Albuquerque native Brian Cavazos-Galvez blasted a walkoff home run to give the Isotopes a 3-2 victory in the opener of their doubleheader Friday night. Cavazos-Galvez, making his first start of the season at home, cranked out a line-drive shot to lead off the seventh inning off Reno's Joe Paterson.
Carlos Frias (6-4) allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits while striking out five batters in seven innings. The right-hander has allowed just two earned runs in his last 20 innings over three starts.
Albuquerque (36-44) scored all of its runs on solo home runs. Walter Ibarra hit his second blast in as many days in the second inning to briefly put the Isotopes ahead.
Reno (44-37) got a two-run single from Michael Freeman in the fifth inning, but it was a small output for the Aces after they had initially loaded the bases on two singles and an error with no outs. Freeman was thrown out on the bases, Trevor Cahill had a sacrifice bunt and Nick Ahmed was caught stealing.
Mike Baxter tied the game with one out in the sixth inning, crushing his shot to just right of center field. Cavazos-Galvez then won the game with his shot.
Cavazos-Galvez played for Albuquerque in 2012 but spent all of 2013 with Double-A Chattanooga. He started the year with the Isotopes when they opened on the road but was demoted before their first home game in April.
With center fielder Joc Pederson landing on the disabled list with a separated right shoulder, Cavazos-Galvez was recalled Thursday and arrived at the ballpark in the second inning. He was later able to pick up a pinch-hit single and scored a run, but the Isotopes still lost 6-3 in 14 innings to the Aces.
Albuquerque and Reno will play the second game of their doubleheader following a 30-minute intermission. Right-hander Stephen Fife (1-2, 6.94 ERA) was activated from the DL before the game by the Isotopes and will start against Aces right-hander Michael Lee, who was 5-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 starts at Double-A Mobile.
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In addition to Fife being activated from the DL, infielder Carlos Triunfel rejoined the roster after having been demoted by the Dodgers on Thursday. ... To make room, right-hander Steve Smith (strained right calf) and catcher John Cannon (strained left intercostal) were both placed on the DL.