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Albuquerque Isotopes 2018 Regular Season At-A-Glance:
Home Record: 21-23Road Record: 24-25
Division Record: 18-23Extra Innings Record: 0-4
Current Streak: Won 1

July 15, 2018 - Isotopes (45-48)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  100 122 800 --  14  18  3
Las Vegas    410 000 000 --   5  11  1

WP: Peter Lambert (2-0)
LP: Kevin McGowan (4-2)

HR: ABQ Mike Tauchman (14) off Gagnon (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Daniel Castro (2) off Gagnon (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Jan Vazquez (3) off McGowan (6th inning, 2R)

    LVG Cody Asche (9) off Lambert (1st inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:21
ATT: 2,909
In the final game at Cashman Field against a Las Vegas club nicknamed the 51s, the Isotopes overcame a four-run early defecit and then had a huge 8-run 8th inning to defeat the 51s (AAA Mets) 14-5 on Sunday evening in Las Vegas. Albuquerque snapped a six game losing streak with the victory.

Mike Tauchman started the scoring in the game with a solo homer in the top of the 1st inning and Las Vegas plated four runs in their half of the inning to take the lead. Patrick Kivlehan singled home a run and Cody Asche followed with a three-run homer. Jeff McNeil's sacrifice flyout in the 2nd inning extended the 51s lead to 5-1.

Albuquerque's offense got rolling starting in the 4th inning with Daniel Castro's solo homer. In the 5th inning, Garrett Hampson singled and scored on Ryan McMahon's triple before McMahon scored on Tauchman's single.

Jan Vazquez two-run homered in the 6th inning to give Albuquerque a 6-5 lead and then the Isotopes sent 11 batters to the plate in the 7th inning to put the game away with an eight-run frame. The Isotopes quickly loaded the bases with a Tauchman walk, Josh Fuentes single and Jordan Patterson was hit by a pitch. Stephen Cardullo singled Tauchman home and Castro singled Fuentes home. With the bases still loaded, Vazquez drew a walk to bring Patterson home. After a strikeout, Hampson had a two-run single and McMahon followed with a two-run double. Tauchman's sacrifice flyout brought home the last run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert (W, 2-0) 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 31 GS, 2.45 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Carlos Estevez from his MLB Rehabilitation Assignment with the Isotopes and then optioned him to Albuquerque. P Brooks Pounders was outrighted to Albuquerque -- removing him from the Rockies' 40-man roster -- and P David Holman was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . With the victory, the Isotopes jumped back into 3rd place in the division while the 51s went back to the basement of the division after the Isotopes were in the divisional basement for one game after yesterday's loss. . . . Every Isotope starting position player had at least one hit and at least one run scored in the game. Six of the eight position players in the lineup had multiple hits and multiple runs scored. . . . For a match up of the two pitching staffs that lead all of Minor League Baseball in homers allowed, only 10 homers were hit in the four-game series. The Isotopes had the lead in all of Minor League Baseball in homers allowed during most of the series, but the 51s retook the lead in the homers allowed stat with their 3 homers allowed tonight. At the end of the series, Las Vegas has allowed 134 homers while the Isotopes have allowed 133 homers. . . . The Isotopes went 1-3 in the series with the 51s and 16,584 attended at Cashman Field for a per-game average of 4,146. . . . Tonight's game was the final game of the 16-game season series and Las Vegas won 10 of the 16 games. All-time, the Isotopes went 34-31 at Cashman Field. The Las Vegas club will have a new nickname and will start playing in Las Vegas Ballpark in 2019. In the All-time series, Albuquerque holds a 70-54 advantage over the club soon to be formerly known as the 51s. . . . The division-leading El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) come to town for a four-game series beginning Monday evening. Albuquerque is 4.5 games back of El Paso so a series sweep will not vault the Isotopes into first place but they can make up some ground on the struggling Chihuahuas who were just swept in a four game home series. Probables in the opener are LHP David Holmberg (3-5, 5.54) for Albuquerque and RHP Brett Kennedy (7-0, 2.58) for El Paso.

Filed 07/15/2018

July 14, 2018 - Isotopes (44-48)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  000 001 --  1  2  0
Las Vegas    000 02  --  2  9  0

Game shortened to 5 1/2 innings completed due to rain and wet grounds

WP: Chris Flexen (5-6)
LP: Shane Broyles (3-2) 

TIME: 1:54
ATT: 4,048
The weather and the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) both defeated the Isotopes on Saturday evening in Las Vegas. The 51s were leading 2-1 in the 6th inning when the rains hit and with Cashman Field not having a tarp for protecting the infield from bad weather, the infield skin became flooded and the game was called after 5 1/2 innings of play due to rain and wet grounds. The Isotopes have dropped a season-worst six straight games and fell into the basement of the division with Las Vegas leapfrogging them in the standings.

Kevin Kaczmarski singled home a run and 51s starter Chris Flexen drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th inning as Las Vegas took a 2-0 lead.

Garrett Hampson tripled and scored on Ryan McMahon's groundout to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard before the rains halted the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Scott McGough - 3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 46 GS, 6.75 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Sam Howard and P Jonathan Gray from the Isotopes and optioned P Jeff Hoffman to Albuquerque. P Mason Melotakis apparently has been on the Disabled List since June 22nd since there was a transaction disclosed today that placed him on the Disabled List retroactive to June 22nd and then another transaction posted today that activated him from the Disabled List. The transaction, despite being disclosed weeks after it happened, appears to be accurate as Melotakis' last outing was on June 21st before the date of the Disabled List stint. . . . The game was delayed 37 minutes by rain until it was decided the field was too wet to eventually resume play. . . . The rain-shortened game was the 12th rain-shortened game in Isotopes franchise history and 4th rain-shortened game on the road. The Isotopes are 1-3 in rain-shortened road games. . . . Tonight was not the only weather-affected game the Isotopes/51s have been involved in at the tarpless Cashman Field. Two games in the 2015 season were postponed due to rain that might have been playable with a delayed start had Cashman Field had a tarp. . . . The Isotopes had 2 hits in the game, tying for the fewest hits in a game this season. . . . Las Vegas starter Chris Flexen had a complete game, the fourth opponent hurler to have a complete game against Albuquerque this season. No Albuquerque pitcher has tossed a complete game in 2018. . . . The series and quick roadtrip concludes Sunday evening in a historic game as it is the Isotopes' final game at Cashman Field, the final game against the 51s, and the final game against a Mets affiliate for the long-term future. The Las Vegas club will move into a new ballpark, Las Vegas Ballpark, located in Summerlin, Nevada in 2019, the 51s nickname will go away in favor of a new nickname still to be decided and announced, and the Mets are purchasing the Syracuse Chiefs in the International League and moving their Triple-A affiliation to Syracuse leaving Las Vegas with a yet-to-be-determined major league affiliate. Probables are RHP Peter Lambert (1-0, 3.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Drew Gagnon (1-4, 4.67) for the 51s.

Filed 07/14/2018

July 13, 2018 - Isotopes (44-47)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --   0   8  3
Las Vegas    220 020 24x --  12  13  0

WP: Nabil Crismatt (2-0)
LP: David Holman (3-3)

HR: LVG Zach Borenstein (20) off Holman (1st inning, S)
    LVG Jeff McNeil (5) off Holman (1st inning, S)
    LVG Phillip Evans (13) off Estevez (7th inning, S)
    LVG Peter Alonso (6) off Vasto (8th inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:09
ATT: 3,833
The Isotopes were shut out for the eighth time and had their worst loss of the season in a 12-0 defeat to the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) on Friday evening in the "Sin City". Albuquerque has dropped a season-worst five straight games.

Two different types of homers got the 51s on the scoreboard in the 1st inning. Jeff McNeil had an inside-the-park homer while Zach Borenstein later in the inning had a solo over-the-wall homer.

Former-Isotope Johnny Monell and McNeil each doubled home runs in the 2nd inning and in the 5th inning, Luis Guillorme singled home a run and Peter Alonso had a sacrifice flyout to extend the 51s lead to 6-0.

