The long ball made for a long night as the Tacoma Rainiers (56-57) cranked out five home runs in a 12-4 victory over the Isotopes (58-55) on Thursday night at Isotopes Park.
Rainiers third baseman Alex Liddi blasted three homers, becoming the first opposing player to pull that feat off against the ‘Topes since Oklahoma’s Victor Diaz did it on Sept. 1, 2007. Designated hitter Wily Mo Pena socked the other two Tacoma dingers.
Albuquerque took a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run from John Lindsey, but that would be the last time the ‘Topes would hold the lead as Tacoma exploded for six runs in the top of the third inning. The ‘Topes got three of those runs back in their half of the third to pull within 6-4, but a three-run fourth for Tacoma pushed their edge to 9-4 and would effectively silence a potential rally from the home team.
Here are your Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. John Lindsey, DH (2-for-4, HR, one RBI, one run scored)
After going 2-for-3 last night in his first game back from the disabled list, Lindsey kept plugging along with his eighth homer of the season, which gave the ‘Topes their first — and, as it turned out, only — lead on Thursday.
2. Jay Gibbons, RF (1-for-5, HR, two RBI, one run scored)
After Brad Coon led off the ‘Topes’ third with a single, Gibbons stepped in two batters later and hit a two-run homer to give some life to Albuquerque and cut Tacoma’s lead to 6-3.
3. Jamie Hoffmann, LF (1-for-4, one RBI)
With runners on the corners, Hoffmann continued Albuquerque’s third-inning surge with a RBI single to left-center. That made it 6-4 at the time, but it would be as close as the ‘Topes would get.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, be sure to check out AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!