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September 10 2008 - OKL 11, SAC 2

PCL Championship Game 2 - Series tied 1-1

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 3 0 0 3 1 3 0 1 0 . 11 12 2
Sacramento River Cats 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 8 0
WP: Steve Rowe (1-0)
LP: Chris Gissell (1-1)
Home Runs:
OKL Casey Benjamin (3) off Chris Gissell in the 1st inning
OKL Max Ramirez (2) off Justin Dowdy in the 5th inning
OKL Chris Shelton (1) off Justin Dowdy in the 6th inning

SAC Chris Denorfia (4) off Derek Lee in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:12  ATT: 13,388
The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) homered three times, scoring enough runs on the homers to defeat the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 11-2 on Wednesday evening to tie the best-of-five PCL Championship Series at a game apiece.
In Oklahoma's first inning, Casey Benjamin led off the game with a homer. Ryan Roberts followed with a single, Chris Shelton singled and Nate Gold walked to load the bases. John Mayberry drew a base on balls as Roberts trotted home and Max Ramirez grounded into a double play with Shelton scoring as the Redhawks led 3-0 after a half-inning of play.
The River Cats scored their only runs of the game in their half of the 1st inning. Chris Denorfia, the first Sacramento batter, solo homered. An out later, Carlos Gonzalez, Wes Bankston and Brooks Conrad singled to load the bases and Matt Murton grounded out to bring home Gonzalez.
In the 4th inning, Ramirez and Travis Metcalf walked and Jason Ellison singled to load the bases. Ben Harrison drew a walk, bringing home Ramirez and Roberts singled, driving in Metcalf and Ellison as the Redhawks led 6-2.
Ramirez solo homered in the 5th inning, and in the 6th inning, Harrison walked, Benjamin singled and Shelton three-run homered to extend the lead to 10-2.
The Redhawks scored their final run in the 8th inning when Gold singled home Benjamin.
NOTES: Redhawks starter Derek Lee pitched 4 innings, allowing 2 runs and 5 hits. River Cats starter Chris Gissell allowed 6 of Oklahoma's 11 runs in 4 innings and allowed six hits. . . . The loss was Sacramento's first PCL Championship series loss in club history - the Vancouver Canadians moved to Sacramento beginning in the 2000 season. Sacramento is 10-1 all-time in the PCL Championship Series. . . . The series resumes Friday night after taking Thursday off. Probables on Friday night when the rest of the series changes venue to AT-T Bricktown Ballpark are RHP Vincent Mazzaro (1-0, 2.57) for the River Cats and RHP Tommy Hunter (1-0, 1.50) for the Redhawks.

Filed 09/10/2008

September 9, 2008 - SAC 8, OKL 4

PCL Championship Game 1 - Sacramento leads series 1-0

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 . 4 8 0
Sacramento River Cats 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 X . 8 13 0
WP: Brett Anderson (1-0)
LP: Elizardo Ramirez (0-2)
Home Runs:
OKL John Mayberry (2) off Brett Anderson in the 2nd inning
OKL John Mayberry (3) off Jared Lunsford in the 8th inning
OKL Casey Benjamin (2) off Brett Anderson in the 3rd inning
OKL Ryan Roberts (2) off Henry Rodriguez in the 9th inning

SAC Justin Knoedler (2) off Elizardo Ramirez in the 5th inning
SAC Casey Rogowski (2) off Zach Parker in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:46  ATT: 8,708
In the opener of the 2008 PCL Championship Series, the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) overcame four Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) homers in a 8-4 victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday evening.
Travis Buck doubled and scored on Carlos Gonzalez's single in the 1st inning as the River Cats led 1-0.
John Mayberry solo-homered in the 2nd inning and Casey Benjamin solo homered in the 3rd inning as the Redhawks led 2-1 after three innings of play.
The River Cats reclaimed the lead in the 5th inning. Gregorio Petit singled and scored on Justin Knoedler's homer. Chris Denorfia followed with a single, advanced to second base when Buck walked, and scored on Gonzalez's double.
Sacramento extended their lead in the 7th inning. Denorfia and Gonzalez singled and Wes Bankston doubled to drive them in. An out later, Casey Rogowski two-run homered as the River Cats led 8-2.
Mayberry hit his second solo homer of the night in the 8th inning and Ryan Roberts solo homered in the 9th inning for Oklahoma's final runs of the game.
NOTES: Redhawks starter Erasmo Ramirez allowed four runs and 9 hits in 6 innings. River Cats starter Brett Anderson allowed 2 runs and 6 hits in 5 innings. . . . The River Cats have scored no fewer than eight runs in any of the five postseason games they have played so far. . . . Sacramento's Brett Anderson earned his first Triple-A victory in the contest. . . . Probables in the second game of the series on Wednesday evening are RHP Chris Gissell (1-0, 1.50) for the River Cats and LHP Derek Lee (1-0, 0.00) for the Redhawks.

Filed 09/09/2008

September 7, 2008 - OKL 16, IOWA 5

PCL American Conference Championship - Oklahoma wins series 3-2

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 . 5 10 1
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 0 4 1 3 4 4 X . 16 12 1
WP: Tommy Hunter (1-0)
LP: Randy Wells (1-1)
Home Runs:
IWA Andres Torres (1) off Tommy Hunter in the 1st inning
IWA Andres Torres (2) off Kazuo Fukumori in the 9th inning

OKL Travis Metcalf (2) off Randy Wells in the 4th inning
OKL Travis Metcalf (3) off Jesse Estrada in the 8th inning
OKL Ben Harrison (2) off Jesse Estrada in the 8th inning
OKL Jason Ellison (1) off Justin Berg in the 6th inning
OKL John Mayberry (1) off Edward Campusano in the 7th inning
OKL Ryan Roberts (3) off Randy Wells in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:00  ATT: 3,965
The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) brought out their hitting sticks, connecting for six homers to account for 14 of their 16 runs in a 16-5 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) to claim the 2008 American Conference Championship.
Andres Torres solo homered as the Cubs led 1-0 in the 1st inning.
The Redhawks got on the scoreboard and took the lead in the 4th inning. Ryan Roberts was hit by a pitch, John Mayberry and Max Ramirez drew walks, and Travis Metcalf grand-slam homered to give Oklahoma a 4-1 advantage.
Roberts solo homered in the 5th inning, and in the 6th inning, Mayberry and Ramirez singled and scored on Jason Ellison's three-run homer as the Redhawks led 8-1.
Oklahoma added more runs the scoreboard in the 7th inning. Nate Gold walked and scored on Mayberry's homer. Two outs later, Ellison walked, Ben Harrison singled and Casey Benjamin reached on an error to load the bases. Roberts walked to bring in Ellison and Chris Shelton drew a walk as Harrison scored.
Bobby Scales singled, advanced to third base on Jason Dubois' double and scored on Josh Kroeger's sacrifice fly as the Cubs pulled to ten runs down at 12-2 in the 8th inning.
Oklahoma finished their offensive eruption in their half of the 8th inning. Mayberry singled and scored on Metcalf's second homer of the contest. Ellison doubled and scored on Harrison's two-run homer as Oklahoma led 16-2.
Iowa scored their final three runs in the 9th inning. Jake Fox walked, Sam Fuld doubled and scored on Torres second homer of the game, a three-run shot.
NOTES: Cubs starter Randy Wells allowed five runs in 5 innings with 3 hits, two of those homers. Redhawks starter Tommy Hunter allowed a run and 6 hits in 6 innings. . . . The Redhawks won their first conference title since 1999 today. . . . The Redhawks will play the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) in the best-of-five 2008 PCL Championship beginning on Tuesday evening. The first two games will be played in Sacramento and the third game and games four and five (if necessary) will be played in Oklahoma. If the Redhawks can win the PCL Championship, they will play in their home ballpark for the Triple-A Championship against the International League Champion in the 2008 Bricktown Showdown game.

Filed 09/07/2008

September 6, 2008 - OKL 9, IOWA 6

PCL American Conference Championship - Series tied 2-2

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 . 6 15 0
Oklahoma Redhawks 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 X . 9 11 1
WP: Michael Ballard (1-0)
LP: Jason Stanford (0-1)
SV: Joselo Diaz (1)
Home Runs:
IWA Bobby Scales (1) off Michael Ballard in the 1st inning

OKL Casey Benjamin (1) off Carmen Pignatiello in the 8th inning
OKL Max Ramirez (1) off Jason Stanford in teh 1st inning

TIME: 3:05  ATT: 4,309
The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 9-6 on Saturday evening to stay alive in the best-of-five 2008 American Conference Championship series.
In the 1st inning, Andres Torres walked, stole second base, Felix Pie reached on an error, and Bobby Scales three-run homered to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead after a half-inning of play.
The Redhawks were up for outdoing the Cubs in their half of the 1st inning. Casey Benjamin, Nate Gold, and John Mayberry drew walks and Max Ramirez cashed in with a grand-slam homer as the Redhawks led 4-3 after one inning.
Chris Shelton singled and later scored on Travis Metcalf's sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning as Oklahoma led 5-3.
The Cubs tied the game the next half-inning. Anthony Richie doubled, Andres Blanco singled and Torres singled to drive in Richie. Pie followed with a single to drive in Blanco.
Gold's sacrifice fly brought Ben Harrison home in the bottom of the 4th inning as the Redhawks regained the lead at 6-5.
The Redhawks added some insurance runs in the 7th inning. Shelton doubled and scored on Mayberry's double. Metcalf's ground-rule double brought home Mayberry as Oklahoma led 8-5.
Iowa's Scales sacrifice flied out to plate Sam Fuld in the top of the 8th inning, while Benjamin solo homered for the Redhawks in the bottom of the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
NOTES: Cubs starter Jason Stanford allowed 6 runs and 5 hits in 3 innings, while Redhawks starter Michael Ballard allowed 5 runs (4 earned) and 11 hits in 5 innings. . . . The two clubs meet Sunday afternoon to determine the American Conference champion. Probables are RHP Randy Wells (1-0 in the series) for the Cubs and RH Tommy Hunter (No Record in the series) for the Redhawks.

Filed 09/06/2008

September 6, 2008 - SAC 8, SLC 3

PCL Pacific Conference Championship - Sacramento wins series 3-1

Franklin Covey Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 . 8 11 1
Salt Lake Bees 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 . 3 6 1
WP: Vincent Mazzaro (1-0)
LP: Nick Adenhart (0-1)
Home Runs:
SAC Donnie Murphy (4) off Nick Adenhart in the 2nd inning
SAC Chris Denorfia (3) off Nick Adenhart in the 5th inning
SAC Travis Buck (1) off Nick Adenhart in the 1st inning

SLC Bobby Wilson (3) off Brad Kilby in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:41  ATT: 3,563
Donnie Murphy homered and drove in four total runs in Sacramento River Cats' (AAA Athletics) 8-3 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Sacramento won the 2008 Pacific Conference Championship with the victory and advances to the 2008 PCL Championship playoffs.
Travis Buck solo homered as Sacramento led 1-0 after an inning of play.
The River Cats added to their lead in the 2nd inning - Casey Rogowski singled and scored on Donnie Murphy's homer.
Freddy Sandoval singled home Gary Patchett in the 3rd inning and Matt Brown singled and later scored on Adam Pavkovich's sacrifice fly in the 4th inning as the Bees pulled to a run down at 3-2.
Chris Denorfia solo-homered in the 5th inning as the River Cats doubled up the Bees 4-2 and Sacramento added three more runs in the 6th inning. Carlos Gonzalez singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on Wes Bankston's single. Jeff Baisley reached on an error and Murphy doubled to drive in Bankston and Baisley.
In the 9th inning, each club exchanged single runs. Denorfia doubled and later scored on Buck's sacrifice fly for Sacramento, while Bobby Wilson solo homered for Salt Lake.
NOTES: Bees starter Nick Adenhart allowed 7 runs (5 earned) and 8 hits in 5.2 innings. Adenhart allowed all three River Cats homers. River Cats starter Vincent Mazzaro allowed 2 runs and 5 hits in 7 innings. . . . Sacramento hit 16 homers in the four game series. . . . The Bees had the best record in the PCL in 2008 but won't have the opportunity to be the 2008 PCL Champion. . . . The River Cats await the winner of the American Conference Championship between the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) which will have a champion determined on Sunday. The PCL Championship series begins on Tuesday evening.

Filed 09/06/2008

September 5, 2008 - IOWA 2, OKL 1

PCL American Conference Championship - Iowa leads 2-1

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 2 10 1
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 1 4 1
WP: Mitch Atkins (1-0)
LP: Brian Gordon (0-1)
SV: Hector Carrasco (1)
TIME: 2:41  ATT: 5,885
In the first two games where both clubs combined for no fewer than 8 runs in each game, tonight's contest was a pitching duel with the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeating the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 2-1 to take a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five 2008 American Conference Championship series.
In the 1st inning, Andres Torres singled, stole second base, tagged up and advanced to third base on Felix Pie's flyout, and scored on Bobby Scales' single as the Cubs led 1-0.
Iowa made it 2-0 in the 6th inning. Torres singled, advanced to third base on Pie's single and scored on Scales' sacrifice flyout.
The Redhawks tried to rally to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. John Mayberry drew a walk, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored when Max Ramirez reached on an error. Pinch-runner Craig Gentry advanced to second base on a wild pitch before Travis Metcalf struck out swinging to end the game.
NOTES: Iowa starter Mitch Atkins allowed no runs and 4 hits in 7 innings and struck out 7. Oklahoma starter Brian Gordon allowed both Iowa runs an d9 hits in 7 innings and struck out 6. . . . The Redhawks look to stay alive in the series with a victory on Saturday. Probables are Michael Ballard for the Redhawks and Mike Burns for the Cubs.

Filed 09/05/2008

September 5, 2008 - SAC 13, SLC 5

PCL Pacific Conference Championship - Sacramento leads 2-1

Franklin Covey Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 1 0 3 0 2 0 4 0 3 . 13 17 3
Salt Lake Bees 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 . 5 10 3
WP: Chris Gissell (1-0)
LP: Shane Loux (0-1)
Home Runs:
SAC Donnie Murphy (2) off Giancarlo Alvarado in the 5th inning
SAC Donnie Murphy (3) off Giancarlo Alvarado in the 5th inning
SAC Chris Denorfia (2) off Shane Loux in the 1st inning
SAC Carlos Gonzalez (1) off Shane Loux in the 3rd inning
SAC Justin Knoedler (1) off Giancarlo Alvarado in the 7th inning

SLC Bobby Wilson (2) off Henry Rodriguez in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:55  ATT: 6,156
For the second night in a row, the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) connected for five homers off of Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) pitching in a 13-5 victory over the Bees on Friday evening. With the win, the River Cats take a 2-1 lead in the 2008 PCL Pacific Conference Championship series.
Chris Denorfia solo homered to give Sacramento the lead after a half-inning of play.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, Salt Lake's Freddy Sandoval reached on an error, advanced to second base on Matt Brown's single and scored on Bobby Wilson's single to tie the game at 1-1.
Sacramento regained the lead in the 3rd inning. Justin Knoedler doubled and scored on Denorfia's single. An out later, Carlos Gonzalez homered.
The River Cats added to their lead in the 5th inning. Donnie Murphy homered to lead off the inning. The Bees became generous with two outs - Travis Buck singled and after Gonzalez's foul popup was dropped for an error, the Bees committed a second error when Gonzalez put the ball in play and Buck scored on the play to give Sacramento a 6-1 lead.
In the 6th inning, Matt Brown reached on an error and scored on Dee Brown's single. Brown advanced to second base on Wilson's single, tagged up and moved on to third base on Adam Pavkovich's flyout, and scored on Adam Morrissey's single.
The River Cats took a three run lead and opened it up to seven runs in the 7th inning. Murphy and Knoedler back-to-back homered to lead off the inning. Denorfia singled, Buck reached on an error, and a double-steal was executed before Wes Bankston brought them home with a two-run single as the River Cats led 10-3.
Wilson solo homered for the Bees in the 8th inning.
In the 9th inning, the River Cats added three more runs. Gonzalez singled, Brooks Conrad doubled, and Jeff Baisley two-run doubled, driving in Gonzalez and Conrad. Murphy's single brought home Baisley with Sacramento's final run of the game.
Peter Bourjos singled and scored on Sandoval's double in the bottom of the 9th inning for the final run of the game.
NOTES: River Cats starter Chris Gissell went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) and 7 hits. Bees starter Shane Loux, on a rehabiliation assignment start from the Angels, lasted 3 innings, allowing four runs and 5 hits and allowed two homers. . . . The River Cats have had a player homer twice in a game in all three games of the series. Jeff Baisley accomplished the feat in Game 1, Brooks Conrad in Game 2 and Donnie Murphy tonight. . . . The series continues Saturday as the Bees look to win to stay alive in the series. Probables are RHP Vincent Mazzaro for the River Cats and RHP Nick Adenhart for the Bees.

Filed 09/05/2008

September 4, 2008 - OKL 6, IOWA 2

PCL American Conference Championship - Series tied 1-1

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 6 6 1
Iowa Cubs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 . 2 10 1
WP: Derek Lee (1-0)
LP: J.R. Mathes (0-1)
Home Runs:
OKL Travis Metcalf (1) off J.R. Mathes in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:52  ATT: 3,093
The Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) batted around and scored five early runs en route to a 6-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Thursday evening in Des Moines. The Redhawks victory ties the best-of-five 2008 American Conference Championship series at a game apiece.
In Oklahoma's big 5-run 2nd inning, John Mayberry reached on an error with one out but was erased from the basepaths when Max Ramirez reached on a fielder's choice. Travis Metcalf walked and Jason Ellison singled to drive in Ramirez and Ben Harrison followed with a single to drive in Metcalf. Casey Benjamin brought home Ellison and Harrison with a double and Ryan Roberts singled to drive in Kroeger.
Metcalf solo homered in the 3rd inning to extend Oklahoma's lead to 6-0.
Iowa took until the 8th inning to plate their only runs of the game to avoid the shutout. Andres Blanco singled, Andres Torres doubled and Blanco scored on Bobby Scales' groundout. Jason Dubois walked to put runners on the corners and Josh Kroeger singled to left field to bring Torres home.
NOTES: Redhawks starer Derek Lee did not allow a run in 6 1/3 innings. Iowa starter J.R. Mathes allowed all six Redhawks runs in his five innings of work. . . . Games 3 and 4 and a game 5 if necessary will be played at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Probables are Brian Gordon for the Redhawks and Mitch Atkins for the Cubs.

Filed 09/04/2008

September 4, 2008 - SAC 8, SLC 3

PCL Pacific Conference Championship - Series tied 1-1

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 . 3 9 0
Sacramento RiverCats 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 3 X . 8 11 0
WP: Sean Gallagher (1-0)
LP: Anthony Ortega (0-1)
SV: Brett Anderson (1)
Home Runs:
SAC Brooks Conrad (2) off Anthony Ortega in the 2nd inning
SAC Brooks Conrad (3) off Henry Bonilla in the 8th inning
SAC Casey Rogowski (1) off Anthony Ortega in the 2nd inning
SAC Donnie Murphy (1) off Anthony Ortega in the 5th inning
SAC Chris Denorfia (1) off Anthony Ortega in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:33  ATT: 11,188
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) belted five homers in the contest, accounting for seven of their eight runs in a 8-3 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Sacramento's victory ties up the 2008 Pacific Conference Championship series at 1 game apiece.
Brooks Conrad and Casey Rogowski solo homered in the 2nd inning as the River Cats led 2-0.
In the 5th inning, Jeff Baisley singled and scored on Donnie Murphy's homer. Chris Denorfia homered later in the inning as the River Cats extended their lead to 5-0.
Salt Lake scored all their runs in the 7th inning. With two outs, Terry Evans walked, Gary Patchett singled and Christopher Walker doubled to drive in Evans and Patchett. Bradley Coon followed with a single to plate Walker.
Sacramento closed out the scoring in the 8th inning. Travis Buck bunt singled, stole second base and scored on Wes Bankston's double before Conrad followed with a two-run homer.
NOTES: Bees starter Anthony Ortega allowed 5 runs in 5 innings and gave up four homers. River Cats starter Sean Gallagher, on a rehabiliation assignment from the Athletics, allowed no runs over his 5 innings of work. . . . The rest of the series changes venue to Franklin Covey Field in Salt Lake for games three and four and a fifth game if necessary. Probables on Friday evening are RHP Shane Loux for the Bees and RHP Chris Gissell for the River Cats.

Filed 09/04/2008

Albuquerque Isotopes - Triple-A
affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers???

Speculation of who might be the Isotopes MLB parent club for 2009 has become very interesting. Two Las Vegas, Nevada papers recently published articles about the Los Angeles Dodgers / Las Vegas 51s and the status of their affiliation. It was reported that the Dodgers wanted to sign a renewal for the Player Development Contract with Las Vegas by Opening Day, then decided to wait until the All-Star Break, and then postponed it again until after the season. The 51s President was reported as saying the Dodgers and 51s are not even talking about a renewal, leaving the door open that the Dodgers may want to wait a while longer and talk with the Isotopes about becoming their parent club. The Dodgers were the parent club of the Albuquerque Dukes from 1972-2000. The lack of renewing an affiliation deal between the Dodgers and 51s even appears to have delayed the renaming of the Las Vegas franchise - potentially to the "Las Vegas Dodgers". It appears the Dodgers are holding out because they want a Triple-A club with better facilities than what the 51s can offer with Cashman Field in Las Vegas. If that is the case, the Dodgers are choosing quality facilities over the close proximity of Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Isotopes General Manager John Traub refused to comment to the Las Vegas newspapers, but told Albuquerque television station KOB-TV that Isotope fans should not write off the Marlins yet because talks are still in progress for a possible Player Development Contract renewal between the Isotopes and Marlins. In other player development news, the Indians are breaking ties with their Triple-A affiliate the Buffalo Bisons and appear to be wanting to sign a deal with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. The Blue Jays are thought to be the favorite for Buffalo to sign an affiliation deal. The Blue Jays became available for a new Triple-A club when the Blue Jays General Manager confirmed the club will not renew their current affiliation with the Syracuse Chiefs. The Triple-A scorecard currently stands at eight clubs looking to either renew or sign with a new Major League club for affiliation.
Filed 09/03/2008

September 3, 2008 - IWA 10, OKL 3

PCL American Conference Championship - Iowa leads 1-0

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 . 3 9 0
Iowa Cubs 1 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 X . 10 14 1
WP: Randy Wells (1-0)
LP: Elizardo Ramirez (0-1)
Home Runs:
OKL Ben Harrison (1) off Randy Wells in the 5th inning

IWA Jason Dubois (1) off Elizardo Ramirez in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:25  ATT: 3,072
The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs), trailing in a tight-contest 2-1 going into their half of the 6th inning, exploded for eight runs in the frame to put away the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 10-3 in the opener of their 2008 American Conference best-of-five Championship Series.
Back-to-back doubles from Bobby Scales and Jason Dubois put the Cubs on the scoreboard in the 1st inning.
John Mayberry reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Max Ramirez's double in the 4th inning as Oklahoma tied the game, and in the 5th inning, Ben Harrison solo homered as the Redhawks led 2-1.
Iowa's big 6th inning started when Scales drew a walk and advanced to second base on a passed ball before scoring on Dubois' two-run homer. Josh Kroeger singled, Luis Figueroa singled and Anthony Richie singled, bringing home Kroeger. Andres Blanco safely reached on a sacrifice bunt as Figueroa raced home to score and Felix Pie singled to left field, driving in Richie and Blanco. Scales doubled, driving in Torres and a wild pitch brought Pie home as the Cubs led 9-2.
Jake Fox walked and scored on Figueroa's double in the 7th inning for Iowa's final run, and in the 8th inning, Harrison singled and later scored on Chris Shelton's double for the Redhawks final run.
NOTES: The Redhawks starter Elizardo Ramirez allowed 8 runs in 5 1/3 innings, while Cubs starter Randy Wells allowed 2 runs in 6 innings. . . . The series continues Thursday evening with the probables J.R. Mathes for the Cubs and Derek Lee for the Redhawks.

Filed 09/03/2008

September 3, 2008 - SLC 13, SAC 10

PCL Pacific Conference Championship - Salt Lake leads series 1-0

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 2 0 5 0 5 1 0 0 0 . 13 19 1
Sacramento RiverCats 0 3 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 . 10 14 0
WP: Nick Green (1-0)
LP: Brad Knox (0-1)
SV: Jason Bulger (1)
Home Runs:
SLC Matt Brown (1) off Brad Knox in the 1st inning
SLC Matt Brown (2) off Brad Kilby in the 5th inning
SLC Freddy Sandoval (1) off Brad Knox in the 1st inning
SLC Bobby Wilson (1) off Brad Kilby in the 6th inning

SAC Jeff Baisley (1) off Nick Green in the 4th inning
SAC Jeff Baisley (2) off Nick Green in the 5th inning
SAC Brooks Conrad (1) off Nick Green in the 2nd inning

TIME: 3:32  ATT: 10,847
Salt Lake Bees' (AAA Angels) Matt Brown had four hits, homered twice and drove in four runs and the Bees scored five runs in two different innings as they outslugged the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 13-10 in the opener of the Pacific Conference best-of-five Championship series.
Freddy Sandoval and Brown back-to-back homered in the 1st inning as Salt Lake led 2-0.
Sacramento took the lead in the 2nd inning. Brooks Conrad led off the inning with a homer. Jeff Baisley and Gregorio Petit singled and Chris Denorfia reached on an error with Baisley scoring on the play. Travis Buck's single brought home Petit as the River Cats led 3-2.
The Sacramento lead would be short-lived as the Bees scored their first five-run inning of the game. Bradley Coon, Sandoval and Brown all singled to lead off the inning with Coon scoring on Brown's single. Bobby Wilson doubled to drive in Sandoval and Adam Pavkovich was intentionally walked. Terry Evans singled to drive in Brown and Wilson and Gary Patchett singled to drive in Pavkovich as the Bees led 7-3.
Baisley solo-homered for Sacramento as the River Cats trailed 7-4 after four innings of play.
Salt lake scored their final five-run inning of the game in the 5th inning. Pavkovich, Evans and Patchett drew walks to lead off the inning. Christopher Walker sacrifice flied out to drive in Pavkovich and after Coon grounded out, Sandoval ground-rule doubled to drive in Evans and Patchett. Brown followed with a two-run homer as Salt Lake had a 12-4 advantage.
In the home half of the 5th inning, Conrad singled and scored on Matt Murton's double and Baisley followed with a two-run homer.
Wilson solo homered for Salt Lake's final run of the game in the 6th inning.
For Sacramento in the bottom of the 6th inning, Justin Knoedler singled, Denorfia doubled Knoedler to third base, and Buck sacrifice flied out to bring home Knoedler. After Carlos Gonzalez was hit by a pitch, Wes Bankston reached on an fielder's choice with Denorfia scoring on the play as the Bees trailed 13-9.
The River Cats scored their final run in the 8th inning when Baisley drew a walk with the bases loaded to bring home Buck.
NOTES: Bees starter Nick Green allowed 7 runs (5 earned) in 5 innings and allowed three homers. River Cats starer Brad Knox allowed 7 runs and 11 hits in 2 1/3 innings. . . . Salt Lake set postseason game franchise records with 19 hits and 13 Runs Batted In. . . . In a losing cause, Sacramento's Jeff Baisley went 4x4 with 2 homers, 4 RBI and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are Anthony Ortega for the Bees and Sean Gallagher for the River Cats. . . .

Filed 09/03/2008

Isotopes Individual and Team Bests for 2008

With the Isotopes having completed their sixth season in franchise history, here are some of the individual and team best statistics accomplished in 2008: Individual ------------- Home Runs - Dallas McPherson (42) Wins - Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (13) Walks Drawn - Dallas McPherson (67) Games Appeared In - Brandon Villafuerte (62) Hits Allowed - Bobby Keppel (208) Earned Runs Allowed - Bobby Keppel (106) Strikeouts (Pitchers) - Chris Seddon (126) Walks Allowed - Chris Seddon (69) Team -------- Least Amount of 1-Run Games: 30 Least Amount of 1-Run Wins: 16 Least Amount of 1-Run Losses: 14 Most Runs Scored - 812 Least Amount of Triples - 33 Most Homers - 197 Most RBI - 772 Most Strikeouts (Batters) - 1,123 Most Team Hits Allowed - 1,439 Most Walks Allowed - 543 Most Strikeouts (Pitchers) - 977 Least Wild Pitches - 45
Filed 09/02/2008

Marlins Call Up Four Isotopes

As part of September 1st roster expansion, the Marlins promoted four Isotopes. They are C Mike Rabelo, IF Robert Andino, IF Dallas McPherson and P Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz. Rabelo was promoted and placed on the major-league disabled list since he is still injured. Andino played in 43 games with Albuquerque after beginning the season in Florida, and hit .287 with 6 homers, 26 RBI and stole 9 bases. McPherson played in 127 games for the Isotopes, hitting .275 with a minor-league best 42 homers. McPherson drove in 98 runs. De La Cruz established an Isotopes single-season best with 13 victories, going 13-8 with a 4.34 ERA. In 147 1/3 innings of work, De La Cruz allowed 139 hits and struck out 118.
Filed 09/01/2008

September 1, 2008 - Isotopes (68-75)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 5 2
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 8 1
WP: Bobby Keppel (9-11)
LP: Josh Muecke (8-13)
Home Runs:
ALB Michael Ryan (9) off Josh Muecke in the 4th inning
TIME: 1:35  ATT: 9,393
Bobby Keppel tossed a complete game shutout and Michael Ryan's 4th inning homer provided the only run as the Isotopes ended their 2008 season with a 1-0 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) in a franchise record shortest 9-inning game time of 1 hour, 35 minutes.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (W, 9-11) 9.0 8 0 0 0 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 117 G, 434 AB, 67 R, 116 H, 22 2B, 5 3B, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 52 BB, 133 K, 20 SB, .267 AVG
Brett Hayes 37 G, 116 AB, 21 R, 34 H, 3 2B 1 3B, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 4 BB, 23 K, 0 SB, .293 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes won three out of the four games in the series with Round Rock and 39,292 fans attended. In 2008, the Express won seven out of the 16 contests. All-time, the series is tied 32-32 with Albuquerque 21-11 at Isotopes Park and 11-21 at Dell Diamond. . . . Bobby Keppel tossed Albuquerque's second complete game shutout of the season - Daniel Barone has the other one - and Isotopes pitching had four shutouts in 2008 and Keppel was the starter in three out of the four shutouts. . . . The Isotopes are 1-1 in 1-0 contests in 2008. Albuquerque played their 10th 1-0 game in franchise history and are 4-6 in those ten contests. . . . The Isotopes are 3-3 in season-closing contests. . . . The Isotopes played a great final month of the season, going from a franchise-record 18 games below .500 on August 6th to finishing the season 7 games below .500. . . . Dallas McPherson has unofficially won Minor League Baseball's Round-Tripper Award. Awarded to the minor leaguer with the most home runs each season, McPherson ended with 42 homers and appears to have the most homers of any minor leaguer through games of September 1st. If made official, McPherson will take home the Joe Bauman trophy and $8,400 in cash for his 42-homer effort. . . . So far, no Isotope players have been chosen to participate in the Arizona Fall League in October and early November. . . . Tucson said goodbye to Triple-A baseball on Monday evening with a 7-2 loss to the Salt Lake Bees. The Sidewinders, a Diamondbacks affiliate, is moving to Reno for the 2009 season and Albuquerque will be playing four games in Reno's brand new ballpark in 2009 and Albuquerque fans' first chance to see the Reno ballclub will be for four games in 2010. The Reno club's name has not been announced yet and Reno management says the brand new ballpark, with the groundbreaking in February 2008, is on schedule to host the first home game of the 2009 season. Tucson is not saying goodbye to professional baseball as a club will be fielded in the independent Golden Baseball League. The club name will be the Tucson Toros, the former name of the Triple-A team before becoming Sidewinders, and the home games will be played at Hi Corbett Field, the ballpark the Toros used to play their Triple-A games in. . . . The Isotopes season may be over, but keep checking this website for updates on the PCL Conference Championships, the PCL Championship and the PCL-IL championship game, the Bricktown Showdown. Also keep monitoring for news of who the Isotopes will be affiliated with in 2009. Albuquerque's player development contract with the Florida Marlins expired after today's game and it has not been announced yet if the Marlins and Isotopes will renew the contract or if there will be brand new faces on the field and in the dugout in 2009 with a change in major league affiliation. . . . Isotopes new 2008 franchise season best stats and individual new season records will be posted tomorrow.

Filed 09/01/2008

August 31, 2008 - Isotopes (67-75)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 7 1
Round Rock Express 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 7 1
WP: Brandon Villafuerte (7-3)
LP: Chad Paronto (0-2)
SV: Ross Wolf (1)
TIME: 4:01  ATT: 10,556
Isotopes starter Chris Seddon had a great outing, striking out 9 and allowing a run in 7 innings, but he was not around when John Gall singled home a run in the 12th inning to give Albuquerque a 2-1 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) on Sunday evening in Round Rock.
In the 2nd inning, Michael Ryan doubled, advanced to third base on Jason Wood's single, and scored on Andrew Beattie's single as Albuquerque led 1-0.
Edwin Maysonet walked, took second base on a wild pitch, and scored on J.R. Towles double to the left field wall in the 3rd inning as the Express tied the game at 1-1.
Great pitching dominated until the 11th inning when Round Rock had a great opportunity to win the game. Rad Sadler doubled with one out and Mark Saccomanno was intentionally walked. Nick Gorneault singled up the middle and Isotopes centerfielder Jai Miller threw a perfect strike to Isotopes catcher Paul Hoover to nail Sadler at the plate. Saccomanno over-ran second base on the play and was tagged out in a rundown for the final out of the inning.
In the 12th inning, pinch-hitter Dallas McPherson walked, advanced to second base when Robert Andino laid down a sacrifice bunt, and after Miller was intentionally walked, Gall singled to left field to bring McPherson home with the eventual game winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon 7.0 5 1 1 2 9 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 116 G, 430 AB, 67 R, 115 H, 22 2B, 5 3B, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 52 BB, 132 K, 19 SB, .267 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: With the win, the Isotopes have guaranteed they won't have their worst record in the six seasons of existance. . . . The Isotopes went homerless, snapping a 16 consecutive-game homer streak, a franchise record. . . . The Isotopes just completed a solid August, going 18-11 for their best record of any month this season and the best August in the six year history of the club. Albuquerque was 10-3 at home and 8-8 on the road. . . . Other August totals: 179 runs scored, 26 stolen bases, and 40 homers. . . . The Isotopes are 5-5 in extra inning contests in 2008. . . . Albuquerque has 16 last at-bat victories in 2008 and John Gall had the game-winning or go-ahead RBI in four of those. . . . Chris Seddon tied a team season high with 9 strikeouts in an outing. . . . Albuquerque concludes their season on Monday afternoon. Probables in the season finale are RHP Bobby Keppel (8-11, 6.35) for the Isotopes and LHP Josh Muecke (8-12, 5.05) for the Express.

Filed 08/31/2008

August 30, 2008 - Isotopes (66-75)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 . 9 12 0
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 1 4 0
WP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (13-8)
LP: Josh Miller (8-9)
Home Runs:
ALB Dallas McPherson (41) off Josh Miller in the 1st inning
ALB Dallas McPherson (42) off Josh Miller in the 5th inning
ALB Michael Ryan (8) off Josh Miller in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:45  ATT: 9,831
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz tossed eight innings, allowing 3 hits and a run as he earned his franchise record 13th victory of the season and Dallas McPherson homered twice and drove in 5 runs as Albuquerque won at Dell Diamond for the first time in 2008, a 9-1 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros).
In the 1st inning, Jai Miller singled and scored on McPherson's monster homer to center field that landed on top of a huge equipment shed just behind the center field wall at the 400 mark. Ryan followed with a solo homer as the Isotopes staked De La Cruz to a 3-0 lead before De La Cruz even threw his first pitch of the game.
In the 5th inning, Robert Andino doubled, Miller singled and McPherson homered once again onto the top of the equipment shed, just to the left of where he belted his first homer of the evening as the Isotopes led 6-0.
The Express avoided being shut out in the 6th inning. Edwin Maysonet walked, advanced to third base on Val Majewski's single and scored when J.R. House grounded into a double play.
Albuquerque added their final three runs in the 9th inning. Paul Hoover doubled, pinch-hitter Chase Lambin walked and Andino doubled to drive them in. Tagg Bozied's single brought home Andino to cap the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (W, 13-8) 8.0 3 1 1 4 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 115 G, 426 AB, 67 R, 114 H, 22 2B, 5 3B, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 50 BB, 132 K, 18 SB, .268 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 25 APP, 13-8, 4.34 ERA, 147.1 IP, 139 H, 71 ER, 60 BB, 118 K, 13 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque was 0-5 at Dell Diamond in 2008 and 0-9 against the Express in Round Rock going back to 2007 until their victory tonight. If Albuquerque can secure one more victory at Dell Diamond in one of the remaining two games, the Isotopes can avoid tying for their worst season in franchise history. . . . Dallas McPherson and Michael Ryan's homers extended Albuquerque's consecutive-game homer streak to 16 games, adding to the franchise record. . . . With his two homers, Dallas McPherson moved into a second-place tie in modern Albuquerque professional baseball history for homers in a season with Danny Walton of the 1977 Dukes (42 homers). McPherson is two homers away from tying the modern Albuquerque single season homer mark. . . . Dallas McPherson has four multi-homer games this season - a pair of 3-homer games and a pair of 2-homer games. . . . Isotope batters have back-to-back homered nine times in 2008. . . . A day after losing by the worst margin in a road game in 2008 (10 runs), the Isotopes won by the best winning margin in a road game in 2008 (8 runs). . . . The 2008 PCL Manager of the Year is Pat Listach of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Listach guided the Cubs to the PCL American Conference Northern Division title. . . . The Isotopes play their final evening game of the season on Sunday. Probables are LHP Chris Seddon (10-9, 5.28) for the Isotopes and RHP Alberto Arias (4-4, 3.78) for the E-train.

Filed 08/30/2008

August 29, 2008 - Isotopes (65-75)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -8.5 Games

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 . 2 7 1
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 1 2 3 6 0 0 . 12 15 0
WP: Runelvys Hernandez (8-8)
LP: Dallas Trahern (5-11)
SV: Fernando Nieve (6)
Home Runs:
ALB Chase Lambin (14) off Runelvys Hernandez in the 6th inning

RR Yordany Ramirez (12) off Justin Miller in the 6th inning

TIME: 3:17  ATT: 9,512
Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) starter Runelvys Hernandez allowed 2 runs to the Isotopes in 6 1/3 innings and the Express scored six runs in the 7th inning, an inning that saw three Isotope ejections, as the Express defeated the Isotopes 12-2 in the opener of Albuquerque's final series of the season. The loss dropped the Isotopes to third place in the division.
J.R. Towles doubled and scored on Ray Sadler's drive over the head of Isotopes center fielder Jai Miller to score Round Rock's first run of the game in the 4th inning.
The Express added to the lead in the 5th inning. Edwin Maysonet doubled, Val Majewski walked, and a wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position before Towles drew a walk to load the bases. Sadler grounded into a double play, bringing home Maysonet and Mark Saccomanno singled to drive in Majewski as Round Rock led 3-0.
Chase Lambin solo homered for Albuquerque in the 6th inning to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard.
In the home half of the 6th inning, Chris Johnson doubled and scored on Yordany Ramirez's two-run homer to left field. Later in the inning, Maysonet reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base, and scored on Towles' single to give the Express a 6-1 lead.
The Isotopes scored their final run of the game in the 7th inning. Dallas McPherson walked, advanced to third base on Michael Ryan's single, and scored on John Gall's sacrifice flyout.
The Express added their final runs of the game to the scoreboard in their half of the 7th inning. Saccomanno singled and scored on Tommy Manzella's double down the left field line. Johnson singled to put runners on the corners and Isotopes reliever Scott Nestor drilled Ramirez with a pitch. Home Plate umpire Victor Carapazza immediately tossed Nestor from the game because Carapazza thought Nestor intentionally hit Ramirez - Ramirez had homered the previous inning. Isotopse manager Dean Treanor was ejected for standing up for Nestor and Isotopes reliever Steve Woodard was tossed by Third Base umpire D.J. Reyburn before even tossing a pitch, arguing while taking warmup tosses. After the 25 minute stoppage in play due to the ejections, Isotopes reliever Ross Wolf allowed a Maysonet single to drive in Manzella. With the bases loaded, Majewski singled to drive in Johnson and Towles walked, bringing home Ramirez. Sadler followed with a walk, scoring Maysonet and Saccomanno sacrifice flied out to drive in Majewski for the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (L, 5-11) 5.0 6 3 3 5 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 114 G, 421 AB, 65 R, 111 H, 22 2B, 4 3B, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 50 BB, 131 K, 18 SB, .264 AVG
Brett Hayes 36 G, 113 AB, 21 R, 33 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 4 BB, 23 K, 0 SB, .292 AVG
Scott Nestor 54 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.44 ERA, 61.2 IP, 53 H, 51 ER, 49 BB, 64 K, 9 HR
Dallas Trahern 21 APP, 5-11, 6.16 ERA, 111 IP, 141 H, 76 ER, 45 BB, 71 K, 20 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Chase Lambin's homer extended Albuquerque's consecutive games with a homer streak to 15, adding to the franchise record. . . . The Isotopes have lost their last nine contests at Dell Diamond going back to 2007. . . . The 10 run loss was Albuquerque's worst road loss of the season. . . . The Isotopes grounded into a season-high four double plays. . . . Dallas Trahern earned his 11th loss, tying him with Bobby Keppel for most losses on the team in 2008. . . . Two clubs in the PCL finished their 2008 season with tonight's contest. The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 11-10 in 11 innings. The rest of the series in New Orleans has been cancelled due to the threat of Hurricane Gustav and the need to get residents of that area evacuated. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (12-8, 4.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Josh Miller (8-8, 5.22) for the Express.

Filed 08/29/2008

August 28, 2008 - Isotopes (65-74)

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

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 . 4 7 2
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 13 0
WP: Carlos Martinez (2-2)
LP: Tim Dillard (6-1)
SV: Brandon Villafuerte (7)
Home Runs:
ALB Brett Hayes (5) off Lindsay Gulin in the 3rd inning
TIME: 3:05  ATT: 6,353
Brett Hayes homered and drove in three runs and the Isotopes plated two 9th inning runs to come from behind to defeat the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 4-3 in the series finale.

In the 1st inning, Hernan Iribarren singled, advanced to second base on an error during the play, moved on to third base on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s single and scored on former-Isotope Joe Dillon's single as the Sounds led 1-0.

Hayes solo homered in the 3rd inning to tie the game at 1-1.

Nashville regained the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. Chris Woodward singled, Vinny Rottino doubled and a wild pitch brought Woodward home. Iribarren's single drove in Rottino to give the Sounds a 3-1 advantage.

