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2019 News and Game Summary Archive

August 9, 2019 - Isotopes (49-68)

Isotopes Park

San Antonio  301 100 122 --  10  18  0
Albuquerque  203 060 00x --  11  12  0

WP: Tim Melville (9-5)
LP: Angel Perdomo (3-1)
SV: Joe Harvey (1)

HR: SA Tyler Saladino (15) off Melville (1st inning, 2R)
    SA Lucas Erceg (15) off Melville (4th inning, S)
    SA Jake Hager (11) off Harvey (9th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Dom Nunez (16) off Brown (3rd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (30) off Perdomo (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Elliot Soto (7) off Perdomo (5th inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:31
ATT: 6,941
It was Science Night at "The Lab" and after Mother Nature gave her own science lesson and display that delayed the start of the game by 2 hours, 45 minutes, the Isotopes used a six-run inning that helped provide just enough cushion to withstand a late San Antonio Missions (AAA Brewers) rally in a 11-10 victory.

With two outs in the 1st inning, the Missions plated three runs when David Freitas doubled home a run and Tyler Saladino followed with a two-run homer.

Pat Valaika's single and Drew Weeks' fielders choice groundout closed the Isotopes to a run down at 3-2 in their half of the 1st inning.

San Antonio extended the lead to 4-2 in the 3rd inning with Cory Spangenberg's sacrifice flyout and the Isotopes took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Weeks doubled with two outs, Noel Cuevas singled and Dom Nunez belted a three-run homer.

San Antonio's Lucas Erceg solo homered in the 4th inning to tie the game at 5-5 and Albuquerque put the game away with a six-run 5th inning highlighted by Weeks' RBI single, Elliot Soto's grand-slam homer and Sam Hilliard's solo homer.

San Antonio started to try to make a comeback late with a Jacob Nottingham RBI single in the 7th inning, Tyrone Taylor's RBI double and Freitas' RBI single in the 8th inning and Jake Hager's two-run homer with one out in the 9th inning that drew the Missions to a run down at 11-10 before Isotopes reliever Joe Harvey got a fly out, gave up a walk and then got another fly out to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 9-5) 6 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, WP, 5.56 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In the first Isotopes transaction since August 4th, P Matt Pierpont was activated from the Injured List and P Logan Cozart was placed on the Injured List. . . . Albuquerque pitching allowed three homers in the game to tie the franchise record for most homers allowed in a season (209). Albuquerque hitters, meanwhile, hit their 100th Isotopes Park homer of the season in the game (102) and have 173 homers on the season with 23 games left to try to hit 24 more to tie the franchise record. . . . The Isotopes have hit eight grand slam homers this season, one shy of tying the franchise record, and Elliot Soto had his second grand-slam homer of the season tonight. . . . Sam Hilliard hit his 30th homer of the season, the first Isotope with 30 or more homers since Joc Pederson hit 33 in 2014 as part of his 30/30 season. . . . Drew Weeks and Sam Hilliard each extended their hitting streaks to 6 games. . . . The Isotopes got a rare victory in a game where they allowed double-digit runs (2-26 record). . . . The delay to start tonight's game was the 5th home delay -- and longest time-wise at 2 hours, 45 minutes -- of the season. . . . Elliot Soto and Sam Hilliard were the third Isotope duo to back-to-back homer this season. . . . Albuquerque won two out of the three games in the series against the PCL's best club and 26,054 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 8,685. . . . With this series being the first series ever between the Albuquerque and San Antonio Triple-A franchises, the Isotopes hold a 2-1 all-time advantage and 2-1 Isotopes Park advantage over the Missions. . . . The special Science Night jerseys worn in the game tonight are being auctioned off to support the New Mexico Autism Society. The auction link is on the team's official website and the auction runs through Wednesday at noon Mountain Time. . . . Even though the game is an official game in the record books, Isotopes management decided to thank tonight's fans for their patience during the long rain delay by accepting any tickets dated tonight (August 9th) for any remaining 2019 home game using the rules of their rain check policy found on the team's official website. There are 12 home games left for the tickets to be exchanged. . . . The Isotopes close out the homestand with a four-game series against the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) beginning Saturday evening. Probables in the opener are RHP Rico Garcia (0-4, 8.17) for the Isotopes and RHP Brandon Bielak (6-3, 4.45) for the E-train.

Filed 08/09/2019

August 8, 2019 - Isotopes (48-68)

Isotopes Park

San Antonio  012 120 101 0 --  8  13  1
Albuquerque  000 106 100 1 --  9  13  0

WP: Yency Almonte  (1-3)
LP: Taylor Williams (3-3)

HR: SA David Freitas (10) off Rusin (5th inning, S)

    ABQ Drew Weeks (13) off Coulombe (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:08
ATT: 9,805
The Isotopes were down 6-1 at one point in the game, had a big inning to take the lead and eventually in extra innings plated the game winning run on a walk-off error as Albuquerque defeated the San Antomio Missions (AAA Brewers) 9-8 in 10 innings.

San Antonio built a 4-0 lead through their first four at-bats. Jacob Nottingham had a sacrifice flyout in the 2nd inning, David Freitas singled home two runs in the 3rd inning and Nottingham singled home a run in the 4th inning.

Drew Weeks doubled and later scored on Roberto Ramos' single in the home half of the 4th inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard before the Missions built the lead to 6-1 in the 5th inning. Freitas solo homered and Lucas Erceg singled home a run.

Albuquerque sent 10 batters to the plate in the 6th inning and plated six runs all with two outs to take a 7-6 lead. Ramos and Brian Mundell singled home runs, Drew Butera came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with a double and then scored on Peter Mooney's single.

San Antonio tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the 7th inning when a run scored during a double play and Albuquerque regained the lead after the 7th inning stretch on Weeks' solo homer.

San Antonio tied the game at 8-8 in the 9th inning on Freitas' single.

After holding the Missions scoreless in the 10th inning, Ramos was the runner that started on second base for the Isotopes. Josh Fuentes' ball in play was fielded by Missions reliever Taylor Williams who tried to get Ramos out at third base but his throw was wild, allowing Ramos to score on the throwing error to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin - 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 5.93 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque's five run comeback was their largest comeback in a home victory this season. . . . Brian Mundell extended his hitting streak to 7 games in tonight's victory. . . . Albuquerque is 5-3 in extra inning contests (2-2 at home) and has four walkoff victories this season. . . . The Isotopes and Missions wrap up their first series ever against each other on Friday evening and it's Science Night at "The Lab" with the Isotopes wearing special science-themed jersey tops. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (8-5, 5.42) for the Isotopes and RHP Zack Brown (2-6, 5.49) for the Missions.

Filed 08/08/2019

August 7, 2019 - Isotopes (47-68)

Isotopes Park

San Antonio  030 601 310 --  14  19  2
Albuquerque  000 120 121 --   7  13  0

WP: Luke Barker (1-1)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (6-6) 

HR: SA Corey Ray (4) off Hoffman (4th inning, 2R)
    SA Cory Spangenberg (12) off Hoffman (4th inning, 2R)
    SA Burch Smith (1) off Hoffman (2nd inning, 3R)

    ABQ Josh Fuentes (15) off Jackson (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:45
ATT: 9,308
The San Antonio Missions (AAA Brewers) are enjoying the return to altitude. Formerly the Colorado Springs Sky Sox until a relocation to San Antonio beginning this season, the Missions put up nine early runs in their first game played at an altitude similar to their former Colorado Springs home and cruised to a 14-7 victory over the Isotopes in the first ever meeting between the San Antonio and Albuquerque Triple-A franchises.

Missions starter Burch Smith three-run homered in the 2nd inning and the Missions added six more runs in the 4th inning. Lucas Erceg doubled home two runs and Corey Ray and Cory Spangenberg each added two-run homers.

Brian Mundell tripled and scored on Dom Nunez's single in the 4th inning for Albuquerque's first run of the game and the Isotopes added two more runs in the 5th inning with a run scoring on a wild pitch and another run coming home on Josh Fuentes' sacrifice flyout.

Ray doubled home a run in the 6th inning and San Antonio added three more runs in the 7th inning on run-scoring doubles from Hernan Perez, Troy Stokes and Erceg to build a 13-3 lead.

Mundell brought home a run with a sacrifice flyout after the 7th inning stretch and each team plated runs in the 8th inning. Stokes singled home the Missions' final run while for Albuquerque, Nelson Molina had a sacrifice flyout and Drew Weeks doubled home a run.

Fuentes' solo homer in the bottom of the 9th inning capped the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 6-6) 4 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, HBP, 7.91 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque had a season-best three sacrifice flyouts in the game. . . . Nashville starting pitcher Burch Smith was the first opponent pitcher to homer against Albuquerque this season. . . . The PCL Player of the Month of July is Gavin Lux of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Lux led the PCL in July in batting average (.435), runs (29), triples (4), on-base percentage (.519) and OPS (1.356) and was second in the league in hits (40). Lux had 12 multi-hit games and had hitting streaks of 13 games and 8 games during the month. . . . Game two of the series is Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Chris Rusin (1-3, 5.40) for the Isotopes and RHP Trey Supak (1-0, 3.09) for the Missions.

Filed 08/07/2019

August 5, 2019 - Isotopes (47-67)

First Tennessee Park

Albuquerque  000 500 000 --  5   9  1
Nashville    010 120 000 --  4  12  1

WP: Antonio Senzatela (1-1)
LP: Ian Gibaut (0-1)
SV: Yency Almonte (5)

HR: NASH Eli White (13) off Senzatela (2nd inning, S)
    NASH Matt Davidson (26) off Senzatela (4th inning, S)
    NASH Patrick Wisdom (20) off Senzatela (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:05
ATT: 6,542
The Isotopes scored all five of their runs in the 4th inning and had to survive a bases-loaded Nashville Sounds (AAA Rangers) 9th inning rally to defeat the Sounds 5-4 in the series finale in Nashville on Monday evening.

Eli White solo homered in the 2nd inning as the Sounds led 1-0 before Albuquerque claimed the lead in the 4th inning. Dom Nunez, Brian Mundell and Elliot Soto singled home one run each while Pat Valaika added a two-run single.

Matt Davidson solo homered in the 4th inning and Patrick Wisdom solo homered and Zack Granite singled home a run in the 5th inning as the Sounds closed to a run down at 5-4.

The Sounds loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning before Isotopes reliever Yency Almonte got two strikeouts to end the game and earn the save.

Isotopes Starter Line: Antonio Senzatela (W, 1-1) 6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3 HR, 5.92 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque pitching allowed their 200th homer of the season tonight (202 homers allowed total) and there are 26 games left for Albuquerque to establish the final new franchise record total as they should break the franchise mark of 209 homers allowed in the next few games. . . . The 202 homers allowed is 34 more homers than Isotope hitters have sent out of ballparks this season. . . . There were 21 combined hits in the game and the only extra-base hits were the three Nashville homers. . . . Roberto Ramos was the only Isotope hitter without a hit in the game. . . . The Isotopes and Sounds split their only series of the season 2-2 and 35,603 attended for a per-game average of 8,901. . . . All-time, the Isotopes hold a 104-94 advantage over the Sounds, but Nashville leads 50-49 in all-time meetings in the Music City. . . . Edwin Rios of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. For the award week of July 29-August 4th, Rio hit .500 (7x14) with 3 homers and 11 RBI. . . . Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) hurler Anthony Misiewicz is the PCL Pitcher of the Week after nearly no-hitting the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) on Sunday, no hitting the I-Cubs for eight innings before being lifted after tossing 116 pitches. His replacement Taylor Guilbeau allowed a hit in the 9th inning and the Rainiers settled for a combined one-hitter in a 5-0 victory. For the award week, Misiewicz made two starts and went 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) and 3 hits in 14 innings while walking 2 and fanning 18 batters. . . . After playing one of the worst teams in the PCL, the Isotopes have a day off tomorrow and then return for a seven-game homestand, starting with three games against the best team in the PCL, the San Antonio Missions (AAA Brewers). The probables in Wednesday evening's opener are RHP Jeff Hoffman (6-5, 7.18) for the Isotopes and RHP Burch Smith (6-3, 2.34) for the Missions.

Filed 08/05/2019

August 4, 2019 - Isotopes (46-67)

First Tennessee Park

Albuquerque  020 020 101 --  6  11  0
Nashville    100 222 00x --  7  15  0

WP: Wes Benjamin (5-5)
LP: Rico Garcia (0-4)
SV: Jake Petricka (4)

HR: ABQ Drew Weeks (12) off Palumbo (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (29) off Benjamin (5th inning, 2R)

    NASH Andy Ibanez (14) off Harvey (6th inning, S)
    NASH Patrick Wisdom (19) off Harvey (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 8,677
On Sunday evening in Nashville, the Isotopes plated a run in the 9th inning but stranded the game-tying run on second base and lost to the Nashville Sounds (AAA Rangers) 7-6.

Nashville scored a run on a groundout in the 1st inning before Albuquerque took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning. Josh Fuentes singled and trotted home on Drew Weeks' homer.

Patrick Wisdom singled home a pair of runs in the 4th inning to give Nashville the lead until Albuquerque regained it back in the top of the 5th inning when Elliot Soto drew a one-out walk and scored on Sam Hilliard's homer for a 4-3 Topes lead.

The Sounds regained the lead for good in the home half of the 5th inning on Matt Davidson's two-run double and extended the lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the 6th inning on solo homers from Wisdom and Andy Ibanez.

Roberto Ramos singled home a run in the 7th inning and Fuentes singled home the final run of the game in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia (L, 0-4) 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 8.17 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Jesus Tinoco from the Isotopes in today's lone transaction. . . . Drew Weeks has homered in back-to-back contests and has three homers in his last four games. . . . The Isotopes are 13-14 this season in games decided by one run. . . . Noel Cuevas had an Individual Left On Base of 9, the most for an Isotope in a game this season. . . . The final game of the roadtrip is Monday evening. Probables are RHP Antonio Senzatela (0-1, 6.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-3, 7.94) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/04/2019

August 3, 2019 - Isotopes (46-66)

First Tennessee Park

Albuquerque  000 005 300 --  8  14  2
Nashville    000 120 001 --  4  13  0

WP: Tim Melville (8-5)
LP: Kyle Bird (1-1)

HR: ABQ Drew Weeks (11) off Bird (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (23) off Bird (6th inning, 2R)

    NASH Matt Davidson (25) off Melville (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:42
ATT: 9,803
Isotopes starter Tim Melville allowed three runs in 5.1 innings and Pat Valaika, Roberto Ramos and Drew Weeks combined to drive in seven runs as the Isotopes snapped their season-worst eight game losing streak with a 8-4 victory over the Nashville Sounds (AAA Rangers) in Nashville on Saturday evening.

An Isotope error brought home Nashville's first run of the game in the 4th inning and Matt Davidson added a two-run homer in the 5th inning as the Sounds led 3-0.

A five-run 6th inning gave the Isotopes the lead. Sam Hilliard singled, stole second base and scored on Valaika's double. Ramos followed with a two-run homer, Josh Fuentes singled and scored two outs later on Drew Week's two-run homer.

Valaika and Ramos singled home runs and Fuentes brought home a run with a fielder's choice groundout as the Isotopes extended their lead to 8-3 in the 7th inning.

Nashville's Moore singled home the final run of the game in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 8-5) 5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, HBP, 5.42 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled OF Yonathan Daza and outrighted P Harrison Musgrave to the Isotopes. IF Nelson Molina joined Albuquerque's roster from Class-AA Hartford. . . . Sam Hilliard inked his name into the Isotopes records books. With two stolen bases in the contest, Hilliard reached 20 steals for the season and became the second Isotope in franchise history to attain at least the 20/20 club (Hilliard 28 homers, 20 stolen bases). Joc Pederson in 2014 reached the 30/30 club (33 homers, 30 stolen bases). Even the 10/10 club is hard to join as only one other Isotope is in the 10/10 club this season (Yonathan Daza, 11 homers, 12 steals). . . . The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 27 minutes by rain. It was the 9th game delay of the season (5th delay on the road) and the longest delay time-wise of the season. . . . Tim Melville's eight victories leads the Isotopes club. . . . Roberto Ramos has homered in his last two straight games and Drew Weeks has two homers in his last three contests. . . . Game three of the series is Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Rico Garcia (0-3, 8.31) for the Isotopes and LHP Joe Palumbo (1-0, 3.38) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/03/2019

August 2, 2019 - Isotopes (45-66)

First Tennessee Park

Albuquerque  300 000 000 --  3   4  3
Nashville    005 010 10x --  7  11  0

WP: Tim Dillard (7-8)
LP: Chris Rusin (1-3) 

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (22) off Dillard (1st inning, 3R)

    NASH Nick Solak (6) off Rusin (3rd inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:22
ATT: 10,581
In the opener of a series Friday evening in Nashville, Nashville Sounds (AAA Rangers) starter Tim Dillard tossed the first complete game against Albuquerque this season, allowing just three runs and four hits to the Isotopes as Albuquerque dropped its season-worst eighth straight game by a final score of 7-3. With the loss, Albuquerque established franchise records for the most games under the breakeven mark (21 games below), and for most games out of the division lead (21 games back).

Albuquerque quickly built a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning when Sam Hilliard and Pat Valaika singled with one out and scored on Roberto Ramos' homer.

Nashville erupted for five runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning to take the lead. Matt Davidson doubled home two runs and Nick Solak three-run homered.

The game was delayed 39 minutes by rain in the middle of the 5th inning and after the rain delay, Solak had a sacrifice flyout and in the 7th inning, Nashville plated their final run of the game on Eli White's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin (L, 1-3) 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, WP, HBP, 5.40 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Elliot Soto went 0x3 to snap a 16-game hitting streak. It was the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . For the second time in three games, Albuquerque tied a season-best for most double plays turned in a game (4). . . . Four out of the last five homers Isotopes pitching allowed were three-run homers. . . . Game two of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (7-5, 5.56) for the Isotopes and LHP Kelby Allard (No Record) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/02/2019

August 1, 2019 - Isotopes (45-65)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  000 222 002 --   8  12  0
Memphis      102 007 30x --  13  16  1

WP: Jesus Cruz (3-6)
LP: Phillip Diehl (2-1)
SV: Chasen Shreve (3)

HR: ABQ Drew Weeks (10) off Warner (4th inning, 2R)

    MEM Marcell Ozuna (1) off Diehl (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 4:07
ATT: 3,651
The Isotopes had a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning when the wheels came off. The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) plated seven runs in the inning to take the lead and started to put the game away in a 13-8 victory over Albuquerque in the series finale in Memphis Thursday evening. The loss sent Albuquerque to a season-worst seventh straight loss and put the Isotopes on the brink of some franchise worst records.

Marcell Ozuna, on a MLB rehabilitaton assignment with the Redbirds, singled home a run in the 1st inning and Matt Carpenter, also on a MLB rehabilitation assignment, doubled home a run and scored on Ozuna's double in the 3rd inning as Memphis led 3-0.

The Isotopes started to surge into the lead starting in the 4th inning when Roberto Ramos singled and scored on Drew Weeks' homer.

Ramos doubled home two runs in the 5th inning to give the Isotopes the lead and Albuquerque added to their lead in the 6th inning. Pat Valaika brought home a run with a sacrifice flyout and Sam Hilliard doubled home a run.

In the disastrous bottom of the 6th inning, the first nine Redbirds batters reached and six of the seven runs were plated before the first out of the inning was recorded. Adolia Garcia ground-rule doubled, Randy Arozarena walked, Harrison Bader singled to load the bases and Carpenter delivered a two-run single. Ozuna three-run homered, Edmundo Sosa singled, John Nogowski and Jose Godoy walked to load the bases and Kramer Robertson drew a third straight walk to score Sosa. An out later, Arozarena's sacrifice flyout brought home the final run of the inning.

Nogowski singled home a run and pinch-hitter Max Schrock singled home two-runs after the 7th inning stretch as Memphis extended their lead to 13-6.

Albuquerque plated the final two runs of the game in the 9th inning when Yonathan Daza singled home a run and another run scored on Elliot Soto's fielder's choice.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman - 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, 2 HBP, 7.18 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque tied franchise records for the most games under 500 (20 games) and the most games out of first place in the division (20 games back). Extending their losing streak tomorrow night would set franchise record worsts. . . . Elliot Soto extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest hitting streak by an Isotope this season. . . . The 4 hour, 7 minute contest was Albuquerque's longest 9-inning game of the season. . . . Drew Weeks reached 10 homers tonight with his two-run shot, becoming the seventh Isotope this season to reach the double-digit mark in homers. . . . Yency Almonte faced three batters in the 6th inning, failed to get any outs, and allowed a run, snapping his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 12.2 innings. . . . When there has been a Memphis homer in the series, it has really hurt the Isotopes. While it was good that Albuquerque pitching only allowed four homers in the three-game series, three out of the four homers were three-run homers. . . . The Isotopes went from playing in the American Conference to playing American Conference opponents in PCL's equivalent of "interleague" play in 2014 and tonight was Albuquerque's 100th loss to an American Conference opponent since changing to the Pacific Conference. Albuquerque is 69-100 all-time against the American Conference in cross-conference play. . . . Memphis swept the series 3-0 and 10,467 attended at Autozone Park for a per-game average of 3,489. Albuquerque has been swept in a series five times this season, including twice in a road series. . . . Memphis has won the last seven straight matchups against Albuquerque and that stat will stay that way until 2020 as tonight was the final matchup of the season between the two clubs. Despite losing the last seven meetings, Albuquerque holds a 109-90 all-time advantage and the Isotopes are 50-50 in games played in Memphis. . . . Albuquerque heads to Nashville for a four-game series against the Nashville Sounds (AAA Rangers) in a battle of the two worst clubs in the PCL. Probables in the opener are LHP Chris Rusin (1-2, 6.30) for the Isotopes and RHP Tim Dillard (6-8, 5.00) for the Sounds.

Filed 08/01/2019

July 31, 2019 - Isotopes (45-64)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque  000 204 000 --  6   8  1
Memphis      300 300 01x --  7  12  0

WP: Kodi Whitley (1-0)
LP: Ben Bowden (0-2)

HR: ABQ Josh Fuentes (14) off Ellis (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (20) off Ellis (6th inning, 3R)

    MEM Joe Hudson (10) off Senzatela (4th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:26
ATT: 3,007
Back-to-back homers from Pat Valaika and Josh Fuentes tied the game in the 6th inning but it was the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) that plated the deciding run in the 8th inning to take a 7-6 victory over the Isotopes and hand Albuquerque their season-worst sixth straight loss.

Singles from Harrison Bader and Edmundo Sosa and a Ramon Urias groundout each brought home a run in the 1st inning to give Memphis a 3-0 lead.

Fuentes' two-run double drew the Isotopes to a run down in the 4th inning before Joe Hudson three-run homered in the home half of the frame to give Memphis a 6-2 lead.

Albuquerque knotted the game at 6-6 in the 6th inning when Valaika three-run homered and Fuentes added a solo homer.

Memphis' Sosa singled home the eventual game winning run with two outs in the 8th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Antonio Senzatela - 7 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 6.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies acquired P Joe Harvey from the Yankees and assigned Harvey to the Isotopes. P Harrison Musgrave was designated for assignment and P Pat Dean was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to July 28th. . . . The Isotopes were no-hit for the first 3.1 innings of the game. . . . Elliot Soto returned to the Isotopes lineup for the first time since the first game of a doubleheader on July 27th and had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, tying him with Yonathan Daza for the longest Isotope hitting streak this season. . . . Pat Valaika and Josh Fuentes were the second Isotope due to homer back-to-back this season. Fuentes has homered in both games of this series. . . . Albuquerque tied a season-best with four double plays turned in the game. . . . With July in the books, here are some July statistics - 11-15 record (6-8 at home, 5-7 on the road), 159 runs scored, 41 homers hit and 12 bases stolen. . . . The series concludes Thursday evening with the Isotopes looking to avoid a series sweep. RHP Jeff Hoffman (6-5, 7.32) is the probable for the Isotopes while the Redbirds are expected to counter with LHP Austin Warner (1-1, 7.00).

Filed 07/31/2019

July 30, 2019 - Isotopes (45-63)

Autozone Park

Albuquerque 000 110 010 --  3  10  0
Memphis     000 060 00x --  6   5  1

WP: Harold Arauz (7-2)
LP: Rico Garcia (0-3)
SV: Junior Fernandez (1)

HR: ABQ Josh Fuentes (13) off Leone (8th inning, S)

    MEM Edmundo Sosa (12) off Garcia (5th inning, 3R)
    MEM Joe Hudson (9) off Garcia (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:24
ATT: 3,809
Isotopes starter Rico Garcia no-hit the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) through the first four innings before hitting a wall when the Redbirds plated six runs and eventually claimed a 6-3 victory over the Isotopes in the opener of a three-game series in Memphis on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque has lost five straight games.

The scoring in the game started out promising for the Isotopes. Pat Valaika doubled and scored on Roberto Ramos' single in the 4th inning and Peter Mooney singled and scored on Yonathan Daza's double in the 5th inning to build a 2-0 lead.

Justin Williams singled to lead off the bottom of the 5th inning for Memphis' first hit of the game and Joe Hudson followed with a homer. Marcell Ozuna, with the Redbirds on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment, singled home a run and Edmundo Sosa three-run homered as Memphis led 6-2.

Josh Fuentes solo homered in the 8th inning to cap the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia (L, 0-3) 4.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 8.31 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Yency Almonte pitched a scoreless 8th inning tonight, extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 12.2 innings. . . . The Isotopes tied a season-worst losing streak (5 games) and established season worsts in games back in the division (19 games back) and most games under the breakeven mark (18 games). . . . Albuquerque has lost its last five straight meetings to the Redbirds, dating back to last season. . . . Seth Brown of the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. For the award week of July 22-28th, Brown hit .480 (12x25) with 8 homers and 13 RBI. . . . Dustin May of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. May won both of his starts for the award week, allowing just a run in 12 innings of work (0.75 ERA) while giving up 6 hits, walking 3 and fanning 10. . . . Game two of the series is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Antonio Senzatela (0-1, 4.91) for the Isotopes and RHP Ryan Helsley (2-3, 4.98) for the Redbirds.

Filed 07/30/2019

July 28, 2019 - Isotopes (45-62)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    001 020 052 --  10  10  2
Albuquerque  000 000 310 --   4   8  0

WP: Zac Ryan (2-1)
LP: Ben Bowden (0-1)

HR: SLC Justin Bour (10) off Melville (5th inning, 2R)
    SLC Nick Franklin (3) off Bowden (8th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:28
ATT: 7,176
After the Istoopes tied the game in the 7th inning, the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) plated seven runs over the final two frames to cruise to a 10-4 victory over the Isotopes on Sunday evening at "The Lab" to hand Albuquerque its fourth straight loss.

Jose Rojas doubled home a run in the 3rd inning and Justin Bour had a two-run homer in the 5th inning as the Bees built a 3-0 lead.

The Isotopes knotted the game at 3-3 after the 7th inning stretch. Josh Fuentes singled home a run and a throwing error on the play allowed a second run to score. A batter later, Brian Mundell singled home Fuentes.

Wilfredo Tovar's two-run single and Nick Franklin's three-run homer in the top of the 8th inning broke the game open as the Bees led 8-3.

Yonathan Daza doubled, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Pat Valaika's sacrifice flyout in the bottom of the 8th inning for Albuquerque's final run and the Bees plated their final two runs in the 9th inning on a groundout and Franklin's RBI double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville - 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, 1 HR, HBP, 5.56 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Yonathan Daza had five hits in the game, the third Isotope this season to have a five-hit game. Daza's hits accounted for five of the eight Isotope hits in the game. . . . Tim Melville had his third quality start of the season and he tied an Isotope starter season-best with 10 strikeouts in a start. Melville also threw his most pitches in a game this season (106). . . . Roberto Ramos went 0x4 to snap his six game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque drew its 400,000th home fan of the season tonight (405,758). . . . The Isotopes did not homer in the game, snapping a season-best tying 13 consecutive games with a homer. . . . Albuquerque pitching had 15 strikeouts in the game, a season high. . . . After a promising start after the Triple-A All-Star Break with a 6-1 record in their first seven games, the Isotopes are now 8-9 after the break and are a season-worst 17 games below the breakeven mark. . . . The Isotopes went 0-3 in the series and was swept in a series for the fourth time this season and third time at Isotopes Park. 17,342 attended for a per-gate average of 8,671. . . . Tonight was the final of 16 regular season matchups between the Bees and Isotopes and each team won 8 games. All-time, Albuquerque is 63-76 against Salt Lake (31-41 at Isotopes Park, 32-35 in Salt Lake City). . . . There are two homestands (15 home games) left in the season. . . . After a day off on Monday, the Isotopes begin the final stretch of 14 games against Pacific Conference opponents in the PCL's equivalent of interleague play. The first three games are in Memphis, Tennesee against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). Probables in the Tuesday opener are RHP Rico Garcia (0-2, 7.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Harold Arauz (6-2, 6.15) for the Redbirds.

Filed 07/28/2019

July 27, 2019 - Isotopes (45-61)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    000 413 0 --  8  11  1
Albuquerque  005 000 2 --  7   9  1

WP: Parker Bridwell (6-4)
LP: Chris Rusin (1-2)
SV: Sam Freeman (2)

HR: SLC Nick Franklin (2) off Rusin (4th inning, GS)

    ABQ Roberto Ramos (21) off Bridwell (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:25
ATT: 10,166
The Isotopes played the game as the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburgers and continued the Green Chile Cheeseburgers losing ways, building a large early lead, blowing it and coming up just short of late game heroics in a 8-7 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in the nightcap of a doubleheader. Salt Lake swept the doubleheader.

Albuquerque took what appeared to be a commanding 5-0 lead in the 3rd inning. Drew Weeks reached on an error, Drew Butera singled an out later to drive in Weeks and another out later, Sam Hilliard walked ahead of Pat Valaika's two-run double. Roberto Ramos followed with a two-run homer.

Salt Lake proceeded to score the next seven unanswered runs to take the lead. Nick Franklin grand-slam homered in the 4th inning, Kaleb Cowart's RBI single in the 5th inning tied it and the Bees took the lead in the 6th inning when Jose Rojas two-run singled and Cowart drew a bases-loaded walk.

Hilliard doubled home two runs with two outs in the 7th inning but was stranded at second base as the game-tying run when a groundout ended the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin (L, 1-2) 5.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, HBP, 6.30 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In transaction news, the Rockies recalled P Chi Chi Gonzalez and optioned P Jeff Hoffman to Albuquerque. OF Noel Cuevas was also activated from the Injured List. . . . The Green Chile Cheeseburgers are 0-4 (0-3 at home, 0-1 on the road) all-time since the alternate identity began in 2017. . . . Tonight was Albuquerque's third doubleheader of the season. Albuquerque has now swept one, split one, and then has been swept tonight. . . . Brian Mundell went hitless to snap his 6-game hitting streak while Roberto Ramos' homer extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Jesus Tinoco pitched to four batters, didn't get an out, and gave up a run in the 6th inning to snap a 9-inning consecutive scoreless innings streak. . . . Nick Franklin was the fifth opponent hitter to grand slam homer this season. . . . The final of sixteen matchups this season between the Isotopes and Bees is Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (7-5, 5.65) for the Isotopes and LHP Patrick Sandoval (4-4, 7.08) for the Bees.

Filed 07/27/2019

July 27, 2019 - DH1 - Isotopes (45-60)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    220 220 0 --  8  15  0
Albuquerque  110 000 2 --  4   5  0

WP: Alex Klonowski (1-5)
LP: Pat Dean (3-10)

HR: SLC Taylor Ward (23) off Dean (2nd inning, 2R)
    SLC Jose Rojas (26) off Dean (4th inning, 2R)
    SLC Josh Thole (2) off Cozart (5th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Brian Mundell (9) off Klonowski (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:17 
In the opener of a doubleheader Saturday at The Lab, Isotopes pitching allowed three Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) homers that gave the Bees more than enough runs to claim a 8-4 victory over Albuquerque.

Salt Lake took a quick lead when Justin Bour doubled home a run and scored on Jarrett Parker's single in the 1st inning.

Sam Hilliard drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the 1st inning and scored on Roberto Ramos' double to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard before Salt Lake's Taylor Ward hit a two-run homer in the 2nd inning. Albuquerque's Drew Weeks singled and scored on Brian Mundell's double in the home half of the 2nd inning as Albuquerque trailed 4-2.

Jose Rojas two-run homered in the 4th inning and Josh Thole added a two-run homer in the 5th inning as Salt Lake built a 8-2 lead.

Albuquerque's final two runs came in their last at-bat of the game when Weeks was hit by a pitch with two outs and scored on Mundell's two-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 3-10) 4 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 7.36 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Pat Dean's 10 losses not only lead the Isotopes but it's enough to tie him for the PCL lead in losses with Iowa's Matt Swarmer. . . . Elliot Soto extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 7th inning double. . . . Brian Mundell also extended his hitting streak to 6 games and Mundell has homered in his last two games. . . . Yency Almonte pitched a scorless 7th inning to extend his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 11.2 innings. . . . Drew Butera and Peter Mooney were both ejected from today's game by Home Plate umpire Edwin Moscoso. There have been 6 Isotopes ejections this season. . . . Salt Lake's three homers made it 188 Isotope homers allowed this season. The 100-homer mark (101) was reached in the number of homers allowed by Isotopes pitching this season at Isotopes Park. . . . Salt Lake's Taylor Ward was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Filed 07/27/2019

July 26, 2019 - Bees at Isotopes, Postponed

Friday evening's contest between the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) and Isotopes has been postponed due to rain and lightning.

The game will be made up as a doubleheader on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 PM. Each game is scheduled for seven innings.

The Green Chile Cheeseburger T-shirts will be handed out to the first 3,000 arriving fans starting at 3 PM when the gates open. The Isotopes will be wearing their Green Chile Cheeseburger uniforms in Game 2 of the doubleheader.

Filed 07/26/2019

July 25, 2019 - Isotopes (45-59)

Smiths Ballpark

Albuquerque  021 000 000 --  3   9  2
Salt Lake    004 013 00x --  8  12  0

WP: Jason Alexander (1-2)
LP: Antonio Senzatela (0-1)

HR: ABQ Brian Mundell (8) off Alexander (2nd inning, 2R)

    SLC Jared Walsh (25) off Senzatela (3rd inning, S)
    SLC Justin Bour (9) off Senzatela (3rd inning, S)
    SLC Jose Rojas (25) off Senzatela (3rd inning, 2R)

TIME: 2:44
ATT: 6,107
There was quite a buzz in Salt Lake City Thursday evening as the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) celebrated some of their franchise history by becoming the Salt Lake Buzz for the evening and the homer once again doomed the Isotopes in a 8-3 series-ending loss.

Albuquerque built a 3-0 early lead. Brian Mundell two-run homered in the 2nd inning and Roberto Ramos doubled home a run in the 3rd inning.

The rest of the game was all Salt Lake. Antonio Senzatela had not given up a hit in the first 2.2 innings until the longball struck. Senzatela hit Michael Hermosillo with a pitch before Jose Rojas homered. Justin Bour and Jared Walsh followed with solo homers as the back-to-back-to-back homers gave Salt Lake a 4-3 lead.

Former-Isotope Anthony Bemboom singled home a run in the 5th inning and the Bees plated their final three runs in the 6th inning. Bour and Kaleb Cowart singled home runs and Nick Franklin had a sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Antonio Senzatela (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3 HR, 2 WP, HBP, 4.91 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned P Yency Almonte to Albuquerque. . . . Elliot Soto extended his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . Isotopes pitchers have allowed 28 more homers than Isotope batters have hit this season. Isotopes pitching leads all of minor league baseball in homers allowed with 185. . . . There were 50 combined runs scored in the three game series (16.6 runs per game average) and 18 combined homers were hit for an average of 6 homers per game. . . . The Bees have had three straight batters homer twice in this series and in fact, the trio were all the same batters -- Jared Walsh, Justin Bour and Jose Rojas. . . . The Isotopes went 1-2 in the series and 27,634 attended at Smith's Ballpark for a per-game average of 9,211. . . . The Isotopes have had 51 openings both at home and on the road so far this season and their home draw is 60,520 fans greater than what they have been playing in front of on the road. . . . Tonight was the final game of this season between the two clubs in Salt Lake City. Albuquerque went 4-4 in Salt Lake City this year and is 32-35 all-time. . . . It was announced that the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) will host the 2021 Triple-A All-Star Game at Dell Diamond. The Pacific Coast League and International League alternate host sites for the annual game. This year's Triple-A All-Star Game was in El Paso, then the 2020 Triple-A All-Star Game will be hosted by the IL in a game to be played in Scranton-Wilkes Barre before the PCL hosts it in Round Rock in 2021. . . . The Bees and Isotopes play three games in Albuquerque this weekend to conclude their season series. In the opener Friday evening, the Isotopes are expected to send RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5, 6.10) to the mound, while the Bees are expected to counter with RHP Parker Bridwell (5-4, 8.45).

Filed 07/25/2019

July 24, 2019 - Isotopes (45-58)

Smiths Ballpark

Albuquerque  110 010 430 --  10  11  1
Salt Lake    210 000 210 --   6  10  1

WP: Phillip Diehl (2-0)
LP: Luke Bard (2-4) 

HR: ABQ Dom Nunez (15) off Ball (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (19) off Bard (7th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Peter Mooney (4) off Bard (8th inning, 3R)

    SLC Jared Walsh (24) off Garcia (1st inning, 2R)
    SLC Jose Rojas (24) off Diehl (7th inning, 2R)

TIME: 3:32
ATT: 12,164
The Isotopes plated seven runs over the final third of the game and Peter Mooney homered and drove in five runs in Albuquerque's 10-6 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in Salt Lake City on Pioneer Day Wednesday evening.

