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The Albuquerque Isotopes and Iowa Cubs played a pair of games Sunday, although they meant to play just one.
The two teams were knotted at 1 apiece until the top of the 18th inning when the Isotopes scored four times, winning Sunday’s contest 5-1 in Des Moines.
The two teams combined to use 17 pitchers in the marathon outing. Albuquerque’s Peter Moylan (4-1) who threw the 15th, 16th and 17th innings, was credited with the win.
Both teams were relatively punchless on offense, but the Cubs (48-50) were particularly so. The Cubs managed just seven hits off the 10 Isotopes pitchers who threw.
In regulation, both teams managed single tallies in the sixth inning. In extras, neither team even put together much of a threat to score until the 18th.
In the top of the 18th, Elevys Gonzalez led off with a walk, moved to second on a bunt by Dee Gordon, and scored on a throwing error by pitcher Casey Coleman for what would ultimately be the game-winning run.
Nick Buss, who will represent Albuquerque (56-42) in the PCL-International League All-Star Game Wednesday, tripled in two runs later in the inning.
Buss, who is near the top of the league in many offensive categories, was elected to start in the outfield for the PCL.
The PCL is on its All-Star break until Thursday.
The Isotopes return to Albuquerque for a quick four-game homestand against Omaha starting Thursday.