Consecutive 7th inning singles from Jason Wood, Andrew Beattie, and Hayes brought home Wood as the Isotopes trailed by a run at 3-2.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 9th inning. Wood singled, advanced to second base on pinch-hitter John Gall's groundout and scored on Hayes' single. Chase Lambin and Robert Andino drew walks to load the bases and Jai Miller lifted a sacrifice fly to bring Hayes home with the eventual game winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Tim Corcoran 6.0 12 3 3 1 7 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 113 G, 418 AB, 65 R, 109 H, 22 2B, 4 3B, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 49 BB, 131 K, 17 SB, .261 AVG
Brett Hayes 35 g, 110 AB, 21 R, 33 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 4 BB, 23 K, 0 SB, .300 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transactions Thursday, IF Lee Mitchell and P Jarrett Santos were each sent to Class-AA Carolina and P Nick McCurdy joined the Isotopes. McCurdy started 2008 with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League, tossing 53 innings of relief and compiling a 1-2 record with 8 saves and a 2.04 ERA. The Marlins purchased McCurdy's contract and assigned him to Class-A Greensboro. McCurdy then advanced to Class-AA Carolina (17 innings pitched between Greensboro and Carolina) before reporting to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes played their final matchup with the Sounds tonight and Albuquerque took the season series 8-7 with one game lost to the schedule due to a rainout. The Isotopes took this rain-shortened three game series 2-1 and 10,116 attended. All-time, Nashville hold a 51-43 advantage. . . . Brett Hayes' homer extended Albuquerque's consecutive game homer streak to 14, adding to the franchise record. . . . Nelson Cruz of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) was named the 2008 PCL MVP on Thursday. Cruz hit .342 with 37 homers and 99 RBI and had 24 stolen bases, all stats in the top five in the league in the various categories before his recent promotion to the Rangers. . . . The final PCL playoff spot was sealed when the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) won the PCL Pacific Conference Northern Division on Wednesday. The PCL playoffs will feature the Bees and Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) in the Pacific Conference Finals and the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in the American Conference Finals with each winner meeting to determine the overall 2008 PCL Champion. . . . With the Isotopes still unsigned with the Florida Marlins and no news of a pending renewal of the Player Development Contract that expires at the end of the season, two MLB clubs are out of the running for Albuquerque to potentially sign with. The Omaha Royals/Kansas City Royals and the Portland Beavers/San Diego Padres each renewed their Player Development Contracts as announced on Thursday. . . . The Isotopes head to Round Rock, Texas on Friday to open the final four-game series of the season against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). Probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (12-8, 4.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Runelvys Hernandez (7-8, 5.02) for the Express. The Round Rock Express website should have video game highlights after each game is completed.

Filed 08/28/2008

August 27, 2008 - Isotopes (64-74)

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

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 . 4 5 2
Nashville Sounds 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 . 5 10 0
WP: Erasmo Ramirez (3-4)
LP: Carlos Martinez (1-2)
Home Runs:
ALB Tagg Bozied (26) off Troy Cate in the 4th inning
ALB Michael Ryan (7) off Troy Cate in the 4th inning

NSH Mat Gamel (1) off Bobby Keppel in the 2nd inning
NSH Jay Gibbons (5) off Bobby Keppel in the 6th inning
NSH Brendan Katin (17) off Bobby Keppel in the 6th inning
NSH Tony Gwynn Jr. (2) off Carlos Martinez in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:24  ATT: 1,679
Home runs played a big part in Wednesday afternoon's game against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). Nashville scored all five runs via the longball, including a walk-off homer by Tony Gwynn Jr. in the 9th inning, as the Sounds defeated the Isotopes 5-4.
Nashville's Mat Gamel hit his first Triple-A homer in the 2nd inning to get the Sounds on the scoreboard.
Tagg Bozied and Michael Ryan solo homered for Albuquerque in the 4th inning as Albuquerque took the lead.
The Isotopes extended their lead in the 5th inning. Lee Mitchell doubled and scored on Isotopes starter Bobby Keppel's double. Robert Andino drew a walk and both runners executed a double steal before Bozied sacrifice flied out to bring home Keppel to give Albuquerque a 4-1 lead.
In the 6th inning, Jay Gibbons solo homered and Brendan Katin homered with Vinny Rottino on base later in the inning as the Sounds tied the game at 4-4.
Nashville did not waste any time winning the game in the 9th inning as leadoff batter Gwynn Jr. promptly homered to right-center field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel 6.0 8 4 4 1 6 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 112 G, 416 AB, 65 R, 109 H, 22 2B, 4 3B, 19 HR, 54 RBI, 48 BB, 131 K, 17 SB, .262 AVG
Scott Nestor 53 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 6.90 ERA, 61.1 IP, 50 H, 47 ER, 49 BB, 64 K, 9 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Isotopes groundskeeper Jarad Alley has added another award to his trophy case. For the second year in a row, the Pacific Coast League has named Alley the PCL Sports Turf Manager of the Year. . . . Michael Ryan has homered in two straight games. . . . Albuquerque has homered in 13 consecutive games, establishing a new franchise record. The former record of 12 consecutive games with a homer was set on three different occasions until it was broken today. . . . The crowd of 1,679 at Herschel Greer Stadium was the smallest crowd Albuquerque has played in front of in 2008. . . . The Pacific Coast League named Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) pitcher Shane Loux the 2008 PCL Pitcher of the Year. Loux went 12-6 with a 3.98 ERA and earned a promotion to the Angels in early August. Others receiving consideration for the award was Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz of the Isotopes and Jason Johnson of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers). . . . The series concludes Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Corcoran (0-0, 4.50) for the Isotopes and LHP Lindsay Gulin (7-7, 3.63) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/27/2008

August 26, 2008 - Isotopes (64-73)

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

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 1 . 9 10 0
Nashville Sounds 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 . 8 13 2
WP: Chris Seddon (10-9)
LP: Chris Narveson (6-13)
SV: Brandon Villafuerte (6)
Home Runs:
ALB Michael Ryan (6) off Chris Narveson in the 5th inning

NSH Brendan Katin (16) off Chris Seddon in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:15  ATT: 2,084
Michael Ryan's homer highlighted a five-run 5th inning as Albuquerque took the lead and then held off a late Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) rally in a 9-8 victory on Tuesday evening.
In the 1st inning, Jai Miller and Tagg Bozied drew one out walks. Dallas McPherson reached on an error to load the bases and a passed ball brought Miller home. Michael Ryan followed with a double that drive in Bozied to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.
The Sounds took the lead in their half of the 1st inning. Chris Woodward and former-Isotope Joe Dillon walked with one out and scored on Brendan Katin's homer. Adam Heether singled, advanced to third base on Mat Gamel's single, and scored on Vinny Rottino's fielder's choice as the Sounds led 4-2.
Miller singled, took second base on a wild pitch, tagged up and advanced to third base on Bozied's flyout and scored on McPherson's groundout as the Isotopes trailed by a run at 4-3 in the 3rd inning.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 5th inning. Robert Andino and Bozied walked and McPherson doubled to drive in Andino to tie the game. Ryan three-run homered to give Albuquerque the lead and Chase Lambin drew a walk and scored on Lee Mitchell's double as Albuquerque had a 8-4 advantage.
In the 8th inning, Carlos Corporan singled to drive in Gamel as the Sounds trailed by three at 8-5.
Bozied walked and later scored on Lambin's double in the 9th inning as Albuquerque extended their lead back to four runs heading into Nashville's last at-bat.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Woodward singled and Dillon doubled before Katin sacrifice flied out to drive in Woodward. Heether singled to put runners on the corners and Heether advanced to second base on defensive indifference before Gamel singled to drive in Dillon and Heether to pull Nashville to a run down with two outs. Rottino flew out to center field to end the threat and the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (W, 10-9) 5.0 6 4 4 4 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 111 G, 412 AB, 65 R, 109 H, 22 2B, 4 3B, 19 HR, 54 RBI, 48 BB, 130 K, 17 SB, .265 AVG
Brett Hayes 34 G, 106 AB, 19 R, 30 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 4 BB, 23 K, 0 SB, .283 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: P Justin Miller, outrighted to Albuquerque from the Marlins last week, accepted the assignment and joined the Isotopes. OF John Gall also joined the club, returning from his participation on the Beijing 2008 Olympics USA Baseball Team. OF Tommy Murphy was placed on the Disabled List. . . . The Sounds announced that the opener of this series against Albuquerque was that postponed due to rain will not be made up, so Albuquerque will not play a full 144-game schedule in 2008. . . . Albuquerque is 13-13 in one run contests in 2008. . . . Michael Ryan was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Michael Ryan's homer gave Albuquerque a homer in 12 consecutive games, tying a franchise record. . . . The Pacific Coast League named Josh Whitesell of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) the 2008 PCL Rookie of the Year. At the time of the naming of the award, Whitesell was hitting .324 with 24 homers and 102 RBIs. Others receiving votes were Will Venable of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres), Freddy Sandoval of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) and Christian Colonel of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). . . . . Albuquerque and Nashville play an afternoon game on Wednesday. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (8-11, 6.36) for the Isotopes and LHP Troy Cate (2-3, 5.53) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/26/2008

2008 All-PCL Team Named; McPherson on the Squad

The Pacific Coast League kicked off their awards week with the naming of the 2008 All-PCL Team. Albuquerque's Dallas McPherson made the team at Designated Hitter. The 2008 All-PCL Team: C - Rob Johnson (Tacoma Rainiers) 1B - Joe Koshansky (Colorado Springs Sky Sox) 2B - Eric Patterson (Sacramento River Cats) 3B - Brandon Wood (Salt Lake Bees) 3B - Matt Brown (Salt Lake Bees) and Jamie D'Antona (Tucson Sidewinders) OF - Nelson Cruz (Oklahoma Redhawks) Nick Stavinoha (Memphis Redbirds) Terry Tiffee (Las Vegas 51s) DH - Dallas McPherson (Albuquerque Isotopes) RHP - Shane Loux (Salt Lake Bees0 LHP - Gio Gonzalez (Sacramento River Cats) RP - Jason Bulger (Salt Lake Bees)
Filed 08/25/2008

August 25, 2008 - Isotopes Rained Out
Bozied Wins PCL Weekly Award

The Isotopes and Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) were rained out in the series opener in Nashville on Monday night due to the precipitation from Tropical Depression Fay. No makeup has been announced and it is possible the game will not be made up since neither team is in playoff contention. It was a bad weather day in general for the PCL, with the Isotopes contest and two others postponed due to rain or wet grounds, for three total out of eight games scheduled. The probables for Tuesday's contest, weather permitting, remain the same - LHP Chris Seddon (9-9, 5.21) for Albuquerque and LHP Chris Narveson (6-12, 5.14) for the Sounds. It was Albuquerque's fourth road postponement this season and fifth overall for the 2008 campaign. Albuquerque's Tagg Bozied won a PCL Hitter of the Week honor. For the week, Bozied hit .520 (13x25) with 3 homers and 12 RBI. Isotope hitters have been well rewarded by the league in the weekly award, having taken five Hitter of the Week awards in 2008. The PCL Pitcher of the Week went to Nashville's Lindsay Gulin. Gulin made two starts and won both of them, tossing 13 innings while allowing 1 run (0.69 ERA) and struck out 14 batters.
Filed 08/25/2008

2008 Isotopes End of Season Awards Announced

In a pregame ceremony before the last home game of the 2008 season, the Isotope End of Season award winners were announced. They are: MVP: Dallas McPherson Fan Favorite: Dallas McPherson Power Hitter: Dallas McPherson Mr. Hustle: Chris Barnwell Best Defensive Player: Chris Barnwell Pitcher of the Year: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz Most Community Minded: Dean Treanor It is interesting to note McPherson is the first player to win more than two awards in a single season and Treanor is the first Manager to win a end of season Isotope player award. Treanor was singled out for his "Treanor's Troops" program where he travels around the community talking to at-risk kids as well as making visits to schools, hospitals and clinics. McPherson's three total awards trails only Jason Wood, who won three MVP awards and a Fan Favorite award for a total of four awards in past seasons.
Filed 08/24/2008

August 24, 2008 - Isotopes (63-73)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -9.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 . 7 8 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 . 6 8 0
WP: Jonathan Niese (5-1)
LP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (12-8)
SV: Carlos Muniz (9)
Home Runs:
NRL Trot Nixon (12) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 5th inning

ALB Jai Miller (19) off Eddie Camacho in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:05  ATT: 13,576
In Albuquerque's final home game of 2008, it was a night of celebration. The 2008 Isotopes were celebrated, the Isotope season awards were handed out, and a record season attendance mark was set. It was not a celebration on the scoreboard, a 7-6 defeat to the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets). The loss knocked Albuquerque out of playoff contention with eight games left in the season.
In the 2nd inning, Michel Abreu was hit by a pitch and scored on former-Isotope Chris Aguila's triple to the top of Isotopes Hill. An out later, Robinson Cancel singled up the middle to bring home Aguila as the Zephyrs led 2-0.
New Orleans added two more runs in the 4th inning. Abreu singled to left field and Aguila singled to right field. Both runners advanced a base on a passed ball and a wild pitch brought home Abreu while advancing Aguila to third base. Andy Green followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Aguila.
Ramon Martinez singled to deep short and scored on Trot Nixon's two-run homer to left-center field as the Zephyrs led 6-0.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 5th inning. Chase Lambin singled to left field and pinch-hitter Lee Mitchell drew a walk. Robert Andino singled to drive in Lambin and Tagg Bozied sacrifice flied out to bring home Mitchell as Albuquerque trailed 6-2.
The Isotopes edged closer in the 6th inning. Jason Wood flared a single to left field and Jai Miller singled. After Paul Hoover's infield-fly-rule out and Brett Hayes flyout, pinch-hitter Michael Ryan singled to right field to bring home Wood and Miller.
With Albuquerque down by two runs, the Zephyrs scored a very important run in the 7th inning to give them a three run cushion at 7-4. Anderson Machado led off the inning with a walk, stole second base, advanced to third base by tagging up on Jesus Feliciano's flyout to center, and scored on Martinez's single.
Wood singled and scored on Miller's homer to left-center field in the 8th inning as Albuquerque trailed by a run at 7-6, and Albuquerque went down in order the rest of the frame and down in order in the 9th inning as they failed to score the game tying run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (L, 12-8) 5.0 7 6 6 1 1 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 110 G, 408 AB, 63 R, 107 H, 22 2B, 4 3B, 19 HR, 54 RBI, 47 BB, 129 K, 17 SB, .262 AVG
Brett Hayes 33 G, 101 AB, 19 R, 30 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 4 BB, 20 K, 0 SB, .297 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 24 APP, 12-8, 4.52 ERA, 139.1 IP, 136 H, 70 ER, 56 BB, 113 K, 13 HR
Scott Nestor 52 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.09 ERA, 59.2 IP, 49 H, 47 ER, 48 BB, 62 K, 9 HR
'TOPES NOTES: With a crowd of 13,576, Albuquerque shattered the single-season record attendance mark. 593,606 fans came through the turnstiles in 2008, a per-game average of 8,361. The previous marks were 582,839 (2006) and 8,304 per-game (2007), resulting in beats of 10,767 attendance and 57 more fans per game. Weather was nicer than usual in 2008 but not perfect - the 71 home openings ties a franchise record set in 2003 and 2005, meaning Albuquerque has never had all 72 home openings in any of their six seasons of play. 3,473,913 have come through the turnstiles in six seasons, putting Isotopes Management in a good spot, good weather and good promotions in 2009 pending, of setting another milestone all-time Isotopes Park attendance mark late in the season. . . . The 13,576 attendance was the 6th best regular season attendance in Isotopes Park history and second largest crowd of 2008. To put in perspective how many large crowds have attended games at Isotopes Park in six years, the Isotopes Park first game attendance mark of 12,215 in 2003 is the 35th largest regular season crowd. . . . John Gall will be rejoining the Isotopes sometime during the Nashville series. Gall and the rest of the USA Olympic Baseball Team won a Bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. . . . Albuquerque and New Orleans played their final game of 2008. The Isotopes took four out of the five games in the series and 54,149 attended the five games. The series attendance mark set a franchise record for a five-game series, eclipsing the mark of 48,656 set in a 2007 series with the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). With tonight's loss, the Zephyrs snapped a five game losing streak to the Isotopes in games played at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes have never swept a five game series and are 0-2 in 2008 in the fifth game of a series. . . . In 2008, New Orleans took 7 out of the 16 games. Albuquerque was 6-2 at Isotopes Park and 1-7 at Zephyr Field. All-time, Albuquerque holds a 48-47 advantage. . . . Tagg Bozied went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 11-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque can tie a franchise record for most consecutive games with a homer if they homer tomorrow evening at Herschel Greer Stadium. The Isotopes have homered in their last 11 games. . . . The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) clinched the PCL American Conference Northern Division, setting up a playoff matchup with the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) to determine the American Conference Champion. With the Sacramento Rivercats (AAA Athletics) having already clinched the PCL Pacific Conference Southern Division, they are waiting the Northern Division winner, potentially the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Salt Lake has a magic number of four to clinch the division with the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) trying hard to play their way into the playoffs. . . . Albuquerque plays their second to last series of the season beginning on Monday evening. Probables for the series opener against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in Nashville are LHP Chris Seddon (9-9, 5.21) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris Narveson (6-12, 5.14) for the Sounds. Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, Albuquerque has something to play for - avoiding the worst single-season record in the six seasons of the franchise and some individual players are playing for potential call-up to the Marlins at the end of the season.

Filed 08/24/2008

August 23, 2008 - Isotopes (63-72)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -9.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 11 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 3 2 1 0 3 0 X . 9 12 0
WP: Dallas Trahern (5-10)
LP: Nelson Figueroa (4-7)
Home Runs:
ALB Robert Andino (6) off Nelson Figueroa in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:27  ATT: 12,742
Dallas Trahern pitched eight innings, allowed a first inning run, but then settled down to toss seven scoreless frames, and Robert Andino two-run homered and Michael Ryan drove in three runs as Albuquerque defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) 9-1 for the Isotopes' fifth straight victory.
Jesus Feliciano led off the game with a triple and scored on Andy Green's single as New Orleans had their only lead in the game at 1-0 after a half inning of play.
In the 3rd inning, Brett Hayes tripled and scored on Trahern's single. Andino followed with a two-run homer as the Isotopes led 3-1.
Jason Wood singled and scored on Andrew Beattie's triple in the 4th inning. Hayes sacrifice flied out to bring home Beattie to extend Albuquerque's lead to 5-1.
Dallas McPherson doubled and scored on Ryan's single in the 5th inning and in the 7th inning, Andino walked, Tagg Bozied singled and McPherson drew a walk to load the bases ahead of Ryan's single to drive in Andino and Bozied. Wood sacrifice flied out to drive in McPherson with the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (W, 5-10) 8.0 10 1 1 0 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 32 G, 100 AB, 19 R, 30 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 4 BB, 20 K, 0 SB, .300 AVG
Dallas Trahern 20 APP, 5-10, 6.20 ERA, 106 IP, 135 H, 73 Er, 40 BB, 67 K, 20 HR
'TOPES NOTES: P Taylor Tankersley was placed on the Disabled List on Saturday, potentially freeing up roster room for P Justin Miller. Miller, after being designated for assignment earlier in the week, cleared waivers and was outrighted from the Marlins to Albuquerque. It has not been reported yet if Miller accepted the assignment to Albuquerque or declined the assignment and became a free agent. . . . The crowd of 12,742 is the 20th largest regular-season crowd in Isotopes Park history. . . . Albuquerque's nice little winning streak means they won't set a franchise record for the earliest elimination from the playoffs date. . . . Tagg Bozied singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) became the first PCL club to clinch a playoff spot on Saturday evening. . . . Albuquerque plays their final home game of the 2008 season on Sunday evening. Albuquerque will look for the really rare five-game series sweep, the 2008 Isotopes will be celebrated, a single-season attendance record will be set, and unfortunately the game may eliminate Albuquerque from playoff contention -- all it will take is an Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) win or an Albuquerque loss. Probables are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (12-7, 4.35) for the Isotopes and LHP Jonathan Niese (4-1, 3.66) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 08/23/2008

August 22, 2008 - Isotopes (62-72)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -9.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 3 . 7 9 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 5 . 8 10 1
WP: Carlos Martinez (1-1)
LP: Eddie Kunz (0-1)
Home Runs:
NRL Trot Nixon (11) off Tim Corcoran in the 4th inning
NRL Chris Aguila (26) off Tim Corcoran in the 6th inning
NRL Michel Abreu (14) off Carlos Martinez in the 9th inning

ALB Tagg Bozied (25) off Willie Collazo in the 4th inning
ALB Michael Ryan (5) off Eddie Kunz in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:44  ATT: 9,541
Robert Andino's game winning RBI single in the bottom of the 9th inning capped a five-run comeback as the Isotopes defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) 8-7 on Friday evening. Albuquerque is riding a four game winning streak and has in the past couple of games moved from the basement of the division into a tie for second place.
It took until the 4th inning for either team to score. In the top of the 4th inning, Jesus Feliciano walked and stole second base ahead of Trot Nixon's homer as the Zephyrs led 2-0.
Tagg Bozied solo homered as Albuquerque cut the defecit in half at 2-1 after four innings of play.
Nixon walked and scored on former-Isotope Chris Aguila's homer in the 6th inning as New Orleans extended their lead to 4-1.
The Isotopes edged closer in the 7th inning. Jason Wood and Andrew Beattie singled and Jai Miller's single drove in Wood. Paul Hoover reached on a fielder's choice while Beattie scored as the Isotopes found themselves down by a run at 4-3.
New Orleans put up what they thought would be insurance runs in the 9th inning. Michel Abreu homered with one out. Another out later, Andy Green walked, stole second base, advanced to third base on an error during the play and scored on Nixon's single. Nixon went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on former-Isotope Val Pascucci's double as the Zephyrs led 7-3 going into Albuquerque's last at-bat.
Bozied got things off on the right foot with a leadoff walk. Wood singled to put runners on the corners and Beattie reached on a fielder's choice as Bozied scored and Wood was erased at second base. Miller struck out before Hoover doubled to drive in Beattie. Pinch-hitter Michael Ryan two-run homered to tie the game and Dallas McPherson doubled and scored on Andino's single for the game-winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Tim Corcoran 6.0 5 4 4 3 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 109 G, 405 AB, 61 R, 105 H, 22 2B, 4 3B, 18 HR, 52 RBI, 46 BB, 129 K, 17 SB, .259 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Final John Gall Team USA Update: Gall and his USA Olympic Baseball team won the Bronze medal! Team USA fell to Team Cuba 10-2 in the semifinal round, denying Team USA the opportunity to play for the Gold medal. Gall played left field and went 0x4 in the loss. In the Bronze medal game, Team USA defeated Team Japan 8-4 and Gall did not play. Gall ended up playing in 8 out of the 9 games in the Beijing Olympics and hit .242 (8x33) with 4 doubles, a homer, 5 RBI, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts and 5 runs scored. . . . Tommy Murphy went hitless to snap a 16-game hitting streak, the best on the Isotopes team so far in 2008. Tagg Bozied hit safely to extend his streak to 10 games. . . . Michael Ryan had Albuquerque's third pinch-hit homer of 2008 and the 9th in franchise history. . . . The Zephyrs swiped four bases, the most by an Isotope opponent in a game in 2008. . . . Albuquerque has 14 last at-bat victories in 2008. . . . Albuquerque and New Orleans meet again on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (4-10, 6.61) for the Isotopes and RHP Nelson Figueroa (4-6, 4.18) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 08/22/2008

August 21, 2008 - Isotopes (61-72)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -10.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 2 0 . 8 15 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 4 3 2 5 0 0 X . 16 20 0
WP: Bobby Keppel (8-11)
LP: Bobby Parnell (1-2)
Home Runs:
NRL Chris Aguila (25) off Bobby Keppel in the 6th inning
NRL Michel Abreu (13) off Bobby Keppel in the 6th inning
NRL Andy Green (7) off Bobby Keppel in the 6th inning

ALB Robert Andino (5) off Eddie Camacho in the 5th inning
ALB Jai Miller (18) off Eddie Camacho in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:01  ATT: 10,310
A spectacular school-night crowd of 10,310 saw a great game. Robert Andino hit for the cycle, almost every Isotope starting batter knocked in at least one run, Bobby Keppel won to snap a personal five-game losing streak, and Andino and Jai Miller powered the Isotopes into the record books in Albuquerque's 16-8 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) on Thursday evening at "The Lab".
In the 2nd inning, Michael Ryan singled and scored on Andrew Beattie's double. Beattie advanced to third base on an error and scored on Brett Hayes' single.
Albuquerque added to their lead in the 3rd inning. Andino tripled, Tommy Murphy walked, and Tagg Bozied singled to drive in Andino. An out later, Ryan tripled to drive in Murphy and Bozied and Miller sacrifice flied out to bring home Ryan as the Isotopes led 6-0.
The Isotopes continued adding runs to the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Isotopes starter Keppel singled, Andino singled and Murphy singled to drive in Keppel. Bozied singled to drive in Andino. After Murphy advanced to third base on a passed ball, Ryan sacrifice flied out to drive in Murphy as the Isotopes led 9-0.
Anderson Machado doubled and scored on Zephyr relieve Eddie Camacho's double in the 5th inning as the Zephyrs got on the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Miller and Andino each solo homered to extend the Isotopes' lead to 11-1.
Andy Green solo homered to lead off the 6th inning for New Orleans. Trot Nixon walked and Michel Abreu homered. Former-Isotope Chris Aguila followed with a solo homer as the Zephyrs trailed 11-5.
The Isotopes got those runs back and more in their half of the 6th inning. Bozied and Dallas McPherson singled to lead off the inning. After Ryan struck out, Beattie singled to drive in Bozied. Miller was hit by a pitch and Hayes singled to drive in McPherson. With the bases loaded, Isotopes reliever Jarrett Santos singled to drive in Beattie and Miller and Andino doubled to bring home Hayes as the Isotopes led 16-5.
Abreu doubled home Green in the 7th inning and former Isotope Val Pascucci and Jesus Feliciano singled home runs in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (W, 8-11) 5.0 9 5 5 1 3 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 108 G, 402 AB, 61 R, 104 H, 22 2B, 4 3B, 18 HR, 51 RBI, 45 BB, 128 K, 17 SB, .259 AVG
Brett Hayes 31 G, 97 AB, 18 R, 29 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 4 BB, 19 K, 0 SB, .299 AVG
Scott Nestor 51 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.18 ERA, 57.2 IP, 48 H, 46 ER, 45 BB, 59 K, 9 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Robert Andino's cycle was the fourth Isotopes cycle in franchise history and the first one since Derek Wathan's cycle on July 1, 2004. All four cycles occurred at Isotopes Park. . . . Andino tied an Isotopes franchise record with 5 hits in the game. . . . Jai Miller's homer in the 5th inning tied the Isotopes franchise record for most homers in season (183 homers, tied with the 2005 Isotopes squad) and Andino's homer later in the inning inked the 2008 squad into the record books. . . . Only Dallas McPherson and Bobby Keppel were the starters without an RBI in the game. . . . Tommy Murphy singled to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Tagg Bozied extended the team's current second best hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Bobby Keppel last won on June 14, 2008 against Omaha before tonight's victory. . . . New Orleans' Michel Abreu was close to hitting for a cycle of his own. Abreu was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The countdown to the final Isotopes home game of 2008 continues. Friday evening marks the first game of the last weekend home series. Probables are RHP Tim Corcoran (0-0, 0.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Willie Collazo (4-8, 4.05) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 08/21/2008

August 20, 2008 - Isotopes (60-72)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -11.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 5 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 X . 7 10 1
WP: Steve Woodard (1-2)
LP: Eude Brito (0-1)
SV: Brandon Villafuerte (5)
Home Runs:
NRL Andy Green (5) off Chris Seddon in the 1st inning
NRL Andy Green (6) off Chris Seddon in the 2nd inning
NRL Jesus Feliciano (3) off Chris Seddon in the 1st inning

ALB Andrew Beattie (11) off Eude Brito in the 6th inning
ALB Brett Hayes (4) off Eude Brito in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:58  ATT: 7,980
Andrew Beattie's grand-slam homer highlighted a six-run 6th inning as the Isotopes came from behind to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) 7-5 in the series opener on Wednesday evening. Albuquerque has won two straight games and moved out of the basement in the PCL American Conference Southern Division standings.
Solo homers from Andy Green and Jesus Feliciano put New Orleans in the lead at 2-0 after a half inning of play.
Tommy Murphy doubled and scored on Tagg Bozied's double in the bottom of the 1st inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 2-1.
Zephyrs starter Ruddy Lugo singled and scored on Green's homer in the 2nd inning, and in the 3rd inning, Gustavo Molina doubled and later scored on Feliciano's single as the Zephyrs led 5-1.
In Albuquerque's big 6th inning, Bozied walked, Dallas McPherson singled, Michael Ryan struck out, and Jason Wood drew a walk to load the bases ahead of Beattie's grand slam homer. Brett Hayes followed with a solo homer. Chase Lambin singled, Robert Andino popped out, Murphy singled, and Bozied singled to drive in Lambin as Albuquerque led 7-5.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon 2.2 8 5 5 2 2 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 107 G, 399 AB, 59 R, 103 H, 22 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 50 RBI, 45 BB, 128 K, 17 SB, .258 AVG
Brett Hayes 30 G, 93 AB, 17 R, 27 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 19 K, 0 SB, .290 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: John Gall Team USA update: The USA Olympic baseball team, scoreless with Japan after 10 innings, scored four runs in the special 11th inning tiebreaker format and went on to defeat Japan 4-2. John Gall went 1x5 with 1 strikeout and drove in one run during the 11th inning. Team USA finished the preliminary round 5-2 and earned a 3rd seed. In a semifinal game to be played Friday, Team USA will play Team Cuba with the winner advancing to the Gold Medal game while the loser will play in the Bronze Medal game. . . . Tommy Murphy extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Murphy's hitting streak is overshadowing a good one currently put together by Tagg Bozied (8 games). . . . Albuquerque has four grand-slam homers in 2008 - one each by Andrew Beattie, Jai Miller, George Lombard, and Chris Barnwell. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-11, 6.34) for the Isotopes and RHP Bobby Parnell (1-1, 4.91) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 08/20/2008

August 19, 2008 - Isotopes (59-72)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 3 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 X . 4 8 0
WP: Ross Wolf (5-2)
LP: Kelvin Jimenez (1-5)
SV: Brandon Villafuerte (4)
Home Runs:
ALB Tagg Bozied (24) off Jess Todd in the 1st inning
ALB Tommy Murphy (4) off Kelvin Jimenez in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:42  ATT: 7,477
Albuquerque came back in the 8th inning, led by a Tommy Murphy solo homer and a Jai Miller sacrifice fly later in the inning as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 4-3 in the series finale on Tuesday evening.
In the 1st inning, Tyler Greene singled and stole second base ahead of Rico Washington's walk and Josh Phelps' hit-by-pitch to load the bases. David Freese doubled to drive in Greene and Washington as Memphis led 2-0 after a half-inning of play.
Tagg Bozied solo homered in the 1st inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 2-1.
The two clubs exchanged single runs in the 6th inning. Freese singled home Washington in the top half, Robert Andino doubled and later scored on Bozied's sacrifice fly in the bottom half as Memphis held a 3-2 advantage.
Murphy solo homered to lead off the bottom of the 8th inning to tie the game. An out later, Dallas McPherson walked, Michael Ryan singled McPherson to third base, and Miller sacrifice flied out to bring home McPherson with the eventual game winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 6.0 5 3 3 3 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 106 G, 399 AB, 59 R, 103 H, 22 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 50 RBI, 44 BB, 128 K, 17 SB, .258 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 23 APP, 12-7, 4.35 ERA, 134.1 IP, 129 H, 65 ER, 55 BB, 112 K, 12 HR
Scott Nestor 51 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.31 ERA, 56.2 IP, 48 H, 46 ER, 43 BB, 59 K, 9 HR
'TOPES NOTES: John Gall Team USA update: Team USA clinched a medal-round berth with a 4-2 victory over Chinese Taipei on Tuesday. Gall helped out Team USA's cause with a solo homer. Gall went 2x3 in the game with the solo homer, a double, a RBI and two runs scored. . . . The Isotopes and Redbirds swept the official series 2-2, while Memphis took 3 out of the 5 games if you count the completion of a suspended game during the series. 30,211 fans attended at Isotopes Park. . . . Today was the final game of 2008 between the Isotopes and Redbirds, and Albuquerque won 9 out of the 16 games in the season series (4-4 at Isotopes Park and 5-3 at Memphis). All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 54-44. . . . Tommy Murphy extended his hitting streak to 14 games, continuing his Isotope season-high streak. . . . Albuquerque's Andrew Beattie was ejected by Home Plate umpire Will Robinson in the 6th inning. Beattie has been tossed from a game three times in 2008. . . . The Isotopes play their final series of the season beginning Wednesday evening. The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) provide the opposition in the unusual five-game series. Probables in the opener are LHP Chris Seddon (9-9, 4.98) for the Isotopes and RHP Ruddy Lugo (7-11, 4.92) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 08/19/2008

August 18, 2008 - Isotopes (58-72)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 6 9 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 . 5 12 0
WP: Ron Flores (6-4)
LP: Carlos Martinez (0-1)
SV: Kelvim Jimenez (12)
Home Runs:
MEM David Freese (24) off Carlos Martinez in the 10th inning

ALB Tagg Bozied (23) off Blake Hawksworth in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:15  ATT: 7,426
Tagg Bozied homered and drove in four total runs, but the effort was not enough as David Freese homered in the 10th inning to give the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) a 6-5 victory over Albuquerque.
In the 1st inning, Brendan Ryan singled, Tyler Greene walked and two outs later, Freese walked ahead of Rico Washington's bases-clearing double down the right field line as the Redbirds led 3-0 before Albuquerque even came to bat.
Bozied solo homered in the bottom of the 1st inning as the Isotopes trailed 3-1 after an inning of play.
Memphis added to their lead in the 2nd inning. With two outs, Ryan walked, Greene singled and Nick Stavinoha doubled to drive them in for a 5-1 lead.
Tommy Murphy singled, stole second base and scored on Bozied's double in the 3rd inning and in the 5th inning, Lee Mitchell walked, Robert Andino singled, Andino stole second base and Bozied singled to drive in Mitchell and Andino as the Isotopes trailed 5-4.
Michael Ryan walked, advanced to third base on Andino's single and scored on Murphy's single in the 7th inning to tie the game 5-5.
The game remained knotted until the 10th inning when Freese solo homered with one out for the eventual game winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern 5.0 6 5 5 5 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 105 G, 396 AB, 59 R, 102 H, 22 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 44 BB, 127 K, 16 SB, .258 AVG
Brett Hayes 29 G, 90 AB, 16 R, 26 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 19 K, 0 SB, .289 AVG
Dallas Trahern 19 APP, 4-10, 6.61 ERA, 98 IP, 125 H, 72 ER, 40 BB, 61 K, 20 HR
'TOPES NOTES: P Rick VandenHurk, whose outing was limited due to 2 innings yesterday due to injury, was placed on the Disabled List with a right thumb fracture. Joining Albuquerque is one of the Corcoran brothers. Last season, Roy Corcoran played with Albuquerque and joining the team today is brother Tim Corcoran. . . . John Gall Team USA update: The USA Olympic baseball team on Monday defeated China 9-1 in a game that saw six hit batsmen, two rough plays at home plate and three ejections (China manager Jim Lefebvre for arguing about the rough play, and China's assistant coach Steve Ontiveros and reliever Chen Kun were ejected after Team USA's Matt LaPorta was beaned with a pitch and suffered a mild concussion). Gall was the left fielder and went 1x5 with a RBI double and a run scored. Team USA can clinch a medal-round berth with a victory over Chinese Taipei on Tuesday. . . . Tommy Murphy extended his hitting streak to 13 games, an Isotope season high. . . . Tagg Bozied was a triply shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes are 4-5 in extra inning contests. . . . Memphis' David Freese has homered in all three games in the series and also in the game that was completed after having been suspended by rain in Memphis. Freese also had the game winning RBI in both of the extra inning contests played this series. . . . Joe Koshansky of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Koshansky hit .611 (12x18) for the week wtih 4 homers and 15 RBI. . . . Brandon McCarthy of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. McCarthy started two games and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (no earned runs in 13 innings). McCarthy allowed 4 total hits and struck out 11. . . . Albuquerque and Memphis play each other for the final time in 2008 on Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (12-7, 4.35) for the Isotopes and RHP Jess Todd (1-0, 1.35) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/18/2008

August 17, 2008 - Isotopes (58-71)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 . 2 5 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 . 4 9 0
WP: Brandon Villafuerte (6-3)
LP: Jason Motte (4-3)
Home Runs:
MEM David Freese (23) off Scott Nestor in the 4th inning
MEM Brendan Ryan (2) off Scott Nestor in the 3rd inning

ALB Robert Andino (4) off Jason Motte in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:04  ATT: 6,906
Robert Andino's three-run walkoff homer gave the Isotopes a 4-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on Sunday evening in the regularly scheduled game for Sunday. Albuquerque had dropped the completion of a suspended game to the Redbirds 12-6 earlier in the afternoon.

Andino tripled to the right-center field wall and scored when Tommy Murphy reached on an error as the Isotopes grabbed a 1-0 lead after an inning of play.

Brendan Ryan solo homered in the 3rd inning and David Freese solo homered in the 4th inning as the Redbirds took the lead at 2-1.
In the final frame of the shortened regularly scheduled game, the 7th inning, Brett Hayes and Chase Lambin singled with one out and Andino followed with the walkoff homer to give Albuquerque the victory.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Rick VandenHurk 2.0 0 0 0 3 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 104 G, 391 AB, 59 R, 101 H, 21 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 44 BB, 124 K, 16 SB, .258 AVG
Brett Hayes 28 G, 86 AB, 16 R, 25 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 18 K, 0 SB, .291 AVG
Scott Nestor 50 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.44 ERA, 55.2 IP, 47 H, 46 ER, 42 BB, 57 K, 9 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Isotopes starter Rick VandenHurk pitched 2 innings, 22 pitches worth, and had to leave due to injury when he injured his pitching hand while trying to bunt a ball in the bottom of the 2nd inning. . . . Tommy Murphy had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, tying him for the longest Isotope hitting streak of 2008. . . . Robert Andino's homer was the third Isotope walkoff homer of 2008. . . . The series continues Monday evening. Probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (4-10, 6.48) for the Isotopes and RHP Blake Hawksworth (3-7, 6.94) for the Redhawks.

Filed 08/17/2008

August 17, 2008 - Isotopes (57-71)

Game was suspended June 20th in Memphis,
Completed August 17th in Albuquerque

Autozone Park / Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 6 11 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 1 0 5 3 3 0 0 X . 12 13 1
WP: John Wasdin (5-6)
LP: Jarrett Santos (0-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Lorenzo Scott (2) off Matt Clement in the 1st inning
ALB Chase Lambin (5) off Matt Clement in the 3rd inning

MEM John Wasdin (1) off Jarrett Santos in the 4th inning
MEM Brendan Ryan (1) off Jarrett Santos in the 4th inning
MEM David Freese (11) off Steve Woodard in the 5th inning
MEM Josh Phelps (10) off Steve Woodard in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:45  ATT: 9,758
After three innings of play, the game between the Isotopes and Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) was suspended with the Isotopes leading 6-1. When the game resumed in Albuquerque, the Redbirds blasted their way to victory, homering four times to account for 10 runs in a 12-6 win over the Isotopes.
Redbirds starter Matt Clement, on a MLB rehabilitation assignment start, gave up a homer to the first batter of the game, Lorenzo Scott. Jai Miller and Chris Barnwell singled and an out later, Tagg Bozied doubled to right field to drive ithem in. Andrew Beattie's single to center field brought home Bozied as Albuquerque led 4-0 before Memphis even touched the lumber.
David Feese singled home Nick Stavinoha in the 2nd inning as the Redbirds got on the scoreboard.
Chase Lambin's homer with Paul Hoover on board in the 3rd inning extended Albuquerque's lead to 6-1.
After the third inning was completed, both teams waited two hours and 13 minutes before the game was suspended.
When the game resumed in Albuquerque, the Redbirds went to work to chip away at the defecit. Jarrett Hoffpauir singled and Freese was hit by a pitch with one out. A passed ball allowed both runers to advance into scoring position. Mark Johnson grounded out to bring home Hoffpauir and Redbirds pitcher John Wasdin two-run homered. Tyler Greene doubled and scored on Brendan Ryan's homer as the Redbirds tied the game at 6-6 after four innings of play.
Josh Phelps was hit by a pitch, Hoffpauir singled, and Freese three-run homered in the 5th inning as the Redbirds led 9-6, and Greene and Ryan singled ahead of Phelps' three-run homer in the 6th inning to make it 12-6 Memphis.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel 3.0 4 1 1 1 0 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 103 G, 388 AB, 59 R, 101 H, 21 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 44 BB, 124 K, 16 SB, .260 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Lorenzo Scott's leadoff homer was Albuquerque's third of the season, and Scott has added one more leadoff homer since the time this game was suspended. Jai Miller has the other two Isotope leadoff homers of 2008. . . . June 20th was the final action the Isotopes and Redbirds played in Memphis in 2008. The Isotopes won five out of the eight games at Autozone Park, counting today's resumed game as an away game. . . . The Isotopes blew their biggest lead of the season to lose the game today (5 runs).

Filed 08/17/2008

August 16, 2008 - Isotopes (57-70)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 8 13 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 . 7 11 1
WP: Mark Worrell (3-3)
LP: Ross Wolf (4-2)
SV: Randy Flores (1)
Home Runs:
MEM Josh Phelps (28) off Bobby Keppel in the 1st inning
MEM David Freese (21) off Bobby Keppel in the 5th inning

ALB Tommy Murphy off Jason Motte in the 9th inning

TIME: 3:37  ATT: 8,402
Down 7-3 in the 9th inning, Robert Andino doubled home two runs and Tommy Murphy two-run homered to tie the game, but the effort was eventually wasted as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) tallied for a 12th inning run to defeat Albuquerque 8-7 in 12 innings. Albuquerque has lost two straight games.
In the 1st inning with two outs, Nick Stavinoha singled and scored on Josh Phelps' homer.
Andino singled, stole second base and scored on Tommy Murphy's single in the home half of the 1st inning as Albuquerque trailed 2-1.
In the 4th inning, Brendan Ryan doubled home a run and Redbirds starter Mitchell Boggs laid down a sacrifice bunt that brought home a run as the Redbirds extended their lead to 4-1.
Tagg Bozied doubled and later scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 4th inning to halve the defecit at 4-2.
In the 5th inning, Jarrett Hoffpauir doubled, Phelps reached on an error, and David Freese three-run homered as the Redbirds led 7-2.
Bozied was hit by a pitch and scored on Michael Ryan's double in the 6th inning as the Isotopes trailed 7-3.
The Isotopes valiently fought to tie the game in the 9th inning. Paul Hoover drew a one out walk and an out later, pinch-hitter Jason Wood walked. Andino doubled to drive in Hoover and Wood and Murphy two-run homered to tie the game at 7-7.
In the 12th inning, Stavinoha reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second base on Phelps' single, and scored on Freese's double for the eventual game winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel 5.0 9 7 6 0 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 102 G, 385 AB, 58 R, 100 H, 21 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 42 BB, 123 K, 16 SB, .260 AVG
Brett Hayes 27 G, 83 AB, 15 R, 23 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 18 K, 0 SB, .277 AVG
Scott Nestor 49 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.38 ERA, 53.2 IP, 45 H, 44 ER, 42 BB, 55 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: IF Lee Mitchell was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque on Saturday. Mitchell spent his first five games of the 2008 campaign with the Isotopes before being sent to Carolina. In 88 games with the Mudcats, Mitchell hit .234 (68x290) with 5 homers and 49 RBI. . . . There was a one hour, 11 minute weather delay during the game. . . . The Isotopes are 4-4 in extra inning games. . . . The loss snapped Albuquerque's five-game home winning streak. . . . Fans attending the game had a good chance of seeing their favorite Isotope appear in the game. Dean Treanor used a season-high 18 players in the game, and with 24 man rosters, only six players did not appear in the game. . . . Tommy Murphy extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Andrew Beattie's six game hitting streak was snapped with a 0x5 effort. . . . Memphis' David Freese was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . On Sunday afternoon, the Redbirds and Isotopes will complete a game suspended by rain in Memphis before playing the regularly scheduled game, shortened to 7 innings. Expected to take the mound to complete the suspended game are RHP Jarrett Santos (0-0, 0.00) for the Isotopes and RHP John Wasdin (8-6, 3.95) for Memphis. Scheduled to take the bump in the regularly scheduled game are RHP Rick VandenHurk (2-1, 4.60) for Albuquerque and RHP Clayton Mortensen (5-4, 4.91) for Memphis.

