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Albuquerque Isotopes 2010 At-A-Glance:
Night Record: 53-58Day Record: 19-13
Home Record: 39-33Road Record: 33-38
Division Record: 29-19Extra Innings Record: 10-6
Last Roadtrip: 2-2Final Homestand: 9-5
Current Streak: Won 2

September 17, 2010 - TAC wins 3-0

PCL Championship Series

Autozone Park, Memphis

Memphis      001 041 000 04 -- 10  15  2
Tacoma       200 020 200 00 --  6  13  0

WP: Andrew Baldwin (1-0)
LP: Eduardo Sanchez (0-1)

HR: TAC David Winfree (2) off Walters (5th inning)
    TAC Eliezer Alfonzo (1) off Walters (3rd inning)
    TAC Mike Wilson (3) off Scherer (6th inning)
    TAC Dustin Ackley (1) off Walters (5th inning)

    MEM Mark Hamilton (2) off Petit (1st inning)

TIME: 3:50
ATT: 6,709
The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) plated four runs in the 11th inning to defeat the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 10-6 to sweep the Redbirds and won their first outright PCL Championship since 1969.

In a game where Memphis had to win to stay alive in the series, they got off to a good start in the 1st inning. Daniel Descalso singled and scored on Mark Hamilton's homer.

Tacoma brought out the lumber starting in the 3rd inning. Eliezer Alfonzo solo homered, and in the 5th inning, Dustin Ackley solo homered with two outs. Greg Halman and Matt Mangini singled ahead of David Winfree's homer as the Rainiers took a 5-2 lead.

Memphis edged to 5-4 in the home half of the 5th inning. Donovan Solano reached on an error, James Rapoport singled and Descalso singled home Solano. Hamilton singled home Rapoport an out later.

Mike Wilson solo homered for Tacoma as the Rainiers led 6-4 in the 6th inning.

Memphis came up with two runs in the 7th inning to tie the game at 6-6. Rapoport singled, advanced to third base on Descalso's single and scored on Hamilton's single. Amaury Cazana singled home Descalso for the game-tying run.

The game remained deadlocked to the 11th inning. In the inning that made champions of the Rainiers, Ackley drew a one out walk, Halman singled, and Mangini singled to drive in Ackley with the go-ahead run. Winfree was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Mike Carp singled home Halman. Justin Smoak singled home Mangini and Winfree for the final two runs of the game before Wilson struck out and Jeffrey Dominguez grounded out to end the inning.

In 1969, the Tacoma club won their last outright PCL Championship by defeating Eugene. Between 1969 and tonight, Tacoma were co-PCL Champions in 1978 (with Albuquerque, series called off due to rainouts) and in 2001 (with New Orleans, series called off in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks). . . . The International League champion was also crowned on Friday night. The Columbus Clippers (AAA Indians) won the Governor's Cup with a victory over the Durham Bulls (AAA Rays) to win their best-of-five series 3-1. . . . Tacoma and Columbus advance to the 2010 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game, a one-game playoff to determine the champion in all of Triple-A baseball. The game is Tuesday September 21st at 6:00 P.M. M.D.T. on VERSUS (VS.) cable network. American Forces Network will broadcast the game to American service members stationed overseas.

Filed 09/17/2010

September 15, 2010 - TAC leads 2-0

PCL Championship Series

Autozone Park, Memphis

Memphis      022 002 100 --   7  12  2
Tacoma       431 300 00x --  11  15  0

WP: Mauricio Robles (1-0)
LP: Brandon Dickson (0-1)

HR: MEM Mark Hamilton (1) off Robles (3rd inning)

    TAC David Winfree (1) off Dickson (4th inning)
    TAC Greg Halman (1) off Dickson (2nd inning)
    TAC Mike Wilson (2) off Perez (4th inning)
    TAC Tug Hulett (1) off Dickson (3rd inning)
    TAC Mike Carp (1) off Dickson (2nd inning)

TIME: 3:16
ATT: 4,365
If you like homers, Game 2 of the 2010 PCL Championship was for you. There were six combined homers in the game, including five by Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) hitters, as the Rainiers practically powered their way to a 11-7 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five series.

Tacoma got off to a solid start. In the 1st inning, Greg Halman singled, Matt Mangini reached on an error and David Winfree singled to load the bases. Justin Smoak drew a walk to plate Halman and Mike Wilson singled home Mangini and Winfree. Tug Hulett singled to drive in Smoak as the Rainiers led 4-0.

Memphis halved the defecit in the 2nd inning. Amaury Cazana walked, Ruben Gotay singled and Tony Cruz doubled them both home.

The Rainiers extended the lead to 7-2 in their half of the 2nd inning. Dustin Ackley singled ahead of Halman's homer. Two outs later, Mike Carp solo homered.

Memphis added two more runs in the 3rd inning when Allen Craig walked and scored on Mark Hamilton's homer, while the Rainiers answered with a single run in the bottom half of the inning on Hulett's solo homer.

Tacoma made it 11-4 in the 4th inning. Winfree solo homered, Smoak singled and scored on Wilson's second homer of the series.

Memphis plated two runs in the 6th inning, Cazana and Gotay singled and Cruz walked to load the bags with no outs. Donovan Solano reached on a fielder's choice with Cazana scoring and Cruz out at second base and James Rapoport sacrifice flied out to bring home Gotay.

In the 7th inning, Craig doubled, advanced to third base on Hamilton's ground out, and scored on Joe Mather's single.

This was the final game in which the Rainiers will bat in the bottom half of each inning even though they are on the road at Autozone Park due to Cheney Stadium renovation. . . . Brandon Dickson, the Redbirds starter, was tagged for 10 hits and 9 runs (5 earned) in 3 1/3 innings while allowing four of the five Tacoma homers. . . . After a day off on Thursday, the series resumes Friday evening with everyone dressing and playing in appropriate fashion (Tacoma in their road uniforms, Memphis in their home whites) and Memphis batting last in each inning. A Tacoma win on Friday or any of the remaining games in the series would make them PCL Champions. Probables are Yusmeiro Petit for Tacoma and P.J. Walters for Memphis.

Filed 09/15/2010

September 14, 2010 - TAC leads 1-0

PCL Championship Series

Autozone Park, Memphis

Memphis      010 200 000 --  3  9  0
Tacoma       020 120 00x --  5  9  1

WP: Blake Beavan (1-0)
LP: Evan MacLane (0-1)
SV: Dan Cortes (1)

HR: TAC Justin Smoak (1) off MacLane (2nd inning)
    TAC Mike Wilson (1) off MacLane (4th inning)

TIME: 2:45
ATT: 4,041
In the opener of the 2010 PCL Championship Series, Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) hitters Justin Smoak and Mike Wilson each homered and they combined to drive in all of Tacoma's runs in a 5-3 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals).

Amaury Cazana doubled and scored on Donovan Solao's single in the 2nd inning as Memphis put the first run on the scoreboard.

David Winfree singled and scored on Smoak's homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning as Tacoma took a 2-1 lead.

Memphis regained the lead in the 4th inning. Ruben Gotay doubled and scored on Tony Cruz's single to tie the game. Cruz went to second base on a throwing error on the play and scored on Solano's single.

Tacoma tied up the game at 3-3 in their half of the 4th inning on Wilson's solo homer and the Rainiers took the lead for good in the 5th inning. Greg Halman and Matt Mangini singled and Winfree walked, all with one out. Smoak singled home Halman and with the bases still loaded, Wilson lifted a sacrifice fly to bring home Mangini.

