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Isotopes grit out extra-inning victory to start long homestand

Joc Pederson went 3-for-4 with two RBI as the Isotopes beat the Bees in 12 innings.
Photo by Christian Petersen

The Albuquerque Isotopes did not intend to open up their 12-game homestand with a 12-inning game. It just worked out that way Monday night, and luckily for the Isotopes they pulled out a 4-3 victory over the Salt Lake Bees.

"It sounds all right now that we won it," manager Damon Berryhill said with a weary smile. The Isotopes (14-10) were coming off an eight-game road trip in which they went 4-4, but never went to extra innings.

Miguel Rojas started the 12th by reaching on an fielding error by shortstop Grant Green. Chone Figgins followed with a double to right-center, but the ball hung up just long to delay Rojas on the basepaths and he could only get to third.

The Bees (9-16) intentionally walked Joc Pederson, who was 3-for-4, to load the bases. Jamie Romak, who was 0-for-4, stepped up and got the count in his favor 3-1. Romak then fouled off three straight pitches before finally lining a single into shallow center field, scoring Rojas and ending the game after 3 hours, 57 minutes.

"We had a chance in the 10th to push the winning run across and didn't get it done," Berryhill said. "We had a runner at third and Jamie didn't get it done the first time up. He came up with a big hit for us."

The dramatic ending came long after a solid performance by Albuquerque starter Henry Sosa, who tossed seven scoreless innings before he was charged two runs in the eighth. Sosa scattered five hits and two walks while striking out five batters.

"It's a bummer for Sosa, he pitched a great ballgame," Berryhill said. "We ended up giving that lead away. We came back, put a run back up to tie it up and ended up pushing it to 12."

Pederson snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run single in the fifth inning. Sosa continued to cruise from there until he gave up a pair of singles with one out in the eighth, at which point the Isotopes pulled him and turned to Daniel Moskos.

Moskos walked Matt Long on four pitches to load the bases. Albuquerque (14-10) brought in Josh Judy, but he promptly gave up a bases-clearing triple to Green that put Salt Lake ahead 3-2.

"Judy ended up elevating a fastball with the bases loaded and really kind of hit it in the one place you could hit in the park," Berryhill said. "He hit it good, but the wind took it and carried it down into the corner."

The Isotopes were able to tie it up in the bottom of the frame. Pederson singled with one out, went to second on a wild pitch, stole third base and then scored on Clint Robinson's sacrifice fly.

"I'm proud of the way our guys came right back and tied it up," Berryhill said. "We had opportunities after that. We finally came up in the 12th and got it done."

Judy went 2.1 innings for Albuquerque, followed by two scoreless innings from Jose Dominguez, who struck out four batters. The long outings for the duo preserved the rest of the bullpen.

The Isotopes and Bees will meet again Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Lefty Justin Thomas (1-2, 6.53 ERA) will oppose Albuquerque right-hander Red Patterson (1-1, 4.15).

Around the Lab

Dominguez was added to the active roster before the game. He had been sent down by the Dodgers on Sunday. ... To make room for Dominguez, reliever Justin Souza was transferred to the Ogden roster, meaning he will remain in Albuquerque but is technically inactive.