Dom Nunez homered with one out in the top of the 1st inning to give Albuquerque a 1-0 lead until Salt Lake took the lead in the bottom half of the inning on Jared Walsh's two-run homer.

Each team added a run in the 2nd inning. Drew Weeks singled home a run for Albuquerque while Josh Thole singled home a run for Salt Lake.

Albuquerque knotted the game at 3-3 in the 5th inning when Weeks tripled and scored on Mooney's single and the Isotopes started to blow the game open with a four-run 7th inning. Mooney singled home a run, Yonathan Daza's groundout brought home a run and Pat Valaika two-run homered.

Jose Rojas two-run homered after the 7th inning stretch as Salt Lake closed to 7-5.

Albuquerque added their final three runs in the 8th inning when Mooney launched a three-run homer and Salt Lake plated the final run of the game in their half of the 8th inning on Michael Hermosillo's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia - 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 7.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In the lone Isotope transaction today, the Rockies recalled P Yency Almonte from the Isotopes. . . . Elliot Soto extended his hitting streak to 12 games, while Josh Fuentes went 0x5 to snap a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Dom Nunez has a homer in his last three straight games and had homered five times in his last seven contests. . . . Jesus Tinoco pitched a scoreless 9th inning to extend his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 9 innings . . . Albuquerque has homered in a season-longest 10 straight games. . . . The Isotopes play their final game in Salt Lake City for this season tomorrow night. RHP Antonio Senzatela (0-0, 2.57) is the probable for the Isotopes while LHP Jose Suarez (2-1, 3.62) is expected to start for the Bees.

Filed 07/24/2019

July 23, 2019 - Isotopes (44-58)

Smiths Ballpark

Albuquerque  010 003 110 --   6   8  3
Salt Lake    501 305 30x --  17  16  1

WP: Patrick Sandoval (4-4)
LP: Tim Melville (7-5)
SV: Jose Rodriguez (2)

HR: ABQ Josh Fuentes (12) off Sandoval (6th inning, 3R)

    SLC Kaleb Cowart (8) off Melville (1st inning, 3R)
    SLC Jose Rojas (23) off Melville (4th inning, S)
    SLC Jarrett Parker (21) off Melville (3rd inning, S)
    SLC Justin Bour (7) off Melville (4th inning, S)
    SLC Justin Bour (8) off Cozart (6th inning, S)
    SLC Jared Walsh (21) off Melville (4th inning, S)
    SLC Jared Walsh (22) off Cozart (6th inning, S)
    SLC Jared Walsh (23) off Pazos (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:01
ATT: 9,363
This was a game for the record books but not in a good way for the Isotopes. The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) homered eight times in their 17-6 victory over Albuquerque in the opener of a three-game series in Salt Lake City on Tuesday evening.

Salt Lake raced to a 5-0 lead in the 1st inning. The first run of the game scored on an error, Kaleb Cowart added a three-run homer and Brennon Lund had a RBI double.

Brian Mundell doubled and scored on Roberto Ramos' single in the 2nd inning for the first Isotope run.

Jarrett Parker solo homered in the 3rd inning and Salt Lake had three consecutive solo homers from Jose Rojas, Justin Bour and Jared Walsh in the 4th inning to extend the Salt Lake lead to 9-1.

Josh Fuentes three-run homered in the 6th inning before the Bees added five more runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. Bour and Walsh back-to-back solo homered, a run scored on a fielder's choice, a wild pitch brought home another run and a groundout plated the final run of the inning.

Drew Butera singled home a run for the Isotopes in the top of the 7th inning, and Salt Lake plated their final three runs of the game after the 7th inning stretch. Walsh two-run homered and former-Isotope Anthony Bemboom singled home a run.

Fuentes' sacrifice flyout in the 8th inning was the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (L, 7-5) 3.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 5 HR, 5.65 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Tim Melville was activated from the Injured List to make tonight's start and the Rockies purchased the contract of IF Yonder Alonso from the Isotopes and optioned P Yency Almonte to Albuquerque. . . . Two long Isotope hitting streaks were extended in the game -- Elliot Soto to 11 games and Josh Fuentes to 9 games. . . . Josh Fuentes has homered in five of his last seven games. . . . For the record books, the eight homers allowed in a game set a new franchise record (previous most was 7 homers in a game) and that mark was 2 short of tying the PCL record. Tim Melville tied the franchise record for most homers allowed in a game by a single pitcher (Matt Blank, 5 homers, 7/26/04). . . . Salt Lake's Jared Walsh had three homers in the game, tying an Isotope franchise record for most homers allowed to an opponent hitter in a game. The Isotopes have allowed three homers to an opponent batter nine times in franchise history (just twice on the road) and the last opponent to homer three times in a game against Albuquerque was former-Isotope Ben Paulsen, who was with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on August 23, 2014 in a game played in Colorado Springs when Paulsen homered three times against his future club. . . . Albuquerque tied their largest road losing margin of the season (11 runs) and allowed the most runs in a road game this season (17 runs). . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Gavin Lux of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers). For the July 15-21 award week, Lux hit .500 (15x30) with 5 homers and 12 RBI. . . . Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) hurler Brandon Bielak is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Bielak won his only start of the award week, allowing just a hit and no runs in 7 innings while walking 2 batters and fanning 7. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening and a big crowd is expected as it is Pioneer Day in Utah. Probables are RHP Rico Garcia (0-2, 8.64) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Ball (0-1, 5.68) for the Bees.

Filed 07/23/2019

July 21, 2019 - Isotopes (44-57)

Albuquerque Sports Stadium

El Paso       100 102 210 --  7  14  2   
Albuquerque   011 302 10x --  8  12  1

WP: Chris Rusin (1-1)
LP: Jerry Keel (6-6)
SV: Jesus Tinoco (1)

HR: ABQ Yonathan Daza (11) off Keel (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:58
ATT: 8,070
It is appropriate on Dukes Retro Night that the Isotopes played in Dukes uniforms against the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres). "Dukes" starter Chris Rusin allowed two runs in 5 innings and Peter Mooney knocked in three runs in a 8-7 victory over the franchise that was the Dukes before a sale to Portland, Oregon ownership and two relocations that resulted in the modern day Chihuahuas club.

After spotting El Paso to a 1-0 lead three batters into the game (Travis Jankowski's one-out double and scored on Ty France's single), the "Dukes" tied the game in the 2nd inning when Brian Mundell singled and scored on Roberto Ramos' double and took the lead in the 3rd inning when Elliot Soto doubled with two outs and scored on Sam Hilliard's single.

The Chihuahuas tied the game at 2-2 in the 4th inning when Seth Mejias-Brean reached on a two-out error and scored on Webster Rivas' double.

Mooney doubled home two runs and later scored on an error in the bottom of the 4th inning as the Dukes reclaimed the lead.

The Chihuahuas edged to a run down in the 6th inning when Jose Pirela doubled home a run and El Paso reliever Jerry Keel singled home a run but Albuquerque extended their lead to 7-4 in their half of the inning on Yonathan Daza's solo homer and Josh Fuentes' RBI single.

El Paso closed to 7-6 in the 7th inning on bases-loaded walks from Mejias-Brean and Rivas.

Mooney doubled home a run after the 7th inning stretch to make it 8-6 Dukes and the Chihuahuas plated the final run of the game in the 8th inning on Josh Naylor's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.55 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Jeff Hoffman and purchased the contract of P Sam Howard from Albuquerque and optioned P Antonio Senzatela to the Isotopes. . . . In Dukes Retro Night contests, the Albuquerque Dukes are 12-3 and have won five out of their last six games. . . . Jesus Tinoco is the fifth different Isotope to record a save this season and Albuquerque has 14 saves as a team, second fewest in the PCL. . . . Elliot Soto extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the fourth Isotope with a double-digit hitting streak this season. . . . Josh Fuentes' hitting streak is now 8 games. . . . Albuquerque has homered in a season-best eight straight games and tied their top season mark with 11 combined doubles in the game. . . . The Isotopes went 1-2 in the series with the Chihuahuas and 27,639 attended for a per-game average of 9,213. . . . Tonight's game was the final matchup of the season with the Chihuahuas. Albuquerque went 9-7 in the season series and all-time, Albuquerque is 50-46 against El Paso (26-22 at Isotopes Park and 24-24 in El Paso). . . . Albuquerque goes on the road for a short three game roadtrip to start an unusual stretch of six games. The Isotopes will play the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in Salt Lake City for the three road games before both teams travel to Albuquerque for a three-game series at Isotopes Park, in essence playing a six game series against each other that will wrap up their season series against each other after the six games are completed. Albuquerque has tomorrow off before opening the series Tuesday evening. The Isotopes have not named a probable while Salt Lake is expected to counter with LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-4, 7.40).

Filed 07/21/2019

July 20, 2019 - Isotopes (43-57)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      041 102 000 05 -- 13  16  1
Albuquerque  331 100 000 01 --  9   9  1

WP: Brad Wieck (1-1)
LP: James Pazos (1-3)

HR: ABQ Josh Fuentes (11) off Ramirez (1st inning, 3R)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (28) off Ramirez (2nd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (14) off Ramirez (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 4:08
ATT: 7,552
The Isotopes loaded the bases with no outs and were unable to push across the game-winning run in the 9th inning of a tied game and the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) erupted for five runs in the 11th inning to claim a 13-9 victory over Albuquerque on Saturday evening at "The Lab".

Albuquerque powered their way to their first seven runs of the game, starting in the 1st inning. Sam Hilliard walked with one out, Yonder Alonso singled and an out later, Josh Fuentes launched a three-run homer.

El Paso plated four runs in the 2nd inning to take the lead, with Jason Vosler singling home a run, a run scoring on a fielders choice, and a two-run single from Boog Powell.

Hilliard three-run homered in the home half of the 2nd inning to give the Isotopes the lead back at 6-4.

Each team plated a run in the 3rd and 4th innings. Seith Mejia-Brean singled home a run for El Paso while Dom Nunez solo homered for Albuquerque in the 3rd inning and in the 4th inning, Austin Allen singled home El Paso's run and Yonder Alonso had a RBI single for the Isotopes as Albuquerque led 8-6.

El Paso tied up the game in the 6th inning. Ty France doubled home a run and later scored on Allen's sacrifice flyout.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Hilliard walked, Alonso reached on an error and Pat Valaika walked to load the bases. Fuentes struck out and Nunez hit into a double play, with El Paso's France tagging third base for a force out and throwing to first for a force out to send the game into extra innings.

In the 11th inning, the Chihuahuas loaded the bases, Allen cleared them with a double and after re-loading the bases, Mejias-Brean and Aderlin Rodriguez each had sacrifice flyouts as the Chihuahuas led 13-8.

Hilliard's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning pushed across the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez - 6 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 6.10 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
With today being 50 years to the day that man first walked on the Moon, here's how Albuquerque-related baseball was in 1969. For what is currently the Isotopes franchise, in 1969 it was the final season of the Vancouver Mounties, the Triple-A PCL team of both the Seattle Pilots and Montreal Expos. In 1970, the Mounties relocated to Salt Lake City and became the Salt Lake City Bees, affiliated with the Padres. An eventual relocation to Calgary and then to Albuquerque gives us the present-day Isotopes. As for what fans in Albuquerque were enjoying baseball-wise in 1969, it was the Albuquerque Dodgers, the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Del Crandall was the manager and the team was playing in the brand new Albuquerque Sports Stadium after having left Tingley Field after the 1968 season. . . . Josh Fuentes has four homers in his last five games and he extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Elliot Soto extended his hitting streak to 9 games tonight. . . . Dom Nunez has homered in back-to-back games. . . . Albuquerque is 4-3 in extra innings this season, including 1-2 in extra inning home games at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes committed an error in the game tonight, snapping a season-longest streak of five games without an error. . . . Albuquerque hitters have homered in seven straight games, tying a season best. . . . The series concludes Sunday evening and it is El Paso's final game in Albuquerque this season. Probables are LHP Chris Rusin (0-1, 6.52) for the Isotopes and LHP Jerry Keel (6-5, 7.36) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 07/20/2019

July 19, 2019 - Isotopes (43-56)

The Plaza

El Paso      001 200 301 --  7  10  0
Albuquerque  011 030 000 --  5   8  0

WP: Kazuhisa Makita (3-0)
LP: Harrison Musgrave (0-1)
SV: Trevor Megill (2)

HR: ELP Esteban Quiroz (16) off Dean (4th inning, S)
    ELP Seth Mejias-Brean (8) off Dean (4th inning, S)
    ELP Ty France (21) off Diehl (9th inning, S)
    ELP Michael Gettys (23) off Musgrave (7th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Drew Weeks (9) off Enns (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Yonder Alonso (2) off Enns (5th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:03
ATT: 12,017
In a Copa de la Diversion game Friday evening at The Plaza, Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico starter Pat Dean had a quality start with three runs allowed in six innings but it was the longball that doomed the Mariachis late in a see-saw game in a 7-5 loss to the Margaritas de El Paso (AAA Padres).

Drew Weeks' homer in the 2nd inning gave the Mariachis the first lead of the game before the Margaritas tied the game in the 3rd inning on Boog Powell's RBI double.

Josh Fuentes drew a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd inning to give the Mariachis the lead back before the Margaritas regained the lead in the 4th inning on back-to-back homers from Seth Mejias-Brean and Esteban Quiroz.

Yonder Alonso three-run homered in the 5th inning to give the Mariachis a 5-3 lead before the Margaritas took the lead back yet again in the 7th inning. Michael Gettys two-run homered to knot the game and Austin Allen singled home a run to give El Paso a 6-5 lead.

The Margaritas' Ty France solo homered in the 9th inning to cap the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean - 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 6.99 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Nelson Gonzalez was placed on the Injured List. . . . The Mariachis are 6-5 this season and 10-6 all-time, including 6-2 at the Plaza. Against El Paso in Copa games, the Mariachis are 4-1. . . . The crowd of 12,017 was the largest Friday evening home crowd of the season and while the Mariachis usually outdraw at least one Major League Baseball team, it did not happen but it was the most attended game in all of Minor League Baseball tonight. . . . . Jesus Tinoco pitched a scoreless 8th inning to extend his consecutive scoreless innings pitched streak to 8 innings. . . . Extending hitting streaks in the game were Elliot Soto (8 games) and Josh Fuentes (6 games). . . . Yonder Alonso has homered in back-to-back games. . . . Albuquerque's defense has gone a season-longest five straight games without committing an error. . . . Game two of the short three-game series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5, 5.89) for the Isotopes and RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (0-1, 7.20) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 07/19/2019

July 18, 2019 - Isotopes (43-55)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       020 007 010 --  10  16  0
Albuquerque  053 001 000 --   9  14  0

WP: Taylor Guilbeau (1-0)
LP: DJ Johnson (4-1)
SV: Dakota Bacus (7)

HR: FRE Jose Marmolejos (11) off Cozart (6th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Josh Fuentes (10) off Kontos (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (13) off Kontos (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:23
ATT: 5,568
The Isotopes blew their largest lead in a home game this season, re-tied the game only to have the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) score the game-winning run late in a 10-9 loss on Thursday afternoon at "The Lab". Albuquerque snapped a four-game winning streak and was denied their first series sweep of the season.

Chuck Taylor's run-scoring single and Alec Keller's sacrifice flyout gave Fresno a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning before the Isotopes built their big lead in their next two at-bats.

In the home half of the 2nd inning, Drew Weeks singled home a run, Dom Nunez doubled two runs home, Isotopes starter Rico Garcia added a RBI double and Yonathan Daza singled home Garcia to give Albuquerque a 5-2 lead.

Josh Fuentes' solo homer and Nunez's two-run homer extended Albuquerque's lead to 8-2.

Fresno plated seven runs in the 6th inning to wipe out Albuquerques six run lead. Bengie Gonzalez drew a bases-loaded walk, Andrew Stevenson drove in two runs with a single, Matt Reynolds had a two-run double and Jose Marmolejos two-run homered.

Elliot Soto singled home a run in the bottom of the 6th inning to tie the game but Fresno plated the eventual game-winning run in the 8th inning on Fresno All-Star Yadiel Hernandez's sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia - 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 8.64 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Tim Melville was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to July 17th. . . . Josh Fuentes has homered in three straight games and is the third Isotope hitter with a homer in three or more games this season. Fuentes is the sixth Isotope with double-digit 2019 homer totals. . . . Elliot Soto extended his hitting streak to 7 games today. . . . Albuquerque has a season-longest streak of four games without committing an error. . . . The Isotopes went 3-1 in the series and 29,918 attended at "The Lab" for a per-game average of 7,480. . . . The homestand continues with a three-game series against the divison-leading El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) which Albuquerque finds themselves 16 games behind in the division. The opener Friday evening is Albuquerque's second to last home Copa de la Diversion contest of the season. The probable for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico is LHP Pat Dean (3-9, 7.24) while the Margaritas de El Paso is expected to counter with LHP Dietrich Enns (9-6, 5.84).

Filed 07/18/2019

July 17, 2019 - Isotopes (43-54)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       102 100 000 --  4  12  0
Albuquerque  100 133 10x --  9  13  0

WP: Jeff Hoffman (6-5)
LP: Logan Ondrusek (4-4)

HR: FRE Andrew Stevenson (6) off Hoffman (3rd inning, S)

    ABQ Josh Fuentes (9) off Ondrusek (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Yonder Alonso (1) off Ondrusek (5th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (27) off Pena (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:54
ATT: 10,225
Yonder Alonso and Sam Hilliard each homered and drove in three runs as the Isotopes continued their winning streak wtih a 9-4 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) on Wednesday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won four straight games.

Each team plated a run in the 1st inning. Fresno All-Star Yadiel Hernandez brought home a run with a sacrifice flyout and in the bottom half, Yonathan Daza led off with a single, went to third base on Hilliard's double and scored on a fielders choice groundout.

Fresno took the lead in the 3rd inning on Andrew Stevenson's solo homer and Hernandez's RBI double and added a run in the 4th inning on Taylor Gushue's ground-rule double.

Josh Fuentes solo homered in the 4th inning, Alonso three-run homered in the 5th inning and Hilliard three-run homered in the 6th inning as the Isotopes rocketed to a 8-4 lead.

The Isotopes capped the scoring in the game in the 7th inning when Peter Mooney tripled and scored on Drew Butera's sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (W, 6-5) 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 3 WP, Balk, 7.32 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Harrison Musgrave from his MLB Rehabilitation Assignment and optioned him to Albuquerque. . . . On 50-cent hot dog night, 35,174 hot dogs were consumed by the 10,225 fans. It is the third highest hot dog consumed total in promotion history and using the numbers that have been made available by the Isotopes in the 17 seasons of the promotion, there have been approximately 865,000 50-cent hot dogs served to just over a quarter of a million fans. . . . The crowd of 10,225 was the largest Wednesday night home crowd of the season. . . . Pat Valaika went 0x5 to snap a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Josh Fuentes has homered in back-to-back games. . . . Albuquerque tied their season-best of four straight victories for the first time since accomplishing the feat twice in the season-opening month of April. . . . The series concludes Thursday afternoon. Probables are RHP Rico Garcia (0-2, 8.10) for the Isotopes and LHP Ben Braymer (0-2, 7.91) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 07/17/2019

July 16, 2019 - Isotopes (42-54)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       000 200 000 --  2   8  2
Albuquerque  100 020 04x --  7  10  0

WP: Tim Melville (7-4)
LP: Joe Ross (2-3)

HR: ABQ Josh Fuentes (8) off Self (8th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:44
ATT: 8,238
In the game that had a delayed start due to a pregame rain shower, Isotopes starter Tim Melville allowed two runs in 6.2 innings and the Isotopes broke open a close game late to take a 7-2 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) on Tuesday evening at "The Lab".

Yonathan Daza led off the game for the Isotopes with a single, went to second base on a groundout and scored on Yonder Alonso's double for a quick 1-0 lead.

A fielder's choice and Jake Noll's RBI single gave Fresno a brief 2-1 lead in the 4th inning before Albuquerque regained the lead in the 5th inning. Brian Mundell doubled home a run to tie the game, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.

Sam Hilliard doubled home a run and Josh Fuentes added a three-run homer in the 8th inning as Albuquerque plated four runs to cap the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 7-4) 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 5.04 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 4.66 ERA

Musgrave had his ninth MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and faced the minimum four batters in his 1.1 innings of work, needing 13 pitches (10 strikes). Musgrave got a groundout to end the 7th inning and got two groundouts and a strikeout in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
In today's lone transaction, the Rockies optioned P Chi Chi Gonzalez to the Isotopes. . . . The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 12 minutes due to a pregame rain shower. It was the third home delay of the season. . . . Tim Melville had his second quality start of the season tonight and his seven victories leads the Isotopes pitching staff. . . . Pat Valaika and Elliot Soto each extended their hitting streaks to 6 games tonight. . . . Albuquerque has won three straight games for the first time since June 25th and is 5-1 since the Triple-A All-Star Break. . . . The Isotopes grounded or flew into a season-worst three double plays. . . . Albuquerque has a 3-1 record on days with a full moon this season. . . . Mark Payton of the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Payton hit .714 during the award week (July 8-14) with 5 homers and 9 RBI. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Rogelio Armenteros of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) who won his only start of the week and did not allow a run in 6 innings while giving up 5 hits, 1 walk and struck out 7 batters. . . . Game three of the series is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (5-5, 7.46) for the Isotopes and RHP Logan Ondrusek (4-3, 8.54) for the Grizzlies. On National Hot Dog Day, the Isotopes are having a 50 cent hot dog night promotion.

Filed 07/16/2019

July 15, 2019 - Isotopes (41-54)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       000 011 000 --  2  11  1
Albuquerque  023 000 10x --  6   9  0

WP: Nelson Gonzalez (2-0)
LP: JJ Hoover (3-3) 

HR: FRE Andrew Stevenson (5) off N Gonzalez (5th inning, S)

    ABQ Roberto Ramos (20) off Baez (7th inning, S)
    ABQ Elliot Soto (6) off Hoover (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:36
ATT: 5,887
The Isotopes returned home for a seven-game homestand, scored five early runs and were able to cruise to a 6-2 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) on Monday evening.

In the 2nd inning, Josh Fuentes singled with one out, Drew Weeks reached on a fielding error and Drew Butera singled home Fuentes. Isotope starter Chris Rusin's sacrifice bunt brought home Weeks for a 2-0 Isotopes lead.

Elliot Soto's solo homer, Sam Hilliard's RBI triple and Pat Valaika's RBI single brought home three more runs in the 3rd inning.

Andrew Stevenson solo homered in the 5th inning and Alec Keller's sacrifice flyout in the 6th inning provided the only Fresno runs of the game.

Roberto Ramos' pinch-hit solo homer in the 7th inning closed out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin - 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 Er, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.52 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled pitchers Chi Chi Gonzalez and Yency Almonte from the Isotopes and optioned P Jesus Tinoco to Albuquerque. P Nelson Gonzalez was activated from the Injured List. . . . With the victory, the Isotopes moved from last place to third place in the division and is not in last place for the first time since June 12th. . . . Roberto Ramos' pinch-hit homer was his first pinch-hit home this year and second Isotope pinch-hit homer (Drew Weeks). Ramos became the second slugger (Sam Hilliard) to reach 20 homers this season. . . . In a fan vote conducted on the Minor League Baseball website, the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico won the best 2019 Copa de la Diversion identity, beating out the los Lowriders de Fresno (Fresno Grizzlies) in the championship round. The Mariachis added the turquoise color to their uniforms and logo in 2019. The 2018 version of the Mariachis won the inaugural Copa de la Diversion for best meeting the objectives of the Copa de la Diversion promotion. The 2019 winner will be announced in December. . . . Game two of the series is Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (6-4, 5.29) for the Isotopes and RHP Joe Ross (2-2, 4.64) for the Nationals.

Filed 07/15/2019

July 14, 2019 - Isotopes (40-54)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  150 113 001 --  12  18  2
El Paso      010 001 001 --   3  12  1

WP: Pat Dean (3-9)
LP: Dietrich Enns (9-6)

HR: ABQ Pat Valaika (17) off Enns (2nd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (18) off Radke (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (11) off Enns (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (12) off Higgins (9th inning, S)
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (10) off Enns (1st inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:36
ATT: 7,549
In his first game back with the Isotopes after being optioned from the Rockies, Pat Valaika went 5x5 with two homers and 6 RBI and Albuquerque defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) 12-3 in the series finale in El Paso on Sunday evening.

Yonathan Daza led off the game with a solo homer and Albuquerque added five more runs in the 2nd inning. Dom Nunez led off the inning with a homer, Josh Fuentes singled home a run and Valaika had a three-run homer.

Matthew Batten singled home El Paso's first run of the game in the home half of the 2nd inning and Albuquerque got that run back in the 4th inning on Valaika's double.

Daza singled home a run in the 5th inning and in the 6th inning, a run scored on an error and Valaika two-run homered to give Albuquerque a 11-1 lead.

Batten's sacrifice flyout brought home a run in the bottom of the 6th inning, Nunez had his second solo homer of the game for Albuquerque in the 9th inning and the Chihuahuas plated their final run of the game in the bottom of the 9th inning when Ty France drew a bases-loaded walk.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (W, 3-9) 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 7.24 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Pat Dean was activated off the Injured List to make tonight's start and IF Jesus Azuaje was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . Pat Valaika was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and was the second Isotope this season with a 5-hit game (Noel Cuevas). . . . Dom Nunez and Pat Valaika were the first Isotope duo to have multi-homer games in the same game this season. . . . The Isotopes have hit two leadoff homers this season and Yonathan Daza has both of them. With Daza's 10th homer tonight, five Isotope hitters have double-digit homer totals. . . . Albuquerque scored double digit runs in two out of the four games and won two games in the series by 9 or more runs. . . . The Isotopes won three out of the four games in the series and 32,184 attended at Southwest University Park for a per-game average of 8,046. Tonight's game was the final game this season in El Paso and Albuquerque went 5-3 in El Paso this year and is 24-24 all-time in El Paso. The Chihuahuas come to Albuquerque soon for three games to finish the 16-game season series. . . . Zach Green of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) was last week's PCL Hitter of the Week. Green hit .385 (10x26) with 4 homers and 13 RBI during the award week of July 1-7. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week last week was Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) hurler Sean Nolin. Nolin won his only start of the week and allowed one hit, one run, one walk and fanned 8 batters in 7.1 innings of work. . . . Albuquerque returns home Monday evening for a seven game homestand. The first four games are against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals). Albuquerque has not named a probable, while the Grizzlies are expected to counter with RHP JJ Hoover (3-2, 7.43).

Filed 07/14/2019

July 13, 2019 - Isotopes (39-54)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0   5  0
El Paso      200 041 00x --  7  11  0

WP: Dillon Overton (4-4)
LP: Rico Garcia (0-2)

HR: ELP Jason Vosler (15) off Garcia (5th inning, 3R)
    ELP Esteban Quiroz (15) off Cozart (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:50
ATT: 9,647
Isotopes starter Rico Garcia allowed six runs in 5 innings and the Isotopes offense was not able to put any runs on the scoreboard after scoring 22 runs in the prior two games as the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) shut out the Isotopes 7-0 on Saturday evening in El Paso. Albuquerque snapped a two-game winning streak with the loss.

El Paso quickly built a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Ty France doubled home a run and later scored on Jason Vosler's sacrifice flyout.

Michael Gettys singled home a run and Vosler three-run homered in the 5th inning and Esteban Quiroz added a solo homer in the 6th inning to cap the El Paso scoring.

Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity was in the 4th inning when a double steal with two outs put Elliot Soto at third base and Sam Hilliard at second base before Brian Mundell's strikeout ended the inning. Soto was the only Isotope baserunner to make it to third base in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia (L, 0-2) 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, WP, 8.10 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Kyle Freeland from the Isotopes and optioned IF Pat Valaika to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque has been shut out eight times this season, including seven times on the road. . . . Brian Mundell went 0x3 to end a six-game hitting streak. . . . The series concludes Sunday evening. Probables are a pair of lefties -- LHP Pat Dean (2-9, 7.74) for the Isotopes and LHP Dietrich Enns (9-5, 5.42) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 07/13/2019

July 12, 2019 - Isotopes (39-53)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  072 000 040 --  13  16  0
El Paso      000 100 000 --   1   8  0

WP: Jeff Hoffman (5-5)
LP: Bryan Mitchell (0-1) 

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (25) off Mitchell (2nd inning, GS)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (26) off Higgins (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:31
ATT: 7,392
Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico starter Jeff Hoffman allowed a run in five innings and All-Star Sam Hilliard homered twice including a grand-slam homer and knocked in 6 runs in a 13-1 victory over the Margaritas de El Paso (AAA Padres) in a Copa de la Diversion game in El Paso on Friday evening.

The Mariachis put a seven-spot on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. Peter Mooney singled home a run, Hilliard grand-slam homered and Drew Weeks doubled home a pair of runs.

Yonder Alonso doubled home two-runs in the 3rd inning to extend the Mariachis lead to 9-0.

The Margaritas plated their only run of the game in the 4th inning on Boog Powell's single.

The Mariachis capped the scoring with a four-run 8th inning. Hilliard two-run homered, Josh Fuentes doubled home a run and Weeks' groundout brought home another run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 5-5) 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 7.46 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.40 ERA

Musgrave made his eighth and longest MLB Rehabiliatation Assignment appearance, going 2 innings, facing 7 batters and needing 26 pitches (15 for strikes). In the 6th inning, Musgrave's first batter walked before Musgrave got a strikeout and a double play to end the inning. Musgrave got a lineout to start the 7th inning before allowing two singles and then got another double play to get out of the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Mariachis are 6-4 this season, including 3-4 on the road, have won their last two games and had their largest winning margin of the season tonight. . . . Albuquerque has grand-slam homers in back-to-back games and the team's 7th grand slam homer tonight is good for the third most grand slams in a season. . . . Sam Hilliard had his first multi-homer game of the season and Albuquerque batters have 12 multi-homer games this year. Hilliard's grand slam homer was his second of the season, tying him with Roberto Ramos for the most grand-slam homers this season. Hilliard is second in the PCL in both homers (26) and RBI (75). . . . Albuquerque pitching did not allow a homer in the game, snapping a streak of 23 straight games allowing a homer. The streak might be a new franchise record as the previous longest streak is believed to be 14 games in 2010. . . . Brian Mundell extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Albuquerque had their largest road winning margin of the season - 12 runs. . . . El Paso Second Baseman Matthew Batten became the latest position player to pitch against the Isotopes. Batten worked the 9th inning, allowing a walk, striking out a batter and uncorking a wild pitch. Batten has an ERA of 3.00 in three pitching appearances for El Paso. . . . Game three of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Rico Garcia (0-1, 7.20) for the Isotopes and LHP Dillon Overton (3-4, 7.59) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 07/12/2019

July 11, 2019 - Isotopes (38-53)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  180 000 000 --  9  15  1
El Paso      000 400 400 --  8   8  0

WP: Sam Howard (2-1)
LP: Jerry Keel (6-4)
SV: DJ Johnson (2)

HR: ABQ Drew Weeks (7) off Keel (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Drew Weeks (8) off Keel (2nd inning, GS)
	
    ELP Luis Urias (18) off Melville (4th inning, S)
    ELP Aderlin Rodriguez (7) off Diehl (7th inning, 3R)

TIME: 3:33
ATT: 7,596
Drew Weeks homered twice, tied a PCL record, drove in five runs and Albuquerque built a huge early lead and came within 90 feet of blowing it in a 9-8 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in the first game back from the Triple-A All-Star break.

Isotope All-Star Yonathan Daza led off the game with a double, advanced to third base on a groundout and scored on Yonder Alonso's sacrifice flyout.

Albuquerque added eight more runs in the 2nd inning to build a 9-0 lead. Weeks led off with a solo homer, Daza singled home a run, Elliot Soto's sacrifice bunt brought home a run, Alonso singled home a run and Weeks had a grand-slam homer to tie a PCL record for most homers in an inning by an individual hitter.

El Paso All-Star Luis Urias solo homered to get the Chihuahuas on the scoreboard in the 4th inning and El Paso added three more runs in the inning. Michael Gettys doubled home a run, a run scored on a balk and a run scored on a fielder's choice.

El Paso scored another run on a fielder's choice and Aderlin Rodriguez added a three-run homer in the 7th inning as the Chihuahuas closed to a run down at 9-8.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Seth Mejias-Brean drew a leadoff walk. After a strikeout, Rodriguez walked and pinch-hitter Jason Vosler grounded out, advancing both runners into scoring position. After an intentional walk to load the bases, a flyout ended the El Paso threat and the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville - 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, Balk, 5.29 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies signed IF Yonder Alonso to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. Alonso began the year with the Chicago White Sox and hit .178 with 7 homers and 27 RBI before being released on July 3rd. In his Isotopes debut, Alonso went 1x4 with a sacrifice flyout, 2 RBI, and a run scored. OF Todd Isaacs was transferred to Class-A Boise, P Nelson Gonzalez was placed on the Injured List retroactive to July 8th and P Ben Bowden was removed from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . The 8-run 2nd inning was Albuquerque's second-largest run scoring inning of the season. . . . Drew Weeks' grand slam homer was his first of the season, the sixth Isotope team grand slam homer and the fourth Isotope grand-slam homer hit on the road this season. . . . Yency Almonte tossed a scoreless 8th inning, extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 10.2 innings. . . . Isotopes pitching gave up a season-worst 10 walks in the game and has allowed a homer in 23 straight games. . . . Tonight's win was Albuquerque's first road victory on a Thursday - 1-6 record. . . . By not tying the game after falling behind by nine runs, the Chihuahuas failed to set a new franchise record for the largest comeback. . . . Game two of the series is a Copa de la Diversion contest. The probable for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico is RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-5, 8.01) while the Margaritas de El Paso are expected to counter with RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 7.11).

Filed 07/11/2019

July 10, 2019 - 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game

Southwest University Park - El Paso, Texas

International League  000 011 010 --  3   7  2 
Pacific Coast League  041 120 10x --  9  13  0

WP: Jake Woodford (Memphis - Cardinals)
LP: Keegan Akin (Norfolk - Orioles)

HR: PCL Ty France (El Paso - Padres) off Ben Rowen (Gwinnett - Braves) (3rd inning, S)
    PCL Luis Urias (El Paso - Padres) off Connor Walsh (Charlotte - White Sox) (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:59
ATT: 9,706
El Paso hosted the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday evening and hometown players Ty France (El Paso - Padres) and Luis Urias (El Paso - Padres) each homered and combined to drive in three runs as the Pacific Coast League routed the International League 9-3.

The PCL built a big 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Yasmany Tomas (Reno - Diamondbacks) singled and scored two outs later on David Freitas' (San Antonio - Brewers) double. Yadiel Hernandez (Fresno - Nationals) followed with a single to drive in Freitas and the Isotopes' Yonathan Daza tripled home Hernandez before scoring on Jorge Mateo's (Las Vegas - Athletics) infield single.

France solo homered in the 3rd inning and Freitas doubled and scored on Mateo's triple in the 4th inning as the PCL extended the lead to 6-0.

The International League got their first run in the 5th inning -- Travis Demeritte (Gwinnette - Braves) walked, went to third base on Ryan Goins' (Charlotte - White Sox) single and scored as Ryan McBroom (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre - Yankees) was grounding into a double play.

The PCL extended the lead to 8-1 in the home half of the 5th inning on Urias' two-run homer to center field.

Eric Haase's (Columbus - Indians) sacrifice flyout in the 6th inning brought home the IL's second run of the game.

Albuquerque's Roberto Ramos walked in the 7th inning in his only plate appearance of the game and later scored on Austin Allen's (El Paso - Padres) single for the PCL's final run, and the IL capped the scoring in the game when Haase singled home a run in the 8th inning.


ALL-STAR GAME NOTES:
Tonight's contest was the first ever Triple-A All-Star Game to be hosted in the state of Texas. . . . The Pacific Coast League has won three straight Triple-A All-Star Games, but the International League holds a 12-10 advantage over the Pacific Coast League since 1998 when the game's format changed from American League affiliates vs National League affiliates to IL vs PCL. . . . Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) Yasmany Tomas won the Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby on Monday evening with the PCL slugger edging International League slugger Mike Ford (Scranton/Wilkes- Barre - Yankees) 19-18 in the final round. The Isotopes' Roberto Ramos did not make it out of the first round, falling one homer short of Ty France's (El Paso - Padres) 18 to advance to the next round. . . . Here is how the three Isotopes' representatives did in the game: Yonathan Daza 1x3, 3B, RBI, R Sam Hilliard 0x3, 2K Roberto Ramos 0x0, BB, R. . . . Two former Isotopes played in the game for the International League - Brandon Barnes (Columbus - Indians) went 0x2 with a pair of flyouts. Trayvon Robinson (Indianapolis - Pirates) went 0x1 with a flyout and a walk. . . . The Pacific Coast League Top Star of the game was Ty France (El Paso - Padres) who went 1x4 with a homer, RBI and a strikeout. . . . The International League Top Star of the game was Eric Haase (Columbus - Indians) who went 1x1 with a sacrifice flyout and two RBI. . . . The 2020 Triple-A All-Star Game will be at PNC Field, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees) of the International League. The PCL host for the 2021 All-Star Game has not been announced yet.

Filed 07/10/2019

July 7, 2019 - Isotopes (37-53)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    200 020 0 --  4  6  0
Albuquerque  010 000 0 --  1  6  0

WP: Trey McNutt (4-1)
LP: Logan Cozart (0-1)
SV: Kyle Finnigan (1)

HR: LVG Sheldon Neuse (16) off Cozart (1st inning, 2R)
    LVG Cameron Rupp (3) off Diehl (5th inning, 2R)
	
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (24) off Romero (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:11
ATT: 5,714
It was appropriate the Isotopes played the last game before the Triple-A All-Star Break that was representative of how their season has gone. Giving up the longball plaged the Isotopes and the game went down as another loss, 4-1 to the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics).

