: 7,274
Chris Aguila homered twice in the Isotopes' 6-3 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on Friday night at Isotopes Park. With the victory, the Isotopes have won five straight games.

In the 1st inning, Memphis' Skip Schumaker singled and Chris Duncan doubled to put both runners in scoring position. Brian Daubach's groundout brought home Schumaker as the Redbirds led 1-0.

Aguila homered to left field in the home half of the 1st inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.

Mark Little reached on an error in the 3rd inning and later scored on Jason Wood's single as the Isotopes took the lead at 2-1.
In the 5th inning, Mike Rose and Redbirds starter Randy Leek drew walks to lead off the inning. An out later, Schumaker reached on an error as Rose scored and Duncan reached on a fielder's choice with Leek scoring to give the Redbirds a 3-2 lead.
Aguila homered to left field in the home half of the frame to tie the game at 3-3.
The game remained at 3-3 until the 8th inning, when the Isotopes broke the deadlock and put the game away. Mike Kinkade and Wood singled to lead off the inning and Paul Hoover singled to drive in Kinkade. Pinch-hitter Mike Colangelo singled to right field to drive in Wood and Little doubled to right field to plate Hoover.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino 4.2 4 3 1 3 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 266 AB, 40 R, 71 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 16 BB, 53 K, 8 SB, .267 AVG
Jason Stokes: 142 AB, 27 R, 38 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 19 BB, 57 K, 0 SB, .268 AVG
Eric Reed: 151 AB, 25 R, 44 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 7 BB, 35 K, 7 SB, .291 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Donovan Osborne made his Isotopes debut and allowed two runs in 6 innings while getting the no-decision in Albuquerque's 6-2 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.
'TOPES NOTES: The five game Isotope home winning streak ties for the longest home winning streak of the season. . . . Mike Kinkade had his team-leading third four-hit game of the season. . . . Jason Stokes went hitless to end a five-game hitting streak. He struck out three times for the 8th time this season. . . . Mark Little extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a single and a double. . . . Chris Aguila joined Scott Seabol in being the only Isotopes in 2006 to homer twice in a game. . . . Joe Horgan snapped a three-game decision losing streak with the victory tonight. . . . The Isotopes finished June with a 12-16 record (8-5 at home, 4-11 on the road). The Isotopes only hit 15 homers for the month and have a season-total of 74 homers. . . . Pitching probables for Saturday evening are RHP Nic Ungs (7-6, 3.87) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Travis Smith (2-2, 3.27) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/30/2006

June 29, 2006 - Isotopes (44-37)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -5.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 7 11 3
Albuquerque 0 1 3 6 0 0 0 0 X . 10 13 2
WP: Renyel Pinto (7-2)
LP: Donovan Osborne (0-3)
SV: Brad Clontz (14)
Home Runs:
OMA Justin Huber (10) off Renyel Pinto in the 1st inning
OMA Ruben Gotay (7) off Renyel Pinto in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:38  ATT: 6,392
After the start of the game was delayed for one hour and 57 minutes, the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) showed they wanted to avoid the series sweep bad enough, pounding Isotopes starter Renyel Pinto for 7 runs in the first 3 innings. In the end, it was the Isotopes returning the pounding, roaring back with nine unanswered runs to claim a 10-7 victory to earn a steak dinner for the series sweep.
The Royals did not take long to get to Pinto. In the 1st inning with one out, Paul Phillips singled to center field and Aaron Guiel infield singled. A throwing error on the play by Isotopes third baseman Mike Kinkade put both runners into scoring position. Former-Isotope Chad Allen grounded out to bring Phillips home and Justin Huber followed with a homer to left field to make it 3-0 Omaha.
Kinkade tripled and scored on Jason Stokes' single in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
Pinto was once again hammered in the 3rd inning. Guiel singled and advanced to second base on Allen's groundout. Huber doubled to center field to drive in Guiel and Chris Clapinski singled to left field to put runners on the corners. Ruben Gotay followed with a homer to left field as Omaha led by a commanding 7-1 score. Pinto settled down over the next two innings before being pulled.
The Isotopes started their comeback off former-'Tope Donovan Osborne in the 3rd inning. Paul Hoover singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Eric Reed doubled to left field to drive in Hoover and Robert Andino singled to center field to bring Reed home. An out later, Kinkade doubled to center field to drive in Andino as the Isotopes trailed 7-4.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 4th inning. Matt Cepicky, Mark Little and Hoover consecutive-singled to load the bases and Reed infield singled to drive in Cepicky and Little scored on an error on the play. Robert Andino laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached safely on an error to load the bases and Chris Aguila doubled to left field to drive in Hoover and Reed. After Kinkade grounded out, Jason Wood reached on an error as Andino and Aguila scored. When the inning ended, Albuquerque sent 10 batters to the plate and tallied for 6 runs to lead 10-7.
Both teams must have gotten sleepy in the late night as there was no more scoring the rest of the game after a slugfest through the first four innings.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto (W, 7-2) 5.0 9 7 7 1 3 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 261 AB, 40 R, 71 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 16 BB, 52 K, 8 SB, .272 AVG
Jason Stokes: 138 AB, 27 R, 38 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 19 BB, 54 K, 0 SB, .275 AVG
Eric Reed: 151 AB, 25 R, 44 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 7 BB, 35 K, 7 SB, .291 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (7-2) 73.1 IP, 62 H, 27 ER, 36 BB, 75 K, 5 HR, 3.31 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Isotopes and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2003) also got off to a late start with the game delayed by 2 hours, 9 minutes before the first pitch was thrown at Zephyr Field. There was no slugfest that night as Doug Sessions tossed 8 innings of 2-hit ball in New Orleans' 5-1 victory. Wilson Valdez manufactured the lone Isotope run, reaching on an error, advancing to second base on a groundout, stealing third base and scoring on a throwing error on the stolen base play.
'TOPES NOTES: 27,900 fans came through the Isotopes Park turnstiles during the series for a per-game average of 6,975. Tonight's game was the final matchup between the Isotopes and Royals at Isotopes Park in 2006 and the Isotopes won six out of the eight matchups. . . . The Isotopes swept their fifth series of the season, tying a franchise record for sweeps in one season. It was the first Isotopes series sweep in just over a month (May 18-21 against Las Vegas at Isotopes Park). . . . Albuquerque also saw its longest home rain delay and the first delay at Isotopes Park that was over an hour (1 hour, 57 minute delay). . . . Every Isotope starter except Jason Wood hit safely in the game. Eric Reed and Mark Little extended their hitting streaks to 6 games, and Jason Stokes and Paul Hoover are on their heels with 5 game hitting streaks. . . . Brad Clontz saved three out of the four games in the series. . . . Renyel Pinto earned his seventh victory of the season, tying him with Nic Ungs for the team lead. . . . Royals starter Runelvys Hernandez left the game after one inning due to an injury. . . . The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) come to town for four games to conclude the Isotope homestand, highlighted by a pair of fireworks nights. Pitching probables for the opener are RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-4, 3.91) for the Isotopes and LHP Randy Leek (3-6, 4.72) for the Redbirds. The Isotopes will see their 300,000th fan for 2006 come through the Isotopes Park turnstiles on Friday night.

Filed 06/29/2006

Seabol Named An All-Star

Infielder Scott Seabol was the lone Isotope named to the 2006 PCL All-Star Squad. Former-Isotope Wilson Valdez was also named to the squad. The leading fan vote getter was infielder Stephen Drew. The squad was determined by a combination of fan voting, media voting, and General Manager voting. The 2006 initial PCL Squad (subject to changes due to injury or callups): RHP Chris Baker - Round Rock RHP Nate Field - Colorado Springs RHP Ben Hendrickson - Nashville LHP Rich Hill - Iowa RHP Jason Hirsh - Round Rock RHP Matt Roney - Sacramento RHP Josh Kinney - Memphis RHP Kerry Ligtenberg - Iowa LHP Joe Saunders - Salt Lake RHP Edinson Volquez - Oklahoma RHP Jered Weaver - Salt Lake LHP Justin Hampson - Colorado Springs C Paul Phillips - Omaha C Michael Rivera - Nashville IF Larry Broadway - New Orleans IF Stephen Drew - Tucson IF Howie Kendrick - Salt Lake IF Alberto Callaspo - Tucson IF Justin Leone - Portland IF James Loney - Las Vegas IF Scott Seabol - Albuquerque IF Wilson Valdez - Las Vegas OF Shin-Soo Choo - Tacoma OF Nelson Cruz - Nashville OF Tony Gwynn Jr. - Nashville OF Luke Scott - Round Rock OF Adam Shabala - Fresno DH Chad Allen - Omaha MGR Mike Jirschele - Omaha COA Alan Cockrell - Colorado Springs COA Stan Kyles - Nashville TR Mike Quinn - New Orleans Among the International League All-Stars, former Isotope Kevin Barker made the squad as an infielder.
Filed 06/29/2006

June 28, 2006 - Isotopes (43-37)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -6.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 . 5 5 0
Albuquerque 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 2 X . 6 12 0
WP: J.B. Miadich (1-0)
LP: Ed Yarnall (2-2)
SV: Brad Clontz (13)
Home Runs:
OMA Mike Aviles (5) off Yusmeiro Petit in the 2nd inning
OMA Jared Price (4) off Yusmeiro Petit in the 5th inning
OMA Aaron Guiel (11) off J.B. Miadich in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:16  ATT: 7,504
Chris Ashby went 2x3 with 3 RBI, including an important go-ahead run-scoring single in the 8th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 6-5 in the regularly scheduled game for Wednesday night. The Isotopes have won three straight games.
Mike Aviles homered down the left-field line in the 2nd inning as Omaha led 1-0.
In the home half of the 2nd inning, Scott Seabol tripled to the wall in right-center field and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1.
The Isotopes put together a good inning in the 4th inning. Scott Seabol and Jason Stokes singled to lead off the inning and Matt Cepicky singled up the middle to drive in Seabol. Stokes over-ran second base on the play and was tagged out in a rundown. Mark Little doubled to left field and Ashby singled to center field to drive in Cepicky and LIttle as Albuquerque led 4-1.
Jared Price homered to left field in the 5th inning as the Lil' Kings cut the defecit in half at 4-2, and in the 6th inning, Shane Costa tripled to center field and scored on Ruben Gotay's groundout as the Royals pulled to a run down at 4-3.
With two outs in the 8th inning, Isotopes reliever J.B. Miadich hit Gotay with a pitch before Aaron Guiel followed with a homer to center field to give the Royals a 5-4 lead.
Albuquerque came up with two-out mojo in their half of the 8th inning. With two outs, Stokes walked and Cepicky singled to left field. Little hit a soft liner into right field to drive in Cepicky and Ashby singled up the middle to drive in Cepicky as the Isotopes took the 6-5 lead.
Isotopes closer Brad Clontz easily set down the Royals in the 9th inning to preserve the one run victory as he earned his 13th save.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit 6.0 3 3 3 1 1 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 257 AB, 38 R, 70 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 16 BB, 50 K, 8 SB, .272 AVG
Jason Stokes: 134 AB, 27 R, 37 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 19 BB, 53 K, 0 SB, .276 AVG
Eric Reed: 146 AB, 23 R, 41 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 7 BB, 35 K, 7 SB, .281 AVG
Yusmeiro Petit: (2-3) 51.1 IP, 48 H, 24 ER, 14 BB, 33 K, 8 HR, 4.21 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, the Isotopes avoided the series sweep and won their first game in franchise history in the state of Texas as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 4-3. Matt Padgett solo-homered, Mark Little tripled in a run, and Josh Wilson and Joe Dillon had RBI singles.
'TOPES NOTES: The 2 hour, 16 minute game was the fastest played game of the season at Isotopes Park. . . . Robert Andino was ejected by Home Plate umpire Brian Knight in the 5th inning after striking out. . . . The Isotopes are expected to send LHP Renyel Pinto (6-2, 2.63) to the mound as the Isotopes look for the series sweep. Omaha is expected to send RHP Runelvys Hernandez (4-4, 5.01) to the bump.

Filed 06/28/2006

June 28, 2006 - Isotopes/"Dukes" (42-37)

Completion of Suspended Game

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -6.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 . 5 10 2
Albuquerque 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 . 6 9 0
WP: Ross Wolf (2-1)
LP: Leo Nunez (0-2)
Home Runs:
OMA Paul Phillips (8) off Chris George in the 5th inning
OMA Aaron Guiel (10) off Joe Horgan in the 8th inning

ALB Paul Hoover (4) off Leo Nunez in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:22  ATT: 6,545
On the second annual Dukes retro uniform night, Paul Hoover homered in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Isotopes/"Dukes" defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 6-5 to complete the game that was suspended due to rain on Tuesday evening in the middle of the 8th inning.
In the 1st inning, Eric Reed walked, stole second base and scored on Robert Andino's infield single with a throwing error on the play.
Albuquerque extended the lead to 3-0 in the 2nd inning. Jason Stokes doubled and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. An out later, Mark Little singled to left field to drive in Stokes. Little took second base on the throw and moved to third base on a passed ball before scoring on Hoover's sacrifice flyout to center field.
The Lil' Kings were able to break through against Isotopes starter Chris George in the 5th inning. Justin Huber singled and Mike Aviles doubled before Ruben Gotay singled to center field to drive them both in. Two outs later, Paul Phillips homered to left field as the Royals led 4-3.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 6th inning. Chris Aguila doubled and Jason Wood reached on a fielder's choice with Aguila out at third base. After Scott Seabol struck out, Jason Stokes singled and Matt Cepicky drew a walk to load the bases. Little singled to right field to drive in Wood and Stokes to give Albuquerque a 5-4 lead.
Guiel homered to right field with two outs in the 8th inning to tie the game at 5-5 and then the rains came. After a 41 minute wait, the game was declared suspended and to be resumed on Wednesday.
When the game was resumed on Wednesday evening, the Isotopes ditched their retro Dukes uniforms for the Isotope home white top uniforms. Hoover strolled to the plate to lead off the 9th inning and deposited a Leo Nunez offering over the left field wall for the walk-off homer.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 6.1 8 4 4 2 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 255 AB, 38 R, 70 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 16 BB, 48 K, 8 SB, .275 AVG
Jason Stokes: 132 AB, 26 R, 36 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 52 K, 0 SB, .273 AVG
Eric Reed: 141 AB, 23 R, 40 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 7 BB, 33 K, 7 SB, .284 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Aaron Small tossed 7 innings of one-run ball and Ryan Jorgensen, Matt Padgett, and Jason Wood drove in runs in Albuquerque's 3-1 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2004) in Louisiana.
'TOPES NOTES: IF Todd Sears was placed on the disabled list and P Matt Yourkin was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-AA Carolina. IF Scott Seabol came off the Temporary Inactive List and P Jeff Fulchino reported to the Isotopes after being optioned from the Marlins earlier in the week. . . . The contest was the first suspended game in Isotopes history. . . . Albuquerque is 2-0 on Dukes retro nights. . . . The Isotopes evened their June home record to 5-5 with the victory. . . . Paul Hoover has both of Albuquerque's walkoff homers in 2006. . . . Omaha's Kerry Robinson was ejected by Home Plate umpire Steve Fritzoni in the 7th inning.

Filed 06/27/2006

June 27, 2006 - Isotopes/"Dukes" (41-37)

SUSPENDED, RAIN

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -7.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Omaha 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 . 5 9 2
Albuquerque 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 . 5 7 0
WP:
LP:
SV:
Home Runs:
OMA Paul Phillips (8) off Chris George in the 5th inning
OMA Aaron Guiel (10) off Joe Horgan in the 8th inning
TIME:   ATT:   
On the second annual Dukes retro uniform night, Aaron Guiel homered to bring the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) to a 5-5 deadlock with the Isotopes before the rains that battered the western half of Albuquerque on Tuesday night arrived at Isotopes Park, and after a wait, the contest was declared suspended due to rain. The game will be resumed on Wednesday evening before the regularly scheduled contest between the two clubs and the statistics compiled so far in the game will count once the game becomes official with an outcome.
In the 1st inning, Eric Reed walked, stole second base and scored on Robert Andino's infield single with a throwing error on the play.
Albuquerque extended the lead to 3-0 in the 2nd inning. Jason Stokes doubled and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. An out later, Mark Little singled to left field to drive in Stokes. Little took second base on the throw and moved to third base on a passed ball before scoring on Paul Hoover's sacrifice flyout to center field.
The Lil' Kings were able to break through against Isotopes starter Chris George in the 5th inning. Justin Huber singled and Mike Aviles doubled before Ruben Gotay singled to center field to drive them both in. Two outs later, Paul Phillips homered to left field as the Royals led 4-3.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 6th inning. Chris Aguila doubled and Jason Wood reached on a fielder's choice with Aguila out at third base. After Scott Seabol struck out, Jason Stokes singled and Matt Cepicky drew a walk to load the bases. Little singled to right field to drive in Wood and Stokes to give Albuquerque a 5-4 lead.
Guiel homered to right field with two outs in the 8th inning to tie the game at 5-5.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 6.1 8 4 4 2 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: TBD
Jason Stokes: TBD
Eric Reed: TBD
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY:
'TOPES NOTES: IF Todd Sears was placed on the disabled list and P Matt Yourkin was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-AA Carolina. IF Scott Seabol came off the Temporary Inactive List and P Jeff Fulchino reported to the Isotopes after being optioned from the Marlins earlier in the week. . . . After the resumption of the suspended game on Wednesday, RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-3, 4.17) is expected to take the mound for the Isotopes against RHP Mike MacDougal (0-1, 13.50). MacDougal is making his second rehabilitation assignment start of the series and his outing is expected to last an inning or two.

Filed 06/27/2006

June 26, 2006 - Isotopes (41-37)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -6.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 2 8 1
Albuquerque 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 X . 4 10 0
WP: Nic Ungs (7-6)
LP: Brian Boehringer (1-4)
SV: Brad Clontz (12)
TIME: 2:38  ATT: 7,459
Nic Ungs allowed two runs in six innings and the Isotopes offense came through with a three-run 6th inning as the Isotopes got the homestand off to a good start with a 4-2 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) on Monday evening.
In the 2nd inning, Omaha's Justin Huber walked to lead off the inning and later scored on Kerry Robinson's single to center field as the Lil' Kings led 1-0.
In the 3rd inning, Eric Reed bunt singled and advanced to second base on a throwing error on the play. Robert Andino followed with a single to right field to drive Reed in to tie the game.
Robinson doubled and scored on Shane Costa's double in the 5th inning as the Royals regained the lead at 2-1.
Albuquerque took the lead for good in the 6th inning. Jason Wood and Matt Cepicky singled and Jason Stokes singled to drive in Wood. Mark Little doubled to left field to drive Cepicky and Paul Hoover sacrifice-flied out to right field to drive in Stokes as Albuquerque led 4-2.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (W, 7-6) 6.0 8 2 2 3 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 251 AB, 38 R, 69 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 16 BB, 47 K, 8 SB, .275 AVG
Jason Stokes: 128 AB, 24 R, 34 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 50 K, 0 SB, .266 AVG
Eric Reed: 138 AB, 22 R, 39 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 6 BB, 33 K, 6 SB, .283 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2004) edged the Isotopes 2-1 at Zephyr Field in Metarie, Louisiana in a game televised regionally by COX Sports Louisiana. Matt Padgett tripled to drive in Jason Wood for the lone 'Tope run.
'TOPES NOTES: The game was delayed by rain for 35 minutes in the bottom of the 3rd inning. It was the first rain delay at Isotopes Park since June 28, 2005 against Salt Lake and the second rain delay the Isotopes have encountered in 2006. . . . Nic Ungs snapped a four-game losing decision streak with tonight's victory. Ungs leads the club with 7 victories. . . . Chris Snelling of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Batter of the Week. Snelling hit .429 (9x21) for the week with a homer and 8 RBI. . . . Jered Weaver of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Weaver made a start and tossed a complete game, 2-hit shutout against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). Weaver walked one and struck out 14 in the victory. . . . Pitching probables for Tuesday evening are LHP Chris George (1-2, 5.58) for the Isotopes and RHP Denny Bautista (0-2, 9.00) for Omaha.

