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2012 News and Game Summary Archive

September 1, 2012 - Isotopes (78-64)

Isotopes Park

Omaha        012 173 000 --  14  21  0
Albuquerque  200 330 200 --  10  16  1

WP: Doug Davis (9-4)
LP: Will Savage (10-7) 

HR: OMA Wil Myers (24) off Savage (3rd inning, 2R)

    ABQ Jerry Sands (26) off Davis (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Scott Van Slyke (18) off Davis (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:34
ATT: 9,510
The Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) plated all 14 of their runs in the 2nd through 6th innings, including a 7-run 5th inning, as they outslugged the Isotopes 14-10 late Saturday evening. Oklahoma City had lost their game earlier in the evening to reduce Albuquerque's magic number to 1 and with Albuquerque unable to comeback to win tonight, the Isotopes were not division champions after the final out was recorded. The Redhawks remain 1.5 games back with two games to play.

Josh Fields singled with two outs and scored when Jerry Sands inked his name in the Isotopes record books with a two-run homer in the 1st inning.

Max Ramirez singled home Omaha's first run in the 2nd inning, Wil Myers two-run homered as Omaha took the lead in the 3rd inning, and a run scored on a groundout in the 4th inning to give Omaha a 4-2 lead.

Albuquerque regained the lead at 5-4 in their half of the 4th inning. Alex Castellanos and Josh Bard singled and both runners advanced a base on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s sacrifice bunt. Elian Herrera followed with a two-run one-out triple but was stranded there at the end of the inning.

Omaha plated seven runs in the 5th inning to take a lead they would never relinquish.

The closest Albuquerque would get to Omaha the rest of the game was in the bottom of the 5th inning when they plated three runs to trail 11-8. Josh Fields walked, Van Slyke doubled and Josh Bard drove them both in with a two-run double. Bard then scored on Herrera's single.

The Storm Chasers plated their final three runs in the 6th inning and Albuquerque tallied their final runs of the game in the 7th inning. Gwynn Jr. singled, scored on the rehabiliating Dee Gordon's triple and then Gordon scored on a Fields single.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 6 runs and 9 hits in 4 innings as he took yet another loss.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 1x5 (.336), 1 R, 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x5 (.323), 2 R, 1 2B (32), 1 HR (18), 1 RBI (66), 1 K
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.61 ERA

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 1x6 (.143), 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI (1), 1 K

Gordon batted leadoff and played shortstop the entire game. Gordon grounded out to shortstop in the 1st inning, grounded out to second base in the 3rd inning, reached on a fielder's choice in the 4th inning before being picked off first base, grounded out to first base in the 5th inning, drove in a run with a triple and then scored in the 7th inning, and struck out in the 9th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers purchased the contract of P John Ely and recalled P Javy Guerra on Saturday. P Francisco Felix has come full circle, re-joining the Isotopes from Class-AA Chattanooga. Felix started the 2012 campaign in Albuquerque, then was loaned to the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican League in late April. Felix was returned to the Dodgers organization on August 27th when he joined Chattanooga. . . . Jerry Sands has 106 RBI and became the single-season Isotope RBI champion, eclipsing Scott Seabol's 2007 season mark of 105 RBI. . . . Will Savage pitched his final game of the regular season tonight and has been stuck on 10 wins for 11 starts since becoming the first Isotope to earn his 10th victory of the season on June 25th. Savage has dropped four straight pitching decisions. . . . Albuquerque had two homers in the game, snapping a season-worst five game span without a homer. . . . Albuquerque's game two of a series magic is starting to wear off as the season wraps up. The Isotopes are still an incredible 26-10 in game two of a series, but they've lost their last two game two's. . . . Elian Herrera had two triples in the game, tying a franchise record. It was Herrera's second two-triple game of the season. . . . If you thought the Isotopes had a great week with the PCL end-of-season awards, Adam Eaton of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) had quite the week from a personal standpoint. Eaton was named to the All-PCL team on Monday, then was named the 2012 PCL Most Valuable Player as voted by the PCL's field managers and league representatives. John Ely and Jerry Sands of Albuquerque, Anthony Rizzo (Iowa) and Wil Myers (Omaha) were others receiving significant votes. Eaton then added to his trophy case by also winning the 2012 PCL Rookie of the Year award, also voted by the league's field managers and field representatives. Others receiving votes were Wil Myers (Omaha), Adeiny Hechavarria (Las Vegas), Jedd Gyorko (Tucson), Kole Calhoun (Salt Lake), Jake Elmore (Reno) and Grant Green (Sacramento). . . . Game three of the series is Sunday evening as Albuquerque looks to win to clinch the division (or hope for Oklahoma City to lose their game that would give them the title without a victory in the game against Omaha). With scheduled probable 2012 All-PCL RHP John Ely just promoted to the Dodgers, the Isotopes are expected to give the ball to LHP Cole St. Clair (3-3, 4.46) while Omaha is expected to counter with 2012 All-PCL LHP Ryan Verdugo (12-4, 3.63).

Filed 09/01/2012

August 31, 2012 - Isotopes (78-63)

Isotopes Park

Omaha        000 101 001 --   3   8  1
Albuquerque  270 000 20x --  11  15  2

WP: Stephen Fife (11-7)
LP: Justin Marks (0-1)

HR: OMA Clint Robinson (13) off Fife (6th inning, S)

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 9,399
The Isotopes were able to snap their season-worst five game losing streak on Friday evening. Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) starter Justin Marks made his Triple-A debut and gave up 9 runs over the first two frames to Albuquerque and the Isotopes cruised to a 11-3 victory. With Oklahoma City also winning, the Isotopes remained 1.5 games up on the Redhawks with three games to play and Albuquerque's magic number was reduced to 2. An Isotope win and a Redhawks loss on Saturday would give the Isotopes the division title.

In the 1st inning, Bobby Abreu walked and scored on Josh Fields' triple. Fields then scored on Jerry Sands' sacrifice flyout.

Albuquerque sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the 2nd inning. Matt Angle ground-rule doubled with one out and scored on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s single. Ozzie Martinez singled and a throwing error on a pickoff attempt moved both runners into scoring position. Elian Herrera drove in both runners with a single and Abreu followed with a single. An out later, Sands walked to load the bases and Scott Van Slyke doubled home Herrera and Abreu. Tim Federowicz drew a walk to reload the bags and Angle singled home Sands and Van Slyke.

Omaha plated a run in the 4th inning and Clint Robinson solo homered in the 6th inning.

The Isotopes scored their final two runs in the 7th inning. Sands singled and went to second base on a passed ball. Van Slyke singled and Federowicz was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Gwynn Jr. singled home Sands and Van Slyke.

The Storm Chasers plated the final run of the game in the 9th inning.

Isotopes starter Stephen Fife allowed 2 runs (1 earned) and 6 hits in 7 innings as he picked up his 11th victory of the season.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.294), 1 BB, HBP
Alex Castellanos: 0x0 (.338), late game defensive replacement, no plate appearances
Scott Van Slyke: 2x5 (.322), 2 R, 1 2B (31), 2 RBI (65)

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: Did Not Play


'TOPES NOTES:
The end-of-season accolades continue for the Isotopes. Manager Lorenzo Bundy was named the 2012 PCL Manager of the Year as elected by the PCL's field managers and media representatives. Bundy is the second Isotope manager to earn the honor (Tim Wallach 2009). Bundy has skippered his club to 78 wins, approaching the franchise record for wins in a season, and Albuquerque is on the cusp of clinching their third division title in franchise history. Bundy also skippered his club to a franchise high water mark of 19 games over .500 earlier in the season, oversaw the fastest Isotopes club to reach the 70 win mark, and is close to becoming the second winningest Isotopes manager in franchise history. Bundy has been a manager since 1990 and has a 676-705 career managerial record through Friday's contest. Also receiving votes were Mike Jirschele (Omaha), Darren Bush (Sacramento), Marty Brown (Las Vegas) and Brett Butler (Reno). Three of those managers have already clinched division titles in 2012. . . . The Dodgers began the first of their September roster expansion moves by recalling P Tim Federowicz. It is rumored P Javy Guerra will also be going up before the end of the season. P Ramon Troncoso was activated from the Temporary Inactive List, C Steve Cilladi was placed on the Disabled List with a right ankle sprain and P Luis Vasquez was placed on the Disabled List with a left groin strain. Finally, C Tyler Ogle was assigned to Albuquerque from Class-A Great Lakes. Ogle is the only player on the current Isotopes roster to be born in the 1990's. . . . There are two more major events that could happen on this season-ending series -- will the Isotopes wrap up a division title and what is the state of the Dodgers/Isotopes relationship? The Player Development Agreement ends at the end of the season and the Isotopes and Dodgers have been tight-lipped other than to say there have been talks about extending the relationship for at least two more seasons. The best time to hear about a renewal would be during the end of season Isotopes player awards ceremony before Sunday's contest. . . . Jerry Sands drove in his 104th run of the season and has the second-most RBI for a season of any Isotope Player. Sands only needs to drive in one more run to tie Scott Seabol's franchise record of 105 RBI set in the 2007 season. . . . With August in the books, here are some stats for the month: 14-16 record (8-5 at home, 6-11 on the road); .303 team batting average, 5.83 team ERA; 168 runs scored; 18 stolen bases, and 22 homers. . . . Isotopes batters have gone five games without a homer, a season worst. . . . The Dodgers announced who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League starting October 9th and none of the seven players have played for Albuquerque.... yet. Headlining the players who will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox is OF Yasiel Puig, the Cuban defector who inked a $42-million pact with the Dodgers in June. Joining Puig will be OF Joc Pederson, IF Rafael Yona, C Gorman Erickson, P Red Patterson, P Eric Eadington, and P Steven Rodriguez. . . . The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) were eliminated from playoff contention Friday, making the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) the champions of the Pacific Conference Northern Division. Reno and the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) will battle for the Pacific Conference Championship. Albuquerque and Oklahoma City are the only teams left in playoff contention in the league. . . . Central New Mexico sports fans will be treated to a sports doubleheader on Saturday. At 3 PM in the afternoon, the Bob Davie era of University of New Mexico football begins at University Stadium. At the end of the game, fans can walk across the street and watch the Isotopes and Storm Chasers play game two of the series at a slightly later than normal start time of 8:05 PM. Probables are RHP Will Savage (10-6, 5.36) for the Isotopes and LHP Doug Davis (8-4, 4.17) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 08/31/2012

August 30, 2012 - Isotopes (77-63)

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Albuquerque    000 100 000 --  1  8  1
Oklahoma City  000 001 02x --  3  6  0

WP: Chuckie Fick (2-1)
LP: Fernando Nieve (7-9)
SV: Jose Valez (21)

TIME: 2:43
ATT: 5,558
The Isotopes have chosen a bad time to have their worst losing streak of the season. For the third time in the four game series, the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) plated late-game runs to win the game. Tonight, the Redhawks had two runs in the 8th inning to take a 3-1 victory over Albuquerque to sweep the series. Albuquerque has dropped five straight games, saw their division lead shrink to 1.5 games over Oklahoma City, and the magic number to clinch a division title remained at 3.

Albuqurque scored their lone run of the game with two outs in the 4th inning. Josh Fields singled, stole second base and scored on Tim Federowicz's single.

Brad Snyder doubled and later scored on Brian Bixler's single in the 6th inning to knot the game at 1-1, and in the 8th inning, Snyder delivered a two-run single that scored the eventual game-winning runs.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve allowed 3 runs (2 earned), 6 hits, and fanned 9 in 7+ innings of work.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.296), 1 RBI (76), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.338), 4 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.321), 1 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 1x4 (.133), 1 K

Gordon hit leadoff and played shortstop the entire game.

Gordon popped out to second base in the 1st inning, struck out in the 3rd inning, grounded out to second base in the 5th inning, singled to right field in the 8th inning and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt before being stranded there.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers activated P Matt Guerrier from the major-league disabled list and optioned P Josh Wall to Albuquerque. The Dodgers also transferred IF Dee Gordon from the 15-day disabled list to the 60 day disabled list to free up 40 man roster room for Guerrier. IF Tyler Henson was activated from the Isotopes' disabled list and assigned to Class-AA Chattanooga. . . . The New Orleans Zephyrs had quite the day today. On the field, they lost to the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) to be swept in the four-game series and tonight's loss eliminated them from playoff contention. Off the field, the Zephyrs found out their season ended tonight. Due to storm damage from Hurricane Isaac, the Zephyrs final home series of the season against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) was cancelled. The New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper quoted Zephyrs General Manager Mike Schline as saying there is no power at Zephyr Field, the visitors team hotel has no power, the playing surface suffered some damage, some padding came off the outfield wall and some scoreboard signs were blown away. Schline added how costly the cancellation is to the Zephyrs organization, noting the loss of revenue from four home games and the costs to bus the Zephyrs to Round Rock to play their just-finished relocated series as well as the reimbursement to the Round Rock Express organization for their expenses in hosting the four game series on short notice. PCL President Branch Rickey added in a league release about the cancellation that airline flights to New Orleans are still impacted and there is no guarantee when play could resume if both clubs were to travel to New Orleans in anticipation of playing a series. The decision to cancel the series was agreed upon by both PCL clubs and their major league affiliates, the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins. . . . Albuquerque was swept for the first time this season (and third all-time in Oklahoma City). The Isotopes only scored seven runs in the four losses and 15,442 attended at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for a per-game average of 3,861. . . . The Isotopes and Redhawks completed their 16-game regular season series tonight with Albuquerque taking 9 of the 16 games (6-2 at Isotopes Park and 3-5 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark). All-time, Oklahoma City leads the series 82-77 (Albuquerque is 45-35 at Isotopes Park and 32-47 in Oklahoma City). . . . The Isotopes end the 2012 road campaign with a 32-40 road record and with tonight being the last divisional foe matchup of the season, their record against American Conference Southern Division opponents in 2012 is 26-22. . . . Alex Castellanos had a rough game, striking out four times to tie a team season-worst for a game. . . . The Isotopes went homerless in the whole series, tying the season mark for the most consecutive games without a homer (4). . . . The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) were eliminated from playoff contention tonight, making the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) closer to clinching the Pacific Conference Northern Division title. Reno has a magic number of 1 to eliminate Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) from playoff contention to give the Aces the division title. . . . Albuquerque returns home for their final home series of the regular season. Every game has to be considered a must-win game for the Isotopes to clinch the division due to their 1.5 game lead with four games left in the season. If the Isotopes can clinch the division during the homestand, the series will also be a preview of the PCL American Conference Championship as the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) already clinched the American Conference Northern Division. Albuquerque and Omaha split the four games the first time Omaha was in town this season. Probables in the series opener are RHP Stephen Fife (10-7, 4.84) for the Isotopes and LHP Justin Marks (No Record) who will be making his Triple-A debut with Omaha.

Filed 08/30/2012

August 29, 2012 - Isotopes (77-62)

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Albuquerque    000 000 000 --   0   5  0
Oklahoma City  000 105 05x --  11  16  0

WP: Edgar Gonzalez (4-3)
LP: Derrick Loop (11-4) 

HR: OKC Mike Hessman (33) off Loop (4th inning, S)
    OKC Angel Sanchez (5) off St. Clair (6th innng, 3R)   
	
TIME: 3:07
ATT: 2,946
The Isotopes playoff chances are starting to look very shaky. With the end of the season approaching, the idea is to win and reduce the magic number to clinch a division title just about every day. Albuquerque is defintely not winning, dropping their fourth straight game when the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) shut them out 11-0. Albuquerque's lead over Oklahoma City shrank to 2.5 games with 5 left to play and the magic number to clinch a division title remained at 3.

Former-Isotope Edgar Gonzalez and two relievers did a great job on the five-hit shutout, not allowing any Isotope runner to reach third base and only three Isotopes runners reached scoring position at second base.

Mike Hessman belted his league-leading 33rd homer in the 4th inning for the first run of the game. Angel Sanchez's three-run homer was part of a five-run 6th inning and Carlos Corporan two-run doubled to key a five-run 8th inning to close out the scoring.

Isotopes starter Derrick Loop allowed 3 runs and 6 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.294), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x3 (.343), 1 K, HBP

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 0x4 (.091)

Gordon batted leadoff and played shortstop as he continues his rehabilitation assignment with Albuquerque.

Gordon grounded out to first base in the 1st inning, popped out to third base in the 3rd inning, grounded out to short in the 6th inning and flied out to left field in the 8th inning before being replaced defensively in the bottom of the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
John Ely was named the 2012 PCL Pitcher of the Year, the first Isotope to win Pitcher of the Year honors. Ely is currently tied for the league lead with 14 wins and leads the PCL in ERA (3.20) and strikeouts (165) as he tries to be the first pitcher to win the PCL pitching Triple Crown since Donne Wall of the Tucson Toros in 1995. Also receiving votes was Graham Godfrey (Sacramento), Ryan Verdugo (Omaha) and Sean O'Sullivan (Las Vegas). . . . With tonight's loss, the Isotopes guaranteed themselves that if they win a division title, they will clinch the division at Isotopes Park this weekend. . . . The team that used to be chasing the Isotopes for a division title, New Orleans, is just about eliminated from playoff contention. The Zephyrs are four games back of Albuquerque in third place in the division and their elimination number was reduced to 1 when they lost tonight. . . . Albuquerque's four game losing streak ties for the longest losing streak of the season. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out six times this season and have lost their last four games played at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in a season-worst 10 straight games. . . . The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) became the latest PCL club to be eliminated from playoff contention. Their elimination led to the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) claiming the Pacific Conference Southern Division title. Sacramento joins the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) as the only two clubs so far to make it to postseason play. . . . Caleb Gindl of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Gindl hit .533 (16x30) with 2 homers and 10 RBI during the award week. . . . Shelby Miller of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) won PCL Pitcher of the Week awards. Miller went 1-1 in two starts during the week with a 2.13 ERA (3 runs, 7 hits and 19 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings). . . . The Isotopes are expecting to send RHP Fernando Nieve (7-8, 6.17) to the mound on Thursday evening as Albuquerque looks to avoid the series sweep as well as reduce their magic number to 1 over Oklahoma City. The Redhawks are expected to counter with LHP Brett Oberholtzer (5-7, 4.81).

Filed 08/29/2012

August 28, 2012 - Isotopes (77-61)

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Albuquerque    010 200 020 --  5  10  2
Oklahoma City  000 000 51x --  6   4  1

WP: Brian Sanches (2-3)
LP: Blake Johnson (3-1)
SV: Jose Valdez (20)

HR: OKC Matt Downs (3) off Ely (7th inning, 3R)
    OKC Matt Dominguez (9) off Ely (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:02
ATT: 3,347
Isotopes starter John Ely had a perfect game through six innings and a 3-0 lead before he lost the no hitter, shutout and the lead in the 7th inning. Albuquerque quickly tied the game only to see the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) bring home the eventual game winning run on a sacrifice flyout in a 6-5 victory over Albuquerque. The Isotopes have dropped three straight games and hold a 3.5 game lead over Oklahoma City, who leapfrogged New Orleans in the standings due to the Zephyrs getting swept in a doubleheader. Albuquerque's magic number to clinch the division is 3 over Oklahoma City with six games left to play.

Jerry Sands walked to lead off the 2nd inning, went to second base on Josh Fields' single and scored on Josh Bard's single to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.

In the 4th inning, the Isotopes loaded the bases on Bard's single, Ely's walk and Tony Gwynn Jr.'s single and Elian Herrera doubled home Bard and Ely to extend the Isotope lead to 3-0.

J.B. Shuck led off the 7th inning with a single to break up the perfect game and no-hitter. Later in the inning, Matt Downs three-run homered to tie the game and Matt Dominguez added a two-run homer to give the Redhawks a 5-3 lead.

Albuquerque knotted the game at 5-5 in the 8th inning. Fields doubled, Bard reached on an error and Ozzie Martinez singled home Fields. Trent Oeltjen drew a walk to load the bases and Tony Gwynn Jr. reached on a fielder's choice force out with Bard scoring the game tying run.

J.D. Martinez's run-scoring sacrifice flyout in the 8th inning provided Oklahoma City with their game winning run.

Ely ended up allowing 5 runs (4 earned) and 3 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 0x1 (.343)
Scott Van Slyke: 0x4 (.321), 2 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: Did Not Play


'TOPES NOTES:
P Luis Vasquez was activated from the Disabled List and P Ramon Troncoso was placed on the temporary inactive list. . . . The Isotopes have won enough contests in the season series with the Redhawks that Albuquerque holds a tiebreaker advantage over Oklahoma City if there is a tie atop the division at the end of the season. . . . MLB veteran Bobby Abreu went 1x3 with a walk in his Isotopes debut. . . . Albuquerque's record in games decided by one run has now eroded to breakeven at 18-18. . . . Tonight's loss guarantees the Isotopes will not tie the franchise record for most division wins in a season. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer to an opponent in nine straight games, tying a season worst. . . . John Ely's 7th inning implosion prevented him from having a quality start, snapping a streak of four straight quality starts. . . . Game three of the series is Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Derrick Loop (11-3, 4.95) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Edgar Gonzalez (3-3, 4.96) for the Redhawks.

Filed 08/28/2012

August 27, 2012 - Isotopes (77-60)

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Albuquerque    000 100 000 --  1   6  1
Oklahoma City  000 000 42x --  6  15  0

WP: Enerio Del Rosario (4-1)
LP: Erick Threets (5-4)

HR: OKC Mike Hessman (32) off Threets (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:15
ATT: 3,591
The Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) plated all six of their runs in the 7th and 8th innings to claim a 6-1 victory over Albuquerque in the first game of the series on Monday evening in Oklahoma City. Albuquerque's magic number for clinching the division title remained a 4 and second-place New Orleans was postponed to relocate a series from New Orleans to Round Rock due to Hurricane Isaac. The Zephyrs did close to 3.5 games back of Albuquerque by being idle and the Isotopes losing.

Albuquerque scored their lone run in the 4th inning. Scott Van Slyke singled, went to second base on Trent Oeltjen's walk, tagged up and advanced to third base on Tim Federowicz's flyout and scored on a balk.

The Redhawks stormed to take the lead with a four-run 7th inning. Carlos Corporan doubled and pinch-hitter Angel Sanchez bunt singled. A passed ball put Sanchez in scoring position, J.B. Shuck walked to load the bags and Brad Snyder singled home Corporan and Sanchez. Matt Downs sacrifice flied out to bring home Shuck and after Snyder was picked off second base, Mike Hessman launched his league-leading 32nd homer.

Oklahoma City added their final two runs in the 8th inning. Snyder delivered a bases-loaded single to drive in a run and Hessman drew a walk to bring home another run.

The late Redhawks rally wasted a strong effort from Isotopes starter Will Savage, who allowed no runs and 7 hits in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.294)
Alex Castellanos: 0x3 (.344), 1 BB, 3 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.325), 1 R, 1 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 1x2 (.143), 1 BB

Gordon hit leadoff in his third Isotope rehabilitation assignment appearance and played shortstop. Gordon grounded out to second base in the 1st inning, walked in the 3rd inning and was erased from the basepaths on a fielder's choice force out, singled in the 3rd inning, went to second on a walk, advanced to third on Elian Herrera's caught stealing and was stranded there. Tony Gwynn Jr. pinch-hit for Gordon in the 7th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
OF Bobby Abreu was activated from the Disabled List on Monday. The Dodgers optioned former Isotope P Shawn Tolleson to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and recalled P Josh Wall, who was named to the All-PCL team Monday. P Rubby De La Rosa was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Chattanooga. . . . The Isotopes are 6-12 in the first game of a new road series. . . . The series continues Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (14-7, 3.10) for Albuquerque and RHP Jose Cisnero (3-1, 3.94) for the Redhawks.

Filed 08/27/2012

2012 All-PCL Team Loaded With Isotopes!

The Pacific Coast League announced the 2012 All-PCL team on Monday, voted by the league's field managers and media. Four Isotopes made the team, the most of any PCL club, and it is the most Isotopes to make a single All-PCL club in franchise history. There have been 14 Isotopes named to the All-PCL club in the 10 seasons of the franchise.

The four Isotopes making the team are C Tim Federowicz, DH Jerry Sands, right-handed starting pitcher John Ely and reliever Josh Wall. Through games of Sunday, August 26th, Federowicz is hitting .296 with 11 homers and 75 RBI. Sands is hitting .300 with 25 homers and a league-best 103 RBI. Ely is 14-7 with a 3.10 ERA, tied for the league lead with 14 wins and leads the league with 162 strikeouts and Wall is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA and has 27 saves, leading the PCL.

The Full 2012 All-PCL team:

C Tim Federowicz (Albuquerque/Dodgers)
1B Matt McBride (Colorado Springs/Rockies)
2B Jake Elmore (Reno/Diamondbacks)
3B Ryan Wheeler (Reno/Diamondbacks)
SS Adeiny Hechavarria (Las Vegas/Blue Jays)
OF Adam Eaton (Reno/Diamondbacks)
OF Andrew Brown (Colorado Springs/Rockies)
OF Wil Myers (Omaha/Royals)
DH Jerry Sands (Albuquerque/Dodgers)
RHP SP John Ely (Albuquerque/Dodgers)
LHP SP Ryan Verdugo (Omaha/Royals) 
RP Josh Wall (Albuquerque/Dodgers)


Filed 08/27/2012

August 26, 2012 - Isotopes (77-59)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  000 010 000 --  1   3  1
Memphis      201 030 10x --  7  11  0

WP: Shelby Miller (10-10)
LP: Stephen Fife (10-7) 

HR: ABQ Trent Oeltjen (13) off Miller (5th inning, S)

    MEM Steven Hill (15) off Fife (3rd inning, S)
    MEM Steven Hill (16) off Fife (5th inning, S)	
    MEM Adron Chambers (3) off Fife (1st inning, S)
    MEM Brock Peterson (2) off Fife (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:53
ATT: 9,666
St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller and two relievers held Albuquerque to three hits and Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) batters belted four homers to score five of their seven runs in a 7-1 series-ending victory over Albuquerque in Memphis on Sunday evening. Despite the loss, things were promising for Albuquerque as they retained their four-game division lead over New Orleans, decreased their magic number to 4 to win the division via tiebreaker and received news that clinching the division title may have gotten a little bit easier.

Adron Chambers solo homered to lead off the game for Memphis in the 1st inning and a run scored on a fielder's choice later in the inning as the Redbirds led 2-0.

Steven Hill solo homered in the 3rd inning to extend the Memphis lead to 3-0.

Both teams hit the longball in the 5th inning. Trent Oeltjen solo homered for Albuquerque's lone run of the game in the top half, while Hill solo homered and Brock Peterson two-run homered in the bottom half.

Former-Isotope Eugenio Velez doubled home Memphis' final run in the 7th inning.

Miller allowed 1 run, 2 hits and fanned 7 in 5 2/3 innings for Memphis, while Isotopes starter Stephen Fife allowed 6 runs and 7 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.296), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.326), 1 BB, 2 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 0x3 (.000)

Gordon appeared in his second rehabilitation assignment game with Albuquerque and batted leadoff and played shortstop. Gordon popped out to third base in the 1st inning, grounded out to first base in the 3rd inning and flied out to center in the 5th inning before being replaced defensively later in the 5th inning. Gordon also committed an error in the field.


'TOPES NOTES:
The road to a division title for Albuquerque may have just gotten a little bit easier. With Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac's latest forecasted storm track taking dead-aim at New Orleans, the series at Zephyr Field between New Orleans and Round Rock has been moved to Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Monday's game has been postponed due to the change in plans for the series and the two clubs will play their four games over three days consisting of a doubleheader and two single contests. The Zephyrs are handicapped with a five games under .500 road record and instead of finishing the race for a division title with eight home games, the Zephyrs will only play the final regular season series at home, weather and storm aftermath permitting. . . . Memphis took three out of the five games in the series and 47,800 attended for a per-game average of 9,666. . . . The Isotopes and Redbirds played their final game of the 2012 season tonight and each team won eight of the 16 matchups (5-3 at Isotopes Park and 3-5 at Autozone Park). All-time, Albuquerque holds a 87-75 series advantage. . . . Stephen Fife became the second Isotope pitcher in a week (Fernando Nieve August 20th) to allow a team season-worst four homers in a game. . . . Memphis' Steven Hill enjoyed hitting longballs this series - he had four homers in the five game series. . . . The Isotopes begin their final four-game road series of the regular season on Monday evening when they travel to Oklahoma City to play the Redhawks (AAA Astros). Probables in the opener at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark are RHP Will Savage (10-6, 5.61) for the Isotopes and RHP Jarred Cosart (1-2, 3.78) for the Redhawks.

Filed 08/26/2012

August 25, 2012 - Isotopes (77-58)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  201 000 010 --  4  11  0
Memphis      002 000 000 --  2   7  0

WP: Fernando Nieve (7-8)
LP: Tyler Lyons (3-9)
SV: Josh Wall (27)

HR: ABQ Jerry Sands (25) off Lyons (1st inning, 2R)

    MEM Steven Hill (14) off Nieve (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:09
ATT: 14,204
Jerry Sands is still an Isotope, for now, and he's looking to help his club clinch a division title. Sands belted a two-run homer to contribute towards Albuquerque's 4-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on Saturday evening in Memphis. With second-place New Orleans losing, Albuquerque increased their division lead to four games with 9 left to play and deceased their magic number to 6 for an outright division win or 5 to tie and win the division via tiebreaker.

Josh Fields singled with two outs and scored on Sands' homer in the 1st inning and in the 3rd inning, Elian Herrera singled, went to third base on Fields' single and scored on Scott Van Slyke's single to lead 3-0.

Steven Hill two-run homered in the bottom of the 3rd inning to get Memphis to a run down at 3-2.

Albuquerque held on to that slim lead until the 8th inning when Van Slyke doubled and scored on Tim Federowicz's single for an insurance run.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve earned the victory and allowed 2 runs, 4 hits and fanned 9 batters in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.296), 1 RBI (75), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 3x4 (.326), 1 R, 2 2B (30), 1 RBI (63), 1 K
Josh Wall: SV (27), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.70 ERA

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 0x2 (.000)

Gordon made his first rehabiliation assignment appearance with Albuquerque, playing shortshop and batting eighth. Gordon reached on a fielder's choice force out in the 2nd inning and went to second base on Fernando Nieve's sacrifice bunt before being stranded there. Gordon grounded out to first base in the 4th inning and was replaced defensively by Ozzie Martinez in the 6th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers and Red Sox made things official Saturday in completing the largest trade in the history of the Dodgers. The Dodgers are receiving former-Isotope IF Adrian Gonzalez, P Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, IF Nick Punto, around $12 million in cash and will be responsible for paying about $260 million in future contract salaries. The Red Sox will officially be receiving IF James Loney, Isotope IF Ivan DeJesus Jr., minor league P Allen Webster and two players to be named later. There continue to be media reports that the players to be named later are P Rubby De La Rosa and Isotope OF Jerry Sands but those two are not officially named in the transaction as released by the MLB Commissioner's office. If they are indeed involved, expect them to be named at the end of the season when the Commissioner's office discloses who the final players to complete the trade are. . . . With the blockbuster trade and an injury to an Isotope, there was a lot of roster movement today. P Michael Antonini was placed on the Disabled List with a strained left elbow, C Steve Cilladi came off the Disabled List, IF Ivan DeJesus Jr. was traded to Boston, the Dodgers optioned IF Alex Castellanos to Albuquerque, and the Dodgers signed free agent P Tim Corcoran and assigned him to Albuquerque. It will be Corcoran's second stint with the Isotopes, having been with the club in at least parts of the 2008-2010 seasons when Albuquerque was affiliated with the Marlins and currently with the Dodgers. . . . Josh Wall earned his PCL-leading 27th save tonight and it appears he might become the 2012 PCL saves champion because Jonathan Albaladejo of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is in second place with 23 saves and there are nine games left to go in the season. . . . Jerry Sands has driven in 103 runs this season, tying him with Mitch Jones (2009) for second most RBI in a single season in Isotopes history. Considering Sands appears to be staying with the team the rest of the season, he should be able to smash the franchise record of 105 RBI in a season by Scott Seabol (2007). . . . The Isotopes and Redbirds close out their series Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (10-6, 4.58) for the Isotopes and RHP Shelby Miller (9-10, 5.04) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/25/2012

August 24, 2012 - Isotopes (76-58)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  402 100 010 --  8  10  1
Memphis      402 002 10x --  9   9  1

WP: Nick Greenwood (3-2)
LP: Ramon Troncoso (4-1)
SV: Eduardo Sanchez (9)

HR: ABQ Josh Fields (13) off Gast (3rd inning, 2R)

    MEM Pete Kozma (11) off Loop (3rd inning, 2R)
    MEM Brock Peterson (1) off Troncoso (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:07
ATT: 12,028
In the first three innings, every run Albuquerque scored was matched by the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). The Isotopes took a lead in the 4th inning and held it until Memphis made their move in the 6th and 7th innings to take a 9-8 victory in the third game of the series on Friday evening in Memphis. Albuquerque holds a three-game lead over second-place New Orleans and the magic number stayed at 8 to win the division outright or 7 to tie and win through the tiebreaker advantage Albuquerque holds over New Orleans.

Both teams plated four runs in the 1st inning. In the top of the 1st, Tony Gwynn Jr. singled, Elian Herrera and Josh Fields both walked to load the bags and Trent Oeltjen drew a walk to bring home Gwynn Jr. Tim Federowicz then cleared the bases with a double. In the bottom half of the inning, Steven Hill and Pete Kozma singled home one run each and Vance Albitz brought home two runs with a single.

Fields two-run homered to give Albuquerque the lead in the 3rd inning only to see Kozma two-run homer for Memphis in the bottom half to knot the game at 6-6.

Ozzie Martinez singled, went to second base on Isotope starter Derrick Loop's sacrifice bunt and scored when Herrera reached on an error to give Albuquerque the lead back at 7-6.

Brock Peterson two-run homered to give Memphis the lead in the 6th inning and the Redbirds added another run in the 7th inning to lead 9-7.

Albuquerque plated their final run in the 8th inning when Martinez singled and scored on pinch-hitter Josh Bard's double.

Loop lasted 3 innings and allowed 6 runs and 5 hits.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.297), 1 2B (34), 3 RBI (74), 1 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 1x5 (.321), 1 2B (28), 2 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: Did Not Play


'TOPES NOTES:
There were three transactions on Friday. The Dodgers assigned IF Dee Gordon to Albuquerque on a rehabilitation assignment. Gordon has been out of the Dodgers lineup since July 4th when he dislocated his right thumb. The Dodgers recalled IF/OF Alex Castellanos and optioned P Rubby De La Rosa to Albuquerque. The official transaction has De La Rosa headed to Albuquerque, but many media outlets are reporting that he was going to be reporting to Double-A Chattanooga instead. . . . Time will tell on the De La Rosa situation, if he's still in the organization. The speculated nine-player blockbuster trade between the Boston Red Sox and Dodgers has De La Rosa among those who are said to be involved. If the trade can be completed, the Dodgers are expected to acquire from the Red Sox former-Isotope IF Adrian Gonzalez, P Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, IF Nick Punto, about $10 million in cash and the Dodgers will be responsible for around $260 million in salaries for the four players. Expected to be sent to the Red Sox are De La Rosa, minor league P Allen Webster, IF James Loney, IF Ivan DeJesus Jr. and IF/OF Jerry Sands. DeJesus Jr. and Sands did not play in Friday's Isotopes game. . . . The Isotopes are 18-17 in one run contests. . . . With a steal tonight, Albuquerque has stolen 16 bases in August, the most of any month this season. . . . Lance Berkman made a rehabilitation assignment start for Memphis and went 0x2 with a walk and a run scored. . . . Another PCL end of season award was announced Friday. Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) head groundskeeper Garrett Reddehase was named the 2012 PCL Sports Turf Manager of the Year. Reddehase is completing his third season of keeping the turf at Dell Diamond in tip-top shape. . . . Game four of the five game series is on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (6-8, 6.35) for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler Lyons (3-8, 4.21) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/24/2012

August 23, 2012 - Isotopes (76-57)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  100 200 003 --  6  5  2
Memphis      000 011 100 --  3  5  3

WP: Scott Rice (2-3)
LP: Victor Marte (0-2)
SV: Josh Wall (26)

HR: MEM Steven Hill (13) off Ely (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:09
ATT: 6,324
Surprise, surprise! The Isotopes won yet another game two of a series. The go-ahead run was scored on a wild pitch in the 9th inning and Jerry Sands had a two-run single for insurance runs as the Isotopes took a 6-3 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) on Thursday evening. Albuquerque increased their division lead over New Orleans to four games and due to the owning the tiebreaker with New Orleans, Albuquerque's magic number to clinch the division is 7.

Elian Herrera tripled for Albuquerque's only extra base hit on the night and scored on Sands' sacrifice fly in the 1st inning.

In the 4th inning, Alex Castellanos and Sands walked and Scott Van Slyke reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. Trent Oeltjen sacrifice flied to drive in Castellanos and Ivan DeJesus Jr. reached on an error with Sands scoring to make it 3-0.

Isotopes starter John Ely allowed single runs in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings as the Redbirds knotted the game at 3-3.

In the 9th inning, Josh Bard led off with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Matt Angle. Pinch-hitter Ozzie Martinez laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Angle to second base and Tony Gwynn Jr. and Herrera were walked to load the bases. A wild pitch brought home Angle and Sands followed with a single to plate Gwynn Jr. and Herrera.

Ely allowed 3 runs (2 earned) and 3 hits in 7 innings. Ely walked 2 and struck out 3 and allowed a solo homer to Steven Hill in the 7th inning that tied the game to prevent him from being in line for the win when he left the game.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x0 (.295)
Alex Castellanos: 0x2 (.347), 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K, SB (16)
Scott Van Slyke: 0x3 (.323), 2 BB, 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x4 (.295), 1 RBI (33), 2 K
Josh Wall: SV (26), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes are now an amazing 26-8 in game two's of a series. . . . Ivan DeJesus Jr. went 0x4 to snap a 10-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes have won 17 contests (or 12.8 percent of their games) when John Ely was the starting pitcher. That wins total leads the club among starting pitchers. Stephen Fife is second with 15 wins when he starts. . . . Another team was eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday. The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) were eliminated in the Pacific Conference Southern Division, the second team in that division to be eliminated and the seventh PCL club to be eliminated this season. . . . The first of the end of season PCL award winners was announced Thursday. Brad LaRosa of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) is the 2012 PCL Athletic Trainer of the Year as named by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). LaRosa has been a River Cats trainer for five seasons. . . . Game three of the series is Friday evening. Probables are LHP Derrick Loop (11-3, 4.53) for the Isotopes and LHP John Gast (8-4, 5.11) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/23/2012

August 22, 2012 - Isotopes (75-57)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  000 001 000 0 --  1  4  1
Memphis      000 010 000 1 --  2  4  1

WP: Nick Greenwood (2-2)
LP: Erick Threets (5-3) 

HR: ABQ Scott Van Slyke (17) off Todd (6th inning, S)

    MEM Vance Albitz (1) off Savage (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:51
ATT: 5,578
Isotopes reliever Erick Threets walked in the Memphis Redbirds' (AAA Cardinals) game winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 2-1 loss. With New Orleans winning on Wednesday, the Isotopes saw their division lead shrink to three games and their magic number remained at 9 due to holding the tiebreaker advantage.

The regulation part of the game was marked by solo homers -- Vance Albitz for Memphis in the 5th inning and Scott Van Slyke in the 6th inning for Albuquerque, the Isotopes' only extra base hit of the game.

In the bottom of the 10th inning with the game still knotted at 1-1, Threets entered the game and gave up a leadoff walk to Albitz. After Steven Hill popped out, Adron Chambers doubled and former-Isotope Eugenio Velez was intentionally walked to load the bases, setting the stage for Matt Young to draw the free pass to bring home Albitz with the game-winning run.

Isotopes starter Will Savage had a hard-luck no decision for Albuquerque, allowing just the solo homer and 3 hits in 7 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.295), 1 BB, 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.349), 3 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x3 (.326), 1 R, 1 HR (17), 1 RBI (62), 1 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x4 (.300), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Two Isotope players went on the Disabled List Wednesday. P Luis Vasquez has a left calf strain and IF Tyler Henson has a right quad strain. . . . Javy Guerra made his Isotopes debut since his demotion from the Dodgers and had two great innings with a walk, two strikeouts and allowed no runs or hits. . . . Albuquerque is 5-4 in extra inning contests. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (14-7, 3.13) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Dickson (5-11, 3.55) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/22/2012

August 21, 2012 - Isotopes (75-56)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  011 000 200 --  4  9  0
Albuquerque  000 330 00x --  6  8  1

WP: Stephen Fife (10-6)
LP: Tom Koehler (12-10)
SV: Josh Wall (25)

HR: NRL Mike Cervenak (12) off Fife (3rd inning, S)

    ABQ Alex Castellanos (17) off Koehler (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:43
ATT: 7,715
All of Albuquerque's victories in this crucial series matchup of division leader/second place were keyed by strong starting pitching performances. Tonight was no different as Stephen Fife allowed two runs (one earned) and 8 hits in 6 innings to earn his 10th victory in Albuquerque's 6-4 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) in the series finale Tuesday evening. Albuquerque extended their lead over New Orleans to four games and reduced the magic number for clinching to 9 instead of 10 under normal magic number calculations because Albuquerque earned the tiebreaker advantage with this win over New Orleans.

Kevin Mattison singled home a run in the 2nd inning and Mike Cervenak solo-homered in the 3rd inning to give the Zephyrs a 2-0 lead.

Albuquerque took the lead in the 4th inning. Alex Castellanos solo homered, Scott Van Slyke walked and scored on Tim Federowicz's double and after Federowicz went to third base on a wild pitch, Matt Angle brought him home with a sacrifice flyout.

In the 5th inning, Tony Gwynn Jr. doubled and scored on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s single. Castellanos doubled home DeJesus Jr. and after Jerry Sands flied out with Castellanos tagging up to third base, Van Slyke doubled home Castellanos for a 6-2 lead.

Cervenak and former-Isotope Chris Aguila each singled home a run as the Zephyrs plated their final runs in the 7th inning.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.297), 1 R, 1 2B (33), 1 RBI (71)
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.354), 2 R, 1 2B (25), 1 HR (17), 2 RBI (52)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.323), 1 R, 1 2B (27), 1 RBI (61), 1 BB, 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x4 (.301), 1 R, 1 RBI (32)
Josh Wall: SV (25), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.89 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers activated P Rubby De La Rosa from the disabled list and optioned P Javy Guerra to Albuquerque. . . . Jerry Sands went 0x4 to snap a franchise record 21 game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes are back a franchise best 19 games over the .500 mark with tonight's win, the fifth time Albuquerque has gotten to the 19 game high-water market while failing to get that 20th game over .500. . . . Albuquerque took three out of the four games against the Zephyrs and 38,210 attended for a per-game average of 9,553. Tonight's game marked the final 2012 matchup between the two clubs and Albuquerque won 9 of the 16 games (6-2 at Isotopes Park and 3-5 at Zephyr Field). All-time, Albuquerque holds a 86-73 series advantage. . . . With Stephen Fife winning his 10th game, it makes the first time in Isotopes franchise history that four pitchers have reached the 10 win plateau in the same season. . . . Albuquerque's victory eliminated the last place team in the division, the Round Rock Express, from playoff contention. . . . The Isotopes begin a nine-game roadtrip on Wednesday evening, their last roadtrip of the regular season. The first stop is Memphis for a five game series. Probables in the opener are RHP Will Savage (10-6, 5.85) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Dickson (5-11, 3.55) for the Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). An interesting promotion that should bring back memories for Isotopes fans during the Isotopes/Marlins 2004 exhibition game is that the Cardinals' 2011 World Series Trophy will be available for Autozone Park fans to look at. In 2004, it was the Marlins' 2003 World Series trophy that Isotopes fans were able to view.

Filed 08/21/2012

August 20, 2012 - Isotopes (74-56)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  133 003 901 --  20  23  3
Albuquerque  200 302 030 --  10  17  0

WP: Evan Reed (2-2)
LP: Fernando Nieve (6-8) 

HR: NRL Luke Montz (28) off Nieve (2nd inning, S)
    NRL Luke Montz (29) off Nieve (3rd inning, 3R)
    NRL Chase Lambin (7) off Antonini (6th inning, 3R)
    NRL Brett Hayes (1) off Nieve (1st inning, S)
    NRL Kevin Mattison (12) off Nieve (2nd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 4:02
ATT: 8,080
It was a rough game for Isotopes fans to watch on 50 cent hot dog night. The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) bashed five early homers and later scored nine runs in an inning without the need for a homer in defeating the Isotopes by a football-like score of 20-10. New Orleans closed to three games of the Isotopes in the division and Albuquerque's magic number for clinching the division stayed at 12.

Former Isotope Brett Hayes got things started with a solo homer in the 1st inning.

Albuquerque took their only lead of the game in the bottom of the 1st inning. Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ivan DeJesus Jr. led off with walks. Josh Fields laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance them up a base and Jerry Sands doubled them home.

Luke Montz solo homered and Kevin Mattison two-run homered in the 2nd inning and Montz three-run homered in the 3rd inning to extend New Orleans' lead to 7-2.

In the 4th inning, Isotopes reliever Cole St. Clair and Gwynn Jr. singled and DeJesus Jr. singled home St. Clair. An out later, Sands singled home Gwynn Jr. and DeJesus Jr.

Former-Isotope Chase Lambin three-run homered in the 6th inning to give New Orleans a 10-5 lead and Albuquerque added two runs in the bottom half of the 6th inning. Consecutive singles from Fields, Sands and Trent Oeltjen brought home a run and Tim Federowicz sacrifice flied out to drive in Sands..

New Orleans plated 9 runs in the 7th inning, highlighted by Scott Cousins' two-run single and Hayes' bases-loaded clearing double.

Albuquerque plated their final three runs in the 8th inning. Fields, Sands and Federowicz all singled to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Alex Castellanos brought home Fields with a sacrifice fly and Ozzie Martinez followed with a two-run single.

Shawn Bowman singled home New Orleans' final run in the 9th inning.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve only lasted two innings and allowed 7 runs and 8 hits and four of the five Zephyr homers.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.295), 1 R, 1 RBI (70), 1 BB, SF
Alex Castellanos: 0x0 (.352), 1 RBI (50), SF
Scott Van Slyke: 0x0 (.322), 1 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x5 (.297), 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The start of the game was delayed 19 minutes by a pregame rain shower. . . . The 4 hour, 2 minute game was Albuquerque's longest 9-inning game of the 2012 season. It was just four minutes shy of setting the franchise record for longest 9-inning game, time-wise. . . . The bright spot for Albuquerque in the game was Jerry Sands, who hit safely to extend his hitting streak to a franchise-best 21 games and had five hits in the game to tie a franchise record. Sands led the Isotopes with 4 RBI in the game. . . . The game got so out of hand that Josh Fields became the first Isotope position player to pitch in a game in nearly two years (Travis Denker, August 30, 2010 at Isotopes Park against Iowa). Fields hurled one inning, allowing a run on three hits and fanned one. . . . 24,449 50-cent hot dogs were consumed for a per-fan average of 3.03. . . . The 20 runs allowed were the most for the Isotopes in a home game this season and the 23 hits was the most allowed in a game this season. . . . Fernando Nieve earned his team-leading 8th loss tonight and he gave up the most homers by an Isotope in a game this season (4). . . . Ricardo Nanita of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Nanita hit .414 (12x29) with 6 homers and 11 RBI during the award week. . . . Jake Odorizzi of the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Odorizzi won both of his starts and compiled a 0.64 ERA (1 run allowed in 14 innings). . . . The series concludes on Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (9-6, 4.74) for the Isotopes and RHP Tom Koehler (12-9, 3.74) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 08/20/2012

August 19, 2012 - Isotopes (74-55)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  000 000 000 --  0   4  0
Albuquerque  401 100 00x --  6  10  1

WP: Derrick Loop (11-3)
LP: Brad Hand (10-6)

HR: ABQ Josh Fields (12) off Hand (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Scott Van Slyke (16) off Hand (1st inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:33
ATT: 9,255
Isotopes starter Derrick Loop and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout and Jerry Sands hit safely to extend his hitting streak to a franchise record setting 20 games as the Isotopes blanked the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) 6-0 on Sunday afternoon at "The Lab". Albuquerque extended their division lead over New Orleans to four games -- tying for the most games lead they have had over the Zephyrs in this pennant race -- and reduced their magic number to 12.

Albuquerque was quickly off and running to a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning. Josh Fields solo homered as the second Isotope batter of the game. Alex Castellanos followed with a walk, Sands had his franchise record breaking moment with a single, and Scott Van Slyke followed with a three-run homer.

Sands walked, Tim Federowicz also drew a walk and Ivan DeJesus Jr. singled home Sands in the 3rd inning, and in the 4th inning Loop singled and scored on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s triple.

Loop allowed no runs and 3 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x2 (.294), 2 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x3 (.352), 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 3x4 (.322), 1 R, 1 HR (16), 3 RBI (60)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x4 (.300), 1 RBI (31), 3 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers activated P Scott Elbert from the major-league Disabled List and optioned IF Elian Herrera to Albuquerque. . . . Derrick Loop, Scott Rice and Erick Threets were the hurlers that combined on the four-hit shutout, Albuquerque's franchise record-tying eighth shutout this season. . . . Jerry Sands reaching the 20 straight games with a hit mark leaves Eric Reed (2006), Jamie Hoffmann (2010) and Elian Herrera (2012) in second place in franchise history with 19-game hitting streaks. . . . The Isotopes have revisited for the fourth time this season their franchise record high water mark of 19 games over .500. . . . Albuquerque has won their last five games played against New Orleans. . . . Today's attendance of 9,255 put the Isotopes over the 500,000 home attendance mark for the 2012 season (508,530) with 6 more home gates left to add to the season total. The Isotopes have never drawn below 500,000 in their 10 year franchise history. . . . If Albuquerque can hang on to win their division, they already know who they will face in the American Conference Championship Series. The Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals), wearing "OmaHogs" uniforms in a fascinating "What If..." promotion at Werner Park, defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) on Saturday evening, eliminating Nashville from playoff contention and thus clinching the American Conference Northern Division title. Five PCL clubs are currently eliminated from playoff contention and Albuquerque has a chance to eliminate division basement dweller Round Rock from the playoffs with a victory or a Round Rock loss on Monday. . . . Albuquerque hopes to continue their recent dominance over the Zephyrs on Monday evening. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (6-7, 5.87) for the Isotopes and RHP Elih Villanueva (9-7, 3.62) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 08/19/2012

August 18, 2012 - Isotopes (73-55)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  000 001 000 --  1  6  2
Albuquerque  000 002 10x --  3  7  0

WP: John Ely (14-7)
LP: Omar Poveda (4-2)
SV: Josh Wall (24)

TIME: 2:28
ATT: 13,160
After getting started 22 minutes late due to a pregame rain shower, Isotopes starter John Ely was masterful. Ely went 8 innings, struck out 7 New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) batters and gave up one run on 6 hits as he earned his franchise record 14th victory of the season in Albuquerque's 3-1 victory over the Zephyrs in the series opener at The Lab. Albuquerque padded their lead over New Orleans to 3 games in the division and decreased their magic number to 14 to clinch the division.

Luke Montz singled home New Orleans' first run of the game in the 6th inning and Albuquerque responded to take the lead in the bottom of the 6th inning. Alex Castellanos and Jerry Sands singled and Scott Van Slyke walked to load the bases with one out. Tim Federowicz followed with a two-run single to plate Castellanos and Sands.

Albuquerque added their final run in the 7th inning when Ozzie Martinez singled and scored on a wild pitch and error.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.296), 2 RBI (69), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.355), 1 R
Scott Van Slyke: 0x3 (.317), 1 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x4 (.300), 2 K
Josh Wall: SV (24), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.99 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
OF Trent Oeltjen was activated from the Disabled List. . . . Jerry Sands hit safely to extend his hitting streak to a franchise record tying 19 games (Eric Reed 2006, Jamie Hoffmann 2010 and Elian Herrera 2012). . . . John Ely's 14 victories tie him atop the PCL wins leaderboard with Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays)' Sean O'Sullivan. Ely tied his own team season-best mark of the longest starting pitcher outing (8 innings) and has won his last six pitching decisions in a row. . . . The contest featured no extra base hits. . . . Josh Wall moved into second place all by himself for most saves in a season in Isotopes history (24 saves). . . . The crowd of 13,160 was the 25th largest regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history and 3rd largest home crowd of 2012. . . . The series continues Sunday afternoon. Probables are LHP Derrick Loop (10-3, 4.88) for the Isotopes and LHP Brad Hand (10-5, 3.50) for the Zephyrs. It is the second to the last afternoon home game of the season.

Filed 08/18/2012

August 17, 2012 - Isotopes (72-55)

Security Service Field

Albuquerque       002 000 010 --  3  11  4
Colorado Springs  010 031 10x --  6  10  0

WP: Nick Schmidt (5-3)
LP: Will Savage (10-6)
SV: Coty Woods (8)

HR: ABQ Scott Van Slyke (15) off Marquez (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:07
ATT: 5,535
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) plated five runs in the 5th through 7th innings to claim a lead and extend it in their 6-3 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale Friday evening in Colorado Springs. Albuquerque has dropped two straight games and saw their division lead decrease to two games over second-place New Orleans.

