Three Stars: August 6 vs. Tacoma
In a fitting conclusion to a homer-happy series, the Isotopes (59-56) blasted the Tacoma Rainiers (57-58), 20-7, on the strength of six home runs — two apiece being hit by Russ Mitchell and Jamie Hoffmann.
The ‘Topes earned a series split with the Rainiers and also tied two franchise marks for runs and hits in a single inning. Down 7-4 after just two-and-a-half innings, Albuquerque exploded for 11 runs on ten hits in the bottom of the third. It was the third time in franchise history that the ‘Topes scored 11 runs in an inning after doing it on April 13, 2003 against Oklahoma City (fifth inning) and again on June 18, 2003 against Colorado Springs (sixth). As for the 10 hits, that feat was first accomplished in the aforementioned June 18, 2003 contest versus the Sky Sox. The ‘Topes would tack on five more runs in the fourth inning to cap the night’s rampant scoring.
Albuquerque now shifts focus to a four-game set against the Salt Lake Bees, which starts tomorrow night with the series opener at 6:05 p.m. MT.
Here are your Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. Russ Mitchell, 3B (3-for-6, 2 HR, 6 RBI, three runs scored)
Mitchell had an absolutely monster night, cracking a three-run homer in the ‘Topes’ mega third inning and another three-run bomb in the fourth. In his last five contests, he’s hit at a .522 clip with three HRs and 12 RBIs.
2. Jamie Hoffmann, RF (4-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, three runs scored)
Not too far behind was Hoffmann, who swatted a three-run homer off Tacoma starting pitcher Chris Seddon in the second and went yard again with a solo shot in the third off reliever Chaz Roe.
3. The Bullpen — Ramon Troncoso, Travis Schlichting and Roy Corcoran
After starter Francisco Felix’s tough three innings of work (seven runs allowed, all earned, on eight hits), Troncoso, Schlichting and Corcoran combined to throw six scoreless frames, striking out seven batters and scattering just five hits. Troncoso (2-2) picked up the win after blanking the Rainiers in his three innings of action, allowing just one hit in that stretch.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, head over to AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!