Phillip Evan solo homered and Kevin Kaczmarski doubled home a run in the 7th inning and Alonso capped the scoring with a grand-slam homer in the 8th inning.

Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity came in the 2nd inning when they loaded the bases with no outs and were unable to push across a run. The Isotopes had two base runners reach third base in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holman (L, 3-3) 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 24 GS, 5.94 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Carlos Estevez: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 6.10 ERA

Estevez made his seventh MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance and struggled in the 7th inning, facing 6 batters and tossing 29 pitches before being pulled before completing the inning. Estevez got a strikeout before giving up a solo homer to Phillip Evans and then allowed a single and got a flyout before giving up a RBI double and walking a batter.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies placed recently-promoted P Antonio Senzatela on the Disabled List with a blister on one of his pitching fingers and recalled P Jeff Hoffman from Albuquerque. P David Holman was activated from the Disabled List to make tonight's start. . . . Albuquerque's 12-run defeat was larger than the season's previous worst loss on June 13th at Isotopes Park when the Memphis Redbirds shut out the Isotopes 11-0. . . . This series features a matchup of the top two pitching staffs that give up the most homers in all of Minor League Baseball. Albuquerque came into the series trailing Las Vegas in that homers allowed stat and after allowing 4 long balls tonight, Albuquerque has allowed 132 homers to move ahead of Las Vegas and their 131 homers allowed. . . . Las Vegas' Jeff McNeil was a triple short of hitting for the cycle and his inside-the-park homer was the second inside-the-park homer the Isotopes have allowed this season. . . . Peter Alonso's grand-slam homer was the fourth grand-slam homer Isotopes pitching has allowed this season. . . . Las Vegas reliever Matt Purke was ejected by the First Base umpire prior to the first pitch of tonight's game. . . . Probables in game three of the series Saturday evening are LHP Sam Howard (3-6, 5.43) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Flexen (4-6, 4.84) for the 51s.

Filed 07/13/2018

July 12, 2018 - Isotopes (44-46)

Cashman Field

Albuquerque  000 004 000 --  4  8  3
Las Vegas    030 001 01x --  5  9  1

WP: Drew Smith (5-1)
LP: Brooks Pounders (0-1) 

HR: ABQ Ryan McMahon (7) off Martin (6th inning, 2R)

    LVG Peter Alonso (5) off Pounders (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 5,794
In their first game back from the Triple-A All-Star Break, the Isotopes plated four runs in the 6th inning to take a lead but eventually lost the game on a late homer in falling to the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) 5-4 in Las Vegas on Thursday evening. Albuquerque has dropped a season-worst four straight games for the fourth time this season.

Colton Plaia doubled home a run and Kevin Kaczmarski and Patrick Kivlehan each singled home runs as the 51s took a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning.

The Isotopes took their only lead of the game with a four-run 6th inning. Garrett Hampson singled with one out and scored on Ryan McMahon's two-run homer. Mike Tauchman followed with a walk, Josh Fuentes doubled and Jordan Patterson walked to load the bases before Drew Weeks reached on a fielder's choice with Tauchman scoring. Fuentes scored a second run on the play on an error.

Phillip Evans tied the game with a "Little League Homer" in the bottom of the 6th inning when he reached on a fielding error and raced around the bases on a pair of throwing errors and the Isotopes lost the game in the bottom of the 8th inning when Peter Alonso had an over-the-wall homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Brett Oberholtzer - 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 47 GS, 6.19 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
While the Isotopes were on their Triple-A All-Star Game break, the Rockies optioned IF Jordan Patterson and P Jerry Vasto to Albuquerque, recalled P Zac Rosscup from his MLB rehabilitation assignment and then put Rosscup on waivers where the Dodgers claimed him, and recalled P Bryan Shaw from his MLB rehabilitation assignment. P Carlos Estevez is the only Rockie currently on a MLB rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes. . . . The Isotopes had their 7th loss of the season where their opponents scored the winning run in their last at-bats and it was the 12th one-run loss of the season. . . . Forrestt Allday of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Allday hit .600 (18x30) with 2 homers and 8 RBI during the award week. . . . Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) hurler Brock Dykxhoorn is the PCL Pitcher of the Week after going 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 2 starts. Dykxhoorn gave up 10 hits, 2 runs, a walk and fanned 11 batters in 12 2/3 innings of work. . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (3-4, 3.97) for the Isotopes and RHP Nabil Crismatt (1-0, 7.20) for the 51s.

Filed 07/12/2018

July 11, 2018 - 2018 Triple-A All-Star Game - PCL 12, IL 7

Huntington Park - Columbus, Ohio

Pacific Coast League  062 002 002 --  12  14  0
International League  100 330 000 --   7  15  2

WP: Dakota Hudson (Memphis - Cardinals)
LP: Tyler Eppler (Indianapolis - Pirates)

HR: PCL Josh Fuentes (Albuquerque - Rockies) off Tyler Eppler (Indianapolis - Pirates) in the 2nd inning (S)

    IL Eric Haase (Columbus - Indians) off Brett Kennedy (El Paso - Padres) in the 4th inning (2R)
	
TIME: 3:09
ATT: 10,516
The two Isotope position players, Josh Fuentes and Mike Tauchman, combined for four hits and four RBI and played key roles in helping the Pacific Coast League (PCL) defeat the International League (IL) 12-7 in the 2018 Triple-A All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio.

The IL took their only lead of the game in the bottom of the 1st inning when DJ Stewart (Norfolk - Orioles) delivered a two-out RBI single.

The PCL erupted for six runs in the 2nd inning to take what was thought to be a commanding 6-1 lead. Fuentes, named as a reserve but added to the starting lineup due to the elected PCL Third Baseman being a scratch, started things off with a solo homer in his first professional All-Star Game at-bat, Zach Borenstein (Las Vegas - Mets) had a RBI double, Luis Urias (El Paso - Padres) singled home a run, Tauchman brought home a run with a groundout, Christian Bethancourt (Colorado Springs - Brewers) singled home a run and Fuentes in his second at-bat of the inning had a RBI single.

The PCL added two more runs in the 3rd inning when a run scored on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and Tauchman singled home a run.

The IL started to make a comeback with a three-run 4th inning to trail 8-4. Eric Haase (Columbus - Indians) had a two-run homer and Kevin Newman (Indianapolis - Pirates) added a RBI single.

The IL made things uncomfortable for the PCL when they plated three more runs in the 5th inning to close to a run down at 8-7. Jason Leblebijian (Buffalo - Blue Jays) plated a run with a single and Kean Wong (Durham - Rays) had a two-run double.

The PCL started to add some breathing room with a two-run 6th inning, keyed by Scott Heineman (Round Rock - Rangers) stealing home and Rocky Gale's (Oklahoma City - Dodgers) RBI single.

Neither team scored runs in the 7th and 8th innings, the only innings without scoring, and the PCL added the final two runs of the game in the 9th inning. Ildemaro Vargas (Reno - Diamondbacks) doubled home a run and later scored on a wild pitch.

