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September 9, 2007 - Pacific Conference
Sacramento wins the Best-of-five series, 3-2

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 7 0
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 X . 4 7 0
WP: Shawn Kohn (1-0)
LP: Nick Green (0-1)
SV: Jerry Blevins (1)
Home Runs:
SAC Daric Barton (4) off Nick Green in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:29  ATT: 4,981
Sacramento's four-run 5th inning was all that the River Cats (AAA Athletics) needed to defeat the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Sunday afternoon at Raley Field in West Sacramento, California. The 4-2 victory clinched the 2007 Pacific Coast League Pacific Conference Championship for the River Cats.
Salt Lake was looking like they might have a chance of winning based on taking a 1st inning lead. Casey Smith walked, took third base on Mike Eylward's ground-rule double, and Terry Evans doubled to drive them both in. After the second out of the inning on a strikeout, Brandon Wood singled and advanced to second base on a passed ball to put Evans and Wood in scoring position before Matt Brown struck out to end the inning.
Sacramento was able to keep it close (a two run defecit) until they plated four in the 5th inning to claim the lead. Gregorio Petit singled and two outs later, Nick Blasi singled and Lou Merloni singled to drive in Petit. Daric Barton followed with a three-run homer to right field.
BEES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nick Green (L, 0-1) 7.0 7 4 4 1 6 1
RIVER CATS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Cramer 2.0 3 2 2 4 4 0
NOTES: The Bees were unable to put a nail in the River Cats coffin in the series. After winning the first two games, Salt Lake only needed to win one of the remaining three games to move on to the PCL Championship series. Sacramento went on a three-game winning streak on their home field to claim the conference championship. Daric Barton homered in three of Sacramento's five games in the series. In today's game, Barton went 2x3 with a homer, 3 RBI and a run scored. . . . Jerry Blevins was masterful for the River Cats in earning the only save recorded in the series for either club. Blevins held the two-run Sacramento lead over the final three frames, allowing just a hit and striking out 6 Bees. . . . The River Cats meet the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) in the 2007 Pacific Coast League Championship. The first two games are in New Orleans beginning on Tuesday night, while Game 3 (and Games 4 and 5, if necessary) are played in Sacramento. Probables have not yet been named.

Filed 09/09/2007

Former-Isotope Jorgensen Suspended 50 Games

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Friday that former-Isotope and current Cincinnati Reds player Ryan Jorgensen was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The Commissioner was not specific as to whether Jorgensen tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance or a substance of abuse. Jorgensen was on the Reds active roster from August 14-26, 2007 and played in four games with the Reds, belting two homers and driving in six.
Filed 09/08/2007

September 8, 2007 - American Conference
New Orleans wins Best-of-five series, 3-1

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 . 6 13 0
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 4 1
WP: Kevin Mulvey (1-0)
LP: Zach Jackson (0-1)
Home Runs:
NRL Jesus Feliciano (1) off Tim Dillard in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:36  ATT: 3,338
New Orleans Zephyr (AAA Mets) pitcher Kevin Mulvey tossed seven scoreless innings and Carlos Muniz followed with the final two scoreless innings as the Zephyrs shut out the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 6-0 to claim the Pacific Coast League American Conference title. The Zephyrs will advance to the PCL Championship series against either the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) or Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) beginning on Tuesday evening.
New Orleans snapped the scoreless tie in the 3rd inning. Jesus Feliciano singled, took second base on a passed ball, and scored on Fernando Tatis' single. Tatis advanced to second base on an error and scored on Ramon Castro's single.
Chip Ambres doubled and scored on Feliciano's double in the 4th inning and Castro walked and later scored on Ambres double in the 5th inning as the Zephyrs extended their lead to 4-0.
Jason Alfaro doubled and scored on Feliciano's homer in the 8th inning as New Orleans closed out the scoring in the contest.
ZEPHYRS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kevin Mulvey (W, 1-0) 7.0 4 0 0 0 8 0
SOUNDS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Zach Jackson (L, 0-1) 4.2 7 4 3 1 6 0
NOTES: New Orleans' Kevin Mulvey and Carlos Muniz struck out 10 Sounds in the shutout. The Zephyrs themselves whiffed 11 times in the game. . . . The Zephyrs' Jesus Feliciano was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, having gone 3x4 with a double, homer and 3 RBI. . . . The Zephyrs will have to wait another day to find out who they will play in the 2007 PCL Championship series. The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) had a chance to take the PCL Pacific Conference title, but the Bees lost to the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics), forcing the title-deciding game on Sunday.

Filed 09/08/2007

September 8, 2007 - Pacific Conference
The Best-of-five series is tied, 2-2

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 4 6 0
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 . 7 10 1
WP: Brad Ziegler (1-1)
LP: Greg Jones (0-1)
Home Runs:
SAC Nick Blasi (1) off Jonathan Rouwenhorst in the 3rd inning
SAC Nick Blasi (2) off Jonathan Rouwenhorst in the 5th inning
SAC Danny Putnam (2) off Jonathan Rouwenhorst in the 3rd inning
SAC Danny Putnam (3) off Greg Jones in the 10th inning
TIME: 2:57  ATT: 7,994
Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) sluggers Danny Putnam and Nick Blasi each homered twice and combined to drive in all Sacramento runs in a 7-4 10 inning victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). With the victory, Sacramento stayed alive in the 2007 Pacific Coast League Pacific Conference finals and has forced a title-deciding game on Sunday afternoon at Raley Field.
Salt Lake got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Gregory Porter, Bobby Wilson and Casey Smith singled to load the bases and Tommy Murphy reached on a fielder's choice with Porter scoring and Smith out at second base. River Cats starter Kaz Tadano uncorked a wild pitch and Mike Eylward singled to drive in Wilson and Murphy as the Bees led 3-0.
Sacramento used a couple of homers to knot the game at 3-3. J.D. Closser walked and Putnam brought him home with a homer. Blasi followed with a solo shot.
Blasi's solo-homer in the 5th inning gave Sacramento a 4-3 lead.
The Bees tied up the game in the 8th inning - Smith reached on an error, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on Murphy's single to center field.
Both teams remain tied until the bottom of the 10th inning. Kevin Melillo walked, Gregorio Petit laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Melillo to second base, Closser drew a walk, and Putnam blasted a walk-off three-run homer to center field.
BEES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jonathan Rouwenhorst 5.2 6 4 4 3 5 3
RIVER CATS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kaz Tadano 7.1 5 4 3 0 9 0
NOTES: Sacramento's Danny Putnam went 2x4 and drove in five runs with his two homers, and Nick Blasi went 3x5 with his pair of homers and 2 RBI. . . . Probables for Sunday's contest are RHP Nick Green for the Bees and RHP Bobby Cramer for the River Cats.

Filed 09/08/2007

September 7, 2007 - American Conference
New Orleans leads the Best-of-five series, 2-1

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 5 14 0
Nashville Sounds 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 . 6 14 0
WP: Marino Salas (1-0)
LP: Ryan Cullen (0-1)
Home Runs:
NRL Chip Ambres (1) off Mark DiFelice in the 1st inning

NSH Andy Abad (1) off Brian Lawrence in the 2nd inning
NSH J.R. Hopf (1) off Ivan Maldonado in the 9th inning

TIME: 3:09  ATT: 5,087
In a must-win game for the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). J.R. Hopf's solo homer in the 9th inning tied the game and in extra innings, Hopf singled home the game winning run in the 10th inning to give the Sounds a 6-5 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets). New Orleans still leads the 2007 Pacific Coast League American Conference finals 2-1 and only needs a win in the next two games to advance to the PCL Championships.
New Orleans got off to a good start in the 1st inning. With two outs, Jason Alfaro walked, Andy Tracy singled and Chip Ambres homered to left field to give the Zephyrs a 3-0 lead.
Brad Nelson singled and scored on Andy Abad's homer in the 2nd inning as Nashville got on the scoreboard and trailed the Zephyrs by a run at 3-2.
Both teams put a run on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. In New Orleans' half, Jesus Feliciano singled, stole second base and scored on Robinson Cancel's single. In Nashville's half, Nelson, Abad and Laynce Nix singled to load the bases before Hopf sacrifice flied out to bring home Nelson. Ozzie Chavez grounded into a double play to end the threat and waste Nashville's opportunity to tie the game.
It wasn't until the 7th inning that Nashville tied the game - Chavez tripled and scored on pinch-hitter Jose Macias' sacrifice flyout.
New Orleans regained the lead at 5-4 in the 9th inning when Anderson Hernandez singled and scored on Fernando Tatis' double with two outs. Hopf solo-homered to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning to keep Nashville's hopes of a championship alive.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Chris Barnwell singled and advanced to second base when Drew Anderson laid down a sacrifice bunt. Nelson was intentionally walked and Abad walked to load the bases. Nix grounded into a fielder's choice (Barnwell out at home plate) and with the bases still loaded, Hopf singled to left field to bring home Nelson with the game winning run.
ZEPHYRS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Brian Lawrence 6.0 9 3 3 0 1 1
SOUNDS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Mark DiFelice 5.0 6 4 4 1 5 1
NOTES: J.R. Hopf went 3x4 with a homer and 3 RBI for Nashville. . . . Probables for Game four on Saturday in Nashville are RHP Kevin Mulvey for the Zephyrs and LHP Zach Jackson for the Sounds.

Filed 09/07/2007

September 7, 2007 - Pacific Conference
Salt Lake leads the Best-of-five series, 2-1

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 . 4 10 2
Sacramento River Cats 0 1 0 3 1 2 0 0 X . 7 9 0
WP: Brad Knox (1-0)
LP: Henry Bonilla (0-1)
Home Runs:
SLC Tommy Murphy (1) off Brad Knox in the 3rd inning

SAC Daric Barton (3) off Henry Bonilla in the 5th inning
SAC Lou Merloni (2) off Henry Bonilla in the 2nd inning
SAC Jorge Piedra (1) off Henry Bonilla in the 4th inning
Danny Putnam (1) off Henry Bonilla in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:44  ATT: 11,908
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) powered four homers out of Raley Field and stayed alive in the playoffs with a 7-4 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Friday. Salt Lake leads the series 2-1 and only needs a win to advance to the PCL Championships.
Lou Merloni homered in the 2nd inning as the River Cats led 1-0.
In the 3rd inning, Tim Duff singled and scored on Tommy Murphy's homer to right-center field as the Bees led 2-1.
Salt Lake added to their lead in the 4th inning - Terry Evans singled and later in the inning scored on Adam Pavkovich's single.
Sacramento reclaimed the lead in the 4th inning. Jorge Piedra solo-homered to start off the inning. Two outs later, Merloni doubled, Gregorio Petit singled, and Danny Putnam walked to load the bases. Nick Blasi reached on an error as Merloni and Petit scored to give Sacramento a 4-3 lead.
Daric Barton solo-homered in the 5th inning and Petit singled and scored on Putnam's homer in the 6th inning as Sacramento increased their lead to 7-3.
Salt Lake scored the final run of the game in the 8th inning. Gregory Porter walked, Brandon Wood singled to advance Porter to second base, and Matt Brown doubled to drive in Porter.
BEES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Henry Bonilla (L, 0-1) 5.1 8 7 5 2 4 4
RIVER CATS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Brad Knox (W, 1-0) 7.1 7 4 4 4 4 1
NOTES: Sacramento's Daric Barton has homered in all three games in the series. . . . Salt Lake starter Henry Bonilla was pitching batting practice to the River Cats during the game - Bonilla allowed all four River Cats homers and allowed 7 runs (5 earned) and 8 hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work. . . . Probables for Saturday's contest are LHP Jonathan Rouwenhorst for the Bees and RHP Kaz Tadano for the River Cats.

Filed 09/07/2007

September 6, 2007 - American Conference
New Orleans leads the Best-of-five series, 2-0

Zephyrs Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 1 4 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 X . 5 10 0
WP: Jason Vargas (1-0)
LP: Adam Pettyjohn (0-1)
Home Runs:
NRL Andy Tracy (1) off Adam Pettyjohn in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:31  ATT: 2,042
New Orleans Zephyr (AAA Mets) pitcher Jason Vargas allowed a run and three hits over 6 innings and Andy Tracy's two-run homer provided all the runs New Orleans would need in a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in Game 2 of the 2007 Pacific Coast League American Conference finals. New Orleans hold a 2-0 series lead.
In the 1st inning, Anderson Hernandez doubled to lead off the game and scored two outs later on Tracy's homer as the Zephyrs led 2-0.
The Sounds and Zephyrs exchanged single runs in the 6th inning. Nashville's Chris Barnwell singled, advanced to second base on Sounds starter Adam Pettyjohn's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Callix Crabbe's single. New Orleans' Chip Ambres walked and later scored on former-Isotope Chad Hermansen's single.
The Zephyrs scored their final two runs with two outs in the 7th inning. Ambres walked and scored on David Newhan's double. Hermansen followed with a single to drive in Newhan.
SOUNDS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Adam Pettyjohn (L, 0-1) 5.0 7 3 3 2 3 1
ZEPHYRS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jason Vargas (W, 1-0) 6.0 3 1 1 0 4 0
NOTES: Other than Jason Vargas, Chad Hermansen was another former-Isotope who had a big impact in the game. Hermansen went 3x4 with a triple and two RBI for the Zephyrs. . . . The series shifts venues to Nashville on Friday. Probables are RHP Brian Lawrence for the Zephyrs and RHP Mark DiFelice for the Sounds. Nashville must win the next two games to stay alive and force a fifth and final game to determine the winner of the American Conference.

Filed 09/06/2007

September 6, 2007 - Pacific Conference
Salt Lake leads the Best-of-five series, 2-0

Franklin Covey Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 2 1 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 . 10 17 5
Salt Lake Bees 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 3 2 . 11 15 1
WP: Aaron Pullin (1-0)
LP: Brad Ziegler (0-1)
Home Runs:
SAC Kevin Melillo (1) off Kasey Olenberger in the 1st inning
SAC Lou Merloni (1) off Kasey Olenberger in the 3rd inning
TIME: 3:13  ATT: 4,436
Adam Pavkovich singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) took a dramatic win over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) for the second night in a row. Tonight's final was 11-10 and the win moves Salt Lake to one game needed to win to represent the Pacific Conference in the 2007 Pacific Coast League Championship Series.
Sacramento's Nick Blasi singled and scored on Kevin Melillo's homer in the 1st inning as the River Cats led 2-0.
In the 2nd inning, Blasi singled, Melillo walked, and Daric Barton singled to drive in Blasi as the River Cats extended the lead to 3-0.
Jeremy Brown singled and scored on Lou Merloni's homer in the 3rd inning as the River Cats built their lead to 5-0.
Salt Lake got on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Mike Eylward and Terry Evans reached on errors and Nick Gorneault singled to drive in Eylward. An error on the play allowed Evans to advance to third base and Gorneault to second base. Brandon Wood walked to load the bases and Matt Brown singled to drive in Evans. After a pair of strikeouts, Casey Smith came through with a single to drive in Gorneault and Wood as the Bees cut the defecit to a run at 5-4.
In the 6th inning, Sacramento's Richie Robnett singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Blasi singled and stole second base before Jorge Piedra singled to drive in Robnett and Blasi to give Sacramento a three run cushion at 7-4.
In Salt Lake's 7th inning, Eylward doubled and scored on Evans' single. Evans stole second base, took third base on an error on the throw, and scored on a wild pitch as the Bees once again trailed by a run at 7-6.
Sacramento put three more runs on the scoreboard in the 8th inning. Melillo walked, stole second base and scored on Barton's single. Piedra doubled to drive in Barton and Brown singled to put runners on the corners. J.D. Closser's groundout scored Piedra as Sacramento led by four runs at 10-6.
Salt Lake began their late-game rally in the 8th inning. Smith walked with one out and scored on Tommy Murphy's double. Eylward singled to drive in Murphy and Evans singled ahead of Gorneault grounding into a fielder's choice with Eylward scoring to narrow the River Cats lead to a run at 10-9.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Wood singled, Brown doubled and Pavkovich singled to right field to drive them both in with the game tying and game winning runs.
RIVER CATS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Michael Madsen 3.0 4 4 0 1 7 0
BEES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kasey Olenberger 3.0 7 5 5 2 1 2
NOTES: The Salt Lake Bees won despite striking out 17 times in the game. The Bees were aided by five Sacramento River Cats errors, leading to six of the Bees runs being unearned. . . . The series moves to Sacramento for Friday night's game. Probables are RHP Henry Bonilla for the Bees and RHP Brad Knox for the River Cats.

Filed 09/06/2007

September 5, 2007 - American Conference
New Orleans leads the Best-of-five series, 1-0

Zephyrs Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 7 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 3 7 0
WP: Ivan Maldonado (1-0)
LP: Ken Ray (0-1)
TIME: 2:32  ATT: 3,295
Robinson Cancel's 9th inning single drove in the game-winning run as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 3-2 in the opener of the 2007 Pacific Coast League American Conference finals in Metarie, Louisiana on Wednesday evening.
The Zephyrs struck first, in the 1st inning. Off Sounds knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey, Anderson Hernandez drew a leadoff walk, Fernando Tatis singled to put runners on the corners, and Carlos Gomez reached on a fielder's choice as Hernandez scored. Gomez stole second base, advanced to third base on Chip Ambres' single, and scored on David Newhan's single as New Orleans led 2-0.B1 2
With two outs in the 2nd inning, Nashville's Chris Barnwell walked, J.R. Hopf was hit by a pitch, and Dickey helped his cause with a single to drive in Barnwell as the Sounds cut the defecit in half at 2-1.
Both teams went scoreless until the 8th inning. Nashville's Hopf and Charles Thomas singled, Callix Crabble laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position, and Jose Macias laid down a sacrifice bunt of his own while Hopf raced home with the game tying run.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Newhan walked, stole second base, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on Cancel's walk-off single to give the Zephyrs the win and a 1-0 series lead.
SOUNDS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
R.A. Dickey 7.0 6 2 2 3 6 0
ZEPHYRS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dave Williams 6.1 3 1 1 1 6 0
NOTES: Nashville's Tony Gwynn Jr. was ejected by home plate umpire Casey Moser in the 6th inning for arguing balls and strikes. Gwynn Jr. had just been called out on strikes. . . . Probables for Thursday's game are LHP Adam Pettyjohn for the Sounds and former-Isotope and current Zephyr LHP Jason Vargas. The series changes venue to New Orleans on Friday.

Filed 09/05/2007

September 5, 2007 - Pacific Conference
Salt Lake leads the Best-of-five series, 1-0

Franklin Covey Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 . 8 12 0
Salt Lake Bees 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 . 9 14 0
WP: Steve Shell (1-0)
LP: Jeffrey Gray (0-1)
Home Runs:
SAC Daric Barton (1) off Bartolo Colon in the 3rd inning
SAC Daric Barton (2) off Bartolo Colon in the 6th inning

SLC Matt Brown (1) off Shane Komine in the 4th inning
SLC Greg Porter (1) off Shane Komine in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:48  ATT: 3,534
Brandon Wood's 10th inning bases loaded single drove in the game-winning runs as the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) in the opener of the 2007 Pacific Coast League Pacific Conference finals in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake holds a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five series.
Nick Blasi doubled and scored on Daric Barton's single in the 1st inning as the River Cats led 1-0.
Wood singled and scored on Gregory Porter's homer as the Bees took a 2-1 lead.
Barton's solo-homer in the 3rd inning tied the game at 2-2, but the Bees regained the lead in the 4th inning. Nick Gorneault doubled and scored on Matt Brown's homer. Porter doubled and scored on Bobby Wilson's double and Casey Smith singled to drive in Wilson to give the Bees a 6-2 lead.
Barton hit his second solo-homer of the game in the 6th inning, and in the 8th inning, Blasi doubled and scored on Kevin Melillo's triple and Melillo scored on Barton's groundout as the River Cats trailed by a run at 6-5.
In the 9th inning, Jeremy Brown doubled and was replaced by pinch-runner Eduardo Cornejo. Cornejo advanced to third base on a groundout and scored on Lou Merloni's single to tie the game at 6-6. The Bees were held scoreless in their half of the 9th inning and both teams went to extra innings.
In the 10th inning, Blasi was hit by a pitch and stole second base before scoring on Jorge Piedra's single. Richie Robnett walked and J.D. Closser singled to drive in Piedra to give Sacramento a 8-6 lead.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Tommy Murphy and Mike Eylward singled and Terry Evans singled to drive in Murphy. Gary Patchett pinch-ran for Eylward and Gorneault singled to load the bases and Wood singled to center field to drive in Patchett and Evans to give Salt Lake the victory and the series lead.
RIVER CATS STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Shane Komine 5.0 8 6 6 1 3 2
BEES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bartolo Colon 6.0 5 3 3 0 4 2
NOTES: Bartolo Colon is with the Bees on a rehabilitation assignment. . . . The River Cats wasted a good offensive performance by Daric Barton. Barton ended up 3x5 in the game with 2 homers and 4 RBI. . . . Seven of Sacramento's 12 hits went for extra bases. . . . Probables for Thursday's contest are RHP Michael Madsen for the River Cats and RHP Kasey Olenberger for the Bees. The series moves to Sacramento on Friday.

Filed 09/05/2007

2007 Isotopes Team Award Winners

Here are the 2007 Isotopes team award winners: 2007 MVP: Scott Seabol 2007 Power Hitter: Val Pascucci 2007 Pitcher of the Year: Roy Corcoran 2007 Mr. Hustle: Brett Carroll 2007 Most-Community Minded: Brett Carroll 2007 Fan Favorite: Eric Reed 2007 Most Defensive Player: Robert Andino
Filed 09/05/2007

2007 All-PCL Team

The All-Pacific Coast League team features the best players at every position as voted on by PCL managers and media representatives. Catcher- Geovany Soto (Iowa Cubs) First Baseman- Joe Koshansky (Colorado Springs Sky Sox) Second Baseman- Eric Patterson (Iowa Cubs) Shortstop- Robert Andino (Albuquerque Isotopes) Third Baseman- Scott Seabol (Albuquerque Isotopes) Designated Hitter- Val Pascucci (Albuquerque Isotopes) Outfielder- Rick Ankiel (Memphis Redbirds) Outfielder- Adam Jones (Tacoma Rainiers) Outfielder- Delwyn Young (Las Vegas 51s) Right-Hand Pitcher- R.A. Dickey (Nashville Sounds) Left-Hand Pitcher- Adam Pettyjohn (Nashville Sounds) Relief Pitcher- Ryan Speier (Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
Filed 09/05/2007

September 3, 2007 - Isotopes (72-70)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 0 . 7 11 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 3 X . 9 14 1
WP: Brandon Villafuerte (1-0)
LP: Mike Bumstead (0-2)
SV: Roy Corcoran (15)
Home Runs:
OKL Victor Diaz (14) off Ricky Nolasco in the 1st inning

ALB Scott Seabol (32) off Derek Lee in the 2nd inning
ALB Reggie Abercrombie (17) off Mike Bumstead in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:42  ATT: 10,045
Reggie Abercrombie's 8th inning three-run homer turned a one run defecit into an eventual two-run victory as Albuquerque concluded the 2007 campaign with a 9-7 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on a Labor Day Monday afternoon at "The Lab".
Victor Diaz homered with two outs in the 1st inning as Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead.
Scott Seabol solo-homered to lead off the 2nd inning as Albuquerque tied up the game at 1-1. An out later, Andrew Beattie tripled and scored on Chris Ashby's fielder's choice as the Isotopes took the lead at 2-1.
In the 4th inning, Oklahoma's Kevin West doubled, Desi Relaford walked, and two outs later, Adam Fox walked to load the bases and Isotopes starter Ricky Nolasco uncorked a wild pitch to bring West home. Chris Stewart singled to drive in Relaford and Fox and Stewart and scored on Freddy Guzman's double as the Redhawks took a 5-2 lead.
In the home half of the 4th inning, Beattie doubled and scored on Ashby's single. Eric Reed laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Ashby to second base, and Ashby scored on Josh Labandeira's single as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 5-4.
In the 5th inning, Joe Borchard singled and scored on Val Pascucci's double. Beattie followed with a double to drive in Pascucci to give Albuquerque a 6-5 lead.
Guzman walked and later scored on West's sacrifice flyout in the 7th inning as the Redhawks tied the game, and in the 8th inning, Kevin Mahar singled and scored on Fox's double as Oklahoma took a 7-6 lead.
In the Isotopes' 8th inning, Reed and Labandeira singed with one out and Abercrombie followed with his homer to center field to make it yet another game in 2007 that Albuquerque has come from behind to win in the later stages.
With a 9-7 lead, Isotopes closer Roy Corcoran entered the game and set down the Redhawks in order to close out the Isotopes season on a winning note.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Ricky Nolasco 4.0 6 5 5 2 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 142 G, 598 AB, 85 R, 166 H, 25 2B, 13 3B, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 40 BB, 129 K, 21 SB, .278 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Albuquerque played their first playoff game in franchise history. The Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates in 2003) scored twice in the 8th inning to rally from a 5-4 defecit to defeat the Isotopes 6-5. Chad Allen homered and drove in four runs for Albuquerque.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins purchased the contract of P Paul Hoover from the Isotopes on Sunday. After today's game was completed, the Marlins recalled OF Reggie Abercrombie, OF Brett Carroll, P Ross Wolf and IF Robert Andino. . . . OF Reggie Abercrombie was named the PCL Hitter of the Week. Abercrombie became the second Isotope hitter in a row to win the weekly award (Joe Borchard last week) and the third Isotope hitter to win the award in 2007. Abercrombie hit .414 (12x29) during the award week with 4 homers and 7 RBI. . . . The Isotope and Redhawks split the final series of the season 2-2. In the season series, Oklahoma won 8 out of the 15 contests. All-time, Oklahoma leads the series 44-35. . . . Out of the five seasons of play, 2007 was the worst for Albuquerque attendance-wise. Albuquerque drew 563,686 fans for a per-game average of 8,053. The 2007 attendance was 19,153 fans shy of the franchise record and the two gates lost in 2007 appear to have cost Albuquerque a chance of establishing a new attendance record. The Isotopes have welcomed 2,880,307 fans to Isotopes Park. . . . Albuquerque played in front of 1,047,207 fans at home and on the road in 2007. The Isotopes have played in front of a more than a million fans each of the last three seasons. . . . Robert Andino did not start but later entered the game, making Andino the only Isotope to play in all 142 games in 2007. Because of the two cancellations in the schedule, Andino failed to tie or establish a new Isotopes record for games played in a season. . . . Some of the 2007 Isotopes had great seasons, inking their names into the Isotopes record books. Players establishing new Isotope single-season franchise records included Val Pascucci (34 homers and 67 walks), Scott Seabol (105 RBI and 100 runs scored), Reggie Abercrombie (41 stolen bases), Robert Andino (598 at-bats, 34 errors, 13 triples, and 166 hits), and Chris George (68 walks allowed). . . . Isotopes leading the league in 2007 were Robert Andino (142 games played, 598 at-bats, and 13 triples), Val Pascucci (34 homers), and Scott Seabol (290 total bases). . . . The Isotopes led the league in triples (60), homers (180), and team slugging percentage (.478). . . . Thanks to a record-setting month for the longball (August - 51 homers), Albuquerque ended 2007 with 180 homers, just three homers shy of tying a franchise record. . . . Several Isotopes had hitting streaks of five or more games when the season ended - Reggie Abercrombie (7), John Gall (5), and Scott Seabol (6). . . . The Isotopes are 2-3 in season finales. . . . Isotopes manager Dean Treanor is on the verge of a milestone. Today's victory was his 294th regular-season win in an Isotopes suit, so if Treanor returns to the helm in 2008, it should not take very long for Treanor to win his 300th game. . . . Dallas Braden of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) is the final PCL Pitcher of the Year award winner. Braden made a single start during the week, tossing a complete game shutout while striking out 17 batters. . . . Frank Kremblas of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) was named the 2007 PCL Manager of the Year. Kremblas skippered the Sounds to a 89-55 record and a division title in the PCL American Conference Northern Division by 10 games over the second place Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs).

Filed 09/03/2007

September 2, 2007 - Isotopes (71-70)
Regularly Scheduled Game

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 . 3 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 6 0
WP: Francisco Cruceta (3-0)
LP: Chris George (7-11)
SV: Franklyn German (7)
Home Runs:
OKL Kevin West (12) off Chris George in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:14  ATT: 12,228
Kevin West's two-run, 5th inning homer snapped a 1-1 tie and the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) held off the Isotopes 3-2 in the regularly scheduled game for Sunday, shortened to 7 innings due to the completion of a suspended game earlier in the day. With the defeat and the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) winning their game, Albuquerque was eliminated from playoff contention.
In the 1st inning, Freddy Guzman singled, advanced to second base on Tug Hulett's single, stole third base and scored on West's single to left field as the Redhawks led 1-0.
In the home half of the 1st inning, Reggie Abercrombie tripled to right-center field and scored on John Gall's double to left field as the Isotopes tied the game at 1-1.
In the 5th inning, Victor Diaz singled ahead of West's homer to left-center field as the Redhawks took a 3-1 lead.
Albuquerque scored their final run in the 6th inning. Vla Pascucci doubled off the right-center field wall, pinch-runner Eric Reed stole third base and scored on Josh Labandeira's sacrifice flyout to right field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 7-11) 5.0 7 3 3 1 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 141 G, 596 AB, 85 R, 166 H, 25 2B, 13 3B, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 40 BB, 128 K, 21 SB, .279 AVG
Brett Carroll: 88 G, 318 AB, 60 R, 100 H, 21 2B, 6 3B, 19 HR, 70 RBI, 18 BB, 69 K, 0 SB, .314 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Edgar Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs and the Isotopes overcame a four-run defecit in the 1st inning to defeat the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 11-6 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: In roster moves on Sunday, the Marlins recalled P Harvey Garcia, P Blake McGinley was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque, P Jimmy Serrano was transferred from Albuquerque to Carolina, and C Chris Ashby was activated off the disabled list. . . . Albuquerque has been in playoff contention heading into the final series of the season three times in their five years of play. Albuquerque clinched one division title on the final day of the 2003 season and was eliminated from playoff contention on the second to the last day of the season in 2005 and 2007. . . . Robert Andino went hitless to snap a 15-game hitting streak. Andino hit in 15 straight games twice this season, establishing the longest hitting streaks of the season for Albuquerque. . . . The crowd of 12,228 was the 27th largest regular-season crowd in Isotopes Park history. . . . Pitching probables for the series finale for both clubs are RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-2, 15.09) for the Isotopes and LHP Derek Lee (1-3, 3.51) for the Redhawks.

Filed 09/02/2007

September 2, 2007 - Isotopes (71-69)
Completion of Suspended Game

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 8 4 2 0 0 1 5 0 . 20 24 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 . 6 11 2
WP: Ezequiel Astacio (3-5)
LP: Nic Ungs (5-5)
Home Runs:
OKL Victor Diaz (11) off Nic Ungs in the 2nd inning
OKL Victor Diaz (12) off Blake McGinley in the 7th inning
OKL Victor Diaz (13) off Blake McGinley in the 8th inning
OKL Kevin Mahar (6) off Nic Ungs in the 2nd inning
OKL Nate Gold (26) off Jimmy Serrano in the 3rd inning
OKL Kevin West (11) off Jimmy Serrano in the 3rd inning

ALB Brett Carroll (18) off Eric Hurley in the 2nd inning
ALB Brett Carroll (19) off Eric Hurley in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:46  ATT: 9,209
In the completion of a suspended game from Saturday evening, Victor Diaz went 5x6 at the plate, homered three times and drove in 8 runs as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) crushed the Isotopes 20-6. With the loss, Albuquerque failed on an opportunity to move into a first place tie in the PCL American Conference Southern Division with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets), who had lost their game on Saturday evening.
Isotopes starter Nic Ungs could not get out of the second inning on Saturday evening. Kevin Mahar singled and took second base on a passed ball. Adam Fox grounded out, advancing Mahar to third base and Drew Meyer walked to put runners on the corners. Chris Stewart doubled to knock Mahar in and an out later, Tug Hulett singled to drive in Meyer and Stewart. Victor Diaz followed with a two-run homer to center field. Nate Gold singled and Kevin West reached on an error ahead of Mahar's three-run shot to left-center field as the Redhawks led 8-0.
In the home half of the 2nd inning, Joe Borchard walked, Scott Seabol doubled down the left field line, and Brett Carroll homered to left field as Albuquerque trailed 8-3.
Oklahoma added more runs to the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Gold homered with two outs and Freddy Guzman and Diaz on base. West followed with a solo homer as the Redhawks led 12-3.
In the 4th inning, Meyer reached on a fielder's choice, Stewart doubled down the left field line, and Hullett drove them both in with a double to center field to give Oklahoma a 14-3 lead.
Carroll homered almost to the same place as his first at-bat in the bottom of the 4th inning to make it a 10-run game at 14-4 just before the game was delayed due to lightning and eventually suspended due to the failure of some of the light banks.
The game resumed on Sunday afternoon in the top of the 5th inning with the first batter, Gold, at the plate. Oklahoma went scoreless in the 5th inning, and in the bottom half of the inning, Reggie Abercrombie singled, advanced to third base on John Gall's double, and scored on Joe Borchard's groundout.
Diaz homered in the 7th inning for his second homer of the game as Oklahoma led 15-5.
The Redhawks had their final run outburst in the 8th inning. With one out, Meyer singled, Stewart walked and Guzman singled to load the bases. Hulett singled to drive in Meyer and with the bases still loaded, Diaz grand-slam homered to right field.
Carroll doubled, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on John Baker's single in the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 1.2 8 8 5 1 0 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 140 G, 593 AB, 85 R, 166 H, 25 2B, 13 3B, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 39 BB, 127 K, 21 SB, .280 AVG
Brett Carroll: 87 G, 316 AB, 60 R, 100 H, 21 2B, 6 3B, 19 HR, 70 RBI, 17 BB, 67 K, 0 SB, .316 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins began their September 1st callups by recalling P Logan Kensing. The Marlins have been reported as stating they do not have plans to make many more moves before the Isotopes season ends since Albuquerque is in playoff contention. P Jimmy Serrano was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque to take Kensing's vacated roster spot. . . . Robert Andino extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tying the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season that Andino established earlier in the year. . . . Albuquerque tied a season high in runs allowed (20) and set season highs in hits allowed in a game (24), largest losing margin in a home game (14 runs), and homers allowed in a game (6). . . . Brett Carroll has homered at least twice in a game four times this season. . . . Victor Diaz became the fifth Isotopes opponent to homer three times in a game in franchise history.

Filed 09/02/2007

September 1, 2007 - Isotopes Suspended
Light Bank Outage

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 8 4 2 0 .
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 3 0 1 .
Home Runs:
OKL Victor Diaz (11) off Nic Ungs in the 2nd inning
OKL Kevin Mahar (6) off Nic Ungs in the 2nd inning
OKL Nate Gold (26) off Jimmy Serrano in the 3rd inning
OKL Kevin West (11) off Jimmy Serrano in the 3rd inning

ALB Brett Carroll (18) off Eric Hurley in the 2nd inning
ALB Brett Carroll (19) off Eric Hurley in the 4th inning

The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) and Isotopes were not playing baseball on Saturday evening. Instead, it was the Redhawks taking batting practice during a game. The Redhawks led 14-4 in the early stages of the 5th inning when lightning nearby caused the home plate umpre Casey Moser to clear the field and delay the game due to lightning. Rains came and more lightning struck, knocking out a few banks of lights and thus suspending the game. The game is scheduled to be resumed Sunday afternoon at 2:30 PM with the regularly scheduled game, shortened to seven innings, to follow.
Nic Ungs could not get out of the second inning. Kevin Mahar singled and took second base on a passed ball. Adam Fox grounded out, advancing Mahar to third base and Drew Meyer walked to put runners on the corners. Chris Stewart doubled to knock Mahar in and an out later, Tug Hulett singled to drive in Meyer and Stewart. Victor Diaz followed with a two-run homer to center field. Nate Gold singled and Kevin West reached on an error ahead of Mahar's three-run shot to left-center field as the Redhawks led 8-0.
In the home half of the 2nd inning, Joe Borchard walked, Scott Seabol doubled down the left field line, and Brett Carroll homered to left field as Albuquerque trailed 8-3.
Oklahoma added more runs to the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Gold homered with two outs and Freddy Guzman and Diaz on base. West followed with a solo homer as the Redhawks led 12-3.
In the 4th inning, Meyer reached on a fielder's choice, Stewart doubled down the left field line, and Hullett drove them both in with a double to center field to give Oklahoma a 14-3 lead.
Carroll homered almost to the same place as his first at-bat in the bottom of the 4th inning to make it a 10-run game at 14-4 just before the game was suspended.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 1.2 8 8 5 1 0 2
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins began their September 1st callups by recalling P Logan Kensing. The Marlins have been reported as stating they do not have plans to make many more moves before the Isotopes season ends since Albuquerque is in playoff contention. P Jimmy Serrano was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque to take Kensing's vacated roster spot. . . . Robert Andino extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tying the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season that Andino established earlier in the year. . . . The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) on Saturday evening, allowing the Isotopes to make up half a game in the standings. If Albuquerque goes on to lose this contest, the Isotopes will be one game back of the Zephyrs in the PCL American Conference Southern Division standings with two games to go. If Albuquerque can mount a franchise-record comeback, the Isotopes would be tied with the Zephyrs with two games left to play.

Filed 09/01/2007

August 31, 2007 - Isotopes (71-68)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 . 7 11 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 5 0 4 1 0 1 X . 12 13 0
WP: Wes Obermueller (4-1)
LP: Chris Baker (4-4)
Home Runs:
OKL Nate Gold (25) off Wes Obermueller in the 3rd inning

ALB Reggie Abercrombie (15) off Chris Baker in the 1st inning
ALB Reggie Abercrombie (16) off Dave Matranga in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:49  ATT: 6,545
In a must-win game, Albuquerque got off to a good start, coming up with 10 runs against Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) starter Chris Baker over the first five innings en route to a 12-7 victoryin the series opener. The Isotopes snapped a four-game losing streak and stayed in playoff contention. Oklahoma, meanwhile, was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.
In the 1st inning, Freddy Guzman drew a leadoff walk and stole second base. Tug Hulett walked and both runners executed a double steal before Nate Gold doubled to drive them in to give Oklahoma a 2-0 lead.
Reggie Abercrombie solo-homered in the 1st inning to cut the defecit in half.
Kevin Mahar doubled and scored on Guzman's single in the 2nd inning and Gold solo-homered in the 3rd inning as Oklahoma built a 4-1 lead.
In the home half of the 3rd inning, Robert Andino singled and advanced to third base on Abercrmbie's single. Abercrombie stole second base and John Gall walked to load the bases. Joe Borchard reached on a fielder's choice as Andino scored and Scott Seabol doubled to drive in Abercrombie and Borchard. Brett Carroll doubled and an out later, Paul Hoover doubled to drive in Seabol and Carroll to give Albuquerque a 6-4 lead.
Albuquerque added to their lead in the 5th inning. Borchard singled, Seabol walked, and Carroll was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Andrew Beattie singled to drive in Borchard and Seabol. Hoover sacrifice flied out to drive in Carroll. Beattie stole second base, advanced to third base on Eric Reed's flyout, and scored on Andino's double to give Albuquerque a 10-4 advantage.
Gall tripled and scored on Borchard's sacrifice flyout as Albuquerque added their 11th run of the game in the 6th inning.
After a scoreless 7th inning, Oklahoma scored a pair of runs in the 8th inning. Mahar walked, Drew Meyer walked and Guzman singled to drive in Mahar. Hulett then grounded out as Meyer scored.
Abercrombie hit his second solo-homer of the contest in the 8th inning to give Albuquerque a 12-6 lead, and Oklahoma scored the final run of the game in the 9th inning when Gold walked, advanced to third base on Guillermo Quiroz's double, and scored on Mahar's groundout.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Wes Obermueller (W, 4-1) 6.0 9 4 4 3 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 139 G, 588 AB, 85 R, 163 H, 25 2B, 13 3B, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 39 BB, 126 K, 21 SB, .277 AVG
Brett Carroll: 86 G, 312 AB, 57 R, 97 H, 20 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 66 RBI, 17 BB, 67 K, 0 SB, .311 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 4-1, 1 SV, 42 APP, 48 IP, 59 H, 33 ER, 23 BB, 45 K, 9 HR, 6.19 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Eric Reed inside-the-park homered and Tony Schrager followed with a homer the conventional way to give Albuquerque some insurance runs as the Isotopes held off the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 9-8 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque finished August with a 16-13 record - 10-7 at home and 6-6 on the road. The Isotopes swiped 34 bags and belted 51 homers and scored a monthly season-high 185 runs. . . . Wes Obermueller has won his last four pitching decisions. . . . Robert Andino hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Andino would tie his team season-high hitting streak with a hit tomorrow evening. . . . Oklahoma's Nate Gold was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Another PCL club has earned their playoff spot. The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) clinched the PCL Pacific Conference Southern Division and will face Northern Division winner Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in the Pacific Conference finals. The PCL American Conference Northern Division champion Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) are waiting to play either the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) or Isotopes - whoever ends up winning the American Conference Southern Division. . . . Arizona Fall League rosters were released earlier this week and featured some Isotopes and other Marlin prospects. Isotopes pitching coach Rich Gale was named pitching coach of the Peoria Seguaros, and the Marlins organization players joining the Seguaros are P Craig Molldrem (Class AA Carolina/Class AAA Albuquerque), P Ross Wolf (Albuquerque), P Scott Nestor (Carolina), C Brett Hayes (Carolina), IF Chris Coghlan (Class-A Jupiter) and OF Jai Miller (Carolina). . . . Catcher Geovany Soto of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) was named the 2007 PCL Most Valuable Player. . . . On Saturday evening, probables are RHP Nic Ungs (5-4, 4.65) for the Isotopes and RHP Eric Hurley (4-7, 4.67) for the Redhawks.

