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Sacramento River Cats Advance to PCL Championship

2009 Pacific Conference Championship Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 13 Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 8 WP: Shawn Chacon (1-0) LP: Gaby Hernandez (0-1) HR: TAC Chris Shelton (1) off Chacon in the 3rd inning TAC Matt Tuiasosopo (1) off Patterson in the 6th inning SAC Chris Carter (4) off Hernandez in the 1st inning TIME: 3:39 ATT: 7,432 On Saturday evening, the Sacramento River Cats defeated the Tacoma Rainiers to claim the 2009 Pacific Conference Championship title by three games to one game. Chris Carter homered for Sacramento, meaning he has homered in every game in the series for the River Cats. Sacramento plated seven runs over the first two frames, held off a Rainiers charge of five runs over the next several innings, and then the River Cats scored six runs in the 7th inning to put the game away. The PCL Championship starts Tuesday evening in Memphis. Tuesday and Wednesday's games are in Memphis, while the venue changes to Sacramento for games on Friday and (if necessary) on Saturday and Sunday. All games should be available on MILB.TV since both Memphis and Sacramento streamed their home games this season. If Sacramento wins the Championship, it will be three straight PCL Championships for the River Cats.
Filed 09/14/2009

September 11, 2009 - MEM 1, ALB 0

PCL American Conference Championship - Memphis wins series 3-0

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 6 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X . 1 8 1
WP: Evan MacLane (1-0)
LP: Tim Corcoran (0-1)
SV: Pete Parise (2)
Home Runs:
MEM David Freese (1) off Corcoran in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:25  ATT: 5,628
Albuquerque's season ended in heartbreaking fashion on Friday evening as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals), on the strength of a David Freese 2nd inning solo homer, defeated the Isotopes 1-0 to win the 2009 PCL American Conference Championship.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jamie Hoffmann: 2x4 (.444 AVG)
Xavier Paul: 2x4, 1K (.250 AVG)
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Xavier Paul started in center field and went 2x4 with a strikeout.

Will Ohman pitched to one batter in the 8th inning and walked a batter.

'TOPES NOTES: Tonight's game finalized Albuquerque's franchise record for the latest calendar date they have played a game in a season (September 11th). . . . Tim Corcoran started for Albuquerque and tossed 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, the solo homer, walked 1 and fanned 4. Evan MacLane started for Memphis and threw 7 scoreless innings, while allowing 5 hits and fanning 6 Isotopes. . . . Albuquerque is 1-2 in road playoff games in Isotopes franchise history. . . . The Isotopes played their fourth 1-0 game of the season and have lost three of those games. All-time, Albuquerque is 5-9 in 1-0 games. . . . The Isotopes long, cold winter may have begun with tonight's loss, but this web page should be active for the rest of the postseason with coverage of the Pacific Conference finals, the PCL Championship, and the Triple-A Championship game. Also, look for any news that affects the Isotopes such as more Isotopes joining the Dodgers now that the season is over or hot stove signings that specifically affect the Isotopes.

2009 Pacific Conference Championship

River Cats lead series 2-1

Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 13
Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 2

WP: Jerome Williams (1-0)
LP: Andrew Baldwin (0-1)

HR:
SAC Chris Carter (3) off Baldwin in the 3rd inning
SAC Brett Wallace (2) off Silva in the 7th inning
SAC Matt Carson (1) off Manuel in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:45   ATT: 11,894

Chris Carter homered for the third straight game and Brett
Wallace homered and drove in four runs as the River Cats
took a 2-1 series lead with a 13-2 victory over Tacoma at
Raley Field in Sacramento.  Game Four is Saturday night
in Sacramento.
Filed 09/11/2009

September 10, 2009 - MEM 8, ALB 6

PCL American Conference Championship - Memphis leads series 2-0

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 . 8 14 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 . 6 13 1
WP: Tyler Norrick (1-0)
LP: Scott Strickland (0-1)
SV: Mike Parise (1)
Home Runs:
MEM Tyler Greene (1) off Alvarado in the 5th inning

ALB Xavier Paul (1) off Scherer in the 6th inning

TIME: 3:26  ATT: 3,714
With a three run lead going into the 9th inning and Isotopes closer Scott Strickland on the mound, one would think the game was in control and Albuquerque would head to Memphis with a series knotted up at 1-1. One would be wrong on Thursday night as Strickland was not his dominant self. Strickland allowed five runs in the 9th inning as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) rallied to come from behind to defeat Albuquerque 8-6 to take a 2-0 series lead in the 2009 American Conference Championship Series.
In the 1st inning, Tony Abreu singled into center field, advanced to second base on Xavier Paul's sacrifice bunt and scored on Blake DeWitt's double to right field as the Isotopes quickly led 1-0.
Memphis took the lead in the 4th inning. David Freese reached on an error and Mark Hamilton singled to right field. Mark Shorey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. An out later, a wild pitch brought Freese home and then Shane Robinson sacrifice flied out to right field to drive in Shorey.
Albuquerque tied it at 2-2 in their half of the 4th inning. JD Closser singled to right-center field, advanced to second base on Chin-Lung Hu's single, took third base on Isotope starter Giancarlo Alvarado's excellent sacrifice bunt, and scored on passed ball.
Tyler Greene solo homered to left field in the 5th inning as Memphis regained the lead at 3-2.
Albuquerque deadlocked the game at 3-3 with a run in the home half of the 5th inning. Blake DeWitt reached on an error and two outs later, DeWitt advanced to third base on Dee Brown's single to right field and scored on Hu's single that ricocheted off of Redbirds starter PJ Walters.
The Isotopes regained the lead in the 6th inning. With one out, Xavier Paul homered to right field. DeWitt followed with a single to right field and scored on Hector Luna's double to left-center field.
The Isotopes increased the lead to 6-3 in the 7th inning. Jamie Hoffmann singled to left field, stole second base, advanced to third base on Paul's groundout, and scored on a wild pitch.
Strickland entered the game in the 9th inning and pinch-hitter Donovan Solano greeted him with a single to center field. Jon Jay followed with a single to center and Greene drew a walk to load the bags. Jarrett Hoffpauir reached on a fielder's choice with Solano out at home plate and Freese fouled out to Isotopes first baseman Luna for the second out of the inning. Mark Hamilton singled to right field to drive in Jay and Greene as the Redbirds drew to a run down at 5-3. Pinch-hitter Allen Craig singled to right field to drive in Hoffpauir with the game tying run and Brandon Yarbrough doubled to right center to drive in Hamilton and Craig with the go-ahead runs. Robinson singled with Yarbrough thrown out at home plate for the final out of the inning.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jamie Hoffmann: 1x2, 1R, 1 K, .400 AVG
Xavier Paul: 1x4, 1R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .125 AVG
Josh Lindblom 2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA
Brent Leach 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Xavier Paul was the centerfielder and went 1x4 with a homer, RBI, and a run scored.
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque must win all 3 games in Memphis to advance to the PCL Championship Series. Any single loss and the Isotopes are eliminated from the playoffs and their season is done. . . . The Isotopes were 4-4 in Memphis in the 2009 regular season, and all-time, Albuquerque is 24-31 in games at Autozone Park. . . . Albuquerque has yet to win a home playoff game in their franchise history. They are 0-4 in home playoff games with tonight's defeat. . . . Scott Strickland's blown save was only his 3rd blown save of the season. . . . Albuquerque drew 7,374 combined for the two home games and for the season, adding in regular season attendance, Albuquerque has drawn 609,503. . . . The series continues Friday evening in Memphis with a 6:05 PM start time. Probables are RHP Tim Corcoran (2-0, 4.71) for the Isotopes and LHP Evan MacLane (8-11, 4.02) for the Redbirds. . . .

2009 Pacific Conference Championship Series - Game 2

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 5
Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 2

Series tied 1-1

WP: Garrett Olson (1-0)
LP: Chad Reineke (0-1)
SV: Mike Koplove (1)

HR:
SAC Chris Carter (2) off Olson in the 3rd inning
SAC Eric Munson (1) off Wells in the 8th inning

TAC Mike Wilson (1) off Reineke in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:45   ATT: 2,588

Tacoma's Garrett Olson had a great outing, tossing 6
innings while allowing 5 hits and just a solo homer
to Sacrameto's Chris Carter and fanned 6 River Cats
and Mike Wilson two-run homered for Tacoma as the
Rainiers evened up the best-of-five series at 1-1.  
The series changes venues to Sacramento for games
3 and 4 and (if necessary) game 5.
Filed 09/10/2009

September 9, 2009 - MEM 6, ALB 2

PCL American Conference Championship - Memphis leads 1-0

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 . 6 12 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 2 3 0
WP: Jaime Garcia (1-0)
LP: Eric Stults (0-1)
Home Runs:
MEM Jarrett Hoffpauir (1) off Pollok in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:33  ATT: 3,660
Isotopes starter Eric Stults allowed 11 hits and 5 runs in 6 innings and the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) put up a few early game runs and cruised to a 6-2 victory over Albuquerque in Game 1 of the 2009 PCL American Conference Championship on Wednesday evening.
In the 1st inning, Jon Jay and Tyler Greene singled and Jarrett Hoffpauir followed with a single to drive in Jay. Greene advanced to third base on David Freese's groundout and scored on Brian Barden's groundout as Memphis led 2-0.
The Redbirds added to their lead in the 2nd inning. Shane Robinson singled, Redbirds starter Jaime Garcia doubled, and Jay grounded out to drive in Robinson. Garcia advanced to third on the play and scored on Greene's single as Memphis led 4-0.
Greene tripled and scored on Hoffpauir's single in the 5th inning as Memphis increased the lead to 5-0.
JD Closser reached on an error and pinch-hitter Sergio Garcia popped out before the rains came. After the rain delay, Tony Abreu tripled home Closser and an out later, Hector Luna singled home Abreu as the Isotopes trailed 5-2.
Hoffpauir solo homered in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jamie Hoffmann: 1x3, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, .333 AVG
Xavier Paul: 0x4, 3 strikeouts, .000 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Xavier Paul started in center field and went 0x4 with 3 strikeouts.
'TOPES NOTES: There was a 2 hour, 21 minute rain/lightning delay in the 6th inning. It was the 6th rain delay at Isotopes Park this season. . . . Jamie Hoffmann rejoined the Isotopes just in time for the start of the playoffs. The Dodgers signed Hoffmann as a free agent and assigned him to Albuquerque. Hoffmann had been designated for assignment by the Dodgers late in the regular season to make 40-man roster room for one of the Dodgers' trade acquisitions. OF Scott Van Slyke was placed on the reserve list to make Isotope roster room for Hoffmann. . . . Albuquerque turned their first triple play since August 28, 2007 and third triple play in franchise history. In the 6th inning, Memphis' Brian Barden walked, Mark Shorey singled, and Mike Pagnozzi hit a ball towards Isotopes shortstop Chin-Lung Hu. Hu tagged out Barden for the first out, stepped on second base to force Shorey out, and then threw the ball to Hector Luna at first base to retire Pagnozzi. . . . The Isotopes are 0-3 in playoff games at Isotopes Park. . . . Memphis starter Jaime Garcia allowed one unearned run and a hit in 5 1/3 innings while fanning 6 Isotopes. . . . 12 Isotope batters struck out in the game, led by Xavier Paul's three strikeouts and two strikeouts each by Jamie Hoffmann and Mitch Jones. . . . Tony Abreu, Hector Luna, and Hoffmann each had one hit and accounted for all of Albuquerque's hits in the game. . . . Game 2 of the American Conference Championship is Thursday night at Isotopes Park. It is a must-win game for Albuquerque because the Isotopes do not want to go to Memphis one game away from being eliminated and have to sweep Memphis at Autozone Park just to advance to the PCL Championship. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (13-10, 3.49) for the Isotopes and RHP PJ Walters (8-10, 4.54) for the Redbirds.
2009 Pacific Conference Championship Game 1:

Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 8
Tacoma Tigers (AAA Mariners) 2

Sacramento leads series 1-0

WP: Chris Gissell (1-0)
LP: Chris Seddon (0-1)

HR:
SAC Chris Carter (1) off Seddon in the 1st inning
SAC Brett Wallace (1) off Seddon in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:41    ATT: 2,287

Sacramento plated five runs in the first two frames and cruised
to victory.  Former-Isotope Seddon allowed 7 runs and 7 hits
in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Filed 09/09/2009

Mitch Jones Named PCL Hitter of the Week

Mitch Jones won the final PCL HItter of the Week award for 2009. Jones hit .480 for the week (12x25) with 2 homers and 10 RBI. It was the second Hitter of the Week award for Jones in 2009 and Jones is the only Isotope to win a Hitter of the Week award this season. The PCL Pitcher of the Week is former-Isotope Gaby Hernandez of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners). Hernandez made two starts, most importantly on Monday in a winner-take-all game against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to determine the PCL Pacific Conference Northern Division winner. Hernandez won both starts for the week and had a 1.80 ERA (3 earned runs in 15 innings pitched) while fanning 11, walking 5 and allowing 8 hits.
Filed 09/08/2009

September 7, 2009 - Isotopes (80-64)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +11.0 Games

2009 PCL American Conference
Southern Division Champions!

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 4 0 2 0 0 . 7 10 3
Iowa Cubs 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 . 2 8 1
WP: Brent Leach (2-0)
LP: Jeff Samardzija (6-6)
Home Runs:
ALB Mitch Jones (35) off Samardzija in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:46  ATT: 8,720
Mitch Jones belted his league leading 35th homer and drove in two runs and Xavier Paul also added two runs as the Isotopes concluded the regular season portion of their schedule with a 7-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Albuquerque heads into the playoffs having won six of their last nine ballgames.
In the 4th inning, Blake DeWitt singled, advanced to third base on Hector Luna's single, and scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes grabbed the first lead of the game.
Iowa took advantage of Isotopes miscues in the home half of the 4th inning to tie the game. Matt Camp walked, stole second base, and scored on a pair of Isotope throwing errors on the play.
Albuquerque regained the lead for good in the 5th inning. Scott Van Slyke drew a pinch-hit walk, Tony Abreu singled and advanced to second base on a throwing error, and both scored on Xavier Paul's double. An out later, Jones two-run homered as the Isotopes led 5-1.
Albuquerque added their final two runs in the 7th inning. Paul drew a one out walk and scored on DeWitt's triple. Pinch-hitter Sergio Garcia then doubled home DeWitt.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, Darwin Barney doubled home Steve Clevenger with the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Xavier Paul: 31 G, 116 AB, 13 R, 38 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 10 BB, 23 K, 8 SB, .328 AVG
Brent Leach 18 APP, 2-0, 1 SV, 6.75 ERA, 18.2 IP, 17 H, 14 ER, 16 BB, 20 K, 2 HR
Travis Schlichting 13 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 1.42 ERA, 12.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 8 BB, 7 K, 0 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Two rehabbing players made appearances for the Isotopes in the regular season finale. Xavier Paul played in center field and went 1x4 with a double, two runs scored, 2 RBI, and walked and struck out once. Paul also committed a throwing error.

Travis Schlichting made his first appearance as a rehabber with Albuquerque instead of being on the active roster and tossed an inning, allowing an unearned run, a walk and fanned one.

'TOPES NOTES: With the conclusion of the season today, Albuquerque firmed up the franchise record for most wins in a season (80), least losses in a year (64) and most road wins (38). Albuquerque ended the campaign with a franchise record-tying 11 game division lead over the Oklahoma City Redhawks, a franchise tying best 16 games over .500 record, and was in sole possession of first place since June 16th. . . . The Dodgers assigned P Travis Schlichting to Albuquerque on a rehabilitation assignment. . . . Albuquerque also played on the latest calendar date in franchise history today (September 7th) and will extend that mark due to postseason play. . . . For the second year in a row, an Isotope has won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award, awarded for the most homers in the minor leagues. Mitch Jones hit homer number 35 today to become tied atop the leaderboard with Lancaster Jethawks (Advanced Class-A) slugger Jon Gaston. The tiebreaker is RBIs and Jones had 103 while Gaston had 100. Jones receives the Joe Bauman Trophy and a check for $7,000 -- $200 for each homer hit. Jones also established himself in Isotopes history with the second most homers in a season behind Dallas McPherson's 42 from the 2008 campaign when McPherson won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award. It is fitting Isotope players have won the award, considering Joe Bauman blasted 72 homers in 1954 playing for the Roswell (NM) Rockets, a professional baseball record that stood until 2001 when Barry Bonds broke it with 73 homers. . . . Albuquerque and Iowa completed their season series today and Albuquerque took 9 of the 16 games -- 5-3 at Isotopes Park and 4-4 at Principal Park. All-time, Iowa holds a 58-54 series lead. . . . The Isotopes are 4-3 in Labor Day contests, with a 3 game winning streak. . . . Albuquerque played in front of 1,046,891 fans at home and on the road in 2009. 58% percent of those fans attended games at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes did not allow a homer in the Iowa series. Albuquerque pitching has not allowed a homer in a franchise best six series' in a season. . . . . Albuquerque's regular season September stats: 4-3 record, 1-2 at home and 3-1 on the road, .278 batting average, 3.19 team ERA, 35 runs scored, 3 stolen bases, and 5 homers. . . . The long hitting streaks as the Isotopes end regular season play are Mitch Jones (9 games) and JD Closser (6 games). . . . A former Isotope fan favorite hung up his spikes on Monday. Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) player John Gall announced his retirement before Monday's Express game against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). Gall played in 2007 and 2008 for Albuquerque. In 113 games in 2007, Gall hit .300 with 13 homers and 58 RBI. The following season for the Isotopes, Gall played an abbreviated 98 games and hit .312 with 12 homers and 76 RBI. The season was abbreviated as Gall played for Team USA in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where he and Team USA were bronze medal winners. For the Express in 2009, Gall played in 125 games and hit .246 with 9 homers and 45 RBI. Gall appeared in 33 major league games, some with the St. Louis Cardinals and some with the Florida Marlins, and hit .246 with 2 homers and 11 RBI. . . . The final division was decided on Monday in a head-to-head matchup. The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 11-2 in their Labor Day contest. The Rainiers and Sky Sox are tied in winning percentage so the Rainiers clinched the PCL Pacific Conference Northern Division on a tie-breaker. The Rainers will meet the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) in the Pacific Conference Championship series with the winner of that series meeting the Isotopes or Redbirds in the PCL Championship Series. . . . After an off-day Tuesday, the Isotopes open the 2009 American Conference Championship series against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) at Isotopes Park on Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Eric Stults (5-4, 5.20) for the Isotopes and LHP Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.86) for the Redbirds.
Filed 09/07/2009

September 6, 2009 - Isotopes (79-64)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +11.0 Games

2009 PCL American Conference
Southern Division Champions!

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 6 1
Iowa Cubs 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X . 3 10 0
WP: Jay Jackson (1-0)
LP: JD Durbin (0-6)
SV: Blake Parker (22)
Home Runs:
ALB JD Closser (2) off Jackson in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:21  ATT: 7,033
Isotopes starter JD Durbin turned in a quality game (6 innings of 8 hit, 3-run ball) but he got no run support as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) defeated the Isotopes 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped a three-game Isotope winning streak.
In the 1st inning, Matt Camp and John-Ford Griffin singled with one out. Matt Craig singled to drive in Camp and Brad Snyder reached on a fielder's choice as Griffin scored to give Iowa a 2-0 lead.
JD Closser solo homered in the 4th inning for Albuquerque's lone run of the game.
Iowa scored the final run in their half of the 4th inning. Snyder singled and scored on Mark Johnson's triple. Shortly after, Johnson was caught stealing home.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Xavier Paul: 30 G, 112 AB, 11 R, 37 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 22 K, 8 SB, .330 AVG
Josh Lindblom 20 APP, 3-0, 1 SV, 2.54 ERA, 39 IP, 34 H, 11 ER, 12 BB, 36 K, 3 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Xavier Paul played in center field and went 1x5 wtih a strikeout. Paul singled in the 1st inning, flied out in the 2nd, 5th and 7th innings, and struck out in the 9th inning.
'TOPES NOTES: There was another Isotope transaction on Sunday. P Marlon Arias was placed on the Disabled List and P Alberto Bastardo was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes saw their four game winning streak against the Cubs end with the loss. . . . Luis Maza went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . There is only one division left to claim and it will be decided on Monday. In the PCL Pacific Conference Northern Division, the Tacoma Rainiers and Colorado Springs Sky Sox will play each other and the winner will clinch the division and face the Sacramento River Cats in the Pacific Conference finals. . . . The series, and regular season, concludes on Monday afternoon. Probables are RHP Henry Bonilla (3-11, 6.27) for the Isotopes and RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-5, 4.06) for the Cubs.
Filed 09/06/2009

September 5, 2009 - Isotopes (79-63)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +11.0 Games

2009 PCL American Conference
Southern Division Champions!

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 1 0 5 1 0 0 . 8 12 1
Iowa Cubs 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 . 3 5 1
WP: Tim Corcoran (2-0)
LP: Ezequiel Astacio (0-1)
TIME: 2:34  ATT: 6,014
Isotopes starter Tim Corcoran tossed 7 innings, allowing a run and 3 hits while fanning 7 and his teammates aided him with a five-run 6th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 8-3 on Saturday evening. Albuquerque has won three straight, while the Cubs were knocked out of playoff contention with the loss.
Blake DeWitt doubled and scored on Mitch Jones' single in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes were the first on the scoreboard.
The Redbirds tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning on So Taguchi's single before Albuquerque regained the lead in the 4th inning. Dee Brown doubled, stole third base and scored on JD Closser's double.
The Isotopes put the game away with their big 6th inning. Brown led off the inning with a walk and Chin-Lung Hu doubled. Closser walked to load the bags and after Corcoran flew out, Tony Abreu brought home Brown and Hu with a single. Luis Maza sacrifice flied out to drive in Closser and Blake DeWitt tripled home Abreu. DeWitt proceeded to score on a throwing error on the play as the Isotopes led 7-1.
The Isotopes scored their final run in the 7th inning. Hector Luna walked, advanced to third base on Brown's double, and scored on Hu's single.
Darwin Barney doubled home a run and scored on Doug Deeds' sacrifice flyout for Iowa's final runs of the game in the 8th inning.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brent Leach 17 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 7.56 ERA, 16.2 IP, 17 H, 14 ER, 15 BB, 16 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes found out on Saturday night who they will be meeting in the 2009 American Conference Championship playoffs that begin at Isotopes Park on Wednesday evening. With the Isotopes knocking out the Iowa Cubs from playoff contention, that left just the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) and Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) as possible foes. On Saturday, Nashville lost and Memphis swept a doubleheader to clinch the PCL American Conference Northern Division. The first two games of the playoffs will be in Albuquerque and game three (and four and five, if necessary) will be played in Memphis. For the Redbirds, it is their first playoff appearance since the 2000 season. Albuquerque holds a 10-6 advantage over the Redbirds in games played so far in 2009. . . . Isotope playoff-related things were learned in the last couple of days. The Isotopes starting probable for the opener on Wednesday is Eric Stults with Giancarlo Alvarado expected to pitch game 2 on Thursday. Also, it was announced former-Dodgers manager (and current Dodgers executive) Tommy Lasorda will throw out the first pitch before Game 1 of the American Conference Championship. . . . The Isotopes welcomed OF Scott Van Slyke to the team on Saturday from Class-A Inland Empire. Van Slyke is the son of former major-leaguer Andy Van Slyke. The younger Van Slyke played in 132 games for the 66ers, hitting .294 (146x496) with 23 homers and 100 RBI. To make room for Van Slyke, the Isotopes placed C Ryan Arp on the Disabled List. . . . The Isotopes continue their trend lately of having new franchise bests. The Isotopes have won a franchise best 79 games in a season, have a franchise best 11 game lead in their division, and tied a franchise best by being 16 games over the .500 mark. Albuquerque also tied a franchise best by winning their 37th game on the road. . . . A key to Albuquerque winning in 2009 appears to be outhitting their opponents. The Isotopes are 69-9, a plus-60-game differential, when the Isotopes outhit their opponents. . . . Hector Luna went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 9-game hitting streak. The current long Isotope hitting streaks are Mitch Jones (8 games) and Luis Maza (7 games). . . . The series continues on Sunday afternoon in Des Moines. Probables are RHP JD Durbin (0-5, 6.91) for the Isotopes and LHP James Russell (3-3, 3.27) for the Cubs.
Filed 09/05/2009

September 4, 2009 - Isotopes (78-63)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +9.5 Games

2009 PCL American Conference
Southern Division Champions!

Principal Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 . 5 8 1
Iowa Cubs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 1 5 1
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (13-10)
LP: Mitch Atkins (8-12)
Home Runs:
ALB Tony Abreu (11) off Atkins in the 3rd inning

TIME: 2:45  ATT: 6,357
Giancarlo Alvarado was outstanding for the Isotopes tonight, tossing 6 innings while allowing no runs and 3 hits and earned his franchise-record tying 13th win of the season as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 5-1 in the series opener in Des Moines on Friday evening.
Tony Abreu was in the starting lineup and homered with Xavier Paul on base in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes led 2-0.
In the 4th inning, Hector Luna reached on an error, JD Closser singled and both scored on Sergio Garcia's double as the Isotopes built the lead to 4-0.
Abreu doubled, advanced to third base on a groundout, and scored on Mitch Jones' single in the 5th inning as the Isotopes led 5-0.
The Cubs were finally able to score against Isotopes pitching in their last at-bats. Matt Craig singled, advanced to second base on defensive indifference, and scored on Brad Snyder's double.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Xavier Paul: 29 G, 107 AB, 11 R, 36 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 21 K, 8 SB, .336 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Xavier Paul started in center field and went 0x4 with a run scored, a walk and a strikeout.

Paul grounded out in the 1st inning, walked and scored on Tony Abreu's homer in the 3rd inning, flew out in the 4th inning, grounded out again in the 6th inning, and struck out in the 9th inning.

'TOPES NOTES: P Dwayne Pollok was activated from the Disabled List on Friday. . . . Albuquerque won its 78th game tonight, tying a franchise record for most victories in a season. . . . Giancarlo Alvarado's 13th victory tied him with Eulogio De La Cruz (2008) for the most victories in a single season. . . . The Isotopes are back to a franchise record-tying 9.5 game division lead over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers). . . . Mitch Jones drove in his 100th run of the season tonight. . . . Hector Luna extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Tony Abreu was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Randy Ruiz of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) is the 2009 PCL MVP. Ruiz currently leads the league in RBIs (106), doubles (43), and extra base hits (70). Ruiz is in the top 10 in the league in batting average (.320), runs scored (81), slugging percentage (.584), and home runs (25). . . . Isotopes groundskeeper Jarad Alley's string of PCL Turf Manager of the Year came to an end. Alley won the 2007 and 2008 PCL Turf Manager of the Year awards and the 2009 PCL Turf Manager of the Year is Reno Aces grounds manager Eric Blanton. Alley is leaving the Isotopes to become assistant groundskeeper for the Minnesota Twins. . . . The series continues on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Corcoran (1-0, 5.82) for the Isotopes and RHP Ezequiel Astacio (0-0, 18.00) for the Cubs.
Filed 09/04/2009

September 3, 2009 - Isotopes (77-63)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +8.5 Games

2009 PCL American Conference
Southern Division Champions!

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 4 12 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 . 5 11 0
WP: Scott Strickland (2-1)
LP: Casey Daigle (4-3)
Home Runs:
RR Lou Santangelo (4) off Choi in the 7th inning

ALB Dee Brown (19) off Capellan in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:39  ATT: 8,939
Luis Maza's 9th inning single brought Chin-Lung Hu home with the game winning run as the Isotopes concluded their 2009 regular season home schedule with a 5-4 walkoff win over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros).
In the 1st inning with two outs, Blake DeWitt walked and scored on an error when Mitch Jones singled and the Express comitted two errors on the play.
Mark Saccomanno doubled and scored on Yordany Ramirez's single in the 2nd inning as the Express tied the game at 1-1.
Round Rock took the lead in the 3rd inning when Chris Johnson singled home a run and Saccomanno sacrifice flied out to bring home another run to give the Express a 3-1 lead.
Albuquerque tied the game in their half of the 3rd inning. DeWitt was hit by a pitch with two outs and scored on Jones' double. Hector Luna followed with a single to drive in Jones.
The Isotopes got a solo homer from Dee Brown in the 6th inning and Lou Santangelo solo homered in the 7th inning for Round Rock as the E-train tied the game at 4-4.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Hu led off with a single and advanced to second base on Tony Abreu's sacrifice bunt. After pinch-hitter Mike Rose struck out, Maza singled to drive in Hu for the game-winning run.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Xavier Paul: 28 G, 103 AB, 10 R, 36 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 20 K, 8 SB, .350 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Xavier Paul made another start in center field on Thursday and went 0x3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Paul struck out in the 1st inning, grounded out in the 3rd inning, walked in the 5th inning, struck out in the 7th inning and was replaced in the field in the bottom of the 7th inning.
'TOPES NOTES: When the Isotopes and Dodgers announced their affiliation last winter, there was a lot of buzz around town about the Dodgers returning. That talk was converted into action as 8,939 attended tonight's game, helping Albuquerque establish a new single-season record attendance of 602,129. The new mark breaks 2008's old record attendance of 593,606 by 8,523 fans. The Isotopes also established a new per-game attendance of 8,363, beating the old mark by 2 fans per game. Albuquerque also was helped by Mother Nature as no games were postponed or cancelled in 2009, making it the first time the Isotopes had all 72 openings and did not lose a gate due to postponement or cancellation. . . . For a comparison to the Albuquerque Dukes, the Dukes' best attendance mark at the Albuquerque Sports Stadium (capacity 10,500) was 390,652. The Isotopes' new record bests that mark by 211,477. . . . The Isotopes and Express played their final matchup of 2009 tonight. The teams split this series as well as the 16-game season series. All-time, the series is tied with 40 wins apiece. . . . Albuquerque has 42 home wins, the most in any season in franchise history. The Isotopes also set a new franchise best with 29 wins against teams in their division. . . . Tonight was the Isotopes' 12th last at-bat win and first walk-off win since July 18th when A.J. Ellis had a pinch-hit walkoff single. . . . Hector Luna singled to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Former-Isotope and current Express player Reggie Abercrombie was ejected by Home Plate umpire John Tumpane in the 9th inning after Abercrombie struck out. . . . As leaked on Wednesday, the PCL league office made it official on Thursday by naming Isotopes manager Tim Wallach as Manager of the Year. Wallach is the first Isotope to win Manager of the Year and the third manager between the Dukes and Dodgers to win the honor (Terry Collins in 1988 and Kevin Kennedy in 1990). The last PCL award left is the Most Valuable Player to be named on Friday and if any Isotope is to win it, you would think it could be Mitch Jones for his monster year at the plate, Chin-Lung Hu for his strong post All-Star break play in helping the Isotopes make the playoffs, or Scott Strickland for blowing away the league in saves (32) and helping Albuquerque secure many of their 77 victories to-date. . . . The Isotopes close out the regular season with a four-game series in Des Moines against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). It is unlikely this might be a preview of the 2009 PCL American Conference Finals because the Cubs are 2.5 games back in their division with four games left to play. Memphis leads the PCL American Conference Northern Division by a half game over Nashville going into the final series of the season and the Isotopes may not know their playoff opponent until the end of action on Labor Day. Probables in the opener are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (12-10, 3.63) for the Isotopes and RHP Mitch Atkins (8-11, 6.56) for the Cubs. Atkins won PCL Pitcher of the Week last week.
Filed 09/03/2009

September 2, 2009 - Isotopes (76-63)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +8.5 Games

2009 PCL American Conference
Southern Division Champions!

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 . 4 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 . 2 11 0
WP: Polin Trinidad (6-5)
LP: Henry Bonilla (3-11)
SV: Armando Benitez (1)
Home Runs:
RR Jason Smith (6) off Bonilla in the 3rd inning
RR Tommy Manzella (9) off Leach in the 6th inning

ALB Mitch Jones (34) off Trinidad in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:46  ATT: 7,514
The Isotopes are not playing like a playoff-bound team. They are in the midst of a losing homestand and have not strung together more than two wins so far in the 12 games they've played in their final regular season homestand. The Isotopes dropped their second straight game tonight, a 4-2 loss to the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros).
Jason Smith solo homered in the 3rd inning to get the Express on the scoreboard, and in the 4th inning, Mark Saccomanno singled and scored on Matt Kata's double as the Express led 2-0.
The Express increased the lead to 4-0 in the 6th inning when Chris Johnson was plunked by a pitch with two outs and scored on Tommy Manzella's homer.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in their half of the 6th inning. Xavier Paul singled and was replaced by pinch runner Sergio Garcia. Garcia advanced to second base on Blake DeWitt's single and scored on Hector Luna's single.
Mitch Jones solo homered with two outs in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Xavier Paul: 27 G, 100 AB, 10 R, 36 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 17 K, 8 SB, .360 AVG
Josh Lindblom 19 APP, 3-0, 1 SV, 2.61 ERA, 38 IP, 33 H, 11 ER, 12 BB, 35 K, 3 HR
Brent Leach 16 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 7.47 ERA, 15.2 IP, 16 H, 13 ER, 14 Bb, 15 K, 2 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Xavier Paul was in the starting lineup after having been a pinch-hitter yesterday. Paul singled in the 1st, 3rd and 6th innings before being replaced by a pinch runner.
'TOPES NOTES: In transactions on Wednesday, the Dodgers recalled IF Doug Mientkiewicz from his rehab assignment and P Marlon Arias was transferred from Class-A Inland Empire to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes were just shy of setting a single season attendance mark tonight. The crowd of 7,514 drew the Isotopes 416 fans short of tying the attendance record. Weather permitting on Thursday night, the final home game of the regular season, the Isotopes will break the record and may set two other franchise attendance-related records. . . . Mitch Jones continues to lead the PCL and all of minor league baseball in homers. His 34 dingers tie him with Val Pascucci for the second highest single season Isotopes homer total. The franchise record of 42 by Dallas McPherson seems unreachable for Jones considering there are five games left in the season. . . . Many Albuquerque media outlets are reporting that Tim Wallach is the PCL Manager of the Year, but the PCL league office does not make an official announcement about the PCL Manager of the Year until Thursday. . . . Henry Bonilla went 4 innings, allowing 2 runs and 5 hits while fanning 3 in a spot start. Bonilla earned his team-leading 11th defeat and has lost his last six pitching decisions. . . . Bud Norris of the Express is the 2009 PCL Pitcher of the Year. Norris went 4-9 with a league-best 2.63 ERA for the Express and was promoted to the Astros on July 29th. Norris was a PCL All-Star and played in the Triple-A All-Star game in Portland. Others receiving votes included Lenny DiNardo of Omaha (Royals), the Isotopes' Charlie Haeger, and Kevin Pucetas of Fresno (Giants). . . . The series concludes on Thursday evening as Albuquerque plays their last regular season game of the season. Probables are LHP Eric Stults (5-4, 5.28) for the Isotopes and RHP Jose Capellan (2-10, 7.38) for the E-train.
Filed 09/02/2009

September 1, 2009 - Isotopes (76-62)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +8.5 Games

2009 PCL American Conference
Southern Division Champions!

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 . 12 13 4
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 7 11 1
WP: Armando Benitez (1-0)
LP: Cory Wade (1-1)
Home Runs:
RR Tommy Manzella (8) off Wade in the 8th inning
RR JR Towles (4) off Durbin in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:07  ATT: 6,729
Down big early, Albuquerque overcame their largest defecit of the season to tie the game and eventually took the lead, but all that effort was for naught as the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) plated six late game runs to defeat Albuquerque 12-7.
JR Towles solo homered in the 1st inning as the Express quickly led 1-0.
The Express added to their lead in the 2nd inning. Tommy Manzella doubled, Mark Saccomanno singled and Matt Kata ground-rule doubled to drive in Manzella. An out later, Express starter Mark McLemore reached on an error as Saccomanno scampered home. Kata scored on former-Isotope Reggie Abercrombie's fielder's choice and Abercrombie flew around the bases to score on Towles double. Towles scored on Brian Bogusevic's single as the Express plated five runs to lead 6-0.
The Isotopes had a big rally of their own in their half of the 2nd inning. JD Closser drew a leadoff walk and Luis Maza singled. Sergio Garcia reached on catcher's interference to load the bases and Isotopes starter JD Durbin tripled into left field to clear the bases. Chin-Lung Hu struck out before Blake DeWitt singled home Durbin. Hector Luna followed with a single and both scored on Mitch Jones' double as the Isotopes tied the game at 6-6.
The game remained deadlocked until the bottom of the 7th inning. Jones singled, advanced to second base when Dee Brown reached on an error, took third base on Closser's fielder's choice, and scored on Maza's sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes led 7-6.
Round Rock won the game in the 8th inning with a big inning. Kata and Jason Smith singled to lead off the frame and former-Isotope John Gall entered the game as a pinch hitter and struck out. Abercrombie doubled home Kata to tie the game and Towles sacrifice flied out to bring home Smith with what would be the game winning run. Bogusevic singled home Abercrombie and then stole second base before scoring on Chris Johnson's single. Manzella completed the scoring with a two-run homer as the Express added a six run inning to the scoreboard to lead 12-7.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Xavier Paul: 26 G, 97 AB, 10 R, 33 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 17 K, 8 SB, .340 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
OF Xavier Paul began his rehab assignment with Albuquerque and made a 6th inning pinch-hit appearance. Paul reached on an error and advanced to second base on Chin-Lung Hu's sacrifice bunt before being stranded there after Blake DeWitt and Hector Luna flew out to end the inning.
'TOPES NOTES: The first round of September 1st callups, plus recent Dodger acquisitions, made Tuesday quite busy in the transactions department. P Scott Elbert, C AJ Ellis, and OF Jason Repko were all recalled by the Dodgers. C Ryan Arp was activated from the Isotopes Disabled List and C Mike Rose was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque. OF Jamie Hoffmann was designated for assignment and P Travis Schlicting was moved to the Dodgers 60-day disabled list in order to free up Dodgers 40-man roster room for recently acquired Jon Garland and Jim Thome. Finally OF Xavier Paul began a rehab assignment with the Isotopes and does not count against Albuquerque's active 24-man roster. Currently, the Isotopes have 2 free roster spots on the active roster. . . . The Isotopes inched closer to a franchise record season attendance mark on Tuesday night. The Isotopes drew 6,729, bringing them 7,930 fans away from the all-time season attendance record that was set in the 2008 season. It should be interesting to see if the Isotopes can draw a larger than normal schoolnight crowd on Wednesday to break the attendance record or if it will come down to the final home game attendance on Thursday to set the new record. . . . The loss tonight snapped a four-game winning streak in games against the Express in 2009. . . . The PCL announced Tuesday that Eric Young, Jr. of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) is the PCL Rookie of the Year. Young Jr. hit .299 with 7 homers and 43 RBI in 119 games prior to his promotion to the Rockies on August 24th. Young led the league in steals (58) and runs scored (118) at the time of his recall. Others receiving votes were Alcides Escobar of Nashville (Brewers), John Hester of Reno (Diamondbacks) and Bud Norris of Round Rock (Astros). . . . Matt Carson of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Carson hit .455 (10x22) with 4 homers and 7 RBI during the award week. . . . Mitch Atkins of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Atkins made and won both of his starts for the week and allowed 2 earned runs in 13 innings of work. Atkins allowed 9 hits, 3 walks and fanned 13. . . . The series continues on Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Henry Bonilla (3-10, 6.37) for the Isotopes and LHP Polin Trinidad (5-5, 4.95) for the Express.
Filed 09/01/2009

August 31, 2009 - Isotopes (76-61)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +9.5 Games

2009 PCL American Conference
Southern Division Champions!

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Round Rock Express 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 4 9 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 X . 6 11 1
WP: Josh Lindblom (3-0)
LP: Casey Daigle (4-2)
SV: Scott Strickland (32)
Home Runs:
RR Mark Saccomanno (15) off Corcoran in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:39  ATT: 6,430
Despite clinching a division title last night, the Isotopes showed they are not just playing out the string of regular season games. Down 4-1 in the 7th inning, Albuquerque came up with a big inning to take the lead and eventually defeat the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 6-4 in the series opener on Monday evening at "The Lab".
In the 2nd inning, Chris Johnson walked, advanced to second base on Mark Saccomanno's single, and scored when Jason Smith laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error. An out later, Brian Esposito singled Saccomanno home as the Express led 2-0.
A.J. Ellis scored Albuquerque's first run in the 3rd inning. Ellis drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second base on Tony Abreu's single, and scored on Chin-Lung Hu's single.
Johnson singled and scored on Saccomanno's homer in the 6th inning as the Express extended their lead to 4-1.
Albuquerque's game-winning inning was the 7th inning. Jamie Hoffmann led off with a walk and Jason Repko doubled. Ellis walked to load the bases and pinch-hitter Mitch Jones doubled to drive in Hoffmann and Repko. Ellis scored and Jones advanced to third base on a wild pitch as Albuquerque tied the game at 4-4. Jones then scored on Abreu's sacrifice flyout to give the Isotopes the lead. Hu doubled and scored on Hector Luna's double as the Isotopes added an insurance run to lead 6-4.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 68 G, 257 AB, 44 R, 73 H, 14 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 48 RBI, 32 BB, 37 K, 10 SB, .284 AVG
Josh Lindblom 18 APP, 3-0, 1 SV, 2.75 ERA, 36 IP, 33 H, 11 ER, 12 BB, 31 K, 3 HR
Brent Leach 15 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 7.24 ERA, 13.2 IP, 15 H, 11 ER, 14 BB, 12 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Pacific Coast League started their awards week with the naming of the 2009 end of season All-Star team. Mitch Jones and Scott Strickland were the Isotopes representatives on the team.
The 2009 PCL Postseason All-Star Team:

C John Hester - Reno (Diamondbacks)
1B Randy Ruiz - Las Vegas (Blue Jays)
2B Eric Young Jr. - Colorado Springs (Rockies)
3B Esteban German - Oklahoma City (Rangers)
SS Alcides Escobar - Nashville (Brewers)
OF John Bowker - Fresno (Giants)
OF Terry Evans - Salt Lake (Angels)
OF Matt Miller - Colorado Springs (Rockies)
DH Mitch Jones - Albuquerque (Dodgers)
RHP Bud Norris - Round Rock (Astros)
LHP Lenny DiNardo - Omaha (Royals)
RP Scott Strickland - Albuquerque (Dodgers)
Looking at the awards coming up, it seems very possible that Isotopes could win two of the four awards left to name. . . . The Isotopes may be affected by one of the major acquisitions the Dodgers made on Monday. While the Jim Thome transaction won't affect the Isotope roster with players headed to the White Sox, the Jon Garland acquisition with a player headed to the Diamondbacks may. It is rumored that the player to be named later in that deal is Tony Abreu, so he may be leaving the Isotopes before the regular season ends or the playoffs begin. . . . Accidentally left out of yesterday's TOPES NOTES was the fact Mitch Jones' 33rd homer in yesterday's game not only leads the PCL but also leads all of minor league baseball. Through Monday's game, Jones is still atop the Round Tripper Award leaderboard. . . . Some Isotopes August figures: 18-13 (9-9 at home, 9-4 on the road), .310 team batting average, 4.91 team ERA, 183 runs scored, 19 stolen bases, and 35 homers hit. The 18 wins tied the best August (wins wise) in franchise history but it was not the best August with regards to winning percentage or games above the .500 mark for the month. The 183 runs scored was the most for Albuquerque in any month in 2009. . . . Albuquerque is 18-12 in two-run contests in 2009. . . . The series continues on Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP JD Durbin (0-5, 7.54) for the Isotopes and LHP Mark McLemore (5-10, 4.63) for the Express.
Filed 08/31/2009

August 30, 2009 - Isotopes (75-61)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +9.5 Games

