'Topes continue their struggles

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By The Staff

The Albuquerque Isotopes continued their limp to the finish of the 2014 season Monday with a loss in the second game of their series against Oklahoma City.
The Isotopes were shut out against Oklahoma City’s RedHawks 3-0. A quartet of RedHawks pitchers combined to hold the Isotopes to six hits for the game.
Albuquerque’s Matt Magill (7-6) and Bruce Billings, the only two pitchers to make appearances for the team Monday, also allowed just six combined hits. But Oklahoma City scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a walk to force in a run and a sacrifice fly.
Magill allowed just one earned run in 5-2/3 innings.
With Monday’s loss, the Isotopes (59-77) have dropped three straight contests and four of their last five. For the month of August, they are 6-18.
The Isotopes will play their final two road games of the season today and Wednesday.
Thursday, Albuquerque will return home for the final three games of its season. It will face the Las Vegas 51s Thursday, Friday and Sunday to close out the year.
The 51s have already already clinched the Pacific Southern division’s championship and will advance to the 2014 PCL playoffs.

Pederson joins exclusive club

Albuquerque outfielder Joc Pederson became just the fourth member of the Pacific Coast League’s 30-30 Club Saturday at Colorado Springs when he swiped his 30th base of the year.
Pederson, who is among the top Major League prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, has hit 30 home runs along with his 30 steals. With his 30th steal, he became the first player in the modern era of the PCL to join that club.
It was a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in the league for 80 years. Frank Demaree was the last PCL player to do it back in 1934.
Monday, Pederson was named to the 2014 All-PCL team.