May 2012

May 11 Isotopes Game Notes

May 11 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes

Probable Starters:
Isotopes:  LHP Michael Antonini (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
Rainiers: LHP Andrew Carraway (No Record)

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May 10 Isotopes Game Notes

May 10 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes

Probable Starters:
Isotopes:  RHP John Ely (2-2, 4.64 ERA)
Rainiers: RHP Jarrett Grube (0-1, 12.00 ERA)

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May 9 Isotopes Game Notes

May 9 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes

Probable Starters:
Isotopes:  RHP Stephen Fife (3-2, 5.52 ERA
Rainiers: RHP Forrest Snow (0-3, 7.58 ERA)

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May 8 Isotopes Game Notes

May 8 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes

Probable Starters:
Isotopes:  RHP Will Savage (5-0, 3.34 ERA)
Rainiers: RHP Jeff Marquez (2-2, 5.87)

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May 7 Isotopes Game Notes

May 7 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes

Probable Starters:
Sounds: RHP Brian Barker (1-1, 6.27 ERA)
Isotopes:  RHP Mike Parisi (1-1, 2.25 ERA)

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May 6 Isotopes Game Notes

May 6 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes

Probable Starters:
Sounds: RHP Wily Peralta (1-2, 3.72 ERA)
Isotopes:  LHP Michael Antonini (1-0, 4.88 ERA)

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May 5 Isotopes Game Notes

May 5 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes

Probable Starters:
Sounds: RHP Mark Rogers (0-2, 4.76 ERA)
Isotopes:  RHP John Ely (2-2, 5.06 ERA)

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Dodger Pride Awards – April

The Dodger Pride Awards were created in 2008 by Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, and are given on a monthly basis to the players at each level of the club’s minor league system who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style. The players and staff on each respective club vote for the awards.

Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes

Pitcher – RHP JOSH WALL went 1-0 with five saves, which tied for second in the Pacific Coast League, and a 1.74 ERA (2 ER/10.1 IP) in 10 April relief appearances. The 25-year-old limited opposing hitters to a .114 batting average (4-for-35) in the month and had a run of 10 consecutive scoreless appearances from April 8-May 1 (11.0 IP). The Louisiana native was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster this past offseason and tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in three appearances in his first big league Spring Training.

Player – IF ALEX CASTELLANOS ranked among the April Pacific Coast League leaders in batting average (.366, 9th), extra-base hits (15, T-2nd), triples (4, T-2nd), home runs (4, T-8th), on-base percentage (.477, T-2nd) and slugging percentage (.746, 1st) in 18 games. Castellanos was honored as the league’s Player of the Week for the period of April 16-22, batting .440 (11-for-25) with nine runs scored, a double, two triples, four homers and nine RBI in six games, and by Baseball America as a Triple-A classification All-Star for the month of April. The 25-year-old was acquired from St. Louis last season in exchange for Rafael Furcal and was selected as a 2011 Topps Double-A All-Star after batting .320 with 23 home runs and 84 RBI in 125 combined games.

*Follow this link for the press release in its entirety: http://atmlb.com/JC4Yah

“Touching Base” with Joe Becker

*Each homestand the ‘Topes Tattler will spotlight an individual on the Isotopes for the new segment, “Touching Base.” The blog will be checking in with various players and coaches to give fans an inside look at your 2012 ‘Topes. Make sure to keep checking back to see who is “touching base!”

It’s not too difficult to track down ‘Topes infielder Joe Becker. Day in and day out, he puts in the long hours that an everyday starter doesn’t have to.

Early morning, check, he’s already dressing in the locker room. Lunch time, check, taking swings in the cages. Before batting practice, check, still staking swings in the cages. During BP, after BP, before the games, check, check, check.

Come to think of it, the only place it is hard to find Becker is on the field.

“I’m just trying to get as many reps in as I can,” says Becker. “I know that I’m not taking as many hacks as other guys that play every day, so I try and make up for it in the cage or out here during BP. I don’t really take a day off. ”

As a depth player on the Isotopes’ roster, Becker is featured in the lineup on a varying basis. Sometimes he’ll start for a game or two and sometimes he’ll just pinch hit. Through 28 contests on the season, the infielder has appeared in less than half the games (13) and at three different positions (second, short and third).

“This season is somewhat like last year I guess, where I’m kind of playing here and there at different positions,” Becker says. “I’m just trying to do my job whenever I get a chance and show them that I deserve to hopefully stay here and help the team win.”

Ironically enough, Becker DID help the team win after knocking a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the seventh that scored the eventual winning run over the I-Cubs on April 19th. However, his Triple-A stint  came to an abrupt end as he was reassigned to Rancho Cucamonga (A) for four games, less than 24 hours after his game-winning blast.

“It was definitely a little heartbreaking,” says Becker of the reassignment. “I’m not the type of guy to complain, so I just went down there (to Rancho Cucamonga) and did what I could to get back to Albuquerque. I was seeing some pitches so when I got back here everything was a little more comfortable. Getting in those at-bats down in Rancho helped me out a lot.”

Would you expect anything less from a guy who takes batting practice BEFORE batting practice?

And the extra cage time has paid dividends as Becker has more than made the most of his “here and there” opportunities. He’s completely owned them. In 28 at-bats the ‘Topes fielder is hitting .321, and with runners in scoring position, it’s an almost video-game like, completely unrealistic .538 mark.

Numbers like that normally lead to a starting position on almost any team in the league. But for second place Albuquerque, a known offensive juggernaut, there just simply isn’t a daily spot open for Becker.

“We have so many guys that are doing so well right now, it’s tough,” says Becker of becoming an everyday starter. “We have a great team from top to bottom at every position, so it’s going to be tough with so much competition.”

Which means Becker will have to stick to early AND late hours if he’s to find a consistent spot on the daily roster — A workout regimen that, to the infielder, just means another day at the office.

“I feel like I can’t take days off,” says Becker. “I feel like I have to use every day to get myself more comfortable and keep getting better.”

But even if it’s difficult to improve upon such high numbers, the ‘Topes fielder says he’ll continue to get better if he focuses on giving himself plenty of time in the batter’s box to slow the game down.

“It’s better to be early than late, so I just try to get in the box sooner and be calm instead of rushing everything,” says Becker. “I just try to always be early rather than be late.”

Seems to be a reoccurring theme here.

‘Topes infielder, Joe Becker

May 4 Isotopes Game Notes

May 4 Albuquerque Isotopes Game Notes

Probable Starters:
Sounds: RHP Seth McClung (0-2, 8.10 ERA)
Isotopes:  RHP Stephen Fife (2-2, 7.25 ERA)

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