Albuquerque, NM – The Isotopes held a four-run lead in the eighth inning but EL Paso scored nine runs in the eighth frame and held off an Albuquerque rally to propel the Chihuahuas to a 10-9 victory Saturday night at Isotopes Park.
In the box, Albuquerque finished with 16 hits and two doubles. Ryan Vilade recorded five hits and an RBI. Jonathan Morales, Jimmy Herron, Coco Montes and Sam Hilliard each recorded two hits.
The Chihuahuas took a 1-0 lead in the second on a C.J. Hinojosa solo clout.
In the home half of the frame, however, Albuquerque took a 3-1 advantage on RBI singles by Vilade and Herron and an RBI double by Montes.
The Isotopes added to their lead, 4-1, in the fifth on an RBI single by Morales. Their lead grew once again in the sixth when Vilade scampered home on a wild pitch.
However, the Chihuahuas then scored nine runs in the eighth inning on seven hits, one homer and three walks to take a 10-5 lead.
The Isotopes followed that with two runs of their own in the eighth and ninth but fell a run short.
Logan Allen did not factor into the decision after pitching 5.0 innings and allowing one run one on one hit, one homer and two walks with five strikeouts. Julian Fernandez was charged with the loss after allowing five runs.
Topes Scope: – Allen threw a season-high five innings. It was the first time completing 5.0 frames since throwing 5.1 on Sept. 6, 2021, with Cleveland against Minnesota. He also allowed just one hit in a start for the first time since Sept. 26, 2021, with Cleveland against Chicago (A.L.). The one hit allowed tied the fewest relented by an Isotopes starter this year (Zach Neal, April 15 vs. Tacoma).
– Vilade drove in his first run since August 26 vs. Round Rock. He also tallied his first multi-hit effort since August 23 vs. Round Rock when he recorded three hits. It was his second five-hit game this season (May 1 vs. Sacramento).
-The Isotopes are currently on a six-game losing streak-tied for the longest losing streak this season (August 24-31).
-Albuquerque has now lost 10 in-a-row at Isotopes park-the longest skid at home in franchise history. During the streak they have been outscored 106-49.
-The Isotopes have now lost 11-straight to El Paso-the longest losing streak to the Chihuahuas in franchise history.
-Morales has now registered back-to-back multi-hit games and his 26th multi-hit game of the year, tied for third on the team.