ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque commits five errors, gives up four more homers in ugly defeat
There are nights when Triple-A baseball players can make the game look easy.
Friday night at Isotopes Park was not one of them.
The Isotopes erased an early 5-1 deficit and ended up matching Tacoma’s 11 hits but couldn’t stay out of their own way long enough to avoid an ugly 13-9 loss.
Among Albuquerque’s blunders:
♦ Third baseman Ivan DeJesus Jr. committed three errors in the first three innings.
♦ Twice the ‘Topes picked Rainiers off first base but failed to record an out.
♦ Relief pitcher Joe Newby committed two errors on a soft pop-up back to him.
Tacoma ultimately cashed in on the extra opportunities, smacking four home runs to win big for the second straight night. The Rainiers scored 25 runs and battered Isotopes pitching for nine home runs in those two games.
“We had five walks, hit a batter and made five errors,” Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy lamented. “With all that, being in the game late was kind of a miracle. (Tacoma) can swing the bats. You keep giving them extra outs and you’re looking for trouble.”
Remarkably, Albuquerque was, in fact, still in the game late. Even after allowing eight straight runs to fall into a 13-7 hole, the Isotopes had their chances.
Newcomer Tim Federowicz led off the bottom of the eighth with a homer to make it 13-9, and the next two batters reached base. But DeJesus then bounced into a double play — one of three Albuquerque hit into —- to defuse the threat.
“We got close several times but couldn’t get the big hits,” Bundy said.
“I expect better than that from our hitters. To be honest, I expect better all the way around. This just wasn’t our night in any area.”
Russ Mitchell was 3-for-4 with a triple, while Justin Sellers and John Lindsey each finished with two hits including a home run for the Isotopes.