The Isotopes returned to Albuquerque on Thursday hoping some home cooking would cure their recent woes.
Over 4 hours and 13 innings later, pitcher Matt Flemer, a pinch hitter, drove in the winning run with an infield single to lift the Isotopes to a 6-5 win over the Sacramento River Cats in front of an announced crowd of 6,844 at Isotopes Park.
With two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning, Flemer chopped a ball to third and beat the throw as Raimel Tapia raced home to give the Isotopes a taste of victory after dropping three in a row.
The Isotopes started fast with two runs in the first but were quiet until the eighth inning when Dustin Garneau made some noise with two outs with a thunderous two-run homer over the 400-foot sign in center field. Kyle Crick came on in relief and got Cristhian Adames to ground out to second to end the eighth and keep the River Cats lead at 5-4.
Pinch-hitter Rosell Herrera led off the ninth with a walk and advanced to second on Rafael Ynoa’s ground out to third. Crick then struck out Tapia before Derrik Gibson tied it with a double down the right-field line. Former La Cueva and University of New Mexico pitcher Austin House loaded the bases in the top of the 10th inning but struck out Sacramento’s Wynton Bernard to escape. House pitched a perfect 11th and Sam Moll came on for two scoreless innings to get the win.
Mac Williamson, who was sent back to Sacramento on Tuesday after playing 10 games with the San Francisco Giants, opened the scoring with a long two-run home run to right field with two outs in the first inning.
The Isotopes answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. After Tapia, Gibson and Mike Tauchman each hit singles to start the inning, Tapia scored when Noel Cuevas grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.
Ryan McMahon, making his Triple-A debut, then crushed the first pitch he saw as an Isotope down the right-field line for a run-scoring double.
Ryder Jones added a two run homer for the River Cats in the third inning and Juniel Querecuto drove in a run with a double in the fourth to make it 5-2.
Albuquerque starter Harrison Musgrave worked 32/3 innings and allowed eight hits and five runs.