Topes Notes 06-22-11

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Isotopes roll to big win

A big night from both the offense and pitcher Randy Keisler propelled the Albuquerque Isotopes to an 11-4 win in their series opener against the Oklahoma City RedHawks Tuesday night.
Keisler struck out 10 batters coming on in relief in the second inning. Keisler threw six solid innings in relief of Jonathan Broxton, the closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers who is in Albuquerque for rehabilitation.
Broxton threw the first inning of the contest Tuesday. Broxton, who has a bone bruise in his right elbow, struck out two hitters, throwing 23 pitches in the inning.
Meanwhile, the Isotopes put up four runs in the bottom of the first to take control of the contest. They added three more runs in the sixth and held an 11-1 edge before an Oklahoma City rally in the top of the ninth.
Albuquerque, which went a season-best 12 games over .500 with Tuesday’s win, pounded out 17 hits.
Four Isotopes drove in two runs in the game, with JD Closser going 3-for-5 and scoring two runs.
The Isotopes (42-30) have won five of their last six contests, including four of five on the current homestand. The Isotopes will play three more games with the RedHawks (30-43) before heading to Iowa to face the Cubs, whom they beat three out of four in the series just concluded.
Albuquerque leads the PCL American Southern division by 1-1/2 games over Round Rock.