Isotopes Appearing in the Triple-A All-Star Game

Josh Fuentes: Third Baseman - 2x3, R, Solo HR, 2 RBI, 5 TB

Mike Tauchman: Center Fielder - 2x3, 2B, 2 RBI, SB, 3 TB

DJ Johnson: 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA (11 pitches tossed in the 9th inning)


TRIPLE-A ALL-STAR GAME NOTES:
The Triple-A All-Star Game could only be watched live through MILB.TV. MLB Network will air the game on Wednesday July 18th on a one-week tape delay. . . . The 19 combined runs was the most in a Triple-A All-Star Game since 2003 when the IL defeated the PCL 13-9 in Memphis. . . . The PCL team has won two straight Triple-A All-Star Games. The IL holds the all-time advantage 12-9 since 1998 when the Triple-A All-Star Game went from NL vs AL affiliates to PCL vs IL leagues. . . . Josh Fuentes won the PCL All-Star MVP, the second Isotope to win that award (Val Pascucci in 2007's Triple-A All-Star Game held in Albuquerque). Fuentes' homer was the fourth Isotope homer in a Triple-A All-Star Game (Val Pascucci in 2007, Joc Pederson in 2014, and Cristhian Adames in 2015). Only Pascucci's homer (two-run) was not a solo homer. . . . Kean Wong (Durham - Rays) was the IL All-Star MVP. . . . Scott Heineman (Round Rock - Rangers) stole four bases in the game, setting a Triple-A All-Star Game record. . . . This year's Triple-A All-Star Game festivities included skills competitions in addition to the traditional Home Run Derby. The PCL dominated the skills competitions. Mike Tauchman won the Infield/Outfield Throwing Accuracy skill competition and another Isotope, DJ Johnson, almost won the Pitcher's Bunting skill competition, dropping the final round to El Paso's Brett Kennedy (Padres). Rocky Gale from Oklahoma City (Dodgers) won the Catcher's Throwing Accuracy skill competition, and Omaha's Frank Schwindel (Royals) won the Situational Hitting skills competition. . . . The PCL did not fare well in the Home Run Derby as none of the three PCL participants made it to the final round. Toledo's (Tigers) Chad Huffman hit 10 homers in the Championship round to win the derby, besting Gwinnett's Carlos Franco (Braves) who had 7 homers in the Championship round. It was not the first Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby championship for Huffman, who was a member of the Portland Beavers when he won the 2009 home run derby competition. . . . El Paso will host the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game.

Filed 07/11/2018

July 8, 2018 - Isotopes (44-45)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       101 105 000 --  8  10  1 
Albuquerque  100 131 000 --  6  10  2

WP: Christian Bergman (6-6)
LP: Scott McGough (6-3)
SV: Ryan Garton (3)

HR: TAC Daniel Vogelbach (15) off McGough (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:24
ATT: 8,632
Isotopes starter Jonathan Gray made his first Isotopes Park start since being sent down from the Rockies and allowed three runs and 5 hits in 4.2 innings of work. A five-run 6th inning after Gray left the game doomed Albuquerque as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) handed the Isotopes their third straight loss, 8-6, in a contest that was the final PCL game completed before the Triple-A All-Star Break.

Each team put a run on the scoreboard in the 1st inning. Tacoma's Daniel Vogelbach singled home a run in the top of the 1st inning, and in the bottom half, Garrett Hampson led off with a triple and scored on Ryan McMahon's sacrifice flyout.

Gray's wild pitch brought home a run in the 3rd inning and in the 4th inning, a run scored on a fielding error as the Rainiers led 3-1.

Doubles from Josh Fuentes and Drew Weeks brought home a run in the 4th inning and the Isotopes added three more runs in the 5th inning to take their only lead of the game at 5-3. McMahon brought home a run with a single and Mike Tauchman and Weeks had a sacrifice flyouts.

In the disastrous 6th inning for the Isotopes, Tacoma's Ian Miller singled home a run, the game tying run scored on an error on a pickoff attempt, Adam Law singled home the go-ahead run and Vogelbach added a two-run homer.

Tauchman singled home the final run of the game in the 6th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jonathan Gray - 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 48 GS, 3.38 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Bryan Shaw: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 9.00 ERA

Shaw faced five batters in the 7th inning and needed 14 pitches in his second MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance to get through the inning. After two groundouts, Shaw allowed a single and walk before getting a groundout to end the frame.

Zac Rosscup: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 1.08 ERA

Rosscup made his 10th MLB rehabilitation assignment outing and had his third straight outing where he set down all three batters in order in one inning of work, needing just 13 pitches. Rosscup got a groundout, line out and groundout in the 8th inning.

Carlos Estevez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.59 ERA

Estevez faced 3 batters and needed 15 pitches to get through the 9th inning, getting a groundout, swinging strike out and then a called strikeout.




'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes are 44-45 at the All-Star Break, the second straight season with that same record at the break and the eighth time in the 16 seasons of franchise history that Albuquerque has been below the .500 mark at the break. . . . There were a season most 32 combined players appearing in the game and season best-tying 13 combined pitchers used in the game. . . . Albuquerque wore four different jersey tops in the five game series. The jersey tops were a Fourth of July design top, two games wearing the purple Rockies-inspired tops, a Green Chile Cheeseburgers top and a retro Albuquerque Dukes mustard-colored top. . . . The Isotopes won two out of the five games in the series and 50,216 attended for a per-game average of 10,043. . . . The Isotopes are off for the next three days for the Triple-A All-Star Break with the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday evening in Columbus, Ohio. Representing the Isotopes are OF Mike Tauchman (starter) and reserves IF Josh Fuentes and RP DJ Johnson. On Thursday evening, the Isotopes return to action with a four game road trip to Las Vegas to play the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) in their final series at Cashman Field before Las Vegas loses their Mets affiliation and begins play in 2019 at Las Vegas Ballpark, a brand-new $150 million facility with an expected capacity of 10,000 located in Summerlin. No probables have been announced.

Filed 07/08/2018

July 7, 2018 - Isotopes (44-44)

Albuquerque Sports Stadium

Tacoma       000 001 001 --  2  9  0
Albuquerque  000 001 000 --  1  4  0

WP: Daniel Schlereth (2-0)
LP: DJ Johnson (2-4)
SV: Shawn Armstrong (7)

HR: TAC Gordon Beckham (7) off Howard (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:43
ATT: 10,621
On Dukes Retro Night, Dukes starter Sam Howard was solid, allowing a run and 6 hits in 6 innings but his teammates were no hit for five innings and then could only muster a run of offense in the game. The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) plated the game-winning run in the 9th inning to defeat the Dukes 2-1.

After five scoreless innings, Gordon Beckham's solo homer put the Rainiers ahead 1-0 in the top of the 6th inning.

Anthony Bemboom got Albuquerque's first hit of the game to lead off the bottom of the 6th inning and scored on Ryan McMahon's double to knot the game at 1-1.

In the top of the 9th inning, Kirk Nieuwenhis doubled with one out and scored an out later on Beckham's single.

Dukes Starter Line: Sam Howard - 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 59 GS, 5.43 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Jerry Vasto and IF Jordan Patterson from the Isotopes and P David Holmberg was activated from the Isotopes' Disabled List. . . . The start of the game was delayed 13 minutes due to the ceremony to induct former-Dukes coach and former-Isotopes manager Dean Treanor into the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. . . . The Dukes are 11-3 all-time on Dukes Retro Night and the loss tonight snapped a four-game winning streak. Of the 14 Dukes Retro Nights in franchise history, the Dukes have drawn 10,000 or more fans in seven of them. . . . The Isotopes have 13 one-run losses this year. . . . Tacoma hitter Gordon Beckham was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The series concludes Sunday ahead of the Isotopes having three days off for the PCL All-Star Break from July 9th-11th. RHP Jonathan Gray (1-0, 3.00) is expected to take the mound for Albuquerque while the Rainiers are expected to counter with former-Tope RHP Christian Bergman (5-6, 4.56).

Filed 07/07/2018

July 6, 2018 - Isotopes (44-43)

The Grill

Tacoma       000 203 201 --  8  14  1
Albuquerque  000 030 100 --  4   8  1

WP: Williams Perez (2-0)
LP: Brett Oberholtzer (4-7)

HR: TAC Daniel Vogelbach (14) off Shaw (7th inning, S)
    TAC Gordon Beckham (6) off Estevez (9th inning, S)

    ABQ Jan Vazquez (2) off Higgins (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:02
ATT: 7,365
The Albuquerque Green Chile Cheeseburgers took the field tonight and off the field, it appears the Green Chile Cheeseburgers are successful promotion as this is the second season there has been a home game promotion. On the field, the Green Chile Cheeseburgers continue to struggle as they lost to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 8-4 to remain winless in games using the alternate moniker.

Run-scoring singles from Adam Law and Zach Vincej in the 4th inning gave the Rainiers an early 2-0 lead and Albuquerque took their only lead of the game in the 5th inning. Shawn O'Malley tripled home a pair of runs and scored on Mike Tauchman's single.

