A four-run sixth inning for the Memphis Redbirds (67-61) was the turning point on Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park, as the Isotopes (65-64) were unable to hold on to the lead and eventually fell, 10-5.
The Isotopes held a 4-3 lead through five innings, but the Redbirds took the point for good in the top of the sixth. With two on and two out, Freddie Bynum (pinch-hitting for Memphis starting pitcher Brian Broderick) hit an RBI single to tie the game, and after a walk from Shawn Robinson loaded the bases, Tyler Greene cleared them with a triple to right-center, putting the ‘Birds up, 7-4. Memphis pushed the lead to 8-4 in the seventh, only to have the ‘Topes cut it to 8-5 in their half of the frame on a solo home run from Jay Gibbons. But that would be as far as Albuquerque got, with the visitors putting up one run apiece in the eighth and ninth.
Here are your Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. Jay Gibbons, RF (4-for-5, 3 RBI, two runs)
Gibby had a strong day at the plate, with RBI singles in the first and second inning setting the stage for his solo home run and ninth dinger of the season in the seventh.
2. Jamie Hoffmann, CF (1-for-4, RBI)
Hoffmann’s role in Albuquerque’s three-run first wasn’t flashy, but it was effective. Two batters after Russ Mitchell hit a sacrifice fly to score Ivan De Jesus, Jr. and give the ‘Topes a 2-1 lead, Hoffmann grounded out to plate Jay Gibbons from third, making it 3-1, ‘Topes.
3. Randy Keisler, P (5 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K)
Keisler was not spectacular, but was solid enough against the Redbirds’ offense to leave with the lead after five frames. 43 of the Texan’s 78 pitches went for strikes and he induced eight groundouts.
For a full recap of today’s game, head over to AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!