The Albuquerque Isotopes scored a team-record-tying 11 runs in the first inning Sunday afternoon. In most leagues, that would be enough, but in the Pacific Coast League that was not quite the case.
Albuquerque held on for dear life, eventually escaping Salt Lake with a 13-12 victory over the Bees. Six Isotopes had two or more hits in the game.
The top of the first lasted 34 minutes. Albuquerque (10-7) loaded the bases on two walks sandwiched around a single by Joc Pederson.
Clint Robinson got the scoring started with an RBI single. Miguel Olivo, who finished 4-for-5, followed with a two-run single.
Robinson came around to score on a Nick Buss groundout. Two batters later, Trayvon Robinson blasted a three-run homer to left field to make it 7-0.
Salt Lake (6-12) pulled starter Michael Brady (0-1) in favor of Jeremy Berg. It did not help as Carlos Triunfel and Mike Baxter greeted him with back-to-back singles.
Berg struck out Pederson for the second out, but Jamie Romak followed with a two-run triple and Clint Robinson then blasted a two-run homer to right field.
The Bees did not give up, however. C.J. Cron's two-run double highlighted a three-run first inning for Salt Lake.
Luis Jimenez's two-run double capped another three-run outburst in the second inning. Tommy Field's RBI single in the third brought the Bees within 11-7.
Alex Guerrero's RBI single and Triunfel's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning made it 13-7 in favor of the Isotopes. Salt Lake would not go away, however, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth and then two in the seventh.
Roberto Lopez doubled to lead off the ninth for the Bees. He came around to score on a groundout, but Salt Lake could not get another baserunner on as Colt Hynes got Taylor Lindsey to hit one back to the mound, which Hynes flipped to first base for the final out.
Hynes picked up his first save of the season. Justin Souza (1-0) got the win despite allowing four runs in 2.1 innings of relief. Starter Matt Magill was shelled for seven runs on eight hits and four walks in 3.2 innings.
Guerrero finished 3-for-5 with an RBI, while both Clint and Trayvon Robinson went 2-for-5 with three RBI. Baxter and Romak had two hits apiece.
The Isotopes and Bees will meet again Monday at 6:35 p.m. Albuquerque lost the first game of the series 12-2 Saturday.
Right-hander Steve Smith was activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's game. He made the spot start in place of struggling right-hander Stephen Fife. ... To make room for Smith on the roster, right-hander Red Patterson was temporarily sent to rookie-level Ogden's roster. As the Raptors are not playing until June, Patterson is just technically inactive for a short time.