2009 PCL American Conference
Southern Division Champions!

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 . 4 5 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 X . 8 11 3
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (12-10)
LP: Adam Ottavino (7-12)
SV: Scott Strickland (31)
Home Runs:
ALB Mitch Jones (33) off Ottavino in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:55  ATT: 9,842
Giancarlo Alvarado tossed six innings, allowing a run and three hits while fanning five, and went 2x3 with a bat, knocking in 3 runs to help his cause as the Isotopes clinched the 2009 PCL American Conference Southern Division crown with a 8-4 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals).
In the 1st inning, Sergio Garcia was hit by a pitch to lead off the game for Albuquerque. Garcia was erased from the basepaths on Blake DeWitt's fielder's choice before Mitch Jones launched a homer to right-center field to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.
In the 2nd inning, Luis Maza infield singled and scored on A.J. Ellis' triple into the right field corner. Alvarado singled into right field to drive in Ellis. Garcia reached on an error and DeWitt singled to right field to load the bases before Jones sacrifice flied out to right field to drive in Alvarado. Garcia tagged up to third base on the play and scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes led 6-0.
Albuquerque scored their final runs in the 3rd inning. Jamie Hoffmann drew a walk and Maza singled to right field. Ellis walked to load the bags and Alvarado singled home Hoffmann and Maza with a flare single to center field as the Isotopes led 8-0.
Memphis scored their first run in the 6th inning. Jon Jay doubled down the right field line and scored on Tyler Green's triple to left-center field.
In the division clinching last half-inning, Hyang-Nam Choi took the mound for Albuquerque and gave up a walk to David Freese. Mark Hamilton singled to right field before Brian Barden and Daniel Descalso each struck out. Matt Pagnozzi walked to load the bases and pinch-hitter Jarrett Hoffpauir hit a fly ball to right field. Either Isotopes right fielder Hoffmann misplayed the ball or the wind blew it around. Whatever the case, Hoffmann was charged with a two-base error when the ball dropped in and Freese and Hamilton came around to score. Jay reached on an error when shortstop Garcia could not make a play on a routine grounder to short. With a save situation in place, Isotopes closer Scott Strickland entered the game and induced Greene to fly out to Repko in center field for the final out of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 67 G, 255 AB, 43 R, 73 H, 14 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 48 RBI, 30 BB, 37 K, 10 SB, .286 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Will Ohman pitched the 8th inning and allowed a leadoff single to Jon Jay before striking out Tyler Greene and getting Allen Craig to ground into a double play.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes named their 2009 team award winners in an on-field presentation before the game. MVP was Mitch Jones, Fan Favorite was Chin-Lung Hu, Most Community Minded was Dwayne Pollok, Power Hitter Award went to Jones, Mr. Hustle was Jason Repko, Defensive Player of the Year also went to Repko, and Pitcher of the Year was Scott Strickland. Jarad Alley was recognized on-field for his seven seasons of groundskeeping efforts as he gets ready to leave the Isotopes to become assistant groundskeeper with the Minnesota Twins. Alley was presented with a white Isotopes home jersey with "ALLEY" and uniform number 1 on the back. . . . The Isotopes have won two division titles in their seven years of play. Tonight's clinching was the earliest title clinching - their 136th game of the season. In their debut season of 2003, the Isotopes clinched the division in their final game of the season. It is the second straight division title for an Albuquerque Dodgers-affiliated team, as the Dukes won their division in their final season in 2000 and then this season in the Isotopes' first season as a Dodgers affiliate. The division title was the first one for a Dodgers-affiliated Triple-A team since the Las Vegas 51s won their division in 2002. Hopefully Albuquerque will have better playoff luck this season as the 2000 Dukes and the 2003 Isotopes both lost in the first round. Albuquerque's first round home playoff games will be September 9th and 10th and tickets are on sale by going to the Isotopes website for links to buy tickets online or for info on the various places to buy tickets in person. The opponent is not known as the PCL American Conference Northern Division has a superb three-way race going on. The Memphis Redbirds hold a half-game lead over the Iowa Cubs and Nashville Sounds with eight games left to play for Iowa and Nashville and nine games left to play for Memphis. . . . The Redbirds and Isotopes played their last regular season game of 2009 tonight and Albuquerque won 10 out of the 16 games (6-2 at Isotopes Park, 4-4 at Autozone Park). All-time, Albuquerque holds a 64-50 series advantage. . . . The 9.5 game lead is Albuquerque's largest division lead in franchise history. . . . Albuquerque wore their Sunday Dodger-blue like alternate uniforms for the last time in 2009 tonight. During this season, Albuquerque was 5-6 while wearing that version of their uniform. . . . Giancarlo Alvarado earned his 12th victory, moving him ahead of Charlie Haeger (now with the Dodgers) for the team lead. . . . Albuquerque completes their regular season home schedule with a four game series against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). Probables in the opener are RHP Tim Corcoran (1-0, 6.32) for the Isotopes and LHP Josh Muecke (7-9, 4.61) for the E-train.
Filed 08/30/2009

August 29, 2009 - Isotopes (74-61)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +8.5 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 5 2 0 2 0 2 0 . 11 13 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 . 9 14 2
WP: Jaime Garcia (2-0)
LP: Eric Stults (5-4)
Home Runs:
MEM Allen Craig (26) off Bonilla in the 8th inning
MEM Jon Jay (9) off Stults in the 4th inning
MEM Matt Pagnozzi (5) off Stults in the 3rd inning

ALB Jamie Hoffmann (7) off Garcia in the 1st inning
ALB Jamie Hoffmann (8) off Ostlund in the 8th inning
ALB Mitch Jones (32) off Kinney in the 9th inning
ALB Blake DeWitt (7) off Kinney in the 9th inning
ALB Hector Luna (17) off Ostlund in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:07  ATT: 13,085
In front of the 19th largest regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history, the fans were treated to the second home run derby of the series as both teams combined for 8 homers that accounted for 17 of the 20 runs scored in the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 11-9 victory over Albuquerque. Albuquerque's magic number was reduced to 2 because of an Oklahoma City Redhawks loss earlier in the evening.
Albuquerque's only lead of the game came in the 1st inning. With one out, Blake DeWitt walked, took second base on an error on a pickoff attempt, and Hector Luna was hit by a pitch before Jamie Hoffmann homered to left-center field as Albuquerque led 3-0.
Memphis took the lead with one bat swing in the 3rd inning. Jon Jay doubled, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on Allen Craig's single. MLB rehabber Troy Glaus singled and David Freese reached on an error to load the bags and Matt Pagnozzi cleared them wtih a grand-slam homer as the Redbirds led 5-3.
Redbirds starter Jaime Garcia singled and scored on Jay's two-run homer in the 4th inning as the Redbirds extended the lead to 7-3.
Jay was in the middle of things again in the 6th inning. Jay singled and took third on Tyler Greene's double. Craig sacrifice flied out to bring home Craig and Greene scored on a wild pitch as Memphis led 9-3.
Jay singled and scored on Craig's homer in the 8th inning as Memphis led 11-3.
Albuquerque had a late game rally. In the 8th inning, Hector Luna homered to lead off the inning. Mitch Jones doubled and scored on Hoffmann's second homer of the game as the Isotopes creeped to five runs down at 11-6.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Luis Maza singled and scored on DeWitt's two-run homer. An out later, Jones belted a solo homer as the Isotopes inched to two runs down. Hoffmann struck out swinging to end the rally and the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 66 G, 252 AB, 42 R, 72 H, 14 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 48 RBI, 29 BB, 37 K, 10 SB, .286 AVG
Brent Leach 14 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 7.82 ERA, 12.2 IP, 14 H, 11 ER, 14 BB, 11 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Mitch Jones leads the PCL with 32 homers and is in a three-way tie atop the Joe Bauman Round-Tripper Award standings, an award given to the minor leaguer with the most homers. Jones was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes tied season-bests in homers hit in a game (5), homers in an inning (2), combined homers in a game (8), and grounded into double plays (4). . . . The homer allowed to Memphis' Mike Pagnozzi was the third Isotope grand-slam allowed this season. . . . Memphis' Jon Jay was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The series concludes on Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (11-10, 3.72) for the Isotopes and RHP Adam Ottavino (7-11, 4.36) for the Redhawks. 2009 Isotope Player end of season Award winners will also be named in a pre-game ceremony.
Filed 08/29/2009

August 28, 2009 - Isotopes (74-60)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +8.5 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 1 . 7 10 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 1 X . 8 13 1
WP: Scott Elbert (2-1)
LP: Oneli Perez (3-3)
SV: Scott Strickland (30)
Home Runs:
MEM Tyler Greene (13) off Felix in the 8th inning
MEM Allen Craig (25) off Strickland in the 9th inning

ALB Jamie Hoffmann (6) off Perez in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:08  ATT: 7,944
The Isotopes plated six runs in the 5th inning to take what was thought to be a commanding lead, only to find themselves holding off a late Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) charge as the Isotopes took the game 8-7. Albuquerque holds a franchise record 8.5 game lead in their division and the magic number for clinching the division was reduced to 3.
Brian Barden scored the first run for Memphis in the 4th inning. Barden singled, advanced to second base on Matt Pagnozzi's single, and scored on Shane Robinson's single.
Dee Brown manufactured the first Isotope run in the home half of the 4th inning. Brown walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jamie Hoffman's sacrifice flyout to center.
Albuquerque had their big run inning in the 5th inning. Isotopes starter Scott Elbert doubled and an out later, scored on Blake DeWitt's double. Hector Luna reached on an error and Brown singled home DeWitt. JD Closser sacrifice flied to drive in Luna before Hoffman two-run homered to bring Brown home. Consecutive singles from Jason Repko, Chin-Lung Hu and Sergio Garcia brought Repko home as the Isotopes led 7-1.
Memphis started their late-game rally in the 7th inning. Daniel Descalso was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base on a groundout. Jarrett Hoffpauir doubled home Descalso. Hoffpauir went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Allen Craig's single.
The Redbirds inched closer in the 8th inning when Tyler Greene three-run homered to move Memphis to a run down at 7-6.
The Isotopes added what ended up being a very important run in the 8th inning. DeWitt singled and advanced to second base on an error during a pickoff attempt. An out later, Brown singled home DeWitt as Albuquerque led 8-6.
Craig solo homered in the 9th inning for Memphis' last gasp before Isotopes closer Scott Strickland struck out the next three batters for his 30th save of the season.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 65 G, 247 AB, 40 R, 70 H, 14 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 43 RBI, 29 BB, 35 K, 10 SB, .283 AVG
Scott Elbert 8 APP, 2-1, 3.74 ERA, 33.2 IP, 34 H, 14 ER, 14 BB, 38 K, 2 HR
Josh Lindblom 17 APP, 2-0, 1 SV, 2.83 ERA, 35 IP, 32 H, 11 ER, 12 BB, 29 K, 3 HR
Brent Leach 13 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 8.49 ERA, 11.2 IP, 14 H, 11 ER, 14 BB, 11 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes auctioned off special pink jerseys and raised $6,210 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. A jersey worn by Manny Ramirez when he had his rehab stint with Albuquerque was won by a lucky fan for $1,900. Jason Repko's jersey earned the second most money with $650 and Chin-Lung Hu's jersey was third with $300. . . . Albuquerque's 74 wins ties for the second most wins in a season in franchise history. Albuquerque might be able to reach the franchise record of 78 wins considering there are 10 games left. . . . Tony Abreu went hitless in five at-bats to snap a 16-game hitting streak. . . . Isotopes pitching tied a season high by fanning 14 batters. . . . The series continues on Saturday evening. Probables are LHP Eric Stults (5-3, 5.26) for the Isotopes and LHP Jaime Garcia (1-0, 4.09) for the Redbirds.
Filed 08/28/2009

August 27, 2009 - Isotopes (73-60)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +7.5 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 1 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 3 . 11 14 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 7 13 0
WP: Evan MacLane (6-11)
LP: Henry Bonilla (3-10)
Home Runs:
MEM Allen Craig (24) off Pollok in the 1st inning
MEM Tyler Greene (11) off Pollok in the 3rd inning
MEM Tyler Greene (12) off Bonilla in the 4th inning
MEM David Freese (8) off Wade in the 9th inning
MEM Troy Glaus (3) off Pollok in the 3rd inning

ALB Mitch Jones (31) off MacLane in the 1st inning
ALB Jason Repko (16) off MacLane in the 1st inning
ALB Luis Maza (5) off Parise in the 9th inning

TIME: 3:02  ATT: 9,383
Thursday evening was homer night at The Lab. The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) slugged five homers, accounting for 10 of their runs and the Isotopes slugged three homers, accounting for 6 of their runs, and in the end it was the Redbirds taking a 11-7 victory over Albuquerque. The loss was not devastating for the Isotopes in that their magic number was reduced to five due to the second-place Oklahoma City Redhawks being swept in a doubleheader.
Allen Craig got things going with a solo homer in the top of the 1st inning to stake Memphis to a 1-0 lead.
Albuquerque answered with some fireworks of their own in the home half of the inning. With one out, Blake DeWitt and Hector Luna singled and Mitch Jones hit his league-leading 31st homer of the season. An out later, Jamie Hoffmann singled and scored on Jason Repko's two-run homer as Albuquerque led 5-1.
In the 2nd inning, David Freese singled, advanced to third base on Daniel Descalso's single, and scored on Shane Robinson's sacrifice flyout as Memphis trailed 5-2.
In the 3rd inning, Jon Jay singled and scored on Tyler Greene's two-run homer. Craig followed with a single and scored on MLB rehabilitating Troy Glaus' homer as Memphis led 6-5.
In the home half of the 3rd inning, Repko tripled with two outs and scored on A.J. Ellis' single as the Isotopes tied the game at 6-6.
The tie did not last very long as Jay was hit by a pitch wtih two outs in the 4th inning and scored on Greene's second homer of the game as Memphis led 8-6.
The Redbirds added insurance runs in the 9th inning. Craig and Glaus singled ahead of Freese's three run homer as Memphis extended the advantage to 11-6.
Luis Maza solo homered in the bottom of the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 64 G, 245 AB, 39 R, 69 H, 14 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 28 BB, 35 K, 10 SB, .282 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Will Ohman pitched 2/3 of the 8th inning tonight in his rehab outing, the first during his current rehab stint that he has worked in back to back games instead of every other game.

Ohman got Jarrett Hoffpauir to fly out to second base and then struck out Jon Jay.

'TOPES NOTES: Breaking one of the longer transaction droughts of the season, the Dodgers purchased the contract of P Vicente Padilla from Albuquerque and optioned IF Tony Abreu to Albuquerque. To make room on the Dodgers 40-man roster for Padilla, the Dodgers transferred P Jason Schmidt from the 15-day Disabled List to the 60-day Disabled List. The move ends Schmidt's season and possibly his Dodger career. If this is the end of Schmidt's Dodger career, then Schmidt made 10 starts during his 3 year, $47 million Dodgers contract term. . . . Albuquerque's loss snapped a five game winning streak against the Redbirds in games at Isotopes Park. . . . Tony Abreu appeared in the game as a pinch-hitter and had no official at-bat because he was hit by a pitch, thus preserving his 16 game hitting streak. . . . The eight combined homers was the most in an Isotopes game in 2009. The five homers allowed was an Isotopes pitching season high. . . . Henry Bonilla earned his 10th loss, tying him with Giancarlo Alvarado for the team lead and Bonilla has lost his last five pitching decisions. An interesting fact is that Bonilla and Alvarado have combined for exactly one third of Albuquerque's losses in 2009. . . . There have been more eliminations from playoff contention in the PCL. Recently added to the list of those going home when the season is over are the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres), Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants), Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) and in their first season, the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). The elimination of the Aces meant that the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) became the first PCL club to claim a playoff spot, winning the Pacific Conference Southern Division. . . . The series' middle game is on Friday evening. Probables are LHP Scott Elbert (1-1, 4.40) for the Isotopes and RHP Oneli Perez (3-2, 2.84) for the Redbirds.
Filed 08/27/2009

August 26, 2009 - Isotopes (73-59)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +7.0 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 3 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 X . 6 10 0
WP: Tim Corcoran (1-0)
LP: P.J. Walters (7-10)
Home Runs:
ALB Hector Luna (16) off Walters in the 5th inning
ALB Blake DeWitt (6) off Ostlund in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:39  ATT: 7,143
It looks like Memphis is what Albuquerque needed to get rid of the Nashville blues. Albuquerque took the previous series opener against Nashville before dropping the final three games of the series. Tonight, the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) followed to start a five-game series and the Isotopes defeated the Redbirds 6-2.
Albuquerque got off to a good start. In the 1st inning, Chin-Lung Hu doubled and scored on a wild pitch.
Memphis took a lead in the 4th inning. With the bags loaded, Allen Craig singled home Jon Jay to tie the game and David Freese lifted a sacrifice fly to bring Mark Hamilton home with the go-ahead run.
Albuquerque regained the lead in their half of the 4th inning. Mitch Jones drew a leadoff walk, Dee Brown singled, and JD Closser singled home Jones to tie the game. Jason Repko grounded out to drive in Brown as Albuquerque led 3-2. A.J. Ellis singled Closser to third base and Tim Corcoran reached on a sacrifice bunt. An error on the play allowed Closer to score to make it 4-2 Albuquerque.
Hector Luna solo-homered in the 5th inning and Blake DeWitt solo-homered in the 7th inning as Albuquerque tacked on their final runs of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 63 G, 241 AB, 38 R, 68 H, 14 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 27 BB, 35 K, 10 SB, .282 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Will Ohman made his third appearance in his current rehab stint with Albuquerque. Ohman tossed the 8th inning and was perfect while fanning one of the batters.

Ohman has made six total appearances for Albuquerque so far over two rehab stints and is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA. In 6 innings of work, Ohman had allowed 2 hits, 1 run, 1 homer, 3 walks and fanned 7.

'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes finally welcomed their 4 Millionth fan to Isotopes Park on Wednesday after several days of anticipation of the milestone event. Juli Otero is the lucky fan and she was acknowledged on the field when the game became official. Otero won an Isotopes prize-pack that included a 2009 Isotopes autographed bat, a commemorative jersey, and four free American Airlines tickets to anywhere in North America. For the record, the Isotopes drew their 3 Millionth fan on May 8, 2008 against the Tucson Sidewinders. . . . Tim Corcoran earned his first victory for Albuquerque, tossing 5 innings and allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and fanned 8. Albuquerque pitching (Corcoran, Francisco Felix, Will Ohman, and Scott Strickland) struck out 12 batters and just allowed three total hits to the Redbirds. . . . The Isotopes have won all five games played so far against the Redbirds at Isotopes Park in 2009. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Dwayne Pollok (3-4, 5.55) for the Isotopes and LHP Evan MacLane (5-11, 4.06) for the Redbirds.
Filed 08/26/2009

August 25, 2009 - Isotopes (72-59)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +6.5 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 . 4 10 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 1 4 1
WP: Mike Jones (1-1)
LP: Giancarlo Alvarado (11-10)
SV: Chris Smith (16)
Home Runs:
NSH J.J. Hardy (3) off Alvarado in the 1st inning

ALB Jason Repko (15) off Jones in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:48  ATT: 6,476
Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) starter Mike Jones dominated the Isotopes in the game, tossing 7 2/3 innings while allowing 4 hits and just a solo homer and fanning 7 Isotopes as the Sounds left town with a 4-1 victory over the Isotopes. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games.
J.J. Hardy solo-homered in the 1st inning as Nashville took a quick 1-0 lead.
Nashville added to their lead in the 4th inning. Mat Gamel reached on a fielder's choice, Adam Heether doubled, and both came around to score on Tike Redman's single.
Nashville made it 4-0 in the 7th inning. Patrick Arlis singled, advanced to second base on Jones' sacrifice bunt, and scored on Corey Patterson's single.
Jason Repko solo homered in the 7th inning as the Isotopes avoided being shut out.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 62 G, 239 AB, 38 R, 68 H, 14 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 27 BB, 35 K, 10 SB, .285 AVG
Josh Lindblom 16 APP, 2-0, 1 SV, 2.91 ERA, 34 IP, 31 H, 11 ER, 12 BB, 26 K, 3 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque and Nashville played their final regular season game of 2009 tonight. In the series, Nashville won three out of the four games and 27,640 attended for a per-game average of 6,910. In 2009, each team won 8 games in the season series and all-time, Nashville holds a 59-51 series advantage (28-27 advantage over Albuquerque at Isotopes Park and 31-24 advantage at Herschel Greer Stadium). . . . The Isotopes were just shy of welcoming their 4 Millionth fan to Isotopes Park on Tuesday evening. The 967th fan through the turnstiles on Wednesday will be the milestone fan and will enjoy some prizes from the Isotopes. . . . A.J. Ellis went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 14-game hitting streak. . . . Giancarlo Alvarado earned his 10th loss tonight, leading the team in losses. Alvarado also is the active leader on the team in wins with 11, tied with Charlie Haeger who is currently with the Dodgers. . . . Albuquerque's three game home losing streak ties for their longest of the season. . . . The Isotopes open up a five-game series with the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) starting on Wednesday evening. Probables in the opener are RHP Tim Corcoran (0-0, 7.27) for the Isotopes and RHP P.J. Walters (7-9, 5.04) for the Redbirds. Memphis is currently leading the PCL American Conference Northern Division and if the Isotopes can clinch the Southern Division and Memphis can hold off Nashville and the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the Northern Division, this series would be a preview of the American Conference Championship playoffs.
Filed 08/25/2009

August 24, 2009 - Isotopes (72-58)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +6.5 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 4 0 3 0 3 1 0 . 11 14 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 . 5 14 1
WP: Chris Cody (7-7)
LP: Eric Stults (5-3)
Home Runs:
NSH Corey Patterson (3) off Ohman in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:14  ATT: 4,626
Eric Stults tossed five innings and allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) defeated the Isotopes 11-5 on Monday evening. Albuquerque has dropped back to back games for the first time since August 4-5.
In the 2nd inning, Jamie Hoffmann doubled, advanced to third base on Dee Brown's groundout, and scored on JD Closser's single as the Isotopes took their only lead of the game.
Nashville took their first lead of the game in the 3rd inning. John Raburn and Patrick Arlis each singled and Chris Cody laid down a sacrifice bunt but ended up reaching on an error on the play to load the bases. After Adam Stern struck out, Corey Patterson doubled to drive in Raburn and Arliss to give Nashville a 2-1 lead. J.J. Hardy followed with a single to drive in Cody and Patterson as the Sounds extended the lead to 4-1.
In the home half of the 3rd inning, Isotopes starter Stults doubled and Chin-Lung Hu and Hector Luna were hit by pitches to load the bases. Mitch Jones drew a walk to bring Stults home.
The Isotopes tied the game at 4-4 in the 4th inning. Consecutive one-out singles by A.J. Ellis, Stults and Hu loaded the bases and Blake DeWitt brought Ellis home with a sacrifice fly. Luna followed with a single to drive in Stults with the game tying run.
Albuquerque's effort to tie up the game went for naught as Nashville reclaimed the lead in the 5th inning. With the bases loaded, Adam Heether singled home Stern and Hardy and Tike Redman singled to reload the bases before Raburn sacrifice flied out to drive in Almonte as the Sounds led 7-4.
The Sounds added more breathing room in the 7th inning. Almonte walked and Heether doubled to drive him in. Heether advanced to third base on a groundout and scored on Raburn's single. Arlis doubled home Raburn as Nashville led 10-4.
Patterson solo homered for Nashville's final run of the game in the 8th inning, and in the bottom of the 8th inning, Jason Repko doubled, advanced to third base on Hu's single, and scored on DeWitt's single for the final Isotopes run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 61 G, 235 AB, 38 R, 68 H, 14 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 27 BB, 35 K, 10 SB, .289 AVG
Brent Leach 12 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 7.59 ERA, 10.2 IP, 12 H, 9 ER, 14 BB, 11 K, 1 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Will Ohman made another rehab appearance and tossed one inning and allowed a run and a hit on a homer and struck out one.

Ohman pitched the 8th inning and allowed an inning leadoff homer to Corey Patterson before getting a pair of groundouts and completing his inning of work with a strikeout of Adam Heether.

'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes did not draw enough fans to reach the 4 Million fan mark in franchise history on Monday night. A strong showing on Tuesday should reach the milestone or it may take until Wednesday if the attendance on Tuesday night is going to be similar to Monday's draw. . . . After Albuquerque pretty much dominated opponents at home in July (13-2 record at home), the loss dropped Albuquerque's August home record to 5-6. . . . A.J. Ellis extended his hitting streak to 14 games. . . . Isotopes manager Tim Wallach was ejected by Home Plate umpire John Brammer in the 7th inning for arguing balls and strikes. In 130 Isotope games in 2009, it was just Wallach's second ejection. . . . Nashville's Corey Patterson was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . If the Isotopes are going to be overtaken in the division race, it will only be by the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers). The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) were eliminated from playoff contention tonight, the third PCL team to be eliminated. Out of the four team PCL American Conference Southern Division, only the Isotopes and Redhawks are still in playoff contention. . . . Brian Buchanan of the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Buchanan hit .333 (6x18) with 2 homers and 12 RBI during the week. . . . Wade LeBlanc of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. LeBlanc made two starts, went 2-0 and compiled a 0.69 ERA (1 ER in 13 IP). LeBlanc fanned 12 batters over the two outings. . . . The series concludes on Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (11-9, 3.68) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Jones (0-1, 13.50) for the Sounds.
Filed 08/24/2009

August 23, 2009 - Isotopes (72-57)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +7.5 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 . 6 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 . 5 10 1
WP: Chase Wright (8-7)
LP: Hyang-Nam Choi (9-2)
SV: Chris Smith (15)
Home Runs:
NSH Joe Koshansky (21) off Choi in the 8th inning
NSH Adam Heether (14) off Elbert in the 2nd inning
NSH Erick Almonte (1) off Choi in the 7th inning

ALB Hector Luna (15) off Wright in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:59  ATT: 6,703
After an hour and a half rain delay to start the game, Hector Luna drove in four runs but the effort was not enough to help the Isotopes win as Isotopes reliever Hyang-Nam Choi had an off night, giving up the go-ahead and insurance runs as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) defeated the Isotopes 6-5 on Sunday evening.
Luis Maza singled and scored on Luna's two-run homer in the 1st inning as the Isotopes led 2-0.
Adam Heether solo-homered in the 2nd inning and Corey Patterson walked and later scored on a fielder's choice in the 3rd inning as the Sounds tied the game at 2-2.
Nashville took their first lead in the 5th inning when Adam Stern doubled and scored on Erick Almonte's double.
The lead did not last very long as Albuquerque tied up the game in their half of the 5th inning. JD Closser singled, advanced to second base on Jason Repko's single, moved to third base on A.J. Ellis' sacrifice bunt, and scored on Chin-Lung Hu's sacrifice flyout.
Choi started his uncharacteristic outing in the 7th inning. Patterson doubled and an out later, Almonte homered to give Nashville the lead for good.
With Choi still on the mound in the 8th inning, Joe Koshansky homered with two out as the Sounds added what later would prove to be a very important run.
Albuquerque's only serious rally left in the game happened in the bottom of the 8th inning. Pinch-hitter Sergio Garcia and Hu singled and both advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. After Maza struck out swinging, Luna two-run singled to drive in Garcia and Hu to pull the Isotopes to a run down at 6-5. Mitch Jones singled and Jamie Hoffmann grounded out to put both runners in scoring position before Closser grounded out to end the inning and kill the rally.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 60 G, 230 AB, 37 R, 67 H, 13 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 27 BB, 35 K, 10 SB, .291 AVG
Scott Elbert 7 APP, 0-1, 4.40 ERA, 28.2 IP, 31 H, 14 ER, 12 BB, 30 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes are 4-6 when they wear their Sunday home blue "Dodgers"-like uniforms. Next Sunday evening is the final game of 2009 in which they will wear those jerseys. . . . Hyang-Nam Choi won his last seven pitching decisions, tying an Isotope franchise record, and was pitching great until tonight when he allowed 3 runs in 2 innings and earned the loss to snap his winning streak. . . With the decent attendance of 6,703 on Sunday evening, the Isotopes are unlikely to welcome their 4 millionth fan to Isotopes Park on Monday. The milestone is much more likely to happen on Tuesday. . . . A.J. Ellis singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . The series continues on Monday evening. Probables are LHP Eric Stults (5-2, 4.69) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris Cody (6-7, 4.69) for the Sounds.
Filed 08/23/2009

August 22, 2009 - Isotopes (72-56)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +8.0 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 . 4 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 4 0 0 1 0 1 X . 8 15 0
WP: Vicente Padilla (1-0)
LP: Tim Dillard (10-7)
Home Runs:
NSH Adam Stern (1) off Padilla in the 5th inning
TIME: 3:08  ATT: 9,835
Vicente Padilla made his one and probably only start for the Isotopes after being signed as a free agent by the Dodgers and allowed two runs and three hits in 5 innings and earned the victory as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 8-4 in the series opener Saturday evening. The Isotopes extended their division lead to a franchise-record eight games and their magic number to clinch the division reached single digits.
Albuquerque quickly led 2-0 in the 1st inning. Sergio Garcia and Luis Maza led off with singles into left field and Hector Luna singled into right field to drive in Garcia. Dee Brown grounded out to bring Maza home.
The Isotopes extended their lead in the 3rd inning. Maza singled, Luna doubled, and Dee Brown doubled to drive them both in. Brown advanced to third base on JD Closser's groundout and scored on Jamie Hoffmann's single. Jason Repko was plunked by a pitch and A.J. Ellis singled home Hoffmann as the Isotopes led 6-0.
Padilla walked John Raburn and allowed a homer to Adam Stern in the 5th inning as the Sounds got on the scoreboard and trailed 6-2.
Garcia walked and later scored on Luna's single in the 6th inning as the Isotopes added to their lead at 7-2.
The Sounds pulled closer in the 8th inning. Joe Koshansky walked with one out and scored on Adam Heether's double. Another out later, pinch-hitter Erick Almonte doubled to drive in Heether as the Sounds trailed 7-4.
Albuquerque scored the final run of the game in their half of the 8th inning. Maza walked, advanced to second base when Luna was hit by a pitch, moved on to third base on Brown's fielder's choice, and scored on Closser's single.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 59 G, 226 AB, 37 R, 67 H, 13 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 27 BB, 35 K, 10 SB, .296 AVG
Brent Leach 11 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 8.38 ERA, 9.2 IP, 12 H, 9 ER, 14 BB, 9 K, 1 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Will Ohman started his second rehab assignment of the season with Albuquerque and pitched the 9th inning and allowed a hit, walk and strikeout.

In the 9th inning, Ohman allowed a leadoff double to Patrick Arliss, then got Adam Stern to pop out to shortstop before Corey Patterson drew a walk. J.J. Hardy flew out to center and Joe Koshansky struck out to end the game.

'TOPES NOTES: Vicente Padilla did not come to Albuquerque on a rehab assignment as stated in the game summary yesterday. Padilla was assigned to Albuquerque just like any player that might sign a free agent deal and be sent to the minors. To make roster room for Padilla, P JD Durbin was placed on the DL with a right ankle sprain. When Padilla gets promoted to the Dodgers later next week to make a start, he will have to have his contract purchased and the Dodgers will have to clear up 40-man roster and 25-man active roster room for him, so the moves the Dodgers will have to make could affect the Isotopes roster. . . . Albuquerque welcomed their half-millionth fan of the season (507,315) tonight in their 60th home game. The Isotopes are nearing the 4 millionth Isotopes Park total fan milestone, likely to be set on Monday with a great attendance or on Tuesday for sure. . . . A.J. Ellis extended his hitting streak to 12 games. . . . The Isotopes have eliminated the first team in their division from playoff contention. The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) were eliminated from the playoffs after today's games as they are 17 games back in the division with 16 games left to play. The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) were the first team to be eliminated from playoff contention a few days ago when they were eliminated in the Pacific Conference Southern Division. New Orleans in the Isotopes' division appears to be the next team in the league headed for elimination. . . . The series continues on Sunday evening. Probables are LHP Scott Elbert (1-1, 4.74) for the Isotopes and LHP Chase Wright (7-7, 4.24) for the Sounds.
Filed 08/22/2009

August 21, 2009 - Isotopes (71-56)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +7.0 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Aces Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 5 2
Reno Aces 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 1 X . 7 8 2
WP: Billy Buckner (9-3)
LP: JD Durbin (0-5)
SV: Jose Marte (2)
Home Runs:
ALB Chin-Lung Hu (6) off Buckner in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:48  ATT: 9,263
Albuquerque let a 3-0 lead get away, giving up five runs to the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in the 4th inning as Reno came from behind to win 7-3. The loss snaps an Albuquerque four-game winning streak.
Chin-Lung Hu lead off the game with a homer as the Isotopes wasted no time in taking a 1-0 lead.
The Isotopes extended their lead in the 4th inning. Mitch Jones and Dee Brown singled and JD Closser reached on an error as Jones scored. Jamie Hoffmann grounded into a double play as Brown scored to give Albuquerque a 3-0 lead.
The Aces took the lead that was never relinquished in the 4th inning. With one out, Ruben Gotay singled and Brandon Allen and Cole Gillespie walked to load the bags. Luke Carlin singled home Gotay and with the bases still loaded, Ed Rogers doubled to clear them. Agustin Murillo's single brought home Rogers as the Aces led 5-3.
Gillespie tripled and scored on Rogers' groundout in the 6th inning and Gillespie singled and later stole home in the 8th inning for Reno's final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 58 G, 221 AB, 36 R, 65 H, 13 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 39 RBI, 27 BB, 34 K, 10 SB, .294 AVG
Josh Lindblom 15 APP, 2-0, 1 SV, 2.81 ERA, 32 IP, 28 H, 10 ER, 10 BB, 26 K, 3 HR
'TOPES NOTES: P Henry Bonilla was activated from the Disabled List. On Saturday, the Dodgers will assign pitchers Vicente Padilla and Will Ohman to Albuqurque to begin rehabilitation assignments. . . . The Isotopes and Aces completed their only series of the season and Albuquerque won three out of the four games. For the roadswing to Nevada, Albuquerque won six out of the eight contests against the Aces and Las Vegas 51s. Albuquerque is 3-1 all-time against Reno and at Aces Ballpark. . . . Tonight's game also completed the regular season games against Pacific Conference foes and Albuquerque went 17-15 in 2009 against that conference. All-time, the Isotopes are 108-113 against the Pacific Conference. . . . Chin-Lung Hu's leadoff homer was his first of the season and team-record 6th leadoff homer in a single season. Tony Abreu, currently with the Dodgers, has the other five leadoff homers in 2009. . . . Cole Gillespie's steal of home plate was the first one the Isotopes allowed since May 25, 2009 when Mike McCoy of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) stole home against the Isotopes at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes return home for a franchise-longest 13 game homestand. The homestand is the last homestand of the regular season but might not be the last home games for Albuquerque if the Isotopes can get the division clinched. Probables in the opener against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) are RHP Vicente Padilla (No Record) for Albuquerque and RHP Tim Dillard (10-6, 4.34) for the Sounds. There is no word if the "Padilla Flotilla" is going to be in the stands on Saturday evening.
Filed 08/21/2009

August 20, 2009 - Isotopes (71-55)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +7.0 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Aces Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 . 5 11 2
Reno Aces 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 . 4 7 1
WP: Hyang-Nam Choi (9-1)
LP: Doug Slaten (3-2)
SV: Scott Strickland (29)
Home Runs:
ALB Blake DeWitt (5) off Valdez in the 2nd inning

TIME: 3:53  ATT: 6,050
The Isotopes achieved a franchise milestone in exciting fashion. Down 4-1 after 4 innings, the Isotopes plated four unanswered runs, including scoring the game-winning run on an error in the 9th inning, to defeat the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 5-4. With the victory, the Isotopes won their 500th regular season game in just under seven full seasons of play.
Birthday boy Blake DeWitt solo homered in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
Reno stormed back to take the lead in the 4th inning. Ruben Gotay drew a leadoff walk and scored on Ed Rogers' double. Abraham Nunez and Travis Blackley walked to load the bags. After Blackley was picked off first base, Brandon Watson two-run doubled, scoring Rogers and Nunez. Watson advanced to third base on a fielding error on the play and scored on Chris Young's groundout as the Aces scored four runs to lead 4-1.
Albuquerque began their comeback in the 6th inning. DeWitt tripled and scored on another birthday boy's double (Jamie Hoffmann). Hoffmann advanced to third on A.J. Ellis' groundout and scored on Dee Brown's single as the Isotopes trailed by a run at 4-3.
In the 8th inning, Ellis doubled with two outs and scored on pinch-hitter JD Closser's single as the Isotopes tied the game at 4-4.
Albuquerque won the game in the 9th inning. Hector Luna singled with one out, Mitch Jones drew a walk, and DeWitt reached on an error. DeWitt's grounder to first was fielded by first baseman Brandon Allen. Allen tried to get the force out at second base but his throw was wild and Luna scored on the error.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 57 G, 217 AB, 36 R, 65 H, 13 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 39 RBI, 27 BB, 34 K, 10 SB, .300 AVG
Brent Leach 10 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 9.35 ERA, 8.2 IP, 12 H, 9 ER, 13 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes are 500-485 in regular-season franchise history, a .508 winning percentage. Counting the one playoff appearance in 2003 in their all-time record, Albuquerque is 501-488. . . . Albuquerque holds a franchise-best 7 game lead in the division (over the Oklahoma City Redhawks) and are 16 games above the .500, tying a franchise-best mark. . . . The 3 hour, 53 minute game was Albuquerque's longest 9-inning game of the season. . . . With Albuquerque's 70th victory on Wednesday evening, it was the quickest the Isotopes have reached the 70 win plateau. . . . The Isotopes have won their last four road contests, a season best. . . . A.J. Ellis doubled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Isotope pitchers were wild in the game, walking a franchise-record 12 batters. . . . Hyang-Nam Choi tied an Isotope franchise record by earning his 7th straight winning decision. All of Choi's wins have been in relief so he's been the benefactor of many late Isotope comebacks. Choi last lost on July 7th at Nashville just as the Isotopes were playing their last several games going into the Triple-A All-Star Game break. . . . In Baseball America's "Best Tools" annual issue, the magazine named Tim Wallach the "Best Manager Prospect" in the Pacific Coast League. Wallach, in his third season of managing at any level and first season at the Triple-A level, has guided the Isotopes to a 71-55 mark, good for the second best record in the PCL and it appears the Isotopes are headed towards postseason play. . . . With Isotopes Director of Field Operations Jarad Alley leaving the Isotopes at the end of the season to work as an assistant groundskeeper with the Minnesota Twins, the Isotopes announced on Thursday that Shawn Moore, currently the Manager of Field Operations, will replace Alley. Casey Griffin will become the new Manager of Field Operations. . . . The Isotopes look for their second road series sweep of the season on Friday evening when they send RHP JD Durbin (0-4, 6.61) to the mound to face Reno's RHP Billy Buckner (8-3, 3.20).
Filed 08/20/2009

August 19, 2009 - Isotopes (70-55)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +6.0 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Aces Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 . 4 10 1
Reno Aces 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 7 0
WP: Eric Stults (5-2)
LP: Hector Ambriz (6-9)
SV: Scott Strickland (28)
Home Runs:
ALB Chin-Lung Hu (5) off Ambriz in the 7th inning

RENO Augustin Murillo (2) off Stults in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:49  ATT: 5,676
Eric Stults allowed two runs in 6 innings and Chin-Lung Hu solo homered and Jamie Hoffmann knocked in two runs as the Isotopes defeated the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 4-2 to win their third straight contest.
In the 2nd inning, Mitch Jones doubled, advanced to third base on JD Closser's ground out, and scored on Jamie Hoffmann's ground out as the Isotopes led 1-0..
Aces starter Hector Ambriz doubled, advanced to third base on Ed Rogers' sacrifice bunt, and scored on Brandon Allen's single as the Aces tied the game at 1-1 in the 3rd inning.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 4th inning. Jones tripled and Closser walked with one out before Hoffmann singled home Jones. Closser advanced to third base on the single and scored on Jason Repko's single as the Isotopes led 3-1.
The Aces pulled to a run down at 3-2 on Agustin Murillo's solo homer in the home half of the 4th inning.
Hu solo homered in the 7th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 56 G, 213 AB, 35 R, 63 H, 12 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 26 BB, 33 K, 10 SB, .296 AVG
Scott Elbert 6 APP, 0-1, 0 SV, 4.74 ERA, 24.2 IP, 26 H, 13 ER, 11 BB, 24 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers placed P Hiroki Kuroda on the Disabled List with a concussion on Wednesday and recalled IF Tony Abreu from Albuquerque. . . . The Dodgers also signed P Vicente Padilla to a contract and will send him to Albuquerque to make a start on Saturday against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) when the Isotopes return to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes are a season-high 15 games above .500 and hold a franchise record-tying 6 game division lead over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers). . . . Albuquerque is 17-11 in games decided by two runs. . . . With Abreu headed to the majors with his 16 game hitting streak protected, the current longest hitting streak belongs to A.J. Ellis, who hit safely in his 10th straight game tonight. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. Albuquerque's active victories leader, RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (11-9, 3.56) is expected to take the mound against Reno's RHP Cesar Valdez (6-5, 4.60).
Filed 08/19/2009

August 18, 2009 - Isotopes (69-55)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Aces Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 6 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 . 8 13 1
Reno Aces 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 . 4 4 0
WP: Dwayne Pollok (3-4)
LP: Daniel Cabrera (0-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Mitch Jones (30) off Cabrera in the 1st inning

RENO Ruben Gotay (11) off Pollok in the 2nd inning
RENO Cole Gillespie (10) off Wade in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:31  ATT: 5,219
At first blush, the Isotopes really seem to enjoy the new Aces Ballpark. Albuquerque plated six 1st inning runs, highlighted by Mitch Jones' grand-slam homer, and went on to defeat the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 8-4 in the series opener on Tuesday evening.
Aces starter Daniel Cabrera only lasted the first inning and saw his ERA climb to 54.00. Tony Abreu singled, Chin-Lung Hu doubled, and Blake DeWitt drew a walk ahead of Jones' grand-slam homer. Dee Brown walked and JD Closser singled to put runners on the corners before Jamie Hoffmann sacrifice flied out to bring home Brown. A.J. Ellis drew a walk and Isotopes starter Dwayne Pollok laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. A wild pitch brought Closser home with the sixth run before Abreu grounded out to end the inning.
Ruben Gotay solo homered for the Aces in the 2nd inning.
Pollok scored Albuquerque's seventh run in the 4th inning. Pollok singled, advanced to second base on Abreu's single, moved on to third base on Hu's single, and scored when DeWitt grounded into a double play.
Ellis doubled, advanced to third base on Pollok's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Abreu's sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes extended their lead to 8-1.
Reno scored some junktime runs in the 9th inning. Brandon Allen walked, advanced to second base on defensive indifference, Gotay walked, and Cole Gillespie three-run homered.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 55 G, 209 AB, 35 R, 61 H, 12 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 26 BB, 33 K, 10 SB, .292 AVG
Josh Lindblom 14 APP, 2-0, 1 SV, 2.70 ERA, 30 IP, 25 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 24 K, 3 HR
'TOPES NOTES: IF Sergio Garcia was activated from the Disabled List and C Ryan Arp and IF Brett Harper were both placed on the DL, Harper with a right hand injury. . . . The Isotopes are a season-high 14 games above the .500 mark. . . . Tony Abreu extended his hitting streak to 16 games and A.J. Ellis now has a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Mitch Jones leads the PCL in homers with 30 and is in a three-way tie for first place in the Round-Tripper Award standings, an award for the minor leaguer with the most homers in a season. Jones grand-slam homer was his third grand-slam and Albuquerque's eighth grand-slam of the season. . . . Sean Rodriguez of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Rodriguez hit .727 (8x11) during the week with 3 homers and 8 RBI. . . . Luis Mendoza of the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Mendoza's lone start of the week was memorable as he tossed a no-hitter against the Salt Lake Bees while walking 6 and fanning 6. . . . There was yet another no-hitter tossed in the PCL. On Tuesday evening, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) pitchers Jhoulys Chacin, Joel Peralta, Juan Rincon, and Randy Flores combined to no-hit the Oklahoma City Redhawks. It was Colorado Springs' second no-hitter of the season (and the first PCL club to have two no-hitters in the same season since 1991) and it was the second no-hitter tossed in Oklahoma City in the last five days. . . . The series continues on Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Eric Stults (4-2, 4.93) for the Isotopes and RHP Hector Ambriz (6-8, 6.07) for the Aces.
Filed 08/18/2009

August 17, 2009 - Isotopes (68-55)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +4.0 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 . 4 11 1
Las Vegas 51s 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 3 8 1
WP: Brent Leach (1-0)
LP: Edward Buzachero (3-2)
SV: Scott Strickland (27)
Home Runs:
LVG Kevin Howard (11) off Corcoran in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:51  ATT: 3,536
Doug Mientkiewicz's sacrifice flyout in the 9th inning brought home the game winning run as the Isotopes defeated the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) 4-3 in the series finale in Las Vegas on Monday evening.
In the 1st inning, Mientkiewicz reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to third base on Jamie Hoffmann's single, and scored on Mitch Jones' groundout as the Isotopes grabbed a 1-0 lead.
The Isotopes extended their lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Jason Repko drew a one-out walk, stole second base, advanced to third base on a throwing error on the play, and scored on A.J. Ellis' single.
Kevin Howard solo-homered in the bottom of the 2nd inning to get Las Vegas on the scoreboard and Howie Clark singled and later scored on an error in the 3rd inning as the 51s tied the game at 2-2.
The game remained deadlocked until the 8th inning. Hoffmann singled, advanced to second base on Hector Luna's single, and scored on Luis Maza's single as the Isotopes led 3-2.
Jason Lane doubled home Howard in the 8th inning as the 51s re-tied the game at 3-3.
The Isotopes reclaimed the lead for good in the 9th inning. Ellis drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second base on a balk. 51s manager Mike Basso was ejected for arguing the balk and an out later, Ellis moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Mientkiewicz's sacrifice flyout.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 54 G, 205 AB, 35 R, 61 H, 12 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 26 BB, 33 K, 10 SB, .298 AVG
Brent Leach 9 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 12.15 ERA, 6.2 IP, 10 H, 9 ER, 11 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Doug Mientkiewicz was the Designated Hitter and went 0x4 with a run scored and a RBI. Mientkiewicz snapped a nine game hitting streak by going hitless.

