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Albuquerque Isotopes 2008 At-A-Glance:
Night Record: 59-56Day Record: 9-19
Home Record: 39-33Road Record: 29-42
Division Record: 20-28Extra Innings Record: 5-5
Current Roadtrip: 5-2Last Homestand: 6-4
Runs Scored: 812Runs Allowed: 857
Current Streak: Won 3

Isotopes 2009 Game Schedule Released

The PCL League Office released the 2009 Championship Season game schedule for all the PCL clubs. The Isotopes game schedule can be found by clicking the "Schedule" link to the left and forwarding through the calendar to the desired month and day in 2009. There are five off-days in the 2009 schedule, not counting the AAA All-Star Break, and the Isotopes appear to have fewer short homestands or roadtrips compared to 2008. Albuquerque opens at home against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) on April 9th and concludes the season in Des Moines against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Labor Day, September 7th. The Isotopes complete their 72-game home schedule with their longest homestand in franchise history (13 games) in late August and into early September. Other items of note: - Home game times remain mostly 7:05 PM (except for 6:35 PM school night game start times) with Sunday games at 1:35 PM early in the season and 6:05 PM for most of the rest of the season. There are a few 12:05 PM start times -- including one August weekday game -- instead of all the noon starts being early in the season and there are a couple of unusual 4:05 PM start times - The Isotopes play New Orleans, the new AAA club for the Florida Marlins, on April 25th in New Orleans. The Zephyrs and Isotopes meet 16 times during the season. - Isotope fans will have to wait until 2010 to see the Reno Aces, the AAA Club of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for the first time. The Aces were formerly known as the Tucson Sidewinders before relocating from Tucson to Reno after the 2008 season concluded. Isotope players will get to play in the brand-new Reno ballpark August 18-21. Since the schedule has not been officially released by the Isotopes club, it remains to-be-announced the promotions schedule or any exhibition games. The Isotopes and Lobos may continue their annual exhibition matchup or with the Dodgers spring training in Arizona for the first full spring season, there may be a chance of the renewed relationship between Albuquerque baseball and the Dodgers getting started with an exhibition game.
Filed 12/22/2008

Dodgers/Isotopes Reunion is Official!

The Albuquerque Isotopes became the third Albuquerque baseball club to become an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Following in the Albuquerque baseball tradition of the Albuquerque Dodgers (Double-A Texas League 1963-1971) and Albuquerque Dukes (Triple-A PCL 1972-2000), the Isotopes were linked to the Dodgers when a two-season Player Development Contract was inked. Gone will be Isotope players and field staff since they are signed to contracts with the Marlins, but they could return if those with season-to-season deals do not re-sign with the Marlins and if the Dodgers sign them to a minor league deal. Dean Treanor's return as manager is very unlikely unless he were to get out of his Marlins contract and could convince the Dodgers to sign him to be their Triple-A manager. Albuquerque teams with the Dodgers parent club have had a fruitful history - the Double-A Dodgers won three Texas League titles and the Triple-A Dukes won eight PCL Championships. A press conference is scheduled for September 22nd to discuss more about the Los Angeles Dodgers / Albuquerque Isotopes player development deal. Could a Dodgers tie to the Isotopes and Albuquerque heading into their lucky 7th season as a franchise result in the Isotopes' first PCL Championship? Time will tell... The Marlins are expected to sign a player development contract with the New Orleans Zephyrs, meaning the Marlins Triple-A franchise will be a divisional foe for at least the next two seasons. The Marlins will also have a new Double-A affiliate for 2009 and 2010, ditching the Carolina Mudcats in favor of the Jacksonville Suns.
Filed 09/19/2008

Dodgers/Isotopes Rumors Red Hot!