Filed 08/16/2008

August 15, 2008 - Isotopes (57-69)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -10.5 Games

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 . 2 5 2
Omaha Royals 3 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 X . 8 11 0
WP: Roman Colon (4-5)
LP: Chris Seddon (9-9)
SV: Yasuhiko Yabuta (2)
Home Runs:
ALB Tagg Bozied (22) off Roman Colon in the 4th inning
TIME: 2:31  ATT: 9,587
The Isotopes dug themselves into an early 7-0 hole after 3 innings and were unable to make a comeback in losing to the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 8-2 on Friday evening. Albuquerque's seven-game winning streak was snapped and the Isotopes failed in their quest to sweep their second series in a row.
In the 1st inning, Joey Gathright bunt singled to lead off the inning for Omaha, Gookie Dawkins walked and an out later, Kila Kaaihue walked to load the bases. Ryan Shealy was hit by a pitch as Gathright trotted home and Damon Hollins reached on an error as Dawkins and Kaaihue scored to give Omaha a 3-0 lead.
Omaha added to the lead in the 3rd inning. Brayan Pena and Shealy singled and Hollins walked to load the bases. Chad Spann singled to drive in Pena and Shealy and former-Isotope Josh Labandeira singled to drive in Hollins. Spann advanced to third base on Chris Lubanski's flyout and scored when Gathright reached on an error.
Tagg Bozied solo homered to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard in the 4th inning, and in the 6th inning, Brett Hayes singled and later scored on Bozied's double as the Isotopes trailed 7-2.
Consecutive 7th inning singles by Kaaihue, Hollins and Spann brought Kaaihue home with Omaha's final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (L, 9-9) 6.0 6 7 5 3 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 101 G, 379 AB, 58 R, 99 H, 20 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 42 BB, 122 K, 16 SB, .261 AVG
Brett Hayes 26 G, 82 AB, 15 R, 23 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K, 0 SB, .280 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins purchased the contract of C Paul LoDuca late Friday evening. LoDuca, in his 7 game stint with Albuquerque, hit .423 (11x26) with 7 RBI. The Marlins designated P Justin Miller for assignment, meaning Miller might end up in Albuquerque if he clears waivers, gets assigned to Albuquerque, and accepts the assignment. . . . John Gall Team USA update: The USA Olympic baseball team kept their medal hopes alive with a 5-4 comeback victory versus Team Canada on Saturday in Beijing. Gall went 2x4 with a RBI single in the win. Team USA has Sunday off and plays Monday against Team China. . . . The Isotopes took three out of the four games in the series and 20,197 attended the four games at Rosenblatt Stadium. The contest marked the final matchup of 2008 between the Isotopes and Royals and the Isotopes won 11 out of the 16 games in the season series (5 out of 8 in Albuquerque and 6 out of 8 in Omaha). All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 59-37. . . . Tagg Bozied was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Bozied has homered in his last two games. . . . Andrew Beattie singled to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . There were quite a few Isotope ejections in the 7th inning. Dallas McPherson and Dean Treanor were tossed by Home Plate umpire Victor Carapazza after McPherson grounded out. Paul LoDuca was tossed by Carapazza later in the inning right after being called out on strikes. . . . The Isotopes return home for their final homestand of the 2008 season, both in unusual five-game series formats. One of the five-game series (New Orleans Zephyrs, later in the homestand) was scheduled, whlle the series that begins Saturday evening is a normally scheduled four game series with the addition of the completion of a game played earlier in the season that was suspended due to rain in Memphis. The homestand could see some new ink added to the Isotopes record books, both on the field and off the field. Probables in the opener are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-11, 6.17) for the Isotopes and RHP Clayton Mortensen (5-4, 4.91) for the Redbirds (AAA Cardinals).

Filed 08/15/2008

August 14, 2008 - Isotopes (57-68)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -10.5 Games

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 . 5 8 0
Omaha Royals 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 9 0
WP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (12-7)
LP: Matt Wright (3-9)
SV: Brandon Villafuerte (3)
Home Runs:
ALB Dallas McPherson (40) off Matt Wright in the 4th inning
ALB Tagg Bozied (21) off Matt Wright in the 4th inning
ALB Paul Hoover (6) off Matt Wright in the 6th inning

OMA Brayan Pena (3) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 3rd inning

TIME: 2:42  ATT: 5,201
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz tossed 8 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 9 to earn his franchise record 12th victory of the season and Dallas McPherson, Tagg Bozied, and Paul Hoover provided the power as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 5-2 to continue their winning streak, now at 7 games.
In the 2nd inning, Omaha's Ryan Shealy scored when former-Isotope Josh Labandeira grounded into a double play, and Brayan Pena solo-homered in the 3rd inning as Omaha led 2-0.
Back-to-back solo homers from Tagg Bozied and Dallas McPherson in the 4th inning tied the game at 2-2. It was McPherson's 40th homer, best in all of American professional baseball.
Jason Wood walked, stole second and took third base on a wild pitch before scoring on Paul Hoover's two run homer in the 6th inning to give Albuquerque the lead at 4-2.
The Isotopes added their final run in the 9th inning. Chase Lambin ground-rule doubled with two outs and scored on Andrew Beattie's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (W, 12-7) 8.1 9 2 2 0 9 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 100 G, 377 AB, 58 R, 99 H, 20 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 41 BB, 121 K, 16 SB, .263 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 22 APP, 12-7, 4.35 ERA, 128.1 IP, 124 H, 62 ER, 52 BB, 108 K, 12 HR
'TOPES NOTES: John Gall Team USA update: The USA Olympic Baseball team, tied with Cuba 3-3 going into the 11th inning, lost to Cuba 5-4 using the special 11th inning tiebreaker rules to determine the winner. Gall went 1x4 with a RBI double and struck out twice. Team USA is 1-2 so far and plays Canada on Saturday (Beijing time). Gall's cumulative stats through 3 games: 3x12 (.250) with 2 doubles, one RBI and 2 runs scored. . . . There have been seven back-to-back Isotope homers in 2008 - Tagg Bozied and Dallas McPherson have two of those. . . . Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz has struck out 9 batters in a game three times in 2008 - tying for a Isotopes pitching staff season best. . . . The Isotopes are expected to send LHP Chris Seddon (9-8, 4.87) to the mound on Friday evening as Albuquerque looks for their second straight series sweep. The Royals are expected to counter with RHP Roman Colon (3-5, 4.56).

Filed 08/14/2008

August 13, 2008 - Isotopes (56-68)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -10.5 Games

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 4 . 9 11 1
Omaha Royals 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 . 7 10 0
WP: Taylor Tankersley (2-1)
LP: Jeff Fulchino (3-4)
SV: Brandon Villafuerte (2)
Home Runs:
OMA Ryan Shealy (19) off Dallas Trahern in the 1st inning
OMA Damon Hollins (13) off Dallas Trahern in the 1st inning
TIME: 3:11  ATT: 2,499
Paul LoDuca's 9th inning two-run single snapped a 7-7 tie to give the Isotopes an eventual 9-7 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in Omaha on Wednesday evening. Albuquerque's win streak is now six games.
The game did not start off too well for Albuquerque. In the 1st inning wth two outs, Brayan Pena reached on an error, Kila Kaaihue singled and Ryan Shealy three-run homered. Damon Hollins followed with a solo homer as the Royals led 4-0.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Andrew Beattie drew a one out walk, advanced to third base on Robert Andino's single and scored on Tommy Murphy's single.
In the 5th inning, Paul Hoover singled, Beattie doubled and Andino doubled to drive them both in as Albuquerque pulled to a run down at 4-3.
The Royals extended their lead in the home half of the 5th inning. Gookie Dawkins singled and scored on Pena's double. Kaaihue walked and an out later, each runner advanced into scoring position on a balk before Matt Tupman singled to drive them in for a 7-3 Omaha lead.
Albuquerque pulled to 7-5 in the 7th inning. Beattie walked, stole second base and scored on Murphy's triple. Tagg Bozied grounded out, bringing home Murphy.
Albuquerque made their final push to win the game in the 9th inning. Beattie walked and Andino singled. Beattie stole third base and Andino stole second base before Murphy drew a walk. Bozied doubled to drive in Beattie and Andino to tie the game, and an out later, LoDuca singled for the eventual game winning runs - driving in Murphy and Bozied.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern 4.2 8 7 3 3 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 99 G, 373 AB, 58 R, 98 H, 19 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 40 BB, 119 K, 16 SB, .263 AVG
Dallas Trahern 18 APP, 4-10, 6.48 ERA, 93 IP, 119 H, 67 ER, 35 BB, 58 K, 20 HR
'TOPES NOTES: John Gall Team USA update: Gall and his USA Olympic Baseball team are 1-1 after two games. In early Wednesday's 8-7 heartbreaking defeat to South Korea, Gall went 0x5 with 3 strikeouts. In Wednesday evening's 7-0 rain-shortened victory over the Netherlands, Gall fared better, going 2x3 with a double, 2 runs scored, walked once and struck out once. . . . Andrew Beattie tied an Isotopes franchise record with four runs scored in the contest. . . . Tommy Murphy extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . The Isotopes have 11 last at-bat wins in 2008. . . . The victory was Dean Treanor's 350th regular season victory as Isotopes manager. . . . The first PCL club has been eliminated from playoff contention. The Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) were eliminated on Wednesday evening from winning the PCL American Conference Northern Division. Albuquerque's elimination number in the PCL American Conference Southern Division is 10. . . . Albuquerque hopes to keep the winning streak going on Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (11-7, 4.50) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Wright (3-8, 5.65) for the Royals. De La Cruz is looking for his franchise record 12th victory of the season.

Filed 08/13/2008

August 12, 2008 - Isotopes (55-68)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -10.5 Games

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 2 8 0 0 1 0 . 11 15 2
Omaha Royals 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 5 7 2
WP: Rick VandenHurk (2-1)
LP: Tyler Lumsden (3-11)
Home Runs:
ALB Andrew Beattie (10) off Brad Salmon in the 5th inning
ALB Michael Ryan (4) off Brad Salmon in the 5th inning

OMA Ryan Shealy (18) off Steve Woodard in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:48  ATT: 2,910
Michael Ryan and Andrew Beattie each homered in a key 8-run 5th inning as the Isotopes came from behind to defeat the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 11-5 in the series opener at Rosenblatt Stadium on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque has won their last five games.
In the 1st inning, Brayan Pena reached on an error with one out. Kila Kaaihue singled to put runners on the corners and Ryan Shealy singled, bringing Pena home. Damon Hollins grounded out to advance both runners into scoring position and Matt Tupman singled to drive them in to give Omaha a 3-0 lead.
Pena walked, stole second base and scored on Hollins' single in the 3rd inning as Omaha built the lead to 4-0.
In the 4th inning, Albuquerque put together some two-out magic to get on the scoreboard. Paul LoDuca singled, Jason Wood singled and Ryan singled to drive in LoDuca and Wood.
In the 5th inning, Beattie led off the frame with a single and scored on Robert Andino's double. Tommy Murphy singled and promptly stole second base before Dallas McPherson singled to drive in Andino and Murphy. LoDuca singled and an out later, Ryan three-run homered. Jai Miller walked, stole second base and scored on Beattie's two run homer. When the inning was finished, Albuquerque sent 12 batters to the plate to score eight runs and turned a 4-2 defecit into a 10-4 lead.
Shealy solo-homered in the 6th inning for Omaha's final run, and in the 8th inning, the Isotopes scored their final run of the game off former Eldorado High School / UNM pitcher Greg Atencio. Andino reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second base on Murphy's walk, and scored on McPherson's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Rick VandenHurk (W, 2-1) 5.0 4 4 1 1 9 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 98 G, 368 AB, 58 R, 98 H, 19 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 40 BB, 117 K, 16 SB, .266 AVG
Scott Nestor 48 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.62 ERA, 52 IP, 45 H, 44 ER, 42 BB, 54 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: P Jarrett Santos was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque on Tuesday. Santos played with Class-A Jupiter and Class-AA Carolina in 2008. While with Carolina, Santos appeared in 28 games, starting 3 of them, and compiled a 4-1 record with a 3.10 ERA. . . . Tommy Murphy extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Rick VandenHurk struck out 9 Royals, tying a team season mark for most strikeouts by an Isotopes pitcher in a game. . . . Albuquerque has scored double-digit runs in 3 straight contests. . . . The series continues on Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (4-10, 6.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Carlos Rosa (4-3, 4.25) for the Royals.

Filed 08/12/2008

August 11, 2008 - Isotopes (54-68)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -10.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 1 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 . 7 15 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 1 1 4 0 0 1 4 X . 13 16 1
WP: Ross Wolf (4-1)
LP: Michael Ballard (1-3)
SV: Brandon Villafuerte (1)
Home Runs:
OKL Nate Gold (22) off Bobby Keppel in the 5th inning

ALB Jai Miller (17) off Kameron Loe in the 8th inning
ALB Robert Andino (3) off Joselo Diaz in the 7th inning

TIME: 3:34  ATT: 7,228
Jai Miller grand-slam homered and drove in five total runs as the Isotopes defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 13-7 to sweep the series from the division-leading Rangers. Albuquerque has won four straight games.
Drew Meyer doubled and scored on Chris Shelton's single in the 1st inning as the Redhawks got on the scoreboard first.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, Robert Andino and Tommy Murphy singled. An out later, Jason Wood reached on a fielder's choice with Andino out and Paul LoDuca singled to drive in Murphy and Wood to give Albuquerque a 2-1 lead.
Ben Harrison singled home John Mayberry in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 2-2.
The deadlock would be short-lived as Andrew Beattie doubled and later scored on a groundout as Albuquerque staked a 3-2 advantage.
In the 3rd inning, the Redhawks would once again tie the game only to have Albuquerque break the tie. Ryan Roberts singled home Shelton in the top half, Tagg Bozied doubled and scored on LoDuca's single in the bottom half.
Albuquerque finally gained the advantage for good in the 4th inning. Chase Lambin doubled and Brett Hayes singled to drive in Lambin. An out later, Murphy walked and Hayes and Murphy executed a double steal before Bozied reached on an error as Hayes scored. Wood singled to drive in Murphy and Miller singled home Bozied as the Isotopes led 8-3.
Isotopes starter Bobby Keppel's wildness brought the Redhawks uncomfortably close in the 5th inning. Keppel issued walks to Meyer and Shelton before Nate Gold followed with a three-run homer to bring Oklahoma to two runs down at 8-6.
Gold sacrifice flied out in the 6th inning to draw Oklahoma to a run down at 8-7, but the Redhawks would never be able to tie the game.
Robert Andino solo-homered in the 7th inning, and in the 8th inning, Bozied walked, Wood and LoDuca singled to load the bases, and Miller delivered the dagger to the Redhawks' heart with a grand-slam homer that turned a 9-7 Isotopes lead to 13-7.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel 4.0 9 6 6 2 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 97 G, 364 AB, 57 R, 97 H, 19 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 39 BB, 114 K, 15 SB, .266 AVG
Brett Hayes 25 G, 79 AB, 14 R, 22 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K, 0 SB, .278 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins recalled P Logan Kensing from Albuquerque on Monday after the Marlins placed former-Isotope Doug Waechter on the major-league disabled list. . . . Albuquerque swept their first series of the season at home and it was the second series sweep of the season (the other being at Memphis in April). 32,091 fans attended the four games. . . . The game marked the final game of 2008 between the Isotopes and Redhawks. In the season series, the Redhawks won 9 of the 16 games, but Albuquerque won five out of the eight games played at Isotopes Park. All-time, Oklahoma holds a 53-42 advantage. . . . Albuquerque's home winning streak is 5 games, tied for the longest this season. . . . Robert Andino was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Tommy Murphy extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Jai Miller is on a homer streak, having homered in his last 3 contests. Miller hit the third Isotope grand-slam homer of the season tonight. . . . Brandon Villafuerte is the fifth different Isotopes reliever to earn a save in 2008. . . . Micah Hoffpauir of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Hoffpauir hit .444 (12x27) for the week with 5 homers and 11 RBI. It is Hoffpauir's second PCL weekly award win of the season. . . . Enrique Gonzalez of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Gonzalez made two starts for the award period and won both of them, allowing just one earned run in 10 innings of work (0.90 ERA) while striking out 12. . . . The Isotopes hit the road for a four-game series to Omaha to play the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) beginning on Tuesday evening. Probables in the opener are RHP Rick VandenHurk (1-1, 5.91) for the Isotopes and LHP Dusty Hughes (2-1, 4.95) for the LIl' Kings.

Filed 08/11/2008

August 10, 2008 - Isotopes (53-68)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 . 5 13 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 5 3 0 2 3 X . 13 15 1
WP: Chris Seddon (9-8)
LP: Kazuo Fukumori (0-5)
Home Runs:
OKL Joaquin Arias (6) off Steve Woodard in the 6th inning

ALB Jai Miller (16) off Joselo Diaz in the 7th inning
ALB Michael Ryan (3) off Wes Littleton in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:20  ATT: 7,832
Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) rehabing starter Doug Mathis held Albuquerque hitless for three innings, and when Mathis was pulled due to pitch count, the Isotopes' lumber woke up starting with a 5-run 4th inning against a new pitcher en-route to a 13-5 victory over the Redhawks on Sunday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won three straight games.
The Redhawks got on the scoreboard against Isotopes starter Chris Seddon in the 1st inning. Joaquin Arias led off the game with an infield single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. An out later, Chris Shelton singled to right field to advance Arias to 3rd base, and Nate Gold doubled to center field to bring Arias home and move Shelton to third base. Ryan Roberts flew out to center field and Shelton tagged up to try to score on the play. Isotope center fielder Tommy Murphy's throw to catcher Paul LoDuca was perfect to tag out Shelton at home plate for the final out of the inning to keep it a 1-0 defecit to the Redhawks.
After Mathis left the game, the Isotopes went to work against Redhawks reliever Kazuo Fukumori in the 4th inning. Murphy walked and Tagg Bozied doubled to drive in Murphy to tie the game. Dallas McPherson walked and LoDuca doubled to drive in Bozied and McPherson to give the Isotopes the lead and Jason Wood singled to drive home LoDuca. An out later, Wood stole second base and scored on Andrew Beattie's single as the Isotopes led 5-1.
Albuquerque added more runs to the scoreboard in the 5th inning. Murphy singled, stole second base and scored on Bozied's single. McPherson walked and after LoDuca flew out and Michael Ryan struck out, Wood singled to drive in Bozied and Jai Miller singled to drive in McPherson to stake Albuquerque to a 8-1 lead.
In the 6th inning, John Mayberry doubled and tried to score on former-Isotope Nick Trzesniak's single, but Murphy nailed his second runner of the game at home plate to deny the run. Casey Benjamin tripled to bring home Trzesniak and Arias followed with a two-run homer as the Redhawks halved the defecit to 8-4.
Wood doubled and scored on Miller's two-run homer in the 7th inning as the Isotopes led 10-4.
Trzesniak doubled, advanced to third base on an error during the play, and scored on a wild pitch as the Redhawks scored their final run of the game in the 8th inning.
In the home half of the 8th inning, LoDuca singled with one out and scored on Ryan's homer. Wood reached on an error and scored on Miller's triple for the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (W, 9-8) 5.2 9 3 3 4 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 96 G, 360 AB, 56 R, 95 H, 19 2B, 4 3B, 16 HR, 44 RBI, 38 BB, 112 K, 15 SB, .264 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: P Daniel Barone was placed on the Disabled List with a right elbow strain and IF Kevin Randel was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Jamestown on Sunday. . . . Albuquerque welcomed their 500,000th fan of the 2008 season to Isotopes Park on Sunday evening. The Isotopes have drawn 502,018 in 61 home gates. . . . Paul LoDuca played his first game for the Isotopes in the field, at catcher, and went 2x4 with a double, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, and walked and struck out one time each. . . . Tommy Murphy extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Jai Miller was a double short of hitting for the cycle in the game. . . . The Isotopes find themselves looking to sweep the series from division-leading Oklahoma on Monday evening. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-11, 5.94) for the Isotopes and LHP Michael Ballard (1-2, 8.10) for the Redhawks.

Filed 08/10/2008

August 9, 2008 - Isotopes (52-68)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 . 2 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 X . 8 10 1
WP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (11-7)
LP: Brian Gordon (3-4)
Home Runs:
ALB Tagg Bozied (20) off Brian Gordon in the 1st inning
ALB Jai Miller (15) off Yukinaga Maeda in the 8th inning
ALB Paul Hoover (5) off Brian Gordon in the 2nd inning
ALB Robert Andino (2) off Brian Gordon in the 2nd inning
ALB Michael Ryan (2) off Brian Gordon in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:51  ATT: 8,831
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz tossed seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) to ink his name in the Isotope record books and his teammates provided the power, homering five times to tally seven out of the eight runs in a 8-2 victory over the divison-leading Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on Saturday evening.
Albuquerque was off and running in the 1st inning. Robert Andino led off with a single, Tommy Murphy singled, and Tagg Bozied three-run homered. Two outs later, Michael Ryan solo homered as Albuquerque led 4-0.
Solo homers from Paul Hoover and Andino extended the lead to 6-0 after two innings of play.
In the 4th inning, Jai Miller singled, advanced to second base when Hoover was hit by a pitch, Chase Lambin grounded out to advance Miller to third base, and Andino lifted a sacrifice fly to bring Miller home to give Albuquerque a 7-0 lead.
Ben Harrison doubled and later scored on an error in the 5th inning and Nate Gold doubled and scored on Ryan Roberts' double in the 6th inning as the Redhawks trimmed Albuquerque's lead to 7-2.
Miller solo homered in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (W, 11-7) 7.0 6 2 1 1 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 95 G, 355 AB, 55 R, 92 H, 19 2B, 3 3B, 15 HR, 40 RBI, 38 BB, 111 K, 15 SB, .259 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 21 APP, 11-7, 4.50 ERA, 120 IP, 115 H, 60 ER, 52 BB, 99 K, 11 HR
Scott Nestor 47 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.76 ERA, 51 IP, 45 H, 44 ER, 42 BB, 54 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: C/IF Alberto Concepcion was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina on Saturday. . . . Paul LoDuca made his Isotopes debut in the game as the DH and went 0x4 with a strikeout. . . . Eulogio De La Cruz earned his 11th victory of the season, inking him in the Isotopes record books along with Jeff Fulchino (in 2005) for the most victories by an Isotope in a single season. . . . Tommy Murphy hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . The Isotopes and Redhawks meet again on Sunday evening at "The Lab". Probables are LHP Chris Seddon (8-8, 4.87) for the Isotopes and RHP Doug Mathis (5-0, 3.55) for the Redhawks. Mathis was sent to the Redhawks from the Texas Rangers on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment

Filed 08/09/2008

August 8, 2008 - Isotopes (51-68)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 . 4 13 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 X . 5 10 3
WP: Taylor Tankersley (1-1)
LP: Elizardo Ramirez (9-5)
SV: Logan Kensing (3)
Home Runs:
OKL Nate Gold (21) off Ross Wolf in the 6th inning
OKL Joaquin Arias (5) off Dallas Trahern in the 5th inning

ALB Tagg Bozied (19) off Elizardo Ramirez in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:53  ATT: 8,200
Tagg Bozied's three-run, 7th inning homer turned a 4-2 Isotopes defecit into a 5-4 lead and the Isotopes held off the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) over the final two frames to take the 5-4 victory in the series opener on a soggy Friday evening. With the win, Albuquerque snapped a five-game losing streak.
In the 1st inning, Bozied drew a two out walk, advanced to third base on Dallas McPherson's single and scored on Michael Ryan's single.
The Isotopes extended the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Chase Lambin singled, Brett Hayes was hit by a pitch, and Tommy Murphy doubled to left-center field to drive in Lambin.
Nate Gold doubled and later scored on a groundout in the 4th inning and Joaquin Arias solo homered in the 5th inning as the Redhawks tied the game at 2-2.
Gold solo homered to lead off the 6th inning as the Redhawks took the lead. Ryan Roberts singled, advanced to second base when John Mayberry reached on an error, and scored on Ben Harrison's single as the Redhawks led 4-2.
In the 7th inning, Hayes and Andino singled and Bozied three-run homered to stake Albuquerque to a 5-4 lead.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern 5.0 6 2 2 1 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 94 G, 351 AB, 53 R, 90 H, 19 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR, 39 RBI, 38 BB, 109 K, 15 SB, .256 AVG
Brett Hayes 24 G, 75 AB, 13 R, 21 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 16 K, 0 SB, .280 AVG
Dallas Trahern 17 G, 4-10, 6.52 ERA, 88.1 IP, 111 H, 64 ER, 32 BB, 56 K, 18 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Paul LoDuca, a former Albuquerque Duke, is returning to Albuquerque! LoDuca, recently released by the Washington Nationals, signed a minor league deal with the Marlins and was assigned to Albuquerque. In 46 games with the Nationals, LoDuca hit .230 in 139 at-bats. . . . The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 36 minutes by rain. Due to the lengthy rain delay, Isotopes management has decided to enact the rain-check policy to reward their fans for their patience. Any ticket for Friday's game may be exchanged only at the Isotopes Park Box Office for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any of the remaining 2008 regular season home games, pending seat availability. . . . The Isotopes snapped a six-game losing streak to the Redhawks with tonight's victory. . . . The series continues on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (10-7, 4.70) for the Isotopes and RHP Brian Gordon (3-3, 4.50) for the Redhawks. It will be De La Cruz's third attempt to earn an Isotope franchise-record tying 11th victory of the season.

Filed 08/08/2008

August 7, 2008 - Day Off

The Isotopes and the rest of the Pacific Coast League enjoyed their last off-day of the season. Albuquerque returns to action with a four-game homestand beginning on Friday evening, weather permitting. The division- leading Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) provide the opposition. Probables in the opener are RHP Dallas Trahern (4-10.6.70) for the Isotopes and RHP Elizardo Ramirez (9-4, 4.29) for the Redhawks. The Isotopes have enough games left in the season that if the Isotopes were to be swept in the series, the Isotopes would not be eliminated from playoff contention.
Filed 08/07/2008

August 6, 2008 - Isotopes (50-68)

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

Cheney Stadium 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
Tacoma Rainiers 3 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 X . 8 10 0
WP: Scott Shoemaker (3-3)
LP: Rick VandenHurk (1-1)
Home Runs:
TAC Matt Tuiasosopo (8) off Rick VandenHurk in the 3rd inning
TAC Matt Tuiasosopo (9) off Taylor Tankersley in the 6th inning
TAC Victor Diaz (23) off Rick VandenHurk in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:38  ATT: 7,658
Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) starter Brandon Morrow, sent by the Mariners to Tacoma to work his way from reliever to starter, and three Rainiers relievers combined on a four-hit shutout of the Isotopes. The Rainiers defeated the Isotopes 8-0 to sweep the four game series at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Albuquerque has lost their last five games.
Isotopes starter Rick VandenHurk was scored upon by the Rainiers immediately in the game. In the 1st inning, Prentice Redman led off with a single. An out later, VandenHurk uncorked a wild pitch as Prentice raced to second base and Tug Hulett drew a walk. Victor Diaz followed with a three-run homer to give Tacoma a 3-0 lead.
Matt Tuiasosopo solo-homered in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 4-0.
Redman and Craig Wilson each doubled home runs in the 4th inning, and Tuisosopo two-run homered, his second homer of the game, in the 6th inning to tack on Tacoma's final runs.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Rick VandenHurk (L, 1-1) 3.2 7 6 6 4 5 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 93 G, 351 AB, 53 R, 90 H, 19 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR, 39 RBI, 38 BB, 109 K, 15 SB, .256 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: P Carlos Martinez was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. As the Isotopes roster currently stands, both Martinez and C Paul Hoover are inactive, waiting for the roster moves to be made to bring those players onto the active roster. . . . The Isotopes and Rainiers played their one and only series of the season and 21,322 fans attended the four games. All-time, and despite being swept in this series, Albuquerque holds a 14-10 advantage. Tacoma holds a 8-4 advantage in games played at Cheney Stadium. . . . Albuquerque has been swept in a series four times in 2008. . . . Albuquerque is currently a franchise-record 18 games below the .500 mark. . . . Only two Isotopes (Dallas McPherson and Robert Andino) made it to third base in the contest. . . . Jason Wood went hitless in three at-bats to snap a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque was shutout for the sixth time in 2008, and the first time since July 20th at New Orleans. . . . Albuquerque and the rest of the Pacific Coast League enjoy their final off-day of the season on Thursday. The Isotopes return home for their second to last homestand on Friday, a four-game series against the division-leading Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers).

Filed 08/06/2008

August 5, 2008 - Isotopes (50-67)

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

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 . 3 10 0
Tacoma Rainiers 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 X . 5 13 0
WP: Andrew Baldwin (8-5)
LP: Daniel Barone (1-5)
SV: Oscar Villarreal (1)
Home Runs:
ALB Chase Lambin (12) off Oscar Villarreal in the 8th inning
ALB Michael Ryan (1) off Andrew Baldwin in the 4th inning

TAC Rob Johnson (9) off Daniel Barone in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:21  ATT: 3,713
Isotopes starter Daniel Barone was not able to build on his last outing, a 3-hit, complete-game shutout. Barone ended up with quite a different fate, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings and homers from Chase Lambin and Michael Ryan were not enough to help the Isotopes in a 5-3 defeat to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque has lost four straight games.
Rob Johnson homered with Shawn Garrett on base in the 2nd inning as Tacoma led 2-0.
The Isotopes halved the defecit in the 4th inning when Ryan hit his first homer in an Isotopes uniform.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, Victor Diaz walked, Garrett singled and Jon Nelson doubled them home to give Tacoma a 4-1 lead.
Singles from Tommy Murphy, Robert Andino and Dallas McPherson in the 5th inning scored Murphy as the Isotopes trailed 4-2.
Craig Wilson singled home Matt Tuiasosopo in the 5th inning as Tacoma built their lead to 5-2, and Albuquerque's Lambin solo-homered in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (L, 1-5) 4.1 8 5 5 1 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 23 G, 73 AB, 12 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 16 K, 0 SB, .274 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins activated C Matt Treanor from the major-league disabled list and optioned C Paul Hoover to Albuquerque. Hoover had quite a run with the Marlins, having been on the big league club about a month and a half. Hoover appeared in 13 games and hit .200 (8x40) with no homers and 2 RBI. . . . Albuquerque's losing streak have dropped them to a franchise-record-tying worst 17 games below the .500 mark. . . . The Isotopes, having started their Pacific Northwest road swing with a promising 3-0 record, now find themselves having lost their last four games and looking to avoid the series sweep to Tacoma on Wednesday afternoon as they send RHP Rick VandenHurk (1-0, 1.29) to the mound. Tacoma is expected to counter with RHP Brandon Morrow (No Record). Morrow was just sent down from the Mariners so he can look to convert from a reliever to a starter. Morrow will be on a 35 pitch pitch-count.

Filed 08/05/2008

August 4, 2008 - Isotopes (50-66)

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

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 . 6 8 2
Tacoma Rainiers 0 1 0 6 1 0 0 4 X . 12 10 1
WP: Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-0)
LP: Chris Seddon (8-8)
SV: Jorge Sosa (4)
Home Runs:
ALB Chase Lambin (11) off Mumba Rivera in the 8th inning

TAC Matt Tuiasosopo (7) off Chris Seddon in the 4th inning
TAC Wladimir Balentien (18) off Chris Seddon in the 4th inning
TAC Jon Nelson (1) off Steve Woodard in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:27  ATT: 3,562
Chris Seddon allowed seven runs (six earned) in 3 2/3 innings and the Isotopes were not able to overcome the early defecit as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) defeated the Isotopes 12-6 on Monday evening. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard first, in the 2nd inning. Andrew Beattie drew a one out walk, advanced to third based on Jai Miller's ground-rule double, and scored on Chase Lambin's sacrifice flyout.
Rob Johnson singled home Craig Wilson in the home half of the 2nd inning as Tacoma tied the game at 1-1.
Tacoma struck again in the 4th inning. Prentice Redman drew a two-out, bases-load walk to give Tacoma the lead. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a grand-slam homer and Wladimir Balentien followed with a solo homer as the Rainiers built a comfortable 7-1 lead.
Jon Nelson added a solo homer in the 5th inning as the Rainiers extended their lead to 8-1.
In the 6th inning, Tagg Bozied drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second base an out later on Jason Wood's single, and after Andrew Beattie flew out and Miller walked to load the bases, Chase Lambin singled to drive in Bozied.
The Isotopes edged closer in the 8th inning. Dallas McPherson doubled and Wood and Beattie walked to load the bases. Miller sacrifice flied out to drive in McPherson and Lambin followed with a three-run homer as the Isotopes trailed by two runs at 8-6.
The Rainiers added breathing room and secured their victory in their half of the 8th inning. Redman walked, Tuiasosopo reached on an error and Balentien laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Victor Diaz was intentionally walked before Wilson singled to drive in Redman. Nelson was hit by a pitch to bring Tuiasosopo home and Johnson doubled to drive in Diaz and Wilson with the final two runs of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (L, 8-8) 3.2 5 7 6 5 4 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 92 G, 348 AB, 53 R, 90 H, 19 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR, 39 RBI, 38 BB, 108 K, 15 SB, .259 AVG
Brett Hayes 22 G, 70 AB, 12 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 16 K, 0 SB, .286 AVG
Scott Nestor 46 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.92 ERA, 50 IP, 44 H, 44 ER, 41 BB, 53 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Here is a John Gall update. The U.S. Olympic Team finished their four game exhibition series against Team Canada with a 3-1 record and is now off to Beijing for the Games. Gall started in all four games and hit .250 (4x16) with no homers and 3 RBI. Gall scored four runs and one of his hits was a double. . . . Jason Wood extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed an opponent grand-slam homer in two out of the last three contests. . . . Josh Phelps of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Phelps hit .346 (9x28) for the week with 7 homers and 15 RBI. . . . Wade LeBlanc of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. LeBlanc made two starts and won both of them, tossing 13 innings, allowing no runs, and striking out 17 batters. . . . The Isotopes look to win their first game of the series against the Rainiers on Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Daniel Barone (1-4, 6.23) for the Isotopes and RHP Andrew Baldwin (7-5, 5.10) for the Rainiers.

Filed 08/04/2008

August 3, 2008 - Isotopes (50-65)

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

Cheney Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 . 3 8 2
Tacoma Rainiers 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 X . 5 9 3
WP: Ryan Feierabend (7-1)
LP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (10-7)
SV: Jared Wells (18)
TIME: 2:23  ATT: 6,389
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz allowed five runs (two of those earned) in 7 innings and the Rainiers scored all five runs in the 2nd inning and held off the Isotopes 5-3 in the series opener in Tacoma on Sunday evening.
In that 2nd inning, Tacoma's Craig Wilson reached on an error and an out later, Jon Nelson reached on catcher interference. Luis Valbuena walked to load the bases and Oswaldo Navarro doubled to drive in Wilson and Nelson. Tug Hulett's double drove in Valbuena and Navarro. Rob Johnson singled to put runners on the corners and Wladimir Balentien grounded out to bring home Hulett to give Tacoma a 5-0 lead.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Tommy Murphy singled, advanced to second base on an error during the play and scored on Tagg Bozied's single.
Jason Wood singled, advanced to third base on Chase Lambin's double and scored on Alberto Concepcion's single in the 4th inning, and Bozied walked and later came around to score on Andrew Beattie's single in the 8th inning for Albuquerque's final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (L, 10-7) 7.0 8 5 2 2 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 91 G, 345 AB, 53 R, 89 H, 18 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR, 38 RBI, 37 BB, 107 K, 15 SB, .258 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 20 APP, 10-7, 4.70 ERA, 113 IP, 109 H, 59 ER, 51 BB, 93 K, 11 HR
'TOPES NOTES: P Kenny Baugh was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Jamestown. . . . Tonight's defeat snapped a four-game winning streak against the Rainiers in games played at Cheney Stadium. . . . Jason Wood singled to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz has failed in two outings so far to earn his franchise record-tying 11th victory of the season. . . . The series continues on Monday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Seddon (8-7, 4.57) for the Isotopes and LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-0, 2.84) for the Rainiers.

Filed 08/03/2008

August 2, 2008 - Isotopes (50-64)

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

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 1 4 0
Portland Beavers 3 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 X . 9 10 0
WP: Wade LeBlanc (10-7)
LP: Dallas Trahern (4-10)
Home Runs:
PORT Peter Ciofrone (12) off Dallas Trahern in the 1st inning
PORT Paul McAnulty (6) off Taylor Tankersley in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:49  ATT: 9,690
The Isotopes, held to just four hits and didn't score until the 9th inning, failed in their mission for a series sweep, losing to the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 9-1 on Saturday evening. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak.
Peter Ciofrone solo homered with one out in the 1st inning to get Portland on the board. Will Venable followed with a walk and stole second base before Paul McAnulty drew a walk of his own. Vince Sinisi singled to load the bases and Luke Carlin walked, bringing home Venable. Tom King sacrifice flied out to drive in McAnulty as the Beavers led 3-0 after an inning of play.
Ciofrone singled home Matt Antonelli in the 4th inning as Portland extended their lead to 4-0, and Portland put five more runs on the scoreboard in the 6th inning. Antonelli doubled with one out and scored on Beavers starter Wade LeBlanc's single. Brett Dowdy walked and Isotopes reliever Scott Nestor's wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position. Ciofrone walked to load the bases and Nestor gave way to Taylor Tankersley. Tankersley struck out Venable for the second out before McAnulty launched a grand-slam homer to right field.
In the 9th inning, pinch-hitter Andrew Beattie struck out to lead off the inning. Tommy Murphy walked and Robert Andino struck out before Tagg Bozied doubled to bring home Murphy with Albuquerque's only run of the game. Jason Wood singled to put runners on the corners before Jai Miller struck out to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (L, 4-10) 5.0 5 4 4 4 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 90 G, 342 AB, 53 R, 89 H, 18 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR, 38 RBI, 36 BB, 107 K, 15 SB, .260 AVG
Brett Hayes 21 G, 66 AB, 12 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 14 K, 0 SB, .303 AVG
Scott Nestor 45 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 8.08 ERA, 49 IP, 44 H, 44 ER, 40 BB, 51 K, 7 HR
Dallas Trahern 16 APP, 4-10, 6.70 ERA, 83.1 IP, 105 H, 62 ER, 31 BB, 53 K, 17 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes and Beavers played in their last matchup of the season. The Isotopes may have taken the 2008 series 3-1, but the Beavers hold the all-time advantage, 14-10, and Portland has an 8-4 advantage in games played at PGE Park. 30,692 attended the four game series. . . . Tommy Murphy went hitless in three at-bats to snap a 11-game hitting streak. . . . Jason Wood had three of Albuquerque's four hits in the game and extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Former Isotope (and current New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) player Val Pascucci hit three homers and had 5 total RBI in New Orleans' 8-7 victory over the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) in 10 innings at Zephyr Field tonight. . . . The Isotopes bus north on Interstate-5 to Tacoma to begin a four game series on Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (10-6, 4.84) for the Isotopes and LHP Ryan Feierabend (6-1, 1.98) for the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners).

Filed 08/02/2008

August 1, 2008 - Isotopes (50-63)

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

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 . 4 7 0
Portland Beavers 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 3 0
WP: Rick VandenHurk (1-0)
LP: Carlos Guevara (0-2)
SV: Logan Kensing (2)
Home Runs:
PORT Will Venable (12) off Rick VandenHurk in the 4th inning
TIME: 2:39  ATT: 5,956
Isotopes starter Rick VandenHurk made his 2008 Isotopes debut after being recently optioned from the Marlins and tossed 7 innings while allowing 2 hits and just a solo homer, and Robert Andino, also recently optioned from the Marlins, ripped an 8th inning two-run double to give Albuquerque their go-ahead runs in an eventual 4-1 victory over the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) on Friday evening in Portland, Oregon. Albuquerque has won four straight games.

Venable solo homered with one out in the 4th inning as the Beavers took a 1-0 lead.

The Isotopes tied up the game in the 5th inning. Andrew Beattie led off the frame with a single, advanced to second base on a passed ball, moved on to third base on Brett Hayes' groundout, and scored on VandenHurk's sacrifice fly.
The game remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the 8th inning. Hayes doubled, pinch-hitter Chase Lambin struck out, Tommy Murphy drew a walk and Andino doubled to drive in Hayes and Murphy to give Albuquerque a 3-1 lead.
Jai Miller tripled and scored on Beattie's sacrifice fly in the 9th inning for Albuquerque's final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Rick VandenHurk (W, 1-0) 7.0 2 1 1 3 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 89 G, 338 AB, 53 R, 89 H, 18 2B, 3 3B, 14 HR, 38 RBI, 36 BB, 104 K, 15 SB, .263 AVG
Brett Hayes 20 G, 63 AB, 12 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 14 K, 0 SB, .317 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: IF Manuel Mayorson was transferred to Class-AA Carolina from Albuquerque to make room for IF Robert Andino. . . . Tommy Murphy singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . The Albuquerque pitching staff tied last night's season best mark of allowing 3 hits in a game. . . . The Isotopes, looking for the series sweep, are expecting to send RHP Dallas Trahern (4-9, 6.66) to the mound to face Portland's LHP Wade LeBlanc (9-7, 5.88) on Saturday evening.

Filed 08/01/2008

July 31, 2008 - Isotopes (49-63)

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

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 . 3 8 0
Portland Beavers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 3 0
WP: Daniel Barone (1-4)
LP: Chad Reineke (5-10)
Home Runs:
ALB Andrew Beattie (9) off Chad Reineke in the 7th inning
ALB Tommy Murphy (2) off Chad Reineke in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:19  ATT: 10,154
Daniel Barone tossed a complete game, 3-hit shutout and struck out 8 Beavers to earn his first Isotope victory of 2008 as the Isotopes defeated the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 3-0 on Thursday evening at PGE Park. Albuquerque has won three straight games.

Barone finally got some run support from his teammates in the 6th inning. Tommy Murphy solo-homered in the 6th inning and Andrew Beattie solo-homered in the 7th inning to stake Barone to a 2-0 lead.