The entire 2010 PCL Championship Series is being played at Autozone Park in Memphis as Tacoma's home stadium is currently undergoing renovation. Tacoma is the home team for the first two games in the series as those would have been the games they would have hosted if their home field was available. . . . Memphis fans definitely found it unusual to see the home nine dressed in road grays and batting in the top half of each inning. . . . The loss snapped Memphis' 10 game playoff winning streak. . . . Probables for Wednesday evening's contest are Brandon Dickson for Memphis and Mauricio Robles for Tacoma.

Filed 09/14/2010

September 12, 2010 - TAC wins 3-2

Safeco Field, Seattle

Sacramento   000 010 000 --  1  2  1
Tacoma       000 001 12x --  4  8  2

WP: Ryan Feierabend (1-0)
LP: Lenny DiNardo (0-1)
SV: Josh Lueke (2)

HR: SAC Chris Carter (1) off Feierabend (5th inning)

    TAC Matt Mangini (1) off DiNardo (8th inning)

TIME: 2:11
ATT: 843
In front of a disappointing crowd of 843 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) hurler Ryan Feierabend tossed 8 innings, allowing a run and 2 hits, and Matt Mangini two-run homered to secure the 4-1 Rainiers victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). With the victory, the Tacoma Rainiers became the 2010 Pacific Conference Champions and earned a berth in the PCL Championship Series.

Chris Carter solo homered in the 5th inning as the River Cats led 1-0.

The Rainiers tied the game at 1-1 in the 6th inning. Dustin Ackley, Greg Halman and Mangini consecutive singled with one out with Ackley plating the run.

The Rainiers took the lead on a weird play in the 7th inning. Justin Smoak singled but was erased from the basepaths when pinch-hitter Mike Wilson reached on a fielder's choice. Jose Yepez grounded out into what was thought to be a double play. Wilson was called safe at second base but River Cats first baseman Tommy Everidge did not realize that and tossed the ball into the stands to a fan thinking the inning was over. Everidge's two-base error allowed Wilson to come around to score the go-ahead run.

The Rainiers secured the win in the 8th inning when Ackley was hit by a pitch and scored on Mangini's two run homer.

The Rainiers have a tough road to becoming PCL Champions. With their home field Cheney Stadium currently under major renovation and Safeco Field or other ballparks in the Tacoma area unavailable or unsuitable, the Rainiers will be playing the whole PCL Championship Series in Memphis against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). The Rainiers should have confidence considering they started the Pacific Conference finals in Sacramento and won both contests on the road before arriving at Safeco Field to play their three "home" games. . . . With the loss, the River Cats' string of consecutive PCL Championship Series appearances ended at three. . . . The Rainiers and Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) start their PCL Championship Series on Tuesday evening. Games 1 and 2 will have Tacoma as the "home" team. Games 3 and 4 and 5, if necessary, will feature American Conference champion Memphis as the home team. Probables for Game 1 have not yet been announced.

Filed 09/12/2010

September 11, 2010 - Series Tied 2-2

Safeco Field, Seattle

Sacramento   100 001 003 --  5  7  0
Tacoma       000 000 001 --  1  4  0

WP: Brett Tomko (1-0)
LP: Yusmeiro Petit (0-1)

TIME: 3:18
ATT: 983
Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) hurler Brett Tomko tossed six scoreless innings and Travis Buck drove in two runs in a key inning as the River Cats defeated the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 5-1 at Safeco Field in Seattle to force a game five on Sunday evening to determine the Pacific Conference champion.

In the 1st inning, Sacramento's Corey Wimberly led off the game with a single, Tommy Everidge singled him to third base and Matt Watson singled him home.

The River Cats held the slimmest of leads until the 6th inning when Eric Sogard singled, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Corey Brown's single.

Sacramento took the slim 2-0 lead into the 9th inning and added three insurance runs. Adrian Cardenas walked and Wimberly laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Cardenas into scoring position. Sogard drew a walk and a wild pitch advanced both runners a base. Jeff Baisley sacrifice flied out to bring home Cardenas, Watson walked and Buck doubled to drive in Sogard and Watson as the River Cats led 5-0.

Tacoma avoided the shutout by plating a run in their last at-bat. Mike Carp drew a leadoff walk, Justin Smoak followed with another walk, Carp took third base on Mike Wilson's fielders choice with Smoak out at second base, and Eliezer Alfonzo sacrifice flied out to bring home Carp.

Playing "home" games at Safeco Field in this series while Cheney Stadium is in the middle of renovations appears to be disappointing for the Rainiers. Attendance was just 983 fans for the Saturday contest with a noon start time. Friday evening's attendance was 2,460. The verdict is still out on whether Sunday evening's contest will be the largest drawing game of the three. . . . The winner of Sunday evening's game at Safeco Field will move on to the 2010 PCL Championship Series to face the American Conference champion Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). Probables for the game are to-be-determined for both teams.

Filed 09/11/2010

September 10, 2010 - TAC leads 2-1

Safeco Field, Seattle

Sacramento   201 003 000 --  6  7  1
Tacoma       001 000 100 --  2  8  0

WP: Vin Mazzaro (1-0)
LP: Mauricio Robles (0-1)

HR: SAC Matt Watson (1) off Robles (1st inning)
    SAC Michael Taylor (1) off Robles (6th inning)

TIME: 2:43
ATT: 2,460
Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) hitters Matt Watson and Michael Taylor powered the River Cats to a 6-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) at Safeco Field in Seattle to avoid elimination in the 2010 Pacific Conference championship. The Rainiers lead the best-of-five series 2-1.

Eric Sogard walked and scored on Watson's two run homer as the River Cats quickly led 2-0 in the 1st inning.

Each team scored in the 3rd inning. Sacramento's Josh Donaldson brought home a run with a sacrifice fly, while Tacoma's Grag Halman sacrifice flied out to plate a Tacoma run.

Sacramento put the game away in the 6th inning. Watson singled, Chris Carter drew a walk two outs later, and Taylor three-run homered as Sacramento led 6-1.

Eliezer Alfonzo singled, advanced to third base when Tug Hulett singled and advanced to second base on a fielding error, and scored on Dustin Ackley's groundout for Tacoma's final run of the game.

The series is being played at Safeco Field in Seattle as Tacoma's home ballpark, Cheney Stadium, is currently undergoing renovation. If the Rainiers can win one of the next two games to win the Pacific Conference championship, they will play all games in the PCL Championship Series in Memphis (home of the American Conference champions Memphis Redbirds). . . . The series continues Saturday at Safeco Field. Probables are Brett Tomko for the River Cats and former-Isotope Yusmeiro Petit for the Rainiers.

Filed 09/10/2010

September 10, 2010 - MEM wins 3-0

AT-T Bricktown Ballpark

Memphis         102 002 010 --  6  12  0
Oklahoma City   100 000 010 --  2   5  0

WP: Lance Lynn (1-0)
LP: Doug Mathis (0-1)

TIME: 3:10
ATT: 3,906
At AT-T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) starter Lance Lynn was masterful, allowing 3 hits and a run in 7 innings while fanning 16 Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) batters. The Redbirds defeated the Redhawks 6-2 to advance to the 2010 PCL Championship Series.

The two clubs exchanged single runs in the 1st inning. Joe Mather brought home a run on a fielder's choice for the Redbirds, Willy Taveras doubled and scored on Brandon Boggs' single for the Redhawks.

