Topes Notes 05-09-12

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Isotopes continue their hot streak with win at Tacoma

The Albuquerque Isotopes continued their winning ways on the road Tuesday night with a victory over the Tacoma Rainiers.
The win was the opener of an eight game road trip for Albuquerque, which has won nine of its last 11 contests. Albuquerque and Tacoma were scheduled to play an afternoon game today.
Will Savage ran his record to a perfect 6-0 Tuesday, going 6-2/3 innings. Despite giving up eight hits he surrendered just two earned runs, both in the seventh inning before he was pulled in favor of Ramon Troncoso, as the Isotopes won 4-2.
Josh Wall threw 1-1/3 innings to pick up his eighth save on the year for Albuquerque (20-13).
At the plate, Albuquerque scored three runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth. Luis Cruz singled in Scott Van Slyke and Justin Sellers hit a sacrifice fly to score Jeff Baisley in consecutive at-bats in the fourth off Tacoma’s Jeff Marquez (2-3).
It was a big homestand just completed for the Isotopes in several ways.
Not only did the Isotopes go 6-2 in eight games in Albuquerque, they drew better than 62,000 fans in those contests, including a season-high 13,087 fans for their game Saturday night.
Tuesday’s win gives the Isotopes a 1-1/2 game lead in the PCL American South division over New Orleans.
Following this series with Tacoma, Albuquerque will be on the road for four games at Salt Lake City. It will return home May 17 for a series against Sacramento.