Mientkiewicz reached on a fielder's choice and later scored in the 1st inning, grounded out to second base in the 2nd inning, grounded out to first in the 5th inning, grounded into a double play in the 7th inning, and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the 9th inning.

Mientkiewicz likely has ended his rehab stay with the team because there will not be a DH tomorrow when the Isotopes play the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate. Mientkiewicz's overall rehab stint with Albuquerque so far: 11 games, .306 average (15x49), 9 runs scored, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer, 10 RBI, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts.

'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes and 51s completed their only series of the season tonight. The Isotopes took three out of the four games and 19,925 attended at Cashman Field for a per-game average of 4,981. All-time, Albuquerque holds a 22-6 series advantage and a 12-4 advantage at Cashman Field. . . . Tony Abreu extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Doug Mientkiewicz went hitless to snap a 9-game streak and Jason Repko went hitless to snap a 10-game hitting streak. . . . Mientkiewicz has provided two game-winning sacrifice flies during his rehabilitation assignment and the Isotopes won two of the games in the series with the 51s in their last at-bat. . . . Albuquerque travels to Reno for the final series against a Pacific Conference team for 2009 unless the Isotopes make it to the PCL Championship series. The Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) are in their first season of play, having moved from Tucson after the 2008 season, and the Isotopes will be playing in Aces Ballpark for the first time in this series. Probables are RHP Dwayne Pollok (2-4, 5.88) for the Isotopes and RHP Daniel Cabrera (No Record) for the Aces. The Diamondbacks recently signed Cabrera as a free-agent and assigned him to Reno. Cabrera began 2009 with the Washington Nationals and went 0-5 with a 5.85 ERA before being designated for assignment.
Filed 08/17/2009

August 16, 2009 - Isotopes (67-55)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +4.0 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 7 1
Las Vegas 51s 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 X . 5 9 0
WP: Marty McLeary (2-1)
LP: J.D. Durbin (0-4)
Home Runs:
ALB Dee Brown (18) off Accardo in the 9th inning

LVG J.P. Arencibia (13) off Durbin in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:26  ATT: 2,540
With the game tied at 1-1, the Isotopes allowed a four run 5th inning to the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) as the 51s went on to defeat the Isotopes 5-2 on Sunday evening at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. The loss snapped a three-game Isotope winning streak.
In the 2nd inning, Jamie Hoffmann singled with one out, advanced to second base on Jason Repko's single, and scored on Tony Abreu's single into right field as the Isotopes scored the first run of the game.
J.P. Arencibia solo-homered in the home half of the inning to tie the game at 1-1.
The 51s broke the deadlock and put the game away in the 5th inning. Aaron Mathews and Kevin Howard drew walks and Angel Sanchez laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both of them into scoring position. Buck Coats singled home Mathews and an error on the play allowed Howard to score with Coats advancing to second base. Coats moved up to third base on Howie Clark's single and scored on Travis Snider's single. Kyle Phillips singled home Clark as the 51s led 5-1.
Dee Brown solo homered in the 9th inning for the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 53 G, 200 AB, 34 R, 59 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 26 BB, 31 K, 10 SB, .295 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Doug Mientkiewicz once again appeared as the Designated Hitter and went 1x4 with a double and a strikeout.

Mientkiewicz flew out to center in the 1st inning, struck out in the 2nd inning, flew out to right field in the 5th inning, and doubled in the 8th inning.

'TOPES NOTES: OF Jovanny Rosario was activated from the Disabled List and then transferred to Advanced Class-A Inland Empire. C Ryan Arp was transferred from Rookie level Arizona League Dodgers to the Isotopes. . . . Scott Elbert was scheduled to start for Albuquerque tonight but he was scratched just in case the Dodgers need to recall him if they place P Hiroki Kuroda on the Disabled List. Kuroda was hit in the head with a comeback liner in Los Angeles' contest against Arizona on Saturday evening at Chase Field. . . . Albuquerque's loss snapped a three game winning streak against the 51s at Cashman Field. . . . Tony Abreu extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Other current long hitting streaks are Jason Repko (10 games) and Doug Mientkiewicz (9 games). . . . The Isotopes have homered in six straight games, tying a season longest homer streak. . . . The series concludes on Monday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Corcoran (0-0, 12.27) for the Isotopes and LHP Fabio Castro (6-5, 4.10) for the 51s.
Filed 08/16/2009

August 15, 2009 - Isotopes (67-54)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 . 4 10 1
Las Vegas 51s 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 . 2 7 0
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (11-9)
LP: David Purcey (6-6)
SV: Scott Strickland (26)
Home Runs:
ALB Jason Repko (14) off Purcey in the 4th inning

LVG Travis Snider (14) off Alvarado in the 8th inning
LVG Brian Dopirak (7) off Alvarado in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:01  ATT: 6,861
Jason Repko solo homered and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and Chin-Lung Hu added a pair of RBI in Albuquerque's 4-2 victory over the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) on Saturday evening. Albuquerque has won three straight games.
Repko doubled and scored on Hu's single in the 2nd inning and Repko solo homered in the 4th inning as the Isotopes led 2-0.
The Isotopes scored their final two runs in the 6th inning. Luis Maza drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on Repko's single and scored on a wild pitch. Repko stole second and third bases before scoring on Hu's sacrifice flyout.
Travis Snider and Brian Dopirak back-to-back solo homered in the 8th inning for Las Vegas.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 52 G, 196 AB, 33 R, 58 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 26 BB, 31 K, 10 SB, .296 AVG
Josh Lindblom 13 APP, 2-0, 1 SV, 2.89 ERA, 28 IP, 25 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 23 K, 3 HR
Brent Leach 8 APP, 0-0, 1 SV, 11.37 ERA, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 10 Bb, 7 K, 1 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Doug Mientkiewicz was the Designated Hitter in the contest. Mientkiewicz singled in the 1st inning, struck out swinging in the 3rd inning, flew out to center in the 4th and 6th innings, and lined out to first base in the 8th inning.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes are a season-high 13 games above the .500 mark. . . . Tony Abreu singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed back-to-back homers to an opponent four times in 2009. . . . Giancarlo Alvarado's 5 2/3 innings outing was the longest Isotope reliever outing of the season and was a 1/3 of an inning shy of tying the franchise record. Alvarado set a franchise record with 7 strikeouts in a relief appearance. Alvarado also earned his 11th victory, tying him with Charlie Haeger for the team lead. Haeger is currently with the Dodgers. . . . Albuquerque improved their road record to 31-31 with the victory. . . . The series continues on Sunday evening. Probables are LHP Scott Elbert (1-1, 5.16) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Marty McLeary (1-1, 5.56) for the 51s.
Filed 08/15/2009

August 14, 2009 - Isotopes (66-54)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Magic Number To Clinch Division:

Cashman Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 . 12 20 0
Las Vegas 51s 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 6 13 1
WP: Cory Wade (1-0)
LP: Rommie Lewis (1-3)
Home Runs:
ALB Mitch Jones (29) off Lewis in the 10th inning
ALB Chin-Lung Hu (4) off Beam in the 2nd inning

TIME: 3:30  ATT: 6,988
Mitch Jones snapped a 6-6 tie with a 10th inning leadoff homer and the Isotopes added five more runs in the inning for good measure to defeat the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) 12-6 in the series opener on Friday evening in Las Vegas.
Buck Coats doubled and later scored on Travis Snider's single in the 1st inning as the 51s led 1-0.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 2nd inning. With two outs, Jamie Hoffman singled and scored on Chin-Lung Hu's homer.
The Isotopes increased the lead to 3-1 in the 3rd inning. Doug Mientkiewicz doubled, advanced to third base on Blake DeWitt's groundout, and scored on Jones' double.
The 51s reclaimed the lead in their half of the 3rd inning. J.P. Arencibia singled home a run and with the bases loaded later in the inning, Kevin Howard cleared them with a double as the 51s led 5-3.
Each team swapped a single run in the 4th inning. In the top half, Hu tripled and scored on A.J. Ellis' sacrifice flyout. In the bottom half, Coats tripled and scored on Howie Clark's single.
Albuquerque tied the game at 6-6 in the 5th inning. DeWitt singled, Jones doubled, and both scored on Dee Brown's double.
Jones led off the 10th inning with his PCL-leading 29th homer as the Isotopes broke the tie. Pinch-hitter Hector Luna followed with a single and Brown laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to advance Luna to second base. Hoffman singled before being eliminated from the basepaths on Hu's fielder's choice. With runners on the corners and two out, Ellis doubled home Luna and Hu scored on an error on the play. With Ellis on third base due to the error, it was an easy trot home when Tony Abreu doubled. Jason Repko singled home Abreu and DeWitt walked ahead of Jones' single to drive in Repko. When all was said and done in the extra frame, Albuquerque sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 6 runs to take a commanding 12-6 lead.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 51 G, 196 AB, 33 R, 58 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 26 BB, 31 K, 10 SB, .296 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Doug Mientkiewicz traveled to Las Vegas with the Isotopes to continue his rehab assignment.

Mientkiewicz played Designated Hitter and flew out to left field in the 1st inning, doubled and later scored in the 3rd inning, popped out to shortstop in the 5th inning, walked in the 6th inning, singled in the 9th inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Jason Repko to end his evening.

'TOPES NOTES: P Henry Bonilla was placed on the Disabled List Friday with a strained right hamstring. . . . Albuquerque is back for the second time this season at their franchise best high-water mark of 12 games above .500. . . . The Isotopes set franchise records for the most hits in a road game (20 hits) and most extra base hits (11). . . . Albuquerque tied their season-best run production in a road game (12 runs) and tied a franchise record with 8 doubles in the game. . . . A.J. Ellis tied a franchise record with three doubles in the game. . . . Mitch Jones was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Jones had 4 hits, his third four-hit game of the season. . . . Some hitting streaks extended in the game: Tony Abreu (12 games), Doug Mientkiewicz (7 games), and Jason Repko (8 games). . . . The Isotopes are 5-6 in extra inning contests in 2009. . . . Las Vegas' Buck Coats was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . There was a no hitter thrown in the PCL on Friday night. Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) pitcher Luis Mendoza no-hit the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels).in the Redhawks' 5-0 win at AT-T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Josh Lindblom (2-0, 3.12) for the Isotopes and LHP David Purcey (6-5, 4.92) for the 51s. It is anticipated Lindblom will pitch the first couple of innings and then Giancarlo Alvarado will take over.
Filed 08/14/2009

August 12, 2009 - Isotopes (65-54)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tacoma Rainiers 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 . 6 10 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 2 X . 8 10 1
WP: Hyang-Nam Choi (8-1)
LP: Dennis Stark (1-2)
SV: Brent Leach (1)
Home Runs:
ALB Hector Luna (14) off Hernandez in the 3rd inning

TIME: 3:16  ATT: 5,640
Doug Mientkiewicz drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning in Albuquerque's 8-6 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Wednesday afternoon at "The Lab".

Tony Abreu doubled and scored on Mientkiewicz's double in the 1st inning as Albuquerque led 1-0.

The Isotopes added to their lead in the 3rd inning. Mientkiewicz tripled and scored on Blake DeWitt's double. An out later, Dee Brown singled home DeWitt and Hector Luna followed with a two-run homer as the Isotopes led 5-0.

That lead evaporated in the 4th inning. Brad Nelson walked and Prentice Redman singled to lead off the frame. Two outs later, Jamie Burke singled home Nelson and former-Isotope Josh Wilson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jerry Owens cleared them with a triple and Matt Tuiasosopo singled Owens home to tie the game at 5-5.
In the home half of the 4th inning, A.J. Ellis walked, advanced to second base on Abreu's single, moved on to third base on Mientkiewicz's groundout, and scored on DeWitt's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes grabbed a 6-5 lead.
Nelson tripled and scored on Redman's single in the 8th inning as Tacoma tied the game at 6-6 before Albuquerque did not waste any time regaining the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning. JD Closser drew a walk, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and moved on to third base when Repko bunt singled. Repko stole second base and Ellis walked to load the bases and Abreu reached on a fielder's choice with Closser out at home plate. Mientkiewicz sacrifice flied out to drive in Repko with the go-ahead run and DeWitt singled home Ellis for the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Brent Leach 7 APP, 0-0, 1 SV, 12.00 ERA, 6 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 10 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Doug Mientkiewicz once again played as the Designated Hitter on Wednesday.

Mientkiewicz doubled and drove in a run in the 1st inning, tripled and scored in the 3rd inning, grounded out to second base in the 4th inning, fied out to center in the 6th inning, and sacrifice flied out to drive in a run in the 8th inning.

In 7 rehab games with Albuquerque, Mientkiewicz is hitting .344 (11x32) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, a triple, a homer, 9 RBI, no walks, 4 strikeouts and no stolen bases. Mientkiewicz has a six game hitting streak.

'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes and Rainiers split the four game series and this series marked the only time the Rainiers and Isotopes play in 2009. All-time, Albuquerque holds a 16-12 series advantage and a 12-4 advantage in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes seem to have lost their hot homefield advantage they enjoyed in July. In this first homestand of August, the Isotopes went 4-4. . . . Jamie Hoffman did not play for the second straight game. . . . Tim Corcoran became the third Isotope player (and fourth person if you count Trainer Greg Harrel) to play for the Isotopes as both a Marlins and Dodgers affiliate. . . . The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL enjoy Thursday off before Albuquerque hits the road to Nevada for the final two series' of the season against Pacific Conference foes. The first four games are in Las Vegas against the 51s (AAA Blue Jays). The 51s were the Dodgers affiliate until this season. Probables in the opener at Cashman Field are LHP Eric Stults (4-2, 4.25) for the Isotopes and RHP T.J. Beam (6-3, 4.40) for the 51s.
Filed 08/12/2009

August 11, 2009 - Isotopes (64-54)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tacoma Rainiers 0 0 0 0 2 0 6 1 0 . 9 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 . 5 8 2
WP: Jason Vargas (2-2)
LP: Henry Bonilla (3-9)
Home Runs:
TAC Prentice Redman (16) off Lindblom in the 5th inning

ALB Tony Abreu (10) off Vargas in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:02  ATT: 8,468
The Isotopes led 3-0 after three innings, then four different Isotope relievers allowed at least a run as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) chipped away at the defecit and eventually defeated Albuquerque 9-5.
Tony Abreu led off the game for Albuquerque with a homer as the Isotopes quickly led 1-0.
Hector Luna doubled and later scored on A.J. Ellis' single in the 2nd inning and Doug Mientkiewicz doubled, advanced to third base on Blake DeWitt's flyout, and scored on Mitch Jones' sacrifice flyout in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes built a 3-0 lead.
Tacoma started chipping away at Albuquerque's lead in the 5th inning. Adam Moore doubled and scored on Prentice Redman's two-run homer.
The Rainers completed their comeback in the 7th inning. Moore and Josh Wilson singled and Moore scored on Matt Tuiasosopo's double to tie the game at 3-3. Mike Carp singled to drive in Wilson and Tuiasosopo. Chris Shelton singled and Bryan LaHair walked to load the bases and Mike Wilson singled to drive in Carp. Moore's single drove in Shelton and LaHair as the Rainiers plated six runs to lead 8-3.
In the 7th inning, JD Closser doubled, Jason Repko singled, and Ellis doubled them home as Albuquerque trailed 8-5.
Redman tripled and scored on Tuiasosopo's sacrifice flyout in the 8th inning as Tacoma plated the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Scott Elbert 5 APP, 0-1, 5.16 ERA, 22.2 IP, 26 H, 13 ER, 10 BB, 22 K, 1 HR
Josh Lindblom 12 APP, 2-0, 1 SV, 3.12 ERA, 26 IP, 24 H, 9 ER, 9 BB, 22 K, 3 HR
Brent Leach 6 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 13.50 ERA, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 10 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Doug Mientkiewicz once again made a rehab appearance as the DH. Mientkiewicz went 1x5 with a double, a run scored, and fanned once.

Mientkiewicz flew out to right in the 1st, doubled in the 3rd inning and later scored, struck out in the 5th inning, grounded out to short in the 7th and grounded out to second in the 9th inning.

'TOPES NOTES: There was quite a bit of roster shuffling on Tuesday. C Scott Thomas was released and IF Sergio Garcia was placed on the Disabled List with a left hamstring strain. The Dodgers optioned P Eric Stults to Albuquerque and then purchased the contract of P Charlie Haeger from Albuquerque. Jeff Weaver is making a spot-start for the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon and Haeger will be the long reliever in support of Weaver against the Giants. Finally, P Tim Corcoran was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque to make the start for Albuquerque on Wednesday. . . . Tony Abreu hit his 5th leadoff homer of the season, the most by any Isotope in a season. Abreu extended his hitting streak to 10 games and reached double digits in homers. . . . Five Isotopes (Tony Abreu, Jason Repko, Hector Luna, Dee Brown, and Mitch Jones) have hit 10 or more homers this season. Other Isotopes who combined with other teams in the league to hit 10 or more homers are Val Pascucci (Isotopes and currently Portland Beavers) and Brett Harper (Las Vegas 51s and currently Isotopes). . . . Henry Bonilla earned his 9th defeat tonight, tying him wtih Giancarlo Alvarado for the team lead in losses. Bonilla has lost his last four pitching decisions. . . . The Dodgers named their July 2008 Dodger Pride Award winners. The Dodger Pride Awards recognize minor league players who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style. At the Triple-A level, Josh Lindblom and Tony Abreu were the award winners. Lindblom went 1-0 with a save and a 2.89 ERA during the month of July. Abreu hit .360 (40x111) with 6 homers and 31 RBI in July. . . . The Bricktown Showdown is no more -- due to a name change. The Bricktown Showdown event is being renamed the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game starting this season. The game matches up the winners of the Pacific Coast League and International League in a one game playoff to determine the overall champion of Triple-A Baseball. PCL clubs have won all three Bricktown Showdown games played. . . . The series concludes with Albuquerque's last home day contest of the season. P Tim Corcoran was brought up from Class-AA Chattanooga to make the spot start. Corcoran, with the Isotopes in 2008 as a Marlins affiliate, compiled a 4-7, 5.48 record in Double-A. Tacoma is scheduled to counter with a former Isotope, RHP Gaby Hernandez (5-9, 6.03).
Filed 08/11/2009

August 10, 2009 - Isotopes (64-53)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +6.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tacoma Rainiers 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 . 6 9 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 2 5 0 0 X . 8 14 0
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (10-9)
LP: Andrew Baldwin (6-8)
SV: Scott Strickland (25)
Home Runs:
TAC Matt Tuiasosopo (5) off Alvarado in the 3rd inning
TAC Josh Wilson (2) off Strickland in the 9th inning

ALB Tony Abreu (9) off Thomas in the 6th inning
ALB Jason Repko (13) off Baldwin in the 3rd inning
ALB Dee Brown (17) off Baldwin in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:57  ATT: 7,409
Tony Abreu grand-slam homered and drove in five runs total in his return from the Dodgers and Scott Strickland inked his name into the Albuquerque professional baseball record books with a save as the Isotopes defeated the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 8-6 on Monday evening.

Former-Isotope Josh Wilson brought home a run with a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning and Matt Tuiasosopo solo homered in the 3rd inning as the Rainers built a 2-0 lead.

Jason Repko solo homered for Albuquerque in the bottom of the 3rd inning to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 5th inning. Repko singled with one out, advanced to second base on a groundout, and scored on Abreu's triple. Doug Mientiewicz followed with a double to plate Abreu as Albuquerque led 3-2.
Mike Wilson walked and scored on Alex Cintron's triple in the 6th inning as the Rainiers tied the game at 3-3 before Albuquerque put the game away in their half of the 6th inning, all with some two out magic. Dee Brown solo homered to give Albuquerque a 4-3 lead and Jamie Hoffmann and Repko followed with singles. After executing a double-steal, A.J. Ellis walked to load the bags and Abreu cleared them with a grand slam homer to center field as Albuquerque led 8-3.
Albuquerque hung on to their lead for the rest of the game despite a couple of Tacoma threats. In the 7th inning, Wilson walked, Mike Carp was hit by a pitch, and both scored on Chris Shelton's double. In the 9th inning, Wilson solo homered off Isotopes closer Scott Strickland for the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 50 G, 191 AB, 32 R, 56 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 26 BB, 30 K, 10 SB, .293 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Doug Mientkiewicz made his first appearance with Albuquerque since returning to the team and was the Designated Hitter and went 2x5 with a double, an RBI, and struck out once.

Mientkiewicz struck out in the 1st inning, flew out to left field in the 3rd inning, doubled and drove in Tony Abreu in the 5th inning, singled in the 6th inning, and reached on a fielder's choice in the 8th inning and left the game when he was replaced by pinch-runner Luis Maza.

'TOPES NOTES: Scott Strickland earned his 25th save. Not only did Strickland add to his already Isotopes record breaking single season save record, Strickland established a new Albuquerque professional baseball record. The Albuquerque Dukes single-single save leader was Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall-of-Famer Dennis Lewellyn who had 24 saves in 1980. . . . Giancarlo Alvarado joined teammate Charlie Haeger as the only 10+ game winners on the Isotopes staff. Alvarado and Haeger become the first Isotope teammates in franchise history to reach double digit wins in the same season. . . . Albuquerque's victory snapped a four-game losing streak to the Rainiers dating back to the 2008 season. . . . Tony Abreu extended his hitting streak to 9 games and his grand-slam homer was Albuquerque's 7th of the season and second grand-slam homer in the last three games. . . . Chad Huffman of the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Huffman hit .448 (11x23) with 3 homers and 9 RBI. Four of his games during the award week came against the Isotopes at Isotopes Park. . . . There is also an Isotope connection to the PCL Pitcher of the Week. The Isotopes faced this week's award winner, Tacoma's Andrew Baldwin, this evening. During the award period, Baldwin made one start and won it, tossing a complete game shutout while fanning 6. In tonight's game, outside of Baldwin's weekly award period, Baldwin tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed 6 runs and 9 hits and took the loss. . . . Tacoma's Alex Cintron was ejected by First Base umpire Dan Bellino in the 8th inning. . . . The series continues on Tuesday evening. Probables are LHP Scott Elbert (1-1, 6.27) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope LHP Jason Vargas (1-2, 2.93) for the Rainiers.
Filed 08/10/2009

August 9, 2009 - Isotopes (63-53)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tacoma Rainiers 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 . 6 9 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 4 8 1
WP: Robert Manuel (1-1)
LP: JD Durbin (0-3)
SV: Mike Koplove (1)
Home Runs:
TAC Jerry Owens (2) off Durbin in the 3rd inning

TIME: 3:00  ATT: 6,834
In the series opener, the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) scored four runs over the final two frames to come from behind to defeat the Isotopes 6-4.
Blake DeWitt walked and scored on Mitch Jones' triple in the 1st inning and in the 2nd inning, Luis Maza doubled, advanced to third base on Jason Repko's single, and scored on JD Closser's single as the Isotopes led 2-0 after 2 innings of play.
The Rainiers tied the game in the 3rd inning. Jerry Owens solo homered with one out and the very next batter, Matt Tuiasosopo was hit by a pitch. Tuiasosopo stole second base, advanced to third base on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Isotopes reclaimed the lead at 3-2 in their half of the 3rd inning. DeWitt walked, took second base on a balk, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Jones' sacrifice flyout.
The Isotopes added what they thought would be an insurance run in the 6th inning to lead 4-2. Dee Brown doubled with one out, advanced to third base on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and scored on Maza's sacrifice flyout.
Tacoma mounted their comeback in the 8th inning. Tuiasosopo walked to lead off the frame and Mike Carp singled to put runners on the corners. Prentice Redman came into the game as a pinch-runner replacing Carp and Tuiasosopo scored on a balk. Redman advanced to second base on the balk and Chris Shelton drew a walk. Bryan LaHair sacrifice bunted both runners into scoring position and Mike Wilson sacrifice flied out to drive in Redman to tie the game at 4-4. Alex Cintron's single brought home Shelton as the Rainiers took a 5-4 lead.
Former-Isotope Josh Wilson singled, advanced to second base on an error on a pickoff attempt, and scored on Owens' single as the Rainlers scored the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 49 G, 187 AB, 31 R, 54 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 26 BB, 29 K, 9 SB, .289 AVG
Brent Leach 5 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 8.44 ERA, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 9 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers optioned IF Tony Abreu to Albuquerque on Sunday to make roster room for P Eric Stults, who was recalled on Saturday to make the start for the Dodgers on Sunday. Stults tossed 5 innings for the Dodgers and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits while fanning 3 and he took the loss. . . . According to the Los Angeles Times, Doug Mientkiewicz, still officially on a rehabilitation assignment with Albuquerque but hasn't been with the team since July 31st, may be rejoining Albuquerque to continue his rehab assignment. Mientkiewicz, recovering from shoulder surgery, is still unable to throw so he will only play in games where there is a Designated Hitter. The DH is in effect for this series against Tacoma and for the Isotopes next series when they travel to Las Vegas to play the 51s (AAA Blue Jays). . . . The Isotopes are 4-5 when they wear their Sunday blue Dodger-like uniforms. . . . Chin-Lung Hu went hitless in 4 at-bats to snap a six game hitting streak. . . . The series continues on Monday evening. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (9-9, 3.53) for the Isotopes and RHP Andrew Baldwin (6-7, 4.37) for the Rainiers.
Filed 08/09/2009

August 8, 2009 - Isotopes (63-52)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +6.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Portland Beavers 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 . 7 12 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 1 1 2 0 2 9 X . 17 20 1
WP: Josh Lindblom (2-0)
LP: Cesar Carrillo (0-2)
SV: Francisco Felix (1)
Home Runs:
PORT Chad Huffman (16) off Pollok in the 4th inning
PORT Mike Baxter (4) off Pollok in the 4th inning

ALB Mitch Jones (28) off Silva in the 8th inning
ALB Blake DeWitt (4) off Silva in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:28  ATT: 9,224
The Isotopes saved the best for last, turning a close game into a blowout in the 8th inning with a season-best 9-run inning highlighted by a Mitch Jones grand-slam homer and a Blake DeWitt three run homer as the Isotopes romped the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 17-7 in the series finale on Saturday night.

In the 1st inning, Chin-Lung Hu and Jamie Hoffmann singled and DeWitt drew a walk. A passed ball allowed Hu to score. An out later, Dee Brown singled to drive in Hoffman as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Drew Macias doubled and scored on Chad Huffman's single in the 3rd inning as the Beavers got on the scoreboard.
Albuquerque got that run back in their half of the 3rd inning. Brett Harper was hit by a pitch with one out, advanced to second base on Brown's groundout, and scored on Jones' single as the Isotopes led 3-1.
The Beavers powered their way to a lead in the 4th inning. Sean Kazmar and Matt Antonelli singled and an out later, Mike Baxter three-run homered. Another out later, Huffman solo homered as the Beavers led 5-3.
In the home half of the 4th inning, Hu tripled and scored on Hoffmann's single as the Isotopes pulled to a run down at 5-4.
Albuquerque took a 6-5 lead in the 5th inning. Harper and Brown singled and both scored on Luis Maza's triple.
The Isotopes extended the lead in the 7th inning. Jones walked and advanced to second base on Maza's groundout. A.J. Ellis walked and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch before scoring on JD Closser's two-run double as the Isotopes led 8-5.
In Albuquerque's huge 8th inning, Hoffmann and DeWitt singled and both advanced into scoring position on a throwing error during a pickoff attempt. Isotopes reliever Francisco Felix struck out, Brown was intentionally walked to load the bags and Jones followed with a grand-slam homer. Maza singled, Ellis and Closser walked to load the bases and Hu reached on a fielder's choice with Maza scoring and Closser out at second base. Hoffmann singled to drive in Ellis and DeWitt followed with a three-run homer for the final scoring of the inning. When Jones struck out and got tossed for arguing balls and strikes to end the inning, the Isotopes had sent 14 men to the plate and scored 9 runs to lead 17-5.
The Beavers scored a pair of junk-time runs in the 9th inning on Huffman's run-scoring double and former-Isotope Val Pascucci's singled to drive in Huffman.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 48 G, 183 AB, 31 R, 54 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 26 BB, 28 K, 9 SB, .295 AVG
Josh Lindblom 11 APP, 2-0, 1 SV, 2.52 ERA, 25 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 20 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers activated P Ronald Belisario from their Disabled List on Saturday and optioned P Scott Elbert to Albuquerque. With Elbert coming back to Albuquerque, the Dodgers needed a starter for Sunday's game and recalled P Eric Stults to make the start on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves. . . . The Isotopes and Beavers played their only four game series of the season and it was a split with each team winning 2 games. 32,581 attended for a per-game average of 8,145. All-time, Portland holds a 16-12 advantage and at Isotopes Park all-time, each team has won 8 games. . . . Albuquerque holds a franchise record 6 game division lead and there are 29 games left to play. . . . Mitch Jones leads the PCL with 28 homers, has two of the six Albuquerque Grand-Slam homers this season, and Jones remains in second place in the 2009 Round Tripper Award standings. Jonathan Gaston of Advanced Class-A Lancaster Jethawks has 30 homers to lead the Round Tripper Award standings. . . . Francisco Felix became the 8th different Isotope in 2009 to record a save. . . . Former-Isotope Val Pascucci returned to Isotopes Park as a member of the Beavers and homered in three out of the four games. . . . Portland's Chad Huffman was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) come to town starting Sunday night for a four game series that concludes Albuquerque's current homestand. Probables in the opener are RHP J.D. Durbin (0-2, 6.00) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope LHP Chris Seddon (7-6, 4.00) for the Rainiers.
Filed 08/08/2009

August 7, 2009 - Isotopes (62-52)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Portland Beavers 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 1 . 7 13 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 5 8 0
WP: Eulogio De La Cruz (1-4)
LP: Henry Bonilla (3-8)
SV: Adam Russell (2)
Home Runs:
PORT Val Pascucci (15) off Bonilla in the 8th inning
PORT Yamid Haad (1) off Bonilla in the 8th inning

ALB Luis Maza (4) off LeBlanc in the 2nd inning
ALB Blake DeWitt (3) off LeBlanc in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:53  ATT: 8,807
Either Isotopes starter Charlie Haeger's promotion to the Dodgers is pending or it could have been one of Tim Wallach's worst managerial games of 2009. The Isotopes were up 5-1 after four innings, Haeger was removed from the game during a splendid performance, and the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) scored six more unanswered runs to come from behind to defeat the Isotopes 7-5 on Friday evening at "The Lab".
In the 1st inning, Chin-Lung Hu led off with a single to left field and Blake DeWitt singled into right field with Hu advancing to third base. Jamie Hoffmann reached on a fielder's choice with DeWitt out at second base and Hu scoring. An out later, Brett Harper doubled to the left field corner to bring home Hoffmann as the Isotopes led 2-0.
The Isotopes powered their way to a 5-0 lead in the 2nd inning. With one out, Luis Maza homered to left field. An out later, Hu walked and scored on DeWitt's homer to the shrubery behind the center field fence.
In the 4th inning, Portland got on the scoreboard. Danny Putnam doubled and scored on Russ Adams' single to right field. After the inning was through, Haeger's line was 59 pitches, just the run allowed on 4 hits, and 5 Beavers fanned. Haeger batted in his spot in the order in the bottom of the 4th inning and then was pulled from the game before the 5th inning started.
Henry Bonilla relieved Haeger and in the 5th inning gave up a single to Sean Kazmar. Beavers starter Wade LeBlanc laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Kazmar to third base. An out later, Kazmar scored on Drew Macias' single to center as the Beavers trailed 5-2.
Bonilla was at about the 47 pitch mark and into his 4th inning of work when he hit a wall that allowed the Beavers to complete their comeback. With one out, Val Pascucci homered just inside the left-field foulpole. Putnam drew a walk and Adams doubled into the left field corner before Yamid Haad cranked a three-run homer to left field to give the Beavers a 6-5 lead.
Isotopes closer Scott Strickland entered the game in the 9th inning hoping to keep the Beavers scoreless and give Albuquerque a chance to score a run to tie the game or two runs to win the game in the bottom of the 9th inning. After getting the first out on a strikeout, Mike Baxter infield singled and stole second base before scoring on Pascucci's double that bounced up to the right-center field wall for a run that put the Beavers up by two at 7-5..
Jason Repko tried to get the Isotope rally going with a single and a steal of second base before Maza, pinch-hitter Dee Brown, and Hu went quietly to finish off the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffmann: 47 G, 177 AB, 28 R, 50 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 26 BB, 28 K, 9 SB, .282 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers placed P Jason Schmidt on the Disabled List with what they are calling a shoulder injury and recalled IF Tony Abreu from Albuquerque. IF Luis Maza was activated from the Isotopes Disabled List to take Abreu's roster spot. . . . The Isotopes blew their largest lead of the season to lose the game tonight when they gave up the five run early cushion. . . . Mitch Jones struck out four times in a game for the second time this season. . . . The series concludes on Saturday evening and the Isotopes are hoping for a victory to earn a series split with the Beavers. Probables are RHP Dwayne Pollok (2-4, 5.81) for the Isotopes and RHP Cesar Carrillo (0-1, 6.00) for the Beavers.
Filed 08/07/2009

August 6, 2009 - Isotopes (62-51)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Portland Beavers 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 . 7 13 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 5 X . 12 16 0
WP: Hyang-Nam Choi (7-1)
LP: Josh Banks (6-3)
Home Runs:
PORT Chad Huffman (15) off Leach in the 9th inning
PORT Val Pascucci (14) off Choi in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:52  ATT: 6,903
Dee Brown drove in four runs and Isotopes starter Eric Stults, Chin-Lung Hu, and Blake DeWitt drove in two runs each as Albuquerque defeated the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 12-7 on Thursday evening to snap a two-game losing streak.
In the 1st inning, Chin-Lung Hu led off with a triple and scored on Blake DeWitt's single. Brett Harper singled to put runners on the corners and an out later, Dee Brown doubled to drive in DeWitt and Harper. After Hector Luna lined out, Jason Repko singled to drive in Brown as the Isotopes quickly led 4-0.
Back-to-back doubles from Nick Hundley and Mike Baxter got the Beavers on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning.
Albuquerque struck with two outs in the 3rd inning to increase their lead. Repko bunt singled, stole second base and after A.J. Ellis was intentionally walked, Stults doubled home Repko and Ellis to give Albuquerque a 6-1 lead.
Former-Isotope Val Pascucci homered for the second night in a row and Russ Adams singled home a run in the 6th inning as the Beavers trailed 6-3.
Hu singled and scored on DeWitt's triple in the home half of the 6th inning as Albuquerque increased their lead to 7-3.
Craig Stansberry doubled and scored on Chad Huffman's double in the 7th inning as the Beavers trailed by three runs at 7-4.
Albuquerque put the game away in the 8th inning. Ellis walked and Sergio Garcia followed with a double. Hu tripled to drive in Ellis and Garcia. An out later, pinch-hitter Jamie Hoffman walked and Mitch Jones walked to load the bases ahead of Brown's double that drove in Hu and Hoffman. An error brought Jones home as the Isotopes led 12-4.
Portland did not go quietly in the 9th inning as they tried to rally to tie the game. With two outs, Stansberry singled, Drew Macias singled, and Chad Huffman followed with a three run homer as the Beavers trailed by five runs. Pascucci grounded out to end the threat and the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 46 G, 173 AB, 27 R, 50 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 26 BB, 28 K, 9 SB, .289 AVG
Brent Leach 4 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 13.50 ERA, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 8 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: P Henry Bonilla rejoined the Isotopes on Thursday as he was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga, while P Harvey Garcia was transferred to Chattanooga. The Dodgers-Isotopes shuttle may become active in the next couple of days. The Isotopes' spark at the top of the lineup, Tony Abreu, is said to have his promotion to the Dodgers imminent and he did not play in Thursday's game. Isotopes starter Eric Stults tossed three innings, drove in two runs, and then was pulled from the game, apparently healthy, signaling that he might be also joining the Dodgers to take the rotation spot of an inconsistent Jason Schmidt, according to the Los Angeles Times. . . . The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to the Beavers in games played at Isotopes Park, going back to the 2007 season. . . . The Isotopes set a franchise record with 4 triples in a game and Chin-Lung Hu tied an Isotopes franchise record with a pair of triples in the game. . . . When the Albuquerque offense is hitting on all cylinders and scores 10 runs or more, the Isotopes are a perfect 16-0 so far in 2009. . . . Hyang-Nam Choi has won his last five pitching decisions. . . . The series continues on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Charlie Haeger (11-6, 3.58) for the Isotopes and LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-8, 3.94) for the Beavers.
Filed 08/06/2009

August 5, 2009 - Isotopes (61-51)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Portland Beavers 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 . 6 11 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 . 2 6 2
WP: Josh Geer (2-1)
LP: Giancarlo Alvarado (9-9)
SV: Eulogio De La Cruz (6)
Home Runs:
PORT Craig Stansberry (7) off Alvarado in the 1st inning
PORT Val Pascucci (13) off Alvarado in the 6th inning
PORT Drew Macias (5) off Alvarado in the 6th inning

ALB Jason Repko (12) off De La Cruz in the 9th inning

TIME: 3:04  ATT: 7,647
The Isotopes returned to Isotopes Park to begin a homestand and they seemed to have left their bats back in Nashville. Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) starter Josh Geer and two relievers held Albuquerque to a fairly uncharacteristic 2 runs and 6 hits as the Beavers defeated the Isotopes 6-2 in the opener on Wednesday evening.
Craig Stansberry led off the game with a homer as Portland led 1-0 before Albuquerque even batted.
Former-Isotope Val Pascucci and Drew Macias added solo homers in the 6th inning to extend the Beavers lead to 3-0.
In the 6th inning, Blake DeWitt walked and Jamie Hoffman singled. An out later, JD Closser reached on a fielder's choice with DeWitt out at third base. An error on the same play allowed Hoffman to race around to score to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.
Stansberry tripled and scored on Macias' single in the 7th innng as the Beavers led 4-1 and the Beavers tacked two more runs on the scoreboard in the 9th inning when Stansberry scored on a wild pitch and Pascucci singled home Macias.
Jason Repko solo homered in the bottom of the 9th inning for the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 45 G, 173 AB, 26 R, 50 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 25 BB, 28 K, 9 SB, .289 AVG
Josh Lindblom 10 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 2.91 ERA, 21.2 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 19 K, 2 HR
Brent Leach 3 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 2.1 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Giancarlo Alvarado earned his team-leading 9th defeat in the game. The loss snapped a three game personal winning streak. . . . Former-Isotope Eulogio De La Cruz earned the save for the Beavers, his 6th of the season. . . . Portland's Craig Stansberry was a single shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Eric Stults (4-2, 4.36) for the Isotopes and RHP Josh Banks (6-3, 2.85) for the Beavers.
Filed 08/05/2009

August 4, 2009 - Isotopes (61-50)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 . 5 12 1
Nashville Sounds 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 X . 6 9 1
WP: Dave Johnson (3-1)
LP: Harvey Garcia (0-1)
SV: Jesus Colome (2)
Home Runs:
ALB Tony Abreu (8) off Dillard in the 1st inning

NSH Joe Koshansky (18) off Durbin in the 1st inning
NSH Adam Heether (12) off Durbin in the 6th inning
NSH Jason Bourgeois (2) off Garcia in the 7th inning

TIME: 3:17  ATT: 3,567
Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) batters belted three homers, accounting for five of the six Sounds runs in a 6-5 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale on Tuesday afternoon in Nashville. Albuquerque snapped a three-game winning streak with the loss.
Tony Abreu led off the game with a homer as the Isotopes quickly led 1-0, but the lead evaporated in the bottom of the 1st inning. Jason Bourgeois walked and stole second base two outs later before scoring on Joe Koshansky's homer as the Sounds led 2-1.
Albuquerque tied the game at 2-2 in the 5th inning when Sergio Garcia doubled and scored on A.J. Ellis' single.
In the 6th inning, Angel Salome walked and scored on Adam Heether's homer as the Sounds regained the lead at 4-2.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 7th inning. JD Closser led off the inning with a double and Garcia walked. Ellis singled to load the bases and pinch-hitter Dee Brown struck out swinging before Abreu singled to drive in Closser. With the bags still loaded, Jamie Hoffman doubled home Garcia and Ellis to give Albuquerque a 5-4 advantage.
The Sounds regained the lead for good in their half of the 7th inning. Bourgeois solo homered to tie the game. Corey Patterson singled, advanced to third base on a wild throw on a pickoff attempt, and scored on Salome's sacrifice flyout for the eventual game-winning run.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 44 G, 169 AB, 25 R, 49 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 25 BB, 27 K, 9 SB, .290 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque won three out of the five games in the series and 19,719 attended. Today's game was the final game at Herschel Greer Stadium for 2009 (unless both of the current division leaders Isotopes and Sounds meet in the playoffs) and each team won four of the eight games. . . . The Isotopes are 9-18 in day games. . . . Tony Abreu hit his fourth leadoff homer of the season, tying a franchise record first set by Robert Andino in 2007 for the most leadoff homers in a season. Abreu has homered in back-to-back games and has a seven game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque begins a string of four series' against Pacific Conference opponents starting on Wednesday when the Isotopes return home to play the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres). Probables in the opener are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (9-8, 3.48) for the Isotopes and RHP Josh Geer (1-1, 3.60) for the Beavers.
Filed 08/04/2009

August 3, 2009 - Isotopes (61-49)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 . 3 7 1
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 5 0
WP: Hyang-Nam Choi (6-1)
LP: Chris Narveson (4-4)
SV: Cory Wade (1)
Home Runs:
ALB Tony Abreu (7) off Ginter in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:25  ATT: 4,245
The Isotopes mounted a steady late game rally and defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 3-1 to win their third straight game.
In the 1st inning, Nashville's Jason Bourgeois doubled and scored on an error when Corey Patterson singled and then advanced a base on an error.
Albuquerque started their comeback in the 6th inning. Mitch Jones drew a two out walk, stole second base and scored on Hector Luna's single to tie the game at 1-1.
The Isotopes took the lead in the 7th inning -- Chin-Lung Hu tripled and scored on A.J. Ellis' groundout - and added an insurance run in the 8th inning on Tony Abreu's solo homer..
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 43 G, 164 AB, 25 R, 47 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 25 BB, 27 K, 8 SB, .287 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers acquired P Harvey Garcia from the Pirates for a player to be named later and assigned Garcia to Albuquerque. Garcia was an Isotope in 2007 when the Isotopes were a Marlins affiliate. When Garcia appears in a game, he'll be the second player (and third player/field staff member) to play for the Isotopes as both a Marlin and as a Dodger affiliate (Val Pascucci, Trainer Greg Harrel). P Henry Bonilla was sent to Class-AA Chattanooga to make roster room for Garcia. . . . Albuquerque pitching has allowed 2 runs in the last 2 games, but none of those runs were earned. . . . The Isotopes are a season-best 12 games above the .500 mark. Their .555 winning percentage is good for the second best record in the PCL, trailing the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) who have a .615 winning percentage. . . . Tony Abreu was a triple shy of hitting for the cyle. Abreu has the current longest hitting streak on the club at 6 games. . . . A correction from yesterday's "Topes Notes" - Scott Strickland was not the first Isotope to save both games of a doubleheader. Strickland is the second as Toby Borland saved both games of a doubleheader in April 2004. . . . Travis Snider of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Snider hit .538 (14x26) with 3 homers and 15 RBI. . . . Sean O'Sullivan of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. O'Sullivan threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in Salt Lake Bees franchise history on July 28th. A 7th inning leadoff walk was the only blemish that kept the effort from being a perfect game. . . . The five game series concludes Tuesday afternoon and the Isotopes have already guaranteed themselves a series win. Probables are RHP JD Durbin (0-2, 6.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Tim Dillard (10-4, 3.66) for the Sounds.
Filed 08/03/2009

August 2, 2009 - Isotopes (60-49)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +5.0 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 5 1
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 3 0
WP: Francisco Felix (1-0)
LP: Ryan Houston (5-3)
SV: Scott Strickland (24)
TIME: 2:25  ATT: 4,834
Blake DeWitt's sacrifice fly plated the go-ahead run in the 8th inning and the Isotopes had a stellar defensive play for the final play of the game as Albuquerque defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 2-1 in extra innings to sweep the doubleheader. The Isotopes are a season-best 11 games above .500 and extended their division lead to 5 games over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers).
In the 1st inning, Nashville's Jason Bourgeois doubled, advanced to third base on John Raburn's sacrifice bunt, and scored when Bill Hall reached on an error as the Sounds led 1-0.
The Isotopes tied up the game in the 2nd inning. Brett Harper singled, advanced to third base on Dee Brown's double, and scored two batters later on A.J. Ellis' sacrifice fly.
The game remained deadlocked until the 8th inning. Sergio Garcia was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Tony Abreu singled. Jason Repko's sacrifice bunt advanced both runners into scoring position before DeWitt sacrificed flied out to bring home Garcia to give Albuquerque a 2-1 lead.
Isotopes closer Scott Strickland entered the game in the bottom of the 8th inning to try to get the save. After getting the first two outs, Strickland walked Joe Koshansky and Adam Heether. Mat Gamel singled and Koshansky tried to score from second on the play but was gunned down at home plate (right fielder Jamie Hoffman to catcher A.J. Ellis) for the final out of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 42 G, 160 AB, 25 R, 46 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 25 BB, 26 K, 7 SB, .288 AVG
Josh Lindblom 9 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 2.75 ERA, 19.2 IP, 18 H, 6 ER, 9 BB, 15 K, 2 HR
Brent Leach 2 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 0.00 ERA, 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The five game division lead ties a franchise record for Albuquerque's largest division lead ever. . . . Scott Strickland earned his 24th save, a new single season Isotopes record and Strickland became the first Isotope to save both games of a doubleheader. Strickland has the active PCL saves lead, but is statistically tied with Jess Todd who was traded out of the league last week to the Cleveland Indians to complete the St. Louis Cardinals' acquisition of Mark DeRosa. Todd is now playing in the International League. . . . The Isotopes are 4-6 in extra inning contests and 10-15 in one-run games. . . . Albuquerque has played three doubleheaders in 2009, all on the road, and have split two of them and swept one of them. . . . The Isotopes have 7 last at-bat wins. . . . The series continues on Monday evening. Probables are RHP Dwayne Pollok (2-4, 6.36) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris Narveson (4-3, 3.97) for the Sounds.
Filed 08/02/2009