Mark Hamilton doubled home two runs in the 3rd inning, and Donovan Solano doubled home a run in the 6th inning and scored on James Rapoport's single as the Redbirds led 5-1.

Allen Craig doubled home Memphis' last run in the 8th inning and in the bottom of the 8th inning, James Tomlin singled and scored on Hernan Iribarren's double for the final run of the game.

The Redbirds swept the Redhawks 3 games to none and advance to the PCL Championship Series for the second year in a row (Memphis defeated Albuquerque in the American Conference Championship in 2009 also in a sweep). . . . If the Redbirds can repeat as PCL Champions, they will play in Oklahoma City once more before the 2010 season is over. The Triple-A National Championship Game, a one-game playoff featuring the champions of the Pacific Coast League and International League, will be held in Oklahoma City on September 21st. With their elimination, the Redhawks will not be playing in that game on their home turf.

Filed 09/10/2010

Hoffmann makes Team USA; Lindsey's First At-Bat

It was a rather eventful day for two Isotope fan favorites. USA Baseball announced the 2011 Pan American Games qualifying team roster on Thursday. The rosters contain players not on a major-league 40-man roster and the only Dodgers farmhand was Jamie Hoffmann. Another familiar name on the roster is a Rockies farmhand, Jordan Pacheco, who was born in Albuquerque and went to college at the University of New Mexico. Team USA plays a couple of exhibition games in late September before the Pan American games qualifying tournament in October in Puerto Rico where the top eight countries out of the 13-country tournament will play in the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. John Lindsey had his official first at-bat for the Dodgers on Thursday. On Wednesday, Lindsey had been scheduled to pinch-hit, was announced and then removed when the Padres made a pitching change. On Thursday in Houston against the Astros, Lindsey pinch-hit in the 7th inning for Dodgers starter Ted Lilly and flew out to center field. The Dodgers brought in Lindsey's family from Mississippi to Houston to celebrate Lindsey's accomplishment and Lindsey is expected to start at least one game and maybe two games in the Houston series.
Filed 09/09/2010

September 9, 2010 - TAC leads 2-0

Raley Field

Tacoma       100 004 030 --  8   8  0
Sacramento   001 000 400 --  5  12  1

WP: Levale Speigner (1-0)
LP: John Halama (0-1)
SV: Josh Lueke (1)

HR: TAC Dustin Ackley (1) off Benwart (6th inning)

    SAC Tommy Everidge (1) off Speigner (7th inning)

TIME: 2:59
ATT: 10,382
In West Sacramento, Tacoma Rainiers' (AAA Mariners) Dustin Ackley grand-slam homered and drove in five runs as they sent the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) to the brink of elimination in a 8-5 victory in game two of the Pacific Conference championship.

Ackley was a thorn in the River Cats' side right from the 1st inning. Ackley singled to lead off the game, went to second base on Greg Halman's walk, advanced to third base on Mike Carp's single and scored on Tug Hulett's sacrifice flyout.

Corey Wimberly tripled and scored on Eric Sogard's single in the 3rd inning as Sacramento knotted the game at 1-1.

Tacoma took what appeared to be a commanding lead in the 6th inning. Justin Smoak singled with one out, Brad Nelson walked, Elizier Alfonzo infield-flied out, Jeffrey Dominguez walked to load the bags and Ackley cleared them with a homer off the right field foul pole to give the Rainiers a 5-1 lead.

Sacramento plated four runs in the 7th inning to tie the game at 5-5, highlighted by Tommy Everidge's three-run homer.

Tacoma didn't waste any time regaining the lead and putting the game away. In the 8th inning, Nelson reached on an error and was replaced by pinch-runner Mike Wilson. Alfonzo laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Wilson to second base and Dominguez tripled home Wilson for the go-ahead run. Ackley singled home Dominguez and Halman was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch advanced both runners a base and Carp sacrifice flied out to bring home Ackley for a 8-5 lead.

The series moves to Safeco Field in Seattle for Game 3 on Friday evening (and games 4 and 5 if necessary). Cheney Stadium in Tacoma is currently undergoing a major renovation and is in the wrecking ball stage, making the stadium unsuitable to host playoff games. . . . Tacoma only needs a victory in the next three games to clinch the Pacific Conference championship and head to the PCL championship, while the virtually-perennial playoff team River Cats need to win their next three games to win the conference championship and advance to the league championship. . . . Probables for both teams are to-be-announced.

Filed 09/09/2010

September 9, 2010 - MEM leads 2-0

Autozone Park

Oklahoma City   000 020 000 --  2  9  0
Memphis         000 021 00x --  3  9  0

WP: PJ Walters (1-0)
LP: Brandon McCarthy (0-1)
SV: Josh Kinney (2)

TIME: 2:35
ATT: 3,473
In Memphis, Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) batter Ruben Gotay knocked in the go-ahead run in the 6th inning and the Redbirds bullpen held the lead as the Redbirds defeated the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American Conference championship.

In the 5th inning for the Redhawks , Kevin Richardson doubled with one out and scored another out later on Willy Taveras' single. Taveras went to second base on the throw and scored on Chris Davis' single as the Redhawks led 2-0.

Memphis matched them in the bottom of the 5th inning to tie the game at 2-2. Tony Cruz ground-rule doubled, Donovan Solano singled and James Rapoport singled home Cruz. Daniel Descalso laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position and Allen Craig grounded out to bring home Solano.

In the 6th inning, Memphis' Joe Mather singled and scored on Gotay's one-out double. Gotay was nailed at third base on the play trying to extend the double into a triple, potentially killing an opportunity to increase the lead to two runs later in the frame.

The venue shifts to AT-T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City Friday evening for Game 3 (and 4 and 5, if necessary). . . . . The Redhawks need to win the next three games to win the American Conference championship and advance to the PCL championship, while Memphis only needs one win to advance to the league championship. . . . The Redhawks have the extra motivation to know if that if they can win the conference and league championships, they can play the Triple-A National Championship Game in their home ballpark as the game is scheduled for September 21st in Oklahoma City, no matter who wins the PCL or International League championships. . . . Probables in Game 3 are Lance Lynn for Memphis and Doug Mathis for Oklahoma City.

Filed 09/09/2010

September 8, 2010 - TAC leads 1-0

Raley Field

Tacoma       011 400 202 --  10  15  2
Sacramento   340 001 000 --   8   9  0

WP: Scott Patterson (1-0)
LP: Travis Blackley (0-1)

HR: TAC Greg Halman (1) off Mortensen (4th inning)

    SAC Travis Buck (1) off Baldwin (1st inning)

TIME: 4:10
ATT: 9,210
In a marathon 4 hour, 10 minute contest, Brad Nelson doubled home two runs in the 9th inning that proved to be the game-winning runs as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 10-8 in the opener of the 2010 Pacific Conference Championship at Raley Field in Sacramento.

The River Cats got off to a great start in the game. In the 1st inning, Corey Wimberly walked, advanced to second base on Eric Sogard's single, stole third base and scored on Tommy Everidge's sacrifice flyout. Travis Buck two-run homered later in the inning as Sacramento led 3-0.

After Tacoma's Tug Hulett drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in a run in the 2nd inning, the River Cats put four more runs on the scoreboard in the home half of the 2nd inning to lead 7-1 with three runs scoring on errors and Matt Watson singling home a run.

Mike Carp grounded out to bring home a run in the 3rd inning for Tacoma and Greg Halman three-run homered as part of a four-run 4th inning as Tacoma got back into the game trailing 7-6.

