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Albuquerque Isotopes 2017 Regular Season At-A-Glance:
Home Record: 37-31Road Record: 27-39
Division Record: 27-21Extra Innings Record: 6-7
Current Streak: Won 1

August 29, 2017 - Isotopes Ppd., Rain

Tuesday evening's contest between the Isotopes and Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) was postponed due to unplayable grounds after a strong rain storm with occasional hail moved through the Albuquerque area in the 5 PM hour and grounds crews worked hard for hours to try to make the field playable. It was Albuquerque's 3rd home postponement (and 4th overall) this season and 26th home postponed game in 15 years of franchise history.

The game is scheduled to be made up as a doubleheader on Wednesday with a 4:35 PM first pitch. No probables for either game were announced.

With the division-leading Salt Lake Bees winning, Albuquerque's tragic number fell to 2. It's very possible by the end of the doubleheader that the Isotopes could be eliminated from going to the postseason. The only team mounting a threat to the Bees is the El Paso Chihuahuas who are in second place in the division 1 game back with a tragic number of 6. El Paso is looking for their third straight division title.

Reno's magic number to clinch the Pacific Conference Northern Division fell to four as second-place Fresno Grizzlies lost.

In Isotopes news, Arizona Fall League rosters were announced and three Isotopes -- P Yency Almonte, P James Farris and P Zach Jemiola -- are going to be playing for the Salt River Rafters in the AFL which starts in October in the Phoenix area.


Filed 08/29/2017

August 28, 2017 - Isotopes (64-70)

Isotopes Park

Reno          200 000 000 --  2   7  1
Albuquerque   040 010 01x --  6  14  2

WP: Ryan Carpenter (9-9)
LP: Eric Jokisch (8-7) 
	
TIME: 2:47
ATT: 7,453
Isotopes starter Ryan Carpenter allowed 2 hits in 7 innings to pickup the victory as he reached a milestone no Isotope has reached since 2012. Despite defeating the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 6-2, the Isotopes tragic number fell to 3 as the division-leading Salt Lake Bees also won to keep their 4.5 game lead over Albuquerque with 7 games left to play.

Reno scored their only runs of the game in the 1st inning when Oswaldo Arcia and Zach Borenstein each knocked home runs with a single.

The Isotopes grabbed the lead for good at 4-2 in the 2nd inning with RBI singles from Daniel Castro, Mike Tauchman, Cristhian Adames and Ryan McMahon.

Noel Cuevas tripled and scored on Tom Murphy's single in the 5th inning and Tauchman singled home Albuquerque's final run in the 8th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Carpenter (W, 9-9) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 0 HR, 70 GS, 4.29 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jordan Patterson: 0x4 (.277), 1 K
Ryan McMahon: 2x4 (.367), 1 RBI (53)
Tom Murphy: 3x4 (.254), 1 R, 1 RBI (19), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 28 minutes by a rain shower just before first pitch. . . . The Rockies recalled OF Ian Desmond from his MLB rehabilitation assignment and optioned OF Raimel Tapia to Albuquerque. . . . Ryan Carpenter picked up his team-leading 9th victory, the most for an Isotope in a season since the 2012 season and had his team-leading 15th quality start in his 26th start of the season. . . . The Isotopes pitching staff struck out 14 Aces batters in the game, tying a staff season-high for most strikeouts in a game. . . . Hunter Renfroe of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Renfroe hit .524 (11x21) with 5 doubles, 1 homer and 5 RBI during the award week. . . . Nashville Sounds (AAA Athletics) starter Ben Bracewell is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Bracewell won both of his starts for the award week and had a 0.00 ERA (no earned runs in 13 innings) with 7 hits allowed, 2 walks and he fanned 10 batters. . . . Game two of the series is Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (3-3, 4.84) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Koch (1-2, 10.06) for the Aces.

Filed 08/28/2017

August 27, 2017 - Isotopes (63-70)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    322 000 010 --  8  13  0
Albuquerque  000 100 000 --  1   6  1

WP: John Lamb (6-2)
LP: Tyler Anderson (0-2) 

HR: SLC Michael Hermosillo (4) off Farris (2nd inning, 2R)
    SLC Michael Hermosillo (5) off Howard (8th inning, S)

    ABQ Ian Desmond (1) off Lamb (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:46
ATT: 9,283
Albuquerque failed to complete their mission in the series with the division-leading Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). The Bees plated seven runs over the first three frames en route to an 8-1 victory over the Isotopes. Albuquerque needed to win the series to close the distance to the Bees in the playoff hunt but instead lost three out of the four games. With 8 games left to play, the Isotopes are 4.5 games back of Salt Lake with a tragic number of 4.

