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Isotopes just a half-game away from division lead with 11-0 win
The Albuquerque Isotopes pounded out 14 hits on the way to a huge 11-0 win over the division-leading Round Rock Express Monday.
The win moved the Isotopes to within a half-game of the PCL American South Division lead with one game left to play at Round Rock. That game is tonight.
Right fielder Trent Oeltjen went 3-for-4 with five RBI Monday. Oeltjen had a two-run home run in the third inning off Express starter Zach Jackson to help get the ball rolling for offensively. The home run was Oeltjen’s eighth of the season and he leads the club with 34 RBI.
JD Closser, Albuquerque’s first baseman, went 3-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs, one of five Isotopes to finish with at least one RBI.
Albuquerque scored three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to turn the game into a laugher.
For the Express, Jackson (4-2) went 5-2/3 innings, giving up eight earned runs and 11 hits.
On the mound for Albuquerque, Randy Keisler picked up his first win of the year, going six innings. Keisler (1-2) gave up six hits, all of them singles, and allowed just one runner to reach third base.
Albuquerque (32-25) will wrap up its longest road trip of the season with tonight’s game. The road trip started off poorly for Albuquerque, as it lost five of the first six contests, but rebounded to split a series against Memphis and has taken two of three from the Express (33-25) and could grab first place in the PCL American South with a win tonight.
The Isotopes, however, will be without the services of shortstop Dee Gordon. Gordon was called up Monday to the Los Angeles Dodgers and made his Major League debut at Philadelphia.
Gordon, who was ranked by “Baseball America” as the top prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system, was batting .315 with 22 stolen bases and 34 runs scored for the Isotopes.
With his call-up, Gordon became the ninth Isotope of the season to play for the big club.
To fill Gordon’s spot, infielder Charlie Mirabal was moved from extended spring training in Glendale, Ariz.
For tonight’s game against the Express, the Isotopes will start right-hander Tim Sexton (1-0, 3.38 ERA) against the Express’ right-hander Derek Hankins (5-4, 6.79).
Following tonight’s game at Round Rock, Albuquerque will have a travel day Wednesday.
It opens a quick four-game set with Nashville Thursday night at Isotopes Park.