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Albuquerque Isotopes 2009 At-A-Glance:
Night Record: 69-45Day Record: 11-19
Home Record: 42-30Road Record: 38-34
Division Record: 29-19Extra Innings Record: 5-6
Current Roadtrip: 3-1Last Homestand: 6-7
Runs Scored: 774Runs Allowed: 677
Current Streak: Won 1

2010 Field Staff; Roster Shakeup

The 2010 Isotopes field staff was revealed on Monday and returning for the second consecutive season are Manager Tim Wallach, Hitting Coach John Moses, and Pitching Coach Jim Slaton. It has been a very busy month-plus for the Isotopes roster. In mid-November, several players became free agents. The free agents: Pitchers: Giancarlo Alvarado Marlon Arias Henry Bonilla Hyang-Nam Choi Tim Corcoran Nick DeBarr JD Durbin Francisco Felix Dwayne Pollok Scott Strickland Erick Threets Catchers: Danny Ardoin J.D. Closser Mike Rose Infielders: Sergio Garcia Brett Harper Hector Luna Luis Maza Outfidlers: Dee Brown Mitch Jones On the Dodgers offseason roster are pitchers Brent Leach, Travis Schlichting, Eric Stults, Cory Wade, infielders Blake DeWitt and Chin-Lung Hu, and outfielder Xavier Paul. IF Tony Abreu was shipped to the Diamondbacks to complete the Jon Garland trade from late in the 2009 season and OF Jamie Hoffmann was grabbed by the Nationals in the Rule 5 draft during the baseball winter meetings and then traded to the New York Yankees. When the shakeup was completed, there are four players currently sitting on the Isotopes off-season roster: pitchers Alberto Bastardo and Josh Lindblom, catcher Ryan Arp and outfielder Scott Van Slyke. P Giancarlo Alvarado signed with a Japanese team, P Scott Strickland and IF Hector Luna signed with the Marlins organization, and OF Mitch Jones signed with the Braves organization. The Dodgers signed several to minor league deals with an invite to spring training (2009 level in parenthesis): P Josh Towers (AAA) P Justin Miller (MLB) - former Isotope during Marlins affiliation OF Prentice Redman (AAA) IF Doug Mientiewicz (Isotopes rehab/MLB) IF Angel Berroa (MLB) IF John Lindsay (AAA) P Francisco Felix (Isotopes) P Juan Perez (AAA) P Luis Ayala (MLB) P Tim Corcoran was resigned by the Dodgers. The Dodgers traded Juan Pierre to the White Sox and it has been reported that one of the players the Dodgers acquired in the trade, P John Ely, might begin the 2010 season in Albuquerque. Other notable activity this offseason: - Kenley Jansen, who was a catcher for Albuquerque for part of the 2009 season, was sent to Class-A Inland Empire late in the 2009 season and converted into a pitcher. Jansen was added to the Dodgers 40-man roster this offseason. - Former Isotopes manager Dean Treanor has made it back to the AAA ranks. Treanor was recently named Pitching Coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates' AAA squad in Indianapolis for 2010 after having served as pitching coach for the Pirates AA level club in 2009. - Dallas McPherson signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics organization - Ryne Sandberg is coming to the PCL as the new manager of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in 2010. He will manage the Cubs for eight contests at Isotopes Park in 2010 and sixteen games overall against the Isotopes during the 2010 campaign.
Filed 12/21/2009

Isotopes Park to Host 2010 MLB Exhibitions

The Isotopes announced Wednesday that they are bringing MLB Spring Exhibition action to Albuquerque for 2010. Although they were not able to bring the Dodgers to town, they did bring the next best thing -- a regional MLB team. The Seattle Mariners and Colorado Rockies will play a pair of exhibitions in Albuquerque. Friday April 2nd's game will be at 5:05 PM and Saturday April 3rd's game will be at 12:05 PM. Box, Reserved and Berm tickets will be $25 for one game or $45 for both games and Club Level tickets will be $35 for one game or $65 for both games. Isotope Season Ticket and Mini-plan holders are able to buy tickets now. The general public can start buying tickets on February 20th.
Filed 11/19/2009