Filed 06/26/2006

June 25, 2006 - Isotopes (40-37)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -6.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 4 11 0
Memphis 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 X . 8 11 0
WP: Randy Leek (3-6)
LP: Matt Blank (2-2)
Home Runs:
MEM Brian Daubach (10) off Matt Blank in the 1st inning
MEM Brian Daubach (11) off Matt Blank in the 3rd inning
MEM John Gall (4) off Matt Blank in the 1st inning
MEM Skip Schumaker (3) off Matt Blank in the 2nd inning
TIME: 2:32  ATT: 11,013
Isotopes starter Matt Blank gave up four homers (and seven runs total in five innings) as the Isotopes fell to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 8-4 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Autozone Park in Memphis.
In the 1st inning, former-Isotope Derek Wathan tripled and scored on Bo Hart's sacrifice flyout to left field. An out later, John Nelson drew a walk and Brian Daubach followed with a homer to right field. John Gall then came up to the plate and homered to left field to give Memphis a 4-0 lead.
Skip Schumaker homered to right field as the Redbirds extended the lead to 5-0 in the 2nd inning.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Chris Ashby singled and Blank laid down a sacrifice bunt. After Eric Reed flew out, Ashby moved to third base on a passed ball and scored on Robert Andino's single to right field. Chris Aguila singled to center field to put runners on the corners and Mike Kinkade doubled to left field to drive them both in as Albuquerque cut the defecit to two runs at 5-3.
Nelson singled and Daubach hit his second homer of the game to right field as Memphis led 7-3.
Mark Little singled and scored on Jason Stokes' double to left field to plate the final Isotopes run of the game.
In the 8th inning, Daubach was hit by a pitch, moved to third base on singles by Gall and Schumaker, and scored on Rico Washington's fielder's choice groundout for the final run of the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Matt Blank (L, 2-2) 5.0 7 7 7 2 3 4
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 247 AB, 38 R, 68 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 47 K, 8 SB, .275 AVG
Jason Stokes: 126 AB, 23 R, 32 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 15 BB, 50 K, 0 SB, .254 AVG
Eric Reed: 134 AB, 21 R, 38 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 6 BB, 32 K, 6 SB, .284 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Joe Dillon and Larry Sutton were named to the All-Star Team. On the field, Nick Regilio no-hit the 'Topes for 8 1/3 innings and ended tossing a complete game, 1-hit shutout as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 6-0 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins promoted P Anibal Sanchez from Class-AA Carolina to pitch the second game of the Marlins doubleheader at Yankee Stadium versus the New York Yankees. To make room for Sanchez, the Marlins optioned P Jeff Fulchino to Albuquerque. IF Jason Stokes was activated from the disabled list and IF Scott Seabol was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . The Redbirds took four out of the five games in the series. 51,947 fans came through the Autozone Park gates for a per-game average of 10,389. 96,809 fans watched the Isotopes in both Memphis and Iowa during the 9-game roadtrip. . . . Mike Colangelo went hitless in his pinch-hit at-bat to snap an eight-game hitting streak. . . . For the second time this season, the Isotopes allowed back-to-back homers (Brian Daubach and John Gall). . . . Matt Blank tied an Isotope staff season high by allowing four homers in a game. The mark was one shy of the franchise record Blank set in 2004. . . . Albuquerque returns home for an eight-game homestand. On Monday night, the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) come to town for four games. Pitching probables are RHP Nic Ungs (6-6, 3.93) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike MacDougall (0-1, 21.60) for the Royals. MacDougall is scheduled to make a pair of starts during the series as he continues his rehabilitation assignment with the Omaha Royals, recovering from a strained shoulder.

Filed 06/25/2006

June 24, 2006 - Isotopes (40-36)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -6.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 . 6 10 0
Memphis 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 6 1
WP: Renyel Pinto (6-2)
LP: Chris Narveson (2-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Chris Aguila (2) off Rich Scalamandre in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:59   ATT: 12,039
Renyel Pinto was spectacular, allowing two runs in 7 inning while striking out 10 as Albuquerque snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Autozone Park on Saturday evening.
In the 2nd inning, Jason Wood and Paul Hoover walked and Mark Little was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A wild pitch by Redbirds starter Chris Narveson brought Wood home with the Isotopes' first run of the game. Chris Ashby drew a walk to re-load the bases before Narveson escaped by striking out Pinto and inducing Eric Reed to ground into a double play to end the inning with no further damage.
Robert Andino walked, moved to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on Wood's double to center field in the 3rd inning as Albuquerque led 2-0.
The Redbirds got to Pinto in the 3rd inning. Skip Schumaker singled and Narveson laid down a sacrifice bunt. Former-Isotope Derek Wathan singled to put runners on the corners and an out later, a wild pitch brought Schumaker home. Chris Duncan singled to right field to drive in Wathan as the Redbirds tied the game at 2-2.
Albuquerque immediately regained the lead, and for good. Mark Little doubled to left field and two outs later, scored on Reed's single.
Chris Aguila homered to left-center field to lead off the 5th inning. Two outs later, Hoover singled, stole second base and scored on Little's double to center field as the Isotopes led 5-2.
The Isotopes tacked on their final run in the 9th inning with two outs. Aguila singled, moved to second base when Mike Kinkade was hit by a pitch, and scored on Wood's single to right field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto (W, 6-2) 7.0 6 2 2 0 10 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 243 AB, 37 R, 66 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 16 BB, 47 K, 8 SB, .272 AVG
Eric Reed: 129 AB, 21 R, 37 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 6 BB, 31 K, 6 SB, .287 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (6-2) 68.1 IP, 53 H, 20 ER, 35 BB, 72 K, 3 HR, 2.63 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, the Isotopes scored eight runs in the 8th inning to come back from a 5-1 defecit to eventually take a 9-5 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) at Isotopes Park. 10,120 fans attended the game to see "Birdzerk!".
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes moves, P Matt Yourkin was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque to take the roster spot of P Chris Resop, who was recalled by the Marlins late Friday evening. The Isotopes may be affected by another roster move as the Marlins are going to bring up a starting pitcher to start tomorrow evening's second game of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. If Nic Ungs can pitch on three days rest, he may be the candidate. If a pitcher isn't brought up from the Isotopes, it is expected the pitcher will be promoted from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. . . . Renyel Pinto earned his sixth victory tonight, tying for the team lead. Pinto also struck out a team-season high 10 batters in a game, two shy of a franchise record. . . . The Isotopes pitching staff struck out 13 batters, a season high. . . . In the series finale on Sunday, the Isotopes are expected to send LHP Matt Blank (2-1, 4.37) to the bump to face Memphis' RHP Randy Leek (2-6, 4.59).

Filed 06/24/2006

Resop Recalled By Marlins

The Florida Marlins placed P Carlos Martinez on the disabled list and recalled P Chris Resop from Albuquerque Resop went 2-0 with a 5.23 ERA with the Isotopes.
Filed 06/24/2006

June 23, 2006 - Isotopes (39-36)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -6.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 7 0
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 . 3 6 2
WP: Rich Scalamandre (1-0)
LP: Brad Clontz (4-3)
TIME: 3:27  ATT: 10,734
The way the Isotopes have been playing this month, about the only way they could win is if the pitching staff tosses a no-hitter. On Friday evening, Yusmeiro Petit contributed that to the Isotopes through five innings, but the bullpen failed to hold a two run lead as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) defeated the Isotopes 3-2 in 10 innings. Albuquerque has dropped nine of their last 10 games and three in a row.

While Petit was dominating the Redbirds, the Isotopes broke the scoreless tie in the 4th inning. Jason Wood walked, advanced to third base on Todd Sears' single, and scored on Matt Cepicky's single to right field.

Albuquerque extended the lead in the 5th inning. Robert Andino walked and scored when Wood reached on a fielding error committed in center field.

Petit was lifted after the 5th inning due to a pitch count after having not pitched in almost three weeks. Petit's only blemish to tossing a perfect game through five innings was walking John Nelson with two outs in the 5th inning. In the 6th inning with reliever Ross Wolf on the mound, former-Isotope Derek Wathan tripled down the right-field line with two outs to break up the no-hitter.
Memphis broke through in the runs column on the scoreboard in the 7th inning. Brian Daubach singled, Mike Rose reached on a fielder's choice, and Jason Conti singled to load the bases. Joe Horgan entered the game in relief of Wolf and hit Skip Schumaker with a pitch, bringing Daubach home.
Just like two nights prior, the Redbirds tied the game in the 9th inning to force extra innings. Daubach drew a walk off Isotopes reliever J.B. Miadich to lead off the innng and former-Isotope Travis Smith entered the game as a pinch-runner. Mike Rose laid down a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball moved Smith to third base. John Nelson lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to bring Smith home.
In the 10th inning, Schumaker singled and Brian Esposito was hit by a pitch. An out later, Rico Washington grounded out to advance both runners into scoring position and John Gall singled into center field to plate Schumaker with the game-winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit 5.0 0 0 0 1 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 239 AB, 36 R, 66 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 15 BB, 45 K, 8 SB, .276 AVG
Eric Reed: 125 AB, 21 R, 36 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 5 BB, 29 K, 6 SB, .288 AVG
Yusmeiro Petit: (2-3) 45.1 IP, 45 H, 21 ER, 13 BB, 32 K, 6 HR, 4.17 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, the Isotopes bullpen gave up four runs in the 9th inning as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 10-9 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Robert Andino had a great night for tying franchise records, tying those records for most stolen bases and walks in a game. Andino swiped three bags in the game, taking the team lead in stolen bases with 8. The three stolen bases was the most bases stolen by the Isotopes as a team in a game in 2006. Andino drew four walks in the contest. . . . Yusmeiro Petit may have established a franchise record for being an Isotopes starter to leave the game having allowed no hits. It hasn't been done in 2006 and may never have been done in the four year history of the Albuquerque franchise. . . . Eric Reed went hitless to snap a 7-game hitting streak. Mike Colangelo hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Memphis' Chris Duncan was ejected from the contest after the 1st inning by Home Plate umpire Jacob Uhlenhopp for arguing a called strike three. . . . The Isotopes are 3-4 in extra inning games and evened their one-run games record at 14-14. . . . Isotope opponents have won the game in their last at-bats four times this month. . . . The Isotopes have played in front of almost 500,000 fans so far in 2006 at home and on the road (499,253). . . . Online voting for the Triple-A All-Star Game ended today and the All-Star Game rosters will be announced next week. . . . In Saturday evening's contest, LHP Matt Blank (2-1, 4.37) takes the mound for Albuquerque hoping to end the losing skid. Memphis is scheduled to counter with LHP Chris Naveson (2-0, 1.54).

Filed 06/23/2006

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June 22, 2006 - Isotopes (39-35)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -5.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 4 0
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 X . 2 6 0
WP: Dennis Tankersley (3-8)
LP: Chris George (1-2)
SV: Brian Falkenborg (11)
TIME: 2:32  ATT: 8,938
The Isotopes' quiet bats spoiled Chris George's excellent outing as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) shut out the Isotopes 2-0 in Memphis on Thursday evening. The Isotopes have dropped two straight games.
In the 7th inning, John Nelson singled and an out later, Brian Martin singled. Mike Rose's double plated Nelson and Skip Schuamker sacrifice flied out to left field to drive in Martin as Memphis broke the scoreless tie and led 2-0.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 1-2) 6.2 6 2 2 1 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Eric Reed: 124 AB, 21 R, 36 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 5 BB, 28 K, 6 SB, .290 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 31.2 IP, 41 H, 18 ER, 7 BB, 27 K, 3 HR, 5.12 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, former- Isotope Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and drove in six runs as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) handed the Isotopes their worst loss in franchise history. The Redhawks won the game 24-4 at Isotopes Park and did the damage against the Isotopes by utilizing 31 hits.
'TOPES NOTES: IF Todd Sears returns to Albuquerque. Sears was signed to a free agent contract by the Marlins and assigned to Albuquerque. IF Drew Niles went on the disabled list. In what could be called a shocking event, OF James Shanks was released. No reason has been reported by any source why this promising young outfielder was released. . . . The positive to tonight's loss is that the Isotopes remained in second place in the division, 5.5 games in back of Round Rock as the Express (AAA Astros) also lost this evening. . . . Eric Reed singled to extend his hitting streak to 7 games, tying him with Mike Colangelo for the longest current hitting streak on the team. . . . With the victory, Memphis was able to tie up the all-time series record of games played between the two teams at Autozone Park (13-13 record), overcoming Albuquerque's historical advantage over the Redbirds in Memphis. . . . On Friday evening, the Isotopes are expected to send RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-3, 4.69) to the mound. The Redbirds have yet to decide who will take the mound.

Filed 06/22/2006

Aguila Returning to Albuquerque

The Florida Marlins announced that OF Chris Aguila will be optioned to Albuquerque when they activate OF/C Josh Willingham from the disabled list on Thursday.
Filed 06/22/2006

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June 21, 2006 - Isotopes (39-34)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -5.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 2 7 0
Memphis 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 . 3 10 0
WP: Brian Falkenborg (3-2)
LP: Brad Clontz (4-2)
Home Runs:
ALB Matt Cepicky (2) off Travis Smith in the 7th inning

MEM Derek Wathan (2) off Brad Clontz in the 10th inning

TIME: 2:39  ATT: 9,223
Derek Wathan's 10th inning homer gave the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) a 3-2 victory over his former teammates, the Isotopes, in the series opener at Autozone Park in Memphis on Wednesday evening as the Isotopes opened the second half of their season.
The game was scoreless until the 5th inning before Memphis got on the scoreboard. Jason Conti singled, former-Isotopes Travis Smith laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Conti to second base, and Wathan doubled to drive in Conti.
In the 7th inning, Scott Seabol walked and Matt Cepicky followed with a homer to left-center field as the Isotopes took a 2-1 lead.
Franklyn German entered the game for Albuquerque in the 9th inning looking for the save. With one out, Rico Washington and Michel Hernandez back-to-back doubled as a run scored to tie the game at 2-2. Conti was intentionall walked before Brad Clontz entered the game in relief for the Isotopes an induced a double-play to send the game into extra innings.
After the Isotopes were held scoreless in the top half of the 10th inning, Wathan delivered a 3-ball, 2-strike Clontz offering over the right field wall to give the Redbirds the victory.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 6.0 5 1 1 2 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Eric Reed: 120 AB, 21 R, 35 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 5 BB, 25 K, 6 SB, .292 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Warren Morris homered twice and drove in four runs for the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in a 7-3 victory over the Isotopes at Isotopes Park. Chris Agula solo-homered for the Isotopes in the loss.
'TOPES NOTES: Mike Colangelo singled to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. Eric Reed is on his heels, hitting safely in his sixth consecutive game. . . . The Isotopes are 3-3 in extra inning games and have evened their travel day record at 7-7. . . . The MLB Futures Game rosters were announced today and no Isotopes made either squad. Only one Florida Marlin organization player, RHP Jose Garcia of the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats, made the World team roster. The Futures Game will be played on the Sunday before the All-Star Game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. . . . The Isotopes and Redbirds meet in game two of the series on Thursday. The Isotopes have yet to name a probable, but it could be Yusmeiro Petit, fresh off his option to Albuquerque from the Florida Marlins. Memphis is expected to send RHP Dennis Tankersley (2-8, 4.15) to the mound.

Filed 06/21/2006

Day Off, Fulchino Headed to Marlins

The Isotopes, and the rest of the PCL, have the day off. The Isotopes open up a five game series against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Autozone Park in Memphis on Wednesday night. Pitching probables are RHP Nic Ungs (6-6, 4.10) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Travis Smith (2-2, 4.18) for the Redbirds. In Isotopes news, the Marlins purchased the contract of P Jeff Fulchino from Albuquerque. Fulchino made 13 starts for Albuquerque, going 2-4 with a 3.91 ERA. In 73 2/3 innings, Fulchino walked 27 and struck out 56.
Filed 06/20/2006

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June 19, 2006 - Isotopes (39-33)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -4.5 Games

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 . 3 13 0
Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 7 1
WP: Renyel Pinto (5-2)
LP: Jae-Kuk Ryu (2-6)
SV: Brad Clontz (11)
Home Runs:
ALB Eric Reed (2) off Jae-Kuk Ryu in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:53  ATT: 8,883
Renyel Pinto tossed 6 innings of 5 hit, scoreless ball as the Isotopes shut out the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 3-0 on Monday afternoon to avoid the series sweep. The victory snapped a season-high six game losing streak.
Eric Reed led off the game with a homer to right-center field as the Isotopes scored the only run they would need in the game.
Matt Cepicky doubled and scored on Drew Niles' single in the 4th inning and in the 9th inning, Mike Kinkade singled and later scored on James Shanks' single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto (W, 5-2) 6.0 5 0 0 2 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 238 AB, 35 R, 65 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 11 BB, 45 K, 5 SB, .273 AVG
Eric Reed: 117 AB, 21 R, 34 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 5 BB, 24 K, 6 SB, .291 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (5-2) 61.1 IP, 47 H, 18 ER, 35 BB, 62 K, 3 HR, 2.64 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Les Walrond tossed a complete game, 3-hit shutout and Matt Padgett brought home the only run of the game with a 9th inning sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 1-0 at Autozone Park in Memphis.
'TOPES NOTES: Eric Reed, an unlikely power source, hit his second homer in as many games (and his third homer overall at the Triple-A level). Reed was the second Isotope to leadoff homer this season (James Shanks was the other, accomplishing the feat on May 7th). . . . The Isotopes added to their franchise record for shutouts in a season with their seventh shutout. . . . Mike Colangelo extended his hitting streak to 6 games with a pair of singles. . . . The Iowa Cubs took three out of the four games with the Isotopes. The series drew great, attracting 44,862 fans for a per-game average of 11,216 fans. . . . With today's game, the Isotopes and Cubs finished their season series at Principal Park, with Iowa taking six out of the eight games. Iowa comes to Isotopes Park in July to conclude the 16-game regular season series between the two clubs. . . . Luke Scott of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Batter of the Week. In 7 games during the week (including four games against the Isotopes at Isotopes Park), Scott hit .464 (13x18) with 3 homers, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored. . . . Steven Shell of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Shell made two starts and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (no earned runs in 11 innings pitched). Shell allowed six hits, 2 walks and struck out 7. . . . The Isotopes have Tuesday off before travelling to Memphis, Tennessee for five games against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals).

Filed 06/19/2006

Petit Headed Back To Albuquerque

The Marlins optioned P Yusmeiro Petit to Albuquerque on Sunday. Petit made 7 relief appearances with the Marlins, compiling a 0-1 record with a 7.36 ERA (9 ER in 11 IP). Petit has not pitched since June 5th. Nothing is official yet on who will take Petit's roster spot with the Marlins, but talk in South Florida is that the Marlins will bring up Jeff Fulchino.
Filed 06/18/2006

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June 18, 2006 - Isotopes (38-33)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -4.5 Games

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 . 4 10 0
Iowa 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 X . 5 9 3
WP: Michael Wuertz (4-0)
LP: Joe Horgan (3-3)
Home Runs:
ALB Eric Reed (1) off Michael Wuertz in the 9th inning

IWA Micah Hoffpauir (6) off Joe Horgan in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:45  ATT: 11,706
Isotopes reliever Joe Horgan is in the midst of a rough stretch. He allowed the game winning homer to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the first game of the series. On Sunday afternoon, Horgan allowed four runs to the Cubs in the 8th inning that propelled Iowa to a 5-4 victory over the Isotopes. The Isotopes have dropped six straight games, tying a season-high.
The game was scoreless until the 4th inning. Mike Kinkade singled with one out and Jason Wood drew a walk. After Scott Seabol flew out, Matt Cepicky singled to drive in Kinkade.
In the 5th inning, Iowa's Casey McGehee doubled, Geovany Soto singled to advance McGehee to third base, and Mike Fontenot sacrifice flied out to center field to bring McGehee home as the Cubs tied the game at 1-1.
Kinkade singled and scored on Wood's double to left field in the 6th inning as the Isotopes regained the lead at 2-1.
Horgan entered the game for the Isotopes in relief in the 8th inning. Ryan Theriot singled and Buck Coats laid down a sacrifice bunt. Luis Montanez singled and Michael Restovich's single drove in Theriot. Micah Hoffpauir followed with a homer to right field as Iowa led 5-2.
The Isotopes' 9th inning rally fell short. With two outs, pinch-hitter Mike Colangelo doubled and Eric Reed followed with a homer to right field. It was Reed's first homer of the year and his second homer at the Triple-A level. Drew Niles doubled to right field before Kinkade grounded out to end the threat and the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Matt Blank 5.0 3 1 1 1 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 233 AB, 35 R, 64 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 11 BB, 44 K, 5 SB, .275 AVG
Eric Reed: 112 AB, 20 R, 33 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 5 BB, 21 K, 6 SB, .295 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 31 IP, 41 H, 18 ER, 7 BB, 27 K, 3 HR, 5.23 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Isotopes scored all their runs in the 6th inning in a 11-8 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) in Colorado Springs. The 11 runs scored in an inning remains a franchise record today.
'TOPES NOTES: OF Mark Little was activated off the disabled list. . . . Eric Reed's homer snapped a franchise-record seven-game homerless streak for the Isotopes club. . . . Albuquerque manager Dean Treanor and shortstop Robert Andino were both ejected by Home Plate umpire Todd Tichenor in the 5th inning. . . . The Isotopes have been playing awful baseball in June with a record of 5-12. In late May, the Isotopes were a franchise record 16 games above .500 and now the club is only 5 games above .500. . . . Joe Horgan has lost two games in the series and dropped his third straight pitching decision today. . . . The Isotopes send LHP Renyel Pinto (4-2, 2.93) to the mound as they look to avoid the series sweep and snap the losing streak. The Cubs are expected to counter with RHP Jae-Kuk Ryu (2-5, 3.88).