Filed 08/31/2007

August 30, 2007 - Isotopes (70-68)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 . 5 12 1
Round Rock Express 8 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 X . 13 15 0
WP: Philip Barzilla (9-7)
LP: Kenny Baugh (7-9)
TIME: 3:02  ATT: 8,977
Albuquerque continued to struggle in their fight for a division title. Isotopes starter Kenny Baugh was a batting practice pitcher to the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros), allowing all 13 Round Rock runs in his three innings of work as the Express defeated Albuquerque 13-5. Albuquerque was swept by the Express in the series, and the loss dropped Albuquerque into second place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division by a game with four games left in the season.
Baugh allowed 8 runs in the 1st inning. Tim Raines Jr. singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Brooks Conrad singled to drive in Raines Jr. and Cody Ransom drew a walk. Jason Lane singled to drive in Conrad and Danny Klassen singled to drive in Ransom. Mark Saccomanno reached on an error as Lane scored. J.R. Towles singled to drive in Klassen and Barry Wesson singled to load the bases. Express starter Philip Barzilla singled to drive in Saccomanno and Towles and Raines Jr. sacrifice flied out to plate Wesson for the final run of the inning.
Round Rock added five more runs to the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Wesson doubled, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and Raines Jr. drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Conrad doubled to drive in Wesson and Ransom was intentionally walked. Lane sacrifice flied out to bring home Raines Jr. and Klassen walked to load the bases. Saccomanno drew a walk as Conrad trotted home and Towles was hit by a pitch as Ransom came into to score. Wesson singled to drive in Klassen as the Express led 13-0.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Brett Carroll singled and Josh Labandeira walked. Pinch-hitter Val Pascucci singled to load the bases and Reggie Abercrombie singled to drive in Carroll and Labandeira. John Gall singled to drive in Pascucci as Albuquerque trailed 13-3.
Eric Reed singled in the 6th inning, advanced to third base on Robert Andino's single, and scored on Gall's single. In the 7th inning, Scott Seabol doubled, advanced to third base on Carroll's flyout, and scored on John Baker's groundout to conclude the scoring in the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (L, 7-9) 3.0 11 13 12 5 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 138 G, 583 AB, 84 R, 161 H, 24 2B, 13 3B, 13 HR, 49 RBI, 39 BB, 126 K, 21 SB, .276 AVG
Brett Carroll: 85 G, 309 AB, 55 R, 96 H, 19 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 66 RBI, 17 BB, 67 K, 0 SB, .311 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Tony Gwynn Jr. singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and came around to score on an error on the play as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) defeated the Isotopes 10-8 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Former University of New Mexico Lobo pitcher Jimmy Serrano's homecoming was rather short - Serrano was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina on Thursday, while P Brandon Villafuerte was transferred from Carolina to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque and Round Rock concluded their season series with Albuquerque winning 10 out of the 16 games (7-1 at Isotopes Park, 3-5 at Dell Diamond). Albuquerque leads the all-time series 25-23. . . . Albuquerque has been swept in a series twice in 2007. . . . Robert Andino singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . Kenny Baugh inked his name in the Isotope record books by allowing 12 earned runs in a start. . . . Andrew Beattie and Josh Labandeira are proving to be Albuquerque's most reliable relievers - yet they are both position players! With the game out of reach, Beattie made his third relief appearance of the season, allowing a hit and striking out one in an inning of work while keeping his season ERA a pristine 0.00. Labandeira made his second relief appearance of the season and struck out two batters in his inning of work, also keeping his season ERA at 0.00. . . . Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was named the 2007 PCL Pitcher of the Year. Dickey, playing for his hometown team, had a record of 12-6 with a 3.80 ERA at the time the award was announced. . . . Albuquerque returns home for their final homestand of the season, a four-game set against the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). A week ago, this series seemed like it would be the showdown for the division title. With both clubs having been swept in the four-game series that ended Thursday, the upcoming series has turned into each club hoping to avoid elimination from playoff contention and hoping that division front-runner New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) will lose enough games for the Isotopes or Redhawks to sneak by the Zephyrs to claim a division title. Probables in the opener are RHP Wes Obermueller (3-1, 4.40) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Baker (4-3, 5.63) for the Redhawks. The last time Oklahoma was at Isotopes Park, the Isotopes and Redhawks split the four-game series.

Filed 08/30/2007

August 29, 2007 - Isotopes (70-67)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 . 4 8 1
Round Rock Express 2 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 X . 7 14 1
WP: Brandon Backe (3-2)
LP: Ricky Nolasco (0-2)
SV: Jose Rodriguez (4)
Home Runs:
ALB Reggie Abercrombie (14) off Brandon Backe in the 6th inning

RR Jason Lane (9) off Erasmo Ramirez in the 6th inning

TIME: 3:01  ATT: 8,933
Round Rock is doing a good job of playing the role of spoiler after having recently been eliminated from playoff contention. After an hour and two minute rain delay to start the game, Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) pitcher Brandon Backe, in what appears to be his final rehabilitation assignment start, went 6 innings, allowed 3 runs and struck out 10 Isotopes in Round Rock's 7-4 victory over Albuquerque on Wednesday evening. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games to the Express and with the loss, the Isotopes moved into a first place tie in the PCL American Conference Southern Division with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets).
In the 1st inning, Brooks Conrad singled and stole second base. Jason Lane walked and Danny Klassen was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Tim Raines Jr. singled to drive in Conrad and Lane as Round Rock led 2-0.
Round Rock added to their lead in the 2nd inning when Josh Anderson singled and later scored on Conrad's triple.
The Express took a commanding 6-0 lead in the 4th inning. Anderson singled and scored on Conrad's single. Conrad advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Cody Ransom's double and Ransom scored on Lane's single.
In the 5th inning, Isotopes reliever Mauro Zarate doubled and scored on Robert Andino's single, and in the 6th inning, Eric Reed tripled and scored on Reggie Abercrombie's homer as Albuquerque cut the defecit in half at 6-3.
Jason Lane homered in the home half of the 6th inning as Round Rock scored their final run of the contest.
Albuquerque closed out their scoring in the game in the 8th inning when Abercrombie reached on an error and scored on Joe Borchard's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Ricky Nolasco (L, 0-2) 3.1 9 6 6 2 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 137 G, 578 AB, 84 R, 160 H, 24 2B, 13 3B, 13 HR, 49 RBI, 39 BB, 125 K, 21 SB, .277 AVG
Brett Carroll: 84 G, 305 AB, 54 R, 94 H, 19 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 66 RBI, 17 BB, 67 K, 0 SB, .308 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Albuquerque had a better result against the Express in a game played at Isotopes Park. Todd Sears ended up a single short of hitting for the cycle and Ariel Prieto dominated the E-train, allowing a run in 7 innings as Albuquerque won 11-1.
'TOPES NOTES: Robert Andino extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his RBI single. . . . Reggie Abercrombie has homered in two straight games. . . . Another PCL club has clinched a division. On Sunday evening, the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) clinched the PCL Pacific Conference Northern Division. Two PCL divisions (including Albuquerque's division) are still up for grabs with five games left in the season. . . . The Pacific Coast League has named Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) outfielder Wladimir Balentien as the 2007 PCL Rookie of the Year. As of the date of the naming of the award, Balentien was hitting .295 with 24 homers and 80 RBI. Other players receiving votes were Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) player Joe Koshansky, Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) player Terry Evans, and Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) player Yovani Gallardo. . . . Pitching probables for Albuquerque's final road game of the season on Thursday evening are RHP Kenny Baugh (7-8, 7.30) for the Isotopes and LHP Philip Barzilla (8-7, 4.56) for the Express.

Filed 08/29/2007

August 28, 2007 - Isotopes (70-66)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 4 10 0
Round Rock Express 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 X . 6 12 1
WP: Chris Sampson (1-0)
LP: Jimmy Serrano (1-1)
SV: Paul Estrada (8)
Home Runs:
ALB Reggie Abercrombie (13) off Paul Estrada in the 9th inning

RR Danny Klassen (8) off Harvey Garcia in the 7th inning

TIME: 3:03  ATT: 7,834
The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) scored three runs in the 7th inning to snap a 3-3 tie and held on to defeat the Isotopes 6-4 on Tuesday evening in Round Rock. With the loss and another factor, Albuquerque's magic number to clinch a division title remained at 6.
Reggie Abercrombie singled, stole second base and scored on an error in the 1st inning.
In the 2nd inning, Brett Carroll walked, Paul Hoover singled and Robert Andino tripled to drive them both in as the Isotopes built a 3-0 lead.
Consecutive singles by Jason Lane, Danny Klassen, and Mark Saccomanno brought home Lane with Round Rock's first run in the home half of the 2nd inning.
The Express tied the game with two out magic in the 3rd inning. Cody Ransom walked, stole second base, Lane walked and Klassen singled to drive in Ransom. Saccomanno's single drove in Lane to make it a 3-3 contest.
The game remained deadlocked until the 7th inning. Tim Raines Jr. singled, stole second base and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Ransom walked and Lane sacrifice flied out to bring home Raines Jr. Klassen followed with a homer to left field to give Round Rock a three-run lead at 6-3.
Abercrombie brought Albuquerque as close as they would get in the 9th inning with a solo homer to close out the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 2.2 7 3 3 2 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 136 G, 575 AB, 84 R, 159 H, 24 2B, 13 3B, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 38 BB, 124 K, 21 SB, .277 AVG
Brett Carroll: 83 G, 304 AB, 54 R, 94 H, 19 2b, 6 3B, 17 HR, 66 RBI, 17 BB, 67 K, 0 SB, .309 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 4-1, 1 SV, 41 APP, 47 IP, 59 H, 33 ER, 23 BB, 45 K, 9 HR, 6.32 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Isotopes pitching allowed 9 runs to the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in the 5th inning and Nashville went on to the defeat Albuquerque 12-4 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Heading into today's action, the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) were in second place in the division and the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) were in third place. The Zephyrs defeated the Redhawks in their contest against each other, flip-flopping New Orleans and Oklahoma in the division standings. If Oklahoma had remained in second place after tonight's game, Albuquerque's magic number would have been reduced to 5. With New Orleans in second place, a magic number recalculation shows the magic number remains 6. . . . Albuquerque has caught triple play fever! After not having turned the play in the first four years of the franchise, Albuquerque turned their second triple play of the season tonight. In the 1st inning with Tim Raines Jr. on third base and Brooks Conrad on first base, Isotopes pitcher Chris George caught Cody Ransom's liner, threw the ball to Scott Seabol at third base to double-off Raines Jr. and Seabol threw to John Gall at first base to triple off Conrad. . . . Robert Andino extended his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . The Pacific Coast League announced a forfeited game. A Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 7-6 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on August 18th was declared a forfeit since the Redbirds used an ineligible player. The Cardinals placed Kelly Stinnett on Major League Baseball's Restricted List on July 1st. On August 18th, the Cardinals submitted a transaction to activate him, but the transaction was not permitted by the PCL and MLB since a player cannot be removed from a restricted list after August 1st except under circumstances that did not apply in Stinnett's case. Stinnett appeared as a pinch-hitter in the August 18th Redbirds/Cubs contest and singled home a run. After the PCL's ruling on Tuesday, the Cubs were awarded a 9-0 victory as a result of the forfeit. . . . Albuquerque will try to snap their two-game losing streak on Wednesday evening. Pitching probables are RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 14.63) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Backe (2-2, 4.26) for the Express. Backe is making another rehabilitation assignment start for Round Rock as he works his way back to the Astros.

Filed 08/28/2007

August 27, 2007 - Isotopes (70-65)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 5 0
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 1 5 0
WP: Jose Rodriguez (4-4)
LP: Ross Wolf (4-3)
Home Runs:
RR Tim Raines Jr. (11) off Ross Wolf in the 10th inning
TIME: 2:25  ATT: 8,827
Isotopes starter Nic Ungs and Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) starter Chad Reineke dueled, each tossing 8 scoreless innings, but it was Tim Raines Jr.'s leadoff 10th inning walkoff homer off Isotopes reliever Ross Wolf that ended up being the only run scored in Round Rock's 1-0 victory.
All was not bad for Albuquerque with the loss. Second place Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) lost their contest this evening, so Albuquerque reduced their magic number for clinching the PCL American Conference Southern Division to 6.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 8.0 3 0 0 0 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 135 G, 570 AB, 84 R, 157 H, 24 2B, 12 3B, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 38 BB, 124 K, 21 SB, .275 AVG
Brett Carroll: 82 G, 301 AB, 53 R, 94 H, 19 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 66 RBI, 16 BB, 66 K, 0 SB, .312 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 4-1, 1 SV, 40 APP, 46.1 IP, 57 H, 32 ER, 23 BB, 45 K, 8 HR, 6.22 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Jeff Fulchino allowed a run in 6 innings and Mike Colangelo homered and drove in 3 runs in Albuquerque's 5-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Joe Borchard was named the PCL Hitter of the Week on Monday. Borchard ended the award week in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak and hit .520 (13x25) for the week with 4 homers and 14 RBI. Borchard became the second Isotopes hitter to win a league weekly award in 2007. . . . Borchard went hitless in tonight's contest, snapping his 12 game hitting streak. . . . Robert Andino takes over for the longest current hitting streak (10 games). . . . Albuquerque played their first 1-0 outcome game tonight. The last time Albuquerque played a 1-0 game, the Isotopes lost to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on July 7, 2006. Albuquerque played three 1-0 games in 2006, losing two of those three. . . . The Isotopes are 4-3 in extra inning games. . . . Albuquerque has been shut out six times in 2007. . . . By going homerless, the Isotopes snapped a 12 consecutive game homer streak. The streak of 12 games tied a franchise record. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Edinson Volquez of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). Volquez made two starts during the week and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (no earned runs in 13 innings). Volquez walked 5 and struck out 16 in those two starts. . . . Albuquerque will try to get back in the win column on Tuesday against the Express. Probables are LHP Chris George (7-10, 5.47) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Backe (2-2, 4.26) for the E-train.

Filed 08/27/2007

August 26, 2007 - Isotopes (70-64)

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 Redbirds 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 . 7 12 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 4 3 1 0 1 1 0 X . 1 13 2
WP: Wes Obermueller (3-1)
LP: Randy Keisler (8-10)
SV: Roy Corcoran (14)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (31) off Randy Keisler in the 3rd inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (13) off Randy Keisler in the 2nd inning
ALB Paul Hoover (4) off Randy Keisler in the 3rd inning
ALB Wes Obermueller (1) off Randy Keisler in the 4th inning
TIME: 2:59  ATT: 12,147
On Sunday evening at Isotopes Park, four Isotopes homered, providing 7 of the 10 runs scored in a 10-7 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in the series finale. Albuquerque extended their division lead over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) to 1.5 games and reduced their magic number to 7 games to clinch a division title.
In the 2nd inning, Scott Seabol singled, Brett Carroll walked, and Paul Hoover doubled to drive in Seabol. Andrew Beattie followed with a homer to left field as the Isotopes led 4-0.
Memphis tied the game in the 3rd inning. Redbirds starter Randy Keisler walked with one out and scored on Skip Schumaker's double. Miguel Cairo singled and Jarrett Hoffpauir lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Schumaker. Moe Mather doubled to drive in Cairo and Tagg Bozied singled to bring home Mather.
Albuquerque quickly reclaimed the lead in their half of the 3rd inning. John Gall walked and scored on Seabol's homer. An out later, Hoover homered to give Albuquerque a 7-4 lead.
In the 4th inning, Isotopes starter Wes Obermueller helped his cause with a solo homer and in the 6th inning, Eric Reed reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and third bases, and scored on an error during a pickoff attempt as Albuquerque led 9-4..
The Isotopes plated their final run in the 7th inning - Joe Borchard singled, advanced to second base on Seabol's single, and scored on Brett Carroll's double.
Memphis made the final score more respectable in the 8th inning. Consecutive singles by Edgar Gonzalez, Brian Barden, and Matt Pagnozzi brought home Gonzalez and Barden. Pagnozzi advanced to second base on an error and scored on Schumaker's double.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Wes Obermueller (W, 3-1) 5.0 7 4 4 4 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 134 G, 566 AB, 84 R, 155 H, 24 2B, 12 3B, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 38 BB, 123 K, 21 SB, .274 AVG
Brett Carroll: 81 G, 297 AB, 53 R, 93 H, 19 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 66 RBI, 16 BB, 66 K, 0 SB, .313 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Jeff Fulchino tossed 8 innings and grand-slam homered to help his cause as Albuquerque shutout the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 11-0 at Dell Diamond.
'TOPES NOTES: P Craig Molldrem was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina on Sunday. . . . There was a 35 minute rain delay during the contest. . . . Albuquerque has homered in their last 12 contests, tying a franchise mark for most consecutive games with a homer. . . . Albuquerque is a season-high six games above the .500 mark. . . . The Isotopes drew a franchise-record 48,656 for a series, done in the unusual five-game series configuration. The average per-game was 9,731. . . . Albuquerque won three out of the five games in the series. The Isotopes outslugged the Redbirds 46-42 in the series, a series where both teams combined for an average 17.6 runs per game. Albuquerque and Memphis also concluded their season series. At Isotopes Park, Albuquerque won six out of the nine games and at Autozone Park, Albuquerque won five out of the nine games played. All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 45-37. . . . Joe Borchard singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. . . . Wes Obermueller was the first Isotope pitcher to homer this season. Jeff Fulchino was the last Isotope to homer, belting a grand-slam homer at Dell Diamond in Round Rock on this date (August 26) in 2006. . . . The Isotopes reached the 70 win plateau for the fourth time in five seasons. Albuquerque would have to win all eight remaining games to tie a franchise record for wins in a season. . . . A weekend auction of Isotopes items raised $8,658 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Central New Mexico. Among some items auctioned off were an Isotopes jersey and cap autographed by Kevin Costner ($2,000), and special pink jerseys worn by Eric Reed ($450) and Reggie Abercrombie ($400). . . . On Sunday, the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) became the first PCL club to clinch a division title. Nashville clinched the PCL American Conference Northern Division crown and awaits the winner of the Southern Division, which could be the Isotopes if the Isotopes continue to play well. . . . Albuquerque starts their final roadtrip of the season on Monday evening, a short four-game series against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) at Dell Diamond. Pitching probables are RHP Nic Ungs (5-4, 5.01) for the Isotopes and the E-train have yet to announce a probable.

Filed 08/26/2007

August 25, 2007 - Isotopes (69-64)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 . 3 7 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 X . 9 16 2
WP: Kenny Baugh (7-8)
LP: Mike Smith (10-13)
Home Runs:
ALB Reggie Abercrombie (12) off Mike Smith in the 1st inning
ALB Joe Borchard (8) off Mike Smith in the 2nd inning
TIME: 3:18  ATT: 12,245
Great things happened in 3's for Albuquerque. The Isotopes scored 3 runs in 3 different innings and went on to defeat the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 9-3 on Saturday evening at "The Lab". With the victory, Albuquerque once again moved into sole possession of first place.
In the 1st inning, Robert Andino singled to lead off the game for Albuquerque and Reggie Abercrombie homered to left-center field. Two outs later in the inning, Brett Carroll doubled and scored on Andrew Beattie's triple as the Isotopes led 3-0.
In the 2nd inning, Isotopes starter Kenny Baugh singled, Abercrombie singled, and Joe Borchard homered to right field to build Albuquerque's lead to 6-0.
In the 4th inning, Memphis' Edgar Gonzalez and Danny Ardoin singled, Redbirds starter Mike Smith laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position, and Skip Schumaker singled to drive the both in.
Albuquerque tallied for more runs in their half of the 4th inning. Abercrombie doubled, Borchard was intentionally walked, and Abercrombie and Borchard executed a double steal. Carroll singled to drive in Abercrombie and Borchard. Beattie's single advanced Carroll to third base and Carroll scored on an error during a pickoff attempt to give Albuquerque a 9-2 lead.
Both teams failed to put any more runs on the scoreboard until the 9th inning. Schumaker and Miguel Cairo walked with one out, Jarrett Hoffpauir singled to load the bases, and Joe Mather's groundout brought home Schumaker with the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (W, 7-8) 5.0 6 2 2 3 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 133 G, 562 AB, 84 R, 154 H, 24 2B, 12 3B, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 37 BB, 121 K, 21 SB, .274 AVG
Brett Carroll: 80 G, 294 AB, 52 R, 92 H, 18 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 65 RBI, 15 BB, 66 K, 0 SB, .313 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 4-1, 1 SV, 39 APP, 45.1 IP, 56 H, 32 ER, 22 BB, 44 K, 8 HR, 6.35 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Gerald Williams three-run homered in the 10th inning as Albuquerque defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 5-2 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins signed P Byung-Hyun Kim to a major-league free-agent contract and optioned P Ross Wolf to Albuquerque. Wolf was 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in six appearances for the Fish. . . . Albuquerque took a half-game advantage over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in the PCL American Conference Southern Division with 9 games left to play. Oklahoma had split a doubleheader with the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) on Saturday. Albuquerque and Oklahoma should have an exciting series at Isotopes Park over the Labor Day Weekend to end the season if both clubs remain within four games of each other in the race for the division title. . . . Joe Borchard extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his two-hit night. Other Isotopes with long current hitting streaks include Robert Andino (8) and Josh Labandeira (7). . . . Albuquerque's pitching staff did not allow any extra base hits to the Redbirds in the game. . . . A pair of Isotopes came close to hitting for the cycle. Reggie Abercrombie was a double shy and Andrew Beattie was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The attendance of 12,245 was the 25th largest regular season crowd in Isotopes franchise history. . . . In the rubber match of the series on Sunday evening, the Isotopes are expected to send RHP Wes Obermueller (2-1, 4.13) to the mound. Memphis is expected to counter with LHP Randy Keisler (8-9, 4.38).

Filed 08/25/2007

August 24, 2007 - Isotopes (68-64)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 2 0 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 . 12 17 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 . 5 14 1
WP: Mike Parisi (8-11)
LP: Ricky Nolasco (0-1)
Home Runs:
MEM Joe Mather (11) off Ricky Nolasco in the 3rd inning
MEM Edgar Gonzalez (8) off Ricky Nolasco in the 4th inning

ALB Joe Borchard (6) off Mike Parisi in the 8th inning
ALB Joe Borchard (7) off Kelvin Jimenez in the 9th inning

TIME: 3:05  ATT: 9,422
Isotopes starter Ricky Nolasco dug himself into a big hole in the early innings of the game, allowing a three-run homer and a grand-slam homer and Albuquerque wasn't able to come back in a 12-5 loss to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). The Isotopes fell into a tie for first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division with the defeat.
Miguel Cairo singled for Memphis with one out in the 1st inning. Jarrett Hoffpauir ground-rule doubled and Joe Mather grounded out to bring home Cairo. Former-Isotope Edgar Gonzalez singled to drive in Hoffpauir as the Redbirds led 2-0.
Memphis put away the game in the 3rd inning. Skip Schumaker singled and stole second base. Cairo singled to drive in Schumaker and Hoffpauir singled ahead of Mather's three-run homer to center field. Gonzalez singled, stole second base and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Isotopes catcher Paul Hoover, and Gonzalez scored on Brian Barden's sacrifice flyout to right field as the Redbirds led 7-0.
Robert Andino singled, advanced to third base on an error during a pickoff attempt, and scored on Josh Labandeira's single as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
Gonzalez did big time damage to his former team in the 4th inning. Schumaker singled, Cairo and Mather were hit by pitches, and Gonzalez slugged a grand-slam homer to left-center field as Memphis built a 11-1 lead.
In the home half of the 4th inning, Val Pascucci doubled and scored on Brett Carroll's single as Albuquerque scored their second run of the game.
Cairo doubled and scored on Gonzalez's single in the 6th inning as Memphis extended their lead to 12-2.
The final two innings were all Joe Borchard, and unfortunately one person cannot bring a team back from a large defecit. Borchard solo-homered in the 8th inning and in the 9th inning, Borchard homered with John Gall on base.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Ricky Nolasco (L, 0-1) 3.2 9 9 8 0 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 132 G, 558 AB, 83 R, 153 H, 24 2B, 12 3B, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 36 BB, 120 K, 21 SB, .274 AVG
Brett Carroll: 79 G, 289 AB, 50 R, 90 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 63 RBI, 15 BB, 65 K, 0 SB, .311 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 4-1, 1 SV, 38 APP, 44.1 IP, 56 H, 32 ER, 22 BB, 43 K, 8 HR, 6.50 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: Albuquerque wasn't able play spoiler on this day in 2006. After being eliminated from playoff contention the day before, the Isotopes plated two runs in the 9th inning to tie the game at 3-3, but an error in the bottom of the 9th inning allowed the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) to defeat the Isotopes 4-3 and clinch the PCL American Conference Southern Division crown.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque drew 9,422 for the game and the season attendance mark exceeded 500,000 (501,447). The Isotopes have drawn a half-million fans or more since 2003, every season of play for the franchise. . . . The Redbirds and Isotopes seem intent on playing blowouts in the series. In three games out of the scheduled five-game series, the winner of each game has won by 7 or more runs. . . . Joe Borchard extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 3-hit effort. . . . Albuquerque grounded into a season-high four double plays in the game. . . . Edgar Gonzalez was the fifth opponent to grand-slam homer against the Isotopes in 2007. . . . Andrew Beattie pitched in a game for the second time this season. In tonight's outing, Beattie went 1 inning, allowing no runs and a hit. Beattie's 2007 ERA remains a perfect 0.00 in 2 innings pitched. Josh Labandeira is the only other Isotope position player to pitch in a game in 2007. . . . RHP Kenny Baugh (6-8, 7.51), the Isotopes starter in the opener of the series on Wednesday evening, is Saturday's probable starter for Albuquerque, while the Redbirds are expected to counter with RHP Mike Smith (10-12, 4.87).

Filed 08/24/2007

August 23, 2007 - Isotopes (68-63)

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 Redbirds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 4 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 . 10 11 0
WP: Chris George (7-10)
LP: Chris Lambert (1-4)
Home Runs:
ALB Val Pascucci (34) off Chris Lambert in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:26  ATT: 7,421
Revenge is sweet. After the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) abruptly brought Albuquerque's seven-game winning streak to an end with a lopsided 20-12 victory last night, the Isotopes got back in the win column with a one-sided 10-0 shutout of the Redbirds in a game shortened to 7 1/2 innings due to rain. The victory moves Albuquerque back into sole possession of first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division with 11 games left to play.
In the 3rd inning, Chris George ground-rule doubled, Eric Reed walked, and Reggie Abercrombie singled to load the bases. Joe Borchard doubled to clear the bases before scoring on Val Pascucci's team-leading 34th homer of the season.
Albuquerque put another five spot on the scoreboard in the 7th inning. Pinch-hitter Brett Carroll and Robert Andino singled and Reed bunt-singled to load the bases. Abercrombie reached on an error as Carroll and Andino scored and Borchard singled to drive in Reed and Abercrombie. Scott Seabol and Andrew Beattie walked to load the bases before Paul Hoover grounded into a double play as Borchard scored to give Albuquerque their final margin at 10-0.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (W, 7-10) 5.0 3 0 0 3 0 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 131 G, 555 AB, 82 R, 151 H, 24 2B, 12 3B, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 36 BB, 119 K, 21 SB, .272 AVG
Brett Carroll: 78 G, 285 AB, 50 R, 87 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 62 RBI, 15 BB, 64 K, 0 SB, .305 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Brooks Conrad homered twice and drove in four runs as the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) defeated the Isotopes 8-3 in Round Rock. The loss eliminated Albuquerque from playoff contention, the earliest date that has happened in Isotopes history.
'TOPES NOTES: The time of two rain delays in the bottom of the 5th inning and the bottom of the 8th inning was 2 hours, 34 minutes and that total exceeded the actual amount of game time (2 hours, 26 minutes). . . . Albuquerque's pitching staff has tossed three shutouts in 2007, all combined efforts. . . . The rain-shortened game was Albuquerque's first regular season one at home and second regular season one in franchise history. Albuquerque must enjoy the rain-shortened games as both regular season contests were won by the Isotopes with winning margins of 8 runs or more. . . . The 10 run winning margin was the largest for Albuquerque in 2007. . . . Joe Borchard extended his hitting streak to 9 games with his two-hit night. . . . After a couple seasons of winning Honorable Mention (runner-up), Isotopes groundskeeper Jarad Alley has won the PCL Sports Turf Manager of the Year for 2007. The award is based on 11 criterial, including overall playing surface, outfield/infield turf, condition of the pitcher's and bullpen mound, and professionalism of the grounds crew. Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) groundskeeper Chris Schlosser and Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) groundskeeper David Jacinto were both awarded Honorable Mention for 2007. . . . Pitching probables in Friday evening's contest are RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-0, 10.38) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Parisi (7-11, 5.31) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/23/2007

August 22, 2007 - Isotopes (67-63)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 6 0 2 2 3 3 0 4 0 . 20 23 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 7 . 12 14 5
WP: Blake Hawksworth (4-13)
LP: Kenny Baugh (6-8)
Home Runs:
MEM Nick Stavinoha (13) off Harvey Garcia in the 8th inning
MEM Joe Mather (10) off Jimmy Serrano in the 4th inning
MEM Jarrett Hoffpauir (4) off Kenny Baugh in the 1st inning
MEM Brian Barden (3) off Kenny Baugh in the 1st inning
MEM Danny Ardoin (2) off Jimmy Serrano in the 3rd inning

ALB Brett Carroll (17) off Troy Cate in the 8th inning
ALB Robert Andino (13) off Blake Hawksworth in the 3rd inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (12) off Troy Cate in the 9th inning
ALB Reggie Abercrombie (11) off Blake Hawksworth in the 3rd inning
ALB Joe Borchard (5) off Blake Hawksworth in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:33  ATT: 7,421
It was not a good sign when a position player who came into pitch an inning was the best pitcher the Isotopes had in the game. Coming into the game riding a seven-game winning streak, Albuquerque returned home to face the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) for five games and lost to the Redbirds in the slugfest-filled opener 20-12.
Memphis had a 6-0 lead before fans got settled into their seats in the 1st inning. Miguel Cairo walked and scored on Jarrett Hoffpauir's homer to left field. Joe Mather reached second base on an error and scored on Tagg Bozied's single. Nick Stavinoha singled and Brian Barden followed with a three-run homer.
Joe Borchard homered to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 1st inning.
Stavinoha walked and scored on Danny Ardoin's homer in the 3rd inning. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Robert Andino and Reggie Abercrombie went back-to-back with solo homers as the Redbirds led 8-3.
Skip Schumaker doubled and scored on Mather's homer in the 4th inning as the Redbirds hit double digits with a 10-3 lead.
Memphis tallied for more runs in the 5th inning. Ardoin singled and Redbirds starter Blake Hawksworth reached on an error. Schumaker singled to drive in Ardoin and an out later, Hoffpauir singled to drive in Hawksworth. Mather's double drove in Schumaker to give Memphis a 13-3 lead.
In the 6th inning, Stavinoha singled and the Isotopes got two outs before the Redbirds came up with some two out magic to put more runs on the scoreboard. Pinch-hitter Travis Hanson singled and Schumaker reached on an error as Stavinoha scored. Miguel Cairo singled to drive in Hanson and Hoffpauir singled to bring home Schumaker.
Andino tripled and scored on Borchard's sacrifice flyout in the 7th inning as Albuquerque got on the scoreboard for the first time since the 3rd inning.
Memphis closed out their scoring in the 8th inning. Schumaker singled and two outs later, Mather singled and Bozied singled to drive in Schumaker. Stavinoha followed with a three-run homerd to make it a 20-4 Memphis.
Brett Carroll solo-homered for Albuquerque in the 8th inning, and in the 9th inning, Borchard singled, Val Pascucci reached on an error, and Paul Hoover singled to drive in Borchard and Pascucci. Carroll walked and Andrew Beattie followed with a three-run homer. John Baker singled, Andino reached on an error, and Abercrombie tripled to drive in Baker and Andino for the final runs of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (L, 6-8) 1.0 4 6 5 1 0 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 130 G, 551 AB, 81 R, 149 H, 24 2B, 12 3B, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 36 BB, 118 K, 21 SB, .270 AVG
Brett Carroll: 77 G, 284 AB, 49 R, 86 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 62 RBI, 15 BB, 64 K, 0 SB, .303 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 4-1, 1 SV, 37 APP, 43.1 IP, 55 H, 32 ER, 21 BB, 42 K, 8 HR, 6.65 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Drew Niles doubled with the bases loaded to clear them to snap a 2-2 tie in the 8th inning and Albuquerque won 5-2 over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) in Round Rock.
'TOPES NOTES: P Carlos Martinez was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina on Wednesday. . . . Albuquerque is in a first place tie in the division with the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) with 12 games left to play, including four games with the Redhawks at Isotopes Park to close out the season. . . . Josh Labandeira pitched the final inning of the ballgame for Albuquerque. Other than hitting a batter and allowing a single, Labandeira tossed a scoreless inning and walked and struck out none. The best Isotopes pitcher that wasn't a position player was Craig Molldrem, who allowed three runs (although none were earned). . . . The 32 runs set an Isotopes franchise record for most runs combined by both clubs in a game. . . . Reggie Abercrombie was a double shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Memphis' Joe Mather and Nick Stavinoha were both a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Scott Seabol went hitless to snap a 7-game hitting streak. Joe Borchard hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Albuquerque hopes to hang onto first place on Thursday evening against the Redbirds. Pitching probables are LHP Chris George (6-10, 5.68) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Lambert (1-3, 7.95) for Memphis.

Filed 08/22/2007

August 21, 2007 - Isotopes DH Game 2 (67-62)

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

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 . 8 10 0
Omaha Royals 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 . 6 5 1
WP: Mauro Zarate (2-0)
LP: John Thomson (0-1)
SV: Erasmo Ramirez (3)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (30) off John Thomson in the 1st inning

OMA Angel Berroa (8) off Wes Obermueller in the 1st inning
OMA Craig Brazell (30) off Wes Obermueller in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:26  ATT: 3,123
Scott Seabol grand-slam homered in the 1st inning and the Isotopes held off the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 8-6 to sweep the doubleheader. Albuquerque is riding a season-high seven game winning streak and is a season-best 5 games above the .500 mark.
In that 1st inning, Robert Andino and Reggie Abercrombie singled, executed a double-steal, Val Pascucci was hit by a pitch, and Seabol followed with his grand slam to left field.
Omaha got solo homers from Angel Berroa and Craig Brazell in the home half of the 1st inning to cut the defecit in half at 4-2.
In the 2nd inning, Andino, Abercrombie, and Joe Borchard singled, with Borchard's single driving in Andino. Val Pascucci grounded into a double play to bring Abercrombie home to extend Albuquerque's lead to 6-2.
Albuquerque increased the lead to 8-2 in the 4th inning. Eric Reed bunt singled and stole second base. Reed advanced to third base on Andino's groundout and cored on Abercrombie's single. Pascucci doubled to drive in Abercrombie.
Omaha made their final rally of the game in the 5th inning. Mitch Maier led off the inning with a walk and former-Isotope Derek Wathan followed with a walk. Richard Lewis singled to load the bases and Shane Costa walked to bring Maier home. Berroa doubled to drive in Wathan and Lewis and Costa scored on Justin Huber's groundout.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Wes Obermueller 4.0 3 6 6 3 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 129 G, 545 AB, 78 R, 147 H, 24 2B, 11 3B, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 36 BB, 117 K, 21 SB, .270 AVG
Brett Carroll: 76 G, 281 AB, 47 R, 85 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 13 BB, 63 K, 0 SB, .302 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Zach Jackson and three Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) relievers combined on a 10-0 shutout of the Isotopes at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville.
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transaction news, the Marlins recalled P Ricky Nolasco from his rehabiliation assignment and then optioned Nolasco to Albuquerque. P Christopher Young was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina. . . . Albuquerque and Omaha concluded their season series today. Albuquerque won 11 out of the 16 contests between the two clubs in 2007. All-time, Albuquerque holds a 49-31 series lead and will play Omaha in 2008 with an eight-game winning streak against the Royals. . . . The Isotopes have swept three series in 2007. . . . Scott Seabol became the first Isotope in franchise history to knock in 100 runs in a season when his RBI total reached exactly 100 with his grand-slam homer. . . . Albuquerque swept a doubleheader for the first time since August 10, 2004 (Fresno Grizzlies - AAA Giants) at Isotopes Park. In 2007 doubleheaders, Albuquerque has split twice, been swept once, and swept a doubleheader once. . . . Joe Borchard singled and Scott Seabol homered to extend their hitting streaks to 7 games. . . . Laynce Nix of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Nix hit .550 (11x20) for the week with 5 homers and 12 RBI. Sun-Woo Kim of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Kim made two starts, went 2-0 and tossed a complete game during the award period. In 14 2/3 innings, Kim allowed 3 earned runs, walked 3 and struck out 10. . . . Albuquerque returns home for a five-game homestand against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). Probables in the opener are RHP Kenny Baugh (6-7, 7.08) for the Isotopes and RHP Blake Hawksworth (3-13, 5.27) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/21/2007

August 21, 2007 - Isotopes DH Game 1 (66-62)

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 . 5 6 1
Omaha Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 4 0
WP: Roy Corcoran (4-4)
LP: Thad Markray (5-7)
Home Runs:
ALB Val Pascucci (33) off Brandon Duckworth in the 2nd inning
ALB Robert Andino (12) off Thad Markray in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:11 
Robert Andino's three-run homer in the 8th inning secured Albuquerque's 5-1 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in the first game of a doubleheader.
Val Pascucci solo-homered in the 2nd inning as Albuquerque led 1-0.
The Isotopes held onto the slimmest of leads until the 7th inning. Craig Brazell doubled to lead off the inning. Former-Isotope Derek Wathan entered the game as a pinch-runner for Brazell and Justin Huber was hit by a pitch. Mitch Maier laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position and Paul Phillips was intentionally walked. An out later, Fernando Cortez reached on an error as Wathan scored to tie the game at 1-1.
Albuquerque wasted no time in the extra frame to win the game. In the 8th inning, Pascucci singled and was lifted in favor of pinch-runner Reggie Abercrombie. Abercrombie swiped second base and scored on Brett Carroll's single to give Albuquerque the lead. John Baker drew a walk and Andino followed with a three-run shot.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 5.2 2 0 0 2 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 128 G, 541 AB, 76 R, 145 H, 24 2B, 11 3B, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 36 BB, 117 K, 20 SB, .268 AVG
Brett Carroll: 75 G, 277 AB, 47 R, 85 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 13 BB, 62 K, 0 SB, .307 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Val Pascucci's homer was his 33rd of the season, establishing a new Isotopes franchise record for most homers in a season. Robert Stratton previously held the record with 32 homers in 2003. . . . Reggie Abercrombie also inked his name in the record books. With his 34th stolen base of the year, Abercrombie moved past Wilson Valdez's mark of 33 stolen bases in 2003. . . . The Isotopes are in the midst of a season-best winning streak and are tied at their season best high-water mark (4 games above the .500 mark). . . . Albuquerque is 4-2 in extra inning contests. . . . Joe Borchard and Scott Seabol each singled to extend their hitting streaks to 6 games.

Filed 08/21/2007

August 20, 2007 - Isotopes Ppd. Rain

The third game of the Isotopes / Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) series was postponed due to rain at Rosenblatt Stadium. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday morning.
Albuquerque has had games postponed due to rain four times this season and cancelled due to rain twice this season. With the rainout tonight and the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) losing their game, the Isotopes moved into sole possession of first place by a half-game.
Pitching probables are RHP Kenny Baugh (6-7, 7.08) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Duckworth (0-1, 22.50) for the Royals in Game 1 and RHP Wes Obermueller (2-1, 3.35) and RHP John Thomson (0-0, -.--) for the Lil' Kings in Game 2.
Filed 08/20/2007

August 19, 2007 - Isotopes (65-62)

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

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 3 . 11 13 2
Omaha Royals 0 1 0 2 3 0 0 1 1 . 8 10 3
WP: Jimmy Serrano (1-0)
LP: Roberto Giron (1-5)
Home Runs:
ALB Val Pascucci (32) off Roberto Giron in the 6th inning
ALB Val Pascucci (32) off Nate Hoelscher in the 9th inning
ALB Scott Seabol (29) off Nate Hoelscher in the 9th inning
ALB Joe Borchard (3) off Paul Mildren in the 3rd inning
ALB Joe Borchard (4) off Roberto Giron in the 7th inning

OMA Justin Huber (15) off Ricky Nolasco in the 4th inning
OMA Mitch Maier (10) off Ricky Nolasco in the 2nd inning
OMA Shane Costa (4) off Ricky Nolasco in the 5th inning
OMA Shane Costa (5) off Harvey Garcia in the 9th inning
OMA Chris Lubanski (4) off Ricky Nolasco in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:53  ATT: 4,057
On Sunday afternoon, the Isotopes and Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) combined to knock 10 homers out of Rosenblatt Stadium. Albuquerque stayed red hot with their fifth straight win, outslugging the Royals 11-8 and moved into a tie for first place in the division with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets).
Val Pascucci singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch in the 2nd inning. Andrew Beattie walked and Josh Labandeira doubled to bring them both in to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.
Mitch Maier launched the first homer of the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning as the Royals got on the scoreboard.
Eric Reed singled and scored on Joe Borchard's homer in the 3rd inning as Albuquerque extended the lead to 4-1.
Craig Brazell singled and scored on Justin Huber's homer in the 4th inning as the Royals closed to within a run at 4-3.
Omaha claimed the lead in the 5th inning. Matt Tupman reached on an error and Chris Lubanski homered. An out later, Shane Costa launched a homer to give Omaha a 6-4 lead.
Val Pascucci homered in the 6th inning to cut the defecit to a run at 6-5 and the Isotopes took the lead in the 7th inning. Robert Andino singled, John Gall walked, and Borchard homered to put the Isotopes on top at 8-6.
Mike Aviles doubled and later scored on Maier's double in the 8th inning as the Royals trailed by a run at 8-7 going into the 9th inning.
Albuquerque scored much needed runs in the 9th inning. Gall reached on an error and scored on Seabol's homer and Pascucci followed with a homer to give Albuquerque a 11-7 lead.
Costa solo-homered with two outs in the 9th inning to tally Omaha's final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Ricky Nolasco 4.1 5 6 5 0 4 4
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 127 G, 537 AB, 75 R, 144 H, 24 2B, 11 3B, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 36 BB, 116 K, 20 SB, .268 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 4-1, 1 SV, 36 APP, 42.1 IP, 51 H, 28 ER, 20 BB, 41 K, 7 HR, 5.95 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, the Isotopes and Royals also played at Rosenblatt Stadium. Albuquerque scored five times in the 8th inning to erase a 4-0 defecit and defeated the Royals 5-4.
'TOPES NOTES: A familiar face joined the Isotopes on Sunday. P Jimmy Serrano was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. Serrano is enjoying a homecoming with the Isotopes since he pitched for the University of New Mexico Lobos while in college. . . . Albuquerque is first place in the division for the first time since the completion of the first game of a doubleheader on July 22nd. Albuquerque fell out of first place after the second game was completed. . . . The PCL American Conference Southern Division race should be very interesting. With 15 games left to play, the Isotopes and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) are tied for the division lead with the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) a game behind. Oklahoma has a chance to play spoiler or even grab the crown - the Redhawks play the final four games of the season against Albuquerque at Isotopes Park and the Redhawks have six games left against the Zephyrs. . . . Paul Mildren was thrust into the starting pitcher role for Omaha on Sunday. Against his former teammates, Mildren went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs and 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4. . . . Ricky Nolasco became the third pitcher to make a rehabilitation assignment start with the Isotopes in franchise history. A rehabilitation assignment appearance is still uncommon for Albuquerque - Nolasco makes the sixth Marlins player to rehab in Albuquerque and the second in 2007 (Jeremy Hermida). . . . Val Pascucci's multi-homer game gave him 32 homers, tying him for the single-season Isotopes franchise record with Robert Stratton (2003). . . . Andrew Beattie went homerless, snapping a four-game homer streak. . . . Albuquerque has homered 12 times in their last two games, and the Royals and Isotopes have combined for 18 homers in those two contests. . . . Probables for Monday's contest are RHP Kenny Baugh (6-7, 7.08) for Albuquerque and RHP Brandon Duckworth (0-1, 22.50) for the Lil' Kings.

