Randy Keisler threw seven shutout innings and received plenty of run support in return as the Isotopes (67-67) blanked the Round Rock Express, 9-0, on Friday night at Isotopes Park.
Keisler gave up just three hits over his seven innings of work, striking out eight and walking just one along the way. The ‘Topes offense was equally as strong, jumping ahead 3-0 in the first on a RBI single from Russ Mitchell and a two-run double from John Lindsey.
Albuquerque scored one more in the third to make it 4-0, then lowered the boom on the Express with a four-run fourth that saw them go up 8-0 on back-to-back-to-back RBI hits from Ivan De Jesus, Jr. (two-run triple), Joe Becker (RBI triple) and Russ Mitchell (RBI single). Mitchell struck again in the sixth with another RBI single that capped the night’s scoring.
Here are Friday’s Three Stars of the Game for your Isotopes:
1. Randy Keisler, P (7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 8 K, 1 BB)
Keisler has now thrown 13 straight shutout innings against the Express this season; in his last appearance against Round Rock on June 6, he blanked them for six frames and scattered six hits in an 11-0 victory.
2. Russ Mitchell, 1B (3-for-5, 4 RBI, one run scored)
Mitchell manufactured three of the ‘Topes runs with singles and another on a groundout in the third inning, which was set up by Becker’s first of two triples on the night.
3. Ivan De Jesus, Jr. (2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB, three runs scored)
After a two-homer effort last night, De Jesus picked right up again with a two-run triple that triggered Albuquerque’s game-sealing, four-run fourth inning. He also led off the Isotopes’ three-run first with a single that had him advance to third on a Round Rock fielding error.
For a full recap of tonight’s game, head over to AlbuquerqueBaseball.com!