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2015 News and Game Summary Archive

August 29, 2015 - Isotopes (59-76)

Isotopes Park

Colorado Springs 010 010 030 --  5   8  1
Albuquerque      100 111 002 --  6  11  2

WP: Miguel Castro (2-0)
LP: Preston Guilmet (2-2) 

HR: CSP Matt Dominguez (9) off Owens (5th inning, S)

    ABQ Wilin Rosario (7) off Suter (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:43
ATT: 14,299
Trevor Story's walkoff two-run single gave the Isotopes a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers) at "The Lab" on Saturday evening.

Back-to-back doubles from Cristhian Adames and Wilin Rosario got Albuquerque on the scoreboard in the 1st inning.

Luis Sardinas doubled home a run in the 2nd inning to tie the game and Albuquerque regained the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. Tom Murphy tripled and scored on Roger Bernadina's sacrifice fly.

Matt Dominguez's solo homer tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the 5th inning and Albuquerque took back the lead in the bottom half of the frame. Jeremy Barfield singled, went to second base on Isotope starter Rudy Owens' sacrifice bunt and scored when Trevor Story reached on an error.

Rosario's solo homer in the 6th inning extended the Isotope lead to 4-2.

Colorado Springs' Nevin Ashley singled home a run and Michael Reed doubled home two runs in the 8th inning as the Sky Sox led 5-4.

In Albuquerque's deciding bottom of the 9th inning, Angelys Nina singled, pinch-hitter Tim Smalling walked and after Tim Wheeler advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, Rafael Ynoa was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up a double play opportunity, but Story wanted no part hitting into a double play to send the game into extra innings as he singled to the wall in left-center field to drive in Nina and Smalling.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rudy Owens 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 5.13 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 2x5 (.273), 1 3B (2), 2 RBI (35), 1 K, E (11)
Tom Murphy: 2x4 (.293), 1 R, 1 3B (2), 2 K, PB (3)
Miguel Castro: (BS, 4) (W, 2-0) 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 1.32 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The crowd of 14,299 was the second largest home crowd of the season and 16th largest crowd in Isotopes Park history. . . . Angelys Nina singled to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. It is the second longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Albuquerque has 11 walkoff victories this season. . . . The Isotopes are 20-21 in one-run contests this season. . . . Rudy Owens allowed 2 runs in 6 innings to turn in his first quality start of the season. Albuquerque has had quality starts in back-to-back games (Eddie Butler last night). . . . The 2015 home schedule concludes Sunday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (6-9, 5.50) for the Isotopes and RHP Hiram Burgos (3-3, 3.25) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/29/2015

August 28, 2015 - Isotopes (58-76)

Isotopes Park

Colorado Springs 000 000 044 --  8  10  0
Albuquerque      000 002 000 --  2   7  1

WP: Rob Wooten (5-2)
LP: Tommy Kahnle (1-3) 

HR: CSP Matt Dominguez (8) off Kahnle (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:17
ATT: 9,187
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers) plated four runs in the 8th and 9th innings to come from behind to defeat the Isotopes 8-2 on Friday night at "The Lab".

It took until the 6th inning for the Isotopes to become the first team to tally a run. Trevor Story singled, advanced to second and third bases on groundouts and scored on Roger Bernadina's ground-rule double. Bernadina stole third base before scoring on Tom Murphy's single.

Colorado Springs' Juan Centeno's sacrifice fly and a run-scoring wild pitch tied the game at 2-2 and Matt Dominguez's two-run homer gave the Sky Sox a 4-2 lead in the 8th inning.

Colorado Springs added their final four runs in the 9th inning using a run-scoring single from Luis Sardinas, an Isotope throwing error that led to a run, Dominguez's RBI double and Matt Long's RBI single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, WP, 5.26 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, WP, 5.26 ERA
Trevor Story: 1x3 (.270), 1 R, 1 BB
Tom Murphy: 1x4 (.284), 1 RBI (18), E (6)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of P Jason Gurka from Albuquerque and designated P Ken Roberts for assignment. P Jair Jurrjens was released. . . . Angelys Nina singled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, tied for the second-longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Eddie Butler tossed Albuquerque's first quality start since August 15th (Aaron Laffey at Memphis). . . . The Nashville Sounds (AAA Athletics) tonight became the 8th PCL club to be eliminated from playoff contention. The Sounds are a member of the American Conference Southern Division. . . . Andy Beggs, the Head Groundskeeper of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) was named the 2015 PCL Sports Turf Manager of the Year. Runner-ups Casey Griffin of the Isotopes and Brian Soukup of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) were both given Presidential Commendations from PCL President Branch Rickey. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are LHP Rudy Owens (1-3, 7.88) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/28/2015

August 27, 2015 - Isotopes (58-75)

Isotopes Park

Colorado Springs 001 000 000 --  1   6  0
Albuquerque      002 001 00x --  3  10  0

WP: Aaron Laffey (4-3)
LP: Zach Davies (1-2)
SV: Justin Miller (7)

TIME: 2:22
ATT: 6,971
Four Albuquerque pitchers combined on a 6-hit, 1-run effort as the Isotopes defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers) in a series opener at "The Lab" on Thursday evening.

Colorado Springs plated their only run in the 3rd inning off of Isotopes starter David Hale who was on a pitch count in his first start with Albuquerque since being optioned by the Rockies. Brandon Macias doubled, went to third base on Sky Sox starter Zach Davies' sacrifice bunt and scored on Luis Sardinas' single. Isotope relievers Aaron Laffey, Miguel Castro and Justin Miller combined to allow just two hits and no runs the rest of the game.

In the home half of the 3rd inning, Rafael Ynoa and Trevor Story singled and Cristhian Adames' single plated Ynoa. Wilin Rosario reached on a fielders choice with Story scoring to give the Isotopes a 2-1 lead.

Back-to-back doubles from Angelys Nina and Ryan Casteel brought home Albuquerque's final run in the 6th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 6.51 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.269), 1 R, 2 K
Miguel Castro: (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 1.50 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned P Tommy Kahnle to Albuquerque and have not disclosed yet what their corresponding roster move will be now that a roster spot has been opened up. P Boone Whiting was added to Albuquerque's Temporary Inactive List as P David Hale officially reported to the Isotopes. . . . Angelys Nina hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the third longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Albuquerque completed their final home series opener of the season and went 8-10 in those home series openers. . . . The Isotopes released their 2016 season schedule of dates and opponents. Game times and promotions will be released at a future date when those are finalized and it appears initially from the schedule release that there will be 12 fireworks nights. The Isotopes open the season with an eight game roadtrip to Tacoma and Reno and the home opener is April 15th against Tacoma. There are home dates for Mother's Day, Father's Day and the Independence Day firework promotion is on July 4th rather than July 3rd like it can be in various seasons. The season ends in 2016 just like 2015 with an eight-game roadtrip with the 2016 season-ender against division rival El Paso. Play against the American Conference in the PCL's equivalent of "interleague play" is different as the first stretch of 16 games will be played entirely in May (instead of May into June like it was this season) and the second stretch will be broken up into two eight-game stretches instead of a 16-game stretch like this season. In 2016, one eight-game stretch will be played in July while the other will be played in August instead of the whole 16 games being played in August. The Isotopes will get real tired of their opponents early in the season with 12 out of the 16 games in the season series against each Tacoma and Reno being completed in early May. The Isotopes will have made their two trips of the season into Reno done by May 1st and Tacoma will have completed their two trips of the season to Albuquerque completed by May 9th. Travel will be grueling in the month of June through the All-Star Break with a travel day after every four-game series as they alternate between home and road. The only exception is a early July three-game series so travel will occur one day sooner because of that one game shorter series among all the normal four-game series'. Visit the Isotopes official web site to download the PDF of the 2016 season schedule. . . . The series continues Friday evening and Albuquerque is expected to send RHP Eddie Butler (2-4, 6.00) to the mound against a probable yet to be named for Colorado Springs.

Filed 08/27/2015

August 26, 2015 - Isotopes (57-75)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  010 301 001 --   6  10  2
Albuquerque    000 005 33x --  11  14  0

WP: Nelson Gonzalez (4-3)
LP: Chris Anderson (0-1) 

HR: OKC Scott Schebler (13) off Whiting (6th inning, S)

    ABQ Wilin Rosario (6) off Wieland (6th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Tim Wheeler (10) off Anderson (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:45
ATT: 4,876
The Isotopes spotted the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) the first five runs of the game, then plated 11 unanswered runs over their final three at-bats and defeated the Dodgers 11-6 in the series finale at "The Lab" on Wednesday evening.

Buck Britton singled home the Dodgers' first run in the 2nd inning and in the 4th inning, Britton tripled home two runs and scored on Dodgers starter Joe Wieland's double.

Scott Schebler solo homered in the 6th inning to extend the Dodgers lead to 5-0.

Albuquerque began their offense eruption in the 6th inning. Pinch-hitter Brock Bond singled with one out, Rafael Ynoa doubled and Trevor Story singled Bond home while Ynoa scored on an error on the play. Cristhian Adames singled and Wilin Rosario followed with a three-run homer to knot the game at 5-5.

In the 7th inning, Tim Wheeler singled, went to second base on Isotope reliever Nelson Gonzalez's sacrifice bunt and after Ynoa walked, Story doubled home Wheeler. Adames followed with a two-run single to score Ynoa and Story for a 8-5 Isotopes lead.

In the 8th inning, Angelys Nina singled, went to second base on Ryan Casteel's groundout, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and trotted home on Wheeler's two-run homer. Pinch-hitter Tim Smalling reached on an error and scored on Story's double to make it 11-5.

Oklahoma City scored their final run on a wild pitch in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Boone Whiting 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 1 HR, 6.02 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 3x5 (.269), 2 R, 2 2B (20), 3 RBI (33)


'TOPES NOTES:
The game had a 30 minute rain delay between the 1st and 2nd innings. The rain delay was quick because the storms were in a quick-moving line rather than a wide area of precipitation. Both starters returned after the rain delay. . . . Tyler Matzek made in his fifth outing since returning and gave up his first run in his fifth inning of relief. Kyle Jensen greeted Matzek in the 9th inning with a double, then Matzek got a groundout with Jensen advancing to third base before a wild pitch brought home Jensen. O'Koyea Dickson walked, then Matzek got a strikeout, uncorked another wild pitch to advance Dickson to second base before getting a pop out to end the game. . . . The Isotopes turned a triple play in the 7th inning inning in around-the-horn fashion. It was the first Isotope triple play since June 1, 2012 at New Orleans and the first Isotope triple play at home since the 2009 American Conference Playoffs on September 9th against Memphis. There have been five Isotopes triple plays in franchise history. . . . Albuquerque has plated double-digit runs 12 times this season and has a 10-2 record. . . . Albuquerque and Oklahoma City split the four-game series and 28,161 attended for a per-game average of 7,040. This four-game series was the only series between the two clubs this season. All-time, Oklahoma City leads the series 99-84 but Albuquerque leads the all-time series 51-41 in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . Angelys Nina singled to extended his hitting streak to 12 games. . . . Boone Whiting struck out 11 batters, the most by an Isotopes starter in a start this season. . . . The Isotopes 2015 home schedule ends with a four-game series that starts Thursday evening against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers), the club that used to have the Rockies affiliation until the Rockies affiliated with Albuquerque this past offseason. Probables are LHP Aaron Laffey (3-3, 4.34) for the Isotopes and Zach Davies (1-1, 5.14) for the Sky Sox.

Filed 08/26/2015

August 25, 2015 - Isotopes (56-75)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  100 010 330 --  8  11  0
Albuquerque    100 000 001 --  2   6  1

WP: David Huff (5-1)
LP: John Lannan (6-9) 

HR: OKC Corey Seager (12) off Lannan (1st inning, S)

    ABQ Cristhian Adames (11) off Huff (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Tom Murphy (7) off Tsao (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:34
ATT: 7,479
The Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) plated six runs late in the game to blow open a close game in handing Albuquerque a 8-2 loss on Tuesday evening.

Each team exchanged solo home runs in the 1st inning - Corey Seager for Oklahoma City and Cristhian Adames for Albuquerque.

Seager singled home a run for the Dodgers in the 5th inning to give them a 2-1 lead and the Dodgers extended the lead in the 7th inning to 5-1 when Dodgers reliever Jharel Cotton in his Triple-A debut tripled home two runs and then scored when Seager reached on an error.

Scott Schebler and Darwin Barney singled home runs and another run scored on a wild pitch as the Dodgers extended the lead to 8-1 in the 8th inning.

Tom Murphy's solo homer in the bottom of the 9th inning provided the final Isotope run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (L, 6-9) 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 5.50 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 0x2 (.261), 2 BB, 1 K
Tom Murphy: 1x4 (.286), 1 R, 1 HR (7), 1 RBI (17), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The first PCL club locked up their postseason berth tonight. The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) wrapped up the Pacific Conference Northern Division and that division's second place team Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) were the seventh PCL club eliminated from playoff contention. . . . Angelys Nina hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. It is his longest hitting streak of the season. . . . John Lannan picked up his team-leading ninth loss of the season and has lost his last five straight pitching decisions. . . . The series concludes Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Boone Whiting (3-6, 5.22) for the Isotopes and RHP Joe Wieland (10-5, 4.43) for the Dodgers.

Filed 08/25/2015

August 24, 2015 - Isotopes (56-74)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  010 102 000 --  4   6  0
Albuquerque    020 100 011 --  5  12  0

WP: Miguel Castro (1-0)
LP: Daniel Coulombe (2-1) 

HR: OKC Austin Barnes (9) off Owens (2nd inning, S)

    ABQ Wilin Rosario (5) off Bolsinger (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:29
ATT: 7,261
One franchise record was snapped, another was averted as Cristhian Adames raced home on Angelys Nina's infield single for a walkoff 5-4 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) on Monday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory.

Austin Barnes solo homered for Oklahoma City in the top of the 2nd inning and in the home half of the frame, Wilin Rosario doubled, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Tom Murphy's single. Tim Wheeler followed with a double to plate Murphy for a 2-1 Isotopes lead.

Scott Schebler singled home a run for the Dodgers in the top of the 4th inning to tie the game at 2-2 before Albuquerque regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Tim Smalling singled, went to second base on Isotopes starter Rudy Owens' sacrifice bunt and scored on Rafael Ynoa's double.

Corey Seager doubled home a run and scored on Andy Wilkins' double in the 6th inning as the Dodgers regained the lead at 4-3.

Rosario solo homered in the bottom of the 8th inning to knot the game at 4-4 and in the 9th inning, Adames doubled, went to third base on Ynoa's sacrifice bunt and after Trevor Story was intentionally walked to try to set up the inning-ending double play, Nina singled to shortstop and Adames was called safe at home to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rudy Owens 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 5.40 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 0x3 (.264), 2 BB
Tom Murphy: 1x3 (.287), 1 R, 1 RBI (16), 1 BB, 1 K
Miguel Castro: (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, WP, 1.64 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Chad Bettis from his MLB rehabilitation assignment and activated him from the major-league disabled list. P David Hale was optioned to Albuquerque. . . . The franchise record snapped was a 12-game losing streak to a single club. The Oklahoma City Redhawks (Dodgers in 2015) had defeated the Isotopes in 12 straight matchups dating back to July 2013 until tonight's Isotopes walkoff win. . . . The franchise record averted was tying the record for most games below the .500 mark. If Albuquerque had lost, they would have been 20 games under the breakeven mark for the second time in franchise history. Instead, Albuquerque is 18 games below. . . . Albuquerque has had 10 walkoff victories this season. . . . The Isotopes have not committed an error in a season-best five straight games. . . . While the Isotopes may be on-pace to have the lowest season attendance mark in franchise history, the club won't have any worries about keeping the string alive of never drawing under half a million fans in a season. The Isotopes drew their 500,000th fan of the season (505,076) tonight and did it in their 64th of 70 home openings. . . . Angelys Nina extended his hitting streak to 10 games. It is his second double-digit hitting streak of the season. . . . Miguel Castro became the 21st different Isotope to earn a pitching decision victory this season. . . . Jose Martinez of the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Martinez hit .552 (16x29) with 3 homers and 7 RBI during the award week. . . . Ty Blach of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Blach made two starts and went 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA. The lone victory of the award week was a complete game shutout. In 17 innings over the two starts, Blach allowed 6 hits, 1 run, walked 3 and fanned 10. . . . The series continues on Tuesday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (6-8, 5.49) for the Isotopes and LHP David Huff (4-1, 1.66) for the Dodgers.

Filed 08/24/2015

August 23, 2015 - Isotopes (55-74)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  210 001 140 --  9  13  1
Albuquerque    000 000 020 --  2  10  0

WP: Zach Lee (10-5)
LP: Eddie Butler (2-4) 

HR: OKC Buck Britton (6) off Butler (2nd inning, S)
    OKC Corey Seager (11) off Gonzalez (8th inning, GS)
	
TIME: 2:20
ATT: 8,545
Former Isotope and current Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) pitcher Zach Lee pitched into the 8th inning and allowed two runs and fanned seven and his teammates gave him 9 runs of support as the Dodgers defeated the Isotopes 9-2 in the series opener at "The Lab" on Sunday evening. Albuquerque has dropped four straight games.

Andy Wilkins singled home a run and Kyle Jensen added a run-scoring double in the 1st inning as the Dodgers led 2-0 before Albuquerque had their first at-bats.

Buck Britton solo-homered in the 2nd inning, Scott Schebler singled and scored on Shawn Zarraga's double in the 6th inning and Corey Seager doubled and later scored on Wilkins' sacrifice fly in the 7th inning to extend the Dodgers' lead to 5-0.

Dodgers prospect Seager launched a grand-slam homer with two outs in the 8th inning for Oklahoma City's final tally.

The Isotopes scored their only runs of the game in the 8th inning. Back-to-back doubles from Tim Smalling and Tim Wheeler got Albuquerque on the scoreboard and Wheeler scored on an error that occurred after Rafael Ynoa singled.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler (L, 2-4) 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, WP, 6.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: Eddie Butler (L, 2-4) 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, WP, 6.00 ERA
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.268), 1 2B (18), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
There were a slew of Isotopes transactions on Sunday. The Rockies designated P Rafael Betancourt for assignment, freeing up 40-man and 25-man roster room to purchase the contract of P Simon Castro from Albuquerque. The Rockies recalled P Jairo Diaz from Albuquerque and optioned P Justin Miller to Albuquerque. P Brooks Brown was recalled from his MLB rehabilitation assignment and then optioned to Albuquerque. . . . Oklahoma City has Albuquerque's number as they have defeated the Isotopes in 12 straight contests dating back to the 2013 season. That losing streak to a single club is an Isotope franchise record. . . . Tyler Matzek pitched the 9th inning and turned in another scoreless inning. Matzek faced the minimum three batters and got a line out, ground out and strike out. Matzek has four one-inning relief appearances since returning and has allowed no runs, no hits, walked 4 and struck out 4. . . . Angelys Nina hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . The Isotopes have not committed an error in four straight games, tying a season best. . . . Corey Seager's grand-slam homer was the fifth grand-slam homer the Isotopes have allowed this season. . . . Tonight was Albuquerque's final homestand opening of the season and the Isotopes went 4-6 in the first games of a new homestand. . . . Albuquerque is a season-worst 19 games below .500 and 16 games back in the division. . . . With Las Vegas' victory tonight and Albuquerque's loss, the Isotopes were eliminated from playoff contention. The Isotopes were eliminated in game 129 of the season, tying their franchise record set in 2014 for the earliest playoff elimination. The Isotopes were joined by the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) who also were eliminated tonight. Reno was eliminated in the Pacific Conference Northern Division. Six of the sixteen PCL clubs have now been eliminated. . . . The series continues Monday evening. Probables are LHP Rudy Owens (1-3, 8.50) for the Isotopes and LHP Ian Thomas (4-1, 5.59) for the Dodgers.

Filed 08/23/2015

August 22, 2015 - Isotopes (55-73)

First Tennessee Park

Albuquerque  001 000 001 --  2  10  0
Nashville    001 000 02x --  3  12  0

WP: Brock Huntzinger (4-3)
LP: Jason Gurka (2-1)
SV: Angel Castro (6)

HR: NSH Joey Wendle (8) off Laffey (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:03
ATT: 10,717
For the second time in the series, the Nashville Sounds (AAA Athletics) plated the go-ahead runs in their last at-bats and an Isotope final inning rally fell short with the game-tying run stranded on third base as the Sounds defeated the Isotopes 3-2. Albuquerque has lost three straight games.

Each team traded single runs in the 3rd inning. Tim Smalling, Rafael Ynoa and Trevor Story consecutive singled with Story's single driving in Smalling. Joey Wendle solo homered for the Sounds in the bottom half of the frame.

The game remained knotted at 1-1 until the 8th inning when Craig Gentry singled home a run and Wendle grounded out to plate a run as Nashville led 3-1.

In the top of the 9th inning, Tim Wheeler and Jeremy Barfield led off with singles. Smalling laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position and Ynoa's groundout brought Wheeler home. Story and Cristhian Adames each walked to load the bases before Wilin Rosario grounded out to end the game, stranding the game-tying run on third base.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey 5.1 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 4.34 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 2x4 (.268), 1 RBI (30), 1 BB, SB (6)

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.26 ERA

Brown appeared in his 10th rehab assignment appearance and faced one batter in the 6th inning tossing 6 pitches (3 for strikes). Andy Parrino was caught stealing and Carson Blair foul popped out to end the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Sounds took three out of the four games against the Isotopes in their only series of the season and 29,890 attended at First Tennessee Park for a per-gate average of 9,963. All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 94-88 but Nashville leads the series 46-45 in games played on Tennessee soil at old Herschel Greer Stadium and First Tennessee Park. . . . The Isotopes finished 7-9 in the PCL's equivalent of "interleague" play against American Conference Southern Division foes. There are 8 games left against the American Conference Northern Division to finish "interleague" play for the season. . . . Albuquerque is 18-21 in games decided by one run this season and 5-13 when a tied game is turned over to the bullpen. . . . The Isotopes tied season worsts for most games out of the division lead (15 games) and most games under the .500 mark (18 games). Albuquerque's tragic number is 2 so they could be eliminated from playoff contention tomorrow night with a loss and a Las Vegas win. . . . The New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) tonight became the fourth PCL club eliminated from playoff contention, eliminated from the American Conference Southern Division. Reno and Albuquerque are the next clubs in the league with a tragic number low enough that elimination could come tomorrow. . . . The Sounds sold out their new ballpark for the second night in a row making it their 19th sellout so far in the opening season of First Tennessee Park. Nashville is also approaching a franchise attendance milestone as they will welcome their 15 millionth fan before the end of this season. . . . The Isotopes return home for an interesting final eight game homestand of the season. The first four games are a meeting with the Triple-A club that the Dodgers moved their affiliation to after unaffiliating with Albuquerque (Oklahoma City) while the final four games of the homestand are against the team that the Rockies left to affiliate with Albuquerque (Colorado Springs). Probables in the opener with the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) are RHP Eddie Butler (2-3, 5.92) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Zach Lee (9-5, 2.59) for the Dodgers.

Filed 08/22/2015

August 21, 2015 - Isotopes (55-72)

First Tennessee Park

Albuquerque  010 000 000 --  1   4  0
Nashville    001 020 20x --  5  12  0

WP: Arnold Leon (2-5)
LP: Boone Whiting (3-8) 

HR: ABQ Tom Murphy (6) off Nolin (2nd inning, S)

    NSH Jason Pridie (17) off Whiting (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:24
ATT: 10,675
The Isotopes took the lead in the 2nd inning but then the Isotopes scoring ended as the rest of the game was all Nashville tallies in the Nashville Sounds (AAA Athletics) 5-1 victory on Friday night in Nashville.

Tom Murphy's solo homer in the 2nd inning provided the lone Isotopes run.

Joey Wendle led off the 3rd inning with a double and later scored on Jason Pridie's groundout as the Sounds tied the game at 1-1.

Pridie's two-out, two-run homer in the 5th inning snapped the 1-1 tie and Nashville added their final two runs in the 7th inning on Max Muncy's two-run double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Boone Whiting (L, 3-8) 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 5.91 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 4.58 ERA
Trevor Story: 0x4 (.263), 1 K
Tom Murphy: 1x3 (.286), 1 R, 1 HR (6), 1 RBI (15), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Jason Gurka was removed from the Temporary Inactive List while P Jair Jurrjens was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Trevor Story went 0x4 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque's tragic number reduced to 4 after tonight's action. While the Isotopes may be close to playoff elimination, two more PCL clubs were eliminated from making the postseason tonight. The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) were eliminated from the Pacific Conference Southern Divison, while the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) were eliminated from the Pacific Conference Northern Divison. Both teams join already elimiated Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers) and the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) appear to be next team to be eliminated as their tragic number is 1 so they could face that elimination on Saturday evening. . . . In the greatest playoff race currently in the PCL, the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) won and the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) lost their games tonight so the 51s leapfrogged back into first place in the Pacific Conference Southern Division by a half-game. . . . The crowd of 10,675 exceeded First Tennessee Park's official capacity figure and was the 18th sellout of the season for the Sounds in the first season of their new ballpark. . . . The series (and second to last roadtrip of the season) concludes Saturday evening. Probables are LHP Aaron Laffey (3-3, 4.54) for the Isotopes and RHP Nathan Long (3-4, 5.73) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/21/2015

August 20, 2015 - DH Game 2: Isotopes (55-71)

First Tennessee Park

Albuquerque  100 000 1 --  2  6  0
Nashville    000 003 x --  3  7  0

WP: Brad Mills (5-11)
LP: John Lannan (6-8)
SV: Angel Castro (5)

TIME: 2:01
ATT: 8,498
The Nashville Sounds (AAA Athletics) plated three runs in their last at-bat in the 6th inning and held of Albuquerque's 7th inning rally to defeat the Isotopes 3-2 to earn a split of the doubleheader.

Trevor Story singled with one out, went to second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third base on Cristhian Adames single and scored on Wilin Rosario's single as Albuquerque quickly led 1-0 in the 1st inning.

Nashville won the game with their three-run 6th inning. Rangel Ravelo drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game, Nate Freiman singled home the go-ahead run and Brent Morel's sacrifice fly added an insurance run.

In Albuquerque's 7th inning rally, Adames and Rosario led off with singles before Roger Bernadina and Ryan Casteel struck out swinging. Tim Smalling singled Adames home and with Rosario on third base, Jeremy Barfield grounded out to end the threat and the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (L, 6-8) 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.49 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x3 (.269), 1 R
Miguel Castro: (BS, 3) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, WP, 2.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
There were multiple Isotopes-related transactions from yesterday's rainout day and today. The Rockies purchased the contract of C Dustin Garneau from Albuquerque after Rockies backup C Michael McKenry decided to have season-ending knee surgery. C Ryan Casteel was recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from the Isotopes' Disabled List. The Rockies transferred P Chad Bettis' MLB rehabilitation assignment from Class-AA New Britain to Albuquerque and OF Drew Stubbs appears he won't be headed back to the Isotopes as Stubbs cleared waivers then the Rockies released him after designating him for assignment a few days ago. . . . Albuquerque's DH record in 2015 is 4-14. They have split four doubleheaders and been swept in five doubleheaders. . . . The Isotopes are 18-20 in one-run contests this year. . . . Trevor Story hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 7 games, while Rafael Ynoa and Roger Bernadina went hitless to snap their hitting streaks at 6 games. . . . John Lannan picked up his team-leading 8th loss tonight and has lost his last four pitching decisions. . . . The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) have added some excitement to the division race. While the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) are almost eliminated from playoff contention and Albuquerque is heading towards that, the Chihuahuas won and the division-leader Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) lost tonight so El Paso was able to claim first place by a half game over the 51s. El Paso has 19 games left to play, while Las Vegas has 18 games left. . . . The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) announced their minor league athletic trainers of the year for 2015. The award winner representing the PCL was Brian Reinker of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). . . . Game three of the series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Boone Whiting (3-5, 5.20) for the Isotopes and RHP Nathan Long (3-4, 5.73) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/20/2015

August 20, 2015 - DH Game 1: Isotopes (55-70)

First Tennessee Park

Albuquerque  051 000 0 -- 6  7  1
Nashville    000 000 0 -- 0  4  0

WP: Chad Bettis (3-2)
LP: Cody Martin (2-4) 

TIME: 1:58 
MLB rehabilitation assignment pitchers Chad Bettis and Brooks Brown and regular roster player Tyler Matzek combined on a 4-hit shutout as the Isotopes blanked the Nashville Sounds (AAA Athletics) 6-0 in the opener of a doubleheader.

In Albuquerque's 2nd inning, Roger Bernadina and Tom Murphy back-to-back doubled with one out to plate Albuquerque's first run of the inning. An out later, Jeremy Barfield singled home Murphy and Tim Wheeler singled. Rafael Ynoa's single plated Barfield and Trevor Story tripled home Wheeler and Ynoa as Albuquerque led 5-0.

Murphy walked and scored on Angelys Nina's double in the 3rd inning for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chad Bettis (W, 3-2) 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 3.46 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.268), 1 3B (1), 2 RBI (29), 3 K
Tom Murphy: 1x2 (.284), 2 R, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI (14), 1 BB, 1 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Chad Bettis: (W, 3-2) 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 3.46 ERA

Bettis made his first MLB rehab assignment start with the Isotopes and tossed five scoreless innings. Bettis faced 18 batters, tossed 67 pitches, 44 for strikes, and got 4 groundouts and 3 flyouts.



Brooks Brown: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.50 ERA

Brown gave up a leadoff single in the 6th inning and then got three flyouts as he faced four batters total and made 13 pitches with 8 for strikes.


'TOPES NOTES:
Tyler Matzek pitched the 7th inning and continued to look like he is overcoming his control issues from earlier in the season. Matzek got a groundout, a lineout and a groundout to retire the side in order. That makes three straight relief appearance scoreless innings from Matzek since returning to the Isotopes. . . . The shutout was Albuquerque's fourth of the season. All have been combined efforts. . . . . Many Isotopes hit safely to extend their hitting streaks to 6 or more games -- Angelys Nina (8 games), Trevor Story (6 games), Rafael Ynoa (6 games) and Roger Bernadina (6 games). . . . Chad Bettis had a sabermetric Game Score of 68, his best of the season and tied for third highest for an Isotope starter in a game this season.

Filed 08/20/2015

August 19, 2015 - Isotopes at Sounds, Ppd., Rain

The year of the rain continued as the series opener in Nashville's brand new First Tennessee Park was postponed due to rain. The game is scheduled to be made up as a doubleheader on Thursday.

The rainout was the first in First Tennessee Park's less than one season history and a franchise record 9th rainout of the year for Albuquerque. Albuquerque has been rained out this season in almost half of the PCL cities (7 of the 16 cities).

Albuquerque's probables Thursday are LHP John Lannan and rumored RHP Chad Bettis, who if the rumors are true will have his MLB rehabiliation assignment transferred to Albuquerque. Nashville's probables are RHP Cody Martin and LHP Brad Mills.

Filed 08/19/2015

August 18, 2015 - Isotopes (54-70)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  000 012 100 --  4  12  1
Memphis      000 401 00x --  5   9  1

WP: John Gast (6-9)
LP: Eddie Butler (2-3
SV: Sam Tuivailala (16)

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 2,734
The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) plated four runs in the 4th inning and Albuquerque was not quite able to come back from that big inning in dropping the series finale to the Redbirds 5-4. Albuquerque snapped a three game winning streak with the loss.

In the 4th inning, Greg Garcia knocked in two runs with a double, Cody Stanley had a sacrifice fly and Jacob Wilson singled home a run as the Redbirds led 4-0.

Albuquerque started chipping away at the defecit in the 5th inning. Tim Smalling singled, went to third base on Angelys Nina's single and scored on Cristhian Adames single.

Roger Bernadina was hit by a pitch in the 6th inning, Tom Murphy doubled and Jeremy Barfield followed with a two-run double as the Isotopes trailed by a run at 4-3.

Former Isotope Jeremy Hazelbaker knocked in a run with a single in the bottom half of the frame as Memphis extended the lead to 5-3 and Albuquerque plated their final run in the 7th inning. Trevor Story singled, stole second base, went to third base on Adames' groundout and scored on Bernadina's fielders choice.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler (L, 2-3) 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.92 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: (L, 2-3) 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.92 ERA
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.268), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, SB (5), E (10)
Tom Murphy: 1x4 (.278), 1 R, 1 2B (7), 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Tonight's game concluded the only four-game series of the season between the Isotopes and Redbirds. Albuquerque won three out of the four games and 16,793 attended the series for a per-game average of 4,198. All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 103-82 including a 48-45 advantage at Autozone Park. . . . The Isotopes conclude the roadtrip with a four game series in Nashville against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Athletics) at their brand new stadium, First Tennessee Park. Probables in the opener are LHP John Lannan (6-7, 5.50) for the Isotopes and RHP Cody Martin (2-3, 5.14) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/18/2015

August 17, 2015 - Isotopes (54-69)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  001 001 000 02 --  4  8  1
Memphis      000 000 200 00 --  2  3  4

WP: Rex Brothers (5-1)
LP: Mitch Harris (0-3)
SV: Jairo Diaz (8)

HR: MEM Xavier Scruggs (12) off Castro (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:23
ATT: 2,504
Black seems to be a lucky color for the Isotopes as the dog days of summer approach the end. While the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) broke up a no-hitter and tied the game in the 7th inning, it took until the 11th inning for Angelys Nina to rip a single up the middle to plate two go-ahead runs in Albuquerque's 4-2 victory on Monday night. It was the first time Albuquerque has strung together three straight victories since June 30th-July 2nd and the current three consecutive wins were accomplished this series in Memphis while wearing black-colored jersey tops.

Tim Wheeler singled, went to second base on Isotope starter Jason Gurka's sacrifice bunt and scored on Rafael Ynoa's single in the 3rd inning.

The Isotopes extended the lead to 2-0 in the 6th inning when Trevor Story singled, stole second base two outs later and scored on Roger Bernadina's single.

Right after the 7th inning stretch ended, Xavier Scruggs solo homered to break up the no-hitter and Greg Garcia followed with a walk, stole second base and scored on Jacob Wilson's double.

The game remained knotted at 2-2 until the 11th inning when Story reached on an error and Cristhian Adames singled. An out later, Bernadina was intentionally walked to load the bases. Tom Murphy struck out before Nina singled up the middle to score Story and Adames with what became the game-winning runs.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jason Gurka 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 2.87 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (SV, 8) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.67 ERA
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.269), 2 R, 1 K, SB (4)
Tom Murphy: 0x5 (.280), 3 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Despite being an off-day for the Rockies, Colorado optioned P Ken Roberts to Albuquerque. No corresponding move was made by the Rockies on the off-day so it will become known Tuesday if the Rockies will make another move that affects the Isotopes roster. . . . Jason Gurka and Simon Castro combined to no-hit the Redbirds through 6 innings. It was the longest Isotope no-hit bid of the season. . . . Jason Gurka was a spot-starter for the Isotopes as Isotope probable RHP Jair Jurrjens was a late scratch due to being sick. It was Gurka's first Isotope start of the season and the 19th different Isotope to make a start this season. . . . Albuquerque extended their Autozone Park winning streak to 6 games with the victory and the three game road winning streak is the longest of the season. . . . The Isotopes are 8-5 in extra inning games and 11-11 in contests decided by two runs this season. . . . The victory was Albuquerque's third victory on a Monday this season. . . . The Isotopes stole four bases in a game for the fifth time this season. Tonight's steals pushed the Isotope 2015 stolen base total over 100 (102). . . . The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers) became the first PCL club eliminated from playoff contention. The Sky Sox only drew 1,743 fans while being swept in a doubleheader on Monday evening so even the fans may have figured the Sky Sox were going to be eliminated by the time the doubleheader concluded. The Sky Sox are 23 games back of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) in the PCL American Conference Northern Division with 22 games left to play. The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners), Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) all have a tragic number of five and are vying to be the next PCL club eliminated from postseason play. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Luis Sardinas of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers). Sardinas hit .444 (12x27) with 1 homer and 4 RBI during the award week. . . . Chien-Ming Wang of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Wang tossed a complete game 3-hit shutout against the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) in his only start of the award week. Wang earned the victory and walked 4 and struck out 2 in his effort. . . . The series concludes Tuesday evening as Albuquerque seeks to win to earn their first series sweep of the season. Probables are RHP Eddie Butler (2-2, 6.27) for the Isotopes and LHP John Gast (5-9, 4.98) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/17/2015

August 16, 2015 - Isotopes (53-69)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  011 001 111 --  6  16  1
Memphis      001 000 000 --  1   5  0

WP: Rudy Owens (1-5)
LP: Marcos Gonzales (0-4) 

TIME: 2:58
ATT: 3,446
The Isotopes were slow and steady, plating a single run in six of the nine innings as they defeated the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 6-1 on Sunday evening in Memphis.

Roger Bernadina singled, went to third base on Angelys Nina's double and scored on Jeremy Barfield's groundout in the 2nd inning and in the 3rd inning, Cristhian Adames singled, advanced to third base on Wilin Rosario's single and scored on Dustin Garneau's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Memphis scored their only run in the bottom of the 3rd inning on Rafael Ortega's single.

Barfield walked and later scored on Trevor Story's single in the 6th inning and in the 7th inning, Garneau singled, went to third base on Bernadina's single and scored on Barfield's sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 4-1.

Rafael Ynoa walked to lead off the 8th inning and scored on Adames' single and in the 9th inning, Bernadina singled, stole second base and scored on Nina's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rudy Owens (W, 1-5) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.31 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.75 ERA
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.271), 1 RBI (27)
Miguel Castro: (H, 1) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 2.25 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes due to a pre-game rain shower. . . . Tyler Matzek made another relief appearance and came out of it with another scoreless inning. Matzek pitched the 6th inning and got a flyout, struck out a batter, issued a walk and then got a groundout to end the inning. . . . Albuquerque hopes to extend their winning streak to three games on Monday evening. Probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (2-5, 7.05) for the Isotopes and RHP Zach Petrick (7-5, 4.31) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/16/2015

August 15, 2015 - Isotopes (52-69)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  002 060 000 --  8  12  0
Memphis      010 000 000 --  1  11  1

WP: Aaron Laffey (3-3)
LP: Arturo Reyes (0-1)

HR: ABQ Angelys Nina (4) off Waldron (5th inning, GS)
	
TIME: 2:55
ATT: 8,109
The Isotopes used a six-run 5th inning, highlighted by Angelys Nina's grand-slam homer, to blow a close game wide open in defeating the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) 8-1 in the opener of a four-game series in Memphis on Saturday evening. Albuquerque snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory.

Memphis took their only lead of the game in the 2nd inning when Dean Anna singled home a run.

In the 3rd inning, Rafael Ynoa singled and Trevor Story walked with one out and an out later, Wilin Rosario singled home Ynoa and Dustin Garneau singled home Story for a 2-1 Isotopes lead.

In Albuquerque's big 5th inning, Story doubled with one out and went to third base on a passed ball. Cristhian Adames walked and Rosario followed with a single that plated Story. Dustin Garneau singled home Adames, Roger Bernadina walked to load the bases and Nina cleared them with his grand-slam homer to left field.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey (W, 3-3) 6 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 4.54 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.273), 2 R, 1 2B (17), 1 BB

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.91 ERA

Brown worked the 7th inning, faced 5 batters and tossed 23 pitches (13 for strikes). Brown allowed a pair of singles but those baserunners were stranded.


'TOPES NOTES:
Aaron Laffey tossed his first quality start of the season and it was the first Isotope quality start in over a week (August 7th - John Lannan). . . . The Isotopes have a four game winning streak -- dating back to 2013 -- in games played at Autozone Park in Memphis. . . . Angelys Nina's grand-slam homer was his first of the season and Albuquerque's sixth this season. . . . The series continues Sunday evening. Probables are LHP Rudy Owens (0-3, 11.08) for the Isotopes and LHP Marcos Gonzales (0-3, 5.62) for the Redbirds.

Filed 08/15/2015

August 14, 2015 - Isotopes (51-69)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       034 010 000 --  8  11  1
Albuquerque  400 010 001 --  6  13  3

WP: Brett Oberholtzer (6-3)
LP: Boone Whiting (3-7)
SV: James Hoyt (8)

TIME: 3:29
ATT: 7,550
The Isotopes plated four runs in the first inning before the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) plated the next eight runs to wipe out the defecit and the Grizzlies held off the Isotopes 8-6 to sweep the four game series.

Trevor Story and Cristhian Adames each singled with one out and executed a double steal. Story scored on Wilin Rosario's groundout and Adames scored on Angelys Nina's single. Tom Murphy tripled home Nina before scoring on Roger Bernadina's single.

An error and Alex Presley's two-run single in the 2nd inning and Max Stassi's two-run single, a run-scoring Isotope error and Presley's sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning gave the Grizzlies a 7-4 lead.

Fresno scored another run on an error in the 5th inning and in the bottom half of the frame, Rafael Ynoa doubled and scored on a throwing error on Cristhian Adames fly out.

Ynoa singled in the 9th inning, went to second base on defensive indifference and scored on Story's double for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Boone Whiting (L, 3-7) 4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, Balk, HBP, 5.95 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 2x5 (.273), 1 R, 1 2B (16), 1 RBI (26), 1 K, SB (3)
Tom Murphy: 2x4 (.300), 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 3B (1), 1 RBI (13), 1 K, E (5)
Miguel Castro: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 3.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Gonzalez Germen and P Ken Roberts from the Isotopes and optioned P Eddie Butler to Albuquerque. P Tyler Matzek, who is trying to overcome a case of control problems, was assigned to Albuquerque. . . . Tyler Matzek appeared in the 8th inning of tonight's game and worked out of a jam without allowing a run. Matzek walked the first two batters he faced, struck out the next two, issued another walk to load the bases before getting a fly out to end the inning. . . . At 3 hours, 29 minutes, the game was the longest 9-inning game of the season for Albuquerque. . . . Only two of Fresno's eight runs were earned runs. . . . The Grizzlies have won the last nine matchups against the Isotopes this season. . . . Albuquerque is now a season worst 19 games below the .500 mark and tonight evened the Isotope franchise's all-time regular season won-loss mark at 920-920. Using end of season records for historical purposes, it has not been since the end of the 2008 season that the Isotopes' all-time end of season mark was at or below the .500 mark. . . . Fresno won all four games in the series and 28,111 attended the series for a per-game average of 7,023. The Isotopes went 3-6 on the nine-game homestand. . . . Tonight's contest also marked the final matchup between the Isotopes and Grizzlies in Albuquerque and Fresno won seven of the eight games. The Isotopes go to Fresno to finish the 16-game season series as part of the final eight game roadtrip of the season. . . . Albuquerque has been swept in four series' this season. . . . Albuquerque on Saturday begins their final 16-game stretch of play against American Conference opponents in the PCL's equivalent of "interleague" play. The first eight games of that stretch are on the road where Albuquerque gets to visit one of the best ballparks in the league in Memphis and a brand new ballpark in Nashville. Probables in Saturday's opener in Memphis against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) are LHP Aaron Laffey (2-3, 4.83) for the Isotopes and a starter to be named for Memphis.

Filed 08/14/2015

August 13, 2015 - Isotopes (51-68)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       121 230 100 --  10  15  0
Albuquerque  031 000 000 --   4   7  1

WP: Asher Wojciechowski (7-2)
LP: John Lannan (6-7)

HR: FRE Matt Duffy (17) off Gurka (5th inning, 3R)

    ABQ Jeremy Barfield (3) off Wojciechowski (2nd inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:09
ATT: 4,748
The Fresno Grizzlies' (AAA Astros) domination of the Isotopes in 2015 continued Thursday evening as the Grizzlies plated nine runs over the first five frames in a 10-4 victory over the Isotopes. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games.

Fresno's L.J. Hoes doubled and scored on Tyler White's single in the 1st inning and Jonathan Villar and Matt Duffy each singled home runs in the 2nd inning as the Grizzlies led 3-0.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Roger Bernadina walked, Tom Murphy singled and Jeremy Barfield three-run homered to tie the game at 3-3.

Each team scored a run in the 3rd inning. Tyler Heineman singled home a run in the top half, while in the bottom half Wilin Rosario tripled and scored on Dustin Garneau's sacrifice fly.

The rest of the game was all Fresno. In the 4th inning, White singled home the tiebreaking run and Robbie Grossman's groundout brought home another run.

Matt Duffy three-run homered in the 5th inning and Fresno's final run scored in the 7th inning on White's run-scoring fielder's choice.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (L, 6-7) 3.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.50 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.85 ERA
Trevor Story: 0x3 (.269), 1 BB, 3 K, E (9)
Tom Murphy: 1x4 (.288), 1 R

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.40 ERA

Brown worked the 7th inning and gave up the Grizzies' final run of the game. Brown faced 5 batters, tossed 20 pitches (11 strikes) and two Grizzlies baserunners stole second base off of him during the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Fresno has won the last eight matchups against the Isotopes. Red hot Fresno also reached 70 wins with the victory tonight and have won 11 out of their last 12 contests. . . . Albuquerque, meanwhile, is a season-worst 17 games below the .500 mark, a season-worst tying 15 games out of first place in the division and their tragic number was reduced to 11. . . . Cristhian Adames went hitless in three at-bats to snap a 12-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes have not been getting good starting pitching during their August fade to postseason elimination. The last Isotopes quality start was John Lannan's last start on August 7th and in fact it is the only Isotope quality start in the month of August. . . . John Lannan earned his team-leading 7th loss in the game. . . . The final game of the homestand is Friday evening and Albuquerque needs a win to avoid being swept by the Grizzlies in a series for the second time this season. Probables are RHP Boone Whiting (3-4, 5.29) for Albuquerque and LHP Brett Oberholzer (5-3, 4.20) for Fresno.

