NEED TO KNOW: It was a night for big innings as the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-45) used a pair of five-run frames, including a five-run sixth, to beat the Reno Aces (37-43) 11-8 Wednesday night at Isotopes Park. Kyle Parker drove in a team-high four runs on the evening.
THE TURNING POINT: Reno and Albuquerque traded five runs each in the second inning as both teams batted around. The Isotopes' half of the inning was capped by a two-out, two-RBI triple from Kyle Parker. The Aces regained the lead with single runs in the third and fifth before the Topes answered with a run in their half of the fifth courtesy of Angelys Nina's sacrifice fly. Albuquerque again exploded for five runs in the sixth inning. There were six singles in the frame, including a two-run, go-ahead knock from Parker.
MR. PARKER: Kyle Parker gave the Isotopes an offensive boost with his four RBI on the evening. His second-inning, two-RBI triple tied the game, and his sixth-inning two-RBI single put the Isotopes ahead. He's been heating up over his last three games, going 5-for-14 with two runs scored, four RBI and a walk.
HEY, I'M AN ALL STAR: Matt McBride was named to the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday afternoon and backed it up by going 1-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and two walks Wednesday night. McBride extended his team season-longest hitting streak to 15 games and is batting .411 (25-for-59) with 17 runs scored, nine doubles, three homers and 15 RBI during that stretch.
SLAMMIN' NINA: Infielder Angelys Nina extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his 1-for-2 outing with a run scored, an RBI and two walks. During his streak, he is batting .469 (15-for-32) with nine runs scored, four doubles, five RBI and seven walks.
ATTA BOY ADAMES: Infielder Cristhian Adames finished the game 3-for-6 with two run scored and two RBI. He now has multi-hit performances in five of his last six games. During that stretch, Adames is batting .517 (15-for-29) with five runs scored, four doubles, a homer and 10 RBI.
JULY 3rd FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA: Berm tickets for the Isotopes July 3rd fireworks extravaganza on Friday are now on sale. The fireworks will be presented by U.S. Bank, and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program will provide a live music accompaniment.
ON DECK: The Isotopes and Aces will play game three of their four-game series Thursday night at 7:05. Right-handed pitcher Jon Gray (3-5, 4.91 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for Albuquerque, while left-hander Justin Marks (5-6, 5.35 ERA) is slated to take the ball for Reno.
IN THE HOLE: After this brief four-game homestand, the Isotopes will hit the road for a nine-game road trip before the All-Star Break. Albuquerque will travel to Las Vegas for four games on July 4-7 before a five-game series on July 8-12 at El Paso. The Topes return home on July 16 to face the Las Vegas 51s after the Triple-A All-Star Break.