In the 6th inning, Daniel Vogelbach doubled home the game tying run, Vincej tripled home the go-ahead run and Ian Miller added an RBI double as the Rainiers took a 5-3 lead.

A run scored on a wild pitch and Vogelbach added a solo homer before the 7th inning stretch to give Tacoma a 7-3 lead and Jan Vazquez solo homered after the stretch for Albuquerque's final run of the game.

Gordon Beckham's solo homer in the top of the 9th inning capped the scoring in the contest.

Green Chile Cheeseburgers Starter Line: Brett Oberholtzer (L, 4-7) 5.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 42 GS, 6.24 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Zac Rosscup: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 1.23 ERA

Rosscup continued to impress in his MLB rehabilitation assignment outing tonight, needing 17 pitches to get three straight outs in the 8th inning. Rosscup got a strikeout, fly out and another strikeout. Rosscup has made 9 rehab appearances and faced three batters in an inning of work in four outings.



Carlos Estevez: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 6.23 ERA

Estevez pitched the 9th inning of his MLB rehabilitation assignment and using 21 total pitches gave up a leadoff homer to Gordon Beckham and a single before getting two strikeouts and an out on batters interference to end the half-inning.



Bryan Shaw: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 18.00 ERA

Shaw did not have a good first MLB rehabilitation assignment outing with the Isotopes, facing 6 batters in the 7th inning and needing 24 pitches to get through the inning while giving up 2 runs. Shaw gave up a double then got a strikeout and groundout before uncorking a wild pitch to bring home a run. Daniel Vogelbach solo homered and Shaw allowed a walk before a fielders choice out ended the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent P Bryan Shaw to Albuquerque on a MLB rehabilitation assignment. P David Holman was placed on the Disabled List and OF Stephen Cardullo was activated from the Disabled List. . . . There were 3 Albuquerque players on MLB rehabilitaton assignments appearing in tonight's game, tying for the most players on injury rehab to appear in a single Isotopes game. . . . The Albuquerque Green Chile Cheeseburgers are 0-3 all-time (0-2 at home and 0-1 on the road) and almost 4,300 fewer fans attended tonight's game than the Green Chile Cheeseburgers debut at The Grill on June 16, 2017. . . . Albuquerque hitters grounded into a season-worst 4 double plays tonight. . . . Tacoma's Daniel Vogelbach was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The rosters for the 2018 Futures Game rosters were announced and no Isotopes made either the World or the U.S. team this year. Representing the Rockies organization in the game is P Jesus Tinoco (World Team) and IF Brendan Rodgers (U.S. Team). The Futures Game will be played Sunday July 15th. . . . Home Run Derby participants were named for that 2018 Triple-A All-Star Game activity to be held on July 9th in Columbus, Ohio with the All-Star Game itself being played on July 11th. Representing the PCL are Zach Borenstein (Las Vegas), AJ Reed (Fresno) and Patrick Wisdom (Memphis). Going for the fences for the host International League are Carlos Franco (Gwinnett), Chad Huffman (Toledo) and Joey Meneses (Lehigh Valley). . . . Game four of the five game series is Saturday evening and the promotion is Dukes Retro Night where throwback Dukes uniforms will be worn and former-Duke coach and former-Isotope manager Dean Treanor will be on hand to be inducted into the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. Probables are LHP Sam Howard (3-6, 5.81) for the Dukes and RHP Casey Lawrence (6-3, 2.93) for the Rainiers (or Tigers as the Tacoma club was known during most of the seasons the Dukes were a PCL club).

Filed 07/06/2018

July 5, 2018 - Isotopes (44-42)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       000 000 000 --  0  3  1
Albuquerque  002 000 00x --  2  8  0

WP: David Holman (3-2)
LP: Ross Detwiler (2-2)
SV: DJ Johnson (12)

TIME: 2:05
ATT: 7,946
It took 86 completed games into this 140-game season for the Isotopes pitching staff to finally toss a shutout. Jeff Hoffman, David Holman and DJ Johnson combined on a 3-hit shutout in just over two hours as the Isotopes defeated the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 2-0 on Thursday evening at "The Lab".

Tacoma failed to score in their best scoring opportunity of the night in the 1st inning. With two outs, Daniel Vogelbach and John Andreoli each singled and Andrew Aplin drew a walk to load the bases before a groundout ended the inning.

The only runs of the game were plated in the 3rd inning. Jan Vazquez and Elliot Soto singled, Garrett Hampson had a sacrifice bunt to move both runners up a base and Ryan McMahon followed with a two-run single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 58 GS, 3.97 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The 2 hour, 5 minute contest was Albuquerque's shortest game of the season, even including both of the two shorter 7-inning doubleheader games played this year . . . Until tonight, Albuquerque was one of four clubs in the PCL to not have tossed a shutout this season. . . . Ross Detwiler tossed a complete game for the Rainiers in a losing effort. According to the Rainiers, it was only his second complete game as a professional. . . Socrates Brito of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Player of the Month for June as voted by the PCL's field managers. Brito, a 2018 PCL All-Star, had the best June stats in all of Minor League Baseball's full-season league batters in slugging percentage (.902) and OPS (1.392) and second best stats in the full-season leagues with 20 June extra-base hits and 27 June runs scored. Brito had the second best June PCL batting average (.415 - 34x82), most total bases (74) and tied for third most in doubles (10). . . . The series continues Friday evening. Probables are LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-6, 6.10) for the Isotopes' alternate moniker the Albuquerque Green Chile Cheeseburgers and RHP Williams Perez (1-0, 0.82) for the Rainiers.

Filed 07/05/2018

July 4, 2018 - Isotopes (43-42)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       100 010 000 --  2  10  1
Albuquerque  000 130 13x --  8  12  1

WP: Peter Lambert (1-0)
LP: Bryan Evans (1-1) 

HR: ABQ Ryan McMahon (5) off Evans (5th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Ryan McMahon (6) off Evans (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:29
ATT: 15,652
Peter Lambert allowed two runs in six innings to toss a quality start victory in his Triple-A debut and Ryan McMahon gave him some run support with a pair of homers and 4 RBI as the Isotopes cruised to a 8-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in a July 4th series opener in front of a crowd of 15,652.

Lambert did not have a good start to his first Triple-A inning. Ian Miller and Gordon Beckham led off the game with singles to put runners on the corners before Lambert got Daniel Vogelbach to ground into a double play wtih Miller scoring. A groundout ended the frame.

Mike Tauchman's sacrifice fly tied the game at 1-1 in the 4th inning before the Rainiers regained the lead in the top of the 5th inning on a fielder's choice groundout.

Albuquerque plated three runs in the bottom half of the 5th inning to reclaim the lead for good. Shawn O'Malley and Garrett Hampson had one out singles and scored on McMahon's three-run homer.

McMahon solo homered after the 7th inning stretch for a 5-2 Albuquerque lead and the Isotopes plated their final three runs in the 8th inning on consecutive RBI singles from Daniel Castro, Anthony Bemboom and O'Malley.

Isotopes Starter Line: Peter Lambert (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 58 GS, 3.00 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Carlos Estevez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.87 ERA

Estevez faced 4 batters in the 8th inning and got a pop out to start things before giving up a single then getting a fly out and a strikeout to end his fourth appearance in his current MLB rehabilitation assignment.


'TOPES NOTES:
The crowd of 15,652 was the 7th largest crowd in Isotopes Park history and was the largest Wednesday crowd the Isotopes have ever drawn. The crowd size was the largest in the PCL this season for July 3rd or July 4th Independence Day celebrations and was the second largest July 3rd/July 4th crowd in all of Minor League Baseball as only the International League's Buffalo Bisons drew more for their July 3rd Independence Day promotion. . . . Albuquerque is 11-5 all-time in games played on July 4th including 6-3 at home. The Isotopes have a 5 game Independence Day winning streak. . . . Ryan McMahon had his second multi-homer game of the season and was Albuquerque's 9th team multi-homer game. . . . Peter Lambert's quality start was the second straight Isotope quality start as Jonathan Gray had one in yesterday's game in El Paso. . . . Game two of the series is Thursday evening with RHP Jeff Hoffman (3-4, 4.27) expected to start for Albuquerque against Tacoma's LHP Ross Detwiler (2-1, 5.40).

