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Albuquerque Isotopes 2012 Regular Season At-A-Glance:
Home Record: 48-24Road Record: 32-40
Division Record: 26-22Extra Innings Record: 5-4
Final Roadtrip: 2-7Final Homestand: 3-1
Regular Season Current Streak: Won 2

September 18, 2012 - 2012 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Pawtucket 000 110 100 --   3   7  2
Reno      332 020 00x --  10  13  1

WP: Mike DeMark (6-5)
LP: Nelson Figueroa (12-6) 

HR: PAW Tony Thomas off Bauer (5th inning, S)

    RENO Brent Clevlen off Figueroa (1st inning, 2R)
    RENO Keon Broxton off Huntzinger (5th inning, 2R)
    	
TIME: 3:29
ATT: 8,601
The Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) got off to a good start, leading 8-0 before the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Red Sox) even plated their first run as the Aces routed the Red Sox 10-3 to claim the 2012 Triple-A Championship.

Reno got off to a great start in the 1st inning. A.J. Pollock tripled to right field and scored on Tyler Kuhn's single to left field. Two outs later Brent Clevlen two-run homered to center field.

The Aces put three more runs on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. Tyler Bortnick singled and two outs later, stole second base before scoring on Pollock's double to left-center. Kuhn singled to center to drive in Pollock and then scored on Josh Bell's broken-bat single to center field.

Reno plated two more runs in the 3rd inning to lead 8-0. Clevlen singled to center, Taylor Harbin drew a walk and both runners advanced a base on Bortnick's groundout. Ryan Budde sacrifice flied to left to drive in Clevlen. Keon Broxton infield singled ahead of Pollock reaching on a two-base miscaught fly ball to right field error that allowed Harbin to score.

Aces starter Trevor Bauer's wildness brought home the first Red Sox run in the 4th inning. Danny Valencia drew a leadoff walk and when Bauer got the next two outs to make it appear he might preserve the shutout, Bauer proceeded to allow a single to Dan Butler and a walk to Jonathan Hee to load the bases. Che-Hsuan Lin drew a walk to bring home Valencia.

Bauer allowed a 5th inning leadoff homer to Tony Thomas and Reno responded in the bottom of the 5th inning with a Broxton two-run homer to make it 10-2.

Pawtucket plated the final run of the game (and 2012 Triple-A season) in the 7th inning. Butler reached on a fielder's choice forceout for the second out of the inning, Hee walked and Lin singled to center to drive in Butler.

Diamondbacks top prospect Bauer was pulled after 4 2/3 innings to make him ineligible to earn the victory. Bauer allowed 2 runs and 4 hits and walked (7) more than he struck out (6).

Red Sox starter Nelson Figueroa was hammered for 6 runs and 7 hits in 2 innings as he took the loss.


NOTES:
The Reno victory was the first PCL victory in the Triple-A title game since 2008 and the first time the PCL won the game since the title game was rebranded from "Bricktown Showdown" to "Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game" in 2009. . . . Reno's A.J. Pollock was named the MVP of the game. . . . The 2013 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game will be held at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA Phillies).

Filed 09/18/2012

More Isotopes Accolades; Dodgers Transactions

There were more Isotopes post-season accolades when Baseball America named three Isotopes to their All-Star Team at the Triple-A level. Alex Castellanos (.328, 17 HR, 52 RBI) is the second baseman, John Ely (14-7, 3.20 ERA) is one of the five starting pitchers and Lorenzo Bundy is the Triple-A All-Star Manager of the Year. Ely also is named Triple-A Pitcher of the Year.

Last week saw the likely final transactions before the Dodgers and Red Sox announce their players to be named later to complete the blockbuster trade or Isotope players start to elect free agency. IF Dee Gordon was recalled from his rehabiliation assignment and the Dodgers recalled P Stephen Fife and IF Elian Herrera.

More details about the Isotopes 2013 schedule have been revealed. Albuquerque will begin the 2013 season at Isotopes Park on April 4th, 2013 against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). The Cubs are also the opponent on July 4th for the huge Independence Day fireworks night.

Three PCL clubs renewed their Player Development Agreements (PDA), affiliating with their major league parent clubs through the 2014 season. The Memphis Redbirds renewed with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Nashville Sounds renewed with the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Oklahoma City Redhawks renewed with the Houston Astros.

The stunning news with regards to PDA's in the Pacific Coast League was that the Las Vegas 51s dropped affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays and signed a deal good through the 2014 season with the New York Mets! With Albuquerque traveling to Las Vegas in 2013 for their only four-game series of the year, Isotopes fans will have to wait until 2014 to see Mets Triple-A players at Isotopes Park.

Filed 09/17/2012

September 15, 2012 - 2012 PCL Championship Series -
Game 4 - Reno wins 3-1

Werner Park

Reno   000 122 030 --  8  15  1
Omaha  000 000 200 --  2   7  2

WP: Charles Brewer (1-0)
LP: Doug Davis (0-1) 

HR: RENO A.J. Pollock (2) off Joseph (8th inning, S)
    RENO Mike Jacobs (3) off Joseph (8th inning, 2R)
   	
TIME: 3:22
ATT: 4,081
The Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) plated five runs over the middle three innings and cruised to a 8-2 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) to win the 2012 PCL Championship Series and prevent Omaha from repeating as PCL Champions.

Reno scored a run on an error in the 4th inning and in the 5th inning, Taylor Harbin singled home a run and another run scored on a wild pitch.

A.J. Pollock tripled and scored on Tyler Kuhn's double in the 6th inning. Kuhn went to third on Josh Bell's single and scored on Mike Jacobs' sacrifice flyout to make it 5-0 Reno.

Adam Moore singled home two runs for Omaha in the 7th inning to make it 5-2 and Reno went homer happy in the 8th inning to pull away with Pollock solo homering and Jacobs adding a two-run shot.

Charles Brewer earned the victory for Reno, allowed 2 runs and 5 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Doug Davis took the loss for Omaha and allowed 7 hits and 3 runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Aces face the International League's Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA Red Sox) in the 2012 Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday evening. Probables are Diamondbacks top prospect RHP Trevor Bauer for Reno and RHP Nelson Figueroa for the Red Sox.


