Three Stars: August 23 vs. Memphis

The Isotopes (65-66) have now dropped six of their last eight contests after falling to the Memphis Redbirds (69-61), 8-1, on Tuesday night at Isotopes Park. The loss, coupled with a 5-2 Round Rock victory over New Orleans, officially eliminated the ‘Topes from PCL playoff contention and also knocked them below the .500 mark for the first time in 2011.

Memphis scored one run apiece in the first and second before the ‘Topes answered into the bottom of the second with a solo home run from Russ Mitchell that cut the lead to 2-1. But the Redbirds quickly grabbed the momentum back with a three-run third inning that featured a RBI single from Bryan Anderson and a two-run double from Pete Kozma. Memphis scored two more runs in the fourth and one more in the seventh while keeping the ‘Topes to just five hits on offense from the third inning to the finish.

After dropping three of four to Memphis, the ‘Topes now face off against newly-crowned American Southern division champ Round Rock in a five-game set that will close out their home schedule for 2011. The series begins tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. MT.

Here are Tuesday’s Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:

1. Russ Mitchell, 3B (1-for-4, HR, RBI, one run scored)

Russ rocked his 15th homer of the season off Memphis starter Brandon Dickson in the second, but that would be all the ‘Topes could put up on the scoreboard Tuesday.

2. Joe Becker, 2B (3-for-3, 2B)

Becker had a tidy night at the plate with a single in the second, his ninth double of the year in the fifth, and another base hit in the seventh.

3. Tim Federowicz, C (2-for-4)

Federowicz contributed singles in the second inning (which ended with the ‘Topes stranding him and Becker on base) and the seventh inning. After a slow start offensively in Triple-A, Federowicz is now batting a robust .339 with the ‘Topes.

For a full recap of tonight’s game, head over to!

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