Brendan Harris doubled home a run for the Sky Sox in the 2nd inning before Albuquerque plated their first two runs in the 3rd inning to take a 2-1 lead. Josh Fields singled with two outs, Alex Castellanos walked and both executed a double steal before scoring on Jerry Sands' single.

Errors aided Colorado Springs in building a comfortable lead over the Isotopes. In the 5th inning, the Sky Sox scored runs on an error, on Wilkin Castillo's sacrifice flyout and Brendon Roberts' double. Colorado Springs added a run on an error in the 6th inning and a run on Matt McBride's single in the 7th inning to take a 6-2 lead.

Scott Van Slyke homered for Albuquerque's final run in the 8th inning.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 4 runs (2 earned) and 5 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 0x2 (.356), 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, SB (15), HBP
Scott Van Slyke: 1x5 (.320), 1 R, 1 HR (15), 1 RBI (57)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x4 (.302)


'TOPES NOTES:
P Will Savage was activated from the Disabled List. . . . Jerry Sands keeps on hitting. Sands hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, just one shy of tying the franchise record for longest hitting streak. . . . Tonight concluded the only four-game series of the year between the Isotopes and Sky Sox and Colorado Springs took three out of the four games. 18,939 attended for a per-game average of 4,735. All-time, Colorado Springs leads the series 33-29 and the Isotopes are 14-16 at Security Service Field. . . . The Isotopes also concluded regular season play against Pacific Conference opponents. Albuquerque went 9-7 against the Pacific Conference North division and 7-9 against the Pacific Conference South division for a combined 16-16 2012 record, the second straight season with that break-even record against the other conference. All-time, Albuquerque is 154-162 against the Pacific Conference. The Isotopes' goal is to play a Pacific Conference team again in 2012 because that would mean the Isotopes are playing in the PCL Championship Series. . . . Albuquerque just completed a 4-4 roadtrip. . . . The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Friday became the fourth PCL team (Tucson, Iowa, Memphis) to be eliminated from playoff contention. . . . Home cooking is more important now that the Isotopes have a slim division lead and second place New Orleans is coming to town for the short four-game homestand. This is Albuquerque's opportunity to add some cushion to their division lead and make a significant reduction in their magic number or a poor series could find Albuquerque out of first place when they head back on the road Wednesday. Probables for the opener of the crucial series are RHP John Ely (13-7, 3.24) for the Isotopes and RHP Omar Poveda (4-1, 3.60) for the Zephyrs. It would be a great opportunity for Ely to earn his franchise record-setting 14th victory and the Zephyrs to start a losing streak in the first of their nine straight road games.

Filed 08/17/2012

August 16, 2012 - Isotopes (72-54)

Security Service Field

Albuquerque       000 000 020 --   2   7  0
Colorado Springs  302 050 01x --  11  15  1

WP: Jhoulys Chacin (1-1)
LP: Stephen Fife (9-6)

HR: CSP Wilkin Castillo (4) off Antonini (5th inning, 2R)
    CSP Brendan Harris (9) off Fife (3rd inning, 2R)

TIME: 2:39
ATT: 2,497
It was a rough night for Isotopes starter Stephen Fife. Fife allowed 9 runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings, while rehabilitating right-hander Jhoulys Chacin looked like he is ready to rejoin the Rockies as he allowed 5 hits and 1 run to the Isotopes in 7 innings of work in the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) 11-2 victory over Albuquerque. Albuquerque remained three games ahead of second place New Orleans and the Isotopes saw their magic number decrease to 16 with the Zephyrs loss.

It only took Colorado Springs two batters to score their first run. Tim Wheeler led off with a triple and scored on Tommy Field's sacrifice flyout. Later in the inning, Brendan Harris and Chad Tracy each singled home a run to make it 3-0.

Harris two-run homered in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 5-0 and Wilkin Castillo's two-run homer and run-scoring doubles from Andrew Brown and Tracy and a run-scoring single from Harris made up a five run 5th inning as the Sky Sox led 10-0.

The Isotopes avoided the shutout with two runs in the 8th inning. Tony Gwynn Jr. singled and scored on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s double, the only Isotope extra base hit on the night. DeJesus Jr. later in the inning scored on an error.

Field singled home Colorado Springs' final run in the 9th inning.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.294), 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 1x3 (.359), 1 BB, 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.322), 1 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x5 (.297), 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI (30)


'TOPES NOTES:
Jerry Sands singled to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Sands just needs to extend his streak two more games to tie the franchise record. . . . Colorado Springs' Jhoulys Chacin no-hit the Isotopes through the first 3 2/3 innings in the game. . . . Colorado Springs batters seem to bring out the worst in Isotope pitchers. Stephen Fife joined Derrick Loop in allowing 9 runs in a start this series. Fernando Nieve allowed 9 runs in a start in April to first establish the season-worst for most runs allowed in a start until Loop and Fife tied it this series. . . . The Isotopes announced that a fireworks promotion has been added to the Friday, August 31st game against the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals). That added fireworks show means that there will be fireworks following on Friday, Saturday and Sunday games during Fan Appreciation Weekend. Only the Monday (Labor Day) day contest during the long holiday weekend will not have a fireworks show. . . . The series concludes Friday evening. It appears RHP Will Savage (10-5, 5.94) will be activated from the Disabled List to make the start for Albuquerque, while Colorado Springs is expected to counter with LHP Nick Schmidt (4-3, 7.24).

Filed 08/16/2012

August 15, 2012 - Isotopes (72-53)

Security Service Field

Albuquerque       021 113 102 --  11  14  3
Colorado Springs  100 002 011 --   5  13  1

WP: Fernando Nieve (6-7)
LP: Cody Riordan (1-2) 

HR: ABQ Jerry Sands (24) off Bergmann (7th inning, S)

    CSP Brendan Harris (8) off Wall (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:10
ATT: 5,108
The Isotopes scored in seven of the nine innings and Ivan DeJesus Jr. knocked in four of Albuquerque's 11 runs in a 11-5 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) on Wednesday evening. Albuquerque maintains a three game lead over New Orleans as the Zephyrs also won their game.

Andrew Brown doubled home Colorado Springs' first run in the 1st inning and Albuquerque took the lead and never relinquished it with two runs in the 2nd inning. With the bases loaded, DeJesus Jr. singled home Sands and Federowicz.

Jerry Sands singled home Alex Castellanos in the 3rd inning and Matt Angle tripled and scored on DeJesus Jr.'s sacrifice flyout in the 4th inning to make it 4-1.

Tony Gwynn Jr. doubled and later scored on Castellanos' single in the 5th inning and in the 6th inning with the bases loaded, Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve singled home Tim Federowicz. A wild pitch brought Matt Angle home and Gwynn Jr.'s fielders choice force out plated DeJesus Jr. as the Isotopes led 8-1.

The Sky Sox plated two runs in the 6th inning and Jerry Sands solo homered in the 7th inning as Albuquerque made it 9-3.

Colorado Springs scored a run on an error in the 8th inning and Albuquerque responded with two 9th inning runs. Scott Van Slyke walked, Federowicz doubled and Angle sacrifice flied out to drive in Van Slyke. Federowicz went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on DeJesus Jr.'s single.

Brendan Harris solo homered for the Sky Sox's final run of the game.

Nieve earned the victory, allowing 3 runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.296), 3 R, 1 2B (32), 2 BB
Alex Castellanos: 1x3 (.359), 1 R, 1 RBI (49), 2 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 0x3 (.322), 1 R, 2 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 3x4 (.300), 1 R, 4 RBI (29), 1 K, SF
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 5.10 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Jerry Sands had three hits, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (9-5, 4.22) for the Isotopes and Rockies rehabilitating RHP Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 4.05) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/15/2012

August 14, 2012 - Isotopes (71-53)

Security Service Field

Albuquerque       400 014 000 --   9  13  0
Colorado Springs  206 103 00x --  12  12  2

WP: Jeff Marquez (5-8)
LP: Cole St. Clair (3-3)
SV: Coty Woods (7)

HR: CSP Michael Cuddyer (1) off Loop (1st inning, 2R)
    CSP Brandon Wood (9) off Loop (3rd inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:09
ATT: 5,799
The Isotopes battled back to tie the game at 9-9 in the top of the 6th inning, but the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) immediately plated three runs in their half of the frame to claim a 12-9 victory in the series opener in Colorado Springs on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque snapped a three-game losing streak and New Orleans closed to three games back in the division with 20 games left.

Things started out very promising for Albuquerque. In the 1st inning, Matt Angle led off the game by reaching on an error, Ivan DeJesus Jr. singled and Josh Fields bunt singled to load the bags. Jerry Sands tripled to clear them before scoring on Scott Van Slyke's double.

Michael Cuddyer, on a rehab assignment with Colorado Springs, two-run homered in the bottom of the first inning to cut Albuquerque's defecit in half at 4-2.

The Sky Sox added six runs to the scoreboard in the 3rd inning to claim a 8-4 lead. Brandon Wood grand-slam homered in the inning on his way to a six RBI night.

The Sky Sox added a run in the 4th inning and Albuquerque tallied again in the 5th inning when pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. singled home Tim Federowicz.

The Isotopes put up another four run outburst in the 6th inning to knot the game at 9-9. DeJesus Jr. walked, Fields singled and Van Slyke doubled home DeJesus Jr. Tyler Henson singled home Fields and Van Slyke and after Ozzie Martinez singled Henson to third base, a wild pitch brought home Henson.

The Sky Sox won the game with a three run 6th inning. Cuddyer's double was the go-ahead run and Wood and Chad Tracy knocked in insurance runs with singles.

Isotopes starter Derrick Loop allowed 9 runs and 8 hits in 4 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.296), 1 R, 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 0x1 (.359)
Scott Van Slyke: 2x2 (.325), 1 R, 2 2B (26), 2 RBI (56), 2 BB, HBP
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x5 (.290), 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Angel Guzman was placed on the Disabled List. . . . Jerry Sands' hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, the second longest streak on the team this season. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed seven grand slam homers this season, including two in August. . . . The Dodger Pride awards for July were recently announced. At the Triple-A level, Fernando Nieve and Jerry Sands were the winners. Nieve made five July starts and went 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA. Sands hit .327 in 27 games and had eight July homers, including two grand slam homers in the nightcap of a doubleheader on July 29th. . . . The site was announced for the 2013 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA Phillies) will host the game, a one game playoff between the International League and Pacific Coast League Champions, on September 17, 2013 at Coca-Cola Park. The 2012 version of the game will be played in Durham, North Carolina at the home of the Durham Bulls (AAA Rays) on September 18th. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (5-7, 5.91) for the Isotopes and RHP Cody Riordan (1-1, 5.17) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/14/2012

August 13, 2012 - Isotopes (71-52)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 050 000 --  5  14  1
Reno         000 200 100 --  3   6  0

WP: John Ely (13-7)
LP: Joe Martinez (10-10)
SV: Erick Threets (4)

TIME: 3:14
ATT: 3,955
Isotopes starter John Ely allowed 2 runs in 6 innings and earned his 13th victory to tie a franchise record for most victories in a season. Ely almost didn't have that record-tying effort as his teammates had to come through with a five-run 5th inning to put him in a position to be the winning pitcher in a 5-3 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in the series finale Monday evening. Albuquerque has won three straight games. Second place New Orleans also won to stay 4 games back so Albuquerque wasn't able to increase their games lead over New Orleans but did decrease the magic number for clinching the division to 18.

Tyler Bortnick singled home a run and Konrad Schmidt brought home another run with a sacrifice bunt as the Aces built a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning.

Albuquerque scored all their runs in the 5th inning. Ozzie Martinez singled and advanced to second base on Ely's sacrifice bunt. Tony Gwynn Jr. walked and Ivan DeJesus doubled them both home. An out later, Jerry Sands walked and Scott Van Slyke drove in DeJesus Jr. Josh Fields singled home Sands and Josh Bard singled home Van Slyke for a 5-2 lead.

A.J. Pollock singled home Reno's final run in the 7th inning.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 1x5 (.361), 1 2B (24), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x5 (.321), 1 R, 1 RBI (54), 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x5 (.287), 1 R, 1 2B (11), 2 RBI (25), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers placed Jerry Hairston Jr. on the Disabled List and recalled IF Elian Herrera from Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes are 19 games over .500, tying their franchise-best high water mark. . . . Albuquerque took three out of the four games in the only regular season series of the season against the Aces and 22,017 attended for a per-game average of 5,504. All-time, Albuquerque holds a 12-4 advantage (6-2 at Aces Ballpark). . . . John Ely's 13 victories puts him in a tie with Sean O'Sullivan of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) atop the PCL wins leaderboard. In Isotopes single season wins history, Ely is tied with Frankie De La Cruz (2008) and Giancarlo Alvarado (2009). Ely won his 5th straight pitching decision and has tossed two straight quality starts. . . . Jerry Sands hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, tying for the second longest team hitting streak of the season. . . . Mitch Maier of the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Maier hit .389 (7x18) with 3 homers and 10 RBI during the award week. . . . Former-Isotope Jon Link of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Link converted all five save opportunities during the week, allowing just a walk and fanning 5 in 5 2/3 innings of work. . . . The New Mexico State Supreme Court made a decision that could be negative for the sport of baseball in New Mexico. The Court ruled that baseball clubs and stadium operators will be able to be sued for foul ball injuries, contrary to the norm that those clubs and stadium operators had immunity from lawsuits because fans need to take some responsibility for paying attention to avoid foul balls that could cause injuries. The Isotopes just settled a lawsuit for an undisclosed amount before the lawsuit was going to trial. Tha lawsuit involves a then-four year old child who was in the picnic area at Isotopes Park and suffered a skull fracture and has some permanent brain damage after being hit in the head by a batting practice homer before a game in July 2003. Removing that legal immunity might cause some smaller baseball clubs to fold or relocate out of state where they will have more immunity from foul ball lawsuits. If clubs decide to stay in the state, you might see more netting put up to protect the fans in the stands from foul balls. . . . Albuquerque heads to Colorado Springs for a four-game series to conclude their roadtrip as well as the 2012 matchups against Pacific Conference opponents. Probables in the opener Tuesday evening at Security Service Field are LHP Derrick Loop (10-3, 4.14) for the Isotopes and RHP Rob Scahill (9-11, 5.85) for the Sky Sox (AAA Rockies).

Filed 08/13/2012

August 12, 2012 - Isotopes (70-52)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 240 100 --  7   9  0
Reno         000 200 201 --  5  13  3

WP: Scott Rice (1-3)
LP: Trevor Bauer (4-1)
SV: Josh Wall (23)

HR: ABQ Alex Castellanos (16) off Bauer (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (23) off Bauer (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:36
ATT: 4,110
For the second straight game, the Isotopes used a four run inning to break a deadlocked game and help propel them to victory. On Sunday afternoon, it was a four-run 5th inning that was beneficial towards Albuquerque's 7-5 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in Reno. While the Isotopes are not having any problems putting distance between themselves and third place Oklahoma City (6.5 games back), second place New Orleans is being pesky by doing as Albuquerque does and staying 4 games back. Albuquerque's magic number is 19 to clinch the division.

Alex Castellanos solo homered to lead off the 4th inning. Jerry Sands followed with a walk, went to third base when Scott Van Slyke reached on an error and scored on Matt Angle's sacrifice bunt as Albuquerque led 2-0.

That lead vanished in the bottom of the 4th inning when Ryan Budde and Aces starter Tevor Bauer each drove in runs with a single.

Albuquerque regained the lead at 6-2 and for good in the 5th inning. Castellanos singled with one out and scored on Sands' two-run homer, his second in as many games. Van Slyke singled, Tim Federowicz doubled, Angle was hit by a pitch to load the bags and Ozzie Martinez reached on a fielder's choice error with Van Slyke and Federowicz scoring to cap the four run inning.

Federowicz and Angle walked to lead off the 7th inning, Martinez flied out with Federowicz tagging up to third base and Isotopes reliever Scott Rice singled home Federowicz for a 7-2 lead.

Reno tried to rally but fell short in the final three innings. Tyler Harbin singled home two runs in the 7th inning and Tyler Graham singled home a run with two outs in the 9th inning.

Isotopes starter Blake Johnson allowed 2 runs and 6 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.296), 2 R, 1 2B (31), 2 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 3x5 (.363), 2 R, 1 2B (23), 1 HR (16), 1 RBI (48)
Scott Van Slyke: 2x5 (.319), 1 R, 1 2B (24), 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x1 (.290)
Josh Wall: SV (23), 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.01 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The whereabouts of two MLB veterans accepting minor league assignments to Albuquerque became clear Sunday. Tony Gwynn Jr. made his Isotopes debut, batting second and playing left field. Gwynn Jr. went 0x2 with 3 walks, a strikeout, and stole a base. Isotope fans will have to wait a while longer for Bobby Abreu's debut in an Isotopes suit as he was placed on the Disabled List with a right ankle sprain. . . . Jerry Sands has hit seven homers in his last 10 games with the Isotopes. Sands did not homer in his brief Dodgers stint in the middle of that 10 minor league game span. Sands extended his hitting streak to 13 games, tied for the third longest team hitting streak of the season. . . . The Isotopes hit the 70 win mark in game 122, the fastest to 70 wins in franchise history by 3 games (2009 - game 125). . . . Josh Wall recorded his 23rd save, good for a second-place tie all-time in Isotopes history. . . . Albuquerque is 20-4 this season in games decided by two runs. . . . Elian Herrera had a rough game, going 0x6 with 4 strikeouts, tying a team season high for most strikeouts in a game. . . . Scott Van Slyke was ejected by Home Plate umpire Tripp Gibson III in the 8th inning after being called out on strikes. It was Van Slyke's third ejection of the season. . . . The Isotopes and Aces conclude their only four game series of the season on Monday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (11-7, 3.42) for the Isotopes and RHP Joe Martinez (10-9, 5.65) for the Aces.

Filed 08/12/2012

August 11, 2012 - Isotopes (69-52)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  201 000 400 --  7  14  1
Reno         210 000 020 --  5   5  0

WP: Stephen Fife (9-5)
LP: Mike DeMark (3-5)
SV: Josh Wall (22)

HR: ABQ Jerry Sands (22) off Henry (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Scott Van Slyke (14) off DeMark (7th inning, 2R)

    RENO Mike Jacobs (16) off Fife (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:03
ATT: 6,616
Isotopes starter Stephen Fife had a solid effort and the Isotopes plated four runs in the 7th inning to break a 3-3 tie en route to a 7-5 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in Reno on Saturday evening. With New Orleans also winning on Saturday, the Isotopes were unable to add to their four game lead over the Zephyrs in the division race with 23 games left to play.

Elian Herrera doubled to start the game and scored two outs later on Jerry Sands' homer as the Isotopes led 2-0.

A.J. Pollock doubled and scored on Mike Jacobs' homer in the bottom of the 1st inning to tie the game and the Aces scored a run on a groundout in the 2nd inning to take a 3-2 lead.

Consecutive two-out singles from Alex Castellanos, Sands and Scott Van Slyke brought home a run in the 3rd inning to knot the game at 3-3.

Herrera bunt singled and scored on Castellanos triple in the 7th inning to give the Isotopes the lead. Sands singled home Castellanos and Van Slyke followed with a two-run homer for a 7-3 Albuquerque advantage.

Cole Gillespie doubled home Reno's final two runs in the 8th inning.

Fife allowed 3 runs and 3 hits in 7 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x5 (.296), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 2x5 (.359), 2 R, 1 3B (7), 1 RBI (47), 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 3x4 (.318), 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI (53), 1 BB, SB (5)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x4 (.291), 2 K
Josh Wall: SV (22), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.93 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Tony Gwynn Jr. and Bobby Abreu did not appear in tonight's contest. . . . Jerry Sands extended his hitting streak to 12 games. . . . Josh Wall's 22 saves is third most for a season in Isotopes history. . . . The series continues on Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Blake Johnson (3-0, 5.19) for the Isotopes and RHP Trevor Bauer (4-0, 2.59) for the Aces.

Filed 08/11/2012

August 10, 2012 - Isotopes (68-52)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 4 2  0 011 --   8  12  3
Reno         504 1(10)0 02x --  22  21  0

WP: Charles Brewer (9-6)
LP: Fernando Nieve (5-7)

HR: ABQ Tim Federowicz (11) off Brewer (4th inning, 3R)

    RENO Mike Jacobs (15) off Nieve (1st inning, 2R)
    RENO Taylor Harbin (4) off Nieve (1st inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:25
ATT: 7,336
It was definitely a game to forget. Three of the five Isotopes pitchers allowed five or more runs in the game, no Isotope pitcher allowed zero runs on their line, and the fivesome allowed a season-worst 22 runs as the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) claimed a 22-8 victory over Albuquerque in the series opener in Reno on Friday evening. The good news is that the whole PCL American Conference Southern Division lost, so Albuquerque retained their four game division lead over second place New Orleans with 24 games left to play.

Reno was quickly off to a 5-0 lead in the 1st ining on Jake Elmore's RBI triple, Josh Bell's RBI single, Mike Jacobs two-run homer and Taylor Harbin's solo homer.

Reno plated four more runs in the 3rd inning highlighted by Elmore's two-run double to extend the lead to 9-0.

Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Jerry Sands singled with one out, Scott Van Slyke walked and Tim Federowicz followed with a three-run homer. An out later, Ivan DeJesus Jr. doubled and scored on Isotope reliever Cole St. Clair's single.

Harbin doubled home a run in the 4th inning to make it 10-4 and the Isotopes added two runs in the top of the 5th inning. Alex Castellanos doubled, Sands walked and Federowicz doubled them both home.

Any hopes of an Isotopes comeback were dashed in the bottom of the 5th inning when Reno sent 15 batters to the plate and plated 10 runs to lead 20-6.

Ozzie Martinez drew a two-out walk in the 8th inning and scored on Elian Herrera's double and after Reno plated two runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, Albuquerque scored their final run in the 9th inning. With two outs, Scott Van Slyke singled, Federowicz singled and pinch-hitter Josh Bard had a run scoring single to drive in Van Slyke.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve allowed 9 runs (6 earned) and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 3x5 (.297), 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR (11), 5 RBI (67)
Alex Castellanos: 1x5 (.358), 1 R, 1 2B (22), 3 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.311), 2 R, 1 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x1 (.292), 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
Some of the Isotopes roster crunch decisions were settled on Friday. P Will Savage was placed on the Disabled List with a lower back strain and C Steve Cilladi was placed on the Disabled List with a left ankle sprain. IF/OF Jerry Sands played in Friday's contest but Tony Gwynn Jr. and Bobby Abreu did not appear in the game and there is one more roster move left to make active roster room for whichever of those two MLB veterans still needs to be added to the active roster. . . . Isotope relievers Ramon Troncoso and Michael Antonini were the only Isotope relievers not to allow five or more runs. Trancoso allowed one runs and Antonini allowed two runs. . . . Albuquerque had season worsts in most runs given up in a game (22), most combined runs in a game (30) and largest losing margin (14 runs). The 14 run loss tied for Albuquerque's third worst loss in franchise history. . . . The Isotopes tied a franchise record by allowing 10 runs in an inning. . . . Tim Federowicz's five RBI tied for second most on the team this season. . . . Cole St. Clair became the seventh Isotopes pitcher to have a RBI this season. . . . Jerry Sands returned from the Dodgers had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . The 22 runs were the most runs the Reno franchise has scored in a single game in their franchise history. . . . After Friday's action, the first teams in the PCL were eliminated from playoff contention. The Tucson Padres (AAA Padres), Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) and Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) will all be watching the PCL playoffs on MILB.TV from their comfy chair after their Labor Day season finales. The Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) in the American Conference Northern Division are the closest PCL club to clinching a playoff spot with a magic number of 10. . . . Probables in game two of the series Saturday evening are RHP Stephen Fife (8-5, 4.25) for the Isotopes and RHP Bryan Harvey (2-0, 3.86) for the Aces.

Filed 08/10/2012

Day Off; Isotopes Add Two MLB Veterans

The Isotopes (and the rest of the PCL) had their final off-day of the regular season, but that didn't stop things in the transaction world. The Isotopes open up a series in Reno against the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) Friday and there will be some hard roster decisions to make in the next 24-48 hours as the Dodgers sent three players to the Isotopes.

The Dodgers outrighted OF Tony Gwynn Jr. and OF Bobby Abreu to Albuquerque after both MLB veterans accepted minor league assignments. Both were designated for assignment earlier this month - Abreu to make 40-man roster room for some of the Dodgers' recent trade acqusitions and Gwynn Jr. to make 25-man roster room for promoting Jerry Sands to the Dodgers.

With the Dodgers in 2012: Gwynn Jr. hit .232 with 0 homers, 17 RBI and had 13 stolen bases in 103 games. Abreu hit .251 with 2 homers and 17 RBI in 70 games.

The Dodgers also optioned IF/OF Jerry Sands to Albuquerque just three days after recalling him from Albuquerque and the Dodgers recalled IF Adam Kennedy from his rehabilitation assignment with Albuquerque. The Kennedy transaction will not free up an active roster slot for any of the three incoming players.

Filed 08/09/2012

August 8, 2012 DH2 - Isotopes (68-51)

Isotopes Park

Tucson       010 100 0 --  2   3  2
Albuquerque  001 024 x --  7  11  2

WP: Derrick Loop (10-3)
LP: Andrew Werner (1-1)

TIME: 2:09
ATT: 9,123
Elian Herrera went 3-for-3, scored three runs and had a key run-scoring triple that gave Albuquerque some breathing room over the Tucson Padres (AAA Padres) as the Isotopes defeated Tucson 7-2 to sweep a doubleheader on Wednesday at "The Lab". Albuquerque extended their division lead to a season-best four games over New Orleans as previous-second place Oklahoma City lost in extra innings and New Orleans won to leapfrog Oklahoma City into second place.

Sawyer Carroll singled home Tucson's first run in the 2nd inning and Albuquerque responded to tie the game at 1-1 in the 3rd inning. Elian Herrera drew a two out walk, Ivan DeJesus Jr. singled and Alex Castellanos singled home Herrera.

Carroll singled home another run for Tucson in the 4th inning and Albuquerque plated two runs in the 5th inning to take the lead. Herrera singled, stole second base and after Castellanos drew a walk, Josh Fields singled home Herrera. Scott Van Slyke followed with a single to plate Castellanos with the go-ahead run.

Albuquerque added four insurance runs in the 6th inning. Josh Bard doubled with one out, Ozzie Martinez walked and pinch-hitter Matt Angle singled to load the bags. Elian Herrera cleared them with a triple before scoring on DeJesus Jr.'s double.

Isotopes starter Derrick Loop got the victory and allowed two runs, 3 hits and fanned 5 Padres batters in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 1x3 (.361), 1 R, 1 RBI (46), 1 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.312), 1 RBI (50)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x4 (.288), 1 2B (9), 1 RBI (23), 2 K
Josh Wall: 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.04 ERA

DODGERS Rehab Report

Adam Kennedy: Did not play in game two of the doubleheader - no reports if it was his decision, a manager decision or if he had a possible setback after game 1 of the doubleheader.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes and Padres split the series 2-2, their lone series of the season. 24,877 attended for a per-gate average of 8,292. All-time, Tucson and Albuquerque have won two games each (2-2 at Isotopes Park). . . . Despite the disappointing 4-4 homestand, Albuquerque was just able to add some ink to the franchise recordbooks this homestand. The Isotopes won their 42nd home game, tying a franchise record for most home wins in a season. There are eight more home games left to set and add to a new record. . . . With the Isotopes at 68 wins and 25 games left in the season, there appears to be a good chance of also tying or setting the single season wins record (80). . . . Derrick Loop earned his 10th victory tonight, the third Isotope this season to reach the 10 win plateau. With three pitchers with 10 wins, the Isotopes set a new mark for the most pitchers in a season to win 10 or more games. . . . With three teams, including Tucson, on the brink of playoff elimination, the PCL could see their first playoff eliminated teams after Friday's action. . . . This game might have been Tucson's final game ever to be played at Isotopes Park despite the fact the Padres just announced they will play in Tucson during the 2013 season. The PCL revealed they have approved a sale of a team to MountainStar Sports Group of El Paso and it is rumored but not confirmed that the team is the Tucson Padres. The El Paso City Council has already approved $50 million to raze City Hall and build a baseball stadium on the site. The 9,000 seat stadium is expected to be ready for the start of the 2014 season. With Albuquerque playing their lone series against the Padres in Tucson in 2013 and the team possibly moving to El Paso starting in 2014, the lone series at Isotopes Park in 2014 should feature the new El Paso club rather than the Tucson club. . . . After a day off Thursday, the final scheduled day off of the season, the Isotopes start an eight game roadtrip to conclude play against Pacific Conference foes. First up is Reno on Friday to start a four-game series against the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) at Aces Ballpark, the home of the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game. Probables in the opener are RHP Fernando Nieve (5-6, 5.51) for the Isotopes and RHP Charles Brewer (8-6, 5.35) for the Aces.

Filed 08/08/2012

August 8, 2012 DH1 - Isotopes (67-51)

Isotopes Park

Tucson       000 000 0 --  0   6  0
Albuquerque  000 310 x --  4  10  0

WP: John Ely (12-7)
LP: Jorge Reyes (8-10)

HR: ABQ Ivan DeJesus Jr. (3) off Reyes (4th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 1:51 
John Ely turned in Albuquerque's first complete game of the season, a 6-hit shutout with 8 strikeouts, as the Isotopes defeated the Tucson Padres (AAA Padres) 4-0 in the opener of a doubleheader.

In the 4th inning, Scott Van Slyke led off with a double, Tim Federowicz walked and an out later, Ivan DeJesus Jr. three-run homered to give the Isotopes a 3-0 lead.

Albuquerque added their final tally in the 5th inning. Van Slyke doubled with two outs, Federowicz drew a walk and Matt Angle singled to drive in Van Slyke.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x1 (.293), 1 R, 2 BB
Alex Castellanos: 0x2 (.362), HBP
Scott Van Slyke: 2x3 (.312), 2 R, 2 2B (23)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x3 (.283), 1 R, 1 HR (3), 3 RBI (22), 1 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Adam Kennedy: 2x4 (.500)

Kennedy hit second in the lineup and played at Third Base in the field in his first rehabilitation assignment game with the Isotopes.

The ball found Kennedy right away as he fielded and threw out the first batter of the game. Kennedy singled in the 1st and 3rd innings, lined out to second in the 4th inning and grounded into a double play in the 6th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Only one Tucson baserunner made it to third base in the game. . . . The shutout was Albuquerque's seventh shutout of the season and the only shutout that was not a combined effort. The seven shutouts is a franchise second-most amount for a season behind the 2006 and 2009 seasons when eight shutouts were pitched. . . . Ivan DeJesus Jr. has hit two of his three homers in the last 3 games. . . . John Ely's 12th victory leads the team in wins and he is one win away from tying the franchise record for wins in a season. . . . Dana Eveland was the last Isotope hurler to toss a complete game shutout (July 28, 2011 at Omaha) and John Ely has tossed two complete game shutouts in his Isotopes career (April 20, 2011 at Iowa in the nightcap of a doubleheader). . . .

Filed 08/08/2012

August 7, 2012 - Tucson Padres at Isotopes, Ppd.

The third game of the series between the Tucson Padres (AAA Padres) and Isotopes was postponed due to lightning and rain. The game is scheduled to be made up on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader starting at 4:35 PM. It will be Albuquerque's fourth doubleheader of the season. Any games not completed will be lost to the schedule as Tucson and Albuquerque have no further matchups this season.

Probables in the opener of the doubleheader are RHP John Ely (11-7, 3.42) for the Isotopes against Padres RHP Jorge Reyes (8-9, 5.39). Scheduled in the nightcap are LHP Derrick Loop (9-3, 4.23) for the Isotopes and LHP Andew Werner (1-0, 4.40) for the T-Pads.

The postponement was Albuquerque's second home postponement of the season, tying with the 2006, 2007 and 2010 seasons for the most home postponements in a single season. It was the 12th home postponement in Isotopes franchise history.

Despite not playing, Albuquerque increased their division lead to 3.0 games as second place Oklahoma City lost their game Tuesday evening.

There were three transactions on Tuesday. OF Trent Oeltjen was placed on the Disabled List with dizziness and C Steve Cilladi was activated from the Disabled List. The Dodgers also transferred IF Adam Kennedy's rehabilitation assignment from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga to Albuquerque. Kennedy appeared in five rehabilitation assignment games with Rancho Cucamonga, hitting .250 (4x16) with a triple, an RBI and 4 runs scored.

Filed 08/07/2012

August 6, 2012 - Isotopes (66-51)

Isotopes Park

Tucson       200 005 070 --  14  13  4
Albuquerque  010 181 000 --  11  14  1

WP: Josh Spence (3-2)
LP: Scott Rice (0-3)
SV: Nick Vincent (1)

HR: TUC Jeremy Hermida (3) off Vasquez (6th inning, 3R)
    TUC Vince Belnome (4) off Guzman (8th inning, GS)   
	
TIME: 3:41
ATT: 8,097
It was a game characterized by the big inning. There were three big innings in the contest including Albuquerque's 8-run 5th inning. Unfortunately, the Tucson Padres (AAA Padres) put together big innings of 5 runs and 7 runs and made up an eight-run defecit at one point in the game to stun the Isotopes 14-11 in a slugfest on Monday evening at "The Lab". With divisional foe Oklahoma City also losing on Monday, Albuquerque kept their 2.5 game lead over Oklahoma City in the division race.

Tucson plated two runs in the 1st inning and Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. Tim Federowicz doubled and scored on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s single.

Josh Fields walked, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Federowicz's single in the 4th inning to knot the game at 2-2.

Albuquerque came up with what seemed at the time to be the game-winner inning in the 5th inning. Tyler Henson doubled and Isotopes starter Blake Johnson reached on an error. Matt Angle bunt singled and Henson scored on an error on the play. Angle was picked off first base just before Elian Herrera tripled to score Johnson. Alex Castellanos singled home Herrera and stole second base. Josh Fields walked and Scott Van Slyke doubled home Castellanos. Federowicz's single drove in Fields and DeJesus Jr. reached on a fielder's choice force out with Van Slyke scoring and Federowicz out at second base. DeJesus Jr. went to third base on Henson's double and Johnson singled home DeJesus Jr. and Henson for the final runs of the inning. Albuquerque sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning and scored eight runs to lead 10-2.

Tucson started cutting into the lead in the 6th inning, plating five runs highlighted by former Isotope Jeremy Hermida's three-run homer as the Padres trailed 10-7.

Albuquerque increased their lead to four runs at 11-7 in the 6th inning when Castellanos reached on an error, went to third base on Fields's double and scored on Van Slyke's sacrifice flyout.

Tucson had their second big inning of the game in the 8th inning when they completed their comeback and took the lead. Matt Clark, Nick Hundley and Hermida all drew bases-loaded walks to bring in runs and Vince Belnome grand-slam homered for the game-tying and go-ahead runs in the seven run frame.

Isotopes starter Johnson allowed 5 runs and 6 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 3x4 (.294), 1 R, 1 2B (29), 2 RBI (62), 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 1x5 (.364), 2 R, 1 RBI (45), 1 SB (14)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.308), 1 R, 1 2B (21), 2 RBI (49), 1 BB, 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x5 (.282), 1 R, 2 RBI (19)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers recalled IF/OF Jerry Sands from Albuquerque on Monday after designating OF Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment. Sands hit .286 with 21 homers and 82 RBI in 95 games. . . . Surprisingly, the Isotopes blowing an eight run lead was not their largest lead lost in franchise history as that franchise mark is a 9-run lead that was blown. Albuquerque tied season marks with 8 runs scored in a single inning, 8 Isotope hits in an inning, and 7 runs allowed in a single frame. . . . The 3 hour, 41 minute contest was Albuquerque's longest 9-inning game of the season. . . . Vince Belnome's grand-slam homer for Tucson was the sixth Isotope grand-slam allowed this season. . . . Former-Isotope Tony Abreu of the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Abreu hit .458 (11x24) with 2 homers and 12 RBI during the award week. . . . Shelby Miller of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week after winning both of his starts and allowing 12 hits, 4 runs, no walks and 16 strikeouts in 14 innings for a 2.57 ERA. . . . Game three of the series is Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (11-7, 3.42) for the Isotopes and LHP Andrew Werner (1-0, 4.40) for the T-Pads.

Filed 08/06/2012

August 5, 2012 - Isotopes (66-50)

Isotopes Park

Tucson       010 720 000 --  10  15  0
Albuquerque  020 021 102 --   8  15  2

WP: Colt Hynes (6-8)
LP: Will Savage (10-5)

HR: TUC Beamer Weems (5) off Savage (4th inning, 3R)

    ABQ Ivan DeJesus Jr. (2) off Hynes (2nd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:10
ATT: 7,657
Tucson had a big 7-run 4th inning and Albuquerque's six runs over the second half of the game were not enough to get even from a big early defecit as the Isotopes lost 10-8 to the Tucson Padres (AAA Padres) in the series opener Sunday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque maintained a 2.5 game division lead as second place Oklahoma City also lost on Sunday.

Beamer Weems singled home Tucson's first run of the night in the 2nd inning.

In the bottom half of the frame, Scott Van Slyke doubled and scored on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s two-run homer as the Isotopes claimed their only lead of the game.

Tucson took over the lead and put the game away with their monster 4th inning. Sawyer Carroll singled home a run and Weems followed with a three-run homer. Later in the inning, Anthony Contreras doubled home a run, Andy Parrino singled home a run and former-Isotope Jeremy Hermida brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. The Padres sent 12 batters to the plate, banged out 8 hits and scored 7 runs to lead 8-2.

Contreras singled home a run and Parrino doubled home a run in the 5th inning for Tucson's final runs of the game.

Albuquerque's eventual failed comeback attempt started in the 5th inning. DeJesus Jr. and Tyler Henson singled and an out later, Matt Angle's groundout brought home DeJesus Jr. Elian Herrera then singled home Henson.

DeJesus Jr. doubled and scored on Henson's single in the 6th inning and in the 7th inning, Angle singled, went to third base on Herrera's double and scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-6 Tucson.

In the 9th inning. Angle doubled and tagged up to third base on Herrera's flyout. Ozzie Martinez drew a walk and Josh Fields reached on a fielder's choice force out with Angle scoring and Martinez out at second base. Van Slyke followed with a double to drive in Fields for the final run of the game.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 10 hits and 8 runs in just 3 1/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x5 (.289), 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x1 (.367)
Scott Van Slyke: 2x5 (.308), 1 R, 2 2B (20), 1 RBI (47)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 4x4 (.278), 3 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (17)


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Joe Becker was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-AA Chattanooga on Sunday. . . . Ivan DeJesus Jr. was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and turned in his first 4-hit game of the season. . . . Alex Castellanos went hitless in one at-bat to snap a 13-game hitting streak. . . . The 7 runs allowed in the 4th inning tied a season-worst mark. . . . The series continues Monday. Probables are RHP Blake Johnson (3-0, 4.60) for the Isotopes and RHP Bear Bay (2-7, 4.75) for the T-Pads. Given Albuquerque's ridiculous 22-7 record in the second game of a series this season, one might almost call it a "Guaranteed Win" day.

Filed 08/05/2012

August 4, 2012 - Isotopes (66-49)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    111 001 000 --  4   9  0
Albuquerque  020 110 11x --  6  17  0

WP: Ramon Troncoso (4-0)
LP: Evan Crawford (1-4)
SV: Josh Wall (21)

HR: LVG Luke Hughes (3) off Nieve (2nd inning, S)
    LVG Ricardo Nanita (4) off Nieve (3rd inning, S)

    ABQ Josh Fields (11) off Korecky (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (21) off Crawford (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:54
ATT: 12,214
Jerry Sands continued his hot hitting, homering in the 7th inning for the go-ahead run and knocking in an insurance run an inning later as Albuquerque took a 6-4 series-ending victory over the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) on Saturday evening. Albuquerque increased their division lead to 2.5 games when second place Oklahoma City lost their game.

Mike McDade singled home a run in the 1st inning and Luke Hughes solo homered in the 2nd inning to give the 51s a 2-0 lead.

Josh Fields solo homered with one out in the 2nd inning and back-to-back doubles from Tim Federowicz and Matt Angle brought home another run as the Isotopes tied the game at 2-2.

Ricardo Nanita solo homered in the 3rd inning to give the 51s the lead and Albuquerque responded with a run in the bottom of the 4th inning. Federowicz singled, went to second base on Angle's single and two outs later scored on Trent Oeltjen's single.

Alex Castellanos drew a leadoff walk in the 5th inning and later scored when Federowicz grounded into a double play as the Isotopes took their first lead of the night at 4-3.

Las Vegas knotted the game at 4-4 in the 6th inning and Albuquerque regained the lead for good in the 7th inning on Sands' solo homer.

Albuquerque added an insurance run in the 8th inning when Elian Herrera reached on a fielder's choice, went to second base on Castellanos single and scored on Sands' single.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve did not get a decision and allowed 4 runs and 6 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x3 (.290), 2 R, 1 2B (28), 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 1x3 (.369), 1 R, 2 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 0x0 (.306)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x1 (.260)
Josh Wall: SV (21), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.08 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Michael Antonini, who the Dodgers designated for assignment earlier in the week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Albuquerque on Saturday. The Dodgers also optioned P Stephen Fife to Albuquerque to make 25-man roster room for recently-acquired P Joe Blanton. . . . The Isotopes and 51s split their only series of the season and 36,609 attended the four games for a per-game average of 9,152. All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 27-13 (14-6 at Isotopes Park). . . . Jerry Sands has homered in back-to-back games and has hit 6 homers in his last 9 games, including two grand slam homers in one game. In that 9-game span, Sands has driven in 21 runs. . . . There are a current pair of Isotopes with double-digit hitting streaks: Alex Castellanos (13) and Jerry Sands (10). . . . Second baseman Ozzie Martinez was ejected by Home Plate umpire Brett Robson in the 7th inning. It was Martinez's first ejection as an Isotope. . . . The Isotopes open up a historic series against the Tucson Padres (AAA Padres) on Sunday for their only four games against each other this season. The Tucson Padres are making their first trip to Isotopes Park as the last time the franchise was at Isotopes Park, they were known as the Portland Beavers in 2010. It may end up also being the last time the Tucson Padres will play a series at Isotopes Park, more to be said about that in the game summary notes of the series finale. Probables in the opener are RHP Will Savage (10-4, 5.49) for the Isotopes and LHP Colt Hynes (5-8, 5.75) for the T-Pads.

Filed 08/04/2012

August 3, 2012 - Isotopes (65-49)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    004 100 001 --  6  9  0
Albuquerque  010 020 000 --  3  8  3

WP: Scott Richmond (8-6)
LP: Derrick Loop (9-3)
SV: Chad Beck (13)

HR: LVG Mike McDade (1) off Loop (3rd inning, 3R)

    ABQ Jerry Sands (20) off Richmond (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Scott Van Slyke (13) off Richmond (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:01
ATT: 8,165
The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) plated five combined runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to take a lead that the Isotopes were unable to overcome as Albuquerque lost 6-3 on Friday evening at "The Lab".

Jerry Sands solo homered in the 2nd inning to spot Albuquerque a 1-0 lead.

Las Vegas plated four runs in the 3rd inning on Adeiny Hechavarria's run-scoring single and Mike McDade's three run homer to center field.

Mike McCoy singled home a run in the 4th inning to extend the Las Vegas lead to 5-1.

Scott Van Slyke solo homered to lead off the 5th inning. Tim Federowicz followed with a single, Josh Bard walked and Tyler Henson flew out with Federowicz tagging up to third base. Another out later, Matt Angle cashed in Federowicz with a RBI single as Albuquerque got as close to the 51s as they would get for the rest of the game at 5-3.

McDade sacrifice flied out for the final run of the game in the 9th inning.

Isotopes starter Derrick Loop allowed 5 runs (4 earned) and 8 hits in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.287), 1 R, 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x4 (.306), 1 R, 1 HR (13), 1 RBI (46), 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x4 (.255), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque's home struggles against Las Vegas -- two losses in three games -- have not hurt them in the standings. Second place Oklahoma City also lost Friday evening so Albuquerque maintains their 1.5 game division lead. . . . Derrick Loop's losing decision snapped a four-game winning decision streak that began on June 21st. . . . Josh Bard and Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy were both ejected by Home Plate umpire Nick Bailey in the 9th inning for arguing balls and strikes. It was Bard's first ejection of the season and Bundy's third ejection of the season. . . . In former Isotopes news, it has not been a good week for a pair of Isotopes. Dallas McPherson and Jeff Baisley were both released by the Chicago White Sox from their Triple-A Charlotte club this week. . . . The series concludes Saturday evening and Albuquerque is looking for a victory to earn a series split. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (5-6, 5.44) for the Isotopes and RHP Jesse Chavez (8-3, 3.72) for the 51s.

Filed 08/03/2012

August 2, 2012 - Isotopes (65-48)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    200 002 001 --  5   7  1
Albuquerque  300 012 02x --  8  15  1

WP: John Ely (11-7)
LP: Shawn Hill (6-1)
SV: Josh Wall (20)

HR: LVG Danny Perales (6) off Ely (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:35
ATT: 8,850
After the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) tied the game in the 6th inning, Albuquerque scored four runs over the next three innings to pull away and eventually claim a 8-5 victory on Thursday evening. The Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak and maintained their 1.5 game division lead over Oklahoma City with just about a month left in the season.

Las Vegas plated two runs in the 1st inning before Albuquerque got their first at-bats of the game. Trent Oeltjen led off with a single and scored on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s triple. Alex Castellanos doubled home DeJesus Jr. to tie the game before scoring on Josh Fields' single to give Albuquerque a 3-2 lead.

Fields doubled and scored on Matt Angle's single to extend the lead to 4-2 in the 5th inning.

Las Vegas' Danny Perales two-run homered in the 6th inning to tie the game at 4-4 before Albuquerque took the lead for good in the bottom half of the frame. DeJesus Jr. drew a two-out walk, Castellanos singled and Jerry Sands brought them both home with a double.

Albuquerque added two more runs to the scoreboard in the 8th inning. Oeltjen singled, DeJesus Jr. walked and Castellanos singled to load the bases with no outs. Sands drew a walk to drive in Oeltjen and an out later, Fields sacrifice flied out to bring home DeJesus Jr.

The 51s plated their final run in the 9th inning on a wild pitch.

Isotopes starter John Ely allowed 4 runs and 5 hits in 7 innings of work as he earned his team-leading 11th victory.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.284), 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 3x5 (.369), 2 R, 1 2B (21), 1 RBI (44)
Scott Van Slyke: 0x5 (.303)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x3 (.262), 3 R, 1 2B (7), 1 3B (3), 1 RBI (15), 2 BB, 1 K
Josh Wall: SV (20), 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.19 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Joe Becker was activated from the Disabled List Thursday. . . . Matt Angle had a four-hit game, his fourth of the season. . . . Alex Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the second time this season he's had a 12-game hitting streak. . . . Game three of the series is Friday evening. Probables are LHP Derrick Loop (9-2, 4.08) for the Isotopes and RHP Scott Richmond (7-6, 6.20) for the 51s.

Filed 08/02/2012

August 1, 2012 - Isotopes (64-48)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    000 403 000 --  7   8  0
Albuquerque  110 100 210 --  6  12  4

WP: Sean O'Sullivan (11-5)
LP: Cole St. Clair (3-2)
SV: Jerry Gil (9)

HR: ABQ Matt Angle (5) off O'Sullivan (7th inning, S)
    ABQ Alex Castellanos (15) off Carpenter (8th inning, S)   
	
TIME: 3:00
ATT: 7,380
The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) roared back in the middle frames, tallying seven times to take the lead and then held off a Isotopes late-game rally in a 7-6 victory in the series opener at "The Lab" on Wednesday evening. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games yet maintains their 1.5 game division lead over Oklahoma City.

Trent Oeltjen doubled and later scored on Alex Castellanos' sacrifice flyout in the 1st inning and Scott Van Slyke doubled and scored on Tim Federowicz's double in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Las Vegas stormed into the lead in the 4th inning when Chris Woodward singled home a run, Ricardo Nanita had a run scoring groundout and two other runs scored on errors.

Matt Angle walked, stole second base and scored on Federowicz's double in the bottom half of the 4th inning as Albuquerque pulled to a run down at 4-3.

Las Vegas gave themselves a comfortable lead with a three-run 6th inning, highlighted by Woodward's run scoring double, Nanita's sacrifice flyout, and Ryan Eigsti's RBI double.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Angle solo homered, Federowicz doubled, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Oeltjen's sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes trailed 7-5 and Castellanos solo homered in the 8th inning as Albuquerque was able to close to a run down at 7-6 but could never get the run they needed to tie the game.

Isotopes starter Cole St. Clair lost his second straight start out of the bullpen, allowing 7 runs (2 earned) and 5 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 3x3 (.287), 1 R, 3 2B (27), 2 RBI (60), 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 2x3 (.365), 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR (15), 2 RBI (43)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.309), 1 R, 1 2B (18)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x4 (.253)
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 Bb, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.27 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The start of the game was delayed 39 minutes by a pre-game rain shower. . . . Josh Fields' 8th inning single snapped a 0x32 hitless streak that started after his homer on July 21st. . . . Albuquerque tied a season second-most error count of four errors in the game and the Isotopes are 2-1 this season in games where they've committed four or more errors. . . . Alex Castellanos hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and has homered in back to back games. . . . Tim Federowicz's three doubles tied an Isotopes franchise record for most doubles in a game. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (10-7, 3.32) for the Isotopes and RHP Shawn Hill (6-0, 3.96) for the 51s.

Filed 08/01/2012

July 31, 2012 - Isotopes (64-47)

Herschel Greer Stadium

Albuquerque  400 000 010 --  5   8  2
Nashville    013 000 05x --  9  13  0

WP: Donovan Hand (3-1)
LP: Scott Rice (0-2) 

HR: ABQ Jerry Sands (19) off Peralta (1st inning, 3R)
    ABQ Alex Castellanos (14) off Hand (8th inning, S)

    NSH Khris Davis (1) off Savage (3rd inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:42
ATT: 2,721
The Isotopes broke a deadlocked game with a run in the 8th inning before the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) plated five runs in their half of the inning to claim a 9-5 victory in the series finale in Nashville on Tuesday evening. With second-place Oklahoma City also losing, Albuquerque did not see their 1.5 game division lead decrease.

Albuquerque plated four runs in the 1st inning. Trent Oeltjen and Elian Herrera singled, Alex Castellanos reached on a fielder's choice force out and Castellanos stole second base before Scott Van Slyke singled home Oeltjen. Jerry Sands followed with a three-run homer.

Jordan Brown doubled home a run in the 2nd inning and Khris Davis three-run homered in the 3rd inning to knot the game at 4-4.

Four scoreless frames followed until Albuquerque took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 8th inning on Castellanos solo homer.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Sean Halton doubled home the game-tying run, Humberto Quintero singled in two go-ahead runs and Edwin Maysonet singled home two insurance runs as the Sounds plated five runs before they even had one out.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 4 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.280), 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.361), 2 R, 1 HR (14), 1 RBI (41), 1 K, 1 SB (13)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.310), 1 R, 1 RBI (45), 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x3 (.261), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers designated P Michael Antonini for assignment to free up 40-man roster room for one of their trade deadline acquisitions. . . . Albuquerque took three of the five games in the series and 18,224 attended for a per-gate average of 4,556. . . . Tonight's game marked the final 2012 regular season matchup between the Isotopes and Sounds and Albuquerque won 11 of the 16 games. All-time, Albuquerque holds a 80-78 advantage - 41-38 at Isotopes Park and 39-40 at Herschel Greer Stadium. . . . With July in the books, here are some stats for the month: 17-11 record (10-3 at home, 7-8 on the road), .306 team batting average, 4.06 team ERA, 178 runs scored, 15 stolen bases, and 38 homers. . . . The Isotopes return home on Wednesday for an eight-game homestand and begin their final stretch of games against Pacific Conference opponents. Probables in the series opener against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) are LHP Cole St. Clair (3-1, 3.81) for the Isotopes and RHP Sean O'Sullivan (5-1, 1.76) for the 51s.

Filed 07/31/2012

July 30, 2012 - Isotopes (64-46)

Herschel Greer Stadium

Albuquerque  101 000 100 --  3  9  1
Nashville    200 000 101 --  4  5  0

WP: Juan Perez (2-0)
LP: Luis Vasquez (0-1)

HR: NSH Caleb Gindl (8) off Nieve (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:42
ATT: 3,119
The Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) plated a run in the bottom of the 9th inning to claim a 4-3 victory over Albuquerque on Monday evening in Nashville. Albuquerque snapped a three-game losing streak yet remained 1.5 games ahead of Oklahoma City in the division.

Elian Herrera singled to lead off the game, went to second on a groundout, tagged up and advanced to third on a flyout and scored on Jerry Sands' single.

Caleb Gindl two-run homered for Nashville in the bottom of the 1st inning to give the Sounds a 2-1 lead.

In the 3rd inning, Josh Fields walked and Alex Castellanos singled with one out. An out later, Tim Federowicz doubled home Fields while Castellanos was thrown out at home plate for the final out of the inning with Albuquerque knotting the game at 2-2.

Tyler Henson led off the 7th inning with a walk, advanced to second and third bases on groundouts and scored on Herrera's single to give Albuquerque a 3-2 lead.