Filed 06/18/2006

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June 17, 2006 - Isotopes (38-32)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -3.0 Games

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 9 0
Iowa 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 X . 3 7 1
WP: Les Walrond (7-2)
LP: Chris George (1-1)
SV: Kerry Ligtenberg (7)
Home Runs:
IWA Casey McGehee (4) off Chris George in the 2nd inning
TIME: 2:31  ATT: 12,215
Les Walrond dominated his former team, allowing a run in 7 innings of work, and the Isotopes late-inning rally fell short as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeated the Isotopes 3-2. The Isotopes have dropped five straight games with the defeat.
Eric Reed tripled to right field to lead off the game. Reed was almost stranded on base because James Shanks and Robert Andino struck out before Mike Kinkade singled to right field to bring Reed home to give Albuquerque a 1-0 lead.
Casey McGehee homered to left field with one out in the 2nd inning as the Cubs tied the game at 1-1.
In the 4th inning, Michael Restovich walked, advanced to second base when McGehee walked, and scored on Geovany Soto's single to left field as the Cubs took the lead.
Iowa extended the lead in the 5th inning. Ryan Theriot singled and later scored on Luis Montanez's single as the Cubs led 3-1.
Scott Williamson entered the game for the Cubs in a rehabilitation assignment stint. Kinkade drew a walk with one out. After Jason Wood flied out, Kinkade moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Scott Seabol's single to left field as the Isotopes pulled to within a run at 3-2.
In the 9th inning, Iowa closer Kerry Ligtenberg entered the game and allowed a bunt single to Paul Hoover. Two outs later, Mark Little reached on an error with Hoover advancing to third base. Andino grounded out to end the game, stranding the game-tying run (Hoover) on third base.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 1-1) 5.2 5 3 3 6 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 230 AB, 35 R, 64 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 11 BB, 44 K, 5 SB, .278 AVG
Eric Reed: 107 AB, 19 R, 31 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 21 K, 5 SB, .290 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Chris Aguila had a pair of two-run doubles in Albuquerque's 7-4 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: C Tom Wilson was placed on the disabled list with a concussion. The DL move is retroactive to June 14th. . . . The Isotopes are in the midst of a seven consecutive-game homerless drought, setting a new franchise record. . . . Iowa has been packing the fans into Principal Park -- both games of the series so far have drawn more than 12,000 fans. . . . Pitching probables for Sunday's game are LHP Matt Blank (2-1, 5.09) for the Isotopes and RHP Jerome Williams (2-3, 4.43) will come out of the bullpen to start for Iowa. In the last few days, it was thought that P Mark Prior would make the start on Sunday for the I-Cubs, but Prior declared himself reach to pitch in the majors and will be starting for the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Filed 06/17/2006

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June 16, 2006 - Isotopes (38-31)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -2.0 Games

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 8 0
Iowa 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 3 6 0
WP: Michael Wuertz (3-0)
LP: Joe Horgan (3-2)
Home Runs:
IWA Geovany Soto (1) off Joe Horgan in the 9th inning
TIME: 2:37  ATT: 12,058
Geovany Soto's 9th inning homer gave the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) a 3-2 victory over the Isotopes in the series opener in Des Moines, Iowa. The Isotopes have dropped four straight games with the defeat.
Iowa took the lead in the 1st inning. Ryan Theriot and Felix Pie singled ahead of Michael Restovich's double to right field that plated Theriot. Micah Hoffpauir walked and an out later, Mike Fontenot was hit by a pitch as Pie trotted home to give Iowa a 2-0 lead.
Mike Colangelo doubled, advanced to third base on Matt Cepicky's groundout, and scored on Paul Hoover's sacrifice flyout to right field in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
Iowa held on to their 2-1 lead until the 8th inning. Eric Reed singled to lead off the inning and later scored on Robert Andino's double to center field to tie the game at 2-2.
Soto solo-homered to left-center field with one out off of Isotopes reliever Joe Horgan for the game winner in the bottom of the 9th inning.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino 6.2 5 2 2 3 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 225 AB, 35 R, 64 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 11 BB, 42 K, 5 SB, .284 AVG
Eric Reed: 102 AB, 18 R, 30 H, 6 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 20 K, 5 SB, .294 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Matt Padgett grand-slam homered in Albuquerque's 6-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs at Isotopes Park. Aaron Small pitched a complete game, allowing 5 hits and 1 run.
'TOPES NOTES: P Jeff Fulchino was activated from the Temporary Inactive List in order to make tonight's start. . . . The Isotopes lost in front of their largest road crowd of the season (12,058). . . . The Isotopes failed to homer, tying a franchise record for most games without a homer (six games). . . . LHP Chris George is expected to take the mound for the Isotopes on Saturday. Iowa is expected to counter with former-Isotope LHP Les Walrond (6-2, 3.67).

Filed 06/16/2006

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June 15, 2006 - Isotopes (38-30)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 3 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 . 11 14 0
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 2 11 0
WP: Jared Gothreaux (3-4)
LP: Nic Ungs (6-6)
Home Runs:
RR Hector Gimenez (4) off Nic Ungs in the 3rd inning
TIME: 3:18  ATT: 7,859
The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) wanted first place badly and they did not care that it was a historic night for the Isotopes. The Express got to Isotopes starter Nic Ungs for 9 earned runs and defeated the Isotopes 11-2 on the night that the Isotopes welcomed the 2 millionth fan to Isotopes Park. The Isotopes have dropped three straight games and lost the division lead, falling to a game back of the Express.
The Express got to Ungs for three runs in the 1st inning. Mike Rodriguez doubled and moved to third base on Joe McEwing's groundout. An out later, Luke Scott singled to center field to drive in Rodriguez and Royce Huffman walked. Brian Gordon's triple to center field drove in Scott and Huffman.
Eric Reed tripled to center field and scored on Robert Andino's groundout in the home half of the 1st inning as Albuquerque trailed 3-1.
Round Rock put the game away in the 3rd inning. Brooks Conrad and Scott singled and Gordon was intentionally walked to load the bases. Hector Gimenez grand-slam homered to right field to give Round Rock a 7-1 advantage.
In the 5th inning, Scott walked and Huffman doubled. Gordon followed with a double to right field to drive in Scott and Huffman as the Express extended teh lead to 9-1.
Mike Colangelo doubled and later scored on Drew Niles's single in the 6th inning as Albuquerque scored their final run of the game.
Round Rock scored their final two runs in the 9th inning. Franklyn German made his Isotopes debut and allowed back-to-back doubles to Scott and Huffman, with Scott scoring on Huffman's double. An out later, Gimenez singled to right field to drive in Huffman.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nick Ungs (L, 6-6) 5.2 9 9 9 4 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 221 AB, 35 R, 62 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 11 BB, 41 K, 5 SB, .281 AVG
Eric Reed: 101 AB, 17 R, 29 H, 6 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 20 K, 5 SB, .287 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 30 IP, 40 H, 18 ER, 7 BB, 25 K, 3 HR, 5.40 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Scott Sanders tossed 8 innings of 6-hit, 1-run ball in Albuquerque's 7-1 victory over the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) at Isotopes Park. Sanders helped his cause with a two-run single and Paul Hoover added a two-run homer.
'TOPES NOTES: In today's lone transaction, P Franklyn German was activated from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . The Isotopes have had 248 openings in Isotopes Park history and have drawn 2,004,135 fans. That works out to a per-game average of 8,081 over the last three and a half seasons of home openings. . . . The game saw a few ejections in the 9th inning. When Franklyn German pitched inside to a couple of batters in the 9th inning, Home Plate umpire Peter Durfee warned both benches. Isotopes manager Dean Treanor argued the warning, earning himself his first ejection of the season. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Robert Andino was hit by a pitch, earning ejections for Round Rock manager Jackie Moore and Round Rock reliever Brandon Puffer. . . . James Shanks went hitless in a pinch-hit at-bat to snap a 12 game hitting streak. . . . Round Rock took 3 out of the 4 games in the series. 25,403 fans attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 6,351. Tonight's game also marked Round Rock's final game at Isotopes Park in 2006 and each club won four games in the season series at The Lab. . . . The Isotopes went 3-5 during the just-completed homestand. . . . Nic Ungs tied an Isotope pitching staff season high with 9 earned runs allowed in a game. Ungs has dropped his last four pitching decisions and leads the team in both wins (6) and losses (6). . . . For the third night in a row, Round Rock handed the Isotopes their worst defeat of the season, this time a nine-run defeat. . . . The Isotopes open up a 9-game, 10-day roadtrip on Friday evening, starting with four games in Iowa against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Pitching probables for the series opener are RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-4, 4.03) for the Isotopes and LHP Ryan O'Malley (3-3, 4.28) for the Cubs.

Filed 06/15/2006

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June 14, 2006 - Isotopes (38-29)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, Tied 1st Place, +0.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 3 0 4 1 0 0 0 4 0 . 12 14 0
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 . 4 8 2
WP: Chris Baker (7-2)
LP: Renyel Pinto (4-2)
SV: Travis Driskill (7)
Home Runs:
RR Luke Scott (18) off Renyel Pinto in the 4th inning
TIME: 2:55  ATT: 5,842
The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) built up a big early lead, getting to Isotopes starter Renyel Pinto for eight runs (four earned) in 4 innings as they cruised to a 12-4 victory over the Isotopes on Wednesday evening. The Isotopes dropped their second straight game and with the victory, the Express moved into a first place tie in the division with the Isotopes.
Charlton Jimerson singled to lead off the game and stole second base. Joe McEwing singled to right field and an out later, Luke Scott singled to center field to drive in Jimerson. Royce Huffman's double brought home McEwing and Brian Gordon's groundout plated Scott as Round Rock led 3-0 after a half-inning of play.
In the 3rd inning, Scott tripled and Huffman was hit by a pitch. Humberto Quintero reached safely on a fielder's choice to load the bases when Isotopes third baseman Mike Kinkade committed an error. Two outs later, Express starter Chris Baker doubled to center field, clearing the bases. Jimerson singled to left field to bring Baker home as the Express led 7-0.
Scott belted his league-leading 18th homer to center field in the 4th inning as Round Rock put a snowman on the scoreboard in the runs column with an 8-0 lead.
Albuquerque broke their string of goose-eggs in the 5th inning. Scott Seabol walked, advanced to third base on Mike Colangelo's single, and scored on James Shanks' single to right field. Paul Hoover singled to left field to load the bases and pinch-hitter Matt Cepicky grounded into a double play, with Colangelo scoring on the play.
Albuquerque tallied their final two runs of the game in the 6th inning. Robert Andino singled and Kinkade doubled to right field. Jason Wood walked to load the bases and Seabol sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Andino. Colangelo followed with a sacrifice fly of his own, bringing home Kinkade.
Round Rock scored their final four runs in the 8th inning. Brian Gordon singled and stole second base. Cody Ransom walked and Express reliever Travis Driskill laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners a base. Jimerson singled to right field to drive in Gordon and Ransom. An out later, Jimerson stole second base and took third base on a throwing error on the play. Brooks Conrad tripled to center field to drive in Jimerson and Scott infield singled as Conrad scored.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto (L, 4-2) 4.0 8 8 4 2 7 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 217 AB, 35 R, 61 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 11 BB, 41 K, 5 SB, .281 AVG
Eric Reed: 96 AB, 16 R, 27 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 19 K, 5 SB, .281 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (4-2) 55.1 IP, 42 H, 18 ER, 33 BB, 57 K, 3 HR, 2.93 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Joe Dillon celebrated his PCL Batter of the Week award by hitting for the cycle in a 11-9 Isotopes victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) at Isotopes Park. Chris Aguila contributed a three-run homer in the victory.
'TOPES NOTES: OF Chris Aguila was recalled by the Florida Marlins on Tuesday evening when the Marlins placed C/OF Josh Willingham on the disabled list. Aguila hit .383 (18x47) with a homer and 13 RBI in 13 games with Albuquerque. The Isotopes also got a pitching makeover, with Jason Vargas going on the disabled list (he injured himself in Tuesday's game). Jimmy Anderson was released and J.B. Miadich was signed as a free agent. Miadich was 3-2 with 11 saves and a 2.20 ERA for the 2005 edition of the Isotopes before his contract was purchased by a Japanese club last June. . . . The Isotopes dropped out of being the outright division leader for the first time since June 5th. . . . The Isotopes have lost a game by a season-high 8 runs for the second night in a row. . . . James Shanks extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Jason Wood went hitless in 3 at-bats to snap an 8-game hitting streak. . . . Unless the Isotopes set a franchise-low for attendance on Thursday evening, the Isotopes will lavish gifts on the 2 millionth fan in Isotopes Park history when that fan comes through the turnstiles. . . . Pitching probables for the series finale are RHP Nic Ungs (6-5, 3.38) for the Isotopes and RHP Jared Gothreaux (2-4, 4.27) for Round Rock with each club vying for sole possession of first place in the division with a victory. The Isotopes will just miss getting to face Roger Clemens as Clemens pitches Friday evening at Dell Diamond in Round Rock against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals).

Filed 06/14/2006

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June 13, 2006 - Isotopes (38-28)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 0 1 2 2 0 0 4 1 2 . 12 16 0
Albuquerque 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 4 9 1
WP: Jason Hirsh (7-2)
LP: Jason Vargas (2-2)
Home Runs:
RR Luke Scott (17) off Chris Resop in the 8th inning
RR Alan Zinter (4) off Jason Vargas in the 3rd inning
RR Hector Gimenez (3) off Jimmy Anderson in the 7th inning
RR Mike Rodriguez (3) off Jimmy Anderson in the 4th inning
TIME: 3:11  ATT: 4,840
On Monday evening, Albuquerque scored five times in the 8th inning to break open a tight game to win comfortably. On Tuesday evening at Isotopes Park, Round Rock turned the tables. The Express (AAA Astros) plated seven runs over the final three frames to break open a 5-4 game and defeated the Isotopes 12-4 in front of 4,840 fans.
Jason Wood singled into right field, scoring Eric Reed from second base as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.
In the 2nd inning, Round Rock's Charlton Jimerson singled with one out, advanced to third base on Cody Ransom's single with an Isotope error on the play, and scored on Express starter Jason Hirsh's single into left field as the Express tied the game at 1-1.
Round Rock took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd inning. Luke Scott reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base with Alan Zinter at the plate, and then Zinter deposited Isotope starter Jason Vargas' pitch over the left field wall.
Drew Niles walked, advanced to third base on Reed's single to right field, and scored on Robert Andino's double-play groundout as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 3-2 in the home half of the 3rd inning.
Hirsh singled to left field and scored on Mike Rodriguez's homer to left field as Round Rock extended the lead to 5-2 in the 4th inning.
Albuquerque got those two runs back in their half of the 4th inning. Wood and Scott Seabol singled and Matt Cepicky singled to right field to drive in Wood. James Shanks grounded into a double play as Seabol raced home with the final Isotopes run of the contest.
Round Rock got on the scoreboard again in the 7th inning. Scott singled and, a batter later, scored on Gimenez's homer to center field. An out later, Cody Ransom doubled, Hirsh walked and Rodriguez doubled to right field to drive in Ransom and Hirsh as Round Rock led 9-4.
Scott's homer to right field in the 8th inning scored Round Rock's 10th run of the contest.
In the 9th inning, Ransom walked with one out and Joe McEwing singled. Rodriguez's double scored Ransom and Royce Huffman's groundout plated McEwing with the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas (L, 2-2) 3.0 6 3 3 1 0 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 213 AB, 34 R, 58 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 11 BB, 41 K, 5 SB, .272 AVG
Eric Reed: 91 AB, 16 R, 27 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 18 K, 5 SB, .297 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 29 IP, 39 H, 18 ER, 6 BB, 25 K, 3 HR, 5.59 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Chris Aguila had a part in all three Isotope runs scoring in a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville. Aguila solo-homered and was responsible for hitting a fly ball to deep center field that was dropped for an error that allowed two runs to score.
'TOPES NOTES: James Shanks extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 9th inning single. Mike Kinkade went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes are 4-23 when they are outhit in the game. . . . The eight-run losing margin was the largest of the season for Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes grounded into a season-worst four double plays in the game. Two of those double plays resulted in a run scoring for Albuquerque. . . . Jimmy Anderson allowed five walks in the contest, a season-high for an Isotopes reliever. . . . LHP Renyel Pinto (4-1, 2.45) is expected to take the mound for the Isotopes on Wednesday evening. E-train is scheduled to send RHP Chris Baker (6-2, 2.19) to the mound. Round Rock can tie the Isotopes atop the PCL American Conference Southern Division with a victory.

Filed 06/13/2006

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June 12, 2006 - Isotopes (38-27)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 . 3 7 0
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 5 X . 9 15 0
WP: Matt Blank (2-1)
LP: Aaron Williams (0-1)
TIME: 2:54  ATT: 6,862
Albuquerque scored five runs in the 8th inning to break open a 4-3 contest on the way to a 9-3 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) at The Lab on Monday evening. The victory snaps an Isotope two game losing streak, while Round Rock's defeat moved them down a spot into third place in the division. The Isotopes lead the PCL American Conference Southern Division by 1.5 games over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) and Round Rock by 2 games.
The Isotopes broke the scoreless tie in the 4th inning. Robert Andino doubled, advanced to third base on Chris Aguila's single, and scored on Mike Kinkade's single to center field.
The Express tied the game in the 5th inning. With two outs, Cody Ransom singled to left field and later scored on Mike Rodriguez's single to center field.
Paul Hoover singled and James Shanks walked in the 5th inning. A wild pitch moved Hoover to third base and Eric Reed's groundout brought Hoover home as the Isotopes took a 2-1 lead.
Round Rock regained the lead in the 6th inning. Brooks Conrad and Royce Huffman walked. Humberto Quintero's groundout advanced both runners a base and Charlton Jimerson singled to center field to bring them both home as the E-train led 3-2.
Albuquerque took the lead for good in the home half of the 6th inning. Aguila and Kinkade singled to lead off the inning. Two outs later, Matt Cepicky doubled to center field as Aguila and Kinkade scored.
Albuquerque put away the game in the 8th inning. Kinkade, Jason Wood and Scott Seabol singled, with Seabol's single driving in Kinkade. After Cepicky struck out, Hoover singled to right field to load the bases and Jason Wood trotted home when Chris Ashby drew a walk. Reed sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Seabol and Andino singled to right field to drive in Hoover and Ashby.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 5.0 4 1 1 1 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 209 AB, 34 R, 58 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 11 BB, 41 K, 5 SB, .278 AVG
Eric Reed: 87 AB, 15 R, 25 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 18 K, 5 SB, .287 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Joe Dillon homered and drove in two runs as the Isotopes, wearing camouflage uniforms, defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates in 2004) 4-3. 12,287 fans enjoyed the victory, the largest crowd to that point in 2004 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transaction news, P Chris George was transferred from Extended Spring Training to Albuquerque and pitchers Jeff Fulchino and Franklyn German were transferred from Albuquerque to Extended Spring Training in paper moves. . . . The regular Minor League umpires returned to work on Monday evening. Working the Isotopes/Express series is Peter Durfee, Chris Tiller and John Coons. During the time the replacement umpires worked, Isotopes Manager Dean Treanor was not ejected from any game. . . . James Shanks did not have an official at-bat, so his hitting streak remains at 10 games. Jason Wood and Mike Kinkade extended their hitting streaks to 7 games. . . . Chris Carter of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Batter of the Week. Carter hit .476 in six games during the week with 4 homers, 11 RBI's and 7 runs scored. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Edinson Volquez of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). Volquez started two games but earned no pitching decision. Volquez allowed 2 earned runs in 13 innings for a 1.39 ERA and struck out 15 batters. . . . Pitching probables on Tuesday evening are LHP Jason Vargas (2-1, 4.70) for the Isotopes and RHP Jason Hirsh (6-2, 2.83) for Round Rock.

Filed 06/12/2006

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June 11, 2006 - Isotopes (37-27)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.0 Games

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 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 1 4 0
WP: Anthony Reyes (3-1)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (2-4)
SV: Josh Kinney (1)
TIME: 2:25  ATT: 8,965
In the 500th game in Isotopes franchise history, the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) spoiled the milestone game by scoring twice in the 1st inning and holding off Albuquerque the rest of the contest in a 2-1 victory.
Skip Schumaker singled and scored on former-Isotope Derek Wathan's triple to right field. John Nelson sacrifice-flied out to left field to bring Wathan home to give Memphis the 2-0 lead.
Albuquerque scored their lone run in the 7th inning - Mike Colangelo and James Shanks back-to-back doubled with Colangelo scoring on Shanks' double.
Jeff Fulchino was the hard-luck loser in the pitching duel with Anthony Reyes. Fulchino had a quality start, allowing just the two runs and 3 hits in 7 innings. Reyes went 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run and 3 hits.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (L, 2-4) 7.0 3 2 2 3 7 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 204 AB, 33 R, 56 H, 8 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 40 K, 5 SB, .275 AVG
Eric Reed: 83 AB, 15 R, 25 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 16 K, .301 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 27.2 IP, 37 H, 17 ER, 6 BB, 24 K, 2 HR, 5.53 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) plated six runs in the 6th inning to defeat the Isotopes 11-5 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: In a roster move, P Jeff Fulchino was transferred to Albuquerque from Extended Spring Training and P Chris George was transferred to Extended Spring Training from Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes have an all-time record of 257-243 -- 14 games above the .500 mark with a .514 winning percentage. For comparison of the success of franchises, the parent Florida Marlins are 986-1113 all-time since they began play in 1993 (127 games below .500 with a .470 winning percentage). . . . Despite the Isotopes outscoring the Redbirds 29-10 in the series, the teams split the series. 39,466 attended the series for a per-game average of 9,867. . . . The Isotopes' 4 hits was the fewest hits in a home game in 2006. . . . James Shanks' double extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . The Isotopes turned four double-plays, tying a franchise record. . . . Jeff Fulchino has lost his last three pitching decisions. . . . The Isotopes begin a four-game series against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) on Monday evening. Pitching probables are LHP Chris George (1-0, 7.43) for the Isotopes and RHP Joe Valentine (1-2, 5.32) for the Express. Round Rock is one game back of the Isotopes in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.