Mitch Jones, Pair of former UNM Lobos Win Topps Awards

Sports card manufacturer Topps named some awards recently and 2009 Isotopes outfielder Mitch Jones was named the DH on the Triple-A All-Star Team. Pacific Coast League players were named to five of the nine spots on the team while the International League claimed four of the nine spots. The 2009 Topps Triple-A All-Star Team: 1B Randy Ruiz - Las Vegas (PCL) 2B Kevin Russo - Scranton-Wilkes Barre (INT) 3B Andy Marte - Columbus (INT) SS Alcides Escobar - Nashville (PCL) OF John Bowker - Fresno (PCL) OF Jordan Brown - Columbus (INT) OF Shelley Duncan - Scranton-Wilkes Barre (INT) DH Mitch Jones - Albuquerque (PCL) P Lenny DiNardo - Omaha (PCL) Topps also named the Player of the Year for each of the minor leagues. Randy Ruiz (.320 AVG, 25 Hr, 106 RBI) won the PCL award while Shelley Duncan (.277 AVG, 30 HR, 99 RBI) won the International League award. A pair of former University of New Mexico Lobos also won Player of the Year awards. Jordan Pacheco (.322 AVG, 13 HR, 79 RBI) won the South Atlantic League award and Brian Cavazos-Galvez (.322 AVG, 18 HR, 63 RBI) won the Pioneer League award.
Filed 11/19/2009

September 22, 2009 - DUR 5, MEM 4, 11 innings

2009 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 . 4 7 1
Durham Bulls 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 5 11 1
MEM John Jay off Jason Cromer in the 6th inning
MEM Allen Craig off Jason Cromer in the 6th inning

DUR Sean Rodriguez off PJ Walters in the 4th inning

WP: Mitch Talbot
LP: Oneli Perez
TIME: 3:43  ATT: 6,777
The Durham Bulls (AAA Rays) built an early 4-0 lead, the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) powered their way to a tie, and then the Bulls took advantage of Redbird wildness in the 11th inning as Durham won the 2009 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game with a 5-4 victory over Memphis.
In the 3rd inning, Durham's Ray Olmedo doubled to right field and scored on Desmond Jennings' double to right-center field as the Bulls led 1-0.
Durham added to their lead the next inning. Sean Rodriguez solo homered to left field to lead off the inning for the Bulls. Justin Ruggiano singled to left field and Elliot Johnson bloop singled over the shortstop's head into left field. Michel Hernandez grounded into a double play with Ruggiano out at third base and Johnson advancing to second base. Olmedo bloop doubled to left field to drive in Johnson before scoring on a heads up play on Desmond Jennings' single. Jennings hit a grounder to Memphis first baseman Mark Hamilton. Hamilton had to wait for Redbirds starter PJ Walters to cover the bag. By the time Walters took the throw, Jennings was safe at first base. While Walters wasn't looking after Jennings was safe, Olmedo took the opportunity to race home to give Durham a 4-0 lead.
Bulls starter Jeremy Hellickson dominated the Redbirds through the first five frames and gave way to Jason Cromer in the 6th inning. Cromer allowed a homer to Jon Jay that went over the left-center field fence. Tyler Greene singled up the middle and scored on Allen Craig's homer to right field as the Redbirds drew to a run down at 4-3.
In the 7th inning, Jay was hit by a pitch with one out. Greene and Craig both drew walks to load the bases before David Freese sacrifice flied out to bring home Jay with the game tying run. Mark Hamilton drew a walk to reload the bags before Jarrett Hoffpauir flew out for the final out of the inning, failing to drive in the go-ahead run.
Both teams blew some occasional scoring opportunities through the next three innings before the Bulls capitalized on an opportunity to win in the 11th inning. Redbirds reliever Royce Ring gave up a double to the left field gap to Hernandez to lead off the inning and Hernandez was replaced by a pinch-runner, Rashad Eldridge. Ring uncorked a wild pitch to advance Eldridge to third base and Olmedo was intentionally walked. Oneli Perez entered the game for Memphis and with Jennings at the plate, Perez uncorked a wild pitch that resulted in Eldridge racing home with the game-winning run.
NOTES: Tonight's game was the first matchup between the International League and Pacific Coast League under the "Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game" moniker. The previous three games were played as the "Bricktown Showdown". . . . Tonight was the first time in the four games that the International League team won. . . . For his strong pitching performance, Jeremy Hellickson of the Durham Bulls was named the MVP of the game. Hellickson tossed 5 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, a walk, and fanned 2 Redbirds. . . . Memphis was foiled in their attempt to sweep all postseason games played. The Redbirds swept the Isotopes in three games to win the American Conference Championship, swept the Sacramento River Cats in three games to win the PCL Championship, and then lost tonight.
Filed 09/22/2009