Filed 08/13/2015

August 12, 2015 - Isotopes (51-67)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       300 130 001 --  8  11  0
Albuquerque  000 010 001 --  2   6  2

WP: Mark Appel (2-2)
LP: David Hale (0-3)

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 8,236
The Isotopes fell behind 7 runs in the first half of the game and Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) starter Mark Appel tossed eight innings of four-hit, one-run ball to keep Albuquerque from mounting a threat in the Isotopes' 8-2 loss on Wednesday evening.

Fresno jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the 1st inning, scoring runs on an error, Tony Kemp's steal of home and Jon Singleton's double.

Max Stassi singled home a run in the 4th inning and in the 5th inning, Stassi singled home two runs and Andrew Aplin singled home a run as Fresno led 7-0.

Roger Bernadina singled and scored on Angelys Nina's triple in the 5th inning to get the Isotopes on the board.

Jonathan Villar drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 9th inning and in the bottom half, Trevor Story singled, went to second base on Cristhian Adames' single, tagged up to third base on Wilin Rosario's flyout and scored on Dustin Garneau's groundout.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale (L, 0-3) 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, HBP, 6.80 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 2x4 (.275), 1 R, 1 K
Tom Murphy: 0x4 (.290), 2 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

David Hale: (L, 0-3) 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, HBP, 6.80 ERA

Hale pitched into the fifth inning in his third MLB rehab assignment start, faced 23 batters, and tossed 90 pitches with 58 of them for strikes. Hale got five groundouts and one flyout.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies designated OF Drew Stubbs for assignment and purchased the contract of IF/OF Matt McBride from Albuquerque. IF Brock Bond was activated from the Isotopes' disabled list to take McBride's roster spot. . . . Cristhian Adames hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. . . . The Grizzlies have won the last seven matchups against the Isotopes. . . . Albuquerque is a season-worst 16 games below the .500 mark, has tied their season mark for the most games out of the division lead at 15 games behind Las Vegas, and the tragic number reduced to 12. . . . Tony Kemp was the first Isotope opponent to steal home since former-Isotope Jeremy Moore did it for the Salt Lake Bees in a game at Isotopes Park on August 8, 2011. . . . . Tom Murphy did not homer, snapping his streak of four straight games with a homer. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (6-6, 5.37) for the Isotopes and RHP Asher Wojciechowski (6-2, 5.42) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 08/12/2015

August 11, 2015 - Isotopes (51-66)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       003 200 000 --  5  11  3
Albuquerque  021 000 100 --  4  10  2

WP: Dan Straily (9-6)
LP: Rudy Owens (0-5)
SV: James Hoyt (7)

HR: ABQ Tom Murphy (5) off Straily (2nd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:03
ATT: 7,577
Tom Murphy homered for the fourth straight game in the 2nd inning but the Isotopes could not hold that lead in eventually falling to the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) 5-4 in a series opener at "The Lab" on Tuesday evening.

Roger Bernadina singled with one out and scored on Murphy's two-run homer as the Isotopes had their only lead of the game at 2-0.

Alex Presley singled home a run and Matt Duffy added a two-run triple as the Grizzlies led 3-2 in the top of the 3rd inning.

Trevor Story reached on an error and scored on Cristhian Adames' single in the bottom of the 3rd inning to tie the game at 3-3.

Fresno regained the lead at 5-3 in the 4th inning when they scored runs on a groundout and Jonathan Villar's single.

Wilin Rosario drew a walk and scored on Bernadina's double in the bottom of the 7th inning for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rudy Owens (L, 0-5) 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 5.80 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 0x5 (.268), 1 R, 1 K
Tom Murphy: 1x4 (.310), 1 R, 1 HR (5), 2 RBI (12), 1 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.00 ERA

Brown pitched the 5th inning as he continued his MLB rehab assignment, faced 6 batters and tossed 27 pitches with 17 of them for strikes. Brown struck out the first two batters, then allowed three straight singles to load the bases before getting a strikeout to end the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
While not an Isotopes transaction, C Ryan Casteel had his rehab assignment transferred from Class-A Boise to Class-AA New Britain. It is not known when Casteel will be activated from the Isotopes' disabled list. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst tying 15 games under the .500 mark and have a tragic number of 14. . . . Tom Murphy's homer extended Albuquerque's team consecutive homer streak to 6 games, a season best. At four games, Murphy has the longest individual consecutive homer streak for any Isotope this season. . . . Cristhian Adames hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . The Isotopes have lost six straight games to the Grizzlies. . . . Fresno hitter L.J. Hoes was ejected by Home Plate umpire Jordan Ferrell in the 6th inning after being called out on strikes. . . . Ryan Roberts of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Roberts hit .360 (9x25) with 4 homers and 8 RBI during the award week. . . . Mike Hauschild of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Hauschild went 2-0 in two starts with a 1.29 ERA. In 14 innings of work, Hauschild gave up 11 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and fanned 13. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (2-5, 7.09) for the Isotopes and RHP Mark Appel (1-2, 4.62) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 08/11/2015

August 9, 2015 - Isotopes (51-65)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      030 000 010 --  4   9  4
Albuquerque  100 000 004 --  5  12  1

WP: Jairo Diaz (3-5)
LP: Jay Jackson (1-3) 

HR: ABQ Tom Murphy (4) off Jackson (9th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:53
ATT: 8,606
The Isotopes plated four runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to come back to stun the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in the finale of a five-game series at "The Lab" on Sunday evening.

Albuquerque scored the first run of the game in the 1st inning. Rafael Ynoa and Trevor Story singled and Cristhian Adames drew a walk to load the bases. Matt McBride then grounded into a double play with Ynoa scoring.

El Paso Daniel McCutchen singled home a run and Ramiro Pena knocked in two runs with a single in the 2nd inning as the Chihuahuas led 3-1.

Travis Jankowski singled home a run in the 8th inning to extend El Paso's lead to 4-1.

In the victorious bottom of the 9th inning, Roger Bernadina singled with one out and scored on Tom Murphy's two-run homer. Tim Wheeler walked and after pinch-hitter Wilin Rosario struck out, Ynoa reached on an error with Wheeler going to third base. Story singled Wheeler home and Adames followed with a ground ball that was fielded by Chihuahuas reliever Jay Jackson. Jackson attempted a throw to third base for the force out attempt but instead threw the ball into left field for an error while Ynoa came home to score the game-winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, Balk, 4.83 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (W, 3-5) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.04 ERA
Trevor Story: 4x5 (.278), 1 RBI (25), 1 K, SB (2), E (7)
Tom Murphy: 2x4 (.315), 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 HR (4), 2 RBI (10), 1 K
Miguel Castro: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, WP, 3.60 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.63 ERA

Brown pitched the 6th inning and had a clean inning, facing the minimum 3 batters and tossing 11 pitches with 7 for strikes. Brown induced a foul pop-out, a groundout and had a strikeout.


'TOPES NOTES:
Four of the five games in the series lasted more than 3 hours with two of those extra-inning contests. Tonight's game was the only sub-3 hour game with a game length of 2 hours, 53 minutes. . . . All three Albuquerque victories in the series were walkoff wins. The Isotopes have nine walkoff wins this season. . . . Tonight's game was the final divisional contest of the season. Albuquerque went 21-27 in the division, two losses short of tying the franchise record for the most losses in division matchups for a season. . . . Albuquerque won three out of the five games in the series with El Paso and 45,402 attended at "The Lab" for a per-game average of 9,080. . . . Tonight's game was also the final in the 16-game season series with the Chihuahuas. Albuquerque won 9 of the 16 games and went 5-3 at Isotopes Park against El Paso. All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 17-15. . . . Cristhian Adames singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. It is his second double-digit hitting streak of the season. . . . Tom Murphy has homered in three straight games, joining Wilin Rosario and Roger Bernadina who accomplished that feat earlier this season. . . . The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have Monday off before Albuquerque opens up a four-game series against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros). The probable in the opener for Albuquerque is RHP David Hale (0-2, 6.41), who is continuing his MLB rehab assignment. The Grizzlies have yet to name a probable.

Filed 08/09/2015

August 8, 2015 - Isotopes (50-65)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      102 303 110 --  11  16  0
Albuquerque  020 300 201 --   8   8  1

WP: Dennis O'Grady (1-0)
LP: Boone Whiting (3-6)
SV: Michael Dimock (1)

HR: ELP Jake Goebbert (8) off Whiting (3rd inning, 2R)

    ABQ Tom Murphy (3) off O'Grady (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Tim Wheeler (9) off O'Grady (4th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Tim Smalling (6) off Sullivan (7th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Cristhian Adames (10) off Dimock (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:03
ATT: 11,441
The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) tallied runs in six of the nine innings and Albuquerque plated every one of their runs with a homer in a 11-8 loss to El Paso on Saturday evening at "The Lab".

Cody Decker knocked in El Paso's first run with a double in the 1st inning and Albuquerque took their only lead of the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Roger Bernadina walked ahead of Tom Murphy's two-run homer.

El Paso regained the lead in the 3rd inning on Jake Goebbert's two-run homer and extended the lead to 6-2 in the 4th inning on run-scoring doubles from Casey McElroy, Rocky Gale and Travis Jankowski.

Roger Bernadina reached on a fielder's choice, Murphy singled and Tim Wheeler followed with a three-run homer as the Isotopes trailed 6-5 after 4 innings of play.

A run scored on an error, Jankowski doubled home a run and Goebbert singled home a run in the top of the 6th inning and in the 7th inning, Gale doubled home a run as the Chihuahuas extended their lead to 10-5.

After the 7th inning stretch, Angelys Nina drew a one-out walk and scored on Tim Smalling's two-run homer.

Decker bloop-singled a run home in the 8th inning for El Paso's final run, and Cristhian Adames solo-homered for Albuquerque's final run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Boone Whiting (L, 3-6) 5.2 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 6.06 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Tom Murphy: 3x4 (.300), 2 R, 1 HR (3), 2 RBI (8)


'TOPES NOTES:
The start of the game was delayed 13 minutes due to a pre-game rain shower. It was the sixth home delayed start weather delay of the season. . . . Cristhian Adames had two hits to extend his hitting streak to nine games. . . . The Isotopes had four homers in the game, tying a season-best. Cristhian Adames and Tom Murphy have homered in back-to-back games. . . . Boone Whiting picked up his sixth loss, tying Jon Gray and John Lannan for most losses on the club. . . . The series concludes Sunday evening with LHP Aaron Laffey (2-3, 4.78) expected to take the mound for the Isotopes against El Paso RHP Daniel McCutchen (6-6, 4.36).

Filed 08/08/2015

August 7, 2015 - Isotopes (50-64)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      000 010 100 000 --  2  4  0
Albuquerque  100 100 000 001 --  3  8  1

WP: Ken Roberts (1-3)
LP: Aaron Northcraft (2-4)

HR: ELP Rymer Liriano (10) off Lannan (7th inning, S)

    ABQ Cristhian Adames (9) off Smith (1st inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 6,504
Rafael Ynoa reached on an infield single in the bottom of the 12th inning while the winning run scored to give Albuquerque a 3-2 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) on Friday evening at "The Lab".

Cristhian Adames solo homered in the 1st inning and in the 4th inning, Adames singled, stole second base, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Matt McBride's double to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.

A groundout in the 5th inning and Rymer Liriano's solo homer in the 7th inning allowed the Chihuahuas to knot the game at 2-2.

In the bottom of the 12th inning, Roger Bernadina led off with a double, went to third bse on Jeremy Barfield's groundout and an out later, Ynoa reached on a infield single with Bernadina scampering home with the game-winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan - 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, WP, 5.37 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, HBP, 5.14 ERA
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.259), 3 K, SB (1), E (6)
Miguel Castro: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 2.25 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The win was Albuquerque's eighth walkoff victory of the season. There have been two extra inning contests this series and Albuquerque has won in walkoff fashion in both of them. . . . The Isotopes are 7-5 in extra inning contests and 17-17 in games decided by one run this season. . . . Albuquerque has had the lead after 6 innings in 40 of their 50 victories this season. . . . Tonight's 12-inning contest tied for the longest home game innings-wise this season. . . . Cristhian Adames had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. Adames leads the club with 35 multi-hit games this season. . . . Isotopes reliever Ken Roberts earned his first pitching decision victory of the season. There have been 19 Isotopes pitchers with at least one winning decision this season. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Boone Whiting (3-3, 4.53) for the Isotopes and RHP Colin Rea (2-2, 4.39) for the little dogs.

Filed 08/07/2015

August 6, 2015 - Isotopes (49-64)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      250 212 100 --  13  17  2
Albuquerque  025 320 000 --  12  15  2

WP: Frank Garces (1-0)
LP: Simon Castro (5-5)
SV: Jay Jackson (10)

HR: ELP Diego Goris (1) off Jurrjens (2nd inning, 2R)
    ELP Cody Decker (20) off Jurrjens (2nd inning, 2R)
    ELP Jake Goebbert (7) off Castro (6th inning, S)

    ABQ Roger Bernadina (14) off Lane (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Jeremy Barfield (1) off Lane (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Jeremy Barfield (2) off Garces (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Dustin Garneau (15) off Lane (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:10
ATT: 10,790
People watching the Game of the Week on CBS Sports Network were treated to a rare slugfest at Isotopes Park. The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) plated the first seven runs, Albuquerque completed their biggest in-game comeback of the season by scoring the next seven runs to tie the game, then there were four lead changes and two ties at half-inning marks in the middle portion of the game before El Paso tallied the game winning run in the 7th inning to outslug the Isotopes 13-12.

El Paso's Ramiro Pena singled home a run and Jason Hagerty doubled home a run in the 1st inning for a 2-0 Chihuahuas lead.

Diego Goris and Cody Decker each had two-run homers and Pena singled home a run in the 2nd inning to extend the El Paso lead to 7-0.

Albuquerque began their comeback in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Roger Bernadina and Jeremy Barfield back-to-back homered.

In Albuquerque's five-run 3rd inning, Trevor Story singled with one out, Cristhian Adames reached on an error and Wilin Rosario was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Matt McBride doubled to clear them and Dustin Garneau followed with a two-run homer to knot the game at 7-7.

Jake Goebbert tripled home a run and another run scored on a throwing error on the play as the Chihuahuas took a 9-7 lead in the top of the 4th inning.

In the home half of the 4th inning, Rafael Ynoa doubled and scored two outs later on Rosario's double. McBride followed with another double to plate Rosario before scoring on Garneau's single as the Isotopes led 10-9 after four innings of play.

Travis Jankowski singled home a run in the top of the 5th inning to tie the game at 10-10 and in the bottom of the 5th inning, Barfield hit his second solo homer of the game and pinch-hitter Tim Smalling singled, went to third base on a two-base fielding error on the play and scored on Story's sacrifice fly for a 12-10 lead.

El Paso knotted the game at 12-12 in the top of the 6th inning on Goebbert's solo homer and Rymer Liriano's RBI single and the Chihuahuas plated the eventual game-winning run in the 7th inning on Goebbert's run-scoring single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens 4 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 7.09 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.261), 1 RBI (24), 2 K, SF, E (5)

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.43 ERA

Brown made his second rehab appearance in as many nights and worked the 5th inning, facing 6 batters and tossing 16 pitches with 8 of them for strikes. There was one groundout and no flyouts.


'TOPES NOTES:
Both teams combined for 25 runs and 37 hits and there was a season-high 7 homers in the game. . . . Albuquerque tied a season-high with 4 homers in the game. . . . Roger Bernadina and Jeremy Barfield were the third duo of Isotopes to homer back-to-back this season. Bernadina has homered in back-to-back contests. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst 15 games back of division leader Las Vegas. . . . Albuquerque is 2-13 this season when allowing 10 or more runs to their opponent in a game. . . . The "Tacos" theme seems to be a hit in Fresno! The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) had a Taco Truck Throwdown promotion and as part of the promotion changed the team name from "Grizzlies" to "Tacos" and wore special Taco uniforms and hats. Not only did the Tacos defeat the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) 7-4 in the game tonight, there was a Chukchansi Park record crowd of 16,916. . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (6-6, 5.54) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Smith (3-5, 3.61) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 08/06/2015

August 5, 2015 - Isotopes (49-63)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      000 201 010 0 --  4  11  2
Albuquerque  010 210 000 2 --  6  12  0

WP: Jason Gurka (2-0)
LP: Jerry Sullivan (5-2) 

HR: ABQ Tom Murphy (2) off Erlin (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Roger Bernadina (13) off Sullivan (10th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 8,061
Roger Bernadina's two-run walkoff homer in the 10th inning gave the Isotopes a 6-4 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in the series opener at "The Lab" on Wednesday night. The win snapped Albuquerque's six-game losing streak.

Tom Murphy solo homered in the 2nd inning to give the Isotopes a 1-0 lead.

Casey McElroy two-run singled in the 4th inning to give the Chihuahuas a 2-1 lead before Albuquerque plated two runs in the bottom of the 4th inning to regain the lead. Angelys Nina singled, Murphy doubled and Bernadina reached on a fielders choice with Nina scoring. Murphy was forced out at third base on the play and Bernadina scored later in the inning on Isotopes starter David Hale's single.

Cristhian Adames singled, went to second base on Matt McBride's groundout and scored on Nina's single in the 5th inning to extend the Isotopes' lead to 4-2.

Jason Hagerty singled home a run in the 6th inning and a wild pitch brought home a run in the 8th inning as El Paso knotted the game at 4-4.

The Isotopes escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the 10th inning and in the bottom half of the frame, the Isotopes did not have an out in winning in walk-off fashion. Murphy led off reaching on a fielding error and Bernadina followed with his walkoff homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale - 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, WP, 6.41 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (H, 8) 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.36 ERA
Trevor Story: 2x5 (.262), 1 2B (15), 1 K
Tom Murphy: 2x5 (.261), 2 R, 1 2B (4), 1 HR (2), 1 RBI (6), 1 K, PB (2)
Miguel Castro: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, WP, 3.00 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

David Hale: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, WP, 6.41 ERA

Hale made the start, faced 20 batters and tossed 59 pitches with 38 for strikes. Hale got 8 groundouts and 3 flyouts in the start.



Brooks Brown: (H, 3) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.00 ERA

Brown faced 4 batters in the 6th inning and tossed 22 pitches with 12 for strikes. There were no groundouts and one flyout in his inning of work.


'TOPES NOTES:
P Devin Burke was transferred from Albuquerque to Class-A Modesto. . . . Albuquerque has seven walkoff wins this season with two of them in walkoff homer fashion. There have been 22 walkoff homers in Isotopes history. . . . Isotope pitcher David Hale's RBI was his second of the season and he is second on the club for most RBI by a pitcher this season. . . . Tom Murphy's homer in the 2nd inning was Albuquerque's 100th homer of the season. Of the 101 homers hit through tonight's game, 58 of them have been solo homers. . . . The series continues Thursday evening with the game televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. Probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (2-5, 6.68) for the Isotopes and LHP Jason Lane (8-7, 5.39) for the little dogs.

Filed 08/05/2015

August 4, 2015 - Isotopes (48-63)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  000 000 001 --  1  11  0
Fresno       040 000 00x --  4   6  1

WP: Brady Rodgers (9-5)
LP: Rudy Owens (0-4)

TIME: 2:29
ATT: 5,477
The Isotopes plated a run in the 9th inning to avoid their second straight shutout as the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) swept the series with a 4-1 victory over Albuquerque on Tuesday evening in Fresno.

Five straight singles and a sacrifice fly gave Fresno all four of their runs in the 2nd inning. Robbie Grossman, Joe Sclafani and Tyler Heineman singled to load the bags and Andrew Aplin delivered a two-run single. Jonathan Villar's single drove in Heineman and L.J. Hoes sacrifice flied out to bring home Aplin.

In the 9th inning, Rafael Ynoa doubled and scored two outs later on Cristhian Adames' single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rudy Owens (L, 0-4) 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.12 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.256), 2 K
Tom Murphy: 0x4 (.244), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies officially purchased the contract of P Jon Gray on Tuesday and Gray made his MLB debut against the Seattle Mariners. Gray lasted four innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) and 5 hits. Gray walked two and struck out 4. Gray earned a no-decision thanks to teammate Nick Hundley's two-run homer that tied the game while Gray was still the pitcher of record. . . . The Rockies optioned P Gonzalez Germen to Albuquerque and outrighted P Aaron Laffey to the Isotopes. . . . Fresno swept the four game series and 20,035 attended at Chukchansi Park for a per-game average of 5,009. . . . Albuquerque has been swept in a series three times this season. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst 15 games below the .500 mark and tied their season worst by moving 14 games back in the division. . . . The Isotopes outhit the Grizzlies 11-6 in the game. . . . Albuquerque returns home Wednesday evening to start a five game series against the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres). The probable for the Isotopes is RHP David Hale (0-2, 6.82) who is continuing his MLB rehabilitation assignment. El Paso is expected to counter with LHP Robbie Erlin (5-5, 6.03).

Filed 08/04/2015

August 3, 2015 - Isotopes (48-62)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  6  1
Fresno       000 121 20x --  6  8  0

WP: Mike Hauschild (5-3)
LP: Boone Whiting (3-5)

HR: FRE Matt Duffy (15) off Whiting (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:20
ATT: 3,197
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) pitchers Mike Hauschild and Jake Buchanan combined on a six-hit shutout as the Isotopes were handed their eighth shutout of the season 6-0. Albuquerque has dropped five straight games.

Matt Duffy doubled home a run in the 4th inning and in the 5th inning, a fielders choice and a groundout plated runs as Fresno led 3-0.

Duffy solo homered in the 6th inning and after the 7th inning stretch, Tony Kemp doubled home a run and scored on Tyler White's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Boone Whiting 5.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, WP, HBP, 5.62 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 0x4 (.258), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Wilin Rosario was named the PCL Hitter of the Week. Rosario only played in three games during the award week due to being optioned from the Rockies to the Isotopes and hit .667 (10x15) with 4 homers and 7 RBI. After a drought since July 2013 of no Isotope position players winning the weekly Hitter award, Isotope batters have won the award in two straight weeks (Trevor Story). . . . P Boone Whiting was activated from the disabled list to make tonight's start. . . . Albuquerque's best chance to score came in the 9th inning when Cristhian Adames led off with a triple for Albuquerque's only baserunner to reach third base. Two strikeouts and a pop out followed, keeping Adames from scoring to break up the shutout. . . . Albuquerque is a season-worst 14 games under the .500 mark and has put together four losing streaks of five or more games this season. . . . Chris Smith of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Smith made two starts and went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA. In 14 innings of work, Smith allowed 10 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and fanned 14. . . . The series (and roadtrip) concludes Tuesday evening as the Isotopes need a win to avoid a series sweep. Probables are LHP Rudy Owens (0-1, 15.75) for the Isotopes and RHP Brady Rodgers (8-5, 4.93) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 08/03/2015

August 2, 2015 - Isotopes (48-61)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  000 100 000 --  1   8  0
Fresno       020 002 50x --  9  12  0

WP: Brett Oberholtzer (4-3)
LP: John Lannan (6-6) 

HR: ABQ Matt McBride (12) off Oberholtzer (4th inning, S)

    FRE Max Stassi (12) off Lannan (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:33
ATT: 4,534
The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) plated seven runs over the 6th and 7th innings to turn a tight 2-1 game into a 9-1 victory over the Isotopes on Sunday evening in Fresno. Albuquerque has dropped four straight games.

Robbie Grossman doubled home a run and Tony Kemp singled home a run in the 2nd inning to give Fresno a 2-0 lead.

Matt McBride solo homered in the 4th inning for Albuquerque's lone run.

Matt Duffy two-run doubled in the 6th inning to extend the lead to 4-1 and after the 7th inning stretch, Max Stassi solo homered, Tyler White singled home a run, another run scored on Alex Presley's fielder's choice and two more runs came home on bases-loaded walks from Kemp and Stassi.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (L, 6-6) 6.1 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 5.54 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 0x4 (.267), 1 K
Tom Murphy: 0x4 (.270), 1 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.40 ERA

Brown pitched the 8th inning in his second MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance and faced 3 batters, setting the side down in order on a groundout, flyout and line out. Brown tossed 13 pitches with 9 for strikes.


'TOPES NOTES:
Several media outlets reported late Sunday that P Jon Gray is expected to be promoted to the Rockies and will make his MLB debut on Tuesday evening at Coors Field in a game against the Seattle Mariners. Gray is 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA with Albuquerque this season. . . . John Lannan has allowed eight or more runs in three out of his last four starts. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst 13 games below the .500 mark. . . . Grizzlies designated hitter L.J. Hoes was ejected in the 1st inning by Home Plate umpire Bryan Fields after being called out on strikes. . . . The series continues Monday evening. Albuquerque has yet to name a probable since Jon Gray who would have started is reported to be getting the call, while RHP Mike Hauschild (4-3, 4.17) is expected to go to the bump for Fresno.

Filed 08/02/2015

August 1, 2015 - Isotopes (48-60)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  000 100 050 001 --  7   9  4
Fresno       000 400 101 003 --  9  10  0

WP: Jason Stoffel (4-2)
LP: Tim Smalling (0-1)

HR: ABQ Wilin Rosario (3) off Appel (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Wilin Rosario (4) off Chapman (8th inning, GS)

    FRE Matt Duffy (14) off Smalling (12th inning, S)
    FRE Max Stassi (11) off Smalling (12th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:43
ATT: 6,827
It was a historic night for the Isotopes in the opener of a series with the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) in Fresno on Saturday evening. The Isotopes deployed two position players to pitch the late part of the game. Jeremy Barfield was eligible to get the win but Tim Smalling allowed a pair of homers as the Isotopes dropped a 9-7 decision in 12 innings. Smalling became the first Isotope position player in franchise history to earn a pitching decision.

Wilin Rosario solo homered in the 4th inning to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard and the Grizzlies plated four runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a 4-1 lead. Nolan Fontana and Max Stassi each had two-run singles in the inning.

After the 7th inning stretch, the Grizzlies scored a run as Tyler White was grounding into a double play.

Albuquerque plated five runs in the 8th inning to take a 6-5 lead. Rafael Ynoa singled, Tim Wheeler walked and Cristhian Adames singled to load the bases and Trevor Story was hit by a pitch to bring home Ynoa. An out later, Rosario grand-slam homered.

White's sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning knotted the game at 6-6.

Adames singled with two outs and scored on Story's double as the Isotopes took a 7-6 lead in the top of the 12th inning.

Position player Smalling entered the game in the bottom of the 12th inning in relief of Barfield and allowed a leadoff homer to Matt Duffy to tie the game at 7-7. Fontana reached on an error, Tony Kemp laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Fontana to second base and Stassi followed with a walkoff two-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens - 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 6.68 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.277), 1 R, 1 2B (14), 2 RBI (23), HBP
Tom Murphy: 0x5 (.303), 4 K, E (4)
Miguel Castro: (BS, 1) 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies made some moves Saturday that affected the Isotopes roster quite a bit. Colorado placed Corey Dickerson and Kyle Kendrick on the major-league disabled list, recalled P Christian Bergman from his rehab assignment with the Isotopes, and designed P Aaron Laffey for assignment. OF Kyle Parker and P Scott Oberg were recalled from Albuquerque and P Devin Burke was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Modesto. . . . Tonight's game was the second Isotopes game in which two position players pitched in the same game. Position players Andrew Beattie and Josh Labandeira pitched in the same game on August 30, 2007 at Round Rock. . . . Albuquerque tied a franchise record by playing back-to-back extra inning contests. The Isotopes are 5-5 in extra inning contests this season. . . . Wilin Rosario has homered in three straight games and has four homers in those three games. Rosario was a triple short of hitting for the cycle for the second time in three games and his 5 RBI in a game tied an Isotope season high. Rosario had 11 total bases in the game, an Isotope season-best. . . . There have been Isotope grand-slam homers in back-to-back games. Trevor Story did it yesterday and Wilin Rosario did it tonight. . . . The Isotopes are a team season-tying worst 12 games below .500. . . . Tom Murphy tied an Isotopes season-worst with 4 strikeouts in a game. . . . Albuquerque batters struck out 19 times in the game, the most for a game this season. . . . The series continues Sunday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (6-5, 5.20) for the Isotopes and the Grizzlies have yet to name a probable.

Filed 08/01/2015

July 31, 2015 - Isotopes (48-59)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    016 001 000 1  --  9  17  0
Albuquerque  011 510 000 0  --  8  11  1

WP: Mike Morin (2-0)
LP: Simon Castro (5-4)

HR: SLC Jett Bandy (9) off Gonzalez (3rd inning, GS)
    SLC Alfredo Marte (5) off Castro (10th inning, S)

    ABQ Wilin Rosario (2) off DeLoach (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Cristhian Adames (8) off DeLoach (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Trevor Story (8) off DeLoach (4th inning, GS)	
	
TIME: 3:27
ATT: 7,148
In a game that featured two grand-slam homers, it was Alfredo Marte's solo homer in the top of the 10th inning gave the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) a 9-8 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale at "The Lab" on Friday evening.

Each team exchanged a run in the 2nd inning. Jett Bandy singled home a run for the Bees and Wilin Rosario launched a solo homer for the Isotopes.

Salt Lake took a 7-1 lead in the 3rd inning when Kyle Kubitza and Grant Green had run-scoring singles and Bandy had a grand-slam homer.

Albuquerque started their comeback in the bottom half of the 3rd inning on Cristhian Adames solo homer.

The Isotopes tacked five more runs on the scoreboard in the 4th inning to knot the game at 7-7. Rafael Ynoa singled, Roger Bernadina walked and Jeremy Barfield singled to load the bases ahead of Adames being hit by a pitch to bring a run home. Trevor Story followed with a grand-slam homer.

Tom Murphy doubled in the 5th inning, went to third base on Ynoa's sacrifice bunt and scored on Bernadina's single as Albuquerque took their only lead of the game at 8-7.

Salt Lake's Ryan Jackson doubled home a run in the 6th inning to tie the game and Marte solo-homered with one out in the 10th inning for the lead.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Ynoa singled with one out, Bernadina was hit by a pitch and Jeremy Barfield flew out with Ynoa tagging up to third base. Adames then grounded out to end the game and strand the game-tying run on third base.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale - 2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 6.82 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 5.48 ERA
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.278), 1 R, 1 HR (8), 4 RBI (21), 3 K, E (4)
Tom Murphy: 2x5 (.357), 2 2B (3), 1 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

David Hale: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 6.82 ERA

Hale made his first start of the his current rehabilitation assignment stint and faced 16 batters. Hale tossed 66 pitches, 38 for strikes, got four groundouts and one flyout, and had a sabermetric Game Score of 27.


'TOPES NOTES:
C Ryan Casteel was sent to Class-A Boise on a rehabilitation assignment as he nears a return to the Isotopes roster. . . . Trevor Story had Albuquerque's fourth grand-slam homer of the season. Jett Bandy's grand-slam homer was the fourth one by an opponent this season. The other three opponent slams all came in one series against Fresno at Isotopes Park in May. . . . Albuquerque had their largest in-game comeback of the season when they were down 6 runs and rallied to tie the game in the 4th inning. . . . The Isotopes now have 16 losses this season when their opponents have scored the game-winning run in their final turn at-bat. . . . Wilin Rosario has homered in back-to-back games. . . . With July in the books, here are some Isotope team stats for the month: 14-14 (7-8 at home, 7-6 on the road); .287 team batting average, 4.77 team ERA, 142 runs scored, 22 stolen bases, and 30 homers. . . . The Bees and Isotopes split the four game series and 31,078 attended at "The Lab" for a per-game average of 7,770. . . . Tonight's game marked the final 2015 matchup between Salt Lake and Albuquerque and each team won eight games in the 16-game regular-season series. All-time, Salt Lake leads the series 40-35 including a 22-17 advantage over the Isotopes in games played in Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque pitching tied a season worst by allowing six runs in an inning. . . . The Bees and Isotopes did not appear to use the pace of play clock in this series if one judges by game times. Three of the four games in the series lasted more than 3 hours and even last night's extra inning game if it were to have been decided in the 9th inning would have been longer than 3 hours. 78 percent of Albuquerque's 9-inning home games this season have been played in under 3 hours compared to half the 9-inning contests in 2014 and 35% in 2013. . . . The Isotopes are 5-4 in extra inning contests and 16-16 in games decided by one run. . . . Albuquerque hits the road this weekend and early next week for a four-game series against the Frenso Grizzlies (AAA Astros). Probables are RHP Christian Bergman (0-0, 0.00) continuing his MLB rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes and RHP Mark Appel (1-2, 5.33) for the Grizzlies. Appel was the first overall draft pick of the 2013 MLB draft.

Filed 07/31/2015

July 30, 2015 - Isotopes (48-58)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    033 102 000 --  9  16  0
Albuquerque  020 102 010 --  6  10  1

WP: Jo-Jo Reyes (3-2) 
LP: Rudy Owens (0-3)
SV: Cam Bedrosian (2)

HR: ABQ Wilin Rosario (1) off Reyes (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Roger Bernadina (12) off Reyes (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Tom Murphy (1) off Reyes (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:06
ATT: 7,878
The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) plated seven runs over the first four frames and that provided all the runs they would need to defeat the Isotopes 9-6 on Thursday evening at "The Lab".

Salt Lake took a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning on Alex Yarbrough's sacrifice fly, Jared Mitchell's RBI double and Grant Green's RBI single.

Albuquerque edged to 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning on Wilin Rosario's solo homer and Dustin Garneau scoring on Angelys Nina's single after having ground-rule doubled.

Rafael Lopez's run-scoring fielders choice and Ryan Jackson's two-run single in the 3rd inning and Roger Kieschnick's 4th inning fielders choice brought home a run as the Bees extended their lead to 7-2.

Roger Bernadina solo-homered for Albuquerque in the bottom of the 4th inning.

Each team plated two runs in the 6th inning with Tom Murphy belting his first Triple-A homer with Garneau on base in the home half to account for Albuquerque's two runs in the frame.

Albuquerque scored their final run in the bottom of the 8th inning when Rosario doubled and scored on Murphy's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rudy Owens (L, 0-3) 3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.73 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.282), 1 2B (13), 3 K
Tom Murphy: 2x4 (.348), 1 R, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI (5)
Miguel Castro: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA

Brown faced four batters in his rehabilitation assignment stint tonight, the first appearance of his second assignment of the season with Albuquerque. Brown tossed 23 pitches, 14 for strikes, and had a flyout, a groundout and a strikeout and stranded a baserunner who doubled with one out.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent P David Hale and P Brooks Brown to Albuquerque on MLB rehabilitation assignments and IF Brock Bond was placed on the Disabled list. Hale and Brown have had multiple rehab assignments this season. . . . Wilin Rosario was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Matt McBride went 0x4 to snap an 18-game hitting streak. It was the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Rudy Owens became the 18th different Isotope to start a game this season and the 23rd different Isotope to record a loss. . . . The series (and homestand) concludes Friday evening. Probables are RHP David Hale (0-2, 5.97), making a rehab assignment start for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler DeLoach (1-4, 4.96) for the Bees.

Filed 07/30/2015

July 29, 2015 - Isotopes (48-57)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    000 000 100 --  1  7  1
Albuquerque  020 001 10x --  4  8  0

WP: Jon Gray (6-6)
LP: Nick Tropeano (3-4)
SV: Scott Oberg (2)

HR: ABQ Trevor Story (7) off Tropeano (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:35
ATT: 7,618
After a delayed start of 1 hour, 42 minutes, Isotopes starter Jon Gray tossed five innings of 3-hit scoreless ball and Tim Wheeler drove in three runs as the Isotopes defeated the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) 4-1 on Wednesday evening at "The Lab".

In the 2nd inning, Tom Murphy singled, Roger Bernadina walked and after Angelys Nina advanced both runners a base with a sacrifice bunt, Wheeler drove them both in with a single.

Bernadina was hit by a pitch in the 6th inning, went to second base on an error on a pickoff attempt and scored on Wheeler's single to extend the Isotopes led to 3-0.

Grant Green tripled and scored on Roger Kieschnick's sacrifice fly in the top of the 7th inning for Salt Lake's only run of the game and after the 7th inning stretch, Trevor Story solo homered for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (W, 6-6) 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 4.33 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (W, 6-6) 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 4.33 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.280), 1 K
Trevor Story: 2x4 (.286), 1 R, 1 HR, (7), 1 RBI (17)
Tom Murphy: 1x4 (.316), 1 R, 2 K
Scott Oberg: (S, 2) 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 1.13 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned IF Cristhian Adames to the Isotopes when IF Jose Reyes reported to the Rockies. . . . Due to the lengthy delayed start resulting in a 8:47 PM start time, the Isotopes announced they are honoring their rain check policy, even if a fan stayed to watch the game that was played. A fan can go to the Isotopes Park Box Office and exchange Wednesday's game ticket for a ticket of equal value to any remaining 2015 Monday-Thursday home game. . . . Matt McBride's 1st inning single in his first game back from the Disabled List extended his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest for an Isotope this season. . . . Dustin Garneau went 0x4 to snap his 11 game hitting streak. . . . Jon Gray is Albuquerque's most durable starter, having made his 20th start tonight to become the first Isotope to 20 starts this season. Gray's sabermetric Game Score of 68 is the third highest for an Isotope starter this season and Gray has four of the five highest Game Scores this season. . . . The Isotopes welcomed their 400,000 home fan of the season tonight - in 51 home gates, the total draw is 400,731. . . . Albuquerque has won four straight games against the Bees in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . In news about minor leaguers with local ties, former-UNM player and Mariners 1st Round draft pick in 2013, D.J. Peterson, was promoted to Triple-A Tacoma from double-A and in his Triple-A debut tonight, Peterson went 2x4. The Isotopes and Rainiers have finished their 16-game season series so Peterson won't be playing against the Isotopes this season. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Rudy Owens (0-0, 9.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (2-2, 5.71) for the Bees.

Filed 07/29/2015

July 28, 2015 - Isotopes (47-57)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    000 021 003 --  6   8  1
Albuquerque  100 001 104 --  7  18  2

WP: Jairo Diaz (2-5)
LP: Kurt Spomer (2-2)

HR: SLC Gary Brown (7) off Diaz (9th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:07
ATT: 8,434
After falling three runs behind the top of the 9th inning, the Isotopes plated four runs in the bottom of the 9th inning with a walk-off passed ball accounting for the game winning run in a 7-6 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels).

Rafael Ynoa led off the Isotopes' at-bats in the game with a single and later scored on Tom Murphy's single for a 1-0 Isotopes lead, the only lead of the game until the last play of the game.

Salt Lake took the lead in the 5th inning on an error and Grant Green's sacrifice fly and added a run in the 6th inning on Alex Yarbrough's sacifice fly for a 3-1 lead.

Tim Smalling singled and scored on Brock Bond's double in the 6th inning and Albuquerque used some Bees wildness in the 7th inning to knot the game at 3-3. Angelys Nina, Murphy and Roger Bernadina drew walks to load the bases ahead of Smalling's walking to score Nina.

Gary Brown two-run homered to give Salt Lake the lead in the top of the 9th inning and Green added a RBI triple as Salt Lake appeared to have the game in hand at 6-3 heading to the bottom of the 9th inning.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Kyle Parker and Murphy singled ahead of Bernadina's run-scoring single. Bernadina stole second base and Murphy scored on a throwing error on Bernadina's steal. Smalling singled home Bernadina and Bond singled an out later to put Smalling on third base, setting the stage for Smalling to score on a passed ball to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Christian Bergman - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (W, 2-5) 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 5.73 ERA
Kyle Parker: 3x5 (.283), 1 R, 1 K
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.277), 2 K
Tom Murphy: 2x4 (.333), 1 R, 1 RBI (2), 1 BB, 1 K, E (3)

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Christian Bergman: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

Bergman made his first MLB rehabilitation assignment start for Albuquerque, faced 9 batters and threw 47 pitches with 31 for strikes. Two outs were groundouts, two outs were flyouts and two outs were strikeouts.

Bergman had a 1-2-3 1st inning and allowed a single and a pair of walks in the 2nd inning and had the bases loaded with two outs and none of those baserunners scored.


'TOPES NOTES:
One Rockies transaction caused an avalanche of Isotopes transactions on Tuesday. The Rockies traded IF Troy Tulowitzki and P LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays for IF Jose Reyes and a trio of minor leaguers, P Miguel Castro, P Jeff Hoffman and P Jesus Tinoco. IF Cristhian Adames and P Justin Miller were recalled from Albuquerque and P Aaron Laffey had his contract purchased by the Rockies. IF Wilin Rosario and P Miguel Castro were optioned to Albuquerque. The Rockies sent P Christian Bergman to Albuquerque on a MLB rehabilitation assignment and the Isotopes activated OF Matt McBride from the Isotopes' disabled list. . . . It was singles night at "The Lab" for Albuquerque. Of the Isotopes' 18 hits in the game, 17 of them were singles. Every Isotope hitter had at least a hit in the game. . . . Albuquerque has had six walkoff wins this season. . . . Simon Castro tied an Isotope season-best for most strikeouts by a reliever in an appearance (6). . . . Isotopes reliever Jairo Diaz recorded a win for the first time since an April 13th 10-inning win against Tacoma, snapping a five-game losing decision streak. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening, weather permitting. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (5-6, 4.53) for the Isotopes and RHP Nick Tropeano (3-3, 4.43) for the Bees.

Filed 07/28/2015

July 27, 2015 - DH2 - Isotopes (46-57)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   320 041 0 --  10  14  0
Albuquerque  001 000 0 --   1   3  1

WP: Chris Stratton (1-3)
LP: Jair Jurrjens (2-5)

HR: SAC Adam Duvall (25) off Jurrjens (1st inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:15
ATT: 6,944
Sacramento River Cats' (AAA Giants) Chris Stratton tossed a complete game, allowing a run and 3 hits as the River Cats won 10-1 to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Isotopes.

Adam Duvall three-run homered in the 1st inning and in the 2nd inning, Ryan Lollis had a two-run single as the River Cats led 5-0.

Albuquerque's lone run came in the 3rd inning when Tim Wheeler tripled and scored on Isotope starter Jair Jurrjens single.

In Sacramento's 5th inning, Kevin Frandsen singled home a run, former-Isotope Carlos Triunfel doubled home a run and River Cats starter Stratton singled home two runs. The River Cats plated their final run in the 6th inning on an error.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens (L, 2-5) 4.2 IP 10 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 6.63 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x3 (.279), 2 K
Trevor Story: 0x3 (.281)
Tom Murphy: 0x3 (.273), E (2)
Scott Oberg: 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 1.29 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotopes transctions, P Boone Whiting was placed on the Disabled List with a left big toe bruise. C Abel Baker was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and then transferred to Class-AA New Britain. . . . Trevor Story is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Story hit .500 for the award week (13x26) with 6 doubles, 4 homers, and 11 RBI. Story was the first Isotope position player to win the weekly Hitter award since Alex Castellanos in July 2013 and the second Isotope to win a weekly award this season (reliever Simon Castro won Pitcher of the Week in May). . . . Today was Albuquerque's franchise record 8th doubleheader played in a season and the Isotopes were swept in five of the eight doubleheaders. . . . Both Isotope starters in the doubleheader had sabermetric Game Scores under 10 and both River Cats starters in the doubleheader tossed complete games. . . . Albuquerque was outscored 20-1 in the doubleheader. . . . Sacramento took three out of the four games in the series and 26,795 attended at "The Lab" for a per-gate average of 8,932. . . . Today's games were the final games played in Albuquerque in the season series with Sacramento and the River Cats won five of the eight games. Albuquerque ends the season in Sacramento complete the regular season series. . . . Jair Jurrjens was the fourth different Isotope pitcher to drive in a run this season. . . . Matthew Bowman of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Bowman made two starts and went 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA. One of his outings during the award week was a complete game shutout. In 12 1/3 innings of work, Bowman allowed 11 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), walked 5 and fanned 8. . . . The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) come to Albuquerque for a four-game series to close out the Isotopes current homestand. The Bees have not named a probable for Tuesday evening's opener while Albuquerque is expected to go with LHP Aaron Laffey (2-3, 4.78).

Filed 07/27/2015

July 27, 2015 - DH1 - Isotopes (46-56)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   020 125 0 --  10  16  0
Albuquerque  000 000 0 --   0   4  0

WP: Ty Blach (9-8)
LP: John Lannan (6-5) 

HR: SAC Carlos Triunfel (4) off Lannan (4th inning, S)
    SAC Adam Duvall (24) off Lannan (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 1:44 
Sacramento River Cats' (AAA Giants) hurler Ty Blach tossed a complete game four hit shutout in the River Cat's 10-0 defeat of the Isotopes in the opener of a doubleheader on Monday afternoon.

The River Cats scored a run while grounding into a double play and Blach singled home a run for a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning.

Former-Isotope Carlos Triunfel solo homered in the 4th inning and in the 5th inning, Adam Duvall two-run homered to make it 5-0.

Sacramento plated five runs in the 6th inning on run-scoring singles from Blach, Kelby Tomlinson and Ryan Lollis and a two-run Duvall double.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (L, 6-5) 5.1 IP, 13 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 5.20 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x3 (.281), 1 K
Trevor Story: 0x3 (.291)


'TOPES NOTES:
John Lannan has allowed 13 hits and 9 runs in a start twice out of his last three starts. Lannan had a sabermetric Game Score of 7, the lowest for him this season and second-lowest for an Isotope starter this season. . . . Dustin Garneau doubled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Albuquerque batters tied a franchise season-best by striking out only once in the game. Kyle Parker had that lone strikeout. . . . Trevor Story went hitless in three at-bats to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes were shut out for the seventh time this season and only two Isotopes baserunners made it to second base in the game. The 10 run loss was Albuquerque's worst shutout loss of the season. . . . Sacramento's Adam Duvall was a triple short of hitting for the cycle.

Filed 07/27/2015

July 26, 2015 - River Cats at Isotopes, Ppd., Rain

Sunday evening's contest between the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) and Isotopes was postponed due to rain. The games will be made up as a doubleheader on Monday.

