The Isotopes (60-59) closed their latest homestand with a 10-7 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (55-64) on Wednesday night at Isotopes Park.
After two scoreless innings, Salt Lake put up two runs apiece in the third and fourth frames before Albuquerque cut the gap to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run homer from John Lindsey. But later on in the sixth, the Bees surged for four runs via two-run homers from Jeremy Moore and Gil Velazquez. The ‘Topes got a run back in their half of the inning to pull within 8-4, but in the seventh, Moore struck again with a two-run, inside-the-park homer to give Salt Lake a 10-4 edge.
Albuquerque responded with a three-run seventh, with a Ivan De Jesus Jr. sacrifice fly and a two-run double from Jay Gibbons providing the scoring, but that would be as far as they’d get to the Bees. After a league-wide day off tomorrow, the ‘Topes will begin an eight-game road trip against the Fresno Grizzlies and Sacramento River Cats. First pitch for Friday’s four-game series opener in Fresno will be at 8:05 p.m. MT.
Here are tonight’s Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. John Lindsey, DH (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, one run scored)
The big man’s been solid at the plate in recent times, and he continued to swing well tonight with a three-run blast (his 10th of the season) in the fourth inning that got the ‘Topes back in the ball game.
2. Jerry Sands, LF (2-for-4, HR, RBI, two runs scored)
Sands collected his 22nd home run of the year in the sixth inning, which chopped the Bees’ lead to 8-4. He was also part of the ‘Topes three-run inning, hitting a two-out single that was followed by a single from Jamie Hoffmann, which then led to Lindsey’s dinger.
3. Jay Gibbons, 1B-RF (1-for-4, 2 RBI)
Albuquerque didn’t give up despite being down six runs in the seventh inning, and it was Gibby’s two-out, two-run double that put the ‘Topes within striking distance of the Bees once again.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, check out AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!