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Memphis wins big 11-4, Albuquerque drops to second place
The Albuquerque Isotopes lost their share of first place in their division, taking an 11-4 defeat at home Tuesday.
The Memphis Redbirds scored four runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth. The Redbirds never trailed in the game and the Isotopes could only manage one run through seven innings.
The loss, combined with the Oklahoma City RedHawks’ come-from-behind win at Omaha, gave the RedHawks (56-40) sole possession of first place in the PCL American Southern division over Albuquerque (55-41).
Memphis first baseman Matt Adams drove in three runs in the contest, including a two-run home run in the fifth, and center fielder Adron Chambers went 2-for-4 with a double and also drove in three runs for the Redbirds (36-60), who improved to 5-4 on the season against Albuquerque.
Albuquerque ace John Ely (8-7) limped through five innings of work, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, although he did strike out six batters. In all, five Isotopes pitchers appeared in the contest, with all but Will Savage giving up at least one run — Savage pitched to just one batter at the end of the game.
The Isotopes managed 13 hits in the game, including three for extra bases. Third baseman Josh Fields went 3-for-5 with two doubles and drove in two runs while left fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez went 2-for-4, improving his season average to .356.
The Albuquerque-Memphis series continues through Thursday.
Berm seating on sale for Retro Night
Berm seating is on sale for Saturday’s Dukes Retro Night at Isotopes Park.
Sales for berm seating is usually reserved for the day of the game, but the Isotopes opened up sales due to huge demand.
Saturday, the Isotopes will play in Albuquerque Dukes uniforms. Festivities will also include an induction ceremony for former Dukes Sid Bream, Greg Block, Kevin Kennedy and Carlos Salazar into the Albuquerque Baseball Hall of Fame and post-game fireworks.
For more information, call the Isotopes box office at 505-924-2255.