September 18, 2009 - MEM 6, SAC 0

PCL Championship Series - Memphis Wins Series 3-0

Raley Field 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis Redbirds 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 . 6 13 1
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 9 2
WP: Evan MacLane (2-0)
LP: Jerome Williams (1-1)
TIME: 2:45  ATT: 12,009
The Albuquerque Dukes' place in history is safe for now. Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) starter Evan MacLane scattered nine hits and fanned 8 Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) batters over 8 1/3 scoreless innings and MacLane got plenty of run support as the Redbirds defeated the River Cats 6-0 to win the 2009 PCL Championship.
It did not take the Redbirds very long to take the lead. In the 1st inning, Jon Jay led off the game with a single, advanced to second base on an error on a pickoff attempt, and scored on Allen Craig's single.
In the 2nd inning, Mark Shorey doubled, advanced to third base on Matt Pagnozzi's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Shane Robinson's single.
Memphis added two more runs in the 5th inning. Jay singled with one out, Jarrett Hoffpauir doubled, Craig was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Jay scored on a wild pitch. David Freese sacrifice flied out to bring home Hoffpauir as the Redbirds led 4-0.
Memphis plated their final two runs in the 7th inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Brian Barden singled home Hoffpauir and Freese.
NOTES: The Albuquerque Dukes won three straight PCL Championships from 1980-1982 and are the last PCL team to do so. The River Cats headed into this series looking to win their third PCL Championship in a row to tie that mark but came up short by losing this Championship series. . . . As anticipated, the River Cats drew in one night at Raley Field (12,009) more than the Redbirds drew in the first two games of the series at Autzone Park (9,200 combined). . . . Sacramento's starter Jerome Williams was not nearly as great tonight as he was when he pitched in the Pacific Conference Championship series against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners). Tonight, Williams allowed 4 runs and 8 hits in 5 innings. . . . Memphis' next stop is the 2009 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game (formerly the Bricktown Showdown) on September 22nd. History is on Memphis' side as PCL clubs have won all three games played so far. The game is a one-game winner-take-all contest played in Oklahoma City. The opponent will be the Durham Bulls (AAA Rays) as the Bulls swept 3 games to none the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees (AAA Yankees) to claim the Governor's Cup, the International League championship. Pitching probables have not yet been determined.
Filed 09/18/2009