Filed 08/19/2007

August 18, 2007 - Isotopes (64-62)

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

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 3 . 11 14 1
Omaha Royals 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 . 4 7 0
WP: Chris George (6-10)
LP: Matt Wright (9-4)
Home Runs:
ALB Robert Andino (11) off Matt Wright in the 1st inning
ALB Brett Carroll (16) off Matt Wright in the 2nd inning
ALB Val Pascucci (30) off Greg Atencio in the 9th inning
ALB John Gall (13) off Matt Wright in the 3rd inning
ALB John Baker (8) off Matt Wright in the 3rd inning
ALB Scott Seabol (28) off Matt Wright in the 6th inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (11) off Matt Wright in the 4th inning

OMA Ryan Shealy (6) off Chris George in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:41  ATT: 4,910
Robert Andino led off the game with a homer, setting the tone as Albuquerque took batting practice against Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) pitching. The Isotopes belted a franchise record-tying seven homers to score 10 of their 11 runs in a 11-4 victory in the series opener at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. Albuquerque has won four straight games.
Andino homered in the 1st inning and Brett Carroll in the 2nd inning as Albuquerque led 2-0.
Mitch Maier walked and later scored on Fernando Cortez's groundout in the 2nd inning as Omaha got on the scoreboard.
In the 3rd inning, John Baker homered to lead off the inning. Reggie Abercrombie reached on a fielder's choice and scored on John Gall's homer.
Val Pascucci singled and scored on Andrew Beattie's homer in the 4th inning as Albuquerque led 7-1.
Scott Seabol solo-homered in the 6th inning to increase Albuquerque's lead to 8-1.
Omaha scored their next runs in the 7th inning. Ryan Shealy, on a rehabilitation assignment with the Royals, solo-homered to lead off the inning. Paul Phillips followed with a double and scored later in the inning on a groundout as Omaha trailed 8-3.
Doubles by Craig Brazell and Mitch Maier brought home another run as Omaha cut the defecit in half at 8-4 in the 8th inning.
Albuquerque plated the final runs of the game in the 9th inning. Abercrombie doubled, stole third base and Gall walked. Seabol's groundout brought Abercrombie home and Pascucci two-run homered.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (W, 6-10) 6.2 5 3 3 4 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 126 G, 532 AB, 74 R, 142 H, 23 2B, 11 3B, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 36 BB, 115 K, 19 SB, .267 AVG
Brett Carroll: 74 G, 274 AB, 46 R, 84 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 16 HR, 60 RBI, 13 BB, 61 K, 0 SB, .307 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Isotopes and Royals also played in Omaha. An error and a wild pitch allowed the tying and go-ahead runs for Albuquerque to score in the 8th inning and Albuquerque added two crucial insurance runs in the 9th inning and held off a Royals rally in the bottom of the 9th inning to win 12-11.
'TOPES NOTES: The Kansas City Royals claimed P Paul Mildren off the waiver wire and assigned him to Class-AAA Omaha. Mildren will work out of the bullpen so Mildren has a good chance to face his former teammates in the series. P Christopher Young was activated from the disabled list. . . . The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) lost their game this evening, so Albuquerque moves to a half-game behind the Zephyrs in the division race. . . . Andrew Beattie homered in his fourth straight game. . . . Chris George's victory snapped a streak of five losing decisions. . . . Robert Andino is now alone at the top in the Isotope record books for hits in a season. Andino had a pair of hits in the game and has 142 on the season. Andino also leadoff homered for the fourth time this season. . . . Scott Seabol knocked in his 94th run tonight, establishing an Isotopes franchise record for most RBI in a season, eclipsing the mark of 93 set by Matt Padgett in 2004. . . . Reggie Abercrombie tied an Isotopes franchise record when he swiped his 33rd base of the season (Wilson Valdez, 2003). . . . Abercrombie and Joe Borchard were the only Isotope starters left out of the homer-fest. . . . Ten of Albuquerque's 14 hits went for extra bases. . . . Val Pascucci was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque continues their series with the Royals on Sunday. A rarity will occur on Sunday - a Marlin making a rehabilitation assignment appearance with Albuquerque. RHP Ricky Nolasco, recovering from right elbow inflammation since late May, will be making a rehabiliation assignment start for Albuquerque on Sunday. Expected to oppose Nolasco is Omaha's RHP Billy Buckner (9-7, 3.82).

Filed 08/18/2007

August 17, 2007 - Isotopes (63-62)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 . 7 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 X . 8 11 0
WP: Nic Ungs (5-4)
LP: Brandon Backe (1-2)
SV: Roy Corcoran (13)
Home Runs:
RR Cody Ransom (27) off Nic Ungs in the 4th inning
RR Cody Ransom (28) off Nic Ungs in the 6th inning

ALB Brett Carroll (15) off Brandon Backe in the 2nd inning
Andrew Beattie (10) off Brandon Backe in the 3rd inning
Joe Borchard (2) off Brandon Backe in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:42  ATT: 10,168
Major leaguer Brandon Backe, on a rehabilitation assignment with the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) after undergoing ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow almost a year ago, was blasted by the Isotopes for 7 runs in 4 1/3 innings and Albuquerque just held off Round Rock's attempts at working their way back into the game as the Isotopes defeated the Express 8-7 in the series finale at "The Lab".
In the 1st inning, Round Rock's Josh Anderson walked to lead off the game, stole second base and scored on Brooks Conrad's double to right field. Tim Raines Jr. bunt singled as Conrad advanced to third base and Danny Klassen sacrifice flied out to bring Conrad home to give the Express a 2-0 lead.
Albuquerque powered their way to a lead in the 2nd inning. Joe Borchard led off the inning with a homer to center field. After Scott Seabol doubled on a bounce off the right field wall, Brett Carroll powered one out to center field to give Albuquerque the 3-2 advantage.
Albuquerque created some breathing room in the 3rd inning in grand style. Eric Reed walked, John Gall singled into left field, and Borchard grounded out, advancing both runners. Seabol was intentionally walked, loading the bases for Andrew Beattie, who cleared them with a homer that just cleared the left-center field wall.
Round Rock started chipping away at the defecit in the 4th inning when Cody Ransom homered to left-center field to lead off the inning.
In the 5th inning, Anderson bunt singled and scored on Conrad's double into the right field corner.
Conrad blasted his second homer of the game in the 6th inning as Round Rock trailed by two runs at 7-5.
In the home half of the 6th inning, Albuquerque scored what ended up being a very important run. John Baker singled to center to lead off the inning, advanced to third base on pinch-hitter Reggie Abercrombie's double to left field, and scored on Reed's sacrifice flyout to left field.
In the 7th inning, Anderson singled to center field, stole second base, Conrad walked, and Raines Jr. laid down a sacrifice bunt. Klassen sacrifice flied for the second time in the game to bring home Anderson and cut Albuquerque's lead to two runs at 8-6.
Round Rock made their final push to tie the game in the 9th inning off Isotopes closer Roy Corcoran. Corcoran allowed a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Jesse Garcia and Anderson followed with a double into the left field corner to bring home Garcia. Anderson overran second base on the play and was tagged out in a rundown for the first out. With the bases empty due to the blunder instead of the game tying-run in scoring position, Conrad flew out to center field and Raines Jr. struck out to end the threat and the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (W, 5-4) 6.0 8 5 5 2 3 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 125 G, 527 AB, 73 R, 140 H, 23 2B, 11 3B, 10 HR, 41 RBI, 36 BB, 113 K, 19 SB, .266 AVG
Brett Carroll: 73 G, 269 AB, 45 R, 83 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 15 HR, 59 RBI, 13 BB, 60 K, 0 SB, .309 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 4-1, 1 SV, 35 APP, 41.1 IP, 50 H, 27 ER, 20 BB, 41 K, 6 HR, 5.88 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 Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 5-4 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: With Albuquerque's victory and another New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) loss on Friday, the Isotopes moved to 1.5 games back of the Zephyrs with 17 games remaining in the season. . . . The Isotopes took three out of the four games in the just-completed series with the Express and seven out of the eight games played at Isotopes Park in 2007. 30,080 fans attended the four games for a per-game average of 7,520. Albuquerque and Round Rock finish up the season series later in August. . . . Robert Andino established an Isotopes franchise record for at-bats in a season with his 527th at-bat. in the 8th inning. Andino went hitless and remains tied for the franchise record for hits in a season with 140 (Jason Wood, 2003). . . . Andrew Beattie has homered in his last three contests. Beattie's grand-slam homer was the second Isotope grand-slam homer of 2007. . . . Albuquerque hits the road for a quick four-game series against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) at Rosenblatt Stadium. Probables for the opener are LHP Chris George (5-10, 5.78) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Wright (9-3, 3.69) for the Lil' Kings.

Filed 08/17/2007

August 16, 2007 - Isotopes (62-62)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -2.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 5 10 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 6 1 0 0 3 0 X . 11 13 1
WP: Wes Obermueller (2-1)
LP: Chan Ho Park (6-12)
Home Runs:
RR Barry Wesson (3) off Wes Obermueller in the 2nd inning

ALB Robert Andino (10) off Chan Ho Park in the 4th inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (9) off Chan Ho Park in the 3rd inning
ALB Paul Hoover (3) off Chan Ho Park in the 3rd inning

TIME: 2:35  ATT: 5,712
Albuquerque tallied for six runs in the 3rd inning to turn a 5-1 defecit into a 7-5 lead and Albuquerque added a few more runs the rest of the game to defeat the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 11-5.
Reggie Abercrombie manufactured Albuquerque's first run of the game in the 1st inning. Abercrombie was hit by a pitch, stole second and third bases, and scored on Val Pascucci's single.
Round Rock took the lead in an instant in the 2nd inning. After Mark Saccomanno singled and J.R. Towles walked with two outs, Barry Wesson homered to left field.
The Express extended the lead to 5-1 in the 3rd inning. Brooks Conrad doubled, Tim Raines Jr. singled and Raines Jr. stole second base to get into scoring position. Two outs later, Saccomanno singled to drive in Conrad and Brooks.
In the home half of the 3rd inning, Abercrombie reached on a two base error. John Gall singled to drive in Abercrombie and Gall advanced to second base on Joe Borchard's single and scored on Scott Seabol's single. Andrew Beattie homered to right field to give Albuquerque a 6-5 lead and Paul Hoover followed with a solo-homer to extend the lead to 7-5.
Robert Andino homered to give Albuquerque a 8-5 lead in the 4th inning.
The Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game in the 7th inning. Gall singled, Pascucci walked, and Borchard singled to drive in Gall. Seabol singled to drive in Pascucci and Beattie grounded into a double play with Borchard racing home with the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Wes Obermueller (W, 2-1) 6.0 9 5 5 2 8 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 124 G, 523 AB, 73 R, 140 H, 23 2B, 11 3B, 10 HR, 41 RBI, 35 BB, 113 K, 19 SB, .268 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Nic Ungs tossed a rain-shortened complete game. Ungs went 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and a run (unearned) while Nick Trzesniak three-run homered and Edgar Gonzalez solo-homered in Albuquerque 9-1 victory in 6 1/2 innings over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in Omaha.
'TOPES NOTES: The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) lost their contest this evening, so Albuquerque closed to within 2 1/2 games of the Zephyrs in the fight for a division title with 18 games left to play. . . . Playing in every game so far in 2007 seems to have its advantages for establishing franchise records. Robert Andino tied a single-season franchise record with his 140th hit of the season and should crush the old mark considering Andino could play in up to 18 more games in 2007. Jason Wood had 140 hits during the 2003 campaign. Andino could establish a new Isotopes single-season record for at-bats tomorrow night (with 3 at-bats to tie and 4 to break), but Andino will not tie or set the single season games played record since the Isotopes have lost two games to the schedule so far this season. . . . Every Isotope starter except for Reggie Abercrombie had a hit in the game. . . . Abercrombie has stole a pair of bases in the same inning four times this season. With the pair of swipes tonight, Abercrombie is one away from tying a single-season Isotope stolen base record. . . . Andrew Beattie has homered in back to back games. . . . Albuquerque concludes the series with the Express (and their quick homestand) on Friday evening. Pitching probables are RHP Nic Ungs (4-4, 5.16) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Backe (1-1, 2.08) for the Express.

Filed 08/16/2007

August 15, 2007 - Isotopes (61-62)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -3.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 . 7 12 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 X . 9 16 0
WP: Harvey Garcia (4-1)
LP: Chance Douglass (0-5)
SV: Roy Corcoran (12)
Home Runs:
RR Cody Ransom (26) off Kenny Baugh in the 4th inning
RR Danny Klassen (7) off Kenny Baugh in the 4th inning

ALB Andrew Beattie (8) off Chad Reineke in the 3rd inning
ALB Joe Borchard (1) off Jose Rodriguez in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:04  ATT: 7,236
Despite blowing the largest in-game lead of the season, the Isotopes were able to score a couple runs in the later innings of the game to defeat the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 9-7. Albuquerque's victory snapped a three-game losing streak.
Josh Anderson tripled and scored on Brooks Conrad's groundout in the 1st inning as Round Rock quickly took a 1-0 lead.
Albuquerque tied the game in their half of the 1st inning - Robert Andino singled, stole second base, advanced to third base on Reggie Abercrombie's flyout, and scored on Joe Borchard's single.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 2nd inning. Andrew Beattie ground rule doubled and stole third base. Josh Labandeira walked to put runners on the corners and Kenny Baugh reached on an error as Beattie scored. Andino singled to drive in Labandeira and Abercrombie singled to drive in Baugh. Borchard's double drove in Andino for the final run of the inning as the Isotopes led 5-1.
Brett Carroll reached on an error and scored on Beatie's homer in the 3rd inning as Albuquerque built the advantage to 7-1.
Round Rock started chipping away at the defecit in the 4th inning. Tim Raines Jr. singled, stole third base and came home to score on Danny Klassen's homer. Cody Ransom followed with a solo-homer to left field as the Express trailed 7-4.
In the 5th inning, Conrad tripled and scored on Raines Jr.'s single. Klassen singled and Ransom doubled to drive in Raines Jr. Mark Saccomanno's sacrifice flyout drove in Klassen as the Express tied the game at 7-7.
Albuquerque regained the lead for good in the 7th inning. Carroll singled, advanced to third base on John Baker's single, and scored on Labandeira's ground rule double.
Borchard solo-homered in the 8th inning to provide an insurance run for Albuquerque.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh 4.0 8 6 6 1 7 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 123 G, 518 AB, 72 R, 139 H, 23 2B, 11 3B, 9 HR, 40 RBI, 35 BB, 112 K, 19 SB, .268 AVG
Brett Carroll: 72 G, 265 AB, 44 R, 81 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 14 HR, 57 RBI, 13 BB, 59 K, 0 SB, .306 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 4-1, 1 SV, 34 APP 40.1 IP, 49 H, 27 ER, 20 BB, 40 K, 6 HR, 6.02 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Chris Ashby doubled with the bases loaded in the 2nd inning to drive in three runs and Josh Stewart made a spot-start and allowed a run and 4 hits in 6 innings as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 4-2 in Omaha.
'TOPES NOTES: The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) lost their game tonight, so Albuquerque closed to 3 1/2 games behind the Zephyrs in the division with 19 games left to play. . . . Joe Borchard was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Roy Corcoran took over the Isotopes team lead in saves with his 12th save. . . . Pitching probables for Thursday's game are RHP Wes Obermueller (1-1, 2.76) for the Isotopes and RHP Chan Ho Park (6-11, 6.51) for the Express.

Filed 08/15/2007

August 14, 2007 - Isotopes (60-62)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 5 1 . 10 14 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 4 9 1
WP: Brian Gordon (1-0)
LP: Logan Kensing (0-1)
Home Runs:
RR Cody Ransom (25) off Paul Mildren in the 4th inning
RR Brooks Conrad (20) off Paul Mildren in the 6th inning
RR Mark Saccomanno (20) off Harvey Garcia in the 9th inning
TIME: 2:57  ATT: 6,964
Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) reliever Brian Gordon has certainly not forgotten how to swing the lumber. A 10-year minor league veteran outfielder with no big league experience, Gordon decided before the 2007 season to convert to a pitcher in order to try to make it to the big leagues and the Astros gave him their blessing. In tonight's contest, Gordon stepped up to the plate as a pitcher batting with the bases loaded in the 8th inning and tripled to clear the bases, providing the Express with the go-ahead runs in Round Rock's 10-4 victory over Albuquerque. Gordon also tossed two scoreless innings for his first Triple-A victory. Albuquerque has lost three straight games.
In the 1st inning, Reggie Abercrombie tripled but was erased from the basepaths when John Gall reached on a fielder's choice with the throw from third base coming to home plate to get Abercrombie out. Val Pascucci followed with double to drive in Gall so the run-scoring opportunity would not go wasted in the inning.
In the 2nd inning, Brett Carroll singled and scored on Paul Hoover's double. Josh Labandeira singled to drive in Hoover as the Isotopes led 3-0.
Cody Ransom homered in the 4th inning and Brooks Conrad homered in the 6th inning as the Express pulled to a run down at 3-2.
In the home half of the 6th inning, Scott Seabol reached on a fielder's choice, advanced a base on Carroll's single and scored on Hoover's single as the Isotopes doubled up Round Rock 4-2.
Round Rock tied the game in the 7th inning. Humberto Quintero singled and scored on Barry Wesson's triple and Wesson scored on a wild pitch.
It was the 8th inning when Round Rock took the lead and put the game away. Off Isotopes reliever Logan Kensing, Mark Saccomanno singled, Quintero doubled, and Wesson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Gordon followed with a triple to clear the bases and Erasmo Ramirez entered the game in relief of Kensing. After plunking Josh Anderson with a pitch, Ramirez gave up a double to Tim Raines Jr. that drove in Gordon and Anderson to give Round Rock a 9-4 lead.
Saccomanno solo-homered in the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren 5.1 5 2 2 0 1 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 122 G, 513 AB, 70 R, 136 H, 23 2B, 11 3B, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 35 BB, 111 K, 18 SB, .265 AVG
Brett Carroll: 71 G, 261 AB, 42 R, 80 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 14 HR, 57 RBI, 13 BB, 58 K, 0 SB, .307 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 3-1, 1 SV, 33 APP, 39.1 IP, 49 H, 27 ER, 19 BB, 40 K, 6 HR, 6.18 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: Albuquerque has lost three games and split two doubleheaders on this date in history. Albuquerque lost games in 2003, 2004 and 2007, split a doubleheader against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals in 2005) at Isotopes Park and split a doubleheader against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in 2006.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque snapped a seven-game winning streak against the Express with the loss. . . . Albuquerque fell to 4.5 games back of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) in the division with 20 games left to play. . . . It was announced today that Portland, Oregon (Portland Beavers, PGE Park, and the City of Portland) will host the 2009 Triple-A All-Star Game. The 2007 contest was held in Albuquerque and the 2008 contest will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Louisville Bats (AAA Reds). . . . Pitching probables in Wednesday's game are RHP Kenny Baugh (6-7, 6.78) for the Isotopes and RHP Chad Reineke (5-5, 4.92) for the Express.

Filed 08/14/2007

August 13, 2007 - Isotopes (60-61)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -3.5 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 2 6 1
Nashville Sounds 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 X . 5 11 0
WP: R.A. Dickey (9-6)
LP: Chris George (5-10)
SV: Luther Hackman (18)
Home Runs:
ALB Reggie Abercrombie (10) off R.A. Dickey in the 6th inning

NSH Laynce Nix (16) off Chris George in the 6th inning
NSH Vinny Rottino (10) off Chris George in the 3rd inning

TIME: 2:42  ATT: 3,013
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey fooled the Isotopes, allowing 2 runs in 8 innings while striking out 6, in the Nashville Sounds' (AAA Brewers) 5-2 victory over Albuquerque in the series finale.
Reggie Abercrombie doubled, advanced to third base on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.
Callix Crabbe singled and later scored on Brad Nelson's double in the home half of the 1st inning as the Sounds tied the game at 1-1.
Vinny Rottino solo-homered in the 3rd inning to give the Sound a 2-1 lead, but Abercrombie contributed a solo-homer of his own in the 6th inning as Albuquerque tied the game at 2-2.
Nashville went to work in the bottom of the 6th inning to snap the tie and provide some insurance runs. Rottino singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, took third base on a groundout and scored on Mike Rivera's fielder's choice. Rivera scored when Laynce Nix followed with a homer to right field to give Nashville a three run lead at 5-2.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 5-10) 6.0 9 5 5 0 5 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 121 G, 509 AB, 70 R, 136 H, 23 2B, 11 3B, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 35 BB, 111 K, 18 SB, .267 AVG
Brett Carroll: 70 G, 257 AB, 41 R, 78 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 14 HR, 57 RBI, 13 BB, 58 K, 0 SB, .304 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 3-1, 1 SV, 32 APP, 38.1 IP, 48 H, 26 ER, 18 BB, 38 K, 5 HR, 6.10 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Russ Johnson's 9th inning homer plated the only run in the game as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeated the Isotopes 1-0 in Des Moines. Albuquerque was held to one hit in the contest.
'TOPES NOTES: C Jason Phillips was released on Monday. . . . The Isotopes and Sounds closed out their season series on Monday. While both teams split the just-completed series, Nashville won 10 out of the 15 games in the season series. All-time, Nashville holds a 44-35 series lead. . . . Brett Carroll had a painful evening - he was hit twice by pitches. . . . Chris George continues to lead the pitching staff in losses (10). George has lost his last five pitching decisions. . . . Reggie Abercrombie was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . There is an update in Andrew Beattie's court case in Memphis for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Beattie's lawyer appeared and a Memphis court set a date of September 5, 2007 for Beattie to appear -- a date that is just past the end of the season if the Isotopes fail to make the playoffs. Beattie was arrested in the early morning hours of July 7th along with Memphis Redbirds' player Brian Esposito after Memphis police witnessed an argument in front of a Memphis bar. Beattie posted bond later that day. . . . Matt Craig of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Craig hit .522 (12x23) with 2 homers and 9 RBI for the week. Seth McClung of the Sounds is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. McClung made two starts during the award week (including one against Albuquerque on Sunday) and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (no earned runs in 10 innings of work). . . . Albuquerque returns home for a quick four-game homestand against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). Probables in the opener are LHP Paul Mildren (5-7, 5.99) for the Isotopes and LHP Troy Patton (4-1, 3.55) for the Express.

Filed 08/13/2007

August 12, 2007 - Isotopes (60-60)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -3.5 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 2 7 1
Nashville Sounds 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X . 3 8 1
WP: Tim Dillard (5-4)
LP: Erasmo Ramirez (5-1)
SV: Greg Aquino (3)
Home Runs:
NSH Andy Abad (10) off Erasmo Ramirez in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:23  ATT: 3,275
The Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) plated two runs in the 7th inning to come from behind to defeat the Isotopes 3-2 on Sunday in Nashville.
Andy Abad was hit by a pitch in the 2nd inning, advanced to second base on Laynce Nix's single, and scored on Ozzie Chavez's single as the Sounds led 1-0.
In the 6th inning, John Gall singled and stole second base. Scott Seabol singled to drive in Gall and Brett Carroll tripled to drive in Seabol as the Isotopes grabbed a 2-1 lead.
Abad solo-homered in the 7th inning as the Sounds tied the game at 2-2. Nix singled and later in the inning scored on Callix Crabbe's sacrifice fly as the Sounds grabbed the lead that they would never relinquish.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 5.2 3 1 1 0 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 120 G, 504 AB, 70 R, 135 H, 22 2B, 11 3B, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 35 BB, 110 K, 18 SB, .268 AVG
Brett Carroll: 69 G, 255 AB, 41 R, 78 H, 17 2B, 6 3B, 14 HR, 57 RBI, 13 BB, 56 K, 0 SB, .306 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Isotopes and Sounds played at Isotopes Park. Andrew Beattie feasted against his future team, going 4x5 with 4 RBI and coming up a double short of hitting for the cycle as the Sounds defeated the Isotopes 8-2.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes placed P Nate Field on the disabled list. Once again, P Craig Molldrem was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque closes out the roadtrip against the Sounds on Monday evening. Pitching probables are LHP Chris George (5-9, 5.68) for the Isotopes and RHP R.A. Dickey (9-5, 3.78) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/12/2007

August 11, 2007 - Isotopes (60-59)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -3.5 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 . 3 3 1
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 1 6 2
WP: Wes Obermueller (1-1)
LP: Mark DiFeice (2-1)
SV: Roy Corcoran (11)
Home Runs:
ALB Brett Carroll (14) off Mark DiFelice in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:20  ATT: 8,759
Isotopes starter Wes Obermueller was splendid, allowing an unearned run and 6 hits over 8 2/3 innings as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 3-1.
Albuquerque broke the scoreless tie in the 4th inning. Eric Reed doubled, advanced to third base on Reggie Abercrombie's sacrifice bunt, and scored on John Gall's sacrifice fly.
Albuquerque extended their lead in the 5th inning thanks to the Sounds. Brett Carroll led off the inning by reaching second base on an error. Andrew Beattie flew out as Carroll tagged up and went to third base and Jason Phillips sacrifice flied out to bring home Carroll.
Carroll solo-homered in the 7th inning as the Isotopes extended their lead to 3-0.
Obermueller worked into the 9th inning. After getting Vinny Rottino to pop out in foul territory, Charles Thomas drew a walk and Chris Barnwell reached on an infield single. Thomas advanced to third base on an error during the play and Barnwell stole second base to put both runners in scoring position. Ozzie Chavez sacrifice flied out to bring Thomas home before Obermueller was pulled after tossing 123 pitches. Isotopes reliever Roy Corcoran induced pinch-hitter Andy Abad to line out to center field to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Wes Obermueller (W, 1-1) 8.2 6 1 0 3 9 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 119 G, 500 AB, 70 R, 134 H, 22 2B, 11 3B, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 35 BB, 109 K, 18 SB, .268 AVG
Brett Carroll: 68 G, 251 AB, 41 R, 77 H, 17 2B, 5 3B, 14 HR, 56 RBI, 13 BB, 56 K, 0 SB, .307 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Isotopes and Sounds played at Isotopes Park. Yusmeiro Petit allowed 2 runs and 5 hits in 7 innings and Mike Kinkade drove in a pair of runs in Albuquerque's 4-2 victory.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque batters tied a franchise record by striking out 16 times in a 9-inning game. John Gall and Scott Seabol led the pack with 3 strikeouts each. . . . Roy Corcoran moved into a tie with Nate Field for the team lead in saves with 11. . . . Albuquerque and Nashville continue their series on Sunday. Probables are RHP Nic Ungs (4-4, 5.40) for the Isotopes and RHP Seth McClung (1-0, 0.00) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/11/2007

August 10, 2007 - Isotopes (59-59)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -3.5 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 . 7 8 5
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 . 6 13 2
WP: Kenny Baugh (6-7)
LP: Adam Pettyjohn (9-3)
SV: Roy Corcoran (10)
Home Runs:
ALB Val Pascucci (29) off Adam Pettyjohn in the 5th inning
ALB Robert Andino (9) off Adam Pettyjohn in the 3rd inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (7) off Steve Bray in the 7th inning
TIME: 3:11  ATT: 7,862
Albuquerque used the longball for most of their scoring, tallying for five runs on three homers, as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 7-6 in their series opener in Nashville on Friday evening.
In the 3rd inning, Josh Labandeira struck out swinging but reached first base on a wild pitch. An out later, Robert Andino homered to left field as Albuquerque led 2-0.
Val Pascucci reached on an error, stole second base, and scored on Brett Carroll's double in the 4th inning as Albuquerque extended the lead to 3-0.
Mike Rivera doubled and scored on Laynce Nix's single in the 4th inning as Nashville gont on the coreboard.
In the 5th inning, Reggie Abercrombie singled with two outs, stole second base and scored on John Gall's single. Val Pascucci followed with a homer to right field as the Isotopes built a 6-1 lead.
Gabe Gross singled and scored on Drew Anderson's double in the 5th inning and in the 6th inning, Nix and Brad Nelson singled, both executed a double steal, and Chris Barnwell grounded out to plate Nix and pinch-hitter Jose Macias grounded out as Nelson scored to cut Nashville's defecit to two runs at 6-4.
Andrew Beattie solo-homered in the 7th inning as Albuquerque added what turned out to be a much-needed insurance run as Albuquerque held a three-run advantage at 7-4.
In the 8th inning, Nelson singled, stole second base, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on an error as Nashville drew to two runs at 7-5.
In the 9th inning, Nix walked with one out and scored an out later on Barnwell's single. Barnwell advanced to second base on an error during the play before pinch-hitter Ozzie Chavez grounded out to end the threat and the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (W, 6-7) 5.1 10 4 4 2 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 118 G, 496 AB, 70 R, 134 H, 22 2B, 11 3B, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 35 BB, 107 K, 18 SB, .270 AVG
Brett Carroll: 67 G, 247 AB, 39 R, 76 H, 17 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 55 RBI, 13 BB, 55 K, 0 SB, .308 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Frank Castillo hurled seven innings of scoreless ball and Jason Wood homered and drove in four runs in Albuquerque's 6-4 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) in Fresno.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque experienced another wave of transactions on Friday. The Marlins purchased the contract of P Daniel Barone from Albuquerque and optioned P Mauro Zarate to Albuquerque. Florida also outrighted OF Joe Borchard to Albuquerque and P Ben Julianel was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina. C Paul Hoover was activated from the Disabled List. . . . Barone made his major league debut with the Marlins against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on Friday evening and earned a no-decision. Barone pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs with only 2 earned (a Carlos Beltran three-run homer), walked 4 and struck out 4. . . . Albuquerque committed a season-worst five errors in the contest. . . . The Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak to the Sounds with the victory. . . . Pitching probables for Saturday evening's contest are RHP Wes Obermueller (0-1, 3.48) for the Isotopes and RHP Mark DiFelice (2-0, 2.83) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/10/2007

August 8, 2007 - Isotopes (58-59)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -3.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 . 3 10 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 . 2 7 0
WP: Franklin Morales (2-0)
LP: Ben Julianel (2-2)
SV: Mike Gallo (5)
Home Runs:
CSP Jayson Nix (9) off Paul Mildren in the 3rd inning
Chris Iannetta (1) off Paul Mildren in the 4th inning
TIME: 2:57  ATT: 6,126
Omar Quintanilla's run-scoring 7th inning single proved to be the game-winning RBI as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) defeated the Isotopes 3-2 in the series finale at "The Lab".
Jayson Nix solo-homered in the 3rd inning and Chris Iannetta solo-homered in the 4th inning off Isotopes starter Paul Mildren as the Sky Sox led 2-0.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, John Gall singled, Scott Seabol walked, and Brett Carroll singled to drive in Gall as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 2-1.
Albuquerque tied up the game in the 6th inning when Gall doubled and advanced to third base on an error during a pickoff attempt. Val Pascucci walked and Seabol grounded into a double play as Gall scored.
In the 7th inning, Sky Sox starter Franklin Morales doubled and scored on Quintanilla's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren 4.1 7 2 2 0 4 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 117 G, 491 AB, 69 R, 133 H, 22 2B, 11 3B, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 35 BB, 105 K, 18 SB, .271 AVG
Brett Carroll: 66 G, 243 AB, 39 R, 75 H, 16 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 54 RBI, 13 BB, 54 K, 0 SB, .309 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Tom Wilson went 5x6 with 5 RBI and the Isotopes plated 9 runs over the final three frames to turn a 6-3 game into a 15-3 rout of the Sky Sox in Colorado Springs.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque had a slew of moves on Wednesday. P Paul Mildren was activated from the disabled list and C Chris Ashby was placed on the disabled list. P Craig Molldrem was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-AA Carolina. P Ross Wolf had his contract purchased by the Marlins and the Marlins optioned P Carlos Martinez to Albuquerque. P Logan Kensing, recovering from Tommy John surgery, was activated from the major-league disabled list and then optioned to Albuquerque as he continues his comeback from the surgery. . . . The Isotopes and Sky Sox split their only series of the season 2-2. 28,804 attended the series and 47,199 fans attended the seven-game homestand with one of the scheduled eight games cancelled due to rain. All-time, Colorado Springs holds a 24-19 advantage. . . . Scott Seabol went 0x2 to snap a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque (and the rest of the Pacific Coast League) has Thursday off before the 'Topes embark on a quick four-game roadtrip to Nashville to play the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers).

Filed 08/08/2007

August 7, 2007 - Isotopes (58-58)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -3.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 . 4 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 6 0
WP: Tim Harikkala (1-0)
LP: Chris George (5-9)
SV: Dan Serafini (1)
Home Runs:
CSP Clint Barmes (10) off Chris George in the 3rd inning
CSP Jayson Nix (7) off Chris George in the 1st inning
CSP Jayson Nix (8) off Chris George in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:20  ATT: 6,907
Tim Harikkala and Dan Serafini combined on a six-hit shutout and Jayson Nix homered twice as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) defeated the Isotopes 4-0. The loss snapped Albuquerque's three game winning streak.
Nix solo-homered in the 1st inning and Clint Barmes solo-homered in the 3rd inning as the Sky Sox got all the runs they would need.
The Sky Sox closed out the scoring in the 5th inning. Nix homered for the second time in the game, Chris Iannetta followed with a walk and scored on Joe Koshansky's double.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 5-9) 5.0 6 4 4 3 5 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 116 G, 488 AB, 69 R, 131 H, 22 2B, 11 3B, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 34 BB, 105 K, 18 SB, .268 AVG
Brett Carroll: 65 G, 241 AB, 39 R, 74 H, 16 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 11 BB, 53 K, 0 SB, .307 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 3-1, 1 SV, 31 APP, 37.1 IP, 47 H, 26 ER, 18 BB, 37 K, 5 HR, 6.27 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Donovan Osborne, Jim Crowell and Ben Howard combined to hold the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) to a run and 5 hits in Albuquerque's 4-1 victory at Raley Field in West Sacramento.
'TOPES NOTES: OF Chad Hermansen was traded to the New York Mets organization for a player to be named later. Considering the position player shortage (and especially outfielders with just two active) on the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) roster, Hermansen is likely to be assigned to New Orleans by the Mets. . . . The start of the game was delayed 17 minutes due to a rain shower just before first pitch. . . . Scott Seabol had two of Albuquerque's six hits in the game and extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out five times this season. . . . Chris George has lost his last four pitching decisions. . . . The Sky Sox and Isotopes close out the series on Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Paul Mildren (5-7, 6.07) for the Isotopes and LHP Franklin Morales (1-0, 1.50) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/07/2007

August 6, 2007 - Isotopes (58-57)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -3.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 . 3 9 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 X . 9 15 0
WP: Nic Ungs (4-4)
LP: Mike Esposito (5-4)
Home Runs:
CSP Alvin Colina (5) off Harvey Garcia in the 9th inning

ALB Robert Andino (8) off Mike Esposito in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:46  ATT: 8,318
Nic Ungs allowed two runs in six innings of work and the Isotopes staked Ungs to a huge early lead in Albuquerque's 9-3 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) on Monday evening. Albuquerque has won three straight games.

Omar Quintanilla singled and scored on Seth Smith's double in the 1st inning as the Sky Sox led 1-0.

In the home half of the 1st inning, Robert Andino led off with a single and advanced to second base on a balk. Andino advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on John Gall's single. Val Pascucci singled and Scott Seabol reached on an error as Gall scored to give Albuquerque a 2-1 lead.

Ungs helped his own cause in the 2nd inning by doubling, advancing to third base on Andino's single and scoring on Eric Reed's single.
Albuquerque put the game away with a 9-1 lead in the 4th inning. Ungs singled and scored on Andino's homer. Reed bunt singled, stole second and third bases before Pascucci drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Seabol doubled to drive in Reed and Pascucci and Seabol scored on Brett Carroll's double. Andrew Beattie singled as Carroll advanced to third base, and John Baker reached on a fielder's choice to drive in Carroll.
Colorado Springs' Joe Gaetti singled and scored on Alexis Gomez's single in the 6th inning and Alvin Colina homered in the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (W, 4-4) 6.0 6 2 2 3 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 115 G, 485 AB, 69 R, 131 H, 22 2B, 11 3B, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 33 BB, 105 K, 18 SB, .270 AVG
Brett Carroll: 64 G, 237 AB, 39 R, 74 H, 16 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 11 BB, 53 K, 0 SB, .312 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 3-1, 1 SV, 30 APP, 36.1 IP, 47 H, 26 ER, 18 BB, 35 K, 5 HR, 6.44 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Larry Barnes three-run homered and Joe Dillon drove in a run in Albuquerque's 5-3 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) at Raley Field.
'TOPES NOTES: Actor Kevin Costner, in town filming a movie, took infield grounders and batting practice with the Isotopes before the contest. . . . On 50 cent hot dog night, 22,936 hot dogs were sold. . . . Albuquerque moved into second place with the victory, 3.5 games behind the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets). . . . Robert Andino was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and turned in his third 4-hit game of the season. . . . Scott Seabol extended his hitting streak to 8 games with a 2x5 night. . . . Cody Ransom of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) won the PCL Hitter of the Week award. Ransom hit .407 (11x27) with 5 homers and 13 RBI during the award week. The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Enrique Gonzalez of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks). Gonzalez made one start and allowed no runs and 3 hits in 7 innings and earned the winning decision in a contest against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). . . . Pitching probables for Tuesday evening's contest are LHP Chris George (5-8, 5.61) for the Isotopes and RHP Tim Harikkala (0-0, 1.93) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/06/2007

August 5, 2007 - Isotopes (57-57)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -4.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 4 10 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 X . 6 11 0
WP: Erasmo Ramirez (5-0)
LP: Bobby Keppel (7-8)
SV: Roy Corcoran (9)
Home Runs:
CSP Joe Koshansky (18) off Wes Obermueller in the 5th inning

ALB Josh Labandeira (2) off Bobby Keppel in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:51  ATT: 7,453
John Gall's two-run 7th inning single provided the Isotopes with their winning margin in a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) in the series opener Sunday evening at "The Lab".
In the 2nd inning, Joe Koshansky walked, advanced to second and third bases with wild pitches, and scored on Alexis Gomez's single as the Sky Sox led 1-0.
Colorado Springs added to their lead in the 3rd inning. Clint Barmes singled and later scored on Koshansky's homer to left field.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard and tied the game at 3-3 in the 4th inning. Val Pascucci led off the half-inning with a double and scored on Andrew Beattie's single. Beattie was caught stealing and Jason Phillips singled ahead of Josh Labandeira's homer to left field.
Omar Quintanilla doubled and scored on Seth Smith's single in the 5th inning as the Sky Sox regained the lead at 4-3.
Albuquerque won the game with a three-run 7th inning. Brett Carroll was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base on an error during a pickoff attempt. Robert Andino walked and Eric Reed singled to load the bases. Carroll scored on a wild pitch and Reggie Abercrombie reached on a fielder's choice with Andino out at home plate. Val Pascucci walked to load the bases and John Gall singled to center field to drive in Reed and Abercrombie with the go-ahead runs.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Wes Obermueller 6.1 7 4 4 3 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 114 G, 480 AB, 67 R, 127 H, 21 2B, 11 3B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 33 BB, 105 K, 18 SB, .265 AVG
Brett Carroll: 63 G, 233 AB, 38 R, 73 H, 15 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 51 RBI, 11 BB, 53 K, 0 SB, .313 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Chris Ashby homered and drove in three runs and Chris Aguila also drove in three runs in Albuquerque's 10-5 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in the series finale at Franklyn Covey Field in Salt Lake City.
'TOPES NOTES: Monday evening's promotion is 50 cent hot dog night. Pitching probables for the game are RHP Nic Ungs (3-4, 5.58) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Esposito (5-3, 5.32) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/05/2007

August 4, 2007 - Isotopes Cancelled

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 5th Place, -5.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 1 1 0 0 . 2 9 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 3 0 . 5 4 0
WP: n/a
LP: n/a
SV: n/a
Home Runs:
ALB John Gall (13) off Pedro Liriano in the 2nd inning
TIME: n/a  ATT: n/a
John Gall broke open a 2-2 game with a three run homer to give Albuquerque a 5-2 lead over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels), but the rains came and a little over two hours later, the game was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions. The game will not be resumed since the Isotopes and Bees do not have any more meetings left in 2007.
In the 1st inning, Salt Lake's Terry Evans singled to left field, advanced to second base on Kendry Morales' single, and scored on Mike Eylward's single as the Bees led 1-0.
In the home half of the 1st inning, Robert Andino and Reggie Abercrombie led off with singles and both executed a double-steal before John Gall walked to load the bases. Val Pascucci followed with a base on balls of his own as Andino trotted home and an out later, Brett Carroll lifted a sacrifice flyout to bring home Abercrombie to give Albuquerque a 2-1 lead.
The Bees tied the game in the 2nd inning. Gregory Porter singled to center field, advanced to third base on Bobby Wilson's single and scored when Gary Patchett grounded into a double play.
Albuquerque snapped the tie in their half of the 2nd inning. Eric Reed doubled down the right field line, Abercrombie walked and Gall followed with a home run to the picnic area in left field to give Albuquerque a 5-2 lead.
After a scoreless third inning for both clubs, Porter singled to lead off the 4th inning for Salt Lake before the rains and lightning arrived at Isotopes Park. After lots of rain (almost an inch of rain reported nearby), lots of lightning, lakes forming in foul territory, warning tracks looking like rivers of water, and a 2 hour, 35 minute delay, the game was cancelled by the umpires due to unplayable grounds.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh 3.0 9 2 2 0 1 0
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Isotopes and Bees completed a game in Salt Lake. Fresh off his demotion from the Marlins, Jason Vargas made his first start for Albuquerque and allowed 5 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings and the Bees defeated the Isotopes 5-3.
'TOPES NOTES: Salt Lake took two out of the three games in the series. With three official gates in the series, 18,395 fans attended. . . . Salt Lake holds a 10-9 all-time series advantage over Albuquerque, including a 7-4 advantage over the Isotopes at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes have had seven games postponed or cancelled at Isotopes Park in the almost five year history of the franchise. . . . Albuquerque concludes the homestand with a four-game series against the Colorado Spring Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). Probables in the opener on Sunday evening are RHP Wes Obermueller (0-1, 2.96) for the Isotopes and RHP Bobby Keppel (7-7, 6.01) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/04/2007

August 3, 2007 - Isotopes (56-57)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -5.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 1 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 X . 3 6 1
WP: Daniel Barone (7-0)
LP: Jonathan Rouwenhorst (9-7)
SV: Roy Corcoran (8)
TIME: 2:13  ATT: 6,855
Daniel Barone had a great game. Barone allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings while striking out 10, earned the win to ink his name in the Isotope record books, participated in an almost unheard of 2 hour, 13 minute contest at "The Lab", aided in Albuquerque snapping a four-game losing streak and a five-game home losing streak, and took care of business to the point that his next outing may be with the Florida Marlins.
Barone got some quick run support from his teammates. Robert Andino led off Albuquerque's part of the game with a walk, Reggie Abercrombie singled, and Val Pascucci walked to load the bases. Scott Seabol lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Andino.
Albuquerque extended the lead to 2-0 in the 4th inning. Seabol, Brett Carroll, and Jason Phillips consecutively singled, with Phillips single bringing home Seabol.
Barone's only run given up came in the 5th inning. Salt Lake's Adam Pavkovich reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base, and scored on Tommy Murphy's single.
The Isotopes closed out the scoring in the 7th inning. Phillips singled with one out and was replaced by pinch-runner Eric Reed. Reed stole second base and scored on Josh Labandeira's double down the right field line.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (W, 7-0) 6.2 7 1 1 1 8 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 113 G, 476 AB, 67 R, 126 H, 21 2B, 11 3B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 32 BB, 104 K, 18 SB, .265 AVG
Brett Carroll: 62 G, 232 AB, 37 R, 73 H, 15 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 51 RBI, 11 BB, 52 K, 0 SB, .315 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Isotopes and Bees played a doubleheader in Salt Lake City. In the opener, Kendry Morales homered twice and drove in 5 runs in Salt Lake's 8-3 victory. Albuquerque provided the power in game two - Jason Wood three-run homered and Chris Aguila grand-slam homered as the Isotopes won 10-2 to avoid the doubleheader sweep.
'TOPES NOTES: P Mauro Zarate did not toss a pitch in the game, but he had a great evening having completed the ladder climb in 2007 from Class-A to the majors. Zarate's contract was purchased by the Marlins when a roster spot freed up after the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed Florida's P Byung-Hyun Kim off the waiver wire. With the loss of the starter Kim, Daniel Barone is one of the favorite candidates to earn the promotion to start for the Marlins on Tuesday. . . . Barone etched his name in the Isotope record books by winning his seventh straight winning decision. The previous record of six winning decisions in a row was established by Sean Bergman from July 5th to August 9th in 2003. Barone took over the team lead in wins with the seventh victory of the season. . . . The Isotopes also snapped another long losing streak with the victory - a 5-game losing streak at Isotopes Park to the Salt Lake club. . . . Scott Seabol singled to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . The Isotopes say goodbye to the Bees for the 2007 season on Saturday evening. Looking to take the bump for Albuquerque is RHP Kenny Baugh (5-7, 6.78), while the Bees look to counter with RHP Pedro Liriano (4-11, 5.85).