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June 10, 2006 - Isotopes (37-26)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 . 6 9 4
Albuquerque 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 5 11 3
WP: Travis Smith (2-1)
LP: Joe Horgan (3-1)
SV: Brian Falkenborg (9)
Home Runs:
MEM Brian Daubach (9) off Joe Horgan in the 7th inning
MEM Mike Rose (3) off Nic Ungs in the 3rd inning

ALB Jason Wood (9) off Travis Smith in the 3rd inning

TIME: 3:20  ATT: 12,738
In front of the largest crowd of the season, Brian Daubach two-run homered to give the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) the lead, and Redbirds closer Brian Falkenborg worked out of a 9th inning, bases-load jam to preserve Memphis' 6-5 victory over the Isotopes. The Isotopes snapped a four-game winning streak with the loss.
Eric Reed singled, stole second base, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on Jason Wood's infield single as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead.
Memphis tied the game in the 2nd inning. Travis Hanson doubled to right field and scored when Brian Martin reached on Robert Andino's two-base error.
The next inning, Memphis' Mike Rose homered to left field to give the Redbirds a 2-1 lead.
Chris Aguila singled, stole second base and took third base on an error on the catcher during the play, and scored when Wood homered to left field as Albuquerque led 3-2.
Brian Daubach drew a leadoff walk in the 6th inning and later scored on Martin's single to left field as the Redbirds tied the game at 3-3.
In the home half of the 6th inning, Scott Seabol walked and James Shanks singled. Tom Wilson sacrificed both runners up a base and pinch-hitter Mike Colangelo sacrifice flied out to right field to bring Seabol home. Reed's single to left field brought Shanks home as the Isotopes took a 5-3 lead.
Wes Wilkerson was the Isotopes reliever to start the 7th inning. Pinch-hitter Shaun Boyd walked to lead off the inning and an out later, former-Isotope Derek Wathan reached on an error. Wathan stole second base and Rose grounded out, plating Boyd. Joe Horgan entered the game in relief for the Isotopes and Daubach greeted him with a homer to right field as Memphis took a 6-5 lead.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 9th inning. Falkenborg entered the game for Memphis looking for the save. Reed struck out to start the inning and Robert Andino reached on an error by Falkenborg when Falkenborg could not handle a comebacker. Aguila struck out before Mike Kinkade singled to center field. Jason Wood reached on an error to load the bases and Seabol hit a comebacker to Falkenborg and Falkenborg was able to handle this batted ball and threw to first base to record the final out of the ballgame.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 5.0 5 2 1 1 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 200 AB, 33 R, 56 H, 8 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 39 K, 5 SB, .280 AVG
Eric Reed: 80 AB, 15 R, 25 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 15 K, 5 SB, .313 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Isotopes blew a four-run lead, but Kevin Hooper came through when it counted to give the Isotopes a 7-6 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) at Isotopes Park. Hooper infield singled with the bases loaded in the 8th inning.
'TOPES NOTES: The crowd of 12,738 was the 12th largest crowd in Isotopes Park history. The crowd size bested 2006 Opening Night by 1,085 and, despite the loss, the crowd went home happy because there was a post-game fireworks display. . . . In Isotopes transactions news, the Marlins outrighted P Franklyn German to Albuquerque. German had been designated for assignment by the Marlins and cleared waivers before being outrighted to Albuquerque. IF/OF Mike Kinkade was activated from the disabled list and OF Mark Little was placed on the disabled list with wrist inflammation. . . . James Shanks had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . The Isotopes are 2-3 in 2006 when they commit three errors in a game. . . . Albuquerque now holds the PCL American Conference Southern Division lead over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals). The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) split a doubleheader on Saturday, dropping them to third place in the division and moving the Zephyrs into second place. Albuquerque holds a 1.5 game division lead. . . . Nic Ungs was in line to get the win and snap a three-game pitching decision losing streak, but the Isotopes bullpen could not preserve the one run lead that Ungs had when he left the game. . . . History was made in the PCL on Friday evening. A trio of Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) pitchers, Ryan Meaux, Aquilino Lopez, and Clay Meredith, combined on a seven-inning perfect game, the first perfect game in Portland Beavers franchise history and the seventh perfect game in the 104 year history of the Pacific Coast League. The Beavers beat the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 5-0 in the nightcap of a doubleheader. . . . The Redbirds and Isotopes complete the four game series on Sunday evening. Pitching probables are RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-3, 4.20) for the Isotopes and RHP Anthony Reyes (2-1, 2.93) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/10/2006

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June 9, 2006 - Isotopes (37-25)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +2.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 6 1
Albuquerque 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 . 5 10 0
WP: Renyel Pinto (4-1)
LP: Randy Leek (2-6)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (17) off Randy Leek in the 4th inning
ALB James Shanks (5) off Randy Leek in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:21  ATT: 9,114
In the shortest home game of the season, Renyel Pinto allowed a run and 4 hits in five innings of work and Scott Seabol and James Shanks provided all the run support Pinto would need in a 5-1 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at "The Lab" on Friday evening. Albuquerque has won four straight games and increased their division lead tonight to 2.5 games over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros).
In the 3rd inning, Skip Schumaker doubled to left field, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on John Nelson's sacrifice flyout to center field as the Redbirds scored their only run of the game.
In the 4th inning, Seabol hit his team-leading 17th homer to left field to lead off the inning. An out later, back-to-back doubles by Mike Colangelo and Paul Hoover plated another run and Hoover scored on Shanks' single to right field as Albuquerque took a 3-1 lead.
In the 5th inning, Jason Wood doubled, advanced to third base on Colangelo's single, and scored on Hoover's single to extend the Albuquerque lead to 4-1.
Shanks homered to left field in the 6th inning for the final run of the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto (W, 4-1) 5.0 4 1 1 2 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 195 AB, 33 R, 56 H, 8 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 39 K, 5 SB, .287 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 26.2 IP, 37 H, 17 ER, 6 BB, 23 K, 2 HR, 5.74 ERA
Renyel Pinto: (4-1) 51.1 IP, 34 H, 14 ER, 31 BB, 50 K, 2 HR, 2.45 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) and Isotopes met for the first time in history. Homers accounted for all the scoring in a 5-4 Isotopes defeat at Isotopes Park. Josh Willingham, Mark Little, and Chris Aguila went yard for Albuquerque.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes have a five-game home winning streak, the longest of the season. . . . Robert Andino went hitless in four at-bats to snap an 11-game hitting streak. James Shanks extended his hitting streak to 8 games, currently the longest on the club. . . . Pitching probables on Saturday evening are RHP Nic Ungs (6-5, 3.48) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Travis Smith (1-1, 2.40) for Memphis. Ungs is looking to snap a three pitching decision losing streak.

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June 8, 2006 - Isotopes (36-25)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 2 6 2
Albuquerque 2 0 0 4 0 4 4 4 X . 18 23 1
WP: Jason Vargas (2-1)
LP: John Webb (3-5)
Home Runs:
ALB Mike Colangelo (5) off Carmen Cali in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:47  ATT: 8,649
Jason Vargas allowed 2 runs and 6 hits in 8 innings of work and the Isotopes offense supported him with a season-high 18 runs and a franchise-record 23 hits in an 18-2 rout of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Isotopes Park on Thursday evening. The Isotopes have won three straight games.
Eric Reed and Robert Andino singled to lead off the game for the Isotopes. Chris Aguila sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Reed. Jason Wood walked and Scott Seabol followed with a single to center field to drive in Andino as Albuquerque led 2-0.
The Isotopes extended the lead in the 4th inning. James Shanks tripled with one out and Paul Hoover walked. Vargas singled to load the bases and Reed's double to left field brought home Shanks and Hoover. An out later, Aguila's single drove in Vargas and Reed as Albuquerque led 6-0.
Memphis scored their only runs in the 6th inning. With one out, John Nelson was hit by a pitch and John Gall infield singled and advanced to second base on a throwing error on the play. An out later, Brian Martin singled to center to drive in Nelson and Gall.
Albuquerque tacked four more runs on the scoreboard in their half of the 6th inning. Hoover singled and advanced to third base when Vargas laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached first base on an error. Reed doubled to right field to drive in Hoover and Andino tripled to center field to bring Vargas and Reed home. Andino scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes led 10-2.
In the 7th inning, Tom Wilson and Shanks singled and Hoover walked to load the bases. Vargas singled to drive in Wilson and Shanks. Reed reached on a fielder's choice (Vargas out at second base) and Andino grounded out before Aguila singled to center field to drive in Hoover and Reed.
Albuquerque scored their final runs in the 8th inning. Wilson singled and Shanks reached on an error. An out later, pinch-hitter Mike Colangelo three-run homered to left field. After Reed grounded out, Andino singled, moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Aguila's double to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas (W, 2-1) 8.0 6 2 1 2 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 191 AB, 33 R, 56 H, 8 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 39 K, 5 SB, .293 AVG
Eric Reed: 75 AB, 14 R, 21 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 14 K, 3 SB, .280 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Gerald Williams doubled in the 8th inning and scored on Kevin Hooper's RBI single as the Isotopes defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 3-2 in Sacramento.
'TOPES NOTES: The 16-run winning margin shattered the old franchise record of an 11-run winning margin established in a game in 2003. . . . On 50 cent hot dog night, 26,748 hot dogs were sold. . . . Chris Aguila was the offensive star for Albuquerque, going 4x5 with 6 RBI. Aguila was two RBI short of tying a team record for most RBI in a contest. . . . Robert Andino extended his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Eric Reed tied franchise records with 4 runs scored and three doubles hit in a contest. . . . Every Isotope starter had a hit in the contest. . . . Mike Colangelo was the first Isotope pinch-hitter to homer since Derek Wathan accomplished the feat on July 9, 2005 against Memphis at Isotopes Park. Colangelo is the fourth player overall in franchise history to homer as a pinch hitter. . . . Scott Seabol was named the Florida Marlins Player of the Month for May. Seabol batted .436 with 15 homers during the month. . . . Pitching probables for the second game of the series on Friday evening are LHP Renyel Pinto (3-1, 2.53) for the Isotopes and LHP Randy Leek (2-5, 4.70) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/08/2006

June 7, 2006 - Day Off

The Isotopes, and the rest of the PCL, had the day off. Isotopes Park didn't have the day off as it hosted the All-American Baseball Game (a high school All-Star type of game with the East squad beating the West squad 9-7). The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) visit Isotopes Park beginning Thursday evening for a four-game series against the Isotopes. Pitching probables in the series opener are LHP Jason Vargas (1-1, 5.96) for the Isotopes and RHP John Webb (3-4, 4.07) for Memphis.
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June 6, 2006 - Isotopes (35-25)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 . 4 9 0
Nashville 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 7 1
WP: Matt Blank (1-1)
LP: Justin Lehr (0-2)
SV: Brad Clontz (10)
Home Runs:
ALB Tom Wilson (7) off Justin Lehr in the 4th inning
TIME: 3:03  ATT: 3,641
Tom Wilson two-run homered in Albuquerque's 4-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in the series finale on Tuesday evening. The Isotopes come home leading the PCL American Conference Southern Division by 1.5 games over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros).
Eric Reed bunt singled, advanced to second base on a throwing error on a play, moved on to third base on Robert Andino's single, and scored on Scott Seabol's sacrifice flyout to center field in the 1st inning.
Seabol doubled to left field and Wilson followed with a homer to left field as Albuquerque extended the lead to 3-0 in the 4th inning.
Nashville chipped away at the defecit in their half of the 4th inning. Brent Abernathy singled and Nelson Cruz and Graham Koonce walked to load the bases. Mike Rivera sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Abernathy and Vinny Rottino sacrifice flied out to right field to bring home Cruz as the Sounds trailed by a run at 3-2.
Albuquerque added an insurance run in the 7th inning -- Isotopes reliever Matt Blank singled, moved to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on Reed's double to center field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 3.0 3 2 2 2 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 185 AB, 30 R, 53 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 11 BB, 39 K, 5 SB, .286 AVG
Eric Reed: 69 AB, 10 R, 17 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 14 K, 3 SB, .246 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Kevin Olsen and Blaine Neal combined on a five-hit shutout of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) in a 5-0 Isotopes victory in Sacramento.
'TOPES NOTES: P Jeff Fulchino was transferred from Albuquerque to Extended Spring Training. . . . The Isotopes and Sounds split the four game series, their first series of the 2006 season. 22,561 fans came through the Herschel Greer Stadium turnstiles for a per-game average of 5,640. 54,840 fans watched the Isotopes on the road in Oklahoma and Nashville. . . . Matt Blank turned in the longest relief outing of the season for the Isotopes. In relief of starter Chris George, Blank allowed a hit and no runs in 4.2 innings of work, more than effective enough to be given the winning decision by the official scorer. . . . Robert Andino singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . Albuquerque has the day off on Wednesday. On Thursday evening, the Isotopes open up an eight-game homestand. The first four games are against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals).

Filed 06/06/2006

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June 5, 2006 - Isotopes (34-25)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +0.5 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 . 8 10 1
Nashville 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 1 6 2
WP: Joe Horgan (3-0)
LP: Jason Kershner (3-2)
Home Runs:
ALB James Shanks (4) off Alec Zumwalt in the 9th inning
TIME: 3:08   ATT: 3,586
Tom Wilson, Chris Ashby, and James Shanks each drove in a pair of runs in a 7-run 9th inning as the Isotopes snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a 8-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) on Monday evening in Nashville. The victory, combined with a Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) defeat, moved the Isotopes back into first place by half a game over the Express.
Wilson doubled and scored on Ashby's double in the 2nd inning as Albuquerque led 1-0.
Jeff Fulchino was pitching great, allowing no runs and 2 hits in 6 innings. In the 7th inning, Fulchino walked the first two batters, Mike Rivera and Dave Krynzel. Fulchino was pulled in favor of Joe Horgan. Jermaine Clark pinch-ran for Rivera and Clark and Krynzel pulled off a double-steal. Chris Barnwell hit a Horgan offering to right field to drive in Clark as the Sounds tied the game at 1-1.
The Isotopes put away the Sounds in the 9th inning as the offense finally showed some solid signs of life for the first time during the roadtrip. Eric Reed singled and Robert Andino bunt singled. Chris Aguila hit a soft liner into right field to load the bases and Scott Seabol singled to left field to drive in Reed. Wilson ground-rule doubled to right field to drive in Andino and Aguila. Pinch-hitter Matt Cepicky struck out before Ashby singled to right field to drive in Seabol and Wilson. An out later, James Shanks homered to right field as Albuquerque led by the final score of 8-1.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino 6.0 2 1 1 4 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 181 AB, 30 R, 52 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 11 BB, 39 K, 5 SB, .287 AVG
Eric Reed: 65 AB, 9 R, 15 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 14 K, 3 SB, .231 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 25.2 IP, 37 H, 17 ER, 6 BB, 22 K, 2 HR, 5.96 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Rich Harden and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Isotopes in a Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 3-0 victory at Raley Field in Sacramento.
'TOPES NOTES: P Jeff Fulchino was transferred from Extended Spring Training to Albuquerque in order to make the start. IF/OF MIke Kinkade was placed on the disabled list with a left knee infection, retroactive to June 2. . . . Robert Andino extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . The Isotopes have won 11 games this season in their last at-bats. . . . Howie Kendrick of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) is the PCL Batter of the Week. In 7 games, Kendrick hit .517 (15x29) with 4 homers and 14 RBI. Rich Hill of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. In two starts, Hill went 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA. Hill allowed 2 ER in 14 innings and struck out 21 batters. . . . Pitching probables for the series (and roadtrip) finale are LHP Chris George (1-0, 7.65) for the Isotopes and RHP Justin Lehr (0-1, 5.73) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/05/2006

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June 4, 2006 - Isotopes (33-25)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -0.5 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 . 6 5 2
Nashville 2 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 X . 7 12 1
WP: Dennis Sarfate (4-2)
LP: Nic Ungs (6-5)
Home Runs:
ALB Jason Wood (8) off Dennis Sarfate in the 6th inning
ALB Chris Aguila (1) off Chris Mabeus in the 9th inning

NSH Graham Koonce (1) off Nic Ungs in the 3rd inning
NSH Graham Koonce (2) off Nic Ungs in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:44    ATT: 5,211
Chris Aguila's 9th inning grand-slam homer was too little, too late as the Isotopes fell to the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 7-6 on Sunday evening for their season-high sixth straight loss. Since the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) won their game against Omaha, the Isotopes fell out of first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.
Tony Gwynn Jr. led off Nashville's 1st inning with a double to left field and Kennard Bibbs reached on a error during a sacrifice bunt as Gwynn Jr. came around to score. Bibbs stole second base and later scored on Brent Abernathy's single to center field as the Sounds led 2-0.
Dave Krynzel singled to lead off the 3rd inning and Graham Koonce followed with a homer to center field. Abernathy singled and moved to second base on Jermaine Clark's groundout. Mark Johnson doubled to right field to drive in Abernathy and Chris Barnwell followed with a double to left field to drive in Johnson as the Sounds led 6-0.
Koonce solo-homered to right field as the Sounds extended the lead to 7-0.
Aguila walked and Jason Wood homered to left field in the 6th inning as Albuquerque got on the scoreboard.
In the 9th inning, Paul Hoover reached on a throwing error and Drew Niles walked. Pinch-hitter Mike Colangelo reached on a fielder's choice, with Hoover out at third base. James Shanks lined out to right field for the second out as Niles advanced to third base. Colangelo advanced to second base on defensive indifference and Robert Andino walked to load the bases. Aguila grand-slam homered to left field to bring the Isotopes to a run down at 7-6 and Wood struck out swinging to end the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (L, 6-5) 6.0 10 7 6 3 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 177 AB, 29 R, 50 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 11 BB, 39 K, 5 SB, .282 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Chris Aguila's 10th inning single brought home Josh Wilson with the eventual game-winning run as the Isotopes defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 3-2 in Oklahoma City.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes are also riding a six-game road losing streak, the longest of the season. . . . Robert Andino singled to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Chris Aguila's grand-slam homer was the third Isotope grand-slam of the season. . . . Graham Koonce had the first opponent multi-homer game of the season that was not at Isotopes Park. . . . Nic Ungs has lost his last three pitching decisions. Ungs holds an interesting distinction of having the most wins on the club (6) and the most losses on the club (5). . . . How impressive is Scott Seabol's home run total so far? Jason Wood hit his 8th homer tonight, and that is only half as much as the number of homers Seabol has (16). . . . Pitching probables for the third game of the series on Monday evening are RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-3, 4.50) for the Isotopes and knuckleballer RHP Jared Fernandez (1-1, 3.52) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/04/2006

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June 3, 2006 - Isotopes (33-24)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +0.5 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 4 8 2
Nashville 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 X . 8 10 0
WP: Ben Hendrickson (3-1)
LP: Jimmy Anderson (2-3)
Home Runs:
NSH Mike Rivera (8) off Jimmy Anderson in the 4th inning
TIME: 3:09    ATT: 10,123
Mike Rivera grand-slam homered to highlight a 7-run 4th inning as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) defeated the Isotopes 8-4 in the series opener at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. The Isotopes have lost five straight games and hold a slim half-game division lead over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros).
In the 3rd inning, Paul Hoover doubled to center field and, two strikeouts later, Robert Andino's infield singled. Chris Aguila tripled to center field to clear the bases and Jason Wood doubled to bring Aguila home as Albuquerque led 3-0.
Isotopes starter Renyel Pinto allowed no runs and a hit through three innings before leaving the game after 70 pitches. Jimmy Anderson entered the contest in relief for the Isotopes and got hammered in the 4th inning. Vinny Rottino singled and Dave Krynzel reached on an error. Chris Barnwell singled to drive in Rottino. Sounds starter Ben Hendrickson bunt popped out and Tony Gwynn, Jr. singled to right field to load the bases. Zach Sorensen sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Krynzel and Nelson Cruz singled to center field to drive in Barnell. Graham Koonce walked to load the bases and Rivera deposited a 3-2 pitch over the left-center field wall as Nashville roared back to take a 7-3 lead.
Barnwell doubled and later scored on Sorensen's single in the 5th inning as the Sounds extended the lead to 8-3.
Albuquerque scored their final run in the 9th inning. Paul Hoover walked, advanced to second base on defense indifference, moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on James Shanks' single to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto 3.0 1 0 0 3 7 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 173 AB, 28 R, 49 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 10 BB, 38 K, 5 SB, .283 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (3-1) 46.1 IP, 30 H, 13 ER, 29 BB, 47 K, 2 HR, 2.53 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Michael McNutt outdueled New Orleans Zephyr (AAA Astros in 2004) knuckleballer Jared Fernandez in a 2-1 Isotopes victory played in 1 hour, 57 minutes at Isotopes Park. Ryan Christenson solo-homered and also had an RBI single in the victory.
'TOPES NOTES: P Chris George was activated from the disabled list and P Nate Bump was placed on the disabled list. P Jimmy Anderson was transferred to Albuquerque from Extended Spring Training, while P Jeff Fulchino was assigned to Extended Spring Training. . . . The five-game Isotope losing streak ties for the longest losing streak of the season. . . . The seven runs allowed in the 4th inning was the most runs allowed in a single inning by the Isotope pitching staff this season. . . . Scott Seabol went hitless in four at-bats to snap an 8 game hitting streak. Robert Andino singled to extend his hitting streak to 7 games, currently the longest streak on the team. . . . Isotopes reliever Jimmy Anderson allowed 8 earned runs, the most by a reliever this season. Anderson also gave up 8 hits, the most by a reliever in the last two seasons. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 of the series on Sunday evening are RHP Nic Ungs (6-4, 3.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Dennis Sarfate (3-2, 3.13) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/03/2006