Filed 07/04/2018

July 3, 2018 - Isotopes (42-42)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  004 200 014 --  11  16  1
El Paso      000 002 003 --   5   5  0

WP: Jonathan Gray (1-0)
LP: Colin Rea (1-2)

HR: ABQ Daniel Castro (1) off Rea (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Garrett Hampson (4) off Rea (4th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Mike Tauchman (13) off Wieck (9th inning, 2R)

    ELP Forrestt Allday (1) off Gray (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:51
ATT: 9,972
In his first start with the Isotopes since being sent down from the Rockies, Jonathan Gray was spectacular, no-hitting the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) for five innings before giving up his first hit and the shutout in the 6th inning and his teammates put double-digits on the scoreboard for the 17th time this season as Albuquerque ended the series with a 11-5 victory in El Paso on Tuesday evening to end a three-game losing streak.

Albuquerque built a big lead in the 3rd inning. Daniel Castro led off with a homer and later in the inning, Mike Tauchman tripled home a pair of runs and scored on Josh Fuentes' single.

Castro singled and trotted home two outs later on Garrett Hampson's two-run homer in the 4th inning to extend the Isotope lead to 6-0.

El Paso found the scoreboard in the 6th inning. Javy Guerra led off the bottom of the 6th inning with a single to break up Gray's no-hitter and Forrestt Allday two-run homered an out later to end the shutout.

Anthony Bemboom's sacrifice fly brought home an Isotope run in the 8th inning and Albuquerque added four more runs in the 9th inning to lead 11-2. Mike Tauchman had a two-run homer and Castro added a two-run single.

The Chihuahuas added three junk-time runs in the bottom of the 9th inning, plating them on a wild pitch, Brett Nicholas' RBI double and on a groundout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jonathan Gray (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 66 GS, 3.00 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Zac Rosscup: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 1.42 ERA

Rosscup made his eighth MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance and had a perfect 7th inning, needing 11 pitches to get a strikeout, fly out and another strikeout to retire the Chihuahuas in order.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Antonio Senzatela on Tuesday and Senzatela started for the Rockies in their Tuesday evening game against the San Francisco Giants. . . . The Isotopes are 6-10 all-time -- and 4-5 on the road -- in July 3rd contests, the date when half the league has their Independence Day promotion before every team travels on July 4th for the other half of the league to have their Independence Day promotion. . . . The Isotopes won two out of the five games in the series and 42,957 attended at Southwest University Park for a per-game average of 8,591. . . . Jonathan Gray tonight tossed the only Isotope quality start of the five game series. . . . El Paso's Diego Goris pitched in the 9th inning and was the 7th Isotope opponent position player to pitch against the Isotopes this season. . . . Former Isotopes manager Dean Treanor will be the only 2018 inductee into the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. Treanor, who managed the Isotopes in 2003 and again in 2005-2008 and has managed the most Isotope games (715) and is the winningest Isotopes manager with a 362-353 record, will be inducted on July 7th during Dukes Retro Night. . . . The Isotopes return home for a five-game homestand, playing the final series before the Triple-A All-Star Break. Probables in the July 4th opener are RHP Peter Lambert (No Record) who will be making his Triple-A debut with the Isotopes. The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) are expected to counter with RHP Bryan Evans (1-0, 5.52).

Filed 07/03/2018

July 2, 2018 - Isotopes (41-42)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  100 000 000 --  1   5  2
El Paso      002 130 00x --  6  11  0

WP: Chris Huffman (3-4)
LP: Sam Howard (3-6)

HR: ELP Diego Goris (6) off Howard (5th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:41
ATT: 7,963
The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) continued their domination of the Isotopes in the series as they claimed a 6-1 victory over the Isotopes to hand Albuquerque their third straight loss after the Isotopes won the series opener.

Albuquerque took a quick lead in the game. Garrett Hampson led off the game with a single, Elliot Soto followed with a single, both runners advanced a base on Mike Tauchman's groundout and Drew Weeks reached on a fielders choice grounder with Hampson scoring.

Allen Craig had a two-run double in the 3rd inning to give El Paso the lead and a run scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the 4th inning as El Paso led 3-1.

El Paso added the final three runs of the game in the 5th inning on Diego Goris' three-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Sam Howard (L, 3-6) 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 33 GS, 5.81 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Craig Schlitter was activated from the Temporary Inactive List then assigned to Class-AA Hartford. . . . Two Isotopes snapped hitting streaks in the game. Jordan Patterson went 0x2 to snap a 5-game hitting streak while Ryan McMahon went 0x3 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . There were no Isotope homers in the game so a season-best 9 consecutive game homer streak ended. . . . At 41-42, the Isotopes are 1 game below the .500 mark for the first time since they were 34-35 after June 17th's contest against Nashville. . . . Kevin Cron of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Cron hit .462 (12x26) with 5 homers and 15 RBI during the award week. . . . Odrisamer Despaigne of the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week after appearing in two games, making one start, and going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. In 10 1/3 innings of work, Despaigne allowed 7 hits, no runs, walked 1 and fanned 8 batters. . . . The series concludes Tuesday evening with the first of two Independence Day fireworks promotions that the Isotopes play in annually (one road game and one home game centered on July 3rd and 4th). RHP Jonathan Gray (No Record) will be making his first Isotope start of 2018 after being sent down from the Rockies. RHP Colin Rea (1-1, 3.27) is expected to take the home mound for the little dogs.

Filed 07/02/2018

July 1, 2018 - Isotopes (41-41)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  020 101 000 --  4   9  2
El Paso      004 101 00x --  6  12  0

WP: Seth Simmons (1-0)
LP: Brett Oberholtzer (4-6)
SV: Trey Wingenter (2)

HR: ABQ Drew Weeks (6) off Simmons (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Shawn O'Malley (1) off Simmons (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Jordan Patterson (19) off Simmons (6th inning, S)

    ELP Dusty Coleman (7) off Oberholtzer (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:50
ATT: 8,331
Jordan Patterson had a milestone game but there was no victory as El Paso had a 4-run 3rd inning to take a lead they would not give up in a 6-4 victory over Albuquerque on Sunday evening in El Paso.

Patterson was hit by a pitch in the 2nd inning - his 100th career hit-by-pitch and Drew Weeks followed with a two-run homer to give the Isotopes their only lead of the game.

With the bases loaded in the 3rd inning, Allen Craig reached on a fielding error with a run scoring, Brett Nicholas singled home a pair of runs to give El Paso the lead and another run scored on Shane Peterson's single.

The two clubs exchanged single runs in the 4th inning. Shawn O'Malley had his first Isotope homer in the top half and Dusty Coleman had a solo homer in the bottom half.

Patterson solo homered in the 6th inning for team-leading 19th of 2018 and his 100th career professional homer (all of them hit in the minor leagues) and the Chihuahuas capped the scoring in the bottom of the 6th inning on Auston Bousfield's ground-rule RBI double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Brett Oberholtzer (L, 4-6) 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 35 GS, 6.10 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Zac Rosscup: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, WP, 1.69 ERA

Rosscup faced 6 batters and threw 26 pitches in tonight's MLB rehabilitation assignment outing. Rosscup's first batter reached base on a throwing error in the 6th inning, then Rosscup got a flyout and groundout before a ground-rule double brought home a run. Rosscup uncorked a wild pitch and gave up two walks to load the bases before being replaced on the mound.



Carlos Estevez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA

Estevez faced 5 batters and threw 26 pitches in his longest MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance. After giving up a leadoff single, Estevez struck out the next two batters, got a flyout to end the 7th inning and got a groundout to lead off the 8th inning before being replaced in the game.


