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Home Record: 20-25Road Record: 20-29
Division Record: 18-13Extra Innings Record: 4-1
Current Streak: W1

July 14, 2019 - Isotopes (40-54)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  150 113 001 --  12  18  2
El Paso      010 001 001 --   3  12  1

WP: Pat Dean (3-9)
LP: Dietrich Enns (9-6)

HR: ABQ Pat Valaika (17) off Enns (2nd inning, 3R)
    ABQ Pat Valaika (18) off Radke (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (11) off Enns (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (12) off Higgins (9th inning, S)
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (10) off Enns (1st inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:36
ATT: 7,549
In his first game back with the Isotopes after being optioned from the Rockies, Pat Valaika went 5x5 with two homers and 6 RBI and Albuquerque defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) 12-3 in the series finale in El Paso on Sunday evening.

Yonathan Daza led off the game with a solo homer and Albuquerque added five more runs in the 2nd inning. Dom Nunez led off the inning with a homer, Josh Fuentes singled home a run and Valaika had a three-run homer.

Matthew Batten singled home El Paso's first run of the game in the home half of the 2nd inning and Albuquerque got that run back in the 4th inning on Valaika's double.

Daza singled home a run in the 5th inning and in the 6th inning, a run scored on an error and Valaika two-run homered to give Albuquerque a 11-1 lead.

Batten's sacrifice flyout brought home a run in the bottom of the 6th inning, Nunez had his second solo homer of the game for Albuquerque in the 9th inning and the Chihuahuas plated their final run of the game in the bottom of the 9th inning when Ty France drew a bases-loaded walk.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (W, 3-9) 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 7.24 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Pat Dean was activated off the Injured List to make tonight's start and IF Jesus Azuaje was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . Pat Valaika was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and was the second Isotope this season with a 5-hit game (Noel Cuevas). . . . Dom Nunez and Pat Valaika were the first Isotope duo to have multi-homer games in the same game this season. . . . The Isotopes have hit two leadoff homers this season and Yonathan Daza has both of them. With Daza's 10th homer tonight, five Isotope hitters have double-digit homer totals. . . . Albuquerque scored double digit runs in two out of the four games and won two games in the series by 9 or more runs. . . . The Isotopes won three out of the four games in the series and 32,184 attended at Southwest University Park for a per-game average of 8,046. Tonight's game was the final game this season in El Paso and Albuquerque went 5-3 in El Paso this year and is 24-24 all-time in El Paso. The Chihuahuas come to Albuquerque soon for three games to finish the 16-game season series. . . . Zach Green of the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) was last week's PCL Hitter of the Week. Green hit .385 (10x26) with 4 homers and 13 RBI during the award week of July 1-7. . . . The PCL Pitcher of the Week last week was Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) hurler Sean Nolin. Nolin won his only start of the week and allowed one hit, one run, one walk and fanned 8 batters in 7.1 innings of work. . . . Albuquerque returns home Monday evening for a seven game homestand. The first four games are against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals). Albuquerque has not named a probable, while the Grizzlies are expected to counter with RHP JJ Hoover (3-2, 7.43).

Filed 07/14/2019

July 13, 2019 - Isotopes (39-54)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0   5  0
El Paso      200 041 00x --  7  11  0

WP: Dillon Overton (4-4)
LP: Rico Garcia (0-2)

HR: ELP Jason Vosler (15) off Garcia (5th inning, 3R)
    ELP Esteban Quiroz (15) off Cozart (6th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:50
ATT: 9,647
Isotopes starter Rico Garcia allowed six runs in 5 innings and the Isotopes offense was not able to put any runs on the scoreboard after scoring 22 runs in the prior two games as the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) shut out the Isotopes 7-0 on Saturday evening in El Paso. Albuquerque snapped a two-game winning streak with the loss.

El Paso quickly built a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Ty France doubled home a run and later scored on Jason Vosler's sacrifice flyout.

Michael Gettys singled home a run and Vosler three-run homered in the 5th inning and Esteban Quiroz added a solo homer in the 6th inning to cap the El Paso scoring.

Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity was in the 4th inning when a double steal with two outs put Elliot Soto at third base and Sam Hilliard at second base before Brian Mundell's strikeout ended the inning. Soto was the only Isotope baserunner to make it to third base in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia (L, 0-2) 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, WP, 8.10 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Kyle Freeland from the Isotopes and optioned IF Pat Valaika to Albuquerque. . . . Albuquerque has been shut out eight times this season, including seven times on the road. . . . Brian Mundell went 0x3 to end a six-game hitting streak. . . . The series concludes Sunday evening. Probables are a pair of lefties -- LHP Pat Dean (2-9, 7.74) for the Isotopes and LHP Dietrich Enns (9-5, 5.42) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 07/13/2019

July 12, 2019 - Isotopes (39-53)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  072 000 040 --  13  16  0
El Paso      000 100 000 --   1   8  0

WP: Jeff Hoffman (5-5)
LP: Bryan Mitchell (0-1) 

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (25) off Mitchell (2nd inning, GS)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (26) off Higgins (8th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:31
ATT: 7,392
Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico starter Jeff Hoffman allowed a run in five innings and All-Star Sam Hilliard homered twice including a grand-slam homer and knocked in 6 runs in a 13-1 victory over the Margaritas de El Paso (AAA Padres) in a Copa de la Diversion game in El Paso on Friday evening.

The Mariachis put a seven-spot on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning. Peter Mooney singled home a run, Hilliard grand-slam homered and Drew Weeks doubled home a pair of runs.

Yonder Alonso doubled home two-runs in the 3rd inning to extend the Mariachis lead to 9-0.

The Margaritas plated their only run of the game in the 4th inning on Boog Powell's single.

The Mariachis capped the scoring with a four-run 8th inning. Hilliard two-run homered, Josh Fuentes doubled home a run and Weeks' groundout brought home another run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 5-5) 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 7.46 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.40 ERA

Musgrave made his eighth and longest MLB Rehabiliatation Assignment appearance, going 2 innings, facing 7 batters and needing 26 pitches (15 for strikes). In the 6th inning, Musgrave's first batter walked before Musgrave got a strikeout and a double play to end the inning. Musgrave got a lineout to start the 7th inning before allowing two singles and then got another double play to get out of the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Mariachis are 6-4 this season, including 3-4 on the road, have won their last two games and had their largest winning margin of the season tonight. . . . Albuquerque has grand-slam homers in back-to-back games and the team's 7th grand slam homer tonight is good for the third most grand slams in a season. . . . Sam Hilliard had his first multi-homer game of the season and Albuquerque batters have 12 multi-homer games this year. Hilliard's grand slam homer was his second of the season, tying him with Roberto Ramos for the most grand-slam homers this season. Hilliard is second in the PCL in both homers (26) and RBI (75). . . . Albuquerque pitching did not allow a homer in the game, snapping a streak of 23 straight games allowing a homer. The streak might be a new franchise record as the previous longest streak is believed to be 14 games in 2010. . . . Brian Mundell extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Albuquerque had their largest road winning margin of the season - 12 runs. . . . El Paso Second Baseman Matthew Batten became the latest position player to pitch against the Isotopes. Batten worked the 9th inning, allowing a walk, striking out a batter and uncorking a wild pitch. Batten has an ERA of 3.00 in three pitching appearances for El Paso. . . . Game three of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Rico Garcia (0-1, 7.20) for the Isotopes and LHP Dillon Overton (3-4, 7.59) for the Chihuahuas.

Filed 07/12/2019

July 11, 2019 - Isotopes (38-53)

Southwest University Park

Albuquerque  180 000 000 --  9  15  1
El Paso      000 400 400 --  8   8  0

WP: Sam Howard (2-1)
LP: Jerry Keel (6-4)
SV: DJ Johnson (2)

HR: ABQ Drew Weeks (7) off Keel (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Drew Weeks (8) off Keel (2nd inning, GS)
	
    ELP Luis Urias (18) off Melville (4th inning, S)
    ELP Aderlin Rodriguez (7) off Diehl (7th inning, 3R)

TIME: 3:33
ATT: 7,596
Drew Weeks homered twice, tied a PCL record, drove in five runs and Albuquerque built a huge early lead and came within 90 feet of blowing it in a 9-8 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in the first game back from the Triple-A All-Star break.

Isotope All-Star Yonathan Daza led off the game with a double, advanced to third base on a groundout and scored on Yonder Alonso's sacrifice flyout.

Albuquerque added eight more runs in the 2nd inning to build a 9-0 lead. Weeks led off with a solo homer, Daza singled home a run, Elliot Soto's sacrifice bunt brought home a run, Alonso singled home a run and Weeks had a grand-slam homer to tie a PCL record for most homers in an inning by an individual hitter.

El Paso All-Star Luis Urias solo homered to get the Chihuahuas on the scoreboard in the 4th inning and El Paso added three more runs in the inning. Michael Gettys doubled home a run, a run scored on a balk and a run scored on a fielder's choice.

El Paso scored another run on a fielder's choice and Aderlin Rodriguez added a three-run homer in the 7th inning as the Chihuahuas closed to a run down at 9-8.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Seth Mejias-Brean drew a leadoff walk. After a strikeout, Rodriguez walked and pinch-hitter Jason Vosler grounded out, advancing both runners into scoring position. After an intentional walk to load the bases, a flyout ended the El Paso threat and the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville - 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, Balk, 5.29 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies signed IF Yonder Alonso to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. Alonso began the year with the Chicago White Sox and hit .178 with 7 homers and 27 RBI before being released on July 3rd. In his Isotopes debut, Alonso went 1x4 with a sacrifice flyout, 2 RBI, and a run scored. OF Todd Isaacs was transferred to Class-A Boise, P Nelson Gonzalez was placed on the Injured List retroactive to July 8th and P Ben Bowden was removed from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . The 8-run 2nd inning was Albuquerque's second-largest run scoring inning of the season. . . . Drew Weeks' grand slam homer was his first of the season, the sixth Isotope team grand slam homer and the fourth Isotope grand-slam homer hit on the road this season. . . . Yency Almonte tossed a scoreless 8th inning, extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 10.2 innings. . . . Isotopes pitching gave up a season-worst 10 walks in the game and has allowed a homer in 23 straight games. . . . Tonight's win was Albuquerque's first road victory on a Thursday - 1-6 record. . . . By not tying the game after falling behind by nine runs, the Chihuahuas failed to set a new franchise record for the largest comeback. . . . Game two of the series is a Copa de la Diversion contest. The probable for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico is RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-5, 8.01) while the Margaritas de El Paso are expected to counter with RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 7.11).

Filed 07/11/2019

July 10, 2019 - 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game

Southwest University Park - El Paso, Texas

International League  000 011 010 --  3   7  2 
Pacific Coast League  041 120 10x --  9  13  0

WP: Jake Woodford (Memphis - Cardinals)
LP: Keegan Akin (Norfolk - Orioles)

HR: PCL Ty France (El Paso - Padres) off Ben Rowen (Gwinnett - Braves) (3rd inning, S)
    PCL Luis Urias (El Paso - Padres) off Connor Walsh (Charlotte - White Sox) (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:59
ATT: 9,706
El Paso hosted the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday evening and hometown players Ty France (El Paso - Padres) and Luis Urias (El Paso - Padres) each homered and combined to drive in three runs as the Pacific Coast League routed the International League 9-3.

The PCL built a big 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Yasmany Tomas (Reno - Diamondbacks) singled and scored two outs later on David Freitas' (San Antonio - Brewers) double. Yadiel Hernandez (Fresno - Nationals) followed with a single to drive in Freitas and the Isotopes' Yonathan Daza tripled home Hernandez before scoring on Jorge Mateo's (Las Vegas - Athletics) infield single.

France solo homered in the 3rd inning and Freitas doubled and scored on Mateo's triple in the 4th inning as the PCL extended the lead to 6-0.

The International League got their first run in the 5th inning -- Travis Demeritte (Gwinnette - Braves) walked, went to third base on Ryan Goins' (Charlotte - White Sox) single and scored as Ryan McBroom (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre - Yankees) was grounding into a double play.

The PCL extended the lead to 8-1 in the home half of the 5th inning on Urias' two-run homer to center field.

Eric Haase's (Columbus - Indians) sacrifice flyout in the 6th inning brought home the IL's second run of the game.

Albuquerque's Roberto Ramos walked in the 7th inning in his only plate appearance of the game and later scored on Austin Allen's (El Paso - Padres) single for the PCL's final run, and the IL capped the scoring in the game when Haase singled home a run in the 8th inning.


