Three Stars: July 24 vs. New Orleans

The New Orleans Zephyrs (49-53) roared out of the gate with four runs in the first and maintained control for the rest of the night as they defeated the Isotopes (54-48), 17-9, in a contest that ended due to inclement weather after six-and-a-half innings at Isotopes Park. With the loss, the ‘Topes saw their four-game winning streak snapped and also fell to five games back of the Round Rock Express for the lead in the PCL’s American Southern division.

The ‘Topes will again aim for the series win tomorrow afternoon at The Lab, with the first pitch at 12:05 p.m. MT. For those who can’t make it to the game, you can listen on KTBL-AM 1050 (coverage begins at 11:35 a.m. MT).

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

1. Russ Mitchell, 1B (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, two runs scored)

Mitchell led the way for the Albuquerque offense, crushing a three-run homer in the fifth inning and hitting an RBI single in what was a four-run sixth for the ‘Topes.

2. Jerry Sands, LF (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB, one run scored)

The “Sandman” cranked his 16th home run of the year, a two-run shot, in the ‘Topes big sixth. He’s now up to 50 RBI on the year as well.

3. Damaso Espino, C (1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, one run scored)

With one on in the second inning, Espino muscled up and smacked his fourth homer of the season to get the ‘Topes on the board after the Z’s put up six runs in the first one-and-a-half frames.

For a full recap of tonight’s game, check out AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!

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