August 2, 2009 - Isotopes (59-49)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +4.0 Games

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 . 4 9 1
Nashville Sounds 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 1 1 3
WP: Charlie Haeger (11-6)
LP: Sam Narron (1-4)
SV: Scott Strickland (24)
TIME: 1:59
Charlie Haeger and Scott Strickland combined to one hit the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in Albuquerque's 4-1 victory over the Sounds in the opener of a doubleheader.
The Isotopes were off and running in the 1st inning. Tony Abreu singled, Jason Repko doubled, and Jamie Hoffman smacked a hard batted ball off of the Sounds third baseman for a two-run single as the Isotopes led 2-0.
Haeger's only run and hit allowed came in the 3rd inning. Sounds starter Sam Narron reached on a two-base error and scored on John Raburn's double as the Sounds trailed 2-1.
In the 5th inning, Haeger walked and Abreu reached on an error. Jason Repko singled to load the bases and an out later, Mitch Jones walked to bring home Haeger.
The Isotopes plated their final run in the 6th inning. Hector Luna singled, advanced to second base on J.D. Closser's single, moved on to third base on Chin-Lung Hu's fielder's choice, and scored on Haeger's sacrifice bunt.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 41 G, 157 AB, 25 R, 46 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 25 BB, 26 K, 6 SB, .293 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers recalled P Cory Wade from his rehabilitation assignment and then turned around and optioned him to Albuquerque. The Isotopes placed P Marlon Arias (strained left calf) on the Disabled List for the second time in less than two weeks. . . . Charlie Haeger leads the PCL with 11 wins and was an pulled an inning shy of tossing his third straight complete game. . . . The one-hitter tied a franchise record for fewest hits allowed, set on 7 occasions. Albuquerque pitching has never tossed a no-hitter.
Filed 08/02/2009

August 1, 2009 - Isotopes (58-49)

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

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 . 3 8 1
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 X . 5 11 0
WP: Chris Cody (5-6)
LP: Eric Stults (4-2)
SV: Dave Johnson (4)
Home Runs:
ALB Sergio Garcia (1) off Cody in the 5th inning

NSH Bill Hall (1) off Stults in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:50  ATT: 7,073
Isotopes starter Eric Stults allowed 11 hits and 5 runs in 6 innings and saw a four-game winning streak snapped as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) defeated the Isotopes 5-3 in the series opener in Nashville on Saturday evening.
Bill Hall solo homered in the 1st inning as the Sounds quickly led 1-0.
Nashville put the game way in the 4th inning. Brendan Katin and Adam Heether singled and both scored on Joe Koshansky's double. Erick Almonte singled to put runners on the corners and Angel Salome grounded into a double play with Koshansky scoring. Sounds starter Chris Cody singled and scored on a hit and and a throwing error when Jason Bourgeois singled and Bourgeois advanced two bases on the error as the Sounds led 5-0.
Sergio Garcia's solo homer in the 5th inning broke up the shutout as Albuquerque trailed 5-1.
In the 7th inning, Dee Brown singled with one out, advanced to second base an out later on Chin-Lung Hu's single, and scored on A.J. Ellis' single.
The combination of Brown, Hu and Ellis combined to bring home Albuquerque's final run in the 9th inning with Brown once again singling with one out, advancing to second base on Hu's single, and scoring on Ellis's single.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 40 G, 153 AB, 25 R, 45 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 25 BB, 25 K, 6 SB, .294 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: IF Hector Luna was activated from the Disabled List and OF Jovanny Rosario went on the disabled list with a right wrist strain. . . . There was a 37 minute delay to start of the game due to rain and field preparation after the rain. . . . Jamie Hoffman went hitless in 4 at-bats to snap his hitting streak at 18 games, one shy of the tying the franchise record. . . . Brett Harper went hitless in 3 at-bats to snap a 9-game hitting streak. . . . The series continues Sunday evening with a doubleheader to make up a rainout from early July as well as play the regularly scheduled game for Sunday. Both games are 7 innings. In the opener, RHP Charlie Haeger (10-6, 3.74) should have no problem tossing his third complete game in a row if his knuckleball is reasonably working and he gets run support. LHP Sam Narron (1-3, 5.82) is expected to be Nashville's probable. In the nightcap, probables are RHP Henry Bonilla (3-7, 5.64) for the Isotopes and LHP Lindsay Gulin (5-7, 4.57) for the Sounds.
Filed 08/01/2009

July 31, 2009 - Isotopes (58-48)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma City Redhawks 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 3 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X . 5 10 0
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (9-8)
LP: Elizardo Ramirez (7-8)
SV: Scott Strickland (22)
Home Runs:
OKC Brandon Boggs (5) off Alvarado in the 1st inning

ALB Brett Harper (19) Ramirez in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:49  ATT: 12,525
Brett Harper two-run homered on his birthday in Albuquerque's 5-3 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on Friday evening in the series finale.
In the 1st inning, Esteban German singled but was erased from the basepaths on Chris Davis' fielder's choice. Brandon Boggs followed with a two-run homer as the Redhawks led 2-0.
In the home half of the 1st inning, Tony Abreu drew a leadoff walk and scored on Doug Mientkiewicz's double to left-center field. After Jamie Hoffman's groundout advanced Mientkiewicz to third base, Harper two-run homered to right-center field. Dee Brown doubled and scored on Jason Repko's single as the Isotopes led 4-2.
In the 6th inning, Davis doubled, advanced to third base on Boggs' double, and scored on Justin Smoak's sacrifice flyout as the Redhawks edged to a run down at 4-3.
Albuquerque scored an insurance run in the 7th inning. Hoffman tripled and scored on Harper's sacrifice flyout.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 39 G, 149 AB, 25 R, 45 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 25 BB, 25 K, 6 SB, .302 AVG
Brent Leach 1 APP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Doug Mientkiewicz finished his Isotopes homestand rehab assignment with a 1x4 performance with a double and a run scored. After starting out hitless in his first 8 rehab at-bats, Mientkiewicz ended up playing in all 4 games and went 6x18 (.333) with a homer, 6 RBI, doubled, and scored 5 runs.

Cory Wade made another rehab relief appearance and tossed an inning, perfect other than allowing a hit.

'TOPES NOTES: P Travis Schlichting was placed on the Disabled List with back spasms on Friday. . . . Albuquerque had a great series against the second place Oklahoma City, taking three out of the four games in the series to increase their division lead over the Redhawks from 1.5 games to 3.5 games. 35,479 attended for a per-game average of 8,870. Tonight's game marked the final game of the season series between the Isotopes and Redhawks and the Isotopes took 9 of the 16 contests (4-4 at Isotopes Park, 5-3 at AT-T Bricktown Ballpark). All-time, Oklahoma City holds a 60-51 advantage. . . . Albuquerque is 27-17 in division play and has just one division series left to play in 2009 when Round Rock comes to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes are a season-best 10 games above the .500 mark and tied their season-best mark of a 3.5 game division lead. . . . Jamie Hoffman's 8th inning triple extended his hitting streak to 18 games, one game shy of tying a franchise record. . . . Hoffman's hitting streak is overshadowing a nice 9 game hitting streak from Brett Harper. . . . Some July totals: 19-8 record (13-2 at home, 6-6 on the road); .317 team batting average; 4.47 team ERA; 171 runs scored, 16 stolen bases; and 27 homers. The 19 runs tied a franchise record for most wins in a month and the 19-8 was the best monthly mark ever for the Isotopes at 11 games above .500. . . . Scott Strickland picked up his 22nd save, one save away from tying Brad Clontz's franchise record. . . . 12,525 was the 28th largest regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history. . . . Oklahoma City's Brandon Boggs was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque heads to Nashville for a five game series beginning on Saturday night with one of the games a makeup from a July rain postponement the last time the Isotopes were in Nashville. Probables in the opener are LHP Eric Stults (4-1, 4.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris Cody (4-6, 4.20) for the Sounds.
Filed 07/31/2009

July 30, 2009 - Isotopes (57-48)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma City Redhawks 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 . 6 12 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 8 0 6 4 0 4 0 1 X . 23 19 0
WP: Hyang-Nam Choi (5-1)
LP: Josh Rupe (3-7)
Home Runs:
OKC Justin Smoak (2) off Arias in the 9th inning

ALB Mitch Jones (27) off Hinckley in the 4th inning
ALB Doug Mientkiewicz (1) off Hinckley in the 4th inning

TIME: 3:32  ATT: 7,989
Jamie Hoffman had a four-hit game with 6 RBI and the rehabilitating Doug Mientkiewicz added a homer and 5 RBI in a night that the Isotopes inked new records for runs scored and largest winning margin. Albuquerque thumped the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 23-6 to increase their division lead over the Redhawks to 2.5 games.
Albuquerque put together a huge 1st inning. Tony Abreu led off with a single but was erased from the basepaths when Mientkiewicz reached on a fielder's choice. Mientkiewicz advanced to second base on Blake DeWitt's groundout and scored on Mitch Jones' double. Jones advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Dee Brown walked and Hoffman singled home Jones. JD Closser singled home Brown and A.J. Ellis brought home Hoffman and Closser with a triple. Chin-Lung Hu ground-rule doubled to drive in Ellis and Abreu doubled to drive in Hu. Mientkiewicz continued the two-out hit parade with a single to bring Abreu home as the Isotopes sent 12 batters to the plate and scored 8 runs to take a 8-0 lead.
In the 2nd inning, Justin Smoak came home on a wild pitch and Jose Vallejo singled home a run as the Redhawks trailed 8-2.
Royce Huffman singled home two runs in the 3rd inning as the Redhawks halved the defecit at 8-4.
The Isotopes batted around again in a 3rd inning eruption. Closser and Ellis walked to lead off the inning and Hu laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Abreu was intentionally walked to load the bags and Mientkiewicz singled to drive in Closser. With the bases still loaded, DeWitt singled to drive in Ellis and Abreu. An error on the play allowed DeWitt to advance to second base and an out later, Brown drew a walk to re-load the bases. Hoffman tripled to clear them as the Isotopes sent 10 batters to the plate and scored 6 runs to lead 14-4.
Albuquerque powered their way in the 4th inning to a larger lead. Ellis walked, Hu singled and both scored on Mientkiewicz's three run homer. An out later, Mitch Jones belted his PCL leading 27th homer as the Isotopes led 18-4.
The Isotopes put another 4-spot on the scoreboard in the 6th inning to lead 22-4. Sergio Garcia singled with one out and scampered to third base on Mientkiewicz's single. DeWitt walked to load the bases and an out later, Brown walked to drive in Garcia. Hoffman singled home Mientkiewicz and Closser singled home DeWitt and Brown.
Brown reached on an error and scored on Hoffman's triple in the 8th inning for Albuquerque's final run of the game.
Brandon Boggs walked and scored on Smoak's two-run homer in the 9th inning as the Redhawks plated the final runs of the contest.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 38 G, 145 AB, 24 R, 44 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 25 BB, 25 K, 6 SB, .303 AVG
Josh Lindblom 8 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 2.89 ERA, 18.2 IP, 18 H, 6 ER, 9 BB, 15 K, 2 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Doug Mientkiewicz had a great game for Albuquerque as the Designated Hitter. Mientkiewicz had a four hit night, homered, drove in five runs, and scored 4 runs. Mientkiewicz should have one more game left with Albuquerque.
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers recalled P Scott Elbert from Albuquerque on Thursday and optioned P Brent Leach to Albuquerque. P Marlon Arias was activated from the Disabled List. . . . Albuquerque established franchise records for runs scored in a game (23 - previous 18 runs) and largest winning margin (17 runs - previous 16 runs), tied a franchise record with 3 triples in a game, set a season best for most runs combined in a game (29) and tied a season-high with an eight-run inning. . . . The 3 hour, 32 minute contest was the longest 9-inning contest of the season. . . . Doug Mientkiewicz and Dee Brown tied an Isotope franchise record with 4 runs scored. . . . Jamie Hoffman extended his hitting streak to 17 games, a 2009 Isotope season-high and is two games away from tying Eric Reed's franchise mark. Hoffman knocked in 6 runs in a game for the second time this season and tied a franchise record with a pair of triples in a game. . . . Normally, it is ballplayers that get a callup to the major leagues, but it was a groundskeeper who received a promotion to the big leagues. Isotopes Director of Field Operations Jarad Alley has accepted a position as Assistant Groundskeeper for the Minnesota Twins. Alley has been with the Isotopes since 2003 and has won several awards, including the 2007 and 2008 PCL Sports Turf Manager of the Year and the best groundskeeper in Triple-A Baseball for 2008. Alley will help oversee the installation and maintenance of the turf in the Twins' new outdoor stadium, Target Field, which will open in 2010. . . . The series (and homestand) concludes on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (8-8, 3.42) for the Isotopes and RHP Elizardo Ramirez (7-7, 4.08) for the Redhawks.
Filed 07/30/2009

July 29, 2009 - Isotopes (56-48)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma City Redhawks 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 . 6 11 1
Albuquerque Dukes 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 . 2 6 1
WP: Luis Mendoza (4-4)
LP: Henry Bonilla (3-7)
Home Runs:
OKC Kevin Richardson (11) off Pollok in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:59  ATT: 7,360
The Albuquerque Dukes had a amazing winning streak going until tonight. Tonight, the Dukes lost 6-2 to the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) for their first loss since September 10, 2000 when the Dukes were eliminated from the PCL Semifinal playoffs. In reality, it was Dukes Retro Night at Isotopes Park and the Isotopes dressed in Dukes' threads officially ended up with the loss, snapping a three game winning streak.
In the 2nd inning, Justin Smoak smoked a single into right field with one out, advanced to third base on Royce Huffman's single to left field, and scored on Kevin Richardson's flare into right field that landed just fair for a double as the Redhawks led 1-0.
The Redhawks solidified their lead in the 3rd inning. Julio Borbon bunt-singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second base on an error during a pickoff attempt, and tagged up to third base on Esteban German's long flyout to center field. Chris Davis drew a walk before Brandon Boggs infield singled to drive in Borbon. Smoak doubled to the right field wall to drive in Davis and Boggs as the Redhawks led 4-0.
Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 5th inning. Dee Brown doubled to left-center field and scored on A.J. Ellis' single up the middle.
The Redhawks extended their lead in the 7th inning. Richardson led off with a homer to right field and Jose Vallejo followed with a double to right center field. Borbon bunt singled for the second time in the game as Vallejo raced to third base and Esteban German grounded into a double play as Vallejo scored to give Oklahoma City a 6-1 lead.
The Isotopes scored a junk-time run in the 9th inning. Mitch Jones walked to lead off the inning, advanced to second base on Brett Harper's single to center, ended up on third base on Brown's groundout, and scored on Jason Repko's groundout.
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Two Dodgers made rehab appearances for Albuquerque tonight.

IF Doug Mientkiewicz had four plate appearances and went 1x4 with a single. Mientkiewicz grounded out to third in the 1st inning, reached on a fielder's choice in the 3rd inning, reached on an error in the 6th inning and singled to right field in the 8th inning for his first hit of the rehab to avoid going hitless in 9 at-bats. Mientkiewicz is expected to complete the homestand with the Isotopes before going back to Los Angeles to evaluate whether he needs more rehab at-bats with maybe Class-A Inland Empire or if he is ready to be activated to the big league roster.

P Cory Wade started the 8th inning for Albuquerque in relief. Wade got Brandon Boggs to foul out to third base before getting a two ball, one strike count on Justin Smoak before the rains came and the game was rain delayed. Wade did not return after the delay.

'TOPES NOTES: There was a 39 minute rain delay in the top of the 8th inning. Five Isotope contests in 2009 have been delayed by rain. . . . Scott Elbert was scheduled to start the game for Albuquerque, but was a late scratch. It is not known the reason why. Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti told the Los Angeles Times it was not trade related, as the Dodgers have been rumored to be working on a blockbuster trade involving prospects including some names on Albuquerque's roster. . . . The Isotopes have had Dukes Retro Night for five seasons and tonight was the first time the Isotopes have lost while wearing Dukes uniforms. . . . Considering all the buzz around town about the 2009 Dukes Retro night, a disappointing 7,360 showed up, about 55% of the capacity of Isotopes Park. . . . Jamie Hoffman did not play in the game, keeping his 16-game hitting streak alive. . . . Brett Harper's single extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Tonight also saw the 2009 Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, hosted by longtime Dukes broadcaster Mike Roberts. The 2009 inductees are Tom Paciorek, Jesse Priest, Dennis Lewallyn, and the 1972 Albuquerque Dukes squad. The APBHOF section on this website will be updated soon to include the 2009 inductees. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. Probables are RHP JD Durbin (0-2, 4.50) for Albuquerque and RHP Josh Rupe (3-6, 6.00) for the Redhawks.
Filed 07/29/2009

July 28, 2009 - Isotopes (56-47)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma City Redhawks 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 11 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 X . 6 13 1
WP: Charlie Haeger (10-6)
LP: Bryan Corey (4-5)
Home Runs:
OKC Brandon Boggs (4) off Haeger in the 8th inning

ALB Mitch Jones (26) off Vaughan in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:35  ATT: 7,605
Albuquerque's Charlie Haeger tossed his second complete game in a row, allowing 11 hits and 2 runs in the Isotopes' 6-2 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers). Albuquerque is a season-best 9 games above the .500 mark and increased their division lead over the Redhawks to 2.5 games.
In the 1st inning, Oklahoma City's Julio Borbon singled, stole second base, advanced to third base on an error and scored when Esteban German grounded into a double play.
The Isotopes scored a run in each of the next three frames. In the 1st inning, Blake DeWitt singled and scored on Mitch Jones' double. In the 2nd inning, JD Closser doubled and scored on Sergio Garcia's double, and in the 3rd inning, DeWitt singled, advanced to third base on Jones' single, and scored on Brett Harper's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes led 3-1.
The Isotopes strung together another string of run scoring innings in the 5th through 7th innings. In the 5th inning, Jones was hit by a pitch with two outs, stole second base, and scored on Harper's single. In the 6th inning, Jason Repko singled, advanced to second base on Garcia's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Tony Abreu's single. The Isotopes scored their final run in the 7th inning on Jones' homer as Albuquerque led 6-1.
Haeger allowed a solo homer to Brandon Boggs in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 37 G, 139 AB, 23 R, 40 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 25 BB, 24 K, 6 SB, .288 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Dodgers infielder Doug Mientkiewicz joined the Isotopes for a rehab assignment. In his first rehab outing tonight, Mientkiewicz went 0x5 with 2 strikeouts. Mientkiewicz struck out in the 1st inning, flew out to center in the 3rd inning, grounded out to second base in the 5th inning, struck out in the 6th inning, and flied out to center field in the 8th inning.
'TOPES NOTES: Jamie Hoffman extended his hitting streak to 16 games, tying Jason Repko's mark set earlier in the season for the longest 2009 Isotope hitting streak. . . . Mitch Jones leads the PCL with 26 homers and is tied for second place in the Minor League Baseball Round Tripper Award standings for the most homers in all of minor league baseball. Jones' homer was Albuquerque's 100th homer of the season and 54th solo shot. Jones was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Charlie Haeger earned his 10th victory, becoming the third Isotope pitcher in history to reach double digits in wins. Haeger has four complete games in 2009, the most for any pitcher in a single season, and two of those complete games have come against the Redhawks. . . . Brandon Watson of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Watson hit .636 (14x22) with 2 homers and 9 RBI. . . . Tim Dillard of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Dillard made and won a start during the week. Dillard tossed 8 innings, allowed a hit, no walks and fanned four. . . . There was a no-hitter in the PCL on Tuesday evening. Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) pitcher Sean O'Sullivan no-hit the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) at Raley Field in Sacramento. O'Sullivan gave up a 7th inning walk and that walk prevented him from achieving a perfect game. . . . The series continues on Wednesday evening. It is Dukes Retro Night and the Isotopes have a perfect record on Dukes Retro Nights. Probables are LHP Scott Elbert (1-1, 6.27) for the Isotopes and RHP Luis Mendoza (3-4, 4.55) for the Redhawks.
Filed 07/28/2009

July 27, 2009 - Isotopes (55-47)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 X . 5 12 1
WP: Eric Stults (4-1)
LP: Jose Ascanio (2-4)
SV: Josh Lindblom (1)
Home Runs:
ALB Tony Abreu (6) off Ascanio in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:32  ATT: 7,070
Eric Stults tossed six innings and allowed 2 runs and 5 hits and Tony Abreu homered and inked his name into the Isotope record books in Albuquerque's 5-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the series finale at "The Lab" on Monday afternoon.

Abreu leadoff homered for the third time in the last nine games as the Isotopes quickly led 1-0. A.J. Ellis followed with a single, advanced to second base on Mitch Jones' groundout, and scored on J.D. Closser's single to build the lead to 2-0 after an inning of play.

Darwin Barney scored on a fielder's choice in the 3rd inning and Bobby Scales knocked home a run in the 4th inning as the Cubs tied the game at 2-2.
The tie did not last very long as Albuquerque scored the permanent go-ahead run in their half of the 4th inning. Sergio Garcia singled with one out, advanced to second base on Stults' sacrifice bunt, and scored on Abreu's double.
The Isotopes added some insurance runs in the 8th inning. Jamie Hoffman singled to extend his hitting streak but he was erased from the basepaths on Chin-Lung Hu's fielder's choice. Hu stole second base and scored on Jason Repko's single. Repko took second base on the throw and scored on Abreu's double as the Isotopes led 5-2.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 36 G, 136 AB, 23 R, 39 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 24 BB, 24 K, 6 SB, .287 AVG
Josh Lindblom 7 APP, 1-0, 1 SV, 3.24 ERA, 16.2 IP, 17 H, 6 ER, 8 BB, 14 K, 2 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Cory Wade returned to the Isotopes, but he wasn't optioned to Albuquerque. Wade is in Albuquerque on a rehab assignment and pitched one perfect inning with a strikeout in today's game.
'TOPES NOTES: There were a few Isotope roster moves on Monday. The Dodgers activated P Hong-Chih Kuo from the disabled list (and thus recalled him from his rehabilitation assignment) and optioned IF Blake DeWitt to Albuquerque. P Cory Wade joined the Isotopes on a rehabilitation assignment today. Wade becomes the seventh Dodger to rehab in Albuquerque in the Isotopes' first season as a Dodgers affiliate, surpassing the six Marlins that rehabbed in Albuquerque in the Isotopes' first six seasons of play. . . . Albuquerque took three of the four games in the series and 31,911 attended for a per-game average of 7,978. Today's game marked the final matchup between the Isotopes and Cubs at Isotopes Park in 2009 and the Isotopes won five of the eight contests. . . . The 400,000th Isotopes Park 2009 attendee came through the turnstiles on Monday, in the 47th home gate. . . . Tony Abreu inked his name into the Isotopes record books in several ways today. Abreu tied franchise records for hits in a game (5) and doubles in a game (3). Abreu was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and extended his hitting streak to four games. . . . The Isotopes are a season-high 8 games above the .500 mark. . . . Jamie Hoffman's hitting streak is at 15 games with his 8th inning single. . . . Eric Stults has won his last four pitching decisions. . . . The Isotopes conclude the homestand with a four-game series against the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers). The Redhawks have been able to weather Albuqueque's good recent play, continuing to pace the Isotopes at 1.5 games back in the division. This series marks the final series between the two clubs in 2009 and a good series from the Isotopes will keep them in first place and add some breathing room, while a poor series could find Albuquerque out of first place in the division. Probables in the opener Tuesday evening are RHP Charlie Haeger (9-6, 3.87) for the Isotopes and RHP Guillermo Moscoso (3-2, 1.85) for the Redhawks.
Filed 07/27/2009

July 26, 2009 - Isotopes (54-47)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 2 8 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 X . 4 10 0
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (8-8)
LP: Esmailin Caridad (5-10)
SV: Scott Strickland (21)
TIME: 2:45  ATT: 6,669
Giancarlo Alvarado tossed seven innings of ball and allowed 7 hits and 2 runs, and Tony Abreu doubled in two runs as the Isotopes got back into the win column with a 4-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Sunday evening.
Sam Fuld walked and scored on Aaron Miles' double down the right field line in the 1st inning as the Cubs took an quick 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.
The Isotopes got on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Brett Harper doubled and scored on JD Closser's double. Two outs later, Sergio Garcia walked and Alvarado reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases before Abreu doubled home Closser and Garcia as the isotopes led 3-1.
In the 5th inning, Iowa's Chris Robinson singled, advanced to third base on Matt Camp's single, and scored on Darwin Barney's sacrifice flyout as the Cubs came within a run at 3-2.
The Isotopes got an insurance run in their half of the 5th inning to lead 4-2. Harper doubled with one out, advanced to third base on Closser's single, and scored on Hoffman's double.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 35 G, 133 AB, 23 R, 38 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 23 BB, 24 K, 6 SB, .286 AVG
Travis Schlichting 12 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 1.54 ERA, 11.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 6 K, 0 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Jamie Hoffman doubled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. . . . The series concludes with a Monday afternoon contest. Probables are LHP Eric Stults (3-1, 3.86) for the Isotopes and RHP Jose Ascanio (2-3, 3.91) for the Cubs.
Filed 07/26/2009

July 25, 2009 - Isotopes (53-47)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 . 11 11 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 2 10 2
WP: J.R. Mathes (9-5)
LP: J.D. Durbin (0-2)
TIME: 3:01  ATT: 9,150
It is said all good things must come to an end. For the Isotopes, Saturday night was the night. Albuquerque entered the game with a franchise-record 10 game home winning streak and the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) solidly put that winning streak to an end with a 11-2 victory over Albuquerque.
Iowa built a 4-0 lead after their 1st inning at-bats. Sam Fuld tripled to lead off the game and scored when Aaron Miles reached on a fielding error. Former-Isotope John-Ford Griffin walked and Matt Craig singled to drive in Miles. An error on the play allowed Craig to advance to second base. After Bobby Scales struck out, Chris Robinson doubled down the right field line to drive in Griffin and Craig.
Being four runs down in the 1st inning would normally not be a death blow at Isotopes Park, but it was on this night as Cubs starter J.R. Mathes was able to keep Albuquerque in check over 7 innings, allowing 7 hits and 2 runs. Mathes gave up one of those runs in the home half of the 1st inning. Tony Abreu singled, advanced to second base on Brett Harper's single, and scored on Mitch Jones' single to the wall in left-center field. Harper did not score on the play because he was unsure if a catch would be made so Harper only advanced to second base on the play.
Albuquerque halved Iowa's lead to 4-2 in the 7th inning. Jamie Hoffman singled, took second base on Jason Repko's single, and Chin-Lung Hu singled to load the bags. A.J. Ellis grounded into a double play to bring Hoffman home.
Iowa made the game a blowout in the 8th inning. With one out, Matt Camp doubled and scored on Darwin Barney's triple. Pinch-hitter Jason Dubois walked and Fuld doubled home Barney. Miles singled to plate Dubois and Griffin lifted a sacrifice fly to drive in Fuld. Craig and Scales walked to load the bases and Robinson cleared the bags with a double. When the inning was finished, Iowa sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 7 runs to lead 11-2.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 34 G, 129 AB, 23 R, 37 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 23 BB, 24 K, 6 SB, .287 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: There were four Isotopes transactions on Saturday. P Erick Threets was placed on the Disabled List with left elbow inflammation and P Francisco Felix was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque to take his roster spot. Felix made his Isotopes debut in tonight's game and tossed 1 1/3 innings and allowed 3 hits, 1 run, walked 1 and fanned 1. OF Jamie Hoffman was activated from the Disabled List and IF Juan Gonzalez was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Chattanooga. . . . Jamie Hoffman extended his hitting streak to 13 games after getting a hit in his first game off the Disabled List. . . . An interesting thing happened in the PCL on Friday - a game was postponed due to an illness outbreak. The Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) finished up a series in Reno against the Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) but did not travel to Salt Lake on Friday to play the Bees (AAA Angels) due to a illness outbreak. Seven unidentified Beaver players were diagnosed with Influenza A but were not hospitalized and the team or the league would not comment further on the matter other than to state the players are not suffering from the swine flu and that it was hoped the Beavers and Bees could start their series on Saturday. The game was played on Saturday evening and several roster moves were made where the Padres added some players to the Portland roster from some of the Padres lower minor league clubs. The moves put the Beavers several players over the roster limit but in reality the PCL may have granted permission to Portland to place those players on a temporary inactive list without having to list their current inactive status on the team's web site in order to protect player identities. . . . The series continues on Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (7-8, 3.49) for the Isotopes and RHP Esmailin Caridad (5-9, 4.22) for the Cubs.
Filed 07/25/2009

July 24, 2009 - Isotopes (53-46)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Iowa Cubs 0 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 . 8 15 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 4 1 5 0 3 2 X . 16 24 0
WP: Hyang-Nam Choi (4-1)
LP: Mitch Adkins (6-10)
Home Runs:
IWA Jason Dubois (11) off Pollok in the 6th inning
IWA Sam Fuld (2) off Pollok in the 6th inning

ALB Chin-Lung Hu (3) off Adkins in the 3rd inning
ALB Brett Harper (17) off Russell in the 5th inning
ALB Brett Harper (18) off Spears in the 8th inning
ALB Mitch Jones (25) off Spears in teh 8th inning

TIME: 3:24  ATT: 9,022
Brett Harper homered twice and drove in six runs and the Isotopes set a few franchise records in the game as the Isotopes doubled up the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 16-8 in the series opener on Friday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won their last four games.
Darwin Barney singled home Luis Rivas and Bobby Scales in the 2nd inning as the Cubs led 2-0.
In the home half of the 2nd inning, Juan Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third base on Sergio Garcia's single and scored on Jovanny Rosario's double as the Isotopes trailed by a run at 2-1.
Scales drew a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd inning to plate Jason Dubois as the Cubs increased their lead to 3-1.
The Isotopes were able to take the lead in their half of the 3rd inning. Dee Brown doubled, Mitch Jones walked, and Harper doubled them home. Chin-Lung Hu followed with a two run homer as the Isotopes had a 5-3 advantage.
Brown walked in the 4th inning and later scored on Gonzalez's single as the Isotopes increased their lead to 6-3.
In the Iowa 5th inning, Scales singled home Steve Clevenger as the Cubs trailed by two runs at 6-4.
Albuquerque put together a big 5th inning. Isotopes reliever Dwayne Pollok singled and after Rosario struck out, A.J. Ellis drew a walk and Brown singled to load the bases. Jones singled to drive in Pollok and Ellis. Brown and Jones executed a double steal ahead of Harper's three run homer as the Isotopes took a 11-4 lead.
Iowa made it a game in the 6th inning. Matt Craig walked and scored on Sam Fuld's two run homer. An out later, So Taguchi doubled and scored on Dubois' homer as the Cubs trailed by three runs at 11-8.
Albuquerque increased their lead to 14-8 in the 7th inning. Gonzalez bunt singled and advanced to third base on Garcia's single. Pinch-hitter Tony Abreu singled home Gonzalez and Rosario laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Garcia and Abreu into scoring position. Ellis followed with a two-run single to drive in Garcia and Abreu.
Jones and Harper back-to-back solo homered in the 8th inning for the final runs of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Travis Schlichting 11 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 1.64 ERA, 11 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Scott Elbert 4 APP, 0-1, 6.27 ERA, 18.2 IP, 24 H, 13 ER, 9 BB, 19 K, 1 HR
Josh Lindblom 6 APP, 1-0, 3.68 ERA, 14.2 IP, 15 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 13 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Franchise records set in the game: 24 hits in a game, 10th straight home victory, and 40 total bases. The 40 total bases eclipsed a mark of 39 that was set earlier in 2009. . . . Albuquerque is a season-high 7 games above the .500 mark. . . . The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cubs. . . . Mitch Jones and Juan Gonzalez each had four hits in the game. Jones already had a four-hit game under his belt in 2009 and Gonzalez's first four-hit effort made him the 10th different Isotope to have a four-hit game in 2009. . . . Brett Harper tied an Isotope season-high with 6 RBI in a game and became the fifth different Isotope with a 6-RBI game in 2009. . . . The series continues on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP J.D. Durbin (0-1, 4.50) for the Isotopes and LHP J.R. Mathes (8-5, 4.05) for the Cubs.
Filed 07/24/2009

July 23, 2009 - Isotopes (52-46)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 . 5 9 0
Round Rock Express 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 6 1
WP: Charlie Haeger (9-6)
LP: Polin Trinidad (2-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Mitch Jones (24) off Trinidad in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:24  ATT: 9,782
In front of a FOX Sports (FS) Southwest regional television audience, Charlie Haeger dominated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). Haeger tossed his third complete game of the season, fanned 12 Express batters, and earned his team-leading 9th victory of the season and Mitch Jones contributed a two-run homer in support of Haeger as the Isotopes defeated the Express 5-1 in the series finale. Albuquerque has won their last three games.
In the 3rd inning, Brian Bogusevic singled and scored on Tommy Manzella's triple as the Express took a 1-0 lead.
The Isotopes tied the game at 1-1 in the 5th inning. Luis Maza doubled and scored on Dee Brown's single.
The game remained deadlocked until the 7th inning. Chin-Lung Hu led off the frame with a single and advanced to second base on Haeger's sacrifice bunt. Tony Abreu struck out before Luis Maza singled to left field to drive in Hu with the go-ahead run. Maza took second base on the throw and scored on Brown's double. Jones followed with a two-run homer as the Isotopes led 5-1.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes placed P Marlon Arias on the Disabled List with a left quad strain. . . . The Isotopes took three out of the four games in the official series against the Express, and three out of the five games if you count the completion of a suspended game on Tuesday that counts as a June contest in the record books. 35,257 was the announced attendance for the four games. Tonight's game was the last game of 2009 in Round Rock and at Dell Diamond, the Isotopes won five out of the eight games. The Express travel to Albuquerque in August to complete the 16-game season series between the two clubs. . . . The Isotopes are six games above .500 at 52-46, a season best high-water mark. . . . Tony Abreu went hitless in five at-bats, snapping a 14 game hitting streak. . . . Two of the three Charlie Haeger complete games were tossed against the Express. Haeger tossed 130 pitches in tonight's complete game. . . . Albuquerque pitching has seven complete games in 2009, the most of any season. . . . Round Rock catcher J.R. Towles was ejected by Home Plate umpire Mark Ripperger in the 7th inning. . . . Albuquerque returns home for an eight game homestand on Friday. The first four games are against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). LHP Scott Elbert (1-1, 5.74) is expected to make his first start for Albuquerque since his recent option from the Dodgers, while the Cubs are expected to counter with RHP Mitch Adkins (6-9, 6.69).
Filed 07/23/2009

July 22, 2009 - Isotopes (51-46)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 . 5 11 2
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 8 1
WP: Eric Stults (3-1)
LP: Samuel Gervacio (2-2)
SV: Scott Strickland (20)
Home Runs:
ALB Jovanny Rosario (1) off Gervacio in the 7th inning

TIME: 3:08  ATT: 8,107
Jovanny Rosario's pinch-hit homer in the 7th inning sparked a three run rally as the Isotopes came from behind to take a lead and eventually defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 5-2 on Wednesday evening.
In the 4th inning, a pair of Isotope errors aided Round Rock to grab a lead. J.R. Towles reached on an error and Mark Saccomanno walked. Edwin Maysonet sacrifice bunted to advance both runners a base. After Chris Johnson was intentionally walked, former-Isotope Reggie Abercrombie singled to drive in Towles. A fielding error by Isotopes left fielder Dee Brown allowed Saccomanno to score on the play as the Express led 2-0.
In the 5th inning, Isotopes starter Eric Stults singled and scored on Luis Maza's double as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 7th inning. Pinch-hitter Rosario solo homered to lead off the inning and tie the game at 2-2. Tony Abreu singled but was erased from the basepaths when Maza reached on fielder's choice. Brown singled and Brett Harper followed with a single to drive in Maza while Brown scored on an error by Round Rock's Abercrombie as the Isotopes led 4-2.
A.J. Ellis was hit by a pitch and scored on Abreu's double in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Josh Lindblom: 5 APP, 1-0, 0 SV, 3.95 ERA, 13.2 IP, 15 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 12 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 42 minutes by rain and getting the field ready for play. . . . The Isotopes are five games above .500, tying a season-best high-water mark. . . . Tony Abreu hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest current Isotope hitting streak. . . . Jovanny Rosario's homer was the third Isotope pinch-hit homer of the season and twelfth in franchise history. . . . Scott Strickland recorded his 20th save and is three saves away from tying the club record for saves in a season. . . . The series concludes on Thursday evening. Probables are knuckleball RHP Charlie Haeger (8-6, 4.09) for the Isotopes and LHP Polin Trinidad (2-0, 1.66) for the Express. The game will be televised on FOX Sports (FS) Houston.
Filed 07/22/2009

July 21, 2009 - Isotopes (50-46)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 . 3 5 0
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 3 0
WP: Travis Schlichting (1-0)
LP: Mark McLemore (3-5)
SV: Scott Strickland (19)
Home Runs:
ALB Brett Harper (16) off Capellan in the 7th inning
ALB Tony Abreu (5) off McLemore in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:00  ATT: 9,169
Tony Abreu and Brett Harper solo homered and Henry Bonilla and three Isotope relievers combined on a three-hitter as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 3-1 in the regularly scheduled game for Tuesday, shortened to 7 innings by PCL rules.
Abreu led off with a homer, his second leadoff homer in the last three days as Albuquerque quickly led 1-0 before most people probably settled back into their seats from the between game break.
In the 5th inning, Chin-Lung Hu doubled, advanced to third base on pinch-hitter Jovanny Rosario's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Abreu's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes led 2-0.
In the 6th inning, pinch-hitter Mark Saccomanno walked and eventually scored on Brian Bogusevic's single as the Express trailed by one run
Harper blasted his first homer as an Isotope (and 16th in the league in 2009) for Albuquerque's final run of the game in the 7th inning.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Travis Schlichting10 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 1.86 ERA, 9.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Tony Abreu's leadoff homer extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest current Isotope hitting streak. . . . The series continues on Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Eric Stults (2-1, 4.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Felipe Paulino (1-0, 1.13) for the E-train. The video of the game can be viewed for free by going to the Round Rock Express website.
Filed 07/21/2009

July 21, 2009 - Isotopes (49-46)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 11 0
Round Rock Express 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 X . 5 9 0
WP: Josh Muecke (2-5)
LP: Giancarlo Alvarado (3-6)
SV: Geoff Geary (1)
Home Runs:
RR Jason Smith (2) off Alvarado in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:40  ATT: 9,194
Isotopes starter Giancarlo Alvarado started this game on June 11th and got the first Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) out in the 2nd inning before the rains and lightning came with the game tied at 0-0. After a 43 minute delay, the game was suspended and resumed on Tuesday July 21st. Alvarado went on to toss a complete game but he ended up on the losing end, allowing 5 runs and 9 hits while fanning 12 in Albuquerque's 5-1 defeat.
When the game was picked up in the 2nd inning, Round Rock's Mark Saccomanno singled and scored on Jason Smith's homer.
The Express extended the lead in the 6th inning. After Alvarado recorded the first two outs, Tommy Manzella singled, Brian Bogusevic doubled and a wild pitch brought Manzella home. Chris Johnson doubled home Bogusevic and took third on a wild pitch before scoring on Smith's single as the Express led 5-0.
The Isotopes avoided the shutout in the 8th inning. Jovanny Rosario singled wtih one out, advanced to second base on Tony Abreu's single and moved to third base when Mitch Jones drew a walk to load the bases. J.D. Closser sacrifice flied out to bring home Rosario and Hu singled to re-load the bags before Juan Gonzalez flied out for the final out of the inning.
'TOPES NOTES: Statistics from the completed game count towards June statistical totals. . . . Updated June totals with this game added into the final stats: 14-15 record (7-5 at home, 7-10 on the road); .249 team batting average and 2.95 team ERA; 103 runs scored; 17 stolen bases; and 14 homers. . . . Giancarlo Alvarado's complete game was Albuquerque's sixth of the season and third that was not part of a 7-inning contest or rain-shortened contest. . . .
Filed 07/21/2009

July 20, 2009 - Isotopes (49-45)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 . 2 6 0
Round Rock Express 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 4 X . 9 13 1
WP: Yorman Bazardo (8-4)
LP: J.D. Durbin (0-1)
Home Runs:
RR Yordany Ramirez (10) off Arias in the 8th inning
RR Brian Bogusevic (6) off Durbin in the 3rd inning
RR Tommy Manzella (6) off Arias in the 7th inning

TIME: 2:50  ATT: 8,199
A night removed from being one run and one hit shy of single game franchise records, the Isotopes travelled to Round Rock to start a series and were held scoreless until the 7th inning. The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros), meanwhile, homered three times to contribute eight of their runs in a 9-2 victory over the Isotopes.
Express starter Yorman Bazardo walked, former-Isotope Reggie Abercrombie singled, and Brian Bogusevic three-run homered as the Express led 3-0 in the 3rd inning.
In the 7th inning, A.J. Ellis singled, advanced to second base on a passed ball, advanced to third base on pinch-hitter Chin-Lung Hu's groundout and scored on Tony Abreu's double as the Isotopes avoided the shutout.
Abercrombie walked and scored on Tommy Manzell'a homer in the home half of the 7th inning as the Express led 5-1.
In the 8th inning, the Express put more runs on the scoreboard. Jason Smith singled and stole second base. Chris Johnson singled Smith to third base and Brian Esposito singled home Smith. Yordany Ramirez followed with a three-run homer as Round Rock led 9-1.
The Isotopes scored their final run in the 9th inning. Juan Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk, Sergio Garcia was hit by a pitch and an out later, Luis Maza singled to load the bases. After Abreu struck out, Gonzalez scored on a balk.
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers optioned P Scott Elbert to Albuquerque to free up roster room for activating Jason Schmidt. . . . Luis Maza became the first Isotopes position player to pitch in a game this season. Maza tossed 2/3 of an inning and allowed a hit and walked one. . . . Tony Abreu hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, tying him with Jamie Hoffman for the current longest Isotope hitting streak. . . . Tommy Everidge of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Everidge hit .615 (8x13) with a homer and 6 RBI during the week. . . . Brad Salmon of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Salmon made and won his start for the week and didn't allow a run in 7 innings. Salmon allowed 4 hits, walked one and fanned 3. . . . The series continues on Tuesday. The Isotopes and Express will resume a game that was suspended due to rain/lightning in June and then play their regularly scheduled game for Tuesday, shortened to 7 innings. RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (7-7, 3.30) will start the resumed game for Albuquerque, while Round Rock is expected to counter with LHP Mark McLemore (3-4, 3.86). Neither club has announced a probable for the regularly scheduled game.
Filed 07/20/2009

July 19, 2009 - Isotopes (49-44)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 . 8 12 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 5 1 3 0 0 1 5 2 X . 17 22 0
WP: Hyang-Nam Choi (3-1)
LP: John Koronka (4-6)
Home Runs:
NRL Gaby Sanchez (9) off Bonilla in the 8th inning

ALB Tony Abreu (4) off Koronka in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:30  ATT: 7,522
Tony Abreu had a great game for Albuquerque, going 4x6 with a triple, a homer and 6 RBI and ended up a double shy of hitting for the cycle and the Isotopes had a season-high 17 runs and 22 hits as they outslugged the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) 17-8 on Sunday evening. The Isotopes have won a franchise record tying 9 straight games at home.

The Isotopes got off to a great start in the 1st inning. Abreu leadoff homered and Luis Maza singled. J.D. Closser doubled and Mitch Jones drew a walk to load the bases. Jason Repko singled home Maza and Chin-Lung Hu sacrifice flied out to drive in Closser. A.J. Ellis walked to re-load the bases and Jovanny Rosario reached on a fielder's choice with Jones scoring and Ellis out at second base. Isotopes starter Dwayne Pollok hit a fly ball into right field that landed fair just inside the chalk line as Repko scored to make it 5-0 Albuquerque after an inning of play.