Filed 08/03/2007

August 2, 2007 - Isotopes (55-57)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -6.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 0 4 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 . 8 12 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 . 6 7 1
WP: Henry Bonilla (9-6)
LP: Chris George (5-8)
SV: Jason Bulger (8)
Home Runs:
SLC Tim Duff (1) off Ben Julianel in the 5th inning

ALB Reggie Abercrombie (9) off Henry Bonilla in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:49  ATT: 5,832
The Isotopes dug themselves into a big hole, then just fell short of working out of it in a 8-6 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Thursday evening at "The Lab".
Salt Lake struck first in the 2nd inning. Nick Gorneault drew a leadoff walk and Tommy Murphy reached on an error. Gorneault and Murphy executed a double-steal and Adam Pavkovich walked to load the bases. Tim Duff singled to drive in Gorneault and Erick Aybar grounded to to drive in Murphy. Terry Evans singled to drive in Pavkovich and Brandon Wood sacrifice flied out to bring home Duff as the Bees led 4-0.
Aybar singled and later scored on Kendry Morales single in the 4th inning as the Bees extended the lead to 5-0.
Reggie Abercrombie solo-homered in the 4th inning as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
Salt Lake put more runs on the scoreboard in the 5th inning. Murphy singled, stole second base, and scored on Pavkovich's triple. Duff followed with a two-run homer as Salt Lake led 8-1.
Albuquerque's later game rally began in the 6th inning. Eric Reed singled, Robert Andino walked and John Gall singled to drive in Reed. Val Pascucci walked to load the bases and Scott Seabol singled to drive in Andino and Gall. Brett Carroll singled to drive in Pascucci as the Isotopes trailed by three runs at 8-5.
In the 7th inning, Jason Phillips reached on an error, advanced to second base on Reed's bunt groundout, took third base on a passed ball and scored on Andino's sacrifice flyout to cut the defecit to two runs at 8-6. Unfortunately, the late-game rally ended there.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 5-7) 3.0 4 4 2 3 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 112 G, 473 AB, 66 R, 126 H, 21 2B, 11 3B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 31 BB, 103 K, 18 SB, .266 AVG
Brett Carroll: 61 G, 229 AB, 37 R, 72 H, 15 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 51 RBI, 11 BB, 52 K, 0 SB, .314 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Abraham Nunez homered in the 8th inning to snap a 4-4 tie and the Isotopes held off the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 5-4 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque has lost four straight games and tonight's loss was their season-worst fifth in a row at home. Albuquerque lost their fifth straight game to the Bees in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . Scott Seabol's single extended his hitting streak to 5 games. Seabol's 2 RBI's also put him in the team lead for RBIs with 86, ahead of Val Pascucci's 85. . . . Chris George earned a team-leading eighth losing decision in the game. . . . Pitching probables for Friday's contest are RHP Daniel Barone (6-0, 4.42) for the Isotopes and LHP Jonathan Rouwenhorst (9-6, 4.97) for the Bees.

Filed 08/02/2007

August 1, 2007 - Isotopes (55-56)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -6.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 1 1 0 6 3 0 2 0 0 . 13 17 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 1 . 7 17 0
WP: Ervin Santana (1-1)
LP: Nic Ungs (3-4)
Home Runs:
SLC Bobby Wilson (2) off Nic Ungs in the 4th inning

ALB John Baker (7) off Ervin Santana in the 6th inning
ALB Scott Seabol (27) off Steven Shell in the 9th inning

TIME: 3:02  ATT: 5,708
Bobby Wilson homered and drove in 6 runs for the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) as the Bees defeated the Isotopes 13-7 in the series opener.
Terry Evans tripled and scored on a passed ball in the 1st inning and Nick Gorneault walked and later scored on a sacrifice flyout in the 2nd inning as the Bees led 2-0.
Reggie Abercrombie doubled, advanced to third base on an error during a pickoff attempt, and scored on Val Pascucci's double. Pascucci scored on Scott Seabol's triple and Brett Carroll sacrifice flied out to plate Seabol as the Isotopes took a 3-2 lead in the 3rd inning.
The lead did not last very long. In the 4th inning, Salt Lake's Gorneault and Tommy Murphy each walked with one out and Wilson three-run homered. Casey Smith tripled and scored on Erick Aybar's single. Evans doubled to bring home Aybar and Gregory Porter singled to drive in Evans as the Bees tallied for six runs and led 8-3.
Eric Reed doubled and scored on a groundout in the home half of the 4th inning as Albuquerque trimmed the defecit to four runs at 8-4.
Salt Lake put more runs on the scoreboard in the 5th inning. Mike Eylward singled, Gorneault singled and Murphy walked to load the bases before wilson doubled to clear the bases to give Salt Lake a 11-4 lead.
Albuquerque tallied for two runs in the 6th inning. John Baker led off the inning with a homer to right field. An out later, Robert Andino singled, advanced to third base on Abercrombie's double, and scored on John Gall's single.
Salt Lake plated their final two runs in the 7th inning. Smith singled, stole second base, and scored on Evans' double. Brandon Wood followed with a single to drive in Evans.
Seabol homered in the 9th inning for the final run of the ballgame.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (L, 3-4) 4.0 7 8 8 4 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 111 G, 470 AB, 65 R, 126 H, 21 2B, 11 3B, 7 HR, 34 RBI, 30 BB, 102 K, 18 SB, .268 AVG
Brett Carroll: 60 G, 225 AB, 37 R, 71 H, 15 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 11 BB, 51 K, 0 SB, .316 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 3-1, 1 SV, 29 APP, 35.1 IP, 45 H, 25 ER, 18 BB, 35 K, 4 HR, 6.37 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, despite Jason Wood grand-slam homereing and John Wilson two-run homering, the Isotopes were outslugged by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 13-8 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: It was a tough day for P Craig Molldrem, if by a paper move or by actually travelling. Molldrem was promoted to Albuquerque from Class-AA Carolina when the Isotopes placed P Paul Mildren on the disabled list, but Molldrem was returned to Carolina when the Isotopes had to activate P Chris George from the disabled list to make a Thursday evening start. . . . The Isotopes have lost four straight games at Isotopes Park to the Bees. . . . Albuquerque is in the midst of a 3-game losing streak and is now a season-high six games out of first place, behind the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) in the PCL American Conference Southern Division. . . . Albuquerque achieved the 400,000 season attendance mark with tonight's gate (405,612). . . . The Isotopes went 15-12 in July. . . . Ten of Albuquerque's 17 hits were for extra bases. . . . John Baker was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Pitching probables for the second game of the series on Thursday evening are LHP Chris George (5-7, 5.60) for the Isotopes and RHP Henry Bonilla (8-6, 5.66) for the Bees.

Filed 08/01/2007

July 31, 2007 - Isotopes Canc., Rain

The finale of the Isotopes/Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) series was cancelled due to rain at Tucson Electric Park. The game will not be made up since it was the last scheduled contest in 2007 between the two clubs.
Albuquerque has experienced the non-scheduled off-day four times this season, including twice in the Tucson series alone. For the 2007 season series between the Isotopes and Sidewinders, Tucson won two out of the three games and 10,834 fans attended the rain-shortened series at Tucson Electric Park.
Albuquerque returns home for an eight game homestand on Wednesday evening. Pitching probables in the opener of a four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) are RHP Nic Ungs (3-3, 4.92) for the Isotopes and RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 4.73) for the Bees.
Filed 07/31/2007

July 30, 2007 - Isotopes (55-55)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -4.5 Games

Tucson Electric Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 . 3 8 0
Tucson Sidewinders 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 . 4 12 0
WP: Chad Harville (6-3)
LP: Roy Corcoran (3-4)
Home Runs:
TUC Alberto Callaspo (4) off Wes Obermueller in the 1st inning
TUC Alex Romero (3) off Ross Wolf in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:38  ATT: 1,709
Jamie D'Antona knocked in the game winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) defeated the Isotopes 4-3 on Monday evening at Tucson Electric Park. Albuquerque has dropped two straight games with the loss.
Alberto Callaspo solo-homered in the 1st inning as Tucson quickly led 1-0.
Shortly after a 1 hour, 22 minute rain delay in the 6th inning, Albuquerque took the lead in the 7th inning. With two outs, Val Pascucci walked and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Scott Seabol singled to drive in Pascucci and Brett Carroll and Josh Labandeira singled to load the bases. A wild pitch brought Seabol home.
Alex Romero homered for Tucson in the home half of the 7th inning to tie the game at 2-2.
D'Antona singled and scored on Jeff Salaxar's double in the 8th inning as Tucson led 3-2.
In the 9th inning, Albuquerque tied the contest when Pascucci was hit by a pitch, Andrew Beattie entered the game as a pinch runner for Pascucci, and Beattie worked his way around the bases on singles by Carroll and Labandeira.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, former-Isotope Matt Erickson singled, Callaspo walked and Romero laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Rich Thompson was intentionally walked by Isotopes reliever Roy Corcoran and Chris Carter reached on a fielder's choice with Erickson out at home plate. D'Antona followed with a single to drive in Callaspo with the game winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Wes Obermueller 5.0 6 1 1 2 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 110 G, 465 AB, 64 R, 125 H, 21 2B, 11 3B, 7 HR, 34 RBI, 30 BB, 100 K, 18 SB, .269 AVG
Brett Carroll: 59 G, 221 AB, 37 R, 68 H, 13 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 49 RBI, 11 BB, 50 K, 0 SB, .308 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Edgar Gonzalez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 8-7 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: OF Chad Hermansen was placed on the disabled list. . . . The PCL named Scott Seabol the Hitter of the Week. Seabol hit .458 (11x24) for the week with 4 homers and 11 RBI. Seabol became the first Isotope to win Hitter of the Week in 2007 and he won it for the second time while in an Isotopes suit. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Willie Collazo of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets). Collazo made 4 relief appearances and went 3-0 with a save. Collazo had a 0.00 ERA for the week by not allowing a run in 9 innings of relief. . . . Albuquerque has lost 13 contests when opponents have taken the lead in their last at-bats. . . . Sidewinders First Baseman Robby Hammock was ejected by Home Plate umpire Ramon Armendariz in the 8th inning. . . . Pitching probables for the series (and roadtrip) finale are LHP Paul Mildren (5-7, 6.07) for the Isotopes and RHP Enrique Gonzalez (5-8, 4.50) for the Sidewinders.

Filed 07/30/2007

July 29, 2007 - Isotopes (55-54)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -3.5 Games

Tucson Electric Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 6 0
Tucson Sidewinders 0 1 4 1 0 0 X . 6 10 3
WP: D.J. Carrasco (5-10)
LP: Kenny Baugh (5-7)
Home Runs:
TUC Jeff Salazar (10) off Kenny Baugh in the 4th inning
TIME: 2:02  ATT: 9,125
Kenny Baugh allowed 6 runs in 4 innings and Scott Seabol drove in the lone two Isotopes runs in Albuquerque's 6-2 loss to the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) in the second game of a doubleheader. The Isotopes and Sidewinders split their doubleheader.
In the 1st inning, Reggie Abercrombie singled and advanced to second base on an error durig the play, John Gall walked, both runners executed a double steal and Seabol drove them in with a double to left field as the Isotopes led 2-0.
Consecutive singles by Chris Carter, Jamie D'Antona and former-Isotope Matt Erickson brought Carter home as the Sidewinders cut the defecit in half at 2-1 in the 2nd inning.
In the 3rd inning, Rich Thompson singled and scored on Jeff Salazar's triple. Robby Hammock followed with a triple of his own to drive in Salazar. D'Antona walked and Erickson reached on a fielder's choice as Hammock scored. Jarred Ball doubled to drive in D'Antona as the Sidewinders led 5-2.
Tucson scored their final run in the 4th inning when Salazar homered.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (L, 5-7) 4.0 8 6 6 1 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 109 G, 461 AB, 64 R, 124 H, 21 2B, 11 3B, 7 HR, 34 RBI, 30 BB, 99 K, 18 SB, .269 AVG
Brett Carroll: 58 G, 217 AB, 37 R, 66 H, 13 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 49 RBI, 11 BB, 50 K, 0 SB, .304 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 3-1, 1 SV, 28 APP, 33.1 IP, 39 H, 22 ER, 17 BB, 33 K, 4 HR, 5.94 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Scott Sanders tossed a complete game and struck out 11 in Albuquerque's 5-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Pirates in 2003) at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins signed IF Jason Phillips to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque has played three doubleheaders in 2007 with tonight being the first doubleheader on the road. Albuquerque has split two doubleheaders and been swept in one doubleheader. . . . Pitching probables for Monday evening's contest are RHP Wes Obermueller (0-1, 3.22) for the Isotopes and LHP Greg Smith (1-2, 7.63) for the Sidewinders.

Filed 07/29/2007

July 29, 2007 - Isotopes (55-53)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -3.0 Games

Tucson Electric Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 . 7 5 0
Tucson Sidewinders 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 . 4 7 2
WP: Daniel Barone (6-0)
LP: Bill Murphy (1-2)
SV: Roy Corcoran (7)
Home Runs:
ABQ Val Pascucci (28) off Bill Murphy in the 1st inning
ABQ Robert Andino (7) off Bill Murphy in the 2nd inning
ABQ Scott Seabol (26) off Bill Murphy in the 3rd inning

TIME: 2:13
Daniel Barone pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 runs, just good enough to ink his name into the Isotope record books, and his teammates gave him seven runs of support via the longball in Albuquerque's 7-4 victory over the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) in the first game of a doubleheader.
In the 1st inning, Robert Andino led off the game with a walk and scored two outs later on Val Pascucci's team-leading 28th homer.
John Baker grounded into a double play, Barone walked, and Andino followed with a three-run homer as Albuquerque led 5-0 in the 2nd inning.
John Gall singled and scored on Scott Seabol's homer in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes led 7-0.
In the home half of the 3rd inning, Mark Johnson walked, Brian Barden singled and Sidewinders starter Bill Murphy laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners a base. Albert Callaspo doubled to drive in Johnson and Barden.
Tucson plated their final two runs in the 5th inning. Barden walked, former-Isotope Matt Erickson doubled and Callaspo sacrifice flied out to drive in Barden. an out later, Robby Hammock singled to drive in Erickson.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (W, 6-0) 5.0 5 4 4 3 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 108 G, 457 AB, 64 R, 124 H, 21 2B, 11 3B, 7 HR, 34 RBI, 30 BB, 99 K, 18 SB, .271 AVG
Brett Carroll: 57 G, 214 AB, 37 R, 65 H, 13 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 49 RBI, 11 BB, 50 K, 0 SB, .304 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: With the victory, Daniel Barone tied an Isotopes franchise record with his sixth straight winning decision (tying the mark originally set by Sean Bergman in 2003). . . . Reggie Abercrombie went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 12-game hitting streak. . . . With the victory, the Isotopes snapped a four-game losing streak to the Sidewinders (a sweep last season at Isotopes Park). Albuquerque has won the last two contests played at Tucson Electric Park. . . . Chad Hermansen was ejected by Home Plate umpire D.J. Reyburn in the 5th inning.

Filed 07/29/2007

July 28, 2007 - Isotopes Ppd. Rain

The opener of the Isotopes/Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) series was postponed due to rain at Tucson Electric Park. The game will be made up as a doubleheader on Sunday.
Pitching probables for the first game of the doubleheader are RHP Daniel Barone (5-0, 4.14) for the Isotopes and LHP Bill Murphy (1-1, 3.77) for the Sidewinders. Probables for game two are RHP Kenny Baugh (5-6, 6.42) for Albuquerque and RHP D.J. Carrasco (4-10, 5.87) for Tucson.
Filed 07/28/2007

July 27, 2007 - Isotopes (54-53)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -3.5 Games

Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 . 4 10 1
Las Vegas 51s 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 . 3 5 1
WP: Roy Corcoran (3-3)
LP: Casey Hoorelbeke (3-4)
SV: Nate Field (11)
Home Runs:
LVG Andy LaRoche (13) off Nate Field in the 9th inning
TIME: 2:36  ATT: 7,090
Robert Andino's two run 9th inning single plated the go ahead runs as the Isotopes defeated the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) 4-3 in the series finale at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak.
Reggie Abercrombie doubled and scored on Andrew Beattie's single in the 1st inning as Albuquerque led 1-0.
In the 5th inning, Marshall McDougall singled with the bases load to plate Wilkin Ruan and Octavio Martinez as the 51s took a 2-1 lead.
In the 9th inning, Scott Seabol and Chad Hermansen singled and John Baker singled to drive in Seabol to tie the game at 2-2. Pinch-hitter Eric Reed laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position before Andino singled to drive them both in to give Albuquerque a 4-2 lead.
Andy LaRoche homered off Nate Field in the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs before Field got Choo Freeman to ground out to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 5.0 3 2 0 2 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 107 G, 455 AB, 62 R, 122 H, 21 2B, 11 3B, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 28 BB, 99 K, 18 SB, .268 AVG
Brett Carroll: 56 G, 211 AB, 36 R, 65 H, 13 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 49 RBI, 11 BB, 49 K, 0 SB, .308 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Jason Wood's bottom of the 9th inning, two-out RBI single snapped a 5-5 tie as the Isotopes defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 6-5 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Each club won two games in the series, the only series between the two clubs in 2007 with 19,108 fans attending the series. Albuquerque holds a 17-3 all-time series advantage over Las Vegas. . . . Reggie Abercrombie extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his 1st inning double. . . . The Isotopes conclude the roadtrip with a four game series at Tucson Electric Park against the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks). Probables for Saturday evening's opener are RHP Daniel Barone (5-0, 4.14) for the Isotopes and RHP D.J. Carrasco (4-10, 5.87) for the Sidewinders.

Filed 07/27/2007

July 26, 2007 - Isotopes (53-53)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -3.5 Games

Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 4 1
Las Vegas 51s 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 X . 9 14 1
WP: Eric Cyr (2-1)
LP: Paul Mildren (5-7)
TIME: 2:47  ATT: 5,472
Isotopes starter Paul Mildren allowed 8 runs in 5 innings and the Isotopes were held to four hits while not scoring a run as the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) defeated the Isotopes 9-0.
In the 1st inning, former-Isotope Wilson Valdez doubled, Marshall McDougall walked, and Delwyn Young singled to drive in Valdez. John Lindsey doubled to drive in McDougall and an out later, Choo Freeman singled to drive in Young. Ben Davis singled to drive in Lindsey and Wilkin Ruan sacrifice flied out to bring home Freeman as the 51s led 5-0.
Las Vegas added three more runs in the 5th inning. Young doubled, Lindsey singled and a wild pitch brought Young home. Andy LaRoche doubled and Freeman was intentionally walked to load the bases before Ruan singled to drive in Lindsey and LaRoche.
Young tripled and scored on Lindsey's sacrifice flyout in the 8th inning to close out the scoring.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren (L, 5-7) 5.0 11 8 8 2 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 106 G, 450 AB, 62 R, 120 H, 20 2B, 11 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 28 BB, 97 K, 17 SB, .267 AVG
Brett Carroll: 55 G, 207 AB, 36 R, 63 H, 12 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 49 RBI, 11 BB, 48 K, 0 SB, .304 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Nic Ungs allowed 5 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings as the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) defeated the Isotopes 7-6 in Sacramento. Chris Aguila solo homered for Albuquerque in the loss.
'TOPES NOTES: IF Frank Moore was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina on Thursday. . . . Scott Seabol went homerless in the game, snapping a five consecutive game streak with a homer. Seabol's mark is the longest this season and was one shy of the franchise record set by Mike Colangelo in 2005. . . . The Isotopes were shutout for the fourth time this season. . . . Reggie Abercrombie singled for one of Albuquerque's 4 hits in the game. The single extended Abercrombie's hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Las Vegas' Delwyn Young was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . In the series finale on Friday, pitching probables are RHP Nic Ungs (3-3, 5.27) for the Isotopes and RHP Spike Lundberg (6-4, 5.75) for the 51s.

Filed 07/26/2007

July 25, 2007 - Isotopes (53-52)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -2.5 Games

Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 6 9 1
Las Vegas 51s 1 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 X . 7 12 0
WP: Chris Fussell (3-1)
LP: Ben Julianel (2-1)
SV: Casey Hoorelbeke (2)
Home Runs:
ABQ Scott Seabol (25) off Wesley Wright in the 1st inning
Brett Carroll (13) off Wesley Wright in the 3rd inning

LVG Choo Freeman (8) off Ben Julianel in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:33  ATT: 4,114
Up 6-2, Albuquerque blew their largest lead of the season, allowing five unanswered runs to the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) as the 51s defeated the Isotopes 7-6. With the loss, Albuquerque dropped into third place in the division, 2 1/2 games behind the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets).
In the 1st inning, Robert Andino walked to lead off the game, stole second base, and scored on John Gall's single. An out later, Scott Seabol homered as the Isotopes led 3-0.
Marshall McDougall walked and later scored in the inning on a passed ball as Las Vegas tallied their first run in the 1st inning.
Choo Freeman singled, advanced to second base on a groundout, 51s starter Wesley Wright and former-Isotope Wilson Valdez walked to load the bases, and McDougall drew a walk to bring home Freeman as the 51s trailed by a run at 3-2 in the 2nd inning.
Albuquerque extended their lead to 6-2 in the 3rd inning. Reggie Abercrombie doubled and advanced to third base on a groundout. Val Pascucci walked to put runners on the corners and Seabol sacrifice flied out to drive in Abercrombie. Brett Carroll followed with a two-run homer to left-center field.
The rest of the scoring was all Las Vegas. In the 3rd inning, Andy LaRoche doubled and scored on Ben Davis' single and in the 4th inning, Delwyn Young doubled and scored on John Lindsey's single.
The 51s tied the game in the 5th inning. Freeman singled with one out and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. An out later, pinch-hitter Wilkin Ruan singled to drive in Freeman. Ruan advanced to third base on an error on the play and scored on Valdez's single.
Freeman homered in the 7th inning to snap the 6-6 tie and Las Vegas held off Albuquerque the final two innings to preserve the victory.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Wes Obermueller 4.0 6 4 3 5 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 105 G, 447 AB, 62 R, 119 H, 20 2B, 11 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 27 BB, 96 K, 17 SB, .266 AVG
Brett Carroll: 54 G, 203 AB, 36 R, 63 H, 12 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 49 RBI, 11 BB, 48 K, 0 SB, .310 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 3-1, 1 SV, 27 APP, 31.1 IP, 37 H, 22 ER, 17 BB, 30 K, 4 HR, 6.32 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Mike Colangelo grand-slam homered as part of a five-run 6th inning in Albuquerque's 5-2 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals in 2005) in Metarie, Louisiana.
'TOPES NOTES: Scott Seabol continues his homer streak. Seabol homered in his fifth consecutive contest tonight and with a homer tomorrow night, Seabol will tie the Isotopes franchise record for consecutive games with a homer. . . . Reggie Abercrombie doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . Pitching probables for Thursday's contest are LHP Paul Mildren (5-6, 5.62) for the Isotopes and LHP Eric Cyr (1-1, 6.28) for the 51s.

Filed 07/25/2007

July 24, 2007 - Isotopes (53-51)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 3 8 0
Las Vegas 51s 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 5 0
WP: Kenny Baugh (5-6)
LP: Miguel Pinango (6-5)
SV: Roy Corcoran (6)
Home Runs:
ABQ Scott Seabol (24) off Miguel Pinango in the 6th inning

LVG Larry Barnes (5) off Kenny Baugh in the 4th inning
LVG Choo Freeman (7) off Kenny Baugh in the 3rd inning

TIME: 2:35  ATT: 2,432
Kenny Baugh allowed just a pair of solo-homers in 6 innings and Scott Seabol's 6th inning homer gave Albuquerque the lead they never relinquished in a 3-2 victory over the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) on Tuesday evening in the series opener at Cashman Field. The Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.
Brett Carroll tripled and scored on Andrew Beattie's sacrifice flyout in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead.
Choo Freeman homered in the 3rd inning and former-Isotope Larry Barnes homered in the 4th inning as the 51s took a 2-1 lead.
In the 6th inning, Val Pascucci drew a two-out walk and scored on Seabol's homer as the Isotopes regained the lead at 3-2.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (W, 5-6) 6.0 4 2 2 5 3 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 104 AB, 443 AB, 61 R, 119 H, 20 2B, 11 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 26 BB, 95 K, 16 SB, .269 AVG
Brett Carroll: 53 G, 199 AB, 35 R, 61 H, 11 2B, 5 3B, 12 HR, 47 RBI, 11 BB, 47 K, 0 SB, .307 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 3-1, 1 SV, 26 APP, 30.1 IP, 34 H, 21 ER, 17 BB, 29 K, 4 HR, 6.23 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Gerald Williams became the first Isotope to hit for the cycle (the homer was an inside the park homer) and Scott Sanders became the first Isotope pitcher to help his cause with a homer as the Isotopes defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2003) 7-4 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: P Jeff Gogal was sent back to Class-A Jupiter without having tossed a pitch for the Isotopes. The move had to be made to make roster room for P Kenny Baugh to be reinstated from the Temporary Inactive List in order to make tonight's start. . . . The start of the game was delayed 46 minutes by rain. . . . Albuquerque did not gain any ground in the division as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) won their contest in extra innings. . . . Scott Seabol has homered in four straight games, an Isotope season high for a homer tear. . . . John Baker and Val Pascucci each went hitless to snap 7-game hitting streaks. . . . Reggie Abercrombie was ejected by Third Base Umpire Joe Stegner in the 8th inning. Abercrombie singled earlier in the game to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . A pair of Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) picked up PCL Player of the Week awards. The Hitter of the Week is Scott McClain. McClain hit .500 (13x26) for the week with 5 homers and 14 RBI. The Pitcher of the Week is Matt Kinney. Kinney made two starts, won both of them, and compiled a 0.82 ERA (11 IP, 1 ER). . . . On Wednesday evening, RHP Wes Obermueller (0-1, 2.45) is expected to make his first start in an Isotopes suit since being sent down from Florida. The 51s are undecided on a starter to face Obermueller.

Filed 07/24/2007

July 23, 2007 - Isotopes (52-51)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 . 6 13 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 . 5 12 1
WP: Willie Collazo (2-5)
LP: Ross Wolf (4-2)
SV: Steve Schmoll (3)
Home Runs:
NRL Fernando Tatis (11) off Daniel Barone in the 1st inning

ABQ Scott Seabol (23) off Jason Vargas in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:56  ATT: 7,715
Ricky Ledee snapped a 5-5 tie with a run-scoring single in the 9th inning as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) defeated the Isotopes 6-5 in the series finale. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games and leaves for their roadtrip a game and a half behind the Zephyrs in the division standings.
Fernando Tatis solo-homered in the 1st inning as New Orleans quickly led 1-0.
In the 2nd inning, Val Pascucci walked, Scott Seabol doubled and Brett Carroll sacrifice flied out to score Pascucci. An out later, John Baker singled to drive in Seabol as the Isotopes led 2-1.
The lead did not last very long. In the 3rd inning, Corey Coles singled, Tatis doubled and Ledee singled to drive in Coles to tie the game. Andy Tracy sacrifice flied out to drive in Tatis with the go-ahead run as New Orleans led 3-2.
Josh Labandeira doubled and scored on John Gall's single in the home half of the 3rd inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 3-3.
Albuquerque took a 5-3 lead in the 5th inning - Pascucci singled and scored on Seabol's homer to center field.
New Orleans tied the game the next half inning. Tracy and David Newhan singled with one out and Mike DiFelice reached on an error as Tracy scored. Jake Gautreau singled to load the bases before Jason Alfaro singled to drive in Newhan with the game tying run.
The contest remained deadlocked until the 9th inning when Jesus Feliciano singled and later scored on Ledee's single to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone 5.1 9 5 4 0 1 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 103 G, 439 AB, 61 R, 119 H, 20 2B, 11 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 93 K, 16 SB, .271 AVG
Brett Carroll: 52 G, 195 AB, 34 R, 59 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 47 RBI, 11 BB, 47 K, 0 SB, .303 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Mike Kinkade drove in the eventual game-winning run with a single in the 8th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Zephyrs (then a Nationals affiliate) 3-2 in Metarie, Louisiana.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes experienced a flurry of moves involving relievers on Monday. P Christopher Young was placed on the disabled list, P Jesus Silva was sent to Class-AA Carolina, and P Mauro Zarate rejoined the Isotopes from Class-AA Carolina. The Isotopes also tapped into Class-A Jupiter with the addition of P Jeff Gogal. . . . The Isotopes and Zephyrs finished their season series with tonight's contest so the Isotopes will have to try to regain the division lead by playing good ball and hoping New Orleans doesn't play as good of baseball the rest of the season. Albuquerque won 9 out of the 16 games in the season series and Albuquerque holds a 42-37 all-time advantage over the Zephyrs. . . . New Orleans took three games out of the five games in the just-completed series and 40,935 attended. Albuquerque's 2007 home season attendance in 50 home gates stands just shy of the 400,000 mark (399,904) and the Isotopes are on pace to set a new season attendance mark. . . . Scott Seabol has homered in his last three contests, the second time this season he has gone on a three game homer tear. Seabol ended up a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Val Pascucci and John Baker both extended their hitting streaks to 7 games. . . . Josh Labandeira was ejected by First Base umpire A.J. Wendel in the 6th inning. . . . After tossing a quality start in his first six Triple-A outings, Daniel Barone has failed to achieve a quality start in his last two outings. With the no-decision tonight, Barone keeps intact his five-consecutive winning decision streak. . . . Albuquerque hits the road for their longest remaining roadtrip of the season - 8 games. The first four games are against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) where the Isotopes own the 51s with a 15-1 all-time record against Las Vegas. Probables in the opener at Cashman Field are RHP Kenny Baugh (4-6, 6.72) for the Isotopes and RHP Miguel Pinango (6-4, 4.04) for the 51s.

Filed 07/23/2007

July 22, 2007 DH Game 2 - Isotopes (52-50)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 1 0 1 0 0 5 . 7 10 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 . 4 6 2
WP: Ivan Maldonado (1-0)
LP: Nate Field (6-6)
SV: Jon Adkins (4)
Home Runs:
NRL Jason Alfaro (8) off Ben Julianel in the 4th inning
NRL Jason Alfaro (9) off Roy Corcoran in the 7th inning

ABQ Val Pascucci (27) off Philip Humber in the 4th inning
ABQ Scott Seabol (22) off Philip Humber in the 2nd inning
ABQ Reggie Abercrombie (8) off Ivan Maldonado in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:32  ATT: 9,043
Jason Alfaro's grand-slam homer keyed a five-run 7th inning as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) snapped a 2-2 tie to defeat Albuquerque 7-4 in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday evening at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque dropped both games of the doubleheader and fell into second place in the division, a half-game behind the Zephyrs.
The Isotopes and Zephyrs matched each other run for run in the early part of the contest. In the 2nd inning, New Orleans' David Newhan walked, stole second base and took third base on an error, and scored on Robinson Cancel's single. Scott Seabol homered for Albuquerque in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game at 1-1.
The Zephyrs and Isotopes swapped solo homers in the 4th inning - Alfaro for New Orleans and Val Pascucci for Albuquerque.
New Orleans took the lead and put the game away in the 7th inning. With one out, Fernando Tatis doubled and advanced to third base on a wild pitch before socring on Ricky Ledee's single. Andy Tracy ground-rule doubled and Newhan was intentionally walked to load the bases and Alfaro cleared them with a grand-slam homer to left-center field.
Robert Andino reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Reggie Abercrombie's homer to right-center field as the Isotopes plated the final runs of the game in the bottom of the 7th inning.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Ben Julianel 3.1 2 2 1 3 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 102 G, 434 AB, 61 R, 118 H, 20 2B, 11 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 92 K, 16 SB, .272 AVG
Brett Carroll: 51 G, 192 AB, 34 R, 58 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 11 BB, 46 K, 0 SB, .302 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Jeff Fulchino, Wes Wilkerson and Josh Stewart combined on a 1-hitter in Albuquerque's 9-1 victory over the Zephyrs (then a Nationals affiliate) at Zephyr Field. Tom Wilson was the hitting star for Albuquerque, going 3x4 with 5 RBI.
'TOPES NOTES: P Seth Etherton was activated from the Disabled List and then released. . . . Albuquerque was swept in a doubleheader at home for the first time in franchise history. The Isotopes have played 15 doubleheaders in franchise history and have been swept in three of those. . . . Scott Seabol homered in both games of the doubleheader. . . . Reggie Abercrombie's homer extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Abercrombie stole a pair of bags in the same inning for the third time this season and his 27 stolen bases is closing in on the single-season franchise record set by Wilson Valdez in 2003. . . . The Isotopes and Zephyrs close out the five game series on Monday evening. RHP Daniel Barone (5-0, 3.83) takes the ball for Albuquerque, who looking to reclaim first place in the division from the Zephyrs. New Orleans is expected to counter with former-Isotope LHP Jason Vargas (7-5, 5.19).

Filed 07/22/2007

July 22, 2007 DH Game 1 - Isotopes (52-49)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 3 2 0 0 2 7 . 14 14 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 . 4 6 2
WP: Mike Pelfrey (3-3)
LP: Jesus Silva (0-1)
Home Runs:
NRL Jason Alfaro (7) off Jesus Silva in the 2nd inning
NRL Mike DiFelice (6) off Jesus Silva in the 3rd inning
NRL Mike DiFelice (7) off Jesus Silva in the 6th inning
NRL Jake Gautreau (6) off Christopher Young in the 7th inning

ABQ Scott Seabol (21) off Mike Pelfrey in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:05
The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) only needed the ten runs their four homers scored in order to defeat the Isotopes 14-4 in the makeup of a game rained out in Metarie, Louisiana last Sunday. The loss in the first game of a doubleheader snapped Albuquerque's four-game winning streak.
Consecutive singles by Reggie Abercrombie, John Gall, and Scott Seabol in the 1st inning brought home Abercrombie with the first run of the game in the 1st inning.
Mike DiFelice and Jake Gautreau singled ahead of Jason Alfaro's homer to left field in the 2nd inning as the Zephyrs led 3-1.
DiFelice homered with David Newhan on base in the 3rd inning as New Orleans extended their lead to 5-1.
Robert Andino tripled and scored on Abercrombie's sacrifice fly in the home half of the 3rd inning as Albuquerque cut the defecit to three runs at 5-2.
The Newhan/DiFelice combo struck again the 6th inning for the Zephyrs - Newhan singled and came home on DiFelice's second homer of the game.
gall walked and scored on Seabol's homer in the bottom of the 6th inning as the Isotopes got those two runs back and trailed 7-4.
The Zephyrs put the game away in the 7th inning. Fernando Tatis reached on an error with one out, Ricky Ledee singled, and Andy Tracy was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Newhan singled to drive in Tatis and DiFelice doubled to drive in Ledee and Tracy. Gautreau launched a three run homer and Alfaro singled and later scored on Corey Coles' single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jesus Silva (L, 0-1) 6.0 8 7 7 2 3 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 101 G, 430 AB, 60 R, 117 H, 20 2B, 11 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 92 K, 16 SB, .272 AVG
Brett Carroll: 50 G, 190 AB, 34 R, 58 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 10 BB, 44 K, 0 SB, .305 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: New Orleans' Mike DiFelice was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The 10 run losing margin tied an Isotope season high for a home contest. . . . Reggie Abercrombie singled to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Andrew Beattie became the first Isotope position player to pitch in a game this season. Beattie tossed the final 2/3 innings, allowing no hits, runs, or walks and striking out none. The last Isotope position player to pitch in a game was Chris Ashby during the 2004 season, when Ashby made five relief appearances.

Filed 07/22/2007

July 21, 2007 - Isotopes (52-48)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 . 5 8 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 X . 8 13 1
WP: Erasmo Ramirez (4-0)
LP: Willie Collazo (1-5)
SV: Roy Corcoran (5)
Home Runs:
ABQ Chris Ashby (5) off Jon Adkins in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:41  ATT: 12,126
Down 5-0 in the 8th inning, Albuquerque came up with their biggest run-scoring inning of the season, plating 8 runs to come from behind to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) 8-5. The victory is Albuquerque's fourth straight as the Isotopes increased their division lead over New Orleans to a game and a half.
Back-to-back doubles by Jason Alfaro and Jake Gautreau in the 2nd inning gave New Orleans a 1-0 lead.
Fernando Tatis doubled and scored on Ricky Ledee's single in the 3rd inning as the Zephyrs extended the lead to 2-0.
New Orleans extended their lead to 4-0 in the 7th inning. Mike DiFelice singled and Corey Coles and Tatis walked to load the bases with two outs. Ledee singled to drive in DiFelice and Coles.
Alfaro reached on an error and scored on DiFelice's double in the 8th inning as the Zephyrs seemed to build a commanding 5-0 lead.
The Isotopes then went to work to win the game in their half of the 8th inning. Chris Ashby singled, pinch-hitter Eric Reed singled, and Robert Andino singled to load the bases before Reggie Abercrombie tripled to clear the bags. Abercrombie scored on John Gall's single and Val Pascucci and Brett Carroll singled to load the bases. Frankie Moore came into the game to pinch-run for Pascucci at second base and Scott Seabol lifted a sacrifice fly to drive in Gall to tie the game at 5-5. Josh Labandeira singled to drive in Moore before Carroll was thrown out at third base. Ashby followed with a two-run homer and by the time the 8th inning was done, Albuquerque sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 8 runs.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren 6.2 5 4 4 3 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 100 G, 427 AB, 59 R, 116 H, 20 2B, 10 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 92 K, 16 SB, .272 AVG
Brett Carroll: 49 G, 187 AB, 34 R, 58 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 10 BB, 43 K, 0 SB, .310 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 3-1, 1 SV, 25 APP, 29.1 IP, 34 H, 21 ER, 17 BB, 29 K, 4 HR, 6.44 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Donovan Osborne hurled six innings, allowing a run, and Mike Colangelo drove in three runs as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 5-1 in Des Moines.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins outrighted P Wes Obermueller to Albuquerque on Saturday. . . . At the 100 game mark of the season, Albuquerque is 52-48, a season-high four games above the .500 mark. . . . Albuquerque has scored eight runs in an inning on one other occasion this season before tonight. . . . Reggie Abercrombie extended his hitting streak to 6 games in the contest. . . . The Isotopes and Zephyrs play a doubleheader on Sunday - one game is a makeup from a rainout in New Orleans from last Sunday and the other game is the regularly scheduled game. Pitching probables for the first game (home team is New Orleans) are RHP Jesus Silva (0-0, 3.18) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-3, 3.59) for the Zephyrs. Probables in Game 2 (Albuquerque is the home team) are LHP Ben Julianel (2-0, 6.67) for the Isotopes and RHP Philip Humber (10-6, 4.24) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 07/21/2007

July 20, 2007 - Isotopes (51-48)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 . 2 11 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 X . 4 12 1
WP: Nic Ungs (3-3)
LP: Jose Santiago (3-7)
SV: Roy Corcoran (4)
Home Runs:
ABQ Vas Pascucci (26) off Jose Santiago in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:40  ATT: 12,051
Nic Ungs tossed five scoreless innings while holding a slim lead and Val Pascucci solidifed the lead with a two-run homer in Albuquerque's 4-2 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) on Friday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque, winners of three straight games, takes over first place in the division from the Zephyrs with the victory.
In the 4th inning, Scott Seabol, Brett Carroll and John Baker walked with two outs to load the bases and Josh Labandeira singled into left field to plate Seabol. Carroll got greedy and tried to score from second base on the sharply hit ball and was thrown out at home plate to end the inning.
Albuquerque increased their slim 1-0 lead to 4-0 in the 6th inning. John Gall ground rule doubled and Pascucci followed with a line drive homer to left field. an out later, Carroll singled to left field, advanced to second base on Baker's single, took third base on an error during Baker's base hit, and scored on Labandeira's single to left field.
New Orleans got their only runs (and made the game close) in the 8th inning. Anderson Hernandez doubled into the right field corner with one out, advanced to third base on a passed ball, and scored on Fernando Tatis' double to left-center field. Tatis advanced to third base on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (W, 3-3) 5.0 6 0 0 0 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 99 G, 423 AB, 58 R, 115 H, 20 2B, 10 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 92 K, 16 SB, .272 AVG
Brett Carroll: 48 G, 183 AB, 34 R, 57 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 10 BB, 43 K, 0 SB, .311 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Nic Ungs was not as good as he was tonight against the New Orleans club. Ungs allowed 10 hits and 8 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Zephyrs (then a Washington Nationals affiliate) defeated Albuquerque 11-2 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: OF Eric Reed reported to the Isotopes after his recent option from the Marlins, and Albuquerque placed P Kenny Baugh on the temporary inactive list to make roster room for Reed. . . . Albuquerque is in first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division for the first time since June 2nd. . . . The Isotopes are also at a season-high 3 games above the .500 mark with a 51-48 record. . . . Pitching probables for the second game of the series are LHP Paul Mildren (5-6, 5.63) for the Isotopes and RHP Brian Lawrence (7-2, 3.55) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 07/20/2007

July 19, 2007 - Isotopes (50-48)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 7 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 X . 5 11 0
WP: Kenny Baugh (4-6)
LP: Billy Buckner (7-5)
Home Runs:
OMA Angel Berroa (3) off Kenny Baugh in the 8th ining
TIME: 2:11  ATT: 6,065
Kenny Baugh tossed the first Isotopes complete game of the season and Reggie Abercrombie helped out Baugh by knocking in three runs as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 5-1 in the series finale at "The Lab".
Albuquerque put their first pair of runs on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning with two outs. Consecutive singles by Josh Labandeira, Frank Moore, Robert Andino and Reggie Abercrombie brought home Labandeira and Moore.
Val Pascucci tripled and scored on Scott Seabol's fielder's choice as the Isotopes extended the lead to 3-0 in the 3rd inning.
Labandeira walked, Moore singled, Andino laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position, and Abercrombie singled to drive them both in as Albuquerque led 5-0 in the 4th inning.
Baugh's only obstacle to a shutout on the evening was allowing a homer to Angel Berroa in the 8th inning.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh 9.0 7 1 1 1 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 98 G, 418 AB, 58 R, 115 H, 20 2B, 10 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 91 K, 16 SB, .275 AVG
Brett Carroll: 47 G, 180 AB, 33 R, 55 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 9 BB, 43 K, 0 SB, .306 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Paul Hoover two-run homered in the 8th inning as the Isotopes came from behind to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 5-4 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Royals and Isotopes concluded their series of games at Isotopes Park for the season. Albuquerque won three out of the four games in the series and 6 out of the 8 games in the season series at Isotopes Park. 28,232 fans attended for a per-game average of 7,058. Albuquerque wraps up the season series with Omaha in August at Rosenblatt Stadium. . . . Kenny Baugh's complete game was the first Isotope complete game since Nic Ungs tossed one against the Royals in Omaha on August 16, 2006 in a game shortened by rain to 6 1/2 innings. . . . Albuquerque concludes the current homestand with a five game series against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets). Four games were normally scheduled and the fifth game makes up a rainout in New Orleans last Sunday. The Zephyrs come into Albuquerque with only a half-game lead over Albuquerque in the PCL American Conference Southern Division so a great series should catapult the Isotopes into first place in the division. Pitching probables for Friday evening's opener are RHP Nic Ungs (2-3, 5.68) for the Isotopes and RHP Jose Santiago (3-6, 5.70) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 07/19/2007

July 18, 2007 - Isotopes (49-48)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Royals 0 0 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 . 8 14 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 1 0 2 1 1 5 0 X . 12 15 0
WP: Harvey Garcia (3-1)
LP: Ben Hendrickson (7-5)
Home Runs:
ABQ Brett Carroll (10) off Scott Elarton in the 2nd inning
ABQ Brett Carroll (11) off Scott Elarton in the 4th inning
ABQ Brett Carroll (12) off Scott Elarton in the 6th inning
ABQ Val Pascucci (25) off Scott Elarton in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:51  ATT: 7,888
Daniel Barone had his worst starting pitcher outing in an Isotopes - err, Dukes -- suit and Brett Carroll tied a franchise record with 3 homers and drove in 6 total runs in Albuquerque's 12-8 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) on Dukes Retro Night at Isotopes Park.
Reggie Abercrombie singled and scored on Val Pascucci's homer in the 1st inning as Albuquerque led 2-0.
Carroll homered to left field in the 2nd inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 3-0.
Shane Costa doubled and later scored on a groundout in the 4th inning as the Royals got on the scoreboard.
Pascucci singled and scored on Carroll's second homer of the night in the home half of the 4th inning as Albuquerque increased their cushion to four runs at 5-1.
Omaha plated another run in the 5th inning when Richard Lewis reached on a fielder's choice, took third base on Chris Lubanski's ground-rule double, and scored on former-Isotope Derek Wathan's groundout.
Robert Andino raced around the bases in the 5th inning to get that run back. Andino doubled and scored on a two base error on the play.
Omaha put up a five-spot on the scoreboard in the 6th inning to erase a four run defecit. Costa walked, Mike Aviles singled and Craig Brazell singled to drive in Costa. Justin Huber doubled to drive in Aviles and Matt Tupman singled to drive in Brazell. Lewis singled to drive in Huber, Lubanski laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Tupman and Lewis into scoring position, and Wathan singled to drive in Tupman as the Royals led 7-6.
Carroll homered for the third time in the game in the 6th inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 7-7, but Omaha quickly regained the lead in the 7th inning. Aviles tripled and scored on Brazell's double.
Albuquerque reclaimed the lead for good in the game in their half of the 7th inning. Abercrombie doubled and scored on Pascucci's double to tie the game at 8-8. Seabol reached on a fielder's choice and Carroll doubled to drive in Pascucci and Seabol. Carroll took third base on a wild pitch, Chad Hermansen walked to put runners on the corners, and Josh Labandeira singled to drive in Carroll. John Baker's single brought home Hermansen with the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone 5.0 8 7 7 1 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 97 G, 415 AB, 58 R, 114 H, 20 2B, 10 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 90 K, 16 SB, .275 AVG
Brett Carroll: 46 G, 176 AB, 33 R, 55 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 9 BB, 42 K, 0 SB, .313 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 2-1, 1 SV, 24 APP, 28.2 IP, 32 H, 21 ER, 16 BB, 28 K, 4 HR, 6.59 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Sean Bergman tossed the first complete game shutout in Isotopes history (and Bergman's second complete game in a row) as the Isotopes defeated the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 3-0 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins activated New Mexico native OF Cody Ross from the major league disabled list and optioned OF Eric Reed to Albuquerque. P Erasmo Ramirez, earlier in the week designated for assignment by the Marlins, was outrighted to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque should pay tribute to the Dukes more often. The Isotopes are 3-0 on Dukes Retro nights. . . . Daniel Barone failed to achieve a quality start for the first time in seven Triple-A outings. Barone allowed 7 runs in 5 innings. With the no-decision, Barone remains at five straight winning decisions and keeps alive a chance to tie an Isotopes franchise record of six consecutive winning decisions set by Sean Bergman from July 5-August 9, 2003. . . . Brett Carroll tied an Isotopes franchise mark with 3 homers in the game, joining the likes of Chris Aguila (2004), Mark Little and Todd Sears (2005) who accomplished the feat. Carroll's 6 RBI is an Isotope season high and Carroll had 14 total bases, setting an Isotopes franchise record for most total bases in a game, previously set by Aguila in his three homer game. Carroll also scored four runs, tying another franchise record. . . . Nine of Albuquerque's 15 hits went for extra bases. . . . A couple players were shy of hitting for the cycle in the game. Mike Aviles of the Royals needed a homer to hit for the cycle, while Albuquerque's Val Pascucci was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes and Royals conclude their series on Thursday evening. Pitching probables are RHP Kenny Baugh (3-6, 7.58) for the Isotopes and RHP Billy Buckner (7-4, 4.28) for the Lil' Kings.

