NEED TO KNOW: After a three-run second inning, the Albuquerque Isotopes (57-71) silenced the Nashville Sounds (69-59) en route to a 4-2 victory in game two of their four-game series Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park.
GETTING AHEAD EARLY: Clint Robinson blasted a leadoff home run in the bottom of the second inning to put Albuquerque on the board. Just four batters later, Walter Ibarra hit a two-run shot to expand the Isotopes lead to 3-0 through just two innings. After a leadoff single by Trayvon Robinson in the third, back-to-back singles loaded the bases. An RBI groundout made it 4-0 Albuquerque, and the offense turned the game over to Isotopes starting pitcher Jeff Bennett, who worked his way through six innings of one-run ball.
BETTER BENNETT: Isotopes starting pitcher Jeff Bennett scattered nine hits over six innings and only allowed a single run to score. Bennett only posted one 1-2-3 frame and escaped a bases loaded, one-out jam in the third inning with a double play. It was his 11th quality start in 18 appearances with Albuquerque this season and the 15th time that he surrendered three unearned runs or fewer. Bennett improves to 7-6 on the year with a 3.82 ERA.
IGNITED BY IBARRA: A day after his 3-for-4 outing, Walter Ibarra mashed a two-run home run into the Isotopes bullpen to put Albuquerque up 3-0 in the second inning. It was his fifth of the season, and he finished the game 2-for-3 with one run scored, a home run and two RBI. Since returning to the Isotopes from Double-A Chattanooga on Aug. 10, he is batting .429 (9-for-21) with two runs scored, three RBI, two doubles and a homer.
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Monday marks the final 50¢ Hot Dog Night of the 2014 season. Grab your quarters and come on out to the ballpark for an American classic while watching America's Pastime.
ON DECK: The Isotopes and Sounds will play game three of a four-game series Monday night at 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Barry Enright (0-2, 7.89 ERA) will take the hill for Albuquerque, while Nashville will go with righty Donovan Hand (2-7, 5.40 ERA).
IN THE HOLE: After they wrap up the current eight-game homestand, the Isotopes will hit the road for an eight-game swing through Colorado Springs and Oklahoma City before returning home Aug. 28 for the final four-game series of the season against the Las Vegas 51s.
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