It was a franchise-record tying second home rainout of the season and eighth rainout this season. Albuquerque will be playing a franchise-record 8th doubleheader on Monday.

It has not been disclosed if a travel curfew may be enacted in the second game of a doubleheader if Sacramento has late afternoon or evening travel plans.

Filed 07/26/2015

July 25, 2015 - Dukes (46-55)

Albuquerque Sports Stadium

Sacramento   140 001 000 --  6  10  3
Albuquerque  314 100 00x --  9  14  0

WP: Boone Whiting (3-4)
LP: Nik Turley (4-5)
SV: Justin Miller (6)

HR: SAC Jarrett Parker (15) off Whiting (2nd inning, 2R)

    ABQ Tim Smalling (5) off Turley (3rd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Angelys Nina (3) off Turley (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:46
ATT: 12,856
On Dukes Retro Night, the Dukes scored all nine of their runs over the first four frames in their 9-6 defeat of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) on Saturday evening.

Both teams plated runs in the 1st inning. Adam Duvall brought home a run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 1s tinning and in the bottom half, Rafael Ynoa singled, Trevor Story doubled and Angelys Nina reached on an error during a fielders choice with Ynoa scoring. Kyle Parker singled home Story and Nina scored later in the inning on a passed ball as the Dukes led 3-1.

Sacramento plated four runs in the 2nd inning to take a 5-3 lead. Jarrett Parker two-run homered and River Cats starter Nik Turley singled home two runs.

Back to back doubles from Ynoa and Story scored a run in the 2nd inning and in the 3rd inning, Dustin Garneau singled, Roger Bernadina reached on an error, Garneau tagged up to third base on Jeremy Barfield's foul out and scored on a wild pitch. Bernadina stole third base before scoring on Tim Smalling's two run homer. Dukes starter Boone Whiting doubled and scored on Story's double as the Dukes led 8-5.

Nina solo homered in the 4th inning for Albuquerque's final run and in the top of the 6th inning, the final run of the game scored on Juan Perez's triple.

Dukes Starter Line: Boone Whiting (W, 3-4) 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, HBP, 5.70 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (H, 7) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.36 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.281), 1 RBI (58)
Trevor Story: 3x5 (.301), 1 R, 3 2B (12), 2 RBI (16), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies signed free agent P Rudy Owens to a minor league deal and assigned him to the Isotopes. P Ryan Arrowood was assigned from Albuquerque to Class-AA New Britain to free up roster room for Owens. . . . Charlie Manuel was inducted into the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in a ceremony held before the game. . . . Tonight's game was promoted as the 100th anniversary of the Albuquerque Dukes. Baseball was played in the Duke City in the mid 1880's but in 1915, the first team with the nickname "Dukes" played in Albuquerque. The club was a Class D team in the Rio Grande Association, a league that discontinued in the middle of their first season when two other clubs in the league folded. Baseball did not return to Albuquerque until 1932 in the form of the Albuquerque Dons and in the late 1930's and early 1940's, an Albuquerque club was known as the Albuquerque Cardinals. In 1942, the nickname "Dukes" returned and was that way through the 1940's, most of the 1950's and into the early 1960's. Starting in 1965, the nickname was the "Dodgers" and the "Dukes" nickname returned in 1972 when the first Triple-A club arrived in Albuquerque. The use of "Dukes" from 1972-2000 is the longest span of the "Dukes" nickname in Albuquerque baseball history. . . . The Isotopes play great when wearing Dukes threads. In games with the Dukes Retro Night promotion, the Isotopes are 9-2 and have a two-game winning streak. Whoever in the Isotopes front office decided to move the promotion from mid-week to a weekend was genius. Every Dukes Retro Night since moving to weekends in 2010 has drawn more than 11,500 fans compared to less than 10,000 fans each midweek promotion that was held from 2005-2009. . . . Trevor Story had three doubles in the game, tying a franchise record. Story extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . Tonight's crowd of 12,856 was the 49th largest regular season crowd in the history of Isotopes Park. . . . Dustin Garneau extended his hitting streak to 10 games and became the 7th different Isotope with a 10 game or longer hitting streak this season. . . . The series continues Sunday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (6-4, 4.70) for the Isotopes and LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.24) for the River Cats.

Filed 07/25/2015

July 24, 2015 - Isotopes (45-55)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   100 100 050 --  7  14  0
Albuquerque  010 010 000 --  2   7  2

WP: Clayton Blackburn (5-3)
LP: Nelson Gonzalez (3-3) 

HR: ABQ Roger Bernadina (11) off Blackburn (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:44
ATT: 6,995
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated five runs in the eighth inning to snap a 2-2 tie in defeating the Isotopes 7-2 in the series opener at "The Lab" on Friday evening.

Everth Cabrera doubled and scofed on Adam Duvall's double as the River Cats led 1-0 in the 1st inning.

Roger Bernadina solo homered in the 2nd inning to tie the game and the River Cats reclaimed the lead in the 4th inning on River Cats starter Clayton Blackburn's RBI single.

Jeremy Barfield doubled, went to third base on Tim Wheeler's sacrifice bunt and scored on Trevor Story's single in the 5th inning as the Isotopes knotted the game at 2-2.

In Sacramento's 8th inning that cost the Isotopes the game, Jarrett Parker doubled with one out, former-Isotope Carlos Triunfel bunt singled and a wild pitch advanced both runners a base. Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen walked to load the bases and pinch-hitter Mac Williamson reached on an error with Parker scoring. Cabrera reached on a fielders choice with Triunfel scoring and Frandsen scored on an error on the play. Kelby Tomlinson singled and Duvall followed with a two-run single as the River Cats sent nine batters to the plate and scored five runs.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray - 5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, WP, 4.53 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, WP, 4.53 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.281), 1 K
Trevor Story: 2x4 (.282), 1 2B (9), 1 RBI (14)
Tom Murphy: 1x4 (.375), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled OF Corey Dickerson from his MLB rehab assignment and optioned P Rex Brothers to Albuquerque. . . . Tonight was Albuquerque's 100th game of the season and the team is 45-55 at the 100 game mark and 12 games back in the division with 44 games left to play. . . . The series continues with Dukes Retro Night on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Boone Whiting (2-4, 5.40) for the Dukes and LHP Nik Turley (4-4, 4.89) for the River Cats.

Filed 07/24/2015

July 23, 2015 - Isotopes (45-54)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  002 000 032 --  7  10  1
Reno         010 300 000 --  4   7  1

WP: Simon Castro (5-3)
LP: J.C. Ramirez (0-1)
SV: Scott Oberg (1)

HR: ABQ Trevor Story (6) off Simmons (9th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:15
ATT: 6,823
The Isotopes plated the final five runs of the game, coming from behind to defeat the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 7-4 in the series finale in Reno on Thursday evening.

Former-Isotope Jamie Romak and Pete O'Brien back-to-back doubled for Reno's first run of the game in the 2nd inning.

Albuquerque took the lead in the 3rd inning. Angelys Nina and Tim Wheeler singled, both runners advanced a base on Isotope starter Aaron Laffey's sacrifice bunt, and Rafael Ynoa tripled them both home.

A groundout, Aces starter Jhoulys Chacin's single and Garrett Weber's single all brought home runs for Reno in the 4th inning as the Aces reclaimed the lead at 4-2.

Ynoa walked to lead off the 8th inning, Trevor Story singled and Cristhian Adames singled home Ynoa. Kyle Parker singled home Story to tie the game and Adames came around to score later in the frame on Tom Murphy's single for the go ahead run.

Pinch-hitter Brock Bond walked and scored on Story's homer in the 9th inning for the final runs of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey - 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 4.78 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 2x3 (.284), 1 RBI (57), 1 BB, HBP
Trevor Story: 2x5 (.270), 2 R, 1 HR (6), 2 RBI (13), 1 K
Tom Murphy: 2x4 (.500), 1 2B (1), 1 RBI (1), 1 K, E (1)
Scott Oberg: (S, 1) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 1.50 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
C Tom Murphy, the Rockies #6 ranked prospect according to Baseball America, was transferred to the Isotopes from Class-AA New Britain and C Abel Baker was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. Murphy, a silver medalist with Team USA in the recently completed 2015 Pan Am games, played in 72 games with New Britain, hitting .249 with 13 homers, 44 RBI and had 5 stolen bases. Murphy is the second player in Isotopes franchise history with the last name "Murphy" and the first name "Tom" ("Tommy" an outfielder in 2008 was the first). . . . Trevor Story homered four times in this series, failing to homer in Game 3 while having single homers in Game 1 and 4 and a two-homer game in Game 2. . . . The Aces and Isotopes split the four-game series and 19,166 attended at Aces Ballpark for a per-game average of 4,792. . . . Tonight was the final of the 16 regular season matchups between the Aces and Isotopes and Albuquerque won 9 of the games (5-3 in Albuquerque, 4-4 in Reno). All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 29-23 (and leads the all-time series in games played in Reno 14-10). . . . The 3 hour, 15 minute game was Albuquerque's longest 9-inning road game of the season. . . . Scott Oberg became the 6th different Isotope to record a save this season. . . . Albuquerque returns home to start an eight-game homestand on Friday. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (5-6, 4.57) for the Isotopes and RHP Clayton Blackburn (4-3, 3.97) for the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants).

Filed 07/23/2015

July 22, 2015 - Isotopes (44-54)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  201 100 000 --  4  10  0
Reno         000 241 10x --  8  12  0

WP: Caleb Clay (6-6)
LP: Jair Jurrjens (2-4)

HR: RENO Pete O'Brien (17) off Jurrjens (5th inning, S)
    RENO Jamie Romak (20) off Jurrjens (5th innng, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:31
ATT: 3,969
The Isotopes choked away their second lead of four runs or more in this series as the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) plated eight unanswered runs to take a 8-4 victory on Wednesday evening in Reno.

Rafael Ynoa singled, stole second base and scored on Trevor Story's double. Kyle Parker reached on a fielders choice with Story erased from the basepaths and Parker scored on the MLB rehabbing Corey Dickerson's single as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Cristhian Adames singled and scored on Parker's triple in the 3rd inning and Dustin Garneau singled, went to third base on Roger Bernadina's single and scored on Jeremy Barfield's sacrifice fly in the 4th inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 4-0.

Pete O'Brien tripled home Reno's first run and scored on former-Isotope Nick Buss' sacrifice fly in the 4th inning and the Aces took the lead in the 5th inning on former-Isotope Jamie Romak's three-run homer and O'Brien's solo homer.

Brandon Drury doubled home a run in the 6th inning and Buss singled home a run in the 7th inning for Reno's final runs.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens (L, 2-4) 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 5.68 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.63 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.281), 1 R, 1 3B (4), 1 RBI (56)
Trevor Story: 2x4 (.261), 2 2B (8), 1 RBI (11), 1 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Corey Dickerson: 1x4 (.286), 1 RBI (1), 1 K

Dickerson played a full game in Left Field in his second MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance with the Isotopes and singled to right field to drive in a run in the 1st inning, lined out to left field in the 3rd inning, flew out to center field in the 5th inning and struck out in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Dustin Garneau extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . The roadtrip concludes Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Aaron Laffey (2-3, 4.61) for the Isotopes and RHP Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 3.35) for the Aces.

Filed 07/22/2015

July 21, 2015 - Isotopes (44-53)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  210 400 002 --  9  13  0
Reno         022 000 000 --  4   5  1

WP: John Lannan (6-4)
LP: Allen Webster (2-4)

HR: ABQ Trevor Story (4) off Webster (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Trevor Story (5) off Webster (4th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Dustin Garneau (14) off Burgos (9th inning, S)
    ABQ Roger Bernadina (10) off Burgos (9th inning, S)

    RENO Pete O'Brien (16) off Lannan (2nd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:46
ATT: 3,713
After a 2 hour, 40 minute rain delay to start the game, Trevor Story slugged two homers and the Isotopes had four homers overall contributing six of their runs in a 9-4 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in Reno on Wednesday early morning.

Rafael Ynoa led off the game with a single and scored on Trevor Story's two-run homer.

Albuquerque built the lead to 3-0 in the 2nd inning when Roger Bernadina bunt singled, went to third base on Tim Wheeler's double and scored on Isotope starter John Lannan's sacrifice fly.

Pete O'Brien two-run homered to get Reno on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning and in the 3rd inning, former-Isotope Jamie Romak drew a bases loaded walk and another run scored on a fielders choice as the Aces led 4-3.

Albuquerque regained the lead in the 4th inning. Wheeler was hit by a pitch, went to second base on Lannan's sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on Ynoa's single. Story followed with a two-run homer for the lead and Cristhian Adames tripled and scored on Kyle Parker's double for a 7-4 lead.

Dustin Garneau and Bernadina back-to-back homered with two outs in the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (W, 6-4) 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 4.70 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 2x5 (.281), 1 2B (19), 1 RBI (55), 2 K
Trevor Story: 3x4 (.246), 2 R, 2 HR (5), 4 RBI (10), 1 BB, 1 K
Scott Oberg: (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 1.80 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Corey Dickerson: 1x3 (.333), 1 BB

Corey Dickerson made his first rehab start with the Isotopes in left field and flew out to left field in the 1st inning, singled to left field in the 3rd inning and was stranded on base, grounded out to second base in the 4th inning, walked, went to second base on a wild pitch and was stranded on base in the 7th inning and was replaced in the field in the bottom of the 8th inning to end his night.


'TOPES NOTES:
The game started at Tuesday at 9:45 PM Reno time after the lengthy 2 hour, 40 minute pregame rain delay and the last out was not recorded until Wednesday 12:31 AM Reno time. It was Albuquerque's first road game rain delay of the season. . . . Dustin Garneau and Roger Bernadina homered back-to-back in the game. It was the second Isotope back-to-back homer situation this season. . . . Roger Bernadina has homered in three straight games, the first Isotope to do so this season. . . . Albuquerque tied a season-best with four homers in a game. . . . Trevor Story had his first Triple-A multi-homer game and Albuquerque's tenth multi-homer game of the season. . . . John Lannan with his sacrifice fly was the third Isotope pitcher to drive in at least a run in a game this season. Lannan earned his team-leading 6th victory in the game. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (2-3, 5.13) for the Isotopes and RHP Caleb Clay (5-6, 5.08) for the Aces.

Filed 07/21/2015

July 20, 2015 - Isotopes (43-53)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 230 000 --  5  13  1
Reno         000 000 033 --  6  11  0

WP: Kaleb Fleck (3-0)
LP: Jairo Diaz (1-5) 

HR: ABQ Kyle Parker (9) off Garcia (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Trevor Story (3) off Garcia (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Roger Bernadina (9) off Garcia (5th inning, 2R)

    RENO Jamie Romak (19) off Roberts (8th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:04
ATT: 4,661
Former-Isotope Jamie Romak was a Isotope killer, knocking in five late inning runs and Albuquerque choked away their largest in-game lead of the season in a 6-5 walkoff loss to the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in a series opener in Reno on Monday evening.

Kyle Parker solo homered and Angelys Nina singled, stole second base and scored on Jeremy Barfield's triple as the Isotopes took a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning.

Trevor Story solo homered, Parker singled and Roger Bernadina inside-the-park homered in the 5th inning to extend the Isotopes led to 5-0. Bernadina's homer hit off the right-center field wall, took a weird bounce that made the ball roll towards center field away from two Aces outfielders trying to make a play on the ball, and Bernadina scored just ahead of an off-line throw to the plate.

In the 8th inning, former-Isotope Nick Buss singled, Nick Evans singled and both came around to score on Romak's homer as Reno trailed 5-3 after eight innings of play.

In the 9th inning that stunned the Isotopes, Jairo Diaz entered the game in relief for Albuquerque and after getting a strikeout for the first out of the inning, Brandon Drury doubled, Garrett Weber drew a walk and after Buss struck out for the second out, Evans walked to load the bases and Romak two-run singled to knot the game at 5-5. Mike Freeman followed with a walk-off single that scored Evans with the game-winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Boone Whiting - 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.40 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (BS, 6) (L, 1-5) 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.68 ERA
Kyle Parker: 3x5 (.280), 2 R, 1 HR (9), 1 RBI (54), 1 K
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.213), 1 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI (6), 1 BB, 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque's largest in-game lead lost this season was four runs until blowing their five-run lead tonight. The Isotopes have lost five games this season in walkoff fashion. . . . Roger Bernadina's inside-the-park homer was Albuquerque's 12th franchise inside-the-park homer and the first one since pitcher Blake Johnson accomplished the feat on April 30, 2013 at Isotopes Park against Memphis. There have been only three Isotope road game inside-the-park homers with the previous one by Hector Luna on May 31, 2009 at Oklahoma City. Bernadina has homered in back-to-back games. . . . The Isotopes are 15-15 in one-run contests this season. . . . Isotopes reliever Jairo Diaz has lost his last five pitching decisions. . . . Boone Whiting had his best outing of the season with a sabermetric Game Score of 64 and had his first quality start of the season. . . . Trevor Story has been an extra base hit machine in his time with the Isotopes. In 13 hits with the Isotopes, 9 of those hits have been for extra bases. . . . Christian Villanueva of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Villanueva hit .533 (8x15) during the shortened award week with 3 homers and 9 RBI. . . . Hiram Burgos of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Burgos won his only start of the award weel, tossing six scoreless innings of 3-hit ball while walking 2 and fanning 5. . . . Probables for game two of the series on Tuesday evening are LHP John Lannan (5-4, 4.57) for the Isotopes and RHP Allen Webster (2-3, 7.78) for the Aces.

Filed 07/20/2015

July 19, 2015 - Isotopes (43-52)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    001 000 000 --  1   7  2
Albuquerque  021 001 04x --  8  11  1

WP: Jon Gray (5-6)
LP: Logan Verrett (3-1)

HR: ABQ Roger Bernadina (8) off Church (8th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:50
ATT: 8,698
Jon Gray allowed an unearned run and 3 hits in 5 innings in what might be his final minor league outing of the season and Roger Bernadina added a three-run homer in Albuquerque's 8-1 series-ending victory over the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) on Sunday evening at "The Lab".

Gray allowed a game-leadoff triple before fanning the side and stranding the runner at third base in the 1st inning and his teammates gave him a lead in the 2nd inning. Kyle Parker doubled, scored two outs later on Angelys Nina's double and Nina scored on Jeremy Barfield's single.

Dilson Herrera singled, went to second base on TJ Rivera's walk, advanced to third base on Gray's throwing error on a pickoff attempt and scored on Brandon Allen's groundout as the 51s plated their only run of the game in the 3rd inning.

Tim Wheeler walked and scored on Trevor Story's double in the 3rd inning and in the 6th inning, Cristhian Adames reached on a fielding error and scored on Parker's double as the Isotopes led 4-1.

Albuquerque plated their final four runs of the game in the 8th inning. Adames reached on a fielders choice, went to second base on a throwing error on that play and scored on Parker's single. Dustn Garneau singled and Bernadina followed with a three-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (W, 5-6) 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, E (1), 4.57 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (W, 5-6) 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, E (1), 4.57 ERA
Kyle Parker: 3x4 (.274), 2 R, 2 2B (18), 2 RBI (53), SB (6)
Trevor Story: 2x5 (.211), 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (5), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
There was a one hour, 28 minute rain delay to start the game and then a 19 minute light-bank failure delay in the top of the 7th inning. The rain delay was the third home rain delay of the season. . . . The Rockies placed P Chad Bettis on the major-league disabled list with right elbow inflammation and recalled P Eddie Butler from Albuquerque. With Bettis on the disabled list, the Rockies are going to need a starter when his spot comes up again in the rotation later in the week and the most logical choice seems to be for the Rockies to call up Jon Gray. It will be announced later in the week if the Rockies will or won't call up Gray to make a start. . . . The Isotopes and 51s split the series 2-2 and 37,668 attended the series for a per-game average of 9,417. . . . Tonight's game was the final 2015 season matchup between the two clubs and the 51s owned the Isotopes, winning 12 of the 16 games in the season series. The season series may be best remembered in the history books for the three games that were postponed due to rain with two of those in Las Vegas where rainouts are almost unheard of. All-time, the Isotopes lead the series 42-34 and the Isotopes also lead the all-time series in games played at Isotopes Park 21-15. . . . Jon Gray picked up his fifth victory, tying him with John Lannan for most wins on the team. . . . In news about former Isotopes, the New York Mets released Alex Castellanos from their Triple-A Las Vegas club. It is not bad news for Castellanos as he was released so that he can go play baseball in Japan. . . . The Isotopes head to Reno for a quick four-game roadtrip against the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). Probables in the opener are RHP Boone Whiting (2-2, 4.78) for the Isotopes and RHP Edgar Garcia (3-1, 4.18) for the Aces.

Filed 07/19/2015

July 18, 2015 - Isotopes (42-52)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    000 012 100 --  4  7  3
Albuquerque  000 012 101 --  5  8  2

WP: Scott Oberg (1-0)
LP: Zach Thornton (4-3) 

HR: LVG TJ Rivera (2) off Laffey (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:53
ATT: 12,880
The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) had a pair of costly errors and a hot temper moment as the Isotopes rallied in the rain in the bottom of the 9th inning to walk-off the 51s 5-4.

Each team matched each other run for run over three innings starting in the 5th inning. T.J. Rivera solo homered for the 51s in the top half while in the bottom half, Roger Bernadina walked and scored on Angelys Nina's double.

In the top of the 6th inning, Cory Vaughn's run-scoring single and 51s starter Dillon Gee's run-scoring sacrifice bunt gave the 51s at 3-1 lead.

Albuquerque responded with two runs in the bottom half of the 6th inning. Rafael Ynoa doubled, Trevor Story singled and Cristhian Adames advanced each runner a base on a sacrifice bunt. An out later, Dustin Garneau two-run singled.

Las Vegas regained the lead in the top of the 7th inning when a run scored while Brandon Allen was grounding into a double play.

After the 7th inning stretch, Nina reached on a two-base error, went to third base on Tim Wheeler's sacrifice bunt and scored on pinch-hitter Jeremy Barfield's single.

In the exciting bottom of the 9th inning, Garneau singled, Bernadina laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached safely when 51s second baseman Dilson Herrera was not stepping on first base while catching a throw on a potential putout and was charged with an error. Herrera argued with First Base umpire Shaun Lampe about the call and was ejected from the game. Nina singled to left field to load the bases and after Wheeler reached on a fielders choice with Garneau out at home plate on the force out, pinch-hitter Tim Smalling reached on an error with Bernadina scoring the game-winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 4.61 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.268), 3 K
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.212), 1 R, 3 K, 2 E (3)
Scott Oberg: (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 2.25 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The crowd of 12,880 was the second largest home crowd of the season and 47th largest regular season crowd in the history of Isotopes Park. . . . The victory was Albuquerque's first in seven tries against Las Vegas at "The Lab" this season and the first win in three games since returning from the Triple-A All-Star Break. . . . Two Isotopes, Trevor Story and Roger Bernadina, were called for automatic strikes in the 6th inning against 51s starter Dillon Gee when they failed to be ready to take a pitch before the pitch clock ran out. Neither resulted in the automatic strike being strike three. Pace of play violations do not happen very often so it's unusual to have two of them in one game or even one inning. . . . The walk-off win was Albuquerque's fifth of the season. . . . Scott Oberg earned his first victory by pitching the Isotopes' final two scoreless innings. Oberg was the 18th Isotope to earn a victory this season. . . . The win was the 10th victory on a Saturday, making Saturday the Isotopes' first double-digit win day of the week. . . . The season series between the two clubs concludes Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (4-6, 4.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Logan Verrett (3-0, 2.57) for the 51s.

Filed 07/18/2015

July 17, 2015 - Isotopes (41-52)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    300 010 000 --  4  7  0
Albuquerque  020 000 000 --  2  3  1

WP: Darin Gorski (8-6)
LP: Jair Jurrjens (2-3)
SV: John Church (3)

HR: ABQ Dustin Garneau (13) off Gorski (2nd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 8,484
The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) plated three runs in the 1st inning for the second night in a row and made that early scoring hold up in a 4-2 victory over the Isotopes on Friday night at "The Lab".

Las Vegas' Dilson Herrera led off the game with a double and scored on T.J. Rivera's single. Brooks Conrad doubled and Brandon Allen's groundout scored Rivera. Travis Taijeron doubled home Conrad for a 3-0 51s lead.

Kyle Parker walked in the 2nd inning and scored on Dustin Garneau's two-run homer for Albuquerque's only runs of the game.

Herrera singled, stole second base and scored when Conrad reached on an error in the 5th inning for the 51s' final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens (L, 2-3) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 5.13 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.06 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x2 (.272), 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K, E (6)
Trevor Story: 0x4 (.208), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The 2015 Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame inductee was announced. Charlie Manuel will be the lone inductee this year in a pregame ceremony before the July 25th contest against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants). Manuel played with the Albuquerque Dukes in 1974 and 1975 and hit .327 during that span with 46 homers and 166 RBI. . . . In Isotopes transactions, P Ryan Arrowood was placed on the Temporary Inactive List, IF Jose Rivera was placed on the Disabled List with a left shin bruise and OF Jeremy Barfield was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-AA New Britain. Barfield is the son of former major-leaguer Jesse Barfield. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst 14 games back of Las Vegas in the division. . . . Albuquerque has dropped all six games played against the 51s at Isotopes Park this season and seven straight to the 51s at "The Lab" dating back to last season. . . . The Isotopes had three hits, tying the season-worst for fewest hits in a home game. . . . Albuquerque pitching has not allowed a homer in four straight games, tying a season-best. . . . Game three of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are LHP Aaron Laffey (2-3, 4.91) for the Isotopes and RHP Dillon Gee (3-1, 8.06) for the 51s.

Filed 07/17/2015

July 16, 2015 - Isotopes (41-51)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    350 010 001 --  10  17  0
Albuquerque  001 004 000 --   5  10  0

WP: Matthew Bowman (6-10)
LP: John Lannan (5-4)

HR: ABQ Tim Wheeler (7) off Bowman (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Tim Wheeler (8) off Bowman (6th inning, GS)
	
TIME: 2:36
ATT: 7,606
John Lannan had his worst start as an Isotope, allowing eight early runs to the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) and Tim Wheeler knocking in all five Isotopes runs were not enough in a 10-5 loss to the division-leading Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) in the first game back from the Triple-A All-Star Break.

Las Vegas' Anthony Recker tripled home two runs and scored on a groundout for a quick 3-0 Las Vegas 1st inning lead.

In the 2nd inning, Las Vegas starter Matthew Bowman, Dilson Herrera and T.J. Rivera each singled home runs and Zach Lutz added a two-run double as the 51s led 8-0.

Wheeler hit a solo homer in the 3rd inning for Albuquerque's first hit of the game.

Travis Taijeron singled home a run for Las Vegas in the 5th inning, and in the 6th inning, Albuquerque's Dustin Garneau singled, Roger Bernadina drew a walk, Tim Smalling singled and Wheeler cashed them in with a grand-slam homer as Albuquerque trailed 9-5.

Lutz singled home the final 51s run of the game in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (L, 5-4) 5 IP, 13 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 4.57 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.274), 3 K
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.227), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
In a lone Isotopes transaction from the Triple-A All-Star Break, the Rockies outrighted P Aaron Laffey to Albuquerque. . . . Tim Wheeler had his third multi-homer game of the season and has knocked in five runs in a game on three occasions this season. . . . Tim Wheeler has two of Albuquerque's three grand-slam homers this season. Wheeler's grand-slam tonight was the first Isotopes grand-slam homer at Isotopes Park since August 4, 2014 (Carlos Triunfel). . . . John Lannan's sabermetric Game Score of 8 was Albuquerque's second lowest of the season. . . . Albuquerque has not committed an error in four straight games, tying a season-best. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst 13 games out of first place. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is former-Isotope Jeremy Hazelbaker, now playing for the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). Hazelbaker hit .429 (12x28) during the award week with 2 homers and 13 RBI. . . . Darin Gorski of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Gorski made two appearances (one start) and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing an unearned run, 4 hits, 1 walk and 11 strikeouts in 7 innings of work. . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 5.23) for the Isotopes and LHP Darin Gorski (7-6, 4.70) for the 51s.

Filed 07/16/2015

2015 Triple-A All-Star Game - IL 4, PCL 3

Werner Park

International League  100 000 003 --  4  8  0
Pacific Coast League  000 001 020 --  3  7  1

WP: A.J. Achter (Rochester - Twins)
LP: Louis Coleman (Omaha - Royals)
SV: Blake Wood (Indianapolis - Pirates)

HR: PCL Cristhian Adames (Albuquerque - Rockies) off Jhan Marinez (Durham - Rays) in the 6th inning, solo

    PCL Pete O'Brien (Reno - Diamondbacks) off Zach Phillips (Charlotte - White Sox) in the 8th inning, two-run
	
TIME: 3:05
ATT: 9,023
A former-Isotope was the hero for the International League as the IL plated three runs in the 9th inning to come from behind to stun the Pacific Coast League 4-3 in the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game in Papillon, Nebraska (hosted by the Omaha Storm Chasers).

The IL got a very quick run in the game. The second batter of the game, James Beresford (Rochester - Twins) tripled high off the right field wall and scored on Matt Hague's (Buffalo - Blue Jays) single up the middle.

Each team put up zeros on the scoreboard until the 6th inning when Albuquerque's Cristhian Adames solo homered to left field to knot the game at 1-1.

After the IL loaded the bases with one out and failed to score in the top of the 8th inning, the PCL claimed their first lead of the game in the bottom half of the inning. Jason Pridie (Nashville - Athletics) infield singled and scored an out later on Pete O'Brien's (Reno - Diamondbacks) two-run homer.

The PCL saves leader, Jon Edwards (Round Rock - Rangers) entered the game in the top of the 9th inning looking for the save and did anything but save the game. Jason Martinson (Syracuse - Nationals) drew a leadoff walk, Jackie Bradley Jr. (Pawtucket - Red Sox) was hit by a pitch and Alen Hanson (Indianapolis - Pirates) singled to load the bases. After a strikeout, Edwards gave up a two-run single to Kyle Roller (Scranton-Wilkes Barre - Yankees) to tie the game at 3-3. Omaha (Royals) reliever Louis Coleman entered the game and immediately gave up a bloop single to former-Isotope Tyler Henson (Lehigh Valley - Phillies) that plated the go-ahead run.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, the PCL had a pair of walks to put runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs before Pridie struck out to end the game, leaving Adames in the on-deck circle unable to play potential walk-off hero for the PCL.


TRIPLE_A ALL-STAR GAME NOTES:
Cristhian Adames, the lone Isotopes representative in the game, went 1x2 with a homer, a RBI and a run scored. Adames was the second Isotope to homer in a Triple-A All-Star Game in as many seasons (Joc Pederson in 2014). . . . The Top Stars of the game were Kyle Roller (Scranton-Wilkes Barre - Yankees) for the IL and Pete O'Brien (Reno - Diamondbacks) for the PCL. . . . The IL's win makes the IL season champion the "home" team that gets to bat last each inning in the 2015 Triple-A National Championship Game. The game will be played in September in El Paso and features the PCL season champion versus the IL's Governor's Cup champion. . . . In the Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby, Dariel Alvarez (Norfolk - Orioles) outslugged Pete O'Brien (Reno - Diamondbacks) 6-5 in the final round to win the derby. Alvarez and O'Brien each hit 15 homers in the preliminary rounds to advance to the final. Other PCL sluggers and their home run totals were former-Isotope Jamie Romak (Reno - Diamondbacks) with 13 homers and Cody Decker (El Paso - Padres) with 6 homers. . . . The International League leads the series 11-7 in games played since 1998 when the format was changed from American League vs. National League to International League vs. Pacific Coast League. The IL has won the last three Triple-A All-Star games. . . . The 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game will be played in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Knights (AAA White Sox).

Filed 07/15/2015

July 12, 2015 - Isotopes (41-50)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  100 010 100 --  3  10  0
El Paso      103 000 10x --  5   9  1

WP: Leonel Campos (2-0)
LP: Jon Gray (4-6)
SV: Cory Mazzoni (4)

TIME: 2:52
ATT: 8,484
Kyle Parker drove in all three Isotopes runs but that was not enough offense as the Isotopes headed into the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Break with a 5-3 loss to the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres).

Each team scored a run in the 1st inning. For Albuquerque, Angelys Nina reached on a fielders choice, went to second base on Cristhian Adames groundout and scored on Parker's single. For El Paso, Abraham Almonte walked, went to second base on Ramiro Pena's single and scored on Alex Dickerson's single.

The Chihuahuas took a 4-1 lead in the 3rd inning when Tommy Medica singled home a run and Cody Decker knocked in two runs with a single.

Nina reached on a two-base error, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Parker's single in the 5th inning and in the 7th inning, Nina singled, went to third base on Adames' single and scored on Parker's groundout as the Isotopes got as close as they would get late in the game at 4-3.

Back-to-back doubles from Rocky Gale and Pena brought home El Paso's final run after the 7th inning stretch.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (L, 4-6) 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, HBP, 4.80 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (L, 4-6) 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, HBP, 4.80 ERA
Kyle Parker: 3x5 (.277), 3 RBI (51), 1 K
Scott Oberg: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.50 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes are 41-50 at the Triple-A All-Star Break. The 41 wins is the fewest wins at the break in franchise history. . . . Trevor Story played for the U.S. team in the 2015 All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati and went 1x2 with a run scored and a RBI. Story entered the game on defense at Second Base in the 6th inning, had a RBI double in the bottom half of the 6th inning and scored on Trea Turner's RBI double. Story flied out to right field in the 8th inning of the U.S. team's 10-1 victory over the World team. . . . The Isotopes took three out of the five games in the series and 33,143 attended in El Paso for a per-gate average of 8,286. . . . Tonight was the final game in El Paso this season and each club won four out of the eight contests. All-time in El Paso, the Chihuahuas hold a 9-7 advantage. El Paso comes to Albuquerque in early August to complete the 16-game season series. . . . Jon Gray picked up his team-leading sixth defeat in the game. . . . The Isotopes have the next three days off for the Triple-A All-Star Break and Albuquerque returns to action Thursday evening in a quick four-game homestand against division-leading Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets). No probables have been figured out for either team.

Filed 07/12/2015

July 11, 2015 - DH Game 2 - Isotopes (41-49)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  010 141 2 --  9  13  0
El Paso      011 000 0 --  2   8  1

WP: Jair Jurrjens (2-2)
LP: Chris Smith (1-4)

HR: ABQ Dustin Garneau (12) off Smith (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:13
ATT: 9,481
Dustin Garneau homered and drove in four runs as Albuquerque earned a split of the doubleheader with a 9-2 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres).

Garneau solo homered in the top of the 2nd inning and El Paso's Alex Dickerson doubled and scored on Jason Hagerty's single in the home half of the frame as the game was tied 1-1 after 2 innings of play.

Abraham Almonte singled and scored on Casey McElroy's double in the 3rd inning as El Paso took their only lead of the game and Albuquerque tied up the game at 2-2 in the 4th inning. Kyle Parker walked and scored on Garneau's double.

The Isotopes took a 6-2 lead in the 5th inning. With one out, Angelys Nina doubled and Cristhian Adames followed with a single. Adames went to second base on a wild pitch, Parker walked to load the bases and Garneau delivered a bases-clearing single. Two of the runs were RBI's for Garneau but the third run was not due to a Chihuahuas fielding error. Roger Bernadina followed with a single to plate Garneau.

Nina doubled and scored on Adames' single in the 6th inning for a 7-2 Isotopes lead and in the 7th inning, Tim Smalling singled and scored on Tim Wheeler's double. Pinch-hitter Jose Rivera followed with a single to score Wheeler.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens (W, 2-2) 5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.23 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, HBP, 5.35 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x2 (.272), 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
There were many transactions that occurred on Friday (the night of the rainout) and today. The Rockies recalled P Gonzalez Germen and P Rex Brothers and purchased the contract of P Aaron Laffey from the Isotopes. After Friday's Rockies game, Laffey was designated for assignment. P Scott Oberg, who started the season with the Isotopes, was optioned to Albuquerque and P Ryan Arrowood was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-AA New Britain. Former-Isotope David Hale went on the Rockies' disabled list with a groin injury. . . . The Isotopes now have more road wins (21) than home wins (20). . . . Dustin Garneau was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque pitching did not allow a walk in the game for the sixth time this season. . . . El Paso First Baseman Tommy Medica was ejected by Home Plate umpire A.J. Johnson in the 3rd inning after striking out. It was Medica's second ejection of the season in a game against the Isotopes. . . . The series concludes Sunday evening and the Isotopes head into a three-day Triple-A All-Star Break after the contest. P Jon Gray (4-5, 4.58) is listed to start for the Isotopes but with a weird Rockies transaction Saturday, do not be surprised if he doesn't make the start. RHP Aaron Northcraft (1-3, 10.59) is expected to start for El Paso.

Filed 07/11/2015

July 11, 2015 - DH Game 1 - Isotopes (40-49)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  000 000 0 --  0  4  0
El Paso      000 103 x --  4  7  0

WP: Daniel McCutchen (4-5)
LP: Boone Whiting (2-4)

HR: ELP Jake Goebbert (5) off Roberts (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 1:39 
Boone Whiting had a great spot-start for Albuquerque, allowing a run and 4 hits in 5 innings, but his teammates provided him no run support as the Isotopes were shutout in the opener of a doubleheader by the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) 4-0.

Tommy Medica, Jake Goebbert and Rymer Liriano consecutive singled to bring in Medica for the first run of the game in the 4th inning.

In the 6th inning, Ramiro Pena and Medica singled ahead of Goebbert's three-run homer for the final runs of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Boone Whiting (L, 2-4) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 6.14 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x2 (.274), 1 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
Cristhian Adames went 0x3 to snap his 14 game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque got two baserunners to third base in the game but were unable to cash them in. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out six times in 2015. . . . The loss was Albuquerque's 900th regular season franchise loss. . . . There were three PCL players added to the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game roster - P Carlos Pimentel (Iowa - Cubs), P David Goforth (Colorado Springs - Brewers), and IF Cheslor Cuthbert (Omaha - Royals). Colorado Springs' Tyler Cravy was removed from the Triple-A All-Star roster due to his callup to the Brewers.

Filed 07/11/2015

July 10, 2015 - Isotopes at Chihuahuas, Ppd., Rain

Friday evening's contest between the Isotopes and El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in El Paso was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as a doubleheader on Saturday July 11th starting at 5:35 PM Mountain Time. Probables in Game 1 are RHP Boone Whiting (2-1, 5.48) for the Isotopes and RHP Daniel McCutchen (3-5, 4.93) for the Chihuahuas. Game 2 probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (1-2, 5.45) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Smith (1-3, 3.19) for the little dogs.

If it seems the rain follows the 2015 Isotopes wherever they go, you would be right! It was a franchise record 7th rainout (rainouts in Albuquerque, at Las Vegas (twice), at El Paso, at Salt Lake, at New Orleans and at Round Rock). Tomorrow's doubleheader will only tie the franchise record for most doubleheaders in a season (7) due to the fact the record was set in 2014 with a pair of purposely scheduled doubleheaders instead of all of them being played due to rainouts.

Even though the Isotopes are only 2-10 in doubleheader games this season, it was a great time for Albuquerque to have a hated doubleheader. Albuquerque's scheduled Friday starter Aaron Laffey was promoted to the Rockies, making it a bullpen game for Albuquerque had Friday's game not been postponed. If the doubleheader games do not go to extra innings, Albuquerque pitching will save the bullpen 4 innings of work, as the doubleheader will be 14 innings instead of 18 innings like two full games would be.

Filed 07/10/2015

July 9, 2015 - Isotopes (40-48)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  212 200 000 --  7  14  1
El Paso      101 100 000 --  3  13  0

WP: John Lannan (5-3)
LP: Jason Lane (7-5)

HR: ABQ Rafael Ynoa (1) off Lane (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:39
ATT: 8,124
The Isotopes plated all seven of their runs in the first four frames and John Lannan became the first Isotope pitcher to reach five wins as Albuquerque cruised to a 7-3 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) on Thursday night in El Paso.

In the top of the 1st inning, Trevor Story drew a one-out walk, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Cristhian Adames' single. Kyle Parker followed with a double to plate Adames for a 2-0 Isotopes lead. In the home half of the 1st inning, Tommy Medica brought home El Paso's first run with a sacrifice fly.

Angelys Nina doubled and scored on Tim Wheeler's single in the 2nd inning and in the 3rd inning, Parker and Dustin Garneau singled and both scored on Nina's two-run triple as the Isotopes led 5-1.

Rymer Liriano singled home the Chihuahuas' second run in the home half of the 3rd inning.

In the top of the 4th inning, Rafael Ynoa hit his first Isotopes homer and Story singled and scored on Parker's double as the Isotopes led 7-2.

A groundout plated El Paso's final run of the game in the bottom of the 4th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (W, 5-3) 6 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 3.97 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 4x5 (.276), 1 R, 2 2B (16), 2 RBI (48), 1 K
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.231), 2 R, 1 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
Cristhian Adames hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. . . . Kyle Parker had four hits in the game, including a pair of doubles. . . . There were two Isotope triples in the game, the most in a game this season. . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are LHP Aaron Laffey (2-3, 4.91) for the Isotopes and RHP Daniel McCutchen (3-5, 4.93) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 07/09/2015

July 8, 2015 - Isotopes (39-48)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  100 041 000 --  6  9  0
El Paso      200 001 001 --  4  7  3

WP: Eddie Butler (2-2)
LP: Aaron Northcraft (1-3)
SV: Rex Brothers (3)

HR: ABQ Trevor Story (2) off Rea (1st inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:03
ATT: 7,054
The Isotopes used a four-run 5th inning to take the lead and survived a El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) bases-loaded 9th inning threat to take a 6-4 series-opening win in El Paso on Wednesday night.

Both teams scored runs in the 1st inning. Trevor Story solo-homered for Albuquerque in the top half, and in the home half, Jake Goebbert had a two-run triple to give El Paso a 2-1 lead.

Albuquerque took the lead back in the 5th inning. Isotopes starter Eddie Butler singled, Story singled an out later and Cristhian Adames doubled home Butler. Kyle Parker followed with a two-run double to score Story and Adames and Tim Smalling singled home Parker later in the inning.

Rafael Ynoa walked, stole second base and scored on Adames single in the 6th inning as the Isotopes led 6-2.

Casey McElroy tripled and scored on Goebbert's fielders choice in the 6th inning and in El Paso's 9th inning, Jairo Diaz entered the game in relief for Albuquerque and gave up a single to Jason Hagerty, walked Benji Gonzalez and Tommy Medica singled to load the bases. Abraham Almonte drew a walk to bring home Hagerty and McElroy grounded into a fielders choice with Gonzalez out at home for the first out. With the bases still loaded, Rex Brothers relieved Diaz and struck out Alex Dickerson and Cody Decker for the save.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler (W, 2-2) 6 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, WP, 6.27 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: (W, 2-2) 6 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, WP, 6.27 ERA
Jairo Diaz: (H, 6) 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.50 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x5 (.266), 1 R, 1 2B (14), 2 RBI (46), 2 K
Trevor Story: 3x5 (.229), 2 R, 1 2B (5), 1 HR (2), 1 RBI (4), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Trevor Story was a triple short of hitting for the cycle and had his first three-hit game as an Isotope. . . . Eddie Butler had his best outing as an Isotope with a sabermetric Game Score of 59. Butler has won his last two pitching decisions and has three straight quality starts. . . . Cristhian Adames had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . Isotopes baserunners swiped four bases in the game, tying a season-best. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (4-3, 3.93) for the Isotopes and LHP Jason Lane (7-4, 4.40) for the little dogs.

Filed 07/08/2015

July 7, 2015 DH Game 2 - Isotopes (38-48)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  010 000 0 --  1  3  0
Las Vegas    003 000 x --  3  5  1

WP: Darin Gorski (7-6)
LP: Jair Jurrjens (1-2)
SV: Zach Thornton (1)

HR: LVG Alex Castellanos (15) off Jurrjens (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 1:55
ATT: 2,430
The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) plated three runs in the 3rd inning that gave them the lead over the Isotopes in a 3-1 victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader to earn a split.

Albuquerque had their only lead of the game in the 2nd inning. Angelys Nina singled, stole second and third bases and scored on a throwing error on his second stolen base of the inning.

In the 3rd inning, Dilson Herrera singled, stole second base, went to third base on Brooks Conrad's groundout and scored on Brandon Allen's single. Former-Isotope Alex Castellanos followed with a two-run homer for the go-ahead runs.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens (L, 1-2) 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, HBP, 5.45 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x3 (.268), 1 K
Trevor Story: 0x3 (.268), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotopes transactions, the Rockies claimed P Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Cubs and assigned him to Albuquerque. IF Joey Wong was recalled from his rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Boise, activated from the Isotopes' disabled list, and then assigned to Class-AA New Britain. . . . The Isotopes and 51s split the series 2-2 and 12,864 attended at Cashman Field for a per-gate average of 4,288. . . . Tonight marked the final matchup between the two clubs at Cashman Field in 2015 and Las Vegas won six out of the eight games. All-time in Las Vegas, Albuquerque holds a 21-19 advantage. The 51s come to Albuquerque right after the Triple-A All-Star break for four games to complete the 16-game regular season series. . . . Cristian Adames had one of Albuquerque's three hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. . . . 51s starter Darin Gorski struck out 10 Isotopes, tying for the most Isotope batters struck out by an opponent starter this season. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is former-Isotope Jamie Romak, now playing for the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). Romak hit .423 (11x26) with 5 homers and 11 RBI during the award week. . . . Adam Conley of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Conley made two starts and went 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA. One of his starts was a seven-ining comlete game shutout. In 13 innings, Conley allowed 5 hits, 1 run, walked 5 and fanned 14. . . . The Isotopes travel to El Paso for a five-game series that concludes play before the Triple-A All-Star Break. Probables in the opener on Wednesday evening against the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) are RHP Eddie Butler (1-2, 6.67) for the Isotopes and RHP Colin Rea (0-0, 19.29) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 07/07/2015

July 7, 2015 - Isotopes (38-47)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  200 100 0 --  3  7  0
Las Vegas    000 000 0 --  0  3  3

WP: Jon Gray (4-5)
LP: Matthew Bowman (5-10)
SV: Rex Brothers (2)

TIME: 1:53
Isotopes starter Jon Gray tossed six scoreless innings and fanned 8 batters and Rex Brothers tossed a scoreless final inning to combine with Gray on a 3-0 shutout of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) in the opener of a doubleheader on Tuesday evening in Las Vegas.

