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Home Record: 32-36Road Record: 27-39
Division Record: 24-22Extra Innings Record: 5-3
Current Streak: W2

August 27, 2019 - Isotopes (59-75)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    000 401 001 --   6  11  0  
Albuquerque  030 010 42x --  10  15  0

WP: Matt Pierpont (2-1)
LP: Trey McNutt (4-2)
SV: DJ Johnson (3)

HR: LVG Jorge Mateo (18) off Pazos (4th inning, 2R)
    LVG Skye Bolt (11) off Meyer (4th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Drew Butera (8) off Harvey (2nd inning, 2R)
    ABQ Brian Mundell (10) off Wang (7th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:23
ATT: 8,659
The Isotopes scored six runs in their final two turns at-bat to come from behind to defeat the division-leading Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athetics) on Tuesday evening at "The Lab". The Isotopes role as spoiler worked tonight as the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) won their game so El Paso was able to close to two games back of Las Vegas in the division race with six games left to play.

Noel Cuevas singled home a run and scored on Drew Butera's two-run homer in the 2nd inning as the Isotopes built a 3-0 lead.

Las Vegas took the lead in the top of the 4th inning on two-run homers from Jorge Mateo and Skye Bolt.

Pat Valaika doubled home a run in the 5th inning to knot the game at 4-4 before the Aviators regained the lead in the 6th inning on a RBI fielder's choice groundout.

Albuquerque powered their way into the lead after the 7th inning stretch. Drew Weeks singled home a run and later in the inning, Brian Mundell had a three-run homer.

Valaika doubled home two runs in the 8th inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to 10-5 and the Aviators plated the final run of the game in the 9th inning on Alfonso Rivas' RBI single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ben Meyer - 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 7.36 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
There were lots of transactions affecting the Isotopes today. The Rockies recalled OF Sam Hilliard and purchased the contract of P Rico Garcia from Albuquerque and optioned pitchers Phillip Diehl and Joe Harvey to Albuquerque, IF Todd Czinege was added from Class-A Lancaster and P Heath Holder joined the Isotopes from Class-AA Hartford. . . . The Isotopes set a franchise record tonight for most homers in a season (199). 116 of those homers were hit at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque pitching previously set a franchise record for most homers allowed and the pitchers have allowed 44 more homers than the hitters have hit. . . . The victory guaranteed Albuquerque won't tie the franchise record for most losses in a season if they were to lose every remaining game this season. Albuquerque needs 7 losses to tie the franchise record and there are only six games left in the season. . . . Isotopes starter Ben Meyer no-hit the Aviators for the first 3.1 innings of the game. . . . Drew Butera was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and has been one hit short of hitting for the cycle in two out of his last three games. . . . Albuquerque has gone five games without committing an error, tying a season high. . . . The PCL Manager of the Year was in the opposing dugout tonight. In a vote conducted of the league's field managers, media representatives, broadcasters and team officials, Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) manager Fran Riordan won the award. As of the award announcement, the Aviators were in a tie for the PCL's best record (80-53) and was close to clinching a division title. Eight PCL managers received votes and Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) manager Mickey Story was the runner up for the PCL Manager of the Year. . . . The PCL Hitter of the Week is Tyrone Taylor of the San Antonio Missions (AAA Brewers). Taylor hit .560 (14x25) during the award week of August 19-25 with 3 homers and 13 RBI. . . . Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) hurler Parker Dunshee is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Dunshee made two starts and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (one run/no earned runs in 11.2 innings) while allowing 4 hits and fanning 15 batters. . . . Game three of the series is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (6-8, 7.88) for the Isotopes and RHP Daniel Mengden (4-3, 4.33) for the Aviators.

Filed 08/27/2019

August 26, 2019 - Isotopes (58-75)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    000 402 010 --  7  13  0
Albuquerque  100 320 002 --  8  16  0

WP: Ben Howard (4-1)
LP: JB Wendelken (6-3) 

HR: LVG Mark Payton (30) off N Gonzalez (4th inning, 3R)
    LVG Cameron Rupp (7) off N Gonzalez (4th inning, S)
    LVG Cameron Rupp (8) off Cozart (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 8,292
Albuquerque was successful in playing role of spoiler Monday evening, coming up with two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to claim a 8-7 walkoff victory over the division-leading Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) in the series opener at "The Lab" on Monday evening. The second-place El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) also lost their game so they weren't able to take advantage of Albuquerque's victory to tighten the division race and El Paso remained three games back with one week left to play.

Roberto Ramos singled home a run in the 1st inning to give the Isotopes a quick 1-0 lead before the Aviators took the lead in the 4th inning on back-to-back homers. Mark Payton's three-run homer was followed by Cameron Rupp's solo homer.

Albuquerque tied the game in their half of the 4th inning. A run scored on Nelson Molina's groundout and Elliot Soto doubled home a pair of runs.

The Isotopes took a 6-4 lead in the 5th inning when Josh Fuentes doubled home a run and scored on Brian Mundell's single, but that lead was lost in the 6th inning when Las Vegas' Cameron Rupp hit his second homer of the game, a two-run homer.

Former-Isotope Dustin Garneau tripled home a run to give Las Vegas a 7-6 lead in the 8th inning before Albuquerque finally won the game in the 9th inning. Noel Cuevas led off with a single and an out later, Ramos singled to put runners on the corners. Drew Weeks singled Cuevas home and after the second out of the inning, Mundell delivered a single into left field that brought Ramos home with the game-winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Nelson Gonzalez - 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 6.50 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled pitchers Phillip Diehl and Joe Harvey and P Logan Cozart was activated from the Isotopes' Injured List. . . . The PCL announced their All-PCL team, essentially an end-of-season All-Star team and Yonathan Daza and Sam Hilliard were named to the team. With the two players, Albuquerque was the club who had the most members on the 2019 All-PCL team. . . . Tonight was Albuquerque's sixth walkoff victory of the season. . . . Game two of the final home series of the season is Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Ben Meyer (0-0, 6.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Harvey (1-0, 1.80) for the Aviators.

