Topes Notes 05-20-11

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Hoffmann’s blast lifts Isotopes to win

Jamie Hoffmann belted a solo homer leading off the bottom of the ninth to deliver the Albuquerque Isotopes (22-17) a 3-2 walk-off win over the Reno Aces (25-16) on a chilly Thursday night at Isotopes Park.
Thursday’s game was the opening of a four-game set for the Isotopes in Albuquerque. The Isotopes will take on the Aces and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
The Isotopes will be looking to win their third straight game tonight when they face the Aces. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.
Hoffmann’s blast to seal the win came on a night where Albuquerque starting pitcher Dana Eveland fired eight strong innings in which he gave up just two runs.
Knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Hoffmann watched a first-pitch strike from Aces reliever Jason Urquidez, then fouled off two straight pitches to fall into an 0-2 hole.
After Hoffmann worked the count full, Urquidez grooved a ball right over the plate that Hoffmann drover over the left field fence to give Albuquerque the win.
Runs were at a premium Thursday. Eveland went eight strong innings — the longest outing of the season by an Isotopes starter — scattering eight hits while striking out four. Reno starter Zach Kroenke threw seven innings, giving up five hits. while fanning five batters.
Albuquerque’s Travis Schlichting (3-1) earned the victory, pitching around a lead-off double in the ninth. Reno botched a suicide squeeze attempt in the ninth to keep the game knotted heading into the bottom of the frame.
Tim Redding (1-4, 6.37 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Isotopes against Reno’s right-hander Matt Torra (2-0, 5.08).
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