A four-run fifth inning would prove to be the turning point for the Isotopes (58-54) in a 6-3 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (55-57) on Wednesday night at Isotopes Park. After scoring a pair of runs in the third inning to pull within 3-2, the ‘Topes pushed ahead in the fifth with a three-run homer from Jerry Sands, followed by an RBI double from the returning John Lindsey.
Mike Parisi picked up the win, improving to 2-1 with the ‘Topes. Forrest Snow (0-1) took the loss for Tacoma.
Here are your Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. Jerry Sands, 1B (1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, one run scored)
Following two-out singles from Jay Gibbons and Mitchell in the fifth, Sands rocked his 19th home run of the season to put the ‘Topes ahead for good.
2. Russ Mitchell, 3B (2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, one run scored)
Mitchell’s two-run double with two away in the second got Albuquerque on the board, and his aforementioned base hit in the fifth helped trigger a big frame for the home team.
3. Mike Parisi, P (6 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 5 BB, 4 K)
After giving up two runs in the first, Parisi settled down and gave up just one run on three hits over his next five innings — and then benefited nicely from the Isotopes’ four-run fifth.
Random Tidbit: In his first game in Albuquerque since being traded to the Mariners organization on Sunday in a three-team deal, PCL All-Star and former Isotope Trayvon Robinson went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and two walks for the Rainiers.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, be sure to visit AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!