The Albuquerque Isotopes suffered a reversal of fortune Tuesday as the Pacific Coast League announced the team had forfeited its July 9 victory over El Paso.
Albuquerque was ruled to have an illegal, 26-man roster for the game because outfielder Joc Pederson was activated from the disabled list with no corresponding move being made. The Isotopes initially issued a news release July 9 stating that Brian Cavazos-Galvez had been placed on the disabled list but later rescinded that release, announcing only Pederson’s activation.
Ironically, Cavazos-Galvez hit a game-winning two-run double in the ninth inning that initially gave the ‘Topes a 6-5 victory. The contest began July 9 but was suspended because of rain and completed as part of a July 10 doubleheader.
It now goes down as a 9-0 El Paso win, though all individual statistics other than pitching decisions (win, loss, blown save, etc.) remain unaffected.
According to a news release issued by the Pacific Coast League on Tuesday, the Isotopes’ parent club, the Los Angeles Dodgers, violated major league rules by leaving Albuquerque’s roster in excess of Triple-A baseball’s 25-man limit.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen something like this in my career,” Isotopes general manager John Traub said. “The major league team makes the roster moves, but it’s an unfortunate situation.”
The roster exceeded the 25-man limit in part because pitcher Carlos Frias was still serving a 10-game suspension for having an illegal substance on his arm. Frias was not available to play but still was considered part of the team’s active roster.
“It was really just a mix-up with a paper transaction,” Traub said, “and the PCL did what they had to do.”
The forfeit leaves the Isotopes with a 44-54 record.
Pederson and pitching coach Glenn Dishman will represent the Isotopes in tonight’s Pacific Coast League All-Star Game in Durham, N.C.