Former-Isotope Manny Mayorson singled home John Lindsey in the 2nd inning as the Zephyrs got on the scoreboard.
Maza doubled and scored on a Jones hit and error play as the Isotopes rebuilt their lead to five runs in the home half of the 2nd inning. Jones had singled into left field and Zephyrs left fielder John Raynor misplayed the ball for an error that allowed Jones to advance to second base and Maza to score.
Albuquerque's lead evaporated in the 3rd inning. Raynor walked and scored on Gookie Dawkins' double. Cameron Maybin walked and Gaby Sanchez was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hyang-Nam Choi entered the game in relief of Pollok and gave up a sacrifice fly to Lindsey that scored Dawkins. Former-Isotope Jai Miller doubled home Maybin and Sanchez and another former-Isotope, Brett Hayes, singled home Miller to tie the game at 6-6.
Albuquerque did not lose any time regaining the lead. In the 3rd inning, Ellis and Rosario singled and both scored on Abreu's triple. Maza reached on a fielder's choice with Abreu out at home plate and Maza proceeded to score on Closser's single as the Isotopes led 9-6.
Albuquerque made it 10-6 in the 6th inning when Closser singled, advanced to second base on Repko's single, and scored on Hu's single.
The Isotopes scored their second five-run inning of the game in the 7th inning. Ellis and Rosario singled and Isotopes reliever Henry Bonilla walked to load the bases before Abreu singled home Ellis and Rosario. Maza walked to reload the bags and Closser reached on a fielder's choice with Bonilla out at home plate. With the bases still loaded, Jones singled home Abreu and Maza. Repko singled to load the bases yet again and Hu grounded into a fielder's choice with Closser scoring as the Isotopes led 15-6.
Maybin singled and scored on Sanchez's homer in the 8th inning as the Zephyrs trailed 15-8, but the Isotopes got those two runs back in their half of the 8th inning. Rosario tripled, pinch-hitter Sergio Garcia walked and Abreu singled home Rosario. Garcia advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Closser's groundout.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Josh Lindblom 4 APP, 1-0, 0 SV, 4.26 ERA, 12.2 IP, 14 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 11 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: P Marlon Arias joined the Isotopes on Sunday after being transferred from the Rookie Arizona League Dodgers. Arias appeared in Sunday's game and pitched the 9th inning and fanned one while allowing no hits or runs or walks. . . . Albuquerque swept the series against the Zephyrs and 35,736 attended for a per-game average of 8,934. Albuquerque and New Orleans completed their season series with tonight's contest and the Isotopes won all 8 games played at Isotopes Park and split the 8 games played at Zephyr Field in Metarie, Louisisana. The Isotopes swept three of the four series against the Zephyrs in 2009 with one series in New Orleans being a three-game series. All-time, Albuquerque has a 60-51 advantage. . . . The 17 runs and 22 hits were both one shy of tying franchise records. The 25 runs combined with the Zephyrs is the most for an Isotopes game in 2009. . . . The 3 hour, 30 minute game was the longest 9 inning game of the season. . . . The Isotopes blew a five run lead at one point in the game, their largest blown lead of the season. . . . Luis Maza tied a franchise record with 4 runs scored. . . . Every Isotopes position player hit safely in the game. . . . Tony Abreu's leadoff homer extended his hitting streak to 11 games and it was the first Isotope leadoff homer of the season. Abreu's 6 RBI tied a team-season high for most RBI in a game. . . . Albuquerque heads on a quick road trip to Round Rock, Texas for a five game series against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) with four games regularly scheduled and the fifth game is a completion of a game suspended by rain and lightning in June. Probables in the opener Monday are RHP J.D. Durbin (No Record) for the Isotopes and PCL All-Star RHP Yorman Bazardo (7-4, 3.03) for the E-train.
Filed 07/19/2009

July 18, 2009 - Isotopes (48-44)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 0 1 . 8 12 3
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 2 1 . 9 15 2
WP: Scott Strickland (1-1)
LP: Chris Mobley (2-2)
Home Runs:
NRL Clay Hensley (1) off Haeger in the 3rd inning
NRL John Lindsey (13) off Haeger in the 2nd inning
NRL John Lindsey (14) off Haeger in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:09  ATT: 9,005
Albuquerque blew a four run lead at one point in the game but was able to get the victory and keep the home streak alive when A.J. Ellis had a pinch-hit walkoff single to give Albuquerque a 9-8 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) on Saturday evening. The victory was the eighth straight at home.
John Lindsey solo-homered in the 2nd inning and Zephyrs starter Clay Hensley solo-homered in the 3rd inning as the Zephyrs took a 2-0 lead.
The Isotopes got on the scoreboard in their half of the 3rd inning. Isotopes starter Charlie Haeger singled and Tony Abreu followed with a single. A fielding error on the play advanced both runners a base and Dee Brown grounded out to bring home Haeger. Mitch Jones singled to drive in Abreu and Jones stole second base. J.D. Closser drew a walk and both runners scored on Brett Harper's double as the Isotopes led 4-2.
The Isotopes extended their lead in the 4th inning. Chin-Lung Hu singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, Abreu drew a walk and both runners scored on Luis Maza's double as the Isotopes led 6-2.
The Zephyrs started their comeback in the 5th inning. Alejandro DeAza doubled, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on former-Isotope Michael Ryan's single. Lindsey followed with a two run homer as the Zephyrs trailed by a run at 6-5.
New Orleans took the lead in the 6th inning when Neil Wilson scored on a groundout and DeAza singled home former-Isotope Manny Mayorson.
The Isotopes were able to tie and take the lead in the 8th inning. Jovanny Rosario singled to lead off and took second base on Abreu's sacrifice bunt. Maza infield singled and Rosario was thrown out at home plate on a very close call. Rosario argued the ruling and was ejected from the game. Brown doubled home Maza to tie the game, advanced to third base on an error during the play, and scored on Jones' double as the Isotopes led 8-7.
Isotopes closer Scott Strickland entered the game in the 9th inning and Strickland promptly gave up a double to DeAza. Strickland had a throwing error on a pickoff attempt to allow DeAza to advance to third base and DeAza scored on Gaby Sanchez's sacrifice flyout to tie the game at 8-8.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Harper singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Sergio Garcia. Juan Gonzalez laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Garcia into scoring position and Hu infield singled to advance Garcia to third base. Pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis singled sharply off the glove of Zephyrs shortstop Gookie Dawkins and into shallow left field as Garcia raced home with the game winning run.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Travis Schlichting 9 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 1.08 ERA, 8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
'TOPES NOTES: OF Jamie Hoffman was placed on the Disabled List, retroactive to July 16th, with a left wrist sprain. The Dodgers are also recalling P Jason Schmidt from his rehabilitation assignment and Schmidt is scheduled to start for the Dodgers on Monday evening. . . . Albuquerque is 7-0 against the Zephyrs at Isotopes Park in 2009. . . . The Isotopes are four games above the .500 mark, a season-best high water mark. . . . Charlie Haeger was tagged for 7 runs and 10 hits in 6 innings and allowed 3 homers. Haeger has allowed 15 homers, tied for fourth in the league in homers allowed and allowed three homers in a game for the second time this season. Haeger was denied his team-leading 9th victory for the fifth straight start. . . . The Isotopes are 12-3 in Saturday contests, their best day of the week for winning games. . . . Albuquerque has six last at-bat victories in 2009. . . . Tony Abreu hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Hoffman went on the Disabled List today with a 12 game hitting streak. . . . The World Famous Chicken (a.k.a. San Diego Chicken) made his first Albuquerque appearance in over 25 years and only 9,005 came through the turnstiles. . . . The 2009 season series between the Isotopes and Zephyrs concludes on Sunday evening. RHP Dwayne Pollok (2-4, 5.08) is coming out of the bullpen to make a spot-start for Albuquerque while New Orleans is expected to counter with LHP John Koronka (4-5, 3.48).
Filed 07/18/2009

July 17, 2009 - Isotopes (47-44)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 3 9 3
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 4 0 7 0 X . 12 14 0
WP: Eric Stults (2-1)
LP: Hayden Penn (0-1)
Home Runs:
ALB J.D. Closser (1) off Wood in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:49  ATT: 11,269
J.D. Closser's grand-slam homer in the 5th inning gave the Isotopes the lead and the Isotopes later erupted for a big seven run inning en route to a 12-3 clubbing of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) on Friday evening. The victory made it seven straight wins for the Isotopes at "The Lab".

In the 1st inning, New Orleans' Cameron Maybin infield singled on a ball that deflected off Isotopes pitcher Eric Stults. Gaby Sanchez doubled to left-center field to advance Maybin to third base and former-Isotope Michael Ryan lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to bring Maybin home.

The Isotopes answered in the bottom of the 1st inning and blew an opportunity to take the lead. Tony Abreu singled to center and an out later, Dee Brown drew a walk. Mitch Jones flared a single into left field and Abreu was gunned down at home plate to deny the game-tying run. Closser drew a walk to load the bags and Jason Repko drew a walk to bring home Brown to tie the game at 1-1.
Maybin doubled to the left field wall in the 3rd inning and scored on Sanchez's single into left field as the Zephyrs regained the lead at 2-1.
Albuquerque took the lead for good in the 5th inning. Abreu and Luis Maza each singled into center field and Brown reached on a fielder's choice with Abreu out at third base. Jones drew a walk to load the bases and Closser greeted a new Zephyrs pitcher with a grand-slam homer to right-center field as Albuquerque led 5-2.
Ryan bunt singled and scored on Gookie Dawkins' doubled to the right-center field wall in the 6th inning as the Zephyrs pulled to two runs down at 5-3.
Albuquerque put the game away in the 7th inning with the Zephyrs having a bad luck inning until the last out of the frame. Maza started off the frame with a triple to the left hand side of Isotopes Hill. Brown failed to bring him home by flying out to shortstop. Jones was intentionally walked and Closser singled into left field to drive in Maza. Repko drew a walk to load the bases and Chin-Lung Hu grounded a ball to shortstop that Zephyrs shortstop Dawkins was unable to handle and make a force out play. Everyone was safe and Jones scored on the play. A.J. Ellis appeared at first to fly out to right field but the ball dropped just in front of the right fielder as Closser scored. Repko got caught up in a pickle situation by overrunning third base on the play but was able to get out ot the situation when the Zephyrs committed a throwing error and Repko was able to score safely. Isotopes reliever Hyang-Nam Choi struck out for the second out of the inning before Abreu singled to center field to drive in Hu and Ellis. Abreu took second on the throw on the play and scored on Maza's single into center field. Brown drew a walk and then the Zephyrs caught a break when Jones singled into left field. Brown overran second base on a baserunning blunder and was tagged out for the final out of the inning. Albuquerque sent 12 batters to the plate and plated 7 runs to lead 12-3.
'TOPES NOTES: P Nick DeBarr was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow strain and P J.D. Durbin was brought up from Class-AA Chattanooga. The Dodgers signed IF Brett Harper to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. Harper was released from the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) on July 13th and hit .274 (85x310) with 15 homers and 55 RBI in 79 games. . . . Albuquerque pitching did not allow a homer in the game, finalizing the franchise record books with 13 consecutive games in which a homer was given up. . . . The Isotopes are at their roadblock 3 games above the .500 mark. The Isotopes have reached this season-best high-water mark five different times before failing to make it four games above .500. . . . Tony Abreu hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . J.D. Closser's grand slam homer was the fifth Isotope grand-slam homer of 2009. . . . Jason Lane of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Lane hit .478 (11x23) with 3 homers and 5 RBI. . . . Willie Collazo of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Collazo made two starts and allowed a run in 14 innings for a 0.64 ERA. Collazo won one of his starts and had a no-decision in another one of the starts. . . . The series continues on Saturday evening with the World Famous Chicken (a.k.a. San Diego Chicken) making what could be his first and only Isotopes Park appearance before retirement. Probables are RHP Charlie Haeger (8-6, 3.74) for the Isotopes and RHP Clay Hensley (5-2, 3.55) for the Zephyrs.
Filed 07/17/2009

July 16, 2009 - Isotopes (46-44)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 6 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 X . 4 9 0
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (7-7)
LP: Jarrett Santos (3-5)
SV: Scott Strickland (18)
Home Runs:
NRL Michael Ryan (10) off Strickland in the 9th inning

ALB Mitch Jones (23) off Santos in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:23  ATT: 7,940
Giancarlo Alvarado tossed six innings of 3 hit, 1 run ball while fanning 9 New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) batters, and Mitch Jones contributed a key two-run homer as the Isotopes got off to a good start after the All-Star break with a 4-2 victory over the Zephyrs.
Alejandro DeAza doubled home Dave Matranga in the 3rd inning as the Zephyrs took the lead at 1-0.
Albuquerque tied the game at 1-1 in the 4th inning. Jason Repko singled with one out, advanced to third base on Juan Gonzalez's single, and scored on A.J. Ellis' sacrifice flyout.
Dee Brown doubled with two outs and scored on Jones blast to center field in the 5th inning as Albuquerque took a 3-1 lead.
In the 6th inning, Albuquerque added an insurance run. With one out, Gonzalez and Ellis consecutive singled and pinch-hitter Luis Maza reached on an error loaded the bases and Tony Abreu singled home Gonzalez.
Current-Zephyr/Former-Isotope Michael Ryan solo-homered off Isotopes closer Scott Strickland in the 9th inning for the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Travis Schlichting 8 APP, 0-0, 1.23 ERA, 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Josh Lindblom 3 APP, 1-0, 5.06 ERA, 10.2 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 8 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Blake DeWitt's stay with the Isotopes did not last very long - basically just the Triple-A All-Star Break time period. DeWitt was recalled by the Dodgers on Thursday after the Dodgers placed P Cory Wade on the Disabled List. . . . Albuquerque is on a six game home winning streak and is a perfect 5-0 against New Orleans at Isotopes Park in 2009. . . . Tony Abreu singled to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. Jamie Hoffman did not play so his hitting streak remains safe at 12 games. . . . Mitch Jones has homered in two straight games and leads the PCL with 23 homers. . . . In former Isotope news, the Kansas City Royals released Tommy Murphy. Murphy was with the Triple-A Omaha Royals at the time of his release. . . . The series continues on Friday evening. Probables are LHP Eric Stults (1-1, 5.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Hayden Penn (0-0, 4.50) for the Zephyrs.
Filed 07/16/2009

2009 Triple-A All-Star Game

IL vs PCL at PGE Park, Portland, Oregon

PGE Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
International League 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 . 6 8 0
Pacific Coast League 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 . 5 10 1
WP: Andrew Carpenter (Lehigh Valley - Phillies)
LP: Yorman Bazardo (Round Rock - Astros)
SV: Fernando Cabrera (Pawtucket - Red Sox)
Home Runs:
IL Eric Kratz (Indianapolis - Pirates) off Charlie Haeger (Albuquerque - Dodgers) in the 6th inning
IL Drew Stubbs (Louisville - Reds) off Yorman Bazardo (Round Rock - Astros) in the 3rd inning

PCL Esteban German (Oklahoma City - Rangers) off Fernando Cabrera (Pawtucket - Red Sox) in the 9th inning
PCL Brendan Katin (Nashville - Brewers) off J.D. Martin (Syracuse - Nationals) in the 3rd inning

TIME: 2:54  ATT: 16,637
The International League made things interesting in the 2009 Triple-A All-Star Game at PGE Park in Portland, Oregon. The IL held a three run lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning and IL pitching gave up a two-run homer with two outs before getting a strikeout to end the game and give the IL a 6-5 victory over the Pacific Coast League.
In the 3rd inning with the PCL's Yorman Bazardo (Round Rock - Astros) on the mound, Eric Kratz (Indianapolis - Pirates) doubled down the left field line with one out and scored on Reid Brignac's (Durham - Rays) double off the left-center field wall. An out later, Drew Stubbs (Louisville - Reds) two-run homered to left field as the IL led 3-0.
Brendan Katin (Nashville - Brewers) solo homered to left field in the bottom of the 3rd inning off J.D. Martin (Syracuse - Nationals) to get the PCL on the scoreboard.
In the 5th inning, PCL pitcher Scott Patterson (Portland - Padres) was on the mound when Austin Jackson (Scranton/Wilkes Barre - Yankees) tripled off the center field wall and scored on Justin Huber's (Rochester - Twins) sacrifice flyout to extend the IL's lead to 4-1.
The PCL pulled to a run down at 4-3 in their half of the 5th inning. Matt Miller (Colorado Springs - Rockies) and Chris Robinson (Iowa - Cubs) each singled to left field. After a wild pitch from Jose Vaquedano (Pawtucket - Red Sox) advanced both runners a base, Esteban German (Oklahoma City - Rangers) singled to left-center field to bring them both home.
The IL scored twice in the 6th inning to take a 6-3 lead. Wtih two outs and PCL pitcher Charlie Haeger (Albuquerque - Dodgers) on the mound, Seth Bynum (Syracuse - Nationals) flared a single to center field and scored on Kratz's homer to left field that landed outside PGE Park.
The IL gave up some runs in the 9th inning. Jim Miller (Norfolk - Orioles) was on the mound when he gave up a double to Chad Huffman (Portland - Padres). An out later, Fernando Cabrera (Pawtucket - Red Sox) entered the game for the IL and got another out before giving up a two-run right-field homer to German. Cabrera then struck out Eric Young Jr. (Colorado Springs - Rockies) to end the game.
All-Star Game Notes: Charlie Haeger was the lone Isotope representative in the game. His one inning of work, the 6th inning, started out well as he got Barbaro Canizares (Gwinnett - Braves) to groundout and Mike Cervenak (Lehigh Valley - Phillies) to fly out. After the two outs, Haeger ran into problems. Seth Bynum (Syracuse - Nationals) flared a single to center field and Eric Kratz (Indianapolis - Pirates) belted a homer to left field that landed outside of PGE Park. Reid Brignac (Durham - Rays) struck out to end the inning but not before what would prove to be the game winning runs were scored on Kratz's bomb. . . . Kratz of the Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) was the International League Star of the Game. Kratz went 2x2 with a double, homer and two RBI. . . . Esteban German of the Oklahoma City Redhawks (Rangers) was the surprise PCL Star of the Game. German went 3x4 with a double, a homer, and 4 RBI. German was a very late change for the PCL Star of the Game due to his 9th inning heroics as Brendan Katin of the Nashville Sounds (Brewers) was announced as the PCL Star of the Game before the 9th inning began. . . . 16,637 attended the game at PGE Park, the third largest Triple-A All-Star crowd in history. The larger crowds were in the first All-Star Game (1988 Buffalo - 19,500) and 1991 in Louisville (20,725). . . . Fourteen Pacific Coast League batters struck out, setting a new Triple-A All-Star Game single game record. . . . Tonight's game was the 22nd Triple-A All-Star Game and 12th game using the PCL vs. IL format and the all-time series is tied at 6 wins apiece in the current format. . . . The Home Run Derby was won by hometown Portland Beavers (Padres) slugger Chad Huffman. Huffman took home a trophy, $1,000 cash, and a new laptop computer. Huffman hit 15 homers in the final round to defeat Scranton/Wilkes Barre's (Yankees) Shelley Duncan, who was only able to hit one homer in the final round. In all three rounds, International League sluggers combined for 27 homers while Pacific Coast League sluggers combined for 24 homers. . . . The 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game will be played in Allentown, Pennsylvania at Coca-Cola Park (Lehigh Valley IronPigs - Phillies) and the 2011 game returns to a PCL Park when it will be contested at Spring Mobile Ballpark (formerly Franklin Covey Field) in Salt Lake City.
Filed 07/15/2009

July 12, 2009 - Isotopes (45-44)

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

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 . 7 11 3
Memphis Redbirds 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 . 8 14 2
WP: Jess Todd (4-1)
LP: Henry Bonilla (3-6)
Home Runs:
ALB Tony Abreu (3) off Perez in the 3rd inning
ALB Mitch Jones (22) off Perez in the 4th inning

MEM Jon Jay (6) off DeBarr in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:23  ATT: 6,696
The Isotopes and Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) were unable to get away for the Triple-A All-Star Break on time. It took extra innings and was settled fairly quickly when Memphis' Daniel Descalso lifted a sacrifice fly to bring home a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Redbirds a 8-7 victory.
In the 1st inning, Chin-Lung Hu singled with one out, advanced to second base when Jamie Hoffman reached on an error, and scored on Dee Brown's single.
Donovan Solano scored on an error in the 2nd inning as Memphis tied the game at 1-1 before the Isotopes regained the lead in the 3rd inning. Isotopes starter Jason Schmidt singled and scored on Tony Abreu's homer as the Isotopes led 3-1.
Mark Shorey singled into right field to drive in Descalso in the 3rd inning as Memphis nudged closer at 3-2.
The Isotopes increased their lead in the 4th inning. Mitch Jones belted his 22nd homer of the season to lead off the frame and an out later, Sergio Garcia reached on an error and scored on A.J. Ellis' double as the 'Topes led 5-2.
Memphis pulled to a run down at 5-4 in the 5th inning when Solano doubled home two runs.
In the 6th inning, J.D. Closser drew a walk, advanced to second base on Garcia's sacrifice bunt and scored on pinch-hitter Luis Maza's double as the Isotopes built their lead to 6-4.
The Redbirds tied the game at 6-6 in their half of the frame when Descalso doubled home two runs.
Closser doubled, advanced to third base on Garcia's bunt and scored on Ellis' fielder's choice as the Isotopes regained the lead at 7-6. John Jay solo homered in the bottom of the 8th inning to tie the game at 7-7 and the game eventually went into extra innings.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Brandon Yarbrough drew a one out walk, Jay ground-rule doubled and Tyler Greene was intentionally walked to set up a double play possibility at any base. The strategy backfired when Descalso knocked home Yarbrough with a sacrifice fly for the game winner.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 33 G, 125 AB, 22 R, 36 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 23 BB, 23 K, 6 SB, .288 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Jason Schmidt made a rehab start today in what might be his last rehab appearance for Albuquerque because the clock has almost run out on how long he is eligible to be on a rehabiliatation assignment. Schmidt tossed 5 innings and allowed 7 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), walked 1 and fanned 5. In 6 games with Albuquerque (5 starts), Schmidt went 2-0 with a 4.18 ERA. In 32 1/3 innings, Schmidt allowed 35 hits, 16 runs (15 earned), 3 homers, 7 walks and struck out 25.
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers optioned IF Blake DeWitt to Albuquerque on Sunday and recalled P Scott Elbert. . . . Charlie Haeger still appears to be the only Isotope to participate in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game. No announcements have been made yet naming an Isotope as a replacement for another PCL All-Star in the game. If any news comes out before the game about an Isotope being a replacement, it will be reported on this web site, as well as a game summary for the Triple-A All-Star Game. . . . At the All-Star Break, the Isotopes have a winning record for the fourth time in their seven seasons of play. Albuquerque is also in first place at the break for the second time in team history. . . . Albuquerque and Memphis completed their 2009 Autozone Park matchups with today's contest. In the just-completed series, Memphis took three out of the five games (38,031 attendance) and for the eight Autozone Park matchups, the Isotopes and Redbirds took four games each. Memphis comes to Albuquerque in August to play a five-game series to wrap up the season series. . . . Albuquerque is 3-6 in extra inning contests in 2009. . . . The Isotopes set a franchise record by allowing a homer to the opposition in the 12th straight contest, eclipsing the mark of 11 games first establised in a streak of games begun in June and going into July 2007. . . . Jamie Hoffman singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Tony Abreu's homer extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . The Isotopes (specifically the battery of Jason Schmidt and A.J. Ellis) allowed a season-high five steals to an opponent. . . . Minor League Baseball announced that through June, attendance exceeded 20 million fans. It was stated the average attendance is down only 0.5 percent from 2008 figures at the same point in the season. . . . The Albuquerque Isotopes are drawing better in 2009 than 2008 at the All-Star Break. In 2008 at the All-Star Break, the Isotopes had 50 home games played and had 61.2 percent of Isotopes Park filled on average each night. In 2009, the Isotopes have 39 home games played and have filled Isotopes Park to 64.4 percent on average each night. . . . After the All-Star Break, the Isotopes return to action on Thursday night at Isotopes Park against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) and begin a stretch where it will seem it is all home games as the Isotopes have 33 home games with 55 games left in the season. RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (6-7, 3.43) is the probable for Albuquerque, while New Orleans has yet to name a probable this far ahead of time.
Filed 07/12/2009

July 11, 2009 - Isotopes (45-43)

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

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 . 7 9 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 2 8 1
WP: Eric Stults (1-1)
LP: Clayton Mortensen (7-5)
Home Runs:
MEM Mark Shorey (4) off Stults in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:57  ATT: 13,008
Tony Abreu knocked in the go-ahead run in the 7th inning and most of the insurance runs in the 9th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 7-2 on Saturday evening to snap a two-game losing streak.

In the 3rd inning, A.J. Ellis singled and an out later, Abreu ground-rule doubled when his ball got stuck in the padding of the left-field wall. It didn't matter much that Abreu's unfortunate ball in play did not bring home Ellis as Chin-Lung Hu followed with a two-run single that brought home Ellis and Abreu to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.

The Redbirds tied up the game with one swing of the bat in the 6th inning. Allen Craig doubled with two outs and scored on Mark Shorey's homer to right field.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 7th inning at 3-2. Juan Gonzalez and Ellis drew one out walks, pinch-hitter Luis Maza singled to load the bases and Abreu reached on a fielder's choice with Gonzalez scoring and Maza out at second base.
In the 9th inning, J.D. Closser doubled to lead off the inning and Gonzalez was intentionally walked. Ellis laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners a base and Jason Repko loaded the bases by drawing a walk. Abreu tripled to clear the bags and Abreu himself scored on an error on the play as Albuquerque led by the final score of 7-2.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 32 G, 120 AB, 22 R, 35 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 23 BB, 22 K, 6 SB, .292 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Hong-Chih Kuo made his second rehab appearance for Albuquerque and tossed the 7th inning, allowing a hit and striking out 1 and earned a hold. In two games with Albuquerque, both in this series, Kuo is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA. In 2 innings of relief, Kuo has allowed 2 hits, a run, a walk and fanned 1.
'TOPES NOTES: Jamie Hoffman hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Isotopes pitching tied a franchise record by allowing a homer to an opponent in 11 straight games. . . . Two Isotopes were ejected in the game. Manager Tim Wallach got an early shower (and probably well wanted one because of the muggy conditions) in the 2nd inning when First Base ump Will Robinson tossed him for arguing a close play at first base where an Isotope was called out. In a display how different Wallach is from former-Isotopes manager Dean Treanor, it was Wallach's first ejection of the season whereas Treanor might have been ejected several times by this point in the season. In the 8th inning, Mitch Jones headed to the showers after Home Plate umpire John Brammer ejected him for arguing a called third strike. . . . The five-game series, roadtrip, and "first half" of the 2009 season ends on Sunday afternoon. In the rubber game, RHP Jason Schmidt (2-0, 3.95) is expected to make his final Isotope rehab appearance, while Memphis has yet to name a new probable because their probable announced earlier in the series, P.J. Walters, was recalled by the Cardinals.
Filed 07/11/2009

July 10, 2009 - Isotopes (44-43)

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

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 4 0
Memphis Redbirds 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 X . 3 4 0
WP: Adam Ottavino (1-9)
LP: Charlie Haeger (8-6)
SV: Jess Todd (21)
Home Runs:
MEM Jon Jay (5) off Haeger in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:28  ATT: 7,652
Isotopes starter Charlie Haeger had a quality start, allowing 3 runs in 7 innings while tossing 133 pitches, but it was Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) pitchers Adam Ottavino and Jess Todd that combined on a four-hit shutout of the Isotopes in Memphis 3-0 victory. Albuquerque has lost their last two games due to great Memphis pitching.
Jon Jay deposited a Haeger knuckleball over the wall in the 1st inning as the Redbirds got the only run they would need.
Shane Robinson scored on a wild pitch in the 6th inning and Allen Craig brought home a run with a sacrifice flyout in the 7th inning to close out the scoring.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 31 G, 115 AB, 22 R, 34 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 23 BB, 20 K, 6 SB, .296 AVG
Travis Schlichting 7 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 1.42 ERA, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque extended their franchise record for most games shut out in a season with their 12th shutout tonight. . . . Jamie Hoffman had one of Albuquerque's 4 hits, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . The Isotopes went homerless, snapping a season-best streak of six games with a homer. . . . More details about next week's Triple-A All-Star Game in Portland, Oregon at PGE Park were released today. Storm Large will sing the National Anthem, Dave Winfield and Johnny Pesky will throw out the first pitches, and the Famous Chicken (more commonly known as the San Diego Chicken) will be the entertainer. Isotopes fans who attend the July 18th game at Isotopes Park will get to see the Famous Chicken in person. . . . Albuquerque and Memphis play again on Saturday evening. Probables are LHP Eric Stults (0-1, 9.00) for Albuquerque and RHP Clayton Mortonsen (7-4, 4.11) for the Redbirds.
Filed 07/10/2009

July 9, 2009 - Isotopes (44-42)

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

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 5 3
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 X . 4 9 2
WP: Mitchell Boggs (4-4)
LP: Giancarlo Alvarado (6-7)
SV: Jess Todd (20)
Home Runs:
ALB Dee Brown (16) off Todd in the 9th inning

MEM Mitchell Boggs (1) off Alvarado in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:11  ATT: 5,487
Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) starter Mitchell Boggs stymied the Isotopes on Thursday evening in Memphis. Boggs tossed eight innings of 4-hit ball, allowed an unearned run and struck out 7 Isotopes, and homered to help his cause as the Redbirds defeated the Isotopes 4-2.
In the 2nd inning, Dee Brown singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and scored when Jason Repko reached on an error as the Isotopes led 1-0.
Memphis took the lead in the 4th inning, Daniel Descalso singled, Allen Craig singled and both runners advanced into scoring position on an error. Brett Wallace singled home Descalso and Mark Shorey reached on an error to bring home Craig.
Boggs solo homered in the 5th inning to extend Memphis' lead to 3-1.
Wallace singled home Tyler Greene in the 8th inning as Memphis led 4-1.
Brown solo homered in the 9th inning for Albuquerque's final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 30 G, 111 AB, 22 R, 33 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 23 BB, 18 K, 6 SB, .297 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Hong-Chih Kuo made his first rehab appearance for the Isotopes and is trying to see if he is almost healthy after four surgeries on his left elbow, including two Tommy John surgeries. Kuo tossed the 8th inning and allowed a hit, a run (9.00 ERA), walked one, and struck out none.
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers assigned P Hong-Chih Kuo to the Isotopes on Thursday to begin a rehabilitation assignment. . . . The loss snapped a six-game winning streak against the Redbirds. . . . Jamie Hoffman hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Giancarlo Alvarado earned his 7th defeat tonight, leading the team. . . . The Isotopes hope to get back in the win column on Friday. Probables are RHP Charlie Haeger (8-5, 3.73) for the Isotopes and RHP Adam Ottavino (0-9, 5.06) for the Redbirds.
Filed 07/09/2009

July 8, 2009 - Isotopes (44-41)

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

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 4 . 11 15 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 . 7 13 3
WP: Erick Threets (3-0)
LP: Pete Parise (2-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Jamie Hoffman (5) off Scherer in the 8th inning

MEM Brett Wallace (6) off Lindblom in the 2nd inning

TIME: 3:40  ATT: 5,188
Jamie Hoffman homered and drove in six runs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the 10th inning as part of a four run eruption as Albuquerque defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 11-7 in extras in the series opener on Wednesday evening in Memphis.
Albuquerque did not take long to get on the scoreboard. Tony Abreu led off the game with a double, advanced to third base on a groundout, and scored on Hoffman's groundout.
Brett Wallace solo-homered to tie the game in the 2nd inning and Allen Craig singled home a run in the 3rd inning as the Redbirds led 2-1.
With two outs in the 4th inning, Sergio Garcia, A.J. Ellis and Isotopes starter Josh Lindblom singled, with Lindblom's single driving home a run. Abreu doubled to drive in Ellis as the Isotopes regained the lead at 3-2.
The lead did not last for long as the Redbirds took a 5-3 lead in their half of the 4th inning. John Jay doubled home two runs, stole third base and scored on Craig's single.
Jay reached on a fielder's choice in the 5th inning, plating a run as the Redbirds extended the lead to 6-3.
The Redbirds lead held until the 8th inning when the Isotopes regained the lead. Garcia doubled and an out later, pinch-hitter Juan Gonzalez singled to drive in Garcia. Abreu reached on an error and after Chin-Lung Hu flied out, Hoffman three-run homered to claim Albuquerque to a 7-6 lead.
Jay bunt singled, advanced to second base on Tyler Greene's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Daniel Descalso's single in the bottom of the 8th inning to tie the game at 7-7. Both teams were unable to score in the 9th inning and the game went to extras.
In the 10th inning with one out, J.D. Closser singled and Abreu reached on an error. Hu was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Hoffman singled to drive in Closser and Abreu. Pinch-hitter Luis Maza brought some Maza magic with a two-run double as Albuquerque built a 4 run lead at 11-7. Even though not a save situation, Isotopes closer Scott Strickland set down the Redbirds in order in the bottom of the 10th inning to end the see-saw contest.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 29 G, 107 AB, 22 R, 32 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 23 BB, 17 K, 6 SB, .299 AVG
Josh Lindblom 2 APP, 1-0, 5.59 ERA, 9.2 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 8 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers made a couple of moves on Wednesday that affected the Isotopes. P Ronald Belisario was placed on the major league disabled list and P Cory Wade (0-0, 6.00 ERA, 3 IP, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 K with Albuquerque) was recalled. OF Mitch Jones cleared waivers and was outrighted to Albuquerque and C Scott Thomas, not having made an appearance yet for Albuquerque, was placed on the minor-league disabled list with a strained right quad. . . . Jamie Hoffman has homered in three out of his last four contests. The 6 RBI tied an Isotope season-best (Mitch Jones, Hector Luna) and Hoffman extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Josh Lindblom was not as dominant in this start as he was in his Triple-A debut last start. Lindblom allowed 5 runs and 8 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Lindblom walked 4 and struck out 4 and allowed a homer and saw his ERA rise from 1.50 to 5.59. . . . Albuquerque has won six straight games against the Redbirds, including the last three at Autozone Park. . . . The victory was the Isotopes' fifth last at-bat win of 2009. . . . Albuquerque used a season-high 18 players in the game. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in a season-high 8 games. . . . The Isotopes are 3-5 in extra inning contests in 2009. . . . The 2009 Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby participants were named on Wednesday. No Isotope is participating this year. For the PCL, John Bowker (Fresno - Giants - 17 homers), Terry Evans (Salt Lake - Angels - 17 homers) and Brendan Katin (Nashville - Brewers - 19 homers) are particpating. The IL participants are Shelley Duncan (Scranton Wilkes Barre - Yankees - 21 homers), Justin Huber (Rochester - Twins - 11 homers) and Andy Tracy (Lehigh Valley - Phillies - 14 homers). . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (6-6, 3.62) for the Isotopes and RHP Mitchell Boggs (3-4, 5.90) for the Redbirds.
Filed 07/08/2009

July 7, 2009 - Isotopes (43-41)

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

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 . 4 11 1
Nashville Sounds 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 . 5 10 0
WP: Ryan Houston (5-1)
LP: Hyang-Nam Choi (2-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Tony Abreu (2) off Narron in the 5th inning

NSH Brendan Katin (19) off Schmidt in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:48  ATT: 3,239
Erick Almonte's single in the bottom of the 9th inning plated the game-winning run as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) defeated the Isotopes 5-4 in the series finale at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville on Tuesday evening.
In the 2nd inning, Jason Repko doubled, advanced to third base on Sergio Garcia's groundout and scored on A.J. Ellis' groundout as the Isotopes led 1-0.
Hernan Iribarren's groundout brought home Cole Gillespie in the 3rd inning to tie the game at 1-1 and in the 4th inning, Angel Salome and Adam Heether singled and scored on Brendan Katin's three-run homer as the Sounds led 4-1.
Isotopes starter Jason Schmidt singled and scored on Tony Abreu's two-run homer as the Isotopes pulled to a run down at 4-3 in the 5th inning.
In the 8th inning, Repko walked, advanced to second base on Garcia's sacrifice bunt, moved on to third base on Ellis' groundout, and scored on Luis Maza's single as the Isotopes tied the game at 4-4.
Nashville won the game in the bottom of the 9th inning. Gillespie doubled, advanced to third base on Freddy Parejo's sacrifice bunt, and scored on pinch-hitter Almonte's single.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 28 G, 102 AB, 20 R, 30 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 22 BB, 17 K, 6 SB, .294 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Jason Schmidt made his fifth rehab start for Albuquerque and the first away from Isotopes Park. For the second outing in a row, Schmidt went 6 frames, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs. Schmidt struck out 6, walked 1 and allowed a homer. In his five Isotopes starts, Schmidt is 2-0 with a 3.95 ERA. In 27 1/3 innings, Schmidt has allowed 28 hits, 12 earned runs, 3 homers, 6 walks and fanned 20.
'TOPES NOTES: Nashville took two out of the three games in the rain shortened series. 14,871 attended for a per-game average of 4,957. . . . In 12 games, Albuquerque has seen their opponents score the game winning runs in their last at-bats. . . . Jamie Hoffman hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . The Salt Lake Bees will host the 2011 Triple-A All-Star game, it was announced on Tuesday. The Portland Beavers host it a week from Wednesday and then Lehigh Valley in the International League has the contest in 2010 until Salt Lake gets it in 2011, the first franchise to host the game twice in the same ballpark (Albuquerque was the first to host it twice, but it was in two different ballparks, the Albuquerque Sports Stadium and Isotopes Park). . . . Joe Inglett of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Inglett hit .640 (16x25) with a homer and 7 RBI during the week. . . . Brandon Hynick of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Hynick tossed the first perfect game in Sky Sox history on June 30th. In that one start during the award week, Hynick tossed seven innings (it was a doubleheader game) and struck out 6. . . . The Isotopes board a bus for Memphis and play a five game series against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) to close out the schedule before the Triple-A All-Star Break. Probables in the opener are RHP Josh Lindblom (1-0, 1.50) for the Isotopes and RHP Mitchell Boggs (3-4, 5.90) for the Redbirds.
Filed 07/07/2009

July 6, 2009 - Isotopes (43-40)

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

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 . 6 7 1
Nashville Sounds 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 . 5 6 0
WP: Erick Threets (2-0)
LP: Lindsay Gulin (4-5)
SV: Scott Strickland (17)
Home Runs:
ALB Jamie Hoffman (4) off Gulin in the 5th inning

NSH Angel Salome (5) off Elbert in the 5th inning

TIME: 2:40  ATT: 2,350
Jamie Hoffman homered and drove in three runs as the Isotopes salvaged one of the day's contests with 6-5 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in 7 innings due to PCL rules. Albuquerque had lost the completion of a suspended game earlier in the day.
With the bags loaded in the 1st inning, J.D. Closser singled home Tony Abreu as the Isotopes led 1-0.
The Sounds tied the game in their half of the inning when Brendan Katin drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Hernan Iribarren.
The Isotopes started pulling away in the 3rd inning. Abreu singled, advanced to second base on Chin-Lung Hu's sacrifice bunt and scored on Hoffman's single.
In the 4th inning, Jason Repko doubled, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on Sergio Garcia's sacrifice flyout as Albuquerque led 3-1.
Hu singled and scored on Hoffman's homer in the 5th inning as the Isotopes extended the lead to 5-1.
Nashville made things interesting in their half of the 5th inning. Alcides Escobar singled and two outs later, Angel Salome two-run homered. Adam Heether walked and scored on Katin's double as the Sounds trailed by a run at 5-4.
Repko scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the 6th inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to two runs, and Nashville's Salome singled home a run in the bottom of the frame as the Sounds returned to being a run down at 6-5.
Isotopes closer Scott Strickland kept the Sounds from mounting a rally in the bottom of the 7th inning, striking out the side to preserve Albuquerque's win.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 27 G, 99 AB, 20 R, 29 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 20 BB, 17 K, 6 SB, .293 AVG
Travis Schlichting 6 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 1.69 ERA, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Scott Elbert 3 APP, 0-1, 5.74 ERA, 15.2 IP, 16 H, 10 ER, 8 BB, 17 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes welcome C Scott Thomas to the active roster. Thomas takes the place of IF Blake DeWitt, who was recalled by the Dodgers on Sunday. . . . The Isotopes and Sounds complete the rain-shortened series on Tuesday evening. Probables are rehabbing RHP Jason Schmidt (2-0, 3.38) for the Isotopes and LHP Chase Wright (5-5, 3.70) for the Sounds.
Filed 07/06/2009

July 6, 2009 - Isotopes (42-40)

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

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 . 3 5 0
Nashville Sounds 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 X . 5 11 0
WP: Chris Cody (3-3)
LP: Eric Stults (0-1)
SV: Ryan Houston (4)
Home Runs:
ALB Jamie Hoffman (3) off Cody in the 8th inning

NSH Adam Heether (9) off Wade in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:38  ATT: 9,282
In a game suspended by rain in the 4th inning with Albuquerque leading 2-1 against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in Nashville on Saturday, Nashville's Adam Heether took over on Monday during the resumption of the game, homering and driving in 3 runs as the Sounds came from behind to defeat Albuquerque 5-3. The loss snapped a three-game Isotope winning streak.
In the 3rd inning, Cole Gillespie singled, advanced to second base on Sounds starter Tim Dillard's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Hernan Iribarren's triple to stake the Sounds to a 1-0 lead.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 4th inning. Jamie Hoffman walked, J.D. Closser singled, and Luis Maza lifted a sacrifice fly to drive in Hoffman. Closser advanced to second base on the sacrifice fly and scored on Juan Gonzalez's single. Sergio Garcia flied out and Isotopes starter Charlie Haeger worked a one ball, one strike count until a rain delay was called in the middle of the at-bat and the game was later suspended.
Iribarren singled home Sounds reliever Chris Cody in the 5th inning to tie the game at 2-2, and in the 6th inning, Heether's two-run double gave the Sounds a 4-2 lead.
The Isotopes and Sounds traded solo homers in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the game - Hoffman for Albuquerque and Heether for Nashville.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 26 G, 96 AB, 19 R, 27 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 19 BB, 16 K, 6 SB, .281 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: There were an hour and 46 minutes of delays during the Saturday portion of the game. . . . Eric Stults made his Isotopes debut as the Isotopes pitcher on the mound when the game was resumed and Stults went 3 innings, allowing 3 runs and 6 hits. Stults had been on Albuquerque's roster to begin the season but did not make an appearance as he was promoted to Los Angeles. After hurting his thumb while with the Dodgers, Stults made a major-league disabled list stint before being activated and optioned to Albuquerque. . . . If you count this game that was started on Independence Day as a Independence Day game, the Isotopes are 4-3 with a two-game losing streak in Fourth of July contests. . . . Albuquerque has lost their last four road games, a season worst.
Filed 07/06/2009

2009 Initial Triple-A All-Star Rosters

Here are the initial rosters for the 2009 Triple-A All-Star Game to be played July 15, 2009 in Portland, Oregon at PGE Park. Charlie Haeger is the only All-Star so far to represent the Isotopes. Parts of these rosters will change over time due to players getting injured, called up, or otherwise no longer playing in the league and replacements will be named occasionally. Pacific Coast League ----------------------------- MGR Randy Ready Portland HITTING COACH Brian McArn Sacramento PITCHING COACH Dwight Bernard Tacoma TRAINER Tom Newberg Tacoma C Chris Robinson Iowa C Eric Munson Sacramento IF Randy Ruiz Las Vegas IF Eric Young Colorado Springs IF Alcides Escobar Nashville IF Brandon Wood Salt Lake IF Esteban German Oklahoma City IF Bryan Lahair Tacoma IF Eric Patterson Sacramento IF Rusty Ryal Reno DH Chris Shelton Tacoma OF John Bowker Fresno OF Matt Miller Colorado Springs OF Matt Murton Colorado Springs OF Terry Evans Salt Lake OF Brendan Katin Nashville OF Michael Ryan New Orleans RHP Yorman Bazardo Round Rock RHP Bud Norris Round Rock RHP Jeremy Hill Salt Lake RHP Jess Todd Memphis LHP Lenny Dinardo Omaha RHP Mike Ekstrom Portland RHP Charlie Haeger Albuquerque RHP Bobby Korecky Reno LHP Jay Marshall Sacramento RHP Kevin Pucetas Fresno LHP R.J. Swindle Nashville International League --------------------------- MGR Rick Sweet Louisville COACH Gary Allenson Norfolk COACH Ken Oberkfell Buffalo TRAINER Tony Leo Rochester C Chris Stewart Scranton/WB C Wyatt Toregas Columbus IF Reid Brignac Durham IF Seth Bynum Syracuse IF Barbaro Canizares Gwinnett IF Mike Cervenak Lehigh Valley IF Brooks Conrad Gwinnett IF Brent Dlugach Toledo IF Andy Marte Columbus IF Andy Tracy Lehigh Valley OF Jordan Brown Columbus OF Shelley Duncan Scranton/WB OF Austin Jackson Scranton/WB OF Jorge Padilla Syracuse OF Drew Stubbs Louisville RHP Chris Bootcheck Indianapolis RHP Clay Buchholz Pawtucket RHP Fernando Cabrera Pawtucket RHP Andrew Carpenter Lehigh Valley RHP Nelson Figueroa Buffalo RHP Justin Lehr Louisville RHP JD Martin Syracuse RHP Jim Miller Norfolk RHP Anthony Swarzak Rochester RHP Chris Tillman Norfolk RHP Carlos Torres Charlotte RHP Luis Valdez Gwinnett Umpires will be: Home Plate - Mike Muchlinski (PCL) 1B - Mike Estabrook (IL) 2B - Shawn Rakos (PCL) 3B - R.J. Thompson (IL)
Filed 07/06/2009

July 5, 2009 - Isotopes/Sounds Postponed

Rain on Sunday postponed the resumption of a suspended game from Saturday as well as the regularly scheduled game for Sunday. The Isotopes and Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) will try to resume their game from Saturday as well as play the regularly scheduled contest on Monday at Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville. Monday's regularly scheduled contest will be shortened to seven innings while the suspended contest will be completed to its normal length. Sunday's regularly scheduled contest will be made up August 2nd when the Isotopes return to the Music City. The Isotopes may have been rained out, but there was a roster move to report. The Dodgers placed P Eric Milton on the disabled list (again) and recalled IF Blake DeWitt from Albuquerque. The Isotopes have yet to reveal what will happen to the empty roster slot. Possibilities include activating either Luis Maza or Dwayne Pollok or bring up someone from the lower minor league levels.
Filed 07/05/2009

July 4, 2009 - Isotopes (42-39)

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

Herschel Greer Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 2 . 2 4 0
Nashville Sounds 0 0 1 . 1 3 0

The Isotopes scored two runs to take the lead over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) and then the rains came, suspending the game in the 4th inning with Albuquerque on top 2-1.
In the 3rd inning, Cole Gillespie singled, advanced to second base on Sounds starter Tim Dillard's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Hernan Iribarren's triple to stake the Sounds to a 1-0 lead.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 4th inning. Jamie Hoffman walked, J.D. Closser singled, and Luis Maza lifted a sacrifice fly to drive in Hoffman. Closser advanced to second base on the sacrifice fly and scored on Juan Gonzalez's single. Sergio Garcia flied out and Isotopes starter Charlie Haeger worked a one ball, one strike count until a rain delay was called in the middle of the at-bat and the game was later suspended.
'TOPES NOTES: The start of the game was delayed an hour and 24 minutes due to rain. The other rain delay lasted about an hour before the game was suspended. . . . After the completion of the suspended game on Sunday, the regularly scheduled game will be shortened to seven innings. Probables in the regularly scheduled game are LHP Scott Elbert (1-1, 4.91) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris Cody (2-3, 3.73) for the Sounds.
Filed 07/05/2009

July 3, 2009 - Isotopes (42-39)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 . 3 9 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X . 4 7 1
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (6-6)
LP: Mitchell Boggs (3-4)
SV: Scott Strickland (16)
Home Runs:
MEM Jon Jay (4) off Alvarado in the 4th inning

ALB Dee Brown (15) off Boggs in the 1st inning

TIME: 2:46  ATT: 15,358
Thirty-seven fans seem to like fireworks more than Manny Ramirez. An Isotopes Park record 15,358 fans got an early firework with Dee Brown's first inning homer, then saw the Isotopes hold on to defeat the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 4-3, then saw post-game fireworks. Albuquerque has won three straight and heads out for a nine-game roadtrip before the All-Star Break with a 2.5 game division lead.