The rumors of the Los Angeles Dodgers signing a deal with the Isotopes continue to heat up. The Miami Herald reported in a blog Tuesday that the Marlins were expected to sign a Player Development Contract with the New Orleans Zephyrs and that the Los Angeles Dodgers were expected to sign a deal with the Albuquerque Isotopes. The (Torrance, California) Daily Breeze posted an item on their web site that seemed to make an Isotopes/Dodgers deal almost as good as done, going as far as saying a press conference is scheduled for today (Thursday) to officially announce the Player Development Contract. The Daily Breeze adds the deal will be a two-year contract.
Filed 09/18/2008

September 16, 2008

2008 Bricktown Showdown - SAC 4, SWB 1

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 1 7 1
Sacramento River Cats 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X . 4 10 0
WP: Chris Gissell
LP: Ian Kennedy
TIME: 2:43  ATT: 8,213
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) scored three first-inning runs to help win the 2008 Bricktown Showdown Triple-A level championship with a 4-1 victory over the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees (AAA Yankees).
In the 1st inning, Sacramento's Chris Denorfia chopped a double down the left field line. After Danny Putnam struck out, Carlos Gonzalez drew a walk and Wes Bankston singled into left field to bring home Denorfia. Gonzalez scampered to third base on a wild pitch before scoring on Brooks Conrad's single into right field. Casey Rogowski reached on a fielder's choice as Conrad raced home to make it 3-0 River Cats.
Conrad led off the 6th inning with a single, advanced to second base on Rogowski's single and scored on Donnie Murphy's double to left-center field as Sacramento led 4-0.
The Yankees avoided being shut out in the 7th inning. Matt Carson singled to right field, advanced to second base when Chris Stewart drew a walk, and scored on Ramiro Pena's single to right field.
NOTES: Scranton-Wilkes Barre starter Ian Kennedy allowed 3 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings. Kennedy struck out 7. Sacramento starter Brad Knox went 2 innings and alllowed 3 hits and no runs. . . . The second River Cats pitcher, Chris Gissell, tossed three scoreless innings while allowing a hit and striking out 4 Yankees. Gissell won the Baseball America Bobby Murcer MVP award for his effort. The award, newly renamed for Bobby Murcer, honors the MVP of the Bricktown Showdown championship game. . . . The River Cats have not only won back-to-back PCL Championships, they have won back-to-back Bricktown Showdown Triple-A championships.

Filed 09/16/2008

September 14, 2008 - SAC 4, OKL 2

PCL Championship Game 4 - Sacramento wins PCL Championship 3-1

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 4 5 0
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 2 5 0
WP: Brett Anderson (2-0)
LP: Brian Gordon (0-2)
SV: Bret Prinz (2)
Home Runs:
SAC Carlos Gonzalez (2) off Brian Gordon in the 3rd inning
TIME: 2:20  ATT: 4,432
Carlos Gonzalez drove in all for Sacramento runs as the River Cats (AAA Athletics) defeated the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 4-2 to clinch the 2008 PCL Championship. The River Cats took three out of the four games in the series.
In the 3rd inning, Justin Knoedler doubled, Chris Denorfia walked and after Travis Buck laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position, Gonzalez followed with a homer to right-center field as the River Cats led 3-0.
In the 5th inning, Buck doubled and scored on Gonzalez's single to extend Sacramento's lead to 4-0.
The Redhawks scored their two runs of the game in the 6th inning. Casey Benjamin walked, Chris Shelton singled and Nate Gold singled to drive in Benjamin. John Mayberry's single brought home Shelton.
NOTES: River Cats starter Brett Anderson allowed two runs and 5 hits in 7 innings. Redhawks starter Brian Gordon allowed four runs and 5 hits in 6 1/3 innings. . . . Sacramento has won back-to-back PCL Championships. . . . Carlos Gonzalez was named MVP of the PCL Championship series. . . . Sacramento won their fourth PCL Championship (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008) in their ninth PCL season. The Vancouver Canadians moved to Sacramento after the 1999 season and became the River Cats. . . . The Redhawks, by not winning the PCL Championship, failed to qualify to play the Triple-A Championship on their home field. . . . The River Cats will hang around Oklahoma City instead of flying back home since they will be playing the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees (AAA Yankees) in a one game playoff to determine the Triple-A Champion. The 2008 Bricktown Showdown, played at AT-T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, will be aired on ESPN2 on Tuesday September 16th at 8 PM Eastern Time. Sacramento is looking to win their second straight Bricktown Showdown Triple-A Championship and keep the PCL unbeaten in Bricktown Showdown contests. Sacramento is the home team due to the fact the PCL won the Triple-A All-Star Game in July.

