Sands and Angle Mangle Rainiers in 9-7 'Topes WinMay 9, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Albuquerque Isotopes
Trailing 6-3 in the seventh inning, Trent Oeltjen began the 'Topes rally with a leadoff walk. Sands followed with his fourth home run of the season, scoring Oeltjen and bringing Albuquerque to within one run, 6-5. Justin Sellers collected his second hit in as many games with a double down the left field line and scored one batter later when Angle smashed his first home run of the season, giving the 'Topes a 7-6 lead.
Sands again delivered a run for the Isotopes in the eighth inning, capitalizing on a leadoff walk from Josh Fields by roping an RBI double to left that plated the runner and extended Albuquerque's lead 8-6.
Following a 'Topes pitching change in the eighth, Tacoma closed the gap as Luis Rodriguez drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a ground out from Brandon Bantz. Former Isotope Trayvon Robinson got some revenge against his old team with a two-out RBI single, scoring Rodriguez and narrowing the deficit to 8-7.
The Isotopes tacked on an insurance run in the ninth when Angle tripled to center field and came around to score on a sac-fly from Ivan De Jesus Jr., making the score 9-7, 'Topes.
Once again, the two-run lead was enough for Albuquerque closer Josh Wall (9), who faced the minimum in a scoreless ninth in a 9-7 win. Wall has now earned saves in back-to-back games and is tied for the league lead with nine saves.
Albuquerque continues its four-game set in Tacoma tomorrow at 8:05 PM. 'Topes righty John Ely (2-2, 4.64) will battle Rainiers right-hander Jarret Grube (0-1, 12.00) in game three of the series.
The Isotopes continue an eight-game road trip tomorrow against the Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, followed by a series against the Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. The team will return home on May 17 for a 12-game homestand, the longest such stretch of the 2012 season that includes the Celebrity Softball Game, Bark in the Park, fireworks and a bobblehead giveaway. Tickets for any Isotopes game may be purchased at the Isotopes Park Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or on-line at www.abqisotopes.com or www.ticketmaster.com .
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