Corey Brown drove home Watson with a single in the 6th inning as Sacramento plated their final run.

In the 7th inning, Dustin Ackley walked and went to second base on a wild pitch. Halman walked and David Winfrey singled home Ackley. Halman went to third on the play and scored on Carp's groundout as the Rainiers tied the game at 8-8.

In the 9th inning, Matt Mangini singled and was lifted for pinch-runner Jeffrey Dominguez. An out later, Carp singled and Justin Smoak singled to load the bases. Nelson doubled home Dominguez and Carp for the go-ahead runs and Eliezer Alfonzo and Hulett each struck out swinging to strand Smoak at third base.

Former-Isotope Dallas McPherson was placed on the River Cats' disabled list and likely won't appear in the conference championship series. . . . Probables for game two of the series on Thursday evening are Blake Beavan for the Rainiers and Travis Banwart for the River Cats.

Filed 09/08/2010

September 8, 2010 - MEM leads 1-0

Autozone Park

Oklahoma City   010 112 000 --  5   9  1
Memphis         030 040 00x --  7  11  1

WP: Brandon Dickson (1-0)
LP: Guillermo Moscoso (0-1)
SV: Josh Kinney (1)

HR: OKC Chris Davis (1) off Dickson (4th inning)
    OKC Max Ramirez (1) off Dickson (6th inning)

    MEM Joe Mather (1) off Moscoso (2nd inning)
    MEM Joe Mather (2) off Moscoso (5th inning)
    MEM Allen Craig (1) off Moscoso (5th inning)

TIME: 3:09
ATT: 3,195
Joe Mather homered twice and drove in three runs in the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 7-5 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in the opener of the 2010 American Conference Championship in front of 3,195 fans at Autozone Park in Memphis.

Chris Davis doubled and scored on Ryan Garko's double in the 2nd inning as the Redhawks were the first on the scoreboard.

Mather's solo homer in the home half of the 2nd inning tied the game. Amaury Cazana doubled, Ruben Gotay walked and a passed ball advanced both runners into scoring position. Donovan Solano singled them both home as the Redbirds built a 3-1 lead.

Davis solo homered in the 4th inning and Hernan Iribarren singled home a run in the 5th inning as the Redhawks tied the game at 3-3.

The Redbirds didn't take long to reclaim the lead for good. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Daniel Descalso singled with one out and came around to score on Allen Craig's homer. Mark Hamilton walked ahead of Mather's second homer of the game as those two homers gave Memphis a 7-3 advantage.

Davis singled and scored on Max Ramirez's two run homer in the 6th inning for Oklahoma City's final two runs of the game.

Game two of the series is Thursday night in Memphis. Brandon McCarthy is the probable for the Redhawks while the Redbirds have yet to name a probable.

Filed 09/08/2010

Oeltjen Promoted; Dodger Pride Winners

The Dodgers purchased the contract of OF Trent Oeltjen from the Isotopes. Oeltjen becomes the seventh Isotope to earn a September roster expansion promotion to the Dodgers (AJ Ellis, John Lindsey, Russ Mitchell, Chin-Lung Hu, Jon Link and John Ely). The Dodgers designated IF Ronnie Belliard for assignment to free up 40-man roster room for Oeltjen. The Dodgers also named their August Dodger Pride award winners. At the Triple-A level, P Jon Link and IF Justin Sellers are the winners. Link went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA during the month of August. In August, Sellers hit .349 (30x86) with 8 homers and 23 RBI. BASEBALL AMERICA had a blog article about the end-of-season leaders in various categories. John Lindsey had the best batting average (.353) and slugging percentage (.657) in all of Minor League Baseball. No other Isotope players ranked in the top five of the various categories listed in the blog entry. Finally, the PCL named their final weekly award winners. Jason Dubois of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the final Hitter of the Week. Dubois hit .529 (18x34) with 6 homers and 18 RBI during the award week. Shane Loux of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the final Pitcher of the Week. Loux made one start during the award week -- against the Isotopes -- and tossed a complete game shutout while earning the victory. Loux allowed 5 Isotope hits, walked none and fanned 6.
Filed 09/07/2010

September 6, 2010 - Isotopes (72-71)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque    100 100 200 --  4  8  0
Round Rock     000 000 000 --  0  5  0

WP: Tim Corcoran (9-8)
LP: Josh Banks (9-12)

HR: ALB Scott Van Slyke (1) off Banks (7th inning)
    ALB Michael Restovich (2) off Banks (4th inning)

TIME: 2:18
ATT: 9,473
Albuquerque ended their 2010 on a good note. Tim Corcoran tossed six scoreless innings and Scott Van Slyke and Michael Restovich provided the power as the Isotopes shut out the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) 4-0 on Labor Day afternoon.

Jamie Hoffmann singled, stole second base and scored on Restovich's single in the 1st inning as Albuquerque was off and running.

Restovich solo homered in the 4th inning and in the 7th inning, JD Closser singled ahead of Van Slyke's homer as Albuquerque led 4-0.

In earning his team-leading 8th victory, Corcoran walked none, struck out 5, allowed no runs and gave up 5 hits in 6 innings.

Ivan DeJesus, Jr.: 0x4, .296 AVG
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (5), .289 AVG

Saturday's loss that eliminated the Isotopes from playoff contention was even more important than thought at the time. After each teams' series opener on Friday, Albuquerque had an elimination number of one meaning any Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) win or Isotopes loss would have sealed the division for the Redhawks. The Redhawks lost their final three games of the season, while Albuquerque won their final two games after the playoff elimination loss. Had the Isotopes won on Saturday, they would have been division champions after today's game due to a tiebreaker. . . . The Dodgers made their callups official on Monday, recalling P John Ely, P Jon Link, and IF Chin-Lung Hu from the Isotopes and purchasing the contracts of IF John Lindsey and IF Russ Mitchell from Albuquerque. P Jesus Rodriguez and IF Travis Denker were both added back to the Isotopes roster from the rookie-level AZL Dodgers. . . . The Isotopes finished 2010 with a 72-71 winning record. It marks the first even-numbered year in their eight seasons of play that Albuquerque ended the year with a winning record. In six of the eight seasons, Albuquerque has finished in second place or better in the division standings. All-time, Albuquerque is 581-565 in the regular season. . . . John Lindsey became the Isotopes' first PCL batting champion with a .353 average. Jamie Hoffmann led the league in hits (169) and Trent Oeltjen led the league in doubles (42), accumulated with the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) and Isotopes. . . . Lindsey's .353 average and Hoffmann's 169 hits also established new Isotope franchise records. . . . The Isotopes set a slew of franchise records in team batting: batting average (.302), Runs (871), Hits (1,533), Doubles (341), RBI (816), At-Bats (5,080). The Isotopes also drew the fewest walks in franchise history (403). . . . No Isotopes pitchers set franchise bests or worst in 2010. As a team, Albuquerque set franchise worsts in team ERA (5.88) and hits allowed (1,517). . . . Albuquerque and Round Rock spilt the just-completed four-game series and 41,938 attended for a per-game average of 10,485. For the 16-game regular season series, Albuquerque won 9 of the 16 games (6-2 at Isotopes Park, 3-5 in Round Rock). All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 49-47. . . . The shutout tossed was Albuqueque's sixth of the season. . . . The Isotopes had 29 divisional wins in 2010 - tying the franchise best mark. . . . Albuquerque improved to 5-3 in Labor Day contests and are on a four-game Labor Day winning streak. . . . The Isotopes went the whole season without having swept or been swept in a series. Most series' were splits. . . . Ryne Sandberg of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Manager of the Year. Sandberg, in his first season at the helm of the Cubs, came within one game of a division title, losing the final game of the season to be eliminated from winning a division title. Sandberg received 15 votes, while Omaha manager Mike Jirschele finished second with 5 votes. Isotopes manager Tim Wallach, last year's PCL Manager of the Year, did not finish among the top votegetters. . . . Michael Kirkman of the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Year. Kirkman went 13-3 with a 3.09 ERA, struck out 130 batters in 131 innings pitched, and was named PCL Pitcher of the Week twice. Kirkman received 15 votes, while Eric Hacker of Fresno (AAA Giants) came in second with 11 votes. . . . The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) repeated as division champions today, defeating Iowa to take the PCL American Conference Northern Division using a tiebreaker to determine the champion. The American Conference Finals will feature the Redbirds and Redhawks, while the Pacific Conference Finals will feature the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) and Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). There will be PCL playoff coverage posted here through the Triple-A championship game in Oklahoma City that features the PCL and International League champions in a one-game playoff.