Dallas McPherson ground-rule doubled and scored on Jai Miller's single in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (W, 1-4) 9.0 3 0 0 0 8 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 88 G, 334 AB, 52 R, 88 H, 18 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 38 RBI, 36 BB, 102 K, 15 SB, .263 AVG
Brett Hayes 19 G, 59 AB, 11 R, 19 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 14 K, 0 SB, .322 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes roster is relatively unscathed from the MLB trade deadline activity. Former Isotope (and current Class-AA Carolina Mudcat) P Gaby Hernandez is Seattle bound, traded to the Mariners for P Arthur Rhodes. To make roster room for Rhodes, the Marlins made a tough decision by optioning IF Robert Andino to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque went 10-18 in July, 7-8 at home and 3-10 on the road. Despite struggling during the month, the Isotopes did not have their worst July in franchise history. . . . Other July Isotope statistics: 137 runs scored, 36 homers, and 40 stolen bases. . . . Tommy Murphy's homer extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . Daniel Barone tossed Albuquerque's first complete game shutout of 2008 (and the first one since Nic Ungs in May 2006) and the sixth in franchise history. It was Albuquerque's third complete game of the season. . . . Barone's 9 inning outing tied a franchise record for the most innings pitched by a starter. . . . The 3 hits allowed was the fewest number of hits allowed in a game this season. . . . The series continues on Friday evening. RHP Rick VandenHurk (No record) makes his 2008 Isotopes debut for Albuquerque after his recent demotion from the Marlins, while the Beavers are expected to counter with LHP Cesar Ramos (9-7, 5.76).

Filed 07/31/2008

July 30, 2008 - Isotopes (48-63)

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

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 . 6 6 0
Portland Beavers 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 . 5 10 0
WP: Logan Kensing (1-0)
LP: Edwin Moreno (5-3)
Home Runs:
ALB Dallas McPherson (39) off Edwin Moreno in the 9th inning

PORT Brett Dowdy (5) off Logan Kensing in the 8th inning
PORT Paul McAnulty (5) off Bobby Keppel in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:28  ATT: 4,892
Dallas McPherson belted his league-leading 39th homer in the top of the 9th inning as the Isotopes came from behind to defeat the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 6-5 in their series opener in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday evening.
Albuquerque broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 5th inning. Michael Ryan and Kevin Randel singled with one out and Chase Lambin tripled them home. Brett Hayes grounded out to drive in Lambin as the Isotopes led 3-0.
Paul McAnulty solo homered in the 6th inning as the Beavers got on the scoreboard.
The Beavers took a 5-3 lead in the 8th inning. Peter Ciofrone doubled with one out and Will Venable singeld ahead of McAnulty's sacrifice fly to drive in Ciofrone. Vince Sinisi singled and Brett Dowdy followed with a three-run homer.
In the 9th inning, Tommy Murphy singled to lead off the inning, Manuel Mayorson flied out and Tagg Bozied was hit by a pitch before McPherson hit a 1-0 pitch over the right-center field wall to put Albuquerque ahead 6-5.
Isotopes reliever Logan Kensing allowed a one out walk, but settled down to get the final two outs to preserve the Isotope victory.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel 7.1 7 2 2 2 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 18 G, 55 AB, 11 R, 17 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 14 K, 0 SB, .309 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: P Bobby Keppel was activated from the Temporary Inactive List to make tonight's start and P Chris Michalak was released. The Marlins optioned P Taylor Tankersley to Albuquerque late Wednesday to make major league roster room to activate P Anibal Sanchez. . . . With tonight's victory, the Isotopes snapped a seven-game losing streak to Portland in games played at PGE Park. . . . Manuel Mayorson went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 8-game hitting streak. Tommy Murphy had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Dallas McPherson has had a hand in two out of Albuquerque's 10 last at-bat wins in 2008. . . . Portland's Peter Ciofrone hit safely in the contest, extending his hitting streak to an incredible 27 games. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Daniel Barone (0-4, 7.86) for the Isotopes and RHP Chad Reineke (0-0, 3.00) for the Beavers.

Filed 07/30/2008

July 29, 2008 - Isotopes (47-63)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -15.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fresno Grizzlies 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 . 6 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 6 1 3 0 2 0 X . 13 20 0
WP: Chris Seddon (8-7)
LP: Victor Santos (5-5)
Home Runs:
FRE Dan Ortmeier (1) off Ross Wolf in the 8th inning

ALB Brett Hayes (3) off Victor Santos in the 3rd inning
ALB Kevin Randel (1) off Jesse Foppert in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:06  ATT: 8,525
Jason Wood, Kevin Randel and Brett Hayes each drove in three runs as the Isotopes avoided the series sweep, defeating the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 13-6 on Tuesday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque snapped a four game losing streak with the victory.

Jai Miller drew a one out walk and scored on Randel's double as the Isotopes led 1-0.

The Grizzlies took the lead in the 3rd inning. With one out, Justin Leone singled, stole second base and Scott McClain was hit by a pitch before Brian Horwitz doubled home Leone. Travis Ishikawa singled home McClain and Horwitz as Fresno led 3-1.
The only Fresno lead of the night did not last long as the Isotopes plated six runs in their half of the 3rd inning. Manuel Mayorson and Tagg Bozied singled and each runner advanced a base on a wild pitch. Dallas McPherson walked to load the bases and Wood singled home Mayorson. Miller drove in Bozied and McPherson scored when Randel reached on a fielder's choice. Hayes followed with a three-run homer as Albuquerque led 7-3.
Wood singled home Mayorson in the 4th inning to extend the lead to 8-3.
Leone doubled and scored on McClain's single in the 5th inning as Fresno added another run to the scoreboard.
Albuquerque put more runs on the scoreboard in their half of the 5th inning. Kevin Randel hit his first Triple-A homer to lead off the inning. An out later, pinch-hitter Andrew Beattie singled and Tommy Murphy followed with a single. Mayorson flied out with Beattie tagging up on the play to advance to third base. Murphy stole second base before Bozied singled to drive in Beattie. McPherson's single brought home Murphy as Albuquerque led 11-4.
The Isotopes plated their final two runs of the game in the 7th inning. Mayorson doubled with one out and scored on Bozied's double. McPherson singled to advance Bozied to third base and Wood sacrifice flied out to bring home Bozied.
Dan Ortmeier solo homered in the 8th inning and in the 9th inning, Denker walked, advanced to second base on defensive indifference, moved on to third base on McClain's groundout and scored on Horwitz's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (W, 8-7) 5.0 8 4 4 1 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 87 G, 330 AB, 52 R, 87 H, 18 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 37 RBI, 36 BB, 100 K, 15 SB, .264 AVG
Brett Hayes 17 G, 52 AB, 11 R, 17 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 14 K, 0 SB, .327 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: There was an 18 minute delay in the bottom of the 8th inning with Tommy Murphy at the plate due to the brief power outage that affected Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes snapped a four game losing streak to the Grizzlies at Isotopes Park. . . . Fresno won three out of the four games in the series and 32,821 attended the series. Fresno and Albuquerque played their only series of the 2008 season and Fresno holds a 13-11 all-time advantage. The Isotopes hold a 7-5 advantage in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . 70,648 fans attended the just-completed eight game homestand against Sacramento and Fresno and the Isotopes went 4-4 during the homestand. There are only 13 home games left in the season so purchase your tickets and enjoy the Isotopes a few more times before the long offseason without baseball arrives. . . . Tommy Murphy and Manuel Mayorson each extended their hitting streaks to 8 games. . . . Kevin Randel was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes hit the road for an eight-game roadtrip to the Pacific Northwest for the final two series against Pacific Conference foes. The first stop is to the 2009 Triple-A All-Star game host Portland Beavers (AAA Padres). The Beavers are the former Dukes franchise that moved to Portland and changed their name and affiliation. Probables in the opener at PGE Park are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-11, 6.29) for the Isotopes and RHP Josh Geer (6-7, 4.08) for the Beavers.

Filed 07/29/2008

July 28, 2008 - Isotopes (46-63)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -15.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fresno Grizzlies 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 . 7 5 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 . 3 8 0
WP: Matt Palmer (5-9)
LP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (10-6)
Home Runs:
FRE Scott McClain (22) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:40  ATT: 6,961
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz allowed six runs in 6 innings of work, failing to earn his franchise record tying 11th victory of the season as the Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Isotopes for the third straight night, this time by a 7-3 final.
In the 1st inning, Jake Wald led off the game with a walk and two outs later, Wald stole second base before scoring on Scott McClain's double to right field. Justin Leone was hit by a pitch and Brian Horwitz drew a walk to load the bases and De La Cruz uncorked consecutive wild pitches to bring in McClain and Horwitz as the Grizzlies quickly led 3-0.
Brett Hayes singled to lead off the Isotopes' 3rd inning, advanced to second base on De La Cruz's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Manuel Mayorson's single as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
Travis Ishikawa walked and scored on McClain's homer in the 5th inning as the Grizzlies extended their lead to 5-1.
Horwitz scored when Guillermo Rodriguez grounded into a double play in the 6th inning and McClain singled home Wald in the 7th inning as Fresno led 7-1.
In the home half of the 7th inning, Hayes was plunked by a pitch with one out, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, moved on to third base when Chase Lambin grounded out, and scored on Tommy Murphy's double.
The Isotopes plated their final run in the 8th inning when Tagg Bozied doubled and later scored on Kevin Randel's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (L, 10-6) 6.0 3 6 6 6 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 86 G, 326 AB, 51 R, 85 H, 18 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 36 RBI, 35 BB, 99 K, 15 SB, .261 AVG
Brett Hayes 16 G, 47 AB, 10 R, 14 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 14 K, 0 SB, .298 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 19 APP, 10-6, 4.84 ERA, 106 IP, 101 H, 57 ER, 49 BB, 87 K, 11 HR
Scott Nestor 44 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.40 ERA, 48.2 IP, 42 H, 40 ER, 38 BB, 51 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins recalled P Taylor Tankersley from Albuquerque on Monday. . . . The Isotopes have lost their last four contests and are a franchise-record 17 games below the .500 mark. . . . Chase Lambin went hitless in two at-bats to snap an eight-game hitting streak. Tommy Murphy and Manuel Mayorson each hit safely to extend their hitting streaks to 7 games. . . . Fresno's Scott McClain was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Koyie Hill of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Hitter of the Week after hitting .647 (11x17) with 3 homers and 10 RBI. . . . John Wasdin of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Wasdin was moved back into a starters role and made two starts, tossing 13 innings and allowing just an earned run for a ERA of 0.69. Wasdin earned the victory in one of his two starts for the week. . . . LHP Chris Seddon (7-7, 4.46) is expected to take the mound on Tuesday evening, hoping to pitch well for the Isotopes to avoid a series sweep. The Grizzlies are expected to counter with RHP Victor Santos (5-4, 4.89)

Filed 07/28/2008

July 27, 2008 - Isotopes (46-62)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -15.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fresno Grizzlies 0 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 . 8 8 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 . 7 12 3
WP: Pat Misch (6-3)
LP: Dallas Trahern (4-9)
SV: Kevin Gryboski (7)
Home Runs:
FRE Travis Ishikawa (7) off Dallas Trahern in the 3rd inning
FRE Travis Ishikawa (8) off Kenny Baugh in the 7th inning
FRE Brett Harper (12) off Logan Kensing in the 9th inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (36) off Pat Misch in the 4th inning
ALB Dallas McPherson (37) off Pat Misch in the 6th inning
ALB Dallas McPherson (38) off Vinny Chulk in the 8th inning
ALB Brett Hayes (1) off Pat Misch in the 3rd inning
ALB Brett Hayes (2) off Pat Misch in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:42  ATT: 8,293
Brett Hayes hit his first two homers in an Isotopes uniform on Sunday night, but his effort was overshadowed by Dallas McPherson's three-homer game and a risky, debatable decision by Isotopes manager Dean Treanor on the final play of the game. Despite five Albuquerque homers, all solo shots, the Isotopes dropped a 8-7 decision to the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants).

Fresno took a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning with help from a couple of Albuquerque miscues. With one out, Brian Horwitz and Justin Leone each singled to right field. Travis Denker drew a walk to load the bases and Eliezer Alfonzo singled to left field to drive in Horwitz and Leone. An error on McPherson allowed Alfonzo to advance into scoring position on the play. Grizzlies starter Pat Misch singled to right field to drive in Denker and Jake Wald struck out. On Wald's strikeout play, Misch got caught up in a rundown before Albuquerque noticed Alfonzo leaning too far off third base and got Alfonso caught up in a rundown. Isotopes catcher Hayes had an errant throw to McPherson during the rundown, allowing Alfonzo to score on the error.

Travis Ishikawa belted his first homer of the game to right-center field in the 3rd inning to extend Fresno's lead to 5-0.
Hayes solo homered to left field in the bottom of the 3rd inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard in what would be the first of seven straight frames with an Isotope tally.
In the 4th innig, Denker drew a leadoff walk. After tagging up on Alfonzo's flyout to left field and advancing to third base when Misch reached on an error, Wald's bat broke as he singled into left field to drive in Denker with Fresno's sixth run of the game.
McPherson hit his first homer of the game to left field in the 4th inning. In the 5th inning, Hayes doubled to right-center field, advanced to third base on Isotope starter Dallas Trahern's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Tommy Murphy's groundout as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 6-3.
McPherson solo-homered to center field, high up into the batting eye shrubs, as the Isotopes trailed by two runs after six innings of play.
Both clubs exchanged homers in the 7th inning - Ishikawa in the top half and Hayes in the bottom half with each homer being the players' second homer of the game.
McPherson homered to right field in the 8th inning, his league-leading 38th homer, as the Isotopes pulled to a run down at 7-6.
Fresno got what ended up being a very important run when pinch-hitter Brett Harper solo homered to left field off Isotopes reliever Logan Kensing in the top of the 9th inning.
The Isotopes, trailing by two in the bottom of the 9th inning, made things exciting down to the very last play of the game. Pinch-hitter Michael Ryan lined out to Grizzlies first baseman Ishikawa for the first out. Murphy singled into right field, and after Manuel Mayorson flew out for the second out, took second base on defensive indifference and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Tagg Bozied hit a grounder to Grizzlies third baseman Scott McClain, who mishandled the ball for an error. It could be that McClain got distracted by trying to figure out if he wanted to field the ball and come home to get Murphy out at home plate or take the sure out at first base to end the game. Murphy scored on the blunder to pull Albuquerque to 8-7 and McPherson stepped up to the plate and hit a fly ball to shallow center field. Grizzlies shortstop Wald ran into the outfield with his back to the plate and was unable to catch the ball for the final out. Bozied was off and running on the play and at third base, Bozied either missed a stop sign or Treanor decided to take a risk and wave him home. The throw to the plate was good enough for Grizzlies catcher Alfonzo to field the ball, take the brunt of a collision and hold onto the ball to tag Bozied out at home plate for the final out of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (L, 4-9) 4.0 6 6 5 2 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 85 G, 323 AB, 51 R, 85 H, 18 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 36 RBI, 34 BB, 98 K, 15 SB, .263 AVG
Brett Hayes 15 G, 44 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 13 K, 0 SB, .295 AVG
Dallas Trahern 15 APP, 4-9, 6.66 ERA, 78.1 IP, 100 H, 58 ER, 27 BB, 51 K, 16 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes placed P Bobby Keppel on the Temporary Inactive List to make roster room for P Dallas Trahern to be activated to make tonight's start. The Marlins announced late Sunday that P Rick VandenHurk has been optioned to Albuquerque. VandenHurk started out the season with Class-AA Carolina and was recalled later by the Marlins. . . . The Isotopes are 8-10 in one run contests. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst 15.5 games out of the first place in the division and a franchise record-tying 16 games below the .500 mark. . . . Dallas McPherson became the first Isotope to have a pair of three homer games in a single season. McPherson's three homer game also tied a franchise record that he, Chris Aguila, Mark Little, Todd Sears and Brett Carroll share. McPherson's 13 total bases was one total base shy of the franchise record for a game and McPherson continues to add to his Isotopes franchise record mark for homers in a season (38). McPherson moved into third all-time in modern Albuquerque professional baseball history, passing Billy Ashley (37 homers - 1994) and Paul Konerko (37 homers - 1997) from the Albuquerque Dukes era. McPherson is six homers away with 36 games to play or complete (most on the road) to tying the modern Albuquerque professional baseball record of 44 homers set by Greg Brock with the 1982 Dukes. . . . Chase Lambin singled to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. Manuel Mayorson and Tommy Murphy are not far behind with 6 game hitting streaks. . . . The Isotopes have committed three errors twice out of the last three contests and has a 1-7 record when having three errors in a game. . . . Albuquerque tied franchise records with scores in seven straight innings and tallys in seven total innings. . . . Albuquerque hopes to finally get in the win column against the Grizzlies on Monday evening. Probables are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (10-5, 4.59) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Palmer (4-9, 4.03) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 07/27/2008

July 26, 2008 - Isotopes (46-61)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fresno Grizzlies 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 . 5 10 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 . 3 11 0
WP: Steve Hammond (2-4)
LP: Daniel Barone (0-4)
SV: Kevin Gryboski (6)
Home Runs:
FRE Nate Schierholtz (15) off Daniel Barone in the 4th inning
FRE Brian Horwitz (6) off Daniel Barone in the 4th inning
TIME: 3:11  ATT: 9,042
Isotopes starter Daniel Barone allowed four runs to the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) in 5 1/3 innings of work in the Isotopes' 5-3 loss to the Grizzlies in the opener of a four-game series at "The Lab" on Saturday evening.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard first in the 3rd inning. Manuel Mayorson doubled, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on Dallas McPherson's double.
A pair of solo homers by Nate Schierholtz and Brian Horwitz in the 4th inning gave the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead.
Barone had another misstep in the 5th inning. Grizzlies starter Steve Hammond was plunked by a pitch to lead off the inning and then stole second base. Jake Wald singled to drive in Hammond, Dan Ortmeier singled to put runners on the corners and Schierholtz sacrifice flied out to drive in Wald as the Grizzlies extended their lead to 4-1.
In the home half of the 5th inning, Tommy Murphy singled, advanced to second base on a groundout, moved on to third base on Tagg Bozied's single and scored on McPherson's groundout.
Brett Harper singled home a run in the 8th inning as the Grizzlies scored their final run of the game.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Michael Ryan tripled with two outs and scored on Murphy's single for the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (L, 0-4) 5.1 7 4 4 1 3 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 84 G, 319 AB, 51 R, 85 H, 18 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 36 RBI, 34 BB, 97 K, 15 SB, .266 AVG
Scott Nestor 43 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.55 ERA, 47.2 IP, 42 H, 40 ER, 38 BB, 50 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Andrew Beattie went hitless in a pinch-hit at-bat to snap an eight-game hitting streak. Chase Lambin hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . The series continues on Sunday evening, weather permitting, as former Hurricane Dolly remnants continue to move through New Mexico. Probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (4-8, 6.42) for the Isotopes and LHP Pat Misch (5-3, 5.30) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 07/26/2008

July 25, 2008 - Isotopes (46-60)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 0 5 0 1 1 0 0 . 7 15 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 . 4 8 3
WP: Dan Meyer (10-5)
LP: Bobby Keppel (7-11)
SV: Bret Prinz (2)
Home Runs:
ALB Chase Lambin (10) off Chris Farley in the 9th inning
TIME: 2:40  ATT: 13,390
Looking for the series sweep, Isotopes starter Bobby Keppel was not able to end his personal losing streak and help out his team. Keppel allowed seven runs in his 6 1/3 innings of work, including a five-run 4th inning, as the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) left the Duke City after taking a 7-4 victory over the Isotopes on Friday evening. Albuquerque's three-game winning streak was snapped with the loss.
Keppel ran into trouble in the 4th inning after tossing three scoreless innings. Chris Denorfia and Daric Barton singled and Casey Rogowski walked to load the bases. Landon Powell reached on an error as Denorfia and Barton scored. Donnie Murphy doubled to drive in Rogowski and an out later, Danny Putnam singled home Powell and Murphy as the River Cats led 5-0.
Manuel Mayorson singled and Dallas McPherson walked ahead of Jason Wood's double into the left field corner as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard in their half of the 4th inning.
Putnam doubled home Travis Buck in the 6th inning and Denorfia scored on Rogowski's double in the 7th inning as the River Cats extended their lead to 7-2.
Albuquerque provided one last bit of fireworks in the game before the fans enjoyed the post-game fireworks show. Jai Miller drew a bottom-of-the-ninth-inning walk with one out and Chase Lambin followed with a homer to right field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (L, 7-11) 6.1 11 7 6 2 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 83 G, 315 AB, 51 R, 84 H, 18 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 36 RBI, 34 BB, 95 K, 15 SB, .267 AVG
Brett Hayes 14 G, 40 AB, 5 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 12 K, 0 SB, .250 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Another day, another Isotopes roster move. P Marcus Gwyn was released so he could sign a contract to play baseball in Japan and P Chris Michalak was activated from the Disabled List. . . . The Isotopes and River Cats completed their only series of the season and Albuquerque won three out of the four games with a total series attendance of 37,827. Albuquerque is 11-13 all-time against the River Cats, with a 6-6 all-time record at Isotopes Park. . . . The crowd of 13,390 was the second largest home crowd of 2008 and the eighth largest regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history. . . . The series win was Albuquerque's first series win since June 13-16 against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes snapped a season-best five game home winning streak with tonight's loss. . . . Bobby Keppel has lost his last five pitching decisions. . . . The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) come to Albuquerque for a four-game series beginning on Saturday evening. Weather could be dicey for the Saturday and Sunday contests, with the moisture from former Hurricane Dolly entering the state of New Mexico and thus forecasts call for 40 percent chance of precipitation from scattered showers in Albuquerque both evenings. With Fresno playing the only four games of the season against Albuquerque, games will have to be played or lost to the schedule. Probables for Saturday evening's contest are RHP Daniel Barone (0-3, 8.07) for the Isotopes and LHP Steve Hammond (1-4, 6.63) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 07/25/2008

July 24, 2008 - Isotopes (46-59)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 . 8 11 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 2 . 9 13 0
WP: Kenny Baugh (3-1)
LP: Jeff Gray (1-7)
Home Runs:
SAC Joe Gaetti (12) off Chris Seddon in the 2nd inning
SAC Chris Denorfia (1) off Chris Seddon in the 5th inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (35) off Kirk Saarloos in the 7th inning
ALB Alberto Concepcion (1) off Kirk Saarloos in the 6th inning
ALB Tagg Bozied (18) off Jeff Gray in the 10th inning
ALB Jai Miller (14) off Jeff Gray in the 10th inning

TIME: 3:05 ATT: 9,857
Jai Miller, in his first game back from the disabled list, walkoff homered in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 9-8 on Thursday evening at "The Lab".
Sacramento staked themselves to a big early lead. In the 2nd inning, Landon Powell singled, Donnie Murphy walked and Joe Gaetti three run homered. An out later, Cliff Pennington singled, stole second base, Gregorio Petit walked and Eric Patterson doubled home Pennington. Chris Denorfia lifted a sacrifice fly to bring Petit home as the River Cats led 5-0.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. Alberto Concepcion singled with one out, Brett Hayes singled and after Tommy Murphy grounded out to advance both runners a base, Manuel Mayorson doubled to drive them in.
Denorfia solo-homered in the 5th inning to extend Sacramento's lead to 6-2.
In the 5th inning, Hayes and Murphy each reached on an error. Mayorson singled to drive in Hayes and Chase Lambin sacrifice flied out to bring home Murphy as the Isotopes trailed by two at 6-4.
Concepcion solo-homered in the 6th inning to bring Albuquerque closer and Albuquerque took the lead in the 7th inning on a historic homer. Lambin singled with one out and McPherson launched a homer to right-center field, his Isotopes single-season record 35th homer.
Sacramento did not waste any time deadlocking the game. In the 8th inning, Pennington drew a two-out walk, Petit singled, Patterson walked to load the bases and Denorfia reached on a fielder's choice as Pennington scampered home.
The game remained tied through 9 innings and headed into extra innings. Pennington was once again in the thick of things as Sacramento took the lead in the 10th inning. Pennington walked with one out, advanced to third base on Petit's single and scored on Patterson's single.
Bozied led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a homer to left field to tie the game and Miller stepped up to the plate and drilled a 1-0 pitch way over the left field wall for the game winning homer.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon 6.0 7 6 6 3 7 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 82 G, 313 AB, 50 R, 84 H, 18 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 36 RBI, 32 BB, 95 K, 15 SB, .268 AVG
Brett Hayes 13 G, 36 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 12 K, 0 SB, .250 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: OF Jai Miller was activated from the Disabled List and OF George Lombard was placed on the disabled list. It has been said Lombard reinjured his shoulder and is facing season-ending shoulder surgery. The Isotopes placed OF John Gall on the Temporary Inactive List so Gall can compete in the Olympics and the Marlins signed OF Michael Ryan to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. Ryan has not played in any American professional baseball league in 2008 and saw action with the Indianapolis Indians (AAA Pirates) in 2007. Ryan played in the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins in 2002-2005. For his major-league career, Ryan played in 127 games and hit .265 (69x260) with 7 homers and 33 RBI. . . . The Isotopes are in the midst of their longest home winning streak of the season, 5 games. . . . Dallas McPherson regained the American professional baseball leagues lead in homers with his 35th homer tonight. McPherson has homered in each of his last three contests. . . . Tagg Bozied was a triple short of hitting for the cycle on his 29th birthday. . . . Kenny Baugh earned the victory in each of the back-to-back Isotopes walkoff homer wins. . . . The Isotopes look for their first series sweep since the mid-April on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-10, 6.16) for the Isotopes, looking to snap a personal four-game losing pitching decision streak, and RHP Dan Meyer (9-5, 4.75) for the River Cats.

Filed 07/24/2008

July 23, 2008 - Isotopes (45-59)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 . 6 9 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 3 1 1 0 1 1 . 7 7 1
WP: Kenny Baugh (2-1)
LP: Bret Prinz (0-1)
Home Runs:
SAC Danny Putnam (14) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 1st inning
SAC Joe Gaetti (11) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 2nd inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (34) off Bret Prinz in the 8th inning
ALB George Lombard (3) off Jose Garcia in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:44  ATT: 7,285
There is something very magical about the Albuquerque Dukes threads. Wearing those special throwback threads and on his 28th birthday, Dallas McPherson celebrated with a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 8th inning as the Isotopes/Albuquerque Dukes defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 7-6 in the regularly scheduled game for Wednesday.

A pair of solo homers gave the River Cats a 2-0 lead. Danny Putnam homered in the 1st inning and Joe Gaetti homered in the 2nd inning.

In the 3rd inning, Chase Lambin led off with a single and Alberto Concepcion walked. An out later, Tommy Murphy doubled to drive in Lambin and Manuel Mayorson lifted a sacrifice fly to bring home Concepcion. Murphy stole third base and scored on an error on River Cats catcher Landon Powell on the play as the Isotopes led 3-2.
In the 4th inning, Powell and Travis Buck singled and Gaetti walked to load the bases. Richie Robnett reached on a fielder's choice as Powell scored and Eric Patterson singled to drive in Buck. Isotopes starter Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz uncorked two consecutive wild pitches with Robnett scoring on the first one and Patterson on the second one as the River Cats regained the lead at 6-3.
George Lombard solo homered in the home half of the 4th inning and in the 5th inning, Murphy drew a one out walk, stole second and third bases, and scored on John Gall's single.
In the scheduled final frame, the 7th inning, Kevin Randel singled, advanced to second base on Murphy's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Mayorson's single to tie the game at 6-6 and the contest headed into extra innings.
McPherson led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a homer to center field for his first walkoff homer as an Isotope.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 4.1 7 6 5 3 5 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 12 G, 32 AB, 3 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 11 K, 0 SB, .250 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 18 APP, 10-5, 4.59 ERA, 100 IP, 98 H, 51 ER, 43 BB, 83 K, 10 HR
Scott Nestor 42 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.42 ERA, 47.1 IP, 41 H, 39 ER, 36 BB, 49 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: OF Lorenzo Scott was placed on the Disabled List with a right pinky finger dislocation and IF Kevin Randel was transferred from Class-A Jupiter to Albuquerque. Randel has played at two other minor league baseball levels in 2008. With Class-A Jupiter, Randel played in 73 games, hitting .326 with 14 homers and 52 RBI. Randel played four games at Class-AA Carolina. hitting .333 (4x12) with no homers and no RBI. . . . The Isotopes are a perfect 4-0 when wearing the Albuquerque Dukes throwback uniform. . . . Albuquerque has evened their extra innings record at 3-3. . . . Dallas McPherson's walkoff homer was the first Isotope walkoff homer since Val Pascucci's homer on April 21, 2007. There have been 8 walkoff homers in Isotopes franchise history. . . . McPherson's homer also tied an Isotope single season franchise homer mark - tying him with Pascucci at 34 homers in a season and McPherson is tied with Nelson Cruz of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) for the homer lead in all of American professional baseball. McPherson homered in both the completion of the suspended game and the regularly scheduled game today. . . . Tagg Bozied went hitless in three at-bats to snap an eight-game hitting streak. . . . Kenny Baugh earned his first victory since April 28th. . . . Albuquerque's Alberto Concepcion has exhibited a temper as of late. Concepcion was ejected by Home Plate umpire John Brammer after being called out on strikes to end the 6th inning. It was Concepcion's second ejection out of the last three games he has appeared in. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Seddon (7-7, 4.22) for the Isotopes and RHP Kirk Saarloos (8-3, 4.50) for the River Cats.

Filed 07/23/2008

July 22, 2008 - Isotopes (44-59)

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 5 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 2 0
WP: Brandon Villafuerte (5-3)
LP: Jay Marshall (1-3)
SV: Logan Kensing (1)
Home Runs:
SAC Casey Rogowski (13) off Steve Woodard in the 4th inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (33) off Brad Knox in the 3rd inning
ALB Manuel Mayorson (1) off Brad Knox in the 4th inning

TIME: 4:06  ATT: 7,295
The Isotopes were on the scoreboard and threatening to score more runs when rains and hail arrived at Isotopes Park on Tuesday evening. After a one hour, 10 minute delay, the game was suspended due to rain and resumed on Wednesday afternoon. When the game resumed, Manuel Mayorson's homer highlighted a five-run 4th inning as Albuquerque tied the game and Brett Hayes drove in two with a single in the 8th inning to snap a 13-13 tie as Albuquerque eventually outslugged Sacramento 16-13.
In the 1st inning with one out, Sacramento's Chris Denorfia singled and Danny Putnam followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Isotopes starter Steve Woodard uncorked a wild pitch as Denorfia scored and Putnam advanced to second base. Putnam advanced to third base on another wild pitch and scored on Casey Rogowski's sacrifice flyout to center field.
In the 2nd inning, Cliff Pennington singled, advanced to third base on Richie Robnett's single and scored on Gregorio Petit's groundout as the River Cats added another run to the scoreboard.
With the rain starting to fall, Dallas McPherson singled to left field and scored on Tagg Bozied's triple as Albuquerque got on the scoreboard. With Bozied on third base and no outs, the umpires called for a delay and the game was eventually suspended. When the game resumed at that point Wednesday, with Brad Knox instead of Gio Gonzalez on the mound, Jason Wood grounded out, Chase Lambin struck out, and George Lombard was able to single to drive in Bozied. Hayes flew out to end the inning as Albuquerque trailed 3-2.
In the 3rd inning, Putnam, Rogowski and Travis Buck singled to load the bases with no outs. After Woodard got two pop-outs, Petit singled to drive in Putnam and Rogowski. Justin Knoedler's double brought home Buck and Petit as the River Cats extended their lead to 7-2.
In the home half of the 3rd inning, Mayorson drew a one out walk, John Gall walked, and Dallas McPherson followed with a homer to right field as Albuquerque pulled to within two at 7-5.
Sacramento quickly got those three runs back in the top of the 4th inning. Denorfia and Putnam singled ahead of Rogowski's homer to center field.
The Isotopes tied the game in the bottom of the 4th inning. Lambin singled to lead off the half-inning and scored on Lombard's triple. Lombard scored on Hayes' double and Tommy Murphy singled ahead of Mayorson's first homer in an Isotopes uniform to tie the game at 10-10.
Albuquerque held the River Cats scoreless in the top of the 5th inning before adding a run in the bottom of the frame when Lombard doubled and scored on Murphy's single.
Sacramento tied the game at 11-11 in the top of the 6th inning when Denorfia walked, advanced to second base on an error during a pickoff attempt, advanced to third base on a groundout, and scored on Rogowski's second sacrifice flyout of the game.
Albuquerque regained and extended the lead over their next two at-bats. Gall walked and later scored on Wood's single in the 6th inning and consecutive singles by Hayes, Murphy and Mayorson in the 7th inning brought Hayes home to give Albuquerque a 13-11 lead.
In the 8th inning, Petit two-run singled to tie the game at 13-13.
Albuquerque finally took the lead for good in the bottom of the 8th inning. McPherson and Bozied singled, Wood laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position, and after Lambin was intentionally walked to load the bases, Lombard reached on a fielder's choice with McPherson out at home plate. Hayes singled to drive in Bozied and Lambin and Murphy singled to drive in Lombard with the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Steve Woodard 4.0 13 10 10 1 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 11 G, 32 AB, 3 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 11 K, 0 SB, .250 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: OF George Lombard was activated from the Disabled List on Tuesday and was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle in the contest. . . . The Isotopes have had six home games suspended in their history, and Tuesday night was their first one of the season. . . . Albuquerque snapped a three-game losing streak to the River Cats with the victory. . . . Sacramento seems to bring out the longest 9-inning contests when they visit Isotopes Park. The River Cats and Isotopes established the longest 9-inning game in Isotopes Park history with their 4 hour, 6 minute game. The previous longest 9-inning Isotopes Park contest was August 5, 2004 with Sacramento as the visitor. . . . The Isotopes set season-highs with 22 hits in the game and the most combined hits by both teams in a game (37). . . . Albuquerque also tied a franchise record with the most innings with a score (7) and the most consecutive innings with a score (7). . . . Tommy Murphy tied a franchise record with 5 hits in the game. . . . John Gall was the only Isotopes batter without a hit, going hitless in four at-bats to snap a 6-game hitting streak. Tagg Bozied extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Steve Woodard tied a team season-high with 10 runs given up in the contest. . . . Casey Rogowski had a great game for Sacramento, going 3x4 with a three-run homer, two sacrifice flyouts, and 5 RBI.

Filed 07/23/2008

July 22, 2008 - Isotopes Suspended, Rain

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 2 1 . 3 5 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 . 1 2 0
The Isotopes were on the scoreboard and threatening to score more runs when rains and hail arrived at Isotopes Park. After a one hour, 10 minute delay, the game was suspended due to rain and will be resumed on Wednesday afternoon with Wednesday's regularly scheduled contest, shortened to 7 innings, to follow.
In the 1st inning with one out, Sacramento's Chris Denorfia singled and Danny Putnam followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Isotopes starter Steve Woodard uncorked a wild pitch as Denorfia scored and Putnam advanced to second base. Putnam advanced to third base on another wild pitch and scored on Casey Rogowski's sacrifice flyout to center field.
In the 2nd inning, Cliff Pennington singled, advanced to third base on Richie Robnett's single and scored on Gregorio Petit's groundout as the River Cats added another run to the scoreboard.
With the rain starting to fall, Dallas McPherson singled to left field and scored on Tagg Bozied's triple as Albuquerque got on the scoreboard. With Bozied on third base and no outs, the umpires called for a delay and the game was eventually suspended.
'TOPES NOTES: OF George Lombard was activated from the Disabled List on Tuesday. . . . The Isotopes have had six home games suspended in their history, and tonight was their first one of the season. . . . With Sacramento only in town for four games, the Isotopes should hope that the weather is not as bad as tonight for the rest of the series to try to avoid losing games to the schedule.

Filed 07/22/2008

July 21, 2008 - Isotopes (43-59)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 . 2 7 1
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 . 3 7 1
WP: Ivan Maldonado (2-3)
LP: Brandon Villafuerte (4-3)
TIME: 2:51  ATT: 2,947
Daniel Barone had his start moved up a day and tossed 7 2/3 innings, striking out 9 and allowing no runs, but it was a pair of former Isotopes who won the game for the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) in a 3-2 victory over Albuquerque in 10 innings. Albuquerque has lost their last three contests.
It was not until the 8th inning that the Isotopes became the first team to get on the scoreboard. Tommy Murphy drew a two-out walk, stole second base and scored on John Gall's double.
Chase Lambin tripled and scored on Alberto Concepcion's single in the 9th inning as the Isotopes extended their lead to 2-0 going into the bottom of the 9th inning.
Jesus Feliciano and Andy Green singled to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning. John Rodriguez laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position, and former-Isotope Val Pascucci singled to drive them in to tie the game.
In the 10th inning, Gustavo Molina singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Anderson Machado. Anderson Hernandez bunt popped out and Abraham Nunez flew out before former-Isotope Chris Aguila doubled to drive in Machado with the game winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone 7.2 2 0 0 1 9 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 10 G, 27 AB, 1 R, 5 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 11 K, 0 SB, .185 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: P Dallas Trahern was placed on the Disabled List prior to today's game, thus moving up Daniel Barone's start a day early. . . . The Zephyrs took three out of the four games in the series and 20,534 attended. New Orleans won 7 out of the 8 games played against Albuquerque at Zephyr Field in 2008. The Zephyrs come to Albuquerque for five games in August to close out the 2008 season series between the two clubs. . . . With their short losing streak, Albuquerque is back to a franchise-record-tying 16 games below the .500 mark. . . . Albuquerque is 2-3 in extra inning contests in 2008. . . . Hitting streaks extended in the game were Lorenzo Scott (9 games) and John Gall (6 games). . . . Chase Lambin turned in a sombrero, tying a 2008 team season-high with 4 strikeouts in a game. . . . Wladimir Balentien of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Balantien hit .563 (9x16) with 4 homers and 8 RBI. . . . Brandon Knight of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week after his performance against the Isotopes on Saturday. Knight, recently named to the 2008 USA Olympic baseball team, struck out 12 Isotopes, allowed 3 hits and no runs in 6 innings and earned the victory. . . . Albuquerque returns home for an eight game homestand against a couple of Pacific Conference opponents. First up is the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). The Isotopes have yet to name a probable, perhaps a starting pitcher transferred from Class-AA Carolina will make the start, while the River Cats are expected to counter with LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-6, 4.34).

Filed 07/21/2008

July 20, 2008 - Isotopes (43-58)

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

Zephyr 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 5 1
New Orleans Zephyrs 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 X . 6 8 0
WP: Ruddy Lugo (7-8)
LP: Bobby Keppel (7-10)
Home Runs:
NRL Ruddy Lugo (1) off Bobby Keppel in the 2nd inning
NRL Michel Abreu (10) off Bobby Keppel in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:35  ATT: 3,559
New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) starter Ruddy Lugo and reliever Tim McNab combined on a five-hit shutout and Lugo helped his own cause with a two-run homer and four total RBI as the Zephyrs defeated the Isotopes 6-0 on Sunday afternoon in Metarie, Louisiana. The Isotopes have dropped two straight games.
In the 1st inning, Abraham Nunez walked with one out, advanced to second base on John Rodriguez's single, tagged up and moved to third base on Michel Abreu's flyout and scored on former-Isotope Chris Aguila's single.
Anderson Machado doubled and scored on Lugo's homer in the 2nd inning and Abreu solo-homered in the 3rd inning as the Zephyrs led 4-0.
The Zephyrs scored their final two runs with two outs in the 6th inning. Anderson Hernandez reached on a fielder's choice, Machado walked, and Lugo doubled to the right-center field gap to drive them in.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (L, 7-10) 5.2 7 6 6 3 0 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 9 G, 26 AB, 1 R, 5 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 SB, .192 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque All-Star IF Chris Barnwell was placed on the Temporary Inactive List and IF Manuel Mayorson was promoted to Albuquerque from Class-AA Carolina. Mayorson appeared in 85 games with the Mudcats in 2008, hitting .310 (90x290) with no homers, 26 RBI and 20 stolen bases. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out five times in 2008 and New Orleans has two of those shutouts, both at Zephyr Field. . . . Lorenzo Scott extended his hitting streak to 8 games with a single. . . . Bobby Keppel became the first Isotope to reach double-digit losses and has lost his last four pitching decisions. . . . Albuquerque's Alberto Concepcion was ejected by First Base Umpire Chris Tiller in the 9th inning. . . . The series concludes on Monday afternoon. Probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (4-8, 6.42) for the Isotopes and RHP Brian Stokes (9-8, 4.67) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 07/20/2008

July 19, 2008 - Isotopes (43-57)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 5 2
New Orleans Zephyrs 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X . 5 9 0
WP: Brandon Knight (5-1)
LP: Chris Seddon (7-7)
Home Runs:
NRL Chris Aguila (19) off Chris Seddon in the 1st inning
NRL Val Pascucci (19) off Chris Seddon in the 1st inning
Anderson Machado (3) off Chris Seddon in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:48  ATT: 5,769
In a game televised on the COX Sports Television Louisiana HD regional sports network, New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) starter Brandon Knight dominated the Isotopes over his six innings, striking out 12 and allowing 3 hits and no runs, as the Zephyrs defeated the Isotopes 5-1. The Isotopes had a three game winning streak snapped with the loss.
The Zephyrs took batting practice off Isotopes starter Chris Seddon in the 1st inning. Anderson Machado led off with a solo homer to left field. Andy Green drew a walk but was picked off before former Isotope Chris Aguila solo homered to left field. Another former Isotope, Val Pascucci, followed with a solo homer to center field as the Zephyrs led 3-0 after one inning of play.
In the 3rd inning, Aguila and Pascucci drew back-to-back walks with one out off Seddon. After Aguila and Pascucci executed a double steal, Michel Abreu singled to right center field to drive them in as New Orleans extended their lead to 5-0.
Albuquerque finally got on the scoreboard in the 8th inning. Tommy Murphy doubled into the left field corner with two outs and scored on Tagg Bozied's single to left field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (L, 7-7) 2.1 5 5 5 4 1 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 8 G, 23 AB, 1 R, 5 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 SB, .217 AVG
Scott Nestor 41 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.86 ERA, 44.2 IP, 40 H, 39 ER, 36 BB, 45 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Although their clubs are facing each other in the series, Zephyrs starter Brandon Knight will be a teammate of John Gall's on the 2008 U.S. Olympic baseball team. . . . Albuquerque tied a franchise record for a 9-inning game with 16 strikeouts. Knight struck out 12 Isotopes, the most by an opposing pitcher in an outing in 2008 and two short of the franchise record for most strikeouts in a game by an opposing pitcher. . . . Hitting streaks extended in the game: Lorenzo Scott (7 games) and Tagg Bozied (6 games). . . . Isotope opponents have back-to-back homered four times in 2008, with three of those occuring in the 1st inning. . . . The series continues on Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-9, 5.98) for the Isotopes and RHP Ruddy Lugo (6-8, 5.27) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 07/19/2008

July 18, 2008 - Isotopes (43-56)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 . 7 7 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 1 6 0
WP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (10-5)
LP: Claudio Vargas (3-2)
Home Runs:
ALB John Gall (12) off Tim McNab in the 7th inning

NRL Chris Aguila (18) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 6th inning

TIME: 3:05  ATT: 8,259
The television lights treated Albuquerque much better tonight than the earlier in the season. The last time the Isotopes and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) played in front of a COX Sports Television Louisiana HD regional sports network audience, former-Isotope Val Pascucci belted a walk off homer. Tonight, Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz looked a little rusty but was wildly effective in earning his 10th victory as the Isotopes defeated the Zephyrs 7-1 to snap a franchise-record-tying 10 game road losing streak.

