Albuquerque, NM - A ninth inning error, wild pitch and passed ball by the Albuquerque Isotopes were all part of a five-run frame that helped the Tacoma Rainiers snap a three-game skid on Monday at Isotopes Park, 8-6.
Trailing by three, Tacoma (7-12) loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth for third baseman Kristopher Negron to double home two runs and put the go-ahead run in scoring position. A batter later, center fielder Braden Bishop reached on a throwing error by pitcher Yency Almonte (0-1) which scored catcher Austin Nola to tie the game.
After shortstop J.P. Crawford was intentionally walked, consequentially ending his 15-game hitting streak, a wild pitch plated Negron to put the Rainiers ahead for the first time since the seventh inning. One pitch later, Albuquerque (12-7) catcher Chris Rabago surrendered a passed ball, bringing in Bishop to give the Rainiers an insurance tally.
In the bottom of the ninth, right-hander Parker Markel shut the door with a 1-2-3 inning, clinching his first save of the season and just Tacoma's second (Alaniz, 4/5).
The Rainiers jumped out in front on the first batter of the game when Bishop crushed his first career Triple-A home run on a 3-0 pitch against Isotopes starter Nelson Gonzalez. Left fielder Eric Young, Jr. belted his own solo big fly in the second, putting Tacoma up, 2-0.
The Rainiers experimented with an "opener" on Monday, turning to lefty Matt Tenuta to start the game. Following a scoreless first inning, southpaw Justus Sheffield took over for the next three frames, allowing one run on three hits and throwing 46 pitches.
After two scoreless innings from right-hander Aaron Northcraft, Nick Rumbelow allowed two runs on a home run and did not record an out because he was ejected for hitting the following batter. Righty David McKay (2-0) got through the next two innings but allowed Albuquerque's go-ahead runs. The 24-year-old was credited with the win after the ninth inning rally.
The Rainiers will have their first off-day of the season on Tuesday before starting a five-game homestand against the Sacramento River Cats on Wednesday at Cheney Stadium. Right-hander Christian Bergman (0-1, 6.75) will make his first appearance in the South Sound this season with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. PDT. Mike Curto will have the call on South Sound Talk 850 with audio streaming available on the Rainiers TuneIn Radio Network.
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