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Reeling Isotopes looking to shake Memphis blues

By Jeff Carlton

Tribune Reporter

 

The thin air and spacious outfield at Isotopes Park should come as a relief to the road-weary Albuquerque Isotopes.

 

They return here tonight for their home opener after picking up one win in four games at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tenn., where the air must have seemed thick and the outfield even thicker with Redbirds.

 

The Isotopes' eight-games-in-a-row homestand begins tonight with the first of four games against the Nashville (Tenn.) Sounds, who beat Albuquerque in the first round of last season's Pacific Coast League playoffs.

 

Memphis comes to town Friday for a four-game series.

 

"We need to take advantage of playing at home," Isotopes manager Tracy Woodson said Sunday night in a telephone interview. "It's different than playing at other places. The ball carries, the atmosphere, the light air. We need to take advantage of it."

 

The Isotopes managed few hits (24) and fewer runs (10) in their four-game series with Memphis. Half of those runs and 10 of those hits came Sunday, when Albuquerque came back from a three-run deficit to defeat Memphis 5-4 in 10 innings.

 

"We needed to win one," Woodson said. "We haven't had much luck. Today (Sunday) we came through and got some hits in big situations."

 

The biggest hitter Sunday was Albuquerque's hottest of the young season. Chris Aguila went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. He connected on the game-winning hit in the 10th inning.

 

Aguila, an outfielder, has a team-high five hits in 15 at-bats (.333 average).

 

Roster moves: Speedy infielder Billy Hall is one of two players who were promoted from Double-A Carolina to join the Isotopes.

 

Hall fills the roster spot vacated by Ryan Christenson, who injured his heel running to first base in Albuquerque's season opener Thursday. Christenson, who is on the disabled list, is scheduled for an MRI today, Woodson said.

 

Though Hall started at third on Sunday, Derek Wathan will play there tonight, Woodson said. Wathan started in right on Sunday, but Matt Padgett will play there tonight.

 

Also up from Carolina is pitcher Pat Flury. He replaced Michael Neu, who went on the disabled list because of an elbow problem, Woodson said.

 

Third baseman Jason Wood remains on the disabled list with an oblique injury. He is expected back by Wednesday or Thursday.

 

Ticket update: Tickets are still available for tonight's opener. The team is expecting a crowd of about 10,000, General Manager John Traub said Sunday.

 

The stadium has 11,124 seats. It has held more than 14,000 because of standing room and seating in the picnic area and the berm behind right field.

 

Weather report: Temperatures should be about 50 degrees at game time with a nearly 40-percent chance of rain, according to The Weather Channel's Web site.

 

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We got ripped off Redman for Neu. I thought we could have done better for a 14 game winner.

Neu isn't all we got for Redman. Bill Murphy - excellent left-handed pitching prospect was included in the deal.

 

Don't forget - at the time Redman's trade value was extremely low. All of MLB knew the Marlins would not be able to re-sign him...he was set to become a free agent. The fact that Beinfest was able to get Neu and Murphy was remarkable. It was basically a case of getting something as opposed to getting nothing.

 

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We got ripped off Redman for Neu. I thought we could have done better for a 14 game winner.

Neu isn't all we got for Redman. Bill Murphy - excellent left-handed pitching prospect was included in the deal.

 

Don't forget - at the time Redman's trade value was extremely low. All of MLB knew the Marlins would not be able to re-sign him...he was set to become a free agent. The fact that Beinfest was able to get Neu and Murphy was remarkable. It was basically a case of getting something as opposed to getting nothing.

 

:shifty Exactly and if the Marlins did not make the trade then they would have got nothing for Red because they weren't going to offer him arbitration

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I disagree on Redman having low trade value.

 

Pitching is King on baseball and Redman has shown he can be a consistent pitcher for 2 years. I hope that lefty on the minors pans out.

He didn't low trade value because of his performance; it was because everyone knew we weren't going to offer arbitration, so they could've had him for nothing.

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I disagree on Redman having low trade value.

 

Pitching is King on baseball and Redman has shown he can be a consistent pitcher for 2 years. I hope that lefty on the minors pans out.

He had low trade value because if teams would have waited until after the arbitration deadline, they could have signed his as a free agent because we were going to nontender him.

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