It was a classic Pacific Coast League game at Isotopes Park as the Las Vegas 51s (35-55) hung on to defeat the Isotopes (44-45), 13-11, as the league heads to the All-Star Break. The nine inning contest lasted three hours and fifty three minutes, the longest nine inning game of the season for the Isotopes.
Offense reigned on Sunday evening as Albuquerque outfielder Mike Tauchman reached base five times on the evening, finishing the night 4-for-5 with a walk and just a triple shy of the cycle. The 26-year-old also scored three runs and knocked home two.
Fellow outfielder Domonic Brown also finished a leg short of the cycle, only missing a home run to complete the feat. Brown finished the night 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Isotopes first baseman Jordan Patterson also connected on his 14th home run of the season while third baseman Cristhian Adames launched his 7th of the year.
On the mound, Isotopes starter Sam Howard struggled with his command from the onset. The southpaw allowed six runs on seven hits over just 2.1 innings of work. Howard surrendered four walks on the night.
Albuquerque will head into the break 4.5 games behind the first place Salt Lake Bees. At this point last season, the Isotopes were 16.0 games out of first place, eventually finishing the 2016 season just 2.0 games behind the El Paso Chihuahuas.
The Isotopes are back in action on Thursday when they open a four-game set in Las Vegas against the 51s.
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