Shortstop Carlos Triunfel led off the first inning with a single and advanced to second base after Joc Pederson drew a walk. The River Cats (16-17) attempted to pick off Triunfel at second base, but shortstop Andy Parrino stepped on his left hand.
"We had kind of a funky injury at second, Triunfel getting his hand stepped on," manager Damon Berryhill said. "A couple little cuts on there. He should be day-to-day."
In the seventh inning, reliever Justin Souza struck out Nate Freiman before walking Michael Taylor and then hitting former teammate Nick Buss with a pitch. Souza was then removed by the coaching staff.
"Souza, we had to pull him out with the shoulder," Berryhill said. "We'll have to see on him. It could be fairly serious. We'll have to get an MRI, see what's going on there."
Those two injuries overshadowed an erratic, uneven game. The Isotopes (16-17) had their moments offensively, but could never overtake Sacramento.
"Offensively I thought we swung the bats pretty well tonight," Berryhill said. "We kept battling. It was just one of those games that was a bad pace from the start. We couldn't really into a groove kind of on either side of the ball."
Starter Matt Magill was ineffective for Albuquerque. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits and five walks while striking out six. He did manage to last for five innings, sparing the bullpen.
"Matty battled, he didn't have his good stuff," Berryhill said. "But he kept us in the ballgame, gave us an opportunity to be in that thing."
Taylor's two-run single in the first and Alden Carrithers' two-run single in the second gave the River Cats an early 4-1 lead. Walter Ibarra, who replaced Triunfel, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame to bring the Isotopes within one run.
Alex Guerrero's RBI single in the fifth briefly tied the game 4-4. Tyler Ladendorf untied it in the sixth, crushing his first home run of the season to make it 6-4.
Jake Goebbert's RBI single was countered by Joc Pederson's solo home run in the seventh. Shane Peterson made it 8-5 in the eighth with an RBI single, only to see Jamie Romak blast a two-run homer.
Miguel Rojas led off the ninth with a single to center and moved to second on Ibarra's sacrifice bunt. Pederson then struck out looking and Mike Baxter grounded out to end the game.
"Offensively I thought we stayed in the game and kept battling," Berryhill said. "We had a chance to keep battling until the end."
Albuquerque and Sacramento will meet again Thursday at 6:35 p.m. The Isotopes will send Zach Lee (2-3, 4.02 ERA) to the mound against the River Cats' Sean Murphy (2-3, 5.77).
Around the Lab
Prior to the game, right-hander Stephen Fife rejoined the roster. He pitched for the Dodgers on Sunday. To make room, left-handed reliever Daniel Moskos (1-0, 6.52 ERA) was released. ... Catcher Tim Federowicz, who has not played the last three games, is dealing with a bone bruise on his left hand. Berryhill said he is day-to-day as he can catch, but not swing a bat.