Filed 09/06/2010

September 5, 2010 - Isotopes (71-71)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque    020 010 000 --  3  10  1
Round Rock     000 100 100 --  2   6  1

WP: Edgar Gonzalez (1-1)
LP: Jordan Lyles 90-3)
SV: Scott Dohmann (16)

HR: RR Brandon Barnes (1) off Gonzalez (7th inning)

TIME: 2:37
ATT: 12,147
Esteban Lopez got to enjoy his time in the spotlight on Sunday evening in Round Rock. A bullpen catcher for most of the season, Lopez got the start and knocked in two runs with a single in leading the Isotopes to a 3-2 victory over the Express. The victory snapped a five game Isotopes road losing streak.

In the 2nd inning, Michael Restovich, Justin Sellers and Scott Van Slyke singled to load the bags and Lopez singled home Restovich and Sellers. Isotopes starter Edgar Gonzalez reached on a fielder's choice, Jamie Hoffmann struck out and Ivan DeJesus Jr. flied out to kill the rally as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Andrew Locke singled, took second base on Collin DeLome's single, and scored when Matt Kata reached on an error as the Express cut the defecit to a run at 2-1 in the 4th inning.

Gonzalez singled, advanced to second base on Hoffmann's single, went to third base on DeJesus Jr.'s fielders choice and scored on Russ Mitchell's single as the Isotopes increased their advantage back to two runs at 3-1 in the 5th inning.

Brandon Barnes solo homered in the 7th inning for Round Rock's final run.

Gonzalez went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on five hits while fanning 8.

Ivan DeJesus, Jr.: 1x5, 1 K, .299 AVG
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4, 1 K, .294 AVG
Josh Lindblom: 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 6.54 ERA

The official site of the Los Angeles Dodgers reported Sunday that five more Isotopes will be headed to the Dodgers in time for Monday's game. John Lindsey, Chin-Lung Hu, John Ely, Russ Mitchell, and Jon Link are scheduled to board a flight Monday morning destined for Southern California. The Dodgers have yet to announce roster moves in order to free up 40-man roster space for Lindsey and Mitchell. Hu, Ely and Link are already on the Dodgers' 40 man roster. . . . Trent Oeltjen hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . There was more champagne cork-popping in the PCL on Sunday. The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) defeated the Frenso Grizzlies to win the PCL Pacific Conference Northern Division. The Rainiers are a game up on the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) heading into the final day of the season, but they hold the tiebreaker so even if the Rainiers lose and the Bees win on Monday, the Rainiers would win using the tiebreaker. Due to a major renovation of Cheney Stadium that requires every precious day between the regular season and the start of the 2011 season, the Rainiers will play all their playoff games on the road. In the Pacific Conference finals, the Rainiers will call Safeco Park in Seattle home. If the Rainiers make it past the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) into the PCL Championship series, the Rainiers will play all games at the homefield of the American Conference opponent. . . . Overall, it has been a great pennant race in the PCL. No division was clinched before the final week of the season and one race is still to be decided. The American Conference Northern Division conference champion will be determined by the victor of Monday's Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) / Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) contest. If Iowa wins, they win the division by two games over Memphis. If the Redbirds win, they create a deadlock atop the division and win the division on a tiebreaker. . . . The Isotopes and Express close out the 2010 campaign on Monday afternoon. The Isotopes currently have a .500 record so the game will determine if the they will have a winning or losing record in 2010. Probables are RHP Tim Corcoran (8-8, 6.68) for the Isotopes and RHP Josh Banks (9-11, 3.99) for the Express.

Filed 09/05/2010

September 4, 2010 - Isotopes (70-71)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque    000 000 011 --  2  8  1
Round Rock     000 203 10x --  6  5  1

WP: Andy Van Hekken (8-8)
LP: Charlie Haeger (4-3)

HR: ALB Chin-Lung Hu (4) off Van Hekken (8th inning)

TIME: 2:20
ATT: 10,091
The Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) lost their contest Saturday early afternoon, so the Isotopes knew heading into the game that they were not eliminated from the playoffs yet. The Isotopes bats continued their slumber and the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) came away with a 6-2 victory that knocked the Isotopes out of playoff contention and gave the division title to the Redhawks.

Round Rock got on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Jack Shuck walked and Oswaldo Navarro singled to put runners on the corners. Andrew Locke grounded out to bring home Shuck. Navarro went to second base on the groundout and took third base on a passed ball before scoring on Collin DeLome's sacrifice flyout.

The game got away from the Isotopes in the 6th inning. Shuck singled, Navarro walked and both scored on DeLome's triple. Matt Kata doubled home DeLome as the Express led 5-0.

Navarro sacrifice flied out to bring home a run in the 7th inning as Round Rock extended their lead to 6-0 with time running out on Albuquerque's season.

Chin-Lung Hu solo homered in the 8th inning as the Isotopes avoided being shut out for the second night in a row, and in the 9th inning, Justin Sellers doubled with two outs and scored on JD Closser's single with a fielding error on the play.

Isotopes starter Charlie Haeger tossed 6 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) and 4 hits.

Ivan DeJesus, Jr.: 0x4, 2 K, .300 AVG
Scott Van Slyke: 0x1, .300 AVG

P Geoff Geary was activated from the disabled list and P Jesus Rodriguez was transferred to rookie-level AZL Dodgers. You can expect a few more roster moves in the coming days now that Albuquerque has been eliminated from playoff contention. . . . With their elimination, Albuquerque continues to have two division titles in the record books. The Isotopes have come close to several other division titles -- three of their six playoff eliminations have come with three games or fewer left in the season. . . . The heart of the Isotopes order (Russ Mitchell, John Lindsey, and Jamie Hoffmann) continue to struggle. Tonight, they were 1x12 (.083) with a double and four strikeouts. Adding together with last night's stats, the trio is 1x24 (.042) with a double and six strikeouts. . . . Chin-Lung Hu had 3 hits and Trent Oeltjen had 2 hits for Albuquerque's only players with multi-hits in the game. . . . At 70-71, the Isotopes are below the .500 mark for the first time since August 26th. . . . Albuquerque is in the midst of a season-worst 5 game road losing streak. . . . The 2010 PCL MVP is J.P. Arencibia of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays). Arencibia hit .301 with 32 homers and 85 RBI for the 51s during the season and was promoted on two different occasions to the Blue Jays. Arencibia received 12 MVP votes, while Mark Trumbo of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) received 7. John Lindsey also received some votes. . . . The Isotopes have two more games left in their 2010 campaign and other than playing for individual stats and a chance to get a promotion to the Dodgers for the rest of September, it would be a good team goal to at least finish the season with a winning record. A sweep of the Express in the next two contests would give Albuquerque a one game over .500 record. Probables in Sunday evening's contest, the final night game for Albuquerque, are RHP Edgar Gonzalez (1-2, 4.72) for the Isotopes and RHP Jordan Lyles (0-2, 5.40) for the E-train.