ALL-STAR GAME NOTES:
Tonight's contest was the first ever Triple-A All-Star Game to be hosted in the state of Texas. . . . The Pacific Coast League has won three straight Triple-A All-Star Games, but the International League holds a 12-10 advantage over the Pacific Coast League since 1998 when the game's format changed from American League affiliates vs National League affiliates to IL vs PCL. . . . Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) Yasmany Tomas won the Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby on Monday evening with the PCL slugger edging International League slugger Mike Ford (Scranton/Wilkes- Barre - Yankees) 19-18 in the final round. The Isotopes' Roberto Ramos did not make it out of the first round, falling one homer short of Ty France's (El Paso - Padres) 18 to advance to the next round. . . . Here is how the three Isotopes' representatives did in the game: Yonathan Daza 1x3, 3B, RBI, R Sam Hilliard 0x3, 2K Roberto Ramos 0x0, BB, R. . . . Two former Isotopes played in the game for the International League - Brandon Barnes (Columbus - Indians) went 0x2 with a pair of flyouts. Trayvon Robinson (Indianapolis - Pirates) went 0x1 with a flyout and a walk. . . . The Pacific Coast League Top Star of the game was Ty France (El Paso - Padres) who went 1x4 with a homer, RBI and a strikeout. . . . The International League Top Star of the game was Eric Haase (Columbus - Indians) who went 1x1 with a sacrifice flyout and two RBI. . . . The 2020 Triple-A All-Star Game will be at PNC Field, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees) of the International League. The PCL host for the 2021 All-Star Game has not been announced yet.

Filed 07/10/2019

July 7, 2019 - Isotopes (37-53)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    200 020 0 --  4  6  0
Albuquerque  010 000 0 --  1  6  0

WP: Trey McNutt (4-1)
LP: Logan Cozart (0-1)
SV: Kyle Finnigan (1)

HR: LVG Sheldon Neuse (16) off Cozart (1st inning, 2R)
    LVG Cameron Rupp (3) off Diehl (5th inning, 2R)
	
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (24) off Romero (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:11
ATT: 5,714
It was appropriate the Isotopes played the last game before the Triple-A All-Star Break that was representative of how their season has gone. Giving up the longball plaged the Isotopes and the game went down as another loss, 4-1 to the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics).

Every run in the game was scored on a homer. Sheldon Neuse homered in three out of the four games and today's homer was a two-run shot in the 1st inning.

Sam Hilliard hit his team-leading 24th homer in the 2nd inning for the Isotopes and Cameron Rupp closed out the scoring in the game with a two-run homer in the 5th inning for Las Vegas.

Isotopes Starter Line: Logan Cozart (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 3.18 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Even though both of today's games were completed, the Isotopes made a special announcement that due to the circumstances of today's contests, anyone with a ticket dated July 7, 2019 can use it as a rain check good for any game remaining on Albuquerque's 2019 home schedule. The tickets must be exchanged at the Isotopes Park Box Office for a ticket of equal or lesser value, based on availability. . . . The Isotopes head into the All-Star Break with a 37-53 record, the worst record at the break in franchise history and 9th losing record in the 17 season franchise history. Albuquerque is a season-worst 18.5 games back in the division and tied a season-worst with being 16 games under the breakeven mark. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in 22 straight games, a season-worst mark. Albuquerque leads all of Minor League Baseball in homers allowed (161) and this series also featured the team with the second most homers allowed in all of Minor League Baseball, the Aviators with 155 homers allowed. There were 13 homers allowed combined by the two teams. . . . Yency Almonte pitched a scoreless 7th inning, extending his consecutive scorless innings streak to 9.2 innings. . . . The Isotopes and the Aviators split the series 2-2 and 34,777 attended for a per-game average of 8,694. . . . Fan favorite and former-Isotope Cody Decker announced his retirement. Decker's final professional baseball at-bat was with the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) where he hit a walkoff two-run homer against the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants). Decker played for 13 minor league clubs in an 11-year minor league career and was the current active career minor league home run hitter with 204 homers in 1,033 minor league games until his retirement. Decker had 11 MLB at-bats with the Padres in 2015, going hitless. Decker played in 14 games with the Isotopes in 2016, hitting 11x53 (.208) with 2 homers and 4 RBI. . . . The Isotopes have three days off for the Triple-A All-Star Break. Representing the Isotopes in the game in El Paso Wednesday evening are Yonathan Daza, Sam Hilliard, and Roberto Ramos. Ramos will also be participating in the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday evening, the first Isotope in the derby since Trayvon Robinson in 2011. On Thursday evening, the Isotopes return to action with a quick four-game roadtrip to play the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) in El Paso with Southwest University Park fresh off of its All-Star Game hosting the night before. No probables have been named.

Filed 07/07/2019

July 7, 2019 - Isotopes (37-52)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    000 212 000 --  5  13  2
Albuquerque  301 000 002 --  6   9  0

WP: DJ Johnson (4-0)
LP: Paul Blackburn (7-2)

HR: LVG Beau Taylor (7) off C Gonzalez (6th inning, 2R)

    ABQ Josh Fuentes (7) off Dunshee (1st inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 8,034
In the completion of a suspended game from Saturday, the Isotopes plated the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning on an walkoff error to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) 6-5.

On Saturday evening when the game started, Yonathan Daza led off for Albuquerque with a single, went to second base on a balk, Elliot Soto drew a walk and Josh Fuentes followed with a three-run homer.

The rains came with one out in the 2nd inning, the game was eventually suspended, and Albuquerque added another run in the 3rd inning Sunday when the game was resumed. Roberto Ramos singled home a run.

Las Vegas began their comeback in the 4th inning when Skye Bolt and Beau Taylor each singled home a run. Seth Brown singled home a run in the 5th inning and Taylor added a two-run homer in the 6th inning as the Aviators took a 5-4 lead.

In the 9th inning, Brian Mundell singled, Ramos doubled, and Drew Weeks drew a walk to load the bases. Jesus Azuaje replaced Ramos as a pinch-runner and Dom Nunez's sacrifice fly brought Mundell home to tie the game and a throw on the play got away and bounced off a dugout protection screen. The game went into a short delay while umpires discussed whether the ball should be considered as going into the dugout and thus Azuaje should be awarded home plate and it was eventually decided that the run should score on that error.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 7.20 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 7.11 ERA

Musgrave pitched the 8th inning in his seventh MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and faced three batters, tossing 12 pitches (7 strikes). After giving up a leadoff single, Musgrave struck out the next two batters and got a caught stealing to end the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
Roberto Ramos has been named a Triple-A All-Star, replacing the Reno Aces' (AAA Diamondbacks) Kevin Cron on the PCL roster for Wednesday's game in El Paso. Ramos joins Yonathan Daza and Sam Hilliard in representing the Isotopes, while Pat Valaika was also on the team but had to be replaced because he is with the Rockies. . . . There was an official one hour, 17 minute rain delay Friday evening before the game was suspended. It was the second home game delay of the season and longest delay of the season for the Isotopes out of the five delays they've had this season. . . . The victory was Albuquerque's third walkoff win of the season and seventh come from behind win when they were trailing at the 7th inning stretch. . . . Josh Fuentes has homered in back-to-back games. . . . Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) Franklin Barreto is the PCL Player of the Month for June. Barreto led the league in total bases in June (85) and was among the league's best in hits (41, tied-2nd), doubles (13, 2nd), RBI (32, 2nd), batting average (.387, 6th) and runs scored (25, 6th). Barreto has not played in the series with the Isotopes because the Athletics called him up on June 30th.

Filed 07/07/2019

July 6, 2019 - Aviators at Isotopes, Suspended, Rain

Saturday evening's contest between the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) and Isotopes was suspended in the 2nd inning due to rain.

Albuquerque built a 3-0 lead on Josh Fuentes' three-run homer in the 1st inning shortly before the game advanced to the 2nd inning and the rains came.

The game will be resumed Sunday afternoon and Sunday's regularly scheduled game will be played after the completion of the suspended game. The second game of the day will be shortened to 7 innings.

Filed 07/06/2019

July 5, 2019 - Isotopes (36-52)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    012 206 032 --  16  21  0
Albuquerque  000 002 001 --   3   7  1

WP: James Naile (1-0)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (4-5)

HR: LVG Nick Martini (3) off Pazos (9th inning, 2R)
    LVG Sheldon Neuse (5) off Rusin (6th inning, 3R)
    LVG Beau Taylor (6) off Hoffman (2nd inning, S)
    LVG Skye Bolt (9) off Hoffman (4th inning, 2R)
	
    ABQ Josh Fuentes (6) off Naile (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 6,109
In the second game of the series, the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) defeated the Isotopes 16-3, handing Albuquerque their largest losing margin of the season.

Las Vegas' Beau Taylor solo homered in the 1st inning, Jorge Mateo and Eric Campbell singled home runs in the 3rd inning, and Skye Bolt added a two-run homer in the 4th inning as the Aviators built a 5-0 lead.

The Aviators added six more runs in the 6th inning to make it 11-0. Dustin Fowler singled home two runs, Campbell doubled home a run and Sheldon Neuse had a three-run homer.

Yonathan Daza singled in the home half of the 6th inning and scored on Josh Fuentes' homer as the Isotopes were able to get on the scoreboard.

Las Vegas' Corban Joseph singled home two runs and Bolt's groundout brought home a run in the 8th inning and Nick Martini added a two-run homer in the 9th inning to close out the Las Vegas scoring.

Albuquerque got their final run in the bottom of the 9th inning. Brian Mundell singled with two outs, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Roberto Ramos' single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 4-5) 5 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, WP, 8.01 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 8.44 ERA

Musgrave made his sixth MLB Rehabilitation Assignment appearance with the Isotopes and faced 6 batters, needing 29 pitches (18 strikes). Musgrave got a foul out before giving up three consecutive singles to load the bases, another single that brought home two runs, and then a groundout that brought home a third run in the inning before Musgrave was removed from the game.


'TOPES NOTES:
P Chris Rusin was activated from the Injured List, P Pat Dean was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to July 3rd, and P Ben Bowden was placed on the Temporary Inactive List so he can participate in the All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland on Sunday. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in 20 consecutive contests. . . . Las Vegas' Nick Martini was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Game three of the series is Saturday evening. Probables are RHP Rico Garcia (0-1, 7.90) for the Isotopes and RHP Parker Dunshee (2-4, 5.86) for the Aviators.

Filed 07/05/2019

July 4, 2019 - Isotopes (36-51)

Isotopes Park

Las Vegas    020 000 000 --  2   7  1
Albuquerque  400 010 12x --  8  11  1

WP: Tim Melville (6-4)
LP: Tyler Alexander (5-5)

HR: LVG Sheldon Neuse (14) off Melville (2nd inning, 2R)
	
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (23) off Ruiz (8th inning, S)
    ABQ Brian Mundell (7) off Ruiz (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 14,920
The Isotopes built a quick early lead and Isotopes starter Tim Melville pitched into the 6th inning and allowed two runs as the Isotopes celebrated the Fourth of July in special patriotic uniforms with an 8-2 series-opening victory over the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics).

With the bases loaded and one out in the 1st inning, Brian Mundell had a two-run single. An out later, Roberto Ramos walked and Drew Weeks followed with a two-run triple as the Isotopes led 4-0 after an inning of play.

Sheldon Neuse's two-run homer in the 2nd inning provided the Aviators only runs of the game.

Josh Fuentes' sacrifice flyout in the 5th inning and Elliot Soto's single in the 7th inning extended Albuquerque's lead to 6-2.

Albuquerque capped the scoring in the 8th inning when Sam Hilliard and Mundell back-to-back homered, the first back-to-back homers for Albuquerque this season.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 6-4) 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, WP, HBP, 5.01 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Glenallen Hill won his 300th game as Isotopes Manager and the milestone fell just two days after becoming the losingest manager in Isotopes history. Hill needs 62 more victories to become the winningest manager in franchise history. . . . Albuquerque is 12-5 on the Fourth of July, including 7-3 at home. The Isotopes have won their last six Independence Day contests. . . . Tonight was Albuquerque's first divisional game since May 24th. . . . Yency Almonte pitched a scoreless 9th inning tonight, extending his consecutive innings scoreless streak to 8.2 innings. . . . The crowd of 14,920 led all of the Pacific Coast League in Fourth of July promoton crowds and is the 17th largest regular season crowd in Isotopes Park history and 14th largest Independence Day promotion crowd. . . . Game two of the series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-4, 7.52) for the Isotopes and RHP Paul Blackburn (7-1, 5.26) for the Aviators.