Albuquerque used some two-out magic in the 1st inning to score their first pair of runs. Cristhian Adames singled, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Kyle Parker's double. Dustin Garneau then singled home Parker.

Albuquerque scored their final run in the 4th inning when Garneau singled, went to second base on a throwing error on the play, advanced to third base on Roger Bernadina's sacrifice bunt and scored when Tim Smalling grounded into a double play.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (W, 4-5) 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 4.58 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (W, 4-5) 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 4.58 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x3 (.270), 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 RBI (44)
Trevor Story: 2x4 (.185), 2 2B (4)


'TOPES NOTES:
It was announced today that IF Cristhian Adames will take the place of IF/OF Matt McBride on the 2015 Triple-A All-Star game roster. McBride is on the disabled list with a right ankle sprain. Adames is hitting .323 with 7 homers and 34 RBI in 70 games. . . . The shutout was Albuquerque's third shutout of the season. All shutouts were combined efforts. . . . Cristhian Adames hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Jon Gray earned the victory in the game, the second Isotopes starter and fourth Isotopes pitcher to earn their team-leading 4th victory. . . . Isotopes pitching tied a season-best with just three hits allowed. . . . The sluggers were named for the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game to be hosted by the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) on July 15th. Representing the PCL are Cody Decker (El Paso Chihuahuas - 15 homers this season), Jesus Montero (Tacoma Rainiers - 14 homers) and Peter O'Brien (Reno Aces - 15 homers). For the International League, the participants are Jesus Aguilar (Columbus Clippers - 11 homers this season), Dariel Alvarez (Norfolk Tides - 12 homers) and Matt Davidson (Charlotte Knights - 13 homers). Two Nebraska high school players are also going to participate - Omaha Roncalli Catholic's Alec Bohm and Papillon-La Vista's Jack Kalina.

Filed 07/07/2015

July 6, 2015 - Isotopes at 51s, Ppd., Rain

Albuquerque's Monday evening contest against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) at Cashman Field was postponed due to rain and wet grounds. The rain started about 15 minutes prior to scheduled first pitch time and with Cashman Field not having a tarp, the rain was too hard and long to allow the field to dry out quickly in order to play a game. The game will be made up as a doubleheader of 7-inning contests on Tuesday.

Albuquerque plans to send RHP Jair Jurrjens (1-1, 5.13) to the mound in Game 1, while the Isotopes are undecided on a probable for Game 2. Las Vegas has not named probables for either game.

The 51s have been rained out at home twice this season, both against the Isotopes (April 25th and today), and Las Vegas has had three home rainouts since August 2008 so a game postponed due to rain is still not very common despite having happened twice this season.

The Isotopes probably hoped for no doubleheader as they are 1-9 in the five doubleheaders played this season with the sixth one of the season scheduled for tomorrow.

Filed 07/06/2015

July 5, 2015 - Isotopes (37-47)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  000 002 000 --  2  8  1
Las Vegas    010 110 00x --  3  6  0

WP: Dillon Gee (2-1)
LP: Aaron Laffey (2-3)
SV: Jenrry Mejia (1)

HR: LVG Travis Taijeron (14) off Laffey (2nd inning, S) 
    LVG Dilson Herrera (2) off Laffey (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:17
ATT: 1,917
The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) plated the first three runs of the game and made that stand in defeating the Isotopes 3-2 on Sunday evening in Las Vegas.

Travis Taijeron solo homered for the 51s in the 2nd inning, Brandon Allen doubled and later scored on Dan Rohlfing's sacrifice fly in the 4th inning and Dilson Herrera solo homered in the 5th inning for the 3-0 Las Vegas lead.

Albuquerque's only two runs of the game came in the 6th inning. Jose Rivera singled, Rafael Ynoa doubled and an out later, Cristhian Adames singled Rivera home. Kyle Parker followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Ynoa.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey (L, 2-3) 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 4.91 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x3 (.270), 1 RBI (43), 1 K, SF
Trevor Story: 0x4 (.130), 1 K, E (1)


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque's lone Triple-A All-Star Matt McBride was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 4th, with a right ankle sprain. McBride is eligible to come off the disabled list before the Triple-A All-Star Game but it's too early to tell if he will be healed and able to play or if a replacement due to injury will have to be named. . . . The Isotopes played in front of just 1,917 fans at Cashman Field Sunday night. It was the smallest crowd played in front of this season. The previous 2015 smallest crowd played in front of was 2,007, also at Cashman Field on April 28th. . . . Cristhian Adames had three hits and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Adames became the sixth Isotope with a double-digit hitting streak this season. . . . The series continues Monday evening. Probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (1-1, 5.13) for the Isotopes and RHP Matthew Bowman (5-9, 5.71) for the 51s.

Filed 07/05/2015

July 4, 2015 - Isotopes (37-46)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  011 320 201 --  10  17  2
Las Vegas    000 200 000 --   2   7  0

WP: John Lannan (4-3)
LP: Luis Cessa (0-1)

HR: ABQ Dustin Garneau (11) off Cessa (5th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Roger Bernadina (6) off Satterwhite (7th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Roger Bernadina (7) off Bradford (9th inning, S)

    LVG Anthony Recker (7) off Lannan (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:46
ATT: 8,517
It was a great Independence Day for the Isotopes. Albuquerque was finally able to figure out and beat the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) for the first time in nine tries this season, Roger Bernadina slugged two homers, Isotopes starter John Lannan allowed a pair of runs in 6 innings, and the Isotopes inched up a game in the division wtih a 10-2 victory over the division-leading 51s.

In the 2nd inning, Kyle Parker doubled, went to third base on Dustin Garneau's groundout and scored on Roger Bernadina's fielders choice and in the 3rd inning, Rafael Ynoa tripled and scored on Cristhian Adames single as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Albuquerque built the lead to 5-0 in the 4th inning. Tim Wheeler doubled with one out and scored another out later on Ynoa's single. Trevor Story doubled home Ynoa before scoring on Adames' single.

The 51s plated their only two runs of the game in their half of the 4th inning on Anthony Recker's solo homer and a groundout.

The Isotopes powered their way to the final game margin. In the 5th inning, Parker doubled and scored on Garneau's homer, Garneau doubled and scored on Bernadina's homer in the 7th inning and Bernadina solo homered in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (W, 4-3) 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 3.93 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 2x5 (.273), 2 R, 2 2B (12), 1 K
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.158), 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI (3)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies activated P John Axford from the family medical emergency list and optioned P Justin Miller to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes are 7-5 all-time in Independence Day contests (4-2 on the road) with a two-game winning streak. . . . Albuquerque tied their season-best mark for hits in a road game (17) and extra-base hits (9). . . . Cristhian Adames had three hits and extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Roger Bernadina had his first multi-homer game and Albuquerque's eighth multi-homer game of the season. . . . John Lannan earned his fourth victory tonight, becoming the first starter to four wins and joining relievers Rex Brothers and Simon Castro atop the team victories leaderboard. Lannan snapped a two-game losing pitching decision streak with the win and had his 9th quality start of the season. . . . The series continues Sunday evening. Isotopes reliever LHP Aaron Laffey (2-2, 5.06) earned a stay in the starting rotation after his great recent spot start and Laffey is expected to oppose a struggling, recently-demoted big league veteran, 51s RHP Dillon Gee (1-1, 13.50).

Filed 07/04/2015

July 3, 2015 - Isotopes (36-46)

Isotopes Park

Reno         000 101 111 --  5  12  1
Albuquerque  010 030 000 --  4  11  0

WP: Seth Simmons (2-1)
LP: Ken Roberts (0-3)
SV: Addison Reed (1)

HR: RENO Jamie Romak (15) off Butler (4th inning, S)

    ABQ Trevor Story (1) off Blair (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:45
ATT: 16,286
In front of the second largest crowd in Isotopes Park history, the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) plated a run in each of their last four innings to come from behind to defeat the Isotopes 5-4. Albuquerque snapped a three-game winning streak with the loss.

Matt McBride walked, went to second base on Angelys Nina's single and scored on Roger Bernadina's single as Albuquerque led 1-0 in the 2nd inning.

Former-Isotope Jamie Romak solo homered in the 4th inning as Reno tied the game at 1-1 and Albuquerque plated three runs in the 5th inning to regain the lead. Roger Bernadina singled and scored two outs later on Trevor Story's first Triple-A homer. Kyle Parker doubled and scored on McBride's single.

Reno started chipping away at the defecit with former-Isotope Nick Buss' run-scoring double in the 6th inning, a run-scoring groundout in the 7th inning and Buss' RBI single in the 8th inning to knot the game at 4-4.

Reno manufactured the go-ahead run in the 9th inning. Raul Navarro singled, went to second base on Blake Lalli's sacrifice bunt, went to third base on Garrett Weber's groundout and scored on Brandon Drury's double.

The Isotopes had a golden opportunity to tie or win the game in their half of the 9th inning. Pinch-hitter Rafael Ynoa and Cristhian Adames each singled to put runners on 1st and 2nd base with no outs before Story, Parker and Tim Wheeler each struck out in succession to end the rally and the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler - 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 6.67 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 6.67 ERA
Jairo Diaz: (BS, 5) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.29 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.270), 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 BB, 2 K
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.143), 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (2), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes missed drawing the largest crowd in Isotopes Park history by just 62 fans (16,348 last 4th of July). The top five and eight of the top ten Isotopes Park crowds were drawn during the Independence Day firework promotion. . . . Matt McBride had a single to extend his team season-best hitting streak to 17 games. McBride had to leave the game in the 5th inning after injuring himself baserunning as he rounded second base. It is not known yet what injury he has or if it will be bad enough to land him on the Disabled List. . . . The loss snapped a four game winning streak against the Aces at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes took three out of the four games in the series with the Aces and 35,706 attended for a per-game average of 8,927. . . . Tonight's contest was the final contest of the 2015 regular season between the two clubs at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque won five of the eight games. All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 15-13 at "The Lab". The Isotopes travel to Reno later in July to finish off the 16-game regular season series. . . . Albuquerque is 14-13 in one-run contests this season. . . . Albuquerque native Jordan Pacheco went 0x4 for Reno with a strikeout. . . . The Isotopes go on the road for nine games and then have a three day Triple-A All-Star break following that, so Albuquerque will not have another home game until July 16th. Probables in the opener of a four game series in Las Vegas against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) are LHP John Lannan (3-3, 4.10) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for the 51s. Las Vegas has won all eight games played against the Isotopes so far this season.

Filed 07/03/2015

July 2, 2015 - Isotopes (36-45)

Isotopes Park

Reno         001 002 000 --  3  10  1
Albuquerque  020 000 011 --  4   8  0

WP: Rex Brothers (4-1)
LP: Addison Reed (0-1)

HR: ABQ Cristhian Adames 97) off Reed (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:51
ATT: 5,880
Cristhian Adames stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning as the first batter in a deadlocked game and belted a walkoff homer to give Albuquerque a 4-3 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) on Thursday evening.

Albuquerque took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Matt McBride singled, Dustin Garneau doubled and an out later, Tim Smalling singled them both home.

Reno's Garrett Weber doubled and scored on former-Isotope Jamie Romak's triple in the 3rd inning and in the 6th inning, Cody Ransom tripled home a run, was replaced by a pinch-runner and a wild pitch brought that pinch-runner home as the Aces led 3-2.

Kyle Parker tripled and scored on Roger Bernadina's single in the 8th inning to knot the game at 3-3 and Adames hit his walkoff game-winning homer to right field in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray - 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR, 3 WP, 4.88 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR, 3 WP, 4.88 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x3 (.271), 1 R, 1 3B (3), 1 BB
Trevor Story: 0x4 (.111), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled OF Drew Stubbs from the Isotopes and optioned IF Rafael Ynoa to Albuquerque. It is Ynoa's second option to the Isotopes this season, and in Ynoa's first option of the season, he did not appear as he was recalled before he reported to Albuquerque. . . . With Trevor Story joining the Isotopes, Albuquerque can now brag that there is a MLB All-Star Futures Game player on their roster. Story is going to play for the U.S. team in the game to be played in Cincinnati on July 12th, the Sunday before the MLB All-Star Game. Story is one of two Rockies organization players to be playing in the game. . . . Matt McBride went 2x4 to extend his hitting streak to a team season-best 16 games. . . . Cristhian Adames walkoff homer was the third Isotope walkoff homer of the season, fourth walkoff win of the season, and 21st walkoff homer in Isotopes franchise history. . . . Angelys Nina went 0x2 to snap a 10-game hitting streak. . . . Isotopes starter Jon Gray struck out 9 batters in a start for the second time this season and had a quality start, his ninth of the season. . . . Isotopes reliever Rex Brothers earned his fourth victory, moving him into a tie with Simon Castro for most victories on the Isotopes pitching staff. . . . The Isotopes reached 300,000 home attendance for the 2015 season (303, 930). . . . Albuquerque native Jordan Pacheco did not play in the game for Reno. . . . Aces manager Phil Nevin was ejected by Home Plate umpire Jeff Morrow in the 5th inning. . . . The Isotopes have the home portion of the Independence Day fireworks promotion on Friday evening. Probables are RHP Eddie Butler (1-2, 7.65) for the Isotopes and RHP Aaron Blair (2-1, 4.86) for the Aces.

Filed 07/02/2015

July 1, 2015 - Isotopes (35-45)

Isotopes Park

Reno         051 010 001 --   8  12  1
Albuquerque  050 015 00x --  11  13  1

WP: Nelson Gonzalez (3-2)
LP: Seth Simmons (1-1)

HR: RENO Jamie Romak (14) off Jurrjens (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:14
ATT: 8,167
The Isotopes had a pair of five-run outbursts in the game and the second of those outbursts gave Albuquerque a come-from-behind 11-8 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) on Wednesday evening at "The Lab".

Each team put up big numbers in the 2nd inning. Former-Isotope Jamie Romak led off the frame with a solo homer. Matt Pagnozzi and former-Isotope Nick Buss singled home a run each and Albuquerque-native Jordan Pacheco singled home two runs as the Aces led 5-0.

In Albuquerque's half of the 2nd inning, the Isotopes loaded the bases with one out and Isotopes starter Jair Jurrjens reached on an error with a run scoring. Cristhian Adames doubled home two runs and an out later, Kyle Parker delivered a two-run triple to knot the game at 5-5.

Cody Ransom doubled home a run in the 3rd inning and in the 5th inning, Romak walked and scored on Garrett Weber's double as the Aces led 7-5.

McBride walked, went to third base on Tim Wheeler's single and scored on Angelys Nina's sacrifice fly in the home half of the 5th innng as the Isotopes trailed 7-6.

The Isotopes surged into the lead with a five-run 6th inning. Tim Smalling and Adames singled, Trevor Story walked to load the bases and Parker singled home Smalling and Adames. McBride singled Story home and after Wheeler walked to re-load the bags, Nina reached on a fielder's choice with Parker forced out at home plate. Pinch-hitter Brock Bond singled home McBride and Wheeler to give Albuquerque a 11-7 lead.

The Aces plated their final run with a groundout in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens - 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, WP, 5.13 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, WP, 5.18 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x6 (.270), 1 3B (2), 4 RBI (42), 1 K
Trevor Story: 1x5 (.200), 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Matt McBride was elected to the 2015 PCL Triple-A All-Star team and is the only Isotope on the All-Star team. Through tonight's game, McBride has played in 64 games and is hitting .301 with 11 homers and 42 RBI. McBride is second in the PCL in batting average (.301), doubles (26), hits (88) and is first in the PCL in Slugging Percentage (.587). The former Isotopes on the PCL All-Star team are 2B Jamie Romak (Reno - Diamondbacks) and Franklin Stubbs of Oklahoma City (Dodgers) as a coach. There are no former Isotopes on the International League All-Star squad for the July 15th contest hosted by the PCL's Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals). . . . The Isotopes have won back-to-back games for the first time since June 15-16 against El Paso and scored 10 or more runs in back-to-back games for the first time this season. . . . Albuquerque overcame their largest in-game defecit of the season tonight (5 runs). . . . Matt McBride singled to extend his team season-longest hitting streak to 15 games. Angelys Nina extended his hitting streak to 10 games, making him the fifth different Isotope this season to have a 10 game or longer hitting streak. . . . Isotope batters drew a season-high 10 walks. . . . Albuquerque native Jordan Pacheco went 1x5 (.233) with 2 RBI in the game for Reno. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (3-5, 4.91) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for the Aces.

Filed 07/01/2015

June 30, 2015 - Isotopes (34-45)

Isotopes Park

Reno         200 000 102 --   5  11  1
Albuquerque  224 080 00x --  16  21  0

WP: Aaron Laffey (2-2)
LP: Caleb Clay (4-6)
SV: Boone Whiting (1)

HR: RENO Todd Glaesmann (5) off Whiting (7th inning, S)

    ABQ Roger Bernadina (5) off Marshall (5th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Matt McBride (11) off Reynolds (5th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:47
ATT: 5,373
In a series-opener with the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) at "The Lab" on Tuesday evening, the Isotopes erupted for 16 runs and a season-high 21 hits in their 16-5 victory over Reno.

Reno plated two runs in the 1st inning on former-Isotope Jamie Romak's two-run double and Albuquerque answered those with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st inning. Tim Smalling and Drew Stubbs singled with one out and both scored on Matt McBride's double.

Angelys Nina singled and Roger Bernadina reached on an error in the 2nd inning before Cristhian Adames doubled them both home as Albuquerque took a 4-2 lead.

Albuquerque added four more runs to the scoreboard in the 3rd inning. McBride doubled, Kyle Parker singled and Dustin Garneau reached on a fielders choice with McBride scoring. Nina doubled home Garneau and Roger Bernadina singled home Nina. Adames' double plated Bernadina.

Albuquerque had one of their biggest innings of the season, scoring eight runs in the 5th inning to make it 16-2. Nina doubled and scored on Bernadina's homer. Pinch-hitter Jose Rivera, Adames and Smalling had singles with Rivera scoring. Stubbs singled home Adames and McBride launched a three-run homer. Parker walked, went to second base on Garneau's groundout and scored on Nina's double.

Reno's Todd Glaesmann solo-homered in the 7th inning and in the 9th inning Raul Navarro singled home a run and former-Tope Nick Buss sacrifice flied out to drive in the last run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey (W, 2-2) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K,0 HR, 5.06 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.268), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
There were many Isotopes transactions on Tuesday, the most exciting one being that Colorado Rockies No. 12 prospect (according to Baseball America) IF Trevor Story has been transferred from Class-AA New Britain to Albuquerque. In 69 games at Double-A, Story hit .281 with 10 homers and 40 RBI. The Rockies placed P Christian Bergman on the major-league Disabled List with right shoulder inflammation and placed P John Axford on the family medical emergency list. P Yohan Flande and P Justin Miller were both recalled from Albuquerque. . . . Yohan Flande was Albuquerque's probable for tonight and with his callup, P Aaron Laffey was pressed into a short-notice spot start and actually did great, giving the Isotopes 5 innings of 4-hit, 2-run ball. . . . Matt McBride had 3 hits, extending his team season-best hitting streak to 14 games and had Albuquerque's fourth 5-RBI game of the season. . . . Angelys Nina's hitting streak was extended to 9 games tonight and Nina tied an Isotopes franchise record with three doubles in the game. . . . Seven Isotope batters had multi-hits in the game, led by Angelys Nina's 4 hits. . . . With June in the books, here are some Isotope stats for the month: 13-15 record (6-7 at home, 7-8 on the road), .282 team batting average, 4.97 team ERA, 150 runs scored, 21 homers, and 20 stolen bases. . . . Albuquerque's offense tied season-bests in runs scored (16), runs scored in a single inning (8 runs in the 5th inning tonight), and batters sent to the plate in an inning (12 batters in the 5th inning). Season-bests were established in hits in a game (21), extra base hits (9), doubles (7), total bases (34), hits in a single inning (8 hits in the 5th inning tonight), winning margin (11 runs), and at-bats in a 9-inning game (42). . . . The Isotopes are 7-1 when scoring 10 runs or more in a game. . . . Albuquerque reliever Aaron Laffey has been pressed into a starting role four times this season and allowed 1st inning runs in all four starts. . . . Isotopes reliever Boone Whiting earned the save in the blowout with a three effective innings of relief rule-book save. . . . Albuquerque native Jordan Pacheco plays for the Aces and in the game played Second Base and later Catcher, going 2x4 (.236) with a run scored and a double. . . . Aces position player C Blake Lalli pitched the 8th inning for the Aces, allowing a leadoff hit to Roger Bernadina before inducing a double play and a groundout to hold the Isotopes scoreless in the frame. . . . The broadcast details of the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game were revealed Tuesday. The video telecast will air on MLB Network on July 15th at 8 PM EST from Omaha and the announcing team will be Paul Severino, Bill Ripken, John Manuel and Sam Ryan. The Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network will broadcast the game over radio and calling the action will be Mark Nassar, play-by-play voice of the Omaha Storm Chasers, along with Pete Michaud from the Norfolk Tides. . . . Due to strong ticket sales, berm seating is now on sale for the July 3rd Independence Day fireworks promotion, according to the Isotopes. Berm seating is normally sold on game days but occasionally goes on sale early for games where large crowds are expected. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (1-1, 3.81) for the Isotopes and RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 1.76) for the Aces.

Filed 06/30/2015

June 29, 2015 - Isotopes (33-45)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  001 001 000 --  2   7  3
Salt Lake    121 001 02x --  7  16  1

WP: Jo-Jo Reyes (1-0)
LP: John Lannan (3-3)

TIME: 2:16
ATT: 9,133
John Lannan pitched a complete game but his stat line took a major hit in the effort as the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) defeated the Isotopes 7-2 in a rapid 2 hour, 16 minute series finale in Salt Lake City on Monday evening.

Alfredo Marte doubled home a run for Salt Lake in the 1st inning and a groundout and Gary Brown's single brought home runs in the 2nd inning as the Bees led 3-0.

Albuquerque scored their first run of the game in the 3rd inning when Cristhian Adames was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Kyle Kubitza doubled and scored on Marte's single in the bottom of the 3rd inning as the Bees extended their lead to 4-1.

Albuquerque's final run came in the 6th inning. Kyle Parker singled with two outs, went to second base when Dustin Garneau reached on a fielding error and scored on Angelys Nina's single.

Roger Kieschnick singled home a run for the Bees in their half of the 6th inning and in the 8th inning, Alex Yarbrough doubled home a run and Kaleb Cowart singled home a run.

Lannan ended up allowing 16 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), walked none and fanned 5 in his eight innings of work.

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.265), 1 R, 1 K, E


'TOPES NOTES:
Matt McBride hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest hitting streak for any Isotope this season. . . . John Lannan had Albuquerque's second complete game of the season (Jon Gray) but it was the first complete game that was a full game complete game and not a 7-inning doubleheader complete game this season. The full-game complete game effort was the Isotopes' first since 2011 when Dana Eveland tossed a complete game shutout on July 28th in Omaha. . . . John Lannan had his second eight inning outing of the season, tying for the longest Isotope starter outing of the season (Gray) and Lannan had the second-most hits allowed by a starter in franchise history (16). . . . The Bees took three out of the four games in the series and 28,857 attended at Smith's Ballpark for a per-game average of 7,214. For the seven game homestand, Albuquerque went 2-5. . . . Tonight's game was the final 2015 regular season game between the two clubs at Smith's Ballpark and each team won four contests. All-time in Salt Lake City, the Bees and Isotopes have won 18 games each. . . . Anthony Recker of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Recker hit .421 (8x19) with 3 homers and 9 RBI during the award week. . . . Scott Baker of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Baker won both of his starts, compiling a 0.64 ERA (1 run in 14 innings). Baker allowed 5 hits, walked 1 and struck out 7. . . . The Isotopes return home for a quick four-game series culminating with their Independence Day fireworks night on July 3rd. Probables in the opener Tuesday evening against the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) are LHP Yohan Flande (3-3, 7.11) for the Isotopes and RHP Caleb Clay (4-5, 4.76) for the Aces.

Filed 06/29/2015

June 28, 2015 - Isotopes (33-44)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  110 000 240 --  8  17 1
Salt Lake    300 000 000 --  3  6  0

WP: Eddie Butler (1-2)
LP: Tyler DeLoach (1-4)

HR: ABQ Dustin Garneau (9) off DeLoach (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Dustin Garneau (10) off Morin (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:58
ATT: 3,145
Dustin Garneau homered twice and the Isotopes plated six runs combined in the 7th and 8th innings to come from behind to defeat the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) 8-3 on a Sunday afternoon in Salt Lake City.

Tim Wheeler doubled with one out and scored on Matt McBride's single in the 1st inning as Albuquerque quickly led 1-0.

The Bees plated all three of their runs in their half of the 1st inning. After loading the bases, C.J. Cron's sacrifice fly scored a run and Charlie Cutler added a two-run single.

Garneau hit the first of his two homers in the 2nd inning as the Topes trailed by a run at 3-2.

The Isotopes continued to trail by that one run until the 7th inning when they started their scoring spree to claim the game. Angelys Nina and Tim Smalling singled, Brock Bond sacrifice bunted them into scoring position and Cristhian Adames singled home Nina to tie the game. Wheeler followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Smalling with the go-ahead run.

Albuquerque added four insurance runs in the 8th inning. McBride doubled and scored on Garneau's two-run homer. Nina, Smalling and Bond each followed with singles to score Nina and Adames sacrifice flied out to bring home Smalling.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler (W, 1-2) 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 7.65 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: (W, 1-2) 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 7.65 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x5 (.265), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Matt McBride singled in the 1st inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, matching his longest hitting streak of the season. . . . Dustin Garneau has two games this season in which he has homered twice. There have been seven Isotope multi-homer games this season. . . . The Isotopes had 17 hits, the most hits in a road game this season. Cristhian Adames, Matt McBride and Angelys Nina led the way with three hits apiece. . . . Every Isotope hitter except Kyle Parker (0x5) had a hit in the game. . . . The series concludes Monday evening. The probables are a pair of lefties - LHP John Lannan (3-2, 3.94) for Albuquerque and LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (0-0, 8.53) for Salt Lake.

Filed 06/28/2015

June 27, 2015 - Isotopes (32-44)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  004 110 000 --  6   8  0
Salt Lake    001 141 10x --  8  15  1

WP: Adam Wilk (3-5)
LP: Nelson Gonzalez (2-2)
SV: Mike Morin (1)

HR: SL C.J. Cron (6) off Gonzalez (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:49
ATT: 8,086
The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) plated a go-ahead run on a homer in the 6th inning and added an insurance run in the 7th inning to defeat Isotopes starter Jon Gray and the Isotopes 8-6 on Saturday evening in Salt Lake City.

Things looked promising for the Isotopes in the 3rd inning when they scored four runs. Jose Rivera singled and went to second base on a wild pitch. Tim Wheeler walked and Cristhian Adames reached on an error with Rivera scoring. Drew Stubbs tripled home Wheeler and Adames before scoring on Matt McBride's sacrifice fly.

A groundout plated Salt Lake's first run of the game in the 3rd inning and each team plated a run in the 4th inning. Angelys Nina singled, stole second base, advanced to third base on Tim Smalling's sacrifice bunt and scored on Roger Bernadina's sacrifice bunt. Roger Kieschnick knocked in a run with a single in the home half of the 4th inning.

Tim Wheeler doubled, went to third base on Adames single and scored on Stubbs' single in the 5th inning as the Isotopes led 6-2.

Salt Lake plated four runs in their half of the 5th inning to knot the game at 6-6. C.J. Cron doubled home a run, Green doubled home two runs and Kieschnick singled home a run in the inning.

Cron solo homered in the 6th inning for the Bees' go-ahead run and Ryan Jackson singled home an insurance run in the 7th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray - 4.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 4.91 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: 4.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 4.91 ERA
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.06 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Boone Whiting was placed on the Temporary Inactive List on Saturday. . . . The Isotopes are 2-8 in their last 10 games and are 12 games below the .500 mark and 12 games back in the division, both season-worsts. . . . Matt McBride singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Dustin Garneau went hitless in four at-bats to snap an 8 game hitting streak. . . . Jon Gray did not have a quality start tonight, snapping a streak of seven straight quality starts. . . . The series continues Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Eddie Butler (0-2, 9.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler DeLoach (1-3, 5.45) for the Bees.

Filed 06/27/2015

June 26, 2015 - Isotopes (32-43)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 001 130 --  5  10  3
Salt Lake    400 120 11x --  9  17  0

WP: Drew Rucinski (3-4)
LP: Jair Jurrjens (1-1)

HR: ABQ Cristhian Adames (6) off Rucinski (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Roger Bernadina (4) off Spomer (8th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:50
ATT: 8,493
The Isotopes trailed 7-0 through five innings and despite scoring five runs in the 6th through 8th innings, they were never able to come back from that large early defecit in losing to the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) 9-5 in the series opener in Salt Lake City on Friday evening.

Salt Lake raced to a four run lead in the 1st inning. C.J. Cron tripled home two runs, scored on Grant Green's single and Green scored on Alex Yarbrough's double.

Ryan Jackson singled home a run in the 4th inning and in the 5th inning, Yarbrough doubled home a run and scored on Charlie Cutler's single as the Bees led 7-0.

Cristhian Adames solo homered in the 6th inning and in the 7th inning, Roger Bernadina tripled and scored on Adames single as the Isotopes trailed 7-2.

After the 7th inning stretch, Salt Lake's Kaleb Cowart singled home a run.

With two outs in the 8th inning, Dustin Garneau singled, Tim Smalling walked and Bernadina three-run homered as the Isotopes got as close as they would get late in the game, trailing by three runs at 8-5.

The final run of the game was scored by Salt Lake on an odd play. Alfredo Marte singled and scored on Cron's double. Cron had lined the ball fair down the 3rd base line and an Isotopes pitcher in the bullpen down the line picked up the fair ball and gave it to a fan in the stands as if it were a foul ball. The umpires ruled interference and decided to award Marte home plate to score and put Cron on second base.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens (L, 1-1) 5 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 3.81 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x5 (.270), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
With an unusual five days between transactions, the recent "drought" in Isotopes transactions ended when the Rockies recalled P Rafael Betancourt from his MLB rehabilitation assignment. The Rockies made active roster room for Betancourt by optioning P Justin Miller to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque pitching allowed 17 hits, the most hits allowed in a road game this season. . . . The Isotopes committed three errors and are 0-4 this season when having three errors in a game. . . . Cristhian Adames was a triple short of hitting for the cycle and it was the second time this season he was one leg short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Matt McBride singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. It is the second double-digit hitting streak for McBride this season. Dustin Garneau is on his heels with an eight-game hitting streak. . . . Jair Jurrjens had the most pitches (110) and most strikes (77) for a starter in a game this season. Jurrjens also recorded a sabermetric Game Score of 25, his lowest of the season. With Jurrjens' first pitching decision loss of the season, 22 different Isotope pitchers have recorded a loss this season. . . . In news about baseball players with local ties, Alex Bregman made his professional debut on Friday evening as the DH for the Houston Astros' single-A Quad City River Bandits affiliate and went 1x5 (single) with a strikeout. Bregman was the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft and just signed a contract with the Astros with a reported $5.9 million signing bonus. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (3-5, 4.50) for the Isotopes and LHP Adam Wilk (2-5, 5.14) for the Bees.

Filed 06/26/2015

June 25, 2015 - Isotopes (32-42)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  030 210 201 --  9  11  0
El Paso      100 000 000 --  1  10  4

WP: Yohan Flande (3-3)
LP: James Needy (6-4) 

HR: ABQ Drew Stubbs (2) off Hershiser (7th inning, 2R)

TIME: 2:45
ATT: 8,134
Yohan Flande had his best outing for the Isotopes this season, tossing six innings of one-run ball and Flande, Drew Stubbs and Dustin Garneau each knocked in a pair of runs each as the Isotopes took a series-ending 9-1 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres). The victory snapped a three-game losing streak.

El Paso took their only lead of the game and scored their only run of the game in the 1st inning. Rico Noel tripled as the first Chihuahuas hitter of the game and scored on Mike McCoy's groundout.

Albuquerque took a 3-1 lead in the 2nd inning. Matt McBride doubled and scored on Garneau's single. Tim Smalling singled and after Bond reached on a fielder's choice with Garneau out at home, Flande helped his cause with a two-run double.

With two outs in the 4th inning, Smalling reached on an error, Bond singled and Flande reached on an error with Smalling scoring. Tim Wheeler followed with a single to drive in Bond as the Isotopes led 5-1.

Kyle Parker doubled and scored on Garneau's double in the 5th inning and in the 7th inning, McBride doubled with two outs and scored on Stubbs' two-run homer as the Isotopes led 8-1.

Stubbs walked in the 9th inning, went to second base on Garneau's walk and scored on Smalling's single for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Yohan Flande (W, 3-3) 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 7.11 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x5 (.276), 1 H, 1 2B (9), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Chihuahuas took two out of the three games in the series with the Isotopes and 23,745 attended in El Paso for per-game average of 7,915. . . . Tonight's victory snapped a three-game losing streak in games at Southwest University Park. . . . Yohan Flande is no stranger helping his own cause by knocking in runs. Tonight was the second game this season that Flande has knocked in two runs in a game. Flande leads all Isotopes pitchers with 4 RBI this season. Flande had his first quality start tonight snapped a three-game pitching decision losing streak with the victory. . . . Matt McBride had his 25th multi-hit game of the season to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Albuquerque batters had five doubles in the game, tying a season-high. . . . Drew Stubbs' homer was off Jordan Hershiser, who was making his Triple-A debut, is the son of Dodgers great Orel Hershiser and was born in September 1988 during Orel's magical season. . . . The umpires were announced for the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game to be held in Omaha, Nebraska on July 15th. Representing the PCL is Alex Ortiz (Home Plate) and Spencer Flynn (Second Base). The IL umpires in the game are David Soucy (First Base) and Ben May (Third Base). . . . The Isotopes conclude their roadtrip with a four game series in Salt Lake City against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Probables in Friday evening's opener are RHP Jair Jurrjens (1-0, 2.31) for the Isotopes and RHP Drew Rucinski (2-4, 5.76) for the Bees.

Filed 06/25/2015

June 24, 2015 - Isotopes (31-42)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  103 000 002 --  6  10  0
El Paso      010 201 03x --  7  10  4

WP: Jay Jackson (1-2)
LP: Nelson Gonzalez (2-1)
SV: Cory Mazzoni (2)

HR: ELP Cody Decker (14) off Lannan (6th inning, S)
    ELP Jedd Gyorko (4) off Gonzalez (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:52
ATT: 8,195
The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) plated three runs in the 8th inning to break a deadlocked game in defeating the Isotopes 7-6 on Wednesday evening in El Paso. The Isotopes have dropped three straight games.

Tim Wheeler led off the game with a single, went to second base on an error on the play, advanced to third base on Cristhian Adames' sacrifice bunt and scored on Matt McBride's sacrifice fly in the 1st inning.

El Paso's Cody Decker singled and scored on Rymer Liriano's double in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 1-1.

Albuquerque regained the lead at 4-1 in the 3rd inning. Wheeler bunt-singled, Adames singled and Parker singled home Wheeler. Matt McBride's fielders choice brought Adames home and McBride stole second base before scoring on Drew Stubbs' single.

Rocky Gale doubled home a run and another run scored on a groundout in the 4th inning as El Paso closed to 4-3 and Decker's solo homer in the 6th inning tied the game at 4-4.

El Paso took a commanding lead in the 8th inning. Jedd Gyorko's solo homer broke the tie and Decker doubled home a run and Jake Goebbert singled home a run as the Chihuahuas led 7-4.

McBride doubled, Stubbs walked and Abel Baker delivered a two-out, two-run double as the Isotopes 9th inning rally fell a run short.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan - 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 3.94 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.23 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.278), 1 RBI (38), 2 K, HBP


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes are back to a season-worst 11 games below the .500 mark for the first time since June 4th. . . . . Albuquerque is 13-12 in one-run contests and are 3-10 when turing a tied game over to the bullpen this season. . . . Matt McBride had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . El Paso's Cody Decker was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The short three-game series concludes Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Yohan Flande (2-3, 8.42) for the Isotopes and RHP James Needy (6-3, 6.75) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 06/24/2015

June 23, 2015 - Isotopes (31-41)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  021 002 000 --  5   6  1
El Paso      430 010 00x --  8  10  1

WP: Jason Lane (6-4)
LP: Eddie Butler (0-2)
SV: Jerry Sullivan (1)

TIME: 2:50
ATT: 7,416
In a game that marked the halfway point in the season, Isotopes starter Eddie Butler allowed seven runs over the first two innings and Albuquerque was unable to come back from that big early defecit in a 8-5 loss to the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in El Paso on Tuesday evening.

El Paso was off and running from their very first hitter in the 1st inning. Abraham Almonte tripled and scored on Ramiro Pena's sacrifice flyout. Jedd Gyorko walked, Alex Dickerson was bit by a pitch and Cody Decker doubled them both home. Decker scored later in the inning on Rocky Gale's single for a 4-0 Chihuahuas lead.

Albuquerque halved the defecit in the 2nd inning. Matt McBride walked, Drew Stubbs reached on an error and Dustin Garneau doubled home McBride. A batter later, Tim Smalling's sacrifice fly brought home Stubbs.

Singles from Decker, Rymer Liriano and Gale in the home half of the 2nd inning extended El Paso's lead to 7-2

Cristhian Adames singled and scored on McBride's double in the 3rd inning.

Pena doubled home El Paso's final run in the 5th inning and in the 6th inning, Angelys Nina doubled, scored on Tim Wheeler's double, and Wheeler scored on Adames single for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler (L, 0-2) 2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, HBP, 9.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: (L, 0-2) 2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, HBP, 9.00 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.278), 1 BB, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
At the midpoint of the season, the Isotopes are 31-41, their worst mark ever at the halfway point and their fourth losing mid-season mark out of 13 seasons of play. Albuquerque is currently 10 games below the .500 mark and 10 games behind division-leading Las Vegas. . . . The Isotopes did not steal a base in the game, making it a season-worst four straight games without a stolen base. . . . Matt McBride doubled to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Scott Schebler of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers). Schebler hit .579 (11x19) with a homer and 8 RBI during the award week. . . . Asher Wojciechowski of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Giants) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Wojciechowski made two starts, went 1-0 with 0.64 ERA, and allowed 11 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk and fanned 10 in 14 innings of work. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (3-2, 3.76) for the Isotopes and RHP Daniel McCutchen (1-5, 5.26) for the little dogs.

Filed 06/23/2015

June 21, 2015 - Isotopes (31-40)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       020 001 210 --  6  10  0
Albuquerque  113 000 000 --  5  10  1

WP: Tony Zych (1-1)
LP: Ken Roberts (0-2)
SV: Mayckol Guaipe (5)

HR: TAC Patrick Kivlehan (13) off Gray (6th inning, S)
    TAC Franklin Gutierrez (7) off Betancourt (7th inning, 2R)
    TAC Carlos Rivero (5) off Roberts (8th inning, S)

    ABQ Dustin Garneau (8) off Landazuri (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:47
ATT: 11,298
Jon Gray had his seventh straight quality start and was in line for the win but the Isotopes bullpen blew the lead as Albuquerque dropped the series finale to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 6-5 on Sunday evening.

Tim Wheeler walked, went to third base on Cristhian Adames single and scored on Kyle Parker's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes led 1-0 in the 1st inning.

John Hicks doubled home a run and Shawn O'Malley drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home a run in the 2nd inning as the Rainiers took a 2-1 lead.

Dustin Garneau's solo homer in the home half of the 2nd inning knotted the game at 2-2.

In the 3rd inning, Parker walked, Matt McBride singled and Garneau doubled them both home before scoring on Angelys Nina's single as Albuquerque built a 5-2 lead.

The Rainiers powered their way to victory with Patrick Kevlehan's solo homer in the 6th inning, Gutierrez's two-run homer in the 7th inning to tie the game, and Carlos Rivero's solo homer in the 8th inning that provided the Rainiers' game-winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray - 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 4.50 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 4.50 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x3 (.283), 1 R, 1 RBI (37), 1 BB, 2 K, SF

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Rafael Betancourt: (BS, 1) 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 13.50 ERA

Betancourt made his first MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance with the Isotopes, faced 7 batters and threw 25 pitches with 17 of them for strikes.

Betancourt entered the game in the 7th inning and got a flyout before giving up a double to Shawn O'Malley. A strikeout later, Franklin Gutierrez two-run homered. Stefan Romero followed with a walk before a flyout ended the inning.

Betancourt returned for the eighth inning and got a strikeout before his rehab outing ended.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent P Rafael Betancourt to the Isotopes on a MLB rehabilitation assignment. . . . On Father's Day, the Isotopes are 6-7 with a two-game losing streak. At Isotopes Park, Albuquerque is 5-3 on Father's Day. . . . Tacoma won three out of the four games in the series and 38,107 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 9,527. It was the largest four-game series home crowd of the season for the Isotopes. Albuquerque went 3-4 this homestand. . . . Today's game was the final of the 16 regular-season matchups between the Rainiers and Isotopes. Albuquerque won eight of the 16 games. All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 39-37 (22-18 record at Isotopes Park, 17-19 record at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma). . . . Drew Stubbs went 0x4 to snap an eight-game hitting streak. . . . Jon Gray struck out 9 batters, the most for an Isotopes starter in an outing this season. Gray leads the Isotopes pitching staff with 62 strikeouts. . . . The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have Monday off. On Tuesday, the Isotopes will open a three-game series in El Paso against the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres). Probables in the opener are RHP Eddie Butler (0-1, 5.25) for the Isotopes and LHP Jason Lane (5-4, 4.46) for the little dogs.

Filed 06/21/2015

June 20, 2015 - Isotopes (31-39)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       200 100 000 --  3  10  1
Albuquerque  000 002 03x --  5   8  1

WP: Nelson Gonzalez (2-0)
LP: Tyler Olson (1-2)
SV: Jairo Diaz (7)

HR: ABQ Kyle Parker (8) off Olson (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Matt McBride (10) off Olson (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:20
ATT: 12,505
What a way for the Isotopes to earn a milestone regular season franchise win #900! The Isotopes scored three runs in the 8th inning, highlighted by Matt McBride's two-run homer, to come from behind to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Saturday evening at "The Lab".

Tacoma built a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st inning when Shawn O'Malley reached on a Isotopes fielding error, stole second base and scored on Franklin Gutierrez's double. Stefen Romero followed with a single that brought home Gutierrez.

Patrick Kivlehan doubled and scored on Carlos Rivero's single in the 4th inning to extend the Rainiers lead to 3-0.

Cristhian Adames singled and scored on Kyle Parker's homer in the 6th inning to trim the defecit to a run at 3-2.

In Albuquerque's game-winning 8th inning, Tim Wheeler led off with a single and two outs later scored on McBride's homer. Drew Stubbs followed with a triple and scored on Dustin Garneau's single for an insurance run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens - 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 2.31 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.28 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.283), 1 R, 1 HR (8), 2 RBI (36), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The crowd of 12,505 was Albuquerque's largest home crowd of the season. . . . Matt McBride has homered in back-to-back games for the second time in a span of nine games and has a team-leading 10 homers on the season. . . . Jair Jurrjens allowed two runs in the 1st inning, snapping his streak of eight consecutive scoreless innings. There have been three consecutive scoreless inning streaks of eight or more this season (Jurrjens and John Lannan both with 8 straight scoreless innings and Jon Gray with 9 successive innings of scoreless ball). . . . Drew Stubbs' 8th inning triple extended his hitting streak to eight games. . . . Isotopes pitching did not issue a walk in a game for the first time since May16th. . . . The series concludes Fathers Day Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (3-5, 4.62) for the Isotopes and RHP Stephen Landazuri (0-3, 8.42) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/20/2015

June 19, 2015 - Isotopes (30-39)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       002 323 014 --  15  17  2
Albuquerque  200 000 503 --  10  15  2

WP: Forrest Snow (5-4)
LP: Yohan Flande (2-3)

HR: TAC Patrick Kivlehan (12) off Flande (5th inning, 2R)
    TAC Jesus Montero (10) off Flande (3rd inning, S)
    TAC Jesus Montero (11) off Flande (6th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Matt McBride (9) off Snow (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:10
ATT: 8,558
Isotopes starer Yohan Flande had the worst start by an Isotope this season and despite scoring eight runs late in the game, the Isotopes still lost to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 15-10 in an old fashioned PCL slugfest that is not seen very often in the humidor era.

Tim Wheeler singled and scored two outs later on Matt McBride's 1st inning homer as Albuquerque took their only lead of the game 2-0.

The Rainiers tied the game at 2-2 in the 3rd inning when Shawn O'Malley grounded into a double play with a run scoring and Jesus Montero followed with a solo homer.

Patrick Kivlehan and Chris Taylor singled home runs and Carlos Rivero doubled home a run in the 4th inning to give Tacoma their first lead of the game at 5-2.

Stefen Romero singled and scored on Kivlehan's homer in the 5th inning and in the 6th inning, O'Malley tripled home a run and scored on Montero's two-run homer as the Rainiers built a 10-2 lead.