In the 2nd inning, Dallas McPherson drew a leadoff walk and Tagg Bozied doubled to center field. Zephyrs center fielder Jesus Feliciano appeared to have the batted ball tracked, but wasn't able to make the catch. Chase Lambin ripped a single to right field to drive in McPherson and Lorenzo Scott lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Bozied as Albuquerque led 2-0.

The Zephyrs had a good chance to put some runs on the board in the 4th inning but was denied by great Isotopes defense. John Rodriguez led off with a double to left field. After a groundout and a walk, former-Isotope Chris Aguila dumped a single into center field just in front of Isotopes center fielder Scott. Scott fielded the ball and threw a strike to Isotopes catcher Brett Hayes to nail Rodriguez at home plate to momentarily keep the shutout going.
In the 5th inning with one out, Chris Barnwell singled to right field and after John Gall grounded out, McPherson drew another walk and Tagg Bozied flared a ball to shallow left field to drive in Barnwell. Chase Lambin walked to load the bases and Scott flared a ball into left field to bring home McPherson and Bozied as Albuquerque extended their lead to 5-0.
Aguila homered to the 400 foot mark in center field, just out of the reach of Scott who tried to be a home run robber, as the Zephyrs scored their only run of the contest.
Gall solo-homered to left field in the 7th inning to get the run back, and in the 8th inning, Scott was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, stole second and third bases, and scored on Tommy Murphy's fielders choice.
De La Cruz tossed six innings, allowing 5 hits, 5 walks, just the solo homer in the runs column, but only struck out 3.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (W, 10-5) 6.0 5 1 1 5 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 7 G, 20 AB, 1 R, 4 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 SB, .200 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 17 APP, 10-5, 4.33 ERA, 95.2 IP, 91 H, 46 ER, 40 BB, 78 K, 8 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque snapped a five-game losing streak at Zephyr Field with tonight's victory. . . . Albuquerque was not affected by the Marlins placing Andrew Miller on the disabled list. Instead of bringing up a player from Albuquerque, the Marlins recalled P Jesus Delgado from Class-AA Carolina. . . . Second baseman Andrew Beattie left the contest after the first Zephyrs batter of the game. Zephyrs leadoff batter Jesus Feliciano hit a sharp grounder that deflected off Isotopes first baseman Tagg Bozied. Beattie tried to make a play on the deflected ball and apparently rolled an ankle or has some kind of foot injury that forced his removal from the game. . . . Tommy Murphy went hitless for the first time in an Isotopes uniform. Murphy failed to hit safely in 5 at-bats, snapping a 10 game hitting streak. . . . Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz became only the second pitcher in Isotopes history to reach the 10 victory mark. The only other pitcher to achieve the feat is Jeff Fulchino, who established a franchise record with 11 victories in 2005. . . . Albuquerque stole five bases in the game. Lorenzo Scott had three swipes, while Dallas McPherson stole two bags. . . . The Isotopes play one more game on COX Sports Television Lousiana HD on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-9, 5.98) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Knight (4-1, 1.89) for the Zephyrs. It is Albuquerque's final regional sports network appearance of the season.

Filed 07/18/2008

July 16, 2008 - PCL 6, IL 5

Louisville Slugger Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pacific Coast League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 . 6 8 1
International League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 . 5 11 1
WP: Luis Pena (1-0)
LP: Blaine Neal (0-1)
Home Runs:
IL Chris Carter (1) off Luis Pena in the 9th inning
TIME: 3:06  ATT: 13,131
After International League pitching dominated the Pacific Coast League for the first eight innings, the PCL erupted for six runs in the top of the 9th inning and held on to defeat the IL 6-5 in the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game played at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Kentucky. The victory snapped a two-game PCL losing streak.
The IL broke the scoreless deadlock in the 7th inning. With Edwin Moreno (Portland - Padres) on the mound for the PCL, Barbaro Canizares (Richmond - Braves) and Ryan Hanigan (Louisville - Reds) led off the inning with singles. After Brian Bixler (Indianapolis - Pirates) struck out, Joe Thurston (Pawtucket - Red Sox) drew a walk to load the bases. J.R. Mathes (Iowa - Cubs) entered the game in relief of Moreno and allowed an slow roller infield single to Andrew McCutchen (Indianapolis - Pirates). Albuquerque's Chris Barnwell was unable to field the ball cleanly and throw home for the force out at the plate but was not given an error on the play that allowed Canizares to score. Mike Hessman (Toledo - Tigers) grounded out to bring Hanigan home as the IL led 2-0.
After a scoreless 8th inning, the IL turned the ball over to former-Isotope Blaine Neal (Toledo - Tigers) for the save. The PCL had other ideas. Nick Stavinoha (Memphis - Cardinals) singled to left field and an out later, Nelson Cruz (Oklahoma - Rangers) walked and Jamie D'Antona (Tucson - Diamondbacks) singled down the right field line to drive in Stavinoha. Matt Brown (Salt Lake - Angels) singled to center field to drive in Cruz and Mark Saccomanno (Round Rock - Astros) singled to drive in D'Antona. Oswaldo Navarro (Tacoma - Mariners) reached on an error as Brown scored and A.J. Ellis (Las Vegas - Dodgers) doubled to right-center field to bring Saccomanno and Navarro home to give the PCL a 6-2 lead.
The IL did not go quietly in the bottom of the 9th inning. Luis Pena (Nashville - Brewers) was pitching for the PCL when Bixler and Thurston led off with singles. McCutchen sacrifice flied out to right field to drive in Bixler and after Hessman struck out, Chris Carter (Pawtucket - Red Sox) launched a two-run homer to center field to pull the IL to a run down at 6-5. Jonathan Van Every (Pawtucker - Red Sox) flew out with a towering deep fly ball to end the game.
TRIPLE-A ALL STAR GAME NOTES: Chris Seddon probably had the best showing out of all the Isotopes in the game. Seddon tossed an inning with a runner reaching base on an error and got three outs on flyouts. John Gall struck out looking once and struck out swinging twice. Chris Barnwell flew out in both at-bats. . . . By winning the game, the PCL's champion will be the "home" team at the 2008 Bricktown Showdown in Oklahoma City, a single game championship where the PCL champion faces the IL champion to determine the overall Triple-A level champion. . . . 22 batters struck out in the game, establishing a new Triple-A All-Star record (previous: 21 batters in 2001). . . . Andrew McCutchen (Indianapolis - Pirates) was named the International League Star of the Game. . . . Matt Brown (Salt Lake - Angels) was named the Pacific Coast League Star of the Game. . . . David Purcey (Syracuse - Blue Jays) was named the Pitcher of the Game. . . . The PCL (and the Portland Beavers - Padres) will host the 2009 Triple-A All-Star Game at PGE Park.

Filed 07/16/2008

Gall Makes USA Olympic Team!

Outfielder John Gall was named to the 2008 USA Olympic Team on Wednesday. In 90 games with Albuquerque so far in 2008, Gall is hitting .321 with 11 homers and 71 RBI. Gall is a 2008 Triple-A All-Star and could play in this evening's All-Star Game. Former-Isotope Blaine Neal also made the USA Olympic Team. Neal, also a Triple-A All-Star, is with the Toledo Mud Hens (AAA Tigers) in the International League and in 33 relief appearances has a 1-0 record, 23 saves, and a 1.39 ERA. There is one roster spot left unclaimed for the Olympic Team, leaving a possibility that Isotopes reliever Randy Williams may be able to claim it. That roster spot will be filled by the July 22nd deadline. With the USA Olympic Team playing a four-game exhibition against Team Canada on August 1st before heading to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Gall will miss about the final month of the Isotopes season. The 2008 Team USA Olympic squad: Pitchers: Brett Anderson Jake Arrieta Trevor Cahill Geno Espineli Kevin Jepsen Brandon Knight Mike Koplove Blaine Neal Richard Clayton Jeff Stevens Stephen Strasburg Casey Weathers Catchers: Lou Marson Taylor Teagarden Infielders: Brian Barden Matthew Brown Jason Donald Mike Hessman Terry Tiffee Outfielders: Dexter Fowler John Gall Matt LaPorta Colby Rasmus
Filed 07/16/2008

2008 Triple-A All-Star Game Revised Rosters

Here are the revised rosters, as of Monday, for the Pacific Coast League and International League, taking into account the various named replacements for players who were initially named to the squads and either got injured, promoted to the majors, or decided for personal reasons not to play in the game. The 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled to be played Wednesday evening at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Kentucky. PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE ------------------------------------ Pitchers: Mike Burns (Iowa) Willie Collazo (New Orleans) Geno Espineli (Fresno) Lindsay Gulin (Nashville) J.R. Mathes (Iowa) Edwin Moreno (Portland) Josh Muecke (Round Rock) Luis Pena (Nashville) Chris Seddon (Albuquerque) Ryan Wing (Sacramento) Catchers: A.J. Ellis (Las Vegas) Vinny Rottino (Nashville) Infielders: Chris Barnwell (Albuquerque) Matt Brown (Salt Lake) Christian Colonel (Colorado Springs) Jamie D'Antona (Tucson) Jason Smith (Omaha) Outfielders: Nelson Cruz (Oklahoma) John Gall (Albuquerque) Oswaldo Navarro (Tacoma) Mark Saccomanno (Round Rock) Nick Stavinoha (Memphis) Players originally named but not playing: Chris Aguila (New Orleans) Joaquin Arias (Oklahoma) John Baker (Albuquerque) Jerry Blevins (Sacramento) Emilio Bonifaco (Tucson) Jason Bulger (Salt Lake) Jason Johnson (Las Vegas) Joe Koshansky (Colorado Springs) Dallas McPherson (Albuquerque) Brian Myrow (Portland) Ivan Ochoa (Fresno) Seth Smith (Colorado Springs) Jared Wells (Tacoma) INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE ------------------------------------- Pitchers: Jon Adkins (Louisville) Jason Childers (Charlotte) Jeremy Cummings (Durham) Brian Mazone (Lehigh Valley) Garrett Mock (Columbus) Blaine Neal (Toledo) David Purcey (Syracuse) Rich Rundles (Buffalo) Dale Thayer (Durham) Catchers: Ryan Hanigan (Louisville) Jason Jaramillo (Lehigh Valley) Omir Santos (Norfolk) Infielders: Brian Bixler (Indianapolis) Barbaro Canizares (Richmond) Mike Hessman (Toledo) Chris Richard (Durham) Joe Thurston (Pawtucket) Outfielders: Jeff Bailey (Pawtucket) Chris Carter (Pawtucket) Brent Cleven (Toledo) Andrew McCutchen (Indianapolis) Darnell McDonald (Rochester) Jonathan Van Every (Pawtucket) Players originally named but not playing: Reid Brignac (Durham) Mike Cervenak (Lehigh Valley) Justin Christian (Scranton/Wilkes Barre) Brad Eldred (Charlotte) Chris Getz (Charlotte) Cody Ransom (Scranton/Wilkes Barre) Brian Sanches (Columbus) Charlie Zink (Pawtucket)
Filed 07/15/2008

July 14, 2008 - Isotopes (42-56)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 . 8 13 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 3 X . 14 15 1
WP: Brandon Villafuerte (4-2)
LP: Randy Wells (7-4)
Home Runs:
IWA Josh Kroeger (12) off Scott Nestor in the 9th inning
IWA Andres Torres (9) off Logan Kensing in the 8th inning

ALB John Gall (11) off Jeff Samardzija in the 3rd inning
ALB Tommy Murphy (1) off Carmen Pignatiello in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:49  ATT: 10,979
Fatherhood seems to agree with Isotopes starter Daniel Barone. In his first start back after attending the birth of his child, Barone has his best Isotopes outing of the season, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) in 6.1 innings. Barone was not the pitcher of record, however, when Albuquerque put up nine runs on the scoreboard in the 7th inning to come from behind and put the game out of reach in a 14-8 victory over Iowa on Monday afternoon at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes head into the All-Star break with a two-game winning streak.

Jason Dubois singled home a run in the 1st inning and Cubs stater Jeff Samardzija doubled and scored on Andres Torres' double in the 2nd inning as the Cubs built a 2-0 lead.

Chris Barnwell singled and scored on John Gall's homer in the 3rd inning as Albuquerque tied the game.
The game remained deadlocked until the 7th inning. Iowa's Bobby Scales singled and eventually scored on an error to give Iowa a 3-2 lead.
Albuquerque took the lead for the first time and added insurance runs in their half of the 7th inning. Alberto Concepcion singled and Tommy Murphy reached on an error after laying down a sacrifice bunt. Barnwell reached on a fielder's choice with Concepcion and Murphy scoring on an error during the play. John Gall singled and Dallas McPherson followed with a single to drive in Barnwell. McPherson stole second base and Jason Wood singled to drive in Gall and McPherson. Andrew Beattie singled and Lorenzo Scott drew a walk to load the bases and Chase Lambin grounded into a double play with Wood scoring. Concepcion tripled to drive in Beattie and Murphy followed with a two-run homer. When the inning was over, Albuquerque sent 12 batters to the plate, scored 9 runs, and led 11-3.
Andres Torres three-run homered in the top of the 8th inning as Iowa pulled to five runs down at 11-6, but Albuquerque got those three runs back in the bottom of the 8th inning. Wood reached on a fielder's choice with two outs and Beattie singled ahead of Scott's single that brought home Wood. Pinch-hitter Tagg Bozied drew a walk to load the bases and Concepcion singled to drive in Beattie and Scott.
Josh Kroeger two-run homered for Iowa in the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone 6.1 10 3 2 0 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 6 G, 16 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 SB, .188 AVG
Scott Nestor 40 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 8.04 ERA, 43.2 IP, 40 H, 39 ER, 36 BB, 45 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: To make roster room for Daniel Barone to be activated from the Temporary Inactive List, OF Jai Miller was placed on the Disabled List. . . . Chris Barnwell was added to the PCL roster for Wednesday's 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game. Barnwell, John Gall, and Chris Seddon will represent Albuquerque at the game to be played in Louisville, Kentucky. . . . The Cubs and Isotopes spit the four game series 2-2. A season home series best 40,526 attended for a per-game average of 10,132. Albuquerque passed the 400,000 home attendance mark (406,507) and the Isotopes are on-pace to draw 577,237 fans. Monday's contest also marked the final contest between the Cubs and Isotopes in 2008. Iowa won nine out of the 16 contests. Albuquerque was 4-4 at Isotopes Park and 3-5 at Iowa. . . . The Isotopes head into the All-Star break with a 42-56 record, by far the worst All-Star break record in the five plus years of the franchise. . . . Hitting streaks extended in the game: Andrew Beattie (8 games) and Tommy Murphy (10 games). . . . Sean Rodriguez of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) and Tim Raines Jr. of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) share the PCL Hitter of the Week award. Rodriguez hit .500 (10x20) with 3 homers and 13 RBI, while Raines Jr. hit .371 (13x35) with 5 homers and 8 RBI. . . . Brian Gordon of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Gordon made two starts for the week and won both of them, tossing 11.2 innings while allowing no runs and struck out 11. . . . Jamie D'Antona of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) outlasted Toledo Mud Hens (AAA Tigers) slugger Mike Hessman to win the 2008 Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday evening. . . . After three days off for the All-Star break, the Isotopes return to action on Friday evening in Metarie, Louisiana against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets). Two of the four games in the series will be regionally televised on COX Sports Louisiana.

Filed 07/14/2008

July 13, 2008 - Isotopes (41-56)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 . 6 12 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 X . 8 16 1
WP: Dallas Trahern (4-8)
LP: Justin Berg (4-5)
SV: Marcus Gwyn (5)
Home Runs:
IWA Micah Hoffpauir (11) off Dallas Trahern in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:54  ATT: 8,654
Isotopes starter Dallas Trahern allowed four runs in 5 innings, but the effort was good enough for his first victory at Isotopes Park since his teammates were able to score five runs in the 4th inning to erase a defecit en route to a 8-6 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Sunday evening to snap a six-game losing streak.
In the 3rd inning, Luis Figueroa and Felix Pie singled ahead of Micah Hoffpauir's homer and in the 4th inning, Matt Craig scored on a fielder's choice as the Cubs led 4-0.
Albuquerque's lumber woke up in the home half of the 4th inning. Dallas McPherson walked, stole second base, and advanced to third base when Tagg Bozied singled. Andrew Beattie's double drove them both in. An out later, Alberto Concepcion doubled to drive in Beattie. Trahern singled to put runners on the corners and Concepcion scored when Tommy Murphy reached on a fielder's choice. Murphy stole second base, advanced to third base on a throwing error on the play, and scored on Chris Barnwell's double to give Albuquerque a 5-4 lead.
The Isotopes continued the momentum in the 5th inning. Bozied singled with one out and scored on Lorenzo Scott's double. Scott took third base on the attempt to throw Bozied out at the plate and easily scored on Concepcion's single up the middle to extend Albuquerque's lead to 7-4.
Each club swapped single runs in the 6th inning. Koyie Hill singled home a run in the top half; Murphy scored on a fielder's choice in the home half.
Iowa tallied the final run of the game in the 8th inning when Bobby Scales knocked in a run with a single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (W, 4-8) 5.0 7 4 4 2 1 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Dallas Trahern 14 APP, 4-8, 6.42 ERA, 74.1 IP, 94 H, 53 ER, 25 BB, 48 K, 15 HR
'TOPES NOTES: OF John Gall and P Randy Williams are the Isotopes in contention to make the 2008 USA Olympic baseball squad. The squad will be announced later this week. . . . Tommy Murphy extended his hitting streak to 9 games, or all the games he has appeared as an Isotope, and Andrew Beattie has hits in seven straight games. . . . Isotopes outfielder Chase Lambin was ejected by Home Plate umpire Jon Merry in the 4th inning for arguing being called out on strikes. . . . The series concludes with a matinee game, the final day game at Isotopes Park in 2008. Probables are RHP Daniel Barone (0-3, 14.40) for the Isotopes and RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-1, 3.55) for the Cubs.

Filed 07/13/2008

July 12, 2008 - Isotopes (40-56)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 4 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 . 10 18 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 . 6 11 0
WP: Mike Burns (7-5)
LP: Bobby Keppel (7-9)
Home Runs:
ALB Dallas McPherson (32) off Mike Burns in the 4th inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (8) off Jose Ascanio in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:40  ATT: 11,638
Albuquerque pitching allowed 10 runs over the first five innings to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and the Isotopes were in too deep of hole to comeback as the Cubs defeated the Isotopes 10-6 on Saturday evening. Albuquerque has dropped their last six contests.
Albuquerque took the early lead. Lorenzo Scott led off with a single, Chris Barnwell singled, and both runners executed a double steal ahead of Tagg Bozied's walk to load the bases. Dallas McPherson reached on a fielder's choice (with Bozied out and Scott scoring) and Jason Wood grounded into a double play to end the threat and the inning.
Iowa took the lead in the 2nd inning. With one out, Bobby Scales doubled, advanced to third base an out later on a wild pitch, and scored on Luis Figueroa's single. Cubs starter Mike Burns walked and Andrews Torres singled to drive in Figueroa. Felix Pie tripled home Burns and Torres as the Cubs led 4-1.
Iowa added to their lead to 6-1 in the 4th inning when Torres and Micah Hoffpauir doubled home runs.
Dallas McPherson hit his league-leading 32nd homer in the home half of the 4th inning as Albuquerque put one more tally on the scoreboard.
Iowa scored their final four runs of the game in the 5th inning to take a 10-2 lead - Figueroa singled home two runs and Pie and Hoffpauir singled home a run each.
Albuquerque closed out their scoring in the 8th inning. With two outs, Bozied doubled and scored when McPherson reached on an error. Jason Wood drew a walk and Andrew Beattie three-run homered to right field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (L, 7-9) 4.0 10 7 7 3 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 81 G, 308 AB, 49 R, 82 H, 17 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 32 BB, 95 K, 14 SB, .266 AVG
Brett Hayes 5 G, 14 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 SB, .214 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: P Randy Williams was placed on the Disabled List Saturday and P Steve Woodard was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes have lost 14 out of their last 15 games and are a franchise-worst 16 games below the .500 mark. . . . With the current span of frequent losses, Dean Treanor's all-time Isotopes regular season managerial mark has eroded to the .500 mark at 334-334. . . . Bobby Keppel has dropped his last three pitching decisions and took over the team lead with 9 losses. . . . Probables in Sunday evening's contest are RHP Dallas Trahern (3-8, 6.36) for the Isotopes and RHP Justin Berg (4-4, 5.58) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 07/12/2008

July 11, 2008 - Isotopes (40-55)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 . 6 11 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 9 1
WP: Mitch Atkins (1-0)
LP: Randy Williams (0-2)
Home Runs:
IWA Koyie Hill (9) off Chris Seddon in the 4th inning

ALB Tagg Bozied (17) off Mitch Atkins in the 4th inning
ALB Lorenzo Scott (2) off Mitch Atkins in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:53  ATT: 9,255
The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) snapped a 2-2 deadlock with a four-run 7th inning to put the game away and defeat the Isotopes 6-2 in the opener of a series at Isotopes Park on Friday evening. The Isotopes have lost their last five contests.
Felix Pie was hit by a pitch with one out and scored on Micah Hoffpauir's double in the 1st inning as Iowa quickly led 1-0.
Lorenzo Scott's leadoff homer in the bottom of the 1st inning tied the game at 1-1.
The Isotopes and Cubs swapped solo homers in the 4th inning - Koyie Hill for the Cubs and Tagg Bozied for the Isotopes as the game remain tied after four innings of play.
In the 7th inning, Randy Williams entered the game in relief of Isotopes starter Chris Seddon. After Luis Figueroa struck out, Andres Torres was hit by a pitch before stealing second and third base. Pie's doubled plated Torres and Hoffpauir singled to drive in Pie. Logan Kensing relieved Williams and allowed a double to Jason Dubois before uncorking a wild pitch that brought home Hoffpauir. Casey McGehee drew a walk and after Bobby Scales flew out, Hill singled to drive in Dubois with the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon 6.0 5 2 2 4 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 4 G, 10 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 SB, .200 AVG
Scott Nestor 39 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 7.80 ERA, 42.2 IP, 39 H, 37 ER, 34 BB, 45 K, 6 HR
'TOPES NOTES: IF Dallas McPherson has withdrawn from the 2008 Triple-A All-Star game for personal reasons. Replacing McPherson on the PCL roster is Mark Saccomanno from the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). Jamie D'Antona of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks) is going to replace McPherson in the Home Run Derby. A.J. Ellis of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers) was named the replacement for Albuquerque's John Baker, who was promoted to the Marlins earlier in the week. The PCL squad manager changed on Friday when Nashville Sounds manager Frank Kremblas announced he was unable to manage the squad due to family health issues and Iowa Cubs manager Pat Listach was named the replacement manager. Chris Seddon and John Gall are still scheduled to represent the Isotopes at the game on Wednesday evening. . . . P Steve Woodard was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina to make roster room for P Logan Kensing, who was optioned from the Marlins and appeared tonight in his first Isotopes game since 2006. . . . The Isotopes have three leadoff homers in 2008 with one more leadoff homer waiting for a June 20th suspended contest against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) to be completed in order for the homer to count in the official statistics. Once all four homers become official, Lorenzo Scott will be credited with two out of the four. . . . Tommy Murphy extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Former Albuquerque Dukes player and hitting coach Von Joshua is managing the Iowa Cubs in the weekend series. Iowa manager Pat Listach is in New York City coaching the World Team at the 2008 Futures Game. . . . The Isotopes and Cubs meet again on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-8, 5.60) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Burns (6-5, 3.63) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 07/11/2008

2008 Triple-A All-Star Game Rosters

Recently, the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game Rosters and Home Run Derby participants were announced. The All-Star game is scheduled to be played July 16th in Louisville, Kentucky at Louisville Slugger Field, home of the International League's Louisville Bats. The Isotopes had the most players named to the PCL squad with four players. PCL Roster by club: John Baker - Albuquerque Isotopes John Gall - Albuquerque Isotopes Dallas McPherson - Albuquerque Isotopes Chris Seddon - Albuquerque Isotopes Christian Colonel - Colorado Springs Sky Sox Joe Koshansky - Colorado Springs Sky Sox Seth Smith - Colorado Springs Sky Sox Mike Burns - Iowa Cubs J.R. Mathes - Iowa Cubs Jerry Blevins - Sacramento River Cats Ryan Wing - Sacramento River Cats Matt Brown - Salt Lake Bees Jason Bulger - Salt Lake Bees Jason Johnson - Las Vegas 51s Terry Tiffee - Las Vegas 51s Geno Espineli - Fresno Grizzlies Ivan Ochoa - Fresno Grizzlies Lindsay Gulin - Nashville Sounds Vinny Rotino - Nashville Sounds Emilio Bonifacio - Tucson Sidewinders Jamie D'Antona - Tucson Sidewinders Josh Muecke - Round Rock Express Jared Wells - Tacoma Rainiers Brian Myrow - Portland Beavers Jason Smith - Omaha Royals Chris Aguila - New Orleans Zephyrs Nelson Cruz - Oklahoma Redhawks Nick Stavinoha - Memphis Redbirds Field staff: Frank Kremblas (Nashville) Terry Bradshaw (Omaha) Rick Rodriguez (Sacramento) With the promotion of Brian Myrow to the Padres, Edwin Moreno was named as the first replacement player to the PCL squad. Moreno also represents the Portland Beavers. No replacement has been named for Isotopes catcher Baker yet. The International League roster: Jeff Bailey - Pawtucket Red Sox Chris Carter - Pawtucket Red Sox Joe Thurston - Pawtucket Red Sox Jonathan Van Every - Pawtucket Red Sox Charlie Zink - Pawtucket Red Sox David Purcey - Syracuse Chiefs Reid Brignac - Durham Bulls Jeremy Cummings - Durham Bulls Chris Richard - Durham Bulls Dale Thayer - Durham Bulls Jason Childers - Charlotte Knights Brad Eldred - Charlotte Knights Chris Getz - Charlotte Knights Brent Clevlen - Toledo Mud Hens Mike Hessman - Toledo Mud Hens Blaine Neal - Toledo Mud Hens Mike Cervenak - Lehigh Valley IronPigs Jason Jaramillo - Lehigh Valley IronPigs Brian Mazone - Lehigh Valley IronPigs Andrew McCutchen - Indianapolis Indians Jon Adkins - Louisville Bats Ryan Hanigan - Louisville Bats Rich Rundles - Buffalo Bisons Brian Sanches - Columbus Clippers Omir Santos - Norfolk Tides Justin Christian - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Darnell McDonald - Rochester Red Wings Barbaro Canizares - Richmond Braves Field staff: Dave Miley (Scranton/Wilkes Barre) Doug Davis (Syracuse) Rick Sweet (Louisville) The Home Run Derby participants were also named. Representing the PCL is Albuquerque's Dallas McPherson, Matt Brown of the Salt Lake Bees, and Jason Smith of the Omaha Royals. Representing the IL is Toledo's Mike Hessman, Pawtucket's Jeff Bailey, and Pawtucket's Jonathan Van Every.
Filed 07/10/2008

July 10, 2008 - Isotopes (40-54)

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

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 6 0
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 X . 3 6 0
WP: Elizardo Ramirez (9-3)
LP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (9-5)
SV: Kiko Calero (1)
Home Runs:
ALB Tagg Bozied (16) off Elizardo Ramirez in the 2nd inning
TIME: 2:32  ATT: 7,166
Despite Tagg Bozied's two run homer and Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz's quality start, the Isotopes dropped Thursday evening's game to the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 3-2. The loss was Albuquerque's 10th straight road loss, tying a franchise record.
Bozied homered with Jason Wood on board as Albuquerque led 2-0 in the 2nd inning.
The Redhawks scored in three consecutive innings, starting in the 5th inning to come from behind to win. In the 5th inning, Drew Meyer walked and scored on Travis Metcalf's double. In the 6th inning, Chris Shelton singled and scored on Ryan Roberts' double to tie the game, and in the 7th inning, John Mayberry knocked in Taylor Teagarden to put the Redhawks ahead.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (L, 9-5) 6.2 5 3 3 4 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brett Hayes 3 G, 7 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 SB, .143 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 16 APP, 9-5, 4.52 ERA, 89.2 IP, 86 H, 45 ER, 35 BB, 75 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The division-leading Redhawks swept the series from Albuquerque and 23,431 attended the four game series at AT-T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Tonight marked the final game between the two teams in 2008 in Oklahoma City and the Redhawks won six out of the eight contests. Oklahoma comes to Albuquerque in August to finish out the season series. . . . Albuquerque has been swept in a series three times in 2008, all on the road. . . . Tommy Murphy has hit safely in all games he has appeared in an Isotopes suit (6). . . . The Isotopes return home for a four game series against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) to complete play prior to the Triple-A All-Star break. Probables in the opener are LHP Chris Seddon (7-6, 3.94) for the Isotopes and RHP Kevin Hart (2-1, 3.35) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 07/10/2008

July 9, 2008 - Isotopes (40-53)

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

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 4 1
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 . 3 8 1
WP: Jared Hyatt (1-0)
LP: Steve Woodard (0-2)
Home Runs:
OKL Ryan Roberts (5) off Kenny Baugh in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:40  ATT: 5,861
Albuquerque trailed 3-1 going into the 9th inning and did not get a chance for a last at-bat victory. After a 1 hour, 2 minute rain delay as the game headed into the 9th inning, the contest was called and the Redhawks took a 3-1 victory to hand Albuquerque their season-worst 9th straight road loss.
Albuquerque took a brief, early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Andew Beattie tripled with two outs and scored when Chase Lambin reached on an error.
In the 3rd inning, Oklahoma's Travis Metcalk singled, Kevin Richardson was hit by a pitch, and an out later, Jason Ellison singled to drive in Metcalf. John Mayberry's single brought home Richardson as the Redhawks had a 2-1 advantage.
Ryan Roberts solo homered in the 8th inning to add an insurance run for Oklahoma before the rains came.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Steve Woodard (L, 0-2) 5.0 5 2 2 3 6 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 80 G, 304 AB, 49 R, 81 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 32 BB, 95 K, 14 SB, .266 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes catching corps took another hit on Wednesday. C Mike Rabelo was placed on the disabled list with a sore hand and leg and C Alberto Concepcion was brought up from Class-AA Carolina. . . . Attesting to how well the Isotopes have generally played throughout their five-year-plus franchise history, tonight's loss drops Albuquerque to a franchise-worst 13 games below the .500 mark. . . . A loss tomorrow would tie an Isotope franchise record for most consecutive road losses (10). . . . Albuquerque has had three contests in franchise history shortened due to rain and is 2-1 in rain shortened contests. . . . The Isotopes look to avoid the series sweep on Thursday when they send RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (9-4, 4.55) to the mound to face Redhawks' RHP Elizardo Ramirez (8-3, 4.21).

Filed 07/09/2008

July 8, 2008 - Isotopes (40-52)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -10.5 Games

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 3 0
Oklahoma Redhawks 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 X . 4 12 0
WP: Brian Gordon (1-2)
LP: Dallas Trahern (3-8)
SV: Paul Kometani (2)
TIME: 2:20  ATT: 5,901
For the second straight night, the Isotopes got a good starting pitching effort (Dallas Trahern allowed a run in six innings), but the effort went for naught as Brian Gordon and Paul Kometani combined on a three-hit, 4-0 shutout of the Isotopes.
In the 1st inning, Ryan Roberts lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice flyout to plate Jason Ellison as the Redhawks scored the only run they would need in the game.
In the 7th inning with Isotopes reliever Ross Wolf in the game, Joaquin Arias reached on a fielder's choice, Ellison singled, and John Mayberry doubled to drive in Arias. A wild pitch brought Ellison home and after a groundout and Roberts drawing a walk, Chris Shelton singled to drive in Mayberry with Oklahoma's final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (L, 3-8) 6.0 8 1 1 2 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 79 G, 301 AB, 49 R, 80 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 31 BB, 95 K, 14 SB, .266 AVG
Brett Hayes 2 G, 4 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 SB, .250 AVG
Scott Nestor 38 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 41.2 IP, 39 H, 37 ER, 34 BB, 45 K, 6 HR
Dallas Trahern 13 APP, 3-8 6.36 ERA, 69.1 IP, 87 H, 49 ER, 23 BB, 47 K, 14 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Former-Isotope C Matt Treanor was placed on the Marlins' disabled list and the Marlins purchased the contract of C John Baker from Albuquerque. C Brett Hayes was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out four times in 2008. . . . Chase Lambin went hitless in three at-bats to snap a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque snapped a string of six games with a stolen base when noone was able to swipe a bag tonight. . . . The Isotopes and Redhawks meet in an afternoon contest on Wednesday. Probables are RHP Steve Woodard (0-1, 5.60) for the Isotopes and RHP Kazuo Fukumori (0-3, 3.67) for the Redhawks.

Filed 07/08/2008

July 7, 2008 - Isotopes (40-51)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -9.5 Games

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 3 8 0
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 . 4 8 1
WP: Yukinaga Maeda (3-3)
LP: Randy Williams (0-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Chase Lambin (9) off Tommy Hunter in the 2nd inning
ALB Tagg Bozied (15) off Yukinaga Maeda in the 12th inning

OKL Ryan Roberts (4) off Marcus Gwyn in the 12th inning

TIME: 3:35  ATT: 4,503
The Isotopes had to be feeling good when Tagg Bozied homered in the 12th inning to give them the lead over the division-leader Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). The feeling was short-lived as Ryan Roberts solo-homered in the bottom of the 12th inning and then proceeded to knock in the game winning run with the bases loaded in the 13th inning to hand the Isotopes a 4-3 defeat.
Chase Lambin homered in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes were first on the scoreboard.
In the 3rd inning, Travis Metcalf walked, Kevin Richardson singled, Drew Meyer laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Jason Ellison singled home two runs as the Redhawks took a 2-1 lead.
Albuquerque tied the game in the 6th inning. Lorenzo Scott singled, stole second base, advanced to third base on John Gall's single and scored when Dallas McPherson grounded into a double play.
The Isotopes lack of offense spoiled Bobby Keppel's great outing. Keppel tossed eight innings and allowed five hits and two runs. Three-plus innings after Keppel left, Bozied homered to give Albuquerque a 3-2 lead and it was up to Isotopes reliever Marcus Gwyn to close out the victory.
Gwyn failed in the assignment, allowing a solo homer to Roberts with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning.
The Isotopes had a scoring chance in the top of the 13th inning. John Baker doubled to lead off the frame, but was stranded at second base when Chris Barnwell grounded out and Lorenzo Scott and Tommy Murphy struck out.
In the bottom of the 13th inning, Randy Williams came into the game in relief of Gwyn. Kevin Richardson singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Nelson Cruz. Meyer laid down another sacrifice bunt to move Richardson into scoring position and Cruz advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Jason Ellison and John Mayberry were intentionally walked to load the bases. After Nate Gold lined out, Roberts singled to left field to bring Cruz home with the game winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel 8.0 5 2 2 3 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 78 G, 297 AB, 49 R, 80 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 31 BB, 92 K, 14 SB, .269 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: P Bobby Keppel was transferred to Albuquerque from Class-A Jamestown and P Chris Michalak was placed on the disabled list. . . . The Isotopes are 2-2 in extra inning contests and tonight was the longest game, innings-wise, of 2008. . . . Albuquerque has lost their last seven road games. . . . The Isotopes have two last at-bat losses in five games played this season in Oklahoma City. . . . Jai Miller went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Micah Hoffpauir of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Hoffpauir hit .485 (16x33) with 3 homers and 14 RBI during the week. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Billy Buckner of the Tucson Sidewinders (AAA Diamondbacks). Buckner made two starts during the week, going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, tossing 15 innings and allowing no runs and 8 hits while striking out 11. . . . The series continues on Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (3-7, 6.82) for the Isotopes and LHP Matt Harrison (3-1, 3.55) for the Redhawks.

Filed 07/07/2008

July 6, 2008 - Isotopes (40-50)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -8.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 6 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 X . 6 14 0
WP: Chris Seddon (7-6)
LP: Ruddy Lugo (6-8)
Home Runs:
NRL Abraham Nunez (2) off Chris Seddon in the 3rd inning
NRL Andy Green (1) off Chris Seddon in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:24  ATT: 6,680
Chris Seddon tossed 7.2 innings, allowing a pair of solo homers and striking out 8 as the Isotopes snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) on Sunday evening.

Albuquerque grabbed a quick lead in the 1st inning when Lorenzo Scott led off with a triple and scored on Tommy Murphy's groundout.

Andrew Beattie doubled in the 2nd inning, advanced to third base on Chris Barnwell's flyout, and scored when Seddon laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Abraham Nunez and Andy Green solo-homered for the Zephyrs in the 3rd inning for New Orleans' only runs of the game as the Zephyrs tied the game at 2-2.
The Isotopes regained the lead in their half of the 3rd inning. Murphy and Tagg Bozied singled and Dallas McPherson doubled to drive in Murphy. Jason Wood doubled home Bozied and McPherson as the Isotopes led 5-2.
Barnwell manufactured Albuquerque's last run of the game in the 6th inning. Barnwell drew a one out walk, advanced to second base on another Seddon sacrifice bunt, stole third base, and scored on Scott's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (W, 7-6) 7.2 6 2 2 1 8 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 77 G, 293 AB, 49 R, 80 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 30 BB, 91 K, 13 SB, .273 AVG
Scott Nestor 37 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 8.19 ERA, 40.2 IP, 39 H, 37 ER, 34 BB, 43 K, 6 HR
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transactions news, P Gaby Hernandez was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina, P Randy Williams was activated from the Disabled List, and P Marcos Carvajal was released. Carvajal in his Isotopes career made 24 appearances (2 starts) and went 1-2 with a 6.92 ERA. In 53.1 IP, Carvajal allowed 66 hits, 41 earned runs, allowed 8 homers, walked 42 and struck out 38. . . . New Orleans took two out of the three games in the series. Aided by a pair of Independence Day-related fireworks nights, 34,700 attended for a per game average of 11,567. . . . The Isotopes snapped long losing streaks to the Zephyrs with tonight's victory - a 9 game losing streak to the Zephyrs and a five game losing streak to New Orleans in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes head to Oklahoma City for a four game series against the division-leading Oklahoma Redhawks. Probables in the opener are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-8, 5.88) for the Isotopes and RHP Tommy Hunter (0-1, 4.26) for the Redhawks.

Filed 07/06/2008

July 5, 2008 - Isotopes (39-50)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -9.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 2 . 8 9 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 . 2 8 2
WP: Brandon Knight (3-1)
LP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (9-4)
Home Runs:
NRL John Rodriguez (3) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 3rd inning
NRL Michel Abreu (8) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 4th inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (31) off Juan Padilla in the 7th inning

TIME: 3:04  ATT: 12,831
Isotopes starter Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz did not end up being a losing streak stopper on Saturday evening. Five of the six runs De La Cruz allowed in just over four innings of work were scored on longballs as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) defeated the Isotopes 8-2 on Saturday evening. The loss was Albuquerque's eighth straight loss.
For the second night in a row, New Orleans' John Rodriguez homered. On base scoring ahead of Rodriguez was Abraham Nunez and Jesus Feliciano, both of whom reached base via the walk.
De La Cruz allowed another walk, to Raul Casanova, ahead of Michel Abreu's homer in the 4th inning as the Zephyrs built their lead to 5-0.
Former Isotope Val Pascucci singled home a run in the 5th inning to extend New Orleans' lead to 6-0.
After a long rain delay in the 7th inning, Albuquerque got on the scoreboard to avoid being shut out. Dallas McPherson launched his league-leading 31st homer and pinch-hitter Lorenzo Scott followed with a double, advanced to third base on John Baker's groundout, and scored on Chris Barnwell's sacrifice flyout.
The Zephyrs scored a couple of junktime runs in the 9th inning - one on an error and one on Anderson Hernandez's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (L, 9-4) 4.1 5 6 6 4 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 76 G, 293 AB, 49 R, 80 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 30 BB, 91 K, 13 SB, .273 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 15 APP, 9-4, 4.55 ERA, 83 IP, 81 H, 42 ER, 31 BB, 69 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: There were quite a few transactions affecting the Isotopes on Saturday, ranking among one of the busiest transaction days so far in the 2008 season. The Marlins placed former-Isotope P Justin Miller on the disabled list and recalled P Matt Lindstrom. With the Marlins giving super prospect P Chris Volstad his first major league start on Sunday afternoon (Volstad up from Class-AA Carolina), the Marlins sent P Taylor Tankersley back to Albuquerque. Tankersley had only spent about four days with the Marlins on his callup that just ended. OF Dante Brinkley was activated from the disabled list and then transferred to Class-AA Carolina and P Steve Woodard's broken finger suffered during a comeback line drive has healed and Woodard thus was activated from the disabled list. P Brandon Villafuerte was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and P Daniel Barone was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Albuquerque's first home rain delay of the season, in the 7th inning, was one hour, 36 minutes long. . . . The Isotopes need to come up with a victory as they are nearing franchise worst marks for longest losing streak, most games below the .500 mark, and most games out of first place in their division. . . . Jai Miller extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz snapped a three game winning decision streak with tonight's loss. . . . The nice turnout for the second Independence Day fireworks night of the homestand was 12,831, good for the 18th best regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history. . . . The Isotopes and Zephyrs close out the quick three game series on Sunday evening. Albuquerque is looking to avoid their second consecutive series sweep as well as snap their long losing streak. Hoping to pitch Albuquerque to victory will be LHP Chris Seddon (6-6, 4.07), who is expected to face RHP Ruddy Lugo (6-7, 5.01).

