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Mother Nature washes out Isotopes and Redbirds

Too much rain fell Friday night for the Isotopes and Redbirds to finish their game.
Too much rain fell Friday night for the Isotopes and Redbirds to finish their game.
Chris Jackson

The Albuquerque Isotopes and Memphis Redbirds were unable to finish their four-game series Friday night. A combination of rain and lightning conspired to cancel their game with one out in the bottom of the third inning.

Albuquerque (56-70) trailed 1-0 in the game. Randal Grichuk had walked, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Scott Moore's single through the right side in the first inning.

Memphis (68-58) won the first three games of the series. The Redbirds entered play a half-game behind Nashville, the Isotopes' next opponent, in the American South Division.

Because Memphis and Albuquerque are done playing each other for the season, the teams tried to wait out the rain. After two hours and one minute of rain soaked the outfield and covered the tarp, the umpires finally decided to call it.

The Isotopes did not get a hit in the game before it was canceled. Roger Bernadina walked to lead off the first but Joc Pederson hit into a 6-3 double play.

Clint Robinson, Alex Guerrero and Johnny Monell all struck out in the second inning. Carlos Martinez then got Walter Ibarra to fly out to center to start the third before the rain arrived.

Pederson remained at 29 home runs and 27 stolen bases in his quest for the first 30-30 season in the Pacific Coast League since 1934. He still has 16 games to go this season, eight of those at Isotopes Park.

Prior to the game, the Dodgers acquired right-hander Justin Germano in a trade with the Texas Rangers and assigned him to Albuquerque. Germano was 4-13 with a 4.51 ERA at Round Rock.

There was a roster spot open as the Dodgers recalled right-handed reliever Pedro Baez on Friday. Baez takes the roster spot of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was placed on the disabled list.

The Isotopes will open a four-game series with the Nashville Sounds on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Zach Lee (7-10, 5.15 ERA) will start for Albuquerque against right-hander Taylor Jungmann (6-5, 4.75).

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