After falling behind early and losing in the last two nights, the Isotopes (60-58) reversed the trend and continued to pour it on Tuesday night, eventually taking a 19-6 romp over the Salt Lake Bees (54-64) at Isotopes Park.
The ‘Topes put up three runs in the first and after the Bees got two of them back in the second, Albuquerque added three more in their half of that inning for a 6-2 lead. Salt Lake cut the lead to 6-3 in the fourth, but the ‘Topes then rattled off two runs in the fourth, two more in the fifth and another in the sixth, taking an 11-3 edge. Then came the seventh, which saw the Bees’ two-run burst in the top half of the inning dwarfed by an eight-run, game-sealing explosion from the ‘Topes in the bottom half — an outburst marked by back-to-back-to-back home runs from Jerry Sands (two-run), Jamie Hoffmann and Justin Sellers and, later in the inning, a grand slam from Ivan De Jesus Jr.
Here are tonight’s Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. Jamie Hoffmann (5-for-5, 2 HR, BB, 5 RBI, three runs scored)
The outfielder had a field day with the Bees’ pitching, swatting a three-run homer in the first inning and then a solo shot in the seventh. He also drove in another run with a single in the fourth.
2. Ivan De Jesus, Jr., 2B (4-for-5, HR, BB, 6 RBI, three runs scored)
De Jesus’ grand slam in the seventh inning was Albuquerque’s second of the season and first since Trayvon Robinson’s slam on July 17th against Nashville. The infielder also had a two-run single in the fifth that got the ‘Topes into double digits on the scoreboard.
3. Jerry Sands, 1B (2-for-6, 4 RBI, two runs scored)
Sands was part of the ‘Topes power display in the seventh, cranking his 21st homer of the season. He also helped get the ‘Topes off to a strong start with a two-run double in the second inning, pushing their early edge to 6-2.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, check out AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!