Filed 07/04/2019

July 3, 2019 - Isotopes (35-51)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  6  0
Sacramento   001 000 000 --  1  6  0

WP: Enderson Franco (3-3)
LP: Kyle Freeland (0-4)
SV: Fernando Abad (10)

HR: SAC Steven Dugger (1) off Freeland (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:31
ATT: 13,668
In the series finale in West Sacramento, California, the Isotopes took a tough 1-0 loss in a way that has been their achilles heel most of the season. The only run of the game was scored on a Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) homer.

Steven Dugger's solo homered in the 3rd inning.

Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity was in the 4th inning when the only Isotopes baserunner made it to third base in the game. Drew Weeks singled with two outs and made it to third base on Roberto Ramos' single. Ramos was thrown out at second base for the final out of the inning trying to extend the single into a double, stranding Weeks at third base with no opportunity to try to drive him in.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland (L, 0-4) 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 8.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes have allowed a homer in a season-worst 18 straight games and this current string started just one game after Albuquerque pitching allowed a homer in 14 straight games, making it 32 out of their last 33 contests with a homer allowed. . . . Albuquerque has lost three 1-0 contests this season and in two of the three, a solo homer provided the lone run. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out seven times this season, including 0-6 on the road. . . . Kyle Freeland, who had his second quality start of the season tonight, has lost four straight pitching decisions. . . . The crowd of 13,668 was the largest road crowd the Isotopes have played in front of this season. . . . Sacramento took four out the five games in the series and 43,493 attended at Raley Field for a per-game average of 8,699. . . . The Isotopes return home for their Fourth of July promotion tomorrow night and to complete the final four games before the Triple-A All-Star Break. Probables in the opener against the Las Vegas Aviators (AAA Athletics) are RHP Tim Melville (5-4, 5.17) for the Isotopes and LHP Tyler Alexander (5-4, 6.06) for the Aviators.

Filed 07/03/2019

July 2, 2019 - Isotopes (35-50)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 002 --   2   4  0
Sacramento   020 140 04x --  11  16  0

WP: Andrew Suarez (4-6)
LP: Pat Dean (2-9)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (22) off Okert (9th inning, 2R)
	
    SAC Abiatal Avelino (7) off Dean (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:51
ATT: 6,119
In a milestone defeat for the Isotopes, a late game homer with two outs left prevented the Isotopes from suffering another shutout in a 11-2 defeat to the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) on Tuesday evening in West Sacramento, California.

Sacramento built a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Francisco Pena doubled, scored on Aramis Garcia's triple and Abiatal Avelino doubled home Garcia.

Avelino solo homered in the 4th inning and the River Cats added four more runs in the 5th inning to lead 7-0. Pena drove in a run with a single, Henry Ramos had a two-rund ouble and Avelino singled Ramos home.

Sacramento plated their final four runs in the 8th inning. Joey Rickard had a sacrifice flyout, Garcia doubled home a pair of runs and another run scored on a wild pitch.

Albuquerque finally got on the scoreboard in the 9th inning. Elliot Soto led off with a single, went to second base on defensive indifference and trotted home on Sam Hilliard's two-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 2-9) 5 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 7.74 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 5.79 ERA

Musgrave made his fifth MLB Rehabilitation Assignment appearance and pitched the final two outs of the game for Albuquerque, facing four batters and needing 23 pitches (13 strikes). With one out in the 8th inning, Musgrave entered with the bases loaded, got a strikeout then allowed a two-run double. After a run-scoring wild pitch and a walk, Musgrave got a fly out to end the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF Trevor Story from his MLB Rehabilitation Assignment and optioned P Chi Chi Gonzalez to Albuquerque. P Pat Dean was activated from the Injured List to make tonight's start and P Trent Fennell was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . Glenallen Hill set an Isotopes franchise record for most managerial losses when Hill earned his 354th managerial loss. Hill is one victory away from another milestone as Isotopes manager. . . . Pat Dean has lost his last four pitching decisions and he continues to lead the PCL in losses (9). . . . Sacramento's Abiatal Avelino was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The series finale is tomorrow evening with the Isotopes participating in the road portion of an Independence Day fireworks promotion before returning home Thursday for their home Independence Day promotion. Probables are LHP Kyle Freeland (0-3, 11.12) for the Isotopes and LHP Sam Selman (3-1, 1.74) for the River Cats.

Filed 07/02/2019

July 1, 2019 - Isotopes (35-49)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 404 100 --  9  12  1
Sacramento   000 500 000 --  5   7  0

WP: Trent Fennell (1-0)
LP: Pat Venditte (4-2)

HR: ABQ Sam Hilliard (21) off Venditte (6th inning, GS)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (19) off Bergen (7th inning, S)
	
    SAC Zach Green (19) off Garcia (4th inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 5,504
There were dueling grand slams in West Sacramento on Monday evening. The Isotopes had a lead, the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) had a grand-slam homer to erase the defecit, eventually took the lead moments later and then the Isotopes took the lead back with a grand-slam homer of their own in an eventual 9-5 victory over the River Cats Monday evening. Albuquerque snapped a seven game losing streak in matchups with Sacramento.

The game was scoreless until the Isotopes put four runs on the scoreboard in the 4th inning. Roberto Ramos singled, Dom Nunez and Jesus Azuaje each drew walks to load the bases and Peter Mooney doubled home Ramos and Nunez. An out later, Yonathan Daza singled home Azuaje and Elliot Soto's single plated Mooney.

The River Cats were no-hit through the first three innings until they got a single to lead off the 4th inning. After Sacramento loaded the bases, Zach Green's grand-slam homer tied the game and Levi Michael's sacrifice flyout gave the River Cats a 5-4 lead.

Albuquerque regained the lead in the 6th inning. With two outs, pinch-hitter Todd Isaacs singled, Daza singled and Soto walked ahead of Sam Hilliard's grand slam homer.

Ramos solo homered in the 7th inning to cap the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia - 3.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, WP, 7.90 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Yency Almonte tossed a scoreless 9th inning to extend his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 7.2 innings. . . The Isotopes have hit three grand slam homers in the last seven games and five slams this season. It was Sam Hilliard's first grand slam homer of the season. . . . Albuquerque pitchers tied a season-high with 14 strikeouts and set a season high by allowing a homer in 16 straight games. . . . Two Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) players swept the PCL Weekly awards for the award week of June 24-30th. The Hitter of the Week was Kevin Cron, who hit .370 (10x27) with 5 homers and 13 RBI. Taylor Widener, the Pitcher of the Week, made two starts and went 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA. In 11 innings pitched, Widener allowed 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and fanned 14. . . . Game four of the series is Tuesday evening. The Isotopes have not named a probable, while the River Cats are expected to counter with LHP Andrew Suarez (3-6, 6.29).

Filed 07/01/2019

June 30, 2019 - Isotopes (34-49)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 200 --  2   4  0
Sacramento   200 003 20x --  7  11  0

WP: Ty Blach (3-4)
LP: Jeff Hoffman (4-4) 

HR: SAC Mike Gerber (17) off Hoffman (6th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:36
ATT: 6,813
In a Copa de la Diversion game, the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico continue to find success on the road difficult as they dropped a 7-2 game to the Dorados de Sacramento (AAA Giants) on Sunday afternoon in West Sacramento, California.

Two-out run-scoring singles from Austin Slater and Aramis Garcia gave the Dorados a quick 2-0 lead.

The Dorados added three more runs in the 6th inning. Mike Gerber two-run homered and Abiatal Avelino doubled home a run.

The Mariachis plated their only two runs of the game in the 7th inning. Josh Fuentes singled and Brian Mundell doubled setting up Drew Weeks' sacrifice flyout to bring home Fuentes. Roberto Ramos followed with a double to drive in Mundell.

The Dorados capped the scoring after the 7th innng stretch when Gerber singled home a run and Slater doubled home a run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (L, 4-4) 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 7.52 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA

Musgrave made his fourth MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and it was the worst of the four. Musgrave faced six batters and needed 28 pitches (17 strikes) to complete his inning. Musgrave pitched the 7th inning for the first back-to-back game appearances of this assignment and got a pop out before giving up a double. After a flyout, Musgrave gave up a run-scoring single, a stolen base and a run-scoring double before getting a strike out on a foul tip to end the inning.



Trevor Story: 1x3 (.333), 1 K

Story appeared in his second MLB Rehabilitation Assignment game, played shortstop, and singled to right field in the 1st inning, fouled out in the 4th inning and struck out in the 6th inning before being replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning. There are reports Story will rejoin the Rockies on Tuesday and it is not clear if Story will play one last time tomorrow or think six game action at-bats was enough with the Isotopes and take tomorrow off to travel to the Rockies before being activated.


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Nelson Molina was transferred to Class-A Boise. . . . Albuquerque has dropped the last seven matchups to Sacramento this season. . . . The loss was Glenallen Hill's 353rd loss, tying him with Dean Treanor for the most losses by an Isotopes manager. . . . The Mariachis are 5-4 this season, including 2-4 on the road. In two seasons of playing the Dorados, the Mariachis are 2-1 against the Dorados. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in a season-worst 15 straight games. . . . With June in the record books, the Isotopes went 8-19 in the month (3-10 at home, 5-9 on the road), had a team batting average of .268, a team ERA of 6.92, scored 147 runs, hit 27 homers and had 23 stolen bases. . . . Game three of the series is Monday evening. Probables are RHP Rico Garcia (0-1, 8.10) for the Isotopes and LHP Conner Menez (0-0, 4.22) for the River Cats.

Filed 06/30/2019

June 29, 2019 - Isotopes (34-48)

Raley Field

Albuquerque  000 000 010 --  1   7  0
Sacramento   111 030 00x --  6  11  1

WP: Yoanys Quiala (4-4)
LP: Tim Melville (5-4)

HR: SAC Mike Gerber (16) off Melville (1st inning, S)
    SAC Zach Green (18) off Melville (2nd inning, S)
 	
TIME: 3:00
ATT: 11,389
In the opener of a five game series in Sacramento, the Sacramento River Cats (AAA Giants) plated three runs over the first three frames and it took late into the game for the Isotopes to avoid a shutout in a 6-1 loss on Saturday evening. Albuquerque has lost four straight games and is a season-worst 14 games below the breakeven mark.

Mike Gerber solo homered in the 1st inning, Zach Green solo homered in the 2nd inning and Austin Slater singled home a run in the 3rd inning as Sacramento build a 3-0 lead.

The River Cats removed any doubt in the game with a three-run 5th inning with run-scoring singles from Joey Rickard and Chris Shaw and another run scoring on a wild pitch.

Yonathan Daza doubled to lead off the 8th inning, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Sam Hilliard's sacrifice flyout for the lone Isotopes run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (L, 5-4) 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 2 WP, 2 HBP, 5.17 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 3.00 ERA

Musgrave made his third MLB Rehabilitation Assignment appearance, worked the 8th inning, and needed 15 pitches (10 strikes) to face four batters. After getting a groundout, Musgrave allowed a double before getting two more groundouts to end the inning.



Trevor Story: 1x3 (.333), 1 K

Story made his first MLB Rehabilitation Assignment appearance and played in the field at shortstop. Story struck out in the 1st inning, flew out to center field in the 4th inning, singled to left field in the 6th inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Josh Fuentes.


'TOPES NOTES:
There were quite a few Isotope transactions on Saturday. The Rockies sent IF Trevor Story to Albuquerque on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment. P Logan Cozart was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-AA Hartford and P Trent Fennell joined the Isotopes from Class-A Boise. P Pat Dean was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to June 28th and IF Josh Fuentes was activated from the Injured List. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in 14 straight games for the second time this season. . . . Game two of the series is Sunday afternoon and it is a Copa de la Diversion contest. Probables are RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-2, 7.52) for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico and LHP Ty Blach (2-4, 6.38) for the Dorados de Sacramento.

Filed 06/29/2019

June 28, 2019 - Isotopes (34-47)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma        003 710 110 2 --  15  20  3
Albuquerque   500 012 131 1 --  14  14  1

WP: David McKay (3-0)
LP: Sam Howard (1-1)
SV: Reggie McClain (1)

HR: TAC John Andreoli (4) off Bowden (7th inning, S)
    TAC Kristopher Negron (10) off Diehl (8th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (18) off Moore (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Elliot Soto (5) off Moore (1st inning, S)
    ABQ Drew Butera (4) off Moore (1st inning, 2R)
    ABQ Drew Butera (5) off Moore (6th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (9) off Swanson (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:51
ATT: 7,006
The Isotopes had a 5-0 lead after an inning of play, proceeded to give up the next 11 runs to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) then was able to avoid stranding the game-tying run in the 9th inning only to lose the game to the Rainiers 15-14 in 10 innings. Albuquerque has dropped three straight games.

