Topes Notes 08-18-11

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Isotopes lose in extra innings

The faint hopes for the Albuquerque Isotopes of making the 2011 Pacific Coast League playoffs are fading fast.
Barring a near-miracle, the Isotopes will likely be staying home for the postseason following a loss Wednesday night at Sacramento. That loss, combined with a win by American Southern division-leading Round Rock, put the Isotopes 11 games back with less than 20 games remaining on the season.
Albuquerque couldn’t hold on in extra innings Wednesday. After scoring a run in the top of the 13th to go up 3-2, Sacramento’s River Cats rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the 13th to win 4-3.
Albuquerque (63-62) scored twice in the second inning but would be blanked for eight straight innings.
The Isotopes left 13 men on base and wasted a three-hit night by right fielder Russ Mitchell.

50-cent hot dogs, fireworks for homestand

The Isotopes will open their final homestand of the season Saturday. The nine-game homestand will include four games against Memphis and a five-game set against Round Rock.
The homestand, which concludes Aug. 28, will include Fan Appreciation Nights slated for Aug. 27 and 28.
Both games will include postgame fireworks.
Other promotions scheduled for the Isotopes last homestand are a cowbell giveaway Saturday, a $.50 hot dog night Monday and a golf towel giveaway Aug. 26.
For ticket information, call the Isotopes box office at 505-924-2255.