The Albuquerque Isotopes had an utterly forgettable night Wednesday, nearly getting no-hit in a 5-1 loss to the visiting Reno Aces.
Zack Godley (1-1) carried a no-hitter into the seventh. He had allowed just one ball out of the infield. Albuquerque’s Noel Cuevas had been hit by a pitch back in the second inning, only to get wiped out in a 4-6-3 double play one pitch later.
Raimel Tapia, back from the Majors for at least one game, singled through the right side to start the seventh and end the bid. Godley then got a double play and a flyout to left before he was surprisingly pulled at just 61 pitches.
“I had everything working,” said Godley, who gave up four runs on seven hits and five in six innings in his last start against the Isotopes last Thursday. “I got my fastball location back today. I’ve walked a lot of guys the last two games. But it was fun tonight to be efficient like that, let the defense work. Those guys, there were a few hard-hit balls, but everybody made their plays.”
At one point the Isotopes (6-8) had four consecutive groundouts to second base, followed by six straight strikeouts and then another groundout to second.
“I thought that their pitcher had some really good stuff,” Albuquerque manager Glenallen Hill said. “He looked like he was throwing a power sinker and a good cutter and he had a really good changeup with arm speed.”
Godley wanted to go back out for the eighth but was told to take a seat by Reno manager Jerry Narron.
“Oh, 100 percent,” Godley said. “My arm felt great and it still does.”
The Isotopes nearly made the Aces (8-6) pay with three straight hits to start the eighth off reliever Eric Jokisch. With a run in and men on the corners with no outs, Anthony Bemboom hit a slow roller back to Jokisch, who fielded the ball and threw out Jordan Patterson at home. Daniel Castro then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.
“I think in the eighth inning it looked like we were going to get something going,” Hill said. “We had three hits in a row. Then we had bad baserunning by Jordan at third, being a little too aggressive in that situation. You definitely want to read the ball on the ground past the pitcher. I think the excitement of being in position to score got to him and he was overly aggressive in that situation. He needs to trust the read.”
Albuquerque starter Harrison Musgrave (0-1) was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He was pulled at 89 pitches.
“Musgrave was not very effective tonight,” Hill said. “He threw way too many pitches, pitched behind in the count, his ball-to-strike ratio (34-to-55) was not what it needed to be for him to put himself in position to go deep in the game.”
All the Isotopes can do is regroup and get back at it today at 6:35 p.m. Albuquerque’s German Marquez (0-0, 1.69 ERA) will face fellow right-hander Frank Duncan (1-1, 3.55).
The Albuquerque Journal’s Ken Sickenger contributed to this story.