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September 16, 2015 - PCL Championship Series

PCL Championship Series Game 2 - Series tied 1-1
Dell Diamond

Fresno      200 000 100 --  3  6  0
Round Rock  000 000 100 --  1  1  0

WP: Dan Straily (1-0)
LP: Robert Coello (0-1)
SV: Kevin Chapman (1)

HR: FRE Jon Singleton (1) off Coello (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:38
ATT: 5,689
Dan Straily tossed 6 2/3 perfect innings before running into a wall but his Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) teammates provided him enough run support as the Grizzlies defeated the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) 3-1 to even the best-of-five PCL Championship Series at 1-1.

Fresno had a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st inning when Alex Presley singled and scored on Jon Singleton's homer.

Fresno extended the lead to 3-0 in the 7th inning. Andrew Aplin walked, went to second base on Robbie Grossman's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Tony Kemp's single.

In Straily's only blemish inning of the game, Round Rock's Nomar Mazara walked with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning to break up the perfect game. Ed Lucas followed with a walk and Brett Nicholas singled Mazara home for Round Rock's lone run of the game. Straily was pulled to start the 8th inning.

Grizzlies Starter Line: Dan Straily (W, 1-0) 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 1.38 ERA

Express Starter Line: Robert Coello (L, 0-1) 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 Er, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 3.18 ERA


PCL CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
Fresno's Dan Straily, Chris Devenski and Kevin Chapman combined on the one-run, one-hit victory. . . . The contest marked Round Rock's final home game of the 2015 season. . . . Thursday is a travel off-day as the series moves to Fresno for Games 3 and 4 (and Game 5 if necessary). Probables in Game 3 Friday evening are RHP Phil Klein for the Express and LHP Brett Oberholtzer for the Grizzlies.

Filed 09/16/2015

September 15, 2015 - PCL Championship Series

PCL Championship Series Game 1 - Round Rock leads series 1-0
Dell Diamond

Fresno      100 001 240 000 --  8  15  1
Round Rock  241 000 001 001 --  9  14  2

WP: David Martinez (1-0)
LP: Jordan Jankowski (0-1) 

HR: FRE Tyler White (2) off Mendoza (7th inning, 2R)

    RR Drew Robinson (2) off Hauschild (1st inning, 2R)
    RR Alex Burg (1) off Cruz (3rd inning, S)
    RR Nomar Mazara (1) off Hoyt (9th inning, S)	
	
TIME: 4:46
ATT: 4,866
It was a contest of big scoring swings with the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) plating seven runs over the first three frames to lead 7-1 before the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) plated the next seven runs to take the lead. Round Rock tallied in the 9th inning to send the game to extras and then walked it off in the 12th inning as the Express won 9-8 to take a 1-0 lead in the 2015 PCL Championship Series.

Fresno's Tony Kemp led off the game with a walk, went to second base on Alex Presley's single, and scored on Jon Singleton's fielders choice with a throwing error on the play.

Round Rock's Lewis Brinson singled and scored on Drew Robinson's two run homer as the Express led 2-1 after a inning of play.

Round Rock added four more runs to the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. Jared Hoying singled but was erased from the basepaths on Alex Burg's fielders choice. Beamer Weems walked and Brinson singled Burg home. Robinson singled to load the bases and Nomar Mazara walked to bring home Weems. Ed Lucas' fielders choice plated Brinson with Robinson also scoring due to a throwing error on the play.

Burg solo homered in the 3rd inning as the Express led 7-1.

Fresno began their big swing in the 6th inning when Singleton doubled and scored on Andrew Aplin's single.

Kemp singled and scored on Tyler White's two-run homer in the 7th inning and in a four-run 8th inning, Aplin singled, L.J. Hoes doubled and Tyler Heineman had a sacrifice fly. Nolan Fontana walked, Kemp singled home Hoes and Presley drove in Fontana with a single. White followed with a single to drive in Kemp as the Grizzlies led 8-7.

Round Rock Mazara homered to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning to knot the game at 8-8 and in the bottom of the 12th inning, Round Rock's Thomas Field and Hoying drew one-out walks, Ryan Cordell reached on a fielders choice with Field advancing to third base and after Weems walked to load the bags, Brinson came through with a walk-off walk to bring in Field with the game-winning run.

Grizzlies Starter Line: Mike Hauschild 1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 33.75 ERA

Express Starter Line: Anthony Ranaudo 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 0.75 ERA


PCL CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
Probables in Game 2 of the series Wednesday night are RHP Dan Straily for the Grizzlies and RHP Robert Coello for the E-train.

Filed 09/15/2015

September 12, 2015 - Pacific Conference Finals

Pacific Conference Finals - Game 4 - Fresno wins series 3-1
Southwest University Park

Fresno    021 200 020 --  7  12  0
El Paso   000 001 030 --  4   8  1

WP: Brett Oberholtzer (1-0)
LP: Casey Kelly (0-1)
SV: James Hoyt (2)

HR: FRE Tyler White (1) off Kelly (3rd inning, S)

    ELP Hunter Renfroe (2) off Oberholtzer (6th inning, S)
    ELP Hunter Renfroe (3) off Jankowski (8th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:09
ATT: 8,392
Like last night's Game 3, the Frenso Grizzlies (AAA Astros) built a big early lead. Unlike last night, the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) were unable to overcome that defecit as the Grizzies won the 2015 Pacific Conference Championship with a 7-4 victory over the Chihuahuas in El Paso on Saturday evening.

Fresno took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Jon Singleton and PCL MVP Matt Duffy singled and both advanced a base on Robbie Grossman's sacrifice bunt. Singleton scored on Andrew Aplin's fielders choice groundout and Tyler Heineman grounded out to plate Duffy.

Fresno's Tyler White solo homered in the 3rd inning and in the 4th inning, Aplin singled, Heineman walked and Nolan Fontana drew a walk to load the bases ahead of Tony Kemp's two-run double as the Grizzlies led 5-0.

El Paso's first run came in the 6th inning on Hunter Renfroe's solo homer.

Fresno plated their final two runs in the top of the 8th inning. Alex Presley singled and stole second base. White was hit by a pitch and Singleton singled to load the bags for Duffy's sacrifice fly. Grossman then reached on a fielders choice with White scoring.

El Paso's final three runs of their season came in the home half of the 8th inning. Casey McElroy and Jake Goebbert singled and Renfroe followed with a three-run homer.

