AAA Albuquerque Isotopes (45-45, Second in Pacific Coast League – Pacific Southern)
After a sluggish first half, outfielder Jordan Patterson appears to be turning it around. After being named PCL player of the week for June 19-25, Patterson has been on fire. In Albuquerque’s first game of the second half, Patterson homered twice, one of which was a grand slam. In his last ten games, Patterson is only hitting .421 with four homers.
Just like the big leaguers, the PCL had their All-Star contest earlier this week. Outfielder Noel Cuevas was the lone Isotope represented. Cuevas singled in his only at bat which came in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mr. Cuevas wasn’t the only Isotope participating in some All-Star fun, corner infielder Ryan McMahon got in on some action at the Futures game in Miami. McMahon went 0-for-1 at the plate but did manage to get some attention with his glove work.
In other news out of Albuquerque, Antonio Senzatela made his first start since being sent down. Fairing well, Antonio allowed one earned run in 3.2 innings of work. It remains to be seen when Antonio will be back in Denver, but as Bud Black and Co. continues to juggle its staff, you can bet he’ll be involved in the down stretch of the season. Emerging prospect and possible trade chip Mike Tauchman continued to rake as he went 3-for-5 in the ‘Topes return to action. Tauchman only 8-for12 since being sent down July 7th.