Filed 08/26/2019

August 25, 2019 - Isotopes (57-75)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       101 001 011 --  5  13  1
Albuquerque  200 000 100 --  3   6  0

WP: Scott Copeland (5-5)
LP: Harrison Musgrave (0-2)
SV: James Bourque (3)

HR: FRE Matt Reynolds (14) off Dean (1st inning, S)
    FRE Yadiel Hernandez (30) off Dean (3rd inning, S)
    FRE Taylor Gushue (11) off Musgrave (8th inning, S)

    ABQ Roberto Ramos (28) off Copeland (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:37
ATT: 7,923
While the Isotopes continue to flirt with franchise records related to losing, Albuquerque lost the series finale to the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) 5-3 but a couple of positive offense-related franchise marks were established in the loss.

Homers provided the scoring early on. Matt Reynolds led off the game for Fresno with a solo homer while in Albuquerque's first turn at bat in the game, Sam Hilliard singled with one out and scored on Roberto Ramos' two-run homer.

Yadiel Hernandez's solo homer tied the game in the 3rd inning and Fresno took the lead in the 6th inning when Luis Sardinas tripled home a run with two outs.

Albuquerque tied the game with the two outs in the 7th inning. Noel Cuevas singled, went to second base on a throwing error on the play and scored on Drew Butera's single.

Fresno immediately regained the lead in the 8th inning on Taylor Gushue's homer and the Grizzlies added an insurance run in the 9th inning on Gushue's RBI single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean - 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 7.30 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotope transactions today, the Rockies recalled P Antonio Senzatela, optioned P DJ Johnson to Albuquerque, and P Pat Dean was activated from the Isotopes' Temporary Inactive List. . . . Roberto Ramos' 1st inning homer set a couple of new Isotope franchise marks. The homer was Albuquerque's 197th of the season, tying the franchise mark for most homers hit in a season, and Ramos reached 100 RBI with the homer, the first time in franchise history that two Isotope hitters reached 100 RBI (Sam Hilliard) in the same season. Ramos has homered in back-to-back games. . . . Pat Valaika went 0x4 to end his 13-game hitting streak. . . . Isotopes starter Pat Dean went seven innings and had his fourth quality start of the season. Dean had a no decision in tonight's start. . . . The Isotopes reached the 500,000 mark in home attendance tonight (501,595). Albuquerque continues to never have had a season in their 17 years of franchise history with an attendance less than 500,000. . . . Albuquerque and Fresno went 2-2 in the series and 33,566 attended at "The Lab" for a per-game average of 8,392. . . . Tonight's game was also the final game in Albuquerque for the season series and the Isotopes went 5-3 in the eight home games against the Grizzlies. All-time, Albuquerque is 32-36 against Fresno at Isotopes Park. The 16-game season series concludes later in the week when Albuquerque goes to Fresno to play the final four-game series of the season. . . . The Isotopes open their final home four-game series of the season Monday evening with the division-leading Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) coming to town with a three game lead over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in the division race and Albuquerque looking to play spoiler and help division rival El Paso. Probables in the opener are RHP Rico Garcia (2-4, 7.16) for the Isotopes and RHP Paul Blackburn (11-3, 4.08) for the Aviators.

Filed 08/25/2019

August 24, 2019 - Isotopes (57-74)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       300 110 110 --   7  16  1
Albuquerque  215 090 00x --  17  22  0

WP: Matt Pierpont (1-1)
LP: Paolo Espino (7-4)

HR: FRE Matt Reynolds (13) off Pierpont (5th inning, S)
    FRE Brandon Snyder (30) off Diehl (7th inning, S)

    ABQ Sam Hilliard (35) off Espino (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (27) off Kontos (5th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:46
ATT: 10,453
Roberto Ramos, Brian Mundell and Drew Butera each had three or more RBI as the Isotopes crushed the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) 17-7 at "The Lab" on Satuday evening.

Fresno led 3-0 in the top of the 1st ining on Carter Kieboom's RBI double, Yadiel Hernandez's RBI single and Brandon Snyder's sacrifice flyout.

The Isotopes got two of those runs back in their half of the opening inning on Sam Hilliard's two-run homer to conclude an exciting 15-pitch at-bat and tied the game at 3-3 in the 2nd inning on Isotope starter Chris Rusin's RBI double.

Albuquerque had the first of two big innings in the 3rd inning as they plated five runs to lead 8-3. Drew Weeks had a RBI single, Mundell doubled home two runs, Rusin singled home a run and Elliot Soto doubled home a run.

Raudy Read singled home a run in the 4th inning and Matt Reynolds solo homered in the fifth inning for Fresno before Albuquerque sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 9 runs in the bottom half of the 5th inning to take a 17-5 lead. Mundell doubled home a run, Butera tripled home a run and later scored on an error, Ramos three-run homered, and Butera made it four RBI in the same inning when he doubled home three runs in his second plate apparance of the inning.

