For the second straight night, the Isotopes (59-58) fell into a deep early hole, battled back to make it a game and eventually came up short, dropping a 9-6 decision to the Salt Lake Bees (54-63) on Monday night at Isotopes Park.
After spotting the Bees a pair of runs in the top of the second, the ‘Topes hit the board in their half of the inning with an RBI single from A.J. Ellis. But Salt Lake would respond with a run in the fourth to make it 3-1, and then surged for five runs in the fifth inning. Down 8-1, the ‘Topes whittled away at the gap with two runs in the fifth, one in the seventh and two in the eighth, but the Bees tacked on one more run in their ninth. Reliever Ryan Brasier then went through the ‘Topes 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the frame to seal a win for the visitors.
Here are tonight’s Three Stars of the Game for the Isotopes:
1. Justin Sellers, SS (2-for-4, 2 RBI, one run scored)
A pair of doubles — one that triggered a two-run fifth for Albuquerque and another that plated Jay Gibbons and Jamie Hoffmann to cut Salt Lake’s lead to 8-6 in the eighth — keyed Sellers’ night and helped the ‘Topes climb back into the contest.
2. A.J. Ellis, DH (1-for-3, BB, RBI)
After Salt Lake jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second, Ellis knocked a two-out single to right field in the bottom half of the inning to score Jamie Hoffmann, who had doubled earlier with one away.
3. Tim Federowicz (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, one run scored)
Three Triple-A hits, three home runs. In addition to a RBI groundout in the fifth inning, “FedEx” clocked a solo homer off Bees starting pitcher Jerome Williams in the seventh, which pulled the ‘Topes within 8-4.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, head on over to AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!