Albuquerque powered their way to a 5-0 1st inning lead. Elliot Soto solo homered and Roberto Ramos and Drew Butera each added two-run homers.

Tacoma started chipping away at the lead in the 3rd inning on a John Andreoli run-scoring double and a two-run double from Jake Fraley.

The Rainiers added seven more runs to the scoreboard in the 4th inning to take the lead. Andreoli had a two-run double, Shed Long brought home a run with a sacrifice flyout, Fraley tripled home two runs, Jordan Pacheco singled home a run and scored on Jose Lobaton's double.

Each team plated a run in the 5th inning. Kristopher Negron's ground-rule double plated Tacoma's run while Sam Hilliard doubled home Albuquerque's run as the Isotopes trailed 11-6.

Butera two-run homered for Albuquerque in the bottom of the 6th inning to trim the defecit to three runs at 11-8 and each team plated a run on a solo homer in the 7th inning -- Andreoli for Tacoma and Yonathan Daza for Albuquerque.

Negron solo homered in the top of the 8th inning and Albuquerque had a three-run home half of the inning to close to a run down at 13-12. Nelson Molina doubled home a run, scored on Peter Mooney's single and Daza doubled home Mooney.

The Isotopes tied the game in the 9th inning when Hilliard reached on an error, two walks loaded the bases, and Drew Weeks had a sacrifice flyout to bring home Hilliard. Butera was intentionally walked to re-load the bases and Molina popped up a bunt that turned into a double play to kill the chance for the walkoff win.

Fraley and Lobaton singled home runs as Tacoma led 15-13 in the top half of the 10th inning and in the bottom half, Molina started the inning at second base and scored on a pair of groundouts to plate the final run of the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland - 3.1 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 11.12 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Chris Rusin was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to June 26th. . . . Isotopes reliever Ben Bowden was named to the National League All-Star Futures Game squad. This year's game will be played July 7th in Cleveland and has the new format of National League prospects against American League prospects instead of the United States vs the World. Bowden is the only Rockies farmhand on the roster but that can change if any of the prospects get called up to the major leagues and need to be replaced. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to seven games with six of the seven being multi-hit games. Daza was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque is 4-2 in extra inning contests this season, including 1-1 in games at Isotopes Park. . . . Every Albuquerque batter had at least one hit and at least one RBI. . . . Isotope pitchers struck out 14 batters, the most in a game this season. . . . Albuquerque established season marks in their largest blown lead in a home game that resulted in a loss (5 runs) and their largest defecit overcome in a loss (6 runs). . . . The Isotopes tied a season-best with three homers in an inning and have had a multi-homer inning nine times this season. . . . Former La Cueva High School and UNM player Jordan Pacheco was the Tacoma First Baseman and went 1x6 with a run scored, RBI, and 2 strikeouts. For the series, Pacheco played in three out of the four games and went 3x14 (.214) with two runs and an RBI. . . . Despite the combined 29 runs and 34 hits, it was not the most combined runs and combined hits in an Isotopes game this season. . . . Tacoma claimed the final series of the season between the two clubs 3-1 and 34,605 attended at Isotopes Park for a per-game average of 8,651. . . . The Isotopes went 7-9 in the 16-game season series (4-4 at Isotopes Park, 3-5 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma). All-time, Albuquerque is 38-34 against Tacoma in home games and 67-72 in all matchups. . . . Tacoma's Jake Fraley was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The Isotopes head on a road trip to Sacramento for five games leading up to their return on July 4th for Independence Day fireworks. Probables in the opener Saturday evening are RHP Tim Melville (5-3, 4.59) for the Isotopes and RP Yoanys Quiala (3-4, 6.92) for the River Cats (AAA Giants).

Filed 06/28/2019

June 27, 2019 - Isotopes (34-46)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       040 100 000 --  5  12  2
Albuquerque  010 020 000 --  3   8  0

WP: Jonathon Niese (4-2)
LP: Pat Dean (2-8)
SV: Parker Markel (7)

HR: TAC Ian Miller (7) off Dean (4th inning, S)

    ABQ Drew Butera (3) off Niese (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 6,036
For the second night in a row, the Isotopes had the game-tying run on base in the bottom of the 9th inning but wasn't able to bring the run home in a 5-3 loss to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) on Thursday evening at "The Lab".

Tacoma's four-run 2nd inning seemed like it would have decided the game. Ian Miller had a two-run single and Shed Long and Kristopher Negron each had single-run singles.

Drew Butera solo homered to get the Isotopes on the scoreboard in the home half of the 2nd inning.

Miller solo homered in the 4th inning to give Tacoma a 5-1 lead and Albuquerque plated their final two runs of the game in the bottom of the 5th inning. Sam Hilliard singled home a run and another run scored while Brian Mundell was grounding into a double play.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Daza drew a one-out walk, went to second base on a wild pitch, Elliot Soto walked to put the game-tying run on base before Hilliard flew out and Mundell struck out to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 2-8) 5 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 7.25 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes had four stolen bases in the game, tying a season high. . . . Isotopes All-Star Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Albuquerque reliever Yency Almonte extended his scoreless innings streak to 6 2/3 innings with a scoreless 8th inning. . . . Pat Dean is the PCL leader in losses (eight). . . . The preliminary International League 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game roster was announced and there was only one former Isotope on the roster. Brandon Barnes, currently with the Columbus Clippers (AAA Indians), was elected a OF starter. Barnes is hitting .282 with 16 homers and 53 RBI in 66 games. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be played July 10th in El Paso. . . . The Isotopes look to win in order to earn a series split in the homestand finale Friday. Probables are LHP Kyle Freeland (0-3.8.84) for the Isotopes and RHP Andrew Moore (No Record) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/27/2019

June 26, 2019 - Isotopes (34-45)

Isotopes Park

Tacoma       222 110 001 --  9  16  1
Albuquerque  000 201 005 --  8  10  1

WP: Anthony Misiewicz (3-4)
LP: Rico Garcia (0-1)
SV: David McKay (1)

HR: TAC Kristopher Negron (9) off Garcia (1st inning, 2R)
    TAC Jaycob Brugman (5) off Garcia (2nd inning, 2R)
    TAC Jaycob Brugman (6) off Garcia (34d inning, 2R)
    TAC John Andreoli (3) off Garcia (5th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Brian Mundell (6) off Misiewicz (4th inning, 2R)
    ABQ Elliot Soto (4) off Bautista (9th inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:31
ATT: 8,735
It was a rough night for Rockies prospect Rico Garcia. Garcia made his first start at Isotopes Park (second Triple-A start) and was roughed up for four homers and 8 runs in 5 innings and the Isotopes mounted an exciting 9th inning comeback that fell just short as the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) held on to defeat the Isotopes 9-8 on Wednesday evening at "The Lab".

Kristopher Negron two-run homered in the 1st inning, Jaycob Brugman two-run homered in the 2nd inning and Brugman had another two-run homer in the 3rd inning as the Rainiers powered their way to a 6-0 lead.

Shed Long singled home a run for Tacoma in the 4th inning before Albuquerque got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning on Brian Mundell's two-run homer.

John Andreoli solo homered in the 5th inning and Andreoli singled home a run in the 9th inning as Tacoma led 9-3.

In Albuquerque's bottom of the 9th inning rally, Dom Nunez was hit by a pitch and Jesus Azuaje and Peter Mooney drew walks to load the bases. Yonathan Daza singled home Nunez and Elliot Soto followed with a grand slam homer, all with no outs. Later as the tenth batter of the inning, Nunez struck out to end the game with the game-tying run on second base.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4 HR, 8.10 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 4.50 ERA

Musgrave made his second MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and pitched the 6th inning, needing 20 pitches (12 for strikes) to face four batters. After striking out the first batter, Musgrave gave up a double but that runner was erased on the basepaths by a fielder's choice out on the next play and then a base was stolen against him before he got another strikeout to complete the inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
In a vote of the PCL's field managers, general managers, members of the media and broadcasters, and online fan voting, three Isotopes -- 3B Pat Valaika, OF Yonathan Daza and OF Sam Hilliard - were elected starters for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game and that was the most elected starters of any team in the PCL. No Isotopes were named as reserves. Valaika is currently with the Rockies and is ineligible to play in the game unless he returns to the Isotopes. If Valaika cannot play, a replacement but not necessarily an Isotope will be named. The PCL hosts the game this year at El Paso's Southwest University Park on July 10th. . . . There was a 20 minute lightning delay in the game, the first delay in a game at Isotopes Park this season. . . . The loss was the Isotopes' 1,200th franchise loss. The Isotopes have 1,167 franchise victories. . . . Elliot Soto's grand slam homer was his first and the fourth Isotope grand slam homer this season. Soto was also a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . The grand slam was Albuquerque's second grand slam in the last three games and the Rainiers have given up three out of the four Isotope grand-slam homers this season. . . . Albuquerque pitching has allowed a Minor League Baseball leading 144 homers, 29 more homers than the Isotopes hitters have this season (115). . . . Former La Cueva High School and UNM player Jordan Pacheco caught for the Rainiers and went 2x5 with a strikeout. . . . Game three of the series is Thursday evening. Probables are LHP Pat Dean (2-7, 7.05) for the Isotopes and LHP Jon Niese (3-2, 4.47) for the Rainiers.

Filed 06/26/2019

June 25, 2019 - Isotopes (34-44)

The Plaza

Tacoma        300 012 010 --  7  9  1
Albuquerque   051 030 00x --  9  9  2

WP: Jeff Hoffman (4-3)
LP: Tyler Cloyd (1-7)
SV: Yency Almonte (4)

HR: TAC Jaycob Brugman (4) off Hoffman (1st inning, 2R)
    TAC Jose Lobaton (10) off Bowden (8th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (8) off Cloyd (2nd inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 2:49
ATT: 12,828
In a Copa de la Diversion contest, Yonathan Daza homered and drove in three runs and Drew Weeks added three RBI as the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico defeated the La Familia de Tacoma (AAA Mariners) 9-7 in the opener of a quick four-game homestand.

La Familia grabbed a fast 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Kristopher Negron singled home a run and scored on Jaycob Brugman's three-run homer.

The Mariachis had a five-run 2nd inning to take the lead. Drew Weeks singled home a run, a run scored on a fielder's choice and Yonathan Daza three-run homered.

Weeks' sacrifice fly out added a run in the 3rd inning to extend the Mariachi lead to 6-3.

After La Familia's Tim Lopez singled home a run in the 5th inning, the Mariachis added three more runs on RBI doubles from Brian Mundell and Weeks and a sacrifice flyout from Drew Butera to lead 9-4.

A couple of errors from Nelson Molina plated a pair of runs for La Familia in the 6th inning and La Familia capped the scoring in the game in the 8th inning on Jose Lobaton's solo homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: Jeff Hoffman (W, 4-3) 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, HBP, 7.52 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of P Chi Chi Gonzalez from Albuquerque. In other transactions, P David Holman retired, IF LJ Hatch was sent back to Rookie-Grand Junction before the NMSU alum was able to participate in tonight's Mariachis game, and IF Peter Mooney was activated from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Jeff Hoffman struck out 7 batters in the game, giving him 324 career strikeouts as an Isotope and establishing a new franchise record (John Ely - 320 strikeouts). . . . The Mariachis are 5-3 this season (3-0 at The Plaza) and are 9-4 all-time with a 6-1 record at The Plaza. . . . The Mariachis/Isotopes have won three straight games for the first time since June 7-9 at Iowa. . . . Tonight was the first win on a Tuesday this season - 1-9 record. . . . Jordan Pacheco, who attended La Cueva High School and UNM, currently plays for the Rainiers and went 0x3 with a walk, strikeout and a run scored. . . . The broadcasters for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game were announced. Broadcasting the game that the PCL is hosting on July 10th from the El Paso Chihuahuas' ballpark, Southwest University Park, are MLB Network and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network. Calling the action for MLB Network are Scott Braun, Bill Ripken, Jim Callis and Kelly Nash. The Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network will feature the voice of the Chihuahuas, Tim Hagerty, and the voice of the Louisville Bats, Nick Curran. The radio broadcast will be heard on all 30 Triple-A flagship radio stations. . . . Game two of the series is Wednesday evening. The Probable for the Isotopes is RHP Rico Garcia (0-0, 1.80) who is making his first start at Isotopes Park, while the Tacoma Rainiers are expected to counter with LHP Anthony Misiewicz (2-4, 7.39).

