Cold and wet conditions at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., cooled the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-6) offense off Thursday evening. The Tacoma Rainiers (5-10) chipped a 3-0 victory away from the Isotopes.
Albuquerque will have a chance to win its second series, and first on the road, Friday night.
Left-handed pitchers Chris Rusin for the Isotopes and Mike Montgomery for the Rainiers cruised through the early innings without allowing a single hit. It wasn’t until the bottom of the third when Tacoma’s Shawn O’Malley singled home a run that either team could gain an advantage. Albuquerque was held hitless until sixth when Brandon Barnes poked a leadoff double into the left field corner. The Isotopes couldn’t move him around, and the Rainiers would add another run in the bottom of the sixth before tacking on another in the eighth.
Shortstop Cristhian Adames has been tearing the cover off the ball during his last 12 games. After a 1-for-3 performance on Thursday, he now has 18 hits during that 12-game stretch, including a team-leading seven multi-hit performances. He also has nine runs scored, three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, six walks and only three strikeouts. Adames is batting .409.