Salt Lake's David Fletcher singled home two runs and Rey Navarro added a RBI single in the 1st inning, Michael Hermosillo two-run homered in the 2nd inning and in the 3rd inning, Dustin Ackley singled home a run and another run scored on a fielders choice to give the Bees a 7-0 lead.

MLB rehabber Ian Desmond's solo homer provided Albuquerque's only run of the game in the 4th inning and the Bees' Hermosillo solo homered in the 8th inning, his second homer of the game, to close out the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tyler Anderson (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 24 GS, 7.50 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jordan Patterson: 1x4 (.280), 1 K, E (10)
Ryan McMahon: 0x4 (.366), 1 K
Tom Murphy: 0x3 (.239), 1 BB, 2 K
Sam Howard: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 4.08 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Ian Desmond: 1x4 (.333), 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI (1)

Desmond in his third MLB rehabilitation appearance grounded out to first base in the 1st inning, solo homered in the 4th inning, and grounded out in the 6th and 8th innings.



Tyler Anderson: (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 7.50 ERA

Anderson made his first appearance of this MLB rehabilitation assignment with Albuquerque and faced 9 batters, threw 33 pitches (22 for strikes) and induced no groundouts and one flyout.


'TOPES NOTES:
There was a 13 minute delay to start the game due to a pre-game ceremony honoring the employees who have worked all 15 seasons the Isotopes have existed. . . . The Rockies sent P Tyler Anderson to Albuquerque on a MLB rehabilitation assignment. P Nelson Gonzalez was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and P Matt Flemer was placed on the Disabled List. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst 7 games below the .500 mark and are 3-7 in their last 10 games when they should have been surging in the playoff chase. . . . While not mathematically eliminated, in the remaining 8 games it only takes two Salt Lake wins and two Albuquerque losses to eliminate the Isotopes from postseason play. . . . Albuquerque played their final division game of the season and went 27-21 against the division. . . . Isotope starter Tyler Anderson's 1 inning of work was Albuquerque's third shortest starting pitcher outing of the season. . . . Thanks to two Fan Appreciation nights and being the final home weekend series of the season, Albuquerque drew 40,628 in the four game series for a per-game average of 10,157. It was the largest home four-game series attendance of the season. . . . Tonight's game marked the final matchup between the Bees and Isotopes this season. Albuquerque went 9-7 against the Bees in 2017. All-time at Isotopes Park, the Isotopes are 24-32 against the Bees and are 48-59 in all franchise history games against Salt Lake. . . . Another PCL club punched their ticket to the postseason when the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers) claimed the American Conference Northern Division. The Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) were eliminated to give the Sky Sox the title. Colorado Springs' title was historic as it was their first division title in 20 seasons when they won it in 1997 as a Rockies affiliate. The Sky Sox face the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) in the PCL American Conference Championship Series when the postseason begins. . . . The Isotopes begin their final four-game homestand of the season on Monday evening against the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). Probables in the opener are LHP Ryan Carpenter (8-9, 4.37) for the Isotopes. The Aces have yet to name a starter.

Filed 08/17/2017

August 26, 2017 - Isotopes (63-69)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    013 000 110 --  6  9  0
Albuquerque  001 012 000 --  4  6  0

WP: Jason Gurka (2-1)
LP: Jerry Vasto (3-3)
SV: Brooks Pounders (5)

HR: SLC David Fletcher (1) off Flemer (2nd inning, S)
    SLC Ramon Flores (8) off Flemer (3rd inning, 2R)

    ABQ Ryan Howard (1) off Morales (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Cristhian Adames (11) off Paredes (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:10
ATT: 11,012
The Isotopes battled back from an early four run defecit only to have the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) plate two late-game runs as Albuquerque's playoff chances took another hit with a 6-4 loss to the division-leading Bees. Salt Lake has a 3.5 game lead over Albuquerque with 9 games left to play and the Isotopes tragic number decreased to 6.

David Fletcher solo homered in the 1st inning and in the 3rd inning, Shane Robinson sacrifice flied out and Ramon Flores two-run homered as the Bees led 4-0.

Ryan Howard hit his first Isotope homer in the bottom of the 3rd inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.