Sean Halton tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 7th inning and Edwin Maysonet had a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve struck out eight in 7 innings of work and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) and 4 hits.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.283), 1 2B (24), 1 RBI (58), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.359)


'TOPES NOTES:
Jerry Sands was named the PCL Hitter of the Week. Sands hit .375 (12x32) with 3 homers and 11 RBI. Notable was his two grand slams in a game performance Sunday in Nashville, tying a PCL record that was only accomplished four times before Sands' feat. It was Sands' first career weekly PCL award win, the second Isotope hitter to win it this season, and second Isotope to win a league weekly award this season as no pitchers have won it this season. . . . Tonight's loss snapped a four game winning streak in games played in Nashville. . . . Trent Oeltjen struck out in his lone at-bat to snap a 12-game hitting streak. . . . Josh Fields' struggles at the plate continue. With an 0x3 on Monday, Fields extended his hitless streak to 0x29 since his homer on July 21st. . . . Alex White of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. White won both of his starts with a 0.60 ERA, allowing 8 hits, 1 run 3 walks and fanning 10 in 15 innings. . . . The series (and roadtrip) concludes on Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Will Savage (10-4, 5.47) for the Isotopes and RHP Wily Peralta (6-9, 4.92) for the Sounds.

Filed 07/30/2012

July 29, 2012 DH2 - Isotopes (64-45)

Herschel Greer Stadium

Albuquerque  400 610 0 --  11  9  0
Nashville    000 000 0 --   0  3  0

WP: Blake Johnson (3-0)
LP: Seth McClung (2-13) 

HR: ABQ Jerry Sands (17) off McClung (1st inning, GS)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (18) off McClung (4th inning, GS)
    ABQ Tyler Henson (5) off Dillard (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:10
ATT: 3,135
Jerry Sands came to bat with the bases loaded three times in the game and homered in two of those, establishing a new franchise record and drove in 8 runs as Albuquerque shutout the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 11-0 to sweep a doubleheader. Albuquerque has won three straight games and moved ahead of Oklahoma City by 1.5 games in the division race that has just over one month to go.

In the 1st inning, Trent Oeltjen singled, Ivan DeJesus Jr. and Josh Fields walked and an out later, Sands blasted his first grand slam homer.

In the 4th inning, Isotopes starter Blake Johnson walked, Oeltjen singled and DeJesus Jr. walked to load the bags. After Fields struck out, Scott Van Slyke drew a walk to bring home Johnson. Sands followed with his second grand-slam homer of the game. An out later, Tyler Henson followed with a solo homer to make it 10-0 Albuquerque.

The Isotopes plated their final run in the 5th inning when Oeltjen tripled and scored on DeJesus Jr.'s sacrifice flyout.

Lost in Sands' monster game was Johnson's excellent start. Johnson allowed no runs and just 2 hits in 5 innings while walking none and fanning 3.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 0x2 (.311), 1 R, 1 RBI (44), 2 BB, 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x2 (.266), 2 R, 1 RBI (14), 2 BB, 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
It was an very odd day in the PCL Sunday. There were four doubleheaders played and all four were doubleheader sweeps. . . . Jerry Sands also tied a PCL record with his two grand slams in a single game. Sands was the first Isotope to grand-slam twice in a game and it was the third game in franchise history where Isotope batters have grand-slam homered twice in a game. Sands tied Gerald Williams' (July 28, 2003) franchise mark with 8 RBI and Sands turned in his third multi-homer game of the season. . . . Sands was not the only one who put new ink in the Isotope record books tonight. The Isotopes hit a new franchise high water mark of 19 games over the .500 mark. . . . Blake Johnson, Ramon Troncoso and Angel Guzman combined on the three-hit shutout, Albuquerque's sixth shutout -- and second in Hashville -- this season. . . . Albuquerque pitching allowed the fewest hits in a game this season (3) and the Isotopes had their largest road game winning margin of the season (11 runs). . . . Trent Oeltjen turned in his second 4-hit game of the season and extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tying him for the team's third longest hitting streak length of the season. . . . The series continues on Monday evening. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (5-6, 5.68) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Claudio Vargas (4-1, 4.29) for the Sounds.

Filed 07/29/2012

July 29, 2012 DH1 - Isotopes (63-45)

Herschel Greer Stadium

Albuquerque  200 000 02 --  4  6  1
Nashville    010 010 00 --  2  9  1

WP: Erick Threets (5-2)
LP: Mitch Stetter (0-1)
SV: Josh Wall (19)

HR: ABQ Scott Van Slyke (12) off Burgos (1st inning, 2R)

    NSH Humberto Quintero (1) off Loop (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:31
Jerry Sands knocked in the game-winning runs in the top of the 8th inning as the Isotopes claimed a 4-2 extra inning victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in the opener of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon in Nashville.

Alex Castellanos singled with two outs and scored on Scott Van Slyke's homer in the 1st inning as Albuquerque led 2-0.

Humberto Quintero singled home a run in the 2nd inning and solo homered in the 5th inning to help the Sounds tie the game at 2-2.

In the 8th inning, Trent Oeltjen and Elian Herrera were both hit by pitches to lead off the inning. After Castellanos bunt popped out, Van Slyke walked to load the bags and Sands followed with a two-run double for the eventual game-winning runs.

Isotopes closer Josh Wall loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 8th inning but managed to get a pop out and two strikeouts to work out of the jam and earn his team-leading 19th save.

Isotopes starter Derrick Loop allowed 2 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.284), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.361), 1 R, 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.314), 1 R, 1 HR (12), 2 RBI (43), 1 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x3 (.270), 2 K
Josh Wall: SV (19), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.40 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque is 5-3 in extra inning contests and 17-3 in games decided by two runs. . . . The Isotopes have won 13 games this season when they've scored the go-ahead runs in their final at-bat. . . . Derrick Loop has tossed three straight quality starts -- starts of 6 or more innings and 3 or fewer runs allowed.

Filed 07/29/2012

July 28, 2012 - Isotopes (62-45)

Herschel Greer Stadium

Albuquerque  000 105 322 --  13  17  0
Nashville    110 001 000 --   3   7  2

WP: John Ely (10-7)
LP: Brian Baker (2-4) 

HR: ABQ Jerry Sands (16) off Baker (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Alex Castellanos (12) off Dillard (6th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Alex Castellanos (13) off Rivas (9th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:05
ATT: 9,249
Alex Castellanos homered twice and drove in five runs and Albuquerque awoke from more-or-less a two and a half game offense slumber by plating twelve runs over the final four frames in taking a 13-3 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in the opener of a series Saturday evening. Albuquerque snapped a two game losing streak and remained in a first place tie with Oklahoma City.

The Sounds scored a run on a passed ball in the 1st inning and Jason Jaramillo brought home a run with a sacrifice flyout in the 2nd inning as the Sounds built a 2-0 lead.

Jerry Sands belted his team-leading 16th homer in the 4th inning to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard and Albuquerque erupted for five runs in the 6th inning to take a secure lead. Albuquerque loaded the bases with no outs and it looked like the opportunity was about to be squandered when Isotopes starter John Ely struck out and Trent Oeltjen flew out. Elian Herrera came through with a two-run single to plate Tim Federowicz and Matt Angle and after a pitching change, Castellanos three-run homered (Ivan DeJesus Jr. and Herrera scoring ahead of Castellanos).

Caleb Gindl doubled home Nashville's final run in the bottom of the 6th inning as the Sounds trailed 6-3.

The rest of the game was all Albuquerque. In the 7th inning, Sands singled and went to second base on a throwing error. Federowicz grounded out as Sands advanced to third base and Angle singled him home. Angle stole second base, tagged up and went to third on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s flyout and scored on pinch-hitter Tyler Henson's single. Oeltjen was hit by a pitch and Herrera followed with a run scoring single to drive in Henson.

Albuquerque made it 11-3 in the 8th inning when Scott Van Slyke walked, Sands singled and Federowicz reached on a fielder's choice force out with Van Slyke scoring. Federowicz went to second on Angle's groundout and scored on DeJesus Jr.'s double.

Herrera reached on an error and scored on Castellanos' two-run homer in the 9th inning for the final runs of the game.

Ely allowed 3 runs (2 earned) and 6 hits in 6 innings in picking up the victory.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.288), 2 R, 1 RBI (57), 1 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 3x5 (.362), 2 R, 2 HR (13), 5 RBI (40), 1 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 1x5 (.313), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x5 (.276), 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (13)


'TOPES NOTES:
P Luis Vasquez was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque on Saturday. Vasquez was an infielder converted into pitcher in the 2005 season and compiled a 2-2 record with a 5.80 ERA in 34 games with Chattanooga this season. Vasquez made his Isotopes debut and tossed a perfect 8th inning, getting three groundouts. . . . Albuquerque scored the most runs in a road game (13) and had their largest road game winning margin (10 runs) of the season and is 19-3 in games that they score 10 or more runs. . . . Alex Castellanos' 5 RBI was the most for an Isotope this season and he also tied an Isotope season-best for most total bases in a game (9). Castellanos turned in his second multi-homer game of the season. . . . John Ely turned in his second straight quality start and became the second Isotope to 10 wins this season, tying him with Will Savage for the team lead. . . . The Isotopes hope they can keep their well-oiled offensive machine going through the doubleheader on Sunday. Each game is scheduled for seven innings. Probables in the opener are LHP Derrick Loop (9-2, 4.18) for the Isotopes, looking to become the third Isotope to 10 wins this season and second in two days. Nashville is expected to counter with RHP Hiram Burgos (No Record) who will be making his Triple-A debut. In the nightcap, it is expected to be RHP Blake Johnson (2-0, 5.79) for the Isotopes and RHP Seth McClung (2-12, 5.76) for the Sounds.

Filed 07/28/2012

July 27, 2012 - Isotopes (61-45)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque  010 000 000 --  1  6  1
Round Rock   101 003 00x --  5  9  0

WP: Greg Reynolds (8-6)
LP: Cole St. Clair (3-1)

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 9,959
The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) plated three runs in the 6th inning to put away a close game in a series-ending 5-1 victory over the Isotopes on Friday evening in Round Rock. Albuquerque has lost two straight games but remains in a first place tie as co-leader Oklahoma City also lost.

Julio Borbon tripled and scored on Ryan Spilborghs' sacrifice flyout in the 1st inning to give Round Rock a 1-0 lead.

Albuquerque's lone run came in the 2nd inning. Tim Federowicz drew a two-out walk, went to second on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s single and scored on Trent Oeltjen's single.

Round Rock regained the advantage in the 3rd inning on Greg Miclat's single and the Isotopes' realistic hopes of a comeback were dashed when Luis Martinez doubled with the bases loaded to clear them in the 6th inning.

Cole St. Clair made the spot start for Albuquerque, his first start as a professional and first one since his college days with the Rice Owls. St. Clair pitched five strong innings, allowing 2 runs and 5 hits.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x2 (.291), 1 R, 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.357), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 0x4 (.316), 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x3 (.271)
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.53 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Cole St. Clair made an emergency start because the Dodgers recalled P Stephen Fife, who was Albuquerque's scheduled starter for tonight's contest. Fife started the game against the Giants Friday evening. The Dodgers also recalled P Shawn Tolleson who had optioned to Albuquerque earlier in the week. . . . Round Rock took three of the four games in the series and 32,143 attended for a per-game average of 8,036. Tonight's contest marked the final contest between the Isotopes and Express in 2012 and each team won eight of the 16 games in the series. All-Time, Albuquerque leads the series 65-63 (40-24 at Isotopes Park and 25-39 at Dell Diamond). . . . Albuquerque continues to have problems closing out a series on a strong note. The Isotopes are 11-14 in the fourth game of a series, the only game of a series they have with a losing record. . . . Trent Oeltjen had half of Albuquerque's six hits in the game and Oeltjen extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Cole St. Clair was the 11th different Isotope starting pitcher this season. . . . The Isotopes conclude their road trip with a five-game series in four days against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). The series was scheduled for four games but a game was added to makeup a rainout when Albuquerque was in Nashville earlier this month. Probables in Saturday's game, a single game, are RHP John Ely (9-7, 3.34) for the Isotopes and RHP Brian Baker (2-3, 4.91) for the Sounds. Ely is looking to help Albuquerque snap their losing streak as well as become the second Isotope pitcher to achieve 10 wins.

Filed 07/27/2012

July 26, 2012 - Isotopes (61-44)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque  010 000 010 --  2  6  0
Round Rock   000 100 20x --  3  8  2

WP: Zach Jackson (4-12)
LP: Will Savage (10-4)
SV: Yoshinori Tateyama (3)

HR: ABQ Ivan DeJesus Jr. (1) off Jackson (2nd inning, S)  
	
TIME: 2:24
ATT: 8,032
Round Rock plated two runs in the 7th inning to take the lead and Albuquerque was only able to come up with a lone 8th inning tally and fell a run short to the Express (AAA Rangers) 3-2 on Thursday evening in Round Rock. Albuquerque's loss combined with Oklahoma City winning their game put the Isotopes and Redhawks in a tie for first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.

Ivan DeJesus Jr. solo homered in the 2nd inning to give Albuquerque a 1-0 lead.

Brad Nelson tripled and scored on Matt Kata's double in the 4th inning to knot the game at 1-1 and in the 7th inning, Luis Hernandez singled home a run and Tommy Mendonca added a run-scoring sacrifice flyout as Round Rock led 3-1.

Albuquerque could only muster on run in the 8th inning when Trent Oeltjen tripled and scored on Elian Herrera's sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 3 runs and 8 hits in 7 innings as he took the loss.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.359), 1 2B (19)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x4 (.270), 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI (12), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes are back in a tie for first place in the division for the first time since July 21st. . . . Ozzie Martinez went 0x3, his first game since joining the Isotopes right after the Triple-A All-Star Break in which he had at least an at-bat and didn't record a hit. . . . Trent Oeltjen has the current longest Isotope hitting streak -- 8 games. . . . The series concludes Friday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (8-5, 4.31) for the Isotopes and RHP Greg Reynolds (7-6, 5.34) for the E-Train.

Filed 07/26/2012

July 25, 2012 - Isotopes (61-43)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque  002 012 000 000 1 --  6  12  1
Round Rock   020 020 100 000 0 --  5  12  2

WP: Blake Johnson (2-0)
LP: Derek Hankins (4-7)

HR: ABQ Elian Herrera (3) off Snyder (3rd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Tim Federowicz (10) off Snyder (6th inning, 2R)

    RR Brad Nelson (18) off Troncoso (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 4:02
ATT: 6,669
For the second night in a row, the Isotopes played an extra inning contest. The results tonight were different than last night -- Alex Castellanos singled home the game-winner in the 13th inning and Isotopes reliever Blake Johnson made that run stand in a 6-5 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers). Albuquerque's division lead remained one game as second-place Oklahoma City also won their contest.

Tommy Mendonca and Julio Borbon each singled home runs in the 2nd inning as Round Rock took a 2-0 advantage after 2 innings.

The Isotopes tied up the game with one swing of the bat. Tyler Henson walked and scored leisurely on Elian Herrera's two-run homer.

Matt Angle walked, stole second base and scored on Ozzie Martinez's double to give the Isotopes the advantage in the top of the 5th inning before Round Rock regained the lead in their half of the inning on Ryan Spilborghs run-scoring groundout and Brad Nelson's sacrifice flyout.

Scott Van Slyke singled and later scored on Tim Federowicz's two run homer as Albuquerque led 5-4 in the 6th inning.

Round Rock's Brad Nelson solo homered in the 7th inning to knot the game at 5-5.

Five scoreless innings followed until the Isotopes gained the upper hand in the 13th inning. Angle singled and went to second base on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Tyler Henson laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to get Angle to third base and Martinez infield singled with Angle holding at third base. An out later, Castellanos came through with his RBI single.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve allowed 4 runs (2 earned) and 5 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x6 (.293), 1 R, 1 HR (10), 2 RBI (56), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 3x6 (.361), 1 RBI (35), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x5 (.321), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
For the most part, the Dodgers' acquisition of Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins left the Isotopes roster pretty much the same. No Isotope players were involved in the trade, no Isotope players were removed from the Dodgers 40 man roster, and the only impact was P Shawn Tolleson being optioned to Albuquerque to free up a 25-man roster slot. . . . The Isotopes are back to 18 games over the .500 mark, tying their franchise record. . . . To update Albuquerque's statistical oddity of this season, tonight's victory was their 20th win in the second game of a series out of 27 series' played so far this season. The Isotopes do not have a record better than five games over breakeven in any other game of a series. . . . Tim Federowicz has homered in back-to-back contests and reached double digits with his 10th homer tonight. . . . Jerry Sands and Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy were both ejected arguing a called strike three in the 6th inning. It was the second ejection of the season for each. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Will Savage (10-3, 5.57) for the Isotopes and LHP Zach Jackson (3-12, 4.98) for the E-Train.

Filed 07/25/2012

July 24, 2012 - Isotopes (60-43)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque  000 001 000 12 --  4   6  2
Round Rock   100 000 000 13 --  5  11  2

WP: Aaron Heilman (2-1)
LP: Angel Guzman (2-1)

HR: ABQ Alex Castellanos (11) off Grimm (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Tim Federowicz (9) off Ortiz (10th inning, S) 
	
TIME: 3:41
ATT: 7,483
It was a tough loss for the Isotopes on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque had the lead in each of the extra frames and the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) managed to come back both times and tallied for one more run than the Isotopes did in the 11th inning to take a 5-4 series opening victory over the Isotopes. Albuquerque snapped a four-game winning streak and saw their first place lead over Oklahoma City shrink to 1 game as the Redhawks won their contest Tuesday evening.

Brad Nelson singled home a run for Round Rock in the 1st inning as the Express built a quick 1-0 lead.

Alex Castellanos solo homered in the 6th inning to knot the game at 1-1 and in the 10th inning, Tim Federowicz homered to give the Isotopes a 2-1 lead. Guilder Rodriguez's sacrifice flyout tied the game at 2-2 after 10 innings.

Things looked promising again for Albuquerque in the top of the 11th inning. Castellanos drew a leadoff walk and Josh Fields reached on a fielder's choice. Scott Van Slyke singled home Castellanos and Jerry Sands followed with a walk to load the bags. Matt Angle singled home Fields. With the bases still loaded, Ivan DeJesus reached on a fielder's choice with Van Slyke out at home plate and Federowicz and Trent Oeltjen both struck out swinging to end the inning.

Angel Guzman entered the game looking to hold the two run lead and preserve the win but it did not work out that way. Nelson singled with one out, Joey Butler walked and Yangervis Solarte grounded out to advance both runners into scoring position. Matt Kata singled them both home and went to second base on a throwing error before scoring on Elio Sarmiento's single for the game winner.

Isotopes starter Derrick Loop allowed 1 run and 5 hits in 7 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x5 (.292), 1 R, 1 HR (9), 1 RBI (54), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x3 (.357), 2 R, 1 HR (11), 1 RBI (34), 2 BB, 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.324), 1 RBI (41), 1 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x5 (.262), 1 K
Josh Wall: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.67 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In Tuesday's transactions, IF Tyler Henson came off the Disabled List and IF Joe Becker went on the Disabled List with a right ankle strain. P Wilfredo Ledezma was released. . . . Albuquerque is 3-3 in extra inning contests and 17-12 in contests decided by one run. . . . Derrick Loop has tossed two straight quality starts and the Isotopes lost their first game since Loop joined the starting rotation in which Loop started on the bump (4-1 record when Loop starts). . . . Game two of the series is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (5-6, 5.81) for the Isotopes and LHP Ben Snyder (2-4, 3.88) for the E-Train.

Filed 07/24/2012

July 23, 2012 - Isotopes (60-42)

Isotopes Park

Iowa         000 000 010 --  1  6  2
Albuquerque  020 001 00x --  3  8  1

WP: John Ely (9-7)
LP: Brooks Raley (4-6)
SV: Scott Rice (8)

TIME: 2:27
ATT: 5,477
John Ely had a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings and ended up allowing an unearned run and 4 hits in 7 1/3 innings with 7 strikeouts as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 3-1 to sweep the series. Albuquerque has won four straight games.

In the 2nd inning, Scott Van Slyke doubled and Jerry Sands singled to put runners on the corners. Josh Bard singled home Van Slyke and Ozzie Martinez singled home Sands as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Van Slyke reached on an error, went to second base on Sands single and scored on Bard's single in the bottom of the 6th inning to extend their lead to 3-0.

Iowa tallied their final run in the 8th inning when James Adduci reached on an error and scored on Brian Esposito's double.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.358), 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.326), 2 R, 1 2B (17), 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x4 (.274), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes swept the Cubs in both home series this season, only the second time Albuquerque has swept a pair of home series against the same opponent in the same season (New Orleans, 2009). Albuquerque has won nine straight games against the Cubs in games played at Isotopes Park dating back to the 2011 season. Today's game marked the final game of the 2012 regular season 16-game series with Iowa and Albuquerque took 12 of the games (8-0 at Isotopes Park, 4-4 at Principal Park in Des Moines). All-time, the series is tied 80-80 with Albuquerque 49-31 at Isotopes Park and 31-49 in Iowa. . . . 40,536 attended the four-game series for a per-game average of 10,134. For the eight-game homestand, 63,719 attended. . . . The Dodgers activated P Chad Billingsley from the major-league Disabled List and optioned P Josh Wall to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque's season record is a franchise-best 18 games over the .500 mark and the Isotopes division lead over Oklahoma City increased to two games as the Redhawks lost their contest Monday evening. . . . John Ely's victory today snapped his season-worst three game losing streak. . . . Albuquerque pitching did not allow a homer in a game, snapping a season-worst streak of 9 games allowing the longball. . . . Jimmy Paredes of the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Paredes hit .500 (17x34) with 3 homers and 9 RBI during the award week. . . . J.D. Martin of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Martin made two starts and went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA. In 12 innings over the two starts, Martin allowed 6 hits, 2 runs, no walks and fanned 11. . . . The Isotopes hit the road for nine games, a four-game series in Round Rock and a five-game series in Nashville that will include the makeup of a game postponed due to rain when the Isotopes were in Nashville right after the Triple-A All-Star Break. Probables in the first game of the series at Dell Diamond against the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) are LHP Derrick Loop (9-2, 4.53) for the Isotopes and RHP Justin Grimm (0-0, 3.86) for the E-train.

Filed 07/23/2012

July 22, 2012 - Isotopes (59-42)

Isotopes Park

Iowa         000 001 031 --  5   6  1
Albuquerque  220 020 03x --  9  14  0

WP: Stephen Fife (8-5)
LP: Chris Volstad (2-5)
SV: Angel Guzman (2)

HR: IWA Josh Vitters (15) off Threets (8th inning, 3R)
    IWA Welington Castillo (5) off Guzman (9th inning, S)

    ABQ Alex Castellanos (10) off Volstad (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Trent Oeltjen (12) off DeLaCruz (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:07
ATT: 9,231
Stephen Fife tossed seven innings of one run ball while striking out an Isotope season-best 12 batters and Albuquerque built up a six run lead over the first five innings and made it stand in a 9-5 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Sunday evening. The Isotopes are a perfect 7-0 against the Cubs at "The Lab" this season, took over first place in the division with their win and Oklahoma City's loss, and are a franchise-best 17 games over the .500 mark.

Trent Oeltjen doubled and scored on Alex Castellanos homer in the 1st inning as the Isotopes quickly built a 2-0 lead.

With two outs in the 2nd inning, Oeltjen was hit by a pitch and scored on Elian Herrera's double. Castellanos followed with a double to drive in Herrera.

Albuquerque made it 6-0 in the 5th inning. Scott Van Slyke singled and scored when Tim Federowicz reached on an error. Matt Angle then doubled home Federowicz.

Iowa plated their first run on a wild pitch in the 6th inning and Josh Vitters added a three-run homer in the 8th inning as Iowa made it a game at 6-4.

Albuquerque added three runs of their own to the scoreboard in their half of the 8th inning. Trent Oeltjen solo-homered, an out later Castellanos singled and another out later, Jerry Sands singled. A wild pitch brought home Castellanos and Federowicz followed with a double to drive in Sands.

Welington Castillo closed out the scoring with a 9th inning solo homer for Iowa.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.294), 1 R, 1 2B (23), 1 RBI (53), 1 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 3x5 (.360), 2 R, 1 2B (18), 1 HR (10), 3 RBI (33), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x5 (.327), 1 R, 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x4 (.283), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Stephen Fife had a streak of 12 scoreless innings until it was snapped with the run Fife gave up in the 6th inning. . . . The Isotopes are leading the PCL American Conference Southern Division outright for the first time since July 14th when they were rained out and Oklahoma City lost their game to fall out of first place. . . . Trent Oeltjen matched tonight the feat that Jerry Sands accomplished on Friday and Saturday: back-to-back homer games with three total homers in the two games. . . . The series (and homestand) concludes Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP John Ely (8-7, 3.55) for the Isotopes and LHP Brooks Raley (4-5, 3.18) for the I-Cubs. There will be just two more home day games this season after Monday.

Filed 07/22/2012

July 21, 2012 - Isotopes (58-42)

Isotopes Park

Iowa         201 000 000 --   3   8  1
Albuquerque  810 050 11x --  16  18  1

WP: Blake Johnson (1-0)
LP: Casey Coleman (2-4) 

HR: IWA Josh Vitters (14) off Johnson (1st inning, S)

    ABQ Jerry Sands (15) off Coleman (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Trent Oeltjen (10) off Cabrera (5th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Trent Oeltjen (11) off Esposito (8th inning, S)
    ABQ Josh Fields (10) off Cabrera (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Tim Federowicz (8) off Cabrera (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:00
ATT: 13,798
On Dukes Retro Night, the Isotopes clubbed a season-best five home runs in the game, accounting for half their runs in a 16-3 stomping of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). The victory, combined with Oklahoma City losing their game, moved Albuquerque into a first place tie with Oklahoma City atop the PCL American Conference Southern Division.

Josh Vitters two-run homered with two outs in the top of the 1st inning to give Iowa their only lead of the game.

It did not take long for Iowa pitching to go on melt-down. In the home half of the 1st inning, Trent Oeltjen singled, Elian Herrera walked and Josh Fields doubled them both home. Scott Van Slyke doubled home a run ahead of Jerry Sands' two-run homer. Matt Angle and Ivan DeJesus Jr. singled an out later, Isotopes starter Blake Johnson laid down a successful sacrifice bunt and after Oeltjen walked to load the bags, Herrera cleared them with a double. Albuquerque sent 12 batters to the plate to score 8 runs to lead 8-2.

Van Slyke singled to lead off the 2nd inning and later scored on Angle's single to extend the lead to 9-2.

Vitters singled home Iowa's final run of the game in the 3rd inning.

The Isotopes had one huge run-scoring inning left in them - the 5th inning. Johnson reached on an error and scored on Oeltjen's two-run homer. An out later, Fields solo homered. After Van Slyke struck out, Sands walked and scored on Tim Federowicz's two-run homer. After the five-run inning, the Isotopes led 14-3.

Angle walked and scored on DeJesus Jr.'s triple in the 7th inning and Oeltjen belted his second homer of the game in the 8th inning, a solo shot, for the final run of the game.

Johnson allowed 3 runs and 5 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x5 (.291), 1 R, 1 HR (8), 2 RBI (52), 3 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x6 (.325), 2 R, 1 2B (16), 1 RBI (40), 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 3x5 (.284), 1 R, 1 3B (2), 1 RBI (11), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Local native OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez was unable to participate in Dukes Retro Night as he was placed on the Disabled List with a left ankle strain. IF Joe Becker was activated from the Disabled List. P Bret Montgomery, recently placed on the Disabled List, was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. . . . The game started 25 minutes late due to the 2012 induction ceremony of the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. Inducted this year were players Sid Bream and Greg Brock, player and manager Kevin Kennedy and former sportswriter Carlos Salazar. . . . The Isotopes are 7-1 on Dukes Retro Nights and currently have a three game winning streak. Since moving Dukes Retro Night to Saturday nights in 2010, attendance has eclipsed five figures every season and tonight's crowd was the largest Dukes Retro Night crowd ever. . . . The Isotopes tied a franchise record of having a record that is 16 games over the .500 mark. . . . Albuquerque set season bests in largest winning margin (13 runs) and most homers in an inning (3) and set a season-worst in most consecutive games with a homer allowed (8). The Isotopes tied season-bests in runs scored in an inning (8), extra base hits in a game (10), and combined number of homers in a game (6). . . . Josh Fields and Jerry Sands have homered in back to back games. Sands, in fact, has three homers in his last two games. . . . Matt Angle had four hits for the third game this season and for the second night in a row, an Isotope tied a franchise record with four runs scored. Last night it was Elian Herrera and tonight it was Trent Oeltjen. . . . Every batting slot except for the pitcher/pinch-hitter slot had at least one RBI in the game. The top three in the batting order - Trent Oeltjen, Elian Herrera and Josh Fields, had 3 RBI each. . . . The crowd of 13,798 was the second largest crowd of the season and 13th largest regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history. . . . Game three of the series is Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (7-5, 4.53) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Volstad (2-4, 5.55) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 07/21/2012

July 20, 2012 - Isotopes (57-42)

Isotopes Park

Iowa         321 000 100 --   7  13  1
Albuquerque  320 010 103 --  10  12  0

WP: Angel Guzman (2-0)
LP: Michael Bowden (2-1)

HR: IWA Brett Jackson (13) off Savage (1st inning, S)

    ABQ Josh Fields (9) off Rusin (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (13) off Rusin (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (14) moff Bowden (9th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:06
ATT: 12,030
The Isotopes were playing catchup through most of the game, but they weren't playing catchup when in the bottom of the 9th inning Jerry Sands launched his second walkoff homer of the month to give Albuquerque a 10-7 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the opener of a series at "The Lab" on Friday evening. Albuquerque moved to one game back of division-leader Oklahoma City with their win and Oklahoma City's loss.

Brett Jackson led off the game with a solo homer and Isotope left fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez had to leave the game with an injury as he tried to see if he could make a play on the home run ball. Later in the inning, Josh Vitters doubled home a run before scoring on Blake Lalli's single to give Iowa a 3-0 lead.

Albuquerque tied the game with three runs of their own in their half of the 1st inning. Trent Oeltjen singled and went to second base on a wild pitch. Elian Herrera doubled him home and Alex Castellanos drew a walk. Herrera advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Josh Fields' single. Castellanos was picked off at second base ahead of Scott Van Slyke's single to drive in Fields.

Cubs starter Chris Rusin singled home a run and Alfredo Amezaga sacrifice flied out to give Iowa a 5-3 advantage in the top of the 2nd inning.

The Isotopes got those two runs back with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Herrera singled and scored on Fields' two-run homer.

Lalli drove in another run for Iowa in the 3rd inning and Jerry Sands answered with a solo homer in the 5th inning to knot the game at 6-6.

Iowa retook the lead in the 7th inning only to see Albuquerque quickly respond. In the top half, Jackson sacrifice flied out. After the 7th inning stretch, Herrera tripled and scored on Van Slyke's single.

Both teams remained deadlocked at 7-7 until Albuquerque finally took their first and most important lead of the evening. Herrera singled, Castellanos laid down a successful sacrifice bunt and after Fields was intentionally walked, Van Slyke popped out to foul territory before Sands followed with his heroic two-out, walk-off three-run homer that bounced off the left field scoreboard.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 6 runs and 8 hits in 3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.293), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x3 (.354), 1 BB, 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 3x5 (.325), 1 2B (15), 1 RBI (39), SB (2)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x1 (.269), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Jerry Sands has both of Albuquerque's walkoff homers this season and his previous one was on July 5th. The Isotopes have had 16 walkoff homer wins in franchise history and 4 walkoff wins this season. . . . P Bret Montgomery was placed on the Disabled List with right quad tightness. . . . Will Savage failed to earn his 11th victory tonight, making it four starts where he has had the opportunity but earned a no decision instead. Savage's 10 victories still leads the club despite the drought. . . . The Isotopes are back to their season-best high water mark of 15 games over the .500 mark. . . . Albuquerque is a perfect 5-0 against Iowa at Isotopes Park this season and going back to 2011, the Isotopes have won their last 6 games played at Isotopes Park against the Cubs. . . . Elian Herrera had an eventful night. Herrera tied a franchise record with four runs scored, was a homer short of hitting for the cycle, and turned in his second four-hit game of the season. . . . Jerry Sands had his second multi-homer game of the season and drove in four runs for the third time this season. . . . The series continues on Saturday evening with Dukes Retro Night, the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame 2012 induction, and fireworks after the game. Probables are RHP Blake Johnson (0-0, 6.61) for the Isotopes and RHP Casey Coleman (2-3, 3.43) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 07/20/2012

July 19, 2012 - Isotopes (56-42)

Isotopes Park

Memphis      000 010 2 --  3  5  2
Albuquerque  100 000 1 --  2  5  0

WP: Eduardo Sanchez (1-3)
LP: Michael Antonini (2-7)

HR: MEM Zack Cox (8) off Nieve (5th inning, S)
    MEM Adron Chambers (2) off Antonini (7th inning, 2R)  
	
TIME: 2:19
ATT: 10,381
The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) homered twice to provide all the runs they would need to power to a 3-2 victory over Albuquerque to salvage a split of the doubleheader. With the split and division-leader Oklahoma City winning on Thursday, the Isotopes lost a half-game in the standings to trail Oklahoma City by two games.

Josh Fields reached on a fielder's choice in the 1st inning, worked his way to second and third bases on errors and scored on Jerry Sands single in the 1st inning.

Zack Cox solo-homered in the 5th inning to tie the game and Adron Chambers two-run homered with two outs in the 7th inning to give the Redbirds a 3-1 advantage.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Matt Angle drew a one out walk, went to second base on Josh Bard's groundout and after pinch-hitter Alex Castellanos walked, Trent Oeltjen singled home Angle. Castellanos advanced to third base as the tying run on the single but was stranded there when Elian Herrera grounded out to end the game.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve allowed a run and 4 hits in 5 innings and had a no hitter through 3 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 0x0 (.359), 1 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.318)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x3 (.272), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Elian Herrera went 0x4 to snap his 19 game hitting streak, a hitting streak that tied the franchise record. . . . The Isotopes and Redbirds split the four game series and 23,183 attended for a per-gate average of 7,728. Today's nightcap marked the final 2012 regular season game between the two clubs at Isotopes Park and Albuquerque won five of the eight games. The Isotopes travel to Memphis in late August to complete the 16-game regular season series. . . . Josh Fields went hitless in two at-bats to snap 14-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes begin a four-game series on Friday evening against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Probables in the opener are RHP Will Savage (10-3, 5.20) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris Rusin (7-6, 4.55) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 07/19/2012

July 19, 2012 DH1 - Isotopes (56-41)

Isotopes Park

Memphis      000 010 2 --  3  5  0
Albuquerque  300 001 x --  4  8  2

WP: Derrick Loop (9-2)
LP: Tyler Lyons (1-5)
SV: Scott Rice (7)

HR: MEM Ryan Jackson (6) off Loop (5th inning, S)

    ABQ Matt Angle (4) off Lyons (1st inning, S)
	
TIME: 1:56
The Isotopes plated three 1st inning runs and held off a Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 7th inning rally in exciting fashion to claim a 4-3 victory in game one of a doubleheader.

Albuquerque sent nine batters to the plate in the 1st inning to tally their three runs. Matt Angle got things off to a great start with a leadoff homer. Ivan DeJesus Jr. followed with a single and an out later, Josh Fields singled. After Jerry Sands struck out, Tim Federowicz singled home DeJesus Jr. Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled home Fields and Ozzie Martinez drew a walk to load the bases before Isotopes starter Derrick Loop reached on a fielder's choice forceout to end the inning.

Ryan Jackson solo homered in the 5th inning to get Memphis on the scoreboard.

The Isotopes plated a very important insurance run in the 6th inning. Sands led off with a double and scored two outs later on Martinez's single.

In the dramatic 7th inning with Isotopes reliever Scott Rice taking the mound, Jackson singled and an out later was erased from the basepaths on a force out with Pete Kozma reaching base. Kozma advanced to second base on defensive indifference and Nick Derba drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Matt Adams reached on an error to load the bases and Adron Chambers doubled home Kozma and Derba. Adams also tried to score on the play but was thrown out at home plate for the final out of the contest.

Isotopes starter Derrick Loop allowed 1 run and 3 hits in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.297), 1 RBI (50), 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x3 (.359), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 0x1 (.318), 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x3 (.280), 1 R


'TOPES NOTES:
Alex Castellanos went hitless to snap a 12-game hitting streak. Josh Fields hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. . . . Matt Angle's leadoff homer was his first of the season and Albuquerque's third leadoff homer of the season. . . . Derrick Loop has won his last four pitching decisions and the Isotopes are 4-0 in games that Loop has started. . . . Scott Van Slyke racked up Albuquerque's 8th ejection (and Van Slyke's second) of the season when HP ump Angel Campos ejected him in the 7th inning after Van Slyke was called out on strikes.

Filed 07/19/2012

July 18, 2012 - Memphis Redbirds at Isotopes, Ppd., Rain

Wednesday evening's contest between the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) and Isotopes was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as a doubleheader starting at 4:35 PM MDT on Thursday and chances look great of getting the doubleheader in with the chance of isolated rain showers forecasted to be lower Thursday than it was Wednesday. Probables in game one are LHP Derrick Loop (8-2, 4.88) for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler Lyons (1-4, 4.93) for the Redbirds. In the nightcap, it is expected Isotopes RHP Fernando Nieve (5-6, 6.08) will face Redbirds LHP Nick Greenwood (1-1, 3.99).

It was Albuquerque's first home postponement this season, third due to weather at home and on the road this season, and the first home one since July 20, 2011 against Oklahoma City. The Isotopes have had 11 home rainouts in franchise history.

Even though the Isotopes did not play today, they fell further back in the American Conference Southern Division standings, falling to 1.5 games back of Oklahoma City as the Redhawks won their contest on Wednesday.

In transaction news, the Dodgers optioned P Stephen Fife to Albuquerque when they activated P Javy Guerra from the bereavement leave list. The Dodgers also signed P Erick Threets (an Isotope in 2009) to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. Threets played in 34 games with the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) this season, compiling a 4-2 record with 3 saves and a 1.84 ERA.

Filed 07/18/2012

July 17, 2012 - Isotopes (55-41)

Isotopes Park

Memphis      000 421 022 --  11  12  0
Albuquerque  000 001 012 --   4  13  1

WP: John Gast (8-2)
LP: John Ely (8-7)

HR: MEM Matt Adams (15) off Ely (5th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Brian Cavazos-Galvez (7) off Broderick (9th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:28
ATT: 7,926
The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) plated seven runs over the middle three frames in cruising to a 11-4 victory over Albuquerque on Tuesday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque snapped a two game winning streak and fell into second place in the division with their loss and Oklahoma City's victory. Albuquerque is now one game back of Oklahoma City.

Cedric Hunter and Pete Kozma singled home runs and Adron Chambers doubled home two runs in the 4th inning. Matt Adams added a two-run homer in the 5th inning and Shane Robinson singled home a run in the 6th inning as Memphis built a 7-0 lead.

Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 6th inning when Alex Castellanos doubled and scored on Josh Fields' single.

Former-Isotope Eugenio Velez doubled home two runs in the 8th inning for Memphis and in the home half of the 8th inning, Castellanos singled, went to second base on defensive indifference and scored on Fields' double.

Memphis plated their final two runs in the 9th inning and Brian Cavazos-Galvez homered with Tim Federowicz on board for Albuquerque's final two runs of the game.

Isotopes starter John Ely allowed six runs and 7 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.296), 1 R
Alex Castellanos: 2x5 (.365), 2 R, 1 2B (17), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 0x4 (.319), 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x1 (.268)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers placed P Chad Billingsley on the major-league disabled list and recalled P Stephen Fife from Albuquerque. Fife made his MLB debut on Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium against the Phillies and allowed four hits and 1 run in 6 innings and left the game with the lead. Fife received a tough-luck no decision as the Phillies came from behind in the 8th inning to score the winning two runs to claim a 3-2 victory. . . . Elian Herrera singled in the 3rd inning to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, tying a franchise record (Eric Reed - 2006; Jamie Hoffmann - 2010). Other Isotopes extending their double-digit hitting streaks in the game were Josh Fields (13 games) and Alex Castellanos (12 games). . . . John Ely's slump continues. Ely has lost three straight pitching decisions for the first time this season and his six runs allowed was the most in an outing since his first outing of the season on April 9th when he allowed 8 runs (7 earned) at Iowa. Ely's 7th loss tonight was enough for him to take over the team lead in losses. . . . Ticket demand is so strong for Saturday's Dukes Retro Night/Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Ceremony/postgame fireworks that berm tickets are going on sale starting Wednesday, three days earlier than normal. . . . The Isotopes and Redbirds continue their series Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Derrick Loop (8-2, 4.88) for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler Lyons (1-4, 4.93) for the Redbirds.

Filed 07/17/2012

July 16, 2012 - Isotopes (55-40)

Isotopes Park

Memphis      213 002 000 --  8  12  0
Albuquerque  010 040 40x --  9  15  4

WP: Michael Antonini (2-6)
LP: Maikel Cleto (2-2)
SV: Scott Rice (6)

HR: MEM Matt Adams (14) off St. Clair (6th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Scott Van Slyke (11) off Dickson (5th inning 2R)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 4,876
The Isotopes were comeback kids again on Monday evening, finding themselves down by five runs for the second game in a row and mounting a comeback to take a victory. Tonight's victory was a 9-8 win against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in the opener of a homestand. Albuquerque has won two straight games and remains in a first place tie in the division as Oklahoma City also won their contest Monday evening.

Mark Hamilton singled home a run and Zack Cox reached on a fielder's choice force out to plate a run as the Redbirds led 2-0 before Albuquerque even had their first at-bat of the game. A 2nd inning Isotope error plated another run for Memphis to extend the lead to 3-0.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Matt Angle singled and scored on Tim Federowicz's double to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard.

Memphis extended the lead to 6-1 in the 3rd inning when Pete Kozma singled home a run, Bryan Anderson grounded into a double play to bring home a run and another Isotope error allowed the third run of the frame to score.

Albuquerque began their comeback in the 5th inning. Trent Oeltjen singled with one out, Ivan DeJesus Jr. doubled and Alex Castellanos grounded out to bring home Oeltjen. Josh Fields doubled home DeJesus Jr. and Scott Van Slyke celebrated his return to the Isotopes from the Dodgers with a two-run homer.

Matt Adams two-run homered to extend the Memphis lead to 8-5 in the 6th inning and Albuquerque made their final, game-winning rally in the 7th inning. Fields singled with one out, Van Slyke walked and Angle doubled home Fields. After Federowicz struck out, Elian Herrera singled home Van Slyke and Ozzie Martinez followed with a two-run double to plate Angle and Herrera.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.297), 1 2B (22), 1 RBI (49), 1 BB, 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 2x5 (.364), 1 RBI (30), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.326), 2 R, 1 HR (11), 2 RBI (38), 1 BB, 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x4 (.260), 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Stephen Fife was scheduled to start for Albuquerque but was scratched from his start, leading one to believe the Dodgers may not be starting the ailing Chad Billingsley on Tuesday evening but rather call up Fife to make the start at Dodger Stadium against Roy Halladay and the Phillies. . . . Bret Montgomery made the spot-start and allowed 6 runs (2 earned) and 5 hits in 2 2/3 innings of work. . . . C Steve Cilladi was placed on the Disabled List and IF/OF Tyler Henson was also placed on the Disabled List (right quad strain). . . . Elian Herrera picked right up in his return from the Dodgers, singling to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, one shy of tying the franchise record. . . . Josh Fields also extended his hitting streak, now at 12 games and Alex Castellanos hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Michael Antonini's winning pitching decision was his first victory since April 21st and the win snapped a six-game losing decision streak. . . . Albuquerque is a season-best 15 games above the .500 mark and is 2-0 in games where the Isotopes have committed four or more errors. . . . The Isotopes have won their last four games played at Isotopes Park against the Redbirds. . . . A pair of Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) swept the PCL Weekly awards for the shortened week due to the Triple-A All-Star break. The Hitter of the Week is Michael Taylor. Taylor hit .538 (7x13) with 2 homers and 6 RBI in four games. Daniel Straily is the Pitcher of the Week. Straily made one start (losing decision) and allowed a solo homer in 7 innings of work for a 1.29 ERA while fanning 13 batters in that hard-luck outing. . . . The series continues Tuesday night. RHP John Ely (8-6, 3.22) is the probable for Albuquerque, scheduled to make his first Isotope start after his Triple-A All-Star game appearance, while Memphis has yet to name a probable.

Filed 07/16/2012

July 15, 2012 - Isotopes (54-40)

Herschel Greer Stadium

Albuquerque  000 008 0 --  8   9  0
Nashville    201 020 0 --  5  10  1

WP: Ramon Troncoso (3-0)
LP: Donovan Hand (1-1)
SV: Angel Guzman (1)

HR: NSH Caleb Gindl (7) off Johnson (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:49
ATT: 3,344
Just when Albuquerque trailed 5-0 and it appeared the Isotopes would be no hit for the third time in franchise history, the Isotopes erupted for a season high eight runs in the 6th inning to come back to stun the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 8-5 to earn a split of a doubleheader. Albuquerque's doubleheader split combined with Oklahoma City's victory in their contest resulted in a tie atop the division at the end of play Sunday.

The Sounds scored runs on a wild pitch and Andy Gonzalez' sacrifice flyout in the 1st inning and Caleb Gindl added a solo homer in the 3rd inning to give Nashville a 3-0 lead.

Taylor Green singled home a run and Sean Halton sacrifice flied out to bring home another run as the Sounds led 5-0 after five innings of play.

The newest Isotope, Ozzie Martinez, led off the 6th inning with a single to break up the no-hitter and then there was an outbreak of hits that followed. Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled and Trent Oeltjen doubled home Martinez and Cavazos-Galvez. Ivan DeJesus Jr. flied out, Alex Castellanos drew a walk and pinch-hitter Josh Fields singled home Oeltjen. Josh Bard singled home Castellanos and Matt Angle singled home Fields. Tyler Henson singled home Bard and an out later, Cavazos-Galvez doubled home Angle and Henson. When the inning was over, Albuquerque sent 12 batters to the plate to score their eight runs.

Isotopes starter Blake Johnson allowed 3 runs and 6 hits in 3 2/3 innings in his spot-start.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 1x3 (.363), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x4 (.250), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Catcher Steve Cilladi was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday. . . . Albuquerque took two of the three games in the weather-shortened series and 8,342 attended for a per-gate average of 4,171. The Isotopes complete the 16-game regular season series against Nashville later in July when Albuquerque returns to Herschel Greer Stadium to play five games in four days. . . . With the victory in the nightcap, the Isotopes are back to their season-best high-water mark of 14 games over .500 and with Albuquerque playing outstanding on Isotopes Park turf in 2012, the club appears to be in great shape to establish a new franchise best high water mark during the upcoming eight-game homestand. . . . Josh Fields extended his hitting streak to 11 games, while Alex Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . The Isotopes had eight hits in their eight-run 6th inning, tying a season-high for most hits in an inning. . . . The Dodgers recently announced their Dodger Pride award winners. At the Triple-A level for the month of June, P John Ely and OF Trent Oeltjen were the award winners. Ely went 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA during the month of June and was named a PCL mid-season All-Star. Oeltjen hit .333 (28x84) with 4 homers and 23 RBI in June. . . . The Isotopes return home for an eight game homestand, the first homestand after the Triple-A All-Star Break. The first four games are against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) and the probables are RHP Stephen Fife (7-5, 4.53) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for Memphis, who were rained out on Sunday in Round Rock.

Filed 07/15/2012

July 15, 2012 - Isotopes (53-40)

Herschel Greer Stadium

Albuquerque  000 100 0 --  1  9  0
Nashville    001 000 1 --  2  8  0

WP: Mike McClendon (4-3)
LP: Wilfredo Ledezma (3-3) 

HR: NSH Logan Schafer (8) off Savage (3rd inning, S)
    NSH Logan Schafer (9) off Ledezma (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:25
Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) slugger Logan Schafer was a one-man wrecking crew in the opener of a doubleheader as he homered twice, incluing a 7th inning walk-off homer, to provide all the runs the Sounds would need to defeat the Isotopes 2-1.

Schafer solo homered in the 3rd inning for the first run of the contest.

After not being able to come up with a run in a bases-loaded, two out situation in the 1st inning and a bases-loaded, one out situation in the 3rd inning, Albuquerque loaded the bases with no outs in the 4th inning and was able to come away with a run. In that frame, Matt Angle walked, Brian Cavazos-Galvez bunt singled and Will Savage laid down a sacrifice bunt that Angle was able to beat out the force attempt at third base. Trent Oeltjen singled home Angle and Cavazos-Galvez was thrown out at home plate trying to score on the play. Ivan DeJesus Jr. flew out, Alex Castellanos walked to reload the bags before Josh Fields reached on fielder's choice force out to end the inning.

Schafer snapped the 1-1 deadlocked game by leading off the bottom of the 7th inning with his game winning homer.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 1 run and 6 hits in 4 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.297), 1 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x2 (.363), 2 BB, 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x4 (.261)


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque's record in one run contests is 15-10. . . . The loss snapped a streak of four straight wins against the Sounds in games played in Nashville. . . . Albuquerque's has lost two games in July by allowing an opponent to score the winning runs in their last at-bats. Both of these last at-bat losses were due to walkoff homers. . . . Josh Fields extended his hitting streak to 10 games, his second double-digit hitting streak of the season. . . . Isotopes starter Will Savage has failed in three starts to earn his 11th victory of the season. Savage has not earned a losing decision in any of those starts, either. . . . Logan Schafer's multi-homer game was Albuquerque's ninth multi-homer game allowed to an opponent this season.

Filed 07/15/2012

Isotopes Sole Possession of First Place; Josh Wall to Dodgers

To update the earlier item, probables have been announced for Sunday's scheduled doubleheader. In game one, it is expected to be RHP Will Savage (10-3, 5.34) for the Isotopes and PCL Pitcher of the Week, RHP Wily Peralta (5-8, 5.10) for the Sounds. In the nightcap, RHP Blake Johnson (0-0, 6.39) is expected to come out of the bullpen for a spot start against former-Isotope RHP Claudio Vargas (3-1,4.89).

Even though the Isotopes did not play, they moved into sole possession of first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division after Oklahoma City got shut out in their contest against New Orleans.

Finally, P Josh Wall was officially recalled by the Dodgers when the Dodgers placed P Javy Guerra on the bereavement leave list so he could go be with his father in Mexico after his father suffered a heart attack Friday morning.

Filed 07/14/2012

July 14, 2012 - Isotopes at Nashville Sounds, DH, Ppd., Rain

The Isotopes' scheduled doubleheader in Nashville against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) has been postponed due to rain. One of the games will be made up later in July when the Isotopes return to Nashville, while the other game will be made up tomorrow when both clubs attempt to get a doubleheader played on Sunday. Each game on Sunday is scheduled for 7 innings.

It is the second postponement due to weather for Albuquerque this season with both of them coming in this series in Nashville.

With the news just having come out, probables for Sunday's doubleheader have not been announced.

If the Oklahoma City Redhawks lose their game tonight, Albuquerque will wake up in the morning with sole possession of first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division by a half-game. If the Redhawks win, Albuquerque will be a half-game back going into the doubleheader Sunday.

Filed 07/14/2012

July 13, 2012 - Isotopes (53-39)

Herschel Greer Stadium

Albuquerque  020 140 000 --  7  11  1
Nashville    000 000 000 --  0   4  0

WP: Fernando Nieve (5-6)
LP: Seth McClung (2-11)

HR: ABQ Brian Cavazos-Galvez (6) off McClung (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Matt Angle (3) off McClung (4th inning, S)  
	
TIME: 2:51
ATT: 4,998
Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout and Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Matt Angle each homered and combined to drive in five runs as the Isotopes defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 7-0 on Friday evening. Albuquerque moved into a first place tie with Oklahoma City with their victory and Oklahoma City's loss.

Angle singled and scored on Cavazos-Galvez's two run homer in the 2nd inning and Angle added a solo shot on the 4th inning to stake Albuquerque to a 3-0 lead.

Albuquerque plated their final four runs in the 5th inning with two-out magic. Alex Castellanos walked with two outs, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Josh Fields' single. Fields stole second base, Jerry Sands walked and Tim Federowicz infield singled to load the bases. A wild pitch brought home Sands and Angle followed with a single to drive in Sands and Federowicz.