Grizzlies Starter Line: Brett Oberholtzer (W, 1-0) 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1.35 ERA

Chihuahuas Starter Line: Casey Kelly (L, 0-1) 3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 13.50 ERA


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
The Frenso Grizzlies are going to the PCL Championship Series for the first time in their franchise history. . . . Grizzlies reliever James Hoyt earned the save in two out of the three Fresno victories. . . . El Paso won 79 games combined in the regular season and playoffs, the most victories for a Padres Triple-A affiliate since the 2004 Portland Beavers won 84 games. . . . The PCL Championship Series matchup is set with former-Isotope player Jason Wood managing the American Conference champion Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) against the Pacific Conference Champion Fresno Grizzlies in a best-of-five series with the winner going to the 2015 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game. The series opens in Round Rock September 15th. The first two games are in Round Rock, Game 3 (and Games 4 and 5, if necessary) will be in Fresno.

Filed 09/12/2015

September 11, 2015 - Pacific Conference Finals

Pacific Conference Finals - Game 3 - Fresno leads series 2-1
Southwest University Park

Fresno    210 010 000 --  4  9  1
El Paso   000 060 00x --  6  9  1

WP: Robbie Erlin (1-0)
LP: Travis Ballew (0-1)
SV: Dale Thayer (1)

TIME: 2:49
ATT: 9,305
The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) had a big 6-run 5th inning to save their season as they defeated the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) 6-4 in a must-win game to extend the best-of-five Pacific Conference Championship series. Fresno leads the series 2-1.

Consecutive 1st inning singles from Fresno's Tony Kemp, Alex Presley and Tyler White brought home the first run of the game. An out later, PCL MVP Matt Duffy grounded out to bring home Presley to make it 2-0 Fresno.

Nolan Fontana walked in the 2nd inning, went to second base on Kemp's single and scored on Presley's single to extend the Grizzlies lead to 3-0.

Jon Singleton singled with two outs in the 5th inning, went to second base when Duffy reached on an error and scored on Robbie Grossman's single to extend the Frenso lead to 4-0 and it appeared Fresno would cruise to clinching the series.

In El Paso's big 12-batter bottom of the 5th inning that led them to victory, Rymer Liriano and Cody Decker led with walks and Jason Hagerty singled. Liriano was thrown out at home plate trying to score on Hagerty's single and Will Middlebrooks singled to load the bases. Casey McElroy reached on a fielding error with Decker and Hagerty scoring and Hunter Renfroe singled home Middlebrooks. Ramiro Pena singled to load the bases and Jake Goebbert doubled off the right-center field wall to drive in McElroy and Renfroe to give the Chihuahuas a 5-4 lead. An out later, Liriano was intentionally walked to load the bases and Decker was beaned on his batting helmet with a pitch that brought Pena home for an insurance run. Decker would stay in the game after a brief checkout by the trainer.

Grizzlies Starter Line: Mark Appel 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 6.23 ERA

Chihuahuas Starter Line: Robbie Erlin (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, 4.50 ERA


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
The game marked a bunch of franchise firsts for El Paso - first home playoff game, first home playoff game sellout, and first playoff win. . . . Probables for Saturday's evening's Game 4 are RHP Casey Kelly (0-0, 0.00) for the Chihuahuas and LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 0.00) for the Grizzlies. Fresno will clinch the series with a win, El Paso needs to win to force a deciding Game 5 on Sunday afternoon.

Filed 09/11/2015

September 11, 2015 - American Conference Finals

American Conference Finals - Game 3 - Round Rock wins series 3-0
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Round Rock     100 100 000 --  2  7  0
Oklahoma City  000 000 010 --  1  8  0

WP: Phil Klein (1-0)
LP: Eric Stults (0-1)
SV: Spencer Patton (1)

TIME: 2:40
ATT: 7,051
Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) starter Phil Klein tossed seven scoreless innings in the Express' 2-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) to sweep the 2015 American Conference Championship Series.

Round Rock's Lewis Brinson singled to lead off the game, went to third base on Nomar Mazara's single and scored on Brett Nicholas' single.

The Express' Jared Hoying tripled with two outs in the 4th inning and scored on Beamer Weems' single to extend the Express lead to 2-0.

The Dodgers did not score their only run of the game until the 8th inning when Kyle Jensen drew a one out walk and scored on Elliot Johnson's double.

Dodgers Starter Line: Eric Stults (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 3.60 ERA

Express Starter Line: Phil Klein (W, 1-0) 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
The series-ender knocked former Isotopes manager and current Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill out of the playoffs and advanced former Isotopes player and current Express manager Jason Wood into the PCL Championship Series. . . . Round Rock is playing in their first PCL Championship Series since 2006 and will be the host for Games 1 and 2 of the 2015 PCL Championship Series. . . . Oklahoma City's bad string of playoff performance continued in the game as the loss was the franchise's 11th straight playoff loss. The last time the Oklahoma City franchise won a playoff game was in Game 2 of the 2008 PCL Championship Series played on September 10, 2008. . . . The series is indicative of the baseball cliche that says the games are played on the field and not on paper. Oklahoma City had the best record in the PCL in 2015 but won't be the best team in the PCL or even Triple-A. The PCL club with the second best record, the Fresno Grizzlies, are still playing in the postseason and they have a 2-1 series advantage in the PCL Pacific Conference Championship Series

Filed 09/11/2015

September 10, 2015 - Pacific Conference Finals

Pacific Conference Finals - Game 2 - Fresno leads series 2-0
Chukchansi Park

El Paso   020 000 110 --  4  9  0
Fresno    002 200 10x --  5  8  0

WP: Asher Wojciechowski (1-0)
LP: Chris Smith (0-1)
SV: James Hoyt (1)

HR: ELP Will Middlebrooks (2) off Minaya (7th inning, S)
    ELP Hunter Renfroe (1) off Jankowski (8th inning, S)

    FRE Nolan Fontana (1) off Smith (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:44
ATT: 9,190
Tyler White and Nolan Fontana drove in a pair of runs each as the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) held off the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) 5-4 to take a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five Pacific Conference Championship Series.

El Paso took their only lead of the series so far in the 2nd inning. Rymer Liriano doubled, advanced to third base on Cody Decker's fly out and scored on Jason Hagerty's single. An out later, Hagerty scored on Casey McElroy's double.

In the 3rd inning, Fresno's Fontana, Tony Kemp and Alex Presley singled to load the bases with one out ahead of White's two-run single to tie the game.

Robbie Grossman singled and came around to score on Fontana's two-run homer in the 4th inning as Fresno took a 4-2 lead.