Jordan Patterson doubled and scored on Derrik Gibson's single in the 5th inning and in the 6th inning, Cristhian Adames solo homered and Gibson's sacrifice flyout brought home a run to knot the game at 4-4.

Salt Lake quickly reclaimed the lead in the 7th inning on Eric Young Jr.'s single and Fletcher's single added an insurance run in the 8th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Matt Flemer - 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 19 GS, 5.76 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jordan Patterson: 1x4 (.280), 1 R, 1 2B (32)
Ryan McMahon: 1x3 (.371), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Jerry Vasto: (L, 3-3) 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.44 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Mike Tauchman went 0x4 to snap an 8-game hitting streak. . . . Jerry Vasto has lost his last three straight pitching decisions. . . . Two more PCL clubs were eliminated from playoff contention, making it half the league that is no longer playing for or has clinched a playoff spot. Eliminated at the end of tonight's action is the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the American Conference Northern Division and the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in the Pacific Conference Northern Division. . . . Probables for the series finale on Sunday evening is LHP Sam Howard (4-4, 4.10) for the Isotopes and LHP John Lamb (5-2, 5.81) for the Bees. It is anticipated the Rockies will send P Tyler Anderson to Albuquerque on a MLB rehab assignment and that Anderson will pitch the first two innings before Howard takes over.

Filed 08/26/2017

August 25, 2017 - Isotopes (63-68)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    000 000 100 --  1  6  0
Albuquerque  120 000 00x --  3  7  1

WP: Yency Almonte (2-1)
LP: Daniel Wright (6-10)
SV: Carlos Estevez (4)

TIME: 2:32
ATT: 11,407
Isotopes starter Yency Almonte tossed six innings of scoreless ball and Albuquerque scored all three of their runs over the first two innings and nursed that lead to a 3-1 victory over the divison-leading Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Friday evening at "The Lab". The victory moved Albuquerque to 2.5 games back of the Bees with 10 games left to play and the tragic number remained at 8.

Albuquerque plated their first run using the first three batters of the game. Mike Tauchman, MLB-rehabber Ian Desmond and Ryan McMahon all singled.

In the 2nd inning, back-to-back doubles from Tom Murphy and Cristhian Adames brought home a run and after Rafael Ynoa walked and Daniel Castro singled to load the bases, Tauchman's sacrifice flyout scored Adames for a 3-0 Isotopes lead.

Salt Lake scored their only run of the game on a wild pitch in the 7th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Yency Almonte (W, 2-1) 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 65 GS, 5.90 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jordan Patterson: 0x3 (.280), 1 K
Ryan McMahon: 1x4 (.371), 1 RBI (52)
Tom Murphy: 1x3 (.244), 1 R, 1 2B (9), 1 K
Yency Almonte: (W, 2-1) 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 5.90 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Ian Desmond: 1x3 (.400), 1 K

In Desmond's second MLB rehabilitation assignment appearance, Desmond singled to center in the 1st inning and was thrown out at third base trying to go from first base to third base on Ryan McMahon's single, struck out in the 2nd inning, flied out to center field in the 5th inning, and was replaced defensively in the 7th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Yency Almonte had his third quality start of the season with all of them coming at Isotopes Park. . . . Mike Tauchman extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Isotopes pitching coach Mark Brewer was ejected by Third Base umpire Garrett Patterson in the 7th inning. It was the fourth Isotope ejection of the season. . . . The Isotopes tied a season-best with four double plays turned in the game. . . . Albuquerque's offense went homerless for the fourth straight game, tying a team season high mark. . . . Travis Howard of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) was named the PCL's 2017 Sports Turf Manager of the Year. Howard is in his first season of being El Paso's Head Groundskeeper. Runner-ups receiving a Presidential Commendation from PCL President Branch B. Rickey are Albuquerque's Craig Sampsell and Nashville's Thomas Trotter. Next up in the PCL end-of-season award announcements is the All-PCL Team on Monday. . . . Probables for game three of the series on the first of two Fan Appreciation Nights on Saturday evening are RHP Matt Flemer (8-7, 5.60) for the Isotopes an RHP Osmer Moreales (2-1, 3.72) for the Bees.