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June 2, 2006 - Isotopes (33-23)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 5 0
Oklahoma 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 X . 4 9 0
WP: Derek Lee (1-2)
LP: Jason Vargas (1-1)
SV: Bryan Corey (6)
Home Runs:
OKL Adrian Brown (1) off Jason Vargas in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:31    ATT: 9,096
Laynce Nix and Adrian Brown drove in a pair of runs in the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 4-1 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The Isotopes were swept in the series and maintain a 1.5 game lead over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) in the PCL American Conference Southern Division standings.
In the 2nd inning, Scott Seabol hit his team-leading 14th double to right field, advanced to third base on Tom Wilson's groundout, Matt Cepicky walked and then Paul Hoover grounded into a fielder's choice, plating Seabol with Cepicky out at second base as the Isotopes scored their lone run of the game.
Nick Trzesniak singled and Brown followed with his first homer of the season in the 3rd inning as Oklahoma led 2-1.
Joaquin Arias doubled to right field in the 4th inning and later scored on Nix's sacrifice flyout to center field as Oklahoma extended the lead to 3-1.
The Redhawks added the final run of the game in the 8th inning. Freddy Guzman walked, stole second base, advanced to third base on Drew Meyer's flyout and had to hold at third base when Arias infield singled. An out later, Nix singled to center field to drive in Guzman.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas (L, 1-1) 7.0 7 3 3 0 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 169 AB, 27 R, 48 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 9 BB, 37 K, 5 SB, .284 AVG
Eric Reed: 60 AB, 8 R, 14 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 13 K, 2 SB, .233 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 24.2 IP, 36 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 21 SO, 2 HR, 6.20 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Justin Lehr killed the Isotopes in two ways in the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 8-3 victory over the Isotopes at Isotopes Park. Lehr tossed 6 innings of 5-hit , one run ball. With the bat, Lehr hit his first professional homer and went 3x3 with 5 RBI.
'TOPES NOTES: For the first time in franchise history, the Isotopes have been swept in a series three times in a season. Being swept in a series on the road may not be too bad of thing. The last time the Isotopes were swept in a road series (May 9-12 at Portland), Albuquerque followed the sweep with an eight-game winning streak. . . . The Isotopes and Redhawks played their final game at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark for 2006, with Oklahoma winning five of the eight contests. The Redhawks come to Albuquerque the final weekend of the season for four games to conclude the season series between the two clubs. The Isotopes are 11-21 all-time in Oklahoma City. 32,279 fans attended the four-game series for a per-game average of 8,070. . . . Scott Seabol's double extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Tom Wilson went hitless in four at-bats to end his hitting streak at 7 games. . . . Oklahoma Redhawks manager Mike Boulanger had an early shower. He was ejected in the 2nd inning by the home plate umpire arguing balls and strikes. . . . Former Isotope Bryan Corey saved three out of the four games in the series. . . . The Isotopes travel to Nashville, Tennessee, to open up a four-game series at Herschel Greer Stadium against the defending PCL Champion Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). Probables in the series opener are LHP Renyel Pinto (3-1, 2.70) for the Isotopes and LHP Zach Jackson (2-2, 3.00) for the Sounds. Pinto is making his first start since being optioned to Albuquerque from the Florida Marlins.

Filed 06/02/2006

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June 1, 2006 - Isotopes (33-22)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 . 4 10 0
Oklahoma 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 X . 6 12 0
WP: Nick Masset (1-2)
LP: Matt Blank (0-1)
SV: Bryan Corey (5)
TIME: 2:36    ATT: 11,595
In front of the largest road crowd of the season, Albuquerque's Matt Blank gave up six runs and 12 hits in 6 innings as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 6-4. Albuquerque has lost three straight games, yet has a 1.5 game lead over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.
In the 2nd inning, Adam Hyzdu doubled to left field, advanced to third base on Laynce Nix's flyball out, and scored on Will Smith's single to left field as Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead.
Oklahoma extended the lead in the 3rd inning. Tom Gregorio and Freddy Guzman singled to lead off the inning. An out later, Joaquin Arias infield singled to load the bases. Hyzdu doubled to left field to drive in Gregorio and Guzman and Nix singled to right field to drive in Arias. Smith's single to right field drove in Hyzdu as the Redhawks led 5-0.
Matt Cepicky walked, advanced to third base on consecutive singles by Scott Seabol and Paul Hoover, and scored on Mark Little's groundout as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
Guzman singled, stole second base, and scored on Drew Meyer's single in the home half of the 4th inning as Oklahoma increased the lead back to five runs at 6-1.
Chris Aguila doubled to lead off the 5th inning, moved to third base on Mike Kinkade's groundout, and scored on Cepicky's groundout.
The Isotopes put their final two runs on the scoreboard in the 8th inning. Seabol walked, Hoover singled and an out later, Chris Ashby doubled to right field to drive in Seabol. Drew Niles sacrifice-flied out to center field to bring Hoover home.
The Isotopes were not able to mount much of a threat in the 9th inning to tie the game. With two outs, Cepicky singled but was stranded when Seabol flew out to right field to end the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Matt Blank (L, 0-1) 6.0 12 6 6 0 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Eric Reed: 57 AB, 8 R, 14 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 12 K, 2 SB, .246 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Isotopes and Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) played in Fresno with on-field temperatures reaching 116 degrees. The Grizzlies hardly broke a sweat, defeating the Isotopes 5-0.
'TOPES NOTES: Balloting has begun for the 2006 Triple-A All-Star Game to be held in Toledo, Ohio. You can vote up to 25 times through June 23rd for your favorite Isotopes by clicking here!. . . . P Matt Yourkin was transferred from Albuquerque to the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats on Thursday. . . . Robert Andino has not appeared in a contest since May 29th. . . . Matt Blank's 12 hits allowed was the most by an Isotopes starter this season. . . . Scott Seabol singled to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. Tom Wilson, who did not play in the contest, also is in the midst of a 7 game hitting streak. . . . Last night, the Isotopes finished their May 2006 campaign with a 16-14 record (12-8 at Isotopes Park, 4-6 on the road). . . . Pitching probables for Friday's series finale are LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 6.89) for the Isotopes and LHP Derek Lee (0-2, 4.50) for the Redhawks.

Filed 06/01/2006

May 31, 2006 - Isotopes (33-21)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +2.5 Games

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 6 1
Oklahoma 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 . 3 9 1
WP: Wes Littleton (1-0)
LP: Brad Clontz (4-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (16) off Edinson Volquez in the 6th inning
TIME: 3:39    ATT: 6,283
Nick Trzesniak knocked in the game-winning run with a single in the 11th inning as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes by a score of 3-2 for the second night in a row.
With two outs in the 1st inning, Joaquin Arias drew a walk and scored on a two-base fielding error by Albuquerque center-fielder Eric Reed on Adam Hyzdu's batted ball in play as Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead.
Mike Kinkade doubled and an out later, Scott Seabol hit his PCL league-leading 16th homer of the season to left field as Albuquerque took a 2-1 lead.
Oklahoma tied the game in the 7th inning. Dave Berg scored when Drew Meyer walked with the bases loaded.
The game remained scoreless until the 11th inning. Jace Brewer tripled to center field with one out and scored on Trzesniak's single to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino 6.0 2 1 0 2 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Eric Reed: 52 AB, 8 R, 14 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K, 2 SB, .269 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 24.1 IP, 35 H, 16 ER, 4 BB, 21 K, 2 HR, 5.92 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Jason Wood went 2x4 with a homer and 4 RBI in an Isotope 6-3 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: P Jimmy Anderson was transferred to Extended Spring Training to make roster room for P Renyel Pinto, who reported to the Isotopes after being optioned to Albuquerque from Florida. . . . The Isotopes played their longest game of the season, innings-wise (11). . . . Tom Wilson failed to homer in five at-bats, so his consecutive game homer streak ends at three. Wilson did single to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . In addition to hitting his team and league-leading 16th homer, Scott Seabol took over the team lead in RBI with 39. . . . Brad Clontz snapped a four-game winning decision streak in relief with his loss tonight. . . . LHP Matt Blank (0-0, 2.25) is expected to take the bump on Thursday against the Redhawks' RHP Nick Masset (0-2, 21.00)

Filed 05/31/2006

May 30, 2006 - Isotopes (33-20)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +2.5 Games

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 6 0
Oklahoma 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 X . 3 8 0
WP: Robinson Tejeda (1-2)
LP: Nic Ungs (6-4)
SV: Bryan Corey (4)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (15) off Robinson Tejeda in the 2nd inning
ALB Tom Wilson (6) off Joselo Diaz in the 9th inning

OKL Joaquin Arias (3) off Nic Ungs in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:25    ATT: 5,305
Despite a quality start from Nic Ungs and a pair of home runs as run support from his teammates, the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 3-2 in the series opener at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark on Tuesday evening. The loss snapped the Isotopes three-game winning streak.
Joaquin Arias homered to left field in the 1st inning as Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead.
Scott Seabol deposited a pitch over the left field wall for his PCL-leading 15th homer in the 2nd inning as Albuquerque tied the game at 1-1.
Oklahoma quickly regained the lead in their half of the 2nd inning. Will Smith doubled to left field, moved to third base on Dave Berg's sacrifice bunt and scored on Jace Brewer's single to right field.
The Redhawks added an insurance run in the 6th inning. Arias singled and scored on Smith's double to right field.
Tom Wilson homered to left field with one out in the 9th inning as Albuquerque pulled to a run down at 3-2, but the Isotopes failed to tie the game as Cepicky singled and Paul Hoover grounded into a double play to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (L, 6-4) 6.2 6 3 3 4 5
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Eric Reed: 47 AB, 8 R, 14 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 SB, .298 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Isotopes reliever J.B. Miadich struck out two batters with two runners in scoring position to preserve a 6-5 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: P Nate Bump was activated from the disabled list and P Christopher Young was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina. . . . A new six-year pact was signed by the Minor League umpires on Tuesday, ending a season-long strike by members of The Association of Minor League Umpires. It is expected all umpires will be back to work by June 12th. . . . Tom Wilson homered in his third consecutive game. Wilson's homer also extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Laynce Nix of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Batter of the Week. Nix hit .381 (8x21) for the week with 4 homers and 10 RBI. . . . Jason Windsor of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Windsor won both of his starts, allowing an earned run in 11 innings of work (0.82 ERA). Windsor walked 2 and struck out 10. . . . The Isotopes look to get back in the win column on Wednesday evening when they send RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-3, 5.06) to the mound to face Oklahoma's RHP Edinson Volquez (3-5, 4.89). Volquez is the top Rangers prospect according to BASEBALL AMERICA.

Filed 05/30/2006

Pinto Returning to Albuquerque

The Marlins activated reliever Franklyn German from the major- league disabled list and optioned P Renyel Pinto to Albuquerque. Pinto made four relief appearances with the Marlins, compiling a 0-0 record with an 0.00 ERA (no ER in 4 IP). Pinto allowed 2 hits, 3 walks and struck out 3.
Filed 05/29/2006

May 29, 2006 - Isotopes (33-19)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +2.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Round Rock 4 1 0 1 2 0 3 1 0 0 . 12 13 1
Albuquerque 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 6 2 1 . 13 21 0
WP: Joe Horgan (2-0)
LP: David Lee (0-1)
Home Runs:
RR Luke Scott (12) off Jimmy Anderson in the 1st inning
RR Luke Scott (13) off Jimmy Anderson in the 5th inning

ALB Scott Seabol (14) off Jason Hirsh in the 2nd inning
ALB Tom Wilson (5) off Brandon Puffer in the 8th inning
ALB Mark Little (3) off Jason Hirsh in the 2nd inning

TIME: 3:56    ATT: 7,051
Drew Niles' 10th inning triple added the icing to a franchise-record comeback in Albuquerque's 13-12 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) on Memorial Day afternoon in front of 7,051 at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes have won three straight games.
For the second game in a row, the Express took a solid lead in the 1st inning. Mike Rodriguez drew a game leadoff walk, Royce Huffman singled to right field and an out later, Alan Zinter walked to load the bases. Luke Scott stepped up to the plate and grand-slam homered to right-center field on a 2-1 offering to give the Express a 4-0 lead.
Rodriguez walked and scored on Huffman's double to center field in the 2nd inning as the Express extended their lead to 5-0.
Scott Seabol solo-homered to left field for his team-leading 14th homer of the season with one out in the 2nd inning as Albuquerque got on the scoreboard. Tom Wilson singled and Mark Little followed with a homer to left field as the Isotopes trailed by a pair of runs at 5-3 after two innings of play.
Round Rock manufactured a run in the 4th inning. Wade Robinson singled, advanced to second base on Express starter Jason Hirsh's sacrifice bunt, moved on to third base on a balk and scored on Rodriguez's sacrifice flyout to center field.
Zinter singled with one out and Scott followed with a homer to left field in the 5th inning as Round Rock led 8-3.
A trio of singles in the home half of the 5th inning got the Isotopes another run. Robert Andino singled with one out, advanced to second base on Mike Kinkade's single, and scored on Jason Wood's single to left field.
In the 7th inning, Huffman walked to lead off the inning. Brooks Conrad tripled to drive in Huffman and Zinter tripled to drive in Conrad. Scott's single to right field drove in Zinter as the Express led 11-4.
Round Rock scored their final run in the 8th inning. Huffman ground-rule doubled, moved to third base on a passed ball, and scored on Conrad's double.
Albuquerque began their franchise-record comeback in the home half of the 8th inning. Chris Ashby drew a walk to lead off the inning and Drew Niles singled to right field. James Shanks reached on a fielder's choice with Niles out at second base, and Andino singled to right field to drive in Ashby. Eric Reed popped out and pinch-hitter Mike Colangelo doubled to right field to drive in Shanks. Seabol doubled to left field to drive in both Andino and Colangelo. Tom Wilson followed with a homer to center field as Albuquerque sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs.
Niles reached on an error but was eliminated from the basepaths when Shanks grounded into a double play. Andino walked and Reed singled to left field. Pinch-hitter Chris Aguila singled to left field to drive in Andino and Seabol singled to left field to drive in Reed as the Isotopes capped their record comeback and sent the game into extra innings.
In the 10th inning, Ashby singled to right field with one out and scored on Drew Niles triple off the center field wall above the hill as Albuquerque claimed the victory.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jimmy Anderson 5.0 6 8 8 4 5 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 165 AB, 27 R, 47 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 9 BB, 36 K, 5 SB, .285 AVG
Eric Reed: 44 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K, 2 SB, .295 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 24 IP, 33 H, 15 ER, 4 BB, 21 K, 2 HR, 5.63 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Les Walrond tossed only the second 9-inning complete game shutout in Isotopes history as Albuquerque defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 8-0 at Isotopes Park. Matt Padgett homered twice and drove in five runs.
'TOPES NOTES: IF Jason Stokes was placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain. . . . The Isotopes tied a franchise record with 21 hits in a contest. Albuquerque last banged out 21 hits in a May 20, 2004 game against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) at Isotopes Park. . . . By taking three out of four games against the Express, the Isotopes increased their division lead from just a half-game as the series opened to a 2.5 game lead over the Express in the PCL American Conference Southern Division. 33,040 fans attended the series for a per-game average of 8,260. . . . The Isotopes concluded their longest homestand of the season (12 games) with a 7-5 record. 89,109 fans enjoyed the homestand. . . . The previous franchise-best of a seven run comeback was accomplished on May 10, 2005 against the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) and June 9, 2003 versus the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). . . . Scott Seabol was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes used almost their whole roster -- 19 of the 24 players appeared in the game. . . . The victory should have made Isotopes fans feel better that they sat through the longest home game of the season at 3 hours, 56 minutes. . . . The Isotopes are 3-1 in extra inning contests and 14-4 in one-run contests. When Albuquerque outhits the opposition, they are an amazing 25-2. . . . E-train's Luke Scott had two homers in the contest, the second time in as many games that he has turned in a multi-homer game performance. Scott also hit the first grand-slam homer allowed by the Isotopes pitching staff in 2006. . . . Albuquerque hits the road for an eight-game roadtrip beginning on Tuesday evening. The first four games are against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Pitching probables for the series opener are RHP Nic Ungs (6-3, 2.89) for the Isotopes and RHP Robinson Tejeda (0-2, 4.97) for the Redhawks. The series marks the final four games played at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark between the two clubs in 2006.

Filed 05/29/2006

May 28, 2006 - Isotopes (32-19)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 6 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 . 13 13 3
Albuquerque 1 3 0 0 8 2 0 0 X . 14 12 0
WP: Christopher Young (1-0)
LP: Travis Driskill (3-4)
SV: Brad Clontz (9)
Home Runs:
RR Luke Scott (10) off Jason Vargas in the 1st inning
RR Luke Scott (11) off Matt Yourkin in the 7th inning
RR Charlton Jimerson (8) off Jason Vargas in the 1st inning
RR Charlton Jimerson (9) off Jason Vargas in the 3rd inning
RR Charlton Jimerson (10) off Matt Yourkin in the 7th inning
RR Brooks Conrad (9) off Christopher Young in the 6th inning
RR Joe McEwing (4) off Jason Vargas in the 2nd inning

ALB
ALB Robert Andino (5) off Travis Driskill in the 5th inning
ALB Tom Wilson (4) off Phillip Barzilla in the 5th inning
ALB Mark Little (2) off Travis Driskill in the 6th inning

TIME: 3:38    ATT: 8,642
Isotopes fans were treated to bonus fireworks on Sunday evening at "The Lab". Before the post-game fireworks display, the Isotopes pitching staff allowed a franchise record seven home runs, yet the Isotopes were able to outslug the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 14-13. The Isotopes have won two straight games and extended their division lead over Round Rock to 1.5 games.
In the 1st inning, Joe McEwing doubled with one out and stole third base. Brooks Conrad walked and Royce Huffman singled to right field to drive in McEwing. Luke Scott followed with a three-run homer to right field. Humberto Quintero was hit by a pitch and Charlton Jimerson homered to center field as Round Rock built a 6-0 lead before Albuquerque even batted.
Robert Andino doubled, advanced to third base on a fielding error during his double, and scored on Mike Kinkade's single to left field.
McEwing homered to left field as Round Rock extended their lead to 7-1.
Ih the home half of the 2nd inning, Scott Seabol walked and Matt Cepicky reached on an error. Mike Colangelo followed by reaching on an error as Seabol scored. Tom Wilson singled to drive in Cepicky and Isotopes starter Jason Vargas sacrifice bunted both runners up a base. Eric Reed's groundout brought Colangelo home as the Isotopes trailed 7-4.
Jimerson homered to right field in the 3rd inning, and in the 4th inning, Mike Rodriguez walked, stole second base and scored on Conrad's double as Round Rock led 9-4.
Quintero singled with one out in the 5th inning. Jimerson singled to advance Quintero to third base, and Cody Ransom sacrifice-flied out to left field to drive in Quintero.
Albuquerque's big inning was the 5th inning. Kinkade led off the inning by being hit with a pitch. After Jason Wood flied out, Seabol doubled to left field to drive in Kinkade. Colangelo drew a walk and Wilson followed with a three-run homer to center field. Isotopes reliever Christopher Young drew a walk and Reed singled to left field. Travis Driskill entered the game to relieve Express starter Philip Barzilla and Robert Andino rudely greeted Driskill by depositing a pitch over the center field wall for a three run homer. Kinkade doubled and scored on Wood's double to center field. When the inning was over, Albuquerque had sent 13 batters to plate, tallying for 8 runs to take a 12-10 lead.
Conrad homered to right field to pull Round Rock to within a run at 12-11.
Albuquerque gave themselves some breathing room in their half of the 6th inning. Wilson walked with one out and scored on Mark Little's homer to right field.
Scott homered to lead off the Round Rock 7th inning. An out later, Jimerson homered to right field as Round Rock cut the defecit to a run at 14-13, but the Isotopes bullpen kept Round Rock from tying the game over the final two and a third innings.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas 4.0 7 9 9 3 3 4
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 160 AB, 24 R, 45 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 35 K, 5 SB, .281 AVG
Eric Reed: 42 AB, 7 R, 12 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K, 2 SB, .286 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, A.J. Burnett made a rehabilitation assignment start with the Isotopes and allowed 4 earned runs and 7 hits in 3 1/3 innings. Derek Wathan two-run homered in the 9th inning in Albuquerque's 7-6 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Autozone Park. Joe Dillon and Matt Treanor also homered in the contest.
'TOPES NOTES: Many season-highs were established in the game: consecutive innings an opponent scores - 7; most innings an opponent scores in a game - 7; largest Isotopes comeback to win a game - 6 runs down; and most homers in a game, both teams - 10 (unconfirmed franchise record). . . . Jason Vargas was one earned run and one homer allowed short of tying franchise records. Vargas did establish season-worsts in both categories. . . . The Isotopes pitching staff allowed three homers to Charlton Jimerson in the game, tying a franchise record for most homers allowed to an individual in a game. Jimerson became the fourth person to have a three-homer game against Albuquerque. All four were accomplished at Isotopes Park. . . . The 27 combined runs for both teams was a season high and was two runs shy of tying a franchise record for a game involving the Isotopes. . . . Jason Stokes hasn't appeared in a contest since May 25th. . . . The Isotopes are expected to send LHP Jimmy Anderson (2-2, 3.48) to the mound in the series finale against Round Rock's RHP Jason Hirsh (4-2, 2.88). Tonight's victory guarantees Round Rock will be leaving town without the division lead.

