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ISOTOPES TOP IOWA, HEAD FOR PLAYOFFS VS. REDBIRDS.

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A four-run fifth inning carried the Albuquerque Isotopes The Albuquerque Isotopes are a team in the Pacific Coast League, one of minor league baseball's two AAA leagues, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque was previously represented in the PCL by the Albuquerque Dukes, who won several PCL championships in the 1970s and 1980s  to a 7-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs are a Class AAA minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, that plays in the Pacific Coast League. Their home games are played in Des Moines, Iowa.  at Principal Park on Monday in the Pacific Coast League For the high school sports league, see .
The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. It is one of two leagues, along with the International League, playing at the Triple-A level, which is one step below
 baseball regular-season finale.

Xavier Paul hit a two-run double and Mitch Jones followed with a two-run home run as Albuquerque untied a 1-1 knot in the fifth. It was Jones' 35th home run of the season, which is tops in the PCL (Printer Command Language) The page description language for HP LaserJet printers. It has become a de facto standard used in many printers and typesetters. PCL Level 5, introduced with the LaserJet III in 1990, also supports Compugraphic's Intellifont scalable fonts. . Jones became the third successive Isotope to lead the PCL in home runs.

Albuquerque stretched the advantage to 7-1 in the seventh on a Blake DeWitt run-scoring triple and Sergio Garcia's RBI RBI
abbr. Baseball
runs batted in

Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in
 double.

Brent Leach earned the pitching victory with two scoreless innings of relief. Leach (2-0) entered in the eighth with runners on second and third and no outs. He stranded the runners after striking out the side.

Iowa starter Jeff Smardzija suffered the loss. Smardzija (6-6) allowed five runs on seven hits in 42o3 innings.

The Isotopes take today off before starting the first round of the PCL Playoffs on Wednesday at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque faces Memphis in a best-of-five series. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

The Isotopes (80-64) enter as the Southern Division champions of the American Conference. The Redbirds (77-57) won the Northern Division of the American Conference.

Albuquerque and Memphis faced each other 16 times during the regular season. The Isotopes won 10 and were 6-2 against the Redbirds at Isotopes Park.

The second game is set for Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Isotopes Park. The series switches to Memphis on Friday.
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Publication:The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM)
Date:Sep 8, 2009
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