Filed 08/25/2017

August 24, 2017 - Isotopes (62-68)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    600 030 120 --  12  13  0
Albuquerque  000 000 000 --   0   6  2

WP: Jaime Barria (1-0)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (3-3) 

HR: SLC Tony Sanchez (4) off Hoffman (1st inning, GS)
	
TIME: 2:52
ATT: 8,926
The Isotopes are going in the wrong direction in their attempt to make the playoffs. Isotopes starter Jeff Hoffman was rocked for 6 runs and was unable to make it out of the first inning as the division-leading Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) handed Albuquerque their worst shutout loss of the season, 12-0. Albuquerque, losers of three straight, fell to 3.5 games back of the Bees with 11 games left to play and the Isotopes' tragic number is 8.

Hoffman retired the first two batters of the game before Salt Lake erupted for their six runs. Rey Navarro doubled home two runs and Tony Sanchez grand-slam homered.

Nolan Fontana's doubled home a run and two more runs scored on an error in the 5th inning.

Navarro doubled home a run in the 7th inning and Michael Hermosillo doubled home a run and Navarro singled home a run in the 8th inning to close out the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 3-3) 0.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 9 GS, 4.84 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jordan Patterson: 0x4 (.282)
Ryan McMahon: 1x4 (.373), 1 2B (23), 2 K
Tom Murphy: 0x4 (.242), 1 K
Jeff Hoffman: (L, 3-3) 0.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 4.84 ERA
Jerry Vasto: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 6.52 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Ian Desmond: 1x2 (.500), 1 2B (1), 1 BB

Desmond started at first base in his first Isotopes rehabilitation assignment outing and popped out to shortstop in the 1st inning, doubled in the 4th inning, drew a walk in the 6th inning and was replaced in the field in the 7th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent OF Ian Desmond to Albuquerque on a MLB rehabilitation assignment and P Zac Rosscup was activated from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Jeff Hoffman was the second Isotope this season to throw a pitch in a start and not make it out of the 1st inning (Yency Almonte). . . . Albuquerque is a season-worst 6 games below the .500 mark, 7-14 in August and 18-23 since the Triple-A All-Star Break. . . . Albuquerque was shut out for the 8th time this season. . . . Mike Tauchman extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Tony Sanchez's grand-slam homer was the fourth Isotopes pitching has allowed this season and second grand slam homer allowed in the last five games. . . . Salt Lake's Ramon Flores was a homer short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The PCL's end-of-season award announcements kicked off today. Masa Abe of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) was named the Trainer of the Year in an award voted on by members of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). . . . Probables for game two of the series Friday evening are RHP Yency Almonte (1-1, 7.43) for the Isotopes and RHP Daniel Wright (6-9, 7.44) for the Bees.

Filed 08/24/2017

August 22, 2017 - Isotopes (62-67)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 200 000 --  2  8  1
Sacramento   000 200 001 --  3  7  1

WP: Reyes Moronta (3-0)
LP: Carlos Estevez (1-4) 
	
TIME: 3:01
ATT: 8,182
Isotopes starter Ryan Carpenter had a solid outing on his 27th birthday -- 6 hits and 2 runs allowed in 7 innings with 9 strikeouts - but a lack of offense earned him a no decision and the Isotopes went on to lose a heartbreaker in the 9th inning by a score of 3-2. Division-leader Salt Lake also lost so the Isotopes failed to capitalize on an opportunity to tighten up the division race and Albuquerque contniues to remain 2.5 games back of the Bees with 12 games left to play.

Both teams found the scoreboard in the 4th inning. In the Isotopes' half of the inning, Noel Cuevas and Jordan Patterson singled, Tom Murphy walked to load the bases, and Derrik Gibson doubled home a pair of runs.

Sacramento tied it up in their half of the inning on Mac Williamson's RBI single and former Isotope Tim Federowicz's RBI double.

Both offenses were quiet until the bottom of the 9th inning. Isotopes reliever Carlos Estevez gave up a Federowicz single, Slade Heathcott walked and Juniel Querecuto was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. With pinch-hiter Conor Gillaspie at the plate, Estevez had an error on a pickoff attempt that allowed Federowicz to score the game winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Carpenter - 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR, 73 GS, 4.37 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jordan Patterson: 1x4 (.285), 1 R
Ryan McMahon: 2x5 (.375), 1 K, GIDP
Tom Murphy: 0x2 (.250), 1 BB, HBP