Will Middlebrooks solo homered in the top of the 7th inning as El Paso closed to 4-3 and after the 7th inning stretch, Fontana walked and later scored on Presley's double to extend the Grizzlies lead back to two runs at 5-3.

El Paso's final run of the game came in the 8th inning on Hunter Renfroe's solo homer.

Grizzlies Starter Line: Asher Wojciechowski (1-0) 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, 3.00 ERA

Chihuahuas Starter Line: Chris Smith (L, 0-1) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 6.00 ERA


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
El Paso's Will Middlebrooks has homered in each game in the series. . . . The series moves to El Paso for Game 3, and if necessary, Games 4 and 5. Probables on Friday evening are RHP Mark Appel (0-0, 0.00) for the Grizzlies and LHP Robbie Erlin (0-0, 0.00) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 09/10/2015

September 10, 2015 - American Conference Finals

American Conference Finals - Game 2 - Round Rock leads series 2-0
Dell Diamond

Oklahoma City  010 000 000 --  1  7  0
Round Rock     600 001 00x --  7  7  1

WP: Anthony Ranaudo (1-0)
LP: Julio Urias (0-1) 

HR: OKC Kyle Jensen (1) off Ranaudo (2nd inning, S)

    RR Beamer Weems (1) off Urias (1st inning, GS)
    RR Thomas Field (1) off Urias (1st inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:38
ATT: 4,538
The Dodgers' top pitching prospect Julio Urias was crushed in the 1st inning, allowing six runs and not even making it to the 2nd inning as the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) 7-1 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five American Conference Championship series.

In Round Rock's big 1st inning, Thomas Field solo-homered with one out. Nomar Mazara singled, Ed Lucas was hit by a pitch, and Brett Nicholas walked to load the bags and after Ryan Rua grounded out to bring home Mazara, Drew Robinson walked ahead of Beamer Weems' grand-slam homer.

Kyle Jensen's solo homer in the 2nd inning provided the lone Dodgers run and the Express plated their final run in the 6th inning on back-to-back doubles from Weems and Jared Hoying.

Dodgers Starter Line: Julio Urias (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, HBP, 54.00 ERA

Express Starter Line: Anthony Ranaudo (W, 1-0) 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1.29 ERA


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
There was a 28 minute delay to start the game due to rain in the area. . . . The Dodgers' Julio Urias was making his third Triple-A start tonight. . . . Oklahoma City has lost their last 10 straight playoff games. . . . The series moves to Oklahoma City for Game 3 and, if necessary, Games 4 and 5. Probables in Game 3 are RHP Phil Klein (0-0, 0.00) for the Express and LHP Eric Stults (0-0, 0.00) for the Dodgers.

Filed 09/10/2015

September 9, 2015 - Pacific Conference Finals

Pacific Conference Finals - Game 1 - Fresno leads series 1-0
Chukchansi Park

El Paso   000 010 000 --  1   5  2
Fresno    010 431 00x --  9  12  0

WP: Dan Straily (1-0)
LP: Daniel McCutchen (0-1)

HR: ELP Will Middlebrooks (1) off Straily (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:49
ATT: 7,858
Dan Straily pitched 6 innings of four-hit, 1-run ball and Tony Kemp drove in three runs as the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) cruised to a 9-1 Pacific Conference Championship Series opening victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) on Wednesday night in Fresno.

Fresno manufactured their first run of the game in the 2nd inning. PCL MVP Matt Duffy drew a leadoff walk, went to second base on Robbie Grossman's single, advanced to third base on Andrew Aplin's sacrifice bunt and scored on Tyler Heineman's single.

The Grizzlies tacked four more runs to the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Aplin reached on an error with one out, Heineman singled and both scored on Kemp's double. Alex Presley followed with a double to score Kemp and then Presley scored on Tyler White's single.

Will Middlebrooks' solo homer with one out in the 5th inning provided the only Chihuahuas run.

In the 5th inning, Grossman, Aplin and Heineman each walked to load the bases to lead the half-inning. Nolan Fontana singled home Grossman and Applin while Kemp's sacrifice fly brought Heineman home for a 8-1 Fresno lead.

Singleton walked, went to third base on Duffy's double and scored on Aplin's sacrifice fly in the 6th inning for the final Grizzlies run of the game.

Chihuahuas Starter Line: Daniel McCutchen (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 2.25 ERA

Grizzlies Starter Line: Dan Straily (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, HBP, 1.50 ERA


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
The final PCL Hitter of the Week is Dave Clark of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers). Clark hit .480 (12x25) with 2 homers and 7 RBI over the final week of the season. . . . Clayton Blackburn of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) is the final PCL Pitcher of the Week. Blackburn won both of his starts over the final week of the season, allowing no runs, 8 hits, 1 walk and 14 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings of work. . . . Minor League Baseball announced that the total 2015 attendance of 42,561,445 was the third largest single-season total. The all-time attendance record was set in 2008 (43,263,740). There are currently 176 minor league teams in 15 leagues. Classification attendance leaders were Sacramento River Cats 672,354 (Triple-A), Frisco RoughRiders 477,354 (Double-A), Dayton Dragons 574,830 (Single-A), and Brooklyn Cyclones 230,658 (Short Season-A and Rookie). . . . Jose Martinez of the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) is the PCL Batting Champion with a .384 batting average that is the highest in the modern era of the PCL (1958 to present). The mark eclipsed the previous highest modern era batting average of .383 that Rick Short had in 2005 with the New Orleans Zephyrs. . . . Tonight's game was the first postseason game in the two seasons of El Paso Chihuahuas franchise history and it was Fresno's first playoff appearance since 1998. 1998 was the first year of the Fresno Grizzlies franchise when the Tucson Toros relocated to Fresno and the Grizzlies picked up affiliation with the San Francisco Giants. With Chukchansi Park opening in 2002, tonight's game made it the first playoff game to be played in that facility. . . . Probables for Thursday's Game 2 are RHP Asher Wojciechowski (0-0, 0.00) for the Grizzlies and RHP Chris Smith (0-0, 0.00) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 09/09/2015

September 9, 2015 - American Conference Finals

American Conference Finals - Game 1 - Round Rock leads series 1-0
Dell Diamond

Oklahoma City 001 00  --  1  3  1
Round Rock    002 0x  --  2  6  0

WP: Francisco Mendoza (1-0)
LP: Zach Lee (0-1)

HR: RR Drew Robinson (1) off Lee (3rd inning, S)
    RR Jared Hoying (1) off Lee (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 1:04
ATT: 3,650
A pair of homers gave the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) the lead and Mother Nature decided it as the Express defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) 2-1 in a game shortened by rain and unsafe field conditions to 4 1/2 innings.

