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After being derailed by the D-Train one night earlier, the Albuquerque Isotopes couldn’t get back on track Wednesday.
Albuquerque scratched together seven hits in Isotopes Park, but managed to cross the plate in only the second inning as it fell to the Salt Lake Bees 7-2 at Isotopes Park.
Albuquerque, which had offensive woes last week in a visit to the West Coast, appeared to have those righted after scoring a combined 25 runs against Tacoma and in the series opener against Salt Lake. But Tuesday, Albuquerque was shut out by former Major League Dontrelle Willis, then went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position against Salt Lake starter Matt Shoemaker (10-13) Wednesday.
The final game of the series between Albuquerque (67-58) and Salt Lake (72-53) is tonight.
Following tonight’s game, the Isotopes open a big five-game series at Oklahoma City, which leads the PCL American Southern division.
The Isotopes had an opportunity to make Oklahoma City’s RedHawks sweat at the top of the division if they had a good homestand, but have gone just 3-4 at home, managing only a split with Tacoma and losing two straight to the Bees.
Fortunately for the Isotopes, the RedHawks (69-56) are having their own problems. They’ve lost five straight and six of seven on the road at Las Vegas and Tucson and are up just two games over Albuquerque and five games over Round Rock with 17 games left.