The Isotopes’ (65-67) troubles continued on Wednesday night as the Round Rock Express used their big bats to double up Albuquerque, 16-8, at Isotopes Park.
The ‘Topes took an early 1-0 lead in the second, which began with a double from Russ Mitchell, continued with a single from Jerry Sands, and yielded the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly from Jamie Hoffmann. But in the fourth, the Express churned out nine runs — three of which came off the first of two homers on the night from designated hitter Chad Tracy — to take a 9-1 edge. Albuquerque put up four runs in the fifth inning as John Lindsey scored on a balk, Brad Coon hit a sacrifice fly, Ivan Ochoa scored on a wild pitch, and Jay Gibbons doubled to center to score Joe Becker. But with their lead cut to 9-5, Round Rock exploded again in the sixth for five runs to ruin any hope of a Isotopes rally.
Here are Wednesday’s Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. Jerry Sands, 1B (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, one run scored)
Sands’ single in the second helped the team along in hitting the scoreboard first and also hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning that yielded two runs for the ‘Topes. He also muscled his 26th homer of the season over the wall in the ninth.
2. Jamie Hoffmann, CF (1-for-3, 2 RBI)
“Hoffy” used the sac fly to his advantage twice by getting Albuquerque’s first run of the night on one and helping the ‘Topes pull within 16-7 on another in the seventh.
3. Jay Gibbons, RF (1-for-3, RBI, BB, one run scored)
Gibbons’ double in the fifth brought Albuquerque within 9-5 and he also scored on Sands’ sac fly in the seventh.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, check out AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!