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Abuses cost isotopes in 6-2 loss to River Cats

    Isotopes of Albuquerque

June 8, 2024 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)
News item Albuquerque Isotopes

Sacramento, CA – The Isotopes have been experiencing déjà vu throughout this series, and Friday night was no different. Albuquerque took an early lead and got strong starting pitching, this time from Noah Davis, who turned five scoreless innings with two hits. However, mistakes once again proved to be the Isotopes’ downfall as Sacramento pulled away late for a 6-2 win at Sutter Health Park.

The River Cats took the lead in the seventh on a wild pitch before scoring insurance on a dropped pop-up by first baseman Grant Lavigne in the ensuing frame. Jakson Reetz then delivered the dagger, a two-run double, making it a four-run lead for Sacramento.

Topes Scope: – Nolan Jones played all nine innings in left field and went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and two strikeouts. Jones also made a full-extension diving catch, robbing Ismael Munguia of extra bases to end the fifth.

– Albuquerque was limited to two or fewer runs for the fifth straight game, the first time since a stretch of six straight runs from May 29 to June 4, 2021 against Sugar Land and Las Vegas. Overall, the club has scored 17 or fewer games this season, with nine in the last 13 games dating back to May 24 in Salt Lake.

– The Isotopes recorded just one extra-base hit, the tenth time they have been held to zero or one in 2024. They have totaled six through the first four games in Sacramento.

– Albuquerque scored five goals in three consecutive games. Their 15 upsets in a three-game span are their fewest since August 27-30, 2023 at Oklahoma City and Sacramento (also 15).

– This marks the fourth time Albuquerque has lost at least five straight games in 2024 (last: May 26-31, five).

– Tonight’s River Cats win clinched a series win over the Isotopes. Albuquerque has dropped twelve of their last twenty sets in Sacramento, dating back to May 2007.

– Davis became the second Albuquerque pitcher to complete at least 5.0 innings without any runs allowed this year. Tyler Danish knocked out Round Rock by over 5.2 frames on May 1 at Isotopes Park. Additionally, Davis is tied for the fewest hits given up (two) in at least five innings (also: Karl Kauffmann, March 30 vs. El Paso).

– Tonight marked the ninth time in his professional career that Davis has thrown at least 5.0 frames without giving up a single point. Four of those have occurred with Albuquerque in the last 10 months (also: August 13 at Round Rock (5.2), August 19 vs. El Paso (5.1) and August 31 at Sacramento (5.0). Davis has now 10.0 innings pitched at Sutter Health Park with four total hits and no counts allowed.

– Sacramento’s Carson Whisenhunt became the 17th opposing pitcher to work at least five innings with two or fewer runs allowed this season and the third this streak. Tommy Romero (5.0 IP, 0 ER) and Kai-Wei Teng (5.0, 2 IP) also accomplished the feat against Albuquerque.

– Sam Hilliard snapped a 17-at-bat hitless streak with an RBI double in the first inning. He went 4-for-42 over his last 10 games and saw his average drop from .324 to .281 over the span.

– Aaron Schunk went 2-for-3, his 17th multi-hit game of the season, and fifth in his last 10 games. Tonight, Schunk was hit by a pitch for the third time in 743 at-bats with Albuquerque over the past two years.

– Coco Montes failed to score a goal for the fourth time in his last nine matches. However, he also produced a few multi-hit efforts during the period.

– Trevor Boone walked and has reached base safely in all 13 games in which he has received at least one plate appearance in 2024 at Triple-A. Boone’s slash line for the season is .217/.308/.304, and has only been on base multiple times in three of the games.

– The Isotopes hit three double plays for the fourth time this year (also: April 3 at OKC, April 5 at OKC, May 8 at ELP). They all came in the first four innings, including a pop-up bunt where Schunk doubled from second base.

– Lavigne committed his 14th error of the season (all at first base), the worst of any Triple-A player. Hilliard also overran a ball at midfield, meaning tonight was Albuquerque’s 19th game with multiple miscues (last: May 26 in Salt Lake).

– Pedro Lopez was ejected in the seventh inning by home plate umpire Jen Pawol after arguing over a check swing call. It was the third time Lopez was dismissed as Isotopes skipper, and second in a match against the River Cats.

On Deck: Right-handed pitchers Karl Kauffmann and Mason Black will start tomorrow for Albuquerque and Sacramento, respectively. Sutter Health Park’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:37 PM MT.

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