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Probable starters: Isotopes RHP Sean White (0-1, 5.00) vs. RedHawks RHP Jarred Cosart (1-0, 0.71)
Friday: For the second time in 15 games this season, Omaha swept Albuquerque by identical scores in both ends of a doubleheader. On Friday, the Storm Chasers won 3-2 in both seven-inning games. Omaha won both ends of an April 10 twinbill at Isotopes Park by 6-3 scores. The two teams have yet another twinbill scheduled in June in Omaha, to make up another of the two games thwarted by weather this week.
The Isotopes fell to 8-7 after a 4-0 start.
Lefty Ryan Verdugo and two relievers held the Isotopes to two hits over the seven innings in the opener. Albuquerque RHP Blake Johnson (1-1) went the distance in taking the loss. None of the four pitchers issued a walk in the contest, which was played in a hurried one hour, 37 minutes.
Omaha’s game-winning run, in the bottom of the sixth inning, was unearned. David Lough reached on SS Dee Gordon’s throwing error to lead off the inning, and Lough scored on a two-out double by Xavier Nady.
Former Isotope Blaine Boyer struck out two of three batters in a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season.
Albuquerque’s runs came in the top of the fifth, when Scott Van Slyke led off with a single and Nick Buss hit a one-out home run. It was Buss’ fourth home run of the season.
Gordon went 2-for-3 and scored both Albuquerque runs in the nightcap. In relief of Javy Guerra, Angel Castro (1-1) gave up the go-ahead Omaha run in the fifth inning and took the loss.
This and that: Van Slyke was held hitless in a game for only the second time in 15 games this season when he went 0-for-2 in Game 2.