Filed 09/14/2008

PCL Championship Series Game 4 - Postponed

Game 4 of the PCL Championship Series on Saturday afternoon between the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) and Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in Oklahoma City was postponed due to rain from Hurricane Ike remnants. The game has been rescheduled for Sunday afternoon. Sacramento, holding a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five series, needs a victory on Sunday afternoon to clinch a PCL Championship. Oklahoma needs a victory stay alive and force a deciding game 5 on Monday afternoon.
Filed 09/13/2008

September 12, 2008 - SAC 8, OKL 5

PCL Championship Game 3 - Sacramento leads 2-1

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 3 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 . 8 14 1
Oklahoma Redhawks 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 . 5 11 1
WP: Jared Lansford (1-0)
LP: Tommy Hunter (1-1)
SV: Bret Prinz (1)
Home Runs:
SAC Brooks Conrad (4) off Tommy Hunter in the 5th inning
SAC Wes Bankston (1) off Tommy Hunter in the 1st inning

OKL Max Ramirez (3) off Brad Kilby in the 7th inning

TIME: 3:17  ATT: 4,817
Sacramento River Cats' (AAA Athletics) Wes Bankston three-run homered in the 1st inning and the River Cats were off and running to a 8-5 victory over the Oklahoma Redhawks (AAA Rangers). The victory gave the River Cats a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five 2008 PCL Championship Series.
In the 1st inning, Chris Denorfia and Travis Buck singled and Bankston homered as the River Cats led 3-0 after a half inning of play.
Chris Shelton two-out singled and scored on Nate Gold's single in the bottom of the 1st inning as the Redhawks got on the scoreboard.
Max Ramirez doubled, Ben Harrison walked, and Casey Benjamin triped them in during the 2nd inning as Oklahoma tied the game at 3-3.
The River Cats quickly broke the deadlock in their half of the 4th inning. With one out, Donnie Murphy was hit by a pitch, Gregorio Petit walked, and a wild pitch advanced both runners a base. Justin Knoedler sacrifice flied out to bring home Murphy and Denorfia singled to drive in Petit as the Redhawks led 5-3.
Oklahoma's Jason Ellison singled and later scored on a groundout as the Redhawks pulled to a run down at 5-4 after four innings of play.
Brooks Conrad solo-homered in the 5th inning as the River Cats extended their lead back to two runs.
Sacramento gave themselves more breathing room in the 7th inning. Casey Rogowski singled, Murphy reached on an error and Petit singled to load the bases. A wild pitch brought Rogowski home and Knoedler sacrifice flied out for the second time in the contest as Murphy raced home to give the River Cats a 8-4 lead.
Ramirez's solo homer in the bottom of the 7th inning provided Oklahoma's final run of the contest.
NOTES: River Cats starter Vincent Mazzaro allowed 4 runs (3 earned) and 7 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Redhawks starter Tommy Hunter allowed both Sacramento homers and gave up 6 runs and 9 hits in 5 innings. . . . After being called out on strikes in the 9th inning, Sacramento's Donnie Murphy was ejected by Home Plate umpire Todd Tichenor. The ejection was the first one of the PCL playoffs - both the Conference Championships round and this PCL Championship. . . . The Redhawks need a win Saturday to stay alive in the PCL Championship Series. The game time has been moved up a couple of hours from early afternoon to just after noon Central Time due to possible bad weather from Hurricane Ike remnants. Probables are RHP Brad Knox (0-1, 27.00) for the River Cats and RHP Brian Gordon (0-1, 2.57) for the Redhawks.

Filed 09/12/2008
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