'TOPES NOTES:
Jordan Patterson, who extended his hitting streak to 5 games tonight, has homers in back-to-back games and 4 homers in his last 5 games. Patterson will have a couple of milestones with his next homer. Not only will it be his 20th of the 2018 season, it'll be his 60th career Isotope homer to tie Jason Wood's franchise record. . . . Ryan McMahon hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Josh Fuentes went 0x2 to snap a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque batters had three homers tonight to cross the 100 homer milestone for the season tonight (101) which puts them second most in the PCL behind Salt Lake's 119 homers. Albuquerque pitching snapped a season-best three game streak without allowing a homer tonight when the Chihuahuas had a 4th inning solo homer. Isotopes pitching has allowed 121 homers, second most in all of Minor League Baseball. . . . With division-leading Salt Lake losing, El Paso moved into a first place tie in the division with Salt Lake while Albuquerque is 2.5 games back of both clubs. . . . The Isotopes committed 2 errors in the game, snapping a streak of five games without having an error. . . . Drew Weeks had his first Isotope homer since April 26th. Weeks was on the Disabled List from April 29th to June 25th to account for most of that calendar time without a homer. . . . Game four of the five game series is Monday evening. Probables are LHP Sam Howard (3-5, 5.53) for the Isotopes and RHP Luis Perdomo (6-2, 3.10) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 07/01/2018

June 30, 2018 - Isotopes (41-40)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  010 000 000 --  1   9  0
El Paso      300 101 20x --  7  12  0

WP: Brett Kennedy (6-0)
LP: David Holman (2-2)

HR: ABQ Jordan Patterson (18) off Kennedy (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:08
ATT: 9,116
The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) plated three runs in the 1st inning and all the Albuquerque offense could muster was a solo homer as the Chihuahuas defeated the Isotopes 7-1 on Saturday evening in El Paso.

The Chihuahuas plated all three of their 1st inning runs with two outs. Allen Craig singled home a run and Shane Peterson added a two-run double.

Jordan Patterson's solo homer led off the 2nd inning for Albuquerque.

Forrestt Allday singled home a run in the 4th inning and Luis Urias plated a run with a single in the 6th inning to build the El Paso lead to 5-1.

Diego Goris' two-run double capped the game scoring in the 7th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holman (L, 2-2) 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 34 GS, 6.14 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned P Jonathan Gray to Albuquerque and recalled OF Raimel Tapia. Additionally, P Peter Lambert was transferred from Class-AA Hartford to Albuquerque. Lambert is the third ranked Rockies prospect according to MLB.com and went 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 15 starts with the Yard Goats this season. . . . Josh Fuentes hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Jordan Patterson's homer was his third homer in his four games and the 99th professional homer for Patterson with all of them hit in the minor leagues. The homer tonight extended Albuquerque's club consecutive game homer streak to a season-best 8 games. . . . Isotopes pitching, who have given up the second most homers in all of the minor leagues, set a new season high by not allowing a homer for the third consecutive game. . . . June is in the history books for the Isotopes except for a game suspended due to rain on June 3rd to be completed later in July with the stats going into the June books upon completion. The June Isotope stats so far, waiting for the suspended game stats to become official: 12-14 record in June (6-7 at Home, 6-7 on the Road), .273 team batting average, 5.27 team ERA, 121 runs scored, 25 homers belted and 25 bases stolen. . . . Game three of the series is Sunday afternoon. Probables are LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-5, 6.02) for the Isotopes and RHP Seth Simmons (0-0, 3.76) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 06/30/2018

June 29, 2018 - Mariachis (41-39)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  020 601 001 --  10  12  0
El Paso      002 000 001 --   3   5  2

WP: Nelson Gonzalez (3-1)
LP: Walker Lockett (3-7)

HR: ABQ Anthony Bemboom (4) off Lockett (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Josh Fuentes (9) off Wieck (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 7,575
In a Copa de la Diversion matchup, the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico hit the road for the first time, batted around and plated six runs in the 4th inning to take a commanding lead and kept their all-time record undefeated with a 10-3 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in El Paso on Friday evening.

Ryan McMahon singled and came around to score on Anthony Bemboom's two-run homer as the Mariachis led 2-0 in the 2nd inning.

RBI singles from Carlos Asuaje and Raffy Lopez lifted the Chihuahuas into a 2-2 tie in the 3rd inning.

Rain started to briefly fall as the Mariachis rained runs in the 4th inning. The Mariachis plated their first run of the frame on an error and later in the inning Raimel Tapia singled home a run and Josh Fuentes and Jordan Patterson each added two run singles. The Mariachis sent 11 batters to the plate and had five hits, all singles. The rain shower in the inning did not halt the game.

Mike Tauchman tripled and scored on Fuentes' sacrifice flyout in the 6th inning to extend the Mariachi lead to 9-2.

Both teams plated their final runs in the 9th inning. Fuentes solo homered for the Mariachis while in the bottom of the 9th inning, Forrestt Allday had a two-out triple and scored on Luis Urias' single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman - 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 48 GS, 4.27 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Zac Rosscup: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 1.93 ERA

Rosscup made his sixth appearance of his MLB rehabilitation assignment and had a perfect inning, needing 11 pitches to get a strikeout and two groundouts in the 6th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
In the lone Mariachi transaction, OF Stephen Cardullo was placed on the Disabled List. . . . The Mariachis are 3-0 all-time after completing their only road game of the season and may need to get a road version of their uniform top if they plan on playing more road games as the Mariachis in future seasons. The styling was not too attractive with the bright white Mariachis jersey top combined with gray road pants. There are two more home Mariachi games left in 2018 - July 20th and August 19th. . . . Josh Fuentes extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . With two homers tonight, the Isotopes extended their club consecutive game homer streak to a season-best 7 games. . . . The Mariachis/Isotopes had their 16th double-digit run scoring game of the season. . . . Every Mariachi starting position player had at least one hit in the game. . . . For the ninth consecutive season, Minor League Baseball players and umpires will wear special July 4th themed caps created by the New Era Cap Company. Team logos on the front of the cap will be featured in a red, white, blue and gold color scheme. Isotope and other Minor League Baseball fans will eventually will be able to purchase these caps from their teams' stores, teams' online store, or through milbstore.com. The royalties paid to Minor League Baseball for each July 4th themed cap sold will be donated to various local military and veterans' organizations. . . . The second game of the five-game series is Saturday evening. The Isotopes have not decided on a probable while El Paso is expected to send RHP Brett Kennedy (5-0, 3.06) to the bump.

Filed 06/29/2018

June 28, 2018 - Isotopes (40-39)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   000 000 001 --  1  5  0
Albuquerque  010 000 20x --  3  9  0

WP: Antonio Senzatela (3-1)
LP: Daniel Camarena (0-3)
SV: Carlos Estevez (1)

HR: ABQ Garrett Hampson (3) off Connolly (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:32
ATT: 5,055
Antonio Senzatela was spectacular, tossing 7 2/3 innings of 3-hit, scoreless ball for Albuquerque's longest starting pitcher outing of the season and Garrett Hampson added a two-run homer as Albuquerque closed the homestand with a 3-1 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) on Thursday afternoon at "The Lab".

Elliot Soto singled in the 2nd inning, went to second base on Shawn O'Malley's sacrifice bunt and scored on Senzatela's single for a 1-0 Isotopes lead.

After the 7th inning stretch, Senzatela doubled with one out and scored on Hampson's two-run homer for a 3-0 advantage.

Albuquerque pitching lost the shutout in the 9th inning when pinch-hitter Orlando Calixte delivered a two-out RBI single. The Isotopes are one of four PCL clubs who have not tossed a shutout this season.

Isotopes Starter Line: Antonio Senzatela (W, 3-1) 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 82 GS, 2.15 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Carlos Estevez: (S, 1) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 8.44 ERA

Estevez appeared in his second game of this second MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance with the Isotopes and faced 6 batters, tossed 30 pitches, and gave up the run that blew the Isotopes' shutout opportunity. In the 9th inning, Estevez gave up a leadoff double to Steven Duggar, then got a strikeout and fly out before walking Mac Williamson ahead of pinch-hitter Orlando Calixte's single to drive in Duggar. A groundout ended the game and secured the save for Estevez.