Filed 09/15/2012

September 14, 2012 - 2012 PCL Championship Series -
Game 3 - Reno leads 2-1

Werner Park

Reno   003 000 000 --  3  4  0
Omaha  000 000 000 --  0  5  0

WP: Joe Martinez (1-0)
LP: Nate Adcock (0-1)
SV: Jonathan Albaladejo (1)

HR: RENO A.J. Pollock (1) off Adcock (3rd inning, 2R)
    RENO Tyler Kuhn (2) off Adcock (3rd inning, S)      
    	
TIME: 2:42
ATT: 4,692
Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) starter Joe Martinez tossed seven scoreless innings, allowed 5 hits and struck out 7 and two Aces homers provided all the scoring in a 3-0 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) to give the Aces a 2-1 best-of-five 2012 PCL Championship Series advantage.

A.J. Pollock two-run homered and Tyler Kuhn added a solo homer in the 3rd inning.

Omaha's Nate Adcock allowed 3 runs and 4 hits in 8 innings as he earned the losing decision.

Game four is Saturday with Reno RHP Charles Brewer expected to face Omaha LHP Doug Davis.


Filed 09/14/2012

September 12, 2012 - 2012 PCL Championship Series -
Game 2 - series tied 2-2

Aces Ballpark

Omaha  110 050 200 --  9  12  0
Reno   010 040 010 --  6  10  2

WP: Ryan Verdugo (1-0)
LP: Daniel Cabrera (0-1)
SV: Roman Colon (1)

HR: OMA Anthony Seratelli (1) off Cabrera (5th inning, 2R)
    OMA Max Ramirez (1) off Kroenke (5th inning, 2R)
    OMA Mitch Maier (1) off Kroenke (5th inning, S)

    RENO Mike Jacobs (2) off Verdugo (5th inning, 3R)
    	
TIME: 3:32
ATT: 7,122
The Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) used a five run 5th inning to break open a close game on their way to a 9-6 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) to even their best-of-five 2012 PCL Championship Series at a game apiece.

Omaha's Wil Myers singled home a run in the 1st inning and Irving Falu singled home a run in the 2nd inning to give Omaha a 2-0 lead.

Tyler Bortnick singled home Mike Jacobs in the home half of the 2nd inning to get Reno on the scoreboard.

Omaha held that one run lead until their five-run 5th inning. Anthony Seratelli two-run homered, Max Ramirez two-run homered, and Mitch Maier followed Ramirez with a solo homer.

Jacobs three-run homered as part of a four-run 5th inning as Reno trailed 7-5.

Adam Moore singled home two runs in the 7th inning for Omaha and Bortnick singled home Reno's final run in the 8th inning.

Ryan Verdugo started for Omaha and allowed 5 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings. Daniel Cabera, meanwhile, was Reno's starter and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) and 6 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

After a day off on Thursday, the series resumes in Omaha at Werner Park on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Joe Martinez for Reno and RHP Nate Adcock for Omaha.


Filed 09/12/2012

September 11, 2012 - 2012 PCL Championship Series -
Game 1 - Reno leads 1-0

Aces Ballpark

Omaha  010 000 000 --   1   3  2
Reno   041 400 22x --  13  15  0

WP: Trevor Bauer (1-0)
LP: Jake Odorizzi (0-1) 

HR: RENO Ryan Budde (1) off Odorizzi (2nd inning, 2R)
    RENO Ryan Budde (2) off Odorizzi (4th inning, S)
    RENO Tyler Kuhn (1) off Odorizzi (4th inning, 2R)
    RENO Mike Jacobs (1) off Odorizzi (4th inning, S)
    RENO Ryan Strieby (1) off Colon (8th inning, 2R)
    	
TIME: 3:02
ATT: 4,758
Diamondbacks top prospect Trevor Bauer allowed a run and 3 hits in 6 2/3 innings and the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) belted five home runs, led by Ryan Budde's two homers, to take a 13-1 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) in the opener of the best-of-five 2012 PCL Championship Series at Aces Ballpark.

Irving Falu's groundout gave Omaha their only run and only lead of the game in the 2nd inning.

Reno's offense began their eruption in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Tyler Bortnick reached on an error with Mike Jacobs scoring and a wild pitch brought home Taylor Harbin. Budde followed with a two-run homer.

Brent Clevlen singled home a run in the 3rd inning and the Aces went homer-crazy in the 4th inning. Budde led off the half-inning with a solo homer. An out later, A.J. Pollock singled and scored on Tyler Kuhn's homer. After Josh Bell flew out for the second out of the inning, Jacobs solo homered as Reno led 9-1.

Harbin sacrifice flied out to bring home a run and Bortnick singled home a run in the 7th inning and Ryan Strieby two-run homered in the 8th inning for the final runs of the game.

Jake Odorizzi started for Omaha and allowed 9 runs (8 earned) and 9 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Game two of the series is Wednesday evening in Reno. Probables are RHP Daniel Cabrera for the Aces and LHP Ryan Verdugo for the Storm Chasers.


Filed 09/11/2012

September 9, 2012 - American Conference Championship

Game 5 - Omaha wins series 3-2

Isotopes Park

Omaha        332 210 221 --  16  19  1
Albuquerque  000 140 011 --   7  10  1

WP: Donnie Joseph (1-0)
LP: Will Savage (0-1) 

HR: OMA Wil Myers (2) off Savage (2nd inning, 2R)
    OMA Mitch Maier (1) off Corcoran (4th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Josh Fields (2) off Marks (4th inning, S)
    	
TIME: 3:21
ATT: 2,085
There would be no miracle on Sunday afternoon for the Isotopes. The Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) led 10-0 before Albuquerque plated their first run and cruised to a 16-7 victory in front of just over 2,000 fans at Isotopes Park on Sunday afternoon. The Storm Chasers repeat as American Conference Champions and advance to the 2012 PCL Championship Series while the Isotopes' successful 2012 season came to an end.

Omaha's Max Ramirez doubled home two runs and Mitch Maier singled home a run in the 1st inning.

Wil Myers two-run homered as part of a three-run 2nd inning and Jason Bourgeois tripled home a run and scored on a wild pitch in the 3rd inning.

Maier two-run homered in the 4th inning to extend the Omaha lead to 10-0.

Josh Fields' solo homer in the bottom of the 4th inning got the Isotopes on the scoreboard.

Myers singled home a run in the top of the 5th inning and in the bottom half of the frame, Matt Angle was hit by a pitch and went to second base on a wild pitch. Josh Bard singled home Angle and Bard went to second base on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s groundout. Elian Herrera walked and Dee Gordon reached on an error to load the bags before Fields singled home Bard and Herrera. Gordon later scored on a wild pitch as Albuquerque plated four runs in the inning to trail 11-5.

