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After checking in as one of the hottest teams in the PCL, the Albuquerque Isotopes have cooled considerably.
The Isotopes dropped three of four home contests this weekend to the Omaha Storm Chasers. Their luck didn’t improve on the start of their road trip Monday, either, as they fell in the opening game of a series at Nashville.
Albuquerque (57-46), which had won 9 of 11 contests heading into a festive home series against Omaha Thursday, managed just one victory at Isotopes Park, that being Friday. Saturday was a big day for Albuquerque, which not only hosted “Retro Night,” where it took the field in the uniforms of the Albuquerque Dukes, but inducted new members into its Hall of Fame and held a post-game fireworks show.
None of that helped the Isotopes secure a victory, however, as they fell to Omaha 4-2.
Omaha (47-55) has been a bugaboo for Albuquerque all season, having won 10 of the teams’ 16 meetings.
Against Nashville’s Sounds (37-66) Monday, the Isotopes scored three runs in the top of the seventh to go up 4-3, but the Sounds came back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for good.
Albuquerque relief pitcher Matt Palmer (5-4) took the loss, giving up four earned runs on eight hits in 3-1/3 innings of work.
The Isotopes, with their recent slide, have slipped to second place in the American Southern standings, a game behind Round Rock (58-45).