Nieve, Michael Antonini, Cole St. Clair and Angel Guzman were the pitchers that combined on the shutout. Nieve allowed no runs and all four Sounds hits in 6 innings while fanning 6 Nashville batters.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.300), 1 R, 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.362), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x5 (.262), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
There were quite a few moves affecting the Isotopes as they came off the Triple-A All-Star Break. The Dodgers activated Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier from the major-league Disabled List and optioned OF Scott Van Slyke and IF Elian Herrera to Albuquerque. Herrera will try to add to his 17-game hitting streak when he returns to the active Isotopes roster. IF Osvaldo "Ozzie" Martinez, who the Dodgers acquired during the break from the White Sox for cash considerations, was sent to Albuquerque and IF Joe Becker went on the disabled list to make roster room for Martinez. There may be one more transaction affecting the Dodgers as Isotopes closer Josh Wall may be on his way to Los Angeles while Dodgers pitcher Javy Guerra is on the bereavement leave list. Once the transaction is confirmed, it will be posted in the transactions section. . . . Albuquerque is a season-best 14 games over the .500 mark and has an outright or tied share of first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division for the first time since June 30th. . . . Isotopes pitching has tossed five shutouts this season and all of them have been combined efforts. The four hits allowed was also the fewest hits allowed to an opponent in a game this season. . . . Brian Cavazos-Galvez has homered in back-to-back games. . . . In news concerning former Isotopes, Jay Gibbons will not be facing the Isotopes as a member of the Nashville Sounds as he announced his retirement during the All-Star Break. Xavier Paul will not join him in retirement as Paul inked a deal with the Cincinnati Reds and was sent to Triple-A Louisville. Paul was recently released by the Nationals organization while playing with Triple-A Syracuse. . . . Andrew Brown of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Brown hit .452 (14x31) with 6 homers and 12 RBI. . . . Wily Peralta of the Sounds is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Peralta won both of his starts during the award week and allowed 1 unearned run in 12 2/3 innings for a 0.00 ERA. Peralta is scheduled to face the Isotopes in the series finale Sunday. . . . The Isotopes and Sounds play a doubleheader Saturday to make up Thursday's unplayable grounds postponement as well as play Saturday's regularly scheduled contest. In the opener, probables are RHP Will Savage (10-3, 5.34) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Claudio Vargas (3-1, 4.89) for the Sounds. In the nightcap, RHP Blake Johnson (0-0, 6.39) is expected to come out of the bullpen for Albuquerque against Nashville RHP Donovan Hand (1-0, 2.79). Each game is scheduled for 7 innings.

Filed 07/13/2012

July 12, 2012 - Isotopes at Nashville Sounds, Ppd., Unplayable Grounds

The Isotopes Triple-A All-Star Break was unfortunately extended another day as the game in Nashville between the Isotopes and Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) was postponed by unplayable grounds after Tennessee experienced soaking rains the last few days. The game will be made up Saturday as a doubleheader with both games scheduled to go 7 innings.

This was Albuquerque's first postponed game of the season, thus it took 91 games played for the Isotopes to finally get a unscheduled day off. Divison-leader Oklahoma City won their contest Thursday evening, increasing their division lead over Albuquerque to one full game.

With only one scheduled off-day through the regular season finale on Labor Day, the Isotopes probably wished this off-day came in 15-20 days rather than right on the heels of a three-day All-Star Break.

Friday's game is scheduled to be a normal 9-inning contest and probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (4-6, 6.62) for the Isotopes and RHP Seth McClung (2-10, 5.17) for the Sounds.

Filed 07/12/2012

July 11, 2012 - Triple-A All-Star Game

Coca-Cola Field - Buffalo, NY

Pacific Coast League  200 100 000 --  3  8  1
International League  000 000 000 --  0  5  0

WP: Graham Godfrey (SAC)
LP: Tyler Cloyd (LHV)
SV: Jonathan Albaladejo (RENO)

TIME: 3:07
ATT: 18,025
Just like the fact there was a shutout in the Major League All-Star Game the night before, the Pacific Coast League All-Stars shut out the International League All-Stars 3-0 in the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo, New York.

The PCL All-Stars got off to a fast start in the 1st inning. Teammates Adam Eaton and Jake Elmore (Reno - Diamondbacks) singled and an out later, Mike Hessman (Oklahoma City - Astros) sacrifice flied out to drive in Eaton. Luis Jimenez (Tacoma - Mariners) walked ahead of Wil Myers (Omaha - Royals) RBI single to drive in Elmore as the PCL led 2-0 after just a half-inning of play.

An Albuquerque Isotope played a big part in the final run of the contest in the 4th inning. Myers doubled and scored two outs later on Tim Federowicz's RBI double.

Federowicz started at Catcher for the PCL and went 1x2 with a double and an RBI. Federowicz grounded out to shortstop in the 2nd inning and had his RBI double in the 4th inning. Federowicz did not get to bat in the 6th inning as he was pinch-hit for.

Isotopes starter John Ely entered the game in the 4th inning and struck out the first two batters he faced before walking former-Isotope Val Pascucci (Buffalo - Mets) and then got a flyout to end his inning of work. Ely tossed 20 pitches with 13 of them for strikes.

The final Isotope All-Star to appear was closer Josh Wall. Wall tossed 21 pitches, 11 of them for strikes. Wall pitched the 7th inning and started off by walking Pascucci. Jim Negrych (Syracuse - Nationals) singled before Wall got a fly out, strike out and then a force out to end the International League threat.

Luis Cruz was the fourth Isotope All-Star but was not eligible to play because he currently is on the Dodgers roster.


2012 TRIPLE-A ALL-STAR GAME NOTES:
The PCL victory gives the PCL champion the home-team status in the 2012 Triple-A National Baseball Championship Game on September 18th in Durham, North Carolina. . . . Wil Myers (Omaha - Royals) was the PCL Top Star, while Matt Harvey (Buffalo - Mets) was the IL Top Star of the game. . . . Former Isotope Val Pascucci (Buffalo - Mets) won the Home Run Derby with 22 total homers, including 6 homers in the final round. Vascucci beat Dan Johnson (Charlotte - White Sox) who had 5 homers in the final round. . . . The PCL win snapped a three-game losing streak to the IL. All-time since 1998 when the format changed from NL affiliates vs AL affiliates to the IL vs PCL, the IL holds a 8-7 series advantage. . . . Buffalo became the fourth club to host the Triple-A All-Star Game twice. Albuquerque was the first one when they hosted their second event in 2007 and since then, Louisville and Salt Lake City hosted the event for a second time before Buffalo this year. . . . The crowd of 18,025 was the third largest Triple-A All-Star Game attendance in the 25 years of the event. . . . The 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game will be played in a PCL ballpark - Aces Ballpark in Reno.

Filed 07/11/2012

Isotopes All-Star Break Leaders --
Possible New Isotope Player?

Here are the Isotope stat leaders at the All-Star Break:
Games: Josh Fields (88) - Tied 1st in PCL [Note: The Isotopes have played 91 games]
At-Bats: Josh Fields (324)
Runs: Josh Fields (63)
Hits: Josh Fields (112)
Doubles: Luis Cruz (31) - active: Josh Fields (25)
Triples: Alex Castellanos (6)
Homers: Jerry Sands (12)
RBI: Jerry Sands (54)
Total Bases: Josh Fields (167)
Bases on Balls: Josh Fields (38)
Strikeouts: Trent Oeltjen (76)
Stolen Bases: Trent Oeltjen (14)
Batting Average: Alex Castellanos (.359)
Errors: Luis Cruz (11) - active: Josh Fields (8)

Wins: Will Savage (10) - Tied 1st in PCL
Losses: John Ely, Fernando Nieve, Michael Antonini (6)
ERA (Starter): Mike Parisi (2.72) - active: John Ely (3.22)
ERA (Reliever): Angel Guzman (1.80)
Games Started: John Ely, Stephen Fife (18)
Games (Reliever): Josh Wall (39)
Complete Games: none
Complete Game Shutouts: none
Saves: Josh Wall (18) - leads PCL
Innings Pitched (Starter): John Ely (109)
Innings Pitched (Reliever): Cole St. Clair (42 1/3)
Hits Allowed: Will Savage (115) 
Runs Allowed: Will Savage (65)
Homers Allowed: Michael Antonini (14)
Hit Batsmen: Stephen Fife (9) - leads PCL
Walks: Stephen fife (36)
Strikeouts: John Ely (117) - leads PCL
WHIP (Starter): Mike Parisi (1.16) - active: John Ely (1.18)
WHIP (Reliever): Shawn Tolleson (0.96) - active: Bret Montgomery (1.10)
Holds: Wilfredo Ledezma (9)


In other news, the Dodgers made a trade with the Chicago White Sox, acquiring minor league infielder Osvaldo "Ozzie" Martinez for cash considerations. It is possible that Martinez may be joining the Isotopes and that will be known when the All-Star Break is over and there is an official transaction made. Martinez played for the White Sox' Triple-A affiliate Charlotte in 2012, hitting .178 in 60 games with 0 homers and 13 RBI. Martinez is no stranger to the PCL, having played for the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) in 2011.

Filed 07/10/2012

July 8, 2012 - Isotopes (52-39)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock   200 012 005 --  10  13  0
Albuquerque  130 051 20x --  12  16  1

WP: Derrick Loop (8-2)
LP: Derek Hankins (3-6) 

HR: RR Elio Sarmiento (1) off Wall (9th inning, S)
    RR Matt Kata (7) off Wall (9th inning, 2R)
    RR Joey Butler (13) off Wall (9th inning, S)

    ABQ Brian Cavazos-Galvez (5) off Hankins (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Josh Bard (5) off Hankins (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Trent Oeltjen (9) off Cotts (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:10
ATT: 5,677
The Isotopes put up double digit runs on the scoreboard for the third time in the five game series and held off a large late Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) rally to claim a 12-10 victory in the series finale at "The Lab" on Sunday evening. Albuquerque won four out of their last five games and head into the Triple-A All-Star Break trailing division leader Oklahoma City by a half-game.

Ryan Spilborghs singled home a run and Joey Butler drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in a run as Round Rock led 2-0 after a half inning of play. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Trent Oeltjen doubled and scored on Josh Fields' single to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.

Matt Angle singled and scored on Brian Cavazos-Galvez's two run homer and Josh Bard followed with a solo homer as Albuquerque took a 4-2 lead.

Round Rock scored a run when Spilborghs grounded into double play in the top of the 5th and the Isotopes erupted for five runs in the bottom half of the frame. Oeltjen, Alex Castellanos and the rehabilitating Matt Kemp singled with Kemp's single driving in Oeltjen. Fields walked to load the bags and an out later, Castellanos scored on a wild pitch. Ivan DeJesus Jr. singled home Kemp and Fields and Cavazos-Galvez singled home DeJesus Jr. for a 9-3 lead.

Butler doubled home a run before scoring on Luis Hernandez's single in the top of the 6th inning, and Oeltjen added a solo homer in the bottom of the 6th inning as Albuquerque led 10-5.

The Isotopes plated their final two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Sands and DeJesus Jr. singled, both advanced a base on a wild pitch, and Sands scored on Angle's groundout and DeJesus Jr. scored on Bard's single.

Isotopes All-Star Josh Wall was clobbered in his final tuneup for the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday. The first batter, Elio Sarmiento, solo homered. An out later, Yangervis Solarte singled and scored on Spilborghs' double. After Brad Nelson grounded out, Matt Kata launched a two-run homer and Butler followed with a solo homer before Wall induced a groundout to end the game.

Isotopes starter Derrick Loop allowed 3 runs (2 earned) and 6 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 1x5 (.359), 1 R, 3 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x4 (.266), 2 R, 2 RBI (10)
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3 HR, 5.68 ERA

DODGERS Rehab Report

Matt Kemp: 2x4 (.500), 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI (6), 1 K

Kemp played in what is expected to be his final rehabilitation assignment game for Albuquerque before being activated by the Dodgers after the MLB All-Star Break. Kemp was the Designated Hitter and batted third in the lineup. Kemp struck out swinging in the 1st inning, doubled in the 3rd inning, RBI singled and later scored in the 5th inning, flied out to right field in the 6th inning and was replaced by pinch-hitter Tyler Henson in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
At the Triple-A All-Star Break, Albuquerque is 52-39, the best record at the break in the 10 season history of the franchise and is back at tying the season-best mark of being 13 games over the .500 mark. There are 53 games left in the 2012 regular season, including 24 home games. . . . The Isotopes took four out of the five games in the series and 44,463 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 8,893. Tonight's contest marked the final contest between the Express and Isotopes at Isotopes Park in 2012 and Albuquerque took five of the eight games. Albuquerque plays in Round Rock in late July to complete the 16-game season series. . . . Albuquerque is 16-3 when the offense puts 10 or more runs on the scoreboard. . . . Josh Bard has homered in the last two straight games he has appeared in and Trent Oeltjen homered in three of the five games in the series. . . . Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Josh Bard were the third Isotopes duo to back-to-back homer in 2012. . . . Derrick Loop tied John Ely for second place on the team in wins (8). Will Savage leads the club with 10 victories. Loop has won three straight pitching decisions and the Isotopes are 3-0 in games that he has started. . . . After the Triple-A All-Star Break, the Isotopes open up a four game series on Thursday in Nashville against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers). In the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday evening, C Tim Federowicz, P Josh Wall and P John Ely will represent the Isotopes.

Filed 07/08/2012

July 7, 2012 - Isotopes (51-39)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock   100 101 030 --  6  14  1
Albuquerque  000 001 002 --  3  11  0

WP: Ben Snyder (2-3)
LP: John Ely (8-6)
SV: Aaron Heilman (7)

HR: RR Luis Martinez (2) off Ely (6th inning, S)  
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 10,203
John Ely turned in his 12th quality start of the season but took the loss as his teammates' bats took the night off after scoring 8 or more runs in each of the last four games. The Isotopes snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 loss to the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers). Division-leader Oklahoma City also lost so the Isotopes remained a half-game back in the division.

Brad Nelson singled home a run in the 1st inning, Greg Miclat doubled home a run in the 4th inning and Luis Martinez solo homered in the 6th inning as Round Rock built a 3-0 lead.

Albuquerque scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the 6th inning. Josh Fields reached on a fielder's choice, Jerry Sands and Tim Federowicz both drew walks to load the bases with one out. Tyler Henson sacrifice flied out to bring home Fields and Brian Cavazos-Galvez grounded out to end the threat.

Martinez and Julio Bordon drove in runs with sacrifice flies and Yangervis Solarte singled home a run in the 8th inning to extend the Express lead to 6-1.

Albuquerque plated their final runs in the 9th inning. Alex Castellanos was hit by a pitch with one out, Matt Kemp reached on a fielder's choice with Castellanos out at second base, Kemp advanced to second base on defensive indifference and scored on Fields' double. Fields went to third on Jerry Sands single and scored on a wild pitch.

Ely allowed 3 runs and 9 hits in 6 innings while walking one and fanning 5 Express batters.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.301), 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 1x3 (.363), 1 BB, HBP
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x1 (.253)

DODGERS Rehab Report

Matt Kemp: 1x5 (.500), 1 R

Kemp was the Designated Hitter and batted third in the lineup. Kemp flied out to right field in the 1st inning, flew out to center in the 3rd inning, singled to right but was erased from the basepaths on a force out in the 6th inning, reached on a fielder's choice out in the 7th inning and reached on a fielder's choice out in the 9th inning, advanced to second base on defensive indifference, and scored on Josh Fields' single.


'TOPES NOTES:
OF Matt Kemp was officially assigned to Albuquerque on a rehabilitation assignment and P Ryan Tucker was released. . . . John Ely has lost two pitching decisions for the first time this season. His quality start tonight was his third in a row. . . . The five-game series -- and homestand -- concludes Sunday evening. Probables are LHP Derrick Loop (7-2, 5.12) for the Isotopes and RHP Derek Hankins (3-5, 4.75) for the Express. After the game, the Isotopes are off for three days for the Triple-A All-Star Break while Tim Federowicz, Josh Wall and John Ely will fly to Buffalo for the Triple-A All-Star Game. Luis Cruz was also selected to the PCL All-Star Team but is ineligible to play since he is on the Dodgers roster.

Filed 07/07/2012

July 6, 2012 - Isotopes (51-38)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock   000 000 001 --   1   5  2
Albuquerque  003 014 20x --  10  13  0

WP: Stephen Fife (7-5)
LP: Chad Bell (2-1) 

HR: ABQ Trent Oeltjen (8) off Wolf (7th inning, 2R)  
	
TIME: 2:46
ATT: 5,667
Stephen Fife tossed 7 innings of two-hit scoreless ball, his teammates kept the shutout until two outs in the 9th inning, and the Isotopes offense erupted for double-digit runs for the third time in four games as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) 10-1 at "The Lab" on Friday evening. Albuquerque has won four straight games and remained a half-game back in the division as division-leader Oklahoma City was able to pull out an extra-inning victory.

For the third time in three games in this series, the Isotopes were first to tally runs on the scoreboard. In the 3rd inning, Trent Oeltjen led off with a walk and stole second base. Ivan DeJesus Jr. followed with a walk and Alex Castellanos was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Josh Fields then doubled down the left field line to clear the bags for a 3-0 Isotopes lead.

Fields walked, went to second base on Jerry Sands' single and scored on Tim Federowicz's single in the 5th inning and in the 6th inning, Albuquerque added four more runs to the scoreboard. Tyler Henson walked, Oeltjen reached on an error, and Castellanos singled home Henson. Fields singled home Oeltjen and after Sands walked, Federowicz singled home Castellanos and Fields.

Henson singled and scored on Oeltjen's two run homer in the 7th inning to extend the lead to 10-0.

Brad Nelson singled home a run with two outs in the 9th inning as Round Rock plated their lone run.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 3x5 (.302), 3 RBI (48)
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.364), 2 R, 1 RBI (29), 1 K, HBP
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x4 (.257), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is going to be making a return engagement to Isotopes Park. Kemp was on a rehabilitation assignment with Albuquerque over the Memorial Day weekend and then returned to the Dodgers lineup. Kemp quickly reaggrivated his left hamstring and went back on the Disabled List. Kemp is expected to play both Saturday and Sunday evenings and is expected to be reactivated by the Dodgers after the MLB All-Star break. . . . The Isotopes are back to a season-tying 13 games above the .500 mark and tied a season-best mark with six straight home field victories. . . . Trent Oeltjen has homered in back-to-back games. . . . Game four of the five game series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (8-5, 3.15) for the Isotopes and LHP Ben Snyder (1-3, 4.20) for the E-Train.

Filed 07/06/2012

July 5, 2012 - Isotopes (50-38)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock   020 005 200 --   9  10  1
Albuquerque  220 010 212 --  10  15  2

WP: Josh Wall (2-1)
LP: Aaron Heilman (1-1) 

HR: RR Dusty Brown (5) off Ledezma (6th inning, GS)

    ABQ Trent Oeltjen (7) off Reynolds (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Tyler Henson (4) off Eyre (8th inning, S)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (12) off Heilman (9th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:23
ATT: 7,607
The Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) used a grand-slam 6th inning homer to propel themselves into the lead, but Albuquerque battled back over the last three frames, capped by Jerry Sands' one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of 9th inning to give Albuquerque a 10-9 victory over Round Rock. Albuquerque has won three straight games and with division-leader Oklahoma City losing, the Isotopes are a half-game out of first place.

Albuquerque was the first team on the scoreboard. In the 1st inning, Ivan DeJesus Jr. walked, Alex Castellanos doubled and Jerry Sands singled them both home.

Round Rock's lone All-Star, Joey Butler, doubled home a run and Luis Hernandez singled home a run to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the 2nd inning.

Joe Becker doubled and scored on Trent Oeltjen's homer in the home half of the second inning to give Albuquerque a 4-2 lead.

Josh Fields doubled and scored on Tim Federowicz's single in the 5th inning to extend the Isotope lead to 5-2, and Round Rock took the lead in the 6th inning with a five-run frame, highlighted by Dusty Brown's grand-slam homer.

Matt Kata singled home a run and Hernandez sacrifice flied out to bring home a run in the 7th inning as the Express extended their lead to 9-5 before Albuquerque began their late game rally.

After the 7th inning stretch, Castellanos and Fields singled and Federowicz singled home Castellanos. A fielding error on the play allowed Fields to score.

Tyler Henson solo homered in the 8th inning to cut the defecit to a run at 9-8, and in the bottom of the 9th inning, Castellanos walked and an out later, Sands launched his walk-off homer.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 4 runs (3 earned) and 5 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 3x4 (.296), 2 RBI (45)
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.360), 3 R, 1 2B (16), 1 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x4 (.271), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Josh Wall: W (2-1), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.62 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Albuquerque-Los Angeles shuttle has been quiet lately with the Dodgers in a setup the last few days that when a player goes on the Disabled List, another player is ready to come off the Disabled List and thus not affect the Isotope roster. Andre Ethier and Dee Gordon were both placed on the Disabled List (Gordon with a torn right thumb ligament) and Mark Ellis and Javy Guerra were both activated from the Disabled List. . . . Tonight's dramatic win should not have been a surprise - Albuqurque continues their statistical anomaly of having a 18-5 record in the second game of a series while having more or less a .500 record in other games of a series. . . . Jerry Sands' homer was the first walkoff homer of the season and 15th walkoff homer in franchise history. Albuquerque has won 10 games this season by scoring the go-ahead runs in their final at-bats. . . . Matt Angle went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 12-game hitting streak. . . . Isotope pitching has allowed five grand-slam homers this season. . . . The participants for the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby were announced. Although none of the participants are Isotopes, there is a former Isotope in the bunch, Val Pascucci. Representing the International League are Dan Johnson, Matt LaPorta, and Pascucci and representing the PCL are Joey Butler, Mike Hessman, and Luis Jimenez. The home run derby will take place at 5pm MDT on July 9th in Buffalo and can be seen on select Time Warner cable systems throughout the United States. . . . Game three of the five game series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (6-5, 4.88) for the Isotopes and LHP Chad Bell (2-0, 0.77) for the Express.

Filed 07/05/2012

July 4, 2012 - Isotopes (49-38)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock   000 200 000 --  2   7  1
Albuquerque  030 010 22x --  8  12  1

WP: Fernando Nieve (4-6)
LP: Zach Jackson (3-10)

TIME: 2:53
ATT: 15,309
Trent Oeltjen was excellent in the leadoff spot on Independence Day evening, going 4x5 with a double and 4 RBI as the Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) 8-2 in the opener of a five game series at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won two straight games and fireworks after the game capped this franchise milestone victory.

Albuquerque was first on the scoreboard. In the 2nd inning, Tim Federowicz and Matt Angle singled with one out, Brian Cavazos-Galvez reached on a fielder's choice and Tyler Henson doubled home Angle and Cavazos-Galvez. Oeltjen's single brought home Angle for a 3-0 lead.

Round Rock plated their only runs in the 4th inning when Luis Martinez singled home two runs.

Albuquerque doubled up Round Rock at 4-2 in the 5th inning when Oeltjen singled, went to second base on an error on the play and scored on Josh Fields's single.

In the 7th inning, Henson singled and scored on Oeltjen's double. Oeltjen went to third base on a groundout and scored on Fields' single.

Oeltjen delivered a bases-loaded single in the 8th inning to drive in Federowicz and Cavazos-Galvez with the final two runs of the game.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve got the victory, allowing 2 runs, 6 hits and 6 strikeouts in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x3 (.289), 1 R, 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.357), 1 3B (6), 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x4 (.273), 1 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
The victory was Albuquerque's 700th regular season franchise victory. All-time in the regular season, Albuquerque is 700-677. . . . The crowd of 15,309 was the 4th largest crowd in Isotopes Park history. . . . The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 1 minute by a pregame rain shower. . . . All-time, Albuquerque is 5-4 on Independence Day with one rainout in 2010. Tonight's win snapped a three game July 4th losing streak. . . . Matt Angle reached on a fielder's choice in the 4th inning, snapping an Isotope season-high streak of six consecutive at-bats with a hit, dating back to late in the game July 2nd. Angle extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 2nd inning single. . . . Ivan DeJesus Jr. went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 10-game hitting streak. . . . Fernando Nieve's victory snapped a three-game losing pitching decision streak. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Will Savage (10-3, 5.38) for the Isotopes and RHP Greg Reynolds (7-5, 4.39) for the E-Train.

Filed 07/04/2012

July 3, 2012 - Isotopes (48-38)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  032 120 003 --  11  13  0
Omaha        600 000 100 --   7  10  0

WP: Derrick Loop (7-2)
LP: Mike Montgomery (3-6) 

HR: ABQ Josh Bard (4) off Montgomery (2nd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Alex Castellanos (9) off Hottovy (9th inning, 3R)

    OMA Johnny Giavotella (6) off Loop (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:57
ATT: 9,023
Isotopes starter Derrick Loop was roughed up for six 1st inning runs before settling down to pitch the next four in scoreless fashion and Albuquerque's offense erupted for 11 runs to overcome that large early hole in a 11-7 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) to avoid the series sweep. Albuquerque snapped a four-game losing streak yet was not able to make up any ground in the division as division leader Oklahoma City also won to retain their 1.5 game lead over Albuquerque.

In that disastrous 1st inning for Albuquerque, Johnny Giavotella two-run homered, David Lough sacrifice flied out, and Kevin Kouzmanoff tripled with the bases-loaded to clear them.

In the 2nd inning, Albuquerque started to chip away at some of that defecit. Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled with two outs, Matt Angle doubled and Josh Bard followed with a three-run homer.

Josh Fields two-run doubled in the 3rd inning and Trent Oeltjen sacrifice flied out to tie the game at 6-6 in the 4th inning.

Alex Castellanos walked and later scored on Cavazos-Galvez's double and Angle singled home Cavazos-Galvez in the 5th inning as Albuquerque took a 8-6 lead.

Giavotella doubled home a run in the 7th inning to make Albuquerque's lead uncomfortable at 8-7 and the Isotopes came up with insurance runs in the 9th inning. Oeltjen drew a one out walk, Ivan DeJesus Jr. singled and Castellanos three-run homered.

Loop lasted just long enough and got enough run support to get the victory, allowing 6 runs and 8 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 1x3 (.360), 3 R, 1 HR (9), 3 RBI (28), 2 BB, 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x5 (.290), 1 R, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers placed P Todd Coffey on the Disabled List and recalled P Shawn Tolleson, who was optioned to Albuquerque just the day before. . . . Albuquerque must be saying good riddance to Werner Park, having lost three of the four games in the series and for the 2012 regular season, the Isotopes only won two of the eight games played there. 25,612 attended the just-completed series for a per-game average of 6,403. The Isotopes may not be done with Werner Park for the season -- Omaha leads the American Conference Northern Division and with Albuquerque in striking distance of first place in the American Conference Southern Division, there could be an American Conference Championship playoff series between the Isotopes and Storm Chasers with the Storm Chasers and Werner Park having the home field advantage in a best-of-five series. . . . Albuquerque overcame their largest defecit of the season in tonight game - 6 runs. . . . The Isotopes are 13-3 when they are able to put up 10 or more runs on the scoreboard. . . . Matt Angle went 4x4 and extended his hitting streak to 11 games, tied for the second longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. Ivan DeJesus Jr. is right on Angle's heels with a 10-game hitting streak. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in a season-high 7 straight games. . . . In former Isotopes news, the Nationals organization released OF Xavier Paul and the Tigers organization released IF Jeff Baisley after 10 games at Triple-A Toledo where Baisley hit .081 in 37 at-bats. Baisley was just inked to a deal by the Chicago White Sox and sent to their Triple-A Charlotte. . . . Albuquerque returns home for a five-game homestand against the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) to celebrate Independence Day and to close out play before the Triple-A All-Star Break. Probables in the opener Wednesday evening with a special 6:05 PM start time are RHP Fernando Nieve (3-6, 6.97) for the Isotopes and LHP Zach Jackson (3-9, 4.84) for the E-Train. There could be a Isotopes Park record crowd as the only tickets left for sale are Standing Room Only tickets.

Filed 07/03/2012

July 2, 2012 - Isotopes (47-38)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  000 010 100 000 --  2  13  2
Omaha        000 000 002 003 --  5   9  1

WP: Brandon Sisk (3-1)
LP: Scott Rice (0-1) 

HR: OMA Max Ramirez (12) off Rice (12th inning, 3R) 
	
TIME: 3:59
ATT: 6,122
Isotope All-Star John Ely's splendid 7 innings of 2-hit, 9-strikeout, no run ball was wasted, Isotope All-Star Josh Wall couldn't preserve a 2-0 lead with two outs in the 9th inning, and Omaha's Max Ramirez walk-off homered as the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) defeated the Isotopes 5-2 in 12 innings. Albuquerque, who fell out of first place yesterday, lost their fourth straight game and fell further back in second place to 1.5 games back of division-leader Oklahoma City.

In the 5th inning, Brian Cavazos-Galvez drew a leadoff walk, went to second base on Joe Becker's sacrifice bunt and scored on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s single.

Albuquerque extended their lead to 2-0 in the 7th inning. Becker walked with two outs and scored on Trent Oeltjen's single.

A Storm Chaser runner never made it past second base until the 9th inning. Wall ran into two-out trouble like he had on two prior situations this season that have either tied the game or cost the Isotopes a victory. Wall had no problem getting the first two outs before allowing singles to Wil Myers and Clint Robinson and then walked former-Isotope Tony Abreu to load the bases. David Lough followed with a RBI single with a second run scoring on an error on the play that knotted the game at 2-2.

In the 12th inning, Lough and Derrick Robinson singled and an out later Ramirez launched his walk-off three-run homer.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x5 (.284), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 3x6 (.360), 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 3x6 (.298), 1 RBI (8)
Josh Wall: BS (2), 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4.75 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers purchased the contract of IF Luis Cruz on Monday and optioned P Shawn Tolleson to Albuquerque. . . . The four game losing streak ties for the worst losing streak of the season and Albuquerque has lost their last four games played against the Storm Chasers at Werner Park. . . . Albuquerque is 3-2 in extra inning contests in 2012, grounded out into a season-worst four double plays, and have seen their opponents score the game winning runs in their last at-bats five times this season. . . . Matt Angle hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, tied for the third longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Isotope pitchers fanned 15 Storm Chasers batters, one shy of a franchise record. . . . John Ely turned in his 11th quality start of the season, including two in a row. Ely has not allowed a run in four of his 17 starts in 2012. . . . Jedd Gyorko of the Tucson Padres (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Gyorko hit .571 (16x28) with 2 homers and 11 RBI. . . . Will Smith of the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Smith won both of his starts for the week and had a 0.00 ERA. In 13 2/3 innings over the two starts, Smith allowed 8 hits, 1 run (unearned), 1 walk and fanned 16. . . . The Isotopes conclude their road trip on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque is expected to send LHP Derrick Loop (6-2, 4.43) to the mound to help the Isotopes avoid the series sweep, while Omaha is expected to counter with LHP Mike Montgomery (3-5, 5.13).

Filed 07/02/2012

July 1, 2012 - Isotopes (47-37)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  6  0
Omaha        000 003 30x --  6  8  0

WP: Will Smith (3-4)
LP: Stephen Fife (6-5) 

HR: OMA Wil Myers (14) off Fife (6th inning, 3R)

TIME: 2:46
ATT: 5,066
One of the Royals' top prospects, Wil Myers, homered in the 6th inning for the only runs Omaha would need as the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) blanked the Isotopes 6-0 on Sunday afternoon in Papillon, Nebraska. Albuqueque has dropped three straight games and will lose their spot in first place in the division if Oklahoma City loses their contest later today.

Myers three-run homered in the 6th inning and in the 7th inning, Anthony Seratelli added a RBI single and Lorenzo Cain drove in the final two runs with a single.

Isotopes starter Stephen Fife had a no-hitter through 3 1/3 innings and eventually allowed 3 runs and 3 hits in 5 1/3 innings and took the losing decision.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.290), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.355)
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB 1 K, 0 HR, 4.63 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque has been shut out five times this season including twice at Omaha this season. . . . Isotope batters struck out 14 times in the game and was never able to get a runner to third base in the game. . . . The series plays game three on Monday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (8-5, 3.38) for the Isotopes and RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-0, 2.95) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 07/01/2012

June 30, 2012 - Isotopes (47-36)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  300 400 000 --  7   9  2
Omaha        223 010 00x --  8  14  0

WP: Blaine Hardy (3-1)
LP: Bret Montgomery (1-1)
SV: Louis Coleman (3)

HR: OMA Max Ramirez (10) off Savage (2nd inning, S) 

TIME: 3:08
ATT: 5,401
The Isotopes and Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) battered each other on the scoreboard through the first four innings of the contest. After Omaha plated the tie-breaking run in the 5th inning, both clubs put up zeros on the scoreboard runs column the rest of the game in Albuquerque's 8-7 loss to the Storm Chasers in the series opener in Nebraska. Albuquerque has lost two straight games but retains their half-game division lead as Oklahoma City was crushed against Memphis 20-6.

The Isotopes got the game off to a solid start. Trent Oeltjen led off the game with a single, went to second base on a wild pitch, and tagged up and advanced to third base on Alex Castellanos flyout. Josh Fields drew a walk and Jerry Sands doubled home Oeltjen. Luis Cruz followed with a double to bring home Fields and Sands for a 3-0 Isotope lead.

In the home half of the 1st inning, Clint Robinson doubled home a run and former-Isotope Tony Abreu singled home a run as Omaha closed to a run at 3-2.

In the 2nd inning, Max Ramirez solo homered to tie the game and Chris Getz singled home a run later in the frame to give Omaha a 4-3 lead.

Omaha took a sizeable 7-3 lead in the 3rd inning, scoring runs on an error and RBI singles from Cody Clark and Getz.

Albuquerque erupted for four runs in the 4th inning to knot the game at 7-7. Tim Federowicz, Matt Angle and Brian Cavazos-Galvez each singled to lead off the frame to load the bases. Tyler Henson singled home Federowicz and with the bases still loaded, Trent Oeltjen cleared them with a double.

Omaha got the final -- and deciding -- run of the game in the 5th inning on Clark's two-out sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 7 runs (4 earned) and allowed an Isotope starter season-worst 12 hits in 4 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x2 (.286), 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.364), 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The month was historic in that Albuquerque finished the month 16-12, the first time in the 10 seasons of franchise history that Albuquerque had a winning June above the .500 mark. Other June team stats: 10-5 record at home, 6-7 record on the road; .295 team batting average; 4.59 team ERA; 168 runs scored; 13 stolen bases; and 29 homers. . . . The Isotopes are 4-7 in the first game of a road series this season and are 14-9 in games decided by one run. . . . Albuquerque batters fanned 6 consecutive times in the 7th through 9th innings, tying a franchise record for most consecutive strikeouts. . . . The series continues Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (6-4, 4.87) for the Isotopes and LHP Will Smith (2-4, 4.13) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 06/30/2012

June 29, 2012 - Isotopes (47-35)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque   011 000 210 --  5   8  2
Memphis       210 402 00x --  9  13  0

WP: Brandon Dickson (4-7)
LP: Fernando Nieve (3-6) 

HR: ABQ Trent Oeltjen (6) off Dickson (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Luis Cruz (8) off Todd (8th inning, S)

    MEM Matt Adams (12) off Nieve (1st inning, 2R)
    MEM Matt Adams (13) off St. Clair (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:57
ATT: 6,805
The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) plated seven runs over the first four frames in a 9-5 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale in Memphis on Friday evening. The loss did not hurt the Isotopes as Oklahoma City also lost so Albuquerque was able to maintain a half-game division lead.

Matt Adams began a monster night at the plate with a two-run 1st inning homer to stake Memphis to a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the 2nd inning, Tim Federowicz reached on a fielder's choice, went to second base on Matt Angle's single and scored on Tyler Henson's single.

Memphis scored a run on an error in the 2nd inning and in the 3rd inning, Trent Oeltjen solo homered as Albuquerque trailed 3-2.

Memphis plated four runs in the 4th inning and Adams added his second two-run homer of the contest in the 6th inning as Memphis built a 9-2 lead.

In Albuquerque's 7th inning, Angle was hit by a pitch with one out. Henson singled to put runners on the corners and pinch-hitter Joe Becker drew a walk to load the bases. Oeltjen walked to bring home Angle and Brian Cavazos-Galvez sacrifice flied out to drive in Henson.

Luis Cruz added a solo homer in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve took the loss, allowing 7 runs (5 earned) and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.285), 1 R, 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes are placing $9 tickets on sale starting Saturday morning for berm area seating for the always popular Independence Day celebration at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque returns from their roadtrip on Independence Day to face the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) in the final series before the Triple-A All-Star break. . . . The Redbirds took two out of the three games in the series and 17,577 fans attended at Autozone Park for a per-game average of 5,859. Albuquerque returns to Memphis for a five-game series within the final two weeks of the regular season. . . Brian Cavazos-Galvez went 0x4 to snap a 9-game hitting streak. Matt Angle holds the current longest Isotope hitting streak at 8 games. . . . Memphis' Matt Adams ended up going 4x5 with 2 homers, 5 RBI and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes conclude the roadtrip with a four-game series against the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) in Papillon, Nebraska. Probables in the opener are RHP Will Savage (1-03, 5.21) for the Isotopes and RHP Nate Adcock (4-2, 3.03) for the Storm Chasers. Albuquerque is hoping for much better outcome than exactly one year ago Saturday when they played their first game in brand-new Werner Park in Papillon and got defeated in a slugfest 18-13.

Filed 06/29/2012

June 28, 2012 - Isotopes (47-34)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque   100 110 601 --  10  14  0
Memphis       101 301 020 --   8   8  2

WP: Ramon Troncoso (2-0)
LP: John Gaub (0-1)
SV: Josh Wall (18)

HR: ABQ Alex Castellanos (8) off Reifer (9th inning, S)

    MEM Ryan Jackson (5) off Troncos (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:35
ATT: 4,967
The Isotopes used a 6-run 7th inning to come from behind to defeat the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 10-8 and maintain a half-game division lead over Oklahoma City.

In the 1st inning, Trent Oeltjen led off the game with a single, Alex Castellanos reached on an error, Josh Fields singled to load the bases and Jerry Sands sacrifice flied out to drive in Oeltjen. Luis Cruz struck out and Tim Federowicz grounded into a force out to end the threat for more runs.

Steven Hill sacrifice flied out to bring home a run for Memphis in the 1st inning and Ryan Jackson singled home a run in the 3rd inning as the Redbirds led 2-1.

Albuquerque knotted the game at 2-2 in the 4th inning when Castellanos drew a two-out walk, Fields doubled him to third base and a wild pitch brought him home.

Memphis regained the lead in their half of the 4th inning. Adron Chambers singled home two runs and Jackson singled home a run for a 5-2 Memphis lead.

Federowicz doubled and later scored on an error in the 5th inning as Albuquerque trailed 5-3, and Jackson solo homered for Memphis to increase the lead back to three runs at 6-3 in the 6th inning.

In Albuquerque's game-deciding 7th inning, Sands and Cruz singled and Federowicz walked to load the bags with no outs. Matt Angle drove in Sands and Cruz with a single. Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled to re-load the bases and pinch-hitter Joe Becker singled home Federowicz. Oeltjen singled home Angle and with the bases still loaded, Castellanos two-run singled to drive in Cavazos-Galvez and Becker.

Jackson doubled home two runs in the 8th inning as Memphis closed to 9-8 and Castellanos added a solo homer insurance run for Albuquerque in the 9th inning.

Isotopes starter Derrick Loop allowed 4 runs and 2 hits in 3 innings as he moved into the starting rotation.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.285), 2 R, 1 2B (21), 2 BB
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.374), 2 R, 1 HR (8), 3 RBI (25), 2 BB, 1 K
Josh Wall: SV (18), 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4.76 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers recalled OF Scott Van Slyke and optioned IF Ivan DeJesus Jr. to Albuquerque. P Bret Montgomery was activated from the Disabled List. . . . Michael Antonini is not Los Angeles-bound. Antonini was removed from the rotation as the Dodgers want to give him a look as a middle innings reliever. . . . The game was Albuquerque's longest 9-inning game of the season -- 3 hours, 35 minutes. . . . The Isotopes are back to tying their season-best mark of 13 games over .500. . . . An event happened this week to get the ball rolling on something that might eventually excite Isotopes fans. The El Paso City Council approved a measure to spend $50 million on a new baseball stadium provided that a Triple-A club can be purchased, relocated to El Paso, and the method of funding the park can be approved. It has been rumored the Tucson Padres (AAA Padres) is the target of acquisition given the poor fan support in Tucson and the difficulty of getting approval to build a stadium in California for the team to move to. The 7,000 to 9,000 seat natural turf stadium would be built on the site of El Paso's current City Hall. Demolition could begin as early as First Quarter 2013 with a completion date by the start of the 2014 baseball season. El Paso currently has a baseball team, the El Paso Diablos, who are an independent baseball team so having an affiliated Triple-A team would be quite an upgrade to baseball in that city. The excitement for Isotopes fans would come if El Paso gets their Triple-A club and if the PCL goes through division realignment such that the new El Paso club is placed in the same division as the Isotopes, there would be a 16-game a season rivalry and the decent opportunity for Isotopes fans to travel down I-25 to turn El Paso into Isotopes Park south when the Isotopes play in El Paso. . . . The short three game series concludes Friday evening. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (3-5, 6.63) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Dickson (3-7, 3.42) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/28/2012

Four Isotopes Named to PCL All-Star Team!

The PCL 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game initial roster was released and four Isotopes made the All-Star team, tying the 2008 club for the most Isotopes to be named to the team in a single season.

Named to the All-Star team was C Tim Federowicz, IF Luis Cruz, P John Ely and P Josh Wall.

Federowicz is hitting .284 with 7 homers and 43 RBI in 65 games. Cruz is hitting .320 with 7 homers and 43 RBI and leads the PCL with 30 doubles.

Ely is 8-5 with a 3.38 ERA and leads the team with 103 strikeouts in 96 innings over 16 starts. Ely's 8 wins is tied for second in the PCL. Wall leads the PCL with 17 saves and is 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA.


The complete 2012 initial PCL roster:

  
P Jonathan Albaladejo (Reno)
P Chad Beck (Las Vegas)
P Barret Browning (Memphis)
P John Ely (Albuquerque)
P Graham Godfrey (Sacramento) -- PCL STARTER
P Eric Hacker (Fresno)
P Heath Hembree (Fresno)
P Jim Henderson (Nashville)
P Tommy Hottovy (Omaha)
P Tom Koehler (New Orleans)
P Ryan Verdugo (Omaha)
P Josh Wall (Albuquerque)

C Tim Federowicz (Albuquerque)
C Landon Powell (Oklahoma City)
C Guillermo Quiroz (Tacoma)

IF Luis Cruz (Albuquerque)
IF Jake Elmore (Reno)
IF Adeiny Hechavarria (Las Vegas)
IF Mike Hessman (Oklahoma City)
IF Luis Jimenez (Tacoma)
IF Jimmy Paredes (Oklahoma City)
IF Clint Robinson (Omaha)
IF Josh Vitters (Iowa)
IF Ryan Wheeler (Reno)

OF Andrew Brown (Colorado Springs)
OF Joey Butler (Round Rock)
OF Kole Calhoun (Salt Lake)
OF Adam Eaton (Reno)
OF Wil Myers (Omaha)
OF Daniel Robertson (Tucson)


The roster is subject to change before the game on July 11th in Buffalo, New York due to injuries, callups to the majors, or a player's personal decision to decline to play in the game.

Filed 06/28/2012

June 27, 2012 - Isotopes (46-34)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque   000 101 000 --  2  3  0
Memphis       100 000 20x --  3  6  0

WP: Jess Todd (1-1)
LP: John Ely (8-5)
SV: Maikel Cleto (1)

HR: ABQ Matt Angle (2) off Miller (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (11) off Todd (6th inning, S)

    MEM Eugenio Velez (10) off Ely (1st inning, S)
    MEM Mark Hamilton (10) off Ely (7th inning, S)
    MEM Zack Cox (5) off Ely (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:37
ATT: 5,805
Isotopes starter John Ely faced the same scenario on Wednesday evening in Memphis as he faced in his previous start in Albuquerque, but the results were very different. In Friday's start at Isotopes Park, Ely held the New Orleans Zephyrs to a run through 6 innings and then hit a wall in the 7th inning and allowed back-to-back homers and the Isotopes won that contest 8-4. On Tuesday night against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals), Ely also allowed a run through 6 innings and then allowed back- to-back homers in the 7th inning that cost the Isotopes in a 3-2 loss to Memphis. The Isotopes snapped a three-game winning streak with the loss and saw their division lead decrease to a half-game over Oklahoma City.

The game ended up being a homerfest of solo homers. Former-Isotope Eugenio Velez homered in the 1st inning for Memphis.

The Isotopes were no-hit into the 4th inning when Matt Angle homered to tie the game. Jerry Sands added a homer in the 6th inning to give Albuquerque the lead before Ely allowed back to back homers to Mark Hamilton and Zack Cox in the 7th inning to give Memphis the lead.

Ely allowed 3 runs and 5 hits in 7 innings and fanned 9 Redbird batters.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x2 (.284), 2 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x3 (.371), 1 BB, 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque is 14-8 in games decided by one run. . . . John Ely tied a team season-worst with 3 homers allowed in a game and Ely snapped a four-game winning pitching decision streak with the loss. Ely has made 16 starts this season and 10 of them have been quality starts. . . . When Albuquerque returns home for a five-game series starting on July 4th to lead into the Triple-A All-Star Break, things could be interesting. Nothing has been confirmed by the Isotopes but three Dodger players are getting ready to begin rehab assignments and it would not be surprising if any of them came to Albuquerque during the homestand to see some live game action. The Dodger players are OF Matt Kemp, P Javy Guerra and IF Mark Ellis. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. LHP Michael Antonini was a scheduled probable but the Isotopes have reported that reliever LHP Derrick Loop (6-2, 3.82) is the current probable. That move may indicate the Dodgers are getting ready to promote Antonini for the third time this season. Memphis is expected to counter with RHP Scott Gorgen (0-0, 1.50).

Filed 06/27/2012

June 26, 2012 - Isotopes (46-33)

Isotopes Park

Nashville     100 020 000 -- 3  12  1
Albuquerque   100 230 10x -- 7  11  1

WP: Stephen Fife (6-4)
LP: Claudio Vargas (2-1) 

TIME: 3:16
ATT: 5,457
The Isotopes took control of the game in the 5th inning and ended their series with the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) with a 7-3 victory, their third in a row. The Isotopes are a lucky 13 games over the .500 mark and extended their division lead over Oklahoma City to 1.5 games.

Neither team could hold a lead through the first half of the contest. Logan Schafer drove in Nashville's first run in the 1st inning and Albuquerque responded wtih a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Matt Angle led off with a single, went to second base on Alex Castellanos' single, advanced to third base on Josh Fields bunt base hit and scored on Scott Van Slyke's single.

Albuquerque took the lead in the 4th inning. Jerry Sands singled, Tim Federowicz doubled and Brian Cavazos-Galvez grounded out with Sands scoring. Joe Becker drew a walk, Isotopes starter Stephen Fife reached on a sacrifice bunt fielder's choice with Federowicz out at third base. Angle followed with a single that plated Becker.

Nashville plated two runs in the top of the 5th inning to knot the game at 3-3 and Albuquerque went to work in the home half of the 5th inning to regain the lead for good. Fields and Van Slyke led off with walks, Sands reached on an error and Federowicz lifted a sacrifice fly to drive in Fields. Cavazos-Galvez singled home Van Slyke and pinch-hitter Trent Oeltjen singled home Sands as the Isotopes led 6-3.

Federowicz singled in the 7th inning, went to second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third base on another wild pitch, and scored on Angle's groundout in the 7th inning to extend the lead to 7-3.

Fife allowed 3 runs and 9 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.287), 1 R, 1 2B (20), 1 RBI (43), SF
Alex Castellanos: 2x5 (.379), 2 K, SB (11)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.326), 1 R, 1 RBI (36), 2 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes have three more home day games left after today. . . . Albuquerque won three out of the four games in the series and 29,086 attended for a per-game average of 7,272. The eight game homestand drew 59,162. . . . This game was Nashville's final 2012 regular season game at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque won six of the eight contests and all-time at Isotopes Park, Albuquerque holds a 41-38 advantage. The Isotopes travel to Nashville for a pair of series in July to complete the 16-game regular season matchup. . . . Albuquerque completed their 20th series of the season today and the Isotopes have won half of them. . . . The Isotopes improved their day record to 8-7. . . . Albuquerque hits the road for seven games. The first series in Memphis is three games as the schedule gets synchronized for the 4th of July holiday. After this roadtrip, the Isotopes return home on the 4th of July. Probables in the opener in Memphis against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) are RHP John Ely (8-4, 3.34) for the Isotopes and RHP Shelby Miller (4-6, 6.00) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/26/2012

June 25, 2012 - Isotopes (45-33)

Isotopes Park

Nashville     021 100 005 --   9  12  0
Albuquerque   210 500 30x --  11  13  2

WP: Will Savage (10-3)
LP: Seth McClung (1-9) 

HR: NRL Jordan Brown (5) off Savage (4th inning, S)
    NRL Jason Jaramillo (2) off Savage (2nd inning, 2R)

    ABQ Josh Bard (3) off McClung (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (10) off McClung (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Josh Fields (8) off McClung (4th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 5,812
The Isotopes almost blew their chance to claim first place in the division. Albuquerque was headed to what appeared to be a comfortable victory when the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) erupted for five 9th inning runs. The Isotopes survived that late Sound rally to take a 11-9 victory to win their second game in a row. Albuquerque finds themselves a half-game up in the division as former-division leader Oklahoma City lost on Monday.

In the 1st inning, Alex Castellanos singled and scored on Josh Fields' double. Scott Van Slyke flied out with Fields tagging up to third base and Luis Cruz singled home Fields to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.

Nashville's Jason Jaramillo two-run homered in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 2-2. In the bottom half of the inning, Josh Bard solo homered to give the Isotopes a 3-2 lead.

Nashville added a run in the 3rd inning and got a Jordan Brown solo homer in the 4th inning to regain the lead at 4-3.

The Isotopes had a big five-run 5th inning. Jerry Sands started things off with a solo homer. Matt Angle and Bard singled and Isotopes starter Will Savage laid down a sacrifice bunt. Trent Oeltjen sacrifice flied out to drive in Angle, Castellanos drew a walk and Fields three-run homered as Albuquerque led 7-4.

Albuquerque increased their lead to 11-4 in the 7th inning. Cruz doubled, Sands walked and Angle singled home Cruz. Bard grounded out with Sands scoring and Angle scored on a balk.

Nashville scored five runs in the 9th inning to make the game more interesting.

Savage allowed 4 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 2x3 (.378), 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, HBP
Scott Van Slyke: 0x5 (.326)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes do not have too long to party that they are back in first place as tomorrow's series finale is a noon start. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (5-4, 4.72) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Claudio Vargas (2-0, 4.83) for the Sounds. . . . The Isotopes are a season-high 12 games above the .500 mark and in outright possession of first place for the first time since May 30th. . . . Will Savage leads the team with 10 victories and became the sixth Isotope pitcher to reach the 10 win plateau in a season. Savage is tied with Fresno's Eric Hacker atop the PCL wins leaderboard. . . . The game also featured the worst pitcher in the PCL, losses-wise. Nashville's Seth McClung earned his 9th loss tonight, leading the PCL in losing pitching decisions. . . . In a shutout to Sesame Street, the five homers hit in the game by both clubs were by hitters whose first names starts with "J". . . . Andrew Brown of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Brown hit .520 (13x25) with 3 homers and 14 RBI during the award week. . . . Doug Davis of the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Davis won both of his starts for the week and compiled a 0.75 ERA. In 12 innings, Davis allowed 8 hits, 1 run, walked 4 and struck out 9. . . .

Filed 06/25/2012

June 24, 2012 - Isotopes (44-33)

Isotopes Park

Nashville     002 000 000 --  2  11  0
Albuquerque   000 011 20x --  4  11  1

WP: Cole St. Clair (3-0)
LP: Amaury Rivas (4-5)
SV: Josh Wall (17)

HR: ABQ Tyler Hanson (3) off Baker (5th inning, S) 
	
TIME: 3:04
ATT: 5,697
Isotopes starer Fernando Nieve was solid, allowing 2 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings. His teammates were shut out through the first half of the contest but got things going in the back half to claim a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) on Sunday evening.

Nashville was spotted two runs in the 3rd inning. Edwin Maysonet doubled with one out, Logan Schafer singled and Schafer stole second base. Isotopes catcher Tim Federowicz threw the ball into center field for an error allowing Maysonet to score. Andy Gonzalez then singled to right field to drive in Schafer.

Tyler Henson solo homered to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard in the 5th inning and the Isotopes tied the game at 2-2 in the 6th inning. Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled with two outs, Henson followed with a single and pinch-hitter Alex Castellanos ground-rule doubled to drive in Cavazos-Galvez.

In the 7th inning, Matt Angle and Joe Becker singled and Scott Van Slyke doubled home Angle with the go-ahead run. After Luis Cruz was intentionally walked to load the bases, Tim Federowicz was able to drive in Becker with a sacrifice fly for an insurance run.

