Brian Cavazos-Galvez has gotten pretty good at winning the opening games of doubleheaders. For the second time this season, the former New Mexico Lobo delivered a walkoff hit.
Cavazos-Galvez ripped a 3-2 pitch into the left-center field gap with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Thursday afternoon, giving the Albuquerque Isotopes a 7-6 victory over the visiting El Paso Chihuahuas. Back on June 27, Cavazos-Galvez hit a walkoff home run to defeat the Reno Aces.
Albuquerque (43-51) and El Paso (45-49) had their Thursday game suspended in the bottom of the first inning due to rain. The teams picked up where they left off with the Chihuahuas leading 3-2.
The Isotopes tied the game 4-4 in the fifth inning, only to see El Paso pick up runs in the seventh and eighth to take a two-run advantage into the ninth. Albuquerque began its rally as Tim Federowicz hit a leadoff infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by third baseman Chris Nelson.
Brock Peterson followed with an RBI single to bring the Isotopes within one run. Pinch hitter Mike Baxter followed with a single and Walter Ibarra had a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position.
Hector Ambriz (2-3) intentionally walked Delvis Morales to load the bases. Cavazos-Galvez then stepped up and delivered the game-winning hit.
Juan Abreu (1-0) earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief. Prior to that, Zach Lee allowed two runs in six innings in relief of Thursday starter Jeff Bennett.
Joc Pederson, in his first game back after being activated from the disabled list, went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, falling a home run shy of the cycle. Federowicz was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
Albuquerque clinched the season series between the two teams with its ninth win of the year over El Paso. The two teams will play their final game at 7:05 p.m., though it will be limited to seven innings.
Around the Lab
The Los Angeles Dodgers officially activated outfielder Carl Crawford from the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Crawford went 5-for-11 in four rehab games with the Isotopes. To make room on the roster, former Isotopes first baseman Clint Robinson was designated for assignment. ... Pederson was activated from the DL on Wednesday, but the Isotopes did not have to make a corresponding move as right-hander Carlos Frias is serving a 10-game suspension after being ejected from a game at El Paso when the umpire saw a "foreign substance" on his arm.