Filed 06/25/2019

June 24, 2019 - Isotopes (33-44)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  103 015 000 --  10  14  0
Reno         101 010 100 --   4   8  3

WP: Tim Melville (5-3)
LP: Matt Koch (1-5)


HR: ABQ Dom Nunez (10) off Koch (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Roberto Ramos (17) off Scott (6th inning, GS)
	
    RENO Kevin Cron (22) off Musgrave (1st inning, S)
    RENO Kevin Cron (23) off Melville (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:24
ATT: 4,350
Roberto Ramos grand-slam homered and Albuquerque plated 10 runs in taking a 10-4 series-ending victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in Reno on Monday afternoon.

With two outs in the first inning, Dom Nunez singled and scored on Brian Mundell's double to give the Isotopes a quick 1-0 lead. Kevin Cron's solo homer in Reno's half of the 1st inning knotted the game at 1-1.

Two runs scored on two different errors and another run scored on a wild pitch as the Isotopes led 4-1 in the 3rd inning.

Cron had his second solo homer of the game in the home half of the 3rd inning and each team plated a run in the 5th inning. Nunez solo homered for Albuquerque while Cron singled home a run for Reno as the Isotopes led 5-3.

Albuquerque plated their final runs in the 6th inning. Mundell drew a bases-loaded walk and Ramos followed with his grand-slam homer.

Juniel Querecuto singled home Reno's final run of the game in the 7th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Harrison Musgrave - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Harrison Musgrave: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA

Musgrave pitched one inning in his first MLB Rehabilitation Assignment outing and tossed 23 pitches (16 strikes) to the four batters he faced. Musgrave got two strikeouts before allowing a solo homer to Kevin Cron and then finished the inning with another strikeout.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent P Harrison Musgrave to the Isotopes on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment. OF Todd Isaacs was also added to the Isotopes roster from Class-Rookie Grand Junction and Isaacs pinch-hit doubled in his Triple-A debut today. . . . Dom Nunez was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and was the fourth Isotope to reach 10 homers. . . . There have been three Isotope grand-slam homers this season and Roberto Ramos has two of them. . . . Albuquerque has not committed an error in three-straight games, a season-best, and with a pair of homers today, snapped a season-longest string of three games without a homer. . . . The Isotopes plated 10 or more runs in a game for the first time since June 9th in Iowa. . . . Today was the first time the Isotopes have won a road game on a Monday this season - 1-4 record. . . . Reno took three out of the five games in the series and 26,462 attended at Greater Nevada Field for a per-game average of 5,292. . . . Tonight's game was the final matchup of the season between the two clubs and Reno won 9 out of the 16 games in the season series. At Greater Nevada Field, Albuquerque is 30-26 all-time and also holds a 62-54 advantage in all-time matchups with Reno. . . . Andrew Stevenson of the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Nationals) is the PCL Hitter of the Week after hitting .621 (18x29) during the award week of June 17-23 with 3 homers and 15 RBI. . . . Jake Woodford of the Memphis Redbirds (AAA Cardinals) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Woodford won his only start of the award week, tossing 7 scoreless innings while allowing 2 hits, 3 walks and fanning 4 batters. . . . Albuquerque returns home for a quick four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners) starting Tuesday evening. The opener is a Copa de la Diversion contest featuring the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico and the La Familia de Tacoma. Probables in the opener are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5, 5.66) for the Mariachis and RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-6, 6.35) for La Familia.

Filed 06/24/2019

June 23, 2019 - Isotopes (32-44)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  400 002 002 -- 8  13  0
Reno         105 000 000 -- 6   7  1 

WP: Phillip Diehl (1-0)
LP: Jimmie Sherfy (1-2)
SV: DJ Johnson (1)

HR: RENO Wyatt Mathisen (17) off N Gonzalez (3rd inning, GS)
	
TIME: 3:27 
ATT: 4,556
The Isotopes blew a big early lead but came up with two clutch runs in the 9th inning to snap a season-worst tying five-game losing streak with a 8-6 victory over the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) on Sunday afternoon in Reno.

Albuquerque raced to a quick 4-0 lead in the 1st inning. Yonathan Daza led off the game with a walk and Aces starter Ricky Nolasco was removed from the game with an apparent injury before Drew Weeks doubled home Daza. An out later, Drew Butera doubled home Weeks, Roberto Ramos drew a walk and LJ Hatch had his first Triple-A hit and RBI with a single to drive in Butera. Another out later, Jesus Azuaje singled home Ramos with Azuaje's first Triple-A hit and RBI.

Reno plated their first run of the game in the home half of the 1st inning while grounding into a double play and added five more runs in the 3rd inning to take the lead. Yasmany Tomas drew a bases-loaded walk, Isotopes starter Kyle Freeland was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after several questionable calls in the inning, and Isotopes reliever Nelson Gonzalez immediately gave up a grand-slam homer to Wyatt Mathisen.

Ramos doubled home two runs in the 6th inning to knot the game at 6-6 and it remained that way until the 9th inning when Hatch drew a leadoff walk, Nelson Molina laid down a sacrifice bunt, Azuaje walked and an out later, Daza singled into right field to bring Hatch home and Weeks singled to drive in Azuaje.

Isotopes reliever DJ Johnson gave up a leadoff double in the bottom of the 9th inning before settling down to get the Aces in order to save the Isotope victory.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 8.84 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF Garrett Hampson and optioned P Jeff Hoffman to Albuquerque. OF Noel Cuevas was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to June 22nd and IF Jesus Azuaje was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise. . . . Kyle Freeland was the fourth Isotope to be ejected from a game this season. . . . The Isotopes had their largest blown lead of the season in a game they ended up winning - four runs. . . . Phillip Diehl's victory was his first Triple-A pitching decision. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed two opponent grand slam homers in the last 11 games and it was third grand slam homer allowed this season. . . . A four-man umpiring crew was announced for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game to be held July 10th at Southwest University Park in El Paso. PCL umpire Roberto Ortiz will be working behind the plate, International League umpire Shane Livensparger will be at first base, PCL umpire Junior Valentine will be at second base and IL umpire Alex Tosi will work third base. . . . The series (and roadtrip) concludes Monday afternoon. The Isotopes are expected to send RHP Tim Melville (4-3, 4.70) to the bump while Reno is expected to counter with RHP Matt Koch (1-4, 9.66).

Filed 06/23/2019

June 22, 2019 - Isotopes (31-44)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  000 000 000 --  0  3  0
Reno         010 000 000 --  1  7  0

WP: Bradin Hagens (1-0)
LP: Pat Dean (2-7)
SV: Ben Taylor (1)

HR: RENO Wyatt Mathisen (16) off Dean (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:36
ATT: 6,001
Isotopes starter Pat Dean had another quality start, allowing a run in six innings but he was a tough luck loser as Albuquerque dropped a 1-0 decision to the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) in Reno on Saturday evening for their fifth straight loss.

Wyatt Mathisen solo homered in the 2nd inning for the only run of the game.

Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity in the game was in the 2nd inning when Sam Hilliard led off with a triple and then was thrown out at home plate trying to score on Drew Weeks' fielder's choice. Only one other Isotope made it third base in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 2-7) 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 7.05 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Peter Mooney was placed on the Temporary Inactive List and IF LJ Hatch was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise. Hatch went to college at New Mexico State University and while not his Triple-A debut tonight (Hatch had one at-bat with the Isotopes last season and struck out), Hatch made his first Triple-A start tonight at Third Base and went 0x3 with three strikeouts. . . . Albuquerque has lost both of their 1-0 games this season and all-time, Albuquerque is 13-17 in games where only one run was scored in the game. . . . Drew Butera went 0x3 to snap a 7-game hitting streak. . . . Pat Dean has tossed two straight quality starts and lost both of them. His seven losses leads the club. . . . The Isotopes have been shut out six times this season. . . . Albuquerque tied their season worst losing streak (5 games) and have season worsts in most games under the .500 mark (13 games) and most games back in the division (15.5 games). . . . The field staff for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game was announced. Sacramento River Cats (Giants) manager Dave Brundage will be the PCL squad manager. His coaches are Pat Rice (Salt Lake Bees - Angels), Eric Martins (Las Vegas Aviators - Athletics) and the trainer is Dan Turner (El Paso Chihuahuas - Padres). The International League manager will be Bobby Meacham (Buffalo Bisons - Blue Jays), his coaches will be Stu Cliburn (Rochester Red Wings - Twins) and Ramon Sambo (Norfolk Tides - Orioles) and the trainer is Chris McDonald (Toledo Mud Hens - Tigers). The PCL hosts the game at El Paso's Southwest University Park on Wednesday July 10th. . . . Probables for the fourth game of the series on Sunday afternoon are LHP Kyle Freeland (0-3, 7.56) for the Isotopes and RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 14.21) for the Aces.

Filed 06/22/2019

June 21, 2019 - Isotopes (31-43)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  001 000 000 --  1   4  1
Reno         000 013 01x --  5  13  1

WP: Braden Shipley (2-3)
LP: James Pazos (2-3)

HR: RENO John Ryan Murphy (4) off Pazos (6th inning, 3R)
	
TIME: 3:03
ATT: 6,648
Isotopes starter Rico Garcia allowed a run in 5 innings and earned a no-decision in his Triple-A debut and for the second straight night, the Isotopes had an early lead that got away when the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) plated unanswered runs the rest of the game as Albuquerque lost 5-1 to the Aces on Friday evening in Reno. The Isotopes have lost four straight games and are a season-worst 12 games below the breakeven mark.

Garrett Hampson doubled home Albuquerque's only run of the game in the 3rd inning and Juniel Querecuto tripled home a run for Reno in the 5th inning to knot the game at 1-1.

John Ryan Murphy three-run homered in the 6th inning to give the Aces the lead and Reno scored their final run of the game in the 8th inning when pinch-hitter Cody Decker doubled home a run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Rico Garcia - 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 1.80 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies released Farmington, New Mexico native Mike Dunn. Dunn was not on the Isotopes roster when he was designated for assignment by the Rockies on June 18th. . . . Sam Howard allowed a run in his one inning of relief tonight, snapping a streak of 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. . . . The Isotopes are 1-8 when wearing their red jersey tops this year. . . . Albuquerque tries once again to snap their losing streak Saturday evening. Probables are LHP Pat Dean (2-6, 7.91) for the Isotopes and LHP Alex Young (4-3, 6.32) for the Aces.

Filed 06/21/2019

June 20, 2019 - Isotopes (31-42)

Greater Nevada Field

Albuquerque  001 120 000 --  4  10  0
Reno         000 010 14x --  6   6  0

WP: Joey Krehbiel (1-3)
LP: Chris Rusin (0-1)
SV: Jimmie Sherfy (11)

HR: ABQ Peter Mooney (3) off Widener (4th inning, S)

    RENO John Ryan Murphy (3) off C Gonzalez (5th inning, S)
    RENO Wyatt Mathisen (15) off Diehl (7th inning, S)
    RENO Cody Decker (6) off Rusin (8th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:57
ATT: 4,907
In a Copa de la Diversion game, Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico starter Chi Chi Gonzalez allowed a run in 6 innings but that effort went to waste as the Mariachis built a 4-0 lead in the first half of the game and then the Los Corazones de Reno (Reno Aces - AAA Diamondbacks) plated six unanswered runs in the second half of the game to claim a series-opening 6-4 victory over the Mariachis. The Mariachis have lost three straight games and have season worsts in games below .500 (11 games) and most games back in the division (14.5 games).

Sam Hilliard's sacrifice fly got the Mariachis on the scoreboard in the 3rd inning, Peter Mooney added a solo homer in the 4th inning and Dom Nunez doubled home a run and Noel Cuevas added a RBI single in the 5th inning as the Mariachis led 4-0.

The Corazones started their comeback in their half of the 5th inning when John Ryan Murphy solo homered.