Oklahoma City scored the first run of the PCL postseason in the 3rd inning when Peter Lavin reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and scored on Ronald Torreyes' single.

Drew Robinson and Jared Hoying solo homered an out apart in the home half of the 3rd inning to give the Express a 2-1 lead.

The rains came two outs after the game became official in the 5th inning.

Dodgers Starter Line: Zach Lee (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 4.50 ERA

Express Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
The rain delay lasted 4 hours and 2 minutes and after the rain let up, it was the PCL umpires who decided the field was too unplayable to continue. . . . Dodgers pitching allowed more homers tonight than they did over the final 12 games of the regular season (one homer allowed in the final 12 regular season games). . . . Probables for Game 2 of the series Thursday evening are LHP Julio Urias (0-0, 0.00) for the Dodgers and RHP Anthony Renaudo (0-0, 0.00) for the Express.

Filed 09/09/2015

September 7, 2015 - Isotopes (62-82)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --   0   4  1
Sacramento   013 130 21x --  11  13  0

WP: Nik Turley (7-8)
LP: Eddie Butler (2-6)

HR: SAC Jarrett Parker (23) off Butler (3rd inning, 3R) 
    SAC Mac Williamson (7) off Butler (2nd inning, S)
    SAC Mac Williamson (8) off Butler (5th ining, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:43
ATT: 12,488
Sacramento River Cats' (AAA Giants) pitchers Nik Turley and MLB rehabber Matt Cain combined on a four-hit shutout as the Isotopes ended their 2015 campaign with a 11-0 loss.

Mac Williamson solo homered in the 2nd inning to get Sacramento on the scoreboard.

Jarrett Parker three-run homered in the 3rd inning and in the 4th inning, Darren Ford singled home a run.

In the 5th inning, Kevin Frandsen singled home a run and Williamson added a two-run homer.

Brandon Hicks doubled home two runs in the 7th inning and in the 8th inning, Ben Turner doubled home a run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler (L, 2-6) 5 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR, 5.40 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: (L, 2-6) 5 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR, 5.40 ERA
Trevor Story: 0x3 (.277), 1 BB
Tom Murphy: 0x4 (.271), 3 K


'TOPES NOTES:
On the final day of the Isotopes' season, there was one final in-season transaction. The Rockies outrighted OF Matt McBride to Albuquerque after McBride was designated for assignment a few days ago and cleared waivers. . . . In Albuquerque's 10th shutout of the season, two baserunners made it to third base in the game and the Isotopes' best scoring opportunity was in the 3rd inning when they loaded the bases with two outs before Tom Murphy struck out to end the half-inning. . . . In games played on Labor Day, the Isotopes are 7-6 with a two-game losing streak. . . . Albuquerque got to 20 games under the 500 mark with today's loss, tying a franchise record for most games under the breakeven mark. The Isotopes set new franchise records with the most losses in a season (82) and their worst season-ending winning percentage (.431) with their 62-82 record. . . . The Isotopes are 7-6 all-time in regular season closing games and have been shut out in the last two season enders. . . . The River Cats won three out of the four games in the series and an incredible 53,055 attended the series for a per-game average of 13,264. . . . In the season series between the Isotopes and River Cats, Sacramento won 10 of the 16 games. All-time, Sacramento leads the series 46-30. Albuquerque is 17-19 against the River Cats at Isotopes Park and 13-27 against Sacramento at Raley Field. . . . With September in the books, here are some of the Isotopes stats for the month of September: 3-4 record (0-0 home, 3-4 on the road), .228 team batting average, 3.81 team ERA, 15 runs scored, 6 stolen bases, and 3 homers. . . . Albuquerque gave up the most runs to an opponent in a road game this season (11 runs) and tied for the largest losing margin of the season. . . . Eddie Butler tied an Isotope season worst by allowing three homers in the game.

Filed 09/07/2015

September 6, 2015 - Isotopes (62-81)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 011 --  2  9  1
Sacramento   212 000 00x --  5  8  0

WP: Clayton Blackburn (10-4)
LP: Aaron Laffey (5-4)
SV: Steven Okert (3)

TIME: 2:46
ATT: 13,674
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated the first five runs of the game and Albuquerque was unable to capitalize on a 9th inning opportunity to tie the game as the Isotopes lost 5-2 to the River Cats on Sunday evening in West Sacramento, California.

The River Cats plated two runs in the 1st inning on Mac Williamson's bases-loaded walk and a run-scoring fielders choice.

A wild pitch brought home a Sacramento run in the 2nd inning and in the 3rd inning, Ben Turner doubled home a run and later scored on River Cats starter Clayton Blackburn's single.

Trevor Story tripled and scored on Roger Bernadina's groundout in the 8th inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.

In Albuquerque's 9th inning rally, Jose Rivera singled with one out and pinch-hitter Jeremy Barfield walked. Pinch-hitter Brock Bond singled to load the bases and Corey Dickerson beat out a double play grounder attempt with Rivera scoring. Story then came to the plate and quickly popped out to shortstop to end the threat and the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey (L, 5-4) 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 3.90 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.281), 1 R, 1 3B (4), 1 K, HBP
Tom Murphy: 2x4 (.280), 1 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Corey Dickerson: 0x5 (.286), 1 RBI (3), 1 K

Dickerson played the whole game for the first time in this MLB rehab assignment at a position other than DH. Dickerson was the left fielder and flew out to left field in the 1st inning, grounded out to the pitcher in the 3rd inning, struck out in the 5th inning, grounded out to second in the 7th inning and beat out a double play attempt grounder in the 9th inning with a run scoring on the play.


'TOPES NOTES:
There has been some clarity to why former-Isotope Matt McBride was designated for assignment by the Rockies the other day. The move was not to free up a 40-man roster spot for a future move but was necessitated when the Rockies activated IF Justin Morneau from the MLB disabled list. Morneau had been on the 60-day disabled list (not the 15-day disabled list) so activating him meant he had to be put on the 40-man roster and the Rockies needed to free up that slot by deciding to designate McBride for assignment. . . . Sacramento is going to again lead the league in attendance this season and the turnout the last few nights have shown why. The River Cats have been eliminated from making the postseason for awhile now and yet each game in their final series of the season so far have drawn 12,684 or more (12,684 on Friday, 14,209 on Saturday, and 13,674 on Sunday). With one day left in the season and looking at the PCL attendance reports, Albuquerque appears they will drop from third place in the league in attendance the last few seasons to fifth place this season. . . . Jose Rivera had a 4-hit game today, his first of the season. . . . The final PCL division title has been clinched! The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) clinched the Pacific Conference Southern Division (the same division as the Isotopes) when they defeated the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 7-4 in 10 innings while the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) lost to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 6-3. The Chihuahuas went up a game over the 51s with one game left but won the division due to holding the tiebreaker. . . . RHP Eddie Butler (2-5, 5.09) is expected to take the bump for Albuquerque in the final game of the 2015 season Monday. The River Cats are expected to send LHP Nik Turley (6-8, 4.89) to the mound.