After the 7th inning stretch, Albuquerque's Jose Rivera and Wheeler singled and an out later, Kyle Parker singled home Rivera. McBride reached on an error to load the bases and Drew Stubbs followed with a two-run single. Dustin Garneau singled home McBride and Tim Smalling's sacrifice fly brought home Stubbs as Albuquerque trailed 10-7.

Montero singled home a run in the 8th inning for Tacoma and in the Rainiers' 9th inning, a run scored on an error, Taylor and O'Malley each drew bases-loaded walks and a run scored as Montero grounded into a double play to give the Rainiers a 14-7 lead.

Albuquerque plated their final three runs of the game in the 9th inning. Garneau drew a one-out walk, Smalling singled and Roger Bernadina doubled home Garneau. Rivera followed with a two-run single to drive in Smalling and Bernadina.

Isotopes Starter Line: Yohan Flande (L, 2-3) 6 IP, 14 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3 HR, 8.42 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 2x6 (.279), 1 R, 1 RBI (34), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Tyler Matzek was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-A Boise as he tries to work through his streak of wildness. Pitching for Boise on Friday night, Matzek pitched the 5th inning, faced four batters since he induced a double play during the inning, and allowed no hits, no runs, walked 2 and fanned 1. The Rockies activated P Ken Roberts from the major-league disabled list and optioned him to Albuquerque. . . . Tonight was the first time this season that the Isotopes scored double-digit runs and lost. . . . Yohan Flande had the lowest Isotope sabermetric Game Score of the season (6) and allowed the most hits for a starter this season (14), most earned runs for a starter this season (10) and most homers allowed in an outing this season (3). Flande has lost his last three pitching decisions. . . . Surprisingly this contest did not feature the most combined runs and combined hits in a game at "The Lab" this season. On April 12th, the Isotopes and Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) combined for 26 runs and 38 hits. . . . Six of the nine Isotope hitters had multi-hits in the game and only Brock Bond went hitless. . . . Drew Stubbs extended his hitting streak to 7 games with his 2x5 performance. . . . Every Isotope hitter except for Tim Wheeler and Brock Bond had at least one RBI in the game. . . . Tacoma has won the last three contests played between the two clubs at Isotopes Park. . . . Albuquerque hopes to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (1-0, 2.60) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/19/2015

June 18, 2015 - Isotopes (30-38)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       031 003 230 --  12  22  0
Albuquerque  000 000 021 --   3  10  3

WP: Sam Gaviglio (7-5)
LP: John Lannan (3-2)

HR: ABQ Dustin Garneau (7) off Zych (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:01
ATT: 5,746
Albuquerque pitching had a rough sixth through eighth innings, allowing 8 runs as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) turned a 4-0 lead into a 12-0 lead and Albuquerque tacked on the final three runs of the game in falling 12-3 in the series opener at "The Lab" on Thursday evening.

Tacoma led 3-0 in the 2nd inning on a bases-loaded two-run single from Chris Taylor and a Shawn O'Malley groundout.

A run scored for the Rainiers in the 3rd inning when John Hicks grounded into a double play and Tacoma added three more runs to the scoreboard in the 6th inning on Jesus Montero's RBI single, a balk, and Stefen Romero's run-scoring single.

O'Malley had a two-run single in the 7th inning and Tacoma plated three more runs in the 8th inning on a groundout, a Zach Shank triple and a passed ball.

Matt McBride singled and scored on Dustin Garneau's two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning to avoid the shutout and in the 9th inning, Roger Bernadina singled, took second base on defensive indifference and scored on Cristhian Adames' single.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (L, 3-2) 5.2 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 3.76 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.277), 2 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Ken Roberts: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 2.77 ERA

Roberts had a rough MLB rehab outing, working the 8th inning with 7 batters faced and tossed 25 pitches with 17 for strikes.

Roberts allowed a single to Stefen Romero and an error allowed Romero to advance to second base. After striking out Patrick Kivlehan, John Hicks singled and Carlos Rivero grounded out with Romero scoring. Zach Shank tripled Hicks home and Shank scored on a passed ball. Steve Baron singled before Roberts struck out Chris Taylor to end the half-inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Christian Bergman from the Isotopes after placing P Brooks Brown on the major-league Disabled List. . . . Tonight's game completed half of the 2015 home schedule and Albuquerque is 16-20 at home this season. . . . Isotopes pitching gave up a season-worst 22 hits in the game. . . . Dustin Garneau has homered in back-to-back contests. . . . With the loss, Isotopes starter John Lannan snapped a streak of five straight quality starts and a streak of three straight winning decisions. Lannan allowed 13 hits in the game, the most for an Isotope starter this season. . . . The field staffs for the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game to be held in Omaha were annouced. The PCL staff consists of manager Brian Poldberg (Omaha Storm Chasers - Royals), pitching coach Fred Dabney (Colorado Springs Sky Sox - Brewers) and former-Dukes player, former Isotopes-coach, and current Oklahoma City Dodgers (Dodgers) hitting coach Franklin Stubbs. At the helm of the International League will be Billy Gardner, Jr. (Syracuse Chiefs - Nationals) as manager, assisted by Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox) manager Kevin Boles and Rochester Red Wings (Twins) hitting coach Tim Doherty. Omaha trainer Dave Iannicca is the trainer for the PCL squad, while Indianpolis Indians (Pirates)' Bryan Housand will be the trainer for the IL squad. . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are LHP Yohan Flande (2-2, 6.41) for the Isotopes and RHP Forrest Snow (4-4, 2.43) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/18/2015

June 17, 2015 - Isotopes (30-37)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      100 223 000 --  8  11  0
Albuquerque  010 210 000 --  4   8  1

WP: Jason Lane (5-4)
LP: Eddie Butler (0-1)

HR: ELP Ramiro Pena (3) off Butler (1st inning, S)

    ABQ Dustin Garneau (6) off Lane (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:44
ATT: 8,371
The Isotopes' 900th regular season franchise victory will have to wait for another day. The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) plated seven runs over the middle three innings on their way to a 8-4 series-ending victory over the Isotopes at "The Lab" on Wednesday evening.

The two clubs swapped solo homers early on. Ramiro Pena homered for El Paso as the second batter of the game and Dustin Garneau added a homer for Albuquerque in the 2nd inning.

Cody Decker grounded out with a run scoring and Abraham Almonte singled home a run in the 4th inning as El Paso took a 3-1 lead.

Matt McBride doubled, Garneau singled and Roger Bernadina came through with a two-out, two-run double to knot the game at 3-3 in the home half of the 4th inning.

Rymer Liriano had a two-run double for El Paso in the top of the 5th inning, and in the bottom of the 5th inning, Brock Bond singled, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Drew Stubbs' single as the Isotopes trailed 5-4.

El Paso plated the final three runs of the game in the 6th inning when Almonte ground-rule doubled to bring home a run, Pena doubled home a run and an Isotopes error allowed another run to score.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, Balk, WP, 5.23 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, WP, Balk, 5.25 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
There continues to not be a boring day in the administrative paperwork department for the Isotopes. The Rockies purchased P Justin Miller's contract on Wednesday after the Rockies placed Corey Dickerson on the disabled list. P Boone Whiting was transferred from Class-A Boise to Albuquerque to take Miller's roster spot with the Isotopes. Finally, IF Joey Wong, who went on the Isotopes' Disabled List May 8th with a strained left hamstring was sent to Class-A Boise on a rehabilitation assignment. These three transactions make it 111 Isotopes transactions this season. . . . Albuquerque took two out of the three games in the series with El Paso and 24,962 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 8,321. . . . The Isotopes conclude the homestand with a four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) starting Thursday night. Probables in the opener are LHP John Lannan (3-1, 3.25) for the Isotopes and RHP Sam Gaviglio (6-5, 4.64) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/17/2015

June 16, 2015 - Isotopes (30-36)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      020 000 000 --  2  4  2
Albuquerque  020 000 01x --  3  9  1

WP: Rex Brothers (3-1)
LP: Chris Rearick (0-3)
SV: Jairo Diaz (6)

HR: ELP Brett Wallace (8) off Gray (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:35
ATT: 9,017
Drew Stubbs knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning as the Isotopes defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) 3-2 on Tuesday evening at "The Lab".

Brett Wallace solo homered and Rocky Gale added a RBI double as El Paso took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning.

Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the home half of the 2nd inning. Matt McBride and Stubbs singled and Dustin Garneau reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. Tim Smalling drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home McBride and Brock Bond grounded into a double play with Stubbs scoring to tie the game at 2-2.

In the 8th inning, consecutive singles from Tim Wheeler, McBride and Stubbs brought home the eventual game-winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray - 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 4.62 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 4.62 ERA
Jairo Diaz: (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.46 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x1 (.273), 1 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Ken Roberts: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 3.00 ERA

Roberts made his first MLB rehabilitation assignment outing for Albuquerque and against Roberts in the 7th inning, Tommy Medica led off with a single, Jake Goebbert struck out and Medica was caught stealing. Rocky Gale then grounded out as Roberts faced 3 batters and tossed 11 pitches with 8 of them for strikes.


'TOPES NOTES:
22,903 hot dogs were sold on 50-cent hot dog night for an average of 2.54 hot dogs consumed per fan in attendance. . . . Isotopes starter Jon Gray allowed 2 runs in 6 innings for his sixth straight quality start and his 8 strikeouts tied an Isotope team best for most strikeouts by a starter in a game this season (Leuris Gomez). . . . With his sixth save tonight, Jairo Diaz reclaimed the saves lead on the club. It was Diaz's first save since May 14th against Fresno. . . . Pat Murphy, the Chihuahuas manager, was named the new Padres interim manager so the Chihuahuas will now be managed by Jamie Quirk. Quirk was previously the manager of the Padres' Double-A San Antonio Missions. . . . Chihuahuas first baseman Tommy Medica was ejected in the 7th inning by First Base umpire Pat Hoberg. . . . The series concludes Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Eddie Butler (0-0, 2.57) for the Isotopes and LHP Jason Lane (4-4, 4.34) for the little dogs.

Filed 06/16/2015

June 15, 2015 - Isotopes (29-36)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      000 000 000 --  0   3  0
Albuquerque  001 200 00x --  3  10  0

WP: Jair Jurrjens (1-0)
LP: Chris Smith (1-2)
SV: Justin Miller (5)

TIME: 2:11
ATT: 7,574
Christian Bergman, Jair Jurrjens and Justin Miller combined on Albuquerque's second shutout of the season, a 3-hit 3-0 shutout of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in the opener of a three-game series at "The Lab" on Monday evening.

Isotopes starter Bergman singled, went to second base on Tim Wheeler's single and scored on Cristhian Adames' double for a 1-0 Isotope lead in the 3rd inning.

The Isotopes plated their final two runs in the 4th inning. Tim Smalling and Abel Baker drew one-out walks, Isotopes reliever Jair Jurrjens laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position and Wheeler singled them both home.

Isotopes Starter Line: Christian Bergman - 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.274), 1 2B (8), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies made things official Monday when they announced P Ken Roberts was being sent to Albuquerque on a MLB rehabilitation assignment. Roberts is working his way back to the Rockies after having suffered left elbow inflammation. . . . There have been reports that P Tyler Matzek will join short-season Class-A Boise when they start their season later this week as he tries to work through wildness issues. . . . Only one Chihuahuas baserunner made it to third base in the game. Rocky Gale tripled with out out in the 6th inning before being stranded. . . . There have been 17 games in Isotopes Park history with three combined runs scored and 7 of those have happened since 2013 when a humidor was installed. . . . Isotopes pitching allowed three hits, the fewest hits allowed in a game this season. . . . Christian Bergman was the 17th different Isotope to start a game this season. . . . Jair Jurrjens had five scoreless innings in the game, extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 8, tied with John Lannan for second longest streak of the season and one behind Jon Gray's team season high streak. Both of Albuquerque's shutouts this season were combined efforts and Jurrjens has been one of the pitchers in both of them. . . . With his fifth save, Justin Miller tied Jairo Diaz for the team lead in saves. . . . Domingo Santana of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Santana hit .545 (12x22) with a homer and 9 RBI during the award week. . . . Reliever Marcos Mateo of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Mateo made three relief appearances and went 1-0 with a 0.00. In 5 1/3 innings of relief, Mateo allowed no runs, walked 3 and fanned 8. . . . The series continues Tuesday evening with a 50-cent hot dog night that hopefully won't be cancelled by weather like the first 50-cent hot dog night of the season when the game was postponed due to rain. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (3-5, 4.76) for the Isotopes and LHP Robbie Erlin (5-4, 5.77) for the little dogs.

Filed 06/15/2015

June 14, 2015 - Isotopes (28-36)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  010 000 000 --  1   1  0
Tacoma       002 001 01x --  4  13  0

WP: Forrest Snow (4-4)
LP: Yohan Flande (2-2)
SV: Edgar Olmos (1)

HR: TAC Shawn O'Malley (3) off Flande (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:16
ATT: 4,538
Albuquerque was held to just one hit in the game and they made the most of that hit in avoiding the shutout in a roadtrip-ending 4-1 loss to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Sunday afternoon in Tacoma.

Drew Stubbs tripled and scored on Angelys Nina's sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning for Albuquerque's lone run of the game.

Chris Taylor singled with one out and scored on Shawn O'Malley's two-run homer in the 3rd inning to give Tacoma a 2-1 lead.

Jesus Montero walked and later scored on Carlos Rivero's single in the 6th inning and Rivero scored on Leury Bonilla's single in the 8th inning for Tacoma's final run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Yohan Flande (L, 2-2) 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 6.41 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.270), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Boone Whiting was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-A Boise. . . . P Ken Roberts, who started the season with the Isotopes before being promoted to the Rockies and then got injured with left elbow inflammation, may begin a MLB rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes in the next day or two. The Colorado Rockies have not posted the transaction or confirmed the news, the transaction does not show up on the PCL transactions list, and Roberts did not appear in today's ballgame. The transaction and roster info on this website will be updated to add Roberts if the news is confirmed or the transaction becomes official. . . . The 1 hit was fewest hits the Isotopes have had in a game this season. . . . The 2 hour, 16 minute game was Albuquerque's shortest 9-inning road game this season and was 10 minutes longer than a game at Isotopes Park that is the shortest 9-inning game of the season. . . . The Isotopes and Rainiers split the series 2-2 and 20,511 attended at Cheney Stadium for a per-game average of 5,128. Today's game marked the final game of the 2015 regular season played in Tacoma and Albuquerque won four of the eight games. Tacoma leads the all-time series at Cheney Stadium 19-17. The Rainiers come to Albuquerque later this week to conclude the 16-game season series. . . . Albuquerque went 5-3 on the just-completed roadtrip. . . . The Isotopes return home to a pair of oddities --- a three-game series to begin the homestand and a seven-game total homestand -- as the PCL starts its annual schedule adjustments so that each team in the league ends a series on the Sunday in July that leads into the three-day Triple-A All-Star Break and that the season ends on Labor Day. Probables in the opener of the three-game series against the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) are RHP Christian Bergman (No Record) making his first Isotopes start since his option to Albuquerque from the Rockies and RHP Chris Smith (1-1, 3.81) for the Little Dogs.

Filed 06/14/2015

June 13, 2015 - Isotopes (28-35)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  101 220 000 --  6  12  1
Tacoma       000 000 012 --  3   7  0

WP: John Lannan (3-1)
LP: Sam Gaviglio (6-5) 

HR: ABQ Tim Wheeler (6) off Gaviglio (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Matt McBride (8) off Gaviglio (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:20
ATT: 6,758
Isotopes starter John Lannan had Albuquerque's best starting outing this season, tossing five no-hit innings and took a shutout into the 8th inning before giving up an unearned run in Albuquerque's 6-3 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Saturday evening in Tacoma.

Tim Wheeler had a game-leadoff homer as Albuquerque only needed a few pitches to take a 1-0 lead.

Jose Rivera doubled and scored two outs later on Cristhian Adames single in the 3rd inning.

In the 4th inning, Angelys Nina and Tim Smalling singled and Roger Bernadina reached on a fielders choice with Nina scoring and Smalling out at second base. Bernadina stole second base and scored on Abel Baker's double to extend the Isotopes lead to 4-0.

Drew Stubbs walked and scored on Matt McBride's two-run homer in the 5th inning for a 6-0 Isotopes lead.

Tacoma broke up the shutout in the 8th inning when Carlos Rivero doubled, went to third base when Leury Bonilla reached on a fielding error and scored on Chris Taylor's single.

Tacoma's John Hicks singled home two runs with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (W, 3-1) 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 3.25 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Charlie Culberson and P Tyler Matzek were both activated from the temporary inactive list on Saturday. . . . Tim Wheeler hit Albuquerque's third leadoff homer this season (Brandon Barnes and Cristhian Adames). . . . Matt McBride was the first Isotope to homer in back-to-back games this season. McBride had two hits for his 20th multi-hit game of the season, leading the club. . . . John Lannan had the best Isotopes sabermetric Game Score of the season (73) and his five no-hit innings was Albuquerque's longest no-hit bid of the season. Tacoma's John Hicks singled to lead off the bottom of the 6th inning to break up the no-hit bid. Lannan went 8 innings, tying Jon Gray from the opener of this series for the longest Isotope starting outing of the season and Lannan has five straight quality start outings. . . . Every Isotope hitter had at least one hit in the game. . . . The series (and roadtrip) concludes on Sunday afternoon. Probables are LHP Yohan Flande (2-1, 7.24) for the Isotopes and RHP Forrest Snow (3-4, 2.58) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/13/2015

June 12, 2015 - Isotopes (27-35)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  010 100 000 01 --  3  10  1
Tacoma       000 000 200 00 --  2   8  0

WP: Rex Brothers (2-1)
LP: Mayckol Guaipe (0-3)
SV: Justin Miller (4)

HR: ABQ Matt McBride (7) off Germano (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:58
ATT: 5,342
Tonight's game mirrored yesterday's game early on but the ending was much better. Just like yesterday, the Isotopes built a 2-0 lead, the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) scored two runs to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Unlike last night's Rainiers walkoff homer win in the 10th inning, tonight's game went 11 innings and Albuquerque's run in the top of the 11th inning gave the Isotopes a 3-2 victory.

Matt McBride doubled, went to third base on a groundout and scored on Tim Smalling's single in the 2nd inning and McBride solo homered in the 4th inning as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Stefen Romero singled, Leon Landry doubled and both came around to score on Shawn O'Malley's single in the 7th inning to knot the game at 2-2.

In the top of the 11th inning, Angelys Nina singled, advanced to second base on Dustin Garneau's sacrifice bunt and scored on Smalling's double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler - 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 2.57 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 2.57 ERA
Jairo Diaz: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.65 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In today's lone Isotopes transaction, P Ryan Arrowood was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-AA New Britain. . . . Matt McBride was a triple short of hitting for the cycle and had his second 4-hit game of the season. . . . The Isotopes have played in back-to-back extra inning contests for the first time since May 28-29, 2014 at Sacramento. . . . Eddie Butler was the 16th different Isotope pitcher to start a game this season. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (2-1, 3.72) for the Isotopes and RHP Sam Gaviglio (6-4, 4.19) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/12/2015

June 11, 2015 - Isotopes (26-35)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  200 000 000 1 --  3  10  1
Tacoma       002 000 000 2 --  4   7  1

WP: Edgar Olmos (1-0)
LP: Justin Miller (0-2)

HR: TAC Jesus Montero (9) off Miller (10th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:47
ATT: 3,873
It appeared the Isotopes would claim an extra inning victory but things changed when Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners)' Jesus Montero two-run walkoff homered to give the Rainiers a 4-3 10-inning victory over Albuquerque in the series opener in Tacoma on Thursday evening.

Albuquerque's Tim Wheeler drew a game-leadoff walk and Drew Stubbs drew a walk. Wheeler later scored in the inning on a passed ball and Angelys Nina singled Stubbs home for a 2-0 lead.

With the bases loaded in the 3rd inning, Franklin Gutierrez singled home Shawn O'Malley and James Jones to knot the game at 2-2.

The game remained deadlocked until the 10th inning when back-to-back doubles from Matt McBride and Nina gave Albuquerque a 3-2 lead.

With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Jones singled and scored on Montero's walkoff homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray - 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, WP, 4.76 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, WP, 4.76 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies made several moves involving the Isotopes Thursday. Colorado recalled P LaTroy Hawkins from his MLB rehabilitation assignment and optioned both IF/OF Kyle Parker and P Christian Bergman to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes are 4-3 in extra inning contests and 11-10 in games decided by one run this season. . . . Albuquerque tied a season-best with five doubles in the game and grounded into a season-worst three double plays. . . . Jon Gray had a sabermetric Game Score of 67, the second highest of the season behind his 72 in a May 31st start. Gray's eight innings pitched was the longest Isotope start of the season and Gray has turned in a quality start in each of his last five outings. . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are RHP Eddie Butler (No Record) for the Isotopes and former-Isotope RHP Justin Germano (5-2, 2.61) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/11/2015

June 9, 2015 - Isotopes (26-34)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  001 000 000 --  1  8  0
Salt Lake    000 000 000 --  0  6  1

WP: Boone Whiting (2-3)
LP: Alex Sanabia (1-5)
SV: Rex Brothers (1)

TIME: 2:51
ATT: 4,182
Jair Jurrjens, Boone Whiting, LaTroy Hawkins and Rex Brothers combined on Albuquerque's first shutout of the season, a six-hit, dramatic 1-0 victory in the series finale against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City.

The only run of the game was scored in the 3rd inning. Brock Bond singled and stole second base. Tim Wheeler walked, Cristhian Adames singled to load the bases and Matt McBride reached on an error with Bond scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens - 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 3.65 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

LaTroy Hawkins: (H, 1) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 7.71 ERA

Hawkins pitched in the 8th inning and allowed a leadoff double to Grant Green, then got Jett Bandy to fly out while Green tagged up to third base. Roger Kieschnick reached on a fielders choice with Green out at home plate, and Ryan Jackson grounded out to end the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF/OF Kyle Parker from the Isotopes and optioned P Eddie Butler to Albuquerque. P Jair Jurrjens was activated from the disabled list to make today's start and IF Charlie Culberson was placed on the temporary inactive list. . . . The Bees had three great opportunities to score runs but Albuquerque was able to work out of the jams. Salt Lake had runners on second and third with one out in the 2nd inning, the bases loaded with one out in the 4th inning, and a runner on third with 1 out in the 8th inning. . . . The Isotopes had a 1-0 win last May in Salt Lake City, making it two years in a row the Isotopes have defeated the Bees by that final score. There have been 15 Isotope 1-0 road contests in franchise history and combining home and road, the Isotopes are 9-11 in 1-0 contests. The last 1-0 contest prior to today was a 1-0 win against Fresno in a game shortened to five innings by rain on July 22, 2014. . . . . According to the Bees, this game was the 10th 1-0 shutout in the history of Smith's Ballpark. . . . The Isotopes' defense got two Bees runners out at home plate on fielder's choice force outs in the game. . . . Albuquerque took three out of the four games in the series with Salt Lake and 15,921 attended for a per-gate average of 5,307. . . . The Isotopes have completed 15 series' this season and have won just two of them, taking three out of the four games in each of those two series. . . . Albuquerque is 11-9 in games decided by one run this season and picked up their third win of the season (out of 26 wins total) when scoring 3 or fewer runs. . . . The Isotopes have made a gradual march in the standings, going from 11 games back on May 27th to 5 games back of Las Vegas after today's game. . . . The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have the day off Wednesday before Albuquerque wraps up their current roadtrip with a four game series in Tacoma against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners). Probables in the opener Thursday evening are RHP Jon Gray (3-5, 5.10) for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler Olson (0-1, 0.00) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/09/2015

June 8, 2015 - Isotopes (25-34)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  032 001 2 --  8  11  0
Salt Lake    200 001 4 --  7   7  2

WP: Jason Gurka (1-0)
LP: Steven Hensley (2-4)
SV: Justin Miller (3)

HR: ABQ Drew Stubbs (1) off Hensley (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:45
ATT: 7,565
The Isotopes finally snapped their 2015 doubleheader losing streak but it was not easy. In the nightcap, the Isotopes held off a four-run Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) 7th inning rally to hold on for a 8-7 victory to finally win a doubleheader game for the first time in five doubleheaders played.

Marc Krauss' two run double gave the Bees a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning.

Albuquerque took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd inning. Drew Stubbs walked, stole second base and scored on Tim Smalling's ground-rule double. Abel Baker singled home Smalling and Baker later scored in the inning on an error.

Kyle Parker singled and scored on Stubbs' two-run homer in the 3rd inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to 5-2.

Each team exchanged single runs in the 6th inning. In the top of the 6th inning, Smalling singled, stole second base, went to third base on an error on the steal and scored on Brock Bond's sacrifice fly. Alex Yarbrough drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom half of the frame.

Albuquerque made it a 8-3 lead in the 7th inning when Matt McBride singled, Stubbs walked and Angelys Nina tripled them both home.

Isotopes reliever Jairo Diaz was on the mound in the 7th inning when Salt Lake almost won the game. Diaz walked the bases loaded with one out and a wild pitch brought home a run. A walk re-loaded the bags before Justin Miller replaced Diaz on the mound. Miller gave up a pair of walks to score a pair of runs and a fielders choice brought home another Salt Lake run before Miller got a groundout to end the game with the game-tying run stranded at third base.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey - 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.24 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (H, 5) 0.2 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, WP, 6.08 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.275), 1 R, 1 K, SB (5)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P David Hale from the Isotopes. Hale started and won the game for the Rockies against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field Monday evening. . . . Albuquerque stole four bases in the game, tying a season high. . . . With the winning pitching decision, Jason Gurka earned his first Triple-A victory. . . . The 2 hour, 45 minute doubleheader game was Albuquerque's longest doubleheader game of the season. . . . Every Isotopes hitter except for Cristhian Adames had a hit in the game. . . . Kyle Parker singled in the game to extend his hitting streak to 6 games, the longest current Isotope hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque has a three-game winning streak in games against right-handed opponent starters. . . . Isotopes reliever Jairo Diaz gave up six walks in the game, the most for a reliever in a game since Jon Huber allowed six walks in a game in 2011. . . . Christian Villanueva of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Villanueva hit .333 (10x30) with 4 homers and 12 RBI during the award week. . . . Tyler Lyons of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Lyons won both of his starts for the award week and had a complete game shutout in one of his outings. In 13 innings tossed, Lyons allowed 6 hits, no runs, 1 walk and fanned 13. . . . The series concludes Tuesday afternoon. RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 4.82) is expected to be activated from the Disabled List to make the start, while Salt Lake is expected to counter with RHP Alex Sanabia (1-4, 5.81).

Filed 06/08/2015

June 8, 2015 - Isotopes (24-34)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  004 102 0 --   7  6  1
Salt Lake    025 030 x --  10  7  1

WP: Andrew Heaney (6-2)
LP: Yohan Flande (2-1)
SV: Jeremy McBryde (8)

HR: SL Jett Bandy (6) off Flande (2nd inning, S)
    SL Alex Yarbrough (1) off Flande (3rd inning, 2R)
    SL Gary Brown (4) off Arrowood (5th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:08 
The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) scored five runs in the 3rd inning to take the lead and held off the Isotopes 10-7 in the opener of a doubleheader Monday in Salt Lake City.

Jett Bandy solo homered and Ryan Jackson knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly as the Bees led 2-0 after 2 innings of play.

Albuquerque took a short-lived lead in the 3rd inning. Dustin Garneau walked and went to second base on a wild pitch. An out later, Roger Bernadina was hit by a pitch and Cristhian Adames bunt singled to load the bases. Tim Smalling ground-rule doubled to plate Garneau and Bernadina and a wild pitch brought Adames home. Kyle Parker's sacrifice fly brought home Smalling for a 4-2 Isotopes lead.

The Bees plated five runs in their half of the 3rd inning. Alex Yarbrough's two-run homer tied up the game at 4-4 and Grant Green singled home the go-ahead run. Josh Rutledge added a two-run single later in the inning.

Drew Stubbs singled, stole second base, went to third base on a throwing error on the steal and scored on Garneau's double as the Isotopes trailed 7-5.

Gary Brown three-run homered in the 5th inning to extend the Bees lead to 10-5 and Albuquerque plated their final two runs of the game in the 6th inning when Adames doubled with the bases loaded to drive in Angelys Nina and Garneau.

Isotopes Starter Line: Yohan Flande (L, 2-1) 3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 7.24 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x3 (.276), 1 RBI (33), SF


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes started their fifth doubleheader of the season today and is 0-9 in doubleheader games. . . . Albuquerque is 1-5 in games decided by three runs this season. . . . The two teams combined for 17 runs, the most runs for an Isotopes road game this season and Albuquerque pitching tied a road season-worst with 10 runs allowed in a road game.

Filed 06/08/2015

June 7, 2015 - Isotopes (24-33)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  005 000 000 1 --  6   9  3
Salt Lake    200 010 200 0 --  5  14  0

WP: Nelson Gonzalez (1-0)
LP: Vinnie Pestano (0-1)
SV: Justin Miller (2)

HR: ABQ Dustin Garneau (5) off DeLoach (3rd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Kyle Parker (7) off Pestano (10th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:57
ATT: 4,174
Kyle Parker's 10th inning homer snapped a 5-5 deadlock as the Isotopes defeated the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) 6-5 on Sunday afternoon in Salt Lake City.

Kyle Kubitza two-run doubled as the Bees took a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st inning.

Albuquerque put up a big 3rd inning to take a 5-2 lead. Tim Wheeler bunt singled, Charlie Culberson singled and Cristhian Adames laid down a sacrifice bunt. Kyle Parker delivered a two run single to score Wheeler and Culberson. An out later, Drew Stubbs walked and Dustin Garneau three-run homered.

Ryan Jackson reached on an error with a run scoring in the 5th inning and Jett Bandy doubled home a run and Marc Krauss singled home a run in the 7th inning as the Bees tied up the game at 5-5.

Parker solo-homered as the first batter of the 10th inning for the eventual game-winning run and the Bees went in order in the bottom of the 10th inning to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan - 6 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 3.88 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 3x4 (.275), 2 R, 1 HR (7), 3 RBI (32), 1 BB

ROCKIES Rehab Report

LaTroy Hawkins: (BS, 1) 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 9.82 ERA

Hawkins faced 7 batters, tossing 23 pitches with 16 for strikes in his worst MLB rehabilitation assignment outing. In the 7th inning, Hawkins gave up a double to Alex Yarbrough, then got a groundout before allowing a run-scoring double to Jett Bandy. Marc Krauss singled home a run and Ryan Jackson reached on an error before Hawkins struck out Roger Kieschnick and got Josh Rutledge to ground out.


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotopes transactions, P David Hale was placed on the Reserve List while waiting for the Rockies to recall him from Albuquerque on Monday to start Monday night's Rockies game at Coors Field against the St. Louis Cardinals. IF Angelys Nina was activated from the Disabled List, IF Jordan Ribera was transferred from Albuquerque to Rookie-Grand Junction, and the Rockies recalled IF Charlie Culberson from his MLB rehabilitation assignment and then outrighted him to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque is 4-2 in extra inning contests this season. . . . The victory was the Isotopes' seventh this season in which the game-winning runs were scored in their last at-bat of the game. . . . John Lannan had a quality start, his fourth straight one. . . . The Isotopes and Bees will play a doubleheader Monday with each game scheduled for 7 innings. In Game 1, probables are LHP Yohan Flande (2-0, 5.91) for the Isotopes and LHP Andrew Heaney (5-2, 3.73) for the Bees. In Game 2, LHP Aaron Laffey is expected to take the bump for Albuquerque and RHP Steven Hensley (2-3, 8.54) for Salt Lake.

Filed 06/07/2015

June 6, 2015 - Isotopes at Bees, Ppd., Rain

The series opener in Salt Lake City between the Isotopes and Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) was postponed due to rain. The game is scheduled to be made up as a pair of 7-inning contests on Monday June 8th.

The rainout was not something Albuquerque has found to their liking this season because it means a makeup doubleheader and in four doubleheaders played, Albuquerque has yet to win a doubleheader game.

The Isotopes have been rained out once at home and four times on the road in 2015.

Both clubs are still scheduled to play a single game Sunday afternoon.

Filed 06/06/2015

June 5, 2015 - Isotopes (23-33)

Isotopes Park

Iowa         100 000 100 --   2  10  1
Albuquerque  100 002 52x --  10  11  1

WP: Jon Gray (3-5)
LP: Felipe Paulino (0-3) 

HR: IWA Chris Valaika (3) off Gray (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:04
ATT: 9,250
In the final game of the first 16-game stretch of play against the American Conference this season in the PCL's equivalent of "interleague play", the Isotopes plated 9 runs over their final three at-bats to claim a 10-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs).

Each team traded a run in the 1st inning. For Iowa, Adron Chambers singled and socred on Javier Baez's double, and for Albuquerque, Cristhian Adames tripled and scored on Kyle Parker's groundout.

Albuquerque broke the deadlocked game with two runs in the 6th inning. Adames singled, stole second base, Parker walked and Matt McBride was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Drew Stubbs sacrifice flied out to drive in Adames and an error on a pickoff attempt brought Parker home.

Chris Valaika solo homered in the 7th inning for Iowa's final run.

Albuquerque turned a one-run lead into a six-run lead with a 5-run inning after the 7th inning stretch. Tim Smalling singled and scored an out later on Adames double. Parker singled home Adames and after McBride and Stubbs walked to load the bases, Dustin Garneau sacrifice flied out to bring home Parker. Roger Bernadina was intentionally walked and Tim Wheeler delivered a two-run single to score McBride and Stubbs.

Albuquerque put their final two runs on the scoreboard with two outs in the 8th inning. Parker and McBride singled before both came home on Stubbs' double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (W, 3-5), 6.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, WP, 5.10 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (W, 3-5) 6.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, WP, 5.10 ERA
Jairo Diaz: (H, 4) 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.85 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.265), 3 R, 2 RBI (29), 1 BB, 1 K, E (3)

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Charlie Culberson: 0x2 (.200), 1 K

Culberson played in back-to-back games for the first time in his MLB rehabilitation assignment but did not play the whole game tonight. Culberson grounded out in the 1st inning, struck out in the 3rd inning and was replaced in the field in the top of the 6th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Jon Gray allowed a first inning run, quickly ending his 9 consecutive scoreless innings streak, the most for an Isotope this season. Gray continued another streak, a streak of quality starts which he extended to four. . . . Cristhian Adames was a homer short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes and Cubs split their only four-game series of the season and 34,425 attended for a per-game average of 8,606. All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 94-90, including 57-35 in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . The PCL had its first cancelled game of the season as rain cancelled the series finale in Colorado Springs between the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers). The game was the last game in the only four-game series of the season between the two clubs thus the game is lost to the schedule. . . . The Isotopes hit the road for eight games with an off-day between the two four-game series. The first stop is Salt Lake City and picturesque Smith's Ballpark to take on the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Probables in the opener are LHP John Lannan (2-1, 3.81) for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler DeLoach (1-1, 1.50) for the Bees.

Filed 06/05/2015

June 4, 2015 - Isotopes (22-33)

Isotopes Park

Iowa         211 210 010 --  8  11  0
Albuquerque  000 020 000 --  2   7  1

WP: Eric Jokisch (3-2)
LP: Boone Whiting (1-3)

HR: IWA Eric Jokisch (1) off Whiting (2nd inning, S)
    IWA Christian Villanueva (7) off Whiting (4th inning, 2R)
 
    ABQ Charlie Culberson (1) off Jokisch (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:44
ATT: 8,441
The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) plated runs in each of the first five innings and cruised to a 8-2 victory over the Isotopes on Thursday evening at "The Lab".

Christian Villanueva doubled home a run and scored on Rafael Lopez's single in the 1st inning and Cubs starter Eric Jokisch solo homered in the 2nd inning as Iowa led 3-0.

Chris Valaika grounded into a double play in the 3rd inning with Villanueva scoring and Villanueva two-run homered in the 4th inning to extend the Iowa lead to 6-0.

Valaika scored on Jokisch's sacrifice bunt in the 5th inning as Iowa increased the lead to 7-0 before Albuquerque scored their only runs of the game in the bottom half of the frame. Pinch-hitter Jose Rivera doubled and scored on MLB rehabber Charlie Culberson's two-run homer.

Back-to-back doubles from Arismendy Alcantara and Adron Chambers plated Iowa's final run of the game in the 8th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Boone Whiting (L, 1-3) 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 7 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 7.88 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x3 (.259), 1 BB, 1 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Charlie Culberson: 1x5 (.231), 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (2), 1 K

Culberson played the whole game at shortstop and flew out to left field in the 1st inning, struck out in the 3rd inning, two-run homered in the 5th inning, grounded out in the 7th inning and flew out to right field foul territory in the 9th inning.



LaTroy Hawkins: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA

After having to shut down his mid-May MLB rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes due to an irritated nerve, Hawkins resumed his assignment with the Isotopes and faced the minimum 3 batters, tossing 13 pitches with 10 for strikes. Hawkins got Adron Chambers to ground out, struck out Javier Baez looking and got Christian Villanueva to ground out.


'TOPES NOTES:
Drew Stubbs flew out in his first at-bat in the 2nd inning, snapping a streak of six straight at-bats with a hit. . . . Albuquerque starter Boone Whiting allowed 7 walks, tying Tyler Matzek for the most walks allowed in a start this season. Whiting also allowed 7 earned runs, tying him with several for the most earned runs allowed in a start. . . . Iowa starter Eric Jokisch was the second Isotope opponent pitcher to homer this season. . . . Iowa's Christian Villanueva has homered in all three contests of the series. . . . The series (and homestand) concludes Friday evening. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (2-5, 5.40) for the Isotopes and RHP Felipe Paulino (0-2, 7.71) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/04/2015

June 3, 2015 - Isotopes (22-32)

Isotopes Park

Iowa         200 130 100 --  7  15  3
Albuquerque  600 111 00x --  9  14  2

WP: Yohan Flande (2-0)
LP: Dallas Beeler (1-5)
SV: Justin Miller (1)

HR: IWA Christian Villanueva (6) off Flande (1st inning, 2R)
    IWA Rubi Silva (4) off Flande (4th inning, S)
    IWA Rubi Silva (5) off Arrowood (7th inning, S)

TIME: 2:50
ATT: 8,591
The Isotopes used a six-run 1st inning to erase an early defecit and held on to defeat the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) 9-7 on Wednesday evening to snap a three-game losing streak.

After Iowa's Christian Villanueva two-run homered to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead after half an inning of play, the Isotopes sent 10 batters to the plate in their first at-bats of the game. Cristhian Adames reached on an error, Tim Smalling singled and Kyle Parker singled to drive in Adames. Matt McBride singled home Smalling and Drew Stubbs had a two-run single to plate Parker and McBride. Dustin Garneau walked and Brock Bond laid down a sacrifice bunt. An out later, Isotopes starter Yohan Flande had a two-run single to drive in Stubbs and Garneau as the Isotopes led 6-1.

Rubi Silva solo homered for Iowa in the top of the 4th inning and Albuquerque got that run back in the bottom half of the frame when McBride tripled and scored on Stubbs' sacrifice flyout.

Villanueva had a two-run single and Silva had a run-scoring single in the 5th inning as the Cubs closed to 7-6.

Bond singled and later scored on an error in the 5th inning and McBride doubled and scored on Stubbs' single in the 6th inning as the Isotopes added some breathing room at 9-6.

Iowa's Silva added his second homer of the game in the 7th inning for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Yohan Flande (W, 2-0) 5 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, Balk, 5.91 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (H, 3) 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, HBP, 4.91 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x5 (.258), 1 R, 1 RBI (27)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned the doubleheader 26th roster man P David Hale to the Isotopes after splitting the doubleheader with the Dodgers and IF Zach Osborne was sent to Class-A Modesto from Albuquerque. . . . Matt McBride, for the second day in a row, was a hit short of hitting for the cycle. Tonight McBride was missing the homer whereas it was a triple last night. . . . Drew Stubbs is reaching Isotopes franchise record territory as Stubbs has hits in his last six at-bats. . . . Isotopes starter Yohan Flande knocked in two runs, the most RBI for a pitcher in a game this season. . . . Game three of the series is Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Boone Whiting (1-2, 7.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Eric Jokisch (2-2, 3.67) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/03/2015

June 2, 2015 - Isotopes (21-32)

Isotopes Park

Iowa         101 020 302 --  9  15  1
Albuquerque  000 100 020 --  3   8  2

WP: Donn Roach (6-0)
LP: Aaron Laffey (1-2)

HR: IWA Javier Baez (6) off Gurka (7th inning, 2R)
    IWA Javier Baez (7) off Gonzalez (9th inning, 2R)
    IWA Arismendy Alcantara (8) off Laffey (3rd inning, S)
    IWA Christian Villanueva (5) off Gurka (5th inning, 2R)
 
    ABQ Matt McBride (6) off Roach (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:41
ATT: 8,143
The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) had four homers, accounting for seven of the nine runs in handing the Isotopes a 9-3 series-opening loss on Tuesday night at "The Lab".

Iowa scored a run when Christian Villanueva grounded into a double play in the 1st inning and Arismendy Alcantara solo homered in the 3rd inning as the Cubs built a 2-0 lead.

Matt McBride solo homered in the 4th inning to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard.

Adron Chambers singled and scored on Villanueva's two-run homer in the 5th inning and in the 7th inning, Chambers doubled home a run and scored on Javier Baez's two-run homer as the Cubs led 7-1.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Kyle Parker reached on an error, McBride doubled and Dustin Garneau followed with a two-run double for the Isotopes' final runs of the game.

Baez closed out the scoring in the game with a two-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey (L, 1-2) 4 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 5.17 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.254), 1 R

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Charlie Culberson: 0x5 (.250), 2 K

Culberson made his second MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance with the Isotopes and played the whole game at shortstop.

Culberson struck out in the 1st inning, grounded out to second base in the 3rd inning, grounded out to short in the 5th inning, grounded out to second base in the 7th inning and struck out in the 9th inning to end the game.


'TOPES NOTES:
There were a flurry of Isotopes transactions on Tuesday. C Ryan Casteel was placed on the Disabled List with a strained right quad. C Abel Baker and P Jason Gurka joined the Isotopes from Class-AA New Britain and IF Brock Bond was signed by the Rockies as a free agent and assigned to Albuquerque. . . . Matt McBride was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes have lost their last four games played against the Iowa Cubs dating back to last season. . . . Albuquerque turned five double-plays in the game, tying a franchise record first set on June 4, 2007 at Fresno. . . . Iowa's Javier Baez was the fifth Isotopes opponent with a multi-homer game this season. . . . The Isotopes committed two errors in the game, snapping their season-best streak of four games without an error. . . . The four homers allowed was the most by the Isotopes pitching staff in a game this season. . . . Minor League Baseball released a list of the top 25 teams in merchandising sales and the Albuquerque Isotopes are on the list. Individual rankings and specific revenue data are never made available so it is unknown where in the top 25 the Isotopes actually rank. Other Pacific Coast League clubs in the top 25 include the El Paso Chihuahuas, Reno Aces, Sacramento River Cats and Salt Lake Bees. 2014 was a great year for Minor League Baseball merchandise sales with 160 teams combining for an all-time high $60.3 million, up from $55.4 million in 2013. Until 2014, the previous all-time merchandise sales high was $60 million in 1994. . . . The Isotopes announced 2015 Boston Marathon Women's winner Caroline Rotich is scheduled to throw out the first pitch on Friday before the game against the Iowa Cubs. Rotich, a New Mexico resident who won the Women's portion of the marathon with a time of 2:24:55, was scheduled to throw out the first pitch before a game earlier this season but that game was postponed due to rain. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Yohan Flande (1-0, 4.76) for the Isotopes and RHP Dallas Beeler (1-4, 10.29) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/02/2015

June 1, 2015 - Isotopes (21-31)

Isotopes Park

Omaha        000 000 101 --  2  7  2
Albuquerque  000 100 000 --  1  3  0

WP: John Lamb (6-1)
LP: Simon Castro (4-3)
SV: Brian Broderick (1)

HR: OMA Cheslor Cuthbert (6) off Castro (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:08
ATT: 5,030
For the second straight day, the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) plated the game winning run in their last at-bat to hand the Isotopes a 2-1 defeat.

Albuquerque scored their lone run of the game in the 4th inning. Drew Stubbs walked, went to second base on Kyle Parker's single and scored two outs later when Tim Smalling reached on an error.

Omaha knotted the game at 1-1 in the 7th inning when Jose Martinez doubled with one out, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Francisco Pena's single.

Cheslor Cuthbert solo-homered with one out in the 9th inning to give Omaha the lead and Albuquerque blew a great opportunity in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie or win the game. Stubbs reached on an error, Parker singled and Matt McBride drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Dustin Garneau grounded into a double play with Stubbs forced out at home and Smalling grounded out to end the game, stranding the game-tying run on 3rd base.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan - 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 3.81 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.260)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Tommy Kahnle from the Isotopes after placing P Jordan Lyles on the major-league disabled list. With a Tuesday doubleheader against the Dodgers, the Rockies also recalled P David Hale to be the Rockies' 26th roster man for the doubleheader. The Rockies have not decided on whether Hale will start Game 1 or Game 2. . . . John Lannan no-hit the Storm Chasers for 4 innings, the longest Isotope pitcher no-hit bid of the season. Lannan had his third straight quality start. . . . The Isotopes scored 21 runs in the first two games of the series before their bats went quiet, only scoring 2 runs in the final two games of the series. . . . Albuquerque and Omaha split their only four-game series of the season and 28,609 attended at "The Lab" for a per-game average of 7,152. All-time, Albuquerque leads the series 97-86 with a 49-43 advantage in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . Both losses in this series came when Omaha plated the game-winning runs in their final at-bat. Albuquerque has 11 losses this season when their opponent either walked-off or scored the game winning run in their final at-bat. . . . Albuquerque has not committed an error in four straight games, a season best mark. . . . The Isotopes are 1-8 in contests where the bullpen took over in a tied game. . . . Albuqurque is 8-9 in games decided by one run this season. . . . Omaha starter John Lamb's 78 sabermetric Game Score was the second highest Game Score for an Isotopes opponent this season. . . . Former-Isotope Jamie Romak of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Romak hit .538 (14x26) with 4 homers and 14 RBI. . . . Barry Zito of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Zito won both of his starts for the award week and did not allow a run in 14 innings of work (0.00 ERA). Zito allowed 5 hits, 5 walks and fanned 11 in those two victories. . . . The Isotopes conclude the homestand with a four game series against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) starting Tuesday evening. The Isotopes have yet to name a probable while the Cubs are expected to send RHP Donn Roach (5-0, 2.18) to the bump.

