Three Stars: July 21 (DH) vs. Oklahoma City

The Isotopes (52-47) finally solved the Oklahoma City RedHawks (42-57) in a pair of seven-inning contests Thursday night at Isotopes Park, taking an 8-4 win in Game 1 and then earning a four-game series split with the ‘Hawks via a 6-1 triumph in Game 2. Even more importantly, the ‘Topes picked up 1.5 games on Round Rock in the PCL’s American Southern division (they now stand six games back of the Express) as well as momentum going into their next four-game set against New Orleans, which starts tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. MT.

With the doubleheader, we’ve got two sets of Three Stars for your Isotopes. Let’s get started with Game One:

1. Ivan DeJesus, Jr., 2B (3-for-4, three RBI, one run scored)

After the RedHawks tied the game at 4-4 in their half of the fourth inning, the ‘Topes quickly answered in their half of the frame by loading the bases to set-up DeJesus, Jr. for a two-run single to right-center that put Albuquerque ahead for good.

2. Dee Gordon, SS (2-for-3, one RBI, one BB, one run scored)

Gordon’s two-out RBI triple was his contribution to Albuquerque’s four-run second inning. He also managed a bunt single in the sixth inning that triggered a two-run, game-sealing sixth inning for the ‘Topes.

3. Russ Mitchell (2-for-4, one RBI, one run scored)

Mitchell’s single in the second inning made it a franchise-record eight straight at-bats with a hit for him, and enabled him to join Robert Andino (June 7-9, 2007) and John Gall (June 14-15, 2008) as the third Isotope to pull the feat.

And now, your stars for Game Two:

1. Dana Eveland, P (6 IP, 1 R (1 ER), 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K)

The Pacific Coast League All-Star had another stellar outing to notch his tenth win of 2011, being quite efficient (60 of his 85 pitches went for strikes) and inducing eight ground outs to supplement his fanning of seven RedHawk batters.

2. Jamie Hoffmann, CF (2-for-3, RBI, two runs scored)

Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth, the ‘Topes scored four runs in the frame to pull away. One of those four runs came off the bat of Hoffmann, who singled to score Trayvon Robinson from second to give Albuquerque a 4-1 edge.

3. Jerry Sands, RF (2-for-3, RBI, two runs scored)

Sands got the ‘Topes on the board first with a two-out solo home run in the first inning, then led off their big sixth with a single to right-center. He came home on an RBI triple from Mitchell, beginning the outburst.

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

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