Filed 09/04/2010

September 3, 2010 - Isotopes (70-70)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque    000 000 000 --  0  5  0
Round Rock     002 000 10x --  3  7  0

WP: Shane Loux (6-12)
LP: John Ely (5-4)

TIME: 2:17
ATT: 10,227
Albuquerque's playoff chances were devastated on Friday evening. Isotopes starter John Ely did not pitch too bad, but the story of the game was Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) starter Shane Loux, who tossed a complete game shutout as Round Rock defeated Albuquerque 3-0 to snap the Express' nine-game losing streak. The Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) defeated the Omaha Royals (AAA Royals) so Albuquerque fell to 3 games back of the Redhawks with 3 games left to play. Albuquerque's elimination number is one, so any Redhawks victory or any Isotopes loss eliminates the Isotopes. For Albuquerque to win the division, they would have to win the next three games and the Redhawks would have to lose the next three games, resulting in a deadlock atop the division with Albuquerque winning the division on a tiebreaker.

In the 3rd inning, Brandon Barnes doubled, Edwin Bellorin singled, and Loux laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Jack Shuck reached on a fielder's choice with Barnes scoring and Oswaldo Navarro grounded out to bring home Bellorin as the Express led 2-0.

In the 7th inning, Collin DeLome doubled, advanced to third on Matt Kata's sacrifice bunt and scored on Edwin Maysonet's single as the Express led 3-0.

Ely ended up pitching 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. Ely walked 1 and struck out 7 in the losing effort.

Ivan DeJesus, Jr.: 1x4, 1 K, .302 AVG
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3, .310 AVG

The Dodgers made their first September roster expansion callup from the Isotopes, recalling C A.J. Ellis. The Dodgers also recalled IF Rafael Furcal from his rehabilitation assignment. C Esteban Lopez was activated from the disabled list. . . . Trent Oeltjen was the only Isotope with multi-hits in the game (2). . . . Oeltjen and Ivan DeJesus Jr. each hit safely to extend their hitting streaks to 7 games. . . . The combo of John Lindsey, Jamie Hoffmann and Russ Mitchell went a combined 0x12 with 2 strikeouts. . . . None of Albuquerque's five hits went for extra bases. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out four times this season. . . . Albuquerque has lost their last four road games, tying a season-worst road losing streak mark. . . . Three Isotopes players will be playing in October in the Arizona Fall League. P Jon Link, P Justin Miller, and IF Ivan DeJesus Jr. will be playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, managed by Dodgers coach Don Mattingly. . . . The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) became the first PCL club to clinch a division title, winning the PCL Pacific Conference Southern Division title. The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) became the latest PCL team to be eliminated from playoff contention. The River Cats division title is their 9th in 11 seasons of play. . . . The Isotopes send knuckleballer RHP Charlie Haeger (4-2, 5.66) to the mound hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive, albeit they should know earlier in the day if the Redhawks were able to win their daygame to clinch the division. The Express are expected to counter with LHP Andy Van Hekken (7-8, 4.52).

Filed 09/03/2010

September 2, 2010 - Isotopes (70-69)

Isotopes Park

Iowa           100 100 100 --   3   7  0
Albuquerque    100 041 25x --  13  19  0

WP: Francisco Felix (2-0)
LP: Austin Bibens-Dirkx (5-4)

HR: IWA Brad Snyder (24) off Felix (1st inning)

    ALB John Lindsey (25) off Gray (8th inning)
    ALB Trent Oeltjen (13) off Bibens-Dirkx (5th inning)
    ALB Rafael Furcal (1) off Bibens-Dirkx (5th inning)

TIME: 3:30
ATT: 13,002
Things went great for Albuquerque. A great schoolnight crowd of 13,002 attended what could be Albuquerque's final home game of the season, Francisco Felix gave Albuquerque a quality start, a trio of Isotopes hit two-run homers, and the Isotopes survived the series with the pesky Iowa Cubs (Cubs) with a 13-3 victory and saw their playoff chances unchanged.

Felix allowed a 1st inning Brad Snyder solo homer, but his teammates came through in the bottom of the 1st inning to tie the game. Ivan DeJesus Jr. reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second base on Russ Mitchell's single and scored on John Lindsey's single.

Jason Dubois tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the 4th inning as Iowa led 2-1.

The Isotopes offense really got things going in the 5th inning. Felix singled and scored on the rehabbing Rafael Furcal's two-run homer. DeJesus Jr. doubled and scored two outs later on Trent Oeltjen's homer as the Isotopes led 5-2.

Justin Sellers walked, stole second base, took third base on Chin-Lung Hu's single and scored on DeJesus Jr.'s single to extend Albuquerque's lead to 6-2.

Marquez Smith singled home Bobby Scales in the 7th inning for Iowa's final run.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Lindsey doubled, Oeltjen walked and Hoffmann singled to load the bags with no outs. A.J. Ellis singled home Lindsey and Sellers singled home Oeltjen. Pinch-hitter Michael Restovich grounded into a fielder's choice with Hoffmann out at home plate and Hu grounded into a double play to kill the rally with Albuquerque leading 8-3.

The Isotopes plated their final five runs in the 8th inning. Mitchell was hit by a pitch and scored on Lindsey's homer. Oeltjen and Hoffmann singled and Ellis doubled home Oeltjen. Isotopes reliever Josh Lindblom singled home Hoffmann and Ellis.

Felix ended up allowing 3 runs and 6 hits in 6 2/3 innings, while allowing 3 walks and fanning 5 Cubs.

Ivan DeJesus, Jr.: 3x6, 2 R, 1 2B (33), 1 RBI (70), .302 AVG
Josh Lindblom: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 6.56 ERA

DODGERS Rehab Report

Rafael Furcal: 1x2, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (4), 1 BB, .600 AVG

Furcal made what might be his final Isotopes rehab appearance before rejoining the Dodgers. Furcal hit leadoff and played shortstop.

In the 1st inning, Furcal walked but was erased from the basepaths on a fielder's choice. Furcal flied out to center in the 2nd inning and two-run homered in the 5th inning.

Defensively, Furcal was part of two double plays, caught a pop-up, threw out a runner on a groundout, and his night ended when Chin-Lung Hu came into the game to play shortstop in the 6th inning .