In the 1st inning, Blake DeWitt and Jamie Hoffman drew two-out walks and Brown followed with a homer as the Isotopes led 3-0.

Jon Jay solo homered in the 4th inning as Memphis got on the scoreboard, and in the 5th inning, Jay singled home Matt Pagnozzi as the Redbirds pulled to a run down at 3-2.
In Albuquerque's 5th inning, Hoffman doubled with two outs and scored on J.D. Closser's single as the Isotopes led 4-2.
Memphis scored the final run of the game in the 6th inning when Brett Wallace doubled and scored on Brian Barden's single.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 25 G, 95 AB, 17 R, 26 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 16 BB, 16 K, 6 SB, .274 AVG
Travis Schlichting 5 APP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes set an Isotopes Park franchise record 15,321 attendance just ten days ago before that mark was broken tonight. To put Isotopes Park top crowds in perspective, the Isotopes Park opening night attendance of 12,215 is now the 38th largest regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history and is 3,143 fewer fans than tonight's new record. . . . Albuquerque swept their third series of the season with the three game sweep over Memphis. 31,774 attended for a per-game average of 10,591. . . . Albuquerque has won a season-best five straight home games. . . . The Isotopes start a four game series against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in the Music City on Saturday. Probables are knuckleballer Isotope All-Star RHP Charlie Haeger (8-5, 3.75) for the Isotopes and RHP Tim Dillard (8-3, 3.86) for the Sounds.
Filed 07/03/2009

July 2, 2009 - Isotopes (41-39)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 6 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 X . 3 11 0
WP: Josh Lindblom (1-0)
LP: Evan MacLane (3-8)
SV: Scott Strickland (15)
Home Runs:
MEM Nick Stavinoha (9) off Lindblom in the 4th inning
TIME: 2:29  ATT: 10,054
Josh Lindblom, the Dodgers 4th best prospect according to Baseball America, had a great Triple-A debut for Albuquerque, allowing just a solo homer and 3 hits in 6 innings to earn the victory as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 3-2 on Thursday night in the first of two early Fourth of July fireworks nights.

Lindblom's only blemish in the runs column occurred in the 4th inning when Nick Stavinoha homered for the second night in a row.

Albuquerque took a 3-1 lead in the 5th inning. A.J. Ellis drew a leadoff walk and Lindblom laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Ellis to second base. After Tony Abreu grounded out, Chin-Lung Hu reached on an error to put runners on the corners and Blake DeWitt singled into right field to drive in Ellis while Hu advanced to third base. Jamie Hoffman singled to deep short as Hu scored and Jason Repko followed with a single to right field to drive in DeWitt.

Isotopes closer Scott Strickland entered the game in the 9th inning looking for the save. Strickland ran into problems early, allowing singles to Brian Barden and Mark Shorey to lead off the inning. After Donovan Solano was called out on strikes, Brandon Yarbrough reached on a fielder's choice as Braden scored to pull Memphis to a run down and with the game-tying run on second base. Strickland then got a line out and fly out to end the game and get the save.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 24 G, 92 AB, 15 R, 25 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K, 6 SB, .272 AVG
Josh Lindblom1 APP, 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes did some roster housecleaning to make room to welcome A.J. Ellis and Eric Stults back from the Dodgers. The Dodgers traded P Stephen Randolph to the Royals organization for future considerations and C Kenley Jansen was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Inland Empire. A few days ago, the Dodgers traded P Brian Mazone to the Phillies organization for future considerations and Mazone is pitching for the Phillies Triple-A club, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. P Claudio Vargas rehab assignment also ended on Friday but the Dodgers have not made any moves yet to officially add him to the big league roster. . . . Miguel Pinango, released by the Isotopes recently, has signed a contract with the Mexican League's Leones de Yucatan. . . . Albuquerque is starting to improve their record in one run contests, currently 6-13. . . . The quick 3-game series concludes on Friday evening, weather permitting. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (5-6, 3.62) for the Isotopes and RHP Adam Ottavino (0-9, 5.30) for the Redbirds.
Filed 07/02/2009

Dodgers Send Players To Albuquerque

The Los Angeles Dodgers were getting ready to reactivate Manny Ramirez on Friday and made some moves that affect the Isotopes or involve former-Isotopes. C A.J. Ellis was optioned to Albuquerque and P Eric Stults was activated from the major league disabled list and then optioned to Albuquerque. OF Mitch Jones was designated for assignment to make 40-man roster room for Ramirez. While suspended, Ramirez was not on the Dodgers 40 man roster. By being designated for assignment, Jones can be claimed off waivers, traded or released during a 10 day window. If Jones clears waivers and is not traded or released, he may be able to be outrighted to the Isotopes, but it is anticipated he may picked up by some team. More info about Jones will be reported when known. Since Stults and Ellis have not yet reported, the Isotopes have not announced corresponding moves to free up Isotope roster room for the players. P Claudio Vargas' rehabilitation assignment is complete so the Dodgers have a decision to make about what moves to make to place Vargas back on the active roster.
Filed 07/02/2009

July 1, 2009 - Isotopes (40-39)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 . 5 9 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 1 X . 9 14 0
WP: Jason Schmidt (2-0)
LP: P.J. Walters (2-7)
Home Runs:
MEM Nick Stavinoha (8) off Wade in the 8th inning

ALB Dee Brown (14) off Parise in the 7th inning
ALB Luis Maza (3) off Manning in the 6th innign
ALB Tony Abreu (1) off Maekawa in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:43  ATT: 6,362
Albuquerque's offense ended a historic string of 28 1/3 innings without a score in the 6th inning tonight with a 7-run eruption, highlighted by Luis Maza's grand-slam homer. Albuquerque used that big inning to take the lead, gain momentum, and eventually defeat the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 9-5 in the series opener at "The Lab" on Wednesday evening.
Shane Robinson doubled home Matt Pagnozzi in the 3rd inning and in the 5th inning, Casey Rowlett doubled and scored on Donovan Solano's single. Pagnozzi singled and Redbirds starter P.J. Walters laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Robinson lifted a sacrifice fly, bringing home Solano and Jon Jay singled home Pagnozzi as the Redbirds led 4-0.
In Albuquerque's big 6th inning, Chin-Lung Hu singled with one out and another out later, Jamie Hoffman singled and Dee Brown walked to load the bases. J.D. Closser two-run singled to drive in Hu and Hoffman and Jason Repko followed with a single that brought Brown home to pull the Isotopes a run down at 4-3. Sergio Garcia walked to reload the bags and pinch-hitter Luis Maza cleared them with a grand slam homer as the Isotopes led 7-4.
Brown solo homered in the 7th inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to 8-4.
In the 8th inning, Memphis' Nick Stavinoha greeted recently optioned pitcher Cory Wade with a solo homer as the Redbirds pulled to three runs down.
Tony Abreu hit his first Isotopes homer in the home half of the inning to tally the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 23 G, 88 AB, 15 R, 23 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K, 6 SB, .261 AVG Travis Schlichting 4 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 0.00 ERA, 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Jason Schmidt made his fourth rehab start for the Isotopes and tossed 6 innings and was the pitcher of record in the big Isotope 6th inning in order to earn the victory. Schmidt allowed 7 hits, 4 runs and fanned 5. In his four starts for Albuquerque, Schmidt is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA. In 21 1/3 innings, Schmidt has allowed 21 hits, 8 runs, 2 homers, 5 walks and has struck out 14.
'TOPES NOTES: Knuckleballer pitcher Charlie Haeger became the only Isotope to be named to the 2009 PCL All-Star squad. Haeger is 8-5 with a 3.75 ERA and his eight victories put him in a tie for the lead in the PCL. Haeger has been named to the Triple-A All-Star squad twice with the other time being in 2006 while a member of the Charlotte Knights of the International League. Albuquerque has only three pitching Triple-A All-Stars in franchise history: Haeger, Chris Seddon in 2008 and Jim Crowell in 2005. Complete Triple-A All-Star Game rosters for the PCL and IL will be posted tomorrow after the International League names their All-Stars. . . . J.D. Closser had four hits in the game. . . . The three homer game snapped a franchise-worst 8 game streak without the Isotopes homering. . . . Luis Maza's pinch-hit homer was special in that it was the first franchise pinch-hit grand slam homer. There have been 11 Isotope pinch-hit homers and two have occurred this season. . . . Kevin Howard of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Howard hit .500 (12x24) with 2 homers and 9 RBI during the week. . . . Kyle Davies of the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Davies made a start and won it. Davies allowed no runs and 3 hits in 8 innings while fanning 8. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. The Dodgers fourth best prospect and 2008 2nd round draftee, Josh Lindblom, is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut while the Redbirds are expected to counter with LHP Evan MacLane (3-7, 3.78).
Filed 07/01/2009

June 30, 2009 - Isotopes (39-39)

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

Rosenblatt 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 6 0
Omaha Royals 0 0 1 1 0 5 1 1 X . 9 15 0
WP: Kyle Davies (2-0)
LP: Scott Elbert (1-1)
Home Runs:
OMA Scott Thorman (14) off DeBarr in the 7th inning
OMA Tommy Murphy (3) off DeBarr in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:27  ATT: 7,011
Isotopes starter Scott Elbert was spectacular in his Triple-A debut last week but was hammered in his second Triple-A outing today. Elbert allowed 10 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings and fanned 6 as the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) handed the Isotopes their second consecutive shutout 9-0. Albuquerque has lost three straight games, fell back the .500 mark, and is holding a very slim half game lead in the division.
Scott Thorman singled home Tim Raines Jr. in the 3rd inning and former-Isotope Tommy Murphy doubled home Mario Lisson in the 4th inning as Omaha led 2-0.
Elbert was chased in the 6th inning. John Buck and Kila Kaaihue singled and Travis Metcalf ground-rule doubled to drive in Buck. Lisson singled home Kaaihue and Metcalf before Elbert was pulled in favor of Nick DeBarr. DeBarr's first batter, Murphy, two run homered as the Royals scored five runs in the inning to lead 7-0.
Thorman solo homered in the 7th inning and J.R. House doubled home Irving Falu in the 8th inning for the final runs of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 22 G, 85 AB, 14 R, 21 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 14 BB, 16 K, 5 SB, .247 AVG
Scott Elbert 2 APP, 0-1, 4.91 ERA, 11 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 13 K, 0 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Claudio Vargas tossed another rehab inning for Albuquerque and allowed 2 hits, a run, walked none and fanned 2. His ERA is 3.46.
'TOPES NOTES: Omaha took three games out of the four in the series and 18,792 attended for a per-game average of 4,698. We are not even to the All-Star Break and the Isotopes and Royals have completed their season series. Albuquerque went 7-9 against the Royals in 2009 -- Omaha won five of the eight games at Rosenblatt, while the Isotopes and Royals split the four game series at Isotopes Park. All-time, Albuquerque holds a 66-46 advantage. . . . Albuquerque's historical June swoon continued in 2009. The Isotopes finished the month 14-14 (7-5 at home, 7-9 on the road). Albuquerque has never had a June above .500 and this June tied the franchise record for the best June in franchise history since it tied June 2003 with a .500 mark at 14-14. Albuquerque has had symmetry in 2009 in that they have an even record in every month so far. . . . Other June stats: .246 team batting average, 2.87 team ERA, 102 runs scored, 17 stolen bases, and just 14 homers. . . . Albuquerque has been held homerless in their last eight games, establishing a new franchise record. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out 11 times in 2009, a franchise record for a season. . . . Manny Ramirez update: ManRam completed his rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire on Monday by going 1x3 with an infield single and two strikeouts. Overall in 5 games with the Isotopes and Inland Empire, Ramirez went 3x10 (.300) with a homer, an RBI, and 2 runs scored while walking 3 times and whiffing 5 times. . . . There was a perfect game in the PCL on Tuesday. Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) Brandon Hynick pitched the Pacific Coast League's first perfect game since June 25, 2007 as the Sky Sox defeated the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres) 2-0 in 7 innings in the regularly scheduled game for Tuesday between the two clubs. The game followed the completion of a game suspended on Monday due to wet grounds. . . . The Isotopes return home for a three game series that will celebrate the Fourth of July early with two fireworks nights (Thursday and Friday). Probables in the opener against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) are rehabilitating RHP Jason Schmidt (1-0, 2.35) for the Isotopes and RHP P.J. Walters (2-6, 5.06) for the Redbirds.
Filed 06/30/2009

June 29, 2009 - Isotopes (39-38)

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

Rosenblatt 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 5 0
Omaha Royals 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X . 2 8 2
WP: Lenny DiNardo (5-3)
LP: Charlie Haeger (8-5)
SV: Carlos Rosa (3)
TIME: 2:11  ATT: 2,450
Isotopes knuckleballer Charlie Haeger tossed 8 innings allowing 2 runs but got no run support from his teammates as the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) handed the Isotopes a franchise record tenth shutout of the season, an Isotopes 2-0 loss.
In the 1st inning, Scott Thorman singled with two outs, advanced to second base on a passed ball and scored on John Buck's single and in the 7th inning, Tim Raines Jr. singled home Mario Lisson.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 21 G, 82 AB, 14 R, 20 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 13 BB, 16 K, 5 SB, .244 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque tied a franchise record (set in June 2006) of going homerless in seven straight games. . . . P Dwayne Pollok was placed on the Disabled List Monday. . . . The series and roadtrip concludes on Tuesday afternoon. Probables are LHP Scott Elbert (1-0, 0.00) for the Isotopes and PCL Pitcher of the Week RHP Kyle Davies (1-0, 0.00) for the Lil' Kings.
Filed 06/29/2009

June 28, 2009 - Isotopes (39-37)

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

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 . 5 10 0
Omaha Royals 0 5 0 0 1 0 3 1 X . 10 14 0
WP: Heath Phillips (4-7)
LP: Giancarlo Alvarado (5-6)
Home Runs:
OMA Scott Thorman (13) off Alvarado in the 2nd inning
OMA John Buck (1) off Alvarado in the 5th inning
OMA Tim Raines Jr. (1) off Pollok in the 8th inning

TIME: 2:32  ATT: 2,755
Isotopes starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed six runs in five innings, including a solo homer by the Omaha Royals' (AAA Royals) John Buck that snapped a 5-5 tie in the 5th inning as the Royals defeated the Isotopes 10-5 on Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak.
The Isotopes got off to a good start. In the 1st inning, Tony Abreu doubled, Chin-Lung Hu singled and Blake DeWitt walked to load the bases. Jamie Hoffman doubled home two runs and Dee Brown singled home two runs as the Isotopes led 4-0.
In the 2nd inning, Mario Lisson walked with one out and former-Isotope Tommy Murphy doubled. Tim Raines Jr. doubled in Lisson and Murphy and then scored on Irving Falu's single. An out later, Scott Thorman two-run homered as the Royals led 5-4.
A trio of singles in the 5th inning allowed the Isotopes to tie the game at 5-5. Hoffman singled with one out, advanced to second base on Brown's single, and scored on J.D. Closser's single.
Buck's solo homer in the 5th inning gave Omaha the lead back at 6-5.
The Royals added some breathing room in the 7th inning when Travis Metcalf doubled home two runs and Lisson doubled home Metcalf as the Royals led 9-5.
Raines Jr. solo homered in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 20 G, 78 AB, 14 R, 20 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 13 BB, 14 K, 5 SB, .256 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Omaha's 10 runs were the most runs Isotopes pitching has allowed to an opponent in a road game this season. . . . Manny Ramirez watch: ManRam went 0-2 with a walk and two strikeouts in his second rehab game with Class-A Inland Empire against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. . . . The series continues on Monday evening. Probables are knuckleballer RHP Charlie Haeger (8-4, 3.94) for the Isotopes and LHP Lenny DiNardo (4-3, 3.79) for the Royals.
Filed 06/28/2009

June 27, 2009 - Isotopes (39-36)

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

Rosenblatt Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 4 5 0
Omaha Royals 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 2 8 0
WP: Stephen Randolph (4-2)
LP: Matt Wright (0-5)
SV: Scott Strickland (14)
Home Runs:
OMA Kila Kaaihue (12) off Vargas in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:45  ATT: 6,576
Isotopes starter Stephen Randolph tossed five scoreless innings and Sergio Garcia drove in two runs as the Isotopes defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) 4-2 in the series opener on Saturday evening. The Isotopes have won three straight games and are a season-high 3 games above the .500 mark.
In the 2nd inning, Jamie Hoffman walked, stole second base and took third base on Dee Brown's groundout before scoring on Luis Maza's double into left-center field. Sergio Garcia's single into right field brought Maza home as the Isotopes led 2-0.
Albuquerque added to the lead in the 6th inning. Blake DeWitt walked and Brown singled to put runners on the corners before Juan Gonzalez doubled home DeWitt. Garcia lifted a sacrifice flyout to drive in Brown to extend the lead to 4-0.
Omaha scored their only two runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. Kila Kaaihue solo homered and Mario Lisson dubled, stole third base and scored on Tim Raines Jr.'s double.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 19 G, 75 AB, 12 R, 18 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 12 BB, 14 K, 5 SB, .240 AVG
Travis Schlichting3 APP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Claudio Vargas made another relief rehabilitation appearance. In two innings of work, Vargas allowed two runs, three hits, a homer, and fanned 3. Overall in 6 appearances, Vargas is 0-0 with a save and a 3.00 ERA. In 12 innings, Vargas has allowed 13 hits, 4 runs, 3 homers, a walk and has struck out 10.
'TOPES NOTES: Another day, another roster move. Former-Isotope C A.J. Ellis appears to have gotten a reprieve from the Dodgers. It was thought that when the Dodgers actived former-Isotope P Eric Milton from the major-league disabled list, Ellis would be optioned back to Albuquerque. Milton was activated on Saturday and the Dodgers ended up optioning P Cory Wade to Albuquerque. In another move, P Carmen Cali was released. . . . IF Val Pascucci, recently released by the Isotopes, was signed by the San Diego Padres to a minor league contract and assigned to their Triple-A club, the Portland Beavers. If Pascucci sticks with the Beavers for awhile, he will be making a return to Isotopes Park as a member of the Beavers in early August. . . . Former UNM Lobo Brian Cavazos-Galvez, drafted by the Dodgers almost three weeks ago in the Amateur Draft, signed a contract with the Dodgers and was assigned to the Class-A Ogden Raptors. . . . Manny Ramirez watch: Ramirez played in his first rehab game with Class-A Inland Empire on Saturday evening and homered in his first at-bat against Lake Elsinore. In his second at-bat, Ramirez walked and later scored and in his third at-bat, Ramirez singled and was doubled off on a flyout to deep center field. . . . Albuquerque has been having a nice June as of late, winning eight out of their last 10 games. . . . The Isotopes have gone a season-worst five games without a homer. . . . Isotope pitchers had pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings until Kila Kaaihue's solo homer in the 6th inning. . . . Stephen Randolph has won his last four pitching decisions. . . . The All-Star Futures Game rosters were recently announced and no Isotopes made either the World or U.S. squad. The Triple-A All-Star Game roster announcement should be imminent with the game about two and a half weeks away. . . . The series continues on Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (5-5, 3.10) for the Isotopes and LHP Heath Phillips (3-7, 6.81) for the Lil' Kings.
Filed 06/27/2009

June 26, 2009 - Isotopes (38-36)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 5 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 X . 2 5 0
WP: Jason Schmidt (1-0)
LP: Lindsay Gulin (3-4)
SV: Scott Strickland (13)
TIME: 2:24  ATT: 11,283
Rehabilitating Isotope righty Jason Schmidt had his best outing with the Isotopes tonight, tossing 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball while fanning 7 as the Isotopes shut out the Nashville Sounds 2-0 in the series finale.

In the 4th inning, Chin-Lung Hu and Blake DeWitt singled to lead off the inning. Hu and DeWitt pulled off a double steal and Jamie Hoffman drew a walk to load the bases. Dee Brown's fielder's choice brought home Hu and J.D. Closser singled to left field to drive in DeWitt as the Isotopes scored the only runs of the game and led 2-0.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 18 G, 72 AB, 11 R, 18 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 11 BB, 13 K, 4 SB, .250 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Jason Schmidt had his best rehab outing as an Isotope, tossing 7 2/3 innings while allowing 5 hits, no runs and fanning 7. In his three Isotope rehab outings, Schmidt is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA (4 earned runs in 15.1 innings) with 14 hits, 2 homers, 5 walks and 9 strikeouts.
'TOPES NOTES: IF Hector Luna was placed on the Disabled List with a sprained left knee and IF Tony Abreu was transferred to Albuquerque from Class-AA Chattanooga. OF Manny Ramirez officially left the Isotopes on Friday when the Dodgers transferred his rehabilitation assignment from the Isotopes to Class-A Inland Empire. . . . Albuquerque took three out of the four games in the series. Having Manny Ramirez in town is good for business as a four-game Isotopes Park series franchise record 54,763 attended for a per-game average of 13,691. Three of the four attendances in the series fell within the top 20 largest crowds in the history of Isotopes Park. The previous four-game series record was 47,025 set against Nashville in August 2006. The series attendance mark against Nashville even eclipsed Albuquerque's five game franchise record series mark of 54,149. . . . There was a 1 hour, 7 minute rain delay to start the game and it was the fourth Isotopes rain delay of the season. . . . The Isotopes completed the first half of their 2009 home schedule with tonight's contest (301,648 attendance) and Albuquerque is on pace to set a new season attendance record if they can keep the fan excitement momentum through the second half of the home schedule as well as have reasonable weather to avoid losing home gates to postponements. . . . Isotopes pitching tied a franchise record with their eighth shutout of the season, first established in 2006. The Isotopes had the most shutouts in a series with their three against Nashville, eclipsing the mark of two shutouts in a series set on two prior occasions. . . . The Isotopes on Friday night made a $10,000 donation to the Taylor Hooton Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to fighting the abuse of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs among America's youth. . . . The Isotopes tied a season-best mark for games over .500 - two games. . . . Albuquerque heads to Omaha to play the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in a quick four game roadtrip at Rosenblatt Stadium before returning for a early holiday homestand. Probables in the opener are LHP Stephen Randolph (3-2, 5.79) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Wright (0-4, 7.67) for the Royals.
Filed 06/26/2009

June 25, 2009 - Isotopes (37-36)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 1 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 2 0 0 X . 4 6 0
WP: Scott Elbert (1-0)
LP: Chris Cody (2-2)
TIME: 2:37  ATT: 15,083
The wackiness with Manny Ramirez in town continued on Thursday evening. In the series opener Tuesday, a rare 1-0 game at Isotopes Park was played and on Wednesday night, the Isotopes came within 4 minutes of playing their longest game (time-wise) in history. Tonight, Ramirez ended up not playing and it was Scott Elbert in the spotlight making his Isotopes debut. Elbert tossed 6 innings, allowing just one hit and no runs while fanning 7 as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 4-0 in the shortest game (innings-wise) in Isotopes history, a rain shortened 5 1/2 inning affair.
First pitch of the game was delayed about an hour by rain. In the bottom of the 1st inning with two outs, Blake DeWitt singled, Jamie Hoffman drew a walk and Dee Brown sliced a double to the left field wall to drive them in and give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.
In the 3rd inning, Chin-Lung Hu singled, DeWitt doubled and Hu scored on Hoffman's groundout. Brown singled to right field to drive in DeWitt as Albuquerque led 4-0.
Elbert lost his no hitter with one out in the 6th inning as Martin Maldonado blooped a single into shallow right-center field on a ball that Isotopes second-baseman Luis Maza was unable to make an over-the-shoulder catch. A strikeout-caught napping at first base double play ended the inning, the game became official, and then the rains came and delayed the game a second time and eventually the game was called.
It was a good move to call the game as a rain train of various cells moved from south to north in the Rio Grande Valley thoughout the rest of the evening and into the wee morning hours.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 17 G, 69 AB, 11 R, 17 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 10 BB, 13 K, 4 SB, .246 AVG
Scott Elbert 1 APP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Manny Ramirez did not play in what likely will be his final rehabilitation assignment game with the Isotopes. According to a statement released by the Isotopes: "The Los Angeles Dodgers have pulled Manny Ramirez from Thursday's game because of wet weather and field conditions.". If this was to be his final appearance, Ramirez finished his Albuquerque assignment 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Ramirez dodged reporters at Isotopes Park on Thursday to avoid comment about MLB cooperating with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on investigating which doctor provided Ramirez with the banned substance he took and got suspended for, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Ramirez's request was the reason the Isotopes clubhouse was closed to reporters 15 minutes earlier than normal.

'TOPES NOTES: The crowd of 15,083 was the third largest crowd in Isotopes Park history. Unless about 4,500 show up on Friday, the Isotopes should set a four-game Isotopes Park series attendance mark. . . . There were two rain delays, one that delayed the start of the game and one that eventually brought an end to the game, and both combined for a delay of one hour, 48 minutes. . . . P Josh Lindblom was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque. No corresponding roster move has been made yet to allow Lindblom to be placed on the active roster. . . . The 5 1/2 inning game was the second regular season shortened game in Isotopes Park history and fourth in Isotopes history. . . . John Traub proved once again that he is the best General Manager in minor league baseball. Instead of being reactive like most sports team/league management, he was proactive to the concerns that many fans probably left during the long rain delay before the game started or that fans would be disappointed that Manny Ramirez did not play. Any fan still possessing a ticket stub to Thursday evening's game can exchange it only at the Isotopes Park Box Office for a ticket of equal value, pending availability, to any future Monday through Wednesday Isotopes home game. It does not matter if the fan left early or stayed for all the pitches thrown in the official game. . . . Albuquerque pitching has seven shutouts this season, including two in this series. . . . Scott Elbert allowed the fewest hits ever in an Isotope complete game effort (1) and tied the franchise record of just one hit allowed in a game. It was the fifth Isotope complete game of 2009 and the first Isotope complete game shutout since Bobby Keppel's effort on September 1, 2008 at Round Rock. . . . The series (and homestand) concludes on Friday evening. Probables are rehabilitating RHP Jason Schmidt (0-0, 4.70) for the Isotopes and LHP Lindsay Gulin (3-3, 5.37) for the Sounds.
Filed 06/25/2009

June 24, 2009 - Isotopes (36-36)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 . 8 15 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 10 2
WP: John Axford (1-0)
LP: Dwayne Pollok (2-4)
Home Runs:
NSH Joe Koshansky (13) off Haeger in the 4th inning
NSH Angel Salome (4) off Haeger in the 4th inning

TIME: 4:56  ATT: 13,076
Strange things seem to have happened since Manny Ramirez came to town. In the series opener last night, Isotopes Park saw its first full 9-inning game 1-0 score and tonight, Ramirez (0-1, Walk) left the game and went back to the hotel long before the end of the longest Isotope game of the season as the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) erupted for 5 runs in the 15th inning to down the Isotopes 8-3. Albuquerque snapped a three-game winning streak with the loss.
The Sounds scored three quick runs in the 4th inning off Isotopes knuckleballer Charlie Haeger. Angel Salome homered with one out, Adam Heether was hit by a pitch, and Joe Koshansky followed with a two run homer.
Albuquerque was no-hit going into the 6th inning. With two outs, Jason Repko walked, stole second base and Chin-Lung Hu broke up the no-hitter and shutout with one swing of the bat when he singled home Repko.
Sergio Garcia singled in the 8th inning, advanced to second base on Kenley Jansen's single, and scored two outs later on Hu's single as the Isotopes pulled to a run down at 3-2.
The Isotopes tied up the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th inning. Jamie Hoffman singled, advanced to second base on a groundout, moved on to third base on defensive indifference and scored on Jansen's single.
In the 15th inning, Koshansky reached on an error and ended up on second base to lead off the inning. Brendan Katin laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Koshansky to third base and Isotopes reliever Dwayne Pollok intentionally walked Cole Gillespie. Pinch-hitter Martin Maldonado sacrifice flied out to bring home Koshansky with the game winning run and Gillespie stole second base before Jason Bourgeois singled to put runners on the corners. Alcides Escobar singled to drive in Gillespie before Hernan Iribarren tripled home two runs and then scored on Salome's double. None of Pollok's five runs allowed were earned.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 16 G, 67 AB, 10 R, 17 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 9 BB, 13 K, 4 SB, .254 AVG
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Manny Ramirez played in his second rehab game for Albuquerque and went 0-1 with a walk. Ramirez drew a four straight balls walk in the 1st inning off Nashville starter Tim Dillard and in the 3rd inning, Dillard got Ramirez to ground out to shortstop. Ramirez played four innings instead of the scheduled five innings and it has been reported that was due to not having a good chance to bat in the 5th inning and because the outfield was slick from the early game rain. Ramirez is 0x3 with a walk and a strikeout in his two games and will be looking for his first hit on Thursday. Ramirez is expected to play seven innings in Thursday's contest. Ramirez saw some chances in the outfield tonight, catching a fly ball to left field in the 1st inning and playing a ball off the wall that went for a double in the 2nd inning.

The news is not so good for Will Ohman and his rehabilitation assignment. According to MLB.com, Ohman suffered an elbow injury while warming up for the Isotopes after entering the game on Tuesday night. Ohman returned to Los Angeles to get an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

Claudio Vargas appears to be healed from his right elbow injury and the Dodgers need to decide what moves to make to free up roster room to recall Vargas from his rehabilitation assignment. Vargas appeared in tonight's game and tossed 2 innings, allowing a hit and striking out 1.

'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque has reached the mid-way point in official games of the 2009 season tonight and is 36-36. In 7 seasons of play, Albuquerque has been at .500 or above in five of the seven seasons at the midway point. . . . The 4 hour, 56 minute contest was the longest time-wise of the season and was four minutes shy of tying the franchise record for longest game ever played. The 15 inning marathon was also the longest innings-wise of the season and tied for the second longest game (innings-wise) in franchise history. . . . Charlie Haeger started for Albuquerque and allowed 3 runs and 5 hits in 6 innings. . . . The Isotopes are 2-5 in extra inning games. . . . Luis Maza went hitless in a pinch-hit at-bat to snap a 10-game hitting streak. . . . Nashville's Angel Salome was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Matt Murton of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Murton hit .448 (13x29) with 5 homers and 14 RBI during the week. . . . Bud Norris of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Norris made two starts and allowed no runs in 16 innings while fanning 16. Norris went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA during the week. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. LHP Scott Elbert (No Record) is expected to make his Isotopes debut, facing off against Nashville LHP Chris Cody (2-1, 1.69). It is anticipated to be Manny Ramirez's last rehab game with Albuquerque.
Filed 06/24/2009

June 23, 2009 - Isotopes (36-35)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville Sounds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 6 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X . 1 6 0
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (5-5)
LP: Manny Parra (0-1)
SV: Scott Strickland (12)
TIME: 2:33  ATT: 15,321
It was a very historic night at Isotopes Park on Tuesday evening. Manny Ramirez began his rehabilitation assignment and the world was watching. ESPNEWS carried his at-bats live, ESPN led off Sportscenter with the story, MLB Network filed reports from the game, and congressmen were Twitter'ing wondering why Ramirez was allowed to play professional baseball before his 50 game suspension ended. Ramirez went 0-2 and lost in the storyline was the fact a Isotopes Park record 15,321 attended the game and the first full-9-inning 1-0 game occurred in the history of Isotopes Park with Albuquerque defeating the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). Albuquerque has won three straight and is back above the .500 mark for 2009.
The only run of the game was plated in the 7th inning. Luis Maza singled and advanced to second base on an error and scored on Dee Brown's single to right field.
Giancarlo Alvarado started for Albuquerque and tossed 7 scoreless innings while allowing 4 hits and fanning 8.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 15 G, 61 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 13 K, 4 SB, .230 AVG
Travis Schlichting: 2 APP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 SV, 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT
Manny Ramirez was the only player who made a rehab appearance for Albuquerque in tonight's contest and it was a battle of Manny's in Ramirez's four innings in the game. Manny (Parra) struck out Manny (Ramirez) in the 1st inning and Manny (Parra) induced Manny (Ramirez) to ground out to shortstop in the 3rd inning. In the field, Ramirez did not have any balls hit to him.

The plan for Ramirez is to play 5 innings in Wednesday's game and 7 innings to the whole game on Thursday. Ramirez playing for Albuquerque in the series finale on Friday is still undecided but said to be unlikely.

'TOPES NOTES: Scott Elbert was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque on Tuesday. Elbert is the fifth highest-ranked Dodgers prospect according to Baseball America. While with Chattanooga, Elbert went 2-3 with a 3.90 ERA and struck out an impressive 87 batters in 62 1/3 innings pitched. P Miguel Pinango (2-5, 7.55 ERA) was released to free up roster room for Elbert and Manny Ramirez was officially assigned to Albuquerque on a rehabilitation assignment. . . . Ramirez's addition to the roster makes it 28 -- the most players the Isotopes have ever had eligible at any given time (24 players on active roster plus four rehabilitating players). . . . The previous Isotopes Park single-game attendance record prior to tonight was 15,189 on July 4, 2008. . . . The Isotopes are above the .500 mark for the first time since June 1st. . . . Albuquerque is 1-2 in 1-0 contests in 2009 and 5-8 all-time. . . . The Isotopes have tossed 6 shutouts in 2009 and established a franchise record for most shutouts involved in during a season - 15. The previous record of 14 was set in 2006. . . . Luis Maza hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . The series continues on Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (8-4, 3.90) for the Isotopes and RHP Tim Dillard (7-3, 4.31) for the Sounds.
Filed 06/23/2009

June 21, 2009 - Isotopes (35-35)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Omaha Royals 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 . 4 8 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 . 5 14 0
WP: Henry Bonilla (3-5)
LP: Greg Atencio (2-7)
Home Runs:
OMA Scott Thorman (12) off Vargas in the 8th inning
OMA Kila Kaaihue (9) off Schmidt in the 4th inning
OMA Kila Kaaihue (10) off Vargas in the 8th inning

ALB Dee Brown (13) off Ponson in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:10  ATT: 10,127
History was made at Isotopes Park on a Father's Day Sunday evening. Three rehabilitating pitchers appeared for the Isotopes in the game and they tossed most of the innings, but none of them factored in the decision as Chin-Lung Hu singled home the game winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Isotopes a 5-4 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals). Albuquerque returned to the .500 mark for the season with the win.
Irving Falu singled home a run in the 3rd inning and Kila Kaaihue solo homered in the 4th inning as the Royals led 2-0.
Dee Brown solo homered to open the bottom of the 5th inning to pull Albuquerque to a run down. J.D. Closser doubled, advanced to third base on Juan Gonzalez's bunt, and scored on Luis Maza's single as the Isotopes tied the game at 2-2.
In the 7th inning, Brown was hit by a pitch, Gonzalez singled Brown to third base, and Maza singled home Brown as the Isotopes took a 3-2 lead.
Scott Thorman and Kaaihue back-to-back homered in the 8th inning as the Royals tied and then took the lead at at 4-3.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Brown singled, was replaced by pinch-runner Jovanny Rosario, and then Rosario advanced to third base on Closser's single and scored on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes tied the game at 4-4.
In the 12th inning, Jason Repko singled with one out, stole second base and scored the game-winning run on Hu's single to left field.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 14 G, 59 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 13 K, 4 SB, .237 AVG
Travis Schlichting: 1 APP, 0-0, 0 SV, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
DODGERS REHAB REPORT

Will Ohman took the ball to begin the game and pitched a perfect inning while striking out one. Ohman has made three appearances for Albuquerque and in 3 innings of work, kept his ERA perfect at 0.00 with no hits or runs allowed. Ohman has walked 3 and struck out 4.

Jason Schmidt was next to get the ball, starting in the second inning. Once again, Schmidt gave up two runs in his outing tonight, but at least he was able to toss 5 frames because he was able to avoid being struck by a comeback liner. In tonight's 5 innings, Schmidt gave up 4 hits, 4 walks, and struck out 2. Overall, Schmidt has made two appearances for Albuquerque and compiled 7 2/3 innings of work, while allowing 9 hits, 4 runs, 2 homers, 4 walks and 2 strikeouts. Schmidt's ERA is 4.70 and he has yet to earn a pitching decision.

Claudio Vargas was the last rehab pitcher to take the mound in the game when he entered in the 7th inning. In the 8th inning, Vargas gave up back to back homers. In Vargas' two innings, he allowed 4 hits, 2 runs, walked none and struck out 3. Vargas has made four relief appearances, going 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA. In 13 innings, Vargas has allowed 12 hits, 5 runs, 3 homers, 2 walks and struck out 9.

'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque took three out of the four games in the series. The Royals and Isotopes finished their matchups at Isotopes Park for 2009 and each team won four games. Albuquerque travels for four games to Omaha next weekend to wrap up the season series. . . . 38,936 attended the series, the largest series home crowd for Albuquerque so far in 2009. With the huge interest over Manny Ramirez coming to town, do not be surprised if the Isotopes set an all-time largest series attendance mark this week. . . . Albuquerque has two walk-off wins in 2009. . . . The Isotopes are 2-4 in extra inning contests and 4-13 in one run contests in 2009. . . . At 35-35, the Isotopes are at the .500 mark for the first time since June 2nd. The Isotopes increased their division lead to 2.5 games with tonight's victory. . . . Luis Maza extended his hitting streak to 9 games with his 3 hit performance. . . . Jason Schmidt's five innings is the longest reliever outing the season for Albuquerque and Schmidt walked the most batters of any reliever in an outing with 4 walks. . . . Henry Bonilla's victory snapped a four-game losing streak. . . . The Isotopes wore special powder-blue jerseys and they were auctioned off to support prostate cancer research. The auction took in $3,199 and Chin-Lung Hu's jersey fetched the most at $310 while Dee Brown, J.D. Closser, and Charlie Haeger's jerseys took in the second most at $250 each. . . . Monday is a day off and will end up being the quiet before the storm as Manny Ramirez is expected to arrive in town and play in Tuesday's series opener against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (4-5, 3.45) for the Isotopes and LHP Manny Parra (0-0, 1.50) for the Sounds.
Filed 06/21/2009

June 20, 2009 - Isotopes (34-35)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Royals 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 4 9 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 1 X . 7 9 0
WP: Hyang-Nam Choi (2-0)
LP: Matt Wright (0-4)
SV: Scott Strickland (11)
Home Runs:
OMA Irving Falu (2) off Pinango in the 2nd inning
TIME: 2:27  ATT: 11,544
After spotting the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) to a four run lead after two innings, the Isotopes offense came to life, scoring 3 runs in the 3rd and 5th innings to obtain the lead in a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Saturday evening in front of a season-high crowd of 11,544.
In the first inning, J.R. House doubled with one out. Another out later, Scott Thorman drew a walk and Kila Kaaihue singled to load the bags before Cory Aldridge cleared them with a double as the Royals led 3-0.
Irving Falu solo-homered to right field in the 2nd inning to extend Omaha's lead to 4-0.
Albuquerque's offense started to go to work in the 3rd inning. Luis Maza singled and advanced to third base on Sergio Garcia's groundout. Jason Repko reached on a fielder's choice as Maza scored and Chin-Lung Hu doubled to drive in Repko. Blake DeWitt's single drove in Hu as the Isotopes trailed by a run at 4-3.
The Isotopes took the lead in the 5th inning. Garcia and Repko led off the inning with singles and scored on Hu's double which gave the Isotopes the lead. Hu advanced to thrid base on DeWitt's groundout and scored on Jamie Hoffman's sacrifice flyout.
The Isotopes tacked on an insurance run in the 8th innng. Dee Brown doubled with two outs, was replaced by pinch-runner Jovanny Rosario, and J.D. Closser singled to drive in Rosario.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 13 G, 54 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 10 K, 4 SB, .259 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Luis Maza singled to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . The series concludes with a Father's Day evening game in which the Isotopes are looking for the series win. In a very unusual situation, two rehabilitating pitchers will be facing each other as starting probables. LHP Will Ohman (0-0, 0.00) will start for Albuquerque, while the Royals will counter with RHP Sidney Ponson (0-0, 0.00).
Filed 06/20/2009

Manny Ramirez Coming to Albuquerque!