Filed 09/06/2015

September 5, 2015 - Isotopes (62-80)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  001 020 101 --  5  11  0
Sacramento   000 120 000 --  3   4  2

WP: Boone Whiting (4-9)
LP: Cory Gearrin (2-2)
SV: Tommy Kahnle (6)

HR: ABQ Trevor Story (10) off Hanson (5th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Corey Dickerson (1) off Gearrin (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:56
ATT: 14,209
Trevor Story homered for the second straight game and Corey Dickerson added a homer while on his MLB rehabilitation assignment as the Isotopes defeated the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) 5-3 on Saturday evening in West Sacramento, California.

Albuquerque was first on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning when Dickerson doubled, went to third base on Roger Bernadina's groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Darren Ford walked, stole second and third bases and scored on Kevin Frandsen's double in the 4th inning as Sacramento tied the game at 1-1.

Angelys Nina singled and trotted home on Story's two-run homer in the top of the 5th inning to give Albuquerque the lead and the River Cats knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom half of the frame, scoring runs on Ford's RBI single and a wild pitch.

Dickerson's solo homer put Albuquerque up for good in the 7th inning and in the 9th inning, Nina reached on a pair of errors on the same play and scored on Jeremy Barfield's double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Boone Whiting (W, 4-9) 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, WP, 6.44 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 3x5 (.281), 1 R, 1 HR (10), 2 RBI (40), 2 K
Tom Murphy: 1x5 (.273), 2 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Corey Dickerson: 2x4 (.348), 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 HR (1), 1 RBI (2)

Dickerson played in the field for the second night in a row, patrolling Left Field, and flew out to center in the 1st inning, doubled to left field and later scored on a wild pitch in the 3rd inning, popped out to second base in the 5th inning and homered in the 7th inning before being replaced in the field in the bottom of the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
With the victory, the Isotopes have tied the franchise record for fewest wins in a season. The Isotopes only need a win in one of their final two games left to avoid putting the 2015 season next to the 2014 season in the fewest wins in a season record. The Isotopes will not be setting the franchise record for the most games back in the division and they won't end up in last place in the division as last place Salt Lake is five games back of Albuquerque. If Albuquerque loses both games left, they will tie the franchise record for being the most games ever under the .500 mark. . . . Albuquerque batters struck out 14 times, the most strikeouts in a 9-inning game this season. . . . Boone Whiting's victory snapped a streak of five straight losing pitching decisions. . . . In the battle of the Pacific Conference Southern Division title, the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) won their first game of a doubleheader 10-0 over Reno to move into a first place tie. El Paso won their second game 4-2 and the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) plated four runs over the last three innings to take a 8-7 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) to remain in a tie with the Chihuahuas at the end of the night. Each team has three games left. . . . The series continues Sunday evening. Probables are LHP Aaron Laffey (5-3, 3.80) for the Isotopes and RHP Clayton Blackburn (9-4, 3.03) for the River Cats.

Filed 09/05/2015

September 4, 2015 - Isotopes (61-80)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  001 000 000 --  1   7  1
Sacramento   201 011 10x --  6  11  0

WP: Chris Stratton (4-5)
LP: John Lannan (6-10) 

HR: ABQ Trevor Story (9) off Stratton (3rd inning, S)

    SAC Kevin Frandsen (4) off Lannan (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:29
ATT: 12,684
The Isotopes dropped the series opener in Sacramento 6-1 to the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) and picked up their franchise record-tying 80th loss of the season.

Trevor Brown two-run singled in the 1st inning to give Sacramento all the runs they would need in the game.

Trevor Story solo homered with two outs in the 3rd inning for Albuquerque's lone run, and in the bottom of the 3rd inning the River Cats matched that run with Kevin Frandsen's solo homer.

Darren Ford tripled and scored on Frandsen's single in the 5th inning, Jeff Kobernus had a sacrifice fly in the 6th inning, and Sacramento's final run scored on an Isotope fielding error in the 7th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan (L, 6-10) 7 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, HBP, 5.39 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.275), 1 R, 1 HR (9), 1 RBI (38), 2 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Corey Dickerson: 1x3 (.316)

Dickerson appeared in his third game of this current MLB rehab assignment with the Isotopes and played in the field at Left Field instead of DH like the other two appearances. Dickerson singled to left field in the 1st inning, grounded into a double play in the 3rd inning, grounded out to short in the 5th inning and was replaced in the field in the bottom of the 6th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies raided the Isotopes roster once again, recalling IF Rafael Ynoa and P David Hale. The Rockies also designated OF Matt McBride for assignment and didn't announce their plan yet for why they are freeing up a 40-man roster spot. Presumably, an Isotope not on Colorado's 40 man roster might have his contract purchased by the Rockies in the next few days as the season winds down. With today's September MLB roster expansion looting, the Isotopes are playing with one MLB rehabilitation assignment player and 21 active players out of an active player roster limit of 25. . . . John Lannan picked up his 10th loss tonight, becoming the first Isotope pitcher with double-digit losses this season and Lannan extended his pitching decision streak to six straight losses. The end of the season will help him avoid the Isotope franchise record of seven straight losses. . . . Minor League Baseball released their annual promotional release to the media making the point how affordable it is to attend minor league games. Average prices for the entire minor league baseball and for each classification level were calculated under the assumption that two adults and two child attending will pay for parking, buy a program, buy two adult and two children tickets of the least expensive chairbacks in the stadium, and purchase four hot dogs, two beers for the adults, and two sodas for the kids. Under that assumption, the minor league all-classifications average is $64.24 for a family to attend a minor league game. The Triple-A level average cost for a family is $73.38 and for comparison, in 2015 the Isotopes family cost which includes reserved level tickets is $98, so a family attending an Isotopes game is paying 33% more than the average Triple-A cost and 52% more than the average all-classifications of Minor League Baseball cost. Taking advantage of select Isotope home dates that had promotional two-for-one reserved level tickets, a family attending an Isotopes game can cut the total cost to attend a game to just a few bucks more than the Triple-A average, or 3% more. . . . In the chase for the Pacific Conference Southern Division title, the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) lost to the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) 6-5 and the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) defeated the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) 9-4. With the El Paso loss and Las Vegas win, El Paso went from a half-game up to a half-game back. The Chihuahuas play a doubleheader Saturday while Las Vegas plays a single game. . . . One year removed from his lone season skippering the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque to a then franchise-record worst 62-80 record, former Isotopes manager Damon Berryhill has been named the 2015 PCL Manager of the Year. Berryhill is at the helm of the Dodgers' new Triple-A affiliate -- the Oklahoma City Dodgers -- and led the club to an Oklahoma City franchise record in wins (currently at 85) and the Dodgers appear they may finish the season with the best record in the PCL when the season ends on Labor Day. Berryhill has had all the success this year despite over 300 roster transactions, creating an average of over two roster transactions per game. Others receiving votes were Tony DeFrancesco (Fresno - Astros) and former-Isotope Jason Wood (Round Rock - Rangers). Berryhill, DeFrancesco and Wood all managed division winners this season. . . . The Isotopes and River Cats continue their series Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Boone Whiting (3-9, 6.57) for the Isotopes and RHP Tommy Hanson (3-5, 5.63) for the River Cats.

