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Albuquerque, NM – The Nashville Sounds were held to two hits by the Albuquerque Isotopes in a 5-1 loss on Thursday night at Isotopes Park in the opener of a four-game series.
Albuquerque starter Randy Keisler (5-4) earned the win and continued his dominance from the mound against the Sounds this season. The 35-year-old allowed one unearned run on just two hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings. In two starts, Keisler has picked up two wins while recording a 0.66 ERA (1er/13.2ip) against Nashville.
Edwin Maysonet’s double and Mike Rivera’s single accounted for the club’s only two hits.The Isotopes took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a crazy turn of events. Lead off hitter Dee Gordon tripled over the head of Brett Carroll in deep center on the first pitch from Amaury Rivas. Home plate umpire Mark Buchanan then declared a balk as Rivas threw to first to appeal Gordon not touching the bag during his triple, which allowed Gordon to score from third.
Nashville’s lone run came in the top of the third during an Albuquerque throwing error. Maysonet got things started with a leadoff double down the left field line, moved to third on a Rivas sacrifice bunt, and then scored as Gordon fired a throw over the head of first baseman John Lindsey while attempting to throw out Eric Farris.
The Isotopes tacked on two runs to go ahead at 3-1in the bottom of the fourth. Albuquerque began the inning with three hits, highlighted by an RBI double from Lindsey. Trayvon Robinson then singled Lindsey to third, followed by a Jamie Hoffman sacrifice fly.
The final two Albuquerque runs came from solo homers off releiver Daniel Meadows, as the Isotopes moved to 5-1 over the Sounds.
Robison extended the Isotopes’ lead to 4-1 with a solo shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the sixth. The long ball was Robinson’s 21st of the season, bringing the PCL Home Run Derby participant into a tie for the third-most home runs in the PCL. Justin Sellers later belted his ninth in the bottom of the seventh, a solo shot to left field.
Taking the loss, Rivas (6-8) surrendered three runs on six hits and three walks while fanning three in 4 2/3 frames. Meadows tossed 2 1/3 frames in relief, giving up two hits (both homers) with three strikeouts. Donovan Hand followed with a scoreless inning.
The Sounds and Isotopes continue with the second game of a four-game set at 8:05pm CT at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque on Friday evening. Nashville right-hander Frankie De La Cruz (3-4, 3.94) makes the start against Albuquerque righty John Ely (4-4, 5.48).
Albuquerque Isotopes (46-41) 5, Nashville Sounds (39-48) 1
July 7th, 2011
HBP: Green, T (by Keisler).
Pitches-strikes: Rivas 71-40, Meadows 26-20, Hand 13-8, Keisler 95-60, Troncoso 19-12, Valdez 11-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Rivas 4-3, Meadows 2-2, Hand 2-0, Keisler 14-2, Troncoso 1-0, Valdez 1-0.
Batters faced: Rivas 20, Meadows 9, Hand 3, Keisler 25, Troncoso 4, Valdez 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Meadows 2-0, Troncoso 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Mark Buchanan. 1B: Darren Budahn. 2B: . 3B: Chris Segal.
Weather: 98 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to LF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
TopicsAlbuquerque Isotopes, Albuquerque NM, Amaury Rivas, Brett Carroll, Daniel Meadows, Dee Gordon, Donovan Hand, Edwin Maysonet, Eric Farris, Frankie De La Cruz, Isotopes Park, John Ely, John Lindsey, Justin Sellers, Mike Rivera, Nashville Sounds, Randy Keisler, Trayvon Robinson
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