Every run in the game was scored on a homer. Sheldon Neuse homered in three out of the four games and today's homer was a two-run shot in the 1st inning.

Sam Hilliard hit his team-leading 24th homer in the 2nd inning for the Isotopes and Cameron Rupp closed out the scoring in the game with a two-run homer in the 5th inning for Las Vegas.

Isotopes Starter Line: Logan Cozart (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 3.18 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Even though both of today's games were completed, the Isotopes made a special announcement that due to the circumstances of today's contests, anyone with a ticket dated July 7, 2019 can use it as a rain check good for any game remaining on Albuquerque's 2019 home schedule. The tickets must be exchanged at the Isotopes Park Box Office for a ticket of equal or lesser value, based on availability. . . . The Isotopes head into the All-Star Break with a 37-53 record, the worst record at the break in franchise history and 9th losing record in the 17 season franchise history. Albuquerque is a season-worst 18.5 games back in the division and tied a season-worst with being 16 games under the breakeven mark. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in 22 straight games, a season-worst mark. Albuquerque leads all of Minor League Baseball in homers allowed (161) and this series also featured the team with the second most homers allowed in all of Minor League Baseball, the Aviators with 155 homers allowed. There were 13 homers allowed combined by the two teams. . . . Yency Almonte pitched a scoreless 7th inning, extending his consecutive scorless innings streak to 9.2 innings. . . . The Isotopes and the Aviators split the series 2-2 and 34,777 attended for a per-game average of 8,694. . . . Fan favorite and former-Isotope Cody Decker announced his retirement. Decker's final professional baseball at-bat was with the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) where he hit a walkoff two-run homer against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants). Decker played for 13 minor league clubs in an 11-year minor league career and was the current active career minor league home run hitter with 204 homers in 1,033 minor league games until his retirement. Decker had 11 MLB at-bats with the Padres in 2015, going hitless. Decker played in 14 games with the Isotopes in 2016, hitting 11x53 (.208) with 2 homers and 4 RBI. . . . The Isotopes have three days off for the Triple-A All-Star Break. Representing the Isotopes in the game in El Paso Wednesday evening are Yonathan Daza, Sam Hilliard, and Roberto Ramos. Ramos will also be participating in the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday evening, the first Isotope in the derby since Trayvon Robinson in 2011. On Thursday evening, the Isotopes return to action with a quick four-game roadtrip to play the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in El Paso with Southwest University Park fresh off of its All-Star Game hosting the night before. No probables have been named.

Filed 07/07/2019

July 7, 2019 - Isotopes (37-52)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    000 212 000 --  5  13  2
Albuquerque  301 000 002 --  6   9  0

WP: DJ Johnson (4-0)
LP: Paul Blackburn (7-2)

HR: LVG Beau Taylor (7) off C Gonzalez (6th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Josh Fuentes (7) off Dunshee (1st inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 8,034
In the completion of a suspended game from Saturday, the Isotopes plated the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning on an walkoff error to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) 6-5.

On Saturday evening when the game started, Yonathan Daza led off for Albuquerque with a single, went to second base on a balk, Elliot Soto drew a walk and Josh Fuentes followed with a three-run homer.

The rains came with one out in the 2nd inning, the game was eventually suspended, and Albuquerque added another run in the 3rd inning Sunday when the game was resumed. Roberto Ramos singled home a run.

Las Vegas began their comeback in the 4th inning when Skye Bolt and Beau Taylor each singled home a run. Seth Brown singled home a run in the 5th inning and Taylor added a two-run homer in the 6th inning as the Aviators took a 5-4 lead.

In the 9th inning, Brian Mundell singled, Ramos doubled, and Drew Weeks drew a walk to load the bases. Jesus Azuaje replaced Ramos as a pinch-runner and Dom Nunez's sacrifice fly brought Mundell home to tie the game and a throw on the play got away and bounced off a dugout protection screen. The game went into a short delay while umpires discussed whether the ball should be considered as going into the dugout and thus Azuaje should be awarded home plate and it was eventually decided that the run should score on that error.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 7.20 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 7.11 ERA

Musgrave pitched the 8th inning in his seventh MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and faced three batters, tossing 12 pitches (7 strikes). After giving up a leadoff single, Musgrave struck out the next two batters and got a caught stealing to end the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Roberto Ramos has been named a Triple-A All-Star, replacing the Reno Aces' (AAA Diamondbacks) Kevin Cron on the PCL roster for Wednesday's game in El Paso. Ramos joins Yonathan Daza and Sam Hilliard in representing the Isotopes, while Pat Valaika was also on the team but had to be replaced because he is with the Rockies. . . . There was an official one hour, 17 minute rain delay Friday evening before the game was suspended. It was the second home game delay of the season and longest delay of the season for the Isotopes out of the five delays they've had this season. . . . The victory was Albuquerque's third walkoff win of the season and seventh come from behind win when they were trailing at the 7th inning stretch. . . . Josh Fuentes has homered in back-to-back games. . . . Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) Franklin Barreto is the PCL Player of the Month for June. Barreto led the league in total bases in June (85) and was among the league's best in hits (41, tied-2nd), doubles (13, 2nd), RBI (32, 2nd), batting average (.387, 6th) and runs scored (25, 6th). Barreto has not played in the series with the Isotopes because the Athletics called him up on June 30th.

Filed 07/07/2019

July 6, 2019 - Aviators at Isotopes, Suspended, Rain

Saturday evening's contest between the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) and Isotopes was suspended in the 2nd inning due to rain.

Albuquerque built a 3-0 lead on Josh Fuentes' three-run homer in the 1st inning shortly before the game advanced to the 2nd inning and the rains came.

The game will be resumed Sunday afternoon and Sunday's regularly scheduled game will be played after the completion of the suspended game. The second game of the day will be shortened to 7 innings.

Filed 07/06/2019

July 5, 2019 - Isotopes (36-52)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    012 206 032 --  16  21  0
Albuquerque  000 002 001 --   3   7  1

WP: James Naile (1-0)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (4-5)

HR: LVG Nick Martini (3) off Pazos (9th inning, 2R)
    LVG Sheldon Neuse (5) off Rusin (6th inning, 3R)
    LVG Beau Taylor (6) off Hoffman (2nd inning, S)
    LVG Skye Bolt (9) off Hoffman (4th inning, 2R)
	
    ABQ Josh Fuentes (6) off Naile (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 6,109
In the second game of the series, the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) defeated the Isotopes 16-3, handing Albuquerque their largest losing margin of the season.

Las Vegas' Beau Taylor solo homered in the 1st inning, Jorge Mateo and Eric Campbell singled home runs in the 3rd inning, and Skye Bolt added a two-run homer in the 4th inning as the Aviators built a 5-0 lead.

The Aviators added six more runs in the 6th inning to make it 11-0. Dustin Fowler singled home two runs, Campbell doubled home a run and Sheldon Neuse had a three-run homer.

Yonathan Daza singled in the home half of the 6th inning and scored on Josh Fuentes' homer as the Isotopes were able to get on the scoreboard.

Las Vegas' Corban Joseph singled home two runs and Bolt's groundout brought home a run in the 8th inning and Nick Martini added a two-run homer in the 9th inning to close out the Las Vegas scoring.

Albuquerque got their final run in the bottom of the 9th inning. Brian Mundell singled with two outs, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Roberto Ramos' single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 4-5) 5 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, WP, 8.01 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 8.44 ERA

Musgrave made his sixth MLB Rehabilitation Assignment appearance with the Isotopes and faced 6 batters, needing 29 pitches (18 strikes). Musgrave got a foul out before giving up three consecutive singles to load the bases, another single that brought home two runs, and then a groundout that brought home a third run in the inning before Musgrave was removed from the game.


'TOPES NOTES:
P Chris Rusin was activated from the Injured List, P Pat Dean was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to July 3rd, and P Ben Bowden was placed on the Temporary Inactive List so he can participate in the All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland on Sunday. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in 20 consecutive contests. . . . Las Vegas' Nick Martini was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Game three of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Rico Garcia (0-1, 7.90) for the Isotopes and RHP Parker Dunshee (2-4, 5.86) for the Aviators.

Filed 07/05/2019

July 4, 2019 - Isotopes (36-51)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    020 000 000 --  2   7  1
Albuquerque  400 010 12x --  8  11  1

WP: Tim Melville (6-4)
LP: Tyler Alexander (5-5)

HR: LVG Sheldon Neuse (14) off Melville (2nd inning, 2R)
	
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (23) off Ruiz (8th inning, S)
    ABQ Brian Mundell (7) off Ruiz (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 14,920
The Isotopes built a quick early lead and Isotopes starter Tim Melville pitched into the 6th inning and allowed two runs as the Isotopes celebrated the Fourth of July in special patriotic uniforms with an 8-2 series-opening victory over the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics).

With the bases loaded and one out in the 1st inning, Brian Mundell had a two-run single. An out later, Roberto Ramos walked and Drew Weeks followed with a two-run triple as the Isotopes led 4-0 after an inning of play.

Sheldon Neuse's two-run homer in the 2nd inning provided the Aviators only runs of the game.

Josh Fuentes' sacrifice flyout in the 5th inning and Elliot Soto's single in the 7th inning extended Albuquerque's lead to 6-2.

Albuquerque capped the scoring in the 8th inning when Sam Hilliard and Mundell back-to-back homered, the first back-to-back homers for Albuquerque this season.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 6-4) 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, WP, HBP, 5.01 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Glenallen Hill won his 300th game as Isotopes Manager and the milestone fell just two days after becoming the losingest manager in Isotopes history. Hill needs 62 more victories to become the winningest manager in franchise history. . . . Albuquerque is 12-5 on the Fourth of July, including 7-3 at home. The Isotopes have won their last six Independence Day contests. . . . Tonight was Albuquerque's first divisional game since May 24th. . . . Yency Almonte pitched a scoreless 9th inning tonight, extending his consecutive innings scoreless streak to 8.2 innings. . . . The crowd of 14,920 led all of the Pacific Coast League in Fourth of July promoton crowds and is the 17th largest regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history and 14th largest Independence Day promotion crowd. . . . Game two of the series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-4, 7.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Paul Blackburn (7-1, 5.26) for the Aviators.

Filed 07/04/2019

July 3, 2019 - Isotopes (35-51)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  6  0
Sacramento   001 000 000 --  1  6  0

WP: Enderson Franco (3-3)
LP: Kyle Freeland (0-4)
SV: Fernando Abad (10)

HR: SAC Steven Dugger (1) off Freeland (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:31
ATT: 13,668
In the series finale in West Sacramento, California, the Isotopes took a tough 1-0 loss in a way that has been their achilles heel most of the season. The only run of the game was scored on a Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) homer.

Steven Dugger's solo homered in the 3rd inning.

Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity was in the 4th inning when the only Isotopes baserunner made it to third base in the game. Drew Weeks singled with two outs and made it to third base on Roberto Ramos' single. Ramos was thrown out at second base for the final out of the inning trying to extend the single into a double, stranding Weeks at third base with no opportunity to try to drive him in.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland (L, 0-4) 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 8.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes have allowed a homer in a season-worst 18 straight games and this current string started just one game after Albuquerque pitching allowed a homer in 14 straight games, making it 32 out of their last 33 contests with a homer allowed. . . . Albuquerque has lost three 1-0 contests this season and in two of the three, a solo homer provided the lone run. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out seven times this season, including 0-6 on the road. . . . Kyle Freeland, who had his second quality start of the season tonight, has lost four straight pitching decisions. . . . The crowd of 13,668 was the largest road crowd the Isotopes have played in front of this season. . . . Sacramento took four out the five games in the series and 43,493 attended at Raley Field for a per-game average of 8,699. . . . The Isotopes return home for their Fourth of July promotion tomorrow night and to complete the final four games before the Triple-A All-Star Break. Probables in the opener against the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) are RHP Tim Melville (5-4, 5.17) for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler Alexander (5-4, 6.06) for the Aviators.

Filed 07/03/2019

July 2, 2019 - Isotopes (35-50)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 002 --   2   4  0
Sacramento   020 140 04x --  11  16  0

WP: Andrew Suarez (4-6)
LP: Pat Dean (2-9)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (22) off Okert (9th inning, 2R)
	
    SAC Abiatal Avelino (7) off Dean (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:51
ATT: 6,119
In a milestone defeat for the Isotopes, a late game homer with two outs left prevented the Isotopes from suffering another shutout in a 11-2 defeat to the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) on Tuesday evening in West Sacramento, California.

Sacramento built a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Francisco Pena doubled, scored on Aramis Garcia's triple and Abiatal Avelino doubled home Garcia.

Avelino solo homered in the 4th inning and the River Cats added four more runs in the 5th inning to lead 7-0. Pena drove in a run with a single, Henry Ramos had a two-rund ouble and Avelino singled Ramos home.

Sacramento plated their final four runs in the 8th inning. Joey Rickard had a sacrifice flyout, Garcia doubled home a pair of runs and another run scored on a wild pitch.

Albuquerque finally got on the scoreboard in the 9th inning. Elliot Soto led off with a single, went to second base on defensive indifference and trotted home on Sam Hilliard's two-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 2-9) 5 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 7.74 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.79 ERA

Musgrave made his fifth MLB Rehabilitation Assignment appearance and pitched the final two outs of the game for Albuquerque, facing four batters and needing 23 pitches (13 strikes). With one out in the 8th inning, Musgrave entered with the bases loaded, got a strikeout then allowed a two-run double. After a run-scoring wild pitch and a walk, Musgrave got a fly out to end the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF Trevor Story from his MLB Rehabilitation Assignment and optioned P Chi Chi Gonzalez to Albuquerque. P Pat Dean was activated from the Injured List to make tonight's start and P Trent Fennell was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . Glenallen Hill set an Isotopes franchise record for most managerial losses when Hill earned his 354th managerial loss. Hill is one victory away from another milestone as Isotopes manager. . . . Pat Dean has lost his last four pitching decisions and he continues to lead the PCL in losses (9). . . . Sacramento's Abiatal Avelino was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The series finale is tomorrow evening with the Isotopes participating in the road portion of an Independence Day fireworks promotion before returning home Thursday for their home Independence Day promotion. Probables are LHP Kyle Freeland (0-3, 11.12) for the Isotopes and LHP Sam Selman (3-1, 1.74) for the River Cats.

Filed 07/02/2019

July 1, 2019 - Isotopes (35-49)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 404 100 --  9  12  1
Sacramento   000 500 000 --  5   7  0

WP: Trent Fennell (1-0)
LP: Pat Venditte (4-2)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (21) off Venditte (6th inning, GS)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (19) off Bergen (7th inning, S)
	
    SAC Zach Green (19) off Garcia (4th inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 5,504
There were dueling grand slams in West Sacramento on Monday evening. The Isotopes had a lead, the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) had a grand-slam homer to erase the defecit, eventually took the lead moments later and then the Isotopes took the lead back with a grand-slam homer of their own in an eventual 9-5 victory over the River Cats Monday evening. Albuquerque snapped a seven game losing streak in matchups with Sacramento.

The game was scoreless until the Isotopes put four runs on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Roberto Ramos singled, Dom Nunez and Jesus Azuaje each drew walks to load the bases and Peter Mooney doubled home Ramos and Nunez. An out later, Yonathan Daza singled home Azuaje and Elliot Soto's single plated Mooney.

The River Cats were no-hit through the first three innings until they got a single to lead off the 4th inning. After Sacramento loaded the bases, Zach Green's grand-slam homer tied the game and Levi Michael's sacrifice flyout gave the River Cats a 5-4 lead.

Albuquerque regained the lead in the 6th inning. With two outs, pinch-hitter Todd Isaacs singled, Daza singled and Soto walked ahead of Sam Hilliard's grand slam homer.

Ramos solo homered in the 7th inning to cap the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia - 3.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, WP, 7.90 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Yency Almonte tossed a scoreless 9th inning to extend his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 7.2 innings. . . The Isotopes have hit three grand slam homers in the last seven games and five slams this season. It was Sam Hilliard's first grand slam homer of the season. . . . Albuquerque pitchers tied a season-high with 14 strikeouts and set a season high by allowing a homer in 16 straight games. . . . Two Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) players swept the PCL Weekly awards for the award week of June 24-30th. The Hitter of the Week was Kevin Cron, who hit .370 (10x27) with 5 homers and 13 RBI. Taylor Widener, the Pitcher of the Week, made two starts and went 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA. In 11 innings pitched, Widener allowed 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and fanned 14. . . . Game four of the series is Tuesday evening. The Isotopes have not named a probable, while the River Cats are expected to counter with LHP Andrew Suarez (3-6, 6.29).

Filed 07/01/2019

June 30, 2019 - Isotopes (34-49)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 200 --  2   4  0
Sacramento   200 003 20x --  7  11  0

WP: Ty Blach (3-4)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (4-4) 

HR: SAC Mike Gerber (17) off Hoffman (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:36
ATT: 6,813
In a Copa de la Diversion game, the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico continue to find success on the road difficult as they dropped a 7-2 game to the Dorados de Sacramento (AAA Giants) on Sunday afternoon in West Sacramento, California.

Two-out run-scoring singles from Austin Slater and Aramis Garcia gave the Dorados a quick 2-0 lead.

The Dorados added three more runs in the 6th inning. Mike Gerber two-run homered and Abiatal Avelino doubled home a run.

The Mariachis plated their only two runs of the game in the 7th inning. Josh Fuentes singled and Brian Mundell doubled setting up Drew Weeks' sacrifice flyout to bring home Fuentes. Roberto Ramos followed with a double to drive in Mundell.

The Dorados capped the scoring after the 7th innng stretch when Gerber singled home a run and Slater doubled home a run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 4-4) 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 7.52 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA

Musgrave made his fourth MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and it was the worst of the four. Musgrave faced six batters and needed 28 pitches (17 strikes) to complete his inning. Musgrave pitched the 7th inning for the first back-to-back game appearances of this assignment and got a pop out before giving up a double. After a flyout, Musgrave gave up a run-scoring single, a stolen base and a run-scoring double before getting a strike out on a foul tip to end the inning.



Trevor Story: 1x3 (.333), 1 K

Story appeared in his second MLB Rehabilitation Assignment game, played shortstop, and singled to right field in the 1st inning, fouled out in the 4th inning and struck out in the 6th inning before being replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning. There are reports Story will rejoin the Rockies on Tuesday and it is not clear if Story will play one last time tomorrow or think six game action at-bats was enough with the Isotopes and take tomorrow off to travel to the Rockies before being activated.


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Nelson Molina was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . Albuquerque has dropped the last seven matchups to Sacramento this season. . . . The loss was Glenallen Hill's 353rd loss, tying him with Dean Treanor for the most losses by an Isotopes manager. . . . The Mariachis are 5-4 this season, including 2-4 on the road. In two seasons of playing the Dorados, the Mariachis are 2-1 against the Dorados. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in a season-worst 15 straight games. . . . With June in the record books, the Isotopes went 8-19 in the month (3-10 at home, 5-9 on the road), had a team batting average of .268, a team ERA of 6.92, scored 147 runs, hit 27 homers and had 23 stolen bases. . . . Game three of the series is Monday evening. Probables are RHP Rico Garcia (0-1, 8.10) for the Isotopes and LHP Conner Menez (0-0, 4.22) for the River Cats.

Filed 06/30/2019

June 29, 2019 - Isotopes (34-48)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 010 --  1   7  0
Sacramento   111 030 00x --  6  11  1

WP: Yoanys Quiala (4-4)
LP: Tim Melville (5-4)

HR: SAC Mike Gerber (16) off Melville (1st inning, S)
    SAC Zach Green (18) off Melville (2nd inning, S)
 	
TIME: 3:00
ATT: 11,389
In the opener of a five game series in Sacramento, the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated three runs over the first three frames and it took late into the game for the Isotopes to avoid a shutout in a 6-1 loss on Saturday evening. Albuquerque has lost four straight games and is a season-worst 14 games below the breakeven mark.

Mike Gerber solo homered in the 1st inning, Zach Green solo homered in the 2nd inning and Austin Slater singled home a run in the 3rd inning as Sacramento build a 3-0 lead.

The River Cats removed any doubt in the game with a three-run 5th inning with run-scoring singles from Joey Rickard and Chris Shaw and another run scoring on a wild pitch.

Yonathan Daza doubled to lead off the 8th inning, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Sam Hilliard's sacrifice flyout for the lone Isotopes run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (L, 5-4) 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 2 WP, 2 HBP, 5.17 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 3.00 ERA

Musgrave made his third MLB Rehabilitation Assignment appearance, worked the 8th inning, and needed 15 pitches (10 strikes) to face four batters. After getting a groundout, Musgrave allowed a double before getting two more groundouts to end the inning.



Trevor Story: 1x3 (.333), 1 K

Story made his first MLB Rehabilitation Assignment appearance and played in the field at shortstop. Story struck out in the 1st inning, flew out to center field in the 4th inning, singled to left field in the 6th inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Josh Fuentes.


'TOPES NOTES:
There were quite a few Isotope transactions on Saturday. The Rockies sent IF Trevor Story to Albuquerque on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment. P Logan Cozart was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-AA Hartford and P Trent Fennell joined the Isotopes from Class-A Boise. P Pat Dean was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to June 28th and IF Josh Fuentes was activated from the Injured List. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in 14 straight games for the second time this season. . . . Game two of the series is Sunday afternoon and it is a Copa de la Diversion contest. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-2, 7.52) for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico and LHP Ty Blach (2-4, 6.38) for the Dorados de Sacramento.

Filed 06/29/2019

June 28, 2019 - Isotopes (34-47)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma        003 710 110 2 --  15  20  3
Albuquerque   500 012 131 1 --  14  14  1

WP: David McKay (3-0)
LP: Sam Howard (1-1)
SV: Reggie McClain (1)

HR: TAC John Andreoli (4) off Bowden (7th inning, S)
    TAC Kristopher Negron (10) off Diehl (8th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (18) off Moore (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Elliot Soto (5) off Moore (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Drew Butera (4) off Moore (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Drew Butera (5) off Moore (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (9) off Swanson (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:51
ATT: 7,006
The Isotopes had a 5-0 lead after an inning of play, proceeded to give up the next 11 runs to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) then was able to avoid stranding the game-tying run in the 9th inning only to lose the game to the Rainiers 15-14 in 10 innings. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games.

Albuquerque powered their way to a 5-0 1st inning lead. Elliot Soto solo homered and Roberto Ramos and Drew Butera each added two-run homers.

Tacoma started chipping away at the lead in the 3rd inning on a John Andreoli run-scoring double and a two-run double from Jake Fraley.

The Rainiers added seven more runs to the scoreboard in the 4th inning to take the lead. Andreoli had a two-run double, Shed Long brought home a run with a sacrifice flyout, Fraley tripled home two runs, Jordan Pacheco singled home a run and scored on Jose Lobaton's double.

Each team plated a run in the 5th inning. Kristopher Negron's ground-rule double plated Tacoma's run while Sam Hilliard doubled home Albuquerque's run as the Isotopes trailed 11-6.

Butera two-run homered for Albuquerque in the bottom of the 6th inning to trim the defecit to three runs at 11-8 and each team plated a run on a solo homer in the 7th inning -- Andreoli for Tacoma and Yonathan Daza for Albuquerque.

Negron solo homered in the top of the 8th inning and Albuquerque had a three-run home half of the inning to close to a run down at 13-12. Nelson Molina doubled home a run, scored on Peter Mooney's single and Daza doubled home Mooney.

The Isotopes tied the game in the 9th inning when Hilliard reached on an error, two walks loaded the bases, and Drew Weeks had a sacrifice flyout to bring home Hilliard. Butera was intentionally walked to re-load the bases and Molina popped up a bunt that turned into a double play to kill the chance for the walkoff win.

Fraley and Lobaton singled home runs as Tacoma led 15-13 in the top half of the 10th inning and in the bottom half, Molina started the inning at second base and scored on a pair of groundouts to plate the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland - 3.1 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 11.12 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Chris Rusin was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to June 26th. . . . Isotopes reliever Ben Bowden was named to the National League All-Star Futures Game squad. This year's game will be played July 7th in Cleveland and has the new format of National League prospects against American League prospects instead of the United States vs the World. Bowden is the only Rockies farmhand on the roster but that can change if any of the prospects get called up to the major leagues and need to be replaced. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to seven games with six of the seven being multi-hit games. Daza was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque is 4-2 in extra inning contests this season, including 1-1 in games at Isotopes Park. . . . Every Albuquerque batter had at least one hit and at least one RBI. . . . Isotope pitchers struck out 14 batters, the most in a game this season. . . . Albuquerque established season marks in their largest blown lead in a home game that resulted in a loss (5 runs) and their largest defecit overcome in a loss (6 runs). . . . The Isotopes tied a season-best with three homers in an inning and have had a multi-homer inning nine times this season. . . . Former La Cueva High School and UNM player Jordan Pacheco was the Tacoma First Baseman and went 1x6 with a run scored, RBI, and 2 strikeouts. For the series, Pacheco played in three out of the four games and went 3x14 (.214) with two runs and an RBI. . . . Despite the combined 29 runs and 34 hits, it was not the most combined runs and combined hits in an Isotopes game this season. . . . Tacoma claimed the final series of the season between the two clubs 3-1 and 34,605 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 8,651. . . . The Isotopes went 7-9 in the 16-game season series (4-4 at Isotopes Park, 3-5 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma). All-time, Albuquerque is 38-34 against Tacoma in home games and 67-72 in all matchups. . . . Tacoma's Jake Fraley was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes head on a road trip to Sacramento for five games leading up to their return on July 4th for Independence Day fireworks. Probables in the opener Saturday evening are RHP Tim Melville (5-3, 4.59) for the Isotopes and RP Yoanys Quiala (3-4, 6.92) for the River Cats (AAA Giants).

Filed 06/28/2019

June 27, 2019 - Isotopes (34-46)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       040 100 000 --  5  12  2
Albuquerque  010 020 000 --  3   8  0

WP: Jonathon Niese (4-2)
LP: Pat Dean (2-8)
SV: Parker Markel (7)

HR: TAC Ian Miller (7) off Dean (4th inning, S)

    ABQ Drew Butera (3) off Niese (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 6,036
For the second night in a row, the Isotopes had the game-tying run on base in the bottom of the 9th inning but wasn't able to bring the run home in a 5-3 loss to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Thursday evening at "The Lab".

Tacoma's four-run 2nd inning seemed like it would have decided the game. Ian Miller had a two-run single and Shed Long and Kristopher Negron each had single-run singles.

Drew Butera solo homered to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard in the home half of the 2nd inning.

Miller solo homered in the 4th inning to give Tacoma a 5-1 lead and Albuquerque plated their final two runs of the game in the bottom of the 5th inning. Sam Hilliard singled home a run and another run scored while Brian Mundell was grounding into a double play.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Daza drew a one-out walk, went to second base on a wild pitch, Elliot Soto walked to put the game-tying run on base before Hilliard flew out and Mundell struck out to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 2-8) 5 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 7.25 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes had four stolen bases in the game, tying a season high. . . . Isotopes All-Star Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Albuquerque reliever Yency Almonte extended his scoreless innings streak to 6 2/3 innings with a scoreless 8th inning. . . . Pat Dean is the PCL leader in losses (eight). . . . The preliminary International League 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game roster was announced and there was only one former Isotope on the roster. Brandon Barnes, currently with the Columbus Clippers (AAA Indians), was elected a OF starter. Barnes is hitting .282 with 16 homers and 53 RBI in 66 games. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be played July 10th in El Paso. . . . The Isotopes look to win in order to earn a series split in the homestand finale Friday. Probables are LHP Kyle Freeland (0-3.8.84) for the Isotopes and RHP Andrew Moore (No Record) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/27/2019

June 26, 2019 - Isotopes (34-45)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       222 110 001 --  9  16  1
Albuquerque  000 201 005 --  8  10  1

WP: Anthony Misiewicz (3-4)
LP: Rico Garcia (0-1)
SV: David McKay (1)

HR: TAC Kristopher Negron (9) off Garcia (1st inning, 2R)
    TAC Jaycob Brugman (5) off Garcia (2nd inning, 2R)
    TAC Jaycob Brugman (6) off Garcia (34d inning, 2R)
    TAC John Andreoli (3) off Garcia (5th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Brian Mundell (6) off Misiewicz (4th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Elliot Soto (4) off Bautista (9th inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:31
ATT: 8,735
It was a rough night for Rockies prospect Rico Garcia. Garcia made his first start at Isotopes Park (second Triple-A start) and was roughed up for four homers and 8 runs in 5 innings and the Isotopes mounted an exciting 9th inning comeback that fell just short as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) held on to defeat the Isotopes 9-8 on Wednesday evening at "The Lab".

Kristopher Negron two-run homered in the 1st inning, Jaycob Brugman two-run homered in the 2nd inning and Brugman had another two-run homer in the 3rd inning as the Rainiers powered their way to a 6-0 lead.

Shed Long singled home a run for Tacoma in the 4th inning before Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning on Brian Mundell's two-run homer.

John Andreoli solo homered in the 5th inning and Andreoli singled home a run in the 9th inning as Tacoma led 9-3.

In Albuquerque's bottom of the 9th inning rally, Dom Nunez was hit by a pitch and Jesus Azuaje and Peter Mooney drew walks to load the bases. Yonathan Daza singled home Nunez and Elliot Soto followed with a grand slam homer, all with no outs. Later as the tenth batter of the inning, Nunez struck out to end the game with the game-tying run on second base.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4 HR, 8.10 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.50 ERA

Musgrave made his second MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and pitched the 6th inning, needing 20 pitches (12 for strikes) to face four batters. After striking out the first batter, Musgrave gave up a double but that runner was erased on the basepaths by a fielder's choice out on the next play and then a base was stolen against him before he got another strikeout to complete the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
In a vote of the PCL's field managers, general managers, members of the media and broadcasters, and online fan voting, three Isotopes -- 3B Pat Valaika, OF Yonathan Daza and OF Sam Hilliard - were elected starters for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game and that was the most elected starters of any team in the PCL. No Isotopes were named as reserves. Valaika is currently with the Rockies and is ineligible to play in the game unless he returns to the Isotopes. If Valaika cannot play, a replacement but not necessarily an Isotope will be named. The PCL hosts the game this year at El Paso's Southwest University Park on July 10th. . . . There was a 20 minute lightning delay in the game, the first delay in a game at Isotopes Park this season. . . . The loss was the Isotopes' 1,200th franchise loss. The Isotopes have 1,167 franchise victories. . . . Elliot Soto's grand slam homer was his first and the fourth Isotope grand slam homer this season. Soto was also a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The grand slam was Albuquerque's second grand slam in the last three games and the Rainiers have given up three out of the four Isotope grand-slam homers this season. . . . Albuquerque pitching has allowed a Minor League Baseball leading 144 homers, 29 more homers than the Isotopes hitters have this season (115). . . . Former La Cueva High School and UNM player Jordan Pacheco caught for the Rainiers and went 2x5 with a strikeout. . . . Game three of the series is Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Pat Dean (2-7, 7.05) for the Isotopes and LHP Jon Niese (3-2, 4.47) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/26/2019

June 25, 2019 - Isotopes (34-44)

The Plaza

Tacoma        300 012 010 --  7  9  1
Albuquerque   051 030 00x --  9  9  2

WP: Jeff Hoffman (4-3)
LP: Tyler Cloyd (1-7)
SV: Yency Almonte (4)

HR: TAC Jaycob Brugman (4) off Hoffman (1st inning, 2R)
    TAC Jose Lobaton (10) off Bowden (8th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (8) off Cloyd (2nd inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:49
ATT: 12,828
In a Copa de la Diversion contest, Yonathan Daza homered and drove in three runs and Drew Weeks added three RBI as the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico defeated the La Familia de Tacoma (AAA Mariners) 9-7 in the opener of a quick four-game homestand.

La Familia grabbed a fast 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Kristopher Negron singled home a run and scored on Jaycob Brugman's three-run homer.

The Mariachis had a five-run 2nd inning to take the lead. Drew Weeks singled home a run, a run scored on a fielder's choice and Yonathan Daza three-run homered.

Weeks' sacrifice fly out added a run in the 3rd inning to extend the Mariachi lead to 6-3.

After La Familia's Tim Lopez singled home a run in the 5th inning, the Mariachis added three more runs on RBI doubles from Brian Mundell and Weeks and a sacrifice flyout from Drew Butera to lead 9-4.

A couple of errors from Nelson Molina plated a pair of runs for La Familia in the 6th inning and La Familia capped the scoring in the game in the 8th inning on Jose Lobaton's solo homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (W, 4-3) 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, HBP, 7.52 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of P Chi Chi Gonzalez from Albuquerque. In other transactions, P David Holman retired, IF LJ Hatch was sent back to Rookie-Grand Junction before the NMSU alum was able to participate in tonight's Mariachis game, and IF Peter Mooney was activated from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Jeff Hoffman struck out 7 batters in the game, giving him 324 career strikeouts as an Isotope and establishing a new franchise record (John Ely - 320 strikeouts). . . . The Mariachis are 5-3 this season (3-0 at The Plaza) and are 9-4 all-time with a 6-1 record at The Plaza. . . . The Mariachis/Isotopes have won three straight games for the first time since June 7-9 at Iowa. . . . Tonight was the first win on a Tuesday this season - 1-9 record. . . . Jordan Pacheco, who attended La Cueva High School and UNM, currently plays for the Rainiers and went 0x3 with a walk, strikeout and a run scored. . . . The broadcasters for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game were announced. Broadcasting the game that the PCL is hosting on July 10th from the El Paso Chihuahuas' ballpark, Southwest University Park, are MLB Network and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network. Calling the action for MLB Network are Scott Braun, Bill Ripken, Jim Callis and Kelly Nash. The Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network will feature the voice of the Chihuahuas, Tim Hagerty, and the voice of the Louisville Bats, Nick Curran. The radio broadcast will be heard on all 30 Triple-A flagship radio stations. . . . Game two of the series is Wednesday evening. The Probable for the Isotopes is RHP Rico Garcia (0-0, 1.80) who is making his first start at Isotopes Park, while the Tacoma Rainiers are expected to counter with LHP Anthony Misiewicz (2-4, 7.39).

Filed 06/25/2019

June 24, 2019 - Isotopes (33-44)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  103 015 000 --  10  14  0
Reno         101 010 100 --   4   8  3

WP: Tim Melville (5-3)
LP: Matt Koch (1-5)


HR: ABQ Dom Nunez (10) off Koch (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (17) off Scott (6th inning, GS)
	
    RENO Kevin Cron (22) off Musgrave (1st inning, S)
    RENO Kevin Cron (23) off Melville (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:24
ATT: 4,350
Roberto Ramos grand-slam homered and Albuquerque plated 10 runs in taking a 10-4 series-ending victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in Reno on Monday afternoon.

With two outs in the first inning, Dom Nunez singled and scored on Brian Mundell's double to give the Isotopes a quick 1-0 lead. Kevin Cron's solo homer in Reno's half of the 1st inning knotted the game at 1-1.

Two runs scored on two different errors and another run scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes led 4-1 in the 3rd inning.

Cron had his second solo homer of the game in the home half of the 3rd inning and each team plated a run in the 5th inning. Nunez solo homered for Albuquerque while Cron singled home a run for Reno as the Isotopes led 5-3.

Albuquerque plated their final runs in the 6th inning. Mundell drew a bases-loaded walk and Ramos followed with his grand-slam homer.

Juniel Querecuto singled home Reno's final run of the game in the 7th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Harrison Musgrave - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA

Musgrave pitched one inning in his first MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and tossed 23 pitches (16 strikes) to the four batters he faced. Musgrave got two strikeouts before allowing a solo homer to Kevin Cron and then finished the inning with another strikeout.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent P Harrison Musgrave to the Isotopes on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment. OF Todd Isaacs was also added to the Isotopes roster from Class-Rookie Grand Junction and Isaacs pinch-hit doubled in his Triple-A debut today. . . . Dom Nunez was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and was the fourth Isotope to reach 10 homers. . . . There have been three Isotope grand-slam homers this season and Roberto Ramos has two of them. . . . Albuquerque has not committed an error in three-straight games, a season-best, and with a pair of homers today, snapped a season-longest string of three games without a homer. . . . The Isotopes plated 10 or more runs in a game for the first time since June 9th in Iowa. . . . Today was the first time the Isotopes have won a road game on a Monday this season - 1-4 record. . . . Reno took three out of the five games in the series and 26,462 attended at Greater Nevada Field for a per-game average of 5,292. . . . Tonight's game was the final matchup of the season between the two clubs and Reno won 9 out of the 16 games in the season series. At Greater Nevada Field, Albuquerque is 30-26 all-time and also holds a 62-54 advantage in all-time matchups with Reno. . . . Andrew Stevenson of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) is the PCL Hitter of the Week after hitting .621 (18x29) during the award week of June 17-23 with 3 homers and 15 RBI. . . . Jake Woodford of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Woodford won his only start of the award week, tossing 7 scoreless innings while allowing 2 hits, 3 walks and fanning 4 batters. . . . Albuquerque returns home for a quick four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) starting Tuesday evening. The opener is a Copa de la Diversion contest featuring the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico and the La Familia de Tacoma. Probables in the opener are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5, 5.66) for the Mariachis and RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-6, 6.35) for La Familia.

Filed 06/24/2019

June 23, 2019 - Isotopes (32-44)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  400 002 002 -- 8  13  0
Reno         105 000 000 -- 6   7  1 

WP: Phillip Diehl (1-0)
LP: Jimmie Sherfy (1-2)
SV: DJ Johnson (1)

HR: RENO Wyatt Mathisen (17) off N Gonzalez (3rd inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:27 
ATT: 4,556
The Isotopes blew a big early lead but came up with two clutch runs in the 9th inning to snap a season-worst tying five-game losing streak with a 8-6 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) on Sunday afternoon in Reno.