Filed 07/18/2007

July 17, 2007 - Isotopes (48-48)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Royals 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 . 6 9 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 . 5 8 0
WP: Thad Markray (4-4)
LP: Nate Field (6-5)
Home Runs:
OMA Craig Brazell (25) off Jesus Silva in the 3rd inning
OMA Richard Lewis (4) off Nate Field in the 9th inning

ABQ Scott Seabol (20) off Matt Wright in the 5th inning
ABQ John Gall (12) off Matt Wright in the 1st inning
ABQ John Baker (6) off Thad Markray in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:23  ATT: 7,372
Richard Lewis three-run homered in the 9th inning as the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) came from behind to stun the Isotopes 6-5 on Tuesday evening at Isotopes Park.
John Gall homered in the 1st inning as the Isotopes led 1-0.
Omaha took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning - Shane Costa walked and scored on Craig Brazell's homer to left field.
Former-Isotope Derek Wathan tripled and scored on Mitch Maier's sacrifice flyout in the 5th inning as the Royals extended their lead to 3-1.
Scott Seabol homered in the 5th inning and Reggie Abercrombie doubled and scored on Gall's double in the 6th inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 3-3.
John Baker homered in the 7th inning as the Isotopes took the lead and the Isotopes added an insurance run in the 8th inning when Abercrombie singled, stole second base, took third base on a wild pitch and scored on Val Pascucci's double.
Nate Field took over looking for the save in the 9th inning. Brazell singled, Paul Phillips singled an out later, and Lewis belted a homer to left field as Omaha put up their second 3-run 9th inning in as many games and Albuquerque was unable to make a comeback as they went down in order in the bottom of the 9th inning.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jesus Silva 7.1 6 3 3 1 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 96 G, 410 AB, 57 R, 113 H, 19 2B, 10 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 89 K, 16 SB, .276 AVG
Brett Carroll: 45 G, 171 AB, 29 R, 51 H, 9 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 40 RBI, 9 BB, 42 K, 0 SB, .298 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Jason Stokes had a pair of two-run homer, including a walkoff homer, as the Isotopes defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Nationals in 2006) 9-7 at Isotopes Park to snap a franchise-record seven game home-losing streak.
'TOPES NOTES: John Gall has homered in his last three contests, tying an Isotope season-high for consecutive games with a homer (Val Pascucci and Scott Seabol). Gall ended a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The loss snapped a season-high five-game home winning streak for the Isotopes. . . . The Isotopes celebrate the Albuquerque Dukes on Wednesday evening with Dukes retro night. P Daniel Barone (5-0, 2.72) is expected to toe the rubber looking to ink his name into the Isotopes record book with a victory. The Royals are expected to send RHP Scott Elarton (2-3, 6.28) to the bump.

Filed 07/17/2007

July 16, 2007 - Isotopes (48-47)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Omaha Royals 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 . 8 10 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 . 9 12 2
WP: Ross Wolf (4-1)
LP: Jason Shiell (1-4)
Home Runs:
OMA Paul Phillips (1) off Paul Mildren in the 3rd inning

ABQ John Gall (11) off Roberto Giron in the 7th inning

TIME: 3:22  ATT: 6,907
Brett Carroll came through for Albuquerque in the 10th inning, knocking in the game winning run to make teammate Roy Corcoran feel not so bad for the blown save as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 9-8 in 10 innings at Isotopes Park.
In the 1st inning, Omaha's Mitch Maier walked to lead off the game and two outs later, scored when Craig Brazell reached on a three base error. Justin Huber doubled to drive in Brazell and Paul Phillips singled to bring home Huber as Omaha led 3-0.
Albuquerque took a 4-3 lead in their half of the 1st inning. Reggie Abercrombie and John Gall singled with one out and both executed a double steal. Val Pascucci walked to load the bases and Scott Seabol doubled to drive in Abercrombie and Gall. Carroll singled to drive in Pascucci and Seabol.
Albuquerque extended the lead to 7-3 in the 2nd inning. Josh Labandeira walked, Robert Andino singled, and Abercrombie laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Gall singled to drive in Labandeira and Andino. Pascucci walked and Seabol reached on an error to load the bases before Hermansen reached on an error to bring Gall home.
Phillips homered in the 3rd inning and Maier doubled and later scored on Mike Aviles sacrifice fly in the 4th inning as the Royals cut the defecit to two runs at 7-5.
Gall homered in the 7th inning to give Albuquerque back their 3-run cushion.
Isotopes closer Roy Corcoran entered the game in the 9th inning looking for the save. After Aviles grounded out, Brazell drew a walk, Huber was hit by a pitch, and Phillips walked to load the bases. Richard Lewis singled to drive in Brazell and Huber and Chris Lubanski sacrifice flied out to drive in Phillips as Corcoran blew the save and the Royals knotted the game at 8-8.
Albuquerque broke the deadlock in the 10th inning. Scott Seabol singled, advanced to second base on a passed ball and scored on Carroll's double to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren 5.0 6 5 2 2 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 95 G, 406 AB, 57 R, 113 H, 19 2B, 10 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 88 K, 16 SB, .278 AVG
Brett Carroll: 44 G, 167 AB, 29 R, 51 H, 9 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 40 RBI, 9 BB, 42 K, 0 SB, .305 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 2-1, 1 SV, 23 APP, 27.2 IP, 29 H, 20 ER, 16 BB, 28 K, 4 HR, 6.51 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the longest game in franchise history in both time (5 hours, 00 minutes) and innings (17) was played at Isotopes Park. Eric Reed scored on Robert Andino's single in the 17th inning as the Isotopes outlasted the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 5-4.
'TOPES NOTES: P Rick Vanden Hurk won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award, but he is not around to party with his Isotope teammates over the award. Vanden Hurk was recalled by the Marlins on Monday and will start Tuesday's game for the Marlins against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dolphin Stadium. Vanden Hurk won the award for his performance for Albuquerque against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in Memphis. Vanden Hurk tossed 6 dominant innings, allowing no runs, a hit, while walking 3 and striking out 12 Redbirds. P Jesus Silva was transferred from Class-A Jupiter to Albuquerque to take Vanden Hurk's roster spot and the Marlins designated P Wes Obermueller for assignment, possibly setting the stage for Obermueller's return to Albuquerque if all the cards fall right. . . . The Isotopes are in the midst of a five-game home winning streak. . . . Albuquerque has ten last at-bat victories in 2007. . . . John Gall had a four-hit game, his third of the season. Gall has also homered in back to back contests. . . . Josh Labandeira went hitless in three at-bats to snap an eight-game hitting streak. . . . Las Vegas 51s' Delwyn Young won the PCL Hitter of the Week award. Young hit .533 (8x15) during the shortened award week period while homering 3 times and driving in 7. . . . Pitching probables for Tuesday evening are RHP Nic Ungs (2-3, 5.68) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Wright (6-3, 3.81) for the Lil' Kings.

Filed 07/16/2007

July 15, 2007 - Postponed, Rain

The Isotopes and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) were postponed by rain in the series finale at Zephyr Field in Metarie, Louisiana. Since the game was the last meeting between the two clubs in Metarie this season, the makeup game will be played in Albuquerque on Sunday July 22nd as part of a doubleheader. The Isotopes remain a game and a half back of the Zephyrs in the PCL American Conference Southern Division. In Metarie, the Isotopes took five out of the seven games played. The Zephyrs and Isotopes conclude their season series next weekend at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque returns home on Monday evening, starting with four games against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). Pitching probables in the opener are LHP Paul Mildren (5-6, 5.76) for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler Lumsden (5-5, 6.17) for the Lil' Kings.
Filed 07/15/2007

July 14, 2007 - Isotopes (47-47)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Zephyrs Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 5 2
New Orleans Zephyrs 1 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 X . 8 13 0
WP: Brian Lawrence (7-4)
LP: Kenny Baugh (3-6)
Home Runs:
ABQ John Gall (10) off Steve Schmoll in the 9th inning
TIME: 2:32  ATT: 5,123
Threatened with losing their division lead at the conclusion of the game, the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) erupted for 6 runs in the first five innings off Isotopes starter Kenny Baugh and defeated the Isotopes 8-2. The Isotope loss moved Albuquerque to a game and a half behind New Orleans in the division and ensured the Isotopes will not come home on Monday as division leaders.
New Orleans finally did a lot of the early scoring in the contest for once in this series. Anderson Hernandez singled and scored on Andy Tracy's double in the 1st inning.
In the 2nd inning, Jason Alfaro singled, advanced to third base on Robinson Cancel's single, and scored on Zephyr starter Brian Lawrence's fielders choice, with Cancel out at second base. Baugh uncorked two wild pitches as Lawrence moved to third base and Lawrence scored on Hernandez's single. Hernandez stole second base and scored on Miguel Negron's single as the Zephyrs led 4-0.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Chris Ashby doubled, advanced to third base on Baugh's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Robert Andino's sacrifice flyout.
New Orleans plated two runs in the 5th inning. Tracy walked, advanced to third base on Fernando Tatis' double, and scored on Alfaro's sacrifice flyout. Cancel followed with a double to drive in Tatis.
The Zephyrs scored their final two runs in the 6th inning. Anderson and Negron singled and Marlon Anderson reached on an error to load the bases. Tracy sacrifice flied out to drive in hernandez and Tatis singled to bring in Negron.
John Gall solo-homered for Albuquerque in the 9th inning, but the tally was too little, too late.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (L, 3-6) 5.0 9 6 6 3 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 94 G, 401 AB, 56 R, 112 H, 19 2B, 10 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 85 K, 16 SB, .279 AVG
Brett Carroll: 43 G, 162 AB, 29 R, 49 H, 8 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 37 RBI, 9 BB, 41 K, 0 SB, .302 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) plated four runs in the 8th inning to snap a 2-2 tie and eventually defeated Albuquerque 6-4 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins designated P Erasmo Ramirez for assignment and recalled P Taylor Tankersley from Albuquerque. Tankersley went 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 7 relief appearances with Albuquerque. . . . Pitching probables in the series (and roadtrip) finale are LHP Paul Mildren (5-6, 5.76) for the Isotopes and RHP Philip Humber (9-6, 4.48) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 07/14/2007

July 13, 2007 - Isotopes (47-46)

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

Zephyrs Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 11 12 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 . 5 10 2
WP: Daniel Barone (5-0)
LP: Jason Vargas (6-5)
Home Runs:
ABQ Val Pascucci (24) off Jason Vargas in the 3rd inning

NRL Jesus Feliciano (1) off Daniel Barone in the 4th inning

TIME: 3:03  ATT: 7,851
Many Louisianans probably turned off their televisions early on in this contest. In front of a regional sports network audience, Daniel Barone tossed another quality start, tied an Isotope franchise record with the outcome, and Barone's teammates provided early in-game fireworks as Albuquerque defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) 11-5 on Friday evening. Albuquerque moved to within one-half game of division leading New Orleans with the victory.
In the 1st inning, Robert Andino singled on a drive that bounced to the center field wall, stole third base and John Gall drew a walk. An out later, Scott Seabol was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Brett Carroll singled to left-center field to drive in Andino and Gall. Andrew Beattie walked to re-load the bases and John Baker doubled off the base of the left field wall to bring home Seabol and Carroll as the Isotopes took a 4-0 lead off Zephyrs starter (and former Isotope) Jason Vargas.
In the 2nd inning, Fernando Tatis singled to center field, Mike DiFelice walked, and Jesus Feliciano blooped a single into left field as Tatis raced home for New Orleans' first run of the game.
Albuquerque erupted for a lot more runs off Vargas in the 3rd inning. Val Pascucci led off the inning with a homer to left field. Seabol reached on an error and Carroll singled to right field. Beattie drew a walk to load the bases and once again, Baker came through with a two-run hit, a hit to left-center field that drove in Seabol and Carroll. Vargas was lifted for Zephyr reliever Ryan Cullen. Barone laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position and Andino tripled down the right-field line to bring in Beattie and Baker. Reggie Abercrombie's single to center field drove in Andino and when the inning was done, Albuquerque sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 6 runs to lead 10-1.
Barone's worst inning was the 4th inning. Chip Ambres led off with a double down the left field line. Two outs later, Feliciano homered to right field.
New Orleans pulled to within five runs at 10-5 in the 7th inning thanks to Isotope reliever Harvey Garcia's wildness. Zephyr reliever Jon Atkins drew a four-pitch walk with one out. Anderson Hernandez followed with a single and after a flyout, Marlon Anderson drew a walk to load the bases. Andy Tracy doubled to right field to drive in Atkins and Hernandez. Garcia was lifted from the game and Isotopes reliever Nate Field walked Ambres to load the bases before striking out Tatis to end the inning and the threat.
Albuquerque scored the final run of the game in the 8th inning. Josh Labandeira singled to left field, advanced to third base on Carroll's single, and scored on Beattie's sacrifice flyout to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (W, 5-0) 6.0 7 3 3 1 1 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 93 G, 398 AB, 56 R, 112 H, 19 2B, 10 3B, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 25 BB, 85 K, 16 SB, .281 AVG
Brett Carroll: 42 G, 159 AB, 29 R, 49 H, 8 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 37 RBI, 9 BB, 40 K, 0 SB, .308 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 2-1, 1 SV, 22 APP, 26.1 IP, 28 H, 20 ER, 15 BB, 26 K, 4 HR, 6.84 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Jeff Fulchino solo-homered to give the Isotopes a 1-0 lead, but the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) scored four runs the very next inning on their way to a 6-2 victory over Albuquerque at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: P James Russ never got a chance to pitch with Albuquerque. After being assigned to Albuquerque during the All-Star Break, Russ was returned to Class-AA Carolina and IF Frankie Moore was brought up from Carolina. P Chris George was placed on the Disabled List. . . . Daniel Barone won for the fifth consecutive winning decision, tying for the longest winning decision streak since Aaron Small in 2004. Barone has made six Triple-A starts and has tossed a quality start in all six of them. . . . Josh Labandeira entered as a mid-game replacement for Scott Seabol at third base and singled in his lone at-bat to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . While the Pacific Coast League clubs were on their All-Star break, the league office announced a pair of Smiths as the players of the week. The PCL Hitter of the Week is Seth Smith of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). Smith hit .462 (12x26) for the week with 3 homers and 7 RBI. The Pitcher of the Week is Mike Smith of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). Smith made two starts during the award week (including one against Albuquerque) and went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA (2 ER allowed in 12 innngs while walking 3 and striking out 11). Smith tossed six shutout innings against the Isotopes. . . . Albuquerque looks to take over the division lead on Saturday evening when the Isotopes are expected to send RHP Kenny Baugh (3-5, 7.29) to the mound to face New Orleans' RHP Brian Lawrence (6-4, 5.03).

Filed 07/13/2007

July 12, 2007 - Isotopes (46-46)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Zephyrs Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 2 1 . 10 11 2
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 . 3 3 1
WP: Rick Vanden Hurk (2-0)
LP: Jose Santiago (3-6)
Home Runs:
ABQ Val Pascucci (23) off Robert Paulk in the 9th inning
ABQ Brett Carroll (9) off Jose Santiago in the 4th inning
ABQ Andrew Beattie (6) off Eddie Camacho in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:33  ATT: 3,948
After a one hour, 11 minute delay to the start the game, Albuquerque's Rick Vanden Hurk was dominant, carrying a no-hitter into the 6th inning and enjoying plenty of run support from his teammates as the Isotopes defeated division-leader New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) 10-3 in the first game back from the All-Star break.
In the 4th inning, the Isotopes scored big to snap the scoreless tie. Consecutive doubles by Reggie Abercrombie, John Gall, and Val Pascucci drove in Abercrombie and Gall. Pascucci stole third base before Brett Carroll homered to left-center field. Andrew Beattie singled, John Baker walked, and Vanden Hurk laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Robert Andino drew a walk and a passed ball allowed Beattie to score. Abercrombie doubled for the second time in the inning, driving in Baker and Andino.
Vanden Hurk lost his no-hitter in the 6th inning when Jesus Feliciano singled to lead off the inning.
Albuquerque added to the lead in the 8th inning. Carroll reached on an error and Beattie followed with a homer to right field as the 'Topes led 9-0.
New Orleans plated their three runs in the 8th inning with gratitude to Andino. Fernando Tatis singled, Mike DiFelice reached on an error by Andino and Feliciano reached on another error by Andino as Tatis scored. An out later, DiFelice scored on a groundout and Miguel Negron singled to drive in Feliciano.
Val Pascucci's solo homer in the 9th inning closed out the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Rick Vanden Hurk (W, 2-0) 6.0 1 0 0 3 12 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 92 G, 392 AB, 54 R, 110 H, 18 2B, 9 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 25 BB, 85 K, 15 SB, .281 AVG
Brett Carroll: 41 G, 155 AB, 27 R, 46 H, 8 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 8 BB, 40 K, 0 SB, .297 AVG
Taylor Tankersley 0-1, 0 SV, 7 APP, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 4.76 ERA
Rick Vanden Hurk 2-0, 0 SV, 2 APP, 12 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 14 K, 3 HR, 2.25 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Albuquerque plated three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to come from behind to defeat the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 5-4 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: P James Russ was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque over the All-Star Break. . . . Isotopes infielder Andrew Beattie was arrested in Memphis over the weekend. Following Albuquerque's loss to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on Friday July 6th, the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper reported that Beattie and Redbirds catcher Brian Esposito were both arrested early Saturday morning after Memphis police noticed some arguing going on in front of a Memphis bar. Police observed Beattie and Esposito arguing and fighting with the bar's staff, noticed both smelled of alcohol and both refused officer orders to get on the ground and put their arms behind their backs. Beattie was charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication, while Esposito faced those charges plus an added charge of resisting official detention. Both players bonded out of jail. Isotopes manager Dean Treanor was quoted in the newspaper as saying he contacted the Marlins organization about the incident and any punishment from an organization point-of-view for Beattie will be handled internally. Beattie did not play in Saturday's contest and started Sunday's contest. Coming off the All-Star break, Beattie was still with the club and started in Thursday's game. Beattie was scheduled for arraignment on Monday July 9th and the newspaper did not run a story about the outcome of that court appearance. . . . Rick Vanden Hurk tied an Isotopes franchise record for strikeouts by a starter (12). . . . Robert Andino has committed two errors in a game three times this season. Tonight's errors bring Andino's season total to 26. . . . Brett Carroll's 4th inning homer was the 100th total homer of the season for Albuquerque. . . . LHP Daniel Barone (4-0, 2.41) looks to keep his Triple-A quality start string going and try to tie a franchise record with a victory. The scheduled probable starter Barone will face is former-Isotope and current Zephyr Jason Vargas (6-4, 4.87). The game will be televised regionally in Louisiana on COX Sports Television and can be viewed in Albuquerque by satellite in what appears to be Albuquerque's lone regional sports television appearance of the season.

Filed 07/12/2007

July 11, 2007 - IL 7, PCL 5

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
International League All-Stars 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 7 8 0
Pacific Coast League All-Stars 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 . 5 9 3
WP: Bryan Bullington (Indianapolis - Pirates)
LP: Justin Lehr (Tacoma - Mariners)
SV: Cory Doyne (Norfolk - Orioles)
Home Runs:
IL Mike Hessman (Toledo - Tigers) off Justin Lehr (Tacoma - Mariners) in the 1st inning

IL Brandon Moss (Pawtucket - Red Sox) off Justin Lehr (Tacoma - Mariners) in the 1st inning

PCL Val Pascucci (Albuquerque - Marlins) off Bryan Bullington (Indianapolis - Pirates) in the 1st inning

PCL Craig Brazell (Omaha - Royals) off Travis Hughes (Pawtucket - Red Sox) in the 4th inning

TIME: 3:07  ATT: 12,367
Back-to-back homers highlighted a four-run International league 1st inning and a pair of Isotopes failed to complete storybook-ending scenarios as the International League All-Stars defeated the Pacific Coast League All-Stars 7-5 in the 20th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque on Wednesday evening.
In the International League 1st inning, Matt Tolbert (Rochester - Twins) was hit by a pitch with one out and Timo Perez (Toledo - Tigers) doubled to left-center field. Perez took third base on an error during the play before teammate Mike Hessman (Toledo - Tigers) homered to right field. Brandon Moss (Pawtucket - Red Sox) followed with a homer to left field as the IL led 4-0.
The Pacific Coast League halved the defecit in their half of the 1st inning. Adam Jones (Tacoma - Mariners) doubled ahead of Val Pascucci's (Albuquerque - Marlins) homer to left field.
Brian Bixler (Indianapolis - Pirates) singled, stole second base and scored on Brandon Watson's (Columbus - Nationals) duble down the left field line in the 2nd inning as the IL led 5-2.
The IL added to the lead in the 4th inning. Bixler reached on an error, stole second base and two outs later, scored on Tolbert's single to center field. Tolbert raced around to score on Perez's single to center field as the IL led 7-2.
In the home half of the 4th inning, Craig Brazell (Omaha - Royals) homered to lead off the inning. An out later, Terry Evans (Salt Lake - Angels) doubled and Vinny Rottino (Nashville - Brewers) drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Clint Barmes (Colorado Springs - Rockies) lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Evans. Eric Patterson (Iowa - Cubs) singled to left-center field to bring Rottino home as the PCL trailed 7-5.
The first of two Isotopes storybook-endings waiting to be written occurred in the 8th inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Albuqueque's Robert Andino struck out to end the threat.
The final storybook ending waiting to happen occurred in the 9th inning. With Jones on first base and two outs, Pascucci walked up to the plate with the potential of a game-tying homer. Pascucci ended up striking out to end the contest.
ALL-STAR GAME NOTES: The Pacific Coast League scheduled starter was Chris Oxspring from Nashville (Brewers). Oxspring became ineligible for the Triple-A All-Star Game on Tuesday after his contract was purchased by a Korean baseball club. . . . With the win, the International League moved into a tie with the Pacific Coast League in All-Star games won (5 wins each) since the format was changed in 1998 from American League affiliate All-Stars against the National League affiliate All-Stars to International League All-Stars against the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. . . . Toledo's (Tigers) Timo Perez was named the International League Star of the Game as well as the MVP of the All-Star Game. Albuquerque's Val Pascucci was named the Pacific Coast League Star of the Game. Pascucci became the first Isotope to win a Star of the Game award. . . . A player currently not in professional baseball won the Home Run Derby on Monday evening. Former-Isotope Robert Stratton defeated Craig Brazell (Omaha - Royals) in a slug-off in the final round of the home run derby to claim the title. In the 1st round, neither local high school player (Joey Garcia from Rio Rancho High School or Garrett Poe from Silver High school) belted a homer. Stratton belted five homers and former-Duke Mike Marshall hit two homers. First-round homer totals from PCL representatives: Scott Seabol (13), Craig Brazell (5) and Val Pascucci (1). First-round homer totals from IL representatives: John-Ford Griffin (3), Shelley Duncan (2) and Mike Hessman (2). . . . Albuquerque became the first city to host the Triple-A All-Star Game twice. Wednesday night was a much better night weather-wise as the 1993 contest at then-Albuquerque Sports Stadium had the start of the game delayed by about two hours due to rain. Once the rain let up, the National League affiliate All-Stars defeated the American League affiliate All-Stars 14-3 in front of 10,541 fans. Ryan Klesko of the Richmond Braves (Braves) went 4x4 with a pair of homers, 4 RBI and 4 runs scored. Klesko was named the International League Star of the Game. Albuquerque Duke Billy Ashley went 2x3 with 2 RBI and won the Pacific Coast League Star of the Game. Roy Smith of the Buffalo Bisons won the American Association Star of the Game. . . . The Louisville Bats (AAA Reds) host the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game. . . . The Isotopes return to PCL action on Thursday evening with a four game series in New Orleans against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets).

Filed 07/11/2007

July 8, 2007 - Isotopes (45-46)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -3.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 7 1
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 X . 5 10 2
WP: Mike Smith (8-7)
LP: Chris George (5-7)
SV: Brian Falkenborg (20)
Home Runs:
MEM Tagg Bozied (14) off Ross Wolf in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:50  ATT: 9,146
Memphis' Mike Smith allowed a run over 6 frames and his teammates provided him with enough run support in the Memphis Redbirds' (AAA Cardinals) 5-2 victory over Albuquerque in the series finale. The Isotopes enter the All-Star Break one game below the .500 mark for the season.
Brett Carroll tripled and later scored on an error as Albuquerque led 1-0 in the 2nd inning.
Memphis took the lead in the 3rd inning. Brian Esposito doubled and advanced to third base on an error during a pickoff play. Mike McCoy walked and Jarrett Hoffpauir singled to drive in Esposito. Rick Ankiel singled to drive in McCoy as the Redbirds led 2-1.
In the 4th inning, Nick Stavinoha and Joe Mather singled, Jolbert Cabrera grounded into a double play and Esposito singled to bring Stavinoha home to extend Memphis' lead to 3-1.
Hoffpauir singled and came around to score on Tagg Bozied's homer in the 7th inning as Memphis led 5-1.
Albuquerque scored the final run of the game in the 8th inning. Josh Labandeira singled, advanced to third base on an error, and scored on Reggie Abercrombie's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 5-7) 4.1 7 3 3 3 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 91 G, 388 AB, 53 R, 109 H, 18 2B, 9 3b, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 24 BB, 83 K, 15 SB, .281 AVG
Brett Carroll: 40 G, 150 AB, 25 R, 45 H, 8 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 33 RBI, 8 BB, 39 K, 0 SB, .300 AVG
Taylor Tankersley 0-1, 0 SV, 6 APP, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 Bb, 4 K, 1 HR, 5.79 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Jason Stokes belted a pair of three-run homers as part of Albuquerque's 11 run eruption after Memphis' John Webb had a perfect game going for 6 1/3 innings. Albuquerque defeated the Redbirds 11-2 at Autozone Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Memphis took three out of the five games in the series. There was a nice turnout at Autozone Park - 53,718 fans for a per-game average of 10,744. The Isotopes and Redbirds played their final game in Memphis in 2007 and Albuquerque won five out of the nine contests. The Isotopes are 20-21 all-time at Autozone Park. . . . Josh Labandeira singled in his pinch-hit at-bat to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Reggie Abercrombie has swiped a pair of bases in the same inning twice this season. Abercrombie stole second and third bases in the 4th inning, his team leading 21st and 22nd stolen bases. . . . After the three day All-Star break, Albuquerque returns to action on July 12th with a four-game series against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets). After that series, Albuquerque returns home on July 16th for an eight-game homestand.

Filed 07/08/2007

July 7, 2007 - Isotopes (45-45)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -2.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 . 3 5 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 2 5 0
WP: Daniel Barone (4-0)
LP: Mike Parisi (5-7)
SV: Roy Corcoran (3)
Home Runs:
ABQ John Gall (9) off Mike Parisi in the 1st inning

MEM Rick Ankiel (26) off Daniel Barone in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:33  ATT: 12,362
Daniel Barone did well on the mound, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings, and did it with the lumber, knocking in the eventual game-winning run as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 3-2 in Memphis on Saturday evening.
John Gall solo-homered in the 1st inning as Albuquerque led 1-0.
In the 2nd inning, Memphis' John Rodriguez walked, advanced to third base on Nick Stavinoha's single, and scored when Joe Mather grounded into a double play.
In the 7th inning, Scott Seabol walked, Chad Hermansen singled, and Josh Labandeira singled to drive in Seabol. Barone laid down a sacrifice bunt as Hermansen raced home to give Albuquerque a 3-1 lead.
Rick Ankiel homered in the home half of the 7th inning as Memphis pulled to a run down at 3-2, making Barone's run-scoring sacrifice bunt very important for Albuquerque.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (W, 4-0) 6.0 5 2 2 1 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 90 G, 384 AB, 53 R, 109 H, 18 2B, 9 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 24 BB, 82 K, 15 SB, .284 AVG
Brett Carroll: 39 G, 147 AB, 24 R, 43 H, 8 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 33 RBI, 7 BB, 39 K, 0 SB, .293 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 2-1, 1 SV, 21 APP, 25.2 IP, 26 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 26 K, 4 HR, 6.31 ERA
Taylor Tankersley 0-1, 0 SV, 5 APP, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 6.23 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: The Redbirds and Isotopes also battled at Autozone Park on this day in 2006. It was a pitcher's duel with Dennis Tankersley outdueling Chris George. Skip Schumaker scored on Bo Hart's single in the 7th inning for the only run of the game in Memphis' 1-0 victory.
'TOPES NOTES: Josh Labandeira extended his hitting streak to 6 games, while Reggie Abercrombie went hitless to end a 6 game hitting streak. . . . John Gall has homered in back to back contests. . . . Albuquerque and Memphis meet for the final game of their five-game series on Sunday afternoon before getting time off for the All-Star Break. Pitching probables are LHP Chris George (5-6, 5.58) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Smith (7-7, 5.13) for the Redbirds.

Filed 07/07/2007

July 6, 2007 - Isotopes (44-45)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -3.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 . 6 10 1
Memphis Redbirds 1 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 X . 7 11 1
WP: Mike Worrell (2-0)
LP: Nate Field (6-4)
SV: Brian Falkenborg (19)
Home Runs:
ABQ Val Pascucci (22) off Anthony Reyes in the 5th inning
ABQ John Gall (8) off Anthony Reyes in the 3rd inning
ABQ Reggie Abercrombie (7) off Anthony Reyes in the 5th inning

MEM John Rodriguez (8) off Nate Field in the 7th inning
MEM Joe Mather (5) off Paul Mildren in the 3rd inning

TIME: 3:03  ATT: 8,144
After the Isotopes belted a pair of 5th inning homers to tie the game at 6-6, Memphis' John Rodriguez solo homered in the 7th inning for the eventual game-winning run in the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 7-6 victory over Albuquerque. The Isotopes have dropped two straight contests.
In the 1st inning, Edgar Gonzalez reached on a two base error, advanced to third on Jarrett Hoffpauir's single and scored on Rodriguez's single.
With two outs in the 3rd inning, Redbirds starter Anthony Reyes and Gonzalez walked, Hoffpauir doubled to drive in Reyes and Gonzalez and Rodriguez doubled to drive in Hoffpauir as the Redbirds led 4-0.
Josh Labandeira and Reggie Abercrombie singled ahead of John Gall's homer in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 4-3.
A home half of the 3rd inning homer allowed Memphis to double up Albuquerque at 6-3. Nick Stavinoha singled and Joe Mather followed with that homer.
Albuquerque powered their way to a tie game in the 5th ininng. Labandeira doubled and scored on Abercrombie's homer. A batter later, Val Pascucci homered.
Rodriguez's 7th inning homer for Memphis snapped the tie and the Redbirds held on to the one run lead for the rest of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren 4.0 8 6 5 3 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 89 G, 381 AB, 53 R, 109 H, 18 2B, 9 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 23 BB, 80 K, 14 SB, .286 AVG
Brett Carroll: 38 G, 147 AB, 24 H, 43 H, 8 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 33 RBI, 7 BB, 39 K, 0 SB, .293 AVG
Taylor Tankersley 0-1, 0 SV, 4 APP, 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 6.75 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Jose Garcia was promoted to the Isotopes from the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats and allowed five earned runs in 4 innings as the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) defeated Albuquerque 7-2 at Dell Diamond.
'TOPES NOTES: P Nate Field was activated from the Disabled List. . . . Robert Andino had a short evening. Andino was ejected by First Base umpire Ramon Armendariz in the bottom of the 1st inning while arguing with umpires who ruled Brett Carroll's catch of a fly ball wasn't held long enough to be considered a catch before the ball popped out. It was Andino's third ejection of the season. . . . Val Pascucci became the third different Isotope to strike out four times in a game. . . . Memphis' John Rodriguez was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Pacific Coast League announced that through the month of June 2007, total and per-game attendance marks have increased from the same marks achieved in 2006 through June. 4,099,201 fans passed through PCL turnstiles for per-game attendance of 6,365 from April through June 2007. In the same timeframe in 2006, it was 4,016,279 fans with a per-game mark of 6,295. The leading teams in fans per game average are Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) with 9,845; Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) with 9,281; Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) with 8,537; Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) with 7,751; and the Isotopes round out the top 5 with 7,667. The best average attendance per game percentage gainer club is the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) with a 13.07 percent increase. Albuquerque's increase in average fans per game in 2007 from 2006 is 3.4 percent. . . . The television announcers for the Triple-A All-Star Game have been announced. For the game from Albuquerque to be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, July 11th at 5:30 PM MDT, the play by play will be done by Mark Neely and the analyst will be Eduardo Perez. . . . Pitching probables for Saturday's contest are RHP Daniel Barone (3-0, 2.28) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Parisi (5-6, 5.23) for the Redbirds.

Filed 07/06/2007

July 5, 2007 - Isotopes (44-44)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -3.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 1 9 1
Memphis Redbirds 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 X . 8 10 0
WP: Randy Keisler (7-5)
LP: Kenny Baugh (3-5)
Home Runs:
ABQ Chris Ashby (4) off Randy Keisler in the 5th inning

MEM Rick Ankiel (25) off Kenny Baugh in the 1st inning
MEM Joe Mather (4) off Kenny Baugh in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:50  ATT: 6,853
A pair of first inning homers were all the runs the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) would need in a 8-1 victory over Albuquerque on Thursday evening. The loss snapped Albuquerque's five game winning streak.
In the 1st inning, Jarrett Hoffpauir doubled with one out and scored on Rick Ankiel's homer. An out later, John Rodriguez singled and scored on Joe Mather's homer as the Redbirds led 4-0.
In the 4th inning, Mather was hit by a pitch and Travis Hanson and Ryan Christianson singled to load the bases. Mike McCoy safely reached on a fielder's choice as Mather scored and Hoffpauir singled to drive in Hanson. Ankiel walked to bring Christianson home to give Memphis a 7-0 lead.
Chris Ashby solo-homered in the 5th inning for the Isotopes lone run of the game.
Christianson walked and later scored on Hoffpauir's single in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (L, 3-5) 3.1 8 7 7 0 5 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 88 G, 380 AB, 53 R, 109 H, 18 2B, 9 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 23 BB, 80 K, 14 SB, .287 AVG
Brett Carroll: 37 G, 142 AB, 24 R, 43 H, 8 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 33 RBI, 7 BB, 39 K, 0 SB, .303 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 2-1, 1 SV, 20 APP, 25 IP, 26 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 24 K, 4 HR, 6.48 ERA
Taylor Tankersley 0-1, 0 SV, 3 APP, 3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Keith Osik and Joe Dillon drove in a pair of runs and Drew Niles three-run homered in Albuquerque's 7-5 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Des Moines.
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins placed P Josh Johnson on the disabled list and recalled OF Eric Reed from Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque had won their last three contests at Autozone Park until tonight. . . . The remainder of the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby contestants were announced. The International League will be represented by Shelley Duncan (Scranton Wilkes Barre - Yankees), John-Ford Griffin (Syracuse - Blue Jays) and Mike Hessman (Toledo - Tigers). Joining Isotope players Val Pascucci and Scott Seabol is Craig Brazell (Omaha - Royals) for the Pacific Coast League. . . . Pitching probables for Game 3 of the series are LHP Paul Mildren (5-6, 5.47) for the Isotopes and RHP Anthony Reyes (1-1, 1.64) for the Redbirds.

Filed 07/05/2007

July 4, 2007 - Isotopes (44-43)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -3.5 Games

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 0 1 0 1 4 0 2 0 . 12 13 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 0 . 7 9 0
WP: Rick Vanden Hurk (1-0)
LP: Blake Hawksworth (3-10)
Home Runs:
ABQ Brett Carroll (8) off Blake Hawksworth in the 1st inning
ABQ Reggie Abercrombie (6) off Chris Lambert in the 6th inning
ABQ Andrew Beattie (5) off Chris Russ in the 8th inning

MEM Rick Ankiel (24) off Rick Vanden Hurk in the 4th inning
MEM Tagg Bozied (13) off Rick Vanden Hurk in the 6th inning
MEM John Rodriguez (7) off Chris Young in the 8th inning
MEM Brian Esposito (4) off Rick Vanden Hurk in the 5th inning
MEM Jared Hoffpauir (1) off Chris Young in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:08  ATT: 17,213
A Memphis professional baseball record crowd was treated to a fireworks display before the post-game fireworks show. Albuquerque and the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) combined to hit eight homers out of Autozone Park and the Isotopes took the contest 12-7 despite allowing five of those homers to Memphis.
Albuquerque got off to a quick, solid start. With one out, Reggie Abercrombie struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch. Abercrombie stole second base, John Gall walked, and Val Pascucci doubled to drive in Abercrombie and Gall. An out later, Brett Carroll two-run homered as the 'Topes led 4-0.
Pascucci singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on Andrew Beattie's single.
Rick Ankiel homered in the 4th inning as Memphis got on the scoreboard.
Albuquerque got that run back in the 5th inning when Carroll doubled, moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on John Baker's single as the 'Topes led 6-1.
Brian Esposito solo-homered for Memphis in the home half of the 5th inning.
Albuquerque put their second 4-spot of the night on the scoreboard in the 6th inning. Abercrombie homered to lead off the inning. Gall, Pascucci and Beattie walked in the span of two outs in the inning and Baker singled to drive in Gall. Isotopes starter Rick Vanden Hurk helped his cause with a single to drive in Pascucci and Beattie as the Isotopes led 10-2.
Memphis' Tagg Bozied homered in the 6th inning as Vanden Hurk allowed his third homer of the inning.
Carroll singled ahead of Beattie's homer in the 8th inning as Albuquerque led 12-3.
Memphis added four runs on the scoreboard in the 8th inning to make the final score more respectable. Mike McCoy singled and pinch-hitter Jarrett Hoffpauir homered. An out later, Bozied walked, took second base on a balk, and scored on John Rodriguez's homer.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Rick Vanden Hurk (W, 1-0) 6.0 5 3 3 1 2 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 87 G, 376 AB, 53 R, 109 H, 18 2B, 9 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 23 BB, 79 K, 14 SB, .290 AVG
Brett Carroll: 36 G, 138 AB, 24 R, 42 H, 8 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 33 RBI, 7 BB, 38 K, 0 SB, .304 AVG
Rick Vanden Hurk 1-0, 0 SV, 1 APP, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 HR, 4.50 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Nic Ungs allowed 3 runs and 10 hits in 6 innings and Drew Niles' sacrifice flyout brought home Albuquerque's only run in a 5-1 loss to the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) at Dell Diamond.
'TOPES NOTES: 17,213 is the largest crowd the Isotopes have played in front of in 2007. . . . The Isotopes are 4-1 all-time in Independence Holiday contests. . . . Albuquerque's five game winning streak ties for the longest winning streak of the season. . . . Brett Carroll was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Carroll's homer in the game gave him back-to-back games with a homer. . . . Scott Seabol went hitless in four at-bats to snap an 8-game hitting streak. . . . Pitching probables for Friday's contest are RHP Kenny Baugh (3-4, 6.53) for the Isotopes and the Redbirds have yet to decide on a probable starter.

