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Robinson vaults Isotopes over River Cats

Trayvon Robinson drove in the game-tying and game-winning runs as the Isotopes beat Sacramento.
Trayvon Robinson drove in the game-tying and game-winning runs as the Isotopes beat Sacramento.
Courtesy of the Albuquerque Isotopes, used with permission

Trayvon Robinson hit the game-tying homer in the eighth inning and drove in the winning run in the 10th inning for the Albuquerque Isotopes on Wednesday night. Albuquerque defeated host Sacramento 4-3, ending the River Cats' seven-game winning streak.

With two outs in the eighth, Robinson belted a solo home run to right field to tie the game 3-3. Two innings later, Clint Robinson drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a passed ball.

Sacramento (32-21) opted to intentionally walked Mike Baxter with two outs, but Trayvon Robinson would make the River Cats pay. Robinson smoked a line-drive double to left field, scoring Clint Robinson to put the Isotopes (24-28) ahead.

In the bottom of the frame, Jose Dominguez came in for Matt Magill (4-2) and retired the side in order. Dominguez struck out Andy Parrino swinging for his third save.

Albuquerque had taken an early lead on Miguel Rojas' solo home run, his first longball of the year, in the first inning. Sacramento came right back with Parrino's RBI double and Nate Freiman's two-run homer in its half of the inning.

Carlos Triunfel brought the Isotopes within 3-2 with an RBI single in the second inning. The score would stay that way until the eighth inning.

Starter Jeff Bennett gave up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four batters in 6.2 innings, but he did not factor in the decision. Magill picked up the win with 1.1 scoreless innings.

Trayvon Robinson went 3-for-4 to lead Albuquerque at the plate. Rojas and Baxter had two hits apiece.

The Isotopes and River Cats will meet again Thursday at 8:05 p.m. Albuquerque will send top prospect Zach Lee (4-5, 4.56 ERA) up against Sacramento right-hander Dan Straily (2-0, 3.32).


Before the game, the Los Angeles Dodgers recalled the versatile Jamie Romak to take the roster spot of the injured Carl Crawford. While playing mainly at third base, plus first base and right field, Romak hit .272/.354/.578 with 13 home runs and 30 RBI. ... Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was added to the roster from Double-A Chattanooga. Hazelbaker, 26, hit .286/.354/.462 with three home runs, 23 RBI and 11 stolen bases for the Lookouts. ... The Dodgers also swung a trade with the Baltimore Orioles for catcher Johnny Monell, who will report to Albuquerque. Monell was struggling (.209/.280/.286) with Norfolk, but will provide Los Angeles with some catching depth after A.J. Ellis (sprained ankle) was placed on the disabled list and Miguel Olivo was released.

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