Filed 09/04/2015

September 3, 2015 - Isotopes (61-79)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  000 220 000 --  4  9  2
Fresno       020 000 001 --  3  7  0

WP: Rudy Owens (2-5)
LP: Dan Straily (10-9)
SV: Tyler Matzek (1)

HR: FRE Tyler Heineman (3) off Matzek (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:56
ATT: 6,000
The Isotopes scored a pair of runs in the 4th inning and 5th inning and that was enough scoring in a 4-3 series-ending victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) in Fresno on Thursday evening.

In Fresno's 2nd inning, L.J. Hoes walked, stole two bases and scored on Joe Sclafani's sacrifice fly. Andrew Aplin followed with a single and later scored on an error to give Fresno a 2-0 lead.

In the 4th inning, Roger Bernadina singled, Angelys Nina and Tom Murphy walked to load the bases, and Tim Smalling delivered a two-run single, driving in Bernadina and Nina to knot the game at 2-2.

In the 5th inning, MLB rehabilitating player Corey Dickerson singled, Bernadina singled an out later and Nina doubled Dickerson home. Murphy followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Bernadina to give Albuquerque a 4-2 lead.

Fresno's final run came in the 9th inning with two outs when Tyler Heineman solo homered.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rudy Owens (W, 2-5) 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.84 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 0x5 (.275), 3 K
Tom Murphy: 1x2 (.276), 1 RBI (19), 1 BB, E (8)

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Corey Dickerson: 2x5 (.313), 1 R

Dickerson played the whole game at DH and flew out to foul territory in left field in the 1st inning, singled to center in the 3rd inning, singled to right field and later scored in the 5th inning, flew out to right field in the 6th inning and grounded out to the pitcher in the 9th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Fresno was wearing their famous "Fresno Tacos" special jersey tops and caps for this game. . . . The Isotopes are 22-22 in games decided by one run this season. . . . Albuquerque did not homer in a series for the first time this season and the first time since a four game series in Fresno in April 2014. . . . The Isotopes had a great series aginst the Grizzlies, considering the Grizzlies dominated them this season. Albuquerque and Fresno split the series 2-2 and 19,143 attended at Chukchansi Park for a per-game average of 4,786. . . . Tonight's game marked the final game of the 16-game regular season series between the two clubs and Fresno won 13 of the 16 games. All-time, Fresno leads the series 46-30 (Albuquerque is 14-22 at Isotopes Park and 16-24 in Fresno). . . . Tyler Matzek became the seventh different Isotope to earn a save this season. . . . In the Pacific Conference Southern Division race, the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) crushed the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) 10-1 in their final series matchup. With the win, El Paso goes up a half-game in the division. The Chihuahuas have five games left to play in their final series of the season while the 51s have four games left to play in their final series of the season. . . . Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) Third Baseman Matt Duffy is the 2015 PCL Most Valuable Player. Duffy received more than half of the votes from the PCL field managers and media representatives that voted on the award. Duffy is hitting .295, has 18 homers and is first in the PCL in RBI (102) and runs scored (90). Among others receiving votes were Jamie Romak (Reno - Diamondbacks), Jesus Montero (Tacoma - Mariners) and Domingo Santana (Colorado Springs - Brewers / Fresno - Astros). . . . Albuquerque finishes the season with a four-game series in Sacramento. Probables are LHP John Lannan (6-9, 5.34) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Stratton (3-5, 4.01) for the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants).

Filed 09/03/2015

September 2, 2015 - Isotopes (60-79)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  5  0
Fresno       002 100 00x --  3  8  0

WP: Luis Cruz (7-5)
LP: Eddie Butler (2-5)
SV: Jordan Jankowski (4)

TIME: 2:17
ATT: 4,119
Isotopes starter Eddie Butler turned in a quality start with 7 innings pitched and 3 runs allowed but his teammates provided him no run support as the Isotopes were shut out for the 9th time this season, a 3-0 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros).

Back-to-back doubles from Tyler Heineman and Nolan Fontana brought home the first run of the game and Fontana later scored on a groundout as the Grizzlies led 2-0 in the 3rd inning.

Joe Sclafani singled home Fresno's final run of the game in the 4th inning.

Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity occurred in the 1st inning when Corey Dickerson was thrown out at home plate and only two Isotopes baserunners made it safely to second base in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Eddie Butler (L, 2-5) 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, HBP, 5.09 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Eddie Butler: (L, 2-5) 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, HBP, 5.09 ERA
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.281)
Tom Murphy: 1x4 (.272), 3 K

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Corey Dickerson: 1x4 (.273), 2 K