'TOPES NOTES:
Three Isotopes were named to the 2018 PCL All-Star Team when the roster was unveiled today. OF Mike Tauchman was elected as a starter while IF Josh Fuentes and P DJ Johnson made the team as reserves. Tauchman was the first Isotope-elected starter since Matt McBride in 2015 and the three Isotope All-Stars were the most named on the initially released roster since four Isotopes were named to the All-Star team in 2012. Depending on injuries or callups, some of these three may not play or there may be more Isotopes added to the roster that will actually see game action in the 2018 Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11th in Columbus, Ohio. . . . Josh Fuentes had 2 hits to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Antonio Senzatela had his third quality start of the season, the 13th Isotopes team quality start of the season, and first Isotopes quality start since Yency Almonte's on June 15th against Memphis. Senzatela had the highest Isotopes Game Score of the season - 82. . . . The Isotopes and River Cats split the series 2-2 and 33,870 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 8,468. . . . The Isotopes accelerate towards the 4th of July holiday with a five-game road series against the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) culminating with the first of two holiday firework celebrations (the road game July 3rd night that is El Paso's Independence Day fireworks promotion). Probables in the opener are RHP Jeff Hoffman (3-4, 4.29) for the Isotopes and RHP Walker Lockett (3-6, 4.88) for the Chihuahuas. It is a Copa de la Diversion promotional game so the Isotopes might wear their Mariachi jerseys to face the Chihuahuas who do not use an alternate moniker during Copa de la Diversion contests.

Filed 06/28/2018

June 27, 2018 - Isotopes (39-39)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   011 002 000 --  4  10  0
Albuquerque  100 100 100 --  3   8  0

WP: Matt Gage (4-6)
LP: Sam Howard (3-5)
SV: Ray Black (1)

HR: SAC Steven Duggar (4) off Howard (3rd inning, S)
    SAC Chase d'Arnaud (11) off Howard (6th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Jordan Patterson (17) off Gage (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:36
ATT: 8,701
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated two runs in the 6th inning that ended up being the game-winning runs as the Isotopes were edged 4-3 in the third game of the series Wednesday evening at "The Lab".

Albuquerque had their only lead of the game in the bottom of the 1st inning when Mike Tauchman doubled with two outs and scored on Josh Fuentes' single.

Ronnie Freeman doubled home a run in the 2nd inning and Steven Duggar hit a solo homer in the 3rd inning to give Sacramento a 2-1 lead.

Jordan Patterson had his team-leading 17th homer in the 4th inning to knot the game at 2-2 before Sacramento reclaimed the lead for good in the 6th inning. Chase d'Arnaud solo homered and pinch-hitter Miguel Gomez added a RBI single.

Albuquerque plated the last run of the game after the 7th inning stretch when Raimel Tapia doubled with two outs and scored on Ryan McMahon's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Sam Howard (L, 3-5) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 41 GS, 5.53 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned P Jeff Hoffman and P Brooks Pounders to the Isotopes. In another transaction, P Craig Schlitter was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Jordan Patterson has homered in back-to-back games. . . . Sacramento had their third straight game where every run scored except for two runs were plated on homers. . . . The series finishes with a Thursday afternoon contest and an Albuquerque victory would earn a series split with Sacramento. Probables are RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-1, 2.70) for the Isotopes and LHP Daniel Camarena (2-5, 3.97) for the River Cats.

Filed 06/27/2018

June 26, 2018 - Mariachis (39-38)

The Plaza

Sacramento   012 002 030 --   8   9  2
Albuquerque  501 000 70x --  13  17  0

WP: Brett Oberholtzer (4-5)
LP: Jeff Samardzija (0-2)

HR: SAC Mac Williamson (10) off Oberholtzer (3rd inning, 2R)
    SAC Chase d'Arnaud (10) off Oberholtzer (6th inning, 2R)
    SAC Ronnie Freeman (3) off Vasto (8th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Jordan Patterson (16) off Samardzija (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Mike Tauchman (12) off Samardzija (1st inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:49
ATT: 12,551
The Mariachis of Nuevo Mexico are not afraid of sharks. The Mariachis plated six total runs off San Francisco Giants rehabilitating starter Jeff Samardzija (nicknamed "Shark") and a big 7-run 7th inning ended up providing the game winning runs to keep the Mariachis undefeated with a 13-8 victory over the Dorados de Sacramento at The Plaza on Tuesday evening.

The Mariachis had five runs on the scoreboard before Samardzija even recorded an out in the 1st inning. Raimel Tapia drew a leadoff walk, Garrett Hampson singled and Mike Tauchman followed with a three-run homer. Ryan McMahon doubled ahead of Jordan Patterson's team-lead-tying 16th homer of the season.

Samardzija grounded out to bring home a run in the 2nd inning and Mac Williamson two-run homered in the 3rd inning as the Dorados closed to 5-3.

Drew Weeks doubled home a run in the home half of the 3rd inning as the Mariachis doubled the Dorados 6-3 and the Dorados closed to a run down at 6-5 in the 6th inning with Chase d'Arnaud's two-run homer.

Albuquerque sent 11 batters to the plate and came up with 8 hits to score 7 very important runs - runs that would have led to a loss had they not been scored. Patterson and Jan Vazquez doubled home runs, Josh Fuentes tripled home a run, Weeks and Tapia drove in runs with a single in the frame, and Hampson capped the scoring with a two-run double.

Sacramento's d'Arnuad had a sacrifice flyout and Ronnie Freeman added a two-run homer to close out the game scoring in the 8th inning.

Mariachis Starter Line: Brett Oberholtzer (W, 4-5) 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 39 GS, 6.02 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Zac Rosscup: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 2.45 ERA

Rosscup made his fifth rehabilitation assignment outing for Albuquerque and pitched a perfect 7th inning, getting a groundout, fly out and groundout while only needing 12 pitches.


'TOPES NOTES:
The crowd of 12,551 was the largest Tuesday crowd in Isotopes Park history that was not drawn for the July 4th holiday or Manny Ramirez's 2009 MLB Rehabilitation Assignment appearance with the Isotopes. The crowd size may have also been the first one in Isotopes history where berm tickets were placed on sale days before the game and the crowd was not a top 50 Isotopes Park largest crowd let alone a crowdsize greater than the published capacity of Isotopes Park. 12,551 was still impressive, considering it was the second largest home crowd of the season behind the Isotopes Park record crowd 16,975 that was drawn on a Saturday night on May 5th when the Mariachis made their debut. . . . The Mariachis are 2-0 all-time and might have an opportunity later in the week to make it two wins this week if the Mariachis uniforms are worn in a Copa de la Diversion matchup in El Paso Friday. . . . There were two Mariachi near-cycles in the game - Jordan Patterson (triple short) and Josh Fuentes (homer short). . . . Every Mariachi position player starter had at least one hit in the game and the 17 total team hits was the most hits in a game since May 2nd when the Isotopes had 20 hits. . . . The 9 team extra base hits tied a season high. . . . The Dorados had their second straight game where they plated all but two of their runs using the longball. . . . Jeff Samardzija faced 21 batters and tossed 88 pitches in 4 innings in the MLB rehabilitation assignment start and gave up 7 hits, 6 runs (all earned), walked 2, struck out 6, and allowed 2 homers. There is no word yet if the Giants are ready to recall Samardzija from his rehabilitation assignment or if he will be making another start or more with the River Cats. . . . The Mariachis and Dorados transform back to the Isotopes and River Cats for game three of the series on Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Sam Howard (3-4, 5.47) for the Isotopes and LHP Matt Gage (3-6, 5.89) for the River Cats.

