|Isotopes Edge Sounds In Offensive Showdown|
|Written by Phillip Lopez|
|Sunday, 12 June 2011 16:28|
Isotopes: (36-26) 16
Sounds: (27-35) 14
WP: Valdez (4-1)
LP: Hand (1-3)
Isotopes Park was host to an explosion on Sunday, an offensive explosion from both the ‘Topes and the visiting Nashville Sounds. The series finale was played in front of 6,341 fans at The Lab; those fans saw a combined 43 hits, and 30 runs.
Things looked promising for the Isotopes early, as they had a 6-2 lead entering the fourth inning. Sounds second-baseman Taylor Green then lead off the fourth inning with a homerun, the shot was the spark that Nashville needed as they went on to score 7 runs in the inning – pushing starter John Ely from the game.
As they always seem to do, the Isotopes bounced back and scored three runs in the fourth to tie the game at nine. Nashville had another huge inning in the seventh scoring five runs -- naturally, The Isotopes matched the five runs in the seventh. Albuquerque then went on to score two in the eighth to seal the win.
Several players had big night’s offensively for the ‘Topes, leading the way were Trayvon Robinson and Russ Mitchell.
Robinson tied an Isotopes record with five hits and finished the game going 5-6 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored. The Dodgers prospect was also stellar in the field -- making two terrific catches, a sprinting over the head grab as he ranged to his left, and a sparkling diving catch made on the left-field line.
Mitchell was, surprisingly, the lone Albuquerque player with a homerun on the day. Russ was looking for a day like today and said he felt one coming -- Mitchell had a team high 5 RBI, while going 4-5.
Jerry Sands looked like, well, Jerry Sands, as he went 2-4 with an RBI and 3 runs scored for the Isotopes. Sands also showed incredible base-running, as well as great range in right-field.
Merkin Valdez continued his tremendous June, pitching scoreless runs in each of the final two innings of the game.
After taking three of four from the Nashville Sounds, the first place Isotopes now go to Oklahoma City for four games before returning back to Isotopes Park on Friday.