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Isotopes strand 8 runners in loss

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By The Staff

The Albuquerque Isotopes got some runners on base Wednesday night against the Sacramento River Cats. They just couldn’t knock them in.
The Isotopes (53-59) finished with 8 hits and drew a pair of walks against the River Cats (63-49), but managed just single tallies in the third and seventh innings.
But with a rough start for pitcher Drew Carpenter that had the Isotopes in a hole early, even finding some of those hits might not have mattered.
Sacramento won game two of the four-game series 7-2. Albuquerque and Sacramento will play today and Friday before the Isotopes return home for a quick, four-game series against Tacoma starting Saturday.
Carpenter lasted just four innings, giving up four earned runs and six hits during that time, including surrendering three runs in the bottom of the first. Despite posting an ERA of 7.76 runs, that was Carpenter’s first loss of the season.
But the Isotope batters didn’t do the pitching staff any favors. The Isotopes left 8 runners on base in the game and went just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Sacramento starting pitcher Arnold Leon (10-5) bent but didn’t break, giving up seven hits but just the two runs.
Despite Wednesday’s loss, Albuquerque has been playing well of late, going 11-5 in its last 16 games.
Unfortunately for the Isotopes, they haven’t gained much ground on the division-leading Las Vegas 51s, who are 8-1/ games up on them and 7-1/2 up on the El Paso Chihuhuas.