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled OF Raimel Tapia and C Tony Wolters and optioned OF Mike Tauchman to Albuquerque. . . . Ryan Carpenter threw three no-hit innings to start the game, threw the most pitches for a starter this season (117) and had his team-leading 14th quality start. . . . The Isotopes are 5 games below the .500 mark for the first time this season and aren't helping their playoff cause by going 4-6 in their last 10 games. . . . Albuquerque has 6 walkoff losses this season. . . . The Isotopes scored 6 runs in the four-game series while the River Cats scored 16 runs in the series. . . . Albuquerque went 1-3 in the series and 35,567 attended at Raley Field for a per-game average of 8,892. . . . Tonight was the final game of the season between the two clubs and the Isotopes inked a 6-9 record against the River Cats in 2017 and is 20-36 all-time in games played in West Sacramento. Albuquerque also trails Sacramento 43-64 in the all-time series. . . . San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto made a rehab start with the River Cats and went 3 innings, allowing 3 hits, no runs, walked none, fanned 1 and tossed 47 pitches in a no-decision outing. . . . The Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) became the latest PCL club to be eliminated from playoff contention. The Storm Chasers were eliminated from the American Conference Northern Division. . . . After a day off on Wednesday, the Isotopes return home for their final eight game homestand of the regular season. The first four are very crucial games against the division-leading Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) as the Isotopes have a tragic number of 10. Neither team has named a probable for Thursday's opener.

Filed 08/22/2017

August 21, 2017 - Isotopes (62-66)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 101 000 --  2  6  0
Sacramento   103 000 00x --  4  9  0

WP: Jose Flores (2-3)
LP: Sam Howard (4-4)
SV: Derek Law (9)

TIME: 2:50
ATT: 5,975
The Isotopes fell behind 4-0 in the first three innings and were not able to overcome that early defecit in a 4-2 loss to the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) on Monday evening in West Sacramento, California. With the division-leading Salt Lake Bees winning, the Isotopes fell to 2.5 games back with 13 games left to play.

Sacramento's Chris Shaw doubled home a run in the 1st inning and in the 3rd inning, Mac Williamson doubled home a run and Juan Ciriaco singled home two runs.

Anthony Bemboom drew a bases-loaded walk in the 4th inning and in the 6th inning, Noel Cuevas doubled and scored on Bemboom's ground-rule double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Sam Howard (L, 4-4) 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 38 GS, 4.10 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Jordan Patterson: 1x1 (.285), 2 HBP
Ryan McMahon: 0x3 (.375), 1 BB, 1 K
Sam Howard: (L, 4-4) 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 4.10 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Nelson Gonzalez was placed on the Temporary Inactive List and C Anthony Bemboom was activated from the Disabled List. . . . Jordan Patterson was hit by a pitch twice in the game. . . . The Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) are the latest PCL team to be eliminated from playoff contention. The 51s are also the first time to be eliminated from the same division as the Isotopes, the Pacific Conference Southern Division. The division is now a three-way race with Salt Lake the leader, the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in second place a game back and looking to be repeat division champions, and then the Isotopes in third place 2.5 games back. . . . Taylor Motter of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Motter hit .700 (14x20) during the award week with 2 homers and 6 RBI. . . . Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers) pitcher Bubba Derby is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Derby won both of his starts during the award week and had a 1.42 ERA. In 12 2/3 innings, Derby allowed 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and fanned 10. . . . The series finale is Tuesday evening. RHP Ryan Carpenter (8-9, 4.47) is expected to take the mound for Albuquerque looking to close in on what no Isotopes pitcher has accomplished since 2012. LHP Andrew Suarez (6-5, 3.25) is expected to counter for the River Cats.

Filed 08/21/2017

August 20, 2017 - Isotopes (62-65)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  101 000 000 --  2  8  1
Sacramento   010 000 000 --  1  3  0

WP: Matt Flemer (8-7)
LP: Roberto Gomez (3-8)
SV: Carlos Estevez (3)

HR: ABQ Raimel Tapia (2) off Gomez (1st inning, S)

    SAC Chris Shaw (16) off Flemer (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:34
ATT: 7,583
The Isotopes took a one run lead in the 3rd inning and made that run stand thanks to Isotope starter Matt Flemer's outstanding outing in a 2-1 victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) on Sunday evening in West Sacramento, California. The Isotopes moved into second place in the division with the win, a game and a half back, since the surging El Paso Chihuahuas joined the Salt Lake Bees atop the division with 14 games left to play.

Raimel Tapia led off the game with a homer and Sacramento's Chris Shaw had a solo homer in the 2nd inning to tie the game at 1-1.