Ramirez drew a bases-loaded walk and Maier sacrifice flied out bring home runs in the 7th inning and in the 8th innng, Anthony Seratelli and Clint Robinson singled home runs to extend Omaha's lead to 15-5.

Scott Van Slyke doubled and later scored on a groundout in the 8th inning, Omaha's Adam Moore grounded into a run-scoring double play in the top of the 9th inning, and Albuquerque's final run of the 2012 season came in the bottom of the 9th inning. Herrera singled, went to second base on Fields' groundout and scored on Jerry Sands' two-out single.

Isotopes starter Will Savage allowed 6 runs and 5 hits in 1 2/3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.200), 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 BB, 1 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 0x5 (.174), 1 R, 1 K

Gordon hit second in the lineup and played shortstop. In the 1st inning, Gordon grounded out to second base and struck out swinging in the 3rd inning. In the 5th inning, Gordon reached on an error, went to third base on Josh Fields single and scored on a wild pitch. Gordon lined out to first base in the 7th inning and lined out to left field in the 9th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Storm Chasers found out who they would be facing in the PCL Championship Series. The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) were looking for a PCL finals rematch of the 2011 finals against the Storm Chasers but fell short, losing 7-4 to the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). Reno plated four runs in the 7th inning, highlighted by Mike Jacobs' three-run homer, to snap a deadlocked 3-3 game en route to the victory. Zach Kroenke (1-0) picked up the win for Reno, Merkin Valdez (0-1) took the loss for Sacramento, and Sam Demel (1) earned the save for the Aces in front of 2,656 fans at Aces Ballpark in a 3 hour, 5 minute contest. Kila Kaaihue drove in two runs for Sacramento in the losing effort. The PCL Championship Series opens Wednesday evening in Reno with Omaha holding the home field advantage for game 3 (and 4 and 5, if necessary) as they look to repeat as PCL Champions. You can find linescore game summaries posted to this website for the finals as well as for the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game. . . . 2,085 attended today's contest, the smallest crowd in Isotopes Park history, eclipsing last night's previous record low of 2,908. 9,089 attended the three games at Isotopes Park in the series. . . . The Isotopes are 3-9 all-time in playoff history and have lost the American Conference Championship in all three playoff appearances. . . . On the bright side for the Isotopes, they made the playoffs for the third time in the 10-year franchise history and they made it the deepest into the playoffs of any of the three Isotope playoff teams. . . . Isotopes reliever Tim Corcoran allowed a homer in two of Albuquerque's three playoff appearances. As a reliever, Corcoran allowed a homer in today's contest and as a starter in 2009, Corcoran allowed a homer in Game 3 of that series against Memphis. . . . The 2013 Isotopes season opener is on Thursday, April 4, 2013. It has not been disclosed yet by the club who the opponent is or if it will be a road game or Albuquerque's 2013 home opener.

Filed 09/09/2012

September 8, 2012 - American Conference Championship

Game 4 - Series tied 2-2

Isotopes Park

Omaha        143 010 100 --  10  14  2
Albuquerque  200 100 90x --  12  15  3

WP: Lorenzo Barcelo (1-0)
LP: Brandon Sisk (0-1) 

HR: OMA Adam Moore (1) off St. Clair (3rd inning, 3R)
    OMA Adam Moore (2) off Johnson (5th inning, S)
    OMA Jason Bourgeois (1) off Barcelo (7th inning, S)

    ABQ Tony Gwynn Jr. (1) off Sisk (7th inning, 3R)
    	
TIME: 2:47
ATT: 2,908
The smallest crowd in Isotopes Park history witnessed what arguably might be the most epic win in Isotopes franchise history. Down 10-3 at the 7th inning stretch in a must-win game, Albuquerque erupted for a season-best 9 runs in their half of the 7th inning to stun the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) 12-10 to force a winner-take-all Game 5 of the American Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Omaha's Max Ramirez sacrifice flied out to bring home a run in the 1st inning.

In the home half of the 1st inning, Dee Gordon bunt singled with one out. Josh Fields drew a walk and both runners executed a double-steal ahead of Jerry Sands' single to drive in Gordon. Scott Van Slyke followed with a sacrifice flyout to bring home Fields.

Derrick Robinson singled home a run with the bases loaded, Irving Falu grounded out with a run scoring and Mitch Maier singled home two runs in the 2nd inning and Adam Moore added a three-run homer in the 3rd inning as the Storm Chasers led 8-2.

Albuquerque's Matt Angle doubled and scored two outs later on Elian Herrera's single in the 4th inning.

Moore hit his second homer of the game in the 5th inning, a solo homer, and Jason Bourgeois solo homered in the 7th inning to extend Omaha's lead to 10-3.

The Storm Chasers probably thought they just had nine easy outs left to cruise to a win and advance to the PCL Championship Series for the second season in a row, but Albuquerque had different plans. Herrera tripled to lead off the half-inning and Gordon reached on an error. Fields singled home Herrera and Jerry Sands doubled home Gordon and Fields. Van Slyke doubled home Sands and Trent Oeltjen singled to put runners on the corners. Matt Angle flew out with Van Slyke scoring and after Josh Bard singled, Tony Gwynn Jr. three-run homered to give Albuquerque a 11-10 lead. Herrera tripled for the second time in the inning and scored on Fields' sacrifice flyout for the final run of the game.

Isotopes starter Cole St. Clair allowed 8 runs (7 earned) and 7 hits in 3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 2x3 (.188), 1 R, 2 2B (2), 2 RBI (2), 1 BB, SF

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 1x4 (.222), 2 R, SB (3), HBP

Gordon batted in the second slot and played shortstop. In the 1st inning, Gordon bunt singled, went to second on Josh Fields' walk, stole third base as part of a double-steal and scored on Jerry Sands' single. Gordon grounded out to third base in the 2nd inning, grounded out to shortstop in the 4th inning, reached on an error in the 7th inning, went to second base on Fields' single and scored on Sands' double. Gordon was hit by a pitch later in the 7th inning and stranded on base at the end of the inning.