Josh Wall entered the game in the 9th inning with a two-run lead looking for the save and made things interesting. After striking out Dayton Buller, Jeff Bianchi singled and Caleb Gindl was able to beat out a possible game-ending double play with Bianchi out at second base. Pinch-hitter Jordan Brown walked and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Schafer drew a walk to load the bases before Gonzalez grounded out to second base to end the game.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.283), 1 RBI (42), SF, 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x1 (.371), 1 2B (15), 1 RBI (22)
Scott Van Slyke: 3x4 (.335), 2 2B (14), 1 RBI (35)
Josh Wall: SV (17), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.96 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
With division-leader Oklahoma City losing on Sunday, the Isotopes moved to a half-game back in the division and Albuquerque is back to 11 games above the .500 mark, tying a season best set a couple of days ago. . . . The Isotopes continue to astonish in the second game of a series. While Albuquerque is playing more or less .500 ball in the first, third and fourth games of a series, the record in second games of a series is now 16-4. . . . Josh Wall leads the PCL with 17 saves. . . . Josh Fields was ejected at the end of the 3rd inning by Home Plate umpire Kellen Levy after being called out on strikes. It was Fields' second ejection of the season, both for the same reason of arguing balls and strikes after a strikeout. . . . Game three of the series is Monday evening. Probables are RHP Will Savage (9-3, 5.15) for the Isotopes and RHP Seth McClung (1-8, 4.60) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/24/2012

June 23, 2012 - Isotopes (43-33)

Isotopes Park

Nashville     002 104 100 --  8  12  1
Albuquerque   020 000 200 --  4   6  0

WP: Mark Rogers (3-4)
LP: Michael Antonini (1-6) 

HR: NRL Mark Rogers (1) off Antonini (3rd inning, 2R)
    NRL Andy Gonzalez (7) off Antonini (6th inning, S)
    NRL Sean Halton (6) off Antonini (6th inning, S)
    NRL Sean Halton (7) off Johnson (7th inning, S)
    NRL Corey Patterson (4) off Johnson (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:55
ATT: 12,120
Albuquerque pitching allowed a season worst five home runs to an opponent tonight and the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) tallied seven of their eight runs using the longball in a 8-4 victory over Albuquerque in the series opener on Saturday evening. Albuquerque snapped a three-game winning streak with the loss and fell to 1.5 games back of Oklahoma City in the division.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Scott Van Slyke singled, Jerry Sands was hit by a pitch and Tim Federowicz drew a walk to load the bags with one out. Matt Angle singled home Van Slyke and Sands as Albuquerque had their only lead of the game.

Sounds starter Mark Rogers two-run homered in the 3rd inning to tie the game at 2-2 and Nashville took the lead in the 4th inning on Eric Farris' single.

Andy Gonzalez and Sean Halton back-to-back solo homered and Corey Patterson added a two-run homer as the Sounds extended their lead to 7-2 in the 6th inning.

Halton had a solo homer, his second homer of the game, in the 7th inning for Nashville's final run.

Albuquerque plated their final runs in the home half of the 7th inning. Angle singled with two outs, pinch-hitter Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled and Trent Oeltjen tripled them both home.

Isotopes starter Mike Antonini allowed 5 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings. Antonini allowed three homers in an outing for the second time this season.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.287), 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.366), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.326), 1 R, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque pitching has allowed back-to-back homers to an opponent in two straight games. . . . Alex Castellanos went 0x4 to snap a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Michael Antonini is going through a rough stretch, having lost his last six pitching decisions and is one consecutive pitching decision loss from tying a franchise record. Antonini leads the team with 6 losses. . . . The series continues Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (3-5, 7.05) for the Isotopes and RHP Brian Baker (1-3, 6.39) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/23/2012

June 22, 2012 - Isotopes (43-32)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans   100 000 3 --  4   6  2
Albuquerque   103 004 x --  8  10  0

WP: John Ely (8-4)
LP: Tom Koehlr (7-6) 

HR: NRL Donnie Murphy (3) off Ely (7th inning, 2R)
    NRL Chris Aguila (2) off Ely (7th inning, S)

    ABQ Luis Cruz (7) off Koehler (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:00
ATT: 8,016
John Ely came within two outs of tossing Albuquerque's first complete game of the season before hitting a wall in Albuquerque's 8-4 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) in the regularly scheduled game for Friday that was shortened to 7 innings by PCL rules following the completion of a suspended game earlier in the day. Albuquerque has won three straight games and now sits a half-game back of division-leader Oklahoma City.

Before settling in for the next five frames, Ely allowed a 1st inning run to the Zephyrs.

Trent Oeltjen singled and scored on Alex Castellanos' double in the home half of the 1st inning to tie the game at 1-1.

Albuquerque took the lead in the 3rd inning. Castellanos and Josh Fields singled, Scott Van Slyke sacrifice flied out to bring home Castellanos, and Luis Cruz two-run homered.

The Isotopes added their final four runs of the game in the 6th inning. Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Josh Bard singled, Ely laid down a sacrifice bunt and a throwing error on the play allowed Cavazos-Galvez to score. Trent Oeltjen singled home a run, a wild pitch brought home Ely and Josh Fields sacrifice flied out to drive in Oeltjen.

Ely allowed back-to-back homers in the 7th inning -- Donnie Murphy two-run homer and former-Isotope Chris Aguila's solo homer. Angel Guzman relieved Ely and allowed a single before getting a double play to get the final two outs of the contest.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.378), 1 R, 1 2B (14), 1 RBI (21)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.327), 1 RBI (34), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque has a season-best mark of 11 games over the .500 mark. . . . The Isotopes took three out of the four games in the series with the Zephyrs and 30,076 attended for a per-gate average of 7,519. . . . Three of the four games in the series were decided by two runs. . . . Alex Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . John Ely has won his last four pitching decisions. Ely and Stephen Fife are the good-luck starters for the Isotopes. So far this season they both lead the club in having Albuquerque win 10 games that they started. . . . There have been more announcements regarding the 25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game to be played in Buffalo on July 11th. MLB Network will carry the game starting at 7 PM Eastern and the on-air talent will be Paul Severino, Jonathan Mayo and Sam Ryan. Ben Wagner of Buffalo and Doug Greenwald of Fresno will be the radio voices on the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network. The umpires will be Mark Lollo and Toby Basner of the International League and Shaun Francis and Clint Fagan of the Pacific Coast League. Fan voting has concluded and the initial rosters should be announced soon. . . . The Isotopes conclude their homestand with a four game series against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) and the games mark the final four regular season games against the Sounds to be played at Isotopes Park in 2012. Probables for the opener of the series are LHP Michael Antonini (1-5, 5.14) for the Isotopes and RHP Mark Rogers (2-4, 5.68) for the Sounds.

Filed 06/22/2012

June 22, 2012 - Isotopes (42-32)

Isotopes Park

Completion of a game suspended due to Rain/Lightning

New Orleans   100 022 000 --  5  10  0  
Albuquerque   000 042 10x --  7  10  2

WP: Derrick Loop (6-2)
LP: JD Martin (4-7)
SV: Josh Wall (16)

HR: ABQ Scott Van Slyke (10) off Martin (5th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Brian Cavazos-Galvez (4) off Martin (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Josh Fields (7) off Ray (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:32
ATT: 9,466
When the Isotopes and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) completed their suspended game on Friday afternoon, Albuquerque utilized the longball in a 7-5 victory.

On Thursday, New Orleans plated their first run in the 1st inning. Kevin Mattison led off by reaching on an error, advanced to second and third bases on groundouts and scored on Mike Cervenak's single to center.

In the 5th inning, Mattison was hit by a pitch, went to third base on Gil Velazquez's single an scored on Chris Coghlan's fielder's choice. The rains/lightning arrived at that point and the game was suspended after a one hour delay.

When the game resumed Friday, Cervenak was the first batter of the day and doubled to drive in Velazquez to extend the Zephyrs lead to 3-0.

In the home half of the 5th inning, Brian Cavazos-Galvez doubled and scored on Matt Angle's single. Alex Castellanos was hit by a pitch and Scott Van Slyke three-run homered to give Albuquerque a 4-3 lead.

Cervenak doubled home two runs in the top of the 6th inning as New Orleans regained the lead at 5-4, only to see Albuquerque claim the lead back in their 6th inning at-bats. Tim Federowicz singled and scored on Cavazos-Galvez's two-run homer.

Josh Fields added a solo homer in the 7th inning to close out the scoring.

Stephen Fife started for the Isotopes and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) and 5 hits in 4 innings. Fife did not return when play resumed Friday.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.291), 1 R, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x2 (.374), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.327), 1 R, 1 HR (10), 3 RBI (33)
Josh Wall: SV (16), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.12 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
OF Scott Van Slyke was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and P Bret Montgomery went back on the Disabled List. . . . It took until the 74th game of the 144-game regular season for Albuquerque to have a game suspended or postponed due to rain. Thursday's suspension was Albuquerque's first suspended home game since July 30, 2010 against Iowa and the ninth suspended home game in Isotope history. . . . Albuquerque is now 11-3 this season in games decided by two runs. . . .

Filed 06/22/2012

June 21, 2012

Isotopes Park

Suspended due to Rain/Lightning

New Orleans   100 01       --  2  5  0
Albuquerque   000 0        --  0  3  1

After a one hour rain delay, rains and lighting caused the suspension of Thursday evening's game in the top of the 5th inning with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) batting and leading the Isotopes 2-0.

The game will be resumed Friday afternoon at 5 PM and Friday's regularly scheduled contest between the two clubs will be played afterwards to a scheduled shortened length of 7 innings. Division-leader Oklahoma City lost on Thursday evening so Albuquerque closed the gap in the division by a half-game to 1 game back.

New Orleans plated their first run in the 1st inning. Kevin Mattison led off by reaching on an error, advanced to second and third bases on groundouts and scored on Mike Cervenak's single to center.

In the 5th inning, Mattison was hit by a pitch, went to third base on Gil Velazquez's single an scored on Chris Coghlan's fielder's choice. The rains/lightning arrived at that point and the game was suspended.


'TOPES NOTES:
OF Scott Van Slyke was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and P Bret Montgomery went back on the Disabled List. . . . It took until the 74th game of the 144-game regular season for Albuquerque to have a game suspended or postponed due to rain. Tonight's suspension was Albuquerque's first suspended home game since July 30, 2010 in a game against Iowa and the ninth suspended home game in Isotope history. . . . Probable starters for Friday's regularly scheduled game are RHP John Ely (7-4, 3.16) for the Isotopes and RHP Tom Koehler (7-5, 3.10) for the Zephyrs. Koehler was named the PCL's Pitcher of the Week on Monday for his efforts the prior week.

Filed 06/21/2012

June 20, 2012 - Isotopes (41-32)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans   101 001 010 --  4  10  2
Albuquerque   000 002 04x --  6  13  0

WP: Angel Guzman (1-0)
LP: Kyle Kaminska (0-1)
SV: Josh Wall (15)

HR: NRL Donnie Murphy (2) off Savage (6th inning, S)
    NRL Gil Velazquez (2) off Savage (1st inning, S)

    ABQ Jerry Sands (9) off Hand (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 7,431
The Isotopes took advantage of New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) sloppy play in the 8th inning to take a 6-4 victory over the Zephyrs in game two of the series. Albuquerque snapped a two-game losing streak and moved to 1.5 games back of division leader Oklahoma City.

Gil Velazquez solo-homered as the second batter of the game in the 1st inning, Nick Green singled home a run in the 3rd inning and Donnie Murphy solo homered in the 6th inning as the Zephyrs built a 3-0 lead.

Albuquerque's bats found the scoreboard in the bottom of the 6th inning. Josh Fields led off with a triple and got to trot home when Jerry Sands homered to center field to trim the Zephyrs lead to one run at 3-2.

In the top of the 8th inning, Steve Holm singled home a run as the Zephyrs doubled up Albuquerque at 4-2 and the Isotopes went to work in the bottom half of the game to get the lead. Josh Fields singled to start things, Luis Cruz singled with one out and Tim Federowicz singled home Fields. Another out later, Tyler Henson singled home Cruz with the game tying run. Zephyrs reliever Robert Ray had a throwing error on a pickoff attempt to move Federowicz and Henson into scoring position. Pinch-hitter Joe Becker was intentionally walked to load the bags and Zephyrs reliever Beau Jones uncorked a wild pitch as Federowicz scored the go-ahead run. An error on the play allowed Henson to score with an insurance run.

Isotopes starter Will Savage did not earn a pitching decision and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 3 runs and 7 hits.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.292), 1 R, 1 RBI (41), 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.372)
Josh Wall: SV (15), 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.28 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes mascot, Orbit, won the 2012 Mascot Mania contest held by Minor League Baseball to find out in a 64-team "NCAA Tournament" style contest who is the best mascot in minor league baseball as determined by fans who went to Minor League Baseball's website to cast votes. Orbit defeated Ike the Spike of the State College Spikes in the finals. . . . Albuquerque's victory snapped a three-game home losing streak. . . . The Isotopes are an astonishing 15-4 in the second game of a series. . . . The series continues on Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (5-4, 4.86) for the Isotopes and LHP Wade LeBlanc (4-5, 4.11) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 06/20/2012

June 19, 2012 - Isotopes (40-32)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans   500 000 103 --  9  10  1
Albuquerque   001 010 005 --  7  14  1

WP: Alex Sanabia (6-4)
LP: Fernando Nieve (3-5)

HR: NRL Chris Aguila (1) off Nieve (1st inning, GS)
    NRL Donnie Murphy (1) off Montgomery (7th inning, S)
    NRL Nick Green (5) off Ledezma (9th inning, S)

    ABQ Trent Oeltjen (5) off Sanabia (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:03
ATT: 5,163
Albuquerque five-run 9th inning rally fell short as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) defeated Albuquerque 9-7 in the opener of a four-game series at "The Lab" on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque has dropped two straight games.

Former Isotope Chris Aguila grand-slam homered as part of a five-run 1st inning to stake New Orleans to a 5-0 lead.

Trent Oeltjen solo homered in the 3rd inning and in the 5th inning, Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled, went to third base on Matt Angle's single and scored on Oeltjen's sacrifice flyout as Albuquerque trailed 5-2.

Donnie Murphy solo homered for New Orleans in the 7th inning and in the 9th inning, Chris Coghlan tripled home a run and scored on an error and Nick Green added a solo homer as New Orleans extended their lead to 9-2.

In Albuquerque's bottom of the 9th inning rally, Tim Federowicz and Cavazos-Galvez singled. Two outs later, Oeltjen singled home Federowicz, Alex Castellanos singled home Cavazos-Galvez, Josh Fields singled home Oeltjen and Jerry Sands doubled to plate Castellanos and Fields. Luis Cruz followed with a pop out to end the rally and the game.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve allowed 5 runs and 5 hits in 5 innings in taking the loss.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x3 (.291), 1 R, 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 1x5 (.368), 1 R, 1 RBI (20), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes announced Monday who the 2012 inductees will be into the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame (APBHOF). Being inducted into the APBHOF on Dukes Retro Night (July 21st) will be former Dukes players Sid Bream and Greg Brock, former Dukes manager Kevin Kennedy, and sportswriter Carlos Salazar. A committee of Albuquerque baseball history experts determines every year who will be nominated into the APBHOF. . . . OF Scott Van Slyke was placed on the Temporary Inactive List to attend the birth of his child and P Bret Montgomery was activated from the Disabled List. . . . Division-leader Oklahoma City won their game Tuesday night, dropping Albuquerque to 2.5 games back in the division. . . . After tonight's game concluded, the halfway mark of the season and the home schedule occured. Albuquerque is 40-32, tied for the second best record at the halfway mark in the 10 seasons of play. Their home record is 22-14 and the Isotopes have drawn 262,448 through half their home dates. Amazingly, no home or road games were postponed due to weather through the first 72 games. . . . The Isotopes have lost their last three home games, tying a season-worst home losing streak. . . . Chris Aguila's grand slam homer was the fourth grand slam homer allowed by Isotope pitching in 2012. . . . IF Jeff Baisley, who was released last week, has found a new opportunity. Baisley signed a free agent deal with the Detroit Tigers and was sent to their Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens. . . . The Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) announced the purchase of the team by Alliance Baseball Omaha LLC, an affiliate of Alliance Baseball LLC. Along with the purchase announcement, it was revealed the Storm Chasers Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Kansas City Royals was extended and now expires at the end of the 2016 season. That signing leaves thirteen Triple-A clubs with PDC contracts that expire at the end of the 2012 season, including Albuquerque's affiliation with the Dodgers. . . . Mike Wilson of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Wilson hit .500 (12x24) with 4 homers and 8 RBI. . . . Tom Koehler of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Koehler made two starts and went 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA (2 runs, 16 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings pitched). . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Will Savage (9-3, 5.16) for the Isotopes and LHP Brad Hand (4-4, 4.30) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 06/19/2012

June 17, 2012 - Isotopes (40-31)

Principal Park

Albuquerque   200 000 000 --  2  8  1
Iowa          100 000 20x --  3  8  1

WP: Michael Bowden (1-0)
LP: Derrick Loop (5-2)
SV: Scott Maine (5)

HR: IWA Alfredo Amezaga (4) off Antonini (1st inning, S)
    IWA Anthony Rizzo (23) off Loop (7th inning, 2R) 
	
TIME: 2:44
ATT: 8,776
The Isotopes got off to a good start with two 1st inning runs. Unfortunately, that is all they would score the rest of the game while the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) homered their way to a 3-2 victory over Albuquerque on Father's Day afternoon in Des Moines to avoid the series sweep. Albuquerque snapped a three-game winning streak -- and five game road winning streak -- with the loss.

In Albuquerque's 1st inning, Trent Oeltjen led off with a single and stole second base. Alex Castellanos tripled Oeltjen home before scoring when Josh Fields scored on an error.

Alfredo Amezaga led off Iowa'a bottom of the 1st inning with a solo homer and Anthony Rizzo two-run homered in the 7th inning as Iowa took the lead and held it.

Isotopes starter Michael Antonini allowed 1 run and 6 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.375), 1 R, 1 3B (5), 1 RBI (19)
Scott Van Slyke: 2x4 (.329), 1 K
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.46 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque took three out of the four games in the series and 33,533 attended for a per-game average of 8,383. Today was the final 2012 regular season matchup between Albuquerque and Iowa in games played at Principal Park and each club won four of the eight matchups. All-time, Iowa has a 49-31 advantage at Principal Park. Iowa visits Albuquerque in July for a four-game series to conclude the 16-game regular season series. . . . The Isotopes are 5-5 all-time in Father's Day contests -- 1-4 on the road -- with a two-game Father's Day losing streak. . . . Albuquerque snapped a seven game winning streak in games played against the Cubs with today's loss. . . . Jerry Sands snapped his 10 game winning streak in awful fashion. Sands struck out a team-tying season worst four times in the game. . . . The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have Monday off before Albuquerque returns home for an eight-game homstand. Albuquerque welcomes the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) to "The Lab" starting Tuesday evening. Probables in the opener are RHP Fernando Nieve (3-4, 6.85) for the Isotopes and RHP Alex Sanabia (5-4, 3.18) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 06/17/2012

June 16, 2012 - Isotopes (40-30)

Principal Park

Albuquerque   320 301 000 --  9  15  0
Iowa          010 000 000 --  1  11  0

WP: John Ely (7-4)
LP: Chris Rusin (5-5)

HR: ABQ Alex Castellanos (7) off Jackson (6th inning, S) 
	
TIME: 3:14
ATT: 9,104
John Ely allowed one run and 7 hits in 5 innings and his teammates gave him plenty of run support as the Isotopes won their third straight game with a 9-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Des Moines on Saturday evening.

It only took five Isotope batters in the 1st inning to plate the first three runs of the game. Alex Castellanos and Josh Fields singled with one out and both scored on Jerry Sands' double. Luis Cruz followed with a double to plate Sands.

Albuquerque made it 5-0 in the top of the 2nd inning on a run-scoring Castellanos double and a Sands sacrifice flyout. The Cubs plated their only run of the game in the bottom half of the frame.

The Isotopes plated three more runs in the 4th inning. Matt Angle singled and scored on Fields' double. Sands drew a walk and Cruz doubled home Fields. Tim Federowicz followed with a sacrifice flyout to drive in Sands.

Castellanos added Albuquerque's final run to the scoreboard with a 6th inning solo homer.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.286), Sacrifice flyout, 1 RBI (40), 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 3x5 (.370), 2 R, 1 2B (13), 1 HR (7), 2 RBI (18), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque is 10 games above the .500 mark for the first time since May 13th, tying that season-best mark. The Isotopes failed to make up any ground in the division with the victory as the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) also won their game on Saturday evening. Albuquerque is 1.5 games back of Oklahoma City in the PCL American Conference Southern Division standings. . . . The Isotopes also tied a season-best by winning their 5th straight road game tonight and set a season-best with a 8-run road game winning margin. . . . Jerry Sands hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, tied for the third longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Isotopes pitching allowed no walks for just the second game this season. . . . The series concludes Father's Day Sunday afternoon with the Isotopes looking for their second series sweep of the Cubs for the 2012 season. Probables are LHP Michael Antonini (1-5, 5.50) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Volstad (2-1, 5.12) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/16/2012

June 15, 2012 - Isotopes (39-30)

Principal Park

Albuquerque   100 000 030 --  4  10  0
Iowa          020 001 000 --  3  13  0

WP: Ramon Troncoso (1-0)
LP: Mike MacDougal (1-2)
SV: Wilfredo Ledezma (3)

TIME: 3:16
ATT: 7,755 
Jerry Sands drove in the go-ahead run as part of a three run Isotopes 8th inning rally as Albuquerque extended their winning streak to two games with a 4-3 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Des Moines on Friday evening. Albuquerque inched to 1.5 games back of division-leader Oklahoma City with the win and an Oklahoma City loss.

Albuquerque quickly grabbed the early lead. Trent Oeltjen led off the game with a single, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Scott Van Slyke's two-out RBI double.

Juan Apodaca and Alfredo Amezaga singled home runs in the 2nd inning as the Cubs took the lead, and Iowa extended their lead to 3-1 using Matt Tolbert's RBI single in the 6th inning.

In the 8th inning, Alex Castellanos singled, Van Slyke walked and Luis Cruz doubled home Castellanos and Van Slyke to tie the game. Sands followed with a single to drive in Cruz with the go-ahead run.

Isotopes starter Stephen Fife allowed 3 runs and 10 hits in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.291), 1 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.359), 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.325), 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI (30), 2 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The start of the game was delayed 19 minutes due to preparing the field after a rain storm. . . . Albuquerque is in the midst of a four-game road winning streak and the Isotopes have won their last six contests played against Iowa. . . . The Isotopes look to continue their winning streak on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (6-4, 3.24) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris Rusin (5-4, 3.81) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/15/2012

June 14, 2012 - Isotopes (38-30)

Principal Park

Albuquerque   011 304 001 --  10  13  1
Iowa          200 204 000 --   8  12  0

WP: Will Savage (9-3)
LP: Brooks Raley (2-2)
SV: Josh Wall (14)

HR: ABQ Alex Castellanos (6) off Raley (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Josh Fields (6) off Maine (9th inning, S)

    IWA Blake Lalli (5) off Savage (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:49
ATT: 7,898
It was ugly win but neverless a win. Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 8 runs and 11 hits in 6 innings and Isotopes hitters, who only plated two runs in each of the last two games in Albuquerque, were able to score 10 runs to get Savage the victory in a 10-8 win over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the opener of a series in Des Moines. Albuquerque snapped a two-game losing streak yet was able to make up no ground in the division, remaining 2.5 games back of division leader Oklahoma City.

Brett Jackson tripled home two runs in the 1st inning to stake Iowa to a 2-0 lead after an inning of play.

Luis Cruz doubled and scored on Jerry Sands' single in the 2nd inning and Alex Castellanos solo homered in the 3rd inning to tie the game at 2-2.

The Isotopes plated three runs in the 4th inning to take the lead. Scott Van Slyke drew a walk, Cruz singled, Sands was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Tim Federowicz cleared them with a double.

Iowa plated two runs in their half of the 4th inning to inch to 5-4 before Albuquerque put four more runs on the scoreboard in the 6th inning to take a 9-4 lead. Sands drew a leadoff walk, Federowicz singled and Brian Cavazos-Galvez reached on an fielder's choice with Federowicz out at second base. Savage doubled home Sands and Cavazos-Galvez, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Trent Oeltjen's triple. Castellanos then followed with a sacrifice flyout to cash in Oeltjen from third.

Blake Lalli two-run homered as part of a four-run 6th inning for Iowa as the Cubs closed in to 9-8 and Albuquerque added a Josh Fields solo homer in the 9th inning for the final run of the game.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.291), 1 2B (19), 3 RBI (39), 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.354), 1 R, 1 HR (6), 2 RBI (16)
Scott Van Slyke: 0x4 (.325), 1 R, 1 BB
Josh Wall: SV (14), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.65 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
C JJ Ethel was activated from the Disabled List and transferred to rookie-level Ogden. . . . Will Savage leads the Isotopes with 9 victories and is second in the PCL behind Eric Hacker of Fresno (10 wins). Savage leads Isotope pitchers with 5 RBI this season and tied a team pitching season high by allowing 11 hits in a start. . . . Field staff for the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game (July 11th at Buffalo, New York) was announced. For the International league, Mike Sarbaugh of the Columbus Clippers will manage, coaches are Arnie Beyeler (Pawtucket Red Sox) and Ryne Sandberg (Lehigh Valley IronPigs) and the trainer is Joe Golia (Buffalo Bisons). Skippering the PCL will be Marty Brown of the Las Vegas 51s and coaches are Blaise Ilsley (Memphis Redbirds) and Russ Morman (Fresno Grizzlies). The trainer is Heath Townsend (Colorado Springs Sky Sox). . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (5-4, 4.89) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be announced for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/14/2012

June 13, 2012 - Isotopes (37-30)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock    100 100 210 --  5  15  3
Albuquerque   001 100 000 --  2   7  1

WP: Greg Reynolds (5-5)
LP: Fernando Nieve (3-4)
SV: Aaron Heilman (2)

TIME: 2:40
ATT: 8,058
The Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) plated three late-game runs to defeat the Isotopes 5-2 in the series finale of a short three-game series at "The Lab" on Wednesday evening. Albuquerque has lost two straight games.

Round Rock's Brad Nelson singled home a run in the 1st inning as Round Rock completed the feat of scoring in the 1st inning in every game this series.

Albuquerque tied the game in the 3rd inning when Josh Bard doubled, was sacrifice bunted to third base by Trent Oeltjen and scored on Jerry Sands' single.

Leonys Martin singled home a run in the 4th inning for the Express and the Isotopes matched that run in the bottom half of the inning. Luis Cruz tripled and scored on Josh Fields' groundout.

The game remained deadlocked at 2-2 until the 7th inning when Ryan Spilborghs tripled home two runs. Round Rock plated their final run in the 8th inning using a Martin RBI single.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve allowed 4 runs (3 earned) and 10 hits in 6 inning as he took the loss.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.358), 1 2B (11)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.333)
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 Bb, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.86 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Aaron Miles announced his retirement Wednesday. Miles played in 18 games with the Isotopes this season and hit .235 with 1 homer and 7 RBI. In another transaction, IF Tyler Henson was activated from the Disabled List. . . . The Express took two out of the three games with the Isotopes and 22,132 attended for a per-game average of 7,377. 51,524 enjoyed Isotopes baseball during the seven-game homestand. . . . The Isotopes hit the road for a quick four game series to Des Moines, Iowa to play the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Probables in the opener Thursday evening are RHP Will Savage (8-3, 4.57) for the Isotopes and LHP Brooks Raley (2-1, 4.09) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/13/2012

June 12, 2012 - Isotopes (37-29)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock    233 100 000 --  9  16  0
Albuquerque   100 100 000 --  2   6  1

WP: Derek Hankins (2-3)
LP: Michael Antonini (1-5)

HR: RR Tommy Mendonca (7) off Antonini (2nd inning, S)
    RR Michael Bianucci (12) off Johnson (4th inning, S)

    ABQ Trent Oeltjen (4) off Hankins (1st inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:53
ATT: 7,103
Isotopes starter Michael Antonini made arguably his worst start of the season, lasting 2 1/3 innings and giving up 8 runs (7 earned) and Round Rock plated all their runs over the first four frames to cruise to a 9-2 victory over Albuquerque on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque snapped a four-game winning streak with the loss.

After Brad Nelson singled home two runs for the Express in the top of the 1st inning, Trent Oeltjen led off Albuquerque's at-bats with a solo homer in the bottom half as the Isotopes trailed 2-1.

Round Rock added three runs in the 2nd inning on a Tommy Mendonca solo homer, a Luis Hernandez groundout and a run-scoring error.

The Express plated three more runs in the 3rd inning when Julio Borbon doubled home two runs and Leonys Martin singled home a run.

Michael Bianucci solo homered in the 4th inning for Round Rock's final run of the game and Albuquerque plated their last run of the game in the bottom half of the frame on back-to-back doubles from Scott Van Slyke and Josh Fields.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.286), 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.363)
Scott Van Slyke: 2x3 (.336), 1 R, 1 2B (11), HBP


'TOPES NOTES:
On Tuesday, it was the busiest Isotopes transaction day in about five days. IF Jeff Baisley was released, P Bret Montgomery was placed on the Disabled List with a right ankle sprain, and P Angel Guzman was activated from the suspended list and appeared to show little rust in his first Isotopes outing. Guzman had been suspended 50 games for testing postive for a "drug of abuse" and in his return tonight, he allowed just 3 hits in 2 innings of scoreless relief work. . . . Trent Oeltjen led off the game with a homer for the second time this season. Oeltjen has both Isotope leadoff homers this season and has homered in the last two games that he has played in. . . . Brian Cavazos-Galvez went hitless in four at-bats to snap a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Michael Antonini has lost his last five pitching decisions and his five losses lead the club. . . . The PCL is less one big name today. The Blue Jays released OF Vladimir Guerrero at Guerrero's request when Guerrero delivered an ultimatum to promote him to the majors or release him. Guerrero hit .303 with no homers and 4 RBI in 8 games with the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) and it's been reported he will try to find other opportunities to return to the majors. . . . The short three-game series (and homestand) ends and the Isotopes unveil their 2012 baseball cards on Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (3-3, 7.19) for the Isotopes and RHP Greg Reynolds (4-5, 4.76) for the E-Train.

Filed 06/11/2012

June 11, 2012 - Isotopes (37-28)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock    102 001 001 --   5   9  4
Albuquerque   501 003 21x --  12  17  1

WP: John Ely (6-4)
LP: Zach Jackson (2-7) 

HR: RR Tommy Mendonca (6) off Troncoso (9th inning, S) 
	
TIME: 2:40
ATT: 6,971
The bottom four of the Isotopes order -- Josh Fields, Tim Federowicz, Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Aaron Miles -- drove in nine of the Isotopes' 12 runs in Albuquerque's 12-5 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) in the series opener at "The Lab" Monday evening. Albuquerque has won four straight and is making a strong march towards first place, now 1.5 games back of division-leader Oklahoma City.

After the Express plated a run on a groundout in the top of the 1st inning, Albuquerque exploded for five runs in the bottom half. Matt Angle doubled and went to third base on Jerry Sands' groundout. After Scott Van Slyke walked, Jeff Baisley sacrifice flied out to drive in Angle. Luis Cruz and Fields followed with a singles with Fields' single driving in Van Slyke. Federowicz singled home Cruz and Fields and Cavazos-Galvez tripled home Federowicz.

Round Rock's Luis Hernandez tripled home a run and scored on Leonys Martin's sacrifice flyout as the Express inched to two runs down at 5-3.

The Isotopes doubled up the Express with a run of their own in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Cruz singled but was thrown out at home plate on Fields' double. Fields went to third base on the throw and scored on Cavazos-Galvez's single.

A groundout brought home an Express run in the top of the 6th inning while Albuquerque added to the scoreboard in their half of the inning. Federowicz doubled, Cavazos-Galvez reached on an error and Miles reached on another error with Federowicz scoring. Angle laid down a successful sacrifice bunt and Jerry Sands singled home Cavazos-Galvez and Miles.

Albuquerque added two more runs in the 7th inning to take a 11-4 lead. Cruz reached on an error and scored an out later on Federowicz's double. Cavazos-Galvez singled Federowicz to third base where Miles was able to drive him in with a single.

Van Slyke reached on a double and eventually scored on Fields' single in the 8th inning for Albuquerque's final run and Tommy Mendonca solo homered in the 9th inning for Round Rock's last run of the game.

Isotopes starter John Ely got the victory, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) and 3 hits in 5 innings of work.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 3x5 (.292), 3 R, 2 2B (18), 3 RBI (36), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x4 (.329), 2 R, 1 2B (10), 1 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers activated Juan Uribe from the Disabled List Monday and optioned IF Alex Castellanos to Albuquerque. Castellanos appeared in 11 games including his MLB debut for the Dodgers and hit .143 with no homers and 2 RBI. . . . On 50 cent Hog Dog night, 27,463 hot dogs were sold for a per-fan average of 3.93. . . . Irving Falu of the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Falu hit .526 (10x19) with 2 homers and 9 RBI during the award week. . . . Graham Godfrey of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Godfrey won both of his starts for the week with an ERA of 0.64 and in 14 innings of work, allowed 1 run, 5 hits, 3 walks and fanned 11. . . . The series continues Tuesday evening. Probables are LHP Michael Antonini (1-4, 4.56) for the Isotopes and LHP Michael Kirkman (5-1, 5.25) for the E-Train.

Filed 06/11/2012

June 10, 2012 - Isotopes (36-28)

Isotopes Park

Memphis       000 704 000 --  11  14  1
Albuquerque   210 323 06x --  17  19  5

WP: Bret Montgomery (1-0)
LP: Jess Todd (0-1) 

HR: MEM Mark Hamilton (5) off Johnson (6th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Trent Oeltjen (3) off Broderick (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Tim Federowicz (7) off Reifer (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:19
ATT: 6,193
Albuquerque plated six runs in the 8th inning to snap a tie and cap a 17-11 slugfest victory over the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in the series finale at "The Lab" on Sunday evening. Albuquerque has won three straight games.

It did not take Albuquerque long to get on the scoreboard. In the 1st inning, Josh Fields doubled with one out and scored on Scott Van Slyke's single. Jeff Baisley reached on an error with Van Slyke going to third base and Luis Cruz singled home Van Slyke. Trent Oeltjen added a solo homer in the 2nd inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to 3-0.

Memphis plated seven runs in the 4th inning to take a 7-3 lead and Albuquerque edged to 7-6 in the bottom half of the inning with a three spot. Matt Angle and Joe Becker led off with singles and Isotopes starter Stephen Fife laid down a successful sacrifice bunt. Oeltjen followed with a two-run triple to drive them both in before scoring on Fields' single.

Albuquerque regained the lead in the 5th inning. Tim Federowicz singled with one out, advanced to third base on Joe Becker's single an out later, and both scored on pinch-hitter Brian Cavazos-Galvez's double.

Mark Hamilton two-run homered as part of a four run inning as Memphis led 11-8.

Federowicz's two-out, three-run homer with Van Slyke and Baisley on base in the bottom of the 6th inning knotted the game at 11-11.

The game remained deadlocked until Albuquerque's big game-winning 8th inning. Fields and Van Slyke led off with walks and after Baisley foul popped out, Cruz singled home Fields. Federowicz followed with a single to drive in Van Slyke and a wild pitch moved Federowicz into scoring position. Matt Angle was intentionally walked to load the bases, Becker drew a walk to plate Cruz, and pinch-hitter Jerry Sands singled home Federowicz. Oeltjen sacrifice flied out to score Angle and Fields singled home Becker to close out the scoring in the inning.

Fife allowed 7 runs (3 earned) and 8 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 3x5 (.284), 3 R, 1 HR (7), 4 RBI (33)
Scott Van Slyke: 2x4 (.324), 3 R, 1 RBI (29), 2 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes committed a season worst five errors in the game. Among other season individual game stats set tonight was was most runs scored (17), most combined runs in a home game (28), and most runs allowed in an inning to an opponent (7). . . . Stephen Fife extended his scoreless innings streak to 16 innings, the longest for an Isotope this season, before he allowed seven runs in the 4th inning. Until tonight, Fife held the previous team season best mark of 14 scorless innings. . . . Albuquerque won three out of the four games against Memphis in the series and 29,392 attended for a per-game average of 7,348. . . . The Dodgers announced their Dodger Pride May award winners. At the Triple-A level, Luis Cruz is the hitter of the month. Cruz hit .317 (32x101) with 4 homers and 21 RBI during the month of May. John Ely is the pitcher of the month after having gone 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA during the month. Five of Ely's six starts were quality starts -- 6 innings or more and 3 runs or less allowed. . . . Albuquerque concludes the homestand with the unusual three-game series. The Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) will come to town, sans Roy Oswalt who will continue his Rangers minor league seasoning stint in Double-A rather rather come to Albuquerque as was expected a few days ago to make a start Tuesday. Probables in Monday's opener are RHP John Ely (5-4, 3.22) for the Isotopes and LHP Zach Jackson (2-6, 4.48) for the E-train.

Filed 06/10/2012

June 9, 2012 - Isotopes (35-28)

Isotopes Park

Memphis       001 000 000 --  1  9  0
Albuquerque   010 001 00x --  2  7  0

WP: Will Savage (8-3)
LP: John Gast (2-1)
SV: Josh Wall (13)

HR: MEM Eugenio Velez (8) off Savage (3rd inning, S) 
	
TIME: 2:40
ATT: 11,869
Jeff Baisley beat out a double play attempt in the 6th inning that brought home the eventual game-winning run as the Isotopes defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 2-1 in a tight contest at "The Lab" on Saturday evening. Albuquerque has won two straight games and inched closer for a second day in a row to the Oklahoma City Redhawks with the Isotopes now 2.5 games back in the division.

In the 2nd inning, Baisley doubled, went to third base during Luis Cruz's strikeout and scored on Brian Cavazos-Galvez's infield single.

Former Isotope Eugenio Velez solo homered in the 3rd inning to the game at 1-1.

Albuquerque broke through with their last run in the 6th inning. Trent Oeltjen singled, went to third base on Jerry Sands's single and scored on Baisley's fielder's choice when Baisley grounded to shortstop who then forced Sands out at second base before the throw on the completion of a double play attempt was just too late to get Baisley out at first base. Had Baisley not been able to leg out the play, he would have been the third out of the inning and no go-ahead run would have scored.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 8 hits and 1 run in 6 innings as he earned the winning pitching decision.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 0x4 (.319), 1 K
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 6.08 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Will Savage's winning decision snapped a three-game pitching decision losing streak. Savage had won his first 7 pitching decisions of the season until he went on his three game pitching decision slump that ended tonight. Savage leads the team with 8 victories. . . . The three combined runs was the fewest in a game at Isotopes Park this season. . . . The series concludes Sunday evening with RHP Stephen Fife (5-4, 4.85) looking to add to his 13 scoreless innings streak against Memphis RHP Brian Broderick (2-7, 6.50).

Filed 06/09/2012

June 8, 2012 - Isotopes (34-28)

Isotopes Park

Memphis       000 000 000 --   0   7  2
Albuquerque   103 005 30x --  12  13  0

WP: Fernando Nieve (3-3)
LP: Brandon Dickson (2-5)

HR: ABQ Scott Van Slyke (9) off Dickson (3rd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (8) off Zavada (6th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Aaron Miles (1) off Zavada (7th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:41
ATT: 6,108
The Isotopes were not about to blow another opportunity to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in game two of the series. Fernando Nieve, Wilfredo Ledezma and Josh Wall combined on a shutout and the Albuquerque offense kept pouring it on in a 12-0 victory over the Redbirds. Albuquerque inched to 3.5 games back of the Oklahoma City Redhawks in the division when Oklahoma City lost their contest to snap a 9-game winning streak.

Albuquerque was off and running in the 1st inning when Jerry Sands singled with one out, went to second on a groundout and scored on Scott Van Slyke's single.

The Isotopes added three in the 3rd inning. Sands reached on an error and scored on Van Slyke's two run homer. Luis Cruz followed with a single, stole second base and scored on Tim Federowicz's single.

Albuquerque added five more runs in the 6th inning. Federowicz drew a walk, Aaron Miles doubled and Nieve singled home Federowicz. Angle reached on an error with Miles scoring and Sands followed with a three-run homer.

Trent Oeltjen and Federowicz were hit by pitches in the 7th inning and Miles made the Redbirds pay with a three-run homer to close out the scoring.

Nieve allowed no runs and 4 hits in 7 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x3 (.276), 2 R, 1 RBI (29), 1 BB, 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x5 (.328), 1 R, 1 HR (9), 3 RBI (28), 1 K
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 6.31 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque pitching has four shutouts this season including three in just the last nine games. The 12-run winning margin in a shutout was Albuquerque's largest in at least seven seasons. . . . Trent Oeltjen was hit by a pitch twice in the game, the most by an Isotope this season and one shy of tying the PCL record. . . . Fernando Nieve has a streak of two quality starts - outings of six innings or more with 3 runs or less allowed. . . . Game three of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Will Savage (7-3, 4.86) for the Isotopes and LHP John Gast (2-0, 4.37) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/08/2012

June 7, 2012 - Isotopes (33-28)

Isotopes Park

Memphis       000 130 134 --  12  13  3
Albuquerque   010 101 003 --   6  10  2

WP: Nick Additon (2-6)
LP: Michael Antonini (1-4)
 

HR: MEM Eugenio Velez (7) off Antonini (5th inning, 3R)

    ABQ Luis Cruz (6) off Additon (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Josh Fields (5) off Reifer (9th inning, S)
    ABQ Tim Federowicz (6) off Additon (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:26
ATT: 5,222
The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) plated eight runs over the final three frames to complete a 12-6 victory over the Isotopes in the series opener at "The Lab" on Thursday evening. Albuquerque snapped a two-game winning streak with the loss and fell to 4.5 games back of Oklahoma City in the division.

Luis Cruz solo homered to get Albuquerque on the board in the 2nd inning.

Memphis scored their first run on a groundout in the 4th inning and in the bottom half of the frame, Jeff Baisley doubled and scored on Cruz's single to give Albuquerque a 2-1 lead.

That would be the last lead Albuquerque had in the game as the Redbirds plated three runs in the 5th inning on former-Isotope Eugenio Velez's three-run homer.

Tim Federowicz solo homered for Albuquerque in the bottom of the 6th inning to make it a 4-3 game and Memphis tacked on one run in the 7th inning, three runs in the 8th inning and four more runs in the 9th inning to extend their lead to 12-3.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Josh Fields solo homered with two outs. Matt Angle singled and scored on Jerry Sands' triple before Sands scored on an error.

Isotopes starter Michael Antonini took the loss and gave up four runs (one earned) and 6 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.269), 1 R, 1 HR (6), 1 RBI (28), 1 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 0x4 (.325), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
C JJ Ethel went back on the Disabled List Thursday and P Blake Johnson was promoted from Class-AA Chattanooga. Johnson made 21 relief appearances with Chattanooga and compiled a 2-3 record with 1 save and a 3.38 ERA. Finally, OF Tyler Henson was placed on the Disabled List with a right ankle sprain. . . . Albuquerque has lost their last four contests against the Redbirds in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . Michael Antonini has lost his last four pitching decisions. . . . The series continues Friday evening with Albuquerque hoping to get back in the win column and hope division-leader Oklahoma City can snap their 9-game winning streak so the Isotopes can make up some ground in the division. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (2-3, 8.65) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Dickson (2-4, 3.27) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/07/2012

June 5, 2012 - Isotopes (33-27)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque   000 001 010 --  2  6  0
Round Rock    000 000 000 --  0  8  1

WP: John Ely (5-4)
LP: Zach Jackson (2-6)
SV: Josh Wall (12)

TIME: 2:41
ATT: 8,915

Isotopes starter John Ely tossed 6 2/3 innings of five-hit, scoreless ball with eight strikeouts and Ely combined with Derrick Loop, Scott Rice, and Josh Wall for Albuquerque's third shutout of the season in a 2-0 series finale victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) in Texas on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque has won two straight games as they prepare to come home for a homestand.

Albuquerque snapped the scoreless game in the 6th inning. Aaron Miles singled to start the inning and Joe Becker sacrifice bunted Miles to second base. Matt Angle was hit by a pitch and on a pickoff attempt, a throwing error allowed both runners to advance a base. Jerry Sands then grounded out to drive in Miles.

The Isotopes added their final run in the 8th inning. Brian Cavazos-Galvez bunt singled, went to second base on Miles sacrifice bunt and scored on Angle's single.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.268), 2 K
Josh Wall: S (12), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 Bb, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.57 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
C JJ Ethel was activated from the Disabled List Tuesday. . . . Despite wins in the last two games, Albuquerque remains 3.5 games back of the red-hot Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) in the division. Oklahoma City has won their last eight games. . . . The Isotopes and Express split their first four-game series of the season and 37,348 attended at Dell Diamond for a per-game average of 9,337. Round Rock leads the league in attendance (232,174) while Albuquerque is in fourth place in the league in attendance with the same amount of openings as Round Rock and fewer openings than second place Sacramento River Cats or third place Memphis Redbirds. . . . After the Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have the day off on Wednesday, Albuquerque returns home for a seven game homestand with the first four games against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). Probables in the opener are LHP Michael Antonini (1-3, 4.84) for the Isotopes and LHP Nick Additon (1-6, 5.40) for the Redbirds.

Filed 06/05/2012

June 4, 2012 - Isotopes (32-27)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque   012 001 001 --  5  11  1
Round Rock    000 000 001 --  1   7  2

WP: Stephen Fife (5-4)
LP: Martin Perez (3-5)

TIME: 2:48 
ATT: 9,137
The Isotopes carried a shutout into the 9th inning and were able to snap their season-worst four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) on Monday evening at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

Consecutive one-out singles from Tim Federowicz, Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Josh Bard brought home Albuquerque's first run in the 2nd inning.

Albuquerque loaded the bases in the 3rd inning on Matt Angle's bunt single, Jerry Sands walk and Josh Fields's bunt single. Jeff Baisley followed with a single to drive in Angle and Sands for a 3-0 Albuquerque lead.

Cavazos-Galvez tripled and scored on an error in the 6th inning and Sands doubled and scored on Fields' single in the 9th inning as the Isotopes led 5-0.

Round Rock avoided being shut out in the bottom of the 9th inning when they scored a run on an error with two outs.

Isotopes starter Stephen Fife had a no-hitter through 3 1/3 innings and eventually allowed no runs and 4 hits in 7 innings as he improved his season record to 5-4.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.274), 1 R, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers optioned OF Scott Van Slyke to Albuquerque on Monday when they activated OF Juan Rivera from the Disabled List. The Dodgers also placed P Javy Guerra on the Disabled List with right knee inflammation and purchased the contract of P Shawn Tolleson from Albuquerque. Tolleson made 8 relief appearances with the Isotopes and went 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA (5 earned runs, 15 strikeouts and 1 walk in 9 1/3 innings). . . . The Isotopes snapped a 6-game losing streak to the Express in games played at Dell Diamond with tonight's victory. . . . With seven scoreless innings tonight, Stephen Fife extended his scoreless inning streak to 13 innings. . . . Despite the victory, Albuquerque remained 3.5 games back in the division as Oklahoma City also won their contest. . . . Moises Sierra of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Blue Jays) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Sierra hit .560 (14x25) with 4 homers and 11 RBI during the award week. . . . Erasmo Ramirez of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Ramirez won both of his starts while compiling a 1.35 ERA. In 13 1/3 innings of work, Ramirez allowed 12 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and fanned 15. . . . Albuquerque has to like their chances to earn a series split with Round Rock and return home with a winning streak when they send RHP John Ely (4-4, 3.55) to the mound Tuesday night to face Express LHP Zach Jackson (2-5, 4.92).

Filed 06/04/2012
Dell Diamond

Albuquerque   010 110 000 --  3   5  0
Round Rock    000 050 02x --  7  11  0

WP: Neil Ramirez (6-5)
LP: Will Savage (7-3)

HR: ABQ Josh Fields (4) off Ramirez (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:28
ATT: 7,764
The Isotopes losing streak continues. After Albuquerque built a 3-0 lead, the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) plated five runs in the 5th inning to come from behind to defeat Albuquerque 7-3. Albuquerque has lost four straight games for the first time this season and is 3.5 games back of Oklahoma City in the division standings.

In the 2nd inning, Jerry Sands singled and scored on Josh Fields' double to give Albuquerque a 1-0 lead.

Fields solo-homered in the 4th inning and in the 5th inning, Brian Cavazos-Galvez doubled, went to third base on Tyler Henson's sacrifice bunt and scored on Matt Angle's single to extend Albuquerque's lead to 3-0.

Round Rock had a big 5th inning to take a 5-3 lead. Brad Nelson doubled home a run, Michael Bianucci doubled home two runs to tie the game, Matt Kata singled home the go-ahead run and Luis Hernandez added a sacrifice flyout in the frame.

Isotopes reliever Josh Wall once again struggled when he allowed two runs in the 8th inning - a two-out Joey Butler run-scoring single and Val Majewski's RBI double.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed five runs and 7 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.275), 1 K
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 6.85 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Isotopes starter Will Savage has lost three straight pitching decisions after having won his first seven pitching decisions of the season. . . . Albuquerque has now dropped seven straight games to Round Rock, including the last six games played at Dell Diamond. . . . Game three of the series is Monday evening with Albuquerque looking to win to snap their losing streak and try to get some wins under their belt before coming home for an unusual seven game homestand. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (4-4, 5.43) for the Isotopes and LHP Martin Perez (3-4, 5.37) for the E-Train.

Filed 06/03/2012

June 2, 2012 - Isotopes (31-26)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque   001 000 100 --  2  8  0
Round Rock    010 200 00x --  3  9  1

WP: Michael Kirkman (5-1)
LP: Fernando Nieve (2-3)
SV: Aaron Heilman (1)

HR: ABQ Brian Cavazos-Galvez (3) off Kirkman (7th inning, S)

    RR Michael Bianucci (11) off Nieve (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:32
ATT: 11,532
The good news is that Albuquerque's offense was able to put a run on the scoreboard after two games of having not scored a run. The bad news is that there weren't enough runs scored as the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) edged the Isotopes 3-2 in the series opener in Round Rock Saturday evening. Albuquerque has lost three straight games and is fading in the division standings, now 2.5 games back of Oklahoma City.

Joey Butler doubled with two outs and scored on Val Majewski's single in the 2nd inning as Round Rock led 1-0.

Albuquerque used two out magic of their own to tie the game in the top of the 3rd inning. Josh Fields singled with two outs, stole second base and after Jeff Baisley drew a walk, Luis Cruz singled home Fields.

Michael Biaucci two-run homered as the Express built a 3-1 lead in the 4th inning and all Albuquerque could respond with the rest of the game was a Brian Cavazos-Galvez 7th inning solo homer.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve allowed 3 runs and 9 hits in 6 innings while taking the loss.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.281), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Round Rock starter Roy Oswalt pitched his first two innings of the 2012 season tonight and tossed 34 pitches. Oswalt allowed no runs, 3 hits, walked 1 and fanned 1. . . . Albuquerque had a scoreless inning streak of 22 innings until they came up with a run in the 3rd inning. . . . The Isotopes are in quite a funk against the Express. In games dating back to the 2011 season, Albuquerque has dropped six straight games to the Express, including five straight in games played at Dell Diamond. . . . The series continues Sunday evening with RHP Will Savage (7-2, 4.45) looking to toe the rubber for Albuquerque and snap a two game pitching decision losing streak after having won his first seven pitching decisions. Round Rock is expected to counter with RHP Neil Ramirez (5-5, 7.57).

Filed 06/02/2012

June 1, 2012 - Isotopes (31-25)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque    000 000 000 --  0  5  1
New Orleans    100 000 01x --  2  8  0

WP: JD Martin (3-4)
LP: Michael Antonini (1-3)
SV: Sandy Rosario (16)

TIME: 2:35
ATT: 8,699
It was a night of a couple rarities, but none of them helped Albuquerque where it matters -- in the runs column of the scoreboard. The Isotopes were shut out for the second straight night in a row, this time a 2-0 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) to close out the series in Metarie, Louisiana.

New Orleans wasted no time getting the only run they would need in the game. Kevin Mattison led off the 1st inning with a single and scored on former-Isotope Nick Green's double.

Albuquerque turned a rare triple play in the 3rd inning. Chase Lambin singled and Jose Duarte drew a walk to set up the triple play. Zephyrs starter JD Martin lined out to shortstop Luis Cruz who doubled up Lambin at second base and then threw to first baseman Josh Fields to get Duarte out.

A wild pitch brought home the Zephyrs final run of the game in the 8th inning.

Michael Antonini did not pitch too poorly in the game, only allowing 1 run and 4 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.288), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The other notable event of the night is that it was not the first time the Isotopes have been involved in three shutouts during a four game series. The most-recent occurrence prior to this series was Albuquerque and Reno who had three shutouts in a four game series at Isotopes Park in May 2010. The Isotopes have never played a series with every game being a shutout. . . . The Isotopes only had one baserunner make it to third base in the game. . . . The Zephyrs took three out of the four games in the series and 18,296 attended the four games for a per-game average of 4,574. Tonight's game marked the final Isotopes/Zephyrs matchup of the 2012 season at Zephyr Field and New Orleans won five of the eight contests in Metarie. The Zephyrs will be playing in Albuquerque in two four-game series later in the season to finish up the 16-game regular season series. . . . The triple play the Isotopes turned was Albuquerque's first triple play since September 9, 2009 when the feat was accomplished in a playoff game against the Memphis Redbirds. The last regular season Isotope triple play was August 28, 2007 at Round Rock. Albuquerque has turned four triple plays in franchise history. . . . Albuquerque gets to see the last place team in the division, Round Rock, for the first time this season when they open up a series against the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) to conclude the current roadtrip. Probables in the opener Saturday evening are RHP Fernando Nieve (2-2, 9.53) for the Isotopes and Round Rock is expected to counter with RHP Roy Oswalt (No Record). Oswalt recently signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and should eventually end up on the Rangers roster once he gets some innings under his belt with Round Rock.