In the 3rd inning, Tapia singled with one out, stole second base and scored what would be the game winning run on Ryan McMahon's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Matt Flemer (W, 8-7) 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 79 GS, 5.60 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Raimel Tapia: 3x4 (.361), 2 R, 1 2B (19), 1 HR (2), 1 RBI (29), SB (12)
Jordan Patterson: 1x4 (.283), 1 2B (31), 1 K
Ryan McMahon: 2x4 (.379), 1 2B (22), 1 RBI (51), 2 K
Tom Murphy: 0x4 (.254), 2 K


'TOPES NOTES:
P Zac Rosscup was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Isotope starter Matt Flemer's only run allowed was a homer yet it was unusual in that it was an earned run. In the 2nd inning, Chris Shaw's foul pop-up was misplayed by Isotopes first baseman Ryan Howard for an error. Later in the at-bat, Shaw homered. Flemer's 8 innings pitched tied an Isotope starter season-best for longest outing and Flemer's eighth victory tonight tied him with Ryan Carpenter for the team lead. . . . Raimel Tapia was a triple short of hitting for the cycle, his second near cycle of the season, and he had his second leadoff homer of the season. . . . Probables for the third game of the series Monday evening are LHP Sam Howard (4-3, 3.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Jose Flores (1-3, 2.96) for the River Cats.

Filed 08/20/2017

August 19, 2017 - Isotopes (61-65)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0   7  1
Sacramento   600 100 10x --  8  12  0

WP: Casey Kelly (6-5)
LP: Yency Almonte (1-1)

HR: SAC Melvin Upton Jr. (1) off Gonzalez (4th inning, S)
    SAC Jae-Gyun Hwang (9) off Almonte (1st inning, GS)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 13,827
Yency Almonte inked his name into the Isotope record books in a way no Isotopes starter wants to. Almonte tied a franchise record with 0.0 innings pitched in a start as he faced 7 batters and gave up 6 runs and the Isotopes were unable to make up that large early defecit in a 8-0 series-opening shutout loss to the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants).

Almonte gave up singles to Melvin Upton Jr. and Conor Gillaspie and walked Mac Williamson to load the bases. Chris Shaw walked to bring home Upton Jr. and Jae-Gyun Hwang followed with a grand-slam homer. Juan Ciriaco singled, Trevor Brown doubled and a wild pitch brought home Ciriaco. Almonte was pulled for reliever Nelson Gonzalez who got three straight outs to end the inning.

Upton Jr. added a solo homer in the 4th inning and Sacramento plated their final run in the 7th inning when Slade Heathcott drew a bases-loaded walk.

Isotopes Starter Line: Yency Almonte (L, 1-1) 0.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 2 GS, 7.43 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Raimel Tapia: 1x4 (.354), 1 K, E (2)
Jordan Patterson: 0x3 (.284), 1 BB, 1 K
Ryan McMahon: 2x4 (.377)
Yency Almonte: (L, 1-1) 0.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 7.43 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Only one Isotopes runner made it to third base in the game. In the 2nd inning, Derrik Gibson doubled with one out, went to third base on a groundout and was stranded on base when another groundout ended the inning. . . . The two others with 0.0 innings pitched in the Isotope record book are Zach Jemiola who did not face a batter on April 13th this season in Reno when the game was suspended due to snow while the Isotopes were batting in the top of the 1st inning and Carlos Hernandez who left due to injury after 2 batters faced and 8 pitches on May 18, 2015 against Sacramento. . . . Daniel Castro went 0x4 to snap a 9-game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque was shut out for the 7th time this season, all on the road. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst 4 games below the .500 mark. . . . Jae-Gyun Hwang's grand slam was the third Isotope grand slam allowed this season. . . . The crowd of 13,827 was the largest crowd the Isotopes have played in front of on the road this season. . . . Despite the victory, Sacramento was eliminated from playoff content in the Pacific Conference Northern Division. . . . Probables for game two of the series on Saturday evening are RHP Matt Flemer (7-7, 5.99) for the Isotopes and RHP Roberto Gomez (3-7, 4.41) for the River Cats.

Filed 08/19/2017

August 18, 2017 - Isotopes (61-64)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  000 001 000 --  1  10  0
El Paso      210 011 30x --  8  13  0

WP: Bryan Rodriguez (7-8)
LP: Zach Jemiola (5-4)

TIME: 2:42
ATT: 9,099
The Isotopes once again strugged in a series finale, losing to the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) 8-1 on Friday evening in El Paso. The Chihuahuas leap-frogged over the Isotopes into second place in the division and the third-place Isotopes trail the division-leading Salt Lake Bees by 2.5 games with 16 games left to play.

