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Isotopes close first half at home

The Isotopes close the first half of the 2017 Pacific Coast League baseball season with a six-game homestand that begins Tuesday night with their annual fireworks extravaganza.

The ‘Topes face Sacramento beginning at 6:35 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

The three-game series continues Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

The Las Vegas 51s then arrive in Albuquerque for a three-game series starting  Friday at 7:05. The teams play again Saturday at 7:05 with another fireworks presentation. The homestand ends Sunday with a 6:05 p.m. game.

The Isotopes then get three days off for the All-Star break.

‘Topes Today, July 4

vs. Sacramento

6:35 p.m.

Probable starters: Isotopes LHP Sam Howard (1-1, 5.12) vs. River Cats LHP Michael Roth (4-4, 4.68).

Radio: 610 AM.

¬† Monday: Tacoma’s Casey Lawrence pitched a complete-game shutout in a 9-0 victory over Albuquerque, which had eight hits. Tuffy Gosewisch was 2-for-3 for the Rainiers, with a homer and five RBIs.

¬† Player of the week: Isotopes LHP Ryan Carpenter has been named the PCL’s Pitcher of the Week. Carpenter, 26, compiled a 1-0 record in two starts last week, allowing three runs over 14 innings. He struck out 18 batters while issuing just two walks, pitching to a 1.93 ERA.