Filed 07/04/2007

July 3, 2007 - Isotopes (43-43)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -3.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 6 8 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 X . 7 12 0
WP: Harvey Garcia (2-1)
LP: Ben Howard (4-3)
SV: Roy Corcoran (2)
Home Runs:
IWA Ronny Cedeno (10) off Chris George in the 2nd inning
Josh Kroeger (3) off Chris George in the 3rd inning

ABQ Brett Carroll (7) off Les Walrond in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:44  ATT: 15,004
How sweep it is! Isotopes starter Chris George spotted the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) a 4-0 lead, but George's teammates persevered and the Isotopes eeked out a 7-6 victory over the Cubs in the series finale.
Iowa's Ronny Cedeno drew a walk and scored on Geovany Soto's double to left field in the 1st inning.
The clubs swapped three run homers in the 2nd inning (Cedeno homered to left center field with Les Walrond and Eric Patterson on board for Iowa; Brett Carroll homered to center field with Val Pascucci and Scott Seabol on board for Albuquerque).
Anthony Richie reached on a fielder's choice and Josh Kroeger followed with a homer to center field in the 3rd inning as the Cubs led 6-3.
Albuquerque pulled to within a run at 6-5 in their half of the 3rd inning. Robert Andino doubled and Reggie Abercrombie singled to deep third base. Andino advanced to third base on the hit and Abercrombie advanced to second base on an error during the play. John Gall sacrifice flied out to cetner field to bring home Andino and Val Pascucci doubled to the left-center field wall to drive in Abercrombie.
Seabol doubled down the left field line and scored on Ashby's single in the 6th inning as Albuquerque tied the game, and Gall doubled and scored on Seabol's double to Isotopes Hill in the 7th inning as Albuquerque took the lead.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 6.0 6 6 6 4 3 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 86 G, 370 AB, 53 R, 108 H, 18 2B, 9 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 23 BB, 78 K, 12 SB, .292 AVG
Brett Carroll: 35 G, 133 AB, 21 R, 39 H, 7 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 7 BB, 38 K, 0 SB, .293 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 2-1, 1 SV, 19 APP, 24 IP, 25 H, 17 ER, 11 BB, 22 K, 4 HR, 6.38 ERA
Taylor Tankersley 0-1, 0 SV, 2 APP, 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 13.50 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, John Gall was a member of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) as his two-run homer in the top of the 9th inning snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Redbirds a 5-3 victory over Albuquerque at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The largest attendance at Isotopes Park (15,020) was established on July 3, 2006. . . . Albuquerque won all four games in the series, but lost the contest that was suspended in April and completed on this visit by Iowa to Isotopes Park. Tonight's contest marked the last game in 2007 between the Cubs and Isotopes. Iowa won 9 out of the 16 contests in 2007. The Isotopes won 5 at Isotopes Park and won 2 at Principal Park. iowa holds a 42-38 all-time series advantage. . . . Scott Seabol and John Gall extended hitting streaks -- Seabol to 8 games and Gall to 6 games. . . . Isotopes management really liked the four-game series against the Cubs - 43,704 fans attended the four-game series to establish the largest series attendance mark so far for the season at Isotopes Park. . . . An auction of special Red, White and Blue Isotopes jerseys raised $5,704 for the ALS Foundation. Best selling jerseys were Robert Andino's ($600), Orbit's ($510) and Scott Seabol's ($500). . . . Albuquerque hits the road for five games in Memphis that leads up to the All-Star Break. RHP Rick Vanden Hurk is expected to make his Triple-A debut with Albuquerque (Vanden Hurk already has a MLB debut on his career resume) and the Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) are expected to send RHP Blake Hawksworth (3-9, 4.74) to the mound.

Filed 07/03/2007

July 2, 2007 - Isotopes (42-43)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -4.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 6 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 1 X . 7 13 2
WP: Daniel Barone (3-0)
LP: J.R. Mathes (6-6)
Home Runs:
ABQ Val Pascucci (21) off Bret Prinz in the 7th inning
ABQ Robert Andino (5) off J.R. Mathes in the 7th inning
ABQ Robert Andino (6) off Bret Prinz in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:34  ATT: 9,081
For Daniel Barone, it's another broken record (another quality start outing). What was unusual tonight is that Robert Andino homered twice as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 7-3 on Monday evening at "The Lab".
In the 1st inning, Ronny Cedeno reached on an error, advanced to third base on Micah Hoffpauir's single, and scored when Matt Murton reached on a fielder's choice.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 3rd inning. Josh Labandeira singled, Daniel Barone reached on a sacrifice bunt, and Andino walked to load the bases. Reggie Abercrombie singled to drive in Labandeira and John Gall reached on a fielder's choice with Barone out at home plate. An error on the play allowed Andino to race around from second base to score.
Iowa regained the lead in the 4th inning. Hoffpauir walked, Buck Coats singled, and Geovany Soto singled to drive in Hoffpauir to tie the game. Scott Moore reached on a fielder's choice as Coats scored.
Iowa held the lead until the 7th inning. Andino homered to left field with one out to tie the game and Abercrombie followed with a double. Gall singled to put runners on the corners and Val Pascucci homered to give Albuquerque a 6-3 lead.
Andino's 8th inning homer closed out the scoring in the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (W, 3-0) 7.0 4 3 2 1 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 85 G, 366 AB, 52 R, 106 H, 17 2B, 9 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 22 BB, 77 K, 12 SB, .290 AVG
Brett Carroll: 34 G, 129 AB, 20 R, 38 H, 7 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 7 BB, 37 K, 0 SB, .295 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, J.B. Miadich's wild pitch in the 11th inning allowed the game-winning run to score as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) defeated the 'Topes 6-5.
'TOPES NOTES: There continues to be no day that goes by that there isn't a transaction involving the Isotopes. On Monday, the Marlins purchased the contract of P Erasmo Ramirez from Albuquerque and optioned OF Brett Carroll to the Isotopes. P Jeff Fulchino went on the disabled list and P Rick Vanden Hurk was transferred to Albuquerque from Class-AA Carolina. Vanden Hurk, a converted catcher who was born in the Netherlands, is scheduled to pitch for the World Team in the 2007 All-Star Futures Game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. With Vanden Hurk and Carroll's arrival, the Isotopes feature five of the top 30 Marlins prospects according to Baseball America. . . . Daniel Barone has made four Triple-A starts and all were quality starts (6 innings or more, 3 runs or less yielded). . . . The Isotopes pitching staff did not give up a homer in the game, cementing the franchise record established yesterday of 11 consecutive games in allowing a homer to the opposition. . . . John Baker was ejected by Home Plate umpire Dan Bellino in the 6th inning - Baker's second ejection of the season. . . . Some of the participants for July 9th's Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby at Isotopes Park were announced on Monday. Scott Seabol and Val Pascucci will represent the Isotopes in the derby. The two high school home run derby qualifiers are Garrett Poe from Silver High and Joey Garcia from Rio Rancho High School. The participants among retired players are former Albuquerque-Duke Mike Marshall and former-Isotope Robert Stratton. Stratton won the Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby held in 2003 in Memphis, becomng the lone Isotope to win the event. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Ronny Cedeno of the Cubs. Cedeno hit .448 (13x29) for the week with 5 homers and 10 RBI. Part of the week under consideration included some games against the Isotopes. The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Manny Parra of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). Parra tossed a perfect game during the week, and in the following start allowed a run and two hits in 6 innings. Combined, Parra went 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA and struck out 15. . . . Albuquerque goes for the series sweep on Tuesday night in a game that will feature post-game fireworks and the conclusion of an auction of the special Red, White and Blue uniforms that the Isotopes are wearing. Probables are LHP Chris George (5-6, 5.36) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope LHP Les Walrond (8-4, 4.86) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 07/02/2007

July 1, 2007 - Isotopes (41-43)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -4.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 . 3 8 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 X . 7 12 0
WP: Paul Mildren (5-6)
LP: Ryan O'Malley (3-6)
Home Runs:
IWA Micah Hoffpauir (16) off Paul Mildren in the 6th inning
IWA Josh Kroeger (2) off Nic Ungs in the 7th inning

ABQ Scott Seabol (19) off Ryan O'Malley in the 1st inning
ABQ Reggie Abercrombie (5) off Ryan O'Malley in the 3rd inning

TIME: 2:30  ATT: 7,650
In the regularly scheduled game for Sunday, the Isotopes plated seven runs over the first three frames and cruised to a 7-3 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs).
In the 1st inning, Eric Reed singled wtih one out, and an out later, Scott Seabol homered to left field as the isotopes led 2-0.
Albuquerque added more runs to the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. John Gall singled and scored on Seabol's triple. Chad Hermansen walked and Reggie Abercrombie followed with a homer to center field. Back-to-back doubles by Chris Ashby and Josh Labandeira brought home another run as the 'Topes led 7-0.
Micah Hoffpauir homered in the 6th inning, Josh Kroeger homered in the 7th inning, and Matt Murton reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a Buck Coats double in the 8th inning as Iowa tallied their three runs in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren (W, 5-6) 6.0 5 1 1 0 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 84 G, 362 AB, 49 R, 104 H, 17 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 24 RBI, 21 BB, 76 K, 12 SB, .287 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 1-1, 1 SV, 18 APP, 23 IP, 24 H, 17 ER, 11 BB, 20 K, 4 HR, 6.65 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Derek Wathan hit for the cycle for Albuquerque, but Colorado Springs' (AAA Rockies) Jorge Piedra homered three times at Isotopes Park in the Sky Sox's 16-11 victory.
'TOPES NOTES: Another day, more transactions for the Isotopes. P Jesus Silva was sent back to Class-A Jupiter, P Chris George was added back to the roster from Class-A Jupiter, P Seth Etherton went on the disabled list and P Nic Ungs was activated from the disabled list. . . . Every Isotope starter had at least one hit in the contest. . . . The Isotopes pitching staff established a franchise record by allowing a homer in 11 consecutive contests. . . . The Isotopes saw their 300,000 fan come through the turnstiles Sunday - 306,652 is the current home season attendance. . . . On Monday evening, pitching probables are RHP Daniel Barone (2-0, 2.18) for the Isotopes and LHP J.R. Mathes (6-5, 5.68) for the Cubs.

Filed 07/01/2007

April 12, 2007 - Isotopes Game Suspended
Resumed July 1, 2007 (40-43)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 0 3 . 10 11 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 2 . 7 20 2
WP: Ben Howard (4-2)
LP: Taylor Tankersley (0-1)
SV: Cory Bailey (4)
Home Runs:
IWA Micah Hoffpauir (15) off Taylor Tankersley in the 7th inning

ALB Reggie Abercrombie (2) off Hector Almonte in the 5th inning
ALB Paul Hoover (1) off Hector Almonte in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:54  ATT: 4,327
The Albuquerque Isotopes and Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) contest was suspended after 5 1/2 innings of play with the Isotopes leading 5-4 due to travel concerns on April 12th. There was a snowstorm heading for the Midwestern United States and the Isotopes were trying to catch a flight to Omaha before the storm arrived, while Iowa had to catch a flight to Des Moines in time for their home opener. The game was resumed on July 1st and the Cubs wasted no time taking the lead off of the newest of Isotopes, Taylor Tankersley, as the I-Cubs defeated Albuquerque 10-7.
In the 3rd inning, John Gall singled to center field with two outs, stole second base, and scored on Scott Seabol's single to center field as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard first.
Iowa tied up the game in the top of the 4th inning - Felix Pie reached on an error and scored on Micah Hoffpauir's double to center field.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the home half of the frame. Robert Andino doubled to center field, advanced to third base on Wes Obermueller's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Josh Labandeira's single to center field.
Albuquerque extended the lead in the 5th inning. With one out, Val Pascucci doubled to center field and Paul Hoover followed with a homer to left field. Reggie Abercrombie stepped up to the plate and delivered a homer to left field for Albuquerque's first back-to-back homers of the season.
Iowa got those three runs back in the 6th inning. Eric Patterson and Pie singled to lead off the inning and Hoffpauir reached on an error to load the bases. Scott Moore singled to center field to drive in Patterson and Pie. Hoffpauir advanced to third base on a flyout by Geovany Soto and scored on Buck Coats' sacrifice flyout to right field. After the Cubs finished batting in the 6th inning, the game was suspended with the Isotopes leading 5-4.
The Isotopes went rather quietly in the home half of the 6th inning after play resume. In the 7th inning, Tankersley was on the mound when Iowa came up for their first at-bat of the resumed game. Ronny Cedeno walked, Matt Murton doubled and Hoffpauir followed with a homer as Iowa led 7-5.
Iowa added three more runs in the 9th inning. Chris Walker walked, stole second base and Cedeno singled. Eric Patterson's bunt single drove in Walker and Murton's single brought home Cedeno. Patterson eventually scored on Geovany Soto's single.
Albuquerque added their final two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning. With two outs, Abercrombie singled, took second base on defensive indifference, and scored on Andino's single. Andino advanced to second base on another case of defensive indifference and scored on Eric Reed's triple Reed was stranded at third base when Labandeira struck out to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Wes Obermueller 6.0 5 4 2 1 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 83 G, 358 AB, 49 R, 103 H, 16 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 24 RBI, 20 BB, 75 K, 12 SB, .288 AVG
Taylor Tankersley 0-1, 0 SV, 1 APP, 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 27.00 ERA
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque banged out the most hits in a contest this season (20).

Filed 07/01/2007

June 30, 2007 - Isotopes (40-42)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -5.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 6 13 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 1 X . 8 9 0
WP: Kenny Baugh (3-4)
LP: John Webb (2-6)
SV: Roy Corcoran (1)
Home Runs:
IWA Ronny Cedeno (8) off Kenny Baugh in the 1st inning
IWA Ronny Cedeno (9) off Harvey Garcia in the 6th inning
TIME: 3:08  ATT: 11,969
After spotting the Iowa Cubs a 4-0 lead, the Isotopes plated the next seven runs and went on to defeat the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 8-6 on Saturday evening at Isotopes Park. The victory snapped a four-game losing skid.
Isotopes probable starter Jeff Fulchino was injured in pre-game warmups, forcing Kenny Baugh to make the very emergency start for Albuquerque. Baugh gave up a game leadoff double to Eric Patterson and Ronny Cedeno followed with a homer as Iowa led 2-0 before even being put out for the first time in the game.
Iowa added to thei lead in the 3rd inning. Micah Hoffpauir doubled and scored on Buck Coats' single. Coats was erased from the basepaths when Josh Kroeger reached on a fielders choice and Scott Moore tripled to drive in Kroeger.
In the home half of the 3rd inning, Eric Reed ground-rule doubled with two outs, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on John Gall's single. Val Pascucci doubled to drive in Gall.
In the 4th inning, Andrew Beattie walked, Reggie Abercrombie was hit by a pitch, both runners advanced into scoring position on John Baker's groundout and Isotopes starter Baugh lifted a sacrifice fly to bring Beattie home.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 5th inning. Reed doubled and advanced to third base on an error during a pickoff play. Pascucci was hit by a pitch and Scott Seabol singled to drive in Reed. Beattie singled to drive in Pascucci and Abercrombie walked to load the bases before a wild pitch brought Seabol and Beattie home.
Iowa's Cedeno homered with Patterson on base in the 6th inning as Iowa cut the defecit to a run at 7-6.
Albuquerque scored the final run of the game in the 8th inning - Josh Labandeira reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Robert Andino's double.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (W, 3-4) 5.0 7 4 4 2 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 83 G, 356 AB, 48 R, 101 H, 15 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 20 BB, 75 K, 12 SB, .284 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 1-1, 0 SV, 17 APP, 21.2 IP, 24 H, 17 ER, 11 BB, 18 K, 4 HR, 7.06 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Donovan Osborne made his Isotopes debut and tossed 6 inings of 2 run ball, but got the no-decision in Albuquerque's 6-2 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in Omaha.
'TOPES NOTES: Late Saturday evening, the Marlins recalled P Lee Gardner from Albuquerque and optioned P Taylor Tankersley to the Isotopes. Tankersley will come to Albuquerque looking to regain his form since he has been struggling recently with the Marlins. . . . Albuquerque finished June with a 13-15 record (10-6 at home, 3-9 on the road). The Isotopes swiped 18 bags during the month and belted 26 homers. . . . Kenny Baugh drove in the first run by an Isotopes pitcher since Jeff Fulchino drove in a run on May 23rd. . . . Roy Corcoran became the seventh Isotope to record a save this season. . . . By allowing a homer in tonight's contest, Isotopes pitching tied a franchise record by allowing a homer in 10 straight games. The record was established during the 2003 season. . . . Iowa's Eric Patterson was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Cubs starter John Webb was ejected by home plate umpire Casey Moser after hitting Val Pascucci with a pitch in the 5th inning. . . . When the Isotopes and Cubs take the field on Sunday afternoon in near triple-digit heat, it will be to complete a game suspended between the two clubs in April. Pitching probables in the regularly scheduled game that follows are LHP Paul Mildren (4-6, 5.81) for the Isotopes and LHP Ryan O'Malley (3-6, 7.61) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/30/2007

June 29, 2007 - Isotopes (39-42)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -5.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 2 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 . 10 14 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 6 1
WP: Zach Jackson (9-3)
LP: Seth Etherton (0-2)
Home Runs:
NSH Joe Dillon (15) off Jesus Silva in the 4th inning
NSH Brad Nelson (10) off Seth Etherton in the 3rd inning
NSH Brad Nelson (11) off Jesus Silva in the 5th inning
NSH Chris Barnwell (5) off Seth Etherton in the 2nd inning

ABQ Scott Seabol (18) off Zach Jackson in the 2nd inning
ABQ John Gall (7) off Dennis Sarfate in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:45  ATT: 9,720
The Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) powered their way to a short-series sweep of Albuquerque, scoring nine out of their ten runs via the longball in a 10-2 victory over the Isotopes. The Isotopes have dropped four straight contests.
Brad Nelson walked and Chris Barnwell homered to left field as the Sounds led 2-0 in the 2nd inning.
Scott Seabol homered in the home half of the 2nd as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 2-1.
Nashville went on a scoring barrage, beginning in the 3rd inning. Charles Thomas singled, former-Isotope Joe Dillon walked, and Vinny Rottino reached on an error before Brad Nelson followed with a grand-slam homer. Drew Anderson doubled and scored on Barnwell's single as the Sounds led 7-1.
Callix Crabbe tripled and scored on Dillon's homer in the 4th inning, and Nelson homered for the second time in the game in the 5th inning as Nashville led 10-1.
John Gall solo-homered in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Seth Etherton (L, 0-2) 3.1 7 8 3 3 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 82 G, 351 AB, 48 R, 100 H, 14 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 20 BB, 75 K, 12 SB, .285 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the game between the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) and Isotopes at Isotopes Park was delayed 1 hour and 57 minutes due to rain. Once the game started, Isotopes starter Renyel Pinto allowed 7 runs in the first 3 innings, but the Isotopes scored 9 unanswered runs and won 10-7.
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transaction news, P Jesus Silva was transferred from Class-A Jupiter to Albuquerque and P Chris George was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Jupiter. P Ben Julianel was activated from the disabled list and P Nate Field went on the disabled list. . . . Tonight's game marked Nashville's last contest in Albuquerque in 2007. In addition to sweeping the three game series, Nashville took five out of the seven games played at Isotopes Park this season. 22,181 fans attended the series for a per-game average of 7,394. . . . Robert Andino went 0x4 to snap a 15-game hitting streak. . . . John Gall was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes were outscored 28-11 in the series against Nashville and the Sounds handed the Isotopes their first been-swept series of the season, and first since the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) swept the Isotopes at Isotopes Park in July 2006. . . . Scott Seabol has homered in the last three contests, tying a Isotope season-high with Val Pascucci who homered in three straight games in May. . . . In his Isotopes debut, Jesus Silva did a good job of saving the Isotopes bullpen from excessive work, eating up innings. Silva pitched 5 2/3 innings, a season high for an Isotope reliever and was one out shy of tying the franchise record. . . . Albuquerque opens up a four-game series against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Saturday evening at Isotopes Park. The series will also feature the completion of a suspended game from April, scheduled to occur on Sunday. Pitching probables in the opener are RHP Jeff Fulchino (6-2, 5.83) for the Isotopes and RHP John Webb (2-5, 5.22) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/29/2007

June 28, 2007 - Isotopes (39-41)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -4.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 2 0 2 0 1 0 6 0 0 . 11 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 . 6 14 1
WP: Tim Dillard (4-4)
LP: Christopher Young (0-2)
Home Runs:
NSH Laynce Nix (9) off Chris George in the 5th inning
NSH Tim Dillard (1) off Erasmo Ramirez in the 7th inning

ABQ Scott Seabol (17) off Chris Oxspring in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:07  ATT: 6,641
For the first six innings, the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) and Isotopes matched run for run in each inning scored. In the 7th inning, the Sounds were tired of playing that game, plating six runs that the Isotopes were unable to match en route to a 11-6 victory over the Isotopes. The Isotopes have dropped three straight games.
In the 1st inning, Nashville's Callix Crabbe walked with one out and scored on Laynce Nix's double. Former Isotope Joe Dillon singled to drive in Nix as the Sounds led 2-0.
In the home half of the 1st inning, Robert Andino tripled and scored on Eric Reed's sacrifice flyout. John Gall singled and scored on Val Pascucci's double as the Isotopes tied the game.
The Sounds regained the lead in the 3rd inning. Nix doubled, Dillon walked, and both scored on Brad Nelson's double to center field.
In the Isotopes half of the 3rd inning, Reed tripled and scored on Gall's groundout. Pascucci walked, Scott Seabol singled, and Andrew Beattie grounded out with Pascucci scoring.
The Sounds and Isotopes swapped homers in the 5th inning (Nix for Nashville and Seabol for Albuquerque) as the game remained knotted at 5-5.
Nashville put away the game in the 7th inning. Crabbe doubled, Nix reached on an error, and Dillon walked to load the bases. Vinny Rottino singled to drive in Crabbe and Nelson singled to drive in Nix and Dillon. An out later, Ozzie Chavez sacrifice flied out to drive in Rottino and Sounds reliever Tim Dillard followed with a homer to left field as the Sounds led 11-5.
Albuquerque scored their final run of the game in the 8th inning. Reggie Abercrombie singled, advanced to second base on defensive indifference, and scored on pinch-hitter Chad Hermansen's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 6.0 7 5 5 4 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 81 G, 347 AB, 48 R, 100 H, 14 2B, 9 3B, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 20 BB, 74 K, 12 SB, .288 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Isotopes got two victories on this day. In the completion of a suspended game at Isotopes Park, Paul Hoover's 9th inning homer gave Albuquerque a 6-5 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). In the regularly scheduled game, Chris Ashby's RBI single in the 8th inning snapped a 5-5 tie and Albuquerque held on to beat the Royals 6-5.
'TOPES NOTES: P Ross Wolf was activated from the Disabled List on Thursday. . . . The PCL and IL rosters are a separate news item. Scott Seabol became the first Isotope to be named an All-Star twice, but this year's game will be his first appearance if he is still eligible to play. Last season, Seabol was named but did not play as he became ineligible to play in the All-Star game since Seabol accepted a contract to play in Korea. If Robert Andino appears in the game, he will become the first Isotope to make an appearance in two All-Star contests - Andino was Seabol's replacement last season. . . . Robert Andino's first inning triple extended his hitting streak to 15 games, establishing a club season-high. Andino also became the first Isotope in 2007 to record 100 hits. . . . Every Isotope starter had a hit in the contest. . . . Scott Seabol has homered in back-to-back games. . . . The Sounds and Isotopes close out the series on Friday evening. Pitching probables are RHP Seth Etherton (0-1, 7.71) for the Isotopes and LHP Zach Jackson (8-3, 4.75) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/28/2007

2007 Triple-A All-Star Rosters Announced

The Pacific Coast League All-Star preliminary roster was announced today, while the International League roster was announced yesterday. The Isotopes established a new franchise record with three All-Stars (Val Pascucci, Scott Seabol, Robert Andino) named to the team. Here are the rosters as they currently stand. It is typical for the rosters to change by the time the game is played in Albuquerque on July 11th due to injuries, callups, or players declining the invitation to play: PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE ==================== PITCHERS Bray, Steve - Nashville Sounds (Brewers) Cassel, Jack - Portland Beavers (Padres) Collazo, Willie - New Orleans Zephyrs (Mets) Driskill, Travis - Round Rock Express (Astros) Giese, Dan - Fresno Grizzlies (Giants) Harville, Chad - Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks) Herges, Matt - Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) Lehr, Justin - Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) Oxspring, Chris - Nashville Sounds (Brewers) Speier, Ryan - Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) Wood, Mike - Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers) Worrell, Mark - Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) CATCHERS Johnson, Mark - Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks) Rottino, Vinny - Nashville Sounds (Brewers) INFIELDERS Andino, Robert - Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) Barmes, Clint - Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) Barton, Daric - Sacramento River Cats (Athletics) Brazell, Craig - Omaha Royals (Royals) De la Rosa, Tomas - Fresno Grizzlies (Giants) Hoffpauir, Micah - Iowa Cubs (Cubs) Pascucci, Valentino - Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) Patterson, Eric - Iowa Cubs (Cubs) Seabol, Scott - Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) OUTFIELDERS Barker, Sean - Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies) Evans, Terry - Salt Lake Bees (Angels) Jones, Adam - Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) Romero, Alex - Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks) Young, Delwyn - Las Vegas 51s (Dodgers) INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE ==================== PITCHERS Acosta, Manny - Richmond Braves (Braves) Booker, Chris - Columbus Clippers (Nationals) Breslow, Craig - Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox) Brower, Jim - Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees (Yankees) Bullington, Bryan - Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) Doyne, Cory - Norfolk Tides (Orioles) Dumatrait, Phil -Louisville Bats (Reds) Floyd, Gavin - Charlotte Knights (White Sox) Garza, Matt - Rochester Red Wings (Twins) Hughes, Travis - Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox) Korecky, Bobby - Rochester Red Wings (Twins) Niemann, Jeff - Durham Bulls (Devil Rays) CATCHERS House, J.R. - Norfolk Tides (Orioles) Jaramillo, Jason - Ottawa Lynx (Phillies) Morales, Jose - Rochester Red Wings (Twins) INFIELDERS Bixler, Brian - Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) de Caster, Yurendell - Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) Hessman, Mike - Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers) Keppinger, Jeff - Louisville Bats (Reds) Mulhern, Ryan - Buffalo Bisons (Indians) Rivas, Luis - Buffalo Bisons (Indians) Tolbert, Matt - Rochester Red Wings (Twins) Votto, Joey - Louisville Bats (Reds) OUTFIELDERS Duncan, Shelley - Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees (Yankees) Griffin, John-Ford - Syracuse Chiefs (Blue Jays) Moss, Brandon - Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox) Perez, Timo - Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers) Raburn, Ryan - Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
Filed 06/28/2007

June 27, 2007 - Isotopes (39-40)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -4.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 . 7 17 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 . 3 7 2
WP: Greg Aquino (2-0)
LP: Harvey Garcia (1-1)
Home Runs:
NSH Laynce Nix (8) off Harvey Garcia in the 11th inning

ABQ Scott Seabol (16) off Steve Bray in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:35  ATT: 5,820
Daniel Barone made his third Triple-A start for Albuquerque, tossed his third quality start, yet it was for naught as his teammates provided him no run support and the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) eventually outlasted the Isotopes 7-3 in 11 innings.
Vinny Rottino tripled and scored on Mike Rivera's single in the 2nd inning as Nashville got on the scoreboard first.
Albuquerque tied the game in the home half of the 2nd inning. Andrew Beattie walked, advanced to second base on a throwing error by Sounds starter R.A. Dickey on a pickoff attempt, and scored on John Baker's single.
Rottino and Rivera teamed up again in the 4th inning to drive in Nashville's second run of the game. Rottino singled and scored on Rivera's double.
In the 7th inning, Baker singled and later came around to score on Eric Reed's bunt single as the Isotopes tied the game at 2-2.
Nashville regained the lead in the 8th inning. Former-Isotope Joe Dillon singled, advanced to second base when Rivera reached on an error, and scored on Drew Anderson's double.
Scott Seabol solo-homered to left field in the 8th inning to tie game at 3-3.
In the 11th inning, Nashville's Anderson singled and an out later, Brad Nelson doubled to put both runners in scoring position. Tony Gwynn Jr. sacrifice flied out to drive in Anderson and Nelson advanced to third on a wild pitch. Callix Crabbe doubled to drive in Nelson and Laynce Nix two-run homered to give Nashville the final margin of 7-3.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone 6.2 9 2 2 1 0 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 80 G, 342 AB, 47 R, 99 H, 14 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 20 BB, 74 K, 12 SB, .289 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 1-1, 0 SV, 16 APP, 20.1 IP, 22 H, 15 ER, 11 BB, 18 K, 3 HR, 6.64 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006 with the game against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) at Isotopes Park tied 5-5 in the 8th inning, the rains came and the contest was eventually declared suspended, the first suspended game in Isotopes franchise history. When the game resumed a day later, Paul Hoover's bottom of the 9th inning solo homer ended the contest, giving Albuquerque a 6-5 victory.
'TOPES NOTES: The Pacific Coast League All-Star preliminary roster will be announced on Thursday. The International League roster was announced today and that roster will be posted to this website on Thursday along with the PCL roster. . . . Robert Andino hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, tying for the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season (Val Pascucci). . . . Pitching probables on Thursday evening are LHP Chris George (5-6, 5.22) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Oxspring (6-4, 3.14) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/27/2007

June 26, 2007 - Isotopes (39-39)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -4.0 Games

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 5 0 0 2 0 1 0 . 8 12 0
Iowa Cubs 4 1 1 6 1 1 0 0 X . 14 18 1
WP: Bret Prinz (1-0)
LP: Paul Mildren (4-6)
Home Runs:
IWA Buck Coats (8) off Paul Mildren in the 1st inning
TIME: 3:08  ATT: 6,222
Paul Mildren pitched Albuquerque into a 5-0 hole, then Albuquerque came back to tie the game before the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) put together a big inning of their own and earned a 14-8 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale on Tuesday night.
In the 1st inning, Ronny Cedeno and Micah Hoffpauir back-to-back doubled with one out to bring Cedeno home. Matt Murton singled and Hoffpauir scored on a wild pitch. Buck Coats drove a Mildren offering over the right field wall for a two-run homer as Iowa led 4-0.
Iowa added another run in the 2nd inning. Cubs starter Ryan O'Malley doubled, advanced to third base on Cedeno's single, and scored when Hoffpauir grounded into a fielder's choice.
Albuquerque tallied for five runs in the 3rd inning to knot the game at 5-5. Robert Andino walked with one out and Reggie Abercrombie and John Gall singled to load the bags. Val Pascucci doubled to drive in Andino and Abercrombie. After Scott Seabol flew out, Josh Labandeira walked to reload the bases and Chris Ashby doubled to clear them.
Iowa regained the lead in the 3rd inning - Coats singled and later scored on Scott Moore's sacrifice flyout.
The Cubs put the game out of reach with a 6-run 4th inning. Cedeno doubled and Hoffpauir singled and Murton walked to load the bases. Coats sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Cedeno and Geovany Soto singled to drive in Hoffpauir. Murton stole third base and Cubs reliever Bret Prinz walked to load the bases. Moore was hit by a pitch to drive in Prinz and Eric Patterson doubled to drive in Soto and Prinz. Cedeno's single drove in Moore with the final run of the inning.
Murton doubled and scored on Soto's single in the 5th inning as Iowa led 13-5.
Albuquerque tallied for a pair of runs in the 6th inning - Ashby and Eric Reed singled and scored on pinch-hitter Andrew Beattie's double.
Iowa scored their final run in the 6th inning. Patterson reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Cedeno's double.
The Isotopes placed their final run on the scoreboard in the 8th inning. Ashby singled and later scored on Andino's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren (L, 4-6) 2.0 9 6 6 1 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 79 G, 338 AB, 47 R, 97 H, 14 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 19 BB, 73 K, 12 SB, .287 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 1-0, 0 SV, 15 APP, 19.1 IP, 17 H, 11 ER, 11 BB, 18 K, 2 HR, 5.12 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Robert Stratton was named the first Isotopes All-Star representative. In the game, Albuquerque built a 7-0 lead and held off the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2003) 7-6 in a game played in Metarie, Louisiana.
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transaction news, P Nic Ungs was placed on the disabled list and P Paul Mildren was activated off the disabled list to make tonight's start. The Marlins placed IF Aaron Boone on the major-league disabled list and purchased the contract of OF Todd Linden from the Isotopes. . . . Albuquerque is grateful to be saying goodbye to Principal Park, having lost three games in this series and concluded the season series in Des Moines having lost six out of eight games played there. Iowa visits Albuquerque at the end of the upcoming homestand to complete a suspended game and finish the season series between the two clubs with a four-game series. . . . Iowa outscored Albuquerque 37-16 in the series. . . . Robert Andino's 8th inning single extended his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . After turning the first triple play in franchise history in May, the Isotopes grounded into their first triple play in franchise history this evening. In the 6th inning with Andrew Beattie on 2nd base and Robert Andino on 1st base, Reggie Abercrombie's liner was caught by former-Isotope (current Cubs reliever) Ben Howard. Howard threw the ball to shortstop Ronny Cedeno to double off Beattie and Cedeno threw the ball to first baseman Micah Hoffpauir to triple off Andino to complete the triple play. . . . The start of the contest was delayed 24 minutes due to weather. . . . If you believe was the local press was writing about Paul Mildren before his disabled list stint, Mildren might have pitched himself off the Marlins 40-man roster with tonight's outing. . . . Iowa's Buck Coats was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque returns home for an rare 7-game homestand. The first three games are against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). RHP Daniel Barone (2-0, 1.93) is expected to make his third Triple-A start for the Isotopes and face knuckleballer RHP R.A. Dickey (5-4, 5.00).

Filed 06/26/2007

June 25, 2007 - Isotopes (39-38)

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 Isotopes 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 . 5 9 0
Iowa Cubs 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 . 4 8 1
WP: Jeff Fulchino (6-2)
LP: John Webb (2-5)
SV: Lee Gardner (1)
Home Runs:
IWA Geovany Soto (10) off Jeff Fulchino in the 2nd inning
IWA Josh Kroeger (1) off Jeff Fulchino in the 2nd inning
TIME: 2:39  ATT: 4,643
Jeff Fulchino tossed a quality start, Eric Reed drove in 3 runs, and the Isotopes held off a late Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) rally to defeat the I-Cubs 5-4 on Monday evening. The victory snaps a three-game losing streak.
Val Pascucci scored Albuquerque's first run of the game in the 2nd inning. Pascucci led off the inning with a single, advanced to second base on Andrew Beattie's single, John Baker was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Reed sacrifice flied out to bring Pascucci home.
Back-to-back solo homers from Geovany Soto and Josh Kroeger in the home half of the 2nd inning gave Iowa the 2-1 advantage.
Albuquerque knotted the game in the 3rd inning - John Gall singled, advanced to second base when Reggie Abercrombie was caught stealing at 3rd base, and scored on Pascucci's double..
The Isotopes took the lead in the 4th inning. Beattie was hit by a pitch, Baker singled, and Reed reached on a fielder's choice with Beattie scoring and Baker out at second base. reed advanced to second base on a passed ball and scored on Robert Andino's single.
Albuquerque added their final run in the 5th inning. Pascucci singled, advanced to second base when Scott Seabol walked and moved to third base when Baker reached on an error. Reed followed with a double to drive in Pascucci.
Iowa tried to rally in the 9th inning. Lee Gardner entered the game in relief for Albuquerque and walked Kroeger with one out. Kroeger advanced to second base on defensive indifference and scored on Scott Moore's double. Moore took third base on pinch-hitter Anthony Richie's flyout and scored on Eric Patterson's single. Ronny Cedeno singled to advance Patterson to third base before Micah Hoffpauir grounded out to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (W, 6-2) 6.0 3 2 2 3 4 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 78 G, 336 AB, 46 R, 96 H, 14 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 17 BB, 73 K, 12 SB, .286 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Nick Regilio of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) almost no-hit the Isotopes. At Isotopes Park, Regilio no-hit the 'Topes for 8 1/3 innings and settled for a 1 hitter in Oklahoma's 6-0 victory.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque scored more runs in tonight's game (5) than they did in the first two games of the series (3). . . . The victory snaps a five-game losing streak at Principal Park. . . . Robert Andino singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Andino is two games away from tying the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season (Val Pascucci's 14 games). . . . Perfect game in the PCL! Manny Parra, making his second PCL start, tossed a perfect game as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 3-0 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock on Monday evening. The perfecto was the first individually-tossed perfect game in the league since John Wasdin of Nashville hurled a perfect game against the Isotopes in Nashville on April 7, 2003. . . . Brian Barden of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Barden hit .652 (15x23) for the week with 2 homers and 11 RBI. Barden is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak that has raised his average 60 points. . . . John Webb of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Webb tossed eight innings of shutout ball, surrendering 3 hits in winning his only start of the week against Nashville. Webb was named as the award winner before tonight's contest, then showed he wasn't much of a award winner tonight, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) and 9 hits in 6 innings tonight. . . . Tuesday evening's series (and Isotopes roadtrip) finale is expected to feature a pair of left-handers. Paul Mildren (4-5, 5.19) is anticipated to come off the Disabled List to make the start for Albuquerque, facing Iowa's Ryan O'Malley (3-7, 7.29).

Filed 06/25/2007

June 24, 2007 - Isotopes (38-38)

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 Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 . 3 5 1
Iowa Cubs 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 X . 4 10 0
WP: Sean Gallagher (1-0)
LP: Seth Etherton (0-1)
SV: Clay Rapada (12)
Home Runs:
ALB John Baker (5) off Clay Rapada in the 9th inning

IWA Geovany Soto (9) off Seth Etherton in the 2nd inning
IWA Buck Coats (7) off Seth Etherton in the 4th inning
IWA Ronny Cedeno (4) off Seth Etherton in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:25  ATT: 7,906
Seth Etherton made his Isotopes debut and allowed a trio of homers to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) that provided all of the Cubs scoring. The Cubs then held off a late Albuquerque rally to defeat the Isotopes 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in Des Moines.
Geovany Soto got the Iowa Cubs on the scoreboard with a solo homer to left field in the 2nd inning. In the 4th inning, Matt Murton singled and Buck Coats followed with a homer to right field, and in the 5th inning, Ronny Cedeno solo-homered to center field as the Cubs led 4-0 after five innings of play.
Albuquerque snapped a 16 2/3 consecutive scoreless inning streak to the Cubs in the series by plating a run in the 8th inning. Eric Reed reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and scored on Robert Andino's single.
In the 9th inning, Scott Seabol reached on a fielder's choice and later came home to score on John Baker's homer as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 4-3 with two outs. Josh Labandeira singled before Reed flew out to end the rally and the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Seth Etherton (L, 0-1) 4.2 10 4 4 1 2 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 77 G, 331 AB, 46 R, 95 H, 14 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 17 BB, 73 K, 12 SB, .287 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Mike Nannini tossed 6 splendid innings of relief and Ryan Jorgensen and Derek Wathan (inside the park) homered in the 7-3 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers).
'TOPES NOTES: The shakeup of the Isotopes roster continued on Sunday. The Marlins signed P Erasmo "Eraser" Ramirez to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. Ramirez is a veteran of having pitched at Isotopes Park with many games appeared in as a reliever with the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). Ramirez, a major league veteran of 38 relief appearances mostly with the Rangers, began the 2007 campaign with the Athletics Triple-A club in Sacramento. While the Albuquerque bullpen picked up a quality Triple-A veteran reliever, reliever Matt Yourkin was transferred to Class-AA Carolina along with IF Frank Moore. With Seth Etherton joining the Isotopes rotation, it make the situation easier for P Ricardo Rodriguez to be released. . . . Robert Andino extended his hitting streak to 11 games with the 8th inning RBI single. . . . Hitting Coach Steve Phillips lost all three games while at the helm of the club while Dean Treanor was away from the team attending his son's wedding. Phillips' current record as replacement manager is 3-4. . . . Pitching probales for Monday's contest are RHP Jeff Fulchino (5-2, 6.04) for the Isotopes and RHP John Webb (2-4, 5.13) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/24/2007

June 23, 2007 - Isotopes (38-37)

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 Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 5 0
Iowa Cubs 3 0 5 4 0 0 3 0 X . 15 21 1
WP: Les Walrond (8-3)
LP: Chris George (5-6)
Home Runs:
IWA Buck Coats (6) off Chris George in the 3rd inning
IWA Anthony Ritchie (5) off Chris George in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:38  ATT: 14,269
Chris George's consecutive innings streak without having given up an earned run quickly came to an end and Les Walrond tossed seven innings of scoreless ball against his former team as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) handed the Isotopes their second worst loss in franchise history in a 15-0 rout.
In the 1st inning, Eric Patterson and Ronny Cedeno singled and Micah Hoffpauir reached on a fielder's choice with Cedeno out at second base. Matt Murton doubled to drive in Patterson and Buck Coast singled to drive in Hoffpauir and Murton to give Iowa a 3-0 lead.
Iowa added five more runs in the 3rd inning, most with the aid of the longball. With one out, Cedeno singled and stole second base. Hoffpauir singled to drive in Cedeno, Murton walked and Coats followed with ahomer to right field. An out later, Anthony Richie homered to left field.
In the 4th inning, consecutive doubles by Patterson, Cedeno and Hoffpauir brought home two runs. Christopher Young entered the game in relief of George. A passed ball and a wild pitch brought Hoffpauir home. Murton singled but was erased off the basepaths when Coats reached on a fielder's choice. Coats came around to score on Richie's double to give Iowa a 12-0 lead.
Iowa plated their final three runs in the 7th inning. Patterson singled to lead off the inning and an out later, Hoffpauir was hit by a pitch. Murton doubled to drive in Patterson and pinch-hitter Chris Walker singled to drive in Hoffpauir. After a strikeout, Richie singled to drive in Murton.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 5-6) 3.0 11 11 11 2 1 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 76 G, 327 AB, 46 R, 94 H, 14 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 17 BB, 72 K, 12 SB, .287 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 1-0, 0 SV, 14 APP, 18.1 IP, 17 H, 11 ER, 11 BB, 16 K, 2 HR, 5.40 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Yusmeiro Petit tossed a no-hitter through 5 innings before being lifted due to a predetermined pitch count. The bullpen squandered a 2-0 lead and the Isotopes eventually lost to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 3-2 in 10 innings.
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transaction news, the Marlins signed P Seth Etherton a minor league contract. After an outing at Class-A Jupiter, Etherton has been transferred to Albuquerque and will make his Isotopes debut on Sunday afternoon against the I-Cubs. Etherton is a Triple-A veteran and has even made 23 Major League starts with four different clubs. OF Reggie Abercrombie should definitely be coming to the Isotopes this time, having been optioned from the Marlins when the Marlins activated IF Mike Jacobs from the disabled list. Abercrombie was optioned to Albuquerque last week, landed in Albuquerque, and then was recalled by the Marlins when the Marlins management decided to option P Lee Gardner instead. Corresponding moves to free up room on the Isotopes active roster will be announced when the two players report. . . . The lone Isotope highlight of the game was Robert Andino managing a single in four at-bats to keep his hitting steak alive (10 games). . . . Chris George went one out into the contest before his consecutive innings streak without having given up an earned run ended at 14 2/3 innings. George took over the team lead in losses with 6 and established an Isotopes franchise record with 11 earned runs given up by a starter in a game. . . . Albuquerque has lost their last four contests played at Principal Park. . . . 14,269 was the second largest crowd in Principal Park history and the largest road crowd the Isotopes have played in front of in 2007. . . . Iowa's Anthony Richie was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Sunday afternoon's game in Des Moines is a matchup of pitchers making their season debuts for their respective clubs - RHP Seth Etherton (0-0, -.--) for the Isotopes and RHP Sean Gallagher (0-0, -.--) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/23/2007

June 22, 2007 - Isotopes (38-36)

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

AT&T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 2 6 2
Oklahoma Redhawks 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 X . 5 11 0
WP: Mike wood (6-1)
LP: Ricardo Rodriguez (2-4)
SV: Franklyn German (3)
Home Runs:
ALB Robert Andino (4) off Mike Wood in the 1st inning

OKL Nelson Cruz (7) off Ricardo Rodriguez in the 3rd inning

TIME: 2:26  ATT: 10,458
Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) Mike Wood held the Isotopes to two runs over 7 innings in Oklahoma's 5-2 victory over Albuquerque in the series finale in Oklahoma City on Friday evening.
Robert Andino solo-homered to lead off the 1st inning as Albuquerque held a short-lived 1-0 advantage.
Oklahoma tied the game in their half of the 1st inning. Dave Matranga singled with one out, advanced to third base on Jason Botts single and scored on Nate Gold's sacrifice flyout.
The Redhawks took the lead in the 3rd inning when Nelson Cruz deposited Albuquerque starter Ricardo Rodriguez's pitch over the left center field wall.
Albuquerque tied the game at 2-2 in the 5th inning. Chad Hermansen singled, advanced to third base on Andrew Beattie's double, and scored on John Baker's groundout.
Oklahoma regained the lead for good in the home half of the 5th inning. Gold reached on an error to lead off and Cruz followed with a single. Kevin Mahar doubled to drive in Gold and Kevin West singled to plate both Cruz and Mahar.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Ricardo Rodriguez (L, 2-4) 4.2 10 5 4 2 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 75 G, 323 AB, 46 R, 93 H, 14 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 17 BB, 72 K, 12 SB, .288 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Chris George tossed a quality start, allowing 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings, but George got no run support from his teammates as Albuquerque lost to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 2-0 at Autozone Park in downtown Memphis.
'TOPES NOTES: The Redhawks took two out of the three games in the series with Albuquerque. 30,677 fans attended at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark for an average of 10,226. The contest marked Oklahoma and Albuqueque's final game of the 2007 series to be played in Oklahoma City and the Redhawks won four out of the seven games. . . . Robert Andino extended his hitting streak to 9 games with the leadoff homer. The homer was Andino's third leadoff longball of the 2007 campaign. . . . Online voting for the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game to be held in Albuquerque concluded this evening. A preliminary roster is expected to be announced shortly. . . . Albuquerque opens a four-game series in Des Moines on Saturday evening to close out the current roadtrip. Pitching probables for the opener are LHP Chris George (5-5, 4.26) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope LHP Les Walrond (7-3, 4.70) for the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). George is looking to extend his 14 1/3 innings streak of not having allowed an earned run.

