Jordan Patterson launched two home runs including a grand slam Thursday night to pace the Isotopes (45-45) to an 8-4 victory over the Las Vegas 51s (35-56) at Cashman Field.
Patterson's first home run came in the third inning, when he belted a grand slam to put the Isotopes ahead 6-1. The 25-year-old first baseman connected on his second round-tripper in the seventh inning, a solo shot to right. The multi-homer game was his second of the season while the grand slam was just the second of his five-year professional career. Patterson now leads the team as well as the Rockies farm system with 16 home runs this season.
Patterson wasn't the only Isotope to have a good night at the plate. A day after playing in the Triple-A All-Star Game, Noel Cuevas went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base. Fellow outfielder Mike Tauchman also recorded a three-hit game and picked up his 61st RBI of the year, tying Patterson for the team lead.
Antonio Senzatela started the game on the mound for Albuquerque, allowing one run and four hits in 3.1 innings. The right-hander also walked one batter and struck out two. Matt Flemer pitched the final five innings of the contest, yielding three runs, five hits and earned his third win of 2017.
The Isotopes and 51s continue their four-game series Friday night. Lefty Ryan Carpenter (5-6, 4.77) will go for his third straight win for Albuquerque while Las Vegas counters with right-hander Tyler Pill (4-2, 3.16). First pitch from Cashman Field is set for 8:05 p.m.
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