Filed 06/01/2015

May 31, 2015 - Isotopes (21-30)

Isotopes Park

Omaha        000 000 002 --  2  7  0
Albuquerque  000 010 000 --  1  7  0

WP: Michael Mariot (1-1)
LP: Jairo Diaz (1-4)

TIME: 2:24
ATT: 5,211
Jon Gray had Albuquerque's best starting outing of the season, tossing seven innings of scoreless, 4-hit ball but the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) spoiled Gray's chance for the victory by scoring two runs in the 9th inning to claim a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Isotopes. Albuquerque snapped a three-game winning streak with the loss.

The Isotopes scored their lone run in the 5th inning. The MLB rehabilitating Charlie Culberson doubled, went to third base on Jose Rivera's sacrifice bunt and scored on Roger Bernadina's double.

With one out in the 9th inning and Isotopes reliever Jairo Diaz on the mound, Paulo Orlando and Jose Martinez singled and Cheslor Cuthbert followed with a single to bring home Orlando with the game-tying run. Casey Kotchman walked to load the bags and Erik Kratz followed with a sacrifice flyout that provided what would be the game-winning run.

Matt McBride led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a double but was unable to be cashed in to send the game to extras as there were a pair of strikeouts and fly out to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray - 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 5.40 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR 5.40 ERA
Jairo Diaz: (BS, 4) (L, 1-4) 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.32 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.254), 2 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Charlie Culberson: 2x3 (.667), 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 K

Culberson made his first MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance for Albuquerque. Culberson played shortstop and struck out swinging in the 2nd inning, doubled and later scored in the 5th inning, singled in the 7th inning and was replaced in the field in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Angelys Nina was placed on the Disabled List with a left ankle sprain and IF Zach Osborne was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Modesto. . . . Jon Gray had Albuquerque's higest Game Score sabermetric of the season (72). Gray has tossed three straight quality starts and is in the middle of a nine scoreless innings streak, the most for an Isotope this season. . . . With the month of May in the books, here are some Isotope stats for the month: 12-18 record (7-11 at home, 5-7 on the road), .280 team batting average, 5.29 team ERA, 132 runs scored, 30 stolen bases, and 24 homers. . . . Jairo Diaz has a four losing pitching decision streak. . . . Drew Stubbs struck out four times in a game for the second time this season. . . . The series concludes Monday afternoon. Probables are LHP John Lannan (2-1, 4.22) for the Isotopes and LHP John Lamb (5-1, 3.32) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 05/31/2015

May 30, 2015 - Isotopes (21-29)

Isotopes Park

Omaha        020 002 001 --  5  12  4
Albuquerque  102 420 00x --  9  14  0

WP: Boone Whiting (1-2)
LP: Brandon Finnegan (0-1) 

HR: OMA Erik Kratz (2) off Diaz (9th inning, S)
 
    ABQ Kyle Parker (6) off Finnegan (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Roger Bernadina (3) off Mortensen (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 11,252
Kyle Parker drove in four runs and came up a single short of hitting for the cycle, almost becoming the first Isotope since 2008 to hit for the cycle, as the Isotopes extended their winning streak to 3 games with a 9-5 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) in front of a great "Lab" crowd of 11,252 on Saturday evening.

Cristhian Adames led off the Isotopes' half of the 1st inning with a walk, stole second base, took third on a throwing error on the play and scored on Parker's double in the 1st inning.

Jose Martinez and Lane Adams singled home runs for Omaha in the 2nd inning as the Storm Chasers took their only lead of the contest.

In the 3rd inning, Parker solo-homered to tie the game and Matt McBride followed with a single, stole second base and later scored on Dustin Garneau's fielders choice.

Albuquerque made it a more comfortable lead with a four-run 4th inning to lead 7-2. Ryan Casteel and McBride each singled home runs and Parker had a two-run triple in the inning.

Tim Smalling singled and came around to score on Roger Bernadina's two-run homer in the 5th inning for Albuquerque's final runs of the game.

The Storm Chasers plated three more runs in the game -- Martinez tripled home a run and scored on a groundout in the 6th inning and Eric Kratz added a solo homer in the 9th inning

Isotopes Starter Line: Boone Whiting (W, 1-2) 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 7.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 4.70 ERA
Kyle Parker: 3x4 (.261), 2 R, 1 2B (7), 1 3B (1), 1 HR (6), 4 RBI (26)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent IF Charlie Culberson to the Isotopes on a MLB rehabilitation assignment. It has not been reported why Culberson did not play tonight. . . . Boone Whiting was the 15th different Isotopes starter this season. . . . Tonight's attendance of 11,252 was the second largest home crowd of the season. . . . The Isotopes have put together a three-game winning streak and combined with division-leader Las Vegas having lost four straight, the Isotopes have trimmed their recent season-worst 11 games back in the division defecit to 8 games with tonight's win. Albuquerque is still in last place in the division. . . . The series continues Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (2-5, 6.22) for the Isotopes and RHP Aaron Brooks (3-3, 3.86) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 05/30/2015

May 29, 2015 - Isotopes (20-29)

Isotopes Park

Omaha        001 020 000 --   3  10  0
Albuquerque  105 022 20x --  12  16  0

WP: Yohan Flande (1-0)
LP: Yohan Pino (2-2)

HR: ABQ Ryan Casteel (2) off Coleman (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:51
ATT: 7,116
Ryan Casteel homered and knocked in four runs and Albuquerque had their largest single-game offense output since May 2nd in a 12-3 series-opening victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) at "The Lab" on Friday night.

Kyle Parker singled, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Matt McBride's single as Albuquerque quickly took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.

Back-to-back doubles from Omaha's Matt Fields and Whit Merrifield tied the game in the top of the 3rd inning before Albuquerque put the game away with a five runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning before any out was recorded. Roger Bernadina and Cristhian Adames singled and both scored on Casteel's double. Parker singled ahead of McBride's run scoring single. Tim Wheeler singled Parker home, Dustin Garneau drew a walk and Angelys Nina singled home McBride.

Orlando Calixte and Reymond Fuentes each singled home runs to plate the Storm Chasers' final runs of the game in the 5th inning.

With two outs in the home half of the 5th inning, Nina singled, Tim Smalling walked and Bernadina doubled them both home.

The Isotopes added two more runs to the scoreboard in the 6th inning when McBride singled home a run and Wheeler brought home a run with a sacrifice fly.

Adames reached on a fielders choice and scored on Casteel's two-run homer for the final Isotope runs of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Yohan Flande (W, 1-0) 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 4.76 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 3x5 (.248), 3 R, 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Shane Broyles was transferred to Class-AA New Britain from the Isotopes on Friday. . . . Tonight's game was the first win in the opener of a homestand this season. . . . The nine-run victory was Albuquerque's largest home winning margin of the season. . . . Albuquerque sent 11 batters to the plate in their five-run 3rd inning and tied their season-best for most hits in that inning (7). . . . Four players -- Roger Bernadina, Ryan Casteel, Kyle Parker and Matt McBride -- had three hits in the game. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. RHP Boone Whiting (0-2, 7.77) will make his Isotopes debut after pitching for the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) earlier in the season before being released. The Storm Chasers are expected to counter with LHP Brandon Finnegan (0-0, 9.00).

Filed 05/29/2015

May 28, 2015 - Isotopes (19-29)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque  000 100 003 --  4  9  2
New Orleans  000 000 200 --  2  6  3

WP: Tommy Kahnle (1-2)
LP: Salvador Sanchez (1-2)

HR: ABQ Kyle Parker (5) off Nicolino (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:31
ATT: 5,356
Kyle Parker drove in three runs, including a two-run single in a three-run 9th inning as the Isotopes rallied to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) 4-2 in Metarie, Louisiana on Thursday evening in the series finale. The Isotopes snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory.

Parker solo homered in the 4th inning for the first run of the game.

New Orleans took a lead in the 7th inning. Former-Isotope Miguel Rojas singled and scored on Jordany Valdespin's triple. Valdespin then scored when Isotopes catcher Ryan Casteel had a throwing error trying to pick off Valdespin.

In Albuquerque's deciding 9th inning, Tim Smalling reached on an error and Jose Rivera laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached safely on another error. Roger Bernadina laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position and Angelys Nina singled home Smalling to tie the game at 2-2. An out later, Parker delivered a two-run single for the go-ahead runs

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale - 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.97 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 2x5 (.237), 1 R, 1 HR (5), 3 RBI (22), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Pitcher Ryan Arrowood was added back to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise while P Alec Crawford was sent to Rookie-Grand Junction. . . . New Orleans took three out of the four games against Albuquerque in their only four-game series of the season. 10,086 attended at Zephyr Field for a per-gate average of 3,362. All-time, Albuquerque has a 98-85 series advantage but the Zephyrs hold a 50-40 advantage in games played in Louisiana. . . . Drew Stubbs struck out four times in the game, tying an Isotope season-worst for most strikeouts in a game. . . . Isotopes pitching has not allowed a homer in three straight games, a season high. . . . Minor League Baseball and the American Forces Network (AFN) signed an agreement to allow AFN to broadcast minor league baseball games to American troops. One of those games is the August 6th El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres)/Isotopes game from Isotopes Park, meaning Isotopes Park and the Isotopes will be not only getting national cable television exposure on the CBS Sports Network, but worldwide exposure as well since troops on bases worldwide and sailors at sea will be able to watch the game. . . . The Isotopes return home for an eight-game homestand to close out the first 16-game stretch of play against American Conference opponents -- the PCL equivalent of interleague play. The Isotopes have yet to name a probable while the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) are expected to send RHP Yohan Pino (2-1, 5.17) to the mound.

Filed 05/28/2015

May 27, 2015 - Isotopes (18-29)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque  000 001 200 --  3  13  3
New Orleans  000 021 01x --  4   8  0

WP: Salvador Sanchez (1-1)
LP: Jairo Diaz (1-3)
SV: Nick Wittgren (4)

TIME: 2:39
ATT: 2,076
The good news is that the Isotopes were finally able to score a run after being shut out for over three-plus games. The bad news is that Albuquerque extended their losing streak to five games as the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) plated a run in their final at-bats to win 4-3.

Jordany Valdespin singled home a run and Cole Gillespie added a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning as the Zephyrs took a 2-0 lead.

The Albuquerque offense snapped a 27-inning scoreless innings streak with a run in the 6th inning. Kyle Parker and Matt McBride singled and both moved up a base on Tim Wheeler's sacrifice bunt. An out later, Tim Smalling cashed in Parker with a single.

Scott Sizemore singled home a run for New Orleans in the bottom of the 6th inning and Albuquerque knotted the game at 3-3 in the 7th inning. Pinch-hitter Roger Bernadina singled and Angelys Nina walked. Drew Stubbs flew out with Bernadina tagging up to third base ahead of Parker's single to drive in Bernadina. An out later, Wheeler drew a walk to load the bases and Dustin Garneau drew a walk that plated Nina.

Juan Diaz delivered a two-out RBI single in the 8th inning that ended up being New Orleans' game winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan - 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.22 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (L, 1-3) 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.50 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x5 (.232), 1 R, 1 RBI (19), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies signed free agent P Boone Whiting and assigned him to Albuquerque. P Shane Halley was sent from the Isotopes to Class-A Boise. . . . The Isotopes have been streaking this season -- but not in a good way. Albuquerque has had three losing streaks this season of five or more games. . . . The Albuquerque offense's 27 scoreless innings streak tied a franchise record set in late June and early July 2009. . . . The Isotopes are 8-7 in games decided by one run this season and has a 1-7 record in games which are tied when the Isotopes bullpen takes over. . . . Albuquerque is 11 games behind Las Vegas in their division, the most games back in the division this season. . . . Nick Evans of the Reno Aces is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Evans hit .462 (12x26) with 3 homers and 13 RBI during the award week. . . . Duane Below of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Below had a complete game shutout victory in his only start of the week while allowing 4 hits, 1 walk and fanned 3. . . . The series (and roadtrip) finale is Thursday evening. The Isotopes have yet to name a probable, while the Zephyrs are expected to send LHP Justin Nicolino (4-1, 2.15) to the bump.

Filed 05/27/2015

May 26, 2015 - DH2 - Isotopes (18-28)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque  000 000 0 --  0  2  0
New Orleans  120 001 x --  4  9  0

WP: Pat Misch (3-4)
LP: Aaron Laffey (1-1)

TIME: 1:33
ATT: 2,654
In the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Isotopes could only muster two hits in their 4-0 shutout loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins). The Zephyrs swept the doubleheader with shutouts in each game.

The Zephyrs' Cole Gillespie had a sacrifice flyout in the 1st inning, Zephyrs starter Pat Misch and former-Isotope Miguel Rojas had RBI singles in the 2nd inning and a 6th inning groundout brought home the final New Orleans run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey (L, 1-1) 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.27 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x3 (.226), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
In a new flurry of Isotopes transactions, the Rockies recalled P Chris Rusin (and he started Tuesday's game in Cincinnati) and P Yohan Flande was optioned to Albuquerque. P Jair Jurrjens went back on the disabled list with a right groin strain. P Ryan Arrowood was transferred to Class-A Boise. P Shane Broyles was sent to Albuquerque from Class-A Modesto, P Alec Crawford was added from Rookie-Grand Junction and P Shane Halley joined the Isotopes from Class-A Boise. . . . The Albuquerque offense is in the midst of a 22-inning scoreless inning streak and has been shut out in three straight games for the first time in franchise history. It was also the first time in franchise history that the Isotopes were shut out in both games of a doubleheader. . . . The Isotopes were shut out for the fifth time this season and was dominated in the shutout as no Albuquerque runner made it to second base in the game. . . . Kyle Parker and Matt McBride each went 0x3 to snap 12-game game hitting streaks. . . . Aaron Laffey was the 13th differnet Isotope to start a game this season. . . . New Orleans starter Pat Misch had a Game Score stat of 76, the second highest for an Isotope opponent this season. . . . The Isotopes should hope for no more doubleheaders this season as they've played four and were swept in all four of them. . . . The Zephyrs made New Orleans franchise history as it was the first time the Zephyrs had shutouts in both games of a doubleheader sweep. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (2-1, 4.42) for the Isotopes and RHP Robert Morey (0-1, 3.97) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 05/26/2015

May 26, 2015 - DH1 - Isotopes (18-27)

Zephyr Field

Albuquerque  000 000 0 --  0  5  0
New Orleans  110 100 x --  3  8  0

WP: Adam Conley (4-2)
LP: Jon Gray (2-5)
SV: Nick Wittgren (3)

HR: NRL Miguel Rojas (3) off Gray (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 1:54
Isotopes starter Jon Gray pitched Albuquerque's first complete game of the season. Unfortunately his teammates could not give him any run support as the Isotopes were shut out 3-0 in the opener of a doubleheader against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) in Louisiana.

A groundout brought home New Orleans' first run in the 1st inning and Derek Dietrich doubled home a run in the 2nd inning.

Former-Isotope Miguel Rojas solo homered in the 4th inning for the final Zephyr run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (L, 2-5) 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 6.22 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (L, 2-5) 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 6.22 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x3 (.231)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes' Chris Rusin and the Zephyrs' Jose Urena were both scheduled to start one of the games of the doubleheader against each other, but both were called up to their parent MLB clubs before the doubleheader. . . . The Isotopes only had two runners reach second base in the game. . . . Albuquerque is 1-3 in games decided by three runs this season. . . . Kyle Parker and Matt McBride each extended their hitting streaks to 12 games, the longest Isotope hitting streaks of the season. . . . Jon Gray's complete game was the first Isotope complete game since Jeff Bennett in the first game of a doubleheader on July 11, 2014. Gray tossed his second straight quality start with tonight's effort. . . . New Orleans manager Andy Haines was ejected by Home Plate umpire Adam Schwarz in the 6th inning.

Filed 05/26/2015

May 25, 2015 - Isotopes at Zephyrs, Ppd., Rain

The series opener in Metarie, Louisiana between the Isotopes and New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) was postponed due to rain.

The game is scheduled to be made up as a doubleheader on May 26th as a pair of 7-inning contests with a first pitch at 4 PM Mountain.

Filed 05/25/2015

May 24, 2015 - DH Game 2 - Isotopes (18-26)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque  000 000 0 --  0  3  0
Round Rock   020 010 x --  3  6  0

WP: Jimmy Reyes (3-1)
LP: Ryan Arrowood (1-1)
SV: Spencer Patton (3)

HR: RR Ryan Strausborger (3) off Laffey (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 1:38
ATT: 8,129
The Isotopes were held to three hits in a 3-0 shutout loss to the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) in the nightcap of a doubleheader Sunday in Round Rock. The Isotopes were swept in the doubleheader.

Carlos Arroyo tripled home a run and scored on Hanser Alberto's single in the 2nd inning and Ryan Strausborger added a solo homer for Round Rock in the 5th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Arrowood (L, 1-1) 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 7.40 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
During the rainout day yesterday and today, there were several Isotope transactions. The Rockies recalled P David Hale from the Isotopes as the 26th roster man for a doubleheader. Hale started game two of Saturday's Rockies/Giants doubleheader at Coors Field then was optioned back to the Isotopes as the Rockies needed to get their roster back to 25 players after the doubleheader. P Jair Jurrjens was activated from the disabled list and made the start in the first game of today's Isotopes doubleheader. The Rockies recalled P Brooks Brown from his MLB rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes. LaTroy Hawkins remains on a MLB rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes. Finally, P Nelson Gonzalez was transferred from Class-AA New Britain to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque should hope to avoid doubleheaders for the rest of the season as the Isotopes were swept in all three doubleheaders played so far this season. . . . The Isotopes were shut out for the third time this season. . . . Albuquerque was no hit through 3 1/3 innings and three Isotope baserunners made it to second base in the game. . . . The Express and Isotopes split their only four-game series of the season. 25,191 attended at Dell Diamond for a per-gate average of 8,397. The all-time series is even-steven 76-76 with Round Rock having a 45-31 advantage in games played at Dell Diamond. . . . Matt McBride extended his hitting streak to 11 games, tying for the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Ryan Arrowood made his first start of the season for Albuquerque and with the loss, became the 16th different Isotope to record a losing pitching decision this season. . . . The Isotopes conclude their current roadtrip with a four game series in Metarie, Louisiana against the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins). Probables in the opener are LHP Chris Rusin (3-2, 6.29) for the Isotopes and RHP Jose Urena (4-0, 1.21) for the Zephyrs.

Filed 05/24/2015

May 24, 2015 - DH Game 1 - Isotopes (18-25)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque  100 111 0 --  4  6  1
Round Rock   101 201 x --  5  8  0

WP: Jerad Eickhoff (4-2)
LP: Simon Castro (4-2)
SV: Jon Edwards (12)

HR: ABQ Cristhian Adames (5) off Eickhoff (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Matt McBride (5) off Eickhoff (6th inning, S)

    RR Rougned Odor (4) off Jurrjens (1st inning, S)
    RR Brett Nicholas (3) off Jurrjens (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 1:54
Round Rock Express' (AAA Rangers) Ryan Strausborger drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 6th inning that scored the go-ahead run as the Express defeated the Isotopes 5-4 in the opener of a doubleheader on Sunday in Round Rock. Albuquerque snapped a three-game winning streak.

Each team had solo homers in the 1st inning. Cristhian Adames led off the game with a solo homer and Rougned Odor solo homered for the Express in the bottom half of the inning.

Round Rock took a lead in the 3rd inning on Odor's RBI single and the Isotopes knotted the game at 2-2 in the top of the 4th inning. Matt McBride doubled and scored on Kyle Parker's double.

Brett Nicholas two-run homered in the bottom of the 4th inning as the Express regained the lead at 4-2.

Roger Bernadina tripled and scored on Adames sacrifice flyout in the 5th inning and McBride solo homered in the 6th inning as the Isotopes tied the game at 4-4.

In Round Rock's half of the 6th inning, Michael Choice walked, Nicholas laid down a sacrifice bunt, Tyler Pastornicky doubled and Hanser Alberto was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out, leading the way for Strausborger to draw a walk for the eventual game-winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens - 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 4.82 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x3 (.229), 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (18)


'TOPES NOTES:
Isotopes starter Jair Jurrjens left the game in the 4th inning apparently due to injury. . . . Cristhian Adames had Albuquerque's second leadoff homer of the season (Brandon Barnes). . . . Kyle Parker extended his hitting streak to 11 games, tied for the longest Isotope hitting streak this season (Ben Paulsen). Matt McBride is right on Parker's heels with a 10 game hitting streak. . . . After last night's rainout, the Rangers announced Josh Hamilton's MLB rehabilitation assignment is over and that Hamilton will be joining the Rangers in Cleveland for a series starting on Memorial Day.

Filed 05/24/2015

May 23, 2015 - Isotopes at Express, Ppd., Rain

Saturday evening's contest in Round Rock between the Isotopes and Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) was postponed due to rain. It was Albuquerque's third rainout of the season and second rainout on the road.

With this series being the only four games of the season between the two clubs, the game will be made up as a unusual getaway day doubleheader starting at 9:30am Mountain Time (10:30am Round Rock time). Probables in Game 1 are RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 3.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Jerad Eickhoff (3-2, 4.99) for the Express. In Game 2, probables are LHP Chris Rusin (3-2, 6.29) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for Round Rock.

Filed 05/23/2015

May 22, 2015 - Isotopes (18-24)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque  200 200 100 --  5  10  0
Round Rock   002 000 110 --  4  14  1

WP: John Lannan (2-1)
LP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-5) 
SV: Tommy Kahnle (4)

HR: RR Michael Choice (5) off Diaz (8th inning, S)
 	
TIME: 2:41
ATT: 9,914
The Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) put up a late-game rally but the Isotopes were able to hold on for a 5-4 victory on Friday evening in Round Rock. The Isotopes have won three straight games.

Albuquerque plated two runs in the 1st inning on run-scoring singles from Matt McBride and Kyle Parker.

Round Rock's Rougned Odor doubled home a run and Ed Lucas singled home a run in the bottom of the 3rd inning to knot the game at 2-2.

The tie did not last very long as Albuquerque scored two more runs in the 4th inning. Angelys Nina singled, went to second base on Tim Smalling's groundout and scored on Roger Bernadina's single. Bernadina went to second on Cristhian Adames single, took third on Drew Stubbs' walk and scored on Tim Wheeler's sacrifice flyout.

Wheeler singled, stole second base and scored on Parker's single in the 7th inning as the Isotopes extended the lead to 5-2.

After the 7th inning stretch, a groundout brought home a run for Round Rock and Michael Choice added a solo homer in the 8th inning as the Express edged to a run down at 5-4.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (W, 2-1) 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, WP, 4.42 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (H, 2) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 4.95 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.226), 2 RBI (17), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Matt McBride extended his hitting streak to 9 games. With only a single hit in tonight's game, McBride has had multiple hits in eight of the nine games in this streak. . . . Kyle Parker extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the third Isotope this season with a double-digit hitting streak. . . . Ryan Casteel went hitless in five at-bats to snap a 10-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes have won three straight games for the first time since a four-game winning streak on April 12-15th. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 3.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Jerad Eickhoff (3-2, 4.99) for the E-train.

Filed 05/22/2015

May 21, 2015 - Isotopes (17-24)

Dell Diamond

Albuquerque  211 010 000 --  5  9  1
Round Rock   000 000 100 --  1  8  3

WP: Jon Gray (2-4)
LP: Anthony Ranaudo (3-1) 

TIME: 2:52
ATT: 7,148
Isotopes prospect Jon Gray had his best outing of the season, allowing six hits and an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings in Albuquerque's series-opening 5-1 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) on Thursday evening in Round Rock.

Albuquerque got off to a great start in the 1st inning. Cristhian Adames led off the game reaching on an error and Tim Wheeler singled an out later. Matt McBride reached on a fielders choice with Adames thrown out at home plate, but Ryan Casteel made sure to not squander the opportunity for some runs by delivering a two-run single to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.

Round Rock errors played big parts in Albuquerque scoring runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. In the 2nd inning, Tim Smalling reached on an error, went to second base on Adames single, advanced to third base on Drew Stubbs' walk and scored on Wheeler's sacrifice flyout.

In Albuquerque's 3rd inning, Angelys Nina reached on a two-base error with two outs and scored on Smalling's single.

McBride led off the 5th inning with a double and scored on Kyle Parker's single to make it 5-0 Albuquerque.

Gray gave up his only run of the game in the 7th inning when an Isotope error allowed a run to score.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (W, 2-4) 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 6.69 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (W, 2-4) 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 6.69 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.218), 1 RBI (15), 1 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: (H, 2) 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 9.00 ERA

Brown made his third MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance with the Isotopes when he entered the game in the bottom of the 7th inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two outs. Brown got a strikeout to end the Round Rock threat and stayed in the game in the 8th inning,striking out the MLB rehabilitating Josh Hamilton then allowed a single to Jake Smolinski, a walk to Jared Hoying then got a strikeout and a flyout to end his outing. Brown threw 30 pitches, 18 for strikes to the six batters he faced.


'TOPES NOTES:
On the Isotopes' off day Wednesday, the Rockies recalled OF Brandon Barnes from Albuquerque and optioned OF Drew Stubbs to Albuquerque. Today, P Carlos Hernandez returned from Class-A Boise and then was placed on the Disabled List, retroactive to May 20th, with a right knee tear. P Javier Palacios was sent to Class-A Boise, P Alec Crawford was sent to Rookie-level Grand Junction and IF Jordan Ribera was assigned to Albuquerque from Extended Spring Training. . . . Ryan Casteel extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the second longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. Kyle Parker (9 games) and Matt McBride (8 games) also extended long hitting streaks. . . . The Texas Rangers transferred Josh Hamilton's MLB rehabilitation assignment to Round Rock and in tonight's game, Hamilton went 1x4 (a double) and had a strikeout. . . . In former Isotope player news, C John Baker was released by the Seattle Mariners. Baker was playing for Triple-A Tacoma. Former-Isotope Erisbel Arruebarrena was placed on the suspended list by the Dodgers and Arruebarrena will be suspended for the rest of the season for apparently discipline reasons. Arreubarrena was suspended five games for his role in a on-field brawl last July in Reno while Arruebarrena was playing for Albuquerque. . . . Game two of the series is Friday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (1-1, 4.70) for the Isotopes and RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-4, 4.10) for the E-train.

Filed 05/21/2015

May 19, 2015 - Isotopes (16-24)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   002 230 000 --   7   9  3
Albuquerque  031 006 00x --  10  11  1

WP: Aaron Laffey (1-0)
LP: Clayton Blackburn (1-2)
SV: Tommy Kahnle (3)

HR: SAC Darren Ford (3) off Rusin (3rd inning, 2R)
    SAC Adam Duvall (11) off Rusin (4th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Tim Smalling (4) off Blackburn (2nd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Roger Bernadina (2) off Partch (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:31
ATT: 4,353
The Isotopes used a six-run 6th inning to come from behind to defeat the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) 10-7 in the series finale on Tuesday afternoon at "The Lab".

Each team plated their first runs of the game on homers. In the 2nd inning, Matt McBride singled, Kyle Parker reached on a throwing error and Tim Smalling launched a three-run homer for a 3-0 Albuquerque lead.

Darren Ford two-run homered as Sacramento trailed 3-2 in the top of the 3rd inning. In the home half of the inning, Cristhian Adames singled, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Angelys Nina's single as Albuquerque doubled up Sacramento 4-2.

The River Cats tied the game in the 4th inning on Adam Duvall's solo homer and Trevor Brown's RBI double and took the lead in the 5th inning on a run-scoring Isotopes error, an RBI single from Duvall and a run-scoring Jarrett Parker triple.

In the Isotopes' big 6th inning, Tim Wheeler and McBride singled and Dustin Garneau reached on an error with Wheeler scoring. Parker singled home McBride and an out later, pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes singled Garneau home. Roger Bernadina followed with a three-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin - 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, Balk, 6.55 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (H, 1) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.74 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.209), 2 R, 1 RBI (14), SB (4)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies placed OF Corey Dickerson on the Disabled List and recalled IF/OF Ben Paulsen from Albuquerque. P Tyler Matzek was placed on the Temporary Inactive List, P Carlos Hernandez was transferred to Class-A Boise, and two pitchers were added to the Isotopes roster. P Javier Palacios joined the Isotopes from Class-A Boise and P Alec Crawford joined Albuquerque from Rookie-level Grand Junction. . . . The Isotopes and River Cats split the four game series and 23,286 attended for a per-game average of 5,822. . . . Hitting streaks extended in the game were Kyle Parker (8 games) and Matt McBride (7 games). . . . All 7 games in Matt McBride's hitting streak have been multi-hit games. . . . The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have Wednesday off before Albuquerque begins their first 16-game stretch of play against opponents from the other PCL conference, the American Conference. The first four games of the eight-game roadtrip starting Thursday are in Round Rock against the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers). Probables in the opener are RHP Jon Gray (1-4, 7.75) for the Isotopes and the Express have yet to name a probable.

Filed 05/19/2015

May 18, 2015 - Isotopes (15-24)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   204 100 230 --  12  18  2
Albuquerque  000 500 000 --   5   9  0

WP: Ty Blach (4-3)
LP: Carlos Hernandez (1-1)

HR: SAC Carlos Triunfel (1) off Arrowood (3rd inning, S)
    SAC Juan Perez (1) off Arrowood (3rd inning, S)
    SAC Juan Perez (2) off Brown (8th inning, 3R)
	
    ABQ Ryan Casteel (1) off Blach (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:45
ATT: 3,535
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated seven early runs and the Isotopes were unable to overcome that defecit in a 12-5 loss on Monday evening at "The Lab".

Sacramento got two quick runs in the 1st inning on Travis Ishikawa's single and Trevor Brown's RBI ground-rule double.

The River Cats added four more runs in the 3rd inning. Ishikawa singled home a run, Juan Perez had a two run homer and former-Isotope Carlos Triunfel solo homered.

Ishikawa had a sacrifice flyout in the 4th inning to give the River Cats a 7-0 lead.

Albuquerque scored all of their runs in the 4th inning. Matt McBride singled with one out and came around to score on Ryan Casteel's homer. Kyle Parker, Angelys Nina and Tim Smalling followed with singles to bring home Parker and after Isotope starter Ryan Arrowood's sacrifice bunt to move Smalling into scoring position, Brandon Barnes delivered a two-run single

Darren Ford singled home a run and Triunfel added a RBI double in the 7th inning to extend Sacramento's lead to 9-5 and Perez added a three-run homer in the 8th inning for the River Cats' final runs of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Carlos Hernandez 0.0 IP (2 batters), 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.91 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.200), 1 R

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 16.20 ERA

Brown made his second rehabilitation assignment appearance with the Isotopes and started the 8th inning. Brown got a strikeout, then allowed singles to Adam Duvall and Travis Ishikawa before giving up a three-run homer to Juan Perez. Brown then got a groundout before being lifted from the game.

Brown tossed 26 pitches with 15 for strikes.


'TOPES NOTES:
P Carlos Hernandez was transferred from Class-AA New Britain to Albuquerque and started tonight's game. . . . Tyler Matzek was a late scratch for the Isotopes starter. The Rockies decided to have Matzek work on his pitching mechanics and Matzek will do so on the side and not during game competition. The Rockies did not say how many starts Matzek will miss. . . . Carlos Hernandez set a franchise record for the shortest outing by an Isotopes starter with 0.0 innings pitched. Hernandez was pulled from the game with an injury after 2 batters faced and 8 pitches. . . . Ryan Casteel's first Triple-A homer extended his hitting streak to nine games. . . . The Isotopes had 7 hits in the 4th inning, tying the season best mark for most hits in an inning (5th inning on May 2nd against Salt Lake). . . . There was only one Isotope hitter strikeout in the game, tied for the fewest in a game this season. The rest of the Isotope outs came from 21 groundouts and five flyouts. . . . Ryan Arrowood and Simon Castro each had 6 strikeouts in relief, the most reliever strikeouts in a game this season. . . . There have been three instances this season when Isotopes pitching has given up a pair of homers in an inning. All three occurred in the 3rd inning of those games. . . . The crowd of 3,535 was just 18 fans more than the Isotopes' lowest home attendance mark this season (3,517). . . . At 15-24, the Isotopes are a season-worst nine games below the .500 mark. . . . Jon Singleton of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) was a no-brainer for the PCL Hitter of the Week. Singleton hit .357 (10x28) with 5 homers and 23 RBI. He had three grand-slam homers during the award week and had a game against the Isotopes where he knocked in 10 runs, setting a Fresno franchise record for most RBI in a game. . . . Tim Cooney of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Cooney made two starts and went 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA. In 14 2/3 innings, Conney allowed a run, 7 hits, walked 3 and fanned 9. . . . The series concludes with a Tuesday afternoon contest. Probables are LHP Chris Rusin (3-2, 5.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Clayton Blackburn (1-1, 1.64) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/18/2015

May 17, 2015 - Isotopes (15-23)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   100 010 210 --  5  11  0
Albuquerque  010 001 000 --  2   5  2

WP: Austin Fleet (2-3)
LP: Justin Miller (0-1)
SV: Hunter Strickland (5)

HR: SAC Adam Duvall (10) off Miller (7th inning, 2R)
   
    ABQ Kyle Parker (4) off Fleet (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Matt McBride (4) off Fleet (6th inning, S)
    	
TIME: 2:50
ATT: 6,098
The Isotopes allowed a 7th inning homer that provided the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) with the go-ahead runs in a 5-2 Albuquerque loss on Sunday afternoon.

Sacramento plated a run in the 1st inning when Adam Duvall singled home a run.

Kyle Parker's solo homer tied up the game in the 2nd inning.

Jarrett Parker singled home a run for Sacramento in the 5th inning and Albuquerque re-tied the game in the 6th inning on Matt McBride's solo homer.

In the 7th inning, Ehire Adrianza singled and scored on Duvall's two-run homer as Sacramento reclaimed the lead for good and pinch-hitter Darren Ford tripled home the River Cats' final run of the game in the 8th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale - 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, 6.93 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.29 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x3 (.198), 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI (13)

ROCKIES Rehab Report

LaTroy Hawkins: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, WP, 10.80 ERA

Hawkins made his second MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance with the Isotopes and pitched the 8th inning. Hawkins faced five batters and started off getting a groundout before giving up a double to John Bowker. Hawkins then uncorked a wild pitch, got a strikeout, then allowed a RBI triple to pinch-hitter Darren Ford before getting a flyout to end the inning. Hawkins had 19 pitches, 12 for strikes.


'TOPES NOTES:
P Shane Broyles was transferred to Class-A Modesto from Albuquerque. . . . Today's loss was Albuquerque's first while wearing the home Sunday purple alternate jersey tops (2-1) and the defeat snapped a four-game winning streak against the River Cats in games played at Isotopes Park dating back to the 2014 season. . . . Kyle Parker's homer extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . The Isotopes are 0-5 in games that David Hale started. . . . The series continues Monday evening. Probables are LHP Tyler Matzek (0-1, 63.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Ty Blach (3-3, 3.40) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/17/2015

May 16, 2015 - Isotopes (15-22)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   100 000 300 --  4  11  2
Albuquerque  100 310 01x --  6   8  2

WP: John Lannan (1-1)
LP: Kevin Correia (0-1)
SV: Tommy Kahnle (2)

HR: SAC Darren Ford (2) off Lannan (7th inning, 2R)
	
    ABQ Roger Bernadina (1) off Correia (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:18
ATT: 9,300
In the series opener with the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants), the Isotopes plated four runs combined in the 4th and 5th innings to build up a big enough lead to hold off Sacramento's later game rally for a 6-4 victory on Saturday evening at "The Lab".

The two clubs each plated a run in the 1st inning. Juan Perez singled home a run for the River Cats, while Roger Bernadina led off the game for Albuquerque with a walk, advanced to second base on a passed ball, went to third base on Cristhian Adames' sacrifice bunt and scored on Ben Paulsen's groundout.

Both teams remained deadlocked until the Isotopes came through in the 4th inning. Paulsen singled, Matt McBride doubled and Dustin Garneau sacrifice flied out to bring home Paulsen. Kyle Parker doubled home McBride and Jose Rivera singled home Parker.

Bernadina had his first homer of the season in the 5th inning to give the Isotopes a 5-1 lead.

The River Cats closed to 5-4 in the 7th inning when Brett Jackson doubled home a run and scored on Darren Ford's inside-the-park homer.

Albuquerque added an insurance run in the 8th inning when McBride singled and later scored on an error.

In Sacramento's final threat of the game, Isotopes reliever Tommy Kahnle allowed a single to former-Isotope Carlos Triunfel and a double to Trevor Brown to put the tying run in scoring position with no outs. Kahnle then settled down and got a pair of strikeouts and a pop out to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (W, 1-1) 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 4.70 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.195), 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI (12)

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Brooks Brown: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

Brown made his first rehabilitation assignment appearance with the Isotopes and pitched the 8th inning. Brown faced three batters, getting a fly out and striking out two on 12 pitches with 8 of them strikes.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies placed IF Justin Morneau on the 7-day concussion disabled list and recalled IF Rafael Ynoa from Albuquerque. Ynoa did not appear in a game for the Isotopes. . . . Darren Ford's inside-the-park homer was the first for an Isotopes opponent since Didi Gregorius did it in the 5th inning for the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) on April 8, 2014 in Reno. . . . Isotopes pitching issued no walks in the game for the third time this season. . . . Isotopes batters were no-hit through the first three innings. It was Ben Paulsen's single to lead off the 4th inning that broke up the no-hit bid. . . . Game two of the series is Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP David Hale (0-2, 8.20) for the Isotopes and RHP Austin Fleet (1-3, 7.59) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/16/2015

May 15, 2015 - Isotopes (14-22)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       005 000 201 --  8  11  0
Albuquerque  001 000 011 --  3  12  1

WP: Brady Rodgers (2-2)
LP: Jon Gray (1-4)

HR: FRE Jon Singleton (12) off Gray (3rd inning, GS)
    FRE Matt Duffy (4) off Gray (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:51
ATT: 5,062
The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) had a pair of 3rd inning homers that provided all the runs they would need in defeating the Isotopes 8-3 on a rainy Friday evening at "The Lab".

Jon Singleton his his second grand-slam homer in three games and Matt Duffy added a solo shot as the Grizzlies built a 5-0 lead in the visitors half of the 3rd inning.

Albuquerque plated their first run of the game in the home half of the 3rd inning. Angelys Nina doubled, went to third base on Jose Rivera's groundout and scored on Roger Bernadina's groundout.

In the 7th inning, Carlos Correa and L.J. Hoes back-to-back doubled to bring home a run. Hoes stole third base and scored on Domingo Santana's single for a 9-1 Fresno lead.

Roger Bernadina walked and scored on Matt McBride's double in the 8th inning and both teams added a run to the scoreboard in the 9th inning. Singleton's fielders choice brought home a run for Fresno, while Nina singled, took second base on defensive indifference and scored on Bernadina's double for Albuquerque.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (L, 1-4) 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, WP, HBP, 7.75 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (L, 1-4) 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, WP, HBP, 7.75 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.193), 2 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

LaTroy Hawkins: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 13.50 ERA

Hawkins made his first rehabilitation assignment appearance with the Isotopes and faced five batters, throwing 28 pitches with 17 for strikes.

Hawkins entered the game in the 9th inning, struck out Robbie Grossman then allowed singles to Carlos Correa and L.J. Hoes and walked Domingo Santana to load the bases. Jon Singleton grounded into a force out allowing Hawkins' lone run allowed to score. Hawkins was then removed from the game.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent pitchers LaTroy Hawkins and Brooks Brown to the Isotopes on MLB rehabilitation assignments. Hawkins went on the Rockies disabled list with right biceps tendinitis and Brown went on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. . . . The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 32 minutes by rain. It was the second home weather delay of the season. . . Albuquerque pitching has allowed grand-slam homers in each of the last three games. . . . Former Dukes manager Del Crandall was inducted in the PCL Hall of Fame on Friday. Because of the rain, the induction ceremony was moved from occuring on the field pre-game to occuring in a room inside Isotopes Park. Video of the ceremony can be viewed on the Isotopes website. . . . The Grizzlies won three out of the four games in the series. 26,744 attended the four games at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 6,686. . . . Ryan Casteel singled to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. . . Albuquerque went homerless in the game, snapping a season-best streak of five straight games with a homer. . . . Grizzlies reliever Kevin Chapman was ejected by Home Plate umpire Alberto Ruiz in the 9th inning. . . . The Isotopes close their homestand with a four-game series against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) beginning Saturday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (0-1, 5.70) for the Isotopes and RHP Kevin Correia (0-0, 3.57) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/15/2015

May 14, 2015 - Isotopes (14-21)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       003 001 004 --  8  10  0
Albuquerque  013 010 40x --  9  18  0

WP: Chris Rusin (3-2)
LP: Luis Cruz (0-2)
SV: Jairo Diaz (5)

HR: FRE Matt Dominguez (1) off Castro (6th inning, S)
    FRE Matt Duffy (3) off Diaz (9th inning, GS)

    ABQ Kyle Parker (3) off Cruz (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Ben Paulsen (3) off Stoffel (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:11
ATT: 8,622
The Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak by holding off a late Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) rally for a 9-8 victory on School Day matinee Thursday afternoon at "The Lab".

Albuquerque was first on the scoreboard when Ryan Casteel doubled and later scored on Jose Rivera's single in the 2nd inning.

Matt Duffy doubled home a run and Matt Dominguez followed with a two-run double in the 3rd inning as the Grizzlies took a 3-1 lead.

That lead was short-lived as the Isotopes plated three runs of their own in the bottom of the 3rd inning to lead 4-3. With two outs, Matt McBride singled and scored on Dustin Garneau's double. Kyle Parker doubled home Garneau before scoring on Casteel's single.

Parker solo homered in the bottom of the 5th inning and Fresno answered that run with a Dominguez solo homer in the top of the 6th inning.

The Isotopes tacked four runs onto the scoreboard right after the 7th inning stretch. Ben Paulsen led off with a solo homer. Later in the inning, Casteel doubled home a run and scored on Angelys Nina's triple. Rivera's single then brought home Nina for a 9-4 Isotopes lead.

In the 9th inning Fresno rally, Isotopes reliever Rex Brothers hit Nolan Fontana with a pitch and gave up a single to Carlos Correa. L.J. Hoes grounded into a double play and Domingo Santana and Jon Singleton drew walks to load the bases. Isotopes reliever Jairo Diaz replaced Brothers and gave up a grand-slam homer to Duffy as the Grizzlies pulled to a run down at 9-8. Diaz then struck out Dominguez to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin (W, 3-2) 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 5.52 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (SV, 5) 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 5.63 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x5 (.182), 2 R, 1 2B (4), 1 HR (3), 2 RBI (11), 3 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies took P Chad Bettis off their Taxi Squad roster and recalled him from Albuquerque where he made the start for the Rockies Thursday evening against the Dodgers at rainy Dodger Stadium. The Rockies optioned IF Rafael Ynoa to Albuquerque. P Leuris Gomez was placed on the disabled list with a strained right elbow and P Aaron Laffey was activated from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . After not having allowed a grand-slam homer all season, Isotopes pitching has allowed a grand-slam homer in back-to-back games. . . . The victory snapped Albuquerque's season-worst six-game home losing streak as well as was the first win on a Thursday this season (1-5 record). . . . Ryan Casteel was the fourth Isotope this season to have four hits in a game and extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Brandon Barnes was the only Isotope without a hit in the game. . . . The series concludes Friday evening and includes a pre-game ceremony where former Dukes manager Del Crandall will be inducted into the PCL Hall of Fame. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (1-3, 8.16) for the Isotopes and RHP Brady Rodgers (1-2, 6.58) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 05/14/2015

May 13, 2015 - Isotopes (13-21)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       364 012 010 --  17  12  0
Albuquerque  200 020 200 --   6  11  0

WP: Asher Wojciechowski (1-0)
LP: Tyler Matzek (0-1) 

HR: FRE Jon Singleton (10) off Arrowood (2nd inning, GS)
    FRE Jon Singleton (11) off Arrowood (3rd inning, 2R)
	
    ABQ Matt McBride (2) off Wojciechowski (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Matt McBride (3) off Wojciechowski (5th inning, 2R)
 	
TIME: 3:11
ATT: 6,842
Tyler Matzek, in his first Isotopes start since being sent down from the Rockies, was pulled from the game without having recorded an out in the 2nd inning and ended up allowing seven runs as the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) scored huge early in crushing the Isotopes 17-6. Albuquerque has lost three straight games.

Fresno scored three runs in the 1st inning before the first out of the game was recorded. Matzek walked Joe Sclafani, Carlos Correa, L.J. Hoes and Domingo Santana to bring home a run. Jon Singleton followed with a single to plate Correa and Hoes.

The Isotopes cut into the defecit in the 1st inning. Cristhian Adames singled, went to second base on a wild pitch before leisurely scoring on Matt McBride's two-run homer.