Filed 05/28/2006

May 27, 2006 - Isotopes (31-19)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +0.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 3 10 1
Albuquerque 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 . 4 10 0
WP: Brad Clontz (4-0)
LP: Chris Baker (5-1)
Home Runs:
RR Brooks Conrad (8) off Matt Blank in the 1st inning
RR Cody Ransom (4) off Chris Resop in the 6th inning

TIME: 3:00    ATT: 9,799
Robert Andino's single in the bottom of the 9th inning gave the Isotopes a 4-3 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) on Saturday evening at "The Lab". With the victory, the Isotopes snapped a five-game losing streak and vaulted back into first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division by a half-game over the Express.
Brooks Conrad solo-homered to left-center field with two outs in the first inning as the Express led 1-0.
In the home half of the 1st inning, Robert Andino singled with one out, advanced to second base when Mike Kinkade walked, and scored on Scott Seabol's single to center field as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.
With two outs in the 6th inning, Charlton Jimerson bunt-singled and Cody Ransom deposited a Chris Resop pitch over the left field wall as Round Rock built a 3-1 lead.
Jason Wood doubled and scored on Seabol's double to left field in the bottom of the 6th inning as the Isotopes trimmed the defecit to a run at 3-2.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Little reached on an error and Tom Wilson singled to left field. Chris Ashby's single to right field drove in Little. Pinch-hitter Mike Colangelo grounded out as Wilson advanced to third base and Ashby to second base. James Shanks drew a walk to load the bases and Andino singled to center field as Wilson raced home with the game-winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Matt Blank 4.0 5 1 1 2 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 154 AB, 22 R, 43 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 8 BB, 32 K, 5 SB, .279 AVG
Eric Reed: 36 AB, 6 R, 11 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 SB, .306 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 23 IP, 32 H, 15 ER, 4 BB, 18 K, 2 HR, 5.87 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Mike Nannini, Michael Neu, and Josias Manzanillo combined for Albuquerque's first shutout of 2004 in a 5-0 victory over the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) at Isotopes Park. Chris Ashby solo homered. Three of the four other Isotope runs were scored on wild pitches.
'TOPES NOTES: By failing to get a hit in his pinch-hit appearance, Mike Colangelo snapped a 9-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes are 12-4 in one-run contests. . . . Albuquerque has 9 last at-bat wins this season. . . . In other minor league news, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has announced that former Isotopes outfielder Abraham Nunez has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for use of a performance enhancing substance. Nunez is currently playing for the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants). Nunez's suspension due to violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program should be over by the time the Grizzlies and Isotopes meet for their only four-game series of the season in late July. . . . The Isotopes send LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 2.31) to the mound on Sunday evening. The E-train is expected to send LHP Phillip Barzilla (2-3, 3.05) to the mound.

Filed 05/27/2006

Blank, Aguila, Wilkerson Join 'Topes

There were a slew of transactions affecting the Isotopes on Saturday. P Matt Blank is back with Albuquerque. Blank was signed to a free agent contract by the Marlins in early May and assigned to Class-AA Carolina. While with the Mudcats, Blank went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 7 relief appearances before being transferred to Albuquerque. Blank will make the spot-start on Saturday evening against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). OF Chris Aguila was optioned to Albuquerque from the Florida Marlins. In 37 games with the Marlins, Aguila hit .229 (19x83) with no homers and 7 RBI. P Wes Wilkerson was transferred from Extended Spring Training to Albuquerque. To make roster room for Blank and Wilkerson, P Jeff Fulchino was transferred to Extended Spring Training (a paper move) and P Eddie Gaillard was placed on suspension.
Filed 05/27/2006

May 26, 2006 - Isotopes (30-19)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -0.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock 0 1 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 . 8 15 1
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 . 4 10 0
WP: Jared Gothreaux (2-2)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (2-3)
SV: Brandon Puffer (3)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (13) off Joe Valentine in the 7th inning
TIME: 3:28    ATT: 7,548
Jared Gothreaux held the Isotopes to no runs and 3 hits in 6 innings as the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) defeated the Isotopes 8-4 on Friday evening at Isotopes Park. The loss knocked Albuquerque out of sole possession of first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division for the first time since April 22nd.
Humberto Quintero singled, stole second base and scored on Mike Rodriguez's single in the 2nd inning as Round Rock led 1-0.
Round Rock tacked three more runs on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning to lead 4-0. With one out, Luke Scott walked, Royce Huffman singled, and Quintero singled to drive in Scott. Charlton Jimerson grounded out to advance the runners a base and Cody Ransom singled to center field to drive in Huffman and Quintero.
In the 7th inning, Round Rock's Brooks Conrad doubled to left field and an out later, scored Huffman's single to left field. Quintero doubled to right field to drive in Huffman. After Jimerson flew out, Ransom walked and pinch-hitter Alan Zinter singled to center field to drive in Quintero. Rodriguez's single to center field drove in Ransom as Round Rock led 8-0.
Scott Seabol hit his team-leading 13th home run to left-center field as Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in their half of the 7th inning.
In the 8th inning, pinch-hitter Mike Colangelo singled and moved to second base on an error. Eric Reed doubled to left field to bring Colangelo home and Robert Andino doubled to left field to drive in Reed. Andino advanced to third base on Drew Niles' groundout and scored on Jason Wood's sacrifice flyout to center field as the Isotopes scored the final three runs of the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (L, 2-3) 6.0 9 4 4 3 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 149 AB, 21 R, 41 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 8 BB, 31 K, 5 SB, .275 AVG
Eric Reed: 35 AB, 6 R, 10 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 SB, .286 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Mark Little, Josh Willingham and Chris Ashby drove in a pair of runs in Albuquerque's 9-6 victory over the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) at Tucson Electric Park. Willingham hit his 14th homer (good for the PCL lead) and homered in three out of the four games in the series with Tucson.
'TOPES NOTES: C Paul Hoover was placed on the temporary inactive list when P Jeff Fulchino was activated from extended spring training (a paper move) to make his start this evening. . . . The Florida Marlins acquired New Mexico native and Carlsbad, NM High School graduate Cody Ross from the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later or for cash. The Marlins did not send Ross to Albuquerque and do not need to make a move involving the Isotopes as the club placed P Sergio Mitre on the 60-day disabled list, thus freeing up a spot for Ross. . . . The Isotopes have lost five games in a row, tying for their longest losing streak of the season. . . . Mike Colangelo singled in his pinch-hit appearance to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Mike Kinkade was ejected from the game by the home plate umpire in the 7th inning, his second ejection of the season and third overall for the Isotopes in 2006. . . . The Isotopes will send just-promoted-from-Class-AA LHP Matt Blank (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the bump for Game 2 of the series on Saturday evening. RHP Ezequiel Astacio (0-1, 4.63) is expected to take the mound for Round Rock.

Filed 05/26/2006

May 25, 2006 - Isotopes (30-18)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +0.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tucson 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 . 9 14 0
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 2 8 0
WP: Edgar Gonzalez (2-4)
LP: Nic Ungs (6-3)
Home Runs:
TUC Chris Young (4) off Nic Ungs in the 1st inning
TUC Stephen Drew (8) off Nic Ungs in the 7th inning
TUC Carlos Quentin (4) off Eddie Gaillard in the 8th inning

ALB Mike Kinkade (4) off Edgar Gonzalez in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:41    ATT: 6,495
Edgar Gonzalez allowed 2 runs and struck out 10 Isotope batters in 7 innings as the Tucson Sidewinders defeated the Isotopes 9-2 on Thursday afternoon. The Sidewinders handed the Isotopes their first series sweep at home since August 2004, when the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) swept a five-game series from the Isotopes.
The second batter of the contest, Chris Young, solo-homered to center field in the 1st inning as Tucson took a quick 1-0 lead.
Tucson extended the lead in the 2nd inning. Chris Carter tripled to right field and scored on Brian Barden's double. Barden advanced to third on former-Isotope Matt Erickson's groundout and scored on Wilkin Castillo's single to right field.
In the 6th inning, Eric Reed singled and an out later, scored on Mike Kinkade's homer to left field as Albuquerque got on the scoreboard and trimmed the defecit to 3-2.
Tucson immediately put some more breathing room between them and Albuquerque in the 7th inning. With two outs, Stephen Drew solo-homered to center field. Carlos Quentin singled and later scored on Barden's single to center as Tucson led 5-2.
Tucson scored their final four runs in the 8th inning. Castillo struck out but reached first base on a passed ball. Castillo stole second base and pinch-hitter Scott Hairston doubled to left field to drive in Castillo. Drew walked two outs later and Quentin homered to left-center field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (L, 6-3) 6.2 10 5 5 0 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 145 AB, 20 R, 40 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 31 K, 5 SB, .276 AVG
Jason Stokes: 122 AB, 23 R, 30 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 15 BB, 49 K, 0 SB, .246 AVG
Eric Reed: 30 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 SB, .300 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Jason Wood's 10th inning solo homer provided the winning margin in a 2-1 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Autozone Park in Memphis.
'TOPES NOTES: In retrospect, being swept by the Sidewinders didn't seem too unlikely. The Sidewinders own the Isotopes (7-1 record at Isotopes Park and a 12-4 all-time series advantage over Albuquerque). . . . The Sidewinders outscored the Isotopes 36-12 in the series. 25,475 fans came through the Isotopes Park turnstiles for a per-game average of 6,369. . . . After being lights out for most of the season, the Isotopes bullpen started to show a chink in their armor for the first time this season. Tucson scored 21 of their 36 runs in the series against Albuquerque's bullpen. . . . The Isotopes have played 24 home dates and 24 road dates. Isotopes Park continues to be a great place to watch a ballgame, witnessing the fact that the Isotopes have drawn 69,079 more fans in the home dates than the road dates (170,913 fans at Isotopes Park; 101,834 fans on the road). . . . Albuquerque concludes their longest homestand of the year with a four-game series with the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). The Isotopes are only a half-game ahead of the Express in the PCL American Conference Southern Division. A great series would place some breathing room between the 'Topes and Express, while a bad series would drop the Isotopes out of first place. Pitching probables for the opener on Friday evening are RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-2, 4.93) for the Isotopes and RHP Jared Gothreaux (1-2, 5.11) for the Express.

Filed 05/25/2006

May 24, 2006 - Isotopes (30-17)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tucson 0 0 1 0 0 6 3 0 0 . 10 11 1
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 . 3 7 3
WP: Mike Bacsik (3-0)
LP: Jimmy Anderson (2-2)
Home Runs:
TUC Scott Hairston (11) off Jimmy Anderson in the 6th inning
TIME: 3:08    ATT: 6,977
The Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) tallied for six runs in the 6th inning, highlighted by Scott Hairston's three-run home run, as they defeated the Isotopes 10-3 on Wednesday evening. The Isotopes have dropped three straight games and are looking to avoid the series sweep on Thursday afternoon.
Tucson broke the scoreless tie in the 3rd inning. Brian Barden singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second and third bases on groundouts, and scored when Alberto Callaspo reached on a throwing error by Isotopes shortstop Robert Andino.
In the 5th inning, Mike Colangelo doubled to left field and later scored on a fielding error by Sidewinders shortstop Stephen Drew as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.
Tucson put the game away in the 6th inning. Isotopes starter Jimmy Anderson allowed a single to Drew, Carlos Quentin reached on an error and Hairston homered to left field. Isotopes reliever Christopher Young entered the game and allowed a double to Robby Hammock and singles to Barden and Kenny Perez (Perez's single plating Hammock). Former-Isotope Matt Erickson laid down a sacrifice bunt and Callaspo was intentionally walked to load the bases. The Sidewinders outfielder Chris Young drew a walk from his namesake as Barden trotted home and Drew grounded out to plate Perez as Tucson led 7-2.
Tucson tallied their final three runs in the 7th inning. With one out, Barden and Perez singled and Tony Pena reached on a fielder's choice with Barden out at third base. Callaspo walked to load the bases and a wild pitch brought Perez home. The outfielder Young singled to plate Pena and Callaspo.
In the 7th inning, Colangelo doubled, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on Chris Ashby's groundout.
Mark Little singled and later scored on Matt Cepicky's single in the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the contest.
The pitcher Young, just promoted from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats, made his Triple-A debut with the Isotopes and gave up 6 runs (5 earned) and 6 hits in 3 innings.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jimmy Anderson (L, 2-2) 5.0 4 4 2 3 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 141 AB, 20 R, 38 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 30 K, 4 SB, .270 AVG
Jason Stokes: 118 AB, 23 R, 30 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 15 BB, 48 K, 0 SB, .254 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Tucson's Andy Green had a 5-hit night, including a pair of homers, and Edgar Gonzalez no-hit the Isotopes for 5 2/3 innings in the Sidewinders' 13-1 victory over the Isotopes at Isotopes Park. Michael Tejera started for the 'Topes and allowed 12 hits and 10 ER in 3 1/3 innings.
'TOPES NOTES: Ask and ye shall receive. Isotopes manager Dean Treanor was quoted in the ALBUQUERQUE TRIBUNE newspaper that he asked the Marlins brass for some relievers in order to try to rest his tired bullpen. On Wednesday, the Marlins responded by assigning P Christopher Young from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. Young made 14 relief appearances with the Mudcats, compiling a 3-1 record with a 2.15 ERA. A paper move was made -- assigning P Jeff Fulchino to extended spring training -- in order to clear roster room for Young. . . . The 7-run losing margin was the largest losing margin of the season. . . . Mike Colangelo had a pair of doubles and extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . The Sidewinders' third inning run snapped Jimmy Anderson's 13 consecutive inning scoreless streak. . . . The Sidewinders and Isotopes complete their four-game season series on Thursday afternoon. Pitching probables are RHP Nic Ungs (6-2, 2.43) for the Isotopes and RHP Edgar Gonzalez (1-4, 4.13) for Tucson. James Denton from the hit ABC-TV show DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is scheduled to throw out the first pitch. Denton happens to be in New Mexico shooting a movie.

Filed 05/24/2006

May 23, 2006 - Isotopes (30-16)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +2.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tucson 0 1 0 1 0 2 2 1 2 . 9 16 2
Albuquerque 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 . 3 8 1
WP: Bill Murphy (1-3)
LP: Eddie Gaillard (2-1)
SV: Randy Choate (5)
Home Runs:
TUC Robby Hammoock (3) off Jason Vargas in the 4th inning

ALB Tom Wilson (3) off Adam Bass in the 4th inning

TIME: 3:27    ATT: 7,867
The Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) hammered the Isotopes bullpen for seven runs in the final four frames en route to a 9-3 victory over the Isotopes on Tuesday evening at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes have dropped two straight games.
In the 2nd inning, Donnie Sadler walked and later scored on Alberto Callaspo's single to right field as Tucson took a 1-0 lead.
The Sidewinders and Isotopes swapped solo homers in the 4th inning (Robby Hammock in the top of the 4th; Tom Wilson in the bottom of the 4th inning).
Albuquerque scored in the 5th inning. With one out, James Shanks doubled to right field, Scott Seabol singled and Jason Stokes singled to drive in Shanks. Jason Wood sacrifice flied out to center field for his team-leading 35th RBI to bring Seabol home as Albuquerque led 3-2.
In the 6th inning, Isotopes starter Jason Vargas left the game for the Isotopes with the lead and the Sidewinders started the onslaught. Against Isotope reliever Eddie Gaillard, Sadler reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base. A wild pitch moved Sadler to third base and an out later, Callaspo singled to center to drive in Sadler. Callaspo stole second base and Chris Young walked. Chris Resop entered the game in relief for the Isotopes and hit Carlos Quentin with a pitch to load the bases and Scott Hairston infield singled as Callaspo scored to give Tucson a 4-3 lead.
Tucson tacked two more runs on the scoreboard in the 7th inning to extend their lead. Hammock singled and scored on Sadler's double to right field. Callaspo's single to center drove in Sadler.
Brian Barden reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Sidewinder reliever Mike Koplove's double to right field in the 8th inning off Isotope reliever Joe Horgan as Tucson led 7-3.
Tucson scored their final two runs in the 9th inning with Isotopes reliever Brad Clontz on the mound. Former-Isotope Matt Erickson singled with one out and Callaspo singled to left field. Erickson and Callaspo executed a double steal and Erickson scored on a throwing error by Isotopes catcher Tom Wilson. Quentin doubled to right field to drive in Callaspo for the final run of the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas 5.0 6 2 2 2 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jason Stokes: 114 AB, 23 R, 30 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 15 BB, 45 K, 0 SB, .263 AVG
Eric Reed: 26 AB, 4 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 SB, .308 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 21 IP, 29 H, 13 ER, 4 BB, 17 K, 1 HR, 5.57 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Mike Judd's wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning allowed the winning run to score as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) defeated the Isotopes 4-3 at Autozone Park in Memphis.
'TOPES NOTES: 23-year-old LHP Adam Bostick was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-AA Carolina on Wednesday, one day after a solid outing against the Sidewinders in his Triple-A debut. . . . The Isotopes have lost two straight games at home for the first time in 2006. . . . Jason Wood went hitless in two at-bats to snap an eight-game hitting streak. Mike Colangelo got a hit in his pinch-hit at-bat to extend his hitting streak to a current team-high 7 games. . . . Pitching probables for the third game of the series on Wednesday evening are LHP Jimmy Anderson (2-1, 3.12) for the Isotopes and RHP Enrique Gonzalez (4-3, 2.35) for the Sidewinders.

Filed 05/23/2006

May 22, 2006 - Isotopes (30-15)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +3.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tucson 0 0 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 . 8 14 0
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 . 4 11 1
WP: Dustin Nippert (6-0)
LP: Ross Wolf (1-1)
Home Runs:
TUC Robby Hammock (1) off Adam Bostick in the 4th inning
TUC Robby Hammock (2) off Matt Yourkin in the 8th inning

ALB Scott Seabol (12) off Dustin Nippert in the 2nd inning

TIME: 3:01    ATT: 4,136
Robby Hammock homered twice and drove in 3 runs as the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) defeated the Isotopes 8-4 on Monday evening in the series opener at "The Lab" in front of a disappointing small crowd of 4,136. The defeat snapped Albuquerque's eight-game winning streak.
Scott Seabol's PCL league-leading 12th homer of the season to center field gave Albuquerque a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning.
With two outs in the 2nd inning, Brian Barden singled and Hammock followed with his first homer of the evening, a shot to center field, as Tucson took a 2-1 lead.
Tucson extended that lead in the 5th inning. Stephen Drew singled to left field with one out. After Chris Young flew out, Scott Hairston infield singled. Carlos Quentin reached on an error as Drew and Hairston scored to give the Sidewinders a 4-1 lead.
Albuquerque tied the game at 4-4 in the 6th inning. James Shanks singled to left field and Matt Cepicky doubled to right field. Two outs later, Seabol was hit by a pitch to load the baes and Paul Hoover tripled to center field to clear them.
Tucson did not take very long to reclaim the lead. Alberto Callaspo and Drew singled to lead off the inning off Isotopes reliever Ross Wolf. Young reached on a fielder's choice, with Drew out at second base and Callaspo scoring. Hairston doubled to center to drive in Young and Quentin singled to right field to bring Hairston home as Tucson led 7-4.
Hammock's 8th inning solo homer to center field provided the final score of 8-4 in favor of the Sidewinders.
23-year old Adam Bostick, a resident of Greensburg, PA, made his Triple-A debut for Albuquerque and did a fairly good job keeping the prospect-laden Sidewinders at bay. Bostick went 6 innings, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) and 7 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 5 and allowed a homer.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Adam Bostick 6.0 7 4 2 3 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jason Stokes: 110 AB, 23 R, 29 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 14 BB, 43 K, 0 SB, .264 AVG
Eric Reed: 22 AB, 4 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 SB, .364 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Joe Dillon three-run homered (his first Isotopes homer) and drove in four runs total in Albuquerque's 8-5 victory over the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: IF Robert Andino was optioned by the Florida Marlins to Albuquerque on Monday when the Marlins activated OF Jeremy Hermida off the major-league disabled list. Andino hit .222 (4x18) with 2 RBI in five games with the Marlins, mostly subbing for Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez who was nursing an injury for a few days without having gone on the disabled list. . . . With an excellent prospect-laden team in town (Tucson), the crowd of 4,136 on Monday evening was the smallest of 2006 at Isotopes Park. . . . Jason Wood had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Kendry Morales of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) won the PCL Batter of the Week award. Morales hit .500 (11x22) with a homer and 7 RBI during the week. Albuquerque's Nic Ungs was the PCL Pitcher of the Week (see the stand-alone news item on this site). . . . The Isotopes look to get back into their winning ways on Tuesday evening when they send LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 1.35) to the mound to face Tucson's RHP Kevin Jarvis (2-5, 3.64).