Gordon committed two throwing errors, bring his total to three errors this series.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes/Storm Chasers are not going to be the only ones vying to advance to the PCL Championship Series on Sunday afternoon. Daric Barton solo homered in the 10th inning for the go-ahead run as the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) defeated the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 4-3 to tie the Pacific Conference Championship series at 2-2 and force a deciding game five on Sunday afternoon. Blake Lalli three-run homered for Sacramento in the 2nd inning and Mike Jacobs and Brent Clevlen each singled home runs in the 4th inning for Reno. The Aces' A.J. Pollock reached on a run-scoring fielders choice in the 7th inning to tie the game and two scoreless innings followed until Barton's heroics. Jeremy Accardo (1-0) earned the victory for Sacramento, while Jonathan Albaladejo (0-1) took the loss for Reno. The game lasted 3 hours, 6 minutes in front of 5,233 at Aces Ballpark in Reno. . . . The Isotopes had their largest comeback to tie or win a game this season with their seven run comeback and tied a season-best for most hits in an inning (8). . . . The victory was Albuquerque's first home playoff victory in Isotopes history and snapped a five-game home playoff game losing streak. . . . With the victory tonight, Lorenzo Bundy skippered the Isotopes to the most playoff wins in a playoff series (2). He also has led the Isotopes to a deciding game of the playoff series for the first time in three Isotope playoff appearances. . . . Albuquerque scored 10 runs for the second time in franchise playoff history (2003 American Conference Championship Game Three - 10 runs) and unlike that game, the Isotopes were able to win tonight's contest. . . . Probables for Sunday afternoon's deciding Game Five are RHP Will Savage (10-7, 5.59) for the Isotopes and LHP Justin Marks (0-1, 48.60) for the Storm Chasers. It will be Marks' second Triple-A start after he made his Triple-A debut last Sunday against the Isotopes at Isotopes Park in the second to last game of the regular season.

Filed 09/08/2012

September 7, 2012 - American Conference Championship Series

Game 3 - Omaha leads 2-1

Isotopes Park

Omaha        003 000 211 --  7  11  1
Albuquerque  000 000 130 --  4  10  0

WP: Nate Adcock (1-0)
LP: Derrick Loop (0-1)
SV: Roman Colon (1)

HR: OMA Antony Seratelli (1) off Loop (3rd inning, S)
    OMA Mitch Maier (1) off Patterson (7th inning, 2R)
    	
TIME: 3:33
ATT: 4,096
Both clubs waited out a 2 hour, 3 minute rain delay to start the game. At the 7th inning stretch, the Isotopes found themselves in a 5-0 hole and four runs over the 7th and 8th innings were not able to overcome that defecit as the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) took a 7-4 victory to claim a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five 2012 American Conference Championship. The Isotopes find themselves having to win the next two games to advance to the PCL Championship, while Omaha just needs one victory to advance.

Anthony Seratelli solo-homered and later in the inning Max Ramirez singled with the bases-loaded to drive in two runs as Omaha built a 3-0 lead in the 3rd inning.

Mitch Maier two-run homered in the 7th inning to extend the lead to 5-0 before Albuquerque got on the scoreboard after the 7th inning stretch when Matt Angle and Tyler Ogle back-to-back doubled.

Irving Falu singled home a run in the top of the 8th inning and Albuquerque plated three runs in the bottom half of the inning to close to 6-4. Dee Gordon was hit by a pitch, Josh Fields drew a walk and Jerry Sands singled home Gordon. An out later, Trent Oeltjen singled home Fields and Matt Angle reached on a error with Sands scoring.

Seratelli singled home Omaha's final run in the 9th inning.

Isotopes starter Derrick Loop allowed 3 runs and 5 hits in 6 innings and fanned 7 Storm Chaser batters.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.077)

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 0x4 (.214), 1 R, SB (2), HBP

Gordon hit in the second spot and played shortstop. Gordon reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and made it to third on Jerry Sands' groundout before being stranded on base in the 1st inning. In the 3rd inning, Gordon grounded out to shortstop and Gordon lined out to shorstop in the 5th inning. Gordon was hit by a pitch in the 8th inning, advanced to second base on Josh Fields' walk, and scored on Sands single and Gordon finished his night by grounding out to shortstop in the 9th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to snap a 7-7 tie and claim a 11-7 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) to take a 2-1 series lead in the 2012 PCL Pacific Conference Championship. Tyler Kuhn drove in three runs for Reno, including a go-ahead two-run single and Josh Bell, who drove in four runs for the Aces, followed with a two-run homer in that key 8th inning. Jensen Lewis (1-0) earned the victory for Reno while Rich Thompson (0-1) took the loss for Sacramento. 7,752 attended at Aces Ballpark in Reno to watch the 3 hour, 14 minute contest. . . . The Dodgers once again dipped into the Albuquerque roster by recalling IF Alex Castellanos. IF Pedro Baez was transferred from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga to Albuquerque. . . . The 2 hour, 3 minute rain delay was not the only -- or the longest -- rain delay in Isotopes playoff history. The Isotopes' 2009 American Championship Series opener at Isotopes Park had a 2 hours, 21 minute rain/lightning delay in the 6th inning. . . . The series continues Saturday evening with the Isotopes in a must-win situation to keep their 2012 season alive. Probables are LHP Cole St. Clair (3-3, 4.24) for the Isotopes and LHP Doug Davis (9-4, 4.66) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 09/07/2012

September 6, 2012 - 2012 American Conference Championship

Game 2 - Series tied 1-1

Werner Park

Albuquerque  000 002 210 --  5  12  1
Omaha        020 100 000 --  3   8  2

WP: Stephen Fife (1-0)
LP: Ryan Verdugo (0-1)
SV: Scott Rice (1)

HR: OMA Max Ramirez (1) off Fife (2nd inning, 2R)
    	
TIME: 2:59
ATT: 5,091
Stephen Fife had a quality start, allowing 3 runs and 7 hits in 7 innings while fanning 5 and Trent Oeltjen and Josh Fields each knocked in a pair of runs as Albuquerque defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) 5-3 to tie the best-of-five 2012 American Conference Championship Series at 1-1.

Max Ramirez two-run homered in the 2nd inning and Rey Navarro doubled home a run in the 4th inning as the Storm Chasers built a 3-0 lead.

Albuquerque's comeback began in the 6th inning. Fields singled, Jerry Sands walked and an out later, Trent Oeltjen tripled into the right field corner to bring them both home.

The Isotopes struck again in the 7th inning, loading the bases on Josh Bard's single, Elian Herrera's walk and Dee Gordon's single. Josh Fields singled to drive in Bard and Herrera for an Isotope 4-3 lead. Sands was hit by a pitch to re-load the bags before Scott Van Slyke grounded into a double play to kill the rally and the half-inning.

