Hot dogs — lots of them — didn’t do the trick either.
Instead, the Reno Aces brought the heat to Isotopes Park, blasting four home runs on their way to a 7-4 victory in front of an announced crowd of 5,839 on 50-cent hot dog night at Isotopes Park.
Albuquerque outhit Reno 9-8, but half of Reno’s hits left the yard. Oswaldo Arcia scorched two long homers to center field — a solo blast and a three-run shot — to propel the Aces to the win.
When the two teams met last week in Nevada, one game of the series was suspended because of snow. The teams effectively played two games in frosty weather the following day.
The ‘Topes won the opener but haven’t won since. Tuesday’s defeat was Albuquerque’s fifth in a row and the offense has totaled just 11 runs during the skid.
Isotopes manager Glenallen Hill normally has little use for excuses, but he did point out some extenuating circumstances that have played roles in his team’s scoring funk.
“We played a doubleheader in Reno, a twilight game in Tacoma and had an early start the next day,” Hill said. “Guys are a little bit tired and we’ve been fighting a flu bug that kept a couple guys at the hotel in Tacoma.
“But we’re fighting through it. I liked the intensity I saw in the late innings tonight. It’s good to be home and we’ll get rolling again.”
Arcia, Jack Reinheimer and Zach Borenstein led off innings with homers off ‘Topes starter Zach Jemiola, who allowed just four hits through five innings, three of which left the park.
“He pitched better than his line,” Hill said of Jemiola. “He made a couple mistakes and he paid for them, but he competed out there and was really good the first two times through the (Reno) order.”
Things got away from Jemiola in the sixth, when Arcia followed a single and a walk with a three-run homer. The Aces scored four runs in the inning to lead 7-1.
Derrik Gibson’s RBI double and Daniel Castro’s sacrifice fly trimmed the deficit to 7-4 in the eighth, but that was as close as the Isotopes could get. Gibson finished 3-for-4 to pace Albuquerque.
DOGGIN’ IT: Fans took full advantage of the season’s first cheap hot dogs, wolfing down a total of 23,379 franks, an average of 4.003 dogs per customer.
RETURNING SPARK: Albuquerque’s offense figures to gain momentum when outfielder Raimel Tapia returns to the lineup. Tapia, who was optioned back to the ‘Topes by the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, was hitting .406 with six doubles, six RBIs and nine runs scored when he was called up last week.
DUGOUT DUTY: Hill was not in his customary third-base coaching box Tuesday, replaced by Isotopes hitting coach Darin Everson. Hill said Everson will frequently take over the base-coaching duties against National League affiliates this season. Weather also was a factor, however.
“It was cold in Tacoma and my back was not happy,” Hill said.
Asked if returning to Albuquerque’s warmer weather helped his ailing back, Hill smiled. “That and four Aleve (pain relievers) helped a lot,” he said.