Filed 07/05/2008

July 4, 2008 - Isotopes (39-49)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -8.5 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 1 0 4 0 0 0 2 1 1 . 9 9 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 . 6 14 1
WP: Claudio Vargas (2-1)
LP: Gaby Hernandez (2-8)
Home Runs:
NRL John Rodriguez (2) off Marcos Carvajal in the 7th inning

ALB Tagg Bozied (14) off Carlos Muniz in the 9th inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (7) off Willie Collazo in the 7th inning

TIME: 3:24  ATT: 15,189
Not even a record-breaking home crowd on the Fourth of July could help the Isotopes snap their season worst losing streak. Isotopes starter Gaby Hernandez allowed five runs in 2.0+ innings and Albuquerque's late game rally fell short as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) defeated the Isotopes 9-6 to hand Albuquerque their seventh straight loss.
In the 1st inning, Jesus Feliciano drew a leadoff walk and later scored on John Rodriguez's single as the Zephyrs led 1-0.
The Zephyrs added to their lead in the 3rd inning. Andy Green singled and scored on Raul Casanova's double. Former-Isotope Val Pascucci walked and Rodriguez singled to load the bases. Gustavo Molina drew a walk to bring home Casanova and Abraham Nunez walked to bring home Pascucci. With the bases still loaded, Zephyrs starter Claudio Vargas grounded out to bring home Rodriguez as New Orleans built a 5-0 lead.
Pascucci walked and scored on Rodriguez's homer in the 7th inning as the Zephyrs extended their lead to 7-0.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in their half of the 7th inning. John Baker singled and scored on Andrew Beattie's homer. Lorenzo Scott bunt singled and later scored on Jai Miller's single.
Feliciano singled home a run in the 8th inning and Molina singled home a run in the 9th inning as the Zephyrs led 9-3.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Tommy Murphy doubled and scored an out later on Chris Barnwell's single. Barnwell advanced to second base on a wild pitch and, after Dallas McPherson struck out, Tagg Bozied two-run homered. Baker lined out to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Gaby Hernandez (L, 2-8) 2.0 4 5 5 4 1 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 75 G, 289 AB, 49 R, 79 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 30 BB, 90 K, 13 SB, .273 AVG
Scott Nestor 36 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 8.26 ERA, 40.1 IP, 39 H, 37 ER, 34 BB, 43 K, 6 HR
Gaby Hernandez 13 APP, 2-8, 7.24 ERA, 64.2 IP, 94 H, 52 ER, 26 BB, 54 K, 14 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins signed free agent OF Tommy Murphy to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. Murphy began the 2008 season with the Columbus Clippers (AAA Nationals) and in 70 games, hit .286 (76x266) with 2 homers, 15 RBI and 19 stolen bases. To free up roster room for Murphy, P Bobby Keppel was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Jamestown. . . . The crowd of 15,189 established an all-time Isotopes Park record, exceeding the 15,020 attendance mark set on July 3, 2006. . . . The Isotopes are 4-2 in Independence Day contests with a losing streak of one game (tonight). . . . Gaby Hernandez has dropped his fifth consecutive pitching decision and moved into a tie with Bobby Keppel for the most loses on the club (8). . . . The defeat put New Orleans into a tie with Albuquerque in the all-time series at 42 wins apiece. Albuquerque has lost their last nine games against the Zephyrs and the last four games against New Orleans at Isotopes Park. . . . Albuquerque has a great chance to snap their losing streak on Saturday evening. P Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (9-3, 4.12) has been dominant at the Triple-A level in 2008 but hasn't figured out how to pitch well at the major league level. Recently returned from Florida, De La Cruz is expected to face Zephyrs RHP Brandon Knight (2-1, 2.21).

Filed 07/04/2008

July 3, 2008 - Isotopes (39-48)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 4th Place, -8.5 Games

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 7 0
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 X . 6 11 0
WP: Josh Muecke (7-6)
LP: Daniel Barone (0-3)
SV: Nick Regilio (6)
Home Runs:
ALB Chase Lambin (8) off Josh Muecke in the 2nd inning
ALB Dallas McPherson (30) off Josh Muecke in the 3rd inning

RR Lou Santangelo (1) off Daniel Barone in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:57  ATT: 12,251
It's official - Albuquerque is in their worst funk of the season to date. In front of a regional sports network - FSN Southwest - television audience, the Isotopes built an early 3-0 lead, but the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) came up with a big six-run inning to come back and hand the Isotopes a 6-3 loss. Albuquerque is in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season (6 games) and fell into the basement in the PCL American Conference Southern Division standings, 8.5 games behind the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers).
Chase Lambin solo homered in the 2nd inning and Dallas McPherson belted his PCL-leading 30th homer -- to right-center field -- with Jai Miller on base in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes led 3-0.
It was the 4th inning that doomed Albuquerque. Mark Saccomanno led off with a double and Ray Sadler singled to drive in Saccomanno. Nick Gorneault doubled and Lou Santangelo, making his Triple-A debut, three-run homered to left field to give the Express the lead. Tommy Manzella doubled, advanced to third base on a groundout and after walks to Express starter Josh Muecke and Tomas Perez to load the bases, Edwin Maysonet sacrifice flied out to bring Manzella home. Saccomanno made his second at-bat of the inning and promptly singled to center field to bring home Muecke with the sixth and final run of the inning.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone (L, 0-3) 3.0 7 5 5 0 1 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 74 G, 285 AB, 49 R, 78 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 34 RBI, 29 BB, 87 K, 13 SB, .274 AVG
Scott Nestor 35 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 8.47 ERA, 39.1 IP, 39 H, 37 ER, 33 BB, 41 K, 6 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes have been swept in a series twice this season, both on the road. Round Rock has swept the last two series' at Dell Diamond from Albuquerque, leaving the Isotopes with an eight-game losing streak in Round Rock. 38,322 attended the series and 77,480 fans attended during Albuquerque's roadtrip to Iowa and Round Rock, a roadtrip that the Isotopes finished 2-8. . . . Isotopes manager Dean Treanor was ejected by Home Plate umpire Terry Richards in the 5th inning. It was Treanor's fourth ejection of the season. . . . The "Fourth of July" fireworks crowd of 12,251 was the seventh largest crowd in Dell Diamond history. . . . Albuquerque returns home for a short three game series, hoping that home cooking will get them back to their winning ways. The opposition is the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets), currently struggling themselves, having lost eight of their last 10 contests. Probables are RHP Gaby Hernandez (2-7, 6.75) for the Isotopes and RHP Claudio Vargas (1-1, 4.91) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 07/03/2008

July 2, 2008 - Isotopes (39-47)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -7.5 Games

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 . 4 12 1
Round Rock Express 0 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 X . 7 13 0
WP: Josh Miller (5-5)
LP: Bobby Keppel (7-8)
SV: Jorge Sosa (2)
Home Runs:
ALB Mike Rabelo (1) off Josh Miller in the 4th inning
TIME: 2:45  ATT: 8,876
Albuquerque battled back to tie the game with the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) in the 5th inning, but Round Rock was able to quickly score to take the lead for good in a 7-4 victory over the Isotopes on Wednesday evening at Dell Diamond. Albuquerque has lost their last five contests.
Lorenzo Scott manufactured Albuquerque's first run of the game in the 3rd inning. Scott singled, stole second base, took third base on a balk, and scored on John Gall's single.
Mark Saccomanno singled home a run in the home half of the 3rd inning. A few batters later, Tommy Manzella singled home two runs as the Express led 3-1.
The Isotopes and Express swapped single runs in the 4th inning. Mike Rabelo blasted his first homer as an Isotope over the right field wall in the top half; Saccomanno drove in a run with a single in the bottom half.
In the 5th inning, Jai Miller led off the inning with a single and an out later, Dallas McPherson drew a walk. Tagg Bozied singled home Miller and Rabelo singled home McPherson as the Isotopes tied the game at 4-4.
It did not take Round Rock long to regain the lead. Tomas Perez tripled home two runs with a hit off the right field wall in the bottom of the 5th inning before scoring on Edwin Maysonet's single into right field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (L, 7-8) 5.0 12 7 7 2 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 73 G, 281 AB, 48 R, 76 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 34 RBI, 29 BB, 85 K, 12 SB, .270 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes-related transaction news, P Taylor Tankersley was recalled by the Marlins and P Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz was optioned back to Albuquerque. P Bobby Keppel was transferred from Class-A Jamestown to Albuquerque and P Brandon Villafuerte was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Dallas McPherson went hitless in three at-bats to snap an 11-game hitting streak. McPherson also found himself ejected by Home Plate umpire Mark Ripperger in the 7th inning. . . . Isotopes pitching did not allow a homer to the Express tonight, snapping a streak of 9 games allowing a homer to the opposition. . . . Bobby Keppel took over the team lead in losses with his eighth loss tonight. . . . The series (and roadtrip) concludes on Thursday evening. In a game that will be televised on the FSN Southwest regional sports network, probables are RHP Daniel Barone (0-2, 14.25) for the Isotopes and LHP Josh Muecke (6-6, 3.88) for the Express.

Filed 07/02/2008

July 1, 2008 - Isotopes (39-46)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 6 0
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 X . 6 12 1
WP: Ron Chiavacci (2-2)
LP: Dallas Trahern (3-7)
Home Runs:
ALB Dallas McPherson (29) off Ron Chiavacci in the 1st inning

RR Nick Gorneault (10) off Dallas Trahern in the 6th inning
RR Yordany Ramirez (4) off Ross Wolf in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:28  ATT: 8,351
Dallas McPherson's PCL-leading 29th homer was Albuquerque's highlight in the game and the Isotopes' bad luck at Dell Diamond continued in a 6-2 loss to the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque has dropped their last four games.
McPherson homered with Lorenzo Scott on base in the 1st inning as Albuquerque took a quick 2-0 lead.
The Express got on the scoreboard in the 5th inning. Yordany Ramirez doubled, advanced to third base on Express starter Ron Chiavacci's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Tomas Perez's sacrifice flyout.
It was the 6th inning that doomed the Isotopes in the game. With one out, J.R. House and Mark Saccomanno singled and Nick Gorneault three-run homered to left field. Jackson Melian singled and after Ross Wolf entered the game in relief of Isotopes starter Dallas Trahern, Wolf allowed a two run homer to Ramirez, a homer that landed in the camera well beyond the center field wall.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (3-7) 5.1 9 5 5 0 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 72 G, 276 AB, 47 R, 74 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 34 RBI, 29 BB, 83 K, 12 SB, .268 AVG
Scott Nestor 34 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 8.69 ERA, 38.1 IP, 39 H, 37 ER, 33 BB, 39 K, 6 HR
Dallas Trahern 12 APP, 3-7, 6.82 ERA, 63.1 IP, 79 H, 48 ER, 21 BB, 46 K, 14 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque has lost their last six straight games at Dell Diamond. . . . Dallas McPherson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his first inning homer. . . . Albuquerque hopes to change their luck in Round Rock on Wednesday night. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-7, 5.50) for the Isotopes and RHP Josh Miller (4-5, 5.59) for the E-Train.

Filed 07/01/2008

June 30, 2008 - Isotopes (39-45)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 1 6 1
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 X . 4 4 0
WP: Kyle Middleton (1-1)
LP: Chris Seddon (6-6)
Home Runs:
RR Mark Saccomanno (18) off Chris Seddon in the 4th inning
RR J.R. Towles (5) off Chris Seddon in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:46  ATT: 8,844
Chris Seddon did not pitch that bad, allowing three hits in five innings, but two of those hits were homers that accounted for all of the Round Rock Express' (AAA Astros) runs as the Express defeated the Isotopes 4-1 in the opener at Dell Diamond on Monday night. Albuquerque has lost their last three contests.
In the 4th inning, J.R. Towles singled, J.R. House walked and Mark Saccomanno deposited a Seddon pitch over the left field wall as the Express led 3-0. Towles solo homered just on the fair side of the left field foul pole in the 5th inning. Isotopes manager Dean Treanor argued to no avail that the homer was foul instead of fair.
The Isotopes were finally able to get on the scoreboard and avoid the shutout in the 9th inning. Jai Miller doubled, advanced to third base on John Gall's groundout, and scored on Dallas McPherson's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (L, 6-6) 5.0 3 4 4 4 4 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 71 G, 272 AB, 47 R, 73 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 34 RBI, 29 BB, 81 K, 12 SB, .268 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Dallas McPherson won PCL Hitter of the Week honors for the week ending June 29th. McPherson hit .474 (9x19) for the week with 4 homers and 9 RBI and hit homers in seven consecutive contests, establishing an Isotopes record and tied a Pacific Coast League and Minor League Baseball record. McPherson is the third Isotope player and the fourth Isotopes Hitter of the Week in 2008 (John Gall was honored twice). . . . McPherson extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his 9th inning RBI single. . . . Albuquerque has an interesting all-time record after tonight's loss. The Isotopes are 400-400 in regular season contests all-time and 401-403 all-time if you count playoff games in the tally. . . . Albuquerque is a season-worst 6 games below the .500 mark and a season-worst 7.5 games out of the first place in the division. . . . The Isotopes have lost their last five games at Dell Diamond. . . . The Isotopes finished June with a 13-16 record (9-6 at home, 4-10 on the road). Albuquerque has never enjoyed a June record above the .500 mark. Other June stats: 166 runs scored, 31 stolen bases, and 41 homers. . . . Video highlights of tonight's game are currently posted on the Round Rock website at www.roundrockexpress.com. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week award winner is Dustin Nippert of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). Nippert tossed the first no-hitter in Oklahoma's history, defeating the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in the first game of a doubleheader on June 29th. . . . The series continues Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (3-6, 6.67) for the Isotopes and RHP Ron Chiavacci (1-2, 8.02) for the E-Train.

Filed 06/30/2008

June 29, 2008 - Isotopes (39-44)

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

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 . 5 8 2
Iowa Cubs 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 X . 7 11 2
WP: Jeff Samardzija (1-1)
LP: Gaby Hernandez (2-7)
Home Runs:
ALB Tagg Bozied (13) off Blake Parker in the 7th inning

IWA Jason Dubois (10) off Gaby Hernandez in the 3rd inning
IWA Bobby Scales (10) off Gaby Hernandez in the 4th inning

TIME: 3:07  ATT: 10,072
The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) plated six runs over the first five innings and hyped prospect Jeff Samardzija allowed just a run to Albuquerque over 6 frames to earn his first Triple-A victory in Iowa's 7-5 victory over Albuquerque on Sunday afternoon in Des Moines. The Isotopes are a season high 6.5 games out of first place with the loss.
Albuquerque briefly led in the 1st inning. Lorenzo Scott doubled to lead off the game and Jai Miller walked. Scott was caught stealing third base while Miller went to second base and an out later, Dallas McPherson singled Miller home.
Iowa scored in each of the first five frames off Isotopes starter Gaby Hernandez. In the 1st inning, Ben Broussard grounded out to score Andres Torres. Micah Hoffpauir doubled home Luis Figueroa in the 2nd inning, Jason Dubois solo homered in the 3rd inning and Bobby Scales solo homered in the 4th inning. In Hernandez's final inning, part of the fifth inning, Koyie Hill singled home Broussard and Samardzija helped his cause with a single to drive in Dubois as the Cubs led 6-0.
Albuquerque finally got on the scoreboard in the 7th inning when John Baker walked and scored on pinch-hitter Tagg Bozied's homer to left field.
Micah Hoffpauir drove in Torres with Iowa's final run in the 8th inning.
The Isotopes scored their final two runs in the 9th inning. Baker doubled and scored on Bozied's double and after Bozied advanced to third base on a groundout, Miller singled to drive him in.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Gaby Hernandez (L, 2-7) 4.1 8 6 5 4 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 70 G, 268 AB, 46 R, 71 H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 34 RBI, 29 BB, 80 K, 12 SB, .265 AVG
Gaby Hernandez 12 APP, 2-7, 6.75 ERA, 62.2 IP, 90 H, 47 ER, 22 BB, 53 K, 14 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Iowa took four out of the six games in the series and 39,158 attended at Principal Park. Today's game marked the final game between the Cubs and Isotopes in Des Moines in 2008 and Iowa won five out of the eight games. Iowa travels to Albuquerque for a four game series in July to conclude the 16 game season series. . . . Dallas McPherson hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. Expect the possibility of McPherson earning his first PCL Hitter of the Week award for his consecutive game homer streak feat. The PCL weekly awards will be announced on Monday. . . . Tagg Bozied has both of Albuquerque's pinch hit homers in 2008. There have been eight pinch-hit homers in Isotopes franchise history. . . . Gaby Hernandez has lost his last four pitching decisions. . . . Albuquerque travels to Dell Diamond for the first time in 2008 to face the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) in a four game series to conclude the current roadtrip. Probables in the opener are LHP Chris Seddon (6-5, 3.90) for the Isotopes and RHP Kyle Middleton (0-1, 3.26) for the E-Train. If Round Rock public relations is true to form, video highlights of each of the four games can be viewed on the Round Rock website (www.roundrockexpress.com) the day following each game.

Filed 06/29/2008

June 28, 2008 DH 2- Isotopes (39-43)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -6.0 Games

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 . 3 4 1
Iowa Cubs 2 1 4 0 2 0 X . 9 9 1
WP: Jesse Estrada (1-0)
LP: Marcos Carvajal (1-2)
Home Runs:
ALB Chase Lambin (7) off Jesse Estrada in the 4th inning

IWA Jason Dubois (9) off Marcos Carvajal in the 3rd inning
IWA Casey McGehee (9) off Marcos Carvajal in the 2nd inning
IWA Bobby Scales (9) off Marcos Carvajal in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:08  ATT: 12,648
The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) plated seven runs in the first three frames, five via the longball, as they defeated the Isotopes 9-3 in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Bobby Scales two-run homered in the 1st inning, Casey McGehee solo homered in the 2nd inning, and in the 3rd inning, Andres Torres walked, stole second base, advanced to third base on an error during the throw, and scored on Scales' single. An out later, Dubois two-run homered, Josh Kroeger drew a walk and Kroeger scored on McGehee's double as the Cubs led 7-0.
Chase Lambin solo homered to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard in the 4th inning.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Isotopes reliever Scott Nestor issued consecutive walks to Dubois, Kroeger and McGehee to load the bases with no outs. Luis Figueroa grounded out to bring home Dubois and Andres Blanco sacrifice flied out to drive in Kroeger as the Cubs led 9-1.
Albuquerque plated their final two runs of the game in the 6th inning with no outs. Jai Miller walked, Chase Lambin singled, and Dallas McPherson tripled them both home.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Marcos Carvajal (L, 1-2) 3.0 7 7 7 3 0 3
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 69 G, 264 AB, 45 R, 69 H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 33 RBI, 28 BB, 80 K, 12 SB, .261 AVG
Scott Nestor 33 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 8.92 ERA, 37.1 IP, 39 H, 37 ER, 33 BB, 37 K, 6 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Dallas McPherson went homerless, ending his consecutive game homer streak at 7. The feat is good enough for an Isotopes franchise record and ties the PCL and Minor League Baseball record. McPherson did hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . The Isotopes have played five doubleheaders in 2008, tying the 2007 squad for most doubleheaders played in a season. The Isotopes just completed their first back-to-back doubleheader days in franchise history. In 2008, Albuquerque has split 3 and been swept in 2 doubleheaders. . . . John Baker went hitless to snap a seven game hitting streak. . . . Chase Lambin homered in both games of today's doubleheader. . . . Albuquerque concludes their six game series with the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) with a regular nine inning single game on Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Gaby Hernandez (2-6, 6.48) for the Isotopes and RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 4.50) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/28/2008

June 28, 2008 DH 1 - Isotopes (39-42)

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 3 0 0 0 0 2 6 . 11 13 0
Iowa Cubs 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 . 6 11 1
WP: Ross Wolf (3-1)
LP: Carmen Pignatiello (0-1)
Home Runs:
ALB John Gall (10) off J.R. Mathes in the 1st inning
ALB Chase Lambin (6) off Carmen Pignatiello in the 7th inning

IWA Micah Hoffpauir (6) off Randy Williams in the 5th inning
IWA Koyie Hill (4) off Randy Williams in the 6th inning
Ben Broussard (3) off Daniel Barone in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:31
Chase Lambin's three-run, 7th inning homer highlighted a six run inning as the Isotopes came from behind to defeat the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 11-6 in the opener of a doubleheader in Des Moines on Saturday. The victory was Albuquerque's 400th regular season win in franchise history.
Lorenzo Scott led off the game with a single, Jai Miller drew a walk, and John Gall followed with a homer as the Isotopes quickly built a 3-0 lead.
The lead vanished in the 4th inning when Daniel Barone, fresh up from Class-AA Carolina, allowed a leadoff walk to Micah Hoffpauir, Luis Figueroa followed with a single and Ben Broussard homered.
The Cubs gained the lead in the 5th inning off Isotopes reliever Randy Williams. Andres Torres singled and scored on Hoffpauir's homer.
The Isotopes tied the game in the 6th inning. Miller singled and scored on Gall's double. An out later, Tagg Bozied reached on a fielder's choice with Gall thrown out at home plate. Bozied advanced to second base on the throw and scored on Lambin's single.
Iowa quickly regained the lead when Koyie Hill homered in the home half of the 6th inning.
Down 6-5 going into the final frame, Albuquerque rallied for the victory. Chris Barnwell singled to lead off the inning and an out later, Lorenzo Scott reached on a fielder's choice with Barnwell erased from the basepaths. Miller doubled to drive in Scott to tie the game and Gall doubled to drive in Miller to give the Isotopes the lead. Jason Wood singled to drive in Gall and Bozied was intentionally walked ahead of Lambin's three run homer.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Daniel Barone 4.0 5 3 3 3 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 68 G, 262 AB, 44 R, 69 H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 33 RBI, 27 BB, 80 K, 12 SB, .263 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Dallas McPherson did not play in Game 1 of the doubleheader. . . . John Baker extended his hitting streak to 7 games.

Filed 06/28/2008

June 27, 2008 DH 2- Isotopes (38-42)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -6.0 Games

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 3 0
Iowa Cubs 3 0 1 3 0 0 X . 7 11 0
WP: Hector Carrasco (5-1)
LP: Chris Michalak (0-3)
Home Runs:
IWA Casey McGehee (8) off Chris Michalak in the 3rd inning
IWA Micah Hoffpauir (5) off Chris Michalak in the 4th inning
TIME: 1:57  ATT: 9,422
Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) pitchers Hector Carrasco and Blake Parker combined on a three-hit shutout as the Cubs defeated the Isotopes 7-0 in the nightcap to sweep the doubleheader.
In the 1st inning, Andres Torres and Bobby Scales singled and an out later, Jason Dubois doubled to drive in Torres. Ben Broussard lifted a sacrifice flyout to plate Scales and Casey McGehee doubled to drive in Dubois as Iowa led 3-0.
McGehee solo homered in the 3rd inning and Micah Hoffpauir homered with Anthony Richie and Scales on base in the 4th inning as Iowa plated their final runs of the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Michalak (L, 0-3) 4.0 10 7 7 1 3 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 67 G, 259 AB, 41 R, 66 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 32 RBI, 26 BB, 80 K, 12 SB, .255 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes were swept in a doubleheader for the second time in 2008. The Isotopes have split two other doubleheaders. . . . Dallas McPherson sat out the nightcap of the doubleheader, keeping alive his chance to homer in a Minor League record eighth straight contest. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out three times in 2008. . . . Hitting streaks snapped in the game: Jai Miller (9 games) and Andrew Beattie (7 games). . . . After homering in the last eight contests, the Isotopes went homerless in the game. . . . Iowa manager Pat Listach was ejected by Home Plate umpire Victor Carapazza in the 2nd inning. . . . Albuquerque looks to seek revenge and sweep their first doubleheader of the season on Saturday. The Isotopes have yet to name a probable for Game 1, while Iowa will counter with J.R. Mathes (5-3, 3.00). In game two, Albuquerque is expected to send RHP Marcos Carvajal (1-1, 6.22) to the bump to face an Iowa pitcher yet to be announced.

Filed 06/27/2008

June 27, 2008 DH 1 - Isotopes (38-41)

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 . 6 6 0
Iowa Cubs 6 0 0 2 0 0 X . 8 9 2
WP: Justin Berg (3-4)
LP: Bobby Keppel (7-7)
Home Runs:
ALB Dallas McPherson (28) off Justin Berg in the 4th inning
ALB John Baker (6) off Justin Berg in the 6th inning

IWA Josh Kroeger (10) off Bobby Keppel in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:17
Iowa plated six 1st inning runs and Albuquerque's late game comeback fell short to ruin Dallas McPherson's night for the recordbooks as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeated the Isotopes 8-6 in the opener of a doubleheader.

In the Iowa 1st inning, Andres Torres doubled and scored on Bobby Scales' double. An out later, Ben Broussard walked and Casey McGehee singled to drive in Scales. Josh Kroeger followed with a three run homer and Koyie HIll tripled and scored on Andres Blanco's single as the Cubs led 6-0.

Dallas McPherson blasted a homer over the right field wall in the 4th inning for his seventh straight game with a homer, establishing a new Isotopes record.
McGehee drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Kroeger singled home a run as Iowa added two runs in the bottom of the 4th inning to take a 8-1 lead.
Albuquerque went to work with their late game rally. In the 6th inning, Andrew Beattie singled and scored on John Baker's homer and in the 7th inning, Jai Miller doubled and scored on John Gall's single. McPherson walked and Tagg Bozied reached on an error to load the bases. Beattie grounded into a double play (with Gall out at home plate as part of the double play) and Baker drove in McPherson and Bozied with a single. Chris Barnwell drew a walk to put the tying run on base before Jason Wood reached on a fielder's choice with Barnwell erased at second base to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (L, 7-7) 5.0 9 8 8 5 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 66 G, 256 AB, 41 R, 66 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 32 RBI, 26 BB, 77 K, 12 SB, .258 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: There was a 1 hour, 12 minute delay during the game. . . . Dallas McPherson's homer in his seventh consecutive game not only set an Isotopes record, but it tied the Pacific Coast League mark (Albuquerque Dukes' Claude Westmoreland in 1977) and also tied a Minor League Baseball record. . . . Extending hitting streaks in the contest were Jai Miller (9 games), McPherson (7 games), Andrew Beattie (7 games) and John Baker (6 games). Lorenzo Scott went hitless to snap a six game hitting streak. . . . Bobby Keppel took over the team lead in losses with his seventh defeat.

Filed 06/27/2008

June 26, 2008 - Isotopes (38-40)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -5.0 Games

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Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 5 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 . 9 12 0
Iowa Cubs 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 . 6 8 3
WP: Dallas Trahern (3-6)
LP: Mike Burns (5-5)
Home Runs:
ALB Jai Miller (12) off Mike Burns in the 1st inning
ALB Jai Miller (13) off Mike Burns in the 2nd inning
ALB Dallas McPherson (27) off Mike Burns in the 1st inning
ALB Tagg Bozied (12) off Mike Burns in the 1st inning

IWA Micah Hoffpauir (4) off Matt Lindstrom in the 9th inning

TIME: 3:10  ATT: 7,016
Jai Miller homered twice as part of a four homer Isotope evening and Dallas McPherson's round-tripper was one for the Isotope record books as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 9-6 in Des Moines in the series opener Thursday evening.
Cubs starter Mike Burns gave up quite a few longballs in the 1st inning. Lorenzo Scott led off the game with a single and scored on Miller's first homer of the game. One out later, Dallas McPherson belted his 27th homer to right field. Mike Rabelo singled and scored on Tagg Bozied's homer as the Isotopes built a 5-0 lead.
Albuquerque extended the lead to 6-0 on Miller's second homer of the game in the 2nd inning.
In the 3rd inning, Iowa's Andres Torres drew a one out walk. Bobby Scales singled to put runners on the corners and Micah Hoffpauir doubled to drive in Torres. Ben Broussard's groundout plated Scales as the Isotopes led 6-2.
Casey McGehee doubled and scored on Josh Kroeger's single in the 6th inning as Iowa halved Albuquerque's lead at 6-3.
The Isotopes put up a three-spot on the scoreboard in the 7th inning. Andrew Beattie and Chase Lambin drew walks to lead off the inning and Isotopes starter Dallas Trahern reached on a fielder's choice with Beattie out at third base. Scott drew a walk and a wild pitch on the play allowed Lambin to score. Miller reached on an error to load the bases and McPherson singled to drive in Trahern and Scott as the Isotopes led 9-3.
Matt Lindstrom made his Isotopes debut in the bottom of the 9th inning and gave up some junk time runs. Jason Dubois led off with a walk and two outs later, Joe Simokaitis singled and Hoffpauir followed with a homer to left center field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (W, 3-6) 6.0 6 3 3 1 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 65 G, 253 AB, 40 R, 65 H, 13 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 32 RBI, 26 BB, 77 K, 12 SB, .257 AVG
Scott Nestor 32 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 8.92 ERA, 35.1 IP, 38 H, 35 ER, 30 BB, 36 K, 6 HR
Dallas Trahern 11 APP, 3-6, 6.67 ERA, 58 IP, 70 H, 43 ER, 21 BB, 43 K, 13 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Dallas McPherson tied the Isotopes record for most consecutive games with a homer (6), first established by Mike Colangelo in 2005. McPherson needs to homer in a 7th straight game to tie a PCL record. McPherson's 27 homers leads all of minor league baseball except for the Triple-A Mexican League where Kit Pellow has 29 homers. . . . Players who extended their hitting streaks to six or more games tonight: Jai Miller (8), McPherson (6), Andrew Beattie (6), and Lorenzo Scott (6). . . . The field staffs for the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game to be held July 16th in Louisville were named. Scranton/Wilkes Barre's Dave Miley is the manager for the International League squad. Miley's coaches are Syracuse's Doug Davis and Louisville's Rick Sweet and the trainer is Louisville's Chris Lapole. In the PCL dugout, the manager will be Nashville's Frank Kremblas, coaches are Omaha's Terry Bradshaw and Sacramento's Rick Rodriguez and the trainer will be Nashville's Jeff Paxson. . . . The All-Star Futures game roster was announced on Thursday, and although no current Isotopes were named, a player that pitched for Albuquerque earlier in the season was on the roster. Class-AA Carolina P Jesus Delgado was named to the World squad. . . . The Isotopes and I-Cubs play the first of two doubleheaders on Friday evening. Probables in the opener are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-6, 4.97) for the Isotopes and RHP Justin Berg (2-4, 6.75) for the Cubs and in the nightcap, Isotopes LHP Chris Michalak (0-2, 5.87) will face a yet to be named pitcher for Iowa.

Filed 06/26/2008

June 25, 2008 - Isotopes Day Off

The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL enjoyed an off day on Wednesday.

The Isotopes may have had an off day, but there were a few transactions that occurred. P Tim Corcoran was activated from the Disabled List and then transferred to Class AA Carolina. P Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz was recalled by the Marlins and P Matt Lindstrom was optioned by the Marlins to Albuquerque. Finally, C Torre Langley was transferred to Class-A Greensboro without having seen any action in an Isotopes suit, while P Chris Michalak was transferred from Greensboro to Albuquerque.

The Isotopes embark on a roadtrip leading up to the Fourth of July. In a very unusual scheduling quirk, the Isotopes continue to play Iowa in what is essentially a home-and-home series. Due to a pair of postponements when Albuquerque was in Iowa in April, there will be a pair of doubleheaders during the series (Friday and Saturday), but the series opener on Thursday is a single game. Probables for Thursday's opener are RHP Dallas Trahern (2-6, 6.92) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Burns (5-4, 3.17) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/25/2008

June 24, 2008 - Isotopes (37-40)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 X . 4 9 1
WP: Chris Seddon (6-5)
LP: Jeff Samardzija (0-1)
SV: Marcus Gwyn (4)
Home Runs:
IWA Andres Torres (7) off Chris Seddon in the 1st inning
IWA Andres Torres (8) off Chris Seddon in the 3rd inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (26) off Jeff Samardzija in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:35  ATT: 8,563
The Isotopes got what they needed in the starting pitching department after the first three games were high scoring affairs. Chris Seddon tossed seven innings of five hit ball while allowing a pair of solo homers and the Isotopes spoiled the Triple-A debut of Cubs hyped prospect pitcher Jeff Samardzija as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 4-2 in the finale of the series at Isotopes Park.

Andres Torres solo homered as the Cubs led 1-0 in the 1st inning.

In the 2nd inning, Dallas McPherson singled, stole second base and scored on John Baker's single.
Iowa regained the lead in the 3rd inning as Torres hit his second solo homer of the contest.
McPherson blasted his league-leading 26th homer over the left field wall in the 4th inning to tie the game at 2-2.
The Isotopes took the lead in the 6th inning when Jai Miller doubled and scored on Jason Wood's double, and Albuquerque added their final run in the 7th inning. Tagg Bozied singled, stole second base, advanced to third base on Lorenzo Scott's single and scored on Miller's sacrifice flyout.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (W, 6-5) 7.0 5 2 2 0 5 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 64 G, 249 AB, 38 R, 62 H, 13 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 77 K, 10 SB, .249 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins recalled C Paul Hoover from Albuquerque and optioned C Mike Rabelo to the Isotopes. . . . Dallas McPherson has homered in five straight games, one shy of the franchise record. . . . Albuquerque and Iowa split the series played at "The Lab". 34,958 attended the four games for a per-game average of 8,740. . . . Albuquerque and Iowa combined for the fewest runs in a game at Isotopes Park in 2008 (6 runs). . . . Jai Miller's double extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Iowa pitcher Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 4.50 ERA) ended up pitching six innings his his Triple-A debut, allowing 7 hits, 3 runs (all earned), walked 2 and struck out 5. . . . After the Isotopes and the rest of the PCL enjoy an off day on Wednesday, the Isotopes embark on a roadtrip leading up to the Fourth of July. In a very unusual scheduling quirk, the Isotopes continue to play Iowa in what is essentially a home-and-home series. Due to a pair of postponements when Albuquerque was in Iowa in April, there will be a pair of doubleheaders during the series, but the series opener on Thursday is a single game.

Filed 06/24/2008

June 23, 2008 - Isotopes (36-40)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -5.5 Games

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 6 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 . 10 20 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 2 . 8 13 0
WP: J.R. Mathes (5-3)
LP: Taylor Tankersley (0-1)
SV: Carmen Pignatiello (2)
Home Runs:
ALB Dallas McPherson (25) off J.R. Mathes in the 5th inning
TIME: 3:11  ATT: 6,424
Isotopes starter Gaby Hernandez allowed six 3rd inning runs to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and the Isotopes worked their way back to a tie after five innings, but Iowa scored four late-game runs en route to a 10-8 victory over Albuquerque on Monday evening.
Consecutive singles by Casey McGehee, Koyie Hill and Andres Blanco brought home Iowa's first run in the 2nd inning. Cubs starter J.R. Mathes laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Hill and Blanco into scoring position and Andres Torres doubled to drive in Hill and Blanco. Bobby Scales singled to drive in Torres, Darryl Ward singled, and Scales was picked off at second base. Hernandez uncorked a wild pitch as Ward advanced to second base and Ben Broussard singled to drive in Ward. Josh Kroeger drew a walk and McGehee hit a ground-rule double to bring home Broussard as the Cubs led 6-0.
The Isotopes started to chip away at the defecit in the 4th inning. Dallas McPherson drew a walk to lead off the inning but was erased from the basepaths on Andrew Beattie's fielder's choice. John Baker doubled and Chase Lambin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hernandez helped his cause with a singled that drove in Beattie and Jai Miller doubled to the left field wall to bring home Baker and Lambin. Hernandez scored on Chris Barnwell's groundout and John Gall drove in Miller with a single as the Isotopes tallied for five runs to trail by a run at 6-5.
McPherson belted his league-leading 25th homer in the 5th inning as Albuquerque completed their comeback to tie the game at 6-6.
After a scoreless 6th inning, Iowa regained the lead in the 7th inning when Blanco singled home two runs. Broussard's sacrifice fly brought home a run in the 8th inning and Jesse Estrada doubled home a run in the 9th inning as the Cubs led 10-6 going into the bottom of the 9th inning.
Albuquerque tried to rally once more to tie the game in their last at-bats. Lorenzo Scott singled with one out and scored on Jason Wood's double. After McPherson struck out, Beattie doubled to drive in Wood before Baker struck out swinging to end the threat and the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Gaby Hernandez 5.0 12 6 6 3 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 63 G, 246 AB, 37 R, 61 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 28 RBI, 25 BB, 76 K, 10 SB, .248 AVG
Gaby Hernandez 11 APP, 2-6, 6.48 ERA, 58.1 IP, 82 H, 42 ER, 18 BB, 51 K, 12 HR
'TOPES NOTES: P Chris Michalak was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-A Greensboro on Monday, while C Torre Langley was transferred from Greensboro to Albuquerque. Langley, a Team USA 18U National team alum, hit .183 (23x126) with Greensboro in 33 games with 4 homers and 17 RBI. . . . Dallas McPherson has homered in his last four games. . . . With tonight's game, Dean Treanor has finished serving his three game suspension for the bench-clearing incidents during the last homestand in the Round Rock series. . . . The Isotopes are currently 5.5 games out of the division lead, the largest margin so far in 2008. . . . Isotopes pitching did not allow a homer, snapping a seven game stretch of giving up at least a homer in a game. . . . Chris Davis of the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Davis hit .370 (10x27) with 4 HR and 11 RBI during the week. . . . Gio Gonzalez of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Gonzalez made and won one start and allowed no runs and struck out 12 in 8 innings of work. . . . The Isotopes and Cubs complete the Albuquerque portion of their 10 straight matchups on Tuesday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Seddon (5-5, 4.01) for the Isotopes and Cubs prospect RHP Jeff Samardzija (No Record) for the I-Cubs. Samardzija is making his Triple-A debut.

Filed 06/23/2008

June 22, 2008 - Isotopes (36-39)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 4 0 4 1 0 4 0 0 1 . 14 14 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 5 0 . 10 13 3
WP: Justin Berg (2-4)
LP: Chris Michalak (0-2)
Home Runs:
IWA Casey McGehee (7) off Chris Michalak in the 1st inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (24) off Justin Berg in the 3rd inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (6) off Justin Berg in the 4th inning
ALB Chase Lambin (5) off Mike Burns in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:15  ATT: 8,007
Isotopes starter Chris Michalak gave up eight runs in the first three innings, but none of them were earned runs due to sloppy play and Albuquerque was unable to make a comeback as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeated the Isotopes 14-10 on Sunday evening at "The Lab".
In the 1st inning, Andres Torres led off with a double and after two groundouts, Jason Dubois was hit by a pitch and each runner advanced a base on a balk. Ben Broussard reached on an error as Torres and Dubois scored and Casey McGehee followed with a homer to left-center field as the Cubs led 4-0 after half an inning.
Lorenzo Scott doubled, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on John Gall's groundout as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard in the 1st inning for the 9th straight contest (counting the suspended game among those nine games).
After a scoreless 2nd inning, Iowa added four more runs to the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. With one out, Darryl Ward singled, Dubois reached on an error and Broussard grounded out to advance both runners into scoring position. McGehee walked to load the bases and Bobby Scales doubled to drive in Ward and Dubois. Koyie Hill's double brought home McGehee and Scales as the I-Cubs led 8-1.
Scott walked, Chris Barnwell singled, and Dallas McPherson hit his league-leading 24th homer in the 3rd inning as Albuquerque cut the defecit in half at 8-4 after three innings.
The Cubs and Isotopes swapped single runs in the 4th inning. Torres scored on a fielder's choice for Iowa and Andrew Beattie solo homered for Albuquerque.
In the 6th inning, Iowa scored their third four-run inning of the game. Ward and Dubois singled with one out and Broussard reached on an error as Ward scored. McGehee grounded out to drive in Dubois and Scales singled to drive in Broussard. Hill's double drove in Scales as the Cubs led 13-5.
Albuquerque's big inning was the 8th inning. Barnwell singled to lead off the inning and two outs later, Tagg Bozied singled and Beattie's single drove in Barnwell. John Baker singeld to drive in Bozied and Chase Lambin three-run homered (Beattie and Baker scoring ahead of Lambin) as the Isotopes trailed 13-10.
Andres Blanco singled home the last run of the game for Iowa in the 9th inning.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Michalak (L, 0-2) 3.0 5 8 0 1 2 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Scott Nestor 31 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 9.17 ERA, 34.1 IP, 38 H, 35 ER, 28 BB, 35 K, 6 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins recalled OF Jai Miller from the Isotopes on Sunday for a cup of coffee when the Fish placed P Burke Badenhop on the Disabled List. Miller entered the game against the Oakland Athletics as a center fielder in the 7th inning. Miller stepped up to the plate in the 8th inning and drew two balls before drawing two strikes and then swinging and missing to strike out with two Marlins on base to end the 8th inning. After the game, Miller was optioned to Albuquerque because the Marlins have Monday off and intend to activate OF Josh Willingham from the Disabled List on Tuesday. . . . The loss tonight snapped a five-game winning streak against the Cubs at Isotopes Park. . . . Albuquerque is 1-5 when committing 3 errors in a game. . . . Dallas McPherson has homered in his last three contests. . . . Iowa shortstop Luis Figueroa was ejected by Home Plate umpire John Coons in the 9th inning. . . . Albuquerque and Iowa meet for the third of their 10 consecutive matchups on Monday evening. Probables are RHP Gaby Hernandez (2-6, 6.08) for the Isotopes and LHP J.R. Mathes (4-3, 2.48) for the Cubs.