Bard doubled and scored on Tony Gwynn's single with an error on the play for Albuquerque's final run in the 8th inning.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Scott Van Slyke: 0x5 (.000), 2 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 3x5 (.300), SB (1)

Gordon played shortstop and was moved into the second spot in the lineup for tonight's game. Gordon singled in the 1st inning and made it to second base on Jerry Sands' single, grounded out to first base in the 3rd inning, grounded out to second base in the 6th inning, singled in the 7th inning and later advanced to third base on an error, and singled in the 9th inning and stole a base. Gordon committed his first error of the series, a fielding error.


'TOPES NOTES:
Game 2 of the Pacific Conference Championship Series was quite a game! The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) defeated the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in a thrilling 1-0 game to knot the best-of-five series at one game apiece. Jemile Weeks' solo homer in the 3rd inning was the only scoring in the game. Jesse Chavez (1-0) started for Sacramento and tossed 8 innings of scoreless, 4 hit ball with 10 strikeouts as he earned the victory. Daniel Cabrera (1-0) took the losing decision and Jeremy Accardo earned his first save. The game lasted 2 hours, 40 minutes and was played at Raley Field in Sacramento in front of 8,206. The rest of the series changes venue to Aces Ballpark in Reno. . . . The Dodgers announced their August Dodger Pride awards. At the Triple-A level, the winners were P Josh Wall and IF/OF Jerry Sands. Wall made 11 August appearances, recorded eight saves and allowed 2 earned runs in 10 innings for a 1.80 ERA. Sands won the Dodger Pride Award at the Triple-A level for the second month in a row and had an Isotope record 21-game hitting streak that ran from July 27th to August 20th. . . . Tonight's contest is the second time out of the three Isotope playoff appearances that Albuquerque came home with the conference championship series tied at 1-1. Albuquerque hopes for a better outcome in 2012 than what happened in 2003 when Nashville claimed games 3 and 4 to win the series on Isotopes Park turf. . . . The rest of the 2012 American Conference Championships will be played at Isotopes Park. Each club currently needs two more wins to claim the series and move on to the PCL Championship Series. Probables in Game 3 on Friday evening are LHP Derrick Loop (11-4, 4.88) for the Isotopes and RHP Nate Adcock (8-6, 5.53) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 09/06/2012

Isotopes/Dodgers Renew Player Development Agreement

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Thursday that they are renewing the Player Development Agreement (PDA) with the Isotopes that will keep the Isotopes the Triple-A partner of the Dodgers. The new PDA agreement runs for the minimum two seasons, expiring at the end of the 2014 season.

The Dodgers are no strangers to Albuquerque professional baseball, having had an affiliate agreement with an Albuquerque Double-A club from 1963-1971, an affiliate agreement with the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes from 1972-2000 and then an agreement with the Triple-A Isotopes since 2009.

The Dodgers also announced a renewal of their PDA with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga for two more seasons. Double-A Chattanooga, Single-A Great Lakes and Rookie Ogden all have PDAs with the Dodgers that also expire after the 2014 season.

All three of Albuquerque's PDA agreements inked with the Dodgers have run for two seasons, while other clubs in the Dodgers organization have sometimes signed four or six year PDA deals.

With the Isotopes and Dodgers inking a new PDA, that leaves Memphis (currently Cardinals), Las Vegas (currently Blue Jays), Nashville (currently Brewers) and Oklahoma City (currently Astros) as the only PCL clubs that have PDAs expire at the end of the 2012 season. The Buffalo Bisons (currently Mets) and Indianapolis Indians (currently Pirates) are the only two International League clubs to have PDA pacts expiring at the end of the 2012 season.

Filed 09/06/2012

September 5, 2012 - 2012 American Conference Championship

Game 1 - Omaha leads 1-0

Werner Park

Albuquerque  000 012 010 --  4  7  3
Omaha        302 000 03x --  8  8  0

WP: Jake Odorizzi (1-0)
LP: Fernando Nieve (0-1) 

HR: ABQ Josh Bard (1) off Odorizzi (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Jerry Sands (1) off Odorizzi (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Josh Fields (1) off Colon (8th inning, S)
	
    OMA Wil Myers (1) off Nieve (1st inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:54
ATT: 3,894
Three Isotopes homers were not enough to overcome an early 5-0 defecit as the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) defeated Albuquerque 8-4 in the opener of the 2012 PCL American Conference Championship best-of-five series in Omaha on Wednesday evening.

Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Wil Myers three-run homered in the 1st inning to give the Storm Chasers a quick 3-0 lead.

In the 3rd inning, a run scored on an error and Adam Moore knocked into another run with a single to extend the lead to 5-0.

Josh Bard solo homered in the 5th inning and Jerry Sands homered with Elian Herrera on base in the 6th inning. Josh Fields added a solo homer in the 8th inning as Albuquerque trailed 5-4.

The Storm Chasers added three insurance runs in their half of the 8th inning. A wild pitch with the bases loaded plated Mitch Maier before Max Ramirez reached on an error with Anthony Seratelli and Myers scoring.

Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve allowed 3 runs and 3 hits in 2 innings before leaving the game with a muscle cramp in his right forearm.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 0x0 (.000), 1 BB
Scott Van Slyke: 0x4 (.000), 1 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 0x5 (.000), 2 K

Gordon hit leadoff and played shortstop. In the 1st inning, Gordon struck out and lined out to left field in the 3rd inning. Gordon grounded out to second base in the 6th inning, lined out to left field in the 7th inning, and struck out in the 9th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
For the duration of the Isotopes American Conference Championship run, only a brief non-linescore summary will be posted for the Pacific Conference Championship. In Sacramento Wednesday evening, the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) defeated the defending Pacific Conference champion Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) 3-1 to take a 1-0 best-of-five series lead. Diamondbacks top prospect Trevor Bauer (1-0) allowed an unearned run and 3 hits in 5 innings while Bruce Billings (0-1) took the loss and Jonathan Albaladejo earned his first save in the 3 hour, 10 minute game in front of 7,105 at Raley Field. Reno's Tyler Kuhn had a run-scoring double and Mike Jacobs brought home a run with a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning to give Reno a 2-0 lead. Sacramento was aided by two Reno errors in the 4th inning to get on the scoreboard and Reno's Tyler Bortnick solo homered in the 9th inning for an insurance run. . . . In transactions news, IF Charlie Mirabal was transferred to Albuquerque from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and P Red Patterson joins the Isotopes from Class-AA Chattanooga. . . . Albuquerque has yet to win a playoff series opener in franchise history. . . . The series continues Thursday evening in Omaha. Probables are RHP Stephen Fife (11-7, 4.66) for the Isotopes and LHP Ryan Verdugo (12-4, 3.75) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 09/05/2012

PCL News; Isotopes By-The-Numbers

The Isotopes lost another player, just one day before they open the 2012 American Conference Championships in Omaha against the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals). The Dodgers placed P Javy Guerra on the Disabled List and recalled P Josh Wall from Albuquerque.

