About the best thing the Albuquerque Isotopes can say about Sunday night's game was that it was over quickly. The visiting Las Vegas 51s rolled to a 12-1 victory in just 2 hours, 38 minutes to split the four-game series.
Albuquerque (41-50) won the first two games of the series before division-leading Las Vegas (53-38) stormed back to even things out. Nothing seemed to go right for the Isotopes on Sunday.
"Overall it just wasn't our day," manager Damon Berryhill said. "Offensively we ran into a pretty good arm that was able to spot it up really good. Just a tough day overall."
51s starter Noah Syndergaard (7-4) was overpowering, regularly pumping in one 97 mph fastball after another. The New York Mets' top prospect struck out eight batters in seven innings, allowing one run on six hits while not walking anyone.
"You run into a guy that's got good velocity like that and you run into him on the day that he's spotting up that fastball and also mixing in a decent breaking ball and changeup, it's going to be a tough contest," Berryhill said. "We didn't get him figured out today."
Starter Red Patterson (3-7) was roughed up for seven runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings. He had previously thrown just two innings since June 22 and the rust seemed to show.
"It was a situation where we backed him off because he was having some dead arm issues a little bit," Berryhill said. "He made some pitches that found the hear tof the plate and they ended up doing some damage. It was just one of those games where he wasn't very sharp today. He gave us everything he could."
The game was basically over in the first inning. Andrew Brown had an RBI single, Kevin Plawecki added a two-run single and Omar Quintanilla drove in Josh Satin on a groundout to make it 4-0.
Albuquerque picked up its lone run in the fifth inning as Mike Baxter led off with a single and Delvis Morales blooped an RBI double into shallow left field. By that point, however, it was 7-1 in favor of the 51s.
The Isotopes' bullpen did not fare much better. Cesar Puello hit two solo home runs off two different relievers, while Wilmer Flores slugged a two-run homer, his fifth blast of the series, in the eighth inning.
"We ran into a hot hitter," Berryhill said. "You look at every one of those balls he hit, be it a fastball or a breaking ball, every one of them was belt-high to mid-thigh, middle of the plate. You run into a guy that's hot and you keep making mistakes like that, he's going to hurt you and he definitely did."
One small highlight for Albuquerque was in the ninth inning when first baseman Brock Peterson took the mound for his first pro pitching performance. He ended up retiring three of the four batters he faced, allowing just Puello's second homer of the game, despite his rather unusual-looking pitch averaging between 71 and 73 mph.
"I think he calls it the fuzzball," Berryhill said with a laugh. "It was just one of those situations where we were thin in the 'pen and needed to save some arms for (Monday)."
Rehabbing Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a flyout to center field. He also misplayed a flyball to the left field warning track that ended up becoming a two-run double for Omar Quintanilla in the fifth inning.
The Isotopes will start a four-game series with the El Paso Chihuahuas on Monday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Drew Carpenter (1-0, 4.91 ERA) will start for Albuquerque against El Paso right-hander Chris Smith (0-0, 3.27).
Around the Lab
Infielder Carlos Triunfel was recalled by the Dodgers on Sunday. He replaces shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hip flexor. ... To replace Triunfel, utility player Casio Grider was promoted from Double-A Chattanooga. Grider hit .195/.280/.289 for the Lookouts.