Wyatt Mathisen solo homered in the 7th inning and the Corazones completed the comeback with four last at-bat runs in the 8th inning. Cody Decker had a pinch-hit solo homer to pull the Corazones to a run down and later in the inning, Andy Young came to the plate with the bases loaded and cleared them with a triple.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez - 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, HBP, 5.66 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF Brendan Rodgers from the Isotopes and two pitchers, Rico Garcia and Ben Bowden, joined the Isotopes from Class-AA Hartford. IF Nelson Molina was also activated from the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Chi Chi Gonzalez no-hit the Corazones for the first 3.1 innings until Jake Lamb doubled in the 4th inning. Gonzalez had his team leading 5th quality start of the season tonight. . . . The Corazones had their first Copa win in two chances, while the Mariachis are 4-3 in Copa games in 2019 and all-time are 8-4, including three road game losses in six road games played. . . . The Isotopes are 0-6 in Thursday road games this season. . . . Game two of the series is Friday evening. The Isotopes are expected to send RHP Rico Garcia (No Record) to the mound to make his Triple-A debut. The Aces are expected to counter with RHP Braden Shipley (1-3, 8.18).

Filed 06/20/2019

June 18, 2019 - Isotopes (31-41)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  300 020 050 --  10  13  0
Albuquerque  010 010 004 --   6   6  1

WP: Hector Noesi (7-3)
LP: David Holman (1-3)

HR: NRL Eddy Alvarez (2) off N Gonzalez (5th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (20) off Noesi (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Drew Weeks (6) off Bugg (9th inning, 3R)
 	
TIME: 3:16
ATT: 5,793
In the final matchup ever between the Isotopes and New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins), the Isotopes scored four runs in the 9th inning but it was still four runs short as the Baby Cakes claimed a 10-6 series-ending victory. Albuquerque is 10 games under the breakeven mark and 13.5 games out of first place in the division, both season worsts.

The Baby Cakes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Deven Marrero and Wilkin Castillo each singled home runs and Gabriel Guerrero added a sacrifice flyout.

Sam Hilliard solo homered in the bottom of the 2nd inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.

Yangervis Solarte's run-scoring groundout and Eddy Alvarez's solo homer in the 5th inning extended the Baby Cakes lead to 5-1 and in the home half of the inning, Noel Cuevas sacrifice flied out to bring home an Isotopes run.

The Baby Cakes put the game away with a five-run 8th inning, highlighted by Magneuris Sierra's RBI single, Lewis Brinson's bases-loaded clearing three-run triple and Solarte's run-scoring groundout.

In Albuquerque's 9th inning, pinch-hitter Drew Butera singled home a run and Drew Weeks had a three-run homer.

Isotopes Starter Line: David Holman (L, 1-3) 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 9.93 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled IF Pat Valaika and designated Farmington, NM-native Mike Dunn for assignment. Dunn was not on the Isotopes roster at the time of being designated for assignment. . . . Yonathan Daza was not lucky enough to extend his hitting streak. Daza entered the game in a late game double switch and was hit by a pitch in an 8th inning at-bat. Had that been his only plate appearance, his hitting streak would would have stayed alive. Due to the long 9th inning Isotopes rally, Daza got a plate appearance and flew out to end the game, ending his hitting streak at 15 games. It was the longest hitting streak by an Isotope this season. Drew Butera has the current longest Isotope streak, having extended it to 7 games with his pinch-hit single. . . . Sam Hilliard reached 20 homers today and along with the other two Isotopes who have slugged 10 or more homers this season (Roberto Ramos - 16 homers - and Pat Valaika - 16 homers), the trio have combined for 52 homers, or 47.7 percent of the 109 Isotope homers this season. . . . Albuquerque tied season highs in walks allowed (9) and most Isotope players used in a game (17). . . . The Isotopes are 1-20 in games where the opponent scored double digit runs and are 0-9 in Tuesday contests, including 0-4 in Tuesday home games. . . . With the first span of 14 games against American Conference opponents completed, the Isotopes went 4-10. Albuquerque plays the final span of 14 games starting July 30th. . . . The Isotopes lost the series to the Baby Cakes 1-3 and 30,950 attended for a per-game average of 7,738. Albuquerque went 1-6 during the seven-game homestand. . . . Albuquerque claimed the all-time series against the New Orleans Zephyrs/Baby Cakes 100-98. The Isotopes were 59-46 at Isotopes Park and 41-52 in New Orleans. After the Zephyrs became the Baby Cakes in 2017, the Isotopes went 2-9 against the Baby Cakes. . . . The Isotopes and the rest of the PCL have the day off Wednesday before Albuquerque starts a five game roadtrip to play the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks). Thursday's opener is a Copa de la Diversion contest. The probable for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico is RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5, 6.01) while the Los Corazones de Reno is expected to counter with RHP Taylor Widener (5-4, 9.00).

Filed 06/18/2019

June 17, 2019 - Isotopes (31-40)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  200 000 003 --  5   9  1
Albuquerque  010 000 002 --  3  11  0

WP: Ben Meyer (3-4)
LP: Kyle Freeland (0-3)
SV: RJ Alvarez (10)

HR: NRL Gabriel Guerrero (7) off Diehl (9th inning, 3R)

    ABQ Roberto Ramos (10) off Meyer (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:35
ATT: 7,692
Kyle Freeland had his best outing out of his three Isotopes starts, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings, but that effort was not good enough as Albuquerque was unable to bring home the game-tying runs from scoring position in the 9th inning and dropped a 5-3 decision to the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) on Monday evening at "The Lab".

It only took two batters for the Baby Cakes to claim a lead. Magneuris Sierra led off the game with a triple and scored on Eddy Alvarez's double. Alvarez scored two outs later on Deven Marrero's single.

Roberto Ramos solo homered in the 2nd inning to get Albuquerque on the scoreboard.

The contest remained 2-1 until the 9th inning when Gabriel Guerrero three-run homered to give New Orleans a 5-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the 9th inning.

In Albuquerque's final rally of the game, Sam Hilliard singled and scored on Brian Mundell's double. Ramos was hit by a pitch and Elliot Soto singled Mundell home. With Ramos on third base and Soto on 2nd base thanks to a throwing error on Soto's single, the next three Isotopes went down in order to seal the defeat.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland (L, 0-3) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR, WP, 7.56 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Yonathan Daza extended his Isotopes season-longest hitting streak to 15 games. The streak might also be the longest active hitting streak in the PCL as New Orleans' Isan Diaz was held hitless in the game, ending a 17-game hitting streak. . . . Sam Howard tossed another scoreless inning of relief, extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 9.1 innings. . . . Kyle Freeland's quality start was his first of the season and second Isotope quality start in the last three games. Both of these Isotope quality starts were in losses. . . . Ty France of the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) is the PCL Hitter of the Week for the award week ending June 10-16. France hit .476 (10x21) with 6 homers and 9 RBI. . . . Alec Mills of the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award for his effort partially against the Isotopes. Mills made two starts during the award week and won one game which was a start against Albuquerque. Combined in both starts, Mills tossed 12.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks and 9 strikeouts. The series, homestand, and first grouping of games against opponents from the American Conference will conclude Tuesday afternoon. Probables in the finale are RHP David Holman (0-2, 10.13) for the Isotopes and RHP Hector Noesi (6-3, 2.86) for the Baby Cakes. It is the final matchup ever against New Orleans as the team will relocate to Wichita next season.

Filed 06/17/2019

June 16, 2019 - Isotopes (31-39)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  102 001 020 --  6  14  1
Albuquerque  023 200 00x --  7  10  0

WP: Tim Melville (4-3)
LP: Mike Kickham (3-3)
SV: Yency Almonte (3)

HR: NRL Lewis Brinson (7) off Melville (1st inning, S)
    NRL Eddy Alvarez (1) off Johnson (8th inning, S)
    NRL Lewis Brinson (8) off Johnson (8th inning, S)
	
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (7) off Milbrath (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:15
ATT: 8,177
The Isotopes plated seven runs over the first four innings to surge into the lead and held off a late New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) rally in a 7-6 victory that snapped Albuquerque's five game losing streak and a 9-game Isotopes Park losing streak in games against New Orleans.

Lewis Brinson solo homered with one out in the 1st inning to give New Orleans a rapid 1-0 lead.

Drew Butera and Isotopes starter Tim Melville each singled home runs in the 2nd inning to give the Isotopes the lead before the Baby Cakes regained the lead in the 3rd inning when Deven Marrero and Gabriel Guerrero singled home runs.

The lead see-saw continued in the home half of the 3rd inning. Hampson singled and scored on Pat Valaika's double before Brian Mundell followed with a double to bring Valaika home. After Elliot Soto was hit by a pitch, Sam HIlliard singled Mundell home to give Albuquerque a 5-3 lead.

Albuquerque added two more runs in the 4th inning on Daza's solo homer and Soto's sacrifice flyout.

New Orleans gave Albuquerque some late game worries. Brinson's groundout brought home a run in the 6th inning and the Baby Cakes had a pair of solo homers (Eddy Alvarez and Brinson) to edge to a run down at 7-6 in the 8th inning.

The Baby Cakes went down in order in the 9th inning as Albuquerque preserved that one run lead for the victory.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (W, 4-3) 5 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 4.70 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Isotopes are 8-9 in Father's Day contests all-time, including 7-4 in games at Isotopes Park. Tonight extended the Father's Day winning streak to 2 games. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his Isotopes season-longest hitting streak to 14 games tonight. . . . New Orleans' Isan Diaz also extended his hitting streak - 17 games which is the PCL's longest active hitting streak. . . . Tim Melville has 3 total RBI on the season, the second most for an Isotopes pitcher this season (4 - Peter Lambert). . . . Yency Almonte was the first Isotope to record a save since May 19th (Jairo Diaz). . . . The final out of tonight's game marked the halfway point of the season and Albuquerque compiled a 31-39 record to make seven losing marks at the halfway point in 17 years of franchise history. Tonight is also the halfway point of the home schedule (rounded) as there will be no more than 69 home openings this year instead of 70 home openings due to a postponed game earlier in the season. Albuquerque is 17-18 at the home schedule halfway point. . . . Game three of the series is Monday evening. Probables are LHP Kyle Freeland (0-2, 10.13) for the Isotopes and RHP Ben Meyer (2-4, 7.30) for the Baby Cakes.

Filed 06/16/2019

June 15, 2019 - Isotopes (30-39)

Isotopes Park

New Orleans  100 011 001 --  4  9  0
Albuquerque  000 100 000 --  1  7  1

WP: Dustin Beggs (5-3)
LP: Pat Dean (2-6)
SV: Kyle Keller (5)

HR: NRL Deven Marrero (8) off Dean (6th inning, S)
    NRL Deven Marrero (9) off Diehl (9th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:31
ATT: 9,288
Isotopes starter Pat Dean had his first quality start of the season but the Isotopes offense was not able to score enough runs to get him a victory as the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) won their ninth straight game at Isotopes Park with a 4-1 victory. Albuquerque has lost five straight games, tying a season worst.

Lewis Brinson singled home a run in the 1st inning for the Baby Cakes and Albuquerque tied the game in the 4th inning. Yonathan Daza doubled, went to third base on Garrett Hampson's single and scored on Pat Valaika's double.

Isan Diaz singled home the go-ahead run for New Orleans in the 5th inning and Deven Marrero capped the evening for the Baby Cakes with some power, solo homering in the 6th inning and then again in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 2-6) 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 7.91 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled P Jesus Tinoco and optioned IF Brendan Rodgers to Albuquerque. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his season-best Isotope hitting streak to 13 games. . . . Sam Howard tossed another scoreless inning tonight, extending his scoreless innings streak to 8.1 relief innings. . . . Pat Dean tossed Albuquerque's 11th quality start of the season, had the club's eighth outing of 7 innings, and he leads the club with six losses. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst 9 games under the .500 mark. . . . New Orleans' Isan Diaz extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest current hitting streak in the PCL. . . . Game two of the series is Father's Day evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (3-3, 4.38) for the Isotopes and LHP Mike Kickham (3-2, 3.76) for the Baby Cakes.

Filed 06/15/2019

June 14, 2019 - Isotopes (30-38)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  012 001 100 --  5  12  0
Albuquerque    001 100 002 --  4  12  0

WP: Justin Grimm (3-3)
LP: Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5)
SV: Josh Sborz (1)

HR: ABQ Peter Mooney (2) off Gonsolin (3rd inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:05
ATT: 7,639
The Isotopes plated two runs in the 9th inning before the rally failed to tie the game in a 5-4 series-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) on Friday evening at "The Lab". Albuquerque was swept in the three-game series and have lost four straight games.

Rocky Gale tripled home a run in the 2nd inning and Shane Peterson drew a bases-loaded walk and another run scored on a fielder's choice in the 3rd inning as Oklahoma City led 3-0.

Peter Mooney solo homered in the home half of the 3rd inning and Roberto Ramos drove in a run with a single in the 4th inning as the Isotopes edged to 3-2.