Albuquerque's playoff chances were unharmed because of the victory over the Cubs and the fact that the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) swept the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) in a doubleheader, bringing the Isotopes to 2 games back with 4 games to play and keeping the elimination number at 3. You have to like Albuquerque's chances of making the playoffs. The Isotopes play their final four games in Round Rock where the Express have lost their last nine games, barely have a winning record at their Dell Diamond home field, and have been eliminated from playoff contention for quite awhile now. The Redhawks on the other hand get to play their final four games at home, but they are playing the Omaha Royals who are like the Isotopes in that they are in a playoff race and two games back of their division leaders Memphis Redbirds and Iowa Cubs so they will need to win to keep from getting eliminated from postseason play. . . . The Cubs took 3 out of the 4 games in the series (and 3 out of the 5 games if you count the completion of a suspended game that occurred during this visit with stats that count in July totals). 39,023 attended the four official August games for a per-game average of 9,756. . . . Tonight also marked the completion of the 16-game regular season series between the two clubs and Iowa won 9 of the 16 games. Albuquerque was 3-5 against the Cubs at Isotopes Park and 4-4 against the Cubs at Principal Park in Des Moines. All-time, Iowa leads the series 67-61 with Albuquerque holding a 35-29 advantage at Isotopes Park and Iowa holding a 38-26 advantage in Des Moines. . . . The Isotopes may not necessarily say be saying bye-bye to the Cubs for 2010 - if the Isotopes and Cubs can each win division titles in the next few days, they would meet each other in the 2010 American Conference finals with Albuquerque holding the homefield advantage. . . . The Isotopes completed their eighth season of home play with 70 regular season home dates as two were postponed due to weather. 571,100 attended for a per-date average of 8,159. New parking fees and a dollar increase in prices for advance purchase of most seats in the park did not seem to adversely affect attendance as the 2010 mark is solidly between the worst and best season attendances in franchise history. Albuquerque is set up nicely to achieve another major attendance milestone in 2011. . . . The crowd of 13,002 tonight was the 26th largest regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history. 2010 had four crowds that ranked in the Isotopes Park top 40 largest crowds. . . . The Isotopes are 5-3 in Isotopes Park regular season finales. . . . Albuquerque's home record is finalized in the record books at 39-33. . . . The win was Tim Wallach's 150th victory as Isotopes manager. Wallach is winding up his second season at the helm. . . . John Lindsey has homered in back-to-back games. . . . Probables in the series opener Friday evening at Dell Diamond in Round Rock are RHP John Ely (5-3, 6.49) for the Isotopes and RHP Shane Loux (5-12, 5.73) for the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros).

Filed 09/02/2010

September 1, 2010 - Isotopes (69-69)

Isotopes Park

Iowa           010 020 309 --  15  17  1
Albuquerque    143 103 010 --  13  14  2

WP: Justin Berg (4-1)
LP: Jon Link (3-2)
SV: Jeff Stevens (9)

HR: IWA Marquez Smith (17) off Link (9th inning)
    IWA Jason Dubois (17) off Leach (7th inning)
    IWA Jason Dubois (18) off Rodriguez (9th inning)

    ALB John Lindsey (24) off Muyco (6th inning)

TIME: 3:39
ATT: 9,823
History occurred at Isotopes Park on Wednesday evening and it is not the good kind if you are an Isotopes fan. Albuquerque had a 9-run lead at one point in the contest and couldn't win the game, establishing a franchise record for the largest lead blown in a loss, as the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) plated nine runs in the final inning to come from behind to defeat Albuquerque 15-13. Albuquerque's playoff chances took a double-hit tonight - not only the game that should have been a victory but the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) came up with a bases-loaded extra-innings walk to win the nightcap of their doubleheader to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Nashville Sounds. At the end of play tonight, Albuquerque's elimination number is 3 and they are 3.5 games back of the Redhawks with 5 games left to play. A Redhawks sweep in their doubleheader and another Isotopes loss on Thursday would clinch the division for the Redhawks.

Rafael Furcal, on a rehab assignment with the Isotopes, tripled and scored on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s groundout in the 1st inning as Albuquerque led 1-0.

Jonathon Mota singled home a run in the top of the 2nd as Iowa tied the game at 1-1 before Albuquerque regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Jamie Hoffmann, Michael Restovich, and A.J. Ellis singled, with Ellis driving in Hoffmann. Tim Corcoran reached on a fielder's choice with Restovich out at second base and Furcal doubled to drive in Restovich and Corcoran. DeJesus Jr. singled home Furcal as Albuquerque led 5-1.

The Isotopes added more runs to the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. John Lindsey doubled and scored on Trent Oeltjen's single. Oeltjen stole second base before Hoffmann singled and Restovich walked to load the bases. Furcal reached on an error as Oeltjen and Hoffmann scored to give Albuquerque a 8-1 lead.

The Isotopes increased the lead to 9-1 in the 4th inning when Russ Mitchell doubled, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Oeltjen's sacrifice fly.

Marquez Smith singled home a run and Brad Snyder doubled home a run in the 5th inning as Iowa trailed 9-3.

Chin-Lung Hu singled, DeJesus Jr. walked and both executed a double-steal that wasn't necessary as they came around to score on Lindsey's team-leading 24th homer of the season to extend Albuquerque's lead to 12-3.

Iowa closed to 12-6 on a Jason Dubois three run homer.

Hu walked and scored on DeJesus Jr.'s double in the 8th inning as Albuquerque led 13-6 and appeared to be headed for the victory.

In the 9th inning that doomed the Isotopes, Marquez Smith led off with a walk and Snyder doubled. Dubois followed with his second three-run homer of the game as the Cubs trailed 13-9. Bryan LaHair singled and Bobby Scales reached on an error. A wild pitch advanced LaHair to third base before Chris Robinson doubled home LaHair. Mota struck out swinging for the first out and pinch-hitter James Adduci reached on an error with Scales scoring. Sam Fuld singled home Robinson as the Cubs trailed 13-12 and Smith launched a three run homer that gave the Cubs the eventual game-winning runs. Snyder grounded out, Dubois singled and LaHair popped out to end the disastrous inning.

Isotopes starter Tim Corcoran went 6 1/3 innings and allowed 8 hits and 5 runs.

Ivan DeJesus, Jr.: 2x4, 1 R, 1 2B (32), 3 RBI (69), 1 BB, 1 K, .300 AVG

DODGERS Rehab Report

Rafael Furcal: 2x3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, .667 AVG

Furcal batted leadoff and started at shortstop in his first rehab appearance with the Isotopes. Furcal led off the 1st with a triple and scored on a groundout. In the 2nd inning, Furcal doubled home two runs and scored on a groundout. Furcal reached on an error and was stranded on base in the 3rd inning

Defensively, Furcal fielded two grounders for outs in the 5th inning and was replaced by Chin-Lung Hu in the 6th inning.

Russ Mitchell and John Lindsey were named to the 2010 All-PCL Team on Wednesday. Mitchell is the Third Baseman on the team and Lindsey is the Designated Hitter. Mitchell and Lindsey's naming to the team makes it four consecutive seasons that there have been Isotopes on the All-PCL Team. Rounding out the team is C J.P. Arencibia (Las Vegas), 1B Mark Trumbo (Salt Lake), 2B Daniel Descalso (Memphis), SS Darwin Barney (Iowa), OF Peter Bourjos (Salt Lake), Chris Carter (Sacramento), Brad Snyder (Iowa), and RHP Eric Hacker (Fresno), LHP Michael Kirkman (Oklahoma City) and RP Jeremy Accardo (Las Vegas). . . . Chin-Lung Hu was activated from the Disabled List today and IF Travis Denker was sent to the rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers to free up a roster spot for Hu. . . . Albuquerque's previous franchise record for largest lead blown in a losing contest was 7 runs (August 5, 2004 vs Sacramento). . . . The Isotopes tied a season high with 9 runs allowed in an inning. . . . Albuquerque is back at the .500 mark for the first time since August 27th. . . . The Isotopes have lost 15 contests in 2010 when their opponents plated the go-ahead runs in their last at-bats. . . . It has been a very long time since Jon Link last lost a contest - April 13th vs. New Orleans when the season was in its opening days. Tonight's defeat snapped a three game winning decision streak for Link. . . . Former Isotopes getting the callup to the majors during September 1st roster expansion include Paul Hoover (Phillies), Tony Abreu (Diamondbacks), Robert Andino (Orioles) and Ross Wolf (Athletics). . . . The Nashville Sounds were eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday night. Seven clubs total have been eliminated while no club has yet to clinch the division. . . . The series between the Isotopes and Cubs concludes Thursday evening. The game also marks Albuquerque's final regular season home game of 2010. Probables are RHP Francisco Felix (2-3, 6.12) for the Isotopes and RHP Austin Bibens-Drikx (5-3, 4.15) for the Cubs.

