Isotopes go back-to-back-to-back

Sands, Hoffmann, Sellers highlight record-tying 24-hit attack

Justin Sellers is 10-for-23 with six RBIs during a six-game hitting streak. (Jim Redman/

By Robert Emrich / Special to | August 9, 2011 9:56 PM ET

The lights may have gone out briefly in Albuquerque, but the Isotopes never lost power.

Jerry Sands, Jamie Hoffmann and Justin Sellers smacked consecutive homers in an eight-run seventh inning Tuesday as Albuquerque steamrolled the Salt Lake Bees, 19-6.

After Jay Gibbons led off the seventh with a double, Sands slugged his 21st homer to extend the Isotopes' lead to 13-5. Hoffmann deposited reliever Jason Bulger's next pitch over the 18th homer of the season and second of the game.

Before Sellers could get his chance, the lights at Isotopes Park went out for some 15 minutes. The delay proved no problem for the 25-year-old shortstop, who pulled a 1-1 offering from Ryan Ketchner over the left-field wall for his 14th homer to match a career high.

There was no shortage of offense for Albuquerque, which equaled a franchise record with 24 hits. Hoffmann went 5-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored, Sands drove in four runs and Sellers finished came up a double shy of the cycle.

Ivan De Jesus contributed a grand slam and a career-high six RBIs and recently acquired Tim Federowicz was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

The Isotopes have totaled 80 runs over their last nine games, a stretch that includes Saturday's 20-7 romp at Tacoma. They rank fifth in the Pacific Coast League with 708 runs, second with 155 homers and fourth with a .294 batting average.

Starter Mike Parisi (3-1) got the win, despite allowing five runs on seven hits over seven innings.

Salt Lake's Matt Palmer (7-10) had a personal four-game winning streak snapped after surrendering 10 runs on 13 hits over 4 1/3 frames.

Jeremy Moore homered and drove in two runs and Cole Armstrong also went yard for the Bees.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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