The Isotopes (58-56) held a 7-5 lead through four innings, but couldn’t hold on as the Tacoma Rainiers (57-57) came from behind and outslugged them, 13-9, on Friday night at Isotopes Park.
Down 5-1 after two-and-a-half innings, the ‘Topes put up a five-run third with scoring from a Russ Mitchell two-run single and a three-run homer from John Lindsey, making it 6-5. A Justin Sellers triple in the fourth set him up to score on a Jay Gibbons force out grounder, pushing the lead to 7-5, Albuquerque. But Tacoma took it back for good with a three-run fifth that was punctuated by a two-run homer from Mike Wilson. The Rainiers held an 8-7 edge until the eighth, when they plated five runs to effectively seal the win.
Here’s your Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. John Lindsey, DH (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB, one run scored)
Big John kept on rolling, clearing the .300 BA mark (.304) with another strong night that was marked by his ninth dinger of the season, a three-run job off Tacoma’s Luke French in the third inning.
2. Russ Mitchell, 1B (3-for-4, 2 RBI, BB, two runs scored)
Mitchell also had a good night at the dish, gaining his 48th and 49th RBI of the season on the aforementioned two-run base hit. He also collected a single in the fourth inning and a triple in the ninth.
3. Justin Sellers, SS (2-for-3, HR, one RBI, 2 BB, three runs scored)
In addition to his fourth-inning triple that would help net a run for the ‘Topes, Sellers drew first blood with a solo homer in the first inning (his 13th round-tripper of 2011).
Honorable Mention: Tim Federowicz, C (1-for-4, one RBI, one run scored)
On his 24th birthday, Federowicz gave himself a nice present: His first Triple-A home run. In the eighth inning, he cranked a 2-0 pitch from Tacoma reliever Shawn Kelley over the wall in left field. Happy Birthday, indeed.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, head over to AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!