|Hot Bats, And Keisler's Gem Push 'Topes Past OKC|
|Written by Phillip Lopez|
|Tuesday, 21 June 2011 21:03|
Isotopes: (42-30) 11
Redhawks: (30-43) 4
WP: Keisler (4-2)
LP: Perez (4-6)
The pitching story for Tuesday’s game at Isotopes Park had to be about Jonathan Broxton – who was making his first rehab-assignment for the ‘Topes, right? Not so fast, Randy Keisler was the star for the Isotopes on Tuesday.
Broxton started the game for Albuquerque, and went one inning, allowing one run on one hit, one walk, and a stolen base. Broxton was able to record two strikeouts – something that came in bunches for ‘Topes pitching, in game one of their four-game series with Oklahoma City.
The Dodgers veteran, Broxton was on a 25 pitch leash, and will get another start with the same pitch-count on Thursday against these same Oklahoma City Redhawks.
Randy Keisler got the ball proceeding Broxton, and Keisler was -- simply put -- brilliant. Randy went six innings, not allowing a single run, while striking out 10 Redhawks on the night. Though the ‘Topes didn’t necessarily need it, Randy also helped out at the plate. The Isotopes lefty reached base twice, scoring one run, and also driving in a run on a sacrifice fly.
The ‘Topes got things started in a positive direction from the get-go, as they piled up four runs, on three hits in the first inning.
Several players had stellar lines offensively, including Eugenio Velez, Trayvon Robinson, J.D. Closser, and Jamie Hoffman.
Trayvon Robinson continues his incredible growth, tonight Tray’ was 2-2 with three walks and two runs scored. Robinson has been working with Hitting Coach John Valentine on his two-strike approach, well, it is working. Robinson drew a walk in the fourth inning, after being down in the count 0-2, just another at-bat that has showcased his improvement.
Jamie Hoffman and Corey Smith each homered for Albuquerque in Tuesday night’s route of Oklahoma City. As a whole, the Isotopes offense continues to showcase how this team is in first place.