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Green Chile Cheeseburgers Heat Up Late, Slide Past River Cats 10-9

July 30, 2023

Albuquerque, NM – On a Saturday evening in which 9,515 hungry fans packed “The Grill” for the annual Green Chile Cheeseburgers Promotion, both teams engaged in an unusual contest. Albuquerque and Sacramento combined for 15 walks, four wild pitches and five errors. However, it was Isotopes reliever Michael Petersen who

Albuquerque, NM – On a Saturday evening in which 9,515 hungry fans packed “The Grill” for the annual Green Chile Cheeseburgers Promotion, both teams engaged in an unusual contest. Albuquerque and Sacramento combined for 15 walks, four wild pitches and five errors.

However, it was Isotopes reliever Michael Petersen who provided a spicy end to the evening, retiring all six batters he faced to secure a 10-9 victory over the River Cats.

The biggest offensive contribution came courtesy of Coco Montes’ game-tying, two-run homer in the seventh, while Wynton Bernard remained sizzling at the plate with three hits. Bernard’s infield single plus a throwing error on the River Cats third baseman brought in the eventual game-winning run.

Topes Scope: - Albuquerque is now 9-13 in one-run games and have emerged victorious in their last five.

- The Isotopes have earned nine wins when trailing in the seventh inning or later this season. It has taken place twice in this series, as Albuquerque was behind 6-5 in the seventh on Tuesday before prevailing 9-6.

- Since rejoining the Isotopes lineup on July 1, Bernard has multi-hit performances in 12 of 21 games.

- In seven career games at home against the River Cats, Montes is 15-for-30 with seven doubles, a homer and 10 RBI. He made his Triple-A debut on April 29 last year vs. Sacramento.

- Montes’ homer was Albuquerque’s lone extra-base hit, the 21st time they have been held to zero or one in a contest this season.

- Three Isotopes players scored at least one run despite not recording a hit (Cole Tucker, Jonathan Morales, Hunter Stovall).

- Tucker extended his on-base streak to 21 games by drawing two walks. He is slashing .321/.455/.487 with eight extra-base hits, 10 RBI and 20 free passes during the stretch. Tucker is just 5-for-33 over his last 10 contests but has walked 13 times.

- Albuquerque batters struck out just three times, tied for their fewest in a nine-inning game (May 16 vs. Tacoma).

- Isotopes starting pitcher Karl Kauffmann walked seven batters, one shy of tying a team record shared by Charlie Haeger (April 17, 2009 at Omaha) and Stephen Fife (April 22, 2012 at Oklahoma City). Kauffmann became the eighth Albuquerque pitcher to issue seven free passes and first since Ryan Castellani on June 7, 2021 vs. Las Vegas.

- Right-handed pitcher Tyler Kinley made his second rehab appearance with Albuquerque, allowing two hits and a run with two strikeouts in a full frame. Brendan Rodgers had the night off.

- Petersen has allowed just one run across 8.0 innings since being promoted to Triple-A. He has also yet to issue a walk. Petersen’s two perfect frames marked the only 1-2-3 innings of the entire ballgame.

- The River Cats six-run fifth inning marked the 11th time Isotopes pitching has surrendered six or more in a frame this year. It has occurred on consecutive nights against Sacramento.

- The Isotopes pitching staff struck out 13 batters, the 10th occurrence of them registering at least a baker’s dozen this season.

- Albuquerque manager Pedro Lopez was ejected in the seventh inning after arguing a safe/out call at first base. It was his second time being tossed this season (April 20 vs. OKC).

- Sacramento hurlers threw 141 total pitches, just 71 for strikes.

On Deck: The Isotopes and River Cats play the series finale Sunday at 6:05 pm. Lunch Bags will be given to the first 2,000 fans, courtesy of Smith’s. Southpaw Ben Braymer is scheduled to start for Albuquerque against Sacramento right-hander Mason Black.