Albuquerque raced to a quick 4-0 lead in the 1st inning. Yonathan Daza led off the game with a walk and Aces starter Ricky Nolasco was removed from the game with an apparent injury before Drew Weeks doubled home Daza. An out later, Drew Butera doubled home Weeks, Roberto Ramos drew a walk and LJ Hatch had his first Triple-A hit and RBI with a single to drive in Butera. Another out later, Jesus Azuaje singled home Ramos with Azuaje's first Triple-A hit and RBI.

Reno plated their first run of the game in the home half of the 1st inning while grounding into a double play and added five more runs in the 3rd inning to take the lead. Yasmany Tomas drew a bases-loaded walk, Isotopes starter Kyle Freeland was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after several questionable calls in the inning, and Isotopes reliever Nelson Gonzalez immediately gave up a grand-slam homer to Wyatt Mathisen.

Ramos doubled home two runs in the 6th inning to knot the game at 6-6 and it remained that way until the 9th inning when Hatch drew a leadoff walk, Nelson Molina laid down a sacrifice bunt, Azuaje walked and an out later, Daza singled into right field to bring Hatch home and Weeks singled to drive in Azuaje.

Isotopes reliever DJ Johnson gave up a leadoff double in the bottom of the 9th inning before settling down to get the Aces in order to save the Isotope victory.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 8.84 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF Garrett Hampson and optioned P Jeff Hoffman to Albuquerque. OF Noel Cuevas was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to June 22nd and IF Jesus Azuaje was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise. . . . Kyle Freeland was the fourth Isotope to be ejected from a game this season. . . . The Isotopes had their largest blown lead of the season in a game they ended up winning - four runs. . . . Phillip Diehl's victory was his first Triple-A pitching decision. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed two opponent grand slam homers in the last 11 games and it was third grand slam homer allowed this season. . . . A four-man umpiring crew was announced for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game to be held July 10th at Southwest University Park in El Paso. PCL umpire Roberto Ortiz will be working behind the plate, International League umpire Shane Livensparger will be at first base, PCL umpire Junior Valentine will be at second base and IL umpire Alex Tosi will work third base. . . . The series (and roadtrip) concludes Monday afternoon. The Isotopes are expected to send RHP Tim Melville (4-3, 4.70) to the bump while Reno is expected to counter with RHP Matt Koch (1-4, 9.66).

Filed 06/23/2019

June 22, 2019 - Isotopes (31-44)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  3  0
Reno         010 000 000 --  1  7  0

WP: Bradin Hagens (1-0)
LP: Pat Dean (2-7)
SV: Ben Taylor (1)

HR: RENO Wyatt Mathisen (16) off Dean (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:36
ATT: 6,001
Isotopes starter Pat Dean had another quality start, allowing a run in six innings but he was a tough luck loser as Albuquerque dropped a 1-0 decision to the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in Reno on Saturday evening for their fifth straight loss.

Wyatt Mathisen solo homered in the 2nd inning for the only run of the game.

Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity in the game was in the 2nd inning when Sam Hilliard led off with a triple and then was thrown out at home plate trying to score on Drew Weeks' fielder's choice. Only one other Isotope made it third base in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 2-7) 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 7.05 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Peter Mooney was placed on the Temporary Inactive List and IF LJ Hatch was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise. Hatch went to college at New Mexico State University and while not his Triple-A debut tonight (Hatch had one at-bat with the Isotopes last season and struck out), Hatch made his first Triple-A start tonight at Third Base and went 0x3 with three strikeouts. . . . Albuquerque has lost both of their 1-0 games this season and all-time, Albuquerque is 13-17 in games where only one run was scored in the game. . . . Drew Butera went 0x3 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Pat Dean has tossed two straight quality starts and lost both of them. His seven losses leads the club. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out six times this season. . . . Albuquerque tied their season worst losing streak (5 games) and have season worsts in most games under the .500 mark (13 games) and most games back in the division (15.5 games). . . . The field staff for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game was announced. Sacramento River Cats (Giants) manager Dave Brundage will be the PCL squad manager. His coaches are Pat Rice (Salt Lake Bees - Angels), Eric Martins (Las Vegas Aviators - Athletics) and the trainer is Dan Turner (El Paso Chihuahuas - Padres). The International League manager will be Bobby Meacham (Buffalo Bisons - Blue Jays), his coaches will be Stu Cliburn (Rochester Red Wings - Twins) and Ramon Sambo (Norfolk Tides - Orioles) and the trainer is Chris McDonald (Toledo Mud Hens - Tigers). The PCL hosts the game at El Paso's Southwest University Park on Wednesday July 10th. . . . Probables for the fourth game of the series on Sunday afternoon are LHP Kyle Freeland (0-3, 7.56) for the Isotopes and RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 14.21) for the Aces.

Filed 06/22/2019

June 21, 2019 - Isotopes (31-43)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  001 000 000 --  1   4  1
Reno         000 013 01x --  5  13  1

WP: Braden Shipley (2-3)
LP: James Pazos (2-3)

HR: RENO John Ryan Murphy (4) off Pazos (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:03
ATT: 6,648
Isotopes starter Rico Garcia allowed a run in 5 innings and earned a no-decision in his Triple-A debut and for the second straight night, the Isotopes had an early lead that got away when the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) plated unanswered runs the rest of the game as Albuquerque lost 5-1 to the Aces on Friday evening in Reno. The Isotopes have lost four straight games and are a season-worst 12 games below the breakeven mark.

Garrett Hampson doubled home Albuquerque's only run of the game in the 3rd inning and Juniel Querecuto tripled home a run for Reno in the 5th inning to knot the game at 1-1.

John Ryan Murphy three-run homered in the 6th inning to give the Aces the lead and Reno scored their final run of the game in the 8th inning when pinch-hitter Cody Decker doubled home a run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia - 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 1.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies released Farmington, New Mexico native Mike Dunn. Dunn was not on the Isotopes roster when he was designated for assignment by the Rockies on June 18th. . . . Sam Howard allowed a run in his one inning of relief tonight, snapping a streak of 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. . . . The Isotopes are 1-8 when wearing their red jersey tops this year. . . . Albuquerque tries once again to snap their losing streak Saturday evening. Probables are LHP Pat Dean (2-6, 7.91) for the Isotopes and LHP Alex Young (4-3, 6.32) for the Aces.

Filed 06/21/2019

June 20, 2019 - Isotopes (31-42)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  001 120 000 --  4  10  0
Reno         000 010 14x --  6   6  0

WP: Joey Krehbiel (1-3)
LP: Chris Rusin (0-1)
SV: Jimmie Sherfy (11)

HR: ABQ Peter Mooney (3) off Widener (4th inning, S)

    RENO John Ryan Murphy (3) off C Gonzalez (5th inning, S)
    RENO Wyatt Mathisen (15) off Diehl (7th inning, S)
    RENO Cody Decker (6) off Rusin (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:57
ATT: 4,907
In a Copa de la Diversion game, Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico starter Chi Chi Gonzalez allowed a run in 6 innings but that effort went to waste as the Mariachis built a 4-0 lead in the first half of the game and then the Los Corazones de Reno (Reno Aces - AAA Diamondbacks) plated six unanswered runs in the second half of the game to claim a series-opening 6-4 victory over the Mariachis. The Mariachis have lost three straight games and have season worsts in games below .500 (11 games) and most games back in the division (14.5 games).

Sam Hilliard's sacrifice fly got the Mariachis on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning, Peter Mooney added a solo homer in the 4th inning and Dom Nunez doubled home a run and Noel Cuevas added a RBI single in the 5th inning as the Mariachis led 4-0.

The Corazones started their comeback in their half of the 5th inning when John Ryan Murphy solo homered.

Wyatt Mathisen solo homered in the 7th inning and the Corazones completed the comeback with four last at-bat runs in the 8th inning. Cody Decker had a pinch-hit solo homer to pull the Corazones to a run down and later in the inning, Andy Young came to the plate with the bases loaded and cleared them with a triple.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez - 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, HBP, 5.66 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF Brendan Rodgers from the Isotopes and two pitchers, Rico Garcia and Ben Bowden, joined the Isotopes from Class-AA Hartford. IF Nelson Molina was also activated from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Chi Chi Gonzalez no-hit the Corazones for the first 3.1 innings until Jake Lamb doubled in the 4th inning. Gonzalez had his team leading 5th quality start of the season tonight. . . . The Corazones had their first Copa win in two chances, while the Mariachis are 4-3 in Copa games in 2019 and all-time are 8-4, including three road game losses in six road games played. . . . The Isotopes are 0-6 in Thursday road games this season. . . . Game two of the series is Friday evening. The Isotopes are expected to send RHP Rico Garcia (No Record) to the mound to make his Triple-A debut. The Aces are expected to counter with RHP Braden Shipley (1-3, 8.18).

Filed 06/20/2019

June 18, 2019 - Isotopes (31-41)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  300 020 050 --  10  13  0
Albuquerque  010 010 004 --   6   6  1

WP: Hector Noesi (7-3)
LP: David Holman (1-3)

HR: NRL Eddy Alvarez (2) off N Gonzalez (5th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (20) off Noesi (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Drew Weeks (6) off Bugg (9th inning, 3R)
 	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 5,793
In the final matchup ever between the Isotopes and New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins), the Isotopes scored four runs in the 9th inning but it was still four runs short as the Baby Cakes claimed a 10-6 series-ending victory. Albuquerque is 10 games under the breakeven mark and 13.5 games out of first place in the division, both season worsts.

The Baby Cakes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Deven Marrero and Wilkin Castillo each singled home runs and Gabriel Guerrero added a sacrifice flyout.

Sam Hilliard solo homered in the bottom of the 2nd inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.

Yangervis Solarte's run-scoring groundout and Eddy Alvarez's solo homer in the 5th inning extended the Baby Cakes lead to 5-1 and in the home half of the inning, Noel Cuevas sacrifice flied out to bring home an Isotopes run.

The Baby Cakes put the game away with a five-run 8th inning, highlighted by Magneuris Sierra's RBI single, Lewis Brinson's bases-loaded clearing three-run triple and Solarte's run-scoring groundout.

In Albuquerque's 9th inning, pinch-hitter Drew Butera singled home a run and Drew Weeks had a three-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holman (L, 1-3) 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 9.93 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF Pat Valaika and designated Farmington, NM-native Mike Dunn for assignment. Dunn was not on the Isotopes roster at the time of being designated for assignment. . . . Yonathan Daza was not lucky enough to extend his hitting streak. Daza entered the game in a late game double switch and was hit by a pitch in an 8th inning at-bat. Had that been his only plate appearance, his hitting streak would would have stayed alive. Due to the long 9th inning Isotopes rally, Daza got a plate appearance and flew out to end the game, ending his hitting streak at 15 games. It was the longest hitting streak by an Isotope this season. Drew Butera has the current longest Isotope streak, having extended it to 7 games with his pinch-hit single. . . . Sam Hilliard reached 20 homers today and along with the other two Isotopes who have slugged 10 or more homers this season (Roberto Ramos - 16 homers - and Pat Valaika - 16 homers), the trio have combined for 52 homers, or 47.7 percent of the 109 Isotope homers this season. . . . Albuquerque tied season highs in walks allowed (9) and most Isotope players used in a game (17). . . . The Isotopes are 1-20 in games where the opponent scored double digit runs and are 0-9 in Tuesday contests, including 0-4 in Tuesday home games. . . . With the first span of 14 games against American Conference opponents completed, the Isotopes went 4-10. Albuquerque plays the final span of 14 games starting July 30th. . . . The Isotopes lost the series to the Baby Cakes 1-3 and 30,950 attended for a per-game average of 7,738. Albuquerque went 1-6 during the seven-game homestand. . . . Albuquerque claimed the all-time series against the New Orleans Zephyrs/Baby Cakes 100-98. The Isotopes were 59-46 at Isotopes Park and 41-52 in New Orleans. After the Zephyrs became the Baby Cakes in 2017, the Isotopes went 2-9 against the Baby Cakes. . . . The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have the day off Wednesday before Albuquerque starts a five game roadtrip to play the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). Thursday's opener is a Copa de la Diversion contest. The probable for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico is RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5, 6.01) while the Los Corazones de Reno is expected to counter with RHP Taylor Widener (5-4, 9.00).

Filed 06/18/2019

June 17, 2019 - Isotopes (31-40)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  200 000 003 --  5   9  1
Albuquerque  010 000 002 --  3  11  0

WP: Ben Meyer (3-4)
LP: Kyle Freeland (0-3)
SV: RJ Alvarez (10)

HR: NRL Gabriel Guerrero (7) off Diehl (9th inning, 3R)

    ABQ Roberto Ramos (10) off Meyer (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:35
ATT: 7,692
Kyle Freeland had his best outing out of his three Isotopes starts, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings, but that effort was not good enough as Albuquerque was unable to bring home the game-tying runs from scoring position in the 9th inning and dropped a 5-3 decision to the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) on Monday evening at "The Lab".

It only took two batters for the Baby Cakes to claim a lead. Magneuris Sierra led off the game with a triple and scored on Eddy Alvarez's double. Alvarez scored two outs later on Deven Marrero's single.

Roberto Ramos solo homered in the 2nd inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.

The contest remained 2-1 until the 9th inning when Gabriel Guerrero three-run homered to give New Orleans a 5-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the 9th inning.

In Albuquerque's final rally of the game, Sam Hilliard singled and scored on Brian Mundell's double. Ramos was hit by a pitch and Elliot Soto singled Mundell home. With Ramos on third base and Soto on 2nd base thanks to a throwing error on Soto's single, the next three Isotopes went down in order to seal the defeat.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland (L, 0-3) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 7.56 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Yonathan Daza extended his Isotopes season-longest hitting streak to 15 games. The streak might also be the longest active hitting streak in the PCL as New Orleans' Isan Diaz was held hitless in the game, ending a 17-game hitting streak. . . . Sam Howard tossed another scoreless inning of relief, extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 9.1 innings. . . . Kyle Freeland's quality start was his first of the season and second Isotope quality start in the last three games. Both of these Isotope quality starts were in losses. . . . Ty France of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week for the award week ending June 10-16. France hit .476 (10x21) with 6 homers and 9 RBI. . . . Alec Mills of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award for his effort partially against the Isotopes. Mills made two starts during the award week and won one game which was a start against Albuquerque. Combined in both starts, Mills tossed 12.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks and 9 strikeouts. The series, homestand, and first grouping of games against opponents from the American Conference will conclude Tuesday afternoon. Probables in the finale are RHP David Holman (0-2, 10.13) for the Isotopes and RHP Hector Noesi (6-3, 2.86) for the Baby Cakes. It is the final matchup ever against New Orleans as the team will relocate to Wichita next season.

Filed 06/17/2019

June 16, 2019 - Isotopes (31-39)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  102 001 020 --  6  14  1
Albuquerque  023 200 00x --  7  10  0

WP: Tim Melville (4-3)
LP: Mike Kickham (3-3)
SV: Yency Almonte (3)

HR: NRL Lewis Brinson (7) off Melville (1st inning, S)
    NRL Eddy Alvarez (1) off Johnson (8th inning, S)
    NRL Lewis Brinson (8) off Johnson (8th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (7) off Milbrath (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:15
ATT: 8,177
The Isotopes plated seven runs over the first four innings to surge into the lead and held off a late New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) rally in a 7-6 victory that snapped Albuquerque's five game losing streak and a 9-game Isotopes Park losing streak in games against New Orleans.

Lewis Brinson solo homered with one out in the 1st inning to give New Orleans a rapid 1-0 lead.

Drew Butera and Isotopes starter Tim Melville each singled home runs in the 2nd inning to give the Isotopes the lead before the Baby Cakes regained the lead in the 3rd inning when Deven Marrero and Gabriel Guerrero singled home runs.

The lead see-saw continued in the home half of the 3rd inning. Hampson singled and scored on Pat Valaika's double before Brian Mundell followed with a double to bring Valaika home. After Elliot Soto was hit by a pitch, Sam HIlliard singled Mundell home to give Albuquerque a 5-3 lead.

Albuquerque added two more runs in the 4th inning on Daza's solo homer and Soto's sacrifice flyout.

New Orleans gave Albuquerque some late game worries. Brinson's groundout brought home a run in the 6th inning and the Baby Cakes had a pair of solo homers (Eddy Alvarez and Brinson) to edge to a run down at 7-6 in the 8th inning.

The Baby Cakes went down in order in the 9th inning as Albuquerque preserved that one run lead for the victory.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 4-3) 5 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 4.70 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes are 8-9 in Father's Day contests all-time, including 7-4 in games at Isotopes Park. Tonight extended the Father's Day winning streak to 2 games. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his Isotopes season-longest hitting streak to 14 games tonight. . . . New Orleans' Isan Diaz also extended his hitting streak - 17 games which is the PCL's longest active hitting streak. . . . Tim Melville has 3 total RBI on the season, the second most for an Isotopes pitcher this season (4 - Peter Lambert). . . . Yency Almonte was the first Isotope to record a save since May 19th (Jairo Diaz). . . . The final out of tonight's game marked the halfway point of the season and Albuquerque compiled a 31-39 record to make seven losing marks at the halfway point in 17 years of franchise history. Tonight is also the halfway point of the home schedule (rounded) as there will be no more than 69 home openings this year instead of 70 home openings due to a postponed game earlier in the season. Albuquerque is 17-18 at the home schedule halfway point. . . . Game three of the series is Monday evening. Probables are LHP Kyle Freeland (0-2, 10.13) for the Isotopes and RHP Ben Meyer (2-4, 7.30) for the Baby Cakes.

Filed 06/16/2019

June 15, 2019 - Isotopes (30-39)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  100 011 001 --  4  9  0
Albuquerque  000 100 000 --  1  7  1

WP: Dustin Beggs (5-3)
LP: Pat Dean (2-6)
SV: Kyle Keller (5)

HR: NRL Deven Marrero (8) off Dean (6th inning, S)
    NRL Deven Marrero (9) off Diehl (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:31
ATT: 9,288
Isotopes starter Pat Dean had his first quality start of the season but the Isotopes offense was not able to score enough runs to get him a victory as the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) won their ninth straight game at Isotopes Park with a 4-1 victory. Albuquerque has lost five straight games, tying a season worst.

Lewis Brinson singled home a run in the 1st inning for the Baby Cakes and Albuquerque tied the game in the 4th inning. Yonathan Daza doubled, went to third base on Garrett Hampson's single and scored on Pat Valaika's double.

Isan Diaz singled home the go-ahead run for New Orleans in the 5th inning and Deven Marrero capped the evening for the Baby Cakes with some power, solo homering in the 6th inning and then again in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 2-6) 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 7.91 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Jesus Tinoco and optioned IF Brendan Rodgers to Albuquerque. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his season-best Isotope hitting streak to 13 games. . . . Sam Howard tossed another scoreless inning tonight, extending his scoreless innings streak to 8.1 relief innings. . . . Pat Dean tossed Albuquerque's 11th quality start of the season, had the club's eighth outing of 7 innings, and he leads the club with six losses. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst 9 games under the .500 mark. . . . New Orleans' Isan Diaz extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest current hitting streak in the PCL. . . . Game two of the series is Father's Day evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (3-3, 4.38) for the Isotopes and LHP Mike Kickham (3-2, 3.76) for the Baby Cakes.

Filed 06/15/2019

June 14, 2019 - Isotopes (30-38)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  012 001 100 --  5  12  0
Albuquerque    001 100 002 --  4  12  0

WP: Justin Grimm (3-3)
LP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5)
SV: Josh Sborz (1)

HR: ABQ Peter Mooney (2) off Gonsolin (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:05
ATT: 7,639
The Isotopes plated two runs in the 9th inning before the rally failed to tie the game in a 5-4 series-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) on Friday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque was swept in the three-game series and have lost four straight games.

Rocky Gale tripled home a run in the 2nd inning and Shane Peterson drew a bases-loaded walk and another run scored on a fielder's choice in the 3rd inning as Oklahoma City led 3-0.

Peter Mooney solo homered in the home half of the 3rd inning and Roberto Ramos drove in a run with a single in the 4th inning as the Isotopes edged to 3-2.

Errol Robinson doubled home a run in the 6th inning and Edwin Rios singled home a run in the 7th inning as the Dodgers extended their lead to 5-2.

In the 9th inning, Yonathan Daza tripled home a run and scored an out later on Pat Valaika's single. Valaika was thrown out at home trying to score on Sam Hilliard's single and Brian Mundell drew a walk before Ramos struck out swinging to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez (L, 4-5) 6.1 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, HBP, 6.01 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P David Holman was added back to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise and P Ryan Castellani and P Evan Grills were both placed on the Injured List. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest by an Isotope this season. . . . Albuquerque pitching snapped their season-longest streak of 14 games allowing a homer. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst eight games below the .500 mark. . . . Albuquerque has been swept in three series' this year and tonight was the second series sweep at Isotopes Park. 24,216 attended the series for a per-game average of 8,072. . . . This was the only series of the season between the two clubs and Albuquerque holds a 54-45 advantage in games at Isotopes Park all-time, with Oklahoma City leading in all-time matchups 107-90. Albuquerque has lost the last six games to Oklahoma City and is 8-10 against the OKC Dodgers after the Los Angeles Dodgers moved affiliation from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City in 2015. . . . Albuquerque concludes the first series of games against American Conference foes with a four-game series against the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) starting Saturday evening. Probables in the opener are LHP Pat Dean (2-5, 9.09) for the Isotopes and LHP Mike Kickham (3-2, 3.76) for the Baby Cakes. Albuquerque has lost eight straight games to the New Orleans club in games at Isotopes Park and it is the final series between these two clubs before New Orleans relocates to Wichita in the 2020 season.

Filed 06/14/2019

June 13, 2019 - Isotopes (30-37)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  110 600 200 --  10  13  2
Albuquerque    000 000 000 --   0   6  0

WP: Dennis Santana (2-4)
LP: Ryan Castellani (2-5) 

HR: OKC Will Smith (10) off Castellani (1st inning, S)
    OKC Cameron Perkins (5) off Castellani (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:31
ATT: 8,173
Isotopes starter Ryan Castellani allowed 8 runs in 3 innings to become the second straight Isotope starter to allow 8 or more runs in a start and Albuquerque was shut out 10-0 in a loss to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) on Thursday evening at "The Lab".

Will Smith solo homered in the 1st inning and a wild pitch brought home a run in the 2nd inning.

Oklahoma City plated six runs in the 4th inning. Cameron Perkins solo homered, Dodgers starter Dennis Santana and Zach Reks each had two-run singles and Smith added a sacrifice flyout.

Connor Joe doubled home two runs in the 7th inning to cap the scoring.

Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity was the 1st inning when three straight walks to lead off game loaded the bases with no outs but the Isotopes were unable to push across a run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani (L, 2-5) 3 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, WP, 2 HBP, 8.31 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned P Phillip Diehl to Albuquerque, P Nelson Gonzalez was added back onto the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise, and P David Holman was assigned to Class-A Boise. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 11 games, tying him with Garrett Hampson for the longest Isotope hitting streak this season. Hampson had a current 7 game hitting streak that was ended in the game. . . . Isotopes reliever Sam Howard tossed 1.1 scoreless innings tonight to extend his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 7.1 innings. . . . After winning his first two pitching decisions, Isotopes starter Ryan Castellani has lost his last five pitching decisions. . . . The shutout was Albuquerque's fifth of the season and first at Isotopes Park this season. The 10 run loss tied for the Isotopes' worst shutout loss of the season. . . . The Isotopes are 1-7 this season when wearing their red jersey tops. . . . The final game of the short three-game series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-4, 5.91) for the Isotopes and RHP Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 2.12) for the Dodgers. Albuquerque is looking to avoid the series sweep.

Filed 06/13/2019

June 12, 2019 - Isotopes (30-36)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  141 105 000 --  12  11  2
Albuquerque    002 122 002 --   9  14  3

WP: Mitchell White (2-4)
LP: Kyle Freeland (0-2) 

HR: OKC Will Smith (9) off Freeland (1st inning, S)
    OKC Zach Reks (7) off Freeland (2nd inning, GS)
	
    ABQ Drew Butera (2) off White (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (19) off White (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (6) off White (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 8,404
Isotopes starter Kyle Freeland's struggles continued as he allowed 9 runs (8 earned) in 5 2/3 innings and the Isotopes dropped a series-opening 12-9 game to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) at "The Lab" on Wednesday evening.

It did not take long for Oklahoma City to build a 5-0 lead. Will Smith solo homered with two outs in the 1st inning and Zack Reks had a grand-slam homer in the 2nd inning.

Angelo Mora singled home a run in the 3rd inning for the Dodgers before Albuquerque plated their first two runs of the game in the home half of the frame. Drew Butera solo homered and Pat Valaika had a sacrifice flyout.

Each team plated a run in the 4th inning -- Reks doubled home a run for the Dodgers and Butera had a sacrifice flyout for the Isotopes -- and the Isotopes had solo homers from Yonathan Daza and Sam Hilliard in the 5th inning as Albuquerque trailed 7-5.

The Dodgers put the game away with a five-run 6th inning. Edwin Rios singled home two runs and Mora had a three-run double.

The Isotopes plated two runs on an error in the 6th inning and Hilliard tripled home a run and scored on Brian Mundell's single in the 9th inning to cap the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland (L, 0-2) 5.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 10.13 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Chris Rusin, who was designated for assignment by the Rockies on June 7th, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Albuquerque. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the third Isotope this season to have a double-digit hitting streak, and Garrett Hampson extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . With the bases loaded, Oklahoma City hitters were able to drive in 9 runs. . . . Albuquerque's three errors in the game tied a season mark for the most errors in a home game this season. . . . Game two of the short three-game series is Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Ryan Castellani (2-4, 7.14) for the Isotopes and RHP Dennis Santana (1-4, 6.30) for the Dodgers.

Filed 06/12/2019

June 10, 2019 - Isotopes (30-35)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  002 000 002 --   4   6  0
Iowa         010 225 03x --  13  15  0

WP: Alec Mills (3-2)
LP: Tim Melville (3-3) 

HR: IWA Jacob Hannemann (4) off Melville (2nd inning, S)
    IWA Jacob Hannemann (5) off Melville (4th inning, 2R)
    IWA Robel Garcia (10) off Holman (6th inning, 2R)
    IWA Ian Happ (11) off Melville (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 6,923
The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) plated nine runs over the middle three innings to take the lead and turn the contest into a rout and Albuquerque was defeated 13-4 to be denied a series sweep in Des Moines.

Jacob Hannemann solo homered in the 2nd inning to give Iowa the lead and Albuquerque took their only lead of the game in the 3rd inning when Isotopes starter Tim Melville knocked in a pair of runs with a single, his first hit in 13 career at-bats.

Iowa regained the lead in the 4th inning on Hannemann's two-run homer, his second homer of the game, and plated two more runs in the 5th inning on Ian Happ's two-run homer.

The Cubs put the game away with a five-run 6th inning with all runs scoring with two outs in the frame. Happ doubled home a run, Jim Adduci had a two-run single and Robel Garcia added a two-run homer.

Iowa plated their final three runs of the game in the 8th inning. Garcia doubled home two runs and Hannemann singled home a run.

The Isotopes had two junk time runs in the 9th inning. With two outs, Roberto Ramos walked, Elliot Soto doubled Ramos home and Soto scored on Peter Mooney's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (L, 3-3) 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 3 HR, 4.38 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of P Phillip Diehl from the Isotopes. . . . Garrett Hampson extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Sam Howard tossed a scoreless inning in relief, extending his scoreless innings streak to 6 innings. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in a season-worst 12 straight games and have allowed a minor league baseball worst 119 homers this season. Las Vegas and Reno are second-most of all of minor league baseball with 112 homers allowed. . . . Robel Garcia and Ian Happ of the Cubs were both a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque took three out of the four games in the series and 35,858 attended at Principal Park for a per-game average of 8,957. . . . This was the only series of the season between the Isotopes and I-Cubs and Iowa holds a 61-42 all-time advantage in games played in Des Moines. In the all-time series, Albuquerque leads 101-98. . . . Nick Tanielu of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Tanielu hit .483 (14x29) with 4 homers and 13 RBI during the June 3-9 award week. . . . Zac Gallen of the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Gallen made two starts and went 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA. In 12 innings, Gallen allowed 7 hits, one run, walked 3 and fanned 16 batters. Gallen is the first three-time PCL Weekly Award winner in a single season since the PCL expanded to 16 teams in 1998. . . . After the PCL enjoys a day off on Tuesday, the Isotopes return to action Wednesday to begin a seven game homestand that ends the first set of games against opponents in the PCL American Conference in the PCL's equivalent of interleague play. Probables Wednesday evening are LHP Kyle Freeland (0-1, 7.20) for the Isotopes and RHP Mitchell White (1-4, 7.43) for the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers). It will be Freeland's first start at Isotopes Park since August 28, 2016 against El Paso.

Filed 06/10/2019

June 9, 2019 - Isotopes (30-34)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  332 020 000 --  10  9  0
Iowa         020 002 000 --   4  8  0

WP: Pat Dean (2-5)
LP: Matt Swarmer (4-7)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (15) off Swarmer (1st inning, 3R)
	
    IWA Robel Garcia (9) off Dean (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:54
ATT: 7,539
On Sunday afternoon, the Isotopes plated eight runs over the first three innings and Albuquerque won their third straight game with a 10-4 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Des Moines.

In the 1st inning, Dom Nunez walked, Pat Valaika singled and Roberto Ramos followed with a three-run homer to give Albuquerque a quick lead.

The Isotopes plated three more runs in the 2nd inning with a wild pitch bringing home a run, Garrett Hampson doubling home a run and Valaika adding an RBI single.

Iowa added two runs in their half of the 2nd inning on Robel Garcia's solo homer and Francisco Arcia's RBI single.

Yonathan Daza singled home two runs in the 3rd inning to extend the Isotope lead to 8-2 and Daza delivered a two-run double in the 5th inning to cap the Albuquerque scoring.

Phillip Evans and Garcia each doubled home a run in the 6th inning as Iowa closed out the scoring in the contest.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (W, 2-5) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 9.09 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Albuquerque plated all 10 of their runs in the game when they had two outs in the inning they scored. . . . Albuquerque pitching has gone a season-longest 11 consecutive games with a homer allowed. . . . The Isotopes go for their first series sweep of the season in Monday afternoon's series (and roadtrip) finale. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (3-2, 3.71) for the Isotopes and RHP Alec Mills (2-2, 6.53) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/09/2019

June 8, 2019 - Isotopes (29-34)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  000 200 400 002 --  8  13  1
Iowa         000 012 201 001 --  7  11  2

WP: David Holman (1-2)
LP: Jacob Hannemann (0-1)

HR: ABQ Garrett Hampson (2) off Hannemann (12th inning, 2R)
	
    IWA Donnie Dewees (8) off Pazos (7th inning, 2R)
    IWA Jacob Hannemann (3) off Almonte (9th inning, S)
    IWA Ian Happ (10) off C Gonzalez (6th inning, 2R)
    IWA Trent Giambrone (10) off C Gonzalez (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:51
ATT: 9,406
In a Copa de la Diversion contest, Garrett Hampson's two-run homer in the 12th inning gave the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico the lead and Albuquerque was able to hold off a Demonios de Des Moines rally to claim a 8-7 extra inning victory in Des Moines on Saturday evening.

The Mariachis used two-out magic in the 4th inning to become the first team on get the scoreboard. Brian Mundell doubled and scored on Elliot Soto's single. Drew Butera followed with a triple to drive in Soto.

Two swings of the bat gave the Demonios the lead. Grent Giambrone solo homered in the 5th inning to get on the scoreboard and Ian Happ added a two-run homer in the 6th inning for the lead.

The Mariachis reclaimed the lead with a four-run 7th inning to lead 6-3. Yonathan Daza singled home a run, a run scored on an error, Pat Valaika doubled home a run and Sam Hilliard singled home a run.

Donnie Dewees two-run homered after the 7th inning stretch as the Demonios edged to 6-5 and Jacob Hannemann solo homered to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning to knot the game at 6-6.

Neither team was able to use their runner starting the inning at second base extra-inning rule to their advantage as they went scoreless in the 10th and 11th innings. In the top of the 12th inning, Daza started the inning as the runner on second base and Hampson led off the frame with a two-run homer to give the Mariachis a 8-6 lead.

Happ started as the runner at second base to start the bottom of the 12th inning and a pair of groundouts advanced and then scored him before a third groundout ended the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez - 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 5.91 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Nelson Molina was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Pat Valaika's three doubles tied a franchise record for most doubles in a game. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Chi Chi Gonzalez had a no-hitter through 3 1/3 innings and his quality start was his fourth, leading the club. . . . Albuquerque batters hit their 100th homer of the season in tonight's game. Albuquerque pitching allowed four more homers for 114 homers allowed on the season, leading all of Minor League Baseball. . . . Tonight's game featured the most Isotope players to appear in a game this season (17) and most combined players to appear (35). While the six Isotope pitchers did not tie the season mark of seven Isotope pitchers used in a game, the 13 combined pitchers did tie the season best. . . . The Mariachis are 4-2 in 2019 and 8-3 all-time in Copa games. . . . Iowa has lost five straight home games. . . . Game three of the series is Sunday afternoon. Albuquerque is expected to send LHP Pat Dean (1-5, 9.82) to the mound while Iowa is expected to counter with RHP Matt Swarmer (4-6, 5.31).

Filed 06/08/2019

June 7, 2019 - Isotopes (28-34)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  010 100 042 --  8  9  1
Iowa         200 011 000 --  4  8  0

WP: DJ Johnson (3-0)
LP: Dillon Maples (0-3)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (14) off Alzolay (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (9) off Norwood (9th inning, 2R)
	
    IWA Jim Adduci (8) off Castellani (6th inning, S)
 	
TIME: 2:56
ATT: 11,960
The Isotopes plated six unanswered runs over the final two innings to snap a three-game losing streak with a 8-4 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the opener of a four-game series in Des Moines on Friday evening.

Ian Happ and Jim Adduci each singled home runs in the 1st inning to give Iowa a 2-0 lead.

Roberto Ramos solo homered in the 2nd inning and Elliot Soto singled home a run in the 4th inning to knot the game at 2-2.

Philip Evans doubled home a run in the 5th inning and Adduci solo homered in the 6th inning as Iowa regained the lead at 4-2 before Albuquerque grabbed the lead for good in the 8th inning. Noel Cuevas drew a bases-loaded walk and Ramos walked to bring home the game tying run. Soto followed with a two-run fielder's choice to give the Isotopes the lead at 6-4.

Yonathan Daza walked with one out and scored on Dom Nunez's two-run homer in the 9th inning to cap the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani - 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 7.14 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled OF Charlie Blackmon from his MLB Rehabilitation Assignment after just two outings with the Isotopes and optioned IF Garrett Hampson to Albuquerque. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Ryan Castellani tossed his second quality start of the season tonight. . . . The crowd of 11,960 was the largest crowd the Isotopes have played in front of on the road this season. . . . Game two of the series is Saturday evening and it is a Copa de la Diversion contest. The probable for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico is RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-4, 6.05) while the Demonios de Des Moines are expected to counter with RHP Colin Rea (6-1, 3.34).

Filed 06/07/2019

June 6, 2019 - Isotopes (27-34)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  001 000 000 --  1   7  1
Omaha        102 010 00x --  4  11  1

WP: Jake Kalish (4-3)
LP: Kyle Freeland (0-1)
SV: Ben Lively (3)

HR: OMA Bubba Starling (4) off Freeland (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:50
ATT: 4,836
After a 27 minute delay to start the game due to the threat of inclement weather, Kyle Freeland made his first start of the season for the Isotopes after his demotion from the Rockies and allowed all four Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) runs in five innings as the Isotopes lost 4-1 and were swept in the three-game series.

It only took two batters in the game for Omaha to lead 1-0. Humberto Arteaga singled and scored on Erick Mejia's double.

Albuquerque knotted the game at 1-1 in the 3rd inning. Peter Mooney singled, stole second base and went to third base on a throwing error on the stolen base attempt before scoring on Yonathan Daza's single.

Bubba Starling two-run homered in the home half of the 3rd inning to give Omaha the lead back and the Storm Chasers plated their final run in the 5th inning on Starling's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, Balk, 7.20 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Charlie Blackmon: 1x4 (.286), 1 K

Blackmon made his second appearance with the Isotopes and played defensively in right field. Blackmon singled and was erased from the basepaths in a double play in the 1st inning, popped out to second base in the 3rd inning, grounded out to first base in the 5th inning, struck out in the 8th inning and was replaced in the field by Drew Weeks in the bottom of the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of P Peter Lambert and Lambert made his MLB debut against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon. Lambert allowed a run and 4 hits in 7 innings in the Rockies 3-1 victory. Lambert set a Rockies franchise record for most strikeouts by a pitcher in his MLB debut (9 strikeouts) and also collected his first MLB hit, a 3rd inning single. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Albuquerque was outscored 23-5 in the three game series. . . . The Isotopes are a season worst seven games below the .500 mark and 12.5 games out of the division lead. . . . Albuquerque was swept in a series for the second time this season. 13,444 fans attended at Werner Park for a per-game average of 4,481. With this being the only series of the season between the two clubs, Albuquerque is 51-50 all-time in Omaha (including 14-23 at Werner Park with a four game Werner Park losing streak). Albuquerque holds a 102-95 advantage over Omaha in all-time meetings. . . . Albuquerque concludes the roadtrip with a four game series in Des Moines, Iowa against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Probables in the opener Friday evening are RHP Ryan Castellani (2-4, 7.86) for the Isotopes and the Cubs are expected to counter with PCL Pitcher of the Week RHP Adbert Alzolay (1-1, 3.00).

