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Albuquerque Isotopes 2007 At-A-Glance:
Night Record: 60-56Day Record: 12-14
Home Record: 41-31Road Record: 31-39
Division Record: 26--21Extra Innings Record: 4-3
Final Roadtrip: 0-4Final Homestand: 2-2
Runs Scored: 784Runs Allowed: 832
Current Streak: Won 1

Isotopes Postseason Accolades Continue

Three more postseason honors were given out recently involving the Isotopes. The Isotopes won the 2007 John H. Johnson President's Award, given by Pacific Coast League owners and general managers to the best overall franchise in the PCL. With the honor, the Isotopes are in the running to become the best 2007 Minor League Baseball franchise, an award that will be named at the Baseball Winter Meetings on December 3rd in Nashville, Tennessee. The Isotopes have won the John H. Johnson President's Award twice in the five year history of the franchise, the last time having been 2004 until today. Isotopes first baseman Val Pascucci won the 2007 Triple-A level classification Round-Tripper Award, an award with a $500 prize given to the player who hits the most homers in a minor league level for a season. Pascucci knocked 34 homers out of Triple-A ballparks in 2007. Isotopes General Manager John Traub won the PCL Executive of the Year award. Traub saw the Isotopes average over 8,000 fans per game (the worst attendance draw in the five year history of the club, but still in the top five in PCL attendance among the 16 clubs for all five seasons). Traub successfully ran the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game and continues to find innovative ways to make an experience at Isotopes Park entertaining.
Filed 09/20/2007

September 18, 2007 - 2007 Bricktown Showdown -
Sacramento River Cats are 2007
Triple-A Champions!

AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City, OK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 1 . 7 10 0
Richmond Braves 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 1 5 0
WP: Kaz Tadano
LP: Blaine Boyer
Home Runs:
SAC Lou Merloni off Blaine Boyer in the 3rd inning
SAC Brant Colamarino off Blaine Boyer in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:58  ATT: 11,124
A pair of third inning homers propelled the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) to a 7-1 victory over the Richmond Braves (AAA Braves) in the 2007 Bricktown Showdown played in Oklahoma City. The Bricktown Showdown is a one game playoff to match the Pacific Coast League and International League champions to determine the overall Triple-A baseball champion.
In the 3rd nning, Sacramento's Danny Putnam walked, Nick Blasi singled and Lou Merloni followed with a three-run homer to left field. Jorge Piedra singled but was erased from the basepaths when Jeremy Brown reached on a fielder's choice. Brant Colamarino followed with a homer to left field as Sacramento had a commanding 5-0 lead.
In the 6th inning, the River Cats' Putnam walked, stole second base and scored on Merloni's single.
Richmond scored their only run of the game in the 7th inning. Brandon Jones singled, advanced to third base on Larry Bigbie's single, and scored when Doug Clark grounded into a double play.
Sacramento scored the final run of the game in the 9th inning. Jorge Piedra walked, took second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third base on Brown's flyout, and scored on Colamarino's single.
Shane Komine 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0
Blaine Boyer (L) 3.0 6 5 5 1 3 2
'TOPES NOTES: The Richmond Braves were the home club since the International League defeated the Pacific Coast League in the 2007 Triple-A All-Star game held in Albuquerque. . . . The Pacific Coast League has won both Bricktown Showdowns played in championship history (Tucson Sidewinders, Triple-A club of the Diamondbacks, won in 2006). . . . Sacramento's Lou Merloni was named the MVP of the game, likely based on the strength of his third inning three-run homer. Merloni went 2x5 in the contest with the homer, 4 RBI and one run scored.

Filed 09/20/2007

September 14, 2007 - PCL Championship
Sacramento - 2007 PCL Champions!

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 . 3 3 2
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 X . 4 6 0
WP: Brad Knox (2-0)
LP: Jason Vargas (1-1)
SV: Jerry Blevins (2)
Home Runs:
NRL Fernando Tatis (1) off Brad Knox in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:15  ATT: 14,414
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) scored four runs against former-Isotope and current New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) starter Jason Vargas, and the River Cats held off a late New Orleans rally to claim a 4-3 victory and the title of 2007 Pacific Coast League champions in front of a sellout crowd at Raley Field. The River Cats won the series 3 games to none and advance to the 2007 Bricktown Showdown on Tuesday evening to face the International League champion.
In the 4th inning, Sacramento's Jorge Piedra walked and Jeremy Brown singled to put runners on the corners. Brent Colamarino doubled to drive in Piedra and Brian Stavisky reached on an error as Brown scored. Gregorio Petit singled to drive in Colamarino and Kevin Melillo load down a sacrifice bunt. Melillo reached on an error on theplay and Stavisky scored to make it 4-0 River Cats.
New Orleans added a bit of excitement to the game in the 8th inning. With two outs, Shawn Wooten walked, Anderson Hernandez singled, and Fernando Tatis homered to left field to make it a one run game at 4-3.
Jason Vargas (L, 1-1) 6.0 6 4 3 2 3 0
Brad Knox (W, 2-0) 7.2 3 3 3 3 6 1
'TOPES NOTES: The River Cats media relations department announced early on Friday that this game was the earliest soldout River Cats playoff game in franchise history. . . . Even though they lost the PCL Championship Series, the Zephyrs should be commended. They pulled out a division title on the next to the last day of the season, meaning they played winning ball when it was most critical to do so if the club was to make the playoffs. The Zephyrs also knocked out of the playoffs the team with the best record in the PCL, the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers), by winning the American Conference Championship. The PCL champion River Cats had the second best record in the PCL in 2007. . . . The River Cats do not know who their opponents will be in the 2007 Bricktown Showdown. The Durham Bulls (AAA Devil Rays) hold a 2-1 series lead against the Richmond Braves (AAA Braves) in the 2007 International League Championship Series. The Bulls/Braves game on Friday was postponed due to rain, so both clubs will play on Saturday. If Durham wins the opening game of a potential doubleheader, they will win the series and meet the River Cats in the Bricktown Showdown. If Durham loses the opening contest, a nightcap contest will be played to determine the Governor's Cup winner and that club will face the River Cats on Tuesday. The Bricktown Showdown from AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City will be aired on ESPN2 and determine the overall champion in all of Triple-A Baseball in just a one-game series.