Dodgers manager Joe Torre made things official on Saturday, saying that Manny Ramirez has agreed to come to Albuquerque on Tuesday as part of a rehabilitation assignment if Manny does not have a setback to his plans on getting prepared to be reinstated on July 3rd. Torre would not confirm plans beyond Tuesday so it is unknown how many games Ramirez will play or what position he will play with the Isotopes in games against the Nashville Sounds. While batting during a recent workout, Ramirez was hit on the left hand by a curve ball. Ramirez says he is fine, but only time will tell if he got injured during the incident. The Dodgers are hoping for three games with the Isotopes, but it is up to Ramirez to decide how many games and where he wants to play his rehabiliation assignment games.
Filed 06/20/2009

June 19, 2009 - Isotopes (33-35)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Royals 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 . 4 10 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 3 1
WP: Bruce Chen (4-2)
LP: Dwayne Pollok (2-3)
Home Runs:
OMA Cory Aldridge (8) off Pollok in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:36  ATT: 8,213
After scoring 17 runs in the prior two games, the Isotopes offense hit a skid. Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) starter Bruce Chen tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout as the Royals defeated the Isotopes 4-0. Albuquerque snapped a three-game winning streak with the loss.
In the 4th inning, Cory Aldridge homered with two outs and J.R. House and Scott Thorman on base as the Royals took a 3-0 lead.
A trio of singles brought home Omaha's final run in the 6th inning. Thorman singled, advanced to third base on Aldridge's single, and scored on former-Isotope Tommy Murphy's single.
Chen was perfect into the 5th inning until Dee Brown reached on a two-out error, and the Isotopes were still no hit two outs into the 7th inning when Hector Luna came through with a single. Jamie Hoffman doubled to advance a hobbling Luna to third base before Brown foul popped out to end Albuquerque's best scoring chance of the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 12 G, 51 AB, 9 R, 13 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 BB, 9 K, 4 SB, .255 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: P James McDonald was recalled by the Dodgers on Friday and the Dodgers optioned P Travis Schlichting to Albuquerque. McDonald was scheduled to start tonight but was scratched due to the recall and Dwayne Pollok made the spot start. When Schlichting reports, he will be making his Triple-A level debut with the Isotopes because he went straight from Class-AA Chattanooga to the Dodgers a few weeks ago. . . . The speculation about Manny Ramirez's rehabiliatation assignment with Albuquerque has brought the fans in droves to the Isotopes Park Box Office. Lines formed at the box office for awhile before the box office opened on Friday morning and demand for tickets to the Tuesday-Friday series against Nashville has been so great that the Isotopes will be opening their box office at 8AM (instead of 10AM) each day through Tuesday. Isotopes media relations employees are taking press credential requests under the assumption Ramirez will be in Albuquerque. Isotopes management has been given no official word about Ramirez coming to town and judging by an article posted on MLB.com on Friday, it may not be until Tuesday until we find out exactly what Ramirez is going to do. The Dodgers are tentative to announce finalized plans because they apparently can only recommend and do not have authority to force Ramirez to do a rehab assignment and Ramirez does not seem to be in a hurry to announce his finalized rehabiliation assignment plans. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out nine times in 2009, tying a franchise record set in 2004 for the most times shut out in a season. . . . Omaha homered in the game, snapping a season-best eight game stretch in which Isotope pitching did not allow a homer. . . . The series continues on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Miguel Pinango (2-5, 7.43) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Wright (0-3, 7.09) for the Lil' Kings.
Filed 06/19/2009

June 18, 2009 - Isotopes (32-34)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Omaha Royals 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 6 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 1 0 0 6 0 0 X . 9 10 0
WP: Stephen Randolph (3-2)
LP: Robinson Tejeda (0-1)
SV: Claudio Vargas (1)
TIME: 2:27  ATT: 9,052
Isotopes starter Stephen Randolph allowed 3 hits and a run in 5 innings and the Isotopes once again came through with a big inning to put the game away in Albuquerque's 9-1 victory over the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) in the series opener on Thursday evening.
In the 2nd inning, J.D. Closser singled with one out and Juan Gonzalez and Sergio Garcia drew walks to load the bases. Kenley Jansen reached on a fielder's choice. Jansen's ball was fielded and thrown to home plate for the force out at home before Omaha catcher J.R. House threw the ball away towards first base to try to get Jansen out in a double play. On the wild throw error, Gonzalez and Garcia scored to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.
Jamie Hoffman singled and scored on Dee Brown's double in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 3-0.
Kila Kaaihue sacrifice flied out in the 4th inning as Omaha plated their only run of the game.
In Albuquerque's big 6th inning, Hoffman doubled and scored on Brown's single. Closser doubled and Gonzalez followed with a single that brought home Brown and Closser. Garcia doubled to put both runners in scoring position and Repko sacrifice flied out to bring home Gonzalez and Repko reached on an error on the play. An out later, Blake DeWitt singled to drive in Garcia and Repko as the Isotopes sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 11G, 47 AB, 9 R, 12 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 BB, 9 K, 4 SB, .255 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: With the Rookie-League Ogden Raptors about to begin play next Tuesday, the Isotopes appear to be summer cleaning their stash of players on the Ogden roster. P Miguel Pinango and IF Luis Maza were both placed back on the active Isotopes roster, leaving just P Brian Mazone on the Ogden roster. Unfortunately, that means some decisions had to be made on the Isotopes roster to make room for Pinango and Maza. IF Val Pascucci was released and P Shawn Estes decided to retire (voluntary retirement list). In 60 games with Albuquerque, Pascucci hit .207 (40x193) with 8 homers and 29 RBI. Estes went 3-4 with a 3.07 ERA. In 73 1/3 innings (13 starts), Estes tossed two complete games, allowed 73 hits, 27 runs (25 earned), walked 27 and fanned 40. . . . The Isotopes new relationship with the Dodgers in 2009 appears to be paying great dividends already. P Will Ohman joined the Isotopes on a rehabilitation assignment, making Ohman the fourth Dodger to be sent to Albuquerque to get some rehab work in. To put that figure in perspective, from 2005 to 2008, the Florida Marlins only sent four players to rehab in Albuquerque. . . . What a difference a day makes! In what could be another positive for the Isotopes/Dodgers relationship, an anonymous source who was not authorized to go on the record told the Los Angeles Times that Manny Ramirez will begin a rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday by joining the Isotopes for the four game homestand against the Nashville Sounds then take a day off before playing in three games for Class-A Inland Empire 66ers and then working out with the Dodgers on July 1st, traveling with the team to San Diego on July 2nd and then returning to the lineup on July 3rd against the Padres. It was reported yesterday by the Times that Ramirez's rehabilitation assignment would likely start Thursday with the Inland Empire squad but that does not appear to be the way things will work out. . . . Ohman made his first rehab relief appearance for Albuquerque and tossed a perfect inning. . . . Claudio Vargas made another rehab relief appearance for the Isotopes and tossed three innings to earn a three-inning save while allowing 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. . . . The victory snapped a three game losing streak to the Royals in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . Chin-Lung Hu went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 7 game hitting streak. . . . Stephen Randolph allowed a run in the 4th inning, bring to an end his 2009 team-best consecutive scoreless innings streak to 17 2/3 innings. . . . Isotopes pitching has not allowed a homer in their last 8 contests, setting a new season high. . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are RHP James McDonald (1-0, 3.26) for the Isotopes and LHP Bruce Chen (3-2, 3.80) for the Royals.
Filed 06/18/2009

Manny Ramirez Rehabiliation Assignment News

It appears ManRam might not be playing with Albuquerque, at least initially. Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that Dodgers manager Joe Torre says Ramirez would likely start his rehabilitation assignment with the Class-A Inland Empire 66ers on June 25th, mostly out of convenience as Ramirez would be able to drive from his Pasadena home to the ballpark each day. If finalized as the plan, that would rule out Ramirez beginning his assignment with the Isotopes on his first day of eligibility, June 23rd while the Isotopes are home. If Ramirez is to play for Albuquerque during his assignment, it would likely come July 1st or 2nd when the Isotopes return home to face the Memphis Redbirds. Assuming no Dodger rainouts or suspended games, Ramirez is eligible to be reinstated on July 3rd when the Dodgers visit the San Diego Padres.
Filed 06/17/2009

June 17, 2009 - Isotopes (32-34)

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

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 8 11 0
Memphis Redbirds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 4 1
WP: Charlie Haeger (8-4)
LP: Mitchell Boggs (2-3)
TIME: 2:19  ATT: 7,350
Isotopes knuckleballer Charlie Haeger tossed eight innings of three hit, one-run ball and his teammates erupted for seven runs in the 3rd inning to give him all the run support he would need as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 8-1 on Wednesday afternoon in the series finale. Albuquerque has won two straight games and returns home with a 1.5 game lead in their division.
Jarrett Hoffpauir walked, advanced to third on Brett Wallace's double, and scored on Allen Craig's sacrifice flyout as the Redbirds scored their only run of the game in the 1st inning.
Albuquerque tied it up in the 2nd inning - Val Pascucci walked, advanced to third base on Juan Gonzalez's ground-rule double and scored on Kenley Jansen's groundout.
Albuquerque regained the lead and put away the game in the 3rd inning. Jason Repko led off the frame by reaching on an error and advanced to third base on Chin-Lung Hu's single. Blake DeWitt followed with a single to drive in Repko and Hu. Jamie Hoffman struck out before Dee Brown singled and Pascucci doubled to bring home DeWitt. A wild pitch allowed Brown to score before Gonzalez singled to drive in Pascucci. Jansen singled to put runners on first and second and Haeger's sacrifice bunt advanced both runners into scoring position. Repko doubled to drive in Gonzalez and Jansen for the final runs of the inning. Albuquerque sent 11 batters to the plate that inning and scored 7 runs.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman:10 G, 43 AB, 7 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 BB, 8 K, 4 SB, .233 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Albuquerque took two out of the three games in the series and 22,796 attended at Autozone Park for a per-game average of 7,599. The series marked Albuquerque and Memphis' first games of the season against each other and they have 13 more games left to play in their season matchups. . . . The eight runs scored was the most the Isotopes scored in a game during the six-game roadtrip to Round Rock and Memphis. . . . Albuquerque did not allow a homer for the second straight series, thus making it the whole roadtrip without allowing Round Rock or Memphis to homer. . . . The Isotopes went 4-2 on the roadtrip with one game at Round Rock suspended due to rain/lightning and to be resumed in July in Round Rock. . . . Chin-Lung Hu had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Charlie Haeger continues to lead the team in victories, now at eight. . . . The Isotopes return home Thursday night for their longest homestand since late May - eight games. The first four games are against the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) and the 2009 Isotopes Baseball Card set will be released on Thursday. Probables are LHP Stephen Randolph (2-2, 6.40) for the Isotopes and LHP Heath Phillips (3-6, 6.41) for the Lil' Kings.
Filed 06/17/2009

June 16, 2009 - Isotopes (31-34)

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

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 . 2 5 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 1 4 0
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (4-5)
LP: Matthew Scherer (0-1)
SV: Scott Strickland (10)
Home Runs:
ALB Val Pascucci (8) off Scherer in the 8th inning
TIME: 2:30   ATT: 6,466
Giancarlo Alvarado tossed 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and a run while striking out 6, and Val Pascucci's 8th inning homer snapped a 1-1 tie as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 2-1 on Tuesday evening.
The game was scoreless until the 7th inning. Chin-Lung Hu singled, advanced to third base on Jamie Hoffman's single, and scored on Dee Brown's sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes led 1-0.
The Redbirds tied the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. Allen Craig walked and later scored on Bryan Anderson's double.
Pascucci deposited a pitch over the left-center field wall to lead off the 8th inning for the eventual game-winning run.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 9 G, 39 AB, 7 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 6 K, 4 SB, .256 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Mitch Jones finally made his major league debut on Tuesday evening. Jones, called up by the Yankees but did not play in one game before being sent down in 2006, had his contract purchased by the Dodgers on Tuesday and struck out swinging in a pinch-hit appearance against the Oakland Athletics. The Dodgers moved Jason Schmidt from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make 40-man roster room for Jones. No further word has been received about Schmidt returning to action and if he will remain on his rehabilitation assignment with Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque improved to 3-13 in one run contests in 2009. . . . The short series ends with a Wednesday afternoon contest. Probables are RHP Charlie Haeger (7-4, 4.18) for the Isotopes and RHP Mitchell Boggs (2-2, 4.46) for the Redbirds.
Filed 06/16/2009

June 15, 2009 - Isotopes (30-34)

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

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 3 9 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 X . 6 11 1
WP: Royce Ring (3-0)
LP: Henry Bonilla (2-5)
SV: Jess Todd (12)
Home Runs:
ALB Jason Repko (10) off MacLane in the 3rd inning
ALB Jason Repko (11) off MacLane in the 5th inning
TIME: 2:38  ATT: 8,980
The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) were in the midst of a six game losing streak and had their backs to the wall, down 3-1 with two outs in the 8th inning. The Isotopes bullpen then imploded, allowing the Redbirds to tally for five runs to take the lead and waste Jason Repko's two-homer effort as the Redbirds defeated the Isotopes 6-3 in the series opener in Memphis on Monday evening.
Repko solo homered in the 3rd inning to give the Isotopes a 1-0 lead.
Jon Jay drew a leadoff walk and later scored on Allen Craig's single in the 4th inning as the Redbirds tied the game at 1-1.
Isotopes starter Shawn Estes singled and scored on Jason Repko's homer in the 5th inning as the Isotopes regained the lead at 3-1.
The 8th inning was disastrous for the Isotopes. With two outs, Jarrett Hoffpauir walked, Brian Barden infield singled to deep shortstop and the rehabilitating Khalil Greene doubled on a fly ball to right field that Repko could not chase down in time, driving in Hoffpauir and Barden to tie the game. Craig flared a single into left field to bring home home Greene for the go-ahead run and Brett Wallace singled to left field and Donovan Solano infield singled in a comebacker that hit off of Isotopes reliever Carmen Cali to load the bases. Matt Pagnozzi singled to center to drive in Craig and Wallace and Solano was caught in a rundown between second and third base for the final out of the inning.
'TOPES NOTES: As anticipated, the PCL made it official on Monday by naming James McDonald the PCL Pitcher of the Week. McDonald made two starts, going 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA (1 ER in 14 IP) and struck out 23 batters. McDonald is the second Isotopes pitcher (and third Isotopes player) to win PCL weekly awards in 2009. . . . The Dodgers did a lot of roster work on their off-day Monday with a lot of it affecting the Isotopes. C A.J. Ellis was recalled again and it is expected to be another cup of coffee since it is expected Ellis will be sent back to Albuquerque when the Dodgers activate P Eric Milton from the DL early next week. C J.D. Closser was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque to take Ellis' roster spot. The Dodgers optioned OF Jamie Hoffman and IF Blake DeWitt to Albuquerque and the Dodgers have not announced yet what will happen with their currently free roster spot. Speculation is that Mitch Jones will be promoted to the Dodgers and that speculation makes sense since Jones did not play for Albuquerque on Monday evening. . . . By allowing a run in the 4th inning, the Isotopes finalized their franchise record for most innings pitched without allowing a run. The new franchise record is 28 innings. . . . The multi-homer game was Jason Repko's first of the season. . . . Albuquerque's offense may have suffered a loss in the game. Hector Luna grounded out to deep third in the 7th inning and appeared to have hurt himself about the time he crossed first base, either trying to give more effort to beat out the throw or trying to elude a tag. Luna had to be helped off the field and was replaced in the field the next half-inning. . . . Jason Bourgeois of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Bourgeois hit .520 (13x25) with 0 homers and 5 RBI during the week. . . . The series continues Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (3-5, 3.72) for the Isotopes and RHP Adam Ottavino (0-8, 5.67) for the Redbirds.
Filed 06/15/2009

June 14, 2009 - Isotopes (30-33)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 4 9 0
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 4 1
WP: James McDonald (1-0)
LP: Josh Muecke (1-6)
Home Runs:
ALB Hector Luna (13) off Muecke in the 1st inning
TIME: 2:29  ATT: 7,957

James McDonald solidified his campaign to earn PCL Pitcher of the Week honors tonight. McDonald tossed 7 innings, struck out a franchise record 13 batters and then Claudio Vargas added two rehabilitation assignment innings to combine with McDonald on a four-hit shutout of the Express in a 4-0 victory. Round Rock has been shut out in back-to-back nights.

Chin-Lung Hu singled and scored on Hector Luna's homer over the left field wall in the 1st inning as McDonald got all the runs he would need.

In the 3rd inning, Hu singled with one out and Luna was hit by a pitch. Mitch Jones doubled home Hu and Luna was thrown out at home plate on the play. Jones took third on the throw and scored on Juan Gonzalez's double as the Isotopes led 4-0.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
James McDonald 6 APP, 1-0, 3.26 ERA, 30.1 IP, 21 H, 11 ER, 14 BB, 40 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes took two out of the three games in the abbreviated series. 26,529 attended for a per-game average of 8,843. . . . The Isotopes did not allow a homer to Round Rock in the series, the fourth series of 2009 -- and the most in any season in franchise history - where the opponents did not homer. . . . James McDonald's numbers in his attempt to become the pitcher of the week: 14 innings pitched in two starts, 6 hits allowed, 1 run allowed, and 23 batters struck out. McDonald earned his first pitching decision tonight in his 6th start since being optioned from the Dodgers. . . . McDonald's 13 strikeouts eclipsed the previous franchise record of 12 strikeouts set by Aaron Small in 2004 and Rick VandenHurk in 2007. . . . Albuquerque pitching has tossed 24 1/3 innings without giving up a run, setting a new franchise mark. The previous record was 21 consecutive scoreless innings pitched in May 2006. . . . Isotopes pitching set a season-high with 14 batters struck out in the game. . . . Tonight was the third time in franchise history that Albuquerque has tossed shutouts in back-to-back games. . . . Albuquerque heads to Memphis for a three game series and hopefully the travel to Memphis through Dallas is better tomorrow than it was last June when Albuquerque traveled to Memphis through Dallas and had to postpone the series opener because of travel difficulties. If Albuquerque makes it to Memphis in time, the probables are LHP Shawn Estes (3-4, 3.22) for the Isotopes and LHP Evan MacLane (2-6, 3.76) for the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals).
Filed 06/14/2009

June 13, 2009 - Isotopes (29-33)

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

Dell Diamond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 3 8 0
Round Rock Express 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 1 0
WP: Stephen Randolph (2-2)
LP: Jeremy Johnson (4-4)
SV: Scott Strickland (9)
Home Runs:
ALB Mitch Jones (21) off Johnson in the 6th inning
TIME: 2:45  ATT: 9,030
A night after being shutout, the Isotopes returned the favor. Stephen Randolph and two relievers combined on a franchise record tying one-hit allowed effort and Mitch Jones homered and drove in all three Isotope runs as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 3-0 on Saturday evening. The victory snapped a four game losing streak and vaulted Albuquerque back into first place in the division.

In the 1st inning, Chin-Lung Hu singled with one out, stole second base and scored on Jones' double as the Isotopes led 1-0.

Juan Gonzalez singled and for good measure stole second base before Jones deposited a homer over the left field wall in the 6th inning to extend the lead to 3-0.
Randolph had a no hitter going through five innings. The no hitter was broken up by former Isotope Reggie Abercrombie who led off the 6th inning for Round Rock with a single.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes activated two pitchers for tonight's game. P Stephen Randolph and P Nick DeBarr were both transferred in a paper move from the Class-R Ogden roster, while P Miguel Pinango and P Brian Mazone were stashed on the Ogden roster. It may not be much longer that the Isotopes can temporarily inactivate players by stashing them on the Ogden roster as the real Ogden roster should start filling up with players just drafted and Ogden begins their season on June 23rd. . . . The Isotopes have never tossed a no hitter in franchise history and have one-hit opponents on five occasions, including twice in 2009. . . . Stephen Randolph seems to have found a groove as a starter rather than a reliever as he is in the midst of a 14 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings streak, all in innings tossed as a starter. . . . A few days ago, the PCL named their weekly award winners. John Bowker of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) won the PCL Hitter of the Week award for the second straight week. Bowker hit .500 (13x26) with 4 homers and 11 RBI. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Lindsay Gulin of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). Gulin made two starts during the week, tossing 14 scoreless innings and winning one of the starts. . . . The series concludes on Sunday evening. Probables are RHP James McDonald (0-0, 4.24) for the Isotopes and LHP Josh Muecke (1-5, 6.75) for the E-train.
Filed 06/13/2009

June 12, 2009 - Isotopes (28-33)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 3rd Place, -1.0 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 0 . 0 4 0
Round Rock Express 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X . 1 4 0
WP: Mark McLemore (1-2)
LP: Charlie Haeger (7-4)
SV: Brendan Donnelly (4)
TIME: 2:14  ATT: 9,542
Charlie Haeger turned in another great outing for Albuquerque, allowing 1 run and 4 hits in 7 innings, but the effort was not good enough as the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) took a 1-0 victory over Albuquerque. The Isotopes have dropped their last four games and fell out of first place in the division.
The Express scored their lone run in the 2nd inning. Chris Johnson led off the inning with a single. Two outs later, Johnson advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Jason Smith's double to right field.
Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity came in the 5th inning. With one out, Juan Gonzalez walked and advanced to second base on Haeger's sacrifice bunt. Luis Maza roped a single up the middle and Gonzalez either ran through a stop sign at third base or wasn't given a stop sign and was thrown out by a mile at Home Plate. Round Rock television announcers said a Dodgers Rookie-level hitting coach was in the third base coaches box and did not appear to give a sign to Gonzalez that would clearly indicate whether to stop or go ahead towards home. Albuquerque hitting coach John Moses usually works the third base coaching box during games against National League affiliated opponents while manager Tim Wallach strategizes things from the bench.
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers assigned P Claudio Vargas to Albuquerque to begin a rehabilitation assignment. Vargas appeared in the game in relief and tossed a perfect inning. . . . Last night's suspended game is scheduled to be resumed on July 21st, not on Saturday as originally planned. No reason was given for the change and weather does not seem to be a deciding factor unless it is related to playing nearly 14 innings between the completion and regularly scheduled game in near triple-digit temperatures. . . . Albuquerque has lost both of their 1-0 contests played in 2009 and all-time, the Isotopes are 4-8. The one run loss also worsens Albuquerque's record in games decided by a run to 2-13 so far in 2009. . . . The Isotopes' June swoon has knocked them out of first place for the first time since May 4th and they are a season-worst five games below the .500 mark. . . . Albuquerque has been shut out eight times in 2009, the most in a season since 2004. . . . Luis Maza had two of Albuquerque's four hits and extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Mitch Jones went homerless, snapping a streak of four games with a homer. . . . The Isotopes are 3-8 on Fridays, their worst record day of the week. . . . Tonight's loss snapped Charlie Haeger's four game winning streak. . . . On Saturday evening, Albuquerque LHP Stephen Randolph (1-2, 7.86) is expected to face Round Rock RHP Jeremy Johnson (4-3, 2.68). The game can be viewed on Round Rock's website (www.roundrockexpress.com) for free.
Filed 06/12/2009

June 11, 2009 - Suspended, Rain

After a day off on Wednesday, the Isotopes had a difficult travel day getting to Round Rock and the game started about 45 minutes late. In the bottom of the 2nd inning with the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) batting, rains and lightning arrived at Dell Diamond and after a rain delay, the game was suspended with the score 0-0. The game will be resumed on Saturday, ahead of that day's regularly scheduled game. Probables for Friday evening's contest are RHP Charlie Haeger (7-3, 4.46) for the Isotopes and LHP Mark McLemore (0-2, 10.15) for the Express. 'TOPES NOTES: According to the Isotopes blog, here is how the travel woes went down. The Isotopes left the Sunport bound for Dallas, Texas at 6:50 am. Severe weather in the Dallas area forced the flight to divert to Lubbock, Texas. The flight eventually was diverted to Houston. With the weather keeping the Isotopes from getting a flight to Austin until Friday, Isotopes General Manager John Traub was determined not to get the team to Austin and not have to have the Express cancel the game due to travel problems. Traub was able to book a charter jet and the Isotopes flew to Austin. The Express had a bus waiting for them at the airport and the team drove directly to the ballpark. Had the game been cancelled due to travel, it would have been only the second time in Isotopes history that a game was postponed due to Albuquerque's travel problems. Almost to the day last year (June 17, 2008), the Isotopes were traveling to Memphis and bad weather in Dallas delayed a connecting flight to Memphis. Memphis Redbirds management was not as patient as the Express, electing to postpone the game rather than have their fans wait through an hour delay before starting the game.
Filed 06/11/2009

June 9, 2009 - Isotopes (28-32)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 . 4 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 6 1
WP: Elizardo Ramirez (3-4)
LP: Shawn Estes (3-4)
SV: Warner Madrigal (4)
Home Runs:

ALB Mitch Jones (20) off Madrigal in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:26  ATT: 6,210
Mitch Jones belted his 20th homer of the season, but it was not enough as the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 4-2 in the series finale on Tuesday afternoon at "The Lab". Albuquerque has dropped three straight games.
Oklahoma City's Emerson Frostad doubled home Royce Huffman in the 2nd inning and Julio Borbon walked and scored on Joaquin Arias' double in the 3rd inning as the Redhawks led 2-0.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Val Pascucci drew a one out walk, advanced to second base on Sergio Garcia's single, and scored on Chin-Lung Hu's single to right field as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard and trailed 2-1.
Max Ramirez singled home Arias in the 5th inning and Borbon doubled and scored on Arias' single in the 7th inning as the Redhawks extended the lead to 4-1.
Jones solo homered in the bottom of the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
'TOPES NOTES: Accidentally left out of yesterdays "'Topes Notes" was the hot dog count. On the final 50 cent Hog Dog Night of the season last night, a record 37,669 hot dogs were consumed. With an attendance of 11,010, that makes 3.42 hot dogs consumed per fan on average. The previous record mark was 35,468 set on June 11, 2003. . . . Mitch Jones homered in all four games of the series, setting an Isotope season high for consecutive games with a homer. Jones has three more games to go to tie the Isotope franchise record. . . . The Redhawks took three out of the four games in the series from the Isotopes. 33,648 attended the series for a per-game average of 8,412. The Isotopes saw their 200,000th fan of the season come through the turnstiles during the series. . . . The Isotopes are four games below .500, tying for their season worst below-water mark and are in a three-way tie for the lead in the division with the Redhawks and the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). . . . The Isotopes have completed 7 of their 12 divisional series matchups for 2009 and their division record is 15-13. . . . After a day off on Wednesday, the Isotopes being a seven game road trip with the first four games in Round Rock, Texas agains the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). Probables in the opener Thursday evening are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (3-5, 3.72) for the Isotopes and RHP Yorman Bazardo (7-2, 2.45) for the E-train.
Filed 06/09/2009

June 8, 2009 - Isotopes (28-31)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 . 5 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 . 4 11 1
WP: Beau Vaughan (3-2)
LP: Scott Strickland (0-1)
SV: Clayton Hamilton (1)
Home Runs:
OKC Esteban German (3) off McDonald in the 1st inning

ALB Mitch Jones (19) off Corey in the 6th inning
ALB Jason Repko (9) off Corey in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:31  ATT: 11,010
On 50 cent Hog Dog Night at Isotopes Park, if the hot dogs did not give the season-best 11,010 fans indigestion, the ending of the game did. Isotopes closer Scott Strickland had a 4-1 lead in the 9th inning looking for the save and gave up four runs as the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) came from behind to defeat the Isotopes 5-4. Even with the loss, the Isotopes remain in a first place tie in the division.
The two clubs exchanged solo homers over the first two frames. Esteban German homered with two out in the 1st inning for Oklahoma City, while Jason Repko came through for the hometown nine in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 1-1.
Albuquerque took the lead in the 4th inning. Hector Luna doubled, Mitch Jones singled, and Dee Brown lifted a sacrifice fly to bring Luna home. An out later, Jones stole second base and scored on A.J. Ellis' single as the Isotopes took a 3-1 advantage.
Jones solo homered in the 6th inning to extend the lead to 4-1.
In the 9th inning, Strickland yielded a leadoff triple past a diving Repko to Greg Golson and Steven Murphy singled to right field to drive in Golson. After Jose Vallejo struck out, pinch-hitter Casey Benjamin drew a walk. Julio Borbon lined a shot up the middle past a diving Jovanny Rosario and the ball rolled up Isotopes Hill. The play was ruled a single and an error with Murphy scoring on the single and Benjamin and Borbon scoring on the error as the Redhawks claimed a 5-4 lead.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
James McDonald 5 APP, 0-0, 4.24 ERA, 23.1 IP, 19 H, 11 ER, 13 BB, 27 K, 2 HR
'TOPES NOTES: C/IF Danny Ardoin was placed on the disabled list with a strained right calf on Monday, an injury Ardoin suffered in Sunday late afternoon's contest. IF Juan Gonzalez was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque. . . . James McDonald continues not to receive a pitching decision. In his fifth start since his option to Albuquerque, McDonald went 7 innings, allowed 4 hits and a run, walked 2 and struck out an Isotope starter season-best 10 batters. . . . Mitch Jones has homered in his last three games, tying his feat from earlier in the season when he had homers in three straight contests. . . . Isotopes Hitting Coach John Moses earned his first ejection of the year. Moses was ejected by First Base umpire Mark Ripperger in the 9th inning. . . . The Isotopes worsened their record to 2-12 in games decided by one run. . . . The Isotopes and Redhawks conclude the series with a 12:05 pm start on Tuesday. Probables are LHP Shawn Estes (3-3, 3.15) for the Isotopes and RHP Elizardo Ramirez (2-4, 4.41) for the Redhawks.
Filed 06/08/2009

June 7, 2009 - Isotopes (28-30)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 . 10 18 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 . 7 13 2
WP: Warner Madrigal (1-0)
LP: Henry Bonilla (2-4)
Home Runs:
ALB Mitch Jones (18) off Rupe in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:31  ATT: 6,757
The Isotopes grabbed an early 2-0 lead, then shortly fell behind four runs, then clawed their way back to tie the game and send it to extra innings only to give up three runs in the 10th inning as the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 10-7 on late Sunday afternoon at "The Lab". Albuquerque fell back into a tie for first place in the division with the loss.
Hector Luna singled with two outs and scored on Mitch Jones' 18th homer of the season as the Isotopes quickly led 2-0.
In the top of the 2nd inning, Greg Golson singled and scored on Jose Vallejo's double. Steven Murphy tripled to drive in Vallejo and Murphy later scored on Julio Borbon's single as the Redhawks led 3-2.
Oklahoma City added to the lead in the 4th inning. Vallejo bunt singled with one out and advanced to second base on an error during the play. Murphy singled to put runners on the corners and Joaquin Arias doubled them home. Borbon's single brought Arias home as the Redhawks led 6-2.
In the 4th inning, Jason Repko was hit by a pitch, A.J. Ellis singled Repko to second base, and Danny Ardoin doubled home Repko as the Isotopes halved the defecit at 6-3.
Murphy scored on a groundout in the 6th inning as the Redhawks scored their 7th run.
The Isotopes started to make their comeback in the 7th inning. Luis Maza doubled and Chin-Lung Hu singled. Luna's single drove in Maza with Hu advancing to second base and Jones flew out with Hu tagging up to third base. A passed ball advanced Luna to second base before Dee Brown grounded out with Hu scoring as the Isotopes trailed 7-5.
The Isotopes tied the game in the 8th inning. Ellis drew a leadoff walk and Ardoin singled. Jovanny Rosario laid down a sacrifice bunt as both runners advanced into scoring position. Maza reached base and advanced to second on a fielder's choice as Ellis was caught straying too far off third base on the way to scoring and got caught in a rundown. Ardoin made it to third base successfully and Hu's single brought home Ardoin and Maza.
After a scoreless 9th inning for both teams, Oklahoma City's Murphy doubled to lead off the 10th frame and advanced to third base on Arias' sacrifice bunt. Borbon doubled to bring home Murphy and Casey Benjamin walked. A wild pitch advanced Benjamin to second base and Borbon scored on an error during the play. Esteman German then doubled to drive in Benjamin as the Redhawks led 10-7. The Isotopes went in order in the bottom of the 10th inning to end the game.
'TOPES NOTES: Dodgers pitcher (and former Isotope) Eric Milton was placed on the Disabled List and IF Blake DeWitt was recalled from Albuquerque. On the Isotopes roster, catcher Kenley Jansen was activated to take DeWitt's roster spot. . . . The Isotopes are 1-4 in extra inning contests. . . . As snazzy as the Sunday home Dodger-like uniforms are, the Isotopes should burn them as Albuquerque is 1-4 in games in which they wear that special alternate uniform. . . . The loss snapped a six-game winning streak against the Redhawks in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes have lost eight contests when their opponents score the game-winning runs in their last at-bats. The Redhawks were the opponent in three of those. . . . Jovanny Rosario went hitless to snap a five-game hitting streak. . . . The series continues on Monday evening with the last 50-Cent Hot Dog Night of the season. Probables are RHP James McDonald (0-0, 5.51) for the Isotopes and RHP Guillermo Moscoso (1-0, 1.50) for the Redhawks.
Filed 06/07/2009

June 6, 2009 - Isotopes (28-29)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oklahoma Redhawks 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 . 3 10 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 4 4 4 0 1 X . 14 21 2
WP: Charlie Haeger (7-3)
LP: Brian Gordon (4-2)
Home Runs:

ALB Mitch Jones (17) off Gordon in the 4th inning
ALB Luis Maza (2) off Bannister in the 5th inning

TIME: 3:20  ATT: 9,671
The Isotopes returned to Isotopes Park for a homestand on Saturday evening, fresh off a five game series in New Orleans in which the team only scored 11 runs total in the five games. The home cooking must have been great as the Isotopes lumber woke up, pounding out a season-high 21 hits and scoring 14 runs as Albuquerque thumped the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 14-3.
Luis Maza doubled and scored a couple of outs later on Mitch Jones' double in the 1st inning as the Isotopes were first on the scoreboard.
Esteban German drove in Kevin Richardson in the 3rd inning to the game at 1-1.
The game remained deadlocked until the Isotopes 4th inning. With two outs, Maza and Chin-Lung Hu singled and Hector Luna walked to load the bags and Jones cleared them with a monster grand-slam homer to left field as Albuquerque took a commanding 5-1 lead.
In the 5th inning, A.J. Ellis drew a leadoff walk and scored on Danny Ardoin's double. Ardoin took third on the throw attempt to the plate to try to get Ellis out and then Ardoin scored on Sergio Garcia's single. One out later, Maza two-run homered as the Isotopes extended the lead to 9-1.
Oklahoma City scored their final two runs in the 6th inning on Royce Huffman's single.
In the home half of the 6th inning, Ellis and Garcia walked and Jovanny Rosario reached on an error to load the bases. Maza singled home Ellis and Garcia and Hu singled home Rosario and Maza as the Isotopes led 13-3.
Garcia drove in Luna in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.
'TOPES NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 33 minutes due to a pre-game concert running long. . . . Isotopes starter Charlie Haeger allowed 9 hits and 3 runs in 6 innings. Haeger's 7th victory puts him in a first-place tie among league leaders in victories and Haeger is riding a four-game winning streak. . . . Mitch Jones' 17th homer puts him in a second-place tie among league leaders in homers. Jones' grand-slam was the third Isotope grand-slam of the season. . . . Luis Maza and Jones were both a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and both had 4 hits in the game. . . . Maza tied a franchise record with four runs scored in the game. . . . A.J. Ellis walked four times in the game, tying a franchise record. . . . The Isotopes are a perfect 10-0 in games in which they score 10 or more runs. . . . Albuquerque has won their last four games against the Redhawks and the last six games against the Redhawks in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . The 11 run winning margin was the largest of the season for Albuquerque. . . . Val Pascucci was the lone Isotope batter without a hit in the game, going 0x6 with 3 strikeouts. . . . The Isotopes potentially could have made the game much more of a blowout as 16 Isotopes were left on base. . . . The series continues on late Sunday afternoon with an unusual 4:05 PM start time. Probables are RHP Miguel Pinango (2-5, 6.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Josh Rupe (0-3, 7.97) for the Redhawks.
Filed 06/06/2009

June 5, 2009 - Isotopes (27-29)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st Place, +0.0 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 6 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 X . 2 6 2
WP: Clay Hensley (2-1)
LP: Giancarlo Alvarado (3-5)
SV: Nate Field (5)
TIME: 2:42  ATT: 7,975
In the series finale Friday evening in New Orleans, Clay Hensley and two relievers combined on a shutout of the Isotopes and the Isotopes fell out of sole possession of first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division with a 2-0 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins).
In the 5th inning, Zephyrs starter Hensley doubled and advanced to third base on John Raynor's sacrifice bunt. Gookie Dawkins' single brought Hensley home before Dawkins moved up to second base on a groundout and scored on John Lindsey's double as the Zephyrs led 2-0.
'TOPES NOTES: In a paper move, P Stephen Randolph was transferred to Class-R Ogden and P Scott Strickland was transferred from Ogden to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes and Zephyrs concluded their season series at Zephyr Field with tonight's contest. New Orleans took four out of the five games in the just-concluded series and each team won four games in the eight-game season series at Zephyr Field. All-time, New Orleans has a 28-26 advantage at Zephyr Field. New Orleans and Albuquerque play four more times at Isotopes Park to conclude the overall season series. . . . Albuquerque has been shutout seven times, the most in a season since 2004 when the Isotopes were shut out nine times. . . . The Isotopes have fallen into a first place tie for the first time since May 6th - currently tied with the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). . . . Albuquerque's offense was rather quiet during the five-game series against the Zephyrs. The Isotopes scored 11 runs during the series and only homered twice. . . . Zephyrs outfielder Cameron Maybin was ejected by First Base umpire Jeff Latter in the 5th inning. . . . The Isotopes return home to Isotopes Park for a quick four-game series. Albuquerque's goals for the series should be to start making Isotopes Park a homefield advantage since most of the second half will be played at "The Lab" as well as try to get back into first place outright. Probables in the opener are knuckleballer RHP Charlie Haeger (6-3, 4.59) for the Isotopes and RHP Tommy Hunter (1-2, 4.82) for the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers).
Filed 06/05/2009

June 4, 2009 -DH2- Isotopes (27-28)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 10 0
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 3 0
WP: Stephen Randolph (1-2)
LP: Daniel Barone (2-6)
SV: Henry Bonilla (3)
TIME: 1:54  ATT: 3,944
Stephen Randolph, Dwayne Pollok, and Henry Bonilla combined on a three-hit shutout of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) as the Isotopes defeated the Zephyrs 2-0 to earn a split of the doubleheader. The victory snapped an Albuquerque three-game losing streak.
Albuquerque scored all their runs in the 2nd inning. Danny Ardoin and Sergio Garcia started the inning with singles and Garcia was erased from the basepaths when Jovanny Rosario reached on a fielder's choice. Rosario stole second base to put both baserunners in scoring position and Isotopes starter Randolph helped his cause with a single to drive in Ardoin. Rosario advanced to third on the play and scored on Luis Maza's double.
'TOPES NOTES: The Isotopes have split both doubleheaders they have played in 2009, both on this roadtrip. . . . Albuquerque is 7-2 in contests decided by two runs. . . . Albuquerque pitching has tossed three shutouts so far in 2009. . . . Danny Ardoin made the most of his few plate appearances in the normal shortened doubleheader game. Ardoin went 3x3 with a double and a run scored. . . . Stephen Randolph has allowed just a hit in three of his spot starts - a three inning start in Fresno on May 16th, a four inning start in the second game of a doubleheader on May 30th in Oklahoma City, and a five inning start in the second game of a doubleheader tonight. . . . The series (and Albuquerque's roadtrip) concludes on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (3-4, 3.73) for the Isotopes and RHP Clay Hensley (1-1, 6.30) for the Zephyrs.
Filed 06/04/2009

June 4, 2009 -DH1- Isotopes (26-28)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 4 1
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 3 0 0 0 0 X . 3 7 0
WP: Rick VandenHurk (2-0)
LP: Shawn Estes (3-3)
SV: Nate Field (4)
Home Runs:
NRL Jai Miller (2) off Estes in the 2nd inning

TIME: 1:45
In the first game of a doubleheader, it was a pair of former Isotopes who did in their former team. New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) starting pitcher Rick VandenHurk tossed six innings of one run, 3-hit ball and Jai Miller gave the Zephyrs all the runs they would need with one swing of the bat as the Zephyrs defeated the Isotopes 3-2.
In the 1st inning, back-to-back two-out doubles from Blake DeWitt and Hector Luna gave Albuquerque a 1-0 advantage.
In New Orleans' 2nd inning, Miller homered with one out and John Lindsey and Andy Gonzalez on base as the Zephyrs led 3-1.
The Isotopes tried to mount a 7th inning comeback. Luna walked to lead off the frame and Mitch Jones and Val Pascucci followed with strikeouts. Luna advanced to second base on defensive indifference and took third base on a wild pitch before A.J. Ellis drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Sergio Garcia came in to pinch-run for Ellis and Jovanny Rosario singled to drive in Luna. Pinch-hitter Luis Maza then struck out swinging to end the threat and the game.
'TOPES NOTES: Isotopes starter Shawn Estes tossed his second complete game in a row, both in the first game of a doubleheader and both were losses. Estes allowed 3 runs and 7 hits in his 6 innings. . . . The Isotopes record fell to 2-11 in ballgames decided by one run.
Filed 06/04/2009

June 3, 2009 - Isotopes (26-27)

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

Zephyr Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 . 4 9 1
New Orleans Zephyrs 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 . 5 7 1
WP: Jay Buente (1-0)
LP: Henry Bonilla (2-3)
Home Runs:
ALB Hector Luna (12) off Collazo in the 5th inning
ALB Val Pascucci (7) off Santos in the 6th inning

NRL Dave Matranga (4) off McDonald in the 2nd inning

TIME: 2:40  ATT: 2,525
Val Pascucci's 6th inning two-run homer capped Albuquerque's comeback and gave them a lead, but the Zephyrs chipped away, culminating in John Lindsey getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) a 5-4 victory over Albuquerque on Wednesday evening. Albuquerque has dropped two straight games, both in walk-off fashion.
One swing of the bat gave the Zephyrs a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Andy Gonzalez doubled with one out, Brett Hayes drew a walk an out later, and Dave Matranga three-run homered.
Hector Luna solo homered in the 5th inning to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard.
In the 6th inning, Blake DeWitt reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Luna's triple. Pascucci followed with a two-run homer to give Albuquerque a 4-3 lead.
New Orleans tied the game in the 7th inning. Matranga walked to lead off the inning and later scored on former-Isotope Michael Ryan's single.
Isotopes reliever Henry Bonilla entered the game in the 9th inning looking to preserve the 4-4 tie and send the game to extras. After Matranga struck out, pinch-hitter John Raynor singled and Cameron Maybin followed with a single. Gookie Dawkins flew out for the second out and Ryan was intentionally walked to load the bases. Lindsey was then hit by a pitch to bring home Raynor with the game winning run.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
James McDonald 4 APP, 0-0, 5.51 ERA, 16.1 IP, 15 H, 10 ER, 11 BB, 17 K, 1 HR
'TOPES NOTES: After winning the first seven games of the season matchup with the Zephyrs, the Isotopes have lost the last two. . . . James McDonald has made four appearances with the Isotopes after being optioned from the Dodgers and has yet to earn a pitching decision. . . . After not having allowed a homer to the opposition in a season high 7 games, Albuquerque pitching allowed a homer to the Zephyrs tonight. . . . John Lindsey has won the game for the Zephyrs in walk off fashion in both games of the series. Yesterday, it was a bottom of the 10th inning single and tonight it was getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. . . . The Isotopes and Zephyrs play a doubleheader on Thursday to make up for a postponed game from April 27th as well as play the regularly scheduled game for Thursday. Probables are LHP Shawn Estes (3-2, 3.00) for Albuquerque and RHP Rick VandenHurk (1-0, 1.80) for the Zephyrs in Game 1, and LHP Stephen Randolph (0-2, 9.70) for the Isotopes and RHP Daniel Barone (2-5, 5.72) for the Zephyrs in Game 2. Both VandenHurk and Barone are former Isotopes.
Filed 06/03/2009

June 2, 2009 - Isotopes (26-26)

PCL American Conf. Southern Division, 1st 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 1 2 0 0 . 3 7 1
New Orleans Zephyrs 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 4 13 3
WP: Levale Speigner (3-1)
LP: Dwayne Pollok (2-2)
TIME: 3:00  ATT: 2,247
After mounting a later inning comeback against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins), the Isotopes allowed a run in the 10th inning as the Zephyrs defeated Albuquerque 4-3 in the series opener in Metarie, Louisiana on Tuesday. The loss snapped an Isotopes seven game winning streak in games against the Zephyrs.
New Orleans scored a quick three runs in the 1st inning. With two outs and former-Isotope Manuel Mayorson on second base and Cameron Maybin on first base, former-Isotope Michael Ryan singled to drive them in. An error on the play allowed Ryan to advance to second base and Ryan came around to score on Andy Gonzalez's single.
After being stymied for six innings by Zephyrs starter John Koronka, the Isotopes were able to break through with a run in the 7th inning. Hector Luna tripled and scored on Dee Brown's groundout.
With Chris Mobley on the mound for the Zephyrs in the 8th inning, Albuquerque tacked on two more runs to tie the game. Sergio Garcia doubled and scored on Luis Maza's single. Maza advanced to second base on an error during the play and moved to third base on Chin-Lung Hu's sacrifice bunt. After Blake DeWitt walked, Maza scored on Luna's fielder's choice.
Dwayne Pollok entered the game in relief in the 10th inning for Albuquerque and allowed a one-out walk to Matt Craig. Maybin followed with a single before John Lindsey singled home the game winning run.
'TOPES NOTES: In paper moves, C Kenley Jansen and P Nick DeBarr were assigned to Class-R Ogden to free up roster room as P Miguel Pinango was transferred from Ogden to Albuquerque and C A.J. Ellis reported to Albuquerque after being optioned from the Dodgers. . . . The Isotopes are 1-3 in extra inning games in 2009. . . . The 2,247 fans in Metarie was the smallest crowd the Isotopes have played in front of in 2009. . . . New Orleans' John Kornoka allowed a run and 3 hits in 7 innings to the Isotopes. . . . John Bowker of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Bowker hit .538 (14x26) with 2 homers and 7 RBI during the week. . . . Yorman Bazardo of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Bazardo made two starts, went 2-0, and did not allow a run in 17 innings while striking out 12. . . . The Isotopes look to get back to winning on Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP James McDonald (0-0, 5.56) for the Isotopes and LHP Willie Collazo (4-2, 4.44) for the Zephyrs.
Filed 06/02/2009

June 1, 2009 - Isotopes (26-25)

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

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 . 4 6 1
Oklahoma City Redhawks 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 . 2 4 0
WP: Charlie Haeger (6-3)
LP: Omar Poveda (0-1)
TIME: 2:07  ATT: 3,504
Albuquerque knuckleballer Charlie Haeger tossed a four-hit complete game to earn his team best 6th victory and Danny Ardoin laced a key run-scoring single as the Isotopes left Oklahoma City with a 4-2 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) on Monday afternoon. Albuquerque has won their last three games.
Ardoin walked to lead off the 3rd inning and advanced to second base on Jovanny Rosario's sacrifice bunt. Ardoin advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Luis Maza's fielder's choice as the Isotopes led 1-0.
In the 4th inning, Hector Luna walked, Val Pascucci doubled and Ardoin singled into left field to bring them home as the Isotopes led 3-0. Those runs would prove to be the eventual game winning runs.
Brown singled and later scored on Ardoin's single in the 6th inning to extend the lead to 4-0.
Haeger lost his shutout in the 7th inning. With one out, Royce Huffman singled and scored on Emerson Frostad's triple. Joaquin Arias followed with a sacrifice fly to bring Frostad home with the final run of the game.
'TOPES NOTES: With the Dodgers activating P Hiroki Kuroda from the disabled list on Monday, C A.J. Ellis was optioned to Albuquerque. In paper moves, P Charlie Haeger was transferred from Class-R Ogden to make the start and P Scott Strickland was transferred to Ogden. . . . Albuquerque and Oklahoma City finished up their AT-T Bricktown Ballpark portion of the 2009 schedule with today's game. The Isotopes took 3 out of the 5 games in the series (22,585 attended) and 5 out of the 8 games played in Oklahoma City. All-time in Oklahoma City, the Redhawks have a 34-21 advantage. . . . Charlie Haeger has tossed two of the three Albuquerque complete games in 2009. . . . Albuquerque pitching did not allow a homer in a five-game series for the first time in franchise history. . . . The Isotopes conclude the roadtrip with yet another five games in four days series as they travel to New Orleans to face the Zephyrs (AAA Marlins). The doubleheader to make up a postponement from earlier in the season will occur on the third day of the series. Probables in the opener are RHP Miguel Pinango (2-5, 7.36) for the Isotopes and LHP John Koronka (3-1, 2.93) for the Zephyrs.
Filed 06/01/2009

May 31, 2009 - Isotopes (25-25)

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

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 2 0 1 3 0 0 2 . 8 12 0
Oklahoma City Redhawks 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 . 3 7 1
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (3-4)
LP: Neftali Perez (2-3)
Home Runs:
ALB Hector Luna (10) off Ramirez in the 6th inning
ALB Hector Luna (11) off Hinckley in the 9th inning
ALB Dee Brown (12) off Hinckley in the 9th inning
TIME: 2:52  ATT: 4,246
Hector Luna homered twice, including an inside-the-park homer, in Albuquerque's 8-3 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon.
In the 3rd inning, Chin-Lung Hu doubled, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on Blake DeWitt's triple. After Luna walked, Dee Brown singled home DeWitt to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.
Brown singled, stole second base, and scored on Sergio Garcia's single in the 5th inning to extend the lead to 3-0.
Emerson Frostad singled and scored on Greg Golson's triple in the home half of the inning to get the Redhawks on the scoreboard.
The Isotopes added more runs to the scoreboard in the 6th inning. Jovanny Rosario singled and two outs later scored on DeWitt's double. Luna followed with a two-run homer down the left field line to make it 6-1 Albuquerque.
Brandon Boggs and Casey Benjamin singled home runs in the bottom of the 6th inning as Oklahoma City plated their final two runs of the game.
Luna started off the 9th inning with an inside the park homer - Redhawks center fielder Julio Borbon tried to make diving catch on the ball but missed and the ball rolled to the wall while Luna flew around the bases. Borbon was hurt on the play and had to leave the game. Brown followed with a homer for the final run of the game.
'TOPES NOTES: Hector Luna's inside-the-park homer was Albuquerque's 10th in franchise history and the first since Lorenzo Scott on June 12, 2008. Of the 10 inside-the-park homers, two of them were done on the road and surprisingly five of them were done in back-to-back homer situations. . . . Luna became the third Isotope to belt 10 or more homers in 2009. . . . Albuquerque finished May with a 15-15 record, 8-7 at home and 7-8 on the road. Other May stats: .277 team batting average, 4.70 team ERA, 176 runs scored, 45 stolen bases, and 40 homers hit. . . . The Isotopes conclude their series on Monday afternoon. Albuquerque's probable is knuckleballer RHP Charlie Haeger (5-3, 4.99). Luis Mendoza was scheduled to pitch for the Redhawks, but he came down with strep throat and was placed on the Disabled List. Omar Poveda was brought up from Class-AA and will make his Triple-A debut for the Redhawks.
Filed 05/31/2009

May 30, 2009-DH2-Isotopes (24-25)

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

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 . 2 7 0
Oklahoma City Redhawks 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 1 1
WP: Erick Threets (1-0)
LP: Beau Vaughan (2-2)
SV: Scott Strickland (8)
Home Runs:
ALB Mitch Jones (16) off Vaughan in the 7th inning
TIME: 2:35  ATT: 9,203
With two outs in the 7th inning and things looking like Albuquerque would lose both ends of a doubleheader by a 1-0 score, pinch-hitter Mitch Jones stepped up to the plate and homered, tying the game at 1-1 and moments later the eventual game-winning run would be scored as Albuquerque defeated the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) to earn a split of the doubleheader. The victory snapped a three game losing streak.

