Three Stars: June 22 vs. Oklahoma City

A three-run sixth inning (plus one more insurance run in the seventh) was just enough cushion for the Oklahoma City RedHawks, as they staved off a late rally from the Isotopes to win, 5-4, tonight at Isotopes Park. But despite the loss, Albuquerque got some solid efforts.

Here are tonight’s three stars of the game:

1. Joe Becker (2-for-4, 2 RBI, two-run HR, one run scored)

In his first start since his return to the Isotopes roster, Becker had a solid outing with a single in his first at-bat and then a two-run, eighth-inning blast over the wall in left-center to get Albuquerque within one run.

2. Jerry Sands (2-for-4, RBI, one run scored)

Sands also went 2-for-4 at the plate tonight and jump-started the ‘Topes’ comeback attempt with a solo home run in the seventh that cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 5-2.

3. Merkin Valdez (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO)

With two outs and two men on in the eighth, Valdez came in and kept the RedHawks from building on their 5-2 edge. Then, after the ‘Topes had chopped the lead to 5-4, Valdez notched a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

For a full recap on tonight’s game, head on over to!

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