Filed 06/22/2008

June 21, 2008 - Isotopes (36-38)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 . 6 5 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 X . 10 11 1
WP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (9-3)
LP: Randy Wells (6-3)
SV: Marcus Gwyn (3)
Home Runs:
IWA Andres Torres (6) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 6th inning
IWA Ben Broussard (2) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 6th inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (23) off Randy Wells in the 2nd inning
ALB Jai Miller (11) off Randy Wells in the 2nd inning
ALB John Baker (5) off Randy Wells in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:39  ATT: 11,964
Just like flying bugs are kryptonite to the Yankees' Joba Chamberlain, raindrops must be kryptonite to the Isotopes Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz. De La Cruz dominated through five innings but self-destructed in the 6th inning as light rain fell that half-inning at Isotopes Park. Luckily, De La Cruz's teammates gave him a big 10 run lead through the first two frames so De La Cruz did not pitch the game away in Albuquerque's 10-6 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the series opener.
Cubs starter Randy Wells could not seem to buy an out in the first two frames. In the 1st inning, Lorenzo Scott doubled to right field, Jai Miller infield singled on a batted ball that hit off Wells, and Chris Barnwell drew a walk to load the bases. John Gall reached on a throwing error by Cubs third baseman Casey McGehee as Scott and Miller raced around to score. After Dallas McPherson struck out, Andrew Beattie singled to right field to drive in Barnwell and John Baker singled to left field to load the bases. Chase Lambin tripled to Isotopes Hill to clear the bags as Albuquerque led 6-0.
Albuquerque continued to batter Wells in the 2nd inning. Miller solo homered to center field to lead off the inning. Two outs later, McPherson hit his league-leading 23rd homer over the right field wall. Beattie singled to right field and Baker followed with a homer as the Isotopes led 10-0.
Hector Carrasco put out the early inning Isotopes fire by quieting the Isotopes offense over innings three through six, giving Iowa the chance to maybe make a comeback.
De La Cruz was very dominating through five innings, tossing a no-hitter with six strikeouts, but quickly self-destructed in the top of the 6th inning. Koyie Hill's leadoff single broke up the no-hitter. Andres Blanco singled and Cubs reliever Hector Carrasco drew a walk to load the bases ahead of Andres Torres' grand-slam homer over the right field wall to ruin the shutout. An out later, Jason Dubois was hit by a pitch and Ben Broussard followed with a homer over the left-center field fence as the Cubs trailed 10-6.
Randy Williams tossed two scoreless innings (7th and 8th) and Ross Wolf allowed two baserunners in the 9th inning before Marcus Gwyn entered the game and induced a double play, got a groundout, and earned the save.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (W, 9-3) 6.0 5 6 6 2 7 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 62 G, 241 AB, 36 R, 59 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 26 RBI, 25 BB, 75 K, 10 SB, .245 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 14 APP, 9-3, 4.12 ERA, 78.2 IP, 76 H, 36 ER, 27 BB, 67 K, 5 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Jacque Jones has snubbed the Isotopes. Jones, designated for assignment by the Marlins on June 11, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Albuquerque. Jones opted to become a free agent rather than accept the assignment to the Isotopes. . . . Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz moved to a tie atop the PCL Wins leaderboard with tonight's victory. De La Cruz's 9 victories is tied with Shane Loux of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) and Jason Johnson of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Dodgers). . . . The Isotopes have won four straight home games, tying a season high. . . . Albuquerque has five straight victories against the Cubs at Isotopes Park. . . . Marcus Gwyn appears to be Albuquerque's new closer after Joe Nelson was promoted to the Marlins. Gwyn has recorded the Isotopes' last three saves. . . . The series continues on Sunday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Michalak (0-1, 9.64) for the Isotopes and RHP Justin Berg (1-4, 6.64) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/21/2008

June 20, 2008 - Isotopes Suspended, Rain

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Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 0 2 . 6 8 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 1 0 . 1 4 0
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Home Runs:
ALB Lorenzo Scott (2) off Matt Clement in the 1st inning
ALB Chase Lambin (5) off Matt Clement in the 3rd inning

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After three innings of play, the game between the Isotopes and Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) was suspended with the Isotopes leading 6-1. The game will be resumed when the Redbirds come to Albuquerque in August.
Redbirds starter Matt Clement, on a MLB rehabilitation assignment start, gave up a homer to the first batter of the game, Lorenzo Scott. Jai Miller and Chris Barnwell singled and an out later, Tagg Bozied doubled to right field to drive ithem in. Andrew Beattie's single to center field brought home Bozied as Albuquerque led 4-0 before Memphis even touched the lumber.
David Feese singled home Nick Stavinoha in the 2nd inning as the Redbirds got on the scoreboard.
Chase Lambin's homer with Paul Hoover on board in the 3rd inning extended Albuquerque's lead to 6-1.
After the third inning was completed, both teams waited two hours and 13 minutes before the game was suspended.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel 3.0 4 1 1 1 0 0
'TOPES NOTES: Lorenzo Scott's leadoff homer was Albuquerque's third of the season. Jai Miller has the other two. . . . Tonight was the final action the Isotopes and Redbirds play in Memphis in 2008. The Isotopes won five out of the seven games completed at Autozone Park. Memphis has four games left in the 2008 season series against Albuquerque with a four-game set scheduled at Isotopes Park in August. . . . 17,176 fans attended the doubleheader and the third game of the series at Autozone Park. Due to the fact tonight's game is not yet official, attendance has not been announced. . . . Albuquerque returns home for a four-game series against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Probables in the opener are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (8-3, 3.72) for the Isotopes and RHP Randy Wells (6-2, 2.28) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/20/2008

June 19, 2008 - Isotopes (35-38)

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

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Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 . 11 16 0
Memphis Redbirds 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 . 6 5 1
WP: Dallas Trahern (2-6)
LP: Mark Mulder (0-3)
SV: Marcus Gwyn (2)
Home Runs:
ALB Andrew Beattie (5) off Ron Flores in the 9th inning

MEM Nick Stavinoha (10) off Dallas Trahern in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:30  ATT: 8,102
The Isotopes were not intimidated by facing Mark Mulder, making a MLB rehabilitation assignment start with the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). Mulder gave up six runs to Albuquerque in the first inning and the Isotopes went on to defeat the Redbirds 11-6.
With one out in the 1st inning, Jai Miller singled and stole second base. Chris Barnwell drew a walk and Jason Wood singled home Miller. An out later, Andrew Beattie walked to load the bases and John Baker singled to drive in Barnwell. Chase Lambin singled to drive in Wood and Beattie, Isotopes starter Dallas Trahern singed home Baker and Lorenzo Scott singled to drive in Lambin. When the inning ended, Albuquerque had sent 11 batters to the plate to score their six runs.
The Redbirds immediately started to chip away at the defecit. Nick Stavinoha doubled home a run and Josh Phelps brought home a run with a sacrifice fly in the home half of the 1st inning as Memphis trailed 6-2.
Stavinoha homered with Colby Rasmus on base in the 5th inning, and in the 6th inning, David Freese brought home a run with a sacrifice fly as the Redbirds trailed by a run at 6-5.
Albuquerque added a run to provide some breathing room in the 7th inning. With two outs, Lambin walked, Isotopes reliever Taylor Tankersley drew the free pass, and Scott singled home Lambin.
Rico Washington scored on a groundout in the 8th inning as the Redbirds once again found themselves down by a run at 7-6 heading into the 9th inning.
Albuquerque was up to the challenge of putting the game away in the last frame. Ron Flores entered the game in relief for Memphis and Beattie greeted him by homering to left field. Baker walked, Lambin singled, and Scott drew in Baker with a single. After Lambin and Scott executed a double steal, Miller was intentionally walked and Barnwell drew a walk to bring home Lambin. Jason Wood's fielder's choice brought home Scott with the fourth run of the inning as Albuquerque led 11-6 and except for a walk, the Redbirds went quietly in the bottom of the 9th inning.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (W, 2-6) 5.0 4 5 5 3 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 61 G, 238 AB, 34 R, 57 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 25 RBI, 24 BB, 74 K, 10 SB, .239 AVG
Dallas Trahern 10 APP, 2-6, 6.92 ERA, 52 IP, 64 H, 40 ER, 20 BB, 38 K, 13 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Mark Mulder is 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA after three rehabiliation starts with Memphis as he works his way back to the Cardinals after two left shoulder surgeries. . . . Andrew Beattie's homer was Albuquerque's 100th homer of the season, a league leading total. The Omaha Royals are in second place with 95 round-trippers. The Isotopes are on-pace to set a new franchise season homer record total. . . . Marcus Gwyn picked up the first Isotopes save since June 2nd when Gwyn recorded his first save. . . . The 3 hour, 30 minute game was Albuquerque's longest 9-inning road game of the season, time-wise. . . . The series concludes on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (7-6, 4.97) for the Isotopes and the Redbirds are expected to counter with another rehabilitating pitcher, RHP Matt Clement (no record).

Filed 06/19/2008

June 18, 2008 - DH 1 - Isotopes (34-37)

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Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 5 0
Memphis Redbirds 1 0 1 1 0 0 X . 3 7 1
WP: P.J. Walters (6-1)
LP: Chris Seddon (5-5)
SV: Mark Worrell (1)
Home Runs:
MEM Nick Stavinoha (9) off Chris Seddon in the 3rd inning
TIME: 1:52 
Chris Seddon tossed Albuquerque's second complete game of the season, allowing three runs in the effort. His teammates, however, were unable to come up with more than a 1 run and 5 hits as the Memphis Redbirds snapped out of a drought against the Isotopes at Autozone Park with a 3-1 victory over Albuquerque in the opener of a doubleheader.
Albuquerque briefly led in the contest. With one out in the 1st inning, Chris Barnwell doubled and scored when Tagg Bozied reached on an error.
Brian Barden doubled and scored on Colby Rasmus' single in the home half of the 1st inning as the Redbirds tied the game.
Nick Stavinoha's third inning homer snapped the 1-1 tie and in the 4th inning, D'Angelo Jimenez scored on a groundout as the Redbirds added an insurance run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (L, 5-5) 6.0 7 3 3 3 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 59 G, 230 AB, 32 R, 55 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 24 RBI, 22 BB, 71 K, 9 SB, .239 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Chris Seddon has tossed both Isotopes' complete games this season and both came against the Redbirds. . . . Memphis had lost their last six games played at Autozone Park to the Isotopes prior to the victory in Game 1. . . . Lorenzo Scott went hitless for the first time in an Isotopes suit, snapping a five game hitting streak. . . . Dallas McPherson went hitless in two at-bats to snap an eight-game hitting streak. . . . John Gall had a hit in three at-bats to extend his hitting streak to a current team-high nine games.

Filed 06/18/2008

June 18, 2008 - DH 2 - Isotopes (34-38)

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

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Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 . 4 3 0
Memphis Redbirds 5 0 0 0 0 0 X . 5 8 0
WP: Clayton Mortensen (1-1)
LP: Chris Michalak (0-1)
SV: Jason Motte (3)
Home Runs:
ALB Jai Miller (10) off Chris Mortensen in the 1st inning
ALB Dallas McPherson (22) off Chris Mortensen in the 3rd inning
ALB Tagg Bozied (11) off Chris Mortensen in the 6th inning

MEM Rico Washington (3) off Chris Michalak in the 1st inning
MEM D'Angelo Jimenez (3) off Chris Michalak in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:11  ATT: 9,074
Isotopes starter Chris Michalak allowed a pair of homers and five runs in the 1st inning and Memphis made that early advantage stand, taking the game 5-4 and sweeping the Isotopes in the doubleheader.
Jai Miller led off the game with a homer as the Isotopes briefly held a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, Brian Barden singled and Colby Rasmus doubled. Two outs later, Jarrett Hoffpauir drew a walk and Rico Washington grand-slam homered to right field. D'Angelo Jimenez followed with a solo homer as the Redbirds led 5-1.
Chase Lambin walked and later scored on a wild pitch in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes trailed 5-2.
Dallas McPherson belted his PCL-leading 22nd homer in the 3rd inning and Tagg Bozied added a 6th inning homer as the Isotopes inched closer, but Albuquerque was unable to come up with one more run in the game that would tie it.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Michalak (L, 0-1) 3.2 5 5 5 2 2 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 60 G, 233 AB, 33 R, 56 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 25 RBI, 23 BB, 72 K, 9 SB, .240 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: A pair of Isotopes were suspended for their parts in a couple of bench-clearing incidents in the series at Isotopes Park against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). Manager Dean Treanor was suspended three games and pitcher Gaby Hernandez was suspended five games (basically just a delay between starts for Hernandez). The Albuquerque Journal reported Treanor will serve his suspension July 1-3 against the Express in Round Rock and thus won't be in the dugout for the only Isotopes/Express regionally-televised game in the series. The Round Rock club has not reported who was suspended on their team and for how many games. It should be certain that pitcher Ray King will face some suspension time as he played an aggresive role in those incidents. . . . The Isotopes are half-way through the 2008 campaign and have a 34-38 record. . . . Albuquerque was swept in a doubleheader for the first time since July 22, 2007 at Isotopes Park against New Orleans. . . . John Gall went hitless in two at-bats to snap a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Jai Miller has two leadoff homers for Albuquerque in 2008. . . . The Rico Washington grand-slam homer was the second grand slam homer Isotopes pitching has given up and the back-to-back homers in the 1st inning was the third time that has happened against Isotopes pitching. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (1-6, 6.70) for the Isotopes and the rehabilitating LHP Mark Mulder (0-2, 13.03) for the Redhawks.

Filed 06/18/2008

Isotopes/Redbirds Postponed in Memphis

The Albuquerque Isotopes / Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) series opener in Memphis on Tuesday evening was postponed due to travel problems the Isotopes experienced.

According to the Isotopes, the club made it to Dallas but weather in the area prevented their originally scheduled flight to leave Dallas for Memphis. The club booked tickets for a later flight and ended up in Memphis about 20 minutes prior to the normal scheduled first pitch time. Redbirds management decided to postpone the game rather than delay the start of the game by more than an hour.

The game will be made up as a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. Probables in the opener of the doubleheader are LHP Chris Seddon (5-4, 3.97) for the Isotopes and P.J. Walters (5-1, 6.15) for the Redbirds. Probables in the nightcap are RHP Dallas Trahern (1-6, 6.70) for the Isotopes and RHP Clayton Mortensen (0-1, 4.22) for Memphis.

Tonight was the second travel-plagued series opener the Isotopes have participated in recently. The start of the previous Isotope homestand saw the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) having issues travelling to Albuquerque with the game starting almost an hour late with only 15 of the 24 Express players in the dugout at first pitch with the rest arriving in town about the time the game ended.

Filed 06/17/2008

June 16, 2008 - Isotopes (34-36)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Royals 0 1 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 . 8 14 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 . 9 12 1
WP: Marcus Gwyn (1-0)
LP: Brad Salmon (5-2)
Home Runs:
OMA Jason Smith (15) off Gaby Hernandez in the 2nd inning
OMA Ryan Shealy (9) off Gaby Hernandez in the 3rd inning
OMA Gookie Dawkisn (1) off Marcus Carvajal in the 5th inning
TIME: 3:32  ATT: 7,849
John Gall's walk-off sacrifice fly capped a two-run 9th inning as the Isotopes came from behind to defeat the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 9-8 in the series finale Monday evening at "The Lab".
The Isotopes struck first in the 1st inning. Lorenzo Scott singled, Chris Barnwell walked, Gall singled to drive in Scott, and Jason Wood grounded into a double play as Barnwell scored. Tagg Bozied doubled and later scored on Andrew Beattie's single as the Isotopes led 3-0.
Jason Smith solo homered in the 2nd inning for Omaha and for Albuquerque in their half of the 2nd inning, Jai Miller singled, advanced to third base on an error during a pickoff attempt, and scored when Barnwell laid down a sacrifice bunt.
Omaha's Ryan Shealy three-run homered in the third inning as the Lil' Kings tied the game at 4-4.
The Isotopes and Royals swapped single runs in the 4th inning. Omaha's Ed Lucas reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Mitch Maier's single and for the Isotopes, Beattie walked, advanced to second base on Paul Hoover's single, and scored on Miller's single.
Gookie Dawkins solo-homered for the Royals in the 5th inning to give Omaha a 6-5 lead, but Albuquerque regained the advantage in their half of the 5th inning. Bozied drew a leadoff walk, Dallas McPherson doubled, and Miller reached on an error as Bozied and
McPherson scored.
The see-saw battle continued in the 6th inning as Omaha regained the lead - Shealy doubled home a run and Smith singled home a run.
Omaha kept their slim 8-7 lead until the bottom of the 9th inning. Beattie walked, Hoover singled to put runners on the corners, and after Miller struck out, Scott reached on a fielder's choice with Beattie scoring to the tie game. Barnwell drew a walk to load the bases before Gall lifted a sacrifice fly to drive in Hoover with the game winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Gaby Hernandez 3.1 7 5 5 2 3 2
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 58 G, 227 AB, 32 R, 54 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 24 RBI, 22 BB, 71 K, 9 SB, .238 AVG
Gaby Hernandez 10 APP, 2-6, 6.08 ERA, 53.1 IP, 70 H, 36 ER, 15 BB, 49 K, 12 HR
'TOPES NOTES: For the first time since August 22-28, 2005 (Travis Smith - Pitcher; Mike Colangelo - Hitter), a pair of Isotopes have swept the PCL weekly Player of the Week awards. John Gall is the hitter of the week after hitting .606 (20x33) for the week with 1 homer, 11 RBI and 8 runs scored. Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz is the pitcher of the week after winning both of his starts for the week and allowing 1 run in 12 innings pitched while striking out 14. Gall has won the weekly award twice in 2008 and De La Cruz is the first Isotopes pitcher to win the award in 2008. . . . The Isotopes won the series with three victories over the Royals. A season-best series attendance mark of 38,444 was set for a per-game average of 9,611 and 66,048 attended the just-completed eight game homestand. Omaha played their last game at Isotopes Park in 2008 and the Isotopes won five out of the eight games in the season series portion played at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes have four games left in Omaha to complete the season series. . . Albuquerque has won a series for the first time since April 19-22 (against Nashville at Isotopes Park). . . . Albuquerque has had three walk-off victories in 2008 and Gall had a hand in driving in the game-winning run in two of the three. . . . Gall and Dallas McPherson each hit safely to extend their hitting streaks to 8 games. . . . Isotope batters drew a season-high 10 walks in the game. . . . The Isotopes hit the road for a quick four game series against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Autozone Park. The last time the Isotopes were in Memphis, they swept the series and John Gall was red-hot against his former club. Gall is currently hot and hopefully he can batter his former team again. Probables in the opener are LHP Chris Seddon (5-4, 3.97) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Parisi (3-1, 3.98) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/16/2008

June 15, 2008 - Isotopes (33-36)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Royals 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 1 7 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 X . 7 9 0
WP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (8-3)
LP: Brandon Duckworth (3-6)
Home Runs:
OMA Damon Hollins (7) off Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz in the 6th inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (21) off Brandon Duckworth in the 1st inning
ALB Tagg Bozied (10) off Brandon Duckworth in the 1st inning
ALB John Baker (4) off Brandon Duckworth in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:31  ATT: 7,812
Albuquerque scored six runs in the first two innings and Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz cruised, tossing 6 innings while striking out 9 and allowing just a solo homer as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 7-1 on Father's Day evening at "The Lab".
With one out in the 1st inning, Chris Barnwell drew a walk, stole second base, and scored on John Gall's single. Gall advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Dallas McPherson's league-leading 21st homer. Tagg Bozied followed with a solo homer as the Isotopes rapidly built a 4-0 lead.
John Baker solo-homered to lead off the 2nd inning. After Jai Miller struck out, Lorenzo Scott bunt-singled, stole second and scored on Gall's single as the Isotopes led 6-0.
Albuquerque scored their final run in the 4th inning. Miller walked, stole second base, advanced to third base on an error during the play, and scored on Gall's single.
Damon Hollin's 6th inning solo homer allowed Omaha to avoid being shut out for the second night in a row.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (W, 8-3) 6.0 5 1 1 3 9 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 57 G, 223 AB, 31 R, 52 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 21 BB, 70 K, 9 SB, .233 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 13 APP, 8-3, 3.72 ERA, 72.2 IP, 71 H, 30 ER, 25 BB, 60 K, 3 HR
Scott Nestor 30 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 9.74 ERA, 32.1 IP, 37 H, 35 ER, 28 BB, 30 K, 6 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque has won back-to-back contests for the first time since June 1 and 2 against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Isotopes Park. . . . John Gall and Dallas McPherson each extended their hitting streaks to 7 games. . . . The series (and homestand) concludes on Monday evening. Looking to claim a series win, the Isotopes are expected to send RHP Gaby Hernandez (2-6, 5.58) to the mound to face LHP Tyler Lumsden (2-7 6.71).

Filed 06/15/2008

June 14, 2008 - Isotopes (32-36)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 4 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 X . 7 14 0
WP: Bobby Keppel (7-6)
LP: Matt Wright (1-4)
TIME: 2:38  ATT: 11,435
Albuquerque got excellence on the mound and at the plate on Saturday evening. Bobby Keppel and Ross Wolf combined on Albuquerque's second shutout of the season and John Gall had a franchise record tying effort night at the plate in Albuquerque's 7-0 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals).

In the 1st inning, Chris Barnwell singled into left field with one out and flew around the bases to score on John Gall's double into the left field corner. Jason Wood followed with a single to left field to plate Gall as the 'Topes led 2-0.

Albuquerque added to the lead in the 5th inning. Barnwell led off with a single and scored on Gall's double to the top of Isotopes Hill in center field. Dallas McPherson doubled into the right field corner to put both runners in scoring position and Tagg Bozied brought them home with a double to Isotopes Hill.
In the 7th inning, Gall singled to left field and later scored on McPherson's double, and in the 8th inning, Paul Hoover drew a leadoff walk, Lorenzo Scott followed with a walk, and after Barnwell grounded into a double play removing Scott from the basepaths, Gall doubled to left field to drive in Hoover for the final Albuquerque run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (W, 7-6) 6.2 4 0 0 4 7 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 56 G, 222 AB, 30 R, 52 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 18 BB, 69 K, 8 SB, .234 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Chris Michalak rejoins the Isotopes! The Marlins signed Michalak to a free agent contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. Michalak, who last pitched for Albuquerque in 2004, pitched for the Frisco Roughriders (AA Rangers) in 2008, going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 16 games. OF Dante Brinkley was placed on the Disabled List to make roster room for Michalak. . . . The start of the game was delayed 22 minutes due to the Beatlemania Again pregame concert running long. . . . John Gall tied franchise records for most hits in a game (5) and doubles in a game (3). Gall has been a doubles machine lately, also having tied the doubles in a game franchise record just this past Wednesday in addition to tonight. Gall led the offense in the game with three runs driven in and extended his hitting streak to six games. . . . Only three Isotopes have accomplished a five hit night in franchise history - the last was Tom Wilson on August 8, 2006 at Colorado Springs. . . . Bobby Keppel earned his seventh victory tonight, tying him for the team lead in wins. Keppel also snapped a four-game losing pitching decision streak and was involved as the starting pitcher in both of Albuquerque's shutouts tossed in 2008. . . . Isotopes fan favorite Josh Willingham will not be coming to Albuquerque as Willingham began his rehabilitation assignment with the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. . . . What would a baseball game be like if no fans showed up? The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) found out on Saturday afternoon. At a virtually empty Principal Park in Des Moines (only certain Cubs team employees, MLB scouts, and media were allowed to attend), the Cubs came from behind to defeat the Sounds 5-4. Evacuation orders from the flooding in Des Moines kept fans from being able to attend the game. For purposes of ticketing, the game is considered a rainout. The two clubs play a doubleheader on Sunday and it is hoped evacuation orders are lifted so fans will be able to attend. . . . The Isotopes and Royals meet for an evening Father's Day contest on Sunday. Probables are Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (7-3, 3.92) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Duckworth (3-5, 4.34) for the Royals.

Filed 06/14/2008

June 13, 2008 - Isotopes (31-36)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Royals 0 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 . 7 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 . 5 10 3
WP: Horacio Ramirez (1-1)
LP: Dallas Trahern (1-6)
SV: Joel Peralta (1)
Home Runs:
OMA Dave Matranga (4) off Dallas Trahern in the 3rd inning
TIME: 3:08  ATT: 11,348
Down 7-0 going into the bottom of the 7th inning, Albuquerque tried to mount a come-from-behind rally but fell just short in a 7-5 defeat to the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in the opener of a four-game series at "The Lab" on Friday night.
Dave Matranga led off the 3rd inning with a homer. An out later, Shane Costa reached on an error, Billy Butler singled, Ryan Shealy struck out, and Jason Smith walked to load the bases. Matt Tupman singled to clear the bases and Gookie Dawkins singled to drive in Tupman as the Royals led 5-0.
Chris Lubanski singled home a run in the 5th inning and Matranga singled in a run in the 7th inning as the Royals extended their lead to 7-0.
Dallas McPherson doubled and scored on John Baker's single in the 7th inning, and Chris Barnwell singled and scored on John Gall's double in the 8th inning as Albuquerque trailed 7-2 going into the 9th inning.
After a scoreless top of the 9th inning, Albuquerque added more runs to the scoreboard in the bottom half. Andrew Beattie walked with one out, Baker singled, and Chase Lambin doubled to drive in Beattie while Baker advanced to third base. After Lorenzo Scott struck out swinging, Barnwell doubled to drive in Baker and Lambin and with Gall in the batter's box as the game-tying run, Gall struck out swinging to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (L, 1-6) 4.2 9 6 1 2 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Scott Nestor 29 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 10.05 ERA, 31.1 IP, 36 H, 35 ER, 28 BB, 30 K, 6 HR
Dallas Trahern 9 APP, 1-6, 6.70 ERA, 47 IP, 60 H, 35 ER, 17 BB, 35 K, 12 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Tagg Bozied went hitless in four at-bats to snap a five-game hitting streak. Dallas McPherson and John Gall hit safely to extend their streaks to five games. . . . In an interesting event elsewhere in the PCL, the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) at Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) game was postponed due to flooding when the nearby Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers overflowed their banks. The parking lots at Principal Park in Des Moines were flooded, yet the playing surface stayed relatively dry with only the dugouts and outfield warning track starting to flood as of the latest report. It will be determined Saturday morning if flooding has subsided and Saturday's Sounds/Cubs contest can go on, if the game will be postponed if floodwaters get worse, or maybe if the series will be played in another venue. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (6-6, 5.40) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Wright (1-3, 5.64) for the Royals.

Filed 06/13/2008

June 12, 2008 - Isotopes (31-35)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 1 . 7 10 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 1 . 8 17 2
WP: Brandon Villafuerte (3-2)
LP: Dave Borkowski (0-1)
Home Runs:
RR Nick Gorneault (7) off Chris Seddon in the 6th inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (20) off Josh Miller in the 2nd inning
ALB Lorenzo Scott (1) off Josh Miller in the 3rd inning
ALB Tagg Bozied (9) off Josh Miller in the 6th inning

TIME: 3:00  ATT: 6,040
John Gall singled home John Baker with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 8-7 in the series finale Thursday evening at "The Lab".
Dallas McPherson belted his league-lead tying 20th homer in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead.
The Express got on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning and took a 3-1 lead on a run-scoring double by Edwin Maysonet, a run-scoring single by J.R. House, and a sacrifice flyout by Mark Saccomanno.
Lorenzo Scott, in his first game as an Isotope after a promotion from Class-AA Carolina, inside-the-park homered to right-center field in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes cut the defecit to a run at 3-2.
The Express put some breathing room between themselves and the Isotopes in the 6th inning. Saccomanno and J.R. Towles singled and Nick Gorneault three-run homered to give Round Rock a 6-2 lead.
In the home half of the 6th inning, Scott doubled to lead off the inning but was caught stealing at third base. An out later, Gall singled and scored on Tagg Bozied's homer.
The Isotopes capped their come-from-behind rally in the 8th inning. Jason Wood, Scott, and Chris Barnwell all singled to load the bases and Gall singled to drive in Wood. Bozied's single brought home Scott and Barnwell was thrown out at Home Plate trying to score as the Isotopes tied the game at 6-6. Andrew Beattie's single plated Gall with the tie-breaking run as Albuquerque led 7-6 going into the 9th inning.
Isotopes relievers were unable to close out the game in the 9th inning. Yordany Ramirez singled and David Newhan sacrifice bunted Ramirez into scoring position. Tomas Perez was hit by a pitch and after Maysonet struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, House singled to drive in Ramirez to tie the game.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Baker doubled, advanced to third when Wood laid down a sacrifice bunt, and after Scott was intentionally walked, Gall singled to right field to plate Baker with the game-winning run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon 5.1 8 6 4 0 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
(none)
'TOPES NOTES: In Isotopes transaction news, OF George Lombard was transferred from Extended Spring to Albuquerque and then placed on the Disabled List with a right shoulder strain. OF Lorenzo Scott was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque. In 50 games with Carolina, Scott hit .273 (36x132) with 4 homers, 17 RBI and swiped 15 bases. . . . Tonight's game completed the halfway point in Albuquerque's 2008 home schedule. The Isotopes have drawn 257,879 fans in 35 home gates, with one home gate lost due to a wet grounds postponement. . . . The Express and Isotopes split the series 2-2. 27,604 fans attended for a per-game average of 6,040. Tonight's contest marked the final game between the Isotopes and Express at Isotopes Park in 2008 and each team won four out of the eight games played at "The Lab". The clubs meet for a pair of four-game series' later in the season in Round Rock to conclude the 2008 season series. . . . Lorenzo Scott had 3 hits in his Isotopes debut, and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Scott's inside-the-park homer was the first one since Eric Reed accomplished the feat on August 31, 2006 against Nashville. Out of the nine Isotope franchise inside-the-park homers, only one was accomplished on the road. . . . Chase Lambin went hitless in 3 at-bats to snap a five-game hitting streak. . . . The Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) come to town for a four-game series. Probables in Friday's opener are RHP Dallas Trahern (1-5, 7.23) for the Isotopes and LHP Horacio Ramirez (0-1, 4.50) for the Lil' Kings.

Filed 06/12/2008

June 11, 2008 - Isotopes (30-35)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 7 14 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 4 10 2
WP: Josh Muecke (5-4)
LP: Gaby Hernandez (2-6)
SV: Jorge Sosa (1)
Home Runs:
RR J.R. House (5) off Gaby Hernandez in the 1st inning
TIME: 3:09  ATT: 5,564
Isotopes starter Gaby Hernandez pitched Albuquerque into an early 7-0 hole and the Isotopes could not quite come back as the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) defeated the 'Topes 7-4.
In the 1st inning, Hernandez allowed singles to Tomas Perez and Edwin Maysonet before J.R. House deposited a pitch over the center field wall for a three-run homer. Mark Saccomanno doubled and scored on Ray Sadler's double. Sadler took third base on an error during the play and scored on Nick Gorneault's single as the Express led 5-0.
House doubled home Express starter Josh Muecke and Maysonet in the 2nd inning as Round Rock led 7-0.
The Isotopes scored their four runs in the 3rd inning. Dante Brinkley drew a leadoff walk and Hernandez sacrifice bunted him to second base. Brinkley stole third base and scored on Chris Barnwell's sacrifice flyout. Andrew Beattie singled, stole second base and scored on John Gall's double. Gall scored on Jason Wood's single . Wood advanced to third base on Tagg Bozied's double and after Paul Hoover drew a walk to load the bases, Chase Lambin walked as Wood scored.
Both clubs got into a bench-clearing incident in the 7th inning. After Muecke threw a pitch behind the first hitter of the inning Beattie, both dugouts emptied onto the field. After the dust settled, one Isotope - Beattie - and three Express members - Muecke, reliever Ray King, and manager Dave Clark - found themselves ejected from the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Gaby Hernandez (L, 2-6) 6.0 11 7 5 1 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Gaby Hernandez 9 APP, 2-6, 5.58 ERA, 50 IP, 63 H, 31 ER, 13 BB, 46 K, 10 HR
'TOPES NOTES: It has been good times professionally for one Isotope and two former Isotope players. The Marlins designated OF Jacque Jones for assignment on Wednesday and recalled IF Robert Andino from Albuquerque. Jones has not stated if he will accept an assignment to the minor leagues, possibly Albuquerque, if he clears waivers. As far as the former Isotopes are concerned, P Jeff Fulchino received a promotion to the Kansas City Royals and OF Chris Aguila was called up to the New York Mets. . . . John Gall had three doubles in the contest, tying a franchise record for doubles in a game. . . . Round Rock's J.R. House was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . A New Mexican professional baseball player recently made news. The San Diego Padres named P Gabe DeHoyos their Minor League Pitcher of the Month. DeHoyos, born in Carlsbad and who played high school baseball in Artesia and college ball for Eastern New Mexico, finished the month of May with a 3-1 record, 1 save, and had a 0.40 ERA (1 ER in 22.2 IP). DeHoyos pitches for the Padres' Double-A club, the San Antonio Missions. . . . Round Rock and Albuquerque hopefully peacefully say goodbye to each other for their Albuquerque venue contests in 2008 on Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Seddon (5-4, 3.77) for the Isotopes and RHP Jack Cassel (5-1, 2.05) for the E-train. Albuquerque travels for a pair of four game series in Round Rock later in the season as the two clubs close out the season series.

Filed 06/10/2008

June 10, 2008 - Isotopes (30-34)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 . 3 6 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 1 2 3 0 5 0 X . 12 14 0
WP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (7-3)
LP: Runelvys Hernandez (5-3)
Home Runs:

ALB Tagg Bozied (8) off Runelvys Hernandez in the 5th inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (4) off Fernando Nieve in the 7th inning
ALB John Baker (3) off Fernando Nieve in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:52  ATT: 7,070
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz allowed no runs and just one hit in 6 innings and a trio of Albuquerque's "B"'s homered in Albuquerque's 12-3 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) in the second game of the series on Tuesday evening.

Robert Andino and Chris Barnwell singled in the 1st inning before John Gall grounded into a double play as Andino scored to give Albuquerque a 1-0 lead.

John Baker doubled and scored on an error in the 3rd inning, and in the 4th inning, Dallas McPherson drew a leadoff walk, Andrew Beattie singled, and Jai Miller reached on an fielder's choice as McPherson scored. Miller stole second base and scored on Baker's single as the Isotopes led 4-0.

In the 5th inning, Gall doubled with one out and Tagg Bozied followed wtih a homer to left field. McPherson tripled and scored on Beattie's sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes extended their lead to 7-0.
The Express got on the scoreboard in the 7th inning when David Newhan singled home a run and another run scored on a wild pitch.
Albuquerque earned back those runs and more in their half of the 7th inning. Gall singled to lead off the inning but was erased from the basepaths on Bozied's fielders choice. Bozied stole second base and McPherson drew a walk ahead of Beattie's homer to left field. An out later, Baker solo homered to left field. Pinch-hitter Chase Lambin singled, Andino was hit by a pitch, and Chris Barnwell singled to drive in Lambin as the Isotopes tallied for five runs in the inning to lead 12-2.
Round Rock added their final run to the scoreboard in the 9th inning. Mark Saccomanno was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, advanced to second base on Newhan's single, and scored on Ray Sadler's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (W, 7-3) 6.0 1 0 0 1 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 55 G, 218 AB, 30 R, 52 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 18 BB, 67 K, 8 SB, .239 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 12 APP, 7-3, 3.92 ERA, 66.2 IP, 66 H, 29 ER, 22 BB, 51 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz took over the team lead in wins with 7 and gave up the fewest hits of any Isotopes starting pitcher in a 2008 outing (1). . . . The Isotopes did not allow any extra base hits to the Express in the contest. . . . John Baker was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . On Wednesday evening, the probables are RHP Gaby Hernandez (2-5, 5.32) for the 'Topes and LHP Josh Muecke (4-4, 3.48) for the Express.

Filed 06/10/2008

June 9, 2008 - Isotopes (29-34)

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

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Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 0 2 . 9 14 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 . 6 12 1
WP: Ron Chiavacci (1-0)
LP: Bobby Keppel (6-6)
Home Runs:
RR Ray Sadler (8) off Bobby Keppel in the 4th inning

ALB John Gall (9) off Jorge Sosa in the 8th inning
ALB Tagg Bozied (7) off Nick Regilio in the 9th inning
ALB Chris Barnwell (6) off Ron Chiavacci in the 1st inning
ALB Chris Lambin (4) off Ron Chiavacci in the 6th inning

TIME: 3:31  ATT: 8,930
Bobby Keppel allowed six runs (four earned) in five innings to drop his fourth straight pitching decision and the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) overcame a tough travel day and four Albuquerque homers to defeat the Isotopes 9-6 on Monday night at "The Lab".
Chris Barnwell's homer gave Albuquerque a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning, and Ray Sadler's blast for Round Rock in the 4th inning tied the game at 1-1.
Round Rock took a commanding lead in the 6th inning. J.R. House led off the inning with a double and Mark Saccomanno and David Newhan followed with singles, Newhan's single driving in House. Sadler singled to drive in Saccomanno and J.R. Towles was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Yordany Ramirez sacrifice flied out to bring home Newhan and Express starter Ron Chiavacci grounded out before Tomas Perez reached on an error as Sadler and Towles scored. Edwin Maysonet doubled to drive in Perez for the sixth and final run of the inning as the Express led 7-1.
Chase Lambin homered with Jason Wood on base in the 6th inning and John Gall solo-homered in the 8th inning as the Isotopes trailed 7-4 going into the 9th inning.
In the top of the 9th inning, Saccomanno singled and Newhan doubled with no outs. An out later, Towles was intentionally walked and Ramirez two run singled, bring home Saccomanno and Newhan as Round Rock led 9-4.
The Isotopes dramatically tried to rally in the bottom of the 9th inning. Jai Miller drew a leadoff walk and pinch-hitter Tagg Bozied followed with a homer to left field to cut the defecit to three runs at 9-6. Robert Andino singled, Barnwell reached on an error and Gall flew out before Wood drew a walk to load the bases. Dante Brinkley came into the game to pinch run for Wood and was declared out when hit by Dallas McPherson's infield single. With the bases still loaded, Lambin struck out swinging to end the threat and the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (L, 6-6) 5.0 8 6 4 1 3 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 54 G, 214 AB, 29 R, 52 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 18 BB, 66 K, 7 SB, .243 AVG
Scott Nestor 28 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 10.38 ERA, 30.1 IP, 36 H, 35 ER, 26 BB, 29 K, 6 HR
'TOPES NOTES: C Alberto Concepcion was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina on Monday to free up roster room for C Paul Hoover, who was optioned from the Marlins on Saturday. . . . The start of the game was delayed 38 minutes due to Round Rock's travel troubles. . . . 22,687 hot dogs were sold during the 50 cent hot dog promotion. . . . Tagg Bozied's pinch-hit homer was the first Isotope pinch-hit homer since Andrew Beattie accomplished the feat on May 28, 2007 against Nashville. Bozied's homer was the seventh pinch-hit homer in 'Topes franchise history. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Damon Hollins of the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). Hollins hit .500 (8x16) for the week with 3 homers and 8 RBI. Jaime Garcia of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Garcia made two starts and won both of them, tossing 13.2 innings while allowing 3 earned runs (1.98 ERA). . . . The series continues on Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (6-3, 4.30) for the Isotopes and RHP Runelvys Hernandez (5-2, 3.56) for the E-train.

Filed 06/09/2008

June 8, 2008 - Isotopes (29-33)

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

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Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 4 0 . 8 13 1
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 6 2
WP: Dallas Trahern (1-5)
LP: Richie Gardner (5-2)
Home Runs:
ALB Chris Barnwell (5) off Richie Gardner in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:51  ATT: 2,405
Isotopes starter Dallas Trahern had his best outing of the season, earning his first victory of the season after five defeats with seven innings of one run ball as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 8-2 on Sunday afternoon.
The Sounds struck first with a run in the 1st inning. Hernan Iribarren doubled, advanced to third base on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s groundout, and scored on Callix Crabbe's sacrifice flyout.
In the 3rd inning, Alberto Concepcion and Dante Brinkley drew walks to leadoff the inning and Trahern laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Jai Miller reached on a three-base error as Concepcion and Brinkley scored. Miller was caught trying to steal home plate before Chris Barnwell solo homered to give Albuquerque a 3-1 lead.
In the 7th inning, Brinkley doubled and later scored on Barnwell's single and in the 8th inning, the Isotopes plated four more runs to take a 8-1 lead. With one out, Tagg Bozied singled, Dallas McPherson walked, and each runner executed a double steal. Chase Lambin singled to drive in Bozied and Concepcion singled to drive in McPherson. Brinkley followed with a two run single to drive in Lambin and Concepcion.
Gwynn Jr. walked, took second base on defensive indifference, and scored on Crabbe's double in the 9th inning for Nashville's final run.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (W, 1-5) 7.0 4 1 1 2 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 53 G, 212 AB, 28 R, 51 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 16 BB, 65 K, 7 SB, .241 AVG
Dallas Trahern 8 APP, 1-5, 7.23 ERA, 42.1 IP, 51 H, 34 ER, 15 BB, 31 K, 11 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The victory snapped a four game losing streak, an eight-game road losing streak, and a five game losing streak at Herschel Greer Stadium. . . . Nashville took three out of the four games in the series. 20,782 attended at Herschel Greer Stadium for a per-game average of 5,196. . . . Albuquerque returns home Monday night for an eight game homestand. The first four games are against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). Come hungry to the ballpark as it is 50 cent hot dog night and the probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (6-5, 5.27) for the Isotopes and a pitcher yet to be named for the E-train.

Filed 06/08/2008

June 7, 2008 - Isotopes (28-33)

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

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Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 1 2
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 X . 6 7 0
WP: Steve Bray (1-4)
LP: Chris Seddon (5-4)
Home Runs:
NSH Brendan Katin (9) off Chris Seddon in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:49  ATT: 6,501
Former-Isotope Ben Howard and two relievers combined to hold Albuquerque to one hit and the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) scored six unanswered runs in the mid to later stages of the game to defeat Albuquerque 6-1. Albuquerque has dropped their last four games and their last eight road contests.
Albuquerque snapped the scoreless game in the 2nd inning. Tagg Bozied walked, advanced to second base on Dallas McPherson's single, moved onto third base on Andrew Beattie's sacrifice bunt, and scored on John Baker's sacrifice flyout.
Isotopes starter Chris Seddon held on to that slim lead until the 6th inning. Vinny Rottino walked with one out, and another out later, Brendan Katin homered to give Nashville the lead. Adam Heether and Chris Woodward drew walks and Heether scored on Ozzie Chavez's single.
The Sounds tallied their final three runs of the game in the 7th inning. Callix Crabbe drew a leadoff walk, stole second base, Tony Gwynn Jr. walked, and Rottino singled to load the bases. Katin grounded out to bring home Crabbe and Heether singled to drive in Gwynn Jr. and Rottino.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (L, 5-4) 5.2 3 3 3 4 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 52 G, 207 AB, 28 R, 50 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 16 BB, 63 K, 6 SB, .242 AVG
Scott Nestor 27 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 10.13 ERA, 29.1 IP, 33 H, 33 ER, 25 BB, 29 K, 6 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Marlins needed a starting pitcher to make a spot start on Sunday, so they purchased the contract of P Ryan Tucker from Class-AA Carolina and optioned C Paul Hoover to Albuquerque. If Tucker will just make his start and be sent back to Carolina, Hoover may not have to physically report to the Isotopes. . . . John Gall went hitless, snapping a five-game hitting streak. . . . When the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) come to Albuquerque to open up a series with the Isotopes on Monday evening, former-Isotope Reggie Abercrombie won't be with the team. The Astros waived Jose Cruz Jr. and purchased the contract of Abercrombie from Round Rock. . . . The series (and roadtrip) concludes Sunday afternoon. RHP Dallas Trahern (0-5, 8.41) is expected to take the mound for the Isotopes, looking for his first victory of the season and seeking to help Albuquerque avoid their second series road sweep in a row. RHP Richie Gardner (5-1, 4.47) is anticipated to take the bump for the Sounds.

Filed 06/07/2008

June 6, 2008 - Isotopes (28-32)

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

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Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 7 1
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 X . 4 10 1
WP: Jeff Weaver (2-3)
LP: Gaby Hernandez (2-5)
SV: Luis Pena (9)
Home Runs:
ALB Jai Miller (9) off Jeff Weaver in the 5th inning

NSH Brad Nelson (9) off Gaby Hernandez in the 6th inning

TIME: 3:00  ATT: 6,846
Brad Nelson homered as part of a three run 6th inning as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) came from behind to defeat the Isotopes 4-2 on Friday evening. Albuquerque has lost three straight games.
Robert Andino led off the game with a single, stole second base, advanced to third base on John Gall's single, and eventually scored on Andrew Beattie's fielder's choice as the Isotopes led 1-0.
J.R. Hopf walked and scored on Vinny Rottino's triple in the 4th inning as Nashville tied the game.
The contest did not remain deadlocked very long as Jai Miller solo homered in the 5th inning as the Isotopes regained the lead at 2-1.
It was the sixth inning that doomed Albuquerque. Callix Crabbe singled and scored on Nelson's homer as Nashville took the lead. Two outs later, Rottino drew a walk, Ozzie Chavez singled with Rottino moving to second base, and Sounds starter Jeff Weaver reached on an error with Rottino scoring an insurance run for Nashville.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Gaby Hernandez (L, 2-5) 5.1 6 3 3 3 7 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 51 G, 205 AB, 28 R, 50 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 15 BB, 61 K, 6 SB, .244 AVG
Gaby Hernandez 8 APP, 2-5, 5.32 ERA, 44 IP, 52 H, 26 ER, 12 BB, 40 K, 9 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes, with the defeat, have lost their last seven road contests and the 'Topes are a season-worst four games below the .500 mark. . . . Chris Barnwell went hitless in 3 at-bats, snapping a 9-game hitting streak. . . . On Saturday, the probables are LHP Chris Seddon (5-3, 3.68) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Ben Howard (2-1, 3.82) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/06/2008

June 5, 2008 - Isotopes (28-31)

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

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Herschel Greer Stadium 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 2
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 X . 2 5 0
WP: Lindsay Gulin (2-4)
LP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (6-3)
SV: Luis Pena (8)
TIME: 2:58  ATT: 5,030
The Isotopes could only come up with four hits as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) handed Albuquerque their second shutout of the season, 2-0, in the opener of a series in Nashville on Thursday night. Albuquerque has dropped their last six road contests and lost their third straight game at Herschel Greer Stadium.
In the 4th inning, Tony Gwynn Jr. singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on Brad Nelson's single as the Sounds scored the only run they would need all night.
Nashville scored their last run in the 8th inning. Pinch-hitter Mel Stocker drew a walk, advanced to second base on Hernan Iribarren's sacrifice bunt, moved on to third base on a groundout, and scored when Callix Crabbe reached on an error.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (L, 6-3) 5.0 4 1 1 0 2 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 50 G, 201 AB, 27 R, 49 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 21 RBI, 15 BB, 61 K, 6 SB, .244 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 11 APP, 6-3, 4.30 ERA, 60.2 IP, 65 H, 29 ER, 21 BB, 46 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: P Jesus Delgado was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina on Thursday and P Chris Seddon was transferred to Albuquerque from Extended Spring. . . . Chris Barnwell was one of the four Isotopes to register a hit in the game. Barnwell's hit extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . The Isotopes left a season-high 14 on base in the game, including 9 runners left in scoring position with 2 out. . . . The series continues on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Gaby Hernandez (2-4, 5.35) for the Isotopes and RHP Jeff Weaver (1-3, 6.00) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/05/2008

June 4, 2008 - Day Off; Hoover Recalled

The Isotopes and the rest of the Pacific Coast League had Wednesday off.

