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Albuquerque Isotopes 2019 Regular Season At-A-Glance:
Home Record: 5-3Road Record: 3-4
Division Record: 4-1Extra Innings Record: 1-0
Current Streak: L1

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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