The Chihuahuas built a 4-0 lead through the first five innings. Christian Villanueva doubled home a run and later scored on former-Isotope Nick Buss' single in the 1st inning, a run scored on a groundout in the 2nd inning and back-to-back doubles from Diego Goris and Franchy Cordero brought home a run in the 5th inning.

The Isotopes plated their only run of the game in the 6th inning. Cristhian Adames singled, Noel Cuevas singled Adames to second base and Patterson drove in Adames with a double.

El Paso scored a run on a wild pitch in the 6th inning and scored their last three runs in the 7th inning. Buss tripled home a run, scored on Jose Rondon's double and Rocky Gale singled Rondon home.

Isotopes Starter Line: Zach Jemiola (L, 5-4) 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 36 GS, 6.07 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Raimel Tapia: 0x5 (.356), 1 K
Jordan Patterson: 1x4 (.286), 1 2B (30), 1 RBI (84), 1 K
Tom Murphy: 2x4 (.263), 2 K
Jerry Vasto: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.56 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled OF Mike Tauchman and P Scott Oberg from the Isotopes and optioned P Jeff Hoffman and IF Ryan McMahon to Albuquerque. . . . Daniel Castro extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . The Isotopes are 11-20 in series finales this season. . . . The Isotopes went 1-3 in the series and 30,512 attended at Southwest University Park for a per-game average of 7,628. . . . Tonight's game was the final 2017 matchup between the Isotopes and Chihuahuas. Both teams won eight games in the 16-game season series. All-time, Albuquerque holds a 34-30 advantage, including a 17-15 advantage in games played in El Paso. . . . The Isotopes continue their road trip with a four game series in West Sacramento, California against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants). Probables in the opener are RHP Yency Almonte (1-0, 5.09) for the Isotopes and RHP Casey Kelly (5-5, 4.79) for the River Cats.

Filed 08/18/2017

August 17, 2017 - Isotopes (61-63)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  000 300 002 --  5   8  0
El Paso      010 010 000 --  2  10  1

WP: Ryan Carpenter (8-9)
LP: Jordan Lyles (0-1)
SV: Carlos Estevez (2)

HR: ELP Jabari Blash (20) off Carpenter (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:02
ATT: 8,296
Isotopes starter Ryan Carpenter allowed two runs in 5 innings and when El Paso drew to a run down, the Isotopes bullpen tossed four shutout innings in Albuquerque's 5-2 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres). The victory snapped a two game losing streak and vaulted Albuquerque back into second place ahead of El Paso. The division-leading Salt Lake Bees also won so the Isotopes remained 2.5 games back in the division with 17 games left to play.

Jabari Blash solo homered in the 2nd inning to give El Paso a 1-0 lead and the Isotopes plated three runs in the 4th inning to take the lead. Consecutive singles from Cristhian Adames, Noel Cuevas and Jordan Patterson brought home a run. Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly brought Cuevas home and Tony Wolters doubled home Patterson.

Diego Goris doubled and scored on Franchy Cordero's single as the Chihuahuas closed to a run down at 3-2 in the 5th inning.

Albuquerque added two insurance runs in the 9th inning. Wolters doubled home a run with two outs and scored on Daniel Castro's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Carpenter (W, 8-9) 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 48 GS, 4.47 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Raimel Tapia: 0x4 (.364), 1 K, GIDP
Jordan Patterson: 1x4 (.286), 1 R, 1 RBI (83), 1 K


'TOPES NOTES:
Ryan Carpenter picked up his team-leading 8th victory and snapped a three-game losing decision streak with the win. . . . Daniel Castro extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . El Paso's Jabari Blash was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. . . . El Paso's CF Travis Jankowski was ejected by Home Plate umpire Junior Valentine at the end of the 4th inning after Jankowski was called out on strikes. . . . The final matchup of 2017 between Albuquerque and El Paso will be played Friday evening. Probables are RHP Zach Jemiola (5-3, 5.88) for the Isotopes and RHP Bryan Rodriguez (6-8, 4.95) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 08/17/2017

August 16, 2017 - Isotopes (60-63)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque 000 100 000 --  1  10  0
El Paso     000 002 00x --  2   5  0

WP: Kyle Lloyd (1-3)
LP: Sam Howard (4-3)
SV: Buddy Baumann (1)

HR: ABQ Jordan Patterson (23) off Lloyd (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:46
ATT: 6,037
A two-run 6th inning was all the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) needed to defeat the Isotopes 2-1 on Wednesday evening in El Paso. The loss dropped Albuquerque into third place in the division while El Paso moved into second place. Albuquerque is 2.5 games behind division-leading Salt Lake with 18 games left to play.