Errol Robinson doubled home a run in the 6th inning and Edwin Rios singled home a run in the 7th inning as the Dodgers extended their lead to 5-2.

In the 9th inning, Yonathan Daza tripled home a run and scored an out later on Pat Valaika's single. Valaika was thrown out at home trying to score on Sam Hilliard's single and Brian Mundell drew a walk before Ramos struck out swinging to end the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez (L, 4-5) 6.1 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, HBP, 6.01 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P David Holman was added back to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise and P Ryan Castellani and P Evan Grills were both placed on the Injured List. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest by an Isotope this season. . . . Albuquerque pitching snapped their season-longest streak of 14 games allowing a homer. . . . The Isotopes are a season-worst eight games below the .500 mark. . . . Albuquerque has been swept in three series' this year and tonight was the second series sweep at Isotopes Park. 24,216 attended the series for a per-game average of 8,072. . . . This was the only series of the season between the two clubs and Albuquerque holds a 54-45 advantage in games at Isotopes Park all-time, with Oklahoma City leading in all-time matchups 107-90. Albuquerque has lost the last six games to Oklahoma City and is 8-10 against the OKC Dodgers after the Los Angeles Dodgers moved affiliation from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City in 2015. . . . Albuquerque concludes the first series of games against American Conference foes with a four-game series against the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) starting Saturday evening. Probables in the opener are LHP Pat Dean (2-5, 9.09) for the Isotopes and LHP Mike Kickham (3-2, 3.76) for the Baby Cakes. Albuquerque has lost eight straight games to the New Orleans club in games at Isotopes Park and it is the final series between these two clubs before New Orleans relocates to Wichita in the 2020 season.

Filed 06/14/2019

June 13, 2019 - Isotopes (30-37)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  110 600 200 --  10  13  2
Albuquerque    000 000 000 --   0   6  0

WP: Dennis Santana (2-4)
LP: Ryan Castellani (2-5) 

HR: OKC Will Smith (10) off Castellani (1st inning, S)
    OKC Cameron Perkins (5) off Castellani (4th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:31
ATT: 8,173
Isotopes starter Ryan Castellani allowed 8 runs in 3 innings to become the second straight Isotope starter to allow 8 or more runs in a start and Albuquerque was shut out 10-0 in a loss to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) on Thursday evening at "The Lab".

Will Smith solo homered in the 1st inning and a wild pitch brought home a run in the 2nd inning.

Oklahoma City plated six runs in the 4th inning. Cameron Perkins solo homered, Dodgers starter Dennis Santana and Zach Reks each had two-run singles and Smith added a sacrifice flyout.

Connor Joe doubled home two runs in the 7th inning to cap the scoring.

Albuquerque's best scoring opportunity was the 1st inning when three straight walks to lead off game loaded the bases with no outs but the Isotopes were unable to push across a run.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani (L, 2-5) 3 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, WP, 2 HBP, 8.31 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies optioned P Phillip Diehl to Albuquerque, P Nelson Gonzalez was added back onto the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise, and P David Holman was assigned to Class-A Boise. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 11 games, tying him with Garrett Hampson for the longest Isotope hitting streak this season. Hampson had a current 7 game hitting streak that was ended in the game. . . . Isotopes reliever Sam Howard tossed 1.1 scoreless innings tonight to extend his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 7.1 innings. . . . After winning his first two pitching decisions, Isotopes starter Ryan Castellani has lost his last five pitching decisions. . . . The shutout was Albuquerque's fifth of the season and first at Isotopes Park this season. The 10 run loss tied for the Isotopes' worst shutout loss of the season. . . . The Isotopes are 1-7 this season when wearing their red jersey tops. . . . The final game of the short three-game series is Friday evening. Probables are RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-4, 5.91) for the Isotopes and RHP Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 2.12) for the Dodgers. Albuquerque is looking to avoid the series sweep.

Filed 06/13/2019

June 12, 2019 - Isotopes (30-36)

Isotopes Park

Oklahoma City  141 105 000 --  12  11  2
Albuquerque    002 122 002 --   9  14  3

WP: Mitchell White (2-4)
LP: Kyle Freeland (0-2) 

HR: OKC Will Smith (9) off Freeland (1st inning, S)
    OKC Zach Reks (7) off Freeland (2nd inning, GS)
	
    ABQ Drew Butera (2) off White (3rd inning, S)
    ABQ Sam Hilliard (19) off White (5th inning, S)
    ABQ Yonathan Daza (6) off White (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:13
ATT: 8,404
Isotopes starter Kyle Freeland's struggles continued as he allowed 9 runs (8 earned) in 5 2/3 innings and the Isotopes dropped a series-opening 12-9 game to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers) at "The Lab" on Wednesday evening.

It did not take long for Oklahoma City to build a 5-0 lead. Will Smith solo homered with two outs in the 1st inning and Zack Reks had a grand-slam homer in the 2nd inning.

Angelo Mora singled home a run in the 3rd inning for the Dodgers before Albuquerque plated their first two runs of the game in the home half of the frame. Drew Butera solo homered and Pat Valaika had a sacrifice flyout.

Each team plated a run in the 4th inning -- Reks doubled home a run for the Dodgers and Butera had a sacrifice flyout for the Isotopes -- and the Isotopes had solo homers from Yonathan Daza and Sam Hilliard in the 5th inning as Albuquerque trailed 7-5.

The Dodgers put the game away with a five-run 6th inning. Edwin Rios singled home two runs and Mora had a three-run double.

The Isotopes plated two runs on an error in the 6th inning and Hilliard tripled home a run and scored on Brian Mundell's single in the 9th inning to cap the scoring.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland (L, 0-2) 5.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 10.13 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
P Chris Rusin, who was designated for assignment by the Rockies on June 7th, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Albuquerque. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the third Isotope this season to have a double-digit hitting streak, and Garrett Hampson extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . With the bases loaded, Oklahoma City hitters were able to drive in 9 runs. . . . Albuquerque's three errors in the game tied a season mark for the most errors in a home game this season. . . . Game two of the short three-game series is Thursday evening. Probables are RHP Ryan Castellani (2-4, 7.14) for the Isotopes and RHP Dennis Santana (1-4, 6.30) for the Dodgers.

Filed 06/12/2019

June 10, 2019 - Isotopes (30-35)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  002 000 002 --   4   6  0
Iowa         010 225 03x --  13  15  0

WP: Alec Mills (3-2)
LP: Tim Melville (3-3) 

HR: IWA Jacob Hannemann (4) off Melville (2nd inning, S)
    IWA Jacob Hannemann (5) off Melville (4th inning, 2R)
    IWA Robel Garcia (10) off Holman (6th inning, 2R)
    IWA Ian Happ (11) off Melville (5th inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:48
ATT: 6,923
The Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) plated nine runs over the middle three innings to take the lead and turn the contest into a rout and Albuquerque was defeated 13-4 to be denied a series sweep in Des Moines.

Jacob Hannemann solo homered in the 2nd inning to give Iowa the lead and Albuquerque took their only lead of the game in the 3rd inning when Isotopes starter Tim Melville knocked in a pair of runs with a single, his first hit in 13 career at-bats.

Iowa regained the lead in the 4th inning on Hannemann's two-run homer, his second homer of the game, and plated two more runs in the 5th inning on Ian Happ's two-run homer.

The Cubs put the game away with a five-run 6th inning with all runs scoring with two outs in the frame. Happ doubled home a run, Jim Adduci had a two-run single and Robel Garcia added a two-run homer.

Iowa plated their final three runs of the game in the 8th inning. Garcia doubled home two runs and Hannemann singled home a run.

The Isotopes had two junk time runs in the 9th inning. With two outs, Roberto Ramos walked, Elliot Soto doubled Ramos home and Soto scored on Peter Mooney's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (L, 3-3) 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 3 HR, 4.38 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of P Phillip Diehl from the Isotopes. . . . Garrett Hampson extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Sam Howard tossed a scoreless inning in relief, extending his scoreless innings streak to 6 innings. . . . Isotopes pitching has allowed a homer in a season-worst 12 straight games and have allowed a minor league baseball worst 119 homers this season. Las Vegas and Reno are second-most of all of minor league baseball with 112 homers allowed. . . . Robel Garcia and Ian Happ of the Cubs were both a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Albuquerque took three out of the four games in the series and 35,858 attended at Principal Park for a per-game average of 8,957. . . . This was the only series of the season between the Isotopes and I-Cubs and Iowa holds a 61-42 all-time advantage in games played in Des Moines. In the all-time series, Albuquerque leads 101-98. . . . Nick Tanielu of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Tanielu hit .483 (14x29) with 4 homers and 13 RBI during the June 3-9 award week. . . . Zac Gallen of the New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA Marlins) is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Gallen made two starts and went 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA. In 12 innings, Gallen allowed 7 hits, one run, walked 3 and fanned 16 batters. Gallen is the first three-time PCL Weekly Award winner in a single season since the PCL expanded to 16 teams in 1998. . . . After the PCL enjoys a day off on Tuesday, the Isotopes return to action Wednesday to begin a seven game homestand that ends the first set of games against opponents in the PCL American Conference in the PCL's equivalent of interleague play. Probables Wednesday evening are LHP Kyle Freeland (0-1, 7.20) for the Isotopes and RHP Mitchell White (1-4, 7.43) for the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA Dodgers). It will be Freeland's first start at Isotopes Park since August 28, 2016 against El Paso.

Filed 06/10/2019

June 9, 2019 - Isotopes (30-34)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  332 020 000 --  10  9  0
Iowa         020 002 000 --   4  8  0

WP: Pat Dean (2-5)
LP: Matt Swarmer (4-7)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (15) off Swarmer (1st inning, 3R)
	
    IWA Robel Garcia (9) off Dean (2nd inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:54
ATT: 7,539
On Sunday afternoon, the Isotopes plated eight runs over the first three innings and Albuquerque won their third straight game with a 10-4 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in Des Moines.

In the 1st inning, Dom Nunez walked, Pat Valaika singled and Roberto Ramos followed with a three-run homer to give Albuquerque a quick lead.

The Isotopes plated three more runs in the 2nd inning with a wild pitch bringing home a run, Garrett Hampson doubling home a run and Valaika adding an RBI single.

Iowa added two runs in their half of the 2nd inning on Robel Garcia's solo homer and Francisco Arcia's RBI single.

Yonathan Daza singled home two runs in the 3rd inning to extend the Isotope lead to 8-2 and Daza delivered a two-run double in the 5th inning to cap the Albuquerque scoring.

Phillip Evans and Garcia each doubled home a run in the 6th inning as Iowa closed out the scoring in the contest.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (W, 2-5) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 9.09 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 9 games. . . . Albuquerque plated all 10 of their runs in the game when they had two outs in the inning they scored. . . . Albuquerque pitching has gone a season-longest 11 consecutive games with a homer allowed. . . . The Isotopes go for their first series sweep of the season in Monday afternoon's series (and roadtrip) finale. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (3-2, 3.71) for the Isotopes and RHP Alec Mills (2-2, 6.53) for the I-Cubs.

Filed 06/09/2019

June 8, 2019 - Isotopes (29-34)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  000 200 400 002 --  8  13  1
Iowa         000 012 201 001 --  7  11  2

WP: David Holman (1-2)
LP: Jacob Hannemann (0-1)

HR: ABQ Garrett Hampson (2) off Hannemann (12th inning, 2R)
	
    IWA Donnie Dewees (8) off Pazos (7th inning, 2R)
    IWA Jacob Hannemann (3) off Almonte (9th inning, S)
    IWA Ian Happ (10) off C Gonzalez (6th inning, 2R)
    IWA Trent Giambrone (10) off C Gonzalez (5th inning, S)
	
TIME: 3:51
ATT: 9,406
In a Copa de la Diversion contest, Garrett Hampson's two-run homer in the 12th inning gave the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico the lead and Albuquerque was able to hold off a Demonios de Des Moines rally to claim a 8-7 extra inning victory in Des Moines on Saturday evening.

The Mariachis used two-out magic in the 4th inning to become the first team on get the scoreboard. Brian Mundell doubled and scored on Elliot Soto's single. Drew Butera followed with a triple to drive in Soto.

Two swings of the bat gave the Demonios the lead. Grent Giambrone solo homered in the 5th inning to get on the scoreboard and Ian Happ added a two-run homer in the 6th inning for the lead.

The Mariachis reclaimed the lead with a four-run 7th inning to lead 6-3. Yonathan Daza singled home a run, a run scored on an error, Pat Valaika doubled home a run and Sam Hilliard singled home a run.