Probables for tomorrow evening's game 1 are RHP Fernando Nieve (7-9, 5.96) for the Isotopes and RHP Jake Odorizzi (11-3, 2.93) for the Storm Chasers. Albuquerque is looking to win their first playoff series in franchise history while Omaha is looking to continue on the road to repeating as PCL Champions.

The PCL named their final players of the week. Matt Long of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Long hit .550 (11x20) with 2 homers and 9 RBI. Hiram Burgos of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Brewers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Burgos made two starts and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. In 12 innings, Burgos allowed no runs, 9 hits, walked 1 and struck out 10.

With Albuquerque's 2012 regular season campaign completed, here is a look at some of the numbers:

80-64 record - 48-24 at home and 32-40 on the road - 48 home wins is 
   franchise record and 24 home losses is franchise record for fewest 
   home losses

40-32 at the halfway point of season; 52-39 at All-Star Break

2012 was fastest Isotopes club to the 70 win mark (Game 122)

The 80 wins were the fourth best in the PCL.  The PCL's best winning
percentage club was the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Athletics) at 86-58.
The PCL's worst winning percentage club was the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs)
at 53-87.

Isotopes had a share or outright lead of division since July 28th

Largest division lead was 4 games; was 5 games out of first place in April

Finishing behind the Isotopes in the division were Oklahoma City
(1.5 games back), New Orleans (5 games back) and Round Rock
(11 games back).

26-22 record against American Conference Southern Division
38-26 record against American Conference Northern Division
9-7 record against Pacific Confernence Northern Division
7-9 record against Pacific Conference Southern Division

568,417 total attendance - 3rd best in the PCL and 7th best in 
all of Triple-A baseball

Largset home attendance was 15,309 on July 4th
Largest road attendance was 15,254 on May 15th at Salt Lake

All-time regular season record: 731-703

Mid-Season All-Stars: C Tim Federowicz (starter), IF Luis Cruz (named,
did not play due to callup to Dodgers), P John Ely and P Josh Wall

All-PCL: C Tim Federowicz, DH Jerry Sands, RHP John Ely, RP Josh Wall

2012 PCL Manager of the Year: Lorenzo Bundy

2012 PCL Pitcher of the Year: John Ely

PCL Hitters of the Week: Jerry Sands (July 23-29) and 
                         Alex Castellanos (April 16-22)

PCL Pitcher of the Week: (none)

Dodgers who came to Albuquerque on rehabilitation assignments in 2012:
  P Ronald Belisario, IF Ivan DeJesus Jr., IF Jerry Hairston Jr., 
  OF Matt Kemp, OF Juan Rivera, IF Adam Kennedy and IF Dee Gordon
  
  
Isotopes Team Stat Leaders:

Games - 133, Josh Fields - Tied-4th in PCL
Runs - 96, Josh Fields - 2nd in PCL
Hits - 158, Josh Fields - 4th in PCL
Doubles - 34, Tim Federowicz and Scott Van Slyke
Triples - 10, Elian Herrera - Tied-4th in PCL
Homers - 26, Jerry Sands - 3rd in PCL
RBI - 107, Jerry Sands (franchise record) - led PCL
Total Bases - 239, Josh Fields 
Walks - 59, Josh Fields and Jerry Sands
Strikeouts - 116, Josh Fields
Stolen Bases - 16, Alex Castellanos
Batting Average (min 200 at-bats): .341, Elian Herrera
Errors - 12, Alex Castellanos, Scott Van Slyke, Josh Fields, Tim Federowicz

Wins - 14, John Ely (franchise record) - tied for PCL lead
Losses - 9, Fernando Nieve
Saves - 28, Josh Wall - led PCL
ERA, Starter with significant innings - 3.20, John Ely (franchise record) - led PCL
ERA, Reliever with significant innings - 2.79, Erick Threets
Games Appeared - 55, Josh Wall - Tied-4th in PCL
Games Started - 27, John Ely
Complete Games - 1, John Ely
Shutouts - 1, John Ely - Tied-1st in PCL
Innings pitched, starter - 168 2/3, John Ely - 2nd in PCL
Innings pitched, reliever  with no or few starts - 80 2/3, Cole St. Clair
Hits allowed - 179, Will Savage
Runs allowed - 98, Will Savage
Earned runs allowed - 88, Will Savage
Homers allowed - 19, Will Savage and Fernando Nieve
Hit Batsmen - 10, Stephen Fife - 2nd in PCL
Walks allowed - 44, Stephen Fife and Derrick Loop
Strikeouts - 165, John Ely (franchise record and most in Albuquerque
                       Professional baseball history) - led PCL
WHIP, Starter with significant innings - 1.10, John Ely - led PCL
WHIP, Reliever with significant innings - 1.30, Josh Wall
Holds - 9, Wil Ledezma

Team Total Stats:

842 runs scored - 2nd in PCL
1495 hits - 2nd in PCL
309 doubles - 3rd in PCL 
58 triples - Tied-1st in PCL
148 homers - 4th in PCL
793 RBI - 1st in PCL
2,364 total bases - 1st in PCL
484 walks
1088 strikeouts - 2nd in PCL
80 stolen bases
.298 team batting average - Tied-1st in PCL

5.01 team ERA - 4th worst in PCL
1 complete game - worst in PCL
8 shutouts 
45 saves - 1st in PCL
1415 hits
804 runs - 1st in PCL
703 earned runs - Tied-3rd in PCL
148 homers allowed - 2nd in PCL
57 hit batsmen - Tied-4th in PCL
456 walks allowed
945 strikeouts allowed
1.48 WHIP
51 holds

John Ely was the first Isotope to win the PCL pitching triple crown
  (Wins, ERA and Strikeouts)

