April 2011

April 21 Game Notes

April 21 Game Notes

Albuquerque Isotopes (8-5) at Iowa Cubs (7-6) 

Probable Pitchers:
ALB- LHP Randy Keisler (0-1, 8.31)
IOWA- RHP Jay Jackson (0-0, No ERA)

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April 20 Game Notes

April 20 Game Notes

Albuquerque Isotopes (7-4) at Iowa Cubs (6-5) 

Game 1 Probable Pitchers:
ALB- LHP Dana Eveland (2-0, 3.65)
IOWA- RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1, 10.80)

Game 2 Probable Pitchers:
ALB- RHP John Ely (0-1, 7.50)
IOWA- RHP Robert Coello (1-1, 11.00)

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April 18 Game Notes

April 18 Game Notes

Albuquerque Isotopes (6-4) at Oklahoma City RedHawks (4-6) 

Probable Pitchers:
ALB- LHP Alberto Bastardo (0-0, 1.69)
OKC- RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 5.63)

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April 16 Game Notes

April 16 Game Notes

Albuquerque Isotopes (5-4) at Oklahoma City RedHawks (4-5) 

Probable Pitchers:
ALB- RHP Tim Redding (0-1, 20.25)
OKC- RHP Henry Villar (0-1, 27.00)

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April 15 Game Notes

April 15 Game Notes

Albuquerque Isotopes (5-3) at Oklahoma City RedHawks (3-5) 

Probable Pitchers:
ALB- RHP John Ely (0-0, No ERA)
OKC- RHP Fernando Nieve (0-1, 10.38)

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Iowa takes series finale, 10-6

Three-run seventh inning for Iowa puts game out of reach for Albuquerque

Returning the favor for the past two nights, the Iowa Cubs used their bats well to win today, 10-6, and avoid a series sweep at the hands of the Isotopes.

The I-Cubs held a 7-4 lead until the top half of the seventh inning, when Bobby Scales hit a bases-loaded chop double off ‘Topes reliever Travis Schlichting to bring home all three runners. Schlichting had forced the I-Cubs’ Marquez Smith and Matt Camp into ground outs to begin the seventh, but that was followed by a double from Jonathan Mota and a pair of walks from pinch-hitter Brian LaHair and Fernando Perez to set up Scales’ big double.

Albuquerque took the point, 2-0, in the bottom of the second after newcomer Charlie Mirabal knocked in two runs with a double to left field. Mirabal’s first Triple-A hit brought home Damaso Espino and Joe Becker.

However, Iowa battled back and tagged ‘Topes starter Randy Keisler with two runs of their own in the third inning to tie the game. The I-Cubs followed that with a five-run outburst in the fourth inning. That wound up chasing off Keisler, who gave up seven runs (all earned) on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.

The ‘Topes cut the lead to 7-4 in their half of the fourth on the strength of a Mirabal ground out that scored Keyter Collado and a RBI single from Keisler’s replacement on the mound, Ramon Troncoso. But with Troncoso on second (the result of a balk) and Dee Gordon on first (walk), Trent Oeltjen struck out and Jerry Sands grounded out, ending the ‘Topes’ rally.

An RBI triple from Sands and a Jon Link grounder that brought him home allowed Albuquerque to cut the lead to 10-6 in the bottom of the ninth, but the I-Cubs’ Scott Maine forced Trayvon Robinson into a ground out to end the contest.

Taking the win for Iowa was starter Roberto Coello, who pitched five innings and gave up four runs (all earned) on eight hits. He struck out four.

The ‘Topes now head on the road for a bit, starting tomorrow in Oklahoma City. After Friday, Saturday and Monday games against the RedHawks, they’ll be in Des Moines starting Tuesday to battle these same I-Cubs for four games on their turf.

As far as injuries are concerned, the ‘Topes had more trouble on Thursday as John Lindsey strained his right calf muscle. Evaluations are pending on last year’s Pacific Coast League batting champion. Espino was also hit in the head during an at-bat but managed to get up and walk to first, then eventually score off of Mirabal’s second-inning double before he left the game. He did not sustain a concussion and has been cleared to play tomorrow against the RedHawks.

For a full recap of today’s game, check out AlbuquerqueBaseball.com later this evening.

— Chris Estrada

April 14 Game Notes

April 14 Game Notes

Iowa Cubs (3-4) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (5-2) 

Probable Pitchers:
IOWA- RHP Roberto Coello (0-1, 15.75 ERA)
ALB- LHP Randy Keisler (0-0, 1.80 ERA)

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Oeltjen jacks two HRs in 10-7 ‘Topes win

Albuquerque aiming for series sweep tomorrow

Trent Oeltjen paced another solid offensive outing for the Isotopes tonight, going three-for-five and hitting two home runs to help Albuquerque defeat the Iowa Cubs, 10-7.