Filed 06/26/2018

June 25, 2018 - Isotopes (38-38)

Isotopes Park

Sacramento   010 120 302 --  9  15  0
Albuquerque  200 200 000 --  4  10  2

WP: Casey Kelly (7-5)
LP: Carlos Estevez (0-1) 

HR: SAC Ryder Jones (7) off Holman (5th inning, 2R)
    SAC Mac Williamson (9) off Holman (2nd inning, S)
    SAC Chris Shaw (13) off Holman (4th inning, S)
    SAC Chris Shaw (14) off Hessler (7th inning, 3R)

    ABQ Josh Fuentes (8) off Kelly (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:02
ATT: 7,563
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated five late-game runs to break open a tied game and Isotopes pitching was stung by their season-long nemesis of giving up homers in Albuquerque's 9-4 series-opening loss at "The Lab" on Monday evening.

Garrett Hampson singled and scored on Josh Fuentes' 2-run homer as Albuquerque led 2-0 after an inning of play.

Mac Williamson solo homered in the 2nd inning and Chris Shaw added a solo homer in the 4th inning to knot the game at 2-2 before Albuquerque regained the lead in the bottom half of the 4th inning. Mike Tauchman singled, Fuentes doubled and both came home an out later on Daniel Castro's double.

Ryder Jones' two-run homer in the 5th inning knotted the game again at 4-4 and Shaw's second homer of the game, a three-run shot, gave the River Cats a 7-4 lead in the 7th inning.

Sacramento plated their only runs of the game without the aid of a homer in the 9th inning when Ronnie Freeman singled home two runs.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holman - 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3 HR, 32 GS, 5.85 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Carlos Estevez: (L, 0-1) 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 8.31 ERA

Estevez made his first appearance of his second MLB rehabilitation assignment stint of the season with the Isotopes and faced 4 batters, tossed 19 pitches, and earned the loss. In the 7th inning, Estevez game up a leadoff single and then had a throwing error in a pickoff attempt. After getting a fly out, Estevez allowed another single to put runners on the corners and then got a strikeout before being removed from the game. Both runners Estevez put on base scored.


'TOPES NOTES:
There were a slew of Isotope transactions on Monday. The Rockies recalled P Yency Almonte and transferred the MLB Rehabilitation Assignments of P Mike Dunn and P Scott Oberg from Albuquerque to Advanced-A Lancaster. The Rockies sent P Carlos Estevez to Albuquerque on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment. Estevez was with the Isotopes on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment earlier in the year but might have had a setback as he was never activated by the Rockies when he started to quit appearing in Isotopes games on a regular basis. P David Holmberg was placed on the Disabled List, retroactive to June 21st, and OF Drew Weeks was activated from the Disabled List after he was recalled from his rehabilitation assignment with Rookie-Grand Junction. . . . Albuquerque pitching has allowed 115 homers this season, second most in all of Minor League Baseball and second in the PCL behind the 120 homers allowed by the Minor League Baseball leader Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets). . . . Shawn O'Malley struck out in a pinch-hit at-bat, snapping his eight game hitting streak. . . . Chris Shaw was the 11th Isotope opponent to have a 2-homer game this season. . . . The River Cats snapped a team eight-game losing streak with tonight's victory. . . . A couple of Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) players swept the PCL Weekly Awards. The Hitter of the Week is Kyle Tucker, who hit .577 (15x26) with 1 homer and 3 RBI during the award week. The Pitcher of the Week is Cy Sneed, who won a complete game, 2-hit shutout against the Isotopes in Fresno last week. Sneed no-hit the Isotopes through 6 innings, Raimel Tapia broke up the no-hitter with a single to lead off the 7th inning, and Sneed walked 2 and struck out 13 batters. . . . On Tuesday evening, the Isotopes transform into the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico for the second of four home games this season and they will take on the River Cats-transformed Dorados de Sacramento. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-5, 5.86) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mariachis while the Dorados are expected to counter with RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 2.57), making his third MLB Rehabilitation Assignment start for Sacramento and likely his last rehabilitation assignment start before rejoining the San Francisco Giants.

Filed 06/25/2018

June 23, 2018 - DH2 - Isotopes (38-37)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  010 000 0 --  1  2  2
Fresno       100 000 1 --  2  8  0

WP: Brendan McCurry (3-2)
LP: Scott McGough (6-2) 

HR: ABQ Ryan McMahon (4) off Armenteros (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:10
ATT: 4,375
The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) made quick work in the 7th inning of a tied game to defeat the Isotopes 2-1 to earn a split of the series-ending doubleheader on Saturday evening in Fresno.

Fresno plated a run in the 1st inning on an error and Ryan McMahon's two-out solo homer in the 2nd inning knotted the game at 1-1.

Neither team got on the scoreboard until Fresno won it in the bottom of the 7th inning when they loaded the bases with no outs and Kyle Tucker delivered a fly ball single over the drawn-in outfielders to bring home the game winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Nelson Gonzalez - 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 66 GS, 5.45 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Zac Rosscup: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 3.38 ERA

Rosscup made his fourth MLB rehabilitation assignment outing with the Isotopes and needed 21 pitches (13 strikes) to face 5 batters. Rosscup allowed a leadoff single in the 6th inning before getting a fly out then allowed another single before getting a foul pop out and a strikeout to end the scoreless inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
P Nelson Gonzalez was activated from the Disabled List to make the start in tonight's doubleheader nightcap. In other moves, the Rockies recalled IF Pat Valaika and optioned P Yency Almonte to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque tied a season-worst with just 2 hits in the game and had their fourth walk-off loss of the season. . . . Raimel Tapia went 0x3 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Jordan Patterson was hit by a pitch in each game of the doubleheader. . . . The Grizzlies and Isotopes split the series 2-2 and 17,295 attended at Chukchansi Park for a per-gate average of 5,975. . . . All three players who are with the Isotopes on MLB rehabilitation assignments appeared in the doubleheader - Mike Dunn and Scott Oberg in Game 1 and Zac Rosscup in Game 2. . . . The Isotopes and Grizzlies have Sunday off because of their doubleheader today. Albuquerque returns home Monday for a quick four-game homestand against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) with Tuesday's game being the second of four Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico home contests of the season. Probables have not been decided for either team for the Monday evening opener.

Filed 06/23/2018

June 23, 2018 - DH1 - Isotopes (38-36)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  001 011 0 --  3  9  1
Fresno       020 000 0 --  2  6  0

WP: Shane Broyles (3-1)
LP: Trent Thornton (5-5)
SV: Scott Oberg (3)

HR: ABQ Mike Tauchman (11) off Thornton (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:13
Mike Tauchman's 6th inning homer snapped a 2-2 tie and led to Albuquerque's 3-2 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) in the opener of a doubleheader on Saturday evening in Fresno.

The Grizzlies were spotted a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning when a run scored on an error and Jack Mayfield added a RBI single.

Elliot Soto grounded into a double play with a run scoring in the 3rd inning and Ryan McMahon drew a 5th inning walk, advanced to second base on Shawn O'Malley's sacrifice bunt and scored on Raimel Tapia's double to knot the game at 2-2.

Tauchman deposited the first pitch of the 6th inning over the center field wall in the 6th inning for the go-ahead run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Antonio Senzatela - 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 45 GS, 2.70 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Mike Dunn: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

Dunn, born in Farmington, New Mexico, made his Isotopes debut in his first MLB rehabilitation assignment game of this season and had three fly outs in his perfect 6th inning.



Scott Oberg: (S, 3) 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 1.76 ERA

Oberg made his first appearance as an Isotope in a MLB rehabilitation assignment rather than as a regular roster player like earlier in the season and had a tougher time than Dunn. After starting the 7th inning with a strikeout, he gave up two straight singles before the second out was recorded on a Grizzlies runner caught stealing home. The final out of the game was a groundout giving Oberg his third save as an Isotope this season.




'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent both P Mike Dunn and P Scott Oberg to the Isotopes on MLB Rehabilitation Assignments. . . . Today was Albuquerque's first schedule doubleheader since July 8, 2016 at Las Vegas. . . . Shawn O'Malley extended his hitting streak to 8 games, while Raimel Tapia now has a 7-game hitting streak.

Filed 06/23/2018
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