After getting tagged for 16 runs on Wednesday night, the Isotopes (66-67) returned the favor as Ivan De Jesus, Jr.’s two home runs paced Albuquerque in a 13-3 romp over the Round Rock Express on Thursday night at Isotopes Park. De Jesus swatted a solo shot in the first inning and then cranked a grand slam in the seventh inning that put the game away.
Round Rock jumped ahead with three runs in the first, but after De Jesus cut the lead to 3-1, the ‘Topes followed up with five runs in their half of the second to take the point for good. That would be enough support for ‘Topes starting pitcher Mike Parisi, who bounced back from his tough first inning to hold the Express scoreless on just two hits until his exit with two gone in the seventh. In the bottom of that inning, with the ‘Topes now up 8-3, De Jesus hit his grand slam after a single from John Lindsey and walks from Tim Federowicz and Ivan Ochoa loaded the bases for him.
Here are Thursday’s Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. Ivan De Jesus, Jr., 2B (3-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, three runs scored)
For the second time in six days, De Jesus turned in a two-homer game, and while it wasn’t quite as dramatic as his two-homer game last Saturday against Memphis (which was won for the ‘Topes on his second homer that night), it was still a sight to see.
2. Mike Parisi, P (6.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K)
The Express touched Parisi for three runs on two hits in the first, but the ‘Topes’ starting pitcher settled down and let only three Round Rock batters on base for the rest of his night.
3. Jerry Sands, LF (4-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, two runs scored)
Sands continued to turn up the power during this homestand, contributing a three-run homer (his 27th long ball of the year) to the Isotopes’ five-run second. He’s hit three dingers in the last four nights.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, head on over to AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!