The Albuquerque Isotopes scored eight runs in the fifth inning to rally from a 4-0 deficit to win 11-5 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
For the O-Royals it’s their seventh loss in nine games and they’ve only won five of their last 21. One thing that has hurt the O-Royals is the parent club in Kansas City has taken many of their players. Mike Aviles, Mitch Maier, and Billy Butler were all on the team recently, but the depleted offensive options for Royals manager Mike Jirschele has left him short handed. He had catcher Brayan Pena playing third and they had to call up a player from A ball to play right field.
Left-hander Dusty Hughes, pitching for the first time since July 29 and limited in his pitch count, did well, but threw a lot of balls early, so Jirschele turned to Tyler Lumdsen who got hit with two runs, one earned in the fourth and five earned runs in the fifth. That’s life in the minor leagues, shuffling and dealing with pitch counts.
The O-Royals scored three runs in the first, which were all unearned because of an error by Isotopes outfield Tommy Murphy. Ryan Shealy hit a single to left which scored an unearned run. Then Matt Tupman singled in two more. Shealy would later hit his 18th home run of the year.