Filed 06/06/2019

June 5, 2019 - Isotopes (27-33)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  000 000 100 --  1  8  0
Omaha        200 002 10x --  5  8  0

WP: Scott Blewett (4-5)
LP: Tim Melville (3-2)

HR: OMA Erick Mejia (3) off Melville (1st inning, 2R)
    OMA Nick Dini (7) off Melville (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:27
ATT: 3,899
The longball once again doomed the Isotopes. Despite it was only two homers allowed tonight, the homers provided three runs which was more than enough to outscore the Isotopes as Albuquerque dropped their second straight game in a 5-1 loss to the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) in Papillion, Nebraska on Wednesday evening.

Humberto Arteaga lead off the game for Omaha with a double and scored on Erick Mejia's homer for a quick 2-0 Storm Chasers lead.

A wild pitch and Bubba Starling's single in the 6th inning extended Omaha's lead to 4-0.

Albuquerque avoided the shutout in the 7th inning. Brian Mundell led off the frame with a walk, advanced to third base on Sam Hilliard's double and scored on Roberto Ramos' groundout.

After the 7th inning stretch, Nick Dini solo homered to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (L, 3-2) 7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, WP, HBP, 3.71 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Charlie Blackmon: 1x3 (.333), 1 K

Blackmon made his first MLB rehabilitation assignment start for Albuquerque as he nears a return to the Rockies following recovery from a right calf strain. Blackmon started the game in right field and popped out to shortstop in the 1st inning, struck out in the 3rd inning and singled to right field in the 6th inning before he was replaced by pinch-runner Noel Cuevas.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent OF Charlie Blackmon to Albuquerque on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment and IF Nelson Molina was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise. . . . Albuquerque is 11.5 games back in the division, the most games out of first place that they have been this season. . . . Isotopes pitching allowed no walks in the game, marking the third game this season in which no free passes were issued. . . . Kyle Tucker of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Player of the Month for May 2019. Tucker hit .333 during the month and led the PCL in homers (11), runs (28) and total bases (80) and was third in the league in RBI (28). Tucker had a 9-game hitting streak during the month and had two homer stretches - a three-game homer stretch early in the month and a four-game homer stretch later in the month. . . . The final game in the only series of the season between the two clubs is Thursday evening with the Isotopes needing a win to avoid the series sweep. Albuquerque is expected to send LHP Kyle Freeland (No Record) to the mound, while the Storm Chasers are expected to counter with RHP Josh Staumont (0-3, 2.83).

Filed 06/05/2019

June 4, 2019 - Isotopes (27-32)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  010 000 101 --   3  12  3
Omaha        432 001 40x --  14  21  2

WP: Foster Griffin (6-2)
LP: Pat Dean (1-5)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (13) off Griffin (2nd inning, S)

    OMA Jorge Bonifacio (9) off Dean (1st inning, S)
    OMA Jorge Bonifacio (10) off Pazos (7th inning, S)
    OMA Lucas Duda (1) off Dean (2nd inning, 2R)
    OMA Brett Philips (6) off Dean (2nd inning, S)
    OMA Humberto Arteaga (5) off Holman (7th inning, 2R)
    OMA Samir Duenez (3) off Holman (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:59
ATT: 4,709
Isotopes starter Pat Dean allowed nine runs over the first three innings to the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) and Isotopes pitching gave up a season-worst six homers as the Storm Chasers cruised to a series-opening 14-3 victory over the Isotopes on Tuesday evening in Papillion, Nebraska.

Albuquerque quickly found themselves down 4-0 in the 1st inning. Lucas Duda doubled home a run and two Isotope throwing errors on the play allowed two other runs to score including Duda. Jorge Bonifacio followed with a solo homer.

After Roberto Ramos got the Isotopes on the scoreboard with a solo homer in the 2nd inning, Omaha added three more runs in their half of the inning with a Brett Phillips solo homer and Duda's two-run homer.

The Storm Chasers added two more runs in the 3rd inning on Phillips' two-run triple.

Nick Dini singled to extend Omaha's lead to 10-1 in the 6th inning.

Both teams plated runs in the 7th inning. Yonathan Daza doubled and scored on Sam Hilliard's single in the top half of the inning, while in the bottom half, Humberto Arteaga two-run homered, Samir Duenez solo homered an out later and Bonifacio had his second homer of the game later in the frame.

Noel Cuevas' single brought home the final run of the game in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 1-5) 4 IP, 13 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3 HR, 9.82 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Josh Fuentes was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to June 2nd. . . . Roberto Ramos was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Pat Valaika went 0x4 to snap his six game hitting streak. . . . Isotopes starter Pat Dean leads the team in losses (5), gave up the most hits by a starting pitcher in an outing this season (13) and has allowed 8 or more runs in a start in three of his five 2019 starts. . . . Albuquerque is 0-8 in games this season played on Tuesdays. . . . The Isotopes had their largest losing margin in a road game (11 runs), the most combined hits in a road game (33) and most hits allowed in a road game (21) this season and tied season marks for most homers allowed in an inning (3) and most runs allowed in a road game (14). . . . Matt Szczur of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Szczur hit .545 (12x22) with 3 homers and 11 RBI during the award week of May 27-June 2nd. . . . Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) hurler Adbert Alzolay is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. In 2 starts, Alzolay went 0-0 with a 0.75 ERA. In 12 innings, Alzolay allowed 3 hits, 1 run, walked 2 and fanned 17 batters. . . . Game two of the short three-game series is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (3-1, 3.06) for the Isotopes and RHP Scott Blewett (3-5, 7.04) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 06/04/2019

June 2, 2019 - Isotopes (27-31)

Isotopes Park

Reno          000 133 101 --   9  14  1
Albuquerque   000 444 04x --  16  15  1

WP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-4)
LP: Taylor Widener (3-4)

HR: RENO Cody Decker (5) off C Gonzalez (4th inning, S)
    RENO Juniel Querecuto (4) off C Gonzalez (5th inning, S)
    RENO Caleb Joseph (4) off C Gonzalez (5th inning, S)
    RENO Tyler Heineman (3) off Holman (6th inning, 3R)

TIME: 3:55
ATT: 4,844
In Albuquerque's longest nine inning game of the season, "fours" were wild for the Isotopes as they plated four runs in each of the four innings they scored in a 16-9 homestand ending victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) on Sunday evening.

Both teams were scoreless until the 4th inning when Cody Decker solo homered to give Reno a brief 1-0 lead before Albuquerque plated four runs in the home half of the frame to take the lead. The Isotopes started off the inning with three-quarters of the team cycle - Sam Hilliard doubled, Pat Valaika singled and Dom Nunez tripled them both home. After Noel Cuevas drew a walk, a wild pitch brought Nunez home. An out later, a wild pitch moved Cuevas to third base and Elliot Soto brought him home with a single.

Reno plated three runs in the top of the 5th inning to tie the game at 4-4. Caleb Joseph and Juniel Querecuto back-to-back solo homered and Yasmany Tomas singled home a run.

Albuquerque quickly snapped the tie in their half of the 5th inning. Cuevas doubled home a run, Roberto Ramos had a two-run single and Soto tripled Ramos home.

Tyler Heineman pinch-hit three-run homered in the 6th inning as Reno edged to 8-7 before Albuquerque pulled away again in the home half of the inning on two-run singles from Cuevas and Ramos.

Reno plated a run on Matt Szczur's single in the 7th inning and Albuquerque had their final four-run inning of the night in the 8th inning. Pinch-hitter Brian Mundell singled home a run and Peter Mooney went to the plate with the bases loaded and reached on a fielding error with three runs scoring.

Reno capped the scoring in the game in the 9th inning on Szczur's sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez (W, 4-4) 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 HR, 6.05 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotopes transactions, the Rockies recalled IF Garrett Hampson and optioned P Jesus Tinoco to Albuquerque. P Justin Lawrence was activated from the Isotopes' Injured List and then transferred to Class-AA Hartford and P Nelson Gonzalez was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Isotopes pitching allowed four homers in a game for the second game in a row and have allowed 100 homers on the season, now allowing more homers than the number of homers (96) Isotopes hitters have belted this season. . . . Albuquerque won three out of the five games in the series and 33,250 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 6,650. Tonight's matchup was the final one between the Aces and Isotopes at "The Lab" this season and each team won four games. All-time in Albuquerque, the Isotopes are 32-28 against Reno. Albuquerque has five games left to play in Reno later in June to complete the 16-game season series with the Aces. . . . Tomorrow is the third day off of the season for the Pacific Coast League before Albuquerque begins a seven-game roadtrip on Tuesday evening to start the first 14 games of the PCL's equivalent of interleague play. Tuesday is the start of a series featuring the only three games of the season between the Isotopes and Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) and neither team has named a probable.

Filed 06/02/2019

June 1, 2019 - Isotopes (26-31)

Isotopes Park

Reno          035 010 101 --  11  12  2
Albuquerque   210 002 100 --   6  10  1

WP: Matt Koch (1-1)
LP: Ryan Castellani (2-4)

HR: RENO Matt Szczur (4) off Castellani (2nd inning, 3R)
    RENO Marty Henum (3) off Castellani (3rd inning, 2R)
    RENO Wyatt Mathisen (9) off Castellani (3rd inning, 2R)
    RENO Wyatt Mathisen (10) off Grills (7th inning, S)

    ABQ Roberto Ramos (12) off Koch (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (16) off Koch (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 10,093
On Star Wars night at "The Lab" Saturday evening, the Isotopes did not score enough runs to overcome the runs provided just by the Reno Aces' (AAA Diamondbacks) four homers in a 11-6 loss to Reno.

Pat Valaika two-run homered to give the Isotopes a brief 2-0 lead until Matt Szczur three-run homered for Reno in the 2nd inning to give the Aces the lead.

Yonathan Daza singled home a run in the home half of the 2nd inning to knot the game 3-3 before Reno broke the game open with a five-run 3rd inning. Yasmany Tomas doubled home a run and Wyatt Mathisen and Marty Herum each added two-run homers.

Szczur singled home a run in the 5th inning as Reno extended their lead to 9-3.

Albuquerque plated a pair of runs in the 6th inning on Brian Mundell's groundout and Roberto Ramos' homer.

Each team plated a run in the 7th inning. Mathisen solo homered for Reno and after the 7th inning stretch, the Isotopes plated their final run of the game on an error.

Reno capped the scoring in the game in the 9th inning on Abraham Almonte's double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani (L, 2-4) 3 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 3 HR, 7.86 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Sam Hilliard went 0x4 to snap his 8 game hitting streak. Both Pat Valaika and Drew Butera hit safely to extend Albuquerque's current longest hitting streaks to 5 games. . . . The final game of the Reno series (and Albuquerque's season-longest 9-game homestand) is Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-4, 6.11) for the Isotopes and RHP Taylor Widener (3-3, 9.07) for the Aces.

Filed 06/01/2019

May 31, 2019 - Isotopes (26-30)

Isotopes Park

Reno          001 000 001 --  2   9  1
Albuquerque   330 110 01x --  9  13  0

WP: Tim Melville (3-1)
LP: Anthony Vasquez (3-3)

HR: RENO Cody Decker (4) off N Gonzalez (9th inning, S)

    ABQ Sam Hilliard (18) off Vasquez (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Brian Mundell (5) off Vasquez (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Josh Fuentes (5) off Sherfy (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 6,265
Tim Melville turned in a quality start, allowing a run in 6 innings, and the Isotopes had a pair of three-run innings to start the game in a victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 9-2 on Friday evening at "The Lab".

Garrett Hampson led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a bunt single and scored on Sam Hilliard's homer. Pat Valaika followed with a single and scored on Brian Mundell's double as the Isotopes led 3-0.

Hampson and Valaika each singled home runs and a run scored on an error in the 2nd inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to 6-0.

A fielder's choice brought home Reno's first run of the game in the 3rd inning.

Albuquerque plated the next three runs in the game. Back-to-back doubles from Hampson and Hilliard in the 4th inning brought home a run, Mundell solo homered in the 5th inning and Josh Fuentes solo homered in the 8th inning.

Active minor league career home run leader Cody Decker solo homered in the 9th inning to cap the scoring, his 201st career regular season homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 3-1) 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, 3.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Sam Hilliard extended his hitting streak to 8 games and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Neither team drew a base on balls in the game and Albuquerque pitching did not issue a walk for only the second time this season. . . . Tim Melville had his first quality start of the season and 8th Isotope quality start this year. . . . Albuquerque has won two straight games for the first time since May 18th and 19th against El Paso. . . . With May 2019 in the record books, here are some Isotope May stats - 11-19 record (6-8 at home, 5-11 on the road), .282 team batting average, 5.99 team ERA, 154 runs scored, 43 homers hit and 18 stolen bases. . . . The fourth game of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Ryan Castellani (2-3, 6.32) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Koch (0-1, 8.10) for the Aces.

Filed 05/31/2019

May 30, 2019 - Isotopes (25-30)

Isotopes Park

Reno          101 001 002 --  5   9  1
Albuquerque   010 220 20x --  7  11  0

WP: Pat Dean (1-4)
LP: Alex Young (2-2)

HR: RENO Yasmany Tomas (17) off Dean (1st inning, S)
    RENO Domingo Leyba (9) off Dean (6th inning, S)
    RENO Marty Herum (2) off Johnson (9th inning, 2R)

TIME: 3:06
ATT: 3,768
Isotopes starter Pat Dean had his best outing as an Isotope, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings and earned his first victory of the season, and the Isotopes snapped their season-worst 5-game losing streak and 6-game home losing streak as Albuquerque defeated the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 7-5 on Thursday evening at "The Lab".

Yasmany Tomas solo homered in the 1st inning to give the Aces the quick lead and Albuquerque tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning on Drew Weeks' groundout.

Reno regained the lead in the top of the 3rd inning when Juniel Querecuto tripled and scored on Matt Szczur's sacrifice flyout and the Isotopes took their first lead of the game at 3-2 with a two-run 4th inning. Elliot Soto and Weeks back-to-back tripled and Dom Nunez followed with a sacrifice flyout.

Sam Hilliard tripled and scored on Pat Valaika's single and Valaika scored on Brian Mundell's triple as the Isotopes extended their lead to 5-2 in the 5th inning.

Reno's Domingo Leyba solo homered in the 6th inning and the Isotopes got that run back and more after the 7th inning stretch. Valaika doubled home a run and scored on Josh Fuentes' double.

Marty Herum two-run homered for Reno with two outs in the 9th inning to cap the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (W, 1-4) 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 7.89 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque tied a franchise record with four team triples in the game. . . . Sam Hilliard extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . David Holman tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings tonight, extending his scoreless innings streak to 5 innings over his last two appearances. . . . Game three of the series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (2-1, 3.43) for the Isotopes and LHP Anthony Vasquez (3-2, 4.65) for the Aces.

Filed 05/30/2019

May 29, 2019 - Isotopes (24-30)

Isotopes Park

Reno          201 100 003 --  7  6  1
Albuquerque   103 001 100 --  6  7  2

WP: Kevin Ginkel (1-0)
LP: Yency Almonte (0-3)

HR: RENO Domingo Leyba (8) off Lambert (1st inning, 2R)
    RENO Wyatt Mathisen (8) off Lambert (4th inning, S)

    ABQ Sam Hilliard (17) off Shipley (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (11) off Shipley (3rd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (14) off Shipley (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (15) off Taylor (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:54
ATT: 8,280
The Isotopes were well positioned for a victory with a two-run lead heading into the 9th inning before the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) plated three runs in the 9th inning to stun Albuquerque 7-6 in the opener of a five game series at "The Lab" on Wednesday evening. Albuquerque has season-worsts in a five game losing streak, six straight home game losses, and is in last place in their division for the first time this season, 11 games back.

Each team powered their way to runs in the 1st inning. Domingo Leyba had a two-run homer for Reno and Sam Hilliard had a solo shot for Albuquerque.

Abraham Almonte tripled and scored on a groundout in the 3rd inning as Reno led 3-1 and Albuquerque took the lead in the bottom half of the inning on Pat Valaika's solo homer and Roberto Ramos' two-run homer.

Reno tied the game at 4-4 in the 4th inning on Wyatt Mathisen's solo homer.

Albuquerque plated a go-ahead run on a fielder's choice in the 6th inning and added an insurance run in the 7th inning on Valaika's second solo homer of the game.

In Reno's 9th inning, Marty Herum singled home two runs to tie the game and the game-winning run scored on a fielding error.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert - 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 5.07 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Chris Rusin: (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.68 ERA

Rusin made his latest Isotopes appearance in his MLB Rehabilitation Assignment after having had it transferred back to Albuquerque from Class-AA Hartford and Rusin set down the Aces in order in the 7th inning with two strikeouts and a flyout. Rusin tossed 14 pitches - 9 for strikes.


'TOPES NOTES:
Sam Hilliard extended his hitting streak to 6 games and his 17 homers this season leads the club. . . . Pat Valaika had his fourth multi-homer game of the season and his 15 homers have been hit in 11 of his 29 games with the Isotopes. . . . All four of Albuquerque's extra base hits in the game were homers. . . . Isotopes reliever Phillip Diehl tossed a scoreless inning tonight to extend his consecutive scoreless innings streak to five innings. . . . Aces manager Chris Cron was ejected by Home Plate umpire Clint Vondrak in the 9th inning. . . . Game two of the series is Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Pat Dean (0-4, 8.82) for the Isotopes and the Aces have yet to name a starter.

Filed 05/29/2019

May 28, 2019 - Isotopes (24-29)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   002 005 000 --  7  12  2
Albuquerque  002 000 000 --  2  11  0

WP: Ty Blach (2-2)
LP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-4) 

HR: ABQ Drew Butera (1) off Blach (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:59
ATT: 6,713
On Tuesday evening, the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated five runs in the 6th inning to break a deadlocked game and defeated Albuquerque 7-2 to sweep the series from the Isotopes.

Each team plated runs in the 3rd inning. Austin Slater drove in two runs with a single for Sacramento and in the bottom half, Elliot Soto bunt-singled and scored on Drew Butera's two-run homer.

In the game-deciding 6th inning, Levi Michael came up with the bases loaded and tripled to clear them before scoring on Abiatal Avelino's single. Avelino went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Mike Gerber's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez (L, 3-4) 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, HBP, 6.11 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent P Chris Rusin to Albuquerque on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment. . . . Sam Hilliard extended his hitting streak to 5 games. . . . The Isotopes were swept in a series for the first time this season and were swept in a series at home for the first time since August 4-7, 2018 against New Orleans. . . . With the first two scoreless innings tonight, Chi Chi Gonzalez extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 9 innings and it was snapped when he allowed 3rd inning runs. . . . Albuquerque has season-worsts in home losing streak (5 games) and most games back in the division (10.5 games back). The Isotopes tied their worst consecutive losing streak of the season (4 games). . . . The River Cats and Isotopes combined for 66 runs and 20 homers in the four-game series. . . . Sacramento won all four games in the series and 28,504 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 7,126. Tonight was the final matchup of the two teams this season at Isotopes Park and Sacramento won six out of the eight matchups. All-time, Albuquerque is 30-37 against the River Cats at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes have all eight games left to play against the River Cats in Sacramento to close out the 16-game season series. . . . Albuquerque lost every game in the series by four or more runs. . . . Yasmany Tomas of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Tomas hit .400 (12x30) during the award week with 7 homers and 13 RBI. . . . Cy Sneed of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week after winning his only start of the season and allowing no runs in 8 innings of work while allowing just a hit, walking none and fanning 4 batters. . . . The Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) come to town for a five-game series to cap Albuquerque's current homestand. Probables in the opener Wednesday evening are RHP Peter Lambert (2-2, 4.97) for the Isotopes and RHP Braden Shipley (1-2, 9.53) for the Aces.

Filed 05/28/2019

May 27, 2019 - Isotopes (24-28)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   002 200 035 --  12  15  1
Albuquerque  200 010 020 --   5  11  1

WP: Steve Okert (3-1)
LP: Ryan Castellani (2-3)
SV: Fernando Abad (5)

HR: SAC Levi Michael (5) off Johnson (8th inning, 3R)
    SAC Aramis Garcia (8) off Johnson (9th inning, 2R)
    SAC Ryan Howard (1) off Johnson (9th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Sam Hilliard (16) off Venditte (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:14
ATT: 9,278
While the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) did not plate 1st inning runs for the third straight day to take a quick lead, Isotopes pitching did allow double digit runs for the third straight day and Albuquerque dropped a 12-5 Memorial Day afternoon game for their third straight loss.

Albuquerque had their only lead in the game in the 1st inning when Josh Fuentes doubled and scored on Sam Hillard's homer.

Mike Gerber doubled home a run and scored on Anthony Garcia's single in the 3rd inning as the River Cats tied the game at 2-2 and Sacramento took the lead in the 4th inning when two runs scored on an error.

Albuquerque edged to 4-3 in the 5th inning on back-to-back doubles from Fuentes and Elliot Soto.

Levi Michael's three-run 8th inning homer extended the Sacramento lead to 7-3 and the Isotopes plated a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame on Drew Weeks' two-run single.

Sacramento plated the last five runs of the game in the 9th inning on Anthony Garcia's single and two-run homers from Aramis Garcia and Ryan Howard.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani - 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, HBP, 6.32 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled OF Yonathan Daza and optioned OF Noel Cuevas to Albuquerque after having activated him from the MLB Injured List. . . . Josh Fuentes tied an Isotope franchise record today with his three doubles in the game. . . . Pat Venditte may have become the first switch-throwing starting pitcher the Isotopes have faced in franchise history. . . . The Isotopes are 6-10 all-time on Memorial Day, including 4-3 in games at Isotopes Park. . . . The Isotopes have season worsts in home losing streak (4 games), games below the .500 mark (4 games) and games out of first place in the division (9.5 games back). . . . Sam Hilliard leads the Isotopes with 16 homers and has homered in four out of his last eight games. . . . Garrett Hampson went 0x1 in a pinch-hitting at-bat to snap a 11 game hitting streak dating back to last season. Pat Valaika also snapped his 9-game hitting streak when he went 0x2 as a pinch-hitter and then remained in the game defensively. . . . DJ Johnson allowed 8 earned runs in the game, tying Mitch Horacek for the most earned runs allowed by a reliever in a game this season. . . . In the three games in the series, Albuquerque pitching has allowed 12 home runs. Albuquerque hitters had nine more homers than Albuquerque pitching allowed after the May 18th game and with all the homers allowed since then and especially in this series, the Isotope pitchers have now given up as many homers as Isotope hitters have hit (86 homers). . . . Albuquerque is 1-14 this season when allowing 10 or more runs. . . . The final game at Isotopes Park this season between the River Cats and Isotopes is Monday evening. Looking to help Albuquerque avoid the series sweep is RHP Peter Lambert (2-2, 5.70) while the River Cats are expected to counter with LHP Ty Blach (1-2, 6.41).

Filed 05/27/2019

May 26, 2019 - Isotopes (24-27)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   300 011 164 -- 16  16  0
Albuquerque  100 005 011 --  8  13  0

WP: Sam Selman (2-1)
LP: James Pazos (1-1)

HR: SAC Aramis Garcia (7) off Melville (1st inning, 3R)
    SAC Mike Gerber (9) off Melville (5th inning, S)
    SAC Mike Gerber (10) off Almonte (9th inning, 2R)
    SAC Anthony Garcia (6) off Pazos (8th inning, 2R)
    SAC Henry Ramos (7) off Pazos (8th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Josh Fuentes (4) off Selman (6th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (13) off Quiala (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (8) off Gustave (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:36
ATT: 5,539
The Isotopes fell behind early for the second game in a row, battled back to take the lead before the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated eleven runs over the final three innings to claim a 16-8 victory over Albuquerque on Sunday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque has dropped both games in the series so far.

Aramis Garcia three-run homered to give Sacramento a quick 3-0 lead in the 1st inning and Albuquerque responded with a run in the home half of the inning. Garrett Hampson singled and scored on Dom Nunez's double.

Mike Gerber solo homered in the 5th inning and Levi Michael singled home a run in the 6th inning as the River Cats led 5-1.

The Isotopes scored five runs in their half of the 6th inning to take a 6-5 lead. Pat Valaika started with a solo homer, Sam Hilliard doubled, Noel Cuevas singled and Roberto Ramos doubled Hilliard home. Josh Fuentes followed with a three-run homer.

Aramis Garcia doubled home a run to tie the game in the 7th inning and the River Cats had a big six-run 8th inning to take the lead and put the game away. Abiatal Avelino tripled home two runs and scored on Henry Ramos' two-run homer. After Gerber walked, Anthony Garcia added a two-run homer.

Consecutive singles from Cuevas, Ramos and Fuentes plated another Albuquerque run in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Each team added their final runs in the 9th inning. For Sacramento, Avelino singled home a run, Ramos had a sacrifice flyout and Gerber followed with a two-run homer in a four-run inning. Dom Nunez solo homered for the Isotopes in the bottom of the 9th inning to cap the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville - 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 3.43 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Noel Cuevas: 3x5 (.377), 2 R

Cuevas made his second MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance and started in Right Field and moved to Center Field later in the game. Cuevas flew out to center in the 1st inning, singled in the 4th inning, singled and scored in the 6th inning, singled and scored in the 8th inning and grounded out to third base to end the game.


'TOPES NOTES:
P Tim Melville was added back onto the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise and P Nelson Gonzalez was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . Garrett Hampson extended his hitting streak to 11 games (dating back to 2018) and Pat Valaika now has a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Every one of the four Isotope pitchers in the game gave up at least one run. . . . Albuquerque pitching allowed five homers in a game for the second time this season and the eight combined homers tied an Isotope season high. . . . Over the first two games of the series, Sacramento has plated seven runs in the 1st inning, hit nine homers and has combined to score 26 runs. . . . The River Cats' Aramis Garcia was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The River Cats and Isotopes play game three of the series on Memorial Day afternoon. Probables are RHP Ryan Castellani (2-2, 6.84) for the Isotopes and LHP Ty Blach (1-2, 6.41) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/26/2019

May 25, 2019 - Isotopes (24-26)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   402 020 200 --  10  16  1
Albuquerque  100 310 001 --   6  10  2

WP: Enderson Franco (2-1)
LP: Pat Dean (0-4) 

HR: SAC Mike Gerber (8) off Dean (3rd inning, S)
    SAC Levi Michael (4) off Dean (5th inning, S)
    SAC Anthony Garcia (5) off Grills (7th inning, S)
    SAC Aramis Garcia (6) off Dean (5th inning, S)

    ABQ Pat Valaika (12) off Franco (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (15) off Franco (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (10) off Franco (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:09
ATT: 6,974
Isotopes starter Pat Dean allowed eight runs (only three earned) in 5 innings and the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) had a four-run 1st inning to set the tone in a 10-6 series opening victory over the Isotopes at "The Lab" on Saturday evening.

Both teams plated runs in the 1st inning. In the top of the 1st inning, Mike Gerber doubled home a run, Henry Ramos singled home a run and Ryan Howard singled home two runs. In the home half, Yonathan Daza led off with a single, went to third base on an error on a pickoff attempt and scored on Pat Valaika's sacrifice flyout.

Gerber solo homered and another run scored on a throwing error in the 3rd inning as the River Cats extended their lead to 6-1 over Albuquerque.

Sam Hilliard solo homered, Brian Mundell doubled and scored on Roberto Ramos' two-run homer in the 4th inning as the Isotopes edged to 6-4 but the River Cats used a pair of solo homers -- Aramis Garcia and Levi Michael -- in the 5th inning to pull away again.

Pat Valaika solo homered in the bottom of the 5th inning for Albuquerque and Sacramento scored their final runs of the game in the 7th inning on Anthony Garcia's solo homer and Michael's RBI double to lead 10-5.

Garrett Hampson tripled with two outs in the 9th inning and scored on Valaika's single to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 0-4) 5 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR, HBP 8.82 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Garrett Hampson extended his hitting streak to 10 games (dating back to the Isotopes in 2018) and Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Tonight was Albuquerque's first loss on a Saturday this season (7-1 on Saturdays). . . . Pat Dean has allowed 10 homers in 16 1/3 innings of work over his four Isotope appearances this season. . . . Roberto Ramos became the third Isotope to reach 10 homers this season and all three Isotopes with 10 or more homers had a homer in tonight's game (Sam Hilliard - 15 homers, Pat Valaika - 12 homers). . . . Albuquerque's four homers allowed to an opponent tied a season-worst. . . . Sacramento's Mike Gerber and Levi Michael were both triples shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Game two of the series is Sunday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (2-1, 1.76) for the Isotopes and RHP Yoanys Quiala (1-2, 5.40) for the River Cats.

Filed 05/25/2019

May 24, 2019 - Isotopes (24-25)

Las Vegas Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 010 000 4 --  5  10  1
Las Vegas    000 000 001 3 --  4  11  2

WP: DJ Johnson (2-0)
LP: Ryan Dull (1-1)
	
TIME: 3:07
ATT: 10,132
The Isotopes had a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 9th inning, the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) plated a run with two outs in the inning to tie the game, the Isotopes scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning and allowed three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning but was able to hold on for a 5-4 extra inning victory in the series finale. The victory was Albuquerque's first at brand-new Las Vegas Ballpark and snapped a four-game losing streak and 6 game road losing streak.

Albuquerque snapped the scoreless tie in the 5th inning. Yonathan Daza drew a one-out walk and scored on Garrett Hampson's double.

Corban Joseph's two-out single plated Jorge Mateo to knot the game at 1-1 at the end of regulation innings.

Daza started the 10th inning as the baserunner on second base and it appeared he was going to be stranded as two quick outs followed. Drew Weeks then singled Daza home and Weeks went to second base on a throwing error on the play. Elliot Soto walked, Sam Hilliard had a two-run double and Drew Butera followed with a RBI single as Albuquerque led 5-1.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Sheldon Neuse was the runner at second base and quickly scored on Franklin Barreto's single. Eric Campbell drew a walk and a groundout advanced both runners into scoring position before Dustin Fowler had a two-run single to draw the Aviators to a run down at 5-4. A fly out and a groundout ended the game with the game-tying run stranded at first base.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert - 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 0 HR, 4.97 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Noel Cuevas: 0x3 (.354), 2 K

In Cuevas' first MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing, Cuevas played in Left Field and grounded out to second base in the 1st inning, struck out swinging in the 3rd and 5th innings and was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Jeff Hoffman and optioned P Yency Almonte to the Isotopes. . . . Peter Lambert was the second Isotope starter in as many nights (Chi Chi Gonzalez last night) to toss seven scoreless innings and the quality start was his second of the season. Lambert had 10 strikeouts, his first double digit strikeout game total of the season and the third instance of an Isotope with 10 strikeouts this season (Jeff Hoffman has done it twice). . . . Garrett Hampson extended his hitting streak to 9 games, dating back to his time with the Isotopes in 2018. Pat Valaika is the Isotope with the next longest hitting streak, having extended it to 7 games tonight. . . . Albuquerque is 3-1 in extra inning contest this season and have played back-to-back extra inning contests. . . . Las Vegas took three out of the four games in the first series of the season between the two clubs and 37,499 attended at Las Vegas Ballpark for a per-game average of 9,375. It was Albuquerque's fourth road series loss of the season. . . . Albuquerque returns home for a 9-game homestand with the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) providing the opposition for the first four games. The River Cats are expected to send RHP Enderson Franco (1-1, 6.94) to the mound, while the Isotopes are expected to counter with LHP Pat Dean (0-3, 10.32).

Filed 05/24/2019

May 23, 2019 - Isotopes (23-25)

Las Vegas Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 000 000 0 --  0  3  0
Las Vegas    000 000 000 1 --  1  2  0

WP: JB Wendelken (2-1)
LP: Jesus Tinoco (3-1) 
	
TIME: 2:40
ATT: 10,452
The Isotopes and Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) played a crazy game Thursday evening in Summerlin, Nevada. Both teams were no-hit into the 7th inning, the game was tied at 0-0 going into extra innings and the Isotopes dropped a tough 1-0 game in 10 innings to extend their road losing streak to 6 games.

Garrett Hampson singled to lead off the 7th inning to end Albuquerque's longest been no-hit bid of the season at 6 innings and Isotopes starter Chi Chi Gonzalez allowed a double to Corban Joseph with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning for Albuquerque pitching's longest no-hit bid of the season of 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball.

Sam Hilliard started as the runner on 2nd base in the top of the 10th inning, made it to third base on Roberto Ramos' single but was stranded there to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Seth Brown started as the runner on 2nd base and scored the walkoff winner an out later on Sheldon Neuse's single to center field where Brown might have been called out at home had Isotopes catcher Drew Butera not dropped the throw from center-fielder Yonathan Daza.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez - 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, WP, 5.81 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent OF Noel Cuevas to Albuquerque on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment. . . . The attendance of 10,452 was the largest road crowd the Isotopes have played in front of this season. . . . The loss was Albuquerque's second walkoff loss of the season. . . . Albuquerque has a season-worst four game losing streak, has been shutout four times this season, is 2-1 in extra inning contests and is a season-worst two games below the .500 mark. . . . The Isotopes played their first 1-0 contest of the season tonight and all-time, Albuquerque is 13-16 in games decided by a 1-0 final. . . . Garrett Hampson extended his Isotope hitting streak to 8 games, dating back to the end of 2018. Yonathan Daza went 0x4 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque tied a season low with 3 hits in a game and set a season-best by allowing just two hits in a game. . . . With tonight's homerless game, Isotope pitchers snapped a string of six straight games allowing a homer to the opponent. . . . Isotopes pitching coach Brandon Emanuel was ejected by Home Plate umpire Alex Mackay in the 3rd inning. It was Emanuel's first ejection -- and third Isotope ejection -- of the season. . . . The Isotopes finish their quick four game roadtrip to Las Vegas on Friday evening, looking to avoid the series sweep and also earn their first victory at brand-new Las Vegas Ballpark. Probables are RHP Peter Lambert (2-2, 5.70) for the Isotopes and RHP Tanner Anderson (3-4, 6.86) for the Aviators.

Filed 05/23/2019

May 22, 2019 - Isotopes (23-24)

Las Vegas Ballpark

Albuquerque  002 002 010 --  5  13  0
Las Vegas    204 000 01x --  7  11  2

WP: JB Wendelken (1-1)
LP: Ryan Castellani (2-2)
SV: Brian Schlitter (8)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (14) off Bracewell (6th inning, 2R)

    LVG Sheldon Neuse (6) off Castellani (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:10
ATT: 8,223
Isotopes starter Ryan Castellani returned from the Injured List and allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings and the Isotopes continued their season-worst road losing streak with a 7-5 loss to the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) in Summerlin, Nevada on Wedneday evening. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games and five straight on the road.

The Aviators got on the scoreboard quickly with two 1st inning runs. With two outs, Seth Brown doubled home a run and Corban Joseph singled home a run.

Garrett Hampson brought home a run with a groundout and Pat Valaika followed with a RBI single in the 3rd inning as the Isotopes tied the game but that tie was short-lived as Sheldon Neuse two-run homered and Mark Payton added a two-run single in the home half of the frame to give the Aviators a 6-2 lead.

Elliot Soto tripled and trotted home on Sam Hilliard's team-leading 14th homer of the season and Hilliard tripled and scored on Drew Weeks' single in the 8th inning as the Isotopes edged to 6-5.

Las Vegas added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th inning on Nick Martini's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani (L, 2-2) 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, WP, 6.84 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
After several days without an Isotopes transaction, there was a torrent of transactions today. The Rockies recalled P Tyler Anderson and then placed him on the 60-day MLB Injured List as Anderson is expected to undergo surgery on his left knee. The Rockies also purchased the contract of P Jairo Diaz. P Tim Melville was transferred to Class-A Boise, P David Holman and P Nelson Gonzalez were both added back onto the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise, P Matt Pierpont went on the Injured List, retroactive to May 21st, and P Ryan Castellani came off the Injured List and started tonight's contest. . . . Garrett Hampson and Yonathan Daza each extended their hitting streaks to 7 games. Hampson's hitting streak dates back to late 2018 with the Isotopes. The only two Isotope hitters without hits in the game, Brian Mundell and Josh Fuentes, each ended hitting streaks. Mundell's team season-longest 10-game hitting streak came to an end while Fuentes ended a 7-game hitting streak. . . . At 23-24, Albuquerque is one game below the .500 mark for the first time since losing their season opener on April 4th. . . . Albuquerque had two triples on the evening, the most in a game this season. . . . Game three of the series is Thursday evening as Albuquerque looks to end their losing streak. Probables are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-3, 6.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Paul Blackburn (5-1, 4.28) for the Aviators.

Filed 05/22/2019

May 21, 2019 - Mariachis (23-23)

Las Vegas Ballpark

El Paso      010 100 000 --  2  11  4
Albuquerque  100 202 40x --  9  14  2

WP: Jake Buchanan (3-1)
LP: Tim Melville (2-1) 

HR: LVG Dustin Fowler (5) off Melville (4th inning, 2R) 

TIME: 3:26
ATT: 8,692
In a Copa de la Diversion contest, after the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico (Albuquerque Isotopes) took the lead in the 4th inning, the Los Reyes de Plata de Las Vegas (Las Vegas Aviators) plated eight unanswered runs to claim a 9-2 victory over the Mariachis on Tuesday evening at Las Vegas Ballpark.

Las Vegas' Jorge Mateo sacrifice flied out in the 1st inning to provide the first run of the game and the Mariachis tied the game in the 2nd inning on Peter Mooney's double. The Mariachis took the lead in the 4th inning when Brian Mundell doubled and Mooney singled with a throwing error on the play that allowed Mundell to score.

