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Zephyrs pummel scuffling Isotopes

Zach Lee gave up six runs in the third inning en route to an Isotopes loss to the Zephyrs.
Zach Lee gave up six runs in the third inning en route to an Isotopes loss to the Zephyrs.
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Prospect Zach Lee pitched four scoreless innings Saturday night. Unfortunately, he also had one inning where he gave up six runs.

The New Orleans Zephyrs blasted four home runs en route to an 8-1 demolition of the host Albuquerque Isotopes. Kyle Jensen hit two of those homers.

"It wasn't one of his better starts, obviously," manager Damon Berryhill said. "He was pretty much elevated in the zone for most of the game. He ran into the six-run inning and I believe four of those were with two outs."

Lee (5-7) zipped through the first two innings before the wheels came off in the third. He gave up RBI singles to Kyle Skipworth and Derek Dietrich, an RBI triple to Mark Canha, a two-run homer to Justin Bour and a solo homer to Jensen.

The Isotopes (31-38) did manage to get two more innings out of Lee before bring in former New Mexico Lobo Steve Smith. All told, Lee was charged with the six runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out two in five innings of work.

"That's a good hitting club," Berryhill said. "If you elevate the ball they're going to do some damage. It just shows what happens when you're up in the zone in that mid-thigh to belt range."

Smith gave up solo home runs to Jensen and Jake Marisnick in the sixth inning. The bullpen positives were Paco Rodriguez, who struck out all three batters he faced on 10 pitches in the eighth inning, and Yimi Garcia, who struck out of two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.

"Both of them bounced back from probably their poorest outings of the year," Berryhill said. "Paco attacked much better and Yimi the same way. They went right at hitters, pounded the strike zone down. Both of them did a nice job."

Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run. That was all the offense the Albuquerque lineup could muster against Marlins lefty Brad Hand (1-0), who struck out eight in six innings in his first rehab start for New Orleans (37-32).

"We had a lot of opportunities on pitches elevated, too, and we didn't capitalize and swing the bats all that well tonight," Berryhill said. "It was a tough ballgame all around, really."

The Isotopes and Zephyrs will continue their series Sunday at 6:05 p.m. Albuquerque will send right-hander Sam Demel (1-2, 6.97 ERA) to the mound against Marlins No. 5 prospect Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 3.38).

Around the Lab

Prior to the game, infielder Carlos Triunfel was recalled by the Dodgers to take the roster spot of utility player Chone Figgins, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps. ... The Isotopes are down to just four infielders, so Delvis Morales will join the team Sunday from extended spring training in Arizona, Berryhill said. Earlier this year, Morales hit .125 (4-for-32) in 12 games with Single-A Great Lakes.