Filed 05/22/2006

Ungs Named PCL Pitcher of the Week

Pitcher Nic Ungs is the PCL's Pitcher of the Week, the PCL announced on Monday. Ungs tossed a four-hit, complete game shutout against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Monday May 15th. On Saturday May 20, Ungs gave up a run in 7 innings against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers). In total, Ungs went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA (1 ER in 16 IP) while walking one and striking out 7. Ungs becomes only the second Isotope in franchise history to win a PCL Pitcher of the Week award. Ungs joins hitters Scott Seabol and Jason Stokes in winning a PCL weekly award in 2006.
Filed 05/22/2006

May 21, 2006 - Isotopes (30-14)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +3.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Las Vegas 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 . 5 8 1
Albuquerque 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 3 X . 8 10 0
WP: Chris Resop (5-0)
LP: Eric Hull (1-1)
SV: Brad Clontz (8)
Home Runs:
LVG Wilson Valdez (3) off Eddie Gaillard in the 7th inning
LVG Chris Truby (2) off Jeff Fulchino in the 2nd inning

ALB Tom Wilson (2) off D.J. Houlton in the 6th inning
ALB Drew Niles (1) off Hong-Chih Kuo in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:05    ATT: 6,840
Drew Niles' three-run homer snapped a 5-5 tie in the 8th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) 8-5 to sweep the four game series at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes have won eight straight games and increased their PCL American Conference Southern Division lead over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) to 3.5 games.
Chris Truby homered to left field in the 2nd inning as the 51s took a 1-0 lead.
Las Vegas extended the lead the next inning. Jeff Duncan walked and stole second base. Jon Weber and Joel Guzman walked to load the bases and Tydus Meadows singled into left field to drive in Duncan and Weber.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 4th inning. Eric Reed infield singled and scored on James Shanks' double to center field. Mark Little bunt singled and Shanks scored on an error on the play. Jason Wood singled and a wild pitch moved both runners up. Scott Seabol walked to load the bases and Tom Wilson walked to plate Little. Chris Ashby sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Wood to give Albuquerque the 4-3 lead.
Tom Wilson homered to left field in the 6th innng as the Isotopes extended the lead to 5-3.
The 51s tied the contest up at 5-5 the very next half inning. With one out, Duncan singled and former-Isotope Wilson Valdez homered to left field.
The Isotopes used one out magic of their own to take the lead for good in the 8th inning. Wilson walked, Ashby singled and Niles followed with a homer to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino 6.0 4 3 3 4 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jason Stokes: 106 AB, 23 R, 29 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 14 BB, 42 K, 0 SB, .274 AVG
Eric Reed: 17 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 SB, .353 AVG
Chris Resop: (2-0, 2 SV) 19.2 IP, 25 H, 11 ER, 4 BB, 16 K, 1 HR, 5.03 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Robert Stratton's 10th inning sacrifice flyout plated Gerald Williams with the game winning run as the Isotopes defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2003) 2-1.
'TOPES NOTES: P Nate Bump was placed on the disabled list and P Adam Bostick has been transferred from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats to Albuquerque to take Bump's roster spot. Bostick, who is on the Marlins' 40 man roster, will be making the spot-start on Monday evening. . . . Albuquerque is now a franchise record 16 games over the .500 mark. . . . The Isotopes have swept four series in 2006; three of them at Isotopes Park. . . . Albuquerque unfortunately has to say goodbye to the 51s for 2006 as today's contest was the last matchup of the season. The Isotopes are 15-1 all-time against the 51s and 8-0 all-time at Isotopes Park. The series drew 30,594 fans for a per-game average of 7,649. . . . Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a pair of singles. . . . The Isotopes are right on schedule to continue the history of playing hot in May. Six more victories (in ten more attempts) and the Isotopes will tie a franchise record for wins in a month (19), previously established in the prior two Mays (May 2004 and May 2005) and also in July 2003. . . . The Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) come to Isotopes Park on Monday evening to begin a four game series with the Isotopes. LHP Adam Bostick (0-0, 0.00) will be making the start for the Isotopes against RHP Dustin Nippert (5-0, 3.51).

Filed 05/21/2006

May 20, 2006 - Isotopes (29-14)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +2.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Las Vegas 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 7 2
Albuquerque 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 X . 7 11 0
WP: Nic Ungs (6-2)
LP: Chad Billingsley (4-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (11) off Chad Billingsley in the 1st inning
ALB Jason Wood (7) off Luis Gonzalez in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:37    ATT: 9,302
The curse of Isotopes Park continues for the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers). Scott Seabol's first inning grand-slam home run provided all the runs the Isotopes would need to defeat the 51s 7-1 on Saturday evening in front of a crowd of 9,302 at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes have won seven straight games and are a franchise-record 15 games above the .500 mark with their 29-14 record.
The Isotopes spotted Las Vegas a lone run in the 1st inning. Jim Weber doubled just inside the left field line and scored on Joel Guzman's single into left field.
In the 'Topes half of the 1st frame, Eric Reed bunt singled and advanced to second base on an error on the throw when the catcher was unable to throw accurately to the first baseman. James Shanks then laid down a bunt and reached on an error as 51s first baseman Guzman was unable to field the throw from 51s starter Chad Billingsley. Matt Cepicky drew a walk to load the bases. Two outs later, Seabol hammered a pitch from the Dodgers' top prospect Billingsley over the left-center field wall for his team leading 11th homer of the season as Albuquerque took a 4-1 lead.
Both teams put goose-eggs on the scoreboard until the bottom of the 8th inning. Cepicky infield singled, Jason Stokes singled to left field and Jason Wood followed with a home run to left-center field to extend the lead to the final score of 7-1.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (W, 6-2) 7.0 6 1 1 1 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jason Stokes: 105 AB, 23 R, 28 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 14 BB, 42 K, 0 SB, .267 AVG
Eric Reed: 12 AB, 3 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB, .417 AVG

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, the Isotopes and University of New Mexico Lobos played a baseball doubleheader at Isotopes Park. The UNM Lobos defeated the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels 14-2 during the day. In the evening, the Isotopes defeated the Las Vegas 51s 16-9, utilizing a 9-run 6th inning to get the victory. In total, 51 runs were scored at Isotopes Park that day.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes are 7-0 all-time at Isotopes Park against the 51s. . . . Las Vegas' first-inning run snapped Nic Ungs' 12 consecutive inning scoreless streak. . . . Ungs leads the team with six victories and is tied for the league lead. . . . Every Isotopes starter except for Drew Niles had a hit in the game. . . . Jason Wood's homer extended his hitting streak to 6 games. Mike Colangelo, who did not play in Saturday's contest, also has a six-game hitting streak. . . . Both of Albuquerque's grand-slam homers in 2006 have been hit at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes look for yet another series sweep on Sunday afternoon. RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-2, 5.00) is scheduled to take the mound for the Isotopes against Las Vegas' RHP D.J. Houlton (1-4, 5.48).

Filed 05/20/2006

May 19, 2006 - Isotopes (28-14)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +2.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Las Vegas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 6 0
Albuquerque 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 X . 7 10 0
WP: Jimmy Anderson (2-1)
LP: Eric Stults (3-4)
TIME: 2:42    ATT: 9,012
Jimmy Anderson, Eddie Gaillard, Matt Yourkin, and Chris Resop combined on a six-hit shutout as Albuquerque defeated the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) 7-0 in front of a crowd of 9,012 at Isotopes Park on Friday evening. With the victory, the Isotopes are a franchise-record 14 games above the .500 mark, have won six straight games, and extended their division lead over Round Rock (AAA Astros) to 2.5 games.
Albuquerque got all the runs they would need in the 4th inning. Jason Stokes walked to lead off the inning and Jason Wood singled to center field. Scott Seabol doubled to left field to drive in Stokes and James Shanks reached on a fielder's choice as Wood scored.
Albuquerque tacked on five more runs in the 5th inning. Isotopes starter Anderson singled to left field and Eric Reed singled to right field. Mike Colangelo's ground-rule double plated Anderson and Mike Kinkade was intentionally walked to load the bases. Stokes singled to left field to drive in Reed and Colangelo scored on Wood's groundout. Seabol was intentionally walked to load the bases and Shanks singled to right field to drive in Kinkade and Stokes.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jimmy Anderson (W, 2-1) 6.0 6 0 0 1 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jason Stokes: 101 AB, 22 R, 27 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 14 BB, 40 K, 0 SB, .267 AVG
Eric Reed: 8 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 SB, .375 AVG
Chris Resop: (1-0, 2 SV) 18.1 IP, 24 H, 11 ER, 4 BB, 16 K, 1 HR, 5.40 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, the Isotopes won a wild contest, 14-11, against the 51s at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. The game was tied 8-8 going into the 11th inning and the Isotopes scored six runs, highlighted by a two-run triple by Mike Colangelo and a three-run homer by Jason Wood. Las Vegas scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th inning and had the bases loaded with no outs until Ben Howard entered the game in relief for Albuquerque and got the next three batters out.
'TOPES NOTES: P Buddy Carlyle is no longer with the Isotopes. A baseball team in Korea purchased his contract. Carlyle went 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA for Albuquerque (2 spot-starts and 11 relief appearances). . . . The shutout was Albuquerque's sixth of the season, continuing to extend the franchise record for most shutouts in a season. . . . Pitching probables for the third game of the series on Saturday evening are RHP Nic Ungs (5-2, 2.59) for the Isotopes and RHP Chad Billingsley (4-0, 3.24) for the 51s. Billingsley is the Dodgers top prospect according to BASEBALL AMERICA.

Filed 05/19/2006

May 18, 2006 - Isotopes (27-14)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Las Vegas 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 6 3
Albuquerque 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 . 5 10 2
WP: Jason Vargas (1-0)
LP: William Juarez (3-3)
SV: Joe Horgan (3)
Home Runs:
ALB Mike Kinkade (3) off William Juarez in the 1st inning
ALB Scott Seabol (10) off William Juarez in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:51    ATT: 5,440

Jason Vargas allowed 3 runs (one earned) and 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings in his Isotopes debut and Mike Kinkade and Scott Seabol provided all the power as Albuquerque defeated the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) 5-3 in the series opener at "The Lab" on Thursday evening. Albuquerque has won five straight games and is at a franchise-tying best 13 games over the .500 mark.

Albuquerque rapidly built a 3-0 lead. Recently demoted Eric Reed led off the game for the Isotopes by reaching on an error and Mike Colangelo singled to center field ahead of Kinkade's homer to left field.

Las Vegas climed back into the game starting in the 3rd inning. Jon Weber singled to left field, advanced to second base on 51s starter William Juarez's sacrifice bunt, and scored on former-Isotope Wilson Valdez's single to left field.

In the 4th inning, Las Vegas' Delwyn Young reached on an error. Two outs later, Chris Truby singled to left field and Edwin Bellorin doubled to left field to drive in Young and Truby as Las Vegas tied the game at 3-3.
The game was not tied for very long as Jason Wood singled to right field and scored on Seabol's homer to left field as the Isotopes scored the final runs of the contest in the 5th inning.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas (W, 1-0) 6.2 5 3 1 0 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jason Stokes: 97 AB, 20 R, 25 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 13 BB, 39 K, 0 SB, .258 AVG
Eric Reed: 4 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB, .500 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Michael Tejera tossed 7 innings of 4-hit, shutout ball as the Isotopes defeated the Edmonton Trappers (AAA Expos) 10-4 at Telus Field in Edmonton. The contest ended up being the last meeting ever between the Isotopes and Trappers (as the Trappers moved to Round Rock beginning in 2005).
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes remained undefeated against the 51s all-time at Isotopes Park (5-0). . . . Mike Kinkade was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Scott Seabol was named the PCL Hitter of the Week earlier this week. The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) starter Kasey Olenberger. Olenberger tossed 13 scoreless innings and won both his starts. . . . LHP Jimmy Anderson (1-1, 4.05) heads to the mound for the Isotopes on Friday evening looking to help continue Albuquerque's winning streak. LHP Eric Stults (3-3, 4.95) is expected to pitch for the 51s.

Filed 05/18/2006

Andino is Florida-Bound

Because Florida's Hanley Ramirez has a left shoulder strain that needs rest, the Marlins on Wednesday recalled IF Robert Andino from Albuquerque and optioned OF Eric Reed to Albuquerque. Reed hit .114 in 30 games for the Marlins before the demotion. Andino hit .297 with four homers and 10 RBIs with the Isotopes. OF Jeremy Hermida is expected to be activated off the major-league disabled list on Friday, resulting in another roster move that may affect the Isotopes.
Filed 05/17/2006

May 17, 2006 - Isotopes Day Off

The Isotopes, and the rest of the Pacific Coast League, have the day off.
Albuquerque opens a season-long 12-game homestand on Thursday night, starting with the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers). LHP Jason Vargas will be making his Isotopes debut against Las Vegas' RHP William Juarez (3-2, 2.89).
Filed 05/17/2006

May 16, 2006 - Isotopes (26-14)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 . 7 12 1
Tacoma 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 . 5 11 1
WP: Ross Wolf (1-0)
LP: Cha-Seung Baek (3-2)
SV: Joe Horgan (2)
Home Runs:
ALB Mike Colangelo (4) off Cha-Seung Baek in the 6th inning
TIME: 3:02    ATT: 5,873
Mike Colangelo homered and drove in a pair of runs in Albuquerque's 7-5 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Tuesday afternoon. The Isotopes go into an off day riding a four-game winning streak.
Albuquerque broke the scoreless game in the 2nd inning. With two outs, Mark Little reached on an error, Colangelo walked and Paul Hoover singled to left field to drive in Little. Chris Ashby's single to center field brought Colangelo and Hoover home as Albuquerque led 3-0.
Tacoma scored all their runs in the 4th inning and took a temporary lead. Greg Dobbs and Mike Morse singled and both came home on Hunter Brown's double to left field. An out later, Guillermo Quiroz singled to left field to drive in Brown. Michael Garciaparra walked and Shin-Soo Choo reached on a fielder's choice, with Garciaparra out at second base. Adam Jones doubled to center to drive in Quiroz and Choo as Tacoma led 5-3.
Ashby was hit by a pitch to lead off the 5th inning, advanced to second base on James Shanks' single, moved onto third base when Robert Andino laid down a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes pulled to within a run of the Rainiers at 5-4.
With one out in the 6th inning, Little singled to left field and Colangelo followed with a homer to left field to give Albuquerque the lead at 6-5. Hoover doubled to left field and later scored on Shanks' single to add an insurance run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino 3.1 6 5 5 2 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 136 AB, 20 R, 38 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 29 K, 4 SB, .279 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Matt Treanor's walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th inning gave the Isotopes a 6-5 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates in 2003) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes/Rainiers all-time series continues to be about the sweep, albeit with a wrinkle. After the first three series' all-time being sweeps by the home team, the Isotopes swept the Rainiers as the road team. 20,604 fans attended the four game series at Cheney Field for a per-game average of 5,151. The Isotopes played in front of 35,488 fans during the road swing to Portland and Tacoma. . . . The Isotopes are a commanding 20-2 when they outhit their opponents in 2006. . . . Today's matchup was the final matchup between the Isotopes and Rainiers in 2006. The two clubs should meet head-to-head for four games at Isotopes Park in 2007. Albuquerque is 12-4 all-time against Tacoma (4-4 all-time at Cheney Stadium). . . . After not having gone a series without allowing a homer in 2005, the Isotopes held Tacoma homerless for their second series in 2006 without having allowed a homer. . . . The Isotopes have Wednesday off before beginning their longest homestand of the season, 12 games, beginning on Thursday evening.

Filed 05/16/2006

May 15, 2006 - Isotopes (25-14)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +1.5 Games

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 1 9 1
Tacoma 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 4 0
WP: Nic Ungs (5-2)
LP: Cesar Jimenez (0-3)
TIME: 2:15    ATT: 2,896
Five days ago, the Isotopes were shut out against the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) to set a franchise-first of being shut out in back-to-back games. Tonight against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners), Nic Ungs was dominant, tossing a complete game, four-hit shutout as the Isotopes defeated the Rainiers 1-0 to set a positive franchise-first - shutting out an opponent in back-to-back 9-inning contests. With the victory, the Isotopes have won three straight games and look on Tuesday afternoon to defeat Tacoma to earn their third series sweep of the season.

The only run of the pitcher's duel between Ungs and Tacoma's Cesar Jimenez came in the 5th inning. Mike Colangelo doubled to center field, moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on James Shanks' single to center.

ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (5-2) 9.0 4 0 0 0 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 132 AB, 20 R, 37 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 28 K, 4 SB, .280 AVG
Jason Stokes: 93 AB, 20 R, 25 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 12 BB, 37 K, 0 SB, .269 AVG

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Isotopes utilized a seven-run 6th inning to come back to defeat the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates in 2003) 11-7 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque had one back-to-back games shutout in franchise history prior to tonight - both games of a doubleheader (7-inning games) on August 10, 2004 against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants). . . . The Isotopes have five shutouts this season, setting a team best for most shutouts hurled in a season. In franchise history, the Isotopes have shut out their opponents 19 times. . . . Scott Seabol went hitless in four at-bats, snapping a 13-game hitting streak. . . . Nic Ungs earned his team-best 5th victory of the season. Ungs faced three batters over the minimum in his effort and tossed the first complete game shutout by an Isotope since Les Walrond accomplished the feat in Memphis against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on June 19, 2005. . . . Albuquerque sends RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-2, 4.13) to the mound in the series (and roadtrip) finale. RHP Cha-Seung Baek (3-1, 3.16) is expected to take the bump for the Rainiers.

Filed 05/15/2006

Seabol is PCL Hitter of the Week

The Pacific Coast League on Monday announced that Albuquerque's Scott Seabol is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Seabol becomes the second Isotope in 2006 to win the PCL's Hitter of the Week award. Seabol currently has a 13-game hitting streak. In his last 10 contests (including the award week of May 8-14), Seabol hit .475 with 6 homers and 9 RBI.
Filed 05/15/2006

Vargas Joins Isotopes

The Florida Marlins optioned pitcher Jason Vargas to Albuquerque on Monday, and recalled pitcher Renyel Pinto from the Isotopes. Vargas was 1-1 with a 6.40 ERA for the Marlins. He appeared in 9 contests (5 starts) and allowed 23 earned runs in 32.1 innings. Pinto went 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA as a starter with Albuquerque before his promotion to Florida.
Filed 05/15/2006

May 14, 2006 - Isotopes (24-14)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +0.5 Games

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 . 3 11 2
Tacoma 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 8 3
WP: Buddy Carlyle (3-1)
LP: Kevin Appier (1-2)
SV: Joe Horgan (1)
TIME: 3:48    ATT: 5,502
Buddy Carlyle and four Isotope relievers (Nate Bump, Matt Yourkin, Chris Resop, and Joe Horgan) combined on an eight-hit shutout of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Sunday afternoon in a 3-0 victory. The Isotopes have won two straight games and have evened their May record at 7-7.
Mike Kinkade doubled to left field and scored on an error on Jason Stokes' flyout as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning.
Tom Wilson doubled to right field, advanced to third base when Mark Little reached first base on an error, and scored on Kinkade's sacrifice flyout to center field as the 'Topes led 2-0.
Robert Andino drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th inning, bringing home Jason Wood, as the Isotopes scored their final run of the contest.
Despite Nate Bump being activated from the disabled list yesterday, Carlyle took the rotation spot for the second time in a row that Bump had to begin the season. Carlyle appears he may now own the rotation spot, having allowed three hits and one run in 10 innings during his two "spot starts".
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Buddy Carlyle (W, 3-1) 5.0 2 0 0 4 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 128 AB, 20 R, 35 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 28 K, 4 SB, .273 AVG
Jason Stokes: 90 AB, 25 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 11 BB, 36 K, 0 SB, .278 AVG

Chris Resop: (1-0, 2 SV) 17.1 IP, 24 H, 11 ER, 4 BB, 16 K, 1 HR, 5.71 ERA

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Larry Sutton celebrated his birthday by solo-homering in the 10th inning to give the Isotopes a 11-10 victory over the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) in Salt Lake City.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes pitching staff hurled their fourth shutout of the season, tying a franchise record set in 2005 for most shutouts in a season. . . . Scott Seabol hit a pair of singles in the game, extending his hitting streak to a team season-high 13 games. For comparison, the next longest current hitting streak belongs to Mike Kinkade (6 games). . . . In six different contests, including today, Jason Stokes has struck out three times in a game. . . . Joe Horgan became the fifth different Isotope in 2006 to record a save. . . . Pitching probables for Monday evening's contest are RHP Nic Ungs (4-2, 3.18) for the Isotopes and LHP Cesar Jimenez (0-2, 6.53) for the Rainiers. Jimenez was ranked by BASEBALL AMERICA as the Mariners' 17th best prospect.