Filed 06/01/2012

May 31, 2012 - Isotopes (31-24)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque    000 000 000 --  0  6  1
New Orleans    000 101 010 --  3  9  2

WP: Tom Koehler (6-4)
LP: John Ely (4-4)
SV: Sandy Rosario (15)

HR: NRL Scott Cousins (6) off Wall (8th inning, S)
    NRL Gaby Sanchez (2) off Ely (6th inning, S)
    NRL Mike Cervenak (2) off Ely (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:38
ATT: 4,982
A day after the Isotopes tossed a shutout against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins), the Zephyrs returned the favor with a 3-0 shutout of Albuquerque on Thursday night. The loss, combined with Oklahoma City's victory, dropped the Isotopes into second place in the division, a half-game back.

New Orleans scored all their runs on solo homers - Mike Cervenak in the 4th inning, Gaby Sanchez in the 6th inning and Scott Cousins in the 8th inning.

Isotopes starter John Ely took the loss, allowing 2 runs and 8 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 6.35 ERA
Shawn Tolleson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.82 ERA



'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers placed OF Matt Kemp on the Disabled List with a strained left hamstring and recalled IF Alex Castellanos from Albuquerque. Castellanos made his MLB debut tonight as a late-game defensive replacement in Left Field and was hit by a pitch in his lone plate appearance. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out three times this season. . . . None of Albuquerque's 6 hits went for extra bases and because there was not a homer, a season-best span of 7 consecutive games with a homer was snapped. . . . Isotopes baserunners only made it to third base twice in the contest. . . . With the month of May in the books, here are some monthly team stats: 17-13 record (11-8 at home, 6-5 on the road); .293 team batting average, 5.04 team ERA, 165 runs scored, 15 stolen bases, and 34 homers hit. . . . Hopefully the 10th edition of the Isotopes can reach new territory that was not accomplished in the previous nine seasons -- a June record above the .500 mark. . . . The series concludes Friday evening with LHP Michael Antonini (1-2, 5.31) expected to take the bump for Albuquerque against New Orleans RHP JD Martin (2-4, 6.75).

Filed 05/31/2012

May 30, 2012 - Isotopes (31-23)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque    000 100 030 --  4  10  0
New Orleans    000 000 000 --  0   8  0

WP: Stephen Fife (4-4)
LP: Wade LeBlanc (2-4)

HR: ABQ Luis Cruz (5) off LeBlanc (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Alex Castellanos (5) off Glover (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:42
ATT: 2,276
Stephen Fife, Ramon Troncoso and Scott Rice combined on a shutout as the Isotopes got back in the win column with a 4-0 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins). Albuquerque gained no ground in the division as Oklahoma City also won on Wednesday evening.

Luis Cruz solo-homered in the 4th inning for the only run Albuquerque would need on the night.

The Isotopes plated their final three runs in the 8th inning. Trent Oeltjen drew a one out walk and after stealing a base, trotted home on Alex Castellanos' two-run homer. Josh Fields followed with a single, went to third base on Jeff Baisley's single and scored on Cruz's sacrifice flyout.

Fife went 6 innings, allowing 7 hits, no runs and fanned 5 Zephyr batters.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.294)
Alex Castellanos: 3x4 (.379), 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 HR (5), 2 RBI (14), 2 SB (9)


'TOPES NOTES:
OF Juan Rivera officially had his rehabilitation assignment transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. . . . Will Matt Kemp be making a return engagement to Isotopes Park? It could be in the cards considering he's played more games in an Istopes uniform this week than he has in a Dodger uniform. Kemp reinjured his hamstring injury in Wednesday evening's Dodgers contest. It is too soon to know if the injury is bad enough to land Kemp back on the Disabled List or if Kemp will just rest it a few days. . . . Albuquerque pitching has tossed two shutouts this season. . . . The Isotopes had a season-high 4 stolen bases in the game - two by Trent Oeltjen and two by Alex Castellanos. . . . The crowd of 2,276 was the smallest crowd Albuquerque has played in front of this season. . . . Recently-released P Shane Lindsay has been picked up by the Chicago Cubs and assigned to Iowa. . . . Brooks Conrad of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Conrad hit .417 (10x24) with 5 homers and 15 RBI. . . . Former-Isotope Yusmeiro Petit of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Petit made two starts and went 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA. In 13 innings, Petit allowed 1 run, 7 hits, walked 3 and struck out 19. . . . Game three of the series is Thursday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (4-3, 3.58) for the Isotopes and RHP Tom Koehler (5-4, 4.14) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 05/30/2012

May 29, 2012 - Isotopes (30-23)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque    000 000 010 --  1  2  1
New Orleans    200 200 00x --  4  9  0

WP: Brad Hand (4-3)
LP: Will Savage (7-2)
SV: Sandy Rosario (14)

HR: ABQ Tim Federowicz (5) off Hand (8th inning, S)

TIME: 2:31
ATT: 2,339
Tim Federowicz should have been wearing a big "S" under his Isotopes jersey Tuesday evening in a series opener against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins). Although the Isotopes lost 4-1, it was Federowicz who delivered to break up a no-hitter and a shutout with one swing of the bat. With the loss, the Isotopes saw their division lead shrink to a half-game over Oklahoma City, who won a rain-shortened contest.

Gaby Sanchez and Nick Green singled home runs in the 2nd inning and in the 4th inning, Josh Duarte and Zephyrs starter Brad Hand singled home runs as the Zephyrs built a 4-0 lead.

Albuquerque had been no hit through 7 1/3 innings until Federowicz came to the plate with one out in the 8th inning and delivered a solo homer.

Will Savage, who has lost two straight pitching decisions after winning his first seven pitching decisions, allowed 4 runs and 8 hits in 7 innings.

Zephyrs starter Hand ended up being pulled from the game after he lost his no hitter on Federowicz's homer. In 7 1/3 innings of work, Hand allowed 1 hit, 1 run, 2 walks and struck out 10 Isotope batters.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x2 (.295), 1 R, 1 HR (5), 1 RBI (27), 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.361), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
As expected, the Dodgers recalled OF Matt Kemp from his rehabiliation assignment stint with the Isotopes. Kemp, in his return to the Dodger lineup, went 1x4 with a double and a strikeout. To make room for Kemp on the Dodgers roster, OF Jerry Sands was optioned to Albuquerque. In other transactions, P Mike Parisi went back on the disabled list with the right shoulder impingement injury he has been battling and P Bret Montgomery was promoted to the Isotopes roster from Class-AA Chattanooga. . . . The Isotopes have been no-hit twice in franchise history and Isotopes pitching has never tossed a no-hitter. The 7 1/3 innings of being no-hit was the longest the Isotopes have been no hit this season. . . . Albuquerque turned a season-high four double plays, homered in a season-best six straight games, and had a season-low two hits in a game. . . . The series continues Wednesday as Albuquerque looks to win to assure they maintain first place in the division. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (3-4, 6.06) for the Isotopes and LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 4.11) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 05/26/2012

May 28, 2012 - Isotopes (30-22)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  110 300 013 --  9  13  0
Albuquerque    304 100 03x -- 11  13  0

WP: Shawn Tolleson (1-1)
LP: Aneury Rodriguez (2-5) 

HR: OKC Angel Sanchez (2) off Parisi (1st inning, S)

    ABQ Matt Kemp (2) off Rodriguez (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Brian Cavazos-Galvez (2) off Flores (8th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:30
ATT: 7,992
Albuquerque native Brian Cavazos-Galvez's homer in the bottom of the 8th inning provided the runs Albuquerque needed to escape with a 11-9 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) in the series finale at "The Lab" on Memorial Day afternoon.

After Angel Sanchez solo homered in the top of the 1st inning to stake the Redhawks to a 1-0 lead, Albuquerque went to work in the bottom half of the inning. Matt Angle led off with a walk, stole second base and scored on Josh Fields' single. Matt Kemp, with Albuquerque on a rehabilitation assignment, followed with a two-run homer as the Isotopes led 3-1.

Isotopes starter Mike Parisi left the game with an injury in the top of the 2nd inning and shortly thereafter Landon Powell singled home a run as the Redhawks trimmed the defecit to 3-2.

Albuquerque extended their lead in the 3rd inning to 7-2. Kemp doubled and another rehabilitating Dodger, Juan Rivera, drew a walk. Jeff Baisley doubled home Kemp and an out later, Tim Federowicz was intentionally walked to load the bags. Joe Becker flied out by the infield fly rule before Isotopes reliever Derrick Loop drew a walk to bring Rivera home. Angle followed with an infield single that plated Baisley and Federowicz while Loop was tagged out at third base for the final out of the inning trying to go from first to third on the play.

Oklahoma City responded with three runs in the 4th inning on pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes' run-scoring fielder's choice and Brad Snyder's two-run double as the Redhawks pulled to 7-5.

Albuquerque plated a run in the bottom of the 4th inning - Fields doubled, advanced to third base on Kemp's groundout and scored on Rivera's single.

The Redhawks plated a run in the 8th inning on a groundout to get to two runs at 8-6.

The Isotopes added what ended up being very crucial runs in the 8th inning. Angle drew a walk and Fields grounded out with Angle advancing to second base, Trent Oeltjen was intentionally walked and Cavazos-Galvez three-run homered.

Isotopes reliever Josh Wall came into the game in the 9th inning in a non-save situation. After striking out the first batter, Wall allowed a walk to Snyder. Pinch-hitter Carlos Corporan doubled home Snyder. Scott Moore singled and an out later, a wild pitch brought home Corporan. Brian Bixler singled home Moore before Wall got a flyout to end the game.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.292), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 6.23 ERA
Shawn Tolleson: W (1-1), 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.40 ERA


DODGERS Rehab Report

Matt Kemp: 3x4 (.714), 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (5)

Kemp batted third and played center field. Kemp two-run homered in the 1st inning, double and scored in the 3rd inning, grounded out to second base in the 4th inning and singled to left field in the 6th inning. Kemp was replaced defensively in the 8th inning and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.


Juan Rivera: 1x3 (.400), 1 R, 1 RBI (3), 1 BB, 1 K

Rivera batted fourth and played in left field before moving to first base later in the game. Rivera struck out swinging in the 1st inning, walked and later scored in the 3rd inning, singled in the 4th inning, popped out to second base in the 6th inning and was replaced defensively in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The reason why P Michael Antonini missed his Sunday scheduled start became clear on Monday. The Dodgers placed P Ted Lilly on the Disabled List with shoulder inflammation and recalled Antonini from the Isotopes. Later in the day, the Dodgers optioned Antonini to Albuquerque when they recalled P Nathan Eovaldi from Chattanooga to take Lilly's pitching rotation slot on Tuesday evening. Antonini has been promoted to the Dodgers two times this season and has yet to toss a pitch to make his MLB debut. . . . It was reported Isotopes starter Mike Parisi left after an inning when the right shoulder impingement that he suffered from and landed him on the Disabled List a few weeks ago flared up. The report did not state whether he will need to go back on the Disabled List or might be able to make his next scheduled start after a few days of rest. . . . The victory was Lorenzo Bundy's 100th victory as Isotopes manager. . . . The Isotopes are 4-6 in Memorial Day games and snapped a four-game Memorial Day losing streak with today's win. . . . Albuquerque and Oklahoma City played their final game at Isotopes Park this season and Albuquerque won three out of the four games in the series. 30,680 attended for a per-game average of 7,670. At "The Lab", Albuquerque won six of the eight games. The Isotopes play the Redhawks in a four-game series in Oklahoma City in the last week of the season to complete the season series. If the Isotopes and Redhawks remain close at the top of the standings through the remainder of the season, that series could be crucial to determining the division champion. . . . For Albuquerque's season-longest 12 game homestand, the Isotopes went a disappointing 6-6 and 82,951 attended the 12 games. . . . With Matt Kemp expected to rejoin the Dodgers Tuesday and Juan Rivera expected to continue his rehabilitation assignment stint with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga rather than follow the Isotopes on the road to Louisiana, here are their two-game Isotopes stats. Both players played 12 innings and Kemp went 5x7 (.714) with a double, 2 homers, 5 RBI and 4 runs scored. Rivera went 2x5 (.400) with 2 runs scored, a homer and 3 RBI. . . . Luis Cruz went hitless in two at-bats to snap a 10-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque hits the road for eight games starting Tuesday evening with the first stop a four-game series against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins). The Zephyrs are 4.5 games back of the Isotopes in the division. Probables in the opener are RHP Will Savage (7-1, 4.35) for the Isotopes and LHP Brad Hand (3-3, 3.72) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 05/28/2012

May 27, 2012 - Isotopes (29-22)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  010 000 044 --   9  12  0
Albuquerque    320 005 01x --  11  18  0

WP: Fernando Nieve (2-2)
LP: Paul Clemens (5-4)
SV: Scott Rice (5)

HR: ABQ Matt Kemp (1) off Clemens (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Juan Rivera (1) off Clemens (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Josh Bard (2) off Clemens (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Jeff Baisley (8) off Abreu (6th inning, 3R) 
	
TIME: 3:12
ATT: 10,028
As expected, the Dodgers sent outfielders Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera to Albuquerque to begin short rehabilitation assignments as they near a return to the Dodgers. Both players were heroes with their huge early game contributions and the Isotopes bullpen almost once again earned goat status as the Isotopes held off a late Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) charge in a 11-9 victory. The win moved Albuquerque back into first place, a half-game up on the Redhawks.

In the 1st inning, Trent Oeltjen singled, went to second base on a balk and scored on Kemp's single into left field. Rivera followed with a two-run homer.

After Oklahoma City's Brian Bixler brought home a run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 2nd inning, the Isotopes built a 5-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve singled and two outs later, Kemp cashed him in with a two-run homer into the right field berm area.

Albuquerque appeared to make the game a comfortable victory with a five-run 6th inning to lead 10-1. Josh Bard led off the inning with a homer, Brian Cavazos-Galvez singeld home Trent Oeltjen and Jeff Baisley three-run homered.

The Redhawks plated four runs in the 8th inning to make it 10-5.

Aaron Miles singled home a run in the bottom of the 8th inning for Albuquerque and the Redhawks closed to the final 11-9 score with a four-run 9th inning.

Nieve earned the victory, his first since April 13th, and allowed 1 run, 3 hits and fanned 7 in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.380), 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Matt Kemp: 2x3 (.667), 2 R, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI (3), 1 K

Kemp batted third and played center field. Kemp RBI singled to left in the 1st inning and scored on Juan Rivera's homer, two-run homered in the 2nd inning, struck out in the 4th inning and was replaced defensively in the 6th inning.

Juan Rivera: 1x2 (.500, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (2), 1 K

Rivera batted fourth and started in left field. Rivera two-run homered in the 1st inning, was hit by a pitch in the 2nd inning right after Kemp homered, struck out in the 4th inning and was replaced defensively in the 6th inning.




'TOPES NOTES:
With Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera starting rehabilitation assignments, there have been five Dodger rehabilitation assignments in 2012 and 29 overall rehab assignments since the Isotopes affiliated with the Dodgers in 2009. . . . The Isotopes are 6-1 in games decided by two runs. . . . Josh Fields hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, the second longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Jeff Baisley has homered in three straight games, tying Scott Van Slyke for the most consecutive games with a homer this season. . . . The 12-game homestand (and series with the Redhawks) concludes with a Memorial Day afternoon contest. Albuquerque is expected to send RHP Mike Parisi (1-1, 2.57) to the mound to face a probable yet to be named for the Redhawks. Albuquerque will increase their division lead to 1.5 games with a victory or fall out of first place by a half-game with a loss.

Filed 05/27/2012

May 26, 2012 - Isotopes (28-22)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  100 110 100 --  4   8  1
Albuquerque    100 213 00x --  7  14  3

WP: John Ely (4-3)
LP: Wes Musick (0-1)
SV: Josh Wall (11)

HR: ABQ Jeff Baisley (7) off Musick (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:55
ATT: 7,281
John Ely acted like the Isotopes ace Saturday evening. In the midst of a three-game losing streak that dropped Albuquerque out of first place in the division, Ely allowed 3 runs, 7 hits, fanned 7 batters in 6 innings and earned the victory in Albuquerque's 7-4 win over the division-leading Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros). Not only did Albuquerque snap their losing streak, they moved to a half-game back of the Redhawks.

Each club traded a run in the 1st inning. Oklahoma City's Scott Moore brought home a run with a sacrifice flyout in the top half, Trent Oeltjen doubled and scored on Jeff Baisley's double in the bottom half of the frame.

The Redhawks took the lead in the top of the 4th inning by plating a run on an error and Albuquerque took their first lead of the game in the bottom half of the inning. Tim Federowicz doubled and scored on Brian Cavazos-Galvez's double. Two outs later, Oeltjen brought home Cavazos-Galvez with a double.

The Redhawks did not take long to tie the game when they plated a run on Brett Wallace's single in the 5th inning and Albuquerque wasted no time in taking back the lead with Baisley's solo homer in the home half of the inning.

Albuquerque added three runs to build a 7-3 lead in the 6th inning. Cavazos-Galvez reached on an error, Tyler Henson doubled and Josh Fields sacrifice-flied out to drive in Cavazos-Galvez. Oeltjen singled home Cavazos-Galvez and later in the inning Alex Castellanos doubled home his first run since being activated from the Disabled List.

Landon Powell drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the Redhawks' final run in the 7th inning.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 3x4 (.298), 1 R, 2 2B (16)
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.373), 2 2B (9), 1 RBI (12), 1 K
Josh Wall: S (11), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 Bb, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.23 ERA
Shawn Tolleson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 Bb, 2 K, 0 HR, 7.11 ERA



'TOPES NOTES:
IF Alex Castellanos was activated from the Disabled List Saturday and OF Kyle Russell was sent to Class-AA Chattanooga. . . . A few days after Albuquerque tied a franchise record with 8 doubles in a game, they set a new franchise record tonight with 9 doubles in the contest. The Isotopes had 10 extra base hits in the game, tying a season high. . . . Luis Cruz extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the third longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Jeff Baisley has homered in back-to-back contests. . . . John Ely has a string of six quality starts - 6 innings or more with 3 runs or less allowed. . . . Sunday evening is shaping up to be very exciting at "The Lab". The Isotopes have another Memorial Day weekend fireworks show, Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera are both scheduled to begin a short rehabilitation assignment stint with the Isotopes, the Isotopes special camoflauge jerseys are to be auctioned off with Kemp's probably going to go for quite a bit of money for charity, and the Isotopes would find themselves back in first place with a victory. Probables are LHP Michael Antonini (1-2, 5.31) for the Isotopes and RHP Paul Clemens (5-3, 5.84) for the Redhawks.

Filed 05/26/2012

May 25, 2012 - Isotopes (27-22)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  012 050 002 --  10  11  0
Albuquerque    011 010 010 --   4  11  2

WP: Mickey Storey (2-2)
LP: Stephen Fife (3-4) 

HR: OKC Brad Snyder (7) off Fife (2nd inning, S)
    OKC Brad Snyder (8) off Wall (9th inning, 2R)
    OKC Landon Powell (4) off Rice (5th inning, 3R)

    ABQ Jeff Baisley (6) off Storey (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Trent Oeltjen (2) off Storey (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Luis Cruz (4) off Perez (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:58
ATT: 5,379
Albuquerque's home woes continue and it couldn't happen at a worst time. Divison-leading Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) plated five runs in the 5th inning to turn a tight game into an more comfortable lead in a 10-4 victory over the Isotopes. Albuquerque has lost three straight and fell to 1.5 games back of the Redhawks in the division.

Brad Snyder solo homered in the 2nd inning to get the Redhawks on the scoreboard and Albuquerque responded in the bottom half of the frame with a Jeff Baisley solo homer.

Oklahoma City plated two more runs in the top of the 3rd inning and Trent Oeltjen solo homered for Albuquerque in the bottom half as the Isotopes trailed 3-2.

Landon Powell's three-run homer highlighted a five-run 5th inning as Oklahoma City built a comfortable lead at 8-2.

In the home half of the 5th inning, Trent Oeltjen doubled and later scored on Luis Cruz's single and in the 8th inning, Cruz solo homered as Albuquerque pulled to 8-4.

Snyder's second homer of the game, a two-run shot, provided Oklahoma City's final two runs of the game in the 9th inning.

Isotopes starter Stephen Fife took the loss after allowing 7 runs and 8 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.286), 2 K
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 Bb, 0 K, 1 HR, 5.49 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers recalled IF Jerry Hairston Jr. from his rehabiliation assignment on Friday and activated him in time for Friday evening's game. No Isotopes were affected by the activation as Dodgers IF Justin Sellers went on the Disabled List with a bulging disk in his lower back. . . . Albuquerque's three game losing streak ties for their longest losing streak of the season and is their longest home losing streak this year. . . . Josh Fields singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the second longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . The two teams combined for a season-high 6 homers in a game and those homers accounted for 9 of the 14 runs in the game. . . . The series continues on Saturday evening with Albuquerque liking their chances to snap their losing streak with RHP John Ely (3-3, 3.64) on the mound to face Oklahoma City LHP Wes Musick (0-0, 3.00).

Filed 05/25/2012

May 24, 2012 - Isotopes (27-21)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       002 062 200 --  12  15  2
Albuquerque  000 000 140 --   5  10  1

WP: Eric Hacker (8-1)
LP: Will Savage (7-1) 

HR: FRE Eli Whiteside (1) off Savage (3rd inning, 2R)
    FRE Justin Christian (5) off St. Clair (6th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Tim Federowicz (4) off Hacker (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:07
ATT: 4,936
Goodbye first place. The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) built up a 12-run lead over seven frames and that put Albuquerque in too big of hole to overcome in a 12-5 loss in the series finale on Thursday night at "The Lab". Albuquerque has lost two straight games and is a half-game back in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.

Eli Whiteside two-run homered in the 3rd inning and Fresno added six more runs in the 5th inning, highlighted by Grizzlies starter Eric Hacker's two-run single and a pair of run-scoring sacrifice flyouts.

Justin Christian two-run homered in the 6th inning and Fresno added two more runs in the 7th inning when former Isotope Todd Linden doubled and scored on Juan Ciriaco's triple. Skyler Stromsmoe then singled home Ciriaco.

Tim Federowicz solo-homered in the 7th inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard and the Isotopes plated their final four runs in the 8th inning. Trent Oeltjen singled with one out and went to second base on a wild pitch. Josh Fields reached on an error and Luis Cruz singled to load the bags. Federowicz was hit by a pitch to bring home Oeltjen and Brian Cavazos-Galvez reached on an error with Fields and Cruz scoring. Joe Becker then doubled home Federowicz. Matt Angle drew a walk ahead of pinch-hitter Jeff Baisley grounding into a double play to end the threat and the inning.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 7 runs and 4 hits in 4 innings in what was his worst outing of the season.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x3 (.294), 2 R, 1 HR (4), 2 RBI (26)
Kyle Russell: 0x1 (.111)
Shawn Tolleson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 8.44 ERA


DODGERS Rehab Report

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 0x3 (.000)

Hairston Jr. batted leadoff, started at third base before finishing his night at second base, and made what might be his last rehabilitation assignment start before rejoining the Dodgers.

Hairston Jr. popped out to second base in the 1st inning, lined out to left field in the 3rd inning, flied out to center in the 6th inning and was removed from the game in the 8th inning.

Hairston Jr. has gone hitless in six at-bats over two games.


'TOPES NOTES:
While it wasn't good news tonight between the lines, Isotopes Management was really excited to announce today that OF Matt Kemp and OF Juan Rivera are both coming to Albuquerque on MLB rehabilitation assignments starting Sunday. . . . The Isotopes and Grizzlies split their only four-game series of the season and 20,217 attended for a per-game average of 5,054. All-time, Fresno leads the series 21-19 and in games played at Isotopes Park, each club has 10 wins. . . . Albuquerque finished their May stretch of play against Pacific Conference opponents and went 8-8 against the other conference. The Isotopes have a stretch of play in August to finish matchups with the rest of their Pacific Conference foes. . . . Isotopes starter Will Savage earned the loss tonight, snapping a franchise record tying streak of 7 straight winning pitching decisions. . . . Josh Fields doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, the second longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Albuquerque is 4-8 in series finales so they have problems closing out a four-game series on a high note. . . . Joe Becker stole a base, snapping a stretch of 10 games without an Isotope stolen base. . . . Albuquerque seems to have lost their home field advantage if the first eight games of the homestand are any indication. Two of the PCL's best clubs came to town and Albuquerque only took three out of the eight games. If roster decimation is to blame for Albuquerque's recent lackluster play, things could be rectified soon as several Dodger players are getting ready to come off the major-league Disabled List. Jerry Hairston Jr. might be recalled from his rehabiliationa assignment Friday and the rehab assignments of Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera signal they will be back in Dodger uniforms very soon if their rehab assignments go smoothly. . . . The Isotopes are not in first place in the division for the first time since May 3rd. . . . Albuquerque has a great opportunity to vault back into first place in the division when division-leader Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) come to town starting Friday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (3-3, 5.32) for the Isotopes and RHP Mickey Storey (1-2, 5.40) for the Redhawks.

Filed 05/24/2012

May 23, 2012 - Isotopes (27-20)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       010 052 020 --  10  18  1
Albuquerque  010 201 111 --   7  13  1

WP: Brian Burres (3-3)
LP: Fernando Nieve (1-2) 

HR: FRE Roger Kieschnick (12) off Parisi (2nd inning, S)
    FRE Roger Kieschnick (13) off Nieve (5th inning, GS)
    FRE Jackson Williams (2) off Nieve (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:58
ATT: 4,320
The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) plated seven runs combined over the middle three innings to come from behind to defeat the Isotopes 10-7 on Wednesday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque's loss, combined with Oklahoma City's game being postponed due to rain, moved the Isotopes and Redhawks into a first place tie atop the PCL American Conference Southern Division.

Roger Kieschnick solo-homered as Fresno got on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning.

The Isotopes tied the game in their half of the 2nd inning -- Luis Cruz doubled, went to third base on Brian Cavazos-Galvez's single and scored on Josh Bard's single.

Albuquerque took their only lead of the game in the 4th inning. Josh Fields and Jeff Baisley both singled, Cruz doubled home Fields and Baisley scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.

Kieschnick hit his second homer of a game, a grand-slam homer, and Jackson Williams added a solo shot in the 5th inning as Fresno took a 6-3 lead and Fresno added two more runs in the 6th inning.

Cavazos-Galvez doubled and scored on Bard's single in the 6th inning and consecutive singles from Aaron Miles, Fields and Baisley after the 7th inning stretch plated a run as the Isotopes trailed 8-5.

Kieschnick singled home his sixth RBI of the game and Juan Criaco sacrifice flied out to bring home another run in the 8th inning as Fresno extended their lead to 10-5.

Cavazos-Galvez tripled and scored on Bard's groundout in the 8th inning and Albuquerque plated their final run of the game in the 9th inning when Miles tripled home Trent Oeltjen who had drawn a walk to get on base.

Parisi allowed a run and 4 hits in 4 innings in his first start coming back from the Disabled List.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Russell: 0x1 (.118)

DODGERS Rehab Report

Jerry Hairston, Jr.: 0x3 (.000)

Hairston Jr. appeared in his first of two expected MLB rehabilitation assignment games with the Isotopes. Hairston Jr. hit leadoff and played in left field.

Hairston Jr. lined out to right field in the 1st inning and grounded out to shortstop in the 3rd and 5th innings. Hairston Jr. was pulled from the game in the 6th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers assigned IF Jerry Hairston Jr. to Albuquerque on a rehabilitation assignment, the third Dodger to come to Albuqurque on a MLB rehab assignment this season. Talking about rehab assignments, there are rumors that Dodgers OF Matt Kemp may be headed to Albuquerque for a short rehab assignment stint later in the Memorial Day weekend. Isotopes management and the Dodgers are both mum on the rumors at this point. . . . Albuquerque does not have an outright division lead for the first time since May 4th. . . . Brian Cavazos-Galvez was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Josh Fields has a 9-game hitting streak, tied for second place among the longest Isotope hitting streaks of the season. Fields has a way to go to set the longest streak of the season, currently in a holding pattern by Elian Herrera at 17 games that will continue or be snapped if Herrera ever returns to Albuquerque from the Dodgers at some point this season. Luis Cruz is not too far behind with a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Cruz continues to be "Mr. Double", adding two more doubles tonight to give him six total doubles over the three games in this series and 20 overall this season, leading the PCL. . . . The Isotopes have gone 10 games without a stolen base. . . . There were two Isotope pitching balks in the game, tying a franchise record. . . . The series concludes Thursday evening with a matchup of the two pitchers who are tied for the PCL lead in wins with 7 wins apiece. They are RHP Will Savage (7-0, 3.40) for the Isotopes and RHP Eric Hacker (7-1, 3.35) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 05/23/2012

May 22, 2012 - Isotopes (27-19)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       000 006 010 --  7   8  1
Albuquerque  402 000 11x --  8  16  2

WP: Cole St. Clair (2-0)
LP: Scott Munter (1-1)
SV: Josh Wall (10)

HR: ABQ Trent Oeltjen (1) off Yourkin (1st inning, S) 
	
TIME: 3:12
ATT: 7,302
Joe Becker's pinch-hit RBI single in the 8th inning gave the Isotopes a 8-7 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque has won two straight and maintains a half-game lead over Oklahoma City.

It did not take long for Albuquerque to get on the scoreboard -- Trent Oeltjen led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a solo homer. An out later, Josh Fields doubled, Jeff Baisley drew a walk and Luis Cruz doubled home Fields. Brian Cavazos-Galvez doubled home Baisley and Cruz as Albuquerque led 4-0 after one inning.

Baisley singled and scored on Cruz's double in the 3rd inning and then Cruz came home to score on Cavazos-Galvez's single to build the lead to 6-0.

Isotopes starter Michael Antonini had a no-hitter through 4 1/3 innings and was on the mound for part of Albuquerque's disastrous top of the 6th inning where Fresno quickly tied the game at 6-6, led by Francisco Peguero's RBI triple and with the bases loaded, Juan Ciriaco's double to clear them.

Tim Federowicz doubled with two outs in the 7th inning and came around to score on an error to give the Isotopes the lead back at 7-6.

Nick Noonan tripled and scored on Ciriaco's sacrifice flyout in the 8th inning to deadlock the game at 8-8 before Albuquerque regained the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning. Kyle Russell singled, advanced to second base on Oeltjen's sacrifice bunt, went on to third base on Aaron Miles' single and scored on Becker's pinch-hit single.

Josh Wall entered the game for Albuquerque in the 9th inning and struck out a batter and then got two groundouts to secure his team-leading 10th save.

Antonini allowed 3 runs and 3 hits in 5 innings and did not factor in the decision.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.286), 1 R, 1 2B (14), 1 K
Kyle Russell: 1x2 (.125), 1 R
Josh Wall: S (10), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.82 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Jerry Hairston Jr. is expected to join the Isotopes Wednesday for a two-day rehabiliation assignment as he nears a return to the Dodgers roster. . . . P Mike Parisi was activated from the Disabled List and P Shane Lindsay was released. . . . Trent Oeltjen's leadoff homer was Albuquerque's first one since Ivan DeJesus Jr. accomplished the feat August 25th last season. . . . The Isotopes have won their last five games played against the Grizzlies. . . . Luis Cruz tied a franchise record with 3 doubles in the game. . . . Albuquerque tied a franchise record with 8 doubles in the game and tied season-highs with 6 runs allowed in an inning and a blown lead of six runs in a game. . . . Josh Fields was ejected by Home Plate umpire Scott Mahoney in the 7th inning of tonight's game. . . . Lance Zadawzki, released by the Isotopes recently, was signed by the Atlanta Braves and assigned to their Gwinnett Triple-A affiliate. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Mike Parisi (1-1, 2.61) for the Isotopes and LHP Brian Burres (2-3, 5.59) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 05/22/2012

May 21, 2012 - Isotopes (26-19)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       000 000 002 --  2  5  0
Albuquerque  000 000 111 --  3  8  0

WP: Wilfredo Ledezma (3-2)
LP: Jean Machi (1-1) 

HR: FRE Francisco Peguero (3) off Ledezma (9th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Brian Cavazos-Galvez (1) off Hembree (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:24
ATT: 3,659
Luis Cruz, who struck out swinging to end Sunday's contest with the game-tying run on third base, doubled home the game-winning run in Monday evening's contest as the Isotopes defeated the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) 3-2 in the series opener at "The Lab". Albuquerque maintained a half-game division lead as Oklahoma City also won.

For the first six and a half innings, it was a pitching duel between Isotopes starter John Ely and Fresno starter (and former Isotope) Yusmeiro Petit. It was after the 7th inning stretch that the first run of the game was put on the scoreboard. Josh Fields drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on Jeff Baisley's triple. Baisley was unable to put Albuquerque's second run on the board in the frame because he was thrown out at home plate trying to score on Tim Federowicz's flyout.

Albuquerque native Brian Cavazos-Galvez solo homered in the 8th inning for his first Triple-A homer as Albuquerque built the lead to 2-0.

Fresno's Francisco Peguero two-run homered in the top of the 9th inning to tie the game at 2-2 and set up Albuquerque's bottom of the 9th inning heroics. After Aaron Miles led off the inning with a groundout, Fields singled, Baisley followed with a single to advance Fields to second base and Cruz had a walk-off double to plate Fields.

In the pitching duel, Ely went 8 innings, allowing no runs and 4 hits while fanning 6 Grizzlies. Fresno's Petit went 7 innings, allowing one Isotope run on 4 hits and fanned 9 batters.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.287), 1 K
Kyle Russell: 0x3 (.071), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes have two walkoff wins in 2012, both coming during this homestand. . . . There were not a lot of witnesses to the exciting Isotopes walkoff win. The crowd of 3,659 was the smallest home crowd of the season. . . . The 2 hour, 24 minute contest was Albuquerque's shortest home game of the season. . . . John Ely's dominant performance at Isotopes Park tonight should not have come as a surprise. In five Isotopes Park starts in 2012, Ely is 2-0 with a 1.60 ERA. Ely turned in Albuquerque's longest starting outing of the season (8 innings) and has turned in five quality starts in a row. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in a season-high 6 straight games. . . . Josh Bell of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Bell hit .522 (12x23) with 2 homers and 12 RBI during the award week. . . . Chris Rusin of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Rusin won both of his starts during the award week and allowed 1 run and 8 hits in 14 innings (0.64 ERA) while fanning 12 batters. . . . The series continues Tuesday evening with Albuquerque facing yet another former-Isotope who is starting for Fresno. LHP Matt Yourkin (1-2, 6.26) is expected to toe the rubber for Fresno to face LHP Michael Antonini (1-2, 5.30) for Albuquerque.

Filed 05/21/2012

May 20, 2012 - Isotopes (25-19)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   111 000 002 -- 5  8  0
Albuquerque  012 000 001 -- 4  6  2

WP: Fautino De Los Santos (1-1)
LP: Shawn Tolleson (0-1)
SV: Evan Scribner (3)

HR: SAC Grant Green (5) off Fife (2nd inning, S)
    SAC Brandon Hicks (3) off Fife (3rd inning, S)
    SAC Brandon Moss (8) off Tolleson (9th inning, S)

TIME: 3:06
ATT: 5,284
The Isotopes gave up two 9th inning runs in a tied game that helped the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) take a 5-4 victory on Sunday afternoon at "The Lab". Albuquerque has dropped two straight home games for the first time in 2012 and saw their division lead trimmed to a half-game over Oklahoma City.

In the 1st inning, Jermaine Mitchell singled, stole second base and scored on Brandon Moss's single and in the 2nd inning, Grant Green solo homered to give the River Cats a 2-0 lead.

Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in their half of the second inning. Tim Federowicz doubled and scored on Trent Oeltjen's single.

For the second inning in a row, a River Cat led off the inning with a homer when Brandon Hicks deposited one over the left field wall in the 3rd inning.

The Isotopes knotted the game at 3-3 in their half of the 3rd inning. Joe Becker drew a leadoff walk and Luis Cruz singled. Two outs later, a wild pitch moved both runners up a base before Oeltjen drove them both in with a single into left field.

The game remained deadlocked until Moss launched Sacramento's third inning-leadoff homer of the day to give the River Cats the lead. Michael Taylor doubled and scored on Luke Hughes' double for an insurance run.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Kyle Russell led things off with a walk, advanced to third base on Matt Angle's double and scored on Becker's groundout. Angle advanced to third base on the groundout as the game-tying run but was stranded when Cruz struck out swinging to end the game.

Isotopes starter Stephen Fife allowed 3 runs and 5 hits in 6 innings and earned the no decision.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.286), 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 K
Kyle Russell: 0x3 (.091), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Josh Wall: 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.09 ERA
Shawn Tolleson: L, (0-1), 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 10.38 ERA



'TOPES NOTES:
Manny Ramirez in his second day of his rehabilitation assignment did not play. It's been reported he sat out with a sore wrist. . . . 130 dogs showed up for the Bark in the Park promotion. . . . The Isotopes are 1-4 this season when wearing their blue alternate uniforms. . . . The River Cats and Isotopes concluded their only four-game series of the season and Sacramento took three of the four games, handing Albuquerque their first home series loss of the season. 32,054 attended for a per-game average of 8,014. All-time, Sacramento leads the series 24-16, including a River Cats 11-9 advantage in games at Isotopes Park. . . . Albuquerque's longest homestand of the season continues Monday evening with the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) coming to town and the series concludes the May portion of play against Pacific Conference foes. The Isotopes are scheduled to face former-Isotopes to start each of the first two contests of the series. In the opener, it's former-Tope RHP Yusmeiro Petit (1-2, 5.01) expected to toe the rubber for Fresno against Albuquerque RHP John Ely (3-3, 4.27).

Filed 05/20/2012

May 19, 2012 - Isotopes (25-18)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   020 003 011 --  7  10  1
Albuquerque  105 000 000 --  6  11  3

WP: Andrew Carignan (2-0)
LP: Shane Lindsay (0-1)
SV: Rich Thompson (1)

HR: SAC Derek Norris (5) off Savage (2nd inning, 2R)

TIME: 2:59
ATT: 11,081
Will Savage's possible new franchise record will have to wait another day. Savage was looking for his eighth straight winning pitching decision and had the lead when he left, but the relief corps blew it for him and he ended up with a no decision in the Sacramento River Cat's (AAA Athletics) 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Albuquerque on Saturday evening at "The Lab".

In the 1st inning, Matt Angle led off with a single, went to third base on Josh Fields' single and scored on Jeff Baisley's single.

Derek Norris two-run homered in the 2nd inning as the River Cats took a 2-1 lead.

Albuquerque had a big 5-run 3rd inning to take a 6-2 lead. Angle and Aaron Miles singled and Fields was hit by a pitch to quickly load the bags with no outs. After Baisley struck out, Cruz infield singled to bring home Angle. Tim Federowicz doubled to Isotopes Hill to clear the bases before scoring on Josh Bard's single.

While the Isotopes offense went dead from the 4th-9th innings with only two hits and no threats, the River Cats methodically claimed the game. In the 6th inning with the bases loaded, Isotopes outfielder Trent Oeltjen misplayed a fly ball to left field for a two-base error that cleared the bases to get Sacramento to a run down at 6-5.

Norris tripled and scored on Brandon Hicks' single in the 8th inning to tie the game, and in the 9th inning, pinch-hitter Jeff Fiorentino drew a leadoff walk and scored on Michael Taylor's double for the game-winning run.

Savage allowed 5 runs (2 earned) and 7 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.287), 1 R, 1 2B (12), 3 RBI (24), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers' recent rash of injuries continued when they placed IF Mark Ellis on the Disabled List with a left leg injury and called up IF Ivan DeJesus Jr. from Albuquerque. IF Aaron Miles was signed by the Dodgers as a free agent recently and was assigned to Albuquerque Saturday. . . . In Manny Ramirez's first rehabilitation assignment start with the River Cats, he started at DH, batted third, and went 0x4 with 3 strikeouts and a line out to second base. Ramirez was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 9th inning. . . . In the pre-game Celebrity Softball Game, the Wounded Warriors Softball Team defeated the Celebrities team led by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston. The game was tied 7-7 after three innings when the end time for the softball game arrived. It was decided the winner would be declared by who could run the bases the fastest and the Wounded Warriors won on the tiebreaker. It was not reported how much was raised for the Wounded Warriors charity, but Cranston was hoping to raise at least $25,000. . . . The Isotopes did not see their 1.5 game division lead decrease because Oklahoma City also lost their game. . . . Sacramento manager Darren Bush and third baseman Stephen Parker were both ejected by Home Plate umpire Tyler Funneman in the 6th inning after Funneman called Parker out on strikes. . . . The series concludes Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (3-3, 5.44) for the Isotopes and RHP Travis Banwart (3-2, 5.48) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/19/2012

May 18, 2012 - Isotopes (25-17)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   220 000 004 0 --  8  14  2
Albuquerque  000 206 000 1 --  9  14  2

WP: Wilfredo Ledezma (2-2)
LP: Jim Miller (0-2)

HR: SAC Chris Carter (7) off Nieve (1st inning, 2R)
    SAC Chris Carter (8) off Wall (9th inning, 2R)
	
    ABQ Jeff Baisley (5) off Castro (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Tim Federowicz (3) off Castro (6th inning, 2R) 
	
TIME: 3:36
ATT: 8,148
Two Isotopes errors in the 9th inning were costly as it allowed the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) to tie the game and in the 10th inning, Matt Angle's walkoff double gave Albuquerque a much-needed 9-8 victory. Albuquerque snapped a three-game losing streak as well as saw their division lead padded by a game to 1.5 games when Oklahoma City lost their game.

Sacramento's Chris Carter continued to enjoy Isotopes Park as a hitters park when he hit a two-run 1st inning homer and Jermaine Mitchell had a two-run single in the 2nd inning to give the River Cats a 4-0 lead.

Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 4th inning. Jeff Baisley doubled with two outs, ended up on third base on an error during the play and scored on Luis Cruz's single. Tim Federowicz followed with a double to bring home Cruz.

The Isotopes took the lead with a big 6th inning. Josh Fields doubled and scored on Baisley's two-run homer. Cruz followed with a walk and Federowicz two-run homered. An out later, Kyle Russell drew a walk, Tyler Henson singled and Angle singled home Russell. Ivan DeJesus Jr. sacrifice flied out to bring home Henson as Albuquerque plated six runs to lead 8-4.

Josh Wall had another difficult 9th inning as he looked to secure an Isotopes victory. Just like the May 2nd game, Wall looked good in getting two outs then ran into a wall. Brandon Hicks tripled and scored on Carter's second two-run homer of the night to get the River Cats to two runs down. Brandon Moss ground-rule doubled and Michael Taylor drew a walk. Derek Norris struck out swinging but advanced to first base on Federowicz's throwing error and Moss scored on the play. Grant Green then reached on a fielding error by Isotopes third-baseman Baisley with Taylor scoring to tie the game at 8-8.

Sacramento went down in order in the 10th inning and in the bottom half, Russell singled with one out. After Henson struck out, Angle doubled home Russell with the walk-off game winner.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve allowed 4 runs and 7 hits in 4 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x5 (.288), 1 R, 1 2B (11), 1 HR (3), 3 RBI (21), 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x4 (.275), 1 RBI (7)
Kyle Russell: 1x4 (.125), 2 R, 1 BB
Josh Wall: 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 5.19 ERA
Shawn Tolleson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 9.00 ERA



'TOPES NOTES:
OF Trent Oeltjen, who the Dodgers designated for assignment earlier in the week, has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Albuquerque. C JJ Ethel was placed on the Isotopes Disabled List with a right ankle sprain. . . . Albuquerque native Brian Cavazos-Galvez went 0x5 (.288) with one strikeout. . . . The Isotopes are 3-1 in extra inning contests and improved their games decided by one record to 10-3. . . . Tonight was Albuquerque's first walk-off win of the season. . . . Jeff Baisley was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Tyler Henson was the first Isotope to strike out four times in a game this season. . . . Sacramento's Chris Carter is cementing his choice to be this week's PCL Hitter of the Week. Carter has four homers -- two games with two homers -- and 10 RBI so far in this series. . . . The series rolls on Saturday evening with a pre-game Celebrity Softball event followed by the Isotopes and River Cats with Manny Ramirez expected to play in his first rehabilitation assignment game with the River Cats. Probables are RHP Will Savage (7-0, 3.40) for the Isotopes and RHP A.J. Griffin (0-1, 4.50) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/18/2012

May 17, 2012 - Isotopes (24-17)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   344 120 002 --  16  18  1
Albuquerque  002 111 000 --   5  10  3

WP: Brad Peacock (5-1)
LP: Michael Antonini (1-2) 

HR: SAC Chris Carter (5) off Antonini (1st inning, 2R)
    SAC Chris Carter (6) off Troncoso (3rd inning, 3R)
    SAC Brandon Hicks (2) off Loop (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:06
ATT: 7,541
Albuquerque native Brian Cavazos-Galvez celebrated his 25th birthday in an Isotopes suit in his Isotopes Park professional debut, but it was a night to forget as the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) plated 14 of their 16 runs before the game was even official in a 16-5 victory over Albuquerque in a series opener Thursday night. Albuquerque has lost three straight games and now holds a precarious half-game division lead.

Sacramento plated 11 runs over their first three at-bats. Among the highlights of their early eruption was a Chris Carter two-run homer in the 1st inning, Carter's three-run 3rd inning homer, and Brandon Hicks' two-run 2nd inning triple,

Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in their half of the 3rd inning. Cavazos-Galvez doubled for Albuquerque's first hit of the night and scored on Tyler Henson's triple. Henson then scored on a wild pitch.

Sacramento added a run in the 4th inning and Albuquerque answered in the bottom half when Luis Cruz tripled and scored on Tim Federowicz's groundout.

Hicks' solo homer was part of a two-run Sacramento 5th inning and in the bottom half of the inning, Cavazos-Galvez singled, went to second base on Henson's walk and scored two outs later on Josh Fields' single. Sacramento led 14-4 at the time.

Albuquerque scored their final run in the 6th inning on Cruz's double and Federowicz's ground-rule double and the River Cats added two 9th inning runs to close out the scoring.

Isotopes starter Michael Antonini tied for the shortest outing for an Isotope starting pitcher this season, being pulled after 1 1/3 innings after having allowed 8 hits and 7 runs (6 earned).

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.283), 1 2B (10), 2 RBI (18), 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x5 (.255), 2 K
Kyle Russell: 0x4 (.000), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
It was announced that Manny Ramirez will begin a scheduled 10-game rehabilitation assignment on Saturday evening. It will not be in a Isotopes suit as it was in 2009 when Ramirez played at Isotopes Park, but rather in a Sacramento uniform since Ramirez is a member of the Oakland Athletics. Ramirez is completing the end of a second suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The River Cats will play two games in Albuquerque during his assignment and he is anticipated to play in both games as the DH and bat towards the top of the order. . . . Brian Cavazos-Galvez ended up in his Isotopes Park professional debut going 2x4 with a double and two runs scored. Unfortunately he also had two fielding errors. . . . The Isotopes gave up the most runs (16) and hits (18) in a home game this season and had their largest losing margin of the season (11 runs). . . . Luis Cruz was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The series continues Friday evening where Albuquerque hopes to win to keep their division lead. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (1-1, 10.47) for the Isotopes and RHP Graham Godfrey (3-0, 1.38) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/17/2012

May 15, 2012 - Isotopes (24-16)

Spring Mobile Ballpark

Albuquerque  001 000 000 --  1  3  0
Salt Lake    000 020 11x --  4  8  0

WP: Eric Hurley (3-3)
LP: John Ely (3-3)
SV: Bobby Cassevah (2)

HR: ABQ Tyler Henson (2) off Hurley (3rd inning, S)

    SLC Paul McAnulty (3) off Ely (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:15
ATT: 15,254
The Isotopes finished up their roadtrip with a 4-1 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Tuesday morning in Salt Lake City. The Isotopes have dropped two straight games.

Tyler Henson solo homered in the 3rd inning to give the Isotopes their only lead of the game and Salt Lake's Paul McAnulty two-run homered in the 5th inning to give the Bees the lead.

McAnulty sacrifice flied out to bring home a run in the 7th inning and Kole Calhoun singled home a run in the 8th inning to give the Bees insurance runs.

Isotopes starter John Ely allowed 3 runs and 4 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x1 (.276), 2 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x4 (.262)
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.32 ERA



'TOPES NOTES:
Manzano High School graduate and former-UNM Lobo baseball star Brian Cavazos-Galvez finally has arrived to his hometown Isotopes. Cavazos-Galvez was transferred to Albuquerque from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday. Cavazos-Galvez started the 2012 season with Class-AA Chattanooga and in 20 games, hit .167 with 4 homers and 11 RBI. Cavazos-Galvez was sent to Rancho Cucamonga where he batted .346 with 3 homers and 11 RBI in 12 games. In his first game as an Isotope, Cavazos-Galvez went 0x3. . . . In other transactions, the Dodgers placed OF Matt Kemp on the Disabled List and recalled OF Jerry Sands from the Isotopes. C JJ Ethel was transferred to Albuquerque from the Arizona League Dodgers and OF Kyle Russell was sent to Albuquerque from Class-AA Chattanooga. . . . Albuquerque's division lead that was recently 3.5 games earlier in the series has now eroded to 1.5 games over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros). . . . The Isotopes and Bees split their only four-game series of the season. 35,451 attended the series at Spring Mobile Ballpark for a per-game average of 8,863. All-time, Salt Lake holds a 22-17 series advantage. . . . Albuquerque went 5-3 on the just-completed roadtrip to Tacoma and Salt Lake. . . . The three Isotope hits in the game tied a team season-low and was the second time this roadtrip the Isotopes were only able to muster three hits. . . . John Ely continues to give the Isotopes great pitching - he's tossed four starts in a row of 6+ innings and 3 or fewer runs. . . . After a day off on Wednesday, Albuquerque returns to action Thursday to start a season-longest 12 game homestand. Up first is four games against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics). Probables in the opener are LHP Michael Antonini (1-1, 4.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Brad Peacock (4-1, 3.66) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/15/2012

May 14, 2012 - Isotopes (24-15)

Spring Mobile Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 010 100 --  2  6  1
Salt Lake    000 200 10x --  3  8  0

WP: Garrett Richards (4-1)
LP: Stephen Fife (3-3)
SV: Ryan Brasier (5)

HR: ABQ Jerry Sands (7) off Richards (7th inning, S)  
	
TIME: 2:37
ATT: 5,569
Stephen Fife returned to the field that he played his college ball on and had a good outing and Jerry Sands homered for the second night in a row but the Isotopes fell just one run short in a 3-2 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Monday evening. Albuquerque snapped a two-game winning streak with the loss.

Salt Lake plated two runs in the 4th inning to lead 2-0 and Albuquerque tied up the game over the next 3 frames. In the 5th inning, Jerry Sands doubled and later scored on Joe Becker's groundout. Sands solo-homered in the 7th inning to tie up the game.

Salt Lake plated the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning. Doug Deeds led things off with a single and took second base on a wild pitch. An out later, Deeds went to third base on Ed Lucas' single and scored on Andrew Romine's sacrifice bunt.

Fife, who played college ball at the University of Utah, called Spring Mobile Ballpark home for most of their games. Fife allowed 3 runs (2 earned) and 7 hits in 7 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.278), 1 BB
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x4 (.263), 1 BB, 1 K
Shawn Tolleson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB 1 K, 0 HR, 13.50 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers placed IF Juan Uribe on the major-league Disabled List with a left wrist injury and purchased the contract of IF Elian Herrera from Albuquerque. To make room on the Dodgers 40 man roster for Herrera, OF Trent Oeltjen was designated for assignment. Oeltjen might rejoin the Isotopes in a few days after the waivers procedure is completed. . . . With Elian Herrera headed to the Dodgers, Ivan DeJesus Jr. is the current longest hitting streak holder with a 5 game hitting streak. . . . Josh Bell of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Bell hit .522 (12x23) with 2 homers and 12 RBI. . . . Chris Rusin of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Rusin won both of his starts for the week and in 14 innings, allowed 1 run (0.64 ERA), 8 hits, walked 4 and struck out 12. . . . The series continues with a Tuesday morning contest. Probables are RHP John Ely (3-2, 4.28) for the Isotopes and RHP Eric Hurley (2-3, 7.64) for the Bees.

Filed 05/14/2012

May 13, 2012 - Isotopes (24-14)

Spring Mobile Ballpark

Albuquerque  401 030 200 --  10  16  1
Salt Lake    030 100 012 --   7   9  0

WP: Will Savage (7-0)
LP: Matt Shoemaker (2-3)

HR: ABQ Jerry Sands (5) off Shoemaker (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (6) off Shoemaker (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:57
ATT: 5,578
Jerry Sands homered twice and drove in three runs and Will Savage tied a franchise record with the victory in Albuquerque's 10-7 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Mother's Day evening in Salt Lake City.

Albuquerque didn't waste any time building a solid lead over the Bees. Joe Becker led off the game with a single and scored on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s triple. Josh Fields singled home DeJesus Jr. and Jeff Baisley singled to put runners on the corners. Luis Cruz grounded into a double play with Fields scampering home to score and Sands followed with a solo homer to give Albuquerque a 4-0 lead.