Filed 09/01/2010

August 31, 2010 - Isotopes (69-68)

Isotopes Park

Iowa           011 024 0 --  8  13  0
Albuquerque    302 001 0 --  6   8  2

WP: Hung-Wen Chen (3-3)
LP: Juan Perez (4-3)
SV: Jeff Stevens (8)

HR: IWA Marquez Smith (15) off Gonzalez (3rd inning)
    IWA Marquez Smith (16) off Gonzalez (5th inning)

    ALB Jamie Hoffmann (8) off Chen (1st inning)
    ALB Travis Denker (1) off Sommer (6th inning)

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 8,416
Albuquerque appeared to be on their way to taking two games from the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Tuesday before Iowa scored six late-game runs to take a 8-6 victory over the Isotopes in the regularly scheduled contest. The Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) had a doubleheader rained out, so Albuquerque gained a half-game with the win in the completion of the suspended game and then lost that half-game with the loss in the regularly scheduled game. The Isotopes are 3 games back of the Redhawks with 6 games left to play and their elimination number stands at 5. Oklahoma City is going to be playing doubleheaders each of the next two days to make up for the rainout.

Trent Oeltjen and Ivan DeJesus Jr. singled and came around to score on Jamie Hoffmann's three run homer as Albuquerque led 3-0 after a half-inning of play.

An Iowa run scored on a groundout in the 2nd inning and Marquez Smith solo homered in the 3rd inning as the Cubs trailed by a run at 3-2.

In the home half of the 3rd inning, Oeltjen doubled and DeJesus Jr. walked. John Lindsey singled home Oeltjen and Hoffmann singled home DeJesus Jr. as Albuquerque built their lead to 5-2.

The Cubs made their comeback starting in the 5th inning. James Adduci singled and scored on Smith's second homer of the game.

Iowa took the lead in the 6th inning. Chris Robinson singled, Matt Camp reached on an error and Camp stole second base to put both runners in scoring position. Pinch-hitter Bobby Scales sacrifice flied out to bring Robinson home to tie the game and Adduci singled home Camp. Adduci stole second base and scored on Smith's single. Smith went to second base on Brad Snyder's single and scored on Jason Dubois' single for a 8-5 lead.

Travis Denker hit his first Isotope homer in the 6th inning to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes starter Edgar Gonzalez went 5 1/3 innings and allowed 5 hits and 4 runs (3 earned).

Ivan DeJesus, Jr.: 1x3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, .298 AVG
Scott Van Slyke: 0x3, 2K, .308 AVG

Russ Mitchell was close but no cigar in winning the 2010 PCL Rookie of the Year award. Peter Bourjos who played with the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) before his callup to the Angels is the 2010 PCL Rookie of the Year. Bourjos hit .314 (130x414) with 13 homers, 13 doubles, and 12 triples in 102 games. Bourjos received 10 Rookie of the Year votes, while runner-up Mitchell had 5 votes. . . . P Jesus Rodriguez was activated from the Disabled List, while P Seth Etherton was placed on the Disabled List with a strained neck. It was also announced that IF Rafael Furcal will be joining the Isotopes on a rehabilitation assignment starting Wednesday. . . . Some statistics from August: 15-17 record - 11-9 at home, 4-8 on the road; .299 team batting average, 7.12 team ERA, 175 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, and 29 homers. . . . The 2 hour, 48 minute contest was Albuquerque's longest home 7-inning contest in franchise history. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Corcoran (8-8, 6.65) for the Isotopes and RHP Jay Jackson (11-8, 4.28) for the Cubs.

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August 31, 2010 - Isotopes (69-67)

Isotopes Park

Iowa           400 020 301 --  10  11  0
Albuquerque    614 000 00x --  11   9  1

W: Charlie Haeger (3-1)
L: Jeff Samardzija (7-2)
SV: Scott Dohmann (11)

HR: IWA Ty Wright (1) off Ely (1st inning)
    IWA Bryan LaHair (15) off Dohmann (9th inning)

    ALB Justin Sellers (6) off Samardzija (1st inning)

On July 30th, John Ely started for Albuquerque and allowed four first-inning runs to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and got one out in the inning before the rains hit Isotopes Park. After an hour and 28 minute delay, the game was suspended due to unplayable field conditions. When the game was picked up on Tuesday, the Isotopes plated six first inning runs to take the lead and then held on to defeat the Cubs 11-10.

In the 1st inning, Sam Fuld drew a leadoff walk and Darwin Barney singled. After Bobby Scales struck out, Micah Hoffpauir doubled home Fuld and Barney. Ty Wright followed with a two-run homer as Iowa led 4-0 before the rains came.

Charlie Haeger was on the mound when the game resumed and got the next two outs in quick fashion to keep Iowa from scoring more runs in the 1st inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Trent Oeltjen singled, two outs later Michael Restovich and John Lindsey drew walks to load the bases, and Ivan DeJesus Jr. singled home Oelten and Restovich. A.J. Ellis drew a walk to reload the bags and Justin Sellers cleared them with a grand-slam homer as Albuquerque led 6-4.

Jamie Hoffmann doubled and scored on Restovich's double in the 2nd inning and in the 3rd inning, DeJesus Jr. walked, Ellis singled, and Sellers singled home DeJesus Jr. Ellis and Sellers executed a double steal and Oeltjen brought them both home with a double. Russ Mitchell singled home Oeltjen to make it 11-4 Isotopes.

Scales doubled home a run and scored on Brad Snyder's triple as Iowa started chipping away at the defecit in the 5th inning.

In the 7th inning, Marquez Smith doubled home a run, Bryan LaHair grounded out as a run scored and Robinson Chirinos singled home a run as the Cubs pulled to two runs down at 11-9.

LaHair solo homered with two outs in the 9th inning as the Cubs trailed 11-10 and then Isotopes closer Scott Dohmann got the final out to preserve the victory for Albuquerque.

Ely's line from July 30th when the game began was a third of an inning pitched with 3 hits and 4 runs allowed. Haeger's line from today was 6 innings pitched, 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts.

Ivan DeJesus, Jr.: 1x3, 2 R, 2 RBI (45), 1 BB, .297 AVG

Justin Sellers has two of the five Albuquerque grand-slam homers in 2010. . . . John Ely's 1/3 of an inning pitched in a start tied a franchise record but it was not Ely's fault as he didn't have opportunity to pitch more innings in his outing before the rains came and the game was suspended on July 30th.

Filed 08/31/2010

2010 Isotopes End of Season Award Winners

Here are the Isotopes 2010 end of season award winners: Fan Favorite: John Lindsey Most Community Minded: JD Closser Mr. Hustle: Jamie Hoffmann Power Hitter: John Lindsey Defensive Player of the Year: Jamie Hoffmann Pitcher of the Year: Juan Perez MVP: Russ Mitchell
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