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Montes’ Walk-Off Double Gives Isotopes Doubleheader Sweep over Dodgers

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September 15, 2022 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)Albuquerque Isotopes News Release

Albuquerque, NM – Coco Montes delivered a game-ending double in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the Albuquerque Isotopes a doubleheader sweep of the Oklahoma City Dodgers with final scores of 2-0 and 4-3 on Wednesday night. Albuquerque (59-76) is now riding a three-game win streak.

Inclement weather was a factor throughout the afternoon and evening, as each contest featured a delay of over an hour.

Brandon Gold allowed a two-out double in the first inning of Game 1 but stranded Edwin Rios on second base. After Wynton Bernard walked to lead off the bottom half, the rain became too heavy and the teams were taken off the field at 4:15 PM.

After the Isotopes and Dodgers waited an hour and 20 minutes, the contest resumed at 5:35, and it was a pitching clinic. The only two runs scored via solo homers by Albuquerque – Jimmy Herron in the third and Tim Lopes in the fifth.

Ty Blach was the pitching star of the day for the home team, as he spun four innings of two-hit scoreless ball with one walk and four strikeouts.

Julian Fernández retired Oklahoma City in order in the sixth, then Joel Peguero recorded the save, giving up just a two-out single in the seventh.

The clubs waited nearly two hours in between games of the twinbill, as heavy rains forced another delay, pushing first pitch to 8:40.

The Dodgers scored first when former Isotope Tony Wolters delivered an RBI single in the second inning. Albuquerque answered in a big way in the third, when Bernard clubbed a solo homer, then Sam Hilliard annihilated a two-run clout to right-center, reaching the top level of the berm.

Oklahoma City got a run in the fifth, then tied the game in the seventh when Michael Busch lifted a solo homer to right.

In the home seventh, Herron came off the bench for a pinch-hit single, then Bernard walked. Montes followed with a line smash over the head of the left fielder, bringing in the winning run.

The Isotopes allowed just eight total hits across 14 innings over the twinbill, while mustering only 11 at the plate.

Topes Scope: – Albuquerque secured their second doubleheader sweep of the season, the first coming at home June 18 over Salt Lake.

– The Isotopes picked up their fifth walk-off victory of 2022 and second in the last three games after Bernard’s game-ending single on Sunday. Montes delivered his first walk-off hit since May 14, 2021 for Double-A Hartford, vs. Portland.

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