Fresno's Snyder solo homered in the 7th inning and Kieboom doubled home a run in the 8th inning to cap the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin - 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 5.52 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Sam Hilliard inked his name into the Isotope record books when he set new single-season franchise records for most runs scored (108) and extra-base hits (71). Hilliard reached 101 RBI tonight, good for fourth most in a single season in Isotopes history. . . . Isotope hitters tied the franchise record for most doubles in a game (9) and are one homer short of tying the franchise record for most homers hit in a season. . . . Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 13 games. . . . Isotopes starter Chris Rusin has given himself run support with a pair of RBI in each of his last two starts. Rusin leads the Isotopes pitching staff with five total RBI this season. . . . There were two near Isotope cycles in the game - Sam Hilliard was a triple shy and Drew Butera was a homer shy. Fresno's Matt Reynolds was a triple shy of also hitting for the cycle. . . . Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) slugger Kyle Tucker became the fifth player in the 116-year history of the PCL to join the 30/30 club when he swiped his 30th base. Tucker has 32 homers to go along with his 30 steals. Joc Pederson joined the 30/30 club as a member of the Isotopes in 2014. . . . With nine games to go in the season, more teams were eliminated from making the playoffs. Recently eliminated were the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners), Nashville Sounds (AAA Rangers) and the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) will not be making the playoffs in their final season as a PCL member before they relocate to Wichita next season. Half of the PCL has been eliminated and noone has clinched a division title yet, although the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) are the closest with a magic number of 1 so they could clinch it Sunday. . . . The series concludes Sunday evening. The Isotopes have not named a probable while the Grizzlies are expected to send RHP Scott Copeland (4-5, 6.73) the mound.

Filed 08/24/2019

August 23, 2019 - Isotopes (56-74)

Isotopes Park

Fresno        000 112 220 --  8  15  0
Albuquerque   000 200 000 --  2   5  0

WP: JJ Hoover (5-6)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (6-8) 

HR: FRE Brandon Snyder (29) off Hoffman (5th inning, S)
    FRE Yadiel Hernandez (29) off Harvey (7th inning, 2R)
    FRE Collin Cowgill (12) off Musgrave (8th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Drew Weeks (17) off Hoover (4th inning, S)
    ABQ Josh Fuentes (17) off Hoover (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:50
ATT: 7,536
After Albuquerque took the lead in the 4th inning, the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) plated the next seven runs and cruised to a 8-2 victory over Albuquerque on Friday evening at "The Lab".

Fresno's Raudy Read singled home the game's first run in the 4th inning.

Albuquerque's lone runs and only lead of the game came on back-to-back homers from Drew Weeks and Josh Fuentes in the home half of the 4th inning.

Fresno immediately tied the game in the top of the 5th inning on Brandon Snyder's homer and added to it with two runs in the 6th inning. Snyder singled home a run and Alec Keller doubled home a run.

Fresno's Yadiel Hernandez two-run homered in the 7th inning and Collin Cowgill pinch-hit homered for the second night in a row with a two-run homer in the 8th inning to cap the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 6-8) 6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 Er, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 7.88 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 12 games. . . . Isotope hitters have back-to-back homered five times this season. . . . Albuquerque has 10 games left in the season to hit three more homers to tie the franchise record for most homers in a season. . . . The Isotopes are 22 games out of first place, establishing a new franchise record for most games out of the division lead. . . . The Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) continue to do well in the PCL end-of-season awards having won an award today after winning the league's best groundskeeper award yesterday. Aviators athletic trainer Brad LaRosa was named the PCL's top athletic trainer by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). It is LaRosa's third time winning the award. PCL player and Manager awards will be announced next week. . . . Game three of the series is Saturday evening and LHP Chris Rusin (2-4, 5.27) is expected to take the mound for Albuquerque against Fresno RHP Paolo Espino (7-3, 4.89).

Filed 08/23/2019

August 22, 2019 - Isotopes (56-73)

Isotopes Park

Fresno       020 103 030 --   9  18  0
Albuquerque  630 000 01x --  10  15  1

WP: Sam Howard (1-0)
LP: Brandon Snyder (1-1)

HR: FRE Raudy Read (19) off Meyer (2nd inning, 2R)
    FRE Collin Cowgill (11) off N Gonzalez (6th inning, 2R)
    FRE Yadiel Hernandez (28) off Howard (8th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Sam Hilliard (34) off Crowe (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:29
ATT: 7,654
In the series opener at "The Lab" on Thursday evening, the Isotopes blew a seven run lead but scored the winning run in the 8th inning to take a 10-9 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals).

Albuquerque raced to a 6-0 lead in the 1st inning. Elliot Soto led off with a single and scored on Sam Hilliard's homer. Later in the inning, Drew Weeks doubled home a run, Noel Cuevas doubled home two runs and Isotopes starter Ben Meyer singled home a run.

After Raudy Read two-run homered in the 2nd inning for Fresno, the Isotopes added three more runs in their half of the inning to take a 9-2 lead. Weeks singled home a run and Cuevas had his second two-run double of the night.

Fresno began their comeback in the 4th inning with an Alec Keller RBI single and added three more runs in the 6th inning on Collin Cowgill's pinch-hit two-run homer and a run on an Isotope error.

The Grizzlies capped the comeback to knot the game at 9-9 in the 8th inning with another three run inning, highlighted by Yadiel Hernandez's two-run homer and Drew Ward's RBI single.

The Isotopes kept the game from being an embarrassing loss in their half of the 8th inning. Hilliard drew a one out walk, went to third base on Pat Valaika's single and scored on Roberto Ramos' sacrifice flyout for what ended up being the game-winning run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ben Meyer - 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 Er, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, HBP, 7.36 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotope transactions, the Rockies recalled P Wes Parsons from the Isotopes and transferred P Ben Meyer from Class-AA Hartford. The Rockies had claimed Parsons on waivers from the Braves and officially optioned him to Albuquerque but Parsons did not appear in a game with the Isotopes. Meyer is no stranger to the PCL this season, having started the season with the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins). Meyer made 14 starts, going 3-5 with a 7.43 ERA before being released. The Rockies inked Meyer to a minor league deal and sent him to Class-AA Hartford where Meyer appeared in four games (1 start) and went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA before being sent to Albuquerque. . . . Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Sam Howard gave up three runs in the 8th inning, ending his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 9.1 innings. . . . Sam Hilliard has homered in back-to-back games and his 34 homers ties him with Val Pascucci for third place for the franchise mark of most Isotope homers in a season. Hilliard is not likely to tie or break the franchise mark of 42 homers but he has 99 RBI so he could tie or break the franchise mark of 107 RBI in a season. It should be interesting to see if Hilliard can do it considering how little of the season remains (11 games left) or if he gets a September callup to the Rockies and misses the last few games of the season. . . . Albuquerque pitching had a streak of 13 scoreless innings until runs were given up in the 2nd inning. . . . The loss was extra bad for Fresno as it made them the fifth PCL club to be eliminated from playoff contention. . . . The Isotopes are 18-15 in games this season decided by one run. . . . The PCL's end of season award announcements started today with the naming of the 2019 PCL Sports Turf Manager of the Year. Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) groundskeeper Collin Doebler is the winner in balloting conducted of the league's on-field managers and on-field officials. The Isotopes' Clint Belau and the Iowa Cubs' (AAA Cubs) Chris Schlosser were both runners-up and received Presidential Commendations. . . . Game two of the series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (6-7, 8.03) for the Isotopes and RHP JJ Hoover (4-6, 8.56) for the Grizzlies.

Filed 08/22/2019

August 21, 2019 - Isotopes (55-73)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  510 011 001 --  9  18  1
Sacramento   000 000 000 --  0   6  0

WP: Rico Garcia (2-4)
LP: Carlos Torres (1-2)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (33) off Torres (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Elliot Soto (9) off Torres (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (26) off Okert (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:05
ATT: 6,024
Isotopes starter Rico Garcia tossed five scoreless innings and combined with Matt Pierpint and Phillip Diehl to toss a shutout as Albuquerque ended the series with the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) with a 9-0 victory.

Albuquerque had a huge 5-0 lead in the 1st inning. For possibly the first time in franchise history, there were back-to-back homers to lead off the game. Elliot Soto deposited the first pitch of the game over the left-center field wall and Sam Hilliard followed with a homer to right-center field. Pat Valaika singled, Roberto Ramos walked, and Drew Weeks singled to load the bases. Two outs later, Drew Butera cleared the bases with a double down the third base line.

Hilliard doubled and scored on Ramos' single in the 2nd inning and Weeks tripled and scored on Mundell's single in the 5th inning to extend the lead to 7-0.

Hilliard doubled and scored on Valaika's single in the 6th inning and Ramos capped the scoring in the game with a solo homer in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia (W, 2-4) 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 7.16 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of P Tim Melville from Albuquerque in today's lone transaction. . . . Albuquerque has tossed two shutouts this season and tonight's was the first on the road and had the largest margin of victory in a shutout (9 runs). . . . Sam Hilliard tied Joc Pederson (33 homers) for the fourth highest single-season homer total in Isotopes franchise history. . . . With their three homers tonight, Albuquerque needs six more homers to tie the franchise record for most homers hit in a season. There are 12 games left in the season. . . . Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . With tonight's shutout, the Isotopes pitching staff is working on a 12 consecutive scoreless innings streak. . . . The Isotopes took the series 2-1 and 18,541 attended at Raley Field for a per-game average of 6,180. . . . Tonight was the final matchup of the season between the Isotopes and River Cats and Sacramento won 11 of the 16 matchups. The season series featured Sacramento sweeping the Isotopes in a four-game series in Albuquerque for the first series sweep by either team in the 17-season history between the two clubs. All-time, Albuquerque is 57-82 against Sacramento -- 30-37 at Isotopes Park and 27-45 in Sacramento. . . . The Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) in the American Conference Northern Division were the fourth PCL club to be eliminated from playoff contention. . . . The Isotopes return home Thursday evening for their final homestand of the season. The first four games of the eight game homestand are against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals). Probables in the opener are RHP Antonio Senzatela (1-1, 5.77) for the Isotopes and RHP Wil Crowe (0-3, 5.40) for the Grizzlies. Fresno has a tragic number of two so they could be eliminated from making the playoffs if they lose to the Isotopes tomorrow night and the Sacramento River Cats win their game.

Filed 08/21/2019

August 20, 2019 - Isotopes (54-73)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 020 000 --  2   6  0
Sacramento   321 003 00x --  9  13  0

WP: Burch Smith (7-3)
LP: Pat Dean (3-12)

HR: SAC Mauricio Dubon (19) off Dean (2nd inning, S)
    SAC Jaylin Davis (9) off Dean (3rd inning, S)
    SAC Cristhian Adames (7) off Musgrave (6th inning, S)
    SAC Levi Michael (10) off Dean (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:04
ATT: 6,948
The Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated six runs over the first three innings and belted four homers on their way to a 9-2 victory over the Isotopes on Tuesday evening in West Sacramento, California.

The River Cats quickly led 3-0 in the 1st inning on Jaylin Davis' RBI single, Chris Shaw's sacrifice flyout and Francisco Pena's double.

Levi Michael and Mauricio Dubon solo homered an out apart in the 2nd inning and Davis added a solo homer in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 6-0.

Elliot Soto and Roberto Ramos each singled home runs in the 5th inning as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard and Sacramento plated their final three runs in the 6th inning. Former-Isotope Cristhian Adames solo homered, Dubon doubled home a run and later scored on a passed ball.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 3-12) 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 HR, 7.60 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Pat Dean earned his 12th loss tonight and leads the PCL in losses. Dean's 12 defeats are tied for second place with Justin Wayne for the most Isotope losses in a season, one behind the franchise record of 13 set by Zach Lee. . . . Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 9 games while Drew Weeks went hitless to snap his 7-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes are still winless in Tuesday road contests this season (0-9). . . . Albuquerque hitters did not hit a homer in the game, snapping a streak of 12 straight games with a homer. It was the second longest consecutive game homer streak of the season behind the 13 game streak earlier in the season. . . . Aderlin Rodriguez of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. During the award week of August 12-18, Rodriguez hit .500 (10x22) with 4 homers and 10 RBI. . . . Joe Palumbo of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week after tossing six scoreless innings of no-hit ball in winning his only start of the award week. . . . The series concludes Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (10-5, 5.42) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be announced for the River Cats.

Filed 08/20/2019

August 19, 2019 - Isotopes (54-72)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  030 000 001 --  4  8  1
Sacramento   000 000 100 --  1  5  1

WP: Chris Rusin (2-4)
LP: Chase Johnson (1-1)
SV: Ben Bowden (1)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (25) off Johnson (2nd inning, S)

    SAC Mike Gerber (26) off Rusin (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:52
ATT: 5,569
Chris Rusin went an Isotope-starter season-longest 7.2 innings, allowing a run and 5 hits, and had his first quality start of the season in Albuquerque's 4-1 series-opening victory over the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) on Monday evening in West Sacramento, California.

Roberto Ramos solo homered and Rusin helped his cause with a two-run single to give Albuquerque a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning.

Rusin lost the shutout in the 7th inning when Mike Gerber solo homered.

Noel Cuevas' pinch-hit single brought home Albuquerque's final run in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin (W, 2-4) 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 5.27 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotopes transactions, P Pat Dean was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and the Rockies claimed P Wes Parsons off waivers from the Atlanta Braves and optioned him to Albuquerque. . . . Isotopes starter Chris Rusin had the most RBI for an Isotope tonight (2) and Rusin has 3 RBI on the season. Albuquerque pitchers combined have driven in 14 runs this season. . . . Sam Howard got the last out of the 8th inning tonight and extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 9.1 innings. . . . Drew Weeks extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . With the homer tonight, Albuquerque hitters are nine homers away from tying the franchise record for most homers in a season and there are 14 games left in the season. . . . The site was announced to host the 2020 Triple-A National Championship Game and Las Vegas Ballpark, home of the PCL's Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics), will host the game on September 22, 2020. . . . Game two of the series is Tuesday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (10-5, 5.42) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be named for the River Cats.

Filed 08/19/2019

August 18, 2019 - Isotopes (53-72)

Las Vegas Ballpark

Albuquerque  002 000 000 --  2   6  0
Las Vegas    001 204 00x --  7  10  0

WP: Sean Manaea (2-1)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (6-7)

HR: ABQ Elliot Soto (8) off Manaea (3rd inning, 2R)

    LVG Cameron Rupp (6) off Hoffman (3rd inning, S)
    LVG Mark Payton (26) off Hoffman (6th inning, 2R)
    LVG Franklin Barreto (16) off Diehl (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:00
ATT: 9,513
In the series finale in Summerlin, Nevada on Sunday evening, the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) plated seven unanswered runs to take a 7-2 victory over the Isotopes.

Drew Butera led off the 3rd inning with a walk and scored two outs later on Elliot Soto's two-run homer to give Albuquerque a 2-0 lead.

Las Vegas' Cameron Rupp solo homered in the 3rd inning and Sheldon Neuse had a two-run single in the 4th inning as the Aviators grabbed a 3-2 lead.

Mark Payton and Franklin Barreto each two-run homered in the 6th inning to put the game away.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 6-7) 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 8.03 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P DJ Johnson from the Isotopes today. . . . Jeff Hoffman's 109 pitches was the most by an Isotope in a game this season. . . . The Isotopes have not been receiving good starting pitching for most of the series. Starting pitchers have given up five or more earned runs in each of the last three games and Albuquerque went 1-2 in those contests. . . . Albuquerque hitters are 10 homers away from tying the franchise record for most homers hit in a season and there are 15 games left to try to tie or break the franchise mark. . . . The Isotopes and Aviators split the series 2-2 and 41,497 attended for a per-game average of 10,374. . . . Tonight's game completed the Las Vegas portion of the season series and the Aviators won 5 out of the 8 games in their brand new Las Vegas Ballpark this season. Albuquerque is 37-36 all-time in Las Vegas. . . . The Isotopes conclude their road trip with three games in West Sacramento, California against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) starting Monday evening. Probables in the opener are LHP Chris Rusin (1-4, 5.94) for the Isotopes and RHP Enderson Franco (6-5, 6.17) for the River Cats. Sacramento leads the Pacific Conference Northern Division by seven games and is closing in on a division title but their magic number is too great to clinch the division by the end of the series with the Isotopes.

Filed 08/18/2019

August 17, 2019 - Isotopes (53-71)

Las Vegas Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 040 100 --  5   8  1
Las Vegas    140 000 10x --  6  10  0

WP: Kyle Lobstein (5-2)
LP: Joe Harvey (0-1)
SV: Kyle Finnegan (4)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (32) off Anderson (5th inning, 2R)

    LVG Sheldon Neuse (24) off Harvey (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:01
ATT: 11,008
Just after the Isotopes tied the game in the 7th inning, the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) got a solo homer to take the lead and ended up defeating Albuquerque 6-5 on Satuday evening in Summerlin, Nevada.

Seth Brown had a sacrifice flyout in the 1st inning and the Aviators added four more runs in the 2nd inning to lead 5-0 when Dustin Fowler singled home a run and Brown came up to the plate with the bases loaded and cleared them with a double.

Albuquerque plated four runs of their own in the 5th inning to get back into the game. Elliot Soto tripled home two runs and scored on Sam Hilliard's two-run homer.

Brian Mundell singled, went to third base on Noel Cuevas' double and scored on Soto's groundout to knot the game at 5-5 in the top of the 7th inning before the Aviators plated the game winning run after the 7th inning stretch on Sheldon Neuse's solo homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Antonio Senzatela - 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 5.77 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Chi Chi Gonzalez from Albuquerque. . . . Sam Howard tossed the final two outs of the 8th inning to extend his scoreless innings streak to 9 innings. . . . Sam Hilliard has homered in back-to-back games. . . . Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . The Isotopes are 17-15 in games decided by one run this season. . . . Isotopes manager Glenallen Hill was ejected by Home Plate umpire Edwin Moscoso in the 3rd inning. . . . The Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) were eliminated from the American Conference Southern Division playoff race tonight, making it three PCL clubs that will not be vying to make postseason play. . . . Probables for the series finale Sunday evening are LHP Pat Dean (3-11, 7.39) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be announced for the Aviators.

Filed 08/17/2019

August 16, 2019 - Isotopes (53-70)

Las Vegas Ballpark

Albuquerque  103 001 202 --  9  11  2
Las Vegas    231 010 000 --  7  14  1

WP: Ben Bowden (1-2)
LP: JB Wendelken (5-2)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (31) off Estrada (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Drew Weeks (16) off Mengden (6th inning, S)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (24) off Wendelken (9th inning, 2r)

    LVG Seth Brown (35) off Garcia (1st inning, 2R)
    LVG Mark Payton (24) off Garcia (2nd inning, 2R)
    LVG Mark Payton (25) off Garcia (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:15
ATT: 11,757
Roberto Ramos' 9th inning homer snapped a 7-7 tie as the Isotopes won their second straght game with a 9-7 victory over the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) in Summerlin, Nevada on Friday evening.

Sam Hilliard solo homered in the top of the 1st inning to give the Isotopes a quick 1-0 lead before the Aviators took the lead in their half of the 1st inning on Seth Brown's two run homer.

Las Vegas built the lead to 5-1 in the 2nd inning on Mark Payton's two-run homer and Dustin Fowler's single.

In the 3rd inning, Albuquerque drew to 5-4 on Ramos' RBI single and Drew Weeks' two-run double.

Franklin Barreto singled home a run in the home half of the 3rd inning and Payton solo homered in the 5th inning as the Aviators led 7-4.

Albuquerque began their comeback in the 6th inning on Weeks' solo homer and in the 7th inning, Josh Fuentes and Weeks each singled home runs to knot the game at 7-7.

In the game winning 9th inning, Hilliard led off with a walk, stole second base and scored an out later on Ramos' homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia - 4.2 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3 HR, WP, 7.87 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes placed P Pat Dean on the Temporary Inactive List and activated P Harrison Musgrave from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . With the three Isotope homers tonight, Albuquerque has hit 6 homers in the last two games and is 12 homers short of tying the franchise record for homers hit in a season with 17 games left to play. . . . Drew Weeks has homered in back-to-back games and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . The Isotopes bullpen played a big part in the victory, tossing scoreless ball in the final 4.1 innings to help Albuquerque battle back in the game. . . . Game three of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Antonio Senzatela (1-1, 5.04) for the Isotopes and RHP Matt Harvey (0-2, 16.50) for the Aviators. Harvey will be making his Athletics organzation debut after making a couple of appearances in the PCL earlier in the season with the Salt Lake Bees in the Angels organization.

Filed 08/16/2019

August 15, 2019 - Isotopes (52-70)

Las Vegas Ballpark

Albuquerque  101 500 101 --  9  15  0
Las Vegas    000 002 400 --  6   6  1

WP: Tim Melville (10-5)
LP: Jesus Luzardo (1-1)
SV: Sam Howard (1)

HR: ABQ Drew Butera (7) off Luzardo (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Josh Fuentes (16) off Blackburn (7th inning, S)
    ABQ Drew Weeks (15) off Puk (9th inning, S)

TIME: 3:13
ATT: 9,219
Isotopes starter Tim Melville no-hit the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) for 5.1 innings and Albuquerque scored seven runs in the first half of the game and held off the Aviators for a 9-6 victory in the series opener in Summerlin, Nevada on Thursday evening.

Pat Valaika doubled home a run in the 1st inning, Drew Butera had a solo homer in the 3rd inning and the Isotopes added five more runs in the 4th inning. Butera doubled home a run, Peter Mooney singled home two runs and Roberto Ramos and Josh Fuentes each singled home a run.

Melville lost the shutout in the 6th inning when Dustin Fowler singled home a run. Later in the frame, Eric Campbell drew a bases-loaded walk as the Aviators trailed 7-2.

Fuentes solo homered in the top of the 7th inning before the Aviators added four runs after the 7th inning stretch. Nick Martini and Campbell each singled home runs and Sheldon Neuse added a two-run single.

Drew Weeks' solo homer in the 9th inning capped the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 10-5) 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 6.42 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Yency Almonte and optioned P Jeff Hoffman to Albuquerque during yesterday's day off and today, P Tim Melville was activated from the Temporary Inactive List and made tonight's start. . . . Tim Melville was the first Isotope to reach 10 victories in a season since 2017 when Ryan Carpenter had 10 wins that season. . . . Sam Howard pitched a scorless 9th inning to extend his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 8.1 innings. . . . Pat Valaika extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Drew Butera also has a six game hitting streak and has homered in his last two games. . . . Brian Mundell went 0x5 in becoming the only Isotope hitter without a hit in the game. . . . There were more combined walks in the game (13) than there were strikeouts in the game (12). . . . The Isotopes reported that during the blood drive they hosted during Monday evening's game, Vitalant had twenty-seven units of blood donated and many fans had to be turned away from donating as the blood mobile had to end operations for the night and those fans were invited to go to Vitalant's facility another day to make their blood donations. All 27 units of blood donated will be sent to El Paso. . . . Game two of the series is Friday evening and probables are RHP Rico Garcia (1-4, 7.19) for the Isotopes and a pitcher to be determined for the Aviators.

Filed 08/15/2019

August 13, 2019 - Isotopes (51-70)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock    300 010 000 --  4  12  0
Albuquerque   000 010 100 --  2   6  0

WP: Jose Urquidy (4-2)
LP: Chris Rusin (1-4)
SV: Felipe Paulino (7)

HR: ABQ Drew Butera (6) off Urquidy (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:43
ATT: 8,455
In the final game of the series, the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) plated three runs in the 1st inning and was able to make that stand in defeating the Isotopes 4-2 on Tuesday evening at "The Lab".

In that 1st inning, Round Rock's Kyle Tucker had a sacrifice flyout and Nick Tanielu singled home two runs.

Abraham Toro singled home a run in the 5th inning to extend the Express lead to 4-0.

Drew Butera solo homered in the home half of the 5th inning to make sure the Isotopes would not be shut out and Albuquerque added their final run in the 7th inning when Drew Weeks singled, went to third base on Brian Mundell's single and scored on a wild pitch.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Rusin (L, 1-4) 6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, WP, 5.94 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies made a series of moves affecting the Isotopes on Tuesday. The Rockies purchased the contract of C Dom Nunez, recalled P Jeff Hoffman, and optioned P Chi Chi Gonzalez to Albuquerque. C Chris Rabago was transferred to Albuquerque from Class-AA Hartford. . . . With tonight's loss, Albuquerque was eliminated from playoff contention. The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) who are tied with the Isotopes in the division were also eliminated tonight and the Isotopes and Bees are the first two PCL clubs to be eliminated this season. The Isotopes elimination came in game number 121, establishing a new franchise record for the earliest elimination that was previously established last year when Albuquerque was eliminated in game 126 of the season. . . . Albuquerque pitching did not allow a homer tonight and snapped a 19 consecutive game streak of allowing a homer. The Isotopes had a possible franchise record 23 straight games allowing a homer earlier in the season. . . . Albuquerque batters have hit 179 homers, 18 homers shy of tying the franchise mark (197 homers) and have 19 games left to set a new franchise record. . . . The Isotopes had their 70th loss of the season tonight and are 12 losses away from tying a franchise record and can avoid that by winning at least eight of their remaining games. . . . The Isotopes and Express split the series 2-2 and 36,217 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 9,084. Tonight concluded the only series of the season between the two clubs and Albuquerque is 83-84 overall against the Express with a 51-36 advantage in games played at "The Lab". . . . Tonight also concluded the 28 game season series against opponents from the American Conference in the PCL's equivalent of interleague play and the Isotopes went 10-18 against the American Conference and is 75-105 all-time since Albuquerque moved from the American Conference to the Pacific Conference in 2014. . . . Round Rock right fielder Kyle Tucker was ejected by Home Plate umpire Nestor Ceja in the 7th inning after being called out on strikes. . . . After a league-wide day off Wednesday, the Isotopes head to Las Vegas, Nevada for a four-game series against the Las Vegas Aviators to finish the Las Vegas portion of the season series played in their brand new Las Vegas Ballpark. While the Isotopes are not be playing for a playoff spot, the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) are in a first place tie in the division with the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) so the Aviators are fighting to make the playoffs and the Isotopes can play spoiler in the division race. Albuquerque has not named a probable for the opener Thursday evening, while Las Vegas is expected to send RHP Paul Blackburn (10-3, 4.28) to the mound.

Filed 08/13/2019

August 12, 2019 - Isotopes (51-69)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock   200 020 205 --  11  14  0
Albuquerque  000 002 211 --   6   9  0

WP: Framber Valdez (4-2)
LP: Pat Dean (3-11) 

HR: RR Kyle Tucker (31) off Dean (1st inning, 2R)
    RR Kyle Tucker (32) off Johnson (9th inning, 2R)
    RR Garrett Stubbs (7) off Dean (5th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Pat Valaika (22) off Valdez (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Noel Cuevas (5) off Valdez (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:20
ATT: 7,926
The Isotopes closed to a run behind the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) in the 8th inning before the Express erupted for five runs in the top of the 9th inning to comfortably take a 11-6 victory over the Isotopes on Monday evening at "The Lab". The loss snapped an Isotope four-game winning streak.

Kyle Tucker two-run homered in the 1st inning and Garrett Stubbs solo homered and Jack Mayfield added a RBI single in the 5th inning as the Express led 4-0.

In the 6th inning, Drew Butera doubled and scored on Pat Valaika's homer as the Isotopes halved the defecit to 4-2.

Each team plated a pair of runs in the 7th inning. For Round Rock, Nick Tanielu doubled home a run and later scored on Mayfield's sacrifice flyout, while after the 7th inning stretch, Drew Weeks singled and scored on Noel Cuevas' two-run homer as the Isotopes trailed 6-4.

Albuquerque drew to a run down at 6-5 in the 8th inning after Elliot Soto tripled and scored on a passed ball, but the Express pulled away with a five-run 9th inning. Tanielu doubled home two runs, Mayfield singled home a run and Tucker had his second two-run homer of the game.

The Isotopes capped the scoring in the bottom of the 9th inning when Cuevas delivered a one-out RBI single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 3-11) 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 HR, 7.39 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotopes transactions Monday, P Pat Dean was activated from the Injured List to make tonight's start and pitchers Harrison Musgrave and Tim Melville were placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Brian Mundell went hitless to snap a 8-game hitting streak. . . . Sam Howard returned from the Rockies and tossed a scoreless 8th inning to extend his Isotopes consecutive scoreless innings streak to 7.1 innings. . . . Albuquerque hitters struck out 15 times, one shy of tying a season high. . . . Patrick Wisdom of the Nashville Sounds (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Wisdom hit .435 (10x23) with 7 homers and 11 RBI during the award week of August 5-11. . . . Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) hurler Daniel Ponce de Leon is the PCL Pitcher of the Week after winning his only start of the week and tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just two hits, no walks and 11 strikeouts. . . . Probables for the final game of the series (and homestand) Tuesday evening are LHP Chris Rusin (1-3, 5.93) for the Isotopes and RHP Jose Urquidy (3-2, 5.57) for the E-train.

Filed 08/12/2019

August 11, 2019 - Mariachis (51-68)

The Plaza

Round Rock    000 020 300 --  5  10  0
Albuquerque   000 000 051 --  6   4  1

WP: Yency Almonte (2-3)
LP: Brendan McCurry (3-3)

HR: RR Drew Ferguson (10) off Diehl (7th inning, 2R)
    RR Jamie Ritchie (5) off Diehl (7th inning, S)

    ABQ Dom Nunez (17) off McCurry (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:49
ATT: 10,660
There was some Mariachi magic at The Plaza on Sunday evening. The Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico were no hit through seven innings by Chupacabras de Round Rock (AAA Astros) pitchers Rogelio Armenteros and Cy Sneed, then got their first hit and plated 5 runs to tie the game in the 8th inning and Dom Nunez was the hero in the 9th inning, delivering Albuquerque's first walkoff homer victory of the season by a score of 6-5.

Neither team found the scoreboard until Round Rock put up two runs in the 5th inning when Garrett Stubbs doubled home a run and later scored on an error.

Jamie Ritchie solo homered and Drew Ferguson added a two-run homer in the 7th inning to build the Chupacabras lead to 5-0.

Brad Peacock entered the game on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment with Round Rock and Noel Cuevas led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a single to break up the no-hitter, Nunez walked and Peter Mooney singled Cuevas home. Elliot Soto drew a walk to load the bases and after a pitching change, a passed ball allowed Nunez to score. Sam Hilliard drew a walk to reload the bases before Pat Valaika cleared them with a triple to Topes Hill. Hilliard was stranded just 90 feet away as the go-ahead run after the Mariachis was unable in three outs to find a way to bring him home.

In the bottom of the 9th inning with one out, Nunez delivered his walkoff home run to the right-center field berm.

Isotopes Starter Line: Antonio Senzatela - 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.04 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Mariachis played their final Copa game of the season tonight and went 7-5 (including 4-1 at home). All-time, the Mariachis are 11-6 with a 7-2 record at The Plaza. . . . Dom Nunez's walkoff homer was the first Isotope walkoff homer since Jordan Patterson on June 19, 2018 versus Nashville at "The Lab". It was the fifth walkoff win of season and second walkoff win this homestand (five games played out of seven total). . . . Dom Nunez has homered in back-to-back games that he has played. . . . The Isotopes had four hits in the game - two of them were for extra bases. . . . The seven innings without a hit was the longest Albuquerque has been held without a hit in a game this season. . . . Sam Hilliard and Drew Weeks each ended 7 game hitting streaks. . . . Antonio Senzatela had his first quality start of the season. . . . The four game winning streak ties for the longest of the season and the streak has moved Albuquerque into a tie with Salt Lake for third place in the division, 18 games back of Las Vegas and El Paso who moved into a first place tie after tonight's action. . . . The crowd of 10,660 was the largest Sunday home crowd of the season. . . . Albuquerque is 17-14 in games decided by one run. . . . There are 10 home games left this season if you have a rain check that needs to be used. . . . Game three probables on Monday evening are RHP Jeff Hoffman (6-6, 7.91) for the Isotopes and LHP Framber Valdez (3-2, 2.37) for the E-train.

Filed 08/11/2019

August 10, 2019 - Isotopes (50-68)

Isotopes Park

Round Rock   010 010 010 --   3   8  0
Albuquerque  403 240 00x --  13  15  0

WP: Rico Garcia (1-4)
LP: Brandon Bielak (6-4) 

HR: RR Lorenzo Quintana (3) off Garcia (5th inning, S)

    ABQ Drew Weeks (14) off Bielak (1st inning, GS)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (21) off Bielak (4th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:55
ATT: 9,178
On a night some ink was added to the Isotope franchise records, Drew Weeks grand-slam homered in the 1st inning and Albuquerque scored 13 runs over the first five innings to take a 13-3 victory over the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) in the series opener at "The Lab" on Saturday evening. Albuquerque has won three straight games.

Elliot Soto led off the game for the Isotopes with a single, Sam Hilliard followed with a single and an out later, Roberto Ramos walked to load the bases. After the second out of the inning, Drew Weeks grand-slam homered to give Albuquerque a quick 4-0 lead.

Nick Tanielu doubled home a run in the 2nd inning to get Round Rock on the scoreboard and the Isotopes added three more runs in the 3rd inning. Weeks, Brian Mundell and Peter Mooney each singled home a run.

Hilliard drew a one-out walk and scored on Pat Valaika's homer in the 4th inning as Albuquerque extended their lead to 9-1.

Lorenzo Quintana solo homered in the 5th inning for the Express before Albuquerque added their final four runs of the game in the home half of the inning. Mooney tripled and scored on Drew Butera's single. Soto single and both scored on Hilliard's triple before Valaika's sacrifice flyout brought Hilliard home.

Kyle Tucker singled home Round Rock's final run of the game in the 8th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia (W, 1-4) 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 7.49 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned P Sam Howard to Albuquerque in the lone transaction of the day. . . . The grand-slam homer in the 1st inning was Albuquerque's 9th of the season, tying the franchise record first set by the 2004 Isotopes. Four Isotope players including Drew Weeks tonight have had two grand slams this season and tonight was the second time this season that a grand-slam was hit in back-to-back games. . . . A franchise record was established tonight with the Isotopes pitching staff allowing their 210th homer of the season, breaking the mark of 209 set in 2004. . . . Brian Mundell extended his hitting streak to 8 games, while Sam Hilliard and Drew Weeks now have 7 game hitting streaks. . . . Round Rock position player Alex De Goti pitched in tonight's game for the Express and tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. . . . The second game of the series is the final Copa de la Diversion contest of the season. The probable for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico is RHP Antonio Senzatela (1-1, 5.92), while the Chupacabras de Round Rock is expected to send RHP Rogelio Armenteros (5-6, 5.54) to the bump.

Filed 08/10/2019
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