Filed 06/22/2007

June 21, 2007 - Isotopes (38-35)


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

AT&T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 . 7 12 3
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 2 4 0
WP: Daniel Barone (2-0)
LP: John Koronka (5-4)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (15) off Steven Rowe in the 6th inning
ALB John Gall (6) off John Koronka in the 2nd inning
ALB Josh Labandeira (1) off John Koronka in the 3rd inning
ALB Todd Linden (1) off John Koronka in the 6th inning

OKL Nelson Cruz (5) off Daniel Barone in the 2nd inning
OKL Nelson Cruz (6) off Daniel Barone in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:56  ATT: 7,153
After weathering a one hour, 34 minute rain delay to start the game, Daniel Barone tossed his second quality start in as many Triple-A appearances for Albuquerque and the Isotopes homered to account for six of their seven runs in a 7-2 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in Oklahoma City on Thursday evening.
John Gall solo-homered in the 2nd inning and Josh Labandeira solo-homered in the 3rd inning as Albuquerque led 2-1 after three innings of play.
In the 6th inning, Labandeira singled, Val Pascucci walked, and Todd Linden homered to left field as the Isotopes increased their lead to 5-1. Redhawks pitcher John Koronka and manager Bobby Jones were both ejected by Home Plate umpire Casey Moser after the homer. Steven Rowe replaced Koronka on the mound and Scott Seabol followed with a homer to left field.
Linden walked and scored on Seabol's triple in the 7th inning to close out the scoring in the game for both clubs.
Nelson Cruz solo-homered off Barone in the 2nd and 6th innings to tally both of Oklahoma's runs in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (W, 2-0) 6.0 3 2 2 3 6 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 74 G, 319 AB, 45 R, 90 H, 14 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 72 K, 12 SB, .282 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 1-0, 0 SV, 13 APP, 16.2 IP, 14 H, 10 ER, 11 BB, 14 K, 2 HR, 5.40 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Derek Wathan homered against his former team in the 10th inning to give the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) a 3-2 victory.
'TOPES NOTES: In an Isotopes move, OF John Gall was activated off the disabled list and C Sandy Martinez was placed on the disabled list. . . . P Anibal Sanchez, currently on the Isotopes disabled list, will not be pitching the remainder of the season. Dr. James Andrews performed surgery on Sanchez to repair a tear in his labrum and he will not be engaging in throwing activities for at least three to four months. . . . Albuquerque's victory snapped a three-game losing streak at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. . . . Robert Andino doubled to continue his hit streak, now at 8 games. . . . In the rubber game of the series on Friday evening, the Isotopes are expecting to send RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (2-3, 6.31) to the mound against Oklahoma's RHP Mike Wood (5-1, 2.24).

Filed 06/21/2007

June 20, 2007 - Isotopes (37-35)


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

AT&T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 2 8 4
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 . 3 10 0
WP: Franklyn German (2-1)
LP: Nate Field (6-3)
TIME: 3:10  ATT: 13,066
In front of a capacity crowd, the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) took advantage of a pair of Isotopes miscues to rally to defeat Albuquerque 3-2 in the series opener. The loss snapped Albuquerque's four-game winning streak.
In the 1st inning, Eric Reed singled with one out, stole second base, advanced to third base on Todd Linden's groundout, and scored on one of the most exciting plays in baseball, a steal of home plate.
Oklahoma tied up the game in the 3rd inning. Freddy Guzman singled, stole second and third bases, and scored on Nelson Cruz's flyout to center field.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 5th inning. Robert Andino singled, took second base on a passed ball, and scored two outs later on Val Pascucci's single to left field.
Oklahoma rallied for the win in the 9th inning with the help of the Isotopes. Albuquerque closer Nate Field entered the ballgame and the first batter, Kevin Mahar, reached on Robert Andino's throwing error. Dave Matranga laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Mahar to second base and Mahar advanced to third base on a passed ball. Chris Stewart singled to drive in Mahar and after a groundout, Tug Hulett singled to put runners on the corners. Jason Botts was intentionally walked to load the bases and Nate Gold reached on Scott Seabol's fielding error as Stewart raced home with the game winning run for the Redhawks.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh 5.0 6 1 1 2 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 73 G, 314 AB, 45 R, 89 H, 13 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 70 K, 12 SB, .283 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, the Isotopes trailed the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 6-0 going into the 9th inning at Autozone Park in Memphis. Chris Aguila's grand-slam homered capped a comeback to tie the game at 6-6 and in the 11th inning, Jason Wood lifted a sacrifice fly to plate the eventual game winning run in Albuquerque's 7-6 victory.
'TOPES NOTES: In an Isotopes move today, P Kenny Baugh was transferred from Class-A Jamestown to Albuquerque (a paper move in make Baugh active to start tonight) and P Mauro Zarate was transferred to Class-AA Carolina. . . . Eric Reed was the first Isotope to steal home plate since Kevin Hooper accomplished the feat on May 13, 2004 at Salt Lake (AAA Angels). . . . You would think 6 Isotopes stolen bases in the game could be a franchise record, but it is two short of the franchise record set in a game in New Orleans in 2003. . . . Speed was king in the contest as there were 10 stolen bases by both the Isotopes and Redhawks in the game, including three players who stole a pair of bases in the same inning (Reed and Chad Hermansen for Albuquerque and Freddy Guzman for Oklahoma). . . . Robert Andino had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Nate Field's defeat tonight snapped a four-game winning decision streak, one shy of tying a franchise record for consecutive wins. . . . Pitching probables for the second game out of the rare three-game set are RHP Daniel Barone (1-0, 1.13) for the Isotopes and LHP John Koronka (5-3, 4.42) for the Redhawks.

Filed 06/20/2007

June 18, 2007 - Isotopes (37-34)


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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 Express 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 . 5 8 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 X . 7 10 1
WP: Jeff Fulchino (5-2)
LP: Jared Gothreaux (4-5)
SV: Nate Field (10)
Home Runs:
RR Mark Saccomanno (12) off Harvey Garcia in the 8th inning
RR Cody Ransom (10) off Jeff Fulchino in the 6th inning

ALB Val Pascucci (20) off Jared Gothreaux in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:09  ATT: 6,152
The Isotopes had to work hard for their steak dinner on Monday evening. Leading 5-2 going into the 6th inning, the Isotopes had to hold off the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) for a 7-5 victory to earn their first series sweep of the season. The last out of the contest marked the halfway point of the 2007 campaign for the Isotopes (37-34 record with one suspended game yet to be completed).
Round Rock grabbed a brief lead in the 1st inning. Josh Anderson led off the game with a walk and stole second base. Jason Lane walked and Cody Ransom reached on an error while Anderson scored. Mark Saccomanno singled to bring home Lane to give the E-train a 2-0 lead.
Robert Andino singled, Todd Linden was hit by a pitch, and Val Pascucci blasted a homer to left field in the home half of the 1st inning as Albuquerque took a 3-2 lead.
In the 3rd inning, Linden singled and eventually scored on a Andrew Beattie sacrifice flyout, and in the 4th inning, Eric Reed tripled and scored on Linden's triple as the Isotopes extended the lead to 5-2.
The Express and Isotopes swapped single runs in the 6th inning. Ransom homered for the Express, while Andino tripled and scored on Reed's single for the Isotopes.
Albuquerque plated their final run in the 7th inning. Pascucci singled and Chad Hermansen and Chris Ashby drew walks to load the bases. Scott Seabol's base on balls allowed Pascucci to trot home to make it 7-3 Albuquerque.
Round Rock plated the final two runs of the ballgame in the 8th inning - Ransom walked ahead of Saccomanno's homer to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (W, 5-2) 5.0 6 3 1 3 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 72 G, 310 AB, 44 R, 87 H, 13 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 68 K, 12 SB, .281 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 0-0, 0 SV, 12 APP, 15.2 IP, 14 H, 10 ER, 11 BB, 14 K, 2 HR, 5.74 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, a rarity went for naught as Isotopes reliever Joe Horgan allowed 4 runs in the 8th inning in Albuquerque's 5-4 loss to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Des Moines. The rarity was Eric Reed homering, his first homer of the 2006 season and only the second homer for him at the Triple-A level.
'TOPES NOTES: Chris George earned the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week award, the third Isotope in franchise history to win a weekly pitching award. George won both of his starts for the week, allowing no earned runs in 14 innings while striking out 12. . . . The Marlins had a change of heart on Monday. After optioning OF Reggie Abercrombie to the Isotopes on Sunday and after Abercrombie's plane landed in Albuquerque, the Marlins decided they would rather have Abercrombie back and instead optioned P Lee Gardner to the 'Topes. . . . 39,362 fans came through the Isotopes Park turnstiles during the series with the Express for a per-game average of 9,841. It was a great 12-game homestand for the Isotopes, both on the field (9-3 record) and through the gates (92,883 fans). . . . Albuquerque tied a franchise record with three triples in the game. . . . The Isotopes are tied for season highs in home winning streak (4 games) and games above the .500 mark (3 games). . . . Albuquerque outscored the Express in the series 33-12 and the series sweep was the first for Albuquerque against any club since last June. . . . After homering in his last three games started, Andrew Beattie failed to homer in tonight's contest. . . . Adam Jones of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Jones hit .387 (12x31) with 3 homers and 7 RBI for the week. . . . The Isotopes have Tuesday off before beginning an eight-game roadtrip on Wednesday. Pitching probables for Wednesday evening's roadtrip opener in Oklahoma against the Redhawks (AAA Rangers) are RHP Kenny Baugh (2-4, 5.92) for the Isotopes and LHP John Koronka (5-3, 4.42) for the Redhawks.

Filed 06/18/2007

June 17, 2007 - Isotopes (36-34)


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PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X . 5 8 1
WP: Chris George (5-5)
LP: Philip Barzilla (6-5)
TIME: 2:38  ATT: 10,823
Chris George tossed seven scoreless innings and Scott Seabol helped out offensively with a two-run single as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 5-1. Albuquerque has won three straight games with the victory.
Robert Andino led off the 1st inning by smacking a double off of the center field wall, just a few feet shy of a leadoff homer. After Josh Labandeira grounded out, Chad Hermansen singled into center field to bring Andino home. Val Pascucci doubled to the right field wall before Scott Seabol singled to center field to bring Hermansen and Pascucci home to give Albuquerque a 3-0 lead.
Albuquerque added their final runs of the game in the 6th inning. Hermansen tripled off the right field wall and scored on Todd Linden's double down the left field line. Seabol and John Baker drew walks to load the bases and Eric Reed sacrifice flied out to center field to bring home Linden.
With Harvey Garcia in the game to relieve George in the 8th inning, the Express were able to avoid being shut out. Mark Saccomanno drew a one out walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Saccomanno moved on to third base on a groundout and scored on Mike Rodriguez's single to center field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (W, 5-5) 7.0 6 0 0 3 7 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 71 G, 305 AB, 42 R, 84 H, 13 2B, 7 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 17 Bb, 67 K, 12 SB, .275 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 0-0, 0 SV, 11 APP, 15 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 9 BB, 14 K, 1 HR, 4.80 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, former-Isotope Les Walrond dominated his former team, allowing a run in 7 innings in the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 3-2 victory over Albuquerque in Des Moines.
'TOPES NOTES: OF Brett Carroll has climbed quite a ladder in 2007. Starting the season with the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats, Carroll worked his way to Albuquerque for 33 games (6 homers, 28 RBI and a .302 average). On Saturday, Carroll earned the promotion to the Marlins to be the starting center fielder when the Marlins purchased his contract from Albuquerque. Carroll made his MLB debut against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday and went 0x3, grounding out twice, striking out once, and laying down a sacrifice bunt. With Josh Johnson coming off the disabled list for the Marlins, the Marlins optioned OF Reggie Abercrombie to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque has won their last six games against the Express. . . . Chris George has tossed 14.1 consecutive innings without having given up an earned run. . . . Albuquerque is expected to send RHP Jeff Fulchino (4-2, 6.31) to the mound on Monday night as the Isotopes hope to achieve their first series sweep of the season. Round Rock is expected to counter wtih RHP Jared Gothreaux (4-4, 5.07).

Filed 06/17/2007

June 16, 2007 - Isotopes (35-34)


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PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 . 2 5 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 X . 9 12 1
WP: Daniel Barone (1-0)
LP: Chan Ho Park (4-5)
Home Runs:
RR Jason Lane (2) off Daniel Barone in the 7th inning

ALB Andrew Beattie (4) off Miguel Ascencio in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:44  ATT: 14,547
Daniel Barone was splendid in his Triple-A debut, allowing 3 hits and a solo homer in 8 innings of work, and Andrew Beattie helped out Barone by homering and driving in 4 runs as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 9-2 in front of the third largest crowd in Isotopes Park history.
For the second game in a row, Albuquerque plated five 1st inning runs to take a comfortable lead. Eric Reed and Val Pascucci walked and Todd Linden singled to drive in Reed. Scott Seabol singled to load the bases before Andrew Beattie singled to drive in Pascucci and Linden. John Baker followed with a double to bring home Seabol and Beattie.
Albuquerque added four more runs in the 5th inning. Seabol walked ahead of Beattie's homer to left field. Baker singled and Barone reached on a sacrifice bunt. Andino grounded into a double play to advance Baker to third base. Reed drew a walk and Chad Hermansen was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Pascucci was hit by a pitch to bring Baker home. Linden drew a walk as Reed trotted home to make it a 9-0.
Jason Lane solo-homered in the 7th inning off Barone and Danny Klassen tripled and scored on a groundout in the 9th inning as the Express scored their two runs in the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (W, 1-0) 8.0 3 1 1 2 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 70 G, 301 AB, 41 R, 82 H, 12 2B, 7 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 67 K, 12 SB, .272 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Matt Padgett grand-slam homered and Aaron Small pitched a complete game, allowing 5 hits in Albuquerque's 6-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: In a paper move, P Kenny Baugh was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Jamestown to make roster room for P Daniel Barone. . . . The start of the game was delayed 27 minutes due to a pre-game Beatlemania Again concert running long. . . . Barone turned in the longest Isotope starter outing of the season (8 innings). . . . Andrew Beattie has homered in back to back games. . . . Pitching probables for Sunday evening's contest are LHP Chris George (4-5, 4.63) for the Isotopes and LHP Philip Barzilla (6-4, 4.97) for the E-train.

Filed 06/16/2007

June 15, 2007 - Isotopes (34-34)


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PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 . 4 10 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 5 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 X . 12 18 1
WP: Ricardo Rodriguez (2-3)
LP: Juan Gutierrez (3-7)
Home Runs:
RR Humberto Quintero (1) off Nate Field in the 8th inning

ALB Andrew Beattie (3) off Chad Reineke in the 7th inning

TIME: 3:11  ATT: 7,840
The Isotopes' lumber woke up in the series opener with the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros), scoring five first-inning runs en route to a 12-4 victory over the Express.
In the 1st inning, Round Rock's Josh Anderson walked, advanced to second base when Brooks Conrad reached on an error, and scored on Cody Ransom's single as the Express briefly led 1-0.
Albuquerque's offense went to work in the home half of the 1st inning. Robert Andino led off with a walk and Eric Reed laid down a sacrifice bunt. An error on the play allowed Reed to reach first successfully and Todd Linden drew a walk to load the bases. Val Pascucci doubled off the left field wall to drive in Andino and Reed and Scott Seabol sacrifice flied out to left field to bring home Linden. Brett Carroll doubled to drive in Pascucci before scoring on Andrew Beattie's single as Albuquerque led 5-1.
Danny Klassen doubled and scored on Jason Lane's single in the 3rd inning as Round Rock put a single tally on the scoreboard.
Seabol tripled and scored on Carroll's single in the 5th inning as Albuquerque led 6-2.
Round Rock got that run back in the 6th inning -- Cody Ransom doubled and later scored on a groundout.
Albuquerque took a 7-3 lead in their half of the 6th inning. With two outs, consecutive singles by Andino, Reed, and Linden brought Andino home with a run.
Albuquerque added their second five-spot on the evening to the scoreboard in the 7th inning. Seabol tripled and scored on Brett's double. Brett advanced to third base on a fielding error on the play and scored on a wild pitch. Beattie followed with a homer to left field. Two outs later, the trio of Andino, Reed and Linden struck again, once again stringing together consecutive singles that brought Andino home with a run. Pascucci walked to load the bases and Seabol singled to bring in Reed as the 'Topes led 12-3.
Humberto Quintero's solo homer in the 8th inning provided the final run of the game for Round Rock.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Ricardo Rodriguez (W, 2-3) 6.0 7 3 2 1 8 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 69 G, 296 AB, 41 R, 81 H, 12 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 67 K, 12 SB, .274 AVG
Brett Carroll: 33 G, 126 AB, 20 R, 38 H, 7 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 28 RBi, 6 BB, 37 K, 0 SB, .302 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Scott Sanders tossed eight innings of six-hit, one run ball in Albuquerque's 7-1 victory over the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes currently have a four-game winning streak against the Express. Tonight's victory snapped a three-game losing streak against the E-train at Isotopes Park. . . . Albuquerque banged out a season-high 18 hits in the game, led by Brett Carroll with four hits, his first four-hit game of the season. . . . The 'Topes tied a season-high with an eight-run winning margin. . . . Scott Seabol tied a franchise record with a pair of triples in the game, a feat originally accomplished by Wilson Valdez in the 2003 Isotopes inaugural season. . . . The umpiring crew for the 2007 Triple-A All-Star game in Albuquerque was announced. PCL umpire Ramon Armendariz is the home plate umpire and fellow PCL umpire Shawn Rakos will be manning second base. International League umpire Joe Judkowitz will work first base and International League umpire Adrian Johnson's assignment will be third base. . . . RHP Daniel Barone is expected to be promoted from Class-AA Carolina to make his Triple-A debut with the Isotopes in game two of the series on Saturday evening. Former major-leaguer Chan Ho Park will be making his second starting appearance at Isotopes Park. Park previously made a start for the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) against Albuquerque at "The Lab", but on Saturday night he'll make his Express debut after the Astros recently claimed Park off the free agent wire.

Filed 06/15/2007

June 14, 2007 - Isotopes (33-34)


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PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -2.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 3 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 1 6 0
WP: John Koronka (5-3)
LP: Kenny Baugh (2-4)
SV: Franklyn German (2)
Home Runs:
OKL Kevin Mahar (2) off Kenny Baugh in the 2nd inning
TIME: 3:10  ATT: 6,190
All it took was Isotopes starter Kenny Baugh to make one mistake pitch and the Isotopes' lumber to continue their slumber as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 3-1 in the series finale on Thursday evening.
In the 2nd inning, Desi Relaford drew a walk, Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch, and then Baugh's pitch to Kevin Mahar was deposited over the right field wall to give Oklahoma a 3-0 lead.
Albuquerque got their lone run in the 6th innng. Chad Hermansen singled, advanced to third base on Val Pascucci's double, and scored on Scott Seabol's sacrifice fly to center field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (L, 2-4) 5.0 2 3 3 7 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 68 G, 292 AB, 38 R, 79 H, 12 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 16 BB, 65 K, 12 SB, .271 AVG
Brett Carroll: 32 G, 121 AB, 18 R, 34 H, 5 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 25 RBI, 6 BB, 37 K, 0 SB, .281 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 0-0, 0 SV, 10 APP, 14 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 8 BB, 13 K, 1 HR, 4.50 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Joe Dillion celebrated being named the PCL Hitter of the Week by hitting for the cycle in Albuquerque's 11-9 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes and Redhawks split the series 2-2. 19,376 fans attended for a per-game average of 6,459. . . . After scoring 11 runs in the first game of the series, Albuquerque only came up with five runs in the other three games of the series. . . . Albuquerque pitching was overall pretty good - allowing a season-low 3 hits in the contest. Baugh was not so good in a sense, allowing a franchise record-tying 7 walks in the game. . . . Todd Linden went hitless in three at-bats, his first contest in five games without a hit since joining the Isotopes. . . . Scott Seabol went hitless in two at-bats to snap an 11 game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque has not been very good in the last game of a series (5-11) or on Thursdays (2-8). . . . The Isotopes left a season high 13 runners on base. . . . The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) come to town for a weekend series that concludes Albuquerque's season-longest homestand. Pitching probables in Friday evening's opener are RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (1-3, 6.75) for the Isotopes and RHP Juan Gutierrez (3-6, 4.13) for the Express.

Filed 06/14/2007

June 13, 2007 DH2 - Isotopes (33-33)


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PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 2 5 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 . 3 9 0
WP: Nate Field (6-2)
LP: Mark Redman (1-2)
Home Runs:
OKL Guillermo Quiroz (3) off Nic Ungs in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:02  ATT: 8,635
Albuquerque plated three runs in their last at-bat to defeat the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 3-2 in the nightcap of a doubleheader. Albuquerque avoided the doubleheader sweep with the victory.
In the 1st inning, Kevin West walked and scored on Nate Gold's double as the Redhawks tallied the first run of the game.
Guillermo Quiroz solo-homered in the 5th inning as the Redhawks increased the lead by a run to 2-0.
Albuquerque won the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. Scott Seabol singled and scored on Brett Carroll's triple. Chris Ashby walked and Eric Reed singled to drive in Carroll. An error on the play advanced both runners into scoring position. Andrew Beattie entered the game as a pinch-runner for Ashby and Robert Andino drew an intentional walk to load the bases before Josh Labandeira lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home Beattie with the game-winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 5.0 3 2 2 2 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 67 G, 287 AB, 38 R, 76 H, 11 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 16 BB, 65 K, 12 SB, .265 AVG
Brett Carroll: 31 G, 118 AB, 18 R, 34 H, 5 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 25 RBI, 5 BB, 36 K, 0 SB, .288 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Chris Aguila had a part in all three Isotope runs in a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in Nashville. Aguila solo-homered as well as hit the deep fly ball to center field that was dropped for a two-base error which allowed a pair of runs to score on the play).
'TOPES NOTES: P Mauro Zarate is back with the Isotopes, having been transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque when P Lee Gardner was recalled by the Marlins on Wednesday. . . . Albuquerque has split their last six doubleheaders dating back to 2004. . . . Reliever Nate Field appears to be in the middle of everything for Albuquerque this season. Not only does Field lead the club in saves (9), he also leads the club in victories (6) and is on the verge of tying an Isotope franchise record for consecutive winning decisions. . . . Scott Seabol singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . The Isotopes may be playing a series every other year in Reno beginning in 2009. Tucson Baseball, LLC (ownership group of the Tucson Sidewinders - AAA Diamondbacks) announced they have sold the franchise for $13.5 million dollars to SK Baseball, LLC and Manhattan Capital Sports, LLC. The new ownership group in addition will be paying a $100,000 transfer fee to the Pacific Coast League and a $25,000 application fee to Minor League Baseball. The Arizona Daily Star newspaper reported the new ownership group is seeking to move the franchise from Tucson to Reno and has signed a contract with HOK Architects (the same architectural firm that designed Isotopes Park) of Kansas City, Mo. to design for the Reno franchise a 6,500 chairback seat stadium (10,000 total capacity stadium that includes the chairback seats along with luxury suites, berm seating and other seating areas). 2007 supposedly will be Albuquerque's last trip to Tucson to play at Tucson Electric Park (and Tucson visits Albuquerque in 2008 for the clubs' lone series of the season). Tucson's player development agreement with the Diamondbacks runs out after the 2008 season. . . . The Isotopes and Redhawks conclude their series on Thursday evening at "The Lab". Pitching probables are RHP Kenny Baugh (2-3, 6.00) for the Isotopes and LHP John Koronka (4-3, 4.66) for the Redhawks.

Filed 06/13/2007

June 13, 2007 DH1 - Isotopes (32-33)


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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 1 8 0 2 0 0 0 . 11 15 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 6 2
WP: Alfredo Simon (3-6)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (4-2)
Home Runs:
OKL Nelson Cruz (3) off Jeff Fulchino in the 2nd inning

ALB Andrew Beattie (2) off Alfredo Simon in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:18
Isotopes starter Jeff Fulchino was tagged for 11 runs (9 earned) in 4 innings as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 11-1 in the first game of a doubleheader.
In the 1st inning, Oklahoma's Tug Hulett reached on a fielders choice and later came around to score on Desi Relaford's sacrifice flyout as the Redhawks led 1-0.
Oklahoma put the game away in the 2nd inning. Kevin Mahar and Chris Stewart led off the inning with singles. An out later, Freddy Guzman reached on a fielders choice as Mahar scored (with Stewart out at second base). Hulett singled and Jason Botts walked to load the bases before Nate Gold doubled to drive in Guzman and Hulett. Relaford's single brought home Botts and Gold and Nelson Cruz followed with a two run homer to left field. Mahar doubled and scored on Stewart's single as the Redhawks sent 12 batters to the plate, put up an eight-spot on the scoreboard and led 9-0.
Gold singled, Mahar doubled, and Stewart reached on an error (Gold and Mahar scoring on the play) in the 4th inning.
Andrew Beattie's 6th inning homer was the way that Albuquerque avoided being shut out in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (L, 4-2) 4.0 13 11 9 2 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 66 G, 284 AB, 38 R, 74 H, 11 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 15 BB, 64 K, 11 SB, .261 AVG
Brett Carroll: 30 G, 115 AB, 17 R, 32 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 5 BB, 36 K, 0 SB, .278 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The 10 run losing margin tied for the largest losing margin of the season for Albuquerque. . . . Eric Reed went 0x2 to snap a 7-game hitting streak; while Scott Seabol hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . Jeff Fulchino was notable in the game for two not very good reasons - he gave up Isotope starter season-highs in earned runs allowed (9) and hits allowed (13). Both marks were one shy of tying franchise records for Isotope starting pitchers.

Filed 06/13/2007

June 12, 2007 - Isotopes (32-32)


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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 . 3 8 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 2 1 0 0 0 4 0 X . 11 11 2
WP: Chris George (4-5)
LP: John Rheinecker (0-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Chad Hermansen (9) off John Rheinecker in the 2nd inning
ALB Scott Seabol (14) off Mike Bumstead in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:29  ATT: 4,551
Scott Seabol continued his hot June, grand-slam homering and driving in five runs in the Isotopes defeat of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 11-3.
In the 1st inning, Robert Andino led off with a single and advanced to third base on Chad Hermansen's double. Val Pascucci singled to drive in Andino and Todd Linden singled to drive in Hermansen. Seabol sacrifice flied out to bring home Pascucci and Baker singled to drive in Linden as the Isotopes led 4-0.
Andrew Beattie walked and Hermansen followed with a homer to center field as the Isotopes increased their advantage to 6-0.
Albuquerque tallied once more in the 3rd inning - Brett Carroll singled and scored on Eric Reed's triple.
Jason Botts walked, advanced to third base when Nate Gold singled and advanced a base on an error on the play, and scored on Desi Relaford's single as the Redhawks got on the scoreboard in the 6th inning.
Albuquerque got their final runs of the game in the 7th inning. Beattie singled and Hermansen and Pascucci drew walks, loading the bags for Seabol, who deposited a pitch over the left field wall to give Albuquerque an 11-1 lead.
In the 8th inning, Tug Hulett scored on Gold's sacrifice flyout, and in the 9th inning, Tony Roth doubled and eventually scored on a groundout for Oklahoma.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (W, 4-5) 7.0 6 1 0 2 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 65 G, 281 AB, 38 R, 74 H, 11 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 15 BB, 63 K, 11 SB, .263 AVG
Brett Carroll: 29 G, 113 AB, 17 R, 32 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 4 BB, 34 K, 0 SB, .283 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 0-0, 0 SV, 9 APP, 12 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 11 K, 1 HR, 5.25 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Isotopes put five runs on the scoreboard in the 8th inning to turn a 4-3 close game into a 9-3 rout of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes had some more transactions. The Marlins signed C Sandy Martinez to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. OF John Gall went on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, while P Paul Mildren also went on the disabled list. P Chris George was transferred from Extended Spring Training to Albuquerque. . . . Monday's Isotopes/Redhawks rainout was the first postponement for the Isotopes in 2007. . . . Scott Seabol extended his hitting streak to 9 games in the contest. Seabol became the first Isotope to grand-slam homer this season, and Seabol tied a 'Topes season high with 5 RBI in the game. . . . The eight-run winning margin was Albuquerque's largest home margin of victory of the season (and tied for the largest margin of victory at home or away in 2007). . . . Every Albuquerque batter had at least one hit in the contest. . . . Chad Hermansen has homered in back-to-back contests. . . . Chip Ambres of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Ambres hit .586 (17x29) for the week wtih 3 homers and 10 RBI. Chris Begg of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Begg pitched the first complete game shutout in the PCL this season as the Grizzlies defeated the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) 3-0. . . . The Isotopes play their first doubleheader of the season on Wednesday. Pitching probables in Game 1 are RHP Jeff Fulchino (4-1, 5.55) for the Isotopes and RHP Alfredo Simon (2-6, 7.67) for the Redhawks. Expected to start Game 2 are RHP Nic Ungs (2-3, 6.35) for the 'Topes and LHP Mark Redman (1-1, 4.74) for the Redhawks.

Filed 06/12/2007

June 11, 2007 - Ppd., Rain

The series opener between the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) and Isotopes was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on Wednesday June 13th as part of a doubleheader -- two seven-inning contests with a 5:05 PM start time. The 50-cent Hog Dog night promotion has been rescheduled for August 6th against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies).
Filed 06/11/2007

June 10, 2007 - Isotopes (31-32)


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PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 2 3 5 0 0 0 2 3 0 . 15 17 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 . 7 11 2
WP: Randy Keisler (3-4)
LP: Paul Mildren (4-5)
Home Runs:
MEM Edgar Gonzalez (4) off Paul Mildren in the 3rd inning
MEM Ryan Christanson (4) off Ricardo Rodriguez in the 7th inning
MEM Rick Ankiel (15) off Christopher Young in the 8th inning

ALB Chad Hermansen (8) off Randy Keisler in the 2nd inning
ALB Val Pascucci (19) off Randy Keisler in the 6th inning

TIME:   ATT: 
The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) plated 10 runs over the first three frames en-route to a 15-7 victory over Albuquerque in the series finale. The loss prevented Albuquerque from achieving the series sweep of the Redbirds.
In the 1st inning, Memphis' John Rodriguez and Tagg Bozied walked with two outs and Rick Ankiel singled to drive in both of them to give Memphis a 2-0 lead.
Memphis extended the lead in the 2nd inning. Ryan Christianson walked with one out and took second base on a wild pitch. Redbirds starter Randy Keisler drew a walk and Skip Schumaker doubled to drive in Christianson. Brendan Ryan doubled to plate Keisler and Schumaker.
Val Pascucci walked and Chad Hermansen followed with a homer to left field as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard in the home half of the 2nd inning.
Memphis put five more runs on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Bozied walked, Ankiel singled, and former-Isotope Edgar Gonzalez homered to center field. John Nelson doubled and scored on Keisler's single and Keisler came around to score on Schumaker's double.
Memphis held the 10-2 advantage until the 6th inning when Andrew Beattie doubled and scored when John Gall reached on an error. The newest Isotope, Todd Linden, entered the game as a pinch runner and scored on Pascucci's homer to center field.
Gonzalez walked and came around to score on Christianson's homer in the 7th inning as Memphis held a 12-5 advantage.
The Redbirds added their final runs in the 8th inning. Ryan tripled and scored on Rodriguez's single. an out later, Ankiel homered to right field.
Linden doubled and scored on Scott Seabol's single in the 8th inning and Eric Reed scored on Josh Labandeira's single in the 9th inning to close out Albuquerque's scoring in the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren (L, 4-5) 2.0 7 9 8 5 1 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 64 G, 276 AB, 37 R, 73 H, 11 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 15 BB, 63 K, 11 SB, .264 AVG
Brett Carroll: 28 G, 110 AB, 16 R, 30 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 3 BB, 34 K, 0 SB, .273 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Josh Willingham, Jason Wood, and Wilson Delgado each drove in a pair of runs in Albuquerque's 10-4 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transactions, IF Todd Sears was placed on the disabled list and the Marlins outrighted OF Todd Linden to Albuquerque. C Brad Davis was activated off the disabled list and then transferred to Class-A Jupiter. . . . 34,145 fans attended the series at "The Lab" for a per-game average of 8,536. The Isotopes welcomed their 2.5 millionth fan in franchise history during the Redbirds series and their 200,000th fan at home for the 2007 season. . . . The Isotopes open up a new series on Monday evening at Isotopes Park. Coming into town for four games are the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). Pitching probables for the opener are RHP Nic Ungs (2-3, 6.35) for the Isotopes and LHP John Rheinecker (0-0, 0.00) for the Redhawks.

Filed 06/10/2007

June 9, 2007 - Isotopes (31-31)


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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 9 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 1 5 0 1 0 1 0 X . 9 17 0
WP: Kenny Baugh (2-3)
LP: Troy Cate (1-4)
Home Runs:
MEM Nick Stavinoha (8) off Kenny Baugh in the 3rd inning

ALB Scott Seabol (12) off Troy Cate in the 3rd inning
ALB Scott Seabol (13) off Troy Cate in the 5th inning
ALB Robert Andino (3) off Troy Cate in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:46  ATT: 9,490
Scott Seabol homered twice and drove in four runs as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 9-3 on Saturday evening. Albuquerque has won three straight games with the victory.
Robert Andino homered to center field in the 1st inning as Albuquerque led 1-0.
Memphis tied the game in the 2nd inning. Nick Stavinoha was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Stavinoha took second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third base on former-Isotope Edgar Gonzalez's single, and scored on Rico Washington's sacrifice flyout to center field.
In the home half of the 2nd inning, Chad Hermansen doubled and later scored on Brett Carroll's single as the Isotopes regained the lead at 2-1.
Brendan Ryan doubled and scored on Stavinoha's homer to left field in the 3rd inning as Memphis held a 3-2 advantage.
Albuquerque took back the lead (and for good) in their 3rd inning. Andino singled and Josh Labandeira ground-rule doubled. Andino scored on John Gall's groundout and Labandeira scored on Val Pascucci's single. Hermansen doubled and Seabol followed with a homer to center field as Albuquerque led 7-3.
Seabol solo-homered in the 5th inning to make it 8-3 and in the 7th inning, Hermansen singled, advanced to third base on Seabol's double, and scored on Carroll's single to make it the final score of 9-3.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (W, 2-3) 5.0 5 3 3 2 1 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: (temporarily unavailable)
Brett Carroll: (temporarily unavailable)
Harvey Garcia: (temporarily unavailable)
'TOPES NOTES: The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) crushed the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) for the second night in a row, denying the Isotopes the opportunity to climb into first place with a victory. The Isotopes remain a half-game behind the Zephyrs in the division. . . . Albuquerque goes for the series sweep on Sunday evening. Pitching probables are LHP Paul Mildren (4-4, 4.25) for the Isotopes and LHP Randy Kiesler (2-4, 6.08) for Memphis.