Filed 09/14/2007

Zarate Promoted to Marlins

A little over a week from when the Isotopes season ended, the Marlins recalled P Mauro Zarate from Albuquerque. Zarate is one of eight Isotopes to be recalled or have their contract purchased by the Marlins in the season's final days or after the Isotopes season ended.
Filed 09/12/2007

September 12, 2007 - PCL Championship
Sacramento leads series, 2-0

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 . 3 7 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 6 1
WP: Jerry Blevins (1-0)
LP: Carlos Muniz (0-1)
SV: Brad Ziegler (2)
Home Runs:
SAC Lou Merloni (3) off Dave Williams in the 1st inning
SAC Jorge Piedra (2) off Carlos Muniz in the 9th inning
TIME: 2:16  ATT: 3,446
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) rallied for two runs in the 9th inning to come from behind to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the Best-of-five series. Sacramento only needs to win one game in the next three attempts on their homefield to claim the 2007 PCL Championship.
Lou Merloni solo-homered for Sacramento in the 1st inning, but the lead did not last very long as the Zephyrs plated a pair of runs in their half of the 1st inning. Anderson Hernandez singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch before scoring on Fernando Tatis' double. An out later, Andy Tracy singled to drive in Tatis.
The Zephyrs held on to the slim one run lead going into the 9th inning. Sacramento's Jorge Piedra solo-homered with one out in the inning to tie the game at 2-2. Another out later, Brant Colamarino singled and scored on Brian Stavisky's double to put the River Cats ahead at 3-2.
River Cats reliever Brad Ziegler almost set down the Zephyrs in order (allowing a two-out single) to earn his second save of the PCL Championship Series.
Michael Madsen 6.1 5 2 2 2 4 0
Dave Williams 7.2 3 1 1 1 7 1
NOTES: The Pacific Coast League and both Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball have approved the sale of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) from Tucson Baseball, LLC to Manhattan Capital Sports, LLC and SK Baseball for a reported $13.5 million. The transaction officially closes on September 12th. The Sidewinders are scheduled to play in Tucson in 2008 and could move to Reno, Nevada in time for the 2009 season if Reno approves a new stadium and the PCL, Minor League Baseball, and Major League Baseball approve the move, an approval that is likely. . . . After a travel off-day on Thursday, the series resumes at Raley Field in Sacramento on Friday. Probables are LHP Jason Vargas for the Zephyrs and RHP Brad Knox for the River Cats.

Filed 09/12/2007

September 11, 2007 - PCL Championship
Sacramento leads series, 1-0

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 . 5 8 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 . 3 6 1
WP: Shane Komine (1-0)
LP: Ryan Cullen (0-2)
SV: Brad Ziegler (1)
Home Runs:
NRL David Newhan (1) off Shane Komine in the 4th inning
NRL David Newhan (2) off Ronald Flores in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:35  ATT: 3,009
Jorge Piedra's two-run single in the 7th inning snapped a tie game and the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) held on to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) 5-3 in the opener of the 2007 Pacific Coast League Championship Series.
In the 1st inning, Sacramento's Nick Blasi and Lou Merloni walked, Jorge Piedra flied out to advance Blasi to third base and Jeremy Brown reached on a fielder's choice to drive in Blasi.
Sacramento added another run in the 2nd inning. Kevin Melillo drew a walk, Danny Putnam was hit by a pitch, and Blasi singled to drive in Melillo.
New Orleans' David Newhan solo-homered in the 4th inning and Jason Alfaro walked and later scored when Anderson Hernandez grounded into a double play as the Zephyrs tied the game at 2-2.
Sacramento broke the deadlocked game in the 7th inning. With two outs, Blasi singled, Merloni reached on an error and Piedra singled to bring them both home to give the River Cats a 4-2 lead.
Newhan hit his second solo-homer of the game in the 8th inning as New Orleans edged to within a run at 4-3, but Sacramento added some breathing room in the 9th inning when Blasi doubled and scored on Brant Colamarino's single.
Shane Komine (W, 1-0) 6.0 4 2 2 2 4 1
Adam Bostick 6.0 2 2 2 3 9 0
'TOPES NOTES: Former-Isotope Adam Bostick started the game for the Zephyrs and struck out 9 River Cat batters. . . . Pitching probables for Wednesday's Game 2 are RHP Michael Madsen for the River Cats and LHP Dave Williams for the Zephyrs.

Filed 09/11/2007
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