Topes Notes 04-10-12

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Isotopes lose series opener at Iowa

The slow start coming out of the gate for the Albuquerque Isotopes continued Monday night.
The Isotopes slipped to 1-4 to start the 2012 season Monday, dropping the series-opening game to the Iowa Cubs. The I-Cubs scored six runs in the third inning and weathered a late comeback attempt by the Isotopes to win 10-6 at Des Moines.
Iowa (3-2) batted around in the third inning, pounding out two home runs and three doubles. Anthony Rizzo and Travis Wood both hit two-run blasts to give Iowa an 8-0 lead at the time.
Albuquerque battled back, scoring once in the sixth and three times in the seventh inning. In the seventh, pinch hitter Trent Oeltjen doubled home a pair of runs and scored one batter later on a RBI single from Matt Angle.
Unfortunately, Albuquerque couldn’t keep the offense going in the final two innings, going down in order in both the eighth and ninth.
Isotopes starter John Ely (0-1) was knocked out after the third inning, giving up seven earned runs on 10 hits. Wood, along with hitting the third inning homer, threw six innings to pick up the win for the I-Cubs, giving up four hits and three earned runs.
Rizzo was 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of home runs. Albuquerque managed just six hits in the game and no Isotopes batter had more than one hit. Second baseman Alex Castellanos went 1-for-2, walked twice and scored two runs.
Although it’s still very early in the season, the Isotopes already trail New Orleans and Oklahoma City, both 4-1, by three games in the division standings.
Isotopes pitcher Mike Parisi was scheduled to make his first start this afternoon at Iowa against Randy Wells.
The Isotopes will be in Iowa through Thursday before their home opener Friday night against Omaha.