Donnie Dewees two-run homered after the 7th inning stretch as the Demonios edged to 6-5 and Jacob Hannemann solo homered to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning to knot the game at 6-6.

Neither team was able to use their runner starting the inning at second base extra-inning rule to their advantage as they went scoreless in the 10th and 11th innings. In the top of the 12th inning, Daza started the inning as the runner on second base and Hampson led off the frame with a two-run homer to give the Mariachis a 8-6 lead.

Happ started as the runner at second base to start the bottom of the 12th inning and a pair of groundouts advanced and then scored him before a third groundout ended the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Chi Chi Gonzalez - 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 5.91 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Nelson Molina was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. . . . Pat Valaika's three doubles tied a franchise record for most doubles in a game. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 8 games. . . . Chi Chi Gonzalez had a no-hitter through 3 1/3 innings and his quality start was his fourth, leading the club. . . . Albuquerque batters hit their 100th homer of the season in tonight's game. Albuquerque pitching allowed four more homers for 114 homers allowed on the season, leading all of Minor League Baseball. . . . Tonight's game featured the most Isotope players to appear in a game this season (17) and most combined players to appear (35). While the six Isotope pitchers did not tie the season mark of seven Isotope pitchers used in a game, the 13 combined pitchers did tie the season best. . . . The Mariachis are 4-2 in 2019 and 8-3 all-time in Copa games. . . . Iowa has lost five straight home games. . . . Game three of the series is Sunday afternoon. Albuquerque is expected to send LHP Pat Dean (1-5, 9.82) to the mound while Iowa is expected to counter with RHP Matt Swarmer (4-6, 5.31).

Filed 06/08/2019

June 7, 2019 - Isotopes (28-34)

Principal Park

Albuquerque  010 100 042 --  8  9  1
Iowa         200 011 000 --  4  8  0

WP: DJ Johnson (3-0)
LP: Dillon Maples (0-3)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (14) off Alzolay (2nd inning, S)
    ABQ Dom Nunez (9) off Norwood (9th inning, 2R)
	
    IWA Jim Adduci (8) off Castellani (6th inning, S)
 	
TIME: 2:56
ATT: 11,960
The Isotopes plated six unanswered runs over the final two innings to snap a three-game losing streak with a 8-4 victory over the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) in the opener of a four-game series in Des Moines on Friday evening.

Ian Happ and Jim Adduci each singled home runs in the 1st inning to give Iowa a 2-0 lead.

Roberto Ramos solo homered in the 2nd inning and Elliot Soto singled home a run in the 4th inning to knot the game at 2-2.

Philip Evans doubled home a run in the 5th inning and Adduci solo homered in the 6th inning as Iowa regained the lead at 4-2 before Albuquerque grabbed the lead for good in the 8th inning. Noel Cuevas drew a bases-loaded walk and Ramos walked to bring home the game tying run. Soto followed with a two-run fielder's choice to give the Isotopes the lead at 6-4.

Yonathan Daza walked with one out and scored on Dom Nunez's two-run homer in the 9th inning to cap the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Ryan Castellani - 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 7.14 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies recalled OF Charlie Blackmon from his MLB Rehabilitation Assignment after just two outings with the Isotopes and optioned IF Garrett Hampson to Albuquerque. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 7 games. . . . Ryan Castellani tossed his second quality start of the season tonight. . . . The crowd of 11,960 was the largest crowd the Isotopes have played in front of on the road this season. . . . Game two of the series is Saturday evening and it is a Copa de la Diversion contest. The probable for the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico is RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-4, 6.05) while the Demonios de Des Moines are expected to counter with RHP Colin Rea (6-1, 3.34).

Filed 06/07/2019

June 6, 2019 - Isotopes (27-34)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  001 000 000 --  1   7  1
Omaha        102 010 00x --  4  11  1

WP: Jake Kalish (4-3)
LP: Kyle Freeland (0-1)
SV: Ben Lively (3)

HR: OMA Bubba Starling (4) off Freeland (3rd inning, 2R)
	
TIME: 2:50
ATT: 4,836
After a 27 minute delay to start the game due to the threat of inclement weather, Kyle Freeland made his first start of the season for the Isotopes after his demotion from the Rockies and allowed all four Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) runs in five innings as the Isotopes lost 4-1 and were swept in the three-game series.

It only took two batters in the game for Omaha to lead 1-0. Humberto Arteaga singled and scored on Erick Mejia's double.

Albuquerque knotted the game at 1-1 in the 3rd inning. Peter Mooney singled, stole second base and went to third base on a throwing error on the stolen base attempt before scoring on Yonathan Daza's single.

Bubba Starling two-run homered in the home half of the 3rd inning to give Omaha the lead back and the Storm Chasers plated their final run in the 5th inning on Starling's single.

Isotopes Starter Line: Kyle Freeland (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, Balk, 7.20 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Charlie Blackmon: 1x4 (.286), 1 K

Blackmon made his second appearance with the Isotopes and played defensively in right field. Blackmon singled and was erased from the basepaths in a double play in the 1st inning, popped out to second base in the 3rd inning, grounded out to first base in the 5th inning, struck out in the 8th inning and was replaced in the field by Drew Weeks in the bottom of the 8th inning.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies purchased the contract of P Peter Lambert and Lambert made his MLB debut against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon. Lambert allowed a run and 4 hits in 7 innings in the Rockies 3-1 victory. Lambert set a Rockies franchise record for most strikeouts by a pitcher in his MLB debut (9 strikeouts) and also collected his first MLB hit, a 3rd inning single. . . . Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 6 games. . . . Albuquerque was outscored 23-5 in the three game series. . . . The Isotopes are a season worst seven games below the .500 mark and 12.5 games out of the division lead. . . . Albuquerque was swept in a series for the second time this season. 13,444 fans attended at Werner Park for a per-game average of 4,481. With this being the only series of the season between the two clubs, Albuquerque is 51-50 all-time in Omaha (including 14-23 at Werner Park with a four game Werner Park losing streak). Albuquerque holds a 102-95 advantage over Omaha in all-time meetings. . . . Albuquerque concludes the roadtrip with a four game series in Des Moines, Iowa against the Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs). Probables in the opener Friday evening are RHP Ryan Castellani (2-4, 7.86) for the Isotopes and the Cubs are expected to counter with PCL Pitcher of the Week RHP Adbert Alzolay (1-1, 3.00).

Filed 06/06/2019

June 5, 2019 - Isotopes (27-33)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  000 000 100 --  1  8  0
Omaha        200 002 10x --  5  8  0

WP: Scott Blewett (4-5)
LP: Tim Melville (3-2)

HR: OMA Erick Mejia (3) off Melville (1st inning, 2R)
    OMA Nick Dini (7) off Melville (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:27
ATT: 3,899
The longball once again doomed the Isotopes. Despite it was only two homers allowed tonight, the homers provided three runs which was more than enough to outscore the Isotopes as Albuquerque dropped their second straight game in a 5-1 loss to the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) in Papillion, Nebraska on Wednesday evening.

Humberto Arteaga lead off the game for Omaha with a double and scored on Erick Mejia's homer for a quick 2-0 Storm Chasers lead.

A wild pitch and Bubba Starling's single in the 6th inning extended Omaha's lead to 4-0.

Albuquerque avoided the shutout in the 7th inning. Brian Mundell led off the frame with a walk, advanced to third base on Sam Hilliard's double and scored on Roberto Ramos' groundout.

After the 7th inning stretch, Nick Dini solo homered to close out the scoring in the game.

Isotopes Starter Line: Tim Melville (L, 3-2) 7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, WP, HBP, 3.71 ERA

ROCKIES Rehab Report

Charlie Blackmon: 1x3 (.333), 1 K

Blackmon made his first MLB rehabilitation assignment start for Albuquerque as he nears a return to the Rockies following recovery from a right calf strain. Blackmon started the game in right field and popped out to shortstop in the 1st inning, struck out in the 3rd inning and singled to right field in the 6th inning before he was replaced by pinch-runner Noel Cuevas.


'TOPES NOTES:
The Rockies sent OF Charlie Blackmon to Albuquerque on a MLB Rehabilitation Assignment and IF Nelson Molina was added to the Isotopes roster from Class-A Boise. . . . Albuquerque is 11.5 games back in the division, the most games out of first place that they have been this season. . . . Isotopes pitching allowed no walks in the game, marking the third game this season in which no free passes were issued. . . . Kyle Tucker of the Round Rock Express (AAA Astros) is the PCL Player of the Month for May 2019. Tucker hit .333 during the month and led the PCL in homers (11), runs (28) and total bases (80) and was third in the league in RBI (28). Tucker had a 9-game hitting streak during the month and had two homer stretches - a three-game homer stretch early in the month and a four-game homer stretch later in the month. . . . The final game in the only series of the season between the two clubs is Thursday evening with the Isotopes needing a win to avoid the series sweep. Albuquerque is expected to send LHP Kyle Freeland (No Record) to the mound, while the Storm Chasers are expected to counter with RHP Josh Staumont (0-3, 2.83).

Filed 06/05/2019

June 4, 2019 - Isotopes (27-32)

Werner Park

Albuquerque  010 000 101 --   3  12  3
Omaha        432 001 40x --  14  21  2

WP: Foster Griffin (6-2)
LP: Pat Dean (1-5)

HR: ABQ Roberto Ramos (13) off Griffin (2nd inning, S)

    OMA Jorge Bonifacio (9) off Dean (1st inning, S)
    OMA Jorge Bonifacio (10) off Pazos (7th inning, S)
    OMA Lucas Duda (1) off Dean (2nd inning, 2R)
    OMA Brett Philips (6) off Dean (2nd inning, S)
    OMA Humberto Arteaga (5) off Holman (7th inning, 2R)
    OMA Samir Duenez (3) off Holman (7th inning, S)
	
TIME: 2:59
ATT: 4,709
Isotopes starter Pat Dean allowed nine runs over the first three innings to the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA Royals) and Isotopes pitching gave up a season-worst six homers as the Storm Chasers cruised to a series-opening 14-3 victory over the Isotopes on Tuesday evening in Papillion, Nebraska.

Albuquerque quickly found themselves down 4-0 in the 1st inning. Lucas Duda doubled home a run and two Isotope throwing errors on the play allowed two other runs to score including Duda. Jorge Bonifacio followed with a solo homer.

After Roberto Ramos got the Isotopes on the scoreboard with a solo homer in the 2nd inning, Omaha added three more runs in their half of the inning with a Brett Phillips solo homer and Duda's two-run homer.

The Storm Chasers added two more runs in the 3rd inning on Phillips' two-run triple.

Nick Dini singled to extend Omaha's lead to 10-1 in the 6th inning.

Both teams plated runs in the 7th inning. Yonathan Daza doubled and scored on Sam Hilliard's single in the top half of the inning, while in the bottom half, Humberto Arteaga two-run homered, Samir Duenez solo homered an out later and Bonifacio had his second homer of the game later in the frame.

Noel Cuevas' single brought home the final run of the game in the 9th inning.

Isotopes Starter Line: Pat Dean (L, 1-5) 4 IP, 13 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3 HR, 9.82 ERA


'TOPES NOTES:
IF Josh Fuentes was placed on the Injured List, retroactive to June 2nd. . . . Roberto Ramos was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. . . . Pat Valaika went 0x4 to snap his six game hitting streak. . . . Isotopes starter Pat Dean leads the team in losses (5), gave up the most hits by a starting pitcher in an outing this season (13) and has allowed 8 or more runs in a start in three of his five 2019 starts. . . . Albuquerque is 0-8 in games this season played on Tuesdays. . . . The Isotopes had their largest losing margin in a road game (11 runs), the most combined hits in a road game (33) and most hits allowed in a road game (21) this season and tied season marks for most homers allowed in an inning (3) and most runs allowed in a road game (14). . . . Matt Szczur of the Reno Aces (AAA Diamondbacks) is the PCL Hitter of the Week. Szczur hit .545 (12x22) with 3 homers and 11 RBI during the award week of May 27-June 2nd. . . . Iowa Cubs (AAA Cubs) hurler Adbert Alzolay is the PCL Pitcher of the Week. In 2 starts, Alzolay went 0-0 with a 0.75 ERA. In 12 innings, Alzolay allowed 3 hits, 1 run, walked 2 and fanned 17 batters. . . . Game two of the short three-game series is Wednesday evening. Probables are RHP Tim Melville (3-1, 3.06) for the Isotopes and RHP Scott Blewett (3-5, 7.04) for the Storm Chasers.

Filed 06/04/2019
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