Fresno plated six runs in the 2nd inning to put the game away. Matzek walked Max Stassi, Sclafani, Correa and Hoes to bring home a run and was pulled from the game before an out was recorded in the inning. Isotopes reliever Ryan Arrowood walked Santana to bring home a run prior to giving up a grand-slam homer to Singleton.

Fresno tacked on four more runs in the 3rd inning. Correa doubled and scored on Hoes' single. Hoes scored on Santana's double and Singleton hit his second homer of the game, a two-run shot.

Matt Dominguez singled home Fresno's 14th run in the 5th inning.

Ben Paulsen drew a two-out walk and scored on McBride's second two-run homer of the game in the home half of the 5th inning.

The Grizzlies loaded the bases in the 6th inning before Singleton delivered a two-run single to give him 10 RBI for the night.

Albuquerque tacked two runs to the scoreboard in the 7th inning. Adames walked with one out, went to second base on defensive indifference and scored on Paulsen's double. Paulsen scored an out later on Dustin Garneau's single.

Fresno's Sclafani singled, went to third base on a pair of wild pitches from Isotopes reliever Tommy Kahnle, and scored on Hoes' groundout in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tyler Matzek (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 7 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, HBP, 63.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.17 ERA
Kyle Parker: 2x4 (.171), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Simon Castro was added back to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise and P Chad Bettis was placed on the Rockies Taxi Squad as he is reportedly going to start for the Rockies on Thursday in a series opener at Dodger Stadium against the Dodgers. . . . The Isotopes are season-worsts 8 games below the .500 mark, 11 games out of first place in the division, and have a six game home losing streak. . . . Albuquerque pitching established a new franchise record with 13 walks issued in the game. . . . The Isotopes allowed the most runs to an opponent (17) and had their largest losing margin (11 runs) of this season. The six runs in the 2nd inning tied the season mark for most runs allowed in an inning to an opponent. . . . Matt McBride was the fifth different Isotope with a multi-homer game this season. . . . Jon Singleton's grand-slam was the first for an opponent this season and first for opponent since current-Isotope Ben Paulsen grand-slam homered for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox against the Isotopes on August 23, 2014. Singleton's 10 RBI was likely the most RBI ever for an Isotopes opponent in a game and was one RBI short of tying the modern PCL record of 11 (Mike Moustakas of Omaha in August 2010). . . . While it seemed like Tyler Matzek had the Isotopes' worst start of the season, his Game Score of 18 was not the lowest Isotope Game Score of the season. His one inning start was the shortest for an Isotope this season when the removal from the game was not for injury reasons. Matzek allowed seven walks (one short of tying an Isotopes record for most walks issued by a starter) and Matzek allowed 7 earned runs (tying a team season-high for most earned runs allowed in a start). . . . Game three of the series is on Thursday morning at 11am as part of a School Day matinee. Probables are LHP Chris Rusin (2-2, 5.55) for the Isotopes and LHP Luis Cruz (0-1, 4.56) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 05/13/2015

May 12, 2015 - Isotopes (13-20)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       000 024 000 --  6   7  0
Albuquerque  002 000 110 --  4  10  1

WP: Alex White (1-2)
LP: David Hale (0-2)
SV: Darin Downs (2)

HR: FRE L.J. Hoes (1) off Hale (5th inning, 2R)
    FRE Jon Singleton (9) off Hale (6th inning, 3R)

    ABQ Jose Rivera (1) off Rodriguez (7th inning, S)
    ABQ Cristhian Adames (4) off Rodriguez (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:32
ATT: 6,218
Isotopes starter David Hale gave up six combined runs in the 5th and 6th inning as Albuquerque gave up the lead and was never able to gain it back in a 6-4 series-opening loss to the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) on a rainy Tuesday evening at "The Lab".

Albuquerque took their only lead of the game in the 3rd inning when Brandon Barnes singled home a run and Ben Paulsen doubled home a run.

Fresno's L.J. Hoes two-run homered in the 5th inning to tie the game and in the 6th inning, Domingo Santana singled home a run ahead of Jon Singleton's three-run homer as Fresno took a 6-2 advantage.

Jose Rivera hit his first Triple-A homer in the 7th inning and Cristhian Adames solo homered in the 8th inning for Albuquerque's final runs.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale (L, 0-2) 7 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 8.20 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.158)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes are 0-3 in homestand openers this season. . . . Albuquerque is in the middle of a five-game home losing streak. . . . In games David Hale has started, the Isotopes are 0-4. . . . In Carlos Correa's Triple-A debut with Fresno, Correa went 1x5 with a strikeout. Correa is number 3 on MLB.com's overall prospect list. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are Albuquerque's LHP Tyler Matzek (No Record) who was surprisingly recently sent down from the Rockies and RHP Asher Wojciechowski (0-0, 4.50) for Fresno.

Filed 05/12/2015

May 11, 2015 - Isotopes (13-19)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 004 000 --  4  10  1
Sacramento   000 102 011 --  5   9  0

WP: Mike Broadway (1-0)
LP: Rex Brothers (1-1)

HR: ABQ Angelys Nina (2) off Partch (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:47
ATT: 9,183
Sacramento River Cats' (AAA Giants) Juan Perez delivered a run-scoring walkoff double as the River Cats defeated the Isotopes 5-4 on Monday afternoon to conclude a series at Raley Field in West Sacramento, California.

Adam Duvall doubled home the MLB-rehabilitating Hunter Pence in the 4th inning as the River Cats put the first run of the game on the scoreboard.

Albuquerque scored all of their runs in the 6th inning to take a 4-1 lead. Jose Rivera doubled home Matt McBride and Kyle Parker with two outs and scored on Angelys Nina's two-run homer.

Travis Ishikawa doubled home a run and Duvall singled home a run in the home half of the 6th inning as the River Cats closed to a run down at 4-3.

Former-Isotope Carlos Triunfel knocked in the game-tying run with a single in the 8th inning and in the 9th inning, Ehire Adrianza drew a leadoff walk and scored on Perez's double.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan - 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 5.70 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.155), 1 R, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Aaron Laffey was placed on the Temporary Inactive List and P Simon Castro was sent to Class-A Boise on Monday. Joining the Isotopes from Class-A Modesto is RHP Shane Broyles. . . . Simon Castro became the first Isotopes reliever to ever win a PCL weekly award. Castro was named this week's PCL Pitcher of the Week after going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three relief appearances. Over eight relief innings, Castro allowed just two hits, gave up no runs, walked 1 and fanned 8 batters. Castro currently leads the Isotopes team in wins with four. . . . Jorge Rondon won't be rejoining the Isotopes. Rondon started the season with the Isotopes, was recalled by the Rockies on April 27th and later designated for assignment by the Rockies on May 2nd. The Baltimore Orioles claimed Rondon off waivers and Rondon was sent to the Orioles Triple-A International League club in Norfolk. . . . On Opening Day, the PCL announced the 2015 Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame inductees and former-Dukes manager Del Crandall was one of the three to be inducted. Today more details about the induction were announced. Crandall will be inducted in a special pre-game ceremony at Isotopes Park on Friday with PCL President Branch Rickey present. Crandall managed the Dukes from 1978-1983 and compiled a 470-312 record (.601 winning percentage). . . . The final scores of the series was interesting. In Games 1 and 2, each team won a game by a score of 3-1 and in games 3 and 4, each team won a game by a score of 5-4. . . . The River Cats and Isotopes split the four-game series and Sacramento fans showed why the River Cats are among the top-drawing clubs in the PCL. 50,477 attended the four game series at Raley Field for a per-game average of 12,619. . . . Today was Albuquerque's first loss when they outhit their opponents in a game (7-1 record when outhitting the opponent). . . . Albuquerque baserunners did not steal a base in the game, snapping a season-best streak of 7 games with a stolen base. . . . Cody Decker of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Decker hit .393 with 4 homers and 15 RBI during the award week. Decker was the star of the game Friday when he went 4x5 with 2 homers including a grand slam and drove in 6 as the Chihuahuas snapped Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) 14-game winning streak. . . . Albuquerque begins a eight game homestand Tuesday. Probables in the opener with the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) are RHP David Hale (0-1, 9.26) for the Isotopes and RHP Alex White (0-2, 5.82) for the Grizzlies. Isotope fans will be in for a treat this series as MLB.com's No. 3 overall prospect Carlos Correa was promoted by the Astros from Double-A Corpus Christi to Fresno.

Filed 05/11/2015

May 10, 2015 - Isotopes (13-18)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  110 000 101 000 000 01 --  5  16  0
Sacramento   001 101 001 000 000 00 --  4  11  2

WP: Simon Castro (4-1)
LP: Clay Rapada (0-1)

HR: ABQ Tim Smalling (2) off Coello (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Tim Smalling (3) off Coello (7th inning, S)
    ABQ Brandon Barnes (5) off Rapada (17th inning, S)
	
    SAC Jarrett Parker (7) off Gray (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 4:56
ATT: 14,279
The Isotopes and Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) gave all mothers in attendance a lot of bonus baseball. Brandon Barnes went into the 17th with a 0x7 day but came through with one great swing as his solo homer in the top of the 17th inning was the difference in Albuquerque's 5-4 17-inning victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants).

In the 1st inning, Ben Paulsen ground-rule doubled and scored on Matt McBride's single and Tim Smalling solo homered in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes led 2-0.

Ronny Cedeno singled home a run in the 3rd inning and Juan Perez tripled and scored on a groundout in the 4th inning as the River Cats knotted the game at 2-2.

Jarrett Parker's solo homer in the 6th inning gave the River Cats a brief 3-2 lead.

Smalling solo homered again in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game at 3-3 and Albuquerque took the lead in the top of the 9th inning when Jose Rivera doubled and later came around to score on Cristhian Adames' single.

Ben Turner singled home the game-tying run in the bottom of the 9th inning and later in the inning, Albuquerque's Tim Wheeler threw out Turner at home plate with what would have been the game-winning run for Sacramento.

Barnes hit his go-ahead homer as the first batter of the 17th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray - 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, HBP, 8.16 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, HBP, 8.16 ERA
Jairo Diaz: (BS, 3) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.52 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x1 (.161)


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Cristhian Adames was activated from the Disabled List and IF Cesar Galvez was transferred to Class-A Modesto. . . . The 17 inning contest tied for the second longest game (innings-wise) in franchise history and the game was the longest this season, both in innings and in time (4 hours, 56 minutes). . . . Isotopes pitching inked a new franchise record for most strikeouts in a game (18). . . . The Isotopes tied a franchise record for most at-bats in a game (62). . . . Brandon Barnes and Cristhian Adames tied an Isotope franchise record for most at-bats in a game (8). . . . Tim Smalling was the fourth different Isotope to have a multi-homer game this season. . . . In Mother's Day games, the Isotopes are 5-8 overall and 3-3 on the road and snapped a two-game Mother's Day losing streak with today's win. . . . Isotopes starter Jon Gray had a great start in the game. It was the first time in five starts that he did not allow a 1st inning run. Gray set down the first seven River Cats batters, in fact. Gray had his highest Game Score of the season, 58. . . . Albuquerque batters struck out a season-high 16 times. Both teams combined for 34 strikeouts. . . . Isotopes reliever Simon Castro leads the team in victories - 4. . . . Albuquerque's Aaron Laffey tossed five innings of relief, one inning shy of tying a franchise record for longest relief outing. . . . The River Cats used a jaw dropping 9 pitchers, compared to 6 pitchers for the Isotopes. . . . Sacramento's Carlos Triunfel was ejected in the 14th inning by Third Base umpire Jeff Morrow for arguing from the dugout about a foul ball that his teammate hit down the line. . . . The series concludes Monday afternoon and the probables are LHP John Lannan (0-1, 6.11) for Albuquerque and RHP Kevin Correia (0-0, 3.00) for Sacramento.

Filed 05/10/2015

May 9, 2015 - Isotopes (12-18)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  002 000 010 --  3  6  1
Sacramento   000 100 000 --  1  4  0

WP: Chris Rusin (2-2)
LP: Clayton Blackburn (0-1)
SV: Jairo Diaz (4)

TIME: 2:52
ATT: 14,438
Matt McBride knocked in two of Albuquerque's three runs and Leuris Gomez in a spot start allowed a run, 2 hits and fanned 8 in 4 innings of work as the Isotopes snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) on Saturday evening in West Sacramento, California.

With two outs in the 3rd inning, Brandon Barnes singles, Tim Smalling was hit by a pitch and Ben Paulsen walked to load the bags. McBride followed with a two-run single.

The River Cats plated their only run in the 4th inning on a wild pitch.

The Isotopes pushed across an insurance run in the 8th inning. Tim Wheeler singled with one out, stole second base and scored on Ryan Casteel's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Leuris Gomez - 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 2 WP, 6.27 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.27 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Leuris Gomez was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and made tonight's start. Gomez tossed Albuquerque's longest no-hit bid of the season when he set down the first nine River Cat batters. . . . Tonight's victory snapped an Isotope seven game road losing streak and a four-game Raley Field losing streak. . . . Albuquerque pitching struck out 12 River Cat batters, tying a season-best for most strikeouts in a game. Starter Leuris Gomez accounted for 8 of those strikeouts, the most by an Isotopes starter in a game this season. . . . Sacramento does a great job getting fans to come to the ballpark -- the 14,438 was the most fans Albuquerque has played in front of this season and last night's 12,577 was the second largest crowd Albuquerque has played in front of this season. . . . Game three is a sold-out Mother's Day matinee on Sunday. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (1-3, 9.13) for the Isotopes and RHP Robert Coello (4-1, 3.97) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/10/2015

May 8, 2015 - Isotopes (11-18)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 001 --  1  8  2
Sacramento   200 100 00x --  3  8  0

WP: Ty Blach (3-2)
LP: Chad Bettis (2-2)
SV: Mike Broadway (3)

HR: SAC Adam Duvall (9) off Bettis (4th inning, S)

TIME: 2:17
ATT: 12,577
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) got off to a fast start in the 1st inning and Albuquerque could only muster one run of offense in a 3-1 loss in the series opener in West Sacramento, California on Friday evening. Albuquerque has dropped five straight games.

In Sacramento's 1st inning, Ronny Cedeno led off with a single and scored on Ryan Lollis' triple. Hunter Pence followed with a sacrifice flyout to bring home Lollis as the River Cats led 2-0 before an out was recorded.

Adam Duvall solo homered in the 4th inning to extend the River Cats lead to 3-0.

Albuquerque plated their lone run in their last at-bat in the 9th inning. Matt McBride doubled and scored on Dustin Garneau's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chad Bettis (L, 2-2) 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 3.97 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
There were a slew of Isotope transactions on Friday. The Rockies recalled C/IF Wilin Rosario and optioned P Tyler Matzek to Albuquerque. IF Joey Wong went on the Disabled List with a strained left hamstring, P Shane Carle was transferred to Class-AA New Britain, and IF Cesar Galvez joined the Isotopes from Class-A Modesto. . . . Albuquerque set season-worsts in being 7 games below the .500 mark and having a 7 game road losing streak. . . . Isotope starter Chad Bettis had a quality start in the game, his second quality start in a row. . . . Hunter Pence joined the River Cats tonight on a MLB rehabilitation assignment and went 0x2 with a sacrifice fly and a strikeout. . . . The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) 14 game winning streak is over. The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) defeated the 51s 10-6, led by Cody Decker who went 4x5 with a pair of homers (including a grand slam homer) and drove in 6 runs. . . . Game two of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Rusin (1-2, 6.23) for the Isotopes and RHP Clayton Blackburn (No Record) for the River Cats, who will be making his Triple-A debut.

Filed 05/08/2015

May 7, 2015 - Isotopes (11-17)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    012 210 020 --  8  13  1
Albuquerque  000 001 100 --  2   5  0

WP: Noah Syndergaard (3-0)
LP: Shane Carle (0-1)

HR: LVG Noah Syndergaard (1) off Carle (4th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Ben Paulsen (2) off Syndergaard (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:06
ATT: 8,258
Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard held the Isotopes to 2 runs and 5 hits in 8 innings and contributed a homer to his cause as the red-hot Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) extended their winning streak to 14 games with a 8-2 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale at "The Lab" on Thursday afternoon.

Las Vegas plated the first six runs of the game. In the 2nd inning, Dan Rohlfing doubled home a run and in the 3rd inning, Darrell Ceciliani tripled home a run and scored on Brandon Allen's double.

51s starter Syndergaard two-run homered in the 4th inning and Travis Taijeron doubled home a run in the 5th inning.

Albuquerque scored their first run in the 6th inning. Jose Rivera doubled, went to third base on Isotope starter Shane Carle's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Tim Smalling's single.

Ben Paulsen solo homered in the bottom of the 7th inning for Albuquerque's final run of the game and the 51s plated their final two runs of the contest in the 8th inning. Ceciliani singled home a run and Eric Campbell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Shane Carle (L, 0-1) 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.152), 3 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Shane Carle was transferred from Class-AA New Britain to Albuquerque in order to make today's start for the Isotopes. His appearance today was his Triple-A debut. In the day's other transaction, the Rockies optioned P Chris Rusin to Albuquerque. Rusin was added to the Rockies roster as the 26th roster man but was not used in yesterday's MLB doubleheader. . . . The 2 hour, 6 minute contest was Albuquerque's shortest 9-inning game of the season. . . . The 51s swept the four game series from the Isotopes and 21,816 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-gate average of 7,272. Albuquerque has dropped all eight games played against the 51s so far this season. For the just-completed eight game homestand, 58,089 attended at "The Lab". . . . Albuquerque's defense allowed a season-worst four stolen bases to an opponent in today's game. . . . Ben Paulsen's homer snapped a five-game homerless streak, Albuquerque's longest of the season. . . . The Isotopes are 0-5 on Thursdays, their only winless day of the week. . . . Las Vegas' 14 game winning streak is the longest winning streak in the PCL in the last decade. . . . Las Vegas starter Noah Syndergaard had three hits at the plate and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. His 72 Game Score sabermetric stat was the second highest Game Score of the season to an opponent, only trailing his 82 Game Score against the Isotopes in Las Vegas on April 27. Out of his five starts, two of his top three Game Scores came against the Isotopes. . . . The Isotopes head to Sacramento, California for a quick four-game weekend roadtrip against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants). Probables in the opener Friday evening at Raley Field are RHP Jon Gray (1-3, 9.13) for the Isotopes and LHP Ty Blach (2-2, 3.94) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/07/2015

May 6, 2015 - Isotopes (11-16)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    010 001 013 --  6  13  1
Albuquerque  021 000 001 --  4  11  1

WP: John Church (1-1)
LP: Jairo Diaz (1-2)
SV: Chase Bradford (4)

TIME: 3:00
ATT: 6,756
The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) plated four runs combined over the final two frames to come from behind to defeat the Isotopes 6-4 on Wednesday evening at "The Lab" to extend their winning streak to 13 games. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games.

Each team scored their first runs of the game in the 2nd inning. Las Vegas' Brandon Allen singled and scored on Travis Taijeron's double in the top half, while in the bottom half, Tim Smalling doubled and scored on Joey Wong's triple. Wong then came in to score on Isotope starter David Hale's single for a 2-1 Isotopes lead.

Consecutive singles from Ben Paulsen, Dustin Garneau and Smalling brought home a run in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes extended their lead to 3-1.

The 51s strung together three consecutive singles of their own -- Taijeron, Dan Rohlfing and Wilfredo Tovar -- to score a run in the top of the 6th inning.

In the 8th inning with one out, Las Vegas pinch-hitter Cory Vaughn drew a bases loaded walk to bring home the game-tying run. With the bases still loaded, Darrell Ceciliani flew out to center field and Isotopes centerfielder Brandon Barnes had an outfield assist throwing out Taijeron at home plate trying to tag up and score on a sacrifice-fly type play.

Las Vegas surged into the lead in the top of the 9th inning. Matt Reynolds singled and Brooks Conrad reached on an error when Isotopes reliever Jairo Diaz threw the comebacker into center field trying to start a double play. Eric Campbell reached on a fielders choice with Reynolds scoring and Allen singled Conrad home. Two batters later, Tovar grounded into a fielders choice to bring home Campbell.

Albuquerque could only muster one run in the bottom of the 9th inning. Kyle Parker singled, went to second base on Paulsen's single and scored when Garneau reached on a error.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale - 5.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 9.26 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (L, 1-2) 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.68 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x5 (.159), 1 R, 3 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Chris Rusin from the Isotopes to be the 26th man on the Rockies roster per the special MLB doubleheader rules. P Leuris Gomez was placed on the Temporary Inactive List and P Justin Miller was transferred to Albuquerque from Class-AA New Britain. This Justin Miller is not to be confused with the Justin (Mark) Miller that previously pitched parts of four seasons with the Isotopes as a Marlins and Dodgers affiliate. . . . The 13 straight wins for the 51s sets a new Las Vegas franchise record for longest winning streak and tied the 2008 Salt Lake Bees for the longest winning streak in the PCL over the last decade. The 51s will need to win 19 straight games to tie the PCL record for longest winning streak set by the 1939 Los Angeles Angels. . . . The Isotopes are five games below the .500 mark and eight games back of division leader Las Vegas, both season-worsts. . . . The Isotopes reached the 100,000 home attendance mark for the season (100,119) in 14 home openings. . . . David Hale was the first Isotopes pitcher this season to knock in a run. . . . Albuquerque has gone five straight games without a homer, their longest homerless streak of the season. . . . The series (and homestand) concludes Thursday afternoon as the Isotopes look to find the win column and avoid a series sweep. The Isotopes have yet to name a probable, while the 51s are expected to counter with RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 1.66).

Filed 05/06/2015

May 5, 2015 - DH2 - Isotopes (11-15)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    200 000 1 --  3  5  0
Albuquerque  100 000 0 --  1  3  0

WP: Duane Below (2-1)
LP: Leuris Gomez (0-2)
SV: Chase Bradford (3)

TIME: 2:11
ATT: 6,802
The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) defeated the Isotopes 3-1 to claim a sweep of the doubleheader at "The Lab" on Cinco de Mayo night.

Both teams plated runs in the 1st inning. Las Vegas' Danny Muno doubled to lead off the game and scored an out later on Matt Reynolds' single. Brooks Conrad singled Reynolds to third base and Reynolds scored on a balk.

In the home half of the 1st inning, Tim Wheeler singled, went to second base on Tim Smalling's single, tagged up to third base on Ben Paulsen's flyout and scored on Matt McBride's groundout.

Las Vegas added an insurance run in the 7th inning. Wilfredo Tovar struck out swinging but reached on a wild pitch. Tovar stole second and third bases before scoring on a wild pitch.

Isotopes Starter Line: Leuris Gomez (L, 0-2) 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, Balk, 7.36 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x1 (.157)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes wore special Cinco de Mayo jerseys in the game. The jerseys are black with green sleeves, red-colored vertical stripes on each side of the torso with text across the front of the jersey reading "Los Isotopes". . . . The 51s have owned the Isotopes this season, having won all six games played between the two clubs. The Isotopes have played two doubleheaders this season, all against Las Vegas, and were swept in both of them. . . . Albuquerque is a season-worst 7 games back in the division, currently trailing division leader Las Vegas. . . . The Isotopes have been outhit by their opponent in all 15 losses this season. . . . Albuquerque's offense had 3 hits, the fewest hits in a home game this season. . . . The Isotopes have gone homerless in four straight games, a season-long streak. . . . Albuquerque batters struck out just one time, the fewest strikeouts in a game this season. . . . The Isotopes solved the 50-cent Hot Dog night hot dog question when they tweeted that nearly 15,000 hot dogs from that promotion that was rained out were donated to the Roadrunner Food Bank and the Noon Day Ministry charity. . . . Game three of the series is Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Rusin (1-2, 6.23) for the Isotopes and RHP Tyler Pill (0-0, 9.00) for the 51s.

Filed 05/05/2015

May 5, 2015 - DH1 - Isotopes (11-14)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    031 303 1 --  11  14  0
Albuquerque  100 100 0 --   2   9  0

WP: Steve Matz (4-1)
LP: John Lannan (0-1)

HR: LVG Wilfredo Tovar (1) off Lannan (2nd inning, 3R)
    LVG Wilfredo Tovar (2) off Diaz (7th inning, S)
   	
TIME: 2:06
There was no party going on this Cinco de Mayo in the first game of a doubleheader with the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets). Las Vegas' Wilfredo Tovar homered twice and drove in four runs and Mets prospect Steve Matz allowed two runs in 6 innings as the 51s defeated the Isotopes 11-2.

Albuquerque grabbed a brief 1-0 lead in the 1st inning when Brandon Barnes doubled, stole third base and scored on Wilin Rosario's single before the 51s took the lead for good with Tovar's three-run homer in the 2nd inning .

The 51s scored a run on a wild pitch in the 3rd inning and in the 4th inning, 51s starter Matz, Matt Reynolds and Brooks Conrad each singled home runs to extend Las Vegas' lead to 7-1.

Ryan Casteel doubled and scored on Angelys Nina's single in the home half of the 4th inning.

Las Vegas tacked on three runs in the 6th inning on Conrad's two-run single and a Brandon Allen groundout and Tovar added his second homer of the game, a solo shot, in the 7th inning for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (L, 0-1) 3.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, WP, 6.11 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 5.40 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x3 (.159), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The start of the game was delayed 17 minutes by a pregame rain shower. . . . The Isotopes have lost their last six games played against the 51s. . . . The 9 run loss was Albuquerque's worst loss of the season. . . . Matt McBride went hitless in two at-bats to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA Marlins) left-hander Pat Misch tied a PCL record Monday evening when he hit four batters in an inning. Against the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers), Misch hit the first four batters of the game with a pitch -- Darnell Sweeney, Austin Barnes, Buck Britton and Chris Heisey. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Ronny Cedeno of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants). Cedeno hit .444 (8x18) during the award week with 2 homers and 5 RBI. . . . Noah Syndergaard of the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Syndergaard made two starts, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and allowing 6 hits, no runs, 2 walks and fanning 19 over 14 innings of work. One of those two starts was a complete game 8-0 shutout of the Isotopes in a doubleheader game.

Filed 05/05/2015

May 4, 2015 - Las Vegas 51s at Isotopes, Ppd., Rain

Monday night's series opener between the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) and Isotopes at Isotopes Park was postponed due to weather. A storm with rain, lighting and hail moved overhead about an hour to gametime and the forecast called for more rain during the evening. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday (weather permitting) with each game scheduled for 7 innings starting at 5:05 PM.

Tonight was Albuquerque's first home postponement of the season and first home rainout since August 15, 2014 against Memphis. It was the 16th home game postponed due to weather in Isotopes franchise history. It was the Isotopes' second weather postponement of the season and both times were the opening games of a four game series between the 51s and Isotopes.

There was no word about when the 2015 Boston Marathon Women's Champion Caroline Rotich will have her first pitch moment or if the 50-cent hot dog promotion will be rescheduled. Rumors are the hot dogs that were not able to be sold due to the rainout were donated to local food banks.

Probables in game 1 are LHP John Lannan (0-0, 3.21) for the Isotopes and RHP Tyler Pill (0-0, 9.00) for the 51s. Game 2 probables are RHP Leuris Gomez (0-1, 7.71) for the Isotopes and LHP Steve Matz (3-1, 1.84) for the 51s.

Filed 05/04/2015

May 3, 2015 - Isotopes (11-13)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    002 000 200 --  4  10  2
Albuquerque  200 100 20x --  5  11  1

WP: Ryan Arrowood (1-0)
LP: Adam Wilk (1-1)
SV: Tommy Kahnle (1)

HR: SLC Gary Brown (2) off Arrowood (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:36
ATT: 9,142
Chad Bettis allowed two runs and six hits in 6 innings of work and Brandon Barnes singled home the go-ahead run in the 7th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Albuquerque quickly led 2-0 in the 1st inning. All with one out, Tim Smalling doubled, Wilin Rosario singled and Matt McBride doubled home Smalling. Dustin Garneau followed with a single to drive in Rosario.

Salt Lake's Alex Yarbrough doubled home a run and then scored when Kyle Kubitza reached on an error in the 3rd inning to tie the game at 2-2.

Albuquerque reclaimed the lead in the 4th inning when Garneau singled and scored when Angelys Nina reached on an error.

Gary Brown two-run homered in the top of the 7th inning as the Bees regained the lead at 4-3 and Albuquerque plated the eventual game winning runs after the 7th inning stretch. Kyle Parker singled and advanced to second base on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Two outs later, Parker scored on Joey Wong's triple to tie the game and Barnes singled to bring Wong home with what would be the game winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chad Bettis - 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 3.86 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x3 (.165), 1 R, 1 BB


'TOPES NOTES:
The 2 hour, 36 minute contest was Albuquerque's quickest home 9-inning game of the season. . . . The Bees and Isotopes split the series 2-2 and 36,273 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 9,068. It was the largest four-game home series attendance mark of the young season. . . . Matt McBride doubled to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . The Isotopes conclude their homestand with a four-game series against division-leading Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) starting on Monday evening. Probables for the first 50-cent hot dog promotion of the season are LHP John Lannan (0-0, 3.21) for the Isotopes and RHP Tyler Pill (0-0, 9.00) for the 51s.

Filed 05/03/2015

May 2, 2015 - Isotopes (10-13)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    110 002 060 --  10  15  1
Albuquerque  200 181 00x --  12  17  1

WP: Jon Gray (1-3)
LP: Alex Sanabia (0-4)
SV: Jairo Diaz (3)

HR: SLC Josh Rutledge (1) off Brothers (6th inning, 2R)
    SLC Ryan Wheeler (1) off Castro (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:25
ATT: 10,559
It was a PCL game reminiscent of how some games were in Albuquerque before the humidor was introduced. The Isotopes erupted for their largest inning of the season -- an eight-run 5th inning - and led 11-2 at one point before having to hold off a Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) late game charge to take a 12-10 victory and snap a season-worst eight game losing streak.

Salt Lake's Grant Green led off the game with a double and scored on Kyle Kubitza's single in the top of the 1st inning, and Albuquerque scored two runs in the home half of the frame to take a 2-1 lead. Tim Wheeler singled, Tim Smalling ground-rule doubled and Wilin Rosario knocked them both in a with a single.

Green's fielders choice in the 2nd inning brought home a run to tie the game at 2-2.

Albuquerque plated nine runs over the 4th and 5th innings that appeared to give them a lead big enough to comfortably win the game. In the 4th inning, Ryan Casteel singled and scored on Roger Bernadina's double. In the big eight-run 5th inning, Rosario singled, Ben Paulsen walked and Matt McBride singled Rosario home. Angelys Nina drew a walk to load the bases and Casteel cleared them with a triple before scoring on Bernadina's single. Bernadina put on his running shoes, stealing second base, going to third base on Wheeler's single and then stealing home on a double steal. Smalling doubled home Wheeler and scored on Rosario's double.

Josh Rutledge two-run homered for Salt Lake in the top of the 6th inning, and in the bottom of the 6th inning, Casteel doubled and scored on Joey Wong's single as the Isotopes led 12-4.

Salt Lake made their final push with a six-run 8th inning. Ryan Wheeler two-run homered, Jett Bandy and Marc Krauss each singled home runs and Kubitza doubled home two runs in the inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (W, 1-3) 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, Balk, HBP, 9.13 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (L, 1-3) 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, Balk, HBP, 9.13 ERA
Jairo Diaz: (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.06 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies designed former-Isotope P Jorge Rondon for assignment and purchased the contract of P Ken Roberts from Albuquerque. Taking Roberts' spot on the Isotopes roster is OF Roger Bernadina, who was activated from the Disabled List. . . . The 7 millionth fan came through the Isotopes Park turnstiles Saturday evening. That fan is Haley Hammersley. Isotopes General Manager John Traub and mascot Orbit welcomed Hammersley at the turnstile and gave her a package of goodies including a pair of tickets to a Rockies game which included hotel accomodations and round-trip airline tickets. . . . Roger Bernadina stole home in the game, the first Isotope with a steal of home since Delvis Morales on July 18, 2014 against Sacramento. Bernadina, who had three steals in the game, was the fourth Isotope in franchise history to steal home. The Isotopes as a team had a season-high four stolen bases in the game. . . . The 3 hour, 25 minute game was Albuquerque's longest 9-inning game of the season. . . . It took seven games for Albuquerque to get their first divisional win tonight - 1-6 division record. . . . Isotopes starter Jon Gray has made four starts and has allowed 1st inning runs in all four of those starts. Gray earned his first Triple-A victory in tonight's game, snapping a three losing pitching decision streak. . . . Albuquerque sent 12 batters to the plate in the 5th inning and had 7 hits in the inning. Both were season bests for an inning. . . . Ryan Casteel was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . One day after going 0x6 with 4 strikeouts, Wilin Rosario went 4x5 in tonight's game with 3 RBI. . . . Not only did the Isotopes have their highest single inning scoring output of the season (8 runs), they allowed allowed their highest opponent single inning scoring output of the season (6 runs). . . . Simon Castro was the second Isotopes reliever in the last two games to give up five earned runs in a relief appearance (Leuris Gomez). . . . The series concludes Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Chad Bettis (2-1, 4.50) for the Isotopes and LHP Adam Wilk (1-0, 0.52) for the Bees.

Filed 05/02/2015

May 1, 2015 - Isotopes (9-13)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    300 000 020 005 --  10  15  0
Albuquerque  200 110 010 000 --   5  12  1

WP: Edgar Ibarra (1-1)
LP: Leuris Gomez (0-1)

HR: SLC Gary Brown (1) off Gomez (12th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Dustin Garneau (4) off Heaney (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:41
ATT: 12,269
In front of Albuquerque's largest crowd of the season, the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) plated five runs in the 12th inning to defeat the Isotopes 10-5. Albuquerque has dropped eight straight games and fell into last place in their division with the loss.

In the top of the 1st inning, Marc Krauss singled home a run and Alfredo Marte singled home two runs as the Bees quickly led 3-0.

Albuquerque got two of those runs back in their half of the 1st inning. Brandon Barnes led off with a single and stole second base. Kyle Parker walked and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Matt McBride's groundout plated Barnes and Dustin Garneau singled home Parker.

Garneau's solo homer in the 4th inning knotted the game at 3-3 and in the 5th inning, Tim Smalling tripled and scored on Joey Wong's sacrifice flyout to give the Isotopes a lead.

In the 8th inning, Salt Lake scored a game-tying run on Ryan Wheeler's single and led 5-4 when a run scored on a wild pitch.

The Isotopes tied the game at 5-5 in their half of the 8th inning. McBride walked, went to third base on Garneau's single and scored on a wild pitch.

The Bees broke through for good with a five-run 12th inning, all with two outs. Marte tripled home two runs, scored on Wheeler's single and Gary Brown followed with a two-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale - 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 15.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 5.59 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x5 (.158), 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Cristhian Adames was placed on the disabled list with a bruised left ankle and IF Jose Rivera was transferred to Albuquerque from Class-A Boise. . . . The grace period for pitch clocks and between-inning clocks ended today and Home Plate umpire Greg Stanzak did not waste any time in issuing a violation. Heading into the bottom of the 11th inning, Bees reliever Edgar Ibarra violated the 2 minute, 25 second between half innings clock and Stanzak issued an automatic ball to Angelys Nina's count. . . . Albuquerque is 2-2 in extra inning contests this season. Tonight's game was the longest game of the season, innings-wise and time-wise (3 hours, 41 minutes). . . . The Isotopes achieved season-worsts in losing streak (8 games), games below the .500 breakeven mark (4 games), most games out of first place (5 games), and are in sole possession of last place in the division for the first time this season. . . . Albuquerque batters struck out a season high 14 times, led by Wilin Rosario's four strikeouts. . . . Tonight's attendance of 12,269 means the Isotopes franchise will welcome the 7 millionth fan through the Isotopes Park turnstiles not too long before first pitch on Saturday night. . . . Blake Swihart, a Cleveland High School (Rio Rancho) alum and one of the Boston Red Sox's top prospects, was called up to the major leagues and could be making his MLB debut against the Yankees sometime this weekend at Fenway Park. . . . The series continues Saturday evening as the Isotopes hope to be able to find a way to get into the win column. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (0-3, 10.70) for the Isotopes and RHP Alex Sanabia (0-3, 6.10) for the Bees.

Filed 05/01/2015

April 30, 2015 - Isotopes (9-12)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    301 200 500 --  11  15  0
Albuquerque  000 300 000 --   3   6  6

WP: Zach Stewart (1-2)
LP: Chris Rusin (1-2)

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 4,303
It was an ugly night for the Isotopes as they continued their season-worst funk. The Isotopes had a franchise record-tying six errors in the game and the number of errors equaled their number of hits in a homestand-opening 11-3 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Thursday night. Albuquerque has lost seven straight games.

In Salt Lake's 1st inning, Alex Yarbrough doubled and scored on Carlos Perez's single. Perez went to second base on a wild pitch, Efren Navarro walked, and Josh Rutledge singled to load the bases. A wild pitch brought Perez home and Navarro scored on the play on a throwing error.

Doubles from Yarbrough and Perez brought home a run in the 3rd inning and Yarbrough singled home a run and another run scored on an error in the 4th inning as Salt Lake led 6-0.

The Isotopes scored their only three runs of the game in the bottom of the 4th inning. Tim Smalling singled and went to second base on Wilin Rosario's groundout. Ben Paulsen tripled home Smalling before scoring on Matt McBride's double. McBride went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Kyle Parker's groundout.

The Bees plated their final five runs in the 7th inning. Gary Brown and Yarbrough each had bases-loaded two-run singles and an error allowed the fifth run of the inning to score.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin (L, 1-2) 5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, 2 WP, 6.23 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.155), 1 RBI (9), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P John Lannan and C/IF Matt McBride were both activated from the Isotopes' disabled list on Thursday. P Carlos Hernandez was transferred to Class-AA New Britain and IF Jose Rivera was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . With the month of April in the books, here are some Isotope stats for the month: 9-12 record (5-4 at home, 4-8 on the road), .243 team batting average, 5.15 team ERA, 96 runs scored, 21 homers and 15 stolen bases. . . . The Isotopes tied their mark for their worst April in franchise history with a record three games below the .500 mark. . . . The eight run loss was Albuquerque's largest home loss of the season. . . . The Isotopes have a five game losing streak against right-handed starting pitchers. . . . Albuquerque has opened both homestands this season with a loss. . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are RHP David Hale (0-1, 37.80) for the Isotopes and LHP Andrew Heaney (3-0, 4.42) for the Bees.

Filed 04/30/2015

April 28, 2015 - Isotopes (9-11)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  040 001 000 --  5   8  1
Las Vegas    001 020 102 --  6  14  1

WP: Cody Satterwhite (1-0)
LP: Jairo Diaz (1-1) 

HR: ABQ Angelys Nina (1) off Pill (2nd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Tim Smalling (1) off Pill (2nd inning, S)

    LVG Alex Castellanos (7) off Bettis (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:00
ATT: 2,007
Isotopes reliever Jairo Diaz blew his second save of the season and took the loss when Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) hitter Wilfredo Tovar had a walkoff two-run double to give the 51s a 6-5 victory and a sweep of the four game series. The Isotopes have dropped a season worst six straight games.

Things started out promising for the Isotopes. In the top of the 2nd inning, Dustin Garneau singled with one out, Tim Wheeler walked and Angelys Nina three-run homered. Tim Smalling followed with a solo homer for a 4-0 Isotopes lead.

Las Vegas starter Tyler Pill walked and scored on Dilson Herrera's double in the 3rd inning as the 51s got on the scoreboard.

The 51s closed to a run at 4-3 in the 5th inning when Darrell Ceciliani singled with two outs and scored on former-Isotope Alex Castellanos' two run homer.

Wilin Rosario doubled and later scored on Nina's single in the 6th inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 5-3.

Brooks Conrad singled home a run for Las Vegas in the 7th inning and Las Vegas plated two runs in the 9th inning to complete the walkoff win. Former-Isotope Johnny Monell doubled, went to third base on a groundout and an out later, Kyle Johnson walked ahead of Tovar's two-run double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chad Bettis - 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, WP, 4.50 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (BS, 2)(L, 1-1) 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 6.23 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.164), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Isotopes Manager Glenallen Hill got the first Isotope ejection of the season when Home Plate umpire Ramon DeJesus tossed him from the game in the 5th inning for trying to argue that Alex Castellanos' homer was a foul ball. . . . The 51s took all four games in the series with the Isotopes and 8,495 attended at Cashman Field for a per-gate average of 2,832. The Isotopes played in front of 43,491 fans in Reno, Tacoma and Las Vegas during their season-longest 12-game road trip. . . . The Isotopes were swept in a four game series for the first time since a series played in Oklahoma City last August. . . . Angelys Nina and Tim Smalling were the first Isotopes to homer back-to-back in a game this season. . . . Today was Albuquerque's first loss when they led after 6 innings. The Isotopes are 7-1 when leading after 6 innings. . . . The Isotopes are 0-4 on Thursdays, the only day of the week they remain without a win. . . . Albuquerque blew their largest in-game lead of the season today - 4 runs. . . . The Isotopes announced that 2015 Boston Marathon Women's Winner Caroline Rotich will be throwing out the first pitch before Monday May 4th's Isotopes/Las Vegas 51s contest at Isotopes Park and will be signing autographs for fans during the game. Rotich, who lives and trains in Santa Fe, won the Women's division of the marathon with a time of 2:24:55. . . . The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have a day off on Wednesday before Albuquerque returns home for an eight game homestand as they look to snap their long losing streak and start a winning streak. The first four games are against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) and probables are LHP Chris Rusin (1-1, 6.75) for the Isotopes and RHP Drew Rucinski (0-0, 5.40) for the Bees.

Filed 04/28/2015

April 27, 2015 - DH2 - Isotopes (9-10)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  002 000 0 --  2  6  0
Las Vegas    020 001 x --  3  7  0

WP: Duane Below (1-1)
LP: Tommy Kahnle (0-2)
SV: Chase Bradford (2)

HR: LVG Alex Castellanos (6) off Kahnle (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 1:45
ATT: 3,440
Former-Isotope Alex Castellanos' solo homer in the 6th inning snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) a 3-2 victory over the Isotopes to sweep the doubleheader in Las Vegas on Monday evening.

In the 2nd inning, Dan Rohlfing brought home a run with a groundout and 51s starter Darin Gorski doubled home a run to give Las Vegas a 2-0 lead.

The Isotopes knotted the game at 2-2 in the 3rd inning. Isotopes starter Carlos Hernandez walked, Tim Wheeler singled and both came in to score on Kyle Parker's two-out double.

Castellanos led off the bottom of the 6th inning with the go-ahead solo homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Carlos Hernandez - 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 4.09 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 2x3 (.175), 2 2B (3), 2 RBI (8)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies placed P Adam Ottavino on the disabled list with right triceps inflammation and recalled P Jorge Rondon from Albuquerque. Colorado also recalled P David Hale from his rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes, activated him from the major league disabled list, then optioned him to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque is in the midst of a season-worst five game losing streak and is a season-worst 3 games behind the division-leading El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in the Pacific Conference Southern Division. . . . The Isotopes were swept in a doubleheader for the first time since June 6, 2014 at Tacoma. . . . The Isotopes are 4-3 in one run games this season. . . . Albuquerque is 0-4 in games that are tied when the ball is handed off from the starter to the first reliever. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Kyle Blanks of the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers). Blanks, a Moriarty High School New Mexico alum, hit .565 (13x23) with 2 homers and 6 RBI during the award week. . . . Scott Baker of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Baker won the one start he made and in 7 innings pitched, allowed 2 hits, no runs, walked none and struck out 4. . . . The series concludes Tuesday afternoon. Probables are RHP Chad Bettis (2-1, 4.15) for the Isotopes and RHP Tyler Pill (0-0, 9.90) for the 51s.

Filed 04/27/2015

April 27, 2015 - DH1 - Isotopes (9-9)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  000 000 0 --  0   2  0
Las Vegas    102 410 x --  8  12  0 

WP: Noah Syndergaard (1-0)
LP: Jon Gray (0-3)

TIME: 1:52 
Cristhian Adames apparently is the only Isotope to have figured out top Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard. Adames had both of Albuquerque's hits in the game and Syndergaard tossed a complete game shutout as the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) defeated the Isotopes 8-0 in the opener of a doubleheader in the Sin City on Monday.

Former-Isotope Johnny Monell played a big part in Las Vegas' offense. In the 1st inning, back-to-back doubles from Matt Reynolds and Monell brought home the 51s first run.

Monell singled home a run and former-Isotope Alex Castellanos doubled home a run in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 3-0.

With the bases loaded in the 4th inning, Reynolds cleared them with a double before scoring on Monell's single to make it 7-0.

Dilson Herrera singled home Las Vegas' final run of the game in the 5th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (L, 0-3) 3.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 10.70 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (L, 0-3) 3.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 10.70 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
There was not much no-hit drama in this game for the Isotopes. Cristhian Adames singled as the second batter of the game. Adames' other single came in the 7th inning. . . . Rockies Prospect and tonight's starter Jon Gray has allowed 1st inning runs in each of his first three starts of the season. Those 1st inning runs combine for 9 of the 15 total runs allowed in those three starts. Gray leads the club with 3 losses. . . . Albuquerque has been shut out twice this season. . . . The two hits was Albuquerque's lowest hit total of the season and the Isotopes lost by their largest margin of the season - 8 runs. . . . Wilin Rosario in his Isotopes debut went 0x3 with 2 strikeouts. . . . The Isotopes' record is at the breakeven .500 mark for the first time since April 12th. . . . Albuquerque has not gotten quality starting pitching in this series so far. The two lowest Game Scores of the season have been in the first two games of this series.

