NEED TO KNOW: Back-to-back home runs from Joc Pederson and Tim Federowicz in the first inning gave the Albuquerque Isotopes (55-65) an early lead Friday night, but a five-run eighth inning by the Las Vegas 51s (67-54) proved to be too much as the Topes fell 9-6 at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, NV.
DECIDING MOMENT: The Isotopes carried a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning and were just six outs from their second-straight victory. Four consecutive singles to lead off the inning cut their lead to 6-5, but a force out at home gave Albuquerque a chance to escape the frame with no more damage. Another single would tie the game and a force out at second couldn't be converted into a double play, allowing yet one more run to score. The Topes were down just 7-6 with two outs, but a double plated two more runs and put the game out of reach at 9-6.
30-30 VISION: Joc Pederson hit his 25th home run of the season in the first inning Friday night and finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI and a walk. He also stole his 26th of the year. The 22-year-old prospect now needs just five homers and four stolen bases in the final 23 games to the become the Pacific Coast League's first "30-30 Club" member since 1934.
DELIVERY BY FEDEX: Tim Federowicz smashed his 11th long ball of the season in the first inning and posted a 3-for-4 game with one run scored and three RBI. In his last 12 starts, Federowicz has seven multi-hit games, including nine doubles and a homer. On the road this season, he is hitting .368 (46-for-125) with 19 runs scored, 13 doubles, six homers and 26 RBI in 32 games. At home, Federowicz is hitting just .263 with 15 runs scored, five doubles, five homers and 15 RBI in 28 games.
ENOUGH HITS TO GO AROUND: Along with Joc Pederson and Tim Federowicz's multi-hit performances, Darwin Barney also posted a 2-for-4 showing with three runs scored and a walk. In fact, every position player in Albuquerque's starting lineup had at least one hit except for Carlos Triunfel, who was lifted from the game in a double switch in the bottom of the fifth inning.
ON DECK: The Isotopes and 51s will play game three of their five-game series Saturday night at 8:05 p.m. Left-hander Chris Reed will make his Triple-A debut for Albuquerque, while Las Vegas will send right-hander Cory Mazzoni (2-1, 4.43 ERA) to the hill.
IN THE HOLE: Following their five-game series in Las Vegas, the Isotopes return home on for an eight-game homestand beginning with a four-game series against the Memphis Redbirds on Aug. 12 at. 6:35 p.m.