Dickerson started his second MLB rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes this season and played as the Designated Hitter. Dickerson singled in the 1st inning and later was thrown out at home plate trying to score, struck out in the 3rd inning, flew out to left field in the 6th inning and struck out in the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Two more Isotopes were promoted to the Rockies as part of September roster expansion. Joining the Rockies was P Justin Miller and P Brooks Brown. OF Corey Dickerson joined the Isotopes on a MLB rehabilitation assignment today. . . . C Tom Murphy has been named as one of the Rockies organization players to particpate in the Arizona Fall League. Joining Murphy in the AFL from the Rockies will be P Matt Carasiti, P Carlos Estevez, P Sam Moll, and IF Jordan Paterson. The Rockies will add a pitcher and an outfielder at a later date and it's likely Murphy will be the only Isotope participating in the AFL this year. . . . Roger Bernadina went 0x3 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Eddie Butler's quality start tonight was his second in a row. . . . Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) right-handed pitcher Carlos Pimentel was named the 2015 PCL Pitcher of the Year. Pimentel is 12-6 with a 2.99 ERA and has 113 strikeouts in 138 1/3 innings of work and is first in the league in ERA, tied for first in wins and second in strikeouts as he tries to win the pitching triple crown. Others receiving votes were Adam Conley (New Orleans - Marlins), Dan Straily (Fresno - Astros), Steven Matz (Las Vegas - Mets) and Zach Lee (Oklahoma City - Dodgers). . . . The Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) became the third PCL club to clinch their division while the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) and Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) were eliminated from the postseason. The Dodgers clinched the American Conference Northern Division and will face the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) in the American Conference Championships. . . . The El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) defeated the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) 2-1 in 11 innings in the chase for the Pacific Conference Southern Division. With the victory, the Chihuahuas moved to a half game back of the 51s with one game left in their series and six games total left for El Paso and five games total left for Las Vegas. The two clubs are the only two clubs still competing for the postseason as the other 14 PCL clubs have either been eliminated or have clinched division titles. . . . The series concludes Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Rudy Owens (1-5, 5.13) for the Isotopes and RHP Dan Straily (10-8, 4.67) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 09/02/2015

September 1, 2015 - Isotopes (60-78)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  300 000 000 --  3  9  2
Fresno       010 000 010 --  2  4  0

WP: Aaron Laffey (5-3)
LP: Mike Hauschild (6-5)
SV: Tommy Kahnle (5)

TIME: 2:38 
ATT: 4,294
Isotopes starter Aaron Laffey allowed an unearned run in 7 innings of work and the Isotopes plated three runs in the 1st inning and held on the rest of the game to defeat the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) 3-2 on Tuesday evening in Fresno.

In Albuquerque's only scoring inning of the game, Rafael Ynoa and Angelys Nina led off the game with singles and Trevor Story tripled them both home. Story then scored on a wild pitch.

The Grizzlies scored a run on a wild pitch in the 2nd inning and scored their final run on a groundout in the 8th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Aaron Laffey (W, 5-3) 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 3.80 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 4x4 (.281), 1 R, 1 3B (3), 2 RBI (37), SB (7)
Tom Murphy: 0x4 (.273), 1 K, E (7)


'TOPES NOTES:
The first group of September roster expansion callups were made official as the Rockies recalled IF Cristhian Adames, P Rex Brothers, IF Wilin Rosario and P Miguel Castro from the Isotopes. P Shane Broyles was transferred from Class-AA New Britain to Albuquerque. . . . The victory snapped a five game losing streak in games played in Fresno. . . . Trevor Story had four hits, his second four-hit game of the season. . . . Roger Bernadina extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Ryan Casteel struck out 4 times, tying an Isotope season-worst for most strikeouts in a game. . . . Aaron Laffey tossed 119 pitches, the most by an Isotope starter this season. Laffey turned in his second quality start of the season and the sabermetric Game Score of 67 was his highest of the season. . . . El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) outfielder Alex Dickerson was named the 2015 PCL Rookie of the Year and through his game of August 31st, Dickerson was hitting .309 with 12 homers and 71 RBI. Others getting votes were Corey Seager (Oklahoma City - Dodgers), Peter O'Brien (Reno - Diamondbacks), Joey Wendle (Nashville - Athletics), Travis Taijeron (Las Vegas - Mets) and Jose Martinez (Omaha - Royals). PCL field managers and media representatives vote on the award. . . . In the tight Pacific Conference Southern Division race, the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) lost to the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) 8-7 and thus the 51s opened up their half-game lead to a game and a half with two games remaining in this crucial head-to-head series. . . . The Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) became the second PCL team to clinch a division when they clinched teh American Conference Southern Division. The Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) were eliminated from playoff contention to give the Express the division title. . . . Game three of the series is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Eddie Butler (2-4, 5.26) for the Isotopes and LHP Luis Cruz (6-5, 4.58) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 09/01/2015

August 31, 2015 - Isotopes (59-78)

Chukchansi Park

Albuquerque  000 210 200 --   5   7  0
Fresno       021 061 00x --  10  12  0

WP: Mark Appel (4-2)
LP: Boone Whiting (3-9)

HR: FRE Tyler White (6) off Hale (3rd inning, S)
    FRE Tyler White (7) off Whiting (5th innng, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:45
ATT: 4,730
The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) have dominated Albuquerque this season and tonight was no exception. The Isotopes tied the game at 3-3 in the 5th inning before Fresno plated the next seven runs to cruise to a series-opening 10-5 victory over Albuquerque in Fresno on Monday night.

In the 2nd inning, Fresno's Jon Singleton doubled home a run and later scored when Trent Woodward grounded into a double play and Tyler White solo-homered in the 3rd inning to give Fresno a 3-0 lead.

Rafael Ynoa walked, Trevor Story singled and both scored on Roger Bernadina's double in the 4th inning and in the 5th inning, Jeremy Barfield walked and later scored on Angelys Nina's sacrifice fly as the Isotopes knotted the game at 3-3.

Fresno put the game away with a six-run home half of the 5th inning, White had his second homer of the game, a three-run shot, Singleton doubled home a run, L.J. Hoes singled home a run and Tony Kemp tripled home a run in the inning where the Grizzlies sent 10 batters to the plate and had five hits.

Matt Duffy's sacrifice fly brought home Fresno's final run of the game in the 6th inning.