Salt Lake plated three runs in the 2nd inning to trail by a run at 4-3. Doug Deeds had a run-scoring double and Ed Lucas knocked in two runs with a single.

Sands drew a two-out 3rd inning walk, went to second base on Tim Federowicz's single and scored on Trent Oeltjen's single. Federowicz was thrown out at home plate trying to score on the play to end the inning.

Robinzon Diaz sacrifice flied out in the 4th inning as Salt Lake pulled to a run down at 5-4.

That was as close as the Bees would get as Albuquerque put up five unanswered runs over the next three innings. In the 5th inning, Baisley doubled, scored on Cruz's double and Sands followed with a two-run homer and in the 7th inning, Tyler Henson doubled home Sands and Oeltjen.

Salt Lake got their final runs on an Efren Navarro single in the 8th inning and run-scoring 9th inning singles from Andrew Romine and Matt Long.

Savage allowed 4 runs (3 earned) and 5 hits in 6 innings of work.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x5 (.277)
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x4 (.264), 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI (6), 1 BB, 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Will Savage tied a franchise record for most consecutive winning decisions, previously set by Daniel Barone in 2007 and reliever Hyang-Nam Choi in 2009. Savage's 7th victory of the season gives him the PCL lead. . . . Albuquerque is a season-best 10 games over the .500 mark and the Isotopes remain 3.5 games up in the division. . . . Elian Herrera did not play so he didn't have a chance to extend or break his team-leading 17 game hitting streak. . . . In Mother's Day contests, Albuquerque is 4-6, including 2-1 in Mother's Day road contests. . . . Jerry Sands had his first multi-homer night of the season and he was the fourth Isotope with two homers in a game this season. Sands also tied a franchise record with 4 runs scored in a game. . . . The Dodgers announced their Dodger Pride award winners for April. At the Triple-A level, P Josh Wall and IF Alex Castellanos were the winners. Wall went 1-0 with five saves during the month and compiled a 1.74 ERA in ten relief appearances. Castellanos hit .366 for the month with 4 homers and won a weekly PCL award. . . . The series continues Monday evening with RHP Stephen Fife (3-2, 6.03) expected to toe the rubber for Albuquerque against Salt Lake RHP Garrett Richards (3-1, 4.66).

Filed 05/13/2012

May 12, 2012 - Isotopes (23-14)

Spring Mobile Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 021 200 --  5  10  1
Salt Lake    101 000 011 --  4   8  1

WP: Derrick Loop (4-1)
LP: Greg Smith (0-1)
SV: Wilfredo Ledezma (2)

HR: ABQ Tyler Hanson (1) off Smith (5th inning, 2R)

    SLC Ryan Langerhans (5) off Troncoso (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:06
ATT: 9,050
After spotting the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) a 2-0 lead, Albuquerque roared back with five runs and held off a late Bees charge in taking the opener of the series 5-4. Albuquerque enjoys a season-best 3.5 game division lead with the second and third place teams in the division losing on Saturday evening.

Matt Long sacrifice flied out for the Bees in the 1st inning in the 3rd inning, Kole Calhoun doubled home a run as Salt Lake led 2-0.

In the 5th inning, Tim Federowicz drew a two-out walk and scored on Tyler Hanson's two-run homer to tie the game. It was Hanson's first game as an Isotope after being promoted from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

The Isotopes took the lead the very next inning when Josh Fields singled and scored on Luis Cruz's double.

Ivan DeJesus Jr. doubled home two runs in the 7th inning with two outs to extend Albuquerque's lead to 5-2.

Ryan Langerhans solo homered for Salt Lake in the 8th inning to get the Bees to two runs down and in the 9th inning, Isotopes reliever Josh Wall ran into problems. Wall entered the game looking for the save and immediately gave up a leadoff walk to Ed Lucas. After Andrew Romine flew out, pinch-hitter Efren Navarro doubled home Lucas. Wilfredo Ledezma entered the game in relief of Wall and got Matt Long to fly out with Navarro tagging up to third base on the play. Ledezma got Calhoun to fly out for the final out of the game to give Ledezma his second save, both on this current roadtrip.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve allowed 2 runs and 4 hits in 4 innings in his first start coming back from the Disabled List.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.271), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x5 (.233), 1 2B (4), 2 RBI (5), 1 K
Josh Wall: 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.02 ERA



'TOPES NOTES:
Elian Herrera contines to add to his hitting streak. Herrera had two hits in the game and extended his streak to 17 games. Herrera is just two games away from tying the Isotopes franchise record for longest hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes are 9-2 in games decided by a run. . . . The series continues Mother's Day evening. Probables are RHP Will Savage (6-0, 3.22) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Shoemaker (2-2, 6.86) for the Bees.

Filed 05/12/2012

May 11, 2012 - Isotopes (22-14)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  3  0
Tacoma       000 100 03x --  4  6  0

WP: Andrew Carraway (1-0)
LP: Michael Antonini (1-1)
SV: Oliver Perez (1)

HR: TAC Guillermo Quiroz (6) off Antonini (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:32
ATT: 7,225
Despite the fact Isotopes starter Michael Antonini had a great outing, he got no run support and Albuquerque was only able to muster 3 hits as they were blanked by the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 4-0 in the series finale in Tacoma on Friday evening. Albuquerque snapped a four-game winning streak with the loss.

Guillero Quiroz solo homered in the 4th inning as Antonini's only blemish in the runs column on the scoreboard.

Albuquerque was no hit through 6 innings by Rainiers pitcher Andrew Carraway, who was making his Triple-A debut. In the 7th inning, Elian Herrera led off with a single to break up the no hitter.

Isotopes reliever Shawn Tolleson made his Isotopes debut in the 8th inning, fresh from a callup from Class-AA Chattanooga. After Luis Rodriguez struck out, former-Isotope Trayvon Robinson singled, Carlos Triunfel followed with a single and Carlos Peguero walked to load the bases. Vinnie Catricala struck out but Robinson scored on a wild pitch on the play. Another wild pitch brought home Triunfel and Quiroz singled home Peguero as the Rainers plated three runs in the inning.

Antonini ended up allowing one run and 3 hits in 6 innings while fanning 8 Rainiers batters.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.279)
Shawn Tolleson: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 27.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Justin Sellers is headed back in the big leagues. Only days after the Dodgers optioned him to Albuquerque, the Dodgers recalled him when IF Jerry Hairston Jr. was placed on the major league disabled list. In other Isotopes transactions on a busy transaction day, P Fernando Nieve was activated from the Disabled List, P Ryan Tucker went on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain, and IF Tyler Hanson was transferred to Albuquerque from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. . . . P Mike MacDougal, whom the Dodgers designated for assignment on May 3rd, will not end up in an Isotopes uniform as he was released on Friday. . . . Albuquerque took three out of the four games in their only 2012 series against Tacoma and 18,159 attended for a per game average of 4,540. All-time, Albuquerque holds a 22-18 series advantage. . . . Elian Herrera's single extended his hitting streak to a team-season best 16 games. . . . Albuquerque did not get a base runner past second base in the game and was shut out for the second time this season. . . . Albuquerque concludes the current roadtrip with a four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Probables in the opener on Saturday evening are RHP Fernando Nieve (1-1, 12.41) for the Isotopes and LHP Greg Smith (No Record) for the Bees.

Filed 05/11/2012

May 10, 2012 - Isotopes (22-13)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  002 001 000 --  3  9  2
Tacoma       001 000 100 --  2  5  0

WP: John Ely (3-2)
LP: Jarrett Grube (0-2)
SV: Wilfredo Ledezma (1)

TIME: 3:14
ATT: 4,286
John Ely allowed two runs in 7 innings and fanned a team-best 11 batters in the game and Ivan DeJesus Jr. knocked in two runs as the Isotopes continued their winning streak with a 3-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in Tacoma on Thursday evening. Albuquerque has won four straight games.

In the 3rd inning, Josh Bard and Matt Angle drew walks and after Elian Herrera struck out, Ivan DeJesus Jr. doubled them home for a 2-0 Isotopes lead.

Former Isotope Trayvon Robinson reached on an error with a run scoring on the play as the Rainiers plated their first run of the night.

Luis Cruz doubled with two outs and scored on Bard's single in the 6th inning to extend the Isotopes lead back to two runs at 3-1.

Tacoma scored their final run in the 7th inning when Luis Rodriguez walked and scored on Johan Limonta's double.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x5 (.240), 1 2B (3), 2 RBI (3), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
In the transactions department, P Shawn Tolleson was transferred from Class-AA Chattanooga to Albuquerque. Tolleson, the 15th best Dodger prospect according to BASEBALL AMERICA, made 11 relief appearances in Chattanooga this season and compiled a 0-0 record with 5 saves and a 1.38 ERA. He struck out 19 batters in 13 innings pitched. IF Joe Becker was transferred from rookie level Ogden to Albuquerque and OF Alfredo Silverio was assigned to the Isotopes and then placed on the Disabled List. According to Dodgers.com, Silverio, the Dodgers 4th best prospect according to BASEBALL AMERICA, was involved in a serious auto accident in his native Dominican Republic during the 2011-2012 offseason and suffered a concussion and bruises to his neck and shoulder among other injuries. Earlier this week, Silverio underwent Tommy John reconstruction surgery on his right (throwing) elbow and will miss the rest of the 2012 season. Silverio played at Class-AA Chattanooga in 2011 and hit .306 with 16 homers and 85 RBI. . . . Scott Van Slyke made his MLB debut with the Dodgers on Thursday and had a broken-bat pinch-hit RBI single in his debut, the first Dodger with a RBI in a pinch-hit debut at-bat since Carl Warwick on April 11, 1961. . . . Albuquerque is a season-best 9 games over the .500 mark and maintains their largest division lead of the season at 2.5 games since the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) also won this evening. The Isotopes have won five straight road games, a season best, and at 10-9 have a winning road record for the first time this season. . . . Elian Herrera had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. . . . Isotope batters struck out 15 times in the game -- one shy of the franchise record for a 9-inning game -- and Isotope pitchers struck out Rainiers batters 14 times, both season highs. . . . John Ely is the king of quality starts on the Isotopes pitching staff. Ely has five quality starts counting tonight's effort, including three in a row. . . . There were two Isotope ejections in the game. Home Plate umpire Barry Larson was busy in the 6th inning throwing out both LF Jerry Sands and Hitting Coach John Valentin after Sands was called out on strikes. It was the first ejection for each this season and there have been five total Isotope ejections. . . . The two teams play their last regular season contest of the 2012 season on Friday evening. Probables are LHP Michael Antonini (1-0, 4.50) for the Isotopes and RHP Andrew Carraway (No Record) for the Rainiers who will be making his Triple-A debut.

Filed 05/10/2012

May 9, 2012 - Isotopes (21-13)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  000 300 411 --  9  10  0
Tacoma       011 301 010 --  7  14  0
 
WP: Derrick Loop (3-1)
LP: Chance Ruffin (0-4)
SV: Josh Wall (9)

HR: ABQ Jerry Sands (4) off Snow (7th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Matt Angle (1) off Ruffin (7th inning, 2R)

    TAC Carlos Triunfel (5) off Fife (3rd inning, S)	
	
TIME: 3:03
ATT: 3,436
Jerry Sands and Matt Angle each two-run homered and Sands drove in four runs total as the Isotopes defeated the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 9-7 to extend their winning streak to 3 games and extend Tacoma's losing streak to 6 games.

Brent Bantz singled home a run in the 2nd inning and Carlos Triunfel solo-homered in the 3rd inning to give the Rainiers a 2-0 lead.

Albuquerque got on the scoreboard and took the lead in the 4th inning. Elian Herrera singled, Ivan DeJesus Jr. doubled down the right field line and Josh Fields cashed in Herrera with a sacrifice flyout to center field. DeJesus Jr. went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Jeff Baisley's single to tie the game. Trent Oeltjen singled, both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and Sands sacrifice flied out to right-center field to drive in Baisley for a 3-2 Isotope lead.

In the home half of the 4th inning, Bantz singled home another run and Triunfel singled home two runs as the Rainiers regained the lead at 5-3. Tacoma added another run in the 6th inning when Triunfel doubled home a run.

Albuquerque powered their way back into the lead in the 7th inning. Oeltjen walked and Sands followed with a two-run homer to left field and an out later, Justin Sellers doubled and scored on Angle's two-run homer to right-center field as the Isotopes led 7-6.

Albuquerque added an insurance run in the 8th inning. Josh Fields walked, went to second and third base on a pair of groundouts and scored on Sands' double off the left-field wall.

Former Isotope Trayvon Robinson singled home a run in the bottom of the 8th inning as Tacoma pulled to a run down at 8-7 and Albuquerque got that run back in the 9th inning. Angle tripled over the head of Rainiers center-fielder Robinson with one out and scored on DeJesus Jr.'s sacrifice flyout to right-center field.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Isotopes closer Josh Wall allowed a leadoff single but worked out of possible trouble by inducing a double play and then preserved the Isotope win with a groundout for the final out of the game.

Isotopes starter Stephen Fife allowed 5 runs, all earned, and 10 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.287), 2 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 2x4 (.200), 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI (1), 2 K
Josh Wall: SV (9), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 3.52 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque had a pair of transactions on Wednesday. The Dodgers placed Juan Rivera on the major-league Disabled List with a significant hamstring strain and recalled Scott Van Slyke from Albuquerque. Van Slyke will be making his MLB Debut if he can get into a game while with the Dodgers. P Mike Parisi was placed on the Disabled List with right shoulder impingement. . . . Albuquerque is a season-high 8 games over the .500 mark with today's victory, a season best 2.5 games up in the division, is 5-1 in games decided by two runs, and has a season-best four game road winning streak. . . . Isotopes starter Stephen Fife allowed a run in the 2nd inning, snapping a streak of 14 2/3 innings without having allowed a score. . . . Elian Herrera singled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. . . . Albuquerque turned three double plays in a game for the second day in a row. . . . The series rolls on Thursday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (2-2, 4.64) for the Isotopes and RHP Brian Sweeney (0-0, 6.32) for the Rainiers.

Filed 05/09/2012

May 8, 2012 - Isotopes (20-13)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  000 310 000 --  4  5  0
Tacoma       000 000 200 --  2  9  0

WP: Will Savage (6-0)
LP: Jeff Marquez (2-3)
SV: Josh Wall (8)

HR: TAC Guillermo Quiroz (5) off Savage (7th inning, 2R)

TIME: 2:51
ATT: 3,212
Will Savage continues to excel in his role in the starting rotation. In his fourth start since coming out of the bullpen, Savage allowed two runs and 8 hits in 6 2/3 innings in Albuquerque's 4-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in the opener of a series in Tacoma on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque remained in first place by 1.5 games as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) survived their 16-inning marathon game with a win.

Albuquerque was the first team on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Albuquerque quickly loaded the bags with no outs -- Josh Fields walked, Scott Van Slyke singled and Jeff Baisley walked. Jerry Sands grounded out to plate Fields and Luis Cruz singled home Van Slyke. Justin Sellers followed with a sacrifice flyout to score Baisley.

In the 5th inning, Fields drew a two-out walk, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Van Slyke's double for a 4-0 Isotope lead.

Guillermo Quiroz two-run homered for Tacoma's only runs in the 7th inning.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 2x4 (.336), 1 R, 1 2B (9), 1 RBI (25), 1 K
Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x3 (.125), 1 BB, 3 K
Josh Wall: SV (8), 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 3.77 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque has won two straight games, they are a season-best 7 games over the .500 mark, and they turned a season-best 3 double plays in the game. . . . Will Savage's quality start tonight was his third of the season. . . . The series continues Wednesday afternoon. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (3-2, 5.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Forrest Snow (0-3, 7.58) for the Rainiers.

Filed 05/08/2012

May 7, 2012 - Isotopes (19-13)

Isotopes Park

Nashville    201 000 000 -- 3  9  0
Albuquerque  100 303 10x -- 8  9  0

WP: Cole St. Clair (1-0)
LP: Brian Baker (1-2) 

HR: ABQ Luis Cruz (3) off Rivas (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 10,126
Luis Cruz homered and drove in four runs as the Isotopes completed their series and homestand with a 8-3 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) on a windy afternoon at "The Lab".

The Isotopes spotted Nashville two runs in the 1st inning before getting on the board themselves in the bottom half of the inning. Elian Herrera doubled, went to third on Trent Oeltjen's groundout and scored on Scott Van Slyke's single.

Hainley Statis doubled home a run for the Sounds in the 3rd inning for a 3-1 Nashville lead before Albuquerque gained the advantage in the 4th inning. Josh Fields, Van Slyke and Jeff Baisley all drew walks to load the bases with none out. Jerry Sands sacrifice flied out to bring home Fields and Tim Federowicz had a sacrifice fly of his own to score Van Slyke. Cruz doubled home Baisley for the go-ahead run as Albuquerque led 4-3.

In the 6th inning, Sands reached on a fielder's choice, Federowicz singled and Cruz gave the Isotopes insurance runs with a three run homer.

Sands sacrifice flied out to bring home Oeltjen in the 7th inning with the final run of the game.

Isotopes starter Mike Parisi tossed 2 innings, allowing two runs and 4 hits before leaving the game with right shoulder tightness. It has not been reported if this injury or precautionary removal from the game will affect his next scheduled rotation start.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.299), 1 R, 1 RBI (16)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.331), 1 R, 1 RBI (24), 1 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
There were quite a few Isotope transactions on Monday. The Dodgers recalled IF Ivan DeJesus Jr. from his rehabilitation assignment and then optioned him to Albuquerque. IF Justin Sellers, who was optioned to Albuquerque late last week, was finally added to the active roster. IF Joe Becker was assigned to rookie-level Ogden and both P Brent Leach and IF Lance Zawadzki were released. . . . The Isotopes tied their season best high water mark of 6 games over the .500 mark and enjoy their largest division lead of the season at 1.5 games. . . . Elian Herrrera's double in the 1st inning extended his hitting streak to a team season-best 13 games. . . . The three sacrifice flyouts in a game was the most for Albuquerque this season and Jerry Sands tied a franchise record with two sacrifice flys in a game. . . . Albuquerque took three out of the four games in the series against Nashville and a home series best 41,611 fans attended for a per-game average of 10,403. 69,219 enjoyed the eight games at Isotopes Park against Oklahoma City and Nashville. . . . Isotopes pitching did not allow a homer in a series for the first time since August-Septmeber last season in a four-game series in Memphis. . . . A pair of Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) won the PCL weekly awards. Josh Donaldson was the Hitter of the Week for hitting .579 (11x19) with 2 homers and 9 RBI. Starter Graham Godfrey was the Pitcher of the Week as he won both of his starts and did not allow an earned run. Godfrey tossed 13 innings, allowing 16 hits, 1 run (unearned), walked 1 and fanned 9. . . . The Isotopes begin the first of two 16-game stretches in what is the PCL-simulation of interleague play -- playing Pacific Conference opponents. Albuquerque begins in Tacoma to see the newly renovated Cheney Stadium in a series against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners). Cheney Stadium was renovated in time for the start of the 2011 season but the Isotopes and Rainiers played their only four-game series in Albuquerque last season. The Isotopes hope they can fare better at newer Cheney Stadium than the old Cheney Stadium where they went 5-11 all-time and are in the midst of a 3 game losing streak in Tacoma. Probables in the opener are RHP Will Savage (5-0, 3.34) for the Isotopes and RHP Jeff Marquez (2-2, 5.87) for the Rainiers.

Filed 05/07/2012

May 6, 2012 - Isotopes (18-13)

Isotopes Park

Nashville    000 110 200 -- 4  9  0
Albuquerque  000 111 000 -- 3  9  1

WP: Johnnie Lowe (2-0)
LP: Derrick Loop (2-1)
SV: Jim Henderson (1)

HR: ABQ Elian Herrera (2) off Meadows (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:30
ATT: 5,333
The Isotopes fought hard to get a lead in the 6th inning but could not hold it in a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) on Sunday afternoon. Albuquerque snapped a three-game winning streak but remained in first place in the division.

Nashville was the first to get on the scoreboard. In the 4th inning, Hainley Statis walked and scored on Sean Halton's double to left-center field.

The Isotopes tied the game in their half of the 4th inning. Isotopes starter Michael Antonini infield singled and scored on Elian Herrera's triple down the right field line.

Nashville scored a run on a wild pitch in the 5th inning to regain the lead before Albuquerque re-tied the game in the bottom half of the 5th inning. Jeff Baisley singled and an out later Jerry Sands reached on a single. After Tim Federowicz struck out swinging, Matt Angle doubled to the left-field wall with Baisley scoring and the go-ahead run Sands was thrown out at home plate for the final out of the inning.

Herrera homered to left-center field in the 6th inning to give Albuquerque their only lead of the day at 3-2.

Before the 7th inning stretch, Nashville's Logan Schafer drew a one out walk, went to second base on Eric Farris' single and scored on Jordan Brown's double to right-center field. Farris went to third base on the double and scored on pinch-hitter Jeff Bianchi's sacrifice flyout to give Nashville a 4-3 lead.

Antonini allowed 2 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.298), 1 2B (9), 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 0x3 (.330), 2 BB

DODGERS Rehab Report

Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x5 (.154), 1 K

DeJesus Jr. made his fourth rehab assignment appearance with his first appearance at third base (the other three starts were at second base). DeJesus Jr. grounded out, struck out, reached on a fielder's choice, and grounded out twice more after that.


'TOPES NOTES:
Elian Herrera's 4th inning triple extended his team season-best hitting streak to 12 games. Matt Angle doubled to extend his hitting streak to 9 games, the second longest team hitting streak of the season. . . . Scott Van Slyke went homerless to snap a three-game streak with a homer. . . . Michael Antonini had his first quality start of the season today. . . . The series (and homestand) concludes with a Monday afternoon contest. Probables are RHP Mike Parisi (1-1, 2.25) for the Isotopes and RHP Brian Baker (1-1, 6.27) for the Sounds.

Filed 05/06/2012

May 5, 2012 - Isotopes (18-12)

Isotopes Park

Nashville    000 000 200 --  2  9  0
Albuquerque  010 001 02x --  4  5  0

WP: Wilfredo Ledezma (1-2)
LP: Mike McClendon (1-1)
SV: Josh Wall (7)

HR: ABQ Scott Van Slyke (8) off Rogers (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:38
ATT: 13,087
Scott Van Slyke drew a bases-loaded walk in the 8th inning that provided the go-ahead run as Albuquerque defeated the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) 4-2 on Cinco de Mayo evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won three straight games and moved into sole possession of first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division.

Van Slyke solo homered in the 2nd inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.

The Isotopes added to their lead in the 6th inning. Elian Herrera singled with two outs, went to third base on Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s single and scored on a wild pitch.

Nashville knotted the game at 2-2 with a two-run 7th inning. Taylor Green's RBI double and Sean Halton's groundout provided the scoring.

Albuquerque grabbed the lead for good in the 8th inning. Matt Angle doubled and an out later, DeJesus Jr. walked. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position and Josh Fields was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up an opportunity for an inning-ending double play. Van Slyke had a good eye and drew a walk with Angle scoring and Jeff Baisley followed with a single into left to bring in DeJesus Jr. with an insurance run.

Isotopes reliever Josh Wall was able to close the deal without any issues tonight (unlike his last outing when the Isotopes were up on the Oklahoma City Redhawks with one out to go and Wall allowed the runs that gave the Redhawks the lead and eventual win). Wall struck out Erick Almonte and got Logan Schafer and Eric Farris to ground out to lock up his team-leading 7th save.

Isotopes starter John Ely allowed 2 runs and 8 hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 1x2 (.339), 1 R, 1 HR (8), 2 RBI (23), 2 BB
Josh Wall: SV (7), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.15 ERA

DODGERS Rehab Report

Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 1x3 (.250), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (1)

DeJesus Jr. appeared in his third rehabiliation assignment game for Albuquerque and tonight was the first time he played the whole game.

DeJesus Jr. flew out in the 1st inning, lined out to the outfield in the 4th inning, singled and stole a base in the 6th inning and walked and scored a run in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque is a season-best 6 games over the .500 mark and is in first place in the division for the first time this season. . . . The crowd of 13,087 was the largest crowd of the season for Albuquerque, surpassing last night's previous season largest crowd by 22 fans. Tonight's crowd is the 24th largest in Isotopes Park regular season history and is the largest crowd at Isotopes Park ever for a game in May. With tonight's count, Albuquerque took over the top spot in PCL season attendance with 107,351, besting Round Rock's 106,148 through 14 home dates. The Isotopes total season attendance is currently third in all of American Triple-A baseball. . . . Scott Van Slyke has homered in three straight games, the most for an Isotope this season, and he has hit four homers in those three games. . . . Elian Herrera hit safely to extend his 2012 Isotope season-best hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Albuquerque has dominated the Sounds in recent history between the two clubs, having won the last five matchups. . . . The series concludes with a pair of afternoon contests. Sunday afternoon's contest is expected to feature LHP Michael Antonini (1-0, 4.88) for the Isotopes against Nashville's RHP Wily Peralta (1-2, 3.72).

Filed 05/05/2012

May 4, 2012 - Isotopes (17-12)

Isotopes Park

Nashville    000 000 010 -- 1  6  2
Albuquerque  032 030 00x -- 8  10  1

WP: Stephen Fife (3-2)
LP: Seth McClung (0-3) 

HR: ABQ Scott Van Slyke (7) off McClung (5th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Jeff Baisley (4) off McClung (5th inning, S) 
	
TIME: 2:45
ATT: 13,065
The largest home crowd of the season witnessed the Isotopes move into a tie for first place with an 8-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) in the opener of a four-game series at "The Lab" on Friday evening.

In the 2nd inning, Scott Van Slyke reached on an error and scored on Jeff Baisley's double. Two outs later, Luis Cruz doubled home Baisley and Isotopes starter Stephen Fife singled home Cruz for a 3-0 lead.

Albuquerque added two more runs in the 3rd inning. Josh Fields singled, Baisley doubled and both runners scored when Tim Federowicz reached on an error.

The Isotopes powered their way for their last three runs in the 5th inning. Fields drew a one out walk and scored on Van Slyke's team-leading 7th homer of the season. Baisley followed with a solo homer and his team-leading 23rd RBI of the year.

Nashville avoided the shutout in the 8th inning when Logan Schafer tripled and scored on Eric Farris' sacrifice fly.

Fife allowed no runs and 3 hits in 7 innings, while walking one Sound and fanning 7.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.300), 1 2B (8)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.336), 2 R, 1 HR (7), 2 RBI (21), 1 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Ivan DeJesus Jr.: 0x3 (.200), 1 K

DeJesus Jr. made his second rehab outing for Albuquerque and flew out, struck out and lined out to the pitcher. DeJesus Jr. was lifted for pinch-hitter Joe Becker in the bottom of the 6th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers signed Bobby Abreu to a contract and optioned IF Justin Sellers to Albuquerque on Friday. Sellers made the Dodgers out of spring training but only hit .150 (3x20) with no runs and no RBI. . . . The Isotopes have won two straight games, are a season-best 5 games over the .500 mark, and are in a first place tie for the first time since Opening Day April 5th when every team in the league was 0-0. Albuquerque is tied with the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers) atop the PCL American Conference Southern Divison. . . . The crowd of 13,065 was the largest crowd Albuquerque has played in front of this season (at home or on the road) and it was the 26th largest regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history. . . . Albuquerque is a perfect 4-0 in the opening game of a home four-game series this season. . . . Stephen Fife has a 13 scoreless inning streak going and he's won his last three pitching decisions. Fife has a quality start in his last two outings. . . . Isotope players have back-to-back homered twice this season and Scott Van Slyke and Jeff Baisley were involved in both of them. Van Slyke has homered in back-to-back games for the second time this season. . . . The series continues Saturday night with another Fireworks night and the hope of being in first place outright with another Isotopes victory and another Redhawks loss. Probables are RHP John Ely (2-2, 5.06) for the Isotopes and RHP Mark Rogers (0-2, 4.76) for the Sounds.

Filed 05/04/2012

May 3, 2012 - Isotopes (16-12)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  301 000 001 --   5  11  1
Albuquerque    037 001 31x --  15  24  2

WP: Will Savage (5-0)
LP: Paul Clemens (2-2) 

HR: OKC Justin Ruggiano (3) off Savage (1st inning, 2R)
  
    ABQ Will Savage (1) off Perez (3rd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Scott Van Slyke (5) off Perez (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Scott Van Slyke (6) off Flores (7th inning, 3R)	
	
TIME: 3:25
ATT: 7,548
The Isotopes concluded their series with division-leader Oklahama City Redhawks (AAA Astros) by erupting for 15 runs -- led by Scott Van Slyke's two homer, 4 RBI night -- and a franchise record-tying 24 hits in a 15-5 victory on Thursday evening. Albuquerque lept into second place in the division and is just one game back of the Redhawks.

Oklahoma City put three quick runs on the scoreboard in the 1st inning. Scott Moore doubled home a run before scoring on Justin Ruggiano's two-run homer.

Albuquerque tied up the game with a three-run 2nd inning. Trent Oeltjen walked, stole second base and went to third base on Jerry Sands' single. Tim Federowicz sacrifice flied out to bring home Oeltjen. Matt Angle singled with Sands advancing to third base on the hit and an error on the play and Isotopes starter Will Savage brought Sands home with a sacrifice bunt. Elian Herrera then singled home Angle.

The Redhawks did not take long to regain the lead at 4-3 when Jimmy Paredes singled home Moore.

The Isotopes had a big 7-run 3rd inning to take back the lead and for good. Josh Fields started things with a single and Van Slyke followed with a single. Fields scored on Oeltjen's double and Sands tripled home Van Slyke and Oeltjen. After Federowicz grounded out, Angle tripled to drive in Sands and Savage followed with a two-run homer. Herrera followed with a ground rule double, Ivan DeJesus Jr. was hit by a pitch and Fields singled home Herrera as Albuquerque led 10-4.

Van Slyke solo-homered in the 6th inning and blasted a three-run homer in the 7th inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to 14-4.

Isotopes reliever Wilfredo Ledezma knocked in Federowicz for the final Isotopes run in the 8th inning, and in the 9th inning, Oklahoma City plated their final run of the game on an error.

Savage allowed 4 runs and 8 hits in 5 innings and he was a benefactor of Albuquerque's big early scoring to earn his team leading 5th victory.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.302), 1 R, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI (15)
Scott Van Slyke: 3x5 (.340), 3 R, 2 HR (6), 4 RBI (19), 1 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Ivan DeJesus Jr: 1x2 (.500), 1 2B (1)

DeJesus Jr. began a rehabilitation assignment Thursday and doubled in his first at-bat in the 1st inning. Josh Fields singled as the next batter and DeJesus Jr. was thrown out at home plate trying to score on the play.

DeJesus Jr. grounded out in the 2nd inning, was hit by a pitch in the 3rd inning and went to third base on Fields' single before being stranded there at the end of the inning, and was replaced by Joe Becker in the 5th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers recalled P Ronald Belisario from his rehabilitation assignment and then activated him from the Major League suspended list. The Isotopes roster won't be affected immediately as P Mike MacDougall was designated for assignment. It is too soon to know if MacDougall will eventually end up on the Isotopes. The Dodgers sent IF Ivan DeJesus Jr. to Albuquerque on a rehabilitation assignment as DeJesus Jr. continues to heal from a left oblique strain. . . . Albuquerque set season bests with 15 runs scored in a game, a 7-run single inning, a 10 run winning margin, 43 total bases, and 10 extra base hits. The Isotopes' 24 hits tied a franchise record that was set on two prior occasions. . . . Will Savage's homer was the first homer by an Isotopes pitcher since August 26, 2007 (Wes Obermueller). Savage's three RBI was the most for an Isotopes pitcher in a game this season. . . . Elian Herrera had a four-hit game, extending his Isotopes 2012 best hitting streak to 10 games. . . . Jerry Sands tied an Isotopes franchise record with two triples in the game. . . . The Isotopes took three out of the four games in the series from the Redhawks and 27,608 attended at "The Lab" for a per-game average of 6,902. . . . The Isotopes end division play for about three weeks and open up their first series of the year against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (2-2, 7.25) for the Isotoeps and RHP Seth McClung (0-2, 8.10) for the Sounds.

Filed 05/03/2012

May 2, 2012 - Isotopes (15-12)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  000 000 004 --  4  8  0
Albuquerque    000 000 100 --  1  7  0

WP: Adalberto Flores (1-0)
LP: Josh Wall (1-1)
SV: Jose Valdez (5)

TIME: 2:49
ATT: 6,670
The Isotopes blew a chance for a first place tie on Wednesday evening. Isotopes reliever Josh Wall, a perfect six-for-six in save opportunities, entered the game in the 9th inning to lock down the victory but instead allowed four runs as the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) stunned the Isotopes 4-1. Albuquerque snapped a four-game winning streak and fell to two games back of the Redhawks in the division.

Albuquerque was the first to end the scoreless deadlock. In the 7th inning, Jerry Sands singled, Tim Federowicz laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Sands into scoring position, and Joe Becker brought Sands home with a double.

Wall entered the game in the 9th inning looking to secure his team-leading 7th save. Things started out well when Wall got two outs, but then Brett Wallace doubled and scored on Jimmy Paredes double to tie the game at 1-1. Brad Snyder and Carlos Corporan drew walks to load the bases and pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano cleared them with a double to provide the Redhawks with the game winning runs.

The defeat ruined a great outing from Isotopes starter Mike Parisi. Parisi tossed 7 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks with 7 strikeouts.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x2 (.305)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.327), 1 BB
Josh Wall: (BS,1)(L, 1-1) 2/3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.50 ERA

DODGERS Rehab Report

Ronald Belisario: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

Belisario made what is expected to be his final appearance for the Isotopes. He tossed 12 pitches, 10 for strikes, and faced four batters in the 8th inning.

Belisario gave up a leadoff single before getting three straight groundouts to end the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The defeat snapped a six game Isotopes home winning streak. . . . Elian Herrera doubled to extend his hitting streak to 9 games, the most for an Isotope this season. . . . Luis Cruz went 0x4 to snap his 8-game hitting streak. . . . Mike Parisi has had three quality starts in a row - allowing just three runs in 21 innings over those last three outings. . . . The series concludes Thursday evening with Albuquerque hoping to get back in the win column so the Redhawks can leave town just one game up in the division. Probables are RHP Will Savage (4-0, 2.55) for the Isotopes and RHP Paul Clemens (1-1, 1.59) for the Redhawks.

Filed 05/02/2012

May 1, 2012 - Isotopes (15-11)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  000 132 000 --  6   7  1
Albuquerque    121 111 00x --  7  14  1

WP: Brent Leach (1-2)
LP: Mickey Storey (0-1)
SV: Josh Wall (6)

HR: OKC Justin Ruggiano (2) off Antonini (4th inning, S)
    OKC Fernando Martinez (5) off Antonini (5th inning, 3R)

    ABQ Luis Cruz (2) off Storey (5th inning, S)	
	
TIME: 3:12
ATT: 6,418
It was slow and steady for the Isotopes on Tuesday night at the Lab. Albuquerque plated runs in the 1st through 6th innings and it was just enough scoring to hold off the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) 7-6. Albuquerque has won four straight games and is one game back of the Redhawks in the division.

In the 1st inning, Trent Oeltjen raced home to score before a tag was applied on Josh Fields who was caught stealing for the final out of the inning and in the 2nd inning, Tim Federowicz doubled home a run and Matt Angle singled home Federowicz as the Isotopes led 3-0.

Fields singled and scored on Luis Cruz's double in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 4-0.

After Oklahoma City's Justin Ruggiano solo homered in the 4th inning, Isotopes starter Michael Antonini scored on Elian Herrera's double to make it 5-1 Albuquerque.

Fernando Martinez three-run homered for the Redhawks in the 5th inning to pull to 5-4 before Albuquerque added a run in their half of the 5th inning on Cruz's solo homer.

The Redhawks tied the game in the 6th inning using an error and Angel Sanchez's RBI single.

The Isotopes plated the eventual game-winning run in their half of the 6th inning. Angle doubled and later scored on Fields' sacrifice flyout.

Antonini tossed five innings, allowing 4 runs and 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out 4.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.300), 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (14), 1 BB, 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x2 (.327), 1 3B (1), 1 K
Josh Wall: SV (6), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 1.59 ERA

DODGERS Rehab Report

Ronald Belisario: 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

Belisario pitched in the first of his two expected rehabilitation assignment appearances with the Isotopes as he works towards his Thursday activation on the Dodgers roster from a 25-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy.

Belisario tossed 22 pitches in the 6th inning and allowed two unearned runs while on a strict pitch count.

Belisario is expected to toss one more inning or 20 pitches on Wednesday.

'TOPES NOTES:
P Ronald Belisario joined the Isotopes on a rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday, the first Dodger to join Albuquerque for a rehab assignment this year. . . . Albuquerque is a season-high four games over the .500 mark and in tonight's game snapped a homer drought of four games and a stolen base drought of eight games. . . . Luis Cruz and Elian Herrera each hit safely to extend their hitting streaks to 8 games, tying an Isotope season high (Josh Fields). Cruz was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy evened his Isotopes career managerial record at 85-85 with tonight's victory. Bundy had a losing record as Isotopes manager since September 2nd of last season. . . . The Isotopes look to grab a share of first place on Wednesday evening if they defeat the Redhawks and the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) lose their game at the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers). Probables are RHP Mike Parisi (1-1, 2.79) for the Isotopes and RHP Aneury Rodriguez (1-3, 6.14) for the Redhawks.

Filed 05/01/2012

April 30, 2012 - Isotopes (14-11)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  000 000 000 --  0  8  0
Albuquerque    000 013 01x --  5  8  0

WP: John Ely (2-2)
LP: Brett Oberholtzer (0-1) 

TIME: 2:37
ATT: 6,972
John Ely, Wilfredo Ledezma and Shane Lindsay combined on an eight-hit shutout, Albuquerque's first shutout of the season, as the Isotopes got the homestand off to a winning note with a 5-0 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) on Monday evening. Albuquerque has won three straight games and closed to two games back of the divison-leading Redhawks.

It took until the 5th inning for any team to get on the scoreboard. Albuquerque's Jeff Baisley and Jerry Sands singled and Baisley scored on Josh Bard's fielder's choice.

The Isotopes added some breathing room in the 6th inning. Elian Herrera and Luis Cruz singled and Josh Fields drew a walk to load the bases. After Scott Van Slyke popped out on the infield fly rule, Jeff Baisley singled home Herrera and Cruz. Sands walked before Bard lifted a sacrifice flyout to bring home Fields for a 4-0 Isotopes lead.

Albuquerque tallied their final run of the game in the 8th inning when Sands walked, went to second on a balk and scored on Matt Angle's single.

Ely tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing all 8 Redhawks hits, no runs, didn't walk any batters and fanned eight.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 0x4 (.323), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes held their first 50 cent hot dog night of the season. 29,761 hot dogs were consumed for a rate of 4.27 per fan. The total hot dogs consumed fell well short of the Isotopes hot dog night record despite the impressive per-fan average. . . . Albuquerque is three games over the .500 mark, tying a season best. . . . Despite returning to Isotopes Park, the Isotopes were not able to find the fences, making it a season-high four straight games without a homer. . . . Elian Herrera and Luis Cruz each extended their hitting streaks to 7 games. For Herrera, it is the second time this season that his hitting streak has reached 7 games. . . . John Ely struck out an Isotope season-high 8 batters. Ely tossed his third quality start of the season and Isotopes pitching has been solid in the last few days with four quality starts in a row. . . . With April in the books, here are some Isotopes April figures: 14-11 in April (7-2 at home, 7-9 on the road), 22 homers, 15 stolen bases, 143 runs scored, .282 team batting average, and 5.29 team ERA. . . . Ryan Wheeler of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week after hitting .550 (11x20) with 2 homers and 12 RBI. . . . Heath Hembree of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Hembree, a closer, appeared in 3 games and saved all of them, tossing 3 total innings while allowing no hits, runs, or walks and fanned one for a weekly ERA of 0.00. . . . The series continues Tuesday evening as Albuquerque looks to close the gap even more between themselves and first-place Oklahoma City. LHP Michael Antonini (1-0, 4.26) is fresh off his return from the Dodgers to make the start for the Isotopes while the Redhawks are expected to counter with RHP Henry Sosa (2-0, 3.18).

Filed 04/30/2012

April 29, 2012 - Isotopes (13-11)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque  000 012 200 --  5  7  0
New Orleans  000 000 200 --  2  5  1

WP: Stephen Fife (2-2)
LP: Wade LeBlanc (1-2)
SV: Ramon Troncoso (1)

TIME: 2:04
ATT: 3,886
Isotopes starter Stephen Fife tossed six scoreless innings of two-hit ball and his teammates started the scoring at just the right time to earn him the victory as Albuquerque concluded their series with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) with a 5-2 victory. Albuquerque has won back to back games.

The Isotopes were no-hit through 4 1/3 innings until they got on the scoreboard in the 5th inning. Luis Cruz singled with one out and scored on Jerry Sands double.

The Isotopes added two more runs in the 6th inning. Elian Herrera doubled and scored on Trent Oeltjen's single. Oeltjen went to third base on Josh Fields' single before scoring on Scott Van Slyke's sacrifice flyout.

Albuquerque extended the lead to 5-0 in the 7th inning. Sands singled and scored on Tim Federowicz's double. Federowicz advanced to third base on a wild pitch before scoring on pinch-hitter Jeff Baisley's sacrifice flyout.

Jake Jefferies' two-run double in the 7th inning provided the Zephyrs only runs on the day.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.299), 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI (13)
Scott Van Slyke: 0x3 (.337), 1 RBI (15), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes and Zephyrs split the series 2-2. 25,951 attended at Zephyr Field for a per-game average of 6,488. For Albuquerque's eight game road trip to Oklahoma City and New Orleans, 43,549 attended. . . . The Isotopes have gone homerless in three straight games and Isotopes pitching has not allowed a homer in three straight games, both are season highs. . . . The crisply played 2 hour, 4 minute game was Albuquerque's shortest game of the season, time-wise. . . . Stephen Fife had his first quality start of the season and it is three quality starts in a row for Isotopes pitching. Fife's quality start was the only one on the team this season where no runs were allowed. . . . The Isotopes return home Monday night for an eight game homestand with the first four against the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros). Probables in the opener are RHP John Ely (1-2, 6.64) for the Isotopes and the Redhawks have yet to name a probable.

Filed 04/29/2012

April 28, 2012 - Isotopes (12-11)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque  001 000 200 001 --  4  12  0
New Orleans  000 010 110 000 --  3   7  0

WP: Derrick Loop (2-0)
LP: Elih Villanueva (3-1)
SV: Josh Wall (5)

TIME: 3:55
ATT: 9,487
Luis Cruz doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning as the Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) on Saturday evening.

Jeff Baisley drew a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead.

Isotopes starter Will Savage had a no-hitter through 4 1/3 innings and lost both his no-hit bid and the shutout in the 5th inning. Matt Dominguez singled and scored on Cole Armstrong's double with one out in the 5th inning as the Zephyrs tied the game at 1-1.

Albuquerque regained the lead at 3-1 in the 7th inning. Matt Angle singled and went to second base on Savage's sacrifice bunt. Elian Herrera singled to drive in Angle and Joe Becker followed with a single to drive in Herrera.

Armstrong singled home a run in the bottom of the 7th inning and in the 8th inning, Luke Montz sacrifice flied out as the Zephyrs knotted the game at 3-3.

The game remained deadlocked until the 12th inning. Pinch- hitter Josh Fields started things off with a walk and two outs later, Cruz cashed him in with a double for the go ahead run.

Isotopes reliever Josh Wall retired the Zephyrs in order on three flyouts to earn his team-leading 5th save.

Savage allowed 2 runs and 3 hits in 6 innings on the night.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 1x5 (.348), 1 BB, 1 K
Josh Wall: SV (5), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 1.74 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Another day, more Isotope transactions. IF Lance Zawadzki went on the Disabled List with a strained left oblique. Zawadzki is the first Isotope to head to the Disabled List this season that didn't have a hamstring injury. OF Matt Angle came off the Disabled List and P Derrick Loop was transferred from rookie-level Ogden to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes have three last at-bat wins in 2012 and are 2-1 in extra inning contests. . . . Albuquerque has gone six contests without a stolen base. . . . The Isotopes are 2-0 when Will Savage starts and Savage has tossed two straight quality starts. . . . The series concludes on Sunday afternoon with RHP Stephen Fife (1-2, 9.92) expected to go for Albuquerque against New Orleans' LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-1, 3.86).

Filed 04/28/2012

April 27, 2012 - Isotopes (11-11)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque  000 000 001 --  1  8  0
New Orleans  010 000 01x --  2  5  0

WP: Alex Sanabia (3-0)
LP: Mike Parisi (1-1)
SV: Sandy Rosario (8)

TIME: 2:15
ATT: 8,003
It was a tough night for the Isotopes. Isotopes starter Mike Parisi was excellent and Tim Federowicz had three of Albuquerque's eight hits and the team's lone RBI. The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) came up with just enough runs to hand Albuquerque a 2-1 loss. It is the Isotopes third straight loss and Albuquerque's season record fell back to the .500 mark at 11-11.

New Orleans got a run in the 2nd inning. Bryan Petersen singled, stole second base and scored on Jeff Dominguez's single.

It appeared the game might end up a tough-luck 1-0 Isotopes defeat until New Orleans put up another run on the scoreboard in the 8th inning while Isotopes reliever Shane Lindsay was wild in his Isotopes debut. Lindsay plunked pinch-hitter Sergio Pedroza with a pitch with one out. Lindsay uncorked a wild pitch to advance Pedroza to second base and then hit Kevin Mattison with a pitch. Donovan Solano flew out with Pedroza tagging up to third base before Scott Cousins singled Pedroza home to give the Zephyrs a 2-0 lead.

Albuquerque, which only had one base runner reach third base through the first eight frames, avoided the shutout in the 9th inning. Josh Fields and Scott Van Slyke led off with singles. Jeff Baisley flew out and Jerry Sands struck out before Federowicz singled home Fields. Van Slyke advanced to third base on the single before being stranded when Luis Cruz struck out to end the game.

Parisi allowed 1 run and 4 hits in 7 innings while fanning 7 as he earned the loss due to lack of run support on the night.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 3x4 (.301), 1 RBI (12)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.357), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Michael Antonini will have to wait another day to make his MLB Debut. Called up to the Dodgers earlier in the week, Antonini was sent back to the Isotopes without having made an appearance. The Dodgers recalled P Nathan Evoldi from Class-AA Chattanooga. . . . The hamstring bug has bitten again -- P Fernando Nieve was placed the Disabled List Friday with a right hamstring strain -- the third Isotope on the current Disabled List, all with hamstring strains. . . . The Isotopes were 3-0 on Fridays until tonight's loss. Albuquerque was also 5-0 in games decided by a run until tonight. . . . Mike Parisi had a quality start for the second start in a row. . . . Albuquerque hopes to end the losing streak on Saturday evening. RHP Will Savage (4-0, 2.41) will stay in the starting rotation to make the start for Albuquerque, while New Orleans is expected to counter with LHP Brad Hand (2-1, 3.63).

Filed 04/27/2012

April 26, 2012 - Isotopes (11-10)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque  022 000 000 --  4  11  0
New Orleans  024 000 30x --  9  11  1

WP: J.D. Martin (2-1)
LP: Brent Leach (0-2) 

HR: ABQ Jerry Sands (3) off Martin (2nd inning, 2R)

    NRL Scott Cousins (2) off Leach (3rd inning, 2R)
    NRL Luke Montz (3) off Nieve (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:54
ATT: 4,575
The Isotopes resumed action on Thursday night after an off day by starting a four-game series against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins). New Orleans took the opener 9-4 and Albuquerque has dropped two straight games following their seven game winning streak.

Scott Van Slyke doubled and later came around to score on Jerry Sands' two-run homer in the 2nd inning as Albuquerque got on the scoreboard first.

In the bottom half of the frame, Luke Montz solo homered and Clint Sammons grounded into a double play, bringing home a run as the Zephyrs tied the game at 2-2.

Albuquerque regained the lead in the 3rd inning. Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve singled, Elian Herrera followed with a single and Trent Oeltjen singled to load the bases. Van Slyke sacrifice flied out as Nieve scored and Jeff Baisley singled home Herrera for a 4-2 Isotope lead.

Nieve was not able to pitch the 3rd inning due to an undisclosed injury and Brent Leach came in from the bullpen to start the inning. After getting two quick strikeouts, Leach allowed a single to Gil Velazquez and Scott Cousins followed with a two-run homer to tie the game at 4-4. Montz walked and Bryan Petersen singled to put runners on the corners. Matt Dominguez doubled them both home to give New Orleans a lead they would never relinquish at 6-4.

The Zephyrs added their final three runs in the 7th inning, highlighted by a Dominguez two-run single.

Nieve allowed 3 hits and 2 runs (both earned) in the two innings that he pitched. Leach held his own for two innings after the disastrous 3rd inning, allowing in total 4 runs and 5 hits in 3 innings of relief.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.275)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.362), 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI (14), 1 K
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 1.93 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes transaction list continues to grow. Relievers Ryan Tucker and Shane Lindsay both joined the Isotopes from Extended Spring, while P Derrick Loop was transferred to rookie-level Ogden and the Dodgers loaned P Francisco Felix to the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican League. Tucker formerly was in the Marlins organization but was not able to make it to the Triple-A level with Albuquerque while the Isotopes were affiliated with the Marlins. Tucker made it to Triple-A in 2009 when New Orleans became the Marlins new Triple-A affiliate. . . . Infielder Lance Zawadzki is having a rough time since he joined the Isotopes roster. Zawadzki has appeared in five contests and is hitting 0x13 with 4 strikeouts. . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are RHP Mike Parisi (1-0, 3.27) for the Isotopes and RHP Alex Sanabia (2-0, 2.10) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 04/26/2012

April 24, 2012 - Isotopes (11-9)

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Albuquerque    000 000 041 --  5   9  1
Oklahoma City  012 020 30x --  8  11  0

WP: Jordan Lyles (4-0)
LP: John Ely (1-2) 

HR: ABQ Scott Van Slyke (4) off Valdez (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:46
ATT: 2,821
The Isotopes found themselves down five runs after 5 innings and eight runs after 7 innings before making a late-game comeback that just fell short in a 8-5 defeat to the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) in the series finale in Oklahoma City on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque snapped a seven-game winning streak with the loss, while Oklahoma City vaulted into first place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division with the victory and a New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) loss.

Oklahoma City put up a run in the 2nd inning, two in the 3rd and 5th innings and three in the 7th inning to build a big 8-0 lead.

The Isotopes, who were no hit through 5 1/3 innings, were finally able to get on the scoreboard in the 8th inning. Scott Van Slyke singled and an out later, Tim Federowicz singled. Luis Cruz singled to load the bases and Joe Becker cleared them with a triple. Elian Herrera's single brought home Becker as Albuquerque put up four runs in the inning.

Van Slyke solo homered in the 9th inning for the final run of the game.

John Ely started for Albuquerque and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) and 7 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.292), 1 R, 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x4 (.364), 2 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI (13)


'TOPES NOTES:
After 20 games, the Isotopes roster has finally been looted by the Dodgers! The Dodgers placed P Matt Guerrier on their disabled list with right elbow tendonitis and recalled P Michael Antonini from the Isotopes. Antonini went 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA for Albuquerque in four appearances (three starts) and Antonini will be making his MLB debut when he pitches his first pitch for the Dodgers. The Dodgers may be making another move involving Albuquerque soon as Juan Rivera left Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury. Rivera will be further evaluated on Wednesday to determine if he will need a trip to the Disabled List and possibly an Isotope getting the call to replace him. . . . The Isotopes had another transaction on Tuesday when the hamstring injury bug bit again. One day after OF Matt Angle was placed on the Disabled list with a strained hamstring, PCL Hitter of the Week Alex Castellanos went on the Isotopes disabled list with a left hamstring strain. IF Joe Becker rejoins the Isotopes from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. . . . Albuquerque took three out of the four games in the series with the Redhawks and 17,598 attended at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for a per-game average of 4,400. . . . After taking Wednesday off, the Isotopes return to action Thursday evening in Metarie, Louisiana against divison-rival New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins). The Zephyrs were in first place in the division until the Redhawks victory tonight combined with the Zephyrs losing knocked New Orleans into second place. Isotopes RHP Fernando Nieve (1-1, 13.06) is expected to make his first start on Thursday after completing a five game suspension while New Orleans is expected to counter with RHP J.D. Martin (1-1, 6.00).

Filed 04/24/2012

April 23, 2012 - Isotopes (11-8)

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Albuquerque    010 000 200 --  3  8  0
Oklahoma City  020 000 000 --  2  7  0

WP: Will Savage (4-0)
LP: Dallas Keuchel (3-1)
SV: Scott Rice (4)

HR: ABQ Elian Herrera (1) off Keuchel (7th inning, 2R)

    OKC Brett Wallace (2) off Savage (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:31
ATT: 2,613
Another night, more heroes. Isotopes starter Will Savage put on his Superman costume and tossed six excellent innings in a spot start and Elian Herrera's two-run 7th inning homer provided to go-ahead runs as the Isotopes extended their winning streak to 7 games with a 3-2 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Redhawks) in Oklahoma City on Monday evening.

Jeff Baisley tripled with one out and scored on Tim Federowicz's double into the right field corner as the Isotopes struck first in the 2nd inning.

