Tacoma beats Isotopes 12-3

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By Cody Olivas

The Albuquerque Isotopes (30-38) surrendered three runs in the second inning and could never recover as the Tacoma Rainiers (33-35) beat the Isotopes 12-3 in the four-game series opener Thursday night at Isotopes Park.

Tacoma picked up four consecutive singles to start the second inning and scored three runs in the process. After a leadoff double scored in the third, the Rainiers were off and rolling with a 4-0 lead. Tacoma added three more runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to pull away. After a three-run Rainier eighth, catcher Dustin Garneau blasted a monstrous two-run home run over the McDonald’s Picnic Pavilion in left field to break up the shutout.

Cristhian Adames also singled in Roger Bernadina in the ninth for Albuquerque’s third run.

Designated hitter Kyle Parker made his first start since leaving Tuesday night’s game after fouling a ball off his face. He turned in a 2-for-4 performance. It was his 18th multi-hit game, which ranks second on the Isotopes this season. In Parker’s last 30 games, he is batting .388 (45-for-116) with 22 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, five homers and 24 RBI.

The Isotopes and Rainiers will play game two of their four-game series Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande (2-2, 5.41) is scheduled to start for Albuquerque, while Tacoma will go with right-hander Forrest Snow (4-4, 2.43) to the hill. The first 2,500 fans 21-and-older to Friday's game will receive a free camo hat courtesy of Miller Lite. There will also be post-game fireworks shows after Saturday and Sunday’s games, as well as a litany of Father’s Day festivities planned for Sunday.