The Albuquerque Isotopes lost 6-2 to the host Iowa Cubs on Tuesday afternoon. An even bigger loss may have occurred during the first inning.
Center fielder Joc Pederson landed awkwardly diving for a flyball and appeared to injure his right shoulder. Pederson was removed from the game and there have been no further updates.
Minus their best player, the Isotopes (35-43) could not keep up with the Cubs (40-36) in losing for the third time in the four-game series. It was the third straight day game between the two teams and Iowa is a remarkable 22-4 during matinees this season.
Trayvon Robinson led off the game with a walk and then stole second base. Tim Federowicz followed with a single through the right side, but right fielder Ryan Kalish bobbled the ball for an error that enabled Robinson to score.
The Cubs erased that lead quickly. In the bottom of the frame, Kalish drew a one-out walk and Josh Vitters singled to right field with two outs on the play that injured Pederson.
Kris Bryant, who entered the game 4-for-18 with Iowa with all four of those hits being home runs, was next to bat. Bryant blasted his fifth home run, a three-run shot, to right field to put his team ahead for good.
Albuquerque starter Zach Lee (6-8) lasted just four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out just one batter. The Cubs picked up their additional runs on Vitters’ two-out RBI double in the third inning and by RBI singles from Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez in the fourth.
In contrast, Iowa starter Tsuyoshi Wada (8-4) was almost untouchable. He allowed just the one run, four hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters in six innings.
Erisbel Arruebarrena had an RBI single in the seventh inning, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Arruebarrena went 2-for-4 on the day while Clint Robinson was 3-for-4.
The Isotopes get to take Wednesday off. They will then open a five-games-in-four-days series with the Reno Aces on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. No starting pitchers have been announced for either team.
Dodgers prospects Julio Urias and Corey Seager were both named to the All-Star Futures Game rosters. Urias, a left-hander from Mexico, will oppose his Single-A Rancho Cucamonga teammate Seager, a shortstop, in the contest on July 13 in Minneapolis. … Former New Mexico Lobos standout D.J. Peterson, the Seattle Mariners’ first-round pick last year, will also play for the American squad. Peterson has hit .442/.500/1.023 with six home runs and 22 RBI in his last 10 games for Single-A High Desert.