Dustin Fowler's two-run homer in the home half of the 4th inning gave the Los Reyes de Plata the lead and 6th inning RBI singles from Fowler and Mateo extended the lead to 5-2.

Mark Payton had a two-run double, a run scored on an error and another run scored on a fielders choice as Las Vegas plated their final four runs of the game after the 7th inning stretch.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (L, 2-1) 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 2 HBP, 1.76 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Mariachis are 3-2 in 2019, including 1-2 on the road. All-time in Copa games, the Mariachis are 7-3 and are 0-1 against the Los Reyes de Plata. . . . Brian Mundell extended his hitting streak to 10 games, extending the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Yonathan Daza and Josh Fuentes each extended their hitting streaks to 6 games. . . . By giving up a 1st inning run, Tim Melville snapped a seven consecutive scoreless innings streak. . . . Albuquerque committed four errors in the game, tying a season-worst and they have a season-worst four game road losing streak. . . . Kevin Cron of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. During the award week of May 13-19th, Cron hit .435 (10x23) with 5 homers and 14 RBI. . . . Hurler Aaron Wilkerson of the San Antonio Missions (AAA Padres) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week after having made two starts and going 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA. In 10 1/3 innings, Wilkerson allowed 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) walked 3 and fanned 9. . . . Game two of the short four-game roadtrip is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (3-3, 7.57) for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler Alexander (1-3, 6.88) for the Aviators.

Filed 05/21/2019

May 20, 2019 - Isotopes (23-22)

Isotopes Park

El Paso       481 140 300 --  21  22  0
Albuquerque   040 040 020 --  10  13  2

WP: Robert Stock (3-0)
LP: Pat Dean (0-3) 

HR: ELP AJ Kennedy (1) off Dean (2nd inning, 3R)
    ELP Josh Naylor (9) off Dean (1st inning, 2R)
    ELP Josh Naylor (10) off Pierpont (3rd inning, S)
    ELP Jacob Scavuzzo (12) off Pierpont (4th inning, S)
    ELP Jacob Scavuzzo (13) off Diehl (5th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Sam Hilliard (13) off Keel (5th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (10) off Keel (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (11) off P Rodriguez (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:45
ATT: 6,568
In the series finale, the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) plated 18 runs over the first five frames and the two clubs combined for 8 homers with three players having multi-homer games as Albuquerque got crushed 21-10 by the Chihuahuas.

The Chihuahuas homered in each of the first five innings including quickly in the 1st inning. Luis Urias doubled with one out and scored on Josh Naylor's homer. Esteban Quiroz had a two-run single later in the inning.

El Paso added eight more runs in the 2nd inning with a 12-batter inning to lead 12-0. Naylor drew a bases-loaded walk, two runs scored on a fielder's choice, Matthew Batten and Jacob Scavuzzo each drove in a run with a single and AJ Kennedy added a three-run homer.

Pat Valaika led off the home half of the 2nd inning with a homer, Drew Butera doubled home a run, Elliot Soto tripled home a run and scored on a wild pitch as Albuquerque plated their first four runs of the game.

Naylor solo homered in the 3rd inning, Scavuzzo solo homered in the 4th inning and in the 5th inning, Quiroz doubled home two runs and Scavuzzo added a two-run homer as El Paso led 18-4.

Albuquerque plated four more runs in the bottom of the 5th inning when Valaika doubled home a run and Sam Hilliard three-run homered.

Michael Gettys had a sacrifice flyout and Urias added a two-run double in the 7th inning for the Chihuahuas' final runs of the game and the game scoring was capped with Valaika's two-run 8th inning homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 0-3) 1.2 IP, 10 H, 12 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, HBP, 10.32 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Brian Mundell extended his hitting streak to 9 games, the longest for an Isotope this season. . . . Evan Grills tossed a scorless final 2 1/3 innings, the only Isotope pitcher to not allow a run in the game. . . . El Paso set their franchise record for runs scored in a game (21). . . . The three hour, 45 minute game was Albuquerque's longest home 9-inning game of the season and the Isotopes also set season highs in runs allowed (21), hits allowed (22) and homers allowed (5). Albuquerque tied a season record for most combined homers in a game (8). . . . Pat Valaika's three hits were all extra base hits (a double and two homers) and he became the second Isotope to hit double-digit homers this season (11 homers after tonight's two-homer game). . . . Tonight was the Isotopes' first loss when scoring double-digit runs (9-1 record). . . . The Isotopes took the series 3-2 and 46,527 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 9,305. . . . There was a wild game in the PCL today with the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) defeating the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 25-8. Reno's Yasmany Tomas had four homers and 8 RBI, PCL homer leader Kevin Cron added two more homers (21 total homers in 2019) and 6 RBI to his totals and the Aces had 10 homers in total so they had more homers than the Rainiers had in runs. Tacoma did not homer in the game. . . . The Isotopes head to Las Vegas for a quick four-game series against the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) in brand new Las Vegas Ballpark. The opener is a Copa de la Diversion contest and will feature the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico against the Los Reyes de Plata de Las Vegas. Probables in the opener are RHP Tim Melville (2-0, 0.90) for the Mariachis and RHP Jake Buchanan (2-1, 6.37) for the Los Reyes de Plata.

Filed 05/20/2019

May 19, 2019 - Isotopes (23-21)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      000 031 000 --  4   9  1
Albuquerque  000 010 04x --  5  11  0

WP: James Pazos (1-0)
LP: Luis Perdomo (2-1)
SV: Jairo Diaz (6)

HR: ELP Jacob Scavuzzo (11) off Lambert (5th inning, 2R)
    ELP Jason Vosler (8) off Lambert (5th inning, S)
    ELP Seth Mejias-Brean (5) off Lambert (6th inning, S)

    ABQ Dom Nunez (7) off Allen (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Drew Weeks (5) off Perdomo (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:37
ATT: 7,060
Drew Weeks' pinch-hit two-run homer capped a four-run 8th inning as the Isotopes came from behind to defeat the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at "The Lab" to extend Albuquerque's winning streak to 2 games.

El Paso powered their way to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 5th inning. Jason Vosler solo homered, Chris Stewart singled and scored on Jacob Scavuzzo's two-run homer.

Dom Nunez solo homered in the home half of the 5th inning to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard and El Paso answered in the top of the 6th inning when Seth Mejias-Brean solo homered.

In the Isotopes come-from-behind 8th inning, Roberto Ramos drew a leadoff walk, Josh Fuentes doubled and Sam Hilliard drove them both in with a double. Two outs later, pinch-hitter Weeks followed with his homer that provided the game-tying and go-ahead runs.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert - 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3 HR, 5.70 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Brian Mundell extended his hitting streak to 8 games, tying for the longest Isotope hitting streak of the season. . . . Jairo Diaz pitched a scoreless 9th inning to extend his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 19 innings, compiled over his last 15 relief outings. . . . Albuquerque was held hitless through the first three innings of the game. . . . Drew Weeks' pinch-hit homer was Albuquerque's first pinch-hit homer of the season. . . . The series (and quick five-game homestand) finale is Monday evening and the Isotopes have already guaranteed a series win and are simply looking to cut the number of games back they are to El Paso in the division standings. Probables are LHP Pat Dean (0-2, 5.59) for the Isotopes and LHP Jerry Keel (4-0, 4.41) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 05/19/2019

May 18, 2019 - Mariachis (22-21)

The Plaza

El Paso      000 001 100 --   2   7  0
Albuquerque  301 304 10x --  12  17  0

WP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-3)
LP: Fernando Rodriguez Jr. (1-1) 

HR: ELP Michael Gettys (11) off C Gonzalez (6th inning, S) 
    ELP Boog Powell (5) off Johnson (7th inning, S)

    ABQ Pat Valaika (9) off Rodriguez Jr. (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (5) off McGrath (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:10
ATT: 14,222
In the second Copa de la Diversion contest at The Plaza this season, Mariachis starter Chi Chi Gonzalez allowed a run in 6 innings and Yonathan Daza, Brian Mundell, Josh Fuentes and Peter Mooney each knocked in multiple runs as the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico (Albuquerque Isotopes) defeated the Margaritas de El Paso (El Paso Chihuahuas - AAA Padres) 12-2 on Saturday evening.

The Mariachis got off to a great start with a three-run 1st inning. Daza led off with a single, Pat Valaika singled and Mundell followed with a two-run double. Two outs later, Mooney singled home Mundell.

Mundell doubled and scored on Fuentes' double in the 3rd inning and the Mariachis added three more runs in the 4th inning to lead 7-0. Valaika homered, Fuentes had a RBI single and Mooney doubled home a run.

The Margaritas ended the shutout with a Michael Gettys 6th inning solo homer and the Mariachis added four more runs in the bottom half of the frame on pinch-hitter Elliot Soto's run-scoring single and Daza's three-run homer.

Each team capped their scoring in the 7th inning. Boog Powell solo homered for El Paso and Drew Weeks singled home a run for the Mariachis.

Mariachis Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez (W, 3-3) 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 Er, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 6.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies transferred P Chris Rusin's MLB Rehabilitation Assignment from Albuquerque to Class-AA Hartford. P Nelson Gonzalez was also transferred off the Albuquerque roster to Class-A Boise. . . . The crowd of 14,222 was the largest home crowd of the season and 21st largest crowd in Isotopes Park history. . . . The Mariachis are 7-2 all time, including 5-1 in home games, are 3-1 in 2019, and have a perfect 3-0 record against the El Paso Copa de la Diversion team all-time. . . . Brian Mundell extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Chi Chi Gonzalez had his second quality start (and fifth Isotopes quality start) of the season. . . . Eight of the Mariachi's 12 runs in the game were plated with two outs. . . . Game four of the series is Sunday afternoon and the probables are RHP Peter Lambert (2-2, 5.80) for the Isotopes and LHP Logan Allen (3-1, 4.99) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 05/18/2019

May 17, 2019 - Isotopes (21-21)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      040 005 200 --  11  16  0
Albuquerque  003 002 000 --   5  10  1

WP: Dietrich Enns (5-2)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (3-3)

HR: ELP Jason Vosler (7) off Hoffman (2nd inning, 3R) 

    ABQ Josh Fuentes (3) off Enns (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Brian Mundell (4) off Enns (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:20
ATT: 10,848
Isotopes starter Jeff Hoffman allowed eight runs, snapping a string of three straight games in which he allowed two or fewer runs, and the division-leading El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) defeated the Isotopes 11-5 on Friday evening at "The Lab".

El Paso raced to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Boog Powell doubled home a run and Jason Vosler followed with a three-run homer.

Albuquerque edged to 4-3 in the 3rd inning on Peter Mooney's run-scoring groundout and Brian Mundell's two-run homer.

The Chihuahuas pulled away with a five-run 6th inning. Michael Gettys had a sacrifice flyout, Josh Naylor had a RBI single, Esteban Quiroz drew a bases-loaded walk, and Matthew Batten delivered a two-run single in the ten batter inning.

Josh Fuentes two-run homered in the 6th inning as the Isotopes trailed 9-5 and El Paso added their final two runs in the 7th inning on Naylor's two-out, two-run single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 3-3) 5.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 7.57 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of IF Brendan Rodgers from the Isotopes and Rodgers made his MLB debut Friday evening in Philadelphia against the Phillies. Rodgers went 0x4 with a strikeout and had his first major league RBI on a fielder's choice. The Rockies also recalled P Jake McGee from his MLB Rehabilitation Assignment and optioned IF Pat Valaika and P DJ Johnson to Albuquerque. . . . Brian Mundell extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . The crowd of 10,848 was the largest crowd at Isotopes Park so far this season. Saturday's game attendance may exceed that with the second of the five Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico promotions this year. . . . Jeff Hoffman tossed 108 pitches in tonight's outing, the most by an Isotope in a start this season. . . . Saturday evening is another Copa de la Diversion contest featuring the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico against the Margaritas de El Paso. Probables in the game at The Plaza are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-3, 7.71) for the Mariachis and RHP Fernando Rodriguez Jr. (1-0, 4.22) for the Margaritas.

Filed 05/17/2019

May 16, 2019 - Isotopes (21-20)

Isotopes Park

El Paso      000 000 020 --   2   4  1
Albuquerque  700 010 11x --  10  13  1

WP: Tim Melville (2-0)
LP: Dillon Overton (0-2)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (9) off Overton (1st inning, 3R)
    ABQ Elliot Soto (3) off Overton (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Garrett Hampson (1) off Batten (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 7,829
Isotopes starter Tim Melville was spectacular, no-hitting the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) for 4 2/3 innings and ended up allowing just a hit and no runs in five innings, and the Isotopes plated seven runs in the 1st inning before getting an out as they returned from a 12-game roadtrip to defeat the Chihuahuas 10-2 on Thursday evening at "The Lab" to snap a three-game losing streak.

Albuquerque hit for the team cycle in the 1st inning. Yonathan Daza led off with a triple and scored on Garrett Hampson's single. Hampson stole second base on a pickoff attempt and Brian Mundell followed with a single. A wild pitch advanced Mundell to second base and Josh Fuentes singled Hampson home. Roberto Ramos followed with a three-run homer, Sam Hilliard doubled and Elliot Soto added a two-run homer.

Ramos walked and scored on Hilliard's double in the 5th inning and a run scored on a fielding error after the 7th inning stretch as the Isotopes extended the lead to 9-0.

Boog Powell had a two-run single in the 8th inning as El Paso avoided the shutout and Hampson capped the scoring in the game in the home half of the frame with a solo homer off Matthew Batten, a Chihuahuas infielder who was pitching in a blowout situation.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 2-0) 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 0.90 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
While there has been no official transaction made, there have been media reports that the Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers will be recalled and make his MLB debut this weekend when the Rockies are in Philadelphia. . . . Tim Melville has a current scoreless innigns streak of 7 innings and his 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball tied Chi Chi Gonzalez for the longest Isotope no-hit bid of the season. Melville's one hit allowed was the fewest hits allowed in an outing by an Isotope starter this season who went five innings or more in a start. . . . Garrett Hampson extended his hitting streak to 6 games in a streak dating back to the Isotopes near the end of the 2018 season. . . . Jairo Diaz tossed a scoreless 9th inning to extend his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 18 innings, while Jesus Tinoco extended his scoreless innings streak to 6 innings with his 8th inning appearance tonight. . . . Isotopes pitching did not allow a homer in the game, snapping a season-worst long streak of 10 games allowing a homer. . . . Tonight was the first Thursday victory of the season - Albuquerque is 1-6 in Thursday contests. . . . Game two of the series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (3-2, 6.60) for the Isotopes and LHP Dietrich Enns (4-2, 4.79) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 05/16/2019

May 14, 2019 - Isotopes (20-20)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  000 011 100 --   3   8  2
Fresno       400 020 04x --  10  14  0

WP: Paolo Espino (3-1)
LP: Pat Dean (0-2)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (8) off Espino (5th inning, S)

    FRE Collin Cowgill (9) off Dean (1st inning, S)
    FRE Matt Reynolds (4) off Dean (5th inning, S)
    FRE Raudy Read (5) off Rusin (8th inning, S)
    FRE Jacob Wilson (13) off Dean (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:52
ATT: 8,288
In Albuquerque's roadtrip finale, the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) plated four runs in the 1st inning and added four more runs in the 8th inning to cruise to a 10-3 victory over the Isotopes. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games.

Collin Cowgill led off the game for Fresno with a solo homer, a run scored on an error, and Jose Marmolejos and Bengie Gonzalez each doubled home a run in the 1st inning.

The two clubs had a homer-filled 5th inning. Roberto Ramos solo homered in the top of the 5th inning and Matt Reynolds and Jacob Wilson solo homered an out apart in the bottom half of the frame.

Brendan Rodgers doubled home a run in the 6th inning and Brian Mundell singled home a run in the 7th inning as the Isotopes trailed 6-3.

In Fresno's 8th inning, Raudy Read solo homered and pinch-hitter Brandon Snyder, Alec Keller, and Reynolds each singled home a run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 0-2) 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, 5.59 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Jake McGee: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 2.70 ERA

McGee made his third MLB rehabilitation assignment outing and pitched the end of the 5th inning and all of the 6th inning. McGee faced 4 batters, tossed 19 pitches (13 strikes), and got a fly out to end the 5th inning and had another fly out, strike out and ground out in the 6th inning.



Chris Rusin: 2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 6.75 ERA

Rusin made his fourth MLB rehabilitation assignment outing, tossed the 7th and 8th innings, and faced 12 batters, needing 36 pitches (26 strikes) in the effort. Rusin got three flyouts in the 7th inning and started the 8th inning with a strikeout before allowing a solo homer, four consecutive singles that plated two runs, got another flyout and gave up another run-scoring single before getting a final flyout to end the inning.




'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF Pat Valaika from Albuquerque in today's lone transaction. . . . The Isotopes do not like early wakeup alarms - they are 0-4 this year in contests which had a first pitch before noon local time. . . . At 20-20, Albuquerque's record is at the even mark for the first time since April 5th (the second game of the season). . . . Albuquerque pitching has allowed a homer in a season-worst 10 straight games and gave up four homers in a game, tying a season-worst. On the bright side, the Isotopes did not issue a walk in today's game for this first time this season. . . . Dom Nunez went 0x3 to end a six-game hitting streak and Garrett Hampson went 1x4 in his first Isotopes game this season, extending his hitting streak to 5 games dating back to last season with the Isotopes. . . . Collin Cowgill was the fifth Isotopes opponent this season to lead off a game with a homer. . . . The Isotopes went 1-3 in the series with Fresno and 21,787 attended at Chukchansi Park for a per-game average of 5,447. . . . Albuquerque went 4-8 in their longest roadtrip of the season. . . . After a league-wide day off Wednesday, the Isotopes return home Thursday to begin a five-game homestand against division leader El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres). Probables in the opener are RHP Tim Melville (1-0, 1.80) for the Isotopes and LHP Dillon Overton (0-1, 5.60) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 05/14/2019

May 13, 2019 - Isotopes (20-19)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  104 011 000 --  7  14  2
Fresno       000 042 20x --  8  10  0

WP: JJ Hoover (2-0)
LP: Matt Pierpont (0-1)
SV: Derek Self (3)

HR: ABQ Brendan Rodgers (8) off Copeland (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Brendan Rodgers (9) off Alvarez III (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (12) off Alvarez III (5th inning, S)

    FRE Alec Keller (2) off Diehl (6th inning, 2R)
    FRE Taylor Gushue (3) off Pierpont (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:52
ATT: 3,455
Brendan Rodgers homered twice but that effort was wasted as the Isotopes set a season-worst by blowing a six run lead in a losing effort as the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) came from behind to defeat Albuquerque 8-7 on Monday evening in Fresno.

Rodgers launched his first homer of the evening with two outs in the 1st inning and the Isotopes added four more runs in the 3rd inning to lead 5-0. Roberto Ramos grounded out with a run scoring, Josh Fuentes singled home a run and Isotopes starter Peter Lambert singled home a pair of runs.

Sam Hilliard hit his team-leading 12th homer of the season in the 5th inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to 6-0.

The Grizzlies started their comeback in the 5th inning, plating four runs. A run scored on a bases-loaded balk, another run scored on a fielding error and Brandon Snyder doubled home two runs.

Rodgers had his second solo homer of the night in the 6th inning as the Isotopes led 7-4 and Alec Keller two-run homered for Fresno in the bottom half of the frame as the Grizzlies edged to 7-6.

Fresno's game-winning runs were provided by Taylor Gushue's two-run homer after the 7th inning stretch.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert - 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, Balk, 5.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned IF Garrett Hampson to Albuquerque. Hampson hit .194 (18x93) in 31 games with the Rockies before being sent down. . . . With the runs allowed in the 7th inning tonight, Matt Pierpont's 12 2/3 scoreless innings streak over 11 relief appearances came to an end. . . . Peter Lambert had two more RBIs in the game, giving him the team RBI lead among pitchers with 4 total. . . . Brendan Rodgers had his first multi-homer game (and 7th Isotope multi-homer game) of the season. Rodgers also had 10 total bases, becoming the fourth Isotope this season with 10 or more total bases in a game. . . . Jacob Wilson of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. During the award week of May 6-12, Wilson hit .4448 (13x29) with 2 homers and 11 RBI. . . . Elieser Hernandez of the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Hernandez tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball to earn a win while allowing a hit, walking 4 and fanning 10. . . . The series (and Isotopes' 12-game roadtrip) ends Tuesday afternoon. Probables are LHP Pat Dean (0-1, 5.40) for the Isotopes and RHP Pablo Espino (2-1, 5.59) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 05/13/2019

May 12, 2019 - Isotopes (20-18)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  4  1
Fresno       110 100 00x --  3  6  0

WP: Kyle McGowin (4-2)
LP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-3)
SV: Vidal Nuno III (2)

HR: FRE Raudy Read (4) off C Gonzalez (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:32
ATT: 2,907
On Mother's Day afternoon in Fresno, the Isotopes only had four hits and weren't able to score in a 3-0 shutout loss to the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) to snap a two-game winning streak.

The Grizzlies scored their first run on an error in the 1st inning, Raudy Read solo homered in the 2nd inning and Matt Reynolds singled home Fresno's final run in the 4th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez (L, 2-3) 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 7.71 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes were shut out for the third time this season. . . . Just two Albuquerque baserunners made it to third base in the game. . . . Dom Nunez extended his hitting streak to six games. . . . Fresno starter Kyle McGowin was ejected by Home Plate umpire John Libka in the 6th inning. The Isotopes had Libka inspect McGowin's pitcher's glove and after a brief inspection, McGowin was ejected. It has not been reported if McGowin's glove was found to have a substance on it and it should be known in a few days whether McGowin will face a suspension if today's activity ended up being illegal. . . . Albuquerque batters struck out a season-worst 16 times. . . . Today was the first loss of the season (11-1) in which the Isotopes allowed three or fewer runs. . . . In Mother's Day contests, the Isotopes are 6-11 (4-5 on the road) and have a two Mother's Day contest losing streak. . . . The third game of the series is Monday evening. Albuquerque is expected to send RHP Peter Lambert (2-2, 5.55) to the mound against Fresno RHP Scott Copeland (2-1, 5.45).

Filed 05/12/2019

May 11, 2019 - Isotopes (20-17)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  003 000 020 --  5  13  1
Fresno       011 000 010 --  3   6  0

WP: Jeff Hoffman (3-2)
LP: Austin Voth (3-3)
SV: James Pazos (1)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (7) off Voth (3rd inning, 3R)

    FRE Taylor Gushue (2) off Hoffman (2nd inning S)
	
TIME: 3:19
ATT: 7,137
Isotopes starter Jeff Hoffman allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings and struck out 10 batters for the second outing in a row and Albuquerque claimed a 5-3 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) in the series opener in Fresno on Saturday evening.

After Taylor Gushue's solo homer provided Fresno's first run of the game in the 2nd inning, the Isotopes took the lead in the top of the 3rd inning. With two outs, Roberto Ramos launched a three-run homer.

Jacob Wilson had a RBI single in the home half of the 3rd inning as the Grizzlies edged to a run at 3-2.

Each team plated their final runs in the 8th inning. Josh Fuentes singled and scored on Sam Hilliard's triple and Hilliard scored on pinch-hitter Elliot Soto's single as the Isotopes added insurance runs and in the home half, Gushue singled home a run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (W, 3-2) 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HR, 6.60 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Chris Rusin: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, HBP, 0.00 ERA

Rusin made his third MLB rehabilitation assignment outing and worked the final out of the 6th inning and all the 7th inning. Rusin faced 5 batters and tossed 17 pitches (9 strikes). Rusin hit the first batter he faced in the 6th inning before striking out a batter to end the inning. In the 7th inning, Rusin got a fly out and two groundouts to set the Grizzlies down in order.



Jake McGee: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 4.50 ERA

McGee, in his second MLB rehabilitation assignment outing, pitched the 8th inning and faced 6 batters while tossing 24 pitches (13 strikes). McGee's first batter fouled out and the next batter walked. A single and a fly out followed before a single drove in a runner. Another foul out ended the inning.




'TOPES NOTES:
IF Elliot Soto was activated from the Injured List and IF Mylz Jones and P Mitch Horacek were both transferred to Class-AA Hartford. . . . James Pazos was the third different Isotope to earn a save this season. . . . Jeff Hoffman won his third straight pitching decision tonight. . . . Albuquerque is 6-0 in games played on Saturday this season. . . . Game two of the series is Mother's Day Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-2, 8.40) for Albuquerque and RHP Kyle McGowin (3-2, 5.00) for Fresno.

Filed 05/11/2019

May 10, 2019 - Isotopes (19-17)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  110 000 000 --  2  5  1
El Paso      001 000 000 --  1  5  0

WP: Tim Melville (1-0)
LP: Dillon Overton (0-1)
SV: Jairo Diaz (5)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (11) off Overton (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (4) off Overton (1st inning, S)

    ELP Luis Urias (8) off Melville (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:36
ATT: 8,050
Fresh from being signed from the independent Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks, Tim Melville allowed a run and 3 hits in 5 innings in his Isotopes debut and homers provided all the runs as the Isotopes concluded the four-game series in El Paso with a 2-1 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) on Friday evening.

Yonathan Daza led off the game with a homer and Sam Hilliard added his team-leading 11th homer in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes built a 2-0 lead.

Luis Urias solo homered in the 3rd inning as the Chihuahuas avoided the shutout.

The Chihuahuas made the 9th inning interesting. Boog Powell doubled with one out, advanced to third base on a groundout and was stranded as the game-tying run when Peter Van Gansen struck out to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Dom Nunez hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 5 games. . . . Jairo Diaz did not allow a run in the 9th inning, extending his scorless innings streak to 17 innings over 13 appearances. . . . Yonathan Daza had Albuquerque's first leadoff homer of the season and it was the first Albuquerque leadoff homer since Garrett Hampson in a game on June 17, 2018 vs. Nashville. . . . The Isotopes established a season mark tonight for fewest combined runs in a game (3). . . . El Paso's Luis Urias was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes and Chihuahuas each won two games in the series and 28,525 attended the series at Southwest University Park for a per-game average of 7,131. . . . The Isotopes conclude their season-longest 12-game roadtrip with a four game series in Fresno starting Saturday evening. Probables in the opener are RHP Jeff Hoffman (2-2, 7.40) for the Isotopes and RHP Austin Voth (3-2, 3.64) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 05/10/2019

May 9, 2019 - Isotopes (18-17)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  100 100 000 -- 2 11  1
El Paso      011 100 20x -- 5  9  1

WP: Jerry Keel (4-0)
LP: Pat Dean (0-1)
SV: Eric Yardley (2)

HR: ELP Esteban Quiroz (6) off Dean (2nd inning, S)
    ELP Chris Stewart (1) off Dean (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:38
ATT: 8,792
Pat Dean made his Isotopes debut in relief and allowed three runs which were all the runs the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) would need in defeating the Isotopes 5-2 in the third game of the series in El Paso on Thursday evening.

The Isotopes manufactured a run in the 1st inning that gave them their only lead of the evening. Yonathan Daza led off the game with a single, stole second base, went to third base on a groundout and scored on Pat Valaika's single.

El Paso's Esteban Quiroz solo homered in the 2nd inning and Seth Mejias-Brean singled home a run in the 3rd inning to give El Paso the lead.

Albuquerque tied the game in the 4th inning on Drew Butera's sacrifice flyout before the Chihuahuas regained the lead in the home half of the frame on Chris Stewart's solo homer.

After the 7th inning stretch, Quiroz had a two-run single to provide El Paso with some insurance runs.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jake McGee - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Jake McGee: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

McGee made his first MLB Rehabiliatation Assignment outing with the Isotopes and faced four batters in the 1st inning, tossing 17 pitches (8 strikes). McGee started off getting a flyout, then issued a walk and gave up a single before inducing a double play to end the inning.



Chris Rusin: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, WP, 9.00 ERA

Rusin made his second MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and tossed the 7th inning, facing 6 batters and throwing 18 pitches (10 for strikes). Rusin gave up a leadoff walk then the next batter reached on an error. Rusin got a strikeout, a lineout and then advanced both runners into scoring position on a wild pitch before intentionally walking a batter to load the bases. Rusin gave up a two-run single and that batter was thrown out at second base on the play to end the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
In a pair of Isotopes transactions today, the Rockies sent P Jake McGee to Albuquerque on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment and P David Holman was assigned to Class-A Boise. . . . Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 5 games. . . . In 2019, the Isotopes are 0-6 in Thursday games and 0-4 when wearing their red jersey tops. . . . The April PCL Player of the Month is Yordan Alvarez of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros). Alvarez hit .347 in April and led the PCL in homers (11) and was second in RBI (29), slugging percentage (.867) and OPS (1.310). Others winning April Player of the Month in other leagues were Josh VanMeter (International League Louisville Bats - Reds), Rhett Wiseman (Eastern League Harrisburg Senators - Nationals), Weston Wilson (Southern League Biloxi Shuckers - Brewers), Omar Estevez (Texas League Tulsa Drillers - Dodgers), Ljay Newsome (California League Modesto Nuts - Mariners), Luis Robert (Carolina League Winston-Salam Dash - White Sox), Justin Toerner (Florida State League Palm Beach Cardinals - Cardinals), Tommy Parsons (Midwest League Peoria Chiefs - Cardinals), and Sam Huff (South Atlantic League Hickory Crawdads - Rangers). . . . The Isotopes and Chihuahuas close out the four-game series on Friday evening. Albuquerque has not decided on a probable, while El Paso is expected to send LHP Dillon Overton (0-0, 7.59) to the mound.

Filed 05/09/2019

May 8, 2019 - Isotopes (18-16)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  000 230 100 --  6  10  0
El Paso      000 010 010 --  2   5  0

WP: Peter Lambert (2-2)
LP: Kyle McGrath (1-1)

HR: ABQ Pat Valaika (8) off McGrath (5th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (10) off Solis (7th inning, S)

    ELP Boog Powell (3) off Lambert (5th inning, S)
    ELP Seth Mejias-Brean (4) off Diehl (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:59
ATT: 5,554
Isotopes starter Peter Lambert contributed on both sides of the ball, tossing seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball and Lambert helped his cause with two RBI as the Isotopes snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) on Wednesday evening in El Paso.

Neither team got on the scoreboard until the Isotopes plated two runs in the 4th inning. Peter Lambert and Peter Mooney each singled home runs in the inning.

Albuquerque added three more in the 5th inning to extend the lead to 5-0. Roberto Ramos drew a leadoff walk ahead of Pat Valaika's homer and Josh Fuentes doubled and scored on Lambert's second RBI single of the night.

Boog Powell's solo homer for El Paso in the home half of the 5th inning ended the shutout.

The power continued as Sam Hilliard became the first Isotope to 10 homers this season with a solo shot in the 7th inning and El Paso's Seth Mejias-Brean had a solo pinch-hit homer in the 8th inning to close out the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert (W, 2-2) 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 5.55 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Yonathan Daza went 0x4 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes are 9-0 this season in which they hold their opponents to three or fewer runs. . . . Isotopes reliever Jairo Diaz had a scoreless inning tonight, extending his scoreless innings streak to 16. Diaz gave up a run in the season opener April 4 and has not given up a run in the 12 apperances since then. . . . El Paso centerfielder Michael Gettys was ejected by Home Plate umpire Alex Mackay in the 8th inning after being called out on strikes. . . . Yordan Alvarez of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Hitter of the Week, having hit .591 (13x22) during the award week with a homer and 8 RBI. . . . Tommy Milone of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Milone made two starts during the award week (April 29th to May 5th) and won both of them, including one of them being a shutout. In 13 2/3 innings of work, Milone gave up 6 hits, no runs, a walk and struck out 15 batters. . . . The third game of the series is Thursday evening and Albuquerque is expected to send RHP Jeff Hoffman (2-2, 7.40) to the bump against El Paso LHP Jerry Keel (3-0, 4.85).

Filed 05/08/2019

May 7, 2019 - Isotopes (17-16)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  000 100 101 --  3  8  2
El Paso      500 001 00x --  6  9  1

WP: Dietrich Enns (4-1)
LP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-2)
 
HR: ELP Michael Gettys (10) off C Gonzalez (1st inning, S)
    ELP Boog Powell (2) off C Gonzalez (6th inning, S)
    ELP Jason Vosler (6) off C Gonzalez (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:25
ATT: 6,129
Albuquerque failed their first test of the season against the divison-leading El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres). El Paso plated five runs in the 1st inning on their way to a series-opening 6-3 victory over the Isotopes on Tuesday evening in El Paso.

Michael Gettys became the latest opponent to lead off the game with a homer against Isotopes pitching. Austin Allen doubled home a run, Matthew Batten had a RBI single and Jason Vosler had a two-run homer to cap the five-run inning.

Pat Valaika singled home Albuquerque's first run of the game in the 4th inning.

Boog Powell solo homered for El Paso in the 6th inning to cap the Chihuahuas scoring

Yonathan Daza singled home a run in the 7th inning and Daza doubled home a run in the 9th inning to close out the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez (L, 2-2) 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3 HR, 8.40 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
C Chris Rabago was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and then sent to Class-AA Hartford. Another catcher, Hidekel Gonzalez, was sent to Class-A Boise, leaving two catchers on the active Albuquerque roster. . . . The two hour, 25 minute contest was Albuquerque's shortest 9-inning road game of the year. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Michael Gettys leadoff homer was the fourth leadoff homer the Isotopes have allowed this season. . . . Albuquerque has faced left-handed starters the last three games and went 0-3 in those games and are 4-9 this season when the opponent starts a lefty. . . . The Isotopes have a three-game road losing streak for the first time this season. . . . Probables for Game 2 of the series are RHP Peter Lambert (1-2, 6.59) for the Isotopes and RHP Fernando Rodriguez Jr. (1-0, 5.87) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 05/07/2019

May 6, 2019 - Isotopes (17-15)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  010 000 043 --   8  12  0
Tacoma       002 017 20x --  12  14  0

WP: Justus Sheffield (1-1)
LP: Evan Grills (1-3)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (9) off Sheffield (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Brian Mundell (3) off Leyer (8th inning, GS)
    ABQ Brendan Rodgers (7) off Alaniz (9th inning, 3R)

    TAC JP Crawford (3) off Howard (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:38
ATT: 2,697
In the last game of the season in Tacoma between the two clubs, the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) broke open a close game with a 7-run 6th inning and a pair of Isotope late game homers were not enough to make a comeback as the Rainiers defeated the Isotopes 12-8 on Monday evening.

Sam Hilliard's solo homer gave the Isotopes their only lead of the game in the 2nd inning.

Sacrifice flyouts from Eric Young Jr. and Austin Nola gave the Rainiers the lead in the 3rd inning and JP Crawford singled home a run to extend Tacoma's lead to 3-1 in the 5th inning.

Tacoma sent 11 batters to the plate in the 6th inning to score their 7 runs. Ian Miller, and Young Jr. had RBI singles, Tim Lopes added a run with a double, Shed Long tripled home a run and Crawford added a three-run homer.

Crawford added a two-run single after the 7th inning stretch to give Tacoma a 12-1 lead.

The Isotopes plated seven runs late in the game -- Brian Mundell had Albuquerque's second grand-slam of the season in the 8th inning and Brendan Rodgers added a three-run homer in the 9th inning to cap the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Chris Rusin: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

Rusin only pitched the 1st inning in his first MLB rehabilitation assignment outing and faced 3 batters, setting the Rainiers down in order with 11 pitches (8 strikes), getting a groundout, fly out and then a strikeout.


'TOPES NOTES:
There were many Isotopes transactions today. The Rockies signed a pair of Atlantic League independent baseball league pitchers -- Tim Melville from the Long Island Ducks and Pat Dean from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs -- and assigned them both to Albuquerque. The Rockies outrighted C Drew Butera to Albuquerque after he cleared waivers, P Evan Grills was activated from the Injured List and P Ryan Castellani was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to May 4th. . . . Sam Hilliard leads the Isotopes in homers (9). . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 6 games tonight. . . . The last Isotope to grand-slam homer in a road game prior to Brian Mundell tonight was Jordan Patterson on July 13th, 2017 at Las Vegas. . . . Tacoma took this series 1-3 and 19,523 attended at Cheney Stadum for a per-game average of 4,881. In the eight games played in Tacoma this season, the Isotopes won three and the Isotopes are 29-38 all-time at Cheney Stadium. . . . The Isotopes play the middle four games of their 12-game roadtrip in El Paso against the division-leading El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres), who lead the third-place Isotopes by 5.5 games. Probables in the opener are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-1, 8.25) for the Isotopes and LHP Dietrich Enns (3-1, 5.34) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 05/06/2019

May 5, 2019 - Isotopes (17-14)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0   3  1
Tacoma       200 210 02x --  7  13  0

WP: Tommy Milone (3-2)
LP: David Holman (0-2) 

HR: TAC Ian Miller (2) off Horacek (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:41
ATT: 5,604
In a Copa de la Diversion game on Cinco de Mayo afternoon, the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico were shut out by the La Familia de Tacoma 7-0.

Eric Young Jr. doubled home a run and another run scored during Austin Nola's grounding into a double play in the 1st inning.

Tim Lopes' sacrifice flyout and Johnny Slater's RBI single in the 4th inning and run scoring on a throwing error on a stolen base in the 5th inning made it 5-0 Tacoma.

La Familia plated their final two runs in the 8th inning on Ian Miller's solo homer and JP Crawford's RBI double.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holman (L, 0-2) 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 Er, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, WP, HBP, 10.50 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent P Chris Rusin to the Isotopes on a MLB rehabilitation assignment. Rusin did not play in today's game and has not appeared in any games in 2019 after having suffered a mild back strain towards the end of Spring Training in late March. . . . Only one Isotope runner made it to third base in the game. In that scoring opportunity, the Isotopes loaded the bases with two outs in the 8th inning and were unable to push a run across. . . . Today was Tacoma's first Copa de la Diversion game in franchise history. Albuquerque has played in eight of them and has a 6-2 record in Copa games all-time, including a 2-1 record in road Copa games. Today was the first time the Mariachis have been shutout in a Copa game. . . . The Isotopes are 9-8 in Cinco de Mayo contests, including 3-4 in road games. . . . Today was the second time this season the Isotopes have been shut out, both of the shutouts coming on the road. . . . Albuquerque allowed a season-worst five stolen bases in the game. . . . The four game series in Tacoma concludes Monday evening. Albuquerque has yet to name a probable, while Tacoma is expected to counter with LHP Justus Sheffield (0-1, 4.29).

