Albuquerque 8, RedHawks 2
Ivan DeJesus Jr., Jay Gibbons and Russ Mitchell drove in two runs each as the Isotopes snapped the RedHawks' three-game winning streak in front of 5,766 Thursday night at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.
Albuquerque scored runs in the second and sixth to build a 3-1 lead before blowing the game open with a four-run eighth.
Four Isotopes had multiple hits in the game.
Koby Clemens was the only RedHawks starter — including pitcher Sergio Perez — without a hit. Clemens drew two walks.
Perez led off the third with a triple.
Brian Bogusevic extended his hitting streak to seven with a seventh-inning RBI single.
Robinson Cancel and Anderson Hernandez had two hits each in the loss.
The RedHawks were 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position in the game and left 12 runners on base. For the series, the RedHawks hit .208 (10 for 48) with runners in scoring position and stranded 41 runners.
DeLOME RETURNS REENERGIZED
When RedHawks outfielder Collin DeLome slid into second base in early May, he felt a pinch in his shoulder but thought he could fight through it.
Part of that was because of how well he was hitting at the time.
After playing in several games after the injury, DeLome went for an MRI and was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum.
DeLome was 8 for his last 15 in May before being hurt.
“I played with it as long as I could,” DeLome said. “It's one of those things, where as a hitter, seeing the ball that well doesn't happen all the time and I didn't want to stop but my arm was keeping me from doing what I needed to.”
DeLome was 1 for 4 in his return.
RAMIREZ OUT, ESPOSITO IN
Max Ramirez hoped for a rebirth of his career in the Astros organization after being let go by the Cubs earlier this season.
But Ramirez's second stint with the RedHawks came to a quick end when he was released by the Astros before Thursday's game.
Ramirez was hitting .226 with 14 RBIs in 24 games with the RedHawks.
With Ramirez's release, the RedHawks activated Brian Esposito from the temporary inactive list.
Esposito had been placed on the list earlier in the week to buy time after Ryan Rowland-Smith was activated from the same list.
Also Thursday, the Astros released infielder Brian Dopirak.
Dopirak, a second-round pick of the Cubs in 2002, was hitting .252 with six home runs and 17 RBIs this season after signing with the Astros in the offseason.
URCKFITZ PROMOTED TO REDHAWKS
A night after reliever Fernando Abad was recalled by Houston, the Astros promoted 22-year-old Pat Urckfitz to the RedHawks from Double-A Corpus Christi.
Urckfitz was 1-4 with a 2.59 ERA, striking out 25 in 31 1/3 innings.
Urckfitz is in his fourth professional season and had pitched just five innings at Double-A before this season.
Urckfitz struggled in one inning of work, giving up four runs on four hits.
Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo came on with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth and struck out DeLome and Drew Locke to get out of the jam. It was Kuo's second consecutive scoreless outing as he works his way back from anxiety disorder. ... Both teams had runners on third with no outs in the third but both failed to score. ... Albuquerque's Eugenio Velez had three hits in each of the Isotopes' wins in the series.
New Orleans (LH Sean West, 1-3, 9.33) at RedHawks (LH Ryan Rowland-Smith, 2-6, 5.74), 7:05 tonight