A tough tenth for the ‘Topes

Omaha plates seven runs in 10th inning to beat Albuquerque, 10-4

A tight game at Isotopes Park turned ugly for the Isotopes (2-1), as the Omaha Storm Chasers (1-2) exploded for seven runs in the top of the 10th inning and went on to win, 10-4.

With the score tied 3-3 after nine innings, the Storm Chasers had two on with one out when Mike Moustakas grounded to ‘Topes pitcher Jon Huber. Unfortunately, Huber’s toss to Dee Gordon at second forced the shortstop off the bag. Gordon’s subsequent throw to first base then got by Jerry Sands, allowing Lance Zawadzki to score and give Omaha a 4-3 lead.

From there, the troubles continued as two bases-loaded walks were given up to make it 6-3 Chasers. A pitching change to Oscar Villarreal didn’t help, either, as Omaha tagged Albuquerque for four more runs before their half of the 10th was up.

Ivan DeJesus Jr. scored on a Russ Mitchell groundout in the bottom of the 10th for the ‘Topes, ending the night’s scoring.

Albuquerque got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth inning. With Jamie Hoffmann on first after a single to left-center, Sands hit a two-run homer to right field to give the ‘Topes a 2-0 lead.

The Chasers tied it up with two runs in the top of the fifth, but Albuquerque took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning as a John Lindsey grounder sneaked under Zawadski’s glove. The error from Zawadzki allowed DeJesus, Jr. to come home for a 3-2 ‘Topes lead. However, Omaha started the top of the eighth inning with back-to-back hits that yielded the tying run. Huber and Omaha’s Kevin Pucetas each pitched scoreless ninth innings to send the game into extras.

For more on tonight’s game, be sure to check out AlbuquerqueBaseball.com later tonight for a full recap.

— Chris Estrada

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