Filed 05/05/2019

May 4, 2019 - Isotopes (17-13)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  130 010 110 --  7  11  4
Tacoma       100 000 000 --  1   3  2

WP: Jeff Hoffman (2-2)
LP: Christian Bergman (0-3)

HR: ABQ Dom Nunez (6) off Bergman (2nd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:10
ATT: 6,732
Jeff Hoffman was spectacular for the second start in a row, having allowed a run, 2 hits and fanned 10 batters in 5 2/3 innings of work and Dom Nunez homered and drove in three runs as the Isotopes defeated the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 7-1 on Saturday evening in Tacoma to snap a two-game losing streak.

Each team plated a run in the 1st inning. Brendan Rodgers two-out singled and scored on Roberto Ramos' double, while for Tacoma Mallex Smith singled, stole a pair of bags and scored on JP Crawford's sacrifice flyout.

Albuquerque plated three runs in the 2nd inning. Sam Hilliard singled, stole second base and scored on Brian Mundell's double. Nunez followed with a two-run homer.

Rodgers singled home a run in the 5th inning, Ramos doubled home a run in the 7th inning, and Nunez had a sacrifice flyout in the 8th inning to cap the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (W, 2-2) 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 0 HR, 7.40 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
There were several Isotopes transactions on Saturday. The Rockies recalled P Yency Almonte and P DJ Johnson, and optioned P Tyler Anderson to Albuquerque. P Mitch Horacek was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and P Phillip Diehl was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-AA Hartford. Diehl made 11 relief appearances for the Yard Goats, going 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (no runs in 13 1/3 innings) and no saves while allowing 5 hits, 3 walks and striking out 12 batters. Diehl's first Isotopes appearance will be his Triple-A debut. . . . Albuquerque pitching did not allow a homer in the game, snapping a streak of 9 straight games allowing a homer. . . . Jeff Hoffman has allowed one run in each of his last two starts - pitched 7 innings on April 29th vs Sacramento and tossed 5 2/3 innings tonight. Hoffman struck out an Isotope starter season high 10 batters. . . . Isotopes pitching allowed 3 hits, the fewest in a game this season. . . . Game three of the series Sunday afternoon is a Copa de la Diversion contest, Albuquerque's third of the season. The probable for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico is LHP Evan Grills (1-2, 7.36) who is expected to be activated from the Injured List. La Familia de Tacoma is expected to counter with LHP Tommy Milone (2-2, 4.55).

Filed 05/04/2019

May 3, 2019 - Isotopes (16-13)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque 001 200 000 --  3   8  1
Tacoma      000 500 10x --  6  10  1

WP: Jonathon Niese (1-0)
LP: Peter Lambert (1-2)
SV: RJ Alaniz (2)

HR: ABQ Pat Valaika (7) off Niese (3rd inning, S)

    TAC Eric Young Jr. (2) off Lambert (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:01
ATT: 4,490
The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) plated five runs in the 4th inning to take the lead and held that lead for a 6-3 victory over the Isotopes in the series opener in Tacoma on Friday evening.

Pat Valaika solo homered in the 3rd inning and in the 4th inning, Drew Weeks tripled home a run and scored on Dom Nunez's single as the Isotopes led 3-0.

In Tacoma's come from behind 4th inning, Eric Young Jr. solo homered to begin the inning, Joe Curletta doubled home a run, Austin Nola and Orlando Calixte had run-scoring singles and Ian Miller had a sacrifice flyout to give the Rainiers the lead.

The Rainiers plated the final run of the game in the 7th inning on an error.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert (L, 1-2) 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 6.59 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotopes transactions, OF Craig Gentry was released, IF Brian Mundell was activated from the Injury List and IF Elliot Soto was placed on the Injury List. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in nine straight games. . . . Game two of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (1-2, 9.16) for the Isotopes and RHP Christian Bergman (0-2, 6.55) for the Rainiers.

Filed 05/03/2019

May 2, 2019 - Isotopes (16-12)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   301 054 100 --  13  17  1
Albuquerque  101 030 000 --   5  12  0

WP: Steven Okert (2-0)
LP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-1) 

HR: SAC Mike Yastrzemski (4) off C Gonzalez (5th inning, S)
    SAC Mike Yastrzemski (5) off Tinoco (6th inning, S)
    SAC Donovan Solano (2) off Tinoco (6th inning, 2R)
    SAC Zach Green (6) off Tinoco (6th inning, S)

    ABQ Yonathan Daza (3) off Baragar (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:20
ATT: 8,387
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated nine runs over two innings in the middle part of the game and cruised to an easy 13-5 victory over the Isotopes in the series finale on Thursday afternoon at "The Lab".

Sacramento raced to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning on Anthony Garcia's RBI double and a two-run Zach Green single.

Elliot Soto doubled and scored on Josh Fuentes' single in the 1st inning and Yonathan Daza had a solo homer in the 3rd inning as Albuquerque edged to 3-2.

Sacramento started breaking the game wide open with a five-run 5th inning. Mike Yastrzemski solo homered, Donovan Solano had a RBI single, Green doubled home two runs and Ronnie Freeman doubled home one run.

Albuquerque plated their final three runs of the game in the home half of the 5th inning. Peter Mooney, Brendan Rodgers and Sam Hilliard each had run-scoring singles.

The River Cats powered their way to four more runs in the 6th inning as Isotopes pitching allowed three homers in an inning for the first time this season. Yastrzemski had his second solo homer of the game and Solano and Green back-to-back homered with Solano's homer being a two-run homer.

Mike Gerber singled home the final run of the game in the 7th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez (L, 2-1) 5 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, WP, 8.25 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
C Chris Rabago was placed on the Temporary Inactive List and C Hidekel Gonzalez was transferred onto the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise. . . . There have been unconfirmed reports that Isotopes outfielder Craig Gentry is retired, but no official transaction has been posted. Gentry is currently on the Isotopes' Injured List and played in three Isotopes games, going to 7x13 (.538) with a double, an RBI and 3 runs scored before getting injured. . . . The Sacramento River Cats had 12 homers in the series and Isotopes pitching has allowed an opponent homer in 8 straight games. . . . Albuquerque's Yonathan Daza and Sacramento's Zach Green were both a triple shy of hitting for the cycle today. . . . Albuquerque batters struck out a season-high 14 times and the Isotopes tied season highs in hits allowed (17) and homers allowed in a game (4). . . . The Isotopes are 0-3 in games this year that had a start time before noon. . . . Albuquerque and Sacramento split the series 2-2 (Albuquerque's first home series split of the season) and 28,303 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 7,076. . . . The Isotopes begin a 12-game roadtrip on Friday evening with the first four games against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in Albuquerque's second and final trip to Tacoma this season. Probables in the opener are RHP Peter Lambert (1-1, 6.08) for the Isotopes and LHP Jonathon Niese (0-0, 5.40) for the Rainiers.

Filed 05/02/2019

May 1, 2019 - Isotopes (16-11)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   012 010 100 --  5   9  2
Albuquerque  001 030 002 --  6  10  0

WP: DJ Johnson (1-0)
LP: Sam Coonrod (0-3) 

HR: SAC Austin Slater (2) off Howard (5th inning, S)
    SAC Mike Gerber (6) off N. Gonzalez (3rd inning, 2R)
    SAC Henry Ramos (5) off N. Gonzalez (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:36
ATT: 6,904
Mylz Jones capped a two-run bottom of the 9th inning rally with a walkoff double as the Isotopes defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) 6-5 on Wednesday evening at "The Lab".

The River Cats homered their way to a 3-0 lead - Henry Ramos solo homered in the 2nd inning and Mike Gerber added a two-run homer in the 3rd inning.

The Isotopes plated their first run in the home half of the 3rd inning when Roberto Ramos ground-rule doubled to drive in a run.

Austin Slater's solo homered for the River Cats in the 5th inning and Albuquerque tallied for three runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to knot the game at 4-4. Josh Fuentes doubled home two runs and later in the frame, Drew Weeks drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home a run.

Sacramento took a 5-4 lead in the 7th inning on Slater's double and in the deciding bottom of the 9th inning, Brendan Rodgers doubled with one out, Sam Hilliard drew a walk, and both runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Pinch-hitter Elliot Soto singled up the middle to tally Rodgers with the game-tying run and Chris Rabago reached on a fielders choice with Hilliard out at home. Jones followed with a double to right field that brought Soto home with the game-winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Nelson Gonzalez - 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 3 WP, 5.50 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P David Holman was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and P Mitch Horacek was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Albuquerque hitters failed to homer in the game, snapping a streak of 13 straight games with a homer. Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in seven straight games. . . . The 3 hour, 36 minute contest was Albuquerque's longest home 9-inning game of the season. . . . The walkoff was Albuquerque's second walkoff victory of the season. . . . The Isotopes are 5-1 this season when wearing their white jersey tops. . . . Nelson Gonzalez's three wild pitches were the most by an Isotopes pitcher in a game this season. . . . Sacramento's Mike Gerber was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and has homered in all three games in the series. . . . The series (and quick four-game homestand) ends Thursday morning with RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-0, 6.63) expected to take the mound for Albuquerque against River Cats LHP Caleb Baragar (No Record) who will be promoted from the Giants' Single-A San Jose to make the start.

Filed 05/01/2019

April 30, 2019 - Isotopes (15-11)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   200 294 000 --  17  15  1
Albuquerque  040 101 100 --   7   7  1

WP: Sam Selman (1-0)
LP: Ryan Castellani (2-1) 

HR: SAC Mac Williamson (5) off Castellani (1st inning, 2R)
    SAC Mac Williamson (6) off Castellani (4th inning, S)
    SAC Stephen Vogt (4) off Castellani (4th inning, S)
    SAC Mike Gerber (5) off Castellani (6th inning, S)

    ABQ Ryan Castellani (1) off Franco (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (5) off Franco (4th inning, S)
    ABQ	Pat Valaika (6) off Selman (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:18
ATT: 6,358
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated nine runs in the 5th inning to break open a tight game and ran away with a 17-7 victory over the Isotopes on Tuesday evening at "The Lab".

Mac Williamson's two-run homer in the 1st inning gave Sacramento an early lead before Albuquerque took the lead in the 2nd inning. Drew Weeks singled home two runs and scored on Ryan Castellani's two-run homer.

There were several homers in the 4th inning. Williamson and Stephen Vogt solo-homered back-to-back in the top of the 4th inning and Pat Valaika had a solo homer in the bottom half as Albuquerque held their last lead of the game at 5-4.

Sacramento sent 13 batters to the plate in their big 9-run 5th inning. The first run of the inning scored on an error, Mike Gerber two-run homered, Donovan Solano doubled home a pair of runs, Abiatal Avelino and Breyvic Valera singled home runs and Gerber later in the inning had a two-run single.

The River Cats added their final four runs of the game in the 6th inning. Aramis Garcia doubled home a run, Avelino tripled home two runs and scored on a groundout.

Valaika solo homered in the 6th inning and Peter Mooney drew a two-out walk and scored on Josh Fuentes triple after the 7th inning stretch to cap the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani (L, 2-1) 4 IP, 6 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4 HR, 5.32 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In a pair of Isotopes transactions Tuesday, the Rockies optioned P DJ Johnson to Albuquerque and P Justin Lawrence was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to April 29th. . . . Brendan Rodgers went 0x3, snapping a 6-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes have homered in 13 straight games. . . . Pat Valaika has six homers in his seven games as an Isotope this season, including a pair of 2-homer games. . . . Albuquerque allowed the most runs this season (17) and most runs allowed in an inning (9) and tied their largest losing margin of the season (10 runs). . . . Ryan Castellani was the first Isotopes pitcher to hit a homer since Matt Flemer on July 14, 2016 against Memphis and Castellani hit the 13th Isotopes pitcher homer in franchise history. Castellani allowed four homers in the game, tying for the most homers allowed by an Isotopes pitcher this season. . . . With April in the books, the Isotopes went 15-11 (9-5 at home, 6-6 on the road), had a .301 team batting average, a 6.49 team ERA, scored 193 runs, hit 51 homers and had 15 stolen bases. . . . Luis Urias of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Urias hit .429 (12x28) with 6 homers and 11 RBI during the award week of April 22-28. . . . Zac Gallen of the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Gallen won both of his starts with a 1.23 ERA. In 14 2/3 innings pitched, Gallen allowed 2 earned runs, 9 hits, walked 4 and struck out 13. It was Gallen's second PCL Pitcher of the Week award of the season. . . . Game three of the series is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Nelson Gonzalez (1-0, 5.02) for the Isotopes and RHP Yoanys Quiala (0-1, 4.50) for the River Cats. . . .

Filed 04/30/2019

April 29, 2019 - Isotopes (15-10)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   100 000 010 --  2  8  1
Albuquerque  010 200 00x --  3  6  0

WP: Jeff Hoffman (1-2)
LP: Carlos Navas (0-3)
SV: Jairo Diaz (4)

HR: SAC Mike Gerber (4) off Hoffman (1st inning, S)

    ABQ Brendan Rodgers (6) off Okert (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (4) off Navas (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:43
ATT: 6,654
Isotopes starter Jeff Hoffman allowed a run in 7 innings while striking out 7 batters and Brendan Rodgers and Pat Valaika provided the runs as the Isotopes opened their short four-game homestand with a 3-2 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants).

Albuquerque allowed another leadoff homer as Mike Gerber quickly gave the River Cats a 1-0 lead.

Rodgers solo homered in the 2nd inning to tie the game and in the 4th inning, Elliot Soto doubled and trotted home two outs later on Valaika's homer.

Henry Ramos' RBI single in the 8th inning edged the River Cats to 3-2 but that was as close as they would get.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (W, 1-2) 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, HBP, 9.16 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Isotopes pitching has allowed three leadoff homers in their last eight games. . . . Pat Valaika has had four homers in the six games he has played as an Isotope this season and Brendan Rodgers has homered three times in his last four games. . . . Jeff Hoffman had his first quality start of the season and third team quality start. Hoffman's 7 innings tied him for the longest Isotopes starter outing of the season. . . . Josh Fuentes went 0x3 to snap a 8-game hitting streak. Brendan Rodgers has the current Isotopes longest hitting streak as he extended it to 6 games tonight. . . . Mike Gerber's leadoff homer was the Sacramento River Cats' first leadoff homer since Darren Ford hit one on August 9, 2015 when the River Cats were in Fresno. . . . Game two of the series is Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Ryan Castellani (2-0, 2.75) for the Isotopes and RHP Enderson Franco (1-0, 4.96) for the River Cats.

Filed 04/29/2019

April 28, 2019 - Isotopes (14-10)

Smiths Ballpark

Albuquerque  003 040 001 --   8   9  0
Salt Lake    100 233 14x --  14  13  1

WP: Simon Mathews (1-0)
LP: Justin Lawrence (1-1)

HR: ABQ Peter Mooney (1) off Cole (9th inning, S)

    SL Cesar Puello (2) off Lambert (5th inning, 3R)
    SL Matt Thaiss (2) off Lawrence (6th inning, 3R)
    SL Jarrett Parker (1) off Lambert (4th inning, 2R)
    SL Jose Rojas (6) off Howard (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 3,640
Albuquerque led 7-3 in the 5th inning before the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) plated the next 11 runs on their way to handing Albuquerque a 14-8 loss in the series finale in Salt Lake City on Sunday afternoon.

Jose Rojas singled home a run as the Bees took an early 1-0 advantage before Albuquerque took the lead with a three-run 3rd inning. Peter Mooney singled home a run and Brendan Rodgers added a two-run single.

Jarrett Parker's two-run homer in the bottom of the 4th inning tied the game at 3-3 and Albuquerque regained the lead in the top of the 5th inning when Fuentes tripled home two runs and Rodgers doubled home two runs.

Salt Lake edged to a run at 7-6 in their half of the 5th inning on Cesar Puello's three-run homer.

Matt Thaiss three-run homered in the 6th inning to give Salt Lake the lead and Rojas solo homered after the 7th inning stretch. Salt Lake added four more runs in the 8th inning to lead 14-7. Rojas and Puello drove in a run each with singles and Wilfredo Tovar had a two-run single.

Mooney's solo homer in the 9th inning closed out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert - 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, WP, 6.08 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies acquired P James Pazos in a trade with the Phillies and assigned him to Albuquerque today. P David Holman was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Albuquerque has had a homer in 11 straight games. . . . The Isotopes are 1-5 in games when they allow double-digit runs. . . . Sam Hilliard went 0x2 with a pair of walks to snap an eight-game hitting streak. . . . Josh Fuentes was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Isotopes pitching allowed four homers in a game, tying their season-worst mark. . . . The Isotopes took three out of the five games in the series to win their first road series of the season. 18,412 attended at Smith's Ballpark for a per gate average of 4,603. . . . The Isotopes open up a four-game series against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) starting Monday evening. Probables in the opener are RHP Jeff Hoffman (0-2, 13.89) for the Isotopes and LHP Ty Blach (1-0, 4.34) for the River Cats.

Filed 04/28/2019

April 27, 2019 - DH2 - Isotopes (14-9)

Smiths Ballpark

Albuquerque  621 100 13 --  14  15  1
Salt Lake    044 010 21 --  12  17  0

WP: Jesus Tinoco (3-0)
LP: Jake Jewell (0-1)
SV: Yency Almonte (2)

HR: ABQ Yonathan Daza (2) off Mahle (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Drew Weeks (3) off Mahle (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Drew Weeks (4) off Mahle (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Brendan Rodgers (5) off Del Rosario (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Chris Rabago (2) off Jewell (8th inning, 3R)

    SL Jose Briceno (4) off Holman (3rd inning, S)
    SL Wilfredo Tovar (1) off Holman (3rd inning, 3R)
    SL Taylor Ward (3) off Tinoco (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:15
ATT: 8,086
In a Copa de la Diversion contest played in Salt Lake, Chris Rabago's homer in the 8th inning provided the game-winning runs as the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico (Isotopes) swept a doubleheader for the first time in over two seasons with an extra-inning 14-12 slugfest victory over the Abejas de Salt Lake (Bees) (AAA Angels) in the nightcap of a doubleheader in Salt Lake City.

Albuquerque got off to a great start with a 6-run 1st inning. Yonathan Daza led off with a triple and scored an out later on Josh Fuentes' single. Brendan Rodgers singled and both scored on Pat Valaika's double. Sam Hilliard singled, Valaika scored on Chris Rabago's ground out and Drew Weeks two-run homered.

The Mariachis added two more runs in the 2nd inning. Daza solo homered, Rodgers doubled and scored on Valaika's single.

The Abejas got on the scoreboard with four runs in their half of the 2nd inning when Jose Briceno and Ty Kelly each doubled home runs and Brennon Lund and Matt Thaiss added RBI singles.

Weeks homered in the top of the 3rd inning and Salt Lake powered their way to four more runs with back-to-back homers to trail 9-8. Wilfredo Tovar had a three-run homer and Briceno followed with a solo homer.

Rodgers solo homered in the 4th inning and the Abejas got that run back in the 5th inning when Jose Rojas singled home a run.

Albuquerque extended the lead to 11-9 in the scheduled last inning of the doubleheader. Weeks doubled and scored on Daza's single.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Taylor Ward two-run homered with one out that knotted the game at 11-11 and sent the game to extra innings.

Fuentes was the runner at second base per the minor-league extra inning rule to begin the 8th inning. Rodgers drew a walk and two outs later, Rabago homered to left field.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Rojas started the inning at second base and scored on Cesar Puello's double and Salt Lake was not able to tally any more runs to extend the game.

Mariachis Starter Line: David Holman - 2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HR, WP, HBP, 11.74 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotopes transactions, P Evan Grills and IF Brian Mundell were each placed on the Injured List and IF Mylz Jones was transferred from Class-AA Hartford to Albuquerque. . . . The Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico played their first Copa de la Diversion road contest of the season tonight. The Mariachis are 2-0 in Copa contests this year and are 6-1 all-time with a three-game winning streak and are 2-0 in Copa road contests. The Mariachis have 10 more Copa contests this season including four more home games at The Plaza. . . . Drew Weeks' 3rd inning homer was an inside-the-park homer, the first Isotope inside-the-park homer since Derrick Gibson on May 7, 2018 against El Paso. . . . Albuquerque swept a doubleheader for the first time since August 9, 2016 against Las Vegas. . . . Yonathan Daza was a double shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Brendan Rodgers, who homered in both games of the doubleheader, was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Sam Hilliard has a 8-game hitting streak. . . . Both clubs combined for 8 homers, a season high for games involving Albuquerque. . . . The Isotopes and Bees play the final game of their five game series on Sunday afternoon.

Filed 04/27/2019

April 27, 2019 - DH1 - Isotopes (13-9)

Smiths Ballpark

Albuquerque  001 160 2 --  10  14  0
Salt Lake    016 000 0 --   7  11  0

WP: Mitch Horacek (1-1)
LP: Luis Pena (1-1)
SV: Jairo Diaz (3)

HR: ABQ Brendan Rodgers (4) off Tropeano (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (8) off Pena (5th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (3) off Pena (7th inning, S)

    SL Jose Rojas (5) off C. Gonzalez (3rd inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:41
In the opener of a doubleheader, the Isotopes overcame a six-run defecit, aided by a six-run 5th inning, and claimed a 10-7 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake's Ty Kelly knocked in the first run of the game in the 2nd inning and Albuquerque tied the game in the top of the 3rd inning on Peter Mooney's single.

Salt Lake plated six runs in their half of the 3rd inning to lead 7-1. Jose Rojas had a three-run homer, Wilfredo Tovar tripled home two runs and scored on Kelly's single.

Brendan Rodgers solo homered in the 4th inning and Albuquerque added six more runs in the 5th inning to take a 8-7 lead. Josh Fuentes singled home a run, Roberto Ramos had a sacrifice flyout, Sam Hilliard three-run homered and Yonathan Daza had an RBI single.

The Isotopes added insurance runs in the 7th inning on Pat Valaika's solo homer and Daza's sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez - 2.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, WP, HBP, 6.63 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Isotopes hitting coach Tim Doherty was ejected by Home Plate umpire Cody Oakes in the 2nd inning. . . . Sam Hilliard extended his hitting streak to 7 games and has homered in six of his last seven contests.

Filed 04/27/2019

April 26, 2019 - Isotopes at Bees, Ppd., Wet Grounds

Friday evening's contest in Salt Lake City between the Isotopes and Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) was postponed due to wet grounds. The game will be made up as a doubleheader of two 7-inning games on Saturday starting at 4:35 PM Mountain Time.

It was Albuquerque's second postponed game of the season. The Isotopes have announced probables in the doubleheader are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-0, 3.78) in Game 1 and RHP Peter Lambert (1-1, 4.82) in Game 2. The Bees did not name any probables.

Filed 04/26/2019

April 25, 2019 - Isotopes (12-9)

Smiths Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 211 201 --  7  15  0 
Salt Lake    101 010 122 --  8   9  2

WP: Taylor Cole (1-0)
LP: Yency Almonte (0-2) 

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (7) off Peters (4th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Chris Rabago (1) off Custred (5th inning, S)

    SL Brennon Lund (2) off Castellani (1st inning, S)
    SL Dustin Garneau (2) off Lawrence (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:47
ATT: 3,300
Just one day after the Isotopes defeated the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) by plating two runs in their last at-bats, the Bees returned the favor and walked off the Isotopes 8-7 on Thursday evening in Salt Lake City.

The Bees plated the first two runs of the game - Brennon Lund had a leadoff homer and Matt Thaiss singled home a run in the 3rd inning.

Brendan Rodgers tripled with one out and scored on Sam Hilliard's homer in the 4th inning as the Isotopes knotted the game at 2-2 with one swing of the bat.

Chris Rabago solo homered in the 5th inning to give the Isotopes the lead and Salt Lake matched that in the home half of the frame with Taylor Ward's RBI double.

Albuquerque scored a run on a wild pitch in the 6th inning and added two more runs in the 7th inning to lead 6-3. Rodgers singled home a run and Hilliard doubled home a run.

A groundout brought home a Bees run after the 7th inning stretch and former-Isotope Dustin Garneau two-run homered in the 8th inning to knot the game at 6-6.

Drew Weeks drew a bases-loaded walk in the 9th inning to give the Isotopes a 7-6 lead but in the bottom half of the inning, Wilfredo Tovar had a two-out two-run single to give the Bees the walkoff victory.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani - 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, HBP, 2.75 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Two Isotopes were just a hit shy of hitting for the cycle -- Brendan Rodgers (homer) and Sam Hilliard (triple). . . . Yency Almonte had his second straight blown save and the Isotopes lost both games in their opponents last at-bats in both of those contests. . . . It was Albuquerque's first walkoff loss of the season. . . . Yonathan Daza went hitless to snap a 6-game hitting streak while Sam Hilliard extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed leadoff homers in two of the last three games. . . . The Isotopes announced that on Friday, berm seating will go on sale for the May 18th Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico game, the second of five Mariachis home games in 2019. Strong ticket sales demand caused the club to put berm seating on sale much earlier than those tickets are normally sold. . . . Game three of the series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-0, 3.78) for the Isotopes and RHP Parker Bridwell (0-1, 10.38) for the Bees.

Filed 04/25/2019

April 24, 2019 - Isotopes (12-8)

Smiths Ballpark

Albuquerque  001 000 202 --  5   8  1
Salt Lake    100 300 000 --  4  12  0

WP: Jesus Tinoco (2-0)
LP: Jeremy Rhoades (1-1)
SV: Jairo Diaz (2)

HR: ABQ Pat Valaika (1) off Snow (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (2) off Snow (7th inning, 2R)

TIME: 2:50
ATT: 3,386
After a brief delay to start the game, Pat Valaika homered twice for the Isotopes and Sam Hilliard knocked in the game-winning runs in the 9th inning as Albuquerque started their five game roadtrip with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Wednesday evening.

Salt Lake's Jared Walsh singled home a run in the 1st inning and the Isotopes knotted the game at 1-1 in the 3rd inning when Valaika, recently sent down from the Rockies, his his first homer of the evening.

Salt Lake regained the lead at 4-1 in the 4th inning. Wilfredo Tovar and Luis Rengifo each singled home a runs and a run scored on a throwing error.

Albuquerque edged to 4-3 in the 7th inning when Brendan Rodgers doubled with one out and scored an out later on Valaika's second homer of the game.

Josh Fuentes led off the 9th inning with a single, Roberto Ramos drew a walk and an out later, Hilliard doubled them both home with the game-tying and go-ahead runs. Jairo Diaz entered in relief for the Isotopes in the bottom half of the frame and after giving up a leadoff single, retired the next three Bees batters to get the save.

Isotopes Starter Line: Evan Grills - 5 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 7.36 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
There were transactions on the Isotopes' off day Tuesday and more today. The Rockies recalled P Jeff Hoffman, he made the start Tuesday evening for the Rockies, and then he was optioned back to Albuquerque. The Rockies optioned IF Pat Valaika to Albuquerque and IF Daniel Murphy was recalled from his MLB Rehabilitaton Assignment. . . . The start of the game was delayed 28 minutes by a pre-game rain shower threat. . . . The Isotopes have won three games this season in which the game winning runs were scored in their last at-bat. . . . Sam Hilliard did not homer in the game, snapping his streak of four straight games with a homer. While Hilliard did not homer, he did extend his hitting streak to 5 games. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . The Isotopes have homered in four straight games. . . . Albuquerque allowed a season-worst four stolen bases in the game. . . . Game two of the series is Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Ryan Castellani (2-0, 1.72) for the Isotopes and LHP Dillon Peters (0-0, 0.00) for the Bees.

Filed 04/24/2019

April 22, 2019 - Isotopes (11-8)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma        110 000 015 --  8  6  0      
Albuquerque   001 000 320 --  6  6  1

WP: David McKay (2-0)
LP: Yency Almonte (0-1)
SV: Parker Markel (1)

HR: TAC Braden Bishop (1) off Gonzalez (1st inning, S)
    TAC Shed Long (2) off Gonzalez (2nd inning, S)

    ABQ Yonathan Daza (1) off Sheffield (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Brian Mundell (2) off Rumbelow (7th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (6) off McKay (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:55
ATT: 4,979
The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) plated five runs in the 9th inning to come from behind to defeat the Isotopes 8-6 on Monday afternoon at "The Lab". Tacoma was able to avoid being swept in the series with the victory while Albuquerque snapped a four-game winning streak.

Tacoma powered their way to an early 2-0 lead with a game leadoff homer from Braden Bishop and a solo homer from Shed Long in the 2nd inning.

Yonathan Daza had a solo homer in the 3rd inning and Albuquerque plated three more runs after the 7th inning stretch to take the lead. Brendan Rodgers drew a leadoff walk and scored on Brian Mundell's homer. Daza doubled home a run later in the inning.

Each team plated runs in the 8th inning. Eric Young Jr. had a sacrifice flyout for Tacoma and in the home half, Josh Fuentes singled and scored on Roberto Ramos' homer as Albuquerque led 6-3.

Yency Almonte entered the game for Albuquerque looking for the save and was not able to secure the victory. Kristopher Negron had a two-run double, a run scored on an error to tie the game, and go-ahead and insurance runs scored on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Isotopes Starter Line: Nelson Gonzalez - 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 5.56 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Daniel Murphy: 0x4 (.154), 1 BB, 1 K

In the third and what may be Murphy's final MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing, Murphy was the DH and lined out to center in the 1st inning, walked in the 3rd inning, lined out to center in the 6th inning, struck out swinging in the 7th inning and popped out to shortstop to end the game.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes had their second loss of the season in which they led at the 7th inning stretch and it was the first loss of the season in which their opponents scored the game-winning runs in their last at-bat. . . . Elliot Soto went hitless to snap an eight game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes took the series 3-1 and 26,189 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 6,547. Albuquerque went 4-3 during the just-completed seven game homestand. . . . Tacoma Rainiers pitcher Nick Rumbelow was ejected by Home Plate umpire Bryan Fields in the 7th inning. . . . Ty France of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. France hit .571 (16x28) with 7 homers and 17 RBI during the April 15-21st award week. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week is Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) hurler Austin Gomber. Gomber won his only start of the week, tossing a complete game shutout in a 7-inning doubleheader game. It was the first shutout and first complete game in the PCL this season. . . . The PCL has the day off Tuesday and then the Isotopes head to Salt Lake City for a five game series against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Probables in the opener are LHP Evan Grills (1-2, 8.10) for the Isotopes and RHP Forrest Snow (0-2, 8.03) for the Bees.

Filed 04/22/2019

April 21, 2019 - Isotopes (11-7)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       100 001 000 --   2   8  0         
Albuquerque  707 400 05x --  23  21  0

WP: Peter Lambert (1-1)
LP: Tyler Danish (0-4) 

HR: TAC Joey Curletta (4) off Lawrence (6th inning, S)

    ABQ Drew Weeks (2) off Danish (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (5) off Murfee (8th inning, GS)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (6) off Danish (1st inning, 3R)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (3) off Danish (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (4) off Danish (3rd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (5) off Murfee (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:06
ATT: 4,631
In a game that added ink in the Isotopes franchise record book for several new or tied records, Dom Nunez homered three times as part of a six homer barrage and Albuquerque tied franchise bests in runs scored and winning margin as they embarrassed the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 23-2 on Easter Sunday afternoon at "The Lab". Albuquerque has won four straight games.

Tacoma had their only lead of the game in the top of the 1st inning when Shed Long had a two-out RBI single.

Albuquerque blasted their way to a 7-1 lead by the end of the 1st inning. Yonathan Daza led off with a single, Daniel Murphy singled and Josh Fuentes had a sacrifice flyout. Roberto Ramos doubled and Sam Hilliard followed with a three-run homer. Peter Mooney doubled and scored on Nunez's two-run homer. An out later, Drew Weeks solo homered.

The Isotopes had another 7-run inning in the 3rd inning. Nunez three-run homered, Fuentes had a two-run double and Roberto Ramos added a two-run single.

Daza doubled home two runs and Ramos had a two-run ground-rule double in the 4th inning to extend the Isotope lead to 18-1.

Joey Curletta's solo homer provided Tacoma's final run in the 6th inning and Albuquerque added their final five runs in the bottom of the 8th inning when Nunez had a solo homer and Ramos hit a grand-slam homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, WP, 4.82 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Daniel Murphy: 1x4 (.222), 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Murphy played the whole game at first base in his second MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and singled and scored on a homer in the 1st inning, flew out to center in the 2nd inning, walked and scored on a single in the 3rd inning, struck out swinging in the 4th inning, grounded out to shortstop in the 6th inning, and walked and scored on a grand-slam homer in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes are 5-5 all-time in games played on Easter. . . . Albuquerque hit for the cycle in homers today with a solo, two-run, three-run and grand slam homer. Dom Nunez was a grand slam homer shy of hitting for the homer cycle just by himself. Roberto Ramos' grand-slam homer was the first Isotope grand-slam homer of the season. . . . Sam Hilliard has homered in his last four games. . . . Elliot Soto has an eight-game hitting streak. . . . Dom Nunez was the first Isotope with three homers in a game since Prentice Redman (04/18/2010 vs Omaha) and Nunez was the second Isotope this year with more than 10 total bases in a game (12). . . . Among the records tied or set today -- tied for most runs in a game (23), winning run margin (21) and possibly tied the franchise record for most team total bases in a game (46). Dom Nunez' three homers and Roberto Ramos' 8 RBI tie individual franchise records and the 13 team extra-base hits is a new franchise record. While not a franchise record, Albuquerque had a season-best with 21 hits. . . . The Isotopes are 4-0 when wearing their white uniforms this season. . . . The series concludes Monday morning with a 11:05 AM start. Probables in what also happens to be the final game of the homestand are RHP Jeff Hoffman (0-2, 13.89) for the Isotopes and LHP Justus Sheffield (0-1, 4.11) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/21/2019

April 20, 2019 - Isotopes (10-7)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       000 013 000 --   4  14  3
Albuquerque  401 150 10x --  12  17  3

WP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-0)
LP: Tommy Milone (1-1)

    ABQ Josh Fuentes (2) off Milone (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (5) off Milone (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:55
ATT: 10,100
The Isotopes scored the first six runs of the game and was able to cruise to a 12-4 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in front of a great crowd on a Saturday evening at "The Lab".

Albuquerque built a solid 4-0 lead in the 1st inning. Daniel Murphy doubled with one out and scored on Josh Fuentes' homer. Later in the inning, two runs scored on a throwing error.

Sam Hilliard solo homered in the 3rd inning and Yonathan Daza singled home a run in the 4th inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 6-0.

Tim Lopes' double in the 5th inning was Tacoma's first run of the game and the Isotopes erupted for five more runs in the home half of the frame. Brian Mundell singled home a run, Chris Rabago had a two-run single, Daza tripled home a run, and a run scored on an throwing error.

Two different Josh Fuentes throwing errors led to two runs scoring and Lopes doubled home a run in the 6th inning for Tacoma's final runs of the game and the Isotopes capped the scoring in the 7th inning on back-to-back two-out doubles from Rabago and Daza.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez (W, 2-0) 5.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 3.78 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Daniel Murphy: 1x5 (.200), 1 R, 1 K

Murphy made his first MLB Rehabilitation Assignment appearance tonight and doubled and scored on a homer in the 1st inning, flew out to center in the 2nd inning, flew out into a double play in the 4th inning, grounded out to second base in the 5th inning, struck out in the 7th inning and was replaced in the field at first base in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotopes transactions, the Rockies sent IF Daniel Murphy to Albuquerque on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment. OF Craig Gentry was placed on the Injury List and P Chi Chi Gonzalez was removed from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . The crowd of 10,100 was Albuquerque's largest crowd of the young season. . . . Sam Hilliard has had a homer in each of the last three days. . . . Elliot Soto extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . It was a rough night in the field for Josh Fuentes. Fuentes committed three errors, possibly tying the Isotopes franchise record for most errors in a game. . . . Chi Chi Gonzalez tossed 102 pitches, the first Isotopes starter this season to exceed 100 pitches. . . . Albuquerque had season-highs in four double plays turned and three straight games without allowing an opponent homer. . . . Every game played between the Isotopes and Rainiers has not been close. Of the six games played this season so far, none of the games were decided by less than 6 runs. . . . The final two games of the series are day contests. Sunday afternoon's third game of the series probables are RHP Peter Lambert (0-1, 5.93) for the Isotopes and RHP Tyler Danish (0-3, 15.09) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/20/2019

April 19, 2019 - Isotopes (9-7)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma        000 000 000 --  0   7  1       
Albuquerque   023 001 00x --  6  13  1

WP: Ryan Castellani (2-0)
LP: Christian Bergman (0-1) 

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (4) off Bergman (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Brendan Rodgers (3) off Bergman (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:50
ATT: 6,479
Ryan Castellani was splendid for Albuquerque, tossing six innings of scoreless ball while fanning 8 batters and Castellani combined wtih Sam Howard and Jesus Tinoco on Albuquerque's first shutout of the season in a 6-0 series opening victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners).

Sam Hilliard solo homered and consecutive singles from Craig Gentry, Brian Mundell and Dom Nunez brought home another run as Albuquerque led 2-0 after 2 innings of play.

In the 3rd inning, Brendan Rodgers two-run homered and Gentry doubled home a run to extend the Isotopes lead to 5-0.