Oeltjen hit a solo shot in the third inning and a two-run homer in the fourth inning off I-Cubs starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth inning for a four-RBI night.

Albuquerque took a 3-0 lead in the second inning when Trayvon Robinson hit a three-run blast into the Creamland Berm, bringing home Jerry Sands and J.D. Closser. The ‘Topes then made it 4-0 in the next inning on Oeltjen’s first home run of the night.

Iowa plated a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-2, but Albuquerque responded with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Closser and Robinson opened with back-to-back singles, which was followed by Justin Sellers getting hit in the hand with a pitch. With pinch-runner Joe Becker taking Sellers’ place at first, pitcher Francisco Felix stepped up and singled to left field, scoring Closser and Robinson.

Dee Gordon then grounded out to bring home Becker from third base for a 7-2 ‘Topes lead. One batter later, Oeltjen turned on a 2-1 pitch from Bibens-Dirkx and sent it into the Berm to make it 9-2 ‘Topes.

That five-run outburst effectively put the game out of reach, even though Iowa tried to rally by scoring four runs over the final three innings.

Taking the win for Albuquerque was Felix, who stepped in for starting pitcher Jon Link with two outs in the fourth inning. Felix gave up one run on two hits over 2 1/3 innings. Getting the save was Roman Colon, who pitched 1 2/3 innings and struck out the I-Cubs’ Chris Robinson to seal the victory in the top of the ninth.

Bibens-Dirkx took the loss for Iowa after getting rocked for nine runs (all earned) on nine hits over four innings of work.

Several ‘Topes suffered some injury trouble tonight. Sellers wound up with a contusion on his right hand after getting hit in the fourth inning, while Juan Castro sustained a left oblique strain while batting. Also, Closser received a black eye after a ground ball bounced up and hit him. Evaluations are pending on all three players.

For a full recap of tonight’s game, check out the game story on AlbuquerqueBaseball.com later tonight.

— Chris Estrada

April 13 Game Notes

April 12 Game Notes

Iowa Cubs (3-2) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (3-2) 

Probable Pitchers:
IOWA- RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
ALB- RHP Jon Link (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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‘Topes rock I-Cubs, 18-3

Robinson, Sands and Oeltjen launch homers for Albuquerque

No extra-inning drama tonight — the Isotopes certainly made sure of that.

Albuquerque’s Trayvon Robinson broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the third inning with a three-run homer and triggered what would end up an 18-3 rout of the Iowa Cubs in front of 7,252 at Isotopes Park.

Everybody seemed to get in on the act as I-Cubs starting pitcher Thomas Diamond was chased off after giving up nine runs (all earned) on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings. He was pulled after allowing a three-run homer by Jerry Sands, which itself was preceded by an RBI single from Jay Gibbons that brought home Dee Gordon.

Sands led the team with five RBI on the night, followed by Trent Oeltjen with four RBI — three of which came on a long ball into the Creamland Berm in the eighth inning. Also knocking in runs were John Lindsey, Russ Mitchell, Juan Castro and Justin Sellers.

The Isotopes also got a great showing on the mound from starter Dana Eveland, who improved to 2-0 on the season. The Major League veteran (Brewers, D-Backs, A’s, Blue Jays and Pirates) went seven innings and allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits while striking out five batters. Reliever Jon Huber came on in the eighth inning and held the I-Cubs scoreless over the final two frames.

Albuquerque jumped ahead in the bottom of the first inning. After a leadoff single and stolen base from Gordon, and walks from Castro and Gibbons, Lindsey hit a sacrifice fly to right field that brought in Gordon to make it 1-0. The next batter, Sands, hit into a force out, but Mitchell then made it 2-0 ‘Topes with a single to left, allowing Castro to score.

Iowa answered back in the top of the second with an RBI triple from Bobby Scales and a ground out by Scott Moore that served to get Scales home and tie the contest.

But Albuquerque’s half of the third inning proved to feature the game’s turning point as Robinson, who cranked out a .300 batting average and 57 RBI last year in Double-A Chattanooga, turned on a 1-0 pitch from Diamond and sent it flying 420 feet into the I-Cubs’ bullpen. After that, it was all downhill for the visitors.

For a more detailed recap of tonight’s contest, head over to AlbuquerqueBaseball.com later on tonight.

— Chris Estrada