Topes Notes 06-03-11

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Isotopes snap losing streak

The Albuquerque Isotopes held on during a ninth inning rally by the Memphis Redbirds to win 5-4 Thursday in Memphis.
With two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Albuquerque closer Jon Link got Memphis’ Nick Stavinoha to ground out and Matt Carpenter to strike out swinging to preserve the victory.
Thursday’s win snapped a three-game skid by the Isotopes, their longest of the season. The Isotopes lost the first two games of the four game series with the Redbirds, but have a chance to earn a series draw with a win tonight.
Albuquerque (29-25) is in the middle of its longest road trip of the season. Following tonight’s game at Memphis, Albuquerque will play Round Rock, the leader of the PCL American South Division, for four games ton conclude its 12-game road swing.
Albuquerque returns June 9 to play a quick four-game set with Nashville.
Thursday, the Isotopes scored three times in the top of the fifth to take a 4-1 edge. Rehabbing Los Angeles Dodger Marcus Thames doubled to center field to drive in a pair of runs during the inning.
For the Isotopes, shortstop Dee Grodon went 2-for-4 and Eugenio Velez went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and a run driven in.
Albuquerque is currently 1-1/2 games behind Round Rock (31-23) for the PCL American South lead and could take the division lead with a good showing in that series. However, Albuquerque has won just twice in seven games during this trip.