Jordan Patterson's solo homer in the 4th inning was Albuquerque's only run of the game.

In the 6th inning that surged El Paso to victory, Rafael Ortega singled and scored on Christian Villanueva's double. Villanueva scored later in the inning on Diego Goris' sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Sam Howard (L, 4-3) 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 59 GS, 3.80 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Raimel Tapia: 1x4 (.370)
Jordan Patterson: 1x4 (.286), 1 R, 1 HR (23), 1 RBI (82), 1 K, GIDP
Sam Howard: (L, 4-3) 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 3.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
After recently designating P Sam Moll for assignment, the Rockies and Oakland Athletics completed a trade that sent Moll to Oakland for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Moll made 44 relief appearances with the Isotopes, going 3-2 with a 4.18 ERA. The Athletics assigned Moll to their Triple-A club in Nashville. In another transaction, P Jairo Diaz was placed on the Isotopes' disabled list. . . . Sam Howard allowed 2 runs in 6 innings for his third straight quality start. . . . The Isotopes are in third place in the division for the first time since June 20th. It is the 10th game in which Albuquerque found themselves in third place in the division at the end of that days' PCL action. . . . Daniel Castro extended his hitting streak to 7 games while Noel Cuevas went 0x1 in a pinch-hit at-bat to snap a 6-game hitting streak. . . . Ryan Howard went 0x4 with 3 strikeouts in the game. In his four-game Isotopes career, Howard is batting .133 (2x15) with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 6 strikeouts. . . . Game three probables are LHP Ryan Carpenter (7-9, 4.50) for the Isotopes and former Isotope RHP Jordan Lyles (0-0, 10.38) for the Chihuahuas. The Rockies recently released Lyles and the Padres signed him and sent him to El Paso.

Filed 08/16/2017

August 15, 2017 - Isotopes (60-62)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  000 001 100 --  2  10  1
El Paso      101 100 01x --  4   8  1

WP: Chris Huffman (1-1)
LP: Matt Flemer (7-7)
SV: Kevin Quackenbush (2)

HR: ELP Chase d'Arnaud (3) off Flemer (3rd inning, S)
    ELP Ryan Schimpf (19) off Gonzalez (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:49
ATT: 7,080
The Isotopes playoff chances took a hit in the series opener in El Paso on Tuesday evening with a 4-2 loss to the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres). Albuquerque fell to 1.5 games back of the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in the division with 19 games left to play.

El Paso built a 3-0 lead through the first four innings. In the 1st inning, Christian Villanueva had a sacrifice flyout, Chase d'Arnaud solo homered in the 3rd inning and Travis Jankowski singled home a run in the 4th inning.

Albuqurque scored the next two runs to edge to 3-2. Derrik Gibson reached on a fielder's choice wtih a run scoring in the 6th inning and Raimel Tapia singled home a run in the 7th inning.

El Paso added an insurance run in the 8th inning on Ryan Schimpf's solo homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Matt Flemer - 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 43 GS, 5.99 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Raimel Tapia: 4x5 (.373), 1 RBI (28), SB (12)
Jordan Patterson: 1x3 (.287), 1 2B (29), 1 BB
Tom Murphy: 0x4 (.254), 2 K
Jerry Vasto: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.22 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies activated P Kyle Freeland from the MLB disabled list and optioned P Zac Rosscup to Albuquerque. IF Juan Ciriaco was transferred from the Isotopes to Class-AA Hartford. . . . The start of the game was delayed 38 minutes by the threat of rain. The storm cells of concern dissipated before reaching the ballpark and the tarp was pulled and play began. . . . Daniel Castro and Noel Cuevas each extended their hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Raimel Tapia stole a base in the game, the Isotopes' 100th stolen base of the season. The Isotopes stolen base pace has fallen off in August as Tapia's steal was the Isotopes' 2nd August stolen base. . . . Matt Flemer's loss tonight snapped a five-game winning decision streak. . . . Former-Isotope pitcher Zach Lee was released by the Padres. He was pitching for El Paso at the time of his release. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. Probables are LHP Sam Howard (4-2, 3.88) for the Isotopes and RHP Kyle Lloyd (0-3, 7.03) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 08/15/2017
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