Filed 06/09/2007

June 8, 2007 - Isotopes (30-31)


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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 . 4 4 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 X . 7 13 2
WP: Jeff Fulchino (4-1)
LP: Blake Hawksworth (3-8)
SV: Nate Field (9)
Home Runs:
MEM Rick Ankiel (14) off Jeff Fulchino in the 5th inning
MEM Brian Esposito (3) off Jeff Fulchino in the 8th inning

ALB Val Pascucci (18) off Chris Lambert in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:32  ATT: 8,298
Jeff Fulchino carried a no-hitter almost through the 4th inning, remained strong through seven innings before tiring in the 8th inning but Albuquerque had a just enough of a lead by then to hold on for a 7-4 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on a windy Friday evening at "The Lab".
In the 1st inning, Robert Andino singled and an out later, John Gall made it to second base on an error as Redbirds right fielder Nick Stavinoha missed catching a wind-blown flyball. Andino scored on a wild pitch and Scott Seabol lifted a sacrifice flyout to right field to bring home Gall to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.
Albuquerque added to their lead in the 2nd inning. With two outs, Isotopes starter Fulchino, Andino, and Eric Reed singled to load the bases before John Gall singled to drive in Fulchino and Andino. Reed scored on a wild pitch to give the Isotopes a 5-0 advantage.
Rick Ankiel homered to center field in the 5th inning as the Redbirds got on the scoreboard.
Val Pascucci returned the favor, homering to center field in the 7th inning, to get Albuquerque back their five-run cushion at 6-1.
In the 8th inning. Stavinoha reached on an error and Rico Washington walked ahead of Brian Esposito's homer to left field that brought the Redbirds to within two runs at 6-4.
Albuquerque tallied the final run of the game in the 8th inning. John Baker singled to left field and later scored on pinch-hitter Todd Sears' sacrifice fly to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (W, 4-1) 7.0 4 4 3 1 3 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 62 G, 268 AB, 35 R, 69 H, 11 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 15 BB, 63 K, 11 SB, .257 AVG
Brett Carroll: 26 G, 102 AB, 16 R, 28 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 3 BB, 32 K, 0 SB, .275 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Isotopes and Redbirds also played at Isotopes Park and the Isotopes had a much easier win, 18-2. Albuquerque put 18 runs on 23 hits on the scoreboard and Chris Aguila was responsible for a third of the offensive output, going 4x5 with 6 RBI.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes are in the midst of a four-game winning streak against the Redbirds. . . . The four hits the Isotopes pitching staff gave up was the least in a home game in 2007. . . . Robert Andino had four hits, the second 4-hit game for Andino in 2007. . . . Eric Reed and Scott Seabol each hit safely to extend their hitting streaks to six games. . . . Pitching probables for Saturday evening's contest are RHP Kenny Baugh (4-4, 4.25) for the Isotopes and LHP Troy Cate (1-3, 4.57) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/08/2007

June 7, 2007 - Isotopes (29-31)


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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 . 8 10 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 5 . 11 13 0
WP: Harvey Garcia (1-0)
LP: Brian Falkenborg (1-3)
Home Runs:
MEM John Nelson (5) off Chris George in the 2nd inning
MEM Rick Ankiel (13) off Chris George in the 3rd inning

ALB John Gall (5) off Brian Falkenborg in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:44  ATT: 7,461
John Gall's three-run walkoff homer capped a huge comeback for the Isotopes in a 11-8 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in the series opener at "The Lab" on Thursday evening.
Isotopes starter Chris George allowed three-run homers to John Nelson (2nd inning) and Rick Ankiel (3rd inning) as the Redbirds built a 6-0 lead.
Memphis made it 7-0 in the 5th inning when Tagg Bozied walked and scored on Ankiel's double.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in their half of the 5th inning. Scott Seabol and Brett Carroll singled and Andrew Beattie walked to load the bases. While John Baker grounded into a double play, Seabol raced home to score.
Robert Andino tripled and scored on Eric Reed's groundout in the 6th inning as Albuquerque trailed 7-2.
Memphis scored their final run of the game in the 7th inning - Mike McCoy singled and scored on Brendan Ryan's double.
Albuquerque began their late game rally in the 8th inning. Pinch-hitter Frank Moore walked and Andino singled. Reed reached on a fielder's choice with Andino out at second base. Reed stole second base and Moore scored on a balk while Reed advanced to third base. Gall walked before Val Pascucci sacrifice flied out to drive in Reed. Gall took second base on a wild pitch and Seabol drew a walk before Carroll doubled to drive in Gall and Seabol to trim the defecit to two runs at 8-6.
The Isotopes completed the rally in the 9th inning. Baker doubled and scored on Moore's double. Andino drew a walk and Reed singled to drive in Moore. Gall followed with the game-winning three run shot to break the tie and end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George 5.0 7 7 7 2 3 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 61 G, 264 AB, 33 R, 65 H, 11 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 14 BB, 63 K, 11 SB, .246 AVG
Brett Carroll: 25 G, 98 AB, 16 R, 28 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 3 BB, 32 K, 0 SB, .286 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 0-0, 0 SV, 7 APP, 9.2 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 5.59 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Ian Kinsler drove in four runs as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 10-5 in Oklahoma City.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque has won eight games this season in their last at-bats. . . . John Gall's homer was the second Isotope walkoff homer of the season and the 7th in franchise history. . . . Robert Portnoy, the voice of the Isotopes, has been named one of the two radio announcers calling the Triple-A All-Star Game radio broadcast. Calling the action alongside Portnoy is Bob McElligott, a broadcaster with the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA Blue Jays) in the International League. The radio rightsholder for the game is Westwood One Radio Network and the broadcast can be heard on KNML-AM 610 in Albuquerque. . . . Pitching probables for the second game of the series are RHP Jeff Fulchino (3-1, 5.73) for the Isotopes and Blake Hawksworth (3-7, 3.47) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/07/2007

June 5, 2007 - Isotopes (28-31)


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PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -1.5 Games

Chukchansi Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 . 3 7 3
Fresno Grizzlies 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 X . 6 13 1
WP: Scott Atchison (1-2)
LP: Lee Gardner (0-2)
SV: Carlos Hines (2)
TIME: 2:42  ATT: 4,839
Fresno plated four runs in the 8th inning to come from behind to defeat the Isotopes 6-3 in the series finale in Fresno on Tuesday evening.
Eric Reed put his speed to work to score Albuquerque's first run in the 4th inning. Reed singled with one out, ran to third base on John Gall's single, and scored on Scott Seabol's single.
Reed was also in the middle of things in the 6th inning as the Isotopes extended their lead to 3-0. Reed tripled and scored on Gall's single. Gall advanced to second base on a passed ball and scored on Seabol's single.
Fresno broke through in the 6th inning with a pair of runs. Clay Timpner bunt singled and Nate Schierholtz singled. Lance Niekro reached on an error to load the bases and a wild pitch brought Timpner home before Justin Leone singled to drive in Schierholtz.
In the 8th inning down 3-2, Fresno put together their game-winning rally. Schierholtz and Niekro singled and Leone reached on a fielder's choice with Schierholtz out at third base. Tomas De La Rosa doubled to drive in Niekro and pinch-hitter Scott McClain drew a walk to load the bases. Guillermo Rodriguez singled to drive in Leone and De La Rosa and Brian Horwitz singled to drive in McClain.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs 5.1 5 1 1 1 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 60 G, 260 AB, 31 R, 63 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 13 BB, 62 K, 11 SB, .242 AVG
Brett Carroll: 24 G, 94 AB, 16 R, 26 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 3 BB, 31 K, 0 SB, .277 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Larry Sutton and Joe Dillon back-to-back homered in the 3rd inning in Albuquerque's 6-3 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in Oklahoma City.
'TOPES NOTES: The Grizzlies took three out of the four games against the Isotopes in the series, the only series between the two clubs in 2007. 24,329 attended at Chukchansi Park for a per-game average of 6,082. All time, the Isotopes and Grizzlies have 10 wins each, and Fresno has a 9-3 advantage in games played in Fresno. . . . Val Pascucci went 0x4 to snap a 14-game hitting streak, the longest by an Isotope this season. . . . Albuquerque has the day off on Wednesday before opening their longest homestand of the season. The Isotopes and Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) open their series on Thursday evening. Pitching probables are LHP Chris George (3-5, 4.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Anthony Reyes (0-1, 1.29) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/05/2007

June 4, 2007 - Isotopes (28-30)


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

Chukchansi Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 7 13 1
Fresno Grizzlies 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 4 7 0
WP: Paul Mildren (4-4)
LP: Travis Blackley (5-3)
SV: Nate Field (8)
Home Runs:
ALB Brett Carroll (5) off Travis Blackley in the 2nd inning
ALB Brett Carroll (6) off Travis Blackley in the 3rd inning
ALB Val Pascucci (17) off Travis Blackley in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:46  ATT: 4,783
Brrett Carroll homered twice and drove in 3 runs as Albuquerque snapped their season-longest losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) on Monday evening in Fresno.
Carroll belted his first homer of the evening to center field in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes took the 1-0 advantage.
Fresno took the lead in their half of the frame. Justin Leone doubled and scored on Tomas De La Rosa's single. De La Rosa took second base on the throw, tagged and advanced to third base on Nate Schierholtz's flyout and scored on a passed ball.
The Isotopes emphatically took the lead in the 3rd inning with the aid of the longball. Chad Hermansen drew a two-out walk and scored on Val Pascucci's team-leading 17th homer. John Gall doubled and scored on Scott Seabol's single. Carroll followed with a two-run jack to left field as Albuquerque led 6-2.
In the 4th inning, Fresno's Schierholtz singled and Brian Horwitz walked. Guillermo Rodriguez reached on an error to load the bases and Grizzlies starter Travis Blackley reached on a fielder's choice with Schierholtz out at home plate. William Bergolla lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Horwitz. Luis Figuroa was hit by a pitch to re-load the bases and Scott McClain drew a walk as Rodriguez trotted home.
Albuquerque scored the final run of the game in the 5th inning. Gall singled with one out, Seabol and Carroll each drew walks to load the bases, and Chris Ashby sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Gall.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren (W, 4-4) 6.0 5 4 2 6 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 59 G, 256 AB, 31 R, 63 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 13 BB, 61 K, 11 SB, .246 AVG
Brett Carroll: 23 G, 90 AB, 16 R, 26 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 3 BB, 30 K, 0 SB, .289 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Chris Aguila grand-slam homered in the 9th inning, but it only made the final score respectable as the Isotopes fell to the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 7-6 in Nashville.
'TOPES NOTES: Dean Treanor won his 250th game as skipper of the Isotopes. . . . Albuquerque had lost five straight games until tonight. . . . The Isotopes turned five double plays, establishing a franchise record. The previous record of four double plays was set three times prior to 2007. . . . Val Pascucci keeps rolling - two hits tonight continued Pascucci's Isotope-best season hitting streak to 14 games. . . . Brett Carroll has a pair of multi-homer games in his relatively young stint in a 'Topes suit. . . . John Gall turned in his second 4-hit game of the season. . . . Nate Gold of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Gold hit .407 (11x27) with 4 homers and 14 RBI during the week. Brad Thomas of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award. Thomas made two starts and won neither one of them, but in 13 innings pitched, Thomas allowed an earned run, walked one, and struck out 8 (0.69 ERA). . . . Pitching probables for the series finale on Tuesday are RHP Nic Ungs (2-3, 6.90) for the Isotopes and RHP Sun-Woo Kim (2-0, 5.68) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 06/04/2007

June 3, 2007 - Isotopes (27-30)


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

Chukchansi Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 1 6 2
Fresno Grizzlies 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 X . 3 9 0
WP: Matt Palmer (4-3)
LP: Kenny Baugh (1-3)
SV: Billy Sadler (4)
TIME: 2:45  ATT: 5,496
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) starter Matt Palmer allowed a run and 5 hits to the Isotopes over 6 frames and Scott McClain knocked in two runs in Fresno's 3-1 victory over Albuquerque on Sunday afternoon in Fresno. The defeat extended Albuquerque's losing streak to 5 games and knocked the Isotopes out of first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.
Fresno grabbed the early lead in the 1st inning. Luis Figueroa walked, took third base on Nate Schierholtz's single, and scored on McClain's sacrifice flyout to left field.
William Bergolla singled and scored on Brian Horwitz's single with an error on the play as the Grizzlies led 2-0.
Figueroa singled and scored on McClain's double in the 5th inning as Fresno extended the lead to 3-0.
Albuquerque avoided the shutout in the 6th inning. With two outs, Chad Hermansen doubled and scored on Val Pascucci's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (L, 1-3) 6.0 8 3 2 4 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 58 G, 253 AB, 31 R, 63 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 11 BB, 61 K, 11 SB, .249 AVG
Brett Carroll: 22 G, 87 AB, 14 R, 24 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 2 BB, 29 K, 0 SB, .276 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2004, Isotopes pitcher Michael McNutt outdueled New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Astros in 2004) pitcher Jared Fernandez in a 2-1 Isotopes victory in Metarie, Louisiana. Ryan Christenson solo homered and drove in the other run with a single for Albuquerque.
'TOPES NOTES: In a on-paper move for the Isotopes, P Kenny Baugh was transferred from Class-A Jamestown to Albuquerque to make Baugh eligible for today's start, and P Chris George was transferred from the Isotopes to Extended Spring Training to make roster room for Baugh. . . . Albuquerque had been in first place in the division since May 21st until today. The most games the Isotopes led the division during that time was 3 games. . . . Val Pascucci's RBI-double extended his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . The manager and coaches for the International League at the 2007 Triple-A All-Star game have been announced. The skipper will be John Russell from the Ottawa Lynx (AAA Phillies) and the coaches are Stan Cliburn from the Rochester Red Wings (AAA Twins) and Torey Lovullo from the Buffalo Bisons (AAA Indians). The trainer will be Darren London from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA Yankees). . . . Pitching probables for Monday evening's contest are TBA for Albuquerque (it could be LHP Paul Mildren - 3-4, 4.37 ERA - if Mildren does not get the promotion to the Marlins) and LHP Travis Blackley (5-2, 3.45) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 06/03/2007

June 2, 2007 - Isotopes (27-29)

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

Chukchansi Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 . 2 10 2
Fresno Grizzlies 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 X . 8 10 1
WP: Erick Threets (1-1)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (1-3)
Home Runs:
FRE Scott McClain (6) off Christopher Young in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:32  ATT: 9,211
For the second time in the past three games, Albuquerque allowed the big inning that ended up being their doom. Tonight, the Isotopes allowed six runs to the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) in the 7th inning and those runs proved to be the difference in an 8-2 loss to the Grizzlies. Albuquerque has dropped four straight games.
In the 2nd inning, Fresno's Scott McClain singled and scored on Lance Niekro's triple. Niekro later scored on Grizzlies starter Matt Kinney's single as Fresno built a 2-0 lead.
Albuquerque tied up the game in the 5th inning. Josh Labandeira, who went to college at Fresno State, ground-rule doubled with one out and scored on Chris Ashby's double. Isotopes starter Jeff Fulchino singled to put runners on the corners before Robert Andino reached on a fielder's choice while Ashby scored.
Fresno put together their big game-winning inning in the 7th inning. Justin Leone led off the inning by being hit by a pitch and Leone stole second base. Tomas De La Rosa singled and Guillermo Rodriguez singled to drive in Leone. An out later, Clay Timpner reached on an error while De La Rosa scored. William Bergolla singled to left field to drive in Rodriguez and Timpner. McClain two-run homered to cap off the scoring in the inning and the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino (L, 3-1) 6.0 6 5 5 1 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 57 G, 250 AB, 31 R, 63 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 10 BB, 61 K, 11 SB, .252 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 0-0, 0 SV, 6 APP, 8.2 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 6.23 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Isotopes had much better results in Fresno against the Grizzlies. Robert Stratton, Matt Erickson, Jason Wood, and Paul Hoover all homered in Albuquerque's 13-5 victory over Fresno.
'TOPES NOTES: In an Isotope transaction, P Mauro Zarate was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-AA Carolina. There may be another transaction on Monday if the Marlins elect to promote P Paul Mildren to start one game of a doubleheader the Marlins have on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves. . . . The Isotopes have gone on a season-high four game losing streak for the second time in 2007. . . . Val Pascucci doubled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, an Isotope season high. . . . Seven of Albuquerque's 10 hits were doubles. The seven doubles was one shy of the Isotopes franchise record. . . . Pitching probables for Sunday afternoon's contest are RHP Kenny Baugh (1-2, 6.95) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Palmer (3-3, 4.38) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 06/02/2007

June 1, 2007 - Isotopes (27-28)

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

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 . 2 7 2
Sacramento River Cats 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 X . 4 6 2
WP: Brad Ziegler (1-1)
LP: Chris George (3-5)
SV: Santiago Casilla (3)
TIME: 2:57  ATT: 9,539
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) took advantage of an error in the 7th inning to plate the eventual game-winning run in a 4-2 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale. Albuquerque has lost three straight games with the defeat, yet retains a game and a half lead in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.
Nick Blasi walked, stole second base, and scored on Jason Perry's single in the 1st inning as the River Cats led 1-0.
Sacramento extended the lead in the 3rd inning. J.J. Furmaniak doubled, took third base on a groundout, and scored on Dee Brown's single to center field.
Albuquerque cut the defecit in half at 2-1 in the 5th inning - Robert Andino reached on an error and advanced to third base on Chad Hermansen's single. Val Pascucci walked to load the bases and John Gall drew a walk to bring Andino home.
Chris Ashby walked and scored on Eric Reed's triple in the 6th inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 2-2.
The River Cats took back the lead with the game-winning runs in the 7th inning. Jeremy Brown walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Kevin Melillo. Lou Merloni singled and Lloyd Turner laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached first base on an error while Melillo scored. Furmaniak followed with a sacrifice bunt of his own that brought home Merloni for the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 3-5) 6.0 6 4 3 3 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 56 G, 246 AB, 31 R, 61 H, 9 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 9 BB, 60 K, 11 SB, .248 AVG
Brett Carroll: 21 G, 83 AB, 14 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 2 BB, 27 K, 0 SB, .277 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, the Isotopes and Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) played in 116 degree heat in Fresno. The Grizzlies shut out the Isotopes 5-0 on that hot afternoon.
'TOPES NOTES: Sacramento took the final 3 games of the series - the only series between the Isotopes and River Cats in 2007. 31,609 fans came through the Raley Field turnstiles during the series. All-time, the River Cats lead the series 12-8. . . . Val Pascucci singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, tying him for the longest hitting streak of the season (Eric Reed). . . . Albuquerque went homerless in the game, snapping an eight-game homer streak. . . . The Isotopes tied a franchise record with 16 strikeouts in a 9-inning game. Albuquerque previously established the record on May 17, 2007 at the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). . . . The Isotopes complete their roadtrip with a four-game series against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants). Pitching probables in the opener are RHP Jeff Fulchino (3-0, 5.55) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Kinney (3-5, 4.47) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 06/01/2007

May 31, 2007 - Isotopes (27-27)

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

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 . 3 7 0
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 X . 7 10 0
WP: Dan Meyer (2-0)
LP: Nic Ungs (2-3)
Home Runs:
ALB Val Pascucci (16) off Shawn Kohn in the 8th inning
ALB Scott Seabol (11) off Dan Meyer in the 5th inning

SAC Dee Brown (3) off Nic Ungs in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:44  ATT: 8,132
One inning is all that the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) needed for a victory as they rocked Isotopes starter Nic Ungs for 7 runs in the 4th inning to defeat Albuquerque 7-3. Albuquerque has dropped two straight games with the loss.
In that 4th inning, Dee Brown greeted Ungs with a homer to right field to begin the inning. Jason Perry singled and Daric Barton walked and Kurt Suzuki laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Jeremy Brown was intentionally walked to load the bases before Lou Merloni singled to drive in Perry and Barton. Nick Blasi doubled to drive in Brown and Merloni. Consecutive doubles by Kevin Melillo and JD Closser brought home Blasci and Melillo as Sacramento led 7-0.
Scott Seabol solo-homered to left-center field to lead off the Isotopes 5th inning. An out later, John Baker singled, advanced to third base on Andrew Beattie's single, and scored on a wild pitch.
Val Pascucci extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his league-leading 16th homer, to center field, as Albuquerque closed out the scoring in the contest in the 8th inning.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (L, 2-3) 3.1 8 7 7 2 0 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 55 G, 241 AB, 30 R, 60 H, 9 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 9 BB, 58 K, 11 SB, .249 AVG
Brett Carroll: 20 G, 79 AB, 14 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 2 BB, 23 K, 0 SB, .291 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Jace Brewer tripled and scored on a single as the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 3-2 in 11 innings in Oklahoma City.
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transactions on Thursday, P Roy Corcoran was activated from the Disabled List and P Kenny Baugh was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Jamestown. The Marlins optioned P Lee Gardner to Albuquerque when the Marlins activated P Henry Owens from the major-league disabled list. In alumnus news, the Marlins traded away former-Isotope Randy Messenger to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for P Armando Benitez. . . . The Isotopes tied a franchise record by striking out six consecutive times (the 2nd and 3rd innings). . . . For the second month in a row, the Isotopes went .500 for a month. After a 12-12 April, the Isotopes went 15-15 in May (9-9 on the road; 6-6 at home). . . . Two Isotope hitting streaks ended in the contest - Chad Hermansen snapped a 7-game hitting streak and Robert Andino ended a 6-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes and River Cats play their final meeting of 2007 on Friday evening. Pitching probables are LHP Chris George (3-4, 4.52) for the Isotopes and LHP Dallas Braden (0-0, 0.75) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/31/2007

May 30, 2007 - Isotopes (27-26)

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

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 . 4 10 1
Sacramento River Cats 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 . 5 8 0
WP: Santiago Casilla (2-1)
LP: Christopher Young (0-1)
Home Runs:
ALB John Baker (4) off Kazuhito Tadano in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:46  ATT: 7,221
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) tallied for single runs in the final two frames to come from behind to defeat the Isotopes 5-4 on Wednesday evening in West Sacramento, California.
Kevin Melillo tripled and scored on Dee Brown's single in the 1st inning as the River Cats quickly led 1-0.
In the 3rd inning, John Baker solo homered to right field to tie the game at 1-1. Two outs later, Andrew Beattie singled and scored on Chad Hermansen's triple as the Isotopes took a 2-1 advantage.
Daric Barton walked and Kurt Suzuki singled ahead of Jeremy Brown's double in the 4th inning as Sacramento regained the lead at 3-2.
Robert Andino singled and later scored on Hermansen's double as Albuquerque knotted up the game at 3-3 in the 5th inning and Val Pascucci singled and scored on Baker's 6th inning double to give Albuquerque a 4-3 lead.
Brown doubled, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on Jason Perry's single in the 8th inning as Sacramento deadlocked the game at 4-4.
Nick Blasi singled with one out, advanced to second base on Mark Kotsay's single, and scored when Melillo grounded into a fielder's choice to give Sacramento the victory.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren 6.0 4 3 3 4 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 54 G, 237 AB, 30 R, 60 H, 9 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 9 BB, 56 K, 11 SB, .253 AVG
Brett Carroll: 19 G, 75 AB, 14 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 2 BB, 20 K, 0 SB, .307 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Isotopes reliever J.B. Miadich pulled off masterful pitching when he needed it, striking out two hitters with the game-tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position to preserve a 6-5 Isotope victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Tonight's loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Isotopes at Raley Field. . . . Val Pascucci extended his hitting streak to 9 games. Other Isotopes currently working on hitting streaks of five or more games are Robert Andino (6), Chad Hermansen (7), and Scott Seabol (5). . . . Pascucci also went homerless, snapping a three-game streak with a homer. . . . Pitching probables for Thursday's game are RHP Nic Ungs (3-4, 4.52) for the Isotopes and LHP Dan Meyer (1-0, 3.21) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/30/2007

May 29, 2007 - Isotopes (27-25)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +3.0 Games

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 . 4 8 1
Sacramento River Cats 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 7 0
WP: Kenny Baugh (1-2)
LP: Shane Komine (2-6)
SV: Nate Field (7)
Home Runs:
ALB Val Pascucci (15) off Shane Komine in the 4th inning
ALB Chad Hermansen (7) off Shane Komine in the 5th inning
TIME: 3:23  ATT: 6,717
Kenny Baugh allowed a run and 3 hits in 5 innings and Val Pascucci and Chad Hermansen provided all the power in Albuquerque's 4-2 victory over the the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) in the series opener.
In the 1st inning, Sacramento's Nick Blasi walked, advanced to second base on Kevin Melillo's single, and scored when Jason Perry grounded into a double play as Sacramento had their only lead of the evening.
Val Pascucci hit his team-leading 15th homer to left field in the 4th inning as Albuquerque tied the contest at 1-1 and Andrew Beattie singled and scored on Chad Hermansen's homer in the 5th inning as Albuquerque took a 3-1 lead.
The River Cats closed to a run at 3-2 when Perry singled and later scored on J.D. Closser's single to right field.
Albuquerque added an insurance run in the 9th inning - Robert Andino tripled and scored on a wild pitch.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (W, 1-2) 5.0 3 1 1 5 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 53 G, 232 AB, 29 R, 58 H, 9 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 9 BB, 55 K, 11 SB, .250 AVG
Brett Carroll: 18 G, 71 Ab, 14 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 2 BB, 18 K, 0 SB, .324 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 0-0, 0 SV, 5 APP, 7.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 7.04 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: This day in 2006 would be very hard to forget for any Isotopes fan. On a Memorial Day afternoon, the Isotopes trailed 12-4 going into the 8th inning and mounted a franchise-record 8-run comeback over the final two frames to tie the game and send it into extras before Drew Niles tripled to the center field wall to drive in Chris Ashby in the 10th inning as Albuquerque defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 13-12 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque extended their division lead to a season-best 3 games due to their other division opponents losing or one game being rained out. The Isotopes have enjoyed living in the penthouse of the division since May 21st. . . . Val Pascucci has homered in three straight games, an Isotope season-best. Pascucci also extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . John Baker and Dean Treanor were both ejected by Home Plate umpire Steve Fritzoni in the 9th inning. It was Treanor's fourth ejection of the season. . . . The Isotopes love travel days, compiling a 9-2 record so far in 2007. . . . Craig Brazell of the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) was named the PCL Hitter of the Week. Brazell went 12x29 (.414 BA) with 8 homers and 14 RBI during the week. Phillip Barzilla of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week for winning both his starts for the week and compiling a 1.29 ERA. . . . Pitching probables for Wednesday evening's contest are LHP Paul Mildren (3-4, 4.36) for the Isotopes and RHP Kazuhito Tadano (2-0, 0.00) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/29/2007

May 28, 2007 - Isotopes (26-25)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +2.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 5 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 . 9 15 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 1 . 10 16 1
WP: Nate Field (5-2)
LP: Steve Bray (2-1)
Home Runs:
NSH Brad Nelson (6) off Jeff Fulchino in the 1st inning
NSH Joe Dillon (4) off Mauro Zarate in the 7th inning
NSH Charles Thomas (1) off Jeff Fulchino in the 5th inning

ALB Val Pascucci (14) off R.A. Dickey in the 4th inning
ALB Robert Andino (2) off R.A. Dickey in the 5th inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (1) off R.A. Dickey in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:09  ATT: 7,054
After falling behind five runs in the 1st inning, the Isotopes clawed their way back into the contest and Frank Moore capped things off with a game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Isotopes a 10-9 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in the series finale on Memorial Day afternoon at Isotopes Park.
In the 1st inning, Callix Crabbe, Chris Barnwell, and Laynce Nix all singled to lead off the game with Crabbe scoring. Andy Abad singled to drive in Barnwell and Mike Rivera reached on a fielder's choice with Nix out at third base. Brad Nelson followed with a three-run homer to left field as the Sounds built a 5-0 lead.
The Isotopes chipped away at that defecit in their half of the 1st inning. Robert Andino singled, Josh Labandeira walked, and Chad Hermansen singled to drive in Andino. Val Pascucci walked to load the bases and Labandeira scored on John Gall's groundout. Scott Seabol singled to drive in Hermansen and Brett Carroll sacrifice flied out to left field to drive in Pascucci as the Isotopes trailed by a run at 5-4.
Seabol tripled and scored on Carroll's single in the 3rd inning as Albuquerque tied the game at 5-5.
The tie was short-lived as Nashville scored twice in the 4th inning to regain the lead. Thomas doubled and advanced to third on Sounds reliever R.A. Dickey's sacrifice bunt. Crabbe singled to drive in Thomas, Barnwell walked, and Crabbe and Barnwell executed a double steal. Nix sacrifice flied out to center field to drive in Crabbe.
Pascucci homered to right field to once again cut the defecit to a run at 7-6 in the 4th inning, but the Sounds got that run back when Thomas homered to right field in the 5th inning.
The Isotopes took the lead for the first time in the contest in the 5th inning. Carroll singled and scored on Andrew Beattie's first homer as an Isotope. Andino followed with a homer to center field to give Albuquerque the 9-8 advantage.
Joe Dillon homered against his former team in the 7th inning to tie up the game at 9-9 and it remained that way until the 9th inning. With one out, Chris Ashby doubled to right field and Moore followed with a single to right field to drive Ashby in with the game-winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino 5.0 10 8 8 3 6 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 52 G, 228 AB, 28 R, 57 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 8 BB, 55 K, 11 SB, .250 AVG
Brett Carroll: 17 G, 67 AB, 14 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K, 0 SB, .343 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Isotopes pitching staff gave up 7 homers, but the offense was able to come up with enough runs to outslug the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 14-13 at Isotopes Park.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes and Sounds split the four-game series. 30,724 attended for a per-game average of 7,681. . . . There was a historical moment during the ballgame. In the 6th inning, Isotopes reliever Mauro Zarate gave up singles to Callix Crabbe and Chris Barnwell. Laynce Nix's comeback liner was snagged by Zarate, who threw to Robert Andino at second base to double off Crabbe and Andino tossed the ball to Val Pascucci at first base to triple off Barnwell for the first Triple Play in Isotopes franchise history. For the record, the Isotopes have not hit into a Triple Play. . . . Twice in a week, Frank Moore has driven in the game-winning run for Albuquerque in their last at-bat. Monday was Albuquerque's seventh game won in their last at-bats in 2007. . . . Val Pascucci went 2x2 and extended his hitting streak to 7 games. Pascucci also homered in back-to-back games for the third time this season. . . . Isotope batters have back-to-back homered two times in the series. The team has accomplished the feat four times in 2007. . . . Reliever Nate Field earned the victory, becoming the first Isotope to have five wins. . . . Albuquerque heads off on an eight-game road trip to California. The first stop is for four games against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). Pitching probables in the opener are RHP Kenny Baugh (0-2, 8.47) for the Isotopes and RHP Shane Komine (2-5, 5.31) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/28/2007

May 27, 2007 - Isotopes (25-25)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 1 2 1 3 2 0 . 9 11 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 . 7 10 1
WP: Yovani Gallardo (7-1)
LP: Chris George (3-4)
Home Runs:
NSH Mike Rivera (7) off Chris George in the 6th inning
NSH Mike Rivera (8) off Harvey Garcia in the 7th inning

ALB Val Pascucci (13) off R.A. Dickey in the 9th inning

TIME: 3:10  ATT: 8,905
Nashville's Mike Rivera homered twice and drove in five runs as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) outslugged the Isotopes 9-7 on Sunday evening.
In the 1st inning, Robert Andino and Eric Reed singled to lead off the inning. Both executed a double steal before Andino scored on Val Pascucci's groundout to give Albuquerque a 1-0 lead.
The Sounds tied the game in the 4th inning. With two out, former-Isotope Joe Dillon reached on an error, advanced to second base on Andy Abad's single, and scored on Rivera's single.
For the second straight evening, Dillon haunted his former team by giving his current team the lead that would never be relinquished. Sounds starter Yovani Gallardo and Callix Crabbe walked and Chris Barnwell singled to load the bases. Dillon hit a ground-rule double to left field to bring in Gallardo and Crabbe to give Nashville a 3-1 lead.
Rivera homered to center field in the 6th inning to extend the Nashville lead to 4-1.
In the 6th inning, Reed led off with a single but was erased from the basepaths when Chad Hermansen reached on a fielder's choice. Pascucci walked and John Gall singled to load the bases before Scott Seabol drew a walk to bring in Hermansen. An out later, Frank Moore walked as Pascucci trotted home to cut the defecit to a run at 4-3.
The Sounds extended their lead to a comfortable 7-3 in the 7th inning. Barnwell doubled, Abad walked, and Rivera homered to center field.
In the home half of the 7th inning, Andino singled, took third base on Hermansen's single, and scored on a wild pitch.
Nashville put more runs on the board in the 8th inning. Charles Thomas walked to lead off the inning, advanced to second base on Jose Macias groundout, and scored on Crabbe's single to center field. Barnwell tripled to bring home Crabbe and give Nashville a 9-4 advantage.
The Isotopes did not go quietly in the 9th inning. With two outs, Reed ground-rule doubled, Hermansen walked, and Pascucci belted his team-leading 13th homer to center field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (L, 3-4) 6.0 7 4 3 2 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 51 G, 223 AB, 26 R, 55 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 55 K, 11 SB, .247 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 0-0, 0 SV, 4 APP, 5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 9.53 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, Robert Andino singled to drive in Tom Wilson with the game-winning run in the 9th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 4-3 at Isotopes Park. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak and gave the 'Topes the division lead over Round Rock.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes saw a couple more roster moves on Sunday. P Ross Wolf was placed on the Disabled List and P Ricardo Rodriguez came off the Disabled List. P Chris George was transferred from Extended Spring Training to Albuquerque to make tonight's start, and IF John Raburn was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-AA Carolina, where Raburn had started the season. With some Marlins on the major-league Disabled List starting to get healthy, it appears there may be some Marlins/Isotopes transactions this coming week. . . . Nashville's Yovani Gallardo became the PCL's first 7-game winner with the victory. . . . The Sounds' Chris Barnwell was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Val Pascucci's homer extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . The Isotopes wore special camouflage jerseys during Saturday and Sunday's Military Appreciation weekend contests. The jerseys were auctioned off and raised $3,340 for the Blue Star Mothers of America. Brett Carroll's jersey brought the most money - $450. . . . Pitching probables for Monday afternoon's series finale are RHP Jeff Fulchino (3-0, 4.75) for the Isotopes and LHP Zach Jackson (5-3, 4.61) for the Sounds.

Filed 05/27/2007

May 26, 2007 - Isotopes (25-24)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 . 6 11 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 4 12 1
WP: Chris Oxspring (3-3)
LP: Nic Ungs (2-2)
SV: Luther Hackman (8)
Home Runs:
NSH Andy Abad (6) off Nic Ungs in the 3rd inning

ALB Scott Seabol (10) off Chris Oxspring in the 2nd inning

TIME: 3:26  ATT: 9,022
Joe Dillon doubled to the wall to clear the bases, providing the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) with enough margin to hold off the Isotopes 6-4 on Saturday evening at "The Lab".
Callix Crabbe walked to lead off the game, advanced to third base on Charles Thomas' single to left-center field, and scored when Dillon grounded into a double play. Andy Abad singled to right field to drive in Thomas as the Sounds led 2-0 after a half-inning of play.
Scott Seabol homered to left-center field in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 2-1, but the Sounds got that run back when Abad left the yard to left field in the 3rd inning.
The Isotopes tied the game in their half of the 3rd inning. Andino tripled to the left-center field wall with one out and scored on Eric Reed's single to right field. Andrew Beattle walked and Val Pascucci reached on catcher's interference to load the bases. John Gall reached on a fielder's choice as Reed raced home with the game-tying run.
Dillon struck against his former team in the 4th inning. Chris Barnwell singled, Sounds starter Chris Oxspring reached on an error during a sacrifice bunt play, and two outs later, Laynce Nix walked to load the bases. Dillon stroked a Nic Ungs offering to the base of the wall in left-center field to clear the bases and give Nashville a 6-3 advantage.
The Isotopes left the bases loaded and failed to score in both the 7th and 8th innings before picking up a single run in the 9th inning. Eric Reed tripled to the right-center field wall and scored on Andrew Beattie's groundout.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Nic Ungs (L, 2-2) 3.2 7 6 3 5 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 50 G, 218 AB, 24 R, 53 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 54 K, 10 SB, .243 AVG
Brett Carroll: 16 G, 63 AB, 13 R, 21 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 2 BB, 16 K, 0 SB, .333 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) in Tucson.
'TOPES NOTES: Eric Reed turned in the fifth Isotopes 4-hit game of the season. . . . Sunday evening is another Military Appreciation fireworks promotion at Isotopes Park. Pitching probables are LHP Chris George (3-3, 4.53) for the Isotopes and RHP Yovani Gallardo (6-1, 2.14) for the Sounds.

Filed 05/26/2007

May 25, 2007 - Isotopes (25-23)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +2.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 . 4 7 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 X . 5 10 0
WP: Nate Field (4-2)
LP: Dennis Sarfate (1-4)
SV: Ross Wolf (2)
Home Runs:
ALB Val Pascucci (12) off Tim Dillard in the 4th inning
ALB John Gall (4) off Tim Dillard in the 4th inning
TIME: 3:05  ATT: 5,743
Robert Andino drew a bases loaded walk in the 8th inning to break a 4-4 deadlock as Albuquerque defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 5-4 in the series opener.
Callix Crabbe drew a leadoff walk, took second base on Chris Barnwell's sacrifice bunt, advanced to third base on a balk and scored on Laynce Nix's sacrifice flyout as the Sounds led 1-0 after a half inning of play.
John Gall tripled and scored on Brett Carroll's single in the 2nd inning as Albuquerque tied the game at 1-1.
Albuquerque powered their way to a 4-1 lead in the 4th inning. The newest of Isotopes, Andrew Beattie, drew a walk and Val Pascucci followed with a homer to left field. Gall stepped up to the plate and knocked one out to left field for back-to-back jacks.
Nashville started crawling back into the game in the 6th inning. Crabbe walked, Barnwell doubled, and Nix struck out with a putout at first base required as Crabbe scored.
Nashville tallied again in the 7th and 8th innings - Vinny Rottino doubled and scored on Jose Macias's single in the 7th inning and Crabble doubled and later scored on a passed ball in the 8th inning to tie the score at 4-4.
In the home half of the 8th inning with two out, John Baker and Josh Labandeira singled and Todd Sears walked to load the bases. Andino drew the walk that brought Baker home with the eventual game-winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Paul Mildren 5.1 4 2 2 2 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 49 G, 213 AB, 23 R, 52 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 53 K, 10 SB, .244 AVG
Brett Carroll: 15 G, 59 AB, 13 R, 20 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 2 BB, 14 K, 0 SB, .339 AVG
Harvey Garcia: 0-0, 0 SV, 3 APP, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 3.86 ERA
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Jason Wood solo-homered in the 10th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 2-1 at Autozone Park in Memphis.
'TOPES NOTES: Another day, another transaction for the Isotopes. P Chris Mobley was sent back to Class-A Jupiter and the Marlins signed IF Andrew Beattie to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. . . . John Gall was a single short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Nashville's Dennis Sarfate was ejected by home plate umpire Ramon Armendariz in the 8th inning for arguing balls and strikes. . . . The field staff for the Pacific Coast League All-Stars at the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game in Albuquerque were named today, and all four have Albuquerque ties. The manager will be Dean Treanor (current Isotopes manager), the trainer will be Steve Miller (current Isotopes trainer), the hitting coach will be Von Joshua (former Albuquerque-Duke player and coach) and the pitching coach will be Ken Howell, a former Albuquerque-Duke player. . . . Pitching probables for Game 2 on Saturday evening are RHP Nic Ungs (2-1, 5.82) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Oxspring (2-3, 3.32) for the Sounds.

Filed 05/25/2007

May 24, 2007 - Isotopes (24-23)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 . 5 6 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 4 1 2 0 1 0 X . 8 9 1
WP: Philip Humber (4-4)
LP: Kenny Baugh (0-2)
Home Runs:
ALB Chad Hermansen (6) off Jose Santiago in the 7th inning
ALB John Baker (3) off Philp Humber in the 2nd inning

NRL Andy Tracy (11) off Chris Mobley in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:17  ATT: 9,586
The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) roughed up Isotopes starter Kenny Baugh for 7 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings en route to a 8-5 victory over Albuquerque in the series finale at Zephyr Field.
In the 2nd inning, John Gall reached on an error, Scott Seabol walked, and John Baker followed with a homer to left field as the Isotopes led 3-0.
Baugh was untouched on the scoreboard by the Sounds until the 3rd inning. Zephyrs starter Philip Humber singled with one out, Anderson Hernandez walked and Ben Johnson singled to load the bags. Fernando Tatis doubled to clear them, took third base on a throw during the play, and scored on Andy Tracy's groundout as the Zephyrs held a 4-3 advantage.
Albuquerque tied the game in the 4th inning. Frank Moore walked with two outs, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch. The tie did not last very long as Mike DiFelice walked, took third on Jason Alfaro's single, and scored on a groundout in the home half of the frame.
New Orleans added to their lead in the 5th inning. Tatis singled, stole second base, advanced to third base on a groundout, and scored on Chip Ambres' double. DiFelice followed with a single to bring home Ambres as New Orleans led 7-4.
The Isotopes and Zephyrs swapped solo homers -- Chad Hermansen in the top half; Tracy in the bottom half of the 7th inning -- to close out the scoring in the game for both teams.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Kenny Baugh (L, 0-2) 5.0 7 7 7 3 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 48 G, 209 AB, 23 R, 50 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 52 K, 10 SB, .239 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2005, Mark Little solo-homered and Josh Willingham two-run homered in the 5th inning as Albuquerque rallied from a 2-1 defecit to take a 4-2 advantage and eventually defeated the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) 6-2 at Tucson Electric Park.
'TOPES NOTES: P Chris George was transferred from Albuquerque to Extended Spring Training, making room for P Chris Mobley to be transferred from the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads to the Isotopes. . . . Albuquerque won three out of the four games in the series. 21,187 fans attended at Zephyr Field for a per-game average of 5,297. . . . Albuquerque snapped a six-game winning streak at Zephyr Field with tonight's loss. . . . Albuquerque returns home for a quick eight-game homestand over the Memorial Day holiday. Pitching probables in the series opener with the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) are LHP Paul Mildren (3-4, 4.47) for the Isotopes and RHP Tim Dillard (2-3, 3.25) for the Sounds.

Filed 05/24/2007

May 23, 2007 - Isotopes (24-22)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +2.0 Games

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 9 1
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 0 0
WP: Mauro Zarate (1-0)
LP: Jon Adkins (0-2)
SV: Ross Wolf (1)
Home Runs:
NRL Andy Tracy (10) off Jeff Fulchino in the 4th inning
TIME: 3:44  ATT: 2,466
Frank Moore singled in Chad Hermansen in the 14th inning as the Isotopes outlasted the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) 2-1 on Wednesday evening at Zephyr Field. With the victory and a rainout or losses by other division foes, Albuquerque extended their division lead to a season-best 2 games.
The early part of the game was dominated by the great pitching duel between Albuquerque's Jeff Fulchino and New Orleans' Mike Pelfrey.
The Isotopes got their lone run off Pelfrey in the 2nd inning. Brett Carroll led off the inning by being hit with a pitch. Carroll advanced to second base on Moore's single, Chris Ashby grounded out to move Carroll to third base, and Fulchino helped out his cause with a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Carroll.
Fulchino's mistake happened in the 4th inning when he allowed a homer to Andy Tracy to tie the game at 1-1.
When Fulchino was lifted after the 7th inning, the duel of the starters was over with Fulchino allowing the one run on 6 hits in 7 innings while Pelfrey allowed 1 run on 4 hits over 6 innings.
The bullpens were locked in battle until the 14th inning when the Isotopes broke through. Hermansen singled and pinch-hitter Chris George laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Hermansen into scoring position. After Scott Seabol flew out, Carroll walked and Moore singled to drive in Hermansen.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Jeff Fulchino 7.0 6 1 1 0 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 47 G, 205 AB, 23 R, 50 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 5 BB, 49 K, 9 SB, .244 AVG
Brett Carroll: 14 G, 55 AB, 13 R, 19 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 2 BB, 13 K, 0 SB, .345 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2006, the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) scored 7 runs over the final three frames to nuke the Isotopes 9-3 at Isotopes Park. Tom Wilson solo homered for Albuquerque in the loss.
'TOPES NOTES: OF John Gall, designated for assignment by the Marlins recently, has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Albuquerque on Wednesday. P Ben Julianel was placed on the disabled list. . . . The start of the contest was delayed 20 minutes due to rain. . . . Mauro Zarate appeared in his first game for the Isotopes tonight after his promotion from Single-A Jupiter and became the first player with a last name ending in "Z" to appear in a game for Albuquerque. Looking at an alphabetical list of Isotopes all-time, both the first entry and the last entry have played for Albuquerque in 2007. Leading the list is Reggie Abercrombie and the last entry on the list is Zarate. . . . The Isotopes seem to like Zephyr Field as they are on a six-game winning streak there against the Zephyrs. . . . The 14 inning game was the longest road game (innings-wise) the Isotopes have ever played. The contest was the longest this season both innings-wise and time-wise. . . . The series (and Isotopes roadtrip) concludes on Thursday evening in New Orleans. Pitching probables are RHP Kenny Baugh (0-1, 6.75) for the Isotopes and RHP Philip Humber (3-4, 4.59) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 05/23/2007

May 22, 2007 - Isotopes (23-22)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 4 8 2
New Orleans Zephyrs 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 3 5 1
WP: Chris George (3-3)
LP: Chan Ho Park (3-3)
SV: Nate Field (6)
Home Runs:
ALB Scott Seabol (9) off Chan Ho Park in the 2nd inning
TIME: 2:47  ATT: 6,991
Scott Seabol went 2x4 with a homer and two RBI in Albuquerque's 4-3 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) on Tuesday evening. With everyone else in the division losing on Tuesday, the Isotopes extended their division lead to 1.5 games over everyone else.
In the 1st inning, New Orleans' Fernando Tatis walked, advanced to third base on a Ben Johnson single and an error on the play, and scored on Chip Ambres' sacrifice flyout as the Zephyrs held their only lead of the game.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 2nd inning. Seabol's leadoff homer to left field tied the game at 1-1. John Baker singled and advanced to second base on an error before scoring on Frank Moore's triple to center field. Chris George and Robert Andino struck out to end the inning, stranding Moore at third base.
Albuquerque added to the lead in the 3rd inning. Chad Hermansen walked and Val Pascucci singled with one out. Seabol's double brought home Hermansen and Baker grounded out to drive in Pascucci as the Isotopes led 4-1.
New Orleans rallied but fell short of tying the game in the 6th inning. Tatis was hit by a pitch and Johnson singled. Two outs later, Jason Alfaro doubled to drive in Tatis and Johnson as the Zephyrs pulled to a run at 4-3. Alfaro advanced to third base on a wild pitch before becoming stranded when Jesus Feliciano grounded out.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris George (W, 3-3) 5.2 5 3 2 3 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Robert Andino: 46 G, 199 AB, 23 R, 49 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 5 BB, 46 K, 9 SB, .246 AVG
Brett Carroll: 13 G, 51 AB, 12 R, 19 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 1 BB, 11 K, 0 SB, .373 AVG
THIS DAY IN ISOTOPES HISTORY: In 2003, Mike Judd uncorked a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Isotopes lost to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 4-3.
'TOPES NOTES: