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April 25, 2018 - Isotopes (8-12)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas   100 000 060 --  7  11  1
Albuquerque 000 000 000 --  0   9  0

WP: PJ Conlon (1-1)
LP: Sam Howard (1-3)

HR: LVG Zach Borenstein (5) off House (8th inning, 2R)
    LVG Ty Kelly (6) off House (8th inning, 3R)

TIME: 2:43
ATT: 5,489
The Isotopes offense was quiet and the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) erupted for six runs in the 8th inning to put the game away in Albuquerque's 7-0 loss in the series opener at "The Lab" on Wednesday evening.

It took three batters for Las Vegas to take a 1-0 lead. Zach Borenstein singed with one out and scored on Bryce Brentz's double.

The 51s added six runs to the scoreboard in the 8th inning, highlighted by Borenstein's two-run homer and Ty Kelly's three-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Sam Howard (L, 1-3) 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 72 GS, 5.68 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of P Brooks Pounders on the off-day yesterday. The Rockies made 40-man roster room by designating P Zach Jemiola for assignment and made 25-man roster room by optioning P Scott Oberg to Albuquerque. . . . With a light crowd of 5,489, not a lot of 50-cent hot dogs were devoured. 20,073 hot dogs were consumed for a per-fan average of 3.66, a strong showing for a dogs per-fan average but not strong for a total amount. . . . The Isotopes were shut out for the second time this season. Only two Albuquerque runners made it to third base in the game and Albuquerque almost avoided the shutout in the bottom of the 9th inning when Derrik Gibson led off with a triple but was unable to be cashed in. . . . Daniel Castro extended his team-leading hitting streak to 18 games. . . . The Isotopes announced their annual end-of-season "Most Community Minded" player award will be renamed the "Jennifer Riordan Community" award. Riordan worked for Wells Fargo who sponsors a promotional giveaway and was an Isotopes fan who recently attended an Isotopes game just days before her death on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 from New York LaGuardia airport to Dallas Love Field when a piece of uncontained failed engine debris struck the window she was sitting next to and caused injuries that contributed to her death. There is a ribbon with the word "Jennifer" painted on foul territory grass near the Isotopes dugout during this five-game series. . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (0-2, 4.50) for the Isotopes and RHP Drew Gagnon (0-1, 4.60) for the 51s.

Filed 04/25/2018

April 23, 2018 - Isotopes (8-11)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  004 502 010 --  12  14  1
Salt Lake    111 402 000 --   9  15  1

WP: Jerry Vasto (1-0)
LP: Alex Klonowski (1-2)
SV: DJ Johnson (2)

HR: SL Chris Carter (8) off McGough (4th inning, 2R)
    SL Jabari Blash (9) off Jensen (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:36
ATT: 3,085
The Isotopes plated 9 runs combined in the 3rd and 4th innings that helped avoid a series sweep in a 12-9 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in Salt Lake City Monday evening.

Kaleb Cowart singled home a run in the 1st inning and Jabari Blash hit his league-leading 9th homer of the season in the 2nd inning as the Bees led 2-0.

Albuquerque took the lead in the 3rd inning. Mike Tauchman doubled home a run, scored on Josh Fuentes' triple, Fuentes scored on a wild pitch, and Tom Murphy singled home a run. Salt Lake pulled to a run down in their half of the 3rd inning with a run scoring on a fielder's choice.

Albuquerque added to their lead with a five-run 4th inning. Drew Weeks led things off with a triple and scored on Derrik Gibson's single. Other runs scored in the inning on Anthony Bemboom's sacrifice bunt, Mike Tauchman and Jordan Patterson doubled home runs and Fuentes had a sacrifice flyout.

Salt Lake plated four runs in the bottom half of the 4th inning to trail 9-7. Cowart doubled home two runs and Chris Carter had a two-run homer.

Each team plated a pair of runs in the 6th inning with run-scoring singles - Weeks for the Isotopes and Blash for the Bees.

The Isotopes added an insurance run and their final run of the game in the 8th inning when Gibson tripled and scored on Castro's sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Jensen - 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 29 GS, 6.32 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of P Harrison Musgrave on Monday. P Chris Jensen was activated from the Temporary Inactive List, P David Holman was placed on the Temporary Inactive List, P Nelson Gonzalez was added back onto the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise and P Carlos Estevez was moved from the Rockies' 10-day to their 60-day Disabled List. It is not immediately known what this means to the MLB rehabilitation assignment Estevez is on with the Isotopes. Estevez has not pitched in a game since April 15th. . . . All Isotopes hitters except Anthony Bemboom had a hit in the game and Raimel Tapia was the only Isotope hitter without at least one RBI in the game. . . . Daniel Castro extended his hitting streak to 17 games. . . . The Isotopes went 1-2 in the series and 13,608 attended at Smith's Ballpark for a per-game average of 4,536. Tonight's game was the final game in Salt Lake City between the two clubs this season and each team won four games. All-time in Salt Lake City, the Isotopes are 28-31. . . . Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson was ejected by Home Plate umpire Nestor Ceja in the 4th inning. . . . Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) hurler Trent Thornton tied a PCL record on Monday afternoon, striking out eight straight Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) batters. Thornton's streak lasted from one out in the 1st inning through the 3rd inning. Only three other pitchers in PCL history have struck out eight straight batters. . . . Brett Nicholas of the Round Rock Express (AAA Rangers) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Nicholas hit .370 (10x27) with 4 homers and 14 RBI during the award week. . . . Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Astros) pitcher Mike Hauschild is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Hauschild won both of his starts and had a 2.13 ERA, allowing 11 hits, 3 runs, and had 15 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. . . . The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have Tuesday off before play resumes in the league on Wednesday. Albuquerque comes home for a five-game homestand against the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets). It will be the first game in which Isotopes Park enhanced security measures will be in effect. LHP Sam Howard (1-2, 7.62) is expected to start for Albuquerque while Las Vegas is expected to counter with LHP PJ Conlon (0-1, 10.22).

Filed 04/23/2018

April 22, 2018 - Isotopes (7-11)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  001 100 304 --   9  12  0
Salt Lake    100 400 303 --  11  16  0

WP: Zach Houchins (1-0)
LP: DJ Johnson (1-2) 

HR: ABQ Anthony Phillips (2) off Cash (7th inning, 2R)

    SL Michael Hermosillo (3) off Almonte (1st inning, S)
    SL Jose Miguel Fernandez (2) off Johnson (9th inning, S)
    SL Chris Carter (7) off Johnson (9th inning, 2R)
    SL Jose Briceno (4) off Hessler (7th inning, S)
    SL Sherman Johnson (3) off Holman (4th inning, S)
    SL Sherman Johnson (4) off Hessler (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:04
ATT: 5,260
The Isotopes came back to tie or take the lead three different times in the game but were never able to hold off the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in the bottom half of those innings. Albuquerque took a lead in the top of the 9th inning but Salt Lake was able to come up with a walkoff 11-9 victory on Sunday afternoon in Salt Lake City.

Isotopes starter Yency Almonte, fresh off the Disabled List, gave up a leadoff homer to Michael Hermosillo as the Bees quickly led 1-0. Almonte's day would not last long as he was ejected in the 2nd inning.

Raimel Tapia tripled and scored on Mike Tauchman's groundout in the 3rd inning and the Isotopes took their first lead of the day in the 4th inning when Drew Weeks tripled and scored on Stephen Cardullo's sacrifice flyout.

Albuquerque relief pitching could not hold that slim lead. In the home half of the 4th inning, Ryan Schimpf tripled home two runs, scored on Zach Houchins' sacrifice flyout and Sherman Johnson solo homered for a 5-2 Salt Lake lead.

Albuquerque tied up the game in 5-5 in the top of the 7th inning. Daniel Castro doubled home a run and came around to score on Anthony Phillips' two-run homer.

After the 7th inning stretch, Salt Lake regained the lead. Jose Briceno and Johnson had back-to-back solo homers and a run scored on a double play.

Albuquerque plated four runs in the 9th inning to regain the lead at 9-8. Tapia came up with the bases loaded and singled home Jan Vazquez, Tauchman singled home Castro and Phillips, and Josh Fuentes' sacrifice fly brought home Tapia with the go-ahead run.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Jose Miguel Fernandez solo homered to tie the game, David Fletcher singled and Chris Carter followed with a walk-off two-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Yency Almonte - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 36 GS, 13.50 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled OF Noel Cuevas from Albuquerque and Cuevas made his MLB debut on Sunday afternoon against the Cubs. The Rockies also recalled OF David Dahl and optioned OF Mike Tauchman to Albuquerque. OF Stephen Cardullo was assigned to Albuquerque, P Yency Almonte was activated from the Disabled List and P Matt Flemer was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . Isotopes starter Yency Almonte's day was cut short in the 2nd inning after hitting Salt Lake slugger Jabari Blash with a pitch. Three Isotopes were ejected - Almonte, Manager Glenallen Hill and Pitching Coach Brandon Emanuel. They were the first three Isotopes ejected this season and it was Hill's first ejection since a game on June 8, 2017 at Isotopes Park against El Paso. . . . Raimel Tapia was a homer short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Daniel Castro extended his personal best hitting streak to 16 games. Josh Fuentes went 0x3 to snap a 14 game hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque pitching allowed a season-worst 6 homers in the game. . . . Salt Lake's Michael Hermosillo's leadoff homer was the second leadoff homer the Isotopes have allowed this season. . . . Through 18 games, Isotopes pitching has allowed a league-worst 31 homers while Salt Lake has slugged a league-best 36 homers. . . . Salt Lake's Zach Houchins, a position player, earned the victory in the game. He has pitched in two games for the Bees this season -- both against Albuquerque -- and has compiled a 1-0 record with a 13.50 ERA in 1 1/3 innings of work. . . . The Isotopes conclude the quick three-game series with the Bees and play their final 2018 game in Salt Lake City on Monday evening. Albuquerque has not officially named a probable but it could be LHP Harrison Musgrave (0-1, 3.38) on one more day rest than normal. Salt Lake is expected to counter with RHP Felix Pena (0-0, 2.70).

Filed 04/22/2018

April 21, 2018 - Isotopes (7-10)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  006 000 000 -- 6   8  0
Salt Lake    212 210 00x -- 8  13  1

WP: Dylan Unsworth (1-0)
LP: Matt Flemer (1-1)
SV: Jordan Jankowski (1)

HR: ABQ Josh Fuentes (2) off Unsworth (3rd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Anthony Bemboom (2) off Unsworth (3rd inning, 2R)

    SL Ryan Schimpf (1) off Flemer (2nd inning, S)
    SL Jabari Blash (7) off Flemer (3rd inning, 2R)
    SL Jabari Blash (8) off Flemer (5th inning, S)
    SL Sherman Johnson (2) off Flemer (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:34
ATT: 5,263
Despite scoring six runs in the 3rd inning, the Isotopes were unable to overcome Salt Lake tallying a run in each of the first five innings as the Bees (AAA Angels) defeated the Isotopes 8-6 on Saturday evening in Salt Lake City.

Kaleb Cowart and Jose Miguel Fernandez each had RBI singles in the 1st inning and Ryan Schimpf's solo homer in the 2nd inning gave the Bees a 3-0 lead.

Albuquerque took their only lead of the night at 6-3 in the 3rd inning. Raimtel Tapia and Derrik Gibson singled ahead of Josh Fuentes' three-run homer. An out later, Tom Murphy walked and scored on Drew Weeks' triple before Anthony Bemboom followed with a two run homer.

The Bees continued their string of innings with a run scored in the 3rd inning when Jabari Blash two-run homered and Salt Lake regained the lead in the 4th inning. Sherman Johnson solo homered to tie the game and Cowart doubled home a run later in the frame.

Blash solo homered in the 5th inning, his second homer of the game, as the Bees made it the final score of 8-6.

Isotopes Starter Line: Matt Flemer (L, 1-1) 5.0 IP 11 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 HR, -1 GS, 10.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Chris Jensen was placed on the Temporary Inactive List and IF Elliot Soto was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise. . . . Albuquerque has lost eight out of their last ten games. . . . Two Isotopes extended their professional longest hitting streaks in the game -- Daniel Castro 15 games and Josh Fuentes 14 games. . . . Matt Flemer allowed the most homers by an Isotope pitcher in a game this season (4) and was the first Isotope with a negative game score (-1) this season. . . . There was a matchup of two South Africans in tonight's game. Bees pitcher Dylan Unsworth (Durban, South Africa) faced Isotopes shortstop Anthony Phillips (Bellville, South Africa) and Phillips went 0x2 against Unsworth. . . . The Isotopes have lost four of their five series openers this season. . . . Salt Lake's Jabari Blash, the PCL home run leader with 8 long balls, has four homers in eight games against Albuquerque this season. . . . The series continues Sunday afternoon. Probables are LHP Harrison Musgrave (0-1, 3.38) for the Isotopes and RHP Ivan Pineyro (0-1, 6.75) for the Bees.

Filed 04/21/2018

April 20, 2018 - Isotopes (7-9)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  002 300 020 -- 7  13  0
Tacoma       100 111 010 -- 5  13  0

WP: Shane Broyles (2-0)
LP: Christian Bergman (2-1)
SV: DJ Johnson (1)

HR: TAC Rey Navarro (1) off Holmberg (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 4,613
The Isotopes plated five runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to build a comfortable lead yet had to score a pair of late-game runs to add breathing room in a 7-5 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) to avoid a series sweep in Tacoma.

After spotting Tacoma a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning, the Isotopes plated the next five runs. In the 3rd inning with Daniel Castro and Raimel Tapia on base, David Dahl doubled home Castro and Tapia scored on a groundout to give Albuquerque a 2-1 lead.

In the 4th inning, Tom Murphy doubled, Josh Fuentes singled and Drew Weeks singled Murphy home. Daniel Castro doubled home Fuentes with Weeks thrown out at home plate, and Anthony Phillips doubled Castro home.

Rey Navarro solo homered for Tacoma in the home half of the 4th inning and Matt Hague added a sacrifice flyout in the 5th inning to trim Albuquerque's lead to 5-3.

The Rainiers edged to a run down at 5-4 in 6th inning when Tacoma loaded the bases with no outs before scoring a run on a double play. A groundout ended the inning with no further scoring.

Albuquerque plated two insurance runs in the 8th inning. Murphy singled and scored on Fuentes' triple and Fuentes scored on Weeks' single.

The Rainiers plated the final run of the series in their half of the 8th inning when Chris Herrmann drew a bases loaded walk.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holmberg - 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 33 GS, 8.53 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies activated P Jeff Hoffman from the major league Disabled List and optioned Hoffman to Albuquerque. . . . Two Isotope hitting streaks were extended in the game and they are both career professional bests for each player -- Daniel Castro 14 games and Josh Fuentes 13 games. . . . Every Isotope batter except for Jordan Patterson had at least one hit in the game. . . . The Rainiers took three out of the four games in the series and 12,102 attended at Cheney Stadium for a per-game average of 3,026. . . . The Isotopes conclude their current roadtrip with a three-game series in their final 2018 trip to Salt Lake City. Probables in Saturday evening's opener are RHP Matt Flemer (1-0, 9.45) for the Isotopes and RHP Parker Bridwell (0-0, 9.31) for the Bees (AAA Angels).

Filed 04/20/2018

April 19, 2018 - Isotopes (6-9)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  6  0
Tacoma       010 000 00x --  1  2  0

WP: Max Povse (1-2)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (0-2)
SV: Erik Goeddel (2)

HR: TAC Kirk Nieuwenhuis (3) off Hoffman (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:34
ATT: 2,652
Isotopes starter Jeff Hoffman earned the hard luck loss, allowing only one blemish on the scoreboard that was enough to hand Albuquerque a 1-0 loss to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) in Tacoma on Thursday evening.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis solo homered in the 2nd inning for the only run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 0-2) 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 59 GS, 4.50 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Jeff Hoffman: (L, 0-2) 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 59 GS, 4.50 ERA

Hoffman had a great second rehab outing with the Isotopes, facing 17 batters, allowing just the solo homer and retiring the final 11 batters he faced. Hoffman tossed 73 pitches -- 46 for strikes -- and had 4 groundouts and 3 flyouts.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes announced new Isotopes Park security procedures that will go into effect starting Wednesday April 25th. Albuquerque Police will have increased visibility inside and outside Isotopes Park and will provide longer traffic control officer presence at crosswalks west and south of the ballpark. Fans will have to remove metal objects including keys and coins as well as cell phones and cameras and place them in a screening bowl before going through a metal detector. If the metal detector indicates excessive metal, the fan will be additionally screened with a hand wand. All bags will continue to be searched and weapons (even with a concealed carry permit) including small pocket knives will not be allowed into Isotopes Park. . . . There were a slew of Isotopes transactions. P Jerry Vasto was activated from the Disabled List and P David Holman was transferred back onto the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise. P Nelson Gonzalez was added to the Class-A Boise roster and P Jairo Diaz went on the Disabled List. . . . Daniel Castro extended his team-season-best hitting streak to 13 games and Josh Fuentes extended his hitting streak to 12 games. According to the Isotopes, Castro tied his professional longest hitting streak mark while Fuentes established a new personal professional longest hitting streak. . . . Albuquerque has been involved in twenty-eight 1-0 contests in franchise history (regular season and playoffs) and is 13-15 in those games. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out three times in Tacoma in the last two seasons. . . . Only four Isotope runners made it to at least second base in the game. . . . The series concludes Friday evening with Albuquerque looking to avoid the series sweep. Probables are LHP David Holmberg (0-1, 10.13) for the Isotopes while the Rainiers are expected to counter with former-Isotope RHP Christian Bergman (2-0, 0.51).

Filed 04/19/2018

April 18, 2018 - Isotopes (6-8)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  100 000 010 --   2   7  0
Tacoma       032 050 13x --  14  13  2

WP: Rob Whalen (2-0)
LP: Sam Howard (1-2) 

HR: TAC Chris Herrmann (1) off Hessler (5th inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:07
ATT: 2,553
It was a bad night for the Isotopes. After taking a quick lead, the rest of the game was dominated by Tacoma as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) handed the Isotopes their worst loss of the season 14-2 in Tacoma Wednesday evening.

It only took Albuquerque three batters in the game to get a 1-0 lead. Daniel Castro reached on a two-base error, went to third base on David Dahl's groundout and scored on Jordan Patterson's single.

Tacoma plated three runs in the 2nd inning to grab the lead. Chris Herrmann two-run doubled and later scored on Zach Vincej's single.

The Rainiers put two more runs on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning on Taylor Motter's RBI double and Matt Hague's RBI single.

Tacoma broke the game wide open with a five-run 5th inning, highlighted by Hague's bases-loaded walk and Herrmann's grand-slam homer.

The Rainiers added another run after the 7th inning stretch on John Andreoli's single.

Castro drew a leadoff walk in the 8th inning and eventually scored on Noel Cuevas' single for the Isotopes final run and the Rainiers plated their final three runs on a groundout and Rey Navarro's two-run double in the bottom half of the frame.

Isotopes Starter Line: Sam Howard (L, 1-2) 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 35 GS, 7.62 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque has lost six out of their last seven games. . . . Daniel Castro hit safely to extend his team-best hitting streak to 12 games and Josh Fuentes continues to be right on his heels with a 11-game hitting streak extended tonight. . . . Tacoma's Chris Herrmann was the second Isotope opponent to grand-slam homer in the last four games (Salt Lake's Jose Briceno in Sunday's game at Isotopes Park). . . . The series continues Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Chris Jensen (0-0, 7.71) for the Isotopes but it could be P Jeff Hoffman making another MLB rehabilitation assignment start. Tacoma is expected to counter with RHP Max Povse (0-2, 10.13).

Filed 04/18/2018

April 17, 2018 - Isotopes (6-7)

Cheney Stadium

Albuquerque  000 011 000 --  2   8  0
Tacoma       000 020 06x --  8  11  2

WP: Casey Lawrence (1-0)
LP: Austin House (0-1)

HR: ABQ Tom Murphy (4) off Ramirez (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:42
ATT: 2,284
A six-run 8th inning broke a tied game wide open as the Isotopes dropped their roadtrip opener 8-2 to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Tuesday evening.

Both teams were scoreless through four innings and Albuquerque found the scoreboard in the 5th inning when Josh Fuentes led off with a single and later scored on Jan Vazquez' sacrifice flyout.

Gordon Beckham doubled home a run and a run scored on a groundout in the bottom of the 5th inning as Tacoma led 2-1 and Tom Murphy solo homered in the 6th inning as Albuquerque tied the game.

In the decisive 8th inning, Tacoma plated the go-ahead run on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' bases-loaded walk. Other runs scored on Chris Herrmann's RBI single, Danny Muno's sacrifice fly, John Andreoli's two-run double and Beckham's RBI double.

Isotopes Starter Line: Harrison Musgrave - 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, 60 GS, 3.38 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Tom Murphy's fourth homer tied him atop the Isotopes homer leaderboard with Drew Weeks and Raimel Tapia. The Isotopes have 20 homers this season, second most in the PCL behind Salt Lake's 22. . . . Daniel Castro extended his team season-best hitting streak to 11 games, while Josh Fuentes extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . . . The series continues Tuesday evening. Probables are LHP Sam Howard (1-1, 6.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Rob Whalen (1-0, 5.06) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/17/2018

April 16, 2018 - Isotopes (6-6)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    101 330 003 --  11  10  1
Albuquerque  330 031 11x --  12  16  0

WP: Scott McGough (1-0)
LP: Ralston Cash (0-1)
SV: Austin House (1)

HR: SL David Fletcher (1) off Flemer (1st inning, S)
    SL Chris Carter (3) off Flemer (3rd inning, S)

    ABQ Drew Weeks (4) off Bridwell (2nd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Josh Fuentes (1) off Morris (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:24
ATT: 4,061
The Isotopes plated nine runs in the first five innings and yet had to hold off a Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) 9th inning rally to claim a homestand-ending 12-11 victory to snap a four-game losing streak.

David Fletcher led off the game with a homer for Salt Lake and the Isotopes took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning. Noel Cuevas singled home a run and Tom Murphy added a two-run double.

Drew Weeks three-run homered in the 2nd inning to extend Albuquerque's lead to 6-1.

Salt Lake plated runs in the next three frames. Chris Carter solo homered in the 3rd inning, Fletcher cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the 4th inning and the Bees plated three runs with two outs in the 5th inning to take a 8-6 lead.

Albuquerque regained the lead with a three-run 5th inning. Josh Fuentes and Daniel Castro had run-scoring singles and Weeks drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Isotopes tallied single runs in the 6th through 8th innings to extend their lead. Castro singled home a run in the 6th inning, Cuevas singled home a run in the 7th inning and Fuentes added a solo homer in the 8th inning for a 12-8 lead heading into the 9th inning.

The Bees loaded the bases with one out before a run scored on a groundout and Zach Houchins singled home two runs. Isotopes reliever Austin House entered the game and quickly got the final out to preserve the victory.

Isotopes Starter Line: Matt Flemer - 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 $, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 20 GS, 9.45 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Albuquerque went 1-3 in the series with the Bees and 20,442 attended the series for a per-game average of 5,111. Albuquerque went 3-4 in their first homestand of the season. . . . Austin House's save was the first Isotope save this season. . . . Drew Weeks' fourth homer tied Raimel Tapia for the team lead in homers. . . . Josh Fuentes is the 9th different Isotope to homer this season. . . . Daniel Castro extended his team season-best hitting streak to 10 games while Josh Fuentes extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . All of Tom Murphy's three hits in the game were doubles. . . . Salt Lake's David Fletcher was a double short of hitting for the cycle and his leadoff homer was the first for an Isotopes opponent since Iowa Cubs hitter John Andreoli led off the game with a homer on August 1, 2017 at Isotopes Park. . . . Mac Williamson of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) is the first PCL Hitter of the Week. Williamson hit .548 (17x31) with 5 homers and 14 RBI in 9 games during the extended award week. . . . Nashville Sounds (AAA Athletics) hurler James Naile is the first PCL Pitcher of the Week. Naile made 3 starts and went 3-0, allowing no runs and 15 hits in 17 2/3 innings. . . . The Isotopes begin a road trip Tuesday evening starting with four games against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners). Probables in the opener are LHP Harrison Musgrave (0-1, 3.60) for Albuquerque and RHP Josh Smith (0-2, 7.11) for the Rainiers.

Filed 04/16/2018

April 15, 2018 - Isotopes (5-6)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    600 000 010 --  7  9  0   
Albuquerque  010 100 000 --  2  5  1

WP: Adam Hofacket (2-0)
LP: David Holmberg (0-1) 

HR: SL Jose Briceno (3) off Holmberg (1st inning, GS)
    SL Jabari Blash (4) off Estevez (8th inning, S)

    ABQ Noel Cuevas (2) off Lamb (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:39
ATT: 5,216
The Isotopes had a big early hole they were not able to come back from in dropping their fourth straight game in a 7-2 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Sunday afternoon at "The Lab".

Salt Lake plated six runs in the 1st inning, highlighted by Chris Carter's two-run double and Jose Briceno's grand-slam homer.

Noel Cuevas solo homered in the 2nd inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard and in the 4th inning, Jordan Patterson singled and eventually came around to score on Josh Fuentes' single.

Salt Lake's Jabari Blash 8th inning solo homer closed out the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holmberg (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 31 GS, 10.13 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Carlos Estevez: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 4.91 ERA

Estevez appeared in his fourth rehabilitation assignment game with the Isotopes and pitched in the eighth inning, giving up a solo homer to Jabari Blash, walking Jose Miguel Fernandez before getting a fielders choice out. After giving up a single, Estevez struck out a batter and then was replaced on the mound. Estevez needed 22 pitches in his longest and most challenging rehab outing of the four. Ten of those pitches were strikes.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes four-game losing streak is their longest losing streak of the season. . . . Daniel Castro extended his hitting streak to 9 games, the longest for an Isotope hitter this season. Josh Fuentes extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Carlos Estevez has allowed a solo homer in two out of his four rehab appearances. . . . Jose Briceno's grand-slam homer was the first by an Isotope opponent since Reno's Zach Borenstein grand-slam homered in the second game of a doubleheader at Isotopes Park on August 30, 2017. . . . The series concludes late Monday morning. Probables are RHP Matt Flemer (1-0, 8.10) for the Isotopes and RHP Parker Bridwell (0-0, 3.38) for the Bees.

Filed 04/15/2018

April 14, 2018 - Isotopes (5-5)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    002 201 040 --  9  12  1   
Albuquerque  010 110 010 --  4  10  0

WP: Osmer Morales (1-0)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (0-1)

HR: SL Jose Miguel Fernandez (1) off Hoffman (3rd inning, 2R)
    SL Zach Houchins (2) off Jensen (8th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Jordan Patterson (2) off Cole (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:12
ATT: 6,121
The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) broke open a close game with a four-run 8th inning as the Isotopes dropped their third straight game with a 9-4 loss at "The Lab" on Saturday evening.

Albuquerque took its only lead of the game in the 2nd inning. Josh Fuentes and Anthony Bemboom each drew two-out walks and Daniel Castro singled Fuentes home.

Jose Miguel Fernandez two-run homered in the 3rd inning to give the Bees the lead and Ryan Schimpf and Zach Houchins each RBI doubled in the 4th inning to extend Salt Lake's lead to 4-1.

Noel Cuevas tripled and scored on Derrik Gibson's sacrifice flyout in the bottom of the 4th inning and Raimel Tapia singled, stole second base, went to third base on a throwing error on the play and scored on Drew Weeks' groundout as Albuquerque trailed 4-3 after five innings of play.

Schimpf doubled home a run in the 6th inning and then the Bees tallied for four runs in the 8th inning. Ben Revere and Juan Graterol each doubled home runs and Houchins had a two-run homer.

Jordan Patterson's solo homer in the home half of the 8th inning was the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 0-1) 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 39 GS, 8.10 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Jeff Hoffman: L (0-1), 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 39 GS, 8.10 ERA

Hoffman made his first Isotopes rehabilitation assignment start and faced 15 batters, tossing 62 pitches with 33 for strikes. Hoffman had five groundouts and a flyout.


'TOPES NOTES:
In the lone Isotopes transaction, P Jeff Hoffman was sent by the Rockies to Albuquerque on a MLB rehabilitation assignment. . . . Jordan Patterson has homered in back-to-back games. . . . At 5-5, the Isotopes are at the .500 season record mark for the first time since April 6th. . . . Daniel Castro hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 8 games, the longest by an Isotope this season. Josh Fuentes is right behind him, extending his hitting streak to 7 games tonight. . . . Game three of the series is Sunday afternoon. A pair of leftys are probables - David Holmberg (0-0, 6.75) for the Isotopes and John Lamb (0-0, 2.70) for the Bees.

Filed 04/14/2018

April 13, 2018 - Isotopes (5-4)

Isotopes Park

Salt Lake    020 210 120 --  8  12  2 
Albuquerque  101 000 050 --  7  11  0

WP: Alex Klonowski (1-1)
LP: Sam Howard (1-1)
SV: Ian Krol (1)

HR: ABQ Drew Weeks (3) off Klonowski (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Jordan Patterson (1) off Klonowski (3rd inning, S)
 	
TIME: 3:22
ATT: 5,044
The Isotopes scored five runs in the 8th inning to make a dull game exciting but they were unable to push across the game tying run and fell 8-7 to the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in the series opener at "The Lab" on a chilly and windy Friday evening.

Drew Weeks solo homered for Albuquerque in the 1st inning, the Bees took a lead when Zach Houchins singled home two runs in the 2nd inning and Jordan Patterson solo homered in the 3rd inning to tie the game at 2-2.

The Bees plated the next six runs -- David Fletcher two-run doubled in the 4th inning, Jose Briceno's sacrifice flyout brought in a run in the 5th inning, Eric Young Jr. RBI singled in the 7th inning and a Fletcher RBI single and Nolan Fontana sacrifice flyout pushed across runs in the 8th inning.

In the bottom of the 8th inning as Albuquerque fought to make a comeback, Derrik Gibson and Josh Fuentes singled to lead off the half-inning and Anthony Phillips drew a walk an out later. After Raimel Tapia struck out, Weeks walked to plate Gibson and Patterson drew a free pass to plate Fuentes. Noel Cuevas cleared the bases with a triple but was stranded on third base when Tom Murphy flew out to the warning track in left field to end the rally.

Isotopes Starter Line: Sam Howard (L, 1-1) 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 KO, 0 HR, 42 GS, 6.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Tom Murphy went 0x4 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. Josh Fuentes hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Salt Lake's David Fletcher was a homer short of hitting for the cycle. . . . The series continues Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Chris Jensen (0-0, 3.60) for the Isotopes and RHP Osmer Morales (0-0, 5.79) for the Bees.

Filed 04/13/2018

April 12, 2018 - Isotopes (5-3)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    202 022 020 --  10  13  0
Albuquerque  010 001 001 --   3  10  2

WP: Chris Flexen (1-1)
LP: Harrison Musgrave (0-1) 

HR: LVG Zach Borenstein (3) off Musgrove (1st inning, 2R)
    LVG Ty Kelly (4) off McGough (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:47
ATT: 3,040
A pair of Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) homers provided all the runs needed in defeating the Isotopes 10-3 on Thursday afternoon in the series finale at "The Lab". Albuquerque snapped a two-game winning streak with the loss.

Ty Kelly tripled and scored on Zach Borenstein's homer in the 1st inning for Las Vegas.

Derrik Gibson tripled in the bottom of the 2nd inning and scored on Jan Vazquez's single as the Isotopes got on the scoreboard.

The 51s plated two runs in the 3rd inning, Kelly two-run homered in the 5th inning and Las Vegas scored two more runs in the 6th inning to lead 8-1.

Gibson singled and scored on Josh Fuentes' triple in the 6th inning for Albuquerque.

Kelly tripled home a run and scored on a groundout in the 8th inning as Las Vegas capped their scoring by plating two runs in each of the innings they scored.

Albuquerque tallied their final run of the game in the bottom of the 9th inning. Fuentes and Vazquez singled before Fuentes scored on Anthony Phillips' groundout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Harrison Musgrave (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 38 GS, 3.60 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Raimel Tapia was ejected by Home Plate umpire Matthew Czajak in the 1st inning. . . . Albuquerque took two out of the three games in their first home series of the season and 19,121 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 6,374. . . . Tom Murphy did not play in the game, keeping his seven game hitting streak. Noel Cuevas went 0x4 to snap his seven game hitting streak and Daniel Castro hit safely to join Murphy with a 7-game hitting streak. . . . The Isotopes have given up double-digit runs in back-to-back games. . . . Las Vegas's Zach Borenstein had a single homer in all three games in the series. Ty Kelly homered in two out of the three games and also had three homers total. . . . The Isotopes close out their first homestand of the season with a four game series against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels). Probables in the opener are LHP Sam Howard (1-0, 3.60) for the Isotopes and RHP Alan Klonowski (0-1, 9.00) for the Bees.

Filed 04/12/2018

April 11, 2018 - Isotopes (5-2)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    411 121 100 --  11  16  2
Albuquerque  425 330 00x --  17  15  1

WP: DJ Johnson (1-1)
LP: AJ Griffin (0-1)

HR: LVG Ty Kelly (2) off Flemer (2nd inning, S)
    LVG Ty Kelly (3) off Flemer (4th inning, S)
    LVG Zach Borenstein (2) off Flemer (3rd inning, S)
    LVG Dominic Smith (2) off Holman (6th inning, S)

    ABQ Drew Weeks (1) off Griffin (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Drew Weeks (2) off Roseboom (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Raimel Tapia (4) off Roseboom (3rd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Tom Murphy (3) off Griffin (1st inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:17
ATT: 6,977
The humidor at Isotopes Park apparently wasn't working on Wednesday evening. Both teams combined for eight homers and Albuquerque's Drew Weeks homered twice as part of the Isotopes plating eight runs by the longball in a 17-11 slugfest victory over the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets).

Las Vegas scored four quick runs in the 1st inning. Ty Kelly tripled with one out and scored on Dominic Smith's double. Zach Borenstein singled home Smith, went to third base on David Thompson's single and stole home. Jose Lobaton capped the scoring with a RBI single.

Albuquerque responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st inning. Raimel Tapia drew a leadoff walk and scored on Weeks' homer. Jordan Patterson walked and came around to score on Tom Murphy's homer.

Kelly solo-homered in the 2nd inning for Las Vegas, and in the bottom of the frame, Patterson and Noel Cuevas each drove in runs with doubles to lead 6-5.

Borenstein solo homered in the 3rd inning as the 51s tied the game at 6-6 before Albuquerque had a big five-run 3rd inning to put the game away. Isotopes starter Matt Flemer bunt singled a run home, Tapia had a three-run inside-the-park homer and Weeks followed with a solo homer.

Kelly had his second solo homer of the game in the top of the 4th inning and Albuquerque added three more runs to the scoreboard in the bottom half to take a 14-7 lead. Jose Fuentes had a RBI single, Flemer sacrifice flied out to bring home a run and Tapia singled home a run.

Las Vegas had two run-scoring singles in the top of the 5th inning and Albuquerque plated their final three runs in the 5th inning. Derrik Gibson had a two-run double and scored on Daniel Castro's triple.

Smith solo homered in the 6th inning and Kelly doubled home a run in the 7th inning to close out the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Matt Flemer - 4 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 3 HR, 11 GS, 8.10 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Carlos Estevez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 3.00 ERA

Estevez pitched the 9th inning in his third rehab assignment outing and needed 10 pitches to retire the three batters he faced in order.


'TOPES NOTES:
Normally, Albuquerque's 17-run outburst would be the largest run scoring output of the night in the PCL, but two other PCL clubs had more runs in their games. Oklahoma City plated 19 runs in their victory and the Sacramento River Cats had 18 runs in their win. . . . Albuquerque was held scoreless in the bottom of the 6th inning, snapping a string of 11 half-innings where a team scored a run. . . . Tom Murphy and Noel Cuevas each extended their hitting streak to 7 games -- all games the Isotopes have played this season. . . . Every Isotope starting batter had at least one hit and at least one RBI in the contest. . . . Albuquerque had season-highs in homers in a game (4) and runs (17). . . . Drew Weeks had the second Isotope multi-homer game of the season and along with Raimel Tapia was part of the first Isotope dual to back-to-back homer this season. . . . Raimel Tapia had Albuquerque's first inside-the-park homer since the 2016 season. . . . Las Vegas' Zach Borenstein was the first Isotope opponent to steal home since El Paso's Carlos Asuaje did it on May 5th, 2017 in El Paso. . . . 51s hitter Ty Kelly was a single short of hitting for the cycle. . . . Las Vegas shortstop Luis Guillorme was ejected by Home Plate umpire John Bostwick in the 7th inning. . . . The short three-game series concludes Thursday afternoon. Probables are LHP Harrison Musgrave (0-0, 0.00) for the Isotopes and RHP Chris Flexen (0-1, 7.20)for the 51s.

Filed 04/11/2018

April 10, 2018 - Isotopes (4-2)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    300 000 000 --  3   6  1 
Albuquerque  001 015 00x --  7  13  0

WP: Shane Broyles (1-0)
LP: Kyle Regnault (0-1)

HR: LVG Zach Borenstein (1) off Holmberg (1st inning, 2R)

    ABQ Derrik Gibson (1) off Regnault (5th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:51
ATT: 9,104
After spotting the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning, the Isotopes plated the rest of the runs in the game, including a five-run 6th inning eruption to claim a 7-3 victory in the 2018 Isotopes Home Opener on Tuesday evening.

In the 1st inning, Matthew den Dekker drew a game leadoff walk and scored on Phillip Evans' double. Two outs later, Zach Borenstein two-run homered.

Raimel Tapia's groundout got the Isotopes on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning and Tapia singled home a run in the 5th inning as the Isotopes trailed 3-2.

In the big 6th inning, Jordan Patterson singled and went to second base on a wild pitch. Noel Cuevas singled and Derrik Gibson followed with a three-run homer. Pinch-hitter Tom Murphy added a two-run double later in the inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holmberg - 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 38 GS, 6.75 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Green Chile Cheeseburgers are great for the City of Albuquerque's pocketbook. In an annual Opening Night tradition, the Isotopes handed the City of Albuquerque a check that covers the stadium rent plus the city's cut of ticket, parking, concession and souvenir sales. The amount of $1,550,880.41 is the largest annual payment made since 2014 and is greater than last year's amount, potentially reflecting all the Green Chile Cheeseburgers merchandise that was sold last summer in the popular promotion. With the return of the Green Chile Cheeseburgers promotion and the addition of the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico promotion for four games and the strong merchandise sales it is already generating, the city can expect a larger check next season. The Isotopes have paid the city a total of $26,592,355.75 over the last 15 seasons - an average yearly check amount of $1,772,823.72. . . . The Isotopes are 13-3 all-time in home openers and have a three-game wining streak. The attendance of 9,104 was the largest crowd since the 2014 home opener. . . . Tom Murphy had a pinch-hit double to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. Noel Cuevas also hit safely to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . The series continues Wednesday evening. RHP Matt Flemer (1-0, 3.00) is expected to start for Albuquerque while Las Vegas has yet to name a probable.

Filed 04/10/2018

April 9, 2018 - Isotopes (3-2)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  110 010 000 10 -- 4  11  0
Salt Lake    001 100 100 11 -- 5  10  1

WP: Vicente Campos (1-1)
LP: Keith Hessler (0-1)
	
TIME: 3:31
ATT: 2,667
The Isotopes played their first extra innings game utilizing Minor League Baseball's new extra-inning rule. The Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) plated a run in the bottom of the 11th inning to take a 5-4 victory over Albuquerque in the series finale.

Albuquerque plated runs in the first two frames. In the 1st inning, Raimel Tapia led off the game with a walk, went to second base when Jordan Patterson was hit by a pitch, advanced to third base on Noel Cuevas' walk and scored on Tom Murphy's sacrifice flyout. Back-to-back doubles from Daniel Castro and Tapia plated Albuquerque's second run in the 2nd inning.

In the 3rd inning, Salt Lake's Sherman Johnson tripled and scored on Nolan Fontana's groundout and in the 4th inning, Eric Young Jr. tripled and scored on Juan Graterol's single to knot the game at 2-2.

Albuquerque immediately regained the lead in the 5th inning. Patterson doubled and later scored on Murphy's single.

The Bees used a familiar theme -- the triple -- in the game to tie the game at 3-3 after the 7th inning stretch. Michael Hermosillo tripled and scored on Jose Miguel Fernandez's single.

In the 10th inning, Murphy started the inning on 2nd base, advanced to third base on a groundout and scored on Josh Fuentes' single.

The Bees answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the 10th inning and in the bottom of the 11th inning, Ben Revere started as the runner at 2nd base, went to third base on Graterol's sacrifice bunt and scored a batter later on Nolan Fontana's sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chris Jensen - 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 55 GS, 3.60 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Minor League Baseball's new extra-innings rule has a baserunner start at second base at the start of each half-inning. The baserunner is determined by the lineup position previous to the lineup position starting the inning (i.e. if the 5th batter in the lineup starts a half-inning in extra innings, the 4th batter in the lineup will be the baserunner). . . . The Isotopes start their 70-game 2018 home schedule on Tuesday evening. Ticket prices remain the same in 2018 as they were in 2017 with ticket price premiums applying to Saturday evening games and the 4th of July game. Purchasing tickets in advance instead of on Game Day will save $2 per ticket. Berm tickets are only sold on Game Day. The Isotopes added a new optional ticket feature that will cost an extra $5. The Exchangeable Ticket option will allow you if your plans change to be able to exchange your unused ticket for a ticket of equal or lesser value, based on availability, to any 2018 regular season, non-restricted home game. Also new for 2018 is a Party Suite on the 4th level of Isotopes Park where groups of 50-75 can hold an event on Game Day. APD officer Ryan Holets will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Officer Holets and his wife adopted a child born to a drug addict. The Isotopes will also present the City of Albuquerque (represented by new Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller) with a check that represents 2017 stadium rent and the city's portion of various ticket, parking, concession and souvenir surcharges as detailed in the stadium lease agreement. . . . Albuquerque won three out of the five games against Salt Lake in the season opening series and 21,162 attended at Smith's Ballpark for per-game average of 4,232. . . . Tom Murphy has hit safely in all five Isotopes games and has multi-hits in four of the five games. . . . Noel Cuevas also has a five-game hitting streak. . . . Salt Lake had three triples in the game and all three Bees players were able to score. . . . The Isotopes begin their first homestand of the season with a seven game homestand. Albuquerque has yet to name a probable in their 2018 home opener while the Las Vegas 51s (AAA Mets) are expected to counter with RHP Corey Oswalt (0-1, 6.75).

Filed 04/09/2018

April 8, 2018 - Isotopes (3-1)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  013 050 020 --  11  15  0
Salt Lake    011 001 100 --   4  10  0

WP: Sam Howard (1-0)
LP: Alex Klonowski (0-1)

HR: ABQ Tom Murphy (2) off Klonowski (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Anthony Phillips (1) off Malmin (5th inning, 3R)

    SL Sherman Johnson (1) off Estevez (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:59
ATT: 3,547
Five different Isotopes drove in a run and Albuquerque had their first double-digit scoring game of the season in a 11-4 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) on Sunday afternoon in Salt Lake City. The Isotopes have won four straight games.

The two teams exchanged solo runs in the 2nd inning. Tom Murphy solo homered for the Isotopes and the Bees got their run on back-to-back doubles from Chris Carter and Jabari Blash.

Jordan Patterson doubled home two runs and Derrik Gibson singled home Patterson as the Isotopes built a 4-1 lead in the top of the 3rd inning. The Bees plated a run in the bottom half of the inning to halve the defecit.

Albuquerque's big five-run 5th inning put the game away. A run scored on a wild pitch, Jan Vazquez sacrifice flied out to bring home a run and Anthony Phillips three-run homered.

Rymer Liriano doubled home a run in the 6th inning and Sherman Johnson solo homered in the 7th inning for the final Bees runs of the game.

Albuquerque tacked on their final two runs of the game in the 8th inning. Murphy doubled home a run and later scored on Derrik Gibson's sacrifice flyout.

Isotopes Starter Line: Sam Howard (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 56 GS, 3.60 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Carlos Estevez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 4.50 ERA

Estevez made his second Isotopes rehabilitation assignment relief appearance and worked the 7th inning, facing four batters and getting through the inning on 13 pitches. Estevez allowed a solo homer and the outs came from two strikeouts and a popup to second base.


'TOPES NOTES:
The start of the game was delayed 32 minutes by a pregame rain shower. . . . The five-game series concludes Monday afternoon. RHP Chris Jensen is expected to take the mound for Albuquerque while Salt Lake is expected to counter with RHP Osmer Morales.

Filed 04/08/2018

April 7, 2018 - Isotopes (2-1)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  100 001 232 --  9  13  1
Salt Lake    001 010 002 --  4   8  0

WP: David Holman (1-0)
LP: Jason Alexander (0-1)

HR: ABQ Raimel Tapia (2) off Alexander (7th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Raimel Tapia (3) off Isaac (8th inning, 3R)
    ABQ Anthony Bemboom (1) off Houchins (9th inning, 2R)

TIME: 2:59
ATT: 5,028
Raimel Tapia homered twice and drove in five runs as Albuquerque pulled out a late game 9-4 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) for their second straight victory in the young season.

It took Albuquerque three batters into the game to claim a 1-0 lead. Tapia led off the game with a double, tagged up to third base on Drew Weeks' flyout and scored on Noel Cuevas' sacrifice flyout.

A squeeze bunt from David Fletcher in the 3rd inning tied the game and Sherman Johnson's sacrifice flyout in the 5th inning gave the Bees a 2-1 lead.

Jordan Patterson was hit by a pitch and scored on Derrik Gibson's single in the 6th inning to knot the game at 2-2.

The late game power show began in the 7th inning with Tapia homering after Daniel Castro led off the inning with a single. In the 8th inning, Anthony Bemboom singled with one out, Castro walked and Tapia followed with a three-run homer.

Gibson walked in the 9th inning and an out later, Bemboom added a two-run homer.

The Bees plated their final two runs in their half of the frame. Jabari Blash doubled home a run and scored on Eric Young Jr.'s single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Harrison Musgrave - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 46 GS, 0.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The game was delayed 1 hour, 39 minutes by rain in the middle of the 2nd inning. It was Albuquerque's first weather delay of the season. . . . The multi-homer game was Raimel Tapia's first of his career and first Isotope multi-homer game this season. . . . Salt Lake played a position player in the game. Zach Houchins, an infielder, pitched the 9th inning and gave up Anthony Bemboom's homer. . . . Tom Murphy and Raimel Tapia had three hits a piece in Albuquerque's 13 hit attack. . . . Game four of the five game series is Sunday afternoon. The Isotopes are expected to send LHP Sam Howard to the mound, while the Bees have yet to name a probable.

Filed 04/07/2018

April 6, 2018 - Isotopes (1-1)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  000 030 231 --  9  12  1
Salt Lake    000 020 201 --  5   9  1

WP: Matt Flemer (1-0)
LP: Vicente Campos (0-1)

HR: SL Chris Carter (1) off Flemer (5th inning, S)
    SL Rymer Liriano (1) off Flemer (5th inning, S)
    SL Jose Briceno (1) off House (7th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:20
ATT: 4,171
Isotopes starter Matt Flemer had Albuquerque's first quality start of the season with 2 runs allowed in 6 innings and David Dahl had three hits and four RBI. Albuquerque found the Win column for the first time this the season with a 9-5 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in Salt Lake City Friday evening.

The game was scoreless until the top of the 5th inning when Albuquerque plated three runs. Daniel Castro and Raimel Tapia led off the frame with singles and David Dahl's groundout scored Castro. Noel Cuevas tripled home Tapia and Jordan Patterson's sacrifice flyout brought home Cuevas.

Flemer tossed four no-hit innings before losing the no-hitter in the bottom of the 5th inning when Chris Carter and Rymer Liriano back-to-back homered as the Bees edged to a run down.

Albuquerque extended the lead in the 7th inning. Tapia and Dahl back to back doubled for a run and later in the inning, Patterson had his second sacrifice flyout of the game to drive in Dahl.

Jose Briceno two-run homered for the Bees after the 7th inning stretch to make it a one run game again at 5-4 until Albuquerque plated three runs in the 8th inning to put the game away. Anthony Bemboom drew a one out walk and Castro bunt singled. A wild pitch put the runners in scoring position, Tapia walked and Dahl singled home two runs. Tapia scored on Cuevas' fielders choice for a 8-4 Isotope lead.

Derrik Gibson tripled and scored on Josh Fuentes' sacrifice flyout in the 9th inning for the final Isotope run of the game.

Salt Lake plated a junk time run in the bottom of the 9th inning. Jabari Blash tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

Isotopes Starter Line: Matt Flemer (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 52 GS, 3.00 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
In Isotopes transactions today, P Yency Almonte was placed on the Disabled List and P David Holman was added to the active roster from the Disabled List. There is still no report what injury Almonte sustained with 1 out in the 1st inning of last night's season opener. . . . After needing seven pitchers in last night's game due to Yency Almonte's early departure with an injury, the Isotopes needed three pitchers to work tonight's victory. . . . The Isotopes' 2018 field staff is led by Glenallen Hill, returning for his fourth season as Isotopes manager. Two newcomers to the Isotopes are Pitching Coach Brandon Emanuel and Hitting Coach Tim Doherty. Heath Townsend (Athletic Trainer) and Marcus Lefton (Physical Performance Coach) both return to the Isotopes from last season. . . . Game three of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are LHP Harrison Musgrave for the Isotopes and RHP Jaime Barria for the Bees.

Filed 04/06/2018

April 5, 2018 - Isotopes (0-1)

Smith's Ballpark

Albuquerque  101 100 000 --  3   6  1
Salt Lake    142 001 01x --  9  12  2

WP: Ian Krol (1-0)
LP: DJ Johnson (0-1) 

HR: ABQ Noel Cuevas (1) off Lamb (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Raimel Tapia (1) off Lamb (3rd inning, S)
    Tom Murphy (1) off Pena (4th inning, S)

    SL Jabari Blash (1) off Hessler (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:09
ATT: 5,749
On Opening Night 2018, the Isotopes scored all of their runs on solo homers and allowed seven early runs that led to a 9-3 loss against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in Salt Lake City.

Noel Cuevas solo homered in the 1st inning for Albuquerque's first run of the season and the Bees tied up the game in the bottom half of the frame, scoring a run on a wild pitch. Salt Lake added four runs in the 2nd inning. Raimel Tapia's solo homer cut the Isotope defecit to 5-2 before the Bees added two more runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Tom Murphy solo homered in the 4th inning for Albuquerque's final run of the game and Salt Lake added a Jabari Blash solo homer in the 6th inning and a single run in the 8th inning.

Isotopes starer Yency Almonte had a very short night, leaving with an apparent injury after recording an out and tossing 16 pitches.

Isotopes Starter Line: Yency Almonte - 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 35 GS, 27.00 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Carlos Estevez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA

Estevez made the first rehabilitation assignment appearance of the season and set down the Bees in order using 9 pitches in the 4th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
In Albuquerque's first transaction of the season, P Carlos Estevez was sent to Albuquerque on a MLB rehabilitation assignment. . . . The Isotopes are 10-6 all-time in season openers. . . . Tom Murphy had three of the Isotopes' six hits in the game. . . . There were an unusual two Opening Day doubleheaders in the PCL. Due to expected frigid weather in Iowa and Omaha on Friday, the doubleheaders were played for Thursday's regularly scheduled game and to make up Friday's postponed game in each city. . . . One of the new rules in Minor League Baseball was put into play on Opening Day. In the second game of the doubleheader in Iowa between the Iowa Cubs and Oklahoma City Dodgers, the game went into extra innings when the game was tied after the regulation seven innings.. Extra inning games start with a runner on second base each half inning. Oklahoma City was unable to plate their runner in scoring position while Iowa was able to score their runner that started on second base and claimed a 3-2 victory in 8 innings. . . . Other new rules changes at the Triple-A level in 2018 include a 15-second pitch clock with no runners on base and a limit of six mound visits per team per game. . . . Game two of the series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Matt Flemer for the Isotopes and RHP Nick Tropeano for the Bees.

Filed 04/05/2018
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