Tuesday’s Albuquerque Isotopes game was delayed by a half hour as a truck hauling the home team’s equipment — bats, gloves, helmets, etc. — was late arriving after the team’s recent four-game California road trip in Fresno.
It was worth the wait.
Once the bats arrived in Albuquerque, the Isotopes put them to good use with 11 hits en route to a 8-4 win over the Salt Lake Bees to open a four-game series in front of an announced crowd of 4,429.
Third baseman Rafael Ynoa was 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot and scored a pair of the ‘Topes runs, while red-hot catcher Tom Murphy added another two hits. The catcher is now 29-of-52 (.558) in July.
A Mike Tauchman RBI triple in the second broke the seal for Albuquerque, followed by a Chris Nelson RBI single for a 2-0 lead. The ‘Topes later added four insurance runs in the seventh for an 8-1 lead, which looked good after the visiting Bees scored three in the top of the eighth.
Colorado Rockies reliever Justin Miller was roughed up in a rehab assignment with the ‘Topes, allowing all three of those earned runs in the eighth off three hits and a walk while recording just two outs before being pulled and seeing his teammates close the door on the Bees.
THE NEW GUY: Matt Carasiti, the 25-year-old Rockies bullpen prospect called up Monday from the Double-A Hartford (Conn.) Yard Goats, played in his first real home game of the season Tuesday night.
The Yard Goats were supposed to have a new stadium to play games in this season. For various reasons, that hasn’t happened, and the team hasn’t actually played a game in their own park.
Carasiti, who is from New Britain, Conn., may have technically been playing this season for his hometown team, but it took him coming to Albuquerque to play a true home game.
With the Yard Goats, Carasiti appeared in 38 games with 29 saves, an ERA of 2.31, 43 strikeouts and just seven walks.
Tuesday night, he struck out three in 1⅓ innings of relief to close out the game.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: The ‘Topes don’t always have their equipment shipped from city to city on a truck, but did so out of Fresno on Monday because of the size of the plane they used and lack of direct flights to Albuquerque, which made shipping the gear a better option.