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 Montes' Glove, Bat Propel Isotopes to Dramatic 2-0 Win

September 1, 2023

Sacramento, CA – During a contest in which both the Isotopes and River Cats were unable to cash in on several opportunities with runners on base, Coco Montes took matters into his own hands both in the field and at the plate. Sacramento had runners on first and second with

Sacramento, CA – During a contest in which both the Isotopes and River Cats were unable to cash in on several opportunities with runners on base, Coco Montes took matters into his own hands both in the field and at the plate.

Sacramento had runners on first and second with two outs in the sixth when Jakson Reetz hit a grounder behind the third-base bag that Montes fielded. Lead runner David Villar made an aggressive turn as if he was going home, and Montes was able to win the footrace with Villar back to the base.

With the ballgame still scoreless entering the ninth, Wynton Bernard reached on an infield single after three River Cats converged but were unable to corral a pop-up. An out later, Montes launched an opposite-field two run blast, finally breaking the 0-0 stalemate.

In the bottom of the ninth, Sacramento put two runners aboard but Matt Carasiti was able to induce Heliot Ramos into a game-ending groundout with a 3-0 count. Albuquerque secured their second nine-inning shutout of this series after not registering one since 2019 prior to Tuesday.

Topes Scope: - Albuquerque starting pitcher Noah Davis continued to throw the ball extremely well, working five frames of two-hit ball. It marked the third time in four starts that Davis threw at least five innings without giving up a run.

- For the fifth time this season, an Isotopes starter completed five or more innings and gave up two hits or less. Davis also accomplished the feat Aug. 13 at Round Rock, when the Express did not tally a knock in 5.2 frames.

- The Isotopes won a nine-inning contest when scoring three or fewer runs for the first time since Sept. 25, 2021 vs. Reno, breaking a 76-game losing streak under such occurrences.

- Bernard and Sean Bouchard teamed up for a double steal in the first inning, giving Albuquerque 48 stolen bases in August, a new club record for any month. The previous mark was 47 in June 2003, the inaugural season for the ballclub.

- The Isotopes stole four or more bases in a contest for the 11th time this season and fifth in August.

- Bernard recorded his 25th multi-hit game in 43 starts since rejoining the Isotopes on July 1. He has reached base in 31 consecutive contests, the PCL’s longest active streak. Bernard is slashing .377/.434/.562 with seven doubles, a triple, five homers and 16 RBI to go alone with 15 stolen bases during the stretch.

- Montes was 3-for-5, his 41st multi-hit performance of the season and 10th game with three or more knocks. He is slashing .363/.410/.670 with eight doubles, a triple, six homers and 21 RBI over his last 22 games. Montes has 19 long balls with Albuquerque and one with Colorado, tying his career-high of 20 set last year.

- The shutout marked Albuquerque’s seventh against the River Cats all-time, with six coming in Sacramento.

- The Isotopes pitched two shutouts in a three-game span or less for the ninth time in club history and the first since June 19-21, 2014 (5-0 at Omaha, 4-0 at Iowa, June 20 game rained out). Albuquerque has only accomplished the feat at home twice, sweeping Fresno in a doubleheader Aug. 10, 2004, then blanking Nashville in back-to-back ballgames June 25-26, 2009 during Manny Ramirez’s rehab stint in the Duke City.

- The River Cats recorded one extra-base hit, marking the 19th time Albuquerque has held their opponent to zero or one in 2023. For the 15th time this season, the Isotopes limited the opposition to five hits.

- Albuquerque’s pitching staff has limited Sacramento to 15 hits over the first three games of this series, but has also walked 23 batters.

- Carasiti recorded his 16th save in an Isotopes uniform and first since June 10, 2017 at Salt Lake.

- Nick Kennedy worked two innings with just one hit and no walks allowed. It was the fifth time the southpaw has tossed a pair of scoreless frames this season, and he has not been scored upon in his last four outings.

- Riley Pint appeared for the first time since Aug. 17 vs. El Paso and tossed a scoreless sixth despite a pair of free passes.

- Albuquerque pitched a shutout on Aug. 31 for the third time in club history. They won 1-0 at Salt Lake in the first game of a doubleheader (seven innings) in 2016, then blanked Reno 3-0 in the final home game of the 2017 season.

On Deck: The Isotopes continue their pursuit of a playoff berth on Friday evening. Right-handed pitcher Jeff Criswell is slated to start for Albuquerque against River Cats right-hander Miguel Yajure. First pitch from Sacramento is set for 7:45 pm MT (6:45 PT).