The Isotopes travel to Nashville beginning on Thursday for a four-game series. Probables in the opener are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (6-2, 4.53) for the Isotopes and LHP Lindsay Gulin (1-4, 3.40) for the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers).

In Isotopes roster news on Wednesday, the Marlins recalled C Paul Hoover from Albuquerque. In 26 games with Albuquerque in 2008, Hoover hit .292 (31x106) with 4 homers and 14 RBI.

Filed 06/04/2008

June 3, 2008 - Isotopes (28-30)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 . 7 11 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 5 1
WP: Jaime Garcia (2-2)
LP: Bobby Keppel (6-5)
Home Runs:
MEM Colby Rasmus (8) off Scott Nestor in the 7th inning
MEM Nick Stavinoha (7) off Scott Nestor in the 7th inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (19) off Jaime Garcia in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:46  ATT: 8,520
Memphis Redbird starter Jaime Garcia held Albuquerque to two runs in 7 innings and the Redbirds built a comfortable early lead en route to a 7-2 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale on Tuesday afternoon. The Isotopes have lost six out of their last 10 games.
The Isotopes manufactured a run in the 1st inning, their only brief lead of the game. Robert Andino led off with a walk, stole second base, advanced to third base on Chris Barnwell's sacrifice bunt, and scored on John Gall's single.
In the 2nd inning, Memphis' Nick Stavinoha singled, D'Angelo Jimenez walked, and Bryan Anderson singled to drive in Stavinoha. Garcia then sacrifice bunted home Jimenez to give Memphis a 2-1 lead.
The Redbirds added to their lead in the 3rd inning. With one out, Chris Duncan walked and scored on Josh Phelps' double. Phelps advanced to third base on an error on the play and scored on David Freese's single as Memphis led 4-1.
Dallas McPherson belted his league-leading 19th homer to center field in the 4th inning for the Isotopes final run of the game.
Isotopes reliever Scott Nestor gave up the final three Redbirds runs on homers in the 7th inning. Jarrett Hoffpauir singled and scored on Colby Rasmus' homer. Two outs later, Stavinoha solo homered.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (L, 6-5) 6.0 7 4 3 4 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 49 G, 197 AB, 27 R, 48 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 21 RBI, 15 BB, 59 K, 6 SB, .244 AVG
Scott Nestor 26 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 10.61 ERA, 28 IP, 32 H, 33 ER, 24 BB, 28 K, 6 HR
Jesus Delgado 6 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 11.81 ERA, 10.2 IP, 17 H, 14 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: There were a few transactions involving the Isotopes on Tuesday. The Marlins optioned P Taylor Tankersley to Albuquerque in order to see more game action and to reduce the number of pitchers the Marlins are carrying on their roster. The Marlins are expected to call up a position player on Wednesday, possibly from Albuquerque's roster. C Alberto Concepcion was transferred from Class-AA Carolina to Albuquerque on Tuesday and P Chris Seddon was transferred to Extended Spring. . . . The Isotopes and Redbirds split the series 2-2. 33,798 attended the series for a per-game average of 8,450 and 59,792 attended the eight-game homestand. Albuquerque has eight games left with Memphis in 2008 - four at "The Lab" and four at Autozone Park in Memphis. . . . Chris Barnwell was one of three Isotopes who had hits in the game. Barnwell's single extended his hitting streak to a current-team best 8 games. Tagg Bozied went 0x4 to snap a 7 game hitting streak. . . . Bobby Keppel has a unique won-loss record. Keppel is tied for the team lead in victories with 6 and is tied for the team lead in losses with 5. Keppel has lost his last three pitching decisions. . . . In the 5th inning, Albuquerque's Andrew Beattie was ejected by First Base umpire Casey Moser and Manager Dean Treanor was ejected by Home Plate umpire Jason Dunn. It was Beattie's first ejection and Treanor's third ejection of the season and Treanor's second early shower in four games. . . . Albuquerque has the day off Wednesday before embarking on a four-game roadtrip to Nashville to play the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers).

Filed 06/03/2008

June 2, 2008 - Isotopes (28-29)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 . 4 10 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 1 X . 6 11 0
WP: Ross Wolf (2-1)
LP: Jason Motte (2-2)
SV: Marcus Gwyn (1)
Home Runs:
MEM David Freese (7) off Marcus Gwyn in the 9th inning

ALB Jai Miller (8) off Jason Mott

TIME: 2:40  ATT: 7,276
Trailing 3-1 going into the 7th inning, the Isotopes plated four runs to take the lead and defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 6-4 on Monday evening.
Colby Rasmus and Chris Duncan singled home runs in the 3rd inning as the Redbirds led 2-0.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, Andrew Beattie singled, advanced to third base on Jai Miller's single and scored on John Baker's sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes cut the defecit in half at 2-1.
Cody Haerther doubled and scored on Bryan Anderson's double in the 6th inning as Memphis extended the lead to two runs at 3-1.
Albuquerque rallied to go ahead in the 7th inning. Baker singled, pinch-hitter Chase Lambin doubled and Robert Andino two run doubled to bring home Baker and Lambin to tie the game. Chris Barnwell singled to put runners on the corners and Barnwell advanced to second base on a wild pitch ahead of John Gall's two-run double to bring home Andino and Barnwell to give Albuquerque a 5-3 lead.
The Isotopes and Redbirds swapped solo homers in the later stages of the game - Miller homered for Albuquerque in the 8th inning and David Freese homered for Memphis to close out the scoring in the 9th inning.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern 6.0 7 3 3 2 3 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 48 G, 194 AB, 27 R, 48 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 21 RBI, 14 BB, 56 K, 6 SB, .247 AVG
Dallas Trahern 7 APP, 0-5, 8.41 ERA, 35.1 IP, 47 H, 33 ER, 13 BB, 27 K, 11 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Chris Barnwell extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a single tonight. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is former Isotope Chris Aguila. Aguila, with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets), hit .500 for the week (12x24) with 5 homers and 8 RBI. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Wade LeBlanc of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres). LeBlanc made, and won, both starts for the week, allowing 1 earned run in 10 innings (0.90 ERA). . . . The Isotopes and Redbirds play a day game tomorrow to conclude the series leading to a day off. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (6-4, 5.62) for the Isotopes and LHP Jaime Garcia (1-2, 3.72) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/02/2008

June 1, 2008 - Isotopes (27-29)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 2nd Place, -2.5 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 1 . 1 6 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 X . 6 9 0
WP: Chris Seddon (5-3)
LP: Hugo Castellanos (2-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Jason Wood (4) off Hugo Castellanos in the 1st inning
ALB Dallas McPherson (18) off Hugo Castellanos in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:41  ATT: 8,014
Chris Seddon tossed Albuquerque's first complete game of the season, allowing 6 hits and one run while striking out 8, and Jason Wood contributed a three run homer as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 6-1 on Breast Cancer Awareness night at Isotopes Park.

Albuquerque gave Seddon a great lead in the 1st inning. Robert Andino led off with a single, Chris Barnwell ground-rule doubled and John Gall was hit by a pitch to load the bags. A wild pitch brought Andino home and Wood launched a three-run homer to left field as the Isotopes led 4-0.

Dallas McPherson hit his league-leading 18th homer in the 5th inning, and in the 7th inning, McPherson reached on an error with two outs, advanced to second when Andrew Beattie walked, and Paul Hoover singled to drive in McPherson as Albuquerque led 6-0.
In the 9th inning. Chris Duncan doubled to lead off the inning and two outs later, David Freese singled to bring Duncan home to ruin Seddon's shutout.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (W, 5-3) 9.0 6 1 1 3 8 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
(none)
'TOPES NOTES: Chris Seddon's complete game was the first Isotopes complete game since Kenny Baugh's effort on July 19, 2007 vs Omaha at "The Lab". . . . The Isotopes wore special pink jerseys during the game and the jerseys were auctioned off. The highest bid of $400 went for a Ray Liotta signed Isotopes jersey (Liotta is in the state shooting a movie) and the highest player jersey went for $300 (Jason Wood). A total of $4,340 was raised for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation of Central New Mexico. . . . Chris Barnwell extended his hitting streak to 6 games with a double. . . . Monday evening's probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (0-5, 9.20) for the Isotopes and RHP Mitchell Boggs (5-1, 3.17) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/01/2008

May 31, 2008 - Isotopes (26-29)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 . 7 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 . 2 4 0
WP: P.J. Walters (4-0)
LP: Gaby Hernandez (2-4)
Home Runs:
MEM Brian Barden (4) off Gaby Hernandez in the 3rd inning
TIME: 3:01  ATT: 9,988
Gaby Hernandez tossed six innings, allowing a two run homer and six total hits, but it was the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) five-run 7th inning that broke open a tight game as the Redbirds defeated the Isotopes 7-2 in the opener at "The Lab" on Saturday night.
Brian Barden homered with Bryan Anderson on board in the 3rd inning as the Redbirds led 2-0.
Memphis broke the game open in the 7th inning. Redbirds starter P.J. Walters walked to start the inning. Barden singled and Coby Rasmus singled to drive in Walters. Chris Duncan reached on a fielder's choice (with Barden thrown out at home plate) and Josh Phelps two-run doubled, driving in Rasmus and Duncan. Nick Stavinoha walked and Phelps and Stavinoha moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. David Freese sacrifice flied out, plating Phelps, and D'Angelo Jimenez singled to drive in Stavinoha as the Redbirds led 7-0.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Isotopes avoided the shutout. Tagg Bozied singled, Dallas McPherson drew a walk, and John Baker tripled home both runners.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Gaby Hernandez (L, 2-4) 6.0 6 2 2 2 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 47 G, 191 AB, 26 R, 46 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 13 BB, 56 K, 6 SB, .241 AVG
Scott Nestor 25 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 10.00 ERA, 27 IP, 29 H, 30 ER, 24 BB, 25 K, 4 HR
Gaby Hernandez 7 APP, 2-4, 5.35 ERA, 38.2 IP, 46 H, 23 ER, 9 BB, 33 K, 8 HR
Jesus Delgado 5 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 13.03 ERA, 9.2 IP, 16 H, 14 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque should be grateful to turn the calendar page, as the 'Topes had the worst May in franchise history with a 11-19 record, 7-11 at home and 4-8 on the road. . . . Other May Isotopes statistics...154 runs scored, 24 stolen bases, and 34 homers hit. . . . Tagg Bozied extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a single. . . . Tonight's loss snapped a six game winning streak against the Redbirds. . . . In their 28th gate, the Isotopes exceeded the 200,000 (206,465) attendance mark at Isotopes Park in 2008. The current per-game average is 7,374. . . . There were two Isotopes ejections in the game. Manager Dean Treanor was ejected by third base umpire Dan Bellino in the 2nd inning. It was Treanor's second early shower of the season and he leads the Isotopes Ejection League. Not far behind Treanor in the league standings is Catcher Paul Hoover, who was ejected for the first time this season by Home Plate umpire Jason Dunn in the 6th inning. . . . The series continues Sunday night when the Isotopes show their pink side during Breast Cancer Awareness night. Probables are LHP Chris Seddon (4-3, 4.11) for the Isotopes and RHP Hugo Castellanos (2-0, 4.98) for the Redbirds.

Filed 05/31/2008

May 30, 2008 - Isotopes (26-28)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 4 11 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 0 X . 9 11 0
WP: Ross Wolf (1-1)
LP: Erasmo Ramirez (1-2)
Home Runs:
ALB Dallas McPherson (16) off Lindsay Gulin in the 4th inning
ALB Dallas McPherson (17) off Jason Shiell in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:46  ATT: 8,040
Dallas McPherson homered twice, drove in four runs, and Albuquerque roared back from behind to take a commanding lead with an eight-run 7th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 9-4 in the series finale at "The Lab" on Friday evening.
In the 1st inning, Nashville's Hernan Iribarren doubled, stole third base and scored on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s sacrifice flyout as the Sounds led 1-0.
The Sounds added to the lead in the 3rd inning. Gwynn Jr. singled with one out and scored on Laynce Nix's double to the left-center field wall.
McPherson's first homer of the night cut Nashville's lead in half at 2-1.
Nashville gave themselves a little bit of breathing room in the 6th inning with two runs (Adam Heether run-scoring fielder's choice and Brendan Katin's RBI single) to lead 4-1.
Albuquerque made their big comeback in the 7th inning. With one out, John Baker singled and pinch-hitter Chase Lambin singled. Robert Andino drew a walk to load the bases and Chris Barnwell doubled, driving two runs. Andrew Beattie's single plated Andino and Barnwell. John Gall was intentionally walked and Tagg Bozied singled to drive in Beattie. McPherson followed with his league-leading 17th homer, a three-run shot, to left field to close out the scoring in the inning as Albuquerque took a 9-4 lead.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 6.0 8 4 4 2 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 46 G, 187 AB, 26 R, 45 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 13 BB, 54 K, 6 SB, .241 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 10 APP, 6-2, 4.53 ERA, 55.2 IP, 61 H, 28 ER, 21 BB, 44 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: It was a strange series, final score wise. While Albuquerque took the first game 11-3, Nashville won the second game 11-3. In the third game, Nashville won 9-4 and Albuquerque won the finale by that same score. The just-completed series was a split, and Albuquerque won five out of the eight games in the season series at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes and Sounds round out their season matchups with a pair of four game series at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville - one in June and one in August. 25,994 attended the four game series. . . . Tagg Bozied extended his hitting streak to 6 games tonight. . . . The Isotopes round out the current homestand with a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. Probables in the opener are RHP Gaby Hernandez (2-3, 5.79) for the Isotopes and RHP P.J. Walters (3-0, 5.00) for the Redbirds.

Filed 05/30/2008

May 29, 2008 - Isotopes (25-28)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 1 0 2 3 0 1 2 0 0 . 9 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 . 4 10 3
WP: Sam Narron (3-0)
LP: Bobby Keppel (6-4)
Home Runs:
NSH Laynce Nix (7) off Bobby Keppel in the 1st inning

ALB Jai Miller (7) off Sam Narron in the 2nd inning
ALB Chris Barnwell (4) off Sam Narron in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:49  ATT: 5,594
Isotopes starter Bobby Keppel was tagged for seven runs (four earned) in 6 innings as the Isotopes dropped the third game of the series to the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 9-4 on Thursday evening.
Laynce Nix solo homered in the top of the 1st inning as the Sounds led 1-0.
Albuquerque used some two out magic in the 2nd inning to take a 2-1 lead. Jai Miller solo homered, Andrew Beattie singled, advanced to third base on Keppel's single, Robert Andino walked to load the bases, and Chris Barnwell singled to drive in Beattie.
The Sounds regained the lead (and for good) in the 3rd inning with two out magic of their own. Tony Gwynn Jr. singled, Nix doubled and Brad Nelson singled to drive in Gwynn Jr. and Nix.
Nashville added to their lead in the 4th inning. Adam Heether and Brendan Katin singled and Ozzie Chavez reached on an error as Heether scored. Sounds starter Sam Narron doubled to help his cause, driving in Katin and Chavez as the Sounds led 6-2.
Beattie singled and scored on Barnwell's single in the 4th inning as the Isotopes trailed 6-3 after four innings of play.
Katin doubled and scored on an error in the 6th inning for Nashville and in the 7th inning, Gwynn Jr. and Nix singled and a wild pitch brought Gwynn Jr. home. Nix advanced to third base on an error and scored on Vinny Rottino's sacrifice flyout as the Sounds led 9-3.
Barnwell solo homered in the Isotopes' half of the 7th inning to close out the scoring in the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (L, 6-4) 6.0 9 7 4 1 5 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 45 G, 185 AB, 26 R, 45 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 12 BB, 54 K, 6 SB, .243 AVG
Scott Nestor 24 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 10.52 ERA, 25.2 IP, 27 H, 30 ER, 23 BB, 22 K, 4 HR
'TOPES NOTES: John Gall went hitless in five at-bats, striking out in his final at-bat in the 9th inning, to snap a 25-game Isotopes Park home hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes are 3 games below .500, tying a worst low water mark for 2008. . . . Nashville's Laynce Nix was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque and Nashville play their final game of the 2008 season at Isotopes Park on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (6-2, 4.35) for the Isotopes and LHP Lindsay Gulin (1-4, 3.06) for the Sounds.

Filed 05/29/2008

May 28, 2008 - Isotopes (25-27)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 5 1 . 11 14 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 3 7 2
WP: Richie Gardner (4-1)
LP: Dallas Trahern (0-5)
Home Runs:
NSH Adam Heether (5) off Jesus Delgado in the 8th inning
NSH J.R. Hopf (1) off Dallas Trahern in the 5th inning
TIME: 3:26  ATT: 6,735
Isotopes starter Dallas Trahern and Isotopes reliever Jesus Delgado each allowed five runs as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers), after losing last night 11-3, turned the tables and defeated the Isotopes 11-3 on Wednesday evening.
Callix Crabbe singled, advanced to second base on a groundout, and scored on Laynce Nix's single as the Sounds led 1-0 after a half-inning of play.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, Chris Barnwell walked with one out, stole second base, John Gall drew a walk and both runners executed a double steal. Dallas McPherson walked to load the bases and Tagg Bozied doubled to drive in Barnwell and Gall as the Isotopes led 2-1.
Crabbe was in the middle of things again in the 3rd inning as Nashville tied the game at 2-2. Crabbe walked, stole second base, advanced to third base on a passed ball and scored on Vinny Rottino's single.
Nashville regained the advantage in the 5th inning on Rottino's RBI single and J.R. Hopf's two-run homer.
The Sounds tallied for five runs in the 8th inning to extend a 5-2 lead to 10-2. Isotopes reliever Delgado got two quick outs before getting into trouble. Brendan Katin and Ozzie Chavez singled and Adam Heether followed with a three-run homer. Crabbe singled, Gwynn Jr. walked and Nix doubled to bring them both home.
Albuquerque scored their final run in the 8th inning. Jason Wood walked, Barnwell doubled to advance Wood to third base, and Gall grounded out to drive in Wood.
Crabbe's 9th inning single brought Hopf home with the final run of the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern (L, 0-5) 5.0 7 5 5 3 6 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 44 G, 181 AB, 25 R, 43 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 12 BB, 53 K, 6 SB, .238 AVG
Scott Nestor 23 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 11.25 ERA, 24 IP, 27 H, 30 ER, 23 BB, 21 K, 4 HR
Dallas Trahern 6 APP, 0-5, 9.20 ERA, 29.1 IP, 40 H, 30 ER, 11 BB, 24 K, 11 HR
Jesus Delgado 4 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 10.24 ERA, 9.2 IP, 14 H, 11 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque lost on a Wednesday for the first time this season (5-1). . . . The Isotopes had their running shoes on, stealing a season-high 6 bases in the game. Chris Barnwell had 3 steals, one shy of a franchise record for a game, and Barnwell and Robert Andino each tied a franchise record with 2 steals in a single inning. . . . Albuquerque hopes to get back in the win column Thursday. Hard-luck loser RHP Bobby Keppel (6-3, 5.58) -- Keppel lost a 1-0 pitching duel at New Orleans last Saturday -- is expected to face Sounds LHP Sam Narron (2-0, 3.46).

Filed 05/28/2008

May 27, 2008 - Isotopes (25-26)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 . 3 11 3
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 4 0 1 1 2 2 X . 11 14 0
WP: Chris Seddon (4-3)
LP: Chris Narveson (2-7)
Home Runs:
ALB John Gall (8) off Chris Narveson in the 1st inning
ALB Tagg Bozied (6) off Chris Narveson in the 3rd inning
ALB Robert Andino (1) off Chris Narveson in the 3rd inning
TIME: 3:01  ATT: 5,625
A trio of Isotopes hit early game homers to stake Albuquerque to a solid lead and the Isotopes went on to defeat the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 11-3 in the series opener Tuesday night at "The Lab".
John Gall solo homered in the 1st inning as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
In the 3rd innnng, Robert Andino solo homered with one out to extend Albuquerque's lead. Another out later, Gall and Jason Wood walked and Tagg Bozied three-run homered as the Isotopes led 5-0.
Nashville made it a game in the 5th inning. Brendan Katin and Ozzie Chavez singled, Sounds releiver Steve Bray laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Callix Crabbe tripled to bring home Katin and Chavez. Tony Gwynn Jr. grounded out, driving in Crabbe as Nashville trailed 5-3.
The rest of the game was all Albuquerque, scoring in the next four innings. In the home half of the 5th inning, Gall reached on an error and scored on Wood's double. In the 6th inning, another error lead to an Isotopes run. Chris Barnwell drew a leadoff walked, Isotopes starter Chris Seddon laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Barnwell to second base, and an error on a pickoff attempt allowed Barnwell to race around to score.
Albuquerque's speed helped in scoring a pair of 7th inning runs. Bozied singled and stole second base. A wild pitch moved Bozied to third base and Andrew Beattie singled to plate Bozied. Beattie stole second base and scored on Barnwell's single.
The Isotopes scored their final two runs in the 8th inning. Jai Miller reached on an error, Gall doubled, and Wood singled to drive in Miller and Gall.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (W, 4-3) 6.0 9 3 3 1 9 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 43 G, 176 AB, 25 R, 41 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 12 BB, 52 K, 6 SB, .233 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: IF Grant Psomas was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Jupiter on Monday and P Bobby Keppel was transferred to the Isotopes from Extended Spring Training. . . . John Gall tied a franchise record with four runs scored in the game. . . . Isotopes pitching struck out a season high 13 batters. . . . The series continues on Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Dallas Trahern (0-4, 9.25) for the Isotopes and RHP Richie Gardner (3-1, 5.35) for the Sounds.

Filed 05/27/2008

May 26, 2008 - Isotopes (24-26)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 2 5 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 X . 8 6 0
WP: Brian Stokes (5-5)
LP: Marcos Carvajal (1-1)
Home Runs:
NRL Anderson Machado (2) off Scott Nestor in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:36  ATT: 2,048
The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) took a close game in the 8th inning and tallied for five runs to put away the Isotopes 8-2 and sweep the series on Memorial Day afternoon in New Orleans. Albuquerque has lost a season-high five straight games.
In the 3rd inning, Albuquerque took their only lead of the four-game series. Dante Brinkley singled, advanced to second base on Isotope starter Marcos Carvajal's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Robert Andino's single.
Albuquerque's only lead of the series was very brief as the Zephyrs got on the scoreboard in their half of the 3rd inning. With one out, Anderson Hernandez doubled, Argenis Reyes walked, and a wild pitch advanced both runners a base. Former-Isotope Chris Aguila walked to load the bases and former-Isotope Val Pascucci doubled to clear the bases.
Chase Lambin walked, advanced to third base on Andino's double, and scored on a groundout in the 6th inning as Albuquerque trailed by a run at 3-2.
New Orleans blew the game wide open in the 8th inning with a five-run inning, all against Isotopes reliever Scott Nestor. Aguila walked and stole second base. Pascucci and Jesus Feliciano drew walks to load the bases and Michel Abreu doubled to drive in all three runners. An out later, Anderson Machado homered to right field.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Marcos Carvajal (L, 1-1) 5.0 2 3 3 5 7 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 42 G, 172 AB, 24 R, 41 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 11 BB, 49 K, 6 SB, .238 AVG
Scott Nestor 22 APP, 1-1, 0 SV, 11.41 ERA, 23.2 IP, 27 H, 30 ER, 22 BB, 20 K, 4 HR
Jesus Delgado 3 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 7.71 ERA, 7 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: With Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz umimpressive in his Florida Marlins outing on Sunday, the Marlins were looking for another pitcher to bring up to replace De La Cruz. The Marlins decided Monday to purchase the contract of P Joe Nelson from Albuquerque. Nelson leaves the Isotopes with a league-leading 11 saves, a 1-1 record, a 2.10 ERA, and 36 strikeouts in 25.2 innings pitched. Since the Isotopes have not had a save opportunity since Nelson was promoted, time will tell if the Isotopes will designate another reliever as closer or go with a closer by committee approach. Bobby Keppel was transferred to Extended Spring Training to make roster room for the returning De La Cruz. . . . Albuquerque was swept by the Zephyrs for the first time in franchise history. The Isotopes have not been swept in a series since a four game series in Round Rock against the Express in August 2007. 19,513 fans attended the four games in New Orleans. . . . Albuquerque is 3-3 in Memorial Day contests, and today's loss snapped a three-game winning streak on Memorial Day. . . . Val Pascucci is setting up to be the new Isotopes killer (replacing Adrian Gonzalez who had enjoyed great success against his former team prior to his callup to the major leagues). In his first series against his former team, Pascucci hit .400 (4x10) with a double, three homers and 6 RBI. . . . Peter Ciofrone of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Ciofrone hit .429 (12x28) with 4 homers and 10 RBI during the week. . . . Randy Wells of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. In two starts, Wells won both of them, tossing 11 innings and allowing 8 hits, 2 runs (1.64 ERA) and striking out 11 batters. . . . Albuquerque returns home for an eight-game homestand, hoping home cooking will snap a losing streak and hoping to plate more than the five runs scored in the series with New Orleans. Up first is a four-game series with the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). Probables in the opener are LHP Chris Seddon (3-3, 4.06) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris Narveson (2-6, 4.53) for the Sounds. The series marks Nashville's final four games in Albuquerque in 2008.

Filed 05/26/2008

May 25, 2008 - Isotopes (24-25)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 5 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 X . 4 6 0
WP: Ruddy Lugo (4-2)
LP: Ross Wolf (0-1)
SV: Ivan Maldonado (1)
Home Runs:
ALB Dante Brinkley (2) off Ivan Maldonado in the 8th inning

NRL Val Pascucci (10) off Gaby Hernandez in the 2nd inning
NRL Anderson Hernandez (3) off Ross Wolf in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:44  ATT: 3,802
Another day, another pitching duel. For the third day in a row, Isotopes and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) starters locked up in a duel and for the second time in the series, the game was decided after the starters were out of the game. Val Pascucci homered for the third straight game against his former club, but it was Anderson Hernandez's homer that snapped a 1-1 tie as the Zephyrs took the lead and eventually defeated the Isotopes 4-2 on Sunday afternoon in Metarie, Louisiana.
Pascucci solo homered in the 2nd inning off Isotopes starter Gaby Hernandez to give the Zephyrs a 1-0 lead.
Albuquerque pushed across their first run in the 4th inning. Jai Miller singled, stole second base and scored on John Gall's single.
Gaby Hernandez, having pitched 6 2/3 innings while allowing just the homer and 4 hits, was gone from the game in the 7th inning when the Zephyrs regained the lead. Anderson Hernandez was the first batter Isotopes reliever Ross Wolf faced and Hernandez took Wolf deep to snap the 1-1 tie. Wolf walked Abraham Nunez before giving way to reliever Randy Williams. Williams continued the wildness, walking former-Isotopes Chris Aguila and Pascucci to load the bases before walking Jesus Feliciano to bring home Nunez.
Zephyrs starter Ruddy Lugo, having tossed 7 innings and allowing 3 hits and 1 run, was gone from the game when Albuquerque's Dante Brinkley solo homered to cut the Zephyrs lead to a run at 3-2.
New Orleans added an insurance run in the 8th inning. Mike Nickeas walked, advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, and scored on Anderson Hernandez's single.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Gaby Hernandez 6.2 4 1 1 3 8 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 41 G, 169 AB, 24 R, 41 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 11 BB, 46 K, 6 SB, .243 AVG
Gaby Hernandez 6 APP, 2-3, 5.79 ERA, 32.2 IP, 40 H, 21 ER, 7 BB, 29 K, 7 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Isotopes P Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz had an interesting day on Sunday. De La Cruz received a 3:30 AM wakeup call to catch a flight after the Marlins recalled him from Albuquerque to pitch the second game of a doubleheader (Giants vs. Marlins). De La Cruz made his first MLB start (but not MLB debut, that happened in 2007) in the nightcap, giving up a single to the first batter, walking the next two batters, and did not get the first out until his 21st pitch. De La Cruz eventually tossed 65 pitches in 3 innings while allowing 2 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks and only striking out 1. The Marlins were disappointed in his spot start performance and optioned him back to Albuquerque after the game. In other transactions affecting Albuquerque on Sunday, the Marlins optioned IF Robert Andino to Albuquerque and the Isotopes activated P Ross Wolf off the Disabled List. . . . The Isotopes are on a four game losing streak (tying a season high) and are below the .500 mark for the first time since April 15th. . . . Albuquerque looks to avoid the series sweep on Monday, Memorial Day, afternoon. RHP Marcos Carvajal (1-0. 7.06) will be making a spot start for Albuquerque against New Orleans RHP Brian Stokes (4-5, 5.04).

Filed 05/25/2008

May 24, 2008 - Isotopes (24-24)

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

Zephyr 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 5 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X . 1 4 0
WP: Willie Collazo (2-1)
LP: Bobby Keppel (6-3)
SV: Nate Field (4)
Home Runs:
NRL Val Pascucci (9) off Bobby Keppel in the 2nd inning
TIME: 2:06  ATT: 7,768
New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) starter Willie Collazo and Isotopes starter Bobby Keppel locked up in a pitching duel. Former Isotope Val Pascucci's homer provided the only run of the game in New Orleans' 1-0 victory, handing Albuquerque their first shutout of the season.
Keppel allowed just Pascucci's homer in 7 innings while allowing 4 hits, while Collazo went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 4 hits and no runs. Pascucci homered for the second night in a row against his former team, each homer providing the winning run.
Albuquerque provided no real threat to the Zephyrs in the game, with only 3 runners reaching scoring position and noone making it safely to third base.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Bobby Keppel (L, 6-3) 7.0 4 1 1 1 4 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 40 G, 165 AB, 23 R, 40 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 11 BB, 45 K, 5 SB, .242 AVG
Jesus Delgado 2 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 10.80 ERA, 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: It was not Dallas McPherson that earned the call to the Marlins on Saturday. With Brett Carroll going on the disabled list for the Marlins, the Marlins decided to recall IF Robert Andino from Albuquerque. Andino had been optioned to Albuquerque a couple of days ago. Taking Andino's roster spot with Albuquerque is IF Grant Psomas, who was activated off the disabled list. . . . Tonight was Albuquerque's ninth 1-0 contest in franchise history. The Isotopes have a won-loss record of 3-6 in the closest of contests. All of them have come on the road except for one home contest, a 7-inning doubleheader game on August 10, 2004 in which the Isotopes defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 1-0. . . . Bobby Keppel snapped a personal three-game winning streak with the hard luck loss. . . . Almost one month ago (April 25th), Albuquerque was a season-high 6 games above the .500 mark. With tonight's loss, the Isotopes fell to .500 for the first time since their season-best highwater mark. . . . The 2 hour, 6 minute pitching duel was the shortest 9-inning game of the season for Albuquerque. . . . The Zephyrs and Isotopes meet for a Sunday afternoon matinee. Probables are RHP Gaby Hernandez (2-3, 6.92) for the Isotopes and RHP Ruddy Lugo (3-2, 3.98) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 05/24/2008

May 23, 2008 - Isotopes (24-23)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 1 4 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 4 0
WP: Carlos Muniz (2-2)
LP: Brandon Villafuerte (2-2)
Home Runs:
NRL Val Pascucci (8) off Brandon Villafuerte in the 10th inning
TIME: 2:43  ATT: 5,895
Albuquerque's Dallas Trahern and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) pitcher Tony Armas Jr. were locked in a great pitching duel before former Isotope Val Pascucci decided the game with his 10th inning homer as the Zephyrs defeated Albuquerque 2-1 in the opener at Zephyr Field on Friday in front of a regional television audience on COX Sports Louisiana HD.
Trahern had a no hitter through 4 2/3 innings until former Isotope Chris Aguila smacked a single into left field for New Orleans' first hit. After advancing to second base on a passed ball, Pascucci drew a walk and Aguila came around to score when Jesus Feliciano singled to right field.
Armas Jr. did a great job himself in the duel, going 7 innings while allowing 2 hits and striking out 9 Isotopes. With Armas Jr. gone in the 8th inning, Albuquerque was able to push across a run to tie the game. Chris Barnwell doubled down the left field line with two outs in the 8th inning and scored on Jai Miller's bloop single into right field.
Reliever Brandon Villafuerte entered the game for Albuquerque in the 10th inning and Pascucci was the first batter he faced. Pascucci took a 3-2 pitch and deposited it over the left field wall for the game-winning homer.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Dallas Trahern 6.1 3 1 1 2 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 39 G, 161 AB, 23 R, 40 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 11 BB, 44 K, 5 SB, .248 AVG
Dallas Trahern 5 APP, 0-4, 9.25 ERA, 24.1 IP, 33 H, 25 ER, 8 BB, 18 K, 10 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Brett Carroll separated his right shoulder after crashing into a fence trying to field Aaron Rowand's homer in the Giants/Marlins game on Friday evening. Carroll will be placed on the disabled list and speculation is that Dallas McPherson could be going to the Marlins to take Carroll's roster spot. Nothing was
apparent from Friday's Isotopes contest, as McPherson played all 10 innings and wasn't pulled during the game to tip off McPherson is the player going to Florida. . . . C Alberto Concepcion was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Carolina to free up a roster spot for Robert Andino, who is expected to join the Isotopes this weekend. . . . John Gall struck out in a pinch-hit at-bat, snapping an 11 game hitting streak. Dallas McPherson had a six-game hitting streak snapped in the contest. . . . Looking back at Val Pascucci's Isotope days, Pascucci had one walkoff homer. . . . The Isotopes went homerless in the contest, the first game since they were held homerless on May 17th. . . . Brandon Villafuerte lost for the second time in the last four games. . . . Television history was made for Albuquerque as tonight's game on COX Sports Lousisiana was the first game involving the Isotopes produced in High Definition. Albuquerque has two more games in 2008 scheduled to be televised on COX Sports, both coming when Albuquerque returns to New Orleans coming off the All-Star break in July. Albuquerque also has one game against the Round Rock Express scheduled to be broadcast on FOX Sports Net (FSN) Southwest on July 3rd. . . . The Zephyrs and Isotopes meet again on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Bobby Keppel (6-2, 6.15) for the Isotopes and LHP Willie Collazo (1-1, 3.23) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 05/23/2008

Andino Joining Isotopes

The Marlins earlier in the week signed free agent OF Jacque Jones to a contract. After Jones was sent to the lower minor leagues to see some live pitching, the Marlins recalled Jones on Friday and optioned IF Robert Andino to Albuquerque. Andino appeared in 21 games with the Marlins in 2008, hitting .182 (4x22) with 2 homers and 3 RBI.
Filed 05/23/2008

May 22, 2008 - Isotopes (24-22)

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 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 . 8 16 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 . 2 11 3
WP: Jack Cassel (4-1)
LP: Chris Seddon (3-3)
Home Runs:
ALB Jai Miller (6) off Jack Cassel in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:52  ATT: 5,984
Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) pitcher Jack Cassel tossed 8 innings, holding the Isotopes to 2 runs as the Express defeated the Isotopes 8-2 on Thursday evening.
In the 2nd inning, former Isotope Reggie Abercrombie scored on Nick Gorneaut's double, Ray Sadler scored on a groundout, and Gorneault scored on Tomas Perez's sacrifice flyout as the Express led 3-0.
Perez singled to plate Humberto Quintero in the 4th inning as the Express built their lead to 4-0.
Round Rock tacked two more runs n the scoreboard in the 7th inning when Sadler tripled home J.R. House and Mark Saccomanno.
The Express extended the lead to 8-0 in the 8th inning. With one out, Cassel doubled, Perez singled and Edwin Maysonet lifted a sacrifice flyout to plate Cassel. House followed with a double to bring Perez home.
Albuquerque avoided the shutout in their half of the 8th inning. Jai Miller solo homered, Andrew Beattie tripled and scored on John Gall's sacrifice flyout.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Chris Seddon (L, 3-3) 6.0 10 4 3 1 5 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 38 G, 157 AB, 23 R, 38 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 42 K, 5 SB, .242 AVG
Scott Nestor 21 APP, 1-1, 9.93 ERA, 22.2 IP, 25 H, 25 ER, 19 BB, 19 K, 3 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes and Express split the four game series. 23,251 attended the series for a per-game average of 5,813 and 50,687 attended the just completed eight game homestand. . . . The Isotopes are 3-8 in series finales, the worst record of any game in a series. The Isotopes are best in the openers and the third game of series' at 8-4. . . . John Gall extended his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Albuquerque hits the road for a quick four game roadtrip against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Mets) starting on Friday night. Probables in the opener, scheduled to be televised on COX Sports Louisiana and viewable by satellite in Albuquerque, are RHP Bobby Keppel (6-2, 6.15) for the Isotopes and RHP Tony Armas Jr. (2-4, 2.63) for the Zephyrs. Familiar faces (i.e. former Isotopes) on the Zephyrs are Adam Bostick, Nate Field, Val Pascucci, and Chris Aguila.

Filed 05/22/2008

May 21, 2008 - Isotopes (24-21)

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 0 2 . 2 5 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 X . 5 11 1
WP: Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (6-2)
LP: Josh Muecke (3-2)
SV: Joe Nelson (11)
Home Runs:
ALB Jai Miller (5) off Josh Muecke in the 6th inning
ALB Andrew Beattie (3) off Ryan Houston in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:22  ATT: 4,108
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz came within one out of tossing Albuquerque's first complete game of the season and Jai Miller and Andrew Beattie each two-run homered in Albuquerque's 5-2 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) on Thursday evening at "The Lab".
In the 1st inning, Beattie walked, advanced to third base on John Gall's single and scored on Jason Wood's sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes led 1-0.
De La Cruz and the Isotopes hung onto that narrow margin until the 6th inning when Albuquerque gave themselves some breathing room. Jai Miller, playing for the first time after six games off due to a strained groin, homered with John Baker on base as Albuquerque led 3-0.
In the 7th inning, Barnwell walked and scored on Beattie's homer as the Isotopes extended their lead to 5-0.
De La Cruz had a shutout going to the 9th inning. Pinch-hitter Jonathan Ash reached on an error and Tomas Perez singled. An out later, Mark Saccomanno singled to drive in Ash and David Newhan sacrifice flied out to drive in Perez. After J.R. House singled, Joe Nelson relieved De La Cruz and struck out former-Isotope Reggie Abercrombie to end the game.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (W, 6-2) 8.2 5 2 0 1 4 0
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jai Miller: 37 G, 153 AB, 22 R, 36 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 11 BB, 42 K, 5 SB, .235 AVG
Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz 9 APP, 6-2, 4.35 ERA, 49.2 IP, 53 H, 24 ER, 19 BB, 40 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: John Gall extended his hitting streak to 10 games tonight, while Dante Brinkley went hitless to snap a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Joe Nelson hasn't been too busy with save opportunities lately, having earned his first save since April 30th against Las Vegas. . . . The 2008 Class for the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame was announced on Wednesday. The new members are former Dukes manager Del Crandall, former Dukes General Manager Pat McKernan, the 1981 Dukes club, former Duke Mike Marshall, former manager and player Hershel Martin, and executives Tom Bolack and John McMullen. The induction will be held on Dukes Retro Night (July 23rd) and the six new members will join 2007 inductee Tommy Lasorda in the Hall of Fame. . . . The series concludes on Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Seddon (3-2, 4.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Jack Cassel (3-1, 2.15) for the E-train.

Filed 05/21/2008

May 20, 2008 - Isotopes (23-21)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 8 11 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 . 4 7 0
WP: Runelvys Hernandez (3-2)
LP: Brandon Villafuerte (2-1)
Home Runs:
RR Reggie Abercrombie (6) off Brandon Villafuerte in the 2nd inning
RR Humberto Quintero (2) off Jesus Delgado in the 3rd inning

ALB John Gall (7) off Runelvys Hernandez in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:51  ATT: 6,341
The Isotopes dug themselves into a big 8-0 hole in the first few innings and were unable to fight their way back in a 8-4 defeat to the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) on Tuesday evening.
Former Isotope Reggie Abercrombie homered with J.R. House on base as the Express led 2-0 after 2 innings of play.
The E-train extended their lead in the 3rd inning. Jesus Delgado made his Triple-A debut in relief for Albuquerque and allowed a single to the Express starting pitcher Runelvys Hernandez. Jonathan Ash reached on a fielder's choice (with Hernandez out at second base) and Ash advanced to second on a wild pitch. Edwin Maysonet drew a walk and Mark Saccomanno singled to drive in Ash. David Newhan reached on a fielder's choice as Maysonet scored and House singled ahead of Abercrombie's run-scoring single that drove in Newhan. Humberto Quintero blasted a three-run homer to left field to cap the scoring in the inning as the Express led 8-0.
John Gall solo-homered to center field in the 4th inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.
Albuquerque plated a couple more runs in the 6th inning. Pinch-hitter Alberto Concepcion singled and Chris Barnwell walked. Both runners advanced a base on Andrew Beattie's groundout and a wild pitch brought Concepcion home. Gall drew a walk to load the bases and Dallas McPherson sacrifice flied out to bring Barnwell home as Albuquerque trailed 8-3.
McPherson doubled and scored on Chase Lambin's single in the 9th inning as Albuquerque scored one final time in the contest.
ISOTOPES STARTERIPHRERBBSOHR
Brandon Villafuerte (L, 2-1) 2.0 2 2 2 0 0 1
MARLIN PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jesus Delgado 1 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 13.50 ERA, 4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: There were a slew of transactions on Tuesday. P Steve Woodard was placed on the Disabled List after Woodard was hit by a comebacker on Sunday and broke bones in the ring and middle fingers of his pitching hand. OF George Lombard was transferred to Extended Spring Training and C Alberto Concepcion and P Jesus Delgado were both transferred to the Isotopes from Class-AA Carolina. . . . John Gall extended his hitting streak to 9 games, while Dante Brinkley extended his streak to 6 games. . . . Probables for Wednesday evening's contest are RHP Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz (5-2, 5.27) for the Isotopes and LHP Josh Muecke (3-2, 3.06) for the Express.

Filed 05/20/2008

May 19, 2008 - Isotopes (23-20)

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 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 . 6 8 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 2 6 1 0 2 0 X . 12 13 1
WP: Gaby Hernandez (2-3)
LP: Josh Miller (3-1)
Home Runs:
RR Edwin Maysonet (3) off Gaby Hernandez in the 4th inning

ALB Dallas McPherson (13) off Josh Miller in the 2nd inning
ALB Dallas McPherson (14) off Chance Douglass in the 5th inning
ALB Dallas McPherson (15) off Chance Douglass in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:39  ATT: 6,818
PCL home run leader Dallas McPherson put on a power show at Isotopes Park in the opener of a series against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). McPherson tied a franchise record by homering three times in Albuquerque's 12-6 victory over the Expre