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Isotopes stumble in series finale

Joc Pederson drove in the Isotopes' only run in a loss to the Fresno Grizzlies.
Joc Pederson drove in the Isotopes' only run in a loss to the Fresno Grizzlies.
Photo by Christian Petersen

The Albuquerque Isotopes lost 5-1 to the host Fresno Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon, splitting their four-game series. Overall, Albuquerque (13-10) went 4-4 on its road trip, having also split with Salt Lake.

Fresno starter Jason Berken (3-1) was dominant for seven innings, scattering three hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. Jake Dunning gave up one run in two-thirds of an inning before Heath Hembree pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his fourth save.

Isotopes starter Zach Lee (2-2) had his toughest outing to date. The right-hander allowed five runs on 10 hits and one walk in 3.2 innings. His ERA jumped from 1.99 to 3.42.

Gary Brown went 3-for-5, falling a home run shy of the cycle, with two runs scored to lead the Grizzlies (8-16). Tyler Colvin's two-run double highlighted a three-run first inning for Fresno.

The Isotopes scored their only run in the eighth inning. With two on and one out, Joc Pederson smacked an RBI single to center field.

Albuquerque would leave the bases loaded that inning as Mike Baxter struck out. There were two on with two outs in the ninth when Chone Figgins lined out to first baseman Travis Ishikawa to end the game.

The Isotopes will open a 12-game homestand Monday at 6:35 p.m. against the Salt Lake Bees. Series against Fresno and Sacramento will follow.


The Dodgers recalled infielder Carlos Triunfel on Sunday to fill out a thin bench. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez has a thumb injury and Los Angeles was operating with 13 relievers and only four bench players. ... Infielder Walter Ibarra was activated to take Triunfel's spot on Albuquerque's roster. ... To make room for Triunfel, the Dodgers demoted right-handed reliever Jose Dominguez. The Isotopes will have to make another roster move to accommodate him when he arrives later this week.

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