Filed 04/27/2015

April 26, 2015 - Isotopes (9-8)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  000 003 100 --   4  6  1
Las Vegas    430 120 00x --  10 11  2

WP: Matthew Bowman (1-3)
LP: David Hale (0-1)

HR: LVG Darrell Ceciliani (3) off Hale (2nd inning, 2R)
    LVG Darrell Ceciliani (4) off Laffey (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:49
ATT: 3,048
David Hale made a rehabilitation assignment start with the Isotopes and was rocked for 7 runs in the first two innings as the Isotopes dropped the series opener to the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) 10-4. The Isotopes have dropped three straight games, their longest losing streak of the young season.

The first 10 runs of the game were all scored by the 51s. Off Hale in the 1st inning, former-Isotopes Johnny Monell and Alex Castellanos singled home runs and other runs were brought home with a run-scoring single from Brandon Allen and a bases-loaded Hale wild pitch.

Hale was still on the mound in the 2nd inning when Darrell Ceciliani launched a two-run homer and Travis Taijeron singled home a run.

Allen had a sacrifice flyout in the 4th inning and Ceciliani hit his second two-run homer of the game in the 5th inning as the 51s led 10-0.

The final four runs of the game were plated by the Isotopes. In the 6th inning, Brandon Barnes walked, stole second base and went to third base on Cristhian Adames single. An out later, Ben Paulsen singled home Barnes and Adames scored on Dustin Garneau's groundout. Angelys Nina singled Paulsen home for the third run of the inning.

Jose Rivera doubled, went to third base on Barnes' groundout and scored on Adames groundout in the 7th inning for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale (L, 0-1) 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, WP, HBP, 37.80 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x1 (.150)

ROCKIES Rehab Report

David Hale: (L, 0-1) 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, WP, HBP, 37.80 ERA

Hale made his first rehab assignment outing with the Isotopes and turned in Albuquerque's lowest game score of the season (11). Hale threw 65 pitches (33 for strikes) and faced 16 batters. Hale got two groundouts and one flyout.

There is no word yet if Hale will be continuing his rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes were no-hit through the first 4 1/3 innings. With out one out in the 5th inning, Dustin Garneau singled for Albuquerque's first hit. . . . The six-run losing margin was Albuquerque's worst road loss the season. . . . David Hale's 1 2/3 innings pitched was the shortest Isotope starter outing of the season where the starter was pulled for non-injury reasons and the 7 earned runs allowed in a start was also the most by a starter in a game this season. . . . Darrell Ceciliani was the first Isotopes opponent hitter to have a multi-homer game this season. . . . The Isotopes play a doubleheader Monday evening to make up the first rainout of the season when the 51s and Isotopes were postponed due to rain and wet grounds Saturday night. Probables in Game 1 of the DH are RHP Jon Gray (0-2, 9.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Noah Syndergaard (0-0, 4.70) for the 51s. In Game 2, a pair of leftys are probables -- Carlos Hernandez (1-0, 4.50) for the Isotopes and Darin Gorski (2-1, 6.43) for the 51s.

Filed 04/26/2015

April 25, 2015 - Isotopes and 51s Ppd., Rain and Wet Grounds

The Isotopes and Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) were unable to play their first divisional game of the season (and series opener) as it rained in Las Vegas Saturday and the infield skin became too water-logged for a game to be played. Rainouts at Cashman Field in Las Vegas are not very common, the last one having occured August 25, 2008. Since August 2008, the only other 51s games postponed have been due to high winds and due to a power outage.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader of seven-inning games on Monday April 27th starting at 7:05 PM Mountain Time.

Despite the unscheduled off day, the Isotopes gained ground in the PCL Pacific Conference Southern Division as division leader El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) lost. The Isotopes now trail the Chihuahuas by 1.5 games.

The series with Las Vegas will try to gets its first game in the record books on Sunday afternoon. Probables remain P David Hale (No Record) for the Isotopes, who is on a rehabilitation assignment, and P Noah Syndergaard (0-0, 4.70) for the 51s.

In addition to Hale, who had his rehabilitation assignment transferred to Albuquerque from Class-A Modesto, the Isotopes placed OF Roger Bernadina on the Disabled List, retroactive to April 22nd, with a left wrist sprain. C/IF Wilin Rosario reported to the Isotopes Saturday after his recent option from the Rockies to Triple-A.

Filed 04/25/2015

April 24, 2015 - Isotopes (9-7)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  100 000 100 --  2  5  1
Tacoma       100 011 00x --  3  9  0

WP: Jordan Pries (1-1)
LP: Ken Roberts (0-1)
SV: Mayckol Guaipe (2)

HR: ABQ Cristhian Adames (3) off Pries (1st inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:29
ATT: 4,777
In the two completed road series' so far this season, the Isotopes have proven to be openers but not closers. The Isotopes took the first two games in each series then was not able to win the series as the home team won the final two games in each series to earn a split. The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) defeated the Isotopes 3-2 to close out this series in Tacoma on Friday evening.

Cristhian Adames solo homered to give the Isotopes their only lead of the game in the 1st inning.

The next three runs were scored by Tacoma, starting in the home half of the 1st inning. Carlos Quentin doubled and scored on Jesus Montero's single.

Montero singled home another run in the 5th inning and in the 6th inning, Patrick Kivlehan singled, stole second base and scored on former-Isotope John Baker's single.

The Isotopes scored the final run of the game in the 7th inning. Ben Paulsen walked, went to second base on Ryan Casteel's groundout and scored on Angelys Nina's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Leuris Gomez - 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.19 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.153), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
All four games of the series were played in 2 hours, 40 minutes or less. The shortest game was game three of the series last night at 2 hours, 25 minutes. . . . The Isotopes and 51s split the series 2-2 and 11,044 attended at Cheney Stadium for a per-game average of 2,761. . . . The Isotopes head to the Sin City for a four game series with the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) to close out their season-longest 12 game road trip. After the series concludes, the first scheduled off day of the season will be taken before the Isotopes begin an eight-game homestand. In the opener in Las Vegas Saturday night, the Isotopes are expected to send RHP David Hale to the mound to make a rehabilitation assignment start, while the 51s are expected to counter with RHP Noah Syndergaard (0-0, 4.70).

Filed 04/24/2015

April 23, 2015 - Isotopes (9-6)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  3  1
Tacoma       001 001 01x --  3  8  3

WP: Mike Montgomery (1-1)
LP: Chris Rusin (1-1)
SV: Mark Lowe (1)

HR: TAC Chris Taylor (2) off Rusin (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:25
ATT: 2,120
The Isotopes were held hitless through five innings, ended up with a season-lowest total of three hits, and was shut out for the first time this season as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) won 3-0 to snap Albuquerque's two-game winning streak. The Isotopes fell out of first place in the PCL Pacific Conference Southern Division with the loss.

The Rainiers were held hitless until the 3rd inning when John Hicks singled and scored an out later when Shawn O'Malley singled and was tagged out in a rundown trying to extend his single into a double.

Chris Taylor solo homered in the 6th inning and Jesus Montero singled home a run in the 8th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin (L, 1-1) 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 6.75 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.164), 1 K, GIDP


'TOPES NOTES:
Tonight was the second time this season the Isotopes were held hitless through five innings. Brandon Barnes doubled to lead off the 6th inning for Albuquerque's first hit of the game. . . . Three Isotope baserunners made it to third base in the game. . . . Albuquerque does not have a share of first place or sole possession of first place in the division for the first time since April 9th. . . . Isotopes pitching did not allow any walks in a game for the first time since August 28, 2014 against Las Vegas. . . . The series in Tacoma concludes Friday evening. Probables are RHP Leuris Gomez (0-0, 6.35) for the Isotopes and RHP Jordan Pries (0-1, 9.20) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/23/2015

April 22, 2015 - Isotopes (9-5)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  202 100 000 --  5  4  0
Tacoma       010 000 110 --  3  4  1

WP: Chad Bettis (2-1)
LP: Mike Kickham (0-2)
SV: Jairo Diaz (2)

HR: ABQ Kyle Parker (2) off Kickham (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Brandon Barnes (4) off Germao (4th inning, S)

    TAC Jesus Montero (3) off Bettis (2nd inning, S)
    TAC Patrick Kivlehan (4) off Bettis (7th inning, S)
 	
TIME: 2:35
ATT: 2,099
The Isotopes were held to just four hits in the game but the good news is that three of those scored runs in Albuquerque's defeat of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 5-3 on Wednesday evening in Tacoma.

Rainiers starter Michael Kickham leads the league in walks and he helped the Isotopes early in the game. In the 1st inning, Brandon Barnes led off the game with a walk and scored an out later on Kyle Parker's two-run homer.

Jesus Montero solo homered for Tacoma in the bottom of the 2nd inning and walks issued by Kickham again hurt the Rainiers in the 3rd inning. Cristhian Adames walked and took second base on a passed ball. Ben Paulsen walked ahead of Dustin Garneau's two-run double.

Barnes solo homered in the 4th inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to 5-1.

Tacoma's Patrick Kivlehan solo homered in the 7th inning and Ketel Marte singled home the Rainiers' final run in the 8th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chad Bettis (W, 2-1) 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 4.15 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (SV, 2) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, HBP, 5.14 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.176), 1 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (6), 3 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Scott Oberg will not be reporting to the Isotopes after having been sent down from the Rockies recently. The Rockies placed P LaTroy Hawkins on the Disabled List and recalled Oberg from the Isotopes before Olberg could rejoin the team. The Rockies also activated P John Axford from the Restricted List and optioned C/IF Wilin Rosario to Albuquerque. In 10 games with the Rockies this season, Rosario hit .357 (5x14) with a homer and 2 RBI. . . . Ben Paulsen went hitless in three at-bats to snap a 11-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes have a four-game winning streak in games played at Cheney Stadium, dating back to the 2014 season. . . . Albuquerque has gone a season-best three straight games without committing an error. . . . The Isotopes pitching staff gave up the fewest hits to an opponent in a game this season - 4. . . . There have been 10 combined homers by both clubs in the first two games of the series. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Rusin (1-0, 9.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Mike Montgomery (0-1, 6.23) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/22/2015

April 21, 2015 - Isotopes (8-5)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  401 001 101 --  8   8  0
Tacoma       003 000 012 --  6  11  2

WP: Carlos Hernandez (1-0)
LP: Sam Gaviglio (1-1) 

HR: ABQ Tim Wheeler (4) off Gaviglio (1st inning, GS)
    ABQ Tim Wheeler (5)off Snow (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Cristhian Adames (1) off Gaviglio (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Cristhian Adames (2) off Snow (7th inning, S)

    TAC Jabari Blash (2) off Hernandez (3rd inning, S)
    TAC Stefen Romero (1) off Hernandez (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:40
ATT: 2,048
Tim Wheeler and Cristhian Adames each had two homers and their four combined homers drove in seven of Albuquerque's eight runs in a series-opening 8-6 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in Tacoma on Tuesday evening.

Brandon Barnes led off the game with a single, stole second base and advanced to third base on a throwing error on the stolen base attempt. Adames walked and went to second base on a wild pitch. After two strikeouts, Dustin Garneau walked to load the bags and Wheeler delivered a grand-slam homer for a 4-0 Isotopes lead.

Adames solo homered in the 3rd inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to 5-0.

Jabari Blash solo-homered and Stefen Romero added a two-run homer as the Rainiers got on the scoreboard in the home half of the 3rd inning.

Wheeler solo homered in the 6th inning and Adames solo homered in the 7th inning to give Albuquerque a more comfortable 7-3 lead.

Romero singled home a run for Tacoma in the 8th inning.

Joey Wong singled with two out and scored on Barnes' double in the 9th inning as the Isotopes extended their lead to 8-4 and Tacoma added two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning on singles from Carlos Rivero and Ketel Marte.

Isotopes Starter Line: Carlos Hernandez (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 4.50 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 6.00 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.170), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Carlos Hernandez joined the Isotopes from Class-AA New Britain to make tonight's start and P Javier Palacios was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . Minor League Baseball and CBS Sports Network announced the Minor League Game of the Week will return on select Thursday nights in 2015 with a 10-game schedule. The Isotopes will be on national cable television in the final game of the slate -- August 6th at Isotopes Park against the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) with a 7 PM Mountain Time start. . . . Tim Wheeler drove in five runs for the second time in five games and has homered twice in a game for the second time in eight games. Wheeler leads the club with a .417 batting average, five homers and 16 RBI. . . . Tim Wheeler joins Dustin Garneau as the only Isotopes to hit grand-slam homers this season. Both grand slams were in the 1st inning and on this current roadtrip. . . . The four Isotope homers were the most in a single game this season. . . . Ben Paulsen extended his team-best hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Albuquerque is 6-0 when leading after 6 innings of play this season. . . . Cristhian Adames had his sixth 2-hit game of the season and has seven multi-hit games, leading the club. . . . Game two of the series is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Chad Bettis (1-1, 5.23) for the Isotopes and LHP Mike Kickham (0-1, 6.75) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/21/2015

April 20, 2015 - Isotopes (7-5)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  100 000 100 --  2   9  0
Reno         410 000 10x --  6  11  3

WP: Robbie Ray (1-1)
LP: Jon Gray (0-2) 

HR: RENO Cody Ransom (1) off Gray (1st inning, 3R)
    RENO Peter O'Brien (4) off Arrowood (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:41
ATT: 3,045
Rockies prospect Jon Gray allowed four 1st inning runs in a series-ending 6-2 Isotope loss to the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). Albuquerque has lost two straight games.

Albuquerque's only lead of the game was in the top of the 1st inning. Kyle Parker walked and scored on Ben Paulsen's double.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Peter O'Brien doubled home a run and Cody Ransom three-run homered later in the inning as the Aces built a 4-1 lead.

Former-Isotope Jamie Romak added a RBI single in the 2nd inning as Reno extended the lead to 5-1.

Each team plated their final runs of the game in the 7th inning. In the top half, Brandon Barnes walked, Cristhian Adames singled and Parker grounded into a double play with Barnes scoring. In the home half, O'Brien solo homered for his third homer of the series.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray (L, 0-2) 5 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, WP, 9.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: (L, 0-2) 5 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, WP, 9.00 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x3 (.186), 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Jorge De La Rosa from his rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes and activated him from the Rockies' disabled list. P Scott Oberg was optioned to Albuquerque. The Isotopes starting rotation took a major hit on Monday when two of the five starters were placed on the disabled list. P Jair Jurrjens went on the disabled list with a right groin strain and P John Lannan went on the disabled list with a back muscle strain. Assigned from Extended Spring Training to take the two roster spots were P Ryan Arrowood and P Javier Palacios. . . . Ben Paulsen extended his team season-best hitting streak to 10 games, the first Isotope double-digit hitting streak of the season. . . . Jon Gray has allowed 4 runs in the first inning in both of his starts this season. . . . The Aces and Isotopes split the four-game series, Albuquerque's first road series of the season. 23,952 attended at Aces Ballpark for a per-game average of 5,988. . . . Adam Duvall of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) is the first PCL Hitter of the Week. Duvall hit .457 (21x46) with 4 homers and 14 RBI and had Sacramento's first franchise cycle during the award week. . . . Mike Bolsinger of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) is the first PCL Pitcher of the Week. Bolsinger went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing no runs and 3 hits in 11 innings of work over two starts while walking 3 and striking out 17. . . . The Isotopes continue their season-long 12 game roadtrip with a four game series in Tacoma, Washington beginning Tuesday evening. The Isotopes have yet to name a probable while the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) are scheduled to send RHP Sam Gaviglio (1-0, 0.82) to the mound.

Filed 04/20/2015

April 19, 2015 - Isotopes (7-4)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  010 000 111 --  4  11  3
Reno         111 000 101 --  5  13  1

WP: Jake Barrett (1-0)
LP: Tommy Kahnle (0-1)

HR: ABQ Brandon Barnes (3) off Nuno (7th inning, S)

    RENO Mike Freeman (1) off Kahnle (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:59
ATT: 5,211
The Isotopes tallied runs in the final three innings to tie the game before that effort was wasted when Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) hitter Mike Freeman belted a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Reno a 5-4 victory over Albuquerque. It was Albuquerque's first road loss of the season in three games played.

Reno got on the scoreboard in the 1st inning when Danny Dorn doubled, went to third on former-Isotope Jamie Romak's single and scored on Nick Evans' ground-rule double.

Angelys Nina tripled and scored on Tim Wheeler's groundout in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes tied the game. Reno quickly grabbed the lead back at 2-1 in the home half of the frame when Freeman singled home a run.

Peter O'Brien singled, went to second base on a throwing error on the play and scored on Zach Borenstein's single as the Aces extended their lead to 3-1 in the 3rd inning.

Brandon Barnes solo homered in the 7th inning to get the Isotopes to a run down at 3-2. Reno got that run back in the bottom of the 7th inning when O'Brien was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Wheeler singled, stole second base, went to third base on Ryan Casteel's groundout and scored on Roger Bernadina's groundout in the 8th inning, and in the 9th inning, Barnes singled and scored on Cristhian Adames' double to knot the game at 4-4.

Freeman's walk-off homer came as the first batter in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens - 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x3 (.200), 2 K, SB (3)


'TOPES NOTES:
Isotopes starter Jair Jurrjens left the game after 7 pitches due to an apparent injury. Jurrjens struck out Mike Freeman before leaving. The Isotopes used a season-high six total pitchers (five relievers) due to the early game injury and Jurrjens set an Isotope franchise record for shortest outing for a starter with just one batter faced (previous mark was Alberto Bastardo on June 5, 2011 at Round Rock who left with an injury after three batters faced). . . . Jorge De La Rosa is expected to be recalled from his rehabilitation assignment Monday and make the start for the Rockies Monday night at Coors Field against the San Diego Padres. De La Rosa made two rehabilitation assignment starts with the Isotopes as he recovered from a strained left groin. . . . Albuquerque committed three errors, the most in a game this season. . . . Ben Paulsen extended his team season-best hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Rockies reliever John Axford's time on the family medical emergency list ran out, so the Rockies moved him to the restricted list, making a possible roster move involving the Isotopes not necessary. . . . Adam Duvall hit for the cycle today, the first Sacramento River Cat (AAA Giants) to accomplish the feat in their franchise history. Sacramento defeated Salt Lake 15-7 today. . . . The series concludes Monday evening. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 9.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Robbie Ray (0-1, 4.15) for the Aces.

Filed 04/19/2015

April 18, 2015 - Isotopes (7-3)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  502 101 000 --  9  15  0
Reno         103 000 000 --  4   9  0

WP: Chris Rusin (1-0)
LP: A.J. Schugel (0-1)

HR: ABQ Dustin Garneau (3) off Schugel (1st inning, GS)

    RENO Peter O'Brien (3) off Rusin (3rd inning, 3R)
 	
TIME: 3:05
ATT: 6,700
Dustin Garneau hit Albuquerque's first grand-slam homer of the season as part of a 2x4, 5 RBI night as the Istopes defeated the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 9-4 on Saturday evening in Reno.

Albuquerque built a 5-0 lead in the 1st inning. Cristhian Adames singled with one out, took second base on a wild pitch and after Kyle Parker walked and Ben Paulsen struck out, Angelys Nina singled home Adames. Nina stole second base and Tim Wheeler walked ahead of Garneau's grand-slam homer.

Nick Evans doubled home a run for Reno in the bottom of the 1st inning.

Albuquerque extended the lead to 7-1 in the 3rd inning. Wheeler singled with two outs and scored on Garneau's single and Garneau scored on Joey Wong's double.

Peter O'Brien added a three-run homer in the home half of the 3rd inning as Reno closed to three runs down at 7-4.

The Isotopes added a run in the 4th inning when Roger Bernadina singled, went to second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third base on Parker's single and scored on Paulsen's fielders choice.

Paulsen knocked in Bernadina with a single in the 6th inning for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin (W, 1-0) 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 3.60 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x5 (.216), 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Dustin Garneau hit Albuquerque's first grand-slam homer since Jamie Romak on August 21, 2014 at Colorado Springs. Garneau has been playing great ball recently. Including his two homer game on April 13th, Garneau is hitting .400 with 3 homers, 8 RBI and 6 runs scored in four games. . . . Ben Paulsen extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Albuquerque's 7-3 start is their second best record for the first 10 games played in a season (8-2 in 2005). . . . The Isotopes are a season-best four games above the .500 mark and are still in first place in their division, 1 game up on the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres). . . . The series resumes Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 3.18) for the Isotopes and LHP Vidal Nuno (2-0, 2.19) for the Aces.

Filed 04/18/2015

April 17, 2015 - Isotopes (6-3)

Aces Ballpark

Albuquerque  421 200 020 --  11  13  1
Reno         010 000 010 --   2  10  0

WP: Chad Bettis (1-1)
LP: Allen Webster (0-1)

HR: ABQ Tim Wheeler (3) off Webster (1st inning, 3R)

    RENO Peter O'Brien (2) off Gomez (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:56
ATT: 8,996
Tim Wheeler went 4x5, including a homer and five RBI as the Isotopes routed the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 11-2 in Albuquerque's first road game of the season.

In the 1st inning, Cristhian Adames reached on a fielders choice, Ben Paulsen singled and Dustin Garneau singled to bring home Adames. Wheeler followed with a three-run homer.

Albuquerque extended the lead to 6-0 in the 2nd inning. Isotopes starter Chad Bettis drew a one-out walk, Brandon Barnes singled and both runners advanced a base on a balk. Roger Bernadina singled home Bettis and after Adames' fielders choice with Barnes out at home plate, Paulsen singled home Bernadina.

Evan Marzilli singled home Reno's first run of the game in the 2nd inning and Albuquerque got that run back in the top of the 3rd inning. Wheeler singled and later scored on Joey Wong's double.

Albuquerque made it 9-1 in the 4th inning. Adames drew a one-out walk and scored on Paulsen's double. An out later, Wheeler doubled home Paulsen.

Wheeler and Paulsen once again struck with run-scoring doubles in the 8th inning to extend the lead to 11-1.

Reno's Peter O'Brien solo homered in the 8th inning for the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chad Bettis (W, 1-1) 5.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 5.23 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Tim Wheeler's five RBI was the most by an Isotope in a game this season. Wheeler was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and had 9 total bases, tying him with Dustin Garneau for the most total bases in a game this season. . . . Tim Wheeler and Ben Paulsen each had four hits, the most by an Isotope in a game this season. . . . Albuquerque's defense turned a season-high 4 double plays. . . . Chad Bettis was the first Isotopes starter this season to earn a winning pitching decision. . . . The Isotopes are 9-4 all-time in their first road game of a season. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Rusin (0-0, 10.80) for the Isotopes and RHP A.J. Schugel (No Record) for the Aces.

Filed 04/17/2015

April 16, 2015 - Isotopes (5-3)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       001 000 000 02 --  3  8  1
Albuquerque  000 001 000 00 --  1  5  2 

WP: Justin Germano (1-1)
LP: Simon Castro (3-1)

TIME: 2:42
ATT: 3,669
The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) plated two runs in the 11th inning to spoil Albuquerque's opportunity to sweep the Rainiers in the series. Tacoma defeated Albuquerque 3-1 in 11 innings on Thursday afternoon, snapping the Isotopes' four game winning streak. Even with the loss, the Isotopes remain in first place in their division by a game.

Tacoma's Shawn O'Malley singled, stole second base and scored on James Jones' single in the 3rd inning as Tacoma led 1-0.

The Isotopes tied the game in the 6th inning. Brandon Barnes reached on a fielder's choice, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Cristhian Adames double to right field.

In the 11th inning, Tacoma's Leury Bonilla led off with a double and scored when Jones reached on a bunt single and Isotopes reliever Simon Castro threw the ball away on the play for an error. Jones ended up on third base on the error and scored on Ketel Marte's sacrifice fly.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan - 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 0.69 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.219), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (2)


'TOPES NOTES:
IF/OF Matt McBride was placed on the Disabled List with a strained right oblique. McBride is the first Isotope whose injury has landed him on the Disabled List this season. The Rockies assigned IF Jose Rivera to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes won three out of the four games with the Rainiers in the series and 19,439 attended for a per-game average of 4,860. 50,288 attended the eight game season-opening homestand and Albuquerque went 5-3 in those eight games. The homestand attendance mark is good for fourth place in the PCL among the eight teams that opened the season at home. The other eight clubs in the PCL have their home opening homestands beginning on Friday. . . . Although not necessarily attributable to the pitch clock, today's 11-inning game was played in 2 hours, 42 minutes, tying for the shortest game of the series time-wise with Tuesday's 9-inning game. . . . By giving up a run in the 3rd inning, John Lannan snapped an eight consecutive scoreless innings streak. Lannan tossed quality starts in each of his two Isotope outings this season and had the highest game scores of any Isotope this season with 66 in each of his two outings. . . . The Isotopes hit the road for a 12 game roadtrip, their longest roadtrip of the season. Probables in the opener in Reno on Friday against the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) are RHP Chad Bettis (0-1, 9.64) for the Isotopes and RHP Allen Webster (0-0, 18.00) for the Aces.

Filed 04/16/2015

April 15, 2015 - Isotopes (4-2)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       400 000 020 --  6   7  0
Albuquerque  500 001 01x --  7  11  1

WP: Rex Brothers (1-0)
LP: Joe Saunders (0-1)
SV: Jairo Diaz (1)

HR: ABQ Brandon Barnes (2) off Elias (1st inning, S)

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 3,517
Ryan Casteel drove in three runs, including a game-winning RBI fielder's choice in the 8th inning as the Isotopes extended their winning streak to four games with a 7-6 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Wednesday evening in front of sparse crowd of 3,517 at "The Lab". The win also extended Albuquerque's division lead to two games early in this season.

The Rainiers scored four runs against highly-ranked Rockies prospect Jon Gray in the 1st inning before Gray's teammates plated five runs in the bottom half of the inning to give Gray the lead. Brandon Barnes led off with a solo homer. Cristhian Adames and Kyle Parker singled and Ben Paulsen walked to load the bases and Angelys Nina reached on a force out with Adames scoring and Parker out at third base on the force play. Tim Wheeler doubled home Paulsen and Casteel's sacrifice flyout brought home Nina. Roger Bernadina then singled to drive in Wheeler.

Wheeler walked, stole second base and scored on Casteel's single in the 6th inning to extend the Isotope lead to two runs at 6-4.

Tacoma's Franklin Gutierrez had a two-run double in the 8th inning to knot the game at 6-6 and the Isotopes got the eventual game-winning run in the home half of the frame. Paulsen was hit by a pitch, went to third base on Nina's single and scored on Casteel's fielders choice.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jon Gray - 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 9.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jonathan Gray: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 9.00 ERA
Jairo Diaz: (SV, 1) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.50 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.250)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes and Rainiers paid tribute to the Negro Leagues by wearing Negro League replica uniforms in the game. . . . Brandon Barnes' leadoff homer was Albuquerque's first leadoff homer since Mike Baxter's on August 12, 2014 vs Memphis. . . . Ryan Casteel's sacrifice flyout was Albuquerque's first sacrifice flyout of the season. . . . The Isotopes are 4-0 in games decided by one run this season, including one-run wins in all three games of this series. . . . Jairo Diaz recorded Albuquerque's first save of the season in the game. One last pitching decision milestone yet to be achieved is an Isotope starter recording a victory -- all five victories have been awarded to relievers. . . . The series (and homestand) concludes Thursday with an 12:05 PM start. Probables are LHP John Lannan (0-0, 0.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Sam Gaviglio (1-0, 0.00) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/15/2015

April 14, 2015 - Isotopes (4-2)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       100 020 101 --  5  9  1
Albuquerque  002 201 001 --  6  9  1

WP: Simon Castro (3-0)
LP: Mark Lowe (0-1)

HR: TAC Jabari Blash (1) off De La Rosa (5th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Matt McBride (1) off Pries (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Tim Wheeler (1) off Pries (4th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Tim Wheeler (2) off Lowe (9th inning, S)

TIME: 2:42
ATT: 6,259
One night after Dustin Garneau gave the Isotopes a win with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning, Tim Wheeler belted a walk-off homer in the 9th inning as his second homer of the night to give Albuquerque a 6-5 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Tuesday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won three straight games.

Tacoma scored their first run on an error in the 1st inning and Albuquerque took the lead in the 3rd inning. Joey Wong reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Brandon Barnes' double. Cristhian Adames followed with a single to drive in Barnes.

Garneau walked ahead of Wheeler's two-run homer in the 4th inning as the Isotopes extended the lead to 4-1 in the 4th inning.

Tacoma's Jabari Blash two-run homered in the 5th inning as the Rainiers pulled to a run down at 4-3.

Matt McBride solo homered in the 6th inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 5-3. Tacoma's Shawn O'Malley had a bases-loaded walk in the 7th inning and a run-scoring double in the 9th inning to tie the game at 5-5.

Wheeler did not waste any time winning the game with his homer, homering as the first batter in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jorge De La Rosa - 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 3.00 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 0x4 (.250), 2 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Jorge De La Rosa: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 3.00 ERA

De La Rosa faced 20 batters in his second rehabilitation assignment outing, tossing 76 pitches with 50 for strikes and ending his night with a Game Score of 52. De La Rosa, who induced 8 groundouts and 1 flyout, did not earn a pitching decision in either of his rehab outings.


'TOPES NOTES:
Reliever Scott Oberg, who started the season with the Isotopes before getting the call to the Colorado Rockies Sunday, made his MLB debut in Tuesday's Rockies game against the Giants and allowed a hit and struck out one in an inning of work. Oberg earned his first major league victory in the Rockies win. . . . The Isotopes are in first place outright in the PCL Pacific Conference Southern Division for the first time this season. Albuquerque has a one game lead over the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets). . . . The last two games with walk-off homers was not the first time there have been consecutive walk-off homer games in Isotopes history. The feat was first accomplished on July 23-24, 2008 when Dallas McPherson and Jai Miller walk-off homered in games against the Sacramento River Cats. . . . Tim Wheeler joins Dustin Garneau (last night) as only Isotopes to have multi-homer games this season. . . . Reliever Simon Castro has earned the pitching decision victory in three of Albuquerque's four wins this season. No Isotope starter has recorded a pitching decision victory. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 11.25) for the Isotopes and LHP Roenis Elias (1-0, 7.20) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/14/2015

April 13, 2015 - Isotopes (3-2)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       002 000 010 0 --  3  9  0
Albuquerque  010 000 020 1 --  4  9  1

WP: Jairo Diaz (1-0)
LP: Forrest Snow (0-1)

HR: ABQ Dustin Garneau (1) off Guaipe (8th inning, S)
    ABQ Dustin Garneau (2) off Snow (10th inning, S)

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 5,994
Dustin Garneau went 3x4 and had a pair of solo homers, including one that gave the Isotopes a walk-off 4-3 victory in 10 innings over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Monday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won two straight games.

In the 2nd inning, Matt McBride doubled, went to third base on Ben Paulsen's single and scored when Angelys Nina grounded into a double play as the Isotopes took a 1-0 lead.

Shawn O'Malley and Chris Taylor singled home runs in the 3rd inning as the Rainiers took a 2-1 lead and Taylor added another run-scoring single in the 8th inning to extend Tacoma's lead to 3-1.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Garneau solo homered and an out later, Brandon Barnes singled, stole second base and scored on Kyle Parker's single to knot the game at 3-3.

Garneau didn't waste much time in extra innings as he led off the bottom of the 10th inning with his game-winning solo homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jair Jurrjens - 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 3.18 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.00 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.300), 1 RBI, 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Dustin Garneau was the first Isotope to have a multi-homer game this season. Garneau's walk-off homer was the 19th walkoff homer in franchise history and first since Albuquerque-native Brian Cavazos- Galvez had a solo homer to end the first game of a doubleheader on June 27, 2014. . . . Two of Albuquerque's three wins this season were in walk-off fashion. . . . The Isotopes are 2-0 in extra inning contests this season. . . . The series continues Tuesday evening. Probables are LHP Jorge De La Rosa (0-0, 2.25) who will be making a second rehabilitation assignment start with the Isotopes, while the Rainiers are expected to counter with RHP Jordan Pries (0-1, 13.50).

Filed 04/13/2015

April 12, 2015 - Isotopes (2-2)

Isotopes Park

Reno         132 002 011 --  10  19  0
Albuquerque  110 501 26x --  16  19  0

WP: Simon Castro (2-0)
LP: Matt Reynolds (0-1)

HR: RENO Jamie Romak (1) off Rusin (1st inning, S)
    RENO Yasmany Tomas (1) off Rusin (3rd inning, 2R)
    RENO Matt Pagnozzi (1) off Diaz (9th inning, S)

    ABQ Brandon Barnes (1) off Crabbe (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Ben Paulsen (1) off Reynolds (7th inning, 2R)

TIME: 3:24
ATT: 6,727
And on the seventh day they slugged. It was not a restful Sunday afternoon for pitchers as the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) and Isotopes combined for 26 runs and 38 hits in Albuquerque's 16-10 slugfest victory.

Former-Isotope Jamie Romak led off the game with a solo homer as the Aces quickly led 1-0 and Albuquerque tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. Tim Wheeler singled and scored an out later on Kyle Parker's double.

The Aces regained the lead with three runs in the 2nd inning. Romak singled home a run and Garrett Weber added a two-run single.

Roger Bernadina doubled and scored on Joey Wong's single in the bottom of the 2nd inning as Albuquerque trailed 4-2.

Reno's Cuban baseball player Yasmany Tomas hit his first American professional baseball homer, a two-run homer, in the 3rd inning.

Albuquerque took a 7-6 lead with a five-run 4th inning. Ryan Casteel doubled, Bernadina walked and Tim Smalling singled home Casteel. Wong singled Bernadina home and after Isotopes starter Chris Rusin laid down a sacrifice bunt, Wheeler singled home Smalling. Angelys Nina's groundout brought Wong home and Parker singled home Wheeler.

Nick Evans and Peter O'Brien singled home runs in the 6th inning as the Aces regained the lead at 8-7.

Brandon Barnes' pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the sixth inning knotted the game at 8-8 and Albuquerque took the lead for good in the 7th inning. Smalling singled and came around to score on Ben Paulsen's pinch-hit two run homer.

Evans singled home a run for the Aces in the 8th inning before the Isotopes erupted for six runs in the home half of the frame. Nina bunt-singled and Parker singled to put runners on the corners before Matt McBride doubled home Nina. An out later, Bernadina was intentionally walked and Smalling singled to bring Parker home. Wong flew out on the infield fly rule for the second out of the inning before Cristhian Adames delivered a two-run single to score McBride and Bernadina. Wheeler was hit by a pitch ahead of Nina's two-run double that plated Smalling and Adames.

Matt Pagnozzi solo homered in the 9th inning for Reno's final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin - 5 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 10.80 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA
Kyle Parker: 3x6 (.313), 1 R, 1 2B (1), 2 RBI (3), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
On Sunday, the Rockies placed P John Axford on the Family Medical Emergency Leave list and purchased the contract of P Scott Oberg from Albuquerque. The Rockies moved IF Charlie Culberson from the 15-day Disabled List to the 60-day Disabled List to make 25-man roster room for Oberg. Taking Oberg's roster spot with the Isotopes is P Leuris Gomez, who was assigned to Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes set a franchise record in the game with two pinch-hit homers in a single game. There have been 23 pinch-hit homers in Isotopes franchise history. . . . The 26 combined runs in today's game was more scoring than in the first three games of the series combined (23 runs). . . . The Aces and Isotopes split the first four-game series of the season and 30,849 attended for a per-game average of 7,712. . . . Former-Isotope Jamie Romak was the first opponent to have a leadoff homer in a game since Tacoma's Abraham Almonte on June 8, 2014 in Tacoma. . . . Seven players made their Triple-A debuts with the Isotopes in this four-game series. They were pitchers Jairo Diaz, Jon Gray, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Oberg and Ken Roberts, catcher Ryan Casteel and infielder Joey Wong. . . . The first Isotopes homestand of the season concludes with a four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners). Scheduled to pitch in the opener Monday evening are RHP Jair Jurrjens (No Record) for the Isotopes and LHP Mike Montgomery (No Record) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/12/2015

April 11, 2015 - Isotopes (1-2)

Isotopes Park

Reno         002 040 010 --  7  11  2
Albuquerque  030 000 000 --  3   7  1

WP: Justin Marks (1-0)
LP: Chad Bettis (0-1)

HR: RENO Nick Evans (1) off Bettis (5th inning, 2R)

TIME: 2:50
ATT: 9,478
The Isotopes scored the first three runs of the game and then the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) scored seven unanswered runs en route to a 7-3 victory over the Isotopes.

Albuquerque scored their only three runs in the 2nd inning. Matt McBride struck out swinging but reached on a wild pitch and Ben Paulsen reached on a fielding error. Angelys Nina singled them both home, took second base on an error on the play and scored on Ryan Casteel's single.

Former-Isotope Jamie Romak drew a one-out walk and scored on Danny Dorn's triple before Dorn came into score on Nick Evans' groundout in the 3rd inning as the Aces got on the scoreboard.

Reno added four more runs to the scoreboard in the 4th inning when Evans two-run homered, Yasmany Tomas doubled home a run and former-Isotope Blake Lalli singled home Tomas.

Evan Marzilli tripled and scored on Danny Dorn's single in the 8th inning for the final Reno run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chad Bettis (L, 0-1) 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 9.64 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.200), 1 BB, 1 K, SB (1)


'TOPES NOTES:
It was reported on the Rockies official website that Jorge De La Rosa will be making another rehabilitation assignment start on Tuesday with the Isotopes. . . . The first series of the season concludes Sunday afternoon. Probables are LHP Chris Rusin (No Record) for the Isotopes and RHP Allen Webster (No Record) for the Aces.

Filed 04/11/2015

April 10, 2015 - Isotopes (1-1)

Isotopes Park

Reno         000 000 001 0 --  1  11  0
Albuquerque  010 000 000 1 --  2   6  0

WP: Simon Castro (1-0)
LP: Dan Runzler (0-1)

TIME: 3:16
ATT: 5,942
Angelys Nina's single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Isotopes their first win of the season, a 3-2 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) on Friday night.

Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. Nina singled, went to third base on a two-base wild pitch and scored on Tim Smalling's groundout.

Danny Dorn drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the 9th inning as the Aces tied the game at 1-1.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Cristhian Adames doubled with one out, Kyle Parker was intentionally walked, Matt McBride drew a walk and Nina followed with a single into left field to bring home Adames.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan - 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jairo Diaz: (BS, 1) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 9.00 ERA
Kyle Parker: 0x2 (.167), 3 BB
Scott Oberg: (H, 1) 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The game was Albuquerque's first game wearing their Friday alternate jersey that is a red jersey top with a "I" logo and single orbiting baseball. . . . It was only the 10th game in the humidor era that both teams combined for three or less runs in a game played at Isotopes Park. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Chad Bettis (No Record) for the Isotopes and LHP Justin Marks (No Record) for the Aces.

Filed 04/10/2015

April 9, 2015 - Isotopes (0-1)

Isotopes Park

Reno         010 042 001 --  8  14  1
Albuquerque  101 000 000 --  2   7  1

WP: Vidal Nuno (1-0)
LP: Jon Gray (0-1)

HR: RENO Danny Dorn (1) off Gray (6th inning, 2R)
    RENO Peter O'Brien (1) off De La Rosa (2nd inning, S)

    ABQ Kyle Parker (1) off Nuno (3rd inning, S)
 
TIME: 2:53
ATT: 8,702
The Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) plated six runs over the 5th and 6th innings to send 8,702 Isotopes fans home disappointed on Opening Night of the 2015 season at "The Lab".

Albuquerque fans were excited early as the Isotopes plated their first run of the season in the 1st inning. Brandon Barnes doubled as the first Isotope hitter of the season and scored when Cristhian Adames reached on an error.

Peter O'Brien solo homered in the 2nd inning as Reno tied the game and Kyle Parker belted Albuquerque's first homer of the season in the 3rd inning to give the Isotopes a 2-1 lead.

One of the top Rockies' prospects, Jon Gray, entered the game in the 5th inning and the Aces feasted on his pitching. O'Brien singled home two runs and former-Isotope Blake Lalli singled home two runs in the inning.

Danny Dorn two-run homered off Gray in the 6th inning and in the 9th inning, Danny Worth singled home Reno's final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jorge De La Rosa - 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2.25 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jon Gray: (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 11.25 ERA
Kyle Parker: 1x4 (.250), 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI (1), 1 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Jorge De La Rosa: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2.25 ERA

De La Rosa became the first MLB player to make a rehabilitation assignment appearance with the Isotopes in Albuquerque's first game as an affiliate of that team.

De La Rosa faced 18 batters, made 57 pitches with 38 for strikes and had 6 groundouts and 2 flyouts. De La Rosa's game score was 49.

Based on post-game reports, it appears De La Rosa did not aggravate his groin tightness and is likely to rejoin the Rockies rotation for Wednesday's start.


'TOPES NOTES:
Former Albuquerque Dukes manager Del Crandall was among three announced as going into the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame in 2015. Crandall was at the helm of the Dukes from 1978-1983, winning 470 games and four PCL Championships. Crandall was the manager of the 1981 Dukes, considered the 11th best team in minor league history. Lou Novikoff played six seasons in the PCL from 1939-1940 and 1945-1948 and was a PCL Triple Crown winner in 1940 and helped the Los Angeles Angels that season win their second straight PCL Championship. Gaylord Perry, a baseball Hall of Famer, pitched 4 seasons in the PCL from 1960-1963, compiling a 27-17 record with a 2.50 ERA. Perry was the PCL Pitcher of the Year in 1961 and won a league-best 16 games in helping the Tacoma Giants win the PCL Championship. . . . The game was Albuquerque's first as the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. . . . The start of the game was delayed 29 minutes due to pre-game Opening Night activities. . . . Prior to the game, the Isotopes handed the City of Albuquerque a check in the amount of $1,371,412.73 as payment for the lease of the stadium and for the city's portion of surcharges collected on tickets, souvenirs and concessions for the 2014 season. There has been approximately $21,825,895 paid to the city over the 12 seasons of Isotopes baseball. . . . The Isotopes are 9-4 in season openers and are on a 2-game season-opener losing streak. Albuquerque is 10-3 in their first home game of the season and snapped a six-game winning streak in the first home game of a season. . . . BB-T Park in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Knights (AAA White Sox) was awarded the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game. The 2015 edition of the game will be played this July in Omaha, Nebraska, home of the PCL's Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals). . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are LHP John Lannan (No Record) for the Isotopes and LHP Robbie Ray (No Record) for the Aces.

Filed 04/09/2015

Welcome to the 2015 Isotopes Unofficial Webpage!

As the 2015 season opens on Thursday night against the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks), there were many newsworthy items that happened in the offseason.

The biggest event is that the Isotopes became the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies when the Rockies and Isotopes signed a four-year Player Development Agreement (PDA) in September. The four-year pact is the longest PDA length in Isotopes history, ensuring that in two years there will not be any worries about if the Rockies are going to renew the deal or the Isotopes will undergo another affiliation change. The Rockies are the third team the Isotopes have been affiliated with in franchise history (Marlins, Dodgers). Radio broadcaster Josh Suchon is employed by the Isotopes and not the Dodgers so he will remain calling Isotope games. The Rockies new Double-A club is in New Britain, Connecticut so any players shuffling between Double-A and Triple-A will have a long journey.

Six of the sixteen PCL clubs changed affiliates in the 2014 offseason. Other than the Isotopes changing to the Rockies, Colorado Springs changed from the Rockies to the Brewers, the Dodgers moved from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City, Fresno changed from the Giants to the Astros, Sacramento changed from the Athletics to the Giants, and Nashville changed from the Brewers to the Athletics. With all these changes, the Isotopes will not see any more or any less games involving the Designated Hitter.

One club changed its name in the offseason - the Oklahoma City Redhawks became the Oklahoma City Dodgers after the Dodgers took an ownership stake in the club. Another club is going to be playing in a brand new ballpark in 2015 as the Nashville Sounds open up First Tennessee Park.

The biggest change coming to Minor League Baseball is a pitch clock. The clock will be utilized at the Double-A and Triple-A levels in an experiment to pick up the pace of play in games. If the experiment goes well, the clock may expand to other levels and might even be utilized at the MLB level. April is a month for the players to get adjusted to the clock change and any umpire-rulings will start being enforced in May. If a pitcher does not start his windup or come to the set position within the 20 second pitch clock, an automatic ball will be called. The clock resets if the pitcher makes a pickoff attempt or steps off the rubber with runners on base. If it is a hitters fault that the pitch clock runs out, it will be an automatic strike. There is also a clock for inning breaks with the timer being set for 2 minutes, 25 seconds.

The Isotopes have unveiled two new alternate uniforms for 2015. The Friday home game alternate uniform is a red uniform top with a chest logo that features a white "I" from the Isotopes wordmark with a single orbiting baseball around the "I". There is a Sunday home game uniform that simulates a Colorado Rockies uniform top. The jersey features a purple top with "ISOTOPES" across the chest in Rockies-style lettering. Caps that will be worn with the purple alternate jersey will be black with a purple brim and a purple "A" logo.

The Isotopes' 2015 field staff is Manager Glenallen Hill, Hitting Coach Dave Hajek, and Pitching Coach Darryl Scott.

The Rockies are expected to send Jorge De La Rosa on a rehabilitation assignment to Albuquerque to be the Isotopes opening night starter as he nears a return to the Rockies. The Aces have not named a starter. Albuquerque Police Department Officer Lou Golson will be throwing out the first pitch. Golson was shot four times from close range and nearly killed in January during a suspected DWI traffic stop.

Just because it was the offseason didn't mean the Isotopes took a break from charity work. With the end of the relationship with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the weekend home game Dodger-blue uniform tops were auctioned off online and $3,996 was raised to benefit the S.A.F.E. House Domestic Violence Shelter. Alex Guerrero's jersey garnered the highest bid at nearly $220.

Filed 04/08/2015

Isotopes Pennant Images
Isotopes 2009 Division Champions News and Game Archive Isotopes Official Web Page Rockies Official Web Page Minor League Baseball Past Season Archives
Isotopes 2003 Division Champions Roster Scores and Standings Schedule and Game Log Transactions Team Info and Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame