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Albuquerque Isotopes 2019 Regular Season At-A-Glance:
Home Record: 28-34Road Record: 27-39
Division Record: 22-22Extra Innings Record: 5-3
Current Streak: W1

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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