April 2009

April 24 Game Notes

April 24 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes (must have Adobe Acrobat reader).

4-24-09_Notes.pdf

April 23 Game Notes

April 23 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes (must have Adobe Acrobat reader)

4-23-09_Notes.pdf

April 22 Game Notes

April 22 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes (must have Adobe Acrobat reader).

4-22-09_Notes.pdf

April 21 Game Notes

April 21 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes (must have Adobe Acrobat reader).

4-21-09_Notes.pdf

April 20 Game Notes

April 20 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes (must have Adobe Acrobat reader). 

4-20-09_Notes.pdf

April 19 Game Notes

April 19 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes (must have Adobe Acrobat reader).

4-19-09_Notes.pdf

Salami!

Valentino Pascucci has always had a flair for the dramatic, and his first home run of the 2009 season proved that the “Italian Bazooka” can deliver a huge blow at the perfect time.  Down 3-1 with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth inning of the Isotopes’ game at Omaha on Saturday night, Pascucci looked at two strikes before working the count to 3-2 off of Royals reliever Carlos Rosa.  Pascucci took the next pitch from the O-Royals reliever and sent it over the fence in right for an opposite-field grand slam that ended up delivering Albuquerque a 5-4 win. 

What is even more strange is that Pascucci’s slam was one of three hit in the Pacific Coast League on Saturday. Reno’s Josh Whitesell hit one vs. Salt Lake and Sacramento’s Sean Doolittle went yard with the bases loaded at Tacoma.  Prior to the sudden salami deluge, the only grand slam in the PCL this year belonged to Iowa’s Brad Snyder, who hit one at Round Rock on April 12. 

Meanwhile, Albuquerque has one two in a row and you can’t help but get the feeling that this team is starting to gel.  Granted, it’s still extremely early, but winning your first two games on the road is always a great start.        

April 18 Game Notes

April 18 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes (must have Adobe Acrobat reader). 

4-18-09_Notes.pdf

 

Here’s To A Great Homestand!

The 2009 Albuquerque Isotopes season is officially underway and if the first homestand is any indication, it’s going to be terrific year.  More than 10,000 people were on hand to witness the beginning of a new era of Isotopes baseball and were treated to an appearance by Tommy Lasorda as well as a ‘Topes win!   The excitement that reached a fever pitch on Opening Night carried over throughout the eight-game homestand.  Thanks to everyone who came out (sometimes braving some iffy weather conditions) and we look forward to seeing you when the team returns to play arch-rival Round Rock on April 30.  

A couple quick thoughts on the team through eight games: 

Once the pitching comes around, this team is going to be pretty formidable.   Coming out of Spring Training most members of the Albuquerque pitching staff entered the season unable to throw that many innings, which has caused some juggling (especially in the bullpen) by manager Tim Wallach.  Slowly but surely, though, starters are beginning to throw five innings an appearance, and relievers are starting to log more than just one inning.  Once things settle in, the experience of this staff (a total of 1,469 Big League games) should kick in.  

Xavier Paul is worth the price of admission.  In his last three games Paul has racked up 10 hits in 13 at-bats and currently leads the PCL with a .571 batting average and leads the team with eight RBI.   Not only has he been excellent at the plate, Paul has played excellent defense and even swiped four bags. 

Dee Brown is the quintessential professional hitter.  Brown has gotten a hit in each of the six games he’s played, racking up a .444 average with a double, a homer, and five RBI. Even when he doesn’t get a hit, he usually turns in a valuable at-bat.  Case in point, in the Isotopes’ thrilling comeback victory against Iowa on Wednesday, Brown came off the bench as a pinch-hitter and, after quickly going down 0-2, worked a six-pitch walk to prolong a five-run eighth inning that propelled Albuquerque to a 7-4 win.  

Don’t forget that video of Isotopes games is now streaming on our site.  If you’ve gotten a MiLB.TV subscription to see the Isotopes play at home, you can follow the ‘Topes on their road trip as well.  While Omaha and New Orleans don’t have video streaming capabilities, you can catch each of Albuquerque’s games at Iowa from next Tuesday through Friday.    

Here's To A Great Homestand!

The 2009 Albuquerque Isotopes season is officially underway and if the first homestand is any indication, it’s going to be terrific year.  More than 10,000 people were on hand to witness the beginning of a new era of Isotopes baseball and were treated to an appearance by Tommy Lasorda as well as a ‘Topes win!   The excitement that reached a fever pitch on Opening Night carried over throughout the eight-game homestand.  Thanks to everyone who came out (sometimes braving some iffy weather conditions) and we look forward to seeing you when the team returns to play arch-rival Round Rock on April 30.  

A couple quick thoughts on the team through eight games: 

Once the pitching comes around, this team is going to be pretty formidable.   Coming out of Spring Training most members of the Albuquerque pitching staff entered the season unable to throw that many innings, which has caused some juggling (especially in the bullpen) by manager Tim Wallach.  Slowly but surely, though, starters are beginning to throw five innings an appearance, and relievers are starting to log more than just one inning.  Once things settle in, the experience of this staff (a total of 1,469 Big League games) should kick in.  

Xavier Paul is worth the price of admission.  In his last three games Paul has racked up 10 hits in 13 at-bats and currently leads the PCL with a .571 batting average and leads the team with eight RBI.   Not only has he been excellent at the plate, Paul has played excellent defense and even swiped four bags. 

Dee Brown is the quintessential professional hitter.  Brown has gotten a hit in each of the six games he’s played, racking up a .444 average with a double, a homer, and five RBI. Even when he doesn’t get a hit, he usually turns in a valuable at-bat.  Case in point, in the Isotopes’ thrilling comeback victory against Iowa on Wednesday, Brown came off the bench as a pinch-hitter and, after quickly going down 0-2, worked a six-pitch walk to prolong a five-run eighth inning that propelled Albuquerque to a 7-4 win.  

Don’t forget that video of Isotopes games is now streaming on our site.  If you’ve gotten a MiLB.TV subscription to see the Isotopes play at home, you can follow the ‘Topes on their road trip as well.  While Omaha and New Orleans don’t have video streaming capabilities, you can catch each of Albuquerque’s games at Iowa from next Tuesday through Friday.