METAIRIE, La. — Matt Angle hit a two-run home run into the hot tub at Zephyr Field and the Albuquerque Isotopes closed out the 2013 season Monday afternoon with a 4-3 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs.
The Isotopes end the season with a record of 76-68, in second place in the PCL’s American Southern division, six games out of first place, and three games ahead of third-place Round Rock.
Matt Magill (6-2) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings for the victory. He struck out three and walked one. Onelki Garcia pitched 1-1/3 scoreless innings and Blake Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth.
Eliezer Alfonzo had three hits, including a run-scoring double in the first inning. Angle’s home runs came in the third inning, his eighth of the season, and extended the ‘Topes’ lead to 3-1.
In the top of the ninth, Albuquerque added an important insurance run. Justin Sellers reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base, then scored on Damaso Espino’s single to center for a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Kyle Skipworth hit a one-out solo home run to make it 4-3. With two outs, Chris Valaika grounded to short, but Justin Sellers’ throwing error extended the season for one more batter. Javy Guerra struck out Jordan Brown to end the game, preserve the victory, and close out the 2013 campaign.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday recalled catcher Drew Butera, right-handed pitcher Stephen Fife, shortstop Dee Gordon, right-handed pitcher Peter Moylan and first baseman/outfielder Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Isotopes activated catchers Damaso Espino and Stephen Cilladi, and right-handed pitcher Luis Vasquez from the disabled list in order to close out the season.
Right-handed pitcher Luis Vasquez was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 6 with right bicep tendinitis.
Vasquez joined the Isotopes on July 11 from Double-A Chattanooga. He boasts a 1.69 ERA, allowing two earned runs and striking out 12 in 10.2 innings over seven appearances with Albuquerque. The Dominican native made his Triple-A debut in 2012 with the Isotopes.
Espino was originally placed on the disabled list on Aug. 18 with a right calf strain. Espino, 30, has played 17 games for Albuquerque, starting 16 games at catcher and tossing out seven of 21 potential base stealers (33 percent). The backstop is hitting .321 (18 for 56) with five doubles and four RBI since joining the Isotopes on June 23. Cilladi started one game behind the plate for the Isotopes after coming off the disabled list on July 11 and was placed on the disabled list on July 15. He has spent the entire 2013 campaign with Albuquerque.
Butera, who was acquired by the Dodgers on July 31 from Minnesota, appeared in 16 games with Albuquerque. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has a .182 career batting average with five home runs and 41 RBI in 186 career big league games with the Twins from 2010-13.
Fife has posted a 4-3 record with a 2.47 ERA (14 earned runs in 51 innings) in nine starts in two stints with Los Angeles, allowing two runs or less in six of those outings. Overall, the right-hander is 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA (25 in 37.1 innings) in 10 games (eight starts) for Albuquerque.
Gordon has appeared in 25 games in two stints for the Dodgers, batting .208 (16 for 77) with a homer, one triple, six RBI and six stolen bases. In 92 games at Triple-A, the left-handed hitter is batting .297 (111 for 374) with a Pacific Coast League-leading 49 stolen bases, 17 more than any other base stealer.
Moylan, who has pitched in 16 games for the Dodgers this season, will be appearing in his second stint with the club after posting a 1-0 record with a 6.35 ERA (eight in 11.1 frames). The right-hander spent the majority of the season with Albuquerque, where he went 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA (14 in 46 innings) and tossed scoreless relief in 28 of his 38 appearances.
Van Slyke has appeared in 38 games in four stints with Los Angeles this season, making starts in left field (18), right field (eight) and first base (two), while hitting .252 (26 for 103) with six homers and 16 RBI. Of Van Slyke’s 26 hits this season, 13 have gone for extra bases (seven doubles, six home runs). In 61 games at Albuquerque this season, Van Slyke had a .348 batting average (71 for 204) with 12 homers and 48 RBI.