Three Stars: July 18 vs. Oklahoma City

The Isotopes’ recent troubles against the Oklahoma City RedHawks continued Monday night, as the visitors erased a 6-2 deficit late to defeat Albuquerque, 8-7, at Isotopes Park. The ‘Hawks put up a four-run seventh inning to tie the contest and then pulled ahead for good with two more in the eighth, making it 8-6.

With two gone in the bottom of the ninth, Trayvon Robinson blasted a solo home run to get the ‘Topes within 8-7, and Russ Mitchell continued the rally with a single. But ‘Hawks pitcher Mickey Storey struck out Corey Smith to end the game, giving Oklahoma City its fourth straight win against Albuquerque dating back to late June.

Here are the Three Stars of the game for your Isotopes:

1. Russ Mitchell, 3B (5-for-5, 2 RBI, one run scored)

Mitchell had a strong night at the dish with his ninth home run of the season (a two-run shot in the second inning) as the highlight. He also collected singles in the third and fifth, a double in the seventh, and another base hit in the ninth during the ‘Topes’ rally attempt.

2. Joe Newby, P (5 2/3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K)

The Alaska native did all he could, posting a decent outing on the mound and getting good run support in return. Unfortunately for him, the game turned against the ‘Topes after his exit and he was left with the no-decision.

3. Trayvon Robinson, CF (2-for-4, RBI, BB, two runs scored)

Robinson bopped his 24th home run of the season as Albuquerque tried to come from behind in the ninth for a win. He now sits in a tie for third-most dingers in the Pacific Coast League with former Isotope and current Sacramento River Cat, Jai Miller.

For a full recap of tonight’s game, head over to AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!

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