Albuquerque plated the final two runs of the game in the 7th inning. Barfield walked, Tim Wheeler doubled, Ynoa singled home Barfield and Wheeler scored when Nina grounded into a double play.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Hale 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 6.66 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 1x4 (.269), 1 R, 3 K
Tom Murphy: 0x3 (.283), 1 K, HBP


'TOPES NOTES:
There was a first sign of who the September 1st roster expansion callups are going to be when IF Cristhian Adames, P Rex Brothers and IF Wilin Rosario were removed from the active roster. IF Jose Rivera was activated from the Isotopes' disabled list, P Boone Whiting came off the Temporary Inactive List, and P Devin Burke was transferred to Albuquerque from Class-A Modesto. . . . IF Cristhian Adames was the lone Isotopes representative on the All-PCL team, named to Shortstop on the team as elected by the PCL's field managers and media representatives. Through August 30th, Adames hit .311 with 11 homers and 51 RBI. There has been one Isotopes player on the All-PCL team in each of the last three seasons and 17 total Isotopes players named to the All-PCL team in the 13 seasons of franchise history. . . . The Isotopes are 1-12 against Fresno this season including 0-5 in games played in Fresno. The current losing streak to the Grizzlies is 10 games. . . . Angelys Nina went hitless in three at-bats to snap his 16 game hitting streak. . . . With August in the books, here are some Isotope stats for the month: 11-19 record (7-10 at home, 4-9 on the road), .271 team batting average, 4.97 team ERA, 132 runs scored, 25 stolen bases, and 26 homers. . . . Boone Whiting allowed 7 earned runs, the most by a reliever in a game this season, and he picked up his 9th loss, tying John Lannan for the team lead, with a losing decision streak of five. . . . The Isotopes grounded into a season-worst four double plays in the game. . . . A huge late-season series opened up in Las Vegas between the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) and Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) that could go a long way in deciding the champion of the Pacific Conference Southern Division, the same division as the Isotopes. El Paso plated three 9th inning runs to stun the 51s 6-5 and move to a half-game back in the division. There are three more games left in this much-watch series. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Todd Glaesmann of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). Galesmann hit .586 (17x29) with 3 homers and 8 RBI during the award week. . . . Erik Jokisch of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Jokisch won both of his starts and compiled a 0.69 ERA. One of his starts was a complete game. In 13 innings of work, Jokisch allowed 6 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and fanned 6. . . . The series continues Tuesday evening. Probables are LHP Aaron Laffey (4-3, 4.14) for the Isotopes and RHP Mike Hauschild (6-4, 3.69) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 08/31/2015

August 30, 2015 - Isotopes (59-77)

Isotopes Park

Colorado Springs 001 010 012 --  5  8  1
Albuquerque      200 200 000 --  4  8  2

WP: Jeremy Horst (1-1)
LP: Rex Brothers (5-2)
SV: Jaye Chapman (14)

HR: ABQ Roger Bernadina (15) off Burgos (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:33
ATT: 12,631
Isotopes starter John Lannan had Albuquerque's third straight quality start but it was the bullpen that blew the game in the 9th inning as Albuquerque dropped the home season finale to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Brewers) 6-5 on Sunday evening.

Angelys Nina singled with one out and went to second base on a passed ball. Trevor Story walked and both runners advanced a base on Wilin Rosario's groundout before Roger Bernadina singled up the middle to drive them both home.

Pete Orr singled and scored on Kyle Wren's fielders choice in the 3rd inning as the Sky Sox got on the scoreboard.

Rosario singled and scored on Bernadina's two-run homer in the 4th inning as the Isotopes led 4-1.

The Sky Sox started chipping away the defecit starting in the 5th inning when Orr tripled and scored on Sky Sox starter Hiram Burgos' single.

In the 8th inning, Luis Sardinas walked, went to second base on a passed ball and two outs later, stole third base and scored on a wild pitch to pull the Sky Sox to 4-3.

In the 9th inning with Rex Brothers entering the game looking for the save, Brothers allowed inning leadoff walks to Juan Centeno and Matt Long. Orr laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners a base and Robinzon Diaz singled up the middle to drive them both in with the tying and go-ahead runs. The Isotopes went quietly in order in the bottom of the 9th inning to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: John Lannan 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 5.34 ERA

ROCKIES PROSPECTS IN TODAY'S GAME:
Trevor Story: 0x3 (.269), 1 R, 1 BB
Tom Murphy: 1x4 (.291), 1 2B (9), 1 K, PB (4)


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes end of season awards were announced before the game. Most Community Minded went to Aaron Laffey, Tim Smalling won Mr. Hustle and Fan Favorite awards, Defensive Player of the Year was won by Trevor Story, Nelson Gonzalez won Pitcher of the Year, Power Hitter of the Year was Roger Bernadina, and the MVP was Cristhian Adames. . . . P Ryan Arrowood was transferred from Class-AA New Britain to Albuquerque. . . . P Ken Roberts will not be rejoining the Isotopes this season. The Rockies had designated Roberts for assignment a few days ago to free up a 40-man roster spot. The Phillies claimed Roberts off waivers and assigned him to their Triple-A club LeHigh Valley IronPigs in the International League. . . . The Isotopes drew 560,519 this season and averaged 8,007 per gate with 70 openings. It was the lowest total attendance (previous low 563,686 in 2007) and second lowest average per gate (7,994 in 2013) in the 13 seasons of franchise history. Albuquerque has averaged more than 8,000 fans in 12 of their 13 seasons. Considering 2015 may end up in the climate records as being the wettest or second wettest summer since the Isotopes began play in 2003, the club seems to have lucked out there were not more rainouts than just the two leading to those 70 openings instead of the normal 72 openings. Since 2008 the Isotopes have ranked third each season in PCL attendance but it appears that ranking may drop to at least fifth with El Paso officially drawing more fans than the Isotopes and Nashville with some home openings left and having a crazy amount of sellouts with the opening of their brand new ballpark. On Labor Day, the final PCL attendance figures will be finalized and Albuquerque's new ranking will be known. 7,486,599 have come through the turnstiles in Isotopes Park history. The Isotopes welcomed the 7 millionth fan in May and if Isotopes franchise attendance trends continue, the 8 millionth fan should be drawn next August. . . . The Isotopes are 7-6 all-time in their final regular season home game of the season and compiled a 32-40 home record, tying the franchise record for most home losses in a season (2014). . . . The Isotopes completed play against the American Conference tonight in the PCL's equivalent of "interleague play". Albuquerque went 15-17 (8-8 against the American Conference Northern Division and 7-9 against the American Conference Southern Division). All-time against the American Conference in "interleague" play, the Isotopes are 23-39. . . . Albuquerque and Colorado Springs split their only four-game series of the season and 43,088 attended for a per-game average of 10,772. It was the largest home four-game series attendance mark of the season for Albuquerque. All-time, the Sky Sox lead the series 39-35 and Albuquerque is 19-21 against the Sky Sox in games played at Isotopes Park. . . . Angelys Nina hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. . . . 12 of John Lannan's 24 starts have been quality starts. . . . The Isotopes head on the road for eight games to conclude the 2015 campaign. The first four games are in Fresno to face the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros). Probables in the opener are RHP Boone Whiting (3-6, 5.43) for the Isotopes and RHP Mark Appel (3-2, 4.69) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 08/30/2015
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