The Isotopes (59-57) fell to the Salt Lake Bees (53-63), 11-8, in the series-opening game of a four-game set on Sunday night at Isotopes Park.
The Bees, who were led by designated hitter Hank Conger and his six-RBI performance, plated three runs each in the first and second innings, shooting out to a 6-0 lead, and after spotting the ‘Topes their first run of the night in the third, they tacked on two more in the fourth for an 8-1 edge. Albuquerque responded with a four-run fourth — three of those runs coming from Tim Federowicz’s second home run with the ‘Topes — to pull within 8-5, but the Bees plated a pair of runs in the sixth to push the lead to 10-5. A three-run sixth got the ‘Topes within 10-8, but that would be as far as they got as Salt Lake got one more in the seventh to cap the night’s scoring.
Here are Sunday’s Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. Tim Federowicz, C (1-for-3, 3 RBI, two runs scored)
After hitting his first home run in Triple-A last night against Tacoma, Federowicz claimed his second in the fourth inning off Salt Lake starting pitcher Trevor Bell to get Albuquerque back in the game.
2. Russ Mitchell, 3B (2-for-3, one RBI, one BB)
Mitchell continues to swing a hot bat, and his RBI single in the sixth inning helped the Isotopes cut Salt Lake’s lead to 10-8. He also collected a single earlier in the fourth inning.
3. Ivan De Jesus, Jr. (1-for-5, one RBI)
After leaving the bases loaded in the fifth, the ‘Topes found themselves in the same position with one out in the sixth. The same fate wouldn’t befall them again, as DeJesus’ bloop single got Federowicz home and triggered a three-run burst for Albuquerque.
For more on tonight’s game, head over to AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!