The Albuquerque Isotopes celebrated their season to date by handing out player awards before Sunday night's game.
Albuquerque's performance afterward was not exactly award-worthy.
The Isotopes squandered several scoring chances early and paid for it later as the Nashville Sounds ran away with a 10-5 victory on Sunday night.
Amid a light rain, Albuquerque (71-65) saw its hopes of a five-game sweep come to an end against Nasvhille (52-84) after a whopping 3 hours, 47 minutes with no weather delays.
"That was hard to swallow for a couple reasons," manager Lorenzo Bundy said.
One of those reasons was the Isotopes left six men on base while scoring just once in the first three innings of the game.
"We had opportunities early and we couldn't take advantage of them," Bundy said.
Albuquerque still held a 1-0 lead until the Sounds finally pounced on starter Matt Palmer in the fifth. Stephen Parker hit a leadoff double and scored on pitcher Johnny Hellweg's single up the middle to tie the game.
Nashville ended up loading the bases, at which point Palmer walked Sean Halton to force in the go-ahead run. Hunter Morris would follow with a two-run single, chasing Palmer.
Palmer was charged with four runs on six hits and five walks in 4.2 innings.
Albuquerque rallied in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases with two outs on two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Brian Barden then cleared the bases with a triple to left-center, tying the game 4-4 and chasing Hellweg.
That lead would not last, however, as Parker led off the sixth with a home run off Blake Johnson (6-6).
Johnson got through the rest of that inning unscathed but was not as lucky in the seventh. The Sounds loaded the bases and Robinzon Diaz hit an RBI single to left field. Parker followed with a three-run triple.
"Barden got a big hit to tie the ballgame up for us and then after that the bullpen struggled, pretty much got us in a hole we couldn't dig ourselves out," Bundy said. "We only had five hits. That's not a lot."
The Isotopes drew nine walks in the game, though only two of those batters who walked later came around to score.
"When was the last time you saw a team walk nine times and not win a game?" Bundy said.
Prior to the contest seven awards were handed out to Albuquerque players. Backup catchers Steven Cilladi and Damaso Espino shared the Most Community-Minded Award, while Cilladi was named Mr. Hustle by his teammates.
Scott Van Slyke, who has 12 home runs in just 56 games this year, was named the Power Hitter of the Year. Angel Castro claimed Pitcher of the Year.
Chili Buss snagged both the Fan Favorite Award and Most Valuable Player. He leads the entire Pacific Coast League with 94 RBI.
"Tremendous breakout year, career-wise for him," Bundy said of Buss. "Whatever was under the radar (before) is not under the radar anymore. He's out there. People know about him."
The Isotopes will open their final four-game home series of the season Monday at 6:35 p.m. against Round Rock.