The Memphis Redbirds (68-61) jumped on the Isotopes (65-65) early, scoring 12 runs in the first three innings to get them rolling to an eventual 16-7 triumph on Monday night at Isotopes Park.
Memphis shot out to a 9-0 lead after 1 1/2 innings, and after the ‘Topes put up two runs in the bottom of the second, the visitors plated three in the third to go up 12-2. The ‘Topes pulled within 12-5 in the fourth inning on a two-run homer from Hoffmann and a double from Damaso Espino that plated Tim Federowicz as Memphis’ Pete Kozma missed the catch, but the ‘Birds promptly scored twice in the fifth and twice again in the seventh before Albuquerque capped the night’s scoring with a two-run homer from Sands in the eighth.
Here are your Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. Jamie Hoffmann, CF (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, one run scored)
Hoffmann was one of just two ‘Topes players with RBIs on a Monday night that saw plenty of hits (12) but not enough runs for Albuquerque. He now has 22 homers and 80 RBI on the season after his three-RBI effort.
2. Jerry Sands, LF (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, three runs scored)
Sands also turned in a solid offensive effort Monday, contributing two doubles (19) in addition to his 25th homer of the season, which came late against Memphis reliever Cory Rauschenberger.
3. Damaso Espino, 1B (2-for-4)
Espino had a decent night at the dish with a single in the second and the aforementioned double that managed to get Federowicz home for the Isotopes’ fifth run of the night.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, head over to AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!