The Memphis Redbirds are making a habit of tormenting the Albuquerque Isotopes' bullpen. For the second night in a row, Memphis snapped a tie in the ninth inning en route to a 6-5 victory over host Albuquerque on Wednesday.
Tuesday's game was ended when Xavier Scruggs hit a two-run homer in the ninth en route to a 5-3 win. Wednesday's ninth inning was more excruciating.
"You've got to give that club credit, they battled, put the leadoff guy on," manager Damon Berryhill said. "That puts the pressure on us."
Robert Carson (2-4) gave up a leadoff walk and a single to start the ninth. After Tommy Pham grounded into a force play at third base, Stephen Piscotty delivered an RBI single to left field and took second on the late throw home.
Carson then walked Scott Moore to load the bases, forcing Albuquerque (56-69) to bring in Yimi Garcia. The right-hander struck out Scruggs and got Audrey Perez to fly out to stop any additional damage.
"We've just got to make better pitches in that situation," Berryhill said. "I think there were too many hittable pitches that gave them an opportunity. That's just a couple of tough losses right there."
The Isotopes had the top of the order up in their half of the ninth. Jorge Rondon gave up a leadoff single to Trayvon Robinson, but then got Joc Pederson to pop up, Tim Federowicz struck out and Brock Peterson grounded out to shortstop to end the game.
"We had an opportunity in the ninth," Berryhill said. "Trayvon does a great job leading off the inning and stealing a base. We're right there two-three-four (hitters), trying to push that tying run across. We just didn't get it done."
Jamie Romak was the hitting star for the Isotopes. He smacked a two-run homer in the fourth inning to briefly tie the game 3-3.
Joc Pederson then swatted his 28th home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth to give Albuquerque a 4-3 lead. Pete Kozma erased that with a two-run homer in the sixth as Memphis (67-58) retook the lead.
Romak tied it up again with a monster blast that nearly cleared the ballpark beyond left field. The solo homer came with two outs in the bottom of the frame.
"Romak had an outstanding game," Berryhill said. "Swinging the bat and made a couple nice defensive plays (at third base)."
The Isotopes and Redbirds will meet again Thursday at 6:35 p.m. Lefty Chris Reed (0-1, 5.06 ERA) will make his Albuquerque debut against lefty Tyler Lyons (7-1, 3.63).
Around the Lab
Isotopes lefty reliever Colt Hynes was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, who then optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo. Hynes had been designated for assignment by the Dodgers to make room on the 40-man roster for Kevin Correia. ... Utility man Chone Figgins, who had two stints with Albuquerque this season, was released by the Dodgers on Wednesday. ... Isotopes right-hander Stephen Fife will have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of this season and likely most of 2015 as well.