Albuquerque wins 9-3 for series victory over El Paso

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June 16, 2024 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)
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Albuquerque, NM – The Isotopes scored six runs over the first three innings, including four in the first frame, as Tanner Gordon pitched 6.0 two-run innings for a 9-3 victory over El Paso to earn the series victory Sunday night. Rio Grande Credit Union field in Isotopes Park.

Scope of Topes: – With the triumph, the Isotopes claimed their first series victory of the year, winning four of six matches, and the first since September 12-17, 2023 in El Paso, 12 sets. Albuquerque hasn’t won a series against another opponent since Aug. 22-26, 2023, in Oklahoma City, where he won five of six.

-The Isotopes scored four runs in the opening frame, the second-most runs in the first inning this year (most: seven, April 20 in El Paso).

-Albuquerque has 11 wins against El Paso this year and 11 against every other opponent in the first half.

-Tanner Gordon made the seventh Isotopes quality start of the season and first since June 8 in Sacramento (Karl Kauffmann), improving the club to 4-3 in such games. He threw 6.0 frames with two runs. It’s the 10th time Isotopes has allowed two runs or fewer (min. 5.0 IP), four of which came against El Paso.

-Albuquerque pitching limited El Paso to three runs on the night, the ninth time in 2024 that the staff has held an opponent to three runs or fewer.

-Hunter Stovall and Sam Hilliard hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning, the third time in 2024 the Isotopes have gone back-to-back (also: Hilliard and Hunter Goodman, April 23 vs. Oklahoma City and Michael Toglia and Aaron Schunk May 9 in El Paso).

-The Isotopes have won multiple home runs in straight games for the fourth time in 2024 and for the first time since May 8-9 in El Paso.

-The win in six runs makes five of the Isotopes 22 wins for the year by a margin of six or more.

-El Paso’s Miguel Cienfuegos allowed six runs over 4.2 frames, the third Chihuahua starter to yield six-plus runs in a start against Albuquerque.

-Hunter Stovall recorded two hits, including his fourth home run, for his seventh multi-hit game of the year. Has two home runs in his last four games and three in the last nine. Has a four-game hitting streak and slashes .400/.444/.867 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI.

-Sam Hilliard had two hits, a homer, RBI and a walk, his 25th multi-hit game of the year third in his last five games. Has a six-game hitting streak and is slashing .385/.448/.731 with a double, triple, two home runs and five RBI. He hit his 75th Isotopes homer and extended his franchise record. Is four home runs away from tying the Albuquerque Dukes Triple-A record (Mike Busch, 1993-96).

-Willie MacIver went 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI, his eleventh multi-hit contest of the year and second in three games. Has a four-game hit streak and an RBI streak. During the stretch, he’s slashing .429/.400/.1.000 with a triple, two home runs and six RBI. It’s his first four-game RBI streak since July 16-26, 2022, with Double-A Hartford.

-Aaron Schunk recorded two RBIs, his eighth multi-RBI game of 2024 and third in his last four games. Has a hit in six of the last seven games (.379, four doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine RBI).

-Jimmy Herron went 2-for-4 with two RBI, his sixth multi-hit game of the year and second in a row (first back-to-back multi-hit game of 2024). Fifth multi-RBI match counted.

On Deck: After an off day, the Isotopes begin a six-game series against the Oklahoma City Baseball Club from Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Tuesday at 5:05 PM MT. Neither team has announced starters.

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