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Isotopes score four late to down Zephyrs at home
One night after nearly pulling off an improbable ninth inning comeback, the Albuquerque Isotopes rallied late to top the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Albuquerque came up with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to get back from a 4-2 deficit to defeat the Zephyrs 6-4. The teams have split the first two games of their four-game series. They play again tonight at Isotopes Park.
Wednesday’s win also moved the Isotopes back to within 1-1/2 games of the PCL American South division lead as the Oklahoma City RedHawks fell to the Nashville Sounds 3-2.
The Isotopes trailed the entire game until the eighth inning. They got three of there first four batters aboard in the eighth, but the big play of the inning was a wild pitch by New Orleans’ Beau Jones.
Jones entered the game with the bases loaded and two out — the situation was set up by a New Orleans throwing error on a pickoff attempt one batter earlier — then threw his wild pitch that allowed Tim Federowicz to score from third and Tyler Henson to score all the way from second, breaking a 4-4 tie.
Isotopes relief pitcher Angel Guzman (1-0) picked up the win. Starting pitcher Will Savage went 5-1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs on seven hits.
Isotopes third baseman Josh Fields went 2-for-4 with a triple and scored two runs Wednesday. First baseman Jerry Sands had a two-run home run in the sixth inning to get Albuquerque (41-32) back into the game after falling behind 3-0 to the Zephyrs (38-35).
Three former Dukes enter Albuquerque Hall of Fame
The Isotopes announced this year’s inductees into the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this week.
Former Albuquerque Dukes standouts Sid Bream and Greg Brock will be enshrined, as well as former Dukes manager Kevin Kennedy and sportswriter Carlos Salazar.
The induction ceremonies for the 2012 Hall of Fame class will take part on Retro Night at Isotopes Park, which is scheduled for July 21.