NEED TO KNOW: After countless high-scoring games over the past few weeks, the Albuquerque Isotopes pitching staff held the Oklahoma City RedHawks to just three runs. Unfortunately, the Isotopes (59-77) offense couldn't get going either and was shutout 3-0 by the RedHawks (72-66) Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
DECIDING MOMENT: Trailing 1-0 in the top of the eighth inning, the Isotopes put runners on second and third with only one out after a Walter Ibarra double. Following a strikeout, Trayvon Robinson was intentionally walked to load the bases and bring Mike Baxter to the plate with two outs. Baxter worked a full count and fought off one more pitch before being retired to end the threat. Oklahoma City tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach.
MR. MAGOO: Isotopes starting pitcher Matt Magill turned in 5.2 innings pitched of two-hit, one-run ball. He also struck out two and walked five. It was his sixth out of 11 starts this season in which he has allowed two runs or fewer and the second time in his last three outings he accomplished that feat.
WALLY GONNA WALLY: Walter Ibarra posted a perfect 3-for-3 evening with a double, claiming half of the Isotopes six hits, in his first start since Friday. Since returning to Albuquerque from Double-A Chattanooga on Aug. 9, Ibarra is batting .439 (18-for-41) with three runs scored, two doubles, a homer and three RBI.
MONEY MONELL: While Walter Ibarra claimed half of the Isotopes hits from the eight-hole in the lineup, Johnn Monell clubbed two more hits from the seven spot. He finished the game 2-for-3. It was his third three-hit game of the season and ninth multi-hit performance. While the seven and eight spots in Albuquerque's lineup accounted for five of its seven hits, Tim Federowicz claimed the other from the three-hole.
ON DECK: The Isotopes and RedHawks will play game three of their four-game series Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. Right-hander Zach Lee (7-11, 5.41 ERA) will take the hill for Albuquerque, while Oklahoma City is scheduled to go with righty Alex White (3-5, 5.90 ERA).
IN THE HOLE: After their final road trip of the season, Albuquerque will return home to conclude the 2014 season with a four-game, five-day series against the Las Vegas 51s.