Filed 05/14/2006

May 13, 2006 - Isotopes (23-14)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +0.5 Games

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 . 5 13 0
Tacoma 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 . 4 12 0
WP: Eddie Gaillard (2-0)
LP: Renee Cortez (3-1)
SV: Chris Resop (2)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (9) off Renee Cortez in the 8th inning
TIME: 3:14    ATT: 6,333
Chris Resop was able to work out of a bottom-of-the-ninth-inning, bases-loaded jam to quell the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) rally as Albuquerque defeated the Rainiers 5-4 to snap a five-game losing skid.
Chris Snelling singled with two outs in the 1st inning, advanced to second base on T.J. Bohn's single and scored on former-Isotope Todd Sears' single to left field as Tacoma took a 1-0 lead.
Mark Little doubled to lead off the 6th inning, moved to third base on Mike Kinkade's sacrifice bunt and scored on Jason Stokes' sacrifice flyout to center as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 8th inning. Mark Little singled to begin the inning but was thrown out at third base on Mike Kinkade's single to center. Kinkade moved to second base on the throw and took third base on Stokes' groundout. Jason Wood singled to bring Kinkade home and Scott Seabol followed with a homer to left field.
Albuquerque extended the lead to 5-1 in the 9th inning - James Shanks singled, stole second base and scored on Kinkade's single to center field.
Tacoma put together a rally in their half of the 9th inning. Brad Clontz was the reliever for Albuquerque when Asdrubal Cabrera was hit by a pitch and Rob Johnso and Scott Youngbauer consecutive- singled to load the bases. Shin-Soo Choo sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Cabrera and Adam Jones singled to left field to drive in Johnson. Resop entered the game in relief for the Isotopes and allowed a single to Bohn that brought Youngbauer home. Sears drew a walk to load the bases before Resop got Hunter Brown to line out to shortstop Robert Andino to end the game.
Jimmy Anderson made the spot-start in place of the recently called up Yusmeiro Petit (see 'Topes Notes), and allowed a run and six hits in five innings.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jimmy Anderson 5.0 6 1 1 0 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 124 AB, 20 R, 35 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 26 K, 4 SB, .282 AVG
Jason Stokes: 85 AB, 20 R, 25 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 11 BB, 33 K, 0 SB, .294 AVG

Chris Resop: (1-0, 2 SV) 16.2 IP, 22 H, 11 ER, 3 BB, 15 K, 1 HR, 5.94 ERA

THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Matt Padgett grand-slam homered in the Isotopes' 9-1 victory over the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) in Salt Lake City.
'TOPES NOTES: There was a flurry of transactions affecting the Isotopes on Saturday. The Marlins placed P Sergio Mitre on the major-league disabled list and recalled P Yusmeiro Petit. Petit was 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA for the Isotopes. Mike Kinkade was activated off the Temporary Inactive List and P Nate Bump and IF Jason Stokes were both activated off the disabled list. IF Rex Rundgren was transferred to Class-AA Carolina and IF Drew Niles went on the disabled list with a left hip flexor problem. . . . Scott Seabol has a 12-game hitting streak, the longest by an Isotope in 2006. . . . The Isotopes have yet to name a pitching probable for the second game of the series on Sunday afternoon, but it is plausible that P Nate Bump (0-2, 8.59), just activated off the disabled list and with his season-starting rotation spot being the active spot tomorrow, he could make the start. The Rainiers are scheduled to send major-league veteran RHP Kevin Appier (1-1, 3.27) to the bump.

Filed 05/13/2006

May 12, 2006 - Isotopes (22-14)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +0.5 Games

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 7 2
Portland 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 X . 4 7 0
WP: Eric Junge (3-3)
LP: Renyel Pinto (3-1)
SV: Aquilino Lopez (1)
Home Runs:
POR Jon Knott (7) off Renyel Pinto in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:42    ATT: 3,380
Despite Renyel Pinto's excellent outing, the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) defeated the Isotopes 4-1 to sweep the four game series. The Isotopes have dropped five straight contests and were swept for the first time since late August 2004, when the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) swept the Isotopes in a five-game series.
In the 2nd inning, Matt Cepicky doubled to left field, advanced to third base on Mike Colangelo's groundout, and scored on Paul Hoover's single to left field as Albuquerque scored their lone run of the game.
Jon Knott homered to left-center field with Jack Cust on base in the 6th inning for Pinto's major mistake of the game as the Beavers claimed a 2-1 lead.
The Beavers added insurance runs in the 8th inning. Justin Leone singled and Bobby Hill and Eric Valent drew walks to load the bases off Isotopes reliever Brad Clontz. Luke Carlin walked as Leone trotted home and, after Joe Horgan relieved Clontz, Terrmel Sledge sacrifice flied to center field to drive in Hill as Portland led 4-1.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto (L, 3-1) 6.0 5 2 2 3 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 120 AB, 20 R, 34 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 26 K, 4 SB, .283 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (3-1) 43.1 IP, 29 H, 13 ER, 26 BB, 40 K, 2 HR, 2.70 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, the Isotopes scored 13 runs in the final three frames to defeat the Salt Lake Stingers (AAA Angels) 17-8 in Salt Lake City. Matt Padgett homered twice and Larry Sutton homered once in the victory.
'TOPES NOTES: After having swept two series' in 2006, the Isotopes should have to return an earned steak dinner to owner Ken Young for being swept. The Isotopes were shut out in back-to-back contests for the first time in franchise history and only scored three runs combined in the final two games of the series. . . . Scott Seabol got a hit in the contest, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, tying Robert Andino for the longest hitting streak by an Isotope in 2006. . . . Mike Colangelo was ejected from the game by the home plate umpire in the 9th inning. Colangelo becomes the second Isotope to be ejected from a game in 2006. Manager Dean Treanor has yet to be ejected from a contest. . . . Renyel Pinto's defeat tonight snapped a three game winning decision streak. . . . 14,884 fans attended the four-game series at PGE Park for a per-game average of 3,721. . . . The five-game losing streak is the longest for Albuquerque this season. . . . The Isotopes are 1-7 all-time at PGE Park in Portland and have lost their last seven games in a row there. Overall, Portland holds a 11-5 series advantage over the Isotopes. . . . Historically speaking, the next four-game series doesn't bode well for the Isotopes. The Isotopes visit Cheney Stadium in Tacoma beginning Saturday evening to play the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners). The Isotopes/Rainiers series is interesting in that the home club has won every game in the all-time series (Isotopes 8-0 at Isotopes Park, Rainiers 4-0 at Cheney Stadium). The struggling Isotopes travel up Interstate I-5 to Tacoma hoping to wake up their bats and break the string of the home team winning each game in the all-time matchup. Tacoma is expected to send RHP Francisco Cruceta (1-3, 6.00; the Mariners' 25th best prospect according to BASEBALL AMERICA) to the mound to face RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-3, 4.69).

Filed 05/12/2006

May 11, 2006 - Isotopes (22-13)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +0.5 Games

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 . 2 6 0
Portland 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 X . 3 9 0
WP: Seth Etherton (1-1)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (2-2)
SV: Brian Sikorski (5)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (7) off Seth Etherton in the 5th inning
ALB Scott Seabol (8) off Seth Etherton in the 7th inning

POR Jon Knott (6) off Jeff Fulchino in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:27    ATT: 6,155
The good news? The Isotopes were not shut out like the previous two nights. The bad news? Despite Scott Seabol achieving Albuquerque's first individual multi-homer game of the season, both solo shots were not good enough to power Albuquerque to victory. The Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) defeated the Isotopes 3-2 on Thursday evening at PGE Park in Portland, Oregon. Just like the weather in the Pacific Northwest, the Isotopes have cooled off, having dropped four straight contests.
Jon Knott homered to left-center field in the 2nd inning to give Portland the 1-0 lead.
Seabol answered with a homer to left field in the 5th inning to tie the game at 1-1, but Portland immediately scored some runs in their half of the 5th inning to regain the lead. Bobby Hill and Jason Hill singled and Dustin Delucchi doubled to center to drive them both in as the Beavers led 3-1.
Seabol homered to left-center field in the 7th inning, but that was as close as the Isotopes would come to catching up to the Beavers in the contest.
Beavers starter Seth Etherton was solid, allowing two runs and three hits in his seven innings of work.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (L, 2-2) 5.1 8 3 3 1 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 116 AB, 20 R, 33 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 24 K, 4 SB, .284 AVG
Chris Resop: (1-0, 1 SV) 16 IP, 21 H, 11 ER, 2 BB, 15 K, 1 HR, 6.19 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Jeff Fulchino allowed two runs and four hits in six innings to earn his first victory in 20 days as the Isotopes defeated the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 8-2 at Isotopes Park. Josh Willingham solo-homered and Willingham and Wilson Delgado each drove in a pair of runs in the victory.
'TOPES NOTES: Scott Seabol has hit in 10 straight games. A hit tomorrow would tie him with Robert Andino for the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . The four-game losing streak ties a season-high. . . . The Minor League Baseball website featured Isotopes Park in a news article on Thursday. The article can be viewed by clicking here . . . The Isotopes look to avoid the series sweep, sending LHP Renyel Pinto (3-0, 2.65) to the mound to face Portland's RHP Eric Junge (2-3, 5.68).

Filed 05/11/2006

May 10, 2006 - Isotopes (22-12)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +0.5 Games

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 6 0
Portland 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 X . 5 10 0
WP: Jack Cassel (2-2)
LP: Nic Ungs (4-2)
Home Runs:
POR Paul McAnulty (8) off Nic Ungs in the 4th inning
TIME: 2:28    ATT: 2,798
The Isotopes' bats must have been in lost luggage when they travelled to Portland, Oregon on Monday. The Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) handed the Isotopes a 5-0 defeat, the first time in franchise history that the Isotopes have been shut out in back-to-back contests. Portland won their fifth straight game, while the Isotopes have dropped three straight games. The Isotopes are hoping to find their bats and hopefully win the next two contests to earn a series split against the former "Albuquerque Dukes".
Bobby Hill singled to right field to lead off the game for the Beavers, advanced to second base on Terrmel Sledge's single and scored on Justin Leone's single to center as Portland led 1-0.
Paul McAnulty homered to right field in the 4th inning to extend the lead to 2-0.
Portland added their final three runs in the 7th inning. Luke Carlin was hit by a pitch with one out. Pinch-hitter Jack Cust drew a walk and Hill singled to center to load the bases. Manny Alexander reached on a fielder's choice, with Carlin scoring and Hill out at second base. Sledge then doubled to center to drive in Cust and Alexander.
Mark Little was the bright spot offensively for the Isotopes, going 3x4 with a pair of doubles.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (L, 4-2) 5.1 7 2 2 0 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 113 AB, 20 R, 32 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB, 22 K, 4 SB, .283 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, despite six Isotope homers, the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) were able to defeat the Isotopes 12-11 at Isotopes Park. Portland had a pair of five-run innings in their victory.
'TOPES NOTES: IF/OF Mike Kinkade was placed on the Temporary Inactive List due to a death in the family. Taking Kinkade's roster spot is P Matt Yourkin. Yourkin was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque in the transaction. Yourkin made 13 relief appearances for the Carolina Mudcats, compiling a 1-2 record with a save and a 3.07 ERA. . . . Scott Seabol extended his hitting streak to 9 games, while Tom Wilson went 0x1 in a pinch-hitting role to snap his seven game hitting streak. . . . Nic Ungs snapped a four-game winning decision streak with tonight's losing decision. . . . The bright side for the Isotopes in the game was that they didn't lose their grip on first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division. The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) lost their contest tonight, so the Isotopes remain 0.5 games ahead of the Express in the division. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are RHP Jeff Fulchino (2-1, 3.95) for the Isotopes and RHP Seth Etherton (0-1, 4.99) for the Beavers.

Filed 05/10/2006

May 9, 2006 - Isotopes (22-11)

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 6 0
Portland 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X . 1 1 0
WP: Mike Thompson (5-0)
LP: Buddy Carlyle (2-1)
SV: Jon Adkins (7)
Home Runs:
POR Manny Alexander (2) off Buddy Carlyle in the 4th inning
TIME: 2:14    ATT: 2,551
Despite Buddy Carlyle, Jimmy Anderson, and Joe Horgan combining on only the second one-hitter in Isotopes franchise history, the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) made that one hit count in a 1-0 victory over the Isotopes. The Isotopes have dropped two straight games.
Manny Alexander solo-homered to left field in the 4th inning for the lone tally of the contest.
Carlyle made the spot-start for the Isotopes in the rotation spot of both injured Nate Bump and Chris George and allowed just the hit and the earned run in five innings.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Buddy Carlyle (L, 2-1) 5.0 1 1 1 1 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 109 AB, 20 R, 32 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB, 21 K, 4 SB, .294 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Isotopes starting pitcher Aaron Small only lasted 2/3 of an inning in his start to set a franchise record for the fewest innings pitched in a start as the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) put up eight runs on the scoreboard in the 1st inning to defeat the Isotopes 14-6 at Isotopes Park on Mother's Day.
'TOPES NOTES: Logan Kensing is headed to Florida. The Marlins placed reliever Franklyn German on the disabled list and recalled Kensing. Kensing went 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA for Albuquerque. . . . Mike Kinkade extended his hitting streak to eight games and Tom Wilson to seven games. . . . Scott Seabol went homerless, ending his streak of three consecutive games with a homer. . . . The Isotopes were shut out for the first time since July 19, 2005 at Iowa (AAA Cubs). . . . The 2 hour, 14 minute game was the quickest game the Isotopes have played in 2006. . . . Pitching probables for the second game in the series on Wednesday evening are RHP Nic Ungs (4-1, 3.15) for the Isotopes and RHP Jack Cassel (1-2, 5.95) for the Beavers.

Filed 05/09/2006

May 8, 2006 - Isotopes (22-10)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma 0 0 0 4 3 0 1 0 2 . 10 14 1
Albuquerque 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 1 2 . 9 19 0
WP: Kevin Walker (1-3)
LP: Yusmeiro Petit (2-3)
SV: Erasmo Ramirez (1)
Home Runs:
OKL Laynce Nix (1) off Yusmeiro Petit in the 5th inning

ALB Scott Seabol (6) off Erasmo Ramirez in the 9th inning
ALB Robert Andino (4) off Kelvin Jimenez in the 8th inning
ALB James Shanks (3) off John Rheinecker in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:29    ATT: 4,517
Laynce Nix homered and drove in 3 runs and the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) scored seven runs in five innings against Yusmeiro Petit in a 10-9 victory over the Isotopes in the series (and homestand) finale on Monday evening. Albuquerque's four-game winning streak came to an end, while Oklahoma ended their second-longest losing streak in franchise history (nine games).
James Shanks struck out swinging but reached first base on a passed ball, stole second base and scored on Mike Kinkade's single to left field in the 1st inning as Albuquerque led 1-0.
Shanks doubled to left field and later scored on Kinkade's groundout as the Isotopes extended their lead to 2-0 in the 3rd inning.
The Redhawks were able to get to Petit in the 4th inning. Jace Brewer doubled to left field and Nix singled to right field. Adam Hyzdu's single to left field drove in Brewer and Jason Botts tripled to center field to drive in Nix and Hyzdu. Aarom Baldiris' sacrifice flyout to right field brought Botts home as Oklahoma led 4-2.
Oklahoma did more damage to Petit in the 5th inning. Rashad Eldridge and Joaquin Arias singled and an out later, Nix homered to right field as the Redhawks led 7-2.
Albuquerque got those three runs back in their half of the 5th inning. Shanks homered to left field with one out. Robert Andino singled and scored on Kinkade's double to center field. Jason Wood followed with a double of his own to drive in Kinkade.
Nix singled to left field, advanced to second base on Botts single and scored on Vince Sinisi's single to center field as Oklahoma led 8-5 in the 7th inning.
Kinkade tripled to center field and scored on Wood's groundout in the Isotopes' 7th inning.
In the 8th inning, Andino homered to left field as Albuquerque pulled to within a run at 8-7.
Oklahoma gave themselves some breathing room in the 9th inning. Brewer was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Nix doubled to center. A pitching change (Eddie Gaillard replacing Ross Wolf) and an out later, Botts was intentionally walked to load the bases and Sinisi sacrifice flied out to left field as Brewer scored. Baldiris singled to left field to drive in Nix as the Redhawks led 10-7.
Scott Seabol homered to left field to begin the bottom-of-the-ninth inning rally. Colangelo singled to left field and pinch-hitter Tom Wilson singled to left field. Shanks laid down a bunt that resulted in Colangelo being forced out at third base. Andino popped out for the second out of the inning and Kinkade singled to center to drive in Wilson. Wood then foul-popped out to first base to end the game with the game-tying run stranded at third base.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Yusmeiro Petit (L, 2-3) 5.0 8 7 7 1 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 106 AB, 20 R, 31 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB, 21 K, 4 SB, .292 AVG
Yusmeiro Petit: (2-3) 40.1 IP, 45 H, 21 ER, 12 BB, 27 K, 6 HR, 4.69 ERA
Chris Resop: (1-0, 1 SV) 15.0 IP, 21 H, 11 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, 1 HR, 6.60 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, the Isotopes scored 10 unanswered runs to overcome a five-run defecit to defeat the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 12-7 at Isotopes Park. Larry Sutton homered twice in the contest and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes took three out of the four games against the Redhawks and won five out of eight games for the homestand. 29,274 fans attended the four game series against Oklahoma for a per-game average of 7,319. 53,059 came through the Isotopes Park turnstiles for the homestand, highlighted by Cinco de Mayo festivities and a Cinco de Mayo-themed fireworks display. The Isotopes have broken the 100,000 mark in their 16 home dates (114,844). . . . Mike Kinkade had an excellent game. He went 4x5, drove in four runs, and was a homer short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Scott Seabol and James Shanks were both a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Seabol has homered in the last 3 contests, while Shanks has homered in the last two contests. . . . The Isotopes lost their first contest of the season when they have outhit their opponents. The record is still very impressive at 16-1 when the Isotopes outhit their opposition. . . . The Isotopes have no home-field advantage against the Redhawks. The Redhawks leave town after evening the all-time series at Isotopes Park to 14-14. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies), Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) and Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) are the only clubs to have better records against the Isotopes all-time at Isotopes Park. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is J.D. Closser of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). In six games during the week, closser hit .588 (10x17) with a pair of homers and 6 RBI. . . . Apparenly tossing a lot of the innings to compile a 20.2 scoreless innings streak is not good enough to earn a PCL weekly award. The PCL Pitcher of the Week is not Renyel Pinto (maybe his bad Sunday outing cost him the award); it is Bill Bray of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals). Bray went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 3 relief appearances. Bray tossed seven innings of relief, allowing 3 hits and struck out 13 batters. . . . The Isotopes hit the road for four games to the Pacific Northwest. The first stop is PGE Park in Portland, Oregon to face the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres). RHP Mike Thompson (4-0, 4.64) is scheduled to take the mound for the Beavers, while a pitcher to be determined will take the mound for the Isotopes as Chris George injured his back in his last outing.

Filed 05/08/2006

May 7, 2006 - Isotopes (22-9)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 . 7 9 0
Albuquerque 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X . 8 13 0
WP: Logan Kensing (1-1)
LP: Ryan Bukvich (0-1)
SV: Brad Clontz (7)
Home Runs:
OKL Jason Botts (5) off Renyel Pinto in the 2nd inning
OKL Jace Brewer (2) off Brad Clontz in the 9th inning

ALB James Shanks (2) off Derek Lee in the 1st inning
ALB Mark Little (1) off Derek Lee in the 1st inning
ALB Scott Seabol (5) off Ryan Bukvich in the 6th inning
ALB Mike Colangelo (3) off Ryan Bukvich in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:36   ATT: 6,862
Albuquerque homered a season-high four times, including important back-to-back homers in the 6th inning to snap a 6-6 tie as the Isotopes took a 8-7 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on Sunday afternoon at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won four straight games, while the Redhawks have dropped nine straight games.
James Shanks leadoff homered for the Isotopes. Robert Andino and Mike Kinkade singled and Jason Wood reached on a fielder's choice, with Kinkade out at second base and Andino scoring. Paul Hoover singled to right field and Mark Little homered to right field. An out later, Mike Colangelo doubled to right field and scored on Rex Rundgren's double into the left-field corner. When the 1st inning was over, the Isotopes sent 10 men to the plate and led 6-0.
Jason Botts homered with one out to get Oklahoma on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. An out later, Nick Trzesniak walked and scored on Jace Brewer's double to left field. Adam Morrissey and Rashad Eldridge walked to load the bases and Laynce Nix singled to right field to drive in Brewer and Morrissey as Oklahoma trimmed the defecit to two runs at 6-4.
In the 3rd inning, Adam Hyzdu doubled to right field and scored on Vince Sinisi's single to right field and in the 5th inning, Botts and Sinisi back-to-back doubled as the Redhawks tied the game at 6-6.
Scott Seabol and Mike Colangelo back-to-back homered in the 6th inning as Albuquerque built up a 2-lead cushion.
Brewer solo-homered to lead off the 9th inning as Oklahoma pulled to a run at 8-7 before Isotopes reliever Brad Clontz was able to get the next three outs to preserve the Isotope victory.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Renyel Pinto 4.2 7 6 6 3 7 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 100 AB, 18 R, 29 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 19 K, 4 SB, .290 AVG
Renyel Pinto: (3-0) 37.1 IP, 24 H, 11 ER, 23 BB, 34 K, 1 HR, 2.65 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, the Isotopes scored five runs in the 8th inning to come back from a 3-2 defecit to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals) 7-3 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Renyel Pinto's franchise-record consecutive scoreless inning streak ended at 20 2/3 innings when Jason Botts homered in the 2nd inning. . . . Scott Seabol and Mike Colangelo have each homered in their last two contests. . . . Albuquerque and Oklahoma close out the series on Monday evening and Albuquerque looks for their third series sweep of the season. RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-2, 3.57) is scheduled to take the mound against LHP John Rheinecker (1-1, 3.81).

Filed 05/07/2006

May 6, 2006 - Isotopes (21-9)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 . 4 8 0
Albuquerque 5 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 X . 12 18