September 16, 2009 - MEM 3, SAC 2

PCL Championship Series - Memphis leads series 2-0

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 . 2 5 1
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 X . 3 8 1
WP: Adam Ottavino (1-0)
LP: Chad Reineke (0-2)
SV: Pete Parise (4)
Home Runs:
MEM Mark Hamilton (1) off Reineke in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:24  ATT: 4,578
Mark Hamilton's solo homer in the 6th inning snapped a 2-2 tie and proved to be the eventual game-winning run as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 3-2 to take a stunning two games to none lead in the PCL Championship Series.
Memphis put together some two-run magic in the 3rd inning to break the scoreless game. Allen Craig walked, David Freese singled Craig to third base, and Jarrett Hoffpauir singled to drive in Craig.
In the 5th inning, Sacramento took their first lead of the series. Travis Buck doubled with one out, Anthony Recker walked, and Gregorio Petit reached on an error to load the bases. Chris Denorfia singled home Buck and Recker as the River Cats led 2-1.
Memphis tied the game in their half of the 5th inning. Jon Jay singled and advanced to second base on Tyler Greene's bunt single. Craig singled to load the baes and David Freese reached on a fielder's choice with Jay scoring and Craig out at second base. Hoffpauir proceeded to ground into a double play to finish the inning before Memphis could convert their bases-loaded no out threat into a lead.
Hamilton's solo homer in the bottom of the 6th inning capped the scoring in the game.
NOTES: It was another fairly good pitching performance game in the series. Chad Reineke of Sacramento went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs and 8 hits while striking out 8 Redbirds. Adam Ottavino tossed 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and fanning 9 River Cats. . . . Memphis drew 9,200 fans for both home games in the PCL Championship Series. If Sacramento gets their fairly normal draw, Game 3's attendance in Sacramento could outdraw this series' total to-date. . . . Memphis has yet to lose a postseason game this season -- a 3-game sweep of Albuquerque and a two-game sweep of Sacramento in games played at Autozone Park. Pete Parise finished out all five contests and earned a save for his efforts in four of them. . . . Thursday is a travel day and the series continues Friday in Sacramento. The River Cats had the best record in the league in 2009 and they are the two-time defending PCL Champions, looking for a three-peat. If Sacramento is to win, they are going to have to win all three games in Sacramento. Any loss and the River Cats are eliminated and the Redbirds become new PCL Champions. Friday's probables are LHP Evan MacLane for Memphis and RHP Jerome Williams for Sacramento.
Filed 09/16/2009

September 15, 2009 - MEM 1, SAC 0

PCL Championship Series - Memphis leads 1-0

Autozone Park 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sacramento River Cats 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 5 0
Memphis Redbirds 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X . 1 7 2
WP: Jaime Garcia (2-0)
LP: Chris Gissell (1-1)
SV: Pete Parise (3)
Home Runs:

MEM David Freese (2) off Gissell in the 6th inning

TIME: 2:34  ATT: 4,622
For the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals), Game 1 of the PCL Championship Series was eerily similar to the American Conference Championship clincher over the Isotopes on Friday evening.
The opponent and the starting pitchers were different, but the outcome was similar. The Redbirds defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 1-0 in the series opener on the strength of a David Freese solo homer. It was the same score and same player homering for the Redbirds as in the game on Friday that finished the Isotopes season.
NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 27 minutes by rain and the threat of rain. . . . Jaime Garcia started for Memphis and went 6 2/3 innings and allowed no runs, 3 hits and struck out 7 River Cats. . . . Chris Gissell was the tough-luck loser for the River Cats, allowing just the homer and 6 hits in 6 1/3 innings while fanning 5 Redbirds. . . . The series continues on Wednesday evening at Autozone Park, weather permitting. No matter the outcome, it will be the Redbirds final home game at Autozone Park because the rest of the series will be played in Sacramento and if the Redbirds win the Championship, the single-game Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game will be played in Oklahoma City. Probables are RHP Chad Reineke for the River Cats and RHP Adam Ottavino for the Redbirds.
Filed 09/15/2009

Dodgers Recall Two Isotopes /
PCL Championship Ticket Refunds

Now that the Isotopes season is over, the Dodgers recalled infielders Blake DeWitt and Chin-Lung Hu from the Isotopes. Also, the Isotopes press-released their ticket refund instructions for those who purchased tickets to the PCL Championship Series that the Isotopes will not be playing in. Their release: Isotopes Playoff Ticket Refund Policy If you purchased tickets to PCL Championship Playoff Games at Isotopes Park on September 15 or September 16, the 'Topes do have a refund policy in place. Refund Options: If tickets were purchased through Ticketmaster online or over the phone with Ticketmaster, accounts have already been refunded to the credit card that was used to make the purchase. If tickets were purchased through a Ticketmaster outlet (i.e. Smith's), please take the tickets back to the outlet and simply request a refund. If tickets were purchased at the Isotopes Park Box Office, the Isotopes are now open to process refunds. Customers must have their tickets in order to receive the refund. The Box Office will be open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm until Friday, September 25th. If tickets were purchased through the Season Ticket and Group Sales Office, please contact your season ticket sales representative for more details. Tickets can be refunded or the value can be applied to next year's season ticket amounts. If you have any questions about the refund policy, please call the Isotopes administrative office at (505) 924-BALL (2255).
Filed 09/15/2009
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