April 2009

April 30 Game Notes

April 30 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes

4-30-09_Notes.pdf

Today’s originally scheduled starter Jeff Weaver has been called up to the Dodgers, so right-hander Charlie Haeger, who had his last scheduled start rained out in New Orleans on April 27, will get the ball.  Left-handed reliever Brian Mazone takes Weaver’s slot on the Isotopes roster after joining the team from Extended Spring Training.  

‘Topes on Facebook and Twitter!

Fans can now follow the Albuquerque Isotopes on Facebook and Twitter!  Simply go to www.facebook.com and search Albuquerque Isotopes or visit www.twitter.com/Isotopes09 to get up to date on everything going on with the Isotopes.  Like this blog, it’s managed by the ‘Topes’ front office, so you know the information is accurate.   Plus, it’s a great way to make contact with other fans!  

If there’s any time to start following the Isotopes closely, it’s right now, as the team just took three in a row from New Orleans and is now in first place in their division, all of which will make tomorrow’s off day that much sweeter.  

After the day off, the Isotopes are back in action on Thursday at home with the first of four games against the Round Rock Express.   Follow all the news and notes from the homestand on www.albuquerquebaseball.com, here on the ‘Topes Tattler, and now on Facebook and Twitter! 

'Topes on Facebook and Twitter!

Fans can now follow the Albuquerque Isotopes on Facebook and Twitter!  Simply go to www.facebook.com and search Albuquerque Isotopes or visit www.twitter.com/Isotopes09 to get up to date on everything going on with the Isotopes.  Like this blog, it’s managed by the ‘Topes’ front office, so you know the information is accurate.   Plus, it’s a great way to make contact with other fans!  

If there’s any time to start following the Isotopes closely, it’s right now, as the team just took three in a row from New Orleans and is now in first place in their division, all of which will make tomorrow’s off day that much sweeter.  

After the day off, the Isotopes are back in action on Thursday at home with the first of four games against the Round Rock Express.   Follow all the news and notes from the homestand on www.albuquerquebaseball.com, here on the ‘Topes Tattler, and now on Facebook and Twitter! 

Topes on Facebook and Twitter!

Fans can now follow the Albuquerque Isotopes on Facebook and Twitter!  Simply go to www.facebook.com and search Albuquerque Isotopes or visit www.twitter.com/Isotopes09 to get up to date on everything going on with the Isotopes.  Like this blog, it’s managed by the ‘Topes’ front office, so you know the information is accurate.   Plus, it’s a great way to make contact with other fans!  

If there’s any time to start following the Isotopes closely, it’s right now, as the team just took three in a row from New Orleans and is now in first place in their division, all of which will make tomorrow’s off day that much sweeter.  

After the day off, the Isotopes are back in action on Thursday at home with the first of four games against the Round Rock Express.   Follow all the news and notes from the homestand on www.albuquerquebaseball.com, here on the ‘Topes Tattler, and now on Facebook and Twitter! 

April 27 Game Notes

April 27 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes

4-28-09_Notes.pdf

April 27 Game Notes

April 27 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes.

4-27-09_Notes.pdf

April 26 Game Notes

April 26 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes (must have Adobe Acrobat reader)

4-26-09_Notes.pdf

April 25 Game Notes

April 25 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes (must have Adobe Acrobat reader)

4-25-09_Notes.pdf

Sometimes You Eat the Bear…

… Sometimes the bear (or in this case, the Cub) eats you.  I’m convinced there’s nothing in sports more exciting, or more heart-wrenching, than the walk-off home run.  The entire ninth inning of Friday’s series finale in Iowa felt like the Titanic sinking.  Hector Luna, who hadn’t committed an error in 17 chances at third base (leading all PCL third-sackers) boots a sure double-play ball and Valentino Pascucci, who is solid as it gets at first, hesitates on a key grounder.   You just knew something weird was in the air.   Of course, the walk-off homer by Jason Dubois off Tanyon Sturtze, who has been lights out so far this season, was the clincher in the 7-5 Cubs win. 

The good news is, in baseball there’s game tomorrow!  Time for the ‘Topes to go on a winning streak!

Long And Winding Road

While it’s only been a week  since the Isotopes were home, it seems like a lot longer, as Albuquerque continues a road trip that has the team playing a dozen away games in 13 days, the ‘Topes’ longest roadie of the season. After tonight’s game at Iowa, the Isotopes will have an early wake-up for their flight Saturday to New Orleans.  The bus to the Des Moines airport leaves the ‘Topes’ team hotel at 4:00 AM, meaning that after playing the game, eating, showering, and heading back to the hotel, the team is looking at probably a best case scenario of getting around four hours of sleep before heading to the airport.  All PCL teams fly commercial, so that means the team must go through security and deal with all the other hassles and delays that all of us must endure when we travel. So, in order to make sure the team and its equipment make the 6:00 AM flight out of Des Moines, the players must arrive about an hour and a half before it departs.  After a change of planes in Chicago, the Isotopes will arrive bleary-eyed in New Orleans around noon, which allows for maybe an hour or two of rest at the hotel before having to be at the ballpark for the 6:00 PM (local time) game.   Travel in the PCL is anything but glamorous. 

Jeff Weaver will be spared the early wake-up call, as the right hander will start tomorrow’s game against the Zephyrs and will fly to the Big Easy today.  The Dodgers want Weaver to get more innings so that he could be a potential long reliever or spot-starter in the Major Leagues should the need arise.  Scheduled starter Giancarlo Alvarado will come in after Weaver throws about 60-65 pitches.  That means the Isotopes rotation for the New Orleans series is now: 

Tomorrow:  RHP Jeff Weaver
Sunday:  LHP Eric Milton
Monday: RHP Charlie Haeger
Tuesday: LHP Shawn Estes 

In the back half of that series, the Isotopes will face a couple of names familiar to Isotopes fans as RHP Dallas Trahern and RHP Daniel Barone will throw on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. 

It’s also been a week since the last roster move, but that could change shortly.  Dodgers.com is reporting that Cory Wade is close to coming back from right shoulder bursitis, which might impact Albuquerque’s roster. 

After such an arduous road trip, the ‘Topes are going to need some home cooking, so make your plans now to come out to Isotopes Park when Albuquerque hosts the hated Round Rock Express for a four-game set beginning on April 30.       

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