Longest winning streak was 7 games, longest losing streak 5 games

Longest home winning streak 6 games; longest home losing streak 3 games

Longest road winning streak 5 games; longest road losing streak 5 games

Most games above the .500 mark in 2012: 19
Most games below the .500 mark in 2012: 4

12-9 record when wearing the Weekend/Holiday Dodger-like alternate uniforms

12-15 record on travel days

5-4 in extra innings; tied a franchise record with 2 back-to-back extra
   inning contests on July 24-25

20-18 in one-run contests; 24-5 in two-run contests

57-31 when Topes homer; 23-33 when they don't homer

45-23 when Albuquerque scores first; 35-41 when the opponent scores first

22-6 when scoring 10 runs or more; 57-24 when banging out 10 hits or more

58-15 when Isotopes outhit opponents, 12-41 when outhit, 10-8 when equal hits

15 series wins; 10 series losses, 8 series splits, swept 2 series, been swept in 1 series

Two home games (July 18 vs Memphis; August 7th vs Tucson) postponed by weather
Two road games (July 12 at Nashville, July 14th DH at Nashville) postponed by weather

Split and sweeped doubleheaders at home; split and sweeped doubleheaders on road

Most runs scored 17 and most runs allowed 20 in a home game

Longest home game was 13 innings on April 14th vs Omaha

Longest home 9-inning game time was 4 hours, 2 minutes on August 20th
against New Orleans (4 minutes shy of franchise record)

Shortest home 9-inning game time was 2 hours 24 minutes

Longest road contest was the April 22nd 14 inning contest at Oklahoma
City that lasted 5 hours, 1 minute (2 minutes shy of all-time longest
game in franchise history)

Most runs scored 13 and most runs allowed 22 in a road game

Longest road game was April 22nd at Oklahoma City, 14 innings

Isotopes pitching had 8 shutouts (ties franchise record) and Isotopes
were shut out 6 times

Albuquerque's largest comeback to win was 6 runs (July 3rd at Omaha)
and largest lead blown to lose a game was 8 runs (August 6th against Tucson)

Albuquerque plated 8 runs in an inning on three occasions and allowed a
franchise-record tying 10 runs in an inning on August 10th in Reno

15 wins when plating game-winner in the last at-bat and 4 walkoff wins

No one hit for the cycle and no cycles were allowed

Albuquerque set a franchise record on April 22nd at Oklahoma City
by using 20 players in their 14 inning marathon and tied a franchise
record with 18 men left on base

Longest hitting streak: 21 Jerry Sands; second longest 19 Elian Herrera

Albuquerque turned one triple play on June 1st at New Orleans and
   did not hit into a triple play

Isotopes had five homers in a game on June 21st against Iowa

Isotopes had homered in 7 straight games in April and May; were homerless 
in five games in August

148 total homers:
81 homers were solo, 45 were two-run, 19 were three-run and 3 were grand slams

Josh Bard and Jerry Sands each had grand-slam homers - Sands tied PCL
record with his two grand slam homers in the same game

Trent Oeltjen had two leadoff homers; Matt Angle one leadoff homer

Josh Fields had Albuquerque's only pinch-hit homer 

Jeff Baisley, Alex Castellanos, Scott Van Slyke, Jerry Sands and
Trent Oeltjen each had two-homer games


The Isotopes used 8 pitchers in a game on April 22nd at Oklahoma City
in 14 innings, tying a franchise record for most pitchers used

Josh Fields was the only position player to pitch this year

John Ely had the longest start of the season (8 innings) while
Stephen Fife and Michael Antonini had the shortest starts (1 1/3 innings)

Michael Antonini had the longest relief appearance in a game (5 innings)

Will Savage was the only Albuquerque pitcher to homer in a game
this season

Isotopes pitching allowed seven grand-slam homers

Stephen Fife had the most scoreless innings for a starter (16)

John Ely had Albuquerque's longest no-hit pitching bid of
the season - 6 1/3 innings

Albuquerque batters were held hitless for 7 1/3 innings in a game
on May 29th at New Orleans

Albuquerque won 17 games when John Ely started the game and lost
13 games when Will Savage started the game

John Ely had 18 quality starts to lead the club


Filed 09/04/2012

September 3, 2012 - Isotopes (80-64)

Isotopes Park

Omaha        102 000 000 --  3  10  1
Albuquerque  020 101 00x --  4  12  1

WP: Francisco Felix (1-1)
LP: Blaine Hardy (3-2)
SV: Scott Rice (9)

TIME: 2:47
ATT: 10,989
Isotopes backup catcher Tyler Ogle made his Triple-A debut and drove in all four Albuquerque runs in a 4-3 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) to close out the 2012 regular season. Next stop for Albuqurque is the playoffs against Omaha.

In the 1st inning, Omaha's Jason Bourgeois walked, stole second base and scored on an error.

Albuquerque took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning. Elian Herrera and Tony Gwynn Jr. singled, Ozzie Martinez drew a walk to load the bags and Ogle singled home Herrera and Gwynn Jr. Martinez was thrown out at third base on the play.

Mitch Maier and Clint Robinson each singled home runs in the 3rd inning to give Omaha the lead back at 3-2.

Herrera walked and later scored on Ogle's single in the 4th inning to tie the game and in the 6th inning, Gwynn Jr. doubled and scored on Ogle's single for the eventual game-winning run.

Derrick Loop started for the Isotopes and tossed two no-hit innings, allowing an unearned run. Lorenco Barcelo followed for his Isotopes debut and allowed 2 runs and 6 hits in 3 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.328), 3 K
Scott Van Slyke: 1x4 (.327), 1 2B (34), 1 K

