The Albuquerque isotopes scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eigth inning to hang a 4-2 defeat on the Nashville Sounds Saturday night in Albuquerque.
The loss was Nashville’s third in a row on the heels of the club’s season-best four-game winning streak earlier in the week. The defeat dropped the Sounds to 8-21 on the year, the worst start in club history.
Nashville out-hit Albuquerque 9-5 in the game but left nine runners on base on the night.
Left fielder Scott Van Slyke, who recorded both of Albuquerque’s go-ahead RBI’s on the night, staked the Isotopes to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when he led off the frame with his PSL leading eighth home run of the year, a solo shot to left of Sounds starter Mark Rogers.
Albuquerque doubled it’s lead to 2-0 in the sixth with a two-out rally against Rogers. After the first two batters of the frame were retired, Elian Herrera and Ivan DeJesus Jr, recorded back to back singles to put runners on the corners. With Josh Fields at the plate, Rogers uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Herrera to scamper home from third to give the Isotopes a two-run cushion.
Nashville was only able to plate two runs on the night for the loss.
Both starting pitchers turned in quality starts but took no-decisions in the contest.
The teams continue the series with a Sunday afternoon match-up. Top Brewers prospect Wily Peralta toes the rubber for the Sounds. The righ-hander will square off against Albuquerque southpaw Michael Antonini.