Oklahoma City's Brett Wallace solo homered in the home half to tie the game. Jimmy Paredes followed with a single and scored on Landon Powell's double to give the Redhawks the lead.

Federowicz singled in the 7th inning and later scored on Herrera's two-run homer as Albuquerque took the lead for good.

Savage spot-started in place of the suspended Fernando Nieve and allowed two runs and 5 hits in six innings. His quality start saved the weary Isotopes bullpen from having to pitch too many innings after Sunday's 14 inning marathon.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x3 (.295), 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI (11), 1 BB
Alex Castellanos: 0x1 (.366)
Scott Van Slyke: 0x3 (.356), 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Alex Castellanos became the first Isotope of 2012 to win a PCL weekly player award when he was named the PCL Hitter of the Week. Castellanos hit .440 (11x25) with 4 homers, 8 RBI, 9 runs scored and had 3 steals during the award week. . . . The curiosity of why OF Matt Angle was the only position player not appearing in Albuquerque's 14 inning marathon Sunday has been answered. Angle was placed on the Disabled List, retroactive to April 21st, with a strained left hamstring. P Derrick Loop was transferred to Albuquerque from rookie level Ogden. . . . The Isotopes have won their last five contests against the Redhawks, including the last four games played in Oklahoma City. . . . If Albuquerque wins Tuesday evening, they will tie for the franchise's second longest winning streak. . . . Fernando Nieve was suspended five games for plunking Iowa's Anthony Rizzo with a pitch during the last homestand. Nieve will next appear for Albuquerque during the series with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) later in the week. . . . Neil Ramirez of the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Ramirez won both of his starts for the week and allowed no runs, 7 hits and fanned 10 over 12 innings of work. . . . The series concludes Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP John Ely (1-1, 6.19) for the Isotopes and RHP Jordan Lyles (3-0, 2.89) for the Redhawks.

Filed 04/23/2012

April 22, 2012 - Isotopes (10-8)

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Albuquerque    000 600 040 000 01 --  11  19  2
Oklahoma City  112 010 230 000 00 --  10  17  3

WP: Josh Wall (1-0)
LP: Sergio Perez (1-1)
SV: Brent Leach (1)

HR: ABQ Josh Bard (1) off Seaton (4th inning, GS)
	
    OKC Carlos Corporan (1) off Rice (8th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 5:01
ATT: 4,994
It was a tale of two games in Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon. Both clubs slugged it out through the first eight innings and then neither team could buy a run until the Isotopes plated a run in the 14th inning to claim a 11-10 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Rangers). Albuquerque has won six straight games.

Brett Wallace singled home a run in the 1st inning and Angel Sanchez drove in a run in the 2nd inning as Oklahoma City took an early 2-0 lead.

The Redhawks added to their lead in the 3rd inning when Jimmy Paredes and Landon Powell each brought home runs with sacrifice flyouts.

Albuquerque took a 6-4 lead in the 4th inning. Alex Castellanos singled, Jerry Sands walked and after Josh Fields flew out, Scott Van Slyke infield singled to load the bases. Jeff Baisley two-run singled down the left field line to drive in Castellanos and Sands. Luis Cruz reached on an error to re-load the bags and Josh Bard cleared them with Albuquerque's first grand-slam homer of the season, a shot to right field.

A wild pitch brought home a run in the 5th inning and Scott Moore doubled home a run and Brian Bixler singled home a run in the 7th inning as the Redhawks took a 7-6 lead.

Albuquerque regained the lead at 10-7 in the 8th inning. Josh Bard singled and Lance Zawadzki reached on an error. Trent Oeltjen laid down a sacrifice bunt and a throwing error on the play allowed Bard to score. Castellanos sacrifice flied out to bring home Zawadzki and Sands doubled home Oeltjen.

Carlos Corporan's three-run homer in the home half of the 8th inning knotted the game at 10-10.

The Isotopes snapped the deadlocked game in the 14th inning. Fields led off with a triple high off the left-center field wall and two outs later, Tim Federowicz was able to get the run cashed in with an infield single.

Stephen Fife was the Albuquerque starter and allowed 5 runs and 7 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Fife walked 8 and struck out 2.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x2 (.276), 1 RBI (10), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 3x5 (.371), 1 R, 1 RBI (11), 2 BB, 1 K, SF
Scott Van Slyke: 4x8 (.371), 1 R, 1 2B (7), 1 K
Josh Wall: W (1-0), 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 2.16 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Today's game was the longest of the season for Albuquerque - both in innings (14) and time (5 hours, 1 minute). . . . The 5 hour, 1 minute marathon was also Albuquerque's longest road game in history, time-wise. . . . The Isotopes tied franchise records with 18 men left on base, 8 pitchers used and 12 walks allowed. Albuquerque used a franchise record 20 players in the game. The only Isotopes on the active roster not appearing were pitchers Fernando Nieve, John Ely, Michael Antonini, Will Savage and outfielder Matt Angle. . . . Stephen Fife tied a franchise record for most walks allowed by a starter (8). Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger walked 8 in a June 2012 MLB rehabilitation assignment start. . . . Scott Van Slyke and Josh Bard each had four hits in the game and both tied an Isotope franchise record with 8 at-bats in a game. . . . Elian Herrera went hitless in one pinch-hit at-bat to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque is 1-1 in extra inning contests and a perfect 4-0 in games decided by a single run. . . . The series continues on Monday evening. Probables are RHP Will Savage (3-0, 2.13) who will be making a spot start for Albuquerque in place of Fernando Nieve. No reason was announced why Nieve won't be making the start. Oklahoma City is expected to counter with LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.90).

Filed 04/22/2012

April 21, 2012 - Isotopes (9-8)

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Albuquerque    104 100 000 --  6  9  0
Oklahoma City  100 000 000 --  1  8  2

WP: Michael Antonini (1-0)
LP: Anuery Rodriguez (1-2) 

HR: ABQ Alex Castellanos (3) off Rodriguez (1st inning, S)
	ABQ Alex Castellanos (4) off Rodriguez (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:08
ATT: 7,170
Alex Castellanos homered twice and the Isotopes extended their season-best winning streak to five games with a 6-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) in their series opener Saturday evening. The Redhawks fell out of first place in the division with the loss and Albuquerque improved their season record to one game over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Castellanos homered in the first inning for Albuquerque and Oklahoma City responded with their only run of the game in the bottom half of the frame when Fernando Martinez brought home the run with a sacrifice flyout.

Castellanos hit his second homer of the night in the 3rd inning with one out. Jerry Sands followed with a walk and scored on Josh Fields' double. Trent Oeltjen reached on an error but was quickly erased from the basepaths when he was caught stealing. After Jeff Baisley walked, Tim Federowicz two-run doubled to drive in Fields and Baisley.

Elian Herrera reached on an error in the 4th inning, stole second base and scored on Fields' single for the final run of the game.

Isotopes starter Michael Antonini went 5 2/3 innings and allowed just the run, four hits, 1 walk and he fanned 7 Redhawks batters.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.268), 1 2B (3), 2 RBI (9)
Alex Castellanos: 3x4 (.354), 2 R, 2 HR (4), 2 RBI (10), 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
In a lone Isotope transaction today, the Dodgers assigned P Angel Guzman to Albuquerque and Guzman was placed on the suspended list. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball reported Friday that Guzman violated the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse. It was Guzman's second violation -- its unknown if the first violation was also for a drug of abuse -- and the suspension is for 50 games. . . . Minor league veteran Lance Zawadzki made his Isotope debut in tonight's game as the shortstop and went 0x3 with a walk. Zawadzki becomes the second Isotope on the all-time roster whose last name begins with "Z" (Mauro Zarate). . . . Trent Oeltjen went 0x3 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. Elian Herrera replaced him at seven games to own the longest current Isotope hitting streak. . . . Alex Castellanos had nine total bases in a game for the second time this season. No other Isotope has had more single-game total bases than Castellanos this season. . . . The series continues Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (1-2, 10.03) for the Isotopes and RHP Ross Seaton (No Record) for the Redhawks. Seaton was just added to the Redhawks roster from Class-AA Corpus Christi Hooks and he will be making his Triple-A debut.

Filed 04/21/2012

April 20, 2012 - Isotopes (8-8)

Isotopes Park

Iowa        002 000 011 --  4  6  0
Albuquerque 300 010 10x --  5  6  0

WP: Mike Parisi (1-0)
LP: Frankie De La Cruz (0-1)
SV: Scott Rice (3)

TIME: 2:36 
ATT: 7,592
Mike Parisi turned in a quality start and Trent Oeltjen knocked in two runs as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 5-4 to sweep the series. It was Albuquerque's first series sweep in over two seasons and the Isotopes improved their season record to the .500 mark at 8-8.

Albuquerque plated three in the 1st inning to race out to a quick lead. Elian Herrera started things off with a single, Alex Castellanos was hit by a pitch and Jerry Sands walked to load the bags. Josh Fields reached on a fielder's choice with Herrera scoring and Scott Van Slyke walked. Trent Oeltjen singled just over Iowa second baseman Alfredo Amezaga's head to drive in Castellanos and Fields.

Brett Jackson sacrifice flied out and former-Isotope Edgar Gonzalez singled home a run as Iowa trimmed the defecit to a run at 3-2 in the 3rd inning.

Herrera doubled, stole third base and scored on Sands' sacrifice flyout in the 5th inning and in the 7th inning, Luis Cruz doubled and scored on Herrera's double to extend Albuquerque's lead to 5-2.

Iowa plated a run in the 8th and 9th innings to trim the defecit to a run but they were never able to come through with a game-tying run.

Parisi allowed two runs and 3 hits in 7 innings for Albuquerque's second quality start in a row. Parisi walked one and fanned 6 Cubs batters.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x3 (.269), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x2 (.328), 1 R, 1 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 0x3 (.355), 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque swept a series for the first time since they swept the New Orleans Zephyrs at Isotopes Park in July 2009. It was the first series this season that Albuquerque did not lose or split. The Isotopes have won their last five games against the Cubs in games played at Isotopes Park, going back to the 2011 season. 26,112 attended the four-game series against the Cubs for a per-game average of 6,528. . . . For the first homestand of the 2012 season, 53,591 attended and the Isotopes went 6-2 against Omaha and Iowa. . . . With every PCL club having seven or eight home gates, the Isotopes rank third in the PCL in attendance with 53,591. Leading the PCL is Round Rock (61,270) with Fresno (53,906) number two. . . . Josh Fields failed to hit safely and snapped his Isotope-longest 2012 hitting streak -- 8 games. Trent Oeltjen hit safely to extend his current streak to 7 games. . . . The Isotopes record is at the .500 mark for the first time since April 6th. . . . The Isotopes go on the road for nine days - an eight-game roadtrip with a day off between the two series. Albuquerque commences divisional play for the first time this season with four games in Oklahoma City against the Redhawks (AAA Astros). What used to be known as Bricktown Ballpark last season is now Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Redhawks reached a naming rights pact with the Chickasaw Nation native american tribe just days prior to the open of the 2012 minor league baseball season. The ballpark was given the name of the Chickasaw Nation's casino, but after some publically voiced concerns about the tie between baseball and gambling, the tribe agreed to put their name on the ballpark rather than their casino's name. Probables are LHP Michael Antonini (0-0, 5.40) for the Isotopes and the Redhawks have not named a probable.

Filed 04/20/2012

April 19, 2012 - Isotopes (7-8)

Isotopes Park

Iowa        200 100 000 --  3  6  0
Albuquerque 020 001 10x --  4  9  0

WP: John Ely (1-1)
LP: Travis Wood (1-1)
SV: Josh Wall (4)

HR: IWA Anthony Rizzo (6) off Ely (1st inning, 2R)
	IWA Anthony Rizzo (7) off Ely (4th inning, S)

	ABQ Josh Fields (3) off Wood (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:27
ATT: 7,149
Joe Becker's pinch-hit single in the 7th inning brought home the eventual game-winning run as the Isotopes extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-3 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Thursday evening at "The Lab".

Iowa's Anthony Rizzo was the slugging star for the Cubs, but even his night could not get Iowa into the win column. In the first inning, Rizzo launched a two-run homer to stake the Cubs to a 2-0 lead.

Albuquerque knotted the game at 2-2 in the 2nd inning. Josh Fields started the inning with a homer. An out later, Jeff Baisley walked and later came around to score on Josh Bard's double.

Rizzo hit his league-leading 7th homer, a solo shot, in the 4th inning as Iowa regained the lead at 3-2.

Trent Oeltjen doubled with one out and scored on Jerry Sands' single to tie the game at 3-3 in the 6th inning.

Baisley was in the thick of things in the 7th inning. Baisley led the inning with a single, went to second base on Bard's single and scored on pinch-hitter Becker's single.

After giving up five runs in each of his last two appearances, Isotopes reliever Wilfredo Ledezma had a non-eventful 8th inning and Josh Wall set down the Cubs in order in the 9th inning for his team-leading 4th save.

Isotopes starter John Ely turned in a quality start on the night, going seven innings with 3 runs and 6 hits allowed while walking two and fanning five. Ely's effort to survive in the game long enough for his teammates to give him the lead earned him his first victory of the season.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 0x4 (.373), 1 K
Josh Wall: SV (4), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 2.84 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Josh Bard's 2nd inning double gave him hits in five straight at-bats. Bard's 5th inning groundout ended the streak. . . . John Ely has tossed back-to-back quality starts and is the only Isotope hurler to have any quality starts this season. . . . Josh Fields extended his hitting streak to 8 games, the longest for an Isotope this season. Trent Oeltjen is not far behind with a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Iowa Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo likes to feast on Isotopes pitching. Rizzo has had a pair of two-homer games against the Isotopes - April 9th in Des Moines and tonight. . . . The Isotopes complete their season-opening homestand (and four-game series with the Cubs) on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Mike Parisi (0-0, 3.60) for the Isotopes and RHP Randy Wells (1-0, 9.42) for the I-Cubs. A victory would give Albuquerque a series sweep and make their season record reach the .500 mark.

Filed 04/19/2012

April 18, 2012 - Isotopes (6-8)

Isotopes Park

Iowa        003 000 001 --  4   7  2
Albuquerque 020 003 01x --  6  10  0

WP: Will Savage (3-0)
LP: Jay Jackson (1-1)
SV: Scott Rice (2)

HR: IWA Luis Valbuena (2) off Nieve (3rd inning, 2R)

	ABQ Tim Federowicz (2) off Jackson (2nd inning, 2R)
	ABQ Jeff Baisley (3) off Jackson (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:44
ATT: 4,462
Tim Federowicz and Jeff Baisley each homered and combined to drive in five of Albuquerque's six runs in a 6-4 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Wednesday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Baisley singled with one out and came around to score on Federowicz's two-run 2nd inning homer to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.

Albuquerque lost the lead in the 3rd inning. Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve got the first two outs before Brett Jackson doubled and Luis Valbuena two-run homered. The next batter Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch and Nieve was immediately ejected by Home Plate umpire Mike Jarboe. Welington Castillo greeted Isotopes reliever Will Savage with a run-scoring double to give Iowa a 3-2 advantage.

In the 6th inning, Josh Fields drew a one out walk, Scott Van Slyke singled and Baisley followed with a three-run homer to leap Albuquerque back into the lead at 5-3.

Luis Cruz scored on Matt Angle's 8th inning triple to give Albuquerque an insurance run and in the 9th inning, Iowa plated their final run on former-Isotope Edgar Gonzalez' two-out single.

Nieve tossed 2 2/3 innings and allowed 3 runs and 4 hits before his ejection.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.286), 1 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (7), 1 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.339), 1 K, SB (7)
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.400), 1 R


'TOPES NOTES:
All is very quiet on the western front to start the 2012 campaign. Albuquerque has completed 14 games and has yet to have a transaction involving their parent Dodgers. . . . Don't look now, but Albuquerque is creeping close to the .500 mark for their season record. After tonight's win, Albuquerque is 6-8. As far as games back in the division, things are not working out so well as divison-leader New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) is among the hottest teams in the PCL to start this season. Albuquerque is currently four games back of the Zephyrs, who are 10-4 and in a five-way tie for the best record in the PCL. . . . Josh Fields hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 7 games, tying him with Alex Castellanos for the longest hitting streak this season. . . . Will Savage leads the Isotopes in victories with 3, all in relief. . . . The series continues Thursday evening with Isotopes RHP John Ely (0-1, 8.00) expected to face Iowa's LHP Travis Wood (1-0, 4.91).

Filed 04/18/2012

April 17, 2012 - Isotopes (5-8)

Isotopes Park

Iowa        302 001 000 --   6  10  3
Albuquerque 610 002 13x --  13  20  0

WP: Stephen Fife (1-2)
LP: Chris Rusin (1-2) 

HR: ABQ Luis Cruz (1) off Robertson (6th inning, 2R)
	ABQ Alex Castellanos (2) off Robertson (8th inning, 3R) 
	
TIME: 2:55
ATT: 6,909
The Isotopes scored the most runs in an inning this season in the 1st inning and delivered a knockout on their way to a 13-6 series opening victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) at "The Lab" on Tuesday evening.

The Isotopes spotted the Cubs three runs in the 1st inning before erupting for six runs in their half of the frame. Alex Castellanos tripled with one out and scored on Jerry Sands' single. Josh Fields singled to put runners on the corners ahead of Scott Van Slyke's single that drove in Sands. After Jeff Baisley grounded out, Tim Federowicz reached on an error with Fields scoring. Luis Cruz singled home Van Slyke and Isotopes starter Stephen Fife doubled home Federowicz and Cruz.

Iowa starter Chris Rusin did not answer the bell for the 2nd inning and Albuquerque tallied their seventh run off Cubs reliever and former-Isotope Frankie De La Cruz. Castellanos was hit by a pitch, stole second and third bases, and scored on Fields' sacrifice flyout.

Iowa plated two runs in the 3rd inning and another run in the 6th inning to trim Albuquerque's lead to an uncomfortable 7-6.

Federowicz doubled and scored on Cruz's homer in the 6th inning to provide some breathing room at 9-6.

Castellanos doubled, tagged up and moved to third on Sands' flyout and scored on a passed ball in the 7th inning, and in the 8th inning, Trent Oeltjen and Elian Herrera singled with one out and scored on Castellanos three-run homer for the final runs of the game.

Fife won his first game of the season after allowing 6 runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x5 (.283), 2 R, 1 2B (2)
Alex Castellanos: 3x5 (.364), 4 R, 1 2B (7), 1 3B (4), 1 HR (2), 3 RBI (8), 2 SB (6)
Scott Van Slyke: 3x4 (.412), 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (12), 1 BB
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 3.38 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Alex Castellanos has homered in back to back games. Out of Albuquerque's 13 homers in 2012, Castellanos' three-run homer tonight was the first homer of more than two runs. Castellanos leads the PCL in triples (4) and tied an Isotope franchise record with four runs scored in tonight's game. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening as Albuquerque looks to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (1-1, 14.09) for the Isotopes and RHP Jay Jackson (1-0, 4.66) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 04/17/2012

April 16, 2012 - Isotopes (4-8)

Isotopes Park

Omaha       110 500 050 --  12  13  1
Albuquerque 004 400 011 --  10  13  1

WP: Jeremy Jeffress (2-0)
LP: Wilfredo Ledezma (0-2) 

HR: OMA Johnny Giavotella (2) off Antonini (1st inning, S)
		David Lough (1) off Antonini (2nd inning, S)
		Max Ramirez (4) off Antonini (4th inning, 3R)
		Max Ramirez (5) off Ledezma (8th inning, 3R)

	ABQ Alex Castellanos (1) off Mazzaro (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 7,710
Isotopes reliever Wilfredo Ledezma had another rough outing this series. Two days after being tagged for five runs in the 13th inning as Omaha took the victory, Ledezma entered the game and gave up five runs that propelled the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) to a 12-10 victory over Albuquerque on Monday afternoon in the series finale at "The Lab".

Johnny Giavotella solo-homered in the 1st inning and David Lough solo-homered in the 2nd inning as Omaha grabbed an early 2-0 lead.

Albuquerque tripled their way to a 4-2 lead in the 3rd inning. Luis Cruz singled with one out and scored on Matt Angle's triple. Elian Herrera followed wtih a triple to drive in Angle. A wild pitch brought Herrera home and Alex Castellanos followed with a solo homer.

Omaha plated five runs in the 4th inning, highlighted by Max Ramirez's three-run homer, to regain the lead at 7-4.

Albuquerque regained the lead at 8-7 in their half of the 4th inning. Scott Van Slyke doubled and advanced to third base on Trent Oeltjen's sacrifice bunt. Tim Federowicz drew a walk and Luis Cruz doubled home Van Slyke and Federowicz. Cruz went to third base on a groundout and scored on Herrera's bunt single. Castellanos followed with a triple to bring home Herrera.

In the 8th inning that gave Omaha the lead for good, former-Isotope Tony Abreu doubled with two outs and Clint Robinson drove him home. Robinson went to third base on two wild pitches and Kevin Kouzmanoff drew a walk. David Lough doubled home Robinson and Ramirez followed with his second three-run homer of the game to make it 12-8 Omaha.

Cruz singled home a run in the 8th inning and Van Slyke singled home a run in the 9th inning as Albuquerque's late-game rally fell short.

Isotope starter Michael Antonini did not factor in the decision. Antonini allowed 7 runs (6 earned) and 7 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.293), 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 2x5 (.340), 1 R, 1 3B (3), 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (5), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x5 (.383), 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI (11), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque's four triples in the game tied a franchise record for most triples in a contest. . . . Albuquerque and Omaha split the four-game series and 27,479 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 6,870. . . . The Isotopes are 0-3 in series finales this season. . . . Dallas Keuchel of the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Astros) is the first PCL Pitcher of the Week for the 2012 season. Keuchel won both of his starts for the week, tossing 13 innings without allowing a run. Keuchel allowed 6 hits and struck out 8. . . . Justin Christian of the Fresno Grizzlies is the first PCL Hitter of the Week. Christian hit .553 (21x38) with 1 homer and 5 RBI during the award week. . . . The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) come to Isotopes Park to open a four-game series on Tuesday evening. The series concludes Albuquerque's season-opening eight game homestand. Probables in the opener are RHP Stephen Fife (0-2, 10.50) for the Isotopes and LHP Chris Rusin (1-1, 4.38) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 04/16/2012

April 15, 2012 - Isotopes (4-7)

Isotopes Park

Omaha       100 004 200 --  7  14  1
Albuquerque 000 040 50x --  9  14  1

WP: Will Savage (2-0)
LP: Ethan Hollingsworth (1-1)
SV: Josh Wall (3)

HR: OMA Clint Robinson (2) off Felix (7th inning, S)
	OMA Max Ramirez (3) off Felix (7th inning, S)
	OMA Athony Seratelli (2) off Felix (6th inning, GS)

TIME: 2:56
ATT: 4,698
The Isotopes used a big five-run 7th inning to come from behind to defeat the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) 9-7 on Sunday afternoon at "The Lab".

Former-Isotope Tony Abreu singled home Omaha's first run in the 1st inning.

The Isotopes took the lead in the 5th inning. Josh Bard doubled with one out and Elian Herrera reached on an error. After Alex Castellanos struck out, Jerry Sands singled home Bard. Jeff Baisley's single plated Herrera and Scott Van Slyke's seemingly inning-ending pop-up was misplayed allowing Sands and Baisley to score.

Anthony Seratelli's grand-slam homer in the 6th inning gave Omaha the lead back and back-to-back solo homers from Clint Robinson and Max Ramirez in the 7th inning extended Omaha's lead to 7-4.

In Albuquerque's big 7th inning, Sands singled, Baisley was hit by a pitch and Van Slyke walked to load the bags. Tim Federowicz lifted a sacrifice fly to bring home Sands. Josh Fields two-run tripled to drive in Baisley and Van Slyke to tie the game. Trent Oeltjen walked and Bard singled home Fields for the go-ahead run. Herrera's sacrifice fly brought home Oeltjen for the final run of the game.

Isotopes starter Mike Parisi did not earn a decision after pitching 5 innings with 1 run and 7 hits allowed.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4, 1 RBI (5), 2 K, SF
Alex Castellanos: 0x5 (.333), 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x4, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI (10), 1 BB
Josh Wall: SV (3), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 Bb, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.15 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Alex Castellanos went hitless in five at-bats to snap a seven game hitting streak. . . . The five runs in the 7th inning was the most runs Albuquerque has scored in an inning this season. . . . Josh Bard had 4 hits in a game, joining incidentally the other Isotopes catcher (Tim Federowicz) as the only Isotopes to have 4-hit games this year. . . . The series concludes with a Monday afternoon contest. Probables are LHP Michael Antonini (0-0, 1.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Vin Mazzaro (0-0, 3.00) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 04/15/2012

April 14, 2012 - Isotopes (3-7)

Isotopes Park

Omaha       010 000 611 000 5 --  14  13  1
Albuquerque 020 302 002 000 1 --  10  14  3

WP: Roman Colon (1-0)
LP: Wilfredo Ledezma (0-1)

HR: OMA Terry Evans (1) off Ledezma (13th inning, 3R)
	OMA Clint Robinson (1) off Ledezma (13th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 4:21
ATT: 5,012
It was a night of horrors for the Isotopes on Saturday evening at "The Lab". John Ely turned in Albuquerque's first quality start of the season and the Isotopes appeared to be cruising to a comfortable victory when the Isotopes blew their biggest lead of the season - 6 runs. After Albuquerque battled back in the bottom of the 9th inning to send the game to extra innings, the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) blasted two 13th-inning homers to take a 14-10 victory and deny Albuquerque back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

Omaha was first on the scoreboard in the top of the 2nd inning before Albuquerque plated two runs in the bottom half to lead 2-1 when Luis Cruz singled with the bases-loaded to drive in Tim Federowicz and Josh Fields.

Albuquerque extended the lead to 5-1 in the 4th inning. Trent Oeltjen doubled with one out and scored on Cruz's single. Elian Herrera singled and Alex Castellanos walked to load the bags. Jerry Sands drew a walk to bring home Cruz and Jeff Baisley sacrifice flied out to drive in Herrera.

Castellanos doubled home a run and Scott Van Slyke singled home a run in the 6th inning to give Albuquerque a 7-1 lead.

Cole St. Clair entered the game in relief in the 7th inning was not able to get any of the six batters out that he faced. Clint Robinson singled, Kevin Kouzmanoff reached on an error and David Lough walked to load the bases. Max Ramirez walked to bring home Robinson and Irving Falu reached on an error with Kouzmanoff scoring. Cody Clark walked with Lough trotting home before Ramon Troncoso relieved St. Clair. Troncoso's wild pitch brought Ramirez home and Derrick Robinson doubled home Falu and Clark to knot the game at 7-7.

Ramirez sacrifice flied out to bring home a run in the 8th inning and Johnny Giavotella singled home a run in the 9th inning as Omaha built a 9-7 lead going into the bottom of the 9th inning.

Federowicz singled and Josh Fields doubled ahead of Oeltjen reaching on an error with Federowicz scoring and Fields advancing to third base. Cruz sacrifice flied out to bring home Fields with the game-tying run.

After three scoreless innings, Omaha erupted for five runs in the 13th inning, highlighted by a three-run Terry Evans homer and a two-run Clint Robinson homer.

The Isotopes plated their final run in the bottom of the 13th inning. Jeff Baisley was hit by a pitch with one out, advanced to second base on Matt Angle's groundout and scored on Federowicz's triple.

Ely allowed a run and 4 hits in 6 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x7 (.364), 2 R, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI (4), 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 2x5 (.375), 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (3), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB (4)
Scott Van Slyke: 2x5 (.368), 1 RBI (9), 1 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes roster made it through Saturday without having been touched by the Dodgers. The Dodgers activated P Ted Lilly from the disabled list and the whispers were that someone would be sent to Albuquerque but on Saturday afternoon, the Dodgers announced P Todd Coffey was being placed on the disabled list so no transaction to send someone to the minors was needed. . . . Today was Albuquerque's first extra inning contest of the season. . . . Alex Castellanos hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 7 games, the longest for an Isotope this season. . . . Luis Cruz had four RBI, the most for an Isotope in a game this season. . . . The series continues Sunday afternoon with Albuquerque's RHP Mike Parisi (0-0, 4.50) expecting to face Omaha LHP Will Smith (0-0, 8.59).

Filed 04/14/2012

April 13, 2012 - Isotopes (3-6)

Isotopes Park

Omaha       002 020 000 -- 4  8  0
Albuquerque 021 102 10x -- 7  11 3

WP: Fernando Nieve (1-1)
LP: Sean O'Sullivan (2-2)
SV: Josh Wall (2)

HR: ABQ Josh Fields (2) off Verdugo (2nd inning, 2R)
	ABQ Jerry Sands (2) off Verdugo (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:30
ATT: 10,059
In front of their largest crowd played in front of the season (10,059), Joe Becker's two-run 6th inning single snapped a deadlocked game and gave the Isotopes the go-ahead runs in a 7-4 home opener victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals).

Tim Federowicz drew a one out walk and Josh Fields followed with a two-run homer to give Albuquerque to a 2-0 lead.

Cody Clark doubled home a run for Omaha and Johnny Giavotella singled home a run -- both in the 3rd inning - as the Storm Chasers tied up the game at 2-2.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jerry Sands solo homered to give the Isotopes the lead back. Albuquerque extended the lead with a run in the 4th inning when Luis Cruz tripled and scored on Becker's groundout.

Omaha knotted the game at 4-4 in the 5th inning when Clark doubled home a run and former-Isotope Tony Abreu plated a run on a fielder's choice.

Albuquerque regained the lead for good in the 6th inning. Federowicz and Fields singled and Cruz flied out with both runners tagging up a base. Joe Becker singled them both home for a 6-4 Isotope lead.

The Isotopes plated their final run in the 7th inning. Alex Castellanos walked, went to third base on Sands' single and scored on Jeff Baisley's sacrifice flyout.

Fernando Nieve started for the Isotopes and earned his first victory of the season with a 6 inning, 4 run (3 earned), 7 hit effort.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x2 (.385), 2 R, 2 BB
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.371), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Scott Van Slyke: 0x2 (.364), 1 BB
Josh Wall: SV (2), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.40 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Before the game, the Isotopes presented their annual rent and ticket/food/souvenir surcharges check in the amount of $1,624,059.87 to the City of Albuquerque. In all, the Isotopes have paid the city about $17,354,842 and the city is on course to pay back in full the amount of the bonds issued to renovate the former Albuquerque Sports Stadium into current-day Isotopes Park. The check for the 2011 season is the lowest check amount presented to the city and is the fourth year in a row the check to the city did not exceed $2 million dollars after the first five checks all eclipsed the $2 million dollar mark. . . . Also before the game, Isotopes President Ken Young and General Manager John Traub presented special guest Tommy Lasorda with a 1972 Albuquerque Dukes PCL Championship ring created by Masters of Design, a division of Herff Jones. Lasorda skippered the 1972 Dukes to a 92-56 record and the PCL championship in the Dukes' first season as a Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers. . . . Albuquerque is 8-2 in Isotopes Park openers all-time with a four-game winning streak. . . . With the win, the Isotopes moved out of the basement in the PCL American Conference Southern Division, but they are still five games back of New Orleans (AAA Marlins). . . . Albuquerque committed three errors in the game, the most errors in a game this young season. . . . Early on in 2012, the number of hits in the hit column seem to confirm the runs column in determining Isotope wins and losses. In all three Albuquerque victories, Albuquerque has outhit their opponents, while their opponents are 6-0 when outhitting the Isotopes. . . . The Isotopes seem to be liking Friday nights at the ballpark. Two of the three victories this season were on Friday evenings. . . . Luis Cruz was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Alex Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 6 games tonight, tying him with Scott Van Slyke for the longest Isotope hitting streak of 2012. . . . The series continues Saturday evening with the Isotopes looking to win two in a row for the first time this season. Probables are RHP John Ely (0-1, 21.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Mike Montgomery (0-0, 4.15) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 04/13/2012

April 12, 2012 - Isotopes (2-6)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  000 002 000 --  2   7  1
Iowa         050 011 10x --  8  14  0

WP: Chris Rusin (1-1)
LP: Stephen Fife (0-2) 

HR: IWA David Sappelt (1) off Leach (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:20
ATT: 4,545
It happened once again to the Isotopes in the final game of their season-opening eight game roadtrip. Albuquerque pitching fell into a 5-0 early hole and wasn't able to muster enough offense to overcome the defecit in a 8-2 loss to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Des Moines on Thursday afternoon. Albuquerque has dropped two straight games.

Iowa had a singles-fest in the 2nd inning to score their five runs - Matt Tolbert, Dave Sappelt, Luis Valbuena, and Anthony Rizzo all had RBI singles in the inning with Sappelt's single bringing home two runs instead of just one.

An Isotope error lead to Iowa's sixth run being plated in the 5th inning and the Isotopes scored their only runs of the game in the 6th inning. Alex Castellanos singled with two outs and scored on Jerry Sands' double. Jeff Baisley followed with a run-scoring single to drive in Sands.

Sappelt solo homered in the 6th inning for Iowa and Josh Vitters doubled home a run in the 7th inning for Iowa's final tally.

Stephen Fife started for Albuquerque and allowed 6 runs and 8 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Fife earned his team-leading second loss of the season.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x1 (.375), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x3 (.387), 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.387)


'TOPES NOTES:
With regards to digging themselves into early-game defecits, the Isotopes were four runs or down after three innings of play in five of the eight games this season. . . . Albuquerque dropped the series to the Cubs 3-1. 17,274 attended the four-game series for a per-game average of 4,319. . . . The Isotopes lost both road series'. 37,711 turned out in the eight games - four in Omaha and four in Des Moines. . . . Albuquerque limps home for their 2012 home opener five games back in their division -- red hot New Orleans (AAA Marlins) is 7-1 -- and the Isotopes are a season-worst four games under the .500 mark. Hopefully they can right the ship with some support from the home fans. . . . The Isotopes begin an eight-game homestand on Friday evening with four games against the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals). Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (0-1, 48.60) for the Isotopes and LHP Ryan Verdugo (0-0, 9.00) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 04/12/2012

April 11, 2012 - Isotopes (2-5)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  000 100 000 --  1   5  0
Iowa         022 000 10x --  5  10  1

WP: Casey Coleman (1-1)
LP: Francisco Felix (0-1) 

HR: IWA Welington Castillo (1) off Felix (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:37
ATT: 4,154
The Isotopes bats were once again quiet on Wednesday evening in a 5-1 loss to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Des Moines.

Cubs starer Casey Coleman and Tony Campana had RBI singles in the 2nd inning, and in the 3rd inning, Welington Castillo solo homered and Adrian Cardenas tripled and scored on Josh Vitters sacrifice flyout to extend Iowa's lead to 4-0.

After being no-hit for three innings, the Isotopes finally got their first hit and run in the 4th inning. Matt Angle drew a leadoff walk, Alex Castellanos ground-rule doubled and Jeff Baisley's groundout brought home Angle.

Castillo doubled and scored on Vitters' single in the 7th inning for the final run of the game.

Francisco Felix made a spot start for the Isotopes when the Dodgers requested P Michael Antonini be held back from his scheduled start. Felix allowed four runs and 6 hits in 3 innings. Antonini was later cleared to pitch and entered in the 4th inning and pitched the rest of the way, allowing 1 run and 4 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x4 (.391), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 3x4 (.393), 2 2B (5)
Scott Van Slyke: 0x3 (.407), 1 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
P Wilfredo Ledezma was activated off the bereavement leave list and P Derrick Loop was transferred to Rookie-level Ogden. . . . Scott Van Slyke went 0x3 for his first hitless game as an Isotope in 2012. The 0-for snapped a six-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes are still in last place in the PCL American Conference Southern Division and are a season-worst four games out. . . . The series concludes Thursday morning (11:05 am MDT) with the Isotopes expecting to send RHP Stephen Fife (0-1, 6.75) to the mound against Iowa's LHP Chris Rusin (0-1, 6.75).

Filed 04/11/2012

April 10, 2012 - Isotopes (2-4)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  103 000 011 --  6  9  1
Iowa         011 100 020 --  5  7  0

WP: Derrick Loop (1-0)
LP: Jeff Beliveau (0-1)
SV: Josh Wall (1)

HR: ABQ Josh Fields (1) off Beliveau (9th inning, S)

	IWA Anthony Cardenas (1) off Loop (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:53
ATT: 4,555
Josh Fields pinch-hit homer provided the go-ahead run in the 9th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 6-5 on Tuesday afternoon in Des Moines. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak.

Albuquerque got off to a quick 1-0 start in the 1st inning. Alex Castellanos doubled, stole third base and scored on Jeff Baisley's single.

After Iowa got a run in the 2nd inning, Albuquerque regained the lead in the 3rd inning. Matt Angle singled with one out and scored on Castellanos' double. An out later, Castellanos went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Baisley's double. Scott Van Slyke followed with a double to drive in Baisley for a 4-1 Isotopes lead.

Luis Valbuena sacrifice flied out in the 3rd inning and Josh Vitters drove in a run in the 4th inning as Iowa pulled to a run down at 4-3.

Albuquerque added an insurance run in the 8th inning when Jerry Sands drew a one out walk, advanced to second base on a groundout and scored on Van Slyke's single.

Anthony Cardenas tied up the game at 5-5 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning, but that homer went for naught when Fields homered with two outs in the 9th inning.

Mike Parisi started for the Isotopes and went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks and Parisi struck out 6.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.333), 2 R, 2 2B (3), 1 RBI (2), SB (3)
Scott Van Slyke: 2x4 (.458), 1 2B (3), 2 RBI (8)
Josh Wall: SV (1), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 7.71 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The victory snapped a seven game losing streak in games played at Principal Park. . . . Josh Fields was the first Isotope with a pinch-hit homer since JD Closser's solo shot on May 16, 2011 at Tucson. It was the Isotopes' sixteenth pinch-hit homer in franchise history. . . . The Isotopes have played in six games this season and today was the first game decided by two or less runs. Scott Van Slyke also hit safely to extend his hitting streak to all six games. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Michael Antonini (0-0, 1.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Casey Coleman (0-1, 7.20) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 04/10/2012

April 9, 2012 - Isotopes (1-4)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  000 201 300 --   6   6  1
Iowa         026 101 00x --  10  12  1

WP: Travis Wood (1-0)
LP: John Ely (0-1)

HR: IWA Travis Wood (1) off Ely (3rd inning, 2R)
	IWA Anthony Rizzo (2) off Ely (3rd inning, 2R)
	IWA Anthony Rizzo (3) off Savage (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:39
ATT: 4,020
John Ely made his first start of 2012 for the Isotopes and dug the Isotopes into a big hole, giving up 8 runs over the first three frames and Albuquerque's comeback fell short in a 10-6 loss to the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the series opener in Des Moines on Monday evening. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games.

Adrian Cardenas tripled and scored on a Josh Vitters single and an error later in the inning allowed Vitters to score to give Iowa a 2-0 lead after two innings of play.

Iowa plated six runs in the 3rd inning to lead 8-0, highlighted by a two-run homer from Anthony Rizzo and a two-run homer by Iowa starter Travis Wood.

Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Alex Castellanos drew a one out walk, Jerry Sands singled and Scott Van Slyke doubled them both home.

Cardenas sacrifice flied out in the 4th inning to extend Iowa's lead to 9-1.

Each team plated a run in the 6th inning - Albuquerque's Castellanos doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jeff Baisley's sacrifice flyout. In the bottom half, Iowa's Anthony Rizzo launched his second homer of the game.

Albuquerque plated the final runs of the game in the 7th inning. Tim Federowicz drew a one out walk, Luis Cruz reached on an error and pinch-hitter Trent Oeltjen doubled them home. Matt Angle followed with a RBI single to drive in Oeltjen.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.421), 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x2 (.300) 2 R, 1 2B (1), 2 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.450), 1 2B (2), 2 RBI (6), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Scott Van Slyke's double extended his hitting streak to 5 games -- all the games the Isotopes have played in 2012. . . . The Isotopes have lost their last five contests played against the Iowa Cubs dating back to the 2011 season. At Principal Park, Albuquerque has lost seven straight games. . . . The series continues Tuesday afternoon. Probables are RHP Mike Parisi (0-0, 1.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Randy Wells (1-0, 4.50) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 04/09/2012

April 8, 2012 - Isotopes (1-3)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  001 241 210 --  11  16  2
Omaha        545 200 10x --  17  22  1

WP: Sean O'Sullivan (1-1)
LP: Fernando Nieve (0-1) 

HR: ABQ Jeff Baisley (1) off Verdugo (4th inning, S)
	ABQ Jeff Baisley (2) off Hottovy (8th inning, S)
	ABQ	Scott Van Slyke (3) off Verdugo (4th inning, S)
	ABQ Jerry Sands (1) off Sisk (6th inning, S)

	OMA Max Ramirez (1) off Leach (3rd inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:15
ATT: 4,056
On Easter Sunday afternoon at Werner Park in Papillon, Nebraska, balls were hopping all over the park as the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) outslugged the Isotopes 17-11. The Isotopes have dropped two straight games.

Albuquerque allowed five runs in the 1st inning and four runs in the 2nd inning to trail 9-0 before getting their first run in the 3rd inning. Joe Becker walked and scored on Elian Herrera's triple.

Omaha added three more runs in the 3rd inning, highlighted by a Max Ramirez grand-slam homer and the Isotopes added two runs in the 4th inning on back-to-back homers from Jeff Baisley and Scott Van Slyke to trail 16-3.

In the 5th inning, Alex Castellanos tripled and scored on Jerry Sands' single. Baisley walked and Van Slyke doubled home Sands. Tim Federowicz singled home Baisley and an out later, an error on Joe Becker's flyout allowed Van Slyke to score the fourth run of the inning.

Sands solo-homered in the 6th inning and in the 7th inning, Federowicz singled and scored on Herrera's triple before Castellanos singled home Herrera to make it 16-10 Omaha.

Omaha plated their final run in the bottom of the 7th inning and Baisley hit his second solo homer of the game in the 8th inning for Albuquerque to close out the scoring.

Fernando Nieve started for Albuquerque and earned the loss after allowing 9 runs and 11 hits in 1 2/3 innings. Brent Leach was the first Isotope reliever and went 2 1/3 innings while allowing 8 hits and 7 runs (6 earned). Leach gave up the grand-slam homer to Ramirez.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 4x5 (.438), 1 R, 1 RBI (3), 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 2x6 (.278), 1 R, 1 3B (2), 1 RBI (1), 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 3x5 (.500), 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 HR (3), 2 RBI (4)
Josh Wall: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 13.50 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Wilfredo Ledezma was placed on the bereavement leave list and P Derrick Loop was transferred to Albuquerque from Extended Spring Training. . . . The Isotopes are 3-4 in Easter day contests and currently have a three-game losing streak on Easter. . . . For the season-opening series, 20,437 fans came through the Werner Park turnstiles for a per-game average of 5,109. . . . There are seven players in the PCL with 2 or 3 homers at the end of the first series of the season and two of them are Isotopes (Scott Van Slyke, Jeff Baisley). . . . Not surprisingly so young in the 2012 season, the Isotopes set season bests/worsts for most hits in a game (16), most runs in a game (11), most runs allowed in a game (17), most hits allowed in a game (22), most combined runs (28) and worst losing margin (6 runs). . . . The 38 combined hits was an Isotope franchise record for most combined hits in a road game. . . . Scott Van Slyke was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Tim Federowicz had an Isotope season-high 4 hits in the game. . . . Josh Fields went hitless to snap his three-game hitting streak. Scott Van Slyke hit safely to extend his hitting streak to four games -- all the games the Isotopes have played this season. . . . Elian Herrera had two triples in the game, tying an Isotope franchise record. . . . Six of Albuquerque's seven homers on the season have been solo shots. . . . The Isotopes are busing to Des Moines, Iowa for their next series, a four game road trip against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Probables in the opener are RHP John Ely (NR) for the Isotopes and LHP Travis Wood (NR) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 04/08/2012

April 7, 2012 - Isotopes (1-2)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0   3  1
Omaha        410 000 00x --  5  10  2

WP: Nate Adcock (1-0)
LP: Stephen Fife (0-1)

TIME: 2:46
ATT: 4,266
The lone Isotope error in the game loomed large in the game. Isotopes starter Stephen Fife went 1 1/3 innings and allowed five runs and four hits. Only one of those runs was earned due to a 1st inning error that opened up the floodgates in Omaha's 5-0 victory over Albuquerque on Saturday evening.

In the 1st inning, Fife allowed singles to Jarrod Dyson and Derrick Robinson. Johnny Giavotella walked to load the bags before Fife struck out Clint Robinson and Max Ramirez. Fife appeared to work out of the jam when David Lough grounded a ball but Isotope second baseman Alex Castellanos had a throwing error that allowed Dyson and Robinson to score. Former Isotope Tony Abreu singled home Giavotella and Cody Clark drove in Lough for a 4-0 Storm Chasers lead.

Fife loaded the bases with one out when he left the game in the 2nd inning. Isotopes reliever Francisco Felix allowed a sacrifice flyout to Ramirez that plated Robinson before a second out was recorded on the sacrifice flyout double play to end the inning.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 0x4 (.273), 2 K
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.250), 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x3 (.455), 1 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque was shut out for the first time this season. Matt Angle, Scott Van Slyke and Josh Fields had one hit each -- all singles -- to account for Albuquerque's three hits in the game. . . . The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) are hot, having won their first three games to lead the PCL American Conference Southern Division. The Isotopes, meanwhile, are not so hot as they are two games back in the division and are in the basement of the division. No need to worry at this point as baseball is a marathon, not a sprint so there are 141 more opportunities for the Isotopes to see if they can get into first place and be there at the end of the season. . . . Scott Van Slyke did not homer in the game, but he did extend his hitting streak to three games. Van Slyke and Josh Fields have hit safely in all three Isotopes games this season. . . . The series concludes on Easter Sunday afternoon. The Isotopes need a victory to earn a split of the series. Probables are RHP Fernando Nieve (NR) for the Isotopes and LHP Ryan Verdugo (NR) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 04/07/2012

April 6, 2012 - Isotopes (1-1)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  000 000 410 --  5  12  0
Omaha        000 011 000 --  2   7  0

WP: Will Savage (1-0)
LP: Sean O'Sullivan (0-1)
SV: Scott Rice (1)

HR: ABQ Tim Federowicz (1) off O'Sullivan (7th inning, 2R)
	ABQ Scott Van Slyke (2) off O'Sullivan (7th inning, S)

	OMA Tony Abreu (10) off Antonini (5th inning, S)  
	
TIME: 2:40
ATT: 4,311
The Isotopes powered their way to a lead in the 7th inning and the bullpen was able to make it stand as Albuquerque earned their first victory of the 2012 campaign with a 5-2 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) in Papillion, Nebraska on Friday evening.

Former-Isotope Tony Abreu homered for Omaha in the 5th inning and Kevin Kouzmanoff doubled home a run in the 6th inning to give Omaha a 2-0 lead.

In the 7th inning, Scott Van Slyke homered with one out. Trent Oeltjen doubled and scored on Josh Fields' double. Tim Federowicz followed wtih a two-run homer to give Albuquerque a 4-2 lead.

In the 8th inning, Jeff Baisley walked, went to second base on Van Slyke's single and scored on Fields' double for the final run of the game.

Michael Antonelli made his first Isotope start for 2012 and allowed a run and 4 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 2x4 (.429), 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (2)
Alex Castellanos: 2x4 (.375), 1 BB, 2 K
Scott Van Slyke: 2x4 (.500), 1 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI (2)


'TOPES NOTES:
After game two of the season, seventeen of the 25-man roster players have appeared in an Isotopes game. The same nine batters have appeared in both contests. . . . Scott Van Slyke has homered in back-to-back contests. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (NR) for the Isotopes and RHP Nate Adcock (NR) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 04/06/2012

April 5, 2012 - Isotopes (0-1)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  020 100 010 --  4   8  1
Omaha        000 201 41x --  8  15  3

WP: Jeremy Jeffress (1-0)
LP: Brent Leach (0-1)
SV: Louis Coleman (1)

HR: ABQ Scott Van Slyke (1) off Jeffress (8th inning, S)   
	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 7,804
The Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) had a four-run 7th inning to snap a 3-3 tie en route to a 8-4 victory over the Isotopes on Opening Night 2012.

After failing to score with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning of the season, Albuquerque finally broke through on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. Tim Federowicz drew a one out walk, Luis Cruz singled and Alex Castellanos walked to load the bases. Jerry Sands drew a walk to bring home Federowicz and Jeff Baisley reached on an error as Cruz scampered home.

Castellanos tripled and scored when Sands reached on an error to extend Albuquerque's lead to 3-0 in the 4th inning.

Kevin Kouzmanoff grounded out to plate a run and David Lough singled home a run in the home half of the 4th inning as Omaha pulled to a run down at 3-2.

Kouzmanoff doubled home a run in the 6th inning to tie the game at 3-3 and in the 7th inning, Kouzmanoff doubled home the go-ahead run. Max Ramirez singled home two runs and former-Isotope Tony Abreu singled home a run to give the Storm Chasers a 7-3 advantage.

Scott Van Slyke homered for the first Isotope homer of 2012 in the 8th inning and Omaha tallied for a run (Johnny Giavotella RBI single) in the bottom half of the inning to close out the scoring.

Albuquerque's bullpen woes spoiled a great season opening start by Mike Parisi, who gave up two runs and 7 hits in 5 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tim Federowicz: 1x3 (.333), 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Alex Castellanos: 1x4 (.250), 1 R, 1 3B (1), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB (2)
Scott Van Slyke: 2x4 (.500), 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI (1), 1 BB
Josh Wall: 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 54.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes have a six game losing streak dating back to the end of the 2011 season, all in games played on the road. . . . All-time on Opening Nights, the Isotopes enjoy a 8-2 winning record. . . . Albuquerque is 7-3 in their first road games of the season and 4-2 when the road game is the first game of the season. . . . The Isotopes left 16 men on base, tying a franchise record for most LOB in a 9-inning contest. . . . Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy did not take long to earn his first ejection of the season. Bundy was ejected by Second Base Umpire Jason Arends in the 8th inning after Bundy disagreed with the second of two Arends calls regarding Storm Chaser runners in the later part of the contest. Bundy didn't earn his first ejection of the 2011 campaign until May 3rd. . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are LHP Michael Antonini (NR) for the Isotopes and RHP Vin Mazzaro (NR) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 04/05/2012

Former Duke part of PCL Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Former Albuquerque Duke Mike Marshall is part of a trio making up the class of 2012 that will be inducted into the PCL Hall of Fame. The other two are Duffy Lewis and Kid Mohler.

Marshall won the PCL Triple Crown in 1981 with 34 homers, 137 RBI and a .373 average, was the PCL MVP, and was a significant contributor to lead the Dukes to a 94-38 record and a PCL championship that season.

Marshall is currently the manager of the San Rafael Pacifics of the North American League.

Filed 04/05/2012

Welcome to the 2012 Isotopes Unofficial Web Page!

Welcome to the tenth season of Albuquerque Isotopes baseball!

The Isotopes open up their 2012 campaign with an eight game road trip starting Thursday evening. The first stop is in Omaha to face the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) at Werner Park with a scheduled 6:05 PM MDT first pitch. The first pitch is likely to be delayed as the Storm Chasers will be receiving their 2011 PCL Championship rings and raise the 2011 PCL Champion banner. Probables are RHP Mike Parisi (NR) for the Isotopes and LHP Will Smith (NR) for the Storm Chasers. Smith is the Royals' 22nd ranked prospect according to BASEBALL AMERICA.

The official Isotopes opening night roster will be released by the club Thursday. Whatever the roster makeup, a new change for 2012 is that the PCL will have 25-man rosters instead of 24-man like previous seasons. That leaves the Isotopes flexibility to carry a 13th pitcher if they want to have enough fresh arms to last through many slugfests.

The Isotopes club did release the initial starting rotation: Mike Parisi, Michael Antonini, Stephen Fife, Fernando Nieve and John Ely. Based on this rotation and assuming no changes, when Albuquerque has their home opener on April 13th, Nieve should be on the mound.

On the ticket front, the Isotopes raised ticket prices for 2012, the first time for most ticketing types since 2010. Prices were raised a buck with current prices being: Club ($23 advanced purchase, $25 day of game), Box ($13 advanced purchase, $15 day of game), Reserved ($11 advanced purchase, $13 day of game) and Berm seats at $7 (day of game purchase except for Isotopes- determined high demand games when they will be on sale earlier than game day). Season ticket sales might be strong for 2012 considering the Isotopes have put for sale season tickets in sections that have previously not had season ticket sales. Parking appears to remain $5 a vehicle unless a vehicle has four or more people in which case it is free. Vehicles displaying valid disabled placards will be able to park free.

The Isotopes are trying a new twist for 2012 by taking a play from the Major League Baseball playbook: demand event pricing. The July 4th contest against Round Rock is considered a premium game and thus will have a $3 per seat premium added to the normal ticket price (Club $26 in advance, Box $16 in advance, Reserved $14 in advance) and Berm seating a two dollar premium at $9. There will be an additional two bucks added to Club, Box and Reserved for game-day purchases if seats were ever to still be available for sale. The Isotopes have not designated weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) home games as premium games like several other PCL clubs have done.

Filed 04/04/2012

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