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 2x5 (.267), 1 K

Gordon hit leadoff and played at shortstop. In the field, Gordon committed his second error of his rehab assignment. At the plate, Gordon grounded out to second base in the 1st inning, popped out to shortstop in the 3rd inning, struck out in the 4th inning, bunt singled in the 6th inning, and singled to left field in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque took three out of the four games against Omaha and a four-game home series best 44,092 attended for a per-game average of 11,023. Today's game marked the final regular season matchup between the two clubs and Omaha won 9 of the 16 contests. Albuquerque went 5-3 at Isotopes Park and 2-6 at Werner Park. All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 87-73 (45-35 at Isotopes Park and 42-38 in Nebraska including 5-11 at Werner Park). . . . Albuquerque drew 568,417 fans for the 2012 season with a per-game average of 8,120. Two gates lost to weather cancellations hurt Albuquerque's attendance as this year's total figure just eeked out the worst attendance mark in franchise history (2007). The Isotopes were a solid third in attendance in the PCL in 2012 (behind Round Rock's 595,584 and Sacramento's 586,090), continuing the norm of finishing third in league attendance in seven of the 10 seasons and no worst than 5th like they did in 2007. Albuquerque drew the 7th most fans in all of Triple-A baseball in 2012. 5,793,887 fans have attended a game at Isotopes Park in the 10 year history. . . . With all the September regular season games in the record books, here is how Albuquerque did in the three games this month. 2-1 record, all at home; .376 team batting average, 6.67 team ERA, 20 runs scored, 4 stolen bases, and 3 homers. . . . The Isotopes are 6-4 in Labor Day contests with a one game winning streak. Albuquerque is also 6-4 in the final home game of the season. . . . The Fresno Grizzlies and San Francisco Giants announced a new Player Development Agreement (PDA) extension that is good for two more seasons. The Isotopes and Dodgers PDA expires at the end of the 2012 season and no announcement has been made yet if the Dodgers will continue their affiiation with Albuquerque in 2013 and beyond. . . . After a day off, Albuquerque and Omaha meet in Nebraska to open the 2012 PCL American Conference Championship Series.

Filed 09/03/2012

September 2, 2012 - Isotopes (79-64)

Isotopes Park

Omaha        000 005 000 --  5  10  1
Albuquerque  111 100 11x --  6  13  0

WP: Erick Threets (6-4)
LP: Ethan Hollingsworth (2-3)
SV: Josh Wall (28)

HR: OMA Max Ramirez (17) off Corcoran (6th inning, S)
    OMA Adam Moore (6) off Corcoran (6th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Josh Bard (6) off Verdugo (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:05
ATT: 14,194
Slow and steady apparently is the way to clinching a division title. The Isotopes linescore on the scoreboard looked like a picket fence, with all "1"s except for the 5th and 6th innings where the "fence" was broken with "0"'s. The most important "1" was Josh Fields' sacrifice fly in the 8th inning that plated the eventual game-winning run to give Albuquerque a 6-5 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) to clinch the 2012 PCL American Conference Southern Division. Oklahoma City is eliminated because they are 1.5 games back with one game left to play.

The rehabilitating Dee Gordon infield singled in the 1st inning, stole second base, went to third base on Elian Herrera's sacrifice bunt and scored on Jerry Sands' single in the 1st inning. Josh Bard added a solo homer in the 2nd inning to extend the lead to 2-0.

In the 3rd inning, Herrera singled, went to second base on Sands' walk and scored on Scott Van Slyke's double and in the 4th inning, Bard doubled, went to third base on a groundout and scored on an error to give Albuquerque a 4-0 lead.

The Isotopes lead evaporated in the 5th inning on Max Ramirez's solo homer, Rey Navarro's two-run double and Adam Moore's two-run homer.

The Isotopes tied the game at 5-5 in the 7th inning when Van Slyke singled and scored on Trent Oeltjen's double off the center field wall atop Topes Hill.

In the game-winning 8th inning, Gordon bunt-singled, went to third on Herrera's single and scored on Josh Fields' sacrifice foul flyout to right field.

Isotopes starter Cole St. Clair allowed no runs and 2 hits in 4 innings.

DODGERS PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Alex Castellanos: 0x4 (.332)
Scott Van Slyke: 3x4 (.328), 1 R, 1 2B (33), 1 RBI (67)
Josh Wall: SV (28), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 Bb, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.53 ERA

DODGERS Rehab Report

Dee Gordon: 3x4 (.240), 2 R, 1 BB, 2 SB (2)

Gordon batted leadoff, played the whole game at shortstop and had probably his most solid game at the plate during this rehabilitation assignment. Gordon infield singled, stole second base and scored in the 1st inning, bunt singled and was caught stealing in the 3rd inning, drew a walk, went to second base on an error and stole third base in the 4th inning before being stranded, pop-fouled out in the 6th inning and bunt singled and later scored the game-winning run in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Dodgers purchased the contract of OF Bobby Abreu from Albuquerque on Sunday and to make 40-man roster room for Abreu, the Dodgers recalled P Chris Withrow from Class-AA Chattanooga and placed him on the 60-day disabled list. Taking Abreu's roster spot on the Isotopes is P Lorenzo Barcelo. The Dodgers signed Barcelo as a free agent and assigned him to Albuquerque. Barcelo was born in the famous city of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic in 1977 and in 2012 played in the Mexican League for two clubs, the Pericos de Puebla and the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz. Barcelo made 20 starts combined with both clubs and went 7-5 with a 3.34 ERA. . . . The PCL schedule-makers did great with this end-of-season matchup between the Isotopes and Storm Chasers with the series acting as a preview of the 2012 American Conference Championship, which starts September 5th in Omaha. The players may disagree with the scheduing - both clubs are going to be playing at least seven games in a more than a week so they might start getting tired of playing each other soon. . . . The Isotopes like to stress their fans with division clinchings. Two of the three division titles the Isotopes have clinched in franchise history were clinched on the final day of the season (2003) or second to the last day of the season (2012). Isotopes fans breathed easier in 2009 when the division was clinched with eight games left to play. . . . The crowd of 14,194 was the second largest of 2012 and 12th largest in Isotopes Park history. . . . Jerry Sands had a RBI in the game, extending his franchise record for most RBI in a single season to 107. . . . Josh Wall recorded his 28th save tonight as he continues to lead the PCL in saves. . . . The victory was Albuquerque's 15th victory in 2012 when the game winning run was plated in their last at-bat. . . . The Isotopes play the final regular season game of 2012 on Monday afternoon. With a division title in-hand, the big question remaining is if the Isotopes can win to tie their franchise record for most victories in a season. P Lorenzo Barcelo (No Record) is scheduled to make his Isotopes debut against Omaha RHP Nate Adcock (8-6, 5.46).

Filed 09/02/2012

2012 Isotopes End of Season Team Awards

Before Sunday evening's contest, the 2012 Isotopes team end-of-season awards were announced.

The award winners were:

MVP: Jerry Sands
Power Hitter Award: Jerry Sands
Most-Community Minded: Cole St. Clair
Mr. Hustle: Cole St. Clair
Pitcher of the Year: John Ely
Defensive Player of the Year: Tim Federowicz
Fan Favorite: Brian Cavazos-Galvez


Filed 09/02/2012

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