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Isotopes manager Hill says team is hitting well despite apparent struggles

It all evens out by the end of the season.

That’s what Albuquerque Isotopes manager Glenallen Hill said Tuesday after another frustrating result — this time a 10-6 loss to the visiting New Orleans Baby Cakes, the seventh loss in his club’s last eight outings.

The Isotopes were trailing 10-2 with just three base hits until there were two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday before a desperation rally made the final result look much more respectable than the bulk of the 3 hour, 16 minute game actually played out.

Overall, the once potent Isotopes offense hasn’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard of late. But that’s not necessarily because the offense isn’t playing well, the manager insisted.

“Baseball is a funny game,” Hill said.

“(Monday) we had 22 well-hit balls. They didn’t fall our way. The day before (in Sunday’s game), we had 18. So, when you’re talking about offense, that production sometimes is not there, but that’s not always to say that the offense is not doing well.

“We’ve had a couple games against New Orleans where we’ve hit the ball very well — consistently. There are times in our second and third game where we hit the ball well, but our execution of situational at bats, particularly with a runner at third base with less than two outs, I think we’re 0-for-6 in those at bats. We go through streaks like that.”

Hill said that player development takes priorty at the Triple-A level so when runs aren’t scoring, it’s important players and onlookers realize there are other things going on that sometimes are a better barometer for a player doing things well than just a bottomline approach of basing a hitter’s success off hits and runs scored.

“If you are a professional hitter and you are at this level, whenever you can have situations that build up your confidence, I think you focus on that more than failure,” Hill said. “If there’s a hitter out there who has his lips poked out because he has hit five line drives but doesn’t have any hits, he’s probably going to have a conversation with me so that doesn’t happen very often.”

FOR STARTERS: Things haven’t been starting well for the Isotopes.

Including spotting the visiting Baby Cakes three runs in the top of the first inning on Tuesday, the ‘Topes were outscored 7-0 in the first inning in the series, giving up runs in all four games and having its offense playing from behind each game before it even took its first swing at the plate.

Albuquerque (31-41) was outscored by eight in the series (25-17).

On the season, the ‘Topes are being outscored 70-58 (minus-12) in the first inning and 53-41 in the second inning (minus-12). That’s two of a game’s 9 innings that the ‘Topes have already been outscored by 24 runs halfway through the season.

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