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Colorado Springs wins series opener
The Sky Sox hammered Albuquerque pitchers Derrick Loop and Cole St. Clair Tuesday night in Colorado Springs.
The Isotopes and Sky Sox opened a four-game set Tuesday with the Sky Sox scoring nine runs in four innings off Loop en route to a 12-9 victory.
However, it was St. Clair (3-3) who took the loss for Albuquerque (71-53), giving up three runs in three innings after the Isotopes battled back from a 9-4 deficit to tie the score in the top of the sixth.
Albuquerque will play three more games at Colorado Springs, including tonight, before returning home for a four-game set with New Orleans Saturday night. New Orleans is sitting in second place behind Albuquerque in the division standings, three games back.
Josh Fields, who had a key hit in Monday’s win over Reno, went 3-for-5 and scored two runs against Colorado Springs, while Jerry Sands, who returned to Albuquerque following a brief stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was 2-for-6 and drove in three runs.
But the Sky Sox, who scored six times in the third, rallied for three runs in the sixth to reclaim the lead. Colorado Springs’ Brandon Wood and Chad Tracy had run-scoring singles in the sixth to give the Sky Sox the lead and ultimately the victory.
Tuesday’s loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Isotopes.
Ely picks up 13th win Monday
Monday night, Albuquerque pitcher John Ely tied a franchise record as he was credited with the victory against the Reno Aces.
Ely picked up his 13th victory of the season, tying the 2009 Isotopes mark set by Giancarlo Alvarado. Ely went six innings, giving up just two runs on three hits.
In the win, Ely’s teammates help pick him up. The Aces scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-0 edge, but the Isotopes bounced back in the top of the fifth, pushing all five of their runs across. Ivan De Jesus Jr. had a two-run double and Fields had a two-run single later in the inning.
Ely (13-7) is also tied for the PCL lead in games won this season. He struck out six along the way to his fifth victory in his last five starts.