Yonathan Daza's sacrifice flyout brought home the final Isotope run in the 6th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 1.72 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Ryan Metzler and IF Mylz Jones were both transferred to Class-AA Hartford in today's Isotopes transactions. . . . Ryan Castellani had Albuquerque's second quality start of the season tonight and is the first Isotopes pitcher with two winning decisions this season. . . . Albuquerque, in their fifth series of the season, won a series opener for the first time this season. . . . Game two of the series is Saturday evening. Albuquerque has yet to name a probable, while Tacoma's probable is LHP Tommy Milone (1-0, 3.94).

Filed 04/19/2019

April 18, 2019 - DH2 - Isotopes (8-7)

Isotopes Park

Reno         200 000 0 --  2  4  1
Albuquerque  200 200 x --  4  5  2

WP: Justin Lawrence (1-0)
LP: Vinny Nittoli (0-2)
SV: Jairo Diaz (1)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (3) off Nittoli (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 1:58
ATT: 7,275
In a makeup game from Wednesday's postponed contest, Sam Hilliard's homer provided the game winning runs as the Isotopes earned a split of the doubleheader with a 4-2 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks).

Yasmany Tomas' two-out, two-run double in the 1st inning gave the Aces the lead and Albuquerque knotted the game in their half of the frame. Elliot Soto led off with a single, went to third base on Peter Mooney's double and scored on Brendan Rodgers' sacrifice flyout. An out later, Brian Mundell singled Mooney home.

Albuquerque scored the go-ahead runs in the 4th inning. Mundell had a one-out double and scored on Hilliard's homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holman - 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, WP, 9.90 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned IF Josh Fuentes and OF Yonathan Daza to Albuquerque after they activated former-Isotopes David Dahl and Ryan McMahon from the MLB Injury List. . . . Today was the first Isotopes doubleheader since June 23, 2018 in Fresno (a scheduled doubleheader) and first doubleheader played at Isotopes Park since August 30, 2017 against Reno. . . . Elliot Soto has a six-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes are 4-0 in the second game of a series this season and 4-0 in games when the opponents scored 3 runs or less. . . . Reno took two out of the three games in the series and 13,971 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-gate average of 6,986. . . . The Isotopes conclude the homestand with a four game series against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) starting Friday evening. Probables in the opener are RHP Ryan Castellani (1-0, 2.79) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/18/2019

April 18, 2019 - DH1 - Isotopes (7-7)

Isotopes Park

Reno         230 010 0 --  6  10  0
Albuquerque  010 200 0 --  3   4  0

WP: Robby Scott (2-0)
LP: Evan Grills (1-2)
SV: Jimmie Sherfy (3)

HR: RENO Kevin Cron (5) off Grills (1st inning, 2R)

    ABQ Drew Weeks (1) off Scott (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:23 
In the opener of a doubleheader, the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) built a 5-0 early lead and Albuquerque was unable to overcome that in a 6-3 loss.

Kevin Cron two-run homered in the 1st inning and in the 2nd inning, Alberto Rosario singled home a run, Kelby Tomlinson tripled home a run and later scored on Abraham Almonte's sacrifice flyout as the Aces led 5-0.

A wild pitch brought home Albuquerque's first run of the game without the benefit of a hit in the 2nd inning and in the 4th inning, Dom Nunez drew a one-out walk and scored on Drew Weeks' homer as the Isotopes trailed 5-3.

Reno plated the final run of the game in the 5th inning during Yasmany Tomas' grounding into a double play.

Isotopes Starter Line: Evan Grills (L, 1-2) 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, WP, HBP, 8.10 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes were no hit for 3 1/3 innings until Drew Weeks' homer provided the first of four Isotope hits in the game. . . . Brian Mundell went 0x3, snapping a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Reno's victory was their franchise's 750th victory.

Filed 04/18/2019

April 17, 2019 - Aces at Isotopes, Ppd., Inclement Weather

The middle game of the series between the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) and Isotopes was officially postponed due to inclement weather. There was a mid-afternoon rain and hail storm combined with cool temperatures and the field was not able to be drained and prepared to be safe to play on. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday to conclude the three game series. Each game is scheduled to be 7 innings and the first pitch of game one will be 4:35 PM. Neither club named starting probables for the games.

Tonight's promotion was 50 cent hot dog night. All the hot dogs that were prepared for the promotion were donated to The Good Shepherd Center.

Fans with tickets to tonight's game can exchange it for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any future 2019 Isotopes home game, excluding July 4th.

Filed 04/17/2019

April 16, 2019 - Isotopes (7-6)

Isotopes Park

Reno         500 500 000 --  10  12  0
Albuquerque  000 010 000 --   1   7  1

WP: Justin Donatella (1-0)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (0-2)

HR: RENO Domingo Leyba (1) off Hoffman (1st inning, 2R)
    RENO Travis Snider (1) off Hoffman (1st inning, 2R)
    RENO Travis Snider (2) off Hoffman (4th inning, 2R)
    RENO Kevin Cron (4) off Hoffman (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:52
ATT: 6,696
Jeff Hoffman turned in the worst Isotope start of the season, allowing 10 runs and four homers in four innings of work as the Isotopes dropped their homestand opener to the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 10-1.

The Isotopes were down 5-0 before their first at-bat of the homestand. Juniel Querecuto singled to lead off the game and scored on Domingo Leyba's homer. Kevin Cron doubled and scored on Yasmany Tomas' single and Travis Snider followed with a two-run homer as it took only the first five batters of the game to plate the five runs.

The Aces added their final five runs of the game in the 4th inning. Leyba singled home a run and Cron and Snider each had two-run homers.

The Isotopes avoided being shut out for the second game in a row when a run scored while Chris Rabago was grounding into a double play.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4 HR, HBP, 13.89 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
After eight transactions on Monday, the Isotopes had three more transactions on Tuesday. The Rockies recalled OF Yonathan Daza after Noel Cuevas went on the Rockies Injured List after straining his left quad in his first game with the Rockies since his callup yesterday. C Hidekel Gonzalez was sent to Class-A Boise and IF Mylz Jones was transferred from Class-AA Hartford. . . . Brian Mundell has hit in seven straight games. . . . The Isotopes loss snapped a four-game home winning streak. . . . Albuquerque is 0-4 in series openers this season and 0-4 when allowing 10 or more runs. . . . Mark Payton of the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Payton went 17x45 (.378) for the award week (April 4-14) with 4 homers and 14 RBI. . . . New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) hurler Zac Gallen is the first PCL Pitcher of the Week. Gallen made two starts and went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA. In 13 innings of work, Gallen allowed an earned run, 3 hits, walked none and struck out 19. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Evan Grills (1-1, 6.48) for the Isotopes and RHP Jon Duplantier (0-0, 0.00) for the Aces. It is the first 50 cent hot dog night of the season.

Filed 04/16/2019

April 15, 2019 - Isotopes (7-5)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --   0   6  1
Tacoma       000 043 30x --  10  12  0

WP: Tommy Milone (1-0)
LP: Peter Lambert (0-1) 

HR: TAC Joey Curletta (2) off Lambert (5th inning, 3R)
    TAC Ian Miller (1) off Holman (7th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:38
ATT: 2,418
Getaway day was not kind to the Isotopes as they were shut out for the first time this season, falling 10-0 to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Monday afternoon in Tacoma.

A groundout and Joey Curletta's three-run homer brought home the first four Rainiers runs of the game in the 4th inning.

Ian Miller had a two-run triple and scored on Shed Long's single in the 6th inning and Miller added a three-run homer in the 7th inning to cap the scoring.

The Isotopes only managed to get three runners to third base in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, WP, BALK, 5.93 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
There were a crazy number transactions involving the Isotopes -- eight -- on Monday. The Rockies recalled P Antonio Senzatela from his MLB Rehabilitation Assignment, recalled OF Noel Cuevas from Albuquerque, purchased the contract of C Drew Butera from Albuquerque, and optioned OF Yonathan Daza and P Yency Almonte to Albuquerque. C Chris Rabago was transferred from Class-AA Hartford and C Hidekel Gonzalez was transferred from Class-A Boise. Finally, P Chi Chi Gonzalez was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Brian Mundell extended his hitting streak to 6 games today. . . . The Isotopes are 0-3 this season when allowing 10 or more runs. . . . Albuquerque and Tacoma split the series 2-2 and 13,170 attended at Cheney Stadium for a per-game average of 3,293. Albuquerque went 3-4 on their first road trip of the season. . . . The Isotopes return home for a seven game homestand starting Tuesday evening. The first three games are against the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). Probables in the opener are RHP Jeff Hoffman 0-1, 9.39) for the Isotopes and RHP Justin Donatella (0-0, 3.86) for the Aces.

Filed 04/15/2019

April 14, 2019 - Isotopes (7-4)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  000 000 34(10) --  17  14  2
Tacoma       020 150 001    --   9  13  0

WP: Jairo Diaz (1-0)
LP: Tayler Scott (1-1)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (4) off Rumbelow (8th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Noel Cuevas (4) off Negron (9th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Brian Mundell (1) off Scott (9th inning, 3R)

    TAC Tim Lopes (1) off Horacek (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:53
ATT: 3,368
In a game more like what would have been played between the Albuquerque Dukes and Tacoma Tigers in the old fashioned PCL than the Albuquerque Isotopes and Tacoma Rainiers, the Rainiers led 8-0 after five innings of play and the Isotopes erupted for all 17 runs over the final three frames, including a 10-run 9th inning to claim a 17-9 come from behind slugfest victory. The Isotopes have won two straight games.

The Rainiers scored the first two runs of the game in the 2nd inning on a fielder's choice and Kristopher Negron's sacrifice flyout.

Tito Polo singled home a run in the 4th inning and in the 5th inning, Shed Long singled home a run, Austin Nola doubled home two runs and Tim Lopes added a two-run homer to build the Tacoma lead to 8-0.

Albuquerque began the comeback in the 7th inning. A wild pitch with the bases loaded brought home a run, Elliot Soto drew a walk after the bags were reloaded to tally a run and Peter Mooney's groundout brought home the third run of the inning.

Albuquerque added four more runs in the 8th inning. Brendan Rodgers drew a leadoff walk, Roberto Ramos two-run homered, Noel Cuevas singled and scored on Brian Mundell's triple and Drew Weeks followed with a sacrifice flyout as the Isotopes trailed 8-7.

Albuquerque sent 13 batters to the plate in the 9th inning to score their 10 runs to complete the comeback. Ramos and Cuevas each drew one-out walks and scored on Mundell's homer. An out later, Soto singled, Mooney walked and Sam Hilliard doubled them both home. Rodgers walked ahead of Ramos' two-run single and Cuevas followed with a three-run homer.

Negron's sacrifice flyout brought home the final Rainiers run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez - 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 2.45 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Brian Mundell's homer was his first Triple-A homer and Mundell has a hit in five straight games. . . . Albuquerque is a perfect 3-0 when scoring 10 or more runs and 3-0 in day games this season. . . . The Isotopes had season-bests for highest scoring game (17 runs), most combined runs in a game (26), most combined hits in a game (27) and longest 9-inning game (3 hours, 53 minutes). The 10 runs scored in the 9th inning was one run short of the franchise record for most runs scored in an inning. . . . Tacoma position player Kristopher Negron pitched the Rainiers final 1/3 of an inning and gave up 2 hits, 2 runs (both earned), walked none, struck out none and allowed a homer. . . . The series finale is Monday afternoon. Probables are RHP Peter Lambert (0-0, 5.19) for the Isotopes and LHP Tommy Milone (0-0, 7.00) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/14/2019

April 13, 2019 - Isotopes (6-4)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  304 002 020 --  11  15  1
Tacoma       000 100 010 --   2   8  2

WP: Ryan Castellani (1-0)
LP: Nabil Crismatt (0-1)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (2) off Crismatt (3rd inning, 3R)

    TAC Jose Lobaton (3) off Castellani (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:38
ATT: 3,443
The middle three batters in the Isotopes lineup - Roberto Ramos, Noel Cuevas and Sam Hilliard, combined to go 7x15 with 8 RBI and Isotopes starter Ryan Castellani allowed a run in 5 2/3 innings as the Isotopes snapped their two-game losing streak with a 11-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in Tacoma on Saturday evening.

The Isotopes raced to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Peter Mooney doubled to lead off the game, Craig Gentry singled and stole second base, Brendan Rodgers walked to load the bases and Ramos had a two-run single. Cuevas' fielders choice brought home Rodgers.

In the 3rd inning, Ramos walked, Cuevas singled and Hilliard followed with a three-run homer. Mooney's RBI single later in the inning made it 7-0 Isotopes.

Tacoma's Jose Lobaton solo homered in the 4th inning to end the shutout.

Cuevas singled home a run and another run scored on a groundout in the 6th inning and Albuquerque capped their scoring with two more runs in the 8th inning on Ryan Metzler's two-run single.

Kristopher Negron drew a bases-loaded walk in the 8th inning to tack on Tacoma's final run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani (W, 1-0) 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 2.79 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The start of the game was delayed 35 minutes due to a pregame rain shower. . . . The Isotopes had 4 stolen bases in the game, the first game with a steal this season. Noel Cuevas had two of those four steals. . . . Albuquerque turned a season-best three double plays in the game. . . . The series continues Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-0, 1.29) for the Isotopes and the Rainiers have yet to name a probable.

Filed 04/13/2019

April 12, 2019 - Isotopes (5-4)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  000 200 010 --   3   8  0
Tacoma       030 040 30x --  10  13  2

WP: Tayler Scott (1-0)
LP: Evan Grills (1-1)
	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 3,941
Isotopes starter Evan Grills allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings and the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) plated seven unanswered runs during a tight game moment to rout the Isotopes 10-3 in the series opener in Tacoma on Friday evening.

Tacoma was first on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning when Austin Nola singled home a run and Ian Miller added a two-run double.

Albuquerque would get the closest to the Rainiers in the 4th inning when they had two-out run-scoring singles from Elliot Soto and Ryan Metzler.

Nola's bases-loaded walk and Tim Lopes' two-run single highlighted a four-run 5th inning as Tacoma started to pull away and Shed Long's RBI triple, Nola's RBI double and Tito Polo's RBI single in the 7th inning made it 10-2.

Brendan Rodgers scored on Roberto Ramos' sacrifice flyout in the 8th inning to cap the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Evan Grills (L, 0-1) 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, WP, 6.48 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies signed free agent OF Craig Gentry to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. Gentry made his Isotopes debut tonight and went 2x5 with a strikeout. IF Mylz Jones was transferred to Class-AA Hartford to make roster room for Gentry. . . . Albuquerque has yet to steal a base this season. . . . Sam Hilliard was ejected by Home Plate umpire Lee Meyers in the 9th inning after being called out on strikes. It was the first Isotope ejection of the season. . . . Albuquerque is winless in series openers this season (0-3) and is 0-2 when allowing 10 or more runs. . . . Game two of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Ryan Castellani (0-0, 4.50) for the Isotopes and RHP Nabil Crismatt (0-0, 6.35) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/12/2019

April 11, 2019 - Isotopes (5-3)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  020 020 101 --  6  9  1
Reno         003 100 30x --  7  8  4

WP: Alex Young (1-0)
LP: Mitch Horacek (0-1)
SV: Jimmie Sherfy (2)

HR: ABQ Noel Cuevas (3) off Donatella (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Brendan Rodgers (2) off Donatella (5th inning, S)

    RENO Cody Decker (1) off Hoffman (4th inning, S)
    RENO Kevin Cron (2) off Horacek (7th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:02
ATT: 2,866
Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) slugger Kevin Cron's three-run 7th inning homer gave the Aces the lead and the Isotopes 9th inning rally fell short with the game tying run stranded at third base as Albuquerque dropped a 7-6 game to the Aces in the series finale in Reno on Thursday evening.

Albuquerque had the first of their two leads in the game in the 2nd inning when Elliot Soto drew a bases-loaded walk and an out later, Peter Mooney reached on a fielding error with a run scoring.

With two outs in the 3rd inning, Wyatt Mathisen had a two-run double and scored on Cron's double to give the Aces the 3-2 lead.

Cody Decker solo homered in the 4th inning to extend Reno's lead to 4-2.

Brendan Rodgers and Noel Cuevas homered an out apart in the 5th inning as the Isotopes knotted the game at 4-4 and Albuquerque took the lead in the 7th inning when Rodgers doubled and scored on Cuevas' double.

After the 7th inning stretch, Cron had a two-out three-run homer as the Aces regained the lead at 7-5 and in the 9th inning, the Isotopes loaded the bases with two outs. Drew Butera walked to bring home a run before Soto struck out to end the rally and the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Antonio Senzatela - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 2.57 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Antonio Senzatela: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 2.57 ERA

Senzatela faced 6 batters in his second MLB rehabilitaton assignment outing and tossed 22 pitches, 13 for strikes. Senzatela had a groundout and a flyout among his six outs.


'TOPES NOTES:
P Kenny Koplove was transferred to Class-A Boise in the lone Isotopes transaction today. . . . Brendan Rodgers was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Had Rodgers accomplished the cycle, it would have been the second straight game with a cycle (Noel Cuevas yesterday). . . . Peter Mooney went 0x5 to snap a 9-game hitting streak dating back to playing with New Orleans in 2018. Mooney's Isotopes hitting streak ended at five games. . . . The Isotopes were no-hit for the first 3 1/3 innings of the game. . . . Albuquerque batters struck out a season-worst 13 times while Isotopes pitchers struck out a season-best 13 batters. . . . The Aces took two out of the three games in the series and 9,935 attended at Greater Nevada Field for a per-game average of 3,312. . . . The Isotopes begin a four-game series in Tacoma on Friday evening against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners). Probables in the opener are LHP Evan Grills (1-0, 0.00) for the Isotopes and LHP Justus Sheffield (0-1, 7.71) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/11/2019

April 10, 2019 - Isotopes (5-2)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  520 100 140 --  13  18  1
Reno         000 020 000 --   2   9  1

WP: Sam Howard (1-0)
LP: Taylor Widener (0-1) 

HR: ABQ Dom Nunez (2) off Widener (1st inning, 3R)
    ABQ Noel Cuevas (1) off Shipley (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Noel Cuevas (2) off Scott (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:26
ATT: 2,518
Noel Cuevas had a monster night, going 5x5 with a pair of homers, 5 RBI, 5 runs scored and he hit for Albuquerque's first cycle in two years as the Isotopes routed the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 13-2 on Wednesday evening in Reno.

Albuquerque struck for five runs in the 1st inning. Peter Mooney led off the game with a double and scored an out later on Cuevas' single. Roberto Ramos singled and scored on Drew Weeks single ahead of Dom Nunez's three-run homer.

Consecutive doubles from Sam Hilliard, Cuevas and Ramos brought home two runs in the 2nd inning and Cuevas solo homered in the 4th inning to extend the Isotopes lead to 8-0.

Reno plated their only runs of the game in the 5th inning on a run-scoring double from Abraham Almonte and Yasmany Tomas' RBI single.

Cuevas tripled and scored on Ramos' sacrifice flyout in the 7th inning and the Isotopes had a four-run eruption with two outs in the 8th inning. Sam Hilliard singled home two runs and scored on Cuevas' second homer of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert - 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.19 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Noel Cuevas had the eighth cycle in Isotopes history and first cycle that was accomplished away from Isotopes Park. It was the first Isotopes cycle since Pat Valaika's cycle on April 8, 2017. Cuevas had 14 total bases in the game, tying the Isotope franchise record with Brett Carroll (July 18, 2007 vs Omaha). . . . Albuquerque set season highs in runs scored (13), hits (18), winning margin (11 runs), most runs scored in an inning (5), team extra base hits (8), and team total bases (33). The Isotopes tied season highs for team doubles (4), team triples (1) and team homers (3). . . . Peter Mooney extended his hitting streak to 9 games, dating back to playing with New Orleans in 2018. . . . The series concludes Thursday evening with RHP Antonio Senzatela (0-0, 3.60) expected to take the mound for Albuquerque in another MLB Rehabiliation Assignment start. The Aces have yet to name a probable.

Filed 04/10/2019

April 9, 2019 - Isotopes (4-2)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  000 020 000 --  2  5  1
Reno         030 010 00x --  4  8  0

WP: Taylor Clarke (1-0)
LP: David Holman (0-1)
SV: Rubby De La Rosa (1)

TIME: 2:48
ATT: 4,551
In their first road game of the 2019 season, the Isotopes fell into a quick 3-0 hole and were not able to come back from that early defecit in dropping a 4-2 game to the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in Reno on Tuesday evening. Albuquerque snapped a four-game winning streak with the loss.

Alberto Rosario and Aces starter Taylor Clarke each drove in runs with a single and Abraham Almonte added a sacrifice flyout in the 2nd inning as Reno led 3-0.

The Isotopes trimmed the defecit to a run at 3-2 in the 5th inning. Elliot Soto doubled and went to third base on a passed ball, Drew Butera drew a walk and Isotopes reliever Kenny Koplove laid down a sacrifice bunt with Soto scoring. An out later, Sam Hilliard doubled home Butera.

Yasmany Tomas had a two-out RBI single in the home half of the 5th inning to cap the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holman (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 9.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies placed OF David Dahl on the Injured List and recalled OF Yonathan Daza from the Isotopes. Joining the Isotopes from Class-AA Hartford are P David Holman and IF Mylz Jones. . . . Peter Mooney extended his hitting streak to 8 games (dating back to New Orleans in 2018) while hitting streaks dating back to last season were snapped for Roberto Ramos (9 games) and Brendan Rodgers (7 games). . . . Albuquerque failed to homer in a game for this first time this season, snapping a five game homer streak. . . . Two new ballparks saw their first PCL contests played in them on Monday evening. The San Antonio Missions (AAA Brewers), who relocated from Colorado Springs in the offseason, played their first Triple-A level game in Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium and sent their fans home happy when a two-run single gave the Missions a 6-5 walkoff win against the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals). In Las Vegas, the newly rebranded Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) opened a brand new Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin with a sellout crowd and an easy 10-2 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants). . . . Game two of the quick three game series is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Peter Lambert (0-0, 6.75) for the Isotopes and RHP Taylor Wiedner (0-0, 5.40) for the Aces.

Filed 04/09/2019

April 8, 2019 - Isotopes (4-1)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    000 000 121 --  4   7  0
Albuquerque  010 402 02x --  9  13  1

WP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-0)
LP: Alex Klonowski (0-1) 

HR: SLC Brennon Lund (1) off C. Gonzalez (7th inning, S)
    SLC Jared Walsh (2) off Horacek (8th inning, 2R)
    SLC Dustin Garneau (1) off N. Gonzalez (9th inning, S)

    ABQ Dom Nunez (1) off Klonowski (4th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Elliot Soto (1) off Pena (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Elliot Soto (2) off Rhoades (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:32
ATT: 3,447
Elliot Soto blasted a pair of homers and Dom Nunez had his first Triple-A homer as the duo combined for six of the nine Isotope runs in Albuquerque's series-ending 9-4 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Monday afternoon at "The Lab". The Isotopes have won four straight games.

The first seven runs were plated by Albuquerque, starting in the 2nd inning when Brian Mundell doubled home a run. Mundell doubled home two runs and scored on Nunez's two-run homer in the 4th inning and Nunez led off the 6th inning with a walk and scored on Soto's homer.

Salt Lake started their late game slugging in the 7th inning with Brennon Lund's solo homer and Jared Walsh added a two-run homer in the 8th inning.

Albuquerque scored their final two runs in the bottom half of the 8th inning on Soto's second two-run homer of the game and the Bees capped the scoring in the 9th inning when former-Isotope Dustin Garneau solo homered.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez (W, 1-0) 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1.29 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Kenny Koplove, signed as a free agent to a minor league contract by the Rockies in November, was assigned to the Isotopes on Monday. . . . Elliot Soto was the first Isotope with a multi-homer game since Ryan McMahon had two homers in a game last July 4th. . . . Chi Chi Gonzalez was excellent in his Isotopes debut, having tossed Albuquerque's first quality start of the season and an Isotope starter season-high 7 innings. Gonzalez no-hit the Bees for the first 4 2/3 innings. . . . Albuquerque had 25 total bases in the game, the most since August 19, 2018 when the Isotopes had 27 total bases against the Sacramento River Cats. . . . There are three long hitting streaks on the club dating back to last season. Peter Mooney has a seven game hitting streak (started at the end of 2018 with Triple-A New Orleans), Roberto Ramos has hit in nine straight games dating back to Class-AA Hartford in 2018, and Brendan Rodgers has a seven game hitting streak that started with the Isotopes in 2018. . . . The Isotopes won four out of the five games in the series and 29,567 attended for a per-game average of 5,913. . . . Albuquerque goes on their first road trip of the season, a seven-game road trip with the first three games in Reno, Nevada against the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). Probables in the opener are RHP Jeff Hoffman (0-1, 9.82) for the Isotopes and RHP Taylor Clarke (0-0, 3.60) for the Aces. The game is Reno's 2019 home opener.

Filed 04/08/2019

April 7, 2019 - Isotopes (3-1)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    100 102 130 000 --  8  11  2
Albuquerque  000 003 230 001 --  9  11  1

WP: Nelson Gonzalez (1-0)
LP: Bo Way (0-1) 

HR: SLC Jose Rojas (1) off Castellani (4th inning, S)

    ABQ Sam Hilliard (1) off Curtiss (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 4:42
ATT: 4,877
In a record setting length and time game, Noel Cuevas doubled home the game winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Isotopes defeated the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) 9-8 and moved into a first place tie in the division with their third straight victory.

Jared Walsh doubled home a run in the 1st inning, Jose Rojas had a solo homer in the 4th inning and Taylor Ward had a two-run double in the 6th inning as the Bees led 4-0.

In the home half of the 6th inning, Peter Mooney drew a one out walk, went to second base on a wild pitch, Yonathan Daza drew a walk and Sam Hilliard launched a three-run homer to cut the Isotopes defecit to a run at 4-3.

Jose Briceno doubled home a run in the top of the 7th inning, and after the 7th inning stretch, Daza singled home a run and Hilliard followed with a run-scoring double to knot the game at 5-5.

Salt Lake quickly regained the lead in the 8th inning -- Walsh had a sacrifice flyout, Brennon Lund added a run-scoring double and Lund scored on a balk later in the inning.

Albuqurque tied the game at 8-8 with two outs in the home half of the 8th inning. Drew Butera drew a walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Brian Mundell singled home Butera, Elliot Soto tripled home Mundell and Peter Mooney singled Soto home.

In the 12th inning, Brendan Rodgers was the runner that started on second base. After Roberto Ramos struck out, Cuevas delivered the game-winning RBI double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani - 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 4.50 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Minor League Baseball added a extra innings rule in 2018 and today's game was Albuquerque's longest extra inning game (12 innings) and longest game time-wise (4 hours, 42 minutes) in the era of the extra innings rule. The previous longest game under the new rule was a game played on May 30, 2018 against the Fresno Grizzlies where a 11-inning extra inning contest went 4 hours, 22 minutes. . . . The Rockies recalled P Yency Almonte from the Isotopes after placing P Tyler Anderson on the Major League Injured List. Replacing Almonte on the Isotopes roster is IF Ryan Metzler, who was transferred from Class-AA Hartford. . . . Sam Hilliard's homer was his first Triple-A homer. Three Isotope prospects have hit their first Triple-A homer in the opening series of the season -- Hilliard, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Ramos. . . . Salt Lake left 19 runners on base, a Bees franchise record. . . . Albuquerque used a season-high 16 players in the game and both teams combined to use 32 players. Seven of those Isotopes and six of those Bees were pitchers. . . . Roberto Ramos has struck out seven times in his last two games. . . . Both teams combined for more walks (19) than they did strikeouts (16). . . . The season home opening five game series ends Monday afternoon with RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (No Record) expected to start for Albuquerque against Salt Lake RHP Alex Klonowski (No Record).

Filed 04/07/2019

April 6, 2019 - Isotopes (2-1)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake   020 000 000 --  2  8  2
Albuquerque 010 002 00x --  3  5  0

WP: Evan Grills (1-0)
LP: Matt Custred (0-1) 

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (3) off Custred (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:20
ATT: 9,764
In the first Copa de la Diversion game of the season, Roberto Ramos, whose nickname happens to be the "Mariachi Masher", two-run homered in the 6th inning to give the Mariachis the lead and the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico held that lead in a 3-2 victory over the Abejas de Salt Lake on Saturday evening at "The Plaza".

Bo Way two-run singled with two outs in the 2nd inning to give the Abejas a 2-0 lead.

In the home half of the 2nd inning, Peter Mooney RBI singled to get the Mariachis on the scoreboard and in the 6th inning, Yonathan Daza reached on a throwing error and scored two outs later on Ramos' homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Antonio Senzatela - 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 3.60 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Antonio Senzatela: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 3.60 ERA

Senazatela made his first MLB rehabilitaton assignment start of the season and tossed 70 pitches in his 5 innings of work. 46 of those pitches were for strikes and Senzatela faced 22 batters. Senzatela had 5 groundouts and 3 flyouts.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF Josh Fuentes from Albuquerque when Colorado placed IF Ryan McMahon on the Injured List. P Antonio Senzatela was also sent to Albuquerque on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment. . . . The Mariachis drew 10,000 plus fans in all four of their home games in 2018 but failed to draw that tonight, drawing 9,764 for their lowest attended home Copa de la Diversion promotion. . . . All-time, the Mariachis are 5-1, including 4-1 at the Plaza with a two-game winning streak in Copa games. There are four more home and 7 road games left in the Mariachi's 2019 Copa de la Diversion schedule. . . . Roberto Ramos has homered in all three of his Triple-A games and has hit in seven straight games -- four games with Hartford in 2018 and all three Isotope games. . . . Game four of the series is Sunday afternoon. Probables are RHP Ryan Castellani (No Record) for the Isotopes and LHP Dillon Peters (No Record) for the Bees.

Filed 04/06/2019

April 5, 2019 - Isotopes (1-1)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    000 301 000 --  4  11  2
Albuquerque  301 010 20x --  7  10  1

WP: Jesus Tinoco (1-0)
LP: Forrest Snow (0-1)
SV: Yency Almonte (1)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (2) off Snow (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Brandon Rodgers (1) off Pena (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:00
ATT: 5,292
Rockies prospects Roberto Ramos and Brendan Rodgers each homered and combined to drive in four of the seven Albuquerque runs as the Isotopes won their first game of the 2019 season with a 7-4 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels).

In the 1st inning, Ramos singled home a run and another run scored on a throwing error on the play. Noel Cuevas followed with a RBI single to make it 3-0 Albuquerque.

Ramos solo homered in the 3rd inning to make it 4-0 Isotopes and the Bees closed to a run down in the 4th inning on run-scoring singles from Cesar Puello and Ty Kelly and a Taylor Ward sacrifice flyout.

Josh Fuentes doubled home a run in the 5th inning for Albuquerque and Ward added a RBI single for the Bees in the 6th inning as Salt Lake trailed 5-4.

Sam Hilliard doubled ahead of Rodgers' two-run homer in the 7th inning to put the game away.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert - 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Josh Fuentes extended his hitting streak to 7 games, dating back to 2018. . . . Roberto Ramos has homered in each of his first two Triple-A games and has a six game hitting streak playing for Double-A Hartford in 2018 and Albuquerque in 2019. . . . Brendan Rodgers' homer was his first Triple-A homer. . . . Game three of the series is Saturday evening and the promotion is the first Copa de la Diversion game of the season. RHP Antonio Senzatela (No Record) is expected to make a MLB rehabilitation assignment start for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico, while RHP Griffin Canning (No Record) is expected to start for the Abejas de Salt Lake.

Filed 04/05/2019

April 4, 2019 - Isotopes (0-1)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    030 104 111 --  11  17  1
Albuquerque  010 102 000 --   4   8  1

WP: Jaime Barria (1-0)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (0-1) 

HR: SLC Jose Briceno (1) off Haracek (6th inning, GS)
    SLC Jared Walsh (1) off Howard (9th inning, S)

    ABQ Josh Fuentes (1) off Barria (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (1) off Barria (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:18
ATT: 6,187
Salt Lake Bee's (AAA Angels) Juan Briceno had a 6th inning grand-slam home run to break open a tight game as Albuquerque dropped their first game of the 2019 season, 11-4.

The Bees scored their first runs of the season in the 2nd inning with consecutive two-out RBI singles from Luis Rengifo, Taylor Ward, and Matt Thaiss.

Josh Fuentes' solo homer in the home half of the 2nd inning provided Albuquerque's first run of the season.

Each team exchanged a run in the 4th inning. Salt Lake's Jared Walsh reached on an fielding error with a run scoring and in the bottom half, Fuentes doubled home a run.

Briceno's two-out grand slam homer in the 6th inning made it a 8-2 game and in the home half of the 6th inning, Roberto Ramos two-run homered to cut the defecit in half at 8-4.

Thaiss RBI singled in the 7th inning, Briceno had a run-scoring single in the 8th inning, and Walsh solo homered in the 9th inning to close out the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 0-1) 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 9.82 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Despite a higher season attendance mark last season and the debut of the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico that drove merchandise sales, the Isotopes issued a smaller check to the city of Albuquerque for 2018 stadium rent plus the city's portion of ticket, souvenir and concession sales than the team gave the city for 2017 activities. The 2018 check amount was $1,460,346.14 and in 16 seasons the Isotopes have paid the city $28,052,701.89. . . . The home opener was the 17th in Isotopes franchise history and the attendance of 6,187 was the lowest home opener attendance. . . . Albuquerque is 11-6 in season openers with a two game losing streak and is 13-4 in home openers. . . . Josh Fuentes has a hit in each of his last six Isotopes games dating back to the 2018 season. . . . Albuquerque's Roberto Ramos had his first Triple-A homer in his first Triple-A game. . . . Jeff Hoffman started his second Isotopes season opener, tying him with Stephen Fife as the only Isotopes pitchers to start two season openers. . . . Game two of the series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Peter Lambert (No Record) for the Isotopes and RHP Forrest Snow (No Record) for the Bees.

Filed 04/04/2019

The 2019 Isotopes about to start their season

The Isotopes are about to start their 2019 140-game schedule with a five game home series against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Glenallen Hill is returning for his fifth season as manager of the Isotopes. Also returning are pitching coach Brandon Emanuel and hitting coach Tim Doherty, both for their second straight season with the Isotopes.

It was a very eventful offseason for the Isotopes. The Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico was selected as the winner of Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversion event series as the club who best achieved the primary objectives of the Copa event series to engage Hispanic fans.

The Isotopes also won the John H. Johnson award, an annual award to honor baseball's most complete baseball franchise each season. The award criteria is financial stability of a baseball club, the club's contributions to league stability, contributions to baseball in the community and promotion of the baseball industry. It was the Isotopes' first time winning the award after having been previously nominated as the PCL's representative in 2004, 2007 and 2010. With the two times the Albuquerque Dukes won the award (1984 and 1991), Albuquerque is the first city to have won the John H. Johnson award three times.

The Isotopes played their parent club the Colorado Rockies in an exhibition game at Isotopes Park on March 25th with the Isotopes winning 7-3. Ryan McMahon, Nolan Arenado and Vince Fernandez each solo homered to provide the Rockies' three runs. Dom Nunez two-run homered, was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and drove in three runs for the Isotopes, while Yonathan Daza, Brian Mundell, Drew Weeks and Elliot Soto each knocked in a run. It was the first exhibition game at Isotopes Park since 2010 when the Seattle Mariners and Colorado Rockies played an exhibition game and the first Isotopes exhibition game against their parent club since April 4, 2004 when the Florida Marlins came to town with their 2003 World Series trophy in tow and lost to the Isotopes 9-1.

The Rockies and Isotopes had a surprise announcement before the exhibition game that their Player Development Contract was extended two years and will now expire at the end of the 2022 season.

The Copa de la Diversion promotion is back in 2019 and will feature 72 minor league teams, almost half of all of Minor League Baseball after featuring 33 teams in 2018. Fifteen of the sixteen PCL clubs are participating including the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico. Only the New Orleans Baby Cakes are not participating. The Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico home games are April 6th, May 18th, June 25th, July 19th and August 11th and the Mariachis will play 7 road games for a total of 12 Copa de la Diversion games this season.

The PCL hosts both the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game in El Paso and the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game in Memphis.

There are a few changes in the PCL for 2019. The Colorado Springs franchise relocated to San Antonio and will be known as the San Antonio Missions, the Las Vegas franchise renamed from the 51s to Aviators, and Las Vegas will open a brand new ballpark in Summerlin, Nevada. The eight PCL American Conference teams had a division realignment to make a better geographic arrangement for the Colorado Springs relocation to San Antonio. The Isotopes were unaffected by the realignment as were the other seven teams in the Pacific Conference. Finally, several teams have new affiliations - Fresno Grizzlies (Astros to Nationals), Nashville Sounds (Athletics to Rangers), Round Rock Express (Rangers to Astros), Las Vegas Aviators (Mets to Athletics) and the new San Antonio Missions franchise keeps the same affiliation with the Brewers as the former Colorado Springs franchise.

Triple-A clubs including the PCL starting in 2019 will use the same Rawlings baseballs that Major League Baseball uses, made in Costa Rica of better quality materials than the minor league baseballs that Rawlings makes in China that are not as good quality-wise and have a little bit more variance with regards to weight and size. There will be the normal Pacific Coast League or International League markings on the MLB-quality baseballs. Other changes are the number of mound visits decrease to five from six and there is still a mound visit allowed for each team in each extra inning played. The extra inning rule also changes slightly in that the runner starting at second base at the beginning of each extra inning half-inning will not be a pitcher. If a pitcher was to be on base to start the inning, the runner will be a player that is in the lineup slot previous to the slot the pitcher occupies.

Filed 04/03/2019

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