Julio Borbon walked, stole second and third bases and scored on Brandon Boggs' sacrifice flyout in the1st inning as the Redhawks led 1-0.

The Redhawks made that stand until the 7th inning. Jones homered to left field and Jovanny Rosario followed with a single and ended up on second base due to an error on the play. Luis Maza followed with a single up the middle to bring home Rosario with what would be the game winning run. Isotopes closer Scott Strickland struck out the side in the bottom of the 7th inning to preserve the Isotope victory.
'TOPES NOTES: Lost in Mitch Jones' heroics was the fact that Stephen Randolph, Erick Threets, and Scott Strickland combined on a one hitter, tying a franchise record for the fewest hits Isotopes pitchers have allowed in a game, last accomplished during the 2006 season. . . . The doubleheader was to make up a game postponed on May 5th in Oklahoma City as well as play Saturday's regularly scheduled contest. . . . Jones' pinch-hit homer was the first Isotope pinch-hit homer since Michael Ryan's on August 22, 2008 against New Orleans and the tenth franchise pinch-hit homer. . . . Albuquerque has scored the game winning runs in their last at-bats three times and Luis Maza's game winning RBI occurred in two of those. . . . Albuquerque improved to 2-8 in one run contests with their game two victory. . . . There were four doubleheaders played in the Pacific Coast League on Saturday and all of them resulted in splits. . . . The series continues on Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (2-4, 3.63) for the Isotopes and RHP Neftali Perez (2-2, 3.93) for the Redhawks.
Filed 05/30/2009

May 30, 2009-DH1-Isotopes (23-25)

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

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 3 0
Oklahoma City Redhawks 0 0 0 0 1 0 X . 1 4 0
WP: Doug Mathis (4-2)
LP: Shawn Estes (3-2)
TIME: 1:33 
In the first game of a doubleheader, Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) starter Doug Mathis tossed a three-hit shutout, outdueling Shawn Estes as the Redhawks took a 1-0 victory in the shortest doubleheader game in Isotopes franchise history.
The lone run was scored in the 5th inning. Royce Huffman led off the inning for Oklahoma City with a single and advanced to second base on Greg Golson's sacrifice bunt. Kevin Richardson singled to advance Huffman to third base and Adam Fox singled Huffman home.
Estes went 6 innings in his complete game, allowing 4 hits and the one run.
'TOPES NOTES: Presumably to have more relievers available for the doubleheader, P Carmen Cali was transferred from Class-R Ogden to Albuquerque and P Miguel Pinango was transferred to Ogden, both in paper moves. . . . Albuquerque has been involved in eleven 1-0 contests in franchise history, most recently September 1, 2008 in Round Rock. All but one were on the road and the only Isotopes Park one was a 7 inning doubleheader game. The Isotopes are 4-7 in those contests. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out 6 times in 2009 and that matches the number of times Albuquerque has been shut out in each season dating back to 2006. . . . Albuquerque is 1-8 in one run contests in 2009. . . . Jason Repko went hitless in three at-bats to snap a 16-game hitting streak. Repko can take pride his streak was an Isotope season-best so far in 2009. . . . Shawn Estes tossed Albuquerque's second complete game of the season. Estes' defeat snapped a three-game winning decision streak.
Filed 05/30/2009

May 29, 2009 - Isotopes (23-24)

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

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 . 5 9 2
Oklahoma City Redhawks 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 . 6 9 1
WP: Brian Gordon (4-1)
LP: Henry Bonilla (2-2)
TIME: 3:35  ATT: 5,632
Greg Golson's run-scoring single in the 10th inning snapped a 5-5 tie as the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Isotopes 6-5 in the series opener in Oklahoma City on Friday evening. The Isotopes have dropped two straight games.
Dee Brown singled, stole second base, and scored when Val Pascucci reached on an error as the Isotopes took the first advantage of the game at 1-0 in the 2nd inning.
In the 3rd inning, Golson and Casey Benjamin walked. Both executed a double-steal before Esteban German drove in Golson with a single. Nate Gold's sacrifice flyout plated Benjamin as the Redhawks led 2-1.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 5th inning. Singles by Pascucci, Sergio Garcia and Jason Repko loaded the bases with one out. Luis Maza singled to drive in Pascucci and Blake DeWitt was hit by a pitch to bring in Garcia. Hector Luna sacrifice flied out to drive in Repko to give Albuquerque a 4-2 lead.
The Redhawks tied the game at 4-4 in their half of the inning by scoring a pair of runs on bases-loaded walks to Brandon Boggs and Steven Murphy.
Mitch Jones doubled, was replaced by pinch-runner Jovanny Rosario, and Rosario advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Danny Ardoin's double as the Isotopes regained the lead at 5-4.
Golson tripled and scored on a groundout in the bottom of the 6th inning to re-deadlock the game at 5-5 and the game remained tied into the 10th inning, when Joaquin Arias singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second base on an error during a pickoff attempt, moved on to third base when Kevin Richardson laid down a sacrifice bunt, and scored the game winning run on Golson's single.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
James McDonald 3 APP, 0-0, 5.56 ERA, 11.1 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 8 BB, 12 K, 0 HR
'TOPES NOTES: With A.J. Ellis' promotion to the Dodgers on Thursday, C Kenley Jansen joined the Isotopes from Class-A Inland Empire on Friday. . . . Jason Repko hit safely, extending his hitting streak to 16 games, three games shy of tying an Isotopes franchise record. . . . The Isotopes have seen their opponents score the game winning runs in their last at-bats five times this season including two instances in Oklahoma City. . . . The series continues with a doubleheader on Saturday. In the first game, LHP Shawn Estes (3-1, 3.19) is expected to face Redhawks RHP Doug Mathis (3-2, 3.31) and in the second game, LHP Steven Randolph (0-2, 11.42) is expected to face Oklahoma City RHP Bryan Corey (1-2, 8.44).
Filed 05/29/2009

May 28, 2009 - Isotopes (23-23)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 1 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 . 8 11 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 . 4 9 2
WP: Brandon Hynick (5-3)
LP: Miguel Pinango (2-5)
Home Runs:
ALB Dee Brown (11) off Hynick in the 5th inning
ALB Val Pascucci (6) off Wilhite in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:53  ATT: 7,662
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) starter Brandon Hynick held the Isotopes to no hits through 4 1/3 innings before losing a shutout and the no hitter on one pitch and Albuquerque was unable to mount their third comeback in as many games as the Sky Sox took a 8-4 victory over Albuquerque in the series finale on Thursday evening at "The Lab".
Eric Young Jr. led off the game with a triple and scored on a fielder's choice as the Sky Sox led 1-0.
Colorado Springs added to their lead in the 2nd inning. Edwin Bellorin singled and scored on Hynick's double. Young Jr. drew a walk and both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Mike McCoy was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Carlos Gonzalez drew a walk to bring Hynick home. Matt Miller followed with a sacrifice flyout as the Sky Sox led 4-0.
After the Isotopes were no-hit one out into the 5th inning, Dee Brown solo homered to right field to spoil both the perfect game and shutout with one swing of the bat.
A balk and a sacrifice flyout brought home a pair of runs in the 6th inning as the Sky Sox led 6-1 and in the 7th inning, Miller tripled and scored on Bellorin's single to extend the lead to 7-1.
Colorado Springs scored their final run in the 8th inning when Gonzalez singled home a run.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Luis Maza doubled and scored on pinch-hitter Jason Repko's single and in the 9th inning, Brown singled and scored on Val Pascucci's two run homer as the Isotopes closed out the scoring in the game.
'TOPES NOTES: The Dodgers placed P Will Ohman on the disabled list and recalled C A.J. Ellis from Albuquerque. The Isotopes have not made a roster move yet to replace Ellis, but it seems likely (considering that Danny Ardoin is the only experienced catcher on the roster) that another catcher will be brought up from Class-AA Chattanooga or C Mike Rose will be activated from the Disabled List. P Miguel Pinango was activated from the Disabled List and P Charlie Haeger was transferred to Class-R Ogden in a paper move. . . . The Sky Sox and Isotopes took two games each in the series and 26,791 attended the series for a per-game average of 6,698. 54,220 attended the eight game homestand against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) and Sky Sox. . . . Tonight's game was the final game of the season between the Sky Sox and Isotopes and the Sky Sox hold an all-time series lead of 28-23, with a 16-12 advantage over Albuquerque at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes have a 1-9 record in final games of a series. . . . Jason Repko hit safely in his pinch-hit appearance to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Mitch Jones went hitless to snap a nine-game hitting streak. . . . Dee Brown was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Isotopes pitching did not allow a homer in the game, snapping a season-high streak of 7 games allowing a homer to an opponent. . . . The Isotopes are finished with Pacific Conference foes until August and thus return to American Conference opponents until then. Albuquerque embarks on a eight-day, 10 game roadtrip to Oklahoma City and New Orleans with a DH in each city to make up for postponed games the last time the Isotopes were in each of those cities. In Friday evening's opener in Oklahoma City against the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers), probables are RHP James McDonald (0-0, 4.05) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for Oklahoma City.
Filed 05/28/2009

May 27, 2009 - Isotopes (23-22)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 6 8 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 X . 8 11 2
WP: Charlie Haeger (5-3)
LP: Alan Johnson (5-2)
SV: Scott Strickland (7)
Home Runs:
CSP Carlos Gonzalez (7) off Strickland in the 9th inning
CSP Mark Bellhorn (4) off Haeger in the 1st inning

ALB Chin-Lung Hu (2) off Johnson in the 4th inning

TIME: 2:56  ATT: 6,824
Isotopes knuckleball pitcher Charlie Haeger was rocked for five runs in the 1st inning before setting down and his teammates were able to mount another big comeback. Chin-Lung Hu must be eating his Wheaties - for the second straight night, Hu, not known for hitting homers, hit a homer that completed an Albuquerque comeback to tie the game and the Isotopes later scored a few more runs to defeat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 8-6 in the regularly scheduled game for Wednesday evening.

In the dreadful 1st inning for Haeger, Eric Young Jr. singled and Mike McCoy and Carlos Gonzalez drew walks to load the bases. Matt Miller singled to drive in Young Jr. and McCoy. With runners on the corners, Mark Bellhorn followed with a three run homer. An out later, Sal Fasano and Chris Frey singled, Sky Sox starting pitcher Alan Johnson struck out, and Young Jr. was hit by a pitch to re-load the bags before McCoy flew out to end the inning.

The Isotopes mounted their second largest comeback of the season in the 4th inning. Dee Brown singled and Mitch Jones walked to start off the inning. Two outs later, Haeger singled to center field to drive in Brown and Jason Repko was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hu then hit a grand-slam homer to left field to tie the game at 5-5.
Haeger came through with another single in the 6th inning and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Repko singled Haeger to third base and Blake DeWitt's single brought Haeger home with the go-ahead run. Hector Luna grounded to to drive in Repko and Brown's double drove in Luna as the Isotopes built a 8-5 lead.
Gonzalez's solo homer in the 9th inning was the final run of the game.
'TOPES NOTES: Manny Ramirez may be coming to a ballpark near you! The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Ramirez will be sent on a rehabilitation assignment ahead of his July 3rd activation from his 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. Where Ramirez will play on his rehabiliation assignment is to be determined. . . . Chin-Lung Hu's homer in Tuesday evening's contest, suspended but completed on Wednesday before this game, was a three-run homer and capped Albuquerque's six run comeback to tie the game at 7-7 at that point. Tonight's grand-slam capped a five-run comeback to tie the game at 5-5. Hu has hit two homers in 2009 and has just three in the last two seasons. . . . Hu's grand slam was only the second Isotope grand-slam homer of 2009. . . . Jason Repko hit safely to extend his streak to 14 games. . . . CharlIe Haeger eventually went 7 innings, allowing just the five 1st inning runs and 7 hits while striking out 5. Haeger had a great night at the plate, going 3x3 with 2 runs scored and one RBI. . . . Colorado Springs' Mark Bellhorn has homered in all three games in the series. . . . The series (and homestand) concludes Thursday evening. Albuquerque has yet to name a probable, while the Sky Sox are expected to counter with RHP Brandon Hynick (4-3, 4.47).
Filed 05/27/2009

May 27, 2009 - Isotopes (22-22)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 0 0 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 . 7 10 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 3 . 10 15 4
WP: Dwayne Pollok (2-1)
LP: Scott Munter (2-1)
Home Runs:
CSP Mark Bellhorn (3) off Threets in the 7th inning

ALB Mitch Jones (15) off Speier in the 8th inning
ALB Chin-Lung Hu (1) off Mattheus in the 8th inning
ALB Blak DeWitt (2) off Munter in the 10th inning

TIME: 3:37  ATT: 5,712

Down 7-1 going into the 8th inning, Albuquerque mounted their largest comeback of the season, scoring six runs to tie the game at 7-7 against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). After a rain delay heading into the 10th inning and a suspension of the game, the game was resumed on Wednesday and Blake DeWitt came through with a three-run walkoff homer as the Istopes defeated the Sky Sox 10-7.

In the 3rd inning, Sky Sox starter Kurt Birkins walked, Mike McCoy ground-rule doubled, and Carlos Gonzalez singled them home as the Sky Sox led 2-0.

Jovanny Rosario tripled and scored on DeWitt's single in the bottom of the 3rd as Albuquerque cut the defecit to a run at 2-1.

Matt Miller singled home a run in the 5th inning and Eric Young Jr. singled home a run in the 6th inning as the Sky Sox built a 4-1 lead.
Colorado Springs extended the lead to 7-1 in the 7th inning. McCoy reached on an error and scored all the way from first base when Carlos Gonzalez sacrifice bunted and it was misplayed into an error. Gonzalez advanced to third on the error and scored on Mark Bellhorn's two-run homer.
Albuquerque's largest defecit-erasing comeback of the season happened in the 8th inning. With one out, Jason Repko singled and scored on Mitch Jones' 15th homer of the season. A.J. Ellis singled and Luis Maza ground-rule doubled due to fan interference. Ellis scored on the play after umpires determined Ellis would have scored had there not been fan interference. After pinch-hitter Val Pascucci struck out, Rosario singled to put runners on the corners and Chin-Lung Hu picked an opportune time to belt a rare homer as Hu three-run homered to left-center field to tie the game at 7-7.
The Sky Sox were set down in order in the top of the 9th inning and in the bottom of the 9th inning, Repko drew a one out walk and advanced to second base on a throwing error during a pickoff attempt. Jones struck out, Ellis was intentionally walked, and Maza struck out swinging to end the inning. The tarp came on the field, there was a 45 minute delay, and then the game was suspended before the 10th inning could begin.
In the 10th inning, Sergio Garcia drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second base on Rosario's sacrifice bunt. Hu walked and DeWitt followed with a homer to right field to win the game.
'TOPES NOTES: Jason Schmidt's rehab assignment has been temporarily suspended, and it is not because of side effects from being hit by a comeback liner in his outing with Albuquerque last Saturday. Schmidt is suffering from right-shoulder irritation. . . . The rain delay and suspension were Albuquerque's first rain-affected events at home in 2009. The suspension was Albuquerque's 7th suspension of a home game in franchise history. . . . The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to the Sky Sox in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . Blake DeWitt's homer was the first Isotope walkoff homer of the season and first walkoff homer since Robert Andino accomplished the feat on August 17, 2008 against Memphis in the regularly scheduled game for that date after the 'Topes and Redbirds completed a suspended game. . . . DeWitt was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque is 1-1 in extra inning contests in 2009. . . . The Isotopes committed four errors in the game and surprisingly Albuquerque is 2-0 in those contests. . . . Jason Repko hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Filed 05/27/2009

May 26, 2009 - Isotopes (21-22)

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

Game Suspended Due To Rain

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 0 0 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 . 7 9 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 . 7 14 4
WP:
LP:
SV:
Home Runs:
CSP Mark Bellhorn (3) off Threets in the 7th inning

ALB Mitch Jones (15) off Speier in the 8th inning
ALB Chin-Lung Hu (1) off Mattheus in the 8th inning

TIME:   ATT: 
Down 7-1 going into the 8th inning, Albuquerque mounted their largest comeback of the season, scoring six runs to tie the game at 7-7 against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). During a scoreless 9th inning, a rain cell formed over the ballpark and after a 45 minute rain delay heading into extra innings, the game was suspended due to rain and is scheduled to be resumed at 6 P.M. on Wednesday evening before Wednesday's regularly scheduled contest.
In the 3rd inning, Sky Sox starter Kurt Birkins walked, Mike McCoy ground-rule doubled, and Carlos Gonzalez singled them home as the Sky Sox led 2-0.
Jovanny Rosario tripled and scored on Blake DeWitt's single in the bottom of the 3rd as Albuquerque cut the defecit to a run at 2-1.
Matt Miller singled home a run in the 5th inning and Eric Young Jr. singled home a run in the 6th inning as the Sky Sox built a 4-1 lead.
Colorado Springs extended the lead to 7-1 in the 7th inning. McCoy reached on an error and scored all the way from first base when Carlos Gonzalez sacrifice bunted and it was misplayed into an error. Gonzalez advanced to third on the error and scored on Mark Bellhorn's two-run homer.
Albuquerque's largest defecit-erasing comeback of the season happened in the 8th inning. With one out, Jason Repko singled and scored on Mitch Jones' 15th homer of the season. A.J. Ellis singled and Luis Maza ground-rule doubled due to fan interference. Ellis scored on the play after umpires determined Ellis would have scored had there not been fan interference. After pinch-hitter Val Pascucci struck out, Rosario singled to put runners on the corners and Chin-Lung Hu picked an opportune time to belt a rare homer as Hu three-run homered to left-center field to tie the game at 7-7.
The Sky Sox were set down in order in the top of the 9th inning and in the bottom of the 9th inning, Repko drew a one out walk and advanced to second base on a throwing error during a pickoff attempt. Jones struck out, Ellis was intentionally walked, and Maza struck out swinging to end the inning. The tarp came on the field, there was a 45 minute delay, and then the game was suspended before the 10th inning could begin.
'TOPES NOTES: Jason Schmidt's rehab assignment has been temporarily suspended, and it is not because of side effects from being hit by a comeback liner in his outing with Albuquerque last Saturday. Schmidt is suffering from right-shoulder irritation. . . . The rain delay and suspension were Albuquerque's first rain-affected events at home in 2009. The suspension was Albuquerque's 7th suspension of a home game in franchise history. . . . After the game is completed on Wednesday, the regularly scheduled game will be 9 innings. Probables are knuckleballer RHP Charlie Haeger (4-3, 4.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Alan Johnson (5-1, 4.02) for the Sky Sox.
Filed 05/26/2009

May 25, 2009 - Isotopes (21-22)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 1 . 9 7 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 3 8 0
WP: Damian Moss (4-0)
LP: Stephen Randolph (0-2)
Home Runs:
CSP Carlos Gonzalez (6) off Mazone in the 9th inning
CSP Mark Bellhorn (2) off DeBarr in the 8th inning
CSP Sal Fasano (2) off Estes in the 5th inning

ALB Hector Luna (9) off Hirsh in the 1st inning

TIME: 3:03  ATT: 6,593
In a tight game in the 8th inning, it was Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) slugger Mark Bellhorn that belted a grand-slam homer off Isotopes reliever Nick DeBarr to put the game away as the Sky Sox handed the Isotopes a Memorial Day defeat, 9-3.
Jonathan Herrera tripled to the right-center field gap and scored on Mike McCoy's groundout as the Sky Sox quickly led 1-0 in the 1st inning.
Albuquerque powered their way to a lead in the bottom half of the inning. Chin-Lung Hu singled and scored on Hector Luna's homer to left field.
Sal Fasano's solo shot in the 5th inning tied the game at 2-2, and the Sky Sox took the lead in the 6th inning. McCoy singled, advanced to third base on Carlos Gonzalez's single, and scored when he successfully stole home.
In the Isotopes half of the 6th inning, Luna singled, advanced to third on Mitch Jones' single, and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3.
The Sky Sox put away the game in the 8th inning. McCoy drew a leadoff walk and Gonzalez was plunked by a pitch. Dan Ortmeier singled to drive in McCoy and stole second base as Christian Colonel struck out for the first out. Fasano walked and an out later, Bellhorn grand-slam homered to left center field as the Sky Sox plated five runs to lead 8-3.
Gonzalez solo homered in the 9th inning for the final run of the game.
'TOPES NOTES: Mitch Jones became the first Albuquerque batter in 2009 to win the PCL Hitter of the Week award. During the award period of May 18-24, Jones hit .435 (10x23) with 3 homers and 7 RBI. The only other Isotope weekly award winner in 2009 was pitcher Eric Milton. . . . The Isotopes activated Jason Repko off the Disabled List and put him back in the lineup after missing about two weeks with a strained hamstring. In other transactions, OF John-Ford Griffin was waived to make room for Repko's reactivation and in paper moves, P Shawn Estes was transferred from Class-R Ogden to make his start today and P Carmen Cali was transferred to Ogden. . . . 27,316 attended the four games (Friday-Monday) over the Memorial Day weekend, for a per-game average of 6,829. . . . The Isotopes are 3-4 on Memorial Day and have lost their last two Memorial Day contests. . . . Jason Repko hit safely in his return to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. . . . Colorado Springs Sky Sox manager Tom Runnells was ejected by Third Base umpire Chris Tiller in the 6th inning. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Vince Mazzaro of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). Mazzaro made one start and tossed eight scorless innings while striking out six. Mazzaro did not earn a decision in that outing. . . . The series continues on Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (2-3, 2.97) for the Isotopes and the Sky Sox have yet to name a probable. The scheduled probable was RHP Josh Fogg, but Fogg was promoted to the Rockies on Monday.
Filed 05/25/2009

May 24, 2009 - Isotopes (21-21)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 . 3 6 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 2 3 0
WP: David Austen (1-1)
LP: Carmen Cali (0-2)
SV: Jeremy Hill (10)
Home Runs:
SLC Terry Evans (9) off Cali in the 5th inning
SLC Bobby Wilson (5) off Choi in the 7th inning

ALB Mitch Jones (14) off Hill in the 9th inning

TIME: 2:35  ATT: 8,170
After combining for 45 runs in the first three games of the series, the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) and Isotopes apparently decided to take an early holiday, only combining for five runs as Salt Lake defeated Albuquerque 3-2 in the series finale at "The Lab" on Sunday evening.
In the 1st inning, Brandon Wood singled home Chris Pettit as the Bees led 1-0.
The Isotopes tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning. Jovanny Rosario singled, stole second base, advanced to third base on Chin-Lung Hu's sacrifice bunt, and scored when Hector Luna reached on an error.
Terry Evans' solo homer in the 5th inning snapped the 1-1 tie and Bobby Wilson solo homered in the 7th inning to extend Salt Lake's lead to two runs.
All the Isotopes could muster in their last at-bat was a solo homer from Mitch Jones to draw to two runs down with two out before Val Pascucci struck out to end the game.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
James McDonald 2 APP, 0-0, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 4.05 ERA
'TOPES NOTES: The Bees and Isotopes each won two games in the series. 27,429 attended for a per-game average of 6,857. Tonight's game was the final game between the Bees and Isotopes in 2009 and the Bees lead the all-time series 14-13 (with a 9-6 advantage in games played at Isotopes Park). . . . Jovanny Rosario made his Triple-A debut with Albuquerque and went 2x4 with a run scored and two stolen bases. . . . Albuquerque pitchers struck out 13 batters, tying a season high. . . . The Isotopes are 1-6 in one run contests and 1-8 in the final game of a series. . . . Dee Brown and Hector Luna each went 0x4 to snap their 9 game hitting streaks. . . . The Isotopes conclude their homestand with a four-game series against the neighbors from up North on I-25, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies). There was the potential for a rivalry between the two clubs, but PCL realignment in 2005 put an end to that before the rivalry could be strongly established. Colorado Springs moved to another PCL conference and thus play the Isotopes four games a year instead of 16 games a year like in Albuquerque's first two seasons. Sky Sox pitching has tossed two straight shutouts coming into the series and the Sky Sox are on a three game winning streak. Probables in the late afternoon Memorial Day opener are LHP Shawn Estes (3-1, 3.00) for Albuquerque and RHP Jason Hirsh (3-2, 5.13) for the Sky Sox.
Filed 05/24/2009

May 23, 2009 - Isotopes (21-20)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 0 . 8 12 2
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 0 0 3 0 5 1 X . 11 11 1
WP: Dwayne Pollok (1-1)
LP: Mike MacDonald (3-4)
SV: Scott Strickland (6)
Home Runs:
SLC Sean Rodriguez (16) off DeBarr in the 8th inning
SLC Terry Evans (8) off Jason Schmidt in the 3rd inning
TIME: 3:08  ATT: 7,859
Jason Schmidt made a rehab start with the Isotopes and it was nothing that one could use to proclaim Schmidt is ready to be activated and inserted back into the Dodgers rotation after almost a two year absence due to shoulder surgery. Schmidt allowed a two-run homer and was able to work 2 2/3 innings before being hit in the head with a comeback liner and having to leave the game. When all was said and done, the Isotopes took a 11-8 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Saturday evening.
Schmidt started off well, with a 1-2-3 first inning. In the 2nd inning, Schmidt gave up a leadoff single to Matt Brown before Brown was caught trying to steal second base. Brandon Wood grounded out and Sean Rodriguez flew out to end the inning.
Schmidt got some run support from his teammates in the 2nd inning. Hector Luna led off with a single and Dee Brown was called out on batter interference ahead of Mitch Jones' walk. Pascucci singled to drive in Luna and Jones stole third base before scoring on A.J. Ellis' sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes led 2-0.
In the 3rd inning, Bobby Wilson led off with a double. After two groundouts, Schmidt's lead disappeared when Schmidt allowed a two run homer to Terry Evans. Chris Pettit singled before Freddy Sandoval lined a shot off of Schmidt's head to end Schmidt's night. Isotope reliever Dwayne Pollok got Brown to ground out to end the inning and keep the game tied at 2-2.
Albuquerque regained the lead in the 5th inning with some two-out magic. Blake DeWitt doubled and scored on Luna's double, while Luna scored on Dee Brown's double. Jones singled to drive in Brown as the Isotopes led 5-2.
In the 7th inning, Salt Lake's Rodriguez singled, Wilson doubled and Adam Pavkovich grounded out as Rodriguez scored. Bradley Coon doubled home Wilson as the Bees pulled to a run down at 5-4.
After the 7th inning stretch, Albuquerque put some distance between themselves and the Bees with a big inning. Luis Maza singled and DeWitt and Luna walked to load the bags. Dee Brown grounded out to bring Maza home and Jones was intentionally walked to re-load the bases. Val Pascucci drew a walk and Luna trotted home and Ellis singled home Luna. John-Ford Griffin was hit by a pitch to bring Jones home and Chin-Lung Hu sacrifice flied out to drive in Pascucci as the Isotopes scored five runs in the inning and led 10-4.
Salt Lake got most of those runs back in the 8th inning. Pettit walked, Sandoval singled and Brown reached on an error before Rodriguez grand-slam homered to bring the Bees to two runs down at 10-8.
Luna tripled and scored on Ellis' single in the bottom of the 8th inning for the final run of the game.
'TOPES NOTES: The victory was Albuquerque's 450th regular season win in franchise history. . . . Jason Schmidt, the second Dodger to have a rehabilitation assignment with Albuquerque, tossed 27 pitches and appears to be uninjured with early reports saying he did not suffer a concussion. Those reports did say he would be continued to be monitored though. It is unsure at this point if he will make another rehab start with the Isotopes. . . . Hector Luna went 4x4 and was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. It was Luna's fourth four-hit game of the season. Luna also tied a franchise record with four runs scored. . . . Luna and Dee Brown each hit safely in the game, extending their hitting streaks to 9 games. . . . By going homerless, Albuquerque snapped a six-game streak with a homer. . . . Salt Lake's Sean Rodriguez's homer was the first grand slam homer Isotope pitching has allowed in 2009. . . . The series concludes with a Sunday evening contest. Probables are RHP James McDonald (0-0, 6.75) for the Isotopes and RHP David Austen (0-1, 3.60) for the Bees.
Filed 05/23/2009

May 22, 2009 - Isotopes (20-20)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 . 6 12 0
Albuquerque Isotopes 5 0 3 0 0 1 0 2 X . 11 15 1
WP: Charlie Haeger (4-3)
LP: Sean O'Sullivan (3-2)
SV: Henry Bonilla (2)
Home Runs:
SLC Brandon Wood (10) off Haeger in the 1st inning
SLC Matt Brown (7) off Haeger in the 1st inning

ALB Dee Brown (8) off O'Sullivan in the 1st inning
ALB Dee Brown (9) off O'Sullivan in the 3rd inning
ALB Dee Brown (10) off Thompson in the 8th inning
ALB Mitch Jones (12) off O'Sullivan in the 1st inning
ALB Mitch Jones (13) off Thompson in the 8th inning

TIME: 3:23  ATT: 4,694
It was a homerfest for two Isotope players on Friday evening. Mitch Jones belted a pair of solo homers, but it was Dee Brown who stole the show, homering three times to tie an Albuquerque franchise record and driving in five runs total as the Isotopes outslugged the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) 11-6 in the longest nine inning game of the season for Albuquerque. The victory snapped a two game losing streak and padded Albuquerque's division lead from just a half-game going into tonight to one and a half games.
Salt Lake roughed up Isotope knuckleballer Charlie Haeger in the 1st inning. Terry Evans reached on an error to start the ballgame, but was erased from the basepaths when he was caught trying to steal second base. Bradley Coon drew a walk, Freddy Sandoval singled, and Matt Brown followed with a three run homer. The very next batter, Brandon Wood, solo-homered as the Bees were off an running with a 4-0 lead.
The Isotopes took away the Bees momentum with a five run inning in their half of the 1st inning. Chin-Lung Hu walked and Luis Maza was hit by a pitch. Blake DeWitt singled to load the bases and Hector Luna reached on a fielder's choice with Hu scoring and DeWitt out at second base. Brown belted his first homer of the evening, a three-run shot and Jones followed with a solo homer.
Brown solo-homered to lead off the Isotope 3rd inning. An out later, John-Ford Griffin singled, stole second base and advanced to third base on A.J. Ellis' single. Danny Ardoin reached on a fielder's choice with Griffin scoring and Ardoin scored on Hu's double as the Isotopes led 8-4.
Evans' sacrifice flyout in the 4th inning brought the Bees to three runs down at 8-5.
Albuquerque took advantage of some wildness to score a run in the 6th inning. Maza and DeWitt drew walks to lead off the inning and Maza scored on Luna's single as Albuquerque led 9-5.
Salt Lake scored their final run in the 7th inning. Evans doubled, Coon singled Evans to third base, and Sandoval grounded into a double play as Evans scored.
Brown and Jones went back-to-back with solo homers with one out in the 8th inning to close out the scoring in the game.
'TOPES NOTES: Former-Isotope Xavier Paul ended up getting a staph infection and was placed on the Disabled List. Earning the promotion from Albuquerque was OF Jamie Hoffman and OF Jovanny Rosario was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque. . . . Dee Brown and Mitch Jones became the first Isotope duo to homer back-to-back twice in the same contest. They have back-to-back homered three times in 2009. . . . There are four games in franchise history in which a pair of Isotopes have achieved multihomer games, and two of those have happened within the last week. . . . The 7 combined homers for both teams was the most for an Isotope contest in 2009. . . . Brown and Hector Luna extended their hitting streaks to 8 games. . . . Albuquerque's four run comeback was the largest defecit erased in a game so far in 2009. . . . The series continues on Saturday evening with RHP Jason Schmidt making a rehabilitation assignment start for Albuquerque. Schmidt is expected to pitch about 100 pitches or maybe six innings unless the Bees have a lot of success against him. Salt Lake's probable is to be announced.
Filed 05/22/2009

May 21, 2009 - Isotopes (19-20)

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

Isotopes Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake Bees 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 . 5 9 1
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 . 4 10 2
WP: Brad Knox (2-2)
LP: Giancarlo Alvarado (2-4)
SV: Jeremy Hill (9)
Home Runs:
SLC Terry Evans (7) off Alvarado in the 1st inning
SLC Sean Rodriguez (15) off Alvarado in the 6th inning
SLC Freddy Sandoval (5) off Choi in the 7th inning

ALB Dee Brown (7) off Knox in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:51  ATT: 6,706
In the opener of a series with the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels), Dee Brown's three-run homer pulled Albuquerque to a run down in the 6th inning and Albuquerque was not able to tie or take the lead and fell to the Bees 5-4 on an overcast evening at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque has dropped two straight games.
Salt Lake's Terry Evans hit the third pitch of the game over the left field wall as Salt Lake led 1-0.
The Bees added three more runs in the 6th inning, all with two outs. Brandon Wood singled and scored on Sean Rodriguez's homer. Bobby Wilson then singled and scored on Adam Pavkovich's double as the Bees led 4-0.
In the bottom half of the 6th inning, Brown three run homered with two outs with Chin-Lung Hu and Hector Luna on base as the Isotopes pulled to a run down at 4-3.
Freddy Sandoval solo homered in the 7th inning as the Bees built a two-run lead at 5-3.
That run would come in handy for Salt Lake as Albuquerque mounted a 9th inning threat. Brown doubled to lead off the inning and after Mitch Jones struck out, Val Pascucci singled home Brown. Pinch-runner Sergio Garcia came into the game for Pascucci as the game-tying run at first base and A.J. Ellis proceeded to ground into a double play to end the threat and the game.
'TOPES NOTES: It is being reported that Jason Schmidt will be making a rehabilitation assignment start with Albuquerque on Saturday evening. Schmidt has not thrown a MLB pitch in about two years as he works his way back from shoulder surgery. In other roster news, paper moves were made to transfer P Giancarlo Alvarado from Class-R Ogden and to transfer P Shawn Estes to Class-R Ogden. . . . The Isotopes season record fell below the .500 mark for the first time since May 8th. . . . Albuquerque is 1-5 in one run contests and lost for the first time in 2009 when they outhit their opponents. . . . Hector Luna and Dee Brown each extended their hitting streak to 7 games. . . . The Isotopes grounded into a season-high four double plays. . . . The series continues on Friday evening, weather permitting. The Isotopes have yet to name a probable, while the Bees are expected to counter with RHP Dan Denham (3-0, 4.46).
Filed 05/21/2009

May 19, 2009 - Isotopes (19-19)

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

Chukchansi Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 4 6 1
Fresno Grizzlies 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 5 16 1
WP: Steve Palazzolo (1-0)
LP: Carmen Cali (0-1)
Home Runs:
ALB Hector Luna (8) off Sadowski in the 6th inning
TIME: 4:18  ATT: 8,569
The Isotopes played their first extra innings game of the season, and it did not end well as the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) scored the game winning run on a squeeze play in the 14th inning to defeat the Isotopes 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon in Fresno.
Albuquerque quickly built a 1-0 lead. In the 1st inning, Jamie Hoffman led off with a walk, stole second base, advanced to third base on Luis Maza's groundout, and scored on Blake DeWitt's groundout.
Fresno's Matt Downs doubled and later scored on Ryan Rohlinger's single in the 4th inning to tie the game at 1-1.
DeWitt drew a one out walk and scored on Hector Luna's homer in the 6th inning as the Isotopes led 3-1.
Fresno took the lead in the 7th inning. Jake Wald and John Bowker drew leadoff walks. Clay Timpner laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position and Tyler Graham walked to load the bases. Downs doubled to drive in Wald and Bowker. Jesus Guzman was intentionally walked ahead of Rohlinger's sacrifice flyout that brought home Graham.
The Isotopes re-tied the game the very next inning. DeWitt walked with two outs, advanced to second base when Luna drew a walk, and Dee Brown singled to right field to bring him home to tie the game at 4-4.
The game stayed tied until the 14th inning. Guzman led off the inning with a double and an out later, advanced to third base on pinch-hitter Kevin Pucetas' single. Eli Whiteside was intentionally walked to load the bases before Wald laid down a squeeze bunt with Guzman racing home on the play with the game-winning run.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 8 G, 35 AB, 7 R, 9 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K, 3 SB, .257 AVG
'TOPES NOTES: Both clubs won two games in the series and 30,967 attended at Chukchansi Park for a per-game average of 8,569. Today's game was the final meeting of the year between the Isotopes and Grizzlies and all-time, Fresno holds a 15-13 advantage (10-6 advantage in Fresno). . . . 63,164 attended the roadtrip to Sacramento and Fresno and the Isotopes went 3-5 on their California swing. . . . The 14 inning affair tied franchise records for longest road game, innings-wise and time-wise, and was the longest game for each type of length in 2009. . . . Isotopes starter Shawn Estes tossed 6 innings, allowing 3 earned runs and 8 hits. . . . Blake DeWitt drew 4 walks in the game, tying a franchise record. . . . Jake Fox of the Iowa Cubs(AAA Cubs) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Fox won the award for the second time in 2009 by hitting 15x27 (.556) with 4 homers and 14 RBI. . . . Vincent Mazzaro of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Mazzaro appeared in two games during the week, allowing one earned run in 13 2/3 innings for a 0.68 ERA. . . . After an off day on Wednesday, the Isotopes return home for an eight game homestand that includes the Memorial Day weekend. Probables in the opener against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) are RHP Giancarlo Alvarado (2-3, 2.97) for the Isotopes and RHP Brad Knox (2-1, 5.13) for the Bees.
Filed 05/19/2009

May 18, 2009 - Isotopes (19-18)

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

Chukchansi Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 . 12 15 0
Fresno Grizzlies 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 . 9 19 2
WP: Hyang-Nam Choi (1-0)
LP: Billy Sadler (4-1)
SV: Scott Strickland (5)
Home Runs:
ALB Jamie Hoffman (2) off Sadler in the 3rd inning
TIME: 3:16  ATT: 4,674
The Isotopes scored eight runs in the 3rd inning and then held off a Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) rally, including Fresno's six run 8th inning, as Albuquerque defeated Fresno 12-9 on Monday evening in Fresno.
Clay Timpner singled and scored on John Bowker's double in the 1st inning as the Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead.
In the 2nd inning, Dee Brown led off with a walk, advanced to second base on Chin-Lung Hu's groundout, and scored on Mitch Jones' double. A.J. Ellis singled to put runners on the corners and Isotopes starter James McDonald's fielder's choice brought Jones home as the Isotopes led 2-1.
Fresno tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Grizzlies starter Billy Sadler singled home Eli Whiteside.
Albuquerque's big inning was the third inning. Luis Maza led things off with a walk and scored on Blake DeWitt's double. DeWitt advanced to third base on a wild pitch and Val Pascucci drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Brown singled to drive in DeWitt and an out later, Jones doubled to drive in Pascucci and Jones. Ellis singled and after McDonald struck out for the second out of the inning, Jamie Hoffman followed with a three-run homer. Deja Vu struck as Maza walked and scored on DeWitt's double for the final run of the inning. When all was said and done, Albuquerque sent 12 batters to the plate and tallied 8 times to take a 10-2 lead.
Tyler Graham singled home Matt Downs for Fresno in the 6th inning and the Grizzlies had their big inning in the 8th inning. Jake Wald, Graham and Brian Horwitz singled to load the base and pinch-hitter Juan Ciriaco drew a walk to bring Wald home. Bowker singled to drive in Graham and Jesus Guzman singled home Horwitz. Downs doubled home Ciriaco and Bowker and Ryan Rohlinger's groundout plated Guzman as the Grizzlies tallied for six runs and trailed 10-9 going into the 9th inning.
Albuquerque got some insurance runs in the 9th inning. With one out, Ellis singled and advanced to second base on an error during the play. Hoffman drove in Ellis with a single and Maza singled to drive in Hoffman to give the Isotopes a 12-9 lead.
DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME (With Season Stats):
Jamie Hoffman: 7 G, 30 AB, 6 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 SB, .267 AVG
James McDonald: 0-0, 1 APP, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 Er, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
'TOPES NOTES: James McDonald went 2 2/3