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Thursday Pebble Report: Isotopes hit four home runs in wild affair

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Tom Murphy and Raimel Tapia add dingers in shootout loss

Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy
Cameron Goeldner

The Albuquerque Isotopes could never be accused of playing in a pitchers park, but last night the ‘Topes and Grizzlies played in shootout that was crazy even by PCL standards.

Isotopes hitters hit four home runs on Wednesday but that proved to be one short as the Grizzlies held on for 12-11 win in extra innings. Tom Murphy and Raimel Tapia continued to knock on the door of the majors with a home run each in addition to prospects Josh Fuentes and Jan Vazquez home runs. Murphy’s home run in the seventh tied the game at eight, but the teams were no where near finished.

The Isotopes offensive success has only added to the frustration of Rockies fan clamoring for more production from the big club. Murphy especially has been seen as a call-up candidate and another home run will only add more noise to that.

The Isotopes loss dropped them to 28-26 on the year, other scores and notes from the affiliates are below:

Triple-A: Fresno Grizzlies 12, Albuquerque Isotopes 11

Tom Murphy: 1-for-3, HR

Raimel Tapia: 2-for-6, HR

Garrett Hampson (No. 9 PuRP): 2-for-4, 3 R, 2B

Double-A: Harrisburg Senators 6, Hartford Yard Goats 3

Brendan Rodgers (No. 1 PuRP): 3-for-4, HR, 2B

Brian Mundell (No.13 PuRP): 2-for-4, RBI

Forrest Wall (No.16 PuRP): 0-for-4

Class-A Advanced: Inland Empire 66ers 8, Lancaster JetHawks 7

Willie Abreu: 1-for-3

Manuel Melendez: 1-for-3

Tyler Nevin (No.12 PuRP): 0-for-1

Class-A: Rome Braves 9, Asheville Tourists 1

Ryan Vilade (No.7 PuRP): 2-for-4

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Thursday Probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Antonio Senzatela (2-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Fresno

Double-A Hartford: Ryan Castellani (3-2, 4.65 ERA) vs. Harrisburg

Class-A Advanced Lancaster: Bryan Gold (4-3, 4.60 ERA) vs. Inland Empire

Class-A Asheville: Garrett Schilling (3-1, 2.67 ERA) vs. Rome